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California shooters linked to Lal Masjid in Pakistan

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The terror shooting in California this week carried out by a Pakistani-origin couple had links with Maulana Abdul Aziz, the cleric of Pakistan’s notorious Red Mosque of Lal Masjid.

It brings to light about the radicalisation of Muslims  in Pakistan through  madrasas as Pakistani national Tashfeen Malik, 27,who  had pledged allegiance to an Islamic State leader on Facebook and her Pakistani-American husband Rizwan Farook, 28 were in contact with Lal Masjid.and the Pakistani media has also come out with these reports .

The information about the links has been shared by US officials in London with Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Malik had returned to Pakistan in 2010 to study pharmacy at the Bahauddin Zakariyah University in Multan after having spent most of her years in Saudi Arabia. She was born in Pakistan.

“Tashfeen was in contact with Islamabad’s Lal Masjid,” a US official was quoted as saying by ARY News to an unnamed Pakistani official familiar with the investigation.
“Investigation officials have found Malik’s pictures in which she can be seen with Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz,” it said.

In a statement, the Pakistani embassy here hoped that the investigations would lead the authorities to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice sooner.

However, it made no mention of any links between the suspected shooter and the radical Islamic cleric.

Authorities in Pakistan are investigating whether Tashfeen had ties to Islamic militant organisations.She had pledged allegiance to an Islamic State leader on Facebook, officials had said.

“Intelligence agents have questioned members of Malik’s extended family in the province of Punjab, an area that is considered as one of the nurseries of militant organisations, according to Pakistani intelligence agents,” the daily reported.

According to the report, Tashfeen belonged to an educated, politically influential family from Karor Lal Esan in Layyah district. Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, one of her father’s cousins was a provincial minister from 2008-13.

“The family has some extremist credentials, and some members of Malik’s family in Karor are also involved in sectarian activities,” Zahid Gishkori, a local resident who knows the family well told the US daily.

Tashfeen’s family was said to follow the Barelvi version of Sunni Islam, which is considered more into spiritualism than militancy.

“But sources said it was likely that she had converted to the Salafi/Wahabi version of Islam after spending most of her life in Saudi Arabia,” the daily reported.

For the past several years, Congressman Ed Royce, who is now Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been demanding that Pakistan shut down the 600 madrasas that preached radical Islam.

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6.8-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami alert

Indonesia is frequently hit by earthquakes as it sits on a vulnerable quake-impacted zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.

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Jakarta, June 4 : An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia”s North Maluku province on Thursday, but did not trigger a tsunami alert, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

The agency initially issued the quake at 7.1 magnitude before revising it down to 6.8, Wahyu Kurniawan, official in charge at the agency, told Xinhua news agency.

The quake jolted at 3.49 p.m. with the epicentre at 89 km northwest Daruba village of Pulau Marotai district and the depth at 112 km under sea bed, the official said.

“For this quake, we did not issue a tsunami warning,” he added.

Indonesia is frequently hit by earthquakes as it sits on a vulnerable quake-impacted zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.

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George Floyd Death: Numerous arrests in NYC as protests continue

Floyd”s deaths has also triggered protests around the world including in France, the UK, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Greece, South Africa and Germany.

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New York, June 4 : New York City police officials have made numerous arrests and even resorting to force after a curfew began amid continuous protests against the death of the unarmed African-American man, George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last week.

Faced with a third night of demonstrations involving thousands of New Yorkers who defied the curfew to protest against the Floyd”s death, the police on Wednesday night decided to act more harshly after giving them an hour”s notice when curfew came into force at 8 p.m., reports Efe news.

New York Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Department Terence Monahan told reporters that the police had adopted a more aggressive approach in order to quickly disperse the groups of protesters.

The police resorted to force in Brooklyn, using batons, rubber bullets and tear gas with the aim of dispersing protesters and arresting numerous people to enforce the curfew.

The detainees were then loaded onto buses of the city”s Department of Correction.

After protesting peacefully for more than an hour in front of the Mayor Bill de Blasio”s”s residence in Manhattan”s upper east side, the demonstrators began marching south of the city, until the police began charging through the crowd at Third Avenue and 50th Street at about 9 p.m.

It was police officials on bicycles who first charged the protesters and then those on foot began to arrest dozens as loudspeakers on police vehicles reminded the demonstrators of the curfew orders and demand everyone leave the area.

Arrests also took place in Union Square.

The marches on Wednesday seemed to be more organized than the chaotic protests of recent days with private vehicles offering water and food as well as hand gel and masks to try to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

“Hands up, don”t shoot” and “Justice Now” were some of the most heard slogans on the streets.

Protests were also held in other cities around the country, including Washington D.C., Oakland, Chicago, Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

Floyd”s deaths has also triggered protests around the world including in France, the UK, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Greece, South Africa and Germany.

–IANS

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India-Aus ties have always been close: Modi on summit

The two leaders are likely to review the broad framework of bilateral strategic ties and explore ways to expand cooperation in areas of trade and defence.

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New Delhi, Jun 3 : India-Australia ties have always been close, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ahead of his first-ever virtual summit with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Thursday.

“Glad to be joining the first India-Australia Virtual Summit with you, PM @ScottMorrisonMP. India-Australia ties have always been close,” Modi wrote on Twitter.

“As vibrant democracies, from Commonwealth to cricket to even cuisine, our people-to-people relations are strong and the future is bright,” he said.

Modi was responding to a tweet by Prime Minister Morrison, who said he is looking forward to catching up with his Indian counterpart for the virtual summit.

The two leaders are likely to review the broad framework of bilateral strategic ties and explore ways to expand cooperation in areas of trade and defence.

The two countries are also expected to finalise a landmark agreement for reciprocal access to military bases for logistics support in the summit besides sealing a number of other pacts.

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