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Saudi Regime Executes Another Shia Citizen, Muslim Muhammad, Despite Rights Groups' Rejection Of Allegations Against Him

New Age Islam News Bureau

10 October 2021

 

Al Saud has reportedly executed another Shia citizen in Qatif despite rights groups' rejection of allegations against him.

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• Saudi Regime Executes Another Shia Citizen, Muslim Muhammad,  Despite Rights Groups' Rejection Of Allegations Against Him

• Taliban Says It Will Not Cooperate With The United States To Rein In Islamic State Affiliates And Other Extremist Groups In Afghanistan

• Iran's Raisi Blames 'US Project' for Terrorist Attack on Shia Mosque in Afghan Kunduz

• How Boko Haram Seized Us As Teenagers, Turned Us To Shekau’s Fighters, Mechanic For Over Seven Years –Escaped Members

• India's Concern Over Sectarian, Minority Religion Attacks Reflected In UNSC Statement Condemning Afghan Mosque Strike

Arab world

• Alizz Islamic Bank's Initiative To Introduce Role Of Islamic Banks In Sustainable Economy

• US, Islamic Emirate Delegations Meet in Doha

• UAE: Sheikh Nahyan meets Pope Francis, Grand Imam of Al Azhar

• 'The Pope and the Grand Imam': Pope receives new book by Judge Abdulsalam

• Egypt condemns Afghan mosque bombing, affirms solidarity against terror

• Lebanese Hezbollah condemns terrorist attack in Kunduz mosque

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South Asia

• Shia Afghans Despair As They Bury Victims Of Mosque Attack

• Bloody Attack against Shia in Kunduz Widely Condemned

• CGTN correspondent visits funeral of mosque blast victims in Afghanistan

• Supreme Leader calls on Afghan authorities to punish culprits of deadly mosque bombing

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Mideast

• Iran's Interior minister asks for urgent punishment of mosque catastrophe criminals

• Iran’s first president after Islamic Revolution dies, in Paris exile, at 88

• Verification of sanctions relief a top issue in nuclear talks -Iran

• Iran’s foreign minister holds talks with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

• Imam Khamenei mourns victims of Kunduz mosque attack, Calls on Afghan officials to punish perpetrators

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North America

• Taliban Asks US To Release Frozen Assets At Doha Talks

• Ahmadiyya Rochester Hills Mosque Vandalized Following Evening Prayers

• Islamic Cultural Center of the Bronx reopens following fire 12 years ago

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Africa

• Boko Haram renews attacks on farmers in Gwoza, kills four IDPS

• Islamic Movement Debunks 'Security Alert' About Seven-Day Mass Protest In Abuja

• Boko Haram: Army to court-martial 158 soldiers for indiscipline, inefficiency

• Worshippers queue up for vaccines outside Nigerian mosque

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India

• History Of Invaders Being Used To Demonise Indian Muslims, Says Shashi Tharoor: India Today Conclave 2021

• Amidst Outrage, RSS-Affiliated NDTF Distances Itself from Ex-Head's 'Marks Jihad' Comment

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Pakistan

• Pakistan President, UAE Prime Minister Reaffirm Resolve To Strengthen Ties

• PPP asks govt to brief parliament on talks with IMF

• PDM seeks immediate, fair polls to rid country of crises

• TLP chief’s release orders issued as govt withdraws reference

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Southeast Asia

• Ahmad Faizal Plays Down Umno’s Refusal To Work With Bersatu In Melaka State Elections

• Johor ready to assist federal govt in Pulau Batu Puteh case, says mentri besar

• Danesh Raj’s appointment will raise voice of young, says higher education minister

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Europe

• Turkish FM lambastes Biden after US President Blames Turkey For Hindering Fight Against Islamic State In Syria

• German Prosecutors Are ‘Sure' Convicted Paedophile And Rapist Christian Brueckner 'Murdered Madeleine McCann'

• Man Accused Of Fife Islamic Centre Terror Attack Plot Had Swastikas In Bedroom, Court Hears

• Boris Johnson goes on holiday to Marbella - but is the timing right?

• Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Steps Down Amid Corruption Probe, to Save Coalition

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Saudi Regime Executes Another Shia Citizen, Muslim Muhammad,  Despite Rights Groups' Rejection Of Allegations Against Him

Source : Taghrib News

October 10, 2021

 

Al Saud has reportedly executed another Shia citizen in Qatif despite rights groups' rejection of allegations against him.

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Al Saud has reportedly executed another Shia citizen in Qatif despite rights groups' rejection of allegations against him.

Less than 10 days after Saudi court issued death sentence for the Shia citizen Muslim Muhammad, his execution has been confirmed by authorities.

Saudi media outlets have announced the execution of Saudi Shia citizen Muslim Muhammad under baseless accusation of affiliation with armed bandit and killing of a police officer while an European human rights institution had rejected the allegation.

In 2019 Saudi Arabia beheaded 37 of its own Shia citizens over alleged terrorism-related crimes to set the largest mass execution of Shias in its history as Amnesty International said most of those executed were convicted after sham trials that relied on confessions extracted through torture.

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Taliban Says It Will Not Cooperate With The United States To Rein In Islamic State Affiliates And Other Extremist Groups In Afghanistan

October 10, 2021

By RFE

 

Taliban leaders say they wll not cooperate with the United States as they struggle to rein in the Islamic State extremist group in Afghanistan.

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The Taliban says it will not cooperate with the United States to rein in Islamic State (IS) affiliates and other extremist groups in Afghanistan.

"We are able to tackle Daesh independently," Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the Associated Press on October 9, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

U.S. officials and senior Taliban representatives are meeting in the Qatari capital, Doha, on October 9 and 10 in the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since the Islamist group took over Afghanistan following the withdrawal of Western troops.

Since their takeover of Afghanistan, Taliban leaders and others have been subject to deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), the local IS affiliate of IS.

In the bloodiest attack, IS-K claimed responsibility for a suicide blast inside a Shi’ite mosque in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz that reportedly killed and wounded more than 100 people on October 8.

Representatives from both sides have said key issues include reining in extremist groups, and the U.S. side has pressed the Taliban to not hinder the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans who wish to leave the country.

A U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity told AP that Washington will seek to hold the Taliban to its commitment to allow Americans and other foreign nationals to leave Afghanistan, along with Afghans who worked for the U.S. military or government and other Afghan allies.

U.S. officials have said the direct talks in Doha do not mean that Washington is ready to officially recognize the Taliban government

Doha-based Al-Jazeera English cited Ameer Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban-appointed foreign minister for Afghanistan, as saying the Taliban had asked the United States to lift its ban on the reserves of the Afghan central bank.

Following the Taliban takeover, the United State froze nearly $9 billion worth of assets in the country, leading to a shortage of currency and a massive rise in the price of basic food items and fuel.

Separately, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman has completed a trip to Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials that focused on Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials urged Washington to engage with the Taliban as Afghanistan's new rulers and called for the release of the billions of dollars in international funds to help prevent an economic disaster.

Pakistan also urged the Taliban to become more inclusive and to respect human rights and the rights of minority ethnic and religious groups.

Source: Gandhara.Rferl

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Iran's Raisi Blames 'US Project' for Terrorist Attack on Shia Mosque in Afghan Kunduz

10-10-2021

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi issued a statement on Saturday saying that a recent suicide attack targeting a Shia mosque in Afghanistan was a "security project" by the US to create "ethnic agitation" in the country.

The infamous Daesh* terrorist group claimed responsibility for the suicide explosion. The attack is the bloodiest since August 26, when a heavy blast hit the Kabul airport killing at least 169 Afghans and 13 US troops. Daesh also claimed to be behind that attack.

In a statement published on his official website, the Iranian president expressed his condolences to the people of Afghanistan and to "the entire human society on the martyrdom and injury" involving a massive number of people.

"This crime, which was committed at the beginning of Rabi, the month of unity among Muslims, with the aim of sowing discord among Muslims, was committed by those whose anti-human and anti-religious nature is obvious to everyone," said Raisi. "The US has facilitated the expansion of the activities of ISIS (Daesh) criminals in Afghanistan and prevented up-rooting them."

Daesh has increased its attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban* took control of the war-torn nation on August 15, targeting Taliban militants and Afghan residents with many explosions, including two highly deadly ones in Kabul.

"I hereby express my concern over the continuation of terrorist acts and the combination of religious sedition with ethnic agitation, which is part of the new US security project for Afghanistan," Raisi stated, stressing that Iran is "ready to provide full support to our Afghan brothers and sisters."

"We hope that with the vigilance of the Afghan groups and the formation of an inclusive government, a large part of this plot is thwarted and, God willing, the Afghan people will be able to see peace," he added.

Earlier this week, an explosion near the Eid Gah mosque rocked the country's capital, Kabul. The blast killed 12 individuals and injured 32 others. In connection with the attack, three people have reportedly been arrested.

Iran, which is a Shia Muslim majority country, has been particularly cautious in its comments about the Taliban, avoiding open criticism of their rule. Tehran said it remains in contact with the Islamists.

SOURCE: Sputnik News

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How Boko Haram seized us as teenagers, turned us to Shekau’s fighters, mechanic for over seven years –Escaped members

Dogara Bitrus

10 October 2021

Some forcefully recruited Boko Haram members who were able to escape from the terrorists’ den in North-East’s Sambisa Forest have revealed how they were abducted, forced to do the bidding of the terrorists and their escape.

The returnees, mostly teenagers when they were abducted, explained that they were abducted alongside other family members, adding that some died along the way while they lost contact with the others when they got to the camp.

Our correspondent who was able to meet some of them discreetly in a military facility where they were being held learnt that there were many captives still in the custody of the terrorists and that anyone caught while attempting to escape was usually killed.

One of the victims, 20-year-old Hassana Jibrin, who spent seven years in the terrorists’ den, recalled that she and her five siblings were abducted in Gamboru Ngala shortly after they lost their father on Maiduguri-Gamboru Road.

Jibrin, married off to one of the commanders of the late Abubakar Shekau, stated, “We were at home that Monday evening around 4:30 pm and I was preparing food for the family when we heard gunshots. We quickly made attempts to run to safety but we were blocked by the insurgents. We didn’t know they had taken over the town, so they abducted my two sisters, three brothers and me. They killed many people on sight.

“Only my mum and our youngest sibling escaped it; they had gone to the market. I later discovered they crossed to Cameroon when they heard the gunshots. We lived in a border community. My sisters died on our way to Sambisa Forest due to fatigue and I don’t know if my brothers are still alive because I never saw them again.

Asked about her experience in the forest, she said it could aptly be described as “hell” as she and others she met there were married off to the fighters.

She added, “I was married off to one of Shekau’s commanders, Abakar, who had many foot soldiers and he took me to his thatched house where we lived for seven years. He was mean; he serially abused me sexually and did all manner of inhuman things to me.

“They have a high operational command in the forest and death was the penalty for breaking any rule, especially when Shekau was alive. The fighters didn’t trust us women and they didn’t allow us to know their modus operandi because the majority of us were forced into marriage.

“When they come for sex, they wielded their guns and force us to sleep with them. If you refuse, they will kill you. Thousands of women and children are suffering in their camps and they are willing to surrender but afraid for their lives because if they are caught they will be killed.”

She recalled that they were thoroughly beaten on slight provocation. “We used bamboo as beds and there was no bedding, so we used rags. Even the bamboo was only for select top commanders. I never loved him. He was only forcing me to have sex with him,” he added.

She said when she tried to engage him in a discussion on several occasions, she was beaten, adding that they were never allowed access to their phones. “They felt unsafe around us,” she added.

Speaking further, she said Shekau, their leader, gathered the women on several occasions and encouraged them to join the fighters to combat the government whom he tagged as infidels. “He told us anyone fighting against the Boko Haram is an infidel and killing them will earn us a place in paradise,” she added.

She said she never partook in any operation but her arranged husband could be away for seven months and they could return for a few days, adding that feeding was also a problem. She pointed out that they usually got food when they attacked villages and communities or when they invaded villagers’ farmland.

She added, “Even with these, food was never enough. They were usually on the battlefield. When they robbed the villagers of their farm produce, they would take them to Shekau who would share the food.”

Asked how the insurgents got arms supply, she said they got most of their weapons when they attacked military formations and after such operations, they would take everything to Shekau who would keep them and distribute them when they had operations.

She stated, “The persistent attacks on military formations are often to steal arms and they have large arms caches. They have an arsenal of sophisticated guns.”

She noted that she was sick on several occasions but that she was given drugs as the insurgents had nurses and equipped clinics. She, however, said she didn’t know how they got their supplies.

She said, “I became pregnant and was delivered of a girl by the nurse in the bush. She is three years old now. I never loved him and with the way he severely abused me, I have lost any sexual urge.”

Asked how she escaped, she said, “Three of us with our children escaped from the camp around 7pm. I had told him earlier in the day that I was going to the next village to see my relatives, whom I was told lived there. Boko Haram also controlled the place.

“Having visited the village before with his permission and under strict rules, he believed me when I told him I wanted to visit my relatives again. He said I must return the same day, otherwise, he would come after me. That was how we escaped. We set out that morning and trekked all through the day and hid until it was dark before we continued the journey in the night.

“We trekked until we got to a village where we met some people who took us to the military. We took a big risk, though we knew we would be killed if we were caught. But we took the risk and it paid off.”

Another victim, 19-year-old Hassan Ibrahim (not real names), told our correspondent he was abducted from a village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State and was forced to become a fighter.

He said, “I was a Boko Haram fighter for three years. They came to our village and took us to N’Djamena (the capital of Chad) where they trained us how to handle weapons. We used to sneak into Nigeria to launch attacks. I operated from the Gajigana axis under the leadership of Shekau. After launching attacks, we would retreat to N’Djamena. After Shekau’s death, Nigerian troops got into the camp and arrested us. We had nowhere to go other than to surrender to the military.

“I have never gone to school but I know a little of the Quran. We only depended on our commanders to interpret the Quran for us and we carried out instructions from our commander. My commander was Malam Abu Rash. I learnt he has also surrendered.”

He said he never met Shekau, adding that he was sure he was killed by insurgents loyal to Mamman Nur. He noted that they were warned never to return to dump the Islamic sect.

He said, “They told us to join hands with them to fight the government and the military because they are enemies of God and that it is our duty to kill God’s enemies. They told us that it was the only way we could make paradise. They gave us sophisticated weapons with magazines and ammunition and sent us to the battlefield.”

Ibrahim said he had yet to know the whereabouts of his parents and siblings after they all arrived at the camp. “Six of my father’s children were abducted on the day they invaded our village but I don’t know where they are now,” he added.

Similarly, 24-year-old Mustapha Hakeem said he was also abducted from a village in Bama Local Government Area six years ago, noting that he served the terrorists as their mechanic, having left butchery for mechanic apprenticeship before he was abducted.

He said, “I joined Boko Haram when I was 18 years old. That was in 2015. They came to our town, dislodged the military and took possession of Bama. They first took us to Numirgo village. They took me to their camp. At the time, there were no factions but when they split, I joined the Shekau faction.’’

He said the insurgents paid him for fixing their vehicles, mostly pickup vans and gun trucks and that there were farmers, other artisans and people who ran errands.

Hakeem stated, “Boko Haram is run like a conglomerate and not all of their members are fighters. I was made to continue being a mechanic. I repaired their vehicles and they paid me but the problem was that there was no way he could spend the money.

“They cooked and gave us food. I was not trained to handle weapons and I didn’t kill anyone. It was only trained fighters that handled guns.”

He said they regularly raided villages to abduct people, after which they indoctrinated them and made them see the government and people of other religions as infidels who deserved to be killed.

He noted, “They are told that if they kill any infidel, they would have a place in paradise because they were fighting for God. They would call the names of their fighters who died while fighting and that they were now in paradise. By the time they were done, people would be left with no alternative but to take up arms and join them.”

Hakeem said they also lured many young people with wealth and protection, stating that some people took the bait before realising they were deceived.

On how he escaped, he stated, “We were 49 that escaped from the camp. We sneaked out of the camp at night. We didn’t plan to escape as a group but everyone had their escape plan and we only met along the way. Many have escaped since Shekau died.

“Shekau was a wicked leader. Anyone who disobeyed him was killed to serve as deterrence to others. That instilled fear in us and we never thought of running away. Those who attempted it and were caught were killed in the presence of everyone.”

Hakeem said he always listened to his radio and that he heard many Islamic scholars preach against Boko Haram which made him realise the deceit in what the insurgents taught them.

He confirmed Jibrin’s claim that the insurgents had equipped clinics and that when he was sick, they once took him to a hospital in Askira Uba for treatment.

He added, “When I escaped, I had about N370,000 which I had saved while repairing their vehicles in the forest. Some of the people they abducted were traders and those are the people who go to buy goods from Maiduguri with the collaboration of their relatives living in the cities.

“The relations would buy the goods and transport them to designated spots, where the Boko Haram traders go to carry them. That is how they get whatever they want. Also, everyone has duties assigned to them. No one is idle. They asked me if I was interested in taking up arms and I declined, so they gave me options and I chose to be a mechanic since I was already an apprentice before they abducted us. One of the things that keep people in their camp is the fear of the consequences if you are caught trying to escape.

“When they catch people trying to escape, they kill them in the presence of their family members and that is how they have been able to keep thousands of fighters under their control. They get new recruits every day.”

He stated, “When Shekau was killed, the camps were in disarray and everyone was running for their lives. That was when the 49 of us escaped and found our way to Gwoza where we were taken in by the Nigerian military.”

Asked one of the things he observed from the camp, he said the level of illiteracy made it easier for them to recruit fighters, calling on government to embark on a massive education drive to enlighten the citizens on the dangers of terrorism.

“This is because the majority of Boko Haram fighters today are illiterates recruited as a result of their lack of education,” he added. “The majority of them believe what Shekau and his commanders tell them.

“The government must pay serious attention to providing massive education, both quranic and conventional education because that is when these villagers will be able to identify the truth.”

He said some of those in the bush still maintain contact with those who surrendered, noting that the government could use some of them to reach out to those willing to surrender.

Speaking on how the experience had affected his well-being, Hakeem said, “I feel worthless and it is as if there is no life in me. Now that I’m out, I have been idle. I only ask God to forgive me. That is all that matters to me now. My biggest challenge now is how to get used to being a member of society again. I want to lead a normal life again.”

He said when soldiers recapture a Boko Haram stronghold or successfully dislodge insurgents in their camps, they tend to treat everyone as insurgents whereas some are victims.

“Let the military imbibe and observe the highest standards of rules of engagement while dealing with the Boko Haram issue, else they would be going round in circles,” he noted.

Source: Punchng

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India's concern over sectarian, minority religion attacks reflected in UNSC statement condemning Afghan mosque strike

Oct 10, 2021

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the “atrocious” ISIS terror attack on a mosque in Afghanistan and other recent attacks against religious institutions in the war-torn country, references that India categorically insisted on in a statement issued by the powerful UN body and rejected any attempts to dilute them.

The 15-nation UNSC issued the press statement on Saturday in which the members “condemned in the strongest terms the atrocious and cowardly terrorist attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan" on October 8.

“The attack, which was claimed by Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), an entity affiliated with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), resulted in more than 150 casualties killed and wounded. The attack, which took place at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque, follows other recent attacks against religious institutions in Afghanistan,” the press statement said.

The statement clearly reflects the sectarian nature of the terrorist attack that is seen not only in Afghanistan but in Pakistan as well where Shiite institutions are coming under terrorist attacks. The second aspect that India stood firmly for and which finds mention in the press statement is attacks on other minority religious institutions.

There were attempts to have these references either removed, changed or diluted but this was rejected by India, which stood firm that both - the sectarian nature of the violence as well as other minority religious institutions being targeted - should be recognised in the statement, sources said, adding that India's position was accepted and the statement was then issued.

The Ministry of External Affairs had said that the vandalisation of the Gurudwara in Kabul raises concerns not just for India but for the world, and the international community must continue to insist on fulfilling goals outlined in a UN Security Council resolution that was adopted under India's Presidency of the powerful Security Council.

The Council also underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice and urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” the statement said.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

They reaffirmed the need for all states to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned in the strongest terms the horrific attack on the mosque, noting that this was the third attack against a religious institution in less than a week.

“Attacks that deliberately target civilians exercising the right to freely practice their religion are violations of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law. The perpetrators must be brought to justice,” Guterres said, expressing his condolences to the bereaved families.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) had said that the UN family in Afghanistan is deeply concerned by the “very high casualties” in the mosque attack.

The mission said that the attack is part of a “disturbing” pattern of violence. It is the third deadly attack this week apparently targeting a religious institution.

“Islamic State (KP) claimed responsibility for Sunday's incident next to a Kabul Mosque. Wednesday's attack on a madrassa in Khost unclaimed,” UNAMA said in a tweet.

Source: Times Of India

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Arab world

Alizz Islamic Bank's initiative to introduce role of Islamic banks in sustainable economy

09/October/2021

Muscat: In continuation of its pioneering role in launching initiatives that serve the community, Alizz Islamic Bank has announced the launch of the ‘ManarAlizz’ Sharia awareness initiative, on Tuesday, October 12, at the Grand Millennium Muscat Hotel, under the patronage of Taher bin Salem bin Abdullah Al Omari, Executive President of Central Bank of Oman.

The ceremony will be attended by their highnesses and excellencies, CEOs of various companies and institutions in Oman, members of the Bank's Board of Directors and the Sharia Supervisory Board.

The launch of the ‘ManarAlizz’ initiative comes as an umbrella programme for Alizz Islamic Bank for cultural awareness of Islamic economics and the Islamic banking sector services.

This initiative constitutes one of the roles of Alizz Islamic Bank to enhance the bank’s sustainable and strategic knowledge, which aims to serve different segments, whether from inside or outside the Sultanate, such as researchers conducting research studies, university students, educational institutions, various entities, and the public in general.

‘ManarAlizz’ initiative aims to spread awareness about the Islamic economy and its developmental role, introduce the role of Islamic banks in the sustainable economy, and provide researchers and scholars with important knowledge related to the Islamic banking industry overall and the Omani experience with regards to Islamic banks.

Source: Times Of Oman

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US, Islamic Emirate Delegations Meet in Doha

By Abdullah Walizada

09-10-2021

The first high-level meeting after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan was held between delegations of the United States and the Islamic Emirate in the Qatari capital on Saturday.

Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in an audio message said talks were held on relations between Kabul and Washington, the implementation of the Doha agreement, humanitarian assistance, and the release of Afghanistan's assets, among other topics.

“In this meeting, humanitarian assistance was discussed and also the full implementation of the Doha agreement, and respect for Afghanistan’s airspace was emphasized,” Muttaqi said. 

Source: Tolo News

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UAE: Sheikh Nahyan meets Pope Francis, Grand Imam of Al Azhar

October 9, 2021

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, has met with His Eminence Dr. Ahmed El Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, and Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, on the sidelines of international meeting organised by the Sant'Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue in Rome, Italy.

Both religious leaders hailed the UAE's significant role under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to establish the principles of peace, tolerance, coexistence, dialogue and human solidarity among human beings worldwide, to enhance the principles and values of the historical Human Fraternal Document that took place in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Nahyan conveyed the greetings of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and his best wishes to Dr. El Tayeb, Pope Francis and the audience.

"It gives me great pleasure to convey to you the greetings and best wishes of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. I also relay to you the greetings and best wishes of all your friends and colleagues in the UAE. We are proud of the friendly, and peaceful relations between our country and all peoples of the world. Together, as brothers and sisters in humanity, we seek to build bridges of understanding, coexistence, and brotherhood. We are delighted to participate in this important conference that brings together religious leaders, scholars, clerics, and intellectuals for dialogue and joint action to benefit the world," Sheikh Nahyan said.

"As I stand before you today, I am reminded of a verse in the Holy Qura’an that says, in translation: "Had God willed, He could have made you a single community but to test you in what He revealed to you. So, vie with one another in virtue and good work.

"No nation, no society, no community will peacefully convert everyone to a single religious belief. And no great country or society would attempt it. The best we can do is to vie with one another in virtue and good work. We do well when we work together across all lines of difference for the benefit of humanity. We do well when we strengthen human contact, engage in constructive dialogue and cooperation, and do all we can to preserve human dignity. We do well together when we go forward with determination to see that all people have a positive future to look forward to as members of one human family.

Source: khaleej Times

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'The Pope and the Grand Imam': Pope receives new book by Judge Abdulsalam

09 October 2021

Last Monday, October 4, Grand Imam Al-Tayeb was received in audience by the Pontiff

Source: Vatican News

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Egypt condemns Afghan mosque bombing, affirms solidarity against terror

Ahram Online

9 Oct 2021

The Egyptian foreign ministry in a statement on Friday affirmed its solidarity against violence and terrorism.

Region’s Islamic State affiliate (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for the attack that occurred during the noon prayers, killibg at least 50 people and wounding dozens, according to hospital sources.

ISIS-K’s announcement said the blast targeted Shiites and the Taliban personnel, according to the ISIS-linked Aamaq news agency.

Source: English.Ahram.

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Lebanese Hezbollah condemns terrorist attack in Kunduz mosque

Oct 10, 2021

Lebanon's Hezbollah in a statement has condemned the terrorist act in a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

Hezbollah expresses deep sorrow for the martyrdom and injury of many worshipers in this terrorist attack, said the statement.

The statement also added that Hezbollah condemns this criminal act, which is contrary to all religions and human laws, criticizing the crime committed by ISIL terrorist group.

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South Asia

Shia Afghans despair as they bury victims of mosque attack

The New Arab Staff

09 October, 2021

Shuja kneels to mutter a prayer, his fingertips touching the small mound of earth now covering the body of his 12-year-old brother Shaia, killed by a suicide bomber.

Shaia had gone to pray on Friday at the Gozar-e-Sayed mosque in Kunduz, and was among scores of Shia Muslims who died in the blast, including three other members of his family who now lay buried beside him.

"It's so raw right now," Shuja tells AFP, just after he has buried his young sibling. "Words cannot explain the emotions in my heart."

Friday's suicide bombing was the latest in a string of attacks on Afghanistan's minority Shia community - branded heretics by Sunni Muslim extremists like the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) group, which claimed the attack. 

The 19-year-old had decided not to go to the mosque for Friday prayers, but rushed to the scene when he heard about the bombing, and fainted when he found his brother among the bloodied corpses.

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Bloody Attack against Shia in Kunduz Widely Condemned

October 9, 2021

Former president Hamid Karzai condemned the terrorist attack on worshipers at a mosque in Kunduz which killed and wounded hundreds while performing prayers on Friday.

Referring to the recent terrorist attacks on Kabul Eidgah Mosque and a school in Khost, he said these are the acts of the enemies of peace and tranquility of the Afghan people.

Afghanistan Human Rights Commission in a statement condemned the Kunduz Mosque attack, considering it “a crime following the targeted killings of Shias and Hazaraz” in the country.

“Initial information indicates more than 100 than people were killed and injured in a suicide blast inside the mosque,” the statement said.

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CGTN correspondent visits funeral of mosque blast victims in Afghanistan

09-Oct-2021

A suicide bomb attack took place at a Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz on October 8. CGTN correspondent Nasratullah Haqpal 

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Supreme Leader calls on Afghan authorities to punish culprits of deadly mosque bombing

News Code: 84498403

Oct 9, 2021

Ayatollah Khamenei called for measures to prevent the repetition of such tragedies, which killed dozens of prayers.

The Supreme Leader said he was saddened by the incident, praying for the soul of the martyrs to rest in peace, and speedy recovery for those injured.

Earlier on Saturday, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi expressed condolences over the martyrdom a large number of people in Afghanistan during the recent terrorist attack.

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Mideast

Iran's Interior minister asks for urgent punishment of mosque catastrophe criminals

News Code: 84498506

Oct 9, 2021

In the message forwarded by Vahidi about the mosque catastrophe that led to martyrdom of about 46 worshippers while performing their prayers in Kunduz read the explosion in Sayed Ababd Mosque in Kunduz city in northeastern Afghanistan, which led to the martyrdom and injury 200 Afghan Muslims, was an inhumane and anti-religious move that according to the entire believers, freedom lovers and alert conscience of the human beings is strongly condemned, reads the interior minister’s message on the sad occasion.

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Iran’s first president after Islamic Revolution dies, in Paris exile, at 88

By AMIR VAHDAT

9 October 2021,

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran’s first president after the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution who fled Tehran after being impeached for challenging the growing power of clerics as the nation became a theocracy, died in a Paris hospital Saturday after decades in exile. He was 88.

Among a sea of black-robed Shiite clerics, Banisadr stood out for his Western-style suits and a background so French that it was in philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre that he confided his belief he’d be Iran’s first president some 15 years before it happened.

Those differences only isolated him as the nationalist sought to implement a socialist style economy in Iran underpinned by a deep Shiite faith instilled in him by his cleric father.

Banisadr would never consolidate his grip on the government he supposedly led as events far beyond his control — including the US Embassy hostage crisis and the invasion of Iran by Iraq — only added to the tumult that followed the revolution.

True power remained firmly wielded by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, whom Banisadr worked with in exile in France and followed back to Tehran amid the revolution. But Khomeini would cast Banisadr aside after only 16 months in office, sending him fleeing back to Paris, where he would remain for decades.

I was like a child watching my father slowly turn into an alcoholic,” Banisadr later said of Khomeini. “The drug this time was power.”

Banisadr’s family said in a statement online Saturday that he died in a hospital in Paris after a long illness. Iranian state television followed with their own bulletin on his death. Neither elaborated on the illness Banisadr faced.

Earlier exiled to Iraq by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Khomeini ended up having to leave for France in 1978 under renewed pressure from the Iranian monarch. Arriving in Paris and speaking no French, it was Banisadr who initially gave the cleric a place to live after moving his own family out of their apartment to accommodate him.

Khomeini would end up in Neauphle-Le-Chateau, a village outside the French capital. There, as Banisadr once told The Associated Press, he and a group of friends fashioned or vetted the messages Khomeini delivered — based on what they were told Iranians wanted to hear.

Tape recordings of Khomeini’s statements were sold in Europe and delivered to Iran. Other messages went out by telephone, read to supporters in various Iranian towns. Those messages laid the groundwork for Khomeini’s return after the shah, fatally ill, fled Iran in early 1979, though the cleric remained unsure he had the support, Banisadr once said.

That return saw Khomeini and his Islamic Revolution sweep the country. Banisadr became a member of the cleric’s Revolutionary Council and became the head of the country’s Foreign Ministry just days after the November 4, 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran by hard-line students.

In an echo of what was to come, Banisadr served only 18 days in that role after seeking a negotiated end to the hostage crisis, pushed aside by Khomeini for a hard-liner.

Iranian students stand guard in front of the entrance of the US Embassy in Tehran, November 1979, as a portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini and banners are displayed. (AP Photo)

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Verification of sanctions relief a top issue in nuclear talks -Iran

October 10, 2021

DUBAI, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A main concern of Iran in any talks to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal would be around ways to verify the lifting of U.S. sanctions, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Saturday.

The talks, which aim to bring Washington and Tehran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear pact aimed at curbing the Iranian enrichment programme, were adjourned in June after hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran's president. read more

Speaking during a visit to Syria, Amirabdollahian reiterated that Iran would "soon" return to the nuclear talks with world powers, which include indirect negotiations with the United States, Iranian state media reported.

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Iran’s foreign minister holds talks with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

By Maziar Motamedi

9 Oct 2021

Tehran, Iran – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has held talks on bilateral ties and developments across the region with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

In addition to ways to further boost bilateral economic and political relations, the two on Saturday discussed recent developments in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Iraq, according to a statement by the Iranian foreign ministry.

Amirabdollahian said the diplomatic atmosphere in last month’s United Nations General Assembly showed that “conditions have changed in favour of Syria”.

As senior Taliban officials and the United States representatives held talks in Qatar on Saturday that Iran did not attend because of the American presence, the foreign minister also said Tehran is “in contact with all sides in Afghanistan including Taliban” and continues to call on them to form an inclusive government.

According to the Iranian foreign ministry, al-Assad said recent developments in Syria, including a presidential election that secured him another term, in addition to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, signal the “rise of a new axis and the fall of the Western axis”.

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Imam Khamenei mourns victims of Kunduz mosque attack, Calls on Afghan officials to punish perpetrators

Source : Tasnim News

October 10, 2021

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called on Afghanistan’s authorities to punish those behind a deadly terrorist attack targeting worshippers at a mosque in northern Afghanistan.

Following the tragic explosion in a mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz in which a large number of worshippers lost their lives, Imam Khamenei in a message emphasized punishment of those involved in these terrible crime and the need to prevent such disasters.

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North America

Taliban asks US to release frozen assets at Doha talks

9 Oct, 2021

Taliban representatives asked the United States to lift a ban on Afghan central bank reserves at a meeting with American counterparts in Doha, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister said on Saturday in remarks reported by Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television.

The minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, also said Washington would offer Afghans coronavirus vaccines, Al-Jazeera reported, after the first senior face-to-face meeting between the two sides since the hardline group took over the country in August following a US troop pull-out.

The minister added that the Afghan delegation and US counterparts discussed “opening a new page” between the two countries, adversaries during the United States’ two-decade long occupation of Afghanistan.

Washington and other Western countries are grappling with difficult choices as a severe humanitarian crisis looms large over Afghanistan. They are trying to formulate how to engage with the Taliban without granting it the legitimacy it seeks while ensuring humanitarian aid flows into the country.

The departure of US-led forces and many international donors robbed the country of grants that financed 75 per cent of public spending, according to the World Bank.

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Ahmadiyya Rochester Hills Mosque Vandalized Following Evening Prayers

Emma Stein

09-10-2021

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s mosque in Rochester Hills was vandalized Friday night as children played inside following evening prayers.

The mosque was nearly empty at the time of the incident, but some members and their children  stayed behind to play after evening prayers ended. The mosque has security cameras that captured the incident and showed the perpetrator smashing the front door, shattering the glass, with an unknown tool.

Members didn’t discover the vandalism until they arrived for morning prayer at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, said Muhammad Ahmad, director of outreach at Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Michigan.  Ahmadiyya is a revivalist movement within Islam founded in 1889.

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Islamic Cultural Center of the Bronx reopens following fire 12 years ago

News 12 Staff

Oct 10, 2021

The Islamic Cultural Center of the Bronx reopened Saturday following a devastating fire in 2009.

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 Africa

Boko Haram renews attacks on farmers in Gwoza, kills four IDPS

Dogara Bitrus

10 October 2021

Two others, who sustained injuries during the attack on Thursday, are currently receiving treatment at the Government General Hospital in Gwoza town, Sunday PUNCH learnt.

The attack came after months of improved security in the Gwoza Local Government Area of the state and its environs, arising from the death of a Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and the subsequent surrender of some top commanders of Boko Haram terrorists, their wives and children to the military.

Some youths in the council said despite efforts by farmers and locals to provide logistics support for the hunters engaged by the state government to provide protection, the Boko Haram fighters resumed attacks, killing farmers and looting their farm produce.

“On Thursday, we discovered the dead body of an IDP who went to his farm to harvest his produce. The same day, another IDP was brought back dead to the camp. We became alarmed and tried to find out what was happening only to discover that there were two more deaths.

“While trying to sort out the issue, two other farmers living within the same Hambagda area were rushed to the town from their farms with varying degrees of injury. We immediately took them to the general hospital in Gwoza where they are currently receiving medical attention,” a youth leader, Musa Ali, told our correspondent.

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Islamic Movement Debunks 'Security Alert' About Seven-Day Mass Protest In Abuja

BY SAHARAREPORTERS

OCT 09, 2021

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as Shi’ites, has denied planning to embark on a seven-day mass protest in Abuja over the killing of its members by security operatives during the annual Arbaeen Symbolic Trek.

A “security advisory alert” had on Thursday gone viral on social media alleging plans by the group to embark on the protest in some locations which included; Wuse market, Mararaba, Nyanya, Garki , Area 1, Banex and the Federal Secretariat.

The Secretary of Academic Forum of the Movement, Abdullahi Musa, who spoke to SaharaReporters on Friday in Abuja, said the speculation by one of the agencies of the United Nations which allegedly released the “security advisory alert” was malicious and total falsehood.

Musa said, “The Islamic movement under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky has no plans for any seven days protest that was supposed to start yesterday. It is unfortunate that an agency of the United Nations that is directly under the office of the UN Secretary General will listen and respond to a cooked up and fake security alert by an unknown body.

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Boko Haram: Army to court-martial 158 soldiers for indiscipline, inefficiency

DOGARA BITRUS

10 October 2021

The Nigerian Army’s Joint Task Force North-East operation, Hadin Kai, on Saturday inaugurated two court martials to try defaulting soldiers serving at the operation ground in the North-East.

The the ater Commander of the joint task force, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, said the military personnel numbering 158 would be tried on matters relating “directly to the regimentation, discipline, efficiency and morale of the military.”

Musa said this while inaugurating the general and special court martials at the officers’ Mess of the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno State.

He said, “As we all know, courts martial trials are regimental and judicial exercises, the end of which may review, reduce or remove the rights and privileges of any convicted service personnel. To maintain the armed forces in a state of readiness, the military, as an institution, must be ready to enforce internal discipline effectively in accordance with the extent laws.”

Musa added that the court martials were in line with the two set of laws guiding the command. He said the court was not only a jury for trial but also a court to speedily dispose of cases and award mete out punishments in the event of conviction of any personnel.

He said, “The military has its code of service discipline to meet its peculiar disciplinary needs. In this regard, emphasis shall be laid on statute laws and the traditional military regimentation with due adherence to the fair hearing requirements as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.”

According to the commander, the first court martial will be presided over by one Maj. Gen. Bainze Mohammed, while Lt. Col. Rotimi Bakare will be the judge advocate. The second one has Brig. Gen. Dominic Udofia as its president while Squadron Leader Audu Satomi will serve as the judge advocate.

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Worshippers queue up for vaccines outside Nigerian mosque

10-10-2021

Religious leaders in Nigeria encouraged people to get the vaccination as Africa’s top public health official issued a strong reminder about the danger of the continent not having enough doses of vaccines.

Italy's health ministry has reported 46 virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, up from 30 during the prior period, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 2,748 from 3,023.

Italy has registered 131,274 deaths linked to the virus since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the ninth-highest in the world. The country has reported 4.7 million cases to date.

Tokyo's government has said that new daily infections  in the Japanese capital declined to 82, the lowest since October 19 last year.

Cases have been on the decline since peaking at more than 5,000 a day in August in a wave driven by the highly infectious Delta variant. Tokyo and much of Japan last week exited a state of emergency that had lasted for almost six months.

Britain has recorded 133 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, a slight increase on a day earlier when 127 people died, government data showed.

Singapore is opening its borders to more countries for quarantine-free travel as the city-state seeks to rebuild its status as an international aviation hub, and prepares to reach a "new normal" to live with Covid-19.

From October 19 fully vaccinated people from eight countries, including Britain, France, Spain and the United States, will be able to enter the island without quarantining if they pass their tests, the government said.

Australia was bracing for more infections and hospitalisations, officials said, even as it moves toward gradually easing pandemic restrictions with the vast majority of its people getting vaccinated against the virus.

Sydney, in a lockdown for more than 100 days, is to ease some key restrictions for the fully vaccinated from Monday. More than 70 percent of people across New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the capital, have been fully vaccinated.

Fiji will ease restrictions and announce its reopening for international travel after the country hit a vaccination milestone Saturday.

Changes to the country's virus restrictions would be announced on Sunday afternoon after 80 percent of the adult population received both doses of a vaccine, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said.

"A full three weeks ahead of schedule! I'm grateful to everyone who's rolled up their sleeves to help make Fiji safe," Bainimarama said in a tweet.

Germany reports 8,854 new coronavirus cases and 65 new deaths, according to the country's disease control centre, the Robert Koch Institute.

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India

History of invaders being used to demonise Indian Muslims, says Shashi Tharoor | India Today Conclave 2021

India Today Web Desk

October 9, 2021

Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2021, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said the history of Muslim invaders is being "instrumentalised" to demonise Indian Muslims.

"When you ask, rightly, why is today's Muslim feeling offended when Ghazni or Ghori are denounced, the answer is because it is instrumentalised to demonise them today," said Shashi Tharoor.

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Amidst Outrage, RSS-Affiliated NDTF Distances Itself from Ex-Head's 'Marks Jihad' Comment

The Wire Staff

10-10-2021

New Delhi: The National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF), an RSS-affiliated teachers’ body on Friday, October 8, distanced itself from the “marks jihad” comment made by Rakesh Pandey, a physics teacher at Kirorimal College and former president of the body, the Indian Express reported.

In a Facebook post made on October 5, Pandey had said, “A college had to admit 26 students in a course having 20 seats only because they all had 100 percent marks from Kerala board. For last few years, Kerala board is implementing #MarksJihad.”

The addition of the “jihad” suffix to common nouns to indicate presence of fictitious conspiracies hatched by India’s Muslim population has gained ground among leaders and workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party and other Hindutva organisations. Recently, a Kerala bishop’s “narcotics jihad” comment was criticised widely and summarily refuted by the state’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan. The bogey of “love jihad” – for which the Union home ministry has said there exists no data – has now been given legal credence by the BJP governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Gujarat.

In his analysis for The Wire on the communal underpinning of India’s efforts to fight terrorism, N.C. Asthana has delved into the etymology of the word “jihad” itself and sought to establish how it is far removed from the use it is being put to today.

Following Pandey’s remarks, the NDTF issued a statement in which it said, “NDTF has nothing to do with views expressed by any individual on any State Secondary Board. NDTF unambiguously dissociates itself from any objectionable statement.”

In the same statement, the NDTF also noted that Delhi University (DU), being a central university, grants students from all states “equal rights” based on merit to study in the best institutions.

Pandey’s remarks were widely criticised by several students’ bodies, including the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), the All India Students’ Association (AISA) and the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), all of which held protests on various DU campuses on Friday.

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 Pakistan

Pakistan President, UAE Prime Minister Reaffirm Resolve To Strengthen Ties

October 10, 2021

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi and Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Saturday reiterated the resolve to solidify the multifaceted bilateral relationship.

During a meeting at the Leaders Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, the two leaders reaffirmed the resolve to strengthen the existing close fraternal relations between Pakistan and the UAE in diverse fields.

They reviewed prospects of growing bilateral relations on all fronts while discussing a number of regional and international issues of interest.

President Alvi said Pakistan and the UAE enjoyed close fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history and cultural affinities.

He congratulated the vice president and prime minister of the UAE on the successful inauguration of Dubai Expo 2020. He lauded the tremendous efforts of the UAE government and Expo Management Team for organising the world’s most diverse and widely participated exposition, which will remain open for six months.

The president underlined that the Expo 2020 was a landmark event not just for the UAE but also for the whole region. He said the expo would offer a unique opportunity to the countries of the region and beyond to establish linkages and partnerships with multinational companies.

Dr Alvi briefed the UAE prime minister on the theme of Pakistan Pavilion, which mainly focuses on showcasing the unexplored and undiscovered treasures of Pakistan.

Felicitating Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on the ongoing golden jubilee celebrations of the UAE, the president acknowledged the role of the Emirates’ visionary leadership that helped transform the UAE into a hub for regional trade, transport, logistics, technology and tourism.

The president apprised the UAE prime minister of the continued and blatant violations of fundamental human rights of the Kashmiri Muslims in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

President Alvi expressed gratitude to the leadership and people of the UAE for hosting 1.6 million Pakistanis in their country. He said Pakistani expatriates in the UAE continued to play an important role to strengthen the bilateral bond and contributed significantly to the development of the two countries.

Meanwhile, while addressing an event related to Roshan Apna Ghar initiative for expatriates, the president said Pakistan as the fifth most populated country of the world had set its targets high to attain development in various fields.

He said a prosperous Pakistan was emerging at the global arena and urged the overseas Pakistanis to benefit from the secure investment policies of the country.

was one of the few countries in the world which had witnessed immense growth even during the challenge of pandemic.

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PPP asks govt to brief parliament on talks with IMF

Amir Wasim

October 10, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The opposition Pak­is­tan Peoples Party (PPP) on Saturday urged the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government to present details of its talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) before parliament, prior to taking any final decision.

Talking to Dawn on Saturday, PPP central Punjab president Raja Pervez Ashraf asked the government to apprise the nation about conditions being imposed by the IMF for providing loans to the government.

Mr Ashraf also sought an explanation from the government over reports that more taxes were being imposed on the nation as a result of the talks with the IMF.

The PPP leader recalled that when the PPP was in the government, it had also negotiated with the IMF. He was of opinion that the main focus of the government during the talks with the world donors should be the betterment and relief for the common people.

Mr Ashraf regretted that the government had already increased prices of oil and electricity many times after presentation of the federal budget in June. He said that according to the government, they had fulfilled all conditions of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to bring the country out of its grey list. However, he said, despite all these claims, Pakistan was still on the FATF grey list which shows that “there is a fault somewhere.”

The PPP leader criticised the government for its failure to take timely decisions. He said previously Prime Minis­ter Imran Khan had declared that his government would not approach the IMF for loans, but later the government not only held talks with the Fund, but also accepted all its harsh conditions making the lives of the people difficult.

In a separate statement, PPP MNA Dr Nafisa Shah said there were reports that the IMF had “dictated” to the government to increase sales tax and regulatory duties. Moreover, she said, there were reports that the IMF had asked the government “to set the annual tax target at Rs63 trillion”.

The statements from the PPP leaders came on the day the government concluded its technical-level virtual discussions with the IMF with a “positive note” and agreed to continue talks at a higher level in Washington from next week to put $6bn Extended Fund Facility (EFF) back on track. The policy level talks between Pakistan and the IMF officials is scheduled to start in the US early next week.

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PDM seeks immediate, fair polls to rid country of crises

Zulqernain Tahir

October 10, 2021

LAHORE: Opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) alliance leaders Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Shehbaz Sharif have said that fresh polls must be held at once to steer the country out of crises.

“It’s a demand of the PDM and other (political forces) that fresh elections be called in the country immediately. Only transparent fresh polls will pave the way for the right direction of the country,” Shehbaz said in a talk with journalists here on Saturday along with Maulana Fazl, who had called on him to discuss the PDM affairs and other matters to devise a strategy to oust the Imran Khan government.

“Fresh election is the need of the hour,” the Maulana said and claimed that people associated with every national institution were demanding restoration of economy.

When his comments were sought on the so-called notification controversy surrounding the ISI DG’s appointment, the opposition leader in the National Assembly said: “It is regrettable how U-turn Khan has handled the sensitive matter of the army. This institution is responsible for the defence of the country and history is witness to its sacrifices.”

Unlike his elder brother Nawaz Sharif and niece Maryam Nawaz, Shehbaz has not named individuals associated with the army for what the father-daughter duo claims being responsible for ‘installing’ the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government in 2018.

Similarly, the junior Sharif never endorsed PDM president Maulana Fazl’s critical views about the establishment in the opposition alliance’s rallies he attended.

But on Saturday, he seconded the PDM chief and maintained that PM Khan had “mishandled the sensitive matter”, causing immense damage to the institution of the army.

Maulana Fazl said: “I will not talk about the internal matter of the institution of the army… but the man who is the symbol of unity of the command has immensely damaged it (army). Everyone is worried about the situation. We may have political differences, but we want the army to be strong and disciplined for the defence of the country.”

While responding to the PDM leaders’ remarks, federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told Dawn that both Shehbaz and Maulana Fazl were looking for a “job” from the army’s General Headquarters.

To a question on the supposed issue over the appointment of the new ISI chief, Mr Chaudhry remarked: “There has been no controversy whatsoever.”

Source: Dawn

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TLP chief’s release orders issued as govt withdraws reference

Asif Chaudhry

October 10, 2021

LAHORE: The Lahore deputy commissioner on Saturday issued orders for the release of Hafiz Saad Rizvi, leader of the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), after the government withdrew its reference for extension in his detention.

“I, deputy commissioner Lahore, allow the release of Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi s/o Khadim Hussain Rizvi with immediate effect,” stated the order issued by DC Mohammad Umer Sher.

A source in the chief minister office said Rizvi, being listed in the Fourth Schedule, was required to furnish surety bonds to the police to secure his release. However, he said, the government could use other legal options to keep Rizvi in custody even after submission of the bonds. There were dozens of first information reports registered against workers of the TLP, he added.

TLP’s central executive committee warned the government against keeping Rizvi in detention despite multiple court orders. It said the government would be responsible for the consequences if Rizvi was not released.

Late into the night, high alert was declared in the city after TLP workers took to the streets and gathered outside the Kot Lakhpat Jail demanding immediate release of Rizvi.

However, police authorities declared the activity of the TLP activists illegal, unlawful and uncalled-for, saying that the Anti-Terrorism Court had made mandatory the provision of surety bond of for the release of Rizvi which was not provided by him to the authorities concerned so far.

A heavy contingent of the police was deployed outside the Kot Lakhpat Jail to prevent any law and order situation and 40 reserves were put on high alert when required to respond to the emergency.

Source: Dawn

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Southeast Asia

Ahmad Faizal plays down Umno’s refusal to work with Bersatu in Melaka state elections

10 Oct 2021

ALOR GAJAH Oct 10 — Umno’s refusal to work with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in the Melaka state election is nothing more than the personal views of some leaders from the party, said Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu .

He said Bersatu was always open to negotiations and was ready to work with anyone as long as it did not harm religion, race and the country.

Source: Malay Mail

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Johor ready to assist federal govt in Pulau Batu Puteh case, says mentri besar

10 Oct 2021

JOHOR BARU, Oct 10 — Johor will cooperate and assist the federal government in obtaining various documents and views required involving the Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh case, Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said.

Welcoming the federal government’s decision to set up a special task force to look into the case, he said the issue of the Pulau Batu Puteh claim between Malaysia and Singapore was of special interest to the Johor government and people historically and also due to its proximity to the state.

“The state government will provide full support on the legal action under the tort of misfeasance against parties found to have committed negligence and error for not proceeding with the application for review and interpretation of the case.

Source: Malay Mail

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Danesh Raj’s appointment will raise voice of young, says higher education minister

09 Oct 2021

BAGAN DATUK, Oct 9 — The appointment of Danesh Raj Nagarajan as a member of the Board of Directors of Universiti Malaya (UM) will raise the voices of young people to a higher level, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad.

Noraini said she had personally scrutinised the list of the proposed members from the alumni of the university by looking at the criteria available before the appointment was made.

“He is an active alumni. I was given a list, looked at the criteria available, so the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) appointed a former student who represented the alumni.

Source: Malay Mail

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Europe

Turkish FM lambastes Biden after US President Blames Turkey For Hindering Fight Against Islamic State In Syria

By George Gilson

09.10.202

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu used a presser in Ankara with visiting Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia to unleash a sharp attack on US President Joe Biden.

Cavusoglu blasted the US president over his letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer explaining that his decision to issue an executive order extending national emergency powers on dealing with Syria is based on Turkey’s military operations in northern Syria, which he said undermines the fight against the Islamic State.

Cavusoglu declared that, “Instead of blaming Turkey they [the US] should abandon their wrong-headed policies. They [the Biden administration] should be more honest with the American people and Congress.”

Source: Tovima

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German Prosecutors Are ‘Sure' Convicted Paedophile And Rapist Christian Brueckner 'Murdered Madeleine McCann'

By LAUREN LEWIS

9 October 2021

Prosecutors are '100 per cent sure' convicted paedophile and rapist Christian Brueckner 'murdered Madeleine McCann.'

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said investigators were 'confident' they had the right man and had sufficient evidence to charge over the 2007 disappearance.

Brueckner is currently being held in a high security prison in Oldenburg, near Bremen in northern Germany, where he is serving time for separate offences.

Investigators are hoping to bring charges against the 44-year-old next year after taking time to gather as much evidence as possible before the case goes to court.

Madeleine McCann disappeared aged three from a holiday apartment in Portugal while on holiday with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann; her two-year-old twin siblings; and a group of family friends and their children.

'It is now possible that we could charge. We have that evidence now. But it's not just about charging him – we want to charge him with the best body of evidence possible.

'If we had a video of the act or a picture of Madeleine dead with Brueckner on camera, we wouldn't have had to make a public appeal. But we only have circumstantial evidence.' 

But he admitted prosecutors have no proof Madeleine is dead, any idea how she died and no evidence linking Brueckner to her alleged murder.

Source: Daily Mail

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Man Accused Of Fife Islamic Centre Terror Attack Plot Had Swastikas In Bedroom, Court Hears

By Katharine Hay

09-10-2021

A man on trial accused of plotting an attack on a mosque had swastikas and numbers “with extreme right-wing connotations” written on his bedroom wall, a court has heard.

Sam Imrie has been charged with posting statements on social media platform Telegram suggesting he was going to carry out an attack on the Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes.

Giving evidence at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday, DC Kevin Paterson, who works in Police Scotland’s terrorism prevention unit, said Imrie had swastikas and the numbers 14 and 88 written in chalk on his bedroom wall.

Asked about what the numbers symbolised, DC Paterson told the court: “14 is seen widely as a white supremacist number; it’s a number linked to a sentence containing 14 words about protecting white people and their children.”

Describing the design of the ring in court, he said: “I think it’s called the Black Sun,” adding, “I’ve seen similar designs in right-wing art.”

Earlier, the court heard Imrie is said to have driven to the Fife Islamic Centre in Poplar Road, Glenrothes, where he made recordings on his phone to “carry out observations” of the area while in possession of a can of petrol.

Source: Standard

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Boris Johnson goes on holiday to Marbella - but is the timing right?

By Asher McShane

10 October 2021

Boris Johnson has taken a holiday to Marbella, sparking anger as Brits face a cost of living crisis, empty shelves and higher petrol prices as well as queues at the pumps.

But Boris, who has taken the trip during parliamentary recess with his pregnant wife Carrie and their 17-month-old son Wilf, last went on a break last year to Mustique and since then he was taken seriously ill with Covid, lost his mother - with the PM said to be ‘utterly exhausted’ with the events of recent months.

The family are understood to be staying in a private villa on the Costa del Sol, where temperatures yesterday were a balmy 24C. It is understood the PM will return home on Thursday.

Critics will accuse the PM of leaving the country in the middle of a crisis and warnings of a “winter of discontent,” surging energy prices and stock shortages in supermarkets.

Source: Lbc.Co

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Steps Down Amid Corruption Probe, to Save Coalition

Oct 9, 2021

VIENNA—Austria’s conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned on Saturday to pull his coalition government back from the brink of collapse after the junior party demanded his head because he has been placed under investigation on suspicion of corruption.

The move by Kurz, who denies wrongdoing, satisfied his coalition partner, the Greens, and came just three days before a special session of parliament at which they were preparing to back a motion of no-confidence that would have forced him out.

A star among Europe’s conservatives known for his hard line on immigration, Kurz, 35, became one of the continent’s youngest leaders in 2017 when he formed a coalition with the Freedom Party that had collapsed in 2019. Parliament sacked him but he won the snap election that followed.

Kurz plans to stay on as his party’s leader and become its top lawmaker in parliament, and he is likely to continue to call the shots in the coalition.

“I would therefore like to make way in order to end the stalemate, to prevent chaos and to ensure stability,” Kurz said in a statement to the media on Saturday.

He added that he was proposing Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, a career diplomat backed by Kurz’s party, take over as chancellor, whom the Greens soon made clear they accepted.

“I believe this is the right step for future government work,” Greens leader and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said in a statement, adding he had had a “very constructive” working relationship with Schallenberg and would meet him on Sunday.

“This resignation is not a real resignation,” political analyst Thomas Hofer said. “It is (formally) a step back into the second row but the power in the OVP and therefore within the OVP government team still lies with Sebastian Kurz.”

Source: Ntd.Com

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