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Violent Tendencies in Pakistan’s Youth Show Extremism Rooted Deep within Society: Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights

New Age Islam News Bureau

28 February 2022

 

 Representative image. Image Credit: ANI

Country: Pakistan

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• Justice For Muslims Collective Blames U.S. For ‘Institutionalized’ and ‘Internalized’ Islamophobia

• Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Calls World Leaders to End Russia-Ukraine War

• Ansarullah: US, Israel Use Some Arab States as Tools to Plot against Muslims

• European Union Reacts To the Taliban’s Home Search Operations Calling It a Crime

 

Pakistan

• Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan Opposes ‘Aurat March’, Says It Is Against Islamic Norms

• Jamaat-e-Islami leaders likely to call on Chaudhrys

• PPP Begins Its ‘Awami Long March' From Karachi To Islamabad To Force Pakistan PM Khan To Quit

• ‘Khojaly genocide’ in Azerbaijan was crime against humanity: ministers

• Pakistan urges de-escalation through dialogue, diplomacy

• Archbishop of Canterbury calls for peace, religious harmony

• Pak-Afghan trade activities resume as Chaman border reopens

• JI continues campaign to drum up support for Karachi Rights Caravan

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North America

• US announces plans to ease restrictions on Afghanistan

• Pakistani killed in US during carjacking

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Arab World

• UAE Official Gargash Says UAE Encourages Political Solution to Ukraine Conflict

• Russia Sees Military Coordination with Israel on Syria Continuing Amid Ukraine Crisis

• Saudi Crown Prince discusses Ukraine developments, energy market with France’s Macron

• Arab Coalition intercepts drone targeting Jizan, no damage, injuries reported

• No safe paths out of Ukraine for Lebanese nationals: Beirut

• Ukrainians in Saudi Arabia speak of dread and angst

• Assad’s adviser: West left Russia with no choice, Russia entitled to launch deterrent military operation in Ukraine

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Mideast

• Turkey, Pakistan Pursue World’s First ‘Islamic World’ Fighter

• Yemen’s Houthi: US, Israel Use Some Arab States as Tools to Plot against Muslims

• Islamic Jihad Blames Israel for Assassination Attempt against Its Official

• FM: Iran Sticking to Redlines in Vienna Talks

• President Rayeesi: NATO Expansion Main Threat to Independent States' Security

• Turkey, overseeing passage to Black Sea, calls Russian invasion ‘war’

• Palestinian Lawmaker: In Harming Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel Playing With Fire

• Hamas delegation, Hezbollah chief meet to discuss latest developments in Palestine

• One big lesson from Ukraine conflict is that era of US unilateralism has ended, Hamas official says

• Ukraine conflict striking example of US habit of abandoning own allies, says Hezbollah official

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Europe

• Ukraine’s President, Christian Orthodox Spiritual Leader Speak by Phone

• Ukrainian president thanks Pope Francis for his ‘spiritual support’

• Syria Censures US-Led Smear Campaign against Russia to Maintain Global Hegemony

• Iran Dismisses Ambassador to UK over ‘Unconventional Event’ At London Embassy: Report

• Turkiye's Orthodox community prays for peace between Ukraine and Russia

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South Asia

• Islamic Emirate's Mujahid Comments House-To-House Searches "Constructive"

• US unveils relaxations for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan

• Afghan-Pak Chaman crossing reopens after four days

• Taliban Halts Evacuation Until Afghan Refugees’ Livelihoods Get Better

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Southeast Asia

• Ukraine Is Much Closer To Malaysia Than We Think

• After complaints, ministry delays expansion of cashless aid scheme for people with disabilities

• PAS’ religious rhetoric won’t work in Johor, says Umno’s Nur Jazlan

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Africa

• Sudan's Sovereign Council Says Keen to Boost Ties with Turkiye

• Mothers and Fathers protest in Khartoum to support Sudan’s anti-coup youth

• UN mission seeks political strategy for Sudan

• Sudan, Russia hold talks on military cooperation

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India

• Nawab Malik Must Be Probed but Muslims Must Not Be Linked To Terror, Aurangabad Lok Sabha MP

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Violent Tendencies in Pakistan’s Youth Show Extremism Rooted Deep within Society: Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights

 

Representative image. Image Credit: ANI

Country: Pakistan

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26 February, 2022

Islamabad [Pakistan], February 26 (ANI): The participation of Pakistan’s youth in acts of violence demonstrates how extremism exists deep within the heart of Pakistani society, local media reported.

The country’s Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights was aghast on the instances of this extremism that is ingrained equally in the educated as well as illiterate, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The meeting, which commenced with criticism of the Mian Channu incident, discussed how violent tendencies were mostly reported in 19 to 30-year-old people mostly influenced by social media forums.

Notably, a mob comprising men mostly in their 30s lynched a mentally-unstable man for burning Quranic scriptures in Mian Channu, the publication reported citing Human Rights Secretary Inamullah Khan.

Khan further informed the senate body members that in the murder case of Sri Lankan national in Sialkot, 120 out of 130 suspects were between 18 and 20 years of age.

The committee stressed that religious forums must spread the true spirit of Islam and its stance on tolerance to help avoid the occurrence of such incidents.

As many as 14 to 15 cases of violence have been reported in Pakistan since the start of this year, the Pakistani newspaper reported citing Additional IG Sahibzada Shahzad Sultan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s influence of extremist ideology has increased with radical elements dominating the violence in the society.

The threat from extremism in Pakistan comes from the Taliban insurgency to militant organizations to individuals who wish to join a mob-burning a man alive without actually getting into the depth of why the person was being targeted, according to an opinion piece in News International.

The youth bulge of Pakistan’s population between ages 15-24 is estimated at 36 million, while a staggeringly high number of 58 million individuals are below the age of 15. The above youth population gravitates towards radicalization because there is high unemployment and income disparity innate in the Pakistan society, the article noted. (ANI)

This report is auto-generated from ANI news service. ThePrint holds no responsibility for its content.

Source: The Print

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Justice For Muslims Collective Blames U.S. For ‘Institutionalized’ and ‘Internalized’ Islamophobia

 

Maha Hilal of the Justice for Muslims Collective

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FEBRUARY 27, 2022

The University of California Santa Barbara’s Multicultural Centre hosted a scholar/activist earlier this month who blamed the United States for the phenomena known as “institutionalized” and “internalized” Islamophobia.

Maha Hilal of the Justice for Muslims Collective said the former is comprised of “racial profiling and hyper-surveillance of Muslim communities,” while the latter is “members of the Muslim community feeling compelled to participate in Islamophobic narratives,” according to the Daily Nexus.

In critical theory style, Hilal alleged that, like racism, institutionalized Islamophobia is “officially built into state and societal structures” so the government can oppress Muslims and “justify [its] wars.” The official sentiment of the U.S. is that Islam is a “violent, barbaric, uncivilized and opposed to normative democratic values.”

The government uses this to justify “militarism, draconian immigration policies and torture,” Hilal said. As a result of these factors, non-radicalized Muslims buy into the “negative and problematic tropes” about their demographic.

“There is a way to stop the violence, and part of it is the United States taking responsibility for this violence,” [Hilal said]. “I should note, however, … that US wars never actually end; they just morph into new wars that preserve the violence of wars past.” …

“What I really want to impart here is just how powerful narrative is in the course of the war on terror and how it has served to define the state’s interests in the way that those targeted by the state have been almost powerless to confront,” Hilal continued. “If you are the one who gets to construct what terrorism is, what evil is, what violence is, you have the power.“

Hilal noted the U.S. government’s Islamophobia is a bipartisan affair: George W. Bush and his successor Barack Obama both used inflammatory rhetoric with regards to the War on Terror, such as referring to radical Muslim terror attacks as “evil.”

In a recent tweet regarding the United States’ still-lingering relationship with Afghanistan, Hilal referred to the former as “irredeemable.”

According to her Linkedin page, Hilal received a “Critical Language Scholarship” from the U.S. State Department in 2011 and  specializes in “political education programming and narrative shifting programming.”

Source: The College Fix

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Grand Imam of al-Azhar calls World leaders to end Russia-Ukraine war

 

The grand imam of Al-Azhar called on Russia and Ukraine to heed the voice of reason and end the war between the two countries.

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February 27, 2022

The grand imam of Al-Ahzar called on Russia and Ukraine to heed the voice of reason and end the war between the two countries.

In a statement released in Arabic and English, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb also called on world leaders and international institutions to support peaceful solutions to the conflict, elkalimanews.com reported.

He stressed that wars will only bring more killing, destruction and hatred to the world.

El-Tayyeb added that differences can be resolved only through dialogue.

Many world leaders, including religious leaders, have called on Moscow and Kiev to resolve their issues diplomatically.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced the launch of an operation to eliminate what he called a serious threat to his country, citing the need to “denazify” Ukraine and accusing its Western-backed leadership of genocide against Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine.

Western countries have announced a barrage of sanctions on Russia, including blacklisting its banks and banning technology exports. But they have stopped short of forcing it out of the SWIFT system for international bank payments, because it would harm their own economies.

At the United Nations, Russia vetoed a draft Security Council resolution deploring its operation.

Source: ABNA24

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Ansarullah: US, Israel Use Some Arab States as Tools to Plot against Muslims

 

Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi

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February 28, 2022

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says the United States and Israel use certain regional Arab states as tools to implement their plots against the Muslim world.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi was speaking during a televised speech broadcast live from the capital Sana’a on Sunday, while addressing a ceremony held to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who was assassinated by forces loyal to slain former Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh back in 2004.

Criticizing certain Arab states for their inaction toward the plots hatched against the Muslim world by the US and its regional ally, Israel, the Ansarullah leader said, the US and the Zionist regime have actually no respect for the regimes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which have already taken steps to normalize ties with Tel Aviv or are considering plans to do so.

“The US and Zionists view regional Arab states only as expendable tools to implement their plots” against the Muslim world,” Houthi said, denouncing “some traitor Arab states for collaborating with US, Israeli plots.

The Ansarullah chief then stressed that Washington only loves and trusts the Israeli regime in the region and will eventually abandon other regimes.

Houthi then warned that US, Zionist enemies “pretend to be friends of people” in our region through propaganda while at the same time they only seek to steal natural and human resources of Muslim nations.

“Enemies seek to prevent Muslim nations’ development and keep them occupied with conflicts, the Ansarullah leader went on to say. Zionists only take advantage of traitors in our region, while they hate people of our region.

Houthi touched on the occupation of Palestinian land by the Zionists, saying they occupied Palestinian territories based on “fabricated religious scripts” and that their lobby in the world is the “main instigator of conflicts in our region.” He said the Zionist lobby has taken control of Western states to a large extent.

The Ansarullah chief emphasized that enemies seek to create religious supremacy for the Zionists in our region and that they want to take full control of our nations to silence all voices that oppose their plots.

In conclusion, Houthi stated, “We need to be steadfast to stand against enemies’ projects.”

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, backed by the US and European powers, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces have gradually grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and its allies, most notably the UAE, bogged down in the country.

Source: ABNA24

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European Union Reacts To the Taliban’s Home Search Operations Calling It A Crime

 

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27 Feb 2022

The European Union Ambassador to Afghanistan reacted to the Taliban’s home search operations calling it a crime and urging it must stop.

Von Brant, the European Union Ambassador to Afghanistan in a Twitter message has said to the Taliban that Afghanistan is being watched by the world besides the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

The intimidations, house searches, arrests, and violence against members of different ethnic groups and women are crimes and must stop immediately, Von Brant tweeted.

Despite Putin’s war, we are watching you, he has added.

This comes as the Taliban have launched comprehensive home search operations in Kabul since last week. The move has been widely criticized in the media and on social media platforms by the citizens, journalists, and civil society members watching Afghanistan from outside.

Source: Khaama Press

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 Pakistan

 Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan opposes ‘Aurat March’, says it is against Islamic norms

27 February, 2022

Islamabad [Pakistan], February 27 (ANI): Pakistan’s opposition party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has voiced its opposition to the Aurat March, women’s rights movement in Pakistan saying it was against the norms of the society as well as Islam.

This comes at a time when other parties like Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) which are at loggerheads, have also come together to oppose Aurat March.

TLP leader Mohammad Yaqub Saifi on Saturday said the participants of the Aurat March chanted unethical slogans. He further opposed the holding of the march on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on March 8, reported the Dawn.

Earlier, ahead of Aurat March that coincides with International Women’s Day, the federal religious affairs minister and a leading light of the JUI-F have both termed it ‘un-Islamic’.

“If any attempts are made for obscenity on March 8 in Islamabad, we will condemn it,” Abdul Majeed Hazarvi, the chief of JUI-F Islamabad wing had warned.

Their argument would have weight if backed by logic, knowledge or even plain common sense but their driver appears to preconceived, archaic notions about a woman’s place in society and outright misogyny.

Source: The Print

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Jamaat-e-Islami leaders likely to call on Chaudhrys

February 28, 2022

LAHORE: The Jamaat-e-Islami has contacted the PML-Q leadership and plans to visit the Lahore residence of Chaudhrys of Gujrat to inquire after the party president Shujaat Hussain.

As per party sources, the JI’s five-member delegation led by Emir Sirajul Haq will visit the Chaudhrys around 1.30pm on Monday (today). Other members of the JI delegation may include Amirul Azeem, Liaquat Baloch, Qaiser Sharif and Dr Farid Piracha, they say.

Source: Dawn

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PPP begins its ‘Awami Long March' from Karachi to Islamabad to force Pakistan PM Khan to quit

Feb 27, 2022

KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP), one of the main opposition parties in the country, on Sunday began its ‘Awami Long March' from Karachi to Islamabad to force Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down.

The long march led by the party's chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto, will pass through 34 major cities before reaching Islamabad on March 8 where the PPP activists would camp outside the parliament.

"The time has come to bring the no-confidence motion against an incompetent and selected government,” Bilawal said while addressing the gathering here.

"The people of Karachi have become fed up with this puppet government which has completed three years and now want a change,” he said while raising slogans of “go selected go” to thunderous applause from the people.

Riding on motorbikes, cars and other modes of transportation, the PPP activists began their long march from the mausoleum of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Bilawal is riding on the same truck which his mother rode when she returned to Pakistan from exile in 2007.

Incidentally, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party on Saturday launched a "Huqooq-e-Sindh” (right of Sindh) march from Ghotki in Sindh to Karachi against the PPP government which rules the southern Sindh province.

Led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the march is against the PPP and wants a change in the province which has been ruled by the PPP for decades now.

"The masses present here to join this march against PPP shows that they want a change and support Prime Minister Khan,” Qureshi said.

Source: Times Of India

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‘Khojaly genocide’ in Azerbaijan was crime against humanity: ministers

February 26, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Members of the federal cabinet called the “Khojaly genocide” in Azerbaijan in 1992 a historical crime against humanity.

Speaking at a seminar on the 30th anniversary of the genocide that was organised by MUSLIM Institute, a think tank, and the Azerbaijan embassy in Islamabad, Minister for Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam and Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan said Pakistan always stood with Baku against the illegal actions of Armenia.

“Pakistan and Azerbaijan are two brotherly Islamic countries which are closely related to each other in the spirit of Islam,” Imam said in a statement issued by the MUSLIM Institute.

Khan said relations between the two countries are based on mutual trust and Pakistan has always given full moral and diplomatic support to Azerbaijan without any interest in the war caused by Armenia’s illegal occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Pakistan has always supported the principle stance of Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabakh, that’s why Pakistan has not recognised Armenia to date. This position of Pakistan is in fact in line with the ideas of Muhammad Ali Jinnah,” he said.

The seminar was also attended by the Turkish Ambassador in Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Khazar Farhadov, MUSLIM Institute chairman Sahibzada Sultan and Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor Professor Muhammad Ali Shah.

The speakers also urged the international community to take action against the perpetrators of a 1992 massacre carried out by Armenian forces in Khojaly, Nagorno-Karabakh that left more than 600 people dead.

On February 26, 1992, with the Soviet Union just dissolved, Armenian forces took control of the town of Khojaly in occupied Karabakh after battering it with heavy artillery and tanks, assisted by infantry.

The massacre is seen as one of the bloodiest atrocities by Armenian forces against Azerbaijani civilians in the Karabakh region, which was liberated by Azerbaijan forces in November 2020 after decades of occupation.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pakistan urges de-escalation through dialogue, diplomacy

Amir Wasim

February 28, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday held a telephonic conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba and expressed “serious concerns” over the situation after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and called for de-escalation through dialogue and diplomacy.

According to an official statement issued by the Foreign Office, Mr Qureshi during telephonic talk shared Pakistan’s perspective in detail at the situation, “underscoring the importance of de-escalation and stressing the indispensability of diplomacy”.

The foreign minister noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his recent visit to Moscow had regretted the latest situation between Russia and Ukraine and said Pakistan hoped diplomacy could avert a military conflict.

Mr Qureshi told the Ukrainian foreign minister that conflict was not in anyone’s interest and that developing countries were always hit the hardest economically in case of a conflict. He underlined Pakistan’s belief that disputes should be resolved through “dialogue and diplomacy”.

Qureshi phones Ukrainian FM; 411 more Pakistanis evacuated from war-hit country; 21 return home; PIA to operate two special flights to Warsaw

Mr Qureshi also took up the important matter of evacuation of Pakistani community and students in Ukraine and their safe return to Pakistan. He appreciated the role played by the Ukrainian authorities in the evacuation process.

Evacuation

According to Pakistan’s embassy in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv, there were 3,000 students in Ukraine and majority of them had left the country. It said efforts were being made to evacuate 600-700 more students.

As many as 411 more Pakistanis, including 12 family members of the embassy staff, were evacuated on Sunday. There were 143 Pakistanis on the border posts and 15 at Lyiv and Ternopil reception desks. Another 101 Pakistanis were on their way to Lyiv from various other cities, including Kharkiv, Poltava and Kyiv.

The embassy claimed that nearly 90 per cent evacuation had been completed to ‘safe zone’ and the remaining would be completed in the next couple of days. The embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are actively engaging the Ukrainian government to expedite the process.

According to the statistics released by the embassy, as many as 358 Pakistanis were evacuated to Poland, 22 to Romania, six to Slovakia, three to Hungary and one Pakistani to Moldova. The statement said 21 Pakistanis had been brought back to Pakistan.

An earlier statement of the embassy said that the mission had been providing accommodation to the students in Ternopil. It said night curfew had been imposed in different cities, including Kharkiv, Lyiv, Ternopil and Kyiv.

It said that currently there was no safe place in Ukraine and even cities like Lyiv and Ternopil that were in the west of Ukraine had been hit.

“The government of Ukraine is dysfunctional, yet the embassy is making all-out efforts to facilitate evacuation of Pakistanis from the country,” said the statement.

Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was all set to launch an evacuation plan to airlift Pakistani students standard in Poland.

Speaking at a news conference in Taxila, the minister said the Pakistanis would be airlifted from Warsaw, the capital of Poland, as landing on another airport near the Poland-Ukraine border was not possible due to technical reasons. He said Pakistan had initially planned to send two special flights of Boeing-777 to Warsaw to bring back Pakistanis, mostly students.

Pak-UK relations

Foreign Minister Qureshi received a telephone call from Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister for South Asia, North Africa, the UN and the Commonwealth at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on Sunday.

The two sides, according to an FO statement, exchanged views on Pakistan-UK relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Mr Qureshi reiterated the importance Pakistan attached to its good relations and close cooperation with the UK and other European partners. He expressed the hope that the next round of strategic dialogue with the UK would take place in near future.

The two sides reiterated their resolve to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.

Source: Dawn

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Archbishop of Canterbury calls for peace, religious harmony

Ali Hazrat Bacha

February 28, 2022

PESHAWAR: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby participated in Sunday mass at All Saints Church here and gave a message of peace and religious harmony to people, especially in the context of war between Russia and Ukraine.

During his brief visit to Peshawar, he met with the relatives of the members of Christian community, who were killed in acts of terrorism. He was accompanied by Special Representative of Prime Minister for Interfaith Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi and President of Church of Pakistan Bishop Azad Marshal.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby also laid the foundation stone of peace and interfaith reconciliation centre at All Saints Church, Kohati Gate.

Justin Welby participates in Sunday mass at All Saints Church

A large number of members of Christian community including priests of different churches attended the Sunday mass. The guests were offered traditional gifts. Pakistan Council of World Religions Faith Friends representatives headed by Qari Rohullah Madani were also present on the occasion.

All Saints Church Vicar Shahzad Murad, Bishop of Diocese of Peshawar Humphrey Sarfraz Peter welcomed the guests and briefed them about the twin-bombing at All Saints Church Kohati Gate that took place on September 22, 2013 and about murder of a priest of Chamkani church William Siraj on January 31, 2022.

Tahir Ashrafi said that archbishop of Canterbury was a spiritual leader of Christians and was being respected and loved all over the world. He said that people and government of Pakistan welcomed the archbishop as his visit would promote interfaith harmony in the country.

Pastor Shahzad Murad told Dawn that archbishop of Canterbury was on a three-day visit to Pakistan. He came to Peshawar for a short visit to express solidarity with the heirs of the members of Christian community, who were killed in different incidents of terrorism.

“He participated in the Sunday mass and gave a message of peace and religious harmony, especially in the context of war between Russia and Ukraine. He urged the international community to work for peace, religious harmony and protection of each other rights,” said Shazad Murad.

He said that work on the peace and interfaith reconciliation centre had been started in 2004 to promote religious harmony. He said that followers of different religions were members of the centre.

Meanwhile, strict security measures were in place across the city to avert any untoward incident. Personnel of army and police were deputed in a large number on City Circular Road and Kohati area.

Roads were temporarily closed to traffic when the convoy of the archbishop was passing. Fork-lifters were also deputed in different areas that were lifting vehicles from roadsides on the route of the archbishop’s convoy.

Source: Dawn

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Pak-Afghan trade activities resume as Chaman border reopens

Saleem Shahid

February 28, 2022

QUETTA: The Chaman-Spin Buldak border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which was closed after clashes between the two countries’ forces began last week, was reopened on Sunday morning.

All hurdles have been removed from both sides of the Friendship Gate on the border.

The border was reopened after a delegation of ulema from Chaman headed by tribal elder Molvi Haji Faizullah Nourzai held negotiations with Kandahar Governor Yousef Wafa and other Taliban leaders.

Sources said that the ulema delegation also remained in contact with senior Pakistani officials during their talks with Afghan officials.

“Our negotiation remained fruitful and resulted in opening of the border,” Mufti Mohammad Qasim, spokesman for the Ulema delegation, said.

He said the delegation conveyed a message of goodwill from Pakistani authorities to the Kandahar governor and other Taliban leaders.

He said the people involved in trade from both sides were facing financial losses due to the closure of the bother.

According to Mufti Qasim, “both sides regretted the clashes which caused loss of lives from both sides”.

He said a flag meeting between border officials from both sides is expected in a couple of days to resolve the issue which caused the clashes. Direct talks between senior officials of the two countries would help in reducing tension in border areas on both sides, he added.

Mufti Qasim hoped the situation would improve in the coming days.

After opening of the border traffic was also restored which was suspended on Feb 24.

A large number of trucks carrying Afghan transit trade goods, import and export items, fresh fruits and vegetables crossed the border.

Hundreds of Pakistani and Afghan nationals, who were stranded on both sides of the border, also returned to their countries. They included women and children.

Source: Dawn

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JI continues campaign to drum up support for Karachi Rights Caravan

February 27, 2022

KARACHI: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), in connection with the Karachi Rights Movement, continues its door to door campaign to drum up support for the upcoming Karachi Rights Caravans to be taken out all across the city.

The caravans will be taken out on daily basis at one after another area of the megalopolis. The activity will be started in the first week of March.

For the past several days, JI workers have been approaching people across the city to update them in connection with the JI’s Karachi Rights Movement and to invite them to the caravans.

Meanwhile, protest demonstrations were held across the city, demanding the provincial government to curb the rising and deadly street crimes.

Source: Pakistan Today

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North America

 

US announces plans to ease restrictions on Afghanistan

26 February 2022

The United States has announced plans to ease its sanctions for businesses in Afghanistan as the people face food insecurity and hunger there following the two-decade-long US war of aggression against the impoverished country.  

The UN World Food Program (WFP) warned recently that almost all people in Afghanistan “do not have enough to eat," after the US invaded and occupied the country following the 9/11 attacks in the US. Afghanistan had nothing to do with the attacks.

The US Treasury Department ease of sanctions is the seventh so-called general license to aid Afghanistan, clarifying the institutions and sectors of the Kabul government with which entities can do business without violating the harsh economic sanctions imposed on the Afghan nation following the US military's abrupt exit and the subsequent Taliban's sudden seizure of the country in August 2021.

“The license will ensure US sanctions do not stand in the way of transactions and activities needed to provide aid and support the basic human needs of the people of Afghanistan. They reflect our deep commitment to supporting the people of Afghanistan during this ongoing humanitarian and economic crisis,” a senior Biden administration official was quoted as saying on Friday.

The US Treasury's previously issued general licenses had mainly outlined how nonprofit organizations were allowed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The new general license, however, allows banking, infrastructure development and maintenance, commercial trade, safety and maintenance operations for transportation systems, and telecommunications to operate.

The Treasury's waiver comes after US President Joe Biden issued an executive order authorizing the release of half of the $7 billion in frozen Afghan funds held in the US for humanitarian aid to be made available for a possible payment to victims of the September 11 attacks. Biden's' move met with angry reaction in Kabul.

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Pakistani killed in US during carjacking

Anwar Iqbal

February 28, 2022

WASHINGTON: Abdul Rauf, a popular member of the Pakistani community in the Washington DC area, was fatally shot on Saturday night in Maryland’s Oxon Hill neighbourhood during a carjacking.

Mr Rauf’s friends and relatives said that the carjackers tried to snatch his car and shot him three times from a close range when he resisted. He died on the spot. The robbers took his car.

Two years ago, Mr Rauf received a bravery award from the Alexandria police department for rescuing a woman officer from local hooligans who were attacking her with iron rods.

For 18 years, his Chutney restaurant was the centre of the cultural and social activities of the Pakistani and Indian communities in the Washington DC area.

Last year, another Pakistani, Mohammad Anwar, 66, was also killed during a carjacking in Washington’s Nationals Park area. Two teenagers were arrested for his murder.

Source: Dawn

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Arab World

 

UAE official Gargash says UAE encourages political solution to Ukraine conflict

27 February ,2022

The diplomatic adviser to the UAE president Anwar Gargash said on Sunday that the UAE rejects military solutions and encourages a political settlement to the Ukraine conflict.

“We believe that taking sides will only lead to more violence. [When it comes to] the Ukraine crisis, our priorities are encouraging all sides to adopt diplomacy and negotiations to reach a political settlement that ends this [conflict],” Gargash said on Twitter.

He also said that the UAE has a “firm stance” regarding the basic principles of the UN, international law and sovereignty of countries.

Gargash added that the “sharp polarization” which the world faces as a result of the conflict in Ukraine “increases the factors of instability.”

“Based on our experience in a region full of conflicts, we [believe] that [reaching] political solutions and creating balances that strengthen security and stability are the best way to confront crises and mitigate their consequences,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing amid Ukraine crisis

26 February ,2022

Russia sees its military coordination with Israel over Syria continuing, the Russian embassy said on Saturday, after Moscow signaled displeasure with Israeli statements about the Ukraine crisis.

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a “deconfliction mechanism” with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighboring Arab state.

“Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,” the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

But while voicing support for Israel’s security needs, it also reiterated opposition to violations of Syrian sovereignty.

The Israeli military, asked about prospects for continued coordination with Russia over Syria, said only that its forces “will act when needed to counter threats, defend the people of Israel and our sovereignty.”

Israel, whose main ally is the United States, condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday as “a serious violation of international order” and has since remained largely muted on Moscow’s actions.

In response, Moscow - which calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” - summoned the Israeli ambassador for talks. Russia’s UN mission restated opposition to Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights. Israel captured the strategic plateau from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed it, a move that won US recognition in 2019.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Crown Prince discusses Ukraine developments, energy market with France’s Macron

28 February ,2022

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the developments in the Ukraine war and its repercussions on the energy markets with France’s President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Sunday, state news agency SPA reported.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and opportunities for developing cooperation in various fields.

“They also discussed the latest regional and international developments and the efforts exerted in their regard, especially the promotion of international peace and security,” SPA reported.

“During the call, they discussed the situation in Ukraine and the impact of the crisis on energy markets. The Crown Prince affirmed the Kingdom's keenness on the stability and balance of oil markets and the Kingdom's commitment to the (OPEC+) agreement.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Arab Coalition intercepts drone targeting Jizan, no damage, injuries reported

26 February ,2022

The Arab Coalition has said that a booby-trapped drone that took off from Sana’a’s International Airport fell in the Jidian village in Jizan, Saudi Arabia, without causing injuries or damage, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday.

The Coalition reported that the drone attack was deliberately targeting civilians.

The Arab Coalition conducted 28 targeted strikes in Yemen’s Hajjah on Wednesday, in an attempt to deter the Iran-backed Houthis, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Source: Al Arabiya

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No safe paths out of Ukraine for Lebanese nationals: Beirut

Stephanie Rady

26.02.2022

BEIRUT

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib said Saturday there are no safe paths out of Ukraine for Lebanese nationals stranded in the country.

“The Lebanese who are currently present there are advised to stay in safe places until things clear up,” he said following his meeting with Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

He added that Lebanese nationals who have sought refuge in Poland and Romania will be evacuated “at a date to be determined later.”

"As for the Lebanese who have decided to head to the border crossings at their responsibility, they are urged to take utmost care and caution in order to preserve their safety," Bou Habib added.

Estimates put the number of Lebanese nationals in Ukraine at around 4,000, including 1,000 students.

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine entered its third day on Saturday, with latest reports indicating clashes between Russian and Ukrainian troops in Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military intervention Thursday, days after recognizing two separatist-held enclaves in eastern Ukraine. He claimed that Moscow had no plan to occupy its western neighbor, but wanted to “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Ukrainians in Saudi Arabia speak of dread and angst

ZAID KHASHOGJI & SALEH FAREED

February 27, 2022

RIYADH/JEDDAH: Ukrainians living in Saudi Arabia have been watching the news, concerned for the safety of their families and friends, and alarmed by events in their home country.

“Missiles, sirens all the time, explosions in this area, and bomb shelters,” said 23-year-old Ukrainian Kateryna Tkachenko, who lives in Jeddah. “This is all the news that we've been getting since it began.”

The Russia-Ukraine crisis has devastated and displaced many, with explosions lighting up the skies and air raid sirens sounding throughout the country.

Those who spoke to Arab News shared their feelings of dread and angst as they received frantic calls from loved ones back home, describing the situation as “devastating.”

Tkachenko said her friends and family, who decided to stay in their homes, had placed blankets and mattresses in the corridor and put tape on the windows so the glass would not shatter in the event of an explosion.

“My loved one is in the center of Kyiv at the moment. He couldn't go to the shelter because his collarbone is broken,” Tkachenko told Arab News. “He stayed home alone, and so far, it's the safest place he can make for himself.”

With hopes of the COVID-19 pandemic ending soon, Tkachenko said that she and her friends had begun discussing their futures, choosing career paths, and all that had come to a standstill.

Olena Solodovnyk, 28, works at a beauty salon in Jeddah. She said she and her family members could not believe a war was happening and felt completely powerless.

“My whole family is in different cities and I am very worried about their fate. It is not easy to understand what’s happening with this situation, you cannot do anything,” Solodovnyk told Arab News. “I thank God that my parents are now in Pavlograd and are safe, but we pray and worry about my sister with children who live near Kyiv.”

Pavlograd is a city and municipality in central east Ukraine, located within the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. It is the administrative center of Pavlograd Raion with a population of around 100,000.

“Some of my relatives could leave the country or go west to the Carpathians (a mountain range across central and eastern Europe),” Solodovnyk said. “The worst thing is my friends, who are now in Kyiv and hide in bomb shelters and spend the night in the subway.

“Every day of my life starts with the fact that I call and write to everyone, to make sure they’re alive. What is happening now is terrible. It changes your attitude toward life and values.

“It's just so scary because you come to realize that every time you say 'I love you' or ‘Goodnight' or ‘Please take care' or ‘Stay safe,’ it might be the last time or the last words you're telling this person,” said Tkachenko.

Irina Bloxham who has been living in the Kingdom for 22 years, has been following the news closely from Riyadh. She told Arab News: “We are very concerned about what's going to happen to our families — to Ukraine in general. And on the other hand, it's: ‘What can we do for our country?’”

Bloxham, who works as the recreation manager of Braira, a valley resort in Riyadh, added: “Besides being concerned for my family back home, I’m just afraid that they will absolutely destroy the country and the nation, but we are strong and Ukraine will be free soon.”

Bloxham, who is originally from Kharkiv near the Russian border, said that being away from home made it very difficult at this critical time and that, while they were scared, they were very proud of how the Ukrainian people, army men, women and children were handling the threat.

“We are not defeated, we are fighters and we are braves,” she said.

Jeddah resident Alyona Malinovskaya told Arab News that nobody expected war to break out. She said she saw the news online while at home.

Although she left the country three years ago, she still had family and friends living in Ukraine.Since the crisis between Russia and Ukraine escalated, she had been in communication with her family every three hours every day in order to make sure they were alright.

Source: Arab News

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Assad’s adviser: West left Russia with no choice, Russia entitled to launch deterrent military operation in Ukraine

28 February 2022

An adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has stressed that Western countries left Russia with no choice other than to launch a military operation in Ukraine as they failed to honor their commitments and the US-led NATO kept expanding eastward.

According to Syria’s official news agency (SANA), Bouthaina Shaaban said in an interview with Syria's al-Ikhbariyah TV channel that the Russian military operation was “a necessary step” to preserve Russia’s national security and interests.

She emphasized that the West left Russia with no other option in Ukraine after it reneged on its commitments not to expand NATO eastward.

Assad’s aide attributed the current crisis in Ukraine to decades of accumulation of tensions in the Russia-West relationship.

She added that when former US President George H. W. Bush and his Secretary of State James Baker led negotiations with the former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev on the entry of United Germany into NATO, Moscow accepted the admission under the condition that “NATO does not move one inch eastward”, but it has since expanded to include 30 member countries.

Shaaban also referred to the misleading coverage of the conflict in Western media, saying “Moscow can’t accept that Kiev becomes a member of NATO” or that its neighbor hosts nuclear weapons “because that means the destruction of Russia.”

The Russian military campaign came to “avoid a greater loss”, she added.

The adviser also questioned whether Washington would accept a similar scenario in which its neighbor, Mexico, joins a military alliance with Russia.

Noting that US sanctions against countries such as Russia and Syria violate international law, Shaaban said that it is therefore “unacceptable” that Western countries speak about a Russian violation of international law.

She also expressed hope that the Ukraine conflict would herald a “global transformation” for the benefit of the nations and the end of the last stage of “the colonial mindset” and that the crisis would push the people to recognize the urgent need for a new global system that respects the sovereignty of the countries and ties between them.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” aimed at the “demilitarization” of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics in eastern Ukraine.

The regions broke away from Ukraine in 2014 after refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government that had overthrown a democratically-elected Russia-friendly administration.

Source: Press TV

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Mideast

 

Turkey, Pakistan pursue world’s first ‘Islamic world’ fighter

By GABRIEL HONRADA

FEBRUARY 28, 2022

Turkey and Pakistan are teaming up to develop a 5th generation stealth fighter in a bid to replace their aging US-made F-16 fleets.

In a Pakistani TV interview this month, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) CEO Temel Kotil announced the Turkish Fighter Experimental (TF-X) will be a joint Turkish-Pakistan project.

The TF-X, first announced in 2016, is envisioned to be a twin-engine multirole aircraft focused on air-to-air capabilities but will also have air-to-surface roles.

It is also planned to use a mixture of US and Russian technologies, as Turkey license-produces the US General Electric F118 engine, and Russia can provide the necessary avionics, propulsion system, radar, sensors, ejection seat and data link systems.

Describing how the fighter jet will be developed, Pakistani Air Vice-Marshal Rizwan Riaz said the Turkey-based development team offloads smaller pieces of work to students and researchers based in Pakistan. Project components are divided into smaller tasks, after which they are integrated.

CEO Kotil added that some of TUSAS’ operations will move to Pakistan this year as part of activities to further improve defense industry cooperation between the two countries.

Pakistan has its own indigenous 5th generation fighter jet project under its ambitious Project Azm, which aims to establish an aviation industrial base in the country. It was formally announced in 2017 and aims to produce a fighter that can carry heavier payloads and boast a greater range than the JF-17.

Analysts believe the type will be a clean-sheet design powered by an advanced derivative of the Chinese WS-10 jet engine, possess low-observable characteristics and will be optimized for offensive counter-air (OCA), maritime and deep-strike platforms.

It is intended to replace Pakistan’s aging F-16s and Mirage IIIs. However, both Turkey and Pakistan face issues in developing their own 5th generation fighters.

For Turkey, the choice of a US engine for the TF-X may be too optimistic, as the US Congress will most likely block jet engine technology transfers to Turkey as part of sanctions imposed over its purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems in 2017.

That Russian hardware purchase also caused Turkey to be removed from the US’ F-35 program and raised concerns of possible restrictions on US parts and technical assistance for its large F-16 fleet.

In the case of Pakistan, Project Azm’s stated objectives and deadlines are imprecise and frequently changing, which hints at questionable budget and technological resources. While Pakistan has produced the JF-17 in collaboration with China, it has never produced an aircraft by itself.

Pakistan’s struggling economy and depleted finances also means it has limited resources to spare for such an ambitious project. Moreover, both countries have a limited technology base, which may be insufficient for the development of 5th generation fighters.

Despite all these challenges, both Turkey and Pakistan have their reasons for pursuing the joint fighter project. As Pakistan is slated to operate the J-10C fighter, Turkey may be poised to pursue collaboration with Islamabad to gain access to China’s fighter technology.

Apart from fighter jets, China has supplied Pakistan with other advanced military equipment including tanks, rocket artillery, surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), radar, submarines and frigates.

In 2015, Turkey chose China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation as a partner to develop a long-range SAM system in a US$3.4 billion deal, but later canceled it due to Chinese concerns of unauthorized Turkish copying and NATO pressure.

Some analysts have suggested the proposed but later scuppered deal may have been a bluff to pressure the US over its support of the Kurds in Syria.

By using Pakistan as a third intermediary party, Turkey may aim to circumvent the sensitivities of the US and NATO by directly engaging China to acquire sophisticated military technology.

This joint project also aims to enhance already substantial Turkish-Pakistani defense cooperation, as Turkey is building four MILGEM frigates for Pakistan and has modernized Pakistan’s French-built Agosta class submarines.

Such collaboration would showcase Turkey as an emerging alternative weapons supplier. Notable high-end Turkish defense products include Bayraktar drones, which have been exported to Azerbaijan and Ukraine, and its STM-500 mini-submarines, which are planned for export.

Source: Asia Times

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Yemen’s Houthi: US, Israel use some Arab states as tools to plot against Muslims

27 February 2022

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says the United States and Israel use certain regional Arab states as tools to implement their plots against the Muslim world.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi was speaking during a televised speech broadcast live from the capital Sana’a on Sunday, while addressing a ceremony held to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who was assassinated by forces loyal to slain former Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh back in 2004.

Criticizing certain Arab states for their inaction toward the plots hatched against the Muslim world by the US and its regional ally, Israel, the Ansarullah leader said, the US and the Zionist regime have actually no respect for the regimes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which have already taken steps to normalize ties with Tel Aviv or are considering plans to do so.

“The US and Zionists view regional Arab states only as expendable tools to implement their plots” against the Muslim world,” Houthi said, denouncing “some traitor Arab states for collaborating with US, Israeli plots.

The Ansarullah chief then stressed that Washington only loves and trusts the Israeli regime in the region and will eventually abandon other regimes.

Houthi then warned that US, Zionist enemies “pretend to be friends of people” in our region through propaganda while at the same time they only seek to steal natural and human resources of Muslim nations.

“Enemies seek to prevent Muslim nations’ development and keep them occupied with conflicts, the Ansarullah leader went on to say. Zionists only take advantage of traitors in our region, while they hate people of our region.

Houthi touched on the occupation of Palestinian land by the Zionists, saying they occupied Palestinian territories based on “fabricated religious scripts” and that their lobby in the world is the “main instigator of conflicts in our region.” He said the Zionist lobby has taken control of Western states to a large extent.

The Ansarullah chief emphasized that enemies seek to create religious supremacy for the Zionists in our region and that they want to take full control of our nations to silence all voices that oppose their plots.

In conclusion, Houthi stated, “We need to be steadfast to stand against enemies’ projects.”

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, backed by the US and European powers, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

Source: Press TV

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Islamic Jihad Blames Israel for Assassination Attempt Against Its Official

2022-February-27

Palestinian media reported that Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan had been targeted in a shooting attack by armed assailants in the West Bank city of Nablus on Saturday.

He was visiting the families of the three Palestinians recently martyred in Nablus when he came under attack.

Adnan was unharmed, but the brothers of the three martyrs were injured in the failed assassination attempt.

Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ziyad Al-Nakhalah expressed outrage at the incident, saying it was a "clear crime" and that the "Zionist intelligence" was behind it.

He also warned that the group considered the assassination attempt an attack against itself and thus would "act accordingly".

The Hamas resistance movement condemned the incident as well, saying that it held the Palestinian Authority's security services "fully responsible" for it.

This crime, it added, shows that  the Palestinians to stand firm as the threats posed by the occupying regime are on the rise.

Adnan stated that "mercenaries" fired at him and a group of other Islamic Jihad members, who were accompanying him during the visit, according to SAFA news agency.

Source: Fars News Agency

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FM: Iran Sticking to Redlines in Vienna Talks

2022-February-27

Iran seeks a good agreement through the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital on the revival of the 2015 deal, but is determined not to cross its headlines, Amir Abdollahian said in the phone talks on Saturday night.

During the conversation, the two sides discussed the latest situation of the talks that are aimed at reviving the landmark deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Amir Abdollahian also expressed gratitude for the efforts made by the EU's foreign policy chief and his deputy, Enrique Mora, who is also the coordinator of the JCPOA revival talks.

"It is the Islamic Republic's final decision not to cross its red lines" during the Vienna talks, Iran's foreign minister emphasized.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir Abdollahian called it necessary for the opposite side in the Vienna talks to take the required “political decision” that could pave the way for the achievement of an agreement.

“Iran is after a good agreement, but [one that would be] within the framework of [the country’s] national interests and does not violate its red lines,” the top diplomat said.

Amir Abdollahian and Borrell stressed that the talks have reached a sensitive and important juncture, adding that all the negotiating parties have gone the major part of the distance that they should cover.

“Some important issues remain that could be resolved if the Western side adopted a realistic approach that would lead to realization of a final agreement,” the Iranian foreign minister noted.

Borrell, for his part, affirmed that the Vienna talks have reached a decisive point at which all the concerned parties are needed to take serious decisions.

Following the phone call, Iran's top diplomat took to Twitter, saying that he had discussed the draft of a possible agreement in Vienna with the EU's foreign policy chief in a serious manner.

He added that all participating parties in the Vienna talks are trying to reach a good deal, adding, however, that "Our red lines are made clear to western parties".

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- started talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna last April on the assumption that the US, under the Joe Biden administration, is willing to repeal the so-called maximum pressure policy.

Tehran says it will not settle for anything less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. It also wants guarantees that Washington would not abandon the agreement again.

The eighth round of talks between Tehran and the G4+1 group of countries continues in Vienna on the JCPOA revival and removal of sanctions.

Last Sunday, the Iranian legislators issued a statement, calling on the administration of President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi to adhere to Iran’s red lines as the talks inched forward in Vienna.

They said the US government and its European allies had shown that they were not bound by any agreement over the past few years, so Iran was obliged to learn from the experience and set clear red lines.

Source: Fars News Agency

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President Rayeesi: NATO Expansion Main Threat to Independent States' Security

2022-February-26

The Iranian president made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"The eastward expansion of NATO is a source of tension," President Rayeesi said during the phone talk.

"The continued expansion of NATO is a serious threat against the stability and security of independent countries in various regions” of the world," the Iranian president added.

The Russian president, for his part, said what is happening in Ukraine is "a legitimate response" to several decades of violation of security agreements by the West and its efforts to undermine his country’s security.

The phone call came amid Russia's military operation in the eastern parts of Ukraine, which started after Putin said he had ordered the Russian Federation's military to carry out a “special military operation” in the Donbass region.

Putin’s order came after the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Donbass region asked the Kremlin for military assistance in response to what they called “Ukrainian aggression".

In 2014, Ukraine’s two regions of Donetsk and Lugansk were turned into self-proclaimed republics by ethnic Russians, leading to a bloody conflict between the government forces and the armed separatists.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Turkey, overseeing passage to Black Sea, calls Russian invasion ‘war’

27 February ,2022

Turkey called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “war” on Sunday in a rhetorical shift that could pave the way for the NATO member nation to enact an international pact limiting Russian naval passage to the Black Sea.

Under the 1936 Montreux Convention, Turkey has control over the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits that connect the Mediterranean and Black seas and can limit the passage of warships during wartime or if threatened.

Balancing its Western commitments and close ties to Moscow, Ankara has said the Russian attack is unacceptable but until Sunday had not described the situation as a war.

“On the fourth day of the Ukraine war, we repeat President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s call for an immediate halt of Russian attacks and the start of ceasefire negotiations,” presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.

Fahrettin Altun, Turkey’s communications director, said “we are witnessing yet another war in our region,” and repeated Erdogan’s offer to mediateKyiv has appealed to Ankara to block any more Russian warships from passing toward the Black Sea, from which Moscow has launched one of its incursions on Ukraine’s southern coast.

But Turkey’s foreign minister said on Friday that Russia had the right under Montreux to return ships to their home base, which could limit any Turkish policy shift.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Palestinian lawmaker: In harming al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel playing with fire

27 February 2022

A Palestinian lawmaker has denounced Israel’s restrictive and provocative measures at al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, saying the regime is “playing with fire.”

Ahmed Attoun, a legislator from al-Quds, recently described the Mosque as “a red line” and warned that the occupying regime had burned itself and adopted a policy of self-destruction. He said the Palestinian resistance would always be ready to repel Israeli aggression against the holy site.

“The occupation imposes millions of Shekels on the Jerusalemites, demolishes their homes, and forces them to pay exorbitant taxes and fines. All its institutions, including its security agencies, agree on persecuting the Jerusalemite citizen,” the lawmaker said.

He also defined Israel’s policy of Judaization of East al-Quds, its settlement expansion, and the forced displacement of Palestinian families as “a naked aggression and an open war.”

“The occupation is waging an open war against our identity and existence, and is trying to falsify the history and visual identity of al-Quds through its settlement construction in the Old City and near the al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Israeli legislators and settlers regularly intrude into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, infuriating Palestinians. Such mass settler break-ins almost always take place at the behest of Tel Aviv-backed temple groups and under the auspices of the Israeli police in al-Quds.

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

The Jewish visitation of al-Aqsa is permitted, but according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government in the wake of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967, non-Muslim worship at the compound is prohibited.

In May 2021, frequent acts of violence against Palestinian worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque led to an 11-day war between Palestinian resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip and the Israeli regime, during which the regime killed at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.

Source: Press TV

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Hamas delegation, Hezbollah chief meet to discuss latest developments in Palestine

27 February 2022

A leading delegation of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has met with the Secretary-General of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to discuss the latest bout of Israeli aggression in Palestinian territories.

The delegation, led by the deputy head of the movement's political bureau, Saleh al-Arouri, met and exchanged views on Saturday with Nasrallah and other Hezbollah’s officials on the latest events in Palestine, particularly Israel’s right violations against Palestinians and the regime’s attacks on Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the occupied East al-Quds.

Sheikh Jarrah has been the scene of frequent crackdowns by Israeli forces on the Palestinians protesting against the planned expulsion of dozens of Palestinian families from their homes in favor of Israeli settler groups.

Since Israel seized East al-Quds in a 1967 war, Israeli settler organizations have claimed ownership of land in Sheikh Jarrah and have filed multiple lawsuits to force Palestinians from the area. Much of the international community considers the Israeli settlement structures illegal under international law due to their construction on occupied territory.

The two sides also discussed on Saturday “the horizon of the existing conflict between the Axis of Resistance and the temporary Zionist entity," as well as the latest political situation in the region, according to Hezbollah-affiliated media.

The participants in the meeting stressed the stability and solidity of the Axis of Resistance in the face of all pressures and threats, saying, “Great hopes were placed on it.”

The two sides pointed to the strength of the relationship between Hezbollah and Hamas, and underlined the expansion of cooperation and coordination between the two parties.

They reiterated their rejection of the entire agreements opposing the Palestinian cause, calling on countries normalizing relations with Israel to reverse their course as the move would “harm the Palestinian cause and only served the Zionist entity.”

They also hailed Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails as individuals who are waging a new battle against the occupying regime, calling for solidarity with the prisoners.

Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions lacking proper hygienic standards. Palestinian inmates have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.

There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been incarcerated without charge. Some prisoners have been held in so-called administrative detention for up to 11 years.

Source: Press TV

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One big lesson from Ukraine conflict is that era of US unilateralism has ended, Hamas official says

27 February 2022

A senior member of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement says the international community should draw lessons from the increasingly complicated Russia-Ukraine crisis, one of which is that the era of American unilateralism is over.

“One lesson of the Russian-Ukrainian war is that the era of 'US unipolar domination' has ended. The US was not in a position to declare war on Russia because it is not the sole decision maker in international politics. Here we can talk about the future of the Zionist entity,” Hamas political bureau member, Musa Abu Marzouk, wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page.

Ukrainians in Gaza living in a constant state of anxiety

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian community in the Gaza Strip has been living in a state of panic ever since the first moments of the war.

Ashraf al-Nimr, the official in charge of the community, said he is communicating with the Ukrainian consulate in the West Bank city of Ramallah to get information about the latest developments in the Eastern European country.

He said that the Ukrainian community is one of the largest in the Gaza Strip, with more than 800 people.

“Most of the residents are doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and engineers. This community is deeply attached to its country, and it is therefore following up on all the developments. But all we can do is pray for peace,” Nimr said.

Svetlana al-Farra, a Ukrainian doctor who lives in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis, said, “I fear for everyone. My sister told me that she took my mother to stay at one of the neighbors’ houses, while the rest of my acquaintances are taking refuge in the metro station.”

Imad al-Hassoumi also said that his 40-year-old Ukrainian wife Natalia was “very worried about her brother and aunts. Since the war broke out, she has been communicating with them all the time, and the scenes of the war there terrify her.”

In a televised speech early on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" aimed at “demilitarization” of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine, collectively known as Donbass.

The regions broke away from Ukraine in 2014 after refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government that had overthrown a democratically-elected Russia-friendly administration.

Announcing the operation, Putin said the mission was aimed at “defending people who for eight years are suffering persecution and genocide by the Kiev regime.”

The United Nations Refugee Agency says more than 120,000 Ukrainians have left the country since Russia started the military campaign against Ukraine on February 24.

Nearly 200 people have been killed so far, including civilians, three of whom were children, according to the Ukrainian health ministry.

On Friday, a senior official with the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement referred to the ongoing crisis as an example of Washington’s habit of betraying and abandoning its allies.

“The United States tends to change course and give up assistance, when it realizes its interests are at stake,” Safieddine highlighted.

Source: Press TV

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Ukraine conflict striking example of US habit of abandoning own allies, says Hezbollah official

26 February 2022

As fighting between Ukrainian and Russian military forces rage, a senior official with the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has referred to the ongoing crisis as an example of Washington’s habit of betraying and abandoning its allies.

Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, head of the Executive Council of Hezbollah, said in a ceremony on Friday that it will be tragically wrong to place bets on US support, stressing that Lebanon and the entire Middle East region will head off the existing conflicts once they are truly liberating from the clutches of US hegemony.

“The United States tends to change course and give up assistance, when it realizes its interests are at stake,” Safieddine highlighted.

He added that the United States and some European countries initially provoked Ukraine, but later withdrew their support and the Kiev movement is confronting the Russian military campaign alone.

“US President Joe Biden, having seen how serious the matter is, has announced that he would not be sending forces into Ukraine,” the top Hezbollah official said.

“This is an undeniable fact about the United States as we know here in Lebanon. How many times has it shunned those whom it has deceived and given empty promises to? It has dragged them to the abyss of sedition in Lebanon and then abandoned them,” Safieddine pointed out.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced the launch of an operation to eliminate what he called a serious threat to his country, citing the need to "denazify" Ukraine and accusing its Western-backed leadership of genocide against Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine.

Western countries have announced a barrage of sanctions on Russia, including blacklisting its banks and banning technology exports. But they have stopped short of forcing it out of the SWIFT system for international bank payments, because it would harm their own economies.

At the United Nations, Russia vetoed a draft Security Council resolution deploring its operation.

Source: Press TV

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Europe

 

Ukraine’s president, Christian Orthodox spiritual leader speak by phone

Talha Yavuz  

28.02.2022

KYIV, Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke by phone early Monday with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual head of around 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.

“Thank you for the warm conversation, Your All-Holiness #Bartholomew. Your words are like hands that hold us up in this difficult time. Ukrainians feel the spiritual support and strength of your prayers. We hope for the soonest peace,” Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter after the phone call.

Bartholomew I, the head of Istanbul's Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and the spiritual leader of the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians, released a statement earlier calling for an end to the war with Russia and any acts of violence in Ukraine.

"Indeed, a tragic humanitarian catastrophe has been unfolding in Ukraine for the last 24 hours. A war which, like any war, is an abominable and reprehensible situation. It is the domination of irrationality over reason, hatred over love, darkness over light, death over life.

“We call, and from this position, another church to end the war now! To immediately stop any act of violence, anything that spreads pain and death. Let reason prevail, love for fellow human beings, reconciliation and solidarity, the light of the Risen Christ, the gift of life,” he said in a speech Sunday after the Divine Liturgy.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine entered its fourth day after Moscow launched an attack on Kyiv last Thursday.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Ukrainian president thanks Pope Francis for his ‘spiritual support’

Ali Murat Alhas  

26.02.2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday thanked Pope Francis for his support as Russia launched military intervention.

"(I) thanked Pope Francis for praying for peace in Ukraine and a ceasefire. The Ukrainian people feel the spiritual support of His Holiness," Zelenskyy said in a Twitter post.

Pope Francis had earlier tweeted: "Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God's weapons, with prayer and fasting. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war."

The pontiff also visited the Russian Embassy in Rome on Friday and appealed for “greater space for negotiations.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military intervention on Thursday, a move that has met strong response from the West.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Syria censures US-led smear campaign against Russia to maintain global hegemony

28 February 2022

Syria has strongly condemned the smear campaign of Western countries, in particular the United States, against Russia, saying they are distorting facts, exacerbating the situation, and aggravating the crisis in order to maintain their hegemony over the world.

“The Syrian Arab Republic affirms that Russia has the full right to defend itself and counter imminent dangers to its people in the face of attempts by the West and the US to threaten its national security and undermine its stability,” Syria’s official news agency SANA cited an unnamed official source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry as saying on Sunday.

The source added that Western states and the US in particular, which have violated international law and massacred millions of innocent people through its wars, including the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, are in no position to lecture others about international law.

He called on the international community to stand up against Western and US policies, which constitute a serious threat to international peace and security.

Meanwhile, NATO has escalated its war of words against Russia since Thursday, when President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” aimed at “demilitarization” of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine.

The regions broke away from Ukraine in 2014 after refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government that had overthrown a democratically-elected Russia-friendly administration.

More than 14,000 people have been killed so far across the regions as a result of the conflict that ensued between the Ukrainian military and the pro-Russian separatists.

Announcing the operation, Putin said the mission was aimed at “defending people who for eight years are suffering persecution and genocide by the Kiev regime.”

Attending a United Nations Security Council meeting on Ukraine, the Russian ambassador to the UN slammed the West’s disinformation campaign on the Ukraine conflict, saying Russia’s forces never attack civilians or civilian infrastructure during their operation.

Source: Press TV

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Iran dismisses ambassador to UK over ‘unconventional event’ at London embassy: Report

26 February, 2022

A newspaper close to Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday that the country’s ambassador to the UK has been dismissed due to an “unconventional event” held at Tehran’s embassy in London earlier this month.

The ambassador, Mohsen Baharvand, “is on the change list along with 37 other ambassadors,” the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh as saying on Saturday.

Khatibzadeh did not say why Baharvand, who has been Iran’s ambassador to the UK for under a year, was being replaced. Baharvand’s predecessor, Hamid Baeidineajd, held the post for almost five years.

Iran’s Kayhan newspaper, whose editor-in-chief was appointed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said that “one of the reasons for Baharvand’s dismissal was the holding of an unconventional ceremony at the Iranian embassy (in London).”

Kayhan was referring to an event held at Iran’s embassy in London earlier this month to mark the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution.

In one video from the event shared on social media, some women could be seen without headscarves, which prompted criticism from some Iranian pro-regime users.

By not covering their hair, Kayhan said, the event’s female guests “violated the basic protocols for attending Iranian diplomatic venues.”

Wearing a headscarf and covering all parts of the body was made mandatory for women in Iran soon after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkiye's Orthodox community prays for peace between Ukraine and Russia

Ali Murat Alhas  

27.02.2022

ALANYA, Turkiye

Orthodox Christians in Turkiye's southern Antalya province gathered on Sunday and prayed for peace as military clashes between Ukraine and Russia entered the fourth day.

The prayers were held at a church under the Russian-speaking Orthodox Believers Association in Alanya district, and Moscow Orthodox Priest Dmitri Bogatyr led the event.

"We invite all warring parties to peace. We do not want people to die," he said, adding that the two countries had deep historical relations and peace should prevail so that innocent people would not suffer.

Constantine Sorkin, a Russian citizen, said he was deeply upset with the ongoing war. "I hope that a peace treaty is signed as soon as possible ... We will be the same once there is peace. What matters is the unity and solidarity now," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine on Thursday, a move that has met strong response from the West.

Western powers have imposed financial sanctions on Moscow, and decided to supply Ukraine with weapons and ammunition.

Putin has also ordered his defense chiefs to put "deterrence forces" on high alert, saying major NATO countries have made "aggressive statements" about Russia.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Asia

 

Islamic Emirate's Mujahid Comments House-To-House Searches "Constructive"

Feb 27, 2022

The Islamic Emirate called the recent house-to-house searches "constructive," saying that many weapons and ammunition were captured. Also several Daesh fighters, robbers and kidnappers were captured in the so-called clearing operation. 

Talking at a press conference in Kabul on Sunday, Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said recent house clearings were intended to catch criminals, some of whom were released from prison during the change of government. 

According to Mujahid, women were among the Islamic Emirate forces searching homes, and only "suspected areas" were searched.

“Nine kidnappers, six affiliated with Daesh, and 53 robbers were detained,” Mujahid said. 

Some residents of Kabul said that their houses were raided by Islamic Emirate forces. 

“They said that the family should remain inside the house—they looked everywhere except one room where women were,” said Ali Yasar, a resident of Kabul. 

“Today around 10:30am, they (Islamic Emirate Forces) came. There was a woman among them, they entered the houses and conducted the searches in a good way,” said Mohammad Rafi, a resident of Kabul.  

Residents of the capital earlier complained about the house-to-house searching by the Islamic Emirate. 

Mujahid said that two girls who were chained up at a residence in Kabul were found during the operation. He said that an investigation is underway to find information about the situation.

At the press conference, Mujahid also welcomed the new US license allowing financial activity and called for more restrictions to be lifted and for the expansion of diplomatic efforts.

The Islamic Emirate is against those who are leaving the country with their families "without any excuse," because Afghans living in camps abroad face severe problems, Mujahid said.

“Based on Islamic values women are not allowed to travel without an accompanying male,” he said, adding that the fate of female students who are studying abroad is being considered in light of this requirement. 

When asked about women protestors who are detained, Mujahid said that there is no fresh information regarding that and the Attorney General's Office is investigating the case.  

Source: Tolo News

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US unveils relaxations for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan

Feb 27, 2022

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday unveiled a slew of relaxations for a wide range of financial and commercial transactions in Afghanistan.

"The United States took the decision today to facilitate a broad range of commercial activities in Afghanistan to benefit the people there," the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a press statement.

The new relaxation issues a "General Licence 20", allowing "financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and private sector companies to engage in wide-ranging transactions and activities in Afghanistan while complying with the US sanctions."

Blinken specifically clarified that the sanctions on the Taliban regime are still in place, saying, "To be clear, sanctions on the Taliban remain in place." Today's action facilitates private companies and aid organizations to work with Afghanistan's governing institutions, he added in the official statement.

The new measures are expected to have wide implications for the Afghan economy, affecting sectors like personal and commercial banking, infrastructure development and maintenance, commercial trade, safety and maintenance operations for transportation systems, telecommunications and information transactions.

"This new licence announcement has gotten buried in Ukraine news, but it's big," said Michael Kugelman, a scholar of South Asian Affairs at Wilson Centre, Washington.

Source: Times Of India

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Afghan-Pak Chaman crossing reopens after four days

27 Feb 2022

Local officials of the southern Kandahar province said that the Chaman crossing in the Spin Boldak district of the province reopened on Sunday, February 27, 2022, after it remained closed for four days.

The crossing closed on Thursday after clashes between Pakistani border guards and the Taliban that affected hundreds of pedestrians on both sides.

Both the Pakistani and Afghan security forces accused each other of causing the clashes.

Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabiullah Mujahid had said that the problem is small but had added that the Pakistani force had opened fires initially.This comes as commerce ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan are all set to meet at the Torkham crossing on Monday to discuss various issues at the crossing point.

The Durand Line has been one of the biggest controversial issues for the Taliban after they recaptured power in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban halts evacuation until Afghan refugees’ livelihoods get better

28 Feb 2022

As tens of thousands of Afghans claiming to be eligible for evacuation still await flights from Kabul, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said that no evacuation operation will be allowed until the livelihoods of Afghan refugees get better.

Speaking in a press conference in Kabul on Sunday, February 27, 2022, spokesman of the IEA Zabiullah Mujahid said that the living situation of those who left Afghanistan in the past six months must be assured first so that they allow further vacation because they are responsible for the lives of Afghans.

Zabiullah Mujahid said that are fully aware of the very bad situation of the Afghanis who are still in camps in Abu Dhabi or without camps in Turkey.

This comes nearly a month after thousands of Afghan evacuees in Abu Dhabi protested and complained about their destiny is unclear as they have been living in the camps for more than six months.

Source: Khaama Press

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Southeast Asia

 

Ukraine is much closer to Malaysia than we think

February 28, 2022

Regardless of the outcome of the current lethal conflict in Ukraine, this much is indisputable. Ukrainians, nationalists, pro-Russians as well as the vast majority who just want to pursue a peaceful life are already paying a severe and unrecoverable price.

They will continue doing so for a considerable time beyond, even if a peace treaty were to be signed today. As for the soldiers killed or maimed on both sides, well, not to be callous, theirs is an occupational hazard.

The consequent global gyrations, as with Wall Street jitters and increases in gas and food prices on Main Street, are trivial. Even to mention them seems insensitive, if not obscene.

Ukraine may be thousands of kilometres away from Malaysia but to Malaysians, it is much closer emotionally. A routine Malaysian Airline Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down there on July 17, 2017, killing all 298 on board. That scar is still raw.

Beyond raw emotion, Ukraine holds many eerie similarities with Malaysia. Malaysians ignore these at their peril. The world may refer to Ukrainians by that term but to them, the old, ugly and perennial ancient tribal dynamics of “them” versus “us” are very much operative – the “us” being ethnic Ukrainians, “them” those of Russian ancestry and speaking that language.

Malaysians may have difficulty differentiating between these Eastern European sub-varieties of people and view both the Russian Cyrillic and its sub-variant Ukrainian script as chicken scratch. Those differences are surface ripples, but they hide dangerous treacherous reefs just underneath.

What the world labels as Ukrainians applies to 70% of the population. They are proud of their culture, heritage and language. They also have their own heroes.

A substantial minority, however, are Russians; they, too, are proud of their ethnicity, culture and language as well as having their own separate heroes. Worse, their heroes are but villains to the majority of their countrymen.

Yet another disconcerting demographic reality that Malaysians should take note is that ethnic Russians are concentrated in the eastern part of the country, bordering Russia. In Malaysia, while Malays are the majority in the west or the peninsula, the picture in East Malaysia is far different.

The mother tongue of the majority there is not Malay, the national language, but their own, be it Iban or Hokkien. Yet another volatile element – while Ukrainians and Russians share the same Orthodox Christianity, Malaysians do not share the same faith. Even Muslim- Malays are divided in our interpretations of Islam.

As for Malaysian “Russians”, the Chinese, the paranoia of “Ketuanan Melayu” notwithstanding, have seen the fate of their kin in Hong Kong and share the anxieties their brethren in Taiwan have for their “motherland”.

Demographic demon aside, there are two other eerie similarities between Ukraine and Malaysia. One is geographic destiny. Former foreign minister Anifah Aman asserted that Malaysia has the same potential dynamics vis a vis China with respect to the brewing South China Sea conflict, as Ukraine to Russia today.

A simplistic assessment. First, land borders are intrinsically more problematic than maritime ones. Besides, the South China Sea is a wide stretch of water, even without factoring in the unpredictable monsoon.

Second, Malaysia is not the only party to that dispute. There are other and far greater powers with direct interests. Japan for one; likewise Europe and America. Over 30% of global maritime trade flows through that stretch of water.

Anifah’s observation applies more to Laos and Myanmar. Vietnam also shares a long land border with China and is also a party to the South China Sea dispute. Vietnam had bloodied the Chinese nose more than once.

If a crisis were to erupt in the South China Sea today, Malaysia would be but a minor player in all respects. We would, of course, be forced to take sides but that would be a separate issue.

Malaysia’s relationship with Indonesia, a country with a long land border with Malaysia, a la Ukraine to Russia, is more relevant. Recall “Konfrontasi” of the early 1960s.

That crisis was more the consequence of the conflicting personalities of Tunku Abdul Rahman and Sukarno. Notice how quickly that conflict was resolved once both protagonists were pushed aside.

Likewise with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelinsky. Even if they were not national leaders, it would not be difficult to visualise the two being drawn into a bar brawl with minimal provocation.

The last eerie commonality between the Zelinsky administration and the one in Putrajaya is that both are corrupt and incompetent, a lethal combination. Ukraine was an economic basket case before the crisis, it will be worse afterwards.

As for endemic corruption, just follow the current trial related to 1MDB now being played out in a New York courtroom. As for incompetence, well, ask the man in the street.

Far more consequential but less commented aspect to the current leadership in both countries is this. Kyiv has its share, albeit small, but still influential enough cadre of ultra-rightwing, nationalist, white supremacists, enough for Putin to exploit it.

The pro-Russian secessionist movement in East Ukraine did not develop de novo. Those “white supremacists” in Kyiv have their local variant in Putrajaya, the “Ketuanan Melayu” types. Only their sheer incompetence made them less destructive than they already are.

Unlike the earlier demographic demon and geographic destiny, this third blight is man-made and thus at least theoretically much more remediable. Perversely, the reality is far different.

I am struck by this observation of one Kyiv resident. On Tuesday evening, he was having a nice leisurely dinner with friends in a restaurant. On Wednesday evening, they were scrambling for their lives, hiding in an underground subway station.

That is the central lesson for Malaysians and citizens everywhere. If we do not pay attention to our leaders’ greed, incompetence and shenanigans, that is what we can expect. This was true in Kyiv on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022, as in Washington, DC, on Jan 6, 2021 (when a mob of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building).

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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After complaints, ministry delays expansion of cashless aid scheme for people with disabilities

27 Feb 2022

BY R. LOHESWAR

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) will put off introducing the Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) new cashless payment system, JKMPay, to more locations in the country.

It said the ministry’s deputy head of strategy, Rosmahwati Ishak, had informed related groups and agencies of the decision on Friday.

“The ministry has decided today to postpone the Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) Cashless Assistance Payment Pilot Project to other states and districts pending further studies.

“KPWKM always takes note of issues raised by the relevant parties and have taken into consideration their suggestions for improvement,” the ministry said in a statement today.

“We would like to add that this scheme will benefit only 4,722 new recipients of this scheme consisting of the elderly, poor and disabled while the remaining 519,409 aid recipients are not involved in this pilot project.”

JKMPay was mooted by Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun last year, when she said the new method was purportedly to regulate the recipients’ spending so that they do not buy liquor and cigarettes.

Phase one of the cashless payment pilot project in collaboration with Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB), involved JKM aid recipients in several districts in Perlis, Kedah and Melaka, with the participation of 246 premises.

It was then expanded across the three states as well as to Terengganu, Kelantan and Selangor.

The new scheme has come under scrutiny from the community that said it made life difficult for the recipients who could only buy products from designated retailers and would be cash strapped if an emergency happened.

Source: Malay Mail

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PAS’ religious rhetoric won’t work in Johor, says Umno’s Nur Jazlan

February 26, 2022

PETALING JAYA: The more PAS talks about religion, the better it will be for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Johor state elections as the state has a balanced population of Malays and non-Malays, says state Umno deputy chief Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

He said the Islamic party, which is contesting 15 seats, is bereft of ideas and all they talk about is polygamy and promoting ridiculous practices like saying husbands can beat their wives “lightly”, among others.

“In Johor, we have a multiracial society, with Malays and non-Malays. PAS is welcome to talk about their brand of religion.

“They can’t engage in discussions about education or the economy. They only know how to talk about religion.

“Go ahead, the more they do it, the more non-Malays will return to the BN fold,” he said in a video interview with Malaysia Gazette last night.

Nur Jazlan said even the Malays in Johor were not interested in listening to PAS’ version of religion because they have had a holistic education that had enabled them to gain deep religious knowledge in their own way.

The former deputy home minister said PAS leaders were also performing poorly as ministers, which was obvious to any casual observer.

“Look at the party’s leader, Abdul Hadi Awang. He is the prime minister’s special envoy to the Middle East but he is not allowed to enter some of the countries in the region because of his adherence to  a different school of thought in Islam.

“Then he goes to Qatar to meet the Taliban leaders although Malaysia does not have any diplomatic ties with them. On top of that, he pledges aid for them, which he should not do as it is a government policy matter.”

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Africa

 

Sudan's Sovereign Council says keen to boost ties with Turkiye

Buhram Abdel-Men'em  

27.02.2022

KHARTOUM, Sudan

Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council on Sunday reiterated keenness to strengthen cooperation with Turkiye.

Council member Abdul-Baqi Abdul-Qadir Al-Zubair met Sunday in the capital Khartoum with Turkish Ambassador Irfan Neziroglu.

During the meeting, Al-Zubair hailed the depth of relations between Sudan and Turkiye in all fields, according to a statement issued by the Sovereign Council.

“Sudan is keen on creating a safe environment to attract foreign investments to serve the interests of the two countries,” he added.

Neziroglu, for her part, underlined keenness of the Turkish private sector to carry out joint projects between the two countries.

The envoy said Sunday’s meeting highlighted the development of bilateral relations, and promoting cooperation in the health, education and environmental fields.

Relations between Ankara and Khartoum have been developing since Turkiye’s Justice and Development (AK) Party came to power in late 2002, when it developed an ambitious plan to strengthen ties with African countries.

Bilateral ties also gained momentum with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s December 2017 visit to Sudan, when the two countries signed 22 agreements in a host of fields.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Mothers and Fathers protest in Khartoum to support Sudan’s anti-coup youth

26 February ,2022

A demonstration of “mothers and fathers” took to the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum Saturday to support the young anti-coup protesters who have for months rallied against the military.

“We are demonstrating today to tell our sons and daughters that they are not alone,” Faiza Hussein, one of the protesters, told AFP.

She added that they are also calling on the authorities to “stop killing our children.”

At least 83 people have been killed and thousands injured in unrest that has gripped the country since an October 25 military coup led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, according to independent medics.

“We are here to support the youth in their revolution, and to demand an end to the killings,” said Hassan Ali, 63.

A United Nations expert on Thursday urged Sudanese forces to stop firing live ammunition and tear gas canisters at protesters.

“Firing live ammunition on the people is a huge violation against human rights,” said UN expert Adama Dieng during a visit to Khartoum.

Sudanese authorities have said they arrested several police and soldiers who fired at demonstrators with Kalashnikov rifles, disobeying orders.

The October coup derailed a power-sharing agreement between the army and civilians negotiated following the 2019 ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UN mission seeks political strategy for Sudan

Buhram Abdel-Men'em  

27.02.2022

KHARTOUM, Sudan

The United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) said Sunday it is working with regional partners to form a common strategy for Sudan’s political process.

In a statement, UNITAMS said it postponed a press conference scheduled for Sunday "to allow further coordination with regional partners on a common strategy and the design of next phase of a political process for Sudan."

On February 10, UNITAMS said it finalized talks with different Sudanese groups with a view to reaching a political settlement to the country’s crisis.

Last month, UNITAMS head Volcker Perthes announced the launch of UN-facilitated consultations among Sudan’s political process in an effort to safeguard the country’s democratic transition.

Sudan has been in turmoil since Oct. 25, 2021, when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's transitional government and declared a state of emergency, in a move decried by political groups as a “military coup”.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sudan, Russia hold talks on military cooperation

Talal Ismail  

26.02.2022

KHARTOUM, Sudan

The deputy leader of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, held talks Saturday with Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin in the Russian capital Moscow.

Discussions between the two sides dwelt on bilateral relations and means of boosting cooperation in the political and military fields, the Sovereign Council said in a statement.

Hemedti said Sudan enjoys “enormous potentials which represent a great opportunity for Russian investments in order to achieve mutual benefits for both countries.”

Fomin, for his part, underlined the Russian commitment to "strengthening prospects for cooperation and working to improve joint coordination in all forums based on the principles of non-interference in internal affairs,” the statement said.

Hemedti arrived in Moscow on Wednesday on an official visit for talks with Russian officials.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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India

 

Nawab Malik Must Be Probed but Muslims Must Not Be Linked To Terror, Aurangabad Lok Sabha MP

27th February 2022

AURANGABAD: The charges against Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik must be probed but Muslims must not be linked to terror, Aurangabad Lok Sabha MP and AIMIM leader Imtiaz Jaleel said on Sunday.

He said his party stood in support of Mailk, who has been jailed, while others in the MVA government, who also have cases against their names, are yet to be arrested.

The MP alleged NCP activists had gathered in large numbers outside the Enforcement Directorate when their chief Sharad Pawar had appeared for questioning, but that kind of zeal and anger was missing after Malik's arrest.

"If need be, we will take to the streets in large numbers to support Malik. We stand by Nawab Malik because we say don't connect Muslims of this country with terror. The support being offered by MVA constituents to Malik is just a show off," Jaleel claimed.

Speaking on local issues, Jaleel said his party will oppose the visit of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday to attend a function linked to laying of gas pipelines here, adding that the city needed water lines more.

Source: New Indian Express

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