Pakistani footballer among those killed in Quetta attack

Pakistani footballer among those killed in Quetta attack

QUETTA: 

Mohammad Mehboob Baloch, who played for Bonistan Football Club in Panjgur District, passed away in the attack on Quetta’s Police Training Centre on Monday which claimed the lives of 61 people.

Baloch represented his club in all major tournaments in the province and was recently recruited by the Balochistan police.

According to his father Rehmat Baloch, who is a retired police official, the deceased was the youngest brother among five siblings, and also the family’s only hope for financial well-being.

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“He [Baloch] was an honest and kind gentleman, and also our only hope for financial well-being,” he told The Express Tribune. “He was also supposed to help his extended family with his job in the police.”

Baloch used to play as a goalkeeper and was called to Quetta a week ago, prior to being re-assigned to Islamabad for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s protest. His sudden death has caused deep shock among family members and fellow football colleagues.

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Waheed Ahmed, a close relative of Baloch, said that the keeper possessed an intermediate qualification and hailed from a very poor background. His brothers were primarily employed as labourers and daily wage earners.

Baloch’s untimely demise has also left all his fans, who witnessed his performance in the football field, in agony.

UK: Shahid Raza Naeemi, the Muslim Council of Britain and Political Fraud

 

He has appeared at several Khatm events in the UK and the Netherlands and the record goes back a very long way indeed.

Worthy Cover

In a spot of Islamist bother, turning to a worthy like Shahid Raza Naeemi may seem eminently sensible. The head imam of the Islamic Centre of Leicester can provide credible cover, surely.

Here he is with the Queen and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, graciously received at Lambeth Palace in 2012 as an “interfaith leader”.

He has been an OBE since 2007.

Here he is at an “interfaith vigil in solidarity with the people of Iraq” in 2014 with the current Archbishop of Canterbury.

Mr Naeemi is also the Interim Chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), which says “it aims to improve governance in mosques and the training of Imams in the UK through an agreed system of self-regulation amongst its members”.

So no wonder the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) appointed Mr Naeemi in April to its “independent panel” investigating MCB affiliate Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat. It runs the Stockwell mosque where the BBC recently found “kill Ahmadis” leaflets. The mosque had featured in similar news in 2011 as well. A man who mingles with royalty and Archbishops and leads MINAB – perfect, especially when the MCB has its own troubling history with Ahmadis.

Moreover, the case is important. Khatm-e-Nubuwwat is the vicious Pakistani movement dedicated to inciting hatred against Ahmadi Muslims. It has an extensive, energetic, sinister and increasingly worrying UK network. Tanveer Ahmed, the man who murdered Glasgow shopkeeper and Ahmadi Muslim Asad Shah, is a big fan of Khatm.

The case is also difficult because Toaha Qureshi, the top man at the Stockwell Mosque and another worthy, has been digging ever deeper. He was furious about the BBC revelations. His response included further incitement – he even claimed Ahmadis planted the leaflets in his mosque to make it look bad. Qureshi also complained to Ofcom about the BBC coverage. Earlier this month the Ofcom ruling squashed him (see from page 22).

So Mr Naeemi has quite a job on his hands.

Naeemi and Khatm-e-Nubuwwat

Ah, but what’s this then? Why, it’s Mr Naeemi attending a Khatm-e-Nubuwwat rally in Walthamstow just three weeks ago.

On Mr Naeemi’s right in the photograph is prominent Walthamstow imam Abdul Qadir Jilani, a key leader of the Khatm movement in the UK. Just a few weeks ago the Evening Standard reported that it had found leaflets inciting religious murder in Mr Jilani’s mosque. Mr Jilani is also an open supporter of Mumtaz Qadri, the religious fanatic who murdered Pakistani politician Salman Taseer in 2011 for the “crime” of standing up for that country’s persecuted minorities.

On Mr Naeemi’s left in the photo is Abdul Aziz Chishti, another notable in the UK Khatm-e-Nubuwwat scene. He runs the Jamia Islamia Ghousia mosque in Luton. It has hosted several Khatm rallies in recent years – it is a key centre for the movement. It is especially fond of off-the-hatred-charts Pakistani preacher Hanif Qureshi, who inspired Mumtaz Qadri to murder Salman Taseer.

Fine company indeed for an “independent” investigator of Khatm incitement.

Nor was Mr Naeemi’s appearance at the Walthamstow Khatm rally some kind of regrettable error. No, it’s far worse: he is part of the mission.

He has appeared at several Khatm events in the UK and the Netherlands and the record goes back a very long way indeed. All the way to 1999 in the case of a meeting where he reportedly said this, using the derogatory “Qadiyani” term for Ahmadis:

But you must remember that having any sort of ties with them (Ahmadis) is far worse than being addicted to drugs and alcohol… I am humbly requesting you, do not meet them or your faith would suffer from an incurable cancer… Leave this place with the promise that not only will you sever all ties with the ‘qadianis,’ but also with anyone who sympathizes with them.”

The Walthamstow rally this month was just another milestone along his sacred way, not a deviation.

In fact, Mr Naeemi’s mosque supports death for apostates, provided the majestic structures of an Islamic state are in place and the procedural niceties are observed, such as giving the apostate a brief chance to repent. This answer to an “ask a scholar” query appears on the mosque’s website:

All the schools of thought agree that a person’s apostasy must be proven by the testimony of two male witnesses. Furthermore, all agree that the apostate’s punishment is death.

The Hanafis state that he will first be offered a re-invitation to Islam. If he has left Islam because of doubt then the Imam will try to remove his objections and queries. He will be imprisoned for three days, to give him time to reconsider his decision. Imam Shafi adds that it is forbidden to kill the apostate before this period of three days. During this time, he will given food and drink regularly; this will come from his own money. If he does not have enough money then the food will be paid for by the Bayt al-Mal (Islamic central fund). He is not punished or tortured during this three-day period.

If the apostate still refuses to revert, then he is killed.

I love the bit about caring if the apostate has no money for food. Mind your death cult manners!

The mosque offers more wisdom in a presentation simply titled “Punishment in Islam” and apparently attributed to Naeemi. Once again, apostates must die.

Mr Naeemi has even shared these views with a local newspaper in 2010:

Is is true that under Sharia law, a man who converts from Islam to Christianity must receive the death sentence after which his wife and children become the possessions of his family? “First of all, I’d like to say that Muslims are not seeking the introduction of all the aspects of the Sharia law, particularly the criminal law aspects, in the UK. This is not a Muslim country and we’re not seeking to change or convert this country into one. “However, Sharia law says that if a Muslim changes their religion it is treason and the punishment for treason is death.”

Political Fraud

The MCB appointing Mr Naeemi to its Khatm panel is something like a notoriously corrupt party appointing a corrupt man to investigate a party outfit that has been exposed. It amounts to political fraud.

The organisation has been in the Whitehall cold since 2009. It is to be hoped that the Naeemi escapade will help to keep it there, where it belongs.

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Spain: Two Moroccan imams arrested over ‘Islamic State support’

Spain: Two Moroccan imams arrested over ‘Islamic State support’

The Civil Guard gave the ages of the pair as 31 and 35, but did not name them. They were arrested in the tourist town of Sant Antoni de Portmany.

Two Moroccan imams at a mosque on the Spanish resort island of Ibiza were arrested today on suspicion of backing the Islamic State group and inciting jihad, police said.

“They publicly and repeatedly expressed on social networks their support for the terrorist group Daesh, its methods and its Salafist-jihadist ideology,” the Civil Guard said in a statement.

Daesh is an alternative name for Islamic State, which is also known by the acronyms of ISIS and ISIL.

The Civil Guard gave the ages of the pair as 31 and 35, but did not name them. They were arrested in the tourist town of Sant Antoni de Portmany.

They were “imams in a mosque, a privileged position from which to exert influence over members of the Muslim community on the island,” the Civil Guard said.

It added there was particular concern about the impact their teachings may have had on youngsters at the mosque.

The Spanish authorities have arrested 156 people since 2015 on suspicion of being jihadists.

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Next war in Gaza will be the last: Israeli defence minister

Next war in Gaza will be the last: Israeli defence minister

Israel’s defence minister has warned any future confrontation between the Jewish state and Hamas in the Gaza Strip will be the last, “because we will completely destroy them”.

Two-thirds of Israelis don’t expect peace deal

“As minister of defence, I would like to clarify that we have no intention of starting a new war against our neighbours in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, Lebanon or Syria,” defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said, while adding that ordinary Palestinians must urge Hamas to “stop its crazy policies”.

“In Gaza, like the Iranians, they intend to eliminate the state of Israel…If they impose the next war on Israel, it will be their last. I would like to emphasise again, it will be their last confrontation because we will completely destroy them,“ he said.

A senior defence ministry official said Wednesday that the next round of fighting in the Gaza Strip against the Hamas terror group was inevitable, because Hamas is gearing up for it. “A war of attrition is not an option. The next confrontation must be the last in terms of Hamas’s regime,” the senior official, who insisted on anonymity, told reporters at a briefing.

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Israel has arguably been involved in a war of attrition against Hamas for years, with each side slowly grinding away at the other. Defence Minister Liberman has frequently criticised the government in recent years for failing to smash Hamas, and repeatedly called for more aggressive measures to be used. With strict border control and occasional large-scale operations, Israel works to deplete Hamas’s supply of weapons and fighters.

The comments have sparked outrage on Palestinian social media platforms, particularly among those supportive of Hamas, with critics sending messages blasting the “media normalisation” of Israeli policy in the decision to interview Lieberman, whom some dubbed a “murderer”

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Israel previously launched operations in Gaza in December 2008 and November 2012. The official stressed that Israel does not seek another war, but says “Hamas is a growing threat. Their goal is destroying the State of Israel.”

This article originally appeared on The Independent.

Saudi financial position strong: minister

Saudi financial position strong: minister

RIYADH: 

Saudi Arabia’s financial position remains strong despite sinking oil prices, although there is “some pressure” on bank liquidity, the finance minister has said.

The kingdom projects a budget deficit of $87 billion this year as a result of the fall in oil revenues, which still account for most of its income.

Among measures to cover the fiscal gap, Riyadh has drawn on its foreign reserves, issued domestic bonds and last week raised $17.5 billion in its first international bond offering.

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“We have been able to maintain a good position in public finances,” Ibrahim al-Assaf told a seminar, the official Saudi Press Agency reported late on Tuesday.

“We have been able to maintain the stability of government reserves as they are still high. The level of debt remains low.”

The kingdom’s banks still have strong balance sheets and relatively high levels of capital adequacy and liquidity ratios, “despite some pressure on liquidity at the system level in general,” he said.

A tightening of bank liquidity after the issuance of domestic bonds was the main reason Saudi decided to borrow abroad, an economist has said.

Saudi banks’ loan-to-deposit ratio rose for the fifth consecutive month in August, reaching 90.8 percent, because of faster growth in credit relative to deposits, Riyadh’s Jadwa Investment said in a report this month.

Borrowing abroad also reduces the drain on the kingdom’s foreign reserves.

Official figures show those reserves declined to $562 billion in August from $732 billion at the end of 2014.

Assaf said officials “continue to periodically review our policies relating to financial stability”.

Saudi Arabia has taken a series of austerity measures, including subsidy cuts and reductions in government salaries. Earlier this year, it announced a wide-ranging plan to diversify its economy.

Saudis to give Pakistan $122m in aid

Assaf and his Gulf counterparts were to meet in Riyadh later on Wednesday with International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.

On Sunday, Saudi Oil Minister Khaled al-Falih said the current cycle of falling crude prices is close to an end as market fundamentals improve.

Oil prices are hovering around $50 per barrel after hitting a 10-year low of less than $30 in January, down from a peak of more than $100 in mid-2014.

source The Express Tribune news

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Kamran century guides WAPDA to win

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Kamran century guides WAPDA to win

KARACHI: 

A century by wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal led WAPDA to a six-wicket win over Peshawar in their fourth round Pool A fixture of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar yesterday.

Chasing 223, WAPDA resumed their innings on 72-4 and reached 224 without losing any more wickets courtesy an unbeaten 164-run partnership between Akmal (116) and opener Adnan Raees (69).

Meanwhile in a Pool B match, a half-century by Agha Sabir helped PIA defeat Rawalpindi by two wickets despite a 100-run knock by the latter’s Sarmad Hameed.

Rawalpindi resumed their second innings on 256-6 and added 78 more runs before declaring their innings on 337-7 and giving a target of 260 runs to PIA.

Hamza’s heroics no Mir flash in the pan

PIA, who scored 276 runs in their first innings, reached the target with the help of Sabir’s 72-run knock off 83 balls — laced with 12 boundaries, and Fahad Iqbal and Anwar Ali’s 38-run innings apiece. For Rawalpindi, Ataullah claimed four wickets while Abid Hassan took two.

Meanwhile, the other two fixtures of both pools ended in a draw.

In the Pool A match at the National Stadium of Karachi between Karachi Blues and SSGC, the former resumed their second innings on 185-2 and were on 448-7 at stumps.

The Karachi outfit had made 206 runs in the first innings, while their departmental counterparts had scored 424 runs; SSGC thereby were awarded the point courtesy their first innings lead.

Bowlers dominate as Lahore Blues on top against HBL

In a Pool B match at the LCCA Ground in Lahore between KRL and Lahore Whites, the former resumed their second innings on 123-4 and added 101 runs before declaring their innings on 224-6 and have a target of 318 runs, courtesy their first innings total of 352.

Lahore Whites were only able to make 229-5 at the end of play and fell 89 runs short of the target. Rizwan Hussain top-scored with his 126 off 187 balls, while Mohammad Waheed contributed 37 runs.

For KRL, Nayyer Abbas claimed two wickets.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 26th, 2016.

Younus jumps to second, Yasir enters top five in Test rankings

Younus jumps to second, Yasir enters top five in Test rankings

Pakistan veteran batsman Younus Khan leaped three places to move to second in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) player rankings for Test batsmen.

The 38-year-old scored a match-defining 127 in the first innings of the second Test against West Indies while he was unbeaten on 29 in the second innings.

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The right-hand batsman missed the first day-night Test in Dubai due to illness but came back strong to earn the second spot, leaving behind New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, England batsman Joe Root and South African Hashim Amla. He precedes Australian captain Steven Smith – the number one Test batsman – by a difference of 46 points.

Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq also jumped one place to number 10 while middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq moved up two spots to be placed in number 14.

For New Zealand series: ‘Experienced’ Hafeez in line for Test return

Younus had earlier claimed the number one Test ranking courtesy a triple century against Sri Lanka in March, 2009.

Yasir moves into top five

Second Test’s man-of-the-match Yasir Shah, who bagged 10 wickets in the Test, moved up one place to grab the joint fifth spot alongside English paceman James Anderson.

Series in the bag: Yasir a thorn in West Indies’ side

The 30-year-old topped the bowlers rankings after his heroics against England during Pakistan’s tour to the country. However, Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin’s wicket-taking spree helped him regain the top spot from the leggie.

SCREEN GRAB OF ICC PRESS RELEASE

Pakistan retain second spot

Pakistan, who became the number one team in the Test rankings after a 2-2 draw against England, have retained their second place with 111 points on the board.

Misbahul Haq praises bowlers for series victory over Windies

India is leading the Test team rankings with 115 points courtesy a Test series victory over New Zealand at home.

Australia and England are firmly placed on the third spot with 108 points each.

source The Express Tribune news

Samsung’s prestige takes another hit over lawsuit

Samsung’s prestige takes another hit over lawsuit

SEOUL: 

A South Korean law firm said Tuesday that it expected thousands more people to join a class action lawsuit seeking compensation from Samsung over its combusting Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

Seoul-based Harvest Law filed the initial suit on Monday on behalf of 527 Note 7 buyers — demanding 500,000 won (US$440) per plaintiff for time and effort lost during a chaotic recall process that turned into a PR nightmare for the world’s largest smartphone maker.

Man claims iPhone 7 burst into flames in his car

Although the sums involved — even when accumulated — are tiny for a giant like Samsung, the lawsuit illustrates the dent the Note 7 fiasco has made in the prestige of a company used to be being treated as corporate royalty in South Korea.

Its new-found vulnerability was further underlined this week by the decision of a South Korean investment advisory firm to recommended shareholders vote against the nomination to the Samsung board of vice chairman J.Y. Lee — the family-run conglomerate’s heir apparent.

Following multiple reports of phones catching fire, Samsung announced a global recall of 2.5 million Note 7s last month.

After the replacement devices it offered also started burning up, the company decided to scrap the model entirely.

Harvest Law attorney Peter Koh said growing consumer anger had driven the legal action.

“Up until now, we had about 100 people signing up a day — and more than 300 users joined yesterday alone,” Koh said, adding that he expected to add around  3,000 plaintiffs to the lawsuit in a second filing.

Samsung offers refund, exchange for Pakistani Note 7 users

A similar class-action lawsuit has been filed by users in the United States.

Koh said Note 7 buyers were “clearly” affected by the month-long recall chaos, forced to make multiple store visits and rent or buy other devices after international airlines banned the smartphone from their flights.

Samsung offered Note 7 owners a full refund or an exchange for a different Samsung phone as well as a 30,000 won (US$26) gift card.

On Monday, it said anyone choosing the exchange option would also receive a 50 percent discount on the new Note 8 or S8 phones expected to be launched next year.

source The Express Tribune news

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Pakistan: Aasia bibi’s trial — justice delayed is justice denied

Pakistan: Aasia bibi’s trial — justice delayed is justice denied

In the present scenario, the government of Pakistan could not have handled the pressure of Islamic fundamentalists if the court had overturned her sentence. 

In June 2009, Aasia bibi was out picking fruit in the fields. At midday, she went to the nearest well, picked up a cup, took a drink of cool water and then offered it to another woman. Suddenly, one of her fellow workers cried out that the water belonged to Muslim women and that Aasia who is Christian had contaminated it.

“Blasphemy!” someone shouted, a crime punishable by death in Pakistan. In that instant, with one word, Aasia’s life changed. First attacked by a mob, Aasia bibi was then thrown into prison, and later sentenced to be hanged. For the past seven years, Aasia has been held in appalling conditions. Her family members have had to flee their village under threat from vengeful extremists, and public figures who came to her defence — in 2011 the then governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, and the then federal minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti — were brutally murdered. In 2014, a Pakistani court upheld the sentence of death for Aasia bibi’s alleged crime of making derogatory statements about Prophet Mohammed (pbuh); however, later in the court she denied the allegation, and claimed she could not even think of speaking against the prophet of Islam.

But on October 13, 2016, with the eyes of the world watching, a different kind of a dramatic situation happened in the courtroom when the Supreme Court judge, Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman, one of the judges of Aasia bibi’s hearing panel recused himself, saying he had a conflict of interest since he was part of the panel of judges in the Salmaan Taseer case — who was murdered by his bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri — for helping Aasia bibi and speaking out about Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws.

Thus, Aasia bibi’s last hearing started and ended in only a few minutes. The senior-most judge on the panel, Justice Saqib Nisar, adjourned the court for an indefinite time, and announced that the case would be sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to re-schedule a new hearing excluding Justice Rehman.

The strange circumstances of the court’s refusal to hear the case begs a question that the point raised by the judge could have been done before the hearing date, and not on the day when so many from the Christian world were waiting for the verdict of the hearing.

Consider the following circumstances: some weeks ago, 150 leading Muslim clerics, mostly Sunnis, issued a fatwa declaring that Aasia bibi must be put to death. In addition, leading campaigners against her sent a clear message to the masses that anyone who helps her would be punished. Hence, in the current political atmosphere of Pakistan, even the judges found themselves in a difficult situation.

National and international media were closely covering the case. Aasia bibi’s lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook, tried to argue before the court that since the entire world was watching, the hearing should not be delayed, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. If the hearing had not been delayed and Aasia bibi had been acquitted, the judges would have experienced backlash from extremists, and their lives would most likely have been in danger, as would have been the lives of Aasia bibi and her immediate family.

As it was, Aasia bibi was not even brought into the court due to security reasons. However, her husband, Ashiq Masih, was there to see the final outcome of the case, and was terrified in the presence of fundamentalists who had gathered in the courtroom. While the judges of the panel were very much aware of the international push for Aasia’s freedom, they were also aware that internally, Islamic clerics fiercely opposed these efforts, and had planned a nationwide response to counter any decision against their wishes.

Taken into the mix as well is the weakened government, where the ruling party is accused of corruption as exposed in the Panama leaks. In addition, the government is dealing with severe tension at the border with India in the occupied Kashmir territory. Apparently, it was in the interest of the government that Aasia bibi’s case should be left undecided — perhaps permanently. In the present scenario, the government of Pakistan could not have handled the pressure of Islamic fundamentalists if the court had overturned her sentence. And if the court had upheld the sentence, Aasia bibi’s execution would have put Pakistan in a precarious situation internationally.

By choosing a delaying tactic, the judiciary and the government saved their skin. It is sadly evident that in the present circumstances in Pakistan, there will be no justice for Aasia bibi. Once again she has been pushed into the shadow of uncertainty. The poor soul has been left to die in solitary confinement. In the foreseeable future, it seems like a dream that she will get justice in this so-called pluralistic society. The ongoing agitation of fundamentalists in one of the provincial capitals is a clear suggestion that nothing less than Aasia bibi’s hanging is acceptable. The banners with #hangAsia slogans are evidence that hardliner religious forces will impede the country’s justice system or the government if anything goes against their desire for Aasia bibi’s death sentence.

In the given situation, leaving the matter in the hands of the Creator could be the best strategy, Who says: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The writer can be reached at Kaleem.dean@mail.com

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