Get to know Iran’s new President and mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet

Under Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime can be expected to intensify its malign activities in all areas, with the collective aim of consolidating power and further stamping out dissent both at home and abroad.
The entire international community should be deeply concerned about Iran’s newly-formed presidential administration. That concern should extend to human rights advocates, proponents of international democracy, and Western policymakers who are focused on defending their own nations’ Security interests abroad. Under Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime can be expected to intensify its malign activities in all areas, with the collective aim of consolidating power and further stamping out dissent both at home and abroad.

The regime’s pending hardline turn was apparent long before Ebrahim Raisi was confirmed as its new president. In February 2020, the regime held what may have been its most tightly controlled parliamentary election to date. Virtually all candidates affiliated with the so-called “reformist” faction were barred from running, and so many seats remained uncontested. It was abundantly clear to the experts on Iranian affairs that this situation would be mirrored by the presidential election in June 2021. The reason being that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declared his support for Raisi, thereby signaling the Guardian Council to exclude any other viable candidates.
Much of the Iranian public boycotted both elections, and the National Council of Resistance of Iran estimated that the turnout for the presidential election was less than ten percent. These and other acts of public dissent were motivated partly by an inherent lack of choice in Iranian elections as well as concerns over Khamenei’s intentional effort to pack the government with unqualified loyalists. Compounded by the fact that he is nearing the end of his life. Yet, the main driving force for backlash against the presidential election was the public’s awareness of specific details about Khamenei’s sole choice for the presidential position.

In the summer of 1988, Ebrahim Raisi became one of the four Tehran officials to sit on an entity that came to be known as the “death commission.” Its formation was prompted by a fatwa from Khamenei’s predecessor, the founder of the theocratic system, Ruhollah Khomeini. In his Fatwa, he declared members of the leading opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), to be enemies of God who should be executed without mercy. On this basis, the regime proceeded to hold re-trials before death commissions for tens of thousands of political prisoners, including many who had already served out their previously determining sentences.
Around 30,000 political prisoners were summarily executed following those trials, which often consisted of little other than asking the defendants their names and political affiliations. Those who professed support for the MEK were sentenced to death on the spot. As such, the organization’s members account for about 90 percent of the total executions.

Last week, the NCRI hosted a virtual conference on the 1988 massacre, which included the participation of more than 1,000 survivors alongside a number of European legal and political experts.
Some of those experts, including UK human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson, used the event to reiterate calls for Raisi to be prosecuted for his involvement in one of the late 20th century’s worst crimes against humanity. Robertson explained that the severity of that crime establishes it as genocide and therefore obligates the international community to take action.
While the politics around the topic seem to be complicated, the legal precedent is firmly established for Raisi to be held accountable. The legal precedent of similar actions are even more straightforward. It is notable that a strong case can also be made regarding some of Raisi’s cabinet appointees, most of whom were approved en masse within two weeks of being presented to the parliament.

The list of appointees included an unprecedented number of officials from the regime’s hardline paramilitary, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). More to the point, some of those appointees had played leading roles in the IRGC during a time when it was involved in high-profile terrorist operations throughout the world. One of them, Interior Ministry Ahmad Vahidi, is subject to an Interpol arrest warrant for his role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA, Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.
Mohsen Rezaee, the new administration’s vice president for economic affairs, was also involved in that bombing, having served as the first commander of the entire IRGC, whereas Vahidi led its overseas special operations division, the Quds Force. But Rezaee’s new position uniquely reflects his intervening roles, such as helping the paramilitary to develop its financial empire as the head of the Khatam al-Anbia Construction Headquarters, an IRGC front. In 2007, that company was sanctioned by the United States for financing terrorism. Therefore, Rezaee’s appointment to the Raisi administration clearly signifies that the regime is still committed to that goal at the highest levels.The above message is reinforced by other appointments, such as that of Mohammad Mokhber, who is to serve as Raisi’s first vice president. Mokhber previously served as the head of an institution known as the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO). In 2013, the EIKO was named by the judiciary as “the only authorized body to deal with the Supreme Leader’s properties” and was tasked with taking control of assets that had been confiscated from minority religious groups and the families of political prisoners. For the ensuing 14 years, EIKO has largely dedicated these resources to terrorist financing and other projects that advance the malign objectives of the IRGC and the supreme leader.

Mokhber has been sanctioned twice by the EU for aiding in the regime’s missile development and nuclear activities as well as for human rights violations that took place while he was the head of Iran’s Prisons Organization. In 2016, he was sanctioned by the US specifically for his seizures of dissident and minority properties via the EIKO. The multitude of actions for which Mokhber has been sanctioned should be raising the alarm for the international community regarding as to what it can expect from the entire Raisi administration.
Collectively, the new president and his cabinet have decades of experience with the interconnected functions of Iranian institutions that violently suppress dissent, steal from the public, and direct the proceeds toward terrorism as far away as the Americas.There can be little question that this entire cycle will accelerate over the next four years unless the Western powers are willing to take serious actions to interrupt it. They can start by vigorously enforcing the sanctions that are already in place for the vast majority of cabinet-level appointees. Consequently, when the newly appointed officials begin traveling on official State visits, lawmakers can begin working to prosecute criminals like Raisi and Vahidi on the basis of universal jurisdiction.
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Greater Middle East faces threats from religious extremism and jihad

Due to Joe Biden and his administration’s repetition of Barack Obama’s bankrupt diplomacy, America’s image is on fastest decline. Although some analysts are seeing America as a declining superpower, in my personal opinion, it is too early to jump into such conclusion. America still remains a major player in global affairs, and most importantly, Joe Biden is not the last president of the country. As we know, Biden has numerous health issues, while his “partner” in the administration, Kamala Harris has already been proved as worthless and totally incapable for holding such important position. Meanwhile, media reports claimed, Kamala Harris is losing his working ability due to severe side effect of the Havana Syndrome, which she has experienced recently. Meaning, pretty soon, White House will be over-burdened with an incapable Biden-Harris duo. With such a devastating scenario, the clashes among global powers should be taken into active consideration as it has been constantly changing the scenario in the world and its balance of power. Experts say, as far as nations, peoples and societies are concerned, nothing remains the same and this is also the case with countries and international institutions. Monitoring these changes and the resulting transformations is useful for forming awareness, building visions and foreseeing the future.
Some analysts and thinkers from within and without the United States of America are talking about the decline of the US role internationally, and this is a retreat and “withdrawal” that was theorized by a broad ideology inside America. One of its most prominent preachers and theorists was former President Barack Obama, who unlike other presidents, was not satisfied with authoring one biographic work but he wrote more than one, and is still promising more. The incumbent President Joe Biden was Obama’s deputy for two presidential terms, and understanding the propositions of such an ideology with this strength is a great, noble and beneficial task.

With the decline of the American role at the international level and the rise of China as the new global superpower, the United States is gradually
This decline of the American role at the international level and the rise of new global powers — in the forefront of which is China — is a decline that can be easily monitored. America is abandoning its allies around the world while its decisions weaken allies through banning strategic weapons, impeding reforms, exercising pressures on allies, and showing leniency with opponents at the same time. All point to the fact — the gradual decline of US in its international role and imperial power.
Some analysts are unwilling to except the fact about America’s decline in policy of maintaining its role in the world, especially its commitment of fighting violent extremism and terrorism. They say, talking about the decline of the American role does not mean, in any way, “the end of history” nor will America become a weak state overnight. No one talks about this, and what can be observed in parallel with this is the resurgence of fundamentalism in the Islamic world with the support of the American and Western liberal leftists as America and the West have become a refuge and an international center for all fundamentalist groups and their leaders.

While President Joe Biden and his administration are facing the hit of the humiliating retreat from Afghanistan as well Washington’s appeasing tendencies towards Iran and its proxies and Palestinian Hamas, which too has pronounced allegiance with Iran, America has been showing disturbing attitude towards the Arab and Muslim countries, especially Saudi Arabia, which faces terrific threat from terror-patron Iran and its proxies.
Saudi Arabia, under the magnanimous leaderships of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dealt with all the necessary seriousness in confronting the phenomenon of terrorism. The Kingdom and the other leading Arab countries such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have learned, through depth of knowledge and extensive experience, that it is not possible to eliminate terrorism and its organizations without dealing with its main source — the political Islam groups.

The statements of the Saudi Crown Prince are the best evidence for this. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has tightened control over the “funding” and the institutions into which these groups had previously infiltrated; some of them became a model for what institutions can do in the face of terrorism when they are restructured in the proper way by redefining their priorities and cleaning them from the elements of political Islam.
According to analysts, the repeated accusations against Saudi Arabia of any responsibility for the terrorist crime of September 11, 2001 is a politically failed and academically exposed approach, and it represents cheap blackmail that is inappropriate for respectable countries that are also big powers in the world. On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, there has been an apparent difference between those who are aware of the reality and depth of the fundamentalist danger as Saudi Arabia does, and those who deal with phenomena emerging out of it as what is happening in the Western countries, and this is not out of ignorance, but due to the order of their priorities and interests. In this particular case, America has stepped into the anti-Saudi propaganda vessel of Iran and the promoters of political Islam.

We have witnessed how Western countries have previously found their interests linked to political Islam groups repeatedly over the past decades, and one of its prominent examples was those ominous events in what was known as the ‘Arab Spring’, where fundamentalist and extremist groups were intended to impose their direct rule over the Arab nations. We have seen this in Tunisia, in Egypt and many other countries. Most importantly, behind the “Arab Spring” movements, there have been a visible alliance of Islamists and Leftist blocs, whose sole intension was to establish as reign of terror in the Arab countries.
One need to understand, the seeds of political Islam was originated from the Indian subcontinent (from the Deobandi schools) and Afghanistan in the east; Egypt, Libya and Morocco in the west, and from Malaysia in the south to Turkey in the north. In the middle of all this danger lies Iran, its regime, its followers and its militias in Iraq and Syria as well as in Lebanon and Yemen. Abul ala Maududi, Ruhollah Khomeini, Hassan Al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb are examples of what ideas and organizations that fundamentalism can create and change over decades.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s statements can be remembered when he reiterated and affirmed that there is no difference between the Brotherhood and other terror groups, and that “wilayat Al-murshid” is no different from “wilayat al-faqih”.
Possibly It is time for Biden administration to understand, while no one denies America’s power and influence, it should also be remembered – Saudi Arabia and the Arab countries are not banana republics in any way. There is possibly no more scope for the US and other Western nations to extort billions of dollars and other forms of strategic benefits from Saudi Arabia and the Arab nations through vile blackmailing tactics. While the greater Middle Easter nations and the Arab world have been facing threats from religious extremism and jihad, it will eventually learn the ways and means of defeating such evil forces. For attaining success in this regard, policymakers in the Arab world, particularly Saudi Arabia need to adopt policies of building their own favorable media strength both in the Middle East as well as in the Muslim world and beyond.

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Saudi Arabia supports global effort to block Iranian nuclear ambitions

Saudi Arabia remains opposed to Iran developing nuclear weapons, King Salman told world leaders on Wednesday. But he said he hopes initial talks between the Kingdom and Iranian authorities can lead to confidence-building measures.
“The Kingdom stresses the importance of making the Middle East a region free of all weapons of mass destruction,” the king said in a prerecorded speech on the second day of the high-level Annual General Debate at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. “We therefore support international efforts aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

“Iran is a neighboring state. We hope that our initial talks with Iran will lead to concrete confidence-building measures, measures that will achieve the aspirations of our two peoples for collaborative relations.”
However, he added that the Kingdom is very concerned by “Iranian steps that go counter to its commitments as well as to daily declarations from Iran that its nuclear program is peaceful.”

King Salman said Saudi Arabia continues to confront extremist ideas based on hatred and exclusion, and the activities of terrorist groups and sectarian militias that destroy lives and nations.
The Kingdom stresses the need to robustly “confront all those who support, sponsor, finance or shelter terrorist groups and sectarian militias or use them to spread chaos, destruction and hegemony,” he added.
The king condemned the Houthi militias in Yemen for their military activity in the country and their frequent attacks on Saudi Arabia, and made it clear he will not tolerate any such threats to the Kingdom or its people.

“The peace initiative in Yemen tabled by the Kingdom last March ought to end the bloodshed and conflict,” he said. “It ought to put an end to the suffering of the Yemeni people but, unfortunately, the terrorist Houthi militia reject peaceful solutions. They have placed their bets on a military option to take over more territory in Yemen.
“The Kingdom maintains its legitimate right to defend itself in confronting the missile attacks, ballistic-missile attacks, and use of booby-trapped boats against our Kingdom.”
In common with the speeches by many world leaders during the debate, King Salman also reaffirmed his commitment to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The challenges confronting the international community today require strengthening multilateral international cooperation,” he said. “The COVID pandemic has shown that the road to sustainable recovery goes through collaboration between all of us in a collective framework.

“The Kingdom has had a vital role in leading the world’s response to the pandemic through its presidency of the G20 last year, and the Kingdom has supported international efforts to confront the pandemic with the sum of $500 million, in addition to $300 million used to assist states in confronting the pandemic.”
He added: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to be committed to its developmental and humanitarian role in assisting the most needy states to confront natural catastrophes and humanitarian crises.”

King Salman also stressed that the global recovery from the pandemic must be carried out in a sustainable and climate-friendly manner.
“The Kingdom realizes the importance of concerted, joint efforts to confront climate change and its repercussions,” he said.
He highlighted a number of Saudi-led projects, including the Green Saudi and Green Middle East initiatives, through which the Kingdom is already putting its money where its mouth is in terms of fighting climate change.
The king, who has ruled Saudi Arabia since 2015, also reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which are in line with the Kingdom’s own Saudi Vision 2030 development plan.
“We want our economy to be a pioneering one,” he said. “We want our society to interact with all of the world.”

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Taliban jihadists shoot Afghan journalist Mohammad Ali Ahmadi

The Taliban must conduct an immediate and impartial investigation into the shooting of Mohammad Ali Ahmadi and hold the perpetrator to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement.
On September 18, an unidentified man shot Ahmadi, a reporter and editor with the privately owned national radio broadcaster Salam Watandar, in Kabul, the capital, according to reports by Voice of America and his employer, and a person familiar with the incident, who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisal by the Taliban.

Ahmadi was traveling in a taxi van when a man sitting next to him asked where he worked; when he said he worked for Salam Watandar, the man said that outlet was an “American radio station,” pulled out a gun, and fired several shots at Ahmadi, two of which struck him in the leg, according to those sources. The gunman then fled the scene, according to Voice of America.
Ahmadi has been hospitalized since the attack, and today was moved out of an intensive care at the hospital, the person familiar with his case said.
Separately, on September 7, Taliban fighters detained Morteza Samadi, a freelance photographer, after he covered a protest in the western city of Herat, as CPJ documented at the time. He remains in custody as of today, according to a person familiar with the case who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisal by the Taliban.

“The shooting of journalist Mohammad Ali Ahmadi is a test of the Taliban’s commitment to justice: will they stand by their pledge to allow journalists to do their jobs?” said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “The Taliban must conduct an immediate and impartial investigation into this attack, hold the perpetrator to account, and ensure that members of the press can work safely. The continued detention of journalist Morteza Samadi by the Taliban is also unconscionable, and must end immediately.”
The person familiar with the attack on Ahmadi told CPJ that he suspected members of the Taliban were behind it. No suspects have been identified, according to those news reports. Nasir Maimanagy, managing director of Salam Watandar, told Voice of America that the Taliban had denied responsibility and promised to investigate.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesperson in Afghanistan, and Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban spokesperson in Qatar, did not respond to CPJ’s requests for comment sent via messaging app.

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Ebrahim Raisi does not represent the Iranian people and he must face justice

On September 20, 2021, a conference titled ‘Support a Free Iran; Call on the US to Hold Ebrahim Raisi Accountable for the 1988 Massacre’ was held in Washington DC, which was attended by a number of US lawmakers, from the Democratic and Republican parties.
In this conference, Maryam Rajavi urged to hold Ebrahim Raisi accountable for the 1988 massacre. She said: You have come together at the same time of the meeting of the UN General Assembly to convey the desire of the Iranian people for freedom, and to say that Ebrahim Raisi is a mass murderer. He does not represent the Iranian people and must face justice.

You are conveying the message of tens of millions of arisen Iranians who are united in calling for the overthrow of religious fascism.
About 435,000 people have lost their lives during the pandemic because of Khamenei’s criminal policies, such as refusing to buy vaccine from the US and the UK.
Beset by many crises, Khamenei has selected the henchman of the 1988 massacre, Ebrahim Raisi as the regime’s president.
Raisi was a member of the Death Commission in Tehran, implementing Khomeini’s fatwa by executing supporters of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, who remained steadfast in their beliefs. 30,000 were massacred, 90 percent members or supporters of the PMOI. 
Raisi has appointed a collection of murderers, revolutionary guards and terrorists to his cabinet.
His Interior Minister was a former commander of the terrorist Quds Force.
His Foreign Minister was an assistant to the regime’s terror master Qassem Soleimani.
His vice president was the commander-in-chief of the IRGC.
With such a criminal band, Khamenei seeks to prevent public protests, and to speed up his nuclear weapons project.
Today, inflation is above 50 percent. A large portion of the middle class has been pushed below the poverty line, and millions of people have lost their jobs over the past two years.

Iran has seen six nationwide uprisings since December 2017.
Under such crushing pressures, the mullahs are stepping up repression at home and their aggressive policies in the region.
They have mobilized all their resources to obtain nuclear weapons. The regime has adopted a policy of blackmail to deter the international community and buy time to advance its nuclear project.
The international community must adopt a firm policy on Iran, something that meets the desire of the Iranian people and is vital to regional and global peace and tranquility.
The mullahs’ nuclear and missile projects and their export of terrorism and war to the region are all part of the same policy that rests on human rights abuses.
We urge the United States, the European Union, and its member states to refer the dossier of human rights violations in Iran to the UN Security Council. Such a measure will enable the UN to arrange for the international prosecution of Khamenei, Raisi, and other regime leaders for committing four decades of crimes against humanity and genocide.

We want the world to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the regime. We want them to acknowledge their right to establish freedom and democracy and a republic based on the separation of religion and state.
The clerical regime in Iran is at its weakest point. Raisi will achieve nothing for the regime by drone and missile attacks, by speeding up the nuclear program, and by escalating repression at home.

The people of Iran will no doubt overthrow the regime through their uprisings and their great army of freedom.
In the conference, Michael R. Pompeo, former Secretary of State, a champion human rights defender and a noble individual who back in 2005 fought in my defense who I was falsely charged with sedition, treason and blasphemy by an Islamist coalition government of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh, said: I want each of you to know today that I join with you in your cause! … I support a free Iran! Bless you for staying in the fight.
Ebrahim Raisi should be prosecuted; not tomorrow; not next week; not next year.  Prosecute him now.
Make no mistake. Ebrahim Raisi, himself, is personally responsible for the mass execution of thousands of Iranian political prisoners…The bodies of these brave men and women were dumped in unmarked graves.

I know there are those in the audience who have family that were killed in Raisi’s massacre.  Too, some of you have loved one and friends currently imprisoned, in Evin and elsewhere in Iran, and, some, who have had loved ones simply disappeared or worse.  We will never forget any of them and will pray for you and each of them.
It is only those who are resisting, both inside and out, who provide the hope for Iran.  That is why this gathering and the work you do today is so important.

Protests spurred by water shortages erupted in over half of the country’s provinces and protests have taken place in Ahvaz, in Tabriz, in Tehran, an in Isfahan, and other cities all across Iran. These protestors, these amazing freedom-loving people have shown considerable resilience and bravery in resisting the regime.
Iran will never return to rule by a dictatorial Shah or theocratic regime.
The central fight is the one in the streets, and in the mosques and in the minds of the Iranian people – it is the divide between the people and the organized opposition seeking freedom and democracy on one side, and the entirety of the regime on the other.

The leaders in Iran seek not only to dominate their own country and their own people, but capitals from Baghdad to Tehran and from Damascus to Beirut and to Sanaa.  All for the petty desire to maintain their grip on power.
And world leaders, I hope you are listening, should band together to reject Raisi; each of you, each of you should reject Raisi. You should refuse to engage with him, to acknowledge him as a democratically elected president by the people—since he was no such thing.  A good place to start would be by this week at the United Nations General Assembly, not too far from where we are all sitting, holding Raisi accountable for his crimes against the people of Iran. It’s possible to do.

But here is the good news. The resistance forces in Iran, these noble Iranian patriots, are as strong as they have ever been and they provide optimism for everyone around them who supports them. You do that too.
Even the regime admitted for the first time in 40 years that the majority of Iranian people stayed away from the ballot box.  It was, in fact, a boycott of the regime…This boycott is evidence that the Iranian people pin no hope on elections as a conduit for substantive change.

So, how do we all move forward together? What is the path that we move down to?
The regime is at its weakest point in its now 40 plus years of existence. 
Iranians from every corner of the nation are seeing with their own eyes, the failure of the regime to deliver on the very promises that it made.
The … United States must lead the world, starting today, on this occasion, to hold him accountable for crimes against humanity that he committed Any dealings with Raisi, would be tantamount to dealing with a mass murderer. This is not only immoral but counterproductive. All of us should make this crystal clear to our allies in Europe and Asia as well and hold them accountable if they deal with this man that sent thousands of his country to execution in 1988.
There is not far from here, think tanks and salons and some of the nicer parties where there is this idea that there is no solution if the regime is overthrown.  The Ayatollah – and many will tell you that you are better off with the devil you know. The Iranian people don’t believe that for a second because it is fundamentally untrue.  There are many paths forward and all of them are better for the Iranian people than the status quo.

And preparing, as we are doing, preparing the transition to a New Iran is a task for today.  We should start by securing the humanitarian well-being of the Iranian people as they make this transition.  Over the years, it has been demonstrated that the Iranian culture makes toppling governments a part of the national spirit. You should know that nearly 100% of ordinary Iranians believe the regime’s days are numbered. I believe that too.
I pray that the United States will not increase the resources the Ayatollah has at his disposal to do empower the theocracy.  Engagement with the regime will lengthen the time that Iran and the regime has to behave as it has for these past decades denying basic human dignity.

We must continue to support the Iranian people as they fight for a freer and more democratic Iran in any way that they can. There is so much good work to do and you all are doing today.
In the end the Iranian people will have a secular, democratic, non-nuclear Republic. I pray that this day will come soon.  It is a such a joy to be will you all today. I pray that these days will come soon with the Iranian people with the support of Iranians living all around the world – and those who resist from within, they are noble people, — that day will come sooner.  I am committed to this cause; I know you everyone in this room is as well.  May your mission be blessed and the Iranian people protected and provided for always.  It is a hopeful time, a deeply hopeful time, and a time to redouble our efforts.

While Mike Pompeo has categorically called upon the United States in leading the world to hold a mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi accountable for crimes against humanity that he committed in 1988 and in earlier and later years – in my opinion, Joe Biden and his entire administration is busy in appeasing Iranian regime in multiple ways, which is pushing the Middle Eastern nations including Israel as well as other countries in the world, including the US into gravest security threats.
Ebrahim Raisi and members of his government truly are evils and monsters. They do not deserve minimal support or sympathy from any individual or government in the world. Instead, anyone appeasing Ebrahim Raisi and the illegal Iranian regime should be held responsible for patronizing a cruel and evil Islamist regime in Iran. Most importantly, this regime does not represent the Iranian people. World leaders need to take stern action against the Iranian regime in unison, while they also need to extend fullest support to the pro-democracy and anti-regime Iranian people.

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Bangladesh needs international support for resolving the Rohingya issue

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be raising the issue of the repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar during the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abul Momen has called upon the Commonwealth members including Chair-in-Office, the UK to engage with Myanmar for its compliance with ‘provisional measures’ by the ICJ and expedite return of the Rohingyas to their ancestral homes in Myanmar.
Dr AK Abdul Moment said: “Bangladesh would like to categorically reiterate that the earliest repatriation of all forcibly displaced Rohingyas back to their ancestral homeland in Rakhine in safety and dignity remains our compelling priority”.

Recently, World Bank has suggested Bangladesh to integrate over 1.20 million Rohingyas in the country while Rohingyas have been long-waiting to return to their homeland – Myanmar for years. In this case, World Bank’s suggestions can be seen as denial of the fundamental and human rights. Integrating Rohingyas would not only create a huge crisis for Bangladesh it may also jeopardize the sovereignty of the country thus endangering the geo-political stability of South Asia.
It may be mentioned here that, Washington-based global lender the World Bank, through concessional lending arms, has gone to bat for Bangladesh to foster its development initiatives since 1972; committing more than US$30 billion by backing priorities in economic, social and infrastructural development. Since 2018, this UN affiliated multilateral body, largest source of financial assistance to developing nations, has committed a total US$590 million grant to support Bangladesh to confront the challenges posed by the influx of the forcibly displaced Rohingya. Recently, this bank has been extensively denounced both by policy wonks and mass people after its proposal, through “Refugee Policy Review Framework” (RPRF), on Rohingya’s integration in Bangladesh.

Four years ago, in late August 2017, “breaking-news” across the world were dominated by the massive influx of Rohingyas to Bangladesh, a result of military-backed bloody “clearance operation”. A 444-page report of the UN’s Independent Fact-Finding Commission substantiated that more than 7,25,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after this deadly crackdown. The degree of atrocities of this “campaign of terror” embarked on by the military was so intense that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights referred to it as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” whilst other investigators dubbed it as “genocide”. In the first three weeks of August 2017, Bangladesh received more refugees than entire Europe did in 2016 during “Syrian crisis”. Since then, Bangladesh has been generously hosting more than 1.2 million Rohingyas as short-term guests ensuring “safe haven” on humanitarian grounds. Now, Cox’s Bazar based 13 Kilometers long Kutupalong “mega-camp”, the largest refugee settlement camp in the world, is the home to this beleaguered community.
Rohingyas, living in Arakan for thousand years, have been actively involved in Burma’s politics since independence. The recognition of Rohingya as Myanmar’s citizens by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolves their identity crisis by providing a legal base. Besides, in the hearing of ICJ, Aung San Suu Kyi defined Rohingyas as Arakan’s Muslims. Myanmar signed two repatriation agreements with Bangladesh in 2018 and 2019 respectively giving consent to take back their citizens. Although these repatriation agreements were in vain due to reluctance of Myanmar, still these agreements are significant proof of Myanmar’s official stance on Rohingyas’ citizenship.

The WB has proposed to review the RPRF for 14 member states, currently hosting refugees, including Bangladesh, for gauging the effectiveness of the grants for the refugees and host communities under its “soft-loan window” International Development Assistance. This global framework, being reviewed triennially, undertaken in cooperation with UNHCR, suggests providing refugees the rights to procure land & property, choose place of residence and freedom of movement, have equal access to the nation’s public service & the labor market etc. like the citizens of the host country.
The WB offered US$2 billion to Bangladesh, if it integrates Rohingya refugees with economic and social rights. The framework is germane for Bangladesh since this move will pave the way for the Rohingyas to become permanent citizens through integration into Bangladesh’s populace. Bangladesh reiterated its stance, by rejecting the proposal outright, stating that Rohingyas are not “refugees” rather “forcibly displaced persons” to whom Bangladesh extended temporary shelter.

The study “Impacts of the Rohingya Refugee Influx on Host Communities” conducted by the UNDP expounded how the overcrowding Rohingyas affected host communities. The major adverse impact includes price hike, increase of poverty, rise in housing cost, reduction in wage rate, deforestation, environmental casualty etc. Moreover, the rise of intragroup and intergroup conflicts in the Rohingya camps shrunk the space of coexistence between the host communities and refugees by recasting the social makeup. This month, August 2021, marks the fourth anniversary of the Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh, but a sustainable solution is yet to be found.
Approximately 166.65 million population of Bangladesh, 8th largest in the world, makes it one of the densely populated countries with 1,125 people in per sq. km. This small country, 92nd in terms of land size, with a total landmass of 147,570 sq. km, slightly smaller than the US Iowa state, is hosting over 1.20 million Rohingyas which is higher than the total population of Bhutan. No country in the world is bearing the burden of so many refugees as by overpopulated Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is trying its level best to ensure decent arrangements for Rohingyas with its limited financial strengths. Despite not being a signatory of 1951 refugee convention, Bangladesh complies with its conditions, i.e., not forcing any Rohingya to go back to Myanmar.
International community needs to pay full attention to this crucial issue and exert influence on Myanmar thus paving the path for an immediate repatriation of the Rohingyas.

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Ebrahim Raisi feels alarmed at the Sunni mass murderers regrouping right next door

It’s amusing to see Ebrahim Raisi, the infamous “butcher of Tehran” who sentenced 5,000 political prisoners to death, now expressing his alarm over the reemergence of ISIS in Afghanistan. As a Shi’a mass murderer, Raisi is naturally alarmed at the Sunni mass murderers regrouping right next door. Writes Hugh Fitzgerald
And as a past master of taqiyya himself, Raisi doesn’t believe the assurances by the Taliban that they will not allow any Islamic groups — ISIS, Al Qaeda — to use Afghanistan as a base of operations from which to attack other countries.

A report on Ebrahim Raisi’s alarm is here.
Iran will not allow the Islamic State group to establish a presence on the country’s border with Afghanistan, President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Saturday.
“We will not allow terrorist organizations and ISIS to set up next to our border and strike other countries and the region,” Raisi said as he wound up a visit to Tajikistan.
Shouldn’t Raisi be taking a less threatening and more persuasive tone, not laying down the law to the Taliban about the need for it to prevent ISIS from setting up shop in Afghanistan, but saying, instead, how glad Iran is that the Taliban have won, driving “the foreigners of the Great Satan out,” and something else to the effect that “we Iranians are grateful for the Taliban’s assurance that they will not permit terrorist organizations like ISIS to use Afghanistan as a base.” Same message, but in a softer, less grating, key.

“The presence of IS in Afghanistan is dangerous not only for Afghanistan but also for the region,” he told state television.
The Taliban took Afghanistan’s capital on August 15, exploiting a vacuum caused by the withdrawal of US troops from the country and the subsequent rapid collapse of the Afghan military.
Iran, which shares a 560-mile border with Afghanistan, did not recognize the Taliban during their 1996 to 2001 stint in power.
Yet the Islamic Republic has appeared to soften its tough stance towards the Sunni militia in recent times in the name of pragmatism, stressing that the Taliban must be “part of a future solution” in Afghanistan.

The Islamic Republic, mindful that the Taliban were certain to conquer all of Afghanistan, thought it only made sense to accept the inevitable. Besides, whatever Iran’s reservations about the Taliban, it was delighted at the defeat of the Americans. While Iran did not recognize the first Taliban government, that ruled from 1996 to 2001, this time it was determined to do things differently, in the hope of extracting a permanent commitment from Kabul to keep terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base for attacks.
Afghanistan’s new rulers have formed a government composed entirely of Taliban and belonging almost entirely to the Pashtun ethnic group.
“A government belonging to only one ethnic or political group cannot solve Afghanistan’s problems,” Raisi said on Saturday, calling for a government with representation for all Afghans.
Raisi wants “ethnic diversity” in Afghanistan’s new, nearly all-Pashtun government. Never mind that the Persians in the Islamic Republic keep power in their hands, while their own minorities – Kurds, Azeris, Arabs, and Baluchis – are largely sidelined from political power. Raisi agrees with Emerson that “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Or put another way, he’s not only a mass murderer, but a hypocrite to boot.

Why should Raisi care about “ethnic diversity” in Afghanistan so much? He’s worried about the Hazara, the ethnic group in Afghanistan that is entirely Shi’a. During their earlier rule (1996-2001), the Taliban repeatedly attacked the Hazara because of that sectarian difference; the Iranians are keenly aware that it was only the arrival of the Americans in 2001 that saved the Hazara from further massacres. Now the Iranians are hoping the Pashtun will make a place at the table of political power for the Hazara rather than, as they did twenty years, murder them.
Various hypotheticals immediately come to mind.
Raisi does not say what Iran will do if the Taliban again attacks the Shia Hazara, as it had been doing in 2001. Would the Supreme Leader send the Revolutionary Guards into Afghanistan to protect fellow Shi’a from fanatical Sunnis? Could the remnants of the 300,000-man Afghan army join the Iranian invaders to overturn the Taliban regime? It’s not far-fetched.
And if the Taliban, despite its promises, were to allow ISIS to regroup and establish bases inside Afghanistan, what would Iran do? Would it wait to see whom ISIS chose to attack, before deciding whether to go to war inside Afghanistan to suppress the group? Imagine that ISIS, from its Afghan base, were to launch terror attacks against American forces in the region, at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, or at the naval base in Bahrain. Would Iran still deplore the sanctuary Afghanistan provided to ISIS if the terror group’s target was the Great Satan? What if the attacks by ISIS were carried out against Iran’s implacable Arab enemies, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.? Would that upset Ebrahim Raisi? Would the Supreme Leader, secretly pleased at the objects of ISIS attacks, really demand that the Taliban end the ISIS presence in Afghanistan?
Questions for study and discussion.

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Togolese journalists react to being selected for spyware surveillance

In addition to Ketohou, Togolese journalist Ferdinand Ayité, director of L’Alternative newspaper, was also on the Pegasus Project list, according to Forbidden Stories, one of the project’s partners. Writes Jonathan Rozen
When Komlanvi Ketohou fled Togo in early 2021, he left behind his home, his family, and his cell phone that the gendarmerie seized when they arrested and detained him over a report published by his newspaper, L’Independant Express. In July, Ketohou, who goes by Carlos, learned that the phone number connected to the device they took may have been targeted for surveillance years before his arrest.
The revelation came via the Pegasus Project, a collaborative global media investigation detailing how thousands of leaked phone numbers, including many that belonged to journalists, were allegedly selected for potential surveillance by clients of the Israeli firm NSO Group. In addition to Ketohou, Togolese journalist Ferdinand Ayité, director of L’Alternative newspaper, was also on the Pegasus Project list, according to Forbidden Stories, one of the project’s partners. A third Togolese journalist, freelancer Luc Abaki, was similarly selected as a potential spyware target, according to a representative from Amnesty International, another of the project’s partners, who confirmed his number’s listing to Abaki and then to CPJ.

The use of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware on these journalists’ phones has not been confirmed and NSO Group denied any connection to the list. But the three journalists told CPJ in multiple interviews conducted via email, phone, and messaging app that learning of their status as potential surveillance targets heightened their sense of insecurity, even as they continue to work in the profession.
“I spent nightmarish nights thinking about all my phone activities. My private life, my personal problems in the hands of strangers,” Ketohou said.
“It’s scary. And it’s torture for me.”
The potential use of Pegasus spyware to surveil journalists in Togo adds to an already lengthy list of the country’s press freedom concerns. In recent years, journalists in Togo have been arrested and attacked, had their newspapers suspended over critical coverage, and struggled to work amid disrupted access to internet and messaging apps, CPJ has documented.

NSO Group has said it only sells its spyware, which allows the user to secretly monitor a target’s phone, to governments for use investigating crime and terrorism. Yet Pegasus has been repeatedly used to target members of civil society around the world, including Togolese clergy in 2019, according to Citizen Lab, a University of Toronto-based research group which investigates spyware. Over 300 Togolese numbers appeared on the Pegasus Project list of potential targets, Le Monde, another partner in the project, reported.
“I was very afraid,” Ketohou told CPJ after he said he was informed by Forbidden Stories that his number was listed in 2017 and 2018. He said it confirmed his decision to go into exile, where he started a new news site, L’Express International, after Togo’s media regulator barred L’Independant Express from publishing in early 2021 as CPJ documented. He asked CPJ not to disclose his location for security reasons.

Ketohou told CPJ that he couldn’t point to a specific article that may have triggered potential surveillance, but said that at the time his phone was selected his newspaper was reporting on nationwide protests—which began in 2017—opposing President Faure Gnassingbé’s rule. His position at the time as president of the Togolese Press Patronage, a local media owners association, and membership in the Togolese League for Human Rights (LTDH) advocacy group may have contributed to interests in having his phone monitored, Ketohou added.
L’Alternative director Ayité told CPJ that he was not certain what caused his phone number to be selected in 2018, as Forbidden Stories informed him, but that year his newspaper published what he described as “sensitive” reports on the political crisis surrounding the protests and the mediation efforts by surrounding countries.

He said the selection of his number for potential surveillance fit a pattern of Togolese authorities’ efforts to intimidate him and L’Alternative.
In February, CPJ documented how Togo’s media regulator for the second time in less than a year suspended L’Alternative; Ayité told CPJ in late July that the suspension ended in June. In a separate incident, in November 2020 a local court ordered Ayité and L’Alternative each to pay 2 million Western African francs (US$3,703) in damages to a Togo official who complained that their reporting on his alleged embezzlement violated the country’s press code; Ayité told CPJ that he has appealed the court order and that the next hearing is scheduled to be held on October 10.
Unlike the other two journalists, Abaki said he was taking a break from journalism in 2018, the year he was listed for potential targeting, according to the Amnesty International representative.

But Abaki, who has been freelancing since last year, has also had his journalism impeded by authorities. In 2017, Togo’s media regulator closed La Chaîne du Futur and City FM, the television and radio stations he directed at the time, over alleged administrative issues, according to the government of Togo’s website. Abaki told CPJ that the closure was a political reprisal against a local politician who owned the station.
CPJ’s questions to Togo’s Broadcast and Communications High Authority, sent via the contact page on its website, as well as by text message to its president, Willybrond Télou Pitalounani, went unanswered.
Abaki said that being listed for surveillance was “extremely traumatic,” adding “there is no private life.”
“I told myself that I could have died, since the other journalists targeted from the other countries were murdered,” Ketohou told CPJ.
The Guardian reported that around the time Saudi Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in 2018, phones belonging to his associates and family, including his wife and fiancée, were targeted with Pegasus spyware. Separately, The Guardian also reported that freelance Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Birto was selected for surveillance with the spyware a month before his assassination in 2017. Spyware attacks often occur alongside other press freedom violations, CPJ has found.

“There is a huge psychological impact of knowing that someone in this country is taking control of your phone, violating your privacy,” Ayité told CPJ, adding that his broader safety and privacy concerns had already caused him to limit his dating and other personal relationships. “I will be even more careful and vigilant you never know where the fatal blow will come from. I am a journalist on borrowed time.”
CPJ’s calls to Akodah Ayewouadan, Togo’s minister of communication and spokesperson for the government, rang unanswered. In July, President Gnassingbé said he “can’t confirm” the use of Pegasus spyware to target his political opponents, according to Le Monde. “Each sovereign state is organizing itself to face what threatens it with the means at its disposal,” he said.

In an email to CPJ, NSO Group said that “NSO will thoroughly investigate any credible proof of misuse of its technologies” and “will shut down the system where necessary.” NSO did not directly respond to CPJ’s questions about the mental health implications of its technology’s sale and use.
Meanwhile, Ketohou has vowed to plow ahead with his journalistic work. “I have increased security around me, my internet activities, my work,” he said. But the experience, he added, “did not deter or intimidate me in my work as a journalist or human rights defender.”
Jonathan Rozen is CPJ’s senior Africa researcher. Previously, he worked in South Africa, Mozambique, and Canada with the Institute for Security Studies, assessing Mozambican peace-building processes. Rozen was a U.N. correspondent for IPS News and has written for Al-Jazeera English and the International Peace Institute.

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Global inaction over Rohingya repatriation shocks Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has demanded intensified global actions with “real urgency” to repatriate Rohingyas, saying major international powers inaction over the crisis shocked Bangladesh as it extended them makeshift refuge on humanitarian grounds, straining the country’s resources.
“As I repeatedly said they (Rohingyas) are Myanmar nationals and hence, they must go back to their homeland, Myanmar, in safety and dignity”, she told a high-level interaction of global stakeholders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York on Tuesday.

Sheikh Hasina insisted that the issue was a matter of regional and global security concerns and therefore it needed urgent resolution while “I would like to emphasize that whatever we are doing in Bangladesh is purely on a temporary basis”.
She said the international community “must do everything possible to make sure the Rohingyas return to their homeland as they themselves also wish to return to their home”.
Simultaneously, the premier put her weight towards the campaign to expose to justice the people responsible for persecution of the minority Rohingya community for the sake of justice and infusing a sense of confidence among the victim population in returning their home.

The virtual meeting titled “High-Level Side Event on Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (Rohingya) crisis: Imperatives for a Sustainable Solution” was held under Bangladesh auspices ahead of the premier’s scheduled UNGA address on September 24.
Officials concerned said Bangladesh organized the meeting as part of Dhaka’s efforts to highlight the crisis in the main UNGA general debate while the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations Rabab Fatima moderated the event.

The meeting was cosponsored by eight cross-regional countries and organizations including United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and European Union (EU).
The premier said since that mass exodus in 2017, at all the successive UNGAs, she placed specific proposals for a sustainable solution to the crisis while “my government has maintained bilateral engagements with Myanmar”.
“At the regional front, we have tried to take on board the major powers, including China and India. We have all along tried to have more active involvement of the ASEAN”, Sheikh Hasina said.

“At the multilateral front, we kept the issue on the table by UN resolutions engaging important countries and the UN agencies but sadly ourefforts for the hapless, uprooted Myanmar Nationals returning home to Myanmar has not generated any tangible outcome yet,” she said.
“Till today, not a single one of them could go back to their homeland”, she added.
Sheikh Hasina said for the last four years, Bangladesh awaited with high hopes that these displaced people could go back to their own homes in their motherland Myanmar in safety, security and dignity, reposing “our trust in the global assembly and community for their repatriation”.

“However, our calls have remained unheeded and our hopes unfulfilled. We are now in the fifth year of the crisis. Yet, we still hold the hope for a durable solution to this crisis”, she said.
The premier said resolving this humanitarian crisis appeared a collective responsibility as its implication goes beyond borders and warned that any failure in doing so immediately would ‘jeopardize our collective security”.

“The growing frustration over the lack of progress in repatriation entices many to get involved in criminal activities, and they are easy prey toextremist ideologies. This could potentially destabilize the entire region”, she said.
The prime minister suggested a five-point international course of action to resolve the crisis with the first one being investment of “all ourefforts” as the top priority.
Secondly, she said, the changed political scenario in Myanmar created uncertainty in the repatriation process, requiring a revision ininternational efforts to find a resolution of this crisis.
Sheikh Hasina sought enhanced efforts of ASEAN in the current perspective as “we believe the ASEAN has an important responsibility” when its actions would largely influence Myanmar in view of the present situation.

“Fourthly, we must remember humanitarian assistance is essential but in no way a permanent solution. The UN and the partners must undertake tangible actions and projects in Myanmar to create an environment conducive for repatriation and their sustainability”, she said.
The premier added: “So far, we have not seen any such progress”.
Sheikh Hasina said accountability for the persecution committed against the Rohingyas was important to create confidence among this forcibly displaced population.
“Impunity for such heinous crime should not be allowed on all accounts”, she said, adding Bangladesh extended its support to the ongoing international efforts to ensure the persecutors accountability particularly in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The premier also sought louder global supports to other international mechanisms created by the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council.
She said at the start of the Rohingya exodus in 2017 to evade persecution at Myanmar’s Rakhine Province bordering Bangladesh “our choice was to save their lives or to close the border and let them face ethnic cleansing”.
“We chose to save their lives for the sake of humanity,” Sheikh Hasina said.
This humane decision, she said, was based on Bangladesh peoples own painful experience during the 1971 Liberation War and inspired by the guiding principle laid out by the country’s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“The very struggle of Bangladesh symbolized the universal struggle for peace and justice. It was, therefore, only natural that Bangladesh, from its very inception, should stand firmly by the side of the oppressed people of the world”, she quoted Bangabandhu.
Turning to pending repatriation, she said, Bangladesh ensured all necessary arrangements to make Rohingyas temporary stay safe and secure, despite resource and land constraints.
“The prolong stay of such a large population in a congested area is also having serious impacts on the surrounding environment and ecology. Hills and forest lands have been cut down to provide shelters”, she said.

Even in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic challenges, “we have not forgotten to ensure the safety and welfare of the Rohingyas. We have remained faithful to our conviction that no one is safe until each one of us is safe. We have included this population in our national vaccination program”, she added.
The prime minister said Bangladesh developed an island called Bhasan Char covering an area of 13,000 acres in the South of the country to de-congest the over-crowded camps in Cox’s Bazar.
“We spent over US$ 350 million from our own budget to develop this settlement”, she said.
OIC secretary general, foreign ministers of Gambia, Indonesia and Turkey, British junior foreign minister on South Asia, UN secretary general’s special envoy on Myanmar and permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN,among others, addressed the event.

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Scandalous ‘ecommerce’ company Evaly faces another case

Bangladesh’s leading content production company Crown Entertainment and its affiliate marketing concern Crown Creations are going to file a case against scandalous ‘ecommerce’ company Evaly. According to news reports, the companies are going to file the case against Shamima Nasrin, Chairman Evaly and Mohammed Rassel, Managing Director, along with other officials of the so-called ecommerce company. Evaly owes BDT 6 million to these companies against branding and sponsoring of various dramas and digital contents.
In a joint statement, Md. Tajul Islam, Deputy CEO of Crown Entertainment and Syed Iqbal, COO of Crown Creations said, since 2019, they have been providing Bangla dramas to Evaly for airing on television channels and digital platforms through Factor Three Solutions, a agency of Evaly. But for almost one year, Factor Three Solutions and Evaly are playing dilly-dallying tactics in delaying the payment of the outstanding dues. Moreover, Crown Entertainment and Crown Creations authorities although had requested the officials of Evaly and Factor Three Solutions to immediately pay the outstanding dues, each time they were given false promises.

In the statement, Crown authorities further said, “Evaly’s Chairman Shahima Nasrin and its Managing Director Mohammed Rassel already are in prison on a number of fraud cases. The officials in the accounts department of Evaly are giving extremely confusing information to us pertaining paying the outstanding due to Crown Entertainment and Crown Creations. Under such circumstance, there is no alternative left except taking legal action against Shamima Nasrin, Mohammed Rassel and other officials of Evaly. We already have asked our lawyers to do the needful and the case would be lodged by the beginning of next week”.
It may be mentioned here that, Crown Entertainment is a leading production company and content provider in Bangladesh, while Crown Creations is an emerging marketing and sales promotion agency. Crown has been corresponding with a number of international OTT platforms for providing feature films, web films and web series. Crown has its own technical facilities including camera unit, editing units and dubbing studios. With the target of providing various types of contents to international OTT platforms, Crown has already decided to procure few more modern cameras such as RED Dragon and ARRI along with establish two more modern dubbing studios in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi company also is forming collaborative alliance with production companies in India and Thailand.

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Tehrik-i-Taliban wants to establish caliphate in Pakistan

After providing fund, training and weapons to notorious jihadist outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban (TIP) for decades, Pakistani President Arif Alvi now sees it as a threat to the country, as being encouraged with recent victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan is looking for similar victory in Pakistan and transform this failed State into a caliphate. It may be mentioned here that the main force behind TIP was Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). Meanwhile, security analysts in India said, Pakistan may bleed in months to come even as there are suggestions, particularly in the western media, that the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan means Pakistan has perhaps achieved something it has struggled for years.
In my opinion, Indian analysts are totally wrong. We need to remember, with the Taliban, which is the citadel of power in Afghanistan, TIP would be considered as a natural ally of the Afghan jihadists instead of Pakistani authorities and its notorious spy agency. Moreover, for TIP it would be the next mission of spreading Islamist terrorism throughout Pakistan, with the active support from the Afghan Taliban and other jihadist forces such as Al Qaeda. For TIP leadership, establishment of caliphate would be their priority.

It is being presumed that the Afghan Taliban would effortlessly prefer TIP for certain obvious reasons, as both uphold ideological similarities of favoring Islamist conquest and bring “many countries” under caliphate.
Pakistan is now seeing the horror of an Islamist invasion despite the fact that top Pakistani leader, including General Pervez Musharraf had earlier admitted that his country was “always supporting” the Afghan Taliban. He said, “Pakistan not only provided safe havens to Afghan Taliban leaders, but it also ensured the much required ‘medical facilities and healing touch’, including from woman’s support base for the wounded fighters”.

From New Delhi’s perspective, it is well understood that the ISI has ensured that the Haqqani Network, which has a stronger bond with Pakistan, is given importance in the new dispensation in Kabul.
It also goes without stating that Pakistan was one of only three countries to recognize the Taliban government in the 1990s. It was the last to break ties with it after US forces started bombarding Afghanistan and Taliban hideouts and put pressure on Musharraf in 2001.

It is also believed that Pakistan played its double games in getting the Taliban to negotiations with the US government at Doha and assured the Taliban that their sinister and radical Islamic fundamentalism could be pursued.
But the challenges are slowly coming to haunt Pakistani military generals.
Notwithstanding that the ISI chief had landed in Kabul and got himself photographed rejoicing the Afghan Qahwa/tea, it is obvious the Afghan Taliban leaders’ no longer need’ refuge place or any hideout in Pakistan.

The availability of the US military arsenal as the western forces left Afghanistan also made things much easier for the Taliban to maneuver Pakistan. There is no longer any compelling need for Pakistani weaponry either. But for Pakistan, it needs support from the Taliban with the agenda of using Islamist jihadists against India, especially in its Kashmir agenda.
For Pakistan, possibly it is too late to contain TIP or succeed in letting the Taliban, Haqqani Network and TIP in finally further deepening their bondage and emerge as the biggest threat. As it is said, harboring radical Islam and jihadism brings serious consequence to the sponsors, this is going to be proved in Pakistan’s case pretty soon. For the Taliban and its jihadist partners, earlier the easiest targets were American and NATO forces and their Afghan allies. Now the new target will be Pakistan and its military establishment. In one end, Taliban jihadists will push forward caliphate madness in Pakistan and on the other end, similar notoriety will spread within the Middle Eastern nations, particularly Saudi Arabia.

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