07 October 2018

07 OCT ND:New Parliament-Approved Law Could Restore Mandatory Aadhaar for Banks and Phones: Jaitley/ Jamaat-e-Islami expresses concern over VHP threat to build Ram temple in Ayodhya

07 OCT. 2018: 25 Muhram 1440: Vol: 11, No:19
New Parliament-Approved Law Could Restore Mandatory Aadhaar for Banks and Phones: Jaitley
New Delhi:Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said a Parliament-approved legislation can restore mandatory linking of biometric ID Aadhaar with mobile phones and bank accounts, but did not say if the government will bring a new law for the same.Jaitley said the verdict was a “very sound judgment” as the court accepted that there is legitimate state aim in Aadhaar.“Aadhaar is not a citizenship card,” he said at a recent media leadership summit. “Because after all you have a system where you give a lot of government money in form of various support and subsidies to all kinds of people. That was the principle objective of Aadhaar.”The Supreme Court, he said, upheld most of what Aadhaar does.The finance minister said a legal provision through a legislation can restore linking of Aadhaar with mobile phones and bank accounts.“By law it can still be done, provided you do it under the adequate provision of law and do it on the basis of that in this field it is necessary,” the minister said.He, however, did not say if the govt plans to bring a law in Parliament for the purpose.Jaitley said the SC has permitted Aadhaar linkage in several areas like income tax, based on “the principle of proportionality”.“If you are able to show the kind of data that in mobile telephony it [Aadhaar linkage] will help, it can happen. So, mobile and bank accounts are two critical areas,” he said.PTI
Sexuality Is Not Free Speech says Jaitley On Section 377 Verdict
New Delhi:Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said he did not agree with the portion of the historic Supreme Court judgment decriminalising consensual gay sex that called sexuality a part of free speech, as he felt it raises questions on restraining any form of homosexual or bisexual activity in a school hostel, prison or army frontier.He also differed on a portion of the top court ruling on adultery, saying it may end up converting the Indian family system into a Western family system. On the SC allowing women's entry into the Sabarimala shrine, he said such a ruling cannot happen on select practices as it may have many social consequences. Speaking at the HT Leadership Summit, Jaitley said the judgment decriminalising gay sex was fine but "the problem comes when writing these historical judgements, you get carried away and want to be part of history and therefore you go a step further".He said he fairly agreed with the reasoning given by the court in the judgement that sexual activity is part of Article 21 of the Constitution that guarantees right of life and that no discrimination on the basis of sex should be there, but added that he completely disagrees with the reasoning that sexual activity is part of free speech.PTI
Jamaat-e-Islami expresses concern over VHP threat to build Ram temple in Ayodhya
President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and Vice President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) –Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari has expressed serious concern over reports that the VHP is trying to pressurize the government to build a Ram temple by 2019. Addressing a press meet here JIH chief said: “all Muslim organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind have time and again reiterated that we will abide by the court judgment irrespective of whether it goes in our favor or against. However the VHP and others are trying to pressurize the government and the judiciary by insisting that a temple be built there without waiting for the outcome of the title suit. This posture goes against the democratic nature of our polity and is leading to polarization of society along communal lines.Is it not commendable that the minority community whose mosque was illegally destroyed is ready to follow what the judiciary says but the other petitioners are showing utter disregard and scant respect by openly challenging the government, the courts and due process of law. This does not bode well for our nation and we urge the government to abide by its constitutional duty and not cave in to the demands of these parochial forces’’. Earlier the Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Muhammad Salim Engineer briefed the media regarding rising police atrocities in the country especially in the state of UP.He said:‘UP police had invited the media to witness an encounter in Aligarh in which 2 youth belonging to the minority community were gunned down. If the police knew that an encounter was going to take place and therefore invited the media to witness it then it is nothing but extra-judicial killing which goes against all norms of justice and fundamental human rights. Another professional was shot in Lucknow by UP police at point blank range merely for not stopping his car when ordered by a police patrol. These incidents portray the police in very adverse light. Jamaat hopes the government of India takes notice of this rise in police atrocities and restores the confidence of people in the police by implementing policies that guarantee the rule of constitutional law and puts an end to the extra-judicial and extra constitutional ‘’police-raj’’.theindianawaaz
Muslim body raises issue of extra-judicial killing in UP: IndiaTomorrow
Ayodhya: Muslims Will Honor Court Judgment, Hindus Also Should: Jamaat
Muslims will honor the court order, others should also do: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Prez
JIH demands probe into Aligarh encounter: The Statesman
EC announces poll schedule for 5 states: Stage set for semi-finals before Lok Sabha elections
New Delhi: Election Commission of India has announced the schedule for assembly elections in the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana. While first four assemblies are completing five-year tenures, elections in Telangana, India’s youngest state, are being held because the incumbent government has opted for early elections.This set of assembly polls will be the last major election cycle before the general elections in 2019. While it will be hazardous to extrapolate the results of these elections to guess what will happen in 2019, they will definitely play a major role in setting the mood.BJP achieved big victories in the 2013 assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and it went on to significantly improve its performance in terms of both seat share and vote share.One statistic captures this phenomenon. BJP won 72.5 per cent of assembly seats in these three states in 2013. This increased to 95.4 per cent of the total Lok Sabha seats in these three states in 2014. (Chart 1: seat share and vote share of Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress in 2013 and 2014)More than 40 per cent of the population in all these three states belongs to Other Backward Classes. More than 30 per cent of Chhattisgarh’s population comprises of Scheduled Tribes. These statistics are from the 2015-16 National Family and Health Survey (NFHS). hindustantimes
Congress Will Dethrone BJP In MP, Rajasthan And Chhattisgarh: ABP Survey
New Delhi — Even though the Election Commission delayed announcement of poll dates for three hours on Saturday allegedly in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Rajasthan, a big opinion poll in the evening predicted ouster for Modi’s BJP not only in Rajasthan but also in two other states where the saffron party is in power for around two decades.Assembly polls are going to be held in November-December in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana – BJP is in power in the first three while Congress is ruling in Mizoram and TRS in Telangana. ABP TV news channel in collaboration with C-Voter carried an extensive on-field opinion from 1-30 September in BJP-ruled Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.As per the survey results, Congress will oust BJP in all three states and form government with clear majority. The best performance of Congress will be in Rajasthan where the party will win 142 seats in the 200-member Assembly, leaving the ruling BJP around 50. Congress will also form government in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.caravandaily
2002 Gujarat riots: Bias and passivity of police led to uncontrolled violence, says retired Lt. General
New Delhi:  Army put an end to the mayhem during the 2002 Gujarat riots within 48 hours (March 4) by "resolute, firm and fair action", says retired Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah in his upcoming memoir, but holds the "bias" and "politicisation" of the police responsible for the uncontrolled violence.  "The partisan attitude of police lay exposed when I observed that when minority-populated localities were surrounded by mobs, the police did not fire at the rioters laying siege, but into windows of surrounded homes of minorities, instead ostensibly to 'keep the two rioting communities apart', as sheepishly explained to me," Shah says adding that the police, initially armed with 'lathis', were passive bystanders since orders for issue of rifles had not been given.  Shah, who led the army in quelling the riots, even challenges the "official figures of deaths and damage" and maintains in the memoir "Sarkari Mussalman", a copy of which is with IANS, that they "do not reflect a true picture of the actual extent of the carnage".  The book is being published by Konark Publishers, and will be launched on Oct. 13 at the India International Centre here by former Vice President Hamid Ansari.   Mentioning that he expressed his disapproval at the "contemptible and partisan attitude" of the police, Shah states that they stood as passive bystanders while the "mob was setting fire on streets and houses". There was tardy reaction of the civil administration, according to him and selective imposition of curfews, which indicated partiality and politicisation. He notes that at one stage, he "seriously considered recommending imposition of Martial Law", but was discouraged as it could be "construed as overstepping" his "mandate".  Recalling his visit to Godhra along with then Defence Minister George Fernandes, he writes that he advised the Railways to remove immediately the burnt coaches of the Sabarmati Express that had triggered the riots. "But the coaches remained in situ for many months -- grim reminders and symbols of human hatred -- triggering revulsion and heightening passions among those who saw them," he recalls. IANS
Hindutva outfits forced Muslims to pull down Masjid minaret in Shahjahanpur
Alwar:Local Hindutva organisations objected on the construction of a 30 feet high masjid minaret in Shahjahanpur, Alwar. Later they pressurized Muslims and forced them to raze down the minaret. Murder attempt was made against one of the responsible personality Dr Fatah Mohammed, while he was going to his house from the clinic run in one of the shops at Masjid. Dr Fatah Mohammed’s wife filed an FIR in the local police station. Based on which 2 boys were arrested. But in the morning people belonging to Hindutva outfits barged into the police station against the arrest following which the two attackers were released. Jamiat Ulama Alwar chief M. Haneef Alwari met SHO SDM, Collector Alwar and SP Alwar and apprised them of issue and requested them to prevent the dismantling of the minaret by submitting them memorandum. Despite that, the minaret was completely demolished. Police forced Muslims to write that the minaret was demolished because it was wrongly installed.siasat
Every Hindu Mere A Prey For Hindutva, Says Pankhuri Pathak After Narrow Escape
Aligarh:Pankhuri Pathak, political activist and former spokesperson of Samajwadi Party, narrowly escaped lynching by a saffron mob here on Saturday morning when she and some other activists were visiting a poor Muslim family whose two sons (Naushad and Mustaqeem) were shot dead by the local police in an ‘encounter’ last month.After the narrow escape, she said that a saffron mob carried out a murderous attack on a Hindu girl (her) and some Hindu boys just for politics.“आज हिंदुत्व को क़रीब से देखा .. जब अपनी राजनीति के लिए एक भगवाधारी भीड़ ने एक हिन्दू लड़की और कई हिन्दू लड़कों पर जानलेवा हमला किया इनका हिंदुत्व इनकी राजनीति तक सीमित है बाक़ी हर हिन्दू इनके लिए बस शिकार है जिसकी हत्या यह अपने राजनैतिक फ़ायदे के लिए कर सकते हैं “(Today I saw ‘Hindutva’ from very close range. Just for their politics, a saffron mob carried out a murderous attack on a Hindu girl (her) and some Hindu boys. Their Hindutva is limited to their politics. Beyond that, every Hindu is mere a prey for them and they can kill him/her for their political benefits.)Some of her friends were assaulted by the mob. Some videos and media reports say the mob also manhandled her and tore her clothes. Pankhuri and other activists had gone to meet the family of Naushad (17) and Mustaqeem (22) who were killed by the police in an ‘encounter’ on 20th September. Hours after the shootout, their families told the press that the duo was picked from home four days before the shootout.Pankhuri’s tweet on Hindutva has gone viral.It has since got 6.9k likes and 2.4k retweets. After narrowly escaping the mob, she did a Facebook live from her car while leaving, rather fleeing the village. She alleged that Police remained mute spectator when the mob of Bajrang Dal was attacking her.caravandaily
Hindutva outfits giving Rs 2 lakh, house to converts: ex-minister Merajuddin
Meerath: Reacting to the reports of Muslim family converted into Hindu in Baghpat, Prof Aslam Jamsheedpuri head of the department of Urdu, CCS University said while the move taken by the family should be condemned for committing major sin, clerics, intellectuals are also equally responsible for such incidents. We have been shouldered the responsibility to preach others about true Islam. Such incidents are also the result of conspiracy against Islam which have religious as well as political motives behind them. These are the planned conspiracies of enemies of Islam, he said.Former Cabinet Minister Mairaj Uddin Ahmed who also held the Lok Sabha from Baghpat in 1998, said organisations like Bajrang Dal, Hindu Vahini and the likeminded radical organisations who have been working to spread hatred have now stooped to such cheap tactics. He told that it is learnt that they are giving 2 lakh rupees and a house to those who change religion. He said he met Zonal Commissioner of Meerut Anith C Mesharam and appealed strict action against such elements.Mr Mairajuddin revealed that the family which converted to Hinduism in Baghpat was also lured by anti-Islam organisation and the incident was the result of lack of education.siasat

Rohingya refugees in India struggle with hatred, fear as first group is deported
Jammu:Hours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew: “Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back too.”Sahidullah, a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing what he called persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2010, said his relative, Sadiur Rahman, 40, was lodged in one of several detention centres for illegal immigrants in the distant northeastern state of Assam.Rahman, he said, had been incarcerated with his brother and eight other relatives since being caught in 2012 at a railway station as they fled to India via Bangladesh. Sahidullah had taken the same route two years earlier, but like many others had escaped detection.He said Rahman made the phone call when he was taken out for a routine medical checkup on Oct. 3, the day when India moved the seven Rohingya men out of a similar detention centre and took them to the border.They were handed to the Myanmar authorities the next day, the first ever such deportations of Rohingya here, spreading panic among an estimated 40,000 refugees who have fled to India from its neighbour.About 16,500 of the refugees, including Sahidullah, have been issued identity cards by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that it says helps them “prevent harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation”.India says it does not recognise the cards and has rejected the UN’s stand that deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement – sending back refugees to a place where they face danger.Reuters
Will go in for NRC if exercise successful in Assam: Tripura CM
Agartala:Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday said that he will go in for National Register of Citizens (NRC) in his state if the exercise was successfully implemented in Assam.“...everybody is waiting and watching what is happening in Assam, including the central government, the Supreme Court and people of India, let it happen,” Deb said at the India Today Conclave East 2018.The Supreme Court-monitored update of the NRC is an exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in the state of Assam. Millions of Bangladeshi immigrants are suspected to be living illegally in Assam and other north-eastern states, and the NRC is an exercise to identify them as well. The final draft of the NRC, released on July 30, created a furore, as it left out some 40 lakh people.IANS
ABVP alliance sweeps all 6 seats at University of Hyderabad students' elections
ABVP alliance in the University of Hyderabad (UoH) swept the recently conducted students' union elections, bagging all six posts of office bearers at the varsity. The polls were conducted on Friday and the results were announced late on Saturday night.While SFI had chosen to contest alone, the ABVP had decided to ally with two other student groups, namely the Other Backward Classes Federation (OBCF) and the newly formed Sevalal Vidyarthi Dal.Dalit-Bahujan student groups, meanwhile, had reforged the United Democratic Alliance (UDA). Led by the Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA), UDA had Bahujan Students’ Front (BSF), Dalit Students’ Union (DSU), the Muslim Students’ Federation (MSF), the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the Students’ Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) and the Tribal Students’ Federation (TSF) in its fold.In a press release, the university said that more than 3,900 students took part in the polling.ABVP-alliance candidate Aarti Nagpal, who secured 1,663 votes, is now the new president of the students' union. Amit Kumar secured the post of vice-president with 1,505 votes, while Dheeraj Sangoji secured 1,573 votes and won the general secretary’s post. thenewsminute
Supporting Islamic State Ideology Is Not Waging War Against The Nation, Rules Kerala High Court
Modifying the sentence awarded to a woman convicted under UAPA, for ISIS links, the Kerala High Court has held that supporting the ideology of is different from waging war against the nation. A division Bench of  Justice A M Shaffique and Justice P Somarajan acquitted Yasmeen, a Bihar native of charges under  Section 125 (Waging war against any Asiatic Power in alliance with the Government of India) and Section 39 to 40 of the UAPA. She was arrested in August, 2016, while attempting to travel to Afghanistan with her child.  Observing that there was nothing to prove she had taken any steps to wage a war against the nation, the court, however, said the accused is guilty for offences under IPC Section 120 B for criminal conspiracy and under Section 38 of the UAP Act for membership of a terrorist organisation.She was awarded one-year imprisonment for the offence under Section 120 B and three years for the offence under Section 38 of the UAP Actindiatimes
Owaisi lauds Rajnath's statement that Muslims haven't allowed radicalisation in community
AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi welcomed the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's recent comments on Muslims. Addressing the media at AIMIM HQRS in Hyderabad, Owaisi said Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated Muslims have not allowed radicalisation of their community. This comes at a time when the VHP said an ordinance must be promulgated for the construction of Ram Mandir at the Babri Masjid site."It is for the Home Minister of India to decide who is spreading radicalisation.It is their ideological sister organisations who are spreading radicalisation. He is right it is not Muslims," he added. Owaisi said, "It is these organisations which have become so radicalised that they don't have respect for the Supreme Court, they don't have respect for the Constitution of India and they want to run the country according to whims and desires of their ideology."indiatoday
Ghaziabad shocker: 7-year-old girl found dead on roof of mosque in Muradnagar area
A 7-year old girl who was reported missing on Saturday was found dead on the roof of a mosque in Muradnagar area of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on Sunday. Her cause of the death is yet to be ascertained, however, the prima facie investigation, as per a senior police officer, revealed that the murder took place by strangulation. Police have started its investigation into the matter after registering a case under relevant sections of the IPC. Speaking on the matter, SSP Ghaziabad said the body was recovered from the roof of a mosque in Muradnagar in Ghaziabad. A similar incident was reported from Hyderabad in late Sept.of this year where a 7-year-old girl who was reported missing on Sept.26 was found dead in Pimpri on September 28. The police had registered a case under Section 363 (kidnapping) after recovering her body on Hindustan Antibiotics’ property. According to the latest data released by NCRB, Uttar Pradesh recorded the maximum number of crimes against children in 2016 – 16,079. Compared to 2015, the number of kidnapping and abduction cases involving children went up by 63.31% in Uttar Pradesh in 2016.NewsX
3 named in Lankesh murder held in terror probe
Mumbai : Maharashtra ATS has arrested three persons, named as accused in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Karnataka, to probe their involvement in the alleged plot by members of the right-wing Hindu organisations to carry out bomb blast in major cities.Amol Kale, Amit Baddi and Ganesh Miskin, who were lodged in a prison in Karnataka, were arrested and produced before the special court in Mumbai on Saturday by the ATS. The investigators claimed that the three men were involved in the conspiracy along with the previously arrested accused to target persons and places which are “against Hindu culture”.ATS claimed that the group, from whom firearms and crude bombs were allegedly recovered, had conspired to attack a music festival in Pune and the film, Padmaavat, which released earlier this year.The ATS claimed that Kale had given instructions to the other two accused at whose behest they had been involved in the conspiracy. The court said there was prima facie nexus between the three accused and the others previously arrested and sent them to ATS’ custody till October 12.
UP, Bihar migrants flee Gujarat after violent protest over rape of 14-month old
The rape of a toddler by a migrant worker from Bihar provided the spark which set off a chain reaction of retaliatory violence in central and north Gujarat towns where industries have employed large number of cheap contract labourers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in preference to the locals.Hundreds of migrant workers have already left for their home states following attacks and threats from the local residents. Most of the migrant labourers lived in villages close to the industries they were employed in following threats issued by the local village leaders.Looking at the gravity of the situation, the state police chief Shivanand Jha ordered deployment of armed police around industrial units in as many as six districts.Over 200 people have been arrested for rioting and targeting the property of Hindi-speaking migrant workers from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Sabarkantha district.Thakor Sena has been on the forefront of the protest demonstrations against the rape of a 14-month-old girl by a Bihari migrant worker of Sabarkantha district.Alpesh has condemned the attack on the Hindi-speaking people saying, “Thakor Sena believes in peace and harmony and has not directed any of its members to indulge in violence.”Howevever, he said the people of Gujarat were seething with anger at being denied employment by private industries. He said though the industries had promised to employ 80 per cent of their workforce locally, no industry has followed this.Meanwhile, motorcycle-riding youth have been moving around in the industrial areas of Ahmedabad and Mehsana raising provocative slogans against migrant workers. The social media too is abuzz with provocative videos and messages spewing venom at the ‘outsiders’. Tracing the originator of such provocative messages on social media, the cyber crime cell of the state police has filed cases against two persons.nationalheraldindia
India follows an independent policy, keen to get Russian helicopters: Army Chief on US sanction warning
Amid fears of US sanctions over the recent S-400 missile deal with Russia, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat Sunday asserted that the country is keen on getting the Kamov helicopters and other weapon systems from Moscow and added that India follows an independent policy.The chief’s remarks came after his return from a six-day visit to Russia, where he held talks with military officials and counterpart to enhance cooperation between the two countries. He said the Russians were very keen in associating with the Indian Army and defence forces. “Because they do understand that we are a strong Army, capable of standing up to what is right for us based on our strategic thought process,” PTI quoted General Rawat as saying.PTI
Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq put under house arrest ahead of Jammu and Kashmir civic polls
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was Sunday placed under house arrest ahead of the first phase of urban local body (ULB) polls in Jammu and Kashmir.Elections to ULBs in the state will start from Monday and be held in four phases. On October 2, police took Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik into preventive custody. Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continues to be under house detention.The three separatist leaders – under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) – have called for boycott of the polls beginning Monday.PTI
Triple talaq ordinance challenged in Madras HC
New Delhi: After the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court, the Madras High Court this week became the third court to entertain a petition against the recently promulgated Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, known as triple talaq ordinance in common parlance.The Bench of Justices S Manikumar and PT Asha in the Madras High Court issued notice in the matter following initial arguments by Advocate Zafarullah Khan for petitioner Hussain Afroze, praying to declare clauses 4 to 7 in the ordinance as unconstitutional. The petition contends that the ordinance violates Articles 14, 15 and 123 of the Constitution.freepressjournal
Turkish police believe Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed inside Saudi consulate
Turkish authorities believe that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, has been killed."The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate," a Turkish official told Reuters news agency on Saturday.A Saudi source at the consulate denied that Khashoggi had been killed at the mission and said in a statement that the accusations were baseless, Reuters reported. The suspected assassination of the leading critic of the Saudi regime came 4 days after he entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday. Earlier on Saturday, sources said that a delegation of 15 Saudi officials arrived in Turkey the day Khashoggi, 59, disappeared."Saudi officials flew into Istanbul on two different flights on Tuesday," Al Jazeera's Istanbul correspondent Jamal Elshayyal quoted his sources as saying, adding that it was not clear if the Saudi delegation consisted of security or diplomatic officials. The revelations came as Turkey widened its investigation into the disappearance of the dissident Saudi journalist after Saudi Arabia failed to back its claim that he left the consulate on Tuesday.Turkey's ruling party also said it will "uncover" the details surrounding Khashoggi's vanishing, adding that the country's sensitivity on the issue was at the "highest level"."The condition of the lost journalist, details on him and who is responsible for this will be uncovered," AK Party spokesman Omer Celik told reporters at a party summit chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.On Friday, Turkey's foreign ministry summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Ankara over the issue.Later that day, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) said Saudi authorities would allow Turkey to search its consulate."We will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do ... We have nothing to hide," MBS told Bloomberg on Friday.Al Jazeera
Turkey concludes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed by ‘murder’ team, sources say
Saudi cleric calls for faith leaders to travel to Jerusalem 'for peace'
An influential Saudi cleric, who is close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), has called on faith leaders to travel to Jerusalem in a bid to quell tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories. Speaking at an interfaith conference in New York, Sheikh Muhammed Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Saudi-funded Muslim World League (MWL), urged Christian and Jewish representatives to join Muslim leaders to launch a "peace caravan" to resolve the "Palestinian crisis"."This convoy should represent the three religions to visit all the holy places in Jerusalem," said Issa."The crisis cannot be tackled except by great influential men powered with logical wisdom and justice."Leaders attending should have no political agenda whatsoever. They will be more influential without a political agenda because they are independent."Such a convoy "is not from Saudi Arabia and it should not represent Saudi Arabia. It comes from the Muslim world, the Christian world and the Jewish world. It has no relevance to any country whatsoever," Issa said.middleeasteye
2 Israelis killed, third wounded, in West Bank shooting
2 Israelis have been killed and a third wounded in an industrial area near the illegal settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank, Israeli police said.Local media reported on Sunday that the shooter, identified by police as a 23-year-old Palestinian man from Shuwaikah - a town in northern Tulkerem in the West Bank - was an employee at a factory in the Barkan industrial zone, where the incident took place.Those killed were identified as a man and woman, both in their 30s and employees at the same factory.According to local media, a third woman, 54, was injured and transferred to a hospital.Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli army and police are searching for the shooter.Barkan is one of two adjacent industrial zones. It houses over 130 factories and companies that have been built on confiscated Palestinian land. According to Palestinian news agency WAFA, the Israeli forces closed the entrances to at least four nearby Palestinian villages that lie in West Bank district of Salfit.aljazeera
Israel: PM Netanyahu’s wife goes on trial for fraud
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, appeared in court on Sunday for the first hearing in the fraud trial against her, in which she is alleged to have misused state funds in ordering catered meals. According to the indictment, Sara Netanyahu, along with a govt employee, fraudulently obtained from the state more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants, bypassing regulations that prohibit the practice if a cook is employed at home. Reuters
Taliban kill 10 policemen, destroy bridges according to officials
At least 10 policemen have been killed in clashes with Taliban fighters in the central Afghan province of Wardak, officials said.Sunday's clashes come amid fighting to wrest control of arterial highways a day after Taliban fighters blew up bridges along those roads, blocking traffic between the capital Kabul and Ghazni, Zabul and Kandahar provinces.The fighting also cut off electricity to four provinces: Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni and Paktia.Abdul Rahman Mangel, the provincial governor's spokesman, told the Associated Press the attack began late on Saturday and appeared to be aimed at seizing the Sayed Abad district headquarters in the Maidan Wardak province.The Taliban set fire to a government building in the district and killed the district police chief along with nine other policemen, according to a senior police official.The Taliban said they overran the district headquarters, but local officials denied the claim.Mangel also said the Taliban raided homes after the attack. Aljazeera
US strategy in Afghanistan has failed: Former FM
The new U.S. strategy toward Afghanistan and South Asia has failed and there is still instability in Afghanistan, said the former Afghan FM.Rangin Dadfar Spanta, who once served as the national security advisor of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, spoke about the current security situation in the country to Anadolu Agency.“The government's control of important regions in the country has ended. We can say that the U.S. strategy was defeated,” Spanta said. “The U.S. president’s [Donald Trump] strategy hasn’t left a positive impact on the security situation in the country, and there is still instability in Afghanistan."Spanta went onto say that it was important for the Afghan government to expand the regions it controlled and implement the rule of law in these regions, but there were even more problems now compared to past years.Touching on the claims of nine U.S. bases in Afghanistan, he said: “The situation of military bases is based on agreements signed between Washington and Kabul. These bases were given to the use of the U.S. So, both Afghanistan and the U.S. should adhere to their obligations.”Anadolu Agency

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan promises to give Balochistan its due share in CPECWorld
Quetta: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that his government is focusing on abolishing Balochistan's apprehensions regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), promising to give the province its due share from the deal. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government is conducting the review of the multi-billion dollar deal to address Balochistan's doubts, Khan confirmed during a meeting with the province's cabinet members here."Centre will work with Balochistan as a partner. We will not make any such promise for which we may have to excuse later on," said the Prime Minister. He further bemoaned the damage caused to Pakistan by previous governments through the over-burdening loans they took, saying, "We hope that we will soon get rid of this difficulty." While stating that the country's progress was connected with the development of the south-western province, Khan said that an agricultural revolution will be witnessed in Balochistan following the completion of the Kachhi canal. 80 kilometres of the 363 kilometre-long canal lies in Balochistan, with the other 281 kilometres being in the Punjab province.ANI
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