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10 October 2016

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10 Oct. 2016: 08 Muharram 1438: Vol: 8, No:07
INDIA:Talaq & uniform civil code
Govt’s stand on triple talaq, polygamy under Sharia to figure in law panel report
New Delhi: Gov’s recent arguments in the Supreme court against the practice of triple talaq and polygamy under Sharia law are likely to figure prominently in the Law Commission’s report on having uniform civil laws for all Indians irrespective of their faith or personal law, informed sources have said.Last week, in a 29-page affidavit to the SC, Centre said the practice of triple talaq and polygamy is unreasonable, discriminatory and denies gender justice enshrined in the Constitution. “We are studying the government’s response closely,” a member said.The commission last week had a full-strength meeting on issues pending before it, including a reference from the govt in June asking the commission to explore whether the time is ripe for enforcing common civil laws.“Law commission reports are read and referred in courts, they cannot be prepared in a hurry,”Law Commission chairman Justice (retired) Balbir Singh Chauhan said.“We will wait for the Supreme Court’s judgement on Triple Talaq and maintenance before completing our report,” he added. The commission has time until August 2018 to submit reports on matters pending before it.Currently, criminal laws in India are applied uniformly but different personal laws govern different communities in matters such as marriage, divorce and transfer of property. Ruling BJP has long argued for a uniform civil code.“The Supreme Court itself has said in the past that the time has come for uniform civil laws. The commission is involved in an academic exercise, studying the constitution and seeing if these practices are in consonance with it,” the member said. The panel is studying previous judgements.The panel has begun a 45-day exercise of seeking comments from the public and stakeholders on the matter. After the suggestions are received, they will be discussed within in the panel and experts. hindustantimes
Darul Uloom upset over Centre’s stand on triple talaq
Deoband: Darul Uloom today opposed the affidavit filed by the Centre on the matter of triple talaq and polygamy of Muslim community in the Supreme Court.  Clerics of Darul Uloom said here that the Centre and SC cannot be allowed to interfere in Muslim personal law for sake of social reforms.About the matter of quashing triple talaq and polygamy, Mohatamim of Deoband Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani said, “Our country is independent. Everyone here has freedom to follow his religion and rituals. Govt or SC cannot interfere in Muslim personal law for the sake of social reform.''UNI
Govt is clearing a way for Uniform Civil Code through triple talaq : Jamiat Ulama
New Delhi: Strongly condemning Central government’s affidavit filed before Supreme Court that opposes practice of triple talaq and polygamy, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH) called it NDA govt’s first move towards implementing Uniform Civil Code. Centre on Friday opposed the practice of triple talaq and polygamy in the Supreme Court and said it can't be regarded as an essential part of religion. Maulana Arshad Madni, President of Jamiat reacted sharply to Centre’s stand and said by interfering in Muslim Personal laws under the pretext of gender equality, the govt is making its way clear for implementing Uniform Civil Code. “Muslim Personal laws are based on Islamic scriptures mainly Quran and Hadees which cannot be replaced and hence there is no scope of interference in these laws. We reject govt’s stand opposing these laws that are prevalent in the country since its inception during British era. This is for the first time that Indian govt has opposed these laws and hence clearly reflects its ambition of implementing uniform civil code”, Madni said in a press release.He also said that Jamiat is the oldest Muslim body that was also functioning during country’s independence struggle and then it was agreed by Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru that minorities will be given freedom to practice their personal laws. “I am sure 99% Muslims in the country will want no interference in these laws. With the help of Personal Law Board and other organizations Jamiat will continue awareness campaign among Muslims. We will tell them to express their views before law panel”,he said.TCN
Shiv Sena advocates for Uniform Civil Code
Mumbai: Shiv Sena has said that a uniform civil code needs to be introduced at the earliest to ensure justice to one and all, including Muslim women who are bedevilled by the triple talaq system. “It is very necessary that the uniform civil code is enforced in the country. This what the Shiv Sena has been demanding and this is also the demand of the BJP.It should be introduced immediately and we want this particularly for Muslim women who have been harassed by the triple talaq system,” Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI.ANI
Talaq: Kerala Muslim organisations slam centre’s move
Kozhikode: Muslim organisations have expressed concern over the central move to declare the triple talaq illegal. IUML state president Panakkad Syed Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal said the affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court in this regard was an insult to Constitution.""Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulema secretary Kottumala TM Bappu Musaliar said the affidavit was an affront to religious freedom in the country. "Instead of addressing basic issues, the govt is showing undue haste in meddling with such contentious issues. One should note that the Constitution guarantees freedom of faith."He said Muslim leaders had earlier pointed out that Section 44 of the directive principles went against the basic tenets of the Constitution. Madavoor faction of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen saw the "fascist agenda" of the Sangh Parivar at work. "Campaign that divorce and polygamy are rampant among Muslims is baseless. Modi govt is looking to rake up the common civil code debate to cover up its failures," it said.TOI
Hyderabad: clerics hold meet for polygamy and triple talaq
KASHMIR ISSUE & SUOTH ASIA
China justifies its stand on Masood Azhar, warns India against using counter-terrorism for ‘political gains’
In an apparent snub to India, Chinese authorities have warned that no country should use counter-terrorism as a tool for “political gains”. The statement comes in the wake of India’s attempt at getting Chinese help to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar UN-designated terrorist. Indian authorities have been trying to persuade China in this regard but the latter have opposed it in the UN Security Council, even as the Indian proposal has the backing of countries like US and Russia. PTI quoted China as saying, “No one should pursue ‘political gains in the name of counter-terrorism’.Ban on Azhar will expectedly come up for discussion during the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India for the BRICS Summit. PTI today reported China as saying that it is “ready” for talks with India on its entry into the NSG but defended extending a hold on India’s bid for a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar, saying Beijing is opposed to anyone making “political gains in the name of counter-terrorism”.Briefing reporters on Xi’s visit to India this week, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong said there was a need to build consensus over the admission of new members in the 48-member NSG.Replying to a question on criticism about China’s move to stall India’s bid for a UN ban on Azhar, Li sought to justify Beijing’s recent technical hold in the matter, saying: “China is opposed to all forms of terrorism. There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism,” he said in a veiled reference to India, which is pressing for the UN ban against Azhar over his role in the Pathankot terror attack. financial express
China accuses India of 'political gains' in seeking to ban Masood Azhar
Don’t use terror issue for political gains: China after India’s Jaish ban push
China dispels hopes of early breakthrough on NSG, sticks to its guns on Azhar
China declines to speak up for isolated Pak before BRICS Summit
Will breach LoC to hunt terrorists, India tells Pakistan: TOI
New Delhi: LoC will no longer be sacrosanct for India if Pakistan continues to export terrorists. This was indicated by India to Pakistan after the surgical strikes, top-level sources in the govt said.India's current stand is different from that of 1999. The Kargil conflict compelled Pakistan to respect the LoC as inviolable. After Pakistan tried to redraw the line with its Kargil intrusion and was forced back, then US president Bill Clinton said that borders should not be redrawn in blood. timesofindia
Mayawati's remarks on surgical strike triggers war of words between BJP, opposition
New Delhi:BSP supremo Mayawati's remark that the Centre could have delayed the surgical strikes to reap political mileage in upcoming UP Assembly polls triggered a sharp exchange today between the ruling BJP and opposition parties which chose to side with the Dalit leader. Congress said the ruling party at the Centre was trying to use the army's surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the LoC for its political gain in the poll-bound state. PTI
In J-K Encounter underway at EDI building in Pampore, one jawan injured: Indian express
Srinagar: An encounter is underway between terrorists and security forces at a govt building on the outskirts of Srinagar. One jawan has been injured in the encounter so far and the terrorists are still holed up inside the building.The building was attacked by terrorists earlier in February this year. As per reports, a group of terrorists attacked the police party which was deployed at the building. The area has been cordoned off and search operations are currently underway.
7 days after floating tenders for bunkers, EDI building attacked by militants
Gun battle rages at govt compound in Kashmir: Aljazeera
Hear Kashmir voices, don’t drown them in anti-Pak hysteria: Indian civil society tells Govt
New Delhi: Noted Indian civil society activists called upon Govt of India (GoI) to hear the voices of Kashmiris instead of drowning them in anti-Pakistan hysteria.They were speaking at a conference in New Delhi at the launch of noted journalist, Urmilesh’s Hindi book ‘Kashmir: Virasat aur Siyasat’, which is the first-ever book in Hindi that covers Kashmir’s entire modern history, different phases of ‘Kashmir’s freedom struggle’, era of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, and militancy upto July 2016.Urmilesh book is an addition to his 5 other volumes on various aspects of life in India, which includes another volume on Kashmir, ‘Jhelum Kinare Dahakte Chinar’, a travelogue, which earned him Hindi Academy Award.The experts at the conference stressed that India must acknowledge that people of Kashmir were anguished and called upon an urgent need to responding to their cries compassionately. During the meet most speakers expressed grave apprehensions about “Kashmir slipping out of India’s hand”.The experts felt it was completely wrong to analyze ‘our internal problem merely as Pakistani mischief’ and pleaded with GoI to address the concerns of Kashmiris instead of “diverting attention through war-mongering”.Speaking on the occasion, veteran journalist and Kashmir interlocutor,Kuldeep Nayar said, “Current problem is exceptional as the separatist leaders have lost credibility and the completely alienated youth have come to the forefront of protest.”Expressing deep anguish over war hysteria and the irrelevant noise over Kashmir in the media, documentary filmmaker and prominent Kashmir Pandit, Sanjay Kak said, “Despite so much noise, there is silence on Kashmir and nobody is willing to understand the nature of Kashmir problem.”Eminent journalist Prem Shakar Jha apprehended J&K was slipping out of hand and felt only an out-of-box solution could salvage the situation.Ex-interlocutor MM Ansari also spoke on the occasion. Rising Kashmir
India mistaken if it equates Kashmiris’ struggle with terrorism: Nawaz Sharif
Islamabad:Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif said on Monday India is “mistaken” if it equates the “freedom struggle” of Kashmiri people with terrorism.“India is mistaken if it considers that a freedom fight can be equated with terrorism,” Sharif said during a meeting of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s central working party here.Sharif said Kashmiris were fighting for their right of self-determination and Pakistan would continue to support them.“Pakistan is committed to the Kashmir cause. No power in the world can stop us from supporting the freedom struggle of Kashmiris,” he said.PTI
No power on earth can stop Pakistan from supporting Kashmiris: Nawaz Sharif
Surgical strikes: Salman Khurshid corners govt, backs Chidambaram’s assertion on Operation Ginger
New Delhi; In the wake of the escalation of a war of words between the BJP and the Congress following a revelation that Indian Army had conducted a surgical strike on Pakistani military outposts earlier in 2011, ex-external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said his ex cabinet colleague P. Chidambaram made this disclosure to put the record straight as the incumbent regime was trying to create an impression that the UPA did nothing in its tenure.“This has been said very categorically by ex-home minister Chidambaram and it’s also been validated and repeated by other people. This has been said only for this purpose that an impression was being created by the govt of the day that we never did anything when we were in power, I think that was unfair,” Khurshid said. “And just to put the record straight, Chidambaram and others have put this out in the public domain and I am glad it is being done,” he added. Stating that it would be unfair to discuss this matter any further, Khurshid said,“Since we have said that these are operational details that we don’t discuss, we only credit the army and give the army the opportunity to take whatever steps are to be taken whether it was then or now,we will leave it at that.” ANI
Akhilesh Yadav Backs Rahul Gandhi's 'Dalali' Remark
Kashmir: Curfew enforced in some parts of Srinagar
Srinagar:Authorities on Monday clamped curfew in 11 police station areas of Srinagar as a precautionary measure in view of the eighth day of Muhurram. A police official said the police station areas in which the curbs on the movement of people have been imposed are Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Ram Munshi Bagh, Kralkhud, Shaheed Gunj, Karan Nagar and Batamaloo.PTI
Pakistan, India using us to play politics: Ex- Baloch CM
New Delhi: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is using the issue of Kashmir+ to play politics and PM  Narendra Modi is using the issue of Balochistan to do the same, said a former CM  of Pakistan's beleaguered province at an event in Karachi yesterday."He [Modi] has no interest in Balochistan or its people; his statements are just that: statements. Similarly, PM Nawaz Sharif is not interested in Kashmir or Kashmiris, either. Both the premiers are playing politics over dead bodies," said Akhtar Mengal of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) according to Dawn.Mengal characterised PM Modi's recent strategic comments highlighting Pakistan's oppression of the Baloch people as "just empty statements". As for the Pakistan PM's continual comments about Kashmir, he had this to say: "Kashmir seems to be nearer to Islamabad than Balochistan as the leaders and the media listen to and quickly react to grievances of the Kashmiris." timesofindia
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Burqa-clad VHP activist thrashed for sneaking into Muslim women gathering
Allahabad: A VHP activist and his business associate were thrashed and handed over to the police for allegedly donning a burqa and sneaking into a gathering of women at a place of worship on Sunday.The incident took place in Umarpur village, about 40 kms from Allahabad. Abhishek Yadav and his business partner Atif visited an Imambara, police station in-charge Satinder Singh said.He said Yadav, whose wife is a member of Zila Panchayat, had reached the venue allegedly wearing a burqa which enabled him to sit close to women. An outcry ensued when some people caught a glimpse of his jeans and sports shoes underneath the burqa, following which the men present at the Imambara ripped off his attire and beat him up, besides thrashing Atif who tried to intervene.According to Singh, Yadav, a member of the VHP, has been booked in the past for rioting and creating communal disturbances. A case was registered against him on Sunday.Meanwhile, a cross-complaint was lodged by Yadav’s brother, Veersen, who has alleged that “Abhishek and Atif were waylaid close to the Imambara by a group of marauders who brutally assaulted the duo and snatched away their valuables before dragging them to the police station and fabricating a story.”Police is investigating allegations made by both sides. the hindu
Allahabad: VHP leader in burqa caught ‘molesting’ women at Muharram Majlis
Delhi: Tension after 2 groups clash, pelt stones in Trilokpuri
New Delhi:A group of youths clashed in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri on Saturday, following which police had to rush in reinforcements to ensure that violence did not escalate. Shopkeepers in the area downed shutters fearing the violence would escalate but the situation was brought under control within half an hour.Police said six CCTV cameras and 2 lamp posts were damaged in the stone pelting. A case of rioting has been registered.The clash was reported from outside the Madina Masjid Chowk, located between blocks 29 and 32, in Trilokpuri.Police said that the incident took place after a 23-year-old man was beaten by a group of youths at around 8.30pm. Locals said the clash escalated and two groups of Hindus and Muslim youths pelted stones at each other. The situation at present was under control and the police claimed that on Saturday night they had reached the spot within 20 minutes of the incident being reported. Trilokpuri in east Delhi has had a history of riots and communal tension.hindustantimes
Trilokpuri tense after communities clash
Delhi: Heavy police deployment in Trilokpuri as communal tensions rises after stone pelting
Hubballi:Saffron scarf protest against burqas in Haveri colleges a worry
Hubballi: Over the past few days, boys of various colleges in Haveri district have been wearing saffron scarves to protest against girls wearing burqas. This has raised concern over communal harmony in Haveri, land of saint Shishunal Sarief, who advocated harmony in 19th century. Colleges like Kumareshwar Degree College and Govt College of Hangal, CG Bellad College of Akki Alur, Govt Degree College of Bankapur, BR Tambakad First Grade College of Hirekerur have seen this trend. Subbayya, principal, Govt Degree College in Hirekerur, said only a few girls wear burqas in his college. "We have instructed them to remove their burqas and wear our uniform in college," he said.A girl student of Akki Alur, who didn't wish to be named, said, "We've been wearing burqas for a year. I don't know where the opposition by boys started but now, our friends from other communities hesitate to interact with us."TOI
Ishrat case: Ex-IB director Rajinder Kumar seeks jail for Ranjit Sinha
Ahmedabad: Calling himself a victim of terrorism, former special director of IB Rajinder Kumar, charge-sheeted in Ishrat Jahan encounter case, today sought action against CBI’s ex-director Ranjit Sinha for “conspiring” against officials of the intelligence agency and police officers fighting terrorism.Kumar also said that “a politician from Gujarat, who was a very powerful person between 2004 and 2014,” influenced CBI investigation and spread “misinformation” against him and “compromised India’s security.”PTI
Ex Gujarat HC judge, who upheld verdict acquitting all 21 accused in Best Bakery case, talks of ‘judicial terrorism’
Ahmedabad: Ex-Gujarat High Court judge, Justice (retd) Behram Jahanbux Sethna, Sunday said terrorism was not just perpetrated by terrorists, but also by the judiciary in the country. Justice Sethna had hit the headlines in Jan.2004, after a 2-judge bench headed by him had upheld the judgment of the Vadodara fast-track court, acquitting all the 21 accused in the Best Bakery case in which 14 people were burnt alive during the post-Godhra 2002 riots. But the Supreme Court rejected his judgment, ordering a fresh trial by a special court in Mumbai, and the accused were finally punished. He was speaking at the launch of the NGO, Justice for Victims of Terrorism (JVT), a brainchild of ex-IPS officer DG Vanzara, an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Ishrat Jahan encounter cases, and other retired IPS officers, including former Gujarat DGP SS Khandwawala, KP Raghuvanshi, among others. NGO aims to “provide financial and legal aid to victims of terrorism as well as to family members of the accused named for terror activities”.Referring to the reversal of his judgment by the Supreme Court in the Best Bakery case, he said, “Terrorism sirf terrorists hi nahi karte, judicial terrorism bhi hai. (Terrorism is not perpetrated by terrorists alone, there is judicial terrorism also).” Sethna said that the lower court in Vadodara had acquitted all the accused after the complainant, Zahira Sheikh, had turned hostile. indian express
Order CBI probe to find if Jayalalithaa was forced to become sick: Sasikala Pushpa
New Delhi:Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa demanded a CBI enquiry into the health condition of ailing Tamil Nadu CM  J Jayalalithaa and alleged that her aide Sasikala Natarajan was now “controlling” the day-to-day affairs of the govt. “Jayalalithaa, who was doing well, fell sick all of a sudden. A proper enquiry must be done into her health condition which deteriorated suddenly. It should be found out that whether she fell sick naturally and or was forced to become sick,” expelled Rajya Sabha MP said.She also demanded an enquiry into CM’s close aide Sasikala Natarajan’s income and properties. “In the name of CM, Sasikala is controlling all the officers in the state and trying to gain power within the party and the state machinery,” she said.PTI
Software engineer among two arrested for spreading rumours about Jayalalithaa's health: TOI
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US funding 'Israeli state terrorism' in military deal: Al Jazeera
Last month, US signed a $38bn record military aid deal with Israel, described as the "largest single pledge of military assistance in US history to any country". Traditionally, US military aid is provided to Israel on the provision that the bulk of the money is spent on US war machinery and weapons.As such, many of the warplanes, rifles and bullets that Israel uses against Palestinians, often in ways that may amount to human rights violations, are manufactured and supplied by US. While US domestic law under the Foreign Assistance Act states that "no security assistance may be provided to any country the govt of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognised human rights", no US administration since 2000 has held Israel accountable.US has continued providing unprecedented amounts of military aid to Israel, the largest recipient of US foreign aid, in violation of its own domestic laws and international human rights laws.

Israel kidnaps 54 Palestinians after shooting
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday morning have raided several parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem, kidnapped dozens and injured others in  clashes.In Azzoun village north of Qalqilia, IOF kidnapped Palestinians and closed down a lathe workshop, confiscated equipment, claiming that it produces weapons.A Palestinian man was shot dead after he opened fire on Israeli settlers,  wounding five, two of whom have later succumbed to their wounds. The shooting took place in Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on Sunday.World Bulletin
World energy summit to gather Turkish-Israeli ministers
Ankara: Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Yuval Steinitz, will meet Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak on the sidelines of the 23rd World Energy Congress (WEC) in Istanbul, according to the statement released by Israeli Embassy in Ankara.The statement read that Steinitz would pay a visit to Istanbul on Oct. 13 during WEC, of which Anadolu Agency is the Global Communication Partner for 2016. "This is the first visit at ministerial level in the past 6 years, and it is the result of the rapprochement agreed upon by the two countries. Visit is the expression of the great potential that exists in bilateral political and economic relations," the statement continued. aljazeera
Syria continues Aleppo assault as UN truce efforts fail
The Russian foreign ministry says a draft French UN Security Council resolution on Syria would have helped "terrorists" in the Aleppo area by protecting them from aerial bombing.In a statement published on Sunday, as Syrian govt forces pressed on with their offensive against rebel fighters in the city, the Russians said French text was "politicised and one-sided"."An explicit attempt was made, by banning flights in the Aleppo area, to provide cover for the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and associated militants," the ministry said.But it also emphasised that Russia is "ready to keep searching for a long-term Syria solution, despite its differences with the West". Aljazeera
MSF: Attacks on aid groups part of Syrian regime plan
With Syria's civil war entering its sixth year, hundreds of civilians are being killed weekly and at least 1.9 million continue to live under siege, lacking access to life-saving humanitarian aid. Few international aid agencies have been allowed to deliver relief supplies or to work within the country; those that have, are doing so at the high risk of being targeted. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), is one of several humanitarian aid NGOs whose hospitals and medical personnel have repeatedly been attacked in Syria. The organisation operates a support programme to approximately 70 healthcare facilities run by Syrian doctors, where it provides medical supplies, salaries, advice among other services. Aljazeera
Allies Saudi, Egypt in rare public spat over Syria:FoxNews
Cairo –  Close allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia are having their first public spat since Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office two years ago.The disagreement is over Syria, where Riyadh says Syrian President Bashar Assad must be removed for that country's civil war to end, while Cairo advocates a political process that denies Islamic militants any role in Syria's future.Egypt voted in favor of separate Russian and French draft resolutions on Syria at the U.N. Security Council over the weekend. Saudi Arabia's UN ambassador said Egypt's stand was "painful," a comment that made the front page of two Egyptian dailies on Monday.
Russia to build permanent Syrian naval base, eyes other outposts
Moscow: Russia will create a permanent naval base in Syria to expand its military footprint in its closest Middle East ally, a government official said on Monday, a week after Moscow said it was considering reopening Soviet-era bases in Vietnam and Cuba.The move, announced by Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov, is further evidence Russia is building up its capabilities in Syria despite a partial drawdown in March and another sign it is digging in for the long haul to help prop up President Bashar al-Assad. reuters
Turkish PM supports 'US plan' for Iraq's Mosul
Istanbul: PM Binali Yildirim detailed Turkey’s purpose in Iraq on Sunday. Last December, Turkey sent some 150 troops and about two dozen combat tanks to Camp Bashiqa, located some 12 kilometers northeast of the Daesh-held city of Mosul. “US has a plan [for an operation] led by the Iraqi govt to clear the city of Daesh elements. We say, we support this plan,” said the PM .“Turkish military forces are training locals in fighting Daesh, it is very clear,” said Yildirim at a press conference in Istanbul.The presence of Turkish troops has recently been criticized by Baghdad. Yildirim said Thursday that Turkey's military presence in Bashiqa would continue despite the Iraqi parliament mislabeling Turkish troops in the country as “occupiers” earlier this week. Anadolu agency
18 killed in PKK car bomb in southeast Turkey; 27 injured
Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb Sunday outside a military checkpoint in southeast Turkey, killing ten soldiers and eight civilians, the prime minister said. Turkey immediately launched a military operation against the rebels in response. PM Binali Yildirim gave the death toll during a press conference in Istanbul and condemned the attack."For the stability of our country, we will continue doing everything we can to save our homeland and our nation from the forces of terrorism," he said.Cuneyit Orhan Toprak, governor of Hakkari province where the attack took place, told that private news channel NTV that 27 others wounded in the attack were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. Eleven of them were soldiers, the Turkish military said.Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the Turkish Armed Forces, said the attack occurred at 9:45 a.m. outside a Gendarmerie checkpoint on the Semdinli-Yuksekova highway and was the work of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. AP
Turkey says 38 Islamic State militants killed in northern Syria in 24 hours
Istanbul: 38Islamic State militants were killed in northern Syria over the last 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Sunday, marking an escalation of conflict in the area where Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, are fighting the jihadists.Supported by Turkish tanks and air strikes, rebels have been pushing towards the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Dabiq in an operation launched in late August.Reuters
Turkey, Russia create joint investment fund
Istanbul: Turkey has agreed to sign a joint investment fund with Russia on Sunday, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said.$1 billion fund aims to boost relations in many areas such as tourism, energy, agriculture and transport.Speaking to journalists in Istanbul following meeting with Russian counterpart Alexey Ulyukaev, Zeybekci said: “We have reached a significant level in a free trade agreement between countries.” Anadolu agency
Presidential debate: Donald Trump remarks on Muslims spark social media backlash
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said during Sunday’s debate that his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country has “morphed” into a plan for “extreme vetting” of refugees.Trump said he was worried that refugees from country like Syria could be a “Trojan horse.” Democrat Hillary Clinton denounced Trump and defended bringing refugees to the United States.“We are a country founded on religious freedom and liberty. How do we do what [Trump] has advocated without causing great distress within our country?” she said. “Are we going to have religious tests when people fly into our country?”Asked about the issue of Islamophobia, Trump said that while it is an issue, he said Muslims who come into the country must "report when they see something going on". FBI says Muslims already do report what they see. This summer, the FBI’s director said “some of our most productive relationships are with people who see things and tell us things who happen to be Muslim,” according to Reuters. Independent
Trump says Muslims should report stuff...so they did
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Reuters Exclusive report: Afghan Taliban chief Haibatullah taught, preached in Pakistan
Kuchlak: For 15 years until his sudden disappearance in May, the new leader of the Afghan Taliban insurgency openly taught and preached at Al Haaj mosque in a dusty town in southwestern Pakistan, associates and students told Reuters. Details of Haibatullah Akhundzada's life in Kuchlak, near the city of Quetta, have not previously been reported, and could put further pressure on Pakistan to do more to crack down on militants openly living there.A spokesman for the US State Dept's South Asia bureau said it was not "not in a position to confirm Haibatullah Akhundzada's whereabouts, past or present." Akhundzada is now believed to be in hiding after crossing the long and porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, but not before going untouched in Kuchlak, located in Baluchistan province, as he rose up the ranks of the Afghan Taliban.He was promoted to "emir" in May after a US drone killed his predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in another part of Pakistan, a strike that infuriated Islamabad but reflected growing impatience over what Washington sees as ambivalence towards its enemies."Once he became Emir, he left with his whole family," said Hafiz Abdul Majeed, who runs the Al Haaj mosque, adding that he himself studied for several years under Akhundzada.Analysts say Pakistan has historically backed the Afghan Taliban as a hedge against the influence of arch-rival India, with whom Pakistan has fought 3 wars, in its backyard. Pakistan denies this."I strongly reject any organised presence of Taliban in Baluchistan," Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the province, told Reuters.At the Al Haaj mosque, scores of teenage boys wearing turbans and traditional "shalwar kameez" robes attended classes at a religious school, typical of remote parts of Pakistan, where they provide education for millions of boys.Asked how someone closely associated with the Taliban could live so openly, Majeed replied: "He was just a man of faith. He was a 'Sheikh-ul-Hadith' (scholar of Hadith). And when he became Emir, he left here. That's all we know." Several associates said Akhundzada lost family members in the Afghan war following US-led military intervention to drive the Taliban from power in 2001.One former pupil at Al Haaj, Pai Khan, says he heard Akhundzada speak at a public rally in Quetta in 2014 commemorating the death of an Afghan Taliban commander."He spoke with a lot of force about the US and the war and that we would not give up our jihad, that we would never negotiate with the puppet govt in Afghanistan or talk to the US," said Khan, now an activist for a pro-Taliban party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, in Quetta.
Int'l Rohingya groups claim crackdown afoot in Myanmar
Ankara : Rohingya advocacy groups worldwide are voicing concern at what they claim is a violent crackdown on the Muslim minority group following the murder of nine police officers in Myanmar.The nine died along with eight armed men in three separate attacks on police outposts on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in western Rakhine State early Sunday.On Monday, a statement from the groups headlined Stop Killing Innocent Rohingya in Arakan (the British colonial name for Rakhine) claimed that following the attacks more than 10 innocent Rohingya were killed by Myanmar military forces and police.Anadolu agency

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