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NIA issues second notice to the alleged terror preacher ‘Zakir Naik’

The speeches of Naik are outlawed in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia. Naik has renounced all accusations of involvement in terror-related activities and defied the ban on the IRF.

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Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is an Indian Islamic preacher, and the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Wikimedia

New Delhi, March 21, 2017: The NIA on Monday issued a second notice to controversial Islamic parson Zakir Naik summoning him to on March 30 in a case filed against him under an anti-terror law. Previously the agency had announced the first summons asking him to appear on March 14, reported by TOI.

The 51-year-old Naik came into inspection after the terrorist attack at a cafe in Dhaka last year. It is believed that Naik inspired these terrorists to carry out the attack.

A FIR against the accused and his accomplices was registered by the NIA in November last year. The notice pertaining to the terrorist attack has been sent to the Mumbai residence of the accused who is deemed to be staying in Saudi Arabia to elude the arrest.

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The physician-turned-preacher has been booked for allegedly fostering animosity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony according to sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The Delhi High Court had recently implied the decision to immediately forbid IRF stating the organization and its president and members were indulging in “unlawful activity”. Besides the IRF, Naik is also a founding trustee of the IRF Educational Trust and the Islamic Dimensions Trust.

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The speeches of Naik are outlawed in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia. Naik has renounced all accusations of involvement in terror-related activities and defied the ban on the IRF.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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National Investigation Agency Arrests one in Kerala Terror Camp Case

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The person arrested was identified as Azharudeen aka Azhar, 24, a resident of Narath in Kerala. ians

New Delhi, Oct 10: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday said it has arrested one accused of organising Kerala Terror Camp Case in Kannur district in 2013.

The person arrested was identified as Azharudeen aka Azhar, 24, a resident of Narath in Kerala.

An NIA official told IANS that Azhar was arrested on Monday night. He would be produced before the trial court in Ernakulam later on Tuesday.

The counter-terror agency said the arrest involved April 23, 2013, case when the secret training camp was organised by Thanal Foundation Trust inside one of its building to impart training in using of swords and explosives.

On January 20, 2016, the National Investigation Agency Special court had found 21 persons of the Popular Front of India (PFI) guilty of the charges including criminal conspiracy, membership of unlawful assembly, possession of arms and explosive substances, inciting communal disharmony, assertions prejudicial to national integration besides organising the terrorist camp.

The case was first registered by the state police, before it was taken over by the NIA in August 2013.(IANS)

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Indo-Pak Peace Talks Futile Unless Islamabad Sheds Links with Terrorism, says Study

A Study by a U.S. think tank calls India and Pakistan talks futile, until Pakistan changes its approach.

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India and Pakistan. Wikimedia.

A Top United States of America (U.S.) think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace called the relations between India and Pakistan futile, unless Islamabad changes its approach and sheds its links with Jihadi terrorism.

A report “Are India and Pakistan Peace Talks Worth a Damn”, authored by Ashley J Tellis stated that such a move supported by foreign countries would be counterproductive and misguided.

The report suggests that International community’s call for the India and Pakistan talks don’t recognize that the tension between the two countries is not actually due to the sharp differences between them, but due to the long rooted ideological, territorial and power-political hatred. The report states that these antagonisms are fueled by Pakistani army’s desire to subvert India’s powerful global position.

Tellis writes that Pakistan’s hatred is driven by its aim to be considered and treated equal to India, despite the vast differences in their achievements and capabilities.

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New Delhi, however, has kept their stance clear and mentioned that India and Pakistan talks cannot be conducted, until, the latter stops supporting terrorism, and the people conducting destructive activities in India.

The report further suggests that Pakistan sees India as a genuine threat and continuously uses Jihadi terrorism as a source to weaken India. The report extends its support to India’s position and asks other international powers, including the U.S., to extend their support to New Delhi.

Earlier in September, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) slammed Pakistan for its continuous terror activities. She attacked the country by saying that India has produced engineers, doctors, and scholars; Pakistan has produced terrorists.

Sushma Swaraj further said that when India is being recognised in the world for its IT and achievements in the space, Pakistan is producing Terrorist Organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba. She said that Pakistan is the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity.

-by Megha Acharya  of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya. 

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Why are Ordinary Citizens becoming ‘Extremists’?

Factors of people dwelling into extremism

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Oct 1, 2017: The 21st century is witnessing more and more of extremism, in the form of both verbal and physical assault. The phenomenon of showcasing extreme support is visible in many countries. Groups like ISIL target extremists and through them conduct violent activities in the name of defending ‘Islam’ and Muslim communities.

Who are Extremists?

A person who has extreme political or religious views and lacks the quality of being ‘objective’. The actions of extremists may often be aggressive and violent. Various organisations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have gauged the factors of people resorting to such measures.

One may wonder as to why do extremists resort to aggression and violence in the name of religion or ideology? What could lead to someone dwelling into such actions? Apart from education and poverty, there are factors which result in such behavior. Various studies and researches indicate factors- loneliness, depression, and need for societal acceptance as some of the reasons.

The FBI in one of its reports has stated some vulnerabilities which lead to terrorists or extremist groups.

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The following factors make people more prone to believing in such ideology:

1. Feeling of loneliness.
2. Emotional distress.
3. Hatred towards a sect of society.
4. Disagreeing with governmental policies.
5. The need of being accepted in the society.

Terrorist organisations are in search for these people only. While the reasons for becoming an extremist is mostly a mystery, but terrorist organisations recruit the ones who have these vulnerabilities, as these factors are directly related to a person’s psychology and conscience, and the game can certainly be won by playing with the person’s psychology. These people are dehumanizing those who do not fit into their view, and as mentioned before this extremism is leading to terrorism. Extremism in India, which has lead to terrorism is prevalent in conflicted areas like Jammu and Kashmir, where Islamic militants are conditioning and instigating the citizens of the state to raise their voice against their nation.

The rising extremists is a grave concern that commands immediate actions to be taken. The present actions determine that the future may be very bleak. We need a future which has humanity and objectivity. Extremism needs to be beaten through the power of knowledge, education and right information.