Beijing has denied it is systematically violating the rights of Xinjiang’s
launches anti-halal campaign in Xinjiang region
Arabia's World Center for Dialogue launches Islamic-Jewish council to fight
extremism in Europe
Teen Wins Quiz On Gita, Says "Don't Like Fights Over Religion"
to call ourselves Muslim in India, say minority Ahmadiyyas
Ram Nath Kovind lauds Tajikistan's fight against radicalisation
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school divided: Hindu and Muslim students assigned to separate sections
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from Dehradun college, Kashmir youth joins militants
accused continue to enjoy Pakistan patronage
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urges Ulema to promote tolerance, interfaith harmony
wants NAB not to harass civil servants
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envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan
power theft through edicts: Clerics criticize Pakistani government move
assails govt for seeking IMF assistance
slams ‘political victimisation’ disguised as accountability
killing case registered under terror law
to protest against Shehbaz’s arrest outside Parliament House on Thursday
voices concern over Punjab police’s human rights violations
court convicts two army officers for allegedly spying for ISI
assures Khalilzad of Pakistan’s cooperation in fostering Afghan peace
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has said Sufis and
saints spread teachings of Quran and Sunnah through their exemplary conduct and
by demonstrating tolerance and interfaith harmony.
to a delegation of Ulema and Mushaikh from United Kingdom (UK) and headed
members of Azad Jammu and Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Peer Ali Raza
Bukhari, the president said untiring, selfless and incessant struggle of ulema
and Sufis resulted into spread of Islamic teachings in all four corner of the
world and bringing 1.6 billion human being in the fold of Islam.
delegation comprising Peer Tayyub-ur- Rehman Qadri, Allama Syed Dazail Raza
Atari, Sahibzada Muhammad Saeed Makki, Moulana Yousaf Saleem Atari, Sahibzada
Hassan Raza and Khalifa Aftab Sarmad called on called President at Jammu and
Kashmir House on Monday. Praising the role of Muslim Ulema and Mushaikh in
British society, President Masood stressed the need of removing misconception
prevail in the western society that terrorism is linked with the religion of
is a need to present true teachings of religion based on love and respect and
unveiling real face of Islam before the world to remove the misconception that
Islam and terrorism are interconnected. The fact of the matter is that
tolerance, interfaith harmony and love to humanity remains basic tenets of
Islam since its advent,” President Masood emphasized. Urging the Ulema to
highlight Kashmiri peoples’ struggle for their right to self- determination and
repression of Indian forces against innocent people, President said Allah has
ordained the support of the oppressed and deterrence of the oppressors.
said that Ulema should also endorse the national narrative on terrorism and
extremism and promote ideology of Pakistan adding that our adherence to
ideology of Pakistan is guarantee to the protection of Muslims in India.
Informing the delegation about the steps taken by AJK government to protect
basic Muslim creeds and promote Islamic values in the society, President Masood
said that recently AJK government and state legislature approved and enforced
the laws regarding the finality of the prophethood. Describing reverence and
love to prophet as essential part of Islamic creed, President said that no
Muslim can even imagine to use profanity against the most revered prophet
Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
Masood said Indian government backed by extremist organizations like Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal is engaged in extermination of Muslims
in Occupied Kashmir forcing Muslims to either change their religion or migrate
from IOK. He said 62% majority of Muslims in Jammu back in1947 has now been
reduced to 32% mainly because of the persecution of Hindu extremists’
on the occasion, Member of AJK Legislative Assembly and head of the delegation,
Peer Syed Ali Raza Bukhari said he is carrying forward national narrative on terrorism
and message of love and national unity as mission of his life. Raja Javaid
Iqbal another Member of AJK Legislative Assembly assured the president that
plights of Kashmiri people and their struggle for right to self-determination
would be highlighted in UK and Europe.
capital of China’s Xinjiang region, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority,
has launched a campaign against halal products to stop Islam penetrating
secular life and fuelling “extremism”.
a meeting on Monday, the Communist Party leaders of Urumqi led cadres to swear
an oath to “fight a decisive battle against ‘pan-halalisation’,” according to a
notice posed on the city’s official WeChat account.
halal products, like food and toothpaste, must be produced according to Islamic
has been subject to heavy criticism from rights groups and foreign governments
amid reports of a punitive crackdown that has seen the detention of as many as
1 million mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang.
has denied it is systematically violating the rights of Xinjiang’s Muslims,
saying it is only cracking down on extremism and “splittism” in the region.
official Global Times said on Wednesday that the “demand that things be halal
which cannot really be halal” was fuelling hostility towards religion and
allowing Islam to penetrate secular life.
part of the anti-halal campaign, Ilshat Osman, Urumqi’s ethnically Uighur head
prosecutor, penned an essay entitled: “Friend, you do not need to find a halal
restaurant specially for me”.
to the WeChat post government employees should not have any diet problems and
work canteens would be changed so that officials could try all kinds of
Urumqi Communist Party leaders also said they would require government
officials and party members to firmly believe in Marxism-Leninism, and not
religion, and to speak standard Mandarin Chinese in public.
citizens are theoretically free to practice any religion, but they have been
subject to increasing levels of surveillance as the government tries to bring
religious worship under stricter state control.
Communist Party in August issued a revised set of regulations governing its
members behaviour, threatening punishments or expulsion for anyone who clung to
religious beliefs. Reuters
The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz World Center for Dialogue has announced the
formation of what it called an Islamic-Jewish council aimed at promoting
coexistence and fighting extremism.
King Abdullah Center for Dialogue among Followers of Religions and Cultures
said it launched a European dialogue platform that brings together members of
Islamic and Jewish institutions in Europe.
platform aims to contribute to consolidating coexistence and combating
intolerance and hatred in European societies, by promoting safe living under a
common citizenship, a statement by the Saudi Press Agency said.
meeting held under the auspices of the King Abdullah World Center for Dialogue
took place on Monday with participation of the European Council, the
Municipality of Amsterdam and a number of international institutions.
was co-opened by the Secretary-General of the Center Faisal bin Muammar and
Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the Deputy Secretary-General of the European
praised Amsterdam's long-standing commitment to diversity and co-existence, in
his address to the audience.
hailed the participation of Amsterdam in this Council, saying it fills a large
gap in European relations between followers of different religions.
step comes within the framework of the King Abdullah World Center for Dialogue
to launch platforms, in different parts of the world to build bridges of
communication between individuals from diverse religions.
Center is an international organization established by Saudi Arabia, with the
participation of Austria and Spain, as well as the Vatican, as a founding
member of the Observatory, in 2012. It aims to foster dialogue and coexistence,
respect for diversity, building of bridges of cooperation and understanding
among diverse communities.
Center's work is organized by an administrative board of Muslim, Christian,
Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu executives.
When a branch of ISKCON in Bengaluru organised a quiz on the Bhagavad Gita, a
Muslim youngster took home the first prize. Shaik Mohiuddin, a Class 9 student
of Subhash Memorial English High School, believes all religions are equal.
teachers say he won a lot of prizes in inter-school competitions, but winning
this quiz was special.
asked questions on Krishna's life and his teachings. I knew the answers. The
Bhagavad Gita gives guidance in life. Every holy book teaches you how to
respect your parents, teachers and ways to lead a peaceful and happy life. I am
glad I made my parents proud," Shaik Mohiuddin told NDTV.
Mohammadi, his mother, said, "We are very happy. We wish the best for him.
He should know about all religions."
school played a great role in shaping him and other students, Shaik said.
Bahar-e-Jahan, principal of the school, told NDTV, "Everyone should
respect each other's value system, customs and traditions. A Muslim boy winning
this quiz is a precious moment for us. I am very happy for the boy. God bless
wants everybody to follow the path of peace and respect each other's beliefs.
said, "I don't like people fighting because of religion. Every religion is
equal. Before Independence we were a peaceful country and people of different
religions lived in harmony."
holy books are treasures of knowledge and one should read them to find the
right path, he advised. "Whether it's Gita, Bible or Quran, every book
teaches the same thing. We should not discriminate based on religion, caste, or
social status. Everybody is equal," he added.
persecution back home in Pakistan, members of the minority Ahmadiyya sect have
sought refuge in their founder’s birthplace in Qadian, Punjab. The Hindu
reports on the community’s long struggle to preserve their religious freedom
Ali, 92, lies on a rusty cot in a large house with a courtyard full of plants.
Clad in an off-white kurta, he peers intently through thick glasses as he says,
“I moved here in 1946 to protect our heritage. I am still doing the same
Ali Bengali, as he likes to be called, had migrated from what is now
Bangladesh. He was one of the 313 Ahmadiyyas who, at the time of the Partition,
had chosen to stay back in Qadian in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. It was here
that the sect’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, had established a religious
community in 1889.
Ahmadiyyas believe that their founder was the “promised messiah” of the
Muslims, meant to propagate the teachings of Prophet Mohammad. But the majority
Sunni Muslims believe the Prophet to be the last messiah. This fundamental
difference in religious belief has meant that the Ahmadiyyas are a persecuted
minority in every Islamic state.
Pakistan, where over 4 million Ahmadiyyas reside, an ordinance passed by the
government in 1984 declared them as “non-Muslims”. It also made it a criminal
offence for members of this community to practise Islam or claim to be Muslims.
for the Ahmadiyyas, they call themselves a “revival movement in Islam”, one
that rejects “terrorism” and believes in the “jihad of the pen” as opposed to a
“jihad of the sword”.
Ali is proud to be a ‘Darvesh’, the title given to each of the 313 who chose to
stay in India after the 1947 Partition, leaving their families in Pakistan. He
recalls attending a few sermons given by Ahmadiyya leaders in 1945, after which
he decided to join the sect. He moved to Qadian the following year.
parents were Sunnis. They stopped me but I didn’t listen to them. After
Partition, my father sent me a money order and asked me to come back. But I
sent the money order back,” he says. He last travelled to see his family over
50 years ago, in what was then East Pakistan, but returned in four days. “The
environment was hostile. My parents didn’t treat me well. I came back,” he
recalls. In India, he says, he wakes up for fajr, the first of the five prayers
through the day, rests, eats, and goes to watch kids play football in the
only tough time, he recalls, was the year following Partition. “We lived like
prisoners, with a bare minimum of food, for over a year. We couldn’t get out of
Qadian. A year later, I started playing football and volleyball, and that
became a reason for me to get out of Qadian sometimes for tournaments,” Mr. Ali
Ahmadiyya population is about 1.5 lakh, About 6,000 of them live in Qadian in a
settlement spread across 1,500 acres. It has a residential colony, two mosques,
State board-affiliated schools for both girls and boys, a religious college, a
few manufacturing units, including a chapatti-making unit, playgrounds,
community halls, and religious monuments.
as a self-sustaining township of sorts, the community enjoys its own
administration, known as the ‘Secretariat’, with separate departments for
expenditure, construction, audit, general affairs, information technology,
waseehat and jaidaat. All the department heads are appointed by the ‘Khalifa’,
or fifth successor of the founder, Mirza Masroor Ahmad. The Khalifa is based in
London, which has now become the headquarters of the community.
of the money to run the community comes from donations by our members across
the country. A significant part of it is generated by a system wherein those
who pledge allegiance to the community donate 10% of their property and monthly
salary to the administration,” says Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat’s (AMJ)
spokesperson Tariq Ahmed. Many members of the community live in houses owned by
the sect, pay a nominal rent, and work at the Secretariat.
Waheed, who handles accounts at the Secretariat, says that he gets a salary of
just ?7,000 a month but is grateful for the peaceful life. “My children study
in the community school where the fees are low. And because I work for the
community, there are a lot of benefits,” he says, adding that his father was a
Darvesh. “He worked for free in the initial years and started with a salary of ?5”.
Waheed’s wife, Swalehah Waheed (37), says the women are mostly occupied in
religious programmes scheduled through the year. The entire settlement is
divided into 13 sub-areas, each headed by a woman who is responsible for the
‘religious guidance’ of the women of her subdivision. “They give us books of
our Khalifa to read and there are regular discussions around it. Every now and
then, religious programmes are organised where women and minor girls share what
they have read,” says Ms. Waheed, who has a master's degree in political
science from Panjab University.
there are many like Ms. Waheed, there are also women like Tahira Maqbool. Ms.
Maqbool is now an Indian citizen but was a Pakistani until two years ago. The
34-year-old mother of three recalls life back “home” in Faisalabad and the pain
of living there.
was born in Faisalabad and stayed there till I got married in 2003. It’ll
always be home because I’ve spent my childhood there. But in Pakistan we are
treated worse than animals,” she says. Recalling an incident, she describes how
her brother was once stopped on the street for particular reason, slapped
around, and asked to change his faith.
(29), also a Pakistani born and brought up in Karachi, got married in India in
2013. She, too, has experienced persecution. “I was a bright student in college
and my teachers loved me. But the day they came to know that I was an
Ahmadiyya, their attitude towards me changed completely. They even asked me to
leave the college. I said I’ll only leave if you make a formal complaint.”
for the married Pakistani women in Qadian, the ordeal doesn’t end even after
they leave their home country. In India, life without citizenship is not easy
I feel like a prisoner because I have to renew my visa every year. I got
married here and my four-year-old son is also an Indian. But I can’t leave
Qadian. To travel out of this town, I need a No Objection Certificate from the
Indian government. This remains a huge problem,” says Ms. Tehmida, adding that
her friends from Pakistan often ask her if she has visited Mumbai or the Taj
Mahal. “What could I say?”
roll down the eyes of Ms. Maqbool as she recalls the time her father passed
away, in April 2012. She could not go and see him one last time as she had
submitted her passport to the Indian government as part of her citizenship
application process. “It is a very slow process,” she says. “I received the
citizenship certificate only in April 2016.”
Khalam (52), from Pakistan’s Rabwah, has a similar story. She came to India in
1994 and started her citizenship process right then. “My mother passed away in
1996. But there is a requirement that in order to get citizenship, I should not
leave India for seven years after I come here. So I didn’t go. Now, more than
20 years later, I am still not an Indian national,” she says.
Tehmida, however, is happy in one respect. “I am free to practise my beliefs
the way I want”.
Ahmed, too, dwells on the relief in being able to freely call oneself a Muslim.
September, the Pakistani government had removed Princeton economist Atif Mian,
an Ahmadiyya, from the newly set up Economic Advisory Council because of
opposition from the Sunni majority. “In Pakistan, we can’t keep the Koran. We
can’t celebrate Id. We can’t publish any of our books or periodicals. We can’t
greet with Assalamu alaikum. There is not a single month when our people are
not martyred. How would they accept one of us in the national Economic Advisory
Council? India and most of the 211 other countries where our people live are
extremely tolerant in this matter as compared to Pakistan,” he says.
of the community say that they can lead a normal life In India, like any other
Muslim, so long as they don’t show that they’re Ahmadiyya.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday lauded the Central Asian nation of
Tajikistan for its fight against the global scourge of terrorism and
radicalisation and said that the world should recognise it. Delivering a speech
on 'Countering Radicalization: Challenges before Modern Society' at the Tajik
National University here, Kovind said he chose the topic for two reasons.
your country has done commendable work to tackle this global menace and foster
peace for one and all. And the world must recognise it," he said.
"Second, the battle against terrorism, extremism and radicalism must be
fought, first and foremost, in the minds of people, between those who believe
in peace, love and humanity and those who feed on hatred, death and
it as a battle of opposing ideas, of humanity on one hand and a make-belief
world on the other, Kovind said that "talking to the youth, our future;
and scholars, our guide and path-finders, therefore, becomes essential".
He said that all religions and thoughts have prospered and blossomed in the
land of the Pamir and the Himalayas.
we are confronted with those who wish to burn and destroy the fabric of our
faiths, the embrace of our togetherness," the President stated. "The
people of this country have made enormous sacrifice to stop the surge of
bigotry and faith-based regressive ideas from capturing centre-stage," he
not only saved your budding Republic in the 1990s, but also fire-walled your
neighbouring Central Asian Republics. They too, were then, struggling with
challenges that young nations face. We sincerely hope there is deeper
understanding of the geo-political significance of the Tajik civil war."
out that there are renewed attempts to impose obscurantist thoughts on peaceful
societies, Kovind said that this is threatening the very foundation of human
civilisation. "Their targets are people and societies, who value
progressive life and respect diversity of faiths and cultures," he said.
your historic struggle and subsequent victory in the civil war, the long-drawn
war is far from over." Emphasising that no religion, whether Hinduism,
Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism or Judaism, justifies violence and killing
one human being by the other, he said all religions "talk in one language
and that is the language of peace, harmony, compassion and kindness".
war on terror and radicalisation is not against any religion, and should never
be," he stated. "Quite on the contrary, it is against those who
believe in destroying the creation of the Almighty." Kovind lauded the
leadership of Tajik President Eamoli Rahmon in fighting terrorism and
Four overground workers (OGWs) of Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested on Tuesday
from Awantipora area of Pulwama district with Rs 10 lakh cash which was meant
for carrying out terror activities, police said.
received a reliable information that an active terrorist of banned terror
outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, Adil Ahmad Bhat, has handed over a huge amount to an
OGW Rouf-ul-Islam Wani for distribution among other terrorists and OGWs for
carrying out terror activities in the area," a police spokesman said.
said a case was registered in this regard and Wani was detained for questioning.
the course of investigation, Wani disclosed that he had received huge cash from
Adil Ahmad Bhat for distribution among the other terrorists and OGWs of Hizbul
Mujahideen outfit for raising the necessary support structure and also for
luring youth towards joining terror ranks.
said accused disclosed that the cash amount was handed over to Mohd Maqbool
Wani, Shakeel Ahmad Wani and Musaib Aziz Gojree. All the OGWs were apprehended
and subsequently Rs 10 lakh cash was recovered at four different places,"
the spokesman said.
section of teachers employed by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has
alleged that a primary school in Wazirabad is segregating Hindu and Muslim
students in different sections.
records of the North MCD Boys’ School, Wazirabad village, Gali Number 9,
accessed and analysed by The Indian Express, as of October 9, show the
section-wise break up of students:
Class IA: 36 Hindus, IB: 36 Muslims
IIA: 47 Hindus, IIB: 26 Muslims and 15 Hindus, IIC: 40 Muslims
IIIA: 40 Hindus, IIIB: 23 Hindus and 11 Muslims, IIIC: 40 Muslims, IIID: 14
Hindus and 23 Muslims
IVA: 40 Hindus, IVB: 19 Hindus and 13 Muslims, IVC: 35 Muslims, IVD: 11 Hindus
and 24 Muslims
VA: 45 Hindus, VB: 49 Hindus, VC: 39 Muslims and 2 Hindus, VD: 47 Muslims
schools offer education only till Class V and according to the Right To
Education Act, each section should ideally have 30 students at the primary
Singh Sehrawat, the teacher put in-charge of the school on July 2 after the
principal was transferred, denied deliberately segregating the students on the
basis of religion. “Reshuffling of sections is standard procedure which happens
in all schools. This was a management decision to try and do the best we can to
see that there is peace, discipline and a good learning environment in the
school. Children fought sometimes.”
if the fights were on the basis of religion, he said, “Of course children this
young don’t know about religion, but they squabble over things. Some children
are vegetarian, so there may be differences, and so on. We need to look after
the interests of all teachers and students.”
source in the school, however, said that the reshuffling of sections based on
religion began only in July this year after Sehrawat took over. The academic
session began in April. “The principal was transferred on July 2, after which a
teacher was put in charge until a new principal is posted. He initiated these
changes and teachers were not consulted in the matter. When some teachers tried
to bring it up with him, he responded with aggression and told them that it was
none of their concern and that they should do their assigned jobs,” the source
to the source, some teachers from the school went to the MCD zonal office in
Civil Lines around 20 days ago to tell authorities about the matter, but they
did not put their grievances in writing for fear of being targeted.
senior official from the education department of the North Municipal
Corporation of Delhi said, “Now that this has been brought to our notice, we
will definitely inquire about it. If the allegations are true, strict action
will be taken.”
of students studying at the school told The Indian Express that they were not
aware of this reorganisation. A mother of a Class IV student denied that such
segregation was taking place until her son said, “There are no Hindu boys in my
class. We were together until a few months back. A good friend of mine is no
longer in the same classroom.”
for bolstering aviation facilities, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday
said terrorists are pushing their “limits” to attack global civil aviation
operations. “The civil aviation sector is highly sensitive and high profile in
nature. It also gets worldwide attention when hit by any attack. Often these
incidents have geopolitical ramifications,” Singh said after inaugurating a
two-day seminar on ‘international aviation security’ in New Delhi.
case of the shoe bomber in 2001, the use of liquid explosives in London in 2006
and the case of the underwear bomber in Amsterdam in 2009, clearly indicate
that terrorists are pushing the limits and even their underpants to hit the
aviation sector,” he said, while emphasising that ensuring security of about 40
small airports and heliports in India is a subject that cannot be “ignored”.
Christmas Day in 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had a botched attempt in
blowing up a commercial plane for the al-Qaeda. He was badly burned when a bomb
sewn into his underwear failed to detonate fully on-board a flight from
Amsterdam to Detroit. Farouk earned the nicknames of underwear bomber and
Christmas Day bomber.
also called on aviation security agencies in the country to undertake “perspective
planning” to thwart possible terror-like threats to aviation facilities. He
said security agencies such as the CISF should undertake “untiring and sincere
efforts to maintain fool-proof security” at airports, which are thronged by
lakhs of travellers daily.
seminar is being organised by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a
federal force that guards 60 civil airports at present. It is being attended by
delegates from 18 countries and several airlines.
about the domestic scenario, Singh said: “There are 40 other operational
airports and heliports under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) in India,
which are guarded by airport security units carved out from the respective
state police forces. The strength of any claim is determined by the strength of
its smallest unit, therefore the security of the smaller airports should never
further said it was essential to innovate and think new to meet evolving
threats to aviation security. “We have come up with an adequate set of
infrastructure at airports which commensurate with the increased number of air
passengers. But, there are still many challenges and vulnerabilities.
Therefore, we need perspective planing, more international cooperation and
better coordination,” he said.
should adhere to stricter implementation of internationally agreed guidelines
and norms, and induction of updated advanced technology in all airports would
enhance our security capabilities, Singh said. “The governments and aviation
agencies have to increasingly think about newer methods to tackle conventional
and un-conventional threats.”
THREE weeks after a 22-year-old student from Kashmir studying at a private
college in Dehradun went missing, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said that
he has joined militancy.
members of the student – Shoaib Mohammad Lone, from Bumrath village in south
Kashmir’s Kulgam district – said that he has not returned despite an appeal
from his mother.
was studying BSc (IT) at Alpine Institute of Management and Technology in
Dehradun. The institute’s director, S K Chauhan said that he returned to
college after a long time on September 19, and left the following day, stating
that his mother was not well and he had to visit her.
uncle, Abdul Khaliq Lone, said Shoaib did not get home and they found his
cellphone switched off after he called home on September 20. The family, he
said, lodged a missing complaint after failing to contact him.
Tuesday, Kulgam’s Superintendent of Police Harmeet Singh told The Indian
Express, “We received a missing report from the family. We have information
that he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen around eight days ago.”
video of Shoaib’s mother appealing him to return had gone viral on social media
recently. In the video, she says that if Shoaib is “with any tanzeem (outfit)”,
he should be “sent home”. The video shows her saying, “I will consume poison if
he does not return. I have no one else other than him (Shoaib).”
photo of Shoaib carrying an automatic rifle has been circulated widely on
institute director Chauhan said that Shoaib took admission in 2016 and was a
“good student”. Chauhan said, “He was never involved in any mischief or fights.
He completed four semesters of BSc (IT) in May 2018 and never failed any exam.”
with the fifth semester set to begin in mid-July, Shoaib did not return to
Dehradun, Chauhan said. “We sent a letter to his mother in Kashmir, informing
about his absence from college. He did not return to the college until
to Chauhan, Shoaib left on September 20 stating that he needed to travel to
Kashmir to visit his ailing mother and did not attend any classes either on
September 19 or 20.
uncle Abdul Khaliq said, “Shoaib was home for more than a month before he left
for college on September 12. He last called home on September 20 and spoke to
his mother, who was unwell. We were not aware that he had left college for
Kashmir the same day.”
said Shoaib’s father, a militant, died in 1995.
October 5, the Narendra Modi government strongly protested the sharing of stage
by Pakistan federal religious affairs minister Noor-ul-Qadri with
Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed in Islamabad.
endorsement of a UN designated and internationally proscribed terrorist, who is
the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack of 26 November, 2008, is in blatant
violation of provisions of sanctions regime under UN Security Council
Resolution 1267; a further step in its continued breach of its obligations
under the sanctions regime; and also breach of Pakistan’s bilateral commitment
not to support terrorism against India in any form. Government of India once
again calls upon Pakistan to fulfill by its international obligations and abide
by its bilateral commitment to not allow any territory under its control to be
used for terrorism.”
a decade after the terror attack that killed 174 Indians, Americans, Britons,
and Israelis, there’s little to show that Pakistan has acted against the
masterminds; the actual attack was carried out by 10 terrorists from Karachi.
Nine of them were killed in the hostilities; the sole surviving one, Ajmal
Kasab, was captured, and executed after due trial on November 21, 2012.
remains the most visible among the perpetrators (as evident from his September
30 appearance with the minister) but he isn’t the only one who is active. His
chief operation planner Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi met Lashkar cadres on military
training centres in Gujranwala on June 2 while on bail and his external
operations commander Sajjid Mir continues to operate under the identity of
Arshad Awan from Faisalabad after facial surgery post 26/11. While Saeed, who
has a $10 million bounty on his head since April 2012, conceptualized and
planned the 26/11 attack with the help of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services
Intelligence, Lakhvi and Mir brutally executed the massacre by directing the
gunmen on mobile phones, whose Indian SIM cards were arranged by Omani national
Ali Abdul Aziz Al-Hooti. It was Hooti who procured the five SIM cards through
his two Kashmiri contacts while he was in Mumbai from November 9-16, 2008.
Pradhan has a dream. He wants every Muslim family that was forced to leave his
village Dulheda in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district to now return home. Of the
65-odd Muslim families in Dulheda — situated in the Shahpur region of
Muzaffarnagar — that fled after the deadly riots that shook the area in August
and September 2013, Pradhan has persuaded around 30 to return.
efforts resonate more in the restive region because the 42- year-old had helped
save several Muslim families during the riots by not only giving them shelter
in his home but also ferociously guarding them at the places where they had
Begum, who came back to the village after more than four years, recalls, “I
remember how he and his men guarded our mosque. He wouldn’t let anyone touch
it. He protected us with his life. If he says we should come back, I will trust
him without thinking twice.” On his part, Pradhan says he judges people on the
basis of their character, not religion. “Mussalman kharab hai? Ya Hindu kharab
hai? Insaan kharab hai (Is the Muslim bad, or is the Hindu bad? I will say it
is the person who is bad). We need to fight and hope for change. I am only
doing that,” he says.
to his conviction has not been easy though. Pradhan, a former village head, had
to incur criticism of the members of his Jat community (who make up most of the
population of the village) for “being an obstacle when an opportunity had come for
ridding the village of Muslim influence forever.”
Singh, one of his supporters, says, “Sanjeev Pradhan lost the village head
elections in 2015 and one of the primary reasons was his act of saving minority
members’ lives in the riots. Some of the Hindus had even started greeting him
with Salam-Alaikum in a sarcastic manner, claiming he was now almost a Muslim.”
back, Pradhan says he wouldn’t have done a thing differently. “I vividly
remember the day — September 8, 2013. We could hear gunshots in the distance
and, later, it became quite evident that the carnage had begun. Since most of
the minority families and the lone mosque was near my house on the southern end
of the village, we had started guarding their homes ever since the first
murders were reported on August 27 in Kawal village, which triggered the
just a kilometre away from Kutba, the village that witnessed the killing of
eight Muslims, Dulheda, too, could not remain untouched by the violence that
erupted, which eventually led to 62 deaths and the displacement of over 50,000
people from Muzaffarnagar district. However, Pradhan and his supporters
unflinchingly resisted all attempts by people from neighbouring villages to
stoke communal fires in their village.
Bano, a resident who returned to the village at Pradhan’s insistence, recalls
those terrifying days. “We were full of fear and uncertainty. If Pradhan hadn’t
been there, we would not have survived. When the situation started to
deteriorate in the first week of September (2013), he called up our menfolk who
were out of the village to immediately return and took us to the safety of his
house, which was being guarded by his men. Even at night, he used to sit
outside and keep vigil himself. We owe our lives to him.”
remembers how Pradhan arranged for more than 300 Muslims to be escorted to the
Palhera and Shahpur relief camps.
wanted to come with us himself to the relief camps but we told him that could
jeopardise his own safety. He, therefore, organised buggies to transport us to
the camps. I remember we were extremely scared but his supporters, all Jats
wielding arms, walked by our side throughout the way and ensured that nobody
the Muslim families had moved to the shelters, Pradhan made sure that their
cattle were taken care of and their houses protected. Sajid Ahmad, one of those
who returned after staying in a relief camp for some time, says, “Muslim
families in the village do not have big landholdings and mostly depend on
cattle rearing. So, it was a big relief when we came back to find that our
cattle were safe.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday asked civil servants to improve their
performance being the ‘backbone’ of the state and said that the bureaucracy
should not be harassed by anti-corruption watchdogs.
a delegation of participants in 109th National Management Course from the
National School of Public Policy, Mr Khan said: “I have also asked National
Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal that his
organisation should avoid undue harassment of civil servants so that they can
serve the country without any fear and mental stress.”
said the government’s policy of de-politicisation of institutions, meritocracy
and transparency offered a great opportunity to bureaucracy to improve its
performance and play its due role in translating political vision into reality.
“Being backbone of the state, bureaucracy has a huge responsibility to deliver
and come up to the expectations of the nation,” he added.
participant of the meeting told Dawn that the prime minister said NAB should
carry out its operations but not affect mega development projects and
investment. Mr Khan said the government recently got vacated state
properties/land from illegal occupation worth billions of rupees, but now
bureaucrats were afraid of giving approval for other utilisation of the vacated
the country’s huge potential in the form of human capital, mineral wealth,
strategic location and other resources, the prime minister underscored the need
for better management of available resources, improving service delivery, and
most importantly, a commitment and passion to serve the nation to the best of
the current economic situation and various other challenges faced by the
country, PM Khan said the government was focusing on stabilisation measures and
undertaking institutional reforms aimed at improving vital sectors such as
education, health and governance.
the meeting, a participant asked why the government in its ‘mini-budget’ cut
Rs10 billion grant allocated for overcoming the problem of stunted growth in
the name of austerity measures, despite the fact the premier in his median
speech had vowed to address the issue.
response, the prime minister said the government had inherited worst financial
crises and, therefore, such steps were taken. “But we will overcome the
situation soon and will meet all our commitments.”
about Pakistan-India relations, the prime minister said he believed in open
borders, but now he had realised due to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
policy that why father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had
presented the two-nation theory. “Modi only acts for the supremacy of Hindus
and is trying to isolate Pakistan by all means,” he said.
to Pakistan’s recent initiative to improve relations with the neighbouring
country and their disappointing response, he said it was unfortunate that the
Indian leadership failed to realise that the biggest challenge confronting this
region was poverty alleviation by improving socio-economic condition of the
delegation meets Imran
a delegation of bishops from various churches of Pakistan called on the prime
minister and assured him that the Christian community would support him in
translating his vision for equality into reality.
the meeting, Mr Khan said the Constitution provided equal rights to all
citizens irrespective of cast, colour or creed and the government would
continue to protect rights of the minorities and ensure equal opportunities to
participate in national life.
acknowledged and appreciated the services of non-Muslim communities, especially
the Christian community, in various fields including education, health and
social welfare. The prime minister highlighted the need for promoting
inter-faith harmony and working hand-in-hand for the development and prosperity
delegation apprised the prime minister of the issues concerning the Christian
community and put forward suggestions to promote inter-faith harmony.
delegation comprised Bishop Irfan Jamil (Lahore), Bishop Alwin Samuel
(Sialkot), Arch Bishop Arshad Joseph (Islamabad), Arch Bishop Sebastian Shah
(Lahore), Dr Qaiser Tulles (Lahore), Dr Liaqat Qaiser (Lahore), Bishop Leo Paul
(Multan), Pakistan Bible Society general secretary Anthony Lamuel, ex-director
of Christian Study Centre Jennifer Jaq Jiwan, representative of Penticostal
Churches Dr Jamil Nasir and Rubina Feroz.
Senior US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday held talks with Pakistani
officials here to help bring the Taliban into negotiations in order to end the
over 17-year war in Afghanistan.
who is the US Special Representative for Afghan reconciliation, arrived from
Afghanistan where he had discussions with the top leadership over the issue of
peace in the war-torn country.
foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said in a series of tweets that
Khalilzad held delegation-level talks with senior officials led by Pakistan
foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua.
US delegation led my Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad , US Special Reprsentaive on
the Afghan Reconciliation paid a… https://t.co/x206cGUtcc
Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) 1539082754000
also met foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and discussed various bilateral
and regional issues with focus on the Afghanistan unrest.
Khalilzad calls on Foreign Minister in MOFA today https://t.co/HkbMelqlbG
Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) 1539073277000
said that Qureshi "reiterated Pakistan's efforts for achieving peace in
foreign minister said Pakistan will continue to play its role for a political
solution to the Afghan conflict. He said Pakistan welcomes US efforts for peace
Khalilzad served as a special envoy of President George W Bush following the
fall of the Taliban government in 2001. He also served as US ambassador to
Washington's newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to
Afghanistan's 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek help from the new government
in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the US Embassy
former US ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan from
neighboring Afghanistan. His tour of the region will also include Middle East
stops in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Afghanistan, he met with President Ashraf Ghani, a long-time friend.
who was also born in Afghanistan, first served in Kabul as a special envoy of
President George W Bush following the 2001 ouster of the Taliban, and then later as Washington's
Khalilzad has had a prickly relationship with Pakistan and has often accused
Islamabad of fomenting violence in Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban. He
has even said the United States should declare Pakistan a terrorist state.
and Kabul have both repeatedly accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for
Taliban insurgents, a claim Islamabad has denied and countered with charges
that its own insurgents have found sanctuary in Afghanistan.
neighbouring countries have been brutally targeted by militants. In Pakistan
the perpetrators have most often been the region's Islamic State affiliate, as
well as the Pakistani Taliban.
neighbouring Afghanistan, the IS has been relentless in attacks, mostly
targeting minority Shiites. The Afghan Taliban say they restrict their attacks
to Afghan security forces but thousands of civilians have been killed in their
new Prime Minister Imran Khan has been a strident critic of Islamabad's
previous participation in Washington's socalled war on terror.
he promised after winning the polls in July that his government would be
"partners in peace." It is not clear what that would entail but
Pakistan has supported Afghan President Ghani's peace overtures to the Taliban.
Pakistan, Khalilzad was met by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, who led a
delegation that included "security, defense and diplomatic
officials," according to a tweet from the foreign office spokesman. There
were no further details.
Afghan policy is largely seen as navigated by the military and its intelligence
agency, known by its acronym, ISI.
tour of the region, which was first announced by the State Department as a
mission to coordinate and lead U.S.
to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, has been shrouded in secrecy.
of his stops is Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office. In July,
the Taliban said they met there with Alice Wells, Washington's then-top
diplomat in the region.
has neither denied nor confirmed the meeting though Wells was in Qatar at the
time. It is not known whether there would be a similar meeting with Khalilzad
on his visit.
talks with the US have been a persistent demand of the Taliban, who accuse
Ghani's government of being America's "puppets." The Taliban have
refused so far to comment on Khalilzad's appointment.
Afghan Taliban have condemned Afghanistan's parliamentary elections later this
month and threatened more attacks on Afghan security forces.
a statement on Monday, which was also released in English, the Taliban also
urged Afghan candidates to withdraw their names from the ballot lists. They
denounced the polls as an America-designed ploy to further US interests in
Afghanistan and warned Afghan security forces that they would be targeted.
newly elected government in Pakistan has invited ire from religious quarters
for a peculiar reason.
government has suggested exemption of 400 units of electric power per month to
mosques where prayer leaders issue edict declaring power theft as forbidden
[haram] in Islam and run a campaign in Friday sermons against power theft.
government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has come out with the novel idea to rid
the country of the problem of power pilferage, which is particularly rife in
the insurgency-hit tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and the rural areas in
the other three provinces, causing huge revenue losses.
the offer is not yet implemented, it has drawn strong criticism especially from
Islamic scholars who dubbed it an “open bribe” to prayer leaders.
is shameful that the government which came to power chanting slogans of making
the country run like state of Medina, is now offering bribe to Ulema for petty
causes which could have been resolved through technical means and improving
management,” said Mufti Mohammad Naeem, head of Jamia Binnoria.
Allama Mufti Raghib Hussain Naeemi, member of Council of Islamic Ideology and
head of Jamia Naeemia Lahore, said: “Rulers must stop dragging Ulema for
achieving political and administrative aims. Crimes can’t be controlled through
was of the view that the menace of terrorism did not stop despite Islamic
scholars using their platform to issue edicts against it.
noted scholar, Maulana Asim Makhdoom, accused the government of “trying to
clumsily copy the example of grand Indian seminary of Deoband which issued an
edict few years back declaring power theft forbidden in Islam, but the move
failed to stop power theft.”
advised the government to go ahead with the already considered plans of
installing pre-paid meters and replacing old wires with cables to check power
having an experienced team, the government has displayed extreme ignorance and
disregard for religious feelings of the population whose overwhelming majority
government was embarrassed in only its second week in power when a London-based
Qadiyani’s inclusion as member of Economic Advisory Council drew strong
criticism from religious scholars, forcing the prime minister to cancel his
were declared non-Muslim by a unanimous legislation of parliament in 1974. In
the past, heavily funded campaigns for population control also failed to give
desire results in Pakistan because of fierce opposition from religious quarters
who considered it against Islamic teachings.
less than two months in the office, the government of
cricketer-turned-philanthropist-turned politician, Imran Khan, has already
received loads of criticism for a number of non-serious and half-baked steps
under the banner of anti-corruption campaign and austerity drive to support the
steps included auctioning of eight buffaloes kept in Prime Minister House by
previous regime for milk and dairy needs, auction of 61 luxury cars out of a
fleet of 102 vehicles, and opening for general public’s sight-seeing the
Governor’s Houses in all four provinces which date back to British colonists’
moves were considered embarrassing for the government, which includes vastly
experienced members who have served with previous regimes of General [retired]
Pervez Musharraf, Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif over the last two decades.
move also failed to serve the purpose of revenue generation and austerity.
Opposition parties mocked the government for the hasty auction of buffaloes,
which fetched a price far less than market. Similarly, only those luxury
vehicles having market demand were sold out while the rest needing repairs were
Two main opposition parties — the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — on Tuesday lashed out at the government for
seeking a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on tougher
conditions and an unprecedented hike in the foreign currency rates against the
leaders of the two parties, which ruled the country in the last decade, warned
that the country was heading towards a major disaster “due to incompetence of
the rulers” who, according to them, lacked economic vision and had no clue at
all about the economy.
senator Raza Rabbani said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government had
taken another U-turn by deciding to approach the IMF.
said Finance Minister Asad Umar had given an undertaking on the floor of the
National Assembly and the Senate that if such a decision was taken it would
first be debated in parliament, but this was not done.
actions of the government are condemnable,” he said.
Rabbani said the shortsighted economic policies of the government had put the
working classes and the masses under heavy taxation and a sharp rise in all
utility bills and in the price of CNG (compressed natural gas). The exchange
rate, he said, had taken the dollar and the UK Pound to a new height only a day
after the stock exchange came crumbling down.
is unfortunate that during the visit of the IMF team, when preliminary
negotiations were taking place, on a query raised in the Senate the government
again misled parliament that no such decision is in the offing,” the PPP
government has already raised the prices of gas by 140 per cent and CNG which
is touching Rs100 — higher than petrol for the first time in history. This
escalation in prices has created a situation where the backbone of the working
class and the middle class has been broken,” he added.
PPP senator said the IMF team in its report had suggested that there should be
a further increase in the prices of oil, gas and petrol, and obviously this
would be part of the conditionalities attached to the bailout package.
IMF team has also suggested privatisation of public utilities which will entail
a retrenchment of industrial labour, which is unacceptable,” he declared.
spokesman for PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Senator Mustafa Nawaz
Khokhar, in a statement, said the PTI government had pushed the country towards
several crises. He said the prime minister after the failure of donation drive
had started a move for price hike and loan from international donor agencies.
rulers are totally ignorant of economy and due to their incompetency the
country and the people are suffering,” he added.
at a news conference at National Press Club, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb
termed the increase in the dollar rate a “well-conceived conspiracy” to provide
benefit to “a particular group of investors”.
which investors you want to provide benefit with the increase in dollar price?
It will be better if Finance Minister Asad Umar discloses the names himself,
otherwise I will do it,” she said.
that PTI chief Imran Khan in the past had announced that he would commit
suicide before seeking assistance from the IMF, she asked the prime minister to
apologise to the nation, instead of seeking bailout package from the IMF.
PTI promises paradise to the people and put them in the hellfire of
price-hike,” she said.
Aurangzeb alleged that the present government had no plan to provide relief to
the masses and run the affairs of the state. She claimed that it was during the
PML-N government that the Pakistan Railways witnessed a massive uplift and an
increase in the number of passengers.
PML-N spokesperson, who had served as information minister in the previous
government, asked the government to tell the nation about the conditions
attached to the IMF package. She said that in the first 50 days of the
government, inflation had reached the highest level and stock market investors
had lost billions of rupees.
Aurangzeb also lashed out at the PTI government for carrying out “political
victimisation” of the opposition and arresting her party president Shahbaz
Sharif, claiming that Mr Sharif had been arrested in a project that had never
been initiated and not a single rupee had been spent on it.
was of the view that the criteria which the government had set for the arrest
of Shahbaz Sharif demanded that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Defence Minister
Pervez Khattak should also be arrested as inquiries against them were also
pending in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). She said the PML-N could
not be browbeaten by the threats being hurled by the prime minister.
Aurangzeb asked Mr Khan to declare the assets of his sister and other party
leaders, including Aleem Khan, Zulfi Bokhari and Chaudhry Sarwar, and announce
the date for auctioning of the assets, if he believed in accountability.
Former premier Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had
no authority to make statements regarding arrest of his opponents, and termed
the recent arrest of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz
Sharif ‘political victimisation’ in the name of accountability.
a brief interaction with reporters after appearing before an accountability
court in the Al-Azizia reference, the ousted prime minister said Shahbaz Sharif
in his capacity as chief minister had worked day and night to uplift the less
developed districts even in far-flung central and southern Punjab.
PML-N supremo said the company that the Punjab government had rejected to
execute the Metro Bus project was given a contract by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
government and this needed to be probed by the National Accountability Bureau
response to Prime Minister Khan’s recent remarks about not sparing the corrupt
people, Mr Sharif wondered: “Who has given him (Khan) authority to utter such
words that he will arrest 50 people? Do such claims suit the government?”
government, he added, was politically victimising the opponents in the name of
response to a question, Mr Sharif said there was a dire need to revisit and
overhaul NAB laws, as well as ‘black’ laws promulgated by former military
dictator retired Gen Pervez Musharraf. He said the PML-N had set a good
tradition as it did not use the draconian laws promulgated by the dictators
against anyone and promoted a tolerance-based political culture.
to him, the current economic turmoil was due to targeted operations by the
government against the opposition. Such intolerance, he said, had destabilised
the country that led to the downfall of stocks and devaluation of the rupee.
prosecution in the Al-Azizia reference informed the accountability court that
he had neither written any letter to Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin
Jaber Al-Thani nor sought permission from the competent authority to record his
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Tuesday lodged an FIR regarding
killing of a policeman, who was gunned down in what investigators described as
a suspected targeted attack in New Karachi on Monday.
official said that the FIR was lodged under Sections 302 (premeditated murder)
and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the
Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 against unknown attackers.
are investigating the murder case from three different angles. It was not a
mugging attempt for sure. Therefore we are focusing more on terror and
sectarian aspects,” said CTD official Raja Umar Khattab.
killing was the second such incident to take place in Karachi in a short span
of around one week.
Syed Ahmed Abbas, 42, was posted at the New Karachi police station. On Monday
afternoon, armed motorcyclists targeted him when he reached his home in Sector
11-D near Imambargah Karwan-i-Hyderi in a rickshaw along with his father.
on Oct 3, a traffic police official was gunned down at Karachi’s Matka Chowk by
official privy to the details of the initial probe said that the immediate
findings suggested the same pattern of killings adopted by banned outfits in
instance, it emerges that a new .30-bore pistol was used for the killing which
was not used before in any criminal activity,” he said. “Similarly, the killers
were well aware of the routine and travelling route of the victim which
suggested that they were following him for quite some time before hitting him
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has announced that opposition lawmakers
will join the PML-N in a protest outside the Parliament House on Thursday
afternoon as the government failed to honour their request for calling a
National Assembly session to debate the ‘unjustified arrest’ of Shehbaz Sharif
the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Monday, the PML-N central executive committee had decided to launch a protest
movement against what it termed political victimisation of opponents by the
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led coalition government.
Tuesday, the call for the protest was given by former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq,
saying the gathering will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 3 pm at Gate No. 1
of the Parliament House.
so far no date has been set for the NA session.
National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) Chairman Ali Nawaz Chohan on
Tuesday voiced reservations and dismay over Punjab police’s performance.
expressed this while hearing a plea of a father, Jalal, whose young son,
22-year-old Tariq, was killed by the police in an alleged encounter.
said that the police’s attitude is worrisome, especially in terms of human
rights violations committed under the thin disguise of police encounters.
on this occasion, said, “My son was picked up from his house by authorities in
the night and kept for three days and then his body was handed over to the
claimed that a feudal lord had conspired to murder his son to take revenge
after members of Jalal’s family disobeyed him, causing humiliation to him.
said his family members work hard to earn a livelihood and lamented that he
would be treated like a slave by the feudal lord.
son paid the highest price for never allowing himself to bow down before anyone,”
said the incident took place almost three years ago but still the family was
being threatened by Khosa for pursuing the case. The police also did not
cooperate and instead harassed the victim’s family, he added.
complainant said when the family protested against this, officials in power
registered fake cases against them, as well as, subjected them to torture to
muzzle their voice.
was detained in police station and tortured for three days for leading the
protest with Tariq’s body,” Bilal, Tariq’s uncle claimed.
Afghan court on Tuesday convicted two officers belonging to its 201 Selab
Military Corps in eastern Nangarhar province against allegations of spying for
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), sentencing them to 20 years in prison, a
foreign media outlet reported.
court said that there was sufficient proof that Colonel Shah Mahmoud and
Captain Nazir Ahmad were spies for ISI.
to the court, Mahmoud was commander of a battalion of the second regiment of
the military corps and Nazirullah was commander of a battalion squadron in the
on article 158 of the Penal Code, you are sentenced to 20 years imprisonment,”
Judge Mujiburrahman Nadim said while passing sentence.
Shah Mahmoud and Captain Nazirullah took off from their unit and using the
opportunity went to Pakistan. In Peshawar city, they met with ISI agents,” Noor
Mohammad Saqib, the state prosecutor said.
presented in court showed the two men confessing to having spied for ISI.
two officers denied the charges against them and said they had not been spies
for the ISI.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday assured US diplomat Zalmay
Khalilzad that Pakistan will continue to play its role in finding a political
solution to the Afghan issue.
— Washington’s newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to
Afghanistan’s 17-year war — arrived in Islamabad to seek the help of the new
PTI-led government in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.
the meeting with the US diplomat, Foreign Minister Qureshi said Pakistan
welcomes the US efforts for establishing peace in Afghanistan.
will continue playing its role to find a political solution to the Afghan
issue,” Qureshi told Khalilzad .
the leaders agreed to continue cooperation on Afghan reconciliation process.
in the day, delegation level talks were held between the Pakistani and the US
officials at the Foreign Office. The Pakistani side was led by Foreign
Secretary Tehmina Janjua and the US side by Khalilzad.
delegations from both sides comprised security, defence and diplomatic
arrived in Pakistan on a tour of the region that will also include Middle
Eastern stops in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The trip was
announced in a US Embassy statement Tuesday.
State Department had earlier announced that Khalilzad’s mission is to
coordinate and lead US efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
He began his tour October 4.
mission comes against the backdrop of a Taliban statement issued Monday
condemning parliamentary elections later this month and threatening more
attacks on Afghan security forces.
and Qureshi had earlier met in New York where the latter had told the United
States’ new adviser on Kabul that Pakistan believes peace in Afghanistan is
directly and positively related to long-lasting stability in Islamabad.
had also reiterated Pakistan’s pledge for supporting peace in Afghanistan, to
which Khalilzad responded by saying he, too, wishes to work with Islamabad for
the joint goal of stability.
who was also born in Afghanistan, first served in Kabul as a special envoy of
President George W Bush following the 2001 ouster of the Taliban and then as
Washington’s ambassador to Afghanistan.
Khalilzad has a prickly relationship with Pakistan, having often accused
Islamabad of fomenting violence in Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban.
Minister Qureshi on Wednesday had urged the Trump administration’s new envoy to
be more sensitive to Pakistani opinion than he has been as a private citizen.
been given a new role, and I hope, I would urge him to be more sensitive to
opinion in Pakistan,” Qureshi had told the US Institute of Peace, a Washington
had pointed out that there had been a negative reaction in the Pakistani press
to the appointment because Khalilzad “has made statements in the past which
have not been, to be put it mildly, very friendly to Pakistan”.
LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The annual beer festival Oktoberfest can be held as long as
organisers apply for a permit with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and adhere to
the guidelines set by the local council.
Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the guidelines include holding the
function in a controlled area and to ensure that Muslims do not attend the
they want to organise the event, they must make an application first. And if
they have made an application, then they would need to abide by the set
first and foremost, we will first verify any news of such events to be held. We
will meet with the operators and verify whether it is true,” he told a press
conference when asked about two separate beer festivals to be held in Kepong
and another at the Mid Valley Megamall here.
new Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said DBKL had yet to
receive any Oktoberfest-related applications.
will ensure that any organisers that want to hold the event must apply for a
permit, even shops.
far, we have not received any applications in conjunction with the festival,”
September, the annual Better Beer Festival, which had been held for five
consecutive years, was cancelled after DBKL rejected the organisers’
application to hold the event, which would have been Malaysia’s largest craft
LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The High Court has set October 30 for case management of the
defamation suit filed by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad
against Gerakan Muslimah Islam Malaysia (GMIM) president Wan Asshima Kamaruddin
over the woman’s action of recording, uploading and/or publishing a video
containing words which allegedly defamed him.
lawyer Nurilya Ellyna Nor Azmal said this to reporters after the case was
mentioned before Deputy Registrar Rumaizah Baharom today.
who is also Shah Alam MP and Parti Amanah Negara communication director, filed
the suit at the High Court here on September 13 through Messrs Mohamed Hanipa
& Associates, naming Wan Asshima as the sole defendant.
to his statement of claims, Khalid claimed that the defendant had, on August
18, purposely recorded, uploaded and/or published a video onto her Facebook
page, containing defamatory words against him, with his name and position
said the words used easily meant that he, as the federal territories minister,
had recognised and acknowledged the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) group in Malaysia, and had uplifted and protected the rights
of the group by approving the largest gay party in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction
with the Merdeka month.
claimed that the video also accused him, in his capacity as a minister, party
leader and individual, of having violated not only the human rights of Muslims,
but also the Islamic laws and teachings, while at the same time, insulted Islam
said the defamatory words had caused him to suffer a major embarrassment in
terms of dignity, credibility, character and reputation, while being
humiliated, criticised, ridiculed and condemned by the society.
seeking damages and an order for the defendant to publish an apology in a video
on her Facebook page and also on two Malay newspapers, namely Utusan Malaysia
and Berita Harian.
Oct 10 : Urumqi, capital of the largely Muslim Chinese region of Xinjiang, will
crack down on activities that blur the boundary between religion and secular
life and encourage “extremism,” the local government said.
a meeting on Monday, local Communist leaders said they would also require
government officials and party members to firmly believe in Marxism-Leninism
and speak standard Mandarin Chinese in public, according to a notice posted on
the official Wechat account of the Urumqi procuratorate.
Beijing has denied accusations that it is systematically violating the rights
of Xinjiang’s Muslims, saying it is only cracking down on extremism and “splittism”
in the region.
is currently taking action against the so-called “pan-Halal tendency,” a name
given to the demands by Muslims that products such as milk or toothpaste comply
with Islamic rituals.
official Global Times said on Wednesday that the “demand that things be halal
which cannot really be halal” were fueling hostility toward religion and
allowing Islam to penetrate secular life.
Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, RT, reported that the
largest mass grave of civilians is in Panorama in Raqqa city with over 1,500
bodies of victims killed in the US air raids or in the Washington-backed
militants' attacks when the city was under ISIL's rule.
the meantime, the Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that Raqqa Civil Team
has thus far discovered 11 mass graves, adding that excavations have completed
in 8 mass graves.
the remains of the victims of the US air raids are being taken out from under
the ruined buildings' debris is in the city.
week, the Arabic-language website of RT quoted Commander of Raqqa Civil Council
Team Yaser al-Khamis as reporting that four mass graves, including 2,800 bodies
of civilians, have been unearthed in Raqqa city.
the meantime, a media activist reported that the bodies of a sum of 50 victims
of US airstrikes were unearthed in al-Jamili, Hawar School, al-Amasi, al-Badou
and Tejari 2 districts in Raqqa city in the last week.
Mas'ab al-Dayeri, a notorious field commander of Tahrir al-Sham, was killed
after unknown raiders opened fire at him along a road between Darkoush and
Azmarin regions in Western Idlib.
the meantime, local sources in Southern Idlib reported that Tahrir al-Sham has
started arresting people in the small town of Oweid in Jabal al-Zaviyah region,
injuring a number of civilians while shooting around.
Monday, Abu Mojahid, a senior Chechen security commander of Tahrir al-Sham, was
killed in a bomb attack near the small town of Darkoush in Northwestern Idlib.
the meantime, a number of Chechen and Turkistani terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham
were killed after a bomb went off in their vehicle in the small town of Zarzour
in Jisr al-Shughour in Western Idlib.
sources in Northern Idlib reported that clashes are also underway between
Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorists of Soqour al-Sham affiliated to the
National Liberation Front in the town of Hazanou.
reported that the Syrian Arab Army seized the large weapons cache while combing
through the towns that were previously controlled by the terrorists.
further said that MLR missiles, several hellfire cannons, mortar shells, IEDs
and ammunition boxes were among the weapons found in the large depot.
Lebanese al-Manar TV Channel reported that the US-led collation sent a new
convoy of military equipment, including vehicles, arms and ammunition from its
bases in Iraq to the SDF regions in Northeastern Hasaka via the Simalka
the meantime, sources in in Southern Hasaka reported that a number of SDF
militias were killed or wounded in an attack by unknown raiders in the town of
sources further said that the SDF has forced entire schools and institutions in
Southern Hasaka to change their names into the SDF's killed militants.
London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported
last month that the US-led coalition was setting up a military base in a region
3km away from al-Souseh region in Deir Ezzur province.
added that the American forces also transferred one of their temporary bases to
a region near Hajin in Deir Ezzur.
news reported that the Turkish troops and Ankara-backed militants have forced
the remaining pockets of local residents out of Mobata region in Afrin and
settled over 200 family members of terrorists in their residential units.
news further reported that the Ankara forces continued suppressing popular
uprisings in the region, adding that tens of residents of the village of Tal
Salour and in Jandaris region are still homeless.
went on to say that at least 75 civilians have been kidnapped by the Ankara
forces in the village of Mobata, Jandarisah, Bolbolah and Shirawa in the last
two weeks to blackmail their family members to pay a hefty amount of money for
Kurdish-language Hawar news reported on Saturday that governor of Turkey's
Hatay called on Ankara-backed militants in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo to hand
over the entire olive crops to the Turkish province.
the meantime, Salah Ibo, the deputy head of Afrin Agriculture Department, said
that Ankara intended to steal $100 mln of Afrin residents' agricultural
Hawar news went on to say that terrorists of Ahrar al-Shamiyah and Tajamo'a
Adl, both affiliated to the Turkish army, have started fierce clashes in the
village of Qajomo in Jandaris region over distribution of looted olive
Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that Turkey has started
construction operation in Mount al-Aqra (Casius) to pave the way for building a
very large military baes in the mount that is the highest point in the region,
capable of overlooking Syria's Northern coastal region.
the meantime, a Syrian military source said that Ankara has also started
mulling to build a buffer wall on its soil along the border with Northern
Lattakia, adding that Turkey has brought in tens of terrorists via Syrian
borders to occupy Northern Lattakia.
source went on to say that Turkey has set up a base for Turkistani, Azerbaijani
and Chechen terrorists in the small town of Yaldha opposite the Kesab
border-crossing in Northern Lattakia, adding that the terrorists have already
participated in every offensive against the Syrian Army in the region.
sources said in August that Ankara embarked on changing streets' names and
numbers in the occupied town of Afrin under fresh attempts to annex the region
to its soil.
sources reported that Afrin Local City Council affiliated to the Ankara-backed
Free Army embarked on renaming streets and squares in the town.
sources said that some of the streets and squares were named after Turkish
figures, adding that the names of streets were written in both Arabic and
Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Tuesday all political sides had
made concessions and he hoped a new government would be formed after President
Michel Aoun returns from a trip abroad.
the more than five months since a parliamentary election in May, politicians
have been unable to agree a unity government that can get to work on badly
needed economic reforms.
which has the world’s third largest public debt as a proportion of national
output, faces an economic crisis if the political stalemate drags on,
politicians have said.
are concessions from all sides, including the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM),”
Hariri told reporters after a meeting of his Future Movement party.
hope for the formation of a government after the return of the president from
Yerevan because the economic and social situation calls for a speedy government
formation,” he said.
is expected to return from Armenia on Friday.
between the two leading Christian parties - Aoun’s FPM, allied to Hezbollah,
and the anti-Hezbollah Lebanese Forces (LF) - is widely seen as the main
obstacle to a deal.
said his optimism that a government could be formed soon stemmed from a meeting
he had with Aoun last Wednesday.
said on Thursday he believed the government would be formed within a week to 10
days because the economy could not tolerate further delay.
formation of a new government would allow Lebanon to begin the substantial
fiscal adjustment that the International Monetary Fund says it needs to improve
its debt sustainability.
would also likely unlock more than $11 billion worth of infrastructure
investment pledged at a donors’ meeting in Paris in April.
and Turkish-backed militants have withdrawn most heavy weapons from territory
around Syria’s last major opposition stronghold ahead of a Wednesday deadline,
a monitor said.
weapons pullback is the first major test of a truce deal brokered by
government-backed Russia and opposition militants-backer Turkey last month to
avoid what the United Nations warned would be the appalling humanitarian
consequences of a major government offensive.
the agreement, all opposition groups have a Wednesday deadline to withdraw all
their heavy weaponry from a 15- to 20-kilometre (nine- to 12-mile) buffer zone
along the front line in Idlib province and adjacent areas of the northwest.
next Monday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) alliance led by Al-Qaeda’s former
Syria branch, and other militant factions must also withdraw their fighters.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said the
heavy weapons pullout was near complete on Tuesday.
buffer zone is now almost empty of any heavy weapons on the eve of the expiry
of the deadline,” its chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
pro-Ankara National Liberation Front said it finished pulling out its heavy
weapons on Monday.
and smaller extremist factions quietly began withdrawing theirs on Saturday in
an operation that continued through Monday night, the Observatory said.
which controls more than half of Idlib, has not given any formal response to
the September 17 truce deal.
a source close to the group told AFP it had come under irresistible pressure to
fall into line to avoid further hardship for its stronghold’s three million
residents, many of whom have fled previous bloody government offensives on
other parts of Syria.
has been forced to agree to the initiative, though reluctantly, so that people
can enjoy a bit of security and safety after long years of suffering from the
savagery of the regime and its allies,” the source said.
new buffer zone is to be patrolled by Turkish troops from the one side and
Russian military police from the other.
source said HTS was satisfied that the presence of the Turkish troops, whose
numbers have been increased in recent weeks, would prevent any Russian-backed
Attorney General Ali bin Mohsen bin Fetais al-Marri continues to make
reports of his financial corruption and accounts at the National Bank of Kuwait
were exposed, his close relationship with two al-Qaeda leaders has returned to
Ali al-Marri managed to get them released from US prisons and ensured freedom
of movement for them going against what was recommended in treaties.
recent attention prompted by his financial scandals made the media leading to
curiosity, which has brought to the fore many neglected stories such as this
Washington Post article published in 2007.
document revealed the Attorney General’s ties with his relative, Ali Saleh Kahla
al-Marri, also known as Abdul Rahman al-Qatari.
al-Marri is not any ordinary mortal. He was arrested in December 2001 in the
United States following the terrorist hunt after 9/11.
admitted to being a very important member of al-Qaeda and that he had planned
new attacks, including using chemical weapons.
his personal computer, federal agents found records called “Jihad Arena or
Jihad Stadium” containing information on hydrogen cyanide. During his arrest,
more than 1,000 fake credit card numbers and forged identity documents were
coming to the United States, Saleh al-Marri worked for more than 10 years as a
senior officer at Qatar Islamic Bank and as a senior accountant for the Qatari
addition, an investigation by the US authorities proved that Saleh had been in
contact with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11
attacks. He was finally released in 2015 after 13 years in detention.
comes the role of Qatar’s Attorney General Ali bin Mohsen bin Fetais al-Marri.
In fact, the decision to release a relative was not an American decision, but
it took place after behind the scenes diplomatic action and after lengthy
negotiations conducted by a “close friend” of the Attorney General.
to reports in the American media, Bin Fetais used all his contacts so that his
relative can be released. As a last resort, thanks to this assistance, a
prominent al-Qaeda member was exchanged against US citizens (a couple) who were
arbitrarily detained in Doha. What justified such an exchange isn’t yet known?
surprising is the fact that when he arrived in Doha, in January 2015, Saleh
al-Marri received a “hero’s welcome” by the Qatari authorities. He even
received a phone call from the Qatari prime minister.
Qatari anchor and current board member of Al-Jazeera, Elham Badr, congratulated
Saleh al-Marri on Twitter on the return of al-Qaeda member.
Attorney-General also played an active role in the release of Jarallah Saleh
Mohammed Kahla al-Marri in 2008.
is the younger brother of Saleh al-Yazid, who was arrested at Guantanamo after
being caught at an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.
Attorney-General succeeded in deporting him to Qatar on the condition that
Jarallah does not leave Qatar forever. However, in violation of this agreement
with the United States, Jarallah traveled and the Qataris did not inform their
to a confidential memo from the US ambassador in Doha, unveiled by WikiLeaks,
there was US resentment over Qatari non-compliance with the agreements reached
regarding the conditions related to the release of Jarallah.
Turkish security officials have concluded that prominent Saudi dissident
journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after visiting the kingdom’s
consulate in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul last week, was assassinated in
the diplomatic mission on orders from the highest levels of the Riyadh regime.
Turkish official told the New York Times on the condition of anonymity that a
team of Saudi agents killed the 59-year-old writer within two hours of his
arrival at the consulate, and then dismembered his body with a bone saw they
had brought for the purpose.
is like ‘Pulp Fiction,’” the official commented.
Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said officials from the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul must “prove” that Khashoggi made exit from the mission.
Saudi consulate officials in Istanbul can't get away with [simply] saying 'he
left the building.’ The claimants are obligated to prove their claims. If he
left the building, then you need to prove it,” the Turkish leader said during a
joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban in Budapest.
American daily newspaper the Washington Post printed a blank column in
solidarity with the renowned journalist on Friday.
daily’s editorial board also called on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
to ensure the journalist “is free and able to continue his work.”
criticism, voiced over the past year, most surely rankles Mohammed bin Salman,
who was elevated to crown prince last year and has carried out a wide-ranging
campaign to silence dissent while trying to modernize the kingdom,” the Post
added, “Among those in his prisons for political speech are clerics, bloggers,
journalists and activists. He imprisoned women who agitated for the right to
drive, a right that was granted even as they were punished.”
Salman said late on Friday that he was ready to allow Turkey to search the
Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the missing journalist.
premises are sovereign territory, but we will allow them to enter and search
and do whatever they want to do. We have nothing to hide,” he said in an
interview with English-language Bloomberg news network.
Saudi crown prince added that Khashoggi had left the building not long after he
if Khashoggi faces charges in Saudi Arabia, Bin Salman said it was first
important to discover where he was.
fiancée Hatice Cengiz said he entered the consulate at around 1 p.m. local time
(1000 GMT) on October 2, as she accompanied him but waited outside.
unnamed woman, who is a Turkish citizen, called police when Khashoggi did not
emerge at 5 p.m., after the consulate had officially closed.
rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental
organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on
its official Twitter page that it did not dismiss the possibility that
Khashoggi's sudden disappearance was an attempt to silence the writer.
Arab21 news website reported that the author paid a visit to the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul last week, but was told by officials at the time to
return at a later date to complete an application related to a family matter.
leaders from around the world have met in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala to speak
out against religious extremism and the spread of sectarian propaganda by the
journalists and politicians attended the Fifth Tarateel Sajjadiya International
Festival, organized by Imam Hussain Holy Shrine from October 5 to 7. The
festival aimed at providing a platform for hearing anti-extremism voices, Press
TV reports. Sheikh Abdul Mahdi Karbalai,
the representative of Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani,
was one of the keynote speakers at the conference, which included several
talked about the success of Iraqi forces in the fight against the Takfiri Daesh
terrorist group and how Iraqis of all sects fought side by side against the
the Shia gave blood against Daesh, so did the Sunni,” said Sheikh Karbalai,
adding, “We have been fighting Daesh since day one. All Iraqis stood together to
fight, so we could all achieve victory together.”
long after Daesh overran Iraq in 2014, Grand Ayatollah Sistani issued a
religious decree, calling on the Iraqi people to “defend the country, the honor
of its citizens, and its sacred places.”
ruling, known as a fatwa, led to the formation of the pro-government Popular
Mobilization Forces, also known by their Arabic name the Hashd al-Sha’abi.
Hashd al-Sha’abi recruited thousands of Iraqis from all sects and religious
groups to support the Iraqi army in its fight against Daesh and to liberate
captured cities from the grips of the Takfiri group.
Karbalai also stressed that scholars must “fight the international media” that
seek to divide the Muslim community.
Western media giants have regularly referred to the Hashd al-Sha'abi as a Shia
key speaker was Mohammad al-Nuri, a senior Sunni sheikh from the Iraqi city of
Fallujah. He passionately defended the Hashd al-Sha'abi and lambasted the
Western mainstream media’s lies about the nature of Iraq’s war against Daesh.
sectarian narrative is a lie,” he said, adding, “And whoever says Iraqis are
sectarian is a liar.”
went on to say that “the sons of Karbala (a Shia majority city) mixed with the
blood of sons from Fallujah (a Sunni majority city). Victory happened because
of this blood that we all gave.”
was captured by Daesh in 2014 but was later liberated by a joint military
operation by the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Sha’abi.
al-Nuri himself fought as a fighter for the Hashd al-Sha’abi during a battle
that led to the liberation of his home city Fallujah.
gave 300 martyrs in the fight to liberate my city,” he added.
conference organizers also hoped to educate the attendees about the written
evidence which proves Islam is a religion of peace, centering on the Treatise
of Rights, written by the fourth Shia Imam and great-grandson of the Prophet
Muhammad, Ali ibn Hussain Zayn al-Abidin.
Emmanuel, an adviser at the French Prime Ministry, also delivered a speech,
saying that the rules of the Treatise of Rights correspond with some of the
pacts of the United Nations.
also said that religious writings combat violence, noting that rules written as
part of the Treatise of Rights ordain that religious minorities must be
respected. He also called for religious tolerance.
President Bashar al-Assad has signed a decree, granting amnesty to those who
have either deserted the army or avoided military service, and giving them
several months to report for duty.
the decree issued on his social media feeds on Tuesday, President Assad said
the amnesty covered all punishments for desertion inside or outside Syria.
inside Syria will have four months to turn themselves in to authorities for
investigations while those outside will have six months, according to the
the amnesty covers desertion, it does not cover fighting against the government
or joining the terrorists.
decree does not include fugitives from justice unless they turn themselves in
within 4 months for those inside the country and 6 months for those outside the
country,” Syria’s SANA news agency reported.
of thousands of Syrian men are wanted by the government for not serving in the
military or deserting the army during the years-long war waged by terrorists.
Syrian military law, deserters could be jailed for years if they leave their
posts and do not report for service within a set amount of time.
Egyptian security forces killed 10 militants in a “pre-emptive strike” against extremist
strongholds in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday.
said they raided an abandoned farm near El-Arish after receiving intelligence
that militants had taken shelter there and planned to carry out attacks.
the militants were killed in the raid and police retrieved two machine guns,
two cartridges, three improvised explosive devices and a large amount of
operation was part of an extended military campaign by Egypt against militants
in Sinai and to secure the country’s
western and southern borders.
offensive, which involves both police and army units, was launched in February
by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi after a series of attacks including a mosque
bombing that killed more than 300 people.
operation came after another on Oct. 1 with a raid on a training camp in
El-Arish housing 15 terrorists, all of whom were killed in an exchange of fire.
revealed that the group was planning to carry out attacks related to the
October 6 celebrations of Egypt’s victory over Israel in 1973.
conflict between Egypt and the terrorist organizations is not just a local
conflict,” said Zakaria Salem, an expert in the fight against international
added that previously missions and raids were just in reaction to terrorist
attacks, but now the security forces have moved onto pre-emptive strikes to
said this was down to the extent of the operation since February, which
involves a lot of monitoring and reconnaissance.
the importance of pre-emptive strikes, Major General Majdi Al-Bassiouni, a
security expert, said the strikes launched by the police forces are also a
strong indicator of the security sense of the Egyptian intelligence forces.
it not been for investigations and information obtained by the police, raids of
this level would not have been possible,” Al-Bassiouni said.
health minister has warned that more than eight thousand hemodialysis patients
will lose their lives if the Saudi-imposed blockade on the country persists and
medical supplies run out.
Taha al-Mutawakel told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Tuesday
that patients with chronic kidney diseases have to undergo three sessions of
treatment weekly, but the crippling siege has resulted in the scarcity of
the past four months, patients with renal failure were in need of a million
sessions of dialysis; but we could not cover more than ten thousand sessions as
we were in dire need of relevant solutions,” he pointed out.
further noted that Yemeni medical officials are doing their best to prevent the
collapse of the health system in the crisis-hit Arab country.
on Tuesday, scores of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former
president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were killed and injured southwest of the
al-Durayhimi district in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah, when
Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees repelled the
in the Nihm district of Sana’a province, an unspecified number of Saudi
mercenaries were killed and injured when Yemeni troopers and their allies
thwarted their offensive.
forces shoot down three Saudi spy drones in Jizan
air defense units shot down three Saudi reconnaissance drones in flight over a
border area in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Jizan.
Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, citing an unnamed
military source, reported that the drones were shot down over the Wadi Jarrah
area on Tuesday evening.
army forces and Popular Committees fighters also managed to establish control
over two observation outposts in the same Saudi region.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s popular Ansarullah movement.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the
United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian disaster.
military forces have reportedly arrested 378 Palestinians, including 10 women
and 52 children, during separate operations across the occupied West Bank and
besieged Gaza Strip in the month of September.
Commission for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoner Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoners
Society and al-Dameer Association for Human Rights, in a joint statement
released on Tuesday, announced that 104 Palestinians were detained in Jerusalem
al-Quds last month, while 56 others were rounded up in Ramallah and Bireh.
73 citizens were arrested in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, located
approximately 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds, another 29
in the central West Bank city of Bethlehem, 30 in Nablus, 13 others in Tulkarm,
23 citizens in the northwestern West Bank city of Qalqilya, five in the
northeastern West Bank city of Tubas, seven in the small city of Salfit and
three in the eastern West Bank city of Ariha (Jericho).
total of 16 citizens were arrested across the Gaza Strip as well.
remaining Palestinians were arrested in different cities and towns throughout
the West Bank.
statement came on the same day that Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians,
including siblings of a suspected assailant, during multiple overnight raids
across the West Bank.
Palestinians in prison for social media posts’
the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPC) says some 500 Palestinians
are currently being held in Israeli prisons and detention centers over their
social media posts.
spokesman Riyadh al-Ashqar said the Israel police cyber unit is closely
monitoring Palestinians’ posts on social media networks, primarily Twitter and
Facebook, and classifies post that glorifies Palestinian martyrs, discloses
Israeli crimes, and supports resistance as incitement of terror.
of Palestinians have been sentenced over the past three years to different jail
terms on the ground of incitement on social media, Ashqar said.
of others have been placed under house arrest and denied from using social
media platforms, he noted.
than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the
inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative
detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli
detention facilities without trial or charge.
Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to
inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative
detention policy and their harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Russia’s vice premier in talks on
Tuesday that Israel must continue to hit hostile targets in neighboring Syria,
despite Moscow’s decision to equip Damascus with advanced air defense missiles.
said at a press conference that he told Maxim Akimov in talks in Jerusalem that
Israel would continue to fight what it says are Iranian attempts to entrench
itself militarily in Syria and channel advanced weaponry to its Lebanese ally,
the delivery of the S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian military, Israel
was committed as a matter of self-defense to continue its “legitimate activity
in Syria against Iran and its proxies, which state their intention to destroy
us”, Netanyahu said.
was his first publicized meeting with a senior Russian official since the
accidental Syrian downing of a Russian plane during an Israeli air strike in
Syria, an incident that raised tensions between Israel and Russia.
Russians were killed in the September 17 incident that Moscow blamed on Israel,
accusing its pilots of using the larger Russian plane as cover.
disputes the Russian findings and says its jets were back in Israeli airspace
when the plane was downed.
response, Moscow announced new measures to protect its military in Syria,
including equipping Damascus with S-300 air defense systems.
to solve the dispute
and Israel set up a hotline in 2015 to avoid accidental clashes in Syria, but
the new measures have led to concern among Israelis that their strikes will now
be limited there.
who met Akimov on the sidelines of meetings of a bilateral economics committee,
said he believed that the current dispute with Moscow would be resolved.
think that with common sense and goodwill we can come to a solution that will
allow the continuation of the good coordination between the Russian and Israeli
militaries,” he said.
the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said he would meet Russian
President Vladimir Putin soon to discuss coordination.
leaders have spoken at least three times by phone since the September incident.
Iran and Hezbollah -- enemies of Israel -- are supporting Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad’s regime in his country’s civil war alongside Russia.
Palestinian Authority said that Qatar’s move of bringing in fuel to the Gaza
Strip without coordinating with Palestinian official authorities has “crossed
all red lines.”
loaded with Qatari fuel began entering Gaza to supply a power station amid
completely ignoring the sovereignty of the Palestinian national reconciliation
Palestinian Authority has often warned of transforming the Palestinian cause
into a mere humanitarian cause in which the call for national rights is
replaced with humanitarian aid.
warnings, however, were ignored as Qatar decided to overlook the Palestinian
official stance and coordinated with Israel, UN departments and Hamas in order
to bring trucks loaded with fuel to Gaza.
Palestinian Authority says the Qatari intervention undermines its efforts.
Qatar pays for the fuel, Hamas in Gaza will collect the bills and put it in its
pocket, and this is an indirect financial aid to Hamas," said a PA
official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to
speak to reporters.
al-Habbash, the Palestinian president’s consultant, said those who want to
serve the Palestinian cause must first help end divisions.
of Houthi militia commanders were killed during clashes with Yemeni army forces
in the Baqim district, north of Saada.
to a local news site, a field source confirmed that Houthi Commander Abdullah
Yousif Hussein Thawra, was killed during a Yemeni forces attack on the
militias’ locations behind the al-Udaida Mountains, northwest of the center of
the Baqim district.
source added that Thawra is one of the militias’ top commanders and headsin
various battlefronts in Saada, and received training in Iran.
field source stated that the second Houthi commander, Abu Ali al-Nawari, was
killed during the same attack by the army’s forces behind the al-Udaida
source added that Nawari was appointed by the Houthis 10 days ago as the
commander of the so-called “quick intervention forces” in the Baqim front.
Monday, the army launched a surprise attack on the Houthi militia’s locations,
behind al-Udaida Mountains northwest of the Baqim district, during which the
militias suffered several losses in militiamen and armed vehicles.
sources said that the Yemeni army was able to capture a Houthi sniper from the
battalion of the special guards of the militias’ leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi
during a battle to liberate Ramdan battle, behind al-Udaida Mountains in Baqim.
militias in Yemen continue to hand out death sentences against their opponents
following what can only be described as sham trials.
Yemeni Criminal Court under the pro-Iranian militias in Sanaa sentenced two
Yemeni citizens to death on charges of communicating with the Coalition, which
is backing the legitimate government in the war-torn country.
Hani Mohammed Thabet al-Areeqi and Ali Abdulellah Ali al-Hashidi were sentenced
to death on charges leveled against them by a representative of the Houthis.
charges against them was that of communicating with Coalition countries and
joining the ranks of the legitimate forces.
the court issued similar sentences, executing three civilians for
“communicating” with a foreign country.
sentences were issued after sham trials presided by a Houthi militia prosecutor
accused Jamal Abdullah Nasser, Ali Saleh Abdulrab Ahmed al-Obeidi and Murad
Hussein Saleh al-Obeidi, of “trying to attract people and send them to Marib to
join the national army and to disclose information about military sites with
the aim of bombing them.
ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) advisor Yassin Aktay said Ankara did
not accuse Saudi Arabia in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
an interview with Russia Today, the advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
said that Turkey was not accusing the Saudi state in Khashoggi’s disappearance,
hinting at the possibility of a conspiracy to divide between Saudi Arabia and
also hinted at the possibility that Khashoggi was abducted by a third party, or
perhaps by members of what he called the “deep state.”
denied earlier reports that quoted him as saying Khashoggi was killed inside
the consulate, saying: “What Reuters reported about his killing is not an
stressed that Turkish-Saudi relations have historical roots, and hopes that
they will not be affected by this issue.
had said on Sunday that authorities still have expect a positive outcome in
Khashoggi’s disappearance, noting that he is waiting for the results of
investigations on the Saudi journalist.
Turkish president said in a speech to members of his Justice and Development
Party that he was following Khashoggi’s case himself.
Khashoggi family confirmed that they are coordinating with the Saudi government
to learn about the latest developments in the case. The legal advisor, Motasem
Khashoggi, told Al Arabiya English that the family is coordinating with the
Saudi government in the case.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has informed Russian officials that
the Tel Aviv will continue to hit targets inside Syria, irrespective of
Moscow’s decision to deliver advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to
the Damascus government.
at a press conference in Jerusalem al-Quds on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he had
told Russian Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov that Israel would continue to
fight what he charged as Iran’s attempts to deepen its military presence in
Syria and transfer weapons to the fighters of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance
Israeli prime minister added that he believed that the current dispute between
Moscow and Tel Aviv over the recent downing of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance
aircraft off the coast of Syria’s western province of Latakia would be
think that with common sense and goodwill we can come to a solution that will
allow the continuation of the good coordination between the Russian and Israeli
militaries,” Netanyahu said.
said at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday that he would meet Russian
President Vladimir Putin soon to discuss coordination.
October 3, Israeli minister for military affairs Avigdor Lieberman expressed
Tel Aviv’s discontent over Russia’s delivery of S-300 air defense systems to
Syria, stressing the move will not deter the Israeli regime from military
operations in the war-ravaged Arab country.
cannot say that we are pleased with the deployment of the S-300. However, this
is the very topic where we have no way out. There is no way not to make
decisions,” he said.
at a Russian Security Council meeting chaired by Putin earlier this month,
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said his country had completed the
delivery of an S-300 missile system to Syria, irrespective of Israeli authorities’
strong opposition that it will pose a serious "challenge" to the Tel
have embarked on a number of activities aimed at strengthening the air defense
systems of the Syrian Arab Republic in order to ensure better protection for
our military personnel. We have completed the delivery of S-300 complexes. This
includes 49 pieces of equipment: illuminating laser radiolocators, defense
priority systems, control vehicles and four missile launchers. The work was
completed a day ago. We have delivered the whole system to Syria,” Shoigu said.
Russian defense minister added that it will take three months to train Syrian
specialists to use the S-300 air defense missile system.
month, Moscow vowed to bolster Syria’s air defense capabilities by deploying
the modern S-300 surface-to-air missile system to the Arab country.
announcement came in the wake of the accidental downing of a Russian aircraft
with 15 servicemen on board by Syria’s S-200 air defense systems which were at
the time responding to a wave of Israeli strikes on state institutions in
held Israel responsible for the September 17 incident, saying the regime’s
pilots had intentionally used the Russian plane as cover to conduct air raids,
effectively putting it in the cross hairs of the Syrian air defenses.
September 27, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that Russia had
begun delivering the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the European Union (EU) to
demonstrate sincerity about his country’s accession to the 28-member
needs to be clear whether or not the EU will accept Turkey,” Erdogan said
during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban in
has been stalled since 1963. No EU member state has been treated in such a
way,” he added.
this month, Erdogan suggested that he could take Turkey to a referendum over
its EU membership bid.
the European Union continues wasting Turkey’s time in its accession to the
union, then the country could hold a referendum over its membership bid. It is
better to see this process faster so that Turkey can determine its way,” the
Turkish president said at an international forum in Istanbul on October 4.
June 27, Ankara slammed the European Union as "hypocritical" and
"prejudiced" after the bloc said Ankara was moving further away from
reaction came a day after ministers of European affairs said during a meeting
in Luxembourg that Turkey's long-stalled accession negotiations -- which began
officially in 2005 -- had "effectively come to a standstill,” and Turkey
was "moving further away from the European Union."
again it is shown how the EU does not treat Turkey fairly or sincerely,"
the Turkish foreign ministry responded in a statement, describing the
ministers' conclusions as "hypocritical and incoherent."
added that the ministers' statement also reflected the "prejudiced and
unjust attitude" against Turkey.
EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said on Twitter the conclusions showed that the
EU was "confused," with statements that "lacked vision" and
were "full of contradictions."
between Turkey and the EU have been strained for several years, but especially
after the July 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan, which the Ankara government
accuses to have been masterminded by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah
EU has often criticized the crackdown and attacks on freedom of speech in the
wake of the botched putsch, in which tens of thousands of people, including
journalists, have been arrested.
in return, has accused Brussels of being unsupportive of the multiple terror
threats it faces.
has also rejected any offer of partnership with the EU that falls short of full
membership, warning that the current situation gave Turkey no reason to
maintain its refugee deal with the bloc.
Turkish authorities detained 90 people on Tuesday over suspected links to the
outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, the Interior Ministry
operation across eight provinces was carried out to prevent the activities of
PKK members and the operation was ongoing, the ministry said in a statement.
identity of those detained in Tuesday’s operation was not immediately clear.
pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) had said on Sunday that 140 of its
members had been detained over the previous three days, and that the detentions
were politically motivated.
government accuses the HDP of links to the PKK, which is designated a terrorist
organization by the United States, Turkey and the European Union. The HDP
denies such links.
PKK has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. Violence in
the largely Kurdish southeast escalated after the collapse of a cease-fire in
Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja urged religious leaders in the country to
assist government to overcome forces of destruction by enlightening their
followers to guard against religious extremism and terrorism.
the leadership of Qadiriyya Islamic Movement in Africa at the State House, Mr
Buhari noted that Muslim leaders have a duty to promote the principles and
tenets of Islam as a religion of peace and justice.
president said those who indoctrinate children and plant explosives on them to
harm innocent people do not belong to any religion but "terrorists who
should be identified and fought until they give up their evil ways."
Buhari, who commended the Qadiriyya movement for promoting education,
interfaith dialogue and good moral conduct in the society, expressed support
for the proposed Islamic Centre in Abuja by the movement.
in his remarks, the leader of the Qadiriyya in Africa, Qaribullah Kabara had
congratulated the president on his emergence as his party's candidate for the
also commended the president on the achievements of his administration since
coming into office, stressing the diversification of the economy, increased
power supply and food sufficiency.
Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists on Tuesday shot five men in a public execution,
including a Somali British citizen accused of spying, a sign of the insurgents'
control of southern swathes of the country, even as authorities step up efforts
to combat them.
Shabaab's grip on the Horn of Africa nation has been weakening since it was
pushed out of the capital by African Union peacekeepers in 2011, but the
government and the U.S. military are beefing up an offensive against it.
of them were publicly shot to death this afternoon after they admitted
espionage before the court," said Mohamed Abu Abdalla, al Shabaab's
governor for the Jubba regions.
Ahmed Mohamed, 32 spied for MI6 and he came from Britain to Somalia to
establish Islamic State," he told Reuters late on Tuesday.
of the men spied for the United States and helped guide drones to carry out
strikes in Somalia, while a fourth spied for the Somali government, he added.
government did not return telephone calls from Reuters to seek comment.
U.S. drones often carry out strikes against the Somali militants, with the U.S.
military saying it killed one militant in an air strike in southern Somalia
over the weekend.
YORK: Al-Shabab militants in Somalia are funding their extremism with $7.5
million a year from smuggling through transit points in Iran, according to a
new UN report.
group, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda, illegally exports charcoal to Iranian
ports using fake country of origin certificates from Comoros, Ivory Coast and
charcoal is packaged into white bags labeled “Product of Iran,” loaded on to
Iranian-flagged dhows and re-exported to Dubai in the UAE. “The charcoal trade
continues to be a significant source of revenue for Al-Shabab, generating at
least $7.5 million from checkpoint taxation,” according to the report by UN
sanctions monitors submitted to the Security Council.
report estimated the wholesale value of illicit Somali charcoal to be $150
million a year in the UAE, where it is widely used for cooking and smoking
Nusseibeh, the UAE’s new ambassador to the UN, said the country was not
complicit in the smuggling trade.
UAE is fully aware of all Security Council resolutions and is in full
compliance with the sanctions imposed,” she said. “We also reaffirm our
continued cooperation with the monitoring group throughout its mandate.”
monitors track compliance with UN sanctions on Somalia and Eritrea. The
Security Council banned charcoal exports from Somalia in 2012 in an effort to
cut off funds for Al-Shabab, who are trying to topple Somalia’s Western-backed
central government and impose its own extremist rule.
council also imposed an arms embargo on Somalia in 1992 to cut the flow of arms
to feuding warlords, who ousted dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and plunged the
country into war.
addition to earnings from charcoal, Al-Shabab is making millions of dollars a
year from tolls on vehicles in areas where they run checkpoints, and through
taxes on businesses, agriculture and livestock.
mafia-style tactics, the group is able to levy taxation via a network of
hinterland checkpoints, with collection of taxes enforced through violence and
intimidation,” the UN report said. Truck drivers risked execution if they tried
to avoid the checkpoints.
Muhammadu Buhari has urged religious leaders in the country to assist the
government to overcome forces of destruction by enlightening their followers to
guard against religious extremism and terrorism.
President made the call when he received the leadership of Qadiriyya Islamic
Movement in Africa at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.
to him, Muslim leaders had a duty to promote the principles and tenets of Islam
as a religion of peace and justice.
President said those who “indoctrinate children and plant explosives on them to
harm innocent people do not belong to any religion but terrorists who should be
identified and fought until they give up their evil ways.’’
who commended the Qadiriyya movement for promoting education, interfaith
dialogue and good moral conduct in the society, expressed support for the
proposed Islamic Centre in Abuja by the movement.
in his remarks, the leader of the Qadiriyya in Africa, Sheikh Qaribullah Kabara
had congratulated the President on his emergence as his party’s candidate for
the 2019 election.
also commended the President on the achievements of his administration since
coming into office, which he said included the diversification of the economy,
increased power supply and food sufficiency.
Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, who led the delegation to the Presidential
Villa, told State House correspondents that the Islamic movement was in full
support of the president’s second term bid.
said the Islamic Centre being constructed by the movement in Abuja was aimed at
providing education for the youth, in order to reduce radicalism and other
vices affecting the society.
said: “The group is here to first of all congratulate our President for picking
the APC ticket to run for a second term of office.
group thanked the President for the development going on in Nigeria, especially
the economy, which has improved as well as the improvement in electricity
supply and agriculture. The group is in full support of the President’s second
also used the opportunity to inform the President of the construction and
importance of the Qadria Centre, which is being built here in Abuja.
is basically for education; especially for reducing extremism and radicalism in
religion and this is the right time that such a Centre; it will help to control
the minds of the followers.’’
Algeria must immediately stop collective expulsions of African migrants across
its border with Niger, a UN report said, after rights groups accused Algiers of
rounding up and expelling thousands of people to the desert.
has sent around 35,600 Nigeriens back to Niger since 2014, according to
International Organization for Migration (IOM) figures cited in the report,
including more than 12,000 since the start of the year.
collective expulsions from Algeria to Niger are in utter violation of
international law,” Felipe Gonzalez Morales, UN special rapporteur on human
rights for migrants, said in the report, a copy of which was provided to AFP on
call on the government of Algeria to abide by its international obligation and
halt with immediate effect all collective expulsions of migrants to Niger.”
North African state has denied abandoning migrants in desolate border areas but
said it faces an influx of sub-Saharan Africans crossing over from Mali and
is a major trafficking route for migrants trying to reach Europe, with the EU
estimating 90 percent of West African migrants pass through the country before
moving on to Algeria, Libya or elsewhere.
migrants have regularly been rescued from the Niger desert — or their bodies
discovered — after attempting to cross in soaring temperatures with little food
UN report said migrants are rounded up from their homes in Algeria often at
night without having time to get dressed, or collect their belongings or money.
of them have lived and worked in the country for years with children going to
local schools, it said.
are beaten and held at police stations before being transported by bus to the
border, where they are forced to walk through the desert to the nearest town,
the report added.
says it faces “unfounded criticism” and its efforts have stopped thousands of
migrants crossing its territory in their attempts to reach Europe.
Shabab militants in Somalia run a tax system that rivals the federal government
in sophistication, according to UN sanctions monitors, with taxation from
illicitly exported charcoal and other tolls netting the group tens of millions
in revenue annually.
an unpublished annual report to the UN Security Council seen by Reuters, the
monitors add that domestic revenue generation by Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabab
"is more geographically diversified and systematic" than that of
Somalia's federal government.
to the militants' provision of receipts, the taxation system is
"accountable and predictable", in contrast to the network of
checkpoints manned by the government's armed forces in some parts of the
controlling far less territory than it did at the height of a decade-long
insurgency, "the group's "ability to carry out complex asymmetric
attacks in Somalia remains undiminished", the monitors wrote.
Shabab's most lucrative checkpoint is about 160 km north-west of the capital
Mogadishu on the road to Baidoa, the monitors said, citing an Al Shabab
defector who reported that the location earns the group approximately $30,000
per day – $10 million a year.
mafia-style tactics, the group is able to levy taxation via a network of
hinterland checkpoints, with collection of taxes enforced through violence and
intimidation," said the monitors, adding that truck drivers risked
execution if they tried to avoid checkpoints.
this year the monitors obtained ledgers belonging to Al Shabab that were
recovered after one of the group's senior accountants was killed in an attack
by the Somali National Army and African Union peacekeepers.
wrote that the ledgers detail Al Shabab's revenue and expenses in one region,
Hiran, in central Somalia, from October 2014 to March 2018 and "display a
sophisticated accounting system" in which the militants transfer funds
using the mobile money system operated by mobile network Hormuud Telecom.
exported charcoal, much of which transits Iran and ends up in barbecues and
shisha pipes in the UAE, generates millions in revenue.
charcoal trade continues to be a significant source of revenue for Al Shabab,
generating at least $7.5 million from checkpoint taxation," they wrote.
UN Security Council banned charcoal exports from Somalia in 2012 in a bid to
cut off funds for Al Shabab, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group trying to topple
Somalia's Western-backed central government and impose its own rule based on
its strict interpretation of Islam's sharia law.
to the report, criminal networks are using Iran as a transit point for illicit
Somali charcoal exports.
became a transit point for the shipments – which breach a UN ban on Somali
charcoal exports – after Oman tightened its customs procedures, said the
March the main destination for shipments – using fake country of origin
certificates from Comoros, Ivory Coast and Ghana – has been ports in Iran,
where the charcoal is packaged into white bags labeled "Product of
bags were then reloaded onto smaller, Iran-flagged dhows [boats], and exported
to Port Al Hamriya, Dubai, UAE, using certificates of origin falsely indicating
the 'country of manufacture' of the charcoal as Iran," the monitors wrote.
Ambassador to the UN Lana Nusseibeh said she could not comment because the
report had not yet been published.
being said, the UAE is fully aware of all Security Council resolutions and is
in full compliance with the sanctions imposed," she told Reuters. "We
also reaffirm our continued cooperation with the Monitoring Group throughout
Iranian mission to the UN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
addition to earnings from charcoal, Al Shabab is making millions of dollars
annually via tolls on vehicles in areas where they man checkpoints and through
taxes on businesses, agriculture and livestock.
this "generates more than enough revenue to sustain its insurgency",
the monitors wrote.
an International Monetary Fund program, the government in Mogadishu is
implementing public finance reforms, and domestic revenues have quadrupled
since 2012 to the end of 2017 according to the finance ministry.
however reported last year that the United States had decided to suspend food
and fuel aid to most of Somalia's armed forces over corruption concerns.
citizen Lara Alqasem, 22, has been held in detention in Israel’s Ben-Gurion
Airport since last Tuesday, for supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign
against the regime.
who has a valid student’s visa and was registered to study a graduate course at
Israel's Hebrew University, was detained by Israeli authorities at the airport
for supporting the Palestinian cause.
whose grandparents are from Palestine, is a former president of the University
of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine.
“crime,” according to Israeli authorities, is that while studying for her
bachelor’s degree Alqasem was president of a group that advocates the
pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.
BDS movement is a Palestinian-led international campaign launched more than a
decade ago with the aim of ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian
pursues equal rights for Palestinians by exerting pressure on the Israeli
regime via economic and cultural boycotts.
will not allow entry to those who work to harm the country, whatever their
excuse," Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister, Gilad Erdan, said on Monday.
said Alqasem will remain in detention until she repudiates her past activities.
attorney, Yotam Ben-Hallel, who has already filed an appeal to the Tel Aviv
District Court which ruled on Monday that Alqasem will remain indefinitely in
detention, argued that Alqasem has never actively participated in boycott
talking about someone who simply wants to study in Israel … She's not even part
of the student organization anymore," Ben-Hillel said.
who is registered to study for a master’s degree in Human Rights and
Transitional Justice, has received support from the Hebrew University's
400-strong academia, as well as other university and institutions of higher
education around Israel which have also called for Alqasem to be allowed into
Alqasem from entering the country “could deter foreign scholars and students
from coming to Israel,” and “should be taken only for the strongest and
clearest reasons – preventing violence and lawbreaking. In Alqasem’s case no
such claims were presented,” the Hebrew University senate said in a statement.
CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Over the centuries there have been many atrocities
committed in the name of religion.
think, if people of different religions understood each other better, there
would be less conflict and more peace.
local educational opportunity to that end is available for the next three
Catherine Townsend’s girls were little, she read from a children’s book called
People, with colorful illustrations of people from other lands. She taught them
about the differences between people around the world.
feels understanding such differences, especially concerning religion, can
lessen conflict and promote peace.
all live on the same planet, and we all want to get along and live in harmony.
All of us were created by God and created in his image and that makes us all
brothers and sisters and so, we need to get along, because it’s a mandate of
all three religions," Townsend said.
she and others who belong to the Welcome Table have organized three sessions to
learn more about differences and common ground between Islam, Judaism and
Christianity, each of which she calls children of Abraham.
Elfy Shah from the Islamic religion will tell us about her core beliefs, then
next week George Bodoin of the temple Sinai will talk to us about their core
beliefs and then finally Rev. Boo Kay will present the Christian
viewpoint," Townsend explained.
says coming together will give all a chance to learn from each other.
believe very strongly that there’s a richness in our diversity, but we’re also
looking for what we have in common. This is not a debate. There’s no
proselytizing here. We want people to understand how the other is
different," Townsend said.
professor at the University of Florida appealed Tuesday for the release of a
former student who has been held by Israeli authorities for a week.
Alqasem, a U.S. citizen, has been in Israeli custody since arriving at Ben
Gurion International Airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa hoping to
study law, human rights and freedom of travel at Hebrew University in
officials are denying 22-year-old Alqasem entry based on allegations that she
supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which urges
businesses, educational institutions and celebrities to cut ties with Israel.
movement has long been criticized by Israeli officials, and the Israeli
parliament, known as the Knesset, passed a law in 2017 allowing authorities to
deny entry to individuals who make public calls for a boycott of Israel.
Abend-David, who taught Alqasem at the University of Florida, said he is
"one of many people," including her former professors, who think she
should be released and allowed to study immediately.
who taught her was very impressed with her," he told Anadolu Agency.
"There’s a very active group of professors here on campus who are working
of the proposals being floated, Abend-David said, is a reevaluation of the
university's study abroad program in Israel.
could effectively make Israel's policy of denying entry to BDS supporters an
asked if he thought Israeli officials could ironically be accomplishing BDS'
goals for the movement, Abend-David pointed to two works of Soviet-era Russian
literature that he said "made the point that bureaucrats don’t see
University President Asher Cohen told Israel's Army Radio that Israel's actions
could harm the university's anti-BDS efforts and could end up serving the
movement instead, according to the Times of Israel.
earlier Tuesday conditioned Alqasem's release on her issuing a public apology
for her alleged support of the global boycott.
Alqasem comes forward tomorrow morning with her own voice, not with all sorts
of lawyers' wisecracking and statements that could be construed this way or
another – and declares that supporting BDS, she thinks today, is illegitimate
and she regrets what she did on this matter, we will consider our stance,”
Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan said on Twitter on Tuesday.
first appeal against the Israeli decision to deny her entry was denied last
week. A second appeal is expected to be heard in the coming days.
U.S. State Department on Tuesday punted on questions about Alqasem's case,
saying it is up to Israel to decide who it allows into the country.
officials and their supporters have regularly alleged the BDS movement is
inherently anti-Semitic. But when asked if he thought Alqasem was anti-Semitic
herself, Abend-David was unequivocal in his response.
Loomer is no shrinking violet. Whether it is shaming Democratic congressman
Keith Ellison who has recently come out denying allegations of domestic abuse,
or disrupting a congressional hearing of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the Arizona
woman has become a citizen reporter trying to highlight issues that the
mainstream media seems uncomfortable to handle.
detractors label her as the quintessential alt-right figure, though not too
long ago it was the left that employed her tactics.
Sunday, Loomer came to Canada and within no time managed to expose blatant
religious discrimination by an Islamic group at their event “Carry the Light”
that the mainstream dared not cover.
was here to listen to her polar opposite, the hijabi-wearing Linda Sarsour who
had been invited to speak at an event open to “anyone seeking knowledge,”
hosted by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
with Sarsour was the Saudi-educated Islamic cleric Siraj Wahhaj, whose sons and
daughters were recently involved in the New Mexico compound where it has been
alleged by prosecutors children were trained to be school shooters.
up to the event, ICNA made the following announcement on Facebook: “With
suggestion from our esteemed scholar speakers at Carry the Light Conversation,
we are pleased to announce that Sunday’s entire day is now open free of cost
for anyone seeking the knowledge. So please come with your family and friends
and gain and spread the knowledge, the cost of the ticket is on us.”
as Loomer approached the entrance to the ICNA event on Sunday, she was stopped
by a man in a dapper green jacket who told her the event “is free only for the
Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy by her side, Loomer persisted: “So
Christians and Jews are not welcome to this event? Only Muslims allowed?” she
asked. Another man standing further back intervened and confirmed to Loomer
that the event was “only for Muslims.”
the exasperated Loomer could say another word, the man in the green jacket
reached towards the camera and tried to stop the recording, insisting “it is
against the law.”
who had been silent so far, intervened to remind the ICNA official: “It is
against the law to discriminate on religious grounds, sir. That’s against the
and caught on the wrong foot, the official then threatened to call the police.
police are right here,” responded Loomer, gesturing to an officer immediately
beside them. “Who are you going to call? The Sharia Police?”
their invitation to the Sunday event ICNA boasted of its “vision … of love,
compassion, and caring environment for all.”
a lot like doublespeak and leads many to worry about what is said and taught
behind the closed doors of events open “only for Muslims.”
challenge now is for ordinary Muslim Canadians to take back the leadership of
their community. They should be on guard against the presence of any Islamists
who are ideologically linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Jamaat-e-Islami.
we don’t, we will be seen as permanent outsiders in the West. Let’s embrace
Western Civilization and demolish the citadels behind which we sulk and curse
the very values that allow us freedom of speech and the right to practice
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he does not know anything about Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance.
added that he has not yet spoken with Saudi Arabian officials about the case,
which happened a week ago.
speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, said he would speak with
Saudi officials at some point about the situation.
Arabia and its de facto leader, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, are among
authoritarian entities “clearly inspired” by US President Donald Trump’s totalitarian
policies, says senior US Senator Bernie Sanders.
Vermont lawmaker made the comments during a speech on authoritarian threats at
the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies on
this authoritarian trend certainly did not begin with Donald Trump, there’s no
question that other authoritarian leaders around the world have drawn
inspiration from the fact that the president of the world’s oldest and most
powerful democracy is shattering democratic norms, is viciously attacking an
independent media and an independent judiciary, and is scapegoating the weakest
and most vulnerable members of our society," he said.
independent senator exemplified Saudi Arabia as “a country clearly inspired by
further cited the recent disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal
was last seen late last week after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul,
where Turkish officials insist that he was killed inside the facility, an
allegation denied by Saudi officials.
this is true, if the Saudi regime murdered a journalist critic in their own
consulate, there must be accountability, and there must be an unequivocal
condemnation by the United States," Sanders said. "But it seems clear
that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman feels emboldened by the Trump
administration’s unquestioning support."
also noted that "it's hard to imagine" Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu could be "aggressively undermining the longstanding
goal of a two-state solution" if he did not enjoy the New York
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Saudi Arabia to back a
"thorough investigation" into the disappearance of prominent Saudi
dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after entering the
Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.
call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of
Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that
investigation," Pompeo said in a statement on Monday.
comes after the Washington Post urged the US government to "demand
answers" from Saudi Arabia about Khashoggi – an opinion writer for the
United States must now make a concerted effort to determine all the facts about
Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance," the newspaper said in an editorial late
was known for his critical views on Riyadh. He lived in self-imposed exile in
the US since September 2017, when he left Saudi Arabia amid a crackdown on
New Yorker said in a recent article that the journalist had told it in August
that he was worried about his life. Khashoggi also opposed Riyadh's aggression
59-year-old was reported missing last week after entering the Saudi consulate
in Istanbul, where he intended to obtain a document necessary to finalize his
divorce from his wife. He reportedly never came out of the consulate. Turkish
sources later told the Reuters news agency that the journalist had been killed
inside the building.
adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he
believed Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate.
reports of his unconfirmed death have sparked outrage. US President Donald
Trump on Monday said he was "concerned" about Khashoggi's disappearance,
and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was monitoring the case
said Saudi Arabia’s consulate must “prove” that Khashoggi made exit from the
a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday, Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman claimed that Khashoggi “entered” the consulate
and “got out after a few minutes or one hour.”
activist and 2011 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman said she
believed Khashoggi “was kidnapped in this gangster's den that is supposed to be
(AA): Turkish and U.S. soldiers on Tuesday are beginning joint training on
combined patrols in Manbij, northern Syria, Turkey’s national defense minister
has announced. Syrian Government considers presence of US and Turkish troops
illegal as they have not been invited by Syria.
of today the Turkish and U.S. Armed Forces began joint training on combined
patrolling activities, which will be held in the region, as part of the Manbij
Roadmap and Security Principles,” Hulusi Akar told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
that the first group of U.S. personnel arrived in Gaziantep, southeastern
Turkey on Oct. 2 for training, Akar said: “Following the completion of
training, common united patrolling activities will begin in an effort to
establish stability and security in the region and to prevent terrorist
activities in the future.”
independent patrolling in Manbij has been “continuing as planned” since June
18, he added.
recent reports of the YPG/PKK terror group surrounding the Manbij district
center with trenches and embankments, Akar said: “We have given the necessary
warnings to U.S. authorities regarding the matter but have also taken our own
terror group must know that when the time and place comes it will be buried in
the trenches it has dug,” he warned.
Manbij deal between Turkey and the U.S. focuses on the withdrawal of terrorist
YPG/PKK forces from the city to stabilize the region, which is in the northeast
of the Aleppo province in northern Syria.
its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has taken 40,000
lives, including many women and children. The YPG is its Syrian branch.
British Imam has accused the Saudi government of firing him from a London
mosque it controls after he criticised Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the
country's royal family.
Masroor, who regularly comments on British-Muslim issues, worked at the
Fitzrovia Mosque, also known as Goodge Street mosque in central London, which
is run by the Saudi-funded Muslim World League.
imam led Friday prayers once a month at the Muslim World League's offices and
ran marriage counselling sessions there before they were cancelled by the
firing took place just days after he used his personal Facebook page to post a
Middle East Eye video and describe the Saudi royal family as being
"corrupt, despotic and totally anti-Islamic".
another post, the imam had also criticised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman and his campaign to arrest activists and Islamic scholars.
am 100 per cent sure that they fired me because of my comments about Mohammed
bin Salman where I said he was not a reformer but a conformer," said
I asked why they were firing me, I was told that it was an order that had come from
the top. Which means the Saudi government wanted me out."
said the mosque management had previously reprimanded him for his vocal
criticism of the Saudi royal family, stating that he was permitted to criticise
Saudi Arabia online, but not inside Goodge Street mosque.
the last five years, I was reprimanded at least five times by the management
for my comments about Saudi Arabia," Masroor told MEE.
would ask me not to speak about the king or the Saudi regime. I had several
heated arguments with the current director on this issue.
the end, we agreed that I would not criticise Saudi Arabia in my sermons, but
[I was] allowed to post my views online, which I regularly do."
who leads Friday prayers at mosques across Britain, also works as a charity
fundraiser, had previously run for political office for the Liberal Democrats
in 2010 and was the chairman of the Islamic Society of Britain.
a statement released online, the Muslim World League said it had "no
option" but to fire Masroor from his position at the mosque.
was agreed with him that the mosque pulpit is not the place to attack people,
governments, group or sector to express certain political views," said the
Regional Director of the Muslim World League.
(Ajmal Masroor) continued provoking public opinion against the individuals,
governments, causing a stir in the society, shaming and accusing falsely, no
option was left but to stop dealing with him in any way."
League also distanced itself from claims made by Masroor that the mosque had
only given space to Saudi projects.
in 1962, the Muslim World League is one of many Saudi funded groups established
to spread its Wahhabi doctrine. Using the Goodge Street mosque as a base in
London, the league ran classes and held regular services for the local Muslim
to the Pew Research Center, the Saudi government had given approximately $13m
in 1980 to the Muslim World League. This figure has said to have grown since.
research centre also notes that the Muslim World League's primary goal is to
give "Muslim Youth access to the strict interpretation of Islam advocated
by the Saudi religious establishment."
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“continue to explore ways to kill us in our streets” and will eventually use
chemical and biological weapons on British soil, Britain’s Minister of State
for Security Ben Wallace warned Tuesday.
country must face up to the possibility of such attacks, Wallace said.
at a national security conference, Wallace said he sees plots where “the only
limits to the ambition of our adversaries is their imagination”.
and biological weapons are marching in closer,” he added.
said the terrorists “have developed and worked on a better arsenal, and we have
to be prepared that might come to our streets here”.
that there is no doubt over the reality of the threat, Wallace stressed that
“our open, liberal and free societies are easy prey to those that fear little
and care even less”.
team of experts last week revealed various response measures in case of a
chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) attack.
said they have developed tools to determine casualty exposures through rapid
tests, use of drones to measure toxicity in the atmosphere and crisis
communication instruments to stop fake news.
Wallace and speaking at the same event, the country’s top security official,
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, said those kinds of
weapons “have been used on the battlefield, and what’s used on the battlefield
will eventually be adapted to be used on domestic soil”.
said Wallace was “as concerned as I am that these are the kind of threats that
we’ve got to take very seriously and we’ve got to make sure that we have the
right preparations to actually counter that threat, should it appear”.
June, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed new counter-terrorism
legislation, according to Javid, will have six key points, which are to disrupt
threats earlier, to continue necessary support for counter-terrorism policing
and intelligence services, to work more closely with international partners, to
increase cooperation with key partners and the private sector, to work with
technology companies to get terrorist material off the internet and to do more
to prevent people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Terror threat level
terror threat level in the UK is “severe”, which means that a terror attack is
year, 36 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in terror attacks
in London and Manchester.
British government has claimed that in the most debated incident in Salisbury
last March, two Russian military intelligence agents who were identified as
Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov used a banned nerve agent called novichok
targeting former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
another incident in Amesbury, which British authorities say involved the same
nerve agent, a woman died and a man fell seriously ill.
Sturgess, 44, fell ill on June 30 after handling an item contaminated with
novichok and was taken to a hospital, where she later died, while her partner,
Charlie Rowley, 45, was also exposed to the nerve agent and was taken to
hospital in critical condition but later recovered.
government on Tuesday announced the creation of a national hotline to report
antisemitic incidents, following the publication of official statistics in
August which showed an increase of more than 10 percent in the number of attacks
on Jews during 2018.
hotline is the brainchild of Felix Klein, who was appointed by the federal
government as its first antisemitism commissioner last April. Klein has spoken
frequently about the pressing need to document antisemitic attacks accurately,
particularly when it comes to the identities and motives of perpetrators.
Steinitz — director of RIAS, a Berlin-based research institute on antisemitism
whose monitoring of antisemitic incidents is the model for the new government
initiative — told the news outlet Welt on Tuesday that the “overarching goal is
to ensure a nationwide, civil society record of antisemitic incidents.”
well as RIAS, the Central Council of German Jews is a partner to the new
on antisemitism in Germany has been compromised by poor reporting procedures in
the past. According to police statistics, more than 90 percent of antisemitic
attacks are committed by right-wing extremists, in part because of the practice
of automatically assigning responsibility to neo-Nazi and fascist groups in
cases where the motive is unclear. Over the last decade, however, a growing
proportion of antisemitic attacks in Germany have been committed by Muslim
an interview following his appointment in April, Klein emphasized that he was
hearing “something different from Jews in Germany — above all, that Muslim
antisemitism is stronger than is reflected in the statistics.”
creators of the new hotline are hoping that more victims of antisemitic attacks
will come forward than currently do — another loophole in the present reporting
system. Experts consulted by Welt also noted that some acts of antisemitism did
not carry legal penalties in Germany.
Norway's police on Tuesday charged various people over the attempted murder in
1993 of the Norwegian publisher of Salman Rushdie's bestselling book "The
Nygaard, head of Norway's second largest publishing house, was shot three times
outside his Oslo home on October 11, 1993 following a death sentence or fatwa
issued by Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini which condemned Rushdie
and his publishers to death, Efe news reported.
inform all zealous Muslims of the world that the author of the book entitled
The Satanic Verses -- which has been compiled, printed and published in
opposition to Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran -- and all those involved in
its publication who were aware of its content are sentenced to death," the
police said in a statement that they had indicted new suspects to avoid the
case going cold given that Thursday will mark 25 years since the crime and
technically the statue of limitations would put the case into retirement.
police went on to say that the case was not out of date and that they were
still interested in any information people could supply.
officials said that the people who were arrested as suspects were foreign
nationals and do not live in Norway.
organization WikiLeaks has raised suspicions about the way the British media
have been covering the disappearance and alleged death of a Saudi journalist in
Turkey, saying there could be Saudi money at work.
tweet from WikiLeaks said that despite massive media coverage by mainstream
media about the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul, there was almost no mention of the story in the media in the United
Kingdom since they went on print this week.
UK paper today led with the diplomatic crisis over the alleged murder and
dismemberment of Washington Post columnist & journalist #JamalKashoggi
inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul despite AP and Reuters newswires on the
subject. All take Saudi money,” read the post on Twitter on Monday.
has been unaccounted for since last Tuesday when he entered the Saudi
diplomatic mission in Istanbul to receive a certificate about his finished
marriage in Saudi Arabia. Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi was killed in
the consulate but Saudis deny the allegations and say he had left the mission
on foot, without providing any evidence to support the claim.
WikiLeaks criticism of the British media comes amid widespread concerns that
Saudi Arabia has been allowed to freely influence certain outlets in the UK.
Reports over the past weeks even suggested that the Saudis had spent around
$250 million to launch a Farsi television station to spread their propaganda
against Iran, a regional rival.
UK intelligence agencies have reportedly warned Prime Minister Theresa May that
Russia is sending weapons and troops to Libya in order to turn the North
African country into a “new Syria,” an allegation that is likely to further
muddy the waters between Moscow and London.
Sun newspaper reported Monday that “dozens” of officers from the Russia’s GRU
military intelligence service as well as its Special Forces wing, Spetznaz, had
already been deployed to Libya upon Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order.
tabloid newspaper claimed that seizing control of the biggest illegal
immigration route to Europe was Moscow’s biggest objective.
report further claimed that the Russian military was already operating two
bases in Libya’s coastal towns of Tobruk and Benghazi under the cover of a
Russian private military company called the Wagner Group.
is also believed to have deployed batteries of its Kalibr anti-ship missiles
and S-300 air defense systems on the ground in Libya, the report stated.
Putin is doing in Libya is straight out of his playbook for Syria,” one
government source claimed, referring to Russia’s military campaign in support
of the Syrian government against terrorist groups across the country.
official went on to liken Russia’s practices to the 2014 re-integration of the
Crimean Peninsula to Russia.
is a potentially catastrophic move to allow him to undermine Western democracy,
but again we are doing nothing about it,” the source added.
report caused uproar among members of the UK parliament, prompting senior MPs
to call for government action.
is extremely alarming Russia wants to open up a new front against the West in
Libya, but it should also come as no surprise,” Commons Foreign Affairs
committee chairman Tom Tugendhat.
need a coordinated government response because the destabilization of a
sub-Saharan country is intimately linked to UK national security,” he added.
officials have agreed to meet with Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar in
the past. However, the Kremlin denies allegations that it has forces on the
ground in the country.
who leads the Libyan National Army and is considered the de facto military ruler
of much of Eastern Libya, was one of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s
senior commanders but later switched sides.
has faced chaos since an uprising and a NATO military intervention resulted in
the downfall of Gaddafi in 2011.
oil-rich country has been grappling with insecurity and the emergence of
numerous militant groups, including Daesh, since then.
are already running high between Britain and Russia.
of long-divided Mediterranean island are likely to meet soon after release of a
UN report on Cyprus, said the president of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
(TRNC) on Tuesday.
meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades is “possible” after
the release of UN's Cyprus report in October, Mustafa Akinci told reporters at
the Presidential Palace in Lefkosa.
would like to have this [meeting] to happen at a time not too far,” he added.
the meeting with Anastasiades, Akinci said, he expects to determine the opening
date of the Derinya and Aplic border crossings and announce it to public.
want a peaceful future on this island,” Akinci said. “We do not want the
continuation of status quo in Cyprus,” he added.
September, following a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in
New York, Akinci said the report by Jane Holl Lute -- appointed by Guterres as
the temporary advisor to conduct consultations on Cyprus -- was not ready yet.
said the report was going to be submitted to Guterres in one or two weeks and
to the UN Security Council on Oct. 15.
added that the report would be discussed on Oct. 30.
was divided into a Turkish Cypriot state in the north and a Greek Cypriot
administration in the south after 1974 military coup was followed by violence
against the island’s Turkish people, and Turkey’s intervention as a guarantor
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday praised cooperation between Ankara
and Budapest, describing it as “exemplary".
are working hard mutually with Hungary, which we have deep and rooted ties, to
improve our cooperation,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter, following his two-day
official visit to the country.
cooperation with Hungary within the scope of international organizations such
as NATO, Council of Europe and European Union is exemplary,” Erdogan added.
said the relations between the two countries boosted after a high-level
strategic cooperation council was established in 2013.
bilateral trade volume between the two countries climbed to $ 2.6 billion in
2017, he added.
will move forward with concrete steps to reach $5 billion trade volume,”
Turkish president paid the visit to Hungary on Monday and Tuesday upon the
invitation of his Hungarian counterpart Janos Ader.
was accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, Turkish Presidential spokesman
Ibrahim Kalin and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
also met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and addressed a business forum.
the business meeting, Erdogan officially inaugurated the restored Tomb of Gul
Baba in the capital Budapest and paid a visit to the Budapest Turkish Memorial
Saudi ambassador to Germany has returned to Berlin almost a full year after
being recalled by Riyadh, the Saudi Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday.
Ambassador to Germany Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan is returning [to
Germany] to resume his work," the ministry said in a statement.
Sultan, the ministry added, had since met with German Foreign Minister Heiko
Maas, with whom he had discussed "all aspects of bilateral
recalled bin Sultan from Berlin late last year after Germany’s then-Foreign
Minister Sigmar Gabriel publicly criticized Saudi foreign policy.
last month, however, Saudi Arabia said Berlin had “voiced regret” for the
“misunderstanding”, calling on Maas to visit Saudi Arabia at the earliest
fiancée of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post on Wednesday
asked President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to "help shed
light" on his disappearance.
request on behalf of Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared a week ago while visiting
the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, comes as Turkey said it was preparing to
search the diplomatic post.
Saudi officials haven't acknowledged the pending search, it would represent an
extraordinary development in a case that has Turkish officials saying they fear
Mr Khashoggi was killed there. Though Riyadh has dismissed the allegation as
"baseless," their possible consent to a search shows the increasing
international pressure the kingdom faces over Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.
on Wednesday in the Post, Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz acknowledged the
writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat
concerned that he could be in danger." He later returned October 2 after
being promised needed paperwork so the two could be married.
surveillance video image surfaced on Tuesday showing Mr Khashoggi walking into
the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighbourhood. So far, there's
no public evidence showing he ever walked out, nor any released by Turkish
officials about why they believe Mr Khashoggi was killed.
this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed
light on Jamal's disappearance," Ms Cengiz wrote. "I also urge Saudi
Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show
the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the
added: "Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis
between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what
ambassador to the US on Tuesday said said that reports of Mr Khashoggi being
detained and killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are "absolutely
false and baseless".
and leaks on what happened to Mr Khashoggi’s fate are “malicious" and
“outrageous” Prince Khalid bin Salman said. "Jamal has many friends in the
Kingdom, including myself, and despite our differences, and his choice to go
into his so-called 'self-exile', we still maintained regular contact when he
was in Washington."
Khashoggi, who wrote critically for the Post about Prince Mohammed's rise to
power, also sought to become a US citizen, Ms Cengiz wrote. He had been in a
self-imposed exile in the US since last year, fearful of the prince's low
tolerance for criticism. President Trump, who took his first overseas trip as
US president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties
to Prince Mohammed, said he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Mr
I will be at some point," he said on Tuesday, without elaborating.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy also said on Tuesday that Saudi
authorities have notified Ankara that they were "open to cooperation"
and would allow the consulate building to be searched. It's unclear when such a
search would take place.
LILAS, France — There could scarcely be a spectacle more French than elderly
matrons and young fathers vying for choice cuts of veal on a weekend morning.
But the popularity of Les Jumeaux, an artisanal butcher shop in this Paris
suburb, is something of a feat.
the meat here — from the bison to the boudin blanc to the Wagyu beef — is
halal. And the 28-year-old twin brothers who run the shop have managed to
attract a diverse clientele and critical acclaim at a moment when there is
intense resistance to halal meat in Western Europe.
regional government in Austria recently proposed that people buying halal or
kosher meat should have to register with authorities. There have been periodic
“scares” in Britain over customers being sold unlabeled halal meat. Until a
constitutional court overturned it, Poland imposed a ban on halal and kosher
slaughter. The party platform of the far-right Alternative for Germany includes
a similar provision.
argument in some cases has been driven by animal rights activists. In others,
the debate is more about the perceived quality of the meat. And often
underlying it all are essential questions of identity and belonging.
meat to be classified as halal — meaning, broadly, permissible according to
Islam — the animal in question must be slaughtered in a certain way: with a
sharp incision to the front of the throat, and with a blessing.
is similar to kosher slaughter practices that comply with Jewish dietary law,
although the two religions have different rules about what parts of an animal
may be eaten.
fight over animal rights centers on whether halal slaughter is more or less
humane than other practices.
Europe, there has been a movement — enshrined in European Union law — to
require that animals be stunned before they are killed, so that they are
unconscious and do not feel pain or distress. Exceptions can be granted,
however, for religious practice. And critics charge that halal slaughter causes
unnecessary suffering at the time of death.
butcher shops in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis in Paris. (Julien
Pebrel/M.Y.O.P./For The Washington Post)
note that many animals slaughtered according to halal practice in Europe —
including more than 84 percent of halal slaughter in Britain — are, in fact,
pre-stunned, which is widely considered acceptable if done in a way that an
animal can be returned to normal consciousness. (By contrast, kosher slaughter
traditions also pay specific attention to animal well-being — not only at the
moment of death but throughout life. Animals are not to be caged or abused. No
animal should have to suffer the distress of seeing another animal killed. And
the knife used for slaughter should be as sharp as possible, with the idea that
a swift, precise cut minimizes pain.
some Muslim consumers, halal products signal ethical production that other
meats may not have undergone. “It’s understood that they have certain
attitudes,” said Bogac Ergene, a historian at the University of Vermont who
co-wrote “Halal Food: A History.” “It’s a comfort for a Muslim to see some kind
of halal packaging.”
comfort may in some cases be misplaced. In France, for instance, multiple halal
certifiers exist, and each abides by its own practices and standards, although
all are based on religious sources. “Any observer can enter the market,” said
Yasser Louati, a Muslim community organizer. “We don’t know how they set their
standards; it’s unclear even for the consumers themselves.”
the global market for halal meats has grown, a number of producers have turned
to factory farming. And undercover videos have revealed mistreatment at certain
halal’s defenders say those cases point to systemic problems within the
industry rather than problems specific to halal, and they suggest that animal
rights activists are somewhat cynical in their focus on halal.
need some victories and the easiest way to get them is to focus on soft
targets, i.e., targets which are marginal in terms of volume,” Fetallah Otmani,
managing director of AVS, France’s largest halal certifier, said in an
interview published this year in the organization’s newsletter. “Besides, it’s
an even more interesting target as anything related to Islam is likely to
receive greater political and media attention.”
line of resistance to halal meats relates to quality. Although there is little
about the method of slaughter that should affect taste, there is an impression
in some quarters that halal products are inferior — the sort of food you might
get from a shawarma cart on the street as opposed to a fine restaurant. In
France, insistence on halal meats is seen
some as a rejection of the centuries-old artisanal traditions that have helped
to establish the nation’s gastronomic superiority. Some reports have claimed
that the halal market is like a clearance sale, offering “old animals,
especially sheep, past their usefulness” and “animals whose physical
characteristics exclude them from standard marketing channels.”
are myths that the brothers who run Les Jumeaux have had to push against.
Loumi, front, and his twin brother, Karim, are the owners of Les Jumeaux (“the
twins”), a halal butcher shop in Les Lilas, in the eastern suburbs of Paris.
(Julien Pebrel/M.Y.O.P./For The Washington Post)
cuts of meat at Les Jumeaux. (Julien Pebrel/M.Y.O.P./For The Washington Post)
hang inside a cooler. (Julien Pebrel/M.Y.O.P./For The Washington Post)
am Muslim. I am an Arab. But I am also producing products of quality,” said
Slim Loumi of Les Jumeaux, noting that the shop produces the same kind of
brochettes and blanquettes de veau beloved by many French customers. “We are
100 percent halal, but we really are artisanal, and in the French tradition.”
perhaps most of all, halal has been a source of controversy in Western Europe
because, for some, the designation is synonymous with cultural self-segregation
and “Islamization.” This is especially the case in France, a staunchly secular
society, where dietary restrictions that come from religious dictates are often
seen as undermining the ties that bind all citizens.
employee of Les Jumeaux serves a customer. (Julien Pebrel/M.Y.O.P./For The
El Karoui, an adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron and a proponent of
further assimilation, has reinforced this view, arguing that eating halal
products is not so much a religious requirement as it is a “social marker” and
a sign of “the penetrations of Islamist behaviors.” He further notes that
Islamic groups make significant earnings by selling and certifying halal meat,
and he proposes instead that France “run the cult.”
the most explosive topics are public school cafeterias and whether French republican
values permit observant Muslim and Jewish students to skip weekly pork
offerings in favor of “substitution meals.”
the right side of the political spectrum, the answer has been a resounding
“non.” This year, Julien Sanchez, the far-right mayor of Beaucaire, in southern
France, outlawed alternatives to pork in local schools. “My decision is so that
the republic wins, that in France the republic has priority and not religion,”
Sanchez told The Washington Post in January.
center-right Mayor Nicole Goueta in the Paris suburb of Colombes has launched a
crusade against halal establishments, insisting that businesses cater to all
customers rather than a select few. One small grocery that did not sell pork or
alcohol was forced to close.
Brazil, a halal churrascaria, has managed to resist the mayor’s demand to start
serving alcohol — but has been repeatedly denied a permit for a lucrative
outside terrace, according to its proprietor.
do you want me to serve alcohol in this establishment? If I rent an apartment,
it would be the same thing as demanding I keep cheese in my fridge when I don’t
like cheese,” said Mohammed Boucherit, 36.
halal butchers and, further down the supply chain, restaurant proprietors such
as Boucherit, the halal issue — if there even is an issue — is hardly about
identity. In communities with large Muslim populations, it is a basic economic
Colombes, Boucherit said, roughly 70 percent of the community buys halal meat.
“There’s a very strong demand,” he said. “As a businessman, why would I do
something counter to the market?”
for some, halal represents an example of the failure of Muslim assimilation, it
also contains the potential for greater integration, through products that are
available to all.
it is marketed as “wholesome, healthy, ethical and nutritious, halal can have
meaning beyond the Muslim community,” said Febe Armanios, the other co-author
of “Halal: A History” and a historian at Middlebury College.
us, what matters is quality,” Loumi said. “We are open to everybody.”
British Army has launched an investigation spurred by social media posts
showing uniformed military personnel posing with Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a
far-right anti-Muslim activist better known as Tommy Robinson.
are aware of a photograph and video of a group of Army personnel on social
media and are investigating the circumstances surrounding this,” an Army
spokesperson said Tuesday, British media reported. “Anyone who is in breach of
the Army’s values and standards will face administrative action.”
social media posts were shared through Mr. Robinson’s official accounts this
week and showed him meeting several enthusiastic, smiling young men in uniform.
moment like this makes it all worth while,” Mr. Robinson captioned a video he
shared on YouTube of the military personnel chanting him name.
heroes,” he captioned a similar post on Instagram.
Robinson, the co-founder and former leader of the English Defense League, or
EDL, has gained notoriety in the U.K. and abroad for espousing racist rhetoric
denouncing Islam and immigrants. He parted ways with the group in 2013 and
subsequently became involved in the British chapter of a German far-right
group, Pedgida, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the
Occident, prior to co-writing a book last year called “Mohammed’s Koran: Why
Muslims Kill for Islam.”
right ideology is completely at odds with the values and ethos of the Armed
Forces,” the U.K. Army spokesperson told British media Tuesday. “The Armed
Forces have robust measures in place to ensure those exhibiting extremist views
are neither tolerated nor permitted to serve.”
verdict on the 2004 terror attack on the Awami League leadership to be
delivered on October 10 is expected to be crucial as Bangladesh heads for its
elections. Opposition BNP maintains that the case is a vindictive move by the
Sheikh Hasina government whereas activists described the attack as
cases were filed after the August 21, 2004 grenade attack at a political rally
in Dhaka which left 24 dead, including prominent leader of Awami League Ivy
Rahman. Ms. Hasina survived the attack with injuries.
verdict is significant due to the current pre-election season of Bangladesh
politics and because of the fact that the acting chairperson of BNP Tarique
Rahman is a prime accused in the murder case. Hearing in the case concluded in
September and the date to announce verdict was fixed as October 10.
“21 August case” was extraordinary even in the violent political history of
Bangladesh as it was one of the biggest attacks on political class of the
country in the last four decades. Prosecutor of the War Crimes Tribunal Tureen
Afroz said that the grenade attack was an attempt to “depoliticise the entire
system of democracy in Bangladesh”.
is a shame that following the brutal attack, the then BNP Government did not
only try its level best to tamper the crucial evidence but also tried to put an
end to the process of administration of justice by staging a false political
drama. That is why the long-awaited verdict in this case is very crucial to
ensure justice and to counter the State-sponsored political terrorism in
Bangladesh,” Ms. Afroz said.
case is crucial as it will determine the career of Mr. Rahman who is the son of
former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. Observers say that the Bench in the
fast track court is likely to deliver exemplary verdict in the case against the
top level BNP leaders.
days before the verdict, speaking to The Hindu, BNP’s general secretary Mirza
Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that his party will go to the people seeking remedy
to the charges that he described “politically motivated”.
such a situation, we will go to the people and launch a movement for justice
because that is all a democratic political party can do in such a situation,”
Mr. Alamgir said about the strategy to counter the verdict on Wednesday.
- Myanmar is "unable and unwilling" to investigate its abuses against
Rohingya Muslims, a UN rights envoy has said, bolstering calls for the
country's generals to be hauled before an international court.
UN fact-finding mission has called for Myanmar's top brass to be investigated
for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes over a brutal crackdown
against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state that forced more than 720,000 of the
beleaguered minority to flee the country to Bangladesh.
has dismissed the allegations, slamming the UN body as biased, and the
government has set up its own committee to investigate the crimes.
UN special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee - who has been barred from
entering the country since December - said the government has shown little
capacity for an unbiased probe into the violence, saying it has taken
"limited and insufficient steps".
is unable and unwilling to discharge its obligation to conduct credible,
prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations and
prosecutions," Lee said in a report she published via her Twitter account
on Monday. Given Myanmar's refusal to hold itself accountable, she added, it
was up to international courts to seek justice.
onus is on the international community to take action," she warned.
"Any delay in instituting justice will only result in more
her conclusions she recommended the UN should "refer the situation in
Myanmar to the International Criminal Court immediately". The northern
part of Rakhine has been on lockdown since the violence broke out last August,
with journalists and observers only allowed to visit on short, chaperoned
investigators - who authored the explosive fact-finding report - were not
allowed into the country while Lee has been barred from entering Myanmar since
December for her sharp criticisms of the government's treatment of the
Rohingya. Lee said she had asked India for permission to meet Rohingya refugees
there but received no response from Delhi.
de facto leader Suu Kyi - once lionised by the international community as a
democracy icon - has seen a sharp fall from grace following her refusal to
speak out against the military.
UN fact-finding mission has pointed out that her government's attempts to
whitewash facts had worsened the situation for the embattled Rohingya.
also raised alarm over declining press freedom in Myanmar after Reuters
journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were jailed for seven years each after
reporting on the military's role in the massacre of 10 Rohingya men in Inn Din
village in northern Rakhine.
their prosecution as "spurious", she called for the pair to be
military has denied almost all accusations of genocide levelled against it,
insisting that "clearance operations" were necessary to fight
International Criminal Court has ruled that an investigation will go ahead as
Bangladesh - which has received the Rohingya refugees fleeing across the border
- is a signatory of the Rome statute that created the court.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that the ‘enemy propaganda’ would not create
barriers on the way of the Afghan people to participate in the elections,
emphasizing that the elections would be secured in a proper way.
made the remarks during a meeting of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
organized in Presidential Palace on Tuesday.
comes as the Taliban group had earlier warned that the group would carry out
attacks against the election targets, claiming that elections are a conspiracy
of the West and the U.S.
the meantime, the Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the
security and defense officials presented their reports regarding the possible
threats, security precautions considered for voting centers, and delivery of
the electoral materials to the provinces.
election candidate was among eight killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on
Tuesday, officials said, days ahead of a parliamentary vote that militants have
vowed to disrupt.
11 people were wounded when the attacker blew himself up inside Saleh Mohammad
Asikzai's campaign office in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, Helmand
provincial governor spokesman Omar Zhwak told AFP.
a young first-time candidate, was campaigning on a platform of “positive
was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Helmand has long been
a stronghold for the Taliban, which was toppled from power in a US-led invasion
Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and said Afghans who believed in democracy
would not allow “terrorists” to stop the elections.
is not clear how many people were inside the room at the time of the blast,
which comes a day after the Taliban warned candidates to pull out of the
“bogus” election scheduled for October 20.
the polls as a “malicious American conspiracy” and urging voters to boycott
them, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the militants would pull no punches
to disrupt the ballot.
was the second suicide attack to target a parliamentary candidate since
campaigning officially kicked off on September 28.
attack on a rally in the eastern province of Nangarhar on October 2 killed 13
people and wounded more than 40. The Islamic State group claimed the attack,
which the candidate survived.
had been expected to escalate ahead of the poll, which more than 2,500
candidates are contesting. Tuesday's attack takes the number of candidates
murdered in targeted killings to at least six.
of civilians also have been killed or wounded in poll-related violence in
for the ballot, which is a test run for next year's presidential vote, have
been in turmoil for months and there has been debate about whether the vote
should go ahead.
inefficiency, allegations of industrial-scale fraud and an eleventh-hour pledge
for biometric verification of voters threaten to derail the process, which is
three years late.
54,000 members of Afghanistan's beleaguered security forces will be responsible
for protecting more than 5,000 polling centres on election day.
there are concerns over how they will manage as the Taliban and IS step up
attacks across the country.
Taliban carried out an attack in the northern Afghan province of
Jawzjan, killing at least 15 security officers and injuring 26 others, local
media reported on Monday, citing sources.
attack took place on Sunday night and targeted check posts in the province’s
Qosh Tepa district, according to the Tolo News broadcaster.
a security police official, Kamaluddin Yawar, provided another number of
victims. He told the media outlet the attack claimed the lives of four security
officers and left four others wounded, while at least 30 Taliban insurgents
were killed, and 19 others suffered injuries.
Jawzjan authorities pointed out that without air support the province may fall
to the Taliban, stressing that clashes were continuing in the region, the
outlet added. A solider told the Tolo News that over 10 security officers had
been surrounded by the Taliban at a check post, and were facing risk to be
killed or forced to surrender. The Taliban, along with various terror
organizations, including the Islamic State (IS, banned in Russia), have long
been threatening Afghanistan’s security.
Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan (MoI) reacted at the threats of the Taliban
group for targeting the parliamentary and district council elections which are
due to be organized in less than two weeks.
in a statement said parliamentary elections is one of the pillars of democracy
and the people of Afghanistan are well aware of the democratic and national
statement further added that the people of Afghanistan enrolled their names for
the upcoming elections despite the security issues.
also added in its statement that the security forces have stepped up efforts to
ensure security of the elections so that the Afghan people could cast their
votes in a peaceful environment.
response to the threats of the Taliban group for targeting the elections, MoI
slammed the group for spreading rumors that the elections process is a foreign
project and has no links with the people of Afghanistan.
Ministry also slammed the group for killing the innocent Afghans for the past
18 years to appease their foreign supporters, emphasizing that the group once
again attempts to carry out a psychological and war of propaganda against the
statement also added that the Taliban group has announced issued a repetitive
statement which has been given by the foreign supporters, insisting that there
is nothing new in the statement of the group issued regarding the elections.
Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has threatened to carry out attacks
against the election targets during the upcoming parliamentary and district
that the elections are conspiracies of the West and the United States, the
group in a statement said “The Islamic Emirate instructs all its Mujahidin to
halt this American led process throughout the country by creating severe
obstacles for it, while taking extensive and intensive care of civilian Afghan
lives and their properties.”
least five Taliban militants were blown up by own explosives as they were
placing an Improvised Explosive Device on a roadside in western Farah province
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the incident has taken place in
the vicinity of Posht Rod district.
statement further added that five Taliban militants, who were planting an
Improvised Explosive Device on a roadside in Nehal Dasht village of Posht Rod,
were killed after the explosives went off prematurely.
Taliban militants and other militants often use improvised explosive device as
the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government
in majority of such attacks the ordinary civilians are killed while in some
cases the Taliban militants are themselves blown up in premature explosions.
elements must immediately end the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of
all improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in areas frequented by civilians, said
UNAMA in a special human rights report released few days earlier.
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