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14 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I February 2010
EX-Pakistani minister
condemns US security checks
a failed terrorist bid on a US airline on have any links with Pakistan.
Christmas Eve, classify the citizens She said the latest US security
of Pakistan as one of the 14 nations measures are an insult for a nation that
subjected to special scrutiny including has suffered for a decade at the hands of
pat-down searches and inspection of all terrorists as well as because of the non-
their belongings. cooperation of our allies to back us in our
While submitting an adjournment fight against terrorism.”
motion on the subject for debate in the Sherry Rehman warned that the latest
National Assembly, Sherry Rehman said security measures by the US amount to
that these regulations not only violate racial profiling and will only deepen the
fundamental human entitlements and existing divide between Muslim and non-
right to privacy, these would also cause Muslim countries.
discomfort to the US-bound passengers. “These steps will contribute towards
“The new set of security regulations growing Muslim resentment against
are discretionary and unfair as well as US policies across the globe. It is also
counterproductive. They also violate important to note that the earlier failed
Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of attacks on international airlines were
Human Rights that prevents “distinction carried out by the citizens of Britain
of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, and other European countries. The
language, religion, political or other regulations not only unjustifiably cause
opinion, national or social origin, property, discomfort to innocent passengers,
birth or other status.” they also allow space for terrorists to
Former Pakistani Federal Information
MNA Sherry Rehman questioned the manipulate their way to carry out further
Minister Sherry Rehman has condemned
US move to classify Pakistan as part acts of terrorism.
the new set of screening regulations
of the “countries of interest” when the Sherry Rehman said that the failed
by the US Transportation Security
person accused of plotting to blow up attempt on the Christmas Eve exposed
US-bound airline from Amsterdam was the vulnerabilities in the US surveillance
The guidelines, issued following
neither of Pakistani origin, nor did he system.
Chinese Halal Market seen
Muslim appointed
as source of rich potential
as Judge in Brazil
Mohammad Ali Madhlum, a Brazilian
Thai exporters are being urged to tap into drive the development of products for Muslim
Muslim of Lebanese origin was
China’s expanding Muslim food market. markets.
appointed as federal judge of the
“China is one of the world’s most eye- A panel on halal industry development,
catching halal food markets, as Muslims there chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak
According to ucide, this is the
total more than 30 million, or 2.3% of China’s Sabhavasu, approved strategies to develop the
first time in the history of Brazil that
population,” said Srirat Rastapana, director- industry last year. They include meeting world
a Muslim is selected as a federal
general of the Export Promotion Department. halal standards and conforming to domestic
“Demand for halal food is rapidly growing demand, promoting the competitiveness of
“It is quite an achievement as
in Ningxia and Gansu provinces and in Inner both entrepreneurs and workers in the industry,
it was very difficult to gain such a
Mongolia.” increasing Thailand’s capability in certifying
status in a country where most of the
The world’s Muslim population is about two food as halal, and expanding markets and
people are Christian,” Mr. Madhlum
billion or 29% of the total. Muslim consumers upgrading research and development.
total 8 million in North America, 18 million in The targeted products are vegetables, Some two million Muslims live in
Europe, and 200 million in Indonesia. fruit, fishery and livestock products and tourism Latin America making up 1.5 percent
The global halal market was estimated to and health care services. The strategy calls for of the region’s population.
be worth $547 billion in 2009 and is expected the five southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Born in Lebanon, Mohammad
to grow to more than $550 billion in 2010, said Narathiwat, Satun and Songkhla to become Ali Madhlum moved to Brazil with
Mrs Srirat. the production base for halal products. his family in 1959 and continued his
Thailand is the fifth-largest halal food The department will also focus on health
studies in law while also conducting
exporter, controlling a 5.6% market share. by promoting rice, fruit and organic halal
research in Islamic sciences.
In 2008, Thai halal exports were worth 5.19 food.
He graduated in law from Sao
billion baht, up 53.3% from 2007. It is also poised to support the opening
Paulo University in 1960 and
The Thai government aims to expand halal of halal food outlets and non-food business
started to learn Arabic language and
food exports by at least 10% a year between such as halal hotels, halal hospitals and halal
conduct a comprehensive research
2010 and 2014, helped by new strategies to logistics services, she said.
in religious sciences.
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