New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Happy With My Job
For Isis: Ny Attacker
By S Rajagopalan
Post US policy
shift, Taliban could turn diabolical
By Sankar Ray
Terror in New York
Many ways to overcome
tension and fear
By Swami Kriyananda
BJP should heed
its Minority Morcha in Gujarat, give tickets to Muslim candidates too
By Renuka Bisht
US Shares Names Of
20 Terror Groups With Pak
By Daily Pioneer
Turkey: 39 Killed
In Clashes Between Troops, Kurdish Rebels
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Modi, Trump Resolve to Fight
03 November 2017 | Pioneer News Service | Washington
the backdrop of Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City, President Donald
Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have renewed their resolve that India
and the United States will fight the global scourge of terrorism together.
a telephone conversation between the two leaders, the White House said
President Trump accepted Prime Minister Modi’s condolences.
Minister Modi strongly condemned terrorism, and offered thoughts and prayers
for the victims and their families. The two leaders resolved that India and the
United States will continue to fight together against the global scourge of
terrorism,” it said in a readout of the call.
tweet earlier in the day, Modi had stated, “Strongly condemn the terror attack
in New York City. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased &
prayers with those injured.”
senior Republican Congressman Peter King has made the case for “more vetting”
of people coming to the United States from Pakistan, given its “large terrorist
person is coming from a country which has a strong terrorist presence, there
should be more intense vetting and investigation than there would be from
someone not coming from a country similar to that,” King told CNN.
has a large terrorist presence,” the lawmaker from New York said, adding: “They
have sent 800 people to Syria to fight alongside ISIS. In that case, there
should be more vetting. How you define it is more than you do in the ordinary
Happy With My Job for Isis: NY
03 November 2017
Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant behind New York’s deadliest terror attack since
9/11, has declared to interrogators that he “felt good’ with the killings “in
support of ISIS” — a job he began to plan a year ago and finally decided two
months ago to use a rental truck for the purpose.
from showing any sign of remorse, the 29-year-old suspect wanted to display
ISIS’s flag in his hospital room on a day when the authorities produced him in
court to face federal terrorism charges for the attack that left eight people
and a dozen injured. The charges included providing material support to ISIS.
boasted to the interrogators about the attack and how he was inspired by the
ISIS propaganda videos, particularly the one showing the terror outfit’s leader
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. One of his cellphones contained about 90 such videos and
some 4,000 images.
Donald Trump, clearly livid over the attacker’s defiance, said he should be
awarded the death penalty. “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS
flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET
DEATH PENALTY!” he tweeted.
the suspect as “this animal”, Trump told reporters that he would “certainly
consider” dispatching him to the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility
where he could be held indefinitely with his normal rights suspended.
who attacked the Democrats for having piloted the Diversity Visa lottery
programme under which Saipov came to the US in 2010, also criticised the
country’s weak laws and lengthy judicial procedures, remarking: “What we have
right now is a joke and it’s a laughing stock. And no wonder so much of this
stuff takes place.” “We have to get much tougher. We have to get much smarter.
And we have to get much less politically correct. We’re so politically correct
that we’re afraid to do anything,” he commented.
law enforcement officials, meanwhile, announced that they have found another
Uzbek national they have been looking for. Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, was
located less than an hour after the FBI released posters with his picture.
“We’ve found him and I’ll leave it at that,” an FBI official said, without
saying if he played any role in the attack.
investigators also questioned Saipov’s wife, Nozima Odilova, who was reportedly
cooperating. The couple have been living in Paterson, New Jersey, with their
Kim, the acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told
reporters that Saipov has been charged with providing material support to ISIS,
violence and destruction of motor vehicles. The suspect, who appeared in federal
court in a wheelchair, did not enter any plea.
federal complaint said the suspect chose a truck attack in order to inflict
maximum damage against civilians and that he specifically timed the attack on
Halloween, a day when the streets will be crowded. Officials said Saipov
followed the ISIS playbook in its entirety in order to execute this attack. “He
appears to have followed almost exactly to a ‘T’ the instructions that ISIS has
put out in its social media channels before, with instructions to their
followers on how to carry out such an attack,” said New York’s Deputy
Commissioner for Intelligence John Miller.
respect of the handwritten note in Arabic that the police found along with
multiple knives in and around his truck, Miller said, “The gist of the note was
that the ISIS would endure forever.”
if President Trump believes that the suspect should be classified as an “enemy
combatant”, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters later: “I
believe we would consider this person to be an enemy combatant, yes….I don’t
believe that determination has been made. I think that’s something we’ll wait until
we get a little further into the process.”
Post US policy shift, Taliban
could turn diabolical
03, 2017 07:44 am
President Donald Trump’s ‘new Afghanistan policy’ has been hailed by the ruling
group in Afghanistan, especially Trump’s nod to sending additional troops,
apparently in keeping with the Afghan government’s perspective as its goal is
to step up increased pressure on the Taliban. But the belligerent shah-en-shah
of White House also pulled up Pakistan by routinely blaming the latter for its
failure to wage a decisive counter-warfare against the terrorists,
ideologically committed to ‘Political Islam’, although turning terrorism into a
money-spinning scrip. What is disturbing for peace-loving sections of both
India and Pakistan is the unprecedented praise for India. Trump diplomatically
seeks India’s assistance in Afghanistan, although on economic matters in the
all queer, when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who described Trump as ‘a
moron’ (although backed down to deny subsequently) reached Islamabad on 24
October, he was received by middle-of-the rung officials of the Pak foreign
ministry. And in contrast, the Indian PM is ahead of many in appeasing the top
guys of Trump administration, let alone the power-crazy supremo at the helm
Pak columnist Ayyaz Ahmed, known for his intrepid and acerbic tone and style,
wrote expressing concern over the upside-down change in Pak-US-India equation:
“The deepening Indo-US ties have instigated Washington to adopt an unfriendly
posture towards Pakistan. It has blamed Islamabad for providing sanctuaries to
the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban within Pakistan. What the US has
forgotten is that the Taliban already exercises sway over 40 percent of Afghan
territory and they do not need Pakistan’s sanctuaries to hide and regroup
themselves. The reality is that the US has virtually lost the costly and
long-drawn-out war in Afghanistan and now wants to shift the blame on Pakistan
for secretively harbouring the Afghan Taliban”.
is no denying that Trump refuses to note Pakistan’s claim of having full
control of the seven tribal agencies inside Pakistan and keeps playing a broken
gramophone record blaming Islamabad for providing safe havens to the Haqqani
network in his speech on South Asia on 21 August that widened “the trust
deficit between both countries, thereby bringing Pak-US relations to a nadir.
Notwithstanding President Trump’s harsh language, Pakistan took the initiative
to thaw the strained relations with the angry superpower”. Apparently, visits
of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the
USA in September melted the ice, as there were bilateral exchange of
perceptions about combating terrorism and militancy in the Pak-Afghan region.
But the era of camaraderie that reached the zenith during the regime of the
President Jimmy Carter with Zbigniew Brezezinsky as the National Security
Adviser is now almost a thing of the past.
need for greater US-Pak cooperation for stamping out regionally-funded
terrorists from the Pak-Afghan region towards stablisation of the Afghan
government for speeding up the socio-economic reconstruction of the
insurgency-torn country notwithstanding, Washington continues its recalcitrance
to understand the new reality, based on the steadily growing support among Pak
people for peace with India as a neighbour. But this obstinacy, some analysts
fear, may lead to a diplomatic disaster affecting not only the three south
Asian countries, but the US too. At the same time, Ahmed rightly notes,
“Islamabad should revisit some fundamental rules of its engagement with
Washington. If Pakistan avoids changing these rules, the US will continue to
enjoy an upper hand in determining the nature and direction of bilateral
are high that the new US Afghan policy will turn the tide of war and put the
Taliban on the defensive. Nevertheless, Trump is the trouble-shooter for the
tri-national region. He keeps directly reversing his predecessor Barack Obama’s
policy of gradual withdrawal of troops from the Afghan soil – a difficult but
indispensable task. Obama announced his intention in 2009, but could do little
to translate it, despite the reality that more and more Afghans were getting
annoyed with the Taliban even in tribal areas at a distance from Kabul. At one
point in 2010, Afghanistan was home to 150,000 foreign troops, of which nearly
100,000 were from the US. Several Pak commentators, who openly argue for
friendship with India and ending bad blood with Afghanistan, are pessimistic
after the coming to power of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.
never knows when Trump and his close associates will understand that leaving
out major stakeholders in the Afghan conflict will only make things worse. For
instance, there is a genuine concern over reports that Taliban receives
military assistance from Iran. Lately, Taliban has also established contacts
with Russia. As a counter-offensive to the US Afghan policy, Iran may harbour
Taliban. Whether Russia discreetly helps them with financial and military
assistance is a matter of guess as Moscow will not leave any opportunity to
take revenge for the humiliating retreat from Afghanistan during
Carter-Brezezinsky years. In both Iran and Russia, speculations are running
high that the Islamic State (IS) militant group is a creation of the US. It is
not unusual for the two countries to join hands to prop up Taliban as a balance
this reality, Washington has to realise the need to work towards an ambience of
amity in the Indo-Pak-Afghan region. Pak Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa,
speaking at the concluding session of the Pakistan Motor Rally 2017, said: “The
motor rally is a vindication of Pakistan’s progress towards peace and
stability. Every Pakistani from Khunjerab to Gwadar is committed to peace and
progress of the country.” Pakistanis are ‘a resilient peace and sports-loving
nation that is bound to rise despite all challenges,” a statement issued by the
military’s media wing said about a week back. But such anti-war expressions
from his counterpart in India seems a wishful thinking.
03, 2017 00:15 IST
Terrorist attack in New York on Tuesday
confirms fears that terrorism, especially in the West, is becoming more
decentralised, with individuals radicalised by terrorist ideology taking up
arms on their own. Like the ‘lone wolf’ terrorists in Nice or Berlin, who
killed over 100 people last year, the New York attacker ploughed a pickup truck
into a busy bicycle path in Manhattan, killing eight. Officials say Sayfullo
Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, was inspired by the Islamic State and
wanted to inflict maximum damage. This is a unique challenge for governments.
Over the last few years, Western agencies have foiled multiple terror plots.
The U.S. is a case in point. It has not seen any major coordinated terror
attack since September 11, 2001. But the chances of detecting and foiling a
sophisticated terror plan by a network are higher than preventing a lone wolf
attack. Even before the IS suffered military defeats in its core territories in
West Asia, it had outsourced terror to members and sympathisers. This means
that someone inspired by the IS world view and living in, say, New York or Nice
doesn’t have to contact IS handlers or wait for orders from Raqqa or Mosul. He
or she can be both planner and executor. That is what happened in Nice, Berlin,
Orlando and now New York.
face both political and security challenges. The political challenge is to find
the root causes of radicalisation and address them. This cannot be done without
support from community members and leaders. The security challenge is to be
more efficient when it comes to preventive measures. In the case of Saipov,
officials say he had been planning for a year to strike civilians. He had hired
a truck earlier to practise making turns and rehearsed the route where he
wanted to stage the attack. Once such an attack happens, the challenge is also
to prevent polarisation along religious or ethnic lines while sounding the
message of unity and resolve to fight terror. Instead, President Donald Trump
has grabbed the moment to assail his political rivals and drum up support for
his anti-immigration policies. He has already promised to step up “extreme
vetting” — even though it is unexplained how “extreme vetting” could have
prevented the New York attack, or how officials could have foreseen in 2010,
when Saipov entered the U.S., that he would become a threat seven years down
the line. Also, Uzbekistan is not on the list of countries targeted under Mr.
Trump’s immigration ban. Washington needs a result-oriented plan to check
radicalisation as well as prevent more terror attacks rather than ideological
plans that are, in a way, helping the extremist narrative about Muslims being
discriminated against and persecuted in the West.
Many ways to overcome tension
great mistake to try to reduce stress and tension by avoiding challenges and
difficulties. You do not attain peace merely by escaping responsibility. You
attain it by discharging your responsibilities and winning on the battlefield of
life, in the true sense. Success means learning an important life lesson.
success means taking a step towards infinite freedom because we’ve learnt an
important life lesson that we no longer need to repeat. Only that kind of
success gives true peace. As long as there’s any fear: fear
of the test, of being drawn into the karma, of failure, or even fear of
success, then, there is still karma to be worked out.
pull of unwillingness: Most people are pulled in two directions. While they’re
doing something, they’re wishing they weren’t doing it. For your spiritual
growth, don’t try to reduce stress by avoiding what you’ve been given to do.
Difficulties are opportunity for growth. When we give what we’re doing to God,
we find that there is a great joy and even great relaxation in the process.
to act from within outward. Relax. Do not worry what other people think about
what you should, or should not, be doing.
method for this. If you can be centred in yourself, and act from within
outward, then you will have that degree of poise and relaxation to turn left or
right as the circumstances dictate.
on developing an attitude of non-attachment to the fruits of your actions.
People with that attitude will have the degree of relaxation needed to work
without tension or fear, and even if they fail, they are able to rise again.
very helpful to visualise the fear actually being fulfilled, to visualise the
worst possible results of whatever you’re doing, because the anticipation is
almost always greater than the realisation. Once you’ve accepted a certain
possibility, you can then put all of your energy into the constructive action
necessary for success.
Bible we read that perfect love casts out fear. When you love God deeply enough
there is nothing to fear because you know He’s always with you. It’s important
to work towards attaining that level of courage. If in the process you
sometimes feel anxiety about something, don’t pull back. Just call on God to
support you in whatever you have to do. The time will come when you will be
victorious over that fear.
also that our thoughts send out a kind of magnetism that draws to us whatever
is expressive of that thought. People who undergo a disaster of a certain kind
in some way have put out a call for that disaster.
are neutral: Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Conditions are always neutral.” They
seem good or bad according to the positive or negative attitude of the mind. We
can make the best of even the worst circumstances. We have to be practical, but
the most important thing is to have faith in God and to live in the thought
that God is with you, always. Faith in God will give you the level of
relaxation you need, to face life most effectively.
BJP Should Heed Its Minority
Morcha In Gujarat, Give Tickets To Muslim Candidates Too
2, 2017, 4:01 PM IST Renuka Bisht
last assembly elections in Gujarat, BJP did not field any Muslim candidates.
Actually in Gujarat no Muslim candidate has gotten an assembly or a
parliamentary ticket from BJP this century.
to TOI in 2014, when BJP once again repeated its practice of not fielding any
Muslim candidate for parliamentary polls in Gujarat, this is how the exclusion
was explained by Asifa Khan, national executive member of BJP Minority Morcha:
“BJP doesn’t believe in giving ‘token tickets’ to Muslims. There are bigger
issues such as healthcare, education and job opportunities that need to be
addressed … adequate representation in tickets will follow on its own.”
is actually the general defense put up by all BJP spokespersons on this thorny
matter. It’s transparently insincere. Because political representation is
supposed to spearhead not tailgate a community’s interests. If it didn’t how
would any female or Dalit or minority community candidate ever have gotten a
are only focused on winnabiliy,” is the other cop-out the party frequently
offers. This is also deeply false. Although the last time a Muslim candidate
(Ahmed Patel) won a parliamentary seat from Gujarat was in 1984, Congress has
continued to field successful candidates in the state assembly elections.
of the 2012 assembly election BJP itself had turned a new leaf by fielding
about 200 Muslim candidates in panchayat and local body elections of 2010, out
of which as many as 160 won. This 80% success rate made it all the more
surprising and unpleasant when no Muslim was given a ticket in 2012. In 2015
again, the BJP Minority Morcha emphasizes that around 350 Muslims secured seats
for the party in local body polls.
time around the BJP Minority Morcha is demanding several tickets. Morcha chief
Mehboob Ali Chisti says suitable representations have been made for seats like
Jamalpur-Khadia, Vejalpur, Vagra, Wankaner, Bhuj and Abdasa. In Jamalpur-Khadia
for example, Muslims constitute 61% of total voters and one of the
ticket-seekers is Usman Ghanchi, a builder who has been associated with BJP for
a decade. Chisti says many Muslim community leaders requested a party ticket
during the recent Parliamentary Board meeting.
the backdrop of a certain vulnerability in the first Gujarat election this
century that BJP is fighting without Narendra Modi as a chief ministerial
candidate, there are reports that it will try to even woo Muslim voters by
roping in Sufi seers and Shia preachers from Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere.
Giving tickets to strong candidates from the community is a much more promising
it is the only way for BJP to win broad-based support for initiatives like
seeking to modernise madrasas or urging a conversation about a Uniform Civil
Code. Otherwise the whiff of religious apartheid will remain noxious and
Us Shares Names Of 20 Terror
Groups With Pak
03 November 2017 | PTI | Islamabad
has shared with Pakistan a list 20 terrorist groups like the LeT, JeM and HUM
that Washington believes are operating from its soil to target India and
Afghanistan, a media report said on Thursday.
the list is the Haqqani network which, the US says has safe havens in the
Federally Administered Tribal Areas in northwestern Pakistan and uses them to
launch attacks into Afghanistan, Dawn reported.
list includes three types of militants groups: those who launch attacks into
Afghanistan, those who attack targets inside Pakistan and those who are focused
on Kashmir, the newspaper quoted diplomatic sources as saying.
terror groups like Harakatul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and
Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) are also onthe list. Harakatul Mujahideen is a
Pakistan-based militant group operating primarily in Kashmir. The US says that
group had links to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda as well, the report said.
operates mainly in Kashmir.The US identified LeT as one of the largest and most
active terrorist organisations in South Asia. Founded in 1987 by Hafiz Saeed,
Abdullah Azzam and Zafar Iqbal in Afghanistan, the group had its headquarters
in Muridke in Punjab province. It too is focused on Kashmir, the report said.
was involved in the 2001 Indian parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organisation of various militant
groups, was based in FATA, but has now relocated to Afghanistan. The US says
that the group wants to enforce its own interpretation of Sharia and plans to
unite against Nato-led forces in Afghanistan. It has conducted hundreds of
terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.
groups on the list are: Harakatul Jihadi-i-Islami, Jamaatul Ahrar, Jamaatud
Dawa al-Quran and Tariq Gidar Group, which is one of 13 TTP affiliates.
Tariq Gidar Group has been behind some of the deadliest attacks inside
Pakistan, including the Dec 16, 2014, massacre at the Army Public School in
Peshawar that left 132 schoolchildren and nine staffers dead.
Turkey: 39 Killed In Clashes
Between Troops, Kurdish Rebels
03 November 2017 | Agencies | Ankara
between Turkish security force members and Kurdish terrorists in three mainly
Kurdish provinces in southeastern Turkey on Thursday killed eight security
force members and 31 terrorists, officials said.
skirmish erupted near the town of Semdinli, in the province of Hakkari that
borders Iraq, after the security forces spotted a group of rebels who were
allegedly preparing to launch an attack, the military said. Six soldiers and
two government-paid village guards aiding troops in the fight against the
rebels were killed in the fighting. An Interior Ministry statement said 19
rebels were killed in the clash as well as a wider, air power-backed operation
launched to catch the terrorists.
nine rebels were killed in a clash in the province of Tunceli, while three
others were killed in Sirnak province, the ministry said.