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Hezbollah ask Palestinians not to sign Trump’s “deal of the century”



Hezbollah ask Palestinians not to sign Trump’s “deal of the century”

Amidst relocation of US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and killing of almost 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces, Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Lebanese Hezbollah has urged Palestinian Authority headed by Mehmoud Abbas not to sign the so-called “deal of century” touted by US President Donald trump under any pressure.

He said, “We dispelled all illusions concerning Israel’s war machine. We undermined their morale and shattered their myth of invincibility.” He said that Trump is set to officially announce the deal within coming weeks.

On Monday evening, Hezbollah leader was addressing his supporters in a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital Beirut. He stated that the “deal of century” started ever since Trump announced his decision on December 6 last year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate its embassy there.

Hezbollah leader called upon resistance movements in the Middle East not to give in to US and Israeli pressures and described US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the pillars of the new deal for Palestine.

His speech was aired by Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV and was simultaneously broadcast by several networks in the region including most of the Iranian channels.

Hezbollah ask Palestinians not to sign Trump’s “deal of the century”While describing the details of the deal, Nasrallah said that the Palestinian right of return will be abolished under the “deal” and a future Palestinian state could only be established within the Gaza Strip. Till now right of return is considered to be a cornerstone of the Palestinian cause.

Gaza strip is ruled by Hamas, the pro Iranian resistance group while West Bank is ruled by Palestinian Authority headed by Mehmoud Abbas.

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Nasrallah, whose alliance has recently won more than half of the seats in Lebanese parliament election, noted that some Arab states were inventing religious pretexts to legitimatize Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. He recalled that the Riyadh regime is claiming that the occupied territories belong to Israel.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, while meeting Jewish leaders during his US visit last month had said that Israel has a “right” to a homeland. He was quoted saying, “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land,” he added.

Hezbollah ask Palestinians not to sign Trump’s “deal of the century”Nasrallah pointed out, “The Palestinian cause relies on regional nations, who will never betray it. The Palestinian Authority must not sign this so-called deal of century by any means.”

Nasrallah referred to the recent US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal by Donald Trump and underlined that Americans never tend to honour their promises and are not trustworthy in any sort of agreement.

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He further said, “The United States did not care at all about the interests of its allies when exiting the atomic agreement with Tehran. Therefore, peace talks for Palestine will yield no outcome if the US is included.”

According to Al-Manar, Hezbollah leader said that a new stage of the confrontation between the resistance and the “Zionist entity”, a term used for Israel, in Syria has recently emerged. He said that the time when the Israeli enemy can hit Syria without retaliation is over.

He was referring to the recent confrontation between Syria and Israel when Israeli positions in occupied Golan were hit by dozens of rockets launched from the Syrian territories.

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The Hezbollah leader has also criticized Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah for his support for Israel’s missile attack on Syria, saying, “There is no more ugliness than the remarks of this idiot and traitor.”

Hezbollah ask Palestinians not to sign Trump’s “deal of the century”Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, while meeting Jewish leaders in US, had also reportedly said that Palestinian leadership should accept whatever peace terms are offered by the US and stop complaining.

He was quoted saying, “In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given. It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals… or shut up and stop complaining.”

According to Middle East Eye a Palestinian official had recently said that the “deal of the century” calls for having a Palestinian state with provisional borders on half of West Bank and the Gaza Strip, without Jerusalem, and calls for humanitarian solutions to the refugee issue. The deal calls for building  a new Jerusalem for the Palestinians from the surrounding villages and communities.

Observers believe that Palestinian Authority President Mehmoud Abbas  would be forced by his supporters to oblige and act as suggested by Hezbollah leadership. Abbas has reiterated several times, since Trump’s Jerusalem move, of US losing credibility of an “honest broker” in the Middle East crisis.

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Pakistan man sentenced to death for sharing blasphemous content on WhatsApp

The accused, identified as Syed Muhammad Zeeshan, was also fined Rs 1.2 million or $4300 and awarded imprisonment of total of 23 years.



Pakistan man sentenced to death for sharing blasphemous content on WhatsApp

Pakistan court on Friday gave a death sentence to a Muslim man for posting blasphemous content in a WhatsApp group. The accused was convicted under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act and Anti-Terrorist Act by a Peshawar court.

The accused, identified as Syed Muhammad Zeeshan, was also fined Rs 1.2 million or $4300 and awarded imprisonment of total of 23 years.

The court in an order said that an accused Syed Muhammad Zeeshan, son of Syed Zakaullah in custody has been convicted and sentenced after being found guilty. Zeeshan, a resident of the northwest city of Mardan, has the right to appeal against the court’s conviction order on the highly-sensitive issue of blasphemy in Pakistan.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive topic in Pakistan, a country with a majority of Muslims, where even unverified accusations can incite mobs and violence.

Zeeshan was undergoing court proceedings in the same case for almost two years after Muhammad Saeed, a resident of Talagang in Punjab province, accused him of posting blasphemous content in a WhatsApp group. Saeed filed an application with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in 2021 againsy Zeeshan for blasphemous content.

As per the reports, the FIA had confiscated Zeeshan’s cell-phone and its forensic examination proved him guilty.

In the past 20 years, 774 Muslims and 760 members of various minority religious groups have reportedly faced blasphemy charges, according to the National Commission of Justice and Peace, a human rights and legal help organisation in Pakistan.

Last month, Pakistan banned Wikipedia after it refused to remove the allegedly offensive or blasphemy material from the website.

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Five news stations receive letter bombs in Ecuador, one explodes in journalist’s face

Minister says the bombs were sent as a clear message to silence journalists in violence-ridden Ecuador



Police officials searching for bombs in a new station in Ecuador

Ecuadorean authorities have reported that a series of letter bombs were mailed to five different TV and radio new stations in Ecaudor. The explosive devices were delivered to journalists on Monday, March 20.

Interior Minister Juan Zapata informed that one of these letters exploded in Guayaquil’s Ecuavisa private TV station. The bomb burst in the middle of the newsroom in presenter Lenin Artieda’s face. He was injured but not severely. Lenin informed the police that the device was structured like a USB drive, and it exploded as he plugged it into his computer.

Zapata added that all the devices were similar and sent from the town of Quimsaloma, on the Los Rios coast. The Ecuadorean attorney-general’s department has begun their investigation on the letters as an act of terrorism. Journalists have said that the bombs were sent to intimidate the free press and silence the media.

 Zapata also said that the government condemns such attacks and freedom of expression is a right that must be respected. The other four explosives sent through post never exploded as they failed or were never opened.

Police officer Xavier Chango informed the USB drive sent to Artieda seemed to be loaded with a military-type explosive RDX.

Ecuador lies between Colombia and Peru, the world’s two largest cocaine producers, and has become a hub for global drug trade in the recent years. The increased violence is a result of competition and clashes between drug criminal gangs for territory and charge.

In 2022, the RTS TV station came under gunfire attack and in 2020, a bomb exploded at Teleamazonas. President Guillermo Lasso had declared war on the gangs controlling drug trade from prisons, and has led to the death of more than 400 inmates since 2021. Ecuador’s murder rate has jumped from 14 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2021 to 25 per 100,000 in 2022.

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Earthquake leaves 11 dead in Pakistan, tremors shake North India

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled parts of Northern India on Tuesday night, left at least 11 people dead and over 160 others wounded in neighboring Pakistan, reports said.



Pakistan Earthquake

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled parts of Northern India on Tuesday night, left at least 11 people dead and over 160 others wounded in neighboring Pakistan, reports said.

According to reports by Pakistani media, tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, and other areas of the country. In a statement, Pakistan Meteorological Department said the epicenter of the quake—which hit at a depth of 180 kilometers, at a latitude of 36.09 and a longitude of 71.35. — was the seismically active Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.

Reports said that tremors and aftershocks were also witnessed in Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Kot Momin, Madh Ranjha, Chakwal, Kohat and in Gilgit-Baltistan areas.

Pakistani news channels showed panicked citizens running out of their home and on the streets to seek refuge from the tremors.

According to a report by Pakistan-based Geo News, eleven people, including two women were killed while over 160 people were injured due to the earthquake.

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The strong jolts also led to the collapse of several buildings in impacted regions while a stamped was witnessed in markets of Rawalpindi when the earthquake hit, according to The Express Tribune newspaper.

State-run Associated Press of Pakistan released a statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who has directed disaster management authorities to remain vigilant to handle any situation while Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel declared an emergency in Islamabad hospitals.

A statement by the international seismological centre said that apart from Pakistan, tremors were also felt in India, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and Kyrgyzstan.

Tremors of the earthquake, that hit at around 10:17 pm on Tuesday night, were felt across Northern India including Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh. However, no casualties were reported. However, reports of damages to buildings are coming in from different parts of North India.

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