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Top Muslim Cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb Calls for Intra-Muslim Dialogue during Pope’s Visit to Bahrain

New Age Islam News Bureau

05 November 2022

Pope Francis meets with Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb during his apostolic journey, at Sakhir Palace, south of Manama, Bahrain (Image: Reuters)

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• Woman cannot end marriage through Khula unilaterally: AIMPLB

• Imran Khan Shooting A Manifestation Of Religious Extremism In Pakistan: Interiour Minister Rana Sanaullah

• Iran, Malaysia Quranic Cooperation to Benefit Muslim Ummah

• Russia warns Israel of retaliation if it supplies military aid to Ukraine

• Iran Releases Annual Report on Violation of Human Rights by UK, US

• Thousands of Malians take to streets to protest anti-Islam video

• Pakistan’s new Ambassador to Afghanistan resume office

• Former ICE chief teams up with anti-Muslim group for US border intiative

 

Arab World

• Christian monastery, possibly pre-dating Islam, found in UAE

• HM the King, Al Azhar Grand Imam perform Friday prayers

• Al-Azhar grand imam calls for end to Russia-Ukraine war through dialogue and negotiations

• Acting leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood dies at 85

• Pope Francis thrills thousands of Catholics in Bahrain with big Mass

• Russia’s FM Lavrov meets UAE’s Sheikh Abdullah on two-day visit to Abu Dhabi

• Diverse coalition of Syrians in US gathers to plot a future for Syria free of violence

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India

• Uttar Pradesh: Security tightened at Shahjahanpur mosques for Friday prayers

• The army took a back seat because its Project Imran Khan bombed, says former ISI chief Asad Durrani

• RJD takes Muslims for granted: Prashant Kishor

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Pakistan

• I was hit by four bullets, says Imran Khan

• Pakistan Army rejects 'baseless, irresponsible' allegations by Imran Khan against senior officer

• Blind Use Of "religious Fanaticism To Bury Imran's Politics": Maulana Fazal

• SC requested to defer hearing of contempt plea against Imran

• Army, govt ‘on same page’, demand end to falsehoods

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Southeast Asia

• Malaysia GE2022: Parties gear up for campaign flag-off

• Survey: Voters more concerned about economy than politics, seven in 10 feel country moving in wrong direction

• 'I’ll be a leader for all Malaysians': Anwar delivers message of unity in Perak ahead of Nomination Day

• DAP respects constitution, monarchy says Anwar

• PKR members who run as independents will be sacked, says Anwar

• PN welcomes any winnable candidate, says Hadi

• Thailand, Saudi Arabia to launch coordination council amid relations thaw

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Europe

• Sparkhill mosque vandalised with bricks during prayer

• Muslim Brotherhood statement confirms death of leader

• Turkey warns Finland, Sweden must ‘take steps’ before NATO approval

• EU's Borrell urges Iran to end arms deliveries to Russia

• Muslim students in UK furious over pro-Palestine student union president sacking

• US, Britain strengthening Daesh terrorists’ foothold, destructive potential in Afghanistan: Russian diplomat

• Sunak government scraps plan to relocate UK embassy to occupied al-Quds

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Mideast

• ‘Daesh-like murderers of Arman Aliverdi were trained by foreign countries’

• War crimes committed by Yemen’s Houthis since truce expiry, says UN

• President Rayeesi: Iran Not Intimidated by West's Sanctions, Threats

• Turkey: Suspected Islamic State leader tells prosecutors he never fought in battle

• Erdogan, Putin agree to send Russian grains to poor African countries for free

• Iran Calls on US President to End Hypocrisy

• Erdogan rival is first target of media law, opposition party says

• Iranian Foreign Ministry Strongly Criticizes UNSC's Unofficial Meeting

• Iranians Commemorate US Embassy Takeover Anniversary

• Senior Cleric Lauds Iranians' Massive Turnout in Anti-US Rallies

• Iran detains journalist who interviewed Mahsa Amini’s father: Rights group

• Iran ready to deliver oil to India, says ambassador

• Russia, Turkey to deliver grain free of charge to needy countries: Erdogan

• Iranian President Raisi slams back at Biden’s pledge to ‘free’ Iran

• Iran censures UNSC’s ‘inexcusable silence’ after Shiraz terror attack

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Africa

• Somalia claims to kill over 100 al-Shabaab terrorists in single operation

• Outgoing Turkish envoy recounts his tenure in Uganda

• South Africa’s Ethiopian diaspora welcomes agreement for peace

• Refugees in Jordan receive winter clothing vouchers from Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief

• Scores of al-Shabab terrorists killed by Somali army

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South Asia

• Can a decentralized political system lead to stability in Afghanistan?

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North America

• Blinken warns Israeli PM, Palestinian president of West Bank escalation

• US committed to supporting ‘sturdy, dependable partners’ in Lebanon’s army: Diplomat

• US has no indications of Iranian regime collapsing: White House

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Top Muslim Cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb Calls for Intra-Muslim Dialogue during Pope’s Visit to Bahrain

NOVEMBER 05, 2022

Pope Francis meets with Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb during his apostolic journey, at Sakhir Palace, south of Manama, Bahrain (Image: Reuters)

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One of the world’s leading Islamic clerics on Friday called for dialogue between the faith’s two main currents to settle sectarian differences, in an address to religious leaders including Pope Francis.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar mosque, a centre of Sunni learning, made the rare appeal at the Bahrain Dialogue Forum aimed at promoting religious harmony.

The major division in Islam is between Sunni and Shiite, and Tayeb’s call came as sectarian divisions in the Middle East have exacerbated regional conflicts including in Yemen and Syria.

“I… call on my brothers, Muslim scholars, across the world of every doctrine, sect and school of thought to hold an Islamic dialogue," al-Tayeb said.

“Let us together chase away any talk of hate, provocation and excommunication and set aside ancient and modern conflict in all its forms," he added.

Al-Tayeb told the forum, organised by the United Arab Emirates-based Muslim Council of Elders, that his words were a “special call to our Shia Muslim brothers".

He said the senior scholars at Al-Azhar and the Muslim Council of Elders are ready to host a meeting “so we can sit down together on one roundtable to put aside our differences and strengthen our Islamic unity".

The differences have been compounded by a years-long spat between Shiite-dominated Iran and the Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have held talks in an attempt to improve ties.

Al-Tayeb’s remarks came one day after Pope Francis, leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics, arrived in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain on an inter-faith dialogue mission.

In 2019, the pontiff signed a Muslim-Christian manifesto for peace in the United Arab Emirates during the first papal visit to the Gulf region, where Islam was born.

Source:News18

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Woman cannot end marriage through Khula unilaterally: AIMPLB

4th November 2022

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). (Photo: http://www.aimplboard.in)

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday stated that a Muslim woman does not enjoy the right to end her marriage through Khula. Further, they said that the husband reserves the right to accept or reject her demand for Khula.

In a statement, the Board said, “Khula is dependent on both husband and wife agreeing to end marriage after a woman initiates the proposal”.

The Board’s response comes shortly after the Kerala High Court declared that a Muslim woman does have the right to end her marriage through Khula.

Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque and Justice C.S. Dias stated, “In the absence of any mechanism in the country to recognize the termination of marriage at the instance of the wife when the husband refuses to give consent, the court can simply hold that Khula can be invoked without the conjunction of the husband. This is a typical review portraying that Muslim women are subordinate to the will of their male counterparts. This review doesn’t look innocuous at the instance of the appellant but rather appears to have been fashioned and supported by clergies and the hegemonic masculinity of the Muslim community who are unable to digest the declaration of the right of Muslim women to resort to the extrajudicial divorce of Khula, unilaterally.”

Source:Siasat Daily

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Imran Khan Shooting A Manifestation Of Religious Extremism In Pakistan: Interiour Minister Rana Sanaullah

04 NOV 2022

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

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Pakistan's Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday the shooting of Imran Khan was a manifestation of religious extremism in Pakistan.

Sanaullah added that his party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) considers former Prime Minister Khan as a "political rival and not an enemy".

Khan was shot on Thursday in Pakistan's Punjab province during a protest march. A gun-wielding man fired a volley of bullets at him, which hit him in the right leg.

Sanaullah cited a video of the attacker and said that he was indoctrinated by extremists.

"The attacker is seen as arguing with the investigators," said Sanaullah, adding that the government has tried to remove its contents from social media sites.

"In the video, the suspect's statements are very concerning and dangerous. Such allegations were made in the past as well. And after the video went viral, it is possible that such narratives will get fuelled," said Sanaullah, adding that it was "very saddening" that Khan blamed people for his attempted assassination without any investigation or proof.

Sanaullah also raised questions on the delay in the registration of a first information report (FIR) in the case and expressed concern over the leaked statement of the suspect — taken into custody from the crime scene.

Therefore, Sanaullah went on, the government was requesting Imran to review his security as well as behaviours.

"We do not want to scare or stop his long march but it is necessary to bring these matters to notice," said Sanaullah.

Imran Khan using attack for political objectice: Defence Minister

Separately, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif addressed the National Assembly and said the attack on Khan was being used for political objectives.

He said that "by taking the names of government and military officials", the entire matter was being pushed towards an unchartered territory.

"Don’t turn this incident into a victim of politics. Go after the suspects. Constitute a JIT (joint investigation team). But if this incident is being used to defame an individual or institution, then I will condemn it," said Asif.

Since his ouster from power in April, Khan has been blaming the all-powerful Pakistani military and organs of the state for staging his ouster. He has called the Shehbaz Sharif-led government as "foreign" and "imported". Khan has claimed that he was ousted by then-Opposition in a foreign conspiracy hatched by the United States. He said he was removed for pursuit of an independent foreign policy. Khan cited a letter written to Foreign Office by a Pakistani diplomatic mission abroad which said that the host country had warned that relations with Pakistan would suffer if Khan remained prime minister.

Since then, Khan and his party PTI have been leading huge protests and marches across Pakistan.

Khan has been demanding early elections and he is leading the long march towards Islamabad to force his demands. The term of the National Assembly will end in August 2023 and fresh elections should be held within 60 days.

What we know of Imran Khan attack so far

Khan was atop a truck in a protest march in Pakistan's Punjab when a gunman opened fire at him. He suffered bullet injuries in leg.

Overall, seven persons were injured and one was killed in the shooting, according to police, adding that the injured included MP Faisal Javed.

Khan survived the attack and is reported to be safe and in stable medical condition.

Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said the gunman had fired from an automatic weapon, not a mere pistol.

Geo TV reported that the attacker was identified as Naved. He is in his early 20s.

The suspect caught by police has said that he wanted to kill Khan because “he was misleading the public.”

"He (Khan) was misleading the people and I could not bear watching it so I… attempted to kill him,” he said in a video confession.

A video footage showed a PTI worker tackling the attacker from behind and trying to grab the gun of the attacker.

Ehtisam, who tackled the attacker, told the media that he forced the gun of the attacker downward and stopped further mayhem.

"I saw him open fire and hit him before he could fire another round. He dropped the gun and started fleeing. I chased and caught him...Khan sahab, jab tak hum zinda hai, aanch nahi aa sakti. (Khan sir, till the time I am alive, you will not be harmed.),” the supporter of Khan said, according to a report in India Today.

Source: Outlook India

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Iran, Malaysia Quranic Cooperation to Benefit Muslim Ummah

November 05, 2022

TEHRAN (IQNA) – In a recent meeting between a visiting Iranian delegation and the officials of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) in Kuala Lumpur, the two sides highlighted the extensive grounds available for developing Quranic cooperation.

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They also stressed that such cooperation would benefit the Iranian and Malaysian nations as well as the entire Muslim Ummah.

The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) is a governmental institution in Putrajaya, south of Kuala Lumpur, which manages the Islamic affairs in the Southeast Asian country.

The Iranian Quranic delegation, headed by Quran and Etrat Deputy of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Alireza Moaf, which had traveled to Malaysia for the country’s 62nd international Quran competition, visited JAKIM after the competition. It was accompanied by Iran’s Ambassador to Malaysia Ali Asghar Mohammadi and Iranian Cultural Attaché Mohammad Oraei Karimi.

After the Iranian delegation entered JAKIM, the Iranian ambassador and the Quran and Etrat deputy of the Culture Ministry signed the visitors’ book, where they wrote words of remembrance.

Then they went to the meeting room of the organization where they held cordial talks with JAKIM officials.

Sirajuddin Suhaimee, JAKIM’s deputy, welcomed the Iranian delegation and hoped the meeting will result in the development of bilateral cooperation in the field of Quranic activities.

The Iranian ambassador, for his part, said he was happy to attend the important meeting with Dr. Suhaimee. He congratulated Malaysia for successfully holding the country’s 62nd international Quran competition like the previous editions.

He also said they will talk in the meeting about the capacities for collaborations in Quranic fields.

According to the envoy, a Malaysian delegation active in the Halal industry will soon visit Iran.

Mohammadi further described JAKIM as a major organization involved in various activities and hoped that the meeting would help to determine areas for development of cooperation. 

Moaf also addressed the meeting, hailing JAKIM for its achievements and for organizing successful Quranic programs in Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia based on verse 106 of Surah Al-Isra “We have divided the Quran into many segments so that you would read them to the people in gradual steps as We reveal them to you from time to time.”

He said the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance considers serving the Quran and spreading Quranic teachings as one of its main missions.

Moaf added that the Holy Quran is the pivot of unity in the Islamic world and if all Muslim governments and nations gather together around the Quranic verse “And hold fast to the Bond of Allah, together, and do not scatter” (Verse 103 of Surah Al Imran), great events will take place in the Islamic world.

He said defining joint Quranic measures between Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and Malaysia’s JAKIM could be one of the accomplishments of the meeting.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Moaf referred to Quranic activities in Iran, saying the country has organized 29 editions of the Tehran International Quran Exhibition and 43 editions of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Holy Quran Competition.

There are more than 270,000 students or graduates in different fields of Quran and Hadith sciences at the BA, MA and PhD levels in Iran he noted, adding that thousands of theses and dissertation in these fields have also been written.

According to Moaf, there are hundreds of Quranic scholars, researchers and artists as well as activists in the fields of recitation, memorization and interpretations of the Quran.

“There are many other great capacities in the field of Quranic activities in our country and today we have come to hear more about the experiences and management of Quranic activities in JAKIM and in Malaysia.”

He also invited the JAKIM officials to visit Iran and see the management and research capacities of the Islamic Republic and hold more talks in Tehran.

Next, Suhaimee called for promotion of ties between Iran and Malaysia and voiced eagerness to attend the Tehran International Holy Quran Exhibition during the holy month of Ramadan, hoping for enhancement of cooperation between the two sides to the benefit of the Islamic Ummah.

Referring to Quranic activities in Malaysia, he said a center named Dar-ol-Quran has been established in the country for teaching Quran memorization, inviting the Iranian delegation to visit it.

He added that a document had been signed earlier that day for strengthening Quranic values among Muslim families in Malaysia, stressing how important it is for Muslim families to raise their children based on Quranic values and teachings.

Moaf then took the podium again, saying in the field of Quran teaching with new methods, there have been good measures taken in Iran in recent years.

He said there have also been activities for strengthening family foundations and attractive works and different Quranic and religious programs for children and young adults, with many books in these areas having been published in recent years.

Referring to the confrontation with the Western lifestyle and promotion of a religion style of life as a major issue, he said agreements could be reached between Iranian and Malaysian academics, thinkers and scholars about formation of a religious and Quranic society based on the Quranic model.

Suhaimee said that in Malaysia, JAKIM is responsible for running Islamic affairs and it has introduced many initiatives for promotion of Islamic values.

He said there needs to be vigilance in the face of liberal values infiltrating some Muslim countries, stressing that in all programs and initiatives, the Quranic principles and values must be followed.

He added that the meeting is for discussing how to work together and learn from one another’s experiences and new ideas.

Mohammadi, the Iranian ambassador, said Iran and Malaysia can have dialogue about different issues in the Muslim world and share their experiences.

He said he is in Malaysia for the second time since his first trip to the country in the 1990s, saying it has undergone many differences since then and moved toward becoming more Islamic.

This growing influence of Islam in life style is also seen in Iran, the ambassador noted.

He also called for more talks between the two sides for sharing experiences and finding grounds for expansion of cooperation.

Suhaimee referred to a recent meeting he and his colleagues had with an Iranian delegation in Istanbul, Turkey, and their talks about cooperation in the Halal industry, saying the Halal industry is a good area for developing ties and interaction.

He also hailed Iran’s advances in implementing Quranic teachings in family and said Malaysia can benefit from Iran’s model in this area.

Moaf voiced willingness for establishment of a joint working group between the Iranian Culture Ministry and JAKIM in several areas, including research and theoretical works, arts and media activities and holding festivals and competitions.

The two sides can share experiences in these fields and plan and define joint programs as well, the Iranian official stated.

Oraei Karimi, the Iranian Cultural Attaché, said at the meeting that the Holy Quran is a book that brings together the entire Muslim Ummah, praying the God will help all Muslims to not only read the Quran but act upon its teachings in their life.

He also hoped that the meeting would be fruitful and lead to positive results in terms of enhancing cooperation between the two countries.

He further conveyed the greetings of Iranian representative in Malaysia’s 62nd international Quran competition Masoud Nouri and his guide Nosratollah Hosseini.

Suhaimee described Nouri’s performance at the competition as very good and said Iranian qaris who attended Quran recitation circles in Malaysia during the holy month of Ramadan in previous years had very good recitations.

Mohammad Mehdi Azizzadeh, another official with the Iranian Culture Ministry’s Quran and Etrart Deputy, was also present at the meeting.

He expressed the ministry’s readiness to contribute to organization of Quran recitation workshops in Malaysia.

He also called for invitation of Iranian memorizers, as well as reciters, to the international Quran competition in Malaysia, and also participation of Iranian Quran experts in the jury panel of the contest.

Suhaimee hailed the proposals, saying that Iran will be invited to attend the memorization category of the competition and also introduce Quran experts for serving at the panel of judges.

He added that the Dar-ol-Quran center plans to benefit from the expertise of foreign masters, including Iranian Quranic figures, in the field of recitation.

The Iranian ambassador concluded his remarks by saying that Iran and Malaysia are in one front in the field of Quranic and Islamic activities and have many grounds for cooperation, hoping that the meeting will be a prelude for expanding collaborations between the two sides.

At the end of the meeting, a copy of the Holy Quran was presented by the Iranian Culture Ministry official to the Malaysian side and the Malaysian officials presented gifts to the Iranian delegation. 

Source:IQNA

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Russia warns Israel of retaliation if it supplies military aid to Ukraine

05 November 2022

A Ukrainian service member holds an American-made Javelin missile system at a position on the front line in the north Kiev region, Ukraine, on March 13, 2022. (File photo by Reuters)

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Russia has warned that it will take retaliatory measures against Israel in case the Tel Aviv regime supplies Ukraine with military equipment and aid amid the military conflict there.

Bloomberg television news network, citing two unnamed sources familiar with Russian policy, reported that Moscow would respond if Israel passed along missile systems directly or through a third party to Ukraine. The report did not specify what action Russian officials might take.

The Tel Aviv regime seems to be warming to the idea of supplying military equipment to Ukraine.

However, the coming change of administration in the Israeli-occupied territories leaves future policy under question. Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to form the next Israeli cabinet, has been known for his good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Bloomberg report follows remarks made by former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev last month, who said Israel would “destroy” all ties with Moscow if Tel Aviv insists on the “very reckless move” of supplying Ukraine with weapons.

The Israeli regime’s diaspora affairs minister Nachman Shai said on October 17 that the “time has come for Ukraine to receive military aid” from Israel after repeating the accusation that Iran was sending weapons to Russia, despite the firm rejection of such an allegation by Tehran.

“Israel seems to be going to supply weapons to the Kiev regime; a very reckless move. It will destroy all interstate relations between” Moscow and Tel Aviv, Medvedev, currently serving as deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, later wrote in a Telegram post in response, saying that Ukraine is praising “Nazi” heroes.

“If they are supplied with weapons then it is time for Israel to declare [Stepan] Bandera and [Roman] Shukhevych their heroes,” the senior Russian politician added, referring to Ukraine’s nationalist leaders of the 1940s and 1950s.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky told Channel 12’s “Uvda” on Tuesday that Israel recently agreed to provide his country with radio systems it had requested in February.

On Sunday, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk also said there had been progress “on some technical issues” related to military cooperation between Kiev and Tel Aviv, particularly regarding Israel’s offer to provide missile alert technology.

Back in April, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid accused Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine. Moscow hit back, accusing the regime of using Ukraine to “distract” global attention from its aggression against the Palestinians.

Ukraine has been the subject of a Russian military operation since February 24, with Moscow saying that the operation is aimed at “demilitarizing” the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas.

Ordering the operation, Russian President Vladimir Putin also said the mission was aimed at “defending people who for eight years were suffering persecution and genocide by the Kiev regime.”

Back in 2014, the neighboring regions of Donetsk and Luhansk — which together form the Donbas — declared themselves independent republics, refusing to recognize Ukraine’s Western-backed government. The declaration of independence was ensued by a conflict between the region’s pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian military.

Source: Press TV

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Iran Releases Annual Report on Violation of Human Rights by UK, US

2022-November-4

The annual report, which has been published in accordance with a Parliament law passed in 2012, emphasizes that both American and British governments have played key role in the most controversial conflicts and riots throughout the world, while both states claim that they are flagbearer of human rights.

"The two governments have tried to intervene in internal affairs and human rights situation of other countries and adopt interfering stances," it added.

The report pointed out that the statesmen of both states have determined the so-called support for human rights in line with their own short-term and long-term political interests; so, they have utilized the human rights issue as a tool to pursue their priorities at international level.

The two countries resorted to human rights in order to impose inhuman policies such as economic sanctions and political pressures on other nations in particular independent ones, it further said.

According to the report, the facts and figures on the ground, however, prove that both the US and the UK violate human rights in numerous occasions at the same time when they accuse other states of infringing human rights tenets.

It stressed that the situation indicates that Washington and London are not qualified to assess the human rights condition in other countries, and they are not entitled to claim humanitarian policies.

Since the Iranian Parliament’s law asks the Foreign Ministry to prepare annual reports of violation of human rights in the US and the UK, the ministry presents the latest report based on official documents provided by several human rights organizations on domestic and international violations against women, migrants and races in 2022.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Thousands of Malians take to streets to protest anti-Islam video

05 November 2022

Thousands of people have gathered in Bamako, the capital of Mali, to protest the publication of an insulting anti-Islam video on social media.

The office of Bamako’s prosecutor said six people were charged on Thursday with complicity in the release of a “blasphemous” video in which a man makes offensive comments against Muslims, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Police said the demonstration was organized by the High Islamic Council of Mali (HCM) and was attended by thousands of people. But the organizers of the demonstration have estimated the number of people present at more than one million people.

The protesters had written slogans such as “No to blasphemous comments” and “No more attacks on Islam and the Prophet Mohammed” on their banners.

Speaking to AFP, Imam Abdoulaye Fadiga said that what happened cannot be forgiven and the authors and publishers of the offensive video should be arrested and tried.

Haby Diallo, a 40-year-old religious school teacher, said interfaith dialogue should be promoted, and everyone should respect each other’s religion and beliefs.

A source in the prosecutor’s office said that the six people are in temporary custody for refusing to reveal the hiding place of the main accused in the video.

Nearly 95% of Mali’s population is Muslim, and the affair has caused uproar in the country.

A group of leaders and religious associations and the highest financial Islamic institution (HCM) demanded severe punishment for the publisher of the offensive video.

Source: Press TV

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Pakistan’s new Ambassador to Afghanistan resume office

November 4, 2022

Ubaid ur Rehman Nizamani, Pakistan’s new Ambassador to Afghanistan resumed office on Friday, the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul tweeted.

During his first meeting with the Embassy’s staff, he has emphasized that enhancing bilateral cooperations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mr. Nizamani is said to be one of the experienced diplomats with over 20 years of diplomatic affairs experience and is appointed to work in Afghanistan during a critical era.

Mansoor Ahmad Khan, was the previous Ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan who was very much engaged during the peace negotiations, before the collapse of Afghanistan in the hands of Taliban on August 15, 2021.

Pakistan is the closest neighbor to Afghanistan that shares more land border territory with Afghanistan in the South, East and North Western parts.

Source: Khaama Press

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Former ICE chief teams up with anti-Muslim group for US border intiative

4 November 2022

A former director for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is currently collaborating with an anti-Muslim group for a project centred around immigration at the country's southern border.

Thomas Homan, who served as acting ICE director under former President Donald Trump, has been working on a project titled Defend the Border and Save Lives, both a promotional and media project that is also tied to Homan's book of the same name.

A look at the team section of the project's website prominently lists Tom Trento, who is the CEO and founder of The United West, an organisation labelled an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC's Hatewatch was the first to report the partnership.

Trento's The United West has a history of Islamophobic rhetoric, including saying that the US is in a "war against Shariah Islam".

"There is no doubt that, for those with eyes to see, we are at war with devout Muslims who follow the jihad teachings of doctrinal Islam," Trento wrote in a 2016 email to supporters, as reported by the SPLC.

"Therefore, it is essential that all Americans adopt a 'war-footing' mentality and are constantly prepared for any threat, any situation, any problem."

Middle East Eye reached out to Defend Our Borders and The United West for comment.

After serving as acting director of ICE, Homan went on to become a conservative media commentator on issues related to immigration and the border. He is known for his hard-line stances on immigration, has supported Trump's border wall with Mexico, and has shown strong support for the deportation wing of the Department of Homeland Security.

This is also not the first time Homan has associated himself with anti-Muslim hate groups. In 2019, he was a keynote speaker at an event for ACT for America, a group dubbed the largest anti-Muslim organisation in the country by SPLC.

"Homan's choice to partner with documented anti-Muslim bigots reflects the poor decision-making he exemplified at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement," Corey Saylor, director of research and advocacy at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told SPLC.

The project also is affiliated with other individuals who have made Islamophobic claims, including Mary Wierbicki, the director of operations. Wierbicki also serves as social media director for The United West, and is co-founder of Sharia Crime Stoppers, another project tied to Trento's group that produces anti-Islam content.

The United West also organised a private fundraising event on 1 November at Trump's Mar-a-Lago, according to SPLC. At the fundraiser, a television programme associated with Defend the Border and Save Lives was premiered.

Middle East Eye reached out to the Trump Organization for comment on the fundraiser.

Recent reporting in the past several years has shown the financial strength of the Islamophobia industry in the United States.

A report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations found that between 2017 and 2019, 35 of the largest charitable institutions and foundations it reviewed had poured $105.8m into a network of 26 groups that have been known to peddle anti-Muslim sentiment.

A previous report by the rights group found that 1,096 organisations were responsible for funding 39 Islamophobic groups between 2014 and 2016, with those groups having revenue of at least $1.5bn.

Source: MiddleEastEye

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Christian monastery, possibly pre-dating Islam, found in UAE

November 4, 2022

By Jon Gambrell

SINIYAH ISLAND, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An ancient Christian monastery possibly dating as far back as the years before Islam spread across the Arabian Peninsula has been discovered on an island off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, officials announced Thursday.

The monastery on Siniyah Island, part of the sand-dune sheikhdom of Umm al-Quwain, sheds new light on the history of early Christianity along the shores of the Persian Gulf. It marks the second such monastery found in the Emirates, dating back as many as 1,400 years — long before its desert expanses gave birth to a thriving oil industry that led to a unified nation home to the high-rise towers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The two monasteries became lost to history in the sands of time as scholars believe Christians slowly converted to Islam as that faith grew more prevalent in the region.

Today, Christians remain a minority across the wider Middle East, though Pope Francis arrived in nearby Bahrain on Thursday to promote interfaith dialogue with Muslim leaders.

For Timothy Power, an associate professor of archaeology at the United Arab Emirates University who helped investigate the newly discovered monastery, the UAE today is a “melting pot of nations.”

“The fact that something similar was happening here a 1,000 years ago is really remarkable and this is a story that deserves to be told,” he said.

The monastery sits on Siniyah Island, which shields the Khor al-Beida marshlands in Umm al-Quwain, an emirate some 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Dubai along the coast of the Persian Gulf. The island, whose name means “flashing lights” likely due to the effect of the white-hot sun overhead, has a series of sandbars coming off of it like crooked fingers. On one, to the island’s northeast, archaeologists discovered the monastery.

Carbon dating of samples found in the monastery’s foundation date between 534 and 656. Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was born around 570 and died in 632 after conquering Mecca in present-day Saudi Arabia.

Viewed from above, the monastery on Siniyah Island’s floor plan suggests early Christian worshippers prayed within a single-aisle church at the monastery. Rooms within appear to hold a baptismal font, as well as an oven for baking bread or wafers for communion rites. A nave also likely held an altar and an installation for communion wine.

Next to the monastery sits a second building with four rooms, likely around a courtyard — possibly the home of an abbot or even a bishop in the early church.

On Thursday, the site saw a visit from Noura bint Mohammed al-Kaabi, the country’s culture and youth minister, as well as Sheikh Majid bin Saud Al Mualla, the chairman of the Umm al-Quwain’s Tourism and Archaeology Department and a son of the emirate’s ruler.

The island remains part of the ruling family’s holdings, protecting the land for years to allow the historical sites to be found as much of the UAE has rapidly developed.

The UAE’s Culture Ministry has sponsored the dig in part, which continues at the site. Just hundreds of meters (yards) away from the church, a collection of buildings that archaeologists believe belongs to a pre-Islamic village sit.

Elsewhere on the island, piles of tossed-aside clams from pearl hunting make for massive, industrial-sized hills. Nearby also sits a village that the British blew up in 1820 before the region became part of what was known as the Trucial States, the precursor of the UAE. That village’s destructions brought about the creation of the modern-day settlement of Umm al-Quwain on the mainland.

Historians say early churches and monasteries spread along the Persian Gulf to the coasts of present-day Oman and all the way to India. Archaeologist have found other similar churches and monasteries in Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

In the early 1990s, archaeologists discovered the first Christian monastery in the UAE, on Sir Bani Yas Island, today a nature preserve and site of luxury hotels off the coast of Abu Dhabi, near the Saudi border. It similarly dates back to the same period as the new find in Umm al-Quwain.

However, evidence of early life along the Khor al-Beida marshlands in Umm al-Quwain dates as far back as the Neolithic period — suggesting continuous human inhabitance in the area for at least 10,000 years, Power said.

Today, the area near the marshland is more known for the low-cost liquor store at the emirate’s Barracuda Beach Resort. In recent months, authorities have demolished a hulking, Soviet-era cargo plane linked to a Russian gunrunner known as the “Merchant of Death” as it builds a bridge to Siniyah Island for a $675 million real estate development.

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HM the King, Al Azhar Grand Imam perform Friday prayers

04 Nov 2022

Manama, Nov. 4 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, Sheikh of Al Azhar Al Sharif and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, today performed the Friday prayers at the Sakhir Palace Mosque.

Their Highnesses the sons, members of the Royal Family and religious scholars also performed the prayers at the mosque.

In the sermon, the Imam, Shaikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Hajiri, spoke of the importance of tolerance and coexistence, and opening opportunities for dialogue with all.

Shaikh Al Hajiri highlighted the humanitarian initiatives achieved during the reign of HM the King, including the establishment of the King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistence and the King Hamad Chair for Interfaith Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence at the University of La Sapienza in Rome.

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Al-Azhar grand imam calls for end to Russia-Ukraine war through dialogue and negotiations

4 Nov 2022

El-Tayyeb made the remarks in a speech on Thursday at the Bahrain Dialogue Forum organised in the capital Manama under the theme “East and West for human coexistence” from 3-4 November.

“I add my voice to that of philanthropists who call for peace and an end to the Russia-Ukraine war and urge stopping bloodshed of innocent people,” El-Tayyeb said in his speech.

The two-day forum, which was hosted by King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and attended by the Vatican's Pope Francis, brought together 200 scholars and religious representatives from around the world for an inter-faith dialogue.

The Al-Azhar grand imam called for “waving the flag of peace instead of the flag of victory, and sitting on the dialogue and negotiations table.”

He also called for “rebuilding bridges of dialogue, understanding and confidence,” to restore peace around the world amid ongoing conflicts.

El-Tayyeb, who is also chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, urged religious scholars worldwide, regardless of their sect, to hold a serious dialogue to promote unity and rapprochement over division, strife and sectarian conflict.

This dialogue should include the cessation of hate speech, provocation and excommunication, and emphasise the necessity of overcoming historical and contemporary conflicts, he stressed.

El-Tayyeb, 76, is a long-time advocate for religious coexistence.

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Acting leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood dies at 85

November 4, 2022

CAIRO: The acting leader of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Ibrahim Munir, died today, the organisation said on its website.

Munir, who died in London at the age of 85, was twice jailed in Egypt in the 1950s and 1960s and has lived in exile for most of the last 40 years.

The once formidable Islamist movement won Egypt’s first free presidential election in 2012, but was overthrown by the military a year later after mass protests against its rule and has endured a fierce crackdown by authorities since then.

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Pope Francis thrills thousands of Catholics in Bahrain with big Mass

05 November, 2022

Pope Francis said Mass for thousands of Catholics in Bahrain on Saturday, thrilling members of the small foreign Catholic community from around the Gulf and urging them show kindness to their hosts, even if they are sometimes looked down on.

The crowd of about 30,000 people that filled Bahrain’s National Stadium was the second-largest gathering for a papal Mass on the Arabian Peninsula, following one that drew more than 100,000 in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.

“This is a miracle,” said Mary Grace Fortes, 36, a Filipino who works at the reception of a hotel in Bahrain. “So important for us.”

Like many Filipino women who work outside their country, Fortes is married and sends money back home to help support her family, including her husband and 16-year-old son.

Hundreds of Catholic foreign workers were bussed in over the 25-km (16 mile) King Fahd Causeway that links Bahrain with Saudia Arabia, where there are no churches and where Catholics cannot worship openly.

“The Bahrainis arranged everything perfectly for us,” said Jos Chazoor, 53, who is from Kerala in India and works as a manager for a medical equipment company in Saudi Arabia.

Chazoor’s 75-year-old mother was too overcome with emotion to respond to a reporter’s questions just before the pope arrived in the packed stadium to an enthusiastic welcome by faithful waving yellow-and-white Vatican flags.

“She is too thrilled to talk,” said Chazoor, who drives with his mother over the causeway from Saudi Arabia regularly to attend Mass in one of Bahrain’s two churches, which provide pastoral care for the some 160,000 Catholics in Bahrain.

In his homily, Francis appeared to praise Bahrain’s relatively open policy towards non-Muslims.

“This very land is a living image of coexistence in diversity, and indeed an image of our world, increasingly marked by the constant migration of peoples and by a pluralism of ideas, customs and traditions,” he said.

Francis urged his listeners to be kind even to those native people in the Gulf area who do not treat them well, saying this was key to the Gospel message of loving your enemies.

He said they should always be “persevering in good even when evil is done to us, breaking the spiral of vengeance, disarming violence, demilitarizing the heart”.

As Francis was driven on a open popemobile through the crowd on the stadium’s pitch just before the start of the Mass, a speaker on the altar platform shouted “God bless the pope, God bless the royal family.”

The prayers of the faithful during the Mass were read in languages spoken by foreign workers including Tagalog, Swahili, Malayalam, Tamil and Konkani.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Russia’s FM Lavrov meets UAE’s Sheikh Abdullah on two-day visit to Abu Dhabi

04 November, 2022

The UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Abu Dhabi, signaling stronger ties between the two countries.

The meeting was to discuss the existing strategic partnership and bilateral efforts to “enhance prospects for more collaboration across all fronts,” the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Thursday.

“During the talks, the ministers will compare positions on key items on the global and Middle Eastern agendas,” a statement from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The ministers “will focus on the need to settle the persisting conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa via an inclusive dialogue that takes into account the lawful interests of all involved parties. The developments in Yemen, Libya, Syria and the Arab-Israeli peace process will be discussed in this context,” it added.

Lavrov is on a two-day trip to the oil-producing Gulf nation. His agenda, shared by the Russian ministry, shows the diplomat attending the Sir Bani Yas Forum on peace and security and a visit to the Russian School of Abu Dhabi.

The meeting comes amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow maintains is a “special military operation.”

“This upcoming visit [to the UAE] will be a major component in the intensive political dialogue whereby the two countries maintain regular contacts at top and other levels,” said a Russian ministry statement.

“Sheikh Abdullah underscored the importance of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in all fields and the need to strengthen it,” WAM reported.

The latest diplomatic meeting follows a meeting between UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg last month.

“The presidential meeting reflected the rapid growth in cooperation between the two countries,” the UAE top diplomat was quoted as saying by WAM at the time.

During the presidential visit, President Putin expressed Russia's appreciation for the UAE’s efforts in playing a key role in the prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine, saying they are a testament to its readiness to support mediation efforts.

Sheikh Mohamed, meanwhile, briefed the Russian president on the Ukrainian side’s position on several issues.

The UAE president also emphasized the need to keep the dialogue between Russia and Ukraine open, while President Putin stressed that Russia is keen on the continuation of the UAE’s mediation efforts.

Following a phone call between Sheikh Mohamed and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in October, the two leaders discussed the latest developments of the Russia-Ukraine war in a call, with the UAE leader ordering $100 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine shortly after.

Sheikh Abdullah reportedly hosted a dinner banquet for Lavrov and his accompanying delegation.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Sultan al-Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Ahmed al-Sayegh, Minister of State, and Dr. Mohamed al-Jaber, UAE Ambassador to Russia, WAM reported.

The UAE and Russia maintain strong, strategic ties. In 2021, bilateral trade increased by 64.5 percent compared to 2020 to $5.36 billion, making the Gulf nation Russia’s largest trade partner.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Diverse coalition of Syrians in US gathers to plot a future for Syria free of violence

RAY HANANIA

November 05, 2022

CHICAGO: A diverse grouping of Syrian expatriates and Syrian-American community leaders and activists are joining forces in the hope of creating a representative coalition that can effectively lobby for an end to the violence in Syria and an acceptable resolution to the ongoing civil war.

Talking exclusively to Arab News, the organizers of the coalition said that formerly rival groups and their leaders are now working together and coordinating their efforts to focus on how they can help to end the conflict, as a first step toward establishing a more representative government in the country.

The Syrian expatriates held their first “consultative” meeting on Oct. 29 in Washington, during which the 70 participants agreed to work together and plan a followup meeting to develop and advance an agenda to help end Syria’s civil war, which began on March 15, 2011.

Organizers said the diversity of the participants, including more than 70 prominent Syrians, and their “determination to work together” can become a driver to push authorities in the US and Europe to take a more active role in helping Syria get back on track toward a productive future free of violence.

“The goal, if we set aside the need to communicate with this (US) administration and the different American establishment bodies, what is more important is that we need to show and to practice the bringing up of all differences between the Syrians themselves; this will help,” said Samir Al-Taqi, a former member of the Syrian parliament who once served as a consultant to Syrian President Bashar Assad, and before that to his father, former President Hafez Assad.

“All of us believe that without a reconciliation to rebuild a voluntary participation of all Syrians without any pressures, regardless of democracy because democracy doesn’t solve all the issues among people … what we need in Syria is not the opposition to the regime — we need in Syria an alternative to the regime. This is very important.

“So maybe through this we can create not necessarily an opposition but an alternative to the Syria war, allowing every partner in this to come together. I don’t believe there will be any kind of justice in this world, so we need to be conciliatory regardless of justice.”

In his capacity as a close adviser to Assad, Al-Taqi served as director of the Orient Center for International Studies, a research extension to the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that was based in Damascus. He also represented the Syrian government during the investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.

Al-Taqi’s relationship with Assad broke down before the civil war began, when he advised the president that an impending conflict could jeopardize the country. He was arrested and tortured before being allowed to leave the country on Aug. 9, 2010. He moved to the US and is currently a non-resident researcher at the Middle East Institute, the American Center for Levant Studies, and a part of the Distinguished Scholars program at Queens University related to the peace process.

Also present at the meeting in Washington were six of 10 former Syrian government ministers who fled the country and found refuge in US, along with activists, business leaders and former diplomats.

Ayman Abdel Nour, a member of the organizing committee, said the primary goal was to create a strong, unified voice to help push for the implementation of UN Resolution 2254, which was adopted on Dec. 18, 2015, and specifically sets out the requirement that the “Syrian People will decide the future of Syria.”

“There have been many efforts to bring the Syrian-American community and Syrian expatriates together to define a strategy to end the conflict and put Syria back on a road to recovery and transition but all have failed because of the inability of all the different sides to come together,” said Abdel Nour, agreeing with Al-Taqi. “I believe we can now overcome those divisions.”

He pointed out that the participants in the meeting came from many parts of the US, including Florida, New Jersey, Boston, Washington State and California.

A leading reformist, Abdel Nour is a consultant to several multinational organizations, including the UN and EU, and advises on civil society and economic development in Syria. A trained engineer and economist, he has testified before the European Parliament, provides consulting services on Middle East public policy to international organizations and is also president of Syrian Christians for Dialogue.

Stressing the “need for unity” if the coalition is to be successful, he said it includes representatives from all sections of Syrian society, including Yazidis, the Syrian-Jewish American community in New York, Druze leaders, Kurds, a Syrian-American student committee in Los Angeles, and members of several of Syria’s 10 societal tribes who are now living in the US.

According to the organizers, the 70 diverse participants at the coalition meeting included:

Hussein Amash, a former minister of state for combating unemployment and head of Al-Furat University. He was jailed in Syria but released because he had American citizenship. He was previously director-general of Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

Former Minister Taghreed Al-Hajali, a leading Druze sect leader who served as minister of culture.

Wael Mirza, a former political adviser to President Assad.

Edward Hashweh, a leading Syrian attorney from Homs who had close relationships with all Syrian presidents dating back to 1957.

Huda Aljord, a Syrian professor at the University of California, Riverside.

International Attorney Hamid Al-Rifai, who is based in Washington.

Mahmoud Diaba, leader of the Tribes of Palmyra, one of Syria’s 10 tribes, which has an office in Michigan.

Ayman Hakki, a surgeon from Washington.

Lina Murad, who teaches at John Hopkins University.

Hisham Nashwati, head of the Syrian organization Syria Freedom, based in New Jersey.

Nimrod Suleiman, an analyst and commentator on Syria for Al-Arabiya TV.

Zaher Baadrani, director of the Future Movement and of the Islamic Youth Movement in Florida.

Both Al-Taqi and Abdel Nour said that the focus of the coalition is not an effort to continue the existing conflict but to use their influence in the US to convince the Biden administration to help create a “new alternative.”

“The caliber of the leadership attending the meeting puts an end to the criticism that the Syrian-American community is fractured and cannot come together,” said Abdel Nour. “They may be the strongest group to give new momentum to revive the effort to implement UN Resolution 2254.

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Uttar Pradesh: Security tightened at Shahjahanpur mosques for Friday prayers

Nov 4, 2022

SHAHJAHANPUR: Additional police force was deployed at city mosques for the Friday prayers, two days after a copy of the Quran was found burnt on the premises, police said. The prayers went off peacefully.

The situation in the city is normal and constant contact is being established with religious leaders. The administration deployed three magistrates in three police stations of the city for the Friday prayers. Officials are also constantly touring the city areas, Additional District Magistrate (Finance and Revenue) Ramsevak Dwivedi told PTI.

Soon after the desecration was reported, police arrested local resident Taj Mohammad.

Shahjahanpur is an example of Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb (composite culture) where there has never been any riot, Dwivedi said.

Superintendent of Police S. Anand said some people tried to disrupt peace on Wednesday after which a meeting with religious leaders was held and an appeal was made to maintain peace. The religious leaders have also given assurance in this regard, the SP said.

Following this, adequate police force was deployed in mosques falling in all the police station areas for the Friday prayers which passed off peacefully, Anand said.

Meanwhile, local Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Rajesh Awasthi and other activists handed over a memorandum to the SP complaining about a group of people blocking the road near Beri Chowki under Kotwali after the incident on Wednesday.

Awasthi alleged that after the incident, anti-national slogans were raised, arson was done and an attempt was made to instigate riot and demanded that such miscreants should be identified and action be taken against them under the Gangsters Act and the National Security Act (NSA).

A video of the accused has also gone viral in which he can be heard saying, "I roam about without any work so the mind went crazy. I told the family members to get me married but the family members did not help."

He said he was not responsible for the desecration. "I did not set any fire nor did I go there, a spirit came out of me and it set the fire".

On Wednesday night, a copy of the Quran was found burnt in a mosque in the Kotwali area of Shahjahanpur after which people gathered at the mosque in large numbers and staged a demonstration.

Source: Times Of India

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The army took a back seat because its Project Imran Khan bombed, says former ISI chief Asad Durrani

Nov 4, 2022

Lt Gen Asad Durrani, a former chief of Pakistan’s ISI, speaks to Harinder Baweja on the clash between Imran Khan and the all-powerful military establishment and what the assassination bid on the former prime minister portends politically and militarily. Excerpts:

Just how do you think Imran Khan, once the military establishment’s protege, went on to become the challenger?

All military proteges – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, the earlier two – did go on to become its challengers. When the Military refused to come to Imran Khan’s help earlier in the year to avert defeat in the Parliament, he too has gone the same way. This time around however, judging the people’s mood – that they have had enough of these “games of throne” – Imran Khan has cashed upon their anti-establishment and anti-American sentiments.

The assassination bid on Imran Khan has deepened the fault lines in Pakistan. Are early elections the way out of this crisis?

Fault lines have existed for a long time, and I’m not sure if these have now deepened. An early election is indeed Imran Khan’s demand, but those at the helm prefer to wait till they’re due in October next year. Their argument is that to stabilise the economy they had to take some tough measures, which have worked in Imran’s favour; though it was his period in power that had done some serious damage, primarily in the economic field. The present government believes that in the next few months it would be able to show some positive results.

The Pakistani army has political power flowing out of the barrel of its guns. Despite declarations that they are apolitical, the army and ISI have always controlled the political strings. Imran Khan, apart from blaming Shehbaz Sharif for the bid on his life, has also named an ISI general. This is a flashpoint isn’t it?

Pakistan army may have had a larger-than-life political role, but it hardly ever was in effective control – except when it directly ruled. I do not know why Imran has named an ISI general.

It is clear that Imran Khan has upped the battle and raised the stakes because of his popularity and crowd drawing ability. Is a rapprochement between him and the Establishment possible, for that’s the one way the deadlock can be broken

I believe he’s keeping some back channels open with the Establishment, but have no idea if these would help break the stalemate.

In an unprecedented move, the ISI chief addressed a press conference to de-popularise Imran Khan. What do you think went wrong between him and army chief, Gen Qamar Bajwa?

I too was taken by surprise, but then it’s quite possible that after Imran Khan lost power and took a confrontationist path, the rancour between him and the establishment went up the spiral.

Gen Bajwa retires later this month. How difficult will it be for the new man in to restore the delicately poised civil-military balance?

The “balance” was in favour of the Military most of the time. The army’s decision to take a backseat was because its Project Imran Khan had bombed. Imran, on the other hand, wanted to keep the Establishment involved and to continue supporting him. The latest developments indicate that the army will take a backseat. That should make the task of Bajwa’s successor – not carrying any personal baggage of the past – to confine the service to its constitutional role, not too difficult.

Source: Times Of India

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RJD takes Muslims for granted: Prashant Kishor

3rd November 2022

Patna: Political strategist turned activist Prashant Kishor on Thursday trained his guns on the RJD, accusing it of treating Muslims of Bihar like ‘bandhua mazdoor’ (bonded labourers).

Addressing a public meeting at Puparahiya village in West Champaran district, he also underscored less than adequate representation of the minority community in key positions in the government.

“You all feel affinity towards the RJD. But please ponder over the question: Why did the RJD not insist on having two deputy chief ministers like the BJP which had one MLA less? The answer is the RJD stands on two legs — (Muslims) and Y (Yadavs). So having a second deputy CM would have definitely required them to appoint a Muslim,” the IPAC founder said.

Notably, the RJD came to power two months ago after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar snapped ties with the BJP and joined the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance).

The new government saw RJD president Lalu Prasad’s son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav becoming the deputy chief minister for the second time.

“Just pay attention to how many from your community have got a berth in the new cabinet,” added the 45-year-old.

Kishor, who is on a 3,500 km-long ‘padayatra’ of his home state, after which his ‘Jan Suraaj’, campaign is expected to evolve into a full-fledged political party, also lashed out at the RJD for often alleging that he was being “funded” by the BJP.

“For years, I have been fighting and even defeating the BJP. Therefore, parties which take you people for granted and think you have no other option, are jittery and spreading canard against me,” said Kishor who started off as a poll campaign manager for Narendra Modi in 2014 Lok Sabha polls after which he went on to build an impressive clientele, which included leaders as diverse as Nitish Kumar, Amarinder Singh, Arvind Kejriwal, and Jagan Mohan Reddy.

After handling the poll campaign last year for Mamata Banerjee, who returned to power in West Bengal with her best-ever electoral performance, Kishor announced retirement from professional political consultancy.

Jan Suraaj was launched earlier this year after months of fruitless negotiations with the Congress, which Kishor, an enigmatic figure, wanted to join formally and refurbish according to his own blueprint.

Reacting to Kishor’s comment, RJD MLA Akhtarul Islam Shaheen insisted, “RJD is the number one in the country if representation to Muslims, with regard to a party’s own strength in both houses of Parliament and state legislature is taken into account.”

“It may be said that Muslims are not getting a share commensurate with their population but it is true for all states and parties. Our track record has been better than all others,” said Shaheen, who is the third-term MLA from Samastipur.

He also took exception to the “MY” label attached to his party and asked, “Have Lalu ji or Tejashwi ji ever said we are a party of only Yadavs and Muslims? Does any party stand a chance in elections with support of only two social groups? The talk of MY has been a mischief aimed at driving all other sections away from RJD.”

Source: Siasat Daily

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I was hit by four bullets, says Imran Khan

05.11.22

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said he was hit by four bullets in his right leg during the assassination attempt a day earlier when he was leading a political march in Punjab province.

Addressing the nation from the Shaukat Khanum Hospital here, his first address since the assassination attempt, Khan said that he was aware of the plot to kill him.

“I’ll come to the details of the attack later. I got to know the day before [the attack] that either in Wazirabad or Gujrat, they planned to kill me,” the 70-year-old chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party claimed.

“I was hit by four bullets,” Khan said.

Khan said he had narrated this plan to the public during a September 24 rally.

“This [the attempted assassination] happened exactly according to the script,” he said.

Dr Faisal Sultan, who is treating the cricketer-turned-politician, said X-rays of Khan’s right leg showed that his tibia was damaged and in fact fractured.

“In this scan, the line you see on the right leg is the main artery. The bullet fragments were very near it,” Sultan said.

Khan suffered a bullet injury on the right leg when a gun-wielding man fired a volley of bullets at him and others mounting on a container-mounted truck in the Wazirabad area of Punjab province.

Khan has been demanding fresh elections and launched a long march to Islamabad on October 28 to press the government to accept his demands.

Angry supporters

Imran’s angry supporters took to the streets across Pakistan after Friday prayers asthe Punjab police arrested two more suspects.

While Khan’s PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party insisted that it was a “prelude to a well-thought-out conspiracy”, the federal government asked the Punjab provincial government to constitute a high-level joint investigation team (JIT) to bring the facts to light.

Protests by PTI workers erupted in various cities across the country after the Friday prayers.

Irate protesters blocked the busy Murree Road, the main artery of Rawalpindi which leads to Islamabad.

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Pakistan Army rejects 'baseless, irresponsible' allegations by Imran Khan against senior officer

Nov 5, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has rejected as "baseless and irresponsible" the allegations made by former premier Imran Khan that one of its senior officers was among the people involved in the conspiracy to kill him and demanded the government to conduct a probe and take legal action against those maligning the state institution.

The Army's overnight statement came in response to an address by Khan from the hospital in which he alleged that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, interior minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal Naseer were part of a sinister plot to assassinate him in the same way former Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed in 2011 by a religious extremist.

Khan, 70, suffered a bullet injury in the right leg when two gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others mounting on a container-mounted truck in the Wazirabad area of Punjab province, where he was leading a protest march against the Shehbaz Sharif government.

"Four people plotted to kill me. I made a video and named those people and have stashed it abroad," Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said, adding that it would be released in case something untoward happens to him.

In its response, the Army in a statement said: “The baseless and irresponsible allegations by chairman PTI against the institution and particularly a senior army officer are absolutely unacceptable and uncalled for."

“The baseless allegations hurled at the institution/officials today are highly regrettable and strongly condemned," the statement read.

“No one will be allowed to defame the institution or its soldiers with impunity. Keeping this in view, the government of Pakistan has been requested to investigate the matter and initiate legal action against those responsible for defamation and false accusations against the institution and its officials without any evidence whatsoever,” it said.

According to the statement, the Pakistan Army prides itself for being an extremely professional and well-disciplined organisation with a robust and highly effective internal accountability system, which is applicable across the board for unlawful acts against anything committed by uniformed personnel. If the honour, safety and prestige of its rank and file are being tarnished by vested interests through frivolous allegations, “the institution will jealously safeguard its officers and soldiers no matter what”, it said.

The powerful Army, which has ruled the coup-prone country for more than half of its 75-plus years of existence, has hitherto wielded considerable power in the matters of security and foreign policy.

Earlier, Khan repeated the names of three persons for their alleged involvement in the attack. He urged his followers to continue protests across the country until the three of them resigned.

Khan also announced that he would relaunch the protest march against the government soon after getting on his feet.

Meanwhile, he also claimed that an FIR was not being registered as some people were afraid of (some names).

Source: Times Of India

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Blind Use Of "religious Fanaticism To Bury Imran's Politics": Maulana Fazal

Mohammad Ali

November 04, 2022

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Nov, 2022 ) :Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman on Friday said the "blind use of religious fanaticism would bury Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan's politics." In an exclusive talk with media persons, Fazal who is also the head of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) said Imran Khan, who ignited fire of hatred in the society, was now had to bear the brunt of it.

Reacting to the Wazirabad incident, he said the incident took place in the jurisdiction of Punjab, where PTI had its own government.

The accused was caught by the PTI worker and referred to the Punjab Police, he said, adding that the Police took a statement from the accused in which he confessed that the "PTI chief had been guilty of insulting the religion." "Despite this, Imran Khan and his cronies are hell-bent to agitate by accusing the Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sana Ullah and (one of)Pakistan's security official without any evidence, which had made the matter suspicious," he said.

JUI-F chief said a high-level investigation of this matter was necessary so that the nation could be apprised about the actual facts.

Fazal alarmed that the consequences of using such incidents for political aims would be dangerous in future and a third force could take advantage and put the nation in trouble.

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SC requested to defer hearing of contempt plea against Imran

Haseeb Bhatti

November 5, 2022

PTI chief Imran Khan’s lawyer submitted an application to the Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday to defer a hearing in a contempt case filed against the former prime minister for allegedly flouting a May 25 court order that defined the limits for his party’s ‘Azadi March’ at the time.

The deferral was sought on the grounds of Imran’s hospitalisation after he was wounded in Thursday’s gun attack in Wazirabad and would not be able to submit a reply sought by the court in the previous hearing.

The interior ministry had approached the SC for contempt of court charges against Imran on October 13 for allegedly flouting the court’s order in which, the petition recalled, the apex court directed the PTI to hold its ‘Azadi March’ gathering in a ground located between sectors H-9 and G-9.

The plea stated the that court had designated the area for the protest in view of the categorical assurances on behalf of the party’s top leadership and their counsel that their rally would not cause any inconvenience or blockage of the Srinagar Highway or trouble the public and that the rally would be conducted in a peaceful and lawful manner.

However, Imran and his supporters made their way towards D-Chowk in alleged contravention of court orders, the plea alleged.

At the last hearing, the SC had given Imran a chance to explain the alleged flouting of the court order and sought a detailed reply from him by November 5 (today).

The application said Imran had been hospitalised due to an “unfortunate incident” — a gun attack that caused him an injury in the shin — and could not submit a reply.

It prayed the court not to hold the hearing scheduled on November 7 and not fix the case for a hearing for now.

The govt’s plea

The federal government, through the interior ministry, had approached the Supreme Court for initiating contempt of court proceedings against Imran for violating its May 25 order, wherein the PTI was restricted from holding its ‘Azadi March’ near Peshawar Mor between the H-9 and G-9 areas of Islamabad. However, Imran and his supporters made their way towards D-Chowk in alleged contravention of court orders.

According to the petition, the apex court had in its May order directed the PTI to hold a gathering on a ground located between sectors H-9 and G-9 in view of the categorical assurances on behalf of the party’s top leadership and their counsel that their rally would not cause any inconvenience or blockage of the Srinagar Highway or trouble the public and that the rally would be conducted in a peaceful and lawful manner.

Despite these assurances, the PTI top leadership, acting in blatant disregard for the directions, exhorted its supporters to reach D-Chowk, falsely professing that the court had allowed the march without any conditions, it added.

The contempt petition pleaded for the implementation of the apex court order for the protection of the fundamental rights of the public, particularly residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

It also requested that the Supreme Court should also issue comprehensive guidelines for all future protests to be held in the federal capital that should include prior intimation of the date, selection of the venue, assurance of not causing any hindrance to public life and a commitment to ensure that the protesters would not cause any damage to public or private property.

The plea also claimed the tone and tenor adopted by the PTI chairman in his speeches against the incumbent rulers and state institutions was “highly inflammatory”, aimed at encouraging distrust and contempt and instigating revolt.

Source: Dawn

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Army, govt ‘on same page’, demand end to falsehoods

November 5, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Hours after Imran Khan directly blamed government officials and an army officer for the attempt on his life, federal ministers and the military denied the allegations, calling them “unacceptable and uncalled for”, while demanding action against “those responsible for defamation and false accusations against the institution and its officials”.

Earlier, Mr Khan had accused the prime minister, interior minister and a spy agency officer for hatching a plot to assassinate him and demanded their immediate removal.

In a late night statement, the military’s media wing condemned the allegations and said: “The baseless and irresponsible allegations by chairman PTI against the institution and particularly a senior army officer are absolutely unacceptable and uncalled for.”

ISPR added that the Pakistan Army was a professional and disciplined organisation with a robust internal accountability system for any unlawful acts committed by uniformed personnel.

Calling Mr Khan’s allegations regrettable, the ISPR said honour and safety of its rank and file were being “tarnished by vested interests”. “The institution will safeguard its officers and soldiers no matter what.”

Earlier on Friday, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and Interior Minister Rana Sanullah also lambasted Mr Khan’s recriminations.

Ms Aurangzeb raised questions over Mr Khan’s actions following the attack.

“Why did he not go to any hospital nearby after being hit by four bullets and wasted three precious hours to reach Lahore?” she asked. Mr Khan was taken to Lahore, around 123km southwest of Wazirabad where he was shot.

She also questioned why no government doctors and police were allowed to check or visit Mr Khan.

“We offer full cooperation of the federal government to investigate the incident,” adding that Mr Khan can call Scotland Yard, private investigators or anybody to probe the attack. “But eventually you will have to appear in court so that the truth may come out.”

“Not only was Imran Khan making false accusations without any evidence, but the fact is that the attacker was in Punjab police’s custody and investigation was the responsibility of the Punjab government, not the federal government.”

“For Almighty’s sake, I plead not to play the religion card.This is a dangerous path and could lead to serious consequences.”

She claimed Mr Khan has been defaming the institutions for political benefits, saying: “It all started after March 07 he [Mr Khan] offered Gen Bajwa to become army chief for lifetime for supporting him in the vote of no confidence.”

She added when the COAS refused, a derogatory campaign was launched against the army and to “ridicule” martyrs.

Later, Mr Khan used the words neutral, animal and XYZ etc for the army, she added.

Meanwhile, talking to Geo News, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah called Mr Khan a compulsive liar and said his whole media talk was nothing more than “baseless allegations”.

He disputed Mr Khan’s claim that he received four bullets and demanded an independent medical board to examine these claims.

While rejecting the possibility of more than one attacker – as claimed by Mr Khan – the interior minister said there was minute-by-minute footage of the attack which could be examined.

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Southeast Asia 

Malaysia GE2022: Parties gear up for campaign flag-off

Shannon Teoh

NOV 5, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR - The two-week campaign for Malaysia’s 15th General Election officially kicks off on Saturday in a multi-cornered battle that is likely to result in no clear winner after the Nov 19 vote.

Most contenders have had to rush to prepare for the polls that were not due until September 2023 but were controversially called when caretaker Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob dissolved Parliament on Oct 10, despite warnings of deadly year-end floods by mid-November.

The Meteorological Department said on Thursday that the north-east monsoon – which killed 54 in 2021 and caused RM6 billion (S$1.8 billion) in losses – is now expected to hit the country earlier, from Nov 7, and will last till March. This raises the potential risk of the 21 million-strong electorate having to brave flood waters to vote.

The fragmented political landscape, with three main coalitions and dozens of independent blocs vying for power, is likely to see close to a thousand nominations submitted on Saturday for the 222 parliamentary seats, and hundreds more for the only three – out of 13 – state assemblies that have chosen to hold concurrent polls despite the impending deluge. The states of Perlis, Perak and Pahang were ruled by Umno.

All candidates will have to submit their papers between 9am and 10am at various centres in all 222 federal wards, with confirmation of names that will appear on the ballot papers expected before noon.

Analysts expect the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to garner the most seats in Parliament, putting the Umno-led coalition in pole position to form the next government.

Umno vice-president Ismail had dissolved Parliament after intense pressure from party president Zahid Hamidi’s faction, which had stridently insisted that they should capitalise on the momentum from the two-thirds supermajority wins in two state polls in the past year, as well as the unpreparedness of their opponents.

BN’s vote share in the Melaka and Johor state polls were within a few points of the 40 per cent mark – enough to fend off opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) and former premier Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional (PN).

But opinion polls showed approval of the Ismail administration was at 31 per cent in October, lower than the 39 per cent mark in April 2018, just weeks before Najib Razak – now jailed over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal – was deposed as Umno lost power after the general election, the first time in Malaysia’s six-decade history.

Zahid, as the head of BN, also chose to drop a slew of dissidents from the BN candidate slate who were either critical of him or were Ismail supporters, triggering backlash that has seen at least two of those dropped deciding to defend their seats as PN nominees.

There have also been last-minute changes to PN’s line-up as well as internal bickering over PH’s decision to drop popular leaders in several seats, especially across its stronghold of Selangor, Malaysia’s richest state.

“At this point in time, with the lower-than-expected level of Malay voter support for BN, it is possible to imagine that no single coalition will attain a large enough plurality to form a government with just one other party or coalition,” said Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research on Friday in its release of its October survey data.

This implies that whether it is BN, PH or PN, or a combination of two of these coalitions, the support of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which dominates the eastern state, could be crucial in determining who becomes Malaysia’s prime minister in a fortnight.

PH came to power in 2018 and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad became prime minister, but the coalition’s reign lasted just 22 months. It crumbled due to ebbing support from the crucial Malay Muslim demographic, which makes up the majority in about six of 10 parliamentary wards.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin was sworn in as premier in March 2020 after defecting with his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and forming PN but found himself on the receiving end when Umno MPs withdrew their support.

PN and GPS agreed to back Datuk Seri Ismail as premier in Aug 2021, as Zahid was and is still burdened by dozens of graft charges.

Critics accuse Zahid and his allies of pushing for snap polls ahead of a verdict in his corruption trial expected in early 2023.

Whether that narrative will hurt the former deputy premier enough will be tested as he defends his Bagan Datok seat against PH’s Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Akin who has a track record of giant-killing.

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Survey: Voters more concerned about economy than politics, seven in 10 feel country moving in wrong direction

By Zarrah Morden

04 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — Most voters going into the 15th general elections (GE15) were concerned about the economy with 74 per cent of respondents saying the country’s biggest problem is its economy.

The next biggest problems faced by the country were related to political issues (3 per cent), racial issues (3 per cent), and leadership issues (3 per cent).

The top concern for the Malaysian voters surveyed was inflation (31 per cent), followed by political instability (13 per cent), corruption (12 per cent) and enhancing economic growth (12 per cent).

"Issues driving voter motivations are fairly universal: the economy and inflation.

"But we now see voters genuinely concerned over political uncertainty, as it may mean that public priorities take a back seat compared to leaders’ efforts to stay or gain power,” it said.

In addition, 72 per cent of respondents felt that the country is going in the wrong direction due to economic concerns (32 per cent of respondents) followed by political instability (27 per cent).

Other concerns were poor and inefficient administration (12 per cent), bad quality of leadership and no welfare (8 per cent), and racial issues (3 per cent).

However, those who said the country was going in the right direction cited a favourable economy (13 per cent), good national and state administration (11 per cent), good quality leadership and welfare (8 per cent), social and public safety (5 per cent), and good development and infrastructure (1 per cent).

Dissatisfaction with the direction of the country was high among ethnic lines (65 per cent for Malays, 85 per cent for ethnic Chinese and Indians, 71 per cent for Muslim Bumiputera and 63 per cent for non-Muslim Bumiputera) and age groups (65 per cent for those aged 18 to 20, 73 per cent for those aged 21 to 30, 74 per cent for ages 31 to 40, 71 per cent for ages 41 to 50, 74 per cent for ages 51 - 60 and 71 per cent for ages 61 and above).

Merdeka Center noted that levels of dissatisfaction with the direction of the country increased after the dissolution of Parliament.

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'I’ll be a leader for all Malaysians': Anwar delivers message of unity in Perak ahead of Nomination Day

Pichayada Promchertchoo

04 Nov 2022

TAMBUN, Perak: Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Anwar Ibrahim delivered a message of unity and multiracial harmony on Friday (Nov 4) in Tambun, where he is set to contest for a parliamentary seat in the upcoming general election.

“If I become a leader, I will be a leader for all Malaysians,” Mr Anwar told the cheering crowd of supporters during his visit to an Indian-Malaysian community in the constituency.

They gave him a warm welcome, with music and firecrackers outside a local restaurant in Tambun amid the rain.

The 75-year-old politician is leading PH in its fight to form a new government when Malaysians go to the polls on Nov 19. Nomination Day will take place on Saturday morning.

“We have to bring in new politics, respect and accept people from different races as our citizens,” he said.

In his speech on Friday, Mr Anwar made references to the ruling parties and vowed to be different.

“I want support from the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians and indigenous people because this is Malaysia. I don’t want to be like political parties such as PAS (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia), Bersatu (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) or UMNO (United Malays National Organisation). They play up racial sentiments. I do not,” said Mr Anwar.

PAS is an Islamist party while Bersatu and UMNO are Malay nationalist political organisations.

The three are part of the incumbent government, which operates under two coalitions, namely Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN).

The latter was established in 2020 when Bersatu and several members of parliament from Mr Anwar’s party - Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) – defected from PH to form a new coalition with PAS. The incident is commonly known as the Sheraton Move.

The upcoming election will see the three major coalitions fighting to capture the federal seat of government in Putrajaya.

For PH, which won the previous polls in 2018, its fight against the two ruling coalitions could be an uphill battle.

In Tambun, Anwar will compete for the parliamentary seat against Mr Ahmad Faizal Azumu from PN and Mr Aminuddin Hanafiah from BN, according to the latest announcements by the coalitions.

The seat is currently held by Mr Ahmad Faizal, whose party Bersatu defected from PH during the Sheraton Move.

The move resulted in the collapse of the PH government, then led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, after being in power for 22 months.

“We’ll build this country as a team, a full team, a team that loves and helps each other,” said Mr Anwar on Friday.

“I want to make sure that when we form a government on Nov 20, this government will be different from others.”

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DAP respects constitution, monarchy says Anwar

Tsubasa Nair

November 4, 2022

IPOH: Pakatan Harapan chairman Anwar Ibrahim has dismissed the notion that DAP would be in control of the government if the coalition won the general election.

Speaking at a pre-election rally here, Anwar also defended DAP, saying the party respected the Federal Constitution and the Malay rulers. DAP’s rivals have claimed the party was anti-Malay.

“In our government, the prime minister is Malay, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is Malay, and so are the menteris besar. Don’t worry, DAP is our faithful ally,” he said.

He said that while he as a Malay would lead the government if PH won GE15, he would be a leader for all.

Anwar, who will be contesting the Tambun seat, welcomed some 480 Tambun MIC members from eight branches who quit the party to join PKR.

Hulu Kinta assemblyman Arafat Varisai Mahamad, who was present at the event, claimed the ex-MIC members were disappointed that the community in Tambun had been neglected.

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PKR members who run as independents will be sacked, says Anwar

Shaq Ismail

November 5, 2022

IPOH: Any PKR member who contests as an independent candidate in the general election will be sacked, says party president Anwar Ibrahim.

This comes after former PKR vice-president Tian Chua nominated himself as an independent candidate for the Batu seat.

“It is unfortunate (Tian Chua) choose this path,” Anwar told reporters after submitting his nomination papers for the Tambun seat at the Ipoh Industrial Training Institute.

“He is a passionate and dedicated reformist (but) I don’t think this action is something that a reformist should be doing.

“Whatever it is, we have taken the appropriate action.”

Earlier, Tian Chua said he was ready to face any disciplinary action from the party for contesting the Batu seat as an independent candidate.

Nonetheless, the former Batu MP told Malaysiakini that he was “always with Pakatan Harapan and PKR” in spirit.

“This is a party I have a strong emotional attachment to. I love and support all PKR leaders despite the internal differences that we have,” he said, stressing that he had not quit PKR.

He claimed the composition of Batu voters had increased by over 30,000 voters since 2018 with a rise in Malay voters, adding that these factors were why PKR’s P Prabakaran could lose at the polls.

“My part here (as an independent candidate) is to ensure we do not risk losing Batu to PKR’s opponents.”

PKR named Prabakaran to defend the seat he won as an independent in the last general election (GE14) before joining the party.

Tian Chua was the Batu MP from 2008 to 2018 but failed to defend his seat in GE14 after he was disqualified on nomination day.

Earlier today, Prabakaran said he was disappointed that Tian Chua had chosen to contest GE15 as an independent candidate and accused him of being selfish.

The Batu seat will be a contest among 10 candidates, with big names like MIC vice-president A Kohilan Pillay (Barisan Nasional) and Gerak Independent’s Siti Kasim in the fray.

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PN welcomes any winnable candidate, says Hadi

November 3, 2022

ALOR SETAR: Perikatan Nasional (PN) welcomes anyone who wants to support or join the coalition in the 15th general election (GE15), said its deputy chairman, Abdul Hadi Awang.

Hadi, who is also the PAS president, said PN’s doors are open to any prospective candidate capable of winning a seat for the coalition.

“The names of candidates can change at any time before nomination day,” he told reporters after the announcement of PN’s candidates for Kedah parliamentary seats last night.

He was responding to speculation that PN might offer former Arau MP Shahidan Kassim, who was dropped from Barisan Nasional’s list of candidates, the chance to contest on PN’s ticket in GE15.

Earlier yesterday, Perlis PN chairman Syukri Ramli was reported to have informed the PAS and PN leadership of Shahidan’s intention to defend the seat.

PN will contest 169 parliamentary seats, including 74 by Bersatu, 64 by PAS, 20 by Gerakan and 11 by affiliated groups.

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Thailand, Saudi Arabia to launch coordination council amid relations thaw

November 04, 2022

BANGKOK: Thailand is preparing to set up a coordination council with Saudi Arabia to boost newly restored relations, including in trade and investment, a top official from the Thai Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

Ties between the two kingdoms stalled in the 1980s and were renewed in late January, following Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to Riyadh, which was the first top leadership meeting between the two countries in more than three decades.

During the visit, the Kingdom and Thailand discussed a road map for their bilateral relations.

The Southeast Asian nation’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai said last month that the road map would be made official during a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The crown prince has been invited as a special guest by the Thai leadership to attend the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on Nov. 18-19.

The coordination council to implement the relationship road map is expected to be established during the visit, Umaporn Futrakul, director of the Bureau of Asia, Africa and Middle East of the Department of Trade Negotiations at the Thai Ministry of Commerce, told Arab News.

“When the crown prince visits, there will be an announcement on the details of the coordination council,” she said.

“The coordination council will consist of committees, and one of those will be trade and economy which, it has been agreed, the ministries of commerce from both sides will co-chair.”

Since the restoration of bilateral ties, many agreements and official visits have already followed. The two governments have also signed a series of cooperation deals and the volume of trade between them has already significantly increased.

Between February and September 2022, bilateral trade volume between Thailand and Saudi Arabia reached $7.2 billion, compared with $4.5 billion in the same period last year, according to Ministry of Commerce data.

In the same timeframe, Thai exports to Saudi Arabia were $1.3 billion, up 23 percent, while imports were $5.9 billion, posting an increase of more than 72 percent.

“The resumption of ties has made the relationship better in the big picture,” Futrakul said.

“After the two sides started their interaction and resumed their ties in different dimensions, it led to more visits from top executives from both sides than before … these frequent visits lead to more trade and investment.”

The top Thai exports to Saudi Arabia in 2022 were automobiles, spare parts, accessories, as well as wood products, household appliances, electric devices and processed seafood.

The key imports from Saudi Arabia were crude oil, fertilizers, natural gas and metal products.

A further boost in trade is expected soon as the cooperation council will come with frameworks to advance economic relations on both ends.

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Europe 

Sparkhill mosque vandalised with bricks during prayer

04 November, 2022

Bricks and stones were thrown through a mosque's windows during morning prayer.

Worshippers at Paigham-E-Islam Trust in Sparkhill, Birmingham, were left terrified after the attack at about 06:45 GMT on Friday, Mohammed Suleman said.

West Midlands Police said a man had been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

The force added that several other buildings the Stratford Road area were vandalised during the same morning.

"The motive behind the attacks is yet to be established, but we're currently questioning the man in his 40s who remains in custody and is undergoing a mental health assessment," a spokesman said.

Mr Suleman said he was "very shocked as we have a really good community relationship with Sparkhill".

The police spokesman said more officers had been dispatched to the area.

"We understand the worry and anger this may cause," they added.

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Muslim Brotherhood statement confirms death of leader

Damien McElroy

Nov 04, 2022

Ibrahim Munir, the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, died on Friday, two years after taking the role.

The organisation said in a statement that Munir had lived in London for decades and was 85 years old.

He had lived in exile for most of the last 40 years.

The Islamist movement was founded in Egypt and took power in a presidential election in 2012. A year later that presidency was brought down by mass protests against the organisation's rule.

The Muslim Brotherhood high command has since used its position overseas to try to consolidate after the loss of power and Munir was central to those efforts.

The group's spiritual leader Yusuf Al Qaradawi died in September. He was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court in absentia in 2015 along with other Egyptians affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in a case relating to a 2011 mass jail break.

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Turkey warns Finland, Sweden must ‘take steps’ before NATO approval

05 November, 2022

Turkey will not formally approve Finland and Sweden’s membership of NATO until the two countries take the necessary “steps,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg Friday.

Ankara has accused the two Nordic nations of providing a safe haven for outlawed Kurdish militants it deems “terrorists” and held back on ratifying their NATO membership despite an agreement in June.

“President Erdogan noted that the steps to be taken by Sweden and Finland would determine how fast the approval process... would go and when it would be concluded,” the Turkish presidency said.

Erdogan and Stoltenberg held a private meeting in Istanbul that was closed to the media.

Finland and Sweden dropped decades of military non-alignment and scrambled to become NATO members in May, after Russia invaded Ukraine.

But Erdogan threatened to block their bids and sought concessions, leading to a deal in June between Turkey, Finland and Sweden that included provisions on extraditions and sharing information.

New Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson will visit Ankara on Tuesday to meet with Erdogan in a trip that Stockholm hopes will lead to Turkey’s approval.

Stoltenberg “welcomed the major, concrete steps already taken by both countries to put the memorandum into practice, and stressed that their accession will make NATO stronger”, the alliance said in a statement on Friday.

On Thursday, the NATO secretary general said Finland and Sweden’s accession was important “to send a clear message to Russia” during a press conference with the Turkish foreign minister.

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EU's Borrell urges Iran to end arms deliveries to Russia

Oliver Towfigh Nia  

04.11.2022

BERLIN

The EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday called on Iran to end its military support to Russia in the war against Ukraine.

"We insist on Iran to stop providing arms to Russia. Iran denies it but Ukrainians have been providing evidence of these drones," Borrell said on the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting in the western German city of Muenster.

His remarks came in the wake of statements by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who also expressed concern on Thursday.

"We also see that Iran is offering drones and considering supplying ballistic missiles to Russia," said Stoltenberg, adding, "This is unacceptable. No country should support Moscow in this illegal war."

A staunch ally of Moscow, Tehran has so far denied supplying arms to Russia.

Meanwhile, Borrell also condemned the security crackdown on anti-regime protesters in Iran and vowed "to continue supporting the demonstrators."

"We have to express our strong support to the demonstrators, especially the women, the courageous women in Iran," he added.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Muslim students in UK furious over pro-Palestine student union president sacking

05 November 2022

Robert Carter

Press TV, London

Islamophobia scandal now threatens a British student union following anger over the sacking of its female Muslim president amid allegations of anti-Semitism.

Shaima Dallali was elected president of the National Union of Students in March. Dallali was initially hailed for being the first ever black Muslim female to take up the post, however, she was suspended from the role in July amid an investigation into anti-Israel comments she made up to 10 years prior to her election.

Including a 2012 tweet in which Ms Dallali wrote: “Khaybar Khaybar O Jews… Muhammad’s army will return Gaza.” A tweet she has since apologised for.

Dallali expressed further fury as the news of her sacking after she discovered the news on Twitter. Shared by a pro-Israel newspaper who may have been leaked the story prior to the NUS updating Mrs Dallali. In response, Dallali has vowed to fight the outcome via a pending legal challenge, alleging discriminatory treatment.

Mrs Dallali's sacking has sparked furious anger across the British Muslim community. Who believe this is gross censorship of pro-Palestine activism.

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US, Britain strengthening Daesh terrorists’ foothold, destructive potential in Afghanistan: Russian diplomat

04 November 2022

Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has held the United States and Britain responsible for the growth of the notorious Deash Takfiri terrorist group in Afghanistan and the uptick in violence across the South-Central Asian country.

Kabulov made the comments in an opinion piece published in the Russian daily newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta, stating that Washington and London are helping the Daesh affiliate, commonly known as Daesh in Khorasan Province, to cement its foothold in the crisis-stricken nation.

He added that the US and Britain are also exerting considerable pressure on high-profile Taliban figures to distance themselves from Russia and China, before they are targeted in assassination strikes carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Americans, together with their British collaborators, are putting their frantic efforts into strengthening the positions and the destructive potential of the Afghan offshoot of Daesh, and are seeking to avail themselves of the extremists to alienate Afghanistan’s neighboring states from Moscow,” Kabulov pointed out.

“While the United States, as part of a political blackmail, is placing the Taliban leaders under pressure to dissociate themselves from Russia and China, it is demanding Afghanistan's ruling authorities not to take any action against Uyghur insurgents, who form the militant organization Turkistan Islamic Party,” the Russian diplomat noted.

Daesh has a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar, which is regarded as its base in the war-torn country. It has recently claimed responsibility for several attacks across Afghanistan.

In May last year, at least 85 people – mainly girl students – were killed and about 300 wounded when three bombs exploded near their school in the Shia-dominated Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of Kabul.

In October 2020, Daesh admitted to attacking an educational center in the same area that killed 24 people, including students.

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Sunak government scraps plan to relocate UK embassy to occupied al-Quds

04 November 2022

The government of new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has abandoned a plan put forward by his predecessor Liz Truss for moving the UK embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied al-Quds.

A spokesperson with the UK government said on Thursday that “there are no plans to move the British embassy.”

Back in September, former UK PM Truss had pledged outgoing Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid that she would review the relocation plan.

The decision had drawn backlash from Palestinian groups and people, regional countries, and church leaders.

By moving the British embassy to occupied al-Quds, Truss was seeking to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump, the former President of the United States, who moved the US embassy to al-Quds despite worldwide condemnations.

At the time when Washington implemented the illegal move, then then-Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK had no plans to move its embassy and publicly disagreed with the US move.

The embassy relocation plan was first proposed by Truss in a letter to Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), a pro-Israel lobby group, earlier this year.

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.

Meanwhile, al-Quds is at the heart of the Palestinian conflict in the past decades as Palestinians insist that East al-Quds was illegally occupied by the regime in 1967 and it should serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

‘Much work needed to amend Balfour Declaration injustice’

In a statement on Wednesday, Palestinian ambassador to London Husam Zomlot welcomed the Sunak government's decision, also appreciating all those who “helped keep the UK in line with international law.”

“There is much work to be done to create a conducive environment for peace in the Middle East and make amends for the historic injustice caused by the Balfour Declaration, 105 years ago,” he added.

The Balfour Declaration came in the form of a letter from Britain’s then-foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, addressed to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a figurehead of the British Jewish community. It was published on November 2, 1917.

The declaration was made during World War I (1914-1918) and was included in the terms of the British Mandate for Palestine after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

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‘Daesh-like murderers of Arman Aliverdi were trained by foreign countries’

05 November 2022

The comrades and colleagues of Arman Aliverdi, a 21-year-old Iranian Basiji youth who was severely beaten by wild rioters in Tehran and was martyred in the hospital later, say the Daesh-like thugs who killed the young man have been trained by foreign countries.

One of Arman’s friends, who was present with him in the Ekbatan area where he was beaten and stabbed to death, told the al-Mayadeen TV channel that “the attitude of thugs on the streets of Tehran was so similar to that of Daesh terrorist group (also known as ISIS) and it seems like they have been trained on how to carry out violence and killing.”

The young man recounted that “Martyr Arman Aliverdi chose to walk through side alleys in order to avoid the crowds. He was walking when suddenly violent rioters started throwing stones at him and the group of young men with him. Some rioters clashed with the martyr, and as he tried to move on, the thugs found out that he belonged to the Basij volunteer forces and therefore surrounded him and started assaulting him.”

He said whenever the thugs would see a young man belonging to the Basij, they would relentlessly surround and assault him.

The West-supported rioters, he continued, ordered him to insult his own religious beliefs. However, Arman repeatedly refused, which infuriated the rioters. Then they shoved him to the ground and started beating him. “They stripped him of his clothes, kicked him, punched him, slapped him, insulted him, tortured him, and stabbed him with knives.”

He also recalled that “when we found the martyr, he was covered with his blood. We transferred him quickly to the hospital but he did not survive and died due to torture and severe injuries.”

On a related note, a Basij officer told al-Mayadeen that “foreign players who meddle in Iranian internal affairs have been training rioters to target people and centers belonging to the Basij and the Revolution.”

He added that some of the protesters are not thugs and have the right to protest, but the protests were hijacked and exploited to carry out Western agendas and cause damage to Iran’s security and stability. 

“There are trained persons, however, who are worse than Daesh terrorists. They are trying to carry out heinous crimes in Iran, worse and more violent than the ones we witnessed in Syria and Iraq. We will confront them,” he said.

He called on the Iranians to open their eyes to the violent nature of the thugs and rioters and to be vigilant against Western-backed attempts to turn Iran into chaos.

Meanwhile, Arman’s torn-out clothes and his silver ring that was broken due to severe beating and torture have been put on display at the headquarters in memory of the young Basiji man.

The thugs, who have killed dozens so far, claim to be “advocates” of freedom of thought, belief, and religion; freedom of speech; and freedom of expression. Videos on social media show how violent rioters have been going on a rampage across the country, attacking security officers and people who have religious looks, women wearing the full Hijab or Iranian Chador which is a traditional and conservative outfit, resorting to vandalism against public property, and desecrating religious sanctities.

Many peaceful protesters backed off and retreated in fear for their lives, after realizing that this is yet another plot to cause unrest in Iran. Meanwhile, millions of Iranians took part in rallies that were held in 900 cities on Friday, including in the capital Tehran where demonstrators strongly condemned the hostile policies of the US and some other Western and Arab regimes against Iran, which displayed unity among Iranians.

Dual standards remain crystal clear, showing how Western media coverage is biased. At the time Western media outlets cover fake news and circulate disinformation on Iran, they do not provide any media coverage to the violence and damage caused by the violent rioters, including the violent killing of Aliverdi, in an attempt to create an “anti-Iran” intended rhetoric, sabotage the image of Iran, and meddle in its internal affairs.

Source: Press TV

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War crimes committed by Yemen’s Houthis since truce expiry, says UN

04 November, 2022

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia has committed war crimes since the expiry of a peace agreement last month, the United Nations’ human rights chief said on Friday, citing incidents of sniper attacks and shelling.

Yemen’s warring parties failed to renew a UN-brokered truce deal that expired a month ago, dashing the hopes of some Yemenis for a broader pact that would ease economic woes and prolong relative calm after more than seven years of fighting.

Since then, the UN human rights office said it has verified three incidents of shelling in government controlled-areas that killed a boy and a man and wounded others as well as three incidents of sniper shootings, attributing the attacks to Yemen’s Houthis.

“We are gravely concerned for the safety and security of civilians,” said Jeremy Laurence, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk.

“The deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian objects is prohibited by international law and constitutes a war crime.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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President Rayeesi: Iran Not Intimidated by West's Sanctions, Threats

2022-November-4

President Rayeesi made the remarks addressing a public rally in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Friday. The rally was held as part of nationwide rallies to mark the National Day of the Fight against Global Arrogance on the anniversary US embassy takeover on November 4, 1979.

"Today's symbol of arrogance is the ruling system in the United States that is according to Imam Khomeini (RA), the Great Satan," the Iranian president said.

"Arrogance seeks to destroy many nations and peoples in the world and endanger their material and spiritual interests in order to secure its interests," he added.

He pointed out that if it had not been for the move taken by students who followed Imam's path, the fight against arrogance would be incomplete.

"The President of the United States uttered words out of distraction and said that they are looking for Iran's liberation. Mr President! Iran was freed 43 years ago and got out of your captivity and we will never be your milk cow (cohort) again," the Iranian president said.

He added that the Iranian nation has declared these positions many times through its insight and its good knowledge of the enemy.

President Rayeesi also said that the younger generation in Iran has the same view towards the United States as their fathers and mothers did at the time of the revolution.

He pointed to the western countries' support for the rioters in the recent riots in Iran, and said that the country will not be intimidated by their sanctions and threats.

"The great Iranian nation will not give in to your pressures," President Rayeesi said while addressing the American and Western politicians, after saying the Westerners have planned to do what they did to Syria and Lybia.

He further advised them to get lessons from the failed policies and not make other attempts against Iran.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei made a reference to the takeover of the Washington Embassy in Tehran, also known in Iran as the “Den of Espionage” in 1979, and said  that "this day is the embodiment of the evil of the United States and its defeat".

"So, for those who think that the US is an unwavering power, it becomes evident that it is not the case when we look at the events that took place on this day," he stated.

"The US is completely vulnerable," he affirmed.

"In its propaganda, the US says the overtaking of the Spy Den was the start of the conflict between the Iranian nation and the US. They lie. The conflicts between Iran and the US started with the 1953 coup. Why did you overthrow a national government elected by popular vote?" the Leader added.

He recounted atrocities committed by the Americans against the Iranian nation over the last 70 years, saying that the nation, to the Americans’ chagrin, has thwarted all their enmities.

"The US today is the same US of August 1953, but with 2 key differences. First, the ways it shows its hostility have become more complicated. Second, the US was the dominant power at the time of the 1953 coup. It is not today. The US's power is diminishing little by little," the Supreme Leader added.

"One can see a trace of the US in most of the events that take place against Iran. Then they claim they care about the Iranian nation! You have imposed the most severe sanctions - the like of which they admit have never been imposed on any nation in history - against Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei declared.

"The world is approaching a new order in which the US will be isolated and Asia will rise to power," he stressed.

"The signs of the US decline are obvious. They have economic, social, and moral problems inside the US. There are discords and bloody divisions. These are their domestic problems. And there are their miscalculations in global affairs," the Leader noted.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Turkey: Suspected Islamic State leader tells prosecutors he never fought in battle

By Ragip Soylu

4 November 2022

The suspected leader of the Islamic State (IS) said he was never involved in fighting and was selected for the role against his wishes, a Turkish indictment obtained by Middle East Eye showed.

Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaidai, who was arrested in Istanbul in September, told Turkish prosecutors that he had never fired a bullet against any of the group's many enemies.

He denied ever being a part of the IS armed forces or sentencing anyone to death in his role as justice minister.

His ascension to the group's leadership is believed to have happened after US special forces killed the former leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in Syria in February.

A month later, the group named Abu Hasan al-Hashemi al-Qurashi as his successor, a name which is thought not to be real. Some believe the leader to be Juma Awad al-Badri.

However, the Turkish indictment dated 10 October, based on an IS insider testimony and other information, says al-Sumaidai is most likely the man known as al-Qurashi, the group's third self-proclaimed caliph.

Al-Sumaidai told prosecutors that he accepted the possibility of becoming the group's new leader due to his popularity among fighters and since very few senior ranking officials were left in the group.

But he said the declaration was made against his wishes.

While IS no longer controls the vast territory it did in Syria and Iraq during its peak between 2014 and 2018, the group has remained a security threat throughout the region, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

IS history 

In the indictment, al-Sumaidai, who is also known by his nickname Abu Zeyd, revealed details of his personal life and role in IS.

He was born in 1975 in Mosul, Iraq and finished a university degree in electricity while studying Islamic law for over 20 years in a mosque in the city.

His father was a non-commissioned military officer and his mother was a housewife. He had not seen them since 2015.

Up until he joined IS in 2012, he had worked as a teacher in religious schools in Mosul.

He joined the group after meeting Abu Muslim Al-Turkmani, who was a senior leader in the organisation at the time.

Al-Sumaidai said he rose through the ranks after becoming a confidante of Abdul Nasser Qardash, who was an influential figure among the IS leadership, with close ties to its first self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In April 2014, he was appointed as the education minister by al-Baghdadi as the group seized control of Mosul.

Later that year, he moved to Syria's Raqqa and was reassigned as the justice minister and the chair of an appellate court.

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Erdogan, Putin agree to send Russian grains to poor African countries for free

Nov 4, 2022

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Russian grains sent under the Black Sea export deal should go to poor African countries for free.

"In my phone call with Vladimir Putin, he said 'Let's send this grain to countries such as Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan for free' - and we agreed," Erdogan said in a speech to businesspeople in Istanbul.

The comment came after Moscow resumed on Wednesday its participation in the United Nations and Turkey-brokered grain agreement, ending four days of non-cooperation that still saw exports continue from Ukrainian ports.

Source: Times Of India

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Iran Calls on US President to End Hypocrisy

2022-November-4

"Mr. Biden: end this hypocrisy — incl support for terror & ISIS," Amir Abdollahian tweeted on Friday.

"Simultaneous with open support for violence & terror during recent riots in Iran, WH is reaching out for an agreement," the Iranian foreign minister said while referring to the current development in Iran, as well as the US' role in backing terrorism and violence.

Amir Abdollahian's remarks came in reaction to Biden's allegations who claimed that the Iranian opponents would be able to reach freedom, while there are speculations on his own mental health.

Addressing an election campaign, the US president claimed on Thursday, “Don't worry, we're gonna free Iran.”

“They’re gonna free themselves pretty soon,” he alleged in the West Coast campaign speech.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Erdogan rival is first target of media law, opposition party says

November 05, 2022

ISTANBUL: Turkiye’s main opposition party has said its leader is the first target of a media “disinformation” law after police asked prosecutors to open an investigation into comments he made blaming authorities for a drug “epidemic.”

Last month parliament passed a law sought by President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party that allows judges to impose jail sentences of up to three years on anyone who spreads false or misleading information.

Critics say what can be deemed false or misleading under the law is vaguely defined and open to abuse, and the legislation has raised deep concerns over free speech ahead of next year’s elections in Turkiye, and questions over who might be prosecuted.

On Monday, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said on Twitter that Ankara had not questioned the origin of money brought into the country and this “dirty money” from drug smuggling had been used to finance Turkiye’s current account deficit.

On Wednesday, Erdogan called Kilicdaroglu “vile” to make such an allegation and said Turkiye was successfully combatting the illegal drug trade.

Kilicdaroglu is seen by many as the most likely candidate to challenge Erdogan in a presidential election set for next June.

Senior CHP lawmaker Engin Altay said on Thursday that Kilicdaroglu was “the first target of the censorship law ... (which) has produced its first fruit.”

Altay and media reports said Turkish police headquarters had filed a complaint to the chief prosecutor against Kilicdaroglu over the allegations made in the Twitter video, calling for the opening of a court case. The police and Interior Ministry refused to comment.

The police complaint, according to opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, said the Twitter video had sought to besmirch the police with “unfounded” allegations, and requested a court case over “spreading misleading information to the public.”

Source: Arab News

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Strongly Criticizes UNSC's Unofficial Meeting

2022-November-4

"The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the Wednesday meeting of the UNSC as the blatant misuse of international mechanisms by the US for its illegal objectives in and meddling in the internal affairs of independent states," the Iranian foreign ministry said.

It pointed out that during the meeting, which was not welcomed by member states, ambassadors from the US and Albania were the only high-ranking officials present.

"Nonetheless, the US did not allow opponent member states to make speeches," the statement added.

The statement further said that the act proved that the US administration is pursuing media dictatorship against independent countries even at the UN.

The meeting showed that the US misuses international mechanisms, such as the UNSC, to put political pressure on independent states, which distorts multilateralism and international cooperation.

While the US has a long history of violation of human rights, Washington has always tried to use human rights as a tool to pursue its political agenda.

The Islamic Republic sees the US’s measure as interference in the internal affairs of independent countries, which violates the UN Charter.

"The Iranian government is committed to cultural and civilizational values, implementing human rights in line with international laws, and recognizing the right to peaceful gatherings," it further added.

The Islamic Republic condemns foreign intervention and ill-wished media campaigns, which triggers violence and riot.

In relevant remarks on Thursday, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amir Saeed Iravani slammed the US claims that the UNSC meeting was held to back human rights, at the time the Iranian people have been suffering from the US' cruel sanctions for tens of years, which include food and medicine embargo.

Earlier in October, US President Joe Biden voiced support for riots in the country, made an interventionist statement, and sought encouragement of violence.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iranians Commemorate US Embassy Takeover Anniversary

2022-November-4

A large number of Iranians, specially students from all walks of life staged a big demonstration in front of the former US embassy which is called Den of Espionage in Iran after it was taken over by Iranian students on November 4, 1979.

Similiar rallies in other cities from big to small and even villages are held.

Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi gave a speech at the ceremony in the capital.

The nationwide rallies started at 9:30 am Tehran Local Time.

During the rallies, people usually chant slogans against Global Arrogance (Western powers led by the United States).

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei made a reference to the takeover of the Washington Embassy in Tehran, also known in Iran as the “Den of Espionage” in 1979, and said  that "this day is the embodiment of the evil of the United States and its defeat".

"So, for those who think that the US is an unwavering power, it becomes evident that it is not the case when we look at the events that took place on this day," he stated.

"The US is completely vulnerable," he affirmed.

"In its propaganda, the US says the overtaking of the Spy Den was the start of the conflict between the Iranian nation and the US. They lie. The conflicts between Iran and the US started with the 1953 coup. Why did you overthrow a national government elected by popular vote?" the Leader added.

He recounted atrocities committed by the Americans against the Iranian nation over the last 70 years, saying that the nation, to the Americans’ chagrin, has thwarted all their enmities.

The US today is the same US of August 1953, but with 2 key differences. First, the ways it shows its hostility have become more complicated. Second, the US was the dominant power at the time of the 1953 coup. It is not today. The US's power is diminishing little by little," the Supreme Leader added.

"One can see a trace of the US in most of the events that take place against Iran. Then they claim they care about the Iranian nation! You have imposed the most severe sanctions - the like of which they admit have never been imposed on any nation in history - against Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei declared.

"The world is approaching a new order in which the US will be isolated and Asia will rise to power," he stressed.

"The signs of the US decline are obvious. They have economic, social, and moral problems inside the US. There are discords and bloody divisions. These are their domestic problems. And there are their miscalculations in global affairs," the Leader noted.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Senior Cleric Lauds Iranians' Massive Turnout in Anti-US Rallies

2022-November-4

Addressing a congregation of people at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Grand Mosalla (congregational prayers site), Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi said, "The people, with their million-march presence in the streets, once again demonstrated national unity and cohesion and gave a firm response to the enemy's actions and crimes."

He pointed to the recent riots in some cities in the country, which are fomented by the Western countries, and said, "Although war, sedition, chaos and disturbance are not good, they come with a lesson, a warning, and a wake-up call."

The senior cleric said that the threats should be turned into opportunities.

He said that the US problem with Iran did not begin with the takeover of its embassy in Tehran on November 1979, but instead Washington was much earlier than that an enemy to the Iranian nation.

The senior Iranian recalled toppling the national government of Mossadegh in a CIA-led coup in 1953, saying the former Iranian prime minister was neither a Mulla nor made he any claims of being an Islamist, but he was overthrown by Washington because he nationalized the oil.

"The United States has a record of leading 60 coups in the world toppling other nations' governments," he pointed out.

In a relevant development earlier on Friday, Iranians from all walks of life held nationwide rallies to mark the National Day of the Fight against Global Arrogance on the anniversary of the US embassy takeover on November 4, 1979.

A large number of Iranians, specially students from all walks of life staged a big demonstration in front of the former US embassy which is called Den of Espionage in Iran after it was taken over by Iranian students on November 4, 1979.

Similiar rallies in other cities from big to small and even villages were held.

Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi gave a speech at the ceremony in the capital.

The nationwide rallies started at 9:30 am Tehran Local Time.

During the rallies, people usually chant slogans against Global Arrogance (Western powers led by the United States).

Addressing a public rally in Tehran earlier on Friday, President Rayeesi blasted the western countries' support for the recent riots in Iran, and said that the sanctions and threats will in no way be able to block the Iranian nation's progress.

The rally was held as part of nationwide rallies to mark the National Day of the Fight against Global Arrogance on the anniversary US embassy takeover on November 4, 1979.

"Today's symbol of arrogance is the ruling system in the United States that is according to Imam Khomeini (RA), the Great Satan," the Iranian president said.

"Arrogance seeks to destroy many nations and peoples in the world and endanger their material and spiritual interests in order to secure its interests," he added.

He pointed out that if it had not been for the move taken by students who followed Imam's path, the fight against arrogance would be incomplete.

"The President of the United States uttered words out of distraction and said that they are looking for Iran's liberation. Mr President! Iran was freed 43 years ago and got out of your captivity and we will never be your milk cow (cohort) again," the Iranian president said.

He added that the Iranian nation has declared these positions many times through its insight and its good knowledge of the enemy.

President Rayeesi also said that the younger generation in Iran has the same view towards the United States as their fathers and mothers did at the time of the revolution.

He pointed to the western countries' support for the rioters in the recent riots in Iran, and said that the country will not be intimidated by their sanctions and threats.

"The great Iranian nation will not give in to your pressures," President Rayeesi said while addressing the American and Western politicians, after saying the Westerners have planned to do what they did to Syria and Lybia.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran detains journalist who interviewed Mahsa Amini’s father: Rights group

04 November, 2022

Iranian security forces have arrested a journalist after she published an interview with the father of Mahsa Amini, whose death has sparked seven weeks of anti-regime protests, a rights group said Friday.

Nazila Maroufian, a Tehran-based journalist from Amini’s hometown of Saqqez in Kurdistan province, was detained on Sunday, the Norway-based Hengaw rights group said.

She was arrested at the house of one of her relatives in Tehran and was transferred to Evin prison in the capital, it added, citing a telephone call she had made to her family.

Maroufian, who works for the Ruydad 24 news site, had published an interview with Amini’s father Amjad on the Mostaghel Online news site on October 19.

“I neither intend to commit suicide nor have any underlying disease,” she commented wryly as she posted a link to the article, alluding to the dangers faced by journalists in Iran covering the story.

She also said that she was unable to publish the interview for days, and that her family was threatened.

Mostaghel has since taken down the piece but a cached version shows that the father denied his daughter had any underlying health condition.

Amini’s family contend that she was dealt a fatal blow in police custody. The Iranian authorities dispute this but the anger over her death triggered the protest wave.

Amjad Amini said he had been told by a health official he would write in the final report “whatever I like, it’s none of your business.”

The headline of the interview read, “Mahsa Amini’s father: ‘They are lying!’”

The two journalists in Iran who helped bring the story of Amini to the world’s attention have already been arrested and have spent the last month in Evin prison.

Niloufar Hamedi reported for Iran’s Shargh newspaper from the hospital where Amini languished in a coma for three days before she died. The journalist was arrested on September 20, her family said.

Elahe Mohammadi, a reporter for the Ham Mihan newspaper, went to Saqqez to report on Amini’s funeral, which turned into one of the first protest actions. She was detained on September 29.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran ready to deliver oil to India, says ambassador

04 November, 2022

Iran wants to sell oil to India and is ready to deliver it, Iran’s ambassador to India Iraj Elahi said on Friday in an interview with Reuters partner ANI.

“We always express our readiness to increase our economic ties with India. It’s up to India, we are ready to deliver oil,” Elahi said, adding that US sanctions have been an obstacle.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Russia, Turkey to deliver grain free of charge to needy countries: Erdogan

04 November, 2022

Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement to deliver grain free of charge to countries in need including Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “told me during our telephone conversation that we should send grain free of charge to countries including Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan. We have agreed,” Erdogan said in a televised address.

“We agreed to discuss this extensively at the G20 summit” in Indonesia, he added.

“We will ensure that grain ships reach all countries in need, especially Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan, which are struggling with serious food crisis and famine.”

Russia returned to a grain deal this week which allows Ukrainian exports to pass through the Black Sea.

The July agreement, brokered by the UN and Turkey, is up for renewal on November 19, three days after the G20 summit concludes in Bali.

Putin has repeatedly criticized the agreement.

On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country would not take part in the G20 if Putin attends. The Russian leader is yet to confirm whether he will or not.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iranian President Raisi slams back at Biden’s pledge to ‘free’ Iran

04 November, 2022

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on Friday ridiculed a vow by US President Joe Biden to “free” Iran, as weeks of protests in the country show little sign of abating.

Campaigning for mid-term elections in the US, Biden had on Friday said: “Don’t worry, we’re gonna free Iran. They’re gonna free themselves pretty soon.”

Iran has for more than six weeks been gripped by protests sparked by the death last month of Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the morality police for a breach of the country’s strict dress code for women.

Addressing a gathering commemorating the November 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran by students, Raisi said: “the US says it wants to free Iran, but I must tell you that Iran liberated itself 43 years ago and will no longer submit to you.”

“The great people of Iran will not bow their heads to you,” he told thousands of people who shouted, “Death to America, death to Israel, death to Great Britain.”

Protesters carried placards pledging loyalty to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and also held pictures of him aloft, along with images of the Islamic republic’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini.

Dozens have been killed, mainly protesters but also members of the security forces, according to the authorities, while hundreds of others – including women – have been arrested.

“The enemy is today targeting our solidarity and national unity, our security, our peace and our determination,” Raisi said.

“Our men and women, our young men and young women are determined, and we will never allow you to carry out your satanic desires,” he warned the US.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian meanwhile took to Twitter on Friday to admonish the US president.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran censures UNSC’s ‘inexcusable silence’ after Shiraz terror attack

04 November 2022

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has sent a letter to the United Nations, slamming the “inexcusable silence” of the UN Security Council in the face of an October 26 terrorist attack in Shiraz, where over a dozen pilgrims were heinously killed.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the text of which was published on Friday, the Iranian minister censured the failure of the Security Council in condemning the terrorist attack.

Reminding the UNSC of its responsibility for maintaining peace and security, the minister said it was “expected” from the body to “strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Shiraz and call for the accountability and prosecution of those responsible for such heinous crime” as part of its “established practices” and given that it has “repeatedly constituted terrorism as one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”

“Nonetheless, the Security Council's inexcusable silence in the face of this crime demonstrated that certain powers, who are also permanent members of the Security Council, continue to categorize terrorists as either good or bad, and not only use ISIS as a tool to exert pressure on other nations to further their own narrow political agendas, but also their discriminatory and irresponsible actions make it more difficult for the Security Council to effectively carry out its mandate in combating international terrorism.”

The Iranian minister appreciated the “timely” condemnation of the terrorist attack by Guterres and his spokesperson, noting that Tehran views “this responsible action as a significant and encouraging step in taking the United Nations towards a consistent and non-discriminatory approach to combat terrorism.”

A heavily-armed terrorist assaulted the well-known shrine at approximately 5:45 p.m. local time (1415 GMT) on that October day, just before the evening prayers, killing more than a dozen pilgrims — including a lady and two children — and injuring at least 40 others. The attacker opened fire indiscriminately on visitors within the shrine, according to the police commander of Fars province. The perpetrator was wounded and taken into custody by security personnel. He later succumbed to his wounds. Shortly afterward, the Daesh Takfiri terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.

As a victim of terrorism, Amir-Abdollahian said, Iran is determined in “its efforts in the fight against terrorism, both to protect the security of the region's nations and the honorable and great nation of Iran from the dangers posed by such terrorist groups.”

The Shiraz terrorist attack proved “the significance of the bravery of” Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in fighting terrorism and the importance of maintaining “ongoing, successful efforts in the region to eradicate terrorism,” said the minister, reminding the international community that “its sensitivity and vigilance toward terrorist threats should not be compromised.”

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Africa 

Somalia claims to kill over 100 al-Shabaab terrorists in single operation

Mohammed Dhaysane  

05.11.2022

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Backed by locals, elite Somali forces killed more than 100 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated terror group al-Shabaab, the country's Defense Ministry said on Friday.

Ministry spokesman Abdullahi Ali Anod told reporters that two units of the elite Danab, or lightning brigade, troops with the support of, local militia forces known as "Macwisley," engaged al-Shabaab in an operation since early Thursday.

The operation, which involved airstrikes, took place near the town of Adanyabal in the Horn of Africa country's Middle Shabelle region.

Anad said a large number of al-Shabaab insurgents tried to defend the town but lost over 100 members on a single front.

The military has been conducting operations against the terror group since President Hassan Sheikh Mahamud declared an "all-out war" against it earlier this week after a devastating twin car bombing that killed over 100 people in the capital Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, which also wounded 320 others.

Experts believe the local forces that have been fighting alongside the country's army are playing "significant" role against al-Shabaab.

Ali Kulow, a former police officer now serving as a security analyst in Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency that local militia forces helped the government reclaim strategic towns in its recent offensives in parts of the country.

"This militia, that has proven itself a fighting force, is seen by many in the country as a revolutionary force capable of defeating al-Shabaab if they receive logistical support and strategic military planning," said Kulow.

He underlined that the militia knew the countryside better than anybody and had the support of the local population in terms of gathering intelligence on al-Shabaab in the area.

"The government should use the anger and dedication towards al-Shabaab because these people witness the real brutality and money extortion of al-Shabaab. So, I can see a real opportunity here and the government should organize and use them and then integrate them into the national army," he added.

Somalia has been grappling with security threats for years, with al-Shabaab being one of its main concerns.

Since 2007, the terror group has fought the Somali government and international forces in a deadly campaign that has claimed thousands of lives.

The UN has warned of growing instability in the country, with its periodic reports on Somalia this year detailing attacks by al-Shabaab and groups aligned with the Daesh/ISIS terrorist organization.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Outgoing Turkish envoy recounts his tenure in Uganda

Hamza Kyeyune

05.11.2022

KAMPALA, Uganda

Outgoing Turkish envoy Fikret Kerem Alp has spent an eventful four-year tour in Uganda that he describes as largely successful.

He said FETO terror group fugitives who fled Türkiye and established a base in Uganda, have been the single biggest challenge throughout his tenure in the East African country.

Shortly after the first-ever presidential visit from Türkiye to Uganda in 2016, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was preparing to host his Ugandan counterpart in Ankara, Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) orchestrated a defeated military coup that left 251 dead and 2,734 injured in Türkiye.

“Fighting against FETO terrorists, who have also infiltrated offices and operate sham services, has been my biggest challenge, but I paid them back with hard work. They are not yet subdued, but have been largely incapacitated,” he told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

Turning to trade, the envoy has also been spearheading a major diplomatic and business drive that has seen exports to Türkiye increase by 418% in 2021.

“I carried out my duties with genuine love and affection for this beautiful country of Uganda and its beautiful people. I also carried out my duties with pride as the representative of Türkiye, the largest country in Europe both in population and territory, the only one which has never been occupied, colonized, or divided … since its establishment 99 years ago. I end my tenure with love and pride, and in peace. These values cannot be measured by any numbers or digits,” he said.

Alp said relations between the two brotherly countries have gained momentum in all fields and the trade volume has increased to $71 million in 2021, from $63 million in 2020.

“Uganda is quite fertile and has a lot of natural resources, together with competitive skilled labor. There exist immense economic potentials that are capable of transforming the country into a key investment destination. Our wish is for Uganda to prosper in all spheres of development,” he said.

The Uganda Investments Authority (UIA) offers a raft of incentives to be enjoyed by prospective Turkish investors, including a 10-year tax holiday with a minimum investment of $10 million, free land, and an industrial park. Resources used in industrial training for Ugandans are converted into tax value. And there exists an emerging duty-free African market potential of more than 1 billion people arising from the African continental free trade zone.

The ambassador urged the Turkish community residing in Uganda to conform to societal norms. “They need to have patience. This country doesn’t have to be rushed. Secondly, they should learn to share because Ugandan people are generous, they love to share what they have. Have corporate social responsibility. Don’t target only profits, you have to give back to society,” he said.

Asked if he had advice for the incoming ambassador, Fatih Ak, he said: “He has been the deputy director general for East Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been my boss. I can only take advice from him.”

Alp said that during his tenure, there has been an increased interest in cooperating on education and several students have been awarded scholarships each year by the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB). Also, some schools, like Tokat Gaziosmanpasa University, have signed memorandums for student exchanges with Uganda institutions of higher learning, and Türkiye’s MAARIF Foundation is also expected to set foot in Uganda.

The diplomat said that although Ankara has succeeded in enhancing ties with Kampala, that development was not his achievement.

“The achievements are not personal but for the whole Turkish embassy team. For the past four years, we have been carrying the flag from our predecessors. We have represented our beautiful country of Türkiye with pride and love for Uganda and its development in terms of business and development,” he said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Africa’s Ethiopian diaspora welcomes agreement for peace

Hassan Isilow  

04.11.2022

JOHANNESBURG

The Ethiopian community in South Africa welcomed news Thursday of the signing of an agreement to end hostilities between their government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

“I am very happy with the outcomes of the peace negotiations. I hope peace will now bring development and stability to my country,’’ Ethiopian businessman based in Johannesburg, Suleiman Hussein, told Anadolu Agency.

He commended African Union facilitators and the South African government for hosting talks and said the war was not good for Ethiopia.

Peace talks between the government and Tigray rebels bore fruit Wednesday as the two warring sides agreed to a new cease-fire deal, in talks hosted in the South African capital of Pretoria.

The two-year civil war that has killed thousands and displaced millions will likely end if parties respect the deal.

“The outcome of the peace negotiations in Pretoria was the best for Ethiopia, Africa and the world. War will never solve any problem for any country,’’ another Ethiopian businessman, Muzeyah Ntulu, told the Turkish news agency.

Olusegun Obasanjo, the high representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission, announced the outcome of the peace, describing the outcome as a new dawn.

“Today is the beginning of a new dawn for Ethiopia, for the Horn of Africa and indeed for Africa as a whole. Let me hasten to thank God for this new dawn,” the former Nigeria president said Wednesday. “We are seeing in practice and actualization what we have tried to achieve for ourselves over the years – African solutions for African problems. We also see in today’s peace agreement signing exercise the implementation of Agenda 2063 which embodies silencing the guns in Africa.”

An Ethiopian national who identified himself as Jonas, said: “This news has made me homesick. I wish I was in Ethiopia to celebrate in my country. This is very good news. We are one people, all Ethiopians, why should we kill one another?’’

Elizabeth Damos was equally happy and thanked South Africa for hosting talks that began Oct. 25.

South Africa has a very large Ethiopian migrant community involved in different sectors of the economy.

South Africa welcomed the deal in a statement Thursday that said it is honored to have been the host for the talks and will continue to work with all parties to ensure that peace is maintained in Ethiopia.

It said the agreement signals a commitment to ending the use of force to settle differences and disputes and confirms the correctness of South Africa’s principled position that political differences are best resolved through meaningful dialogue and diplomacy.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Refugees in Jordan receive winter clothing vouchers from Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief

November 05, 2022

RIYADH: More Syrian and Palestinian refugees being hosted in Jordan of a warmer winter with the continued of vouchers by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for the purchase of clothing suitable to the changing weather.

The activity is being undertaken as part of Kanaf 2022 project being implemented by the center in cooperation with the Jordanian Hashemite Charitable Organization.  Around 666 vouchers were distributed and are expected to benefit 109 Syrian refugee families.

Meanwhile, the relief agency also distributed 290 tons of food baskets in Adol and Sahel regions of Somalia as part of its food security project in the country.

Source: Arab News

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Scores of al-Shabab terrorists killed by Somali army

04 November 2022

Scores of al-Shabab militants have been killed in Somalia as the government intensifies its clampdown on the extremist takfiri outfit following a recent terrorist attack in the Somali capital city Mogadishu.

The defense ministry said on Friday that government troops, which were reinforced by recruiting the local clan militia forces known as macawisley or “men with sarongs,” killed at least 100 al-Shabab terrorists in heavy clashes in the central Hiran region.

Defense ministry spokesman Abdullahi Ali Anod said fierce fighting between the two sides had taken place on Thursday in the villages of Garas Magan and El Hareeri.

El Hareeri is about 15 km from the strategic town Adan-yabal of Middle Shabelle province, which security forces liberated earlier this week, according to a report by Somalia’s state news agency.

Images posted to accounts linked to the national army on messaging platforms in social media showed the bodies of scores of purported al-Shabab terrorists.

However, the al-Shabab takfiri outfit claimed that its militants had killed dozens of army soldiers and macawisley fighters instead.

The group, which is linked to al-Qaeda, said only eight of their own fighters had been killed, not by the government forces, but in an airstrike they blamed on the US.

Asked about an airstrike in the region, the US military said it would respond soon. According to its website, there have been eight airstrikes in Somalia this year.

The United States military forces have conducted numerous airstrikes on civilian and militant targets in several Muslim countries. Innocent women and children, alongside suspected militants, have been the main victims of such illegal attacks which have been condemned by human rights groups and governments worldwide.

In the meantime, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud began a concerted offensive against the terrorists with support from the United States and the clan militias in August.

The Somali forces’ latest clash with the terrorists comes days after twin bombings killed at least 120 people in the capital.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for two car bombs that blew up outside the education ministry in Mogadishu on Oct. 29.

The incident was the deadliest terrorist attack in the country since a truck bomb killed more than 500 people at the same location five years ago.

The takifri group has killed tens of thousands of people since 2006 when it launched its deadly campaign by spreading terror among civilians to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed central government.

An African Union force pushed the al-Shabab militants out of the capital in 2011, but the group still controls swathes of countryside and frequently carries out gun and bomb attacks against both civilian and military targets. Its targets include busy traffic intersections, hotels, and military bases.

Source: Press TV

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South Asia 

Can a decentralized political system lead to stability in Afghanistan?

November 5, 2022

Recently some high-ranking Afghan politicians who live in exile have spoken about the decentralization of power within Afghanistan’s political system believing it may lead the country to a stability.

Mohammad Sarwar Danish, the former Afghan Vice-President who live in New Zealand has recently announced establishment of a political movement with an aim to fight for the federalization of Afghanistan. Danish believes that in a federal system, the power distribution will be fair and satisfactory among different ethnic and religious groups in Afghanistan.

Abdul Rashid Dostum, the political leader of Uzbek tribe in Afghanistan has also spoken about change in the political system of Afghanistan as a solution to reaching peace. Speaking with a number of media outlets and journalists, Dostum has also supported the idea of federalization in Afghanistan.

Mohammad Karim Khalili, the leader of Wahdat political party and a prominent Hazara political figure has also released a statement through his official Facebook account, supporting the idea of federalization. The idea of federalization in Afghanistan was one of the aims of Abdul Ali Mazari, the late leader of Wahdat Party and he used to believe it could be a fair solution for the issues of Afghanistan, Khalili said in a statement.

Afghanistan’s political system has been ‘centralized’ in the course of history from absolute kingdom to constitutional monarchy, republic and now the Taliban who has not officially declared a specific political system.

The question still remains that whether a change in the political platform of Afghanistan from a full ‘centralized’ system to a ‘decentralized’ system or federalization of the country can help to end the ethnic and religious conflicts in Afghanistan or not? There has so far been no consensus among the Afghan politicians on the subject, except very few of them who have recently broken the silence in exile.

In the meantime, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, a prominent Pashtun political figure who used to play key roles in he last 20 years in Afghanistan, is now leading a new political movement along with Masoom Istanikzai, the former chief negotiators for the Afghan peace process. Atmar believes that decentralization of power in Afghanistan would help, but in a TV interview he strictly opposed federalization calling it ‘feudalism’.

In an interview with BBC, Mohammad Hanif Atmar said that neither accepting the Taliban’s rule and nor fighting with them militarily is the will of Afghan people. Atmar said he believes the option of ‘negotiations’ must be considered for farming an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

This comes as a two-year old peace process between the former Afghan government and the Taliban failed in August 2021. A number of Taliban political leaders housed in Doha, Qatar were negotiating with a team of negotiators from the Afghan government and other Afghan politicians for nearly two years.

A senior official from the former State Ministry for Peace who does not want to be named in this report said that the peace negotiations in Doha had no tangible results as the Taliban were confident about a military take over and they were not serious about negotiations.

The conflict between Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the former president of Afghanistan and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the chair of High Council for National Reconciliation was as extensive as there was a serious need of negotiators between to help them communicate, the source from the former State Ministry for Peace told Khaama Press.

There was a little chance of farming an inclusive government with both the participation of Taliban and other political players which was lost as President fled at once and the Taliban took over the power, the source said.

On the other had, the world is putting pressure on the Taliban to farm an inclusive government inviting other ethnic and religious groups to the government leadership, but the Taliban has not yet shown a green light. The Taliban is acting asa Defacto administration as no country in the world has so far recognized them and nor they have obtained an internal legitimacy.

Source: Khaama Press

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North America 

Blinken warns Israeli PM, Palestinian president of West Bank escalation

November 5, 2022

JERUSALEM: US secretary of state Antony Blinken spoke with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday, the official Wafa news agency reported, in a first call after Israel’s veteran leader Benjamin Netanyahu led a far-right alliance to a general election victory.

Abbas reiterated his demand that the US pressure Israel to stop its “crimes against the Palestinian people”, the Wafa report said, “including blockades, extrajudicial killings, home demolitions, and settlement construction”.

According to the news report, Blinken told Abbas the US administration was making efforts to calm the situation.

On Thursday, Blinken expressed his concern over spiralling violence in the occupied West Bank in a call with outgoing Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid and “underscored the need for all parties to urgently de-escalate the situation.”, a US state department spokesperson said in a statement.

More than 100 Palestinians in the West Bank have been killed by Israeli forces this year, in what the United Nations said is set to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since 2005, when the organisation began tracking fatalities.

A string of fatal street attacks by Palestinians has killed 20 people in Israel and Israeli settlements, and four members of Israel’s security forces have also been killed this year.

Blinken also commended Israel for its free and fair elections and “reaffirmed the strength of the US-Israel bilateral relationship”, the spokesperson’s statement said.

Israel’s fifth election in less than four years confirmed a comeback for Netanyahu, now buoyed by smaller ultranationalist and religious parties. His victorious bloc includes lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir, a West Bank settler and former member of Kach, a Jewish militant group on Israeli and US terrorist watchlists.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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US committed to supporting ‘sturdy, dependable partners’ in Lebanon’s army: Diplomat

04 November, 2022

A senior US diplomat said Friday that the Biden administration was committed to supporting Lebanon’s army and internal security forces, but warned the country could face a further collapse.

“We regard the Lebanese Armed Forces [LAF] and the Internal Security Forces [ISF] as pillars of more than just immediate law and order,” Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf said.

Washington has committed close to $3 billion to the LAF since 2006, which has been a critical partner in the fight against terrorism. It is also believed to be an important investment by the West against Iran-backed Hezbollah, which continues, along with Palestinian factions, to be the only group with weapons outside of the state’s control.

Leaf praised the LAF and ISF for contributing to assistance in the aftermath of the catastrophic Beirut Port blast in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. “And, of course, they are critical to internal security,” she said during a panel at the Washington-based Wilson Center.

The Biden administration has provided in-kind assistance to the LAF and ISF, as well as defense articles and food.

They have even gone as far as working to contribute to direct salary payments to Lebanese soldiers.

As Lebanon’s currency has lost over 90 percent of its value against the dollar since anti-government protests rocked the country in 2019, the rank-and-file soldier’s monthly salary is worth less than $100 per month.

But Leaf voiced frustration with the Lebanese government and its lawmakers for failing to help its soldiers. “We never do direct salary payments… this is an extraordinary thing for extraordinary times, and, of course, it’s not something that a foreign government can or should do indefinitely.

“That is the responsibility of the parliament and the cabinet. They need to get to work,” Leaf said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US has no indications of Iranian regime collapsing: White House

04 November, 2022

A White House official played down the potential for regime change in Iran on Friday, saying that US President Joe Biden was expressing solidarity with Iranian protesters after he said “we’re going to free Iran.”

“The President was expressing our solidarity with the protesters as he’s been doing, quite frankly, from the very outset,” National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

During a campaign rally in California on Thursday, Biden also said the Iranian people would free themselves “pretty soon.”

Kirby said it was up to the people of Iran to determine their future.

He was pressed further on whether the Biden administration assessed that the Iranian regime would soon collapse. “I don’t believe we have indications of that kind,” he said.

The White House official did, however, point to the problems the Iranian regime faces due to “their own making.” And Washington will continue to work to hold the regime accountable for the way it is treating its own people, Kirby said.

Protesters across Iran have demonstrated for more than six weeks following the death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the morality police for a breach of the country’s strict dress code for women.

Source: Al Arabiya

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