Sunday, 4 September 2016

04 Sept. 2016: 01 Dzil Hajja 37: Vol:7, No:153
‘Media should play active role in promoting ‘communal harmony’: Journos
New Delhi: Criticizing role of some TV news channels and newspapers for spreading hate and ill will in the society,several senior journalists on Saturday underlined the need of media playing an important role in creating and promoting social harmony in the country.They denounced attempts by some TV news channels and newspapers to standardize on thought on issues in the name of nationalism. Most of them agreed that there should a self-regulation in the media and nothing should be imposed from outside, they advocated that media should care about its social obligations also.“In the current station of the country, there is a dire need that media should play an important role for maintaining social and communal harmony. But a section of the media has strayed from their principles,” said veteran journalist and the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express Prabhu Chawla while speaking at a symposium on “Role of Media in Promoting Social Harmony” organised by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.“The first principle of journalism is to present through media what you have seen and heard in front of the public. But in this electronic age, a section of the media shows and publishes news on the basis of their views instead of presenting reality, which is a serious threat to communal harmony and national unity,” Chawla added.“On some issues, there are strong attempts to create one opinion. There are attempts to standardize one thought on issues like Pakistan and Kashmir,” said veteran journalist and Political Editor of Hindustan Times Vinod Sharma. “Media persons handling real-time information are not trained to deal with such situation. Real-time information has to be treated with utmost care. There is a need for a certain degree of debate within the media about its role vis a vis society,” said Sharma. He was also critical of the media for relying on police version during communal violence. “During communal riots, media generally relies on police version which is not always 24-carat gold. It is a mixed item. Media should be true to its responsibilities, should care about its language and social obligations,” he said.Hartosh Singh Bal, Political Editor of Caravan magazine, said a section of media is dividing the society, rather than uniting it. “Of late, a section of media has started dividing the society, rather than uniting it. We have seen it in JNU case, Pakistan issue and during communal riots. It provoked people and riot. Media should speak truth howsoever hard it is,” said Hartosh. Speaking at the program organized by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind at the conclusion of its 15-day “Peace & Humanity Campaign,” Rajya Sabha TV Anchor Amrita Rai said media is not giving much space to the deprived classes. “Media does not give space to depressed classes. Media is suffering with ideological lobbying. People of the other lobby are projected as ones against development and nationalism,” she said. However, she praised media for its positive role in the Kairana and Una cases. “Media played positive role in the Kairana case when news flashed on social media about alleged migration of Hindus from the Muslim-dominated district of UP. Media went there on the ground and exposed the lies. It played a positive role in Una case also,” she said. “But when it comes to Muslim youths, Kashmir or triple talaq, media has not played positive role. In cases of Kashmir or Muslim youths, we get swayed with nationalism and patriotism,” she said. Representing the Urdu press, SQR Ilyas, Editor, Afkar-e Milli Urdu monthly stressed defining the role of media. He said a section of media is promoting hate speakers.”Some forces want to promote division in the society on the basis of religion, language and caste. Some political parties also want polarization and they don’t care for the loss of the society. A section of media is also promoting such forces that want to demolish peace and communal harmony. Sensational things and clashes are being given much space in the media,” said Ilyas. “There is a need to define the role of media; in fact, media should set its own role and responsibility for the society,” he added.In his presidential remarks, Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat said that readers of newspapers and viewers of TV channels also have a role and responsibility to keep the media on track.”Our role is to keep media on track. We should provide correct information to the media, we should develop relations with them. Many wrong reporting are due to wrong information but we assume such things are being deliberately propagated,” he said.“There are indeed good people in the media and we have to reach out to them. To promote social harmony, there could be important role of media and we should execute our duties vis a vis media. We can improve the situation with the support of media. We should also make correct use of social media,” he said. Other eminent journalists and personalities who spoke included NK Singh, Secretary General Editor Guild and Anil Chamadia, Editor of Mass Media and Jan Media journals, SS Sarda, Supreme Court lawyer and radio Jockey Naved of radio mirchi. theindianawaaz
Media need to be sensitized for social harmony: Veteran journalists
Top journos express concern on media's 'divisive role'at Jamaat-e-Islami Hind symposium: The Statesman
Triple talaq against Quran: Zafar Sareshwala
Mumbai: Citing instances from the Quran and life of the Holy Prophet (sunnah),Dr Zeenat Shaukat Ali and Zafar Sareshwala said the excuse given by AIMPLB in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court to uphold triple talaq not only shows Muslims in bad light but also leads to bidat (innovation in religion) which is not desirable. Zafar Sareshwala, chancellor of Maulana Azad Urdu University, said that while Quran had explicitly mentioned the procedure for talaq, AIMPLB had entirely bypassed it by promoting arbitrary divorce. “There is no mention of triple talaq, which means that one practising it is committing a grave sin. After the demise of the Holy Prophet, persons who practiced triple talaq were punished with 100 lashes. AIMPLB seems to be citing the Sharia selectively thus going against the principles of Quran,”said Sareshwala. asianage
Triple talaq is sin but Shariat permits it; If live-in is legal, why isn’t polygamy so?: AIMPLB
New Delhi: A man who pronounced triple talaq upon his wife approached Caliph Umar, one of the most powerful and influential Muslim Caliphs in history, for punishment. The Caliph ordered the man to be whipped. But he also ensured the separation of the couple.This anecdote is quoted by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in an affidavit to explain that though triple talaq is a “sin” and the “least appreciated form of ending a marriage”, Shariat (Muslim personal law) permits it. Polygamy, it said, is “not even desirable”. Quran does not make it mandatory. “Yet, since polygamy is endorsed by primary Islamic sources, it cannot be dubbed as something prohibited,” the AIMPLB told the Supreme Court.The powerful Muslim body was replying to the court’s decision to examine whether Islamic personal laws discriminate against Muslim women.Board compared the religion’s tolerance to triple talaq to the situation of a sinner being appointed as a judge. “In Islamic jurisprudence, many times an irregular or improper nature of an act does not affect the legal consequences of the act. For instance, it is not lawful to appoint a sinner as a judge. However, if the State appoints a sinner as a judge and he passes a judgment, that judgment will be effective, provided it is within the limits of Sharia,” it explained. However, the Muslim body said, any “uncontrolled use of divorce without regard to the restrictions established by the Shariat is a sin”. “To divorce the wife without reason and only to harm her, or revengefully due to the non-fulfilment of his unlawful demands by the wife or her guardians, and to divorce her in violation of the procedure prescribed by the Shariat, is irregular and undesirable,” it explained.The AIMPLB argued that the Shariat permits triple talaq in the interest of both the man and woman as a means to keep their dignity and privacy intact. The intention is to save the family from delayed justice in conventional courts and to avoid mud-slinging in public. The Shariat intends triple talaq to help the estranged couple to “move on” with their lives and get over the bitterness and hatred they had felt for each other, the AIMPLB said.“To presume that each triple talaq is arbitrary and unreasonable is a fallacy of is misconception that triple talaq is always a result of haste and is a power which is freely misused by a Muslim male,” it said.In fact, over the years, triple talaq is resorted to only if intervention by families to reconcile the couple has failed and the couple wants “instant dissolution”. “There are innumerable instances where a Muslim wife seeks dissolution of marriage and approaches her husband for immediate dissolution by triple talaq,”the Board said. “If Indian laws can protect women having a living-in relationship with married men, why should polygamy be frowned upon,” AIMPLB asked the Supreme Court. Muslim body said the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, protects women who were in live-in relationships with men, even if the latter were married, bachelors or widowers.This shows that the “promiscuous relationship” of a woman with a married man is no longer immoral. So why should a formalised polygamous marriage be considered immoral, it asked.The board said “illicit sex had raised its head” in countries where polygamy is banned. “Women should appreciate the point that if the ratio of women is higher, would they prefer wedlock for fellow women, or let them be illicit mistresses of men, without any of the rights which a wife gets,” it asked the Supreme Court. Thehindu
AIMPLB questions media hype on ‘Talaq’ while ignoring women security
Zakir Naik’s NGO Red-Flagged; Renewal of License in Peril
IRF, set up by Zakir Naik is due for licence renewal this year, and is among almost 150 NGOs against whom security agencies issued adverse reports in July, according to The Hindu. Naik came under the authorities’ scanner when two of the Holey Artisan Bakery attackers in Dhaka claimed they were ‘inspired’ by him.Despite the IRF featuring on the list, its FCRA licence was renewed on 19 August automatically through the online system. An FCRA licence is a mandatory requirement for an NGO to receive foreign funds; the licence is renewed every five years. The first complaint against the IRF had come in 2012. Action against it was not taken till a year later by the Home Ministry, when the complainant sent a letter to the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. thequint
Kashmir all-party delegation, led by Rajnath Singh, arrives in Srinagar: Indian Express
New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived in Srinagar along with the all-party delegation for a 2-day visit to the state where it is expected to meet a cross-section of people and various representatives. All-party delegation of 30 members from 20 parties aims to find a solution to the Kashmir’s current cycle of violence that was triggered by the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. Close to 74 people have lost their lives and thousands have been injured in the protests that followed encounter.Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that they were hopeful of having a fruitful meeting with representatives of various political parties in Kashmir and find a solution to the current crisis. Azad, however said, that it was govt’s work to identify various stakeholders in the current situation and keep the doors open for all talks.He also reiterated his party’s stand, denouncing the usage of pellet guns in Kashmir.Adding that it won’t be possible to take any decision immediately, he said,
Srinagar: As all-party delegation arrives, many pellet injured patients discharged from hospital
Srinagar: Ahead of the all-party delegation visit to Kashmir, Srinagar’s top hospital, where patients with eye injuries were admitted, has discharged a large number of injured people. APD is likely to visit the hospital to meet the injured.On Saturday, ophthalmology dept. of the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh  hospital discharged 24 injured who were hit by pellets in their eyes – this is highest number of discharges in a day. Number of discharges had touched 50 in last 2 days. Indian express
Over hundred injured in Kashmir as police, paramilitary try to foil rallies: Indian Express
Srinagar: On a day when the all-party delegation is on a visit to Valley, over a hundred people have been injured during protests in south Kashmir on Sunday. In Shopian district, people have set on fire the Mini Secretariat that houses the office of Deputy Commissioner.The protests broke out early Sunday morning in Shopian and Anantnag where police foiled 2 different “freedom” rallies and used force to disperse the people. More than 100 people were injured in Shopian’s Pinjoora village when police and paramilitary forces used tear smoke shells and pellets on the protestors.
Targets for first time in Valley’s unrest, policemen walk faultlines in Kashmir: Indian express
Kashmir’s all-party delegation has not spelled out mandate: separatist leaders
Srinagar:A day after J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti invited them to meet the all-party delegation, the separatist leaders on Sunday said it cannot be an alternative to a transparent, agenda-based dialogue to address the “core” issue. One “fails to understand” what hope to attach with a delegation which has not “spelled out its mandate for any engagement on a clear agenda”, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik said in a joint statement issued in Srinagar.These methods of “crisis management through Parliamentary Delegations and Track-2… can’t take the place of a genuine transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue…,”they said.“That has been our consistent stand and has been spelled out recently as well in our letters to various international and global fora,” they said. Separatist leaders also lashed out at Mehbooba, alleging that she was playing the “role of obfuscation”. They said given this situation, it is “not surprising that even now her (Mehbooba’s) dominant concern, as expressed in her letter, is to ‘lend credence and credibility’ to Indian Parliamentary Delegation visiting Kashmir avowedly to ascertain wishes of the people”.PTI
Mehbooba Mufti should have released Hurriyat leaders, says Omar Abdullah
CM Mehbooba Mufti should have released Hurriyat leaders if she was serious about talks but she “was not clear in her own head” about the way forward, NC leader Omar Abdullah said after she invited the separatists to meet all-party delegationPTI
Amnesty report on Kashmir: An attempt to uncover a narrative of denied justice
Hijbul Mujahideen chief Salahuddin vows to turn Kashmir Valley into graveyard for armed forces 
New Delhi:Ahead of the all-party meet in Kashmir headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has said he will turn entire Kashmir into a “graveyard” for Indian armed forces. Salahuddin, disregarding the all-party meet, said talks would be futile and the only answer to the issue of Kashmir was militancy.“Kashmiri leadership, people and mujahideen should know there is no formal, peaceful way,”TOI quoted him as saying. While the all-party meet is an attempt to assuage the situation in the Valley, Salahuddin has warned of his “might”, threatening to “take the entire region into [militancy’s] fold”. TOI
Sisi,Modi agree to stepup efforts for deradicalisation programmes but Egypt silent on Kashmir
New Delhi:India and Egypt have committed to deepening cooperation against terrorism, a common threat both nations face, but officials said Cairo remained unwilling to break from the position of the broader Islamic world critical of Delhi over Kashmir. 2 countries have in recent months quietly stepped up intelligence cooperation, with unannounced visits to India by Egypt's NSA for meetings with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. But Friday's declaration of intent came from PM Narendra Modi and visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after talks between them."President and I are of one view that growing radicalisation, increasing violence and spread of terror pose a real threat not just to our 2 countries," Modi said, pausing,"but, also to nations and communities across regions."Modi and Sisi agreed to expand defence trade, training and capacity building, and enhance information and operational exchanges to combat terrorism. 2 countries also decided to step up efforts at developing de-radicalisation programmes to shield their youth from the propaganda of terror groups like the IS. Modi and the Indian delegation tried today to convince Sisi that terrorism lay at the heart of the Kashmir dispute between Delhi and Islamabad. Ahead of Sisi's visit, Indian officials said several OIC countries had in private distanced themselves from the group's postures, and that India would try and convince Egypt to publicly articulate its dissonance with OIC view.But in talks, Sisi did not appear willing to break with the OIC consensus, officials said. In his comments after meeting with Modi too, Sisi was quiet about Kashmir. Telegraphindia
India, Egypt to step up defence, anti-terror cooperation
India, Egypt join hands to tackle terrorism
Modi to host Afghan President, may extend more defence aid
New Delhi: India is likely to host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani this month eyeing to step up engagements with Kabul amid fast deteriorating relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan over alleged Pak-based terror attacks in the landlocked country. It has been learnt that the Modi government could extend additional defence support to Kabul during Ghani's trip besides the four attack helicopters that were supplied to fight Taliban. Sources have told ET that a detailed, updated weapons list, which includes a request for additional choppers, heavy vehicles and spares support, has been shared with New Delhi. India has already assured Kabul that a significant part of the requests would be met. ET
Modi's religion diplomacy spreads wings in Vietnam
New Delhi:In sync with PM Narendra Modi govt’s religion diplomacy, which plays a pivotal role in its foreign policy, India has offered help to Vietnam to restore a Hindu temple in the country belonging the Champ civilisation. The diplomacy comes at a time when Modi is visiting Vietnam capital Hanoi. Myson temple has a striking resemblance to Indian temples built during the same period. Ex envoy to Vietnam and present Secretary East in MEA Preeti Saran said: “Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has already surveyed the temple located in the Quang Nam Province and would take care of the reconstruction work.” newindianexpress
Review request of 'non-visionary' new education policy: Students' Islamic Organisation
Aurangabad: Students' Islamic Organisation (SIO) has in its feedback on the draft education policy recommended extension in no detention policy up to std VIII and facilitating provision for producing educational content in regional languages for the students' benefits.Terming the proposed policy as a "non-visionary document", the national-level organization also observed that its draft "has given a complete miss to the national curriculum framework network 2005". SIO recently convened a meeting involving academicians, senior teachers and students as well. The draft of the national educational policy was discussed and deliberated during the meet, which concluded that the draft has some "serious shortcomings".The proposed policy has some positive provisions also, but we feel that negatives ones should be revived in the largest interest of the stakeholders, the SIO South Maharashtra wing has said. Before the meet, the SIO had also conducted 19 meetings on the issue at various cities.Highlighting some of its recommendations, the SIO said the limit of no detention policy proposed in the draft of the national education policy should be extended. Detention policy proposed, currently limited up to ClassV only, it should be extended up to standard VIII. Incorporating such change would be complimentary to enabling provisions of RTE Act, it said. Educational experts across the globe unanimously agree that mother tongue serves as best medium of education. Despite this universal fact, the proposed policy has failed to give emphasis on the need of producing educational content in regional languages to improve teaching-learning process. Social thinker Ram Ram Puniyani, academicians Badrul Islam, MA Baseer and Najmoddin, along with Layeequrrahman Khan, Ilyas Khan Falahi and Shaikh Naser Johri among other activists, and experts were part of generating feedback on the policy. TOI
No Burqa in campus, Hindutva group protest against Muslim girls, lecturer
Mangaluru: In a bizzare protest to exert pressure on the Principal to impose ban on Muslim girl’s Hijab inside college, about 50 boys have started coming to college with saffron shawl. Interestingly, DrK Shivaram Karanth Government First Grade College and Post Graduation Centre has about 492 students of which only 15 are Muslim girls and 4 Muslim boys.When the Principal called and questioned the protest, the anti-hijab agitators of the college, who vow loyalty to hard-line Hindutva groups said that this was a “protest” against a college lecturer and some Muslim girls wearing hijab.They are also motivating all Hindu male students to wear saffron shawls but most of the them is not willing to join the saffron agitation. “Their demand was to stop the Muslim girls wearing scarf,” sources in the college said.College principal Chandrashekar Kantamangala in its report to Deccan Chronicle said,“Some girls are wearing the black shawl of the uniform on their head and few of them wear it like hijab. However, photos of saffron clad students are going viral on Facebook and WhatsApp and has set off a debate on social media. Some lend their support to Hindutva group agitators, while others have criticized them.“Hijab is a religious obligation to Muslims. Muslim girls hesitate to show any part of their body except hands and face. Demanding ban on hijab is an act of intolerance,” commented one Sindhu on FB. “Interestingly, only a few male students with poor academic record are raising voice against those girls who cover their body fully. Their attitude clearly shows that they lack manners and common sense,” said Firdous, ex-student of the college on WhatsApp. “Their intention is to insult Muslim girls. But, they are insulting Sita Mata and mother Mary too because, they also used to cover their body fully unlike western women,” another Muslim girl said that some of ABVP activists keep taunting Muslim girls in college for wearing hijab. siasat
Kerala preacher under scanner for alleged hate speech: the hindu report
Kannur: Shamsudheen Fareed, a preacher associated with a Salafi mosque on the outskirts of this town, has been widely discussed in the social media over the past few days. Police sources said his controversial speech at Karaparamba in Kozhikode, now available on YouTube, was being examined.Fareed’s speech on YouTube is based on a book authored by Saudi scholar Sheikh Saleh al-Fawzan on cultivation of emotional attachment among fellow Muslims and on showing aversion to non-Muslims. When contacted, Fareed told The Hindu that his speech was misquoted to propagate a falsehood. “It is part of my religious faith how a Muslim should conduct his life and as such I have the right to say that Muslims should not practice ‘shirk’ (idolatry, polytheism),” he said adding that imposing one’s faith on others is wrong. He said that in his speech he stressed that Muslims should show justice to non-Muslims.
Akhlaq killing unfortunate but law and order govt’s responsibility, not public’s: UP BJP chief Maurya
In April, the BJP sprung a surprise by picking Keshav Prasad Maurya, first-time MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, as president of the party unit in UP, a state which is headed to polls in 2017 and where the party has high stakes. Maurya, 46, an old RSS hand, is known to be vocal on issues such as cow protection and nationalism. With the party not declaring a CM candidate, Maurya will have to play caste combinations carefully as he manages the election campaign. indianexpress
Muzaffarnagar: Dalit couple attacked for refusing to work in fields
Muzaffarnagar:A Dalit couple was allegedly assaulted by some land owners when they refused to do manual labour in their sugarcane fields in Pipalhera village.Raju was beaten up by Inam Singh and 3 of his family members on Saturday when he refused to work in their sugarcane fields. His wife Mantesh was also beaten up and misbehaved with when she tried to rescue her husband, police said.Meanwhile, members of Dalits community gheraoed Khatoli police station and protested over the incident. A complaint has been filed and police is investigating the case.In another incident, 2 Dalits Rajbir and Vipin Kumar were injured in an alleged attack by people belonging to another caste at Sherpur village under Purkazi police station in the district.PTI
Jamaat confers award on environmentalist, seer
Belagavi: Social worker and environmentalist Shivaji Kaganikar and Siddaram Swami of Naganur Rudrakshi Mutt were honoured with Sadbhavana Award by Jamaat-e-IslamHind  , which is carrying out a peace and humanitarian campaign nationwide. The awards were conferred to both dignitaries during a symposium on 'Peace and humanitarian values - the need of the hour' organized by JIH at Mahatma Gandhi Bhavan on Wednesday. Speaking after receiving the award, Siddaram Swami appreciated the efforts of JIH in promoting peace in the society. He called upon people to rise above caste, community, religion and language to support JIH in this noble cause.Mohamaed Kunni, MD of Shanti Prakashan,Mangaluru, said an atmosphere of fear and insecurity exists between different communities in the country today, and JIH's efforts are slowly bringing trust among people.TOI
5th high-profile Bangladesh Jamaat leader Qasim executed
Bangladesh has executed a wealthy tycoon and top financial backer of its largest opposition party after his family paid him a final visit. Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged on Saturday after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan."The execution took place at 10:35 pm," said Anisul Huq, law and justice minister.Ali had been imprisoned at the Kashimpur high security jail in Gazipur.After the Supreme Court rejected his final appeal against the penalty on Tuesday, Ali declined to seek a presidential pardon, which would require an admission of guilt. Past convictions and executions of high-profile Jamaat leaders have triggered violence in Bangladesh, which is polarised along political lines.Talha Anmad, a commentator and lawyer on Bangladeshi affairs, told Al Jazeera that Ali was different than other Jamaat leaders. "He was celebrated philanthropist, very successful businessman and somebody who has done tremendous amount of work to create free media and to work with vulnerable people, especially refugees," Anmad said. "He was one of the rare breed of Jamaat politicians who was able to reach out to the wider society. It seems govt goes after anybody who is capable of mounting an intellectual and practical challenge to the them. The govt has become so authoritarian recently that they don't let any opposition activism at all whether it is Jamaat or any other party."5 opposition leaders have been executed for war crimes since 2013. Ali was the last prominent leader of Jamaat to face execution. war crimes tribunal set up by the govt has divided the country,with supporters of Jamaat and the main opposition BNP branding it a sham aimed at eliminating their leaders. His son Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, who was part of his legal defence team, was allegedly abducted by security forces earlier in August, which critics say was an attempt to sow fear and prevent protests against the execution. Al Jazeera
Key Bangladesh Jamaat Islami leader hanged: Reuters
Pakistan condemns Bangladesh's hanging of Mir Quasem; slams flawed trial
Pakistan Saturday condemned the “flawed” judicial process and hanging execution of Mir Quasem Ali, a top leader of Jamaat-e-Islami of Bangladesh. “The act of suppressing the [Bangladeshi] Opposition, through flawed trials, is completely against the spirit of democracy”, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Ever since the beginning of the trials [of Mir Quasem Ali], several international organizations, human rights groups, and international legal figures have raised objections to the court proceedings, especially regarding fairness and transparency, as well as harassment of lawyers and witnesses representing the accused.” Govt of Bangladesh should uphold its commitment, as per the Tripartite Agreement of 1974, wherein it "decided not to proceed with the trials as an act of clemency," the statement added. “Recriminations for political gains are counterproductive”. Pakistan believes that matters should be addressed with a forward-looking approach in the spirit of reconciliation, said the statement, also offering deepest condolences to Mir Quasem’s bereaved family members. Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan also condemned the execution, accusing Bangladesh’s PM Haseena Wajed of eliminating her political rivals in the guise of justice for so-called war crimes.Siraj ul Haq, the Pakistan group’s head, also offered condolences to Quasem’s family, calling the hanging on the basis of false accusations a travesty of justice. He accused the government of Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif of not raising the issue on international forums.Adding to the criticism, Human Rights Network, Karachi-based rights group, declared the execution of Mir “politically motivated”.World Bulletin
Pakistan 'saddened' by Bang Jamaat leader's execution, slams 'flawed' trial
Islam Karimov: Ex-Soviet, tyrant who kept a stranglehold on Uzbekistan for 25 years
Moscow: Lambasted for brutally crushing dissent, Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov kept a stranglehold on power for over 25 years — even at the expense of his own daughter.Islam, 78, who died on Friday, several days after suffering a stroke, played Russia, China and the West off against one other to avoid total isolation as he steered his strategic state out of the collapse of the Soviet Union."Karimov has been the state for over quarter of a century, ruling with an iron fist,"Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch said. "Last 25 years have been known largely for repression — that's his legacy." Karimov's authoritarian rule came under fire over accusations of heinous rights abuses, most prominently over bloodshed in the city of Andijan in 2005, but the most serious threats to his reign came from far closer to home. AFP 
US forces hit Islamic State targets in Syria: US envoy
US forces hit Islamic State targets overnight near Turkey's border with Syria using a newly deployed mobile rocket system, a senior diplomat said on Saturday. "US forces struck ISIL targets near Turkey's border in Syria last night via newly deployed HIMARS system," Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the coalition to counter Islamic State, said on his official Twitter account.HIMARS refers to a "High Mobility Artillery Rocket System". It was not immediately clear when the system was deployed at Turkey's border. Reuters
China's Xi condemns FETO coup bid ahead of G20 summit
Hangzhou, China:Chinese President Xi Jinping condemned the July 15 defeated coup in Turkey in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, according to Turkish presidential sources.Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restriction on speaking to the media, said Xi also expressed his solidarity with the Turkish government during talks ahead of the G20 summit in eastern China.The two leaders also underlined the importance of cooperation in combatting terrorism, with Xi expressing China’s support for Turkey in its fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Group (FETO), which is accused of fomenting the July 15 failed coup that left 240 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.Anadolu agency
China and Turkey Pledge to Deepen Counter-Terrorism Cooperation
Putin tells Erdogan glad to see normalization in Turkey
Hangzhou: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saturday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who expressed gladness over the normalization process experienced in Turkey after the July 15 coup attempt.Ahead of the G20 summit in China, the two leaders held a two-hour closed meeting at the Shangri-La Hotel in the coastal Chinese city of Hangzhou -- their first since ties between Moscow and Ankara entered a new phase following an Aug. 9 meeting in St. Petersburg. Relations between the 2 countries soured last November after the downing of the Russian jet, which had violated Turkish airspace along the Syrian border. issue seemed largely resolved June29 through a letter and subsequent telephone calls between the countries’ leaders.AA
‘No doubt that Gülen was behind coup attempt,’ says former Swedish PM
Sweden’s former Prime Minister Carl Bildt believes that there is no doubt that Fethullah Gülen and his movement were behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey, Anadolu reported on Friday. He made his comments during a visit to Ankara by a delegation from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). “When I saw the coup attempt on television,” said Bildt, “the first suspect that came to my mind was Gülen.” Subsequent developments, he claimed, have revealed “clearly” that Gülen and the organisation he leads were at the centre of the coup.Bildt and the ECFR delegation met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and told him that the several Turkish and international experts that he has met all have no doubt that Gülen was responsible for the coup. “In my talks both in Turkey and with foreign experts following Turkey, I saw that nobody has any doubt that Gülen was at the centre of the coup attempt,” stressed the former PM. middleeastmonitor
Thousands of Jewish settlers storm Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron
Thousands of Jewish settlers stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Friday in order to perform “Talmudic rituals” therein, Felesteen newspaper has reported. Several other reports have been made about what is described as the extremists’ “desecration” of the Islamic site.According to Israeli Channel 7 TV, the settlers “visited the Tomb of the Patriarch in Hebron and wandered around its yards under heavy protection of the Israeli army.” Both Muslims and Jews believe that Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) is buried in the mosque, which is an ancient religious site in Hebron’s Old City. Although extremist Jews claim that it is a “Jewish place”, prior to Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank, there was no Jewish presence in Hebron. middleeastmonitor

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