is a former deputy prime minister of the Iraqi federal government [Reuters]
over Police Treating Son’s Death as Suicide, Muslim Man in UP Embraces Hinduism
Islamic Group Promoting Hezbollah in Bangladesh
Elects Kurdish Politician Barham Salih President of Iraq
Police Raid Shiite Islamic Centre in ‘Anti-Terror’ Probe
You Don't Return…’ Pakistan Chief Justice Warns Pervez Musharraf Of Dire
Outfits Drawing Plan to Step up Quota Demand
Hails Talaq Verdict by Supreme Court, Opposes Govt Ordinance
should use its influence with Myanmar for reconciliation on Rohingya issue: UN
hideout busted in J&K
Pradesh Town Shows Way To Peace, Harmony
Catholic Youth Need Guidance
centre for Rohingya youngsters to be opened Wednesday
strikes target ISIS-K hideouts in Nangarhar province
attack targets election campaign in Nangarhar province
Sami propose talks between Afghan Ulemas, Taliban in a secret location
Urges Accountability for Violence in Myanmar's Rakhine
hits election rally in Afghanistan, kills 13
Iraq Descended Into Battleground For Shiite-On-Shiite Civil War?
Muslim Communities Council Tells Muslims to Integrate
of Ankara Forces, Allied Militants Killed, Wounded in Kurdish Attacks in
of Bodies of US Air Raid Victims Found in Mass Graves in Northeastern Syria
Terrorists Including Commander Killed in Infighting in Northern Syria
Reinvigorate Positions, Intensify Attacks on Syrian Army in Hama
‘Islamic State’ Ring Spanning 17 Prisons Uncovered and Dismantled in Spain
probes UK-based Saudi-funded TV network for praising Iran attack
to end anti-Daesh air support next year: report
Arabia Not To Be Made Part Of CPEC
kills seven militants in shootout near Afghan border
in NA slams govt ‘for accepting IMF conditions’
to be fourth most populous nation by 2030’
to work with Pakistan on its ‘priorities’
king, COAS discuss regional security
delegation visits Gwadar port, briefed on development projects
Levies personnel martyred in roadside blast in Balochistan's Awaran
leaders ask Imran to provide three percent of NFC award for FATA
Night Protests Israel’s New Headache
Planned Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar Village War Crime: Amnesty International
announces asset freeze on Iranian intel service linked to bomb plot
Arabia to deposit $200 million in Yemen central bank
knows Saudis support terrorists worldwide: Iran at UN
soldiers fatally shoot elderly Palestinian farmer in central Gaza Strip
will strengthen observation posts in Idlib, Erdogan says
Mounts Propaganda Campaign To Make Its Muslim Detention Camps Seem Ok, Or Good
Christians observe Israel-Palestine peace week
of fugitive Indonesian cleric backed by hardliners
maintains position as Islamic finance global leader
community must fight extremism
deputy chief minister seeks to meet non-Muslim leaders over religious issues
quake, tsunami death toll surges to over 1,200
Boko Haram Exposes the Cracks in Nigeria's Military Strategy
offers to help Nigeria end insurgency – Presidency
airstrike in Somalia kills 9 al-Shabaab extremists
I Told Saudi King He Wouldn't Last Without US Support
Number of US diplomats doubled in Syria as ISIS nears defeat
policy on Iran is viewed through Israeli prism: Ex-Pentagon official
military presence in PG doesn't match Trump's rhetoric on Iran: Report
warns Iran after France alleges bomb plot
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over police treating son’s death as suicide, Muslim man in UP embraces Hinduism
over police treating his son’s death as suicide rather than a murder, a Muslim
man in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat has embraced Hinduism along with 12 of his
family members with the hope that the religion change might spur police to
“properly investigate his son’s murder”, PTI reported.
a resident of Badarkha village under Chhaprauli police station area, converted
to Hinduism Monday along with family members and subsequently submitted an
affidavit to the area sub-divisional magistrate, testifying to their voluntary
change of religion, officials said.
the incident, Baghpat District Magistrate Rishirendra Kumar said the family
members changed their religion as they were not satisfied with the police probe
into the death of Akhtar’s son a few months ago.
Hindu Vahini (Bharat) state chief Shaukendra Khokhar said the family changed
their religion amid requisite religious rituals, including a ‘hawan’. He said
Akhtar was upset after his son Gulhasan was “murdered”. “Gulhasan’s body,
however, was hung to make it appear a suicide,” he claimed.
claimed Akhtar’s family sought help from the members of their own community but
they were “not very forthcoming and did not help them much”. This prompted
Akhtar and his family members to change their religion, he claimed.
repeated assertions by the youth’s family that he was murdered, the police
concluded it to be a case of suicide, Khokhar said.
family members wrapped saffron robes around their shoulders and chanted “Jai
Shri Ram”, he said. They also got their names changed, he said, adding that a
‘hawan’ and recitation of Hanuman Chalisa too was held at the Badarkha village
members of Akhtar’s family, who switched over to Hinduism include Nafisa,
Zakir, Dilshad, Naushad, Irshad, and others, he said.
District Magistrate Kumar said some people in Baraut tehsil voluntarily changed
their religion and submitted affidavits. “These people were not satisfied with
the probe into the death of one of their family members. The matter is being
examined in consultation with the superintendent of police,” he said.
Shailesh Kumar Pandey said he received information about some members of the
Muslim community changing their religion. “The matter is being looked into,” he
Islamic group promoting Hezbollah in Bangladesh
activities of Hezbollah, a notorious radical Islamic militancy group have been
detected by the investigative team of journalists of Blitz. This group is
patronized by Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan (BKA), a radical Islamic party which
was founded by an Islamist clergyman named Mohammed Ullah aka Hafezzi Huzur.
Following the so-called Islamic revolution in Iran, BKA became an affiliate
organization of the Iranian dictator Ayatollah Khomeini. Mohammed Ullah visited
Iran at the invitation of Khomeini and this group had been receiving funding
from Iran. BKA also has sent hundreds of Bangladeshis to Lebanon to join
Palestinian terrorists including mega-terrorist outfit Hamas.
meaning of Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan is Bangladesh Caliphate Movement.
Similarly as ISIS, this group too demands proclamation of Caliphate in the
country and denounces democracy. It is surprising as to how such an
organization for registered as a political party in Bangladesh and even registration
with the Election Commission. Moreover, the US Embassy in Dhaka as well as
European missions are in total dark about anti-West, anti-Israel and
nefariously antisemitic activities of BKA.
investigation, it was revealed, Hezbollah has been operating a blog named
CIRB-Hezbollah, from Bangladesh. Blitz team discovered a Facebook account of
one Kazi Azizul Huq, who the International Affairs Adviser to BKA. Most
disturbing fact is a large number of Jewish individuals are also on the friend
list of Huq. It is anticipated that the Jews, who are on Kazi Azizul Huq’s
friend list might now know the real identity of this nefariously anti Israel
September 29, 2018 at 12:58 PM, Kazi Azizul Huq posted a photograph of Jeremy
Corbyn with his comment stating, “A British Voice of Conscience who may help
children should be taught about the violent expansionist excesses of British
imperialism, according Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.”
the same day at 12:57 PM, Kazi Azizul Huq posted Ayatollah Khameini’s statement
along with his photograph, It says:
“Today, the Iranian nation faces a vast enemy front due to its
dedication to Islam, independence and lofty values. The Armed Forces should always
be prepared to play their part should the need arise.”
Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran. September 28, 2016.
surprisingly, Huq tagged and shared this post with a number of Jewish
individuals. A shrewd agent of Iran and Hezbollah, Kazi Azizul Huq has been
fooling hundreds of Jewish individuals and had them as his Facebook friend.
Facebook page not only promotes Iran, Palestine, Hezbollah, and Turkey’s Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, it also promotes tons of contents against the Bangladesh
government. Extremely objectionable contents against Bangladeshi Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina, members of her family are posted in this Facebook page.
Moreover, Kazi Azizul Huq has been consistently promoting former chief justice
Surendra Kumar Sinha.
also promotes a fugitive Bangladeshi named Shipan Kumer Basu in his page, as
Basu most definitely is planted amongt the Jewish individuals by Hezbollah and
enemies of the Jewish State. According to a credible source in India, Shipan
Kumer Basu proclaims himself as an ‘agent’ of Mossad and cheating people in
India. He has been living in India since 2016 to avert arrest in Bangladesh.
Azizul Huq has been vigorously promoting radical Islam, Erdogan, Hezbollah,
Hamas and Iran in Bangladesh through his Facebook account, Blogs and Twitter.
contacted, a senior official in an intelligence agency in Bangladesh told
Blitz, Kazi Azizul Huq has been in prison a number of times in the past for his
affiliation with several radical Islamic and jihadist groups. It said, Huq was
a leader of the student front of Jamaat-e Islami during his student life. “He
is basically a Jamaat man who had later turned into a propagandist of radical
Islam and antisemitism”, the source said.
elects Kurdish politician Barham Salih president of Iraq
Kurdish candidate Barham Saleh swept to the post of president of Iraq Tuesday
evening in a parliamentary vote pitting Kurdish heavyweights against each other
for the first time.
routed his main rival Fuad Hussein with 219 votes to 22, dealing a blow to
Hussein’s main backer, former Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani who was
the architect of an ill-fated 2017 independence referendum.
poll follows a weekend parliamentary election in the Kurdish autonomous region,
mired in economic crisis and still in shock from the fallout of the September
2017 plebiscite which sparked a punishing response from Baghdad.
elected Iraqi President Salih has also named veteran Shiite politician Adel
Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate and tasked him with forming a new
government, two lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday.
to Iraq's constitution, Abdul Mahdi now has 30 days to form a cabinet and
present it to parliament for approval.
named Abdul Mahdi less than two hours after he himself was elected president.
largely ceremonial role of president has been reserved for the Kurds since
Iraq’s first multi-party elections in 2005, two years after the US-led invasion
that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.
a tacit accord between the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union
of Kurdistan, the PUK would hold the federal presidency and the KDP the post of
Iraqi Kurdistan’s president.
the Iraqi Kurdish presidency has been left vacant since KDP leader Massud
Barzani resigned at the end of his mandate following the September 2017
referendum that he championed.
vote for an Iraqi president was scheduled for Monday before being postponed due
to the lack of a quorum.
a first round of polling Tuesday, neither Saleh nor Hussein won the two-thirds
vote necessary to win outright, forcing a second round.
a 58-year-old moderate, has served both as Iraqi deputy premier and Kurdish
was part of an interim authority put in place by the United States following
the 2003 invasion that ousted Saddam.
later became deputy prime minister under Nuri al-Maliki then returned to the
Kurdish regional capital Arbil in 2009 to become head of the Kurdistan
rival for the post of president was the Hussein, a 72-year-old former chief of
staff for Barzani and veteran of the opposition to Saddam.
parliament has also chosen a speaker of the house.
police raid Shiite Islamic centre in ‘anti-terror’ probe
200 police officers raided the headquarters in northern France of a Shiite
Islamic association and the homes of its leaders who are suspected of
supporting "terrorist organisations", security sources said.
operation against the little-known Centre Zahra France in Grande-Synthe, a suburb
of the port city of Dunkirk, was staged as part of the "prevention of
terrorism" procedures, regional authorities said in a statement.
security source told AFP that 11 people had been arrested, while French
authorities also froze the financial assets of the centre headed by Yahia
Gouasmi, who is known for his anti-Zionist views and links to Iran.
have been closely following the activities of the Centre Zahra "because of
the strong support by its leaders for several terrorist organisations and in
favour of movements backing ideas that are contrary to the values" of
its website, the association says its purpose since its foundation in 2009 has
been "to make known the message of Islam through the eyes of the Prophet
and his family".
is known as a magnet for migrants seeking to cross the English Channel to
Britain, and as a draw for smuggling activity that often thrives where migrants
was unclear whether Tuesday’s arrests were linked to a suspected plot in France
to bomb a gathering of Iranian opposition group the National Council of
Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in June.
swooped on six people – including an Iranian diplomat – in Belgium, France and
Germany after authorities revealed the alleged plot.
is still on high alert after a wave of jihadist attacks since 2015 from which
246 people have lost their lives.
by former dictator Pervez Musharraf's failure to come back to Pakistan and face
ongoing cases against him, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Tuesday warned that if
the "courageous commando" does not appear soon, he may be forced to
return in a disgraceful manner.
Justice Nisar made the remarks when Musharraf's lawyer told the three-judge
bench that his client "respects the court" but was unable to return
due to his medical condition and reservations over the provision of security.
75, who has been living in Dubai since 2016, is facing the high-profile treason
case for suspending the Constitution in 2007. The former military ruler left
for Dubai in March 2016 for medical treatment and has not returned since citing
security and health reasons.
lawyer Akhtar Shah told the court that there were no charges against the former
president in the Lal Masjid operation case and demanded to know what the case
against his client was.
may not face any charges in the Lal Masjid case, but he is facing a treason
case for which he must appear in court, replied Chief Justice Nisar.
Musharraf returns voluntarily, he may be able to do so respectably otherwise he
may be compelled to return under circumstances which are not
"graceful", the top judge warned.
Justice Nisar referred to Musharraf's background as an army commando to taunt
him for showing cowardice.
commando who used to describe himself as a 'courageous commando' should today display
that courage," he said.
is the courageous commando not returning?" he asked.
top judge told the lawyer that already the court had promised foolproof
security to Musharraf and also best treatment in the country.
told you before that if he returns, he will be provided security," he
am giving you this assurance. It is the assurance of the highest court in the
country," Chief Justice Nisar said. "As long as (Musharraf) is alive,
it is his duty to appear before the court," he added.
further said that it was not acceptable for a citizen to leave the country and
not return while a case against them is underway in courts.
chief justice also promised that the former military ruler would not be
arrested upon his return, and that whatever the outcome of the cases, it would
be strictly in line with the law.
court ordered Musharraf's lawyer to submit his medical report within a week and
adjourned the hearing until October 11.
week, Muhammad Amjad, a leader of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) - a
political party floated by Musharraf in 2010 -- had said that the former
president was "growing weaker rapidly" due to an unspecified illness
and, therefore, could not return to Pakistan.
former army chief has been declared an absconder due to his persistent failure
to appear before a special trial court set up to try him in the case.
month, Pakistan's Supreme Court assured Musharraf that high-level security will
be provided to him if he returns to the country to face the trial in the
former president was indicted in March 2014 on treason charges for suspending
the Constitution and imposing emergency which led to the confinement of a
number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100 judges.
conviction for high-profile treason carries the death penalty or life
who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, has been declared a fugitive in the
Benazir Bhutto murder case and the Red Mosque cleric killing case.
outfits drawing plan to step up quota demand
Amid state government’s move to hold a special session of the legislature for
passing a law on reservation for Marathas, leaders of outfits representing
Muslims too are drawing plans to step their demand for a quota to the
protests by Marathas, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced that a
special session would be held by November. At the same time, he had also denied
quota for Muslims on religious grounds.
Sunday, a meeting was convened by the Bharitya Muslim Parishad and Maharasthra
Mulsim Aarakshan Andolan (MAA), the outfits which have been spearheading the
reservation campaign. Leaders of around a dozen other smaller outfits were
invited to draw a strategy.
meet was attended by representatives of Congress and the All India
Majlis-e-Itehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), led by Asadudin Owaisi also. Apart from
holding major rallies, it has been planned to hold smaller meetings within the
community to create awareness about the issue. Holding huge rallies can also
attract attention of the authorities. Instead, it has also been decided to keep
a low profile but keep the issue alive, said Shakeel Patel, spokesperson of
AIMIM in the region.
Pasha of Muslim Parishad said if the government grants reservation to Marathas,
the Muslim outfits will move the court seeking quota for the community as well.
A state-level meeting of women activists has been planned at Bhadravati in Chandrapur
by month end. Similar meetings will be held throughout the state. “We are not
against reservations for Marathas but even Muslims should get the quota,” he
said a couple of months ago, a rally was organized in Pune to revive the demand
on major scale. This may happen in other cities too.
2014, the Congress-NCP government had passed a resolution for allowing quota
for over 50 castes among Muslims.
lapsed as a law was not passed and BJP had entirely ignored the issue, he said.
Last year, when a Maratha rally was organized in Nagpur, the Muslim outfits
made a show of strength by gathering in larger numbers.
hails Talaq verdict by Supreme Court, opposes govt ordinance
India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) members hail Supreme Court verdict of
abolishing instant Triple Talaq, but condemned the government's ordinance of
declaring Triple Talaq illegal as a whole. They said they were looking at the
legalities and were likely to take legal help.
Md Abu Talib Rahmani, AIMPLB member said that the ordinance, which they alleged
'passed through a backdoor', was contradictory. "It was quite pertinent
when the Supreme Court struck down the instant Triple Talaq because even in
Shariya or Islamic law, instant Triple Talaq is prohibited, but look at what
the Central government has done. They have passed an ordinance which renders
Talaq illegal and then separates the couple, sending the man to jail for three
years. If Talaq is illegal, why do you separate them?," Rahmani said at a
discussion session put up by Islah-E-Muasharah Committee on Tuesday.
also said that the board was mulling legal action against the ordinance.
"We are looking very closely into the possibilities of taking legal steps
against the ordinance. We are consulting legal experts and we also believe that
members of the Rajya Sabha who had opposed this earlier will support us,"
about National Register of Citizens (NRC) implementation he said he supported
the move if it was put in action in a fair manner. "It is correct that
those who don't belong to this country should not be kept here but it is wrong
to kick out people simply because they speak in Bengali. It is very unfortunate
and we condemn it strongly," he said.
DELHI: Asserting that those involved in violence against the Rohingyas should
be held accountable, United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres on
Tuesday said India can help in the crisis by supporting Bangladesh in
humanitarian assistance and using its influence with Myanmar to bring about
also said that to keep a population in such a "discriminatory
situation" is "an invitation for terrorist groups" to exploit
top UN official said India "is an absolutely essential component" of
a future multi-polar world and that the country can also play a role of an "honest
broker" in some of the on-going conflicts in the world.
response to a question on the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on
International Terrorism (CCIT), proposed by India in 1996, he said the reason
for the delay has been due to non-agreement on the definition of terrorism by
attacks by the Mynamarese security forces, Rohingyas, an ethnic minority in
Myanmar that mostly resides in regions bordering Bangladesh, have fled the
to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over
seven lakh people have fled Myanmar, and majority of them reside in Bangladesh.
India has over 40,000 refugees scattered across the country.
have never seen a community so discriminated in the world as Rohingyas,"
Guterres, who arrived here on Monday on his maiden visit to India, said in
response to a question on the issue. He was delivering a lecture on 'Global
Challenges, Global Solutions' here.
said the Rohingyas don't have access to health and education and there was deep
rooted feeling of racism against them within the Myanmarese society.
recalled his visit to the country as the High Commissioner for Refugees, during
which he said the president of Myanmar asked him to resettle Rohingyas in some
make them refugees is not my role. My role is to solve the problem of refugees.
This shows how deeply rooted is the negative perception of the Rohingyas. This
was intensified by some hate speech by some monks on social media. There are over
one million people in Bangladesh. They were people burnt, raped."
if there was a provocation, the reaction of the armed forces was brutal,"
stressed on political reconciliation so that the Rohingyas could go back to
can India do? Support Bangladesh in helping these people because there is a
huge humanitarian problem. Second, to pressure on Myanmar, the military in
Myanmar for reconciliation and create conditions for these people to go back.
These people will not go back in present circumstances," he said.
should be accountability to those crimes," he said on the treatment meted
out to Rohingyas added "to keep a population in such a discriminatory
situation is an invitation for terrorist groups" to exploit the situation.
May, during the visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to Myanmar,
India had offered to help in safe, speedy and sustainable return of Rohingyas.
India has also been helping Bangladesh in providing humanitarian assistance to
to a question on why the CCIT could not be adopted, Guterres said there is no
agreement on definition of terrorism and there were several complexities
involved in it.
problem of definition of terrorism is (due to) several complexities. There are
number of things which are complicated to have a common definition of
terrorism. We have never managed to have it and we have never managed to have a
true convention because of the definition," he said.
said India has been in the frontline of supporting CCIT and the UN fully
supports India in this regard.
a question on the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on
alleged human rights abuses in Kashmir, which was rejected by India, he said
the reports are not endorsed by the secretary general.
don't discuss reports about human rights commissioner. They have independence.
The countries can agree or disagree with the reports. Their reports are not endorsed
by the secretary general. The reports are done in a strictly independent
said as a principle, he does not make any comment on reports of both the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights and High Commissioner for Refuges.
to another question on communalism and religious fundamentalism, he said he
"does not think India is in the worst situation" at all.
have always seen India as a country with extreme diversity. Of course, there
are forms of extremism as any other parts of the world. I dont think that is
the major problem that you face," he said.
said poverty and inequality are two major problems faced by the Indian society.
can also play a role of an "honest broker" in some of the on-going
conflicts in the world, he said, adding,"We need people and countries that
all sides can respect. India does not have any specific agenda in many of these
Army troops busted a suspected terrorist hideout in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda
district on Tuesday and recovered a cache of arms, an official said.
on a tip-off, a search operation was conducted in Kuddhar area of Bhagwah block
and recovered arms, ammunition and explosive material, a defence spokesperson
recoveries included two AK rifles, 355 rounds, and three magazines, one UBGL
(underbarrel grenade launchers), four Chinese grenades and as many UBGL
grenades, the spokesperson added.
About 1,000 people from all walks of life and religions marched in a Madhya
Pradesh town on October 2, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
residents of Sonkach highlighted that peace and harmony are still a reality in
India especially when some divisive forces try to inject hatred and revenge in
peace rally was held under the auspices of the National Peace Movement and
students, teachers, farmers, professionals, business men and religious leaders
walked together to the tunes of band and patriotic songs. People lined up on
both sides of the roads and showered on them flower petals as a sign of welcome
and community leaders in the rally were garlanded at different places,
especially in front of temples and mosques. Prominent among them was Divine
Word Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal of Indore.
some places people welcomed the rallyists with drinking water and sweets.
Hoardings were put up at more than 30 locations with the message of peace and
whole town wore a festive mood, said one of the organizers. He said the rally
declared loudly that Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals and principles are still relevant
and powerful to unite the people of India.
rally that started from Gita Bhavan near the bus stand took about an hour to
reach Parinay Garden, the venue of a public meeting. People sat through the
three-hour meeting. They listened to a dozen speakers who stressed the need for
drawing inspiration from Gandhi to resolve world problems and establish a
civilization of love.
speakers also paid tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri, India’s second prime
minister who contributed immensely to build a peaceful and prosperous India.
speakers also highlighted the contribution of Universal Solidarity Movement
(USM) in promoting peace and the transformation that is being brought about in
the students through Enlightened Leadership training. All speakers lauded USM
founder director Father Varghese Alengaden for taking the initiative to start
National Peace Movement.
Sonkach rally was the result of the National Peace Movement and the annual
National Peace Conventions organized since 2015.
USM believes in the dictum, “Light a candle instead cursing the darkness.”
of the goals of the National Peace Convention is to highlight Gandhi’s
contribution for building peace and his relevance for India and the world
today. Hence the convention starts on January 30, Gandhi’s death anniversary.
Catholic youth need guidance
of young people including Catholics in Bangladesh are searching for deeper meaning
beyond friends, family and work. They are not satisfied with the current
socioeconomic, political, cultural and religious maneuverings in the country.
ways of addressing the issues of politics, education, unemployment and
development are utterly distressing and discouraging for them. On the one hand,
a good number of youth denounce religious fundamentalism, but on the other hand
the rise of extremism among young students is alarming.
days we see a lot of Christian youth organizations and movements, but they are
not so active in organizing programs and activities. The vested interests of
some group leaders are misleading the young. The overuse of modern technology
and electronic devices is eating up a lot of time and talents of our youth. Many
are getting involved in irresponsible and unhealthy relationships.
Christian youth of Bangladesh are facing the negative impacts of a consumerist
and materialistic worldview. At times they are misled and exploited by cynical
leaders of our Christian society. There is a tendency to lead a meritocratic
life among some young people.
a result, they are not ready to take risks and make bold decisions. At times
they are carried away by the ideals of the Muslim-majority youth group, but
they hardly accept a sense of religiosity. They take the life of Christian
faith quite casually and halfheartedly. That is why the practice of Christian
faith and life among many of our young people is not so strong. Many are
frustrated and give in to drugs and alcohol.
people have a key role in influencing and building the church in Bangladesh.
Our Catholic institutions, movements and youth ministries have an important,
progressive and peaceful role in forming active Christian leaders. In
Bangladesh, often what the church provides is not holistic, and faith and
action do not go hand in hand. On one side of the spectrum we encourage young
people to build a personal relationship with Jesus, on the other side we
encourage them to get involved in justice and action, but we often fail to give
them the opportunity to reflect on how their service relates to their values
and the Gospel.
need to work with young people to find their mission in the world through both
action and reflection. Pope Francis too tells us that we need to provide
formation and education, which teaches critical thinking and encourages the
development of moral values. The youth are not attracted to religious
commitment due to the micro-family system, easy accessibility of money and the
Christian youth of today are torn between the values of the Gospel and worldly
standards. They are divided in many groups, so the church should take more
inter-denominational initiatives and activities
initiatives have been taken by the church, but giving youngsters a mere chance
of serving food to the hungry, distributing relief materials, cleaning
cemeteries, selling candlesticks or attending a youth program, rally, seminar,
church event is not enough. The church needs to provide ongoing information and
regular opportunities to listen and discern their mission and consider how they
are living it through action. Only then can deep transformation take place.
church must ask what the young are saying because if we are to ever understand
how to work with young people in developing their mission in Bangladesh, we
Francis himself is aware and accepts the fact that "some customs may be
beautiful, but they no longer serve as means of communicating the Gospel. We
should not be afraid to re-examine them."
church needs our young to be engaged because they are struggling and many are
suffering. Young people are needed in the church. But if we (the clergy and
leaders) are called to deeper and more radical action through the Gospel, that
can be missed if our church becomes too exclusive to a particular group of
young people with particular interests. Pope Francis states: "The excluded
are still waiting."
"see, judge, act" method has had a significant impact on me and many
students that I have worked with through the Magis Bangla movement. The
exclusive mentality of our religious leaders may not help us in the process.
young people of Bangladesh are also facing the impacts of the consumerist and
materialistic lifestyle of the West. The pope hopes for a better world as a
result of the efforts, desire to change and generosity of young people. He
wants the youth to listen to the Holy Spirit and make bold choices by listening
to Jesus. The Holy Father also can ensure on behalf of the church to listen to
their voices, sensitivities and faith along with their doubts and criticism.
can see and feel that young people are placed at the center of his attention
and heart. That is why the Synod of Bishops this month has the theme
"Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment."
pope's invitation is clear to the youth. It is to hear the voice of God that
resounds in their heart through the breath of the Holy Spirit. That will lead
them to a new horizon like Abraham. The hopeful pope makes it clear that in the
process of this journey of uncertainty, if they fall, God will extend His hand
to pick them up.
Oct 2 (UNB) - BRAC, with support from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will
officially inaugurate the first two-storied temporary learning centre (TLC) in
Kutupalong camp, aiming to create more space and educational opportunities for
Rohingya youngsters to be able to learn.
Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam, Joint Secretary,
Development, at the Bangladesh Ministry of Primary and Mass Education Nesar
Ahmed, acting Head of Operations and Sub office for UNHCR in Cox’s Bazar
Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth, and head of BRAC Humanitarian Crisis
Management Programme Mohammed Abdus Salam will attend.
eye-catching building, painted bright red and yellow, will be able to house up
to 240 students studying in two classrooms in three shifts each day - double
the number of students who could normally attend a TLC within the physical
design was created by two associate professors at BRAC University’s
architecture department, using local materials and technology, UNHCR said on
all the refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar, there are 540,000 children of
school age (aged 3-24 years old) but only 160,552 have spaces in temporary
learning centres, leaving a gap of 47% of youngsters aged 3-14 years-old
without any access to education, and more than 97% of 15-24 year olds not
attending any educational facilities.
of BRAC’s education programme Dr Safiqul Islam said the two-storied design
combats the space crisis in the camps.
culturally-sensitive design allows for a more learning enabling environment to
ensure higher quality education. It is environment-friendly, and its
construction and operation will not cause any further damage to the
environment. It is also designed for purpose, and can be modified and relocated
at any time”.
education officer James Onyango said this is a creative and innovative way to
tackle one major problem we face in the camps – inadequate physical space to
guarantee access to educational opportunities for youngsters.
series of airstrikes were carried out on ISIS Khurasan (ISIS-K) hideouts in
eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least six members of the
201s Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said in the
airstrikes were carried out Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district by coalition
statement further added that the airstrikes left at least six ISIS militants
dead, including a commander of the group identified as Sher Alam.
security forces and local residents did not suffer casualties during the
airstrikes, the 201st Silab Corps added.
anti-government armed militant groups including ISIS loyalists have not
commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the Taliban
militants and ISIS loyalists have been attempting to expand their foothold and
activities in this province.
suicide attack targeted a gathering during an election campaign in eastern
Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving several people dead or wounded.
local officials are saying the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Kama
district and as a result at least 7 people have been killed and more than 20
others have sustained injuries.
provincial public health directorate officials are saying that the dead bodies
of at least 13 people have been shifted to the hospitals along with 30 others
who have sustained injuries.
the a provincial council member says at least 14 people have died in the attack
and 30 more are wounded.
incident took place as a parliamentary candidate Nasir Momand had organized an
election campaign in the area.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami (JUI-S) Chief Maulana Samiul Haq, also famous as the
Father of the Taliban, has proposed talks between the Afghan Ulemas and the
Taliban group in a secret location.
to a statement released by Madrassah Haqqania, a delegation consisting of
Afghan Ulemas and High Peace Council representatives, met with Maulana Sami
during their visit to Pakistan on Sunday.
the Taliban consider you as a teacher, we want your mediation between the
Taliban and Afghan government,” the statement quoted members of the delegation
as telling the JUI-S leader.
Haq proposed a meeting of the scholars and the Taliban at a secret location
without involvement of the Afghan government, Pakistan and the US, according to
the Afghan rulers, former mujahideen leaders and the Taliban must agree on one
point that is the withdrawal of the US and NATO forces and to liberate
Afghanistan,” Samiul Haq told the Afghan scholars, according to the statement.
Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged Myanmar to give a commission of inquiry
into the violence in Rakhine State full mandate to hold those who are
responsible accountable, Singapore said on Tuesday (02/10).
ministers, who met informally on the sidelines of the United Nations General
Assembly last week, expressed grave concern over the violence, Singaporean
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told parliament, calling it "man-made
the last year, more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist-majority
Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh, according to UN agencies, following a
military response to attacks on security posts by Rohingya insurgents.
investigators issued a report in late August accusing Myanmar's military of
gang rapes and mass killings with "genocidal intent" in Rakhine and
called for the country's commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted
under international law. Myanmar has denied most of the allegations in the
report, blaming Rohingya "terrorists" for most accounts of atrocities.
expressed our grave concern with these alleged acts of violence... This is a
man-made humanitarian disaster and something which should not be happening in
this day and age," Balakrishnan said, referring to the meeting of the
10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes Myanmar.
foreign ministers urged the Myanmar government that...an independent commission
of inquiry...should be given a full mandate to investigate and to hold all
those responsible fully accountable."
established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses
in Rakhine in July which includes two local and two international members from
Japan and the Philippines.
formed more than half a century ago, has historically struggled with challenges
facing the region because it works only by consensus and is reluctant to get
involved in any matter deemed to be internal to any of its members.
recent joint statements on Rakhine have focused on the importance of the
repatriation of displaced persons to Myanmar and reconciliation among
amid the international condemnation, it appears to be taking a firmer stance on
said that if left to "fester," the situation in Rakhine could lead to
the spread of terrorism which would threaten "Southeast Asia and
[the Myanmar government] do need to do the right thing...for all the
vulnerable, defenseless and innocent victims," Balakrishnan said.
bomb attack has hit an election campaign rally in eastern Afghanistan, killing
at least 13 people and wounding many more.
provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said an assailant blew
himself up at the rally of parliamentary candidate Abdul Nasir Mohmmand in
Nangarhar Province on Tuesday.
added that at least 13 bodies were taken to hospitals while more than 30 people
officials said the death toll was expected to rise.
for the October 20 legislative elections began on Friday, and security
officials have warned of the danger of militant attacks during the campaigning
polls were originally set to be held in 2015 following presidential elections
the previous year but were repeatedly pushed back due to security fears and
will contest the 249 seats in the National Assembly for five-year terms.
Regional elections will also be held in districts across Afghanistan.
were speaking at the meeting when there was suddenly a huge blast,” said Sayed
Humayoun, who was attending the meeting in Kama district, outside the
provincial capital, Jalalabad.
was knocked unconscious, but when I opened my eyes, there were bodies scattered
all around the blast area,” he added, saying that he could see dozens of dead
and wounded people on the ground.
Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, said nearly 250 people were
attending the rally. He also put the death toll at 30.
group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Both the Taliban and
Daesh terrorist groups are present in Afghanistan.
Iraq descended into battleground for Shiite-on-Shiite civil war?
a messy election, Sadrists in Iraq have ripped down portraits of Iran’s Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei enhancing prospects of Shiite-on-Shiite civil
war, a report in the Economist has revealed.
to the report, political tensions are turning violent and spilling out of the
Green Zone and even though American and Iranian commanders battled in tandem
against ISIS, they are now at loggerheads.
the general election in May, Iran wants a “Shiite house” comprising more than
200 of the parliament’s 329 members drawn from a range of Shiite parties.
report says that General Suleimani’s rival bloc, known as al-Bina
(“Reconstruction”), has 109 members and neither side has the majority to choose
a president and prime minister.
to the report, Iran is dangerously flexing its muscle in Basra, which is close
to the Iranian border, and Iraqis who see Iran as their chief ally are fuming.
one hand, hoteliers in Iraqi cities hosting Shiite shrines bemoan the recent
dearth of Iranian pilgrims while, on the other hand, Iraq’s nationalist camp is
bara, bara!” (“Out, out, Iran!”), chant supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr whose bloc won the most seats in the election. Massing for Friday
prayers in Baghdad’s Sadr City, they castigate pro-Iranian militia leaders,
whom they once cheered for repelling ISIS, saying they are worse than Saddam
report says that in the past, Iraq’s senior Shiite clergy in Najaf, such as
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, would have mediated to end crises. But their
authority has waned and the non-aligned Kurds have also watched from the
influential voices urge compromise. Militiamen and politicians alike predict a
return to assassinations and a Shiite-on-Shiite civil war. And after months of
merciful calm, the thud of car-bombs can be heard again on highways out of
Baghdad,” says the report.
weak politicians in the west encourage extremism that is not the path Islam
encourages, this is clear when reading anything from the Abu Dhabi-based World
Muslim Communities Council. While in the west we are subject to all forms of
extremist views the reality is Islam is a religion of peace and the types of
behavior seen in Europe, Australia and the USA would simply not be tolerated in
the Middle East.
minorities around the world have been urged to respect different cultures,
embrace positive integration and have a sense of national belonging to the
country they have migrated. These will help them to be accepted by majority
communities in non-Muslim countries, members of the Abu Dhabi-based World
Muslim Communities Council have said.
are loving and peaceful people because that’s what Islam teaches. Muslim
communities in non-Muslim countries should get their fundamental rights and
freedoms as religious groups and should be protected from all forms of
religious and racial discrimination and hatred,” said Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi,
chairman of the council’s supreme committee. He was speaking during a Press
conference to launch the council’s executive work plan on Monday.
said the council is keen on coordinating the efforts of Muslim minority institutions
around the world. The council will help enhance the role of such institutions
by encouraging Muslim minorities to contribute to the regeneration of their
states and correct the stereotypes against Islam. “We want to help bridge the
intellectual and cultural gap between the components of human society through
lectures and dialogue,” he said.
council will help develop a platform for individuals to share experiences and
Koutoub Moustapha Sano, a minister in the President’s Office of Guinea, who is
also a member of the council’s higher committee, said: “Muslims should have a
sense of national belonging to the nations they have migrated and should accept
that it’s their home.
very important for people to accept one another and to have one’s ‘difference’
recognised and supported in the public and private spheres for peaceful
World Muslim Communities Council was formed earlier this year following a
two-day conference held in Abu Dhabi that was attended by representatives from
more than 140 countries.
news quoted members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as reporting
that the Kurdish militias conducted 38 attacks on the Turkish army and its
allied militants in Northern Syria in the last 30 days, killing 11 Turkish
soldiers and officers and 63 more militants.
further said that 37 Ankara forces, including 6 soldiers were injured in the
Kurds managed to destroy a base, 6 military vehicles and a tank, Hawar news
said, adding that the Kurdish militias also seized a large volume of arms and
sources reported on Wednesday that a large number of civilians started leaving
Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo for safer regions after the Turkish army and its
allied militants intensified looting people's assets.
sources said that local residents of Afrin started leaving their regions
towards Aleppo city and the regions that were under the control of the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF), as measures done by the Turkish army and Ankara-backed
militants deteriorated security in the region.
Arabic-language website of RT quoted Commander of Raqqa Civil Council Team
Yaser al-Khamis as reporting that four mass graves, including 2,800 bodies of
civilians, have been unearthed in Raqqa city.
the meantime, a media activist reported that the bodies of a sum of 50 victims
of US airstrikes were unearthed in al-Jamili, Hawar School, al-Amasi, al-Badou
and Tejari 2 districts in Raqqa city in the last week.
sources in Raqqa reported last week that 9 more bodies of civilians killed in
the US-led coalition attacks were found in al-Jamili district in Raqqa city.
the Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted an official source in Raqqa civil
council team as saying that the corpses of over 2,600 people, mostly women and
children, have been unearthed in al-Rashid stadium, the city zoo, al-Qadim
great mosque and al-Badou district since the liberation of Raqqa last October
who were mostly buried by the ISIL in mass-graves.
Rahal, a notorious commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation
Board or the Al-Nusra Front) was gunned down by unknown attackers in the
village of Ma'ardabsah South of the town of Saraqib in Idlib.
the meantime, a number of gunmen of the al-Turkistani Islamic Party were killed
after unidentified raiders opened fire at them in the village of Ashtabraq in
Jisr al-Shughour region in Western Idlib.
unknown raiders attacked a base of Tahria al-Sham in al-Lairamoun in Northern
Aleppo, killing four terrorists and seizing their weapons.
Monday, a number of gunmen were killed or wounded in a fresh round of clashes
between the rival terrorist groups of Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at
in Idlib province.
al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham engaged in a tough battle in Southern Idlib that
inflicted heavy casualties on both sides.
the meantime, terrorists of the National Liberation Front and Tahrir al-Sham
exchanged fire in a region between al-Habit and Kafr Ein, imposing several
casualties on both warring sides.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted a military source as reporting that
Jeish al-Izzah forwarded a number of heavy military vehicles loaded with more
equipment and fighters to Northern Hama to boost its positions in al-Latamina,
Tal Othman and Wadi al-Jisat.
further said that the army has been monitoring terrorists' movement in the
region, targeting them by artillery fire and destroying three vehicles.
Arabic Sputnik said that the terrorists conducted missile attacks on
residential areas in regions that are under the army's control, including the
small towns of Jourin and Foro in Northwestern Hama.
news agency said that the army's artillery and missile units pounded
terrorists' movements and positions in al-Sarmaniyah, al-Ziyarah and
Sunday, the artillery units, deployed in the village of al-Masasana in Northern
Hama, shelled heavily terrorists' movements near the town of Latamina and
inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists, forcing the remaining of them to
retreat towards their positions in Latamina.
the meantime, other artillery units, stationed in the village of Baridij,
pounded terrorists' movements West of the small town of al-Jisat, imposing
major losses on the terrorists.
‘Islamic State’ Ring Spanning 17 Prisons Uncovered And Dismantled in Spain
jihadi network claiming to have links to the Islamic State and spanning 17
prisons has been uncovered and dismantled in Spain.
total, 25 prisoners have been questioned and connected to the organization,
which worked in prisons to radicalize inmates. The majority of the suspects are
Moroccans or Spanish citizens of Moroccan ancestry, Agence France-Presse
reported. One was also Danish, and the remainder were Spanish citizens who had
converted to Islam.
the investigation began by focusing on an inmate in a particular prison, to
date the illegal activity of the group extended to 17 prisons, which account
for 55 percent of jails that house prisoners linked to jihadist terrorism,” the
European country’s Interior Ministry said in a Tuesday statement, according to
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
Interior Ministry explained that the group’s existence alone was a threat, but
it was even more worrying as several radicalized members were set for release.
Although the group did not reportedly have a “concrete plan” to launch a
specific attack, those connected with the organization had a "belligerent
state of mind towards prison staff."
of those connected to the jihadi group had been jailed in connection with the
2004 Madrid train bombings, an anti-terrorism source told the AFP. That attack
left more than 1,800 people injured and 191 dead, becoming Europe’s worst
research has shown that Europe’s prisons are a prime location for jihadi groups
to recruit and radicalize. One 2016 study found that more than half of the
foreign fighters heading to the Middle East from Europe had previous criminal
records, with about 27 percent being radicalized while in detention.
offered redemption for crime while satisfying the personal needs and desires
that led them to become involved in it, making the 'jump' from criminality to
terrorism smaller than is commonly perceived,” said the report, which was
published by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and
Political Violence (ICSR) at King's College in London.
United Nations has also warned that prisons can often become “incubators for
terrorism by constituting environments where violent extremism can thrive.”
suggest that some 5,000 European nationals have traveled to Syria, Iraq and
other destinations to join jihadi movements. As conflicts in Iraq and Syria
wind down, many in Europe are concerned about what will happen when and if
these individuals return home.
to the ICSR report, the problem of radicalization is a “social problem” that is
largely due to the existence of “a 'Muslim underclass' in the big European
cities,” who often reside in “ghettos.” Young people in these communities who
become disenfranchised from society may seek out alternatives and a sense of
purpose with extremist groups.
UK’s media regulator Ofcom is investigating a TV channel based in the country
with direct links to Saudi Arabia which condoned a recent terrorist attack in
Iran that killed 24 people, including children.
are assessing this news program as a priority against our broadcasting rules,”
a spokesperson of Ofcom told the Guardian newspaper on Monday more than two
weeks after Iran International aired an interview with the spokesman of a
banned terrorist group which hailed the attack on a military parade in the
southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz.
Hor al-Tostari, the spokesman of the al-Ahvaziyah terrorist group, appeared in
an interview with Iran International praising the attack in Ahvaz.
were earlier reports indicating that al-Ahvaziyah had claimed the
responsibility for the attack in Ahvaz. However, the group later withdrew the
claims. Daesh, a Takfiri terrorist group, which has almost been obliterated
from its bastions in Iraq and Syria, claimed the responsibility. Iranian
officials have taken Daesh directly accountable for the attack although they insist
Ahvaziyah was also to blame for its criminal activities in the region.
ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, said after the attack that his embassy
had lodged an official complaint with the British authorities against Iran
International, a Farsi TV channel which is based in Chiswick, west London.
station is believed to be directly supported by the royal Saudi court. The
Guardian cited a source close to the Saudi government as saying that Iran
International receives as estimated $250m (£192m) from the Saudi royal court
money is coming from Saudi Arabia, it is from the royal court,” the source told
the newspaper on Tuesday.
Arabia has consistently supported terrorist organizations that have an abundant
record of carrying out attacks against civilians in Iran.
is planning to end its anti-Daesh air support mission next year, local media
Angela Merkel’s cabinet decided on Tuesday to end participation in anti-Daesh
flights in Iraq and Syria by Oct. 31, 2019, German press agency DPA said.
2015, Germany has deployed six Tornado surveillance jets and a tanker aircraft
in the region, to support the US-led global coalition fighting the terrorist
group Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
parliament is expected to vote this month on a government proposal on the
future of German military deployment in Iraq.
government has already announced that it is willing to extend the military
training mission in Iraq, which was set up in 2015, to train the local forces
Arabia not to be made part of CPEC
Pakistan said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia would not be made part of the $50
billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework and the kingdom’s
proposed investments would fall under a separate bilateral arrangement.
at a joint news conference with Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Minister
for Planning and Development Khusro Bakhtiar said there was no decision to
bring a third country, like Saudi Arabia, under the framework of the CPEC.
was responding to a question about the possibility of Saudi Arabia becoming
part of the Joint Working Groups (JWGs) or Joint Coordination Committee (JCC)
on the CPEC between China and Pakistan. He said there could be many offshoots
of the CPEC where third countries could be involved in trilateral
arrangement for infrastructure development, like China-Pakistan-Japan, China-Pakistan-Saudi
Arabia or China-Pakistan-Germany.
Arabia is not to become a collateral strategic partner in the CPEC. This
impression is not true,” he said, adding that the third country participation
in the CPEC was not limited to Saudi Arabia but other countries could also
become part of the business and investment ventures arising out of the CPEC.
“The framework between China and Pakistan is bilateral and Saudi Arabia is not
entering that framework as a third-party investor, rather the base of CPEC will
be broadened and its pace will be expedited.”
planning minister expressed ignorance when asked how the cost of Main Railway
Line (ML-I) had been reduced by $2bn from $8.2bn to $6.2bn as claimed by
Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed. “I have noticed this today that Sheikh
Rashid is making some efforts [to reduce cost] but not to my knowledge. Nothing
has come in front of me to suggest that the cost has come down.”
said it was however for the new government to adopt a new model on the basis of
financial viability of the ML-1 on build, own and operate (BOT) model so that
its loan repayment did not become a responsibility of the government like the
previous government which procured loans and built projects on EPC
(engineering, procurement and construction) contracts.
the previous government, during whose tenure Mr Bakhtiar was an MNA, had
announced that the ML-1 would be built on BOT model.
response to a question, Mr Bakhtiar said the CPEC portfolio currently stood at
about $50bn, of which about $6bn was government-to-government loan and
remaining in IPP mode mostly in the energy sector. About $29bn worth of
projects were currently in progress.
said the CPEC had far bigger potential than $50bn and would keep expanding with
time as new projects come up but the previous government treated and played it
like a T20 match instead of a five-day test series and focused mostly on
projects which could be completed during its tenure.
minister blamed the PML-N government for irresponsible governance and
questioned where it lost $32bn low oil price bonanza. He said the economic
growth of the previous government was based on borrowed money that led to
increase the national debt.
said the PML-N government did not pass on the benefit of low prices to the
consumers and external debt amounted to 72pc of the GDP and total public debt
went beyond Rs28 trillion. He was reminded that external debt was way below
almost 31pc of GDP and he agreed.
he said only 70,000 people in the country were direct taxpayers and return
filers but when challenged said meant those earning income above Rs200,000 per
month. He also claimed that the PTI government has banned all power projects on
all imported fuels to shift focus on renewable energy sources and hydropower.
When reminded that ban on power projects on imported fuels was imposed in May
2016, he said the project already completed and those in progress would go on
but if such projects were planned but not started would not be allowed to take
criticised the PML-N government for what he alleged painting artificial
economic growth numbers when the losses of state-owned enterprises (SOEs)
increased from Rs500bn in five years to Rs1trn and circular debt of the power
sector jumping from Rs583bn in 2013 to Rs1.2trn now.
said that previous two governments had mismanaged the country’s economy to the
extent that the present government has to set the direction in every field. He
said the PML-N government is taking up the issue of slash in development
spending but did not disclose truth to the nation that it is befooling the
masses by stating higher allocation whereas actual utilisation was 34pc lower.
He said total development spending was Rs661bn last year against an allocation
of Rs1trn in the budget.
had neither resources nor the will to increase the spending but were showing
higher allocation to befool the nation,” he added. The previous government also
included 343 unapproved schemes of Rs55bn in development schemes of the last
budget which have been excluded from the budget.
Pakistani security forces killed seven militants in a firefight after
insurgents crossed the Afghan border into Pakistan's restive tribal region, the
military said on Tuesday.
said the clashes erupted late Monday when militants attacked a Pakistani border
post in North Waziristan tribal district.
(the) exchange of fire seven terrorists (were) killed while three (were)
injured," the military said in a statement.
in Pakistan has declined dramatically in recent years following a series of
military operations along the northwestern border with Afghanistan, but
militant groups are still able to carry out deadly attacks.
army launched a massive operation in 2014 to wipe out militant bases in North
Waziristan and end the near decadelong insurgency that has cost thousands of
operation intensified after the Taliban massacred more than 150 people, the
majority of them children, at a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in
2016, the Pakistani army claimed to have cleared the last militant stronghold
in the country's northwest after a three-month long operation.
analysts have long warned that Pakistan is not tackling the root causes of
extremism, and that militants retain the ability to carry out spectacular
The opposition in the National Assembly on Tuesday lashed out at the Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for allegedly accepting International Monetary Fund’s
(IMF) conditions for increasing gas, electricity and petrol prices.
opposition rejected the ‘mini-budget’ presented by the government recently and
claimed that marginalised classes had already been put under extra burden of
taxes and inflation.
in the prices of gas... shows that the government has already accepted the IMF
conditions,” said former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar while speaking on
said the government, during its first 40 days, had made the life of the poor
more miserable than ever and had given benefits to the elite in the
Khar said Prime Minister Imran Khan had promised to create 10 million jobs but
soon after his party came to power, services of employees of state-owned
organisations like the Utility Stores, National Highway Authority and Radio
Pakistan were being terminated.
to the opposition’s allegations, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak said not a
single government employee was being removed from service. “Members on the
opposition benches are lying as nothing is being done against the poor and
suppressed class of society,” he added.
one is being removed from Radio Pakistan, NHA and Utility Stores. Similarly,
the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is not removing any teacher in the
information technology sector,” he said.
response to an allegation that the outgoing KP government had awarded many
contracts to former PTI secretary general Jahangir Tarin, Mr Khattak, who has
served as KP chief minister for five years, said not a single contract was
given to Mr Tarin during his government in the province.
defence minister said the previous KP government had brought reforms in police,
education and health sectors in the province.
Khattak agreed that a close relative of Prime Minister Imran Khan had been
appointed as member of the board of governors of a state-run hospital.
is a world renowned Pakistani doctor based in the US. He does not receive
salary and travels on his own expenses to attend meetings of the board,” the
said the PTI came to power because of its performance and service of the
people, while the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was rejected in the recent
(PML-N) will face worse defeat in the next polls,” he maintained.
Khattak spoke in response to a fiery speech delivered by Ibadullah Khan of the
of State for Communications Murad Saeed rejected the opposition’s allegations
and levelled counter-allegations on opposition parties, especially the PML-N.
Ajmal of the PML-N said the government had offered nothing to the farmers in
the mini-budget. “Nawaz Sharif had fixed Rs5 per unit electricity tariff for
the agriculture sector to support farmers, but this government has increased it
to Rs8.3 per unit,” he said.
said the agriculture sector required 10 million bags of urea, but the
government had allowed import of only 100,000 bags. He feared a huge reduction
in wheat production due to shortage of urea.
Shakoor Shad of the PTI, who had defeated Pakistan Peoples Party chairman
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in the July 25 election in PPP’s stronghold Lyari, said
the Sindh government had given nothing to his area where poor people had no
basic facilities like water, electricity and gas and sanitation.
Due to poor effort by authorities in the field of family planning, Pakistan is
bound to face greater challenges by 2030 when it would be the fourth most
populous nation of the world, experts said on Monday.
is the sixth most populous country in the world. If it continues to grow with
the same pace, it will be ranked fourth by 2030,” said an expert while speaking
at a panel discussion regarding family planning in the country organised by the
Dow University of Health Sciences.
a look: Climate woes and population
said the country lacked proper family planning, and the government’s measures
were not headed in the right direction.
Talib Lashari of Sindh government’s Costed Implementation Plan (CIP),
gynaecologist Dr Shershah Syed, Dr Noreen Lalani, Dr Minhaj Qidwai, Prof Lubna
Baig, Dr Ashfaq Shah, and Dr Nighat Shah spoke at the event.
said ineffective measures resulted in a decrease in family planning to 34 per
cent from 35pc last year.
participants of the panel discussion stressed on the need for women’s
education, adding that due to lack of awareness 35pc of women expired during
said child death rate is 10pc, which was much higher than that of neighbouring
countries. Some 9pc people adopted traditional methods for family planning.
said without proper education of family planning, it was impossible to meet the
ambitious targets set out by authorities. They highlighted the issue of early
marriages and 80pc rate of teenage pregnancy which was one key factor behind
added that the absence of women in decision making was one of the key reasons
behind poor family planning.
many people did not even bother to plan their families while in developing
countries desire to have a male child was yet another cause of overpopulation.
low-quality services and unavailability of stock of contraceptives led to poor
said incorrect perceptions and unfounded worries regarding family planning
might be significant barriers in controlling the growing population.
added that due to the population increase, 54pc of infants were born premature
who suffered from various health issues afterwards.
75pc of population was aware of family planning among which 50pc were females
but no practical implementation on better family planning was properly
growth in population results in increased poverty and causes higher mortality
rates of mothers and infants than in neighbouring countries. Besides, this also
creates hurdles in educational grounds as is evident from the fact that 25
million children are unable to go to school,” said a panellist.
said as growing population created problems in education and health sectors, it
also harmed the country on social grounds.
achieve targets of family planning, there should be regular workshops and
seminars for female students of medical colleges, they said. It would also
benefit students of other colleges as well as in this way students would get to
know the importance, benefit and advantage of it.
British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said he is looking forward to working
with Pakistani authorities on their priorities.
was responding to a journalist’s question about the possible handing over of
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London chief Altaf Hussain and sons of former prime
minister Nawaz Sharif, who, according to the questioner, are wanted in their
country and living in the UK.
had an excellent visit to Pakistan. It was really a good opportunity to
strengthen our ties together. Britain has fantastic relations with Pakistan.
With a new government there, we are looking forward to working with them (on
all issues) including on their priorities. That is exactly what we are doing.
We are working very hard on this,” Mr Javid said.
said Brexit would provide the two countries a chance to strengthen their ties.
“After Brexit we are going to be working with Pakistan like so many other
countries. Britain is going to remain a globally outward-looking country, our
friendly relations with Pakistan are going to be even stronger, in terms of
trade, in terms of people, in so many ways,” he said.
his speech to the party conference, he dwelt on his Pakistani heritage and
narrated the story of his father’s arrival in Britain. “Let me tell you about
another story. A story that started in the 1960s. Abdul-Ghani Javid left
Pakistan and landed in Heathrow. He spent what little he had on a coach
ticket…had his first night here in Birmingham, then continued up north to
Lancashire to find work in a cotton mill.
standing outside the mill for weeks, he got that first job, and started a
family. Eventually, there were seven of us living in a two-bedroom flat…on what
the papers called ‘Britain’s most dangerous street’.
my story. And if you’d have told me back then what I’d be doing now…I’d have
told you that it was less believable than any TV drama,” he said.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday called on
Jordanian King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein and discussed with the latter regional
security situation and bilateral cooperation.
to the Inter-Services Public Relations, King Abdullah II expressed desire to
enhance cooperation between the two countries in multiple fields, including
security, defence production and education.
COAS assured King Abdullah II that Pakistan had highest regard for Jordan and
would welcome any positive initiatives. The king awarded the medal ‘Order of
the Military Merit’ to Gen Bajwa in recognition of his services for improving
defence and security relations between the two countries.
soon after arriving in Jordan on a three-day visit, Gen Bajwa met Lt Gen
Mahmoud Abdul Haleem Farihat, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of
Jordanian armed forces, and offered cooperation in areas of training and joint
six-member Saudi delegation on Tuesday visited Gwadar, where it was briefed on
different developmental activities and projects being executed under the
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), officials said.
by Ahmad Hameed Al-Ghamdi, adviser of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry
and Mineral Resources, the delegation visited different departments of Gwadar
port and the port's free zone.
their visits, the Saudi team was given a briefing on CPEC projects linked to
Gwadar port and projects being implemented by the Gwadar Development Authority.
were also apprised of the facilities and security arrangements extended to
investors by the Government of Pakistan, officials at the port told DawnNewsTV.
read: Senate questions CPEC partnership offer to Saudi Arabia
Saudi team showed interest in investing in Gwadar and expressed satisfaction
over the facilities and security situation in the area.
the visit, Al-Ghamdi was quoted as saying that there are historical, religious
and brotherly relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Arabia stood with Pakistan in difficult times in the past and will do so in the
future as well," the Saudi official told his Pakistani counterparts.
added that the Saudi government is keen about contributing to the development
process in Pakistan.
Saudi delegation is in Pakistan on a four-day visit. At the conclusion of its
visit, Islamabad and Riyadh are expected to sign four memoranda of
understanding (MoUs) for oil and mineral sector investment and trade
cooperation that would ultimately extend the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative
(BRI) from Gwadar to Africa through Oman and Riyadh.
least three Levies personnel were martyred when a roadside bomb hit a security
convoy in Balochistan's Awaran district on Tuesday.
members of the paramilitary force were also wounded in the explosion, according
to Ahmed Jan, a senior Levies official.
said the bomb was remotely detonated. No one immediately claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Balochistan Levies is a force in charge of maintaining law and order in the
tribal areas of the province.
incident comes weeks after armed men opened fire at security officials in
Balochistan's Killa Saifullah district, leaving two Levies personnel martyred
and another injured.
Tribal leaders on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide three per
cent of the National Finance Commission Award (NFC) for Federally Administered
Tribal Areas (FATA) as soon as possible.
demand was presented before the PM by a delegation of parliamentarians from the
FATA region led by Muneer Khan Orakzai in a meeting in Islamabad. Governor
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman was also present on this occasion.
assured them to soon give them three per cent of share from the NFC after
devising a mechanism of providing this allocation a constitutional protection.
parliamentarians asked him to form a policy for the residents of FATA regarding
possession of weapons. This should be noted that the previous government had
approved the amendment in the policy of commercial import of weapons.
also asked the premier to increase the number of members of provincial
assemblies in FATA areas from 16 to 24.
said development in tribal areas was the top priority of the government and the
government was striving to complete the merger process without any further
said the tribal people had faced many difficulties and concerned officers
should set their direction to play their due role in solving such problems.
prime minister said tribal people had the right on the minerals and these
should be spent on the construction and development of the area.
night protests Israel’s new headache
It’s nearly 10 p.m. when young Palestinian men begin banging drums and chanting
songs, while others attach incendiary devices to balloons — all closely watched
by Israeli snipers on the border.
six months, Palestinians have gathered regularly along the fence between the
Gaza Strip and Israel for often violent daylight demonstrations against Israeli
in recent weeks they have deployed a new tactic: “Night confusion units.”
can go on until the early hours.
say they aim to force the Jewish state to ease its crippling decade-long
blockade of Gaza, but residents in nearby Israeli communities say their lives
are being destroyed.
Israeli military official, who did not want to be named, said the night
protests do not pose a new challenge. “Our soldiers, including our snipers,
have night vision equipment,” he said.
are a few dozen, sometimes a few hundred demonstrators (at night)... they burn
tires, throw incendiary bottles and sometimes grenades and do not represent a more
important threat than the daytime demonstrations.”
recent night, AFP watched as several hundred protesters gathered a few dozen
meters from Israeli soldiers — separated by the fence — near Rafah in southern
a tent slightly further into the strip, young men inflated dozens of white
balloons inscribed with “I love you.” They then attached flaming devices to the
balloons, and launched them toward Israeli territory. Others hurled primitively
built sound grenades; the booms resonated across the border.
will not stop launching incendiary balloons until we break the siege on Gaza,”
said Abu Anas, one of the orchestrators of the night’s activities.
insisted the movement was independent of Hamas.
Al-Jamal, 22, said he and fellow protesters believe Israeli soldiers fear their
goal is to confuse the occupation and send our message to the settlers nearby
that there is no sleep until we achieve our demands of lifting the siege and
returning to our country,” he said.
Kissin, spokeswoman for the Israeli community of Kerem Shalom located next to
the Gaza border, called the night protests a “nightmare.”
they’ve started to throw sound bombs and it’s very, very scary,” Kissin said.
children are very afraid of it. It’s very dangerous. It is really like a
planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village war crime: Amnesty International
International has censured Israel’s plans to demolish a Bedouin village in the
occupied West Bank and forcibly transfer its residents as the Tel Aviv regime
presses ahead with its land expropriation policies in the occupied territories
irrespective of great international outcry.
nearly a decade of trying to fight the injustice of this demolition, the
residents of Khan al-Ahmar now approach the devastating day when they will see
their home of generations torn down before their eyes,” Saleh Higazi, Deputy
Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said.
added, “This act is not only heartless and discriminatory; it is illegal. The
forcible transfer of the Khan al-Ahmar community amounts to a war crime. Israel
must end its policy of destroying Palestinians’ homes and livelihoods to make
way for settlements.”
180 residents of Khan-al Ahmar village face being forcibly evicted and
transferred by the Israeli army.
authorities have reportedly offered the villagers a choice of two possible
destinations: a site near the former Jerusalem al-Quds municipal garbage dump,
near the village of Abu Dis, or a site in the vicinity of a sewage plant close
to the city of Ariha (Jericho).
Supreme Court has twice ruled in favor of demolishing the entire village of Khan
al-Ahmar, first on May 24 and again on September 5 this year.
demolition order includes the village’s school, which is constructed from
rubber tires and provides education for some 170 children from five different
officials allege that Palestinian structures there have been built without the
relevant building permits and pose a threat to residents because of their
proximity to a highway.
on the other hand, maintain that building permits are nearly impossible to
obtain for Palestinians in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank and the
demolition is meant to clear the way for new settlements.
Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority has submitted a new complaint over the
Israeli "war crime" against Khan al-Ahmar village at the
International Criminal Court (ICC).
Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said
on September 11 that the dossier “included a focus on the war crimes facing
Khan al-Ahmar, specifically the crimes of forcible displacement, ethnic
cleansing and the destruction of civilian property.”
added that the PLO had also asked ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to expedite a
preliminary probe into other Israeli war crimes.
announced Tuesday that it had frozen assets belonging to two Iranian men and
Iran's ministry of security and intelligence.
decree announcing the asset freezes, published in the government gazette,
identified one of the men as Assadollah Asadi, the same name as an Iranian
diplomat who has been arrested over an alleged plot to bomb an Iranian
opposition group in France in June.
took place Tuesday morning at the headquarters of a Muslim Shiite associatio,
named Zahra Center, in Grande-Synthe (northern France) and the homes of 12 of
its leaders in the context of a "prevention of terrorism" operation.
people were taken into custody during this operation, including illegal
possession of firearms, according to a source close to the case cited by Agence
people were detained by the police and the funds of the intelligence service
were frozen for a period of six months.
200 police officers participated in these searches carried out in the premises
of the Zahra Center, located in the suburbs of Dunkerque.
its website, the association aims to "make known the message of Islam
through the eyes of the Prophet and his family." It organizes conferences,
prayer gatherings and broadcasts many messages, including videos.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud instructed that $200 million be deposited in
Yemen’s central bank account as financial support.
comes in continuation of the Kingdom's support for the Yemeni people and its
interest in achieving economic stability in Yemen and strengthening the
country's currency value.
will contribute to reducing the economic burden on the Yemeni people, and it is
the latest addition to the previous $3 billion in Saudi deposits at the Central
Bank of Yemen, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
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has hit out at Saudi Arabia for its false terror support accusations against
Tehran, saying it is no secret to the world that the Riyadh regime, itself,
backs terror groups worldwide as ex-US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton,
once confirmed in a leaked memo.
Golroo, Iran’s representative to the United Nations General Assembly, delivered
a speech to the Assembly in condemnation of Saudi Foreign Minister Adel
al-Jubeir, who recently took the podium at the same body to level a fresh set
of allegations against the Islamic Republic.
spoke of what he called Iran’s “terrorist activities and aggressive behavior” and
claimed that achieving peace in the Middle East required “deterring Iran’s
expansionist and destructive policies.”
dismissed the Saudi minister’s claims as “strange and outlandish.”
knows that the one responsible for terrorist attacks in the Middle East, North
Africa and Europe is the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are all aware that they
are the main supporters of Daesh and al-Qaeda,” he stated.
senior Iranian diplomat further reminded the Saudi regime of WikiLeaks’ release
in 2009 of a memo which Clinton had compiled, saying the then American
secretary of state “is said to have stated that Saudi Arabia is the greatest
donor to terrorist groups around the world.”
he cited the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a law that
allows US citizens to sue Saudis in American courts for the country's
involvement in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
pointed to Iran’s assistance to regional nations in their fight against terror
groups, saying the Islamic Republic’s counter-terrorism efforts are well known
to the world.
official further highlighted Riyadh’s backing for Washington’s pressure
campaign against Iran, saying such hostile policies are “nothing new.” The
kingdom, he said, moves to destabilize the region by pumping petrodollars and
propping up the terrorists whenever it sees its interests at stake.
Golroo added, remembers Saudi Arabia’s hostility towards regional nations and
governments, including its support for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s
carnage of Iranian people during the eight-year war on Iran in 1980s.
Iranian diplomat also referred to the crimes the Saudi regime – along with a
coalition of its allies – has been perpetrating against the Yemeni nation,
showing the Assembly photos of the Yemeni children, who were killed in one of
the Saudi military’s air raids that hit a school bus back in September.
knows very well. It is an open secret that the Yemeni nation, this noble and
oppressed nation, is suffering as a result of the direct machinations and
maneuvers of Saudi Arabia,” he added.
minister of foreign affairs of Saudi Arabia is accusing my country of
destabilizing the region as if the kingdom of Saudi Arabia was a strong
proponent of stability. May I ask whether the destruction of Yemen, the murder
of women and children of Yemeni civilians is lending something to stability?”
say that you’re defending the Arab identity,” the Iranian representative said,
addressing the Saudis. “Should Arab identity be used as a cause or pretext to
carry out proxy wars…You’re not defending the Arab identity. You’re killing the
Arab identity with your dollars. You have no pity for anyone in the Arab World.
You have no pity for any Arab people, including those, who are supposedly you
also rejected Saudi claims that Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement is
defending the country with Iran-made ballistic missiles, saying it would have
been impossible to deliver such hardware to Yemeni forces due to Saudi Arabia’s
all-out blockade of the Arabian Peninsula state.
military forces have shot and killed an elderly Palestinian farmer in the
central part of the Gaza Strip as anti-occupation rallies continue unabated
along the border between the besieged coastal enclave and Israeli-occupied
Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra said the 78-year-old Palestinian,
identified as Ibrahim al-Arrouqi, was transported to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital
in Deir al-Balah, located over 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) south of Gaza City,
where he succumbed to his grave injuries.
sources, requesting anonymity, said the elderly man had been shot in the back,
while working in his land east of Maghazi refugee camp.
than 195 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since anti-occupation
protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30. Approximately 21,000
Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, on the eve of the 70th anniversary
of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US
embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
June 13, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by
Turkey and Algeria, condemning Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the Gaza
resolution, which had been put forward on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries,
garnered a strong majority of 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8
votes against and 45 abstentions.
resolution called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals
within 60 days “on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and
well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,”
including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”
Turkey will strengthen its observation points in Syria's northwest and work
with Russia against radical groups, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
to members of his AK Party in Parliament, Erdogan also said that Turkey will
hold a summit with Russia, Germany and France in October or November to discuss
Syria, adding that Turkey will continue to seek a solution with the Syrian
people, not the Russian-backed Syrian regime.
the Syrian foreign minister said in remarks broadcast Tuesday that the Iranian
ballistic missiles attack on militants in eastern Syria the previous day was
part of "legitimate" cooperation between the two countries to combat
Al-Moallem's comments came during a wide-ranging interview with the
Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV.
Revolutionary Guard launched six ballistic missiles as well as drone bombers
into eastern Syria's Deir Ezzor province on Monday, targeting Daesh militants
it blamed for an attack on a military parade in Iran last month.
strikes were the second time Iran had used cross-border missiles inside Syria.
year, Iran also struck militant positions in Deir Ezzor’s town of Mayadeen and
following another attack, in Tehran, that was blamed on Daesh.
Monday's strikes come after Syrian regime forces and allied Iranian-backed
militias gained control of the strategic border town of Boukamal late last
year, likely improving Iran's intelligence and capabilities in the area.
strikes were also seen as threat to Iran's regional adversaries at a time when
Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers unravels.
Iranian missiles are in the framework of combatting terrorism," said
Syrian regime and its allies, as well as the US-led coalition are separately
battling Daesh, which still controls a sliver of land along Syria's border with
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in
Syria, said the strikes killed eight people in Hajin, a town still controlled
by Daesh. It was not clear if all the killed were militants, the Observatory
said, adding that one of the missiles hit a house that had been seized by
US military's Central Command acknowledged that Iranian forces conducted
"no-notice strikes" in the area Monday and said it was assessing the
damage. The coalition said no coalition forces were in danger.
Iran has struck a deal with Damascus to build a 400 million euro ($460 million)
power plant in Syria's coastal city of Latakia, a potentially lucrative deal
for Tehran to deepen its economic role after years of fighting in the Syrian
conflict. Shunned by Western powers, the Syrian regime is looking to states
such as Iran, Russia and China to play a major role in rebuilding the country,
as the war heads toward its seventh year.
has provided critical military support to the Syrian regime, helping it regain
control of swathes of the country. Iran experts say Tehran is now looking to
reap a financial dividend.
Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian was quoted as saying by the semi-official
ISNA news agency that a memorandum of understanding was signed on Tuesday.
project is to be launched next year, IRNA reported.
private firms are keen to participate in energy projects in Syria and
reconstruct its electricity grid," Ardakanian was quoted as saying by IRIB
2017, Iran and Syria signed an agreement to repair Syria's power grid. The
agreement involved restoring the main control center for Syria's electricity
grid in the capital Damascus.
said he was hopeful that a second credit line would be launched between the two
mounts propaganda campaign to make its Muslim detention camps seem ok, or good
(Reuters) - China is mounting an increasingly sophisticated counterattack to
criticism of its policies in the restive, heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang,
courting foreign media and running opinion pieces abroad as it seeks to spin a
more positive message.
has faced an outcry from activists, scholars, foreign governments and U.N.
rights experts over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the mostly
Muslim Uighur minority and other Muslim groups who call Xinjiang home.
United States is even looking at sanctions on senior Chinese officials and
companies linked to allegations of human rights abuses there, which would
further ratchet up tension amid their blistering trade war.
says Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists
and has rejected all accusations of mistreatment in an area where hundreds have
been killed in recent years in unrest between Uighurs and members of the ethnic
Han Chinese majority.
say they are putting some people through "vocational" style courses
to rein in extremism, and have denounced hostile foreign forces for sowing
an opinion piece last week in the Jakarta Post entitled "Xinjiang, what a
wonderful place," China's ambassador to Indonesia, Xiao Qian, wrote that
religious rights were respected and protected there and attacks were
"anti-religion in nature".
added, "But regrettably, a few institutions and people from the West
pursue double standards, deliberately distorting the facts, speculating on the
so-called 're-education camps' and misrepresenting (the) Chinese government's
efforts to prevent religious extremism and promote deradicalisation."
ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, has also written to the Financial Times
and the Economist to defend its policy on Xinjiang.
however, China has not been so willing to discuss Xinjiang with foreign
diplomats, say two diplomats who have attended meetings with Chinese officials.
just shut you down," said one of the diplomats.
month, the Chinese government invited a small group of foreign reporters to a
briefing on the sidelines of a U.N. human rights meeting in Geneva, to put its
side of the story in unusually strong and outspoken terms.
Xiaojun, publicity director at the Bureau of Human Rights Affairs of the State
Council Information Office, which is the office of the Chinese cabinet's
spokesman, denied mistreating Muslims in Xinjiang, and said China was trying to
avoid the problems of radicalization Europe had experienced.
at Belgium, look at Paris, look at some other European countries," Li
said, referring to recent terror attacks in these locations blamed on Islamic
extremists. "You have failed."
officials at the Geneva event were accompanied by five Chinese academic
experts, who all remained silent when asked if they had any criticism of
China's human rights record.
five said they had not been to Xinjiang recently.
how they knew about conditions there, Wang Xiaolin, a professor at Shanghai's
Fudan University, said there were a lot of information channels, such as
television broadcasts, social media, and information shared by business people,
tourists and academics and friends who traveled there.
is hard to quantify whether anyone is paying attention to what China has been
saying on Xinjiang. Ambassador Xiao's piece for the Jakarta Post was roasted by
followers of the paper's Facebook and Twitter pages as Chinese
about China's efforts to put its side of the story and whether its messaging
had been effective, the Foreign Ministry said the region was stable and
prosperous, with no attacks for more than a year.
Xinjiang matters, the Chinese people have the most right to speak," it
said in a short statement sent to Reuters.
human rights groups and exiles have been unimpressed with China's defense, and
held their own panel in Geneva.
we are seeing now in East Turkestan is more than just repression: it is an
intentional campaign of assimilation by the Chinese government targeting the
Uighur identity," said Dolkun Isa, president of the exiled World Uyghur
Congress, using the term the community employs to refer to Xinjiang.
has sought to cast its security crackdown in resource-rich Xinjiang -
strategically located on the borders of Afghanistan, central Asia, India and
Pakistan - as part of the wider global "war on terror".
countries have a responsibility to protect their security and that of their
citizens, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told the Financial Times in an
interview published last week, whose transcript was released by the foreign
Chinese government will not permit Xinjiang to become a second Syria, Libya or
Iraq," said Le, an increasingly influential voice in China's diplomacy,
whom diplomatic sources in Beijing say is tipped as a possible future foreign
upheaval in Xinjiang spreads outside the borders, it will affect the stability
of central Asia and the Middle East, and maybe spread to Europe."
churches in the Philippines joined the observance of the World Week for Peace
in Palestine and Israel.
Sept. 21-28 event was highlighted by the celebration of the International Day
of Peace, an initiative of the World Council of Churches.
to peace is an imperative of our faith and an obligation," said Minnie
Anne Calub, acting general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the
said Filipinos have a moral duty to "promote peace not just in our country
but in places with so much violence."
faith calls us to participate in the establishment of a meaningful and just
social order," added Calub.
Israeli-Palestinian conflict started in 1948 after the establishment of the
state of Israel.
2017, Human Rights Watch reported that from January to November of the previous
year Israeli security forces killed 62 Palestinians, including 14 children, and
injured at least 3,494 others. Palestinian forces, meanwhile, killed at least
15 Israelis including 10 security officers.
said churches in the Philippines have been praying for an end to hostilities.
Linatoc, ecumenical relations director of the council of churches, appealed to
the international community to put more pressure on Israel to engage in
"more sincere peace negotiations."
Tuazon of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance said Israel's
continuing implementation of military rule over occupied Palestinian
territories is an admission of its "failure to govern and failure to
institute reforms in a peaceful way."
Chris Ablon of the Philippine Independent Church said Christian missionaries
should serve as "ecumenical accompaniers" in Israeli-Palestinian
of Indonesia's hard-line Islamic Defenders' Front have called for their
fugitive leader, Muhammad Rizieq Shihab, to be allowed to freely return to his
homeland without facing arrest.
is an Hadhrami Arab Indonesian Sunni Muslim, opposed to Shia Muslims and
various minority Islamic sects, who has also adopted anti-Christian stances.
53 year old fled to Saudi Arabia in July last year, purportedly to avoid
blasphemy, sex and pornography charges.
well as a police investigation, complaints were lodged by Christian and other
groups in Indonesia.
Sept. 29, about 10,000 of Shihab's followers staged a rally in Jakarta to
demanded that the Saudi government either allow him to return to Indonesia or
extend his visa, which expired several months ago.
want him to come home," Novel Bamukmin, an official of the Islamic
Defenders' Front told ucanews.com. "He is an Indonesian citizen whose
rights must be protected."
and his family have tickets to fly to to Malaysia, but could not go there
because Saudi officials had banned him from leaving the country, Bamukmin said.
left Indonesia after he was accused of having illicit sexual relations with a
charge relating to pornography was dropped in June this year when police
acknowledged they lacked evidence on which to prosecute him.
a recorded message from Saudi Arabia played during the recent Jakarta protest,
Shihab said he did not know why he was being barred from leaving Saudi Arabia,
but that he respected the decision.
the Muslim hardliner said he still hoped that the travel ban would soon be
Sulistiyo, 34, a moderate Muslim in Jakarta, said he believed that Shihab
should not return to Indonesia's "boiling" political atmosphere amid
presidential and legislative election campaigning.
return would just cause conflicts," Sulistiyo said.
added that Shihab was well known for provoking tensions through expressions of
religious hatred and opposition to social pluralism.
Selestinus, a Catholic lawyer, said that even Shihab's supporters should accept
that his current situation arose from application of the laws of Saudi Arabia and
not from anything being done in Indonesia.
Indonesian government would not intervene to seek a lifting of the Saudi travel
ban because the matter was outside its jurisdiction, Selestinus told
ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Agus Maftuh Abegebriel, said he had not received
any official instructions from his government in relation to Shihab.
he added that as Shihab's Saudi visa had expired, he would first have to leave
the country before re-entering in any bid to get a new one.
legal adviser, Sugito Atmo Prawiro, told the media that Shihab is seen in Saudi
Arabia as a man forced to become a political fugitive for defending Islam.
LUMPUR, Oct 3 ― Malaysia has maintained its position as the global leader in
Islamic finance and the sector has matured to become vibrant with a diverse set
of industry players, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.
said Malaysia continued to be the main driver for the sukuk market and
represented 51 per cent of the US$396 billion (RM1.63 billion) of total global
outstanding sukuk last year, while continuing to lead in Islamic wealth
management industry with 36.5 per cent of the global share as at end-2017.
its inception over 30 years ago, Islamic finance has become more vibrant with
diverse set of industry players which included legal, accounting, technology
and rating companies, as well as commodity trading platforms.
financial institutions and professional ancillary service providers in Malaysia
have vast experience and are instrumental in facilitating the growth of the
industry beyond our national border,” he said in his opening address at the
Global Islamic Finance Forum 2018 here today.
also spearheaded a number of innovative developments in Islamic finance, with
the aim to spur the vibrancy of this thriving industry, such as the issuance of
the first Sustainable and Responsible Investment Sukuk (SRI) and Green Sukuk,
the launch of the Investment Account Platform (IAP) and development of the Waqf
Fund to develop the Muslim economy,” he said.
year, Bank Negara Malaysia issued a strategic paper on Value-based
Intermediation (VBI) which articulated strategies to strengthen the roles and
impact of Islamic banks towards a sustainable financial ecosystem.
this, Amiruddin said the industry’s move towards embracing VBI would further
strengthen Malaysia’s leadership position, and advance the growth of Islamic finance
towards generating positive, sustainable impact to the economy, community and
environment. Meanwhile, he said the Malaysian economy remained fundamentally
strong and resilient despite recent global events that posed downside risks to
global economic growth as it was supported by sound domestic demand, as well as
sustained global growth and trade.
said growth was expected to be sustained, supported mainly by private sector
activity while positive labour market conditions and capacity expansion would
continue to support robust private consumption and investment.
growth momentum will be supported by sustained global growth and trade
momentum, private spending and household spending,” he said.
deputy minister said private sector spending was expected to benefit from
continued positive spillovers from external demand as recent indicators pointed
towards improvements in business and consumer sentiments.
the rise of violent extremism worldwide has come the stereotyping of an entire
religion. In many countries and across many borders, Muslims have been vilified
for events they are just as outraged at.
instead of working together to foster a common understanding and mutual
respect, we have seen otherwise liberal countries shut their borders and
a time of extreme intolerance, it is increasingly important that we recognise
the importance of working together toward shared global interests of peace and
an increasing number of Muslim-majority nations take a stand against extremism
practiced in the name of their faith, people around the world are working
across borders to promote cross-cultural understanding and tolerance.
a time when so much of what we hear is about the ill in the world, we have a
duty to celebrate the critical work that happens every day to ensure the
“battle of ideas” in the global fight against extremism is not lost to those
who preach violence rather than peace.
is the work of the Global Hope Coalition, which shines a light on both the
governments and the everyday heroes standing up to violence and intolerance in
their countries and around the world—and those who are joining with them in the
this year’s annual dinner they recognise those who have taken a stand against
extremists invoking religion for the purposes of perpetrating terror.
for example Niger, a majority Muslim country, which is increasingly at the
centre of a vast struggle for power in Africa’s Sahel region.
the retreat of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, Niger has seen a
massive uptick in extremist threats as the Sahel region has become an active
theatre for IS and jihadi terrorists.
government under the leadership of President Mahamadou Issoufou has been an
outspoken critic of violent extremism in the name of Islam and has advocated a
tolerant and peaceful vision of the religion.
country has worked hard to build regional alliances against terrorist groups in
the Sahel region.
a time of great challenge, when many would retrench, Niger has worked to
strengthen the rule of law and the country’s constitutional institutions, while
respecting the separation of powers.
most heartening was the more than US$23 billion (RM95.29 billion) from donor
countries pledged to Niger at a two-day “Niger Renaissance Conference” in Paris
in Dec 2017.
is not alone.
countries are standing up to extremists and proving the actions of a select few
do not define an entire religion.
the global community’s response has been inadequate.
fueled by stereotypes created and driven by IS and al-Qaeda, Muslims have been
demonised, attacked, and shut out of a number of otherwise tolerant nations.
global efforts to lift up anti-extremism efforts have been nebulously
structured at best and ineffectual at worst.
crucially, some wealthier western countries have failed to be shining beacons
of tolerance and prosperity whose principles they were founded upon, and have
instead hid behind thinly veiled xenophobia.
that while continuing to expect fealty from Muslim allies.
cowardice is not the answer — in any part of the world.
of turning a blind eye to good faith efforts to stand up to common enemies, the
global community must rally around them like they did for Niger in 2017.
why governments and heads of state are only one piece of the equation.
important, but far less public, are the thousands upon thousands of individuals
in towns and cities throughout the world working every day to stand up to
extremism, fight intolerance, and work towards peace in their communities.
as the international community must rally around natural allies in this fight,
so too must it uplift and encourage the everyday heroes and on-the-ground
change makers — like, for instance, this year’s Global Hope Hero and Omer
is a prominent Sudanese author and academic who has become a leading voice
among younger generations in the Arab world seeking peace and a liberal future
for their countries.
has faced tremendous obstacles in his efforts — yet, they have been unwavering
in their efforts to win the battle for hearts and minds.
are countless more like him, and that is why Global Hope’s work is so
providing resources and valuable organisation and networking opportunities to
heroes just like these, progress can, and will, take shape.
UN General Assembly gives us an annual opportunity to reflect on what can be
accomplished by thoughtful and meaningful multilateral action.
Oct 3 — Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said he will soon call for a meeting of
non-Islamic faith leaders to obtain input on religious issues for the attention
and action of the state government.
Sarawak deputy chief minister said these leaders could also use the meeting to
raise problems they want to be addressed.
is our policy to help non-Islamic faiths as being assured by Minister Datuk
Patinggi Abang Johari Openg of the state government,” Uggah said at the handing
over of cheques to churches of various denominations here.
said it is also the state government’s policy to allow unfettered faith practices.
said the chief minister recently agreed to set aside a three-acre site at Ong
Tiang Swee Road here for the construction of the headquarters of Unit for Other
Religions (Unifor), which was set up by his predecessor, the late Tan Sri
who is also the minister in-charge of non-Islamic religions, urged leaders of
non-Islamic faiths to submit their applications for funds or land for their
houses of worships to Unifor.
said the unit will process the applications before submitting them to the state
government for consideration.
than 1,200 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed
into Sulawesi, Indonesia said Tuesday, as police pledged to clamp down on
looting by survivors taking advantage of the chaos.
were reports of officers firing warning shots and tear gas to ward off people
ransacking shops in Palu, a coastal city ravaged by a 7.5-magnitude quake and
the tsunami it spawned.
200,000 people are in need of urgent help, the United Nations says, among them
thousands of children.
are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and
local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of the injured.
said Tuesday that they had previously tolerated desperate survivors taking food
and water from closed shops, but had now arrested 35 people for stealing
computers and cash.
the first and second day clearly no shops were open. People were hungry. There
were people in dire need. That's not a problem," said deputy national
police chief Ari Dono Sukmanto. "But after day two, the food supply
started to come in, it only needed to be distributed. We are now re-enforcing
are ATMs. They are open," he added. "If people steal, we catch and
official assurances, desperation was evident on the streets of Palu, where
survivors clambered through wreckage, hunting for anything salvageable.
crowded around daisy-chained power strips at the few buildings that still have
electricity, or lined up for water, cash, or petrol being brought in via armed
government, the president have come here, but what we really need is food and
water," Burhanuddin Aid Masse, 48, told AFP.
efforts have been hampered by a lack of heavy machinery, severed transport
links, the scale of the damage, and the Indonesian government's reluctance to
accept foreign help.
if to remind the world of the tectonic fragility of Indonesia, a series of
quakes hit the island of Sumba on Tuesday, albeit hundreds of kilometers from
official death toll from the tragedy in central Sulawesi stood at 1,234,
according to the government.
Indonesian military is leading the rescue effort, but following a reluctant
acceptance of help by President Joko Widodo, international NGOs also have teams
on the ground in Palu.
the dead are dozens of students whose lifeless bodies were pulled from their
landslide-swamped church in Sulawesi.
total of 34 bodies were found by the team," Indonesia Red Cross
spokeswoman Aulia Arriani told AFP after the grim discovery, adding that 86
students had initially been reported missing from a Bible camp at the Jonooge
Church Training Center.
said rescuers faced an arduous trek to reach the mudslide and retrieve the
most challenging problem is traveling in the mud as much as 1.5 hours by foot
while carrying the bodies to an ambulance," she said.
is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation but there are small pockets
of religious minorities, including Christians, across the archipelago of 260
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned
Monday that there were 191,000 people in urgent need of help after the
quake-tsunami, among them 46,000 children and 14,000 elderly — many in areas
that aren't the focus of government recovery efforts.
dead — many yet uncounted for, or their bodies still trapped in the rubble of
collapsed buildings — are also a source of concern for authorities.
Indonesia's hot, equatorial climate, bodies quickly begin to rot and provide a
breeding ground for deadly diseases.
Poboya — in the hills above the devastated seaside city of Palu — volunteers
have begun to fill a vast grave with the dead, with instructions to prepare for
1,300 victims to be laid to rest.
stacked with corpses wrapped in orange, yellow, and black bags are bringing
their load to the site, where the bodies are dragged into the grave as
excavators pour soil on top.
god I could see her again'
were glimmers of hope among the countless tragedies.
people have been plucked from the 80-room Hotel Roa-Roa, Indonesia's search and
rescue agency said, and there could still be more alive.
for Azwan, who — like many Indonesians — goes by a single name, there was joy
when he was reunited with his wife, Dewi, after 48 hours of fearing the worst
as he searched hospitals and morgues.
38-year-old civil servant struggled to keep his emotions in check as he told
how the couple had been reunited two days after Dewi had been swept away by the
was so happy, so emotional — thank god I could see her again," Azwan told
for some, the search yields only sorrow as they trudge around open-air morgues,
where the dead lay in the baking sun — waiting to be claimed, waiting to be
nearly three years the Nigerian government has stuck to its claim that it has
'technically defeated' Boko Haram. Recently though, the terror group
demonstrated its renewed audacity with strikes at hard (military) targets.
government's response was to reorganise its key military leadership in the
troubled north-east of the country - a strategy that appears largely cosmetic.
The game changer is more likely to come from dealing with several blind spots
in the military's approach to Boko Haram.
military commanders each time there's a problem has been tried before, with
little impact on the counter-terrorism effort. Over the last two years,
leadership has changed on four occasions.
time the most significant reshuffle was of the Theatre Commander overseeing the
campaign against Boko Haram. The new head of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major
General Abba Dikko, replaced Major General Rogers Nicholas who occupied the
position for less than a year.
the emergence of a Boko Haram faction that targets the military, creative
solutions are needed
leadership, three top concerns undermine the army's current position. First,
the military must investigate why a number of its bases have suffered attacks
in close succession. Second, the use of intelligence must be deepened to
include closer collaboration with local community actors who are familiar with
the terrain in which Boko Haram operates. Third, the grievances of soldiers
must be addressed to improve morale.
regard to attacks, on 13 July Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a military convoy
in Borno state, Nigeria. Then on 19 July soldiers were attacked as they
escorted traders close to Nigeria's border with Cameroon. And on 21 July troops
again fell victim to insurgents. Over a six-week period, four military bases
were attacked, one of which was staffed by over 700 soldiers.
addition to military targets, Boko Haram has launched deadly assaults on
civilians. The extremist group's offensives have been relatively sophisticated
- probably executed by the faction of Boko Haram led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi
who has a penchant for targeting the military. Nigeria's army needs to
investigate whether these attacks are the result of weak security at its bases,
or because of Boko Haram's growing strength and tactical advantage.
new military commander faces longstanding challenges when it comes to
intelligence. While the rights of ordinary citizens must be safeguarded, the
problem posed by Boko Haram's spies within communities should be recognised.
More than ever, this issue merits attention in light of recent revelations by
apprehended members of Boko Haram.
Nigeria's military commanders each time there's a problem has been tried before
of these individuals infiltrate townships under the guise of various
professions, like taxi drivers. Countering this is not easy, as the challenge
of dealing with al-Shabaab and its 'Mata Hari' spy network involving sex
workers in Kenya showed.
closer working relationship is needed between the military and civilian groups
who can provide critical information about Boko Haram's tactics. The Nigerian
army realised this back in 2013 when it started working with the Civilian Joint
Task Force, a network of vigilante groups supporting the security forces
against Boko Haram. More of such alliances are needed, with a wider range of
local actors, including Islamic clerics.
army has made some progress in regard to the recovery of territory from Boko
Haram. However, much more is needed to thwart the group. To consolidate
military gains, grievances among troops on the ground must be attended to.
of the solution lies in dialogue to understand concerns of those on the
battlefront. For instance, some units lament the delays in getting weapons and
supplies when their detachments are under attack. Regrettably, these have been
met with warnings by the authorities against soldiers accused of abandoning
their posts when faced with insurgents.
consolidate military gains against Boko Haram, grievances among troops must be
battle-worn troops is counter-productive and echoes past mistakes. At the
height of the Boko Haram insurgency in mid-2014, troops staged a mutiny and
fired at the vehicle of an army major general. In August this year, soldiers
protested at the Maiduguri airport in Borno state. The latest demonstration was
over unjust redeployment and overextended periods of battle on the frontlines.
boldness of Boko Haram to strike military targets will gain traction as the
group discerns cracks in the Nigerian army's approach. With the emergence of a
Boko Haram faction that targets the military, creative solutions will be needed
that go beyond replacing army commanders. The extremist group is less concerned
about who leads the Nigerian army's efforts than about exploiting the army's
long as they persist, Boko Haram will exploit weaknesses in the military's
situation. With a recognition that shifting leaders won't address the problems,
and more attention to intelligence and troop morale, the army will suffer fewer
setbacks. Until then, declaring that Boko Haram has been 'technically' defeated
is not justifiable.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged to help Nigeria tackle
the Boko Haram insurgency.
Secretary General, Youssef Ahmed Al-Othaimeen made the appeal during a
bilateral meeting on Thursday with President Muhammadu Buhari, on the sideline
of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York.
statement signed by Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina and sent to DAILY POST
disclosed that Buhari, “welcomed the pledge.”
President also “underscored the importance of education in purging the mind of
wrong indoctrination, particularly on religion,” he said.
also disclosed that the problem in Nigeria was aggravated by climate change and
population explosion, emphasizing the need for the recharge of Lake Chad through
inter-basin water transfer, “to take care of about 45 million people who depend
on the lake for agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, and many others.”
OIC scribe had told the Nigerian President that his organisation had passed a
resolution, committing member states to support Nigeria in combating extremism.
said that the body was ready to use its facilities and institutions to correct
the wrong narrative that the Boko Haram insurgency was about Islam.
US military says it has conducted an airstrike that killed nine al-Shabab
extremists after its fighters attacked Somali government forces.
US Africa Command statement says the airstrike on Monday was carried out about
40km northeast of the port city of
statement says another extremist was wounded. It adds that according to its
assessment, no civilians were injured or killed in the airstrike that was
carried out in coordination with the Somali federal government.
US military has carried out 24 airstrikes, including drone strikes, this year
against the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group
in sub-Saharan Africa.
Donald Trump says he has warned Saudi Arabia's King Salman he would not last in
power "for two weeks" without US military support.
protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they're rich. And I love the King, King
Salman. But I said 'King — we're protecting you — you might not be there for
two weeks without us — you have to pay for your military,'" Trump said to
cheers at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi on Tuesday.
however, did not say when he made such remarks to the Saudi monarch.
comes a few days after the Republican president called on Riyadh to increase
its military spending, with an eye on more weapons sales to the
love Saudi Arabia. They are great, King Salman, I spoke with him this morning.
I said, king, you have got trillions of dollars. Without us, who knows what’s
going to happen. .... With us they are totally safe. But we don’t get what we
should be getting," he said at a rally in West Virginia on Saturday.
the harsh rhetoric, the Trump administration has maintained a close
relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it sees as a bulwark against Iran’s
rising influence in the region.
year, Trump signed the largest arms deal in history with the country despite
warnings that he could be accused of being complicit in the regime's war crimes
flew to Saudi Arabia as his first stop on his maiden international trip as
president in 2017, during which Saudi Arabia agreed to buy $110 billion worth
of US weapons and signed "investment" deals worth billions more.
say Trump is milking wealthy Persian Gulf Arab countries and exploiting
conflicts in the Middle East to boost US arms sales to the oil-rich states.
Arabia is the world's top oil exporter and the de facto leader of OPEC, which
Trump has criticized for high oil prices.
at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month, Trump said OPEC
members were "as usual ripping off the rest of the world."
defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by
giving us high oil prices. Not good. We want them to stop raising prices, we
want them to start lowering prices," Trump said.
called King Salman on Saturday to discuss “stability of the oil market” as well
as “developments in the Middle East region and the world,” according to Saudi
state news agency SPA.
number of US diplomats in Syria has doubled as ISIS militants near a military
defeat, US Defense Secretary Mattis said on Tuesday.
US-led coalition, along with local partners, has largely cleared the militant
group from Iraq and Syria but remains concerned about its resurgence.
diplomats there on the ground have been doubled in number. As we see the
military operations becoming less, we will see the diplomatic effort now able
to take (root)” Mattis said.
did not give a specific number.
US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Mattis was referring
to State Department employees, including diplomats and personnel involved in
humanitarian assistance, and the increase was recent.
United States does not have an embassy in Syria.
a sign of the threat still posed by the militant group, security forces in
northern Syria’s Raqqa said on Sunday they had uncovered an ISIS sleeper cell,
which was plotting large attacks across the devastated city.
served as the de facto capital of ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate until it was
retaken by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia alliance last
June, the SDF imposed a three-day curfew in Raqqa and declared a state of
emergency, saying ISIS militants had infiltrated the city and were planning a
are still in a tough fight, make no mistake about it,” Mattis said.
said troops would work after the defeat of ISIS to ensure that the militant
group did not return.
has held the balance of power in Syria, both on the battlefield and in the
UN-led peace talks, for the past two years. It has helped Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad recover huge amounts of lost territory without persuading him
to agree to any political reforms.
nine rounds of talks, most of them in Geneva, have failed to bring the warring
sides together to end a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of
people and driven millions from their homes.
United States is exerting pressure on Iran to implement Israeli policy, according
to a former Pentagon official.
policy toward Iran is really being looked at through an Israeli prism,"
former Pentagon security analyst Michael Maloof
told Press TV in a phone interview on Tuesday.
said the foreign policy of the United State of American was being led by
President Donald Trump’s neoconservative team of Israel-lovers.
US foreign policy team comprised of US National Security Adviser John Bolton,
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki
Haley, who clearly want an American-Israeli military conflict with Iran, are
running the policies, according to Maloof.
neoconservative foreign policy team seeks Tel Aviv's approval on any policy
linked to Iran. "Anything that has to do with Iran has to be sanctioned by Israel for some
reason," Maloof insisted, adding that was where the neoconservatives
regard Iran as the number one enemy of Israel, and as the consequence, any US
foreign policy toward Iran necessarily goes through Tel Aviv, " he said.
of pursuing Americans’ interests, the neoconservatives are making effort to implement Israeli
United States military presence in the Persian Gulf has not been matching with
President Donald Trump's anti-Iran rhetoric, according to military experts.
report published on the Wall Street Journal website on Monday said American
troops in the Persian Gulf were lesser in force than what US President Donald
Trump’s tough anti-Iran rhetoric would require.
and his administration have been steadily ramping up their rhetoric on the
threat posed by Iran; however, the US military has scaled back its presence in
the Persian Gulf, according to officials and military experts cited by the
to officials familiar with carrier deployments, there has been no US aircraft
carrier strike group in the Persian Gulf since March -- the longest period of
time in two decades that a carrier hasn’t traveled those waters, the Journal
US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt left for the Pacific, its empty space
has not been filled with the same level of air power, officials acknowledged.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced pulling four Patriot missile-defense
systems out of the region from Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain to ramp up military
capabilities against Russia and China.
report said the ships, planes and missiles in the ships pulled out from the
region would be needed if there were to really be a military confrontation with
under par US military presence could be attributed to either of two factors: a
shortage of ships and equipment, Iran not posing a threat, said the Journal.
say Trump’s tough talk regarding Iran appears to be very powerful; however, in
reality it is empty talk and mere rhetoric.
the rhetoric is not backed by a credible threat and a credible presence of
American military power, then there is a danger that Iran will assess there is
American mush, not American steel, behind the president’s tough rhetoric,"
according to Mark Dubowitz, chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of
cited by the Journal believe that either the US military apparatus is too
spread out -- addressing other threats -- that it lacks the capabilities to properly cover the alleged threat posed by
Iran, or what is being hyped up as Iran being a regional threat is not real and
does not exist.
to the 2018 US national security strategy, Russia and China pose the greatest
threats to the US and its interests across the globe.
United States, which has been intensifying pressure on Iran, on Tuesday issued
a fresh warning after Paris accused Tehran's intelligence agency over a bomb
taking strong action against failed Iranian terrorist plot in Paris – Tehran
needs to know this outrageous behavior will not be tolerated," the White
House's National Security Council tweeted.
Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters the incident reinforced
that Iran was "the world's top sponsor of terrorism."
said Tuesday it was freezing assets of two suspected Iranian intelligence
operatives over an alleged plot to bomb a rally in Paris three months ago.
event was being held by the armed opposition group the People's Mujahedin of
Iran (MEK), which Tehran considers a terrorist group but which Western powers
have removed from its blacklists.
immediately denied any involvement, as it did in July when the MEK accused it
of being responsible.
incident comes after President Donald Trump pulled out of an international
agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program, defying allies including France
which says that the deal is working.
Trump administration has vowed to curtail Iranian influence and criticised the
Europeans for seeking to evade impending US sanctions on transactions with
officials, and the administration of former president Barack Obama, pointed to
divisions in Iran's government and hoped to strengthen moderates such as
President Hassan Rouhani over elements in the security and clerical
establishments that are deeply hostile to the West.
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