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Unknown Person In UP Defaces Mosque Wall with Provocative Graffiti against Prophet Mohammad

New Age Islam News Bureau

21 June 2022

 

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• Pak Muslim Yogis to Celebrate International Yoga Day to Create Awareness about Benefits of Physical and Mental Health

• World Islamic Human Rights Body Condemns Discrimination against Indian Muslims

• OIC Calls for Outlawing Wilful Provocations and Defamation of Islamic Holy Personalities and Religious Symbols at United Nations

• Sikh and Philanthropist Organizations Move To Preserve Sikh, Hindu Religious Places in Afghanistan

 

India

• With Help from US, France and UK, Delhi Thwarts Islamabad Bid To Tag Indian ‘Global Terrorist’

• India rejects OIC criticism, warns against ignoring hate aimed at Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism

• Jammu and Kashmir: One terrorist killed in Sopore encounter, operation underway

• NIA raids 7 locations in Pulwama, arrests ‘4 OGWs of JeM’

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Pakistan

• Pakistan repatriates 20 Indian fishermen

• Pak-TTP 'peace deal' doomed to fail despite Afghan-Taliban's push

• Pakistan: 4 social activists killed in North Waziristan

• PM stresses global support for refugees from Syria to Afghanistan

• Govt summons parliamentary body for briefing on talks with TTP

• Hina and Hamza discuss progress on FATF action plan

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Arab World

• UAE, Saudi to Be ‘Major Players’ In Metaverse; Will Invest and Reap Billions: Expert

• UAE teens offered a ‘menu’ of crystal meth, hashish, as police step up drug crackdown

• Kurdish Democratic Union Party Elects Asya Abdullah and Salih Muslim as New Co-Chairs, Syrian Kurdistan

• UN launches $3.2 billion plan for crisis-hit Lebanon to support families, refugees

• Egyptian trade delegation makes rare Israel visit

• Syrian state media say attack on army bus kills 13 troops

• Saudi visit a sign of ‘optimism and hope,’ says Egyptian minister of international cooperation

• Nearly dozen military personnel, two civilians killed in attack on bus in Syria's Raqqah: SANA

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Europe

• Dutch PM Apologizes To Troops Involved In Srebrenica Massacre, Rubbing Salt into Wound of Muslims in Europe

• Increase in violent attacks on mosques and Muslims in Germany

• Islamic school leader banned for misogynistic and homophobic sermons

• Terror group YPG/PKK supporters hold demonstration in Sweden

• Renewal of Syria cross-border aid mandate is ‘moral imperative,’ UN chief tells Security Council

• Iraqi migrant in UK fears Rwanda deportation, despite reprieve

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South Asia

• Sikh and Philanthropist Organizations Move To Preserve Sikh, Hindu Religious Places in Afghanistan

• UN revokes travel privileges for two Taliban education officials

• Hasina to visit India in early Sept, says B'desh minister

• Photo exhibition in Dhaka highlights plight of Rohingya in Bangladesh

• Man Hanged in Iran for Stabbing Three Clerics

• Explosion in Eastern Afghanistan Kills Two and Injures At Least Twenty-Eight People

• Employees at an Airport in Southern Afghanistan Resign Due to Non-Payment of Their Salaries

• Taliban launches fresh attacks in Panjshir Valley to rescue its commander

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Africa

• Militants Kill 132 Villagers In Mali Weekend Rampage

• UAE to build Red Sea port in Sudan in $6 billion investment package: Report

• No agreement as UN’s latest Libya mediation effort ends

• Tunisia president receives draft constitution

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North America

• UN Chief to Security Council: ‘We Cannot Give Up On People of Syria’

• Many Black Americans living abroad say they will not return to US

• Hearing on Muslim cemetery in south metro draws standing-room-only crowd

• US Navy and Iran have tense encounter in Strait of Hormuz

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Southeast Asia

• South Korean Food Company Invested $31 Million to Enter Malaysia’s Halal Market

• 169-year-old mosque in Malacca struck by lightning

• Johor Exco: RM28m Allocated For Monthly Allowance of Mosque, Surau Officials In State

• Johor PAS rejects ‘big tent’ approach, to focus on Malay-Muslim unity

• Strengthen Malay for unity’s sake, says Amanah man

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Mideast

• Israel's Parliament to Dissolve, Foreign Minister Lapid to Become Prime Minister

• Palestinian Islamic Jihad Conducts Large-Scale Military Drill in Gaza

• Hamas: No sovereignty for Palestine as long as Israeli occupation continues

• Spokesman: US Should Remove All Anti-Iran Sanctions

• Iran prepares enrichment escalation at Fordow plant, IAEA report shows

• Israel PM says thwarted Iranian attacks in Turkey, suspects arrested

• Israel building US-led ‘Middle East air defence alliance:’ Defence minister

• Iranian engineer’s death at military site due to ‘industrial sabotage’: Agency

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Unknown Person In UP Defaces Mosque Wall with Provocative Graffiti against Prophet Mohammad

 

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20 JUN 2022

Aligarh (UP), Jun 20, A case has been filed against an unidentified person for defacing the wall of a mosque here with objectionable and provocative comments against Prophet Mohammad, police said on Monday.

The incident happened in a mosque in Keshopur Gadrana under Mahua Khera police station area, they said.

The caretaker of the mosque, Habibur Rehman, on Sunday found inflammatory graffiti on the mosque wall and immediately reported the matter to the police, they said.

A case has been registered and several persons are being questioned in this regard, police said.

Source: Outlook India

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Pak Muslim Yogis to Celebrate International Yoga Day to Create Awareness about Benefits of Physical and Mental Health

 

Preparations for IYD at Yoga Xone, Lahore.

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Jun 20, 2022

AMRITSAR: Muslims Yogis of Pakistan are all set to celebrate International Yoga Day (IYD) on Tuesday with a few holding special Yoga therapeutic sessions in a bid to bring awareness among people about the benefits of Yoga to improve their physical and mental health.

The Times of India talked to a couple of Pakistani Yogis on the eve of IYD on their enthusiasm to celebrate the festival of mind, body, and soul.

Ibreez Rumi of Lahore based Rumi Yoga and Wellness talked about the prevalent childhood depression in the society and how Yogic exercises can help to improve it. He said there were certain Yoga poses that could not only help to alleviate the severity of the depression but also heal it. He said several Yoga postures were helpful in improving the overall physical and mental health and total well-being. “In therapeutic Yoga, we heal the patient with a particular posture and holistic healing,” said he.

Nausheen Khattak who runs Yoga Xone in Lahore said she had organized a free Yoga Open House for people of all age groups to mark the day .“Yoga is simply about finding yourself! Access to yourself! The greater you. The physical part of yoga begins to refine you and connect you to something greater than yourself. The brain is nature’s brilliance so we really need to un-learn to learn. Lately, there is a lot of Yoga awareness in Pakistan” said Nausheen. At the same time, she expressed gratitude toward India for spreading the teachings of Yoga.

“Thank you India for bringing us this outstanding knowledge of the human body and mind,” said she.

A molecular biologist and a Yoga teacher in Pakistan Yogi Safana Farooq said “If you want to know yourself and take a deep dive into yourself there is no better way than Yoga”.

Safana said she was attracted to Yoga after she had developed severe anxiety due to her overstretched research work. “In Pakistan majority of people believe that Yoga is helpful for body transformation, to look young and make certain postures but we need to bring awareness among the that Yoga has the ability to transform mental health and dedicated days like IYD are much helpful to motivate people towards Yoga,” said Safana.

In India, Minister of State for Tourism and Defence Ajay Bhatt will attend the International Yoga Day celebrations at the Indo Pak International border at Attari.

Source: Times Of India

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World Islamic Human Rights Body Condemns Discrimination against Indian Muslims

 

A bulldozer is being used to demolish the residence of Javed Ahmed, a local leader who was allegedly involved in the recent protests against BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma's remarks about Prophet Mohammed, in Allahabad on June 12, 2022. (AFP)

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Rashid Hassan

June 20, 2022

RIYADH: The human rights wing of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned discriminatory acts against Indian Muslims, calling on the international community to hold India accountable for violations of minorities’ human rights and to end their hostilities.

The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), one of the principal organs of the 57-member OIC, tweeted that it “condemns these brazen acts of discrimination, flouting all pluralistic ideals with impunity!! It calls upon the Intl. Community and relevant UN Special Procedures to urge Indian govt to protect the HR of its Muslim minority and immediately put an end to hostilities against them.”

The commission also shared an Al Jazeera clip of Arundhati Roy, a famous Indian activist and author, describing how India is becoming a “Hindu fascist enterprise.”

Roy, best known for her award-winning book “The God of Small Things,” said: “The bulldozing of Muslim homes marks a moment in time where you are seeing a transition from a sort of fragile, flawed democracy transitioning pretty openly, pretty brazenly into a criminal Hindu fascist enterprise. Earlier Muslims were punished by vigilante mobs or the police. But when you say that you are going to bulldoze a house or a locality or a set of shops, then what you are doing is you are saying who are the people who are going to be involved in that.”

She added: “There are going to be the municipal authorities, there are going to be local magistrates, there are going to be people watching, there is going to be media beaming this into people's homes, and above all, there are going to be the courts that are looking away and not doing anything.

“In effect what you are doing is you are telling Muslims you are on your own. There is no help. There is no law for you. And all the institutions that were part of the checks and balances of that old democracy are now going to be used as weapons against you.”

Authorities in states governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have in recent months started bulldozing homes, shops and businesses that belong to Muslims, on suspicion of participating in anti-government protests.

Last week, after running bulldozers in Kanpur and Saharanpur, the Uttar Pradesh administration demolished the house of student activist Afreen Fatima in Prayagraj after serving just one day’s notice to vacate it, following protests against derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad by BJP spokespersons.

Rights activists have noted a trend of dual standards, where anti-government protesters from other communities are not targeted in a similar way.

On June 16, tens of thousands of young men furious with the BJP government’s new army recruitment policy went on a violent rampage across India. They burned trains and vehicles, attacked police stations, blocked roads, and in one town they even burned the BJP’s offices, but their homes were not bulldozed in retaliation.

The IPHRC’s statement on anti-Muslim abuse in India comes after the commission endorsed condemnation and outrage expressed by the OIC and members of the international community over defamatory remarks made by BJP leaders against the Prophet Muhammad.

On June 6, it tweeted: “OIC-IPHRC urges the UN & intl’ HR community to pressurise India to squarely counter Islamophobia and blasphemous speech, prosecute those involved without impunity and deal with its systematic and systemic persecution of Muslim minority.”

Source: Arab News

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OIC Calls for Outlawing Wilful Provocations and Defamation of Islamic Holy Personalities and Religious Symbols at United Nations

 

A view of a high-level United Nations meeting on countering hate speech convened on Monday. — Photo courtesy United Nations General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid's Twitter

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Anwar Iqbal

June 21, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) urged the international community on Monday to outlaw all wilful provocations and incitement to hate and violence.

In a statement read at a high-level UN meeting on countering hate speech, the OIC also expressed grave concern on the “denigration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)” by officials of India’s ruling Bhartiya Janta Party. Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram read the statement on OIC’s behalf. The OIC demanded that all “wilful provocations and incitement to hate and violence must be universally outlawed.”

Ambassador Akram reminded the international community that the OIC “remains concerned about wilful provocations and defamation of Islamic holy personalities and religious symbols.”

On Saturday, June 18, the OIC joined the international community in commemorating the first ever international day for countering hate speech in pursuance of a General Assembly resolution passed recently.

The resolution for observing this day was presented by the Kingdom of Morocco, and the OIC described it “as an important milestone in advancing global efforts to address and counter hate speech.”

The OIC argued that observing this day would promote inter-religious and intercultural dialogue and tolerance in countering hate speech and would underline the need to counter all kinds of discrimination and xenophobia.

In his message to the high-level meeting, UN Secretary General António Guterres said that “hate speech is in itself an attack on tolerance, inclusion, diversity and the very essence of our human rights norms and principles.”

“Hate speech,” he added, “undermines social cohesion, erodes shared values and can lay the foundation for violence, setting back the cause of peace, stability, sustainable development and the fulfilment of human rights for all”.

Ambassador Akram pointed out that “the scale and impact of hate speech is amplified today by new technologies of communication, so much so that hate speech has become one of the most frequent methods for spreading divisive rhetoric and ideologies on a global scale.”

He warned that “if left unchecked, it can erode peace and development, since it creates the conditions for conflicts, religious tensions and wide scale human right violations, and can be a precursor for crimes of atrocity.”

The statement noted that while hate speech had proliferated across the globe, “the OIC is particularly alarmed at the sharp rise in Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred in many parts of the world.”

Such Islamophobic acts, the OIC added, “hurt the sensitivities of over 1.5 billion Muslims and constitute a gross abuse of the right of freedom of expression. They also reinforce extremist narratives.”

The OIC group condemned “the practice of insulting Islam, Christianity, Judaism and any other religion alike,” adding that it “stands against all acts of hate and violence on the basis of religion or belief.”

Source: Dawn

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Sikh and Philanthropist Organizations Move To Preserve Sikh, Hindu Religious Places In Afghanistan

 

Several blasts tore through Gurudwara Karte Parwan in Kabul's Bagh-e Bala neighbourhood on June 18.

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Jun 20, 2022

AMRITSAR: Anxious over the fate of Gurudwara, temples, and buildings of Sikh and Hindu heritage in Afghanistan post-departure of remaining minority Sikhs and Hindus from the terrorists-infested nation, various Sikh and philanthropist organizations have come forward to pre contrive the measures for the maintenance of these buildings and uninterrupted performance of religious services.

Joginder Singh Salaria founder of Dubai-based PCT Humanity, a philanthropist body, informed that he had taken up the issue with several Sikh religious bodies to join hands and ensure that all the gurdwaras and temples were preserved in Afghanistan.

“There are around 10 Gurdwaras and 5 temples in Afghanistan, Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singh at Karte Parwan in Kabul was the only operational Gurdwara which has now been destroyed after terrorists attack while only an ancient Asamai Temple is still operational, “said Salaria adding that his organisation had assigned duties to prepare the list of Sikh and Hindu heritage building, gurdwaras and temples across Afghanistan so that necessary steps could be taken.

Salaria said he had proposed to form an international committee to take up the issue with Afghanistan’s Taliban government so that these buildings could be preserved and religious services continues to be performed even after the evacuation of Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan.

Echoing with Salaria, president of SAD(D) Paramjit Singh Sarna said “After 1947 Indo Pak partition, Pakistan government preserved the gurdwara’s and Hindu temples similarly we expect from the Taliban government in Afghanistan to preserve our religious places “. He said besides the formation of an international committee for the purpose, the SAD(D) had also urged the prime minister Narendra Modi to intervene and take up the issue of preservation of gurdwaras and Hindu temples with the Afghan government through diplomatic channel without any delay.

Sources informed that there were around a dozen families of Sikhs and Hindus who didn’t wish to evacuate Afghanistan despite being targets of terrorists.

“Many of our relatives have been martyred by the terrorists in Afghanistan, we are constantly under attack yet we will prefer to live and die here than to abandon our houses, gurdwaras and temples,” said an Afghan Sikh who didn’t wish to give his name due to obvious reasons.

Several blasts tore through Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul's Bagh-e Bala neighbourhood on Saturday while Afghan security personnel thwarted a bigger tragedy by stopping an explosive-laden vehicle from reaching the place of worship of the minority community. Two persons were killed in the attack.

Source: Times Of India

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India

 

With Help from US, France and UK, Delhi Thwarts Islamabad Bid To Tag Indian ‘Global Terrorist’

Jun 21, 2022

NEW DELHI: With help from US, France and UK, India managed to thwart another move in the UNSC at the behest of Pakistan to designate an Indian national as ‘global terrorist’.

Islamabad has in the past too, with China’s help, sought to include the name of Gobinda Patnaik Duggivalasa, along with three other Indian nationals, in the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee list, accusing them of planning terror strikes in Pakistan. The fresh proposal to proscribe Duggivalasa is seen as a tit-for-tat move by Pakistan and China following the joint India-US proposal in the UNSC to sanction Abdul Rehman Makki, the deputy chief of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. The proposal was put on “technical hold” by China.

Source: Times Of India

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India rejects OIC criticism, warns against ignoring hate aimed at Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism

Jun 21 2022

By Arul Louis

United Nations, Jun 21 (IANS): Rejecting Organisation for Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) criticism as "divisive," India has said that efforts to combat religiophobia will not succeed if the rising hatred against Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism is ignored.

"It's time that UN member states condemned hatred against non-Abrahamic religions as well and stop from being selective in combating religiophobias," India's Permanent Representative T. S. Tirumurti told the General Assembly on Monday.

"There cannot be double standards on religiophobias if you truly want to combat hate," he said at the informal high-level meeting commemorating the first International Day for Countering Hate Speech.

India has promoted a culture of tolerance and respect for all religions under its constitution and its legal system deals with violations, he added, reacting to a criticism voiced by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC.

"Aberrations are dealt with within our legal framework and we reject selective outrage from outside, especially when they are motivated and pursuing a divisive agenda just as we heard today's references against India by OIC," he said.

Pakistan was referring to BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who has been suspended by the party's leadership and is facing criminal charges in several cities of hurting religious sentiments.

Tirumurti said, "India has time and again emphasised that combating religiophobia can never succeed if it continues to be exclusionary and remains restricted to one or two religions only, while completely ignoring the rise in hatred and discrimination against non-Abrahamic religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism."

The Abrahamic religions are Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which trace their origins to the Jewish Prophet Abraham.

Tirumurti cited the attack by the Islamic State on a gurdwara in Kabul on Saturday, the very day designated by the General Assembly to combat hate speech.

"We condemn in the strongest terms this cowardly, dastardly attack where lives were tragically lost," he added.

A Sikh worshipper was killed in the attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan, as was also a member of the ruling Taliban's forces trying to protect it.

It was also targeted with a car bomb that went off nearby.

The international reaction to it has been muted with the only notable condemnation of the attack coming from the UN Mission in Afghanistan.

"We firmly believe that a society based on principles of democracy and pluralism provides an enabling environment for diverse religions and communities to live together," Tirumurti said.

"Today, every one of the world's major religions has a home in India, making it a nation of unparalleled diversity. India has, over centuries, provided refuge to all, whether Zoroastrians or the Jewish community or Tibetan Buddhists or many from our own neighbourhood," he added.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative Munir Akram speaking on behalf of the OIC said that "denigration of Prophet Mohammad by India's ruling party's official" along with republishing cartoons of Mohammad by a French satirical publication and burning copies of the Quran in Sweden were "willful provocations and defamation of Islamic holy personalities and religious symbols".

He called them "gross abuse of the right of freedom of expression" that hurt the sensitivities of Muslims and "reinforce extremist sentiments".

UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid said, "Cyberspace and social media together with the proliferation of disinformation and fake news have aggravated the effects of hate speech to unprecedented heights."

Source: Daiji World

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Jammu and Kashmir: One terrorist killed in Sopore encounter, operation underway

Jun 21, 2022

BARAMULLA: An unidentified terrorist was killed by security forces after an encounter broke out in the Tulibal area of Sopore town in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

The police said that the operation is underway.

"Sopore Encounter Update: 01 terrorist killed. #Operation in progress. Further details shall follow," Kashmir Zone Police said in a tweet.

Earlier on Monday, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that seven terrorists including three Pakistanis were killed in encounters with security forces in the Valley.

"An encounter began in Kupwara on Sunday. Two LeT terrorists from Pakistan were killed yesterday itself. Another Pakistani terrorist was gunned down early morning today. A local terrorist from Shopian, Showkat was gunned down along with him," IGP Kashmir told ANI.

"In Pulwama, a local terrorist of LeT was gunned down. In Kulgam, a local terrorist of Jaish-e-Mohammed and one Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist were killed. A total of seven terrorists killed so far. Three of them were Pakistanis and four were local terrorists. Encounters concluded in Kupwara and Pulwama. Search is underway in Kulgam," added the official.

According to Jammu and Kashmir Police, encounters broke out between terrorists and security forces in Chatpora area of Pulwama and in DH Pora area in Kulgam on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kupwara Police launched a joint anti-terrorist operation alongwith the Army's 28RR on the disclosure of an arrested terrorist Showket Ahmed Sheikh.

Security forces are on alert as there have been incidents of targeted killings in Kashmir and sections of the minority community had threatened that they were preparing for mass migration if the government did not relocate them.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, had urged the people not to allow inimical forces to break the social fabric and noted that the electoral process is likely to begin in the coming months.

Rajnath Singh also made a veiled reference to Pakistan and said some forces were trying to sow seeds of hatred in the Union Territory.

He said there is a foreign conspiracy in the recent targeted killings in Jammu and Kashmir and such attempts would be foiled.

He was addressing an event held here today to mark the 200th anniversary of Maharaja Gulab Singh's 'Rajyaabhishek ceremony'.

Source: Times Of India

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NIA raids 7 locations in Pulwama, arrests ‘4 OGWs of JeM’

Jun 21, 2022

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency raided “seven locations” in south Kashmir on Monday and “arrested four” alleged over-ground workers (OGWs) of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Muhammed, a spokesperson for the NIA said.

According to an NIA statement, the raids and arrests were made in connection with the terrorist activities of JeM in south Kashmir and a gun battle in which two terrorists were killed by security forces at Chewa Kalan, Pulwama, on March 11 this year. The militants slain on March 11 had been identified as Aquib Mushtaq Bhat of Pulwama and Kamal Bhai of Pakistan.

During Monday’s searches, the NIA claimed, a large quantity of incriminating material was seized. Based on these searches, four people were arrested — Sahil Ahmed Khan, alias Sohail, and Jahangir Ahmed Dar, both residents of Gudoora, in Pulwama, Shahid Ahmed Shergojri of Ugragund, in Pulwama, and Inayat Gulzar Bhat of Pinglena.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan repatriates 20 Indian fishermen

Jun 20, 2022

NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Monday said it has repatriated 20 Indian fishermen to India after completion of their jail terms.

The Pakistan high commission in India said the Indians were repatriated through the Wagah-Attari border transit point.

"Pakistan has released & repatriated 20 Indian prisoners (fishermen), who had completed their sentences, via Wagah/Attari Border, today," it said on Twitter.

Source: Times Of India

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Pak-TTP 'peace deal' doomed to fail despite Afghan-Taliban's push

21 Jun, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's sheer desperation for peace with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) comes as the country's economy continues to remain in shambles and the prevailing political instability has made the Pakistani state "weak and vulnerable." The differences between the coalition partners - Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the transparency issue of the TTP talks led Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Zardari to reach out to other political parties in the parliament over Pakistan's talks with the TTP and constitute a three-member committee.

After much criticism over the absence of the government's response to the ongoing 'peace talks' between the Pakistan Army, Afghan Taliban, and TTP, political stakeholders have finally decided to take cognisance of the matter. Under Pakistan's constitution, the civilian government cannot negotiate -- at least not directly with those waging an insurgency against it. While PPP seems concerned about the concessions TTP is getting from the army establishment for the success of the dialogue, PML-N has largely ignored the matter.

In addition, the security establishment fears that the Afghan Taliban may support TTP in its quest to impose the 'Sharia Law', on the lines of Afghanistan, in Pakistan as well. There is also a reported push from China to tame TTP to avoid any nefarious activities against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and targeting of Chinese nationals in Pakistan. Lastly, the possibility of 'Pashtun' nationalism may prove a grave threat to the Punjabi-dominated army establishment in Pakistan. Therefore, Rawalpindi is opting for a peace agreement with TTP, like the US-Taliban Doha accord, instead of military operations as the Pakistan army does not want to lose its "strategic depth" in Afghanistan by angering its "trusted" Islamist proxy elements.

Even retired officers from the defence forces and law enforcement agencies have cast aspersions over the dialogue and advised to "only negotiate the terms of surrender [of TTP militants]." Overall, the talks have not yielded much in the last month as differences remain despite the Afghan Taliban's push and participation of a suspicious 50-member delegation of tribal elders, dubbed as a Jirga, in Kabul. As a saving grace for the military establishment, the TTP has reportedly agreed to extend the ceasefire "indefinitely" to continue negotiations.

Nevertheless, the ceasefire may not hold for long unless TTP's demands are not met soon. Based on the past experiences of negotiations between the Pakistan army and TTP - over a dozen agreements - this time as well the deal will eventually fall apart, leading to more bloodshed in the country. Sirajuddin Haqqani, Taliban's deputy Emir and minister of the interior, has played a critical role in facilitating the 'peace talks' between Pakistan and TTP, considering his historical closeness to both the TTP and Pakistan's security establishment.

Therefore, Haqqani's role in bringing peace between the two warring parties will be critical in deciding the future of the dialogue. Sirajuddin's appointment as the new interior minister of Afghanistan was not a coincidence but a planned move by Rawalpindi to put their "trusted men" at the helm in Kabul. However, the historical ties between the Haqqani Network and TTP, both eastern Pashtuns, may prove a roadblock for Pakistan to pressure Sirajuddin on fulfilling their objectives with the TTP.

Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province has seen an uptick in terrorism-related activities since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021. In the ongoing negotiations with Pakistan, TTP has put forth the following key demands: the reversal of the merger of former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with KPK as per the 25th Constitutional Amendment; substituting all military presence from the region with frontier corps; enforcement of Sharia law in the Malakand division; release of 102 commanders and fighters and presidential pardon to two key militant commanders; and complete freedom of movement for the TTP's members in the Malakand division.

Source: Dtnext

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Pakistan: 4 social activists killed in North Waziristan

20 June, 2022

North Waziristan [Pakistan], June 20 (ANI): At least four volunteers of a social organisation were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire at their car in Pakistan’s North Waziristan district on Sunday, a local media reported.

District Police and residents said that unidentified men on two motorcycles opened fire on a moving car in the Haiderkhel area of Mirali tehsil, Dawn reported.

All the deceased activists were part of a social organisation, the Youth of Waziristan. They all have been identified as Waqar Ahmad Dawar, Sunaid Ahmad Dawar, Aamad Dawar and Assadullah.

The bodies were shifted to a hospital in Mirali town.

The Youth Organisation, formed after the Zarb-i-Azb military operation, has worked for the restoration of peace in the militancy-hit region. The organisation has also staged a protest and sit-in against target killings, reported Dawn.

About two years ago security agencies took action against a sit-in organised by the Youth of Waziristan and arrested its founding president, Noor Islam Dawar.

Meanwhile, another case has been registered in the town, where bullet-riddled bodies of two people, who were kidnapped from a market, were found near the Tochi river, also called the Gambila River on Sunday.

The residents in Mirali town said that the unidentified gunmen had kidnapped the two people from Khadi market. Till now no group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.

The deceased belonged to the Lakki Marwat district.

The same incident has been reported on Sunday when two people were gunned down in South Waziristan.

One incident was reported from Khaisoor village where gunmen shot dead Abdur Rehman. The deceased owned a mobile phone shop in the village, according to dawn.

In another incident, an unidentified assailant killed a person in the Shaktoi area of the district.

The Pakistani police are also becoming the main target of terrorists. Recently, terrorist activities are on surged in Pakistan border areas, especially in the North Waziristan district.

A Pakistani soldier was killed when terrorists targeted security forces in the North Waziristan district of the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“On night June 1-2, terrorists fired at a military post in general area Datta Khel, North Waziristan District,” the statement read on Thursday.

During an intense exchange of fire, a young soldier who was 28 years old lost his life. Actions had been carried out to eliminate any terrorists found in the area, said the statement.

Hamid Ali, 28 was a resident of Sargodha city in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Source: The Print

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PM stresses global support for refugees from Syria to Afghanistan

June 20, 2022

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday called for renewed policy focus and arrangement of resources to address the suffering of refugees across the world.

“From Syria to Palestine to Afghanistan, their plight calls for renewed policy focus and resources,” he said in a tweet, on World Refugee Day.

The prime minister termed refugees as “the worst victims of wars and conflicts” besides inflicted by poverty and economic inequality.

He called for global efforts to the developing countries that were extending support to refugees.

“The world should help developing countries who continue to host a large number of refugees,” he said.

The Foreign Office in a statement issued on the World Refugee Day said Pakistan joined the international community in commemorating the day and expressed solidarity with refugees all around the world.

“This Day behooves us to reflect on the drivers of forced displacements and to reaffirm our commitment towards finding sustainable solutions for refugee situations, including through conflict prevention and resolution,” it said.

The FO said the day was also an occasion to reiterate collective resolve for refugee protection under the principle of international burden- and responsibility-sharing.

“Pakistan has shouldered the responsibility of one of the largest and most protracted refugee situations in the world for over four decades. Pakistan continues to host more than three million Afghans,” it said.

The FO said another 0.4 million Rohingyas had also found refuge in Pakistan and the people of Pakistan had demonstrated exemplary generosity, hospitality, and compassion towards the refugees in the country.

It emphasized that as new situations emerged around the globe, the long-standing Afghan refugee situation must not be forgotten by the international community.

“There is a need for renewed international commitment, especially in the context of COVID-compounded socio-economic and health challenges, through regular, predictable and adequate financing for Afghan refugees including their safe and dignified return,” it said.

The FO said it was equally important to undertake necessary measures for the stability and sustainable socio-economic development of Afghanistan, in order to avert the possibility of any future refugee exodus from the country.

“On this Day, Pakistan pays special tribute to UNHCR – the United Nations refugee agency – for its commendable work in support of refugees and host communities throughout the world. Pakistan looks forward to further strengthening its valuable partnership with UNHCR,” it said.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Govt summons parliamentary body for briefing on talks with TTP

June 20, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has summoned an in-camera session of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Tuesday (today) to give briefing on ongoing talks with banned outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), sources said on Monday.

The in-camera session of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) has been summoned tomorrow to give a briefing on TTP-government talks.

The movement for summoning the PCNS in-camera session at the National Assembly (NA) Hall was presented by Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Javed Abbasi. The movement was approved by the NA lawmakers.

Sources said that the PCNS in-camera session is being summoned after Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) raised objections over the secrecy of the government’s ongoing talks with the banned TTP. In the upcoming session, a briefing will be given to the outlawed TTP, sources added.

Earlier, PPP had mounted pressure on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to summon the meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) and an all-parties conference (APC) regarding the talks with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The coalition party of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) led government, PPP has strongly reacted to ongoing talks with the banned TTP without taking it into confidence.

Sources told PPP expressed serious reservations over the secrecy on the progress of ongoing talks with the banned TTP. Following the PPP’s reservations, pressure has been mounted on PM Shehbaz Sharif to summon an NSC meeting and an APC for a briefing on TTP talks.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Hina and Hamza discuss progress on FATF action plan

June 20, 2022

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar called on Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz on Monday and discussed the progress on getting Pakistan out of the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Punjab CM Hamza Shahbaz appreciated the efforts of State Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and the entire team on the positive progress on the matter of FATF.

During a meeting, the Punjab CM said that the positive development of FATF from the grey list to the white list is a victory for the country.

Hamza Shahbaz said he hopes Pakistan will return to the white list after the FATF team’s tour to Pakistan in October.

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Arab World

 

UAE, Saudi to be ‘major players’ in Metaverse; will invest and reap billions: Expert

21 June, 2022

The UAE and Saudi Arabia will lead the region will it comes to investing in the metaverse, with the Middle East to become a “major player” in the online virtual world, a futurist expert told Al Arabiya English.

In an interview with Al Arabiya English, Ian Khan, author of ‘Metaverse for Dummies,’ said the region has also seen several firsts in the immersive virtual world, including the first-ever metaverse wedding.

Meanwhile, Dubai is now home to MetaIncubator; the first Metaverse Incubator in the Middle East, designed to foster the development of early-stage Metaverse and Web3 applications.

The metaverse, which is being seen as the future of business and human interaction, is projected to reach $5 trillion by 2030, according to the latest report from McKinsey & Company.

And Khan believes the Middle East can capitalize on the market.

“The Middle East is one of the fastest technology adoption regions in the world and this is true also for the metaverse,” he told Al Arabiya English. “From being part of the conversation to taking part in the metaverse, we are seeing a lot of activity from the region.”

This is especially true for the UAE, he said.

“So far, the UAE is taking bold steps towards experimenting with the metaverse and also examining the short and long-term economic benefits this new technology area can bring.”

“The buzz is very much real, and this is being converted to reality through some of the activity that is taking place right here in the UAE and the broader region.”

Khan said both public and private sector entities are engaging in metaverse-related initiatives in the region.

This includes the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), which leads foresight and technology exploration for emerging technologies, and government entities such as the police department in Ajman, which recently introduced an initiative where members of the public can also meet and interact with Ajman Police in the metaverse, where avatars of officers will answer people's queries.

“The leadership in Dubai has recently created a committee to investigate the opportunities of the Metaverse and how this could support economic growth in the future,” said Khan. “This is a great step not just for the region but as a global industry overall to help build the foundations of a highly fast-growing industry.”

“From a thought leadership perspective and leading the conversation, this year Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the deputy ruler of Dubai, has announced the organizing of a first futurists conference organized by the Dubai Future Foundation in October 2022. This conference will cover many topics about the future, including the metaverse and its impact.”

“We also have private and public sector entities conducting pilot tests and experiments with the matters.’

“This includes the example of the Ajman police department interacting with the public through the metaverse, while Dubai Municipality has also suggested it will be participating in the Metaverse and creating a virtual city. Dubai has also been the home to the first wedding on the metaverse. Now that’s a first.”

Regionally, Saudi Arabia is also taking a big step toward developing the gaming ecosystem, said Khan.

“Saudi is organizing a week-long gaming festival in Riyadh this summer. These and many other activities are fueling big growth in the Kingdom.”

“Bloomberg predicts that by 2024 the metaverse will generate in excess of $800 billion, and I believe there is an opportunity for the Middle East to take some part of that projected growth and create opportunities in the region that will support it.”

The Middle East’s foray into the metaverse will have wide-ranging economic benefits for the region, said Khan.

“Global gig tech giants including Microsoft, Facebook, NVIDIA, Google, and others who have a stake in the Metaverse through their hardware or solution offering perspective will find the region abundant in opportunity and are likely to expand their reach in the Middle East as a result.”

“We are already seeing mega technology conferences such as LEAP, HACK, GITEX, and dedicated gaming and metaverse events taking place. These are being attended by thousands of attendees and professionals from the world over and are a testimony of the region’s focus on emerging technology.”

In the not-to-distant future, the metaverse will also create jobs in the virtual world, said Khan.

“Jobs in the metaverse are likely to be in various sectors. This will include the gaming industry, retail, and professional services. With the rise in metaverse usage, both private and public entities can see growth in their user base, offering more experiential ways of engagement and serving the needs of participants in the metaverse.”

“There is also an opportunity to establish the Middle East as a hub for gaming, which in turn would open up multiple opportunities for economic growth.”

“The government of Dubai has estimated that the metaverse could add as many as 42,000 virtual jobs and an upwards of $4 billion by 2030. I do however believe that if things go the way they are currently being planned, these numbers may rise.”

“The metaverse serves as a channel of engagement, therefore is it highly likely that there will be people and participants in the metaverse that would want to interact with the metaverse.

“This could include making purchase decisions, buying digital or physical goods over the metaverse, and receiving and delivering services. We may not be far from the era where the metaverse becomes a sizeable channel for such exchanges.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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UAE teens offered a ‘menu’ of crystal meth, hashish, as police step up drug crackdown

21 June, 2022

Parents in the UAE have told how their teenage children are being spammed with messages on their mobile phones, offering a cocktail of illegal drugs including crystal meth and hashish.

The messages come as Dubai Police are stepping up initiatives to tackle the criminals who target the public through an illicit WhatsApp drug delivery service.

Earlier this year, police revealed 100 such criminals were targeted during a major anti-narctics campaign.

Videos shown to Al Arabiya English from concerned parents, who filmed their children’s screens, show the unsolicited messages and images of an array of Class A to Class C drugs – all strictly prohibited in the UAE – offering teenagers access to narcotics.

“You need this. Good quality and good price. All UAE available,” the caption on one video read, depicting images of narcotics piled high. “Hasheesh, crystal…lyrica etc.”

One mother spoke to Al Arabiya English on the condition of anonymity.

She said her 14-year-old son’s friends received a video on his phone from an unknown number, offering him an array of drugs.

“He was scared, he didn’t want to get into trouble, so he showed them to his dad,” the mother told Al Arabiya English.

Weeks later, her son started receiving the same messages.

“He is always open with us, and he showed us straight away,” she said. “They were messages from WhatsApp. Of course, it was frightening.”

She blocked the number, but days later a different unknown caller then left several voice notes via WhatsApp in Arabic.

“The person was saying, ‘Habibi, I have this, I have that. What would you like? He was offering all different substances,” according to the mom.

“This time I went to the CID at Barsha police station. They told me it is a citywide problem and took the numbers down.”

There she was told to block the numbers of anyone offering narcotics.

The phone numbers, she said, suggested the calls had been placed from outside the country, perhaps from Pakistan or Bangladesh.

“I just want it to stop; my son has been contacted about five or six times,” she said. “It is bad enough in the age of social media of what your son can be exposed to, but when these people are seeking out and finding your children, offering them drugs, it is concerning.”

She continued, “I trust my son completely, but it is still a worry. These are substances no one should be exposed to, let alone a teenager.”

While initially concerned that drug dealers were exclusively contacting impressionable teenagers, she said that she has spoken to several acquaintances who had also received similar messages.

“My friend’s husband has similar messages, even the police officer at CID said he had received the same messages,” the mother added.

There is no legal use for crystal meth, also known as, ‘glass,’ ‘shards,’ ‘ice,’ or ‘Tina’ among those who make, distribute, and use the highly addictive drug, which can damage your body and cause severe psychological problems.

Hashish, also known as hash, is a cannabis-based drug, while Pregabalin, also known by the brand name Lyrica, is an anti-epileptic drug also used to relieve chronic pain. It has been linked to deaths in the UK.

Even very small possessions of medications such as codeine can be deemed illegal in Dubai and can result in imprisonment, fines, and deportation.

Dubai Police has worked closely in conjunction with the UAE’s telecommunications providers, Etisalat and du, as well as the Roads and Transport Authority and the Central Bank to raise awareness of the WhatsApp drug networks as part of a high-profile initiative run from July 15 to November 1, 2021.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Kurdish Democratic Union Party Elects Asya Abdullah And Salih Muslim As New Co-Chairs, Syrian Kurdistan

June 20, 2022

HASAKA, Syrian Kurdistan,— The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokratîk, PYD) in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) elected new co-chairs during its three-day Congress which was held in Hasaka city.

On the second day of the 9th congress and with the participation of 700 delegates, Asya Abdullah and Salih Muslim were elected on Sunday as the new co-chairs and 145 members were elected to the PYD General Assembly.

The PYD’s 9th Congress concluded on Monday and issued a final statement to the public opinion.

In 2020, Ayşe Hiso and Anwar Muslim were elected as co-chairs of the PYD at the 8th party Congress.

In 2015, Salih Muslim and Asya Abdullah were re-elected as co-chairs of the PYD at the 6th party Congress.

The worldwide-respected PYD-led Autonomous Administration in Syrian Kurdistan has a secular decentralized self-rule, where equality between men and women, direct democracy, and environmental responsibility are emphasized.

In 2013, the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party PYD — the political branch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) — has established three autonomous Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin and a Kurdish government across Syrian Kurdistan in 2013. On March 17, 2016, Kurdish and Arab authorities announced the creation of a “federal region” made up of those semi-autonomous regions in Syrian Kurdistan. Turkey on January 20, 2018 launched an operation against the YPG in the Kurdish canton of Afrin and on March 18, the Turkish troops supporting Syrian Islamic mercenary fighters drove the YPG out of Afrin city.

On September 6, 2018, the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria was proclaimed in Ain Issa. Since then, the Autonomous Administration has been responsible for implementing the model of democratic confederalism in the municipalities and regions in North-East Syria.

The PYD and its powerful military wing YPG/YPJ, considered the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and U.S. has provided them with arms. The YPG, which is the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces SDF forces, has seized swathes of Syria from Islamic State.

The Kurdish forces expelled the Islamic State from its last patch of territory in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz in March 2019. An estimated 12,000 suspected IS members are still held in Kurdish prisons since 2019.

So far over 11,000 Kurdish male and female fighters had been killed in five years of war to eliminate the Islamic State “caliphate” that once covered an area the size of Great Britain in Syria and Iraq.

Source: Ekurd

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UN launches $3.2 billion plan for crisis-hit Lebanon to support families, refugees

21 June, 2022

The United Nations has announced a $3.2 billion plan for Lebanon to address ongoing impacts from the long-running economic crisis and the war in neighboring Syria, the international body said in a statement on Monday.

The announcement was made by the country’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati, the Minister for Social Affairs Hector Hajjar, and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rochdi in Beirut, Lebanon.

The 2022 Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) aims to deliver critical assistance to more than three million people and to support services, infrastructure, and the local economy overall as the crisis continues to cripple the country’s economy, depriving people of their basic needs.

The plan is a multi-stakeholder response co-led by the Lebanese government and the UN, and will include the contribution of several other entities, including local and international NGOs.

The approach will address the needs of displaced Syrians, Palestinian refugees from Syria, and the Lebanese host communities through humanitarian and stabilization interventions, focused primarily on the maintenance of service provision through public institutions at the local level.

Support will be provided to 1.5 million Lebanese, 1.5 million displaced Syrian, and over 209,000 Palestinian refugees.

“Lebanon has been hosting displaced Syrians now for more than 11 years. As resources are further stretched by the economic crisis, increased support to the displaced and for the Lebanese host communities remain a top priority for the Government of Lebanon and its partners. It remains essential for a fair distribution of support without any discrimination to people affected by the crisis, including Lebanese villages and towns hosting the displaced, in order to alleviate the burdens placed upon them,” Hajjar said.

The economic crisis has worsened in Lebanon as more people fall deeper into poverty due to currency depreciation, high inflation, loss of incomes and rising costs.

“With the continuing impact of the Syria crisis and the current economic crisis in Lebanon pushing everyone to the brink, partners’ joint efforts to support refugees and the host community through the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan remain essential,” Rochdi said.

“Nine out of ten Syrians in Lebanon are living in poverty, while poverty levels have also risen substantially for Lebanese, migrants and Palestinians. These circumstances are driving negative coping mechanisms, as families are forced to send their children to work instead of school, skip meals or incur debt,” the UN coordinator added, stressing that municipalities needed to be supported to keep basic service running amid massive capacity gaps.

Over the next two months, the Lebanese government has pledged to scale up the number of Lebanese families benefiting from regular cash-based assistance under the government-led National Poverty Targeting Program, which donors fund under the LCRP, providing aid to up to 75,000 families.

According to the UN, the $9 billion provided through the LCRP plan in 2015 showed “tangible results” for Lebanon’s population of displaced people.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Egyptian trade delegation makes rare Israel visit

20 June, 2022

A delegation of Egyptian business leaders was in Israel on Monday, the first such visit in a decade, in a sign of “warming” ties between the two countries, Israeli officials said.

The trip was part of a trade agreement known as QIZ (Qualifying Industrial Zone), which was initiated in 1996 between Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the US to foster Middle East peace.

The deal allows Egypt to export some products to the US duty free, so long as they include 10.5 percent Israeli inputs.

The visiting Egyptian delegation includes executives from the textile and clothing industries, the Israeli foreign and economy ministries said in a joint statement.

Israel's Minister of Economy and Industry, Orna Barbivay, said the visit “will contribute to the promotion of shared interests for both countries.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh in September 2021, the first visit to Egypt in over a decade by an Israeli head of government.

Egypt was the first Arab country in 1979 to sign a peace treaty with Israel, after decades of enmity. Jordan was the second, establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1994.

Egypt now regularly serves as an intermediary between Israel and Palestinian leaders, notably from the Hamas group that rules Gaza and has no direct communication with the Jewish state.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Syrian state media say attack on army bus kills 13 troops

20 June, 2022

An attack on a military bus in northern Syria on Monday killed 13 soldiers and wounded two, Syrian state media reported.

According to state TV, the attack occurred in the province of Raqqa, which was once controlled by the extremist ISIS. The report did not say whether the bus was ambushed and attacked with machinegun fire, or whether it was hit by a missile or a roadside bomb.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the attack had all the hallmarks of ISIS militants who have carried out similar attacks over the past months, leaving dozens dead or wounded.

The militants proclaimed a so-called “caliphate” in a third of both Iraq and Syria in 2014 and the city of Raqqa was their de-facto capital. They were defeated in 2019 but ISIS sleeper cells still carry out deadly attacks.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi visit a sign of ‘optimism and hope,’ says Egyptian minister of international cooperation

NOOR NUGALI

June 20, 2022

CAIRO: The Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman is on a tour of the Middle East, where he will visit Egypt before continuing on to Jordan and Turkey. The upcoming visit's discussions will cover fields of economy, tourism and bilateral investment.

Arab News was granted an extensive interview with Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, who described the relations between the two countries “a very strategic one.”

She said: “It’s a very old one. And every time there’s a summit, there’s always a sense of optimism and hope, and alignment when it comes to the debate on the future.”

She added that the visit is “extremely significant.”

Al-Mashat said: “The other point is, this visit is coming at a time when the global situation is very complicated. It’s very challenging. There are winners, there are losers. There are concerns that everybody is thinking about: The world’s economic growth, the world’s employment, the world’s inflation. So such a summit is one that I think involves a lot of anticipation. But, as happened with previous visits, there’s always outcomes which are very favorable for both nations.”

Egypt is president and host of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 27, which will be held in November. Al-Mashat said that Egypt, as host, will continue the goals laid out at last year’s COP 26 conference held in Scotland. “We want this COP to be one of implementation. There were many pledges made in Glasgow,” she says.

She added that there are three key items on the agenda: “First, of course, Egypt as president is impartial. But adaptation and resilience are extremely important. And this has become even more so with what’s happening globally, given what we’re seeing with respect to food security, and what we’re seeing with respect to how food is related to any vulnerability, including issues related to water. Egypt being in Africa, adaptation and resilience for Africa is quite significant. So that’s going to be an opportunity.”

COP 27 being presided over by an African country also holds great significance for Al-Mashat. “The voice of the (Global) south is more prominent in G20, as well as from Indonesia, another country from the south. So between the G20 and COP 27, two big nations, two voices, will speak on behalf of middle-income countries, on behalf of developing economies,” she said.

Al-Mashat added that the goal of the upcoming conference will be shifted from the making of pledges to implementation. “Implementation here includes how we can see all the commitments when it comes to financing, making their ways to investable projects in middle-income countries and low-income countries, in countries that are not just focusing on mitigation, but on adaptation, given the climate risks related to water scarcity and desertification, which is also a big risk for countries.”

On the topic of Gulf bilateral joint committees, Al-Mashat said that “there are discussions always around different types of strategic investments.

“So, what we saw during the months of March and April were directions in line with what Egypt wants to do when it comes to opening up the private sector more to foreign investments.”

Gulf investment in Egypt is a very strong sign of confidence, said Al-Mashat, adding that Gulf countries’ prioritization of diversification of the economy, purchasing power and technology is good news for the continual development of foreign investment in Egypt.

“Gulf investments are always looking for good opportunities, and it also opens the door for other investors. So it’s a very favorable step forward,” she said.

Arab tourists, especially those from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations, could also play a vital role in Egypt’s economy. The number of Russian and Ukrainian tourists — who make up 40 percent of beach holidaymakers in Egypt, according to the Ministry of Tourism — has declined since the start of the war in Ukraine.

However, Al-Mashat said that an “influx of tourists coming from Europe, other than Russia and Ukraine, has been extremely favorable and positive.”

As the world slowly recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, “everybody wants to travel,” Al-Mashat added.

“Different countries have been seeing a surge, of course, relatively speaking to before, when it comes to tourism. On that front, there has been some mitigation of the impact of the Ukraine-Russia conflict,” she said, adding that markets other than Ukraine and Russia have helped alleviate the drop in the numbers of tourists.

Although the number of European tourists has been particularly high, Arab tourists in Egypt still play a big role, “particularly visitors from Saudi and from the Gulf, which will hopefully continue,” Al-Mashat added.

Before the pandemic, Saudi Arabia ranked fifth in terms of numbers of tourists visiting Egypt. Being a female minister in the Arab world is no easy task.

However, Al-Mashat has gracefully climbed the ranks in leadership positions in distinguished economic institutions, first obtaining her master’s degree and Ph.D in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

She worked as the adviser to the chief economist of the IMF from 2016 to 2018, after which she became Egypt’s first female minister of tourism in January 2018. Her journey to becoming one of the most influential women in Egypt’s economy did not stop there, as she was appointed minister of international cooperation in December 2019.

As for the future, Al-Mashat said: “I don’t know what the next step is. But I know that in whatever one is doing, now, we try and address any challenges and any issues to always move forward in a positive manner, and try to accomplish and achieve this for both men and women.

“Have faith and stay positive and optimistic as much as possible, because each one of us has many who are looking up to them or trying to find strength in what they do. So we should not wane or feel beaten up, despite our world looking like a very tough place now.”

Source: Arab News

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Nearly dozen military personnel, two civilians killed in attack on bus in Syria's Raqqah: SANA

20 June 2022

More than a dozen people have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when a terrorist attack targeted a civilian transit bus in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing an unnamed military source, reported that 11 government troops and two civilians were killed in the explosion that happened at around 6:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) on Monday when the bus was traveling in the Jabal al-Bishri region and along the road linking Raqqah and Homs. 

It added that another three soldiers were wounded in the terrorist attack.

Later on Sunday, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ambush had been carried out by remnants of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, who launch hit-and-run attacks in the country’s desert areas.

Last month, a rocket attack on a military bus killed 10 soldiers and wounded nine more in northwest Syria.

The bus was attacked in the west of Aleppo province on May 13, SANA reported at the time.

Attackers hit the bus with an anti-tank missile, the news agency said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which took place near the frontier with militant-held territory close to the Turkish border.

Back on October 20 last year, a bomb attack on a bus carrying troops in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 14 military personnel and wounded three others.

Two explosive devices went off as the bus was near the Hafez al-Assad bridge, Syrian state TV said, adding a third device was defused by an army engineering unit.

Since 2011, Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy, leading to the emergence of Daesh and other terrorist groups in the Arab country.

The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the United States and the European Union for waging economic terrorism on the country through their unilateral sanctions, holding them responsible for the suffering of the Syrian people.

Source: Press TV

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Europe

 

Dutch PM apologizes to troops involved in Srebrenica massacre, rubbing salt into wound of Muslims in Europe

June 21, 2022

The Dutch government has formally apologized to hundreds of former soldiers who were sent to defend the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica, rubbing salt into the wound of Muslims in Europe.

Despite sharp criticism directed at the Dutch soldiers over their shortcomings and association with criminals in the Bosnian war, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutter on Saturday tendered an apology to the veterans, depicting their mission in Bosnia as “impossible”.

“Today, I apologize on behalf of the Dutch government to all the women and men of Dutchbat III. To you and the people who can’t be here today," he said while addressing the veterans of the Dutchbat III peacekeeping unit in the central Netherlands.

"With the greatest possible appreciation and respect for the way Dutchbat III under difficult circumstances kept trying to do good, even when that was no longer possible."

In July 1995, around 8,000 Muslims were massacred after Dutch forces handed them over to the Bosnian Serb troops, which the international war crimes tribunal labeled as genocide.

Rutter defended the former soldiers and stressed that their firepower and manpower were insufficient.

“Your mandate, your equipment, and the military support you received during your mission were all inadequate (for a mission) that ultimately proved impossible to carry out,” Rutter asserted.

In addition to the apology, soldiers deployed to Srebrenica were also given the Bronze Medal of Honor by Dutch defense minister Kajsa Ollongren.

The Dutch premier’s apology comes a year after a report made a series of recommendations on how to support the 850 troops of Dutchbat III, who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Increase in violent attacks on mosques and Muslims in Germany

Ela Maartens

June 21, 2022

There was a total of 768 violent attacks on mosques and Muslims in Germany between January 2014 and June 2021. In particular, the years 2020 and 2021 stand out, with over 140 attacks, although the unreported number of such hostile actions—including vandalism, incitement, arson attacks and bodily harm—is likely to be significantly higher.

There have already been numerous attacks on mosques this year. In January, the WSWS reported that the Islamic Cultural Centre Halle Saale e.V. was shot at with an air rifle.

The figures were published by Brandeilig.org, the first nationwide reporting centre for anti-Muslim racism. The independent anti-discrimination organisation Federation against Injustice and Racism e.V. (FAIR), based in Cologne, had launched the initiative to raise awareness of anti-Muslim racism in society.

According to the Interior Ministry, between 4.4 and 4.7 million Muslims live in Germany, which is slightly more than 5 percent of the total population. Most originate from Turkey, although one in two Muslims now comes from another country. There are also about 2,350 mosques nationwide. Germany thus has the second largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.

Through annual reports, Brandeilig.org now wants to close existing information gaps regarding mosque attacks and violence against Muslims. Last May, the initiative published the inaugural Brandeilig report, for 2018, as this was the first year in which a reliable amount of information was available; further reports are to follow.

Information was collected on the numerical extent of the attacks, in which federal states they occurred, the motivation for the crime as well as the sequence of events and types of attacks.

For 2018, Brandeilig.org registered a total of 120 violent attacks. Overall, violence of varying degrees was used in 84 percent of cases, in addition to considerable damage to property and personal injury. In 4 percent of cases, the perpetrators left pig limbs in the vicinity of the mosques—a particularly disgusting action, as many Muslims do not eat pork for religious reasons.

Bavaria had the highest incidence of violence against Muslims or mosques, with 25 attacks, or 21 percent of the total. North Rhine-Westphalia follows close behind with 23 attacks (19 percent). There were 14 attacks in Lower Saxony and 12 in Baden-Württemberg, each corresponding to about one tenth of the total number.

Violence against Muslims also occurred in 10 other federal states, with some people fearing for their lives. Only in Brandenburg and Saarland were there no attacks against Muslims or mosques recorded by Brandeilig.org in 2018.

A total of 54 attacks—almost half of all incidents—can be attributed to the right-wing extremist spectrum. In seven cases, the offence was characterised by the use of racist vocabulary or racist symbolism (e.g., daubing buildings with swastikas).

The most frequent type of attack (44 percent) was vandalism of various kinds. This included graffiti, leaving an animal carcass or broken windows, whereby the overall crime patterns are subject to a broad spectrum. There have also been nine attacks in the form of arson, e.g., the use of homemade Molotov cocktails against mosques, in which two people were injured.

Other types of attacks recorded were incitement (21), insults (7) or threatening behaviour (7). Two people were injured through the use of air rifles. Premises associated with a mosque—such as libraries, function rooms or residential units—were also attacked.

A particularly repulsive act, which according to the report cannot be assigned to any category but apparently has a right-wing extremist background, occurred in Bavaria. On the building site for a mosque in Regensburg, crosses were erected bearing the names of victims of the 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels. At the time, the right-wing Identitarian Movement of Bavaria had claimed responsibility for the Regensburg incident. This was an attempt to tar all members of the Muslim religious community as terrorists and stigmatise them, even if this is not stated in the report.

By conducting an additional survey of 68 of the 120 affected communities, the Brandeilig initiative was also able to paint a more detailed picture of the vast extent of violence against Muslims.

In the process, 77 percent of those surveyed stated they had repaired the damage themselves because the insurance company would not cover the costs. About €211,230 were raised through donations to pay for such repairs. While the report does not give any information on the financial scale of the property damage, the money raised for repairs gives at least a rough idea of its extent. In one case, the insurance company cancelled the contract with the affected municipality after the costs were covered.

It is also alarming that about half of respondents answered “yes” to the question whether there had been previous attacks. Moreover, in some cases, the police were only notified when the attacks had become more frequent. This underlines the assumption that there was far more hostility than documented by Brandeilig.org.

While the Brandeilig report presents the attacks on mosques and Muslims in Germany in detail, making an important contribution to publicising such crimes, the causes of this wave of violence are only superficially hinted at and largely obscured.

The report’s authors state that the “right-wing populist wing in Germany’s party-political landscape is gaining strength and that extra-parliamentary right-wing extremist and Islamophobic groups” are also a cause for concern. However, the report also states that there is hardly any “awareness in society as a whole of the seriousness of the situation.”

The main responsibility for the increasing violence against Muslims lies with the ruling class, which has moved further and further to the right in recent years. It has created the ideological climate and political structures in which violence against Muslims and other minorities is now taking place.

Leaders of all the establishment parties and the media have joined in the agitation against Muslims. At the same time, the federal and state governments have de facto adopted the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) anti-refugee policy. Since its entry into the Bundestag in 2017, the AfD has been included in all parliamentary work, even functioning as the official opposition under the last government.

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Islamic school leader banned for misogynistic and homophobic sermons

20 Jun 2022

The National Secular Society has welcomed a decision to ban a former faith school proprietor after he published hateful sermons about women and gay people.

The Department for Education today announced Waheed Alam, also known as Abu Khadeejah, has been prohibited from managing schools for engaging in conduct that is "aimed at undermining the fundamental value of individual liberty".

Alam is the former proprietor of Redstone Educational Academy, an independent Islamic school in Birmingham.

The DfE said Alam produced a number of online sermons and articles between 2015 and 2019 which "fail to show tolerance of, and respect for, the rights of others".

This includes material expressing views that seek to "restrict the activities of women" and "denigrate and demonise gay men".

Alam's views came to light during an Ofsted inspection in 2019, as part of Redstone Educational Academy's move to register separate boys' and girls' schools.

Redstone Educational Academy had been segregating boys and girls within the same school despite a 2017 judgement finding such segregation to be unlawful discrimination.

The inspection found the proposed girls' school was "unlikely to meet" all independent school standards because the proprietor "publicly extols views that should not be promoted by the owner of an independent school in England".

Ofsted said Alam's views are "well known, published widely and pupils are more able to access them as the proprietor is known to them".

Ofsted cited material published by Alam that equated homosexuality with paedophilia.

He also said Muslim scholars "state that homosexuality comes about due to a corruption of the natural state which can be triggered by various events", including "school indoctrination of children from an early age that goes against nature, health and wellbeing".

In a 2019 sermon he said women should not leave the home without permission from their husband or father, and that the ways of Western women are worse "even than the beasts".

Redstone Educational Academy also failed its inspection in 2020 after Ofsted found boys at the school were "treated favourably", "have more privileges" than girls and "enjoy school more than girls".

In the 2019 inspection, Ofsted said the school "has a history of failing to meet standards since 2014".

NSS comment

NSS head of campaigns Megan Manson said: "It is shocking that the proprietor of a school in the UK could openly publish these hate-filled sermons that contradict the fundamental values schools are meant to teach: equality, liberty and tolerance.

"It's not hard to see why this school has a substantial history of failure – particularly in regard to discrimination against female pupils.

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Terror group YPG/PKK supporters hold demonstration in Sweden

Atila Altuntas  

20.06.2022

STOCKHOLM

A group of supporters of the YPG/PKK terror group held a demonstration at Gotaplatsen square in Gothenburg, calling on Sweden to impose an arms embargo on Türkiye.

The protest continued for about two hours, with participants carrying banners and symbols of the terror group.

Reacting to the development, Mikail Yuksel, chairman of the Party of Different Colors (Nyans) in Sweden, said "the Swedish government says it considers the PKK a terrorist organization, but implements a two-faced policy."

Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO last month, a decision spurred by Russia's war on Ukraine, which began Feb. 24.

But Türkiye, a longstanding member of the alliance, has voiced objections to the membership bids, criticizing the countries for tolerating and even supporting terrorist groups.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkiye, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people. The YPG/PKK is PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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Renewal of Syria cross-border aid mandate is ‘moral imperative,’ UN chief tells Security Council

June 21, 2022

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged members of the Security Council to stand united and extend for another year a cross-border mechanism for delivering aid to Northwestern Syria.

He described the need for the renewal of the mandate as a “moral imperative” to help the 4.1 million Syrians in the area who need aid and protection to survive, 80 percent of whom are women and children.

“Needs are at their highest since the start of the war 11 years ago,” Guterres told council members.

“The world’s largest refugee crisis continues to impact the region and the world.”

The secretary-general’s most recent report revealed that 14.6 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 12 million of them classed as food insecure, “unsure where their next meal is coming from,” and 90 percent of the population living below the poverty line.

Guterres said infrastructure is falling apart after years of war, and economic activity is dwindling as a result of the continuing conflict, regional financial crises, Western sanctions and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People are living on the brink, no longer able to cope,” he added.

The UN requires $4.4 billion in funding to provide assistance to people inside Syria and an additional $5.6 billion to support Syrian refugees elsewhere in the region.

“The generous pledges made at the Brussels VI donor conference need to be paid,” said Guterres. “I appeal to donors to follow through and increase their support.”

Monday’s meeting of the Security Council was its last about the situation in Syria before a vote is held on whether to extend the cross-border mechanism, which is due to expire on July 10.

The diverging views of council members about cross-border aid remains a constant feature of its discussions on Syria. Several members, in particular the US and the Europeans, maintain that cross-border assistance is of vital importance to millions of people living in the northwest of the country.

However, Russia and China argue that the mechanism violates Syria’s sovereignty and that terrorist groups manipulate the system and confiscate aid deliveries. Instead, they advocate for all aid to be channeled through the regime in Damascus, a process known as cross-line assistance, rather than cross-border aid that goes directly to the areas that need it.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, asked her fellow council members to “put politics aside” and come together to address “a clear humanitarian need.”

She recently returned from her second visit to the Bab Al-Hawa crossing, the only remaining cross-border gateway for international aid into Northwest Syria. She painted a bleak picture of the situation there, including children on the brink of famine, and warned that “babies will die” if the checkpoint closes.

“Some votes are difficult and complex but this vote could not be more straightforward,” Thomas-Greenfield told the 15-member council.

“This is our chance to live up to the ideals of the UN charter and provide life-and-death assistance to the Syrian people.”

She concluded her remarks by thanking Turkish authorities for hosting “so many Syrian refugees.”

Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, lamented the fact that the secretary-general’s report did not assign responsibility for the food and fuel crisis in Syria to the “ongoing American occupation” in the northwest of the country.

He said humanitarian organizations deplore the Western sanctions, and accused the US of the “inhumane treatment of civilians in Syria.”

Polyanskiy repeated the allegation that cross-border aid is enriching terrorist groups, including Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. He also said he was astonished by the “lack of reaction” from some council members to an Israeli airstrike on Damascus International Airport on June 10, as a result of which runways continue to be out of commission, and the repercussions of this on humanitarian operations across the country. He described their silence as “double standards.”

Meanwhile, Norway and Ireland, the chief advocates within the Security Council of the humanitarian effort in Syria, have begun negotiations for a new resolution that would renew the mandate for the Bab Al-Hawa crossing for another year, a source at the Irish mission told Arab News.

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Iraqi migrant in UK fears Rwanda deportation, despite reprieve

June 20, 2022

SULAIMANIYAH: Nearly a week ago, Iraqi Kurd Barham Hama Ali found himself in the unimaginable position of being aboard a deportation flight set to take off for Kigali, thousands of miles from home.

The 25-year-old was among a handful of asylum seekers who were due to be the first of many sent from the United Kingdom under a controversial resettlement deal with Rwanda.

"We were seven migrants, each one of us was escorted by four guards," Ali said. "They put us on the plane by force."

"We were all crying. We faced psychological and physical pain," he said.

But he and his fellow passengers got a reprieve when the flight was cancelled at the 11th hour, thanks to an "urgent interim" ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

Like thousands of Kurds, Syrians, Afghans and others fleeing war-torn or impoverished homes, Ali had arrived in Britain from France in the spring.

"The economic situation is bad and unemployment is rampant" in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, he told AFP in a phone interview from a detention centre outside London.

He said he was also fleeing "attacks by foreign forces" -- namely Turkey, which has launched successive offensives in the Kurdistan region targeting insurgents from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), at times causing civilian casualties.

He left his small town of Sayyed Sadiq, "taking many risks" by trekking north to Turkey, then making his way to France and the UK.

"I spent about $15,000 on my trip," he said.

But the journey would prove to be only the first of his hardships. Once he arrived on May 23, British authorities placed him in a camp.

"I stayed there for two days, after which they... asked us to appoint a lawyer with whom to discuss our situation and the issue of asylum," Ali said.

He was later transferred to Colnbrook migrant detention centre, close to Heathrow Airport.

Early this month, he was handed "a ticket to Rwanda", unwittingly becoming one of the first contingent of irregular migrants that the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to send to the tiny East African country.

The deal between London and Kigali has drawn sharp criticism from rights groups, the UN refugee agency and church leaders in England.

Rwanda, which suffered a genocide in 1994, has won praise for rapid economic development in recent decades. But the government has also repeatedly been accused by rights groups of widespread abuses, extending to targeting exiled dissidents.

Rwanda insists that it is a safe country for migrants.

On June 14, Ali was aboard the Rwanda-bound plane with six other migrants at a UK military base, when the European court order arrived and the "voyage was cancelled".

"Aside from me, there was another Kurd from Sulaimaniyah (in Iraqi Kurdistan), two Iranian Kurds, one Iranian, one Vietnamese and one Albanian," he recounted.

The migrants were returned to Colnbrook, where Ali remains.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel later slammed the ECHR ruling as "politically motivated" and vowed to introduce legislation to override some of the court's orders.

Nearly a week after the planned flight, Ali said he demands "to stay in Great Britain".

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Sikh and Philanthropist Organizations Move To Preserve Sikh, Hindu Religious Places in Afghanistan

Jun 20, 2022

AMRITSAR: Anxious over the fate of gurdwara, temples, and buildings of Sikh and Hindu heritage in Afghanistan post-departure of remaining minority Sikhs and Hindus from the terrorists-infested nation, various Sikh and philanthropist organizations have come forward to pre contrive the measures for the maintenance of these buildings and uninterrupted performance of religious services.

Joginder Singh Salaria founder of Dubai-based PCT Humanity, a philanthropist body, informed that he had taken up the issue with several Sikh religious bodies to join hands and ensure that all the gurdwaras and temples were preserved in Afghanistan.

“There are around 10 Gurdwaras and 5 temples in Afghanistan, Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singh at Karte Parwan in Kabul was the only operational Gurdwara which has now been destroyed after terrorists attack while only an ancient Asamai Temple is still operational, “said Salaria adding that his organisation had assigned duties to prepare the list of Sikh and Hindu heritage building, gurdwaras and temples across Afghanistan so that necessary steps could be taken.

Salaria said he had proposed to form an international committee to take up the issue with Afghanistan’s Taliban government so that these buildings could be preserved and religious services continues to be performed even after the evacuation of Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan.

Echoing with Salaria, president of SAD(D) Paramjit Singh Sarna said “After 1947 Indo Pak partition, Pakistan government preserved the gurdwara’s and Hindu temples similarly we expect from the Taliban government in Afghanistan to preserve our religious places “. He said besides the formation of an international committee for the purpose, the SAD(D) had also urged the prime minister Narendra Modi to intervene and take up the issue of preservation of gurdwaras and Hindu temples with the Afghan government through diplomatic channel without any delay.

Sources informed that there were around a dozen families of Sikhs and Hindus who didn’t wish to evacuate Afghanistan despite being targets of terrorists.

“Many of our relatives have been martyred by the terrorists in Afghanistan, we are constantly under attack yet we will prefer to live and die here than to abandon our houses, gurdwaras and temples,” said an Afghan Sikh who didn’t wish to give his name due to obvious reasons.

Source: Times Of India

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UN revokes travel privileges for two Taliban education officials

21 June, 2022

The United Nations on Monday banned two Taliban officials from traveling in response to the heavy restrictions the hardliners have imposed on Afghan women, diplomats told AFP.

Travel exemptions permitting 15 Taliban officials to go abroad for negotiations were set to expire Monday.

For thirteen officials, the travel exemptions were extended for at least two months, but they were scrapped for two education officials as the Taliban curtails girls’ and women’s access to schools.

According to a diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity, the officials now banned from traveling are Said Ahmad Shaidkhel, the acting deputy education minister, and Abdul Baqi Basir Awal Shah, also known as Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the acting Minister of Higher Education.

Since seizing power in August, the Taliban have rolled back marginal gains made by Afghan women during the past two decades, limiting their access to education, government jobs and freedom of movement.

After difficult negotiations, the UN’s Taliban Sanctions Committee compromised on an extension for the 13 Taliban leaders for “60 days + 30 days,” diplomats told AFP.

Some countries were in favor of revoking all of the travel exemptions due to the deterioration of women’s rights, but others objected, according to diplomats.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Hasina to visit India in early Sept, says B'desh minister

Jun 21, 2022

DHAKA: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina is expected to visit New Delhi in early September at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said on Monday.

"The possible dates of the PM's New Delhi visit could be within the first 10 days of September," he said at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport upon his arrival from New Delhi after attending the seventh round of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC).

The foreign minister said the premier's office would finalise the date, while the timeline was proposed during talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar in New Delhi.

He said Dhaka and New Delhi have decided to implement the bilateral decisions ahead of PM Hasina's India visit, and Dhaka expected the much-awaited Joint River Commission (JRC) meeting to be held by then.

Source: Times Of India

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Photo exhibition in Dhaka highlights plight of Rohingya in Bangladesh

Md. Kamruzzaman  

20.06.2022

DHAKA, Bangladesh

The UN refugee agency and the Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh jointly organized a photo exhibition on Monday in the capital Dhaka to highlight the plight of Rohingya refugees on the occasion of the World Refugee Day.

The exhibition titled “We are Rohingya” presented the work of 10 Rohingya refugees, who had photographed people living in the cramped camps of Cox’s Bazar, the world's largest refugee settlement and home to above 1.2 million displaced Rohingya Muslims, most of whom fled a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in August 2017.

The display included a total of 50 photographs, capturing the culture, identity, hopes, and dreams of the persecuted people, who found refuge in neighboring Bangladesh.

On the occasion, a UNHCR statement said: “More than 50% of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children under the age of 18 with no access to formal education and a very limited access to skill development activities or higher education.”

“Art and photography are for them a mode of expression, to deal with emotions and feelings in a positive way and ease the trauma they have experienced. Photography is also a way of keeping their culture and history alive, by documenting their community’s daily lives,” it added.

The photo exhibition explores themes of memory, hope, dreams, faith, beauty, craftsmanship, grief, loss, and love among the Rohingya refugees, the statement added.

The exhibition also includes 11 photographs from the Liberation War Museum archives that capture the lives and stories of Bangladeshi nationals, who were forced to flee and live as refugees during the Liberation War in 1971 between Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) and West Pakistan (present Pakistan).

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Man Hanged in Iran for Stabbing Three Clerics

By Saqalain Eqbal

20 Jun 2022

The capital punishment for the perpetrator of an attack on three clergymen was applied in Iran, today, according to the Iranian media.

Consistent with the IRNA Iranian News Agency, which cited the countries Chief Justice, the perpetrator, named Abdul Latif Muradi, was hanged in a public execution on Monday, 20th June.

The report states that the hanged person brutally attacked three Iranian clergies during the month of Ramadan, this year.

He killed two of the three attacked clergymen, and was hanged after the legal proceedings.

Abdul Latif Muradi is said to be a man of Uzbek descent, who had entered Iran illegally from Pakistan, and resided in northeast Iran, Mashhad.

Muradi’s execution comes as the Norway-based Iran Human Rights Watch claims to have discovered proof that 12 persons convicted of murder or drug-related offenses were executed in a mass execution on June 6 in Zahedan, in the country’s southeast.

11 men and 1 woman were allegedly executed in Iran on June 6.

Source: Khaama Press

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Explosion in Eastern Afghanistan Kills Two and Injures At Least Twenty-Eight People

By Saqalain Eqbal

20 Jun 2022

A huge explosion in Nangarhar province, the east of Afghanistan, killed two people and wounded at least 28 others present at the explosion site, according to the local sources.

The explosion, as per the sources, took place in the Ghani Khail district of Nangrahar province around 9:30 today, June 20th.

A Taliban senior official for the Ghani Khail district, Mawlawi SediqUllah confirmed the explosion and stated that the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital.

The explosion targeted the Head of the Ghani Khail hospital, but no group has yet claimed the responsibility for the explosion which killed and wounded at least 30 people in eastern Afghanistan.

The explosion comes at a time when the Sikh temple in Kabul was targeted and attacked by the ISKP also known as the Daesh-Khorasan, killing at least two people.

In addition to that, Kabul has lost 4 people to two separate explosions which are reported to have injured at least 10 other people.

Despite the Taliban’s assertions that security has been maintained since their control of Afghanistan, explosions have occurred in certain places, including Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Employees at an Airport in Southern Afghanistan Resign Due to Non-Payment of Their Salaries

By Saqalain Eqbal

20 Jun 2022

Due to non-payment of salary and remuneration, the staff at the Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province have resigned.

According to the local sources, the number of the employees resigning from their jobs in the Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport in Kandahar province, for not receiving their salaries reaches up to 35.

The employees said that they were in dire financial straits and that the caretaker Taliban government had failed to pay them for the previous eight months service they had provided for the airport.

The caretaker government’s Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation, however, reported the number of resignations at 15, claiming that the resigned employees were housekeepers, maids and janitors, while not specifying whether the workers were paid.

The resignation of the staff at the Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport in Kandahar comes at a time when the food prices in Afghanistan have soared more than double.

According to sources, if employees’ salaries are not paid on time, the number of resignations may rise owing to financial difficulties.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban launches fresh attacks in Panjshir Valley to rescue its commander

Jun 20 2022

By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha

New Delhi, Jun 20: The Taliban has launched fresh air and ground attacks in the Panjshir valley in a bid to rescue one of the senior commanders and four crew members who are under the custody of the National Resistance Front (NRF).

Two days ago, the anti-Taliban NRF led by Ahmad Massoud had claimed that they had shot down a MI-17 chopper and arrested a senior Taliban commander along with the helicopter's crew. The NRF video shows an Mi17 helicopter engulfed in smoke somewhere in Panjshir mountains of northern Afghanistan. The group also released the pictures of captured Taliban pilots and a commander who were onboard the chopper.

"The brave forces of the NRF shot down a Taliban occupier's helicopter in the Arezoo valley of Panjshir. Unlike the Taliban, we are treating the arrested Taliban commander and others as the law of prisoners of war," Sibghatullah Ahmadi, the NRF's spokesperson told local Afghan media. He added that the NRF was ready to exchange these prisoners under the supervision of the Red Cross.

The Taliban has admitted that their chopper was shot down but did not reveal the identity of their captured commander. According to NRF, the Taliban commander was a "high value" prisoner. It warned the Taliban of dire consequences if they try to launch any rescue operation.

According to unverified reports, the NRF has killed three Taliban commanders including a key aide of Abdul Haq Waseq, the Taliban's intelligence chief who is very close to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Taliban's Interior Minister.

"The NRF fighters are spread around the Kuhsar village, Paryan, Panjshir. The freedom fighters have about 20 heavily defended bases in the Panjshir mountains and during the last 10 months the Taliban terrorists did not manage to capture even one base," tweeted Frenkie Mark,a French journalist who is there in Panjshir.

Over the past few weeks, NRF fighters have launched many attacks on Taliban in the erstwhile Northern Alliance bastion.

"We do not recognise this Taliban government because they have not gained their legitimacy from people '', Ahmad Massoud said. He added that he is ready to stop the war if the Taliban agree to form an inclusive government where all ethnic groups and women have a decisive participation.

The NRF, an armed coalition of several militias and former Afghan military personnel, was formed after the Taliban recaptured Kabul last August. The alliance is led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a legendary anti-Taliban fighter, who used the Panjshir Valley as a base to fight the Soviets in the 1980s and the Taliban in the 1990s. Panjshir is a predominantly ethnic Tajik region, whereas the Taliban are dominated by Pashtuns.

Ahmad Massaod says that his fight is for the inclusive government in Afghanistan which the Taliban has failed to form despite their promises made to the world.

"We do not recognise this Taliban government because they have not gained their legitimacy from people '', Ahmad Massoud told Al Arabiya TV.

He said that the NRF Council has released a charter that states that armed resistance will be used if the Taliban do not comply with the wishes of the inclusive transitional government. "We have proposed the charter which has a detailed report on the political system, the decentralized parliamentary Islamic Republic of Afghanistan." he said.

But the Taliban has called the attacks by the NRF as minor local skirmishes.

"These claims are untrue. There was some gunfire from the mountains. We have taken steps to suppress them," was the version of a spokesman in the Panjshir government office. Six Islamic Emirate troops have died in the clashes so far. "The claims of much higher casualties made by opponents are untrue". But various posts on social media have shown pictures of top Taliban leaders visiting those areas where the battles are raging.

In the last two weeks, the Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Baradar,the Defence Minister of the Taliban, Mullah Yaqoob and other top leaders of the group were seen in the Panjshir valley.

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Africa

 

Militants kill 132 villagers in Mali weekend rampage

June 21, 2022

DAKAR: Extremists killed 132 civilians in multiple attacks on villages in central Mali over the weekend, the government said yesterday, in the latest major incident in a worsening security situation.

Members of the Katiba Macina Islamist group assaulted at least three villages in the rural commune of Bankass, in Mali’s central Mopti region, on the night between Saturday and Sunday, the government said in a statement.

The cumulative death toll is 132 civilians and some of the perpetrators have been identified, it added.

Mali is struggling to stem an Islamist insurgency that took root after a 2012 coup and has since spread from the West African country’s arid north.

Thousands have died and millions have been displaced across the Sahel region.

Some of the groups have links to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

The insurgency has also spread to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger despite international efforts led by France to quash it.

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UAE to build Red Sea port in Sudan in $6 billion investment package: Report

20 June, 2022

The United Arab Emirates will build a new Red Sea port in Sudan, as part of a $6 billion investment package, said DAL group chairman Osama Daoud Abdellatif, a partner in the deal which marks the first major foreign investment since the military took power in an October coup.

Abdellatif said the package includes a free trade zone, a large agricultural project and an imminent $300 million deposit to Sudan's central bank.

Western donors suspended billions in aid and investment to Sudan after the coup, plunging an economy that was already struggling into further turmoil and depriving the government of much needed foreign currency.

Ibrahim told Reuters on Wednesday that a memorandum of understanding had been signed with the UAE for a port and agricultural project, but the details have not previously been reported.

The finance ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on details of the deal.

The $4 billion port, a joint project between DAL group and Abu Dhabi Ports, owned by Abu Dhabi's holding company ADQ, would be able to handle all kinds of commodities and compete with the country's main national port, Port Sudan, Abdellatif said.

Located about 200 km (124 miles) north of Port Sudan, it would also include a free trade and industrial zone modelled after Dubai's Jebel Ali, as well as a small international airport, he said. The project is in “advanced stages,” with studies and designs complete, he said.

Rumours of Gulf investments in Port Sudan, and in agricultural projects elsewhere in the country, have in the past stirred opposition and sometimes protests.

Port Sudan has long been plagued with infrastructure challenges and was shut by a political blockade for six weeks late last year, losing business from major international shippers.

The UAE deal also includes the $1.6 billion expansion and development of an agricultural project by Abu Dhabi conglomerate IHC and DAL Agriculture in the town of Abu Hamad in northern Sudan, Abdellatif said.

Alfalfa, wheat, cotton, sesame, and other crops would be grown and processed on the 400,000 acres of leased land, he said. A $450 million, 500 km (310 mile) toll road connecting the project to the port would be built as well, financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

Under the agreement, the Fund would also make a deposit of $300 million to the Central Bank of Sudan, Abdellatif said.

After the military ousted Omar al-Bashir in 2019, the UAE and Saudi Arabia pledged a combined $3 billion in grants and in-kind aid to Sudan, which military and civilian leaders say was not delivered in full.

Two high-level Sudanese government sources told Reuters the outlines of the new deal had been agreed between Sudanese leader General Abdelfattah al-Burhan and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed during a recent visit to the Gulf state.

A representative for Abu Dhabi Ports said the company had no comment, while representatives for ADQ, the Abu Dhabi Fund, IHC, and the Abu Dhabi and UAE governments did not immediately respond to requests.

“Ourselves and our partners in the UAE, we have already invested in a bank, a hotel, mining,” said Abdellatif, whose conglomerate has also bid for control of one of Sudan's largest telecom companies, Zain Sudan.

Source: Al Arabiya

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No agreement as UN’s latest Libya mediation effort ends

20 June, 2022

The presidential and parliamentary elections, originally set for December 2021, were meant to cap a UN-led peace process following the end of the last serious round of violence in the country from 2019-2020.

But the vote never took place due to the presence of contentious candidates and deep disagreements over the polls’ legal basis between rival power centers in the east and west of the country. Representatives of the Tripoli-based High Council of State and of the parliament, based in eastern Libya, began meetings in Cairo more than a week ago, but without success.

“The third and final round of negotiations between the Joint House of Representatives and High Council of State Committee on the Libyan Constitutional Track drew to a close in the early morning of 20 June,” said Stephanie Williams, the UN’s top official on Libya. “Differences persist on the measures governing the transitional period leading to elections,” she said in a statement.

She insisted that the sides had “achieved a great deal of consensus on the contentious articles in the Libyan Draft Constitution” and thanked them for their “efforts to resolve their differences on a number of complex issues.”

She urged the two sides to meet again within 10 days “to bridge outstanding issues.”

Williams noted that some 2.8 million of Libya’s nearly 7 million people had registered to vote amid a rare period of optimism following a landmark October 2020 ceasefire.

The political standoff has deepened since March, when parliament appointed a new administration to replace that of interim leader Abdulhamid Dbeibah, arguing that his mandate has expired.

But Dbeibah has refused to hand over power to anything other than an elected government.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Tunisia president receives draft constitution

June 20, 2022

TUNIS: A legal expert charged with writing a new constitution presented a draft to Tunisian President Kais Saied Monday, less than a month before a referendum on the document.

The planned referendum is set for July 25, the one year anniversary of a power grab by Saied that saw him sack the government and suspend an elected parliament.

Sadeq Belaid, the legal expert appointed to head a committee drafting the new document, handed the draft to the president at his palace in the coastal Tunis district of Carthage.

“We hope (it) will satisfy the president,” Belaid said in a video published by the presidency following their meeting.

In a statement, Saied said the draft “is not final, and some sections may be revised or given further thought.”

Under his own timeline, Saied has until June 30 to approve or edit the draft constitution, which has not yet been disclosed in any form to the public.

The constitution for a “new republic” is at the center of Saied’s program for rebuilding Tunisia’s political system, more than a decade after the revolution that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

Saied this year consolidated his power grab by dissolving parliament, moving to rule by decree and seizing control of the judiciary.

His moves have been welcomed by some Tunisians tired of their dysfunctional post-revolution democracy, but others have warned he is returning the country to autocracy, little more than a decade after the ouster of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Saied wants to replace the current constitution, the product of a hard-won 2014 compromise between bitter political rivals that enshrined a mixed parliamentary-presidential system that often produced deadlock.

Tunisian Bar president Ibrahim Bouderbala, who headed a committee taking part in Saied’s “national dialogue” over the constitution, told AFP that under the draft, “the president of the republic will control the executive.”

The draft also “takes particular interest in economic questions,” he said.

Source: Arab News

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North America

 

UN Chief to Security Council: ‘We Cannot Give Up On People of Syria’

21 June, 2022

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the Security Council on Monday to extend its approval of aid deliveries from Turkey to millions of people in need in northwest Syria, telling the body: “We cannot give up on the people of Syria.”

The UN mandate, which has allowed deliveries from Turkey to Syria's opposition-controlled northwest, expires on July 10.

Syria's ally Russia argues the long-running operation violates Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It says more aid should be delivered from inside the country, raising opposition fears that food and other aid would fall under government control.

Guterres said that in the past year the United Nations had carried out five such deliveries - known as cross-line - into the opposition controlled northwest, but it was not “at the scale needed to replace the massive cross-border response.”

“I strongly appeal to the members of the council to maintain consensus on allowing cross-border operations,” he said. “It is a moral imperative to address the suffering and vulnerability of 4.1 million people in the area who need aid and protection.”

Guterres said 80 percent of those in need in northwest Syria are women and children. Some 800 trucks a month deliver aid from Turkey under the UN operation, which Guterres asked to be extended for another year.

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who visited the Turkish border crossing earlier this month, told the council it had to make a “life or death decision” and that more aid, not less, was needed.

“Cross-line aid alone cannot come close to meeting the dire needs on the ground. It can reach thousands, but not millions. Much more help is needed,” she said.

In 2014 the Security Council authorized humanitarian aid deliveries into opposition-held areas of Syria from Iraq, Jordan and two points in Turkey. But veto powers Russia and China have whittled that down that down to just one Turkish border point.

Russia's Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy described as “pitiful” the UN efforts to deliver aid to the northwest of Syria from within the country.

China's UN Ambassador Zhang Jun said the cross-border aid operation was an “extraordinary arrangment” and that a timeline needed to be agreed to end it and transition to deliveries from within the country.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Many Black Americans living abroad say they will not return to US

June 21, 2022

Black Americans living overseas see the Juneteenth holiday as an opportunity to educate people in their host countries on African American history and oppression against Blacks, the Associated Press said in a report.

Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and 19th, commemorates the US abolition of slavery under President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Black Americans have been celebrating the holiday since the last enslaved people were told they were free in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.

While there are no official statistics tracking Black Americans moving abroad, many are discussing it more openly after the police killing of George Floyd. In the aftermath, many African Americans saw the U.S. “from the outside in” and made up their minds not to return.

Chrishan Wright in New Jersey regularly speaks with Black Americans who plan to or already have made the move abroad.

Wright, 47, hosts the podcast “Blaxit Global” and said many of her guests are tired of the U.S.

“They’ve done all the things to achieve what is supposed to be the American dream, and that yardstick keeps moving. They don’t feel like they’re on solid ground in terms of being able to retire comfortably or pay off student debt or just cover their bills.”

Wright plans to move in 2023 to Portugal. Through her podcast, she already knows of Juneteenth celebrations this weekend in Lisbon, the capital.

LaTonya Whitaker, from Mississippi, has lived in Japan for 17 years. She is executive director of Legacy Foundation Japan, an organization that connects all Black communities in Japan and works for the betterment of people of African descent, both in the United States and abroad.

Source: ABNA24

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Hearing on Muslim cemetery in south metro draws standing-room-only crowd

JUNE 20, 2022

More than 100 people of varying faiths and ethnicities packed a south metro township hall Monday evening to discuss a cemetery that people of Muslim faith hope to call their own.

Castle Rock Township in southern Dakota County held a public hearing regarding a conditional use permit for Al Maghfirah Cemetery, a planned Islamic cemetery that has seen attempted arson and vandalism over the last several years.

Holding signs that read "Hate has no home in our community" and "We support the Al Magfirah Cemetery," the majority of the standing-room-only crowd spoke in support of the changes to a conditional use permit (CUP) for the site.

The 73-acre cemetery in a rural area of the county would provide a final resting place for members of the Muslim community.

Amendments to the CUP asked for the construction of a space for a prayer room or mosque, space for bodies to be washed without chemicals or embalming, and to waive the requirement for metal or concrete vaults for burials. Organizers also hope to have no tree line blocking the property from view.

Many audience members spoke in support of Muslims' desire to naturally bury their family members — often as "green" burials, without using caskets — and with dignity and respect.

A handful of people expressed concerns that groundwater could be contaminated for those who drink from wells nearby. Other neighbors mentioned that the property has not been well kept in the years since it was purchased in 2014.

Council on American-Islamic Relations-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, who has advocated for the cemetery since 2015, said there are few other burial options for the state's Muslim community.

"The Muslim community is growing, and the cemetery will serve that purpose to accommodate us. We currently have [one cemetery, in] Burnsville right now; there's no plans for another cemetery. This is it," Hussein said.

Other communities have many options to bury their loved ones with dignity and respect — and those communities do not experience violent pushback from the community, Hussein said.

When Bishara Mohamed's aunt died in April, her family went to the cemetery in Burnsville on a cold day to honor her life. She was Mohamed's first close family member to die, and she hoped to have adequate time to remember her life, she told the crowd.

"We had to rush through the ceremony, the burial, our prayer. We never really got to spend time and appreciate and pray for her enough because it was really cold for us," Mohamed said. "I just imagine what it would mean to have a room to take our time and pray for our family members."

Source: Star Tribune

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US Navy and Iran have tense encounter in Strait of Hormuz

21 June, 2022

The US Navy said Tuesday its forces had a tense encounter with Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet said three Guard vessels had an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter as the USS Sirocco and USNS Choctaw County transited Monday through the strait, the narrow mouth of the Arabian Gulf.

The Navy said one of three of the Guard fast crafts raced head-on at the Sirocco before changing course. The Navy said the Sirocco fired a warning flare during the encounter as well.

A short video released by the Navy showed the encounter.

Iran did not immediately acknowledge the incident in the strait, through which a fifth of all oil traded passes.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Southeast Asia

 

South Korean food company invested $31 million to enter Malaysia’s halal market

June 21, 2022

South Korean food company SPC group said on Monday that it has invested 40 billion won ($31 million) to enter Malaysia’s halal market with its bakery brand Paris Baguette.

Halal refers to the types of food Muslims are permitted to eat in accordance with the Islam religion. As Muslims account for almost 24 percent of the world’s population, the SPC group plans to target the promising halal food market by using Malaysia as a launch base.

Malaysia is Paris Baguette‘s eighth overseas destination. The company plans to build a Paris Baguette factory in Johor Bahru, adjacent to the country’s border with Singapore and home to the Tanjung Pelepas port. The city’s location and port makes it a strategic point for efficient logistics transfer throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East, according to officials.

The factory, designed to produce more than 100 items including bread, cakes and sauces, is scheduled to be completed in June next year.

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169-year-old mosque in Malacca struck by lightning

06- 20- 2022

JASIN: Four worshipers at Masjid Jamek Datuk Andak Kampung Serkam Pantai escaped unhurt early today when fragments of concrete from the top of the minaret fell into the main prayer hall of the 169-year-old mosque believed to be due to lightning.

Speaking to reporters here today, the mosque committee’s deputy chairman Zakaria Abu Bakar said that during the 6.45 am incident, he was still in the prayer hall with the imam and a few others as 30 other pilgrims had left after performing the Subuh prayers.

“At the time, we heard a very strong thunder and the electricity got tripped. We also felt a little tremor but only became aware of the incident after rainwater began pouring in from a hole in the roof caused by the incident.

“We found several pieces of concrete, one of which weighed about 1.5 kg as well as many small stone fragments on the floor,“ he said, adding that he was grateful there were no injuries inflicted during the incident.

He also thanked the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), representatives of the Chief Minister’s office and others who had come to look at the mosque’s condition.

In the meantime, he hoped that relevant parties such as the Malacca Museums Corporation (PERZIM) and the Heritage Department would assess the safety of the structure for subsequent repair as the mosque was gazetted as an Old Historic Land Monument under the Antiquities Act No. 168/1976 on March 27, 1980.

Meanwhile, Mohd Sufian Hashim, 43, who lived nearby the mosque said he happened to see the incident through the window of his house after Subuh prayers today.

Source: The Sun Daily

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Johor Exco: RM28m Allocated For Monthly Allowance of Mosque, Surau Officials In State

20 Jun 2022

ISKANDAR PUTERI, June 20 — A total of RM28 million has been allocated for the payment of a monthly allowance for imam, muezzins and noja (mosque assistants) in Johor this year.

State Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Mohd Fared Mohd Khalid said of the total, RM12.6 million was channelled by the state government and the Johor Islamic Religious Council.

The balance was provided by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) to pay the allowance of mosque officials, namely imam 1 and imam 2, he added.

Mohd Fared also said that the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ) had submitted a proposal to review the allowance rate last year and the state government did intend to increase the rate as soon as the economic situation permits.

“Even though we were not able to increase the allowance rate for mosque and surau officials this time, they have received one-off assistance of RM500 each from Jakim, involving an allocation of RM1.3 million.

“They have also received RM500 from the state government under the Bantuan Kasih Bangsa Johor initiative this year with an allocation totalling RM2.295 million,” he said at the Second Meeting of the First Session of the 15th Johor State Assembly, at the Sultan Ismail Building here today.

He was responding to a question from Senator Datuk Jefridin Atan (BN-Kukup) on the rate of allowance paid by the state government to imam, muezzins and noja and the last time the rate was reviewed and increased.

Mohd Fared (BN-Semerah) said the state government was committed to promoting Islamic teachings in Johor by enlivening mosques and surau throughout the state.

In this regard, he said the state government has appointed 5,710 officials to hold the posts of imam, muezzins and noja in 838 mosques and 1,961 surau.

“Johor is the single state in Malaysia that provides a monthly allowance to imam and muezzins in surau, whereas other states only provide allowance to mosque officials.

Source: Malay Mail

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Johor PAS rejects ‘big tent’ approach, to focus on Malay-Muslim unity

By Ben Tan

20 Jun 2022

JOHOR BARU, June 20 — Johor PAS said it will shun the ‘big tent’ approach in favour of focusing on uniting Malay-Muslim political parties after the party was openly criticised by several political party leaders recently.

Its state chapter commissioner Abdullah Husin said this was because PAS had not forgotten the experience of life under Pakatan Harapan (PH) rule.

He claimed that the 22-month period created instability in the country.

“Johor PAS stands firmly behind the decision of our party’s central leadership to reject the ‘big tent’ approach and focus on the unification of the Ummah in facing the coming 15th general election (GE15),” said Abdullah in a statement issued here today.

He was referring to Malay-Muslim unity that has been a top priority for PAS.

The statement came on the heels of the Islamist party’s vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah saying yesterday that PAS will not join a grand coalition of political parties that PH is proposing to take on Barisan Nasional (BN) in the GE15.

PAS also appeared to be addressing a statement by its ally Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in which it said that it was prepared to entertain the ‘big tent’ approach with PH for the coming polls.

Abdullah, who is also Johor Perikatan Nasional (PN) state coalition chief, said PAS abides by the principle of struggle to see Islam preserved as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

“PAS, through the concept of a mature and prosperous political culture, continues to strive and call for a comprehensive unification of the Ummah.

“This is important to ensure the stability and prosperity of the country.

“PAS has also not given up on continuing to court its Malay-Muslim and Bumiputera party partners such as Umno and Bersatu, as well as Sabah and Sarawak parties.

“PAS also does not side-line its non-extreme non-Muslim friends.

“A comprehensive Ummah unification is where all parties respect each other and are tolerant, equally upholding the country’s Constitution and respecting the status quo,” said Abdullah.

Source: Malay Mail

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Strengthen Malay for unity’s sake, says Amanah man

June 20, 2022

PETALING JAYA: An Amanah assemblyman has objected to Kebun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong’s suggestion that the Penang government declare English as its second official language.

Permatang Pasir assemblyman Faiz Fadzil said such a move would gradually affect the use of Malay and efforts to strengthen the language.

“As we are facing a serious issue of unity, the Malay language should be strengthened to resolve this,” he told FMT. “Malay is recognised as the national language enshrined under the Federal Constitution, every sector must respect it.”

Ong had said earlier today that Penang residents were highly proficient in English and state civil servants should not be penalised for using the language.

However, Faiz urged the government to proactively strengthen Malay as the national language, especially as a formal medium, without sidelining other languages.

However, Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid of DAP said there were more pressing issues worth debating rather than the use of English.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Mideast

 

Israel's parliament to dissolve, Foreign Minister Lapid to become prime minister

20 June, 2022

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid have agreed to dissolve parliament, triggering a new election, and Lapid will in the meantime take over as prime minister, an official said, confirming local media reports.

A vote will be held in parliament next week, after which Lapid will take over the premiership, the official said. Lapid and Bennett were expected to issue statements at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT).

Lapid and Bennett in June 2021 had formed an unlikely coalition after two years of political stalemate, ending the record reign of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The government of right-wing, liberal and Muslim Arab parties was fragile from the start.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad conducts large-scale military drill in Gaza

20 June, 2022

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement (PIJ) on Monday launched large-scale military manoeuvres in the besieged Gaza Strip, with the participation of several military formations of Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the movement.

Dubbed "Azm Al-Sadiqin",  the military drills simulate multiple field military operations, with the participation of several military formations, most notably the missile and artillery units, according to Abu Hamza, the military spokesman for the Al-Quds Brigades.

In a press statement sent to The New Arab, Abu Hamza said "the manoeuvres are a preparation for any future battle with the Israeli occupation."

Al-Quds Brigades shared short videos on its website showing the firing of "rockets and missiles towards the sea" at supposed targets at nine in the morning.

PIJ is considered the second most powerful military faction in the coastal enclave, as it has strong ties with the Gaza-run Hamas and often cooperates with Hamas during the majority of the military confrontations with the Israeli army.

Source: The New Arab

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Hamas: No sovereignty for Palestine as long as Israeli occupation continues

20 June 2022

The Hamas resistance movement says Palestine's liberation and sovereignty cannot be achieved as long as the Israeli regime continues to occupy Palestinian territories.

During a press briefing in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday, member of Hamas’s political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk stressed that “there is no sovereignty as long as the Israeli occupation is still there in Palestine.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hamas official said every inch of the Palestinian territory will be liberated from the occupying Israeli regime forces very soon.

“The Palestinian people’s resistance has been going on for more than one hundred years and its ultimate goal is to liberate the land and restore the Palestinian people’s sovereignty over every inch of their geography.”

Hamas has time and again warned the Israeli regime of serious consequences of its criminal acts and repressive measures against Palestinians across the occupied territories. The movement has stressed that the Israeli regime will never succeed in bringing the Palestinian nation to its knees.

Rights groups say Israel has pursued a policy of establishing and then maintaining a Jewish demographic majority, and maximizing control over land and resources to benefit extremist Israeli settlers since its illegal establishment in 1948.

Israel occupied the West Bank and East al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later annexed East al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.

Over the weekend, Hamas condemned Israel’s plans to build more settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands, saying the resistance will counter such plans in order to preserve the Islamic identity of the occupied city of al-Quds. It further called on the Palestinian people and factions to rise against the new Israeli Judaization plan and resist it by all means possible.

The Israeli regime has accelerated the construction of its illegal settlements in occupied al-Quds in recent years.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas have already warned that Israel’s house demolitions and its expansion of illegal settlements in al-Quds will trigger an “explosion” of the situation in the occupied territories.

Human rights activists say Israel’s settlement expansion policies amount to apartheid. However, some Arab countries have remained silent in the face of the inhumane Israeli measures.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East al-Quds as its capital.

But Israel’s aggressive settlement expansion and annexation plans have dealt a serious blow to any prospects of peace.

The Gaza Strip has also been under an inhumane Israeli land, air and sea siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since June 2007. Since imposing the siege, it has also brought Gaza under three full-fledged wars, killing many Palestinians in each.

However, despite the massive destruction carried out against Gaza, Israel has failed to eliminate the Palestinian resistance, suffering heavy casualties, among its soldiers, virtually every time they engaged in on-the-ground fire-fights with the resistance.

In the latest Israeli bombardment campaign against the Gaza Strip, at least 260 Palestinians, including over 60 children, were killed in a time span of 11 days that began on May 10 last year.

Source: Press TV

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Spokesman: US Should Remove All Anti-Iran Sanctions

2022-June-20

Khatibzadeh blamed the US for the delay in reaching an agreement and blasted Washington's double-standards.

"Ahead of the meeting of the Board of Governors, Iran's initiative was conveyed to the other side via Borrell, and for the first time, through two foreign ministers, Iran's initiative and proposal was conveyed and a roadmap was submitted, but the US once again decided to delay this agreement," he said at a weekly press conference.

"If the US fulfills its commitments under the JCPOA and lifts sanctions imposed on the Iranian nation, We can finalize an agreement based on Iran’s initiative," he added.

In relevant remarks last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the recent resolution approved by the UN nuclear watchdog against Tehran was a US plot to force Tehran to make concessions in the Vienna talks.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussain during which they discussed bilateral and regional issues and talks on lifting sanctions.

He referred to the Vienna talks on removal of sanctions, saying, "While exchanging messages between the United States and Iran through the EU envoy was underway, the White House suddenly came up with the idea of issuing a resolution at the IAEA."

According to him, the Americans drafted the resolution at the IAEA Board of Governors to achieve political goals at the negotiating table.

Tehran has always called on the West to pursue diplomacy, Amir Abdollahian said, adding that in recent days leading to the meeting of the IAEA BoG, Iran, as an initiative measure, proposed a political plan to continue the talks until reaching a final agreement.

"Iran believes that diplomacy is the best way to reach a good, strong, and lasting agreement, but in the face of bullying, we will give an authoritative response," he asserted.

The US, France, Britain, and Germany spearheaded a resolution at the IAEA’s Board of Governors on Wednesday, which accused Iran of not cooperating with the UN nuclear watchdog.

Iran has denounced the resolution and blamed the US and its three European allies for the crisis created over its nuclear program, which was under an unprecedented level of inspections before Washington withdrew from the JCPOA.

The resolution was passed only few days after the IAEA’s chief Rafael Grossi traveled to Israel and met the regime’s hawkish Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Iran had previously warned that Grossi's visit to Israel ahead of the meeting of the Board of Governors was in contradiction with the agency’s principles of observing impartiality and maintaining its technical and professional status.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran prepares enrichment escalation at Fordow plant, IAEA report shows

21 June, 2022

Iran is escalating its uranium enrichment further by preparing to use advanced IR-6 centrifuges at its underground Fordow site that can more easily switch between enrichment levels, a United Nations nuclear watchdog report seen by Reuters on Monday showed.

The move is the latest of several steps Iran had long threatened to take but held off carrying out until 30 of the 35 countries on the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors backed a resolution this month criticizing it for failing to explain uranium traces found at undeclared sites.

With indirect US-Iran talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal long stalled, any further escalation in Tehran's standoff with the West risks killing off hopes of reining in the Islamic republic's nuclear advances and lifting US sanctions against it.

IAEA inspectors verified on Saturday that Iran was ready to feed uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas, the material centrifuges enrich, into the second of two cascades, or clusters, of IR-6 centrifuges installed at Fordow, a site dug into mountain, the confidential IAEA report to member states said.

Iran informed the IAEA on Monday that passivation of the cascade, a process that precedes enrichment and also involves feeding UF6 into the machines, had begun on Sunday.

Importantly, the 166-machine cascade is the only one to have so-called “modified sub-headers”, which make it easier to switch to enriching to other purity levels. Western diplomats have long pointed to that equipment as a source of concern since it could enable Iran to quickly enrich to higher levels.

Awaiting clarification

Iran has also not told the agency clearly what purity the cascade will enrich to after passivation. Iran had previously informed the IAEA that the two IR-6 cascades could be used to enrich to 5 percent or 20 percent purity.

“The Agency has yet to receive clarification from Iran as to which mode of production it intends to implement for the aforementioned cascade, following the completion of passivation,” the report said, which the IAEA confirmed.

At a different site, Iran is already enriching to up to 60 percent, close to the roughly 90 percent of weapons-grade and far above the 2015 deal's cap of 3.67 percent. Iran has breached many of the deal's limits in response to the US withdrawal from the deal in 2018 and its reimposition of sanctions. Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel PM says thwarted Iranian attacks in Turkey, suspects arrested

20 June, 2022

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that Israel and Turkey have already thwarted several attempts by “Iran-backed terrorists” to attack Israelis and arrested suspects.

“The operational efforts with the Turkish security forces have borne fruit. In recent days, in a joint Israeli-Turkish effort, we thwarted a number of terrorist attempts and numerous terrorists were arrested on Turkish ground,” Bennett said according to the Jerusalem Post.

“We are continuing to work together with the goal of bringing the situation in Turkey and Israeli tourism back to normal. We have to finish the counterterrorism operations,” Bennett added.

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“The days in which [Iran] funded terror, equips terrorists, trains and sends them, and is left unscathed is over. Now, the one sending [terrorists] pays. We will go anywhere we need to.”

Last week, Israel warned its citizens against traveling to Turkey, citing the danger of possible Iranian “revenge attacks” after the assassination of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Colonel Sayad Khodai.

Tensions between the two countries have heightened in recent weeks amid a shadow war where Israel targets Iran’s military personnel and officials and scientists related to the country’s nuclear program, and Iran retaliates by targeting Israelis abroad.

Biden’s visit to region

US President Joe Biden is set to visit Israel and Saudi Arabia next month.

Bennett said: “The central goal of [Biden’s] visit [to Israel next month] is to lock down a clear shared plan of action... to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power.”

The West’s negotiations to revive the abandoned 2015 Iran nuclear deal have been stalled for months. Israel has largely opposed any deal with its arch enemy Iran.

“In the short term, Israel wants to stop Iran from continuing to enrich uranium and develop a nuclear bomb through diplomatic and other tools,” Bennett said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel building US-led ‘Middle East air defence alliance:’ Defence minister

20 June, 2022

Israel is building a “Middle East Air Defense Alliance” under the leadership of the United States, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday, adding that the apparatus has already foiled attempted Iranian attacks.

The remarks, which appeared in an official transcript of a briefing Gantz gave parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, did not name any other partners in the alliance.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iranian engineer’s death at military site due to ‘industrial sabotage’: Agency

20 June, 2022

The death of an Iranian Defense Ministry engineer in May 2021 was the result of “industrial sabotage” at a military site in Parchin near the capital Tehran, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander was quoted on Monday as saying.

In his comments to the semi-official Entekhab news agency, the commander, Hassani Ahangar, did not say who was believed to be behind the sabotage.

“The martyr from the Ministry of Defense was himself not the target but was affected by an act of industrial sabotage. We must prevent such threats with artificial intelligence methods,” Ahangar was quoted by the agency as saying.

“Engineer Ehsan Ghadbeigi was martyred and one of his colleagues was injured in an accident that took place in one of the Ministry of Defense’s research units at the Parchin area on May 25 [2021],” Entekhab added.

Parchin is a sensitive military site housing several industrial and research units, where Western security services believe Iran carried out tests related to nuclear bomb detonations more than a decade ago.

Source: Al Arabiya

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