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IS target mosques to create Sunni-Shia violence in Afghanistan

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]US using IS as “tool” to destabilize region, says Hamid Karzai

In a bid to create sectarian violence in Afghanistan, suicide bombers struck two mosques, a Sunni mosque in Ghor province during Friday noon prayers while Shia mosque was bombed in Kabul during the evening prayers. At least 72 people were killed in both the attacks.

A suicide bomber walked into Imam Zaman Mosque, a Shiite mosque in the western district of Kabul and detonated his explosives vest.  Interior Ministry has confirmed at least 39 people were killed and 45 wounded in the mosque situated in Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of the capital.

According to Kabul based Tolo News, the eyewitnesses said the suicide bomber was in the middle of the mosque among the worshippers when he detonated the explosives embedded with his body.

Shia community leaders have said they were sure that Afghanistan’s IS affiliate was behind the attack. Dasht-e-Barchi is a sprawling neighborhood where majority of people are ethnic Hazara, who are mostly Shia Musims.

Earlier in the day, the suicide bomber struck a Sunni mosque in Daleema district of Ghor province during Friday noon prayers and killed 33 people, including a pro-government warlord Abdul Ahed, who was considered to be the target of the attack.

President Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the attacks and has called them inhuman and against the values of Islam. He said that the attacks were aimed at creating division among the people, adding that these nefarious acts will not yield any result and will not affect the unity of Afghans.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Daesh also known as IS has claimed responsibility of the attack.

Meanwhile, Hamid Karzai, former President, has alleged that US uses the Islamic State (IS) insurgency as a tool in Afghanistan, aimed at destabilizing the whole region. He was speaking to Russia Today (RT) TV on the sidelines of the Valdai Forum in Sochi, Russia on Saturday. He also talked about reports of “unmarked foreign helicopters” providing support to the terrorists.

Karzai further said, “The support to Daesh (IS) in Afghanistan is not definitely meant for the purpose in Afghanistan. The US has already established itself in Afghanistan. It doesn’t need to have a reason to establish itself there. It must be for objectives beyond Afghanistan, to cause trouble in the region.”

Hamid Karzai was president of the country from December 2004 to September 2014. During 2001 to 2004, he was acting president of the country. American led northern alliance came to power in 2001 by uprooting Taliban government in the aftermath of 9/11 terror attacks in the US.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]According to reports members of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan militant group, who are in hundreds in Afghanistan, have pledged allegiance to the IS.

Taliban and IS have surged their attacks in the country during the week. Overnight on Wednesday into Thursday, Taliban took responsibility of killing 58 Afghan security personnel during attacks on security installations in the east and western parts of the country. They nearly wiped out an army camp in southern Kandhar province.

Last Tuesday Taliban had reportedly unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers killing more than 70 people.

US and NATO forces have formally concluded their combat mission in the country at the end of 2014.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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US reiterates its call for fair, transparent, legal process for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, speaks on Congress frozen accounts

The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections.

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A day after India summoned an US diplomat over their remarks on the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the liquor policy case, the US reiterated its call for fair, transparent, timely legal processes on Wednesday.

Responding to questions on India summoning Gloria Berbena, the US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that they will continue to follow these actions closely, including the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Notably, the meeting at the foreign ministry’s South Block office lasted nearly 40 minutes yesterday with India objecting strongly to the US remarks on the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal.

Matthew Miller also responded to a question on the Congress party’s frozen bank accounts. The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections. He added that the US encourages fair, transparent and timely legal processes for each of the issues.

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested last week by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to the Delhi liquor policy scam. Earlier, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Sanjay Singh were arrested in the same case.

The External Affairs Ministry had earlier stated that states are expected to be respectful of the sovereignty and internal affairs of others, and this responsibility is even more so in case of fellow democracies, adding that it could otherwise end up setting unhealthy precedents.

The Ministry further emphasized that India’s legal processes are based on an independent judiciary which is committed to objective and timely outcomes. It mentioned that casting aspersions on India’s legal procedure is unwarranted.

The United State’s remarks followed days after Germany’s Foreign Office stressed that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is entitled to a fair and impartial trial. The Indian government labelled their remark as blatant interference in internal matters.

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5 Chinese nationals killed in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan

This is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.

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Nearly five Chinese nationals were killed in an explosion during an attack on their convoy by a suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday. Reportedly, the suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of Chinese engineers travelling from Islamabad to their camp in Dasu, situated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Regional police chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur said that five Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver were killed in the attack. As yet, none has claimed responsibility for the attack. Bisham Station House Officer (SHO) Bakht Zahir asserted that the incident was a suicide blast and the authorities concerned were collecting the evidence.

The Station House Officer further added that security arrangements were tightened at the spot and the bodies were being shifted to a hospital. He added that they will investigate from where and how the vehicle of a suicide bomber came and how it happened. Notably, this is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.

Previously, two attacks hit an airbase and a strategic port in the southwest province of Balochistan where China is investing billions in infrastructure projects. Several Chinese engineers and Pakistani construction workers have for multiple years been working on hydroelectric projects as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative in the western province of Khyber-Paktunkhwa.

Notably, Dasu is home to a significant dam project, has been a target of previous attacks. Earlier in 2021, the attack in Dasu resulted in the deaths of nine Chinese nationals, along with two Pakistani children. The incident occured when a bus carrying Chinese engineers and workers to the Dasu Hydropower Project site was targeted.

There was confusion surrounding the nature of the attack initially, with some reports suggesting it was a bus accident. Nonetheless, subsequent investigations revealed that it was indeed a terrorist attack. The bus was hit by a blast, leading it to plunge into a ravine.

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