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22 Nov.ND:Sohrabuddin's brother claims he wrote to HC requesting probe into sudden death of CBI judge, got no response/Hadiya case: SC rejects father’s urgent hearing for in-camera proceedings



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22 Nov.2017: 02 Rabiul Awwal 1439:Vol:9, No:54
Sohrabuddin's brother claims he wrote to HC requesting probe into sudden death of CBI judge, got no response
Rubabuddin Sheikh, brother of Sohrabuddin, who was allegedly shot in a fake encounter by the Gujarat Police in Nov. 2005, had reportedly written to then Bombay High Court judge Mohit Shah in 2014 asking for a probe into the sudden death of judge BH Loya, who was presiding over the Soharabuddin "fake encounter" case. However, he received no response from Mohit Shah, said a report in Mumbai Mirror on Wednesday. Special CBI judge Loya, who was hearing the fake encounters case, died in Nagpur on 30 Nov., 2014, where he was visiting to attend a colleague's daughter's wedding. He was said to have suffered a heart attack.At the time the incident occurred, Loya had been hearing the discharge petition filed by key accused in the case, BJP party president Amit Shah. Within a month of Loya's death, Judge MB Gosavi cleared Shah of all charges, saying the BJP chief was "implicated" due to "political reasons". Following this, Rubabuddin wrote to Mohit Shah asking if the death was entirely due to natural causes, and if there was any pressure on Loya and his family."Sir, as you are aware, this is an extremely sensitive matter and many of the accused are police officers and high-level politicians... I would sincerely request you to institute an inquiry into the matter of the death of Judge BH Loya, to find out whether it was a natural death. Also, whether he was under any kind of pressure from anyone. Hence it is extremely important to conduct an impartial and fair inquiry. I hope and pray that an independent and time- bound inquiry under the monitoring of this court is conducted," the letter said.Firstpost rang Justice Shah's son Sahil, to see if the retired judge wished to issue a statement. "He does not interact with the media," we were told.This comes a day after a report on The Caravan had said Loya's sister Anuradha Biyani and father Harkishan claimed that the CBI judge was offered a Rs 100 crore bribe by Mohit Shah in return for a "favourable judgment". Loya was appointed to the special CBI court in June 2014 after his predecessor, JT Utpat was transferred within weeks of reprimanding Amit Shah for seeking an exemption from appearing in court. firstpost
Judge Loya’s mysterious death: The Caravan releases video testimony, activists demand probe
After the revealing, damning series of circumstantial evidence that casts a cloud over Nagpur police, RSS and Amit Shah, the BJP national president, who was facing trial in the CBI court for the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, The Caravan has released a video testimony of the late Judge BH Loya’s family which raises several questions surrounding his mysterious death.In a press conference held in New Delhi on Wednesday, the political editor of The Caravan Hartosh Singh Bal asserted that publishing of the story had nothing to do with Gujarat election as the BJP is trying to portray. PC was held by senior editors of The Caravan and members of civil society Shabnam Hashmi, Sayeda Hameed and Apoorvanand among others.In a revealing conversation, the editors of The Caravan told the media that Niranjan had gone to other media houses with this story but no one was willing to publish it since it pointed towards the involvement the national president of the ruling BJP, Amit Shah. Bal along with executive editor Vinod K Jose attended the conference. Social activists demanded probe into Judge Loya’s death.Former member of the planning commission, Syeda Hameed said that after the disturbing facts about Judge Loya’s case emerged, the belief on independent and impartial judiciary has been shaken.Members of the civil society demanded security for editors of The Caravan and journalist Niranjan Takle who conducted the entire investigation and for Judge Loya’s family members, though the editors have refused security. Activist Shabnam Hashmi added that they were asked to not hold the press conference.nationalheraldindia
Kerala State Haj Committee challenges Haj Guidelines 2018, moves SC seeking modifications
Kerala State Haj Committee has approached the Supreme court assailing certain provisions of Guidelines for Haj– 2018. The petition drawn by advocate Haris Beeran and filed through advocate Pallavi Pratap has raised five major concerns with respect to the new Haj guidelines published by Haj Committee of India.As per the petition, the guidelines are contrary to the judgment in Union of India and Others v. Rafique Shaikh Bhikan and Another. Further, the petitioner has contended that the Haj guidelines were published by the Haj Committee of India even before the new Haj Policy for 2018-22 [Haj Policy] was finalized by the Central Govt. barandbench
Hadiya case: SC rejects father’s urgent hearing for in-camera proceedings
New Delhi :The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by the father of a Kerala-based woman, who converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, that interaction with the woman be conducted in-camera.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y.Chandrachud said that it will deal with this plea on Nov.27 itself when the woman would be brought before it for interaction.The counsel for Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, sought an urgent hearing on his plea saying that it would become infructuous if the earlier order mandating open court interaction is not modified.PTI
SC refuses to modify its order to interact with Hadiya in open court
Triple talaq: Amending IPC not enough, need new Muslim law says Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan
New Delhi:Activists who spearheaded the movement against ‘triple talaq’ maintain that they want nothing less than a Muslim personal codified law, and that merely amending the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was not enough. The Centre is considering bringing a legislation in the winter session of Parliament to put an end to the instantaneous way of divorce among Muslims, which is still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down.A ministerial committee has been set up to propose a suitable legislation or amend existing penal provisions, which would make instantaneous triple talaq an offence, Govt  functionaries said today.“We have been demanding a codified law, a legislative protection. Such a law will take care of polygamy, nikah halala, minimum age for marriage etc. Our demand is not to get into IPC, but a new legislation which is comprehensive and is as per the Quran as well as the Constitution,” said Noorjehan Safia Niaz, co-founder, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA).“We cannot have piecemeal legislation. How many more years will women have to wait for a legislation on nikah halala and polygamy? These are also issues that are linked to each other and you cannot have separate laws,” Niaz said.Niaz said even if the Govt  was planning to have a Uniform Civil Code, it must first bring a comprehensive Muslim personal law as “it will require a much wider debate and will take a longer time, in the meantime, Muslim women will not wait for a long drawn debate”.Zakia Soman, other founder of the BMMA, said her organisation has already sent a petition to all women parliamentarians, seeking their support for a codified Muslim personal law.PTI
Shia Board welcomes govt's decision on Bill to end triple talaq
Woman forced to remove burqa at Yogi Adityanath’s rally, probe ordered
Balia :The district administration has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident of a woman being forced to take off her burqa in public at UP  CM  Yogi Adityanath’s rally, officials said on Wednesday.A video showing the woman taking off her black burqa minutes before the CM  makes an appearance at the rally on Tuesday has gone viral.“The city magistrate has been asked to conduct an inquiry into it and action will be taken against those found guilty,” district magistrate Surendra Vikram said. CM  was here on Tuesday to address an election meeting ahead of the local body elections. The woman, who identified herself as Saira, later said the women constables on duty asked her to remove the black burqa, the outer robe worn by women in some Islamic traditions, which she did.She said she was a BJP worker and had come to the rally from her village wearing her “traditional dress”.The police has also ordered an inquiry. 3 days ago, black flags were shown to CM in Meerut, where he had gone to address an election rally.hindustantimes
UP Civic Polls: EVMs That Register Vote Only for BJP Lead to Protests in Kanpur
Lucknow: Around 55% voting was recorded for the first phase of municipal body elections till 5pm on Wednesday amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning and bogus voting in different parts of UP. At booth number 58 of Tiwaripur ward in Chakeri in Kanpur, voters said that no matter which button they pressed, votes were being registered for the BJP. They alleged that they complained to the electoral officer, but voting was not stopped. As soon as the news spread, workers of opposition parties started shouting slogans outside the booth. However, authorities said the returning officer of booth was immediately removed and EVM was also changed after receiving complaints.A similar incident was reported from Naubasta area of Kanpur, where voters said that EVM in booth number 66 people was rigged and the vote was going to BJP despite different buttons being pressed. Soon, protests broke out and police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.In Gorakhpur, 5 women who were allegedly paid to cast bogus votes were detained. The women told reporters that they were paid by a person named Anup, who is still at large. The police refused to comment and said investigations were ongoing.At ward number 70 in Meerut, many people claimed that their names were missing from the voter’s list while names of those who were no longer alive figured on the list. People alleged that most discrepancies in voters’ list were being reported from Muslim majority areas in the city. Voting was held in 24 districts on Wednesday for the municipal elections. Around 1.09 crore voters were registered in this phase.
UP civic polls: Claims of 'rigged' EVMs, bogus voting overshadow election
UP civic body polls: reports of faulty EVMs, clashes
India Today Exposed: How black money is funding Gujarat's high-stakes Assembly polls
Promises of transparency and EC's limits on campaign spending have fallen by the wayside in Gujarat as an India Today investigation found a dark sea of black money might be gushing through the state for next month's assembly elections. EC has capped expenditure at Rs 28 lakh for each candidate in the fray. Leaders across the political spectrum have also repeatedly called for "cleaner" politics.But an undercover investigation by India Today has unravelled a devastating reality -- political parties riding their luck on hawala cash for Gujarat's high-stake battle.In their damning confessions caught on tape, some of the state's traditional diamond couriers called angadias have revealed how political groups have been using their well-entrenched network to route black money for campaign.Tried and tested by diamond merchants, angadias have been ferrying gems between Gujarat, Mumbai and New Delhi for generations. Most of them, in fact, are the backbone of the industry.But several members of this system disclosed to India Today how political parties have mobilized their chain to haul unaccounted funds ahead of Gujarat elections. Ahmedabad's V. Patel Angadia service, one of the state's leading hawala couriers, admitted that their business has multiplied during current election season."Cash consignments (we receive) increased from Rs 2-3 lakh to Rs 15-20 lakh (during this period)," confessed Hitesh Bhai managing the V. Patel Angadia's office on Ahmedabad's C.G. Road."Which means it's a turnover of crores every day?" asked an India Today reporter, posing as an agent of a political party."Yes. This one-and-a-half-month period brings a windfall for us," Hitesh Bhai answered.Deliveries of cash, he bragged, have remained undetected by authorities. "We take this risk for higher profits. But all this has been incident-free so far," the angadia operative said.Further,he disclosed that some angadia services have become the trusted hot-spot for corrupt politicians and bureaucrats for hiding their dirty money."Both politicians and bureaucrats are aware (of what we do). They all park their money with angadias," said Hitesh Bhai, as he promised to deliver wads of currency notes to any corner of Gujarat right up to the day before voting."We will ensure the money is delivered the next day. It will be delivered a day before (polling). We have done this business already," he claimed. "Whatever your money comes to me by the 7th (of Dec), it will be delivered by the 8th to your destinations."Some of Gujarat's angadia operators offer solid guarantees for black money transfers, with modest fee in what appears to be a high-volume, low-margin model of business, India Today's probe found."When you give us your money, it becomes my responsibility. If it is not delivered, you can take your cash back from me the very next day," Hitesh Bhai said.He quoted Rs 1.5 lakh for delivery of Rs 10 crore in hard cash to any part of Gujarat. "It will be distributed. Whatever contact person you assign will get the cash," the angadia promised.
We accept formula of Congress, over 50% quota likely: Hardik Patel
Just few days before Gujarat Assembly elections, quota spearhead Hardik Patel while hitting BJP on Wednesday said that the Congress has accepted Patidar leader's demand for reservation."We accept formula of Congress," Hardik Patel said."Congress will bring in a bill (on reservation) when they come in power in Gujarat," Hardik Patel said during a press conference."We are not openly extending support to Congress, but we will fight BJP. So directly or indirectly, there will be support to Congress," Hardik Patel said and added, "After coming to power, more than 50% reservation may be given.""Fight against BJP is necessary. Our conveners are being offered Rs 50 lakh to break away with PAAS," he said.I have been called an 'agent'. I won't be contesting elections for the next 2.5 years. BJP spending Rs 200-3300 crores to field independent candidates so that they don't join Congress," Hardik Patel alleged."We never asked for any ticket. Also, there is no conflict within PAAS," Patel clarified."We have never appealed to anyone to vote for Congress, but since they are talking about our rights, we leave it on people to decide," Hardik Patel further said.ABP LIVE 
Firing on kar sevaks in 1990 was necessary for country’s unit and integrity: Mulayam
Lucknow:Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav today justified his order to open fire on kar sevaks marching towards Ayodhya in 1990, saying if even more people were required to be killed for the country's unity and integrity, the security forces would have done it. "if even more people were required to be killed for the sake of country's unity and integrity, the security forces would have done it," he said while addressing the SP headquarters where his 79th birthday was celebrated in a grand manner, sending a message that all is well in the party. PTI
Court examines first witness in terror link case
Cuttack: District and Sessions Judge Court here on Tuesday recorded the statement of a witness in Abdul Rehman’s case.  Salim Khan alias Ramjan of Gujarpur was the first witness who was examined in connection with the terror link case, said Public Prosecutor Ajit Patnaik. Salim told the court that he knew Abdul Rehman. He is a Maulavi by profession and being a preacher of Muslim religion he used to tour different Madrassas, to propagate Islam. Salim also told the court that he along with Rehman and some others had set up the Madrassa at Bilteruan village under Tangi police limits where poor Muslim children were being imparted education related to Islam free of cost.They had formed a ‘All Harman Trust’ in 2010 to receive donation for running the Madrassa, the witness told adding that being chief executive of the trust, Rehman was receiving all donations.The court recorded statement of the witness and posted the next hearing to Dec.18. newindianexpress
3 terror accused arrested in Calcutta
Calcutta: Police have arrested two Bangladeshi nationals, believed to have links with a terror outfit in the neighbouring country, and an Indian associate from outside Chitpore railway station in Calcutta where they had allegedly met to finalise an arms deal.The arrested trio were identified as Rizaul Islam alias Sumon, 25, of Kasimnagar in Khulna; Samsad Mia alias Tanvir alias Tushar Biswas, 26, from Sylhet; and Monotosh Dey alias Mona da, 46, of Basirhat in Bengal's North 24-Parganas district."Bangladeshi nationals told us they were members of Ansarullah Bangla Team.They claimed they were here to procure arms," said deputy commissioner, special task force, Murlidhar Sharma.The Telegraph
Mulund train blast case: Saquib Nachan released after completing 10 years in jail
Thane: Saquib Nachan, 2003 Mulund train bomb blast convict, was released from the Thane jail at 10.45 am on Wednesday, after completing his 10 years jail term. Nachan was released 5 months before the actual term. The period was given him as remission for his good behavior. "I want to be with my family and focus on the business," said 57-year-old convict after reaching home.Hundreds of people, from the apadgah village, thronged to meet him. Well wishers including old men, youths and children greeted 'Saquib Bhai', hugged and shook hands. "I was framed in this case by the police. They framed many innocent youths as well," Nachan told TOI.Nachan had surrendered in 2002 Mumbai Central, 2003 Vile Parle and 2003 Mulund train blast cases. The court found him guilty of illegally possessing an AK-56 rifle and sentenced him to 10 years jail term last year.Nachan has 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter. Some locals feel that 'Saquib Bhai' was framed in the case since he was doing a lot of social work. "I was booked in three murder cases in 2002 and have been acquitted in all the cases," added Nachan.Food was being prepared for the visitors and some locals and a youth was distributing sweets to everyone gathered outside Nachan's residence.TOI
Stuck in Manipur jail for 5 years, Rohingyas seek UN help
Guwahati: Mohammed Hussain was 19 when he was caught entering India illegally from Myanmar in February 2012.His term expired 6 months later, but Myanmar Govt’s reluctance to accept him and 13 others made him spend five years more at the central jail in Sajiwa here.Hussain fled Rawayungdaung village in Myanmar’s Rakhine state when the violence was sporadic. “I want freedom but I have no place to call home,” he said.He wants to stay back in India as refugee, as do six others who had crossed over with him. Among them is Salamatullah, from Alichong in Myanmar’s Buthidaung district. “They killed my father and six brothers. I wonder if I am lucky to have survived,” said the 35-year-old, yearning to meet survivors of his family in Bangladesh.The narrative is similar for seven more Rohingyas caught sneaking in later. They want to be either sent to Bangladesh, where they can hope to meet whoever survived the carnage in Myanmar, or taken to a refugee camp in Delhi.“The Manipur-based Human Rights Law Network has helped us register our jailed brethren in Imphal with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees here, but things are moving slow. We have been told to wait till the Supreme Court gives a decision in a case related to the refugees,” Nizamuddin, chairman of Rohingya Refugee Committee told HT from New Delhi.Nizamuddin said there are about 17,000 UNHCR-registered Rohingya refugees in India, including some 2,200 in various jails such as Sajiwa.“I am not sure how the Indian Govt  got the 40,000 figure, making our case more complicated,” he said.Officials in Manipur said they would be more than happy to let the Rohingyas go.HT
Centre to reimburse J-K Govt for relief to those affected in cross-border firing
New Delhi: The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has decided to reimburse the expenditure incurred by J&K Govt  in providing relief to people affected due to cross-border firing and ceasefire violations.Ministry sources said the new initiative will provide relief to those suffering losses in terms of damaged house, agriculture and livestock and the rates will be accorded as per guidelines of National Disaster Response Force.HT
Martyrs’ widows don’t need to marry bro-in-law for benefits: Defence Ministry to do away condition
In a major relief to widows of martyrs, Defence Ministry on Tuesday decided to do away with a condition that they have to marry the deceased’s brother for being eligible to receive gallantry awards monetary allowance. Ministry has now decided that the widow can now marry any one and will still get all the dues, including allowance, till her death.Terming it as a major step to remove a “regressive” rule, officials said as per the existing norms, a widow is not entitled to the allowance and other benefits if she remarried or died. However, if she marries the brother of her deceased husband and “lives a communal life with the living eligible heir,” the woman are entitled for family pension.Defence Ministry in a statement said it decided to scrap the present criteria after several representations to remove the condition of the widow’s remarriage with the late husband’s brother for continuation of monetary allowance.The revised condition states that the allowance shall be admissible to the recipient of the award and on his death to his widow lawfully married by a valid ceremony. The widow will continue to receive the allowance until her death. dailypioneer
Left to observe Babri mosque demolition anniversary as 'Black Day'
6 Left parties will observe 25th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on Dec. 6 as 'Black Day' all over the country. CPI(M), CPI, RSP, AIFB, CPI(ML) and the SUCI(C) today gave a call to all their units in the country to protest against the "wilful demolition of the Babri Masjid".PTI
Thousands of farmers stranded in Madhya Pradesh after train travels 160 km in the wrong direction
Thousands of farmers returning to Kolhapur in Maharashtra, after attending a rally in New Delhi on Monday, ended up in MP after the train they were on travelled 160 km in the wrong direction, News18 reported.Railways had booked the Swabhimani Express for farmers from All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, who on Monday attended a demonstration at Jantar Mantar demanding of debt relief and better support price for their produce, NDTV reported.The train left Delhi late on Tuesday night and reportedly got diverted to the wrong tracks at the Mathura station. Instead of taking the Western Railway route, it ended up on the Central Railway tracks. By the time the driver realised what had happened, the train was already at the Banmore station near Gwalior. scroll
In temple, Rahul Gandhi told off for sitting like namaaz: Yogi Adityanath
Lucknow: Yogi Adityanath, the CM  of UP , has derided the temple visits during Rahul Gandhi's campaign in Gujarat, claiming that the Congress leader was told off at a temple about "sitting as if he's doing Namaaz".The saffron-robed priest-politician was replying to a question at an event hosted by a private news channel in Lucknow when he made the comment."Rahul Gandhi is going to different temples in Gujarat. I am very happy...his mind is cleansing' .... I feel like laughing and also feel sad that ‘poor thing, he doesn't even know how to sit in a temple'. When he had gone to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, he was sitting as if he was about to offer namaaz. The priest had to tell him - this is a temple not a mosque," Yogi Adityanath said. ndtv
Himachal: Miscreants steal from masjid, vandalize Quran
Dharamshala: After a Quran was found desecrated near a Masjid in Sarol area of Chamba district on Tuesday morning, the district police registered a case against unknown persons for hurting religious sentiments. Further investigations revealed that the miscreants also took away with them a sound system and a few other things from the Muslim's religious centre.SP Virender Tomar told that the incident took place on Monday night when some people stole things from Masjid — while Quran was found missing from the spot. The incident was discovered by the people on Tuesday when they visited masjid. They found the religious book tattered in bushes after which the police was informed."We have registered a case against the unknown persons and further investigations are going on," said Tomar. There is resentment among the people of the community over this incident. SP himself visited the spot and assured a strict action against the miscreants. timesofindia
Hyderabad HC: Why not digitalise Wakf land records?
Hyderabad: Questioning the petitioner on what was the difficulty if the state Govt  desired to digitalise records of Wakf land, the Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday asked the Govt  to file counter affidavit on a PIL challenging the sealing the office of Telangana State Wakf Board. A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice G Shyam Prasad was dealing with a PIL by city advocate M.A.K. Mukheed challenging the sealing of the Board office and seizing records.Advocate-General D. Prakash Reddy, said only four rooms where the land records were stored were sealed, and the other eight are allowed to function. Mr Muqeeth Qureshi senior counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted that the Wakf office could not function due to non-availability of records which were in the sealed rooms.Deccan Chronicle.
Habibullah Basha, doyen of Madras Bar, dies aged 84
Chennai: Habibullah Basha, one of the finest jurists belonging to the famed Madras Bar, died in Chennai on Wednesday due to age-related illnesses. He was 84.The senior lawyer was known for his philanthropy. Basha was a founder-director of Apollo Hospitals and was patron of several service and charitable organisations.
Puducherry: Govt to consider interest free loans to minorities
Puducherry:Social Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy on Tuesday said the Govt  would examine the proposal to provide interest free loans to minorities.Participating in the Minorities Day function here, Minister said he would discuss with CM  and Minister for Minority Affairs to facilitate loans without interests for minorities.He added that several schemes have not reached the public due to the fund crunch the Union Territory has been facing over the past one year. “Problems have increased due to demonetisation and GST. Several people have suffered without money. People have to understand that Puducherry is facing a severe fund crunch and the Govt  is striving to overcome the hurdles,” he said. thehindu
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Ex-Bangladesh Jamaat Islami MP, 5 others sentenced to death 1971 war crimes case
 International Crimes Tribunal,Bangladesh (ICT,B) on Wednesday sentenced 6 people of Gaibandha to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, reports UNB.With Abdul Latif in the dock, the 3-member tribunal led by judge Md Shahinur Islam pronounced the judgment at 11:45am. The 6 convicts are Bangladesh  Jamaat Islami leader and former lawmaker Abdul Aziz, Md Ruhul Amin alias Monju, Md Abdul Latif, Abu Muslim Mohammad Ali, Md Nazmul Huda, and Md Abdur Rahim Miah. Among them, only Abdul Latif is now in jail and the rest is on the run.They were awarded death sentences for two charges -- 2 and 3 -- out of three charges while imprisonment unto death for another charge -- number 1.“All three charges brought against them were proved,” said prosecutor of the case Syed Saidul Haque Sumon.Earlier on 23 Oct., the tribunal concluded the hearing of arguments from both sides and kept the verdict pending for any day.ICT,B - a domestic tribunal set up in 2009 shortly after the assumption of power by Bangladesh Awami Leauge to investigate and prosecute suspects for the crimes against humanity committed in 1971 - has awarded death penalties to several opposition top figures.Opposition BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami have all along been claiming that the trials were politically motivated.In a press release sent to the media, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s acting ameer Mujibur Rahman claimed, “Maulana Abdul Aziz was involved in no crimes against humanity. He has rather fallen prey to Govt’s political vendetta.”He further alleged Awami League Govt  has “made an arrangement to punish him by filing false cases against him, failing to face him [Abdul Aziz] politically”. “We condemned and protested at this conspiracy of the Govt  in strongest term,” added the acting Jamaat chief.  Prothom Alo
Pakistan releases Hafiz Saeed from house arrest
Islamabad: Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attack, has been set free by a Pakistani court, his spokesperson has said. He is likely to be freed by Thursday.On Wednesday, a judicial review body of the Lahore High Court rejected a Govt  request to renew his detention for a further 90 days, his spokesman Nadeem Awan said. "When the Govt  was not able to present any evidence to justify [Saeed's] continued detention, the court ordered his release when his current detention order expires [on Thursday]," said Awan."He will be a free man."Al Jazeera.
Lebanon’s PM Hariri puts resignation on hold after returning to Beirut
Lebanese PM  Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday that he was putting on hold the unexpected resignation he had announced on Nov. 4 while on a visit to Saudi Arabia, the BBC reported.The temporary suspension of the resignation came after Hariri finally returned to Lebanon on Tuesday night and met President Michel Aoun. He denied speculation that Saudi Arabia had forced him to step down from the post and had detained him.President Aoun had earlier not accepted Hariri’s resignation and asked him to resign in person, fearing that the announcement may have been made under pressure from Saudi Arabia. After days of speculation and a visit to France, Hariri promised to return to Lebanon, where he took part in Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.After their meeting, Hariri said he was asked to put his resignation “on hold ahead of further consultations”. scroll
Lebanon PM Saad Hariri 'suspends' resignation: BBC
Abbas ready for ‘historic’ peace deal under Trump
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday that he is ready for an “historic” peace deal with Israel under US President Donald Trump’s patronage, the Anadolu Agency reported.During a speech delivered in the Spanish parliament, Abbas renewed his calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, where the Palestinians can live peacefully side by side with the state of Israel.Trump’s administration has said that it is seeking to revive the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis after a stalemate of more than three years.Abbas called for the Spanish Govt  to recognise Palestine. “It is not reasonable that a states which believes in the 2-state solution only recognises one state – Israel.” middleeastmonitor
Fatah attempts to overturn Palestinian consensus in Cairo talks
Fatah is insisting on overturning the Palestinian consensus during talks in Cairo and impose its own agenda in an attempt to avoid discussing strategic issues such as elections, the unity Govt, security,PLO and social reconciliation, Al-Resalah newspaper reported yesterday.While taking over control of the Gaza Strip, Fatah leaders delivered remarks that were considered a prelude the movement’s position and inability to shift on its opinions.Member of Fatah Central Committee Jamal Muhaisen, for example, said that the current Govt  led by Rami Hamadallh, would remain active. PA and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas also said that his own political programme would be the reference for any Palestinian Govt . middleeastmonitor
UNRWA removes Palestine map, Jerusalem images from school books
Jordanian MPs said that the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) had removed a map of Palestine and images of Jerusalem images from its schools in Jordan, Quds Press reported Monday.Some 22 MPs sent a letter to the Jordanian Govt  to deal with the “violations” of the UNRWA’s Operation Director David Roger, noting that the “violations” defame Palestinian identity.According to Quds Press, the MPs also called for the Jordanian Govt  to take action against the UNRWA’s systematic reduction of its services for Palestinian refugees.The MPs also said that UNRWA’s “violations” regarding Palestine and Jerusalem do not only harm Palestinians, but Jordanians too. middleeastmonitor
Palestinian Professors strike over row with PA
Professors from Palestinian universities across the Gaza Strip and West Bank went on a one day strike, Monday, to protest the withdrawal of Palestinian Authority (PA) ministry of education and higher education from financial and administrative agreements reached in 2008, reports Quds Press. Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) called for the strike on Monday, as well as organising protests in front of the head office of the PA ministerial council in Ramallah.Speaking to Quds Press, the head of the PFUUPE, Amjad Barham, said: “We agreed on almost all issues with the Govt  a few days ago, but the Council of High Education did not approve the agreement. Therefore, the union decided to take action on Monday and Wednesday of this week and Monday and Tuesday next week.” middleeastmonitor
W. Bank Palestinians target of frequent attacks: Report
Ramallah:At least 100 attacks on Palestinians -- by Israeli forces and/or Jewish settlers -- were recorded in the occupied West Bank this harvest season, including attacks on farmers and their olive groves, a new report asserts.In a report released this week, the Commission to Resist Colonization and the Separation Wall (affiliated with Ramallah-based Palestinian Govt) cites 56 separate attacks on Palestinian farmers in the West Bank -- and another 44 attacks on Palestinian olive groves -- during the current olive harvest season.“Israeli authorities are pursuing a scorched-earth policy as part of its plan to expand [Jewish-only] settlements and build its racist wall of annexation,” the report states, referring to the massive separation barrier that Israel is erecting across the West Bank.
Violence unacceptable even in Israel: Ex-Saudi minister
Former Saudi Justice Minister, Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, has denounced violence including in Israel, Israeli Ma’ariv newspaper reported yesterday.“Any act of violence or terrorism that tries to hide behind the religion of Islam has no justification, not even in Israel,” the paper quoted Al-Issa as saying.Maariv said the remarks by Al-Issa, who serves as the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, was an attempt to “remove from Saudi Arabia the image of the state sponsor of terrorism and extremist Islamic organisations, such as a Daesh”. middleeastmonitor
Deadly car bombing strikes Iraq's Tuz Khurmatu
A suicide car bombing has killed at least 20 people in Tuz Khurmatu, a town in Salaheddin province in northern Iraq, according to local security and medical sources.Dozens more were wounded in Tuesday's attack near a marketplace in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk and home to a mixed Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen population. aljazeera
Iraq uncovers mass grave in Kirkuk: Governor
Kirkuk :A mass grave was uncovered in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province, according to the local governor on Wednesday.The grave contains the remains of dozens of unidentified bodies in Leylan town, 15 kms north-east of Kirkuk, Rakan Saeed said."The remains are believed to belong to the victims of unsolved murders that have taken place in the province since 2003," he said.Saeed said local authorities were working to identify the victims in the mass grave. Iraqi forces have recently moved into Kirkuk and several parts of the country “disputed” between Baghdad and Kurdish Regional Govt (KRG) after the latter held an illegitimate referendum in September on secession from Iraq. Anadolu agency
Iranian President Declares End of Islamic State:Reuters
Beirut: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of Islamic State on Tuesday in an address broadcast live on state TV. A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Major General Qassem Soleimani, also declared the end of Islamic State in a message sent to the country’s supreme leader Tuesday which was published on Sepah News, the news site of the Guards.Videos and pictures of Soleimani, who commands the Quds Force, the branch of the Guards responsible for operations outside of Iran’s borders, at frontline positions in battles against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have been posted frequently by Iranian media in recent years.The Revolutionary Guards, Iran's most powerful military force which also oversees an economic empire worth billions of dollars, has been fighting in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and central Govt  in Baghdad for several years.More than a thousand members of the Guards, including senior commanders, have been killed in Syria and Iraq. 
Air attacks kill dozens in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta
Attacks on a besieged rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital intensified over the past week, killing more than 80 civilians. The volunteer rescue group Syria Civil Defence said more than 200 air attacks have hit the Eastern Ghouta region of rural Damascus since last Tuesday. aljazeera
Resigned Syrian opposition figure: We were asked to accept Assad or leave
A member of Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee, Suheir Al-Atassi, who resigned from her post said there was international pressure to force the opposition to accept that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad will remain in power.Al-Atassi stressed that she, along with the committee members, had resigned in opposition of this proposal.The head of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee, Riyad Hijab, chief negotiator, Mohamed Sabra, Al-Atassi and eight others members announced on Monday that they had resigned from the committee ahead of Riyadh Conference scheduled for today. middleeastmonitor
Call for Amnesty Turkey head's release as trial resumes
A group of more than 70 musicians, artists, activists and politicians have called on Turkey to drop "terrorism" charges against 11 human rights activists. Amnesty International said an open letter making the call was signed by musicians Sting and Peter Gabriel, whistle-blower Edward Snowden and artist Ai Weiwei among others.Their demands included the release of Taner Kilic, Amnesty chairperson in Turkey, whose trial, alongside the others detained, was set to resume on Wednesday. The open letter called the accusations towards the rights activists "outlandish" and "politically motivated".Kilic was detained in June in the western city of Izmir for using ByLock, an encrypted communication software which the Govt  says is used by members of an outlawed group led by Fethullah Gulen, a US-based self-exiled religious leader who the Govt  blames for last year's coup attempt. aljazeera
Egypt MPs call on Sisi to release innocent jailed minors
Egyptian MPs called on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to order the release of hundreds of innocent youths locked up in jails, saying that their detention harms the state.Head of the parliament’s Human Rights committee, Alaa Abed, said: “Our youth did not find anyone to care about them. All of us must cooperate and work for their release by raising a parole request to the president in order to pardon them.”The calls came during a meeting in parliament held to discuss the role of culture and why youths become “extremists”. middleeastmonitor
US declares ‘ethnic cleansing’ against Rohingya in Myanmar
US declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be “ethnic cleansing” on Wednesday, putting more pressure on the country’s military to halt a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blamed Myanmar’s security forces and “local vigilantes” for what he called “intolerable suffering” by the Rohingya. Although the military has blamed Rohingya insurgents for setting off the crisis, Tillerson said that “no provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued.”AP
Greece to confront controversy over historic sharia law
 Athens:On Greece's rural border with Turkey, a sizeable Muslim minority has lived for decades, regulating their family affairs under Islamic sharia law, a legacy traced back to century-old treaties.Now, the leftist Govt  of PM  Alexis Tsipras has announced plans to make sharia optional for such disputes, following recurring criticism by rights groups and a looming ruling by the European court of human rights.Tsipras last week said his administration would pass legislation to allow litigants to opt for a Greek court to resolve family disputes, instead of appealing to Islamic jurists known as muftis.For family law matters, Greek Muslims generally seek recourse to muftis for things like divorce, child custody and inheritance. Rights groups say it is a system that frequently discriminates against women.Similar fears are raised in Britain, where so-called sharia councils have operated in an unofficial capacity for over 30 years. outlookindia
UN court convicts Ratko Mladic of genocide over Bosnia's horrors
The Hague: UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic on Wednesday of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war. Mladic, 75, was found guilty of commanding forces responsible for crimes including the worst atrocities of the war _ the deadly three-year siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, and 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern enclave of Srebrenica, which was Europe's worst mass killing since World War II. A 3-judge panel at the court formally known as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia convicted Mladic of 10 of 11 counts in a dramatic climax to a groundbreaking effort to seek justice for the wars in the former Yugoslavia. AP
Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has submitted his resignation after nearly 4 decades as the country's leader. Mugabe defied demands to step down for almost a week after a military takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party but stepped down on Tuesday, just as parliament started proceedings to impeach him.Cheers broke out at a special session of parliament as speaker Jacob Mudenda read out Mugabe's resignation letter."I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation...with immediate effect," said Mudenda, reading the letter.The news also sparked scenes of jubilation in the capital, Harare, as large crowds cheered, danced and sang celebrating Mugabe's departure for hours."People are coming out onto the streets, they are calling this day Independence Day," Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from Harare, said. "It's getting chaotic," she added. "Some people still can't believe this has happened. People say they are really excited and hoping for a better future." aljazeera
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