Canada Discovers Islamic Charity Is Funding Terrorism

From Global-News:
The federal government has stripped a Canadian organization of its charity status -- after an audit revealed it may have links to a foreign militant group. Stewart Bell explains who the group is and how these revelations emerged.

Federal regulators have revoked the charity status of a Canadian Islamic organization after an audit uncovered problems including tax receipts that were issued for donations to a Pakistani group linked to armed militancy.

ISNA Islamic Services of Canada was stripped of its charitable status for “non-compliance,” according to records obtained by Global News. Authorities also revoked a related charity, the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation.

Both are former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada), and shared its Mississauga, Ont. address. Politicians of all stripes have attended ISNA-Canada events, notably Justin Trudeau in 2013 and, in April, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

The Canada Revenue Agency took action four years after the ISNA Development Foundation lost its charity status over fundraising for a Pakistani relief group linked to militancy in the disputed Kashmir region.

Among the findings that led to the latest two revocations was that ISNA Islamic Services tax receipts had been issued for collections by a Toronto mosque for the “charitable arm” of a Pakistani group whose armed wing was fighting Indian forces.

The money, raised by the Toronto-based Jami Mosque, was passed to the ISNA Development Foundation “for remit” to the Relief Organization of Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM), the CRA Charities Directorate alleged in the newly-released records.

“Our research indicates that ROKM is the charitable arm of Jamaat-e-Islami, a political organization that actively contests the legitimacy of India’s governance over the state of Jammu and Kashmir, including reportedly through the activities of its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen,” the CRA wrote.

Outlining the audit findings in a letter to ISNA Islamic Services, federal officials said Hizbul Mujahideen had been listed as a terrorist organization by the Council of the European Union and the government of India.

“Given the identified commonalities in directorship between ROKM and Jamaat-e-Islami and the Hizbul Mujahideen executive committee, concerns exist that the funds collected and disbursed as part of this relief fund may have been used to support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen.”

The leader of Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, was placed on the U.S. State Department’s list of designated terrorists on June 26. He had threatened to train suicide bombers and turn Kashmir “into a graveyard for Indian forces,” the listing said.

“As the federal regulator of charities, the CRA contributes to the government’s efforts to combat terrorist financing by protecting the charity registration system in Canada from abuse,” said Zoltan Csepregi, a CRA spokesman.
Csepregi said the CRA regularly exercises its authority to notify CSIS, the RCMP, and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada when there are concerns that an organization is providing support to terrorism. However, he declined to comment on specifics for confidentiality reasons.

On its website, ISNA-Canada describes its mission as “building an Islamic way of life in North America.” It performs marriages and funerals, aids Syrian refugees and held a seminar on radicalization. It remains a registered charity with reported revenues of more than $3-million in 2015.

Audits of ISNA-Canada and its former affiliates began in 2011, said Syed Imtiaz Ahmad, the ISNA-Canada president and chair of ISNA Islamic Services. He said the audits were ordered after irregularities were brought to the CRA’s attention. Four charities were audited because the CRA suspected they were “in a sense indistinguishable,” he said.

The audits covered the years 2007 to 2009. But it wasn’t until June 2014 that the CRA informed the charities they risked losing their registration. ISNA Islamic Trust was also told it could face a $425,000 penalty.

It’s unclear why the CRA waited three more years before following through with the revocations of ISNA Islamic Services and the Canadian Islamic Trust, which came into effect on May 13. But in letters dated March 30, the CRA said that after reviewing the charities’ written responses to the audits, the government’s concerns had “not been alleviated.”

According to the records, ISNA Islamic Services had failed to keep proper donation records and had funded two separate organizations, the Islamic Centre of Toronto, known as the Jami mosque, and the Islamic Book Service, without exercising control over either group.

It had also issued $340,000 worth of receipts for money collected by the Jami mosque. The arrangement allowed donors to the mosque, a non-charity, to obtain charitable contribution receipts — which would allow them to deduct the amounts for tax purposes. Some of the money was allegedly raised by the mosque for the Pakistani group the CRA said raised terrorism concerns.

Ahmad agreed the receipting had not been done properly. He blamed “ignorance plus recklessness” but said he did not doubt the money was meant for genuine relief efforts. He said changes had been made so that the Jami mosque would now operate under ISNA-Canada.

“Our Jami mosque problem is solved,” he said.
As for the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation, the CRA records said the organization had “allowed itself to be governed” in the interests of several for-profit Islamic housing co-operatives, including the former ISNA Housing Co-operative.

According to the CRA, the Islamic Trust invested in the cooperatives despite cautions in disclosures to potential investors that there was no certainty they would be profitable or be able to pay dividends on shares.

The Islamic Trust was also found to have given $20,515 to three unqualified donees: the ISNA Human Development Institute (a federally incorporated entity that was dissolved in July 2016) and Islamic centres in Brandon and Yellowknife.

Amhad said mistakes had been made in the past due to a combination of “sheer ignorance” and “possible malfeasance on the part of some employees.” The problems were also partly the result of the government’s narrowing definition of charitable activity, he said.

But since returning as president two years ago, he said he had been working to ensure the organizations all complied with Canadian law. “ISNA has come a long way,” he said. “That situation has been corrected and we are now operating in full compliance.”

“We are on the right footing now.”

Ahmad said the charity revocations were not discussed at an April 6 meeting with Goodale. “The subject was public safety. It was a totally different subject,” he said.

Goodale met with ISNA-Canada leaders “to listen to their perspectives on current issues,” said his press secretary Scott Bardsley, who said the minister was invited by local Liberal MP Sven Spengemann.

The meeting occurred a week after the two charities were notified of the decision to revoke their registration, but more than a month before the revocations came into effect.

“The government believes it is important to listen to concerns from all communities to build the safe and inclusive country that we all want Canada to be. We do not seek meetings with discredited organizations, nor give their views weight,” Bardsley said.
Mark Blumberg, an expert in non-profit and charity law, questioned why the CRA was not allowed the inform the public about concerns about particular charities until their status had already been revoked.

The system means Canadians are unaware of potential misuse of their charitable donations, he said. The British Charity Commission of England and Wales regularly distributes information to the public when it has significant concerns, rather than waiting until status has been revoked.

“It doesn’t mean the charity is doing anything wrong; it means [the Commission] is aware of it, they’re investigating it and then they can publish a report which says whether there is nothing wrong or minor issues were discovered or significant issues were discovered,” said Blumberg, a partner at Blumberg Segal LLP.

“I think we’re not doing the public any favors by maintaining the secrecy: you have well-meaning donors who don’t know there is a problem and they are donating to organizations that may be involved with improper activities.”

Man Wearing Cross Beaten By Migrant Gang

From Legal-Insurrection:
First they came for the Jews wearing the Star of David or Kippah on the streets of Berlin, as was the case with the 67 year-old Jewish man brutally assaulted in the broad day light in 2014, or the 53 year-old Berlin Rabbi and his young daughter, who were attacked and threatened with death, two years earlier. In both of these cases and many others to follow, the attackers were migrant Muslim men.

The German media and political establishment have always been reluctant to admit the inherent Jew-hatred within the country’s growing Muslim population. But the gangs that once targeted Germany’s tiny Jewish population are now taking aim at the country’s majority Christian population as well.

“Three youths attacked a man because he was wearing a cross,” reported the German newspaper Die Welt today. Not wanting to divulge the religious motives behind the attack, the newspaper describes the attackers as “assailants of North African origin.”

German daily Die Welt reported the details of the incident:

In Berlin, three youths attacked a 39 year-old for wearing a pendant with a cross on it. He was beaten and abused as “gay swine.” The police told Die Welt that the man was asked by the attackers in broken German, “What is this?” — referring to the two wooden crosses on his neck.

During the proceeding altercation, one of the three (assailants) hit him in the face and abused him as “gay swine.” The victim described the assailants of being between 12 and 14 years of age and as “phenotypically North African,” the (police) spokeswomen told Die Welt.

The newspaper accused the government of “not keeping a systematic record” of crimes driven by anti-Christian motives. Die Welt writes further [Translation by author]:

In May, a gay man was attacked for wearing a cross, as well as his sexual orientation, in Berlin’s Neuk├Âlln district. According to [the victim’s] statement, he was abused by a group of men, women and children. The men then went on to hit and kick him.

In early May, a fatal anti-Christian crime took place in the town of Prien am Chiemsee. An Afghan Christian women was stabbed by Afghan-Islamist men in front of her children.

There are no reliable estimated on the extent of anti-Christian crimes. In Germany, such incidents are not recorded systematically.

This Islamist violence does not limit itself to targeting ex-Muslims alone. For years, teachers across Germany have been raising the alarm about Turkish and Arab gang violence against native-born students and teachers.

“Yes, there is animosity against Germans in German schools,” admitted Josef Kraus, head of Germany’s Teachers Union (DL) in 2010. “Fearful of being called a “xenophobe” or  “Islamophobe” for that matter, one tried to brush aside what is in fact the daily reality in many schools: [The fact that] female teachers are abused as “sluts” and German students are labelled as “swine eaters”, “shitty Germans”, or “Nazis”, or German boy and girls being too scared to enter the playground.”

Things have gone from bad to worse since those words were spoken seven years ago. In the autumn of 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the doors of Europe to millions of Arab and Muslim migrants.

Despite recurring deadly terrorist attacks across the country and the mass-sexual assaults in Cologne and other German cities, Chancellor Merkel and Germany’s political class still refuse to face the undeniable reality. Just this week, Chancellor Merkel refused to “limit the number of refugees entering Germany,” as German broadcaster Deutsche Welle puts it. “As far as an upper limit is concerned, my position is clear: I will not accept it,” Merkel said in a TV interview.

With almost 2 months until the Bundestag election, Merkel is leading in most of the opinion polls. Merkel’s popularity has hit pre-2015 levels, reported the German weekly Die Zeit.

If the projections are to be trusted, Merkel may well be on her way to forming the next governments with the support of smaller parties. Merkel’s re-election would be nothing short of an endorsement of her open doors policy for illegal migrants from Arab and Muslim countries.

By deciding to vote for Merkel and her allies, German voters may well be sealing the fate of the Christian Europe.

Ten Year Old Girl Loses Legs

From Khaama:
A minor Afghan girl has lost both of her legs in a roadside bomb explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, days after the UN mission in Afghanistan released its latest civilian casualties report, accusing the militant groups for the majority of the civilian casualties, mainly caused by improvised explosive device attacks.

According to the local officials in Nangarhar province, the incident took place on Wednesday in the vicinity of Chaparhar district, targeting a 10-year-old girl who lost both of her legs in the attack.

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the incident and said the incident took place after several children had gathered in the area to collect firewood.
The statement further added that the minor girl has been admitted to the hospital and her health condition has been reported as satisfactory.
No group including the Taliban insurgents has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to other insurgent groups frequently use improvised explosive devices as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government personnel but in majority of such attacks the ordinary civilians are targeted while in some cases the militants are killed in premature explosions.

The new report by United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)  highlights that 40 per cent of all civilian casualties during the six-month period were killed or injured by anti-government forces using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices, which were responsible for the deaths of 596 civilians and injured 1,483.

Civilians May Have Died In Mosul

From Independent:
Many bodies are still buried under the rubble and the level of human suffering is ‘immense’, a top Kurdish official reading from latest intelligence reports tells Patrick Cockburn in the last of his special series on the last days of the caliphate

More than 40,000 civilians were killed in the devastating battle to retake Mosul from Isis, according to intelligence reports revealed exclusively to The Independent – a death toll far higher than previous estimates.

Residents of the besieged city were killed by Iraqi ground forces attempting to force out militants, as well as by air strikes and Isis fighters, according to Kurdish intelligence services.

Hoshyar Zebari, until recently a senior minister in Baghdad, told The Independent that many bodies “are still buried under the rubble”. “The level of human suffering is immense,” he said.

“Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the federal police, air strikes and Isis itself,” Mr Zebari added.

Mr Zebari, a native of Mosul and top Kurdish official who has served as the Iraqi finance minister and prior to that foreign minister, emphasised in an exclusive interview that the unrelenting artillery bombardment by units of the Iraqi federal police, in practice a heavily armed military unit, had caused immense destruction and loss of life in west Mosul.

The figure given by Mr Zebari for the number of civilians killed in the nine-month siege is far higher than those previously reported, but the intelligence service of the Kurdistan Regional Government has a reputation for being extremely accurate and well-informed. Isis prevented any monitoring of casualties while outside groups have largely focused on air strikes rather than artillery and rocket fire as a cause of civilian deaths. Airwars, one such monitoring group, estimated that attacks may have killed 5,805 non-military personnel in the city between 19 February and 19 June.

Mr Zebari accuses the government in Baghdad, of which he was until recently a member, of not doing enough to relieve the suffering. “Sometimes you might think the government is indifferent to what has happened,” he said. He doubts if Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and other minorities, who have lived in and around Mosul for centuries, will be able to reconcile with the Sunni Arab majority whom they blame for killing and raping them. He says some form of federal solution for future governance would be best.

Reading from Kurdish intelligence reports, Mr Zebari says that a high level of corruption among the Iraqi military forces occupying Mosul is undermining security measures to suppress Isis in the aftermath of its defeat. He says that suspect individuals are able to pass through military checkpoints by paying $1,000 (£770) and can bring a vehicle by paying $1,500. He says corruption of this type is particularly rife in the 16th and 9th Iraqi army divisions and the Tribal Volunteers (Hashd al-Ashairi), drawn in part from the Shabak minority in the Nineveh Plain.

The ability of Isis militants to remain free or be released from detention by paying bribes has led to a change in attitude among people in Mosul whom Mr Zebari says “were previously willing to give information about Isis members to the Iraqi security forces”. They are now wary of doing so, because they see members of Isis, whom they had identified and who had been arrested, returning to the streets capable of exacting revenge on those who informed against them. Several anti-Isis people in Mosul have confirmed to The Independent that this is indeed the case and they are frightened of these returnees and Isis “sleeper cells” that continue to exist.

Civilians in Mosul say they do not fault the behaviour towards them of combat units that have borne the brunt of the fighting, such as the Counter-Terrorism Service, but they are concerned about what to expect from less well-disciplined troops. A belief that Isis fighters and officials detained in Mosul are later able to bribe their way free explains why soldiers, most of whom are not complicit in bribery networks, have summarily executed Isis prisoners, sometimes by throwing them off high buildings.

Corruption by the occupying military forces takes different forms, according to Kurdish intelligence information cited by Mr Zebari. Some people are “being charged $100 for removing a body from the rubble and others $500 to reoccupy their house”, where it is still standing. Iraqi army and militia units have always been notorious for exacting fees and protection money from civilians, with trucks moving goods on the roads being a particularly profitable target when they pass through military checkpoints.

Much of the blame for the calamitous level of destruction in west Mosul has been put on air strikes, but it is evident at ground level that a lot of the damage was caused by artillery shells and rockets. This is confirmed by an Amnesty International report issued last week titled At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq, which points to a greater and more indiscriminate use of its firepower by pro-government forces in the final stages of the attack on east Mosul, starting in January 2017 and continuing over the following six months during the assault on west Mosul. It says that Iraqi government and US-led coalition forces “relied heavily upon explosive weapons with wide area effects such as IRAMs (Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions). With their crude targeting abilities, these weapons wreaked havoc in densely populated west Mosul, where large groups of civilians were trapped in homes or makeshift shelters”. The UN estimated that Mosul had 1.2 million inhabitants at the start of the siege.

In addition, Isis snipers killed great numbers of civilians trying to escape. The militant group was using civilians as “human shields”, though in the event their presence shielded very little. Mr Zebari said that intelligence had even intercepted messages “from Isis fighters to their commanders saying they were tired of killing civilians”.

Mr Zebari says that he is disappointed by the lack of Iraqi government plans to reconstruct Mosul. As finance minister in Baghdad until late last year, he had made provision for $500m in the budget for rebuilding Mosul. He says: “I wanted $500m upfront to encourage other donors, but now the government has withdrawn from the fund and used the money elsewhere. This was not an encouraging sign.”

Al-Shabaab Kill Two In Kiunga

From Standard-Media:
Gunmen believed to be Al-Shabaab militia raided a village in Kiunga, Lamu County and killed two people before escaping.

Witnesses and police said the victims were shot dead at close range in the attack in Mararani area on Wednesday dawn.

A combined team of security agents was sent to the area to pursue the killers. The victims were on foot in the area when they were attacked.

"A team of security agents was dispatched there to pursue the killers and they are yet to communicate," said an officer operating there. The incident came three days after President Kenyatta had ordered an operation on the militants.

"We shall finish them. When we get them, we will not jail but bury them," he said of the terrorists who have turned Boni Forest into a playground, attacking and killing locals before retreating there.

Speaking in Mpeketoni, the president told those living in areas prone to the attacks to vacate and give way for ongoing operation there.

He also asked locals in Lamu County to cooperate with security officers and give information that will help get the attackers. The attacks have affected tourism, local economy and movement.

A number of schools have also closed down because of the incidents. Given elections are scheduled for next month, it is still unclear if the locals will be able to vote.

Electoral body has urged police to ensure there is voting on August 8. A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in the area as part of efforts to tame the attacks in vain.

The area has received a facelift by the government under Operation Linda Boni as part of efforts to ensure locals receive services. The head of an operation aimed at wiping out the militia from Boni Forest in Lamu County has been moved in changes.

Mr James Ole Serian was moved to Harambee House, Nairobi for redeployment. Lamu County Commissioner Mr Joseph Kanyiri was ordered to take over the operation immediately.

Thousands of people had been uprooted from their homes while businesses, public transport and farming ground to a halt.

The deadliest attack happened in Mpeketoni and Pandaguo in 2014 where more than 90 people were killed. The operation is being carried out by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), the National Police Service, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and other State security agencies.

Officials said it is three-pronged: As KDF soldiers engage the militants in direct combat that involves aerial bombardments and infantry soldiers combing every inch of the forest, NIS detectives infiltrate neighbouring villages to pick out those collaborating with the terrorists, while police officers arrest and interrogate suspects with the aim of charging them in court.

But the attacks have resumed in the last month killing more than 18 people. On Monday night, gunshots were heard in the area when the militants attempted to attack a police camp hours after president Kenyatta had ordered their killing.

Up to 18 people have been killed in the area for the last two weeks. The latest happened on Thursday when the militants killed a bodyguard to Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy, her nephew, driver and two other people in Milihoi area.

The militants had killed 13 people in Jima and Pandaguo areas a week earlier. Glance The area has seen new wave of attacks in the past months claiming more than ten lives. On June 27, four pupils and four policemen were killed in an IED attack launched by the militants in Kiunga on a police vehicle.

Security agents were had been warned of Al-Shabaab attacks within Kiunga area, Milihoi, after roughly 100 of them were spotted by locals.

Sixteen Year Old Faces Death For Blasphemy

From BPC:
A 16 year old boy named Shahzad has been arrested under the blasphemy laws of Pakistan for disrespecting the Islamic prophet Muhammed which automatically generates a death sentence

Yesterday Shahzad's family had to flee a potential a mob lynching after hate speech was preached from a local mosque calling for the death of Shahzad and his family.

His family are now unable to trace Shahzad and his brother Shafqat has advised that the police station were Shahzad is being held is refusing to confirm he is there and will not permit the family access to the vulnerable youth.

Shahzad despite his young years was working as a sweeper at Shahmim Riaz Hospital in Dinga City, Punjab province. He and several members all worked at the same institutions as caretakers.

During a religious conversation with a Muslim man named Ishtiaq Qadri on 13th July, Shahzad was accused of blasphemous remarks. A previous debate a month earlier was cut short by Dr Tariq at the hospital but this time without his intervention Shahzad was out of his element.  Friends and family of Shahzad say the conversation was instigated by Mr Qadri who was intent on converting all Christians to Islam.

Mr Qadri and some friends allegedly associated with the extremist group Tehreek-e-Tuhafaz forcibly took Shahzad to a mobile phone shop and then a madrassa (Islamic school), where it is believed he was beaten and forced to say a confession for committing a blasphemy.  Unlike the extremist groups members Shahzad had never before exhibited any signs of hatred towards Muslims or people of other faiths.

A mob in excess of 50 party activists later marched Shahzad to City Police Station Dingha  where they protested for the immediate arrest of Shahzad. An FIR was registered by the police who immediately arrested Shahzad and initiated a blasphemy law proceeding.

Dinga has a population of about 80,000 people of whom 150 are Christians all residing in an extremely deprived Christian colony near the city's railway station.

In response to the allegations, an X-marked photo of Shahzad was being shared on social media with the caption 'laanat' (shame). On a TV interview Imam Gazi Saqib Shakeel on behalf of Tehreek-e-Tuhafaz has demanded that 'the Judiciary give Shezad Masih the worst possible punishment so that in future no one dare to commit blasphemy again ever.'

'If the government fails to punish him then We Tehreek-e-Hafiza take oath to kill him from our own hands as we can’t bear this.', He said.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said:

"It is with great sorrow that I hear of another vulnerable Christian teenager accused and arrested for a blasphemy, under highly questionable circumstances.

"These draconian laws are being used as a tool for discrimination and forcible conversion every day and the world stays silent. This poor boy will now face a most daunting court case and will lose most of his life in prison, moreover in the current climate a sentence could lead to his death via judicial or extrajudicial process.

"This boy and his family need our prayers and support and BPCA will provide every possible support towards the safety of the family and ensuing legal battle."

Last year a 16 year old boy named Nabeel Masih was accused of sharing blasphemous images on facebook

Unaccompanied Refugee Children Rape Disabled Man

From Fria-Tider:
In the winter, a man with intellectual disabilities was fooled into a HVB home where he was raped by two so-called unaccompanied refugees. The punishment for the duo was youth care and compensation, but no expulsion.

On February 16, 2017, a 20-year-old man with intellectual disabilities was raped by 17-year-old Fawad and 18-year-old Hossein at a HVB home in Stenungsund. The rape was filmed with an Ipad and the video then became one of the most important evidence in the target.

The film showed that the man was instructed by the two refugees during the intercourse and that he was sexually inexperienced. There is no evidence that the exposed man wanted homosexual sex or that he was excited or even understood what was going on.

Before the rape the 20-year-old man was fooled to the site via Facebook. Fawad wrote to him via Messenger "Where are you? I will have a matter with you ".

The mother of the raped man subsequently experienced his behavior as strange. She discovered the damage at his anal opening and then made a police report. The rapist man then told him that he had been told that he would be killed or injured if he told anyone what had happened.

Both Fawad and Hossein have denied crimes during police hearings and claimed they did not know that the 20-year-old has an intellectual disability. But the district court does not consider it credible when staff at the HVB home heard the so-called children talking about the man having "developmental disturbance", writes SVT.

The two defendants are citizens of Afghanistan and unaccompanied who came to Sweden in 2015. The man who was subjected to the abuse has his family in Sweden and they all originally originate from Afghanistan but have lived for a long time in Iran. They came to Sweden in 2014.

Uddevalla District Court judges Fawad for rape and assisting in rape. The sentence became youth care. Hossein is sentenced for rape to seven months of youth care.

Both will together pay $ 110,000 in damages to the raped man. Fawad will pay 15,000 kronor extra for sweating and aching.

The prosecutor never claimed expulsion.

Man's Fingers Chopped Off For Having Affair

From Tribune:
A man’s fingers were chopped off in Sohawa, Jhelum district for allegedly having an affair with a married woman.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Raja on Monday directed the district police officials to arrest those who had carried out the deed immediately. Local police, meanwhile, had arrested seven suspects

According to an FIR of the incident, 23-year-old Hasnain Muhabat, a resident of the Hayyal Mughalan village of Sohawa in Jhelum District, was apparently attracted to a girl KZ*. The two used to go to the same college, where they had met.

However, KZ later married Abdur Rehman.

Earlier this month on July 12, KZ came to the village to visit her parents. She also allegedly met the young man, a labourer, at her parent’s house.

However, some of KZ’s relatives saw the two together and started beating Muhabat up.

“Sufi Sajid attacked me with an axe,” Muhabat told the police in his report, adding that as he raised his left hand to protect himself, the axe chopped off two of his fingers.

He added that soon some other men also joined Sajid in assaulting him, using clubs and sticks to beat him.

Bruised, Muhabat said that two men Mirza Amir and Mirza Ibrahim came to his rescue, dragging him away from the mob and shifting him to the hospital.

Later, the Domail police registered a case against seven men including Sajid, Khawar Zaheer, Mirza Zaheer, Mirza Tariq, Mirza Babar, Mirza Zahoor Ahmed and Mirza Jahangir for assaulting the young man and for chopping off his fingers.

When contacted ASI Muhammad Irshad, who has been tasked with investigating the case, said that the attackers had cut off the index and middle fingers of the victim’s left hand.

Meanwhile, RPO Raja, while taking notice of the incident, directed Jhelum DPO Abdul Ghaffar Qaiserani to look into the matter closely, adding that the seven suspects named in the case had already managed to obtain pre-arrest bails from a local court.

Christian Women Attacked And Abducted In Egypt

From Bos-News-Life:
Christian women who refuse to embrace Islam are facing abductions and attacks in Egypt, despite the government vowing to boost security and protect the country's Christian minority.

More than a month after she went missing, Christians still search for 22-year-old Suzan Ashraf Rawy who disappeared last month while walking to the church where she works in Egypt.

Local Christians fear she is kidnapped, just like two other young women who suddenly vanished from the same Cairo suburb just days before.

The situation is especially difficult in the Christian town of Al Khosous near Cairo, the capital, BosNewsLife established.

Christian women "are now too frightened to leave their houses" and a women's meeting at Suzan's church was canceled, Christian said.

Also, several local women have had acid thrown in their faces for not wearing veils as required under the strict interpretation of Islam, according to Christians familiar with the situation.

The suspected abductions follow a recent incident in which a Muslim was reportedly accidentally shot and killed during a dispute over money. A Christian man was taken into police custody and is expected to face charges of manslaughter.

Since then, there has been a sharp increase in attacks on Christians -- especially innocent women -- in Al Khosous, Christians say.

"We need to pray for peace to prevail and that the people behind the abductions and the attacks be stopped,” said an area Christian leader whose name was not revealed amid security concerns.

Christians across Egypt remain under intense pressure. Eshhad, a project by the Cairo-based Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy which tracks persecution of Egypt’s Copts, found 36 examples of persecution in 2017 alone, including beheadings and targeted violence.

In May, Islamic militants shot dead at least 28 Christians whom they pulled off a bus in Minya Province.

Earlier in April, church bombings took place in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria following a suicide bombing in Cairo last December killing scores of people and injuring many more.

Egypt's Christians, mainly known as Copts, comprise about 10 percent of the population of about 92 million, making them the largest Christian community in the Middle East.

The attacks have put additional pressure on Egypt’s government which recently conducted six airstrikes on jihadi training camps in the Libyan town of Derna in response to the Minya bus attack.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Minya bus attack, while the Mujahideen Shura Council, an al-Qaida group affiliate that controls the area of Derna, denied involvement saying it was "not its policy" to target civilians.

Four Hazaras KIlled Near Mastung

From Dawn:
At least four family members belonging to the ethnic Hazara Shia community and their driver were shot dead when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle near Balochistan's Mastung area on Wednesday, police said.

Two women were travelling in the vehicle that was targeted by the assailants; one of them was among the four people killed, local police chief Mohammad Ishaq said. The other woman sustained injuries in the incident.

The family's driver who was also killed was Sunni, Ishaq said.

According to police sources, the victims were on their way to Quetta from Karachi when gunmen riding a motorcycle targeted their car. The assailants escaped unhurt after carrying out the attack.

The incident appears to be an act of targeted killing, police sources added.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Sandeman Civil Hospital in Quetta.

Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) personnel reached the site and started an investigation into the incident.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti strongly condemned the incident and termed it "against the social and tribal norms of Balochistan".

Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings since more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.

While sectarian terrorism in Balochistan has disproportionately targeted the Hazara community, easily identifiable because of their distinctive physical appearance, other Shias — especially pilgrims travelling to and from Iran — have not been spared either.