Showing posts from April 18, 2021

Pakistan’s capitulation to TLP marks its systemic failure to stem religious extremism

The silent patch up, closed door conversations with an organisation dubbed, declared and banned as terrorist organisation, clearly sums up the vivid portrayal of Naya Pakistan, projected and erected by its selected Prime Minister. Erstwhile banned outfit TLP (Tehreek-e-Labbaik), which has brought the country to its knees, has called off the stir after the government has acceded to its demand. Left with no choice, Pakistan kow-towed to an extremist Islamist radical organisation and pledged to introduce a legislation to expel the French Ambassador. TLP which roughly translates into ‘Iam Present Pakistan’ is a far-right extremist organisation that seeks to upholds blasphemy laws, demands the establishment of Sharia law, was founded by members of Barelvi School of thought. The relatively obscure organisation shot into prominence with the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, who shot down Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in 2011 for criticizing country’s blasphemy laws. Founded in 2015 by Allama Khadim Hu

Sri Lankan Police Arrest MP Rishad Bathiudeen In Connection With 2019 Easter Sunday Terror Attacks

  To speed up the investigation related to 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lankan police on Saturday (24 April) arrested a top Muslim leader and a member of parliament. The arrested MP, Rishad Bathiudeen who is a leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Party. Police took him and his brother Riyaaj into custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA),  reports  Times Now. "They were arrested under the PTA based on circumstantial and scientific evidence that they had connections with the suicide bombers who carried out the attacks," police spokesperson Ajith Rohana said in a statement. Recently, Sri Lanka  banned  11 hardline Islamist organisations, including the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda, for their links to extremist activities. 279 people were killed and at least 500 injured in the Easter bombings on 21 April 2019. This proscription of Islamist terror group and arrests of key suspects has come amid the second anniversary of the 2019 Easter bombings. On the second annivers

Assam: Setback for newly formed Bodo outfit NLFB, huge cache of arms and explosives recovered

  In a setback to the newly floated Bodo insurgent group NLFB, security forces in a joint operation on Friday night seized a huge cache of arms and explosives from Gossaigaon in western Assam’s Kokrajhar district. Acting on a specific input regarding a huge quantity of Arms & explosive which was supposed to be delivered to NLFB rebels, a search operation was launched by the troops of SSB with Assam Police at Ripu Reserve Forest on Friday night. During the operation, the team recovered the arms and explosives from Nobinagar village of Ripu Reserve Forest under Kachugaon police outpost in the district. The seized arms and explosives include 87 galantine sticks, 200 detonators, two country-made rifles, three magazines of 9 mm pistols, one Chinese grenade, two coils of safety fuse wire, one bundle of electric wire and four batteries besides some utensils. “The seizure has inflicted a major setback to the newly formed group and the process of gathering the cadres to its team,” said a po

Rutgers Student Association passes historic resolution against Hinduphobia: All you need to know about the lead up to it

  In a historic feat on Saturday (April 24), the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) passed a resolution (No. 1451-XX) to adopt a scholarly definition of Hinduphobia. This is the first time that a US university has institutionally recognised Hinduphobia through its student assembly.   The scholarly definition of Hinduphobia was developed through the ‘Understanding Hinduphobia’ Conference. Rutgers HSC emphasised that it was important to protect the interests of the Hindu students on the campus of Rutgers University. The accepted definition of Hinduphobia goes as, “a set of antagonistic, destructive, and derogatory attitudes and behaviours towards Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Hindus that may manifest as fear or hatred.” Rutgers HSC informed that RUSA has not only recognised the working definition of Hinduphobia but also the changes made to the definition within 14 days of the conclusion of ‘Understanding Hinduphobia Conference.’ The development comes as a major victory for the H

Violent clashes in Jerusalem after Israeli far-right march

More than 100 Palestinians and 20 Israeli police have been wounded in overnight violent clashes that ensued after far-right Israelis marched in the occupied East Jerusalem chanting “death to Arabs”. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent. At least 50 people were arrested, including both right-wing extremists and Palestinians. Stones were thrown at police in different locations around Jerusalem throughout the night. An Israeli Jewish man was lightly wounded in an attack by Palestinians in East Jerusalem. The incidents are taking place between Palestinians and Israelis have occurred nightly since the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Palestinians say police have tried to prevent them from holding their usual Ramadan evening gatherings outside Damascus Gate, a historic landmark on the north side of the Old City and adjacent to several Palestinian neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, a video on social media app TikTok purporting to show a Palestinian slapping an ultra-Orthodox Jewish

From censorship to propaganda and disinformation: Here’s how China seeks to reshape the narrative on the repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

  As China faces increasing global scrutiny on a slew of issues, including its inhuman treatment of Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang, it has launched an   aggressive campaign   to vigorously defend its policies in the region, and rubbish the allegations of repression being levelled against it. China’s Foreign Ministry last month issued the most assertive defence of its policies in Xinjiang to date, calling accusations of “genocide” in the region the  “lie of the century”.  The statement marks a stark shift in China’s strategy to reshape the narrative regarding its treatment of Uyghurs. Until now, China had been denying and dismissing the allegations of state-sponsored oppression of Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang. However, this has changed as China’s strategy to counter such allegations has now evolved from outright denial to unabashed public defence. This hardened public posturing can be attributed to a growing sense of confidence in Beijing and its eager alacrity to be combative in taking

France will 'never give in to Islamist terrorism,' says Emmanuel Macron

An anti-terrorism investigation has been launched in France after a policewoman was stabbed to death in Paris commuter town in Rambouillet by a 36-year-old Islamist terrorist from Tunisia on Friday. President Emmanuel Macron said France would never give in to "Islamist terrorism". Macron vowed on Twitter that "in our fight against Islamist terrorism, we will never give in," identifying the murdered woman as Stephanie, reported France24. "The nation is by the side of her family, her colleagues and security forces," he said. The attack took place in the secure entrance area of the station at around 2:20pm (1220 GMT), a police source added. The 49-year-old woman, an administrative assistant and mother of two who was returning from a lunch break, was stabbed in the throat twice and died of her wounds shortly afterwards, the source said. The attacker was shot dead by the security forces. Three people have been detained in connection with the attack, reported Fr

Maoists kill abducted police sub-inspector in Chhattisgarh

The rebels left a handout near his body claiming that Tati has been supporting the Bastar police force since the controversial Salwa Judum campaign in 2006. RAIPUR: The outlawed Maoists killed the Chhattisgarh police sub-inspector Murli Tati, who was abducted by them on April 21, and dumped his body near Kusumpara village at Gangalur in a district of Bijapur, about 400 km south of Raipur. The rebels left a handout near his body claiming that Tati has been supporting the Bastar police force since the controversial Salwa Judum campaign in 2006, and after joining the District Reserve Guards (DRG), he was involved in confrontation with the Maoists and the harassment of local villagers.“Tati, a resident of Bijapur, was posted at Jagdalpur district for the past couple of years. He was away from his duty at his native place for the past one and a half month without informing the department. After he was kidnapped by the Maoists, the police tried to locate his whereabouts by reaching out the l

Odisha woman Maoist killed in gunfight with security forces

Bhawanipatna (Odisha), Apr 23 (PTI) A woman Maoist leader was killed on Friday in an exchange of fire between security personnel and the Naxalites in Odisha's Kalahandi district, police said. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Special Operation Group personnel launched a combing operation in Pangabaju reserve forest in the Madanpur-Rampur police station limits, Kalahandi SP Saravana Vivek said. Maoists fired at the security personnel, who then retaliated killing the rebel on the spot and the rest managed to flee the scene, he said. The SOG personnel have recovered ammunition and Maoist articles from the spot, the SP said.   Source:

'Normalization of hate:' White nationalist language of America First Caucus sets off new alarms on racism

WASHINGTON – Calling for respect of the county's "uniquely Anglo-Saxon traditions." Saying the nation's infrastructure should express the "progeny of European architecture." Decrying the influence of domestic and international "globalist" forces. The language used in the would-be Republican congressional America First Caucus's platform has alarmed many lawmakers and civil rights advocates who say its white nationalist message shows the growing clout of extremism in the right wing of the Republican Party. Reports of the new faction in Congress first broke last Friday, when Punchbowl News  shared  a seven-page document outlining the group's call to continue former President Donald Trump's agenda. "It is the firm belief of this caucus that American policy-making needs to get back to first principles, restore a long-term time horizon amongst our nation’s leaders, and instill a greatly internalized sense of service to the American peopl