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Afghan mosque hit rapped – ‘Sunni, Shias will remain one’

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: MP Hesham Al-Saleh condemned the attack on Qandouz Mosque — a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan — on Friday, which resulted in almost 100 deaths and 200 injuries. He stressed that both the Sunni and Shiite Muslims will remain one solid party against all forms of terrorism and extremism, indicating any attempt to instigate disputes will be foiled. Commenting on the same issue, MP Ahmad Al-Hamad disclosed those behind the recent terrorist attack also bombed Al-Sadeq Mosque in Kuwait some years ago; asserting they come with different names, but they have the same ideology. He said Islam and its sects are innocent; affirming they have nothing to do with terrorist attacks.

People view the damage inside of a mosque following a bombing in Kunduz, province northern Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. A powerful explosion in the mosque frequented by a Muslim religious minority in northern Afghanistan on Friday has left several casualties, witnesses and the Taliban’s spokesman said. (AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil)

He added Islam is the religion of tolerance, mercy, brotherhood and love; not killing and terrorism. In another development, MPs Osama Al-Menawer, Mubarak Al-Arow, Saad Al-Khanfour, Muhammad Obaid Al-Rajhi and Fayez Al-Jomhour submitted a bill to toughen penalties on those involved in promoting homosexuality. The MPs stressed that the bill does not harm personal freedom, as it is aimed at protecting social and religious values. Meanwhile, Chairman of parliamentary Women, Family and Children Committee MP Osama Al-Shaheen attended the celebration of International Day for Older People organized by Al-Ehsan — a non-profit company for people with disabilities. He disclosed the National Assembly is keen on serving the elderly; confirming that several bills have been submitted for this purpose.

Due to the slow legislative action, most of these bills are still in the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee for further study, he added. Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee Chairman MP Hamad Al-Matar said the committee will meet this week with Minister of Information and Culture and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Abdulrahman Badah Al-Mutairi and members of the committees tasked to approve the publishing of books and art works. He revealed they will discuss ways to develop the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters; in addition to finding out the truth about the disappearance of about 900 monuments. MP Ahmad Mutei Al-Azmi said Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah has rejected the request of some cancer patients to undergo overseas treatment, claiming this is quid pro quo for the latter to remain in office. He added such move is totally unacceptable as the minister rejected the request despite the approval of the concerned committees.

On the other hand, MP Khalil Al- Saleh forwarded queries to Minister of Oil and f Higher Education Dr Muhammad Al-Fares about the allegation that an expatriate employee sneaked into the Private Council Universities after official working hours to get sensitive files including students’ data and budgets. The lawmaker wants to know if this is true, measures taken in this regard, if the employee was investigated, if steps have been taken to prevent him from traveling, if there has been leakage of information due to the incident, if the employee had accomplices, results reported by the fact-finding committee tasked to investigate the incident, and plans to develop methods of securing sensitive data. Lastly, Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sent a cable to Ugandan Parliament Speaker Jacob Oulanyah greeting the latter on the National Day of his country. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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