Ireland: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam supports if government to “regulate mosques”

Information from mental health professionals, social workers, and religious leaders can be a “valuable asset” in preventing radicalisation, the Department of Justice says.

Research on lone wolf terror attacks found that, in 60% of cases, the attacker had told someone else about their planned attack beforehand.

An Ahmadiyya Muslim religious leader, Imam Ibrahim Noonan, has called on the Government to “regulate mosques” and says gardaí should have the power to conduct random checks.

Speaking ahead of the 15th annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association convention tomorrow, Imam Noonan, a Galway-based convert, said he has met some young Muslim men with a “tendency towards an Isis mentality”.

The Ahmadiyya community believes in non-violence, tolerance of faiths, and separation of religion and state.

Garda Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan is to speak at the event. A garda spokesman yesterday said: “We have worked hard to gain the trust and confidence of Muslims. Working closely with minority communities leads to information gathering that can also eventually identify potential risks from a small number within their community.”

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Pakistan: Imran Khan says Ahmadis have equal rights, Taliban are terrorists, blasphemy laws OK

Pakistan: Imran Khan says Ahmadis have equal rights, Taliban are terrorists, blasphemy laws OK

Chairman and founder of Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan, who is often accused of being a ‘Taliban sympathiser’, said on Wednesday he considers Taliban to be terrorists, while rubbishing speculation of him supporting extremism and militant groups.

“This is absolute nonsense. It’s just not true,” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera English’s current affairs show, UpFront. “All you have to do is look at my statements for the past 10 years.” Within this context, Imran was also asked if he considers the Taliban a ‘terrorist’ group. “Yes they are,” he replied. “Anyone who kills innocent people are terrorists.”

Also during the interview, Imran was asked whether he believed the Ahmadiyya community deserved equal rights. “All human beings have equal rights. Anyone who’s a Pakistani has an equal right. The constitution should protect him, he’s an equal citizen,” he said.

During the interview, Imran also responded to questions about the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. “The laws are not a problem,” Khan told host Mehdi Hasan, explaining that the problem was with “militant groups in Pakistan.” When asked if he supported a change to the laws, which carry a death sentence, he responded, “Extremism is not going to be fought by laws; extremism has to be fought first by disbanding those groups that are perpetuating this extremism.”

“Whatever you do with the laws, people will be killed,” he added. Yet, when asked if he feared for his life by speaking on the subject, the PTI leader conceded: “It is true you have to tread a very thin line. Anything perceived to be…  sacrilegious, yes your life is in danger… It is a very difficult subject living in Pakistan.”

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USA: American Ahmadiyya Muslims gather at Farm Show Complex for annual conference Jalsa Salana

USA: American Ahmadiyya Muslims gather at Farm Show Complex for annual conference Jalsa Salana

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Friday kicked off the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA’s 68th annual three day conference.
The event aims to reach into Islamic fundamentals as practiced by Prophet Muhammad and teach how to be a model Muslim in today’s world.
This year is especially important due to recent attacks around the world that many Muslims say do not show what true Islam is about.
The conference takes place this weekend at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

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Bomb attack targets Rangers vehicle in Larkana, one killed

Bomb attack targets Rangers vehicle in Larkana, one killed

LARAKANA: One Rangers official was killed and at least 14 others including five Rangers personnel sustained injuries in two explosions near a Rangers checkpost on Miro Khan Road here on Saturday, security sources said.

Initial reports suggested the bombs had been tied to a bicycle parked outside the Rangers Headquarters.

The injured, which included six Rangers personnel and nine passers-by, were shifted to Chandka Medical Hospital for treatment. However, one Rangers official succumbed to his injuries.

Another Rangers official was said to be in a critical condition.

A heavy contingent of the police cordoned off the area after the blasts and started a search operation in the area. Police sources told Dawn two suspects were arrested in the police operation, and shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation

A bomb disposal squad from Sukkur has reached the spot to determine the nature of the bombs.

Rangers personnel have been targeted in Karachi and other parts of Sindh in the past as well.

The paramilitary force was targeted four times in March through grenade attacks in Karachi, leaving at least three Rangers soldiers wounded.

The newly-elected chief minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah took a strong notice of the attack. He telephoned DIG Larkana Abdullah Shaikh and directed him to bring all those involved in the attack to justice and report to him as soon as possible.

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Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at comes to spread love to Cornwall

Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at comes to spread love to Cornwall

CORNWALL, Ontario – Love for all. Hatred for none. That was the message the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’ Community was conveying on Thursday, July 28 as their Mobile Muslim Thanksgiving Exhibition Trailer passed through Cornwall on its tour across Canada.

Set up outside of the Cornwall Civic Complex, the #MobileMuslims trailer allowed the public to learn more about this particular sect of Islam, with goals of bridging the gap and removing negative misconceptions surrounding the religious organization.

The truck was set up to look like a food truck but instead of food, books and flyers were available to educate anyone looking to learn more about the sect and representatives were on hand to discuss their peaceful message.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is celebrating 50 years in Canada by travelling coast to coast to help people understand more about Islam.

Spokesperson and missionary in training, James Sinclair, explained there are major differences between the proper teachings of Islam and the radical group ISIS, which is often wrongly associated with Islam as a whole.

He said “The difference is [ISIS] teaches murder and hate and ours teaches love and forgiveness”.

While there are misconceptions about Islam, the hope of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’ community is to spread its message of peace and love throughout Canada.

Sinclair added “We are the only sect in Islam that teaches the true teachings of Islam: Peace and benevolence and kind actions towards your fellow man”.

The AMJ Community in Cornwall was also on hand to help welcome those looking for more information and to discuss their beliefs. Refreshments and snacks were served throughout the event which ran from 9am-3pm.

The 40 day nationwide tour began on July 13 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and will continue over the course of the summer, travelling all the way to British Columbia.

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DHA told to confiscate Musharraf’s properties

DHA told to confiscate Musharraf’s properties

KARACHI: A sessions court directed the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) to confiscate properties of reti­red Gen Pervez Musharraf, it emerged on Thursday.

On the directive of the south district and sessions judge, a court official (Nazir) wrote a letter to the DHA administrator on July 26 asking him to attach four properties owned by the former military ruler within the jurisdiction of the DHA.

The DHA was asked to report progress over the matter within three days for its further transmission to the special court.

The court also directed that the properties, including a bungalow in Zamzama and three plots in other parts of the DHA, be attached under Section 88 (attachment of property of person absconding) of the criminal procedure code in connection with a high treason case pending against Gen Musharraf before a special court in Islamabad.

According to the letter, Gen Musharraf owns a bungalow in the Army Housing Scheme, Zamzama, Phase-V, DHA, Karachi, and three plots in the Army Housing Scheme, Part-II Clifton, Khayaban-i-Faisal, and Beach Street, Phase-VIII, DHA Karachi.

On July 19, a three-judge special court, headed by Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel, the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court, had ordered the authorities to attach Gen Musharraf’s moveable and immovable properties since he had failed to turn up in the court since March despite several court orders.

Gen Musharraf left the country on March 18 after his name was removed from the Exit Control List after the Supreme Court upheld a Sindh High Court order removing his name from the ECL.

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JuD chief lauds Indian journalist for criticising state violence in held Kashmir

JuD chief lauds Indian journalist for criticising state violence in held Kashmir 

A section of the Indian media has faced criticism by fellow journalists for speaking against the human rights abuses carried out by Indian security forces in India-held Kashmir, however, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed praised the Indian journalists for supporting Kashmiri people.

India’s senior journalist and consulting editor with NDTV, Barkha Dutt, spoke against the state’s atrocities in held Kashmir following which she was met with criticism by Times Now President and Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.

Goswami criticised the section of “pseudo-liberals” in his programme, without naming any, for “compromising national security” and “supporting Pakistan”.

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US, India discuss ways to fight terror

US, India discuss ways to fight terror

WASHINGTON: The United States and India focused on regional terrorist threats, information sharing, border security and efforts to counter violent extremism at a meeting of their joint working group on counter-terrorism in Washington this week.

Justin Siberell, an acting coordinator for counter-terrorism, led the US delegation, which included officials from the Departments of State and Justice, as well as Homeland Security, at the talks in Washington.

Ravi Thapar, an additional secretary at India’s ministry of external affairs, led the Indian delegation.

The US-India Counter-terrorism Joint Working Group is a policy consultation forum designed to “advance the common agenda of the two countries and opportunities for cooperation across the full range of counter-terrorism issues”, a media note from the State Department said.

“The United States looks forward to continued counter-terrorism exchanges with India to broaden and deepen the partnership between the two countries,” the note added.

NON-MILITARY OPTIONS: Two US experts on South Asian affairs, George Perkovich and Toby Dalton, both associated with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, have advised India to go for “non-military options” to seek Pakistan’s cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Mr Perkovich, who is vice president of the Washington think tank, and Mr Dalton, a co-director, argued in a joint essay published on Thursday that the “military options” India had used so far had not been very fruitful.

Reviewing the military options available to India, the two experts argued that the most “direct means of retribution” would involve operations by Indian armed forces.

Such options could include air strikes on alleged militant facilities inside Pakistan or even a ground incursion inside Pakistan.

The authors noted that India had been putting in place plans and capabilities —including the so-called ‘Cold Start’ option — to carry out such direct punitive actions.

Other options could involve using special operations forces or funding militant groups that attack the Pakistani state.

But the authors pointed out: “Thus far India’s development of punitive military options has not motivated Pakistani leaders to do more to stop such attacks from occurring.”

They warned that executing a limited military reprisal could satisfy the desire for punishment, but “risks triggering an escalating military conflict of profound cost and consequence.”

The authors argued that since the Pakistan Army was the only organisation capable of reining in militant groups, an attack on the military could further hurt the “war on terror”.

Instead, the authors suggested applying diplomatic and economic pressure on Pakistan to encourage it to cooperate. They claim that after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, India successfully used this option, causing the Pakistani economy to suffer.

“The value of the Pakistani rupee depreciated significantly, from 62 rupees per US dollar in Jan 2008 to a low of 108 rupees per dollar in Dec 2013. Total foreign direct investment declined significantly from $5.3 billion in FY 2008 to $820 million in FY 2012, and has remained low at $851 million in FY 2015 even after a rebound in the world economy,” the authors argue.

For seeking future cooperation from Pakistan, the authors suggest “marshalling diplomatic, economic, and social resources to build and sustain international pressure to force changes in its behaviour.”

If there’s another Pakistan-linked terrorist attack inside India, New Delhi could persuade its partners to postpone bilateral meetings with Pakistan or delay visa processing, the authors argue.

They also suggest highlighting anti-terrorism issues at the IMF to condition further financing for Pakistan on cracking down on terrorist groups that attack other states.

They also suggest seeking an advance commitment from the United States and other major powers to cut security assistance to Pakistan if there is another terrorist attack in India.

The authors say that while “the punitive benefits of this strategy may be less direct than military action, but they also come with far lower risks of an escalating conflict that could result in damage to India far greater than the instigating event”.

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Nepal, India floods leave more than 90 dead; at least 2 million flee homes

Nepal, India floods leave more than 90 dead; at least 2 million flee homes

KATHMANDU: Floods and landslides in Nepal and India have killed more than 90 people in recent days, with at least two million residents forced to flee their homes, officials said Thursday.

Nepal has been worst hit, with homes and bridges destroyed after days of torrential monsoon rains, although water levels were now slowing receding.

“Since Monday, 73 people have been killed in the floods and landslides,” home ministry deputy spokesman Jhanka Nath Dhakal told AFP, increasing the death toll from Tuesday after the discovery of 15 more bodies.

“Our teams are working continuously in affected areas to search and rescue. We are also providing relief to the victims.” Images released by the army, which is involved in the operations, showed villagers waiting on rooftops to be evacuated in motorboats.

The worst-hit district was Pyuthan, 250 kilometres (150 miles) west of Kathmandu, where dozens of houses have been swept away.

Scores of people die every year from flooding and landslides during the monsoon rains in Nepal and neighbouring India.

The situation is particularly desperate this year because millions of Nepalis are still living in tents or makeshift huts after a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people in 2015.

Floods have also hit India’s remote, northeastern state of Assam where 19 people have lost their lives mainly after rivers burst their banks in the last week, officials there said.

“An estimated two million people have been rendered homeless after the floods hit 3,000 villages in 21 districts,” Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal told journalists during a tour of hard-hit areas on Thursday.

Thousands of those were sheltering in makeshift camps set up along highways and on higher ground, officials said.

“We are providing food, medicines and other relief materials to the flood affected victims,” Sonowal said.

Concerns were mounting for the safety of rare one-horned rhinos and other animals trying to flee Assam’s famed Kaziranga National Park, which was also flooded.

“At least a dozen animals have drowned or been killed after being hit by cars while crossing the national highway to move towards the adjoining Karbi Anglong Hills,” Assam forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma told AFP.

“The park is completely submerged and all the animals are migrating in large herds to the hills,” the minister said.

Kaziranga is home to two thirds of the world’s one-horned rhino population.

Source/Credit: Dawn

German police raid mosque, apartments in crackdown on Salafists

German police raid mosque, apartments in crackdown on Salafists

BERLIN: German police have searched a mosque and eight apartments in Hildesheim that are believed to be a hotbed of a radical community, the interior minister of the northern state of Lower Saxony said on Thursday.

Germany is on high alert after a spate of attacks since July 18 left 15 people dead — including four attackers — and dozens injured. Two assailants, a Syrian asylum seeker and a refugee from either Pakistan or Afghanistan, had links to Islamist militancy, officials say.

Interior Minister Boris Pistorius said in a statement that up to 400 police personnel, including mobile squads and a special forces police commando, were involved in the raids on Wednesday in the Hildesheim area, which is a short drive south of Hanover.

“The German-speaking Islamic circle (DIK) in Hildesheim is a nationwide hotspot of the radical Salafist scene that Lower Saxony security authorities have been monitoring for a long time,” the state official said.

Pistorius said the search followed months of planning and was an important step towards banning the association, which security authorities say has radicalised Muslims and encouraged them to take part in jihad in combat zones.

Numerous members of the mosque have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the militant Islamic State (IS) group, while sermons, seminars and speeches call for “hate against non-believers”, the ministry said.

Germany has seen sharp increase in the number of Salafists in recent years, with the total number of sympathisers now seen at 8,900, up from 7,000 at the end of 2014, German officials have said.

Security authorities say the DIK in Hildesheim is believed to have become the focal point of Salafist activities in Lower Saxony, the second-largest of Germany’s 16 states after Bavaria.

“We will not put up with Salafist associations and their backers flouting our rules and bringing our rule of law into question and convincing young people that they want to join the so-called IS,” Pistorius said.

“I’m convinced that our freedom is stronger than the inhuman ideology of the extremists,” he added.

Source/Credit: Dawn