[DAWN] The Afghan Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... on Saturday said the killing of a brother of their leader in the Quetta mosque kaboom on Friday would not derail talks with the United States.
And the injured son (how badly injured has not been reported) is likewise of no interest whatsoever.
Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada ...Former deputy to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour, now The Big Man Himself... was not in the mosque near Quetta on Friday when a bomb went off but his younger brother, Hafiz Ahmadullah, was leading Friday prayers and was killed, several Taliban officials have said.
The kaboom inside the mosque just before Friday prayers killed four people, including the prayer leader, and left 25 others injured in the Kuchlak area on the outskirts of the scenic provincial capital.
The explosion was carried out with the help of a time device, which was planted under the wooden chair of the prayer leader, when he started delivering the Friday sermon, according to police and bomb disposal squad officials.
There was no claim of responsibility for the blast that came after both Taliban and US officials reported progress in talks on an agreement centred on a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban security guarantee.
"If someone thinks martyring our leaders would stop us from our goal they're living in a fool's paradise," a Taliban leader said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
"We are close to our goals," he said, referring to the talks with the US. He declined to be identified.
The former Afghan intelligence chief and running mate of Ashraf Ghani in presidential elections reacted to the killing of the brother of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada in an explosion in Pakistan.
Saleh said in a Twitter post “The name of the Talbn politburo is Quetta Shura. It is located in Quetta of Pakistan.”
Furthermore, Saleh said “One of their senior members was killed today in a blast as the rift is growing over the deal with the US & prospects of peace. Seemingly ultra ISI are killing the less ISI Talibn. Cheap proxies.”
[HIIRAAN] Somali Federal Government has declared the election of new Jubbaland state assembly a nullity noting the process violated the Federal Constitution and electoral procedures in what could open a new round of battles between the Ahmed Madobe administration and Mogadishu.
Interior Ministry Abdi Mohammed Sabriye said in a statement Saturday the selection of elders and subsequent election of MPs failed the electoral threshold set by the government. According to the letter, the elders who participated in the just concluded controversial poll were not the legitimate ones in the government register.
"Any election which bypasses the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the electoral procedures set by the Interior Ministry is null and void," the government said.
Coming hot on the heels of the build up to the election of a new president and the ’swearing in’ of a parallel assembly Thursday, the declaration by the Federal Government could further escalate the hotly contested exercise that has seen the intervention of the international community.
Jubbaland Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (JBIEC) reopened the registration process of presidential candidates Friday following pressure from the UN, AU and the regional body IGAD. The UN called for a ’a single, agreed electoral process’ warning unless resolved, the political circus could have a destabilising effect on the southerly state.
The rejection of Jubbaland assembly by Mogadishu is not a new phenomenon. In 2015 following the formation of the Interim Jubbaland Administration, the Federal Parliament declared the Jubbaland Assembly illegally constituted but the move posited no legal effect to bar the assembly conducting its business.
The Jubbaland Assembly approved by the JBIEC Saturday re-elected the former Speaker Sheikh Abdi Mohammed Abdirahman and deputies paving way for the election of a new president. The parallel parliament also ’elected’ Ibrahim Nur Hassan as its speaker.
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[DAWN] Indian authorities eased restrictions on movement and restored landline telephone links in some parts of Indian Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... e on Saturday, the biggest relaxation in a crippling lockdown since New Delhi removed the region's special status on August 5.
The moves came even as there were celebrations and protests by Kashmiris opposed to the Indian policy in Srinagar on Friday night. The celebrations were to mark the first United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... Security Council meeting about the Kashmir issue for about five decades.
Two police officials and a series of eyewitnesses told Rooters that demonstrations and celebrations took place in various parts of Srinagar.
However, a woman is only as old as she admits... the number of incidents of local residents pelting security forces with stones were low compared with recent days, said a security official who toured Srinagar in the morning.
A witness said that hundreds marched in the Rajouri Kadal area of Srinagar and they also let off some fire crackers. They shouted pro-Pak and anti-India slogans during the celebrations, two witnesses said.
For the first time since the Indian government revoked occupied Kashmir's rights to set some of its own laws, police vans didn't announce imposition of a virtual curfew in Srinagar.
[DAWN] As part of security measures for Muharramul Haram, the city police have decided to restrict movement of firebrand ...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments... s or arrest them under the National Action Plan, a police front man said on Friday.
Furthermore, leaves of all police officials have been cancelled for Muharram, which is likely to start on Aug 30.
The front man said a control room has been set up in the office of the City Police Officer which would monitor security arrangements round the clock.
Giving details of a meeting held at the CPO office to discuss security arrangements during Muharram, the front man said instructions had been issued to restrict the movement of religious scholars who were known for delivering hate speeches and in this regard the National Action Plan would be followed and implemented.
The CPO was informed that last year, a total of 1,766 Majalis were held, 316 processions were taken out during the first ten days of Muharram in the Rawalpindi District.
The CPO directed the police to ensure that no untoward incident happen during the month.
[DAWN] Prime Minister Imran Khan ...aka The Great Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree... on Saturday welcomed the United Nations ...the Oyster Bay money pit... Security Council (UNSC) meeting on occupied Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... held a day earlier, saying the gathering was a reaffirmation of the council's past resolutions advocating the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people.
Taking to Twitter, the premier noted that it was for the first time in over five decades that the "world’s highest diplomatic forum" had taken up the issue of Indian Kashmire and the serious situation prevailing there.
"There are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self-determination. And the UNSC meeting was a reaffirmation of these resolutions," the prime minister wrote.
He said it was, therefore, the responsibility of the Security Council to address the suffering of the Kashmiri people and ensure the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
[Jpost] The Paleostinian leadership is worried that the mandate of the United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... Relief and Works Agency for Paleostinian Refugees (UNRWA) may not be renewed this year due to charges of corruption in the agency.
The Paleostinians are also concerned about the recent decision of the Netherlands, Switzerland
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"Erekat pointed out that after the Trump administration’s decision to halt funding to UNRWA, "more than 40 UN member states have made additional pledges, which means that they recognize the importance of services provided by UNRWA and its important role in maintaining regional stability."
In other words, Trump proved that American support was never needed in the first place. Good job.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.