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Govt plans to send Muslim team to Jammu & Kashmir
New Delhi: Finance minister Arun Jaitley and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan may accompany Rajnath Singh and others in the 35-member all-party delegation to Jammu & Kashmir on Sept.4. Govt sources said the names of 26 representatives from different parties were received for the delegation.Paswan was part of a similar delegation which had visited the valley in 2010 and had met Hurriyat leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Govt also plans to send a delegation of prominent Muslim leaders to the state as part of an unofficial peace initiative.Muslim leaders from across the country had met home minister Rajnath Singh twice and expressed willingness to visit J&K. Sources said Singh conveyed to these leaders that they were free to visit any place and if their trip to the valley helped bring peace, it would be welcome. Officials, however, made it clear that the Muslim leaders were not authorized to carry out any `track-II' dialogue with any stakeholder in J&K. It would be a goodwill initiative, an official said. Muslim leaders would be free to meet anyone and could interact with individuals, groups or separatists, the source said. This visit is likely to take place after the two-day visit of the all-party delegation on Sept.4-5. Leaders likely to be part of the Muslim delegation are ex-Rajya Sabha MP Shahid Siddiqui, ex-interlocutor for J&K MM Ansari, defence analyst Qamar Agha and Zafarul Islam Khan, among others.
Muslim delegation to visit Kashmir soon: PTI
Police raid J&K Jamaat HQ, leaders on run:KashmirReader
Srinagar: Counter insurgency police on Wednesday raided the HQRS of J&K Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the most influential politico-religious organizations in J&K, and arrested its spokesman and head of political bureau Zahid Ali Lone. Last week, the state police chief summoned Jamaat chief Ghulam Muhammad Bhat to his office after police shot with pellets an 80-year-old Jamaat leader, Abdul Qayoom Bhat, and his wife at Buchoo-Kamla village in south Kashmir’s Tral pocket, critically injuring the elderly couple.Jamaat sharply reacted to the police raid, calling it unjustified and undemocratic.Sources said that a contingent of police raided the Jamaat headquarters at Baranpathar in Batamaloo, which is under strict curfew for several days and the area where anti-India protests routinely occur. Jamaat HQRS is located in the vicinity of the police control room.“Police and SOG (special operations group) personnel raided Jamaat HQRS at about 11:30am. Govt forces first cordoned off the building, then barged in. They searched and asked for Jamaat leaders,” a statement issued by the organisation said. A worker at the Jamaat HQRS said that the cops searched every room of the spacious building where most of the rooms were unattended, as office-bearers are not able to come due to the situation of unrest in Kashmir. Police later arrested Zahid Ali, an advocate from Pampore, who heads the political bureau of the organisation and issues statements to the press. Ali had earlier been detained at Nowgam on his way to Pulwama but was later released. Jamaat has accused PDP-BJP coalition govt of launching a massive crackdown against the organisation’s members and sympathisers. Many members have gone into hiding to avoid arrest. Sources said that police and intelligence agencies are describing the Jamaat cadre and leadership as the engine behind the current anti-India uprising. Sources said that police were looking for young Jamaat scholar Mujahid Shabir Falahi when they raided his house in Tral last week. While Falahi was not present, the govt forces picked up his younger brother Noor Muhammad.When his father Abdul Qayoom Bhat raised objection to the arrest, furious policemen fired pellet guns that injured Bhat and his wife.
Curfew imposed in 3 areas of Kashmir Valley, separatists continue shutdown
Srinagar:Authorities on Thursday imposed curfew at three places in the Kashmir Valley as separatists extended their protest shutdown till Sept.8. “Curfew has been imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta and M.R.Gunj police stations in Srinagar city along with Baramulla,” a senior police official said.Authorities had lifted curfew from the entire Valley on Tuesday, 52 days after the unrest started on July 9. One youth identified as Danish Ahmad, 18, was killed in firing by the security when a mob pelted stones at a passing army convoy in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district on Wednesday. Mobs also torched the house of ruling PDP Rajya Sabha member, Nazir Ahmad Laway in Chawalgam village in Kulgam district. Reports here said the mob first torched the guard room at his house and then set fire to the main building.A stone pelting mob engaged security forces in clashes in Sopore town on Thursday morning while another mob torched a three-wheeler in Nawa Kadal area of Srinagar city for defying the shutdown called by the separatists. The separatists have issued a fresh protest calendar through which they have asked people to continue the shutdown till Sept. 8.IANS
 Unrest in Valley after youth killed in clashes yesterday
Sharif again writes to UN for intervention in Kashmir
Islamabad: In yet another attempt to internationalise the Kashmir issue, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has written to the UN chief for the second time in a month to intervene by sending a fact finding mission to probe alleged human rights violations in the Valley.Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said that Sharif sent the letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon apprising him of the deteriorating situation in Kashmir.Sharif sent the letter in response to UN Secretary General's call for making efforts to avoid further violence in Kashmir, he said. Deccan herald
Part of Kashmir under illegal occupation of Pakistan: MEA
PoK would have been ours had we opted for military solution: Air Force chief
5 Kashmir centric TV channels asked to stop broadcasting
Srinagar:Authorities in J&K  have asked the cable TV operators from Kashmir to stop broadcasting five news channels in Kashmir Valley, a move resented by the operators of these channels who claim that these are all satellite channels and don’t come under the purview of Cable TV Networks (Regulation Act 1995). DM Srinagar in this regard has sent notices through SSP Srinagar to SEN Digital Network, JK Media Network Service and Take One Media asking them to block the news channels like KBC, Gulistan TV, Munsiff TV, JK Channel and Insaaf TV. Kashmir reader
PDP RS MP Nazir Ahmad Laway’s house attacked in Kulgam district of south Kashmir
AIR goes beyond Baloch, can be heard in parts of Pakistan
New Delhi: All India Radio (AIR) programmes can now be heard in regions of Pakistan Occupied J&K (POJK) as well as in other parts of the neighbouring country. The development comes after the Centre boosted the signal capacity of AIR transmission by installing a new 300 KV Digital Radio Mondial (DRM) transmitter in Jammu, official sources said on Wednesday. The range of programmes transmitted from Jammu station of AIR can now be heard beyond PoJK and areas of Pakistan’s Punjab province, they said. indianexpress
AIR broadcast for Balochistan: A way for PM Modi to tell Pakistan that two can play the game
Egypt's Abdel Fattah Sisiin India: Terror,Trade on Agenda
 Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi is on a 3 day visit to India, his second in less than a year, during which he will hold talks with top Indian leadership including PM Modi. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising ministers, officials and business leaders. Today he will meet Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and will discuss the bilateral issues. On Friday, Sisi will meet PM Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari. During the meeting with Indian PM Modi and Sisi will discuss the issue of terrorism and economic cooperation between the 2 countries. India will raise its concern about the issue of Organizers of the Islamic Conference  stance on J&K with Sisi as Egypt is one of the main members of the Islamic countries forum. sputniknews
Al-Sisi arrives in India, to head to China for G20 summit
No concrete proof against Zakir Naik, security agencies asked to probe deeper
New Delhi: Security agencies will analyse Zakir Naik’s speeches in a more comprehensive manner and conduct a more exhaustive probe before any decision is taken on whether to gag him and ban his NGO, IRF, as an unlawful association. The development comes with the Law Ministry advising Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has jurisdiction over security agencies, that not enough evidence is on record to proceed against Naik, sources said Wednesday. Sources also said that a scrutiny by the Home Ministry of IRF’s accounts have not revealed any violations of foreign funding norms so far. “We have been advised to analyse a larger number of speeches delivered by Naik to arrive at a clearer picture of whether he is liable for any action. While several of his speeches have already been analysed, we will now have to go through as many of his speeches as is possible – not all his speeches might be easily available,” a source in the MHA said. The process could take weeks, or even months, as it is “extremely laborious”. Source said, “Videos of Naik’s speeches available in the public domain will have to be authenticated to prove they are not doctored in any way, and then they will have to be carefully transcribed.” Indian express
Not enough evidence to book Zakir Naik for influencing militant action, says Law Ministry: PTI
Law ministry advises Centre to tread cautiously against Zakir Naik
Centre to look afresh into Zakir Naik’s ‘hate’ speak
MHA renewed our foreign fund license last week: IRF
Mumbai:Under the scanner for radicalizing Muslim youths and getting foreign funding from wrong sources, IRF of Zakir Naik has denied any wrongdoing. IRF said that its foreign fund license was renewed only last under FCRA."IRF had applied for a license which was renewed last week by Home Ministry. After renewal of license we were sent questionnaire by the concerned authority asking for clarifications on our source of income to which we have replied,"said IRF spokesperson. It is also learned that a scrutiny of IRF's accounts by the Home Ministry did not reveal any violations of foreign funding norms. "We don't agree with the opinion of respected Solicitor General that Dr Zakir Naik is spreading enmity between religions. Though,we appreciate the fact that he asked for more evidence because there is not an iota of evidence against the IRF and Dr Naik.y," said IRF's lawyer Mobin Solkar. India Today
Rahul Gandhi to stand trial for allegedly linking RSS with Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination
New Delhi:Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is set to stand trial for allegedly linking the RSS with assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in an election speech in 2014. A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra of the Supreme Court dismissed the petition as withdrawn after Rahul’s counsel Kapil Sibal said he would prefer to stand trial before a magistrate in the criminal defamation case. Sibal said his client stood by every word he had said in his election speech in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi and that he was ready to go to trial.This statement came after counsel for complainant, who is a RSS member,submitted in court that Rahul must show his bonafide and undertake in unequivocal terms that he did not consider RSS as institution involved in the crime.At this, the bench said it was not inclined to interfere in Rahul’s appeal against the summons order. It also refused to grant the Congress leader liberty not to personally appear before the magistrate and said he should move this plea before the trial court.“I will never stop fighting the hateful & divisive agenda of the RSS. I stand by every single word I said,” Rahul tweeted a few days ago in an attempt to counter reports that he had taken a U-turn.indianexpress
Rahul won't retract 'RSS men killed Gandhi' comment, will face trial
400 RSS workers resign over Goa chief’s removal
RSS unit in Goa was in turmoil on Wednesday after over 400 RSS workers, including district, sub-district and shakha heads announced their resignation from the organisation, protesting its chief Subhash Velingakar’s removal.During a meeting held at a school complex, local RSS members and office bearers accused top leaders of the RSS and the BJP, including Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, of conspiring to sack Mr. Velingkar. Ramdas Saraf, south district pramukh of the RSS told the media that all office bearers from the district units, sub-district units and shakhas and hundreds of others have decided to quit the RSS.Veteran State RSS leader Jayant Lele said, “RSS is a parent body. Goa BJP cannot dictate terms to the RSS.” Velingkar and many of his RSS supporters have been fighting with the BJP alliance govt in the State for long over govt  grants to primary educational institutions. thehindu
Goa: 300 RSS workers to resign following Subhash Velingkar’s removal
Subhash Velingkar says he was 'cheated' by Manohar Parrikar after removal from RSS post
Aalamgiri Mosque to be rebuilt on Ayodhya temple land
Ayodhya: Nearly 24 years after Babri Masjid was demolished, resulting in communal strife across India, 300-year-old dilapidated mosque would be rebuilt on land belonging to Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya. Days after local civic body declared Aalamgiri Masjid 'hazardous' and pasted notice banning entry into building, Hanumangarhi temple trust, which is in possession of the masjid land, not only allowed its reconstruction and agreed to bear cost but also welcomed Muslims to offer namaz in premises. Aalamgiri Masjid was built with the consent of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb by one of his generals in Ayodhya in 17th century.Seeking its condition, Ayodhya municipal board recently put up a notice on its wall and banned entry into the masjid. It galvanized a group of local Muslims and they met Hanumangarhi's chief priest Mahant Gyan Das, requesting him the permission to get the masjid repaired.Their meeting ended in a pleasant surprise.The temple management not only allowed the local Muslims to get the masjid reconstructed, but also offered to bear the cost. "I asked our Muslim brothers to renovate and reconstruct the masjid on our expense and also issued no-objection certificate for Muslims to offer namaz as this is also a 'Khuda ka ghar'," Mahant Gyan Das told TOI. "I am also extending support to reno vation of a mausoleum on the premises which is as old as the masjid," added Gyan Das, who has been holding iftar for Ayodhya Muslims during Ramzan.Historian Roshan Taqui said, "After the battle of Buxar in 1764, Shujauddaulah, the Nawab of Awadh moved his capital from Faizabad to Lucknow. During his reign in Faizabad he had already donated the land in Ayodhya for construction of Hanumangarhi temple. After he shifted to Lucknow, when a delegation of mahants visited him and appealed for more land, the nawab donated 4 pucca bighas of land that already had on it a masjid built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.""I am also extending support for the renovation of a mausoleum on the premises which is as old as the masjid," added Gyan Das, who has been holding iftar for Ayodhya Muslims during Ramzan. TOI
When Ayodhya temple trust offers to bear expense for restoring Mughal era Masjid
Bidar: Jamaate Islami Hind to work with different religious groups for peace
Bidar:Jamaate Islami Hind will work with different religious groups for peace, Syed Tanveer Ahmed, secretary of the JIH state unit said here on Tuesday. He was speaking at an inter-faith round table organised as part of the Peace and Humanity campaign of JIH. “Our members will maintain regular, informal contact with members of other faiths and engage in dialogue on current affairs and other issues of common interest. Such communication channels will be opened from the village level to state and national levels. They will significantly contribute to the reduction of prejudices and break barriers for dialogue and ensure peace,” he said. Ahmed said that the spurt in violent incidents was affecting the country’s image and investments. “Communal violence is a threat to India’s multi culturalism and peace loving nature. We should reject it thoroughly,” he said. He lamented the lack of elements that promote peace and humanity in textbooks and urged round table members to urge the govt to include them.Community leaders from Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Sikh groups were present. thehindu
BJP leader questions Dalit-Muslim unity
New Delhi:With the opposition trying to consolidate Dalit and Muslim support in the wake of increased atrocities on the communities by self-proclaimed cow vigilantes, a senior BJP leader warned Dalit communities that unity between the two is not sustainable, and that it has been “historically proven” that whenever these two communities got together, Dalits got “wiped out”.In an effort to prove that Dalits purportedly cannot “grow” under Muslims, BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao cited the example of Pakistan. “Look at Pakistan. Where are the Dalits there? Population of Dalits has diminished there, unlike in India where, despite the narrow agenda of some communities and social problems, Dalit population has grown,” Rao said at a function of Bharat Niti,a policy advocacy platform of the BJP and RSS on Dalit entrepreneurship. indianexpress
SP, BSP clash over Muslim vote bank
Kanpur administration cancels Owaisi meet fearing Muslim vote-split
Lucknow: AIMIM was denied permission by the Kanpur administration to hold a rally at the Halim Muslim College Ground on Aug. 28 because of worries that it may wean Muslims away from the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) ahead of next year’s polls, HT has found. AIMIM — a Hyderabad-based party — wanted its leader Asaduddin Owaisi to address the meeting in the Muslim-dominated locality under the Sisamau assembly constituency of SP MLA Irfan Solanki.But in an August 26 order denying permission, ADM Avinash Singh wrote, “Owaisi has been very sharp and critical of ruling party leaders in his speeches. His rally could split SP votes and reduce its support base in the region.”Muslims form almost a fifth of the UP population and are expected to prove decisive in at least 100 of the state’s 403 assembly seats next year. AIMIM is fighting to gain a toehold in the state where the BJP is fighting with the SP, BSP and Congress.HT
Partition was ‘big mistake’ of our ancestors: Kalbe Sadiq
Leh:The partition of India was a “big mistake” made by “our ancestors”, feels All-India Muslim Personal Law Board vice-president Maulana Kalbe Sadiq who wants to “make up” for it. “Our ancestors made a big mistake by dividing the country into parts. One of the two parts is now called Pakistan, but we call it Paapistan because of the violence taking place there,” the Shia cleric said at the first summit of Global Interfaith Wash Alliance (GIWA) in Leh.“We want to make up for the mistake. We request (govt ) that our children should be given education and training so that in place of a Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Abul Kalam Azad and APJ Abdul Kalam are born in India,” he said.  Speaking about GIWA, which is, with the support of UNICEF-India, working to address the water, sanitation, and hygiene-related issues in the country, he said, “Religious leaders are always at loggerheads but they join hands when they have a common cause. GIWA campaign has a vision… It’s a mission. Therefore, we all (religious leaders) have come together.”PTI
Ramya questions role of BJP,RSS in freedom movement
Bengaluru:Wading into a fresh controversy, actress-turned-politician Ramya, who is facing a private complaint on sedition charge for her “pro-Pakistan” remarks, has questioned the role of BJP and RSS in the country’s freedom struggle.“Actually if you see, Congress was the reason for India getting its Independence. BJP, RSS did not participate in the freedom struggle. They sided with the British,” she said.PTI
Jains top in share of graduates ; Muslims has lowest share
Muslim community in India has the lowest share of graduates compared with other communities and just half the share of the nationwide average of under 6%. The Jains continue to be the most educationally advanced community with over a quarter of its members qualified as graduate or above. The share of technical diploma holders is the highest among Christians at 2.2%, again continuing a previous trend, with Sikhs following at 0.8%.A heartening feature is that the most educationally deprived communities like Muslims and Buddhist are surging forward with shares increasing at a faster pace than other communities when compared to a decade earlier. timesofindia
At nearly 43%, Muslims have highest percentage of illiterates: Census
Over 34000 cases of rape reported in 2015 in India:aljazeera
At least 34,651 cases of rape were reported across India last year, statistics released by the country's NCRB have revealed. The figures showed that victims ranged from female children younger than 6 years old to women over 60 years, with those aged between 18 and 30 reporting the largest number of rape attacks - totalling almost 17,000.Victims knew their alleged rapists in 33,098 of the 34,651 reported rape cases, or 95.5%, according to figures, which also showed a slight decrease compared with the 36,735 rape cases reported in 2014.
1993 riots: Mumbai Hari Masjid firing case closed
Mumbai: After more than five years, the special CBI magistrate court on Tuesday accepted the closure report filed by CBI in the 1993 Hari Masjid firing case, exonerating the police officials for lack of evidence.The case dates back to the 1993 Mumbai riots where on Jan.10, 1993, a group of police officers, led by the then assistant police inspector Nikhil Kapse, had entered the Masjid in suburban Wadala and opened fire. In the incident, 7 people had died and 6 were seriously injured.One of the victims, Faroque Mapkar, who was shot in his abdomen and was also booked by police for rioting, had later filed a complaint against the police.The state police had exonerated Kapse followed by which Mapkar had moved high court seeking CBI inquiry. HT
Mangaluru:Now ‘saffron’ shawl protest over hijab in classrooms
Mangaluru: Attire worn by students of a minority community is causing ripples in Dakshina Kannada district yet again. Within days of students of a pharma college staging protest over restrictions in wearing hijab and sporting beard, college students in Sullia now have started a silent protest against their college management for not taking action against students of minority community who wear head scarfs during class hours. Around 100 male students of Dr K Shivarama Karanth Govt  First Grade College in Bellare are wearing saffron shawl over their shirts from past few days as a mark of protest.Their argument is that they will continue wearing saffron shawls until the principal takes suitable action against students who wear hijab.Stating the male students have been coming to classes wearing shawls from past one week, the student said, "As hijab is symbol of their religion, we have started wearing saffron shawl that symbolises our religion. We will not shout any slogans, protest or disrupt classes but will continue to wear unless others remove their scarf and attend classes."
Students wear saffron shawls to oppose hijab in colleges
Karnataka: DK college boys protest against Muslim girls wearing scarves
72-yr-old scientist Maqsood Ansari arrested for sexually exploiting three ‘adopted’ daughters: TOI
Nagpur: A sordid tale of sexual abuse of three girls 'adopted' by a former scientist in the city brought to mind the scary tale of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who raped his daughter for 24 years in captivity. In the case that came to light on Wednesday, the eldest daughter, 16, is learnt to have told police that she was exploited since she was in Standard 1, while the one aged around 11 too has been facing sexual abuse for last many years. The youngest daughter is just 6-and-half-years-old. 72-year-old Maqsood Ansari, ex-assistant scientist with a top institution in the city, allegedly exploited his 3 adopted daughters by threatening them for last several years. Dhantoli police arrested Ansari on Wednesday and charged him with rape and provisions of Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012.Ansari, who married at least twice but is never known to have fathered a biological child, had apparently adopted his daughters at tender ages on the pretext of bringing them up and educate them. Police have now discovered that Ansari had been forcing himself upon the daughters regularly.
Nagpur ex-scientist held for raping adopted girls for years
US secretary of state John Kerry hints at Amnesty, intolerance issues at IIT talk
New Delhi: US secretary of state John Kerry used his speech at IIT-Delhi on Wednesday to emphasize the rights of citizens to express their views and protest without fearing reprisal — a reference significant in light of the controversy surrounding sedition charges against Amnesty International as well as the "intolerance" debate."US and India will have to keep faith in our democratic values and uphold the freedom that defines our countries," Kerry said. timesofindia
Terrorist groups operating inside Pak a continued security threat: US
Logistics pact between India, US will make military ops more efficient: Pentagon
Islamabad views India-US military logistics pact with 'concerns and suspicion': Pakistan daily
China might just have admitted it is feeling cornered by US, India, Japan
India received $11 billion in remittances from US: Report
US spl representative Ziad Haider travels to Mumbai today
Mumbai: Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Ziad Haider will visit Mumbai to discuss strong Intellectual Property protection as a key element of the US-India economic relationship.ANI
Mewat rape-murder: Rs 3 lakh compensation, job to family member given, says Manohar Lal Khattar
Chandigarh: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar informed the Haryana Vidhan Sabha Wednesday that the state govt, apart from constituting an SIT to probe the incident of rape, dacoity and double murder that took place at Dingerheri village of Mewat district on Aug.25, has also provided a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the aggrieved family along with a job to one member of the family.He added 4 accused persons in the case have been arrested on Aug.28. “Recommendation for trial by a Fast Track Court will be made after completion of investigation,” he said. indianexpress
Swaraj Abhiyan demands CBI probe in Mewat murder and rape case
International seminar on Waqf: Muslims demand ‘complete control over Waqf’
Media on terror cases
Abdul Nasar Madani, 7 others acquitted in Islamic Sevak Sangh case: TOI
Kochi: Additional sessions court, Ernakulam, on Wednesday acquitted eight persons including PDP leader Abdul Nasar Madani in the case related to the secret meeting of banned outfit Islamic Sevak Sangh (ISS) held at Mynagappally, Kollam, in 1992.Additional sessions court judge KM Balachandran acquitted the 8 persons including Madani's father granting benefit of doubt.The judgement in the case was delivered 24 years after the police had registered the case.The case pertains to a secret meeting of ISS held at Madani's residence at Mynagappally, after the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.
Cop's statement recorded in sedition case against SIMI
Indore: A police officer, who deposed in a special Courthere today, recorded his statement and said that a haul of ammunition and inflammatory literature was recovered from SIMI leader Safdar Nagori and his 10 accomplices, who were arrested from Indore in March in 2008. PTI
SIMI: Probe officer deposes in court
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Family of Bangladesh Jamaat leader Mir Quasem meets him in prison
Gazipur:10 family members have met war crimes convict and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali in Kashimpur prison in Gazipur.They were allowed to enter and meet Mir Quasem, said Prashanta Kumar Banik, Superintendent of Central Jail-2 at Kashimpur.Earlier in the morning, prison authorities read out to Mir Quasem the Appellate Division verdict rejecting the war criminal's plea to review his death sentence.After that, he sought time to decide on whether he would file a petition to seek the president's mercy by repenting for his crimes to dodge the hangman's noose, said Banik.The govt  will start the process to execute the death sentence if the president rejects the petition or if the Jamaat financier does not seek clemency.bdnews24.com
Mir Quasem's wife says family will decide on mercy petition after 'detained son' returns home
Gazipur: Mir Quasem Ali's wife Khandker Ayesha Khatun has said that the family will not make a decision about the Jamaat-e-Islami leader's mercy petition until their son who has been 'detained by police' returns home."My son Ahmed Bin Quasem, a lawyer, has been picked up by plainclothesmen. We are unable to decide whether we would file the mercy petition or on any other matter," she said. bdnews24.com
Countdown starts for Bangla Jamaat stalwart, Mir Quasem Ali's execution: economictimes
Pak Jamaat Islami leader ‘shot dead’ by PML-N activists
Sialkot: 3 armed motorcyclists “belonging to PML-N” gunned down a Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan  Sialkot leader and his cousin besides injuring their companion over a political row in Talwaara Mughalaan locality on Wednesday, local JI leaders alleged.Jamaat leader Mirza Zafar Baig Advocate and his cousin Mirza Imran Baig and Mirza Nouman Baig were going back to their home by a car.Meanwhile, 3 armed motorcyclists showered bullets on the car, killing Mirza Zafar and his cousin on the spot, and injuring the third one seriously.The injured was admitted to Hospital where his condition was stated to be critical. Spokesperson of JI Arif Mehmood Sheikh said that JI had termed the nasty incident the target killing by the PML-N backed accused.Meanwhile, on the appeal of Sialkot District Bar Association, hundreds of lawyers took out a rally against brutal murder of Mirza Zafar Advocate and his cousin.TheNation
After US now Russia claims it killed IS leader Adnani
Russia's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that Russian air strikes in Syria had killed one of Islamic State's most prominent leaders, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.The ministry said that Adnani was one of up to 40 rebels killed on Tuesday by air strikes carried out by a Russian Su-34 bomber in Maaratat-Umm Khaush in Aleppo province.IS said on Tuesday Adnani had been killed in what appeared to be an US air strike in Syria. A US defence official said US targeted Adnani in a strike but stopped short of confirming his death. Russia's Defence Ministry said Adnani's killing by the Russian air strike had been confirmed "through several intelligence channels". Reuters
White House says has no evidence Russia killed Adnani
The White House does not have evidence suggesting Russia was involved in an air strike that killed Islamic State leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, a spokesman said. Reuters
Nearly 75,000 Syrians ‘forcibly disappeared’ since 2011
Syrian Network for Human Rights has revealed that it has documented 74,607 cases of enforced disappearance across Syria since the outbreak of the revolution in March, 2011. In a report published on Tuesday entitled “Prolonged Pain” organisation said that “govt forces” are responsible for at least 71,533 cases of enforced disappearance. middleeastmonitor
Syria war: Deal reached to end siege on Homs' al-Waer
Israel approves hundreds of settlement units in W. Bank
Israeli authorities on Wednesday approved construction of new Jewish settlement units in the West Bank while "retroactively" approving 178 housing units that have already been built in the occupied territory, the Israeli media has reported.According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli-civil administration’s supreme committee approved 250 new homes in the Jewish-only Elkana settlement in the occupied West Bank.An additional 50 housing units were approved in the West Bank settlements of Beit Aryeh and Givat Ze’ev, the paper reported. The committee also "retroactively" approved 178 existing housing units in the Ofarim settlement north of Ramallah, according to Yedioth Ahronoth. World Bulletin
Situation in blockaded Gaza ‘grim’, UN official says
Gaza: Robert Piper, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, has described current living conditions in the Gaza Strip -- which continues to groan under a decade-long Israeli/Egyptian blockade -- as "grim". "Gaza continues to face difficult conditions even though the Palestinian people have great potential," Piper said during a Wednesday visit to Gaza City’s Islamic University, according to a statement issued by the university. Anadolu agency
Erdogan approves Israeli compensation deal
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday signed a deal with Israel to compensate victims of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara aid ship in 2010.A statement by the Turkish president’s press office said Erdogan approved “the procedural agreement about compensation between the Republic of Turkey and Israeli State.” middleeastmonitor
‘Israeli govt  involved in daily raids on Al-Aqsa’
General Director of Endowment, Holy and Islamic Sites in Jerusalem Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khatib accused the Israeli govt of being involved in the daily raids by Jewish settlers on Al-Aqsa Mosque.Israel is trying to impose a new status quo on the ground and force the Endowment Department to apply Israeli laws, Al-Khatib warned. middleeastmonitor
Israel sparks anger with beer festival at Muslim Cementery
Ramallah: Israel companies have approved plans to organise a beer festival on the grounds of the historic Islamic cemetery of Maaman Allah in occupied Jerusalem on this week.The Maaman Allah cemetery  is believed to date back to the 7th century, and it houses the remains of many important figures, including companions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has been turned into a park by Israeli authorities. siasat
1,900 Israelis raided Al-Aqsa in August, report says
Ex-Israeli general:We are world champions of occupation
Egyptian military court jails 104 pro-democracy activists
An Egyptian military court yesterday sentenced 104 opponents to 25 years in prison on charges dating back to 2013, lawyers said.The Assiut military court also sentenced 36 defendants to five to seven years in jail, the sources said.Lawyers Khaled Komi, Alaa Tawfiq Mohammed and Samir El-Farra said that 70 pro-democracy activists were sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia, 14 others were handed jail terms of seven years. One defendant was acquitted.The lawyers said the same court sentenced 54 opponents – 34 in absentia – to life in prison.
Thailand govt  to resume peace talks with Muslim insurgents

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