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‘71 campaign that never really worked

‘71 campaign that never really worked

With the Pakistan army facing defeats at East Pakistan war fronts one after another in December 1971, there were attempts to use religion to cover up the mindless genocide, boost their morale and raise funds for them. Terming the Pakistan troops mujahid or those who struggle for the sake of Islam, people were asked...

Sydney hostages: Gunman identified as Iranian

Sydney hostages: Gunman identified as Iranian

The gunman holding people hostage in a Sydney cafe has been identified as an Iranian refugee who was on bail facing a number of charges. Man Haron Monis, who was granted political asylum in Australia, was described by his former lawyer as an isolated figure, who was acting alone. Police say they will maintain central...

SYDNEY HOSTAGE CRISIS

Police storm siege building

Police storm siege building

Heavily armed police have stormed a cafe in Sydney where a gunman identified as an Iranian refugee has been holding dozens of people hostage. Paramedics carrying stretchers raced towards the cafe moments after a volley of loud bangs and flashes. Central Sydney has been in lockdown since the gunman seized the hostages early on Monday...

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Bangladesh Holocaust of '71

Bangladesh Holocaust of '71

It was the most brutal genocide ever known in the history of mankind. History has never seen such a large number of people wiped out in such a short period of the nine months of the Bangladesh liberation war. Between March 25, 1971 and December 16, 1971, Pakistani occupation army and their local...

Pope urges Muslims to condemn terrorism

Pope urges Muslims to condemn terrorism

Pope Francis has urged Muslim leaders around the world to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. Speaking on board a flight back to Rome, the Pope said that he understood the harm caused by the stereotype that linked Islam with terrorism. He said a "global condemnation" of the violence would help the...

Latif’s charge framing hearing begins Dec 7

Latif’s charge framing hearing begins Dec 7

A Dhaka Court today fixed December 7 for starting hearing on charge framing against sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique in the case filed against him for hurting religious sentiment of Muslims. Metropolitan Magistrate Ashaduzzaman Nur also directed the prison authorities to produce the former post and telecommunications minister before it on that day.    Latif,...

Islam: The crisis within

THE Islamic world today is faced with extreme violence and conflict that is a danger to global peace and harmony. Countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen are topping the list of states most likely to fail. Absence of governance in many Muslim countries has provided a fertile ground for the rise of religious extremists who in their purported desire to establish an Islamic state have unleashed a reign of terror. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, Taliban...

Islam, Islamist, and Islam phobia

Islam, Islamist, and Islam phobia

THE quirkiness with which world events change every day makes any forecast on future political outcome more difficult than predicting storm in fair weather. Only months ago, when Ukraine and Russia were centre of world attention and caused belly aches in Europe, everyone expected the crisis to explode and embrace at least part...

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Muslim leaders must strike the enemies of Islam with "an iron hand", Saudi Arabia's top cleric said during Friday prayers, in apparent condemnation of the Islamic State jihadist group. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh's comments came after Saudi Arabia and four other Arab nations joined the United States in aerial bombardment of the ISIS militants in Syria. Speaking to Muslims from around the world in an address during the annual hajj pilgrimage, the mufti called on fellow Islamic leaders to "hit with an iron hand the enemies of Islam." The ISIS group has declared a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq where they have committed a spate of atrocities including crucifixions and...

5 'Allahr Dal' men held with bombs in Khulna

5 'Allahr Dal' men held with bombs in Khulna

Five activists of militant Islamist party Allar Dal, including its district chief, were held with explosives and bomb-making materials from Phultala upazila of Khulna last night. The arrests were made in a late night raid from a rental messing facility in Chandpur area, our Khulna correspondent reported quoting police. The detained were Parvez Hossain, 26,...

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