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.”


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.”

Source/Credit: thefrontierpost

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.

Source/Credit: local21

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.

Source/Credit: Dawn