in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (AP)
Hands Over Dossier to Pakistan on Jaish Involvement in Pulwama Terror Attack
Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to Be Released Tomorrow: Imran Khan
on Jaish-e-Mohammad Camp: Capacity of 600, 4 Routes Into J&K
UK, France Bring Fresh Proposal for UNSC Ban on Jaish Chief Masood Azhar
Indian Air Raid Site, No Casualties and a Mysterious School
Talk, Else This May Escalate: Imran Khan
President Offers Citizenship to Rohingya
Official: 'No Afghan Peace Deal If Air Raids Continue'
Pick Threatens Stability of Philippine Autonomous Region for Muslims
JeM terrorists killed in Shopian encounter
unmoved by Pakistan PM Imran Khan's speech, face-off could escalate
& grilled, IAF pilot Abhinandan stays calm, collected
Swaraj to leave for UAE today to attend Islamic cooperation meet as guest of
raids houses of separatists and owner of car used in Pulwama attack
Task Force, Kolkata Police arrest two Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
operatives in West Bengal; explosive materials seized
Court Rules against Muslim Man Who Refused To Shave Beard for Job
Muslim Leaders Take Lead on Interfaith Dialogue
Labour protests motives behind Hezbollah ban
urges Pakistan, India to show restraint
warns Pakistan, India of risky results of tensions
calls for restraint by India, Pakistan
Moscow meeting, Netanyahu finds a friend unwilling to help curb Iran
Into Real Estate, Trading To Fund Terror Acts
using China’s weakness to ensure support
foreign minister Qureshi threatens to boycott OIC meeting over Sushma Swaraj's
crowds pour onto streets across Sindh to celebrate downing of Indian planes
pilot fired into air before being captured
Urges UNSC to Take India to Task Over War-Mongering
Imran’s call for dialogue must be reciprocated by India: Bilawal
40 militants killed in Afghan Special Forces operations and airstrikes
Appeals for $152 Million for Critical Support to Rohingya Refugees
casualties inflicted on Taliban commanders and militants in Balkh province
announces 2-day break in talks with the U.S. representatives in Qatar
ISIS-K militants killed in Afghan, Coalition Forces operations in Nangarhar
stern action against those who insult Islam, Prophet Muhammad - Anwar
Muhammad and the old man
Semenyih, some Umno leaders see room to reinvent scandal-plagued selves
confesses to Facebook post portraying AG as anti-Islam
lodges report over anti-Islam allegations
Take stern action against those who insult Islam and Prophet Muhammad
Children in Syria Await Family Reunions
Meets Saudi's MBS for First Time since Khashoggi Murder
US Relocates ISIL Commanders after Receiving Terrorists' Gold Treasure
says it will evacuate Syria refugee camp, blaming US
and Syria say US forces are on Syrian territory ‘illegally’
PM says country could help transfer non-Iraqi ISIS detainees from Syria
in spat with Turkey after Ankara slams EU for joining Arab forum
Bashar Assad invites Iran FM Zarif to visit Damascus
Reject Monthly Tax Transfer from Israel over Prisoners Dispute
arrests former Palestinian militant for ‘terror’
hits back at Turkey over EU-Arab summit criticism
warplanes, gunships strike multiple targets in Gaza Strip
strikes Gaza after ‘explosive balloon’ damages house
Corpse Kills 17 Civilians in Mali
for UN listing of Al-Shabaab
Buhari says election was ‘free and fair’
state of emergency meant to curb smuggling'
resolute to increase cooperation with Chad'
Turkish, Greek Cypriot Leaders Meeting
prepares for return home of Daesh fighters
trade unions visit Venezuelan embassy in Turkey
by New Age Islam News Bureau
on Wednesday handed over to Pakistan a dossier on “specific details” of
involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the Pulwama terror attack on CRPF as
also the presence of camps of the UN-proscribed terror outfit in that country.
dossier was handed over to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan, who was
summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs to lodge a strong protest over
Pakistan Air Force targeting Indian military installations, a day after the
Indian counter-terror action against JeM. Government sources have claimed that
over 350 JeM terrorists were killed in the pre-dawn strike on the terror camps
in Pakistan on Tuesday.
JeM had taken responsibility of the terror strike in Kashmir’s Pulwama district
on February 14, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. “Regret was expressed
at continuing denial by Pakistan’s political and military leadership at the
presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control,” the MEA
dossier was handed over to Pakistani side with specific details of JeM
complicity in Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps and
its leadership in Pakistan,” it said.
MEA said Pakistan was conveyed that India expects it to take immediate and
verifiable action against terror emanating from territories under its control.
In response to the Indian counter-terror operation, Pakistan air force tried to
target certain locations in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday morning which was
countered by IAF jets.
the engagement, India shot down a Pakistani jet while an IAF pilot was captured
by Pakistan. India also lost a MiG 21 aircraft. India lodged a strong protest
at the unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan, including by violating the
Indian air space and targeting military posts. “This is in contrast to the
India’s non-military anti-terror pre-emptive strike at a JeM terrorist camp in
Balakot on February 26,” the MEA added.
DELHI: Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, taken captive by Pakistan
on Wednesday, will be released tomorrow as a "gesture of peace",
Imran Khan declared today, hours after the US called for immediate steps
towards de-escalation and President Donald Trump revealed that there would be
"reasonably attractive news" from Pakistan and India.
I tried to call (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to say that we don't want
escalation. Our push for de-escalation doesn't mean we are afraid," Imran
Khan said, speaking at the country's parliament.
have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture, we will release him tomorrow,"
said the Pakistan Prime Minister to desk-thumping in the national assembly.
had ruled out Imran Khan's call for a dialogue yesterday in a televised
statement in which he declared that Pakistan had taken custody of an Indian
pilot. There would be "no deal" on the pilot's release, top officials
Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured after an aerial combat between
Indian and Pakistani fighter planes on Wednesday.
his capture, the government said, he shot down two Pakistani pilots when he hit
an F-16 jet.
soaring tension, the government last evening summoned the Pakistani envoy and
handed over a demarche demanding the "immediate and safe return" of
the pilot. It also strongly objected to Pakistan's "vulgar display"
of the pilot in videos and said Pakistan "would be well advised to ensure
that no harm comes to him".
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Imran Khan was willing to consider
the pilot's release if it led to de-escalation, but added: "Our PM Imran Khan
is ready to talk on the phone to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but is Modi-ji
morning, President Trump, addressing a press conference in Hanoi on the
sidelines of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, offered hope of
think reasonably attractive news from Pakistan and India, they have been going
at it and we have been involved and have them stop, we have some reasonably
decent news, hopefully it's going to be coming to an end, this has been going
on for a long time, decades and decades," the US President said.
US had called on India and Pakistan to "cease all cross-border military
activity" and to take immediate steps to deescalate the situation and
return to stability, including through direct communication.
pull-back comes a day after hostilities between the neighbours peaked, with
aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani warplanes for the first time in 48
day before, India had sent fighter jets to Pakistan and struck the biggest
training camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which was behind the
suicide attack on February 14 in Kashmir's Pulwama, in which over 40 soldiers
on Jaish-e-Mohammad camp: Capacity of 600, 4 routes into J&K
mosque was being used as a cover for the Balakot training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad,
sources said a day after the facility was destroyed in a “non-military” strike
by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The facilities at the camp were spread over an
area of 6 acres and comprised 5-6 buildings with a capacity to accommodate more
than 600 people, they added.
to intelligence reports, the camp was used for radicalisation by showing
propaganda videos on the IC 814 hijacking and the 2002 Godhra riots, officials
added that after training, the militants were sent to Jammu and Kashmir,
primarily through four routes. They have been identified as
Balakot-Kel-Dudhniyal, Kel-Kainthawali, Kel-Lolab district and Kel-Kachama
Kralpora, an official said. All the routes led to Kupwara, the reports stated,
according to an official.
to intelligence reports, the camp was used to impart training to militants in
different types of courses like a three-month advanced combat course known as
Daura-e-Khas, an advanced armed training course called Daum-al-Raad and a
“refresher training programme,” an official said.
there are being trained in handling weapons like AK 47, machine guns, LMG,
rocket launcher, under barrel grenade launcher and grenades. Apart from basic
training in weapon handling, they are also being trained in jungle survival,
ambush and communication using GPS and map reading etc,” an intelligence report
said. Officials said that before the inception of JeM, the camp was used by
intelligence note said the militants at the camp started their day at 3 am with
the recitation of Quran followed by exercise. Later, they were imparted arms
training and lessons on how to camouflage, ambush and escape, the note said.
The number of militants receiving training at this camp was estimated to be
between 200-300 any time of the year, it said.
UK, France bring fresh proposal for UNSC ban on Jaish chief Masood Azhar
NATIONS: The US, the UK and France have moved a fresh proposal in the UN
Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM chief Masood
Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel
ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.
fresh proposal was moved Wednesday by the three permanent vetowielding members
of the 15-nation Security Council. The Security Council Sanctions Committee
will have 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three
proposal is the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as
a global terrorist.
2009, India moved a proposal to designate Azhar, whose UN-proscribed
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack against
Indian security forces in Pulwama on February 14 in which over 40 Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed.
2016 again, India moved the proposal with the P3 - the United States, the
United Kingdom and France in the UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar,
also the mastermind of the attack on the air base in Pathankot in January,
2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions,
China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocked
India's proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee.
remains to be seen how China will vote on the proposal this time.
a close ally of Pakistan, has consistently blocked moves first by India and
later by the US, the UK and France to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by
the 1267 Committee by putting technical holds.
assumes the crucial rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in March.
least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on February 14 in one of
the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a JeM suicide bomber
rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama
has strongly reiterated its appeal to all members of the international
community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including Azhar, as
designated terrorists under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security
Council, and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories
controlled by Pakistan.
Indian Air Raid Site, No Casualties And A Mysterious School
Pakistan - Indian air raids launched on Pakistani territory earlier this week
destroyed parts of a mostly uninhabited forest and a farmer's field, witnesses
and local officials told Al Jazeera, although mystery remains around a seminary
run by armed group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) near the bombing site.
bombs hit a forest and a field in a remote area outside of the northern
Pakistani town of Jaba, about 100km north of the capital, Islamabad, Al Jazeera
found on a visit to the site on Wednesday.
pine trees and rocks were strewn across the blast craters, and there was no
evidence of any infrastructure debris or casualties. Metal shrapnel from the
bombs was visible at four distinct craters.
claimed on Tuesday to have conducted air raids against a "Jaish-e-Mohammed
training camp" in the area, saying "a very large number of JeM
terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being
trained for [suicide] action were eliminated."
denied that any casualties had occurred. On Wednesday, Pakistan's military said
its aircraft launched air raids on six locations on the India-administered
territory in the disputed region of Kashmir.
hospital officials and several residents who rushed to the scene said they did
not find any bodies or wounded people following the Indian attack, which took
place at approximately 3am local time on Tuesday.
woke up at the sound of the first explosion, and ran out of bed," said
Nooran Shah, 58, a farmer on whose land two of the bombs landed. "The
second blast knocked the doors off my house."
Shah went outside to investigate, he said, a piece of shrapnel or a stone
struck him on the forehead, leaving a wound.
Rehman Shah, 50, a neighbour, said he, too, ran outside his home when he heard
heard four loud explosions, separated by a few seconds each," said Rehman
Shah. "It felt like the day of judgement had come."
said he saw "fire and smoke" when he exited his home, and ran to the
aid of his neighbour.
was unconscious on the ground with a wound to his forehead, he said. He was
moved to safety and later taken to hospital. The walls of Shah's home appeared
cracked, with several holes where shrapnel appeared to have hit them.
are just farmers out here, we grow wheat and maize," said Rehman Shah. "Some
people keep some livestock."
the air raids, India's foreign ministry said it had hit a training camp run by
JeM founder Masood Azhar's brother-in-law, Yousuf Azhar.
in 2000, JeM is an armed group that has launched several high-profile attacks
against Indian security and government targets, mostly in the disputed region
recently, JeM claimed a suicide attack that killed at least 42 Indian security
forces personnel in the Indian-administered Kashmir town of Pulwama, triggering
the latest crisis between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
accuses Pakistan of offering sanctuary to JeM and other armed groups. Following
the Pulwama incident, a top Indian military commander said the country had evidence
the attack had been "controlled" by Pakistani intelligence.
denies the charge, and says it has been acting against JeM since banning the
group in 2002.
than a kilometre to the east of one of the bomb craters, atop a steep ridge,
sits a seminary run by JeM, residents told Al Jazeera. A road sign located some
distance away confirmed the location of the seminary, and that it was run by
the armed group. The sign for the Madrassa Taleem-ul-Quran lists Masood Azhar
as its leader, and Muhammad Yousuf Azhar as its administrator.
Azhar founded the JeM after he was released from Indian custody in exchange for
more than 150 hostages after the hijacking of an Indian commercial airliner in
1999. He remains under US sanctions for JeM's alleged links with the Afghan
Azhar is wanted by India in connection with the 1999 hijacking.
Jazeera was unable to visit the site of the seminary.
offered conflicting accounts of the facility's work, with some saying it only
offered religious education for local schoolchildren, while others alleged it
was a training camp for JeM fighters.
madrassa there, at the top of the mountain, that is a training camp for
mujahideen [religious fighters]," said one resident, gesturing in the
direction of the seminary. He spoke on condition of anonymity given the
sensitivity of the subject.
here knows there is a Jaish camp there, at the madrassa," said another
31-year-old local resident, also on condition of anonymity. "It is an
active training centre, they teach people how to fight there."
however, disputed that claim.
is no camp here, and no terrorists either," said Mir Afzal Gulzar, who
lives a few kilometres away from the bombing site.
was a mujahideen camp here, during the 1980s, but it is gone now," he
is evidence to suggest the seminary was an active recruitment centre, if not
training site, for JeM.
April 2018, Abdul Rauf Asghar - a top JeM commander and Masood Azhar's brother
- addressed a yearly religious gathering at the seminary, calling upon those
present to join "jihad", or Islamic religious war, according to an
article in JeM-affiliated publication al-Qalam.
institution is progressing every day in its aim of providing education, and
instruction in religion and jihad," reads the article.
at the event praised the concept of fighting in the name of religion and
"offered arguments against certain notions that have been spread against
jihad", the article says.
US Department of Defense memo dated January 31, 2004, leaked by Wikileaks in
2011, indicates the existence of "a [JeM] training camp that offers both
basic and advanced terrorist training on explosives and artillery" located
near Jaba's geographic location.
memo detailed the case of Khalil Rehman Hafez, a Pakistani national and member
of JeM, who was captured in Afghanistan while fighting US forces and
transferred to the Guantanamo Bay prison. Hafez was released and repatriated to
Pakistan in 2004.
at the bomb site in Jaba, the afternoon sun shines through a thick pine forest,
as local residents gather at Nooran Shah's house. Some investigate the crater,
under the watchful eye of Pakistani soldiers, while others pose for the cameras
of local media.
the shadow of the cracked wall of Shah's house, a defiant group begins to yell
patriotic slogans for the cameras.
a slight man clad in a blue shalwar kameez and still sporting a white bandage
around his forehead, turns to face another interviewer.
talk, else this may escalate: Imran Khan
Without maintaining the N-word , Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan cautioned
India that an escalation between the two nuclear neighbours could spin out of
his address to Pakistan, Khan said: "My question to the Indian government
is - with the weapons that you have and the weapons we have, can we afford a
miscalculation? Shouldn't we think about what will happen if the situation
escalates? This will not be in my control or in Narendra Modi's control."
said all wars are miscalculated, and no one knows where they lead to.
is important where we go from here. From here, it is imperative that we use our
heads and act with wisdom," Khan said, adding, "I would say, better
sense should prevail. Let's sit together and settle this with talks."
han also emphasised that Pakistan Air Force's action on Wednesday in which
Indian Air Force lost an aircraft and one IAF pilot was captured was a planned
one. "We took action today and we had planned that there should be no
collateral damage, no casualty. The sole purpose of our action was to convey
that if you can come into our country, we can do the same," Khan said.
said he spoke to the army chief on Tuesday morning after the IAF strikes and
added, "We did not respond in haste – this would have been irresponsible
as it would have resulted in casualties on their side. We wanted to assess
first what kind of damage was caused before deciding on our action."
said Pakistan had offered investigation to India after the Pulwama attack,
adding, "I understood the pain of the families (who lost their dear ones
in the Pulwama attack). I have visited hospitals and seen the pain of people
affected by violence. We have lost 70,000 of our own and I know what those who
are left behind and those who are injured feel."
offered India that we would cooperate. It is not in Pakistan's interest to let
our land be used for terrorism. There is no dispute there," he said.
had therefore warned India against aggression and said we will be compelled to
respond because no sovereign country can allow that (violation of its sovereignty,"
president offers citizenship to Rohingya
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday offered Filipino citizenship to Rohingya
refugees and reiterated his willingness to accept them into the country, a
local news portal reported.
am willing to accept Rohingyas,” GMA News, an online portal, quoted Duterte as
saying while he was addressing a convention in capital Manila.
April, Duterte also called the military crackdown on Rohingya community in
Myanmar’s Rakhine State as “genocide” prompting strong criticism from Myanmar,
it added, forcing him to issue an apology.
Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced
heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in
to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and
children, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces
launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017.
Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s
state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development
than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others
were beaten, said the OIDA report, titled "Forced Migration of Rohingya:
The Untold Experience."
18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped by Myanmar’s army and police and
over 115,000 Rohingya homes were burned down and 113,000 others vandalized, it
UN has also documented mass gang rapes, killings – including of infants and
young children – brutal beatings and disappearances committed by Myanmar state
a report, UN investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes
against humanity and genocidal intent.
official: 'No Afghan peace deal if air raids continue'
Afghanistan - A return to peace is not possible in Afghanistan if its
government continues to conduct air strikes which have resulted in countless
civilian casualties, a former Taliban official has said.
a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday, Syed Mohammad Akbar Agha, who is the
current leader of Rah-e-Nejat (High Council of Salvation), said President
Ashraf Ghani's government is sabotaging peace talks being held in Qatar between
Taliban representatives and US officials.
government doesn't want peace. They are still targeting civilian areas while
claiming to have targeted Taliban hideouts," Agha told Al Jazeera, adding
that air raids are being carried out "almost every day".
are all positive about peace and very serious, especially now that Mullah Abdul
Ghani Baradar is directly involved in the talks in Qatar," he said.
are expecting positive results for peace in Afghanistan."
and United States officials are meeting for the third day on Wednesday in
Qatar's capital Doha, where two main issues being discussed in the high-level
talks are: the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and assurances that
Afghanistan will not be used by foreign armed fighters.
talks have gained momentum in recent months after the US decided to engage with
the Taliban, which has been waging a deadly armed rebellion since the group was
removed from power in 2001.
President Donald Trump's administration is seeking to end the 17-year war, the
US's's longest, that has left thousands dead.
to the United Nations, at least 32,000 civilians have been killed and another
60,000 wounded in the last decade, when the organisation began compiling the
one of the Taliban founders, is attending the talks in Doha for the first time.
He is the highest-level representative to take part in negotiations with the US
special envoy for peace, Zalmay Khalilzad.
Taliban have repeatedly refused to negotiate with the Afghan government,
calling it a "puppet" of the US.
like all the Afghans, want peace in this country. The Taliban are now sitting
down to talk, which means they are ready for peace as well," Agha told Al
if innocent civilians are killed this way in air strikes, they will never trust
the government and will, in fact, stand against it."
former leader of Taliban's Jaish-e-Muslimeen wing, fought against the Afghan
forces after the US toppled the Taliban government in 2001. His council is
currently seen making efforts to restore peace in Afghanistan.
from the Afghan government were not immediately available for their reaction on
Agha's comments in the press conference.
year, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed its
"strong concern" at the rising number of civilian casualties from air
report said aerial attacks killed 149 people and wounded more than 200
civilians in the first half of 2018, up by 52 percent from the same period a
year before that.
the deadly incidents was the one in the northern province of Kunduz in April
2018, when an Afghan air raid killed or wounded 107 people, mostly children, at
a religious gathering.
government said the bombing had targeted a Taliban meeting where senior members
of the group were planning more attacks.
Philippine government's pick of transitional leadership for a newly formed
Muslim autonomous region shows early signs of isolating armed rebel groups that
hoped to share power, threatening the region's long-term stability.
President Rodrigo Duterte late last week named the chairman of the Muslim rebel
group Moro Islamic Liberation Front as interim chief minister of a transition
authority for the region, which will cover about 4.3 million people and get
special government funding as well as control over some natural resources.
pick for chairman and the front's majority of seats in the new agency give it a
lead over 20 other armed groups that have advocated Muslim autonomy on the
southern island of Mindanao. Rebel violence has left about 121,000 people dead
in Mindanao since the 1960's, giving the island a bad reputation among tourists
analysts fear the exclusion of other groups could lead to rebel-vs-rebel
struggles that eventually could hobble the government’s goal of using the
autonomous region to keep peace.
Moro National Liberation Front -- an organization unrelated to the other front
-- complained Sunday when it got just five of the 80 transition authority
seats, domestic media reported. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front got 41.
Muslim groups, the main issue is that they’re not necessarily speaking for
everyone, and so you now have a situation where you need to deal with
complaints about being excluded from the process,” said Herman Kraft, political
science professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
think it goes beyond the idea of what the groups are actually fighting for,”
Kraft said. “It’s really more a question of who claims to represent the
interests of the Muslims in the Philippines.”
told the chairman, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, to use “democratic values” in building
up the autonomous zone, called the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim
Mindanao. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a 2014 peace deal with the
government, agreed to disarm and helped officials set up the new region.
work for the best interest and welfare, not only of the Bangsamoro people but
every Filipino who lives in that region,” Duterte said, as quoted on the
July, Duterte signed a law authorizing the region’s formation on 12,536 square
kilometers of land. Officials hope the region will offer some of the self-rule
that Muslims have sought for some 500 years in the majority Catholic country.
That outcome could in turn ease fighting and let Mindanao develop economically
via new infrastructure and investment.
key word is ‘build and they will come,’” said Jonathan Ravelas, chief market
strategist with Banco de Oro UniBank in Metro Manila. “If you build
infrastructure, businesses will come and eventually you’ll get to see
rebel groups would hope to help steer the autonomous region so they get access
to resources and legitimacy for their own stakeholders, who include specific
southern Philippine ethnic groups and large families.
Maute Group, for example, drew support from an influential family as it fought
a five-month war with troops in 2017. Groups excluded from the autonomous
region’s leadership will stay intact as new ones form, said Enrico Cau,
associate researcher at the Taiwan Center for International Strategic Studies.
will have instability in the region from new splinter groups that are nothing
but ammunition of the bigger groups trying to get their things done,” Cau said.
most internationally known rebel group, Abu Sayyaf, has built connections with
the Middle Eastern terrorist sponsor Islamic State since 2016. Abu Sayyaf
periodically kidnaps and beheads foreign tourists. It took credit in January
for two deadly church bombings in Sulu province, where voters had just rejected
joining the autonomous region. Some scholars saw the bombings as an Abu Sayyaf
protest against the region’s formation.
responded by commanding troops to “crush” Abu Sayyaf, his office website says.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front will need to reach out effectively to other
rebels as well as indigenous populations and Mindanao’s Christians who live in
the autonomous region, Cau said.
MILF leadership should be expected given that it has been the negotiating party
with the government throughout the peace process,” said Carl Baker, director of
programs with think tank Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu. “The major problem
with MILF leadership will be the lack of experience with governing a diverse
At least two terrorists affiliated with the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) were killed
in an encounter on Wednesday between security forces and terrorists in South
Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday.
gunfight broke out after forces launched a search operation in Memender area of
Shopian district following specific information about the presence of militants
search party, as per police, was fired upon by the hiding militants. The firing
was retaliated, thus leading to a gunfight that left Jaish two militants dead.
identified one of the killed terrorists as Suhail Nazir Mir of Saidapora
Payeen, Shopian. The other was from Pakistan. Incriminating materials,
including arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site of encounter.
spokesman said -- as per police records -- both militants were involved in
conspiring and executing several attacks and were wanted for their complicity
in a series of crimes, including attacks on security establishments and
was a clean operation and no collateral damage was reported.
case has been registered and investigation in the matter has also been
DELHI: Unmoved by Pakistan PM Imran Khan's overture for talks, which he couched
with the risk of nuclear escalation, India said Wednesday's aerial battle along
the LoC was an act of aggression, raising the prospects of a fresh escalation.
Highlighting this, New Delhi issued a demarche to acting Pakistan high
commissioner Syed Haidar Shah.
submission, which came even as PM Narendra Modi held
with three service chiefs, raises the possibility of retaliatory action against
what India said was an "unprovoked act of aggression, including violation
of Indian air space by the Pakistan Air Force and targeting of Indian military
response to Khan's talks offer, high commissioner Shah was given a dossier with
what India said were "specific details and JeM complicity in the Pulwama
attack and presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan".
long statement, in which he dwelled on the dangers of miscalculation, said he
recognised the hurt caused by the Pulwama attack and said he is ready for any
kind of dialogue on terrorism. "But I would like to tell you again, that
right now, better sense should prevail. We should sit down and talk about our
problems," he said.
expressed regret at Pakistan's continuing denial of terrorist infrastructure by
its political and military leaders.
view in the Indian leadership seemed to be that Khan's remarks are a ruse to
secure de-escalation without any significant concessions and that Pakistan's
bid to establish some equivalence through its LoC raid needs to be responded to
firmly without handing out any fig leaves to Islamabad.
claim that the foray of its jets at the LoC was only to signal its capacity to
retaliate to the IAF strike on Balakot, and Khan's warning that miscalculations
could leave neither him or Modi in control of events, did not wash with India
which said the two incidents are not comparable.
Indian demarche said the Pakistani "aggression" is in contrast to
India's 'non-military pre-emptive' strike at a Jaish-eMohammad terror camp on
Tuesday. "It is clearly conveyed that India reserves the right to take
firm and decisive action to protect its national integrity against any act of
aggression or cross-border terrorism," he said.
any retaliation - and consequent escalation - is not ruled out, it is clear
that a pledge to discuss terrorism is not likely to be sufficient for a
reduction in tensions. The Indian position was clearly outlined by a call for
immediate and verifiable action against terrorism sourced from territory under
DELHI: Held after his plane crashed across the Line of Control, Wing Commander
Abhinandan Varthaman was beaten by locals, made to identify himself with hands
tied behind his back and a rag across his injured face and finally recorded
saying that he was being treated well by his captors.
videos on social media showed the pilot display remarkable poise in custody. In
one, shot in what seems like an office room where he stands with hands tied and
a bloodied face, the young pilot says he is not required to reveal anything
more than his name and service number and inquires who his captors are.
videos, particularly the third one which has the officer saying he has been
treated well and will not change his account even if out of captivity, seem
part of a Pakistani PR effort to signal that the pilot is not being maltreated
even though the earlier clips might be intended to address sentiments at home.
final video has Abhinandan holding a cup of tea and saying, “The officers of
the Pakistani army have looked after me very well, are thorough gentlemen,
starting with the captain who rescued me from the mob... this is what I would
expect my army to behave.”
when asked which part of India he came from, the officer firmly responds, “Am I
supposed to tell you this? I am sorry major...
am from down south.” He quickly says “the tea is fantastic” when asked if he
liked the beverage, but politely declines to speak on the make of his aircraft,
saying, “I am sure you have found the wreckage.” He then says “I am sorry I am
not supposed to tell you this” when asked about his mission.
pilot, who went down on the wrong side of the LoC after a fierce engagement
with Pakistani jets, was the centre of attention all day long as television and
social media speculated his fate. A terse Indian announcement that a pilot was
missing only heightened the suspense before his video recorded statement
officer’s composure and calm despite his hostile reception and the fact of
being in captivity at a time of high tensions between India and Pakistan came
through in the videos. In the last one, his injuries appear to have been
treated while he has a band-aid on his right hand in which he holds a cup of
the first video, locals in PoK are seen punching and slapping him on the face,
hurling abuses even as the officer is on the ground. Pakistani soldiers are
heard saying he should be left alone. Indian officials said there was a
possibility that he was further beaten as the clip does not show any injury to
the second video, the officer has a bloodied face. Here, his hands and feet are
tied as he stands in a room. Asked about his identity by a Pakistani officer,
he says, “Can I begin please? Yeah, My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan. My
service number is 27981. I am a flight pilot.”
Pakistani officer then asks him “what else?” to which Abhinandan coolly
replies, “I am sorry sir. That’s what I am supposed to tell you.” The Pakistani
officer goes on to ask him about his squadron to which Abhinandan replies, “I
am not supposed to tell you that.”
of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will leave for United Arab Emirates (UAE) on
Thursday to take part in the inaugural session of the foreign ministers'
conclave of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi.
Swaraj has been invited by UAE as the guest of honour at the Islamic meet to be
held on March 1 and 2. The invitation was opposed by Pakistan who threatened to
boycott the meet over the Indian minister's participation.
UAE visit of Sushma Swaraj will come at a time when tensions between Indian and
Pakistan are on an all-time high as one Indian Air Force pilot remains in the
custody of Pakistan.
Wednesday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had threatened the
OIC that he won't attend the meet after the latter extended an invitation to
Sushma Swaraj to be the guest of honour.
on Geo News show, Mehmood Qureshi said, "I have spoken to the United Arab
Emirates foreign minister and have expressed my reservations over her
invitation. I have made myself clear that India has shown aggression."
the current circumstances, it will not be possible for me to attend OIC meeting
where Sushma Swaraj is present," Qureshi had said.
is the first time India has been invited as the guest of honour at an OIC
meeting. The OIC is an international organisation founded in 1969 and works
towards protecting and safeguarding the rights of the Muslim world.
invitation for the event was extended by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the UAE, and accepted by Sushma Swaraj. Sushma
Swaraj is expected to address the inaugural plenary in Abu Dhabi.
the invitation, the UAE Foreign Ministry said the "friendly Republic of
India" had been invited as the guest of honour for "all its
international political weight and diverse cultural heritage and an important
to the invitation, Indian Ministry of External Affairs had said, "We see
this invitation as the desire of the enlightened leadership of the UAE to go
beyond our rapidly growing close bilateral ties and forge a true multifaceted
partnership at the multilateral and international level."
National Investigative Agency (NIA) raided the homes of separatists in the
Valley for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, and searched 11 spots in
south Kashmir, including the house of the owner of the vehicle that was used in
the February 14 suicide bombing, which killed 40 CRPF troopers.
Tuesday, NIA teams raided seven places in Srinagar, including the houses of
Hurriyat chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front
chairman, Yasin Malik, in relation to a terror funding case.
NIA said Wednesday’s raids were in connection to the ongoing investigation in
the terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy and in a case
relating to the “terror funding” of separatists. The terror funding case
pertains to allegations that some separatists received funds from Pakistan
through hawala channels.
houses of Mudassir Ahmad Khan and Sajjad Bhat (both active militants of the
Jaish-e-Mohammed and accused in the Pulwama attack) were searched. Searches
were also conducted in the houses of active overground workers of
Jaish-e-Mohammed in Tral, Awantipora and Pulwama areas of south Kashmir.
Incriminating materials including diaries containing coded writings were
seized,’’ the spokesman said.
Two operatives of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have been arrested from
West Bengal's Murshidabad district and a cache of explosive materials seized
from their possession, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.
a joint operation by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police and the
Murshidabad police, Moshibur Rahman (35) alias Farooque and Ruhul Amin alias
Saifullah (26) were apprehended on Tuesday night, he said.
Moshibur and Ruhul, residents of Murshidabad district, are active members of
the outlawed JMB. A cache of explosive materials, including aluminium dust,
calether (spirit of ether) and sulphuric acid, have been recovered from their
possession," the senior officer said.
duo happen to be associates of Kauser and Sajjad, who were nabbed on 29 January
for their involvement in 2014 Burdwan blast case, he said. On 2 October, 2014,
a blast had occurred in a house at Khagragarh in Burdwan district, killing two
have interrogated Sajjad and found out that Moshibur and Ruhul have been
trained in making acid bombs. Their plan was to attack the police and get
Kauser released," the officer said.
Tuesday's successful raid in Murshidabad, the number of JMB operatives arrested
in a month rose to six, he added. On 16 February, Ariful Islam alias Arif (22)
was arrested from the city's Babughat area for his alleged links to the terror
days later, Asif Iqbal alias Nadeem, another resident of Murshidabad district,
was held at Santragachi railway station in Howrah district. Islam was involved
in 2018 Bodh Gaya blast case, police had claimed.
court rules against Muslim man who refused to shave beard for job
Dutch court has backed the suspension of a Muslim man’s benefits over his
refusal on religious grounds to shave his beard while on training for a job.
unnamed man had been offered a job as an asbestos removal officer but was subsequently
told he would need to be clean shaven in order to undergo the training course.
he refused on the basis of his religious convictions, Amersfoort city council
suspended payments to both him and his wife for a month under the
Participatiewet, which provides a minimum income for every legal resident in
man appealed the decision at the court of central Netherlands, where he claimed
that the removal of his benefits was an infringement of article nine of the
European convention on human rights which protects the right to freedom of
thought, conscience and religion.
council argued that there was a danger of asbestos particles ending up in the
man’s beard, which is harmful to his health. They added that his facial hair
would also impact on the effectiveness of the respiratory mask he would need to
for the council went on to conclude that the man, who had been unemployed for
two years, would have received an automatic job on completing his training and
that they had to act in the interests of the taxpayer.
man responded that he would have been willing to wear an alternative
respiratory mask on the market suitable for those with beards but the court
concluded that the training required the use of a specific mask.
court’s appeal board ruled that the decision was “unmistakably an infringement
of [the man’s] right to religious freedom” but that this was tolerable if there
was a legal basis and society required it.
the summing up the judges took into account the lack of any prospect of other
employment given the man’s history including time in jail, psychological
problems and a gambling addiction.
provision offered … did not involve any internship or training, but was
provided with a job guarantee”, the court said. “For the appellant, the
training was therefore an excellent, concrete chance for regular work …
to the refusal to participate in the training, the appellant did not make use
of the guaranteed opportunity to gain access to the labour market. As a result,
he put undue pressure on the public funds to the detriment of those who, in
solidarity, bear the costs of the provisions in the Participatiewet.”
judges ruled that the suspension of payments was “deemed necessary in the
interest of the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.
Dutch welfare system has undergone significant changes in recent years
corresponding with a fall in unemployment from 6.9% in 2014 to around 3.9%
today, the pre-financial crisis level. But real wage growth has been slow with
work contracts being increasingly short-term.
Muslim leaders take lead on interfaith dialogue
leaders in the U.K. visited churches, synagogues, Hindu and Sikh temples in
interfaith solidarity amid rising hate crime.
from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), Muslim Council of Wales, Muslim
Council of Scotland and the Belfast Islamic Centre made visits Tuesday to the
places of worship to demonstrate common experiences shared religious groups as
minorities in the U.K.
a time when the country is polarized by Brexit and hate crime is on the rise,
the symbolic action aims to emphasize the importance of communities of all
faiths and none in coming together and putting aside differences for the common
good,” read a statement by the MCB said.
visits in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland came one week before
the commencement of the annual Visit My Mosque Day, in which more than 250
mosques across the U.K. will open their doors to the general public.
of the MCB, described his visit to the West London Synagogue as a “privilege”,
saying “it was great to hear about the similarity of the Jewish religious
services to my own faith as a Muslim, alongside the synagogue’s active outreach
programs for refugees and the homeless.
strongly encourage more of my fellow Muslims to visit other faith institutions
as this will only make our bonds stronger as we have more in common than what
divides us,” he added.
Helen Freeman of the West London Synagogue, welcomed Khan and representatives
from the MCB. “We value the building of bridges of understanding with those of
all faiths. So it was my particular pleasure to welcome visitors from the
Muslim Council of Britain as we look forward to celebrating ‘Visit My Mosque
Day’ on Sunday March 3,” he said.
Rev. David Compton of the Methodist Agape Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland,
hosted representatives of the Belfast Islamic Centre and spoke of the
importance of building bridges of friendship between different communities in
the U.K. to build a cohesive society and breakdown stereotypes that only rule
Director of The Inter Faith Network for the UK, Dr. Harriet Crabtree, said
this: “Mutual exchange of visits to community places of worship is an important
part of building and strengthening good inter faith relations. These visits
arranged in connection with Visit My Mosque are a significant demonstration of
Muslim Council of Britain is the U.K.’s largest Muslim umbrella organization,
representing more than 500 institutions and mosques and holds annual events
such as Visit My Mosque Day that aim unite communities across the U.K.
the last three years, there has been a sharp rise in Islamophobia and
anti-Muslim hate crime in the U.K. with 2017 having a record number of attacks
against Muslims. In 2018 there were over 1,200 reports of Islamophobic attacks,
a 26 percent surge from the previous year.
Labour Party has voiced its official objection to the move by the British Home
Secretary Sajid Javid to have Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah proscribed as
a terrorist organization. Already approved by Parliament, the House of Lords is
widely expected to back the decision which would see support for Hezbollah
punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
on Wednesday called on both Pakistan and India to de-escalate tensions after
cross-border air raids set the region on edge.
federal government makes an urgent appeal for both sides to refrain from steps
that could further escalate the conflict,” German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
Maria Adebahr told a news conference in Berlin, adding that India and Pakistan
bear responsibility for regional stability.
expressed hope that the two nuclear neighbors would use existing dialogue
channels to de-escalate tensions and find a peaceful solution.
and India claimed on Wednesday that they had shot down each other’s fighter
jets, in a significant escalation between the two countries over Kashmir.
claimed on Tuesday its warplanes entered Pakistani airspace and bombed a
"militant camp," after over 40 Indian troopers were killed in a
suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir on Feb 14.
Pakistani civil and military officials have rejected the claims.
Wednesday, Pakistan said it had shot down two Indian fighter jets that crossed
into Pakistani territory.
EU warned Pakistan and India of recent “serious and dangerous consequences” on
Wednesday because of heightened tensions.
along the 'Line of Control' between India and Pakistan have escalated militarily
during the last days,” said EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. “This
has the potential to lead to serious and dangerous consequences for the two
countries and the wider region.”
urged Islamabad and New Delhi to resume diplomatic contacts at the political
level pleaded with both sides to exercise the "utmost restraint and avoid
any further escalation.”
European Union will remain in contact with both countries and will continue to
closely monitor the situation,” she said.
between the two nuclear neighbors rose after Indian jets intruded Pakistan's
airspace early Tuesday.
Ahmet Gurhan Kartal
U.K. is “deeply concerned” about rising tensions between Pakistan and India and
is urging restraint, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday.
at a weekly question session in the House of Commons, May said the British
government is monitoring developments closely, and they hope tensions can be
U.K. “urgently calls for restraint on both sides to avoid further escalation,”
said they are in contact with both sides and “urging dialogue and diplomatic
solutions for regional stability.”
Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said they “support urgent dialogue” between the two
countries in order to “reduce the tensions and to deal with the root causes of
politicians' remarks came amid reports that Pakistan and India claimed they had
shot down each other’s fighter jets.
May, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also said the U.K. is “very concerned” about
the latest developments.
described India and Pakistan as “good friends of the U.K.,” adding that he has
been in touch with the foreign ministers of both.
are urging restraint on all sides,” Hunt said.
side wants to see this escalate further but this is going to take a really
critical restraint in the days ahead, and we are doing everything we can to
support de-escalation of the tensions that are happening at the moment,” he
tension between the two nuclear neighbors rose after Indian jets intruded into
Pakistan's airspace early Tuesday.
strain in ties between Israel and Russia were laid bare on Wednesday as
President Vladimir Putin hosted talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
focusing on Iran’s role in Syria.
the meeting in Moscow, Mr Netanyahu said the key agenda points would be
military co-operation and Syria and curbing Iranian influence in the country.
will continue to act until we get the Iranians out of Syria because Iran
threatens to destroy Israel," he said.
was a message he repeated during a meeting with Mr Putin before closed-door
biggest threat to stability and security of the region is Iran,” Mr Netanyahu
visit came as Mr Putin intensified efforts to find a political resolution to
the conflict in Syria.
in February, the Russian president hosted talks with the leaders of Iran and
talks between Mr Putin, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s
Hassan Rouhani on Valentine's Day were dominated by the fallout from US
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops from Syria.
Trump’s plans, since changed, leave Mr Netanyahu with one fewer ally against
Iranian influence in a country torn apart by eight years of war.
withdrawal puts Israel in an even more difficult position than previously,”
says Anna Borshchevskaya, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near
East Policy. “Israel's only real ally in the conflict now is Russia.”
Wednesday’s talks, Mr Netanyahu made it clear that he regards Mr Putin as a key
player who can curb Iranian influence and proxies backed by Tehran.
analysts say Mr Putin may be unable or unwilling to intervene on Israel’s
wishful thinking that Russia can help curb Iranian influence in a meaningful
way,’ Ms Borshchevskaya told The National.
ultimately has neither the ability nor desire to do so, but he is interested in
the pretence of being helpful. The fact of the matter is, Putin's entire Syria
strategy has been predicated on a partnership with Iran.”
has responded to Iran’s growing presence in Syria by launching dozens of air
strikes against militants backed by Tehran. Mr Netanyahu says those militants
want to use Syria as a launching pad to attack Israel.
as the war in Syria appears to wind down, Russia’s patience with Israel’s air
campaign appears to be running thin.
Sochi this month, Mr Putin promised that the territorial integrity of Syria
would be restored and news organisations run by the Kremlin have voiced loud
criticism of recent Israeli sorties over Syria.
Mr Netanyahu last visited Russia in May, the relationship between the two
leaders looked rosier.
Israeli president was one of just two world leaders to stand side by side with
Mr Putin during a bombastic military parade on Red Square to commemorate the
end of the Second World War.
have been more strained since September when Moscow blamed Israel for shooting
down a Russian surveillance plane over the Mediterranean.
Defence Ministry said that four Israeli F-14s had hidden behind the Ilyushin
Il-20 plane when Syrian air defence targeted the jets.
the incident, Mr Netanyahu failed to organise an official meeting at the Paris
Peace Forum in November, although the two leaders did meet several times on the
meeting in Moscow this week, the first since November, was not without
elections looming in Israel, Mr Netanyahu made a last minute delay to the
talks, originally scheduled for last week, over fears that two opposition
parties were forming a coalition before the April ballot.
into real estate, trading to fund terror acts
28, 2019, 0
DELHI: Banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, long dependent on the Pakistani
state and donations, has over the years opened “legitimate businesses” to raise
cash for carrying out its main task of exporting terror to India.
2007, the terror outfit has been investing in real estate, production and
distribution of consumer goods and commodity trading, an assessment by Indian
and US intelligence officials said. According to the US state department, Jaish
doesn’t keep money in banks now to avoid seizures.
investments are known to ISI and the Pakistani military but they allow JeM to
flourish as it suits their anti-India agenda,” said an officer, requesting
officials said the organisation was cash rich as it was able to freely seek
donations for a “religious” cause and invest in various business. According to
the US state department, JeM raises funds through Al Rehmat Trust and Al Rashid
inputs and international reports concluded that JeM exploited the state of
lawlessness, failure of governance and lack of jobs in Pakistan to increase its
strength while it continued to get arms, ammunition and money from the
outfit is estimated to have over 1,000 trained terrorists with several thousand
more as recruits and students in various madrasas. Its recruitment arms are
spread across Pakistan with the main focus on southern Punjab (Pakistan), where
other terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Taiba, factions of Al
Qaida and Taliban also operate freely.
to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the area between and around
southern Punjab’s Rajanpur, Sindh’s Kashmore and Balochistan’s Dera Bugti
districts “have created sizeable sanctuaries for criminal and jihadist groups”.
groups, including JeM, have even occupied three small islands on the Indus
river. The islands have lax law enforcement and the riverine terrain is often
inaccessible, which suits these groups.
the areas around Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan districts, bordering Balochistan,
“many jihadist madrasas, some directly linked to Islamabad’s Lal Masjid”, have
come up over the years, the ICG said. Taunsa town in Dera Ghazi Khan is a major
said Jaish uses a range of tactics — stationary and vehicle-borne improvised explosive
devices, suicide bombings and targeted assassinations — in its attacks both in
India and Pakistan.
Pakistan is working on China’s vulnerabilities to ensure its continued support
during the military conflict with India, informed sources said.
depends heavily on the Pakistani military for different reasons, one of which
is the protection of Chinese citizens employed in the China-Pakistan Economic
Corridor and a range of other areas. An estimated 60,000 Chinese live in
Chinese government also needs support from the Pakistani military to make sure
that Taliban militants do not cross the border into the disturbed region of
Xinjiang in western China. Separatist militants of Xinjiang are known to have
received assistance from Pakistan- and Afghanistan-based militants in the past.
main worry is dilution of the support it enjoys from China, which provides
credibility to its actions besides heavily financing it.
state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that Pakistan
has always been opposed to terrorism. This kind of blatant support for
Islamabad even after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj briefed him about
the Pulwama attack shows that Pakistan has been able to persuade Beijing to
continue supporting it.
has its own sources in the Pakistani military to gauge the mood of the armed
forces in the neighbouring country.
sources said the Chinese government has a direct relationship with the
Pakistani military which is separate and distinct from its connect with the
political leadership in Islamabad. Pakistan’s military generals regularly visit
China to interact with top officials of the People’s Liberation Army.
close relationship is also strengthened during China-based training programmes
for Pakistani forces and joint military exercises.
$50 billion CPEC project is being built with close support from the Pakistani
military establishment. It is a showcase project for China’s ambitious Belt and
Road Initiative, which has not been particularly successful in other parts of
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday threatened to
boycott a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled
for next month in the UAE if India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj
participates in it.
has been invited as a "guest of honour" at the inaugural session of the
foreign ministers' conclave in Abu Dhabi on March 1-2.
have no reservations with the OIC or any other Islamic country. My reservations
are with Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj's attendance at the OIC
meeting," Qureshi told Geo News.
Swaraj attends the meeting then I will not participate in it," Qureshi
said shared that UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres and Turkish foreign
minister Mevlut Cavusoglu telephoned him.
believe India has committed aggression against a brother Islamic country and
attacked a founding member of the OIC," Qureshi quoted Cavusoglu as
Turkish foreign minister said there is no reason for Indian foreign minister
Sushma Swaraj to attend the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Countries
(OIC) and Turkey will fully oppose her invitation and opportunity to
address," he added.
night, Qureshi said he spoke to his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed
Al Nahyan expressed his reservations over invitation to Swaraj.
the current circumstances, it will not be possible for me to attend OIC meeting
where Swaraj is present," he said.
the OIC on Tuesday "condemned" India's "incursion and aerial
violation" in Pakistan.
urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid any steps that would
endanger peace and security in the region. It called upon both parties to act
responsibly and encouraged them to seek peaceful solution to current crisis
without resort to use of force.
also called on them to embrace dialogue and work towards de-escalation of
current situation as a matter of priority.
OIC contact group on Jammu and Kashmir held an emergency meeting at the OIC
general secretariat in Jeddah and expressed deep concern over the heightened
tension in the region and called for immediate de-escalation.
Jubilant activists of various political and social organisations and general
public poured onto streets across the province on Wednesday to express
solidarity with Pakistan’s armed forces for giving a befitting reply to Indian
Hyderabad, leaders of local chapters of religious and political parties issued
statements condemning Indian war-mongering. They said India was undermining
peace in the region.
Peoples Party’s member of Sindh Assembly Abdul Jabbar Khan said that Pakistan
wanted peace but Indian rulers were waging war for their nefarious designs.
Pakistan had always tried to avoid war, he said.
said that India must understand now that they should not take everything for
could not be any compromise on Pakistan’s integrity that was why all political
and religious forces were united regardless of their political differences, he
Taraqqi-pasand Party chairman Dr Qadir Magsi said that increasing tension
between Pakistan and India was threatening world peace. Rulers on both sides
should resolve all bilateral issues through dialogue, he said.
feared Sindh would become battleground of proxy war because not only ethnic
terrorists but religious extremists and separatists would try to foment
terrorism to divide Sindh with Indian support.
Awami Tehreek president Ayaz Latif Palijo accused India of pushing the region
into war. He said that Modi’s team was spreading hatred against Pakistan
through media and urged United Nations to take notice of the Indian aggression.
said that Pakistan had taken steps to relax visa policy and opened Kartarpur
border to promote peace and condemned Pulwama attack, but India linked it with
Pakistan without presenting any evidence.
said that Western powers and neighbours wanted Pakistan to withdraw from CPEC
and India wanted to stall Pakistan’s progress.
Afghanistan and Israel and world powers were not willing to accept defence and
economic cooperation between Pakistan, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia
and India was exploiting the situation for elections.
leader Hafiz Tahir Majeed praised Pakistan army for shooting down Indian
military jets and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Imran Qureshi said that
shooting down of Indian aircraft had exposed Indian propaganda.
Activists of Mazdoor Shehri Ittehad took out a rally in Jacobabad to express
joy at Pakistan army’s befitting reply to India.
Ittehad chairman Haji Ghulam Nabi Rind and others said in their speeches at DC
Chowk where the rally terminated that they were celebrating Pakistan army’s
response to India and said that Narendra Modi had worked himself up into war
hysteria to gain popularity and win election.
rally participants danced to drumbeats, raised slogans in favour of Pakistan
army and distributed sweets.
rally was taken out by activists of JI and Qaumi Amn Committee in support of
Pakistan army in Kandhkot. The leaders said that entire nation stood by their
army and was ready to sacrifice their lives for the safety and security of the
Sukkur Development Alliance decided to take out ‘Pakistan Zindabad — India
Murdabad’ rally from Sarrafa Bazaar to Clock Tower roundabout on Thursday.
alliance leaders Mufti Mohammad Ibrahim Qadri and others said that nations who
felt proud of their martyrs could never be defeated.
are proud of our armed forces and nation is ready to sacrifice their lives for
the sake of the country,” they said.
said that Indian war-mongering had put peace of the region at risk but the
nation was united and stood by their army to respond to any attempt at
Activists of Anjuman Tajiran, Young Lawyers Forum, Ulema Action Committee took
out rallies to express solidarity with Pakistan armed forces.
participants of the rallies raised slogans against India and in support of
Pakistan military as they marched through main roads before converging on local
press club where their leaders made speeches and condemned Indian aggression.
said that the nation was ready to fight if India wanted war and it stood by its
Members of Anjuman Tajir Ittehad and other organisations took out rallies
against Indian aggression and in support of Pakistan army.
Ittehad leaders said that every Pakistani including women and children stood by
their valiant armed forces.
condemned Indian aggression and warned if Indian prime minister imposed war on
the country every citizen would play his or her part for the defence of
FEROZE: Residents of Naushahro Feroze and Moro towns took out rallies to express
solidarity with Pakistan armed forces.
Mohammad Razzaq Chaudhry was in the courtyard of his house in Horra’n village,
located barely 7km from the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s
Bhimber district, at about 8:45am on Wednesday when the “smoke and sound” made
him realise that a dogfight was going on up above in the sky.
watching them carefully, the 58-year-old political and social activist of the
area noticed that two aircraft had caught fire but while one of them sped
across the LoC, the other burst into flames and came down speedily.
wreckage fell more than one kilometre away from the house of Mr Razzaq towards
the eastern side in a deserted field.
Razzaq said he saw a parachute descending towards the ground, which made
landing around one kilometre away from his house but on the southern side.
pilot emerged out of the parachute safe and sound,” he told Dawn from Horra’n
village by telephone.
Razzaq said he had in the meantime made calls to several youngsters in the
village, asking them not to go close to the wreckage until arrival of the army
personnel but get hold of the pilot.
pictures: PAF downs Indian aircraft violating Pakistan airspace, pilot held
pilot, who was equipped with a pistol, asked the youngsters whether it was
India or Pakistan. On this, one of them intelligently responded that it was
India. The pilot, later identified as Wing Commander Abhi Nandan, shouted some
slogans and asked which place exactly it was in India.
this, the same boy responded that it was Qilla’n.
pilot told them that his “back was broken” and he needed water to drink.
emotional youth, who could not digest the slogans, shouted Pakistan army
zindabad. On this, Abhinandan shot a fire in the air while the boys picked up
stones in their hands.
to Mr Razzaq, the Indian pilot ran a distance of half a kilometre in backward
direction while pointing his pistol towards the boys who were chasing him.
this brisk movement, he fired some more gunshots in the air to frighten them
but to no avail, he said. Then he jumped into a small pond where he took out
some documents and maps from his pockets, some of which he tried to swallow and
soaked others in water.
boys kept on asking him to drop his weapon and in the meanwhile one boy shot at
his leg, Mr Razzaq said.
he came out and said he should not be killed. The boys got hold of him from
both arms. Some of them roughed him up, in a fit of rage, while others kept on
the meanwhile, army personnel arrived there and took him into their custody and
saved him from the wrath of the youths, he said.
God, none of the furious boys shot him dead because he had given them quite a
tough time,” he said.
detained pilot was then taken to an army installation in Bhimber in a convoy of
urges UNSC to take India to task over war-mongering
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman has urged the
United Nations Security Council and other international organisations to ask
India why it has imposed war — that can prove harmful for the entire region —
maulana said at a press conference at Larkana Press Club here on Wednesday that
Indian aggression was a war crime as the country violated the Line of Control
on the pretext of unfounded claims of Pakistan’s involvement in Pulwama
incident. India should have provided proof of the incident instead of imposing
war, which was an irresponsible act, he said.
said that Indian war hysteria was inexplicable at best as one could not
understand what the Modi government could achieve by stoking war in the region.
“Though we are confronting domestic, political and economic problems and our
foreign policy is heading for failure we have complete confidence in Pakistan
army and it is our first priority,” he said.
a mark of solidarity with Pakistan army his party would stage protests across
the country on Friday and appealed to all religious and political parties to
participate in peaceful demonstrations in large numbers, he said.
urged all political and religious parties to participate in processions,
protests and demonstrations and assured Pakistan army that the nation stood by
maulana said in answer to a question about invitation to Indian external
affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to the meeting of Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) that OIC was an ineffective forum which carried no weight.
said that India did not qualify to be an Islamic country while Pakistan was a
large Muslim nation. It was right decision to boycott the OIC’s emergency
meeting, he said, adding that war was fire that burned everything to ashes.
said that Kashmir was a disputed issue and Pakistan had always welcomed
international arbitration for settling it but India resisted such attempts.
“Our stand about weaker role of international organisations in helping settle
Kashmir dispute is still unchanged,” he said.
said that India got the answer when Pakistan established its defence capability
by downing two Indian warplanes. And now, he said, India would have to retreat.
if the government should send delegations to leading nations to muster support
for its stand, the maulana said that they could only wish for it but the
question was whether present rulers had the capacity to effectively advocate
the country’s case.
JUI-F’s planned ‘million march’ under obtaining conditions, he said Thursday’s
march would be held as per schedule but its objective would now be expressing
solidarity with defence institutions.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday
stated that India must reciprocate to the dialogue offer by Prime Minister
Imran Khan and should de-escalate the situation before its too late.
India to go for peace, Bhutto wrote on his Twitter handle: “It is the youth of
the subcontinent who will pay in blood and coin for generations to come for the
shortsighted decisions of a few today. Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s call for
dialogue must be reciprocated, time to deescalate before it’s too late.”
It is the youth of the subcontinent who will
pay in blood and coin for generations to come for the shortsighted decisions of
a few today. Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s call for dialogue must be
reciprocated, time to deescalate before it’s too late.
- 28 Feb 2019
Ads information and privacy
people are talking about this
Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that Pakistan has offered to hold peace
talks with India previously and is still willing to do so as “terrorism is not
in Pakistan’s interests”.
addressing the nation following the shooting down of two Indian aircraft by
Pakistan Air Force, the premier started his address saying, “I wanted to take
you into confidence regarding the situation arising since yesterday.”
the Pulwama incident, we offered India to cooperate in the probe. We know they
have suffered casualties,” he said.
has suffered casualties in the past so we offered to cooperate with India.
Because terrorism is not in Pakistan’s interests,” PM Imran added.
had said that Pakistan would be forced to respond if India carried out
didn’t take action yesterday morning because we didn’t know the full extent of
the damage. Otherwise, it would have been irresponsible. That’s why we waited,”
Imran further said, “Our plan from the start has been no casualties for India.
The purpose was just to show India that if they can enter our space, we can
problem is, where do we go from here? It is crucial that India acts sensibly in
this situation,” he asserted.
military sources are saying that nearly 40 anti-government armed militants have
been killed during the operations of the Afghan Special Forces and airstrikes
which were conducted in Nangarahr, Wardak, Ghazni, Uruzgan, Logar, Takhar,
Paktia, and Helmand provinces in the past 24 hours.
sources further added that 3 Taliban militants were killed during the
operations of the Afghan Special Forces which were conducted in Achin district
of Nangarhar and Chak district of Wardak province. Afghan security forces have
killed more than 60 Taliban fighters in the region since last week, including 8
within the last 36 hours.
Afghan Special Forces conducted similar operations in Tarinkot city of Uruzgan
and Dasht-e-Qala district of Takhar province leaving 14 Taliban militants dead,
the sources said.
Special Forces conducted a raid in Charkh district and destroyed over 4,600
pounds of homemade explosives,” the sources said adding that “Air strikes in
Zurmat district of Paktia province killed 3 Taliban fighters.”
least 19 Taliban militants were killed during the Afghan Special Forces
operations and airstrikes which were conducted in Sangin district of Helmand,
Qarabagh and Andar districts of Ghazni, and Shindand district of Herat
province, the sources said.
appeals for $152 million for critical support to Rohingya refugees
is appealing for $152 million to provide critical support for Rohingya refugees
and host community residents in Bangladesh this year, said a top UN official on
date we have only 29 percent of the required funds and we're working hard to
get the rest," Henrietta Fore, UNICEF's executive director, told reporters
in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka following a two-day visit to Rohingya refugee
camps in the southern city of Cox's Bazar.
is a great need for the people to feel that they are out of the crisis in the
context of stability, health care, education, water, sanitation and
nutrition," she said.
neighboring Myanmar, she added, most Rohingya "have no legal identity or
citizenship and in Bangladesh, [Rohingya] children are not being registered at
birth, they lack a refugee status."
a December study, she said 180,000 Rohingya children age 4-14 are now enrolled
in learning centers across the area of Cox's Bazar, showing how great the need
for education is.
without a legal identity, they are at the mercy of traffickers and drug
dealers," said Ahmed Al Meraikhi, UN humanitarian envoy, speaking alongside
asked by Anadolu Agency, both officials admitted that the international
community has yet to create any situation for the safe and dignified return of
Rohingya refugees who fled the 2017 military crackdown in Myanmar to
are seriously working both privately and officially in this regard, and the
international community is working for justice, which is extremely important
for the Rohingya," Fore added.
Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar's
state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development
18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped by Myanmar's army and police and
over 115,000 Rohingya homes were burned down and 113,000 others vandalized, it
UN has also documented mass gang rapes, killings-including of infants and young
children-brutal beatings and disappearances committed by Myanmar state forces.
Taliban militants and their commanders have suffered heavy casualties during
the clashes and airstrikes in northern Balkh province.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said at
least 8 Taliban militants were killed and 5 others were wounded during the
airstrikes and armed clashes which took place at around 1:20 pm local time in
statement further added that a similar clash took place between the security
forces and Taliban in Tawa Village of Shulagara district leaving 8 militants
dead including their commander Mullah Faiz Ur Rahman. The dead bodies of two
militants were left in the area.
to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least 13 militants also sustained injuries during
the same clashes and one of their commanders Mullah Hafeez is also among those
Taliban group on Thursday announced that the Taliban and U.S. representatives
have agreed on a 2-day break in ongoing talks in Doha, the capital city of
group in a statement said the two sides had extensive talks regarding foreign
troops withdrawal over the past two days and discussions also took place
regarding the prevention of Afghanistan from being used against the others.
meetings ended last night as both negotiation teams agreed to take a break
today and tomorrow for consultations and preparation for the third meeting
which shall be held on Saturday,” the statement added.
group also added that the Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the political deputy of
the group met with the deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of
Qatar Abdul Rahman al-Thani, National Security Advisor Muhammad al-Masnad, US
State Department’s Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad and commander of
U.S. forces in Afghanistan Scott Miller.
least three militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Khurasan (ISIS-K) were killed during the operations of the Afghan and Coalition
Forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the militants were
killed in the vicinity of Mamand Tangi area of Achin district.
statement further added that the Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police
forces conducted operations with the air support of Coalition Forces which
resulted into the killing of 3 ISIS-K militants.
201st Silab Corps also added that the local residents and security personnel
have suffered casualties during the operations.
LUMPUR: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today called for stern action be
taken against anyone who insults Islam or Prophet Muhammad.
said people were free to express their views on religious aspects, but
insulting a religion was totally unacceptable.
need to differentiate between the right and freedom to criticise or question on
some religious aspects but insulting the religion (Islam) and Prophet (Muhammad)
is a stupid and wicked thing to do, and of no benefit to the country.
there are people who think this (insulting religion) means freedom (of
expression) and a liberal attitude, they are misguided,” he said at a press
conference after officiating at the presentation of the Utusan Group Literary
Awards 2018, here, today.
however, reminded not to view insults against a religion as that representing
the opinions of any particular community.
said currently, the government was focusing on economic development and
improving people’s lives, as such, it did not wish to be deviated by the views
of such individuals.
the authorities need to take fast and stern action to avoid a recurrence of
such irresponsible action as intolerance could have negative effects,” said
Anwar, who is also the Member of Parliament for Port Dickson.
the Semenyih state seat by-election, Anwar said so far, public reception to
Pakatan Harapan had been encouraging.
preparing for the Rantau state seat by-election, he said a discussion would be
held today to share views on the list of candidates, the election machinery and
said he was not sure of the number of names but confirmed that Rembau PKR
division deputy chief, Dr S. Streram was on the list.-- Bernama
news reported that a 68-year-old jobless man has been charged at the sessions
court over an offensive caricature, said to be of Prophet Muhammad, which was
posted on his Facebook account. He had allegedly uploaded a posting which could
cause disharmony between Muslims and non-Muslims with the intention to annoy any
H. Hart, in his book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in
History, chose the prophet to lead the list of the world’s most influential
persons, as he has been the only man in history who was successful on the
religious and secular levels.
could be the motivation for the old man to post such a thing? Could it be
jealousy or envy of the prophet or just to create social disharmony? He may not
know the love of Muslims towards the prophet is jealously guarded. Or he is in disharmony himself?
to Chinese pathology, there are three principal causes of disharmony that
brings about diseases: external factors, emotions and irregularities in
day-to-day living. Of the main five organs (liver, heart, spleen, lung and kidney)
which one(s) is(are) causing the illness? Each organ has a Yin and Yang element
within and it is the imbalance between them that leads to diseases.
immediate response to this case is, I pity the old man.
prophet had warned us that during the end of times, there will be an age of
slander and libel. Injustice rampant, ignorance widespread and neglect creates
much chaos. Humans are seen to be living devoid of guidelines and restrictions,
without any means of differentiating between right from wrong and truth from
falsehood and jihad is no longer about defending honour.
do we seem to be lacking in inner strength and morality? As I see it, part of
the problem is due to the lack of faith in our hearts and the lack of reading
us look at the early days of preaching by the prophet. It was confined to
Mecca. It was not just the elite of Mecca that attacked him but even children
hurled dust and insulted him.
then moved to Taif. This was one of the most painful and hurtful incidents in
his life. There, he met the chiefs of the major tribe (the Thaqeef tribe) and
told them about Islam – worshipping only one god and leaving idol worship. They
rejected him, insulted him and got the children or street urchins to throw
stones and drive him out of town. With people jeering at him as his ankles bled
profusely, he ran out, finding shelter in an empty orchard.
bleeding, and rejected, he rests on a rock and prayed to Allah. He is so
compassionate and merciful, he did not ask Allah for punishment or to execute
revenge against the Thaqeef tribe.
not overcome with rage or hate, opted for mercy and not violence towards them.
Instead he said to Angel Jibreel, “I rather hope that Allah will raise from
among their descendants people who will worship Allah the One, and will not
ascribe partners to Him”.
we look to Taif today we come to appreciate the prophet’s vision, patience and
mercy. Today Taif, is the summer capital of Saudi Arabia and it is known for
why do I pity the old man?
and now, we have people making police reports just because an old man uploaded
an “offensive” caricature. Police have many other matters to deal with.
a mere mention of Islam leads to misgiving and dreadful feelings, not because the
faith is associated with fear but the neo-Muslims failed to be truthful Muslims
in the real sense. Many Muslims only claim to love the prophet, but they do not
follow his ways.
this case, I would have expected someone from the religious bodies or the
minister in charge of religious affairs to come forward to counsel the old man
and let him understand why Muslims love the Prophet. The strength of love for
him is connected to the Muslim’s faith.
have failed miserably in demonstrating compassion. It is the most frequently
occurring word in the Quran – “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the
Merciful” – 114 times. The minister himself, a few months ago said, that it
will be the government’s policy to promote compassionate Islam.
fact, the Prophet himself is described in the Quran as ‘Rahmatan lil Alamiin’
for the whole world and the creations (Surah Al-Anbiya’ 21:107). Essentially,
rahmah means love or affection.
for the old man, and in future – all Malaysians, please try to understand one
another. Let us cherish our multiethnic and multicultural society that
emphasises unity, loyalty and respect for others.
prophet strictly warned against any maltreatment of people of other faiths. He
said: “Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails
their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything
from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against
the person on the Day of Judgment” (Abu Dawud).
when you call to prayer, they take it in ridicule and amusement. That is
because they are a people who do not use reason” (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:58).
therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church
of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31-32).
Zurairi AR and R. Loheswar
Feb 28 — In several spots across town, Pakatan Harapan (PH) has erected giant
billboards touting itself and the Selangor state government as: “Kita bukan
pencuri, kita bukan pembohong, kita bukan perompak”.
slogan in Malay asserts that PH politicians are not “thieves, liars and
robbers”, an apparent dig at former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and
other Umno leaders who have been charged and investigated over a litany of
abuses during their administration.
the by-election this Saturday, the ruling pact is putting a forward fresh-faced
Muhamad Aiman Zainali, 30, who comes with no political baggage, against Barisan
Nasional’s (BN) Zakaria Hanafi, who at 58 is a former Umno division chief.
it is uncertain whether voters here have taken PH’s assertion to their hearts,
if the local reception towards Najib’s several visits since a fortnight ago is
may look like a lot of people but the majority of them aren't locals. They
brought outsiders and those who want pictures with him and are nearby may have
popped by as well.
we know that most were outsiders. The crowd is fake,” Hulu Langat PH committee
member Padmaanathan Doraisamy told Malay Mail.
a visit to hypermarket Tesco two weeks ago, Najib was feted by shoppers who
were raring for opportunities to take “selfies” with him. Mostly Malays, the
shoppers are presumably part of the majority demographic that makes up roughly
seven in 10 voters in the state seat.
was despite the 42 charges that Najib is currently facing in court, in alleged
offences that run from abuse of power and criminal breach of trust to
money-laundering and tampering with audit reports — most of them linked to
1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
the charges have taken a back seat in some voters’ minds as Najib has since
adopted a more people-friendly image, bringing along the viral “Bossku” trend
wherever he goes.
local campaigner’s dismissal of Najib’s stunts, his popularity does seem to vex
top PH leaders, with DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang urging voters earlier this week
to vote for PH in order to nip Najib’s intended political comeback in the bud.
there room for more than one ‘bossku’?
with Najib’s caricature riding a moped and the “Malu apa bossku?” rallying call
are now part and parcel of BN’s campaign, despite Umno secretary-general Tan
Sri Annuar Musa telling Malay Mail that Najib’s newfound fame does not
automatically translate into popularity at the ballots.
there is a BN “ceramah” or rally each evening, one would be sure to find
enterprising youths selling those t-shirts for as cheap as merely RM5 each. And
at daytime, at least one stall can be seen erected near the BN campaign
near the BN headquarters, teenage trader Mohd Awaluddin, 16, told Malay Mail he
could make up to RM6,000 when there is a massive turnout to a BN ceramah.
buy either to support him or just for fun. They buy motorcycle stickers as
well, and ride around in a gang for fun. It's all because Najib went viral,”
said another trader nearby who called herself Zana Zee.
riding on Najib’s coattails, the former Umno president has at times been
accompanied by his entourage which included not only the incendiary Datuk
Lokman Noor Adam and Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos, but also Datuk Seri Jamil Khir
Baharom and Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
latter two, of note, have in the past few months laid low amid several scandals
linked to them.
pilgrims’ fund Lembaga Tabung Haji had since late last year been mired in
alleged financial misappropriation. It was previously under the purview of
Jamil Khir as the minister in charge of religious affairs.
Shahidan was charged with molesting an underaged girl in Perlis late last year.
He had then snubbed an arrest warrant while performing the Haj, and has so far
skipped court three times, claiming deteriorating health.
people saw Najib was having a good time, so why not join him? Birds of a
feather stick together,” Padmaanathan commented.
‘secret’ behind Najib’s sudden popularity
Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who recently handed over Umno presidential duties to
Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan after facing 46 charges in court, has also appeared in
Semenyih in a personal capacity. Just earlier this month, he was slapped with
week, he came clad in a white Baju Melayu and blue sarong, performing evening
prayers with locals before joining them for supper at a humble “mamak” joint.
Unlike Najib who was just pictured riding a moped, Zahid rode a rugged 745cc
Honda X-ADV crossover scooter.
locals think it is unlikely that Zahid, or other scandal-plagued Umno leaders,
could replicate Najib’s surprise fame, as the latter “resonates” with some
voters when he took PH to task for its alleged manifesto U-turns or failures.
got the aura,” said Zana, referring to the Pekan MP.
political analyst Ooi Kok Hin suggested that the bold reappearances of these
Umno leaders may be down to the public’s lack of understanding of the charges
and investigations against them, in no small part due to the media’s
“normalisation and legitimisation” of them.
pointing to the Cameron Highlands by-election won by BN, Ooi said Najib’s viral
popularity paled in comparison to the effects of patronage politics that have
been practised there as long as BN and the Pekan MP have been in power.
years of patronage politics, he has people indebted to him,” said the Monbusho
scholar at Waseda University, Japan.
matter what they have been accused of, there will be people — select key people
and the connected masses in their patronage network — whose success and fortune
depend on their political fate.”
to Ooi, the resurgence of these leaders may not only pose a danger to PH’s
campaign, but to BN’s attempt at reforming itself under the new leadership of
acting Umno president Mohamad — also known as Tok Mat.
old guards' reluctance to give up influence and power is impeding Tok Mat's
LUMPUR, Feb 28 — A man known only as Mohd Shahrizan has stepped forward and
admitted to posting a fabricated message depicting Attorney General (AG) Tommy
Thomas as anti-Islam.
a Facebook post yesterday, Mohd Shahrizan apologised for his earlier post
titled in Malay “Penghina Nabi dan Islam bukan penjenayah, mereka berhak
lontarkan pandangan” (Those who insult the Prophet and Islam aren’t criminals,
they have a right to express their views), which he said was wrongly attributed
have been made to understand that the viralled statement is absolutely untrue
and the statement is defamatory to the Attorney General that could jeopardise
his reputation,” the post read.
Shahizan said he should have been more careful and verified the facts before
making comments, but blamed anger for his controversial post that that later
went viral on social media.
was after another Facebook user named Foo Sing Wai was accused in court for
offending the Prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisyah,” he said, referring to the
inflammatory caricature of the two Islamic figures posted and spread on social
a 68-year-old man, has since been charged on two counts of causing disharmony
and improper use of network facilities over his provocative Facebook post, to
which he pleaded not guilty.
hope the Attorney General has the heart to forgive my mistake, which I promise
not to repeat,” Mohd Shahizan said.
added that he removed his post six minutes later, after realising the
allegation was false.
hoped he would be spared further action after his open apology to the AG.
Attorney General Tommy Thomas today lodged a police report against allegations
that he is anti-Islam.
police chief Assistant Commissioner Rosly Hassan confirmed that a report was
made on behalf of Thomas.
report was over allegations circulating on social media that he was anti-Islam.
said the attorney-general’s special officers Siti Rahayu Mumazaini and Amir
Nasarudin had come to the police headquarters in the afternoon today to make an
is confirmed a report was lodged today by two officers on the matter. However
the Attorney-general was not present.
case will be investigated by Bukit Aman,” he said in a brief text message.
Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim when contacted
said the case would be investigated by Bukit Aman Classified Crime
Investigation Unit (USJT).
a grey Proton Perdana was seen entering the police station at 3.15pm and left
at 4.45 pm.
online portal reported that Thomas had confirmed lodging the report, adding
that he wanted the police to investigate the matter.
has been a vicious message circulating on social media claiming that I am
is a total lie. It is for this reason, the police report was lodged for the
matter to be investigated,” he told the online news portal earlier.
LUMPUR, Feb 27 — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today called for stern
action be taken against anyone who insults Islam or Prophet Muhammad.
need to differentiate between the right and freedom to criticise or question on
some religious aspects but insulting the religion (Islam) and Prophet (Muhammad) is a stupid and wicked
thing to do, and of no benefit to the country.
there are people who think this (insulting religion) means freedom (of
expression) and a liberal attitude, they are misguided,” he said at a press
conference after officiating at the presentation of the Utusan Group Literary
Awards 2017, here, today.
Syrian forces battling Islamic State militants in their last hideout in eastern
Syria said they have rescued dozens of Yazidi children held by the militant
group for years.
Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led alliance, said last week that they had
successfully freed more than a dozen Yazidi children from IS as they evacuated
civilians from the Syrian town of Baghuz.
many children saved from [IS] territory today, a group of Yazidi children also
arrived to safe areas," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said in a tweet.
a Kurdish-speaking religious minority, are viewed as infidels by IS extremists.
August 2014, IS militants made a massive attack on Sinjar, once home to the
largest Yazidi community in the world. At least 5,000 Yazidis, mostly men and
boys, were killed during the attack on the Iraqi city.
then kidnapped thousands of Yazidi children and women, who were subsequently
used as sex slaves and child soldiers.
12 children recently freed by IS in Baghuz are now in a special residence near
Hasaka, a Kurdish-held area in northeast Syria.
was held for more than four years," said Mazin Salim, 14, a former
they first took me from my village [near Sinjar], they kept me in Mosul for
several weeks," he told VOA in a phone interview this week.
added that "along with many other Yazidi children, I was then taken to a
location in Syria. I believe it was Aleppo. After staying there for a few
months, they transferred us to Raqqa."
the de facto capital of IS, was liberated by the SDF with support from the
U.S.-led coalition in October 2017.
fighting intensified in Raqqa, they moved us to an area near Baghuz,"
Yazidi teenager said that while he was in custody, IS indoctrinated him with
its extremist ideology.
the beginning, they would beat me every day because I didn't know Arabic and
didn't know anything about Islam," Salim explained. "But slowly, they
taught me how to read verses from the Quran."
of the Caliphate'
its brutal reign in Syria and Iraq, IS recruited child soldiers to be part of
what it called "Cubs of the Caliphate," a unit made up of brainwashed
and abused children who would carry out suicide attacks, execute civilians and
perform other cruel acts.
checked up on all of these children," said Shahin Hossein, a Kurdish
doctor who has been providing medical care to the Yazidi children since their
arrival. "All of them have varying degrees of psychological
said some of the children have been suffering from physical illnesses for a
long time without receiving any treatment.
the battle to capture Baghuz began this month, it has been easier for SDF
fighters to find Yazidi children and women.
this final battle in Baghuz, we had contacts in Daesh territory who would
provide us with information about Yazidi captives," SDF spokesman Bali
told VOA, using an Arabic word for IS. "So, we would carry out special
operations to rescue them. But since all civilians are leaving Baghuz, it is
easier to identify Yazidis as they come out of the town."
they are identified, Yazidi children and women are taken to a different
location, separate from camps hosting other civilians fleeing IS.
job is to receive them, give them medical treatment and then facilitate their
return to Sinjar," said Mahmoud Resho, a coordinator at the Yazidi House
Council, a local organization that supports Yazidi refugees and captives.
far, we have a total of 25 children and a woman who are waiting to go to their
families in Sinjar," Resho told VOA.
child who refused to be named for security reasons said that he was able to
communicate with his family in Sinjar through the Yazidi House Council and that
"he can't wait to see them again."
said the Iraqi government has recently closed its border with Syria.
"That's why these people have been waiting for a while," he added.
problem facing Yazidi children rescued from IS in Syria is that many don't know
the whereabouts or statuses of their families, Resho said.
kids have been kidnapped for almost five years. Some of their families are
either killed or have migrated to Europe," he said.
said he doesn't know what awaits him in Sinjar.
miss my family so much, but I don't know whether they're alive or dead,"
meets Saudi's MBS for first time since Khashoggi murder
White House adviser Jared Kushner met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman (MBS) on Tuesday for the first time since the murder of Saudi journalist
talks in the Saudi capital Riyadh, part of Kushner’s tour of the Middle East,
focused on ways of “increasing cooperation” between the United States and Saudi
Arabia as well as efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a White
House statement said.
on previous conversations, they discussed increasing cooperation between the
United States and Saudi Arabia, and the Trump administration’s efforts to
facilitate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians," the statement
they discussed ways to improve the condition of the entire region through
economic investment," it said.
was the first face-to-face meeting between Kushner, who is also US President
Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and MBS since the murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
firm critic of Saudi’s reform programme under the stewardship of MBS, Khashoggi
was looking to obtain paperwork certifying he was single so that he could marry
his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.
initially insisted that Khashoggi had left the consulate alive before changing
its account and admitting that the journalist was killed in an operation it
said was undertaken by "rogue elements".
behind Khashoggi murder
US Congress blasted the White House for its reluctance to hold Saudi Arabia
accountable for the murder of Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post
December the US Senate passed a resolution that directly pinned the blame for
the murder on MBS and a second resolution that to end US military assistance for
the devastating Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Khashoggi nor the war in Yemen were mentioned in the White House statement on
Kushner’s meeting in Saudi Arabia.
present at the meeting were Jason Greenblatt, special representative for
international negotiations, and US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook.
met on Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks focused
on his Middle East peace plan. Also present at the meeting with Kushner was
Berat Albayrak, Turkey's finance minister and Erdogan's son-in-law.
lasted two hours, according to state news agency Anadolu. No further details
is a strident critic of Israel and the Trump administration's policies in the
region. He has frequently said Israel's actions against Palestinians are
similar to methods used by the Nazis.
arrived in Ankara after stops in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to
discuss his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.
a recent interview with Sky News Arabia, Kushner said details of his proposed
initiative would be revealed after Israel's elections April 9.
hope occupied East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day
War, will be the capital of their future state. Israel claims all of Jerusalem
as its capital.
has said he wants to conclude an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement by the end
of his first term and Kushner was tasked with preparing it.
US Relocates ISIL Commanders After Receiving Terrorists' Gold Treasure
to the initial information obtained in Deir Ezzur, the US Army troops stationed
in Al-Jazeera region of Eastern Euphrates agreed with the ISIL commanders to
relocate them to safe places after receiving tens of tons of gold ingot that
the terrorists had stolen from different parts of Syria and Iraq, the state-run
SANA news agency reported.
local sources, meantime, reported that the US Army took control of ISIL's 50
tons of gold treasure in Baqouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur after it had
reached an agreement with the terrorists.
pointed to the recent intensified movements by the US choppers concurrent with
flights over several ISIL-controlled regions in Eastern Euphrates, and said
that the US has conducted important heliborne operations in key areas where the
ISIL commanders' hideouts are located and where the gold treasure was hidden.
a relevant development earlier last week, a source close to Kurdish forces said
that the US Army was taking ISIL's gold treasure that is estimated to weigh
around 50 tons from Eastern Syria to America.
Kurdish-language Bas News quoted a Kurdish source as saying that the Americans
have transferred tens of tons of the gold ingots they have seized from the ISIL
terrorists in Baghouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to their own country
and only kept a small portion of the treasure to be given to the Kurdish
source who spoke on the condition of anonymity reiterated that about 50 tons of
ISIL's gold has been sent to the US from the US military base in Kobani in
report comes as the US has been using the airport in Southern Kobani for
transferring consignments and military equipment in recent years.
a relevant development earlier this month, the US Army troops took out a sum of
40 tons of gold ingots belonging to the ISIL in heliborne operations after agreeing
with the terrorist group and while Washington is preparing to announce the end
of ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.
US troops in concordance with the ISIL terrorist group relocated big boxes
packed with ISIL's gold treasure on several helicopters from al-Dashisheh
region in Southern Hasaka," the SANA news agency quoted local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur said.
sources pointed to boxes containing 40 tons of gold ingots that the ISIL had
hidden in the Eastern part of al-Shadadi city, and said that the ISIL had
stolen the treasure of gold from the Iraqi city of Mosul and different parts of
US troops reportedly took out a group of ISIL terrorist commanders from Eastern
Syria in two heliborne operations in Hajin region of Eastern Deir Ezzur and
al-Dashisheh in Southern Hasaka and they were directed to the place where the
gold treasure was hidden.
a relevant development earlier this month, the London-based Syrian Observatory
of Human Rights (SOHR) said the Washington-backed militants were trying to find
and seize millions of dollars and at least 40 tons of gold left behind by the
ISIL terrorist group.
SOHR reported that the ISIL terrorists had stolen about 40 tons of gold and
millions of dollars from the population once under their control in Iraq and
Syria, which was later transferred to Eastern Euphrates in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
US-led coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) deliberately do
not target the areas under the control of the ISIL terrorists and commanders in
Eastern Euphrates in Deir Ezzur as they are trying to locate this treasure by
forcing the ISIL militants to speak about its location after
surrendering," it quoted informed sources as saying.
noted that part of the cash dollars and gold have been transferred from Turkey
to the areas under the ISIL control by Turkish brokers and intelligence service
who have close ties with the ISIL.
an SDF Commander, Adnan Afrin, said that the ISIL is now under the siege of the
SDF in an area no larger than one square kilometers in Eastern Euphrates.
a relevant development earlier in February, a prominent Syrian military expert
revealed that Washington plans to transfer the remnants of the ISIL terrorists
from Eastern Euphrates to other regions through Turkey and Iraq.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Issa as
saying that less than 600 ISIL militants are stationed in a 4-km/sq region in
Eastern Euphrates who will be soon evacuated from the region to foreign
added that the operations to transfer these militants will be conducted similar
to the operations earlier carried out to evacuate the ISIL terrorists from
Raqqa, saying that the US forces will transfer them via Iraq or Turkey to some
other Arab states for future operations.
questioned the US forces' claims of fighting against the terrorist groups along
with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), stressing that the Syrian army will
soon move to retake control over this region.
reports said last Sunday that the US army had agreed with the ISIL on the
latter's exit from areas under Washington's control in Eastern Euphrates.
US-led coalition troops and the SDF had reached an agreement with the ISIL
terrorists on the militants' retreat from areas under the control of the US and
its allied forces, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV news channel reported.
pointed to the preparations by the ISIL to move its terrorists out of Eastern
Euphrates, and said that the ISIL terrorists might be transferred to al-Anbar
desert of Badiya al-Tanf in Western Iraq.
report comes as the SDF claimed that it had started the final battle for
uprooting the remaining elements of the ISIL from Eastern Euphrates.
the Arabic-language service of RT quoted media activists as saying on Saturday
that the US-led coalition forces have carried out heliborne operations in the
Eastern Badiyeh of Deir Ezzur.
officials say they are organizing an evacuation from a refugee camp in southern
Syria where tens of thousands suffer from lack of food and medical supplies.
taskforce for the return of refugees said Wednesday that Russian troops
together with the Syrian government are preparing to arrange an evacuation from
the Rukban camp on March 1.
has blamed the United States for failing to provide adequate living conditions
in the camp which is home to about 40,000 people. Food and medicine deliveries
to the camp have often failed due to poor security.
and Syria issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on US forces to leave
Syria and to allow people inside a refugee camp southeast of the country to be
evacuated by Russian and Syrian forces.
statement, released by Russia's Ministry of Defence, said Russian and Syrian
forces had prepared buses to relocate refugees at the camp in the Rubkan area
and would guarantee them safe passage so they could start new lives.
also call on the United States, whose military units are on Syrian territory
illegally, to leave the country,” the joint statement read.
could help transfer non-Iraqi ISIS detainees held by the Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF) in Syria, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday.
will either help repatriate those citizens to their home countries, or
prosecute on its own those suspected of having committed crimes, he said at his
weekly news conference.
countries could ask Iraq to help to transfer some of her Daesh citizens to the
other country, like France for example,” Abdul Mahdi said, using the Arabic
acronym for ISIS. “Iraq might help, would help, helped to transfer those people
to their country. It is one battle and Iraq should fulfill its duties and
belonging to Daesh from other countries that their states, their countries
refuse to receive - how should we deal with that?” he asked.
case we should study the names, whether they participated in terrorist acts in
Iraq. Then they could be judged by Iraqi tribunals.”
in the press conference, the prime minister specified that Iraq would not
receive from Syria foreign fighters whose home countries refused to take back
comments came one day after Iraqi President Barham Salih said that 13 ISIS
detainees who were transferred to Iraq last week from the Syrian Democratic
Forces would be tried in Iraq.
Iraqi military sources told Reuters on Sunday that the US-backed SDF handed
over 14 French and six non-Iraqi Arab Islamic detainees last week.
fate of foreign detainees in SDF custody has become more pressing in recent
weeks as US-backed fighters planned an assault to capture the last remnants of
the group’s self-styled caliphate.
militant group still poses a threat in Iraq and some western officials believe
that ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, may still be hiding in the area.
and Cairo have engaged in a war of words after Turkey criticized European
leaders for turning a blind eye to the recent executions in Egypt and attending
a summit in the North African state.
at an election campaign rally in Giresun Province on Tuesday, President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said that the EU’s acceptance of an invitation by Egyptian
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, to the first joint EU-Arab League meeting in
the city of Sharm el-Sheikh “shows how insincere” the 28-nation bloc is.
EU is against death penalties and execution is prohibited in EU member
countries. So how can one speak about democracy in these EU states, which
accepted the invitation of Sisi, who executed nine young men last week?”
Turkish president also accused Sisi of having executed at least 42 people since
coming to power.
on Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was hypocritical
for EU leaders to attend the Egypt meeting, noting that they “do not have
values; they just have interests.”
whole EU leadership supporting Sisi and being in the same place as him on the
days after these young saplings were martyred, executed is a photograph of
exactly what we are saying,” he said. “This is a double standard, it is
nine Egyptians were convicted of involvement in the 2015 killing of Public
Prosecutor Hisham Barakat.
between Ankara and Brussels have been strained, especially since 2016 over the
EU’s criticism of the scale of the post-coup crackdown and Turkey’s claim that
the bloc failed to show solidarity after the attempted overthrow.
to comments by Turkish officials on Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Ministry
spokesman Ahmed Hafez rebuked Erdogan for what he called expressing “his
continued embrace” of the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Sisi administration has
President Erdogan once again speaks to us about Egypt and its political
leadership, clearly showing hatred,” he said.
also cited human rights accusations against Turkey, including the jailing of
journalists and the firing of government employees in the aftermath of the 2016
coup attempt, saying, “This narrative illustrates the lack of credibility of
what the Turkish president is promoting.”
International said the victims’ “trials had been marred by torture
allegations,” adding that it was just “a testament to the magnitude of
injustice in the country.”
UN human rights experts voiced alarm at the executions, saying, “These
convictions appear to be in direct disregard of both Egyptian and international
law and procedure.”
are all the more concerned that several other cases pending in the courts of
individuals convicted in similar circumstances and facing the death penalty
amid reports of a lack of due legal process,” they said.
Ahmed el-Attar of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms emphasized
that the Egyptian authorities should have suspended the executions until formal
requests for their re-examination were studied.
(the Egyptian authorities) didn’t follow procedure and carried out the death
sentences on all the defendants,” violating “their own procedural laws, Article
448 of the Egyptian Code of Criminal Procedure,” he said in a statement.
Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday invited Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit Damascus, state news agency IRNA reported,
without specifying a date for the trip.
tendered his resignation two days ago but Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
rejected it on Wednesday, calling it “against national interests.”
reject monthly tax transfer from Israel over prisoners dispute
Palestinian Authority has rejected the first 2019 monthly tax transfer from
Israel because it slashed the portion designated for financial support to
families of militants who are jailed in Israel, a PA minister said.
decision came despite increasing cash flow troubles, caused in part by US aid
cuts, that could destabilize the PA, an interim self-government body set up
following the 1993 Oslo accords between the Palestinians and Israel.
the interim accords, Israel collects taxes on imports into the Israeli-occupied
West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, an enclave under Palestinian Islamist rule
since 2007, and makes monthly transfers of the proceeds to the PA.
tax transfers make up about half of the PA's budget, according to Palestinian
Finance Ministry data.
Feb. 17, Israel announced a freeze on about 5 percent of that money affecting
stipends the PA pays to families of Palestinian militants killed or jailed by
response, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the PA itself would keep
paying the stipends rather than accept a partial tax transfer.
have refused to receive the 700 million shekel ($194 million) transfer after
Israel deducted 42 million shekels from it,” Hussein al-Sheikh, the PA minister
of civil affairs, told Reuters regarding the monthly transfer.
Israeli finance ministry declined to comment.
analysts see potential danger if PA financial troubles mount in the West Bank,
where the Authority maintains security cooperation with Israel even as
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled for years.
with other de-funding measures, stability in the West Bank is being compromised
in worrying ways,” said Tareq Baconi of the International Crisis Group think
tank. But he said Israel may reverse its decision rather than risk a PA
Finance Minister Shukri Bishara said last week the PA faced “difficult days” in
the coming weeks, hinting it might have to cut the salaries of some civil
and the United States say the PA's stipend policy fans Palestinian violence
while the Palestinians see the slain and jailed Palestinians as heroes of a
national struggle to end Israeli occupation and create an independent state.
United States passed legislation last year to sharply reduce aid to the PA
unless it stopped the pay-outs.
has slashed hundreds of millions of dollars of funding to humanitarian
organizations and UN agencies which aid the Palestinians as it seeks to
pressure Abbas to enter peace negotiations with Israel.
security forces arrested a prominent former Palestinian militant and a lawyer
on Wednesday in a West Bank raid over “terror” allegations, officials said.
Zubeidi and Tareq Barghout were arrested over their involvement in current
severe terror activity,” the Shin Bet domestic security service said in a
statement, refusing to provide further details.
Palestinian Prisoners Club said Zubeidi, the former head of the Al-Aqsa Martyr
Brigades militant group, was arrested in a village near Ramallah in the
occupied West Bank.
arrests come with Israeli security forces concerned over increased tensions in
the West Bank after recent scuffles at a Jerusalem holy site and Israel’s
decision to withhold tens of millions of dollars in tax transfers to the
is withholding $138 million in tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority over
its payments to the families of prisoners, or prisoners themselves, jailed for
attacks on Israelis.
is also gearing up to hold elections on April 9.
had faced charges in the past from the Palestinian Authority for taking part in
a shooting attack on the residence of Jenin governor Qaddura Musa in 2002.
died after suffering a heart attack during the incident, and Palestinian
security forces arrested dozens of people, including Zubeidi, shortly
had helped found Jenin’s Freedom Theatre.
hit back Wednesday at Turkish criticism of EU leaders for meeting their Arab
counterparts in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh just days after Cairo
executed nine people.
foreign ministry accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of partisanship
towards the Muslim Brotherhood, the outlawed Islamist movement that Egyptian
authorities have said inspired the nine men executed last week to carry out the
2015 murder of the country’s top prosecutor.
statement “clearly involves hatred and expresses its (Turkey’s) continued
embrace and support of the Muslim Brotherhood,” ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez
accused Erdogan of hypocrisy, citing a list of alleged human rights abuses by
... illustrates the lack of credibility of what the Turkish president is
promoting,” Hafez said.
had accused the European Union of insincerity on Tuesday for attending the
joint summit hosted by his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Red
Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday and Monday.
we talk about democracy in EU member countries who accepted the invitation of
Sisi, who has executed 42 people since he came to power and nine young people
last week, although capital punishment is banned (in the EU)?” he asked.
is not possible to understand them. The EU is not sincere.”
Sisi overthrew elected President Mohamed Morsi, an Erdogan ally, when army
chief in 2013, members of the group have found refuge in Turkey as it has faced
a sweeping crackdown at home.
has outlawed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and handed
down death sentences or lengthy prison terms against hundreds of its leaders.
fighter jets and attack helicopters have struck multiple targets in the
southern Gaza Strip in their latest air raids against the besieged enclave.
were no immediate reports of casualties caused by the Israeli strikes carried
out on Wednesday night.
to Palestinian media reports, several posts belonging to Hamas resistance
forces in the south of the coastal enclave were hit, including one in the Khan
Yunis seafront and another outside the city.
of the sites hit are believed to belong to Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the
military wing of Hamas.
Israeli military claimed the airstrikes were conducted in response to an
explosive device allegedly flown into the occupied territories from the Gaza
Strip which had reportedly detonated outside a home in the Eshkol region,
causing damage but no injuries.
Aviv’s airstrikes come as Palestinians have held weekly protests on the Gaza
border since last year over the siege on the enclave and the right for refugees
to return to their homes they were forcibly expelled from during the 1948
creation of Israel.
Israeli regime’s forces on Friday shot dead a Palestinian and injured dozens
more in mass protests along the fence separating the besieged Gaza Strip and
the Israeli-occupied territories.
than 260 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since
anti-occupation protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2018. Over
26,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14 last year, on the eve of the 70th
anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided with the US
embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
June 13, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution,
sponsored by Turkey and Algeria, condemning the Israeli regime for the death of
Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
Israeli aircraft targeted several militant sites in Gaza after an “explosive
balloon” launched from the Palestinian enclave damaged a house in the Jewish
state, the army said Thursday.
explosive balloon launched from the Gaza Strip damaged a house in an Israeli
community, apparently after exploding in the air,” the army said in a
response, IDF fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a number of terror
targets in a Hamas military compound in the central Gaza Strip,” the statement
witnesses in Gaza said a position of Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of
the Hamas rulers, was targeted in western Deir al Balah, south of Gaza city
were no reports of casualties in Gaza.
in Gaza have for months been sporadically launching balloons with incendiary
and explosive devices at southern Israel in parallel with weekly protests and
clashes taking place at the fence.
least 251 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 2018, the
majority shot during weekly border protests and others hit by tank fire or air
Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.
corpse kills 17 civilians in Mali
civilians were killed and 15 were wounded in a blast caused by a booby-trapped
corpse in central Mali, security sources and a local official said on
incident occurred on Tuesday in Diankabou, a small town about 150 kilometers
(90 miles) east of the city of Mopti, they said.
local official told AFP it was caused by "an explosive device which was
planted on the body of a man who had been shot dead."
security source confirmed the information, saying: "The body exploded,
killing 17 people."
the victims were the parents of the man whose body had been booby-trapped, he
man had gone to find food for his cattle and had never returned. His parents
then found the corpse.
rather unwisely approached the body which exploded, killing 17 people. The
gunmen who killed him had planted explosives on his body and around it,"
the source said.
is a method that [extremists] use to cause maximum deaths," another
security source said.
attack was the first incident of its kind in Mali. On February 14, extremists
in neighboring Burkina Faso used an identical method, rigging a corpse dressed
in military fatigues with explosives. The blast killed two police officers and
an army doctor. Mali has been struggling to return to stability after
Al-Qaeda-linked extremists took control of the north in early 2012, prompting a
military intervention by France.
they were routed in the French operation in 2013, large stretches of the
landlocked African state remain out of government control.
of the violence is centered in Mali's central and southern regions but it has
also spread across its borders, affecting neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
country has also been blighted by inter-communal violence between farmers and
herders which last year killed more than 500 civilians, UN figures show.
January 15 terrorist attack on the Dusit complex in Nairobi, in which 21 people
were killed and scores of others injured, necessitates a review of
exposes the dynamism of terrorism and instigates the need for increased
cooperation to effectively and comprehensively battle terror elements in our
should capitalise on the global support following the attack to engage in
diplomatic mobilisation for the listing of Al-Shabaab by the United Nations.
the African Union (AU), UN and some member states have made concerted efforts
in fighting Al-Shabaab, the group is yet to be designated as a terrorist outfit
or an affiliate of the two major global terrorist organisations, al-Qaeda and
the Islamic State (Isis).
means that efforts such as the AU Mission in Somalia (Amisom) troops helping
the Somalia National Army (SNA) in fighting the militants, with Kenya among the
troop-contributing countries, are insufficient.
the Dusit attack, among many others in Somalia and Kenya, meet the UN’s
threshold for listing: “Participating in the financing, planning, facilitating,
preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under
the name of, on behalf of, or in support of al-Qaeda, ISIL or affiliates.”
pledged its allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2010, which was formally recognised in
two have since had a symbiotic relationship with the frequency and brutality of
Al-Shabaab attacks in the region intensifying.
its routine post-attack propaganda, Al-Shabaab said Dusit was partly in
response to the shifting of the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv
to Jerusalem by Washington and cited foreigners as its primary targets.
to its largely traditional nationalist focus on ‘liberating’ Somalia, the
justification demonstrates the increasing globalist pro-al-Qaeda jihad agenda
and affirms the link between the two groups. Al-Qaeda even celebrated the Dusit
UN has acknowledged terrorism as a global threat and listed al-Qaeda and Isis
and their affiliates as such.
listing of Al-Shabaab as an affiliate of al-Qaeda has always attracted
objections from otherwise unexpected war on terror campaigners among UN member
at listing got the backing of regional countries — such as Somalia, Djibouti,
Ethiopia, Uganda and Burundi — but failed due to objections by the US and the
UK sought to know whether having Al-Shabaab in the UN Resolution 1267 list
would see Kenya pursue its delisting from the Somalia-Eritrea sanctions regime.
US said the Somalia-Eritrea and the 1267 regimes differed in their treatment of
humanitarian aid to terrorist-controlled territories.
American and British ambassadors in Kenya should be put to task and answer the
hard questions: Why the double standards on the so-called war on terror;
mobilising global backing yet objecting when initiated by another country?
should they claim to be at the forefront in the war yet object to designation
of a key terrorist outfit as one?
the objections only considerate of their national foreign policy interests at
the expense of regional security?
should Kenya bear the ultimate price through attacks for being their ally yet
they object to the listing of a common enemy?
US has supported co-listing in other Jihad theatres — such as Syria, Yemen and
Libya — and there have been no technical concerns since both sanction regimes
have complementary mandates.
the Somalia-Eritrea regime, the UN has focused on an arms embargo and a ban on
charcoal sales by Al-Shabaab.
the sanctions are insufficient to deal comprehensively with the regional threat
posed by Al-Shabaab.
listing of Al-Shabaab would have many benefits. First, it would end financing
of the militants, whether voluntary or forced.
the increased military pressure could rout the militants from their central and
southern Somalia strongholds.
the SNA, Amisom and other entities would be better equipped to fight the
the listing would catch the eye of regional and global counter-terrorism
actors, sparking a campaign for global action against Al-Shabaab.
it would prohibit transfer of arms and related material to the group and
prevent its militants, sympathisers and financiers from entering or transiting
through territories of member states.
provision of technical assistance or military training to Al-Shabaab would be
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday there were no doubts as to his
re-election after his beaten rival promised a legal challenge against the
the comment of several observers, both local and foreign, it is obvious that
the elections were both free and fair,” he said in a speech at the electoral
second, four-year term was confirmed in results announced late on Tuesday,
after a delayed election that sparked anger and claims of rigging and
76-year-old former military ruler, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), beat
Atiku Abubakar, from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), by 3.9 million votes.
the PDP has accused the ruling party of conspiring with the electoral
commission to manipulate the results. Abubakar called it a “sham election” and
vowed to go to court.
comments came as he received his certificate of election at the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the capital, Abuja.
shaking hands with commissioners, he said the election was “another milestone
in Nigeria’s democratic development”, 20 years after the country returned to
victory in 2015 was the first time an opposition candidate had defeated an
incumbent president at the ballot box.
a short acceptance speech, he promised to build on his first term, which
notably saw him tackle Boko Haram extremists and launch a high profile
campaign has been criticized for being one-sided against his political
opponents but he sought to reassure critics that his government would “engage
have the best interest of Nigerians at heart... and we will work to deliver a
better Nigeria,” he added.
society groups monitoring the election said 53 people were killed in a weekend
of political violence.
said Saturday’s vote was “overwhelmingly peaceful” and sent his condolences to
the families of those who lost their lives.
newly appointed First Vice President Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf says the state
of emergency declared across the country is aimed at stopping smuggling activities
"destroying" the economy, not targeting the ongoing anti-government
state of emergency has nothing to do with the demonstrations as those who are
demonstrating are Sudanese citizens," the official said on Wednesday.
the past months, the rapidly deteriorating economic situation in Sudan has
prompted citizens to take part in mass protests.
Auf, who also serves as the defense minister, has already shown a conciliatory
tone to the youths taking part in the demonstrations.
emergency is meant to curb smuggling that is destroying our economy."
officials have regularly said that widespread smuggling of gold and other
commodities across the country have severely damaged the economy.
Tuesday, four Western countries, namely the United States, Britain, Norway and
Canada, expressed concern about the state of emergency.
a joint statement issued by their Khartoum embassies, the countries called on
court officials in Sudan to release those detained during anti-government
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said Turkey is resolute about increasing
cooperation with Chad and other African countries.
at a news conference with his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby Itno in Ankara,
Erdogan said the current trade volume between Chad and Turkey must be increased
to $100 million.
trade volume is now around $60 million. This is a very low figure. We have a
population of 82 million and Chad has 15 million, which makes 97 million. This
shows how low the trade volume is. We are now committed to increase this trade
volume to $100 million," Erdogan said, adding that they signed four
agreements with Chad.
went on to say they have encouraged the private sector to develop trade and
increase investments with Chad and thanked Itno for the support they provided
to Turkish entrepreneurs.
added Turkey would also increase the number of flights to Chad from two to
three per week.
Chadian president vowed to increase the trade volume between the two countries
"to reach a level that suits us".
his meeting with Erdogan "tremendously successful", Itno said they
discussed ways to extend the cooperation in different sectors.
have the opportunities and possibilities to do so. We just need the courage to
take the necessary steps. I think we can seize these opportunities with
Turkey's experience and Turkish companies' knowledge and skills," he said.
welcomes Turkish, Greek Cypriot leaders meeting
UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed a meeting between Turkish and Greek
leaders of the divided island of Cyprus, praising progress made as well as the
increased interaction between the two communities.
members of the Security Council urged the sides and all involved participants
to renew their political will and commitment to a settlement under United
Nations auspices," the Security Council said in a statement.
Security Council reiterated their support for a Cypriot-led process and
reaffirmed the primary role of the United Nations in assisting the parties to
reach a settlement," the statement added.
Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades
met Tuesday in the UN Green Zone under the auspices of UN Cyprus Envoy
Elizabeth Speha, where they agreed on a number of issues to increase
confidence, including the interoperability of cellphone networks and electrical
grids, as well as clearing hazardous areas.
said he exchanged views on the issue of extending the jurisdiction of founding
states, in a possible solution to the Cyprus issue.
also mentioned that soldiers were working to clear nine minefields on both
sides of the island, with a goal of making the island mine-free.
has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence
against the island's Turks and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power.
has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including the failed 2017
initiative in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey,
Greece and the U.K.
Security Council called on the two leaders to put their efforts forward
expeditiously because the status quo on the island is unsustainable.
must prepare for the return of a dozen or more of its citizens who fought for
Daesh, now that the terror organization is near collapse, authorities said
said the fighters captured in Syria would probably be released and cross into
Turkey, and officials are working with authorities there to send them back to
Canada to be dealt with on home soil.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said due to the withdrawal of U.S. forces
from Syria, the fate of captured Canadian Daesh fighters is uncertain.
need to get ready in case they come back sooner than we had expected,” said
RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gilles Michaud in an interview with media.
and prosecutors are putting together a plan that will see charges laid or peace
bonds brought into play for returning fighters. In Canada, persons who sign a
peace bond can be arrested if they commit an additional crime.
so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an ally of the U.S., recently
captured several Canadian Daesh members, which may mean they will be freed once
the U.S. pulls most of its troops out of Syria.
the UK is cancelling citizenships for any of its Daesh members, the U.S. has
urged countries to take fighters back and prosecute them.
officials plan to assess each fighter upon their return home and then take one
of three actions: criminal charges, terrorist peace bonds or deradicalization
interventions, which aim to get those with extreme and violent religious or
political ideologies to adopt more moderate and nonviolent views.
RCMP has been feverishly working with local police and government organizations
to ensure Daesh members are fully vetted upon their return.
reason why we’re doing all of this is because any information on any individual
that could pose a threat to Canadians, we will investigate fully,” Michaud
from various Turkish trade unions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
visited the Venezuelan Embassy in capital Ankara on Wednesday.
group consisting of members from the Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions
(TURK-IS), HAK-IS Trade Union Confederation (HAK-IS), Confederation of Public
Servants Trade Union (MEMUR-SEN), Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and
Freedom of Belief Platform members expressed support for the Venezuelan people
and President Nicolas Maduro.
support the fight for the freedom of the Venezuelan people and the Maduro
government," IHH Ankara spokesman Mustafa Sinan told reporters on the
steps of Caracas's mission.
called on all NGOs in the world to "protect the oppressed people in
group later met with Venezuelan Ambassador Jose Gregorio Bracho Reyes.
has been rocked by protests since Jan. 10, when Maduro was sworn in for a
second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.
escalated when Juan Guaido, who heads Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared
himself acting president on Jan. 23, a move which was supported by the U.S. and
many European and Latin American countries.
New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African
Muslim News, Arab
World News, South
Asia News, Indian
Muslim News, World
Muslim News, Women
in Islam, Islamic
In Arab, Islamophobia
in America, Muslim
Women in West, Islam
Women and Feminism