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Two Brothers Following Different Faiths Hinduism And Islam Fight Over Woman's Last Rites In Bihar's Lakhisarai

New Age Islam News Bureau

08 December 2022 

Thanks to prompt action by the police, however, the situation didn't spiral out of control and the woman was eventually cremated.


• Pakistani Cleric’s Fatwa For Killing Pregnant Ahmadiyya Women In Islamist Pakistan

• Taliban Publicly Execute Convicted Murderer in Afghanistan, Applying Their Strict Interpretation Of Islamic Law To Criminal Justice

• US To Tighten Noose Around Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Islamic State-Khorasan: State Dept

• Iraq's Top Shia Cleric Ayatollah Sistani Meets UN Delegation, Stresses Need To Promote Culture Of Peaceful Coexistence



• Panel Report Recommending SC Quota for Dalit Christians, Muslims 'Flawed': Centre Tells SC

• Not Just Manipal – Muslim Students Across India Are Deluged By Hate In Their Classrooms

• Muslim support for AAP declines in Delhi after CAA, 2020 riots

• 123 terror incidents, 62 fatalities in Jammu and Kashmir till November, Rajya Sabha told



• India Compels Pakistan To Make Difficult Choices For Survival: Experts At Conclave

• Centre, Punjab vow action against ‘altered’ Quran publication

• Govt urged to deal with Afghan refugees on humanitarian grounds

• Fact-finding report terms Arshad Sharif’s murder ‘targeted’

• US adds 24 companies including those from Pakistan to export control list

• PM’s son Suleman Shehbaz moves court ahead of return from exile

• IHC asks FO to take up Aafia’s release issue with US ambassador


South Asia

• Mother Of All Bans: Taliban Tell Kids They Can Go To Parks Only With Their Fathers

• Asian-American societies call on Congress to pass Afghan Adjustment Act

• Restoration of Great Mosque of Herat Begins

• Afghanistan Receives Medicine and Nutrition via the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge


North America

• US Lawmakers Call For More Support To Iranian Protesters, Sanctions On Regime

• US does not want to see military operations in northwest Syria: White House

• Amendments to conditions of US sale of F-16s to Türkiye removed from final defence bill draft

• US warns of Chinese influence in Mideast as Xi visits Saudi Arabia


Arab World

• Saudi and China sign 34 investment agreements during Xi’s visit

• Saudi Arabia will remain reliable energy partner for China: Energy minister

• Saudi-Chinese cooperation scales new heights with each passing year

• Activists take Qatar workers protest to FIFA boss's home town

• Two killed in Iraq clashes after activist given prison term



• Iran Executes Protester For Injuring Security Guard With Knife: Sources

• Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in West Bank raid: Ministry

• Iran’s Press TV to be pulled from EU satellite

• Israel’s Netanyahu needs one more party for coalition, may seek more time

• Houthi: Enemy’s main goal is to subdue Yemeni nation, assert cultural hegemony



• German Gov’t Vows To Combat Islamophobia, Discrimination

• Germany Busts Far-Right Terror Cell Planning Parliament Attack

• No Progress In Fighting Discrimination Of German Muslim Students

• Bringing salvation: Türkiye’s humanitarian aid to Greece during World War II


Southeast Asia

• Suicide Bombing At Indonesian Police Station Kills Officer, Injures At Least 10

• Blast in Indonesia kills 1, injures 10; bomber slams new law in a note

• PN gained from anti-Umno feelings, not love for PAS, says Chandra



• Sudan’s Pro-Democracy Bloc To Name Prime Minister, Form Gov’t ‘Within Month’

• Muslim-Muslim Ticket Will Set New Tone In Nigeria, Says Tinubu’s Wife

• Delta mosque attack: MURIC urges security agencies to fish out perpetrator

• US to ban Sudan officials who hold up post-coup transition

• Libya accuses Greece of imposing ‘fait accompli’ on maritime border

• Over 3.5M Kenyan children to miss school in January over drought

• Controversy as Libya’s parliament passes constitutional court law

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



Two Brothers Following Different Faiths Hinduism And Islam Fight Over Woman's Last Rites In Bihar's Lakhisarai 

Thanks to prompt action by the police, however, the situation didn't spiral out of control and the woman was eventually cremated.


Dec 8, 2022

PATNA: Two brothers following different faiths came to near blows over performing the last rites of their mother who died on Tuesday, with one insisting on a burial while the other wanted to cremate her mortal remains.

The deceased woman's son from her first husband follows Islam, whereas her second husband's son is a Hindu, and it was here the problem began.

Thanks to prompt action by the police, however, the situation didn't spiral out of control and the woman was eventually cremated.

Police said Rayka Khatoon was initially married to a Muslim man but after the death of her husband some 45 years back, she married Rajendra Jha, a resident of Jankidih village under Chanan police station in Lakhisarai district.

After the marriage, Md Mohfil, who was born to her first husband, also stayed with her.

Later, she had a son named Babloo Jha from her second husband, but the family never faced trouble over religion and happily stayed under the same roof.

While one son would offer Namaz at the mosque, the other would visit the temple, since his father Rajendra Jha was a priest. Later, the woman adopted Hindu religion after a local conversation ritual and her name was changed to Rekha Devi.

She was staying with her two sons after the death of her second husband some 10 years back. On Tuesday she died due to age-related problems and all hell broke loose.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistani Cleric’s Fatwa For Killing Pregnant Ahmadiyya Women In Islamist Pakistan 

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By Sohail Choudhury

October 14, 2022

Members of Ahmadiyya community have been facing numerous forms of cruelties in Islamist Pakistan. Now a Pakistani cleric through a fatwa has called upon Muslims to murder pregnant women from the Ahmadiyya community.

According to media report, a Pakistani cleric has issued a fatwa to kill pregnant women from the Ahmadiyya community. The cleric has been identified as Muhammad Naeem Chattha Qadri. The cleric says that it is necessary to do this so that no new Ahmadiyya is born. At the same time, the cleric has also said that those who do evil to Islam should be given the punishment of ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’. This video of Muhammad Naeem is now becoming fiercely viral on social media. In this video going viral, the maulvi is seen speaking in the Punjabi language. He named Mahmud Ghaznavi and issued a fatwa to attack pregnant women from the Ahmadiyya community.

In his speech, the cleric also warned the police administration of Pakistan. He has said that ‘If any police or administrative officer is listening to me, then know that we are not going to stop.’ On the statement of the cleric, the crowd present under the stage, instead of protesting, kept shouting slogans in support. The cleric clearly stated that the punishment of beheading is prescribed for those who condemn Islam. According to media reports, the cleric further says, ‘If we are not able to kill pregnant Ahmadiyya women, then kill those children after they are born.’ Let us tell you that Maulvi Muhammad Naeem Chatha Qadri is a member of Pakistan’s banned and radical Jamaat Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

At the same time, the International Human Rights Committee has expressed concern over this incident. Issuing a letter, the committee called on the international community to intervene in the matter and protect Ahmadiyya. The same letter states that the TLP has a very long history of violence against Ahmadiyya in Pakistan. The letter also mentions the killing of Naseer Ahmed in Pakistan in August 2022. According to a report, Naseer Ahmed was 62 years old at the time of the murder. He was the father of a 3-year-old girl when he was stabbed to death in Rabwah town. It is believed that after this fatwa, the number of attacks on Ahmadiyya may increase.

Ahmadiyyas are also Muslims like Shia-Sunni. The only difference in their ideology is that Ahmadiyya Muslims consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) as the messenger of Allah, while other Muslims believe that Prophet Mohammad was the last Prophet of Allah and there is no one after him. That is why Ahmadiyya Muslims are often attacked by other Muslims. Ordinary Sunni Muslims believe that the ‘Ahmadiyyas’ under Islam are those misguided people who have nothing to do with Islam and are constantly spoiling the name of Islam with their actions. Due to this, the Pakistani Constitution was amended in September 1974 and the Ahmadi Jamaat was declared non-Muslim. During this time thousands of Ahmadiyya families were forced to leave their homes. In 1982, President Zia-ul-Haq amended the constitution back and banned Ahmadiyya from even calling themselves Muslims. The atrocities on Ahmadiyya can be gauged from the fact that they are jailed even for saying Assalamu Alaikum (Peace be upon you), while in India, non-Muslims also say Assalamu Alaikum.

Source: Weekly Blitz

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Taliban Publicly Execute Convicted Murderer in Afghanistan, Applying Their Strict Interpretation Of Islamic Law To Criminal Justice 

FILE - Taliban rulers on Dec. 7, 2022, carried out the first public execution of a man charged with murder since returning to power. The execution took place at a stadium in Farah province.


December 07, 2022


Afghanistan's Taliban rulers Wednesday carried out the first public execution of a man charged with murder since returning to power, applying their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia, to criminal justice.

Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the early morning execution had taken place in a sports stadium in western Farah province, with top officials, including the deputy prime minister and the foreign and interior ministers, among hundreds of spectators.

The executed person was tried in the highest Taliban courts and subsequent appellate tribunals where he had "confessed to stabbing to death" a resident of Farah and stealing his belongings, including a motorcycle, Mujahid explained.

"He was found guilty, and the sentence of retribution was enforced on the murderer," he said, noting the execution was in line with the "qisas" law, which stipulates the person is punished in the same way the victim was murdered.

"The killer was shot three times by the father of the deceased with an assault rifle," the spokesman claimed.

Mujahid argued the decision to enforce the Sharia sentence was "very carefully" examined and finally approved by Taliban supreme leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada.

Amnesty International denounced the public execution as a “gross affront to human dignity” and a "major step back" by the Taliban for human rights.

“The deplorable return of public executions in Afghanistan is the latest phase in Taliban’s alarming abuse of human rights in the country,” said Dinushika Dissanayake, the watchdog’s deputy regional director for South Asia.

“Such public displays of killing perpetuate a culture of acceptance of violence, rather than a belief in justice,” she lamented. The Taliban continue to “flagrantly flout" human rights principles with "complete disregard" for international human rights law, Dissanayake said.

The execution has followed the flogging of dozens of men and women by Taliban authorities in front of hundreds of onlookers in football stadiums in the capital, Kabul, and several Afghan provinces over the past month.

The victims were accused of committing "moral crimes," such as adultery, theft, and running away from home.

Public floggings and executions were widespread under the previous Taliban government in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

The radical group regained power in August 2021 as the United States and NATO withdrew all of their troops from the country after 20 years of war.

Despite repeated assurances to the international community that they would govern the war-ravaged country exclusively and respect women's rights to public life as well as education, the Taliban have brought back their harsh polices to rule the improvised Afghan nation.

Women have been ordered to cover their faces in public and not undertake long road trips without a close male relative. They are barred from entering public parks, gyms and baths across the country. Most female government staff members have been told to stay at home.

Teenage girls have been banned from attending school beyond the sixth grade across most of Afghanistan.

The restrictions on women have prevented foreign governments and the international community at large from formally recognizing the men-only Taliban government, worsening humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan and plunging its economy into a crisis.

Last month, a United Nations panel of independent experts warned that Taliban curbs on women's rights and freedoms could amount to a "crime against humanity" and should be investigated as "gender persecution" under international law.

Mujahid denounced the U.N. panel, saying criticism of their Sharia-based criminal justice is "disrespect to the holy religion of Islam and against international rules."

Source: VOA News

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US To Tighten Noose Around Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Islamic State-Khorasan: State Dept 

US Department of State


Anwar Iqbal

December 8, 2022

WASHINGTON: The United States has pledged to further tighten the noose around militant groups such as the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) and the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pak­­istan (TTP), as the two terrorist outfits step up their activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“We have seen the reports that IS-K has claimed responsibility for the attack,” a US State Department spokesperson told Dawn on Wednesday, days after militants targeted Pakistan’s Chargé d’Affaires Ubaid Nizamani in Kabul and severely injured an embassy guard, who shielded the diplomat.

“We remain committed to further degrading Al Qaeda, IS-K, TTP, and other terrorist groups that pose a threat to the US and our partners and allies,” the spokesperson added.

Last month, the TTP also ended its ceasefire agreement with the government of Pakistan and began attacking several targets inside the country.

Expert suggests Islamabad and Kabul should jointly monitor, act against militant groups threatening both countries

Earlier this month, Washington had declared four TTP and South Asian Al Qaeda leaders as global terrorists and vowed to use its full might against all Afghanistan-based terror groups.

The next day, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters that the US was deeply concerned by the attack on the Pakistani diplomat in Kabul and called for “a full and transparent investigation” into the failed assassination attempt.

In an earlier statement, another US State Department official said the militants operating in Afghanistan were a common enemy and the US and Pakistan “have a shared interest” in combating them. The official also pledged support for Pakistan’s anti-terror efforts against these groups.

Shuja Nawaz, a US-based Pakistani defence expert, told Dawn: “It is in the interest of both Pakistan and the US to continue collaborating in monitoring and eliminating TTP and IS-K operations in Afghanistan.”

“Pakistan needs to take a firm position on the use of Afghan soil as sanctuary by the militants. Hold Afghanistan responsible for any attack originating from its territory and retaliate swiftly and firmly,” he added.

In a recent report, the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) pointed out that IS-K “has grown in strength since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, doubling its strength from 2,000 to 4,000 fighters. Almost half of the fighters are from Pakistan.”

Sharing Pakistan’s concerns on this issue, US officials have said they do not want militants to turn Afghanistan into a hub once again and use its territory to launch another 9/11-like attack.

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, IS-K is an offshoot of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant group, which itself was formed by disgruntled Al Qaeda activists.

IS-K was set up in January 2015 at the height of Islamic State power in Iraq and Syria, before its self-declared caliphate was defeated and dismantled by a US-led coalition.

The group recruits both Afghan and Pakistani fighters, especially defecting members of the Afghan Taliban and TTP who don’t see their own organisations as strong enough to carry forward their militant mission of creating a new Islamic state in Khorasan.

The term “Khorasan” refers to a historical region covering parts of modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

The group initially included Pakistan, until a separate Pakistan section was declared in May 2019.

Source: Dawn

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Iraq's Top Shia Cleric Ayatollah Sistani Meets UN Delegation, Stresses Need To Promote Culture Of Peaceful Coexistence 

Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani/ Photo: Pars Today


07 December 2022

Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has underscored the need to promote the culture of peaceful coexistence and rejection of hatred and violence, calling on followers of different faiths to observe mutual respect.

The top Iraqi cleric made the comments in a Wednesday meeting in Najaf with a UN delegation led by High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Miguel Moratinos, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.

Grand Ayatollah Sistani pointed to the importance of concerted efforts aimed at promoting a culture of peaceful coexistence, rejecting violence and hate, and upholding values of harmony based on paying heed to the rights and mutual respect among followers of different faiths, according to a statement published by the religious authority’s office.

Tragedies that many people and ethnic groups are suffering from are the result of intellectual and religious persecutions practiced against them as well as social injustice, he said, adding that such tragedies have played a role in the rise of extremist movements that use blind violence against the defenseless civilians as well as against religious centers and archeological sites.

Underscoring the need to address the root causes of these phenomena, the top cleric said efforts are needed to ensure the realization of justice and peace in societies.

Appreciating UN efforts in this area, he wished Moratinos success in carrying out his mission.

‘Moved by Sistani’s moderate approach

The United Nations also released a statement on the meeting, noting that Moratinos lauded Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s “wisdom and compassion.”

“He expressed how deeply moved he was by His Eminence’s moderate approach and consistent appeals for mutual respect and unity to prevail in support of diversity and peaceful co-existence,” reads the statement, quoting Moratinos.

The UN officials also presented the “United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites” during the meeting. The plan of action was developed in 2019 in the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand. It is a global call to ensure that people are allowed to practice their faith and observe their rituals in peace.

Back in March 2021, Grand Ayatollah Sistani received Pope Francis, noting that religious leaders have to encourage parties involved in conflicts, particularly the world powers, to give primacy to rationality over confrontation.

He also stressed the importance of efforts to strengthen peaceful coexistence and solidarity based on mutual respect among followers of different religions and intellectual groups.

The Iraqi cleric has also been hailed for his contribution to the fight against Daesh terrorists as his 2014 religious decree (fatwa) mobilized volunteer forces behind army troops on the battlefield.

Source: Press TV

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Panel Report Recommending SC Quota for Dalit Christians, Muslims 'Flawed': Centre Tells SC

Dec 8, 2022

New Delhi: The Union government on Wednesday, December 7, told the Supreme Court that it was not willing to consider the recommendations of the 2007 Justice Ranganath Misra Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which suggested that reservations benefits be extended to Dalits who accepted Christianity and Islam.

The government affidavit called the 2007 commission’s report “flawed”, as it was composed within the “four walls of a room”, according to a The Hindu report.

“It was written within the four walls of a room. There was no field study done… The Commission (Misra) took a myopic view of the social milieu in India. The findings of the Ranganath Misra Commission have not been accepted by the government,” solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the court, according to the newspaper.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, was hearing a batch of petitions on Wednesday seeking Scheduled Caste reservation benefits to Dalits who accepted Christianity.

Mehta told the court that the government would wait until the Justice K.G. Balakrishnan Commission – which the current Narendra Modi government had constituted in October this year – will submit its report to consider the pleas of Dalits Christians and Muslims to be included in reservation quotas. The time period granted to the Justice Balakrishnan Commission is two years.

In response to the government’s view of waiting, the apex court bench said it would examine the question of whether the court should wait for the Balakrishnan Commission report or go ahead and hear a series of petitions seeking Scheduled Castes quota benefits for Dalit converts. The court listed the matter for hearing in January 2023.

“The first aspect to be dealt with is whether this court should stay its hands till the report of this Commission comes or whether it should proceed on the basis of the material on record,” the three-judge bench said, according to LiveLaw.

According to the existing framework of Scheduled Caste reservations, only those who follow Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism can avail the benefits of reservation. Dalits who converted to Islam and Christianity cannot claim reservation, as they lose their Scheduled Caste status once they move out of the fold of Hinduism and the two other religions. The Scheduled Caste reservation is provided to caste groups listed under Clause 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, which mandates that communities demonstrate “extreme social, educational and economic backwardness arising out of the traditional practice of untouchability”. Although when the said constitutional provision was brought out in 1950, it was only confined to Hindus, it was extended to adherents of Sikhism in 1956 through an amendment, and later to Buddhists through another amendment in 1991.

The government lawyer, Mehta, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the Justice Balakrishnan committee would re-examine the issue, and suggest whether or not Scheduled Caste status should be granted to “new persons” who follow religions other than Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

The government, in its affidavit, argued that Dalits who accepted Christianity or Islam to fight caste-based oppression cannot now turn around to claim reservation benefits enjoyed by those who chose to remain in the Hinduism fold. It further said Christianity as a religion is “egalitarian”, as it does not follow any caste system.

“One of the reasons for which people from Scheduled Castes have been converting to religions like Islam and Christianity is so that they can come out of the oppressive system of untouchability which is not prevalent at all in Christianity and Islam. Therefore, once they have come out and ameliorated their social status by converting themselves to Christianity or Islam they cannot claim to be backward since backwardness based on untouchability is only prevalent in the Hindu society or its branches and not in any other religion,” the government affidavit said.

The government stated that Dalit converts to Buddhism and Sikhism cannot be equated to those who accepted Christianity and Islam. The affidavit said Dalits accepted Buddhism at the call of B.R. Ambedkar in 1956 due to “some innate socio-political imperatives”, adding that the “original castes” of such converts could be determined clearly.

“This cannot be said in respect of Christians and Muslims who might have converted on account of other factors since the process of such conversions had taken place over the centuries,” the affidavit added.

One of the petitioners in the matter, the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, alleged that the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order 1950 is violative of Articles 14 and 15 of the constitution as it discriminates against members of Scheduled Caste communities who have converted to religions other than Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

Source: The Wire

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Not just Manipal – Muslim students across India are deluged by hate in their classrooms

Zafar Aafaq

Dec 8, 2022

Last week when the video of a Muslim student confronting his teacher at Manipal University in Karnataka went viral, it triggered an unpleasant memory in the mind of 21-year-old Humza Siddique.

In the video, which sparked a massive uproar on social media, a young engineering student berates his teacher, telling him that it was not funny to crack jokes about his religious identity. The teacher had compared his Muslim student to Ajaml Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist who had attacked Mumbai in 2008.

Siddique had a similarly traumatic experience in 2019, after five Muslims were killed in alleged police firing in Meerut in 2019, at the height of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The law which, for the first time, introduced a religious element into Indian citizenship law, had sparked off demonstrations across the country.

When the news of the violence reached his classroom, Siddique recalled his teacher turning on him. “My teacher said, ‘these people [referring to Muslims] will never accept any law’,” Siddique said, speaking to “Then he looked at me and said, ‘You know how to throw stones’. My other classmates, many of whom were my friends, laughed it off as if nothing happened.”

Like Sidique, many young Muslims spoke to said they could relate to the experience of the Manipal University student. Against the backdrop of rising extremism in Indian society and politics, they too had faced hate inside the classroom, both from peers and, even more troublingly, from teachers.

‘Pakistanis and terrorists’

A few days before the Manipal incident came to the fore, 21-year-old Haseena Bano, a college student from Balotra, Rajasthan, had a similar experience of her teacher making Islamaphobic comments in class. According to Bano, on November 21, her history teacher bought up the case of a violent murder in Delhi in which the main suspect is a Muslim.

“He said these Muslims have no sense of mercy,” she told “He said Muslims believe that if they kill one Hindu they get rewards of one Hajj [pilgrimage to Makkah in Islam] and if they kill two then they will get heaven. He also asked students that Hindus should stay away from them. They are Pakistanis and terrorists. Hindus feel hurt even after killing an ant.”

Bano said she could not bear this Islamophobia any further and confronted the teacher. “How can you make such remarks?” she asked him. “He said, ‘It’s written in the Quran.’”

Islamaphobic tropes

Hassan, 24, a journalism student, recalled his experiences of facing prejudice from her teacher at The Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi. He claims that research topics put forward by him in 2020 examining the media portrayal of Muslims or its alleged role in supporting majoritarianism were shot down summarily. Hassan blames Islamophobia for this.

“You should come out of this rhetoric and frivolous thinking of your community,” his teacher allegedly told Hassan in response. She also asked him where he graduated from. “When I said Jamia Millia, she said, now I know where this mindset is coming from,” he said.

Jamia Millia Islamia is a central university located in Delhi with minority institution status.

Later, in another instance, when he proposed a research topic comparing right wing media in India and the United States, the same teacher, Hassan said, brought up Islamaphobic tropes to attack her student. “Does this propaganda come from the same streets, protests that were a few months back protesting against the government,” she said, referring to the anti-CAA movement, recounted Hassan to

While he was unable to protest these incidents at the time, afraid of how it might hurt his academic career, it pushed him to leave the university and take admission elsewhere. He said it was a “big relief” to leave the institute that has “come in the grip of the Hindu right wing”.

Regional spread

While the problem of Islamophobia in the classroom crops up throughout India, some regions fared worse than others.

Hafiza Sheikh, 46, grew up in Mumbai and went to a Christian-run school in the city where she says she did not face any sort of communal hostility. However, this changed with her daughter.

After she got married, Sheikh moved to Greater Noida, a part of the National Capital Region that is located in Uttar Pradesh. In 2016, her daughter, then in class 5, faced an unpleasant experience. “A day before Independence Day, a classmate wished her,” Sheikh said. “When she asked why, he said it was because it was Pakistan’s independence day. When my daughter came home, she asked us why she was being associated with Pakistan if she was Indian.”

This prompted Sheikh to take up the matter with her daughter’s teacher who in turn took up the matter with the parents of the boy. “The issue was addressed and since then things are fine with their school,” she said.

Sheikh feels that the communal hate is proportionally higher in North India compared to her childhood in Maharashtra. “I remember the [1992 Mumbai] riots but we did not face any violence directly because we were living in a mixed society of Sindhis, Muslim, Christains,” she said.

A similar experience was shared by Noor Mahwish, a law student at a government university in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Mahwish went to school in Kolkata, where she never faced any Islamophobia. However, when she started to study in Allahabad in 2019 the situation changed. “In my first year of my law college, during a class on the Hindu marriage Act and Muslim personal law I confronted my teacher for demonising the Muslim community over Triple Talaq,” she said. “She [the teacher] was using ‘hum log versus woh log’ (us versus them) to talk about Hindu and Muslim personal law.”

Rising hate

Nazia Erum, author of the 2017 book Mothering A Muslim says that while prejudice towards Muslims has always been there in India but the “tone and intensity has changed, especially over the last five years”.

She said while earlier interactions in the classroom would mostly be “innocuous and infrequent” but “now they occur more often and are marked by hostility rather than humour”. “It shows how deeply entrenched Islamophobia is now,” she said.

Erum spoke to Muslim students across 12 states for her book. An astonishing 80% said they had been bullied on the basis of their religious identity in school.

Erum blames the wider climate in the country for poisoning the classroom. “The hate we see in classrooms is an extension of the hate broadcast in the speeches of our leaders or in ‘news’ debates on our television every night,” said Erum, warning this would eventually affect the children of all communities.

Source: Scroll

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Muslim support for AAP declines in Delhi after CAA, 2020 riots

December 07, 2022


Three years after the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) stir started in Shaheen Bagh on December 15, 2019, followed by the northeast Delhi violence in February 2020, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seems to have lost the Muslim vote in the area.

The party has been wiped out from most of the seats which were either the sites of sustained protest against the CAA or the violence that hit the city shortly afterwards. The party had maintained a distance from the anti-CAA stir and expressed its inability to control violence in northeast Delhi in the absence of control over the local police. The violence claimed more than 50 victims.

Wards like Abul Fazal Enclave, which is adjacent to Shaheen Bagh, and the Muslim-dominated Mustafabad, Brijpuri, Shastri Park and Zakir Nagar voted the Congress candidates to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. In fact, all but two of the nine councillors who won on Congress ticket in Delhi did so from pockets of Muslim domination. Significantly, these areas have sitting AAP MLAs in Amanatullah Khan (Okhla), Haji Yunus (Mustafabad) and Abdul Rehman (Seelampur).

Abul Fazal Enclave, which also has the headquarters of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, sent first-timer Ariba Khan to the MCD while in Zakir Nagar, Congress candidate Nazia Danish emerged victorious.

Speaking to the media shortly after her victory, Ms. Khan hoped that the administration would help her clean the area, and her victory was one for development. She opined that Muslims had seen through the development facade of the Kejriwal government in Delhi, and put their faith in the inclusive politics of the Congress.

In northeast Delhi, where the Muslim community reported 36 mortalities in the communal violence in 2020 besides attacks on 19 mosques and dargahs, the Congress candidates won from Brijpuri, Shastri Park, Chauhan Banger and Mustafabad, each of which suffered badly during the violence.

Mustafabad, Brijpuri Puliya and Shastri Park were also sites of the anti-CAA protests.

Nazia Khatoon of the Congress triumphed in Brijpuri where a couple of schools were set on fire during the violence besides attacks on the anti-CAA protest site.

Shagufta Zubair won from Chauhan Banger in the area, while Sabeela Begum clinched the Mustafabad seat. The Congress’s Sameer Ahmed won from Shastri Park. The areas had reported spirited protests against the CAA and the local AAP MLA was allegedly absent. Meanwhile, Independent candidate Shakeela Begum won the Seelampur seat. The sole saving grace for the AAP came from Sri Ram Colony where Aamil Malik bucked the trend.

In the neighbouring Karawal Nagar, Bhajanpura and Ashok Nagar, which too reported violence in which 17 Hindus lost their lives, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates notched up easy wins, consigning the AAP to losses from both ends.

However, it was not all doom and gloom for the AAP in Delhi when it came to retaining the Muslim vote in some pockets.

In Old Delhi, the AAP candidates won from Ballimaran, Chandni Mahal and Jama Masjid. These seats, notably, did not report violence in 2020 nor were they sites of anti-CAA protests.

Source: The Hindu

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123 terror incidents, 62 fatalities in Jammu and Kashmir till November, Rajya Sabha told

Dec 8, 2022

NEW DELHI: A part from 123 terrorist incidents in J&K, there was one terror attack each in Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu until November 2022, the home ministry apprised the Rajya Sabha on Wedenesday. While there were 62 fatalities in J&K, of which 31 were security personnel and 31 civilians, no person was killed as a result of the three terror attacks in the country’s hinterland.

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India Compels Pakistan To Make Difficult Choices For Survival: Experts At Conclave

December 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Continuing existential challenges due to hostile neighbourhood compel Pakistan to make difficult choices for survival.

This was the crux of a discussion on the first day of Islamabad Conclave-2022 themed ‘75 Years of Independence: Achieving Comprehensive National Security’, which was hosted by Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI).

Former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee retired Gen Zubair Hayat, in his keynote speech, said the threat from India, which has been reluctant to accept Pakistan’s existence and posed challenges at variety of fronts and spectrums, had not diminished.

He recalled the statements by Indian leaders in which they mentioned the 1947 partition as “a historic wrong” and “distortion of history” and more recently warned of “moving north,” which was seen here as a “blatant threat”.

He further reminded that over the past five years there were “phantom and fake” surgical strikes claim, the 2019 Balakot incident – the first attack on the mainland, and the so-called “accidental” launch of missile into the country’s heartland.

Gen Hayat said a range of conflicts was imposed on Pakistan — full scale war to insurgencies and terrorism and more recently hybrid warfare. He noted that importantly the country was well defended against those challenges except for the 1971 East Pakistan debacle.

On 1971 tragedy, he echoed former Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa’s line, who in one of his parting speeches, had termed the defeat in East Pakistan as a political failure rather than a military fiasco.

“In military sense there was status quo and had there been not a direct foreign intervention by India, the insurgency too would have failed,” he maintained.

Dr Adil Sultan, Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace and Strategic Studies (FASS), Air University Islamabad, said the external environment required Pakistan to maintain robust nuclear and conventional capabilities, while remaining cognizant of the limited economic resources.

He said introduction of new technologies by India like ballistic missile defence systems, Anti Satellite weapons (ASAT), hypersonic missiles, Pakistan-specific MIRV missiles, and operationalising sea-based nuclear capability were straining the deterrence.

Source: Dawn

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Centre, Punjab vow action against ‘altered’ Quran publication

December 8, 2022

LAHORE: The principal secretaries to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi on Wednesday gave an undertaking before the Lahore High Court regarding the implementation of a 2019 verdict requiring action against the people involved in publication of unauthentic copies of the Holy Quran.

Justice Shujaat Ali Khan was hearing a petition by Hassan Muawiyah, who alleged that the Ahmadi community and other non-Muslims continued to publish and upload copies of the Holy Quran with distorted Arabic text and mutilated translation on the internet and Google Play Store only to mislead Muslims.

The Principal Secretary (PS) to the PM, Dr Tauqir Shah, told the judge that the premier had been apprised of the court’s orders, and he had decided to place the matter before the cabinet and form a committee in this regard.

Justice Khan hailed the decision.

Dr Shah said a complete action plan would be presented before the court at the next hearing.

The PS to CM, Muhammad Khan Bhatti, told the court that the chief minister had presided over two meetings on the matter.

The judge observed that the court’s prime concern was not the number of meetings conducted by the government, but implementation of the order.

Mr Bhatti said the order would be implemented in letter and spirit.

“When will it be implemented? Should we adjourn the case for 2050?” Justice Khan asked Mr Bhatti with annoyance.

He observed that apparently the provincial government did not want to enforce the verdict. He directed both the governments to submit detailed compliance reports on the next hearing.

The petitioner contended that repeated applications had been filed with the home department and police for action against the suspects in light of the judgement. The conduct of the respondent authorities was in violation of the law and the court’s decision.

Source: Dawn

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Govt urged to deal with Afghan refugees on humanitarian grounds

Mubarak Zeb Khan

December 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan nee­ded to deal with the issue of Afghan refugees on humanitarian grounds and enact domestic laws to become a signatory to the international conventions for being the largest host country of refugees, experts said at a panel discussion on Wednesday.

The discussion, titled ‘Afghan Refugees and Migrants: Humani­tarian Response in Pakistan’, was held on the third day of the 25th Sustainable Development Confe­rence, organised by the Sustain­a­ble Development Policy Institute.

Experts said that negligence in policy had invariably affected the Afghan refugees in terms of their identity recognition, income means and citizenship, causing serious damage to their psychological condition and leading to stress and depression.

Former senator Afrasiab Khattak said since partition, Pakistan had been actively hosting refugees from different countries, including India, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Experts say negligence in policy has invariably affected refugees, leading to stress and depression

Pakistan strongly needed legislation at a domestic forum to fill the legal vacuum created by the Afghan refugees’ issue, he said and suggested that repatriation, relocation and absorption were the factors that should be focused on in policymaking.

“The dilemma is that new terms like temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) and internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been introduced and they are not recognised as refugees,” he said.

The media needed to play an active role in voicing the Afghan refugees’ miseries, he said, adding that this nation was in exile and demanded that it should be looked at on humanitarian grounds.

The government should revise its Afghan policy for refugees to overcome their miseries, he added.

Ayesha Khan, country director of Hashoo Foundation, said that according to a report of the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, 90pc of Afghan refugees were hosted by Pakistan and Iran.

She said the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees, established in 2012, was a proactive step taken by the global community to help Afghan refugees and host countries.

Another speaker, Safiya Aftab, stressed the need for formulating a domestic policy to cater to the basic needs of health, education and sustenance for refugees.

Many undocumented refugees had started to enter the internal economy, mainly as low-income migrant households, she said, adding that Pakistan designed an effective policy to document these existing issues. Apart from granting some medical, transit and substantial visas on humanitarian grounds, a strong policy would surely ensure the sustenance needs of refugees, she said.

‘Reforms must to achieve SDGs’

At another panel discussion, prime minister’s aide Rana Ihsan Afzal said the government would have to introduce drastic reforms in various sectors to create fiscal space for financing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) agenda.

He highlighted the need to increase the tax-to-GDP ratio from 8.5 per cent to 15pc, raise tax revenues and streamline loss-making state-owned enterprises.

He said the country’s crop yields were very low and must be brought on a par with international standards to minimise the import pressure on the country.

Former Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq said: “We also need to create fiscal space as much as possible to promote SDGs agenda.” She underlined that the challenge of limited financing resources is one of the biggest impediments to achieving SDGs.

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Fact-finding report terms Arshad Sharif’s murder ‘targeted’

Malik Asad

December 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: A two-member fact-finding team consisting of officers from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has concluded that the murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif was a “planned targeted assassination” which purportedly involved “transnational characters”.

In a 592-page report submitted to the five-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, the investigators contested the version put forth by the Kenyan police, who termed Mr Sharif’s killing “a case of mistaken identity”.

The report observed that the “transnational roles of characters in Kenya, Dubai, and Pakistan” in this assassination cannot be ruled out.

The report noted a number of discrepancies in the events connected to the death of Mr Sharif and also highlighted contradictions in the statements of the ARY owner, Salman Iqbal, in connection with the case.

According to the report, the officials of the Kenyan General Services Unit (GSU) fired nine bullets at Mr Sharif’s vehicle from an AK-47 and a local Gilboa rifle. It, however, added that there was “only one fire (sic) whose trajectory doesn’t fit with the firing pattern”.

It disclosed that “there is no penetration mark of a bullet on the seat of Arshad Sharif but he was hit from the back and the bullet exited from the right side of the chest”. That does not match with his sitting position, and the position of gunners as well as the line of fire, it said and termed it a “closed range fire”.

The investigators were astonished to note that the “driver’s side door and window are undamaged, and the driver’s seat does not even have any splatters of blood, which is curious since one of the injuries to Mr Sharif was a head wound that caused his skull to shatter and spread hair, blood and bone particles over the passenger seat, the passenger side roof the car, and even on the rear passenger seat.”

It also pointed out the reasons that forced Arshad Sharif to leave Pakistan, including the registration of about a dozen FIRs. It expressed that there was a possibility that the journalist was compelled to leave Dubai.

Waqar’s link with spy agencies

The investigators noted that Mr Sharif’s host Waqar, a contractor of the US embassy in Nairobi, was connected with the Kenyan National Intelligence Service (NIS) and international intelligence agencies and police.

It said that Waqar was also known to a Pakistani politician and a senior official of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Islamabad and when he was asked for CCTV footage of the residence of Mr Sharif, he replied that he made it conditional with the nod of the official of the spy agency.

The report said that “the fact that he handed over the personal cell phone and iPad of Arshad Sharif to an NIS officer rather than to police establishes his links with the NIS”. According to the report, “His linkage with national and international agencies provides a scope of possibility of transnational characters in this case.”

Likewise, the report also raised doubts on the conduct of Waqar’s borther Khurram who was driving the ill-fated Land Cruiser. The report said that the “narration presented by Khurram, who was driving the vehicle on the sequence of the crime scene is contrary to logic and facts”.

Role of Salman Iqbal

The report also shed light on the relations between Mr Sharif and the senior management of ARY, especially its owner Salman Iqbal.

“During his interview with the team, Salman Iqbal directly contradicted Waqar’s version and claimed he did not know Waqar…[and] had no other direct contact with him. He only knew that ‘Vicky’ was a good friend of Tariq Wasi”.

The investigators mentioned that Mr Iqbal failed to satisfy the team regarding his relations with Waqar and referred questions about the latter to Tariq Wasi.

“He [Tariq Wasi] responded in writing to the FFT questionnaire but his answers were not very illuminating or forthcoming. Many of his responses are contradicted by both Salman Iqbal and Waqar,” the report added.

According to the report, Tariq Wasi, directly linked with Waqar and who arranged for Arshad Sharif to be hosted by Waqar in Kenya, “would also become a key lynchpin for anybody wanting to murder Arshad Sharif” if the case had a transnational angle.

It said Salman Iqbal freely admitted that Waqar was approached to issue a letter of invitation to Arshad Sharif, nevertheless, in the initial days following Arshad Sharif’s death, some news reports, including those of ARY, continued to propagate that Arshad Sharif had gone to Kenya because Kenya had a visa on arrival policy.

The report also mentioned “discrepancies in the timelines” given by Mr Iqbal to the fact-finding team.

“Waqar claims that he called Tariq Wasi to inform him of Arshad Sharif’s death while he was driving from Ammodump camp to Oletepesi farm, essentially within the first thirty minutes of the incident. And it was during the same drive that Salman Iqbal called Waqar to get confirmation of Arshad Sharif’s death”.

However, Salman Iqbal claimed that he did not speak to Waqar till three to four hours after the incident, the report said, adding that Mr Iqbal had “contacted the senior army leadership to inform them of the fact that Arshad Sharif had been killed within an hour of the incident”.

It is not immediately clear why Salman Iqbal created this discrepancy over timelines, it added.

The report recommended the registration of the case with the Counter Terrorism Wing of the FIA under sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Suo motu proceedings

The apex court bench resumed the hearing on the suo motu case regarding the killing of Arshad Sharif earlier in the day. As it took up the case, the top court directed the government to constitute a special joint investigation team (SJIT) to probe the killing of the journalist.

The eight-member team will comprise five police officials, and representatives of the ISI, FIA, and IB. Justice Bandial directed the federal government to notify the members by Thursday.

During the hearing, the mother of the slain journalist also filed an application before the court nominating senior military leadership, officials of the spy agency, and the public relations wing of the armed forces as accused.

Source: Dawn

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US adds 24 companies including those from Pakistan to export control list

December 8, 2022

The Biden administration has added 24 companies and other entities to an export control list for supporting Russia’s military or defense industrial base, Pakistan’s nuclear activities or for supplying an Iranian electronics company.

The entities, based in Latvia, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland, were added over US national security and foreign policy concerns, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.

The companies include Fiber Optic Solutions in Latvia, which produces fiber optic gyroscopes and other equipment and Russia’s AO Kraftway Corporation PSC, which calls itself one of the biggest Russian IT companies.

The company says it builds and sells a wide range of IT solutions including hardware manufacturing.

Also on the list are Russian AO Scientific Research Center for Electronic Computing, LLC Fibersense, and Scientific Production Company Optolin, AO PKK Milandr; Milandr EK OOO; Milandr ICC JSC; Milur IS, OOO; (OOO) Microelectronic Production Complex (MPK) Milandr; and Ruselectronics JSC and Swiss based Milur SA.

The Commerce Department also added four trading and supply companies in Singapore for supplying or attempting to supply an Iranian electronics company, Pardazan System Namad Arman (PASNA), that was sanctioned by the US Treasury in 2018.

The Biden administration also added 10 companies in Pakistan and UAE that it says pose unacceptable risks of using or diverting items for Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities or are involved Pakistan’s “nuclear activities and missile proliferation-related activities.”

None of the companies was immediately available for comment.

The United States has made muscular use of export controls and the entity list to punish companies over their support of the Russian military and to curb the flow of foreign technology to Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February.

Source: Dawn

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PM’s son Suleman Shehbaz moves court ahead of return from exile

Atika Rehman

December 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD/LONDON: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son, Suleman Shehbaz, is set to return to Pakistan after four years of self-exile in London, it emerged on Wednesday.

Mr Sharif, who left London for Madina to perform Umrah, is expected to reach Pakistan over the weekend.

He has already sought protective bail from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that would enable him to surrender before a trial court.

Mr Sharif has been in London with his family since 2018, when the National Accountability Bureau registered multiple cases against him ahead of the general election.

Arrest warrants had been issued for Mr Shahbaz on May 28, but the FIA told the court they could not be executed since Mr Shehbaz was not present at his address and had gone abroad.

A trial court declared him a proclaimed offender, along with another suspect in a Rs16 billion money laundering case, in July this year.

In December 2021, FIA submitted a challan against Shehbaz and Hamza to the special court for their alleged involvement in laundering Rs16 billion in a sugar scam.

According to the FIA report submitted to the court, the investigation team “detected 28 benami accounts of the Shehbaz family through which money laundering of Rs16.3bn was committed from 2008-18. The FIA examined a money trail of 17,000 credit transactions.”

The report added that the amount was kept in “hidden accounts” and “given to Shehbaz in a personal capacity”.

In a statement, Mr Sharif said he was forced to leave Pakistan for the sake of his safety after “fake and manipulated cases” were registered against him and his family in order to “facilitate a new political order”.

Source: Dawn

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IHC asks FO to take up Aafia’s release issue with US ambassador

December 7, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday asked the foreign office to take up Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s release case with the United States (US) Ambassador to Pakistan.

The MIT-trained neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui is serving an 86-year prison sentence after being convicted by the US court on seven counts over attempted murder and assault on US military personnel in Afghanistan.

Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan heard a petition filed by Dr Fauzia Siddiqui for the release and repatriation of her sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

The FO counsel submitted the communication record with the US regarding the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the IHC.

The Judge expressed dissatisfaction and said that the FO secretary should appear before the court and state that he cannot do anything in this case then the court will dismiss this case as there is no proceeding in this case since October 17.

The foreign ministry counsel informed the court that there was no satisfactory response from the US regarding the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui yet and Dr Fauzia’s visa request has also been rejected by the US.

Justice Sardar Aijaz directed the foreign office to take up Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s release case with the United States (US) ambassador to Pakistan.

Source: Pakistan Today

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South Asia


Mother of All Bans: Taliban tell kids they can go to parks only with their fathers

Sohini Sarkar

December 07, 2022

New Delhi: For little children in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul and other cities, even a visit to an amusement park or a playground now comes with a rider. They can no longer go to such joyous spaces accompanied by their mothers. Neither can the older children step in by themselves. They can only be allowed to enter if they are with their fathers—the men of Afghanistan.

The move to bar Afghan women, especially mothers from all kinds of amusement parks and playgrounds is the ruling Taliban’s latest diktat to curtail the rights and liberties of women in their country. Women have been banned from visiting parks and playgrounds in Kabul and other key Afghan cities, days after they were barred from visiting swimming pools and gymnasiums in the capital city.

Amid the possibility of the ban being extended throughout the country, Afghan women now fear what is next in store for them in the crisis-ridden country. Already barred from gyms, pools and other sporting arena, the Taliban’s diktat to bar women from amusement parks and playgrounds has come as a rude shock for young mothers, most of whom cannot accompany their children anymore if they step out to play or visit fairs and parks. The children, however, can be accompanied by their fathers and significantly Afghan men are even allowed on the rides and carousels, the parks have to offer.

Since the Taliban dramatically swept back to power in Afghanistan in August 2021, visits to public spaces have become rare for most women in the country. For the urban elite too, an evening out with their children or extended families, is a luxury they can ill afford. The Taliban, however, is ready to defend the move to bar women from parks claiming that the ruling regime had been trying for the last 14 to 15 months to provide an environment in sync with Sharia (the Islamic law that the Taliban follow) and Afghan culture so that women could continue visiting parks.

Mohammad Akif Muhajir, the spokesperson for the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, justified the move saying, “Unfortunately, the owners of amusement parks did not co-operate with us very well, and also the women did not observe hijab as was suggested. For now, the decision has been taken that they are banned,” he said, referring to the hardliners interpretation of the strict Islamic dress code for women.

Most women in Afghanistan, specially after the takeover by the Taliban wear the hijab, at least in public spaces. However, the Taliban have decreed women should wear long flowing clothes that cover their bodies from top to toe and also cover their faces, akin to the Islamic burqa. Flouting the diktat though, a number of women in Kabul do not cover their faces in public and yet others wear surgical face masks.

Source: Firstpost

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Asian-American societies call on Congress to pass Afghan Adjustment Act

December 7, 2022

The Asian American Societies of Central Virginia in a letter to the Congress, support the Afghan Adjustment Act and urge the Biden Administration to pass it before the year end.

“We, the Asian-American Society of Central Virginia (AASoCV), a 25-year-old Non-Profit Organization that consists of 19 Asian communities, are writing  to you in support of the Afghan Adjustment Act”, said the letter addressing the U.S Congress.

“As Asian-Americans, we highly value the contributions made by the over 70K evacuated Afghan nationals to the country’s diversity and pluralist community. They have also had enormous contribution in the country’s workforce and economy which is indeed admirable”, Julie Laghi, the Asian American Society of Central Virginia chair said.

According to Julie, Afghan Adjustment Act is a short path towards permanent residency for the Afghan evacuees whose parole visas are going to expire in mid 2023.

Eventually, the United States Administration would have to think of helping these large number of refugees who all have been evacuated by the U.S government and welcomed in the United States through providing a short-term and quicker pathway for providing them long-term stay opportunities, Julie added.

We believe that the proposed Afghan Adjustment Act introduced in August is a wise and logical solution and would help the USCIS if passed before end of the year, she said.

Source: Khaama Press

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Restoration of Great Mosque of Herat Begins

By Nasir Ahmad Salehi]

Dec 8, 2022

After seven decades, Herat's information and culture department said that it has begun the restoration of the province's Great Mosque, also known as the "Jami Masjid of Herat."

The restoration of all of the mosque's ancient tiles is expected.

Reportedly, natural disasters in recent years have damaged the majority of the tiles of Herat's Great Mosque.

"Seventy years ago, it wasn't really that everything was repaired, only the places that collapsed were restored, but right now, all of them are under the restoration process," said Zalmai Safa, the head of Herat's department of information and culture's historical monument preservation group.

The tiles of the Great Mosque of Herat are being fixed by specialists in monument restoration. Every effort is being made to preserve the integrity and beauty of the historical monument, say those involved.

"The tiles are in their own place, some of the backs need to be tightened; we will fill them with the special materials that are essential," said Aziz Ahmad, an engineer.

"The tiles that you are presently looking at are from the age of Abdul Ali Malkyar, and a century has since passed, and these tiles were used in the Herat Great Mosque for reasons of beauty and durability," said Sediq Mir, a cultural expert.

Source: Tolo News

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Afghanistan Receives Medicine and Nutrition via the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge

By Nizamuddin Rezahi

December 8, 2022

The European Union delivered medicine and nutrition to Afghanistan via the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge earlier today.

This humanitarian aid comes at a time when nearly 28 million populations in Afghanistan need assistance in the next year. The humanitarian cargo is provided by the European Union Protection & Humanitarian Aid and trusted humanitarian partners.

Due to the existing socio-economic and humanitarian crisis, thousands of Afghan families are struggling for survival across the country. They need basic food, shelter, and other life-saving items. Such aid packages are of paramount importance to the general public as they are provided with no other alternatives. Meanwhile, the harsh winter is another addition to the many challenges of the ordinary people in the country as they need to feed their mouths and heat their homes respectively.

Afghanistan receives this humanitarian aid package right after the first public execution was conducted by the ruling regime in Farah, Afghanistan since they came to power last year. There have been massive reactions and criticisms of the act from the international community, independent organizations, countries, media, and more.

Likewise, the European Union in Afghanistan condemned the act and called on the Afghan administration to stop any future executions and instead pursue a policy towards the abolition of capital punishment.

Source: Khaama Press

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North America


US lawmakers call for more support to Iranian protesters, sanctions on regime

07 December ,2022

Top US lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bipartisan resolution affirming American support for Iranian protesters and condemning Iran’s security apparatuses for their violent crackdown.

“It is my hope that Congressional approval of this bipartisan, bicameral resolution will help amplify the voices of the hundreds of thousands of women and men of Iran who are protesting against the brutality of one of the world’s most repressive regimes,” Senator Bob Menendez said in a statement.

Menendez, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn were joined by nine colleagues in announcing approval of the Senate resolution.

The resolution calls for the international community to speak out against the Iranian regime’s human rights violations and urges continued efforts to hold those violators accountable, including through additional coordinated sanctions.

The senators also stressed the importance of US and global support for providing more access to internet freedom inside Iran. During anti-government protests over the last few months, the regime has cut off internet access to parts of the country.

The other senators who supported the resolution were: Bob Casey, Bill Cassidy, Jacky Rosen, Ted Cruz, Kevin Cramer, Ben Cardin, Todd Young, Chris Van Hollen, and Bill Hagerty.

An identical resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of members of Congress as well.

Iranians have been in the streets since September following the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained for improper hijab. Thousands of Iranians began demanding the regime’s collapse and fundamental human rights. They were met with a violent crackdown by Iranian security forces, which led to hundreds of deaths and thousands of arrests.

Menendez said he was committed to keeping the Committee’s spotlight on the Iranian regime’s crackdowns, shutdowns, and deflections in response to the demands of the Iranian people.

Reports suggested that Iran has done away with its so-called morality police in recent days. But state-run media later played down these reports.

For her part, Senator Blackburn said the move to abolish the religious police was “only a façade” to distract the world from what protesters are demanding - “to free Iran of the oppression altogether.”

Blackburn added: “The United States must stand by them until they secure victory.”

Senator Todd Young praised the courage and resolve of the protesters, calling it “inspiring.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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US does not want to see military operations in northwest Syria: White House

07 December ,2022

The United States has been clear with Turkey about the risks of military operations in northwest Syria, even as it supports Ankara’s right to defend itself, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday.

“We don’t we don’t want to see military operations conducted in northwest Syria that are going to put civilians at greater risk than they already are, put in peril our troops and our personnel in Syria, or our counter ISIS mission,” Kirby told reporters.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Amendments to conditions of US sale of F-16s to Türkiye removed from final defence bill draft

Kasım İleri 



Amendments introduced in the US House of Representatives making sales of F-16 fighter jets to Türkiye contingent on a series of conditions were removed in the final defense spending bill.

A conference committee made up of House and Senate members finalized the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill, which includes the 2023 defense budget.

According to the final version of the draft text obtained by Anadolu Agency, which will be voted on by both chambers of Congress, the amendments submitted by a group of representatives were dropped from the bill.

The move came after two amendments introduced by Democratic Senators Bob Menendez and Chris Van Hollen tying F-16 sales to Türkiye on some conditions were removed from the Senate version of the annual US defense spending bill.

The amendments sought to impose several restrictions on the sale of F-16s and modernization kits to Türkiye, including not to use the fighter jets to violate Greece’s airspace and requiring the Biden administration to certify that the sale would be in national interests.

The diplomatic efforts of Türkiye in Washington were said to be effective in this change in the Senate.

In order for the sale of F-16s to be made, Congress should not object to the sales notification submitted by the administration.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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US warns of Chinese influence in Mideast as Xi visits Saudi Arabia

07 December ,2022

The White House on Wednesday responded to the visit of President Xi Jinping to Saudi Arabia by warning that China’s attempt to spread influence worldwide is “not conducive” to international order.

Asked about the Xi visit, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that Saudi Arabia remains a crucial US ally, but he issued a warning over China.

“We are mindful of the influence that China is trying to grow around the world. The Middle East is certainly one of those regions where they want to deepen their level of influence,” he said.

“We believe that many of the things they’re trying to pursue and the manner in which they’re trying to pursue it are not conducive to preserving the international rules-based order.”

President Joe Biden has made what he identifies as a global competition between democracies and autocracies a central theme of his presidency.

“We are not asking nations to choose between the United States and China, but as the president has said many times we believe that in this strategic competition the United States is certainly well poised to lead,” Kirby said.

Washington has close commercial, diplomatic and military relations with Saudi Arabia, an Islamic, absolute monarchy.

New tensions erupted over a decision by the Saudi-led OPEC+ cartel to cut production in a bid to raise oil prices -- a move claimed by the Biden administration as potentially harming his Democratic party in this November’s midterm legislative elections.

Kirby said Saudi Arabia had been a strategic US partner for some 80 years but noted that Biden has ordered a review of the ties.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Arab World


Saudi and China sign 34 investment agreements during Xi’s visit

08 December ,2022

Saudi and Chinese companies have signed 34 investment agreements during the start of Chinese President Xi Jinping three-day visit to the Kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.

Xi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday. It marks his third overseas journey since the coronavirus pandemic began.

On Wednesday evening dozens of agreements were signed between Saudi and China covering several sectors in the fields of green energy, green hydrogen, photovoltaic energy, information technology, cloud services, transportation, logistics, medical industries, housing and construction factories.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Investment Khalid bin Abdulaziz al-Falih confirmed that the agreements reflect the Kingdom's keenness under the leadership of the King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to develop the Kingdom's relations in all fields including economic and investment with China.

Eng. al-Falih said that this visit reflects the keenness of the leaderships of the two countries to develop and strengthen relations and partnership between the two countries in all fields, including economic and investment, adding that the visit will contribute to raising the pace of economic and investment cooperation between the two countries.

He also explained that the Kingdom and the People's Republic of China have solid relations and a close partnership that witnessed comprehensive development over the past years, especially after the mutual visits between the leaderships of the two countries, which resulted in fruitful cooperation that included various fields.

He further said that the Kingdom, in light of Vision 2030, offers unprecedented investment opportunities in various sectors including renewable energy, industry, communications, information technology, biotechnology, tourism, building and construction, and others, expressing his aspiration to enhance investments between the Kingdom and China.

The volume of trade exchange between the two countries amounted to SAR304 billion ($80 billion) in 2021, and trade exchange in the third quarter of 2022 recorded SAR103 billion ($270 million).

Xi’s visit to the Kingdom will run until December 9 during which a Saudi-China summit headed by King Salman and the Chinese president, with the participation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will be held.

Two other summits, a China-Gulf summit and a China-Arab summit, will also be held with leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Arab states expected to attend.

The Gulf-Chinese summit will be held on Friday, according to GCC Secretary General Nayef al-Hajraf.

Upon his arrival to Riyadh, Xi said that he looked forward to the China-Arab and China-GCC summits, which will be held during his visit to strengthen ties with Arab and Gulf countries.

He added that he will discuss bilateral ties as well as international and regional affairs with King Salman and the Crown Prince during his visit, his first to the Kingdom since 2016.

Commenting on “close ties” between Beijing and Riyadh, Xi said “practical cooperation between the two countries yielded fruitful results in [various] fields.” He said that China and Saudi Arabia continue to “closely coordinate and communicate” regarding regional and international affairs.

He also said that he and King Salman had strengthened ties between the two countries ever since establishing the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016, “strongly contributing to improving peace, stability and development in the region.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia will remain reliable energy partner for China: Energy minister

07 December ,2022

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said on Wednesday, during a visit by the Chinese leader to the Kingdom, that Saudi Arabia would remain a trusted and reliable energy partner for China, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Prince Abdulaziz told SPA that cooperation between China, the world’s biggest energy consumer, and the Kingdom, the worlds’ top oil exporter, had helped maintain global oil market stability.

“The Kingdom will remain, in this area, a trusted and reliable partner for China,” the agency quoted him as saying.

Ties between Saudi Arabia and China are undergoing a “qualitative shift that reflects the interest of the leaderships of the two friendly countries, and their keenness to develop them in various fields,” Prince Abdulaziz added.

“China has become the top destination for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s oil exports as part of the high volume of trade exchange between the two countries, which continued annual growth over the past five years,” SPA cited him as saying.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi-Chinese cooperation scales new heights with each passing year

December 07, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi-Chinese ties have prospered in 2022 amid the high cooperation efforts between the countries across various fields, including aviation, energy, tourism, artificial intelligence, technology and more.

On Nov.27, Saudi Arabia’s deputy foreign minister met with the Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom in Riyadh, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, Waleed Al-Khuraiji and Chen Weiqing reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them to serve common interests. They also discussed issues of common interest.


Earlier this year, in October, Saudi Arabia and China signed a memorandum of understanding to boost the number of flights and stations between the two countries.

The MoU also aims to promote air traffic growth further and bolster cooperation in the air transport sector field between both countries, Zawya reported.


In September, the regional organization Arab League announced the first of its kind Arab-China summit to be hosted by Saudi Arabia in December, reflecting a milestone in the strategic collaboration between Arab countries and the Asian giant.

According to Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post, Beijing is seeking to bolster its energy ties with the Gulf countries to secure sufficient supply.


In September, the Saudi Tourism Authority and Shanghai-based financial firm UnionPay signed an MoU to boost the number of Chinese visitors to Saudi Arabia.

Under the agreement, the Chinese state-owned financial services company will facilitate payment operations within the Kingdom for UnionPay card holders, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 


As part of Saudi-Chinese cultural cooperation, King Abdulaziz Public Library signed an MoU and collaboration with the Bayt El-Hekma Chinese Group in April.

The agreement aims to enhance cooperation between Saudi Arabia and China in different cultural, knowledge, and language fields of interest to both sides.

It also includes exchanging publication services and cultural visits between the two countries, besides holding scientific meetings and specialized exhibitions and activating cultural commonalities through forums. 

Artificial Intelligence

In March, Riyadh-based aerospace company TAQNIA and solution provider TAQNIA ETS signed an MoU with Chinese aerospace firm Star Vision to elevate the space sector’s supply chain and work hand in hand on artificial intelligence applications and technologies.

Under the MoU, all parties will participate in collaborative research and work together to facilitate the development of top-notch space technologies, satellites, and geospatial products, trade publication Times Aerospace reported.

The MoU aims to introduce localized services and products that align with the Kingdom and the region’s strategic space and geospatial industry.


In March, Saudi Advanced Communications and Electronics Systems Co., ACES, partnered with China Electronics Technology Group to manufacture unmanned aerial vehicle payload systems in the Kingdom.

Under the partnership, China Electronics Technology Group, the state-owned defense conglomerate specializing in dual-use electronics, aims to aid ACES in establishing a research and development center and manufacturing team for various types of unmanned aerial vehicle payload systems. 


In March, a Saudi Arabian Oil Co. unit signed an initial agreement with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., known as Sinopec, for potential downstream collaboration in China. 

The subsidiary, Saudi Aramco Asia Company Ltd., and Sinopec aim to support Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co. in conducting a feasibility study into the optimization and expansion of capacity, according to a statement. 

Building & Construction

In January, Saudi Aramco and the China Building Materials Academy announced plans to launch a new Nonmetallic Excellence and Innovation Center collaboratively.

Source: Arab News

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Activists take Qatar workers protest to FIFA boss's home town

Dec 7, 2022

BRIG: An activist group erected protest billboards in FIFA boss Gianni Infantino's Swiss home town of Brig on Wednesday to demand the world soccer body compensate migrant workers for alleged human rights abuses in Qatar, host of the football World Cup.

The mobile billboards carried the messages "Infantino: your family were migrants", "Thousands like them were victims of this World Cup", and "Compensate them now".

The protest by the Avaaz campaign group also included an Infantino impersonator holding a World Cup trophy.

Qatar, where foreigners make up most of the 2.9 million population, has faced intense criticism from human rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers.

Britain's Guardian newspaper reported last year that at least 6,500 migrants -- many of them working on World Cup projects -- had died in Qatar since it won the right in 2010 to stage the World Cup.

Hassan Al Thawadi, the secretary general of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said in a TV interview with British journalist Piers Morgan aired last month that the number of migrant worker deaths at World Cup-related projects was "between 400 and 500".

Amnesty and other rights groups have led calls for FIFA to compensate migrant workers in Qatar for human rights abuses by setting aside $440 million, matching the World Cup prize money.

FIFA has said it was assessing Amnesty's proposal and implementing an "unprecedented due diligence process in relation to the protection of workers involved".

FIFA has said it was working with the organising committee and had already compensated a number of workers. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Source: Times Of India

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Two killed in Iraq clashes after activist given prison term

07 December ,2022

Two protesters in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah were killed Wednesday in clashes with security forces at a rally against an activist’s prison sentence, health officials told AFP.

Haidar al-Zaidi, 20, was sentenced to three years over a tweet of disputed origin deemed insulting to a pro-Iran paramilitary force, according to court documents seen by AFP Wednesday.

The verdict, which Zaidi can appeal, has sparked criticism on social media.

Hundreds of people gathered for a second day in a row on Wednesday evening in central Nasiriyah, the regional capital of Dhi Qar province, to condemn the sentencing and also to demand compensation for people wounded by security forces in protests in late 2019.

The protesters chanted anti-government slogans, according to an AFP correspondent.

“Two protesters were shot dead” in the clashes and 21 others were wounded, including five by gunfire, said Hussein Riyad, a spokesman for the Dhi Qar provincial health ministry.

Riyad said a police officer was among those wounded.

Zaidi was sentenced on Monday in the capital Baghdad over a post, long since deleted from his Twitter account, criticizing the slain deputy commander of the former paramilitary Hashed al-Shaabi force, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

The activist wrote on Facebook on Sunday that he faced charges of “insulting state institutions.”

New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for Zaidi’s immediate release and urged Iraqi authorities not to use the courts as a “tool to suppress peaceful criticism.”

Muhandis was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad in January 2020 alongside Iranian foreign operations commander General Qassem Soleimani.

He is revered as a martyr by the Hashed, a paramilitary group integrated into Iraq’s security forces and whose political wing forms part of Iraq’s ruling coalition.

Zaidi has denied he posted the tweet, claiming his account was hacked, according to HRW.

“Regardless of who posted the Twitter message, the Iraqi justice system should not be used as a tool to suppress peaceful criticism of the authorities or armed actors,” said HRW’s deputy Middle East director, Adam Coogle.

Nasiriyah was a bastion of a wave of anti-government protests that hit Iraq in late 2019 and were crushed by authorities in a bloody crackdown that killed more than 600 people.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran executes protester for injuring security guard with knife: Sources

08 December ,2022

Iran executed one protester on Thursday who was convicted of injuring a security guard with a long knife and closing off a Tehran street, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

Tasnim added that the Supreme Court had rejected the appeal made by the defendant and justified the sentence by saying the defendant's actions represented a “crime of waging war against God.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in West Bank raid: Ministry

08 December ,2022

Israeli forces killed three Palestinians on Thursday in the flashpoint city of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

“Three killed by bullets from the Israeli occupation during its aggression in Jenin at dawn today,” the Palestinian health ministry reported.

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The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request to comment on their latest operation in Jenin, one of the near-daily raids across the West Bank launched in the wake of deadly attacks targeting Israelis earlier this year.

The Islamic Jihad militant group said Thursday their fighters were engaged in “fierce clashes” with Israeli forces in Jenin.

A surge in violence this year has seen at least 150 Palestinians and 26 Israelis killed across the West Bank, Israel and the contested city of Jerusalem.

The toll includes more than 40 Palestinians killed in the Jenin area during Israeli forces operations, including militants, children as young as 12, and veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran’s Press TV to be pulled from EU satellite

07 December ,2022

European satellite operator Eutelsat said Wednesday that it will request broadcasters to stop showing Iran’s English-language news channel Press TV following sanctions over its broadcasting of “forced confessions.”

Press TV announced the news via its Twitter feed earlier in the day and the France-based Eutelsat confirmed the news to AFP.

It follows fresh sanctions imposed last month by the European Union against 29 Iranian officials and Press TV, which has shown people giving “confessions” of their part in anti-government protests.

“Eutelsat has assessed the consequences of the adoption by the European Union on November 14, 2022, of additional sanctions against the perpetrators of serious human rights violations in Iran,” the French company told AFP.

“Eutelsat has contacted its counterparties broadcasting Press TV, in order to enforce the cessation of broadcasting as soon as possible,” it added.

Iran has been rocked by a wave of protests since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, after her arrest by “morality police” officers for an alleged breach of the country’s dress code, which requires women to wear a headscarf.

Iran blames the US and other “enemies” for trying to destabilize the country by fueling the protests.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel’s Netanyahu needs one more party for coalition, may seek more time

07 December ,2022

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu was still one partner short of a coalition to secure a parliamentary majority on Wednesday after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party signed up, with the deadline for forming a government looming.

The deal with United Torah Judaism (UTJ), announced late on Tuesday, promised Netanyahu control of 53 of the Knesset’s 120 seats with his conservative Likud party. That left Shas, an ultra-Orthodox party with 11 seats, as Likud’s last likely ally.

After coming ahead in a Nov. 1 election, Netanyahu was given 28 days to present a coalition. Commentators predicted he would do so in short order, given the strong showing of religious-nationalist parties. But negotiations have proven protracted.

The inclusion of far-rightists in the incoming government has stirred fear at home and abroad for the future of Israel’s long-moribund talks with the Palestinians and fraught ties between its majority Jews and 21 percent Arabs citizens.

Netanyahu has said he will serve all Israelis but has not indicated any plan for reviving talks with Palestinians.

UTJ said in a statement on the Likud deal, which it agreed even though some details were pending, that talks needed to be extended beyond Sunday’s deadline for a coalition agreement.

President Isaac Herzog can extend the mandate by 14 days.

Among issues dogging the coalition talks is a tax-fraud conviction of Shas leader Arieh Deri, a candidate for finance minister. Shas has submitted legislation that would enable Deri - who was spared jail under a plea deal - to serve in cabinet.

Netanyahu has yet to request an extension for coalition talks. But the centrist opposition has accused him of planning to use any extra time he might get to push the Deri-linked bill through parliament before his government is in office.

Outgoing Justice Minister Gideon Saar said on Twitter that any request for extra time would be a “ruse (to enable) the passing of personalized and problematic laws, in accordance with the demands of (coalition) partners, before the government is set up.”

United Arab List (UAL), a party that draws support from Israel’s Arab citizens and which was part of the outgoing coalition, signaled it might be willing to join Netanyahu.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Houthi: Enemy’s main goal is to subdue Yemeni nation, assert cultural hegemony

07 December 2022

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement says the enemy's main goal is to corrupt the young Yemeni generation with attacks on Islamic values, stressing that the US and its allies are hell-bent on subduing the Yemeni nation through cultural dominance.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made the marks at a Wednesday ceremony in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a to mark the National Day of Martyrs.

“The Muslim world will not by any means benefit from victory, honor, growth or prosperity unless peoples get prepared to make self-sacrifices and demonstrate genuine unselfishness,” the leader of the popular Yemeni resistance movement said.

Houthi also warned of enemies’ myriad plots to undermine the Yemeni nation and called on people from all strata of the society as well as the country’s officials to remain vigilant about “the soft war” against the Arab state, particularly in cultural and intellectual spheres.

“Enemies are seeking to diminish Islamic values and misinterpret the notion of martyrdom. They are spending considerable time and effort in order to corrupt young Yemenis,” the Ansarullah chief warned.

“The United States and the Israeli regime are relentlessly constructing hostile plots against Muslims, and are seeking to sow the seeds of discord and division across the Muslim world, from Yemen to Iraq and beyond.”

Houthi noted that the Muslim world is currently facing formidable challenges, adding that "enemies are greedy...for Muslims’ natural resources, and are seeking complete control over them.”

“Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are seeking to enslave the Yemeni nation and plunder the country’s natural wealth. Enemies do not want the salaries of Yemeni civil servants to be paid by means of revenues earned from plundered crude oil and natural gas,” he said.

The Ansarullah leader emphasized that the Yemeni nation will neither allow the US, Britain, Saudi Arabia nor their allies to gain a foothold in Yemen and build a military facility there.

“The US-backed and Saudi-led military onslaught is aimed at placing Yemen under foreign occupation. Yemenis will not accept Saudi-led plots designed to put the country under Western hegemony.”

Houthi also reiterated the Yemeni nation’s firm resolve to stay strong and united, calling on Yemenis to join ranks in the face of enemies’ conspiracies to sow division and sedition within the society.

Source: Press TV

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German gov’t vows to combat Islamophobia, discrimination

Ayhan Simsek 



The German government will take resolute measures to combat Islamophobia, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said on Wednesday.

Faeser delivered a speech at the German Islam Conference, a forum for dialogue between authorities and the representatives of the Muslim community.

“Many people face racism each and every day in Germany. Muslims experience double racism. They are often facing hostility and rejection as members of the Islamic religion, but also as people with immigration background,” she said.

Faeser promised that the coalition government will take measures to combat racism and Islamophobia, and support projects to promote integration and stronger participation of Muslims in German society.

She also said the Interior Ministry will adopt a new approach for the work of the German Islam Conference, and advocate broader participation to ensure that it reflects the diversity of Muslims in the country.

A country of over 84 million people, Germany has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. It is home to nearly 5 million Muslims, according to official figures.

The country has witnessed growing racism and Islamophobia in recent years, fueled by the propaganda of far-right groups and parties, which have exploited the refugee crisis and attempted to stoke fear of immigrants.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Germany busts far-right terror cell planning parliament attack

December 07, 2022

FRANKFURT: German police staged nationwide raids on Wednesday and arrested 25 people suspected of belonging to a far-right “terror cell” plotting to overthrow the government and attack parliament.

Around 3,000 officers including elite anti-terror units took part in the early morning raids and searched more than 130 properties, in what German media described as one of the country’s largest police actions ever against extremists.

The raids targeted alleged members of the “Citizens of the Reich” (Reichsbuerger) movement suspected of “having made concrete preparations to violently force their way into the German parliament with a small armed group,” federal prosecutors said in a statement.

Those arrested are accused of having formed “a terrorist group by the end of November 2021 at the latest, which had set itself the goal of overcoming the existing state order in Germany and replacing it with their own kind of state,” they said.

Two of the 25 arrests were made abroad, in Austria and Italy.

The prosecutors in Karlsruhe said they had identified a further 27 people as suspected members or supporters of the terror network.

The Reichsbuerger movement includes neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists and gun enthusiasts who reject the legitimacy of the modern German republic.

Long dismissed as malcontents and oddballs, the Reichsbuerger have become increasingly radicalized in recent years and are seen as a growing security threat.

Former soldiers are believed to be among the members of the recently established terror group, federal prosecutors said.

“The accused are united by a deep rejection of state institutions and the free, democratic basic order of the Federal Republic of Germany,” they said.

The suspects were aware that their plan “could only be realized by using military means and violence against state representatives,” they added.

Justice Minister Marco Buschmann praised the dismantling of the “suspected terror cell” on Twitter, saying it showed that Germany was able to defend its democracy.

Reichsbuerger followers generally believe in the continued existence of the pre-war German Reich, or empire, as it stood under the Nazis, and several groups have declared their own states.

They typically deny the authority of police and other state institutions.

According to prosecutors, the terror cell suspects believe in Reichsbuerger and QAnon conspiracy theories and are “strongly convinced” that Germany is run by a “deep state” that needs to be toppled.

They allegedly planned to appoint one of the arrested suspects, Heinrich XIII P.R., as Germany’s new leader after the coup.

He had already sought to make contact with Russian officials to discuss Germany’s “new state order” after the coup, prosecutors said.

There was however “no indication that the contact persons responded positively to his request.”

A Russian woman named as Vitalia B., who was among those arrested on Wednesday, is suspected of having facilitated those contacts, prosecutors added.

As part of the preparations for the coup, members of the alleged terror cell acquired weapons, organized shooting practice and tried to recruit new followers, particularly among the military and police, according to prosecutors.

Germany’s domestic intelligence service estimates that the Reichsbuerger scene consists of around 20,000 people.

Of those, more than 2,000 are deemed potentially violent.

Germany considers far-right terrorism the biggest threat to its security following a spate of attacks in recent years.

In April, police foiled a plot by a far-right group to kidnap the health minister.

Source: Arab News

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No progress in fighting discrimination of German Muslim students

Oliver Towfigh Nia  



There has been no improvement in the situation of Muslim students grappling with ongoing discrimination in German schools, said a leading human rights official on Wednesday.

“We see a need for action in this area and I have not noticed that the situation has improved," said Dr. Beate Rudolf, director of the German Institute for Human Rights, at a press conference in Berlin.

Rudolf acknowledged though that this issue was not addressed at all in this year's annual report on the developments in the human rights situation in Germany which was submitted to the nation’s parliament (Bundestag).

Within Germany’s public school systems, there have been numerous reports of discrimination against young Muslim students, specifically girls, leading to a climate of low expectations and discouragement.

There have also been frequent complaints by Germany’s Muslim community that teachers were less likely to recommend Muslim pupils for schools which would pave the way for a university rather than a regular vocational career.

Discrimination against Muslims is widespread in Germany, according to research published in October by the Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR).

Nearly 48% of respondents said they believe "Islam is not compatible with German society,” while 29% suggested restricting the practice of Islam in the country.

"Negative attitudes toward Islam are widespread in all groups examined -- people with and without a migration background,” the researchers said in their report.

Nearly 44% of Germans surveyed said that Muslim organizations should be monitored by the state’s security agencies, while only 16% opposed such a move.

Anti-Islamic attitudes were slightly more common among migrants who arrived in Germany from non-Muslim countries. People who had social contact with Muslims, however, were less inclined to hold anti-Islamic attitudes, according to the report.


The SVR’s study also analyzed anti-Semitic attitudes in Germany and concluded that anti-Semitism was widespread both among Germans and migrant communities in the country.

"Negative attitudes toward people of the Muslim and Jewish faiths are divisive and undermine social cohesion. However, attitudes of this kind are not only held by people without a migration background, but also by people with a history of migration,” the report said.

The SVR called for stronger action to counter anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic attitudes in all population groups, by promoting intercultural contacts and anti-discrimination work.

Among other things, religious communities need to be more closely involved, while interfaith dialogue and related forms of interaction can also contribute to reducing prejudice, the group said.

A country of over 84 million people, Germany has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. It is home to nearly five million Muslims, according to official figures.

The country has witnessed growing racism and Islamophobia in recent years, fueled by the propaganda of far-right groups and parties, which have exploited the refugee crisis and attempted to stoke fear of immigrants.

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Bringing salvation: Türkiye’s humanitarian aid to Greece during World War II

Ahmet Gencturk  


The fall of Athens to the Nazis on April 27, 1941 and the subsequent occupation of mainland Greece by the Axis -- Germany, Bulgaria, and Italy -- left in shambles the infrastructure, industry, and agriculture of the country, already devastated by months of war.

To worsen this predicament, the Nazi occupation set in motion a ruthless program of economic exploitation that entailed rationing raw materials and food from Greece to dress, feed, and equip the German armies fighting across Europe.

Coupled with the Allied blockade of Greece, this led to drastic food shortages in the country, particularly in the capital Athens and the adjacent port city of Piraeus. According to Greek historian Polymeris Voglis, at least 300,000 Greeks died of starvation or malnutrition during the occupation that lasted until October 1944.

Türkiye was among the first countries that rushed to the aid of famine-stricken Greece, according to the Turkish Red Crescent’s Director General Ibrahim Altan, stressing the point in an interview with Anadolu Agency.

He emphasized that Türkiye, whose own population also faced acute food shortages as millions of men had to leave the fields for military mobilization, did not ignore the plight that neighboring Greece had to endure.

The first batch of humanitarian aid -- over 2,000 tons including fish, pork, eggs, and potatoes -- departed from Istanbul on Oct. 6, 1941 aboard the SS Kurtulus, a Turkish freighter that would play a crucial role in alleviating the suffering of many Greeks, Altan related.

An old freighter, almost 60 years old at the time, carried not only over 8,000 tons much needed aid but also the hope and sense of solidarity to Greece, he remarked.

Altan noted that even though the Kurtulus sank in the Sea of Marmara on its fifth relief voyage to Greece on Feb.1942, owing to unfavorable weather conditions, after a six-month compulsory hiatus, its mission took over by other Turkish ships organized by the government and Red Crescent.

The Dumlupinar, Tunc, Konya, Guneysu, and Aksu cargo ships transported a total of at least 50,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Greece by 1946, he said, adding Dumlupinar also brought around 1,000 sick Greek children aged 13-16 to Istanbul to recuperate in a safe place.

Turkish aid to Greece did not start with the Kurtulus, which literally means salvation, or its successors, according to Cagla Derya Tagmat, a scholar of modern Greek history at Ankara University in Türkiye’s capital.

Tagmat told Anadolu Agency that, beginning in the fall of 1940, the Turkish relief effort for its western neighbor, which it fought in its own independence struggle just two decades earlier, supplied Greeks with tons of salt and thousands of tetanus vaccines and necrosis serums.

While not all the aid was financed by the Turkish government, which was in dire financial straits at the time, Ankara’s diplomacy and neutrality were crucial in getting the vast amount of much-needed foodstuff across the Aegean Sea as the world’s most deadly conflict raged in the backdrop, said Tagmat, who wrote a book on Turkish humanitarian aid to Greece during World War II using primary Greek sources.

Besides the government, she added, many Turkish professional organizations and common people contributed from their savings to the donation campaigns that funded a significant portion of the relief materials.

Many Greeks still remember and regard very highly the aid Türkiye sent, Tagmat said, citing her own interviews and archival studies.

On Ankara’s neutral status for most of the war, Tugba Eray Biber, an expert on Turkish-Greek relations at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, said the country was masterful in using it to aid Greece.

She said Turkish professional associations that sent relief materials to their Greek counterparts included journalists, bank employees, athletes, and municipal staff.

The Kurtulus, as the first ship loaded with aid to arrive in Greece, swiftly gained renown, becoming a ray of hope in the eyes of many Greeks, particularly of those in Athens and Piraeus, she said.

On one occasion, Greek journalists who visited Kurtulus to take pictures remarked that they would launch a donation campaign to buy Kurtulus and turn it into a museum once the war ended, Biber said, adding that there were even thoughts to name one of the Athens' main streets after the Turkish Red Crescent.

So, its sinking was devastating news for many, expressed in part by Greece’s then-premier Georgios Tsolakoglou, who made remarks to the press to express the sorrow of the Greek nation, she said.

Citing a communique from the Turkish Embassy in Greece to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara, Biber revealed that many Greeks believed that Kurtulus was torpedoed.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia


Suicide bombing at Indonesian police station kills officer, injures at least 10


December 07, 2022

JAKARTA: A convicted bombmaker who was released from prison last year attacked a police station in Indonesia’s main island of Java on Wednesday, killing an officer and wounding at least 10 others, officials said.

The attacker entered the Astana Anyar police station in Bandung, West Java at around 8:20 a.m. with a motorcycle, detonating one of two bombs he was carrying as officers gathered for a morning assembly. The other explosive was defused.

“This morning a suicide bomb attack took place and the perpetrator died,” National Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo told reporters when he visited the station in the afternoon.

The injured comprised mostly police officers with at least one civilian wounded, he said.

“He is affiliated with Jamaah Ansharut Daulah group in Bandung or West Java, and at this time our team is continuing work to solve the incident that has occurred.”

Footage taken from the scene showed body parts near the damaged lobby of the station and people running out of the building as white smoke engulfed the facility.

Prabowo identified the attacker as Agus Sujatno and said dozens of notes were found at the crime scene with messages of protests against Indonesia’s new criminal code.

Also known by his alias Abu Muslim, he was released from the Nusakambangan prison island last year after completing a four-year sentence on charges of terrorist funding and making explosives used in a 2017 attack that also took place in Bandung.

“While in prison, he was not cooperative and was still hard-line,” Irfan Idris, deradicalization director at the National Counter-Terrorism Agency, told Arab News.

JAD, which had pledged allegiance to Daesh, was responsible for several other deadly suicide bombings in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

This includes the 2018 church attacks in Surabaya that involved three families carrying out suicide bombings, killing nearly 30 people including the attackers themselves.

Stanislaus Riyanta, security and terrorism analyst from the University of Indonesia, said the attack was triggered by the new criminal code passed on Tuesday.

“They are looking for momentum. When they get it, such as with the passing of the new criminal code, they will use it,” Riyanta told Arab News.

Riyanta said Indonesian authorities should be cautious not only because the new criminal code was recently passed, but also ahead of Christmas and New Year holidays.

Source: Arab News

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Blast in Indonesia kills 1, injures 10; bomber slams new law in a note

Dec 8, 2022

BANDUNG: A suspected Islamist militant, angered by Indonesia’s new criminal code, killed one other person and wounded at least 10 in a suicide bomb attack at a police station in the city of Bandung on Wednesday, authorities said.

The suicide bomber was believed to be affiliated with the IS-inspired group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah and had previously been jailed on terrorism charges, Indonesian police chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo said. He said the attacker, identified as Agus Sujatno, was released in 2021 and investigators had found dozens of documents protesting the country’s controversial new criminal code at the crime scene.

Though there are sharia-based provisions in the new criminal code, Islamist hardliners could have been angered by other articles that could be used to crackdown on the propagation of extremist ideologies, analysts say.

Source: Times Of India

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PN gained from anti-Umno feelings, not love for PAS, says Chandra

Ellis Idris

December 8, 2022

PETALING JAYA: An analyst has rejected a PAS leader’s view that Perikatan Nasional’s impressive performance in the recent general election was due to the rising popularity of political Islam.

Political scientist Chandra Muzaffar said PN and PAS did well only because Malay voters had lost faith in Umno, which had previously commanded the support of a large segment of the electorate.

He told FMT that ongoing corruption cases involving top Umno leaders were key in shifting voters towards PN.

“The insistence on fielding candidates who were compromised on the question of integrity turned away Umno’s typical voters,” he said. ”So Malay voters turned to the party they felt most comfortable with, and PAS comes closest in claiming to represent Islam.”

Chandra also said PAS’ model lacked content in addressing the “real challenges” that Malaysia was facing, such as inflation, unemployment and ethnic tensions.

“If PAS were to translate the votes into increasing support for the party, it must reconsider its ideological approach with greater depth to strengthen its support,” he said.

He said PAS could widen its influence if it could relate its principles and values to social and economic challenges.

In GE15, PAS candidates won 49 seats, the highest number among all individual parties. It contested both under its own banner and PN’s.

PAS international affairs and external relations council chairman Khalil Abdul Hadi recently said the party’s success in the polls showed political Islam had gained popularity in Malaysia and that the party’s conservative religious politics was becoming more attractive to young and first-time voters.

Khalil, the PAS president’s son, also said people wanted to see how the party could contribute to the country, “especially on welfare and economic issues”.

Another analyst, Azmi Hassan of Akademi Nusantara, said PN’s popularity among first-time and young voters in GE15 could be due to their desire for a new government.

He said the more established Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional had been “associated with negative political stigma”. PN’s time in the federal government was “extremely short”, he said.

He said these voters, in voting PN, dared to make a decision that older voters would not.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Sudan’s pro-democracy bloc to name prime minister, form gov’t ‘within month’

Behram Abdelmunim Mohamed Mustafa



Sudan’s main pro-democracy coalition said it will name a prime minister and form a transitional government within a month.

"Within three or four weeks, we can finish implementing the framework agreement, name a prime minister, form the government, and begin the transitional period,” Shihab Ibrahim, a spokesman for the Forces for Change and Freedom Coalition, told Anadolu Agency in an interview, to be fully published on Thursday.

Last Monday, Sudan’s military and political forces signed a framework agreement meant to resolve the country’s months-long crisis.

The deal was signed by army chief Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, the FFC coalition, the Democratic Unionist Party, and a number of rebel movements.

The agreement pledges a 2-year transition period and the appointment of a civilian prime minister by the political parties that signed the framework agreement.

It also calls for the reform of the military and defense sector, unifying the military and integrating the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary force, into the army.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Muslim-Muslim ticket will set new tone in Nigeria, says Tinubu’s wife

By Gbenga Salau

08 December 2022

Sanwo-Olu’s wife promises Tinubu-Shettima’s ticket ’ll close gender gaps

Wife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, yesterday, said the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the party would set a new tone in Nigeria’s political landscape come 2023.

Tinubu’s wife, who stated this during APC’s South-West women presidential rally at Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos, said the country in no distant time would also witness Christian/Christian ticket.

She said: “I bring you warm greetings from the First Lady, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari. She sends love to Lagos and wish you well and to the governor that is making things work in Lagos State.

“We thank you for coming out in large numbers despite the challenges. My coming here is another homecoming. About 23 years ago, God blessed my husband to become the governor, I supported him as the First Lady.

“I want to thank the people of Lagos Central for sending me to represent them. I am the first woman to emerge as a senator three times. This is a wonderful opportunity. Since 2007 when my husband left office, I kept working for the good of our people.

“God rewards good work. He blesses people without people paying attention but Heaven pays attention.

“As regard Muslim/Muslim ticket, this one will set the tone for the future. Sometime in future, we will have a Christian-Christian ticket. What God has done is marvelous in our land.”

SIMILARLY, the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said Nigeria needs somebody of political sagacity as Tinubu to manage the affairs of the nation in 2023.

She said: “We are delighted to receive you all as we flag off the Tinubu-Shettima women’s presidential campaign in the South-West.

“As we know, President Muhammadu Buhari has laid the right foundation for progressive governance. He has been responsive, progressive, and totally committed to the needs of the people, especially women and children.”

“As women, there is a strong need for us to use the 2023 elections to vote for APC across all levels for consolidation and continuity of the remarkable work and achievement of the current administration. It is crystal clear that the continuity of the APC government is the sure way to greater progress.

“At this point in time in our democratic experience and history, Nigeria needs the financial expertise, intellectual acumen, progressive capacity and political sagacity of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to manage the affairs of our great country.”

Source: Guardian Nigeria

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Delta mosque attack: MURIC urges security agencies to fish out perpetrator

Ibrahim Ramalan

December 7, 2022

The Muslim Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has condemned Friday’s attack on Muslim worshippers in Ughelli, Delta, calling on security agents to fish out the perpetrators and rescue the abducted Imam.

MURIC said this in a statement by its director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in Abuja.

“The Imam of Ughelli Central Mosque, Malam Muhammadu Sani was whisked away by gunmen who attacked the mosque. Eleven worshippers were also shot.

“The gunmen stormed the Mosque located at Otovwievwiere Street in Okorodafe axis of Ughelli by 6 a.m yesterday, Friday, Dec. 2.

“This is a dastardly act that must be condemned by all right-thinking people and we condemn it in the strongest terms. It is another evidence of hate crimes targeted at Muslims in the South East in recent time.

“It will be recalled that the Secretary of the Delta State Muslim Council, Malam Musa Ugasa, a resident of Ughelli, was brutally killed earlier this year by yet to be identified persons,” Mr Akintola said.

He added: “Those who claim that only Christians are being killed in Nigeria have many questions to answer.

“Shaykh Ibrahim Iyiorji was killed in Isu, Onicha Local Government of Ebonyi on Sept. 4, Seven Muslims were killed in Orogie, Owerri, Imo on Aug. 5.

“Another four Muslims were killed in Umuaka, near Orlu on April 4, 2021. Again, another set of eleven innocent Muslims were mowed down by gunmen in Port Harcourt and Orlu on Oct. 20, 2020.

“Five other Muslims were also killed near the popular Abraka market in Asaba, Delta State on Sept. 15, 2017. The list is endless.

“The latest attack on Ughelli Central Mosque is one too many. MURIC calls on the Commissioner of Police in Delta, Ari Muhammed Ali, to fish out the perpetrators.

Source: Daily Nigerian

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US to ban Sudan officials who hold up post-coup transition

07 December ,2022

The United States said Wednesday it would bar visas to any current or former Sudanese officials who hold up a transition to democracy, hoping to boost a tentative deal between the military and civilians.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced US support for the initial agreement announced Monday, which some pro-democracy protesters see as falling short on specifics and timelines.

“Recognizing the fragility of democratic transitions, the United States will hold to account spoilers -- whether military or political actors -- who attempt to undermine or delay democratic progress,” Blinken said in a statement.

The ban would also apply to immediate family members of any current or former officials targeted.

The State Department did not list who would be affected.

“We once again call on Sudan’s military leaders to cede power to civilians, respect human rights and end violence against protesters,” Blinken said.

“At the same time, we urge representatives of Sudan’s civilian leaders to negotiate in good faith and place the national interest first.”

Longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April 2019 following massive youth-led protests but the army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in October last year derailed the transition by carrying out a military coup.

The United States following the coup suspended $700 million in aid that was meant to help Sudan cope economically as it moves toward democracy.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Libya accuses Greece of imposing ‘fait accompli’ on maritime border

Mohammad Erteima  



Libya’s Tripoli-based government on Wednesday accused Greece of exploiting the Libyan crisis for imposing a fait accompli on their maritime border.

In a statement, the Libyan Foreign Ministry decried Greece’s "irresponsible behavior" of striking a deal with international companies to start research and exploration for oil and gas in the Libyan-Greek maritime borders.

The ministry said it had verified reports regarding Greece's contract with international companies and the Sanko Swift ship, which specializes in research and surveying in the eastern Mediterranean.

"Greece is conducting exploration contracts in a disputed area in the south and southwest of the islands of Crete," the ministry said, vowing to take legal and diplomatic measures to defend Libya's rights and sovereignty in its maritime areas.

Greece opposes a 2019 maritime boundaries agreement the Tripoli government signed with Türkiye, which was later registered by the UN.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Over 3.5M Kenyan children to miss school in January over drought

Andrew Wasike  



Due to an ongoing drought, over 3.5 million Kenyan children will not be able to enroll in schools when classes resume in January 2023, according to Save the Children on Tuesday.

A survey conducted by Save the Children, an international humanitarian aid group, warned that as drought worsens, more and more school-age children are being forced out of school by a drought that Kenya says is the worst it has witnessed in 40 years.

Yvonne Arunga, the country director for Save the Children Kenya and Madagascar, said on Tuesday that “children are the most vulnerable groups and are usually the most affected in such emergencies. Parents have to migrate with their children in search of food, pasture and water for their livestock. This compromises their access to basic facilities such as food, clean water, healthcare, and education.”

The aid group noted that the situation deteriorated as those affected by the drought are nomadic pastoralists who have lost thousands of livestock due to a lack of pasture.

“We are calling on the government to make every effort to ensure maximized and efficient running of school feeding programs during drought situations, especially in the areas worst affected by drought. Most of these children depend on these meals,” Arunga added.

Save the Children is also urging the government to make sure that schools have an adequate supply of safe water for drinking, sanitation, and personal hygiene during the drought to improve the school environment and encourage students to stay in school.

The 2022 Long Rains Assessment, October to December projection period report for Arid and Semi-Arid Land region, indicates that 4.35 million people in Kenya are facing high levels of acute food insecurity.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Controversy as Libya’s parliament passes constitutional court law

Walid Abdullah  



The passage of a law by the Libyan parliament to create a constitutional court has triggered controversy in war-torn Libya.

On Tuesday, the East Libya-based House of Representatives passed a law with a majority of votes to establish a constitutional court. The move, however, drew fire from the Tripoli-based High Council of State, which acts as a senate.

In a statement, the council said the move shows “disregard for the principle of separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary.”

"The parliament’s issuance of the law establishing a constitutional court violates the constitutional basis of this authority approved by the constitution of 1951, which stipulates that the judicial power is assumed by the Supreme Court and other courts established within the limits of the constitution, according to the law," it added.

Council chairman Khaled Al-Mishri, for his part, announced the suspension of communication with Parliament Speaker Aguila Salah until the law is revoked.

"We do not consider the law establishing a constitutional court to be among the legislative powers. Rather, it is a constitutional issue,” he said in a statement.

Al-Mishri said the parliament’s move “shakes the trust between the state and parliament, and demolishes efforts to reach consensus on the constitutional path.”

The Libyan parliament, meanwhile, defended the law, saying it “achieves justice and has no effect on the constitutional path.”

In a statement, Salih termed the law as "an affirmation of the protection of freedoms and rights and an addition of a specialized judiciary on constitutional matters."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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