brothers among thousands of pilgrims perform the Tawaf. (Social
How the True Face of Islam in Unity Is Reflected In This Once-In-A-Lifetime
Nizam-e-Mustafa Guarantees Strong, Prosperous Pakistan: Jamaat-e-Islami
Talaq: Withdraw Bill or Send It to Select Parliamentary Committee to Seek
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Men Sentenced To Death for Bangladesh 1971 War Crimes
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
How the True Face Of Islam In Unity Is Reflected In This Once-In-A-Lifetime
Hajj is an epic experience that can truly change a person through a spiritual
cleansing that is profound. Islam came to eliminate racism and tribalism, and
in due process slavery. Hajj reflects the true face of Islam in unity, as all
Muslims, regardless of their nationality or status, wear the same cloth before
is reflected in the extremely simple clothing: Men wear two white cloths that
cover their bodies, while women wear a long robe with and headscarf. (The face
should be bare when performing Hajj.)
of the aspects of Hajj is to cleanse our souls from all earthly possessions and
luxuries that cling to one’s heart, reminding us that we shall return to the
ground from which we were created.
vast sea of people can be witnessed walking in unison to perform the rituals.
It is a place free of discrimination and filled with appreciation.
a small spot in Makkah, close to 3 million stand in prayer before Allah, to
repent from sins and gather blessings from the Almighty. At that moment when
they stand together atop Arafat Mountain, it really does feel like it’s a small
world after all.
have described their Hajj experience as life-changing. It is not easy to
perform, but after completing it, it leaves you spiritually charged and more
bin Ahmed, an organizer for one of the Hajj campaigns, speaks about how there’s
a sense of togetherness and humility that unites pilgrims. “The company I work
with serves 150 pilgrims yearly, and this is an honor and responsibility I take
seriously,” he told Arab News.
year we receive a large number of Hajj pilgrims, some quite famous, and every
year, they surprise us with their humbleness and servitude. Many people perform
Hajj (to get) spiritually close to Allah, but also to serve the pilgrims. Hajj
is a time that shows the true face of Islam, where people come together and
help one another. Pilgrims stand hand in hand and help one another in brotherly
beautiful when you see pilgrims from all over the world, who don’t even speak
the same language, communicate through kindness. All during Hajj we see the
true face of Islam, the higher purpose of us in life in its humanitarian
aspect,” said Bin Ahmed.
Hajj, the societal image of Islam is reflected in the inherited traditions
since the time of Prophet Ibrahim. All forms of racism dissolved in those
claims and the rituals were limited to words, deeds and even intentions. The
chiefs did not wear clothing that distinguished them from their soldiers.
Performing Hajj is a religious and moral message to the world.
time to reflect on Hajj, Sheikh Adel Al-Kalbani told Arab News: “The millions
of pilgrims send a message to the whole world in their discipline and in the
ethics of their gathering throughout the days and nights.
small spot that attracts millions of all the nationalities of the world. Not
only that, but greetings of peace are said to one another, and if one is need,
then others are hastily at their aid.”
continued, saying: “These huge masses that have good intentions and are
determined to repent: It is the greater good of communities, when millions
travel each year for the greatest intent, which is ‘self-forgiveness.’ The
forgiveness of the past and reconciliation in the future.”
season is the greatest channel Muslims have to raise awareness and show the
tolerance of Islam and show a different picture than that which is shown of
extremism. After Hajj, Muslims from all countries in the world return to their
homes and are determined to resume a new life of coexistence with others.”
Al-Kalbani says: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
‘Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit sin, nor disputes unjustly (during
Hajj), then he returns from Hajj as pure and free from sins as on the day on
which his mother gave birth to him’.”
the service of Islam
Hajj security officers are quite exceptional, going above and beyond to make
sure that pilgrims from all over the world are safe and comfortable, putting
them and their needs before their own. During the 11th Hajj Is Worship and
Civilized Behavior campaign, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said: “I’ve been watching
the security’s performance during Hajj season since I was appointed the
governor of Makkah, and I grow prouder each year of what they do to serve
Islam, Saudi Arabia and humanity.”
Hajj reminds us of our humanitarian duties toward one another: That we are all
one. After completing this spiritual cleansing, pilgrims continue this belief
throughout their lives, as it has been engrained in them for the better.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq has said that the
Islamic system is the only guarantee to make Pakistan strong and prosperous.
the concluding session of the JI Central Shoora at Mansoora on Sunday, Sirajul
Haq said that Pakistan was established with a clear goal and objective that
human beings should not be sovereign over fellow human beings and the system of
life given by Allah should be supreme in this land.
he said that for the last seventy years, the same coterie had been ruling the
country which was in fact the continuation of the East India Company. The
ruling group had not only deprived the country of its ideology but had also of
its geographical territory, he added.
JI chief said that the JI was committed to safeguarding the country’s ideology
as well as its geographical territory and it would work out a long term
planning for the security and the progress of the country.
achieve this goal, he said, the JI would approach the people in different walks
of life who wanted to safeguard the Islamic identity of the country. Besides,
he said, the JI would invite the leaders of different Islamic movements in the
world who were also keen for the strength and the progress of an Islamic
Haq said that the country’s young generation was a great asset for the JI and
it would unite the youth in order to utilize their talent for the development
of the country. He was sure that a grand Islamic revolution was the destiny of
said the Nizam-e-Mustafa was the only way to solve the problems facing the
country. He said the Islamic system was not the issue of the JI or the
religious parties, it was the demand of the entire nation. He said that all those who were dreaming of a
secular and liberal Pakistan would be badly disappointed.
JI chief further said that the religious forces would protect the Islamic
provisions of the constitution as also the law of the Khatm-e-Nubuwwat.
talaq: Withdraw bill or send it to select parliamentary committee to seek
opinions of Islamic scholars, says AIMPLB official
A senior All India Muslim Personal Law Board functionary on Sunday said the
triple talaq bill should either be withdrawn or sent to the select committee of
Parliament and the opinion of Islamic scholars be sought on it.
Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which was passed by
the Lok Sabha in December 2017, could not be taken up on the last day of the
Monsoon Session in the Rajya Sabha on 10 August due to lack of consensus among
political parties on the issue.
stand on the triple talaq bill is clear. Either the Centre should withdraw this
bill or it should be sent to the Select Committee (of Parliament). The Select
Committee should take the opinion of scholars of Islamic law," Mohammed
Umrain Mahfooz Rahmani, secretary and social media desk in-charge of the AIMPLB,
said in Bhopal on Sunday.
said "in the entire world" the opinion of a community is taken
whenever a law related to them is enacted.
our country, the (Muslim) community was not consulted before such a move. They
are trying to impose their opinion," Rahmani claimed.
at a press conference in Bhopal, he also claimed that amendments regarding the
provision of bail for men found guilty under the provisions of the triple talaq
bill were "inadequate" and would not benefit women.
Union Cabinet had on 9 August cleared some amendments to the draft Muslim Women
(Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, including adding a bail
provision to it.
to a query on unfurling the national flag and singing the national anthem at
madrassas, Rahmani said "this was out of the AIMPLB's purview".
said the AIMPLB would extend its social media desk across the country and this
would include the use of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YoutTube
media would be used to clear misconceptions that are being created regarding
Islam, he said.
was in the city to chair a meeting of information technology experts.
men sentenced to death for Bangladesh 1971 war crimes
Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- A special tribunal in Bangladesh capital Dhaka sentenced
five men to death on Monday for crimes against humanity during the country's
war of independence in 1971.
International Crimes Tribunal, led by its Chairman Justice Shahinur Islam,
found the suspects Md Esahaque Shikder, Abdul Gani, Md Awal, Md A Sattar Pada
and Solaiman Mridha guilty of the charges brought against them.
charges include rape, murder, confinement and torture of unarmed civilians.
to the investigation agency of the war crimes tribunal, the accused were
involved with the Muslim League and Al-Badr, an auxiliary force of the then
Pakistani occupation army, in the country's Patuakhali district, some 204 km
south of Dhaka.
the accused, who are in police custody, were taken to the tribunal for verdict
delivery at 10:30 a.m. local time Monday.
verdict stated that the five convicts should be hung until they were dead.
line with law, the death row convicts have the opportunity to appeal the
decision at the Supreme Court within a month of the verdict.
returning to power in January 2009, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of
Bangladesh's independence hero Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, established the first
tribunal in March 2010, almost 40 years after the 1971 war.
opposition Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party leaders -- Mir Quasem Ali, Motiur
Rahman Nizami, Abdul Quader Molla, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Ali Ahsan Mohammad
Mujahid -- have already been executed for the 1971 war crimes.
from them, Salaudin Quader Chowdhury, leader of ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was also executed for war crimes.
Bangladesh was called East Pakistan until 1971. The government of Hasina said
about 3 million people were killed in the war.
details horror of UAE torture chambers in Yemen
49 detainees have been tortured to death in clandestine prisons run by the UAE
in southern Yemen where brutal interrogation techniques, including physical and
psychological torture, are used by Emirati forces, a report says.
report provided by Yemeni military figures, who worked with the Saudi-led war
coalition against Yemen, and obtained by Al Jazeera revealed that detainees in
UAE-run jails in southern Yemen were subjected to sexual abuse by Emirati army
personnel and their Yemeni surrogates.
forces subjected the inmates to rape and electrocution in the genitals, chest
and armpits, it said, adding some prisoners were physically assaulted and
insulted while being hung in midair.
sources also recounted other examples of horrors in the UAE-controlled prisons,
saying electric cables were used alongside wooden bats and steel poles during
of the detainees were subjected to sleep deprivation while being confined to
narrow spaces with poor hygienic conditions and limited air ventilation,
according to the report.
form of torture was accompanied for some of the inmates by sessions where their
skins were lashed with whips and their injuries were subsequently covered in
salt. Others, it said, had industrial nails inserted into their fingers and
to the report, more than 49 people were tortured to death and five gravesites
were used to bury the deceased.
June 20, the Associated Press reported that Emirati officers had been torturing
and sexually assaulting hundreds of captives at UAE-run prisons in southern
Yemen. According to the report, the UAE runs a network of at least 18 secret
month later, Amnesty International also reported that the UAE and its allied
local militia had been torturing captives at a network of clandestine prisons
in southern Yemen.
to the new report obtained by Al Jazeera, the number of UAE-run secret prisons
is 27, including sites in Hadramout, Aden, Socotra, Mayyun Island, as well as a
facility in Eritrea where the UAE maintains a military base.
Arabia and some of its vassal states, including the UAE, launched a brutal war
against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall a former Yemeni regime
which had been an ally of Riyadh.
offensive initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen. Neither the
war nor the blockade has been mandated by the United Nations.
killing more than 14,000 people and causing famine across Yemen, the Saudi war
has taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying many
hospitals, schools, and factories.
UN has said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
Western countries, the United States and Britain in particular, supply Saudi
Arabia and its allies in the aggression with advanced weapons and military
equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.
authorities arrest another professor in widening crackdown on dissent
authorities have arrested another university professor in the conservative
oil-rich kingdom as part of a widening crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman against Muslim preachers and intellectuals.
rights group Prisoners of Consciousness, which is an independent non-governmental
organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on
its official Twitter page on Sunday that Shaikh Nasser al-Omar, a former
professor at the Faculty of Fundamentals of Religion at Riyadh-based Imam
Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University had been detained and his Twitter account
post added that Saudi officials had earlier imposed a travel ban on the
Saudi officials have arrested Shaikh Ahmed al-Emari, a professor of Quranic
studies at the Medina-based Taibah University, on charges of contact with
political dissident, Shaikh Safar al-Hawali.
Abdullatif, a member of the academic board at the same Saudi university, had
been detained nearly a year ago.
rights activists say Saudi authorities have put more than 16 university
professors and lectures behind bars since last September, and in most cases
have not leveled any charges against them.
Arabia has lately stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution and
conviction of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.
officials have also intensified security measures in the Shia-populated and
oil-rich Eastern Province.
Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.
Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of
political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination
against the oil-rich region.
protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime with
security forces increasing security measures across the province.
the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target
January 2016, Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqir
al-Nimr, who was an outspoken critic of the policies of the Riyadh regime. Nimr
had been arrested in Qatif in 2012.
monitoring group says at least 69 people, including 17 children, have lost
their lives and dozens of others sustained injuries when a powerful explosion
ripped through a weapons depot in Syria’s militant-held northwestern province
Abdel Rahman, the head of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
(SOHR), said the blast occurred in a residential building in town of Sarmada
near the border with Turkey, and caused two buildings to collapse.
Rahman highlighted that the death toll was expected to further rise as scores
of people remained trapped under rubble and tens of people remain unaccounted
Observatory added that the ammunition depot belonged to an arms dealer working
with the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, commonly referred to as Tahrir al-Sham,
terrorist group, and was situated in the Bab al-Hawa neighborhood of Sarmada.
unnamed civil defense source from the so-called White Helmets team told AFP
that women and children were among the dead.
rescue workers have pulled out “five people who were still alive,” the source
of Idlib is controlled by Tahrir al-Sham Takfiri terrorists, but Daesh terror
group also has sleeper cells in the area.
series of explosions and assassinations, mainly targeting high-ranking militant
commanders and members of terror outfits, have rocked the province in recent
Daesh has claimed responsibility for some attacks, they are mostly the result
of infighting among rival militant groups.
2.5 million people live in Idlib province, and half of the residents have been
displaced by foreign-sponsored militancy in other parts of Syria.
bomb injures over dozen civilians in Hama
in the west-central province of Hama, at least 14 civilians were injured when a
roadside bomb targeted their vehicle.
said the explosion occurred as a passenger bus was traveling along a road near
al-Tuwayni village in the Qalaat al-Madiq sub-district of the province.
has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian
government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are
aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
May 21, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces announced in a
statement that complete security was restored to Damascus and its countryside
after al-Hajar al-Aswad district and al-Yarmouk camp were totally purged of
: Egyptian authorities have arrested six suspected members of a “terrorist cell”
behind a failed suicide attack on a church in the outskirts of Cairo, the
interior ministry said Sunday.
suicide bomber attempted to attack the Virgin Lady Church in the Shobra
el-Kheima district on Saturday but blew himself up before reaching his target,
officials said. Authorities said an explosive device hidden beneath his
clothing detonated as he retreated due to the heavy police presence around the
police identified the bomber as Omar Mohamed Ahmed. They said he was part of a
“terrorist cell”, but did not specify which group it belonged to.
searching the assailant’s residence, police said they found evidence on
co-conspirators and plans to carry out further attacks.
interior ministry listed by name six members of the “terrorist cell” who had
sites of worship across Egypt have been repeatedly targeted in attacks claimed
by the Islamic State group.
string of bombings on Coptic churches in Cairo, Alexandria and the Nile Delta
city of Tanta in 2016 and 2017 killed at least 80 people.
Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s predominantly Sunni Muslim
population of some 96 million.
army engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in Eastern Badiyeh and captured
several points, deploying forces at al-Ruhbah region.
army men in Minqar al-Ruhbah have arrived at the positions of their comrades
coming from al-Zalaf Dam flank and laid siege on ISIL in al-Safa region that is
the last main base of the terrorists in Sweida.
has suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware has sustained major
damage in recent clashes in the region.
army is reinvigorating its combat capabilities around al-Safa because of the
rough geography of the region which has made it hard to surmount.
Sunday, the army soldiers continued hunting ISIL in Badiyeh near the border
with Damascus province, and moved towards Arz al-Baydha and al-Ruhba after
imposing full control over Tal Mant al-Hasaan.
army troops have now cut off the entire supply lines of ISIL towards Toloul
al-Safa, and laid siege on the terrorists in the region that is their last main
government soldiers further restored security to the entire Eastern Sweida's
provincial border with Damascus.
al-Sham arrested more than 80 young men and tribal elites in Idlib and Northern
Hama, accusing them of cooperating with the Damascus government and Russia's
Reconciliation Center for Syria.
a-Sham has transferred the arrested men to an unknown destination, threatening
that it will execute the pro-peace activists if their links to the Damascus
government are proved.
Mohammad al-Muhaysini, the former commander and Saudi Mufti (religious leader)
of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at had previously announced that execution of pro-peace
activists in Northern Syria is the best way to counter the Syrian government.
week, the Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted local sources as reporting
that Tahrir al-Sham along with almost twenty foreign experts embarked on
carrying out excavations in Sheikh Mansour region near the town of Saraqib in
Idlib province, adding that the terrorists set up a security belt around the
excavation site, preventing residents from approaching the site.
further said that the terrorists stole hundreds of historical artifacts from
Idlib in recent days, adding that excavation operations were increased after
the establishment of the de-escalation zone since the beginning of the last
report said that the town of Sarmada near the border with Turkey was turned
into the main bazaar for trading historical artifacts and weapons.
went on to say that the looted artifacts were transferred to Turkey by Tahrir
al-Sham and were sold to the country's traders.
artillery and missile units pounded the positions of al-Turkistani Islamic
Party, affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham, near the towns of Zeizoun and Qalaidin and
in al-Ghaab Plain in Northwestern Hama, destroying several key positions and
inflicting heavy casualties on the militants.
army then expanded the scope of its attacks and also opened fire at militants'
strongholds in Western Jisr al-Shughour in Western Idlib.
the meantime, local sources reported that Abdul Rahim al-Abdu, a commander of
the terrorists, and a number of his militants were killed after a guided
missile of the army targeted terrorists' military vehicle along a road
connecting Jisr al-Shughour and al-Sarminiyeh regions in Western Idlib.
Saturday, the artillery and missile units pounded the bases of al-Turkistani
Islamic Party, the non-Syrian terrorists affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham, along
the Eastern strip of al-Ghaab Plain in the villages of Tal Waset, al-Mansoureh
and al-Ziyarah in Northwestern Hama, destroying the bases and inflicting heavy
casualties on the foreign militants.
artillery units opened heavy fire at Tahrir al-Sham positions in the small
towns of Kafr Naboudeh and Tal al-Sakhar in Northwestern Hama, inflicting major
losses on the terrorists.
of Kata'eb al-Izzah also suffered heavy casualties and their military hardware
sustained major damage after the artillery units targeted their positions in
the small towns of Ma'arkaba and al-Latamina in Northern Hama.
hands Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie another life sentence
Egyptian court has sentenced five people, including the head of the outlawed
Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on violence-related charges.
the latest of several life sentences for Mohammed Badie, who has also been
sentenced to death in separate trials since his 2013 arrest.
have included inciting violence and planning attacks against the state.
Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday sentenced four others to 10-15 years
imprisonment on the same charges, related to the killing of seven people in
verdicts can be appealed.
says 12 ‘terrorists’ killed in Sinai shootout
security forces have killed “terrorists” in a shootout in the north of the
Sinai Peninsula, where ISIS is active, an interior ministry source said Sunday.
Egyptian army has since February been conducting a major operation focused on
Sinai to wipe out ISIS extremists.
deadly exchange of fire took place in the coastal city of El-Arish after the
authorities received information that “terrorist elements” were hiding in the
area, the source said.
militants were killed in the shootout, the source said, without reporting any
casualties among security forces or specifying when the incident took place.
ammunition and explosive devices were discovered at the scene, the source said.
launched an insurgency in Sinai after the 2013 military overthrow of Egypt’s
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was forced out by the military in the
face of mass protests against his rule.
Arabia's Ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi presented an urgent letter
to the UN Security Council which said that the Arab coalition considers the
operation which targeted Saada governorate last Thursday as a legitimate
military action according to the rules of humanitarian law. The operation was targeted at Houthi militia
leaders responsible for recruiting children and putting them in battle fields.
It was aimed at a senior weapons trainer and another trainer of sniper units.
confirmed that the Arab coalition referred the incident to the Arab Coalition’s
Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT). FULL STORY
Saudi letter also criticized the UN Security Council’s inactions toward the
Houthi militias’ violations of UN Resolutions, especially Resolutions 2216 and
2231, permitting Iran to arm the Houthis who benefited from a growing stockpile
of ballistic missiles, drones and naval mines, threatening regional stability
and maritime navigation in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb strait.
ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said on Friday that
one of the leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General
Nasser Shabani, admitted with all brazenness that the Iranian regime ordered
its followers - the Houthis - to hit Saudi tankers in the Red Sea.
should be no more doubt about the Iranian regime’s menacing role in Yemen and
disregard for human suffering and the environment,” Prince Khalid tweeted.
had also said that the Houthi militias in Yemen and Lebanese Hezbollah militias
“represented Iran’s depth in the region.”
Khalid attached a screenshot of the original article where Shabani made his
statements to his tweet.
a statement published by Iranian Fars news agency quoting Brigadier General
Second Class Naser Shabani, the operations deputy of “Sarallah Base” (Tehran),
as saying on Tuesday: “We asked the Yemenis (Houthis) to attack the two Saudi
oil tankers, and they did that.”
minutes later, the news agency deleted the post which is tantamount to an
Iranian confession of backing the Houthi militias.
Policies To Be Based On Jinnah’s Ideology: PTI Leader
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry has said all the policies
of Imran Khan would be based on the ideology of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali
Jinnah in the best interest of Pakistan.
Khan, after becoming the prime minister, would fulfill all the promises and
pledges he had made to the nation during the election campaign, he said while
talking to a private news channel.
the prime minister, he said, Imran Khan would not tolerate corruption of even a
single penny. Not a single incident of corruption was reported against the last
PTI government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), which is a great achievement for the
party, he added.
said PTI leader Jahangir Tareen had declared all his assets and his case was
totally different from that of Nawaz Sharif.
Chaudhry said that Imran Khan is holding consultations to amend the
accountability laws. The opposition parties would be taken on-board on all the
national issues, he added.
said that China is the all-weather friend. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
(CPEC) would be completed, however, changes could be made in its projects with
the consensus of two countries, he added.
MNAs take oath in swearing-in ceremony for National Assembly
first session of the 15th National Assembly is underway in Islamabad during
which 331 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath after their
election in the July 25 countrywide polls.
NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath to the MNAs-elect in the 342-member
minister-in-waiting and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and
other prominent political leaders, including PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif,
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari, are
present in the assembly for the oath-taking.
footage showed the PTI chief shaking hands with Bilawal, who is entering NA for
his maiden term.
session commenced with the MNAs-elect standing up for the national anthem. This
was followed by the recitation of the Holy Quran.
speaker then read out the procedure for the election of the new speaker and
MNAs-elect then stood up as Sadiq administered the oath of office to them. The
MNAs were then asked to proceed to the speaker's desk to sign the roll of
members. Being first in the alphabetical order, PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari
was the first to be called to sign the roll.
administering the oath to the MNAs, the speaker will prorogue the NA session
until August 15, when the new speaker and deputy speaker of the assembly will
be elected. The nomination papers for the same will be submitted tomorrow.
security measures have been taken to avoid any untoward incident during the
proceedings and irrelevant persons have been barred from entering the house.
are also set to begin in the provincial assemblies of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and Balochistan for the MPAs-elect to take oath.
PTI has already nominated former speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad
Qaiser for the office of NA speaker and he would face Syed Khursheed Shah of
the PPP, a joint candidate of the 11-party alliance, Pakistan Alliance for Free
and Fair Elections.
PTI chairman Imran Khan will be contesting against PML-N president Shahbaz
Sharif for the office of the prime minister.
the issuance of notifications of the returned candidates on the reserved seats
for women and minorities by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on
Saturday, the PTI has 158 members in the National Assembly.
PTI's tally has reached 158 members after the joining of nine independents and
bagging 33 seats reserved for women and minorities.
of the 60 reserved women seats, the PTI has clinched 28, followed by the
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) with 16 seats, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
nine seats, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) two seats and one seat each by
Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Balochistan National Party (BNP), Grand
Democratic Alliance (GDA), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim
out of the 10 reserved seats for minorities, the PTI has won five, followed by
two each by the PPP and PML-N and one by the MMA.
the votes of the PTI and its allied parties are counted, the total comes to 184
in the house of 339. In addition to this, four independent MNAs-elect are also
poised to support the PTI and, therefore, the total number of the members
belonging to the PTI and its allies comes to 188. But the PTI will still not be
facing a weak opposition as the strength of its arch-rival PML-N and its allies
also comes to 151.
Just a day before the inaugural session of the National Assembly, the Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in a reconciliatory mood reached out on Sunday to the two
major opposition parties — the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — with the desire to establish a “working
relationship” while recognising the parliamentary might of the joint
PTI delegation comprising Asad Qaiser, Fawad Chaudhry, Pervez Khattak, Shafqat
Mehmood and Omar Ayub Khan first called on the outgoing speaker of the National
Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N and then met PPP leaders in Islamabad.
PTI delegation later also visited Balochistan House to discuss the government
formation with Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Akhtar Mengal.
information secretary Fawad Chaudhry told Dawn that they had met the leaders of
the opposition parties on the directive of PTI chairman Imran Khan, as they
knew that it would be difficult for them to run the affairs of the parliament
smoothly without the cooperation of the opposition. He said the PTI knew that
it would have to take the opposition parties along in the house to carry out
its legislative agenda.
to a question, the PTI leader confirmed that both the PML-N and the PPP raised
the issue of the alleged rigging in the recent general election. “We have asked
all the parties to come up with their complaints about the election process and
the PTI is ready to resolve the matter,” he said.
claimed that PTI’s gesture was appreciated by leaders of both the PPP and the
purpose of the meetings was to formally invite the leadership of the opposition
parties to the oath-taking ceremony on Aug 18. He said the PTI delegation
delivered invitation for Shahbaz Sharif to Mr Sadiq and for PPP chairman
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former president Asif Zardari to the PPP leaders
including Syed Khursheed Shah and leader of opposition in Senate Sherry Rehman.
in the PTI told Dawn that the party had requested Mr Shah to withdraw from the
race for the office of the National Assembly speaker. However, they said, the
PPP refused to do so.
Shah is a joint candidate of 11 opposition parties.
sources said the PTI leaders were also interested to know about the strategy of
the opposition parties, which had announced to lodge a strong protest inside
and outside the parliament during the inaugural session of the National
Assembly against the alleged rigging in the polls.
contacted, Ms Rehman said they had told the PTI that the PPP would play a
positive and a responsible role of the opposition in the parliament. She said
they had told the PTI leaders that they would not do the opposition the way the
PTI had done in the previous assembly though “we are committed to play the role
of a strong opposition”.
secretary general Farhatullah Babar said no decision regarding the
participation of the party’s chairman or co-chairman in the prime minister’s
oath taking ceremony had been taken so far. He said they would take a decision
after discussing the matter within the party.
to the reporters after their meeting with PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq, the PTI
delegation said they wanted to move forward with “mutual consultation” and
wanted to develop a “working relationship” with all the parliamentary parties.
Asad Qaiser, who has been nominated as the candidate for the office of the NA
speaker, said the PTI wished to cooperate with other parties in order to
counter economic and other challenges being faced by the country.
Chaudhry said the PTI government would try to remove reservations held by
opposition parties over the July 25 elections. He said the PPP and the PML-N
were the “most respectable” parties of the country. He claimed that the PTI
welcomed their decision of using the parliamentary forum for raising their
PTI information secretary called for unity among the parties for tackling the
serious economic and security issues.
the PML-N’s complaints against the accountability process, Mr Chaudhry said the
process would continue in accordance with the law and he believed that no party
should oppose it.
Sadiq, who will administer oath to the newly-elected MNAs today (Monday), said
the proceedings of the house would be held in accordance with the law and
PML-N’s spokesperson and former information minister Marriyam Aurangzeb
declared that the PTI delegation had met Mr Sadiq in his capacity as the
outgoing speaker and not as a PML-N representative.
channels quoted her as saying that so far no meeting had taken place between
the PTI and the PML-N leaders.
to Ms Aurangzeb’s remarks, Mr Chaudhry said they had met Mr Sadiq in both capacities
as the NA speaker as well as PML-N leader. He said they had delivered the
invitation for prime minister’s oath-taking ceremony to Mr Sadiq for PML-N
president Shahbaz Sharif.
discuss the strategy for Monday’s session of the National Assembly, a meeting
of the parliamentary group of the PPP was held at Zardari House.
said that PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari asked the party members in the
meeting to ensure their presence in the parliament and do issue-based politics.
Mr Bilawal said that since he was going to the parliament for the first time,
he wanted to see the party playing a role of positive opposition.
official handout later issued by the PPP quoted the party chairman as telling
the newly elected members of the National Assembly that the PPP was resolute in
its ideology and its slogan: “We will fulfil the promise made by Shaheed
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to save Pakistan.”
PPP would raise the issues of people in the parliament, he said, adding that
the party would tread the path of democracy and continue to fight for the
rights of people.
the gathering, former president Asif Zardari said the PPP would continue to
strengthen democracy. He added that the PPP would follow its manifesto from the
opposition benches. He said the party had achieved excellent results in Sindh
and “now we need to focus on Punjab, KP and Balochistan”.
king, crown prince Mohammad felicitate Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan continued to receive
messages of felicitation from world leaders as Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz
Al-Saud congratulated him on his party’s victory in the last month’s general
news agency APP on Sunday quoted the Saudi Press Agency as saying that the
Saudi king conveyed to the prime minister-in-waiting best wishes from the
kingdom and its people for the progress and prosperity of the people of
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman also felicitated the PTI chairman and
expressed good wishes and prayed for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki was the first diplomat to
have met Mr Khan even when the poll results were still pouring in.
Mr Khan also received a number of diplomats from various countries at his
his meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost, the PTI chief
had offered mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia to resolve differences
between the two countries.
the offer, the Iranian envoy had termed the situation in the region sensitive
and said: “Iran will welcome any proposal from Pakistan aimed at bringing peace
to the region.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani telephoned Mr Khan to personally congratulate
him on his party’s success in the July 25 elections and expressed willingness
to further improve bilateral relations. He had also extended an invitation to
Mr Khan to visit Iran after taking the oath as prime minister, which was
reportedly accepted by the latter.
acting US Ambassador to Pakistan John Hoover along with a delegation had also
called on the PTI chief and discussed with the latter issues of mutual
Pakistan’s desire to see complete stability in Afghanistan, Mr Khan had said
that he had always stressed the need for a political solution to the Afghan
problems. The PTI chief asserted that war and use of power was not a solution
to Afghanistan’s problems and that stability in the war-torn country would
prove to be in the best interests of not only the United States and Pakistan
but also the region.
ambassadors of Japan, European Union and Russia had also met Mr Khan and showed
their readiness to cooperate with the future PTI-led government in Pakistan.
week, Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria also called on Mr Khan at his
Banigala residence. During the meeting, Mr Khan had reportedly pushed for the
“resumption of talks between Pakistan and India”. He had also expressed the
hope that the Saarc conference would soon be held in Islamabad.
Khan had received telephone calls from a number of world leaders, including
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.
A close look at the list of those elected on seats reserved for women shows
that some MNAs-elect belong to politically influential families while others
are new faces who will be contributing to the lawmaking business first time.
political parties consider the women for reserved seats whose family members
have remained active in politics. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), however,
made a departure from this practice by mostly nominating office-bearers of the
party’s women wing, claims party spokesperson and MPA-elect Jamal Siddiqi in
the PTI emerged as the largest party in the lower house of parliament, it
clinched 28 out of the 60 seats reserved for women. The Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N) got 16 seats, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) secured nine
seats and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) two, while the Balochistan Awami Party,
Balochistan National Party, Grand Democratic Alliance, Muttahida Qaumi Movement
and Pakistan Muslim League-Q won one seat each.
Shireen Mazari of the PTI, a graduate from London School of Economics, is the
daughter of ex-bureaucrat Ashiq Mazari. A defence analyst and CEO of Strategic
Technology Resources, Ms Mazari served as PTI’s MNA from 2013 till this year.
Hassan, the first president of the PTI’s women wing and the chief polling agent
for Imran Khan in NA-95 (Lahore) in 1997 polls, also remained MNA on a reserved
seat in 2013-18.
Abbas, the PTI’s Punjab communication director, earlier abortively ran for a
Senate seat on a PTI ticket in March.
Qadeer, who has been working for the PTI for the past 20 years, has been
elected to parliament for the first time. Dr Nausheen Hamid, who served as
PTI’s MPA in 2013-18, Javaria Zafar and Rukhsana Naveed have also been elected
to the NA for the first time.
Shauzab, who had contested for a Senate seat, is the president of PTI women
wing of north Punjab, while Sobia Kamal Khan is senior vice president of PTI’s
central Punjab chapter. Rubina Jamil is chairperson of the PTI’s Punjab women
education wing. Maleeha Ali Bokhari is party’s adviser on legal and
parliamentary affairs. A corporate lawyer committed to pro bono publico, Ms
Bokhari is a member of the PTI core committee.
Behram, who had served as PPP’s MPA thrice, joined the PTI in 2015.
Safdar is the granddaughter of former president Chaudhry Fazal Elahi and the
daughter of ex-MPA Chaudhry Safdar.
Akram was defeated by former minister Danyal Aziz on a general seat from
Narowal in the 2013 elections.
Marriyum Aurangzeb is the former federal information minister, while her mother
Tahira Aurangzeb has been twice elected as MNA. PML-N’s Shaista Pervaiz Malik
is the wife of ex-federal commerce minister Pervaiz Malik. Ayesha Rajab Baloch
is the widow of twice-elected MNA from Faisalabad Rajab Ali Khan. Former
finance minister of Punjab Ayesha Ghaus Pasha is the wife of former federal
finance minister Hafeez Pasha. PML-N’s Zahrah Wadood Fatemi, the wife of former
special assistant on foreign affairs, served as MNA. Kiran Imran Dar was
elected to the National Assembly in 2015 when PML-N member Ayesha Raza Farooq
Khursheed Alam and Shaza Fatima Khwaja served as PML-N’s MNA in 2013-18.
Asif Khwaja is the wife of former defence minister Khawaja Asif. Zeb Jafar is
the daughter of former NA deputy speaker Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal.
Matloob is making her debut in the parliamentary politics.
Saleem Malik, a practising lawyer, had been elected to the Punjab Assembly in
2002 on a PML-N ticket.
Mohyuddin has earlier served as an MNA in 2013 on a PML-N ticket.
Maiza Hameed, a cousin of Zeb Jafar, served as MNA in 2013-18.
Hina Rabbani Khar, a LUMS graduate, served as the youngest female foreign
affairs minister from 2011 to 2013.
Khan is the PML-Q’s women wing president. She earlier resigned from the party
in 2013 in protest against nominations for reserved seats.
MNAs have been elected on PPP tickets — Shagufta Jumani, Shazia Marri, Musarrat
Naz Baloch, Shahida Rehmani, Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, Dr Shazia Sobia Aslam
Soomro and Shamim Ara Panhwar.
Jumani, who belongs to Hyderabad, has been active in politics since her student
days. This is the fourth time that she has been elected on a reserved seat.
Razzaq Bhutto has also been elected for a third time. She is married into the
Jilani family of Khairpur district.
is the second time that Dr Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro has been elected to the
Ara Panhwar will be serving as an MNA for the first time though she remained a
member of the Sindh Assembly in the past.
Marri has been in active parliamentary politics for quite long. She has also
served as information minister in PPP’s provincial government in 2008. Ms Marri
also won a seat of the National Assembly in the July 25 election by defeating a
candidate of the Grand Democratic Alliance Kishin Chand Parwani from NA-216 (Sanghar-II).
Saifi is vice president of the PTI’s women wing in the province while Saima
Nadeem is president of the PTI’s women wing in Karachi.
Zehra, a founding member of the then Mohajir Qaumi Movement in 1984, has
returned to the parliament for a third consecutive time since 2008.
of eight MNAs elected from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on reserved seats for women, six
belong to the PTI. They are Nafeesa Khattak, Sajida Begum, Naureen Farooq
Ibrahim, Shandana Gulzar, Uzma Riaz Jadoon and Zille Huma.
Khattak is the sister-in-law of ex-chief minister Pervez Khattak (widow of his
brother). Sajida Begum is the niece of Pervez Khattak (daughter of his other
deceased brother Ikramullah Khan). Naureen Farooq Ibrahim is the wife of Sardar
Farooq Ibrahim of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. She remained president of the PTI’s
women wing in KP.
Gulzar is the daughter of the late Gulzar Khan, a disgruntled PTI MNA who had
not tendered resignation during the 2014 sit-in in Islamabad.
Riaz Jadoon, who belongs to Abbottabad, and Zille Huma, a resident of
Peshawar’s Hayatabad, will be new entrant to NA.
Shahida Begum has remained MNA twice on reserved seats in 2002 and 2013.
Tahira Bukhari served PML-N’s MNA from 2013 to 2018.
Kamran is the wife of Kamran Murtaza, former president of the Supreme Court Bar
Rubina Irfan is the wife of Dr Irfan Karim, who belongs to the family of Khan
of Kalat Mir Ahmed Yar Khan. Ms Rubina comes from Zehri tribe. In 2002, she was
elected to the provincial assembly on a PML-Q ticket. She also remained a
senator until 2015.
Naseer, a gynaecologist from Mastung, is a retired professor of the Bolan
Medical College. Her husband, Dr Naseer Ahmed Baloch, was a former health
director of Balochistan.
Munir Baloch was elected as a member of Quetta Metropolitan Corporation on a
PTI ticket on a reserved seat in 2014.
Noted Afghan research scholars and writers have dispelled the impression that
anti-Pakistan content is being taught in Afghanistan school textbooks and
reaffirmed that no such stuff is ever included in syllabus at any level against
neighbouring countries as Kabul wants to establish peaceful relations with the
senior Afghan writers, who were recently in Peshawar for attending a Pashto
literary conference at Bara Gali Summer Camp of University of Peshawar, spared
some time and talked to this scribe on several issues.
the impression that anti-Pakistan contents were being taught in Afghan schools,
they said that no such stuff was part of the Afghan school curriculum. They
said that Afghan textbooks were focused on peace, universal human values and
good relations with neighbours.
Kabul and Islamabad encourage exchange of delegates comprising academicians and
literati, such negative propaganda will soon sink and new ways will get a
chance to creep in for further cementing mutual ties,” they said. Lal Bacha
Azmoon, known Pashto writer and adviser to Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani on
culture, said that school textbooks taught children love for land, indigenous
culture, humanism and hate against war, not against any state.
textbooks should preach and teach peace, universal human values, interfaith
harmony and respect for views of others towards a just and progressive society.
Many of my colleagues and I have been in Pakistan for several decades, how we
can encourage academicians to teach our children to grow up with hate against
our immediate neighbours including Pakistan,” he said.
Mr Azmoon said that ‘history’ could not afford to hide facts for long.
“Pakhtuns in Afghanistan and Pakistan both share the same issues and challenges
brought in by world power players to their region. Our poets and writers
promote peace and mutual love in their writings,” said Mr Azmoon.
Asif Sameem, prominent scholar and adviser to culture minister in Kabul, said
that no effort to create rift between people living across the Durand Line
would be successful as Pakhtuns of Afghanistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, tribal
districts and Balochistan had inseparable social, historical and cultural ties.
one can find even a single line in our books being taught at any level. At
times sour relations between Kabul and Islamabad should not trickle down to our
academic institutions,” he said.
Mohiyuddin Hashmi, an expert on textbooks, said that Kabul had no such evil
intention to include hate literature in school syllabus against its neighbours
including Pakistan. “It is the responsibility of academicians to minimise
animosity level and educate even state organs to encourage people-to-people
contact for durable political stability, developing trade, communication and
strengthening cultural ties. Teaching of hatred serves no purpose,” he added.
Rafi, another senior Afghan scholar, said that academicians and literati were
never in the habit of fanning hate against Pakistan. “Yes at political level as
per volatile situation between Kabul and Islamabad, exhibition of harsh and
unfriendly attitude though unfortunate is a fact but making it part of school
textbooks has never been in the imagination of our academics. Books should only
teach peaceful coexistence with neighbours,” he added.
least one person was killed and nine others, including three Frontier Corps
(FC) personnel, were injured in a blast in Balochistan's Chaman city on Sunday,
said unidentified miscreants allegedly targeted a vehicle carrying FC personnel
in the Mall Road area of Chaman. The suspects had reportedly planted improvised
explosive device (IED) in a motorcycle parked on the roadside.
injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Chaman for medical treatment where a
state of emergency was imposed to treat the injured.
impact of the blast broke the windows of nearby shops and vehicles.
Levies and Frontier Corps officials have cordoned off the site of the blast.
similar blast occurred in Chaman on July 20 this year leaving at least five
people injured and nearby shops and cars damaged.
Station House Officer Gul Muhammad said a vehicle belonging to a law
enforcement agency (LEA) was the target of the blast.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Naeemul Haq has said that PTI
chief Imran Khan wants good relations with all countries of the region
including India, Afghanistan and Iran.
to a private news channel, he said that China and Saudi Arabia are good old
friends from Pakistan and PTI would further strengthen its cordial relations
with these countries.
said top priority of Imran Khan would be eradicating poverty from the whole
region and bring development.
wants all issues of the region, including Kashmir should be resolved, he added.
Haq said that Imran Khan wants to promote trade with the regional countries for
bringing development and prosperity.
said that Pakistan would make economic development in the country through its
relations with these countries.
he said that the party has decided to put an end to physical torture carried
out at police stations after assuming power in next few days.
PTI leader said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a mega project
which would open new avenues of development and prosperity in the western part
of the country.
petition was filed to lodge a case against Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F)
chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, alleging him of disrespecting the ideology of
Pakistan, media reports said.
Mohammad Ramzan, a resident of Lahore’s Ravi Link Road, on Sunday lodged a plea
to register case against Fazl over alleged treason.
petitioner claimed that the MMA chief was guilty of disrespecting Pakistan’s
ideology as he announced not to celebrate Independence Day.
plea further stated that the JUI-F chief used foul language when referring to
Pakistan Army and Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar. The plea
demand registration of case against Rehman under Article-6 of the constitution.
petitioner also accused police of absconding legal action and warned officials,
warning to move court if the plea was not entertained.
few days ago, Fazl’s remarks regarding the Independence Day celebrations had
become controversial. JUI-F Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri had
later clarified that the statement of JUI-F chief was misconstrued as he had
never said against anything about celebrations of 72nd Independence Day and
made it clear that his party would be marking the day with national zeal and
Delhi: Islam is the religion of love, integrity, culture and brotherhood. Those
who create hatred against Islam and Muslims are not aware of the history of
Islam. Such people are neither loyal to their religion nor to their country.
Acharya Pramod Krishnam expressed these views on the occasion of
jashn-e-deedar-e-haram programme held for Hajj pilgrims.
asked Maulana Ansar Raza to convey his salaam at the Holy site and pray for
that the cosmopolitan culture of the country should remain unharmed. He said
the India which people see on television is not the real India; if one wants to
see the real India he should see jashn-e-deedar-e-haram where an Acharya has
come to congratulate hajj aspirants for their Holy pilgrimage. He said the
Prophet (pbuh) did not come for only a single religion or tribe, but he came as
Rahmatullil Aalameen (Mercy to the Worlds).
Sambhaji Brigade, one of the outfits under the Maratha Kranti Morcha, is
planning to raise the reservation demand jointly with the Dhangar and Muslim
communities that have also raised the pitch for quota. The organisation said
that the chorus demanding reservation will help get justice as it will lend
strength and weight to the voices.
have been discussing the issue among ourselves. A consensus is emerging that if
we raise our voices jointly in association with the Dhangar and Muslim
communities, it will have a greater impact,” said Santosh Shinde, the president
of the Pune unit of Sambhaji Brigade. “It will be called the
Maratha-Muslim-Dhangar reservation conference.”
organisation plans to hold a joint conference early next month. “We are looking
for discussions among leaders, intellectuals and thinkers from the Maratha,
Dhangar and Muslim communities on how to go about achieving the goal of
reservation. We are confident that there will be several solutions that would
come up during the discussion,” Shinde said.
will hold the reservation conference in Pune first and then, it will happen at
the state level,” Shinde said.
added that the intention is to invite all other Maratha organisations for the
conference. “We are holding discussions with other Maratha organisations as
well and have received a positive response. We expect all other organisations
to join hands.”
said leaders in Pune will soon take up the issue with the leaders of the
Dhangar and Muslim communities. “We have spoken to some leaders informally and
there has been a positive response. We will soon speak to them formally and
finalise the schedule for the conference,” Shinde said.
the initiative, Dhangar community leader Prakash Shendge said: “It is a good
idea to jointly raise the demand. The Maratha community is demanding OBC
reservation, whereas the Dhangar community is being denied the Scheduled Tribe
(ST) status just because of a typographical error. Dhangars in Maharashtra are
the same as those who are called Dhangad elsewhere in the country. Dhangads are
listed as Scheduled Tribe.”
is a shepherd community and most of the members live in western Maharashtra and
Marathwada. They make up about a crore of Maharashtra’s roughly 11.25 crore
population (9 per cent).
Maharashtra, Dhangars are currently on the list of the Vimukta Jati and Nomadic
that the Dhangar community has backed the Maratha demand for reservation,
Shendge said that along with the Sambhaji Brigade, other Maratha outfits should
also be ready to join hands. “We are ready to hold preliminary discussion on
where the reservation conference can be planned. If all Maratha organisations
also come forward, then it will become a powerful voice,” he said.
MLA Imtiaz Jaleel said the Muslim community is ready to jointly raise the
demand. “We have already extended our support to the Maratha community on the
reservation demand. If there is a proposal to jointly raise the demand with the
Dhangar and Muslim communities, we welcome it. It will certainly be a powerful
voice and help the three communities get justice,” he said.
cleric asks Muslim students not to eat anything at govt schools, apologises
An Aligarh-based Muslim cleric, who had announced on Friday that Muslim
students should not “eat” anything, given in the government mschools had to eat
his own words following widespread criticism.
cleric, Maulana Humaid, made the announcement during the Friday prayers from
the mosque after some students of a government school fell ill after consuming
“deworming” tablets given to them. The incident had happened at Nagla Narayan
Singh primary school.
no official complaint was lodged, the cleric faced lot of criticism from
parents and other members of the community, forcing him to apologize. The
cleric told media persons on Sunday that his statement had been misunderstood.
cleric’s announcement, which incidentally, came just a day after the death of a
12-year-old girl, Chandani Shaikh in Mumbai after consuming iron and folic acid
tablet on August 6 during the national immunisation programme, had sparked a
scare in the Muslim- dominated areas. As a result, only 81 of the 171 students
came to school on Saturday and of these only 20 had their “mid-day” meals.
of the school. Urmesh Chauhan said, “on Saturday, the cook told me that
students were not ready to eat anything and when I asked him the reason, I was
shocked to know that about the cleric’s announcement from the mosque.
added that she immediately informed the village Pradhan, Devendra Singh about
it. Singh contacted the police after he failed to get in touch with the cleric.
the cleric himself contacted the village Pradhan and apologised for the
announcement. Singh said, “We have not given any police complaint as we don’t
want to aggravate this matter”. He said that 35% Muslims and 65 percent Hindus
are living in this village and there was no point of precipitating the matter.
24-year-old man, who had tried twice earlier to reach Syria to fight for the
Islamic State (IS), was among two persons arrested Sunday by the National
Investigation Agency (NIA) in Hyderabad for allegedly planning to carry out the
terror group’s activities in India, including recruitment.
officials identified the two as Abdullah Basith, who was caught in 2014 and 2015
before he could leave India for Syria (see page 9), and his associate Mohammed
Abdul Qhadeer, 19. Basith was nabbed for “conspiring to further the activities
of IS (and) carry out terrorist acts in India”.
are part of a group of eight men from Hyderabad who are being questioned by NIA
on suspicion of planning to carry out subversive activities at the behest of IS
handlers, officials said. The Indian Express had reported on August 9 that NIA
had raided seven locations in Hyderabad and apprehended the eight on the basis
of “suspicious” online activity.
is the first time in almost 10 months that suspects from India have been
arrested for their alleged association with the IS. The arrests are being
viewed by the security establishment as a signal of the continued attraction of
the outfit despite its dream of a Caliphate having been defeated in the Middle
October last year, Kerala Police booked five men on similar charges — the NIA
took over that case in December 2017. So far, the NIA has arrested 78 men for
their alleged association with the IS.
questioning has brought out the involvement of accused Abdullah Basith, Mohd
Abdul Qhadeer and other associates in pledging their allegiance to the
proscribed terrorist organization IS to carry out terror activities in India,”
Alok Mittal, NIA IG, said.
to the NIA, Basith is from Hafeezbaba Nagar while Qhadeer is a resident of
Chandrayangutta, both in Hyderabad. “They were placed under arrest today to
ascertain the details of the ongoing conspiracy and their role in furthering
the ISIS ideology to carry out terrorist acts in India,” Mittal said.
to NIA, Basith was part of a group of four men from Hyderabad that tried to
leave for Syria via Bangladesh in 2014 but was apprehended in Malda while
trying to cross the border. At the time, Hyderabad Police had counselled the
youth and handed them over to their parents after a warning.
however, made a second attempt to leave in December 2015, along with his cousin
Syed Hussaini and an associate from 2014 Maaz Hassan Farooqui. The group was
apprehended at Nagpur airport while trying to leave for Srinagar from where
they planned to go to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and on to Afghanistan. They
were placed under arrest by Hyderabad Police, which filed a charge sheet at a
local court on December 22, 2017 — the trial is on.
had to place him under arrest again as he had not been cooperating during
interrogation and his online activity suggested that he and his associates were
planning to carry out subversive activities. Given his history of association
with the IS and his refusal to mend his ways despite several warnings, his
activities could not be ignored any longer,” said an officer involved with the
the past, sources said, Basith is suspected had been in touch with key Islamic
State recruiter Adnan Hassan Damudi, who had been deported from Dubai in 2016.
According to sources, Damudi had sent Rs 54,000 to Basith to help him and his
associates escape to Bangladesh in 2014 from where he had promised to help them
reach Syria via Turkey.
to NIA investigators, Damudi was alleged to have recruited close to a dozen
Indians since his stay in Dubai from 2012 and had helped send some of them to
Syria. Sources said he was among the few in direct touch with chief IS
recruiter for India, Yousuf-al-Hindi — later identified as former Indian
Mujahideen operative from Bhatkal, Shafi Armar.
June 2017, the US put Armar on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists
and imposed financial sanctions against him. His brother Sultan Armar was
reported by IS-related websites to have died fighting in Kobane in 2015.
is on trial while two of his associates, J&K-born Azhar Al Islam and
Mumbai-born Farhan Sheikh, who were deported from Dubai along with him, have
pleaded guilty and were sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment.
and several of the others were under surveillance since 2014. However, their
online activity recently suggested that they were in touch with someone from
abroad and were planning to execute an attack,” said a security official.
Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) Speakers at a conference hosted by a Muslim students'
organisation in Delhi today called for greater inclusion of the community in
matters related to the national security.
Muslim Students Organisation of India (MSOI) hosted the day-long conference to
appeal for strengthening of the national security policy.
Muhammad Qadri, the chief speaker at the conference and former MSO president,
lamented what he said was a wrong perception being created of Muslims.
perception is being created in the country most of the time that Indian Muslims
are not responsible citizens, whereas our claim is that the inclusion of
Muslims in the national security policy will be an accurate assessment of the
role of Muslim youth towards national unity.
do we need to join the ISIS or other organisations? Our ideal is not Osama Bin
Laden but Khwaja Garib Nawaz and will continue to be be till eternity," he
urged youngsters present at the programme to fight the forces involved in
weakening the nation and be inspired by the sacrifices made by people during
the freedom struggle.
Ahmad Malik Warsi of Aligarh Muslim University, Kerala centre, said the challenges
facing human rights and social justice in the country are being taken seriously
Muslims and Dalit community an unnecessary target of hatred and communalism is
a matter of concern. Efforts should be made to maintain social harmony and to
discuss Sufi spiritual experiments designed for this purpose," he added.
Ali Qadri, MSOI president, said the Indian Muslim youth, majority of which
belong to the Sufi community, have undying love and respect for the country.
Terrorists shot dead a civilian after abducting him from his house in Pulwama
district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Monday.
in Murran area of Pulwama last night barged inside the house of Gulzar Ahmad
Bhat (24) son of Abdul Gani Bhat and abducted him," a police official
official said police recovered Bhat's bullet-riddled body from a nearby field.
have registered a case and initiated investigation, which suggest involvement
of local terrorists Zahoor Thokar and Showkat Dar of the Hizbul Mujahideen
outfit," he added.
tells BD to stop aid to Rohingya Muslims
Myanmar has asked Bangladesh to stop providing aid to 6,000 Rohingya Muslims
stranded on the border between the two countries since a military crackdown
prompted a mass exodus of the Muslim minority last year, the foreign ministry
in Dhaka said.
group refused to enter Bangladesh in the months during and after Myanmar’s
military campaign, which drove 700,000 other Rohingya across the frontier in an
act the United Nations, United States and other western countries have
condemned as ethnic cleansing.
are now stuck in a narrow "no mans land" relying on international aid
sent by Bangladesh. Myanmar called for the aid to be halted in talks between
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali and Myanmar’s top diplomatic
envoy, Kyaw Tint Swe, in Myanmar’s capital Napyidaw on Friday, the foreign
ministry said late on Saturday.
particularly requested Bangladesh to stop providing humanitarian assistance to
those people... and proposed to arrange supply of humanitarian assistance from
Myanmar side," the ministry said.
made no commitment but "responded positively" to Myanmar’s proposal
to conduct a survey of the no mans land area, the ministry said. A Myanmar
minister on a visit to the strip of land earlier this year warned the Rohingya
refugees that they will face "consequences" if they do not take up a
Myanmar offer to return.
Mohammed, a Rohingya community leader among the group on the border, told AFP
the latest pressure from Myanmar to vacate the no mans land area would add to
their hardship. "There will be uncertainty whether Myanmar will regularly
provide us with food and humanitarian assistance. If Bangladesh stops helping
us from their side, we will have a huge problem," he said.
Tint Swe, a minister in the office of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu
Kyi, also made a new pledge to speed up implementation of a repatriation deal
agreed with Bangladesh in November.
Afghan forces and the Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties during
the clashes in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North confirmed that sporadic
clashes continue between the two sides in Ghormach district.
to a statement released by Shaheen Corps, at least 13 militants were killed and
at least 11 others have sustaind injuries during the clashes so far.
statement furhter added that five Afghan forces also lost their lives during
the clashes while at least 7 others sustained injuries.
Corps also confirmed that the Afghan forces have retreated from one of their
outposts and sporadic clashes continue close to Chinese Camp.
comes as the local officials had earlier claimed that 17 soldiers have lost
their lives during the clashes while several others have sustained injuries.
security situation in Faryab province has deteriorated sharply during the
recent years amid growing insurgency activities by the anti-government armed
sends special forces to Ghazni as Taliban keep up attacks
Afghan government has deployed Special Forces units to the strategic city of
Ghazni, which has been the scene of intense fighting with the Taliban militants
seeking to capture the strategic southeastern city.
Ashraf Ghani announced the decision in a tweet in the early hours of Monday,
saying “in order to consolidate operational gains, further reinforcements
should be dispatched to the province [of the same name] on urgent basis.”
spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri also said in a Twitter message that the president
had made the decision overnight following an emergency meeting on Sunday.
said discussions were held on the issue with provincial governor, military
officials and police forces.
on Friday, the militants began their attacks on Ghazni, which sits on a key
road between the capital, Kabul, and Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest
fighting has been underway since then, with both the government and the militants
claiming to be in control.
militants have damaged a telecommunications tower in the city, making it
difficult to get news of what exactly is happening in the provincial capital.
people escaping the embattled city, however, described widespread destruction
and bloodshed in the town.
Afghan television station, Tolo News, also broadcast shaky phone footage
apparently showing multiple fires raging across the blacked-out center.
said the Taliban were using civilians as human shields in an attempt to prevent
the security forces from launching airstrikes in the area.
militants know our forces will not attack civilians so they are using young men
as human shields to walk around the city and set buildings on fire,” Reuters
quoted one official as saying.
to one security official, about 100 soldiers and police have been killed and
many wounded as of Sunday.
also said the casualties on the Taliban side have also been heavy, adding that
about 50 militants were killed by an air strike late on Sunday.
number of civilian casualties is not known yet. Officials at the Interior
Ministry said at least 15 civilians had been killed and more than 400 wounded
in the fighting.
according to witnesses, who have made their way to Kabul, there were many
bodies scattered in the streets.
government has now come under intense criticism for its response to the crisis.
in the city have been warning for months that the city could fall to the
people on social media were calling on the president to resign.
whole of Ghazni province is on fire. President Ashraf Ghani must resign!” read
a typical comment on Facebook.
to Afghan officials, US Special Forces units were on the ground helping to
coordinate air strikes and ground operations. US military headquarters in Kabul
has, however, not confirmed.
from Afghanistan’s Taliban militant group have held talks with senior officials
in Uzbekistan, reportedly discussing a range of issues including transport,
power lines, and the prospect of peace in war-torn Afghanistan.
reports said on Saturday that a delegation representing the Taliban had visited
Uzbekistan from August 6 to 10 at the invitation of Uzbek officials.
a terse announcement, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry’s website confirmed the visit,
saying, “The sides exchanged views on the prospects of the peace process in
Taliban claimed that during the four-day visit in the Uzbek capital of
Tashkent, Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai met with Uzbek
Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov as well as the country’s presidential envoy
for Afghanistan, Ismatilla Irgashev.
a statement to the Associated Press, Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the
Taliban’s political office, claimed that the bilateral talks had covered
everything from international troop withdrawal from Afghanistan to peace
prospects and possible Uzbek-funded development projects that could include
railway lines and electricity.
development came months after Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev offered to
host peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant
stand ready to create all necessary conditions, at any stage of the peace
process, to arrange direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and
Taliban movement,” Mirziyoyev told an international peace conference in the
Uzbek capital in March.
by the international community, the Tashkent conference endorsed Kabul’s offer
of direct talks without any preconditions and with the ultimate goal of
reaching a comprehensive peace agreement with the militants.
the Taliban have so far ignored Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of
unconditional peace negotiations even though their representatives met US
officials in Qatar last month and are to hold another meeting next month.
is seen as a possible peace broker between the Afghan government and the
Taliban, favoring good relations with Kabul and contacts with the Taliban
political office in Doha.
Taliban were ousted from power in 2011 following a US invasion and ongoing
occupation of the country. The militant group has, however, been involved in
widespread militancy, killing thousands of civilians as well as Afghan and
and killed: inside the Bangladesh prime minister's war on drugs
(Reuters) - Bangladesh police arrested Riazul Islam as he was walking home from
his in-laws’ house. At 3:15 a.m., he was shot dead in a sandy field beside a
set of railroad tracks north of Dhaka.
say he was killed in a gunfight with other drug dealers, and they recovered 20
kg of marijuana from the site. His parents say the officers extorted money from
them and then killed him.
knew my son was in police custody. All of a sudden my son was dead. I couldn’t
believe it. The police took money and they still killed him,” said his mother,
is the newest frontline in state-backed drug crackdowns in Asia, and Islam is
one of more than 200 people shot dead by police in Bangladesh since May, when
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the campaign.
say the crackdown reflects Hasina’s increasingly authoritarian rule ahead of a
general election, due by December. That was also shown in its response to
recent student demonstrations over road traffic deaths, including the use of
rubber bullets and the arrest of a prominent photographer.
emphasized that the police and intelligence agencies would now tackle the drug
problem in the same tough way they had countered violent extremism in recent
campaigns can be popular with voters as has been shown by President Rodrigo
Duterte’s bloody drug war in the Philippines.
office did not respond to questions about whether the drugs campaign was a
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bodies appeared rapidly after Hasina’s pronouncement. And, just like the
Philippines, the killings appeared to follow a script: suspects died in “gunfights”, typically at night, and
weapons and drugs were found nearby.
more than a third of the 211 killings recorded by Dhaka-based human rights
group Odhikar since mid-May, the suspects were arrested before they were
police are overseen by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, who denied the police
were executing suspects.
law enforcement people don’t kill, they don’t execute anyone. It is impossible.
If they do so they will be fired at that moment,” he told Reuters. “It is not a
Islam was arrested, according to the police report, officers took the “top
terror” of the neighborhood to the field beside the railroad tracks to draw in
and arrest other drug dealers. The other dealers “sensed” the officers’
presence and began firing randomly, and “to save life and government property”,
the officers fired back.
[Islam] was shot and fell down. He died on the spot,” according to the report,
which said two officers were wounded.
autopsy report, read to Reuters by a hospital official, noted that a single
bullet entered his head near his left ear and exited near his right. Each of
the two officers were treated for small areas of tenderness and swelling on one
of their hands, according to records at another hospital.
of the six witnesses in the police report saw Islam die, they told Reuters.
of the six, handyman Mohammad Bappy, who lives at the edge of the field where
Islam was shot, snapped photos of Islam’s dead body. One of the pictures shows
blood on the ground beneath Islam’s head.
was no gun,” he said. “If there had been a gunfight we would have heard lots of
firing from two sides. That didn’t happen.”
Hossain, the officer in charge of the operation, said drug use leads to crime
and arrests don’t work.
come out on bail and they do the same thing, selling and using drugs,” he said.
“Every drug dealer should be killed. Then drugs can be controlled.”
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh and the European
Union have all expressed concern about the killings of drug suspects in
a government official in the southern city of Teknaf was gunned down by Rapid
Action Battalion police in May, the state-funded National Human Rights Commission
sent a letter to the ministry in charge of the police to remind it of human
Hasina pressed on.
destroy a country, a nation and a family,” she told parliament in June. “We
will continue the drive, no matter who says what.”
of the killings took place in May, when there were 129 as the campaign began,
but then dropped to 38 in June before picking up to 44 in July.
have long been a concern for the Bangladesh government, which bans consumption
of alcohol by Muslims, who make up the vast majority of the population.
it’s not clear how much drug use has grown or even how many people use drugs.
Asked for figures, Bangladesh’s narcotics deputy intelligence chief said there
have no government statistics or non-government statistics about users,” Nazrul
Islam Sikder said, adding: “But we guess 7 to 8 million.”
seizures data from the Department of Narcotics Control suggests the drug trade
has grown, but much of the increase happened three years ago, long before Hasina
launched the crackdown. The data shows a dramatic increase in methamphetamine
or “yaba” pill seizures beginning in 2015.
one believes the official accounts of the killings, said Rashid Alam, a
50-year-old manager of a garment factory near the field where Islam was shot,
but he is more concerned about the scourge of drugs use for communities.
understand he is a drug dealer and the police shot him,” he said. “That kind of
death is okay. Good job, really.”
of Hasina say the crackdown is meant to show voters she is responding to
popular concerns and to strike fear in political opponents ahead of the
election. According to media reports, some of those killed were activists of
the opposition Bangladesh National Party.
Ashrafuzzaman Zaman, liaison officer of the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights
Commission, the politics of the drug crackdown are clear.
kill 200 people and you make 150 million afraid: today or tomorrow you can also
be one of them. That is the message the government is giving to the people,” he
office did not respond to the allegations from her critics.
Home Minister Khan denied the campaign was a cover to target opposition
politicians, and said no drug offender is treated differently from another.
demands ‘total’ Gaza ceasefire
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday demanded a “total” ceasefire from
Gaza’s Hamas rulers in his first public comments on another deadly flare-up
between the two sides.
have been efforts by UN officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between
Israel and Hamas, though Israeli officials have not commented on them.
July, there have been three major flare-ups of violence.
are in the midst of a campaign against terror in Gaza,” Netanyahu said at the
start of a cabinet meeting. “It will not end with one blow.
demand is clear: a total ceasefire. We shall not be satisfied with less than
that,” he added.
now we have destroyed hundreds of Hamas military targets and with every round
of attacks the Israel Defence Forces exact another heavy price from Hamas.”
has come under political pressure to act more strongly against Hamas, though
both sides are reluctant to start a fourth war between them since 2008.
has also sought an end to kites and balloons carrying firebombs over the Gaza
border fence to burn Israeli farmland.
informal truce reached on Thursday night has largely held despite the deaths of
three Palestinians since then from Israeli army fire during border protests and
saw extensive Israeli air strikes in retaliation for the launching of more than
180 rockets and mortar rounds by Hamas and its allies beginning on Wednesday
Palestinians were killed in the Israeli strikes, including a mother and her
18-month-old daughter, while seven Israelis were wounded by Palestinian rocket
fire as hundreds took refuge in bomb shelters.
was one of the most serious escalations since the 2014 Gaza war and followed
months of rising tensions.
least 168 Palestinians have been killed since Gaza border protests and clashes
began on March 30, with most succumbing to Israeli fire during demonstrations.
Others have died in air strikes.
the same period, one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian
army liberate al-Durahmi in Hodeidah, capture 100 Houthis
army liberated completely the al-Durahmi district south of Hodeidah province
following intense clashes with the Houthi militia, according to the website of
the Yemeni Ministry of Defense.
deputy operations commander of the second brigade of al-Amaliak, Colonel Ahmed
al-Hujaili, said that the Yemeni National Army
launched a fierce attack on the city of Durahmi from several axes,
managing to liberate it completely from the Houthis.
al-Hujaili said that the fighting resulted in huge casualties among the Houthi
militia in addition to the capturing of 100 Houthi militants, while the Yemeni
legitimate army confiscated weapons and ammunition.
explained that the army was able to cut the supply lines of the Houthi coup
militias coming from the Directorate of Beit al-Faqih and from other areas.
paramilitary forces deployed members of its "Al-Sabreen Brigade,"
usually tasked with protecting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, on the
Iraqi-Iranian borders, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Sunday.
to the daily, Khamenei issued a direct order to deploy these forces which
directly report to his office without referring to the Revolutionary Guards’
command, although the Quds Force is known to be charge of protecting Iranian
borders and manages Iraqi militias in Iraq and in Syria.
1,200 members from Al-Sabreen Brigade were deployed in addition to around
10,000 troops from the Revolutionary Guards’ special forces, according to the
to protect Khamenei are usually deployed in the areas he wants to visit, the
daily said, adding that it’s not clear whether Khamenei wants to visit the
border areas or go to Iraq ahead of Ashura which will be marked in September.
Khamenei visits Iraq, it will have come after the unprecedented tension between
Baghdad and Tehran after the Iraqi government announced its commitment to
implementing American sanctions against Iran.
daily added that if Khamenei leaves Iran, it will be his first foreign trip
since assuming the supreme leader post in 1989.
Yemeni military source reported on Sunday that five Houthi members were killed
during two separate operations by Yemeni Popular Resistance supporting the
legitimate army in al-Zaher district in al-Bayda governorate.
source added that two members of the Houthi militias were killed by sniper
bullets, while three others killed in an ambush by the Popular Resistance near
a position where the militias are stationed in al-Zaher district.
another military development, the Yemeni army forces in the west coast front
continue their military operations against the Houthi militias to regain
control of the center of the al-Durahmi district, after they succeeded in
pushing the militias out of positions surrounding the district.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the flying of Palestinian flags at a
protest rally against the controversial "Jewish state" law in Tel
Aviv posed a threat to the existence of Israel.
of thousands of Arabs marched through Tel Aviv on Saturday, shouting 'Equality'
and 'Apartheid will not pass' in Arabic and Hebrew and waving Palestinian flags
in protest against the new law passed last month.
we received unequivocal evidence of defiance to the existence of Israel and the
necessity of the Nation-State Law," Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting on
saw flags of the PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization] in the heart of Tel
Aviv. In the heart of Tel Aviv!" Netanyahu asserted. "We heard
slogans in Arabic including 'By blood and fire we will clear Palestine'."
make up roughly a fifth of Israel's population of close to nine million and
they have long complained of inequality and discrimination in their former
homeland where they are treated as second-class citizens.
new law adopted by the Israeli Knesset in July declares Israel exclusively for
Jews, in what has been denounced as an "apartheid" an
"racist" measure by many activists and political leaders around the
legislation defines occupied Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel,
downgrades the status of the Arabic language and encourages expansion of
Saturday, a record number of Palestinians rallied in Tel Aviv after performing
their evening prayers, chanting “We are not second class!” and carrying banners
that read in both Arabic and Hebrew, “Nation-State Law - Official Apartheid.”
of the demonstrators want to repeal the Law of Return; they want to abolish the
anthem and the flag, and turn Israel into a Palestinian state. It's clearer now
more than ever that the Nation-State Law is needed to ensure the future of
Israel as a Jewish state," Netanyahu said.
rally was the second by Arabs in Israel since the adoption of the contentious
law. Last month, hundreds of Arabs protested in the Mediterranean port city of
Haifa to vent their anger at the measure.
week earlier, tens of thousands of Israeli Druze gathered in central Tel Aviv
to protest the controversial law. The protesters on August 4 accused the Tel
Aviv regime of racism and discrimination against other ethnic communities.
world leaders, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has said the new law showed
that Israel is “the most Zionist, fascist and racist" entity in the world,
where the spirit of Adolf Hitler has re-emerged.
Saudi-led coalition has likely used a US-made bomb in its deadly airstrike on a
bus carrying Yemeni schoolchildren, a local journalist reports, amid growing
international criticism of Washington’s lucrative arms sales to the Riyadh
regime and its allies.
shared by journalist Nasser Arrabyee show pieces of a Raytheon Mark 82
general-purpose free-fall bomb apparently recovered from the scene, RT reported
tweeted the shocking photos on Saturday, two days after Saudi-led warplanes
targeted the Yemeni school bus in Sa’ada Province, killing at least 51
civilians, mostly children, and injuring almost 80 others.
images have not been independently verified yet; however, this is not the first
time that Mark 82 pieces have been found at the site of Saudi-led air raids
against civilian targets since the onset of the military campaign in early
MK-82, a 500-pound (227kg) bomb produced by American company General Dynamics,
also made headlines when it used by Saudi warplanes in a 2016 attack on a
funeral in the capital Sana’a. That attack claimed over 140 lives and injured
is a major exporter of arms to Saudi Arabia, but the Pentagon claimed last week
that it might be impossible to tell where the bomb used in Thursday’s attack
Central Command spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Vox that “we may never know if
the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them. We don’t have a lot of
people on the ground.”
US military said in early 2018 that the Central Command does not track how
Riyadh uses Washington-supplied planes and munitions.
pressure from human rights groups, the United States has continued to supply
weapons to Saudi Arabia. President Donald Trump announced $110 billion worth of
new arms sales to Riyadh back in 2017.
report in March by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
revealed the US had increased its arms sales by 25 percent over the past five
years, with the Middle East serving as the destination for around half of those
weapons. It also classified Saudi Arabia as the world’s second biggest arms
“beautiful” US-made military equipment, as referred to by President Trump, and
a wide range of other arms provided to Saudi Arabia by Western powers, have
paved the way for the regime and its coalition allies to massacre nearly 15,000
people in the course of the war.
US-backed military offensive has also pushed the impoverished nation to the
verge of starvation and destroyed the majority of its hospitals, bridges,
schools, and other infrastructure.
Council urges PM to avoid Boris Johnson 'whitewash'
UK's largest Muslim organisation is calling on Theresa May to ensure the
inquiry into Boris Johnson's burka comments is not a "whitewash".
to the Guardian, the Muslim Council of Britain will tell the prime minister
"no-one should be allowed to victimise minorities with impunity".
Johnson is facing an investigation after saying women in burkas looked like
"letter boxes" or "bank robbers".
Muslim Council of Britain's letter, seen by the Guardian, said it was
"hopeful" that the party "will not allow any whitewashing of
this specific inquiry currently in process".
council previously said the support shown to Mr Johnson from Tory MPs had
"shone a light on the underbelly of Islamophobia" within the party.
organisation added that it had received Islamophobic hate mail referring to
former foreign secretary Mr Johnson's comments.
the Tell Mama project, which monitors anti-Muslim violence, reported an
increase in incidents of abuse aimed at women wearing the niqab or hijab over
the past week.
Johnson - who returned home from his holiday in Italy over the weekend - has
not yet responded to the row.
his latest column in Monday's Daily Telegraph - one week on from his original
comments about the Muslim full-face veil - Mr Johnson did not mention the issue
but instead chose to write about housing.
he refused to answer the questions of journalists waiting outside his
Oxfordshire home, saying he had "nothing to say about this matter"
except to offer out cups of tea.
Conservative Party launched its disciplinary investigation after receiving
dozens of complaints about Mr Johnson's remarks.
May and Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis have called on him to apologise.
others - including Brexiteer backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg and comedian Rowan
Atkinson - have expressed support.
to a ComRes poll for the Sunday Express, 53% of people who responded believe Mr
Johnson should not be disciplined for his comments.
complaints against him are being looked at by an investigating officer, who can
dismiss them if they are found to be obviously trivial, lacking in merit or
unable to be fairly investigated.
they be upheld, the complaints will then be looked at by an independent panel
which could refer Mr Johnson to the party's board, which has the power to expel
Friday, in a separate investigation into a complaint, the UK's equalities
watchdog said Mr Johnson's remarks were "inflammatory and divisive"
and his comments risked "vilifying Muslim women".
Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson returned from his summer holiday
to face both criticism and support over his remarks about burqas, amid
deepening divisions in Britain’s ruling Conservative Party on Sunday.
seen as the biggest threat to Prime Minister Theresa May’s struggling
leadership, has become a lightning rod for discontent within the party after a
newspaper column in which he said Muslim women who wear burqas look like letter
boxes or bank robbers.
comments came in a piece arguing against a ban on the Islamic full-face veil,
but have been criticised as Islamophobic. Others saw the remarks as colourful
rhetoric that strikes a chord with many Britons.
has scolded Johnson, stirring anger amongst those of his supporters who see him
as the focal point for resistance to her proposed “business-friendly” Brexit
plan. The party has also launched an investigation into his remarks.
the headline “Boris sparks cabinet war” the Sunday Times said four unnamed
senior ministers were dismayed at May’s handling of the situation.
have managed to engineer a total disaster,” one minister was quoted as saying.
“Trying to silence Boris is stupid, especially when the majority of people
agree with him.”
resigned from the cabinet last month in protest at May’s Brexit plan, setting
himself up as a talisman for the many Conservatives who want a more radical
departure from the European Union.
May has struggled to hold her cabinet together on Brexit and faces a testing
few months in which she hopes to secure a deal on leaving the EU, face the
party’s unhappy grassroots, and win a crucial vote in parliament.
burqa remarks were defended by, amongst others, Donald Trump’s former political
strategist Steve Bannon, who told the Sunday Times that his overall message had
been lost because of a “throwaway line”.
has previously called on Johnson to challenge May’s leadership.
a Conservative member of the upper house of parliament and former government
polling adviser, Andrew Cooper, accused Johnson of “moral emptiness” and
populism over the remarks.
rottenness of Boris Johnson goes deeper even than his casual racism & his
equally casual courting of fascism. He will advocate literally anything to play
to the crowd of the moment,” Cooper said on Twitter.
who has made clear that he does not intend to apologise, returned to Britain on
Saturday. He declined to answer reporters’ questions.
watchdog monitoring hate crimes in Britain have announced that several Muslim
women have been attacked since earlier this week after former foreign minister
Boris Johnson wrote a controversial article and compared women wearing burqa to
"letterboxes" and "bank robbers."
Mama said Sunday that at least five women had been subject to Islamophobic
insults by men in London and Luton since Johnson triggered a public row over wearing
burqa in his opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph on August 5.
watchdog said all women who had been insulted wore niqab, a veil used to cover
face as recommended by the religion. It said the verbal attacks were directly
linked to Johnson’s description in the article of women wearing burqa, a
full-body veil, to letter boxes.
such attack happened on August 8 in London before two women were targeted the
next day in the capital. Another women experienced verbal abuse because of her
niqab on Friday while there had been another incident on August 9 in Luton, a
town around 50 kilometers from London.
of the victims said she had been called letter box when she was boarding a
train in London’s Tower Hamlets neighborhood.
the weekend, I went on a trip with a group of women and a male passenger
allowed us to board the train first ... One of the women was wearing a niqab
and she was the last one to get on the train.
The man laughed and said: ‘Hold on, you forgot the letterbox’” wrote
Rabina Khan in the Independent newspaper.
Mama said it had recorded no case involving Muslim women being insulted for
their veil in the week before Johnson wrote his opinion piece.
has refused to apologize for the comments which many say were part of his deliberate
attempt to reach to the British far-right. The former mayor of London is
believed to be seeking to replace incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May if she
fails to reach a deal with the European Union on United Kingdom’s departure
from the bloc.
expert tells Press TV that former British foreign minister Boris Johnson’s
insulting comments about Muslim women wearing burqa was a deliberate attempt to
reach out to the racists and fascists in the United Kingdom.
Shadjareh, head of the Britain-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, said
Saturday that Johnson had a political objective to realize with a this week
commentary in the Daily Telegraph in which he likened women wearing burqa to
letter boxes and bank robbers.
was a calculated statement, he is not a fool, he knows he is being
provocative,” said Shadjareh, adding, “He has calculated that there are more
Islamophobes, there are more xenophobes in our society in the United Kingdom
and indeed in Europe than there are Muslims, than there are people who want to
create harmonical society.”
said there are many people in the UK, Europe and in the Western world who are
moving towards fascism, saying Johnson is trying to pander to these ideologies.
therefore by saying things like this you (are) actually addressing and talking
to your own constituency, a group of fascists, racists who want to create a
xenophobic society and they will come out and support you,” he said.
said the general expectation was that the UK Conservative Party should have
brought Johnson to “disrepute” as his statement about Muslim women had done the
same to the party.
Conservatives as a government has just given a lip service of sort of saying
that his statement is provocative rather than dealing with it as Islamophobe
and xnophebic,” said the analyst.
said if Johnson had used a similar language against other minorities like
members of the Jewish community, the Conservatives would have dealt with him in
a much different way. He said such duplicity in dealing with provocative and
offensive remarks is a sign that Islamophobia has effectively penetrated the
establishment in Britain.
(Reuters) - Massively stepped-up security in China’s restive far western region
of Xinjiang has helped prevent “great tragedy”, a state-run newspaper said on
Monday, in the country’s first response to a critical United Nations report on
the situation there.
U.N. human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible
reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a
“massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.
has said that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and
separatists who plot attacks and stir up tensions between the mostly Muslim
Uighur minority who call the region home and the ethnic Han Chinese majority.
have died in unrest there in recent years.
joint editorials in its Chinese and English versions, the widely-read Global
Times tabloid said criticism of the rights record in Xinjiang was aimed at
stirring trouble there and destroying hard-earned stability.
security presence there has prevented Xinjiang from becoming another Syria or
Libya, it added.
is no doubt that the current peace and stability in Xinjiang is partly due to
the high intensity of regulations. Police and security posts can be seen
everywhere in Xinjiang,” the paper wrote.
it’s a phase that Xinjiang has to go through in rebuilding peace and prosperity
and it will transition to normal governance.”
peace and stability there is in the basic interest of people in Xinjiang and all
of China, it added.
turnaround in Xinjiang’s security situation has avoided a great tragedy and
saved countless lives, thanks to powerful Chinese law and the strong ruling
power of the Communist Party of China,” the paper wrote.
the West has been hyping has destroyed numerous countries and regions. When the
same evil influence was spreading in Xinjiang, it was decisively curbed.”
has “no room for destructive Western public opinions”, and all steps must be
taken to ensure its stability, it said.
and stability must come above all else. With this as the goal, all measures can
be tried. We must hold onto our belief that keeping turmoil away from Xinjiang
is the greatest human right.”
Foreign Ministry has not yet responded to a request for comment on the United
Aug 13 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government prioritises matters
concerning the Malay community, Islam and the national language just as it does
other issues affecting the country, said Perak state executive councillor Abdul
Aziz Bari said.
to PPBM member Tan Sri Rais Yatim’s remarks describing the pact’s position on
the three matters as unclear, Abdul Aziz said this was not the case at all.
the question of PH not placing importance on Bahasa Melayu, Islam and the
royalty does not arise at all,” he added.
made the remarks in an interview published by Utusan Malaysia yesterday.
LUMPUR, Aug 12 — The High Court has deferred its decision in a Sarawakian
native Christian’s lawsuit over her constitutional rights to religion and to
non-discrimination, as well as the government’s ban of the word “Allah” in
Christian publications. Lawyer Annou Xavier, who represents Jill Ireland
Lawrence Bill, confirmed that tomorrow is no longer fixed for the delivery of
the decision in his client’s case.
decision tomorrow converted to case management. This is to enable parties to
engage so as to try to resolve the matter.
now have a new administration which is people-friendly and willing to engage
with the rakyat,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.
High Court in Kuala Lumpur had initially fixed March 22 as the decision date,
but had deferred it to August 13.
federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, who represents the home minister and the
government in the case, had in March told Malay Mail that the date was shifted
to August 13 as the Attorney-General’s Chambers needed to get “fresh
instructions” from the government.
Ireland filed her lawsuit about 10 years ago after the Home Ministry seized
eight compact discs (CDs) containing the word “Allah” meant for her personal
use at KLIA upon her return from Indonesia.
the May 11, 2008 seizure, Jill Ireland filed for judicial review in August the
same year against the home minister and the government of Malaysia.
High Court had in July 2014 ruled that the Home Ministry was wrong to seize the
CDs and ordered that they be returned, but did not address the constitutional
Ireland finally received her CDs in September 2015, pursuant to the Court of
Appeal’s June 2015 directive for the Home Ministry to return the discs.
However, the Court of Appeal had also sent the constitutional issues back to
the High Court to be heard.
constitutional issues in Jill Ireland’s case were heard by High Court judge
Datuk Nor Bee Ariffin on October 19 and November 15 last year.
Ireland is seeking several court orders, including a declaration that it is her
constitutional right to have access to Christian publications in the exercise
of her rights to practise religion and right to education, as provided for by
the Federal Constitution’s Article 11 on the freedom of religion.
Sarawakian native of the Melanau tribe is also seeking a court declaration that
the Constitution’s Article 8 guarantees her equality before the law and
protection from discrimination on grounds of religion in the administration of
law ― specifically the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the
Customs Act 1967.
Ireland is also asking the court to declare the Home Ministry’s December 5,
1986 circular to ban the word “Allah” in Christian publications as
unconstitutional and unlawful, arguing among other things that the government
has failed to prove such use was a threat to public order.
Forty Indonesians, including an orphaned teenager and the secretary general of
Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, have been personally invited by King
Salman to perform Hajj this year.
Ambassador to Indonesia Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi invited the party of
pilgrims — which includes six women and two journalists — to his official
residence in central Jakarta on Sunday morning prior to their departure for the
Kingdom in the afternoon.
invitations were sent out to those who have contributed positively to the
Muslim community,” Al Shuaibi said through a translator.
Izhar Assahmy, a 17-year-old student from Al Irsyad Islamic boarding school in
East Java, and Husaini Muhtadi Azri, a 16-year-old who is a student at Al
Aziziyah Islamic boarding school in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara were among this
year’s privileged pilgrims.
an orphan, said he will pray for his parents when he performs the Hajj rituals
in the holy sites.
hope I can perform the Hajj well in accordance to the manasik I have been
practicing,” Assahmy told Arab News.
Islamic course lecturers and the rector of the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh
Nopember (ITS) in Surabaya, East Java, were also among the pilgrims.
was told that the campus received some invitations from King Salman to perform
the hajj and that I was invited. This is really a blessing for me,” one of the
lecturers, Choirul Mafhud, told Arab News.
said this is the first time that journalists have been included in the roster
of pilgrims invited by the king.
80 percent of (the party) have never gone on Hajj before. The remaining 20
percent have performed Hajj, but they have been invited (by the king) to show
his appreciation of their role for Islam in Indonesia,” the ambassador said.
Zaitun Rasmin, the deputy secretary general of the Indonesian Council of Ulema
(MUI) is one of those who has previously performed Hajj. He went to university
have now been invited in my capacity as the chairman of the Southeast Asian
ulema association and this is the first time I have been invited by the king,”
group will go spend a fortnight in Jeddah before going to Makkah and Madinah,
hope we return as Hajj mabrur and this invitation from the king will strengthen
Saudi Arabia’s relations with Indonesia,” Rasmin said.
Faishal Zaini, secretary general of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest
Muslim organization said he was invited along with NU chairman Said Aqil
Siradj, but that the latter had to decline due to family matters.
think the spirit of the king’s invitation is to maintain cooperation and
understanding between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia as well as to develop a closer
bond between Muslims in both countries,” he told Arab News.
— Islamic scholars from northern region on Sunday met in Kaduna to look at
activities of the Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement in Nigeria
(IMN), popularly called 'Shi'ites', saying IMN remains a security threat to the
scholars stated this at the book presentation on the "Fallacy of Shi'ites
beliefs," authored by fiery professor, Prof. Umar Labdo of the Maitama Sule
University (formerly Northwest University), Kano and organised by the Mahdi
Foundation and the International Institute of Islamic Research and Development.
equally condemned what they described as "excesses" of the IMN in the
north and alleged that the sect had manipulated the Holy Quran to suit
Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Dr. Khalid Aliyu Abubakar, said the only way to
check the excesses of the Shi'ites is through the acquisition of knowledge in
order to dislodge them.
have come to the end of this important presentation. If there is knowledge, we
can change the excesses of the Shi'ites," Khalid said.
book reviewer from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Salisu Shehu
Abubakar, expressed grave concern that the Shi'ites had manipulated the Quran
to suit themselves.
called on Muslims not to allow Shi'ite members occupy any position of authority
in the land.
have heard that they have directed their members to collect their Permanent
Voter Cards. We must all ensure that all Muslims collect their own (PVC)
too," he said.
his part, the Emir of Hadejia, Adamu Abubakar Maje, who was represented by
Galadima Hadejia, Alhaji Usman Abdullaziz, said the emirate council would
support any move to curtail IMN's extremism.
to the claims by the scholars, spokesperson of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa said any
gang-up by any group against them would fail.
added, "This gathering is also an attempt to justify the Zaria massacre of
December 2015 and the subsequent victimisation of IMN members, which in reality
Jordanian security forces have killed three “terrorists” and arrested five
others during a raid after an officer was killed in a bomb blast near the
capital, the government said Sunday.
members of the security forces also died in Saturday’s raid, which came after
the home-made bomb exploded under a patrol car at a music festival.
joint unit of special forces, police and army troops raided a house in the town
of Salt northwest of Amman in search of a suspected “terrorist cell“,
government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said.
members of the security forces were killed in a shootout with gunmen holed up
in a building, she said.
suspects refused to surrender and opened heavy fire toward a joint security
force,” Ghneimat said in a statement.
suspects also “blew up the building in which they were hiding, and which they
had booby-trapped earlier“, she said.
an update early Sunday Ghneimat said that the three bodies as well as automatic
weapons were found under the rubble of the building, a four-storey block of
added that two other “terrorists” were arrested, bringing the total number of
people detained in Salt since Saturday to five.
was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s bomb blast, which also
wounded six other members of the patrol in Al-Fuhais, a mostly Christian town
west of Amman.
identities of the suspects were not known.
of the members of the security forces wounded during the raid was in “critical
condition“, Ghneimat said
clean-up operation is still under way,” she said, adding that units of the
civil defence were at the scene to assess the damage at the building and sift
through the rubble.
urged civilians to stay away, warning that “it could totally collapse at any
sources said that 11 people were wounded during the raid, including members of
the security forces and civilians.
and children were among those hurt, they said, without giving further details.
television broadcast footage of the partially collapsed building and security
forces conducting search operations.
bulldozers and police cars were deployed around the building in the Naqab
al-Dabour residential neighbourhood in Salt, the footage showed.
government set up a crisis cell to follow the developments, the state-run Petra
news agency reported.
Minister Omar al-Razzaz, who chaired the meeting, vowed Saturday that Jordan
would “not be complacent in the hunt for terrorists.”
blasts targeting security forces are rare in Jordan, although the tiny desert
kingdom has had to struggle with a rise in Muslim fundamentalism in recent
has played a key role in the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group
in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, using its air force against the jihadists and
allowing coalition forces to use its bases.
AMMAN: King Abdullah of Jordan said his country
would hold all those accountable for undermining the security of the Kingdom
and the safety of its citizens after four security officers were killed in a
forces laid siege to a building in a residential part of Salt on Saturday night
in search of those responsible for a bomb attack on a police van on Friday.
raid on the apartment in a four-story residential block followed a bomb blast
on Friday under a police patrol car at a music festival in the town of
Al-Fuhais, west of Amman, that killed a police sergeant and injured six other
joint unit of special forces, police and troops raided the building in Salt on
Saturday in search of a terrorist cell. The militants opened fire, and three
terrorists and three officers died in the shoot-out. A fourth officer died in
hospital on Sunday.
terrorists “blew up the building in which they were hiding, and which they had
booby-trapped earlier,” said government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat. The rest
of the building was later demolished. Five suspected terrorists were arrested
during the raid, and all those involved are thought to be Jordanians from Salt.
Abdullah said Jordan would “strike mercilessly and forcefully” against those
who sought to harm the country.
cowardly terrorist act, and any act that targets the security of Jordan, will
only add to our unity, strength and determination to wipe out terrorism and its
criminal gangs,” he told a meeting of security officials.
are stronger when they face such events, and they are more enthusiastic to
clean our country and the region and protect our religion.
goal is always to break the back of terrorism and we will not depart from this
goal despite the sacrifices," he said.
Minister Omar Al-Razzaz, who chaired the meeting, said Jordan would “not be
complacent in the hunt for terrorists.”
was hit by a string of attacks in 2016, including a shooting rampage by Daesh
in Karak that killed 10 people. “This time the situation is more complicated,”
security analyst Maj. Gen. Fayez Dweiri told Arab News.
went after security forces and not civilians. Also it is clear that the
terrorists were expecting the reaction of the security forces, and we saw how
they blew up the building they were trapped in.
is a big challenge, it requires a revision to the security situation and an
increase in monitoring some of these lone wolf cells.”
said: “I know that in the past 18 months Jordanian security stopped a number of
potential attacks, but they didn’t make their actions public. Daesh is not in
Jordan but there are a few dormant cells and they must be followed and
attack bore all the hallmarks of Daesh, said Hassan Abu Hanieh, an expert on
Islamist radicalism. “Al-Qaeda and other militant groups have said they are no
longer attacking Jordan, so the only party with an ideological position that
supports attacking Jordan is Daesh,” he said.
has happened in the past few years is the decentralization of Daesh, they are
no longer bound in the execution of their attacks to any central power. Their
weakness and loss of their land control has resulted in numerous revenge
said he believed Daesh had not admitted the attack because members of the
terror cell were captured alive.
Jordanian government also appeared to have learned from previous experience,
and provided regular news and updates, observers said. Radio presenter Mohammad
Ersan said the difference was noticeable.
Ghnaimat, the government spokesperson, was literally producing updates every 15
minutes, and this played a big role in shutting down the possibility of
unnecessary and harmful rumors,” he said.
Al-Sabaileh, an independent security and geopolitical analyst, told Arab News
Jordanians should prepare for a new wave of terror as the Syrian conflict winds
acts of terror are not many, but they are different,” he said. “They are
targeting the security forces, and this is also the first time inside Jordan
that individuals have blown up a building and blown themselves up, and ambushed
is this important? We are dealing with Jordanians who have returned with
experience from abroad. They could have attacked civilians but they wanted to
attack what they consider tyrant forces, which are illegitimate in their eyes.”
disrupts event for Muslim US House candidates
– A conservative activist disrupted a
campaign event for Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan congressional
candidate Rashida Tlaib.
Loomer was part of a group that confronted Omar and Tlaib at the Holy Land deli
in Minneapolis on Saturday night.
told the Star Tribune she's been traveling the country investigating Muslim
candidates for office.
won a Democratic primary last week that set her up to become the first female
Muslim member of Congress. Omar, a Minneapolis Democrat, became the nation's
first Somali-American state lawmaker. She's running for the U.S. House seat
held by Democrat Keith Ellison.
didn't immediately response to a request for comment Sunday.
was arrested in New York in June after storming the stage of a production of
Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" that has a character resembling Donald
Trump who's assassinated.
is funding a high-profile lobbyist to influence the upcoming US Senate
elections in November, according to US media reports this week.
Soliman is the New Jersey Democrat's Bob Menendez campaign chairman, and since
2015, Soliman has also lobbied the senator and other members of Congress on
behalf of the government of Qatar, arranging meetings for the country's
ambassador to the U.S. and raising issues important to Qatar's relationship
with Washington, according to the US government watchdog Campaign Legal Center.
Menendez defeat Republican Bob Hugin in November and Democrats take control of
the Senate, the senator would be poised to chair the Foreign Relations
Committee — it said.
is seeking a third six-year term after overcoming federal corruption
allegations last year, and
campaign has paid Soliman's consulting firm $105,000 since 2015, according to
spent $24 million on lawyers and lobbyists in the U.S. last year.
it is legal for Soliman to hold the campaign and lobbying roles simultaneously,
but some ethics experts say the arrangement poses conflicts of interest and
is a blurring of lines between responsibility to the candidate and
responsibility to their client," said Meredith McGehee of the Campaign
Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog in Washington. "Very little of that is
a responsibility to the public."
Sandberg, a spokesperson for the Menendez campaign, admitted that Menendez met
Qatari dignitaries, according to the report.
experts said that Soliman’s campaign and lobbying roles could fan fears of
McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center, was quoted by Philly as confirming that
it is unusual for a top campaign adviser to be registered as a representative
of a foreign principal.
has survived a high-profile corruption trial last year when a judge acquitted
him of some of the charges, and the Justice Department dropped its case.
Senate Ethics Committee has reprimanded Menendez in April, writing in a letter
that his conduct "risked undermining the public's confidence in the
has maintained he did nothing wrong in accepting gifts and advocating for the
interests of a Florida doctor, saying he acted out of friendship, according to
many US media outlets.
Philly said that since 2015, Soliman has arranged meetings with members of
Congress and various Qatari officials, including the ambassador to Washington,
foreign affairs minister, and attorney general, according to records filed with
the Justice Department by Mercury Public Affairs, the international consulting
and lobbying firm where Soliman is a partner.
Qatari Embassy in Washington first signed a contract with Mercury in 2015 for a
rate of $155,000 a month, according to the site.
then, the parties have renewed the contract for at least $100,000 a month,
records show, it added.
than a half-dozen lobbyists at Mercury have worked for Qatar, which has a lot
records show Soliman has discussed legislation with Menendez's chief of staff
and asked Foreign Relations Committee staff about such issues as Menendez's
view on Syria policy and authorization for use of military force.
to a July disclosure, his most recent contact with Menendez's staff came in
May, when Soliman worked to arrange a meeting between the senator and the
Qatari ambassador, the site added.
Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson has urged the UK to drop out of the 2015
Iran nuclear deal and follow the lead of President Donald Trump who left the
“flawed” agreement in May.
announced on May 8 that he would abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers – the US,
the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.
move did not go down well with the other signatories, who have made it clear
that they would stay in.
an article for The Sunday Telegraph, the American envoy called on the
government of British Prime Minister Theresa May to reconsider its support for
the nuclear deal and side with Washington.
is turning up the pressure and we want the UK by our side. It is time to move
on from the flawed 2015 deal," he said.
are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and
influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort towards a genuinely
the JCPOA, Iran agreed to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in
exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions.
Monday, Trump ordered all nuclear-related sanctions that were removed under the
deal to be reinstated immediately.
first phase of the unilateral sanctions came into effect on Tuesday, targeting
Iran's purchase of US dollars, trade in gold and other precious metals as well
as its automotive sector.
second batch of bans will be re-imposed in November with the aim of curtailing
Iran’s oil exports and shipping sectors.
wrote in his article that British businesses should cut all trade ties with
Iran and help the US form a “united front.”
President has been explicit: any businesses which put their own commercial
interests in Iran ahead of the global good will risk serious consequences for
their trade with the United States," he said.
Russia and China, who have thrown their full weight behind the accord, Britain,
France and Germany said in a joint statement last week that they "deeply
regret" the re-imposition of US sanctions because the Iran deal was
"working and delivering on its goal."
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