International News-Daily Digest: 2 Key Updates
1. Lt Gen Asim Munir appointed head of Pakistan’s ISI
Lt Gen Asim Munir was appointed as the new chief of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. Munir, who previously served as the head of the Military Intelligence (MI), was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General by the Army Promotion Board headed by Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
He replaces Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar. Mukhtar assumed the office of the Inter-Services Intelligence director general in December, 2016. Munir has also served as the commander of the Force Command Northern Areas. He was conferred Hilal-i-Imtiaz in March 2018.
The Army also announced several key top level transfers after army chief promoted five major generals to the next rank last month.
2. China launches anti-halal crackdown in Xinjiang city
Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products in the name of fighting extremism in the capital of Xinjiang, the fractious northwest region where Muslims are facing a raft of religious restrictions.
Beijing has in recent years launched a security crackdown in Xinjiang against what it calls separatist elements, and a UN report has cited estimates that up to one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are held in extra-judicial, political re-education camps.
Halal — Arabic for “permissible” — refers to a set of rules guiding Muslims on what is allowed according to the religion. It is frequently applied to food and drinks but also includes other personal hygiene products like toothpaste and cosmetics.