Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is set to take oath as prime
minister of Pakistan on August 11, a rather chilling tweet, by Indian TV host,
Simi Grewal, got the attention of PTI workers and followers on social media.
Docs in Kolkata Face Eviction over Their Religion
Predicted I Would Be Assassinated After Becoming PM, Imran Khan Allegedly Told
Indian TV Host
Shiite Militias Kill More People, Reports Warn Of Iran Proxies Capturing Iraq
‘Taken Hostage’ By Saudis on Iran Oil Sanctions: Official
Protect All Religions, Not Only Islam, Against Insults, Says Mujahid
Regimes like Saudi Arabia Is Part of UK Imperialist Agenda: Analyst
Minister, Jaitley, Defends Citizenship Test, Citing Muslim Growth
Muslims Appeal to Government to Have Humane Approach On Illegal Immigrants
Inspiration from India, Top Pakistani Islamic Council to Push For Punishing
Instant Triple Talaq
Khan A Man of Character, Accept His Invite For Swearing-In Ceremony: Navjot
Presence of ISIS In Jammu And Kashmir, Only Cases Of Flag Waving: Union
Tension Erupts In Hasanpura After Muslim Girl Elopes With Hindu Boy
Muslims enrolling for higher education in Telangana
Mosque Video Goes Viral, Irks Muslims
ambassador invites Indian companies to rebuild war-torn country
Off Loudspeakers In Mosques During Kanwar Yatra: Sadhvi Prachi To Yogi
Bench Recuses Itself from Imran Disqualification Case
wealth stashed in UK to be brought back: Imran
likely to be elected PM on 15th
independents, PML-Q votes take PTI tally to 153 in Punjab
to support PTI in forming government at the Centre, says convener
praises military’s ECP-mandated role in polls
leader advises Bilawal to support Khan, says Zardari should’ve stayed out of NA
beefed up around PTI chief’s Bani Gala residence, shade cloth installed
disposes of Quetta Church affectees’ compensation case
teenager arrested over ‘blasphemous social media posts’
satisfied with efforts for peace in Afghanistan
Khan, Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Sidhu invited for Imran’s oath ceremony
Accuses Turkey of Tolerating Syrian Rebel Abuses in Afrin
forces kill five suspected militants north of Cairo
from same family risk death penalty over IS killings
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Hand over Key Hospital to Syrian Gov't Forces in Raqqa Province
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Army Launches Surprise Attack on Terrorists at Border with Turkey
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Panel Finds Further Evidence of Iran Link To Houthi Missiles
Ban on Muslim Face Veil Met with Protest
calls on media to stop blaming Islam for murder of Russian journalists in CAR
ISIS in Afghanistan, Says Taliban
150 Daesh Terrorists Surrender In Afghanistan
forces start operations to help improve Jalalabad’s security
Red Unit commander and his 5 guards killed in drone strikes
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Military Faces Druze Uproar over Jewish Nation Bill
photojournalist becomes latest victim of Houthi landmines
says Iranian forces pulled back from Golan in Syria; Israel unsatisfied
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imposes sanctions on 2 Turkish officials over detention of US pastor
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
They can treat us when we are ill but they may not be good enough to be our
neighbours. This is the message that four Medical College and Hospital alumni,
now doing their house-staffship at various hospitals in the state, have got
from their neighbours at a south Kolkata housing society.
Alam, Mojtaba Hassan, Nasir Shaikh and Sawkat Shaikh are now counting their
days at their Kudghat flat and have fallen back on a volunteers’ group, called
Sanghati Abhijan, to resist eviction. “A few of our members will talk to the
neighbours and the local councillor to find a solution,” Dwaipayan Banerjee,
speaking on behalf of Sanghati Abhijan, said.
four MCH alumni rented the Kudghat flat two months ago. “Our landlord did not
have any problem with us but, right from the start, some of our neighbours
created a hostile situation. Things worsened on Monday when a friend came to
visit us. He was heckled by some of our neighbours, who asked him to show an
‘identity proof’. One of them — a middle-aged ‘gentleman’ — has asked us to
find accommodation elsewhere as we are Muslims,” Alam, a resident of Bankra in
Howrah, said on Wednesday.
landlords rejected us because of our religious identity. We got this flat after
several weeks of house-hunting and our current landlord did not have any
problem with our religion,” he added.
added that it was one particular neighbour, who created the ruckus on Monday
when their friend arrived, who was consistently against their staying in the
first said four bachelors could not stay in the society because it was meant
for families. But, later, he told our landlord that he had a problem with us
because of our religion,” Hassan said, adding: “He then banded a few others
four have not yet moved out of the flat but Sawkat Shaikh said they had “more
or less decided” to shift. “No one can stay peacefully in such a hostile
environment,” the MCH house-staff said.
spoke to their landlord, who said that he did not believe in “discriminating
between people on the basis of their religion”.
was why I agreed to rent out my flat to the four doctors. But a few of my
neighbours spoke to me against my decision, their sole objection being the
tenants’ religion,” he said, requesting anonymity as he did not want to get
into “trouble”. He added that it would set “a bad example” if he was forced to
turn out his tenants. “But I can take only so much of pressure,” he said.
University Sociology professor emeritus Prasanta Roy called the incident
“unfortunate”. “But it is not very surprising because we have always created
this division and denied religious minorities space in the city. This
re-establishes the belief and practice that religious minorities can only live
in a few city pockets,” he added.
the, now deleted, tweet Grewal wrote: “#ImranKhan I am deeply ambivalent about
the victory. It is a poisoned chalice! Many years ago @ImranKhanPTI told me
that a pir had predicted he will become PM of Pakistan-and will be
assassinated-Seems Imran wanted it..despite the cost. It’s sad.
social media reacted to the tweet as one wrote: “@ImranKhanPTI, your life, your
presence is precious and your security is and must be yours, your party’s
first, top most priority. Don’t repeat the mistake that B.B did and what cost
Pakistan paid should not be forgotten. If u love ur country, love urself 1st!”
Imran Khan fan wrote: “If life was like “IN TIME” movie I would give all my
life to @ImranKhanPTI until the last second. Your tweet was so depressing.
Thanks for deleting it.”
Grewal for deleting the tweet, one wrote: “@Simi_Garewal Thanks for deleting
that depressing tweet Maam, you have no idea how much Imran Khan means to us,
we are even willing to give our life away for him and to protect him. May God
bless Imran Khan and keep him safe.”
wrote: “U have no idea how much worried I am after seeing the tweet of Simi.
For God’s sake Imran, have some security with you. Pakistan cant afford to lose
you. May Allah protect you.”
the cost Pakistan had to pay after the assassination of Benazir, one user
Shiite militias kill more people, reports warn of Iran proxies capturing Iraq
Iraqi government imposed a curfew in the town of al-Dujail in Salaheddine governorate
north of the capital Baghdad, deploying security forces after clashes erupted
between armed tribal militants and forces of Asa'ib Ahl al- Haq, an Iraqi
governor Ahmed al-Jabouri said that the Shiite militia enforced with a large
number of its militant, entered the town, kidnapped and killed many resident.
come as a report painted a terrifying picture of the future of Iraq where the
120,000-strong Popular Mobilization Units have become a powerful Iranian proxy.
Militias, crumbling institutions and the idea of Iraq as a model
financial Times report said warned over the potentially “subversive force in a
country that has endured appalling violence over the past 15 years — much of it
at the hands of militias that exploited the state’s weakness to stoke sectarian
Iraqi and western officials fear the predominantly Shia paramilitary groups
could become a shadow force, modelled on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards
Corps or Hizbollah, the Lebanese movement that has political and military
an Iranian creation led by people who follow Iran: Iran has the guards, Iraq
has the PMU,” FT quotes an Iraqi general.
added that some elements of the more pro-Iran militias in the PMU have
dispatched forces to Syria to fight alongside the regime of Bashar al-Assad and
have issued threats against US interests in Iraq.
Mahdi al-Muhandis, the PMU’s deputy leader, was designated for sanctions by the
US Treasury in 2009 “for threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and the
government of Iraq”, and his Hizbollah Brigades militia is designated a
terrorist organization. The Treasury said he was an adviser to Qassem
Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, and as recently as October a
state department spokesman described Mr Muhandis as a “terrorist”.
this the beginning of ‘Hezbollah-ization’ of Iraq?
PMU militias were born after Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shia
cleric, issued a call to arms in June 2014 following the humiliating collapse
of the Iraqi security forces that the US had spent more than $20bn equipping in
the face of Isis’s onslaught.
leaders have resisted prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s efforts to integrate
them into the armed forces. In November 2016, parliament passed a law making
the PMU an independent force, which now has its own $1.6bn budget and
ostensibly answers to the prime minister’s office rather than the interior or
when Abadi tried to obtain an independent audit of their numbers, PMU leaders
pushed back, the report quotes one Iraqi politician.
Iraqis and analysts say PMU groups are also expanding their business interests
and allegedly engaging in similar smuggling rackets that Isis once operated,
from sheep to grain and oil.
‘taken hostage’ by Saudis on Iran oil sanctions: Official
OPEC governor says US President Donald Trump has apparently been duped by Saudi
Arabia into believing that the kingdom can replace Iranian barrels cut from the
White House said last month that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had promised Trump
to raise oil production and that the kingdom had 2 million barrels per day of
spare capacity to boost output to offset a decline in supply from Iran.
seems President Trump has been taken hostage by Saudi Arabia and a few
producers when they claimed they can replace 2.5 million barrels per day of
Iranian exports, encouraging him to take action against Iran," Hossein
Kazempour Ardebili was quoted as saying.
Trump administration has been pushing countries to cut all imports of Iranian
oil from November 4 when the United States re-imposes sanctions against the
Islamic Republic’s banking and petroleum sectors.
US officials have softened their stance after initially saying they would press
allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to adhere to the sanctions and
reduce their imports to zero. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month
his country may grant oil sanctions waivers to countries seeking relief from
US climbdown came amid warnings that a possible face-off between Washington and
Tehran could push oil prices back into the triple digits.
Ardebili said oil prices will still rise unless the United States grants
waivers to buyers of Iranian crude.
said there were now calls for the use of the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve,
adding “this will also mean higher prices.”
waivers to our clients if they come is due to the failure of bluffers (Saudi
and the other producers) and, if not given, will again push the prices
higher," Kazempour Ardebili said as he included Russia in his criticism.
they hanged him (Trump) on the wall. Now they want to have a mega OPEC,
congratulations to President Trump, Russia and Saudi Arabia," he said.
official said last month that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Russia had pretended to
be able to deliver 2.5 million barrels a day of Iranian exports, leading Trump
into a “miscalculation”.
was a miscalculation, Mr. President: you have fallen in their trap, and prices
will go up," Kazempour Ardebili said, addressing the US president.
Tuesday, Iran’s OPEC governor addressed himself again to Trump.
longer-term solution, Mr. President, is to support and facilitate capacity
building in all countries, proportionate to their reserves of oil and gas. And
we will remain the biggest opportunity," Kazempour Ardebili said.
offered talks without preconditions with his Iranian counterpart President
Hassan Rouhani on Monday, but Tehran outrightly rejected the proposal.
officials said Trump was not trustworthy, having already pulled the US out of an
international nuclear deal with Tehran and reimposing sanctions on the Islamic
and pressures are the exact opposite of dialogue,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry
spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.
protect all religions, not only Islam, against insults, says Mujahid
government will protect all religions from insults, not only Islam, said the
minister in charge of Islamic affairs.
in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, said towards that end,
Putrajaya was planning to introduce a law to stop racial and religious insults.
to a question from Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Kurau) who asked on measures
the authorities planned to take against those who insult Islam on social media,
Mujahid said the new law would protect not only Islam, but also other
religions, from insults.
said he also would meet religious scholars this month on the matter, but did
not give further details.
previous government had drafted a National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill, but
it never took off.
was among three new laws proposed under the national unity blueprint by the
National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC), of which Mujahid was a member.
regimes like Saudi Arabia is part of UK imperialist agenda: Analyst
United Kingdom has in one way or the other supported the actions and policies
of the regime in Saudi Arabia only to advance an imperialist agenda, a British
political analyst and academic in London has said.
is a shocking thing that the government of the UK which is supposedly
democratic supports, arms (and) in every way approves of the actions of perhaps
the most autocratic and vicious regime in the world, that is Saudi Arabia,”
Rodney Shakespeare told Press TV on Wednesday.
analyst described those dominating the regime in Riyadh as “a bunch of
scumbags” who support terrorism and Takfirism in other places.
particular regime is not only the source of Wahhabism, which is the spiritual
and philosophical source of head-choppers and the throat-slitters, it is also
the financial source of the head-choppers and throat-slitters,” he said, adding
that the UK insisted on supporting the Saudis while they are engaged in “a
monstrous onslaught against the people of Yemen.”
said Saudi Arabia was also acting in cahoots with the Israeli regime and
tolerated the expansion of Israel into the lands of others, a policy, he said,
was dictated by the Zionist-controlled government in the United States and the
Zionists in the occupied territories.
questioned Britain’s support for Saudi Arabia, including its military
assistance and arms sale, saying only a few people were benefiting from such a
massive support to the kingdom.
said that "only a few people actually gain from these arms sales and we
would gain in the UK much more if there was a proper wealth distribution in
Saudi Arabia and it was democratic and we were trading with them in a normal
said supporting regimes like Saudi Arabia was an old practice of the
imperialist Britain, adding that may be a government could gain power in the
country that could change that order.
real problem is that there is a British imperial mind which likes to deal with
elites in autocratic countries and to use them to suppress the local population
and that is the way the Roman Empire worked and now the British Empire worked
but it is out of date,” said Shakespeare, adding that "we are supporting
scum and I hope we get a change of government which would do something about
groups and activists have criticized a major British consulting and accountancy
firm over its bidding for a massive military contract in Saudi Arabia, saying
the company will become complicit in crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in the
war on Yemen. The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said Tuesday that it was
finalizing a deal with Saudi Arabia’s military to modernize the kingdom’s army,
according to an exclusive report by The Guardian.
deal will in its first stage cover issues like recruitment, resourcing,
performance management and strategic workforce planning, and how to manage and
company, however, failed to say what assurances it will put in place to avoid
an involvement in a devastating Saudi war on Yemen, which has already killed
15,000 people, most of them civilians.
United Nations estimates that some 22 million people in Yemen, about 80 percent
of the population in the impoverished country, are now in need of humanitarian
aid as a result of three years of illegal Saudi-led war.
have criticized Western countries, especially the UK, for their military
support to Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom is using weapons purchased from
those countries against defenseless civilians in Yemen.
DELHI (Reuters) - Union minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday defended a
controversial citizens’ list to detect illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim
Bangladesh, saying the growth in the Hindu population of a border state had
been overtaken by that of Muslims.
draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) released on Monday excluded 4 million
people from Assam, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power for the first time in 2016 promising
action against illegal immigrants.
has the second highest percentage of Muslims among all states in Hindu-majority
draft is the result of a years-long agitation by residents of Assam demanding
expulsion of the immigrants from Muslim-majority Bangladesh just over the
the 50 years between 1961 and 2011, the majority community in Assam has grown
2.4 times; the minority has grown 3.9 times,” Jaitley, one of Modi’s
senior-most cabinet colleagues, said in a blog post. “This has caused a major
who is on medical leave from his role as finance minister, also quoted a
Supreme Court order that said that influx of illegal migrants was turning some
Assam districts into a Muslim-majority region which could lead to demands for
their merger with Bangladesh.
could have put it better,” Jaitley said.
added that Assam’s neighbouring state of West Bengal, whose chief minister has
taken the lead in opposing the citizenship exercise, was “not far behind” in
the changing demographics fuelled by immigration.
has been racked by waves of violence over the years as residents, including
tribal groups, have clashed with both Hindu and Muslim settlers, whom they
accuse of plundering resources and taking away jobs.
of people were chased down and killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding
out Muslim immigrants in 1983.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accused the BJP of trying to make
millions of people stateless for political reasons and warned of a “bloodbath”
and “civil war”.
NRC is the result of a years-long agitation by Assam residents demanding
expulsion of immigrants from Bangladesh who are accused of taking their jobs
and cornering resources.
draft list, however, has been charged with leaving out even genuine Indian
citizens. There is an option for people to file claims and objections before a
final list is prepared later this year.
does not have a deportation pact with Bangladesh and the government has said it
would decide on the fate of those eventually deemed foreigners in consultation
with the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the registration process.
Muslims appeal to government to have humane approach on illegal immigrants
the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is gearing up to take Centre
head-on on the question of deporting illegal immigrants from West Bengal, Assam
and the other northeastern states, concern is mounting in the Muslim community
about the treatment these illegal immigrants, most of whom are Muslims, would
face after they have been branded outsiders in the National Population Register
meeting of liberal Muslims and other prominent citizens of Agra was called by
the Bhartaiya Muslim Vikas Parishad recently, in which several issues
concerning the growing communalisation of the society were discussed, including
the issue of illegal immigrants.
the meeting, Mufti Mudassar Ali Khan Qadri said that the thought of calling a
meeting to discuss ways to counter the communal mindset that was fast gaining
prominence in the country was quite refreshing and hopefully progressive
citizens of other cities and states will also sit together and ponder on these
issues instead of ranting on social media irrelevantly.
also said that it is quite obvious these days that there is a poison being
spread in the atmosphere of the entire world, and that is of hatred.
groups are trying to divide the society on the lines of caste, creed and
religion and violent thoughts are being propagated for vote-bank politics which
was destroying humanity. Qadri said that it was surprising how people were
reaching the top, riding this wave of animosity and hatred, while peace loving
people were facing tough times.
president Mohd. Shareef Kale said that in India, as soon as the elections come
close, politicians start fanning the religious sentiments, generating a violent
and poisonous air that pollutes every mind and becomes a danger to the
country's internal security and peace.
Muslim Vikas Parishad chairman Sami Aghai raised the issue of illegal
immigrants that have supposedly been identified during the National Population
Registry survey and said that there was much rectification required in the
Registry before anyone could be truly identified as an outsider. He said that
the data collection methods used by the government were not foolproof and a
second verification of identity was required before terming anyone as an
he said, if anyone is truly found to be an illegal immigrant, then he or she
should be sent back to their original country without fail as most of these
immigrants were taking residence in the border states and changing entire
demographics of these states, making it a security risk.
said that while expelling these illegal immigrants from India, care should be
taken that this act is done humanely and without making it look like religious
persecution as this is what the political vultures would need before they jump
on this exercise, calling it a crime against humanity.
Sarvdaleey Muslim Action Committee chairman Syed Irfan Saleem said,
"Terrorism is a threat that is looming on the entire world and a terrorist
may be of any religion, but he was not human and should not be treated as a
human either." He added that in Islam, it was proscribed to unnecessarily
hurt even an animal, let alone a human and those who willfully committed terrorist
acts, were not the followers of Islam.
Biradari vice chairman Vishal Sharma said, "Humanity cannot be divided
into religions as humanity itself is the biggest religion that transcends all
religious or geographical barriers. Religious extremism was nothing but a
denial of one's humanity and should be avoided at all costs as one who loses
his humanity, is nothing but an animal."
inspiration from India, top Pakistani Islamic council to push for punishing
instant triple talaq
DELHI: After India's Supreme Court last year outlawed the practice of instant
triple talaq, the legal wing of Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) is
now considering punishing the practice that some Muslim men resort to for
divorce, reported The Express Tribune on Wednesday.
a Council meeting later this month, this issue is supposed to be at the top of
the agenda. The CII is a constitutional body of the Islamic Republic of
Pakistan, which is responsible for giving legal advice on Islamic issues to the
government and the Parliament.
move came after the Indian Supreme Court last year in August imposed a ban on a
practice that allowed Muslim men to give instant talaq to their wives. The
issue also became a hot topic in Pakistan and was debated at various
forms," said Council chairman Qibla Ayaz, to the Tribune.
added that the Council had earlier this year first recommended making instant
triple talaq - saying 'I divorce you' three times in quick succession - a
said the Council is waiting for the newly elected government to take charge.
After that, it will form a caucus of supporters to push its recommendations.
The prime minister in waiting following recent general elections in Pakistan is
cricketer-turnedpolitician Imran Khan.
Khan a man of character, accept his invite for swearing-in ceremony: Navjot
cricketer and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he would travel to
Pakistan to attend the swearing-in of Imran Khan as prime minister after an
invitation was extended by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Out of all the
personalities invited to the August 11 ceremony from India, Sidhu is probably
the first to confirm his acceptation. Besides Sidhu, Khan has also invited
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.
the Pakistan prime minister-in-waiting a “man of character”, Sidhu said
sportsmen have the ability to build bridges and unite people. “It is (a) great
honour, I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are
feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character. He
can be trusted. Sportsmen build bridges, break barriers, unite people,” the
former cricketer said.
was also among the first cricketers from India to congratulate Khan after PTI
emerged as the single-largest party following the July 25 elections. “He brings
people together, the same way he’s brought the Pakistani society together. He’s
also got that passion, look at the wonders an extraordinary captain like him
did to an ordinary Pakistan team back in 1992,” The Express Tribune quoted
Sidhu as saying.
invitation extended to former Indian cricketers should not come as a surprise
as in his victory speech, Khan had reminded his critics about his warm
relations with India since his cricketing days. “I am a person who arguably
knows the most people in India because of my days in cricket. We can resolve
the poverty crisis in South East Asia. The biggest problem is Kashmir,” he had
Presence Of ISIS In Jammu And Kashmir, Only Cases Of Flag Waving: Union
terrorist of the Islamic State of Jammu & Kashmir (ISJK) an outfit
influenced by ISIS ideology, is active in Jammu and Kashmir and the extent of
ISIS presence in the state was till recently limited to waving flags of the
global terror group and Pakistan, Union Minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said
Wednesday. Appropriate action under the law has been taken against those who
were involved in cases of waving ISIS and Pakistani flags in Jammu and Kashmir,
the minister said.
were eight such cases in 2015, 31 cases in 2016 and five cases in 2017.
recently the extent of ISIS presence in Jammu and Kashmir was limited to waving
of ISIS and Pakistani flags by some miscreants. However, on June 22, 2018, four
terrorists belonging to the ISJK, an outfit influenced by ISIS ideology, were
neutralised in Anantnag district. At present no terrorist of ISJK is reportedly
active in the state,” he said in response to a written question.
the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir on June 20, 176 people
have been arrested for pelting stones, Ahir said in reply to another question.
there were 39 incidents of terrorist violence in which eight security forces
personnel were martyred and three civilians lost their lives, he added.
Fourteen terrorists were also killed in these incidents.
tension erupts in Hasanpura after Muslim girl elopes with Hindu boy
erupted in Hasanpura area of the city on Wednesday afternoon after two
communities clashed after a girl from the Muslim community eloped with a boy
from the Hindu community.
additional police force had to be deployed to maintain law and order as the
cops arrested three men in the matter. The duo had fled late on Tuesday night
and was found on Wednesday by police, however, later the girl gave her
statement that she is an adult and wanted to be with the boy on her own wish.
on Tuesday night, a Muslim girl and Hindu boy fled and the girl’s family
approached the Sadar police to search her. “The cops found her and brought her
back to the family. However, she said in the court that she will stay with the
boy,” said Hem Raj, station house officer, Sadar police station.
the police were completing the legal formalities in the matter, a spat broke
out in the Dhanka Basti area where the girl’s family resided.
the enrolment of Muslims in institutes of higher education in Telangana rose by
22% over a period of five years, enrolment of other minorities such as
Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis dropped by around 17%.
were the observations of the All India Survey on Higher Education released by
the Ministry of Human Resources Development. While the enrolment of students
from the Muslim community in 2012-13 stood at 89,524, it rose to 1,09,240 in
2017-18. On the other hand, the number of students enrolled from other minority
communities was 11,920 in 2012-13; the number fell to 9,866 in 2017-18.
the data, former Head of Strategy and New Initiatives, Bill and Melinda Gates
foundation, Prof. Amir Ullah Khan said that greater access to education, as
compared to previous years, in the State had led to the increase in enrolments.
He said that enrolment in institutes of higher education was linked to a larger
number of schools – both government and private — being opened.
spurt in new schools, including residential schools for minorities and private
schools, has led to an increase in enrolment. These schools are acting as
feeders for institutes of higher education,” Prof. Khan said.
upon the drop in enrolments of students belonging to other minority
communities, Prof. Khan said that students reached nearly full enrolment in the
last decade or so, sometimes crossing 100%, as they were enrolled in multiple
institutions. “Hence the enrolment rate has now slowed down as there is a
correction. The Muslim minority has now got access to schools in their
neighbourhood and in their medium of instruction. This is the reason for the
late catch-up,” he said.
Mosque video goes viral, irks Muslims
video showing some people having a merry swim in the water pool of a mosque in
Grant Road has gone viral, upsetting god-fearing members of the community.
footage, shot at Bilal Masjid at Do Tanki, purportedly shows some unidentified
people splashing about in the mosque’s hauz, the water tank where worshippers
carry out ablutions before offering namaz.
video has been doing rounds on social media for the past few days. “I have seen
the video and cannot vouch for its authenticity. However, from the looks of it,
it appears that the people are not respecting the holiness and sanctity
expected in a mosque,” said Farid Khan, a member of the community.
an educational institute, is fighting a legal case against the group of people
who manage Bilal Masjid. A case related to the gate of the mosque is already
going on in the court.
Moin Ashraf, who looks after the Bilal Masjid, said that it was a bid to defame
is not how it is being made out to be. Some people were cleaning the place. And
the khadim’s little girl also went inside. We have taken action against him.
Can you imagine someone doing something like that in the mosque? It would have
been a major cause for tension. They were only there to clean the tank. It is
mischief by some people who want to take over this land with the help of some
underworld people. Why did the person not make any noise when he took that
video of what was happening? The issue is of property and they are trying to
defame me. The masjid and the idgah have been safe because of me. Otherwise,
there would have been a building in this place, erected by criminals who are on
the run. It is because of me that the property is safe,” the Maulana said.
DELHI: Syrian ambassador to India on Wednesday invited Indian companies,
investors and businesses to help rebuild his war-torn country, according to
was able to defeat terrorists and all the conspiracies against Syria.
we are planning to rebuild Syria and we are looking for help from our friends
especially India," Dr Riad Abbas said.
comment came soon after Syrian President Bashar al Assad told his troops that
they were close to winning country's seven-year-long war.
priority is that Indian companies come and help us rebuild Syria and we are
open for Indian investors and businesses," the ambassador added.
announcement of "victory" came soon after his forces inflicted a
succession of defeats on rebels.
last year, government forces held just 17 per cent of national territory but a
series of blistering offensives has since forced the rebels out of many of
their strongholds, putting Assad's government back in control of nearly two-thirds
of the country.
of the territory was recaptured without any ground fighting as the rebels
reluctantly agreed to leave their bombed out enclaves in Russian-protected
army has been bolstered in its offensives by Russian air strikes, Iranian
military advisers and militiamen from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.
off loudspeakers in mosques during Kanwar Yatra: Sadhvi Prachi to Yogi
of hate speech and known for controversial remarks, former VHP leader Sadhvi
Prachi was at it again. On Tuesday, she advised Muslim women to marry Hindus
and, later, referring to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as her brother,
requested him to ensure that loudspeakers at mosques were switched off during
the Kanwar Yatra processions in the state.
Uttar Pradesh government had recently initiated the process of withdrawing
cases related to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, which included hate speech cases
against Prachi. “Mere bade bhai Yogi
ji.. kam se kam.. jab tak Uttar Pradesh mein kaanwar chale..tab tak Masjidon
mein loudspeaker band ho (My elder brother Yogi ji should ensure that till the
time Kaanwar processions are going on… there should be ban on use of
loudspeakers in the mosques),” Prachi said in Mathura.
bench recuses itself from Imran disqualification case
A two-member division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday
recused itself from hearing an appeal seeking the disqualification of PTI
leader Imran Khan for concealing his alleged daughter, Tyrian Jade White after
the counsel of a candidate from NA-53, Islamabad, challenged the constitution
of the bench.
Wahab Baloch, NA-53 candidate for the Justice and Democratic Party Pakistan,
raised objections over Imran Khan’s nomination papers for concealing his
alleged daughter in the nomination papers.
returning officer (RO) as well as the appellate tribunal for Islamabad rejected
these objections and allowed Imran Khan to contest the general elections.
Ahsanuddin, Mr Baloch’s counsel, argued that the tribunal and the RO had
dismissed the objection by saying that only voters of a particular constituency
could raise objections.
the Elections Act 2017, he argued, an opposing candidate could also file
objections to the candidacy of a contestant.
counsel said, Imran Khan is not Sadiq and Ameen under Article 62(1)(F) of the
the case was fixed before the division bench consisting of IHC Justice Shaukat
Aziz Siddiqui and Justice Aamer Farooq. However, the IHC chief justice
re-constituted the bench and replaced Justice Siddiqui with Justice Miangul
Wednesday, advocate Sheikh challenged the re-constitution of the bench, saying
that on July 23, the division bench headed by senior puisne judge Justice
Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui passed an effective order, for admitting the petition for
hearing and the case was adjourned till Aug 1.
petition filed against the constitution of bench says: “as per Court Program
(duty Roaster) issued for July 16, 2018 to July 20, 2018, Hon’ble Mr Justice
Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb was (not available on 20th July, 2018) and for the
period from July 23, 2018 to till further orders.”
for July 30, 2018 to August 03, 2018 a fresh roster of sitting was issued
according to which the division bench consisting of Justice Aamer Farooq and
Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb has been constituted despite the availability
of the senior puisne judge.
said that “in media time and again it has been disseminated that summer
vacations of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb has been cancelled to
reconstitute the bench hearing the writ petition against Imran Khan relating to
Article 62, 63 of the Constitution. Obviously such impression in the interest
of institution could have been dispelled conveniently by allowing Court Roster
for the week commencing from July 23, 2018 onward to continue.”
Imran Haider Kazmi, another counsel of Mr Baloch, requested the court not to
hear the matter since the constitution of their bench has been questioned.
Farooq though, expressed displeasure over these arguments but finally remarked
that since allegations have been hurled against the constitution of the bench,
therefore, him and his fellow judge were recusing themselves.
dictating the order of the day, he requested the IHC chief justice not to
include him as well as Justice Aurangzeb in the bench that would hear this
Babar Awan appeared on behalf of Imran Khan and opposed the re-constitution of
the bench and requested that the plea seeking transfer of the matter may
out-rightly be dismissed.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran
Khan on Wednesday vowed to bring back the country’s laundered wealth stashed in
the United Kingdom.
is our firm resolve to bring back to the country the money laundered to the
UK,” Mr Khan said during his meeting with British High Commissioner to Pakistan
Thomas Drew at Banigala.
British envoy called on the PTI chief at his residence to congratulate him on
his party’s victory in the July 25 general elections.
to the PTI media cell, Mr Khan said relations between Pakistan and the UK were
quite important, adding that a large number of Pakistanis were residing in that
British envoy expressed good wishes for the PTI’s government.
sides exchanged views on strengthening better ties and cooperation in various
Drew acknowledged Mr Khan’s address to the nation on July 26 and said it bore
positive imprints and created a lot of interest in the UK. He was quoted as
saying: “The British government is ready to support and work with Islamabad.”
said the Department for International Development (DFID) would support the
PTI-led government put more than 22 million out-of-school children in schools.
PTI chief thanked the British high commissioner for the warm wishes and
felicitations and also praised the role of DFID in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s
independent candidates continued to join the PTI on Wednesday.
spokesman Fawad Chaudhry told Dawn that 25 out of total 27 independent
candidates in the Punjab Assembly had joined the PTI so far and now the party
had adequate number of seats to form its government in Punjab.
said independent MNAs-elect Asim Nazir from Faisalabad and Sardar Khurram
Leghari from Muzaffargarh had announced they would join the PTI.
Uncertainty surrounds the exact date when the election for the new prime
minister and the oath taking will be held as the Election Commission of
Pakistan (ECP) is yet to finalise results of the July 25 polls and notify the
the situation, it’s unlikely that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran
Khan will take the oath as prime minister on Aug 11, informed sources told
a touch-and-go situation,” a senior ECP official said while commenting on Mr
Khan’s announcement that he would take the oath on Aug 11.
said the final notification of the returned candidates would be issued after
receiving consolidation statements from the constituencies where the ECP had
ordered recounting and submission of returns of election expenses by the
official referred to Section 98 (3) of the Elections Act 2017, which reads:
“Every returned candidate shall, within ten days from the poll of an election,
submit a return of election expenses under section 134 and the Commission shall
not notify in the official Gazette the result of a returned candidate who fails
to submit his return of election expenses.”
said that under the law, three days would be given to the independent
candidates to join a political party if they so desired, on the basis of which
the share of reserved seats for women and minorities would be worked out.
us assume that all the returned candidates submit their returns of election
expenses by the last date set for the purpose — August 4 — it will take two
days for issuance of notifications to take it to August 6,” said the official.
He added that the independents would then have three days to join a political
party — meaning August 9 would be the last date for it. He said the calculation
of share of parties in the reserved seats would take another two days, and then
the names of the returned candidates would be published in the official
on a fast pace then can only ensure the first session of the National Assembly
on August 12, where the newly elected members would take the oath, followed by
the election of the speaker and deputy speaker,” said the ECP official. He said
the newly elected speaker would then announce schedule for the election of the
prime minister, adding that under the normal practice the prime minister was
administered the oath of the office by the president the day following his
official said the election to the office of prime minister was most likely to
take place on Aug 15.
contacted, PTI information secretary Fawad Chaudhry agreed that the oath taking
of the new PM would not be possible on Aug 11, but expressed the hope that it
could be done by Aug 14 — the Independence Day.
we had desired that the oathtaking should take place on August 11, but this
seems to be impossible,” he remarked.
a question, he said it was the party’s desire that the swearing-in ceremony was
held at a public place, preferably at the Parade Ground in front of the
Parliament House, but confirmed that it would now be taking place at the
with the term of President Mamnoon Hussain expiring on Sept 9, the polls to elect
his successor are all set to hit a snag.
official of the ECP pointed out that election to the office of the president
under Article 41 (4) of the Constitution was to be held not earlier than 60
days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of the
president in office.
means the elections at the latest were to be held by Aug 8, and the schedule
for the polls was to be announced some two weeks before it.
a proviso attached to the constitutional provision reads: “Provided that, if
the election cannot be held within the period aforesaid because the National
Assembly is dissolved, it shall be held within 30 days of the general election
to the assembly.”
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has entered the `final phase’ of forming its
government in Punjab with assertions that the party has already got the support
of required number of MPAs-elect. However, there is no discussion on the
selection of a candidate for Punjab chief minister for now.
eight elected members of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), including an
independent, the PTI claims 22 independents have formally joined the party,
taking its tally to 153 in the directly-elected house of 297 members.
22 independents, who have joined the party, are: Raja Sagheer Ahmad (PP-7),
Syed Saeedul Hassan (PP-46), Muhammad Ajmal Cheema (PP-97), Ghulam Rasool
Sangha (PP-83), Ameer M Khan (PP-89), Saeed Akbar Khan (PP-90), Khawar Shah
(PP-203), Muhammad Umer Farooq (PP-106), Faisal Hayat (PP-125), Hussain
Jahanian Gardezi (PP-204), Sheikh Salman Naeem (PP-2017), Fida Hussain (PP-237),
Shaukat Lalika (PP-238), Sardar Abdul Haye Dasti (PP-270), Basit Bukhari
(PP-272), Khurram Leghari (PP-275), Tahir Mehmood Randhawa (PP-282), Syed
Rafaqat Ali Gillani (PP-284), Muhammad Hanif Pitafi (PP-289), Taimoor Laali
(PP-93), Rai Taimoor Bhatti (PP-124) and Mehr Aslam Bharwana (PP-127).
say the PTI will bag 34 women seats and five minority seats against its 153
members and show up with 192 members in the complete house of 371 members.
say party chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday remained busy in discussions about
party policies for the first 30 days, 90 days and 100 days. “However, there was
no discussion on the chief minister candidate as the party is weighing all
options,” says a party leader.
to indecision, the candidates for the coveted chief minister slot are
increasing and lobbying with their credentials besides discrediting others on
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Wednesday announced its decision
to extend support to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for the formation of the
upcoming federal government.
decision was revealed by MQM-P convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui while appearing
on Geo TV's evening show 'Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Saath'.
we have agreed to cooperate with them [PTI] for the formation of [a coalition]
government at the Centre," Siddiqui said when asked by the host whether
his party is ready to join the Tehreek-i-Insaf.
asserting that the party had "gone through so many [unpleasant]
experiences in the past" with the PPP government in Sindh, Siddiqui said
it was not conscionable for MQM to join the PPP in opposing the formation of a
PTI-led government "given the current situation in Sindh".
as news emerged of an All Parties Conference (APC) convening in Islamabad on
Thursday, the MQM-P had confirmed that it would not attend the gathering
purposed to chalk out a future strategy against alleged rigging in the July 25
MQM-P will not be attending the APC,” MQM-P spokesperson Aminul Haq told Dawn.
who is a newly-elected MNA from Karachi, said former Sindh governor Mohammad
Zubair — who had recently resigned from his post — on Tuesday night contacted
their party leader, Faisal Subzwari, inviting the MQM to attend the APC.
also a member of the MQM-P’s Coordination Committee, said they have decided not
to attend the APC because they had a "bitter experience" of working
with the PPP both at the Centre and in Sindh as a coalition partner and due to
the fact that it (PPP) is a part of the joint opposition.
MQM leader also said that they planned to work with PTI for the "urban
development" of Karachi, Hyderabad, and Mirpurkhas.
recalled that when MQM leaders met with PTI leader Jahangir Tareen in Karachi
recently, they had discussed the revival of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR),
initiating the second phase of K-IV project for the provision of drinking water
to Karachi, transport issues, and the redressal of other civic problems the
urban centres of Sindh are faced with.
MQM-P won six National Assembly seats — four in Karachi and two in Hyderabad —
in the July 25 elections, compared to 24 NA seats in 2013.
Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday praised the military
for playing the role assigned by the Election Commission of Pakistan in the
general elections held last week.
appreciated efforts of Army Elections Support Centre (AESC) and field
formations for assisting Election Commission of Pakistan as per assigned
mandate for conduct of elections,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said in
a statement on the corps commanders conference held at the General
read: 'No direct role of army in July 25 elections,' DG ISPR tells Senate
Bajwa, while chairing the conference, also thanked the people for supporting
the armed forces in the discharge of their duties during the July 25 elections.
ECP had requisitioned deployment of the armed forces to assist it in free, fair
and transparent conduct of elections 2018. The armed forces were primarily
assigned the role of security.
one of the biggest deployments for election duties in the country, 371,388
troops were deployed at 85,000 polling stations. Besides performing duties at
polling stations, the troops also guarded three printing presses where ballot
papers and other election stationery were printed and provided security during
the transportation of election material.
role of the troops was covered by a code of conduct for security personnel that
had been issued by the ECP.
European Union Election Observers Mission had in its report noted that the
‘code of conduct for security personnel’ increased the powers and role of
security personnel posted. Questions were also raised over the role of military
inside the polling stations on election day.
a secure environment for voters, candidates and polling staff is essential, the
deployment of large numbers of soldiers, and their presence inside polling
stations with expanded powers could raise voter intimidation,” EU mission’s
report had said.
troops were martyred when terrorists attacked a convoy transporting the polling
staff of NA-271 (Buleda). Casualties were also reported when a vehicle
transporting election material in NA-12 (Battagram) met with accident.
paid tribute to all martyrs and injured who sacrificed their blood during the
process,” the ISPR said.
Quetta and Buleda incidents, polling day largely remained peaceful.
Bajwa directed continuation of the counter-terrorism and counter-militancy
environment, regional peace and internal security situation of the country were
reviewed at the meeting.
People’s Party (PPP) Southern Punjab chapter President and former governor
Makhdum Ahmed Mehmud advised PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto to support Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for the next five years and said that
PPP Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari should not have contested
the recent general polls for a National Assembly (NA) seat.
said, “Now, we should think about Pakistan and I wish Imran Khan completes his
five-year term as prime minister.”
added that Bilawal’s entry into the NA was a good sign for democracy in the
he [Zardari] would summon the meetings of NA as the president and now he would
sit in that very assembly as an ordinary member,” the former governor also
In order to save the prime minister-in-waiting from prying eyes, shade cloth
has been installed around Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s
Bani Gala residence.
required instructions were issued to authorities concerned after a security
audit of the PTI chief’s house which had been conducted earlier.
Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) and the Capital Development Authority
(CDA) chiefs were also directed to increase security measures around PTI
Chairman Khan’s residence.
said, “The National Counter-Terrorism Authority has issued at least four
security alerts for Imran Khan since the election.”
The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Wednesday disposed of Quetta Church
affectees’ compensation case.
three-member bench of the SC presided over by CJP took up Quetta church
affectees compensation case for hearing on Wednesday.
Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar said, “In my opinion, all affectees
have got the compensation and any further working on this case on suo motto
notice is not needed’’.
remarked during the hearing that thanks for giving compensation in such a short
time and further steps are not necessary to be taken in this regard.
representative of Christian community Javaid Maseeh has said that we are not
Christians so we should be called and written as Maseeh not Christians.
CJP said that the court order should be shown if there is any problem and
disposed of the case.
Police on Wednesday booked a teenage Hindu boy for allegedly posting
blasphemous content on social media.
boy was arrested and sent on a 14-day judicial remand after a complaint was
filed by a local prayer leader.
was charged under Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) that pertains
to deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any
class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.
prayer leader alleged that the suspect had hurt the religious sentiments of
Muslims by posting ‘highly controversial’ posts on his Facebook account since
to media reports, the reason behind these alleged posts could be a result of
the frustration felt by the teenager after his teenage sister converted to
Islam a few days back. “Some other
members of his family were also expected to convert to Islam,” it was reported.
punishment for blasphemy in Pakistan ranges from several years in prison to a
death sentence. Under existing laws, a person making a false accusation can
only face proceedings under Section 182 of the PPC, which entails a maximum
punishment of six months, or a mere Rs1,000 fine. However, an amendment had been
proposed in the Islamabad High Court which sought the same punishment as under
Section 295-C for those who falsely accuse people of blasphemy.
Army on Wednesday expressed satisfaction on progress of military-level
engagements with Afghanistan for regional peace, especially through
Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability, a press statement
issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations said.
212nd Corps Commanders’ Conference held at the General Headquarters in
Rawalpindi reviewed geo-strategic environment, regional peace and internal
security situation of the country. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar
Javed Bajwa, who presided over the meeting, directed commanders to continue
consolidating the gains against terrorism and militancy.
COAS appreciated efforts of army elections support centre and field formations
for assisting the Election Commission of Pakistan as per assigned mandate for
conduct of general elections in the country. The forum paid tribute to all
martyrs and injured who sacrificed their blood during the process. The
conference also thanked people of Pakistan for their participation and
wholehearted support for the armed forces during performance of their duty
towards the national cause.
Invitations have been sent across the border to Bollywood ace Amir Khan and
cricketing legends Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu for PTI chief Imran
Khan’s oath-taking ceremony.
spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry confirmed that invitations have been sent to Amir,
Gavaskar, Sidhu and several other known personalities from beyond Pakistan for
oath taking ceremony of Imran Khan.
the PTI is also pondering over inviting Indian PM Narendra Modi and leaders of
SAARC nations to the ceremony too. However, a final decision will be made by
the foreign office.
accuses Turkey of tolerating Syrian rebel abuses in Afrin
International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed
groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of Afrin, urging
Ankara to immediately end the violations.
and allied Syrian rebels seized control of Afrin earlier this year after a
military operation which ousted a Kurdish militia that is an ally of the United
States but Ankara regards as a terror group.
said that, since the takeover, residents in Afrin had been “enduring a wide
range of violations” which Turkish armed forces “turned a blind eye” to.
violations include arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and
confiscation of property and looting to which Turkey’s armed forces have turned
a blind eye,” Amnesty said.
of the Syrian groups as well as Turkish armed forces have taken over schools,
Amnesty claimed, which it said disrupted education for thousands of children.
said residents told them that Afrin University was “completely shut down after
it was destroyed and looted”, adding only one school in Afrin city was
rights group said that when contacted for comment, the Turkish government
questioned its impartiality for using the terminology of Kurdish-dominated
forces to describe regions.
says the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia it ousted from Afrin is an
offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency
in Turkey since 1984. The PKK is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara, the
US and the European Union.
security forces killed five suspected militants in a shootout in Qalyubiya
province, north of Cairo, the interior ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
ministry said the militants were members of the Hasm group who were instructed
to conduct “terrorist operations aimed at destabilizing the country” by
movement leaders abroad.
accuses Hasm, which emerged in 2016 and has claimed several attacks on security
forces, of being a militant wing of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The
Brotherhood denies this.
has sometimes released statements claiming attacks against security forces.
has not claimed links with the Brotherhood.
did not immediately issue a statement about the shootout.
also arrested five other suspected militants during a separate raid in the
al-Salam neighborhood in Cairo and confiscated weapons at a third location, the
has been fighting an extremist insurgency in the northern part of the Sinai
Peninsula since the ouster of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013
following mass protests against his rule.
ISIS militants in North Sinai have not signaled any connection to Hasm, which
has operated mostly in the Nile Delta region.
military launched an offensive against militants in February which has focused
on Sinai, but which it said was country-wide.
: Eight Iraqis from the same family risk being sentenced to death after
admitting to involvement in killing 370 people while members of the Islamic
State group, the judiciary said Wednesday.
men face charges under Iraq's anti-terror legislation over the killings at
Khasfah, a sinkhole in northern Iraq just eight kilometres from Mosul, the former
capital of IS's self-declared "caliphate".
eight terrorists arrested have admitted to participating in the Khasfah
massacre," said Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar.
"They participated in the execution of 370 civilians and members of
security forces and the arrest of 400 people in Mosul," who were then held
in IS jails, he added in a statement.
IS overran Mosul in 2014, Khasfah became one of Iraq's largest mass graves as
jihadists carried out a series of executions at the site.
said the victims were blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs,
before being forced to kneel. They were then shot and pushed into the crater.
than 300 people, including around 100 foreigners, have been sentenced to death
or life in prison by Iraqi courts over their membership of IS, according to
is near,' Syria's Assad tells troops
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told his troops on Wednesday they were
close to winning the country's seven-year civil war after inflicting a
succession of defeats on rebels.
last year, government forces held just 17 percent of national territory but a
series of blistering offensives has since forced the rebels out of many of
their strongholds, putting Assad's government in control of nearly two-thirds
of the country.
date with victory is near," Assad wrote in an open letter to the rank and
(the rebels) were ultimately forced to leave - humiliated, rolled back, their
tails between their legs - after you gave them a taste of bitter defeat."
of the territory was recaptured without any ground fighting as the rebels
reluctantly agreed to leave their bombed-out enclaves in Russian-protected
troops are now mopping up the remaining pockets of rebel and jihadist territory
in the south, where the uprising against Assad first broke out in 2011.
week, Assad promised a similar offensive against the rebels' sole remaining
major stronghold - Idlib province in the northwest.
his ally Moscow has ruled out any large-scale assault on the province in the
is the last of four "de-escalation" zones agreed by world powers in
2017 where the rebels still have a major presence.
and civilians bussed out of the other three zones when they fell to the
government were all taken to Idlib, increasing its population to around 2.5
military operation in the province would cause mass displacement towards the
border with Turkey, and even Russia has warned against an assault.
army men exchanged heavy fire with ISIL that tried to prevail over government
forces' positions in Khalkhala airbase in Northeastern Sweida from Eastern
Badiyeh (desert) and managed to ward off the offensive, inflicting major
casualties on the terrorists.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded
ISIL's positions and movements in the depth of Northeastern Badiyeh of Sweida,
inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
army units stormed ISIL's positions in the villages of Rami and Um Rawaq in
Northeastern Syria, destroying their strongholds.
suffered heavy casualties and the remaining pockets of the terrorists retreated
from the battlefield after the attack failed.
week, the army forwarded a long convoy of military vehicles and trucks carrying
equipment to Eastern Sweida.
50,000 army men, popular forces and tribal fighters were dispatched to Sweida
for cleansing the regions that were under the control or attack of the
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted local sources as reporting that civilians
in Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo have hoisted the government flags across the
town, preparing for a warm welcome ceremony as the army is regaining control
over the town following talks between the Kurds and Damascus officials two days
said that civilians have prepared banners to welcome the army at the Western
entrance of the town where the army is expected to enter Manbij.
residents have also repaired and reconstructed police stations in the town and
along the Aleppo international highway to Manbij to hand over their control to
the army forces, al-Watan further said.
quoted a member of the Manbij Military Council as reporting that the Syrian
government flags have been hoisted over the highest point of the town over
Municipality Palace Building near al-Karank square that is a sign of Damascus'
reign over the region. On Saturday, a preliminary agreement was made between
the SDF and the Syrian government on transferring control of different parts of
the country to Damascus and withdrawal of the US forces from Syria.
Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper quoted informed Syrian sources as
saying that the SDF agreed to give control of Raqqa city and a large number of
districts in Hasaka city, including those near the government and security
centers, to the Syrian government.
on the report, the meetings were held in the presence of the Kurds close to the
Syrian government, adding that they told the SDF officials that regaining
control of the occupied areas was possible but Damascus prefers to retake them
through political ways and negotiations.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted opposition sources as reporting that the
SDF has handed over Tabaqa General Hospital to the Syrian government as
enshrined in an agreement endorsed by the SDF and Damascus officials at the end
of last week, which also requires the central government to start services in
the meantime, the SDF also handed over 35 bodies of the Syrian soldiers of the
93rd Brigade killed by the ISIL in Ein Issa in Raqqa on Tuesday afternoon.
Saturday, a preliminary agreement was made between the SDF and the Syrian
government on transferring control of different parts of the country to
Damascus and withdrawal of the US forces from Syria.
number of civilians engaged in heavy fighting with the SDF in Baq al-Rashid
district in Raqqa city, leaving a number of people and gunmen injured.
SDF has put its militants on alert following the clashes.
the meantime, the SDF seized people's shops in al-Sina'ah and al-Hadid streets
in Raqqa city, claiming that the shops once belonged to the ISIL.
Tuesday, the SDF occupied residential units of over twenty civilians in Raqqa
city amid intensified tensions between the SDF and people in Northeastern
SDF seized 24 residential units in the Youth District in Raqqa city, preventing
the owners from returning home.
SDF occupied the units under the pretext of security concerns, claiming that
the units were located in a security zone that was home to the SDF's military,
media and security centers.
the meantime, Abu Doham, an SDF commander, and his aide were killed after
unknown gunmen opened fire at them near the village of al-Akarishi in Eastern
army's elite forces, backed up by missile and artillery units, carried out a
massive surprise attack on Tahrir al-Sham in al-Saraf region near Northern
Lattakia's border with Turkey, destroying over 20 positions.
were launching their attacks on the army from al-Saraf region.
members of the terrorist groups in Northeastern Lattakia are Turkish, Uzbek,
Chechen, Turkistani and from the Persian Gulf's Arab states.
al-Arabi daily quoted militant-affiliated sources in Northern Syria as
reporting on Sunday that Syria's Liberation Front, Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at,
National Liberation Front, Jeish al-Islam and Idlib Free Army formed a new
coalition known as Jeish al-Fatah in Idlib province.
daily further said that the newly-formed Jeish al-Fatah has almost 75,000
gunmen, adding that the terrorist groups' move is aimed at confronting the
Syrian Army's large-scale imminent operation in Southern and Western Aleppo,
Western Idlib and Northern and Northeastern Lattakia.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates planned to launch a military operation
against Qatar at the beginning of a diplomatic crisis that erupted in June last
year but were stopped by former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in an act
that may have played a key role in his dismissal.
to the investigative news website The Intercept, the plan involved Saudi ground
troops crossing the land border into Qatar, and with military support from the
UAE, advancing 100km inland and seizing the Qatari capital.
on information it said it received from a current member of the US intelligence
community and two former Department of State officials, The Intercept said the
coup, which was largely devised by Saudi Arabia and the UAE's crown princes,
"was likely some weeks away from being implemented".
said the attack against Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, would
have involved Saudi forces circumventing the Al Udeid Air Base, which is home of
the US Air Force Central Command and some 10,000 American troops, and seizing
Udeid serves as one of the US' most important overseas military bases and
carries out operations throughout the Middle East.
after Tillerson was notified of the plan by Qatari intelligence officials, he
reportedly urged Saudi Arabia's King Salman not to carry out the attack and
also encouraged Defense Secretary James Mattis to explain the dangers of such
an invasion to his counterparts in the kingdom, it said.
from Tillerson caused Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, to back down, who
was concerned that the invasion would damage Saudi Arabia's long-term
relationship with the US.
Tillerson's intervention reportedly enraged Mohammed bin Zayed, also known as
MBZ, with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and de facto ruler of the UAE,
subsequently lobbying the White House for Tillerson's removal.
has had a long-running rivalry with Qatar and supported a failed coup against the
Qatari government in 1996 when he served as chief of staff of the UAE armed
Intercept said none of the current or former officials interviewed by The
Intercept had direct insight into why Trump decided to fire Tillerson, but one
source said that the timing - a week before the Saudi crown prince arrived in
Washington for a much-publicised visit - was significant.
a former executive for the energy company Exxon, had repeatedly criticised the
blockading countries for the crisis before his dismissal, and in October last
year, accused them of heightening tensions.
seems to be a real unwillingness on the part of some of the parties to want to
engage," Tillerson said at the time.
up to the leadership of the quartet when they want to engage with Qatar because
Qatar has been very clear - they're ready to engage."
influence over Trump
has not given any interviews since he was replaced with Mike Pompeo, but is
believed to have disagreed on a number of issues with President Donald Trump,
including the blockade of Qatar.
to one news report, Tillerson was frustrated with Trump for endorsing the
blockade, with his aides suspecting that a line in the president's speech where
Qatar was accused of funding terrorism at a "very high level" had
been written by the UAE's ambassador, Yousef al-Otaiba.
is a well-known figure in US national security circles, and according to
Politico maintains "almost constant phone and email contact" with
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Intercept also reported that four of the sources it interviewed pointed to an
ongoing campaign by the UAE to try to provoke Qatar into escalating the crisis.
UAE has made it illegal for people to express sympathy with Qatar on social media,
meanwhile Emirati officials, with close links to its leadership, repeatedly
hurl insults against Qatari women.
Arabia, the UAE, along with Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic and trade
links with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of supporting "extremism and
terrorism" and cosying up to Iran.
has vehemently denied all allegations.
quartet subsequently ordered Qatari nationals to leave their countries, and
also urged their citizens to return to their respective nations, disrupting the
lives of thousands in the region and restricting their freedom of movement.
to several media reports, the four countries want Qatar to join a regional
alliance against Iran and normalise relations with Israel.
message written in chalk at Oak Creek skate park
CREEK - Police received a report of an anti-Islamic message written in chalk at
an Oak Creek stake park July 25.
message read "Islam and Shari Law is Anti-American," according to Oak
Creek Police Department records.
Law" is a misspelling of sharia law — a set of principles that touch on
many aspects of public and private life in Islamic culture.
received a report of the message at 6:31 p.m. at Skate Park, 1425 E. Drexel
Ave., records said.
officer was able to scrub it off with water.
few days later, hate speech directed toward Jews was spray painted on a
pavilion in Greenfield Park in West Allis.
speech, including "(expletive) Jews," "death to all,"
"666," and sketches of vulgar and anarchist symbols, was spray
painted in red across the Lannon-stone building.
Milwaukee County Parks employee said graffiti covered all three entrances from
side to side and top to bottom.
chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) rebuffs US
President Donald Trump’s offer of talks with Tehran, saying the Iranian nation
will never allow their officials to hold talks with the “Great Satan” and will,
instead, stay on the path of resistance against pressure.
an open letter to Trump, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said “Iran is not
North Korea to give a positive response to your offer for a meeting.”
Iranian nation has many differences with those nations that submit to
domination, and will never allow its authorities to hold talks and meetings
with the Great Satan,” referring to the US.
senior general also described Trump as an “amateurish president” who is sticking
with his same old “cheap” business tactics instead of practicing professional
US presidents learnt better than Trump that Iran and its people could not be
threatened, and that they would instead close their ranks and strengthen their
unity against any foreign threat and pressure, he added.
will take to the grave the dream of Iranian officials asking you for a meeting
or getting the permission to meet you from their nation. You would never live
to see that day,” Jafari said.
at a White House news conference on Monday, Trump said, “I would certainly meet
with Iran if they wanted to meet.” Asked if he had any preconditions for such a
meeting, Trump replied, “No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet.”
later, however, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set some conditions for the
on Tuesday, the US president said he has “a feeling” the Iranians will “be
talking to us pretty soon.”
to Trump’s offer, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US
should blame itself for leaving the negotiating table by unilaterally scrapping
the 2015 nuclear deal – officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action (JCPOA). Back in May, Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from the
JCPOA despite objections from the other signatories to the multilateral accord.
The move entails the re-imposition of the nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.
those restrictive measures, the White House has vowed the “strongest sanctions
in history” on Iran unless the country fulfills a list of US demands.
Indonesian Christians, Muslims strengthen bonds
than a hundred Indonesian Christian and Muslim youths whose places of worship
were shut down by authorities gathered together at the end of July in
demonstrations of support for each other and defiance against their
July 27 to 29 gatherings were sponsored by local human rights groups and held
at the headquarters of the National Commission on Violence against Women in
Jakarta and in nearby Bekasi, a city in West Java.
events aimed to unite "persecuted" congregations through various
activities such as sports, singing, poetry reading, discussion, and sharing
stories of discrimination they are allegedly facing.
were members of the Filadelfia Batak Protestant Church in Bekasi, the Indonesia
Christian Church (GKI) Yasmin in Bogor, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
hailed from West Java, a which has the highest number of incidents of religious
intolerance, according to rights group Setara Institute for Democracy and
local government has shut both Christian churches, prompting their
congregations to hold Sunday services outside the presidential palace since
persecution against the Ahmadiyya — a Muslim sect that believes Muhammad was
not the last prophet — has been more widespread and seen many expelled by local
Muslims from their villages and their worship places closed or destroyed.
time for us as young people to unite to create peace," said Dio Saputra
Christiano Manurung, a member of the Filadelfia church and co-organizer of the
said they wanted to establish a movement that will voice the truth, and to make
the gathering an annual activity.
see human rights abuses continue, including against churches. Many Christians
in some regions do not have a church to pray in," he told ucanews.com.
his own church has remained shut because of local authorities despite a Supreme
Court ruling ordering its reopening in 2011.
27, from the Indonesia Christian Church of Yasmin in Bogor, West Java, said the
three-day gathering has strengthened his relationship with members of other
churches that have similar experiences to his.
church is sealed but it does not limit our love for our neighbors, including
Muslims," he told ucanews.com.
24, a Muslim, said the event has brought her to closer to Christian friends.
want to let them know that not all Muslims hate other religions," she
Muslims, including me, can involve themselves in the activities of Christian
friends and are committed to building peace," she said.
Muslim Father’ Writes Open Letter To Deputy PM Over Child Bride Issue
JAYA: The 40-year-old Muslim father who started an online petition asking for
child marriages to be outlawed has written a letter to the Deputy Prime
Minister over her lack of action.
Kadir, a Malaysian who is based in the United Kingdom, said his petition on
change.org has received nearly 22,000 signatures since he initiated it on July
11 (July 12 Malaysian time).
is despite it remaining a truly private initiative backed by no organisations.
has been endorsed by people of all faiths and backgrounds, including a
substantial number of Muslim men and women.
groups have taken Dr Wan Azizah, also the Women, Family and Community
Development Minister, to task over her inaction against the 41-year-old
Kelantanese man who married an 11-year-old Thai girl.
Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) said her failure to take swift
action against the man showed a lack of political will.
for Liberty executive director Latheefa Koya also lambasted Dr Wan Azizah for
delaying action, saying that there was no excuse or complexity as the facts
were clear that he sexually groomed the girl.
letter to the Deputy Prime Minister is reproduced verbatim below:
Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail,
July 11, I started a petition calling on the Federal Government to immediately
do everything in its power to ban and criminalise the vile and state-sanctioned
practice of child marriage as it provides a licence to paedophiles to prey on
our children, in particular our girls.
date, the petition has been signed by over 20,000 people and that number
continues to rise with each passing day. A significant proportion of the
signatories are Muslim men and women with many signatories having left public
if it was not already obvious to you, people of all faiths and ethnicities are
united in their anger and utter revulsion that such a practice is condoned
under Malaysian law.
stop must be put to this immediately. No other outcome is acceptable.
reports of a 41-year-old man grooming a seven-year old girl and then marrying
her at the age of 11 has been in the press for some weeks. A piece on it even
appeared in The New York Times a few days ago.
the issue hit the headlines, many of us have been appalled by the lack of a
robust, decisive and urgent response from you on this hugely important issue.
recently, press reports dated Aug 1 carried a baffling quote from you that
“more evidence” is needed in the case of the 41-year-old man marrying the
what more evidence do you need to successfully charge the man under the Sexual
Offences Against Children Act 2017? To be vague and wishy-washy simply will not
do at this stage.
there can be nothing more important than the safeguarding of children?
Minister of Women and Family Development you must unequivocally state the
position that child marriage will not be sanctioned under any laws in Malaysia,
be they religious or otherwise, and that any evidence of those pursuing any
form of sexual or inappropriate behaviour with children must be prosecuted to
the fullest extent possible under the law.
deeds must match those words. Nothing else will be acceptable.
any society there will always be a fringe element. Our society is no different,
but you must simply not let them intimidate you or in any way dictate the discourse
or public policy. To allow this will only embolden them and disempower the vast
majority of Malaysians who are law abiding and patriotic.
we insist that you display courage and leadership and be unafraid to be guided
by your moral compass.
is frustrating that post-May 9 2018 that the Malaysian Government must still be
shamed and pressured into doing the right thing.
a talk delivered by your husband in London he spoke of his aspiration that
Malaysia should become a beacon of hope in a fractured world and in particular,
that it could serve as a model for other Muslim majority countries to emulate.
on this most important of issues, your husband has very disappointingly
remained silent and other Muslim majority countries are already leading the
Jokowi (referring to Indonesian President Joko Widodo – ED) is reported at the
end of April 2018 to have said that the Indonesian government is already taking
steps to ban child marriages.
indeed you share your husband’s vision of making Malaysia a model worthy of
emulating, then decisive and quick action is needed from you on this issue.
people have spoken out loudly and clearly.
must heed our call to action.
following must be done without any further delay:
Prosecute the 41-year-old man under the Sexual Offences Against Children Act
Table in Parliament what your plans are to put a total stop on the practice
throughout Malaysia, including a clear indication of timeframes that we can
hold you to;
Stop making statements that come across as weak and indecisive; and
Keep the public informed
President Rodrigo Duterte kicked off his third year in office with a historic
decision, which may radically transform the fortunes of his home island of
late July, he signed a law paving the way for the creation of a Muslim-majority
regional entity in the Catholic-majority Southeast Asian nation.
approved by a plebiscite scheduled for later this year, the new political
administration is expected to encompass Muslim-majority provinces from the
southern tip of the Philippines all the way to central regions of Mindanao.
the new law, tens of thousands of rebels will be disarmed and demobilized as
part of a long-term transition plan toward peace, which includes the eventual
reintegration of insurgents into the state security apparatus. Called the
Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the legislation covers the majority of the
country's 10 million Muslims, often called Moro, who live mainly in central and
southern Mindanao and comprise about 10% of the total national population.
path ahead, however, is strewn with daunting challenges, including deep-seated
ethnic-tribal rivalries among various Moro groups, the absence of basic
infrastructure after decades of conflict and neglect across the area, and the
enduring appeal of extremism and terrorist organizations in Mindanao.
and his successors will have to expend huge political capital to mediate
between the toxic rivalries existing among rebel groups and allocate time and
energy to shepherd the tortuous process of transition, which will test the
mettle of Moro leadership like never before. But there is no alternative.
creation of the Bangsamoro (the nation of Moros) is a core element of the 2014
peace agreement between the Philippine government, then under President Benigno
Aquino III, and the country's largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front (MILF). Duterte's predecessor, however, failed to mobilize legislative
support for the BOL, previously known as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, due to
widespread public opposition from Filipino Christians. They were inflamed
largely by the Mamasapano Massacre in early 2015, when MILF members killed
dozens of Philippine Police Special Forces during a botched counterterror
tragic incident immediately rekindled deeply ingrained anti-Muslim sentiments
among many Christians and undermined mutual trust and confidence between the
government and the MILF. It almost cost Aquino his presidency, as a growing
number of people, including some of his legislative allies, called for his
the 2016 presidential elections, Duterte, the only candidate from Mindanao, was
the only major national leader to wholeheartedly support the creation of a
Bangsamoro. As the first Filipino president from Mindanao, Duterte portrayed
himself as harbinger of peace, who will staunch the gushing wound of communal
wars in his home island.
months-long siege of the city of Marawi in Mindanao last year, led by militants
tied to the so-called Islamic State (IS), only reinforced Duterte's
determination to mobilize his allies for the passage of the long-stalled
him, granting greater autonomy to the Moros is the only way to end the conflict
in the troubled south. Only two months after certifying (May) the BOL as an
urgent bill, something that his predecessor failed to do during his final years
in office, Duterte managed to convince both houses of the Congress to pass a
final version, which was amenable to all sides, including the MILF leadership.
proposed Bangsamoro will supplant the much smaller Autonomous Region of Muslim
Mindanao (ARMM), a largely failed experiment at political decentralization
heavily concentrated in the southernmost provinces of Mindanao.
the new law, the MILF's military wing will be disbanded with its members
reintegrated into the emerging Bangsamoro state institutions. The MILF
leadership will transform from a coterie of revolutionaries, who saw Manila as
a mortal enemy, into the core element of Moro ruling class, but within the
overall framework of the Philippine constitution.
Moro peoples will be able to determine their own legislations and unique
administrative regimes, including the creation and expansion of Sharia courts
for dispensation of justice. The law also grants greater fiscal autonomy
through a 75-25 revenue sharing arrangement, with the Bangsamoro leadership
obliged to remit only a quarter of its locally-generated taxes to the national
government. Other provinces remit as much as 60%.
the national government will automatically allocate up to 5% of national
revenues, amounting to over $1 billion, to the Bangsamoro administration. Such
a 'fiscal transfer' arrangement is meant to help the Bangsamoro institutions to
strengthen over time.
problems abound. First are the myriad ethnic-tribal rivalries, which led to the
split within the Moro insurgency movement in the past century. The ARMM has
been under the leadership of the Tausug ethnic group, which formed the core
leadership of the Maguindanao-dominated MILF's parent organization, the Moro
National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Tausug-Maguindanao rivalry has put into question the willingness of provinces
under the ARMM to join the proposed larger Bangsamoro entity, where the MILF
will be in a strong position for dominance.
political dynasties and warlords in some religiously-mixed and more prosperous
Muslim-dominated provinces, particularly in Cotabato but also in Lanao del
Norte, may also opt out of joining the Bangsamoro, not only due to their
rivalries with the MILF leadership but also their interest in preserving a more
predictable status quo.
all, many doubt whether the MILF is capable of successfully transforming from a
fierce insurgency into a capable and inclusive governing class. Some among the
Moro elite fear greater mayhem and insecurity once Muslim-majority regions are
left to their own devices by the national government.
groups have often branded the MILF as apostates, who have supposedly sold out
to the (Christian-dominated) national government. Amid endemic poverty and
unemployment, terrorist organizations and extremist ideologues will likely
exploit any form of uncertainty to sow discord, incite violence, and push for a
more radical form of change.
also show that the Filipino public is largely 'neutral' on the Bangsamoro
issue, reflecting lingering skepticism over the wisdom of such political
innovation. It's likely that some critics will challenge the constitutionality
of the BOL at the Supreme Court in order to thwart its fruition.
Duterte will have to allocate significant capital to mediate among rival Moro
groups, convince the Filipino people to support the creation of the Bangsamoro
nation, and allocate sufficient resources to facilitate the transition.
forces have been placed on full alert in the southern Philippine region of
Mindanao following a deadly suicide bomb blast in Basilan province that killed
ten people on July 31.
Church leaders in the region warned the attack — blamed on the Abu Sayyaf
terror group — could heighten tensions between Muslims and Christians in the
can never be peace if we continue this kind of attitude of fomenting fear among
our people," Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz said.
prelate, who served as bishop of Basilan for 14 years, said the attack makes
the achievement of peace on the island elusive.
powerful explosion at a military checkpoint in the city of Lamitan killed six
soldiers and four civilians. The driver of the vehicle that exploded was also
killed in the blast.
vehicle, rigged with improvised bombs, went off while being examined by the
attack came a week after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro
Organic Law, which seeks to establish a new Muslim autonomous region in
law is part of a peace deal signed between the Philippine government and Moro
rebels aimed at ending almost five decades of war in the region.
expert Rommel Banlaoi of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and
Terrorism Research, said the peace deal was not a "magic pill that can
give a panacea to the multifaceted problems of armed conflicts."
said challenges will come from local politicians and armed groups opposed to
the new Bangsamoro law.
warned that the new law could be used as leverage by the so-called Islamic
State to attract foreign fighters to come to Mindanao to oppose the
"cooptation of the infidels."
Jumoad said peace in Mindanao could only be achieved if Muslims and Christians
Edwin dela Pena of the Prelature of Marawi said the bomb attack was
"violent extremism at its ugliest manifestation."
condemn this act without reservation," said the prelate of the war-torn
city of Marawi, where about 400,000 people lost their homes during clashes
between security forces and Islamic State-inspired fighters last year.
Dela Pena said the Abu Sayyaf terror group, which is known for abducting and
killing hostages in Basilan, bungled the opportunity for dialogue with this
month, Duterte announced that he was inviting the group for talks in line with
his efforts to bring peace and stability to Mindanao.
Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslin Mindanao condemned the blast
as a "brazen act of violence against our people."
governor assured the families of the victims of help, adding that he would
strengthen security in the region without compromising the rights of the
The South Jakarta District Court has declared Islamic State-affiliated group
Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, or JAD, a forbidden organization over its involvement
in high-profile terrorist attacks in Indonesia.
declare JAD and other organizations affiliated with ISIS, Daesh, ISIL or IS
forbidden organizations in Indonesia," Judge Aris Bawono said on Tuesday
(31/07), as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.
group was found guilty of having carried out acts of terror and ordered to pay
a Rp 5 million ($347) fine.
indicted JAD on July 24 for its role in several terrorist attacks.
group was represented by Zainal Anshori, head of JAD's East Java chapter, who
is considered the group's second-in-command after Aman Abdurrahman.
is currently on death row after his conviction on terrorism charges in June.
A bomb exploded in a van in the restive southern Philippines on Tuesday (31/07),
killing 11 people at a military checkpoint in what militant group Islamic State
called a suicide attack for which it claimed responsibility.
blast took place on Basilan, the island stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf group
notorious for kidnapping and banditry, which was the home of the former
"emir" of Islamic State in Southeast Asia, killed last year by
suspected bomber, a soldier, five paramilitary troopers and four civilians,
including a mother and her child, were killed and seven people were wounded in
the blast, an army spokesman said.
bombings are extremely rare in the Philippines, despite decades of separatist
and Islamist violence that have destabilized the Mindanao region and lured
a statement carried by its Amaq news agency, Islamic State claimed
responsibility for the suicide bombing attack, which it called "a
spokesman Harry Roque condemned the bombing as a "war crime," calling
it "an illegal use of force, even in times of armed conflict."
explosion happened moments after troops stopped the vehicle and spoke to the
driver, who was alone and probably detonated the bomb, the military said.
soldier who witnessed the attack said in an interview on private-run DZMM radio
that the driver spoke in an unfamiliar dialect and may have been foreign.
military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said security forces were
investigating and there was no basis yet to conclude that the incident was a
suicide bombing or had been carried out by a foreigner.
indicated that militants planned to build homemade bombs and target army bases,
is a no-go area for most Filipinos and Western countries typically warn
citizens to stay away because of the presence of Abu Sayyaf and fierce military
offensives against its fighters.
Sayyaf is infamous for taking fishermen and crew from commercial ships as
hostages and beheading Western captives for whom ransom is not paid.
Rodrigo Duterte was on a neighboring island at the weekend and has offered
peace talks with several Abu Sayyaf factions.
offer came two days after he approved a law to allow minority Muslims in the
region to create a new autonomous area with its own political and economic
blast was a "horrifying attack" and a "cowardly act" said
opposition lawmaker Senator Risa Hontiveros, a backer of the autonomy law who
urged that the attack should not derail moves towards self-determination for
the region's Muslims.
bombing was a sign extremists were bent on sabotaging a peace effort that had a
chance of success, said security expert Rommel Banlaoi.
panel finds further evidence of Iran link to Houthi missiles
Houthi rebels are still arming themselves with ballistic missiles and drones
that “show characteristics similar” to Iranian-made weapons, a report by a UN
panel of experts has found.
a confidential report to the UN Security Council, a copy of which was seen by
AFP on Monday, the panel said it “continues to believe” that short-range
ballistic missiles and other weaponry were transferred from Iran to Yemen after
an arms embargo was imposed in 2015.
inspections of weaponry including missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
used by the Houthis “show characteristics similar to weapons systems known to
be produced in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, said the 125-page report.
recent visits to Saudi Arabia, the panel was able to inspect debris from 10
missiles and found markings that suggest an Iranian origin, said the report
spanning January to July this year.
seems that despite the targeted arms embargo, the Houthis continue to have
access to ballistic missiles and UAVs to continue and possibly intensify their
campaign against targets in KSA [Saudi Arabia],” said the report.
panel said there was a “high probability” that the missiles were manufactured
outside of Yemen, shipped in sections to the country and reassembled by the
experts are also investigating information that the Houthis received from Iran
a monthly donation of fuel valued at $30 million.
has denied providing any financial support to the Houthis.
the inspections of the missile debris, the experts mandated by the council also
found power converters produced by a Japanese company and Cyrillic markings on
components that suggested a Russian link.
investigation of those findings continues.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the council in a separate report in
June that some components from five missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were
manufactured in Iran, but that UN officials were unable to determine when they
were shipped to Yemen.
panel has opened an investigation of seven air strikes by the Saudi-led
coalition that hit civilian buildings, a gas station and commercial vessels, in
a possible violation of international humanitarian law.
Ban on Muslim Face Veil Met With Protest
— Denmark’s ban on face veils in public took effect on Wednesday, setting off
protests and reigniting a debate over a law that rights groups say
discriminates against Muslim women.
law, passed in May, does not specifically mention Muslim dress — it states that
“anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with
a fine” — but protesters say Muslim women are the intended target.
Wednesday evening, women wearing the traditional Muslim face veil, known as a
niqab, and full coverage burqas were joined by dozens of supporters wearing
makeshift coverings and handkerchiefs tied across their faces at a protest in
central Copenhagen. A simultaneous demonstration was held in the city of
at the center of a protest for a woman’s right to cover up were women who
didn’t. Bare legs, exposed shoulders and long blond hair mixed with head
scarves and black veils.
police did not fine the protesters or intervene. Under the new law, protesters
who cover their faces while peacefully exercising their right of expression are
exempt from ban.
protest began near Mjolnerparken, a housing complex heavily populated by
immigrants, which the government has described as a “ghetto” and “parallel
society” because of crime and lack of integration. The protest finished with a
human chain near one of Copenhagen’s main police stations.
carried posters with the messages, “Fingers away from my niqab” and “My
clothes, my choice.”
group called Kvinder i Dialog, which means Women in Dialogue, helped organize
the demonstrations. On social media it said the new law “discriminates,
criminalizes and suppresses a minority — Danish Muslim women.” Only about 200
women in Denmark are believed to wear the face veil, according to Danish
protester, Sabina, 21, a student teacher who declined to give her last name
because other members of Women in Dialogue have received threats, called the
law oppressive and Islamophobic.
not going to take my niqab off, but will try to continue my education. To wear
the niqab is a spiritual choice and now a sign of protest,” she said. “The only
result of this law is that we’re going to stick more firmly to our faith and
niqab and encourage more women to wear it.”
said she planned to continue to protest, waiting to see when police issue the
first fine. First-time offenders face fines of 1,000 Danish kroner, around
$150. Fake beards, balaclavas, and other face masks are also banned.
maintained that it was her choice to wear the religious garment.
illogical to say you want to liberate women by force or fines. I refuse to
believe the politicians have women’s best interests in mind,” she said.
of the law say it is a matter of public safety. Justice Minister Soren Pape
Poulsen said earlier this year that it was also a matter of Danish values.
see a discussion of what kind of society we should have with the roots and
culture we have, that we don’t cover our face and eyes, we must be able to see
each other and we must also be able to see each other’s facial expressions.
It’s a value in Denmark,” Mr. Poulsen said in March.
rights groups argue that the ban on the face veil violates the rights of Danish
International argued that while some restrictions on wearing face veils for the
purpose of public safety may be legitimate, the ban was “neither necessary nor
proportionate and violates women’s rights to freedom of expression and
women should be free to dress as they please and to wear clothing that
expresses their identity or beliefs,” Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International’s
deputy Europe director, said in a statement. “This ban will have a particularly
negative impact on Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa.”
Rights Watch has called the ban the “latest in a harmful trend.”
follows Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and parts of Switzerland,
which have all moved to either ban or restrict where the veil can be worn.
of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has blasted reports linking Islam to
the fatal attacks on Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR),
saying that criminals remain criminals regardless of religion.
mass media write that the attack was allegedly perpetrated by the Seleka rebel
group and attach the adjective ‘Muslim’ to this name. But the Russian reporters
were shot dead not by Muslims and not by Christians, but by criminals and
bandits regardless of the organization of agency that they represent,” Kadyrov
wrote on Wednesday in his blog on Russia’s leading social network Vkontakte.
in the USA some young guy organizes a shooting in a school no one in mass media
would specify this man’s religion,” Kadyrov added.
Chechen leader also wrote that one of the victims, Orhan Dzhemal, was himself a
Muslim and a son of a well-known Russian Muslim activist Geydar Dzhemal, but
the other two - Alexander Rastorguyev, and Kirill Radchenko, were most-likely
Russian Orthodox Christians.
also expressed hope that Russian law enforcement agencies and other bodies of
power would find and punish the perpetrators of the attack as well as the
people who organized the reporters’ trip to the war-torn CAR in violation of
the basic safety rules.
are some reports that their trip was not arranged in accordance with the rules,
they had no proper papers and they had not duly informed the Russian embassy to
the Central African Republic about their visit. If it is true that they were
sent to this country with tourist visas we should bring to responsibility those
who organized this because they knew that they were putting the journalists’ lives
in real danger.”
this week, bodies of Orhan Dzhemal, Aleksandr Rastorguyev, and Kirill Radchenko
were found in the CAR near a vehicle destroyed by gunfire. Local authorities
described the incident as a result of a robbery and also quoted some witnesses
as saying that the attackers wore turbans and spoke in Arabic.
than 150 ISIS surrendered to Afghan security forces in the northwestern
province of Jawzjan after they were defeated and driven out by the Taliban,
Taliban and government officials said on Wednesday.
defeat represents a major setback for the group, which first appeared in
eastern Afghanistan around four years ago and which had gained a foothold in
southern Jawzjan, where it fought for control of smuggling routes into
evil phenomenon of Daesh has completely been eliminated and people have been
freed from its tortures in Jawzjan province of Afghanistan,” Taliban spokesman
Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, using an Arabic term for the group.
Taliban launched an offensive several weeks ago in Jawzjan against the group,
which they oppose as much as they do the Western-backed government in Kabul and
which has established an unmatched reputation for brutality.
month, General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, welcomed
the fact that the Taliban were fighting Islamic State, which he said had to be
forces have launched air strikes against ISIS in Jawzjan in recent months, but
the Taliban has rejected any suggestion of cooperation and accused the United
States of trying to obstruct them.
fighting prompted thousands of people to flee to the provincial capital of
Sheberghan, where many gave shocking accounts of the brutality of Islamic State
fighters and commanders in Darzab and Qush Tepa, the two districts they
controlled before being driven out.
said more than 150 ISIS had been killed and more than 130 captured by the
Taliban with the rest surrendering to government forces rather than the
government officials said 152 fighters from the ISIS strongholds of Darzab and
Qush Tepa surrendered to security forces in the early hours of the morning.
Habiburrahman, commander of ISIS forces in the north, and another commander
called Mufti Nematullah were among those who surrendered, they said.
of ISIS have been increasingly active in northern Afghanistan in recent years,
fighting the Taliban for control of resources and sparking alarm in neighboring
officials said the group’s defeat in Jawzjan would ease concerns about its
potential to expand and support militant activity outside Afghanistan.
worries of neighboring countries, and the presence of Daesh groups on their
borders, have now been removed,” said Mohammad Reza Ghafouri, a spokesman for
the provincial governor.
150 Daesh terrorists surrender in Afghanistan
150 Daesh Takfiri terrorists have surrendered to Afghan security forces in the
northern province of Jawzjan after they were defeated by Taliban.
Afghan officials said 152 terrorists from the Daesh strongholds of Darzab and
Qush Tepa surrendered in the early hours of Wednesday.
fighters have surrendered in the past, but this time it is more important
because the Daesh leader and deputy surrendered with more than 150 fighters all
at once," said Mohammad Hanif Rezaee, an army spokesman. "With this
the Daesh chapter is going to be closed in the north."
Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, the provincial police chief, said Habib-ul Rahman, a
senior Daesh leader, was among those who surrendered.
Taliban militant group took credit for the surrender announced by Afghan
officials, saying it had "cleared" the north of Daesh terrorists.
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said more than 150 Daesh terrorists had been
killed and more than 130 captured by Taliban with the rest surrendering to
government forces rather than Taliban. "The evil phenomenon of Daesh has
completely been eliminated and people have been freed from its tortures in Jawzjan
province of Afghanistan."
launched an offensive several weeks ago in Jawzjan against Daesh.
a separate development, the UN mission to Afghanistan said an employee of the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) was among the people who were
killed in a coordinated attack on a refugee and repatriation center in the
eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday.
UN said in a statement that the employee who died was a 22-year-old woman whose
husband had died in a bombing in Kabul three years earlier. It said she leaves
behind a six-year-old daughter who is “now an orphan.”
one immediately claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack.
late last year, Daesh, which has already lost all its urban strongholds in
Syria and Iraq, has taken advantage of the chaos in Afghanistan and established
a foothold in the Asian country’s eastern and northern regions, launching
brutal attacks against civilians and security forces alike.
soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces were deployed in Jalalabad
city to help improve the security of the city after yesterday’s deadly attack on
the provincial refugees and repatriation directorate.
provincial government media office in a statement said the ANA soldiers have
started search operations based on the instructions of governor Hayatullah
statement further added that the armed forces will have an equal approach
towards all and anyone violating the laws would face strict actions.
to the governor’s office, a unit of the Special Forces of the national police
will also be deployed in Jalalabad city to help improve the security situation
of the capital of Nangarhar.
comes as President Ghani called for an emergency meeting after yesterday’s
deadly attack that left at least fifteen dead including an IOM employee and
fifteen others sustained injuries.
commander of the Red Unit of the Taliban group and his five security guards
were killed during the drone strikes conducted in northeastern Kapisa province
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the airstrikes were
carried out in the vicinity of Nejrab district on Tuesday.
to a statement released by Silab Corps, the US forces conducted airstrikes
using unmanned aerial vehicles in Pechghan Valley of the district, leaving at
least six militants dead, including a commander of the Red Unit of the group.
statement further added that the airstrikes were carried out as the Taliban Red
Unit commander and his security guards were travelling in a vehicle.
vehicle of the Taliban militants was destroyed in the airstrike and the local
residents did not suffer any casualty, the statement added.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
continued fire balloon launches, Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza
will stop shipments of fuel and gas to the Gaza Strip from Thursday in response
to militants in the enclave launching incendiary balloons that have torched
fields in Israel.
statement from Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s office on Wednesday said he
had ordered a halt to fuel supplies into the strip via the Kerem Shalom
crossing until further notice.
decision has been taken in view of the continued terror of incendiary balloons
and friction along the (border) fence,” the statement said.
months of weekly Friday border protests that began on March 30 have calmed
slightly but organizers have vowed they will continue until Israel lifts economic
sanctions on the enclave.
least 155 Palestinians have been killed in the protests and one Israeli soldier
was shot dead by a sniper in Gaza.
has lost tracts of farmland and forests to fires set by kites and helium
balloons laden with incendiary material and flown over from Gaza. Israel had
already responded by preventing the entry of non-essential commercial goods to
military faces Druze uproar over Jewish nation bill
military chief is pleading to keep politics out of the army amid protests by
the Druze minority against a recent bill to enshrine the state’s Jewish
Gen. Gadi Eisenkot has called on “all commanders and soldiers to keep
controversial political issues” out of the military.
a statement Wednesday, he reaffirmed “our shared mission and camaraderie” with
the Druze, an Arabic-speaking minority that serves in the military.
other minorities, the Druze have been outraged by the bill, which they say
renders them second-class citizens. Two Druze officers recently said they would
stop serving in response to the bill.
landmines continue to fiercely take away the lives of civilians and innocent
people in Yemen.
mines have been planted by the Houthi militias in civilian and military areas
across the districts in an arbitrary way.
latest victim was identified as Issa al-Nuaimi, a photojournalist with the
Yemen Shabab website who was killed in the Baqim sistrict of the Saada
governorate after stepping on a Houthi landmine.
Osama Faraj, who worked closely with al-Nuaimi, told Al Arabiya English about
his last colleague’s final moments. “First of all, we wish mercy to our
colleague Issa al-Nuaimi. The truth is he was a brave man who did not care
about the dangers surrounding us in order to broadcast the truth as it was to
the public opinion, not as portrayed by the misguided Houthi militia media,” he
used to accompany me on my different field coverages. He was the first to grab
the difficult mission and report day and night, he added.
was the last day of reporting I had with my colleague al-Nuaimi. We were in the
heart of Abwab al Hadid in the Baqim district after its emancipation from the
Houthi militias. As we entered the area, we encountered dozens of improvised
explosive device that were extracted from the sides of the international lines
and sub routes which were planted by the militias before their defeat. When we
passed through a sub route we found ten improvised explosive devices that were
not dismantled, and my colleague al-Nuaimi documented the sight with his lens
and we were preparing a special report to be broadcasted later,” he said.
martyr Issa took advantage of my inattention when I assigned him a mission to
report the latest developments in faraway positions so he went ahead carrying
his camera earlier on Tuesday to the first clash line wearing his disguise suit
so he doesn’t raise the suspicions of the snipers but God chose him to be a
martyr,” he said.
forces have withdrawn their heavy weapons in Syria to a distance of 85 km from
the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, TASS quoted a Russian envoy as saying on
Wednesday, but Israel deemed the pullback inadequate.
by Russia, Iran, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah Shi’ite militia, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad has retaken territory in southern-western Syria from rebels,
closing in on the Golan.
has sought to reassure Israel by saying it wants only Syrian forces to deploy
on or near the Syrian-held Golan. Israel, however, insists that forces
controlled by Iran, its arch-foe, exit Syria entirely now the civil war there
Iranians withdrew and the Shi’ite formations are not there,” TASS news agency
quoted Alexander Lavrentiev, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to Syria,
said Iranian service personnel whom he described as advisors could be among
Syrian army forces who remain closer to the Israeli border.
there are no units of heavy equipment and weapons that could pose a threat to
Israel at a distance of 85 km from the line of demarcation”, Lavrentiev said.
Israeli official deemed such a pullback insufficient.
we have laid down as a red line is military intervention and entrenchment by
Iran in Syria, and not necessarily on our border,” Regional Cooperation
Minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel Radio, citing the longer-range threat posed
by Iranian missiles or drones positioned in Syria.
be no compromises nor concessions on this matter.”
week an Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Russia had
offered to keep Iranian forces at least 100 km from the Golan Heights ceasefire
rejected the offer, which was made during a meeting between Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
an apparent riposte, Russia’s ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, said on
Monday that Moscow could not compel Iran to leave Syria.
Viktorov also signaled that Russia would continue to turn a blind eye to
Israeli air strikes against suspected Iranian and Hezbollah arms transfers or
emplacements in Syria.
said Israel wanted to prevent Iran and Hezbollah from effectively extending
their Lebanese front against it.
least nine fishermen have been killed in Saudi Arabia's latest airstrikes on
its war-torn neighbor Yemen.
to Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Wednesday, the
fisherman were killed when Saudi aircraft targeted their ship off the coast of
Wednesday night Saudi raids were carried out a day after at least four
civilians were killed in similar airstrikes the port city.
on Tuesday, Saudi warplanes targeted a residential building in Bani Sa’ad area
of the al-Dhaher district in the mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada.
There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of
damage caused. The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on
March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left some 600,000 civilians dead and
injured since March 2015.
United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
United States Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish
officials over detention of a US pastor.
House press secretary Sarah Sanders made the announcement on Wednesday, calling
Andrew Brunson’s incarceration "unfair and unjust."
seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong," she said.
is "not happy with Turkey's decision not to release" the pastor, said
the White House spokeswoman, adding that US President Donald Trump and his
Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have discussed the issue "on
two officials, Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior
Suleyman Soylu, will have their assets and properties under US jurisdiction
blocked and Americans will be prohibited from engaging in financial
transactions with them.
officials serve as leaders of Turkish government organizations responsible for
implementing Turkey's serious human rights abuses, and are being targeted
pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, 'Blocking the Property of Persons
Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption,' which builds upon
Treasury's Global Magnitsky Act authorities," the Treasury said in a
issued a written statement to “protest” the new sanctions.
strongly protest the sanctions announced by the US Treasury Department,” it
read. “This aggressive stance that does not serve any interest will be
retaliated in the same, without delay,”
to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, "Pastor Brunson's unjust
detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply
unacceptable… President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United
States expects Turkey to release him immediately."
sanctions come before a scheduled meeting between US Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Singapore on Friday.
Turkish government refused to release Pastor Brunson after numerous
conversations between President Trump and President Erdogan, and my
conversations with Foreign Minister Cavusoglu. President Trump concluded that
these sanctions are the appropriate action," Pompeo said.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has also called the detention
“unjust,” adding, "Turkey knows our position well. This has gone on far
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will never give in to threats
of sanction by the United States over the trial of an American pastor, accusing
the NATO ally of displaying a "Zionist mentality."
between Washington and Ankara have spiraled into a full-blown crisis over the
trial of Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor who is accused of helping the
perpetrators of a failed military coup against Erdogan in 2016.
President Donald Trump threatened last week to impose "large
sanctions" on Turkey unless it frees the pastor, was transferred to house
arrest last week after spending 21 months in a Turkish prison on terrorism
threatening remarks against us will not benefit anyone. We showed the best
solidarity with the United States in NATO. We have acted together with them in
Korea. Together, we put up many fights. Such a threat against Turkey, a country
that still fights together with the United States side by side and shows
top-notch solidarity in NATO, is not fitting for them. And excuse us but we do
not give credit for using such threatening language," Erdogan told
reporters in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday.
we will never accept this understanding and the usage of such threatening
language in the United States by the evangelist, Zionist mentality," he
Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Tuesday that Ankara would retaliate against any US
sanctions over the trial of the Christian pastor.
Turkish president also said his foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, was going
to discuss the matter with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the
sidelines of an upcoming ASEAN summit that will be held in Singapore in the
remarks came a day after a Turkish court rejected an appeal by Brunson's
lawyers to end the house arrest during his trial.
lawyer, Ismail Cem Halavurt, who had filed the appeal, said he had not been
notified of a court ruling about his 52-year-old client. Brunson’s next hearing
as part of the trial is scheduled for October 12.
American pastor, who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, has been
required by court to wear an electronic bracelet at all times and prevented him
from traveling outside of the country.
court acquits 80 Zakzaky supporters
top Nigerian court has cleared dozens of the followers of prominent cleric
Ibrahim al-Zakzaky of criminal charges, raising hopes for the release of the
cleric himself, who has been held captive for almost three years by the Abuja
David Shiri Wyom of the Kaduna State High Court cleared 80 detainees of the
charges on Tuesday. They had been
arrested during a government raid on Zakzaky’s Islamic Movement of Nigeria
(IMN) headquarters in December 2015.
that raid, security forces killed some 300 Zakzaky supporters, including three
sons of the cleric, and later buried them in mass graves.
and his wife, who were shot and injured, were taken into custody.
were accused of plotting to attack the military convoy of army Chief Tukur
Buratai in an earlier incident.
followers say they were merely holding a rally when Buratai’s convoy happened
to pass by at the time. Facing the crowds of ralliers, agitated guards shot at
them and Buratai’s car sped away, thinking an assassination attempt was
the Tuesday ruling, prosecutor Dari Bayero said he was dissatisfied and was “in
the process” of appealing the court’s verdict.
defense lawyer Maxwell Kyon described the ruling as a victory for the movement,
saying the court has found “no credible evidence” to charge the detainees.
one hundred other members of the movement still remain in custody.
is also “standing trial for having abetted the commission of the offenses,”
said the lawyer. “So if court has now found that no such offenses were
committed, it becomes difficult to convict someone for abetting the commission
of these crimes.”
Federal High Court ordered his unconditional release in 2016, but the Nigerian
government has so far refused to abide by the ruling.
spokesman for the Islamic Movement said earlier in March that the government in
Abuja was planning to keep the cleric and his wife in detention indefinitely.
years ago, the Muslim community of Kiteete in Mityana district pleaded with
well-wishers to help them fundraise for construction of a new mosque in the
March 2016, heavy rains and thunderstorms had blown off part of the old
mosque's roof, breaking the front canopy that holds the structure.
remaining structure was left with cracks and leaked whenever it rained. Slowly,
the community pooled resources but didn't get enough to start such a big
some members wanted to refurbish the mosque but some of us insisted that we
should construct a new structure. We had collected about Shs 10 million but it
could not take us far," says Hassan Badru Zziwa, the vice chairman of
approached the vice chairman of the Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly, Imam Idi
Kasozi, who pledged his readiness to solicit for more funds. Little did Zziwa
know that this was the start of a relationship that would remain etched in
August 2016, Kasozi had secured Shs 140 million from a Turkey-based
organisation; the Foundation for Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief (IHH).
The IHH had received applications from two people for a similar project but
Kiteete mosque was chosen.
Thursday, Supreme mufti Sheikh Silman Kasule Ndirangwa visited Kiteete to
officially commission a new 400-seater fully-furnished mosque, a three-roomed
house for the imam, a 10,000-litre water storage tank and sanitation facilities
whose construction lasted eight months.
and Kiteete Muslims could not hide their excitement, showering praises on
Kasozi for his generosity.
have not met an honest person like Imam Kasozi. He did not stop at securing the
funds but paid attention to every detail of the new mosque. May Allah reward
him abundantly," he said.
new mosque sits on a 10-acre piece of land that was donated by the late Yunus
Kimbugu and comprises Kiteete Umea Primary school that was established in the
commended the grandchildren of late Kimbugu for not selling off the land for
this era, many children are selling off property that was donated by their
parents out of good will to support Islam. Today, even an Imam can sell off a
mosque in exchange for money but this has not been the case with his
[Kimbugu's] grandchildren," Ndirangwa said, urging well-to-do Muslims to
reach out to the needy in hard-to-reach areas.
entreated Muslims in Kiteete to pray from the new mosque all their five daily
prayers. Kasozi, also the IHH coordinator in Uganda, said such projects are
donated by well-wishers and aimed at strengthening the Muslim brotherhood from
various parts of the world.
Muslims should protect this project jealously to pave way for others in the
country. Once the people who are giving realize that the previous work is
maintained well, it motivates them to give back," Kasozi said.
the same event, the mosque's outgoing Imam Sheikh Abdul Kisuule was applauded
for his 40-year service without a monthly salary. Kasozi said UMYA and other
colleagues will support him with a new bicycle, home utilities and a take home
package of Shs 2m as a token of appreciation.
excited 80-year-old Kisuule said: "Alhamdulillah... I thank Allah that I
have served my religion very well because other people leave service when they
are at loggerheads with others. I am humbled that Muslims in the area are still
2011, IHH through UMYA has built modern mosques in Oyam, Mukono, Amolatar, Lira
and Dokolo districts in addition to supporting over 300 orphans across the
General Abba Dikko has assumed office as commander of Operation Lafiya Dole,
the Army operation against Boko Haram.
followed a major shake-up by the Nigerian Army.
took over from Major General Rogers Nicholas in a brief ceremony on Tuesday at
the Operation Lafiya Dole Headquarters in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
who proceeds to Nigerian Army Resource Centre, in his valedictory speech,
expressed confidence that his successor would do a good job.
Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, quoted him as thanking
the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai for the opportunity to serve the
nation as Theatre Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency
operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in North Eastern Nigeria.
also thanked troops, other security agencies, Governor Kashim Shettima, members
of his cabinet, the people of Borno state and the media.
Dikko hailed Nicholas for his efforts and achievements while in charge of the
appealed to all stakeholders to strengthen the bond of relationship among them
to further enhance the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the north
Dikko revealed that he is wearing a double cap as the Theatre Commander as well
as Commander Operation Last Hold.
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