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Usually cordial on Twitter, Sushma Swaraj blocks Cong MP

Twitter-savvy External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has blocked one of her fellow parliamentarians and Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab Partap Singh Bajwa on the social media platform.Bajwa told DNA that Swaraj, otherwise open to helping people who reach out to her on Twitter, had done so as he had been asking her difficult question in the Parliament to nail the Centre’s “lie” on the 39 Indians who had gone missing in Iraq after they were kidnapped by Islamic State and who are considered ‘not dead’ by the external affairs ministry.”This is not the way one of the most senior minister of the government ought to behave. It is our right to ask her questions and it is her duty to respond. I was not even aware of this development. A few days ago, I tried tweeting to the PM and her regarding the plight of Sikhs in the Hangu district of Pakistani Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa where they are being forced to convert. To my surprise, I saw that she had blocked me on Twitter,” Bajwa said.”I decided to tweet about it today (Wednesday) because in the intervening days, the Parliament was not working. I follow not her, but the external affairs minister. If she blocks an MP, then it is completely insensitive.”Bajwa also accused the government of trying to hide the truth. “For the past two or three sessions, I have been grappling with her to come clean. The eyewitness is from our Gurdaspur and he told us that all of them had been shot dead in the desert. Swaraj had said that the witness was misleading the government. She has repeatedly said the government will get them back, later claiming that they were all alive and have been tied up as bonded labour in Mosul, but this was repudiated by the Iraqi premier,” said Bajwa.”I believe that she was initially misled. She realised that a false stand had been put up in the Parliament, but now they are not ready to change their stand.”

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Interpol cancels Red Corner Notice against Zakir Naik, deletes all data on him

The Interpol has cancelled the Red Corner Notice issued by it against Dr Zakir Naik and has deleted all data on the controversial Islamic peachier. The decision was taken by the Interpol’s Commission in its 102nd session held on 24-27 October 2017 and data on Naik was deleted from its database on November 9. This was conveyed by the Interpol to Naik’s London-based legal firmCorker Binning in a letter dated December 11, 2017. The Interpol contended that there was a severe lack of evidentiary basis, a failure by Indian authorities to follow due process of law, political and religious bias that formed the basis of such a notice, and lack of international interest.The Interpol’s Commission found after thorough examination that the request from the Indian NCB was not compliant with Interpol’s rules and thus decided the lndian government’s request for Red Corner notice should be cancelled. Furthermore, the Interpol general secretariat has informed all. Interpol NCB’s that it has deleted the information relating to Dr Zakir Naik and urged all NCB’s to update their national databases accordingly.The Interpol was listening to the request made by The National Central Bureau of Interpol of India made in May 2017 pertaining to Naik. The Indian NCB of Interpol had requested for Red Corner Notice of Dr Zakir Naik for “promoting enmity between two different religious groups ongrounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony, being a member of unlawful Association etc”.The Indian government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had banned Dr Zakir Naik and his organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in November last year. Following the ban, all the operations of IRF were stopped, and all the staff relieved of their duties. Dr Naik also lost his Islamic International School, a school that he had founded and developed over the Harvard pattern of academics. Despite protests, the School’s bank accounts were frozen by the Indian authorities following the ban. NIA has also charged him for radicalising youth. Naik, a 52-year-old medical doctor, has aroused controversy with his puritan brand of Islam – recommending the death penalty for homosexuals and those who abandon Islam as their faith, according to media reports. A Youtube video shows Naik saying that if Osama bin Laden “is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, I am with him”. Bangladesh suspended Peace TV channel, which features Naik’s preachings, after some media reports claimed bombers of a Dhaka cafe that killed 22 people last year were admirers of him. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. He has taken residence in Malaysia. India is likely to make a formal request to Malaysia for his extradition.Dr Naik has repeatedly denied accusations of “running away” from investigations. A non-resident Indian (NRI), Dr Naik has been away from India since May 2016, much before the Dhaka incident of July that year. He has been managing IRF’s operations and delivering talks across several countries.

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Diktat creating communal havoc

A message is doing rounds in the Dawoodi Bohra community criticising the recent diktat that marriages can be held only in community halls/places that are cleared by Anjuman E Shiate Ali, the community’s religious committee. The diktat even asks members of the community to not attend marriages if not held at places cleared by it.The recent message condemning the ‘diktat’ states that it has created a “communal havoc”. It goes on to ask if the religious leaders of the community will help them.”If Christian schools” refuse admission for the Bohras and that being a business community, if tomorrow “other communities boycott business with us, where do we stand? Does it make any difference to our religious leaders and their income?””The new diktat is disturbing. Earlier, there was a diktat of limiting food items and stopping sangeet and dance because it is not Islamic. Now this. All this is happening because of revenue as most halls are controlled by the religious leaders or people close to them. They want to control our activities and form pressure groups,” said a member, who did not want to be named.Members said that community halls have limitations like dress code, space constraint and also parking issues.”This should not be labelled as a diktat. Such words are prejudicial. The current advisory asking Bohras to use community venues for weddings has many advantages… All are positive steps for an organisation charged with managing community affairs… promoting egalitarianism and maintaining cultural propriety,” said a spokesperson.

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Delhi HC seeks govt stand on PIL for changing Muslim inheritance law

The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre’s response on a PIL to amend the Muslim personal law on inheritance, alleging that Muslim women were discriminated on issues relating to sharing of property.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the Ministry of Law and Justice to examine the issue of alleged discriminatory practice in the Muslim law on inheritance.It directed the government to submit its stand positively before the next date of hearing on April 9 next year.Central government standing counsel Monika Arora told the bench that the Law Commission was examining the issue.The court was hearing a plea by a social organisation — Sahara Kalyan Samiti– which has sought equal inheritance rights for Muslim women.The petition, filed by advocate Raghav Awasthi alleged that Muslim women in India have been discriminated as far their rights of inheritance were concerned in comparison to their male counterparts.It said the discrimination based on customary law as well the statutory law was violative of their fundamental right to equality enshrined under Articles 14, 19, 21 and other relevant provisions of the Constitution.The plea contended that Article 13 of the Constitution included personal laws including Muslim personal laws. “It is erroneous to assume that personal laws are excluded from the ambit of judicial examination,” it said.It claimed that a bare perusal of the law shows that a wife shall receive 1/8th of the property of her husband on his death if they have children. In case there are no children borne out of marriage, she is entitled to 1/4th of the property. A daughter shall receive half of the share of a son.In stark contrast, the men shall receive 1/4th of the property of his wife on her death if they have children. In case there are no children borne out of the marriage, he is entitled to half the property. A son shall receive double the share of the daughter, the plea alleged.”Thus, it is clearly perceivable that women under the present Islamic law in force are, by the mere factum of their being women in the nature of a wife or a daughter, are only entitled to half of the share of their male counterparts,” it said.
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Shocked to see fatwa against nationalist forces, it’s nationalism that guides us to help every Indian: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said “rashtrabhakti” motivated him and his government to help people of various faiths, including Christians, and dubbed as “fatwa” a letter issued by Gandhinagar archbishop.The prime minister was referring to the letter issued last month by Thomas Macwan, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, in which he had appealed to Christians to pray to save the country from “nationalist forces”.”I was shocked to see a religious person releasing a ‘fatwa’ (diktat) saying uproot the nationalist forces. It is ‘Rashtrabhakti’ (nationalism) that guides us to help every Indian in any part of the world,” Modi said.The prime minister was speaking at a gathering after inaugurating a hospital on the campus of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratisthanam (SGVP).He said it was a “matter of concern” if some people are opposing such values.The priest had also said that “democratic fabric” of the country was at stake amidst growing “sense of insecurity” among minorities, which was viewed as a jibe at the ruling BJP.Modi said his government had saved and rescued people of different faiths irrespective of their religion.He also listed several examples wherein the central government had brought back Christian missionaries as well as nurses stranded in conflict zones across the world.Also readThose who issue fatwas against nationalists should see effort we undertook to get Father Tom back: PM Modi “Along with Indians, we have rescued citizens of almost 40 countries from Yemen, as they were stranded there due to war. We did not see their religion or language they speak. It was our nationalism and humanitarian values which guided us,” the prime minister said.Modi said he was raising the issue of nationalism because some people have challenged it. “Our nurses from Kerala, mostly Christians, were stranded in Iraq. They were in the custody of terrorists. Can the prime minister or any citizen of India sleep in such situation, when our daughters are in custody of terrorists?” he asked.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi hits out at Congress; says they oppose for sake of opposingIn 2014, a total of 46 Indian nurses, who were held captive by the Islamic State militants in Iraq for about a month, were evacuated after the successful intervention by the Union government.The prime minister also recalled how his government used “all resources” to bring back Keralite priest Tom Uzhunnalil who was freed after being kept in captivity suspectedly by the ISIS for 18 months in strife-torn Yemen.”Father Tom (Uzhunnalil), also a Keralite, was abducted by terrorists in Yemen last year. He went their to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Again, we have employed all our resources to bring him back, as he is the son of this country.Also readManmohan Singh jibes at PM Modi, praises GDP uptickWe successfully brought him back a few months back,” the prime minister said.He also gave the example of Father Alexis Prem Kumar who was rescued from the Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.”Another Christian, Judith D’Souza of West Bengal, was kidnapped in Afghanistan. We applied every trick in the book and brought her back alive, that too from the clutches of terrorists. We were able to do all these humanitarian work because of our rashtrabhakti,” he said.
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Hadiya case | Brinda Karat slams NIA for interrogating couples in inter-community marriages

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has accused the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of being out on a “fishing expedition” in Kerala and interrogating couples in inter-caste or inter-community marriages.The party’s politburo member said instead of celebrating inter-caste and inter-community marriages as “symbols of India s open and liberal approach”, there was a campaign against them.”The NIA is on a fishing expedition having already interrogated 89 such couples in Kerala,” Karat said in the latest issue of party organ ‘People’s Democracy’, while referring to the Hadiya case.Also readKerala love jihad case: Hadiya was very happy after talking to her husband over phone, says college deanShe was critical of the central agency’s role in probing such marriages, referred to as “love jehad” by Hindutva forces.”An agency whose proclaimed mandate is to investigate offences related to terrorism has now expanded its mandate by order of the Supreme Court to unearth so-called conspiracies of Muslim men luring Hindu women into marriage and forcibly converting them with the aim of joining the Islamic State,” she said in the article.Also readWant to meet my husband, hope authorities will allow: Hadiya after reaching collegeThe underlying assumption, she said, was that Hindu women who married Muslims had “no minds of their own”.”Her (Hadiya’s) case reveals how deeply the current climate created by sectarian ideologies based on a narrow reading of religious identity has pushed back women’s rights to autonomy as equal citizens. From the government to the courts, to the strengthening of conservative and regressive thinking and practice, it’s all out there in Hadiya’s case,” Karat wrote.She also hailed Hadiya’s unequivocal stand in court.”It was the courage of her conviction that stood out. She wanted to be treated as a human being. She wanted her faith to be respected. She wanted to study. She wanted to be with her husband. And, most importantly, she wanted her freedom,” the former Member of Parliament said.Karat said she appreciated the Supreme Court “for not allowing itself to be converted into a khap panchayat” and charged the NIA counsel supported by the legal counsel of the Central government with portraying it as a case of “indoctrination and brainwashing in a conspiracy of ‘love jehad’ which they claimed rendered Hadiya incapacitated and invalidated her consent”.”The NIA wanted the court to study the documents it claimed it had as evidence before they heard Hadiya. For one and a half hours, this young woman stood in open court hearing arguments about herself, against herself and her chosen partner. It was shameful, humiliating and set an unfortunate precedent,” she said.The Left leader emphasised that Hadiya’s case brought into focus the right to practise and propagate the religion of one s choice under the Constitution.Karat expressed the hope that the apex court would “act in a way which strengthens women s rights unencumbered by subjective interpretations of tradition and communal readings of what constitutes national interest”.Hadiya had said in the apex court last week that she wanted to go with her husband, Shafin Jahan.The 24-year-old Kerala woman had converted to Islam, changing her name from Akhila to Hadiya, and married Jahan.The marriage was challenged by her parents in court.Jahan moved court after their marriage was annulled by the Kerala high court and against the high court court s order directing the NIA to probe the case.The Supreme Court last week allowed Hadiya, till now in the custody of her parents, to resume her studies at a homoeopathy college in Salem, Tamil Nadu.
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Triple talaq: India considers jail for ‘instant divorce’

The Indian government is proposing a three-year jail sentence for men who use “triple talaq”.

Rahul and Sonia Gandhi greet people on occasion of Milad-un-Nabi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi today greeted people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, saying the teachings of Prophet Mohammad continued to guide mankind on the path of equality, brotherhood and compassion.Milad-un-Nabi marks the birthday of Prophet Mohammad and is commemorated in the third month in the Islamic calendar.”The teachings of the Prophet continue to guide the mankind on the path of equality, brotherhood and compassion.”May the festival of Milad-un-Nabi bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all,” she said.Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also wished the people on the occasion, saying, “My best wishes to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi. May we be guided by the spirit of compassion, peace and tolerance.”
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IS threat’ puts city airport on high alert

Those working insider the cargo division of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) were evacuated and area cordoned on Wednesday evening, after a message was found scribbled inside the toilet room about terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS) blowing up the area on Republic Day, 2018.The security agencies which have taken charge of the premises are probing the matter and a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) has been summoned to scan for explosives among the tons of cargo lying there. The security agencies are on an alert athough they are also looking into the message as the handiwork of pranksters.Deepak Deoraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) and spokesperson for Mumbai police department, said, “We have contacted the CISF for further procedure.”The situation is reminiscent of a similar threat message found scribbled in an airport toilet wall in January 2015 on two occasions, warning of an Islamic State (ISIS) attack on Republic Day.
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Remembering 26/11 | Resolve Ayodhya issue to end terrorism: MN Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government should resolve Ayodhya issue at the earliest and resolve it through mutual negotiations by arriving at an amicable solution if the problem of terrorism in India has to end. Other things can be taken up later on, former Mumbai police commissioner MN Singh told DNA on the eve of the ninth anniversary of 26/11.”Whether one likes it or not minorities are feeling a little uneasy in their minds. After this government came there is great anxiety in their minds. No efforts were made to resolve the Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute in three and half years. Hindus will definitely like that the temple is built up there as they are not going to settle down for anything less than it. The government is eminently poised to take the initiative. Instead of doing that lot of other things are talked about such as Love Jihad, beef ban. It has created more tension and controversy.””We have done a great deal but there is always a possibility as far as that discontent element is there and that internal support base remains,” Singh said. He added that there have been 12 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in the last 24 years, and from 1992-93 onwards all of them were the handiwork of Muslim groups. According to Singh, the 26/11 attack was an invasion by Pakistan carried out by 10 well-trained fidayins with local support.”You may have security infrastructure but as long as there is anxiety and some discontent there will always be terror attacks in the country. In our country what has been going on is a threat from Islamic forces,” Singh said. He further added that there are two aspects of terrorism in India — one is internal and the other external.

2003 Mulund bomb blast accused walks to freedom

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Convicted for the 2003 bomb blasts, Saquib Nachan, Wednesday was released from Thane Central jail. Nachan was convicted for possessing weapons under the Prevention of Terrorist Act (POTA) and was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment. After being released from prison, Nachan left for his native town of Padhga with his relatives.In 2002 and 2003, within a span of four months, there were four blasts at Mumbai Central, Vile Parle and Mulund railway stations that killed 12 persons. Nachan was accused by Mumbai Police as the mastermind of the blasts and he was arrested from Padgha of Thane district.Nachan was the former secretary of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Nachan completed 10 years of punishment out of which one year and eight months were spent as a convict at the Thane Central Prison, while the remaining period was spent as an undertrial.”I respect the judiciary system and after my release I wish to spend quality time with my family members,” said Nachan.”The prison authorities and conditions in the jail are proper. Now, as a grandfather, I would bring up my grandchildren,” said Nachan.It was a festive time for the guests and family members who thronged the residence of Nachan. Sweets were distributed in the locality and special dishes were made for the guests. “We are happy that Saquib Bhai has returned and we still feel that he was framed by the government for doing social work for our community,” said a local resident.

Caught on Camera: Woman forced by UP police to remove ‘burqa’ at Yogi Adityanath’s rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Muslim woman at the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s rally in Ballia on Tuesday was seen removing her burqa on police orders.In a video posted by ANI, the woman is seen taking off her full-covered Islamic veil after being asked by a lady police officer.The woman, who is a BJP worker, did not know why she was asked to remove the burqa, according to a Zee News report.However, the district police chief said they were not informed about the incident and will look closely into the matter.”I have not been informed of any incident where a woman was asked to take off her burqa. However, everyone had the instructions to see that no one shows black cloth to Yogi ji. Whatever you are mentioning will be probed and action will be taken,” said Anil Kumar, Balia SP.The incident happened three days after black flags were waved in UP Chief Minister’s Meerut’s rally ahead of local bodies’ election. Earlier, black coloured t-shirts and shirts were banned in a CM’s rally. The district administration did not allow anyone wearing black T-shirts in an attempt to stop black flags being raised Meanwhile, the local bodies’ election in Uttar Pradesh’s 24 districts is underway. The polling will be done in three phase – November 22, November 26 and November 29.

Hadiya’s father relies on right to privacy, seeks in-camera proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>KM Ashokan moved court on Tuesday seeking direction for in-camera proceedings on the day his daughter Akhila/Hadiya is supposed to appear before a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.The father’s move comes days before Hadiya is set to appear before the court to finally speak up and give her side of the story.Hadiya, who has been caught in the eye of the storm for converting to Islam and marrying Shafin Jahan, is supposed to appear before the court bench on November 27.”It is respectfully submitted that a family’s anguish and misery caused by the acts of an extremist organisation should not be reduced to a public spectacle and or a reality show. The object of the production of Akhila in a court is to enable this court to arrive at the truth and ascertain the role of PFI/other extremist elements, and whether there is a network in place or systematic conversion and radicalisation activities,” the application filed through advocate Madhavi Divan said.”Given the extent of religious indoctrination by extremist elements, wherein the respondent’s daughter is already spewing narratives of hell and the torment meted out to sinners, she may be subject to undue pressures which could be an obstacle to truth seeking and the dispensation of justice,” Asokan’s application further stated requesting the bench which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud to recall its earlier order for an open court hearing.”Further, this Hon’ble Court would be kind enough to take into consideration the impact on the privacy of not only Akhila but her family as well,” the application read citing the recent judgment on the right to privacy.At the previous hearing, overruling vociferous objections by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the father – Ashokan KM, the apex court ordered Akhila aka Hadiya to be produced in court on November 27 at 3 pm. CJI Misra said the court wanted to hear Akhila, whether she converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan by choice or if she was compelled.”If a girl comes and says I don’t want to stay with my father what should the court do? We have to find out where she intends to stay,” the bench had then said. “As far as her marriage is concerned its a personal choice,” the bench had observed. “IT is our constitutional obligation to direct the production of the girl and ask her choice,” the court added.However, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh – representing the National Investigative Agency (NIA) submitted that Hadiya’s case was not unique and Kerela was witnessing a trend where people were leaving to join the banned terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).”89 cases have been identified in Kerela so far and nine are the worst.” Singh said. The ASG added that Hadiya was indoctrinated by the conversion organisation Sathya Sarini and the Popular Front of India (PFI) – an Islamic fundamentalist organisation, were behind the radicalisation and hence her “free consent” should not be considered. Referring to observations made by American courts in similar cases, Singh had likened Hadiya’s case to that of “psychological kidnapping.”Representing the father, senior advocate Shyam Divan said: “In a composite and plural culture like ours, constitutional courts respond to radicalisation. In the U.S. and the U.K., courts respond well before a person crosses over to the realm of criminality. Courts cannot remain silent in plural societies.”The court however, stood firm after the hour-long hearing of heated appeals. “Must direct the production of the girl. We will address all other issues in due course,” the bench said. It further questioned whether the girl – who is an adult, can remain confined in the custody of the parents. “We are going by the language of the law, not by pulse or impulse,” the Chief Justice said.

No authoritative info on presence of Islamic state in J&K: Home Ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today sought to downplay Islamic State’s presence in Jammu and Kashmir, but acknowledged the resurgence of a radical group in the Valley.There is no authoritative information about the presence of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior home ministry official said.The comment came in the wake of claims that the global terror organization was involved in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar wherein a terrorist, identified as Mugees, was killed and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, lost his life.’Amaq’, which is the official news agency of ISIS, had claimed the responsibility for the attack.Pictures of Mugees with the ISIS flag in the background surfaced on social media. Even his body was wrapped in the flag of the banned terror group during funeral.However, the official said it has come to light that Mugees belonged to an extremist group called Tehrik-ul- Mujahideen and was its Pulwama district commander.The Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen was among the first few militant groups that emerged at the onset of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, the official said.It follows the ideology of Salafism which is ultra radical like ISIS. However, the police have found no logistical connection between the two, another official said.The cadre strength of the group is very small and it has been facing an extreme shortage of weapons.Officials said the Tehrik-Ul-Mujahideen was founded much before the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen came into existence.After the killing of Mujees, Adil Ahmed has been appointed the group’s commander in Pulwama district.

NIA takes over probe into murder of UP retired principal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency has taken over the probe into the murder of a retired principal in Uttar Pradesh from the state Anti Terrorism Squad. It has been alleged that victim Ramesh Chandra Shukla was killed by members of the Islamic State.Shukla, principal of Atma Prakash Brahmachari Junior High School in Chakeri of Kanpur, was shot dead during his morning walk in October last year.According to the ATS, members of IS’s Khorasan module killed Shukla as part of a ‘target practice’. The agency learnt about this while investigating their role in the Ujjain-Bhopal passenger train blast in March this year.With the same group allegedly behind the blast and murder, authorities decided to allow one agency to probe both cases.A day after the blast, ATS sleuths conducted an 11-hour encounter on the outskirts of Lucknow in which Kanpur-based IS operative Saifullah was killed. Subsequently, NIA arrested right members of the cell from Kanpur and various cities of Madhya Pradesh.During investigation, the ATS found that the spent cartridges recovered from the spot of Shukla’s killing matched the arms and ammunition recovered from Saifullah’s hideout.Meanwhile, one of the arrested terror suspect Atif Muzaffar told the NIA that he had nothing against Shukla and he became a target of their shooting practice. He and Moahmmad Danish killed Shukla while practising with 30 calibre pistol, which they bought from Fakre Alam of Etawah.In its charge sheet in Ujjain-Bhopal Express blast, NIA made reference of Shukla’s murder. Since the case was with the state police, they wrote to the Uttar Pradesh director general of police seeking permission to hand over the case to the NIA. Last week, the national agency took over the case.

Lean on Central Asian saint’s teachings to counter extremism: Uzbek President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as India is planning to host a high-level international conference on countering radicalization, Central Asian country Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Sunday proposed to establish the Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand—after the name of ninth century saint and scholar to provide effective intellectual tools to contest extremism and misinterpreting religious texts.Addressing a security conference on Central Asia under the auspices of the United Nations, which was also attended by an Indian delegation led by Minister of State for External Affairs General (rtd) V K Singh, President Mirziyoyev said his country was also establishing the Center for Islamic Civilization in the historic city of Tashkent.In the Indian context, a Centre in the name of Saint scholar Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari holds significance as most of religious texts and curricula in Indian madrasas originate from his scholarly works. Commonly referred to as Imam Bukhari, he authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, regarded by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic collections. After Quran Hadith is an important source of Islamic teachings, based on the record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.According the Uzbek President, the main goal is to turn Central Asia into a stable and economically developed region by joint efforts. “We must eliminate the roots that feed the conflict potential. We are looking for reasonable compromises in resolving issues on borders, water use, transport and trade.” He also linked stability and development in the region to the peace in Afghanistan, stressing to counter extremist ideology and educating young people about its pitfalls.According to the President, one of the most effective tools for countering extremism is education, especially educating young people, explaining them the humanistic essence of Islam and the true values of Islamic culture. “In this regard, we decided to establish the Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand and the Center for Islamic Civilization in Tashkent,” Mirziyoyev said.India’s former envoy in Russia and also an expert on Central Asian affairs, Ashok Mukherji, believed that the Central Asia’s rich and tolerant Islamic heritage can play a major role in the reconstruction of its national identities as well as relations with India. “This heritage is symbolized by the acknowledged theological eminence of Central Asia’s Imam Bukhari in compiling the Hadith or sayings of the Prophet, as well as the scientific and humanitarian contributions of Central Asian Islamic scholars such as Al-Beruni, Al-Farabi, the astronomer-king Ulugh Beg, and Sufi Islamic saints such as Ahmed Yasevi and Nakhsbandi,” he said, adding that all these scholars have intrinsic links with India and part of its heritage. He maintained that this heritage, which has taken root since ancient times, is one of the great opportunities and challenges of the new Silk Road.

About 100 Keralites suspected to have joined ISIS: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 100 Keralites are suspected to have joined the Islamic State over the years, police said on Saturday. The Kerala Police has collected evidence in this regard, including over 300 voice clips and messages from WhatsApp, telegram messaging applications and other social media platforms, sources here told PTI. The latest proof was an audio clip from a woman, wherein she can be heard informing her kin here about the death of her husband, who had joined ISIS. The woman can be heard saying her husband Shajil was killed recently in the ‘jihadi war’. According to the audio clip, she and her two children are still in Syria, the sources said.The woman can be heard telling her kin that many Keralite women, who have lost their husbands, and their children are in Syria, they said. The voice clip was received by Shajil’s brother. Police have another audio clip from one Qayoom, whose photos in the ISIS uniform are available on the Internet, the source said. Three men with suspected links with ISIS were arrested in the district on October 25.
ALSO READ Why is Kerala a fertile land for the ISIS?The trio, who had left Kerala years ago, were suspected to have visited Syria and reportedly received training from the terror outfit, police said.Police had also seized photocopies of tickets and visa, proving that they visited Syria, the source added. The arrested were identified as Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid, all of whom belonged to the district.The National Investigation Agency is probing cases of disappearance of at least 21 people who had left Kerala under mysterious circumstances over a period of time and are suspected to have joined ISIS. Among them, 17 are from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad. They include four women and three children.

NCW chairperson meets Kerala DGP over ‘forceful’ conversions and ISIS link

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Commission of Women Chairperson in-charge Rekha Sharma on Wednesday asked the Kerala Police chief to look into whether some institutions are involved in “forceful conversions” and their source of funds.”These institutions are playing a big role in forceful conversions,” she told reporters here after the meeting with DGP Loknath Behra.The DGP has promised to look into the matter, she said.It was a matter of concern, the chairperson said, adding she had also met many girls who had been “forcefully converted”.However, the Kerala State Women’s Commission had on Tuesday rejected the charge that “forced conversions” took place in the state.Sharma, who is in the state since the past three days, also met Bindu, mother of Nimisha Fatima, who is suspected to have joined ISIS along with her husband.Later, speaking to reporters, Bindu said, “I have faith in God. God will return my daughter, son-in-law and grandchild,” and added that she had not heard from her daughter since the past one and half years.Nimisha had married Christian youth Bexian Vincent and both of them converted to Islam before allegedly leaving for Afghanistan to join the Islamic State in May last year.Bexian’s brother and sister-in-law had also accompanied them.Sharma had earlier met Hadiya, a 24-year-old woman whose marriage with Shafin Jahan, an alleged member of the Popular Front of India, is at the centre of a nationwide controversy.The Kerala High Court had annulled their marriage following which Jahan had approached the Supreme Court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the National Investigating Agency to probe the controversial case of conversion and marriage of the woman with him.The apex court had directed Hadiya’s father to produce her before it on November 27. ​

Rajasthan HC spurns love jihad claims, lets ‘converted’ woman go with her husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 22-year-old woman, who was sent to a state-run shelter last week after her brother alleged that she was forcibly converted to Islam and married, today went back to her husband after the Rajasthan High Court set her free.The woman Payal Singhvi alias Aarifa Modi was produced in the court during the hearing of the case and refused to go to the Nari Niketan, the counsel for her brother, Gokulesh Bohra, said.The woman’s counsel objected to her being kept at the shelter and contended that as she was a major, she should be free to exercise her will.”The court asked her and she said she did not wish to go to Nari Niketan. The court said she was free after which she preferred to go with her husband (Faiz Modi),” Bohra said.Meanwhile, Additional Advocate General (AAG) Rajesh Panwar submitted documents pertaining to conversion provisions in the state as directed by the court.The court then listed the matter for hearing tomorrow.Pulling up the state police over its handling of the case, the high court had last Wednesday directed it to register an FIR and submit a report after the woman’s brother claimed that it was an instance of ‘love jihad’.A bench of justices GK Vyas and MK Garg had directed the state government to file a reply clarifying the legal provisions pertaining to religious conversion in the state.Hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by the woman’s brother, the bench had expressed anger over the “negligence” of the police, which allegedly refused to file an FIR on her family’s complaint.The court questioned as to how the police could assume that the girl’s conversion was legal “just by way of an affidavit over a stamp paper of Rs 10″, when there was no provision in law in this regard.In his petition, the brother claimed that Faiz Modi had been harassing his sister for long and abducted her while she was going to college.She was made to sign some papers by him and fake marriage documents were prepared, he alleged.When the family members could not find her, they approached the police which refused to file an FIR stating that Faiz Modi had already produced proof of marriage and an affidavit of religious conversion by the woman dated April 14, the brother had alleged.He alleged that she was blackmailed by the accused with objectionable pictures and forced to convert to Islam and marry him.”This is a clear case of ‘love jihad’ and over half a dozen such cases have already been reported in the city in the past some time due to the disinterest shown by the police in investigating these cases,” the petitioner’s lawyer Gokulesh Bohra had said.The court had directed that the woman be sent to Nari Niketan (women shelter) for seven days and instructed the police to ensure that no one meets her there.Police had filed an FIR on the direction of the court.The matter came in the backdrop of the controversy over a case of a Kerala Hindu woman, who had converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan.The Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage and described it as an instance of ‘love jihad’, which was challenged by Jahan.It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case.The matter is now before the apex court.

NIA urges court to attach Naik’s assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday approached the NIA Court pleading it to attach some properties of Islamic Research Foundation’s (IRF) founder Zakir Naik, claiming that a proclamation notice was issued against him and thus it was essential to attach his properties. This plea was opposed by the defence claiming it was illegal. The court is yet to pass orders in the application.NIA in their plea claimed that he was declaimed as a proclaimed offence in June 2017 and thus under the proclamation act, it was essential to attach his properties.The list given by the NIA includes the controversial televangelist’s properties in Mazgaon. Naik owns two flats in Maria heights, two flats in Jasmine apartments and one in Crystal residency.The defence however challenged the issuance of the proclaimation order. They claimed the order was illegal as there was no proper procedure followed and thus the demand made by the NIA deserves to be rejected.The court would pass orders on the application on the next date. Meanwhile Arshi Qureshi, who was arrested in the same matter as a preacher, was denied bail by the court on Monday.A case had been registered against Naik in November 2016 under Sections 153A of Indian Penal Code and Sections 10, 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. IRF has already been declared as an Unlawful Association by Government of India as per a notification dated November 17, 2016.

Ready to promote ties with ‘important neighbour’ India, says China after blocking move to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after blocking a move to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist for the fourth time, China on Friday said that it was ready to work with India to promote ‘constant progress’ of bilateral relationsA veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.The JeM, founded by Azhar, has already been in the UN’s list of banned terror outfits.”We are ready to work with India to promote constant progress of bilateral relations guided by this diplomacy with Chinese characteristics for the new era,” said China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong “India is an important neighbour of China,” Chen saidHe further added that China plans to step up ties with neighbours under the “neighbourhood diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era” enunciated by President Xi Jinping.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to visit India next month to attend the Russia, India, China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting. In the last two years, China has stonewalled efforts by India and then later by the US, the UK and France to declare Azhar as a terrorist, stating that there is no consensus on the issue.All other 14 of the 15 members of the UN Security Council were supporting the move by the US and France.This has led to bilateral discord between India and China as Beijing’s move has been seen as an attempt to shield Azhar on behalf of Pakistan.The relations between the two neighbours are also strained by a 73-day standoff at Doklam over Chinese army s plans to build a strategic road in the area also claimed by Bhutan.China had in August extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN after having blocked the move in February this year at the United Nations.In September, the BRICS expressed ‘concern’ over the security situation in the region and the violence caused by the Taliban, ISIS, al-Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Six more youngsters from Kannur have joined ISIS in Syria: Kerala police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala police on Thursday confirmed that six more youngsters from Kannur district have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.Police said that these people were active workers of PFI in Kerala.The development comes amid police trying to confirm news about the death of five Islamic State sympathisers from the district in Syria.The news about the death of one of them, Muhammed Shajil (25) was conveyed by his wife in a foreign country, to his uncle. The wife of another Rishad disclosed information about his death to her mother.Three youths – Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid – with suspected links to the IS were arrested by the Valapattinam police in the district on October 25 followed by the arrest of two others the next.According to some estimates around 100 Indian have left to fight for the Islamic State mainly in Syria and Iraq. Most of these cases have been reported to police by the families of these youths. In July 2016, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Assembly that 21 Muslim youths from the state had gone missing over a month, and it was suspected that they had joined the extremist group.

Law min tears into Kerala govt over love jihad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP sought tangible action by CPM-led LDF government in Kerala against a group called Popular Front of India (PFI) for its alleged role in cases of love jihad. Highlighting a media sting, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday that if the LDF government doesn’t take action against PFI, it would mean it is sacrificing national security at the “altar of vote bank politics”. Love jihad is a term used to describe alleged efforts to get non-Muslim girls to convert to Islam through marriage and affairs.Prasad said, PFI members should be dealt with more severely than Hurriyat leaders, who are being probed by the National Investigation Agency for terror funding in Kashmir. The sting, Prasad said, has caught PFI founding members and claimed that they received funding from abroad and had converted over 5,000 persons to Islam; an Islamic state was their final goal. “You are running a terrorist group with an aim of making an Islamic state. Young sons and daughters are being radicalised. It’s a serious threat to national security,” he said.Prasad also referred to an alleged case of love jihad being heard by the Supreme Court, which has ordered an NIA probe into it. He attacked the Kerala government’s contention that there should be no investigation in the case.The BJP, he said, was of the opinion that people can voluntarily convert but there should be no use of inducement, allurement or fear. Due to PFI’s activities, life of common citizens of Kerala is under threat, Prasad claimed, urging the state government to take pro-active measures in this regard.He also asked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi to speak on the matter. The BJP has taken up the issue of “jihadi terrorism” in Kerala in a big way to widen its appeal ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The saffron party has been traditionally weak in Kerala and could not win any seat from the state in the last Lok Sabha elections.

Possible Pak link to attack, say experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Experts are claiming that Sayfullo Saipov, the man who carried out the New York terror attack may actually have been a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). This group is said to have close links with Pakistani militants. Though facts are still sketchy it is believed that Saipov, a US national, who arrived in the country from Uzbekistan in 2010, was influenced by and probably affiliated to the IMU. According to terror experts, the IMU, which is considered extremely close to the Islamic State, had its headquarters in North Waziristan, in Pakistan. As Professor Madhav Nalapat says, “Pakistani extremists and Uzbek extremists have very close links. There are multiple terror training camps in Pakistan, many protected by the Pakistan army. ISIS expert Khadim Hussain, based in Peshawar, confirmed that the IMU for a time was headquartered in North Waziristan. Prof Hussain confirmed that Pakistani and Uzbek extremists had close ties but added that it was “unfair” to single out and blame a state for global terrorism.

Islamic preacher arrested for abducting, raping women inside madrasa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Imam — head of Islamic seminary — allegedly abducted and raped a 30-year-old married woman in his Madrasa in the border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.Police have arrested Molvi Altaf Ahmad Malik and booked him for rape, abduction and wrongful confinement under Sections 376, 366 and 342 of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) respectively. Malik, police said, has been heading Darul Uloom for boys in Qalam Abad in Kupwara district for the last one year.Police officers said Malik had picked up the woman from a social function saying he’d drop her home. He then took her to his Darul Uloom where he allegedly raped her.”Locals informed us that a Molvi had taken a woman inside his Darul Uloom. We immediately rushed a party headed by the Station House Officer to the spot. The police party found the preacher in unacceptable position,” said Shabir Ahmad, sub divisional police officer, Handwara.The woman narrated how she was abducted and raped during interrogation. “She requested this Molvi to drop her home from a function as she knew him. The Molvi, instead of dropping her home, took her to his Darulul Uloom. The locals learnt of the incident from her screams, and called us,” Shabir said.Police conducted medical examinations on the woman and are awaiting the reports.This is not the first incident in which an Imam has been booked for rape in Jammu and Kashmir. Last year an Imam allegedly sodomised an eight-year-old boy in the Hamam (an enclosure adjoining prayer hall used in winters to keep the room warm) of a mosque at Pulwama district of south Kashmir.Data released by National Crime Records Bureau revealed that there were 331 cases of rape reported in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 compared to 331 in 2014 and 378 in 2013.

Yogi Adityanath begins madrasa education reforms with NCERT books, Muslim community welcomes move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After making sweeping changes into the UP board, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to change syllabus of over 19,000 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh by introducing NCERT books in their curriculum.Treading cautiously on the contentious issue, the Yogi Adityanath government has, however, decided not to replace the existing syllabus but introduce the NCERT books in addition to that and make it compulsory so that Muslim students from Class 1 to 12 can compete with their counterparts in CBSE schools. The aim is to modernize and improve the standard of education in madrasas where students don’t get proper exposure to subjects like science and English. Most of them end up learning Urdu, Arabi, Persian, Quran, Islamic theology and religious laws but lack knowledge in other subjects.Announcing modernisation of madrasas and change in their syllabus, the Deputy Chief Minister and State Education Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma said that these changes will not only help madrasa students increase their knowledge but develop their personality also. “The change in madrasa syllabus will bring parity with other educational institutions in the state and increase job prospects for Muslim students,” he said. The Yogi government had allocated Rs 1700 crore for minority welfare in its maiden budget for 2017-18. Out of this, Rs 394 crore were earmarked for modernization of madrasas. With the go ahead from the Yogi Adityanath government, the Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Board has ordered for the Urdu translation of NCERT text books books in Mathematics, Science, Computer, Social Science, History, civic science and Geography.The Board Registrar Rahul Gupta said that the new syllabus with NCERT books in Urdu would be implemented from the next session and subjects like Maths, Science, Computer, History and Geography would be made mandatory for the students from Class VIII to XII. He pointed that the standard of education in madrasa was so low that even after doing Graduation majority of the students were unable to find a proper job. Gupta said that the Board was also mulling over publishing their religious textbooks as they are hard to find in open market.“We will also provide special training to madrasa teachers on these NCERT text books so that they teach students with better skills,” added Gupta. At present, there are about 19,143 madrasa across Uttar Pradesh in which about 18 lakh Muslim students are studying. Earlier, the State government had ordered for registration of all madrasas with the Board in Uttar Pradesh so to streamline the functioning of madrasas.Significantly, the Yogi Adityanath government’s move has been welcomed by the Muslim clerics. Imam of Idgah and a prominent Sunni Cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said that Muslim community welcomes the move to teach Muslim students NCERT books in madrasas. “This will help Muslim students to acquire knowledge about other subjects in addition to learning Islamic studies. The need of the hours is to impart such education to Muslim students in madrasas that it enhances their job prospects,” reacted Maulana Rashid.

Kerala police yet to confirm news about death of 5 ISIS sympathisers in Syria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Police is trying to confirm news about the death of five Islamic State (IS) sympathisers from the district in Syria, the Kannur DSP said on Saturday.”We came to know about the death of five men from the district through their relatives. We are trying to confirm news about their death,” said Kannur Deputy Superintendent of Police P P Sadanandan.”The news about the death of one of them, Muhammed Shajil (25) was conveyed by his wife in a foreign country, to his uncle. The wife of another Rishad disclosed information about his death to her mother,” he added.”Similarly, news about the death of the other three, Shahanad (25), Shameer (45) and his elder son Salman (20) were also received by their relatives from their kin in various places,” the DSP said.”They had died at various periods of time between 2014 and 2017,” he said when asked about the time of their deaths.Sadanandan, who is the investigating officer into the case relating to the recent arrest of five persons, allegedly with links to the terrorist outfit, said, “We are going to take them under police custody today for further interrogation.”Three youths – Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid – with suspected links to the IS were arrested by the Valapattinam police in the district on October 25 followed by the arrest of two others the next day.

Love Jihad case: Kerala Women Commission asks police to inquire Hadiya’s condition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Women’s Commission on Saturday directed Kottayam Superintendent of Police (SP) to inquire and submit a report on the present condition of Hadiya in Kerala love Jihad case.On October 10, the Kerala High Court while hearing the Hadiya case observed that ‘all inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad’.A native of Vaikom, Hadiya (24), a Hindu woman, was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man.Earlier on October 7, the Kerala government told the Supreme Court that an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was not needed in the case as the state police was efficient enough to carry out the inquiry.The government, however, had earlier said that it has no problem with the NIA probe.Last month, a group of people had submitted a petition to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and demanded a probe into the alleged unlawful incarceration of Hadiya.Four months ago, the Kerala High Court had sent Hadiya with her parents K M Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan.The case is under consideration of the Apex Court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.Jahan, on September 16, had filed a plea in the apex court and requested to call off the NIA probe alleging that the agency ‘is not being fair.’Hadiya, formerly Akhila Ashokan, converted to Islam and married Jahan in 2016.In May, the High Court had annulled the marriage acting on a petition filed by Hadiya’s father, who claimed that Muslim organisations were planning to take her abroad and make her join the Islamic State group.

Gujarat court sends two suspected ISIS terrorists to 10-day custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Gujarat’s Bharuch district today remanded two suspected ISIS operatives in the custody of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad for 10 days.While the ATS had sought a 14-day custody of Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza, Chief Judicial Magistrate R D Mehta granted it custody till November 6.ATS officials held Stimberwala from Ankleshwar while Mirza was arrested from Surat yesterday.They are accused of conspiring to spread terror in Gujarat and rest of the country through ‘lone wolf’ attacks.They have been booked under IPC sections 120-b (criminal conspiracy), 121-a (waging war against government of India) and 125 (waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with government of India).They were also booked under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.In the FIR, the ATS alleged that the duo were planning to attack a synagogue in Khadia area of Ahmedabad.While Stimberwala worked as a laboratory technician at a hospital in Ankleshwar, Mirza, a lawyer, practised in the Surat district court. He also owns a hotel in Surat.Both are “highly radicalised by the fundamentalist ideology of the Islamic State (ISIS) for last many years and (were) actively planning to cause terrorist acts”, the ATS said in the FIR.They were influenced by Abdullah el-Faisal, a radical preacher deported from the UK to Jamaica. Recently, el-Faisal was detained in Jamaica on the charges of urging youths to travel to Syria and take part in ‘jihad’, said the FIR.Stimberwala was in regular touch with el-Faisal through social media, it said.Monitoring of their social media accounts revealed that Stimberwala and Mirza were attracted to the extremist ideology for the last three-four years, said the FIR.Both were making “intensive efforts to radicalise other youths in India”, the ATS said. PTI PJT PD KRK ZMN

Saw two nuns get shot: Father Tom reveals horrors of being kidnapped by ISIS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a month after his release from the clutches of the dreaded Islamic State, Father Tom Uzhunnalil’s life seems to be slowly returning to normalcy. Looking healthier than what he did when he de-boarded the Royal Airforce of Oman Plane in September this year, today Fr Tom is at the Don Bosco Provincial House in Bengaluru. He is looking forward to visiting his family in Kerala next month. Fr Tom is known as one of the few fortunate survivors of the Islamic State carnage. Abducted in March last year when an unidentified group attacked the Missionaries of Charity in Yemen, Fr Tom was kept in captivity for 18 months. Today, he is thankful to everyone who worked and prayed for his safe return. Remembering the dreadful day Fr Tom says, ‘I had just finished my prayer. It started off like any other day. Then I heard some gun shots from the security cabin. I just told them I was Indian. They made me sit down and brought 4 of the 5 nuns outside. I saw them shoot 2 of them down.’ But despite being witness to the gruesome act, Fr Tom says that he did not panic. He was then put in the boot of the car and taken away. Fr Tom was shifted 4 times over the next 18 months. He was blindfolded each time his location was changed. The Salesian priest had gone to Yemen in 2015 in the midst of the civil war despite a government advisory. But despite enduring months of captivity he expresses no regret, ‘There were several workers in the Church at that point. They could leave the country only because I returned. Had I not gone back, they would all have been killed in the attack’. But despite his experiences, Fr Tom says he harbours no hate against his captors, ‘I don’t know who my captors were. They always covered their faces and only spoke to me when they had to give me some instructions. They never pointed a gun at me. They did not torture me physically. How can I have negative feelings against them? I believe in the good in everyone. I believe they too have some good in them’. Though not physically tortured, the priest does acknowledge the emotional stress of not having a companion. He had to live an isolated life for one-and-a-half years, without any real conversation or access to books, tv or radio. But the priest that oozes positivity says, ‘Freedom is the capability of doing the right thing. They had only physically confined me’.Today Fr Tom is happy to be back home. Not curious about the negotiations that took place, Fr Tom says that he is willing to go back to Yemen is permitted. ‘Bullets and bombs will not bring peace to the world. It’s forgiveness that will bring peace’, says the man who escaped clutches of the most dreaded terror organisation in the world.

Kerala: 3 men from Kannur arrested for alleged ISIS links

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three men were arrested by Kannur police in Kerala on Wednesday for alleged links to terror group ISIS. According to police, they were stopped from going to Syria four months back and Indian security agencies have been keeping a watch on their online activities ever since they returned to India. The men, all in the mid-twenties, were turned back from Turkey and deported to India four months ago. According to media reports, the three have been identified by the police as Mithilaj KC, 26, Abdul Razak KV, 24, and Rasheed MV, 27.According to reports, they were seen active on websites with links to ISIS. Police teams are trying to figure out how the men were recruited and what was the source of their funding. All the three have been charged under the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Conviction under this law invites jail term for a maximum of 10 years. According to some estimates around 100 Indian have left to fight for the Islamic State mainly in Syria and Iraq. Most of these cases have been reported to police by the families of these youths. In July 2016, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Assembly that 21 Muslim youths from the state had gone missing over a month, and it was suspected that they had joined the extremist group.

Deoband bans Muslim women from sharing selfies on Facebook, Whatsapp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Freedom of Muslim women in the country was curtailed further by the Darul Uloom Deoband when it imposed a ban on Muslim women uploading their photos, including selfies, on social media platforms.Darul Iftaa, the fatwa factory of Darul Uloom Deoband, issued a fatwa in this regard saying that Muslim women uploading and posting their pictures on Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter was ‘unislamic’.The fatwa was issued when a Muslim man sought to know if his wife can post and upload her pictures on social media. In response to the question, Darul Iftaa opined that Islam does not allow Muslim women to show their faces in public.“Islam does not allow Muslim women to be photographed. Uploading and posting their picture on Facebook, Whatsapp etc is against the tenets of Islam and Sharia. They are not allowed to show their faces to other males,” said Mufti Tarikh Qashmi.Mufti Qashmi further said that the trend among Muslim girls and women to put up their photos on social media is increasing in the country and should be stopped immediately as it violates Islamic laws.He asked community members to ensure that girls strictly wear a hijaab and women wear a burqa and they should not be allowed to put up their pictures on social media.The Darul Iftaa had issued another fatwa a few days ago to ban Muslim women from plucking, trimming, shaping eyebrows and cutting hair. The fatwa had also directed Muslim women to stay away from beauty parlours as Islam does not permit them to wear lip-stick and make-up attracting other male members.

US Military claims victory in Syria’s Raqqa; says it’s been retaken from ISIS

Updated: Oct 17, 2017, 09:57 PM IST, Reuters
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The U.S. military said on Tuesday that it could only confirm that about 90 percent of the Syrian city of Raqqa had been retaken from Islamic State militants, even as the U.S.-backed forces declared victory.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, said the fighting was over and it was clearing the city’s stadium of mines and any remaining militants. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Reform, former hardline leader tells Ulemas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty four years in jail seems to have mellowed the hardline Islamist militant leader Altaf Ahmad Fakhtoo alias Dr Mohammad Qasim, who has called upon the Ulema (Islamic scholars) to clean up Islam from the extremist ideologies and work for the reforms among Muslims.Dr Mohommad Qasim, Ameer (chief) of Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) who is serving life sentence for killing human rights activist HM Wanchoo, when he was the commander of Jamait ul Mujahedeen in early nineties, said unless the moderate approach is adopted by Muslims, the strife in the societies will not end.”Islam has discouraged extremism in everything, be it beliefs or any other practical field of life and preaches moderation. It is therefore imperative upon scholars that they should first clean up Islam from these extremist ideologies and then work for reforms among Muslims,” Dr Qasim said through his spokesman.Dr Qasim, one of the longest serving Kashmiri convict, is serving life sentence for allegedly killing human rights activist HN Wanchoo. A simple commerce graduate when he was first arrested in 1993, Qasim utilised his jail term to pursue higher education and completed his PhD in Islamic studies, besides earning Moulvi Fazil degree. Dr Qasim is also the husband of Aasiya Andrabi, the chairperson of hardline women separatist group Dukhatran-e-Milat.”Muslims all over the world have been torn apart by internal strife and external aggression. Therefore need of the hour is that Muslims remain alert about these two extremist ideologies. Those ulemas and scholars present Islam as a way to usurp power,” he said.MDM leader said Islam is a religion of justice and moderation. “It encompasses the principles for beliefs, modes of worship, lawful and prohibitions and morality. Islamic teachings gives appropriate importance to all these,” he said.Elaborating, he said the Muslim society has been divided into two extremist ideologies that have led to internal discord and disputes amongst Muslims.”One of the ideologies is that the only aim of Islam is government formation and the other is that Islam has no relation with politics or state. The outcome of these two ideologies has been strife in Muslim societies. The former ideology has degraded the importance of ibadaat( worship) in Islam and has brought it closer to communism in the passion of grabbing power,” he said.Another ideology, he said, has separated Islam from the politics, economics, society, judicial system and education. “This has led to secularisation of Muslims. Today Muslims feel no harm in accepting the sovereignty of unbelievers. Therefore until these two extremist ideologies are shunned and intermediate and moderate approach is adopted by Muslims, the strife in their societies won’t end and the ever increasing secularization won’t be contained,” he said.WHO’S QASIM?Dr Qasim, one of the longest serving Kashmiri convict, is serving life sentence for allegedly killing human rights activist HN Wanchoo.
Dr Qasim, who did his PhD while in prison is also the husband of Aasiya Andrabi, the chairperson of hardline women separatist group Dukhatran-e-Milat

Hizbul Mujahideen vs Al Qaeda: Split wide open within Kashmir terror groups

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As security forces gunned down Abu Ismail, architect of the Amarnath terror attack, the conflict between Kashmir terror groups came out in open.The simmering tension between pro-Pakistan United Jihadi Council and pro-Islamic rule Al Qaeda has been going on since May when top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Zakir Musa was named Ameer (chief) of Al Qaeda-linked New Jihadist group ‘Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind.Musa has not only distanced himself from the pro-Pakistan group, but is also seen and heard talking about establishing Sharia rule in Kashmir.Earlier in March, a video was circulated in the Valley in which Musa was seen exhorting the Islamic values.A Guardian report said that the softly-spoken Musa appealed to protesters such as the Pulwama students “not to fall for nationalism”. “I see that many people in Kashmir are engaged in a war of nationalism, which is forbidden in Islam,” he said.The fight in the region should “not be for the sake of Kashmir,” he said. “It should be exclusively for Islam so that Sharia is established here.”Later on July 30, a highly influential Hizbul commander Riyaz Naikoo appeared at the funeral of one of the two terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter and cautioned people against falling into the Al Qaeda trap.Naikoo asked people not to join those who ‘defame freedom movement’.The security forces are closely watching this rift between the terror groups.“Time will tell, but it is definitely an important shift,” SP Vaid, the director-general of the Jammu and Kashmir police service was quoted as saying by the Guardian.Abu Ismail’s encounter is the latest flashpoint in this ongoing conflict.A Firstpost report said Ismail had replaced Abu Dujana as operational chief in Kashmir after Dujana sided himself with Musa.Hours after the death of Ismail, Lashkar’s Jammu and Kashmir chief Mehmood Shah issued a stern warning to the “informers”.So, is this conflict helping the security forces?This cannot be proven directly, but the way Abu Ismail was killed in a 5-minute gun battle, it shows that the secirity forces had a very specific intel about him.Soon after the encounter, Major General BS Raju, commanding officer of Indian Army’s Victor Force said that they are expecting a vacuum in Lashkar’s foreign leadership.“He (Abu Ismail) was directly responsible for the death of 14 security force personal and eight civilians besides injures to lot of people. We are looking serious deficiencies in their (foreign militant) leadership which should give us more opportunities. We will continue these kinds of operations to neutralise the remnant people which should bring some peace and clam in the Valley.”

Ahmedabad gets ‘World Heritage City’ title before elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what may provide further momentum to BJP president Amit Shah’s efforts to drum up Gujarat success story before elections, Ahmedabad on Friday received the certificate for India’s first World Heritage City from the UNESCO.Incidentally, Ahmdebad got the prestigious award for having an intercultural amalgamation of Islamic, Hindu and Jain architectures that UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova described as a hallmark of “preserving intercultural dialogue of tolerance.” Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani was quick to accuse earlier governments for not making enough efforts in this matter. He credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s tireless perseverance to get Ahmedabad the coveted award. “Today is a joyous day for 6.25 crore Gujaratis but it became possible entirely because of Narendra Bhai’s efforts who pitched for Ahmedabad as UNESCO’s World Heritage City in 2013 and then continued his efforts by digging out important documents, photographs and other testimonies to claim this glorious award,” said Rupani speaking at a function where his whole cabinet and corporators of Ahmedabad Muncipal Corporation were present. Rupani said this would help Ahmedabad shine as a star on the tourist map of not only India but of the world. Most of the heritage work for which Ahmedabad got the award was accomplished during the reign of Sultan Ahmed Shah in the old city of Ahmedabad in the 15th century from whom the city also derived its present name. Describing Ahmedabad as a landmark city where Mahatma Gandhi began India’s freedom struggle, Ms. Bokova said, “It is important for the symbolism of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence. It holds numerous mosques and Hindu and Jain temples through which it bears witness to multi-religious an multi-cultural dialogue as the rich heritage from the Sultanate period.” “The harmony it embraces through its diversity tells the story of religious and cultural exchange underpinned by tolerance,” she emphasised.The key elements that made Ahmedabad a World Heritage City include the 15th century Bhadra Citadel, the Jhulta Minar or swaying minaret and the the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, one of the finest specimens of Indo-Saracenic style.Spread over in 5.43 sq km area, the walled city is a living heritage having close of 600 Pols (narrow pathways) with clusters of centuries old architecturally beautiful houses and dozens of Vaav (step wells). In all Ahmedabad has 28 historical monuments protected by the Archeological Survey of India. Among the other major attractions are Teen Darwaza, one of the oldest gateways of the city, Jama Masjid and Qutub Shah’s mosque. The city is also home to a number of colonial architectures, including the structure of Ellisbridge and Mangaldas Girdhardas Town Hall.

A’bad receives ‘World Heritage City’ certificate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Friday became the remarkable day for the city as the civic body received the official certificate of inscription as ‘World Heritage City’ by UNESCO. UNESCO director Irina Bokova was in the city to hand over the certificate’s copy to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. This was a formal gesture by UNESCO after declaring Ahmedabad as a World Heritage City on July 8, 2017.During the event, Mayor Gautam Shah said, “The city is known for its unique Indo-Islamic architecture which is often described as glorious. UNESCO has taken note of the city’s rich heritage and granted it the title of World Heritage City. We are aware of the title’s significance and we will follow the steps for its conservation and management. No stone will be left unturned to safeguard the city’s universal value.”Sujata Prasad, additional secretary, ministry of culture said, “It is a matter of pride to receive the certificate from an iconic crusader of heritage sites, Irina, who is known to have fought passionately to protect ancient artefacts from Jehadi violence.” He added, “The city has a blend of Sultanate architecture and indigenous Hindu and Jain architectural designs. Ahmedabad is breathtakingly beautiful.”Talking to the media, Bokova said, “After attainment of the title, now the local authority needs the expertise to preserve the iconic monuments in the city. Ahmedabad is a good model for management in terms of heritage preservation and I am sure this will be a model for other Indian cities too. I believe what Ahmedabad represents is not just one site or monument, but it is a living city.”Rupani said, “It is a proud moment for over 6.5 crore people of Gujarat. Ahmedabad was selected out of 250 cities in the race for the coveted status.”A PIECE OF A’BADAMC also dedicated a heritage website to the people. Souvenirs such as t-shirts, mugs, key chains were launched on the occasion
On July 8, India secured the nomination for Ahmedabad on UNESCO’s World Heritage list

Narendra Modi cannot stop us, will hoist flag of Islam on Indian subcontinent: Zakir Musa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander and the head of a newly created al-Qaeda’s Kashmir cell Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot stop them and they will hoist a flag of Islam on the Indian subcontinent.In a 10-minute audio message released on YouTube channel Ansar Ghazwa, Zakir Musa also threatened to ‘liberate’ India from the rule of ‘cow-worshipping’ PM Modi and Hindus, reported Times of India.Musa has extensively used the social media to instigate the locals against the Indian security forces and called for establishing of an Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir.”Narendra Modi, the worshipper of a cow, can gather as much might with his politics and diplomacy but won’t be able to stop us… We will hoist the flag of Islam on Hind (Indian subcontinent) and we will have the Hindu rulers chained and dragged,” he reportedly said in an audio message.A dreaded militant in Kashmir also lashed out at Pakistan army and government for betraying Kashmir’s jihadi movement by supporting the US in its war against ‘mujahideen’.He also called Kashmir’s militant movement a shining example of Islamic jihad.Musa, who was earlier heading the Hizbul Mujahideen, quit the militant outfit in May 2017 after the group refused to back his statement warning that Hurriyat leaders would be beheaded for calling the Kashmir issue ‘political’.

Zakir Naik appeals to Interpol to turn down red notice plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to the Red Corner Notice issued by the Interpol, counsel for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is being probed by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in terror cases, has written to the Interpol to turn down the Indian government’s plea and not issue a red corner notice against him.The notice was issued in breach of the strict prohibition of political or religious activities under Article 3 of Interpol’s Constitution. A letter sent by Naik’s London-based attorney Corker Binning to the Secretary General, Interpol in France has sought for a refusal to issue and publish the red notice on the ground that it does not comply with the Interpol’s Constitution and Rules.Stating that “he is not a fugitive from justice,” Naik’s attorney’s letter denied allegations of money laundering and inciting terrorism while pressing for a greater vigilance in this case owing to the current political dispensation in India.”Naik urges the General Secretariat to subject this red notice request to careful and critical scrutiny and to consult with the India before publishing the red notice. Given the potential of this case to undermine the reputation and effectiveness of Interpol, it is incumbent on the Indian NCB to provide a clear, concrete and cogent basis for the allegations against Naik, rather than vague and general allegations of inspiring terrorism,” it said. He alleged that the “Hindu nationalist government” has launched dubious criminal proceedings against him with enormous support among India’s Muslim minority, and seeks to tarnish his reputation with vague allegations of inspiring terrorism.It further pointed out that Article 3 of the Interpol forbids the organisation to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”We are writing with an urgent request for Interpol not to comply with India’s request on the basis that it was issued in breach of the strict prohibition of political or religious activities under Article 3 of Interpol’s Constitution,” stated the letter.”Naik’s response to the money laundering allegations is that they are contrived and evidently unfounded,” said the attorney, adding he was being framed on certain unsubstantiated reports.

Hinduism responsible for absence of radical Islam in India: Chinese media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a long two months of confrontation, the Doklam stand-off ended on August 28 with both sides agreeing to ‘expeditious disengagement’ of border personnel along the Doklam border, a week before the BRICS summit.While Chinese officials had remained mum on moving the road-building materials, it was later confirmed that the bulldozers and other road-building material have been removed from the area. In essence, status-quo has been established. The diplomatic victory was hailed across the world, and commentators, Indian and foreign, praised PM Modi and India’s mature diplomatic manoeuvres. The Chinese media, which had put their Indian counterparts in the shade with their over-the-top coverage, also seemed to mellow after the border showdown ended. The Global Times, which has been particularly dripping with vitriol for New Delhi, published a piece praising Hinduism and held it responsible for the lower occurrence of Islamic fundamentalism.The article wondered why Muslims in India have remained largely apart from ‘radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world’. A long time ago, George W Bush had said something along similar lines when introduced former PM Manmohan Singh to Laura Bush saying: “the prime minister of India, a democracy which does not have a single al-Qaida member in a population of 150 million Muslims.” The piece written by Ding Gang, a senior editor with the People’s Daily and senior fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, cited Hinduism’s ‘moderate influence’ for the lack of radical Islam in the region and also for holding the country together.
ALSO READ Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe to perform bhoomi-pujan of India’s 1st bullet train projectHe wrote: “Like many other religions, Hinduism has its extreme side, but for the most part its more moderate side has the strongest influence. Perhaps it is this more moderate influence that has helped establish India’s lasting cohesion and is one of the reasons that the country has not separated. “The article went on to give examples of India’s syncretic culture, praising how Indians take pride in the Mughal Dynasty which ‘was established by Muslims’. The article goes on to explain how Hinduism has gone beyond being a religion and morphed into a lifestyle and social institution.
ALSO READ ‘Xi Jinping sees Narendra Modi as a leader who is willing to stand up for Indian interests’The article signs off stating: “The world has taken notice. The lack of Islamic extremists in India has helped determine its role in Asia and has been taken into consideration by the US, Japan, Russia and European countries when it comes to their Asia policies. In the future, India is sure to continue to stand out in geopolitical significance when it comes to increasing religious and ethnic conflicts around the world. Where China is concerned, this significance should not be ignored.”China hints at one-on-one Xi-Modi meetingChina on Thursday gave ample indications of a one-to-one meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit next week, saying ?China will make proper arrangements.”Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: “During multilateral meetings, arranging bilateral meetings is practice. If time allows, China will make proper arrangements.” Prime Minister is visiting China for attending the BRICS summit at the Chinese city Xiamen on September 3 and if there is a meeting between the two leaders, there will be discussions about the 71 days military stand-off border row in Doklam between two countries.”Doklam issue is between China and India and now the issue has been resolved and this serves the common interests of the two sides and this is good for both the sides. I think that this is a basic fact and we have seen,? Hua Chunying said.” Peace and tranquility of the border areas can continue to play a positive role for the development of the bilateral relations ,”Chunying added.Both leaders met during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet at Astana in June. China made it clear that it “would not be appropriate” to discuss Pakistan’s counter-terrorism record during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen.”Pakistan is at the forefront of counter-terror efforts and has made sacrifices for this. The international community should recognise the contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan,” Chunying said.The spokesperson further stated that the relevant parties will hold discussions on stronger partnership for a brighter future and try to take BRICS route for our pragmatic cooperation in economy and people to people exchanges .

Terror has no religion, let us be clear in our minds: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Terrorism has no religion, but a “dangerous game” is afoot to link it with one faith or the other, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday. Naidu said people will have to guard against such attempts. He also stressed that no language should be attached with any religion, saying many Hindus speak better Urdu than Muslims. Naidu, who had earlier courted controversies emphasising on the need to learn Hindi, said no language should be imposed on anyone and that the primary focus should be on learning mother tongue. “Terror has no religion, let us be clear in our minds. Unfortunately, some people are connecting terror to this religion or that religion. It is a menace to the society.”Some friends want to mix terror with religion so as to confuse the people. It is a very dangerous game being played by some people outside. We have to be extra careful. No religion preaches terror,” the Vice-President said. He was delivering the second Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture at the India Islamic Cultural Centre here. Naidu, who will steer Rajya Sabha proceedings in capacity as its chairman, also warned legislators against wasting precious time and focus on making good laws.”We have to be constructive, not destructive or obstructive. Parliament, legislatures and other bodies should function effectively to get the best out of every individual. We should not waste our precious time,” he said.Disrupting Parliament or any other legislature may make headline for a day, but the country loses out in the end, he said. Naidu, who deviated from the prepared text throughout his speech, said he prefers speaking extempore but has to factor in the protocols of holding a constitutional post these days.

After Triple Talaq judgment, UP madrassas to teach ‘correct Islamic process of giving talaq’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week after the landmark Supreme Court judgment banning instant talaq, a prominent Sunni sect has decided to teach young Muslims about correct Islamic process of giving divorce.In a step that can be seen as a major reform, the Barelvi sect of Islam has decided to include Triple Talaq (talaq-e-sunnat) in its curriculum.It should be noted that the top court had banned the instant talaq or talaq-e-biddat.Mufti Kafeel Hashmi, head of Darul Ifta Manjare-e-Islam of Bareilly’s Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat said the Holy Quran and Hadis have laid down certain processes for pronouncing triple talaq but, unfortunately, in the absence of proper knowledge it was being grossly misused in the form of instant talaq or talaq-e-biddat.“To remove these doubts prevailing in the minds of Muslim students, Bareilvi sect has decided to include talaq in the curriculum of madrassas run by it all over the country,” the Mufti said.Mufti Hashmi is of the view that if students are taught at madrassa level about the mandatory provisions laid down in Islam about talaq then no controversy would ever surface as Muslims will strictly follow the guidelines given in Islam.The religious head of the Barelvi sect said he was drafting the new curriculum on Triple Talaq as per mandatory provisions given in the Holy Quran and Hadis.The Mufti said Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat will soon issue a circular to all madrassas run by the sect.The highest body of the Barelvi sect in the country will also release a helpline number for those who wants to seek advice on the correct process of talaq.All madrassas will also be directed to discuss the issue with parents during parent-teacher meetings and educate them about the talaq-e-biddat, the correct Islamic process of giving talaq in cases where it was difficult for husband to live further with wife due to continued strained marital relations.On Supreme Court verdict, Mufti said that there was no need for any court to interfere in “our religious laws” but since Triple Talaq was not being followed correctly by few Muslims, the Supreme Court had to intervene and put a ban on it.“We have to keep our house in order first to thwart any attempt from any corner to interfere in our religious matters,” he pointed.

India Islamic schools to teach "correct" way to divorce

The decision follows a ruling by India’s top court to ban Islamic instant divorce.

With China attempting to ‘change status quo’ on its border, expect more Doklam-like stand-offs: Army Chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China is attempting to “change the status quo” on its border with India and incidents like the ongoing stand-off in the Doklam area are likely to “increase” in future, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said today.”The recent stand-off in the Doklam plateau by the Chinese side attempting to change the status quo are issues which we need to be wary about, and I think such kind of incidents are likely to increase in the future,” Rawat said.He was delivering the General B C Joshi Memorial Lecture on ‘India’s Challenges in the Current Geo-Strategic Construct’ organised by the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies of Savitribai Phule Pune University here this evening.”Pockets of dispute and contested claims to the territory continue to exist. These are due to differing perceptions on the alignments of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).”Transgressions across Line of Actual Control do happen and sometimes they do lead to some kind of misunderstanding between the forward troops…However, we do have joint mechanisms in place to address such situations,” said Rawat.He said that during the flag meetings with Chinese counterparts, the Indian Army keeps insisting that both sides should return to the pre-June 16 positions (before the stand- off began), but no resolution has been found yet.”Now it is happening at the diplomatic and political level, as it needs to be resolved diplomatically and through political initiatives,” he said.Chinese armed forces have made significant progress in capabilities for mobilisation, application and sustenance of operations, particularly in the Tibet autonomous region of China, he noted.”This is due to the development of force infrastructure of military significance. Their force reorganisation along with developing capabilities in space and network-centric warfare is likely to provide them greater synergy in force application,” Rawat said.Later, speaking to reporters and explaining his statement that incidents like Doklam are likely to “increase”, Rawat said, “We should not be complacent. Let us say that this stand-off is resolved, but our troops should not feel that it can not happen again in different sector.”It is always better to be prepared and alert than think that this will not happen again. So my message to troops is that do not let your guard down,” the Army Chief added.China continues to enhance its influence in the regional security environment, he said.”It is doing so by increasing defence and economic partnerships in the neighbourhood, especially in Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) challenges India’s sovereignty,” he stated.Confirmation for annual joint military exercises with China is still awaited this year, he said.”We have been doing the exercise every year. One year our team goes to China and on the second year, their team comes to us. While this time the exercise is planned in October, it is not being confirmed (from their side) yet, whether it will take place or not,” he said.Asked if the ongoing stand-off was the reason for this, Rawat said, “It could be, but we are not sure.”Rawat slammed Pakistan for waging a proxy war in Jammu & Kashmir and said the increasing presence of transnational actors with fundamental ideologies in that country is a matter of grave concern.”Pakistan’s unabated reliance and support to Jihadi groups have serious ramifications. This can lead to the possibility of Pakistan being a conduit for the eastward spread of fundamentalist and the Islamic ideology. This lends a complex dimension to the threat not only for us, but also for other countries of South and East Asia, including China,” Rawat said.The Army Chief refused to comment on Lt Col Prasad Purohit, who recently got bail in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, saying the issue is before the courts.

Taj Mahal is not a Shiva Temple but a tomb: Archaelogical Survey of India to Agra court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) told an Agra court that the Taj Mahal is a tomb and not a temple as claimed by several petitioners, reported Hindustan Times.In a written statement, the ASI refused to accept the contention that the Taj Mahal was dedicated to Lord Shiva.The court in April 2015 had admitted a lawsuit by six lawyers who claimed that the Taj was actually Tejo Mahalaya and Hindu followers should be allowed access inside to the premises of the monument to perform ‘darshan’ and ‘aarti’.As of now, only Muslims are allowed to worship at the site, offering Friday prayers at the attached mosque. The next hearing is fixed on September 11.The counsel representing the Union of India and ASI said that the petitioners had no locus in the matter and neither did they have right to worship there as the monument was Islamic.The ASI also denied the existence of any temple within the Taj Mahal.On August 10, the Central Information Commission had directed the Union culture ministry to clarify its stand on whether the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Shahjahan or a Shiva temple gifted to the Mughal emperor by a Rajput king.The question, forwarded as an alternative narrative of history by some claiming to be historians and the subject of various court cases, reached the CIC through an RTI plea and is now at the culture ministry’s door.

Triple talaq verdict: Supreme Court ruling against Shariat, says organisation representing clerics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, a religious organisation representing Muslim clerics, has expressed “deep concern” over the Supreme Court judgement striking down triple talaq, saying it is “against” the Shariat.The outfit, which claims to have 10,000 clerics as members, has also appealed to Muslims to avoid practice of instant triple talaq. It asked members of the community not to go for divorce unless there are “unavoidable circumstances”.The Jamiat office bearers met yesterday to discuss the situation arising out of the Supreme Court order. Maulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary of the organisation, tabled a resolution that was unanimously adopted in the meeting, the outfit said.
ALSO READ Triple Talaq verdict: Supreme Court relied on these Quran verses in its landmark judgment”We express our deep concern over this verdict as it is against the Islamic Shariat,” it said.The Supreme Court in its judgement on Tuesday set aside the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims saying it was “void”, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.The Jamiat said it will not compromise on religious rights of Muslims guaranteed as fundamental rights in the Constitution and will continue to fight any attempts to trample them.”In view of apprehensions arising out… Of this verdict, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind seeks to make it clear that we will never compromise on religious rights guaranteed in the Constitution as fundamental ones. We will continue to fight against any attempt to trample them, at every level,” its statement said.The organisation also expressed apprehension that in the light of the present judgement by the Supreme Court, other Muslim practices like polygamy and Halala may also be affected.”The Supreme Court has observed that issues like halala and polygamy etc will be separately taken up for consideration. In this case, the effects of this verdict on these issues can’t be overruled,” it said.The Jamiat has appealed to Muslims to “specially” avoid triple talaq, and divorce in general.”Jamiat appeals all Muslims to not give talaq without any unavoidable circumstances because it is not a desirable thing in the eye of the Shariat. Especially, Muslims must avoid practice of the instant triple talaq so that others cannot find ways to interfere in our religious matters,” it added.

Triple talaq not acceptable form of behaviour between man and

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid today said triple talaq was not an acceptable form of behaviour between a man and a woman. Speaking at a national conference on ‘Post Colonialism: Indian Response And Transformation’ here, he noted that five judges of the apex court with their varied viewpoints concluded that the practice of triple talaq was against the basic tenets of the Holy Quran and violated the Islamic law Shariat. “All the five judges deciding the triple talaq case, more or less, accepted that the practice was not an acceptable form of behaviour between a man and a woman. “The top judges came to different conclusions in the case. Some may say that minds of judges are programmed in post-colonial India…constrained by colonial education. Some may say this is the way human beings differ…every mind responds differently because of different experiences, education, DNA, family, cultural background. Somebody may say it is acceptable and somebody may say it is unacceptable,” he said. Elaborating further, the former Union minister said it was rather self-destructive to say that “everything which is negative should be put at the door of colonialism in our country”. He also called upon the youths to become “citizens of the world with roots in India”. Delhi AAP MLA Anil Bajpai said India was a free nation but we were still fighting for real freedom. “Partition has done a lot of damage to the country and it is the responsibility of the youths to mend the differences,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three types of Talaq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unlike other religions where marriage has been traditionally viewed as a sacrament, under Muslim law, marriage is a civil and social contract.Talaq-ul-Sunnat of the divorce sanctioned by Prophet is sub-divided into: (i) Talaq-e-Ahsan (ii) Talaq Hasan (iii) Talaq-e-Biddat1. Talaq- e- Ahsan form: Under this form, once the husband pronounces talaq, there has to be a three-month iddat period to factor in three menstrual cycles of the woman. This time is meant for reconciliation and arbitration. During this period, if any kind cohabitation occurs, the talaq is considered to have been revoked.2. Talaq –e-Hasan (Proper): In this form too, there is a provision for revocation. The words of Talaq are to be pronounced three times in the successive periods after menstrual cycles. The husband has to make a single declaration of Talaq and then await for another menstrual cycle to pronounce another declaration. The first and second pronouncements may be revoked by the husband. If he does so, either expressly or by resuming conjugal relations, the words of Talaq become ineffective as if no Talaq was made at all. But, if no revocation is made after the first or second declaration then lastly the husband is to make the third pronouncement in the third period the Talaq becomes irrevocable and the marriage dissolves.3. Talaq-e-Biddat: Allows men to pronounce talaq thrice in one sitting, sometimes scrawled in a written talaqnama, or even by phone or text message. Thereafter, even if the man himself perceives his decision to have been hasty in hindsight, the divorce remains irrevocable. It is a disapproved mode of divorce. The Talaq-ul-Biddat has its origin in the second century of the Islamic-era. According to Islamic scholar and jurist Ameer Ali, (1849–1928), this mode of Talaq was introduced by the Omayad Kings because they found the checks in the Prophet’s formula of Talaq inconvenient to them.

All hail the judgement… well, almost

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered one of its most momentous judgments in the history of independent India when a five-judge bench deemed it unconstitutional for a Muslim to divorce his wife by the mere utterance of ‘Talaq’ in quick succession. The verdict came at the end of a long and often-acrimonious debate about the rights of Muslim women and how Muslim personal laws could fit into the framework of the Indian Constitution without upsetting either the rights of individuals or the community at large. Starting with the Shah Bano case in the Eighties, when the Congress party caved into the demands of the Muslim clergy, and fundamentalist elements, and used it Parliamentary majority to overturn a Supreme Court ruling on alimony arising out of instant triple talaq. Now, after almost three decades, the apex court has finally ruled it void and has asked Parliament to legislate new law that embodies the changed perspective. Ironically, this time, too, a single party holds a majority in the Lok Sabha, except that it is the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has whole-heartedly backed Muslim women in their fight for equal matrimonial rights. DNA spoke to a cross-section of Indians reflecting the incredible diversity that gives this nation its character for their reactions to this historic judgement. From different regions, different income groups, different professions, even different faiths, the overriding view seemed to be that this was a long overdue and welcome move. Here is what they had to say.I welcome the SC judgement. Prophet Muhammad never liked talaq. The talaq was being misused, and misuse of anything will never benefit the society, especially women. Talaq should not be an order, but permission. Most of the time, talaq is uttered in rage, when one is not completely oneself. So, I welcome the striking down of Talaq Bidat.—Nusrat Andrabi, former member of J&K State Waqf Board and former Principal of Government Women College, SrinagarIt (triple talaq issue) should have been left to the people to choose rather than the government interfering in the personal and religious matters of communities. Isolated cases of injustice happen in every community. It should be left to responsible people and scholars in each religion to sort issues out. The government should stay out of it.—Ghulam Mohommad Dag, hotelier, SrinagarWhile it was unfortunate to not have a woman judge on the bench, I believe this is a fantastic and landmark judgement. As per my knowledge, in any case, Quranic and Sharia reading is over 90 days, but the interpretation was incorrect. The court has managed to maintain a balance by upholding the constitutional right. —Avni Sethi, Artist and founder of Conflictorium, a museum of conflicts, Ahmedabad “Triple talaq is mostly uttered in a state of rage, by persons not in a calm state of mind. I am not happy with the judgement. The question is not about instant talaq, it is about the entire system of talaq that should be wiped out from the society. “—Malek Miyaz Bibi, Juhapura resident who prevented a community member from becoming a victim of triple talaq, Ahmedabad “The abolishment of triple talaq will be the liberation of Muslim women from humiliation and servitude. It is beyond my understanding why the right to respectful divorce should be selective. When a marriage happens, the opinion of the woman matters, but it breaks on the whims and fancies of the man. The woman is left to fend for herself. Any rudimentary thought, irrespective of religious needs to be changed or abolished. —Ashoke Pandit , Flmmaker and social activist“Once a person brings a woman home, it is his responsibility to look after her. They should not be leaving them like that. As such no decision should be taken instantly and thought should be given before deciding. A law is required so that there is no problem. As such in Islam people cannot give divorce at one go.”—Naseem Khan, resident of Mohammed Ali Road, Mumbai“This judgement is the first step towards ensuring equality, empowering Muslim women and given them dignity. I read through the proceedings and it is very clear that there is no such thing (as triple talaq) in Quran. I am not against the idea of separation and divorce, but triple talaq is highly abused.—Falguni Vasavada Oza, Professor, MICA, Ahmedabad “The SC has held triple talaq unconstitutional. The judgement upholds human dignity above religious sentiments. It sets a new precedent for those religious gurus who think they are above the Constitution”—Deep Kumar, Assistant Professor, Xavier’s College of Education, PatnaThis is a historic decision. Anything which is detrimental to the fundamental rights of an individual to me need to be abolished. I am all for it and wish that our society takes a progressive stand on all such issues. —Syed Saba Karim, Former India wicket-keeper batsman“The Supreme Court judgement is good. Now, Parliament should get time to frame a new law. Triple talaq should not be done the way it is done now, in one sitting. Ample time should be given to both parties involved, before the divorce takes place.” —Ayesha Ansari, a home maker from Kurla, Mumbai “It is a good judgement. A lot of people do not know about triple talaq. Triple talaq cannot be given in an instant or on WhatsApp, as is being reported. There is a time period of three months during which some formalities are carried out. This order will help people know about the issue in a better way.” —Jamil Khan, a resident of Sahar and a hardware businessman, Mumbai “The Supreme Court has ended all our miseries in one go. We have been living like maids in our own houses, under the constant threat of triple talaq. I am thankful we will now be treated equally and respectfully even though this order does not apply to thousands of victims like me who are victims of triple talaq. I hope the central government will make some provisions so that we also get justice.” —Waheeda Bano, a triple talaq victim from Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow“Talaq should be carried out the way Quran and Shariat suggest. There is nothing beyond Quran and there is no place for triple talaq in it. It doesn’t say talaq can be given in one sitting either. It provides a period of one month for the couple to reconcile or mutually decide to separate” —Dr Rubina Shabnam, Secretary, Punjab Urdu Academy, Malerkotla, Punjab, Chandigarh“The judgement goes in favour of women, since the decision of triple talaq rested on the husband. But the timing of the judgement makes one a bit uneasy, considering the marginalisation of communities is being played out constantly at every level. Yes. It is wrong. Regressive. Inhuman. It should have been something that was taken cognizance of long back. It should have come from within the community.”—Neelam Mansingh Chowdhury, Chandigarh-based theatre artist, Padma Shri awardee“First of all, it’s not a judgement, but a suggestion of Honourable Supreme Court to the Government of India, and it is really confusing for the general public. It’s high time All India Muslim Personal Law Board took charge and formed its own strategy to safeguard the rights of Muslims in India.”—Navaid Hamid, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat“The Supreme Court should have thought about the implications of their judgement in the long run and should have given some time to Muslim bodies to come up with changes in the law and educate people about it. The honourable court has repeated the same topic of ‘instant’ triple talaq, which is already un-Islamic. The need of the hour is to educate Muslims about actual Islamic laws and not introducing new laws.”—Atiya Siddiqui, National Secretary (women’s wing), Jamaat-e-Islami Hind“In my personal opinion, triple talaq is un-Islamic and against Quranic teachings. But, I also think that the Supreme Court and Parliament should not interfere in religious matters. Such issues should be left to religious bodies to decide. Otherwise people will keep on knocking on courts’ doors, raising religious issues and there will be no end to it.”—Zafarul Islam Khan, Chairperson, Minority Commission, New Delhi“Triple talaq does not always work against women. Most of the time, it is an exit mechanism to relieve women from unsuccessful and troublesome marriages. As the triple talaq practice is already vanishing among the Muslim community, this judgement will have very little impact on the society. We respect the judgement, but we do not appreciate the interference in the Muslim personal law.” —Dr Asma Zehra, Member, AIMPLB women’s wing

Let’s remember this day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Perhaps only if one is a Muslim woman not exactly on the best of terms with her husband — feeling the constant cold threat of getting ejected from his life and ‘surgically’ removed from her children post the mere utterance of ‘Talaq, Talaq, Talaq’ — can one truly understand how far-reaching the Supreme Court’s judgement is and how deeply supportive the stand of the Modi government has been.Ironically, a government that has been called ‘non-secular’ and ‘anti-Muslim’ has been the one to push hard for the true emancipation of Muslim women in this country. In April, PM Modi had said, “Our Muslim sisters deserve justice… We can’t simply move forward at a slow pace, but charge ahead with full speed.” The Ministry of Law and Justice, in an affidavit, had referred to principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practices and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to advocate that the practice of triple talaq needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court.On Tuesday, the Supreme Court did that, and more. It bid ‘talaq’ to instant triple talaq in a 3-2 judgement that will go down in Indian judicial history as a milestone that removed the heaviest millstone from around the necks of millions of Muslim women in this country. The job of crushing that millstone for good now rests in the hands of the political establishment.DNA urges it to rise to the occasion, reach beyond the politics of appeasement, and bring about real change in the lives of real people.

Triple talaq verdict: No need for a new law; SC verdict law of the land, says government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today virtually ruled out the need for a new law on instant triple talaq, which has been rendered as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, indicating that existing laws, including the one dealing with domestic violence, were sufficient.”The government will consider the issue in a structured manner. A prima facie reading of the judgement makes it clear that the majority (of the five-member bench) has held it (instant triple talaq) as unconstitutional and illegal,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.Hailing it as a “great victory” for those who believe that personal laws must be progressive, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the verdict is the law of the land now.
ALSO READ Triple talaq verdict: PM Modi’s decision to back his Muslim sisters made this possible, says union law ministerHe also said many parts of the Islamic world have rejected the triple talaq practice.Asked how the SC verdict striking down the practice of triple talaq would be implemented and why a statute is not necessary for the order’s enforcement, a senior government functionary explained that a marriage will not be annulled if the husband resorts to instant triple talaq.
ALSO READ Triple talaq verdict: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi lead the way to hail Supreme Court ruling”After the Supreme Court order, if a husband gives instant triple talaq, it will not be considered valid. His obligation towards the marriage will remain… The wife is also free to drag such a person to police and file a complaint of harassment or domestic violence,” the functionary said, indicating penal provisions are present to check the practice.The Centre is also all set to send an advisory to all states asking them to ensure compliance of the Supreme Court order.A home ministry spokesperson said the ministry will be asking the state governments to take appropriate action and ensure compliance of the Supreme Court order.While Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer were in favour of putting on hold for six months the practice of triple talaq and asking the government to come out with a law in this regard, justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman and U U Lalit held it as violative of the Constitution.The majority verdict said any practice including triple talaq which is against the tenets of Quran is unacceptable.The three judges also said the practice of divorce through triple talaq is manifestly arbitrary and violative of the Constitution and must be struck down.The minority verdict by CJI Khehar and Justice Nazeer, which favoured keeping on hold the practise of triple talaq for six months, asked the political parties to set aside their differences and help the Centre in coming out with a legislation.The judges in the minority verdict said that if the Centre does not bring a law within six months, then its injunction on triple talaq will continue

Triple talaq verdict: PM Modi’s decision to back his Muslim sisters made this possible, says union law minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad called the Supreme Court’s judgement on triple talaq an indication of a ‘New India.’Speaking about the verdict, Prasad said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and his firm decision to back his Muslim sisters made this possible.“Prime Minister Modi firmly supported their cause inside the court and clearly stated that the issue is not of religion or faith, but is simply of gender justice, gender equality and gender dignity,” Prasad said.He also said that today is the day to salute the nation’s women.Ravi Shankar also said that Prime Minister Modi clearly said that this government would not bow down, adding that this is the win of Indian Constitutional principles.“Today marks a new dawn in the country and let us celebrate that,” he said.Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority.The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice.The Supreme Court further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months.The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked “why can’t independent India get rid of it.”The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning.CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.”The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding ‘talaq-e-iddat.’CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside.The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing.

Rahul Gandhi terms SC’s verdict on triple talaq as ‘Welcome Move’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict on triple talaq and congratulated the women who fought for the same. “Welcome the Supreme Court decision setting aside instant #TripleTalaq. I congratulate the women who fought for justice,” he tweeted. Earlier in the day, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala too welcomed the verdict on triple talaq as an affirmation of the rights of the Muslim women, which were perverted over the years. ?The verdict is an affirmation of the rights of the Muslim women and gives relief to them against being subjected to discrimination by the practice. We welcome the acceptance of reality by the court and we welcome the verdict of the Supreme Court,? he said. Further speaking about the Muslim Personal Law Board?s plea before the Supreme Court against the practice of instant triple talaq, Surjewala said that the verdict is a culmination and acceptance of a wider wisdom. ?Several interveners, including amicus curiae, as also the Muslim Personal Law Board had pleaded before the Supreme Court against the practice of instant triple talaq by speaking it instantly three times, on the ground that it deviated from the practice prescribed by Islamic Law and has no sanction, either in the Quran or in the Hadith- the two main sources of Islamic jurisprudence,? he said. ?The Supreme Court?s verdict is a culmination and acceptance of wider wisdom, as also the recognition of the rights of Muslim women. We welcome the same,? he added. The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. Justice Nariman, Justice Lalit and Justice Kurien opposed the view of Justice Nazir and Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and dubbed the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and unislamic. The Supreme Court further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months. The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked “why can’t independent India get rid of it.” The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.” The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding ‘talaq-e-iddat.’ CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside. The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CPM has always opposed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) on Tuesday said that the party has always opposed the arbitrary instant nature of triple talaq, adding the majority judgement of striking it down has been welcomed by the party. ?The the arbitrary instant nature of triple talaq, therefore, we welcome the majority judgment of striking down the arbitrary and instant triple talaq. But there has been a division in the five-member bench. The judgments are not yet available. We would like to study the judgments and then give our reasoned opinion,? CPM leader Sitaram Yechury told ANI. The Supreme Court earlier today struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. Justice Nariman, Justice Lalit and Justice Kurien opposed the view of Justice Nazir and Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and dubbed the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and unislamic. The Supreme Court further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months. The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked “why can’t independent India get rid of it.” The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.” The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding ‘talaq-e-iddat.’ CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside. The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Salman Khurshid hails triple talaq verdict, says it uproots practices established outside Islam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Appreciating the Supreme Court?s decision to strike down the triple talaq practice as ‘unconstitutional’, senior advocate Salman Khurshid said the decision has uncovered the real Islam and has directed to uproot all the practices established outside Islam in the country or elsewhere. Speaking to ANI, the former Minister of External Affairs said that ?what we hoped for has happened and it is a good decision.? “There is no role of legislature now as it is only the minority, which said the legislature should step in, but the majority has not sought that so now there is no role of legislature,” he said, while commenting on the court’s directive to bring a new legislation in place. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority. Commenting on the split decision Khurshid said, ?Chief Justice?s opinion was a minority opinion; the chief justice himself recognized that at the end when the order was passed, it is the majority that prevails in our system and therefore the majority has not asked for the matter to go to the parliament, therefore what the chief justice has said is no longer of any functional value.? In the verdict that ruled out today, Justice Nariman, Justice Lalit and Justice Kurien opposed the view of Justice Nazir and Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and dubbed the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and unislamic. The Supreme Court has further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months. The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked “why can’t independent India get rid of it.” The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.” The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding ‘talaq-e-iddat.’ CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside. The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong. welcomes verdict on triple talaq as affirmation of Muslim women’s rights

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress party, on Tuesday, welcomed the verdict on triple talaq as an affirmation of the rights of the Muslim women, which were perverted over the years. ?The verdict is an affirmation of the rights of the Muslim women and gives relief to them against being subjected to discrimination by the practice. We welcome the acceptance of reality by the court and we welcome the verdict of the Supreme Court,? said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala. Further speaking about the Muslim Personal Law Board?s plea before the Supreme Court against the practice of instant triple talaq, Surjewala said that the verdict is a culmination and acceptance of a wider wisdom. ?Several interveners, including amicus curiae, as also the Muslim Personal Law Board had pleaded before the Supreme Court against the practice of instant triple talaq by speaking it instantly three times, on the ground that it deviated from the practice prescribed by Islamic Law and has no sanction, either in the Quran or in the Hadith- the two main sources of Islamic jurisprudence,? he said. ?The Supreme Court?s verdict is a culmination and acceptance of wider wisdom, as also the recognition of the rights of Muslim women. We welcome the same,? he added. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also welcomed the ?historic? verdict on triple talaq and said, it?s not about anyone?s victory or loss, rather it is about a Muslim woman?s sense of equality in the country. ?I welcome the historic verdict on behalf of the party. This verdict is not about anyone’s victory or loss. This verdict is about a Muslim woman?s equality and democracy in the country,? BJP chief Amit Shah said here. ?The triple talaq is illegal in many other countries. The Supreme Court, with this verdict, has given the Muslim women in this country a way to live with a sense of equality and self respect,? he added. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. Justice Nariman, Justice Lalit and Justice Kurien opposed the view of Justice Nazir and Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and dubbed the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and unislamic. The Supreme Court further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months. The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked “why can’t independent India get rid of it.” The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.” The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding ‘talaq-e-iddat.’ CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside. The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Social activists welcome SC’s verdict on triple talaq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After the 3:2 majority Supreme Court verdict invalidated the Islamic practice of triple talaq, women activists welcomed the judgement, saying this would definitely give good morale boost and legal support to the victims of this age-old tradition. Speaking to ANI here, Nirmala Samant said, “The best way to give justice to women was the Supreme Court’s priority, so this verdict needs to be welcomed. This will definitely give a good morale support and legal support to the women who were given triple talaq.” Resonating similar views, social activist Javed Anand termed the verdict as ‘fantastic’. Anand told ANI, “It is fantastic. It is what progressive Muslim women and men were hoping, fighting and campaigning for the last so many years.” Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. Justice Nariman, Justice Lalit and Justice Kurien opposed the view of Justice Nazir and Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and dubbed the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and unislamic. The Supreme Court further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months. The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked “why can’t independent India get rid of it.” The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.” The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding ‘talaq-e-iddat.’ CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside. The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Triple talaq petitioner confident about verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Triple talaq victim and petitioner Shayara Bano on Tuesday said that she is confident that the judgment will be in her favour, adding a law would certainly be made regarding the matter. ?I feel the judgement will be in my favour. The time has changed and a law will certainly be made,? Bano told ANI. Meanwhile, as the Supreme Court is set to announce its verdict on Triple Talaq today, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) expressed its confidence that the apex court would not interfere in the Muslim Personal Law and would not ban the Islamic practice of divorce. Speaking to ANI, member of AIMPLB and Muslim cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said that whatever judgement the apex court pronounces, it will be in the light of the Constitution of the country. Another Muslim cleric Maulana Sajid Rashidi, however, said that the apex court would not pronounce final verdict and extend the matter till 2019. The apex court will today pronounce its verdict on the controversial issue of Triple Talaq. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing. During the hearing, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had assured the apex court that the government would come out with a law to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if triple talaq is upheld as invalid. Rohatgi also conveyed to the apex court bench that triple talaq violates Muslim women’s right to equality within the community and also within the country. Earlier in the hearing, the apex court refused to hear all the three cases of polygamy, nikah and halala at once, saying it will focus on one matter at a time. The Centre, earlier on May 11, told the apex court that it opposes the triple talaq practice and wants to fight for women equality and gender justice. However, the AIMPLB counsel Kapil Sibal told the apex court that triple talaq is a matter that comes under the Muslim Personal Law Board and therefore, in his opinion, the top court should not interfere in it. While hearing several pleas filed by Muslim women challenging the practice of triple talaq, the apex court observed that it would examine whether the issue is fundamental to religion or not. Relentless debates on the validity and plausibility of this practice were instigated soon after the petitioner, Shayara Bano, challenged the Muslim Personal Law over instantaneous application of triple talaq (talaq-e-bidat), polygamy and nikah-halala. Supporting the stance of ending the practice of triple talaq, the Allahabad High Court had earlier asserted that the rights of any person, including Muslim women, cannot be violated in the name of ‘Personal Law’. In December last year, the Allahabad High Court termed the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by uttering the word “talaq” thrice “unconstitutional?.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: ‘Horror’ in Barcelona, Amit Shah’s target for BJP, John Abraham’s next, Real story behind BCCI’s claims, & more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Bodies strewn on street, people screaming in panic: Eyewitnesses narrate ‘horror’ in BarcelonaA van driver ploughed into crowds of pedestrians on Barcelona’s most popular street in broad daylight, killing 13 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. Read more here2. 360+ in 2019: Amit Shah sets target for BJP; holds 3-hour class with leaders, ministersBJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday conducted a three-hour session — packed with power point presentations — with top leaders, including a clutch of Union Ministers, and laid out a roadmap to win 360-plus seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Read more here3. Corporates donated Rs 957 crore to political parties; builders remain biggest donorsManufacturing and real estate sectors might be going through a slump in their businesses, but they continue to remain big funders to political parties, an analysis of donations made between 2012-13 and 2015-16 reveals. Read more here4. All-women Navy crew to set sail around the worldSix women officers of the Indian Navy are all set to go on a voyage around the world, making them the first all-women military circumnavigation crew to set out on an over 21,600 nautical miles’ expedition. Read more here5. Of World T20 losses, hefty salaries and selective leaksThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in the news these days for the lavish overspending of its own office-bearers. Read more here6. John Abraham’s next is a remake of this Spanish thrillerAfter Hrs was the first to report that John Abraham is all set to produce a thriller and has bought the rights of a Spanish film that will be remade in Hindi. Read more here

Defiant UP madrasas might face NSA case for defying Adityanath govt’s I-Day diktat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Quite a few madrasas (Islamic schools) in Uttar Pradesh may face action under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) for partly defying the Yogi Adityanath government’s order that the tricolour must be unfurled and the national anthem recited on their premises as part of Independence Day celebrations.The NSA was enacted in 1980 primarily to deal with the country’s security, defence and foreign relations. It has provisions to detain citizens on presumption of possible tension alone without any recourse to challenge the detention order.Many of UP’s 16,000 madrasas didn’t take the order well that was to “inspire students and help them learn more about the contribution of freedom fighters”.A few madrasas in Western UP’s Bareilly and elsewhere in the state did flag hoisting but refused to recite the national anthem — Jana Gana Mana… — on the ground that “Islam does not allow anyone except Allah to be praised”. A few Hindu organisations and locals lodged a complaint with Bareilly divisional commissioner PV Jagan Mohan in this regard.”We have asked complainants to produce evidence. An inquiry has also been initiated and if complaints are found true, NSA would be invoked against madarsa management committees for causing disrespect to the national anthem,” he warned. Relevant sections of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, may also be invoked against the erring madrasas, he said.There was no clarity if this will be a statewide action. The state government has sought legal opinion on whether or not the NSA can be invoked against madrasas who defied its order that had also said that all I-Day events on their premises must be videographed and footage submitted to the UP Madarsa Shiksha Parishad as proof. The Chief Minister has asked divisional commissioners to obtain footage and furnish a list of all erring institutions in UP where nearly a fifth of India’s Muslim population lives. The NSA is invoked for preventive arrests to check incidents that might lead to tension.Qazi of Bareilly, Maulana A Raza Khan, had already announced that reciting the national anthem is “un-Islamic as it contains words which are against the basic tenets of Islam.” At Jamiat-ur-Raza, run by the Bareilly Qazi, students participated in flag hoisting and shouted “Hindustan zindabad” but did not recite the national anthem. Instead, they sang “Saare Jahan Se Achha… “, a 20th century patriotic song penned by poet Mohammad Iqbal.The Abdul Kalam Madrasa in Bareilly also refused to recite the national anthem. “It contains a few un-Islamic words which no devout Muslim would recite. Our divine power is only Allah and we cannot worship or praise anyone except Allah,” said madrasa manager Iqbal Beg.Lawyers said that the police was free to invoke the NSA or any other law against madrasas, but courts would take a final call. Only 600 of the madrasas in UP are government aided.”The Home Department that controls the police might have taken some initiative on the issue basis which the Bareilly Commissioner has issued such a statement. I personally think that provisions of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, may be invoked in such cases,” said a senior police officerI-Day Diktat UP govt had said Tricolour must be unfurled and National Anthem recited at all madrasas on I-Day.Many institutions including those in Bareilly defied the anthem order, saying its recitation is un-Islamic.CM asks officials to get footage, furnish list of erring institutions. Legal opinion on NSA sought.

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