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US, Afghanistan Bilateral Talks: Taliban Asks US Not To Link Up Politics with Humanitarian Issues

New Age Islam News Bureau

11 October 2021

 

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry in a statement expressed joy from the bilateral talks between the Taliban and the US delegations in the Qatari capital Doha. (Photo courtesy: Khaama Press)

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• First Jewish Wedding Held in Bahrain in More Than Half A Century

• Israel Demolishes Muslim Graves near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Eastern Jerusalem

• US Secretary Of State to Meet Israel, UAE Counterparts to Discuss Abraham Accords

• Protests in Malaysia against Hate-Mongering Muslim Cleric Ustaz Syakir Nasoha

• Muslim Clerics Visit Slain Sikh Lady's Family in Srinagar

 South Asia

• Taliban Say US Will Provide Humanitarian Aid To Afghanistan

• Pakistan bans Kam Air Airlines’ flights from Afghanistan

• Afghan doctors protest for their 14-month unpaid salaries in Kabul

• Taliban to continue issuance previous government’s e-NIDs

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Arab World

• ISIS Deputy Leader Sami Jasim Captured By Iraqi Security Forces: Iraqi PM

• Cairo believes a political solution is best way to end Yemeni crisis: Egypt’s PM

• Justin Bieber in Saudi Arabia: Pop star to headline F1 post-race concert in Jeddah

• Saudi Arabia calls on UN Security Council to hold Houthi militia accountable

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Mideast

• Iran’s President Raisi claims US ‘plot’ behind ISIS attack on Afghanistan’s mosque

• Iranian Parliament Speaker: New Afghan Gov't Should Punish Terrorists, Restore Security

• Health Minister: Iran Ready to Help Victims of Kunduz Terrorist Attack

• AEOI Chief: Iran to Continue Paving Path of peaceful Nuclear Technology

• President Raayeesi: US Supports Terrorists to Carry Out Attack in Afghanistan

• Iran has 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium: Head of Atomic Agency

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North America

• Security Chief Endorses $169m Theft Charge against Ghani

• US says it held 'candid and professional' discussions with Taliban

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Southeast Asia

• Don’t forget task force for Indira Gandhi’s stolen daughter, lawyers tell Putrajaya

• Police investigating video clip of preacher insulting non-Muslim faiths

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India

• Mohammad Hameed, Lone Muslim Makeup Man Enlivens Ramleela in Prayagraj with His Epic Brush

• Ten-Year-Old Muslim Boy Enters Dasna Devi Temple, Cops Say He Lost His Way But Priest Yati Narsinghanand Alleges Conspiracy

• Muslim Shabban Delegation Visits Mosque at Kothapet Fruit Market to Know Why Police Officials Are Reportedly Obstructing Devotees

• Won't Allow Single 'Bangladeshi Muslim' To Remain In Assam, Says State Assembly Deputy Speaker

• Muslim Family Attacked 'for Not Leaving Village' in Indore, Police File Counter-FIR against Victims

• NIA Raids At 16 Places In Jammu And Kashmir In 'ISIS-Voice Of Hind' And Bathindi IED Recovery Cases

• J&K police detain around 430 over ground worker associated with different terrorist outfits

• 5 army personnel killed in encounter with terrorists in J&K's Poonch

• 2 terrorists killed in encounters in J&K's Anantnag, Bandipora districts

• Four held in two cases of moral policing in Karnataka: Cops

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Pakistan

• Imran Seeks Nation’s Help for Fighting Corruption, ‘Sex Crimes’

• Al Qaeda and other Pak based terrorists become active in Kashmir at the behest of ISI: Need for intelligence-led operations

• Pak journalist killed in bomb attack in Balochistan

• AQ Khan, ‘Father of Pakistan's N-Bomb’, Dies Of Covid

• Pakistan reaffirms support to Kashmiris’ struggle

• 4 militants killed in clash near Awaran: ISPR

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Africa

• Muslim Students of Kwara School Deserved Punishment – Muslim Rights Concern

• Algeria President Tebboune says return of envoy to Paris depends on French respect

• UN official says six shot dead in Libya detention center after migrant raids

• Tunisia ruled by supporters of dictatorship: Former president

• Pope Francis meets with Colombian nun freed in Mali

• Gunmen kill 20 people in northern Nigeria

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Europe

• Algeria’s President Demands ‘Total Respect’ From France

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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US, Afghanistan Bilateral Talks: Taliban Asks US Not To Link Up Politics with Humanitarian Issues

11 Oct 2021

 

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry in a statement expressed joy from the bilateral talks between the Taliban and the US delegations in the Qatari capital Doha. (Photo courtesy: Khaama Press)

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Afghanistan’s foreign ministry in a statement expressed joy from the bilateral talks between the Taliban and the US delegations in the Qatari capital Doha.

The statement which was made public on Sunday, October 10 reads that the two-day talks were conducted in a friendly manner.

As per the statement, the talks in Doha were concentrated on detailed political issues, implementation of the Doha agreement-between the Taliban and the US-, and that the political issues should not be linked to humanitarian ones.

The statement further reads that the US delegation was told that the implementation of the Doha agreement is the only source of solving the current problems.

“The US delegation said that they are committed to providing humanitarian aids to the people of Afghanistan and will facilitate such kind of aids from other countries.” Reads the statement.

The Taliban delegation that was led by the acting foreign minister Amir Khan Motaqi expressed gratitude to the humanitarian aids of the US and pledged to be distributing the aid transparently.

In the meantime, the statement reads that the Taliban would like to bring diplomatic relations to a good situation and added that there will be conducted same kind of meetings if needed.

Source: Khaama Press

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First Jewish wedding held in Bahrain in more than half a century

11 October 2021

 

The first Jewish wedding in 52 years has been held in Bahrain, a year after the US-brokered Abraham Accords. (Supplied: Twitter)

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The first Jewish wedding in 52 years has been held in Bahrain, a year after the US-brokered Abraham Accords.

The event at the Ritz Carlton Manama, ordained by the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC, was also the first strictly kosher wedding in the Kingdom’s history and was arranged by the Orthodox Union, the world’s largest kosher certification agency.

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Ambassador Houda Nonoo, the former Bahraini Ambassador to the US, tweeted about the wedding noting that the couple who got married are her son and daughter-in-law. The nuptials took place on Sunday.

AGJC Rabbi Dr. Eli Abadie said: “All weddings are exciting events as we celebrate the creation of a new Jewish family.’

“This wedding was even more significant as it was the first Jewish wedding in more than half a century in the GCC’s only indigenous Jewish community.”

“I was honored to officiate the wedding. It is so fulfilling for me to see a resurgence of Jewish life in this region and to assist families throughout the region pray and experience lifecycle events in the GCC.”

Dating back to the 1880s, the Bahrain Jewish community is the only indigenous Jewish community in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and has the only operational synagogue (House of Ten Commandments) and Jewish cemetery in the region.

The weekend included two additional ceremonies, a Shabbat Chatan and a Henna ceremony, the latter of which is customary in Sephardic Jewish communities.

The wedding is part of a series of Jewish lifecycle events that the AGJC has facilitated since its inception in February 2021, including a bat mitzvah in Oman and a bar mitzvah in Bahrain.

“This wedding was an important moment for our family, the community here in Bahrain, and more broadly, for the Jewish community in the region,” said AGJC President Ebrahim Dawood Nonoo. “The atmosphere was euphoric as we sat around the Chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy) which symbolizes the new home being built by the couple, it was also symbolic of the opportunity to further grow Jewish life in the region.”

“It is our hope that we will host more Jewish weddings in the region which will lead to more young couples starting their families here and the further growth of our community,” added Nonoo.

Bahrain and Gulf neighbor United Arab Emirates normalized relations with Israel last year in the Abraham Accords that built on shared business interests and worries about Iran. Sudan and Morocco followed suit.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/10/11/First-Jewish-wedding-held-in-Bahrain-in-more-than-half-a-century-

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Israel Demolishes Muslim Graves near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Eastern Jerusalem

Mustafa Deveci and Esat Firat  

10.10.2021

JERUSALEM, Palestine

The Jerusalem Municipality, which is administered by Israel, on Sunday destroyed Muslim graves near the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied eastern Jerusalem.

Several graves at the Al-Yusufiye Cemetery near the Al-Aqsa mosque were demolished by the municipality's engineering vehicles in the Old City.

After Palestinians gathered on reports of bones found at the cemetery during the demolition operation, the municipality vehicles left the scene.

Ahmed al-Dajani, executive director of the Commission for the Protection of Muslim Graves, told Anadolu Agency that an Israeli court has given the Israeli Archeology Directorate permission to work on a site close to the graveyard.

He said among the graves demolished were those of Muslims who were martyred in the conflicts between 1948 and 1967, and that Israel will face legal action in response to the municipality's act.

While the region is an indispensable part of the cemetery, the Jerusalem Municipality under Israeli administration has planned to build a park close to Al-Yusufiye Cemetery, he added.

Al-Yusufiye Cemetery, located next to the wall surrounding the Old City, is one of the oldest Muslim graveyards in occupied Jerusalem.

Earlier, the Jerusalem Municipality attempted to demolish a historic staircase that led to the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the move was later prevented by the Palestinians.

Both the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered occupied areas under international law.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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US Secretary of State to meet Israel, UAE counterparts to discuss Abraham Accords

09 October ,2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet his Israeli and UAE counterparts next week to discuss the Abraham Accords and regional security, the State Department said on Saturday.

Blinken will meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed on Wednesday in bilateral and trilateral meetings.

“They will discuss progress made since the signing of the Abraham Accords last year, future opportunities for collaboration, and bilateral issues including regional security and stability,” the State Department said.

Blinken had pledged last month on the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords to continue encouraging Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel.

“We want to widen the circle of peaceful diplomacy, because it’s in the interests of countries across the region and around the world for Israel to be treated like any other country. Normalization leads to greater stability, more cooperation, mutual progress – all things the region and the world need very badly right now,” he said.

The UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan normalized relations with Israel in deals brokered by the US in 2020.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Protests In Malaysia Against Hate-Mongering Muslim Cleric Ustaz Syakir Nasoha

October 11, 2021

A leading interfaith forum has joined religious minorities in Malaysia to lodge a strong protest against a Muslim cleric who is accused of spreading hatred against minority groups on social media.

In a statement, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) called for strict action against Ustaz Syakir Nasoha for a controversial sermon on social media site TikTok, reports Herald Malaysia.

Syakir is Muslim preacher based in Kedah state with a track record of spewing hate speech against minority groups.

The MCCBCHST said in a one-minute viral video released on Oct. 2 that Syakir claimed that in the “last days on earth” the enemies of Islam will swarm Muslims like how crowds of people swarm a tray of food, and this is how the “non-believers or kafir [infidels] are swarming Muslims today.” He said Buddhists and Hindus are bombing mosques and killing Muslims in Thailand, India and Pakistan.

Syakir has released other hate-mongering videos, reported The Vibes. The viral video on TikTok was taken from a long sermon broadcast on March 17 by Ar-Rahman TV. In December 2017, he released a video of a sermon he delivered at the Abu Bakar As-Siddiq mosque in Kedah state that was accused of breaching peace and causing harm to Malaysians.

The MCCBCHST said it was “deeply perturbed at the extremist, racist and hatred-filled video clips by the Kedah-based preacher against other religions.”

“The videos aim at sowing hatred and inciting Muslims against Hindus, Buddhists and the Dayak community as well as against other non-Muslim religions. This is equivalent to instigating harm against peaceful Malaysians. The ustaz is a threat to the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of Malaysians,” the group said.

The MCCBHST pointed that the preacher’s words are an offense under Section 298A of the Penal Code and under the Communication and Multimedia Act — spreading ill-will among different faiths in Malaysia.

It urged Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and relevant authorities to take stern action against Syakir in accordance with the law.

Meanwhile, protests have erupted in various parts of Malaysia with minority and rights groups calling for the preacher to be punished.

Thousands of police reports were being lodged against Syakir in 17 districts nationwide including Sabah and Sarawak states, local media reports say.

The Vibes reported that 3,000 police reports were underway. Global Human Rights Federation president S. Shashi Kumar said several non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and activists would file cases.

“We, the non-Muslims, are fed up of being targeted. Enough is enough. This is a deliberate attack on non-Muslims. So, we are lodging these police reports because we want this preacher to be arrested immediately and charged,” Shashi said after filing a case at Sentul district police headquarters.

“There are many cases where those who insult and defame non-Muslims are only arrested but not charged.”

Shashi also urged the government to table a bill in parliament to stop religious and racial hatred to protect the unity and harmony of all Malaysians.

Malaysia is multi-ethnic and multi-religious country with its constitution declaring it a secular state. However, observers note there has been a creeping radicalism within powerful segments of the Malay Muslim-majority community that aim to assert a strong Islamic identity for the nation.

According to 2018 government estimates, more than 60 percent of some 32 million Malaysians are Muslims, about 20 percent are Buddhists, 10 percent Christians and 6 percent Hindus.

Source: UCA News

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https://www.ucanews.com/news/protests-in-malaysia-against-hate-mongering-muslim-cleric/94487#

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Muslim Clerics Visit Slain Sikh Lady's Family In Srinagar

Oct 11, 2021

Srinagar, Oct 10: Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Nasir-ul-Islam and some Muslim UlemasS unday visited the residence of deceased Supinder Kour, who was killed by unknown gunmen on Thursday inside her school premises, at Aloochi Bagh in Srinagar.

SupinderKour along with her colleague was killed by unknown gunmen inside the school premises in Eidgah area of Srinagar on Thursday morning. KNS

Source: Rising Kashmir

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South Asia

 

Taliban say US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

11 October ,2021

The US has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country’s new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said Sunday.

The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic withdrawal of US troops at the end of August.

The US statement was less definitive, saying only that the two sides “discussed the US’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people.”

The Taliban said the talks held in Doha, Qatar, “went well,” with Washington freeing up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan after agreeing not to link such assistance to formal recognition of the Taliban.

The US made it clear that the talks were in no way a preamble to recognition of the Taliban, who swept into power Aug. 15 after the US-allied government collapsed.

State Department spokesman Ned Price called the discussions “candid and professional,” with the US side reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on their actions, not only their words.

“The US delegation focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for US citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society,” he said in a statement.

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen also told The Associated Press that the movement’s interim foreign minister assured the US during the talks that the Taliban are committed to seeing that Afghan soil is not used by extremists to launch attacks against other countries.

On Saturday, however, the Taliban ruled out cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active ISIS group in Afghanistan.

ISIS, an enemy of the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for a number of recent attacks, including Friday’s suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shia Muslims. Washington considers ISIS its greatest terrorist threat emanating from Afghanistan.

“We are able to tackle Daesh independently,” Shaheen said when asked whether the Taliban would work with the US to contain the ISIS affiliate. He used an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who tracks militant groups, agreed the Taliban do not need Washington’s help to hunt down and destroy Afghanistan’s ISIS affiliate, known as the ISKP.

The Taliban “fought 20 years to eject the US, and the last thing it needs is the return of the US. It also doesn’t need US help,” said Roggio, who also produces the foundation’s Long War Journal. “The Taliban has to conduct the difficult and time-consuming task of rooting out ISKP cells and its limited infrastructure. It has all the knowledge and tools it needs to do it.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Pakistan bans Kam Air Airlines’ flights from Afghanistan

11 Oct 2021

Afghanistan’s private airline- Kam Air- has said that Pakistan has asked them to stop flights to Pakistan until the next announcement.

Officials of the airlines have told Radio Free of Afghanistan that their flights to Pakistan have been suspended for the time being.

Pakistan’s government has not officially commented on the issue yet.

Officials of Kam Air Airlines said on Sunday, October 10 that their flights have been suspended for the past two days and added that they are awaiting the notice of Pakistan.

Kam Air Airlines of Afghanistan and the PIA of Pakistan were the airlines that conducted flights from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Afghan doctors protest for their 14-month unpaid salaries in Kabul

Oct 11, 2021

KANUL: Hundreds of doctors including females from Samangan and Nuristan provinces gathered at the gate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kabul and asked the World Bank to pay their pending salaries for the past 14 months. Khaama Press reported that the protestors complained that not only their salaries have been paid but the clinics in their respective provinces are confronting a dire shortage of medicine.

They also accused an Afghan contractor of World Bank - Asad Fayaz- who has fled the country and has taken money from World Bank but have not been paid to them, as per the publication.

Fayaz had a two-year health contract in the provinces and was providing health services, medicines, and salaries of doctors, they said.

"Asad Fayaz has fled Afghanistan and stole our money. He was leading a corrupt firm and that caused an increase in the mortality of children and mothers in Samangan and Nuristan provinces," Khaama Press reported quoting a protestor.

In a statement, the doctors said that since the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no relations with the World Bank and cannot ask for money, asked the bank to directly pay their money through Afghanistan's health ministry or other NGOs.

In the meantime, the doctors warned of continuation of protests in case their salaries are not paid.

Source: Times of India

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Taliban to continue issuance previous government’s e-NIDs

10 Oct 2021

The caretaker cabinet of the Taliban has decided to go with the same electronic National IDs that used to be issued by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The cabinet has directed the National Statistics and Information Administration of the country to resume issuing e-NIDs under the name of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, BNA reported.

The process has been stalled for the past nearly two months since the Taliban took over on August, 15.

Earlier, the Taliban had directed to resume issuance of the same passports of the previous government that started on Wednesday.

Source: Khaama Press

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Arab World

 

ISIS deputy leader Sami Jasim captured by Iraqi security forces: Iraqi PM

11 October ,2021

Iraq has captured Sami Jasim, a high-ranking member of ISIS in charge of the group’s finance and a deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said on Twitter on Monday.

“While our [Iraqi security forces] heroes focused on securing the elections, their [Iraqi national intelligence services] colleagues were conducting a complex external operation to capture Sami Jasim,” he said, without providing further details of the operation.

Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US special forces in northwestern Syria in 2019.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Cairo believes a political solution is best way to end Yemeni crisis: Egypt’s PM

11 October ,2021

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has affirmed his country’s support for Saudi Arabia to implement all the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement, stressing that Cairo believes that a political solution is the best way to the Yemeni crisis.

On the sidelines of the visit of his Yemeni counterpart, Maeen Abdul-Malik, to Cairo on Sunday, the Egyptian Prime Minister said that his country rejects attempt to undermine the freedom and security of navigation in the Arabian Gulf and Bab al-Mandab Strait, in reference to Houthi violations.

He also stressed Egypt’s keenness to coordinate the efforts of the countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the process of securing navigation through the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Madbouly discussed the seriousness of the repercussions of the Safer oil tank crisis, stressing the mobilization of efforts to confront this environmental disaster.

A session of official talks was held between Egypt and Yemen, headed by the two prime ministers, regarding bilateral relations between the two countries and peoples in various fields, according to the official Yemeni News Agency.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Justin Bieber in Saudi Arabia: Pop star to headline F1 post-race concert in Jeddah

11 October ,2021

Justin Bieber will be performing in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah on December 5, headlining a concert on the sidelines of the Formula 1 stc Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (GP).

“CALLING ALL BELIEBERS. Yes, it’s true! @JustinBieber is headlining the stc Saudi Arabian GP post-race concert on Sunday 5 December at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit!” the F1 stc Saudi Arabian Grand Prix GP said in a tweet.

David Guetta and ASAP Rocky will be performing on December 5 at the F1 stc Saudi Arabian GP as well.

On December 4, Jason Derulo and Tiesto are set to headline a concert on the sidelines of the race.

Tickets can be purchased at http://tickets.saudiarabiangp.com

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be held in the Kingdom for the first time from December 3 to 5 in the Jeddah Corniche.

The Jeddah Street Circuit is a record-breaking circuit that includes the longest street circuit and the highest number of corners in the history of Formula 1 races, according to the Grand Prix.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/10/11/Justin-Bieber-in-Saudi-Arabia-Pop-star-to-headline-F1-post-race-concert-in-Jeddah

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Saudi Arabia calls on UN Security Council to hold Houthi militia accountable

10 October ,2021

Saudi Arabia on Saturday called on the United Nations and the UN Security Council to hold the Iran-backed Houthi militia accountable in accordance with international law for their ongoing attacks against civilians in the Kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

“The Kingdom will spare no effort in taking all necessary measures to protect its lands and preserve the safety of its citizens and residents, according to its obligations under international law,” the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi, said in a message sent to the UN Security Council.

In the letter, the ambassador wrote about the continuation of “terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia against civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom.”

Al-Mouallimi said that an October 8 attack by the Houthi militia on Saudi Arabia’s Jazan airport resulted in the injury of ten civilian passengers and airport employees, as well as material damage to the airport.

The deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure and threatening innocent civilians could amount to a war crime, the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN said in the letter, adding that the Houthi militia “must be held accountable in accordance with international law.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Mideast

 

Iran’s President Raisi claims US ‘plot’ behind ISIS attack on Afghanistan’s mosque

09 October ,2021

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi claimed on Saturday that the suicide bombing which targeted a Shia mosque in Afghanistan was a “plot” by the US to sow “ethnic sedition” in the country.

ISIS had claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Afghanistan which targeted Shia Muslims in a mosque on Friday.

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The attack killed at least 46 people and injured more than a 140 in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province. The extremist group said that an ISIS suicide bomber “detonated an explosive vest amid a crowd” of Shia worshippers who had gathered inside the mosque.

The attack was the deadliest one in Afghanistan since US forces withdrew from Afghanistan when ISIS had targeted Kabul airport with a bombing on August 26 that claimed the lives of 169 Afghans and 13 US servicemen.

Since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan on August 15, ISIS has ramped up its attacks in the country, targeting Taliban members and Afghan citizens with several bombings, including two deadly ones in Kabul.

Raisi said: “This crime which was committed with the aim of sowing division among Muslims was committed by those whose anti-human and anti-religious nature is clear to everyone. The US has facilitated the expansion of the activities of ISIS criminals in Afghanistan and prevented up-rooting them,” according to Mehr news agency.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iranian Parliament Speaker: New Afghan Gov't Should Punish Terrorists, Restore Security

2021-October-10

Qalibaf expressed his deep regret over the terrorist attack on Kunduz mosque in Afghanistan and emphasized that new officials of Afghanistan are responsible for ensuring security and supporting rights of suffering Afghan people no matter what their religion is.

"The criminal hand of terrorists was once again stained with the blood of the oppressed worshipers in line with anti-Islamism and Islamophobia," the Iranian parliament speaker said.

"Here, I take this opportunity to offer my deep condolences to the esteemed people of Afghanistan and representatives of this country on martyrdom of a large number of worshipers in the terrorist incident of Shia mosque in Kunduz province of Afghanistan," he added.

A bomb blast near a Shia mosque in Kunduz province on Friday killed at least 50 people and injured more than 90 others.

In a relevant development on Saturday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei strongly condemned the recent terrorist attack in Afghanistan's Kunduz region, and called for punishment of the culprits behind the heinous crime.

In a message of condolence to Afghan officials, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that the tragic incident caused a lot of grief and sorrow.

Iran's Supreme Leader called on officials in the neighboring and brotherly country of Afghanistan to bring bloodthirsty perpetrators behind the heinous crime to justice and take the necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such tragedies.

Ayatollah Khamenei further asked God Almighty for mercy and blessing to the martyrs of the incident and immediate recovery for the injured, and patience and peace for their families and the survivors.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Health Minister: Iran Ready to Help Victims of Kunduz Terrorist Attack

2021-October-10

The Iranian health minister condemned the terrorist incident on the Shiite mosque in Kunduz Province in Afghanistan, and sympathized with the families of the victims.

He called on international organizations and the Afghan government to investigate the issue and address the problems the people affected were faced with.

"The Health Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to provide the injured people with medical assistance, if needed, through Iran’s Red Crescent Society and other medical service provider agencies," Einollahi added.

A bomb blast near a Shia mosque in Kunduz province on Friday killed at least 50 people and injured more than 90 others.

In a relevant development on Saturday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei strongly condemned the recent terrorist attack in Afghanistan's Kunduz region, and called for punishment of the culprits behind the heinous crime.

In a message of condolence to Afghan officials, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that the tragic incident caused a lot of grief and sorrow.

Iran's Supreme Leader called on officials in the neighboring and brotherly country of Afghanistan to bring bloodthirsty perpetrators behind the heinous crime to justice and take the necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such tragedies.

Ayatollah Khamenei further asked God Almighty for mercy and blessing to the martyrs of the incident and immediate recovery for the injured, and patience and peace for their families and the survivors.

In a relevant development also on Saturday, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi in a message condemned the recent terrorist attack in Kunduz region of Afghanistan, and said that the heinous crime has been carried out with US support.

President Rayeesi extended his condolences to the people of Afghanistan and to all humanity on the martyrdom and injury of a large number of innocent people of Afghanistan.

Source: Fars News Agency

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AEOI Chief: Iran to Continue Paving Path of peaceful Nuclear Technology

2021-October-10

"We tried to mention Iran’s positions, approaches and policies to the world and clearly told the IAEA that we do not like their selective behavior and they should block the path of political influence; our criteria are law, safeguards and NPT to which we are committed," Eslami said on Saturday night while addressing a live TV program.

The AEOI chief pointed out that peaceful nuclear activities against the proliferation of nuclear weapons are among the joint commitments by countries and are established based on regulations introduced by the IAEA.

Eslami said that the JCPOA cameras are different from those set up by Safeguards and no one will have access to safeguard cameras’ information after being reviewed by IAEA inspectors.

In relevant remarks on Friday, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi underlined his country's peaceful use of the nuclear technology, and said Tehran is resolved to continue the same path in future.

"Nuclear knowledge in the future will determine the remarkable scientific development and progress of countries, and we should not lag behind the world's scientific movement," the Iranian president said in the southern province of Bushehr on Friday.

He reiterated that Iran needs wise and purposeful planning for the sustainable development of the nuclear industry based on the latest international standards in order to stand at the top economic, scientific and technological position in the region.

"The necessary mechanism has been developed in this regard and provided to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)," President Rayeesi added.

He, meantime, said that the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is currently operating at its nominal capacity and producing over 1,000 megawatts of electricity, but the figure would be tripled in its development phases.

"One of the important missions of the Atomic Energy Organization is to increase the country's electricity generation capacity to up to 10,000 megawatts which will be materialized within the next three years," the Iranian president further said.

In a relevant development last week, Eslami said Tehran would continue the development of its peaceful nuclear program to meet its acute need for electricity and produce radiopharmaceuticals to be used in medicine, industry, agriculture, and the environment.

"Iran is now facing an acute need for electricity. Therefore, we have set a goal to meet 50 percent of the country’s demand for 10,000-16,000 MW of electricity by building new nuclear power plants with a combined capacity of 8,000 MW. This is currently the principal objective of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran," Iran’s nuclear chief said.

Source: Fars News Agency

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President Raayeesi: US Supports Terrorists to Carry Out Attack in Afghanistan

2021-October-9

President Rayeesi extended his condolences to the people of Afghanistan and to all humanity on the martyrdom and injury of a large number of innocent people of Afghanistan.

"This crime which was committed with the aim of sowing division among Muslims was committed by those whose anti-human and anti-religious nature is clear to everyone," the Iranian president said in his message.

President Rayeesi, meantime, blamed the US for backing the takfiri terrorist groups, and said, "The United States has facilitated the expansion of the activities of ISIL criminals in Afghanistan and prevented up-rooting them."

The Iranian president, meantime, expressed concern over the continuation of terrorist acts and the combination.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran has 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium: Head of Atomic Agency

10 October ,2021

Iran has enriched more than 120 kilograms of 20-percent enriched uranium, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, said on Saturday.

“We have passed 120 kilograms. We have more than that figure,” state news agency IRNA quoted him as saying.

“Our people know well that they [Western powers] were meant to give us the enriched fuel at 20 percent to use in the Tehran reactor, but they haven't done so. If our colleagues do not do it, we would naturally have problems with the lack of fuel for the Tehran reactor,” Eslami said.

He reiterated Tehran’s long-standing stance of saying its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes and stressed that Iran was only looking after its “national interests.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last month that Iran had 84.3 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent.

Analysis by the Institute for Science and International Security of IAEA data last month estimated that Iran has gained the capability to produce enough fuel needed for a single nuclear warhead within approximately a month.

Under the abandoned 2015 nuclear deal, Iran was only allowed to enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent, way below the 90 percent required for weapons-grade uranium.

However, after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord and imposed sanctions on Iran, Tehran began aggressively enriching uranium.

Source: Al Arabiya

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North America

 

Security chief endorses $169m theft charge against Ghani

Anwar Iqbal

October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON: As a US government agency probes claims that former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani took with him $169 million while fleeing Kabul, a senior member of his security staff said on Sunday that he has video proof of the alleged theft.

Brigadier General Piraz Ata Sharifi, who headed Mr Ghani’s bodyguard, said in an interview that he not only saw huge bags of cash being transferred but also acquired a video clip from a CCTV camera.

“One of my jobs was to disarm the soldiers on guard at the ministry before the president arrived, for his security,” Mr Sharifi told the Daily Mail Online from a hideout in Afghanistan. Mr Sharifi, wanted by the Taliban for interrogation, is hiding at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. The Taliban have announced a reward of one million Afghanis for his arrest.

“We were waiting for the president there. But then I got a call to say that instead of coming to the defence ministry, the president went to the airport. The defence minister had also fled. So had my boss. So had all of Mr Ghani’s close family and entourage,” he said.

Sharifi claims ex-Afghan president stole hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars before fleeing

“I have a [CCTV] recording [from the palace] which shows that an individual at the Afghan Bank brought a lot of money to Mr Ghani before he left,” Mr Sharifi claimed. “Hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars. There were many big bags, and they were heavy.”

He said he was disappointed as he liked Mr Ghani. “This money was for the currency exchange market.

Each Thursday, the dollars were brought for that purpose. Instead, it was taken by the president. Mr Ghani knew in the end what would happen. So, he took all the money and escaped.”

Mr Ghani, however, has denied the allegation that he left Kabul with four cars and a chopper full of $169 million, adding that he left Afghanistan unceremoniously to avoid a bloodshed. His abrupt departure allowed the Taliban to take Kabul two weeks before the US troop pullout.

Earlier this week, the US government’s inspector general in charge of investigating misuse of aid money in Afghanistan told Congress he’s “looking into” claims that Mr Ghani and his subordinates stole millions of dollars before fleeing.

“We haven’t proven that yet. We’re looking into that,” Inspector General John Sopko said during a House hearing on Afghanistan.

Source: Dawn

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US says it held 'candid and professional' discussions with Taliban

Servet Günerigök  

11.10.2021

WASHINGTON

A US delegation held "candid and professional" discussions with the Taliban in Qatar this weekend, the State Department said Sunday.

In a statement, spokesman Ned Price said the interagency delegation met with senior Taliban representatives in the capital Doha on Saturday and Sunday, their first meeting since the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

"The U.S. delegation focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society," said Price.

The two sides also discussed the US' provision of robust humanitarian assistance directly to the Afghan people.

The delegation reiterated that "the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words," the statement said.

Earlier in the day, Amir Khan Muttaqi, the foreign minister in the interim Taliban Cabinet, said the meeting tackled bilateral relations between Kabul and Washington, implementation of the Doha agreement, humanitarian aid and Afghan assets frozen by the US.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Don’t forget task force for Indira Gandhi’s stolen daughter, lawyers tell Putrajaya

11 Oct 2021

BY KENNETH TEE

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — Lawyers representing Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi today urged the government to establish an independent task force to investigate the authorities’ failure to locate her ex-husband and her daughter.

The call follows Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri’s recent announcement by the Cabinet regarding the formation of one special committee and two task forces to investigate fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death, Tommy Thomas’ allegations and the Pulau Batu Puteh case.

“It is noted with much regret that the case of Indira Gandhi and her daughter Prasana who was abducted is an ongoing saga with no end in sight. Indira’s daughter is yet to be found. It has been 12 years since mother and daughter were separated.

“In light of the above task forces, Indira urges the Prime Minister to set up an independent task force comprised of former judges to investigate the PDRM’s ineffectiveness in locating her ex-husband and the return of her daughter.

“It is beyond reason that the PDRM has made no progress in the last seven years since the Ipoh High Court Order in 2014,” lawyers Rajesh Nagarajan and Sachpreetraj Singh Sohanpal said in a joint statement.

PDRM is the Malay initials for the Royal Malaysia Police.

The lawyers highlighted a 2014 High Court mandamus order compelling the police to search for, retrieve and reunite P. Prasana Diksa with her mother who last saw her as an infant.

They further pointed out that the mandamus also compelled PDRM to enforce a committal order to arrest and commit Indira’s ex-husband, K. Pathmanathan who now known by the Muslim name Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, to prison, which is still pending to date.

Muhammad Riduan embraced Islam in 2009 and unilaterally converted all three of his children with Indira on April 2 that year without their mother’s knowledge. They had been raised as Hindus all along.

Source: Malay Mail

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Police investigating video clip of preacher insulting non-Muslim faiths

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is investigating a viral video clip which contains disparaging remarks on non-Muslim faiths and race linked to an independent preacher.

Bukit Aman CID director, Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hassan(pix) said the one minute video which started to be disseminated on several social media such as TikTok, Facebook and WhatsApp in the past few days, had incurred the anger of the people.

“Therefore an investigation has been carried out by the Classified Crime Investigation Unit, Prosecution and Law Division (D5) of Bukit Aman CID under Section 505 ( c ) of the Penal Code for making statement with intent to incite or which is likely to incite any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons, as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 on abuse of net facilities or network services,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Source: The Sun Daily

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India

 

Mohammad Hameed, Lone Muslim Makeup Man Enlivens Ramleela in Prayagraj with His Epic Brush

Oct 11, 2021

PRAYAGRAJ: It’s not about a blush-up on cheeks or a mere titivation with a cosmetic splash before arc lights shift. Mohammad Hameed’s job is more meticulous, painstaking and takes hours of hard work behind the curtains.

The lone Muslim makeup artist in Sangam City’s oldest Patharchatti Ramleela committee, who also worked in the Anupam Kher-starrer, Laila Majnu, knows that his job in the Ramleela is not about glamour, but to recreate the epic characters of Ram, Sita, Hanuman or Ravan on stage.

Associated with the Ramleela committee for two decades, when he would enact roles of Parshuram and Kevat, Hameed, 45, began donning the role a makeup of artist since eight years. “As I earlier played roles of Parushram, Kevat and Sugreev in different Ramleelas in Sangam city, I understand the significance of makeup. It has to be an impeccable job and goes beyond beautifying artists,” he said.

“We begin work at least four hours before the Ramleela is enacted every day and attend to artistes till the show ends. The objective is not to slicken the hair or dabble in paint, but to bring alive the celestial characters before the audience. Our job becomes hectic when there are several characters at a time on stage and deadlines become stringent,” said Hameed.

Source: Times of India

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Ten-Year-Old Muslim Boy Enters Dasna Devi Temple, Cops Say He Lost His Way But Priest Yati Narsinghanand Alleges Conspiracy

October 11, 2021

A 10-year-old Muslim boy, who had “accidentally wandered” into the Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad, was handed over to the Ghaziabad police by priest Yati Narsinghanand.

Earlier this year, a 14-year-old Muslim boy was assaulted by a man who performed ‘sewa’ at the temple when he entered the premises to drink water. The temple has also placed a poster at its entrance stating that the entry of Muslims on the premises is banned.

Several cases have been registered against the priest Narsinghanand, including that of promoting enmity by allegedly using disparaging words against the Prophet at a Delhi event held in April this year, allegedly making objectionable comments against women in politics and also for intimidation.

He handed over the 10-year-old to the police and alleged that the minor was snooping around and carrying out a ‘recce’ at the temple. “We have handed over the boy to the police. He has not been touched and no one has attacked him… He was here to recce the temple to execute a conspiracy,” said Narsinghanand in a video.

Source: Indian Express

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Muslim Shabban Delegation Visits Mosque at Kothapet Fruit Market to Know Why Police Officials Are Reportedly Obstructing Devotees

10th October 2021

Hyderabad: A delegation from the Tehreek Muslim Shabban led by its founder Muhammad Mushtaq Malik visited a 17-year-old Mosque at the Kothapet fruit market. Malik demanded to know why police officials are reportedly obstructing devotees from offerings prayer in the mosque.

He claimed that the police is recording names of people. Mushtaq Malik said, “Mosque at Kothapet fruit market was established 17 years ago with the permission of the Market Committee. About 200 to 300 devotees regularly offer prayers in the mosque, and on Friday the number goes upto 2000. The police is obstructing devotees and not allowing anyone with their vehicles to go to the Mosque.”

According to the 2001 Society Act, the mosque was duly registered with Telangana Society office. “There seems to be a conspiracy to demolish the mosque”, Malik said.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Won't allow single 'Bangladeshi Muslim' to remain in Assam, says state Assembly Deputy Speaker

Hemanta Kumar Nath

October 11, 2021

Assam Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Numal Momin on Sunday said that the current BJP-led government will not allow a single "Bangladeshi Muslim" to remain in the state and evict all encroachers.

He accused the Congress party and Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) of working with a hidden agenda to make Assam "a separate Islamic state."

Speaking exclusively to Aajtak/India Today TV, Numal Momin said, “Our commitment is that not a single Bangladeshi Muslim will be allowed to stay in Assam. We will continue our eviction drive till we remove them from the state.”

Alleging that Congress is indulging in appeasement politics, the Bokajan BJP MLA said, "Congress divided India as Muslim country and India. When India was divided in 1947, there was an agreement that both countries would play a neutral role and would not disturb other religious people. But what happened? Pakistan became a Muslim country, Bangladesh became a Muslim country."

"During Indira Gandhi's regime, they put the word ‘secularism’ in the constitution of India. From that time, they have been playing Muslim appeasement politics. They [Congress] are playing appeasement politics in the entire country and they have divided India for that appeasement only. They are also playing similar politics in Assam,” Numal Momin said.

' Indigenous Assamese people were harassed by Congress'

He further alleged that the Congress party had brought Bangladeshi Muslims to Assam and during the Congress regime the indigenous people of Assam were harassed.

“During the Congress regime in Assam, the indigenous people were displaced. Earlier, most of the parts of Lower Assam were dominated by the indigenous people, but now these areas are dominated by Muslims. Now tactically, scientifically, they have intruded into people from Bangladesh and these people have occupied the lands of indigenous people. They are not only satisfied with that, they are trying to make Assam an Islamic state,” Numal Momin said.

Source: India Today

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Muslim Family Attacked 'for Not Leaving Village' in Indore, Police File Counter-FIR Against Victims

Kashif Kakvi

October 11, 2021

Bhopal: A Muslim family of eight was allegedly attacked by a mob armed with iron rods chanting religious slogans on Saturday evening in Indore’s Kampel locality, after the family refused to leave the village dominated by the Hindu community. There is only one Muslim family living in the village

The victims are blacksmith by profession who had moved to Indore’s Kampel two years ago and run an agricultural equipment repairing workshop on the outskirts of the Pewday village.

According to the Indore police, the incident took place 22 km away from the Indore district headquarters in Pewday village, which falls under the Khudel police station, on Saturday at around 8 pm. The attackers left five people of the family gravely injured. They were referred to the Indore’s MY Hospital for treatment.

Based on a complaint from one of the victim, Shahrukh Lohar (25), the Khudel police registered the FIR against nine people of the Hindu community under Sections 323, 294, 506, 427, 147 and 148 of the Indian Penal Code almost eight hours after the incident. “Nine people have been booked under various sections of the IPC based on the complaint of the Muslim family,” said sub-inspector Vishwajeet Tomar, who is also the investigating officer of the case. “No arrests have been made yet.”

Also read: Belagavi: Police Confirm Muslim Man Was Murdered, Killers Were Hired by Girlfriend’s Family

The police, however, registered a counter FIR against the victim Muslim family based on a complaint from Vikash Singh, a shopkeeper, who hails from Kampel village hours after the first FIR. In his police complaint, Vikash claimed that he has given Rs 75,000 to the Muslim family to built a tractor trolley two months ago which they failed to deliver. Dispute over money led to the violence, he alleged.

“An FIR has been registered against five people of the Muslim family for assaulting, rioting under Sections 323, 294, 506, 147 and 148 of the IPC. But no arrest has been made,” said investigating officer Tomar.

When asked about the family’s allegation that the attackers were associated with the RSS and had been threatening them for months, Tomar denied having received any such information.

Speaking to The Wire over the phone, Vikash said, “I gave Rs 75,000 cash to Farooque to make a tractor trolley almost two months ago. When he did not deliver it, I went to inquire. Instead of returning money or a trolley, he began to hurl abuses which led to the incident.”

He denied any association with right-wing groups and the allegations that people had been threatening the Muslim family.

The former sarpanch of the village, Subhash Choudhary, however, told The Wire that Vikash is associated with the RSS and often goes to shakhas. “Almost two weeks ago, my younger brother who has a close friendship with the Muslim family had a scuffle with Vikash for threatening them. The issue settled down between them after the police’s intervention.”

Also read: Dargah Attacked in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch, No Arrests Yet

Ehtesham Hashmi, an advocate practicing  in the Supreme Court who had received a call from the victims after the police was dilly-dallying in registering an FIR, alleged, “When the police were not registering an FIR, they [the Muslim family] called me and I visited the village, accompanying Congress spokesperson Ameen-ul-Khan Suri and Congress Indore’s minority wing head Irfan Shaikh. We urged the police to register the FIR, which then happened late at night.”

Claiming that the FIR against the Muslim family is baseless, he pointed out, “This is not the first time when the Indore police is trying to protect the accused by framing the victim in false cases. Initially, the police refused to register the FIR, when pressured, they refused to lodge the complaint based on the written complaint of the victims. Later they registered the FIR for assault and rioting. There is no mention of an attack owing to religious identity. By the morning, police registered a counter FIR by the name of one of the accused under almost the same charges. The police did the same in bangle seller Tasleem Ali’s case.”

Source: The Wire

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NIA Raids At 16 Places In Jammu And Kashmir In 'ISIS-Voice Of Hind' And Bathindi IED Recovery Cases

Oct 10, 2021

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday carried out searches at 16 places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with two cases-- 'ISIS-Voice of Hind' case and the 'Bathindi IED recovery' case.

The anti-terror agency carried out simultaneous searches in various districts in the Union Territory with the assistance of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police.

The NIA had also conducted searches at two locations in Karnataka's Bhatkal and arrested key accused Jufri Jawhar Damudi in the 'ISIS-Voice of Hind' case.

The case was registered on June 29 this year in connection with the conspiracy of the proscribed terrorist organization the Islamic State (ISIS) to radicalise and recruit impressionable Muslim youth in India to wage violent jihad against India.

NIA said that ISIS terrorists operating from various conflict zones along with ISIS cadres in India have created a network by assuming pseudo-online identities wherein ISIS-related propaganda material is disseminated for radicalising and recruiting members to the fold of ISIS.

The NIA had conducted multiple searches in Jammu and Kashmir on July 11 this year in the same case and had arrested three accused-- Umar Nisar, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat and Rameez Ahmad Lone, all residents of Achabal area of Anantnag district.

A cyber entity 'Abu Hazir Al Badri' a key operative of ISIS who is involved in the translation of 'Voice of Hind' to South Indian languages and its further dissemination was identified as Jufri Jawhar Damudi, and arrested on August 6 this year in a joint operation of NIA and Karnataka Police.

The agency said that the cyber ID was also used to radicalise and recruit people.

"Jufri Jawhar is the younger brother of Adnan Hasan Damudi who was arrested for ISIS-related activities in 2016 and is currently under detention in a separate NIA case," the agency said.

Jufri Jawhar Damudi was in touch with ISIS leadership, currently operating out of Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) region who provided him propaganda material and also gave directions for its dissemination.

"For this purpose, Jufri had created multiple pseudonymous IDs on encrypted chat platforms and was also a member of various online propaganda channels of ISIS," the agency added.

During earlier searches in the 'ISIS-Voice of Hind' case, NIA claimed to have seized a large number of digital devices such as mobile phones, hard disks, SD cards etc.

Source: Times of India

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J&K police detain around 430 over ground worker associated with different terrorist outfits

Oct 11, 2021

NEW DELHI: In a major crackdown on the terror eco-system in Jammu and Kashmir days after a string of civilian killings, the J&K police have detained around 430 overground workers (OGWs) associated with different terrorist outfits such as Lashkar e Taiba and Jaish e Mohammed, etc and are questioning them on their terror links and alleged supporting role in the recent attacks.

The OGWs were picked up from across the Kashmir Valley, prominently Srinagar, Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian. One of the OGWs detained is a prominent drugs supplier based in Srinagar. As per the preliminary investigation, the local terrorists behind the targeted killings were mostly neo-recruits or ‘hybrid’ terrorists lured by handlers, including from Pakistan, with drugs or money to carry out one-off attacks with pistols supplied by the latter. Incidentally, many of the OGWs picked up by J&K police appear to be consuming drugs, said a source.

A call on arrest of the detained OGWs will be taken based on facts that come out during their questioning. They are likely to be sent to jails outside the Valley, possibly in Jammu or even another state.

The agencies have also identified two Pakistani Lashkar e Taiba terrorists who delivered the pistols to the local Kashmiris behind the recent killings. One of the Pakistani terrorists may have infiltrated recently, said a source.

The arrests of the OGWs came on a day that NIA conducted searches at 15 locations across Kulgam, Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla districts of J&K in two separate cases. While two and operatives of The Resistance Front were arrested in the LeT-TRF conspiracy case dating back to June 2021, three ISIS operatives have been arrested in the ISIS ‘Voice of Hind’ case. Sources said around more arrests may follow. The LeT-TRF case relates to the recovery of an IED from a LeT terrorist in Bathindi, Jammu for indulging in terrorist acts in J&K. The Voice of Hind’ case relates to ISIS conspiracy to radicalize and recruit impressionable Muslim youth in India through online propaganda to wage violent Jihad against the Indian state. This is supplemented by on-ground terror financing activities. NIA had earlier arrested four accused persons in the case.

On Friday, one LeT terrorist said to have been involved in the fatal shooting of Mohammad Shafi Dar on October 2 in Batamaloo was killed in an encounter.

Source: Times of India

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5 army personnel killed in encounter with terrorists in J&K's Poonch

Oct 11, 2021

NEW DELHI: Five army personnel including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) on Monday were killed in an encounter during a counterterrorist operation in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The operation was launched in a village close to DKG in Surankote in the early hours following intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists there, officials said.

The hiding ultras opened heavy fire on the search parties resulting in critical injuries to a JCO and four other ranks, news agency PTI quoted defence spokesman as saying.

All the five soldiers succumbed to their injuries.

Earlier today, two terrorists were killed and a policeman was injured during encounters in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag and Bandipora districts.

Source: Times of India

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2 terrorists killed in encounters in J&K's Anantnag, Bandipora districts

Oct 11, 2021

SRINAGAR: Two terrorists were killed and a policeman was injured during encounters in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag and Bandipora districts on Monday, police said.

Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation at Khagund in Anantnag district's Verinag area following information about the presence of terrorists there, an official said.

The search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated, he said.

The police official said that while one terrorist has been killed, a policeman suffered injuries.

In another encounter, which broke out at Gundjahangir in Bandipora district's Hajin area, a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed.

Source: Times of India

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Four held in two cases of moral policing in Karnataka: Cops

Oct 11, 2021

Four people have been arrested in two separate cases of moral policing in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada Shivamogga districts, police said on Sunday.

Two people have been arrested in Dakshina Kannada after they stopped a car on Saturday and questioned travellers as to why they got into a vehicle driven by a person of another faith, police said.

According to Moodbidri police officials, a Muslim couple travelling in a car saw two friends and offered them a lift since they were heading towards the same area.

After the four travelled a short distance, two people on a motorcycle intercepted them and questioned the women as to why they need to sit in the car of a Muslim person.

Though police arrived at the scene, the two people, Samithraj and Sandeep Poojary, continued to abuse the two women and the Muslim couple.

“The two persons have been booked in a case of rioting and public nuisance based on a woman’s complaint,” a police official said, requesting not to be named. “Both were produced before the court and are currently in judicial custody.”

In Shivamogga, two people were held on Saturday on charges of moral policing after they allegedly assaulted a Hindu man for dropping off a Muslim woman on his two-wheeler on Saturday, police said.

Karnataka has reported many cases of moral policing and hate crime recently.

In a case of hate crime, a 24-year-old Muslim, who was in a relationship with a Hindu woman, was found decapitated on railway tracks in Khanapur in Belagavi district, about 505 kms from Bengaluru, on September 28.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Pakistan

 

Imran seeks nation’s help for fighting corruption, ‘sex crimes’

Amir Wasim

October 11, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Seeking help from society for the government in its fight against corruption and growing sex crimes in the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday announced that he planned to set up a multi-purpose Rehmatullil Aalamin Authority (RAA) with the main aim “to explain Islam to the world” and for propagation of the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) among the children and youth of the country.

Addressing a conference to mark the beginning of 10-day Eid Miladun Nabi celebrations, the prime minister said he himself would be the patron of the proposed authority.

During his 55-minute scholarly speech in which he shared his personal experiences of living in England as a young student and then as a cricketer, Mr Khan made a comparison between the western and Pakistani cultures by highlighting both the positive and negative aspects of the two societies.

“For how long the government can fight corruption alone? But a society can fight it because it is the society’s money which is stolen,” Mr Khan said. Giving the examples of China, the United Kingdom and Singapore, he said these societies did not tolerate corruption at all.

Announces setting up of Rehmatullil Aalamin Authority with aim ‘to explain Islam to the world’

In an apparent reference to supreme leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Mr Khan said: “A man is delivering speeches while sitting in London after looting the public money. When his people will shower flowers on him, then who will consider theft a bad thing. If the society will not fight, then how many corrupts can a government catch?”

According to the prime minister, obscenity is the second biggest problem the country has been facing after corruption. He regretted that whenever they talked about obscenity a so-called liberal group started making a hue and cry, saying they were taking the society to the old ages.

The prime minister said that after coming to power, he was told by an inspector general of police that “sex crimes”, including rape and child abuse cases, were increasing in the country. He said the DIG of the area presented a “horrible picture” of the situation about sex crimes in Kasur district of Punjab.

Mr Khan blamed Hollywood and Bollywood for the spread of obscenity in society and regretted that there was no role of scholars in the country to tell the youth about the negative impacts and consequences of these evils. He said the victims of rape and child abuse did not pursue their cases out of shame for themselves and their families.

“What action can the government take against them [rapists]?” he asked while quoting an incident in which a woman refused to report her rape. “It is the society which fight corruption. Law alone cannot fight it. Similarly, it is the society which will have to fight the growing sex crime. It is up to the society to make a decision.”

The prime minister was of the view that obscenity was an ill in society and was having a bad and disastrous impact on social and family life. He urged the religious scholars to play their role in stopping obscenity and saving “our family system” through their research work. He said the concept of “veil” had been given by the religion to save the family system.

Mr Khan said the divorce rate in society had risen to an alarming level, adding that he could say on the basis of his personal experience that divorce had a very adverse and painful impact on children who wanted to live together with the parents.

“I have seen what destruction is caused by divorce. I have the children. We had divorce. There is no bigger curse than divorce,” he went on saying while speaking to a serious audience comprising his ministers and some of the members belonging to minorities.

He regretted that it was after seeing the growing incidents of children expelling their old parents from home that the government had to bring a legislation to stop this trend.

The prime minister then urged media to play its role in this regard. “We cannot stop the expansion of media, social media and technology, but we should engage our youth and tell them about the Islamic values and the two choices they have.”

He said a cartoon series would be launched to create awareness among children regarding the national ethos and culture.

Source: Dawn

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Al Qaeda and other Pak based terrorists become active in Kashmir at the behest of ISI: Need for intelligence-led operations

October 9, 2021

SD Pradhan

The recent killings of civilians in Kashmir portends a worrisome trend, though on expected lines after the capture of Kabul and Panjshir by Pak supported Taliban. This was hailed by Pak supported terrorist groups and in this context Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) deserve special mention. Al Qaeda was the first important terrorist outfit that hailed US withdrawal from Afghanistan as a victory. Their focus has been on Kashmir since the days of Osama bin Laden.

The Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) was established for focused attention to Kashmir and other areas of India. Early this year, the AQIS changed the name of its magazine from Nawai Afghan Jihad (Voice of Afghan Jihad) to Nawai Ghazwat ul-Hind (Voice of conquest of India) clearly indicating its new focus on India.

The LeT and JeM had organised and participated in PoK on the 23 rd August celebrating the capture of Afghanistan by Taliban. Videos had emerged from the area showing the cadres of Pakistan-based terror groups like JeM and LeT taking part in the rally and firing celebratory shots in the air. The leaders of these outfit later addressed the rally, while the then ISI Chief Faiz Hameed was seen offering namaz along with Mullah Baradar in Kandahar. The cheers were not limited to only the ‘unofficial army’ of Pakistan but was openly expressed by the Pak PM and other ministers. They have made controversial statements, saying the Taliban are not "bad people" and are trying to govern Afghanistan through principles of Islam. Pakistan is making fervent appeals before the foreign countries to recognise the Taliban regime.

ISI continues to act according to its playbook. It keeps on floating new organisations to project that locals are involved. After August 2019, it floated ‘The Resistance Front’, which was a name given to the LeT cadres. Recently it claimed the responsibility for the murderous attacks on three persons including a Kashmiri Pandit and owner of a prominent pharmacy within two hours. The deceased included Makhan Lal Bindroo (owner of the medical store), Virender Paswan (a street vendor) and Mohammad Shafi Lone (head of a local taxi stand). Umar Wani claiming to be TRF spokesperson stated that the trio were killed for working with the RSS, the ideological fountainhead of the Bhartiya Janata Party, and intelligence agencies. He further stated that more such killings would take place in future. Interestingly, two other terror groups, United Liberation Front and Freedom Seekers of Kashmir also came forward to claim responsibility for these attacks. Nothing much was heard about these outfit. Now after the killing of two teachers another terrorist outfit called ‘the Geelani Force’ has come to claim the responsibility for the killings. It has warned Kashmiri Pandits. Obviously, it is another front formed by the ISI to create an atmosphere of fear and panic for the minorities. The attempt is to revive the scenario of 1990. It has also warned ‘The Resistance Front’ not to come in their way to project that it has no links with Pakistan. India has witnessed such gimmicks of the ISI in the past as well. However, in view of US lawmakers pressurizing the Biden Administration to impose sanctions in view of direct support being provided to the Taliban, the ISI is making frenetic attempts to project that the locals are involved in these heinous activities and Pakistan has nothing to do with these acts. Pakistan is also desperately trying to project this as a local reaction to India’s withdrawal of Article 370 at various international forums.

In the US, there is palpable anger against the Pak role in Afghanistan. Congressman Steve Chabot, Co-Chair of the India Caucus pointing out the Pak role in the victory of Taliban, remarked: “Pakistan and particularly its intelligence services played a key role fostering the Taliban and allowing them to eventually take over. It is just disgusting to watch Pakistani officials celebrate the victory of this group that will bring untold brutality to the Afghan people.” Pakistan’s role in aiding the Taliban to seize power in Afghanistan became clear with the exposure of the identity of militants trained and dispatched by the Pakistan Army. A large number of them from Punjab, had been dispatched by the Pak Army after a short sting in the Army Training Centre at the camps run by the LeT to beef up the ranks of the Taliban. In Kandahar, the LeT cadres were seen fighting alongside the Taliban. Scores of LeT cadres have also been killed. The LeT team was led by Saifullah Khalid, who was killed in the fighting in Nawahi district of Kandahar along with 11 of his accomplices. Khalid was replaced by another LeT commander from Punjab named Imran. He had previously operated in Kashmir. In Panjshir, the Taliban were directly provided assistance by the Pak Army.

In fact, the active role of the Pak-based terrorist outfits in Afghanistan had been known for quite some time. The LeT has had strongholds within Afghanistan since the 1990s and the group continued to train and fight alongside the Taliban even after 2001. With the active support of the Pakistan Army, the group had started to consolidate its position in at least over eight districts in Afghanistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Last year, more LeT and JeM cadres were reported to had moved to Afghanistan which was assessed as the Pak attempt to move out its terrorists when FATF was focusing on the Pak Establishment’s efforts to check terrorists operating from the Pak soil. It is strongly suspected that Pakistan was sending the cadres of these terrorist outfits along with the Pak troops.

Source: Times of India

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Pak journalist killed in bomb attack in Balochistan

Oct 11, 2021

KARACHI: A 35-year-old Pakistani journalist was killed in an attack claimed to have been carried out by the banned Balochistan Liberation Army in the country's restive Balochistan province, media reports said on Monday.

Shahid Zehri, who has been associated with Metro 1 News, was travelling in a car in the town of Hub in the province when he was attacked on Sunday, reportedly with a homemade grenade, Eidgah Station House Officer Nadeem Haider was quoted as saying by Dawn News.

Zehri, a TV reporter suffered critical injuries, and another injured person was initially taken to Hub Civil Hospital and subsequently brought to the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, where Zehri was pronounced dead, the report said.

CCTV footage of the incident seen by Dawn.com showed an explosion that took place on the roadside near Zehri's moving car as soon as it made a U-turn on a busy road. The nature of the bomb could not be confirmed immediately.

Later, the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.

In February, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors' (CPNE) Media Freedom Report 2020 had revealed that at least 10 journalists were murdered and several others threatened, kidnapped, tortured and arrested in Pakistan on trumped-up charges while discharging their professional responsibilities in 2020 alone, the Dawn report said.

No action has so far been taken against those responsible for torturing and killing journalists and it seems that such persons enjoy impunity.

“It is a matter of grave concern that the legal system of the country has become useless in protecting and providing justice to journalists,” said the report.

Source: Times of India

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AQ Khan, ‘father of Pakistan's N-bomb’, dies of Covid

Oct 11, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, known as the ‘father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb’, died at a hospital here on Sunday after his lungs collapsed, severely damaged by coronavirus infection that he had contracted last month.

Khan, 85, has been revered as a national hero for making Pakistan a nuclear power. Islamabad had detonated its first nuclear weapon in 1998 when he was leading the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) - a uranium enrichment facility that has been expanded to many other fields of science over a period of time - in Kahuta, near Islamabad.

“Dr Khan was loved by the nation because of his critical contribution in making us a nuclear weapon state. This has provided us security against an aggressive much larger nuclear neighbor (India). For the people of Pakistan, he was a national icon,” Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan posted on Twitter after the nuclear scientist’s death. Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said Khan's contributions in making Pakistan's defence stronger were “significant”.

Amid tight security, Khan had been living a secluded life at his residence in Islamabad’s upscale E-7 neighbourhood since 2004 after he had admitted to a role in a massive global nuclear proliferation scam. In a televised address, he had accepted responsibility for illegal proliferation of nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya. Ex-military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf had sacked him from his position. The former president, however, had also granted him clemency using his discretionary powers but kept him under house arrest till 2009. “It would have been disastrous for Pakistan if I had not accepted responsibility,” the nuclear scientist had once said.

In a 2018 book “Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb: A Story of Defiance, Deterrence And Deviance”, Pakistani-American scholar and academic Hassan Abbas has highlighted Khan's involvement in nuclear proliferation in Iran, Libya and North Korea.

He wrote that the origins and evolution of the Khan network were tied to the domestic and international political motivations underlying Pakistan's nuclear weapons project.

The writer also examined the role of China and Saudi Arabia in supporting its nuclear infrastructure. Khan is reported to have intimate links with China's nuclear establishment.

The US State Department said in 2009 that Khan had run an “extensive international network for the proliferation of nuclear equipment and know-how that provided ‘one stop shopping’ for countries seeking to develop nuclear weapons”.

According to the State Department, this network's actions had “irrevocably changed the proliferation landscape and have had lasting implications for international security”.

Western diplomats have long doubted whether Khan could have acted alone. Talking to foreign media in the past, Khan had said the confession “was handed into my hand”.

Khan was born in 1936 in Bhopal, India, and had migrated along with his family to Pakistan after the Partition. He studied metallurgical engineering in Berlin after completing a degree in science from Karachi University in 1960. Later on, he went for advanced studies to Netherlands and Belgium.

After India’s nuclear test in 1974, he had joined Pakistan’s clandestine efforts for developing nuclear technology. For this purpose, he had founded the KRL in 1976 and was its chief scientist and director for many years until his removal by Musharraf in 2004 over accusation of running a rogue proliferation network for nuclear material.

Source: Times of India

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Pakistan reaffirms support to Kashmiris’ struggle

October 11, 2021

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan is committed to continuing extending political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris in their struggle for right to self-determination.

“We stand side by side with the Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for their right to self-determination. A dossier based on irrefutable evidences of the atrocities and war crimes of Indian occupation forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) has been presented to the world,” the foreign minister said in a statement issued here on Sunday.

He said Pakistan would continue to raise voices against oppression and barbarism by the Indian army in IIOJK at every forum. He maintained that Kashmir had become a global issue instead of a regional one and it must be resolved in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.

Mr Qureshi stressed that the international community must come forward to stop ongoing serious human rights violations in IIOJK and save the oppressed Kashmiris from tyranny of Indian occupation forces.

Highlighting the Afghanistan issue, the foreign minister said: “Peace in Afghanistan is our top priority and we believe that if there is peace in Afghanistan then there will be peace in the whole region. The world is witnessing our efforts for peace in Afghanistan.”

FM says peace in Afghanistan is Islamabad’s top priority

He said Pakistan would continue its conciliatory efforts for peace and stability in the region, including the Afghan peace process.

The foreign minister said the Covid-19 pandemic had hit the world’s strongest economies hard. To meet the challenges, he added, Pakistan was focusing on economic diplomacy, promoting economic cooperation and enhancing regional ties.

Mr Qureshi said Pakistan’s economy was on the right track with encouraging economic indicators. “The Pakistanis have emerged as a strong nation after overcoming major challenges such as terrorism and the coronavirus,” he said, claiming that Pakistan was emerging as a prosperous country in the world.

“Significant progress is being made in the field of exports and agriculture. Due to effective policies of the incumbent government, sustainable development will continue in the public interest,” he said, maintaining that Pakistan would achieve prominence in the world soon due to its progressive policies.

Source: Dawn

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4 militants killed in clash near Awaran: ISPR

October 10, 2021

KARACHI: Four suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) near Awaran district of Balochistan.

A statement iss­ued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Saturday that the FC personnel, who were on a routine pat­rolling, spotted some militants in the area.

According to sources, when the FC personnel were moving towards a suspicious house in the area the militants hiding in it opened fire on them. The FC personnel returned fire and the exchange of fire between them continued for some time before the four militants were killed.

Source: Dawn

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Africa

 

Muslim Students of Kwara School Deserved Punishment – Muslim Rights Concern

October 11, 2021

By Annie Nwosu

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has called on Muslims in Kwara State and the general public to desist from jumping to conclusions on the viral video in which students of an Arabic school were severely beaten.

DAILY POST reports that the video footage of the incident which went viral showed the students being punished for alleged misconducts.

Reacting, the group’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Monday, maintained that the action of the school authorities should not be judged in isolation.

According to him, “the fact that the parents requested the school to discipline their children must not be ignored.

“While we regard the punishment meted to the students as too harsh, we maintain that the action of the school authorities should not be judged in isolation. The fact that the parents requested the school to discipline their children must not be ignored.

“MURIC is also in possession of another video in which the students confessed that they engaged in shameful and unIslamic actions, namely, visiting a club, drinking alcohol, bathing themselves with alcohol, etc. These are horrible acts in which ordinary Muslims must not be involved.

“Arabic schools are the repository of morality and the vault of uprightness. They are the conscience of the Ummah. The offence committed by those students becomes more unacceptable when the actors are students of an Arabic school who are expected to be the epitome of morality and religiousity.

“Nigerians must brace up and understand where the authorities of the Kwara Arabic school are coming from? The students who received that beating were the black sheep in the school and they would have polluted others by taking them to the club if they had not been taught that bitter lesson.

“While we do not subscribe to merciless flogging, torture and other severe corporeal punishment, we make bold to say that children must be disciplined.

“We commend the parents of those children who instructed the school authorities to punish their children. Posterity will count them among Nigeria’s puritanists and disciplinarians.

Source: Daily Post

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Algeria President Tebboune says return of envoy to Paris depends on French respect

11 October ,2021

Algerian President Abelmadjid Tebboune said that the return of the North African country’s ambassador to Paris was conditional on France showing it fully respects Algeria, Ennahar TV reported on Sunday.

Algeria recalled its envoy to Paris last week, citing comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron in the newspaper Le Monde that Algeria’s rulers had rewritten the history of its colonization based on “a hatred of France”.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UN official says six shot dead in Libya detention center after migrant raids

09 October ,2021

At least six migrants were shot dead at a Tripoli detention center on Friday, the head of the UN migration agency’s Libya mission said, as many reportedly escaped from the facility and others gathered in nearby streets.

Overcrowding triggered chaos at the Ghot Shaal center, with people sleeping in the open and different security forces present, said Federico Soda, the Libya mission head for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

“Shooting started,” he said, adding that at least six people were killed.

Libyan security forces have cracked down on migrants, refugees and asylum seekers over the past week, detaining more than 5,000.

There are hundreds of thousands of migrants in Libya, some seeking to travel onwards to Europe and others coming to work in the major oil exporter.

They routinely face violence in a country that has had little peace for a decade, with many held in detention centers that United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says are crowded and unsanitary, and where Amnesty International on Friday said they face torture and sexual abuse.

Libya’s Government of National Unity was not immediately available for comment.

The country has been in crisis since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

Numerous videos posted on social media on Friday, which Reuters could not immediately authenticate, showed dozens of people pouring through a gap in a fence, and larger numbers marching through Tripoli streets.

Two residents said they had seen large numbers of migrants running through the streets in that area.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Tunisia ruled by supporters of dictatorship: Former president

Gülşen Topçu  

11.10.2021

TUNIS, Tunisia

Tunisia’s former president said Sunday that the country is being ruled by "the enemies of the Arab Spring and all the supporters of dictatorship in the world.”

Moncef Marzouki issued a statement on his Facebook page after thousands of Tunisians demonstrated in the capital Tunis on Sunday against the seizure of power by the country’s current president, Kais Saied.

Accusing Saied of dividing the Tunisian people, Marzouki said he disregarded national sovereignty, which they have defended for a lifetime.

He praised Sunday’s demonstrations, calling them a “new victory against the coup.”

He noted that the social unrest that will end the power grab by Saied is getting stronger day by day.

On Sunday, demonstrators gathered on Hayreddin Pasha Street and marched towards Habib Bourguiba Avenue upon a call by a protest movement known as “Citizens Against Coup.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pope Francis meets with Colombian nun freed in Mali

James Tasamba 

11.10.2021

KIGALI, Rwanda

Pope Francis met Sunday with a Colombian nun who was freed the previous day by militants in Mali after more than four years in captivity, the Vatican said.

Gloria Cecilia Narvaez was kidnapped on Feb. 7, 2017 in southern Mali near the border with Burkina Faso while doing missionary work by the Macina Liberation Front, an al-Qaeda-linked group.

After travelling to Rome, Narvaez met the Pope, said the Vatican, a day after she met with Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita.

Her meeting with Pope Francis took place before the celebration of a holy mass for the beginning of the synodal process at St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican said.

The 59-year-old Franciscan nun said she was grateful to Malian authorities for all the efforts towards liberating her.

“I am very happy. I stayed healthy for five years, thank God,” she said.

In a statement Saturday, Mali’s presidency saluted the courage and bravery of the nun, saying her liberation was a culmination of four years and eight months of combined efforts by several intelligence services.

It was not immediately clear whether Narvaez was freed following a ransom payment.

The Archbishop of Bamako, Jean Zerbo, also thanked Malian authorities and other “good people who made her release possible.”

“We have prayed long and hard for this day,” he said.

Regular reports on the nun’s safety provided reassurance as two Europeans who escaped from captivity earlier this year reported that Sister Gloria was still alive. In March, her brother reportedly received a letter written and signed by her through the Red Cross.

Mali has been battling an insurgency linked to the al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIS terrorist groups since 2012, when unrest erupted in the north of the West African country.

The violence, which has killed thousands of civilians and troops, has spread to neighboring Niger and Burkina Faso.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Gunmen kill 20 people in northern Nigeria

Adam Abu-bashal  

10.10.2021

ABUJA, Nigeria

Twenty people were killed when suspected gunmen stormed a market Saturday in northern Nigeria, according to media reports.

Thirty-five others were injured in the massacre carried out by unidentified attackers in the Sabon Birni region in Sokoto State.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Europe

 

Algeria’s president demands ‘total respect’ from France

Abderrazak Boulkemh, Ali Semerci 

11.10.2021

Algeria’s president on Sunday demanded France’s “total respect” for his country after increased tensions between the two nations over remarks by his French counterpart.

The return of the Algerian ambassador to France is conditional on the “total respect” for Algeria's sovereignty, institutions and power, Abdelmadjid Tebboune told local media.

Tebboune said the French side should forget that Algeria was once a French colony.

“Algeria is strong with its army and its proud people, who submit only to God,” he noted.

French President Emmanuel Macron stoked tensions with Algiers, and even Turkey, during a recent meeting with descendants of Algerians who fought on France’s side during Algeria’s war for independence.

As part of France’s persistent efforts to distance itself from its atrocious colonial past, Macron claimed “there was colonization before French colonial rule” in Algeria, alluding to the Ottoman presence in the country between 1514 and 1830.

“The building of Algeria as a nation is a phenomenon worth watching. Was there an Algerian nation before French colonization? That is the question,” he said.

Algeria was swift to strongly condemn the remarks, going on to recall its ambassador and closing its airspace to French military planes.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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