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Represent Inclusive India Which Is Beyond The Barriers Of Caste, Creed And
Religion’: Nusrat Jahan, Member Of Parliament, On Fatwa Over Attire
being criticised for sporting vermilion and bangles and not wearing a ‘burqa’
in Parliament, actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan on Saturday said that she
represents an “inclusive India”.
represent an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and
religion,” Jahan said in a statement that she later shared on Twitter.
also wrote that she “respects all religions”.
still remain a Muslim and none should comment on what I choose to wear. Faith
is beyond attire and is more about believing and practicing the invaluable
doctrines of all religions,” Jahan said.
her “un-Islamic” post-marriage appearance at her oath-taking ceremony in
Parliament on June 25, a group of Muslim clerics had issued a ‘fatwa’ against
the newly-married Member of Parliament.
tied the knot with businessman Nikhil Jain on June 19.
Mukarram Ahmed, Shahi Imam, Fatehpuri Masjid on Sunday said TMC MP Nusrat
Jahan's marriage with a Jain businessman is not valid as per Islamic norms.
comes after a fatwa was issued to Jahan after she appeared in Parliament
to ANI, Mukarram said, "I don't know what is mentioned in the fatwa, but
Islam does not allow 'Sindoor'. It's not Muslim culture... It's not a marriage.
It looks more like a relation to show off. Both Muslims and Jains won't
consider it a marriage. She is no more a Jain or a Muslim. She has done a big
crime and she should not have done it."
newly-elected TMC MP's marriage with a Jain businessman and her wearing a
sindoor and bangles became a subject matter of controversy on Saturday, with a
Muslim cleric calling out Jahan over "un-Islamic" practices.
says a Muslim can marry only a Muslim. I have got to know that Nusrat is a film
actor and people in the cinema do not care about religious practices. They do
what they have to," said Mufti Asad Quasmi of Madrasa Jamia
BJP leader Shazia Ilmi came out in support of the actor-turned-politician and
said, "Every woman has the right to wear clothes and to follow the ritual
of her choice irrespective of any religion. Whether Nusrat Jahan wants to wear
sindoor or not is her choice."
Prachi also slammed the cleric for his statement and welcomed the lawmaker into
is a good thing. A woman like Nusrat coming into our community is because their
future is secure in our religion. She understands that the Hindu religion
respects women," she told media in Muzaffarnagar.
the cleric "cut piece", she said: "These are cut pieces. Their
thoughts are dirty. They only talk to make headlines."
was seen sporting 'sindoor' - traditionally worn by Hindu and Jain women -and a
pink and white saree during her oath-taking ceremony in Parliament on June 25.
also wore bangles and had her hands covered in beautiful curls and swirls of
henna designs. The TMC lawmaker had touched the feet of Speaker Om Birla and
sought his blessings.
had skipped oath-taking for Lok Sabha members on June 17 and 18 owing to her
wedding festivities in Turkey.
Speakers at a conference on Saturday maintained that inter-faith harmony and
peaceful coexistence are the basic traits of an Islamic society, adding that
dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues.
seminar titled ‘Pakistan Towards Peaceful Coexistence’ was organised by the
Pakistan Peace Collective, a project of the Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, in collaboration with the Council of Islamic Ideology and
Paigham-e-Pakistan here at the Information Service Academy.
on the occasion, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and
Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan underlined the need for national unity to
confront the challenges being faced by the country. She said ministries of
religious affairs, law and justice and information and broadcasting need to sit
together and prepare a roadmap for encouraging dialogue in the society.
of talking about differences, we all need to highlight the commonalities that
bring us closer,” she added.
Firdous said confrontation can never be solution to any issue. “When a nation
gets united to overcome challenges, it emerges successful,” she maintained,
adding that Pakistan’s foundations were laid on an ideology.
said Islam stands for peace and it has no link with hatred and extremism. She
said a handful of individuals and some groups have held hostage the entire
society in the name of religion, whereas in reality they have no link
whatsoever with Islam. She said that state’s intervention has become imperative
to stop these groups and individuals in the better of interest of the people.
hate speech issue, she said Islam does not allow anyone to impose his personal
thoughts on others forcibly. “Our religion gives all the right of freedom of
expression. But neither our religion nor our law allows anyone to impose his
thought or ideology upon others by force. The extremist attitudes and thoughts
are negations of basic philosophy of Islam,” she said, adding that Islam has
given a code of conduct to its followers and provided them the best charter of
human rights through the Holy Quran, which, she said, was also incorporated by
the United Nations in its charter.
said religious scholars, being the custodians of Islamic teachings, can play a
pivotal role in promoting rule of law and tolerance in the society. She said
interfaith harmony is the first roadmap for tolerance.
who spoke on the occasion included Dr Farkhanda Zia from International Islamic
University Islamabad, Federal Judicial Academy Director Huma Chughtai, Pakistan
National Council of the Arts Chairman Jamal Shah, Dawah Academy Dean Riffat
Hashmi and Allama Iqbal Open University Vice Chancellor Dr Ziaul Qayyum.
a Paigham-e-Pakistan Conference was organised at the GIFT University in
Gujranwala in collaboration with the Islamic Research Institute (IRI). Renowned
scholars, intellectuals, faculty members and civil society activists
participated in the event.
among those who spoke on the occasion were IRI Director General Dr Ziaul Haq,
University of Gujrat Head of Department Dr Arshad, Centre of Islamic Studies
Director Dr Saeed ur Rehman, University of Punjab Dean Dr Hammad Lakhvi and
GIFT University Rector Dr Faheem ul Islam.
their speeches, the eminent speakers said the issues of hate speech and
extremist mindset need to be tackled with a moderate and progressive vision,
linking it with true Islamic philosophy.
asked the religious scholars to develop consensus on important issues after
holding dialogue. They said the nation will have to defeat the extremist
mindset for country’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, overall national
interest and recognition at the international front. The also urged the
government to fulfill its responsibility to provide citizens their rights in
accordance with the country’s constitution and Islamic principles.
law necessary for peace in Palestine: UN official
international community should make a proposal to end the Israeli occupation of
Palestine within the scope of international law, a UN official said on
the framework of international law, any peace plan, including the forthcoming
proposal from the United States, will crash upon the shoals of political
realism,” said UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk in a statement after a
two-day workshop in Bahrain.
the U.S.-led economic conference, which wrapped up late on Wednesday in
Bahrain's capital Manama, demonstrated the economic aspect of the plan, known
as the so-called "deal of the century".
plans for Middle East peace over the past five decades have all failed, in large
part because they did not seriously insist upon a rights-based approach to
peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Lynk added.
to the statement, six principles were particularly central to the peace process
including human rights, self-determination, annexation, settlements,
Palestinian refugees and security.
present international consensus supports a two-state solution, which requires a
viable, contiguous and fully sovereign Palestinian state, based on the June
1967 boundaries, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a meaningful
transportation link between the West Bank and Gaza," Lynk said.
termed the 240 Israeli settlements across East Jerusalem and the West Bank as a
‘flagrant violation’ of international law and said they would have to be
removed, both to comply with international law and to enable a viable and
sovereign Palestinian state to emerge.
the peace plan fails to integrate these principles, it will inevitably suffer
the same fate as its predecessors and leave the conflict more entrenched and
more bereft of hope than ever,” he said.
week, the White House called $50 billion in investments for Palestine and
neighboring Arab states as part of the plan, which involved increased
infrastructure projects between Gaza Strip and West Bank. The White House has
described the plan, as goal to "empower" the Palestinian people.
negotiations collapsed in April 2014, after Israel refused to stop settlement
activity and to accept the two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders.
Israel has also reneged on the promise to release Palestinian detainees from
room targeted in anti-Muslim attack in Sweden
Muslim prayer room in a hospital in Sweden's Gothenberg city has been targeted
in an Islamophobic attack, reports said Saturday.
attack took place in Mölndal Hospital, where the perpetrator(s) ripped the Holy
Qur'an and spilled drinks on the carpets, a statement by the Gothenberg Mosque
feel offended and hurt in the aftermath of this attack," the statement
read, adding that the prayer room allowed Muslims receiving medical treatment
at the hospital to receive psychological support and pray.
fact that the perpetrators damaged a room where patients receive psychological
support shows how much hatred these people have," the statement said.
reportedly launched an investigation into the matter and have started to
examine security footage.
September, a mosque in the southern Swedish city of Orebro was burned to the
ground in an arson attack. In December, an Islamic Cultural Center in the
southern city of Saffle was the target of a homemade bomb attack.
is a strong draw for many migrants and about 15 percent of its population was
born abroad. An estimated 100,000 Turks live in the Nordic country.
Arabic-language website of Russian Sputnik news agency quoted a Syrian Army source
as saying that the Syrian Army's military positions came under the Turkish
Army's artillery attacks while the government forces were thwarting the
terrorist groups' attacks on their positions in Northwestern Hama.
source pointed to the military and logistic supports from the Ankara-controlled
areas for terrorists in Northern Syria, and said that the terrorist group,
specially Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistani Party, have set up new military
positions near Ankara-controlled areas; while the terrorist groups in their
recent attack had deployed their militants in the surrounding areas of
Ankara-controlled areas in Shir al-Magar in Hama and provided support for them.
the Syrian Army units pounded the terrorists' movements near the
Ankara-controlled region in al-Hawija and Shahr Naz near the Turkey-controlled
region in Shir al-Magar in Northern Hama.
source noted that the terrorist groups have pounded the Turkish military spots
in Hama and Idlib to provide Ankara with an excuse to attack the Syrian Army.
a relevant development earlier on Saturday, the Syrian Army was preparing to
take full control of strategic points to reopen the key Saqilbieh-Mahradeh road
in Northern Hama as government forces have intensified their military
operations in the region. The Syrian Army's missile and artillery units
targeted and heavily pounded the military positions and movements of Tahrir
al-Sham al-Hay'at and Jeizh al-Izza terrorist groups in the towns of al-Jobin
and Tal Malh in Northern Hama, destroying several of their military positions
and hardware and killing a number of them.
a military source noted that the Syrian Army troops destroyed the defense lines
of the terrorists in Northern Hama, and said that the Syrian Army intends to
reopen the strategic Saqilbieh-Mahradeh Road by taking full control of
strategic town of Tal Malh.
also said that the Syrian Army's artillery units destroyed the terrorists'
logistical convoys in Abu Raideh, al-Zuka, Hasraya, al-Latamineh in Northern
the Turkish Army sent fresh military convoys comprising armored personnel
carriers and a large number of its elite forces to the border towns of Reyhanli
and Qirq Khan behind borders with Syria.
a relevant development last Monday, the Syrian Army dispatched massive military
convoys to Northern Hama to resume military operations in the region, the
Arabic-language media outlets reported.
news agency quoted a Syrian Army military commander as saying that the army has
recently sent its special forces known as 'Tiger Force' together with massive
military equipment to the battlefronts in Northwestern Hama and Southern Idlib,
including the newly- liberated towns from the terrorist groups.
pointed to the arrival of elite forces of the Syrian Army in Northern Syria and
their participation in upcoming operations, and said that the Syrian Army will
most probably launch its military operation in the region.
the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported the Syrian Army air force and
artillery units pounded the military positions and movements of terrorists in
the surrounding areas of Jisr al-Shoghour, North of Mahradeh, al-Latamineh,
Kafar Zita, al-Mouzereh in Northern Hama and Kafar Nubl, Safhoun, Jouzef,
Tal'as, al-Naqir and Sheikh Mustafa in Southern Idlib, killing and injuring a
large number of militants and destroying their military equipment.
a military source reiterated that the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units
destroyed the communication lines, key centers and arms-ammunition depots of
terrorists in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib while foiling terrorists'
attempts to penetrate into Syrian Army's military positions.
16-year-old Muslim boy was allegedly beaten by unidentified men here for
wearing a traditional skull cap and refusing to chant "Jai Shri Ram",
police said on Saturday.
incident occurred on Friday when Mohammad Taj, a resident of Barra, was
returning home after offering namaz in Kidwai Nagar, the Uttar Pradesh police
or four unidentified motorcyclists stopped Taj a few hundred metres from his
house for overtaking them and objected to him wearing the skull cap, Station
House Officer (Barra) Satish Kumar Singh said.
said the attackers asked the teenager to chant "Jai Shri Ram", and
kicked and punched him badly after he refused to do so.
removed my cap, pinned me down and beat me black and blue while asking me to
chant 'Jai Shri Ram'," Taj told PTI.
16-year-old alleged that the men told him that wearing the skull cap was
"not allowed" in the area.
teenager said he cried for help and begged a couple of shopkeepers to rescue
him. Later, he added, some passersby rushed to help him, following which the
FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code, including Section 153A
(causing enmity between people of different religions), the officer said.
medical examination of the victim has been done and efforts are on to identify
the accused, Singh added.
the past few weeks, several such instances have come to fore where Muslim men
have beaten up by hooligans for refusing to chant "Jai Shri Ram"
Muslim men were allegedly pushed off a moving train by a group of people in
West Bengal's South Parganas district after they refused to chant "Jai
Shri Ram" on Tuesday.
another such case, a Muslim cab driver in Thane was allegedly beaten up by a
group of four men and asked to chant "Jai Shri Ram," last Saturday.
the attacks come in the wake of a US State Department report which alleged that
mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities,
particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumours that victims had
traded or killed cows for beef.
rejected the US report, saying it sees no locus standi for a foreign government
to pronounce on the state of its citizens' constitutionally protected rights.
least 1,000 protesters from the Muslim community in the city held a protest at
the district collectorate on Friday and demanded action against the recent mob
lynching incident in Jharkhand.
Ansari, 24, who hailed from Jharkhand and worked in Pune, was victim of a mob
lynching incident that took place in his hometown on June 17. He was allegedly
tied to a pole and thrashed with sticks by a mob on suspicion of theft. Ansari
succumbed to injuries on June 22.
deceased had gone to his hometown when the incident took place. “Strict action
should be taken against those who take part in mob lynching crimes,” said Anjum
Inamdar, social activist, adding that the Muslim community should be protected
under the Atrocity Act.
feel that the Modi government has failed in stopping mob lynching incidents
across the country and especially against Muslims. The government should accept
their failure and step down from power,” Inamdar said.
protest rally was organised by Inamdar with the support of secular
organisations like Mulniwasi Muslim Manch, Bhim Army, Vanchit Aghadi, Lok
Shashan Andolan, AIMIM, Sambhaji Brigade and Republican Yuva Morcha.
letter stating their demands and signed by 942 protesters was handed over to
Jayashree Katare, resident deputy collector, at the collectorate.
protester Iqbal Khan (29) said, “There have been more than 250 cases of
lynching against minorities. We are living in a democratic country, so why are
we targeted? We demand immediate action.”
militant was Sunday killed in an encounter with security forces in Budgam
district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
forces launched a cordon and search operation in Bugam area of Budgam district
in central Kashmir Sunday morning following specific inputs about the presence
of militants there, a police official said.
said as the forces were conducting searches, the militants fired upon them..
forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter in which one militant was killed, the
has proposed July 11-14 to Pakistan as dates for a meeting of officials on the
Pakistani side of the Attari-Wagah border to finalise modalities to open the
Kartarpur corridor for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November,
people familiar with developments said on Saturday.
first meeting of officials of the two sides on modalities for the corridor,
which will link Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at
Kartarpur in Pakistan, was held at Attari on March 14.
called off the second meeting, which was to be held on the Pakistani side on
April 2, over the inclusion of pro-Khalistan activists such as Gopal Chawla and
Bisan Singh in a Pakistani committee to facilitate Sikh pilgrims.
an apparent indication that India’s concerns in this regard had been addressed,
the people cited above said New Delhi had proposed the dates for the second
meeting that will discuss a draft agreement on modalities for the movement of
pilgrims along the corridor and resolve outstanding technical issues related to
the corridor’s alignment and infrastructure.
the people made it clear that the move by India on the Kartarpur corridor
should not in any way be linked to the resumption of engagement between the two
sides. India has clearly linked any possible bilateral talks to the ending of
terrorism from Pakistani soil, they said.
experts of the two sides have so far held three rounds of discussions at the
border to try and finalise the corridor’s alignment, crossing point and
the decision made by the cabinet on November 22 last year to open the corridor
as part of measures to celebrate Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, India has been
building the infrastructure for the corridor, including a four-lane highway and
a passenger terminal.
than 45 % of the work on the Indian side has been completed. It is targeted to
complete the road by September and the passenger terminal by October,” a person
said. India has asked Pakistan to permit the organising of “Nagar Kirtan” at
Gurudwara Nankana Sahib in July and again in October-November to mark the
year-long celebrations for the birth anniversay of Guru Nanak.
Jahan, newly elected Trinamool Congress MP, on Saturday, slammed those who
trolled her for wearing sindoor (vermilion) at her oath-taking ceremony in
Parliament on June 25.
a tweet, Nusrat Jahan said that she represents and "inclusive India"
and would not pay heed to the comments made by "hardliners as it only
breeds hatred and violence".
Jahan was trolled for sporting sindoor (worn by Hindu women) at her oath-taking
ceremony as an MP on Tuesday (June 25). She married Kolkata-based entrepreneur
Nikhil Jain in Turkey on June 19.
to those who trolled her for sporting sindoor and wearing a saree, Nusrat Jahan
said, "I represent an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of
caste, creed and religion."
Jahan further said that she respects all the religions and "still remain a
Muslim". "None should comment on what I chose to wear. Faith is
beyond attire and is more about believing and practising the invaluable doctrines
of all the religions," Nusrat Jahan tweeted.
MP Mimi Chakraborty extended support to Nusrat Jahan, saying that being Indians
is their only identification. "We are Indian and that's our only
identification, proud Indian and will be," she tweeted, reacting to Nusrat
Saturday, a Saharanpur-based Muslim cleric criticised Nusrat Jahan for wearing
sindoor, calling the practices un-Islamic. He also questioned the
parliamentarian's decision to marry a man belonging to Jainism.
the other hand, VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi slammed the cleric for his statement
and hailed the lawmaker, welcoming her into "her community".
is a good thing. A woman like Nusrat shall come into our community because
their future is secure in our religion. She understands that the Hindu religion
respects women," Sadhvi Prachi said.
at the Graduation Day Ceremony of the Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and
Technology, the Vice President said India believes in inclusivity wherein every
citizen has the same entitlements irrespective of his or her religious
remember that culture is a way of life and religion is a way of worship. India
is a country built on the foundations of a civilisation that is fundamentally
tolerant. In India, religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed under
Articles 25 to 28 of our Constitution," he said.
said the preamble of the Constitution declares India as a secular nation so as
to guarantee every citizen of equality without any discrimination based on
religion, though India is predominantly Hindu.
Constitutional prescription is nothing but a natural culmination of the core
values of Indian civilisation that has evolved over the last 5000 years,"
said that the motto of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas" has
its roots in the core principles of Indian civilization.
remarks came days after US State Department's report on International Religious
Freedom criticised the Indian government, saying mob attacks, led by violent
extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims,
continued in India in 2018.
report alleged that some senior officials of the ruling BJP made inflammatory
speeches against the minority communities.
an apparent rejection of the US report, the Vice President said that all
through the ages, Indian philosophers, rulers and the modern political
leadership have expounded and upheld the principles of equality and tolerance.
world can be rest assured that India celebrates its religious diversity by
upholding religious freedoms. No other country matches India in respect of such
diversity and the commitment to preserve such a colourful mosaic," he
that India was the birthplace of four major religions of the world - namely,
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, Naidu said that a significant
population of three other religions of the world namely Islam, Christianity and
Zoroastrianism live in India.
cohabitation of the people of seven major religions of the world was a
testimony to the values of fraternity, equality, assimilation and accommodation
that were integral to Indian way of thought and living," he said.
said that equality of religions observed in all walks of public life in India
enabled leaders from minority religions to rise to hold the offices of
President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Governors, Chief Justices, Chief
Ministers, Ministers, Chief Election Commissioners, Attorney Generals and Army
Chief's besides making major contributions in other walks of public life like
music, culture, sports, films etc.
said that certain aberrations like looking at minorities as vote banks might
have had some undesirable socio-political ramifications and added that the
situation was changing as a new, young and aspirational India was emerging
said that India was on the threshold of emerging as a major economic power and
added that the vision of higher education must be to realize the country's
human resource potential to its fullest with equity and inclusion.
Delhi, June 29: The announcement of an Indian wing called the Wilayah of Hind,
the appointment of a new emir for Bengal are some of the recent developments
relating to the Islamic State in India.
one tracks the growth of the ISIS ideology in India, it would not be wrong to
say that it is linked directly to the rise of Wahhabism. The Wahhabis who
preach radical Islamic thought feel that Muslims should have have faith only in
the Caliph and also promote the Caliphate.
coming to the problem of the Islamic State in India, it is deep-rooted in the
states of Kerala, Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. Incidentally Wahhabi preachers
have had a free run in all these states, which led to the rise of the concept
in the first place.
Jerusalem Post had an interesting article titled, " The Wahhabi threat
that India is ignoring." The article points out that India is facing a
grave threat of Wahhabi Islam and its spread. Several madrasas in Kerala are
reported to be preaching Wahhabi Islam to kids. It was in the year 2014 that
the Indian Intelligence had sounded a high alert regarding the Wahhabis, who
were trying to impose their rigid ideology. It was also said that they had
begun funding the Mosques in Kerala and over Rs 1,000 crore had been spent for
the same. Radical elements, be it in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra or Kashmir
first try to gain control over the Mosques. They feel that once they gain
control over the administration over the Mosques, they can easily impose the
radical school of thought. Mosques can be a huge influence on many, officers say.
Take the case of Kashmir, where the Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith began taking over the
Mosques. The first state to see the rise of Wahhabism was Kashmir and in the
run up, the Wahhabis managed to take control over at least 400 Mosques in the
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party’s Hindu Member of National Assembly (MNA),
Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has called for rehabilitation of temples and gurdwaras in
Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). But he has stopped a short of demanding a
passage on the lines of Kartarpur corridor, for Indian Hindu pilgrims, even as
Pakistan government has reportedly announced to establish the Sharda Peeth
is not an issue, when time will come it will happen but now the most important
issue is resumption of trade and travel. Once it happens then we will proceed
ahead” saidVankwani, while talking to TOI after visiting Neelum Valley on
who is also patron in chief of Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) said they were in
talks with the PoK government to rehabilitate temples and gurdwaras in PoK .
for now, the most important thing is the completion of Kartarpur corridor,
there should be a corridor for Sharda Peeth but I am of the view that trade and
travel between two countries should begin first and faith tourism is the third
step “ he said .
Pak Hindu lawmaker puts cross-border trade ahead of faith tourism - Times of
Hinduism, Sharda Mata is the goddess of knowledge, wisdom and learning. The
Peeth was built two thousand years ago during the era of emperor Ashoka. Sharda
Peeth is on Line of Control in Neelum Valley in PoK.
March 2019, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan had approved a proposal to
establish a corridor to Shard Peeth which would have been second religious
tract after Kartarpur corridor.
are opening Kartarpur corridor with respect to faith tourism but India is not
yet positive on that “ said he while adding that presently the rehabilitation
of temples and gurdwaras was on priority PHC.
informed that he had led a delegation to Neelum Valley on the invitation of
PoK’s prime minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan to extend cooperation of PHC to
PoK government for revival of the ancient holy site of Sharda Peeth.
A record 200,000 Indian Muslims are expected to perform the Haj pilgrimage this
year, including 160,000 through the Haj Committee of India and the rest through
Haj Group Organisers, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said
here on Saturday.
said that the HGOs would take 10,000 pilgrims at the rates finalized by the Haj
Committee. The pilgrims will leave by more than 500 flights from 21 embarkation
points all over India.
also said that the number of women Haj pilgrims going without ‘Mehram’ (male
escort) will be 2,340, or double of last year’s 1,180 who went for the most
important pilgrimage in the life of a Muslim.
year too, the ministry has made arrangement to send these women for Haj without
the lottery system. Of the 200,000 total pilgrims, women would be around 48
percent,” Naqvi said at the inaugural of the newly-renovated hall of the Haj
main date for Haj pilgrimage this year is August 9, in the Dhul Hijjah month,
1440, as per the Islamic calendar, and it will continue for five days.
flights from India for Haj 2019 will start in from next Thursday (July 4) from
New Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati and Srinagar and other cities in phases.
the first phase, pilgrims will start flying from Bengaluru and Calicut on July
7, Goa on July 13, Kochi on July 14, and from Mangaluru on July 17.
and Srinagar pilgrims will start departing in two phases: July 4 (Srinagar) and
July 14 (Mumbai) and from July 21 (both cities).
the second phase, flights will start departing from Ahmedabad, Lucknow and
Jaipur on July 20, Ranchi and Bhopal on July 21, Aurangabad on July 22, Kolkata
and Nagpur on July 25, Hyderabad on July 26, Varanasi on July 29, and Chennai
on July 31.
President Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday he had sought assurance from Pakistani
leaders to allow his landlocked country to use Pakistani land route for
exporting goods to India.
had long been demanding Pakistan to allow its land route for trade with India,
but Islamabad rejected the facility in view of disputes with India.
Afghan president’s office has posted on its website parts of Ghani’s speech at
a gathering of refugees, traders and students in Islamabad about Pakistan’s
agreement to allow Afghan trucks cross the Wagah Border and reach Attari in
India. However, Pakistani officials have not yet officially confirmed it.
Minister Imran Khan and other Pakistani officials agreed during meetings that
Afghan trucks would be allowed to cross the Wagah-Attari border and delivered
goods in India. Similarly Pakistan will be connected with Central Asia via
Afghanistan,” he said, according to the website.
Pakistani official said on Saturday that there had been no final decision.
(President Ghani) requested. But still there is no agreement,” the official,
who was privy to several meetings, told Daily Times. Ghani said Afghanistan had
not shut Torkham crossing but “they (Pakistan) would create problems for
Pakistan and goods of Afghan traders would get stuck, but we found alternate
routes and now Pakistan will itself solve the problems at the Karachi port and
other routes,” according to Ghani’s office.
had told Punjab businessmen and investors in Lahore on Friday that mistrust
between the two countries and violation of trade and transit agreements had led
to trade and transit problems.
time is ripe to end blame game and focus on agenda of trade and regional
connectivity and joint committees of the two countries explore ways to find out
solution to the challenges.”
invited Punjab traders and investors to visit Kabul and discuss trade and
economic problems with Afghan businessmen, asking them to consider Afghanistan
as a platform for international markets and not as a national market as
Afghanistan was connected with Central Asia and European markets via land
routes, railways lines and air corridors.
joint statement was issued at the conclusion of Ghani’s visit, but the visit
was a major development as it marks the revival of high-level exchanges.
said he had refused to visit Pakistan over the past two years, but had paid the
visit after a ‘Loya Jirga’ or grand assembly asked him to do so.
sees “strong inter-dependencies” between Pakistan and Taliban
Ghani called for the need to recognise strong inter-dependencies between the
Taliban and Pakistan to help end decades of hostilities in his country.
statement by the Afghan leader marks a significant departure from Kabul’s
traditional stance that Islamabad severe ties with the Taliban and to expel
them from Pakistan.
at a seminar in Islamabad on Thursday, President Ghani had indirectly
recognised that Pakistan was moving away from that policies of the past to good
has an important role and that there are strong inter-dependencies between
Taliban and Pakistan. We need to recognize this and to arrive at programmatic
approaches to move from conflict to cooperation,” the Afghan president told a
gathering at the state-owned Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad ((ISSI)
was President Ghani’s third visit to Pakistan since he assumed office in 2014
during which both countries agreed to open a new chapter in relations,
according to the Pakistani foreign office.
of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member of National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar
Vankwani has emphasized India to ensure opening of historical religious sites
talking to the media on Saturday, he informed that Pakistan Hindu Council,
during its historical visit of Neelum Valley on the special invitation of Prime
Minister AJK Raja Farooq Haider Khan, has presented a comprehensive work plan
for the revival of Sharda Peeth.
PHC delegation was comprised of Advisor Raja Asser Mal Manglani, President
Gopal Khamuani, Secretary General Parshotam Ramani, and Prem Kumar Talreja. He
Ramesh Vankwani, sharing details of recent visit, said that the ancient holy
site of Sharda Peeth is attributed to Hindu Goddess of wisdom and knowledge.
holy site of Sharda is equally respectable for all people, he said, adding that
once people around the region used to travel here for learning various skills
and arts. “I am highly obliged to PM Raja Farooq, who along with his cabinet
and speaker of the AJK Assembly, welcomed us warmly to discuss revival of
ancient holy site,” he said, assuring to extend fully cooperation with the AJK
government in this regard.
Ramesh Vankwani, answering a question, said that Pakistan Hindu Council has
recommended opening the Sharda Peeth initially for Pakistani nationals and all
visits must be arranged via Islamabad-Kohala route. “The access for those in
Indian-occupied Kashmir may be considered in the next phase, depending upon the
trade and travel opening, “he said.
Ramesh Vankwani, while commenting on recently-launched report by the US on
religious freedom, urged India to take solid steps for the protection of
Minister Imran Khan Saturday took the opposition to task for using the word
‘selected’ for him, adding that the people manufactured in the nursery of
military dictatorship are calling him ‘selected’ now.
on the floor of the National Assembly, the prime minister referred to Murad Saeed’s
speech citing former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice’s book in which she
had revealed the American role to get the NRO (National Reconciliation
Ordinance) signed between Musharraf and Zardari to protect the United States
interests. “How they (Zardari) and those who had been nurtured in the military
dictator’s nursery (PML-N), could use such words,” he questioned.
to the money laundering cases involving former president Asif Ali Zardari and
former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, Imran Khan said when the
ruling class is involved in money laundering, how the common people can be
stopped from doing so. Criticizing Shehbaz Sharif’s speech in the parliament,
the prime minister said how a person facing serious charges of money laundering
can address the parliament and chair the Public Accounts Committee mandated for
the government’s accountability.
prime minister announced that the government will soon launch a full-fledged
crackdown against the money laundering by plugging the loopholes in the system
left by the previous governments. “Today, money laundering is the biggest curse
in the country. Because you cannot keep it (money) in Pakistan, so you launder
it abroad to conceal it. You inflict double loss to country – first by looting
and then by sending it through Havala or Hundi in dollars,” he said, adding
that the money laundering is the real reason behind the dollar appreciation.
those who left behind a record deficit of $19.5 billion are blaming the
incumbent government for rupee devaluation. Such a people should have also told
the people the real reason behind it,” the prime minister said, adding that
according to the data collected by the government, even the resident Pakistanis
have stashed around $10 billion abroad.
prime minister said his government inherited economic challenges and a fiscal
deficit worth $19 billion. “The opposition is misleading public on the
devaluation of the rupee. Shehbaz Sharif delivered a charged address in which
he blamed us for the rupee devaluation and economic situation. He did not say
why we are here: this government had the largest fiscal deficit. Imports were
high, exports very low,” he said. “This [Shehbaz Sharif] opposition leader’s
family was responsible for this mess – how can they accuse us? In western
democracies, the parliament protects public interest. Here, people who faced
massive corruption charges are in the parliament lecturing us,” he added.
prime minister congratulated his economic team for getting the annual budget
sail through the National Assembly and the parliamentary party for debating the
Finance Bill through quality speeches, particularly by Minister for
Communications Murad Saeed, and Minister of State for Finance and Revenue
Hammad Azhar. He said Azhar has emerged as a young leader and has earned the
federal ministry due to his composure and hard work. He also thanked National
Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, PTI’s Chief Whip Amir Dogar and the allied
parties for their support to get the budget passed, putting the opposition’s
threats and rumours at rest.
prime minister said the biggest challenge is to balance the current account
deficit, though the government has already managed to bring it down by 30 per
cent. He said under the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme, the government will be
starting different new schemes by next week to support another 40 industries
allied with the construction industry. He said the government has enhanced
allocation for its anti-poverty initiative ‘Ehsas’ to Rs 190 billion, besides
allocating another Rs 100 billion for youth loans.
prime minister said under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the
government will bring Chinese agriculture technology to Pakistan to enhance the
yield and to boost the dairy sector. Reiterating his government’s resolve to
support the industrialisation, he said after 1960s, it will be the first
government to prove itself as the most-business friendly government.
prime minister said discouraging the trend of lop-sided development, the
government has made special budgetary allocations to uplift the neglected areas
like Balochistan and erstwhile FATA. He also thanked Pakistan Army for deciding
to freeze their budget to help uplift Balochistan and tribal areas.
and Taliban to start 'make or break' round of peace talks
for the United States and Taliban militants will start a seventh round of peace
talks to end the war in Afghanistan on Saturday, offering what one US official
called a “make-or-break moment” to halt 18 years of fighting.
and Taliban officials privy to the talks said they will seek to finalise a
schedule to withdraw foreign troops in return for a Taliban commitment to keep
militant groups from using the country as a base to attack the United States
and its allies.
talks will be led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US peace envoy for Afghanistan, who
has held six rounds of talks with the Taliban in Qatar's capital of Doha since
is a genuine sense of expectation on both sides,” said a senior US official,
who declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to media.
"It's a make-or-break moment.”
pace of talks between the US and Taliban has sped up as Afghanistan heads for
presidential elections on September 28.
is one of the crucial meetings," a senior Taliban leader in Qatar said, on
condition of anonymity.
we fail to find any solution to the Afghan conflict then we would like to
negotiate with the elected representatives of the American people."
a trip to Kabul this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said America was
close to finishing a draft agreement with the militants on counter-terrorism
assurances, and he hoped a peace pact could be reached by September 1.
20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are in Afghanistan as part of a
US-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces. Some US forces
carry out counter-terrorism operations.
Taliban, who control or contest half the country, more than at any time since
they were ousted by the US invasion in 2001, do not support the election
want to form an interim government, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and
leaders of opposition political parties have rejected the demand.
Ghani, who has been sidelined from the talks, hopes the seventh round will open
the door for an intra-Afghan meeting.
a key ally of the United States in Afghanistan, is trying to organise a meeting
of the Taliban and civilian representatives.
Afghan officials fear the United States and the Taliban will strike a deal
allowing America to exit the country, leaving government forces to battle on
the Afghan Defence Ministry said a senior Taliban governor was killed in an
airstrike in the eastern province of Logar, and a commander was killed in
clashes with Afghan security forces in northern Balkh province.
Taliban dismissed the report about the death of the Logar governor as
government propaganda, however.
young men accused of plotting to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York
with homemade explosives have pleaded guilty.
three men and a 16-year-old high school student from the Rochester area were
arrested in January and accused of planning to attack the community of
Islamberg, near Binghamton. Police have said the defendants had access to 23
rifles and shotguns and three homemade explosives. Investigators uncovered the
plot after a student reported a suspicious comment in a lunchroom.
Friday, Vincent Vetromile, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted
criminal possession of a weapon. He faces seven to 12 years in prison.
Colaneri, 20, and Andrew Crysel, 19, also pleaded guilty to
"terrorism-related conspiracy". Each faces four to 12 years in
Colaneri and Mr Crysel both admitted to conspiracy, they both admitted to
agreeing to ... essentially kill members of the Islamic community in
Islamberg," assistant district attorney Matthew Schwartz told reporters
outside the court.
Mr Vetromile, he admitted to his role as it related to the acquiring, if you
will, the various explosive devices."
for Vetromile and Colaneri said the plea deals were contingent on no federal
charges being filed against their clients.
case of the 16-year-old high school suspect was being handled in a youth
is a rural community of about 200 residents. Police and community members have
dismissed accusations that the Muslims of America enclave is a "terrorist"
training ground. But the claims have persisted, often on right-wing websites
and through social media.
forces in Afghanistan tied to the 82nd US Airborne Division will become the
first infantry Army battalion to employ pocket-sized drones on their impending
deployment to the war-torn country.
with the Division's 3rd Brigade Combat team were issued Black Hornet Personal
Reconnaissance System in the spring and received training on how to use the
small drones that resemble miniature helicopters, US-based pro-military news
outlet Stars and Stripes reported Friday.
kind of technology will be a life-saver for us because it takes us out of
harm's way while enhancing our ability to execute whatever combat mission we're
on," said Sgt. Ryan Subers, who received the training, as quoted in an
Army statement. "I'm very grateful for technology like this and to be a
part of the first unit to use it."
Army initially purchased Black Hornets, made by Oregon-based FLIR Systems Inc.,
for testing with its Special Forces units in 2016. The company’s website
describes the drones as extremely light, nearly silent and with a flight time
of up to 25 minutes. According to a FLIR official who spoke at a demonstration
during a NATO military drill in Norway last fall, the drone -- which weighs
less than two ounces -- can be deployed in less than one minute and has a range
of over a mile.
tiny device is intended to eliminate battlefield blind spots with the aim of
saving troop's lives and avoiding unintentional damage or deaths.
this system, you can [positively identify] enemies, you can look for
[improvised explosive devices] on your route," said an FLIR supervisor and
operator, Kristian Molander, as quoted in the report. "If you're taking
fire from areas you can't see, you can use this system to identify stuff before
you move into the line of fire."
basic configuration of a Black Hornet system includes one drone for day and one
for night, a base station that connects to a handheld controller, and a display
about the size of a tablet computer, but it varies from customer to customer,
said FLIR spokesman Joe Ailinger, adding: "The configuration is flexible
and can be customized as needed," he said.
to an Army statement issued last May, Wireless commands and data sent between
the drone and its controller are encrypted to protect it against hacking.
addition to a $2.6 million contract awarded to FLIR last spring, the report
adds, the US Army awarded the company nearly $40 million in January of this
year to provide Black Hornets for the Army's Soldier Borne Sensor program.
deal would provide the Army with 9,000 systems, each with two drones, it noted.
1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, is planning to employ the
drones next month in Afghanistan, while other elements of the brigade wait to
see how best to employ the system, said a brigade spokesman cited in the
hand-held devices are expected to become standard kit for units across the
Army, providing near-real time video that will allow soldiers to better survey
their surroundings and detect enemies in combat.
of the US Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team – based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
-- including the drone-equipped battalion, will be deploying to Kandahar in
southern Afghanistan next month, according to the report.
US Air Force has deployed its F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighters to its military
base the Persian Gulf state of Qatar amid a continued show-of-force effort in
the strategic region following Washington’s recent provocations against Tehran
and Iran’s shot-down of an intruding US spy drone in the Strait of Hormuz.
US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on Friday that the warplanes have
arrived in Qatar’s al-Udeid Air Base for the first time to “defend American
forces and interests,” US-based news outlet Military.com reported without
specifying the number of the deployed aircraft. It further noted that nearly a
dozen F-22s are already based in the region.
serves as one of US military’s most important air bases in the region with
operations launched from there throughout the Middle East. The base plays host
to nearly 11,000 American and US-led coalition forces and more than 100
operational war planes.
the aftermath of the US-initiated Persian Gulf War in 1991, Washington and Doha
signed a military cooperation pact after which the US regional air force moved
to Qatar in 2003, evacuating the Prince Sultan air base in Saudi Arabia.
to Qatari officials cited in press reports, nearly 80 percent of US-led aerial
refueling in the region is being carried out from al-Udeid air base.
about $150m apiece, the F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation, single-seat,
twin-engine fighter jet, designed primarily as an air superiority fighter. It
also has ground attack and signal intelligence capabilities.
Martin, the prime manufacturer, built most of the F-22's airframe and weapons
systems and conducted final assembly, while Boeing provided the wings,
fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.
F-22 jet fighters were previously stationed at al-Dhafra Air Base in nearby
United Arab Emirates (UAE) and used in purported operations against
foreign-backed Daesh (ISIL) terrorists across Iraq and Syria since 2014.
However, they were returned to the US last fall and replace by F-15C Eagle war
development came after tensions between Washington and Tehran spiked last week
after the shot down of a US navy RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone by an
Iranian anti-air missile battery on June 19, which followed false US
allegations that blamed Iran – without verifiable evidence -- for attacking two
commercial oil tankers in the Sea of Oman earlier in the month.
the drone shot-down, Iranian military officials announced that they had
exercised restraint by not shooting down a P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft
flying nearby in the region. CENTCOM officials, meanwhile, maintained that US
spy planes routinely operate in the region along Iranian territorial waters.
Trump administration then resorted to making military action threats against
Tehran, followed by announcing useless new sanctions against Leader of the
Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Iran’s Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif.
month, the US Air Force deployed several nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortress
bombers as well as an aircraft carrier task force to the region in response to
what the Pentagon claimed as a possible plan by Iran to attack American forces
in the Persian Gulf.
US Air Force's top officer also insisted last week that intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance flights will continue despite Iran's shot down
of the spy drone.
we're continuing to fly," said Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein during a
breakfast hosted by the Mitchell Institute in Washington, DC on Wednesday.
"We continue to fly where we need to, when we need to be there and as we
do in all scenarios."
is while Iranian authorities have persistently maintained that while they are
not looking for a confrontation with the US or any other state, the country
will never shy away from defending its territorial rights and regional
interests on its own turf.
President Donald Trump says he raised the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
in a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
did mention it to him very strongly,” Trump was quoted on Saturday by media as
who was a critic of bin Salman, was hacked to death and his body was
dismembered at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018.
week, a UN report found that there was "sufficient credible evidence"
to pin the murder on bin Salman and he should be investigated for it.
was a bad event,” Trump reportedly told bin Salman in the meeting on the
sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Japan.
asked him what was happening,” Trump claimed.
comments came after the president told reporters on Friday that he was
"extremely angry and very unhappy" about Khashoggi's murder, but
claimed that "nobody has directly pointed a finger" at bin Salman.
about CIA’s conclusion that bin Salman ordered the Khashoggi’s murdering, Trump
said he “cannot comment on intelligence.”
truth is, I don’t want to talk about intelligence,” Trump said dodging further
discussion about the Khashoggi murder.
has played down the Khashoggi murder case, and instead, repeatedly cited the
profits that the US economy reaps from maintaining good business relations with
the Saudis, particularly the Crown Prince bin Slaman.
has described the Saudi crown prince as a "friend”. “It's an honor to be
with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, a friend of mine, a man who has really
done things in the last five years in terms of opening up Saudi Arabia.”
President Donald Trump on Saturday gave strong messages on a wide array of
global issues in his closing speech at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
the Q&A session of his speech, in response to a question about the S400-F35
tension between the U.S. and Turkey, Trump said he puts America first in all
matters but cannot turn a blind eye to Turkey's unfair treatment by former US
administration, referring to Barack Obama's handling of Turkey's request to
purchase U.S. defense systems.
their longstanding strategic alliance as members of NATO, since 2017 Turkey and
the U.S. have been at odds over Turkey's decision to buy the S-400, a Russian-made
missile defense system, and U.S. threats to break its contract to sell Turkey
F-35 jets over the dispute.To defend itself, Turkey first sought to purchase
U.S.-made Patriot missiles, but even as the U.S. was sending weapons and
ammunition to Turkey’s avowed enemies, the terror group YPG/PYD in northern
Syria, Washington chose to ignore its ally's needs and national interests and
rebuffed Turkey’s overtures.
growing calls from the U.S. for Turkey to abandon its deal with Russia, Turkish
officials describe their transaction with Russia as a "done deal."
administration said no, no, no to Turkey when they wanted to purchase Patriots
and they [Turkey] bought S400," Trump said and called Obama
administration's reluctance and failure to sell Patriots to Turkey a 'mess'.
the Obama administration for the ongoing S400-F35 tension between the two
countries, Trump said it is not Turkey's or Turkish President Recep Tayyip
is a tough guy but I get along with him," Trump said, thanking the Turkish
president for freeing American Pastor Andrew Brunson who was detained in a
Turkish jail over his alleged involvement in a 2016 coup against the Turkish
was released in October, a move hailed by the U.S. administration.
the meeting of the two leaders in Osaka, a statement from the White House said
Trump voiced concern over Turkey's "potential purchase" of Russian
S-400 during the U.S.-Turkey meeting in the sidelines of G20 summit in Japan.
President [Donald Trump] expressed concern about Turkey's potential purchase of
the Russian S-400 missile defense system, and encouraged Turkey to work with
the United States on defense cooperation in a way that strengthens the NATO
alliance," the White House said.
Khashoggi, China, Venezuela
has dodged the Khashoggi question during his meeting with Erdogan earlier but
when asked again during the closing speech, he said he is 'extremely angry
about that whole thing', referring to the 'horrific' murder of journalist Jamal
Khashoggi in the Istanbul consulate of Saudi Arabia in October by Saudi
operatives, widely believed to be acting on orders of Saudi Crown Prince
Muhammad bin Salman (MBS).
however, continued his "Saudi Arabia is a great ally" rhetoric and
hinted no action against MBS or the kingdom.
the much awaited China trade talks, he said they had a "great
meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
said U.S. companies will continue to sell products to Chinese telecom company
Huawei, a source of extreme tension between the two powers ever since the
arrest of Huawei's CFO in Canada last year at the request of U.S. authorities.
said the negotiations continue and the meetings were "better than
added that there won't be any lifting of the existing tariffs or adding new
tariffs for the time being.
Venezuela, he said the U.S. has "5 different alternatives", yet did
not cite any.
said the regime change takes time.
asked why Palestinians were not included in the committee of the so-called
"deal of the century", he said Palestinians said "nasty"
things about the U.S. last year, did not sound like they were asking for peace.
strategic partnership shared by Turkey and the U.S. encouraged further
cooperation on various fields, the Turkish president said on Saturday following
his meeting with the U.S. counterpart.
Above all, we have a strategic partnership, which promotes our cooperation in
various fields,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding he believed this
cooperation would continue in the same manner in the coming period.
Erdogan met Donald Trump in line with G20 Leaders' Summit held in Osaka, Japan,
and two leaders discussed for more than half an hour.
his brief statement following the meeting, Erdogan said countries’ trade volume
goal was $75 billion and both countries had steps to be taken in the direction
of the defense industry.
on, the Turkish presidency issued a statement saying both leaders discussed
bilateral ties, economic goals, regional issues including the recent
developments in Syria.
was stated that Erdogan expressed Turkey's determination to fulfill
requirements of national security to U.S. president, and shared his concerns on
the efforts that might harm countries' strategic partnership.
members have sharply denounced a new film about the young Syrian boy who became
a symbol of Europe's migration crisis after photos emerged of his lifeless body
washed up on a Turkish beach.
really heartbroken right now," Tima Kurdi, an aunt of Alan Kurdi, told the
CBC network. She lives in Port Coquitlam, near Vancouver in western Canada.
boy perished in 2015 along with several other family members fleeing Syria as
they tried to reach Greece by boat.
heartbreaking photo of Alan's body, face down on a beach, sparked a deep
emotional reaction in Europe, pushing the European Union to temporarily open
its borders to Syrian refugees.
Kurdi told the CBC in an article posted on Friday that no one had asked the
family's permission to make the new movie about her nephew. She said she had
learned about it only from the boy's father, Abdullah Kurdi, who is now living
called me and he was crying, too," she said.
said, 'I can't believe somebody is already making a movie.' He said, 'I cannot
even imagine that my dead son – two years old who can't even talk – I cannot
imagine him coming alive'" on film.
movie, titled Aylan Baby (Sea of Death), is being filmed in Turkey, with a cast
including American action film star Steven Seagal, the CBC said (initial
reporting gave Aylan as the spelling of the boy's name).
Turkish writer/director, Omer Sarikaya, has posted photos of the film's poster
on social media. He hopes to sell the movie to Netflix.
to Tima Kurdi, who has published a book about her nephew titled The Boy on the
Beach, the family has turned down several proposals for a film.
Sarikaya, for his part, told CBC that while the theme of his film resembled the
story of the Kurdi family, it was much broader in scope, dealing with the
overall refugee crisis.
will be 'Aylan Baby,' it will not be 'Aylan Kurdi,'" he said, adding that
it was now too late to change the title.
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that President Donald Trump had
assured him there would be no US sanctions over Ankara's purchase of the
Russian S-400 missile defence system, contrary to the stance taken by Washington
have heard from him personally that this would not happen," Mr Erdogan
said after bilateral talks with Mr Trump at the G20 summit in Japan. "We
are strategic partners with the United States. As strategic partners, nobody
has the right to meddle in Turkey's sovereign rights. Everyone should know
Nato allies have been at odds over Turkey's decision to procure the S-400
system, with the United States saying the it was not compatible with alliance's
defence network and could compromise its Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter
jets, an aircraft Turkey is helping to build and planning to buy.
refused to back down on the purchase, with delivery scheduled to start in July,
despite the possibility of expulsion from the F-35 programme. Washington has
already halted training of Turkish pilots on the aircraft in the US.
sitting alongside Mr Erdogan before their talks, Mr Trump told reporters Turkey
had been treated unfairly over its decision to buy the S-400s and blamed the
"mess" on the administration of former president Barack Obama.
However, he did not explicitly not rule out sanctions, saying the issue was
being discussed, but it was a "two-way street" and both sides were
evaluating "different solutions".
wouldn’t let him buy the missile he wanted to buy, which was the Patriot,” he
said. “You have to treat people fairly. And I don’t think he was treated
US has sought to sell Ankara the Patriot air defence missile since at least
2013, but Mr Erdogan has insisted it come with a transfer of technology so that
Turkey can develop and build its own missiles. The Obama administration
refused. Turkey's earlier quest for a Chinese missile system instead of the
Patriot also fell through over technology-transfer conditions.
Interfax agency on Saturday quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov as saying
the S-400 deal with Turkey envisaged a partial handover of technology.
Trump said Mr Erdogan had paid "a tremendous amount of money upfront"
for the F-35 to aircraft maker Lockheed, “and now he wants delivery”.
now they’re saying he’s using the S-400 system, which is incompatible with our
system, and if you use the S-400 system, Russia and other people can gain
access to the genius of the F-35.”
it’s a mess,” he said. “And honestly, it’s not really Erdogan’s fault.”
Erdogan's remarks after their talks echoed Mr Trump's argument.
have a payment so far of $1.4 billion to the United States," he said.
"As joint producers, until now four F-35 jets have been delivered to us,
but we will still receive... a total of 116 jets. We are expecting these,"
some people in lower ranks are saying absolutely do not align with Mr Trump's
approach. I believe these will not harm our bilateral ties, and that is the
commitment we are going on with."
had put its hopes on the relationship between Mr Erdogan and Mr Trump to
protect it from repercussions over the S-400 deal. Their meeting in Osaka was
seen as a last push to avoid US sanctions that could significantly damage
Turkey's already ailing economy.
Mr Erdogan's account of their exchanges appeared to go beyond statements made
by the Turkish presidency and the White House after the talks, which lasted
around 40 minutes.
White House said Mr Trump "expressed concern" over the S-400 deal and
"encouraged Turkey to work with the United States on defence co-operation
in a way that strengthens the NATO alliance", while the Turkish presidency
said only that Mr Trump had voiced a desire to resolve the dispute without
harming bilateral ties.
of Turkey's Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) on
Saturday said festivals were a great way to combat Islamophobia and xenophobia
which have recently grown stronger in Europe.
Eren’s remarks came at the European Sports and Culture Festival (ASKFEST) in
Germany’s Northwestern city of Hamm, which aims to boost ties between Germany
and Turkey by bringing people of both countries together.
said Turkish workers’ arrival at the European countries, which will mark its
60th anniversary in two years, especially Germany, helped them achieve
significant development in the fields of culture and economics and festivals
like ASKFEST would contribute to their integration to both local communities
and national identity.
said Islamophobia and xenophobia have recently grown stronger in some European
countries and festivals would contribute to fighting such “diseases”, adding it
was important that ASKFEST was organized with the cooperation of German
official went on to say that Turks’ integration into foreign communities abroad
was a priority for the YTB, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
repeatedly called on Turkish people living abroad to learn languages and get
citizenships so that they could easily integrate into communities.
and Germany are two friends and allies… Therefore, this festival has
demonstrated that the authorities of these countries set a nice example in the
fields of culture, sport and arts, in a professional manner,” Eren said.
that ASKFEST contributed to the unity and harmony of German and Turkish people,
he went on to say that such festivals were of “crucial” importance to prevent
racism from growing strong in the European continent.
festival is being held under the theme "Do Sports Together! Have fun
Together! Live Together!", and it includes a wide range of sports,
cultural and entertainment activities.
in football and basketball matches, athletics, bowling, cycling, skateboarding
and table tennis will also be held.
addition to these modern sports, competitions in Turkish traditional sports
such as archery and oil wrestling will be organized.The attendees can also
taste Turkish and German cuisine and enjoy concerts.
and German celebrities, athletes and government officials such as Turkish
Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu, Culture Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy,
YTB Chairman Abdullah Eren and Mayor of Hamm Thomas Hunsteger Petermann will
attend the festival.
Agency, national Turkish broadcaster TRT and Turkey's national flag carrier
Turkish Airlines are among the contributors of the festival.
is located in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is densely
populated by Turkish people.
head of a Qatari charity that founded a website instructing Muslims to hate
Jews and Christians is behind more than £28.2 million (Dh131.4 m) in donations
given to a UK benevolent fund.
of the money has recently been given to a group with links to hate preacher
Yusuf Al Qaradawi, who is banned in the UK and is believed to be the spiritual
leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Millions have also been used to build a
mosque whose trustee is a former president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s European
Muslim Brotherhood, which began in Egypt in 1928, has been outlawed in Saudi
Arabia, Egypt and the UAE and is shortly due to be added to the US’s list of
organisation is not banned in the UK but a 2015 report for the British
government made a series of damning assessments of its activities in the
Nectar Trust has given the Institute European des Sciences Humanitarian (IESH),
a France based Islamic education institution, almost £1m in the last three
years. A sum of £86,196 was spent by the Nectar Trust last year to benefit the
IESH, which publishes fatwas following the guidance of the European Council on
Fatwa and Research (ECFR).
former president of the council is Al Qaradawi who recently courted controversy
for creating an app in which he made derogatory references to Jews. The ECFR
has promoted a controversial fatwa guidance App on Apple Store and other sales
platforms. Despite demands for it to be pulled, the platform remains available.
Apple has said it is conducting a review.
Qaradawi, who lives in Qatar, is banned from the US, UK and France for his
Qatar Charity in Doha (also known as QC), which has also been connected with
the Muslim Brotherhood and designated a proscribed organisation within the Arab
Quartet for its links to terrorism, handed British charity the Nectar Trust
£28.2m between 2017-2018.
CEO of QC, Yousef Al Kuwari, is also the former chief executive of the Nectar
Trust, the British arm of the Qatari body, which is behind a number of projects
to build some of the largest multi-million-pound mosques across Europe.
previously founded Islamweb, a website that issued edicts stating that it is
“forbidden” to swear an oath to gain British citizenship and warned of Jews and
Christians: “It is incumbent to hate them for the sake of Allah.”
a month prior to his links being made public in October 2017, the charity
changed its name from the Qatar Charity UK to the Nectar Trust.
Al Kuwari’s resignation, the Nectar Trust’s latest accounts reveal that during
the period of the revelations the multi-million-pound funds were being pumped
into the charity from Qatar Charity – which Al Kuwari ran at the same time.
the last few years, the Trust has given £2.2m to the Emaan Trust in Sheffield
to build one of the UK’s largest mosques. The project has also been steeped in
controversy after it was revealed the construction was being overseen by a
Kuwaiti official who claimed Jews orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks
and that board members of the group had criminal records.
trustee of the Emaan Trust, Ahmed Al-Rawi, is the former president of the
Federation of Islamic Organisations, believed to be the European arm of the
Muslim Brotherhood. He has previously signed a statement supporting attacks on
coalition troops in Iraq.
brother Kharum was the director of the European Institute of Human Sciences and
ran the school in Wales attended by terrorist Michael Adebowale who killed
British soldier Lee Rigby.
school’s curriculum was linked to Al Qaradawi, whose books were found in its library.
It led to the University of Wales severing ties with the institute.
accounts also show the Nectar Trust gave almost £15m to build two mosques in
France – one in Mulhouse is believed to be the largest in Europe and can
accommodate 800 students and 50,000 worshippers.
April, an investigation alleged that the lavish funding was actually tied to
the Muslim Brotherhood.
book, Qatar Papers - How the emirate finances Islam in France and Europe,
written by two French journalists, publishes evidence that cheques and money
transfers from Qatar have been used to underwrite more than 140 projects around
Europe, where the Muslim Brotherhood has sought to expand its influence.
Charity did not respond to comment but told The Telegraph that during Al
Kuwari’s time as Islamweb chairman “he was not involved in the development or
moderation of the website’s content or in its daily management.
British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran since 2016 on sedition charges she
denies has ended her hunger strike after 15 days, her husband said Saturday.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, told BBC Radio that his wife
had eaten some porridge with apple and banana.
relieved because I wouldn’t have wanted her to push it much longer,” said
Ratcliffe, who also went without food for 15 days in solidarity with his wife.
had spent much of that time picketing Iran’s embassy in London, urging whoever
is to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May to make his wife’s case a
40, began refusing food to mark her daughter Gabriella’s fifth birthday.
was arrested in April 2016 as she was leaving Iran after taking then
22-month-old Gabriella to visit her family.
was sentenced to five years for allegedly trying to topple the Iranian government.
project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the media group’s
philanthropic arm, said she denies all charges.
mosque inside a hospital in western Sweden was vandalized on Saturday in a
attackers at Molndal Hospital in Gothenburg city desecrated the holy Quran and
spilled soft drinks on the shelfs and carpets of the mosque, the mosque
association said in a statement on social media.
association condemned the attack saying it had offended and hurt Muslims.
are examining the troubled background of a man believed to have shot a French
imam who had received threats from both ISIS and ultra-right extremists.
Eljay, 39, was seriously wounded in the abdomen and legs when shot four times
in the port of Brest, in the western region of Brittany, on Thursday.
life and that of a 26-year-old worshipper who was also shot are not in danger.
The killer had approached them outside the mosque in the Pontanezen district on
the pretext of wanting a “selfie” with the imam.
21-year-old French man believed to have carried out the attack was later found
dead 500 metres from his car in another part of Brest. He had apparently shot
himself in the head.
in French reports and on social media as Karl Foyer, he had sent a rambling
two-page letter to another imam, also posting its contents on Facebook,
claiming to have been ordered to murder Mr Eljay by three masked men who forced
him into a van. Foyer wrote that the men warned him they would kill his parents
and sister if he did not obey their instructions.
early speculation that the killer may have had extreme right-wing connections,
a police source told media he was unknown to the security services and was not
linked to any right-wing or Islamist group.
letter also mentioned a retired French intelligence chief who, according to
him, had been in contact with one of the three men who accosted him.
prosecutors and police are more inclined to believe he was a deranged
individual acting on his own initiative.
Eljay has been a controversial figure for several years.
known for adopting “non-jihadist Salafism”, he took over at the mosque in place
of an imam whose radical preachings led to his expulsion to his native Algeria.
religious newspaper La Croix recalled a 2015 video showing the self-taught
preacher, then calling himself Rachid Abou Houdeyfa, telling children music was
a “creature of the devil” and that listening to it would turn them into monkeys
one sermon, Mr Eljay said the hijab was a “woman’s honour”. If she “goes out
without honour”, he added, “do not be surprised that men abuse this
recently, however, he has shown a fundamental change in his outlook and a
desire to teach Islam in a secular French context. He obtained a diploma
qualifying him to “provide civic and citizenship training”.
French Muslim Council said the imam’s public comments, espousing French
republican values, had brought him a death threat from ISIS in 2016.
Caillet, a specialist in contemporary Salafism, said Mr Eljay was detested as
fiercely by ultra-right elements.
Caillet posted a tweet at the end of 2017 with a series of photographs tracing
Mr Eljay’s conversion to a more moderate stance by reference to his appearance.
In the last, from his graduation, he wears western-style clothing
indistinguishable from that of other students
he advocates a practice of Islam that is not out at odds with his environment,
his beard is becoming shorter and his style of clothing has changed," Mr
Caillet told the newspaper 20 Minutes.
a tweet, he strongly criticised sections of the media that continued to
associate the preacher with views he no longer held, “helping to make him a
ces 4 photos on peut voir l'évolution de l'Imam de Brest Rachid Eljay,
anciennement appelé Rachid Abou Houdeyfa, d'abord partisan du courant salafiste,
puis d'un islam malékite et enfin la dernière étape de son parcours avec la
remise de son diplôme "laïcité". pic.twitter.com/gOQj1Th8pI
Romain Caillet (@RomainCaillet) December 21, 2017
suspected killer was Paris-born but had been living in the eastern city of Lyon
for three years and drifted from one lowly job to another, according to his
letter. The council of mosques covering that area of France has deplored what
it sees as a relative political and media silence over the imam’s shooting.
fact, French news media, print and broadcast, have reported fully on the attack
while pointing out that the public prosecutor has ruled out, on the facts as
known, any terrorist connection.
Yemeni rebel drones targeting southern Saudi Arabia were intercepted on
Saturday, a Riyadh-led military coalition said, the latest in a series of
assaults on the kingdom.
first drone targeted the province of Jizan and the second was aimed at a
residential area in Asir province, the coalition said in a statement released
by the official Saudi Press Agency.
coalition did not report any damage or casualties.
rebels earlier claimed drone attacks on the airports in Jizan and Abha, the
capital of Asir, according to the group's Al-Masirah TV.
Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, who have faced persistent coalition bombing since
March 2015 which has exacted a heavy civilian death toll, have stepped up
missile and drone attacks across the border in recent weeks.
June 12, a rebel missile attack on Abha airport wounded 26 civilians, drawing
promises of "stern action" from the coalition.
June 23, another rebel attack on Abha airport killed a Syrian national and
wounded 21 other civilians, according to the coalition.
raids come amid heightened regional tensions after Washington — a key ally of
Riyadh — accused Iran of shooting down a US drone over international waters and
of carrying out attacks on oil tankers in the strategic Gulf of Oman.
Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying sophisticated weapons to Houthi
rebels, a charge Tehran denies.
recent attacks, Saudi state media have reported an intensification of coalition
air raids on rebel positions in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah and the
Houthi-held capital Sanaa.
coalition intervened in support of the Yemeni government in 2015 when President
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled into Saudi exile as the rebels closed in on his
last remaining territory in and around the second city Aden.
then, the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them
civilians, relief agencies say.
fighting has triggered what the United Nations describes as the world's worst
humanitarian crisis, with millions of people displaced and in need of aid.
Kurdish-language Hawar News website reported that Afrin Liberation Forces in an
ambush operation against the Turkish Army in Afrin-Bastouleh road in Shirawa
region killed one Turkish Army soldier and severely wounded seven others.
Kurdish forces also attacked the Turkish Army's military point in Kabashin Hill
in Shirawa region from two directions, killing and wounding five Ankara-backed
militants in fierce clashes.
two militants of the so-called 'Military
Police' were killed in a bomb explosion carried out by Kurdish fighters at
their headquarters in Tarandeh district.
a relevant development on Wednesday, a number of Turkish Army soldiers were
killed and wounded in military operations by the Kurdish fighters in
Ankara-controlled areas in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo, the Kurdish-language
media sources said.
Hawar News website reported that the Kurdish Afrin Liberation forces pounded
two areas under the control of the Turkish Army in the town of Jalbareh in
Shirawa region in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo, killing one Turkish soldier and
injuring three others as well as destroying their military positions.
Syrian Army's missile and artillery units targeted and heavily pounded the
military positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant
Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and Jeizh al-Izza terrorist groups in
the towns of al-Jobin and Tal Malh in Northern Hama, destroying several of
their military positions and hardware and killing a number of them.
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted a Syrian Army
military commander as saying that the army has recently sent its special forces
known as 'Tiger Force' together with massive military equipment to the battlefronts
in Northwestern Hama and Southern Idlib, including the newly- liberated towns
from the terrorist groups.
authorities in northeastern Syria have handed to Italy one of its citizens accused
of belonging to ISIS, a spokesman said on Saturday.
jihadist Samir Bougana (aka Abu Abdullah) who had been captured fleeing ISIS
and had been imprisoned since then, was handed over to Italian government,”
said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces
said the transfer had been made on Rome’s request.
did not specify when it took place or whether or not the suspected extremist
had already left the country.
- also known as Abu Hureyre al-Muhajir or Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir - was first
captured by Kurdish fighters in Syria in August 2018 as he tried to flee into
had allegedly been involved in weapons shipments to ISIS.
transfer is part of a wider effort by the Kurdish administration to rid itself
of the dregs of the ISIS proto-state.
the collapse of the group’s “caliphate” in March, alleged ISIS fighters from
nearly 50 countries have been detained in Syria and Iraq.
11,000 of their family members are being held in Syria’s al-Hol camp alone.
repatriation is a sensitive issue for Western nations such as France and
Britain, which have experienced attacks by homegrown extremists and have little
interest in seeing more return.
are also worries that it could prove difficult to successfully prosecute
fighters in European courts for crimes committed in Iraq or Syria.
has gone so far as stripping ISIS members of citizenship, while France has said
it will repatriate only orphans.
United States, however, has urged Western countries to take their nationals
back and has repatriated some of its own, including three ISIS group fighters
and several American women and children.
Thursday, it warned European countries they were making a “bad decision” by
leaving their nationals in Syria instead of repatriating them to face justice.
Syrian crisis topped talks held between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit,
Egypt’s state TV said on Saturday, citing the presidency.
presidency also said the talks between the two showed matching views regarding
the latest developments in the Gulf region, state TV reported.
main Shia opposition group, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has condemned
the country’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah for urging
open communication with the Tel Aviv regime, dismissing his remarks as
hysteric rush towards the Zionists reflects the (Manama) regime’s tendency to
throw itself into the Israeli lap,” Wefaq said in a statement, adding that Al
Khalifah’s remarks were “totally rejected."
statement added that such comments “are unprecedented impudence” by the
Bahraini regime, as they reflect the gap between the “oppressive” ruling
dynasty and Bahraini people.
further highlighted that the Bahraini nation views Israel as an occupying
regime, stressing that ordinary Bahrainis can’t be complicit in giving the Tel
Aviv regime a chance to woo Bahrain.
who were allowed to tour Bahrain were backed by the regime’s security forces,”
the Bahraini opposition group added, noting that any protest against the
Israelis’ visit to the kingdom was banned by force.
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said in a statement
that Al Khalifah’s remarks and his allegation that Israel was part of the
Middle East region's heritage constituted "clear treachery," and
proved that the Bahraini regime was deeply involved in supporting plans to wipe
out the Palestinian cause.
position contradicts the position of the brotherly people of Bahrain," the
PFLP said, adding that Bahraini people were "one of the strongest
advocates of the Palestinian cause and Arab rights."
PFLP also hailed the Bahraini people's rejection of their country hosting a
US-sponsored economic workshop on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
in an interview with English-language The Times of Israel daily newspaper on
the sidelines of the US-led economic workshop in Manama on June 26, the top
Bahraini diplomat recognized Israel’s “right to existence,” saying the regime
was “there to stay, of course.”
did we offer peace to [with] the [Arab] Peace Initiative? We offered it to …
Israel…. We want better relations with it, and we want peace with it,” Khalifah
pointed to the Arab Peace Initiative as the blueprint for normalization of
diplomatic relations with Israel, terming the Tel Aviv regime’s rejection of
the plan as a “missed opportunity.”
Arab Peace Initiative, proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002, calls on Israel to
agree to a two-state solution along the 1967 lines and a “just” solution to the
Palestinian refugee issue. The initiative has been repeatedly endorsed by the
Arab League in 2002, 2007, and 2017.
Bahraini foreign minister further encouraged Israel to approach Arab leaders
about issues of concern regarding the proposal.
and talk to us. Talk to us about it. Say, guys, you have a good initiative, but
we have one thing that worries us,” he said.
so-called Peace to Prosperity workshop opened in Bahrain on June 25 and ran
through June 26.
apparently sought to advance the economic aspects of President Donald Trump’s
controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians,
dubbed “the deal of the century.”
government says Bahrain confab was ‘stunning failure’ for Trump
Palestinian government says a recent US-sponsored conference in Bahrain meant
to promote a “deal” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a “stunning
failure” for the administration of US President Donald Trump.
a statement released on Saturday, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said the failure of the meeting, which was
held in Manama on June 25-26 despite a Palestinian boycott, must have sent a
message to Washington.
stunning failure of the Manama workshop... should constitute a clear message to
Mr. Trump and his administration that the policy of dictates, threats, and
coercion is no longer effective with our steadfast people and its legitimate
leadership headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, which rejected all suspicious
deals aimed at the liquidation of our national cause,” Abu Rudeineh said.
also accused the Trump administration of pursuing a “policy of punishment and
intimidation... against everyone.”
Rudeineh further complained that the US team behind the proposal on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “totally biased toward Israel."
biased team cannot offer solutions that can lead to a lasting and just peace,”
official also expressed Palestine’s resolve to achieve “a just and lasting
peace” based on United Nations (UN) resolutions and the preservation of
Palestinian rights, with the establishment of an independent state with East
Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
Bahrain workshop focused on the economic aspects of Trump’s proposal on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which Trump himself calls the “deal of the
century” but which all Palestinian factions have rejected before it has become
Palestinian public opinion, as well as the Arab street in general, is fiercely
opposed to the plan, certain Arab governments back the initiative, ignoring the
demands of the Palestinian government and people.
of street in West Bank city changed to remove ‘Bahrain’
another development on Saturday, a street called “Bahrain” in the West Bank
city of Yatta, situated in al-Khalil (Hebron) Governorate, was renamed “Marzouq
al-Ghanim,” after the Kuwaiti parliament speaker.
to a statement issued by Yatta’s municipality, Mayor Ibrahim Abu Zahra decided
to change the name of the street after requests by locals and in an attempt to
hail Kuwait’s support for the Palestinian cause.
did not participate in the Manama conference.
Monday, Ghanim stressed his country’s support for Palestinians’ rights, saying,
“Kuwait is a supporter of occupied Palestine and rejects normalizing ties with
Arab governments, such as Bahrain itself, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab
Emirates, are widely believed to be moving toward the normalization of ties with
the Israeli regime.
Turkish observation post in the Idlib region of northern Syria was attacked by
mortar fire launched from territory controlled by Syrian government forces,
Turkey’s defence ministry said on Saturday, adding that there were no
ministry said a Russian representative in the region had “immediately
intervened” to stop the attacks but warned that it had completed preparations
to “give the necessary response” if the attacks continued.
have been similar attacks on Turkish observation posts in the region recently.
One Turkish soldier was killed and three others were wounded in an attack on
Thursday, which the ministry judged to have been deliberate.
which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war, and
Turkey, long a backer of those rebelling against Assad, co-sponsored a
de-escalation agreement for the area that has been in place since last year.
accord has faltered in recent months, forcing hundreds of thousands of
civilians to flee. Idlib is the last remaining bastion for anti-government rebels
after eight years of civil war.
on Saturday, President Tayyip Erdogan said he had discussed the attacks on
Turkey’s observation posts in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on
the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan.
hope these attacks won’t happen anymore. There is a calm right now. We never
want these, it shouldn’t happen again. We discussed these,” Erdogan told a news
conference at the summit.
Arab Coalition said it has intercepted and destroyed a bomb-laden drone
launched by the Houthi militia toward a populated residential area in Saudi
Arabia’s Asir region.
Turki al-Maliki, the Arab Coalition spokesperson, said that forces managed to
intercept the drone launched by the Houthi militia toward Asir 11:45 pm local
destroyed Houthi missile in Asir was the second of the night after another
Houthi drone targeting the southern border city of Jazan was intercepted and
shot down hours earlier.
Arab Coalition said forces were able to intercept and destroy a bomb-laden
drone launched by the Houthi militia towards the southern Saudi city of Jazan.
Arab Coalition spokesman, Col. Turki al-Maliki, said that the interception of
the missile took place at 10:45 pm local time and that the Houthis fired the
missile from Sanaa.
Houthi terrorists continue to launch drones to carry out hostile and terrorist
acts by targeting civilians and public facilities, and that none of their
targets have been achieved,” al-Maliki said in a statement.
operated by Yemen’s ruling Houthi Ansarullah movement have launched a fresh
attack on airports south of Saudi Arabia, inflicting losses on the facilities
and causing a suspension of the air traffic system.
Houthi-run al-Massirah TV said late on Saturday that the attacks launched by
Qassif K2 drones targeted planes and military equipment in airports in Jizan
cited a spokesman of Yemeni armed forces as saying that the attacks had been
carried out with high degree of precision and caused the air navigation system
in the facilities to disrupt.
Yahya Sari’ said that the attacks were a response to Saudi Arabia’s relentless
bombardment of civilians in Yemen, a country that has suffered badly as a
result of the war for the past three years.
said Saudi airports servicing fighter jets and helicopters that are used in
attacks against Yemen will continue to remain a “legitimate target” of drone
attacks by Yemen’s army.
have yet to comment on the Saturday attacks which come amid a surge in flight
of drones from Yemen to retaliate Riyadh’s war on its impoverished southern
of thousands of people have been killed since Saudis launched the illegal
campaign in March 2015 to drive Houthis out of the capital Sana’a and to
restore power to a fugitive president.
Saudi war which is propped up by a number of Arab allies and enjoy support from
Western governments have also left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in dire
need of humanitarian assistance.
US report says American officials claimed that the drone attacks on Saudi
Arabia’s oil pipeline in May originated from Iraq, not Yemen.
US has conveyed the assessment to Iraqi officials, with Secretary of State
Michael Pompeo calling Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to raise the
matter earlier this month, reported The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Friday.
report said that American officials came short of providing any further details
or reasons for the assessment, other than the drone attacks being "more
sophisticated than previous ones launched by Houthi forces in Yemen".
forces have in the past two months launched an array of advanced retaliatory
missile and drone attacks on vital Saudi facilities, including oil
installations, airports and air defense batteries in response to incessant
Saudi strikes on the country. The specific drone attacks, singled out by US
authorities, hit two Saudi oil pumping stations deep inside the oil-rich
kingdom on May 14, leading to a temporary shutdown of the country's vital 1200
km long East-West oil pipeline.
American assessment comes despite the attack being officially claimed by
Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, a claim confirmed by Saudi officials.
report prompted Baghdad's rebuttal, with Iraqi officials asking Washington for
more information supporting the claim.
has so far not received any conclusive evidence, according to the WSJ.
a weekly news conference on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told
reporters that Baghdad had been contacted on the matter by US officials.
prime minister, however, rejected the claims, saying that Iraqi intelligence
and military services monitor the country's airspace and that "there was
no movement on that day on this subject".
far as we are concerned, we have no proof and we have no evidence in this
matter," Mahdi added.
drive against Iraqi resistance forces
report claimed that Washington's assessment comes as the US is growing
increasingly wary of "Iran-allied militias" in Iraq, a common label
used by Washington to identify forces operating as Iraq's Popular Mobilization
US has also blamed a series of recently unclaimed rocket attacks targeting US
facilities in Iraq on "Iran-allied" elements, further pressuring
Baghdad to counter its PMU-aligned resistance forces.
forces, which are currently officially funded by the Iraqi government and
integrated into the Iraqi military, played a major role in fighting against the
foreign-backed terror groups and liberating the country from the Daesh
terrorist group. The forces have, nonetheless, been targeted by American forces
on numerous occasions.
pressure against Baghdad comes as Iraqi officials have voiced concern over
American interference and troop presence in the country.
this week, Iraqi President Barham Salih said that Iraq would under no
circumstances allow the US military to use its bases in Iraq for an act of
aggression against neighboring Iran.
drive to pressure Baghdad against Iraq's resistance forces comes as the US has
been long seeking to counter the emergence of a united front of regional
forces, usually known as the "Resistance Axis", which gradually
spanned the region countering US and its allies' interventions in the Middle
US has since imposed numerous sanctions against state and non-state actors in
the region. Washington has also insisted on keeping its troops stationed in
Syria and Iraq to "counter Iran", despite originally deploying them
on the pretext of fighting Daesh.
US has also recently ratcheted up its rhetoric against Iran, announcing
additional troop deployments, including an aircraft carrier strike group, to
the Persian Gulf region in order to counter an unspecified "threat"
from Iran in early May.
week later, four oil tankers were sabotaged in the UAE sea-port of Fujairah. In
early June, two other oil tankers were damaged by explosions in the Gulf of
the increased tension and US military presence in the region, Iran shot down a
multi-million dollar US spy drone last week after it violated its airspace on
US and Saudi Arabia have been quick to blame Iran and its allies for the
tensions and the oil tanker attacks despite failing to produce any conclusive
Foreign Ministry has condemned Saudi Arabia’s bombing of the southwestern
province of Ta'izz, vowing a “strong response”.
ministry official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told Saba news
agency that the fresh Saudi killing was yet another flagrant violation of
international law and human values.
also warned that the crime would be met with a “strong response and
warplanes targeted two houses in the Khadir district of Ta'izz on Friday,
killing at least eight members of a family.
airstrike also left five Yemeni civilians wounded, reports said.
spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement denounced the Ta'izz killing,
stressing that it would only increase the Yemeni people's resolve to confront
the Saudi aggression.
and injuring a number of citizens is considered a continuation of the
aggressive bloody approach in targeting civilian houses," Mohammed
further expressed regret that the bodies of innocent Yemeni women and children
do not lead international parties to stop lucrative arms sales to aggressor
Arabia and its allies have been waging a brutal war on Yemen since March 2015
in an attempt to reinstall the country's Riyadh-allied former regime and crush
the Houthis -- objectives that have failed to materialize due to Yemenis’ stiff
Western-backed military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has
destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and led to a massive humanitarian crisis.
Palestinians in Issawiya, East Jerusalem have continued protests for the third
day running after Israeli soldiers killed 20-year-old Mohammad Obeid on
said that the soldiers killed Obeid even though their lives were not in danger.
Israeli officials admitted that Obeid was shot by Israeli soldiers but claimed
that they were at risk after fireworks were launched at them at close range.
Israeli forces later retrieved Obeid’s body from a car heading to the nearby
Israeli court refused to immediately return the body but said that police must
do so within 24 hours.
Budeiri, a reporter following the events, told Arab News that the court ordered
the body be given back on condition the family agreed that only four people
would attend the funeral or they would be fined 20,000 shekels ($5,000). The
family has refused.
the issue of the return of the body is not reached this could quickly
escalate,” Buderi said.
Abu Afifeh, head of the Jerusalem Intellectual Forum, told Arab News that the
protests that led to Obeid’s killing were in opposition to the US-led “Peace to
in Issawiya were against the Bahrain economic workshop and have escalated
since,” he said. Abu Afifeh, who lives in the nearby Shufat refugee camp, said:
“People in the Shufat refugee camp, Sur Baher and Qalandia have protested
continuously since Thursday,” he said.
mother said that her son had been arrested a number of times by Israeli police.
of Issawiya have been subjected to regular raids and arrests by the Israeli
army and police for years, with homes in the town often demolished.
main entrance to the town was historically near the HebrewUniversity, but it
was shut by Israeli authorities during the Second Intifada of 2000-2005. Now,
only pedestrians can enter through the route.
Troika says it supports ongoing African Union-Ethiopian mediation
UK, US, and Norway have issued a Troika statement on Saturday calling on
Sudan’s Transitional Military Council to respect the Sudanese people’s right to
freedom of expression and avoid any use of violence.
statement comes as the country prepares to hold a mass rally on Sunday, the
first attempt to mobilize protesters after the June 3 crackdown on the protest
camp outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.
Troika continues to support the demand of the Sudanese people for a peaceful,
agreed transition towards democracy in Sudan, the statement read.
also support the ongoing African Union-Ethiopian mediation. We call on the
Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change to engage
constructively with the African Union-Ethiopian proposal to achieve a peaceful
democratic transition through the formation of a civilian-led transitional
government,” the statement added.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Transitional Military Council,
said the ruling council was ready to hand over control to “any authority
elected by the Sudanese people.”
is our responsibility to listen to the demands of the Sudanese people. We are
with the Sudanese people to complete the revolution and build the future of the
country,” he said.
leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), who has been held in detention
since December 2015 following a deadly raid by the Nigerian army troops on his
residence in the country’s Northern Kaduna State is unwell, the medical team
and cadmium levels are high in his blood which is fatal," the doctors
said, adding "His liver is also damaged."
team of medics examining Zakzaky in prison have renewed pleas for him to be
released, saying levels of the chemical toxic substances are so dangerously
high in his blood that requires an immediate medical treatment.
medical team sent by International Healthcare Research Center (IHRC) to Nigeria
in April said that the imprisoned cleric was in urgent need of medical care
that could only be fully accessed outside Nigeria.
Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties, lost his left eyesight in a 2015 raid by security
forces, that left more than 300 of his followers and three of his sons dead.
His wife also sustained serious wounds.
has been kept in custody along his wife and a large number of his followers
security forces raided the head office of a leading opposition group on
Saturday, a day before a huge protest march was planned to demand a transition
to civilian rule, witnesses and a spokesman for the group said.
ruling military council and the opposition movement have been wrangling for
weeks over how to manage a transition to elections since the military ousted long-time
president Omar al-Bashir on April 11.
forces raided the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA) office, where the
group had been due to hold a news conference.
represents a violation of liberties that is even worse than the regime of the
former president (Bashir),” Ahmed al-Rabie, an SPA spokesman, told Reuters.
“This is a bad sign for the atmosphere of mediation between the two parties.”
military council did not immediately comment. The SPA made no mention of
news conference was planned ahead of a march called on Sunday by an opposition
coalition, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), that the SPA is a part of.
The opposition groups are hoping as many as a million people will join the
march, which they want to use to press the military council to hand power over
on Saturday, the military council said FFC would bear the responsibility for
any loss of life or damage resulting from the planned march.
... hold the Forces for Freedom and Change fully responsible for any spirit
that is lost in this march, or any damage or harm to citizens or state
institutions,” the council said in a statement carried by state news agency
deputy head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Mohamed Hamdan
Dagalo, warned of “vandals” and a “concealed agenda” that he suggested might
seek to take advantage of the march.
talks between the council and the FFC stalled and then collapsed altogether
when security forces stormed a protest sit-in in central Khartoum on June 3,
sit-in had become the focal point of protests against Bashir and the military
military ruler said the country’s Transitional Military Council is ready to
hand over control to “any authority elected by the Sudanese people.”
pledge to build the new Sudan and are open to negotiations with everyone,” said
Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Transitional
is our responsibility to listen to the demands of the Sudanese people. We are
with the Sudanese people to complete the revolution and build the future of the
country,” he added.
a separate statement, the military council said the protest movement would be
held responsible for any violence on Sunday.
country is going through a serious crisis, and we will hold the Alliance for
Freedom and Change entirely responsible if any soul is lost in the march” on
Sunday, the council said.
top Sudanese general on Saturday warned he will not tolerate any vandalism at a
planned mass protest, but insisted the ruling generals would hand power to a
Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo’s warning came as the country’s umbrella protest movement
called for a “million-man” march in Khartoum on Sunday against the generals who
have seized power since ousting longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir on April 11.
are vandals, there are people who have an agenda, a hidden agenda, we don’t
the deputy chief of the ruling military council, told a rally in comments
broadcast by state television and apparently directed at organizers of the
commands the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, which have been heavily
deployed in Khartoum since a deadly crackdown on a protest camp on June 3 left
dozens dead and hundreds wounded.
widely known by his nickname Himeidti, justified the heavy presence of security
forces in the capital.
military forces who are deployed in Khartoum are there for the security of the
people, not to disturb them,” he said.
mass rally will be the first attempt to mobilize protesters after the June 3
crackdown on the protest camp outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.
violent dispersal of the sit-in came after talks between the generals and
protest leaders collapsed over who should lead a new governing body - a
civilian or soldier.
generals have resisted to transfer power to a civilian administration as
demanded by protesters, rights groups and Western nations.
and the African Union have mediated between the two sides and proposed the
creation of a 15-member civilian-majority body to govern the country during a
three-year transition period.
generals said on Friday that the proposal could be a base to resume talks with
protesters, although they expressed “some observations,” a spokesman said.
130 people have been killed since the June 3 crackdown, according to doctors
close to the protest movement.
say 61 people died nationwide on June 3.
Saturday, Dagalo insisted the generals had no intention of holding on to power.
military council is just a guarantor,” he said.
coastguard said on Friday it had rescued almost 400 migrants in four separate
operations this week.
patrols rescued 391 clandestine migrants” from inflatable boats in operations
on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, navy spokesman General Ayoub Kacem said in a
said Monday’s mission saw 117 migrants rescued off the coastal town of Zliten,
some 140 kilometers east of Tripoli and a key departure point for sub-Saharan
migrants launching desperate bids to reach Europe.
further 45 were rescued on Tuesday off the port of Khoms while 97 and 132 were
respectively rescued in two operations off the same town on Thursday, he said.
of the migrants, from sub-Saharan African countries and Asia, were placed in
facilities in Khoms, Zliten and Soug el-Khamis.
wracked by chaos since the 2011 uprising against dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has
become a major conduit for migrants seeking to reach Europe.
groups say migrants face horrifying abuses in the North African country.
France has said many are mistreated and “sold to armed groups or as slaves.”
countries have however adopted a tough line on migrants attempting to reach
hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has launched a crackdown against
charities who seek to rescue migrants making the treacherous crossing from
North African country remains prey to a multitude of militias vying for control
of the oil-rich country.
plight of migrants has worsened since Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive
against Tripoli -- the seat of an internationally recognized unity government
-- in early April.
then, fighting has killed more than 700 and wounded 4,000, while nearly 100,000
have been displaced, according to UN agencies.
UN’s mission in Libya has said around 3,500 migrants and refugees held in
detention centers near the combat zone are at risk.
of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar has ordered his forces to attack
Turkish ships and interests in the country, his spokesman said on Friday,
accusing Turkey of being actively involved in battles.
have been given to the air force to target Turkish ships and boats in Libyan
territorial waters,” said General Ahmad al-Mesmari, adding that “Turkey
provided air cover using drones during the militia invasion of Gharyan city.”
spokesman accused Turkey of helping Haftar’s rivals- the Government of National
Accord (GNA)- seize the town of Gharyan, around 100 kilometers (around 60
miles) southwest of Tripoli.
strategic sites, companies and projects belonging to the Turkish state (in
Libya) are considered legitimate targets by the armed forces.”
Libyan National Army, which holds eastern Libya and much of the country’s
south, launched an offensive to take the capital in early April.
has been mired in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed
dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, with a multitude of militias vying for
control of the oil-rich country.
a retired general who had taken part in the revolt against Qaddafi, unleashed
an offensive in May 2014 to purge Libya of Islamists he branded “terrorists.”
added “all Turkish nationals on Libyan territory will be arrested” and “all
flights to and from Turkey will be banned.”
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has formally agreed on a
name for a planned common currency set to be launched in 2020.
was adopted as the name of the ECOWAS single currency," representatives of
the 15-member group agreed in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Saturday.
and "Kola" had been other names suggested that were rejected by the
ECOWAS statement said the aim was a "gradual approach to the single
currency starting with countries that meet the convergent criteria."
eight ECOWAS countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali,
Niger, Senegal and Togo - jointly use the West African CFA franc, while the
seven others, including Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and
Sierra Leone, have their own separate currencies.
idea of a common currency for the West African region was first mooted almost
30 years ago in the hope of boosting cross border trade and economic
ECOWAS statement said the currency would be based on a flexible exchange rate
regime, coupled with a monetary policy framework focused on inflation
states should pursue appropriate policies and structural reforms that will
sustain accelerated growth and the structural transformation of their
economies, it added.
new "ECO" currency for West Africa has been compared to the European
Union's "Euro" currency.
which accounts for most of the region's economic output, is the powerhouse of
West Africa with over 190 population and the vastest economy.
is difficult to see Nigeria agree to being in a monetary union if it is not the
boss," said economist Ndongo Samba Sylla from the Dakar-based Rosa
which was set up in 1975, represents a total population of around 385 million
Sudan braced Sunday for a mass protest in the capital against the country’s
ruling generals, as calls mounted for restraint to prevent a new military
crackdown on demonstrators.
planned “million-man” march is seen as a test for protest organizers who have
been hit by a June 3 raid on a Khartoum sit-in and a subsequent Internet
blackout that has curbed their ability to mobilize support.
of demonstrators were killed and hundreds wounded when armed men in military
fatigues stormed the sit-in outside army headquarters, shooting and beating
protesters who had camped there since April 6.
new protest comes at a time when Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) are
jointly mediating between the protesters and generals.
top general, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, warned Saturday that no vandalism would be
are vandals, there are people who have an agenda, a hidden agenda, we don’t
want problems,” said Dagalo, the ruling military council’s deputy head and
chief of the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
have voiced fears of new violence.
expect large numbers... and it’s very possible that security forces will use
force against protesters,” said Mustafa, 25, who gave only his first name for
security reasons as he planned to participate.
protester, Talal, 29, was looking forward to Sunday’s rally, the first since
if only a few rallies take place in Khartoum, they will break the barrier of
fear and more people will take to the streets in following days,” he said.
umbrella protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and Change, said
demonstrators will launch rallies from several areas in Khartoum and its twin
city of Omdurman, and march to residences of some protesters killed in the June
130 people have been killed since the crackdown, the majority of them on that
day, according to doctors close to the alliance.
health ministry says 61 people died nationwide on that day.
ruling military council insists it did not order the dispersal, but
acknowledged “excesses” after orders were given to purge a nearby area
notorious for drug peddling.
council has warned it would hold the alliance responsible for any fresh
country is going through a serious crisis, and we will hold the Alliance for
Freedom and Change entirely responsible if any soul is lost in the march,” it
a separate development, an RSF unit prevented protest leaders from holding a
press conference to unveil plans for Sunday’s rally.
we could start the press conference, three vehicles from the RSF, full of armed
men, came to our building and told us not to hold the press conference,” a
prominent protest leader, Ahmed Al-Rabie, told AFP.
remains high between the two sides since the June 3 raid, which followed the
collapse of talks over who should lead a new governing body — a civilian or
and the AU have now proposed a blueprint for a civilian-majority body, which
the generals say could be a basis for resuming talks.
had initially gathered at the military headquarters to seek the army’s support
in ousting longtime ruler Omar Al-Bashir.
kept up their sit-in to demand civilian rule after the generals seized power.
European Union, several Western nations and rights groups have called on the
generals to avoid any violence on Sunday.
right to peacefully protest and express their views on 30 June, or on any other
date, remains key,” the European Union said.
council “must not allow the country to slide back into yet more repression. The
world is watching,” said Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo.
mobilizing protesters has become a challenge since the raid, with military
rulers imposing a widespread Internet blackout.
Sabry Emam Muhammed
body of Muslim scholars on Saturday condemned twin suicide bombings that
targeted security forces in Tunisia this week.
Thursday, a bomber blew up himself at a security patrol in the center of
capital Tunis, killing a police officer and wounding others, according to the
bomber detonated a device at the back door of a police building in the city,
wounding four security officers, the ministry said.
two attacks were claimed by the Daesh terrorist group.
on the innocents is a criminal act that is criminalized by all religions,” the
International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) said in a statement.
kill 26 pro-government militia members in Afghanistan
militias often work with overstretched security forces in Afghanistan.
violence in Baghlan came as the US and the Taliban officials were due to start
a new round of talks in Qatar to end the 18-year-long US presence in
talks, in its seventh round, have centered on four issues: counter-terrorism,
the foreign troop presence, an intra-Afghan dialogue, and a permanent
officials have previously said they are hoping for a deal before the upcoming
Afghan presidential elections, which have already been delayed twice and are
now set for September.
Tuesday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid an unannounced visit to
Kabul and hoped for a peace deal with the Taliban “before September 1”.
wanted ISIS funder family plots jihadist attacks
the issuance of Red Notice by Interpol, Islamic State funder Md Shahid Uddin
Khan and members of his family have become desperate and reportedly are
plotting series of jihadist attacks in Bangladesh and India with the ulterior
agenda of taking revenge.
to a source in London, Md Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and
daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan also have sought assistance
from London Mayor Sadiq Khan in helping them from being deported from the
United Kingdom as the family faces several criminal charges including
terror-financing, money laundering and dealing in arms in Bangladesh.
Interpol already has requested the British authorities to immediately arrest
and deport Md Shahid Uddin Khan his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters Shehtaz
Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz to Bangladesh.
in London, Khan has been making numerous attempts of establishing Sharia rule
in Bangladesh by ousting the democratically elected government. He already has
hired several dubious journalists in the West with the agenda of running
offensives against the Bangladesh government.
sending of anonymous letters exposed
his stay in Bangladesh, Md Shahid Uddin Khan was sending anonymous letters as
well as publishing defamatory contents on the web against several officers of
the Bangladesh Armed Forces. Khan was enjoying hidden patronization of few of
his course-mates as well as some rogue officials in the army in continuing such
notoriety. His residence in Dhaka’s Baridhara residential area had turned into
a conspiracy center, where several key officials of the Bangladesh Armed Forces
were secretly holding meetings with Shahid Uddin Khan during odd hours. This
newspaper has already received several photographs of such secret meetings.
to sources, Shahid Uddin Khan was sending those anonymous letters with the
notorious motive of putting his targets into trouble.
is further learnt that, ever since he and members of his family became
fugitives, Khan had been secretly meeting some of the members of Bangladesh
Armed Forces in Dubai while many of those cohorts of Md Shahid Uddin Khan are
maintaining regular contacts with him via secured apps.
seek help from ‘influential friends in Bangladesh
in London, Md Shahid Uddin Khan and his wife Farzana Anjum are regularly
contacting several ‘influential friends’ in Bangladesh with the request of
helping them in ousting the government. They also are sending various
propaganda contents to those individuals with the request of circulating
amongst some targeted individuals.
Uddin Khan contacting his men in Bangladesh
lawyer of Shahid Uddin Khan in Dhaka told this correspondent that the fugitive
terror-funder has been maintaining regular contacts with him while Khan
reportedly is telling them that the “days of the current government [in
Bangladesh] are numbered”.
same source added that Khan’s confidante and abettor of most of his crimes,
Nurul Islam alias Nazrul Islam and Lance Corporal Akidul Ali are maintaining
regular contacts with him. It may be mentioned here that as per directives of
Md Shahid Uddin Khan, his accomplices Nazrul and Akidul had gone into hiding.
connection of Khans exposed by Bangladesh Police
2009, a man named Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, along with his wife Farjana Anjum and
daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan had
entered the United Kingdom with tons of dirty money and had even managed
immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702.
January 17, 2019, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of
Bangladesh Police, based on secret information, raided House No. 184, Road No.
2, Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which is the Dhaka residence of Md.
Shahid Uddin Khan.
house was allegedly used as a warehouse for arms, explosives and propaganda
materials of Islamic State (ISIS).
the raid, a large volume of weapons, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency
notes and jihadist materials of ISIS were recovered by the CTTC unit.
this recovery, three separate cases against ISIS-funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan,
his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters and other accomplices were lodged. The cases
are Cantonment PS, Case no 10, Section-6(2)/7/11/12 of Anti-Terrorism Act 2009
(amendment 2013); Cantonment PS, Case no
11, Section-25-A, Special Power Act
1974; and Cantonment PS, Case no 12, Section-19-A of Arms Act 1878.
militants have killed or wounded at least 27 civilians during an attack in
northern Baghlan province.
Ministry of Interior in a statement said the Taliban militants attacked local
civilians in Arakosh district on Friday night and killed 25 people.
statement further added that the Taliban militants also wounded two others
during the attack.
officials had earlier said the Taliban militants have killed or wounded 40
members of the public uprising forces in Nahrin district.
senior official in Nahrin district confirmed that the Taliban militants killed
24 members of public uprising forces during the attack.
the Taliban militants wounded 9 other members of the public uprising forces,
the official added.
Afghan Special Forces inflicted heavy casualties on Taliban militants during an
operation in Sarobi district of Kabul.
Ministry of Interior in a statement said the Special Forces of the Afghan
National Police killed 20 Taliban militants during the operation.
statement further added that the Special Forces also wounded 5 Taliban
militants during the same operation.
the interior ministry said the Special Forces conducted the operation to clear
the restive areas of Sarobi of Taliban militants’ presence.
explosion in Jawzjan province killed the a key Taliban group member who was
expert in improvised explosive devices.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the incident took place in Khanqa
district of Jawzjan.
statement further added that Qari Asadullah, Taliban IED expert was placing a
roadside bomb to target the security forces when the explosion took place.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the incident so far.
militants frequently use improvised explosive devices as the weapon of their
choice to target the security personnel.
PAS-Umno rally to unite Muslims, say leaders
IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM
LUMPUR, June 30 — Umno and PAS will meet next month to discuss on the details
of a planned mega rally, which will be held to celebrate the political union of
the two parties, the Malaysian Insight reported today.
deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the rally would be an
important event to signify the cooperation between the two Malay-Muslim
main organising committee will have their second meeting next month.
message of the gathering is ‘Unity of the Ummah’ to strengthen the Malay and
Islamic agenda as well as national unity,” he was quoted by The Malaysian
secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the significance of the upcoming
rally is to create awareness on the Malay-Muslim solidarity.
aim is to mobilise the Malays and Muslims to a gathering to understand the
importance of unity among the ummah (believers).
is no other motive for the rally, it’s not to threaten (anyone or any other
parties),” he told the English news portal.
for the rally were announced by Umno’s organiser for the event, Datuk Seri
Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, and it is said to be larger than the rally held in
protest against the ratification of the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) on December 8.
said the charter on Umno-PAS’ cooperation would also be revealed at the rally.
Umno leaders were reported to have been in support of the upcoming rally.
Umno liaison chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad had said the rally was proof that
PAS and Umno were able to set aside their rivalry to cooperate with one another,
while Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Jalaluddin Alias said it was to prepare
for the next general election.
Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin had denied the rally was not about being
racist or to uphold a certain race.
no longer ‘kafir’? Dr M asks PAS
June 23 — PAS should first declare Umno an Islamic party before it announces an
alliance with the latter that it once branded as “infidels”, Prime Minister Tun
Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
opinion is that PAS, before it starts working together with Umno, should first
declare Umno as Islam.
PAS said Umno is ‘kafir’ (infidel)... because Umno worked with ‘kafir’
people... but now they (PAS) are not calling Umno ‘kafir’,” he told Malaysian
media during a press conference here.
Mahathir is here for the 34th Asean Summit. Earlier today, he attended the 13th
Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area
(BIMP-EAGA) summit and the 12th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle
yesterday approved a resolution in support of a political alliance with Umno at
its 65th annual congress here.
resolution read out by PAS Ulama information chief Asri Daud comes amid some
members indicating that the political cooperation should have some restrictions
said there was an urgent need to widen the “taawun” and “tahaluf siyasi”
(political cooperation and understanding) approach in current politics as the
foundation of strengthening Muslim unity in the nation.
said “taawun” and “tahaluf siyasi” are in line with Islamic demands and the
current requirements for strengthening Islamic teachings, expanding “da’wah”
(proliferation) and protecting the interests of the people and the nation.
bomb attack that killed eight people at a military base in the southern
Philippines was likely a suicide bombing, the army said on Saturday, another
blow to government efforts to rein in militants inspired by ISIS.
suspects in Friday’s attack on Jolo island was the Abu Sayyaf, a militant group
that President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to crush after decades of banditry and
kidnapping, and countless attacks on civilian and military targets.
factions of Abu Sayyaf have pledged allegiance to ISIS, which via its Amaq news
agency, claimed responsibility for the Friday attack, saying its fighters had
infiltrated the base.
posted a photograph of two young men next to a black flag and wearing vests
designed to hold explosives.
main suspect is Abu Sayyaf. They are the only one with motive to sow terror,”
said Gerald Monfort, spokesman of Joint Task Force Sulu.
recovered parts like head, feet. Both of them are male. We still don’t know if
they are foreign or local.”
bombing killed three soldiers, three civilians plus the two suspected
attackers, and wounded 22.
confirmed, it would be the Philippines’ third suicide bombing in a year,
marking a sinister turn in its fight against the militants, who have been
joined by fighters from Malaysia
Indonesia and have capitalized on the south’s jungles, porous borders and
attacks were all in the Sulu archipelago, Abu Sayyaf’s stronghold, and included
a twin bombing of a church on Jolo island in January, which killed 21 people,
and a van bomb at a checkpoint on neighboring Basilan island, which killed 11.
attacks followed a brazen takeover of Marawi City in 2017 by an alliance of
domestic and foreign fighters, who held it through months of ground offensives
and air strikes before the military prevailed.
than 1,000 people were killed, most of them insurgents, and half of the city
spokesman Salvador Panelo said the government would stop at nothing to thwart
will run after them until they can run no more,” he said.
government will harness all its might to destroy the enemies of the state.
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