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China Turned Kashgar, An Ancient Town In Northwest China, Into A Prison
is an ancient town in northwest China. Hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and
other Muslims from this region have been detained in camps, drawing
international condemnation. But outside the camps, Uighurs live in a virtual
has built a vast net of controls that shows the Communist Party’s vision of
automated authoritarianism. Neighbors become informants.
are interrogated. Mosques are monitored.
visited Kashgar several times to see what life is like. We couldn’t interview
residents — that would have been too risky for them, because we were constantly
followed by the police. But the restrictions were everywhere.
100 yards or so, police stand at checkpoints with guns, shields and clubs. Many
are Uighurs. The surveillance couldn’t work without them.
minorities line up, stone-faced, to swipe their official identity cards. At big
checkpoints, they lift their chins while a machine takes their photos, and wait
to be notified if they can go on.
police sometimes take Uighurs’ phones and check to make sure they have
installed compulsory software that monitors calls and messages.
is in China’s far west, but it feels more part of Central Asia. Ethnic
minorities — including Uighurs, Kazakhs and Tajiks — outnumber the Han Chinese
majority here. They are mostly Sunni Muslims with their own cultures and
so often, a police officer in uniform stopped us, searched our phones for
pictures and deleted any they said were sensitive.
their choices made no sense. One officer erased a picture of a camel, though I
was able to restore it. “In China there are no whys,” he said.
Uighurs, the surveillance is even more pervasive. Neighborhood monitors are
assigned to watch over groups of families.
army of millions of police and official monitors can question Uighurs and
search their homes. They grade residents for reliability. A low grade brings
more visits, maybe detention.
fled Kashgar to Turkey three years ago and has lost touch with her family in
Xinjiang. But she remembers the searches:
don’t care if it’s morning or night, they would come in every time they want.”
have been taking away the children of detainees. We don’t know how many, but
the government says that orphanages held 7,000 children across Kashgar alone
cameras are everywhere. In streets, doorways, shops, mosques. We counted 20
cameras on one stretch of street.
one little shop, dozens of locals come every day to buy samsa, a baked pastry
filled with mince. Here too, and in nearly every shop, cameras are watching.
cameras and checkpoints suck up oceans of information about people. But who is
viewing all these images?
companies are earning a fortune selling this surveillance technology. They make
it sound like a sci-fi miracle allowing the police to track people with laser
spend time in Xinjiang and you see that the surveillance state acts more like a
sledgehammer — sweeping, indiscriminate; as much about intimidation as
intimidation works. We visited one of the few mosques in the city that remain
open, the famed Id Kah mosque. Only a few dozen men came for the main prayers
on a Friday, the main Islamic day of worship. A few years ago, thousands of
the mosque, worshippers register and go through a security check. Inside, they
pray under surveillance cameras that the police can monitor.
are interrogated. “In the kindergarten, they would ask little children, ‘Do
your parents read the Quran?’” Dilnur told us.
daughter had a classmate who said, ‘My mom teaches me the Quran.’ The next day,
they are gone.”
very architecture of Kashgar has been altered to make the city easier to
Old City, a mazelike area of mud brick homes, has mostly been demolished. The
government said it was for safety and sanitation. But the rebuilding has also
created wider streets that are easier to monitor and patrol.
areas are still undergoing demolition and reconstruction.
new brick homes seem more comfortable, but Uighurs mourn their old
neighborhoods. Tourists wander the refurbished alleys, often unaware of the
ancient lanes they replaced. But visitors are kept far from the indoctrination
camps on the edge of town.
piece of land in southern Kashgar was empty in August 2016. Today it is a
re-education camp with a capacity of roughly 20,000 people. The government says
it is a vocational training center. A recent satellite image shows the camp
occupies more than 2 million square feet.
camp is not the only one growing. Thirteen camps in Kashgar have all jumped in
size, reaching more than 10 million square feet last year.
have been returning. But many Uighurs still live in corrosive fear. A careless
comment, a vengeful neighbor, a frightened child — all could lead to
questioning, searches, and maybe time in an indoctrination camp.
Pakatan Harapan survive the religious onslaught from Islamists and Malay
was religious duty of Islamists from Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) that enabled
them to pardon Malaysia’s United Malays National Organisation (Umno), the
former political coalition majority component party. Since then, PAS has
changed its “fatwa” or religious edict to anoint Umno as a Muslim, hence
since PAS was once a party “‘For All”, it has linked up with the Malaysian
Chinese Association (MCA) and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) whom PAS now
deems as “halal” political partners in its alliance with the Umno.
we are not trying to examine the emergence of a postliberal halal politics in
Malaysia. However, it is an exciting time for the Muslim majority country with
the creation of a new alignment for a political Islam not seen before in the
is no certainty if the current spectrum of political component parties that
make up the opposition alliance will lead to a two-way fight pitting the
liberal Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in power against a political offering
that can be regarded as hardline Islamic.
what is certain is this: Malay Islamists joining forces with Malay nationalists
is a curse for liberal forces in the country.
Minister Mahathir Mohamad tweaked the PH alliance with a sizeable deal for the
Malay-Muslim representatives. He imposed a cap on the Democratic Action Party’s
list of candidates, thus limiting its presence with a lower number of MP’s than
the Malay-led parties.
however, did not prevent a larger number of non-Muslims MP’s winning under the
PH banner and that has fueled PAS and Umno Malay leaders to stoke the fires in
the Malay belt. They campaigned from day one of their May 2018 defeat with
theories that the Mahathir-led PH government was one made up of mostly “kafirs”
(unbelievers) and that the new PM is a pharaoh who leads a largely non-Muslim
perception took hold among disillusioned Umno supporters, who number in the
millions, and the almost one million unhappy PAS members. Accepting defeat with
a tint of joy, PAS elected 18 MP’s and now controls two states at the expense
defeats tore Umno apart with a temporary loss of faith, only to get a magical
helping hand from PAS. Not to forget PH insiders who are constantly working
against each other for their own selfish interests.
came the spat between Mahathir and the crown prince of the state of Johor which
borders Singapore. That may have added more fuel to the perceived diminishing
Islamic or Malay rule in the country.
that is the handling of the high profile 1MDB scandal by two powerful non-Malay
figureheads, finance minister Lim Guan Eng who hails from the DAP and attorney
general Tommy Thomas who was handpicked by Mahathir.
significant number of Malays see Lim and Thomas as the main people pressing the
charges against ex-PM Najib Razak. Why not a Malay to deal with the ex-PM and
why not a Malay as Finance Minister, they ask?
this argument, they mean to say the finances of the country should be in the
hands of a Malay and the Attorney should not be a non-Muslim. That would
probably mean leaving Najib alone on the kleptocracy charges, perhaps.
dominant reason for the Umno-PAS alliance is to ensure the return of Najib
Razak as a leader and absolving him of his alleged crimes, says Mahathir, whose
assertion does not mean Umno-PAS supporters disagree with this alliance’s
principle is to work toward’s getting Najib off the hook.
does nothing without issuing fatwas, which party members consider as the word —
deeply religious in meaning — from top leadership. The followers have to obey
these edicts in a strict ritualistic sequence. Otherwise, the party would not
be an Islamic party, would it?
helping Najib against the onslaught from supposed Chinese or non-Malay
domination can become an act of faith.
Najib is accused of stealing or leading a kleptocracy regime does not matter.
What matters is the belief he is innocent until proven guilty and, more
importantly, in the eyes of PAS leadership and members, that he is undeniably
this same line of thought, Umno-PAS voters believe they are saving the country
from the ogre represented by DAP, which they believe to be a party that is
destroying the Islamic identity of Malaysia.
calling for this particular jihad, PAS has galvanised Muslims, in particular,
to join forces and fight DAP which PAS presents as the puppet master of the
apparatus of the government.
will PH survive this attack on their legitimacy? The PH government is a
multiracial one similar to the Barisan Nasional (BN)-UMNO one that governed
Malaysia for 61 years. However, under BN-UMNO, it was generally accepted for
the majority Malay- and Muslim-led government to partner with MIC, MCA and
fellow component party Gerakan (Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia) while it was
“haram” (proscribed by Islam) for PAS to associate themselves with DAP.
elections after elections since 1999, PAS fought alongside DAP and was a
component party of political coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) founded by Anwar
Ibrahim (now considered Mahathir’s successor). Then, in 2015, the Islamic party
knifed PR in the back; some say PAS pulled out of PR when they received “donations”
the unlikely Umno alliance with PAS has resulted in a triple victory against
the PH government headed by Mahathir. Whether the governing coalition will
survive religious onslaught against its reform agenda or not will depend on its
there be a cabinet reshuffle soon to give way to Anwar Ibrahim to enter the
cabinet after his grand return to parliament? Or, will there be a return to the
affirmative-action policies that will checkmate the rise of Islamist sentiments
alongside increasing Malay nationalism?/ TISG
hearts are with our French brothers over Notre-Dame fire: Grand Imam of
Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s leading Islamic
institute, has expressed sadness over the fire that devastated large parts of
the historic Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.
feel so sorry for the massive fire at the historical architectural masterpiece
‘Notre-Dame Cathedral’ in Paris, our hearts go out to our brothers in France,
they deserve our full support,” in a tweet.
Al-Azhar Grand Imam: I feel so sorry for the
massive fire at the historical architectural masterpiece "Notre Dame
Cathedral" in Paris, our hearts go out to our brothers in France, they
deserve our full support.#NotreDame#Paris#France pic.twitter.com/CLNMR1KVTG
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also tweeted the same message in Arabic and French.
فضيلة #الإمام_الأكبر أ.د/
أحمد #الطيب #شيخ_الأزهر
الشريف: أشعر بالحزن تجاه
فى #فرنسا، لهم منا
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fire is suspected to have started in the 850-year-old cathedral’s attic, where
restoration works are being done.
Le Grand Imam d'Al-Azhar : j'exprime ma profonde
tristesse à l'égard de l'incendie de la cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, ce
chef d'œuvre architectural... Tous nos soutiens à nos frères
AM - Apr 16, 2019
people are talking about this
French fire brigade have yet to officially confirm the cause of the massive
blaze, which destroyed the famous tourist attraction’s iconic spire and oak
managed finally to control of fire during the early hours of Tuesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking from the scene, described the blaze
as a “terrible tragedy” although the “worst had been avoided,” and promised
Parisians that they will “rebuild this cathedral together.”
be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we’ve built
it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So, I solemnly
say tonight: we will rebuild it together,” Macron told reporters.
hedges its bets in Libya as Khalifa Haftar pushes for Tripoli
years of positioning itself as one of Khalifa Haftar’s most loyal patrons, the
Kremlin appears to be putting the brakes on its overt support the Libyan
days after Gen Haftar, whose Libyan National army controls the east and south
of the country, launched an operation to capture the capital Tripoli, Russian
officials telephoned the field marshal to remind him that only a political
solution could end fighting in the North African nation.
Kremlin appeared eager distance itself from Gen Haftar in the eyes of the
international community, too. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson called on
both sides to avoid bloodshed, adding that “Moscow is not participating in this
in any way.”
that rivalry between his eastern government based in Tobruk and the
internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli is
coming to a head, analysts say that the Kremlin is hedging its bets.
endgame for Russia is to stay in the game and remain a pivotal player in any
settlement to enjoy the economic and security spoils,” says Vladimir Frolov, a
Russian political analyst.
the Kremlin wants to “gain leverage with Europe and to use this leverage for
gaining concessions from the EU on things more central to Russia's interests,”
like lifting Ukraine sanctions, Mr Frolov told The National.
goal for Russia is to be an essential mediator, according to Max Suchkov, a
Middle East expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, a
Kremlin-sponsored think tank. “In all of this, Moscow will stick to the golden
rule of Russian diplomacy: Position yourself in a way that makes you the go-to
for all the parties regardless of your own engagement with each of them,” he
wrote in a recent column.
the dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011 after more than 40 years
ruling Libya, the rival governments and assorted Islamist militants have
battled for control of the oil-rich.
Haftar’s fight to take the capital, launched earlier this month to the surprise
of western diplomats, flared on Sunday when an eastern Libyan warplane crashed
in southern Tripoli during a renewed push for the capital.
assault on the capital would represent the culmination of Gen Haftar's
consolidation of power in Libya, which he has done under the aegis of defeating
close to Gaddafi, Gen Haftar fell out with the Libyan leader after being
captured by Chadian forces in 1987. He then devoted the next two decades to
toppling his former boss.
Hafter returned from exile in the US in 2011, and soon gained both military and
political stature as he solidified his hold over the east and much of the
country’s oil infrastructure, while attracting the support of the UAE, Egypt
and Saudi Arabia, alongside Russia.
most theatrical display of Moscow’s support for Gen Haftar came in 2017. As
Russia’s flagship piece of military hardware, the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft
carrier, was departing Syria, officials gave a tour to Gen Haftar before he
spoke to Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu via video link about fighting
the Kremlin has also offered hands-on assistance. To the dismay of western
diplomats and officials in the Tripoli government, Russia has printed banknotes
for the Tobruk government.
although the Kremlin has stopped short of intervening militarily on behalf of
Gen Haftar, his regular visits with defence and foreign ministry officials in
Moscow have raised eyebrows. In November, he was seen at a meeting in the
Russian capital alongside Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin-connected businessman
alleged to run a private military company whose fighters are reported to be
deployed in eastern Libya.
Russia analysts are keen to point out that Russia hasn’t put all its eggs in
one basket in Libya. Fayez Al Serraj, the prime minister of the GNA is also a
regular in Moscow, and in 2016 Russia’s state-run oil giant Rosneft signed a
deal to buy oil from Libya’s National Oil Corporation in Tripoli.
the Kremlin’s investment in Gen Haftar pays off remains to be seen but Moscow
is positioned to seek out the next best actor if the commander’s star wanes,
says Leonid Bershidsky, a Russian political columnist.
Haftar fails to win control of Tripoli,” he wrote in Bloomberg recently, “and
his hold on much of Libya’s natural wealth weakens as a consequence, the
Kremlin will be actively seeking others to empower so it can get back into the
country’s oil and gas sector and seek opportunities for a naval presence.”
potential alternative the Kremlin has considered is Qaddafi’s son Saif, with
whom Russian officials have deepened ties, in case he should emerge as a
the time being, Moscow is watching Libya with caution.
backs Haftar in his latest offensive only rhetorically only for reasons of not
spoiling relations with him were he to come up on top,” Mr Frolov said. The
Kremlin is holding back on tangible support, he said, “so as to leave open the
channels of communications and influence with the government in Tripoli.”
percent’ of similarities enough for world peace, says Muslim World League chief
Tatarstan: People need to cooperate on the 10 percent of things they have in
common to achieve world peace, the Saudi Press Agency quoted the head of the
Muslim World League (MWL) as saying on Monday.
body’s secretary-general, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, was giving a
lecture in the southwestern Russia city of Kazan.
said cultural communication was important and so were conversations about
religious and national diversity, especially in countries where there were
different faiths and ethnicities.
has no other option to achieve harmony and peace but to fully understand the
inevitability of differences and diversity, and then cooperate through
similarities, of which 10 percent is enough — we believe — to achieve world
peace inside countries and between them.”
was at Kazan Federal University, in the Republic of Tatarstan, and his audience
included faculty members and students.
university employs 11,000 people, 4,000 of whom are academics. It has 47,000
students and one-third of them are from Muslim countries.
university has a center for Islamic studies, which seeks to promote Islamic
culture and train scholars. The center also has 13,000 manuscripts, 5,000 of
which are in Arabic.
said the MWL endeavored to promote the true version of Islam and counter
extremist ideologies falsely attributed to Islam, as well as other forms of
extremism, especially the concepts of the extreme right in Western countries.
MWL also aims to extend bridges of communication and dialogue to followers of
other religions and cultures, to partner with them and provide initiatives that
serve common goals, in addition to extending bridges of support to everyone,
regardless of religion, race or color. Even though Muslims are proud of their
religious affiliation, they know that this does not conflict with their
fact, Muslims know that this national affiliation, which seeks good for all, is
a key element for achieving harmony between their religious and national
identities and that extremist ideas contradict these just concepts.”
week, he and the grand mufti of Tatarstan signed an agreement to cooperate in
the dissemination of moderate Islam and its principles of tolerance and
month, Moscow and the Muslim World League moved to develop closer ties,
following a meeting between Al-Issa and Russia’s Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav
signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic
Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and
also addressed the interaction between Muslims and Islamic organizations in
Russia and Muslim-majority countries.
ISIL terrorists and commanders have turned the SDF-controlled al-Hawl Camp as a
venue for holding their meetings and coordinating their movements," the
Arabic-language service of Russia Today quoted an Iraqi intelligence source as
noted that 90 percent of the residents of al-Hawl Camp are families of the ISIL
terrorists, and said, "The ISIL terrorists and commanders who are using
the camp are still supported by the terrorist organization."
a relevant development on Thursday, media reports said that the situation of
al-Hawl refugee camp has deteriorated, making the death toll of children to
considerably increase everyday, media reports said.
least 82 children have died in al-Hawl refugee camp over the past 20 days due
to the worsening of hygienic and healthcare conditions as well as shortage of
medicine and foodstuff, the Arabic-language media sources reported.
sources said that over 240 children have died in al-Hawl Camp since the
beginning of 2019.
the London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported that over
73,000 people are living in critical conditions.
a relevant development earlier this week, Head of the Russian reconciliation
center in Syria, Major General Viktor Kupchishin said that between 10 and 20
people, many of them children, die each day in al-Hawl refugee camp.
to a female refugee, who managed to flee the Al-Hawl camp on the territory
controlled by the US-led coalition, the humanitarian situation in the camp is
catastrophic. Between 10 and 20 people die each day, including children,"
the past week, due to the lack of medicines, food and unbearable living
conditions, seven children died in the camp. The overall number of children,
who died in the Al Hawl camp, has risen to 235," he added.
urged international organizations to take measures and alleviate the suffering
of people in the camp, one of the biggest in Syrian regions East of the
pointed out that in order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, the Syrian
government had provided security guarantees to refugees leaving the
US-controlled Tanf zone and set up the Jleb mobile checkpoint. Bus convoys have
been sent there to take refugees to their places of permanent residence.
Syrian government offers security guarantees to temporarily displaced persons
and a simplified procedure to restore their identity documents. Temporary
shelters have been prepared," he said.
officially designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group
United States officially designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as
a foreign terrorist organization, according to a notice published in the US
Federal Register on Monday.
President Donald Trump said last week he would make the symbolic but
unprecedented move, which immediately was condemned by Iran and created
concerns about reprisal attacks on US forces.
IRGC is in charge of Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
also is involved with the country’s banking and shipping industries.
new designation makes it easier to prosecute companies or people in the
European Union that do business with Iran.
law already punishes US persons who deal with the IRGC with up to 20 years in
prison because of the group’s designation under the United States Specially
Designated Global Terrorist list, a different US sanctions program.
Minday, Iran warned that Washington’s
designation of its IRGC as a terrorist organization could endanger peace and
stability in the Middle East and beyond, state TV reported.
also took retaliatory action by naming the United States Central Command
(CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization and the US government as a sponsor of
Omar is impacting conversation of politics in US’
Omar, a Democratic member of U.S. Congress, is victim of “fabricated
controversies” but it has galvanized support for her, believes an American
activist and a friend of Omar.
to Anadolu Agency Sunday on the sidelines of an Islamophobia conference at
Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Ahmed Bedier, leader of United Voices of
America, said that it was “very dangerous and irresponsible” for the U.S.
President Donald Trump to spread misinformation about Congresswoman Omar.
is rare that a president would tweet and talk about a fresh member of the
Congress. It is made up of 435 members. There are many of them who represent
the country and not all of them get the attention of the U.S. president. He
normally deals with the leadership not fresh members,” Bedier, who was a
speaker at the Islamophobia conference, said.
Friday, Trump tweeted "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!" with a 43-second edited
video that featured Omar's remarks at an address to the Council of
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last month, the country's largest Muslim
her address, Omar had said the CAIR "was founded after 9/11 because they
recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to
lose access to our civil liberties."
sends the message Omar is an important figure; she is having an impact on the
conversation of politics in Washington and it also is a message that he [Trump]
feels threatened by her, or by her politics and existence,” Bedier asserted.
we look at her mere existence, what she represents is everything Trump has been
speaking out against -- immigration, Omar is a migrant. She is a refugee; she
comes from Somalia. She is half Yemeni and both countries are among Muslim
countries on the [travel] ban list,” he explained.
immigration restriction is the Trump administration's third, and affects people
from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Chad was
dropped from the list of affected countries.
latest version of the travel ban blocks people from seven countries -- five of
which are Muslim-majority -- from U.S. entry. It bars immigration from, Iran,
Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen as well as North Korea and Venezuela.
Omar is a Muslim who wears scarf, Bedier said. “So many of the things Trump has
been speaking against, and he had campaigned for the office [of the
coming in Congress is a big blow to Donald Trump. She did not come before Trump
but she became [Congress member] because of Trump,” he observed.
is also a member of appropriation and foreign policy committees at the U.S.
United Voices of America leader said that Omar has a “serious agenda”. “She is
not in Washington to play and that agenda is rooted in her experience.”
is one of the few times when you have a member in Congress especially on the
powerful committee on Foreign Relations, perhaps [Omar is] the first one that
has experienced American foreign policy directly, the bad side of it; how it
impacts, displaces people, creates refugees …” he added.
are fabricated controversies; their aim is to hurt her reputation, misrepresent
her words and meanwhile to reduce her reputation and put pressure on Democratic
leadership to kick her out of the important committees,” he said.
fortunately these forces will not succeed because Omar derives her legitimacy
and support directly from the people and from grassroots using social media for
them, through which she is able to bypass media which has been hostile to her,”
speaking on a pro-Israel gathering of AIPAC, Bedier said that almost all
speakers spoke against Omar. “It has increased her popularity; when Donald
Trump attacks her, those who do not know Omar come to know about this woman
which has helped galvanize support for her.”
Fahmy, a political sciences professor, from Long Island University, New York,
said that attacks on Omar come from two places.
that she is a Muslim woman and [second] she is a black Muslim woman,” said
Fahmy who addressed the rise of the alternative right and the mainstreaming of
anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. during the Islamophobia conference.
is in a position of power and from that position she is asking some critical
questions. She is challenging the dominant paradigm of young people entering
politics and remaining quiet,” Fahmy said about Omar.
she said, “When the president [Trump] tweets that we will not forget, her
[Omar’s] statements were taken out of context -- that she supports 9/11… This
could perpetually lead to violence against herself.”
latent threat of violence against a Congresswoman by other members in the U.S.
is a different paradigm something which we have seen in America before. And yet
there is silence,” the American academic wondered.
also faced foreign threats for example from Saudi Arabian papers and media in
the United Arab Emirates because she has questioned them … For example, the
assassination of Jamal Khashoggi calls for investigations which goes against
the interests of Saudi Arabia and newspapers started a narrative that she is a
threat,” the academic explained.
circle of Congress members need to come around in support of Omar, according to
Fahmy. “Not just Muslims but average Americans should push their
representatives to support her."
we need is a coalition of Congress people to answer the constituents who
colonize the language of Omar,” she added.
also said that the international rules and values apply to everyone and that
“we give individuals right to advocate how they see U.S. interests and not see
it as a threat to status quo”.
is basically advocating the U.S. interests and it is not perceived as such
because it is not in line with what other people have historically been
saying,” Fahmy added.
has just been three months that Omar is in office. “Let’s hope that the door
for young women [in politics] is not closed after this moment,” she said.
is a watershed moment that young women coming in Congress and asking critical
main protest group calls for civilian transitional council
Sudanese group that led protests against deposed President Omar al-Bashir
called on Monday for the transitional military council that has taken power to
be disbanded and for a new interim civilian ruling council to be formed.
of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA) piled pressure on the military
commanders who have taken over, issuing a long list of demands for deeper and
faster change to end repression and a ruinous economic crisis.
their demands were not met, the group would press on with protests and not join
a future transitional government, Ahmed al-Rabie, an SPA member, told Reuters.
SPA held its first news conference since Bashir, who ruled with an autocratic
hand since seizing power in a coup 30 years ago, was ousted by the military on
Thursday following months of street demonstrations.
new interim civilian body should be given full executive powers, with the armed
forces having representation, and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) that
took over last week should be dissolved, the SPA said.
our demand for the formation of a civilian transitional council with military
representation is not met, we will not be part of the executive authority, the
cabinet, and we will continue the mass escalation and the sit-ins to fulfil our
demands,” Rabie told Reuters.
a communique on Monday, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council called
for Sudan’s military to transfer power to a “transitional civilian-led political
authority” within 15 days or face suspension from the AU.
General Jalal al-Deen al-Sheikh, a member of the TMC, met Ethiopia’s prime
minister in Addis Ababa, where the AU is based, and said, “We are already in
the process of choosing a prime minister” for a civilian government, according
to the Sudanese state news agency SUNA.
we are initiating this even before having this session with the African Union.
This is our conviction and this is also the way forward to peace, but also, we respect
it and we are committed to the decision of the Peace and Security Council.”
deflect bid to end sit-in
SPA issued its demands hours after protesters blocked an attempt to break up a
sit-in outside the Defense Ministry that has continued despite Bashir’s exit, a
Reuters witness said.
had gathered on three sides of the sit-in and tractors were preparing to remove
stone and metal barriers, but protesters joined hands and formed rings around
the sit-in area to prevent them.
of the most prominent SPA leaders, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s and
were detained until after Bashir’s ouster, spoke at the news conference.
representatives also renewed calls for the head of the judiciary and his
deputies and public prosecutor to be removed.
demanded the dissolution of Bashir’s National Congress Party and said they
received affirmation from the TMC that the party will not participate in a
SPA also called for the seizure of the party’s assets and the arrest of its
demanded the dissolution of paramilitary groups that were loyal to the old
government, and of the National Intelligence and Security Service’s (NISS)
operations authority, and called for an end to Sudan’s press law and the public
order law, which the SPA has said restricts freedoms.
Saturday, Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh, better known as Salah Gosh, resigned as
head of NISS. He was once seen as the most powerful person in the country after
Bashir and protesters held him responsible for the killing of demonstrators
demanding an end to military rule.
us in the SPA, in the first stage, the transitional government stage, we will
play a role in the restoration of the civil service and state institutions and
establishing a democratic state,” said Gamaria Omar, an SPA member.
the SPA will be comprised of unions, and will be a guardian of democracy in
Sudan,” she added.
the Defense Ministry on Monday, the protesters, numbering about 5,000 in the
morning with more arriving, chanted “Freedom, freedom” and “Revolution,
revolution,” and appealed to the army to protect them.
drummed and waved national flags as they mingled in the street, while others
took shelter from the sun under parasols and makeshift tents.
protest outside the compound, which also includes the intelligence headquarters
and the presidential residence, began on April 6, after more than three months
of protests triggered by a deepening economic crisis.
Monday the military council said it was restructuring the joint forces command,
appointing a new chief of staff for the army and a deputy.
ambassador to Sudan, Irfan Siddiq, said he had met the deputy head of the
transitional military council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, and had “asked for
clarity on whereabouts of former President Bashir and other senior former
the military announced Bashir’s ousting, they said he had been arrested and was
being kept at a “safe place”.
sources told Reuters that Bashir was at a presidential residence under “heavy
mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month could have set off a
wave of retaliatory incidents around the world, but an empathetic response from
the government and people of New Zealand was key in helping boost global
solidarity with Muslims.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s stance
proved pivotal in the aftermath of the massacre, in which a lone gunman killed
50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques on March 15.Part of the bloodbath was even
live-streamed by the Australian white supremacist perpetrator, who has since
been arrested.The attacks sparked anger among Muslims globally, but Ardern’s
decision to immediately describe the incident as a terror attack — a move
rarely made by leaders in the West — effectively eased tensions, said
Nasaruddin Umar, the grand imam of Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.On top of that,
the majority of the population condemned the a...
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
have agreed during a bilateral meeting in Riyadh on Sunday to further
strengthen economic ties between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
Jokowi and King Salman agreed to increase economic cooperation in the future,
especially in the energy and tourism sectors," Indonesian Foreign Minister
Retno Marsudi said after the meeting.
Saudi government has also agreed to raise Indonesia's annual hajj quota by
10,000 to 231,000 pilgrims.
Hasan Syadzily, deputy chairman of House of Representatives Commission VIII,
which oversees religious affairs, said Indonesians currently spend up to 18
years on average on a waiting list to perform the hajj pilgrimage.
additional hajj quota will reduce the waiting list for Indonesian pilgrims. In
South Sulawesi, the waiting list is up to 40 years," Ace said in a
statement on Monday.
added that the increased quota would not have been granted if Indonesia did not
have close ties with Saudi Arabia.
also met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to discuss cooperation on
counterterrorism and spreading a more moderate brand of Islam.
also discussed ways the two countries can work together to support the
Begum begins legal challenge for citizenship
teenage ISIS recruit who left east London to join the terror group in 2015, has
sought to reverse the decision to strip her of British citizenship through a
request submitted by her family members in the UK.
teenager was reportedly more heavily involved in ISIS than previously thought
including sewing ISIS fighters into suicide vests so they could not be removed
Begum has said she was “just a housewife” during her time in Raqqa.
Hunt, the British Foreign Secretary, said the east London schoolgirl knew what
she was signing up to when she left her home, adding the decision to fund the
appeal from the taxpayer was a matter of regret.
a personal level, it makes me very uncomfortable because she made a series of
choices and she knew the choices she was making, so I think we made decisions
about her future based on those choices,” he said on Monday.
from activist group Sound and Picture differ wildly from Ms Begum’s version of
events. They say she, along with the two other girls who left Bethnal Green to
join ISIS, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana, were part of the Khansaa Battalion,
a female-only police service.
Begum also used her position to try and influence other young women to join the
extremist group, according to messages recovered by the group. Using the
pseudonyms “Umm Asma” then “Umm Ahmed,” she spoke to girls across Europe, it is
believe any of the bad things you hear about Dawla, it’s fake. You have
everything you want here,” one of the messages read.
we can help find you a good-looking husband.”
legal aid agency, which decides who is eligible for cash towards their legal
fight, provides support to people involved in a “serious matter” without the
means to pay for a lawyer. Ms Begum qualifies as, living in a refugee camp, she
does not have money to pay for legal representation.
from the UK, Ms Begum was previously represented by Tasnime Akunjee, who
confirmed the granting of legal aid, but added her case has been taken up by
human rights solicitor Gareth Peirce, who represented former Guantanamo Bay
detainee Moazzam Begg and Abu Qatada, who was deported to Jordan after a long
legal battle. Mr Akungee told The Telegraph the case had been handed over to Ms
Peirce because she had the “legal aid contract to do the work”.
Peirce is assisting in the case of Julian Assange in his legal battle against
extradition to the US.
friend and former police superintendent Dal Babu said Ms Begum was groomed and
authorities failed to act.
police were aware of this, counter-terrorism police were aware of this, the
school she was at were aware of it and the social workers at Tower Hamlets
council… despite all of that, they did not share the information with the
family,” he told BBC Radio’s Today programme.
Babu said Ms Begum’s case could set a precedent for others held in refugee
camps – not only fighters and their wives, but children born to them or taken
over to Iraq and Syria by their parents.
Begum left the UK in 2015 at the age of 15 to join the extremist group. She was
one of three schoolgirls who left for the now-retaken enclave in Syria and
Iraq. The other two are feared dead.
home office spokesman said it did not comment on individual cases, but
decisions to revoke a national’s citizenship “are based on all available
evidence and not taken lightly”.
message posted on Swedish party's Twitter account
racist message urging followers to like the post for a "dead Muslim"
was posted from Sweden's ruling Social Democratic Party's Twitter account,
which got hacked on Monday, a statement by the party said.
shocking message reading "One like = one dead Muslim" was posted from
the ruling party's account, which was hacked at 2.00 a.m. local time (0000GMT).
party took a hold of the control of the account at 9:30 a.m. local time
(0700GMT), the statement said.
hackers also wrote that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has resigned and
joined the army as a lieutenant.
addition, a message reading "sale of drugs is free" was also posted
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was praised at home and abroad
for her handling of the Christchurch mosques shooting last month, received her
highest approval rating since taking office in a widely watched poll on Monday.
1 NEWS Colmar Brunton political survey showed 51 percent of respondents said
Ardern was their preferred prime minister, climbing seven percentage points
from the last poll in February.
the first political survey since a lone gunman killed 50 Muslim worshippers at
two mosques in Christchurch on March 15.
for Ardern’s rival, opposition National Party leader Simon Bridges, dropped one
percentage point to five percent.
vote results also showed Ardern’s Labour Party rising three percentage points
to 48 percent while the National’s rating dropping to its lowest since
September 2017, at 40 percent.
I know is that I’m doing my job to the best of my ability,” Ardern told 1News
when asked about the poll result.
coming to power in 2017, Ardern’s coalition government has faced several
challenges including weak business confidence, emboldened unions and a slowing
economy. Her youth and global celebrity has also given critics doubt.
the 38-year-old leader struck all the right notes in the hours after the
promptly labelled the mass killing as terrorism, and set about reassuring a
nation that has been largely unscathed by the violence and fears that have
afflicted other countries in the past two decades.
of Ardern’s wearing a head scarf and comforting families affected by the
massacre went viral on the social media, and garnered praises from Muslims
around the world, as well as leaders of other nations.
also successfully passed a contentious gun law within a month of the shooting,
which banned semi-autmatic weapons.
burst into prominence after her coalition ended 10 years of National Party’s
center right rule, promising more money for social services and by vowing to
tighten foreign investment rules.
rocketed to global celebrity as an inspiration for women after the unexpected
election win, and she became only the second leader to give birth while in
office since Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged conflict parties in Libya to end fighting
and return to peace negotiations, her office said on Monday.
has spoken with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in a telephone call
that focused on recent developments in Libya and Sudan, her spokesman Steffen
Chancellor has expressed concern over the current military escalation in
Libya,” he said, referring to the military offensive of Khalifa Haftar, who
commands forces loyal to East Libya-based government, to capture capital
Chancellor has called for a return to negotiations and to the UN-led political
process as quickly possible,” he said.
President al-Sisi held talks with commander Haftar in Cairo on Sunday.
said, during Merkel's phone call with al-Sisi, the leaders have also discussed
the Sudan crisis, and the German Chancellor has underlined the importance of a
quick transition to civilian rule in the country.
letter by former European politicians condemned the U.S. President Donald
Trump’s one-sided policy in Israel-Palestine conflict.
by two former NATO secretary-generals, six former prime ministers, and 25
former ministers, the letter called on Europe to reject any American peace plan
if it is not fair for Palestinians.
is time for Europe to stand by our principled parameters for peace in
Israel-Palestine,” read the letter -- sent to the EU and European governments
as well as British newspaper The Guardian -- calling for a two-state solution
in the conflict.
should reject any plan that does not create a Palestinian state alongside
Israel with Jerusalem as the capital for both countries,” the letter said,
according to the newspaper, which revealed the letter in an exclusive piece.
the current U.S. administration has departed from longstanding U.S. policy,”
the letter said and criticized Trump’s recognition of “only one side’s claims
letter said the U.S. also “demonstrated a disturbing indifference to Israeli
settlement expansion” in the occupied West Bank and cut hundreds of millions of
dollars in aid to Palestinians, “gambling with the security and stability of
various countries located at Europe’s doorstep.”
prime ministers of France, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Belgium and Romania, Jean
Marc Ayrault, Carl Bildt, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Massimo D’Alema, Guy
Verhofstadt, and Dacian Ciolos, respectively, are among the signatories of the
NATO secretary generals Willy Claes and Javier Solana, as well as former Irish
President Mary Robinson and former U.K. Foreign Secretaries David Miliband and
Jack Straw also signed the letter.
boy walked in worn out men’s trainers many sizes too large and stood apart as
the fighters searched the cluster of women and children being evacuated from
the last ISIS-held territory in Syria on a frigid March winter day.
fighters were from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed group that
until last month was battling the last ISIS fighters holding territory in the
Euphrates River valley. The boy was from Aleppo, but like more than 60,000 ISIS
supporters and their children hailing from over 40 countries, he had ended up
in Baghouz. The farming hamlet near the Iraqi border is where the extremist
group had chosen to make its last stand.
boy spotted a pile of meals the SDF fighters had discarded some time in the
past month that they had been screening evacuees in this desolate desert area.
He picked up an egg, peeled it and ate it, then he picked up two more and ate
them too. Then he opened a plastic styrofoam container and scooped grey mashed
potatoes into his mouth. Finally satiated, the boy turned away from the
fighters searching the niqab-clad women for weapons, explosives and cellphones,
and stared across the windswept plain.
young SDF fighter saw the boy standing alone and spoke to him in Arabic. The
boy told the fighter his name is Mohamed and his age is 12 years old, though he
looked younger. His parents were dead, he said. He didn’t know if he had any
jacket is very big,” the fighter said.
is a little big,” he agreed, pulling it tighter around his frail frame.
fighter gave him a bag of bread and told him: “After an hour we will take you
away from here.”
the weeks since the the SDF declared military victory over ISIS, Syrian Kurdish
forces and international NGOs have been struggling to deal with the huge number
of people who fled from Baghouz. Among this unpopular and unloved cohort,
unaccompanied children like Mohamed are the most vulnerable, most in need of
support, and entirely innocent of the sins of their parents. The Syrian Kurds
say they are unable to take care of them alone and few countries are rushing to
its rapid expansion across Iraq and Syria in 2014, the caliphate declared by
ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi came under a sustained assault from a global
coalition. Driven out of Iraq in 2017 and restricted to the Euphrates River
valley in eastern Syria by late 2018, civilians under ISIS were forced into an
extended retreat that left the dregs of the group surrounded in Baghouz this
they finally fled the final redoubt, those identified as civilians – nearly all
women and children – were taken in trucks to Al Hol, a squalid tent city 200
kilometres to the north. The women arrived with only what they could carry, the
children clothed in castoff garments.
authorities denied The National permission to visit the overcrowded camp
recently, but aid agencies report that conditions are dire, particularly for
children who have been living in deprivation for so long.
least 100 children have died either en route to Al Hol, or shortly after
arriving there, according to the International Rescue Committee. Most of those
who died suffered from treatable ailments, including pneumonia and hypothermia.
Nearly a third of children screened by Save the Children were suffering from
acute malnutrition, the aid organisation said.
nearest hospital is two hours away by rutted roads and is so crowded that it
only accepts the most severe cases. Photos from the facility show grubby
infants with bulging eyes lying in rows of cots in crowded wards. Staff say
most are infested with lice and scabies and many are wounded from bombings.
Others are traumatised and mute.
nationalities of some are unknown. Others have, or are entitled to, foreign
least 3,704 foreign-born children were taken into ISIS territory, according to
the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College
London. Many more were born under the caliphate and their births were never
officially registered. An unknown number were killed in the fighting.
a chaotic environment where Kurdish forces and international NGOs have found
themselves stretched to their limits, even getting an accurate count of the
children is difficult. Few children have identification papers, meaning aid agencies
are reliant on what people in the camp tell them. “You can never tell if the
information given to us is actually factual or not,” said Sara Al Zawqari,
spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who
visited Al Hol recently.
are at least 6,972 foreign children at Al Hol camp, according to Save the
Children. Of those, 3,397 are under five years old. They represent more than 40
nationalities, not including Iraqis, who the organisation counted separately.
Among them are 355 unaccompanied children.
far, western governments have been slow to repatriate their children or refused
their return outright.
has repatriated fewer than 10 children, the country’s foreign ministry said on
April 5. Last month, France repatriated five orphaned children, and is dealing
with other returns on a case-by-case basis.
British government insists that the camps where children are held are too
dangerous to reach. But the ICRC says it is willing to help repatriate children
if it receives an official request.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last month that he would not send officials
to help repatriate three orphaned Australian children. “I’m not going to put
one Australian life at risk to try and extract people from these dangerous
situations,” Mr Morrison told reporters.
month, the Danish government announced that it will not recognise the children
of ISIS members as Danish nationals. “They are born to parents who have turned
their backs on Denmark, and therefore should not belong in Denmark,”
Integration Minister Inger Stojberg told Danish Radio.
is a situation that has outraged humanitarian actors.
child should be left to die slowly from a preventable disease or have their
future written off when their life has barely begun,” Helle Thorning-Schmidt,
former Danish prime minister and chief executive of Save the Children, said
around the world must step up and take responsibility for the lives of children
of their respective nationalities.”
visiting Al Hol in March, the ICRC’s Fabrizio Carboni described the overcrowded
camp as an apocalyptic scene. “We’re leaving hundreds of obviously innocent
children there,” the agency’s regional director for the Middle East said.
“Hundreds of kids are alone in this hellish place.”
had a message for foreign governments whose citizens are languishing in the
camp: “What have these kids done? Nothing… For states who have nationals in Al
Hol: you have to remember the best interests of these children.”
repatriation of foreign children needs to be accelerated, Kurdish authorities
say. “Huge numbers of kids need rehabilitation,” the Kurdish administration's
top foreign affairs official AbdulKarim Omar said, adding that his
administration lacked the resources to do so. “If not, they are ticking time
the Children has been working in the camps for the past year and a half and the
group’s Syria director Sonia Khush says she is disappointed by the lack of
interest in saving the most innocent of ISIS’ victims.
were hoping that governments would be more proactive with taking these children
back but that hasn’t really happened,” Ms Khush told The National. “I appeal to
foreign governments to enable these children to have a normal life back home,
they are victims and they’ve done nothing wrong. They have rights just like
other citizens do.”
appropriate help, these children can be saved, Juliette Touma, Unicef’s head of
communications for the Middle East region, says.
terrorist commanders have recently held a meeting to designate the missions of
the terrorists for using chemical weapons in six spots along the frontlines
behind the demilitarized zone in Northern Syria, the Arabic-language service of
the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted informed sources in Idlib province as
said that the chemical substances will be supplied from tens of locations where
the chlorine gas capsules and chemical-mounted missiles had been stored.
senior Tahrir al-Sham commanders in a meeting with White Helmet, Jeish al-Izza
and Islamic Turkistani Party terrorists agreed to immediately use chemical
weapons as soon as the Syrian Army makes advances towards their military
positions," the sources said.
also said that the terrorist commanders have been given advanced wireless
systems connected to a coded communication network to expedite exchange of
information, instructions and developments concerning the use of chemical
weapons on Syrian Army targets.
the Syrian Army is preparing for a major assault on terrorists in the
demilitarized zone as the militant groups continue violating the Sochi
agreement by continuing their daily attacks from the demilitarized zone.
a relevant development earlier this month, Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at and White
Helmets equipped 120 missiles with chemical warheads in cooperation with
western experts to launch false-flag chemical attack in the demilitarized zone
to later accuse the Syrian Army of the incident.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted local sources in Idlib province as
saying on Thursday that Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistani terrorist groups have
mounted chemical warheads on 120 missiles in one of the former's strongholds in
Sahl al-Rouj region in Western Idlib.
added that the missiles had been transferred from one of Tahrir al-Sham's arms
caches to their stronghold in Sahl al-Rouj on 5 ambulance vehicles last Monday,
noting that the White Helmets have also transferred special equipment from Khan
Sheikhoun to the region.
sources said that Belgian chemical experts collaborated in equipment of
missiles with chemical materials, adding that they also supervised transfer of
8 chlorine gas capsules from one of Tahrir al-Sham positions in the town of
al-Dana in Northern Idlib to the base.
to the report, the missiles equipped with chemical warheads were delivered to
Jeish al-Izza and Horras al-Din terrorists in Northern Hama and the regions
occupied by Ansar al-Touhid in Sahl al-Ghab and Turkistani party in
reports said last Sunday that the pro-militant White Helmets Organization in
collaboration with the Western spy agencies were planning to carry out a fake
chemical attack in Hama and Aleppo to later accuse the Syrian Army of the
incident and annul the Turkish-Russian agreement.
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel quoted a local source in Aleppo as
saying that the White Helmets have transferred a number of barrels containing
toxic materials from their bases in Idlib to Northern Hama.
added that the terrorists are plotting to launch a new false-flag chemical
attack in cooperation with the western intelligence agents, noting that the
scenario is due to be implemented in the demilitarized zone in Northern Hama
and Aleppo where Jeish al-Izza terrorists are stationed.
source said that the aim of such provocative acts is defeating the plans to
return control of Idlib to the Syrian government without any conflicts, adding
that the plot was hatched after commanders of Tahrir al-Sham, Horras al-Din and
Turkistani terrorist groups rejected a Turkish-Russian plan to give in the
control of Idlib to the Syrian government.
250 trucks carrying logistical support for SDF arrived in Syria's Eastern
Euphrates after crossing the border with Iraq," the Kurdish-language
Xeber24 news website reported.
news website noted that the US convoy comprising equipment, drilling equipment,
oil tankers and several more covered trucks are now in Eastern Euphrates to
continue providing support for the SDF.
a relevant development last week, media reports revealed that Washington has
dispatched new military aid to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern
Euphrates after it said mission has been accomplished in the war on ISIL.
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported last Monday
that the US-led coalition has sent new military convoys, including tens of
trucks carrying military aid and logistical equipment, from Iraqi Kurdistan
region to areas occupied by the SDF in Eastern Euphrates.
added that nearly 700 trucks, carrying vehicles and military and logistic
equipment of the US-led coalition have arrived from Iraq to Eastern Euphrates.
month, Washington-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria declared their final victory
over the ISIL terrorist group, ending bloody battle against the group that once
held territory spanning a third of Syria and Iraq.
US Defense Department also announced that the Islamic State no longer holds any
territory in Syria, according to former White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
December 2018, US President Donald Trump declared the ISIL terrorist group
defeated in Syria and announced American troop pullout from the country but
gave no timeline. The surprise announcement resulted in the resignation of
Secretary of Defense James Mattis, US anti-IS coalition envoy Brett McGurk and
Pentagon Chief of staff Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney who disapproved of the
American president's decision.
last month, the American leader confirmed that 400 US soldiers will remain in
the war-torn country indefinitely. Notably, Trump did not give any credit to
the Syrian Army, Russia and other allies for reducing the self-styled caliphate
to its current miserable state.
the US troops have been operating in Syria as part of an international
coalition for about five years without the permission of Syrian authorities or
the UN Security Council. The United States has, in particular, supported the
Kurdish-led militia controlling the territories to the East of the Euphrates
and opposing the Syrian government.
is trying to change the opinion of a number of tribal leaders in Ameriyeh
district of al-Fallujah in his visits to the region and is bribing them to
guarantee an agreement with the US forces' continued deployment in the
region," Mahdi Taqi was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news
website on Monday.
urged the Iraqi foreign ministry to take a strict position against the move,
and warned that the US embassy in Baghdad is supporting and sponsoring certain
groups in pursuit of destructive goals in Iraq.
described Hood's measures as a violation of international laws and Iraq's
of Popular Forces in Ameriyeh region in al-Anbar Salah al-Issawi revealed on
Sunday that Hood has visited the region in Southern Fallujah.
a relevant report in March, Iraqi sources said that the US forces deployed in
the country were forcing tribal leaders who had been fighting for ISIL to spy
on Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.
quoted a high-ranking source in al-Anbar as saying that the US forces stationed
in the region had restarted espionage operations to collect intelligence from a
number of Hashd al-Shaabi commanders in al-Anbar and their bases in the region.
of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has blasted leaders of
“certain Islamic nations” for serving Israel and the United States in stark
contrast to the teachings of Islam’s holy book, the Qur'an.
wrongdoings, misunderstandings, despairs, disloyalties, hostilities and
submissions to tyrannical powers result from estrangement with the Qur'an, and
the spirituality and knowledge that come with it,” the Leader told reciters and
researchers of the holy book in Tehran Monday.
the rulers of some Islamic countries do not adhere to Qur'anic teachings and
instead of being ‘harsh against the unbelievers,’ they have become servants and
followers of America and the Zionists; and instead of being ‘merciful to one
another,’ they pave the way for divisions and wars, like the wars in Yemen and
Syria, and the massacre of Muslims.”
the closing ceremony of the 36th International Qur'an Contests, Ayatollah
Khamenei said, "Today, many leaders of Arabic countries are of this kind.”
Leader noted that some of those rulers “colluded with Israelis and stepped on
the blood of Palestinians.”
the past years, leaders of some Arabic countries, namely Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates, have led overt and covert efforts to normalize ties with
the Israeli regime.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on many occasions hinted at extensive
security and political dealings with Arab nations that largely remain a secret
upon the request of their leaders.
of Israel ties contradicts Islamic teachings'
Khamenei pointed to the Riyadh regime’s deadly war against Yemen, which has
killed thousands of civilians since its onset in March 2015.
Yemen is being constantly bombarded. Who is doing the bombing? Is he an
unbeliever? No! He is a Muslim; at least he appears to be a Muslim,” the Leader
UAE and several other Arab countries in the region have been helping Riyadh
with the unprovoked war, led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
in their death throes’
Khamenei said unlike some Islamic nations, Iran is putting the Qur'an at the
heart of its decision-making, “no matter how angry this makes them (the
today the hostilities look more than they were in terms of both volume and
intensity, these actions and conspiracies are the last throes of our enemies’
enmity with the Islamic Republic.”
Khamenei said a nationwide campaign in Iran to help people in flood-hit areas
is in many ways similar to the mobilization movement that took place during
Iraq’s eight-year war against the Islamic Republic in the 1980s.
extraordinary popular movement that we witness today is like the
self-sacrificing and enthusiasm that we saw” during former Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein's war, the Leader noted.
martyrs taught the Iranian nation many lessons and the less seen movement by
the people to help flood-hit areas was an apt example,” Ayatollah Khamenei
in the day, the Leader called on President Hassan Rouhani to swiftly compensate
damages caused by the recent floods across the country using all available
had earlier asked for authorization to use the National Development Fund (NDF)
resources to compenstate flood losses.
Khamenei wrote in a letter on Monday that the president would be authorized to
tap into the reserve after exhausting all other resources in his control.
damage from catastrophic flooding is heavy and woeful, particularly in some
provinces, and must be completely pursued and compensated,” the Leader wrote.
Ayatollah Khamenei urged the government to explore other budgetary measures to
fund the relief efforts before drawing money out of the sovereign fund.
group of former senior European politicians have signed a letter to the
European Union that calls on the bloc to reject the so-called US peace plan for
the Middle East if it is one-sided and unfair to Palestinians.
letter, addressed to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and sent to The
Guardian newspaper to publish, was signed by 25 former foreign ministers, six
former prime ministers and two ex-NATO secretary generals.
letter comes as US President Donald Trump prepares to unveil his
administration's plan – dubbed “the deal of the century” – on the
is time for Europe to stand by our principled parameters for peace in
Israel-Palestine,” read the letter, calling for a solution that guarantees a
separate and fully sovereign state of Palestine.
are convinced that a plan that reduces Palestinian statehood to an entity
devoid of sovereignty, territorial contiguity and economic viability would
severely compound the failure of previous peace-making efforts,” the former
also criticized the Trump administration for its “disturbing indifference” to
the expansion of illegal settlements, which are backed by Israel’s recently
re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
the current US administration has departed from longstanding US policy,” the
letter said, criticizing Trump’s 2017 recognition of “only one side’s claims to
so-called deal, a backchannel plan to allegedly reach a peace settlement
between Israel and the Palestinians, was proposed by the US administration in
late 2017. Although the plan has not been released, leaks signal it will
consist of the same tried and failed ideas.
believe that the deal suggests building their own Jerusalem al-Quds from areas
surrounding the existing city and forget about the historic place. They also
believe that the US-drafted plan calls for keeping borders and security under
Israeli control, while it keeps Israeli settlements’ final borders to be
discussed in later negotiations.
son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has made regional tours over the
past two years to secretly win support for the plan.
prospect of peace between Israelis and Palestinians was dealt a major blow in
December 2017, when Trump recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of
also moved the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city on May 14,
2018, in what appeared to be an intentional coincidence with the 70th
anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe). The occasion marks the expulsion
by Israel of Palestinians from their motherland.
1948, when Israel declared its existence, some 700,000 Palestinians were driven
out of their homes and scattered across refugee camps in the occupied West
Bank, the Gaza Strip and neighboring countries.
by Trump’s contentious move, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas boycotted the
US administration, saying Washington was no longer qualified to serve as the
sole mediator in the decades-long conflict with Israel, and that an
international mechanism needed to be devised to replace the US in the so-called
has already rejected the initiative, calling it “the slap of the century,”
because it is said to be hugely in favor of the Israeli regime.
Houthi Ansarullah fighters and Saudi Arabia's mercenaries loyal to the former
government in Sana's have agreed to a detailed plan for the initial withdrawal
of forces from the strategic Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, the UN special
envoy for Yemen says.
Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Monday that agreement for the first
phase of withdrawals was reached after negotiations between the warring parties
and Danish General Michael Lollesgaard, who heads the UN operation monitoring
the ceasefire and a redeployment agreement reached in Sweden in December 2018.
parties have now accepted a detailed redeployment plan," Griffiths said
via video conference from the Jordanian capital, Amman.
said he had received assurances from the leader of Ansarullah, Abdul-Malik
al-Houthi, when they met in Sana’a last week that Houthi forces would support
us be clear that when, and I hope it is when and not if, these redeployments
happen, they will be the first voluntary withdrawal of forces in this long
conflict," Griffiths said.
in his remarks, the UN official said he was laying the groundwork for broader
negotiations on ending the deadly campaign led by the regime in Riyadh against
Yemen. "We all need to see tangible progress in Hudaydah before moving to
focus on the political solution."
UN announced a deal on a two-stage pullback from Hudaydah and its ports on
February 17, but the redeployment failed to materialize on the ground.
redeployment of forces is a critical part of a truce reached during UN-mediated
peace talks in Sweden.
Houthis have repeatedly complained that the Saudi-led coalition has been
violating the ceasefire. UN diplomats earlier said the Houthis refused to pull
away from Hudaydah ports as part of the first stage, citing fears that forces
linked to the Saudis will move in to take over facilities there.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched the Hudaydah offensive in June
2018 but have been facing strong resistance from Yemeni armed forces, led by
the Houthis, as well as the city’s residents.
a lifeline for millions of Yemenis, has seen some of the heaviest fighting in
the Saudi-led war, which Riyadh began in March 2015.
imposed war initially consisted of an aerial campaign but was later compounded
by a naval blockade and the deployment of mercenaries to Yemen.
is going through the worst humanitarian crisis since 2015.
Israeli settlers have been caught on camera attacking a Palestinian family in
the occupied West Bank with rocks.
Israeli human rights organization, Yesh Din, said a group of masked settlers
from Yitzhar settlement attacked a family in the neighboring Palestinian
village of Urif south of Nablus with stones on Saturday.
camera footage from the village shows a Palestinian mother carrying a child
into a car, while other family members walk around it. The settlers then come
running down the road and start hurling stones at them.
the mother and a family member rush to grab their children and then flee to the
to Urif residents, some 50 settlers stormed the village's eastern neighborhood,
smashing car windows and throwing stones at houses.
Israeli military said the "friction" between Palestinians and
Israelis ended when soldiers and policemen dispersed the crowd. However, they
did not arrest any settlers.
United Nations said in a February report that acts of violence and vandalism
committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property have
risen since the beginning of 2019.
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967
occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem
want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East
Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. Israel’s continued settlement expansion on
Palestinian territories has been a major sticking point in Israeli-Palestinian
talks, which have stalled since 2014.
shoot dead Palestinian
settlers opened fire at a Palestinian who threw rocks at Israeli-plated cars
near the West Bank village of Hawara earlier this month, human rights group
B’tselem said Sunday.
one of the rocks hit a settler’s vehicle, shots were “apparently” fired from
inside the car. The settler, Yehoshua Sherman, then got out of his car and
opened fire on Abdel Fattah who was "crouching" near dumpsters.
setter then exited his truck and joined Sherman and together, the two fired
several more rounds at Abdel Fattah who was “lying wounded on the ground,” the
was clearly no justification whatsoever for the additional shots that Sherman
and the truck driver fired at [Abdel Fattah] when he was already lying injured
on the ground,” it said.
Israeli military said Abdel Fattah “was shot by civilians and neutralized after
hurling stones at Israeli cars.” It claimed that the Palestinian man had later
approached “one of the cars and attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.”
spokesman Amit Gilutz stressed that the group had not learned of any stabbing
attempt in its investigation of the incident earlier this month.
group also accused Israeli forces of preventing the settlers from being held
accountable. According to B’tselem, soldiers erased the footage of the incident
on a nearby shop’s video recording system.
did nothing to arrest the two settlers, promptly drove the Palestinians away
from the scene, and then addressed the urgent task of eliminating any footage
of the incident, to ensure that the truth never comes to light and the shooters
would not face any charges or be held accountable in any way,” it said.
Putting Israeli, US forces on ICC trial absurd
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting that it was
absurd “to come and put on trial US or Israeli soldiers."
made the remarks as he lauded the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s decision
last week to reject a request to investigate US forces for possible war crimes
Israeli premier said the Hague-based court’s decision “corrects an injustice
and will have far-reaching implications for the functioning of the international
system" regarding Israel.
the US nor Israel have ratified the Rome Statute, which established the court
in the first place.
Both sides in the Yemen conflict have agreed to a new plan to redeploy their
troops in the port of Hodeidah, the UN envoy to the country said on Monday.
breakthrough comes months after a ceasefire deal for the port city was struck
in Sweden between the Iran-backed Houthi militia and Yemeni government forces.
implemenetation of the deal in Hodeidah, which became the main focus of the
conflict, has stalled with the Arab coalition supporting government troops
accusing the Houthis of dozens of violations of the deal.
Griffiths told a Security Council meeting that the breakthrough of the two
sides agreeing to a new “detailed redeployment plan” for Hodeidah was
said the redeployment “would be the first voluntary withdrawal of forces in
this long conflict.”
all need to see tangible progress in Hodeida before moving to focus on the
political solution,” Griffiths added.
detailed plan on the pullback was negotiated by Danish General Michael
Lollesgaard who heads a UN monitoring mission.
the deal on the first stage, Lollesgaard will now focus on the second phase and
seek to resolve disputes over the deployment of local forces in areas from
where there has been a pullback.
calls Omar’s statements ‘anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful’
President Donald Trump has censured House of Representatives Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) for defending Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, saying the
Minnesota Democrat is "out of control."
Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done,
decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic,
anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made,” Trump tweeted.
is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!” he added.
Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done,
decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic,
anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of
control, except for her control of Nancy!
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people are talking about this
on Monday, an adviser Trump's reelection campaign has blamed influx of death
threats against Omar on “her ill-thought-out words” rather than racist attacks
don’t think it’s the president that’s putting her in danger, I think it’s her
ill-thought-out words that she used to describe the greatest terror attack on
the history of United States soil which killed nearly 3,000 Americans,” Marc
Lotter said on CNN. “Make no mistake, no congressperson, no American should be
threatened and no one is inciting violence," said Lotter, the Trump
campaign's director of strategic communications. "I think what they’re
doing is showing outrage toward words that should have been better thought
Saturday, Trump shared the video suggesting that Omar, a Democratic member of
the House of Representatives from Minnesota, was dismissive of the 9/11 attack.
video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last
month in which she described the terror attack as “some people did something.”
the top Democrat in the lower chamber of Congress, criticized Trump on Saturday
for for Trump's post.
memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with
reverence,” Pelosi said in a statement posted on Twitter. “The President
shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”
put out a statement Sunday night, detailing what she has faced since the
Republican president posted the video, including “an increase in direct threats
on my life.”
also said, "Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists
and white nationalists are on the ride in this country and around the world. We
can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the
highest office in the land."
the hours after Trump attacked Omar, top Democrats in the US Congress strongly
condemned Trump and other Republicans for attacking Omar over comments she made
that seemingly minimized the 9/11 attacks, which were a series of strikes in
the US that killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of
property and infrastructure damage.
officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists
but many experts have raised questions about the official account.
believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Republican
Vice President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11
attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist
won't back down to Trump's racism and hate'
from Trump’s Republican Party have accused Omar of minimizing the 9/11 attacks,
while critics of the president say he took Omar’s words out of context in order
to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president again in the 2020
elections after he lost in 2016, described Omar as a leader with “strength and
won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting
and dangerous attacks against her must end," Sanders tweeted Friday.
Senator Elizabeth Warren condemned the attacks against Omar as not only
dangerous for the congresswoman, but Muslims in the US in general.
familiar with US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” have warned
that it will be void of any guarantees for a separate, fully sovereign state of
Palestine, the Washington Post reports.
unnamed sources told the paper that the proposal, which is expected to arrive
soon, will only offer Palestinians some improvements in living conditions and
White House is poised to drop the much-anticipated package later this spring or
by early summer, culminating over two years of efforts by Trump adviser and
son-in-law Jared Kushner.
officials on all sides tight-lipped about the terms of the offer, remarks from
Kushner and other US officials have suggested that it does away with
Palestinian statehood as a per-requisite for any agreement.
Trump’s plan to purportedly end the decades-long conflict between Palestinians
and Israelis more than anything focuses on Israel’s security concerns, the
believe we have a plan that is fair, realistic and implementable that will
enable people to live better lives,” a senior White House official told the
Post on Friday.
looked at past efforts and solicited ideas from both sides and partners in the
region with the recognition that what has been tried in the past has not
worked. Thus, we have taken an unconventional approach founded on not hiding
from reality, but instead speaking truth,” added the official.
to a new report by US news and information website Axios, King Abdullah II of
Jordan said in a closed-door meeting with American lawmakers last month that
the White House had given him zero information on how it proposes to divide the
to the Post, the American head of state has told friends he would change
traditional assumptions about ways to resolve the conflict.
the outcome would look nothing like his unorthodox personal diplomacy with
North Korea and would rather be the product of Kushner, who became Trump’s
designated agent for all Middle East peace deals at the beginning of his
presidency in 2017.
with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump has tried to make peace through
vague promises of economic growth and sanctions removal, Arab officials
familiar with Kushner’s sales pitches said he has offered no specific
incentives to Palestinians.
Kushner has offered are suggestions about economic opportunities for
Palestinians in exchange for Israeli annexation of the West Bank and all other
and other US officials have indicated that peace and economic development for
Palestine are intertwined with the Arab world’s recognition of Israel and their
acceptance of a Palestinian “autonomy” as opposed to a “sovereignty,” sources
we’ve tried to do is figure out what is a realistic and what is a fair solution
to the issues here in 2019 that can enable people to live better lives,”
Kushner said in an interview with Sky News Arabia as he sought Arab support on
a visit to the region in February.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave away the most substantial hints at the
deal’s contents when he promised on the eve of his re-election last week that
he will annex some settlements in the West Bank.
package, according to the sources, is expected to pledge tens of billions of
dollars in aid and investment in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the two
areas with the most Palestinians, and billions more to Egypt and Jordan, the
two Arab nations that have made peace with Israel.
stands little chance of success, analysts say, as European and some Arab
leaders have already lost faith in his attempts.
series of actions that Trump has taken in favor of Israel, including moving the
US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds after recognizing it as the
Israeli regime’s capital, have killed any hopes of a breakthrough.
has also stirred anger by cutting annual aid to Palestine and shuttering the
offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington.
actions have alienated the Palestinian Authority, which has boycotted all
negotiations with Washington.
and former Trump lawyer Jason D. Greenblatt, who would be the lead US
negotiator for talks, have pleaded with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to
return to the table and seal the deal.
the PA: Our plan will greatly improve Palestinian lives & create something
very different than what exists,” Greenblatt wrote in a tweet last week. “It’s
a realistic plan to thrive/prosper even if it means compromises. It’s not a
‘sell out’ — if the plan isn’t realistic, no one can deliver it.”
chief adviser of Abbas said last week that while the Palestinian Authority
viewed Americans as biased, they will not reject the Trump plan out of hand.
Goldenberg, the chief of staff to the lead US negotiator in the last failed
attempt under former US President Barack Obama, said he still expects the
package to be a nonstarter that would pave the way for annexation by forcing
the Palestinians to reject the offer.
EU leaders reject no statehood deal
Sunday, 37 high-ranking ex-officials of the European Union published a call for
the European Union to reaffirm its commitment to a Palestinian statehood and
reject any deal that fails to account for it.
The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on financiers with bases in
Belgium, Kenya and Turkey on charges they funneled money internationally for
the Daesh extremist group.
Treasury Department said it had pinpointed successors to Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr
Al-Rawi, who was killed in a US-led coalition air strike in Syria in 2017 after
allegedly sending millions of dollars earmarked for the jihadists.
United States imposed sanctions on seven people including Mushtaq Talib Zughayr
Al-Rawi, who as of late 2018 was living with his family in Belgium, according
to the Treasury Department.
seized evidence during a raid on the Daesh group last year that showed Mushtaq
was helping fund them by exploiting the Iraqi government’s electronic payment
machines designed to distribute payments to public employees and retirees, the
Treasury Department said.
is dedicated to ensuring the enduring defeat of Daesh by cutting off all
remaining sources of their terror funding around the globe,” said Sigal
Mandelker, the department’s under secretary for terrorism and financial
network dates from the 1990s in Iraq, when it used the region’s hawala system,
the informal network of money transfers conducted through face-to-face
guarantees, to evade biting international sanctions on the country then ruled
by Saddam Hussein.
Treasury Department also sanctioned a money exchange company, Al-Ard
Al-Jadidah, said to connect Iraq’s hawalas with the northern Turkish city of
Daesh member in Iraq allegedly received $1 million through the exchange last
year, it said.
targeted in the latest sanctions was Kenya-based Halima Adan Ali, who the
Treasury Department said was part of a network that moved more than $150,000
through the hawala system to Daesh fighters in Syria, Libya and central Africa.
has been arrested twice by Kenyan authorities and also served as a recruiter
for Somalia’s Al-Shabab militants, according to the Treasury Department.
The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to
terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most
dangerous areas due to terror attacks.
Pakistan in general has been placed in "Level Three" category in the
latest travel advisory issued by the US on Monday, several parts of the
country, including Balochistan, KPK province, PoK and India-Pakistan border,
have been placed in the most dangerous "Level Four" category, in
which US citizens are asked not to travel due to high risk areas.
to risks to civil aviation operating within or near Pakistan, the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a
Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR),” the State Department said in the
that terror groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan, the State
Department said that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting
transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports,
universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship and
have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and
information suggests they continue to do so,” it said.
attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan
and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including former Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(FATA). Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in hundreds of casualties,
not travel to Balochistan province,” the State Department said, adding that
active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts and
deadly terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices and security
forces destabilise the province.
in the PoK, it warned that militant groups are known to operate in the area and
the threat of armed conflict between India and Pakistan remains. "Indian
and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire
across the Line of Control (LoC),” it said.
that India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of
the border, the travel advisory said the only official Pakistan-India border
crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the
province of Punjab between Wagah and Attari.
not travel to KPK province, which includes the former FATA,” the advisory said.
Union threatens to suspend Sudan over coup
African Union on Monday threatened to suspend Sudan following last week’s coup
that saw Omar al-Bashir ousted by the military after nearly three decades in
the junta fails to hand power to civilians within 15 days, the AU will suspend
“the participation of the Sudan in all AU’s activities until the restoration of
constitutional order,” the body’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) said in a
ruled Sudan with an iron fist for 30 years before he was deposed last week
following mass protests that have rocked the country since December.
protesters have remained in the streets, demanding a return to civilian rule
from the military council that’s replaced Bashir.
AU echoed the protesters’ demands, calling the military intervention a “coup
d’Etat, which (the PSC) strongly condemns.”
body, which has 55 member states, added that “a military-led transition would
be completely contrary to the aspirations of the people of Sudan.”
military council on Monday appointed Colonel General Hashem Abdel Muttalib
Ahmed Babakr as army chief of staff in a restructuring of the military command
General Mohamed Othman al-Hussein was appointed as deputy chief of staff, the
council said in a statement.
junta says the Sudanese troops taking part in the Saudi-led war on Yemen will
continue fighting on behalf of Saudi Arabia despite a coup that has partially
changed the power structure in the African country.
will stick to our commitment with the Arab alliance and our troops will remain
until the alliance achieves its goals,” Mohammad Hamdan Daglo, the number two
in a military council that has overtaken power in Sudan since the ouster of its
long-time president Omar al-Bashir, said in a statement to the official Sudan
News Agency (SUNA) on Monday.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating war on Yemen
in March 2015 with the goals of bringing the government of a former Yemeni
president back to power and driving out the Houthi Ansarullah movement, a
popular group that took over state affairs after that president resigned and
fled the country. While it had aimed to achieve its goals in a matter of weeks,
the Saudi-led coalition continues to be bogged down more than four years later.
war has killed tens of thousands of people in Yemen and pushed the impoverished
country to the brink of famine.
a Saudi vassal state, has been a member of the Saudi-led coalition. The
military ouster of Bashir last week raised speculation that Sudan may stop
contributing to the deadly war. Bashir himself had faced calls to withdraw from
the coalition over mounting Sudanese casualties.
Monday statement about a policy continuation came shortly after Saudi Arabia
and the United Arab Emirates — the main two aggressor regimes in the war on
Yemen — expressed support for Sudan’s junta, the so-called Transitional
Military Council (TMC). Riyadh had also announced a “humanitarian aid package”
was ousted by the Sudanese military after five months of protests over his
policies. But the Sudanese protesters have not stopped taking to the streets.
demand scrapping of transitional military council
on Monday, the representatives of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association
(SPA), which led the protests against Bashir, urged the dissolution of the
military council and the formation of a new interim civilian ruling council.
its first news conference since the ouster of Bashir, the SPA issued a long
list of demands for deeper and faster change to end repression and an economic crisis.
our demand for the formation of a civilian transitional council with military
representation is not met, we will not be part of the executive authority, the
cabinet, and we will continue the mass escalation and the sit-ins to fulfill
our demands,” Ahmed al-Rabie, an SPA member, told Reuters.
statement came hours after troops tried to break up an ongoing sit-in outside
the Defense Ministry that began on April 6. Protesters joined hands and formed
rings around the sit-in area to prevent the forces from removing stone and
Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, deputy head of Sudan's ruling military council, held
separate meetings on Monday with three European ambassadors in capital
its official Facebook page, Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (of which Daglo is
commander) published photos of Daglo holding separate meetings with U.K.
Ambassador Irfan Siddiq, Dutch Ambassador Karin M. Boven, and EU Ambassador
Jean Michel Dimond.
provided no further details about Monday’s meetings.
day earlier, Daglo also briefed U.S. Charge d'Affaires Steven Koutsis on the
latest developments in the troubled country.
week, the Sudanese army ousted longtime President Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled
Sudan since 1989, following months of popular demonstrations against his
army also announced the establishment of a military council that will run the
country’s affairs for a two-year transitional period.
Saturday, Lieutenant-General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the military council,
pledged to carry out wide-ranging political and economic reforms.
a televised address, Burhan said that the two-year transitional period would
conclude with “free and fair” elections.
least 27 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed in a joint operation by
Nigerian and Cameroonian forces, a Nigerian army spokesman said on Monday.
a statement, Sagir Musa said troops destroyed gun trucks and recovered arms and
ammunition belonging to the militant group in the clearance operations that
took place in several villages of Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state.
military operation is ongoing especially in the fringes of Gamboru-Ngala and
surrounding areas to deal with the fleeing bandits running out Multinational
Joint Task Force’s onslaught on their hideouts,” he added.
High Council of Jihadi and National Parties comprising of several formal and
prominent political parties boycotted the Consultative Peace Jirga following a
meeting of the leaders of the council which was organized in the residence of
Syed Mansoor Naderi, the leader of Paiwand Millie Party of Afghanistan and
member of the leadership council of Jihadi and National Parties.
to a statement released by Paiwand Millie Party of Afghanistan, the meeting
focused on recent developments in the country, including the issue of
Consultative Loya Jirga, peace summit due to be organized in Qatar, and
completion of the term of government of national unity led by President
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
statement further added that the participants of the meeting called
reconciliation process as the only fundamental need of the people of the
country considering the existing critical situation of the country while
considering Jirgas, national and historical benevolent gatherings as an
accepted value and tradition of the elders of the country.
the statement added that the leaders of the High Council of National and Jihadi
parties consider the Consultative Peace Jirga as a unilateral move by the
government and in contrast with the national constitution and other enforced
laws of the country.
leaders of the council also added that they not consider the consultative peace
Jirga in favour of the nation and current situation of the country considering
its dramatic and biased nature which follows specific aims for election
statement also added that leaders of the government have so far not consulted
with the leaders of the political parties, presidential candidates, independent
national figures and elders regarding the convening of the Jirga and the
government is set to convene the costly Jirga at a time when its objectives,
agenda, and contents have not been clarified to the nation.
the main objective of the Jirga which has been described as consultative by the
government, the leaders of the High Council of Jihadi and National Parties
added that a consensus exists among more than 30 million population of the
country regarding reconciliation process and no Afghan would vote to invalidate
peace process even a final decision is not taken during the Jirga>
leaders of the council also emphasized that the main objective of the Jirga
would therefore be an attempt by the government to deviate the attention of the
people and prepare for an all-out campaign for the upcoming presidential
elections, which the council rejects considering the unpleasant condition of
the people who have mainly suffered due to the recent natural disasters
including flooding and no attention and humanitarian aid have been made to the
victims in a responsible way from the government.
comes as Chief Executive Abdullah, former national security advisor Mohammad
Haneef Atmar, and former intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil have so far
confirmed that the members of their electoral teams will not participate in
consultative peace Jirga, mainly citing the reasons outlined by the High
Council of Jihadi and National Parties.
the past many weeks, a financier of Islamic State (ISIS), Shahid Uddin Khan and
his hired cohorts are continuing massive propaganda against Bangladesh – more
precisely country’s top-most security agency Directorate General of Forces
Intelligence (DGFI) and internationally acclaimed anti-militancy journalist and
editor of Blitz, the most influential newspaper with the ulterior agenda.
According to information, Lt Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan smuggled out
millions of dollars from Bangladesh to various countries including United
Kingdom. In 2009, he invested one million Pounds in the United Kingdom in
exchange of obtaining immigrant status under visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. The
investment was made in the name of Shahid’s wife Farzana Anjum. The family has
established a company named Zumana Investment & Holding Limited in the UK.
Kingdom had never inquired about the legality of the money Shahid and his
family had invested, although it is learnt from various sources in Bangladesh
that the family had never taken any permission from the Bangladesh Bank for
repatriating such a huge amount of money.
January 2019 it was learnt from various Bangladeshi newspaper reports that
Shahid Uddin Khan and his family were actively involved into jihadist
activities and were funding militancy groups such as Islamic State (ISIS).
the other hand, Tasneem Khalil, an unknown junior reporter in Bangladesh, who
has the past track record of appeasing radical Islam, Palestinian terrorists
and Hamas made false claim of being persecuted by DGFI and sought political
asylum in Sweden. According to information, most of the members of Khalil’s
family are notoriously anti-Semitic and radical Muslims. Recently this man was
hired by Lt Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan as a propagandist.
Khalil and Shahid Uddin Khan are enjoying patronization from terror-network Al
Jazeera. Recently Al Jazeera wrote a defamatory article against Bangladesh and
DGFI with fictitious and false information. Later the content though had been
uploaded by Shahid Uddin Khan in his YouTube channel; recently those contents
had vanished because Shahid’s criminal records are being gradually exposed by
Blitz. According to British law, if any individual is found in money
laundering, stern actions are taken by the authorities. It is learn from
verifiable sources, British authorities already are investigating the visa Tier
1, vide VAF No. 511702 of Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and
daughters and stern actions would be taken against them soon. The authorities
may deport this notorious ISIS-funder family to Bangladesh, where they are
currently facing numerous charges of serious crimes.
his entire career, Tasneem Khalil has a dubious past. In Dhaka he is known as a
damn liar and opportunist. For years he was maintaining links with anti-Semitic
individuals and organizations, which had turned him into blue-eyed darling of
Al Jazeera. Sitting in Sweden, he now is directly engaged in criminal
conspiracy against Bangladesh as a hired collaborator of Shahid Uddin Khan. It
is also learnt that Shahid, Tasneem and few of the members of this racket are
actively trying to stage a coup in Bangladesh by giving instigation to several
individuals as well as military personnel.
Eastern Herald contacted National Crime Agency (NCA) in the United Kingdom to
know if they have started investigating the case of Lt Col (sacked) Shahid
Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters specific case of money
laundering. The organization said, the matter actually needs to be brought into
the attention of NCA in written form although they have already received copies
of several reports published by Blitz on this matter. According to NCA, even a responsible
individual from Bangladesh or United Kingdom can directly write with specific
allegations, which would help them in initiating the investigation.
on Tasneem Khalil, Blitz editor and internationally acclaimed anti-militancy
journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury said, “This boy has exposed his face by
giving space to a dirty man like Shahid Uddin Khan, allowing the later in
uttering lies on an arranged so-called interview on Tasneem’s Facebook account.
I have never heard of any person named Tasneem Khalil in the past. He was
possibly a low-ranking reporter in Dhaka”.
Choudhury further said, “An ISIS funder, a thief and proven fraud like Shahid
Uddin Khan is now questioning my integrity as a journalist. He has Tasneem as
his lapdog. They say I am not a journalist. Well, I am not a so-called
journalist like Tasneem Khalil who had taken political asylum in the West with
fake claims. It goes beyond my dignity even to say anything about a tiny
individual like Tasneem”.
further said, “Shahid and his hired cohorts can bark like street dogs, but very
soon, they will be facing legal consequences”.
former Afghan intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil has confirmed that the
members of his electoral team will not participate in upcoming Consultative
Peace Jirga (Assembly of tribal elders).
to a statement released by electoral team of Mr. Nabil, the leadership of the
team tasked with the preparations and convening of the consultative Jirga is
comprised of individuals from a particular electoral team which lacks
legitimacy and acceptance on national level.
the agenda of the Jirga or gathering as vague and non-transparent, the
electoral team of Mr. Nabil has expressed concerns that the political parties,
movements, and civil society organizations have been sidelined from the process
of ongoing preparations convene the consultative Jirga, while a specific circle
has been tasked to make major decisions regarding the convening of the Jirga.
electoral team of Mr. Nabil has also criticized the government for allocating 5
million US Dollars from national budget for the Jirga, lack of logical
mechanism to appoint members of the Jirga, and its attempts to misuse the name
of Jirga for election purposes.
statement also added that the government has never accepted the legitimate
demands of the people and political movements therefore the decisions of the
Jirgas will never have executive guarantees.
least sixteen militants were killed or wounded during a clash between Taliban
and ISIS Khurasan militants in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said the clash broke
out in Haidar Keli, Asman Kala, Ibrahim KHel, and Wadi Sar areas of Khogyani
district on Monday.
statement further added that eight militants of the Red Unit of Taliban were
killed during the clash and four others were wounded.
to 201st Silab Corps, at least four ISIS militants were also killed during the
exchange of fire with Taliban militants.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the incident so far.
least ten Taliban militants were killed and nine others were wounded during the
operations which were conducted in Kunduz and Badghis province in the past 24
military sources said Monday that the Afghan Special Forces conducted an
operation in the provincial capital of Kunduz province killing 4 Taliban
fighters and arresting 9 others.
sources further added that airstrikes were also conducted in Kunduz city which
left 3 Taliban fighters dead.
were conducted in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province in support of
Afghan Security Forces killing 3 Taliban fighters,” the sources added.
least ten militants were killed during a joint operation of the Afghan and
coalition forces in south-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast issued a statement
late on Sunday evening confirming that ten militants were killed and three
others including one of their commanders were wounded during a joint
Afghan-coalition forces operation sin Gilan district of Ghazni.
statement further added that the operations were conducted in Lawang and Khatak
areas of the distric.t
to 203rd Thunder Corps, the Taliban commander who has sustained injuries during
the operation has been identified as Abdul Rahim.
security forces also discovered a large weapons and explosive cache belong to
Taliban militants during the same operation, the 203rd Thunder Corps said.
corridor: India, Pakistan to hold second round of talks today
India and Pakistan will hold a second round of talks regarding Kartarpur
corridor on Tuesday.
from both countries are expected to discuss technical aspects regarding the
construction of the corridor, including fencing, road, and maps.
to Dunya news, officials from Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs, ministry
of religious affairs and federal works organisation (FWO) will attend the
media has claimed that Pakistan has completed more than 50 per cent of the
construction's work of the corridor.
meeting comes after India postponed the second round of talks on corridor after
reports surfaced about the appointment of "controversial elements" by
Pakistan in a committee associated with the corridor.
two countries were previously slated to meet on April 2 in Pakistan for the
second round of talks.
the postponement, India offered to hold a technical meeting to discuss other
aspects, according to India's ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh
had said earlier that India had sought certain clarifications from Pakistan on
several "unaddressed" issues regarding the Corridor, including the
number of pilgrims that can visit daily, issues of visas, etc.
first round of talks between the two sides was held at Attari in Punjab on
March 14 during which issues like finalisation of the draft agreement between
the two countries were discussed.
group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) launch pads in new locations across the Line of
Control have been activated ahead of a possible effort to push terrorists from
the Pakistan-based group into Jammu and Kashmir, top counter-terror officials
and senior Jammu and Kashmir police officials said, although the latter added
that this is because Indian security forces have eliminated most of the Jaish
leadership in the valley.
added that Mohammad Umair, JeM chief Masood Azhar’s nephew, who was seen around
Pulwama in February, when a terrorist affiliated to it carried out a suicide
attack on a CRPF convoy, killing 40, has either been killed or has gone back to
to the counter- terror and police officials, none of whom wished to be identified,
the reason for the activation of the launch pads is to boost the Jaish’s
strength and capabilities in the state.
the Pulwama attack, Indian security forces have been able to eliminate the
majority of the Jaish leadership in the valley, they added, with only one
commander, who operates under the codename Munna Bihari currently active in the
Indian forces have gunned down Azhar’s elder brother Ibrahim Athar eldest son
Usman Haider and brother-in-law Abdul Rasheed Kamran’s son Talha Rasheed. Soon
after Pulwama, the security forces gunned down Jaish divisional commander
Kamran on February 18.
a recent audio clip, broadcast over the Jaish’s Rang-o-Noor channel, Ibrahim
Athar indicates that Mohammed Umair may have also been neutralized by the
Indian security forces. In the audio clip, Athar is heard telling his cadre
that Umair and Kamran have already reached “heaven.”
learns that many of these launch pads are in the scenic Lolab Valley, north of
Kupwara, and around 114 km north-west of Srinagar.
effort to amplify the infiltration of terrorists coincides with the melting of
snows on high mountain passes. Post Pulwama, the Pakistan Army cleared
terrorist launch pads fearing a repeat of the 2016 Indian surgical strikes.
After the Indian air strike at Jaish’s biggest terror training camp at Balakot,
the globally proscribed group has threatened to get even by targeting innocents
in hinterland India or security forces in the Valley. Communication intercepts
indicate that Jaish will ratchet up violence in the Valley in the coming
months, the counter-terror officials said.
was on India’s side in the Balakot air strikes, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa
said on Monday, asserting that the results would have been further tilted in
the country’s favour if Rafale jets were inducted in time.
Indian Air Force chief was addressing a gathering at a seminar on aerospace
power of the future and the impact of technology.
the Balakot operation, we had technology on our side, and we could launch
precision stand of weapons with great accuracy. In the subsequent engagements,
we came out better because we upgraded our MiG-21s, Bisons, and Mirage-2000
aircraft,” he said.
results would have been further skewed in our favour had we inducted the Rafale
aircraft in time,” Dhanoa said. The Air Force struck a Jaish-e-Mohammad
terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot area on February 26, in response
to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were
Pakistan Air Force retaliated the next day by unsuccessfully targeting various
military installations in Jammu and Kashmir.
said in his speech, “In the proposed induction of the Rafale and S-400
surface-to-air missile system, in the next two-four years, once again the
technological balance will shift in our favour like it was in 2002 during
Operation Parakaram during the last stand-off.”
inked an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the
procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore. The
delivery of the jets — capable of carrying a range of potent weapons and
missiles — is scheduled to begin from September.
October last year, India and Russia signed a multibillion-dollar deal for S-400
‘Triumf’ long-range air defence missile systems. It has the capability to
destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles, and even drones at ranges of up to
seminar on ‘Aerospace power in the 2040s: Impact of Technology’ was held at
Subroto Park here to mark the birth centenary of the late Marshal of the IAF
event was hosted by the IAF along with the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS),
an autonomous defence research and analysis body.
all arms of the military, technology affects us the most…land forces mainly
fight with men, naval and air force officers operate machines and in the Air
Force this technology has to be packed in smaller machines and subject to
extreme temperature and pressure conditions,” the IAF chief said.
air power is more sensitive to technological change, he said. Defence Minister
Nirmala Sitharaman last week complimented the IAF for its “flawless execution”
of the February 26 Balakot operation and subsequent thwarting of the Pakistani
response while addressing top IAF commanders here.
the event on April 11, Dhanoa emphasised on further enhancing the IAF’s
capability in the field of space, cyber, artificial intelligence and drone
technology to further boost its overall combat capability.
National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and
Pakistan are like two bodies and one soul. Our sorrow, happiness and
destination are the same. Both the countries are the symbol of peace,
brotherhood, progress and prosperity.
expressed these views while talking to Imam-e- Ka’aba Sheikh Abdullah Awad
Al-Juhani who called on him here at Parliament House on Monday.
Speaker said that both countries were tied in a strong religious, cultural and
historic bonds as people of both nations are tied under the great values of
Islam. He said that every Muslim in Pakistan has great respect and affection to
the custodian of the Al Harmain Al Shareefen.
said the Muslim world was facing multiple challenges at present and we have to
create unity among our ranks and shun our differences to overcome these
challenges. While appreciating the role of KSA to unite the Muslim Ummah, he
said that unity and close cooperation between Muslim countries is the need of
said following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) is the
only solution of all socio-economic issues being faced by the world.
added that Islam teaches peace and brotherhood and abhor all kinds and
manifestation of terrorism and extremism.
said KSA and Pakistan can defeat the forces of extremism and terrorism by
enhancing cooperation and collaboration at all forums. He mentioned that the
recent visit of the Crown Prince of KSA has strengthened the bilateral
relations between both the nations.
Speaker eulogized the efforts of Imam-e-Ka’aba in spreading peace and great
values of Islam all across the world. He also applauded the positive role of
KSA in international affairs.
said that KSA role in the world to resolve the conflict is exemplary.
the need for enhancing bilateral Parliamentary relations between both the
nations, the Speaker said that Parliament of Pakistan is committed to
strengthen the relation between Pakistan and KSA.
Ka’aba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani has said that the success in this world
and hereafter would be possible by following the teachings of Islam.
mentioned that deviation from the golden principles of Islam and differences in
the ranks of Muslim Ummah are the causes of the increasing terrorism, extremism
and other challenges being faced by the Ummah. He said that Pakistan is always
ranked high in the eyes of government of KSA.
also led the Zuhar prayer at Speaker House and prayed for the peace and
progress of Ummah. Later on Speaker National Assembly hosted luncheon in the
honour of Imam-e- Ka’aba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani.
Minister for Foreign Affair Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Federal Minister for
Information and Broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry, Minister for Religious
Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri Minister for Health Amir
Kiyani, Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed,
Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob
Sultan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, and
Parliamentarians were also present on the occasion.
watchdog decries forced conversions, curbs on media
— An independent rights watchdog on Monday raised concerns about incidents in
Pakistan of forced conversions and marriages of girls from the country’s
minority Hindu and Christian community to Muslim men.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in it annual report said lawmakers need to
pass effective legislation to end the practice — the extent of which remains
unclear. It said around 1,000 cases of forced conversion of Hindu and Christian
girls were reported just in the southern Sindh province last year. In some
cases, it said the girls were recovered on court orders, but the situation in
general remained appalling.
no authentic data is available on forced conversions” and marriages in Pakistan,
the report said.
Salahuddin, a senior member of the watchdog, said Pakistani media have also
faced “unprecedented curbs” in the previous year. However, he did not answer a
direct question when asked whether the army was behind imposing such curbs on
335-page “State of Human Rights in 2018,” released in the capital, Islamabad,
is considered a report card of sorts on Pakistan, where Hindus, Christians and
Sikhs and Ahmadis are tiny minorities.
rights overview came out less than a week after a Pakistani court allowed two
sisters from the Hindu community to live with their Muslim husbands, rejecting
allegations from their parents saying their daughters were abducted and
case of the sisters from the southern Sindh province drew the attention of
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who ordered a government probe.
investigations concluded the girls were 18 and 19 and that they were not forced
to change their religion.
Francis, a senior member of the watchdog group, said the abduction of Hindu and
Christian girls for conversion and marriages was now a common thing in the
southern Sindh and eastern Punjab provinces.
report said minorities “continued to face harassment, arrest or even death for
simply living their lives in accordance with their beliefs in Pakistan in
report also expressed concern over what it says was the misuse of blasphemy
laws in Pakistan, where around 70 people have been lynched since 1990 on
charges of insulting Islam.
said 40 people were currently on death row or serving a life sentence after
being convicted on charges of blasphemy.
report touched on last year’s release of Aasia Bibi, a 54-year-old Christian
woman who was freed by the Supreme Court after eight years on death row for
blasphemy. For her safety, she has been living in an undisclosed location under
tight security. She had initially hoped to join her daughters in Canada, where
they have been granted asylum.
case has brought international attention to Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which
carries a death sentence.
of the Shia Hazara community, protesting against the Hazarganji suicide
bombing, ended their sit-in late on Monday night after receiving assurances
from Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani and State Minister for
Interior, Sheharyar Afridi. A prominent representative present at the press
conference asked the Federal Interior Minister, Shehrya Khan Afridi, “Where is
Imran Khan” as he finished his speech at the press conference. He gave the
example of the New Zealand prime minister who tended to the aggrieved right
after a terror attack and asked, why could the Pakistani prime Minister not do
a reply, the interior minister claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan had
spoken to the former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, (although he
died in 2017).
rainfall, members of the Hazara community continued their sit-in on Quetta’s
Western Bypass, which links the city with highways. Women and children are also
part of the sit-in demanding action against the perpetrators of Hazara
Minister for Interior Sheharyar Afridi arrived in Quetta on Monday to review
the security situation. He was accompanied by Prime Minister’s Special
Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfiqar
visited the Imam Bargah located in Hazara town to condole with the bereaved
family members. Speaking on the occasion, he said attempts are being made to
spread anarchy in the country. “There is no doubt that the Hazara community has
been subjected to severe cruelty. We are standing shoulder-by-shoulder with you
in every difficulty and trial,” he said. “The state will take action against
those responsible for the Hazarganji attack,” he asserted. “The state will take
every possible step for the elimination of terrorism as it is taking measures
to protect all the borders,” he added.
government stands with the Hazara community and concrete steps will be taken to
end the crimes against them. The federal government will play its role in
making sure that these heinous crimes end. I stand with the community and I
assure you that the government has been working to ensure that such crimes end.
That is why this was the first such incident to occur over the span of nine
months. The question is, who is it that wants to create these differences
between Pakistanis? Who wants to create a situation of conflict within
Pakistan?” he said.
am saying these things and asking these questions because Pakistan’s enemies
want that this country be added to the [Financial Action Task Force] blacklist.
They want that at every level, including the economic level, such blows be
dealt that Pakistan – God forbid – breaks apart,” he said. “I request the
Hazara community to not doubt our intentions. The state will respect each and
every native of Balochistan,” he added.
Afridi, meanwhile, called on Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan to
discuss ensuring protection of people after the tragedy which left over 20
dead. He expressed deep sorrow over the death of people in Hazarganji blast and
said provincial and federal government stand with families of the deceased in
this difficult time and measures are underway to arrest those involved in the
tragic incident. The chief minister informed Afridi about investigation into
the explosion in detail.
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