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05 September 2016

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05 Sept. 2016: 02 Dzil Hajja 37: Vol:7, No:154
Supreme Court grants centre 4 weeks to respond on Triple Talaq, Muslim women issues
New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today granted 4 weeks time to the Centre to file its reply on a batch of petitions on triple talaq and the plight of Muslim women.A bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice DY Chandrachud gave time after additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta sought more time to respond. On Sept.2, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) told the Supreme Court that personal laws of a community cannot be "re-written" in the name of social reforms and opposed pleas on issues including alleged gender discrimination faced by Muslim women in divorce cases. The Supreme court had taken suo motu cognizance of the question whether Muslim women faced gender discrimination in cases of divorce or due to other marriages of their husbands and a bench headed by Chie Justice of India TS Thakur is examining the issue.Subsequently, various other petitions including one by triple talaq victim Shayara Bano were filed challenging the age-old practice of 'triple talaq' among the Muslim community. AIMPLB and Jamiat-e-Ulema had defended triple talaq and said it was part of Quran-dictated personal law which was beyond the ambit of judicial scrutiny.PTI
Talaq:SC gives centre 4 weeks time to file their response
Intervention in Muslim Personal Law not tolerated – Muslim Mahila Research Kender’s affidavit in SC
Hyderabad:Noted Muslim Women’s organization, “Muslim Mahila Research Kendra” filed an affidavit in Supreme Court against any intervention in Muslim Personal Law. It may be mentioned that some Muslim women’s organization had challenged the right of husbands to divorce by pronouncing “Talaq” thrice at one go. SC bench headed by CJI, Justice TS Thakur is hearing this case.Ms. Tahniyath Athar, President, Muslim Mahila Research Kendra and Dr. Asma Zehra, Director of the organization, in a press statement said that in the affidavit filed in SC, it has been stated that SC cannot intervene in Muslim Personal Law under the pretext of protection of women’s right or social reforms. SC also cannot interpret Muslim Personal Law. They also said that SC cannot decide about the authenticity of three divorces pronounced one time. The process of pronouncing divorce is fixed and recognized which cannot be changed by anyone.In their press statement they mentioned that the issues pertaining to marriage, divorce and maintenance allowance are different in various religions. Any court of law cannot raise any question about the authenticity of the provisions made in any religion.Although, divorce is an unpleasant event but it need be it has to be exercised. Due to ignorance, haste and atrocities, matrimonial relations get spoiled and the matters reach the courts of law. Such cases should be decided by the community itself in the light of Muslim personal law. Husband has the right to divorce his wife which no court of law can take away from him. No state law can challenge this authority of the husband.Siasat
Polygamy in India "down" in 45 yrs: Muslims' from 5.7 to 2.55%, Hindus' 5.8 to 1.77%, "common" in SCs, STs
The facts about Polygamy in India suggest the practice is down from 5.7% of Muslim families in 1961 to 2.55 % in 2006. Latest figures of polygamy, released by the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS), carried out in 2006, also show that 2% women reported that their husbands had more than one wife. It found that polygamy was prevalent among 1.77% Hindus, down from 5.8% in 1961. 1961 figures – based on Census of India data – also show that among tribals it was then widely prevalent: 15.25 of them were polygamous. A paper based on NFHS data on the subject said, “In modern times, a person is bound by the marriage laws laid down by their religion and have to be adhered to and any deviation from the norms are considered to be illegal. Until recently, no scientific data also was available at the national or regional level to assess whether polygamy is still practiced or is non-existent.” It added, “For the first time data required to study and understand such marriage practices was collected as part of the 2005-06 NFHS. Data was collected from both women and men – women were asked a direct question whether besides herself, her husband had other wives and men were asked if they currently have one wife or more than one wife.”It added, “One interesting finding is that women across religious groups – Hindu (1.77 partners), Muslim (2.55 partners), Christian (2.35 partners), Buddhist (3.41 partners) have reported that their husbands have multiple wives.It is more common for husbands of women belonging to scheduled castes and tribes to have multiple wives than women belonging to other caste/tribe groups.” counterview.net
Sedition, defamation charges cannot be invoked for criticism: Supreme Court
New Delhi:Sedition or defamation cases cannot be slapped on anyone criticising the govt, the Supreme Court on Monday said in a clear message.“Someone making a statement to criticise govt does not invoke an offence under sedition or defamation law. We have made it clear that invoking of section 124(A) of IPC (sedition) requires certain guidelines to be followed as per the earlier judgement of the apex court,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and UU Lalit said while refraining from saying anything further on the issue.The observation came as Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for an NGO, said sedition was a serious offence and the law on it was being grossly misused for stifling dissent. He cited the examples of sedition charges being slapped on agitators protesting against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, among others.To this, the bench said “we don’t have to explain the sedition law. It’s already there in the five-judges constitution bench judgement in Kedar Nath Singh vs state of Bihar of 1962.” The court, while disposing of a petition filed by NGO Common Cause alleging misuse of the sedition law, refused to pass a direction on the plea that a copy of this order be sent to all Chief Secretaries of states and the Directors General of Police.“You have to file separate plea highlighting if any misuse of sedition law is there. In criminal jurisprudence, allegations and cognisance have to be case specific, otherwise it will go haywire. There can’t be any generalisation,” the bench said.PTI
Setback for Modi govt as SC says sedition, defamation charges cannot be invoked for criticism of govt
As Rajan departs, RBI mulls opening door to Islamic finance: Reuters
India's central bank has proposed working with the govt to introduce interest-free banking to tackle financial exclusion for religious reasons, potentially opening Islamic finance to the largest Muslim minority population in the world.RBI made the proposal in its annual report last week, as departing bank governor Raghuram Rajan hands over the reins to close ally Urjit Patel.The proposal marks a shift in stance by the RBI, which has previously said Islamic finance could be offered through non-bank channels such as investment funds or cooperatives.That has meant an estimated 180 million Muslims in India, the country's second-largest religious group, have been unable to access Islamic banking because of laws that require banking to be based on interest, which is forbidden in Islam.RBI said it would explore introducing interest-free banking products in consultation with the govt, a key detail as this opens the prospects of supportive legislation."This is definitely a significant development as it is the first time that the RBI has concretely mentioned that it will now work with the govt  to introduce Islamic banking," said Saif Ahmed, managing partner at Bangaluru-based Infinity Consultants, which specialises in Islamic finance.Reuters
RBI Accepts Outgoing Governor Raghuram Rajan’s Advice; Opens Door to Islamic Banking
India is the most open economy in the world: Amitabh Kant
After Russia, India is most 'unequal' country in income inequality: Reports
New Delhi:India is the second most 'unequal' nation in the world where millionaires, or those with net assets of USD 1 million or more, control over half of its total wealth,says report. According to wealth research firm New World Wealth, after Russia, India is the most unequal country as 54% of its wealth is in the hands of millionaires.India is among the 10 richest countries in the world with total individual wealth of USD 5,600 billion, but the average Indian is quite poor.Globally, Russia is the most unequal country where millionaires control over 62%  of total wealth.In order to determine the level of inequality in the world, New World Wealth looked at the proportion of wealth controlled by millionaires, or high net worth individuals."The higher the proportion the more unequal the country is. For instance, if millionaires control over 50% of a country's wealth then there is very little space for a meaningful middle class," the report said. huffingtonpost
Beat up, but don't break bones or shoot viral videos, VHP's advice to gau rakshaks: Huffington post
VHP has advised its cow vigilantes in western UP, Braj region and Uttarakhand to beat up cattle smugglers but not to break their bones to escape police action, according to a report in the TOI. The report quoted one Khemchand, a member of the cow protection department's central committee, as saying that non-VHP workers also need to be canvassed to stop illegal cattle trade."We shouldn't take the law into our hands. I often say to my workers - maaro magar haddi mat todo (beat them up but don't break their bones). If you break someone's bones then you will get into trouble with the police. Some people show off by shooting viral videos of them beating up cattle smugglers. There is no need for them to do that," Khemchand said.
Jamiate Ulema launches training program in Muslim personal law for lawyers
New Delhi: Worried about what it called "undue hues and cries" over the Muslim woman rights and several courts’ judgments on matters of Muslim personal laws seemingly contrary to the provisions of the Islamic law, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Sunday launched a training course in Muslim personal law for lawyers. Former Chief Justice of India AM Ahmadi while launching the courses at Jamiat HQRS, ITO New Delhi, noted this move as a positive way to deal with the misunderstanding about the Islamic Sharia.“Each and every community has to face difficulties at sometimes. But, a wise community is the one which instead of resorting to the sentimentalism, first evaluates its own faults and then correct it.If there is a concerted attempts unleashed for distorting its image then it responds with wisdom and full acumen", he said.While speaking on Common Civil Code he said that this was not issue of a particular community but in country like India which is a pluralistic society, such move will not be accepted even by the majority community.In the launching programme which witnessed more than 400 eminent jurists, Islamic scholars and others several eminent lawyers and prominent Islamic scholars spoke on the need of courses which could deal with misunderstandings prevailed about the Islamic Shariat. The speakers included Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani, rector, Deoband, Maulana Sayed Mohammad Shahid, Zafaryab Jilani, Salman Mansurpori, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Shakil Ahmad Sayed, Prof. Afzal Wani and Kamal Faruqui.ummid.com
Jamiat organizes training course in Muslim personal law for lawyers
Fear of prolonged violence grips Kashmir as Centre fails to break the ice with separatists
The refusal of separatists to engage in talks with All Party Parliamentarian Delegation has given rise to fears in Kashmir that the present phase of political uncertainty and turmoil will drag on. Although there was no hope of any major breakthrough or announcement from the delegation, the delegates were expected to break the ice with the Hurriyat and calm tempers in the valley.But with separatists hardening their stand and Home Minister Rajnath Singh accusing them of going against the ethos of Kashmiryat, insaniyat and even jhamooriyat, the hardening of the posters from both sides is a warning sign for a Kashmir reeling under unabated curfew. Home Minister announced that parliamentary delegation leaders who met the Hurriyat leaders did so in their individual capacities, thereby distancing himself from CM Mehbooba Mufti’s overtures towards the separatists.This has further weakened Mehbooba’s position as a leader in Kashmir. Mehbooba had written a letter to separatists to come forward and engage with the parliamentary delegation.This development will further complicate problems for the ruling alliance of the PDP-BJP led by Mehbooba Mufti.That BJP was not on board Mehbooba’s decision to invite Hurriyat for talks was reinforced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement that Mehbooba had approached the separatists in her individual capacity.For people like Umar Wani, a resident of Rajbagh area of Srinagar, failure to initiate talks is a big disappointment. “BJP’s Ram Madhav says Kashmir can ask for the moon within the Indian Constitution. Then why doesn’t the BJP leadership offer the same to Hurriyat? If they reject, the blame will come on them,” Wani told Firstpost after Home Minister Singh’s press conference.“But right now, they are offering nothing. Why should the Hurriyat talk to them? There has to be a starting point for talks. I fear the situation will worsen now,” he added.Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Bhat told Firstpost that said that unless India and Pakistan do not engage in a sustained meaningful dialogue on Kashmir, the issue will never be resolved.“They have to listen to the heartbeats of Kashmir. We got honored guests from Delhi and met them and later saw them off very gracefully. We were not against insaniyat. We had taken a collective decision not to meet them because they had no mandate,” Bhat said. Firstpost
India to replace some pellet guns with chilli-filled shells in Kashmir: reuters
Srinagar: Security forces will use shells full of a chilli compound as an alternative to shotgun pellets, to control crowds in Kashmir, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, after widespread use of the weapons wounded thousands and inflamed public anger.More than 3,800 people have been wounded and one killed by shotgun pellets since protests against Indian rule erupted in the disputed territory in early July, with more than 100 left partially or fully blinded, official figures show.Doctors say most cases go unreported, and critics want the govt  to use less harmful ammunition."The committee has given its suggestions and the alternative of the non-lethal weapon has been suggested as PAVA shells," Singh told reporters as he led an all-party delegation to Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K . reuters
 First ban pellet guns, then hold talks with us:Hurriyat
Geelani, Mirwaiz, Malik refuse to hold talks ‘under Indian constitution’
Start unconditional talks with all Kashmir stakeholders: Sitaram Yechury
Kashmir unrest: Over 400 injured as protests continue to rock Valley
Amid tensions, all party delegation led by Rajnath Singh arrives in Jammu
PM Modi raises PoK corridor, tells Xi Jinping terror response should be above politics
Hangzhou:Asking Beijing to respect and be sensitive to New Delhi’s concerns and aspirations, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday red-flagged a range of issues, in particular the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through PoK, a major source of terror that hurts India along its borders.“Our response to terrorism should not be motivated by political considerations,” Modi is learnt to have told Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday in his first bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 Summit.While CPEC is an area of immediate concern, New Delhi’s discontent with Beijing has been simmering over the past few months, with China stalling India’s membership in the elite NSG and also blocking its bid in the UN to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist. indian express 
Balochistan to inform international community of Indian interference: thehindu
New Delhi: Balochistan CM Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri on Sunday made it known in the State capital Quetta that parliamentarians from the province would visit ‘friendly countries' to inform them and international community about the interference of neighbouring countries in Balochistan. A Quetta datelined report carried by the Pakistan state run news agency-APP on Monday quoted the Balochistan CM as saying that an open letter would also be sent to UN Secretary-General on the subject.Islamabad has been vigorously protesting against New Delhi on the issue of Balochistan ever since the PM Narendra Modi weaved into his Independence Day speech the issues of PoK and Gilgit and alleged human rights violations by the Pakistani forces in Balochistan Province.APP quoted Zehri as saying that some insurgents had been using the Baloch youth as “fuel for their so-called freedom fight”.“He said several mis-guided youth had joined national mainstream after leaving mountains. However, some elements were still talking about so-called freedom in order to mint money.
PM Modi raises NSG bid with Turkey President Erdogan
Hangzhou: PM  Narendra Modi on Monday discussed India's NSG membership with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and also raised the issue of the confidential data leak of the Indian Scorpene Class submarines with French President Francois Holland on the sidelines of the G20 Summit .On the second and final day of the summit in this east Chinese city, Modi met Erdogan and Hollande in separate "pull-aside" meetings.In his meeting with Erdogan, PM discussed the issue of India's membership of the 48-member NSG, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. Discussion with Erdogan on NSG was significant as Turkey was among the few countries - along with China - which had stalled India's bid to join the elite grouping at its plenary meeting in June in Seoul. Turkey too raised its concern over the presence of supporters of dissident Fethullah Gulen, who it accusses of masterminding the failed July coup attempt, in India.Swarup said enhancing civil aviation with Turkey also figured during the discusions.PTI
Zakir row: Colleagues back officer in dock, say joint secretary did not clear NGO's licence
New Delhi: 4 joint secretary-level officers in the home ministry have lodged a protest with home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi against "unfair" suspension of their colleague, joint secretary GK Dwivedi , over renewal of the FCRA licence of Zakir Naik's NGO IRF. Sources said they plan to take up the issue with home minister Rajnath Singh, with one of the officers maintaining that govt  was being "too harsh on an honest IAS officer". Sources, however, indicated that Mehrishi, while hearing the agitated officers on Saturday, justified the action against Dwivedi. He stated that Dwivedi had been instructed several times not to process any clearance to IRF pending an inquiry into its FCRA dealings. With the NGO's licence renewal still having gone through, the home secretary argued that there was valid ground for holding the joint secretary responsible for "oversight and lack of supervision".Dwivedi, along with 2 under-secretaries and a section officer, was suspended after IRF's registration was 'erroneously' renewed through the FCRA online renewal system, even as it is probed for FCRA violations and faces prospects of a ban under the UAPA.The home ministry has also ordered that a departmental inquiry against Dwivedi be conducted by additional secretary M Gopal Reddy, which has further upset some of Dwivedi's colleagues.TOI
No foreign funds for Zakir Naik's NGO without govt permission; IRF licence FCRA accidentally renewed: MHA
New Delhi:  Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation cannot accept foreign funding without seeking Union Home Ministry's permission, govt has decided, putting the organisation on what it calls a "prior permission category list."This is a first step towards canceling permission for Dr Naik's organisation to receive foreign funds. Ministry has said the foundation's licence to receive funding under FCRA was "accidentally" renewed last month, even though Dr Naik is under investigation for allegedly misusing foreign donations."We have suspended 3 officers, because permission couldn't have been renewed when the probe was on," Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told NDTV last week on the licence being renewed.NDTV
‘Regular inter-community meeting will bring harmony in society’: Jamaat Islami Hind Bhopal seminar
Bhopal: Frequent inter-community meeting will bring harmony and peace in the society said socialist and ex-MLA Sunilam during a seminar on ‘Peace and Humanity Why and How’ organised here by Jamat-e-Islami at Hindi Bhavan on Sunday. He said that every contact saved in the contact list of the mobile phone should be contacted several times to share happy and sadness of life. Until the system based on atrocity and exploitation in the society prevails development of the county would not happen. Every individual should make at-least one sister and one brother of other religion and should treat them as their real sister and brother, he added. Sunilam said the real freedom would be established only after communal harmony is established. The current structure provides benefit to 5% while 95% remain deprived and face atrocities, he added. On the occasion Sunilam discussed about Jignesh, Rohit Vemula, Kanhaiya Kumar, Irom Sharmila, Hardik Patel, Narendra Dhabolkar and Kalbergi. In Kashmir Army is fighting with its own people over the issue of Kashmir, he added.Presiding over the seminar Dr.Mohammad Rafat Professor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, said that the equality and peace could be attained by achieving freedom from capitalism. He said that when politicians ask for vote from people they ask for basic amenities but they should ask for freedom from capitalism as it has made them slaves financially.  Ex-DGP Arun Gurtu said that politics has dominant everything and for resolving problems awareness of the society is required and will lead to establishment of peace in the society.Dailypioneer
Bidar: ‘Comprehensive law to curb communal violence needed’
The all-faith Sadbhavana committee formed as part of the Peace and Humanity movement by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has urged the govt to control fundamentalist forces to ensure peace in society.In a memorandum addressed to President, members of the committee sought a comprehensive law to curb communal violence. They asked for strict enforcement of the laws to curb caste and religion-based violence and attempts to abuse other religious groups. They said that provisions of the Information Technology Act should be used strictly to curb online hate campaigns.Speedy trial should ensure punishment to those who make provocative speeches. thehindu
MP tribal forced to cremate wife using garbage after being turned away by crematorium
In an incident that brings to light a dangerous pattern in India, a tribal in Madhya Pradesh had to gather waste paper, tyres, twigs and plastic bags to cremate his wife after he was turned away from a crematorium because he could not afford to pay for it.According to TOI, Jagdeesh Bhil, from Ratangarh village in Neemuch district, spent three hours collecting garbage for the pyre last Friday after he was spurned by the crematorium.The report added that someone even suggested that he throw his wife in the river instead. "My wife, Nozibai, died early on Friday morning. We went to the Ratangarh village panchayat to arrange for logs for the cremation. But the (village) heads claimed that they couldn't do anything because we did not have enough money to get the 'parchi', which costs Rs 2,500," the report quoted him as saying. Incidents of neglect like the one Bhil had to face are being reported very frequently in our country. firstpost
Don’t take action against Umar, Anirban for a week: Delhi HC to JNU
New Delhi:JNU was directed by Delhi High Court not to implement for a week the order passed by its appellate authority holding some students including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya guilty of indiscipline in connection with the controversial Febr.9 event.The direction came on pleas by Khalid and Bhattacharya, who were penalised along with 19 others, including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, challenging the findings of the appellate authority.In a related development today, Kanhaiya and 7 other students also moved the high court against the order. Their matters were mentioned before a bench of justices BD Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar which fixed the pleas for hearing on Sept.6.PTI
Saffron brigade's 'Green' effort to touch Kerala Muslims
Kozhikode:In a strategic move to establish a strong relationship with the Muslim community in the state, Kerala unit of RSS is gearing up to set up Rashtriya Muslim Manch, Muslim outfit that will work in tandem with the RSS. RSS leadership decided to give impetus to the formation of the RMM considering the growing need to win the confidence of the Muslim community in the state and counter the negative image propopagated by its political rivals,including LDF and UDF. newindianexpress
Mangaluru: Panel's meeting with MLA fails to find any solution to Hijab row in college
Mangaluru:A meeting of the members of college development committee and the parent teachers' association headed by Sullia MLA S Angara remained inconclusive. Issue pertained to some boys wearing saffron shawls in protest against Muslim girls wearing Hijab or headscarf at Dr K Shivarama Karanth Govt First Grade College, in Bellare. Around 100 male students of College in Bellare are wearing saffron shawl over their shirts from the past few days as mark of protest.Their argument is that they would continue wearing the saffron shawls until the principal takes suitable action against the female students wearing hijab during class hours. The committee which met on Saturday discussed the issue but no concrete decision has been taken.TOI
Do not post animal sacrifice pics: Mumbai Clerics
Mumbai: A leading group of Muslim clerics has urged youths to avoid uploading pictures of next week's Bakri Eid sacrifice on social media. It has also advised against posting inflammatory comments on the ban on cow slaughter.Individuals and groups have been instructed to carry sacrificial tools, meat and animal hide discreetly, in order to avoid causing public inconvenience. Jamiat Ulema Hind's Bandra-Andheri chapter held a meeting of clerics Sunday. The call was prompted by the simultaneous occurrence of Ganeshotsav and Eid. Bakri Eid falls on Sept.13 while Anant Chaturdashi is 2 days afterwards. Addressing an audience of 100 imams and muftis, Jamiat unit head Wahad Athar Qasmi said,"We had a meeting with senior police officers who have urged the youth to avoid confrontation as both festivals have come together for the third year in a row.”TOI
Dalits threaten nationwide rail roko protest
Ahmedabad:Dalit agitation leader Jignesh Mevani on Sunday announced a “rail roko andolan” across the country later this month against incidents of atrocity on members of the community.He said the date of the agitation would be announced on September 16 during a public gathering in Delhi.“We are mentally preparing people to expand this protest… and for this purpose a rail roko andolan will be held across the country at the end of this month,” Mevani told The Indian Express after addressing a gathering at a public garden in Asarwa here. The area is predominantly inhabited by cloth mill workers and daily wage labourers.Indian Express
Ex-union minister, BJP leader Arif Baig passes away
Bhopal: Former union minister and senior BJP leader Arif Baig died on Monday after suffering a heart attack, his family said. He was 81 and is survived by two sons and five daughters. Baig, who was suffering from blood sugar, died at his home due to sudden heart failure around 9AM, his younger son Noorul Hasan Baig said.2-term Lok Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh, Baig was first elected to the lower house from Bhopal on Bhartiya Lok Dal ticket in 1977 by defeating Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma, who later became President. Thereafter, he was made the Union Minister, Hasan said.PTI
Urdu Cultural Centre Shut Down by Mumbai Civic Authorities for Being “Non-Educational”
Urdu Markaz had been given the room in the Imamwada Urdu Municipal School by the municipal corporation in 1999 as part of a policy to offer space to community NGOs.On July 27, the office bearers of Urdu Markaz, a cultural body in Mumbai, received a notice from Mumbai’s municipal corporation that their establishment – a tiny room in a civic-run school – would be shut down because it was engaged in “non-educational activities”. Similar notices had come in the last two years, but the Markaz had successfully argued their case. This time, even while they were planning to make a representation, the corporation’s officers came and shut the room two days after sending the notice.“We were surprised and shocked; we never even got a chance to put up any resistance. At the very least we would have held a dharna,” Zubair Azmi, director of the Urdu Markaz told The Wire. The Wire
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Turkey condemns execution of Jemaat-e-Islami leader
Istanbul: Turkey has strictly condemned the execution of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Isalmi leader Mir Quasem Ali.  Immediately after the execution, foreign ministry of Turkey issued a condemnation. "We have learned with sorrow that the death sentence issued by the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh against Mir Quasem Ali,Key-Financier and Central Executive Council Member of the Jamaat-e-Islami, has been executed in Bangladesh.We stress once again that the wounds of the past cannot be healed with these methods and hope that this wrong practice will not lead to separation among the brotherly people of Bangladesh," statement read.dailysabah

Senior Egyptian MB leader condemns execution of Bangladesh’s Mir Quasem Ali
The deputy supreme guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group, Ibrahim Mounir, yesterday denounced the Bangladeshi authorities’ execution of Mir Quasem Ali, the leader of the country’s biggest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami. Mounir said Ali’s execution showcased the “injustice” and aggression that followed “unfair political trials.” All human rights organisations, international observers and Bangladeshi political forces condemned the execution, Mounir added, because it had political motives and lacked any safeguards or guarantees for justice. London-based Muslim Brotherhood leader called on Jamaat-e-Islami members around the world to “hold on to the stances adopted by the martyr, who refused to seek a pardon from the unjust rulers.” middleeastmonitor
Rights Concerns Have Been Raised Over the Execution of a Islamist Leader in Bangladesh
Rights groups have raised concerns over the execution Saturday of Mir Quasem Ali, a prominent member and financier of Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party.“There are concerns over systemic flaws [in trials of Ali and other opposition leaders],” Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director, for Human Rights Watch, told TIME.The trials, she said, were “crucial to ensure accountability for the serious abuses that occurred ahead of Bangladesh’s independence and needed to be up to international standards.” TIME
Jamaat’s countrywide hartal underway peacefully
Khamenei says Saudi Arabia’s control of Haj should end
Dubai:Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei renewed criticism of Saudi Arabia over how it runs the Haj after a crush last year killed hundreds of pilgrims, and suggested Muslim countries think about ending Riyadh’s control of the annual pilgrimage.“Because of these (Saudi) rulers’ oppressive behaviour towards God’s guests (pilgrims), the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the management of the two holy places and the issue of Haj,” Khamenei said. Reuters
Muslim women wear veil to integrate into modern society: Oxford Study
London: Muslim women who are young and educated choose to wear the veil as it is their means to integrate into modern society, according to a latest study conducted in 25 Islamic nations. Study, done by researchers from Oxford University and European University Institute published in journal ‘European Sociological Review’ last week, tested earlier mathematical models to see how the intensity of wearing the veil varied according to the women’s education, employment, urbanisation and contact with non-Muslims.The study, ‘Behind the Veil: Strategic Use of Religious Garb’, includes the wearing of headscarves, the turban or hijab, the chador, the burqa (which covers the face too),and no head covering at all.PTI
Veil means Muslim women integrating more: Oxford study

Syrian regime re-imposes blockade in war-weary Aleppo
Aleppo: Syrian regime forces and allied militias have re-imposed their siege on opposition-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, according to local opposition sources.Backed by Russian warplanes, regime forces captured several positions near southern Aleppo’s Ramousa area on Sunday, cutting opposition supply lines into the city, opposition sources said, requesting anonymity due to fears for their safety. Anadolu
US trained Tajik colonel becomes top Daesh commander
A former Tajikistan Special Forces colonel who was trained by US has become the top Daesh commander in Iraq a year after he defected from his national duties.News of his appointment comes days after US placed a bounty worth $3 million on Gulmurod Khalimov’s head. Khalimov received military training in US in 2003, undergoing counter terrorism training. When he defected in May last year, he did so through a video announcement in which he publicly called for violence against Russia,Tajikistan and the US and encouraged others to join the “caliphate”. Middleeastmonitor
Prominent IS figure killed in US-led air strike in Iraq
Baghdad:A prominent leader of Islamic State (IS) group and four extremist militants were killed on Sunday in a US-led coalition airstrike near the IS stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq, a security source said. Airstrike destroyed 4 IS positions near the newly-freed town of Qayyara near Mosul, Xinhua reported. The prominent leader of IS, among the 5 killed, was said to be close to the top IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a security source on condition of anonymity told Xinhua.IANS 
Property of Brotherhood leader put up for sale by Houthis
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah group has put the property of Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Yadomi up for sale, Quds Press reported. Houthis stormed Yadomi’s house in April last year when they took control of Sanaa. They seized the title deeds to the property and Yadomi’s land, which he inherited from his father and grandfather.The leader of the Yemeni Reformation Party, linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, Yadomi is currently in Saudi Arabia. middleeastmonitor

Morocco to give 600 mosques a green makeover

                               
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