Excited but fearful,
refugees from Boko Haram
Historic Joint Shia-Sunni Namaaz on the Occasion Of Eid-ul-Azha in Lucknow
Military Handed ISIL ‘Target List’ of 20,000 UK Soldiers
Are 'Not Muslims', They Are Children of Magi Says Top Saudi Cleric
President: S. Arabia Killing Muslims across Region
Forces Take Full Control of Gov't Buildings in Ta'iz Province, Kill Over 50
Saudi Troops in Midi
Army Dispatches Reinforcements to Hama Province
Bahraini People in Al-Khalifa Jails without Access to Medical Aid
Terrorist Groups Sustain Heavy Losses in Syrian Army Offensives
Sends Multiple Warships to Int'l Waters
Military Hardware Smashed in Syrian Airstrikes
Al-Fatah Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Northern Hama
Army Retakes Control of Key Points of Al-Ameriya Village in Aleppo
with Those Who Say 'Pak Zindabad', Muslim Clerics Ask Home Minister
slaughter ban: Mixed response from Islamic outfits
cattle for Bakrid, Muslim bodies urge government
Attacks Separatists, Terms Snub to MPs Insult to Kashmiriyat
Govt Continues Crackdown on Beef, to Inspect Biryani Now
in Kashmir including steps against separatists will be in national interest:
Muslim Official Resigns After Comparing Israel To ISIS
Islamist Preacher, Sven Lau, On Trial over Syria Links
Loyalists Killed In an Airstrike in Kunar Province
Govt Mulls Law to Confiscate Property of War Criminals
ever cargo train from China arrives in Hairatan port of Afghanistan
suicide toll rises to 41 dead, 110 wounded: Officials
strong support to Afghanistan following deadly Kabul attacks
Code 377: The bane of Bangladesh’s LGBTQI population
Terrorist Found Supplying Money to Extremist Networks Within the Region
sentiment foils Sri Lanka’s bid to tap into global halal market
terror' accused to fight charges over attempt to join Islamic State
Demolished Over 100 Offices of MQM Party in Karachi
nominates Pakistani-American to serve as federal judge
is Pakistan’s Jugular Vein, Will Keep Supporting It: Pak Army Chief
not keen on arms race but will ensure power balance: Sharif
Peoples’ Democratic Party Co-Chair Called To Testify Over Terror Charges
US Mull Move on ISIL Stronghold Raqqa
soldiers killed in Turkish operation in Syria
air force personnel dismissed in coup attempt probe: Defense Ministry
pianist Fazıl Say acquitted of blasphemy charges after four-year legal battle
Sports Ministry refutes claims on seizure of DW interview
business community welcomes investment package for east, southeast
commits suicide after being dismissed over alleged Gülen links
from Boko Haram Return Home, Excited but Fearful
Boko Haram groups 'clash' in NE Nigeria
Muslim-Americans Drifted to the Democratic Party
than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s impossible to be an observant Muslim
while living openly in an LGBT relationship
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Iranians Are 'Not Muslims', They Are Children of Magi
Says Top Saudi Cleric
September 6, 2016
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s top cleric said Iranians are “not
Muslims”, after Iran’s supreme leader launched a fresh tirade over the
kingdom’s handling of the Hajj pilgrimage, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
“We must understand these are not Muslims, they are
children of Magi and their hostility towards Muslims is an old one. Especially
with the people of Sunna,” Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh told Makkah daily,
referring to pre-Islamic beliefs in Iran and to the Sunnis who make up the main
branch of Islam.
Hajj row escalates as Iran and Saudi Arabia miss new deal
The grand mufti’s comments came a day after Iran’s
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Muslim world should challenge Saudi management
of Islam’s two holiest sites in Makkah and Madina.
The verbal sparring, ahead of the Hajj which this year
starts on Saturday, follows months of tension between Sunni-dominated Saudi
Arabia and its Shia regional rival Iran.
“Because of Saudi rulers’ oppressive behaviour towards
God’s guests, the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the management
of the two holy places and the issue of Hajj,” Khamenei wrote on his website.
He reserved some of his harshest words for Riyadh’s
response to last year’s Hajj stampede which killed 2,297 pilgrims, according to
a toll compiled from foreign officials. Iran said its nationals accounted for
464 of the dead.
Muslims should reconsider letting Saudis manage Hajj,
holy sites: Khamenei
Khamenei said the Saudis did not prosecute those at fault
for the stampede, accused them of showing no remorse and said Riyadh had
“refused to allow an international Islamic fact-finding committee”.
Full report at: tribune.com.pk/story/1177161/iranians-not-muslims-says-top-saudi-cleric/
S2S: Historic joint Shia-Sunni namaaz on the occasion of
Eid-ul-Azha in Lucknow
September 7, 2016
Around the same time last year, a small group of common
people came together to organise something unprecedented, unheard of in
Lucknow- a joint Shia-Sunni namaaz where brothers in faith stood together
Shoulder to Shoulder to pray for peace. Organised in the heart of
Lucknow—Imambara Sibtainabad, Hazratganj— the historic event made waves
globally. The event brought together like-minded individuals from various
fields on a common platform, and considering people’s expectations, the group
was formalised into a registered society named “Shoulder to Shoulder
In less than one year, apart from the namaaz, the group
has managed to organise several spectacular events and bring thousands of
like-minded people together. S2S volunteers served sewain and performed seva at
a mega langar organised by Naka Hindola Gurudwara on Prakashotsav.
Subsequently, the group met inmates of Mother Teresa’s home to celebrate
Christmas with them. Meanwhile, in a reciprocal gesture, Sikh volunteers served
coffee at a Sabeel set up at Islamia College, Lucknow, on Barawafat. In yet
another spectacular event, S2S tied up with Yahyaganj Gurudwara to organise
ifaar for rozedaars inside the Gurudwara during Ramzan.
At its core, Shoulder to Shoulder (s2s) Foundation is a
volunteer-driven organisation set up with the objective of bringing people of
different faiths together. At s2s, we believe that peace, unity, and tolerance
are essential for human existence and progress to be worthwhile. By
facilitating greater interaction among communities and by providing platforms
for recognition of common goals, s2s strives to protect and celebrate India’s
religious pluralism and cultural vibrancy.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/s2s-historic-joint-shia-sunni-namaaz-occasion-eid-ul-Azha-lucknow-1014322/
British Military Handed ISIL ‘Target List’ of 20,000 UK
Wed Sep 07 2016
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UK Ministry of Defense was accused of
effectively handing ISIL terrorist group a “target list” since posting the
names of 20,000 British soldiers and potential recruits online.
The British Government website, as well as the sites of
the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, all contain various versions
of the list, which was published this week, RT reported.
The exposed information includes the details of regular
officers, reservist officers, university trainees, and adult volunteers that
were serving in the British military in 2015, many of whom still will be.
Former reservist Major Chris Green, who has left the
force, but is detailed in the list, told The Times: “This is a serious security
threat when ISIL and other groups are looking to target individuals.
“It is actually a pretty terrifying error. They are
putting national security at risk in many ways.”
One serviceman named on the list told the Express:
“They’ve basically provided a target list for ISIL.”
An unnamed senior officer added: “I think it is quite
risky. I do not know why they have done it.”
The information gaff comes as military personnel are
being told to keep their jobs off social media to try to minimize the
likelihood of being identified by terrorists.
Members of the Armed Forces are also advised not to wear
their uniforms when out and about.
The dangers posed to service personnel were made clear
with the murder of Lee Rigby, a soldier who was killed near the Royal Artillery
Barracks in Woolwich, London, in 2013.
In addition, a Royal Air Force (RAF) serviceman was the
target of a suspected attempted abduction near RAF Marham in Norfolk in July.
British Ministry of Defense officials are considering
deleting the lists, as a ministry's spokesperson said: “The security of our
people is our foremost concern and we keep measures to address the threats to
them under constant review.”
Iranian President: S. Arabia Killing Muslims across
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reminded
the Saudi government's mismanagement of the Hajj ceremony in 2015 which killed
at least 2,431 pilgrims in Mina, and said Riyadh is also deliberately killing
Muslims in other parts of the region by supporting the terrorists and bombing
the Yemeni people.
"Last year, a large number of pilgrims and Muslims
were innocently martyred during the Hajj rituals and the Saudi government
should account for the incident but it has refused to extend even verbal
appology to the Muslims and the Islamic countries," President Rouhani
said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.
Noting that the Saudi rulers' problem is not merely
confined to their mismanagement of the Hajj ceremony, he said, "Unfortunately,
the government is actually shedding the blood of Muslims in Iraq, Syria and
Yemen by the crimes that it commits in the region and its support for terrorism
as it savagely pounds the Yemeni women and children every day."
President Rouhani called on the regional states and the
Muslim world to launch coordination to find a solution to the existing problems
and punish the Saudi government in a bid to both practice Hajj rituals
honorably and get rid of Riyadh's support for terrorism and its crimes in
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950617000871
Popular Forces Take Full Control of Gov't Buildings in
Ta'iz Province, Kill Over 50 Saudi Troops in Midi
TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Yemeni popular commanders announced
that their forces have taken control of several governmental buildings in the
Southern part of Ta'iz province as other units killed scores of Saudi troops in
"Many governmental buildings, including governor's
office, that were controlled by the terrorists are now under Ansarullah's full
control," Senior Ansarullah Commander Hossein al-Houthi told FNA on
The Ansarullah has asked Ta'iz governor to surrender
himself because he had cooperated with the terrorist groups.
"The Yemeni forces took control of several military
positions in the surrounding areas of the city of Midi near Jizan in Southern
Saudi Arabia, killing at least 50 Saudi troops," al-Houthi added.
On Monday, the Yemeni forces tightened their grip on the
Western part of Ma'rib province as the Saudi military bases in Jizan province
came under their artillery attacks.
"The Yemeni forces are now in control of more lands
in the Western part of Ma'rib province," Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali
al-Houthi told FNA.
Meantime, the Yemeni army's missile units pounded the
military sites of the Saudi troops in Jizan province in the kingdom's Southern
The pro-Saudi forces also came under attack in al-Jawf
province. Scores of pro-Saudi forces were killed and wounded in the Yemeni army
Syrian Army Dispatches Reinforcements to Hama Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army sent a large number of
fresh forces to strategic regions in the Northern part of Hama province on
"Hundreds of well-trained soldiers have arrived in
the countryside of the town of Qamhana to join the Syrian army troops and help
them in the upcoming military operation against the terrorists aimed at
retaking more strategic lands in Hama province that have been recently lost to
the militants," informed battlefield sources said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian air force heavily
pounded the gathering centers and fortifications of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist
group in the Northern part of Hama province, inflicting heavy losses on them.
At least three military bases, four vehicles and seven
machinegun-equipped military vehicles of the terrorist groups were destroyed in
Ma'adres, Souran, Halfaya, al-Tamaneh and Northern part of Ma'an as well as
Bazam hilltop and Nahr al-Assi.
Also, the Syrian army and popular forces repelled an
attempt by terrorists to attack the two towns of Ma'an and Kefra'a in the Northern
Hama, inflicting heavy losses on them in immediate counterattacks.
Over 30 terrorists were killed and many more wounded in
fierce clashes with the Syrian army in the battle with the Syrian army and
Meantime, other army units also thwarted an attack by
terrorists on the village of Jubain, killing over 65 militants.
Three tanks, a BMP vehicle and four machine-gunned
vehicle were also destroyed in the Syrian army counterattack in Northern Hama.
4,000 Bahraini People in Al-Khalifa Jails without Access
to Medical Aid
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Bahraini rights activist warned
of the increasing number of protestors detained, imprisoned and tortured by the
al-Khalifa regime, adding that 4,000 political inmates are suffering in prisons
without access to medical aid.
"There are 4,000 political inmates in Bahrain and
the Bahraini jails have turned into a place to savagely torture and suppress
the prisoners," Abdol Hossein al-Quraifi told FNA on Wednesday.
"Based on creditable reports, many of the datainees
are beaten, given electric shocks, and are deprived of treatment and medical
aid," he added.
Noting that the fate of Bahraini political activists is
unclear in al-Khalifa jails and they are everyday fighting for their life,
al-Quraifi said, "No Bahraini official accounts for the country's
violation of human rights and they don’t care for the international
In relevant remarks, prominent Bahraini rights activist,
Nabeel Rajab, sentenced to many years in jail for campaigning against the
ruling authorities and their Saudi allies, wrote in a letter in New York Times
on September 4 that "there are some 4,000 political prisoners in Bahrain,
which has the highest prison population per capita in the Middle East. This is
a country that has subjected its people to imprisonment, torture and even death
for daring to desire democracy. My close colleague Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was
tortured and sentenced to life in prison in 2011 for his human rights
"No one has been properly held to account for
systematic abuses that have affected thousands," he added in a detailed
letter about his situation in al-Khalifa jail.
The Manama regime has been cracking down harshly on
anti-regime protests since February 14, 2011.
Troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,
themselves repressive Arab regimes, were deployed to the country in March that
year to assist the Manama government in its crackdown on peaceful and
Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others
injured or arrested in Manama’s crackdown on the anti-regime activists.
Two Terrorist Groups Sustain Heavy Losses in Syrian Army
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces pounded
the military bases of the terrorist groups in Dara'a province, killing a large
number of militants.
The military bases of two terrorist groups came under the
Syrian army attacks in Dara'a al-Balad and al-Mohata regions in Dara'a
Scores of terrorists were killed and wounded in the army
offensives on their military positions.
Meantime, a military source told the Arabic-language
media on Tuesday that notorious terrorists Bassel Abud, Salah Abu Nobavat and
Ahed Abu Nobavat were among the terrorists killed in Dara'a province.
The Syrian army also killed the members of a terrorist
group who were fortifying their military positions in al-Talayebeh square in
Dara'a's al-Mohata region.
The army units also targeted and destroyed the
terrorists' gathering centers in Dara'a al-Balad.
On Monday, a command center of the Takfiri terrorists in
the town of Tafas was completely destroyed in a Syrian Army attack.
Syrian army men, tipped off by the intelligence agents,
targeted the command center of terrorists who had gathered in a secret meeting
A Number of terrorist commanders were killed in the
In the meantime, Syrian soldiers targeted gatherings of
terrorists in al-Bajabjah neighborhood in Dara'a al-Balad in Dara'a city,
leaving 8 of them dead and a number of their vehicles destroyed.
Also six terrorists were killed in the Syrian Army's
ambush in al-Lejah region in Northeastern Dara'a.
Meantime on Saturday, Syrian Army troops carried out
cleansing operations in the farms near the newly-freed al-Mahjoureh garrison
along the old road of Dara'a to Damascus, killing and wounding the remaining
pockets of terrorists in the region.
The Syrian government forces restore security to the
Northern and Southern farms of al-Mahjoureh.
The army men's mop-up operation not only boosted security
of the garrison but cut off terrorists' supply line of Dael to Ibtta.
Terrorist attacks to take back al-Mahjoureh repelled by
the Syrian soldiers.
Syrian commanders in Dara'a refuted Saudi media's claimed
over the recapture of al-Mahjoureh garrison and underlined that the garrison is
under full control of the army.
Iran Sends Multiple Warships to Int'l Waters
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy on Wednesday sent the
country's its ever-largest flotilla of warships, consisting of four warships,
to the high seas to safeguard maritime routes used by Iranian vessels operating
in the international waters, specially in the Gulf of Aden.
The 43rd fleet of warships, consisting of logistic Lavan
warship, Falakhan and Khanjar warships, equipped with missile-launchers,
troop-carrier Konarak warship and the home-made SH helicopter, headed to
Pakistan's territorial waters with a message of peace and friendship and then
to the international waters from Iran's Southern port of Bandar Abbas in a
ceremony participated by Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral
Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam.
A detachment of Pakistan's fleet of warships had berthed
in Iran's territorial waters in the Southern port city of Bandar Abbas in
During their stay in Iran's territorial waters, the
commanders and officers of Pakistan's Rahnaward (sail training ship) and PMSS
Nusrat (corvette) visited the country's Naval capabilities and training
Iran's 43rd flotilla of warships started its voyage after
the 42nd fleet of the Iranian Navy returned home.
"The 42nd fleet, consisting of Alvand destroyer and
Tonb logistic warship returned to the country after 48 days of sailing in the
Northern part of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab,"
Rear Admiral Biqam said, addressing the ceremony.
He added that the 42nd flotilla escorted 8 Iranian cargo
ships and oil tankers and rescued an Iranian boat with 7 crews who were
stranded in the Indian Ocean for 20 days.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols
in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the
Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
According to UN Security Council resolutions, different
countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of
Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government
enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the
Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor,
particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez
Terrorists' Military Hardware Smashed in Syrian
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets inflicted heavy
losses on the military hardware of Jeish al-Fatah terrorists in Idlib province.
The terrorists' arms depot and bomb-making workshop were
destroyed in the Syrian air raids in the town of al-Tamanna in the Southern
part of Idlib province.
Meantime, 10 armored vehicles of the terrorists were also
destroyed in the airstrikes by the Syrian fighter jets in the towns of Abu
Zohour and Binnesh.
In a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian
warplanes targeted the positions and gathering centers of Jeish al-Fatah
terrorists in the Western and Northwestern parts of Idlib province.
The air force launched heavy airstrikes against the
terrorists' strongholds in the villages of al-Janoudiyeh, Armanaz and Binnesh.
Three positions and a number of vehicles, some equipped
with machine guns, were destroyed and tens of terrorists were killed and wounded
as a result of the operations.
The airstrikes against the terrorists were launched as
the new wave of terrorists' rocket attacks left at least three civilians dead,
among them a child, and tens of others wounded after over 200 shells were fired
at the two besieged towns of Fuaa and Kefraya in Idlib province as the
international community continues to keep mum about the crime.
Jeish Al-Fatah Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian air force heavily pounded the
gathering centers and fortifications of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group in the
Northern part of Hama province, inflicting heavy losses on them.
"At least three military bases, four vehicles and
seven machinegun-equipped military vehicles of the terrorist groups were
destroyed in Ma'adres, Souran, Halfaya, al-Tamaneh and Northern part of Ma'an
as well as Bazam hilltop and Nahr al-Assi.
On Tuesday, the Syrian army troops discovered a large
depot of arms and ammunition left behind by the terrorist groups near a village
in Hama close to the border with Homs province.
Syrian soldiers seized a large volume of weapons and
munitions in Takfiri terrorist groups' depot in al-Hamra village in the Eastern
Hama near the administrative border of Homs.
Also on Monday, Syrian army soldiers continued attack on
the terrorist groups in Northern Hama, inflicting major losses on them and
pushing them back from more villages and hills in the region.
Syrian army, backed up by the Russian fighter jets,
launched fresh rounds of anti-terrorism offensives in Northern Hama and
captured the village of Khirbet al-Hajameh in Northwestern side of Qamhaneh and
two hills of 30 and 50.
Terrorist groups suffered a heavy death toll and their
military hardware sustained major damage in the attacks.
Syrian Army Retakes Control of Key Points of Al-Ameriya
Village in Aleppo
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular troops seized
back control of several important regions in al-Ameriya village in Aleppo city
country, triggering intense clashes between the army and Fatah al-Halab and
al-Jabha al-Shamiya, a military source said on Wednesday.
"The army units, supported by the Syrian and Russian
air forces, won back control of al-Zarq building and the buildings adjacent to
human resources management organization in the Southwestern parts of
al-Ameriya," the source said.
He added that the Syrian forces' achievement led to
severe clashes between the army and the terrorists with the latter sustaining
heavy toll and damages.
Military sources said on Tuesday that the Syrian army
soldiers and popular forces continued their advances in Southern Aleppo, and
are now very close to seizing back the key town of Khan Touman.
"Syrian government forces have significantly
advanced against militants in regions near Khan Touman, including Tal al-Asfar
and two strategic villages of Ma'arata and al-Alam," the sources said.
"In the meantime, the Syrian soldiers have
intensified their assault on the positions of terrorists in Khan Touman and
have cut off all the supply routes to the terrorists. Government forces are now
in very good military situation in Khan Touman battlefield and are at the gates
of the city," they added.
Earlier reports said yesterday that Syrian and Russian
warplanes launched fresh rounds of combat sorties over Jeish al-Fatah's
strongholds along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus highway, inflicting major
losses on the terrorists.
Syrian and Russian warplanes' bombardments inflicted
major casualties on the terrorists of Jeish al-Fatah and did not allow them to
advance near Aleppo-Damascus highway.
The Russian and Syrian bombers also struck Takfiri
terrorists’ positions at Khan Touman and Saraqib, destroying several military
vehicles as well as killing a number of militants.
Around the same time last year, a small group of common
people came together to organise something unprecedented, unheard of in
Lucknow- a joint Shia-Sunni namaaz where brothers in faith stood together Shoulder
to Shoulder to pray for peace. Organised in the heart of Lucknow—Imambara
Sibtainabad, Hazratganj— the historic event made waves globally. The event
brought together like-minded individuals from various fields on a common
platform, and considering people’s expectations, the group was formalised into
a registered society named “Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation”.
At its core, Shoulder to Shoulder (s2s) Foundation is a
volunteer-driven organisation set up with the objective of bringing people of
different faiths together. At s2s, we believe that peace, unity, and tolerance
are essential for human existence and progress to be worthwhile. Full report
Why Talk with Those Who Say 'Pak Zindabad', Muslim
Clerics Ask Home Minister
Sep 6, 2016
NEW DELHI: Members of an all-party delegation that went
to Kashmir shouldn't have tried to meet Hurriyat members and those who raise
slogans like 'Pakistan Zindabad,' said a delegation of Muslim clerics who met
Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, ANI reported.
The clerics from the Barelvi School met with Rajnath to
discuss the situation in Kashmir.
"Some people who went with the home minister to
Kashmir went to meet separatists; they should not have done that. How can we
talk to people who are raising 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans? We are very clear
that we would not go at their doorstep only to be turned away by them, like
they did to a handful of people recently," said Maulana Ansar Raza of the
Gharib Nawaz Foundation who led the delegation.
On Sunday, Kashmiri separatists shut the door on members
of the all-party delegation, literally, in some instances, as they went to meet
them as part of efforts to end the two-month-long unrest in the Valley
following Hizb ul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani's killing. Sources said the
separatists had reservations talking to the team as Rajnath Singh was leading
Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Why-talk-with-those-who-say-Pak-zindabad-Muslim-clerics-ask-Rajnath/articleshow/54032789.cms
Camel slaughter ban: Mixed response from Islamic outfits
The Madras High Court’s recent order refusing to permit
camel slaughter in Tamil Nadu during the Bakrid festival has evoked mixed
reactions among Islamic outfits and animal rights activists.
Opposing the verdict, M.H. Jawahirullah, president,
Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, said that the verdict would be challenged in the
Supreme Court since it impinges on the rights of Muslims to practice their
faith. “According to Islam, Muslims can sacrifice a bull, goat or a camel for
Bakrid. It is one of the obligations of Muslims. How can a Muslim, who wants to
sacrifice a camel, be barred from doing it?” he asked, adding “We will
According to him, the ban contradicts Article 25 of the
Constitution, which states that “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of
conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion.”
Countering his views, senior leader of Indian Union
Muslim League Kader Mohideen said that several Muslim organisations are calling
for ‘camel slaughter’ because they have ‘misunderstood Islam’. “Bakrid is
second most important festival for Muslims. And Muslims sacrifice animals and
share the meat with the poor and the needy. How does it matter whether the meat
that is being shared is a goat or a camel?” he asked.
Mr. Mohideen said that Islam is a religion that is
universal and common to Muslims around the world, but people have different
Full report at: thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/camel-slaughter-ban-mixed-response-from-islamic-outfits/article9077383.ece
Provide cattle for Bakrid, Muslim bodies urge government
Sep 7, 2016
HYDERABAD: In a move to avoid unnecessary controversy and
stop cow vigilantes in their tracks during the upcoming Bakrid, some Muslim
organisations have approached chief secretary Rajiv Sharma and director general
of police Anurag Sharma to put in place a system for sale of animals for
sacrifice through the animal husbandry department.
In a joint petition signed by office-bearers of Soofi
Academy , Sunni Ulema Board, All India Muslim League, Awami Majilis Amal,
Telangana Minority State Forum and Sunni Ulema Council, they requested the
government to sell the animals for sacrifice through designated counters to
avoid harassment of traders from various groups.
"We request that arran gements for sa le of animals
for sacrifice be made through the animal hus bandry depart ment counters across
the sta te, similar to how milk is sold through Vijaya Dairy on Id-ul-Fitr.
This move will satisfy all the parties concerned, thereby reducing pressure on
police too,'' they said in the representation. The legally permitted animals
for sacrifice are oxen, buffaloes and sheep. However, the issue of illegal
transportation of cows into the city for slaughter has been troubling police
for the past few years as skirmishes between right-wing groups and cattle
traders take place on the suburbs of the city.
Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Provide-cattle-for-Bakrid-Muslim-bodies-urge-government/articleshow/54040575.cms
Mehbooba Attacks Separatists, Terms Snub to MPs Insult to
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti
on Tuesday hit out at the separatists for “spoiling” the youth of the Kashmir
Valley and termed as an “insult” to ‘Kashmiriyat’ their action of shutting the
door on members of the all-party delegation of MPs that explored ways to
restore peace in the troubled state.
By spurning talks, she said, the separatist leaders were
not facilitating resolution of the problem but stalling the process for finding
“We have lost several opportunities in the past to
resolve the issue through engagement and dialogue and today again if we miss
the chance, the coming generations will never forgive us for our intransigence,”
the Chief Minister told the gathering at a function for formal launch of UJALA
scheme in Kashmir under which LED bulbs will be supplied.
The event was organized by Union Power Ministry, the
state’s Power Development Department and Energy Efficiency Services Limited a
joint-venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power.
Referring to the separatists’ decision to not talk to the
visiting all-party delegation, Mehbooba said it was “an insult to Kashmiriyat,
Full report at: siasat.com/news/mehbooba-attacks-separatists-terms-snub-mps-insult-kashmiriyat-1014504/
Haryana Govt Continues Crackdown on Beef, to Inspect
Chandigarh: The Haryana government continues its
crackdown on beef consumption.
The Manohar Lal Khattar government will now carry out
inspections of eateries and vendors who serve Biryani to ensure no outlet is
The inspection drives will start from Mewat – a
predominantly Muslim district.
Haryana was one of the first states in the country to ban
Former transport minister Aftab Ahmed said that this was
a deliberate move by the state government to defame the Muslim community.
Actions in Kashmir including steps against separatists
will be in national interest: Rijiju
New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said
on Wednesday all actions in Jammu and Kashmir, including steps against
separatists, will be taken keeping “national interest” in mind.
“Whatever actions … will be taken in the national
interest. All actions will be taken keeping national security and other issues
in mind,” Rijiju told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here.
Asked about the “harsh steps” in the event of
non-cooperation from opposition parties, the minister said: “There is no need
to make a major issue out of these.
“This government is serious about national security as
well as the welfare of the people across the country including in Jammu and
Kashmir. Accordingly all steps will be taken,” he said.
The remarks from Rijiju come even as Home Minister
Rajnath Singh is engaged in a series of meetings with party colleagues and
senior officials on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Members of an all-party delegation and Rajnath Singh are
to meet here on Wednesday to discuss their findings of a two-day visit to Jammu
Belgian Muslim official resigns after comparing Israel to
A Belgian Muslim official who compared Israel to Nazi
Germany and the Islamic State (ISIS) has resigned from his position as a
minister’s adviser on tolerance, JTA reported Tuesday.
Youssef Kobo, the adviser on diversity for the minister
in charge of equal opportunity in the regional government of Brussels, offered
to resign after finding he could no longer fulfill his duties, a ministry
spokesperson was quoted as having told the local HLN news website.
Kobo had apologized for his vitriol against Israel, which
he said was a modern Nazi Germany and “an identical twin” of the ISIS terrorist
He said he was “young and stupid” when he wrote the
Facebook posts in 2014, which he said he “regrets,” the La Capitale daily
The newspaper had contacted Kobo, 28, following criticism
by the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism.
However, in recent days Belgian media discovered earlier
tweets, in which he proposed to slaughter activists working to prevent the
ritual slaughter of animals, according to JTA.
“What if we compromise on slaughtering Gaia-activists
instead of sheep?” he wrote, in what he later dismissed as an inappropriate
joke. Gaia is the mythological spirit of Earth.
Kobo had referenced ISIS in posting a caricature of
Israel cutting the throat of Gaza, where Israel in the summer of 2014 carried
out strikes against the Hamas terrorist group as part of the counterterrorism
Operation Protective Edge.
Kobo said of a video of Israeli troops: “21st century
He told La Capitale that he was “very emotional”
following the strikes in Gaza, which followed rocket fire by Hamas on Israel.
Joel Rubinfeld, the president of the Belgian League
Against Anti-Semitism, said Kobo’s statements make him unfit to advise on
tolerance and especially on anti-Semitism.
“He can’t be both fireman and fire starter,” Rubinfeld
told La Capitale, noting that Israel is connected to the phenomenon often
called “new anti-Semitism,” in which anti-Israel sentiment becomes a veil for
Full report at: israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/217438
German Islamist Preacher, Sven Lau, On Trial over Syria
Duesseldorf: One of Germany’s best known Islamist
preachers went on trial in the western city of Duesseldorf on Tuesday on
charges of backing “a terrorist group” fighting in Syria.
Sven Lau, 35, stands accused of supporting and recruiting
fighters for the Syria-based Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), or Army of
Emigrants and Supporters, which Germany lists as a terrorist organisation. A
convert to the ultra-conservative Salafist branch of Islam, Lau gained
notoriety in his home country in 2014 when he organised a vigilante “Sharia
Police” group that patrolled German streets seeking to enforce Islamic law.
He was arrested in December in the state of North
Rhine-Westphalia, a hotspot for fundamentalist Islam from where a number of
fighters have left to wage jihad in Iraq and Syria.
8 ISIS loyalists killed in an airstrike in Kunar province
At least 8 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during an airstrike in eastern Kunar
province of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike was
carried out in Shegal district, leaving 8 dead, 15 wounded, and an
accommodation of the terrorist group destroyed.
The loyalists of the terror group have not commented
regarding the report so far.
Kunar is among the relatively volatile provinces in
eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups including the
Taliban insurgents are actively operating.
However, the ISIS loyalists have also increased their
presence in the province as they attempt to expand foothold in the country
despite major crackdowns against the group in eastern Nangarhar province.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF)
launched a major operation in Nangarhar to suppress the activities of ISIS
loyalists in mid-July this year.
The US forces also provided support to the Afghan forces
during the operation conducted in Kot, Achin and parts of the province where
ISIS loyalists were conducting insurgency.
The US forces resumed operations against ISIS loyalists
after the Obama administration granted them broader role to combat the terror
groups in Afghanistan.
Bangladesh Govt Mulls Law to Confiscate Property of War
September 07, 2016
The government is contemplating to promulgate a law to
deal with the property of convicted war criminals, said Law Minister Anisul
“The first phase of the ongoing war crimes trial has come
to the end. Recently the countrymen have raised a demand that the property of
the war criminals be confiscated. According to the Muslim law, their
descendants are to inherit the property after the execution of war criminals.
“International Crimes Tribunal has not given any
suggestion in this regard. Amid such situation, the government ponders to
implement a new law to deal with the matter and the court will give the final
decision on whether to confiscate the property.”
About a recent remark of a justice, the law minister said
only the government has the authority to make decision on setting up a judicial
“There is no need to set up such independent secretariat
for the sake of the judiciary as neither the President nor the premier has such
offices,” he said.
In response to another query, he said the ICT act has
already been amended to ban the politics of Jamaat-Shibir in the country. It is
now awaiting the cabinet nod.
First ever cargo train from China arrives in Hairatan
port of Afghanistan
The first ever cargo train from China arrived in the main
Hairtan port located in North of Afghanistan on Wednesday, boosting hopes among
the Afghan officials to find access to alternative routes for transit.
The train carrying loads of consignments arrived in
Hairatan carrying a sign (Central Asia Trains).
The cargo train apparently left Nantong in China and
travelled several days to reach to its final destination in the strategic
Hairatan port of Afghanistan.
“First ever Cargo Train from #China arrived in Hairatan
Port of #Afghanistan today. Gawadar port of #Pakistan won’t longer be our only
option,” Javid Faisal, spokesman for Chief Executive Officer’s Office said.
Hairatan port is a small city located to the border
between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, according to the Ministry of Commerce and
Industries of Afghanistan.
This city is located in the north of Balkh province and
is one of the necessary business ports of Afghanistan. Border line between
these two countries is Ammo River.
In the year of 1982 bridge of Dosti (Friendship) between
mentioned countries was built by the USSR Soviet that links Afghanistan with
the Middle East countries china and Russia.
Hairatan route was the safest business way in Afghanistan
during 33 years of war.
Kabul suicide toll rises to 41 dead, 110 wounded:
The death toll of a coordinated suicide attack near the
Ministry of Defense compound in Kabul has risen to 41, the Ministry of Public
Health (MoPH) officials said.
A spokesman for MoPH Wahid Majroh said at least 110
others have also sustained injuries in the attack which took place on Monday
He said there are fears that the death toll could rise as
several injured victims’s health condition is critical and the ministry is busy
to utilize all facilities to save those in critical condition.
However, he did not elaborate further regarding the exact
number of wounded individuals in critical condition
The incident on Monday afternoon took place after the
militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device near the Ministry of Defense
A suicide bomber targeted the crowd of security personnel
and some civilians who had gathered to help the victims of the first explosion.
The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind
Several high level security officials including the
police chief of Police District#2 were among those killed in the incident as
security sources are saying the majority victims of the incident were security
US reaffirm strong support to Afghanistan following
deadly Kabul attacks
The United States reaffirmed strong support to
Afghanistan following deadly attacks in capital Kabul which left scores of
people dead or wounded.
Deputy spokesperson for the State Department Mark Toner
said “First of all, we strongly condemn the Taliban attacks on the ministry of
defense yesterday in Afghanistan as well as today’s attack against CARE
International, which is an institution dedicated to helping Afghans build a
Toner commended the courageous actions that were taken by
the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in the aftermath of the
“They responded quickly and decisively to the incidents.
And we’ll – we’re going to stand strong with our Afghan partners as they strive
to improve citizen safety and security and work towards building a lasting
peace in that nation,” he added.
The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind
back to back attacks which rocked Kabul city on Monday.
The group initially launched their attack in the capital
by detonating an Improvised Explosive Device close to the Ministry of Defense
compound and targeted the crowd minutes of the first blast.
Another major attack was launched near an international
organization late on Monday night after the group detonated a Vehicle-borne
Improvised Explosive Device, triggering a gun battle that lasted for 11 hours.
At least 41 people were killed and over 100 others were
wounded in the first attack while one person was killed and 6 other were
wounded in the overnight attack.
Penal Code 377: The bane of Bangladesh’s LGBTQI
According to surveys, 5 to 10 percent of the world’s
population belong to the LGBTQI category (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer, intersex.) The first two feel sexual and emotional attraction towards people
of the same gender, not the opposite as is the social norm. Bangladesh is no
exception to this and there are numerous such people who live clandestine
lives, away from the limelight of family, friends and society. Many of them
live double lives by entering sham marriages with the opposite gender to save
face with family and society. Such marriages do irreparable damage to both
parties involved since they are not based on love or intimacy.
After the murder of gay rights activist Xulhaz and gay
cultural activist Tonoy by Islamic militants earlier this year, gays in
Bangladesh are now in hiding, fearful of their lives. Those who are able to are
leaving the country. This is a sorry state of affairs and need to change soon.
First thing to aid this change will be a bit of education. People never choose
their sexuality. Homosexuals are born with their sexuality that they discover
after puberty in the same way heterosexuals do. Nobody makes this choice. There
is no choice here. Moreover, it is never possible for someone to change their
sexuality. This means a gay person cannot be turned straight (heterosexual) by
any means. Likewise, a heterosexual person cannot be turned gay (homosexual) by
any means. Young boys and girls cannot be influenced by other homosexuals to
become gay. Nobody becomes gay upon puberty. The sexuality is determined at a
much earlier stage.
Full report at: washingtonblade.com/2016/09/07/penal-code-377-bane-bangladeshs-lgbtqi-population/
Indonesian terrorist found supplying money to extremist
networks within the region
Wed, September 7 2016
An Indonesian terrorist is pumping money into militant
cell networks in Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia to facilitate attacks
in these three countries.
Bahrun Naim, who has been identified as the key militant,
is believed to be the commander of Katibah Nusantara, a group of Indonesian and
Malaysian Islamic State fighters formed in late 2014.
Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division head
Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan said they had detected Bahrun contacting Malaysian
IS members and instigating them to target certain western interests, the
government and its security forces.
“He also channelled funds and issued similar orders to
militants in Indonesia and the Philippines,” he said in his keynote address at
the IACSP Asean Security Symposium here yesterday.
Full report at: thejakartapost.com/seasia/2016/09/07/indonesian-terrorist-found-supplying-money-to-extremist-networks-within-the-region.html
Anti-Muslim sentiment foils Sri Lanka’s bid to tap into
global halal market
First, the Muslim community in the island nation is
suffering discrimination, according to the United Nations Committee on the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
Second, although Sri Lanka wants to tap into the $2.3
trillion worth halal market along with other Asian countries such as Thailand,
the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea, hard-core Buddhist
groups like the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) are running a campaign
against the move.
Fearing a backlash, some companies who were eyeing the
halal market have suspended their plans.
“Certain manufacturers don’t want to get involved in the
halal fiasco and will do without the certification,” Ali Fatharally, chief
executive officer of the Halal Accreditation Council (HAC) in Sri Lanka, said
to Asia Times.
HAC has given accreditation to several top
export-oriented companies who want to cater to the halal market and are
conscious of its great growth potential. Halal is related not just to meat and
beverages but also everything from medicines to cosmetics. The industry is
growing fast along with the global Muslim population.
Halal, which means ‘permissible’ in Arabic, is any object
or action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic Shariah law. It is one of five Ahkam
(provisions) — fard (compulsory), mustahabb (recommended), halal (allowed),
makruh (disliked), and haram (forbidden) — that define the morality of human
action in Islam.
Within one year after its formation, HAC had granted
accreditation to at least 140 companies after a grueling process to ensure that
local restaurants as well as products ranging from consumer goods to poultry
are halal compliant and fit for consumption by Muslims across the world,
Since 2013, especially during the rule of former
president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka has been witnessing campaigns against
Muslim women too for their traditional dress code and for following halal
Bodu Bala Sena’s (BBS) general secretary, Galagoda Aththe
Gnanasara, a Buddhist monk, said such lifestyles are attempts by Muslims to
implement Sharia in Sri Lanka which is a Buddhist country. The BBS even
demanded the removal of halal logo which appeared on certain food products.
Full report at: atimes.com/2016/09/anti-muslim-sentiment-foils-sri-lankas-bid-to-tap-into-global-halal-market/
''Tinnie terror' accused to fight charges over attempt to
join Islamic State
The so-called 'tinnie terror' group accused of plotting
to take a boat to Indonesia in a bid to join Islamic State are expected to
fight the charges against them.
One of the accused, Robert "Musa" Cerantonio,
appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where his lawyer
asked for better access to the evidence compiled by the Crown.
The court heard that the case contains thousands of items
of evidence, including phone transcripts and data intercepts. Over 100
witnesses are expected to be called.
Mr Cerantonio, along with Shayden Thorne, Paul Dacre,
Antonio Granata, Murat Kaya and Kadir Kaya, were arrested in north Queensland
in May after allegedly buying a boat which they planned to use to leave
Australia and join Islamic State.
They face charges of making preparations for incursions
into foreign countries to engage in hostile activities
A sixth man, Murat Kaya, was later arrested in
Melbourne's north-west by counter-terrorism police.
Robert Stary, for Mr Cerantonio, said that the lawyers
representing the accused were all funded by Legal Aid and that they were having
trouble going through the prosecution brief of evidence. Lawyers for three of
the other accused also appeared in court.
Mr Stary said that his client had only been given a
couple of hours a week to go through the evidence and that special computers
had been provided by Corrections Victoria with the material already downloaded.
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said that it was a poor
situation that the defence was not adequately funded and agreed the accused
needed an understanding of the case against him.
He directed the prosecution provide some of the evidence
in hard copy form, including a list of intercepted phone calls and what was
discussed in them.
The case was adjourned until February 20 for a committal
mention in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
A five-day contested committal hearing has been set down
for May 15.
Pakistan demolished over 100 offices of MQM party in
Karachi :A Pakistani government minister says authorities
in the port city of Karachi have demolished over 100 offices of a political
party whose leader spoke from self-imposed exile against Pakistan last month.
Jam Khan, the provincial minister for local government,
says on Tuesday action against Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, was launched
after last month’s speech by the movement’s leader, Altaf Hussain from London,
in which he incited supporters to violence.
Hussain’s followers subsequently attacked TV stations in
Karachi and clashes with the police left one person dead. Khan says the ongoing
crackdown is not just “MQM specific” and that any illegal offices of other
political parties will also be shuttered.
MQM mainly represents ethnic Mohajirs, who fled to
Pakistan from India during 1947’s partition, and it dominates politics in
Obama nominates Pakistani-American to serve as federal
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama made history on
Tuesday by nominating for the first time a Muslim to serve as a federal judge.
Abid Riaz Qureshi, an American national of Pakistani
origin, has been nominated to the US District Court in the District of
Columbia, The Huffington Post reported.
“I am pleased to nominate Qureshi to serve on the United
States District Court bench,” Obama said in a statement. “I am confident he
will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to
Qureshi, born in Pakistan, received a bachelor’s degree
from Cornell University in 1977 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in
1997. He has been partner at a Latham and Watkins, a law firm based in
Washington DC since 2006, leading their pro bono efforts since 2012, reported
The National Law Journal.
President Obama’s nomination has been hailed as a
milestone by Muslim advocacy groups.
“I commend President Obama for taking this important step
in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as
part of our nation’s judiciary,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of
Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy organisation.
"A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our
nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is
vital for American Muslims to be included. Mr. Qureshi’s profound commitment to
the rule of law and justice for people of all backgrounds makes him an
The nomination comes towards the end of Obama’s final
term in office and in the midst of a racially-charged election campaign in the
The success of Qureshi’s nomination remains uncertain,
however. With just months left in Obama’s term, Senate Republicans have
virtually stopped confirming his judicial picks.
But the nomination does carry symbolic value for judicial
diversity in a campaign in which Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump
has expressed insecurities regarding fair treatment by a Muslim judge.
Trump said it is "absolutely possible" that he
would receive unfair treatment if a Muslim came to serve as federal judge.
Kashmir is Pakistan’s Jugular Vein, Will Keep Supporting
It: Pak Army Chief
Islamabad: Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif on
Tuesday described Kashmir as Pakistan’s “jugular vein” and said Islamabad will
continue to support the people of the Valley on the “diplomatic and ethical”
“We salute the great sacrifices of the people of Kashmir
for their right of self-determination. The solution of the problem lies in the
implementation of the resolutions of United Nations in this regard. Pakistan
will continue to support Kashmir on the diplomatic and ethical fronts,” said
the chief of army staff, addressing a ceremony held at General Headquarters in
Rawalpindi to mark the country’s Defence Day.
General Raheel said Kashmir was Pakistan’s “jugular vein”
and praised people of the Valley for rendering “innumerable sacrifices”.
The army chief asserted that “the defence of Pakistan is
“I want to make it clear to all the enemies that the
defence of Pakistan is already strong but now it has become invincible,” he was
quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.
On the challenges the country is facing, he said: “I want
to make it clear that we are fully aware of all covert and overt intrigues and
intentions of our enemies. Be the challenge military or diplomatic; on the
borders or within the cities, we know our friends and foes all too well.”
On Pakistan’s ties with China, the army chief said the
greatest example of a relationship based on mutual respect and principle of
equality in the region is the Pak-China friendship.
“China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the paramount
evidence of this relationship. I would like to assure that we shall not allow
any external force to obstruct it and any such attempt will be dealt with iron
hands,” he said.
General Raheel said the Operation Zarb-e-Azb against
terrorists had achieved its objectives to confront terror, saying the armed
forced will go to any limit to ensure Pakistan’s security.
He praised the military, police and other law enforcement
agencies for their “utmost efforts” to establish law and order in the country.
“There is a need to implement the National Action Plan
and break the nexus between corruption and terrorism to fully consolidate the
successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the entire country,” he added.]
Pakistan not keen on arms race but will ensure power
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said
Pakistan was not keen on joining an arms race but will take steps to maintain
regional balance of power.
“Pakistan does not want to join the arms race in the
region, however, will continue to ensure balance in the region,” Sharif said in
a message issued on Defence Day marked every year to commemorate the 1965 war
“We have attained self-reliance in production of advanced
weapons and our nuclear capability is the hallmark of our strong defence,” he
Harping on the Kashmir issue, Sharif said it should be
resolved according to the United Nations resolutions.
“We have a clear stance on Kashmir and believe that the
solution of this issue only lies in implementation of the resolutions of the
United Nations Security Council and in accordance with the aspirations of
Kashmiri people,” he said.
President, in a separate message, said Pakistan’s armed
forces are fully prepared to defend the homeland.
“The 6th September is a milestone in our history when 51
years ago Pakistan Army and the entire nation courageously defended the
homeland against the enemy aggression,” the President said.
Different ceremonies were held in the country to mark the
Opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party Co-Chair Called To
Testify Over Terror Charges
The co-chair of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party
(HDP) has been called to testify on charges of “being a member of an armed
HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtaş was called to testify
as a part of the probe launched by Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in the
southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
Nursel Aydoğan, an HDP lawmaker from Diyarbakır, was also
called to testify, Doğan News Agency reported.
Demirtaş had previously said they wouldn’t testify after
the legislative immunities of lawmakers were lifted.
“We, including myself, are not going to go prosecutor’s
offices or courts as if nothing happened. I’m calling out to the prosecutor or
judge who wants to call us to testify; either issue an arrest warrant or
subpoena,” Demirtaş had said.
A summary of proceedings was previously prepared
regarding Demirtaş and he was called to testify, but he didn’t reply to any of
Meanwhile, HDP co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ was also called
to testify by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, daily Evrensel
reported. According to the daily, she wouldn’t go to testify.
Subpoenas were previously issued for eight lawmakers from
the HDP over the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) case in Diyarbakir on Sept. 5.
HDP group deputy chairman Çağlar Demirel was among the ones a subpoena was
issued for by the Diyarbakır Second Heavy Penal Court.
Turkey, US mull move on ISIL stronghold Raqqa
Ankara and Washington are discussing military action on
Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told a group of journalists on his way back
to Turkey from the G-20 summit in China, where he had a tête-à-tête meeting
with U.S. President Barack Obama.
“Raqqa is an important center for Daesh,” Erdoğan said,
using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist group. “Obama particularly wants to do
something together [with us] about Raqqa. We have told him that this is not a
problem for us.”
Turkey has suggested the high-ranking soldiers of both
parties could come together and discuss the issue, and “then what is necessary
will be done,” he said.
“This is an issue that we have been discussing with the
United States,” he said while responding to a question on whether Turkey would
play a role in reclaiming Raqqa.
“What can be done there will become more concrete after
talks,” he said. “What can be done on the issue is related to the U.S. stance.”
Turkey does not have the option of taking a step back on
Syria or else terror groups will fill in the gap, Erdoğan added.
“From now on, we have to show that we exist in the
region. We do not have an option to step back at this point,” the president
said, adding that terror groups, such as ISIL, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’
Party (PKK), the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) or its armed wing,
the People’s Protection Units (YPG), would settle there.
Turkey says the PYD is linked to the PKK, which has
accelerated its attacks in Turkey, but the PYD and its armed wing is an ally
with the U.S. in the region in the anti-ISIL fight.
Responding to a question as to whether the U.S. has
changed its stance on the PYD, Erdoğan said Turkey had not experienced any
difficulty in cooperating with its partner during the Euphrates Shield
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-us-mull-move-on-isil-stronghold-raqqa.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103655&NewsCatID=352
Three soldiers killed in Turkish operation in Syria
Three Turkish soldiers were killed and four others have
been wounded during clashes with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)
militants near the Syrian town of al-Rai, the 14th day of an operation in
northern Syria, the Turkish military announced Sept 6.
The soldiers were killed on the spot and five injured
when ISIL missiles hit two Turkish tanks in the Wuquf village, the military
One of the wounded soldiers later died in hospital
despite all attempts to save his life, lifting the death toll to three, the
Two members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is
backed by the Turkish military in their advance on ISIL in Syria, were also
killed while two others were wounded.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Wuquf and Sadwi villages
were seized from ISIL by FSA members.
73 more air force personnel dismissed in coup attempt
probe: Defense Ministry
A further 73 personnel from the Turkish Air Force have
been dismissed from the army as part of the ongoing investigation into the
Fetullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which has been accused of the failed
coup attempt of July 15, the Defense Ministry announced Sept. 7.
“Seventy-three more military personnel from the Air Force
Command were dismissed from the Turkish Armed Forces within the scope of the
FETÖ investigation,” the ministry tweeted.
Some 66 of the dismissed personnel were military officers
while the other seven were non-commissioned officers from the air force,
according to the ministry.
The ministry also said the personnel were being dismissed
with the utmost sensibility.
Last week, the ministry announced that 820 more military
personnel from the land and naval forces had been dismissed from the armed
More than 3,500 soldiers, including generals and
admirals, were previously dismissed from the army in light of two state of
emergency decrees issued after the failed seizure of government.
Turkish pianist Fazıl Say acquitted of blasphemy charges
after four-year legal battle
World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazıl Say was finally
acquitted of blasphemy charges on Sept. 7, four years after being sentenced to
a suspended jail term after sharing a post on his Twitter account.
An Istanbul court ordered Say’s acquittal on charges of
“insulting religious beliefs held by a section of society” for retweeting
several lines attributed to the 11th century Persian poet Omar Khayyam in 2012.
In a post on his Instagram account after the four-year
judicial struggle, Say thanked and congratulated his lawyer Meltem Akyol.
He had received a suspended 10-month prison sentence in
April 2013 for retweeting Khayyam’s lines after three people filed a criminal
complaint to the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office, accusing him of
An Istanbul court later accepted Say’s demand to cancel
his suspended sentence, paving way for his retrial.
In the September 2013 retrial, an Istanbul court
sentenced Say to 10 months in prison but again suspended the sentence as Say
had no previous criminal record.
The pianist then appealed this verdict at the Supreme
Court of Appeals, which demanded in November 2014 that the controversial
judgment against Say be reversed and he be acquitted.
On Oct. 26, 2015, the 8th Criminal Chamber of the Supreme
Court of Appeals ruled by a majority vote that Say’s Twitter posts should be
regarded as freedom of thought and expression and thus should not be punished.
Among the lines attributed to Khayyam that Say retweeted
was: “You say its rivers will flow in wine. Is the Garden of Eden a drinking
Turkish Sports Ministry refutes claims on seizure of DW
Turkey’s Youth and Sports Ministry has issued a statement
over reports on the seizure of an interview by German broadcaster Deutsche
Welle (DW) with Youth and Sports Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç, saying it did not
reflect the truth.
“Our request to not publish the interview was conveyed to
the related TV officials over the usage of ‘excessive expressions and
accusations’ by the presenter during the interview, which was conducted on tape
recording. Our disposition regarding the interview not to be published over our
request is the ‘authorization’ rule that is sensitively applied in the country
[Germany], which is the broadcasting center of the related media outlet, to be
fulfilled,” the ministry said in a statement.
Meeting with DW’s Conflict Zone host Michel Friedman at
the ministry’s building in Ankara on Sept. 5, Kılıç responded to the questions
asked on topics related to recent developments in Turkey such as the coup
attempt of July 15, the widespread round-ups that have occurred in its
aftermath, the situation of the Turkish press and the place of women in Turkish
society. Kılıç was also asked to clarify President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s
remarks made on these issues.
However, earlier reports had suggested that the DW team
was told during their exit that they could not publish the interview and could
not leave the premises without handing over the recording.
DW General Director Peter Limbourg had harshly criticized
the act, saying it was a clear violation of press freedom in Turkey.
“This is a clear violation of freedom of press in Turkey
once again. What was done here was compulsion by the Turkish government. This
does not have anything to do with the state of law and principles of democracy.
It is not acceptable for a minister to give an interview on his own consent and
then attempt to prevent its publication just because he did not like the
questions. We demand the Turkish side quickly return our recording and are
exploring legal steps that can be taken,” Limbourg said.
Turkey’s business community welcomes investment package
for east, southeast
Turkish business community representatives have heaped
praise on the government’s recently announced investment program for the
country’s eastern and southeastern regions.
Apart from building hospitals, homes, infrastructure,
logistics and education worth nearly 10 billion Turkish Liras ($3.4 billion),
the government also plans to provide huge incentives to new real sector
investments in the region in the form of free-of-charge factory sites,
zero-interest machinery loans and guaranteed purchases, pushing the overall
size of the package to $140 billion.
Top business groups have said they would consider these
regions for their new investments following the announcement of the “East and
Southeast Investment Support Action.”
Bülent Eczacıbaşı, head of the Eczacıbaşı Holding, which
operates mainly in the healthcare sector, said the main goal of the support
program was to achieve Turkey’s two significant and essential targets: new jobs
and more investments.
“We hope eastern and southeastern Anatolia will come into
the spotlight for economic progress from now on,” Eczacıbaşı said.
“As investments and newly created jobs increase, our
economy will also grow. As our economy grows, our country will also continue
its sustainable development,” he added.
The total amount of planned investments will reach $140
billion and annual new employment from them is estimated to hit 40,000, given
the size of the commitment of the government, Eczacıbaşı said.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-business-community-welcomes-investment-package-for-east-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103663&NewsCatID=345
Teacher commits suicide after being dismissed over
alleged Gülen links
A teacher who was dismissed over suspected links to the
Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) has killed himself in the
northwestern Turkish province of Bilecik.
Mustafa Güneyler, 50, was dismissed as a part of the
state of emergency decrees published in the Official Gazette on Sept. 2,
targeting alleged members of FETÖ, believed to have orchestrated Turkey’s
failed coup attempt of July 15.
Before being dismissed Güneyler was suspended on
suspicion of links to the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah
Gülen. After not hearing from him in the aftermath of his dismissal, his
relatives notified the police.
A locksmith was called to open Güneyler’s door and he was
found dead inside his apartment after killing himself, Doğan News Agency
His body was sent to the forensic medicine institute in
the neighboring province of Bursa for an autopsy.
An investigation has been launched into the incident.
Refugees From Boko Haram Return Home, Excited but Fearful
SEPT. 6, 2016
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Excited but fearful, refugees from
Boko Haram piled into yellow school buses with their bundles of belongings,
returning after two years to homes that have been torched, wells destroyed,
livestock looted and fields that still may not be safe from the Islamic
On Monday, the largest group yet of such refugees, nearly
2,000, was transported to villages and the town of Konduga. Though they are
just 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria's biggest city,
they are also on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest where the Islamic extremists
still have strongholds.
How this group of returnees survives, and whether the
military can protect them, could influence other refugees whom the government
is keen to resettle. Maiduguri alone is home to about 1 million of the 2.6
million people forced from their homes in Nigeria and neighboring countries
during Boko Haram's seven-year uprising that has killed some 20,000.
Despite the threat from insurgents, "food is the
most important issue," said one returnee, Baari Mustapha. "If not,
there will be serious hunger and starvation."
Food is already a critical issue. Children are dying of
starvation in refugee camps like Dalori, where many of the returnees had been
living in tattered tents and makeshift huts of straw on the outskirts of
Dalori residents were among hundreds who protested last
week, accusing officials of stealing their food donations. Nigeria's government
is investigating the charges.
The refugees say the camps are miserable, and they hope
life will be better back home.
"Life has not been easy in the camp," said
Bintu Ganaye, a 32-year-old mother surrounded by her five children, ages 3 to
13. "Our major fear is that we don't know what the future holds out for us
as we return empty-handed."
Full report at: nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/06/world/africa/ap-af-nigeria-boko-haram-going-home.html
Rival Boko Haram groups 'clash' in NE Nigeria
7th September 2016
In-fighting has broken out in Boko Haram after the
Islamic State group announced a new leader of its Nigerian affiliate, according
to reports in the country's remote northeast.
IS said last month that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the son of
Boko Haram's founder Mohammed Yusuf, had replaced Abubakar Shekau at the head
of the designated terrorist organisation.
But Shekau then insisted he was still in charge of the
Islamist group, whose insurgency has killed at least 20,000 people since 2009
and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes.
Sources in northeast Nigeria now say there have been
deadly skirmishes between the two factions, even as Nigeria's military seeks to
finally rout the rebels in a sustained counter-offensive.
Last Thursday, several fighters from Shekau's camp were
said to have been killed in two separate gun battles with IS-backed Barnawi
gunmen in the Monguno area of Borno state near Lake Chad.
Nigeria's military declined to comment on the reported
in-fighting when contacted by AFP.
Mele Kaka, who lives in the area, told AFP: "The
Barnawi faction launched an offensive against the Shekau faction who were
camped in the villages of Yele and Arafa.
"In Yele, the assailants killed three people from
the Shekau camp, injured one and took one with them, while several were killed
in Arafa," he said by telephone from the state capital, Maiduguri.
The attack prompted residents of Arafa to flee, he added.
Fighters from Barnawi camp had the previous day attacked
gunmen loyal to Shekau in Zuwa village in nearby Marte district, killing an
unspecified number, Kaka said.
"The Barnawi fighters told villagers after each
attack that they were fighting the other camp because they had derailed from
the true jihad and were killing innocent people, looting their property and
burning their homes," he went on.
"They said such acts contravene the teachings of
Islam and true jihad."
Shekau has led Boko Haram since the death of Mohammed
Yusuf in police custody in 2009, waging a deadly, indiscriminate guerilla war
that has overwhelmingly targeted civilians.
Full report at: newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1434740/rival-boko-haram-clash-ne-nigeria
How Muslim-Americans Drifted to the Democratic Party
Once seen as a "natural" Republican
constituency, Muslim-Americans are increasingly leaning Democratic, and they
are expected to vote in record numbers for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton
in the U.S. presidential election in November.
From overwhelmingly voting for George W. Bush in the 2000
election to backing Clinton in the current cycle, the Muslim shift in political
allegiance has been precipitous, leading some critics to lament a lost
Republican opportunity to keep an increasingly influential voting bloc.
According to surveys conducted after the election, more
than 70 percent of Muslims voted for Bush, and most of the 50,000 Muslim votes
in Florida went to the Republican candidate. Bush won the election after a
prolonged recount of the vote in Florida, a state he won by a mere 537 votes,
and a dispute that ultimately was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, the
country's highest judicial body.
To Muslim-Americans and many conservatives alike, Bush's
victory was evidence not only of growing Muslim political weight but also of a
"natural" affinity between Muslims and Republicans.
'Socially and economically conservative'
Suhail Khan, a prominent Muslim-American Republican and
former board member of the American Conservative Union, wrote that
"Muslim-Americans are, by and large, both socially and economically
conservative," and therefore a natural Republican constituency.
Many Muslim-Americans do share conservative Republican
values of supporting strong families and traditional marriage, and opposing
abortion. And Khan noted that a quarter of U.S. Muslims are small-business
owners who favor Republican policies on lower taxes.
But the reason most Muslim-Americans voted for Bush in
2000 may have had less to do with shared values than a belief that Bush, in
reaching out to Muslims and handling the historically divisive
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, would follow in the moderate footsteps of his
father, former president George H. W. Bush, whom they also supported in the
1992 election, according to John Esposito, a professor at Georgetown University
and author of “The Future of Islam.”
If there was a high-water mark in the love affair between
Muslim-Americans and the Republican Party, it was the 2000 election. In 2004,
more than 90 percent of Muslim-Americans voted for John Kerry; in 2008 and
2014, Muslims voted for Barack Obama, by 89 percent and 85 percent,
respectively, according to several estimates.
Full report at: voanews.com/a/muslim-americans-drifted-democratic-party/3496782.html
More than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s
impossible to be an observant Muslim while living openly in an LGBT
September 06, 2016
It’s a Friday afternoon in April, and I’m standing among
eight other people in the lobby of an office building in downtown Toronto,
waiting for an elevator. Finally, a chime, and we all make our way in. The
doors close, and we start to climb. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in the car
who is moments away from entering a space LGBTQ Muslims around the world can
only dream of.
El-Farouk Khaki, one of the co-founders of Unity Mosque,
happens to be passing by as soon as the elevator stops and I step out. “You
must be Davide,” he says. “You look exactly like your photos.” I realize Khaki
has Googled me; strict safety concerns require a vetting of anyone who asks for
the mosque’s location. We step into the boardroom where Unity Mosque holds its
prayers, and Khaki is immediately swarmed by people jockeying for his
attention. He’s been on vacation for three weeks with his husband and
co-founder, Troy Jackson, and it’s clear he’s been missed. Khaki recognizes he
can’t speak with me today, and after glancing in my direction to let me know he
hasn’t forgotten, he invites me to his home for dinner.
It’s no surprise Khaki is adored by congregants at Unity
Mosque. The space likely would not exist without him. Unity Mosque, part of an
umbrella group known as the El-Tawhid Juma Circle, with Unity Mosques around
North America, including Ottawa and Montreal, is Khaki’s attempt to show
Islam’s beauty. Started by Khaki, Jackson and Laury Silvers, the egalitarian
space seeks to provide a welcoming place of worship and community to all,
particularly queer people, trans people and women. For many, this is the
difference between abandoning Islam and finding spiritual fulfilment, and the
first chance to be queer and Muslim in one space without giving anything up.
Full report at: ucobserver.org/faith/2016/09/rainbow_muslims/
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