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28 Aug. 2016: 24 Dzulqa'dah 37: Vol:7, No:148
Jamaat-eIslami Hind Chief opposes BMC's plan on Suryanamaskar
Mumbai: Chief of Jamaat-eIslami Hind, a socio-religious body , Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari has opposed BMC's circular to make yoga and Suryanamaskar compulsory for civic school students. He was in the city on Saturday to participate in a Sadbhavana rally which is part of a nation-wide campaign to promote peace and harmony that the organization has launched. “Bowing to one God is an article of faith for Muslims.They will never accept anything which forces them to deviate from this basic belief. We love our country and don't resent if non-Muslims worship the sun, the moon, rivers or mountains, but also expect others to honour our belief,“ said Umri.He said parents of Muslim children in BMC schools were worried that their wards will be forced to do Suryanamaskar if it is made mandatory in schools. Asked if Muslim parents would withdraw kids from civic schools if Suryanamaskar is made mandatory, he refused to reply.        TOI
How will you ever explain that you killed and skinned men over beef? Maulana Jalaluddin Umari
We will withdraw Muslim kids from BMC schools: Maharashtra SP leader Azmi
Mumbai: State Samajwadi Party chief and MLA Abu Azmi is vehemently opposed to Suryanamaskar. So much so that at a rally on Friday, in response to the new notice of motion that makes Suryanamaskar mandatory in BMC schools, he declared, "If the BMC is making it mandatory in its schools, then all Muslims will withdraw their kids. We prefer our children being jahil (illiterate) over doing Suryanamaskar.mid day
Dadri resident to appeal HC ruling
Meerut: Akhlaq was lynched by his neighbours in Bishahra village in Dadri last September over rumours of having eaten beef.The residents of Dadri, whose complaint led to a case of cow slaughter against the family and brother of Akhlaq, will appeal against the stay on their arrest by the Allahabad High Court. The court had on Friday granted immunity from arrest to Akhlaq’s family in the alleged cow slaughter case “till the conclusion of the investigation in the case”.Surajpal, the main complainant in the cow slaughter case, told The Hindu that he would approach the apex court against the High Court’s relief to Akhlaq’s family. He said, “I completely respect the honourable court’s order but it would be unfair that while innocents have been put behind the bar in the Akhlaq lynching case, the main culprit in the cow slaughter case, which is reflected in public anger, remain free.” thehindu
MNS leader held for selling "beef" near Mumbai in Ambernath
Ambernath: The Ambernath police on Sunday morning raided a shop owned by Yusuf Shaikh, vice president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party in Ambernath and seized beef and rescued two animals that include a cow and a buffalo. Following the incident, police along with Yusuf arrested four others from shop and booked them under The Maharashtra Animal Prevention (Amendment) Act. The arrested other four accused are identified as Riyaz Shaikh, Saqil Qureshi, Aazad Qureshi and Sajjad Qureshi.The police said on Sunday morning they received specific information that some people in Ulanchar area in Ambernath were selling beef.Acting on the information, police raided the shop made of temporary shed and arrested five people. Police said they seized beef from the shop and also rescued one alive cow, and buffalo from the spot. Timesofindia
Kashmir unrest: Talks only with whosoever is ready to reject violence: Mehbooba Mufti
New Delhi:Whosoever is ready to reject violence and help in restoring peace should be engaged in a dialogue to address the Kashmir problem, CM Mehbooba Mufti said today while not being averse to involving the separatists if they are looking for a peaceful resolution.At the same time, she said a “conducive atmosphere” needs to be created for a dialogue to take place and the “bunch of people” provoking youth to “gherao and attack” security camps should stop abetting violence.PTI
Mann Ki Baat: Every life lost in Kashmir is a loss to our nation, says PM Modi
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday once again reiterated his government’s stand on the on-going violence in Kashmir, saying those responsible for the loss of lives will be answerable to people. He was speaking during his monthly address to the nation – Mann Ki Baat.“Every single life that is lost in Kashmir, be that of a youth or of security personnel, it is our loss, loss to our own people, loss to our nation,” PM Modi said, adding that “people who are putting innocent young boys forward to disrupt peace in Kashmir, one day they will have to answer to these boys.” indianexpress
Modi govt readies Rs 2,000 cr package for refugees from PoK
New Delhi: Amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s overtures to people of PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, the govt is all set to announce a Rs 2,000 crore package for displaced people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir living in the country.The Home Ministry is expected to place the details of the package before the Union Cabinet for approval soon, a senior official said. Jammu and Kashmir government has already identified 36,348 families for distribution of the package under which each family will get around Rs 5.5 lakh.“We hope that within a month, the package will get approval from the Union Cabinet and the funds could be distributed among the beneficiaries,” the official said.PTI
Burhan Wani's father contradicts Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over Bengaluru meeting
New Delhi:Hizbul Mujahideen's slain commander Burhan's father, Muzaffar Wani has contradicted spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over their meeting at the Art of Living ashram in Bengaluru. Muzaffar Wani denied discussing "several issues" as claimed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in a tweet.Wani said that he had gone to the ashram for treatment, where Sri Sri asked him for a photograph. "I am a principal, a common man and no leader. I am diabetic and had gone there for treatment. He (Sri Sri) took a picture with me. I took pictures with 500 people," Wani was quoted as saying.Wani also said that he met Sri Sri for a few minutes only during which he asked about his children. "He (Sri Sri) did not ask me anything else. He just talked to me for five minutes or so at the most. I came back with some medicines for myself. That is all," Wani said.Earlier on Saturday, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tweeted a photograph of himself with Muzaffar Wani.His tweet said, "Muzaffar Wani, the father of Burhan Wani was in the ashram for the last 2 days. We discussed several issues."IndiaToday
Kashmir Governor NN Vohra likely to be replaced: BJP favourites among top contenders for job
News reports have said that J&K Governor NN Vohra is likely to be replaced by the Centre.This possible replacement comes at a time when J&K is on the boil due to violent protests over the killing of Burhan Wani on 8 July. The unrest has rocked the Valley, while the state has been under curfew for over 50 days now. Discussion to replace Vohra began on 25 August when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Kashmir for the second time and met CM Mehbooba Mufti. firstpost
Be on side of people, join their just struggle:Hurriyat to CM
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference on Sunday asked J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti to be on the side of her people and join their just struggle, a day after the ruling PDP appealed to its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani to give her a chance to address the grievances of the people.“We have three-pronged relation with Mehbooba —— human, national and religious, but she has utterly failed to uphold any of these,” a Hurriyat spokesman said.“Humanity teaches us to respect and honour human beings irrespective of their caste, creed or culture, but she, by her barbaric armed forces and uncontrolled police, has turned this heavenly land into the hell. Here every house is mourning the demise of their loved ones, thereby tarnishing the very fabric of this honourable and pious relation,” spokesman said. Hurriyat was reacting to PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beg’s appeal to Geelani to treat Ms. Mehbooba as his daughter.PTI
Shankaracharya for 'plebiscite' on both sides of Kashmir
Mathura : Goverdhan Peethadhishwar Shankaracharya Adhokshjanand Devtirth today favoured "plebiscite" on both sides of the Kashmir for a "permanent solution" of the problem.  "A plebiscite under the supervision of United Nations representative and guarded by forces of United Nations should be held in both sides of the Kashmir," he said while talking to reporters in his Ashram here. Shankaracharya said while "referendum is a time consuming process", there should be dialogue even with separatists to "douse the present crisis". "The government should not hesitate in talking with (separatist) Hurriyat for peace in Kashmir," he said. Referring to his recent visit to Kashmir, Shankaracharya, said the Kashmiri people complained that their voice was being "crushed even though they want to stay in India".  He said it was the Constitutional responsibility of the government to listen to people and solve the genuine demands, even of a handicapped person. "Further attempt to crush the agitation may not pay dividends as the government is morally bound to listen genuine problem of its people," he stated. He termed the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's statement that only a handful of people were leading the agitation as baseless, saying "Had it been possible to crush the handful people by force, the curfew in Kashmir would not have lasted for 50 days". The Shankaracharya said the government should continue dialogue with Pakistan. PTI
51 days, and curfew continues in Kashmir
Srinagar: Authorities on Sunday continued curfew and restrictions in Kashmir for 51st consecutive day.Police said curfew will remain imposed only in Anantnag town while restrictions under section 144 of the CrPc (criminal procedure code) will continue in the rest of the Valley including Srinagar.Death toll in the ongoing unrest has risen to 71 -- 68 civilians and 3 policemen -- while over 11,000 others have been since July 9.IANS
Kashmir:On 50th day, youth dies, cop killed
Kashmir arrests 'show India's impatience at protests': Anadolu agency
Balochistan Assembly resolution condemns Modi
Islamabad:Pakistan’s Balochistan Province Assembly has adopted a resolution condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Balochistan and asked the federal government to take up the issue at international fora. The resolution was moved by ruling PML-N lawmaker Muhammad Khan Lehri on Saturday.The resolution was supported by all political parties in the Assembly. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri along with other legislators also signed the resolution.“The Indian Prime Minister’s statement about Balochistan has proved that terrorism in the province was clearly sponsored by India,” the resolution said. Commenting on the resolution, Lehri said: “Indian Prime Minister has violated the sovereignty of Pakistan and United Nations charter in this regard.”PTI
Pakistan embarrassed as Baloch activists in Germany chant anti-Pak, pro-Modi slogans
New Delhi: Even as Pakistan has begun to internationalize its Kashmir campaign , the country was hugely embarrassed after dozens of exiled Baloch activists in Germany came out on Saturday to chant anti-Pakistan protests and to laud Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his stirring call to end atrocities in the beleaguered province, Times Now reported.Many of the Baloch activists were flying the Indian flag and shouting pro-Modi slogans at a rally they held in the town of Leipzig, Times Now reported. This protest came even as Nawaz Sharif announced that he has appointed a 22 MP 'K' squad to tour the world with a Kashmir agenda.TOI
Modi praised at Baloch meet in Washington


Amnesty International row: Govt ‘paranoid’ for pressing sedition charge, says Karnataka HC
Bengaluru: Karnataka High Court has called the state govt “clearly paranoid’’ for pressing sedition charges and arresting a former policeman and two others for attempting to rally state police personnel to participate in a protest against low wages and poor working conditions in June this year.A single-judge Bench of Justice Anand Byrareddy granted bail to the former police official, V Shashidhar, and the two others in the sedition case here Thursday. Shashidhar, president of Akhila Karnataka Police Mahasangha, was arrested from his Bengaluru home past midnight on June 2. Basavaraj Koravankar, of Working Police Families Welfare Committee, and Gurupadayya, husband of a police official, was arrested in Dharwad the same day. They were accused of instigating police personnel — in an effort at “destabilisation of the government”, according to one of the charges — to go on mass leave on June 4.While granting conditional bail to the trio, Justice Anand Byrareddy observed: “There is no evidence of the entire police force rising in mutiny at the behest of the accused. The apprehension expressed by the State (government) of a state of anarchy and disorder on account of the petitioner’s campaign is clearly paranoid.”The court observed that the trio’s right “to tell the world…(about) plight of members of the lower rungs of police officer ought not to be curbed”.indian express
Students protest as Mangalore college bans hijab, beard
Mangaluru: The row over hijabs in colleges is back in Mangaluru. On Saturday, students, parents and activists of the PFI protested in front of the Srinivas College of Pharmacy, Valachil campus after the college administration banned first-year Muslim women students from wearing the hijab (headscarf) in class and their male counterparts from sporting long beards. Protesters alleged that such rules are an attempt by college authorities to curb religious rights. They also expressed their dissatisfaction against the college for not increasing the duration of the lunch break on Friday to allow Muslim students attend prayers. Following a discussion with students, parents and activists, management representatives sought two weeks to sort out the issue.A first-year B.Pharma student said while seniors were allowed to wear the hijab, her classmates were barred from wearing it. The administration said that in declaration signed by students during first-year admission agreed to the dress code on campus. The code restricts head scarves, jeans and T-shirts in classrooms, examination halls, office and library. PFI activists alleged that college principal A R Shabaraya and fac ulty EV S Subrahmanyam insist that students do not wear the hijab.A Srinivas Rao, vice-president, A Shama Rao Foundation and Srinivas Group of Colleges, he said the rule banning headscarf among Muslim women students was implemented as the Foundation believed in a "uniform dress code". timesofindia
Hardik Patel demands release of Patels convicted in 2002 riots cases
Ahmedabad:Quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel has demanded the release of Patel youths convicted in various riots cases of 2002, but alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not facilitate it as he now wants to project himself as a “secular” leader to the world. Patel in a letter to Modi, has listed 102 Patel community members, who have been awarded life imprisonment in different riot cases of 2002.“Everybody knows that Narendra Modi first became chief minister of Gujarat taking benefit of 2002 riots and then become Prime Minister of the country,” Hardik Patel said in a letter addressed to Modi accusing him of being responsible for the carnage. “Many Patidar youths have been sentenced (by courts) in riots cases. I have given a list below,” he said in the letter.PTI
Kerala: Muslim panel takes out Raj Bhavan march against uniform civil code
Thiruvananthapuram: BJP govt at the Centre is trying to divide people on communal lines ahead of the UP election with their proposal for the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code, KPCC president VM Sudheeran has said.He was inaugurating a Raj Bhavan march taken out by the Muslim Co-ordination Committee, a collective of 36 Muslim organisations, on Saturday against the proposal to implement the uniform civil code. “Modi govt has referred the uniform civil code to Law Commission. It is a first for a Central govt. Each community has its own traditions and practices, which together makes up our country’s diversity. Uniform civil code goes against this diversity,”said Sudheeran. He said that those who framed the country’s Constitution had promised that the uniform code will not be imposed by force. Modi govt has ignored this promise, he said. Thehindu
Bidar:Jamaat-e-Islami to set up Sadbhavana Manch
Bidar: In order to increase interaction and reduce strife among communities, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is organising Sadbhavana Manch committees involving Hindus and Muslims across the State.These units will be formed at town, district and state levels. They will have 60 per cent Hindus and other non Muslims and only 40 per cent Muslims, Rafiq Ahmed, north coordinator of the programme told presspersons here recently.Members of the committees will meet regularly and express opinions behind current affairs. A meeting of like minded citizens will be held on August 30. Rallies will be organised on September 4, he said. thehindu
Assam: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind calls for peace
Silchar:  In the context of the present atmosphere of enmity, hatred and violent incidents in different parts of the country, threatening the traditional bond of friendship and goodwill among people, cutting across caste, creed and community, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind of South Assam zone, as a part of its fortnightly campaign for peace and integrity across the country held a public meeting at the District Library auditorium here today. sentinelassam
Open School order to demarcate Muslim and Hindu holidays cancelled
Bhopal:Following protests by employees and activists, MP State Open School (MPSOS) on Saturday cancelled its Aug-24 controversial order regarding the clear demarcation of Muslim and Hindu holidays for its employees.Issued by MPSOS director and coordinator PR Tiwari, the notification was objected to by many employees and activists who said that the organization was trying to create a divide among the employees on religious lines.Tiwari, however, had a completely different explanation for the notification. “People have unnecessarily making a fuss over this notification. The only reason behind issuing this was to decide leaves for workers. There are 25 leaves for a regular employee and the workers who are working on daily wages and collector rates have 5 leaves. So it was better to notify them on the pre- decided leaves then to wait before every occasion and announce it,” he said.HT
Pakistan spy Nand Lal Maharaj operated 2 Facebook accounts to obtain strategic info
Jaisalmer: Pakistani national Nand Lal Maharaj, who was arrested on charges of being an ISI agent, operated two accounts on Facebook for obtaining strategic information from people living in the border districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, police said on Saturday. The spy, also known as Nand Lal Garg, revealed during interrogation that he used 2 accounts to communicate with his sources in the border areas. Maharaj had uploaded pictures that he had taken of several places in Jaisalmer in one of those accounts. The account also contained pictures of some places in Pakistan. Police Superintendent Gaurav Yadav on Saturday cautioned people against speaking with unknown persons on social media. He also appealed to them to inform police if they come to know of any suspicious persons.Maharaj had been arrested near the Indo-Pak border in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan earlier this month, with police claiming to have recovered classified information from him. He is a resident of Sangad district in Pakistan and had come to India earlier this month on visa.PTI
Trupti Desai offers prayers at Haji Ali Dargah
Mumbai: Two days after Bombay High Court lifted the ban on women’s entry in the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah, activist Trupti Desai Sunday visited the shrine and offered a ‘chadar’, while announcing she would now fight for women’s right to pray at Kerala’s Sabarimala temple.“Last time, when we came here at Haji Ali Dargah, we prayed for the verdict of the high court on our side. Since our prayer was heard and fulfilled, we came here to seek the blessings of Haji Ali Baba and offered him a ‘chadar’,” Desai told reporters outside the shrine, located on an islet off the coast of Worli in Mumbai.One of most recognisable landmarks of the city, the Indo-Islamic architectural structure contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.PTI
Girls in skimpy clothes to be denied entry in MP temple
Ujjain:Only girls and women “dressed decorously in line with Indian cultural norms with their head covered” would be granted entry into Rushabh Dev temple in Chhagniram Pedhi in Kharakuan area in Ujjain, temple trust said.A notice posted outside the temple “requests” the visitors to ensure that girls and women aged above eight years are dressed in a restrained manner.IANS
UP: Masood Ahmed appointed as new RLD president
Lucknow: In an attempt to rebuild his Jat-Muslim political base, which was severely strained by 2013 UP communal riots, RLD chief Ajit Singh on Saturday appointed former state minister Masood Ahmed as the party’s new state president.RLD national general secretary Anil Dubey said Ahmed has been appointed as state president, around a month after the death of incumbent Munna Singh Chauhan.The move is seen as an attempt to reach out to Muslims by the party — which was severely damaged by the 2013 communal riots between Muslims and Jats in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli — ahead of the coming Assembly elections. RLD had failed to win any seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. In 2009, it won 5 seats. indianexpress
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Maqbul Ahmad to be announced new Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami ameer
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is going to announce Maqbul Ahmad as its new ameer within a week, party insiders said. Maqbul, who is over 70, is the most senior leader of Jamaat. Currently, he is serving as the acting ameer of the party.Once he becomes the ameer, he would be the first chief of Jamaat, the organisation that took rebirth in independent Bangladesh in 1979, having no war crimes allegations against him. Over 40,000 rukan (members) of the party elected Maqbul from a 3-member panel. Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Mujibur Rahman and Acting Secretary General Shafiqur Rahman were the other two members, said the insiders.2 senior and influential Jamaat leaders -- Abdus Subhan and Delawar Hossain Sayedee -- were not considered by the members of majlish-e-sura for the post.Abdus Subhan was awarded death penalty by the Tribunal while Supreme Court commuted the death penalty of Sayedee to jail unto death. Maqbul has been serving as the party's acting ameer since the arrest of Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes.On the other hand, Shafiqur has been discharging duties of the party's acting secretary general since arrest of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for crimes against humanity.Party insiders said Shafiqur is likely to be selected by Maqbul as his deputy.Both Maqbul and Shafiqur are discharging their duties by hiding in unknown places, said party sources. daily star
Verdict on Bangladesh Jamaat leader Mir Quasem's review petition on death  sentence on Tuesday
The appellate division of Supreme Court on Sunday concluded the hearing on the petition filed by death row convict Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali seeking review of its earlier verdict that upheld his death penalty for crimes against humanity during the 1971War.A 5-member appeal bench led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha also fixed 30 Aug, for the final verdict in the case. Barrister Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, son of Mir Quasem, on 19 June filed a 68-page review petition with the Appellate Division seeking acquittal of central executive member of Jamaat-e-Islami.prothom-alo
Turkish army thrusts deeper into Syria, monitors say kill 35: Reuters
Turkey: Turkey's army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria on Sunday, seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers.Turkish warplanes roared into northern Syria at daybreak and its artillery pounded what security sources said were sites held by Kurdish YPG militia, after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported fierce overnight fighting around two villages.Turkey's military said 25 Kurdish militants were killed in its air strikes. There was no immediate comment from the YPG, but forces aligned with the Kurdish militia have said it withdrew from the area targeted by Turkey before the offensive.Turkish officials have openly stated that their goal in Syria is as much about ensuring Kurdish forces do not expand the territory they already control along Turkey's border, as it is about driving Islamic State from its strongholds.However, Turkey's offensive has so far focused mostly on targeting forces allied to the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition that includes YPG, an Observatory source said. SDF has support from the United States, which sees the group as an effective Syrian ally against Islamic State.
Turkish air strikes in Syria kill 25 Kurdish militants, says military
Syria: Dozens killed while attending Aleppo funeral in barrel bomb attack
At least 24 funeral mourners have been killed and 30 others wounded in a barrel bomb attack in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, according to activists, taking the death toll of civilians in the northern Syrian city in recent days to more than 60. Syrian civil defence, a volunteer rescue group also known as the White Helmets, told Al Jazeera that Syrian govt and Russian warplanes hit on Saturday a group of people gathered in al-Maadi neighbourhood to mourn the death of 15 women and children killed in a raid earlier this week. "The first round of barrel bombs came down during the funeral," said Ibrahim al-Hajj, the media centre director for the Syria civil defence. "Those who survived headed in the direction of the shelter nearby. They were about to enter the shelter when they were hit with another round of barrel bombs, and they all dropped to the floor," said al-Hajj. aljazeera
Iraq: 5 soldiers killed in Daesh attack in Anbar
Baghdad : 5 Iraqi soldiers were killed late Saturday in a Daesh attack in the western Anbar province, an army officer has said. Daesh militants attacked a police headquarters in al-Ratba city, triggering clashes with security forces, Walid al-Duleimi said . “Five soldiers and seven militants were killed in ensuing clashes,” he said. According to al-Duleimi, three Iraqi soldiers were unaccounted for following the attack. “Iraqi forces repelled the attackers and forced Daesh militants to retreat,” he said. Anadolu Agency
Hotels in china's Guangzhou asked to block people from Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan
Beijing: Some low-end inn operators in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou have been instructed by the local police to turn away guests from five major Muslim-majority Asian and Middle East nations, including Pakistan, from this week."We were briefed in a meeting by our supervisor that local police asked us to turn down guests from these five countries until September 10, without giving any reason," said a person at the front desk of a hostel, reported Hong Kong's South China Morning Post.According to the South China Morning Post, the countries include Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan.The move is being seen as a security measure as the 11th Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Cooperation and Development Forum was held on Thursday and Friday in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province in southeast China.IANS
Altaf Hussain ‘the traitor’ will not be forgiven:Pak
New Delhi:Pakistani establishment has continued its crackdown on MQM apparatus in Karachi even after its self-exiled leader Altaf Hussain said he will keep himself away from the party’s affairs.Musadik Malik, the spokesman for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as saying “the traitor of Pakistan” could not be forgiven.“We shall not let the Karachi people alienate from the political system. But we are clear in our mind that anybody siding with a traitor shall be held accountable. Even if the MQM will decide to stand with a traitor, Karachi people will throw them away,” said  Malik. thehindu
Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace envoy
Iraq’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday demanded Saudi Arabia change its ambassador in Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan.The move came a week after al-Sabhan accused Iran-affiliated Iraqi Shia militias of plotting to assassinate him.“The Foreign Ministry has asked its Saudi counterpart to replace the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad,” ministry spokesman Ahmed Gamal said in a statement. Spokesman, however, did not elaborate about the causes of the request for replacing the envoy. Last week, Iraqi authorities said that Baghdad was not aware of any plot to assassinate the Saudi diplomat.Spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry Bahran Ghasemi, for his part, said claims by the Saudi envoy were “not surprising”. middleeastmonitor
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