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'Why Not Fight The Westerners?' ISIS Sends Message to Muslim Boys after Brussels Attacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Prominent Taliban commander Mullah Zakir ends rifts with Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

 

Arab World

'Why Not Fight The Westerners?' ISIS Sends Message to Muslim Boys after Brussels Attacks

ISIL Executes 10 Al-Nusra Front Rival Militants after Infighting in Damascus Countryside

Kurdish Sources Reject Terrorists' Control over Villages in Northern Aleppo

Canada Regrets Cutting Iran Ties, Wants Back

Iran in Malaysia Halal Showcase

Russia Deliveres 3.2 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Aleppo in Past 24 Hours

Homs: Syrian Army Repels Terrorists' Attack near Strategic Height

Iranian Speaker Positive about Economic Outlook

Syrian Army Wins Back Strategic Farm, Height near Quaryatayn

Senior Al-Nusra Front Commander Killed in Aleppo Province

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Takes Control of More Key Regions in Hama

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Mideast

Prominent Taliban commander Mullah Zakir ends rifts with Mullah Akhtar Mansoor

15 Militants Killed, 16 Wounded In Latest Clearance Operations: Mod

Turkey’s fighter aircraft choices: From hard to hardest

Zarrab case doesn’t concern Turkey, says Erdoğan

EU defends diplomats observing Dündar-Gül trial against Turkish reactions

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India

Will Recommend Dissolution of State Waqf Boards: Union Minority Minister

Pathankot Reciprocity: India Wants Access to Masood Azhar

Pakistan’s ‘Spy’ Video Raises Questions; Jadhav’s India Trail Offers Clues

Hearing of Muslim Personal Law board on triple Talaq, polygamy today

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South Asia

Daesh, Taliban Kill 14 of Each Other’s Fighters in Nangarhar

Ex-Taliban Webmaster Killed As Tensions Intensify Among Rival Groups

F-16 fighter jet crashes at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

Explosion in capital Kabul leaves 4 policemen wounded

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Africa

UN Chief Urges Libya to Keep to Peace Deal

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Pakistan

Pro-Qadri Demonstrators Ignore Govt Ultimatum As Red Zone Sit-In Runs Into Fourth Day

‘Police Assumed Qadri’s Chehlum Would Remain Peaceful’

Two convicted by military courts hanged in Kohat

Who is leading this Islamabad sit-in?

Liaquat Bagh to D-Chowk — a trail of destruction

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Europe

Russia Police Say Blast Kills Officer, Islamic State Claims Responsibility

France’s Hollande drops plans to change constitution

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North America

'Pakistan A Problem for US Because They Have Nuclear Weapons,' Says Trump

Utah University Symposium Addresses Misunderstandings about Islam

US orders diplomatic, military families out of south Turkey

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'Why not fight the westerners?' ISIS sends message to Muslim boys after Brussels attacks

By ZOIE O'BRIEN

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

ISIS recruiters are taking full advantage of raised tensions in the city by sending text messages to young men trying to persuade them to join the ranks of depraved group, also known as Daesh.

On Sunday, a message was sent out to boys in the area from a prepaid account which could not be traced.

Written in French it said: “My brother, why not fight the Westerners? Make the right choice in your life."

Community organisations have regarded the matter as a crisis, comparing it to drug pushers outside schools.

It is unclear how ISIS got hold of the numbers, but one theory is Islamic sounding names were picked off the phonebooks of new recruits.

According to reports social media messages have been sent, as well as emails containing the same content.

Last Tuesday, 35 people were killed and 300 injured when suicide bombers attacked Zaventem Airport and a metro station at Maalbeek, close to the EU headquarters.

Tensions in the country are running high and social media images have caused outrage, including apparent footage of some celebrating in Molenbeek after the killings.

The area is where Paris attacker Salah Abdelsam hid from authorities for four months.

amal Zaria, imam at Molenbeek’s Arafat mosque, said parents in the area’s Belgo-Moroccan community now fear for their children.

He said: “They are being exposed to something like a cancer at a metastasic stage.

“It is really spreading very quickly. We have to race against time to develop an immune system for the children in our community so that they reject the message of Daesh [Islamic State].”

And after nationalist protests in Brussels, Jamal Ikazban, the Socialist party MP for Molenbeek told The Guardian the strategy being used by ISIS was to push racial tensions in the city, in the hope of recruiting off the back of it.

He said: “These people are trying to take our youth by storm.

“It is like having a big-time drug dealer outside the school gates. We feel the same. They have to be taken off the streets. They are predators and our youths are the victims.”

Ikazban said political leaders and security services have turned a blind eye to his warnings that certain locations were being used by jihadi groups, while simultaneously allowing ghettoes to spring up in impoverished districts such as Molenbeek.

He said: “Joining Daesh is a form of suicide.

“They understand that there is a despair here which could be used to indoctrinate and recruit these people. I’m very angry that we have not done enough about that.”

express.co.uk/news/world/656620/Sick-ISIS-sends-text-messages-Muslim-boys-Belgium-Brussels-attack

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Prominent Taliban commander Mullah Zakir ends rifts with Mullah Akhtar Mansoor

Wed Mar 30 2016

akhtar-muhammad-mansorA prominent Taliban commander and member of the group’s leadership council ‘Rahbari Shura’ Mullah Abdul Qayoum Zakir has ended rifts with Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

An online statement published by Taliban on Wednesday states that Mullah Zakir pledges allegiance to the new leader.

The statement dated today carries Mullah Abdul Qayoum Zakir’s name at the bottom.

When the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed in late July last year, a group of Taliban commanders announced Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as their next leader but some others including Mullah Zakir opposed the appointment.

Mullah Abdul Qayoum Zakir once headed Taliban’s military commission but stepped down due to differences with Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

He was a US prisoner at the detention cap of Guantanamo Bay.

khaama.com/prominent-taliban-commander-ends-rifts-with-mullah-akhtar-mansoor-4778

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Will Recommend Dissolution Of State Waqf Boards: Union Minority Minister

PTI | Mar 30, 2016

NewW DELHI: Sending out a strong message, Union minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla on Wednesday warned she will recommend dissolution of state waqf boards if they fail to perform duties even as she suggested "blackening" face of a Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA for allegedly encroaching waqf properties in Bhopal.

Addressing inaugural session of 'National Conference of Chairpersons and CEOs of State waqf Boards' here, Heptulla suggested representatives of Madhya Pradesh waqf board to organise protest against legislator Arif Aqueel for allegedly grabbing waqf properties worth Rs 500 crore.

The minister noted "some board members" have encroached upon properties of boards in different states and made a strong pitch for action against them.

Heptulla also expressed anguish over representatives of waqf boards from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and poll-bound Assam not turning up for the conference and accused them of lacking "interest and seriousness" towards issues concerning the communities.

"If any waqf board is not performing (its duties) then I will recommend its dissolution. I will ask Chief Ministers of (respective) state governments to form new waqf boards as the existing ones are not performing.

"If you (state boards representatives) have problems with state governments, let me know. There is nothing to be afraid of," Heptulla said responding to complaints made by a representative of Meghalaya.

During the meeting, Madhya Pradesh waqf Board chairman Shaukat Mohammed Khan accused Aqueel, also a member of the state board, of encroaching upon 34 acre waqf property. Khan claimed the Bhopal property costs over Rs 500 crore and asked the Centre to press state government for action against the MLA.

Responding to the same, Heptulla asked Khan to give his complaint in writing and assured she will take up the matter with state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

"See, let me tell you. There are several ways (of dealing against those encroaching/grabbing on properties). One is legal option and the other is Gandhian way.

"How many of you have gone there and staged dharna? How many of you staged agitation? This belongs to our communities. These (properties) are our heritage. Why don't you organise people, (against) this man's encroachment? His face should be blackened before public for he has grabbed property worth Rs 500 crore," she said.

The minister asked representative of different boards to "agitate" against wrongdoings and "speak up" on issues troubling them so that solution can be worked out.

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Arab World

'Why not fight the westerners?' ISIS sends message to Muslim boys after Brussels attacks

YOUNG Muslims living in the jihadi hotspot of Molenbeek in Brussels are being groomed by Islamic State to fight against westerners in the wake of devastating terror attacks in the Belgian capital, it has been revealed.

By ZOIE O'BRIEN

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

ISIS recruiters are taking full advantage of raised tensions in the city by sending text messages to young men trying to persuade them to join the ranks of depraved group, also known as Daesh.

On Sunday, a message was sent out to boys in the area from a prepaid account which could not be traced.

Written in French it said: “My brother, why not fight the Westerners? Make the right choice in your life."

Community organisations have regarded the matter as a crisis, comparing it to drug pushers outside schools.

It is unclear how ISIS got hold of the numbers, but one theory is Islamic sounding names were picked off the phonebooks of new recruits.

According to reports social media messages have been sent, as well as emails containing the same content.

Last Tuesday, 35 people were killed and 300 injured when suicide bombers attacked Zaventem Airport and a metro station at Maalbeek, close to the EU headquarters.

Tensions in the country are running high and social media images have caused outrage, including apparent footage of some celebrating in Molenbeek after the killings.

The area is where Paris attacker Salah Abdelsam hid from authorities for four months.

amal Zaria, imam at Molenbeek’s Arafat mosque, said parents in the area’s Belgo-Moroccan community now fear for their children.

He said: “They are being exposed to something like a cancer at a metastasic stage.

“It is really spreading very quickly. We have to race against time to develop an immune system for the children in our community so that they reject the message of Daesh [Islamic State].”

And after nationalist protests in Brussels, Jamal Ikazban, the Socialist party MP for Molenbeek told The Guardian the strategy being used by ISIS was to push racial tensions in the city, in the hope of recruiting off the back of it.

He said: “These people are trying to take our youth by storm.

“It is like having a big-time drug dealer outside the school gates. We feel the same. They have to be taken off the streets. They are predators and our youths are the victims.”

Ikazban said political leaders and security services have turned a blind eye to his warnings that certain locations were being used by jihadi groups, while simultaneously allowing ghettoes to spring up in impoverished districts such as Molenbeek.

He said: “Joining Daesh is a form of suicide.

“They understand that there is a despair here which could be used to indoctrinate and recruit these people. I’m very angry that we have not done enough about that.”

express.co.uk/news/world/656620/Sick-ISIS-sends-text-messages-Muslim-boys-Belgium-Brussels-attack

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ISIL Executes 10 Al-Nusra Front Rival Militants after Infighting in Damascus Countryside

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL executed several terrorists of its rival Al-Nusra Front as the infighting further intensified between them in Damascus countryside on Wednesday.

At least 10 Al-Nusra Front terrorists were executed by the ISIL in al-Qalamoun region in Damascus countryside.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, the infighting between the al-Nusra Front and the ISIL terrorists intensified in Damascus countryside.

One day after bloody clashes between the ISIL and the al-Nusra Front terrorists in Western Qalamoun, the Takfiri terrorists in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp also engaged in tough battle, field sources revealed.

Also on Monday, at least 10 Al-Nusra Front and 8 ISIL terrorists were killed in tough infighting in Jaroud al-Jarajir area in al-Qalamoun region.

Also on Sunday, Field sources in Damascus province revealed intense infighting between the al-Nusra Front and ISIL terrorists in al-Qalamoun region resulted in death of a senior ISIL commander.

Abu Azam, an ISIL field commander, and his men were killed in Jaroud al-Jarajir area in Al-Qalamoun.

The al-Nusra Front captured several ISIL-controlled military positions in these clashes.

Almost the entire range of extremist and terrorist groups are supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with their key commanders and leaders being Saudi nationals. ISIL, Al-Nusra and other extremist groups pursue the same line of ideology exercised and promoted by Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism. Hundreds of Saudi clerics are among the ranks of ISIL and Al-Nusra to mentor the militants.

Wahhabism is now the only source of the textbooks taught at schools in the self-declared capital of the ISIL terrorist group, Raqqa, in Northeastern Syria resembling the texts and lessons taught to schoolgoers in Saudi Arabia. The Wahhabi ideology, an extremist version of Sunni Islam that is promoted almost only in Saudi Arabia, sees all other faiths - from other interpretations of Sunni Islam to Shiism, Christianity and Judaism - as blasphemy, meaning that their followers should be decapitated as nonbelievers.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000343

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Kurdish Sources Reject Terrorists' Control over Villages in Northern Aleppo

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish forces rejected some Arab media reports on Takfiri terrorists' taking control over some villages in Northern Aleppo.

An informed Kurdish source said that the rejection came after Jeish al-Islam (Northern Army), Ahrar al-Sham Movement, Al-Safava battalions and al-Nusra Front claimed that they had taken control over al-Malekia and Maranaz villages in Northern Aleppo.

The Takfiri terrorists tried to penetrate into the Kurdish forces' positions near al-Ghazi farm, but the Kurdish fighter pushed them back.

At least six terrorists were killed and the Kurdish forces are now in full control of their military positions.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) engaged in heavy fighting with the ISIL terrorists in the Northern part of Aleppo province and inflicted a heavy death toll on the militants.

The clashes erupted between the Kurdish fighters and the terrorists in Hajiz al-Shat and Villa Ghazi near the town of Azaz in the Northern Aleppo which claimed the lives of several terrorists and damaged their military hardware.

Also on March 26, the Kurdish forces thwarted an attempt by the Takfiri terrorists to capture Sheikh al-Maqsoud district in the city of Aleppo.

The Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham terrorists tried to take control of Sheikh al-Maqsoud area, but they were forced to retreat by the Kurdish fighters.

The Takfiri terrorists sustained heavy casualties and losses in tough battle with the Kurdish forces.

Most parts of Aleppo province have been purged of terrorists who are now engaged in increasing internal clashes in the limited stretches of lands that are still under their control.

Earlier in Aleppo province, the Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa terrorist groups operating in the Northern province of Aleppo engaged in fierce clashes with each other after the death of a senior ISIL ringleader.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000120

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Canada Regrets Cutting Iran Ties, Wants Back

Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Canada’s Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion said on Tuesday that his country’s 2012 move to cut diplomatic ties with Iran has had no positive consequences, expressing willingness for re-engagement with the Islamic Republic.

“Canada’s severing of ties with Iran had no positive consequences for anyone: not for Canadians, not for the people of Iran, not for Israel, and not for global security,” Stéphane Dion said on Tuesday while addressing an international conference at the University of Ottawa.

The administration of former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper severed diplomatic ties with Iran in September 2012, citing, among other pretexts, what it described as “continued threats from Iran to Israel.”

Dion said, “Canada’s embassy in Iran has been closed for over three years. With which results? Is it right to need to count on Italy to protect our interests in this country?”

This came after Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's interest in resuming ties with Tehran, but said Ottawa needs to take practical steps to this end.

"The Canadian government should show in practice that it intends to establish equal relations with Iran that is based on non-interference and mutual respect," Jaberi Ansari said last month.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000297

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Iran in Malaysia Halal Showcase

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian companies are taking part in the 13th Malaysia International Halal Showcase in Kuala Lumpur, MIHAS website reported on Wednesday.

Some 528 companies from 29 countries, including Iran, are taking part in the international exhibition, which began on Wednesday.

Malaysia International Halal Showcase will wind up on April 2. It serves as a platform for global Halal producers to meet with their buying markets.

The event embraces the global Halal ecosystem by displaying a complete range of related products and services.

They come from various sectors such as food and beverage, meat, poultry, dairy, ingredients, emulsifiers and raw materials, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, food processing and packaging machineries, as well as Islamic finance and investment services.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000221

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Russia Deliveres 3.2 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Aleppo in Past 24 Hours

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian reconciliation center in Syria said Tuesday it had delivered 3.2 tonnes of humanitarian aid to settlements in the Aleppo region over the last 24 hours.

"Over the past day, the Russian reconciliation center has delivered 3.2 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Aleppo region that will subsequently be provided to the residents of the communities most affected by the war," the center said in an update published by Russia's Defense Ministry.

A convoy that will deliver aid to Syria's Hama region is currently being formed.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000168

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Homs: Syrian Army Repels Terrorists' Attack Near Strategic Height

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces foiled an attempt by the ISIL terrorist group to penetrate into the Syrian army's military positions near Hazm al-Gharbiat height from the direction of al-Hazm al-Awsat mountains in the Western part of Quaryatayn town.

The terrorists' attempt came just a day after the army units took full control of Hazm al-Gharbiat height by moving from Jabil mountain towards Hazm al-Awsat mountains.

Meantime, the Syrian government troops destroyed three bomb-laden vehicles of the terrorists near Hazm al-Gharbiat height.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000164

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Iranian Speaker Positive about Economic Outlook

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said prospects for Iran's economy are positive, adding that the Supreme Leader's guidelines have depicted an appropriate path to national development and growth.

Speaking to reporters in his northern hometown Amol, Mazandaran province, on Tuesday, Larijani said the resistance economy requires a nationwide boost in production output.

He also welcomed the settlement of the nuclear dispute with the West after 12 years and said the nuclear deal should be safeguarded.

“There are some efforts not to lift the sanctions regime altogether. However, the nuclear dispute has been resolved through legal channels,” he added.

In relevant remarks, Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said despite the nuclear deal, the enemy (the US government) has no intention to lift its sanctions regime against Iran.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000066

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Syrian Army Wins Back Strategic Farm, Height Near Quaryatayn

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces continued their advances in the Eastern part of Homs province, and seized back two strategic regions near the town of Quaryatayn.

The army units took full control of the Southern Farms and Height 861 in the surrounding area of Quaryatayn town in Homs province.

Scores of militants were killed and wounded in heavy clashes with the Syrian government troops near Quaryatayn.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Syrian army seized back a strategic height near the town of Quaryatayn.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000279

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Senior Al-Nusra Front Commander Killed in Aleppo Province

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish fighters killed scores of Takfiri terrorists, including a notorious leader, in fierce clashes with them in the Northern province of Aleppo on Wednesday.

At least seven terrorists, including a senior Al-Nusra Front commander, were killed in fierce fighting in Aleppo province, an informed source announced. 

"In the morning, a group of militants fired mortars and heavy weapons at several villages in the vicinity of the towns of Minaq and A’zaz and attacked the Kurdish militia there; fierce fighting is underway there," the source added.

He reiterated that the Kurdish fighters are fighting two other terrorist groups in Afrin canton located in Syria’s Aleppo province.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000231

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Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Takes Control of More Key Regions in Hama

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces continued their advances in Hama province, and seized back more strategic areas from ISIL's control.

The army units are in full control of several more key areas in Hama province. 

Scores of Takfiri terrorists were killed and wounded in fierce clashes with the Syrian army and popular forces.

The Syrian army also continued its advances in other key provinces across Syria.

Hama

The Syrian army seized back more regions near the strategic city of Salamiyah.

The army units are now in full control of several key regions and heights near Salamiyah town.

Salamiyah is of strategic importance because it is only 30 kilometers from Hama city and it is located to the North of Homs city.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950111000064

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Mideast

Prominent Taliban commander Mullah Zakir ends rifts with Mullah Akhtar Mansoor

Wed Mar 30 2016

akhtar-muhammad-mansorA prominent Taliban commander and member of the group’s leadership council ‘Rahbari Shura’ Mullah Abdul Qayoum Zakir has ended rifts with Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

An online statement published by Taliban on Wednesday states that Mullah Zakir pledges allegiance to the new leader.

The statement dated today carries Mullah Abdul Qayoum Zakir’s name at the bottom.

When the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed in late July last year, a group of Taliban commanders announced Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as their next leader but some others including Mullah Zakir opposed the appointment.

Mullah Abdul Qayoum Zakir once headed Taliban’s military commission but stepped down due to differences with Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

He was a US prisoner at the detention cap of Guantanamo Bay.

khaama.com/prominent-taliban-commander-ends-rifts-with-mullah-akhtar-mansoor-4778

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15 militants killed, 16 wounded in latest clearance operations: MoD

Wed Mar 30 2016

Afghan Air Force gunnerAt least 15 anti-government armed militants were killed and 16 others were wounded in the latest clearance operations conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the militants were killed in the western Herat province and southeastern Ghazni province.

At least 12 of the militants were killed in Shindand district of Herat, according to an operational update by the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

The source further added that 16 militants were also wounded during the same operation and 3 vehicles and 2 motorcylces were destroyed.

Full report at: khaama.com/15-militants-killed-16-wounded-in-latest-clearance-operations-mod-0481

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Turkey’s fighter aircraft choices: From hard to hardest

Burak Bekdil

March/30/2016

As Turkey prepares to phase out its fleet of F-16 fighters by 2030 due to high upgrade, repair and maintenance costs, it faces challenging options to rebuild a solid fleet with deterrent firepower.

“We need to think more creatively if we should avoid any aerial operational weaknesses in the next 20 years when we expect to be fighting a multitude of asymmetrical - and perhaps - conventional security threats,” said one senior Air Force official.

Turkey remains committed to the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, the most expensive ever weapons program with a lifetime price tag of $1.5 trillion.

As part of the program, Turkey’s top defense procurement panel, the Defense Industry Executive Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, ordered in early March the defense procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), to place an order for eight more F-35 fighter aircraft.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-fighter-aircraft-choices-from-hard-to-hardest.aspx?pageID=238&nID=97049&NewsCatID=483

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Zarrab case doesn’t concern Turkey, says Erdoğan

ISTANBUL

Wed Mar 29, 2016

The U.S. probe into Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-born Turkish businessman who was arrested in Miami on March 19 over Iran-related sanction charges, doesn’t concern Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, while calling on U.S. officials to act against institutions linked to Fethullah Gülen.

“The real money launderers are in Pennsylvania,” Erdoğan told journalists at a press meeting at Istanbul Atatürk Airport before leaving for a visit to the U.S. on March 29, in reference to Gülen, when asked about the Zarrab case.

“I wonder if the officials assessed their situation. The law offices in the U.S. have filed very interesting criminal complaints recently. As you already know, the parallel state structure has plenty of educational institutions in the U.S and among these institutions are the United States’ charter schools. They ripped these off very mischievously,” Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan said Zarrab’s lawyers would give the necessary defense in the case and the arrest was not related to Turkey.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/zarrab-case-doesnt-concern-turkey-says-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=97043&NewsCatID=338

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EU defends diplomats observing Dündar-Gül trial against Turkish reactions

ANKARA

March 29, 2016.

An EU spokesperson has defended diplomats who attended the first hearing of the controversial trial of two prominent journalists in Turkey, stressing that such monitoring is part of their regular work in the country.

“EU diplomats regularly attend trials throughout the world as observers, particularly in EU membership candidate countries. This is therefore part of their regular work in Turkey, a country committed to the highest democratic standards, in conformity with the European standards enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and in line with the Copenhagen Criteria and the EU acquis,” Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said in a statement on March 29.

“In the past, the EU has expressed concerns with regard to specific trials, in particular regarding long pre-trial detention periods affecting, amongst others, journalists,” Kocijancic added.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-defends-diplomats-observing-dundar-gul-trial-against-turkish-reactions-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=97053&NewsCatID=339

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India

Will Recommend Dissolution Of State Waqf Boards: Union Minority Minister

PTI | Mar 30, 2016

NewW DELHI: Sending out a strong message, Union minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla on Wednesday warned she will recommend dissolution of state waqf boards if they fail to perform duties even as she suggested "blackening" face of a Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA for allegedly encroaching waqf properties in Bhopal.

Addressing inaugural session of 'National Conference of Chairpersons and CEOs of State waqf Boards' here, Heptulla suggested representatives of Madhya Pradesh waqf board to organise protest against legislator Arif Aqueel for allegedly grabbing waqf properties worth Rs 500 crore.

The minister noted "some board members" have encroached upon properties of boards in different states and made a strong pitch for action against them.

Heptulla also expressed anguish over representatives of waqf boards from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and poll-bound Assam not turning up for the conference and accused them of lacking "interest and seriousness" towards issues concerning the communities.

"If any waqf board is not performing (its duties) then I will recommend its dissolution. I will ask Chief Ministers of (respective) state governments to form new waqf boards as the existing ones are not performing.

"If you (state boards representatives) have problems with state governments, let me know. There is nothing to be afraid of," Heptulla said responding to complaints made by a representative of Meghalaya.

During the meeting, Madhya Pradesh waqf Board chairman Shaukat Mohammed Khan accused Aqueel, also a member of the state board, of encroaching upon 34 acre waqf property. Khan claimed the Bhopal property costs over Rs 500 crore and asked the Centre to press state government for action against the MLA.

Responding to the same, Heptulla asked Khan to give his complaint in writing and assured she will take up the matter with state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

"See, let me tell you. There are several ways (of dealing against those encroaching/grabbing on properties). One is legal option and the other is Gandhian way.

"How many of you have gone there and staged dharna? How many of you staged agitation? This belongs to our communities. These (properties) are our heritage. Why don't you organise people, (against) this man's encroachment? His face should be blackened before public for he has grabbed property worth Rs 500 crore," she said.

The minister asked representative of different boards to "agitate" against wrongdoings and "speak up" on issues troubling them so that solution can be worked out.

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Pathankot reciprocity: India wants access to Masood Azhar

March 30, 2016

NEW DELHI: As a five-member Pakistani probe team drove to Pathankot from Amritsar in bullet-proof cars their Indian hosts were eyeing reciprocity on Tuesday, including a proposal to seek access to Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, a prime suspect in the January terror attack on a major Indian Air Force base.

Reports said flying the team directly from New Delhi to Pathankot was ruled out over fears that an aerial view of the approach would expose too much to the visitors.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) thus entered the base throu­gh a specially-created entra­nce at the perimeter wall, which was brea­ched by the heavily armed gunmen on the fateful night.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248787/pathankot-reciprocity-india-wants-access-to-masood-azhar

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Pakistan’s ‘spy’ video raises questions, Jadhav’s India trail offers clues

Indian intelligence officials pointed to multiple errors in Jadhav’s testimony to assert that it may have been coerced.

Written by Praveen Swami , Sushant Kulkarni , Mohamed Thaver

New Delhi | Pune | Mumbai

Updated: Mar 30, 2016, 7:16

A grab of the video uploaded on Dawn’s YouTube page A grab of the video uploaded on Dawn’s YouTube page

In an unprecedented move, the Pakistan armed forces on Tuesday released a videotape purportedly of alleged R&AW spy and former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav confessing to having funded Baloch insurgents. The six-minute tape led to Opposition calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to call off the peace process with India.

Also read | In arrest of ‘spy’, Pakistan senses optics victory on terrorism

Indian intelligence officials, meanwhile, pointed to multiple errors in Jadhav’s testimony to assert that it may have been coerced. For example, Jadhav says he reported to a Joint Secretary in R&AW called Anil Kumar Gupta. There is, however, no one by that name at any senior rank in the agency or a position of Joint Secretary, R&AW.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pakistans-spy-video-raw-kulbhushan-yadav-confession-india-mea/

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Hearing Of Muslim Personal Law Board On Triple Talaq, Polygamy Today

March 29, 2016       

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the central government to place before it the report on “Women and Law ” by a high-level committee that had undertaken the assessment of family laws with focus on laws relating to liability, divorce, children custody, inheritance and succession.

Asking the government to submit the report which has not been made public yet, a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit gave it and other parties, including All India Muslim Personal Law Board, six weeks to respond to the suo motu motion and a plea by Shayara Bano challenging the validity of the triple ‘talaq’ under the Muslim personal law.

Senior counsel Amit Singh Chadha appearing for Shayara Bano told the court that report by the high level committee on “Women and Law” has not been made public yet.

Besides asking the government to file the report, the bench asked it to respond to All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) contention opposing any interference by the court into Muslim personal law in respect of Muslim women rights concerning marriage, divorce and maintenance.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/hearing-muslim-personal-law-board-triple-talaq-polygamy-today-938827/

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South Asia

Daesh, Taliban kill 14 of each other’s fighters in Nangarhar

Wed Mar 30 2016

insurgentsInfighting has once again erupted between Taliban and loyalists of the Islamic State (IS) or Daesh in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Wednesday.

Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal said the clash broke out in Karkani area late Tuesday leaving nine fighters of Daesh and five Taliban killed. Those killed include Mir Gulab, a local commander of Taliban.

Col. Mashriqiwal further said that six Taliban and four Daesh militants also sustained injuries in the gun battle.

According to the police spokesperson, two fighters of Taliban group have been taken into custody by Daesh.

The militant groups themselves have not yet commented on the report. However, Nangarhar has become a battle ground for them where they have announced ‘Jihad’ against each other.

Thousands of militants, most of them loyal to Taliban and Daesh, have been stationed in Nangarhar where they occasionally among themselves.

khaama.com/daesh-taliban-kill-14-of-each-others-fighters-in-nangarhar-4776

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Ex-Taliban webmaster killed as tensions intensify among rival groups

Wed Mar 30 2016

Taliban webmasterA senior Taliban group member who was previously serving as the group’s webmaster has been killed as tensions intensify among the rival Taliban groups.

According to the local government officials in Kandahar, the ex-webmaster of the Taliban, Bashir Ahmad Rayan was killed almost two months after he was kidnapped.

Provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Razaq has said Rayan was originally a resident of Qarabagh district of southeastern Ghazni province and was actively working for the media wing of the group when he was abducted from Kandahar province two months ago.

He said Rayan has been murdered as a result of the intensifying tensions among Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and Mullah Mohammad Rasool supporters.

Full report at: khaama.com/ex-taliban-webmaster-killed-as-tensions-intensify-among-rival-groups-0480

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F-16 fighter jet crashes at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

Tue Mar 29 2016

A US Air Force F-16 fighter jet has crashed at Bagram Air Base in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, it has been reported.

According to reports, the jet crashed during the take off and the pilot has safely ejected as he is being evaluated by medical personnel.

“U.S. Air Force F-16 assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing crashed during take-off March 29 at about 8:30 p.m. near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan,” a statement by US Air Forces Central Command said.

Full report at: khaama.com/f-16-fighter-jet-crashes-at-bagram-air-base-in-afghanistan-0476

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Explosion in capital Kabul leaves 4 policemen wounded

By KHAAMA PRESS - Tue Mar 29 2016, 10:25 pm

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Kabul explosion injures 4 policemenAt least four policemen sustained injuries in an explosion in capital Kabul earlier tonight which followed hours after a an explosion left at least four people dead and fifteen others wounded.

A security official in the 5th police district of the city said the incident took place around 8:00 pm local time which was triggered by an improvised explosive device targeting a police vehicle.

The official further added that the blast took place in Company area of the city as they were crossing the area.

Full report at: khaama.com/explosion-in-capital-kabul-leaves-4-policemen-wounded-0475

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Africa

UN chief urges Libya to keep to peace deal

The UN chief has called for rival authorities to unite amid years of turmoil that has been exploited by rebel factions

World Bulletin / News Desk

30 March 2016

UN chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded Tuesday for Libya's unity government to be allowed to start work quickly and called for anyone obstructing the peace process to be held accountable.

Ban, speaking in Tunisia, called for a UN-backed presidential council to be permitted to work towards "the immediate peaceful and orderly handover of power to the government of national accord."

He also urged Libya's internationally recognised parliament, based in the country's east, "to uphold its responsibilities" in implementing a UN-brokered power-sharing deal announced in December.

Full report at: worldbulletin.net/news/171017/un-chief-urges-libya-to-keep-to-peace-deal

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Pakistan

Pro-Qadri demonstrators ignore govt ultimatum as Red Zone sit-in runs into fourth day

March 30, 2016

ISLAMABAD: As the sit-in at Islamabad's D-Chowk runs into its fourth day, pro-Mumtaz Qadri protesters refuse to end their demonstration, saying they are "willing to die" even as armed security forces ready themselves to clear the Red Zone on Wednesday.

The government gave the demonstrators an ultimatum to leave late Tuesday, but it went unheeded, prompting the government to issue a second call saying security forces would begin an operation to clear the area Wednesday morning.

There has been no fresh warning from the government despite the expiry of the Wednesday morning deadline.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248875/pro-qadri-demonstrators-ignore-govt-ultimatum-as-red-zone-sit-in-runs-into-fourth-day

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‘Police assumed Qadri’s chehlum would remain peaceful’

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER — March 29th, 2016

RAWALPINDI: The protest march that headed for D-Chowk from Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on Sunday exposed the lack of planning on the part of local police, and the lack of control over the police force after it failed to treat the matter seriously.

The march was the second notable incident of its kind in the garrison city’s recent history, after sectarian violence broke over on Ashura in 2013.

Then too, police and district administration failed to assess the intentions of groups of religious workers and leaders, forcing the government to turn to the army for help.

Police sources told Dawn that the police, intelligence and administration were left in the dark by religious leaders, who had been in talks with them for the last few days over Mumtaz Qadri’s chehlum.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248560/police-assumed-qadris-chehlum-would-remain-peaceful

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Two convicted by military courts hanged in Kohat

ALI AKBAR — 30 March 2016

PESHAWAR: Two 'terrorists' convicted by military courts for involvement in attacks on security officials and civilians were executed at a jail in Kohat Wednesday, a military sourced confirmed.

The Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had signed the death warrants of Mehmood and Rab Nawaz last year.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in September last year issued the names of nine ‘hardcore terrorists’ whose death sentences had been approved by the army chief. The convicts executed today were among them.

The ISPR had shared the following details at the time about conviction of the militants hanged on Wednesday:

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248871/two-convicted-by-military-courts-hanged-in-kohat

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Who is leading this Islamabad sit-in?

KALBE ALI — March 29th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Despite a reputation for being comparatively docile in their street agitation, followers of various groups belonging to the Barelvi school of thought seem to have taken the authorities by surprise.

The last time these groups took to the streets of Islamabad was during the trial of Mumtaz Qadri. Even then, their lack of organisation was evident from the fact that most of their numbers were arrested and bundled off to prison, leaving the agitation in tatters.

Sunday’s march on D-Chowk from Liaquat Bagh was also not led by any established party, but rather proceeded under the banner of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, which is a coalition of several, mostly unknown Barelvi groups.

Among these, the most active is the Sunni Tehreek, led by Sarwat Ijaz Qadri. Then come the Aalmi Tanzeem Ahle Sunnat, led by Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri and the Fidayeen-i-Khatam-i-Nabuwat, led by Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

Sunni Tehreek, other Barelvi groups new to street agitation make up bulk of demonstrators

Allama Rizvi is also the movement’s patron-in-chief, while Pir Afzal Qadri is its patron with Dr Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali as chairman.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248570

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Liaquat Bagh to D-Chowk — a trail of destruction

AAMIR YASIN | IKRAM JUNAIDI | MOHAMMAD ASGHAR —

ISLAMABAD: From Liaquat Bagh to Parliament House, the supporters of Mumtaz Qadri left a trail of smoke and debris in their wake as they marched on the capital.

Citizens of the twin cities, meanwhile, were confined to their homes in the absence of up-to-date information about the movement of the protesters due to a lack of coverage on electronic media.

Qadri’s chehlum was held at Liaquat Bagh, where speakers including Sarwat Qadri of the Sunni Tehreek called on participants to march towards Islamabad.

Protesters demand release of Sunni prisoners, want Mumtaz Qadri declared martyr

Marchers were stopped by police at Chandni Chowk, where they retaliated and injured a number of law enforcement personnel. They were intercepted again at Shamsabad, where police used tear gas to deter them. However, the marchers pushed on, making it to Faizabad, where they moved the containers blocking their path and entered the capital.

City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Abbasi and Waris Khan DSP Zaman Raza were injured in clashes with protesters here. Around 1,000 people were booked and over a dozen were injured, the CPO told Dawn. “We are considering imposing Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) Section 7 (which deals with creating terror and violence in society) on these protesters. A case has not been registered yet but consultations with legal experts are underway,” he said.

Once they entered Islamabad, the protesters had a clear path to the Red Zone. On their way, they torched the metro bus station at China Chowk and torched motorcycles and vehicles, damaged private and public property in Blue Area and tried to break the grills of the metro bus track.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248357/liaquat-bagh-to-d-chowk-a-trail-of-destruction

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Pakistan

Pro-Qadri demonstrators ignore govt ultimatum as Red Zone sit-in runs into fourth day

March 30, 2016

ISLAMABAD: As the sit-in at Islamabad's D-Chowk runs into its fourth day, pro-Mumtaz Qadri protesters refuse to end their demonstration, saying they are "willing to die" even as armed security forces ready themselves to clear the Red Zone on Wednesday.

The government gave the demonstrators an ultimatum to leave late Tuesday, but it went unheeded, prompting the government to issue a second call saying security forces would begin an operation to clear the area Wednesday morning.

There has been no fresh warning from the government despite the expiry of the Wednesday morning deadline.

Protest leader Asif Jalali said the protesters would not move unless all 10 of their demands were accepted by the government.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248875/pro-qadri-demonstrators-ignore-govt-ultimatum-as-red-zone-sit-in-runs-into-fourth-day

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‘Police assumed Qadri’s chehlum would remain peaceful’

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER — March 29th, 2016

RAWALPINDI: The protest march that headed for D-Chowk from Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on Sunday exposed the lack of planning on the part of local police, and the lack of control over the police force after it failed to treat the matter seriously.

The march was the second notable incident of its kind in the garrison city’s recent history, after sectarian violence broke over on Ashura in 2013.

Then too, police and district administration failed to assess the intentions of groups of religious workers and leaders, forcing the government to turn to the army for help.

Police sources told Dawn that the police, intelligence and administration were left in the dark by religious leaders, who had been in talks with them for the last few days over Mumtaz Qadri’s chehlum.

They said they were assured the mourners would remain peaceful and disperse after the dua, before Asr prayers.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248560/police-assumed-qadris-chehlum-would-remain-peaceful

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Two convicted by military courts hanged in Kohat

ALI AKBAR — 30 March 2016

PESHAWAR: Two 'terrorists' convicted by military courts for involvement in attacks on security officials and civilians were executed at a jail in Kohat Wednesday, a military sourced confirmed.

The Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had signed the death warrants of Mehmood and Rab Nawaz last year.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in September last year issued the names of nine ‘hardcore terrorists’ whose death sentences had been approved by the army chief. The convicts executed today were among them.

The ISPR had shared the following details at the time about conviction of the militants hanged on Wednesday:

Mehmood s/o Khawaza Khan, an active member of TTP, was found involved in attacking security personnel in KP, killing two soldiers and injuring 13 others. He admitted his offences before the magistrate and trial court and was awarded death sentence.

Rab Nawaz s/o Shahi Room, an active member of TTP, was involved in killing of two civilians, processing firearms and abetting attack on military in Peshawar which resulted in death of two soldiers and caused severe injuries to another.

Military courts

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248871/two-convicted-by-military-courts-hanged-in-kohat

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Who is leading this Islamabad sit-in?

KALBE ALI — March 29th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Despite a reputation for being comparatively docile in their street agitation, followers of various groups belonging to the Barelvi school of thought seem to have taken the authorities by surprise.

The last time these groups took to the streets of Islamabad was during the trial of Mumtaz Qadri. Even then, their lack of organisation was evident from the fact that most of their numbers were arrested and bundled off to prison, leaving the agitation in tatters.

Sunday’s march on D-Chowk from Liaquat Bagh was also not led by any established party, but rather proceeded under the banner of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, which is a coalition of several, mostly unknown Barelvi groups.

Among these, the most active is the Sunni Tehreek, led by Sarwat Ijaz Qadri. Then come the Aalmi Tanzeem Ahle Sunnat, led by Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri and the Fidayeen-i-Khatam-i-Nabuwat, led by Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

Sunni Tehreek, other Barelvi groups new to street agitation make up bulk of demonstrators

Allama Rizvi is also the movement’s patron-in-chief, while Pir Afzal Qadri is its patron with Dr Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali as chairman.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248570

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Liaquat Bagh to D-Chowk — a trail of destruction

AAMIR YASIN | IKRAM JUNAIDI | MOHAMMAD ASGHAR —

ISLAMABAD: From Liaquat Bagh to Parliament House, the supporters of Mumtaz Qadri left a trail of smoke and debris in their wake as they marched on the capital.

Citizens of the twin cities, meanwhile, were confined to their homes in the absence of up-to-date information about the movement of the protesters due to a lack of coverage on electronic media.

Qadri’s chehlum was held at Liaquat Bagh, where speakers including Sarwat Qadri of the Sunni Tehreek called on participants to march towards Islamabad.

Protesters demand release of Sunni prisoners, want Mumtaz Qadri declared martyr

Marchers were stopped by police at Chandni Chowk, where they retaliated and injured a number of law enforcement personnel. They were intercepted again at Shamsabad, where police used tear gas to deter them. However, the marchers pushed on, making it to Faizabad, where they moved the containers blocking their path and entered the capital.

City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Abbasi and Waris Khan DSP Zaman Raza were injured in clashes with protesters here. Around 1,000 people were booked and over a dozen were injured, the CPO told Dawn. “We are considering imposing Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) Section 7 (which deals with creating terror and violence in society) on these protesters. A case has not been registered yet but consultations with legal experts are underway,” he said.

Once they entered Islamabad, the protesters had a clear path to the Red Zone. On their way, they torched the metro bus station at China Chowk and torched motorcycles and vehicles, damaged private and public property in Blue Area and tried to break the grills of the metro bus track.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248357/liaquat-bagh-to-d-chowk-a-trail-of-destruction

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Europe

Russia police say blast kills officer, Islamic State claims responsibility

Wed Mar 30, 2016

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One police officer was killed and two injured late on Tuesday when two vehicles were blown up by an explosive device in Russia's Dagestan region, police said, while the Islamic State group said it was behind the attack.

"Two cars were blown up, the type of explosive device has not been established yet," Fatina Ubaidatova, a spokeswoman for the Dagestani police, told Reuters by phone.

The Amaq news agency, which supports the Islamic State group, posted online a statement saying its local affiliate was behind the attack.

The Amaq statement said the blast killed 10 security officers. Reuters was unable to independently verify the casualty numbers.

Islamic State has in the past said it was behind violent attacks on security forces in the North Caucasus, the volatile mainly Muslim part of Russia where Dagestan is located.

Dagestan, where Kremlin critics say widespread poverty and corruption help feed religious extremism, last saw similar attacks on police in February

Some militants in Dagestan, which borders Chechnya where Moscow led two wars against separatists in 1990s, have sworn allegiance to Islamic State

af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN0WW0N3

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France’s Hollande drops plans to change constitution

Reuters | Mar 30, 2016

PARIS: France's president said on Wednesday he would not push ahead with plans to change the constitution, including a clause allowing convicted terrorists to be stripped of their French nationality, after parliament failed to agree on the measure.

"Parts of the opposition have been hostile to a revision of the constitution. I deplore this attitude," Francois Hollande said after a weekly cabinet meeting. "I have decided to end this debate."

The plan's withdrawal is a major embarrassment for the Socialist president, who had unveiled it in a solemn address to parliament at the grand palace of Versailles only three days after Islamist militants killed 130 people in Paris.

The initiative had divided lawmakers and caused months of heated discussions on what critics said was an inefficient and purely symbolic measure.

Hollande's plan to insert the rules for the state of emergency in the constitution was also abandoned.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Frances-Hollande-drops-plans-to-change-constitution/articleshow/51616031.cms

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North America

'Pakistan a problem for US because they have nuclear weapons,' says Trump

DAWN.COM — 30 March 2016

WISCONSIN: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday said that amongst all the presidential hopefuls only he can solve the problem of "radical Islamic terrorism".

During an interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Trump termed Pakistan "a vital problem" for the United States (US) "because they have a thing called nuclear weapons", adding, "They have to get a better hold of the situation."

Related: 'I alone can solve', Trump says after Lahore terror

Trump had tweeted 'I alone can solve' after a suicide blast in Lahore on Sunday which killed at least 74 people. Explaining his earlier statement, he said: "When I see they [the attackers] put it [the bomb] in a park and there were mostly Christians although many others were killed...I think it is absolutely a horrible story," said Trump. "But I am talking about radical Islamic terrorism. I will solve it better than anyone else running," he claimed.

The Lahore attack was condemned by other politicians and celebrities around the world, many of whom took to social media to express sorrow and anger over the tragedy.

'Japan, S. Korea should have nuclear weapons'

When questioned about nuclear security and American defence policy, the billionaire said that although the US has traditionally provided military support to Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany and South Korea, it may be time to change the existing policy.

Trump was of the opinion that support of these countries had resulted in a budget deficit for the US, so they should start protecting themselves.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1248878/pakistan-a-problem-for-us-because-they-have-nuclear-weapons-says-trump

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Utah University Symposium Addresses Misunderstandings about Islam

Braley Dodson Daily Herald 

Mar 30, 2016

Southern Utah University Provost Bradley Cook speaks at an Islam symposium at Utah Valley University on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 in Orem. The symposium and event were held in attempts to enlighten the community about religious freedoms and tolerance. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

Trying to understand Islam by looking at extremists is similar to trying to understand The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by looking at Warren Jeffs, a speaker at Utah Valley University said Tuesday afternoon.

More than 100 people sat in on the Islam symposium at the university, which contained a keynote address from Southern Utah University Provost Bradley Cook and a panel discussion.

“Obviously, Islam is a hotly debated topic, and today was a nice introduction,” said Brian Birch, director of the religious studies program at UVU. “It allowed a number of different voices to speak on some of the issues.”

The symposium was originally planned for early February, but had to be rescheduled because weather prevented Cook from traveling to attend.

Full report at: heraldextra.com/news/local/education/college/uvu/uvu-symposium-addresses-misunderstandings-about-islam/article_8eb556f6-7c44-54c7-85c8-9237e7e537f6.html

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US orders diplomatic, military families out of south Turkey

WASHINGTON - The Associated Press

Mar 29, 2016

The State Department and Pentagon ordered the families of U.S. diplomats and military personnel on March 29 to leave posts in southern Turkey due to security fears.

The two agencies said dependents of American staffers at the U.S. consulate in Adana, the Incirlik air base and two other locations must leave.

The so-called "ordered departure" notice means the relocation costs will be covered by the government.

In a statement, the military's European Command said the step "allows for the deliberate, safe return of family members from these areas due to continued security concerns in the region."

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-orders-diplomatic-military-families-out-of-south-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=97074&NewsCatID=510

 

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