Tuesday, 9 August 2016

09 Aug. 2016: 05 Dzulqa'dah 37: Vol:7, No:133
India looks into Turkey's request to shut down institutions linked to 'Fethullah terror network'
New Delhi: India is looking into Turkey's request to shut down institutions linked to the Fethullah "terror" network in the country including Mumbai, maintaining that it was behind last month's attempted coup in Turkey. "India is looking into the request made by Turkey," an official source said.India's reaction came after Turkish Consul General Erdal Sabri Ergen in Mumbai told reporters that his country has requested Indian and Maharashtra govt s that all institutions in Mumbai and elsewhere, connected with this network be closed. PTI
Turkey coup 'mastermind' Gulen's FTO poses threat to India's internal security, warns Turkish Consul General
Delhi: Turkish Consul General Erdal Sabri Ergen has said that the outfit, which attempted to overthrow President Tayyip Erdogan's govt, has deep roots in Mumbai and some other parts of India. He also said that the organisation poses threat to country's internal security. "In the aftermath of coup attempt in Turkey, we have found some connection in India, Mumbai of the perpetrators," Ergen said."Fethullah Terror Organisation (FETO) has network worldwide including India," he added, as per ANI. FETO is led by US-based cleric Fettullah Gulen. On the other hand, Pune Mirror, in its report few days back, had said that in a letter addressed to the Union Home Ministry, Ergen had warned that FETO controls a number of educational, cultural, and business organisations in Mumbai and other metros of the country.The report had also said that he had urged both the Union and the state govt  totake action against the FETO-controlled organisations.zee news
Close Fethullah institutions in Mumbai: Turkey envoy
Gulen has been making relentless efforts in propagating peace, claims Sudheendra Kulkarni
Mumbai:Ex-BJP leader Sudheendra Kulkarni has said Fethullah Gulen had spent his whole life propagating peace and fighting terrorists and was not responsible for the coup in Turkey. Asserting that democracy should prevail in all nations, Kulkarni said it is very difficult for him to believe that Gulen can support military takeover in Turkey.“In the recent past the military in Turkey tried to take over governance, but they failed. And it is good. We should not support military takeover in any country. Democracy should prevail in all the nations.And Fehtullah Gulen is being dubbed as the mastermind of the whole episode. Gulen is a Turkish national residing in America and in the past years on the basis of Islam has been making relentless efforts in propagating peace and denouncing terrorism,” said Kulkarni.ANI
Gulen network has a sinister design,shut everything linked to it: Turkey to india
Govt will press for extradition of Dr Zakir Naik if he doesn't come back as police report indicates involvement in unlawful activities: Maharashtra CM Fadnavis
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday confirmed submission of a report on Islamic preacher Zakir Naik by Mumbai Police Commission. ‘Govt has received a report on Zakir Naik from the Commissioner of Police of Mumbai. There are many indictments in the report. Many unlawful activities have been pointed out pertaining to the organisation of which Dr. Zakir Naik is a leader,’ Fadnavis said. He said that the Govt of Maharashtra is now examining the entire report and will share the same with the Ministry of Home Affairs at the Centre. ‘Soon we will share the report with the central MHA and in consultation with them, we will decide further course of action which we need to take,’ he added.Fadnavis was quoted saying by PTI: “Govt will press for extradition of Naik if he does not return on his own from abroad. Mumbai Police report severely indicts preacher Zakir Naik” Naik. DNA
Police report indicates Zakir Naik’s involvement in unlawful activities: Maharashtra CM
Mumbai police submits report on Zakir Naik, IRF to govt
Home Ministry issues notice to Zakir Naik’s foundation
New Delhi: The inspection notice is the first step towards suspending or revoking registration of any NGO or organisation under FCRA.Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday issued an inspection notice to Zakir Naik’s IRF for alleged FCRA violations, a senior official of the Ministry told The Hindu.The notice is the first step towards suspending or revoking the FCRA registration of any NGO or organisation. “We have issued an inspection notice to IRF. We will inspect their book of accounts to see whether the provisions of the FCRA were violated or not. If we find discrepancies, the next step is to put it under temporary suspension and all the foreign donations will then have to be routed through MHA. We will give them time to respond and if we are not satisfied with the reply, the NGO’s registration can be cancelled,” said the official. the hindu
Zakir Naik's aide, 3 others booked by Mumbai police
Mumbai: A case has been registered by city police against an employee of Zakir Naik's IRF and three others, including 2 arrested earlier by Kerala police in connection with alleged ISIS recruitment, a senior official said on Tuesday.Based on a complaint lodged by father of Ashfaque, one of the 21 youths from Kerala reported missing and suspected to have joined ISIS, a case was registered on Monday against IRF employee Arshid Qureshi, Rizwan Khan and 2 others at Nagpada police station, the official said.They have been booked under UAPA and IPC section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), he said.Qureshi and Khan were earlier arrested by Kerala police.Kerala police traced Qureshi to Mumbai following a complaint lodged in Kochi by the brother of a young woman, suspected to have joined ISIS along with her husband and left the state.PTI
Naik aides Arshi Qureshi, Rizwan Khan booked by Police
Zakir Naik’s IRF Says Conversion Not Their Agenda
On Tuesday, the IRF issued one more statements reacting to the MHA notice and the police commissioner’s report and said that “conversion is not IRF’s objective”.IRF wants to reiterate that the allegations are false and baseless. Dr Zakir Naik firmly believes in promoting peace and harmony and has been doing that for decades. IRF is a research body that promotes greater awareness of Islam and its tenets. Dr Zakir Naik is an expert in comparative religion and has been conducting well-researched talks on Islam and other religions across the world. The statement added that Naik’s teachings of Islam is not unconstitutional since “propagating one’s religion is allowed by article 25 of the Indian Constitution.”Conversion is not one of the objectives of IRF. The organisation only spreads the message of Islam and clears misconceptions. This is fully permitted by our Constitution.Referring to the complaint against a member of the IRF, Arshi Qureshi, for allegedly forcing a youth to convert to Islam, statement said:IRF’s Guest Relations Manager, Arshi Qureshi has never forced a single person into conversion against his or her free will, as it is against Islam. We emphatically deny all allegations.thequint.com
Kerala missing youths in Iran: police
Kochi: The police team probing the missing of Keralite youths from Kasaragod and Palakkad has confirmed that some of them had reached Tehran, the capital of Iran.In an affidavit submitted before the Principal District and Sessions Court, Ernakulam, the police submitted that Merin Jacob aka Mariam, who had gone missing with her husband Bestin Vincent aka Yahia, had departed to Tehran from Bengaluru airport on May 16 this year. Bestin had gone missing with his brother Bexan aka Easa and wife Nimisha aka Fathima.The police now assume that many of the missing persons are currently in Tehran. Meanwhile, the police also submitted that the name of Arshid Qureshi, arrested from Mumbai, had been mentioned in a message suspected to have been sent by Rashid Abdulla of Thrikkarippur to a relative. Abdulla had gone missing with his wife Ayisha aka Soniya. The message had references about IS and Qureshi. In the message, Qureshi’s name has been mentioned as Arshid Bhai.The investigations so far also have revealed that Shihas, another person who had gone missing from Kasaragod, had received a phone call from Kashmir, though the sleuths are yet to verify details of the call. Meanwhile, the court on Monday sent Qureshi and his associate Rizwan Khan to the custody of the investigating team for 10 more days till August 18. thehindu
India should avoid ‘entanglement’ in S.China Sea: Chinese media
Beijing:India should avoid “unnecessary entanglement” in the South China Sea dispute during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to New Delhi to prevent it becoming yet “another factor” to impact bilateral ties, a state-run Chinese daily said on Tuesday.“India may want to avoid unnecessary entanglement with China over the South China Sea debate during Wang’s visit if the country wishes to create a good atmosphere for economic cooperation, which would include reducing tariffs on made-in-India products exported to China amid the ongoing free trade talk known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership,” an article in the state-run Global Times said.“India is expected to allow only moderate tariff reduction on made-in-China products under the talks in a bid to preserve its domestic industries. If India wants China to be more generous in terms of tariff reduction, it would be unwise for the country to let its relationship with China deteriorate further at this moment,” it said.HT
Now, Chinese media takes on India's business visa policy, calls it 'a pain in the butt'
New satellite images suggest China militarising disputed islands: US Think tank
Ex-Arunachal CM Kalikho Pul’s body found hanging from ceiling fan: indianexpress
Former Arunachal CM Kalikho Pul, who was dislodged by a Supreme Court verdict last month after being in office for about 6 months, was found dead at the CMO bungalow in Itanagar on Tuesday morning. While doctors pronounced him dead, the state cabinet announced a 3-day mourning. Official sources in Itanagar said Pul was found hanging from a ceiling fan in one of the bedrooms of the CM’s official bungalow which had not yet vacated after the SC verdict had dismissed him on July 13. Pul, a Congress rebel who had assumed the CMO on Feb.19 amid a lot of political controversies after the previous Congress CM Nabam Tuki was dismissed by a “special session” of the Assembly which was later declared null and void by the apex court, was 47. While a post-mortem examination of his body is being carried out, an emergency meeting of the state cabinet chaired by CM Pema Khandu announced 3-day mourning.
Arunachal govt announces magisterial inquiry into death
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/kalikho-pul-death-former-cm-suicide-arunachal-pradesh-govt -pema-khundu-inquiry-2963997/
Muslim families threaten migration from Agra
Agra: In contrast to BJP claims about Hindus migrating from several areas of UP, including Agra, due to pressures from members of minority community, a group of Muslim residents from Itimad-Ud-Daulah area on Monday put up posters of "house for sale" outside their residences, accusing SP backed land grabbers of pressuring them to sell their properties. Accusing the administration and the police of doing nothing to prevent the land grabbers from harassing them, the residents claimed that several people had already moved out of Itimad-Ud-Daulah and many more would follow. The residents, who carried posters demanding action against local cops, alleged that a group of land grabbers, patronised by ruling SP leaders, had been pressuring them to sell their properties and harassing them continuously for the same."When we refuse to sell, they adopt all sorts of terrorising tactics, including threatening to take our lives," they alleged. A resident said that the land grabbers were also trying to forcibly take possession of an empty piece of land, which for decades was being used by them, adding the miscreants were backed by a relative of a powerful UP minister. Dubbing Akhilesh Yadav as "anti-minorities", residents said govt was doing nothing for them.TOI
Modi's statement on cow vigilantes came too late for Akhlaq" UP minister
Agra:UP Minister of State Haji Israr Saifi has said that although PM  Narendra Modi has now differentiated between real 'Gau-sevaks' and the fake ones, this revelation has come too late for Akhlaq and other Muslims killed in the name of 'Gau-Raksha'.   Saifi said that the Hindu outfits in the country have been spreading communal terror since the day Modi govt formed, especially in the name of 'Gau-raksha', when most of the cows are dying from consuming polythene.He said that Hindu outfits should tell everyone what animal's skin is their shoes made of. He said that indu organizations raise the voice about protection of cows and wear shoes made of cow and buffalo skins. If they are really so bent on protecting cows, they should first stop wearing leather shoes. He said that the atrocities being meted out to Dalits are all a conspiracy of the RSS and BJP.On this occasion, local SP leader Haji Imran Khan said that that 80% of the 'Gau-Rakshaks' are fake and spreading communalism in the guise of protecting cows. Such people are engaged in all sorts of illegal activities and getting protection from prosecution by hiding behind the banners of Hindu outfits. He said that real 'Gau-Rakshaks' should pledge not to use polythene and also prevent the use of polyethene by others. india today
At receiving end of cow vigilantism, RSS-affiliated Muslim body suspends gaushala plans
Underlining the threat of cow vigilantism, RSS-affiliated Muslim Rashtriya Manch  has been forced to put its plans for starting gaushalas (cow shelters) across India in cold storage. The reason: Its activists ferrying two cows from Haryana to Delhi were way-laid by these "gaurakshaks" but were saved because of police presence. Outfit says it is unable to transport cows to its proposed shelters in other states, including Maharashtra, because of the possibility of being waylaid by vigilantes. A dmitting there was a "dar ka mahoul" among Muslims about being framed for cow slaughter, MRM leaders decried overzealous cow protectors who took the law into their hands and pointed that this affects transport of cows and consequently, their conservation. DNA
‘Fake’ cow vigilantes extort money in MP
Bhopal/Indore:Police and some Muslim cattle traders have said that certain people posing as cow vigilantes in Madhya Pradesh are indulging in extortion, especially from the minority community, an allegation dismissed by those affiliated to Hindu outfits, who distanced themselves from those indulging in violence and extortion. MP has the highest cattle population in the country with over 1.96 crore cows, and almost every village along highways leading to neighbouring states have troops of about 25-30 youths as gau-rakshaks (cow vigilantes). Over the years, the number of incidents in which people were attacked, thrashed or harassed by the so-called gau-rakshaks has increased, but the cases have fallen flat as the meat which was seized was found to be that of buffaloes not cows. Many senior police officials of state posted in districts bordering Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP and Chhattisgarh confirmed that many anti-socials, in the garb of cow vigilante groups, were attacking those carrying milch animals in bulk.“All they do is wear saffron scarves and patrol in groups, searching for targets. They travel in SUVs or even motorcycles at night. Once they find a target, they beat them up badly for money,” a senior police officer posted in a district bordering Maharashtra confided.“This has developed as a business in the last few years. Many of them have turned ‘crorepatis’. Some lower level policemen are also involved in this activity and get a share from these gau-rakshaks,” said another senior police officer, requesting anonymity. Masood Ahmed Khan, secretary, coordination committee for Indian Muslims, MP unit, said Muslim meat traders were being harassed by the so-called gau-rakshaks. “Most of the people who are stopped on highways are from Muslim community.Aim is to extort money,” said a Muslim leader of Nimar, requesting anonymity.“There are some people who earn 50,000-60,000 per month just by intercepting these trucks,” he said.HT
Those attacking Dalits are ‘anti-national’: RSS
Cow vigilante groups: Parkash Singh Badal warns of stern action for violating law
Shiv Sena urges PM  Modi to act against cow vigilantes
Why Modi's Lambasting Of Cow Vigilantes Was Mere Lip Service:Sanam Sharma
Una agitation can usher a new brand of Dalit-Bahujan politics
Tamil Dalits continue their struggle for right to worship at temple festival
Cuddalore:Nearly 6 years after the Madras High Court ordered the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board in Cuddalore district to allow the car procession of Sri Mariamman Temple through the Pallavarayanatham Dalit colony during the annual festival, Dalits continue to petition the district administration every year seeking their right to worship. The district administration has been unable to convince the non-Dalits to allow the temple car procession in the Dalit colony following which the authorities have stopped the annual temple car festival since 2010. Demanding their right to worship, Dalits from Pallavarayanatham Colony on Monday submitted a petition to District Collector A. Gnanasekaran seeking implementation of the High Court order and to ensure that their rights were upheld.J. Jayaseelan, a resident of the colony, alleged that Dalits were not allowed to take part in some important events such as Mandagapadi during the 12-day annual festival during the month of Aadi.the hindu
Irom Sharmila ends 16-yrs fast, wants to become CM
Imphal: Irom Sharmila ended her indefinite hunger strike against the AFSPA on Tuesday after she was granted bail by a local court in an attempted suicide case. The court fixed August 23 as the date for Sharmila’s reappearance to examine if she is guilty of trying to commit suicide under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code.“CJM granted her bail after she signed the PR bond of Rs 10,000. The court will now issue the release order to the jail authorities,” Sharmila’s counsel L Rebeda said. Sharmila was in the custody of Imphal’s Sajiwa Central Jail, but kept in a ward of the JNIMS where she has been force-fed through a nasal tube under security for years.HT
Mufti Akhtar Raza, Mahmood Madani among world’s most influential Muslims: Jordanian think tank RISSC
Bareilly: Mufti Mohammad Akhtar Raza Khan Qadiri aka Azhari Miyan, chief cleric of the influential Dargah Aala Hazart here, has occupied 25th place in annual list of 500 'most powerful and influential Muslims' across the world.The list was prepared by Jordanian thinktank Royal Islamic Strategic Study Centre (RISSC), affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman.Azhari was ranked 22nd in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Azhari has written over 5,000 fatwas, most famous being one that was passed in 1975 against sterilisation. "The then PM Indira Gandhi had made sterilization compulsory in the country. Even Deoband had passed a fatwa, claiming the process is valid in Islam. But Azhari Miyan stood by his decision, saying the medical process was against sharia," said Maulana Shahbudeen Razvi, Azhari's secretary. Azhari is the great grandson and successor of Ahmad Raza Khan. Another Indian to feature among the top 50 in the list is Maulana Mahmood Madani.The top 10 personalities in the list this year included names of King Abdullah, king of Jordan, Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb, grand sheikh of Al-Azhar, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, President Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani of Iraq and Hajji Abdul-Wahhab, Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan.TOI    
Modernising madrasas: Govt spent Rs 1,000 cr in 7 years
New Delhi: Union govt  has spent over Rs 1,000 crore over seven years to modernise madrasas or Islamic educational institutions, according to data released by Minister for HRD  Prakash Javadekar in the Lok Sabha.The govt  increased the spending on the Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQEM), launched in 2009-10, from Rs 46 crore to Rs 294 crore -- more than a five-fold increase. Spending almost tripled in one year -- 2015-16 -- to Rs 294 crore from Rs 108 crore in the previous year."Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided to encourage traditional institutions like madrasas and maktqabs to introduce modern education in subjects such as science, mathematics, social studies, Hindi and English in their curriculum through support for teachers, books, teaching learning materials and computer labs," the minister said. Over 48,000 madrasas in UP received financial assistance during the last seven years -- the highest amongst all states -- followed by Madhya Pradesh and Kerala.IANS
Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat run madrasa to introduce ‘anti-terrorism’ course in its curriculum
Bareilly: To dispel the notion that madrasas are terror nurseries, Sunniyat Jamia Razvia Manzar-e-Islam, a seminary run under Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, has taken a first of its kind step by introducing 2-year ‘anti-terrorism course’.Muslim scholars enrolled at the madrasa will be taught how terrorists are misusing religious texts to suit their nefarious designs. They will also learn about the background of terrorist outfits, the various such organisations active in India and the wrong means adopted by them to mislead innocent people.“Terrorists across the globe are misusing religious scriptures to validate their sinful acts and to corrupt the innocent minds of people. This course is aimed at countering this and so we have named it as Anti-Terrorism,” said Mufti Salim Noori, head convener and spokesperson of Dargah. The course, designed by the head muftis of the dargah, is divided into two parts, Sufism and Wahhabism, and each part has several subjects. HT
All products must have labels in Hindi, regional language: committee set up by HRD Ministry in 2014
New Delhi:All Goods and products sold in the country, irrespective of where they have been manufactured, may soon have labels and instructions in Hindi and another regional language.This recommendation is part of the report finalised by the 17-member committee led by exJNU pro V-C Kapil Kapoor. The panel was tasked by the HRD ministry to suggest ways to promote Indian languages. indianexpress
Registration of AIMIM restored in Maharashtra
Mumbai: In a relief to AIMIM, State Election Commission has restored registration of the party, enabling it to contest the civic polls in the state, including the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, on its symbol and name. Commission, which conducts local body polls, also restored the registration of five other parties, which were de-registered along with several other local outfits last month for their failure to provide details of income tax returns and audited accounts. The decision to restore the registration of Owaisi-led AIMIM, which has built pockets of influence across Maharashtra and bagged two seats in the assembly polls in 2014, has come when the party is gearing up to contest the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation  elections due early next year. The party has been re-registered after completing necessary formalities, a SEC official told PTI. PTI
Delhi HC reserves order on plea to cancel Kanhaiya’s bail
New Delhi:Delhi High Court today reserved its order on the plea by private individuals for cancellation of interim bail granted to JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case with Delhi Police facing its ire for not taking an unequivocal stand and leaving it to the judge to take a decision. However, after it was pulled up by Justice PS Teji who made hard hitting remarks like “Why are you playing with the court” and “police has made a mockerey of the system,” Delhi Police said it was not in favour of cancellation of the student leader’s bail.PTI
Startup Fatehpur Sikri: 374 Muslim, Dalit weavers join hands to form limited company
Agra: About 374 weavers, mainly Muslims, Dalits and women, engaged in manufacturing rugs (daris) in 5 villages of Fatehpur Sikri have joined hands together to form a pvt limited company to sell their produce directly in the market, thus eliminating the middlemen and the intermediaries who end up pocketing the lion's share of the profits.These weavers, who are paid merely Rs 50 or less for their labour on a rug that sells for about Rs 500 to Rs 600 in local markets and much higher in foreign countries, have pooled in Rs 50,000 to register their company, "Nayi Roshni Dari Utpadan Producer Company Ltd".TOI
Feel pained that innocent youth have been handed stones: Modi preaches insaniyat to Kashmiris
PM  Narendra Modi reached out to the people of turbulent Kashmir and indicated willingness to hold dialogue under the framework of 'insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat'. Modi said it was painfully to see innocent youngsters, who should be holding laptops, book and cricket bats, have been given stones and appealed to them for maintaining peace and harmony in the "heaven" on earth.He said Kashmir has the freedom which is felt by Indians everywhere and asserted that the Mehbooba Mufti govt  and the Centre are working together to solve the state's difficulties but some people, who are unable to digest it, are clinging onto the path to destruction."When Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the PM he had adopted the path of insaniyat, jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat and we walk the same road. I want to tell the brothers and sisters of Kashmir from this great birthplace of Chandra Shekhar Azad that Kashmir has the same strength that has been given to (other parts of) India by our freedom fighters. Kashmir has the same freedom that every Indian feels. Today, one feels pained to see that innocent youths have been handed stones. Politics of some people is clicking but what will happen to these gullible and simple youths. Humanity and Kashmiriyat will not be allowed to be hit. The path of democracy and dialogue is there," he said.PTI
Freedom that every Indian has also belongs to every Kashmiri: PM Modi
Opposition expresses concern over Kashmir situation
SC seeks report from J&K govt on youth killing in Srinagar
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/SC-seeks-report-from-JK-govt -on-youths-killing-in-Srinagar/articleshow/53615146.cms
New Delhi: Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to examine under what circumstances a youth was killed in police firing while he allegedly was protesting killing of Burhan Wani.In a relief to top police officials of Srinagar, a 2-judge bench, however, stayed contempt proceedings against them for not lodging FIR against a DSP who allegedly killed the youth.The bench asked the state govt to conduct investigation in the case and directed the state a report in a sealed envelope by Friday when it would a decision on whether FIR could be registered against the erring police officer. timesofindia
J-K govt to probe civilian deaths in Kashmir protests, take stern action
Srinagar youth killing: Court refers to contempt proceedings against top police officials
Burhan Wani was pious, not a terrorist: PDP MLA Shah
Srinagar: Stating that slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was “not a terrorist”, a ruling PDP MLA described him as “great and pious”. He also said Wani’s “death has given a new lease of life” to separatists.Saying that his party has “no ill-will or grudge against the people mourning Wani’s death”, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, PDP MLA from Wani’s hometown Tral, said: “He was not a terrorist… People loved him because he was a great and pious character. I am from Tral and I know how much people loved and respected him. Their mourning is justified”.“Wani was the product of torture and harassment inflicted upon him and his family by the previous NC-Congress coalition govt,” he said. “We are reaping the harvest of what was sown by NC,” he said. indianexpress
Hizbul blames India for posters threatening Pandits
Srinagar: Days after posters threatening Kashmiri Pandits surfaced near their transit accommodations in south Kashmir, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) on Monday blamed it on “Indian agencies to portray Kashmir’s freedom struggle as communal”. It distanced itself from the unsigned posters, issued under the name of Lashkar-e-Islam, which had appeared in Pulwama and warned Pandits to leave the Valley. In a statement mailed to media organizations in Kashmir, deputy chief of HM, Saifullah Khalid, claimed “Indian agencies are once again trying to play Pandit card to show that our freedom struggle is ‘terrorism and communalism’.”HT
Kashmir: Why the protests this time are very different from earlier ones: Indian Express
Day 31: Shopian teenager succumbs, death toll 57
Nayeemuddin, witness in Sohrabuddin case killed in Telangana encounter
Hyderabad: Mohammed Nayeemuddin, who the Gujarat police referred to as Kalimuddin and a witness in its probe into the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Kauser Bi in an alleged fake encounter, was shot dead Monday by a Telangana anti-Naxal team on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Gujarat police claimed Kalimuddin was on board a Hyderabad-Sangli bus in Nov.2005 with Sohrabuddin and Kauser Bi when they were allegedly abducted by policemen from Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and killed within days. Gujarat police also claimed Kalimuddin was a police informer and an accused in the 2003 murder of ex Gujarat minister Haren Pandya. indian express
 Raisuddin Siddique a Hingoli schoolteacher is latest Maharashtra ATS catch
Mumbai: Maharashtra Police’s ATS has arrested a schoolteacher from Hingoli district. Mohd Raisuddin Siddique (40), who used to teach at a local zilla parishad school, was picked up for questioning Sunday and placed under arrest Monday evening. Siddique is the fourth person to be arrested on suspicion of being an IS recruit. indianexpress
Arrested at Delhi airport: No IS plans, wanted to lead ‘true Islamic life’, woman tells police
Kerala: Woman from Bihar who was arrested at Delhi airport last week before she was to board a flight to Kabul with her five-year-old son is learnt to have told police that she had no plans of joining the Islamic State, and was going to Afghanistan only to lead a “true Islamic life”.Yasmeen (28) was reportedly in touch with one of the missing youths from Kerala, identified as Abdul Rashid. She is learnt to have told police that after being abandoned by her husband, she married Rashid about 3 months back.“Rashid had sent her photographs of Afghan villages, saying that they can lead an Islamic life there. She claims she was aware of the cruelties of the IS and never wanted to join it,” a police officer said. indianexpress
Muzaffarnagar: Maulana Nazeer Qasmi demands extra security, says slain NIA officer Tanzeel wanted him killed
A prominent cleric has urged the administration to enhance his security cover claiming that slain NIA DSP Tanzeel Ahmed had given a contract to a gangster to kill him. Maulana Nazeer Ahmed Qasmi, however feigned ignorance about the exact motive behind the conspiracy to murder him. Qasmi (75) currently enjoys ‘X’ Category security.“I have requested SSP, Muzaffarnagar, to enhance my security because I have to go to different places to attend religious discourse. I came to know about the threat through media, which stated that Tanzeel wanted to get me killed. So far, no govt official has informed me in this regard,” said Qasmi. indianexpress
Russia, Turkey 'must jointly resolve Syria crisis'
 President Tayyip Erdogan has highlighted the importance of cooperation between Turkey and Russia in finding a solution to the long-standing Syria conflict. Prior to his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said: “I must tell this clearly, the most important step, and primary actor in bringing peace to Syria is the Russian Federation."I think that we, Russia and Turkey, should resolve this [Syria] issue by taking a step together."He added that if need be, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US too could be included in the process. In a reference to the Bashar al-Assad regime, he said: “Of course, we are not up for backing the killer who committed the state terrorism. Let the Syrian nation elect the one or ones who will rule them.”About the opposition’s hopes for excluding Bashar al-Assad from the solution to the crisis, Erdogan said: “In this regard, Iran can be included in this issue; we all desire to end the blood and deaths as soon as possible.”Anadoluagency
Putin and Erdogan meet to mend ties after jet downing rift
Turkey warns US not to ‘sacrifice’ relations for Gulen
 Turkey warned the US not to sacrifice bilateral ties over Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the July 15 failed coup and wants to see extradited to face trial. “If the US does not deliver (Gulen), they will sacrifice relations with Turkey for the sake of a terrorist,” justice minister Bekir Bozdag said.PTI
Aleppo battle: Assad sends thousands of reinforcements
Syrian govt has sent thousands of reinforcements to mount a counterattack in Aleppo after rebels broke through govt lines two days earlier, monitoring group said. Shia Hezbollah movement and the govt have mobilised more than 3,000 troops and militia fighters for an attempt to recapture the areas where the rebels made their breakthrough, according to Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Aljazeera
Iraqi, Lebanese militias arrive in Aleppo to support regime
Assad regime drops vacuum bombs on Syrian city
Idlib: A regime aircraft conducted a vacuum bomb attack late Monday against the opposition-held district of Sevre in the northwestern province of Idlib, local civil defense sources said. 5 victims were killed and 12 others, including a civil defense staff, were wounded in the attack. Anadolu Agency
Christian charity 'top of Israel's target list': aljazeera
Last week, Israeli Security Agency - or Shin Bet - announced serious charges against a Gaza-based Palestinian employee of the global Christian charity, World Vision. According to Shin Bet, Mohammad el-Halabi, head of World Vision's Gaza office, funnelled tens of millions of dollars of aid money to Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades in an elaborate, years-long scheme.
Israel arrests UN aid worker for alleged Hamas links
Israeli forces demolish Palestinian structures in Nablus
Israel places deputy leader of Islamic Movement Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib under house arrest
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Pak slams US for doubting its anti-terror efforts, takes dig at India
Pakistan has regretted US’ statement that questioned Pakistan’s sincerity in the war on terror. In response to a media question on US Deputy spokesperson’s critical remarks that Pakistan was selective in targeting terrorists and does not go after those threatening its neighbours, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan has taken concrete measures to counter terrorism in a phased manner keeping in view the country’s national security concerns.He claimed that the arrest of the India’s active service officer, who ‘publicly confessed’ his state’s involvement in perpetrating and financing terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan, surprisingly did not prompt any statement by US.D Chronicle
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