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Two lakh Indians to perform Haj
Israel has ‘right’ to annex West Bank land, says US
US Jewish community looks to defend itself as attacks
Saudi Islamic affairs minister hails success of imamate
Region must be part of Iran nuclear deal: UAE
Syrian rebel town buries goalkeeper who became ‘singer of
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Taliban presses US to set withdrawal date
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Meera Srinivasan COLOMBO
JUNE 09, 2019
In a visit spanning barely five hours, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi held discussions with Sri Lanka’s top leadership – both in
government and Opposition in a string of short meetings in Colombo on Sunday.
The focus in most of the interactions, sources said, was cooperation in
economic initiatives, in countering terrorism.
Even as he wound up his ‘solidarity visit’, Mr. Modi
tweeted that he had a “short but immensely fruitful” visit to the island.
Mr. Modi, who was here on President Maithripala
Sirisena’s invitation, is the first foreign head of state to visit the island,
after the ghastly Easter terror attacks that killed over 250 people.
The Indian Prime Minister visited St. Anthony’s church in
Colombo and paid respects to those who died in the April 21 bombings.
“Since both Sri Lanka and India have been victims of
terrorism, both the leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations and decided to step up cooperation in this critical area,” a
statement from President Sirisena’s media division said.
On his meeting with President Sirisena, Mr. Modi said it
was their second meeting in 10 days. “President Sirisena and I agreed that
terrorism is a joint threat that needs collective and focussed action. Reiterated
India’s commitment to partner with Sri Lanka for a shared, secure and
prosperous future,” he said in a tweet.
After Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe received his
Indian counterpart at the Bandaranaike International Airport — President
Sirisena accorded him a ceremonial welcome, with a guard of honour and a 19-gun
salute. President Sirisena escorted Mr. Modi in, holding an umbrella for him as
sudden showers struck Colombo. He threw a special banquet for his guest and
presented him with a replica of the ‘Samadhi Buddha Statue’, hand-carved in
“Thank you @narendramodi, for your brief, but highly
productive visit to our country today, thus proving you are a true friend of
ours. I highly appreciate and value your kind gesture, support and cooperation
extended to Sri Lanka,” the President tweeted.
Mr. Wickremesinghe, tweeting on Mr.Modi’s visit, said he
looked forward to holding discussions including on increasing multi-lateral
investment projects and collaboration in counter-terror actions.
This is PM Modi’s third visit to Sri Lanka, after earlier
trips in March 2015 and May 2017. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and National
Security Advisor Ajit Doval were part of Mr. Modi’s delegation to Sri Lanka on
Sunday, as they returned from the Maldives.
Former President and Leader of Opposition Mahinda
Rajapaksa called on Mr. Modi at India House, the official resident of the
Indian envoy in Colombo. “It was a warm and cordial meeting,” said Namal Rajapaksa,
a legislator and son of Mr. Rajapaksa, who was also present at the meeting. “My
father congratulated Mr. Modi on his election win and emphasised that stability
at the Centre in India was good not just for India, but for the entire region.”
Further, Mr. Rajapaksa told Mr. Modi that India should lead the region not just
in socio-economic growth, but also in counter-terrorism, according the young Hambantota
Mr. Modi met a delegation of the Tamil National Alliance
(TNA), led by senior politician R. Sampanthan, representing the war-affected
Tamil minority from the island’s north and east. According to sources, the
Tamil leadership emphasised that India urge the Sri Lankan government to frame
a new Constitution, as had been promised by Mr. Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe,
when their coalition came to power in 2015.
India has historically been one of the arbiters for a
political solution to Sri Lanka’s Tamil question. Till date the Indo-Lanka
Accord of 1987 remains a key document that speaks of substantive power devolution
to the provinces.
According to TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran who attended
the meeting, Mr. Modi assured the Tamil leaders that “India was conscious” of
their demand. Further, he told them that he looked forward to meeting them soon
in New Delhi, for a discussion on India’s possible role in nudging the Sri
Lankan leadership to frame a new Constitution.
Later, shifting gears from diplomacy to domestic
politics, Mr. Modi addressed Colombo-based Indian community and thanked the
people of India for a big mandate. “We achieved a lot in last five years…much
more has to be done in the coming years,” he said to thundering applause, and
urged Sri Lanka-based Indians to help strengthen bilateral ties.
India asks Pakistan to exempt Narendra Modi’s flight
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, JUNE 09, 2019
India has requested Pakistan that Prime Minister Narendra
Modi be allowed to fly through its airspace to attend the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation (SCO) meeting in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, on June 13 and 14
despite the restrictions it had imposed on flights from and through the
country, according to government sources.
The two countries had made an exemption for each other’s
Foreign Ministers last month.
After imposing a ban on all flights following India’s air
strikes in Balakot deep inside its territory, Pakistan has lifted restrictions
on the use of its airspace for most carriers and opened only two out of 11 routes
through its southern parts for flights to and from India.
As a result, airlines still need to take a long detour to
fly to countries to the north of Pakistan. A flight to Bishkek through Pakistan
is likely to take nearly four hours, but a detour will result in an eight-hour flight.
Early May, India allowed Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah
Mehmood Qureshi to fly through its airspace for a visit to the Maldives and Sri
This was followed by Pakistan permitting then External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly through its airspace for the SCO
meeting in Bishkek on May 22 and 23.
Mr. Qureshi though had to cancel his trip following the
serial bomb blasts that took place on Easter day in Sri Lanka.
Airspace restrictions by Pakistan have been in place
since February 27 and were recently extended until June 15 for flights entering
the country through its eastern border after flying through Indian skies.
These have resulted in steep airfares for passengers,
including a large number of Indian students in different Central Asian
countries planning a trip home for their summer break.
June 09, 2019
JERUSALEM: The US ambassador has said Israel has the
right to annex at least “some” of the occupied West Bank, in comments likely to
deepen Palestinian opposition to a long-awaited US peace plan.
The Palestinians have rejected the plan before it has
even been unveiled, citing a string of moves by US President Donald Trump that
they say show his administration is irredeemably biased.
They are likely to see the latest comments by US
Ambassador to Israel David Friedman as new nail in the coffin of a peace
process that is already on life support.
In the interview published by the New York Times on
Saturday, Friedman said that some degree of annexation of the West Bank would
be legitimate. “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to
retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” he said.
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat has said any such
policy would be tantamount to “US complicity with Israeli colonial plans.”
The establishment of a Palestinian state in territories,
including the West Bank, that Israel occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967, has
been the focus of all past Middle East peace plans.
No firm date has yet been set for the unveiling of the
Trump administration’s plan although a conference is to be held in Bahrain
later this month on its economic aspects.
The public comments made by administation officials so
far suggest the plan will lean heavily on substantial financial support for the
Palestinian economy, much of it funded by the Gulf Arab states, in return for
concessions on territory and statehood. “The absolute last thing the world
needs is a failed Palestinian state between Israel and Jordan,” Friedman said
in the Times interview.
“We’re relying upon the fact that the right plan, for the
right time, will get the right reaction over time.”
Friedman, a staunch supporter of the Israeli settlements,
told the Times that the Trump plan was aimed at improving the quality of life
for Palestinians but would fall well short of a “permanent resolution to the
He said he did not believe the plan would trigger
But he said the United States would coordinate closely
with Arab ally Jordan, which could face unrest among its large Palestinian
population over a plan perceived as overly favorable to Israel.
Publication of the plan looks set to be further delayed
after the Israeli paraliament called a snap general election for September, the
second this year.
The plan is regarded as too sensitive to release during
During campaigning for the first general election in
April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex West Bank Jewish
settlements, a move long supported by nearly all lawmakers in his alliance of right-wing
and religious parties.
Earlier, in February, Netanyahu told lawmakers he had
been discussing with Washington a plan that would effectively annex
In a rare public show of disunity between the close
allies, the White House then flatly denied any such discussion.
Following persistent expansion of the settlements by
successive Netanyahu governments, more than 600,000 Jewish settlers now live in
the West Bank, including annexed east Jerusalem, among some three million
The international community regards the settlements as
illegal and the biggest obstacle to peace.
RIYADH: The Saudi minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and
guidance, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, has hailed the success of a global
imamate program run by the Kingdom.
The international project was carried out by his Saudi
ministry in 35 countries around the world during Ramadan with the participation
of 70 imams.
Aimed at promoting Islam’s values of moderation and
tolerance, Al-Asheikh attributed the success of the initiative to Allah, and
the attention and care provided by King Salman and the crown prince.
The program was part of the royals’ support for all
ministry activities, especially schemes dedicated to Muslims in countries
throughout the world.
Al-Asheikh praised the efforts of the imams in conveying
the Kingdom’s message of moderation and helping to enlighten worshippers about
He also thanked the organizers of the program, and an
illuminated panel highlighted key verses from the Qur’an recited during
speeches and lectures.
As part of the project, the 70 imams performed Taraweeh
prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, and the program also included
scientific activities, preaching, advocacy, awareness lectures, Friday prayer
sermons, training sessions, and Eid prayer.
This year, the Saudi government also organized King
Salman’s iftar program in 24 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, at a
total cost of SR3.75 million ($1 million), which benefited more than 1 million
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s parliament warned President
Maithripala Sirisena not to scuttle a controversial investigation into security
lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, the Speaker’s office said Sunday.
The warning came after Sirisena said he would not
cooperate with the parliamentary probe and would not allow defense or police
officials to testify before the select committee (PSC).
The president called an emergency cabinet meeting on
Friday night to oppose the legislature’s investigation into the April 21
attacks that killed 258 people, including 45 foreigners, and wounded nearly
“Any public servant summoned by the PSC is obliged to
give evidence,” Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said in a hard-hitting two-page
response to Sirisena.
“Officials are fully aware of the serious consequences if
they fail to respond.”
Officials at the Speaker’s office said Jayasuriya made it
clear to Sirisena that he will not call off the PSC and it will continue its
Evidence before the parliamentary select committee, which
began its publicly televised sittings since late last month, has placed the
president in a poor light, suggesting that he failed to act on advance warning of
On Saturday, Sirisena’s office said he sacked his
national intelligence chief El-Sisira Mendis who testified that the devastating
attacks against three churches and three luxury hotels could have been avoided.
Mendis also said the president had failed to hold regular
security meetings to assess the threat from radicals who carried out the
Sirisena’s office did not give a reason for abruptly
sacking Mendis. Halfway through his testimony, the live telecast of the
proceedings was stopped on the president’s orders, official sources said.
Sirisena told his police top brass on Friday that he
would not allow any police, military or intelligence personnel to testify.
However, a senior defense ministry sources said that in
view of the Speaker’s latest warning, they will have to cooperate with the
Sirisena’s defense secretary and police chief have
suggested that the president, who is also defense minister, did not follow
proper protocols in dealing with a specific warning from an Indian intelligence
New Delhi had shared detailed information about the
targets and the method of attack as early as April 4, two and a half weeks
before the bombings, following information from a jihadist in Indian custody.
A local miitant organization and the Daesh group claimed
responsibility for the deadly attacks. The country has been under a state of
emergency since the bombings.
Sirisena said last week that he met with the national
police chief and his top brass 13 days before the attacks but no officer raised
warnings passed on by India. His own officials have denied it.
The latest crisis erupted ahead of a visit to Sri Lanka
by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
Modi arrived in Colombo for a brief stopover on his
return from an official visit to the Maldives on Saturday.
Sirisena suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundara and
dismissed his top defense official Hemasiri Fernando after the bombings.
Shammi Mondal MUMBAI,
JUNE 09, 2019
Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on
Sunday claimed that the quota for Indians to perform Haj has increased from
1,32,000 pilgrims to two lakh pilgrims in the last five years, the highest number
Mr. Naqvi was addressing a press conference at the Haj
House where he launched an online portal and a mobile App (HPFS) for the better
organisation and experience of all Indian pilgrims.
The Union Minister credited the increase in Haj pilgrims
over the last five years to Prime Minster Narendra Modi and said this could be
brought about by communicating with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. “The
number of Indian Haj Pilgrims is more than that of Pakistan and the quota is
most likely to increase,” he said.
Flights for Haj will begin from July 4 and from various
places across the country. There will be more than 500 flights catering the
pilgrims. Medical facilities at the pilgrimage centre have also been taken care
of. For this, a total of 14 health care centres and 620 co-ordinators will be
catering to the Indian pilgrims.
“The removal of Haj subsidy have not caused much of a
problem to the Indian pilgrims,” Mr. Naqvi said.
The minister said that the feedback mechanism in the online
portal and the mobile app are extremely new and essential. “This mechanism
gives immense power to the pilgrims and makes the process more transparent and
progressive,” he claimed.
LOS ANGELES: Armed guards, safety assessments and now
even a “Tactical Rabbi” to train volunteers on the use of weapons — such is the
reality today at synagogues in the United States facing mounting anti-Semitic
It is at a shooting range in the hills overlooking Los
Angeles that a team of AFP reporters met recently with Raziel Cohen, dubbed the
“Tactical Rabbi,” who was sporting a 9mm pistol on his hip and carrying a
semi-automatic rifle over his shoulder.
Cohen was trying to determine how well books can stop
bullets. The idea is to transform a library at a synagogue or Jewish school
into a shelter in the event of an active shooter situation.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between the time that the
shooting begins and law enforcement arrives,” he told AFP.
“The expression that goes on is that we carry guns
because we can’t carry police officers, which is not just a joke,” added Cohen.
“The reality is that there can’t be police everywhere all the time.”
Cohen, who has been passionate about guns since his
youth, is a security expert and certified shooting instructor who has taken
part in counter-terrorism courses given by retired and elite active-duty
Born into a religious family, Cohen is also a rabbi for
the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Los Angeles. Chabad is a sect of Hasidic
Judaism, and Los Angeles is second only to Brooklyn, New York in its number of
Cohen said his expertise in security took on more meaning
after the April 27 shooting at the Chabad Poway Synagogue near San Diego that
left one dead and three wounded.
It came six months after a shooting at a Pittsburgh
synagogue left 11 people dead — the worst attack against Jewish people in the
modern history of the United States.
“One of the Ten Commandments that’s taught very
incorrectly is ‘Thou shall not kill’,” Cohen said. “It’s
not ‘Thou shall not kill,’ it’s ‘Thou shall not murder.’
“In fact, in the Bible it says that you have the
obligation to protect yourself.”
Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States remained at
near-record high levels in 2018, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which
recorded 1,879 incidents, the third-highest level since the 1970s.
2017 had marked an unprecedented rise in such incidents,
with 1,986 cases of harassment, vandalism or anti-Semitic attacks recorded, the
Cohen said given the uptick, it was the duty of the
Jewish community to learn to fend for itself.
But not everyone agrees with Cohen’s reasoning.
Ivan Wolkind, chief operating officer of the Jewish
Federation of Greater Los Angeles and founder of the federation’s security
program, said some 500 groups have joined the program, exchanging information
and security tips with police or the FBI.
Wolkind, a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police
Department, said while he wholeheartedly believes in prevention, he is not
convinced that arming worshippers is the answer.
“I can’t make a judgment as to whether or not people
should have weapons in their place of worship
but what I can say is to have people carrying weapons
without a huge amount of training... is potentially very very dangerous,” he
He said his program focuses on prevention rather than
encouraging worshippers to arm themselves.
“So we put 98 percent of our energy into what we call
left of bang,” he said. “So if you think of a timeline where there is
pre-incident — everything that happens before an incident — and then the bang is
what happens and then there’s everything to the right.
“We put 98 percent of our energy into left of bang —
recognizing, preventing and mitigating the effects of an attack.”
Wolkind said he fears that people who undergo weapons
training may feel overconfident and ignore warning signs leading up to a
“They may stop looking for some of the pre-incident
indicators that I feel are so important,” he said.
He said his security program has been so successful that
churches, mosques and even the Church of Scientology have reached out for
“We’ve got a lot of experience,” he said. “And we are
absolutely open to sharing that with anyone and everyone as other people try to
do the same thing in their communities.”
June 09, 2019
Samir Salama, Associate Editor
Abu Dhabi: As tensions soar in the region already shaken
by a standoff between the US and Iran over the nuclear deal, the UAE and
Germany on Sunday called for defusing the situation to prevent further escalation
and enter into negotiations.
“We believe the region – hard-hit by tensions, conflicts
and wars – should get a big chance for diplomacy, dialogue and hope for a
better future,” Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign
Affairs and International Cooperation, said at a joint press conference with
his German counterpart, Heiko Mass.
Shaikh Abdullah urged friends and allies — Germany and
the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — to assume greater role
in making these efforts successful and spreading peace and prosperityin the
The German Minister said that Europe has a united stance
to keep the nuclear deal with Iran alive. Shaikh Abdullah said countries of the
region must be part of the nuclear deal with Iran.
“Broader issues must also be included in the deal, such
as the Iranian ballistic missiles, supporting terrorism and meddling in the
internal affairs of other countries,” Shaikh Abdullah said.
Shaikh Abdullah was speaking after the UAE told UN
members that a state was likely to be behind “sophisticated and coordinated”
attacks on four tankers off its coast last month.
The May 12 attacks targeted two Saudi tankers, a UAE
vessel and a Norwegian tanker, causing no casualties but fuelling tensions in
The attacks required expert navigation of fast boats and
trained divers who likely placed limpet mines on the vessels under the
waterline to incapacitate but not sink them, according to the preliminary findings
of a joint investigation by the UAE, Norway and Saudi Arabia.
In a briefing document given to UN security council
members, the three countries did not say who they believed was behind the
attacks. Iran has been accused by the US of being responsible.
Shaikh Abdullah said the attacks not only targeted four
vessels, but also undermined the international maritime safety.
“When the attacks occurred, there were more than 184
vessels off the Fujairah port, docked for fuelling before sailing through the Strait
"We in the UAE welcome any role assumed by Germany
and others to defuse tension. Meanwhile, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway along
with other partners will continue to provide the Security Council with the
results of the investigation into the attacks,” Shaikh Abdullah said.
Haas said he did not want any misunderstanding to lead to
a military confrontation.
Working to defuse tension
“We all work for defusing tension and prevent military
escalation in the region and this issue will be
taken up during my visit to Iran.”
Although Shaikh Abdullah did not blame Iran directly for
the attacks on four vessels off the coast of Fujairah, and despite Iranian
denials, intelligence from Washington suggested that Tehran was perhaps behind
“While investigations are still ongoing, these facts are
strong indications that the four attacks were part of a sophisticated and
coordinated operation carried out by an actor with significant operational capacity,
most likely a state actor,” a document submitted to the Security Council said.
The countries believe the attacks were the work of
several teams of operatives who coordinated the timed detonation of all four
explosive charges within an hour.
AL-DANA, Syria: Thousands of people flocked to the
funeral on Sunday of a Syrian soccer star turned fighter who became an icon of
the revolt against President Bashar Assad.
Abdelbasset Al-Sarout, 27, died on Saturday from wounds
he sustained in northwest Syria, where an army offensive has pounded the last
major rebel bastion for weeks.
Once a well-known goalkeeper from the city of Homs,
Sarout gained a new kind of fame when the popular uprising against Assad’s rule
erupted in 2011. He was dubbed the “singer of the revolution” for chanting
ballads at rallies that eulogized slain activists and vilified the president.
After Assad’s iron-fisted crackdown on the protests,
Sarout took up arms and became a wanted man.
His path mirrored the uprising’s spiral into an armed
fight to the death between Damascus and the myriad militias and guerrilla bands
that the conflict spawned.
Sarout was moved from a hospital in Turkey, which backs
the opposition, across the border on Sunday,
with a convoy of cars and motorcycles following the
coffin into Syria.
People chanted, honked and waved rebel flags on the way
to the funeral in the border town of Al-Dana, where one of Sarout’s brothers is
Four of Sarout’s brothers and his father had already died
fighting pro-government forces.
Crowds stood on the roofs to watch Sarout’s body, wrapped
in white, being carried through the town.
Rebels from his faction, Jaish Al-Izza, fired into the
In the mosque, men including fighters in combat uniform
kneeled in front of his body to pray, some of them weeping.
“We all know Sarout’s songs and golden vocals. Today is a
big loss, a sad day for the Syrian revolution.
We lost one of its icons,” said Ali Al-Zajel, an activist
at the funeral.
With Russian and Iranian help, Assad’s military has
reclaimed much of Syria by crushing opposition enclaves in recent years.
Sarout was among hundreds of thousands of civilians and
insurgents shuttled to the northwest under
surrender deals as the army reconquered their hometowns.
Sarout, who fought government forces in his home city,
left under such a deal in 2014 after a bitter two-year siege.
As rebel factions struggled with infighting and the
growing influence of Muslim jihadists, Sarout was
accused of switching his allegiance to Islamic State,
which he denied in a video in 2015.
ISLAMABAD: The US must announce a time frame for the
complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in order to find a political
solution to the conflict, the Afghan Taliban said on Saturday.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Arab News that the
two sides had made progress during the sixth round of talks in May, but failed
to strike a deal because the US did not set a date for a withdrawal.
Ahead of a new round of talks in Qatar, the date for
which has yet to be announced, the US special representative for Afghanistan
reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, will travel to Doha as “part of an overall effort
to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan,” the State
Department said in a statement.
“In Doha, he will continue talks with the Taliban to move
the peace process forward,” it added.
Shaheen said he is hopeful that “more progress” will be
made during the next round of talks, “but the ball is in the US court, as they
are to decide a time frame for withdrawal of foreign troops … This will solve
the foreign aspect of the problem.”
The date for a complete “withdrawal of foreign troops
from Afghanistan will be top of the agenda,” he added. “When the US announces a
timeline, we’ll give them a commitment that Afghan soil won’t be used against
Khalilzad has been urging the Taliban to agree to a cease-fire
and start direct talks with the Afghan government, a suggestion rejected by the
Shaheen said such talks will be held sometime after the
next meeting with US representatives.
The Taliban says it will discuss only two issues with
Khalilzad: Withdrawing foreign troops from Afghanistan, and preventing the
country from being used against others.
By Khaama Press /
09 Jun 2019
The National Directorate of Security in a statement said
the NDS Special Forces arrested six ISIS terrorists during the operation.
The statement further added that the detained terrorists
were conducting destructive activities including assassinations, kidnappings,
arms and explosives smuggling and transportation of ISIS fighters and their
families to Nangarhar.
The National Directorate of Security also added that the
NDS Special Forces confiscated some weapons during the operation.
The detained individuals have been identified as Subhan
Ahmad son of Khan Jan, Hamdullah son of Ghulam Haidar, Mohammad Younus son of
Mohammad Gul, Mohammad Younus son of Haji Babark and Abdul Rashid son of Abdul
They were operating under the command of Din Mohammad
alias Nawid who is one of the commanders of ISIS terror group operating in
urban areas, NDS added.
Afghan Special Forces destroy Taliban headquarters in
By Khaama Press
The Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in
northern Kunduz province and destroyed a headquarters of Taliban.
The military officials said Sunday that the Special
Forces also destroyed explosives and military equipment during the same
The Special Forces also conducted a similar operation in
Faryab province and killed 2 Taliban fighters.
According to military officials, the operation was
conducted in Pashtun Kot district of the province.
The anti-government armed militants including Taliban
have not commented regarding the operations so far.
This comes as the Afghan armed forces have stepped up
counter-terrorism operations against anti-government armed elements in restive
areas of the country.
The security situation in some districts of Kunduz
province has deteriorated during the recent years.
Taliban militants are active in some areas of the
province and often conduct terrorist related activities.
In the meantime, the Afghan forces are busy conducting
counter-terrorism operations against the anti-government armed groups in this
Similarly, the U.S. forces also conduct regular
airstrikes in restive parts of the country to suppress Taliban and other
09 Jun 2019
The Afghan security forces have arrested a notorious
Taliban leader Mufti in Faryab province.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday that the
security forces arrested Mufti Nasir late on Saturday night.
According to a statement released by MoI, the security
forces arrested Mufti Nasir while he was travelling to Jawzjan city for medical
The statement further added that the police forces also
Mawlavi Hafizullah, one of the accomplices of Mufti Nasir.
The Ministry of Interior also added that Mufti Nasir is a
notorious Taliban leader who was in charge of Kangaroo Court of Taliban in
He was also torturing the local residents besides trying
people in Kangaroo Courts, MoI said.
The anti-government armed militants including Taliban
have not commented regarding the arrest of Mufti Nasir so far.
By Khaama Press
09 Jun 2019
A clash broke out between Afghan security forces and
Taliban militants in western Farah province of Afghanistan late on Saturdya
The 207th Zafar Corps said Sunday that the clash took
place in Ziarat-e-Aab Garam Village in Anar Dara
The security forces killed 6 Taliban militants and
wounded 5 others during the clash, the 207th Zafar Corps added.
The anti-government armed militants including Taliban
have not commented regarding the clash so far.
This comes as the security situation in some districts of
Farah province has deteriorated during the recent months.
Taliban militants are active in some restive areas of the
province and often conduct terrorist related activities.
The U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in
restive parts of the country to suppress Taliban and other anti-government
ReutersJune 09, 2019
Iran said on Sunday that Europe was not in a position to
criticise Tehran for its military capabilities, and called on European leaders
to normalise economic ties with the Islamic Republic despite US sanctions or face
President Donald Trump last year withdrew the United
States from a nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions. Trump has
condemned a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, signed by his predecessor
Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Irans
ballistic missile programme or its role in conflicts around the Middle East.
The European signatories to the deal — France, Britain
and Germany — share the same concerns as the United States over Irans ballistic
missile programme and regional activities.
However, they have defended the nuclear accord saying
that at least it puts curbs on Iran's nuclear programme and can be the basis
for future talks.
"Europeans are not in a position to criticise Iran
for issues outside the JCPOA," Zarif was quoted as saying by the state
broadcaster, using the acronym for the nuclear deal.
"The Europeans and other signatories of the JCPOA
should normalise economic ties with Iran ... We will halt our commitments or
will take action in accordance to their measures."
Iran last month stopped some commitments under the
nuclear deal and warned that in 60 days it would scale back more commitments if
Europeans fail to shield it against the US sanctions.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will visit Iran this
week, during which he will explore options for preserving the fraying nuclear
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday also
criticised French President Emmanuel Macron for saying last week in a meeting
with Trump that they shared the same objectives on Iran.
Macron said France wanted to make sure Tehran will not
get nuclear weapons: "We had an accord until 2025 and we want to go
further and have full certainty in the long run ... (Then) reduce ballistic
activity and contain Iran regionally."
"The recent remarks by the French president in a
meeting with Trump were shameful and inept," Larijani was quoted as saying
by Fars news agency.
"Macron's comments did not match what he has been
telling our president, Mr (Hassan) Rouhani, in their meetings and on the
Iran insists its nuclear activities are entirely
peaceful, and has repeatedly refused to discuss its missile programme.
09, 2019 18:06
Zubair Qureshi, Correspondent
eyes will be on Pakistan’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) next week, as one of
the country’s most senior judges appears before the panel in an unexplained
Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Eisa is accused of
illicitly acquiring three properties in London, which are registered in the
names of his wife and children.
The SJC has fixed June 14 as the date for hearing of the
Besides, Justice Faez Eisa’s reference, decisions on bail
pleas filed by former President Asif Zardari and former Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif are also expected during the week.
On the same day, lawyers from the country’s different bar
councils and lawyers’ associations have called protests outside the Supreme
Court building, in support of the senior judge.
They have called for Pakistan’s law minister and
attorney-general to step down.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) is expected to
decide the fate of Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and former PM Sharif as
they have sought bail from the court in different cases.
The hearing for Zardari and Talpur was fixed for Monday
as both have sought judicial relief from a possible arrest by the National
Accountability Bureau, which has issued their arrest warrants in a matter pertaining
to laundering of billions of rupees through fake accounts.
On the last date of hearing, May 30, the court had
extended interim pre-arrest bail to the former president and his sister until
A division bench of the IHC comprising Justice Aamer
Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani conducted the hearing of the petitions
moved by the leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) andextended their bails
after the NAB furnished the record of the case against them.
The same Islamabad bench is also taking up former PM
Sharif’s post-arrest bail application in the Al Azizia reference, which he
filed on medical grounds.
Sharif’s case is scheduled to be heard by the court on
June 11, Tuesday.
In his bail petition former Sharif cited a medical
report, which suggested “the multifarious diseases/ailments of the petitioner
[Nawaz Sharif] are not only life-threatening, the threat to the petitioner’s
life on account of these co-morbidities is bound to aggravate in case the
petitioner is exposed to any physical or psychological stress”.
By Reuters |
Updated: June 9, 2019
A campaign of civil disobedience to demand civilian rule
left the streets of Sudan’s capital Khartoum largely deserted as the working
week began on Sunday, while police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in
Khartoum North, witnesses said.
Opposition and protest groups had called for workers to
stay at home after security forces stormed a protest camp on Monday, killing
dozens and dealing a blow to hopes of a peaceful transition after ex-President
Omar al-Bashir’s removal in April.
The raid came after weeks of wrangling between the
military council that took over from Bashir and the Declaration of Freedom and
Change Forces (DFCF), an opposition alliance, over who should steer a transition
leading to elections.
On Sunday morning few pedestrians or vehicles could be
seen in the capital’s streets. Public transport was barely functioning and most
commercial banks, private companies and markets were shut.
Some state banks and public utility offices were working
“We will not go back to work until the (Sudanese
Professionals) Association announces the end of the strike,” said Ahmad
al-Noor, a 46-year-old employee at a private foodstuffs company. The SPA, which
spearheaded the anti-Bashir protests, is part of the DFCF.
“Sudan must be governed by a civilian government,” Noor
At Khartoum airport, where very few flights were
operating, travellers crowded the departure hall. Most travel agencies were
closed because of an internet outage, and ticket prices soared.
State news agency SUNA said Khartoum airport was
“operating normally” and reported “complete attendance of employees in
different airport units”.
In Khartoum North, across the Blue Nile from the centre
of the capital, police fired tear gas to scatter protesters. There were no
reports of casualties.
Demonstrators have been trying to barricade roads in the
capital over recent days as a way of sustaining the protest movement.
Also on Sunday, a well-known Sudanese banking expert
rejected his appointment by the TMC as deputy governor of the central bank, he
Mohamed Ahmed Bushra turned down the job “because the
current conditions the country is going through and the failure to form a
transitional civilian government make it difficult for the central bank to
arrange policies to address the economic crisis,” he told Reuters.
Sudanese state TV meanwhile reported that a senior
commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Mohamed Abdallah, had been
Witnesses said the RSF, whose leader General Mohamed
Hamdan Dagalo is deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, led last
Opposition medics said that 20-year-old Ayman Osama died
on Sunday after he was shot in the chest at a road barricade in Omdurman,
across the Nile from central Khartoum.
By PTI |
Vatican City |
Published: June 9, 2019
Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for peace in Sudan
following a bloody crackdown by security forces on pro-democracy protesters in
Khartoum last week.
“The news coming from Sudan is giving rise to pain and
concern. We pray for these people so that the violence ceases and the common
good is sought in the dialogue,” the pope said in his weekly address to crowds
in St Peter’s Square.
Opposition medics say 113 people were killed in this
week’s violence in the Sudanese capital, while the government has put the death
toll at 61, including three members of the security services.
Sudan’s main alliance of opposition groups and protesters
have urged workers and employees to stay home on Sunday, launching what it
called a campaign of civil disobedience to force military rulers to hand over power to civilians.
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