State Ideology Has No Place in Islam’: Several Scholars of Islam Have Come Out
Against the Islamic State and the Perverts Who Follow the Ideology of
ul Quran to IAS: How Madrasa Students Are Cracking Civils
Lanka: PM Orders Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry to Regulate
Defending Islam Does Not Mean Denigrating Other Religions
Muslim Brotherhood Could Radicalise Members: Analysts
400 Killed, 50,000 Displaced In Libya Conflict: UN
Says US Ready for ‘All Sides’ To Lay Down Arms in Afghan War
is month of prayers, request govt to declare ceasefire’: Mehbooba Mufti
diplomats harassed, detained, says India in complaint to Pak
Commission requests Government to ensure amenities during Ramzan
on SIMI stopped it from operating openly in state: Officer tells tribunal
urges Centre, terrorists for Ramzan ceasefire
ready for ‘all sides’ to lay down arms in Afghan war: Khalilzad
urges Myanmar to ease Rohingya’s return
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militants suffer heavy casualties in clashes with the Afghan armed forces in
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March In Kuala Lumpur to Defend 'Sovereignty of Islam'
not anti-Islam, says Bukit Mertajam MP
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accuses Kurd-led alliance of ‘treason’
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police kills three militants in Sidi Bouzid
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ends training course for Afghan pilots due to high desertions
to extend key waivers linked to Iran's nuclear programme
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terror has become a bigger cr-ISIS for peace
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
With the reports coming out on 60 Keralites under the scanner following the
suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, killing more than 350 innocent people and
injuring double the number, several scholars of Islam have come out against the
Islamic State and the perverts who follow the ideology of annihilation.
Muthukoya Thangal, supreme head of Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, while
speaking to Express said, “Islam has never been a religion of violence and we
strongly disown all those who carried out such mindless attacks.
all my sermons and preachings, I imply on this and disown all those who kill
people in the name of religion and it was the pious nature and attitude of
those who had come early that resulted in several people embracing Islam.”
was in the news earlier also with several youths from Kasargod, Kannur,
Palakkad and Malappuram districts migrating to Afghanistan and Syria to join
the Islamic State and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) releasing a
picture of these youths who include Abdul Rashid Abdulla, Yahiya, Eassa, their
wives and friends. Fingers pointed at several schools of thought of Islam in the
state resulting in these youths getting radicalised and moving over to foreign
Islamic scholar M M Akbar refuted the allegations that the Islamic schools of
thought in the state were behind the radicalisation of these youths and
enabling them to fight for the IS.
while speaking to Express, said, “The youths who are getting radicalised are
getting unnecessary content from the internet and as far as religion is
concerned one should look into the Holy Quran and beyond that local scholars
are there to help.”
seems to be a concerted effort on the part of some dark forces to create an
atmosphere of fear and hatred and to denigrate Islam which is a peace loving
religion and has nothing to do with murder and mayhem.”
Youth League(MYL) state president Munavar Ali Shihab Thangal while speaking to
Express said, “We have always decried these moves of certain youths who wanted
more extreme ideas which are not at all correct as far as Islam is concerned.
has given the licence to these people to murder innocents? “This is not Islam and the Muslim League has
always vehemently objected to any moves to divide the society on religious and
Raza Khan was in Class 2 when his cash-strapped parents shifted him from a
private school to a village madrassa in Bihar's Gaya district.
year, the 27-year-old cracked the UPSC exams, securing 751st rank in his third
attempt. "My brother, who is now a dentist, encouraged me to think about
the civil services when I was 17. I had one general knowledge book at the
madrassa, and my classmates would ask me why I was studying beyond my
syllabus," says the PhD student in Delhi's JNU. With madrassas focusing on
imparting a classic Islamic education, their students are often at a
disadvantage when it comes to competitive exams. But now not only have
madrassas in several states like UP modernised their curriculum, several
non-profit coaching institutes are pitching in to help create tomorrow's
doctors, engineers and civil servants.
for instance, was coached for the civils at Delhi-based NGO Zakat Foundation of
India. Zakat, which provides free and subsidized tuition, coached 18 of the 27
Muslim candidates who cleared civils this year.
Bidar, Karnataka, the Shaheen Group of Institutions has produced several
doctors and engineers through its bridge course for madrassa-educated students
in the last two decades.
the majority of madrassa-going children are admitted in the Shoba-e-Hifz
(department of Quran memorisation) and thousands become 'Hafiz' (one who has
memorised the Quran). Shaheen Group's founder Abdul Qadeer says, "The
Huffaz (plural of Hafiz) have every right to gain more knowledge and education
after completing their course. In fact, in early and medieval period, Huffaz
also served as hakeems or doctors. Shaheen institutions have a course that
connects Huffaz with modern education." Called 'Hifz Plus', the foundation
and bridge course equips students to enroll in Class 10 of a Shaheen college.
Other than Bidar, Shaheen offers this course in Hassan in Karnataka and six
other branches across the country.
15, Hafiz Waheed Abdullah from Gorakhpur joined Shaheen after he read about the
institute in a newspaper. He went on to get 579 marks in NEET and is now
studying medicine at Aligarh Muslim University. Another madrassa product,
Hafiza Rabia Basreen, studied at Bangalore Medical College and now works as a
doctor in Hyderabad.
Zafar Mahmood, founder of the NGO Zakat Foundation, says their coaching centre
for the civil services exam takes 65 aspirants every year - five-six of them
are madrassa educated. "I see no difference in their abilities and
performance and that of students from mainstream institutes. Entry into our
institute is gained through an exam, so they are at similar levels," he
worked as an officer on the Sachar Committee report, which highlighted the
socio-economic and educational backwardness of the Muslim community. Its
findings prompted him to start the coaching centre. The lack of Muslim representation
in fields like the civil services is a matter of concern, he says. This year,
only 3.7% of those who made it were Muslims, he says. "Government data
shows that Muslims are lagging behind, and there is only one place where they
are larger in percentages - hospital queues. There is a lack of information,
confidence and resources, and more affirmative action is needed to bridge the
example is the Haj Committee's IAS and Allied Services Coaching and Guidance
cell, started in 2009 at its headquarters, the Haj House in Mumbai. "After
the Sachar report, which painted a very grim picture, the Haj Committee of
India decided to start two-year residential coaching for Muslim students,"
says Mohammed Owais, its CEO. One of their successful students, Shaikh Mohammed
Zaib (rank 225) who is from Ahmadnagar and whose father works at the district
court says: "This was my fourth attempt and it is the Haj Committee which
gave me a good foundation."
and former member of the Planning Commission Syeda Hameed says, "Madrassa
students are very bright, but madrassas have begun to be regarded as breeding
grounds for terrorism. This label has gotten stuck to these kids. The state needs
to help modernize madrassas, as well as replicate the model of coaching
institutes like Zakat on a larger scale."
some madrassa students who study maths and science along with religious
studies, Khan did not have the advantage of doing a concurrent course in modern
subjects. "When I started studying for the civils, I didn't have that
base. I would have trouble understanding class 3 mathematics, so it took me a
lot of work to get to the same level as others before I even joined any
coaching institute. Even learning English was a challenge, I would have
difficulty reading English newspapers."
the rigour of the madrassa did help. "Learning the Quran taught me how to
memorise and retain information. It also gave me a positive attitude towards
life, but there are limitations," says Khan.
T Komath of Kozhikode studied in a madrassa for 12 years, and even taught at a
couple for two years. "There are gaps in knowledge, but we learn
compassion, empathy and hope. I failed my prelims five times consecutively, but
I had been taught to be patient, consistent and not be frustrated with
failure," says the 30-year-old, who made it to the information services
last year, and hopes to improve his UPSC rank by taking the exam again. His
madrassa also encouraged them to join mainstream education simultaneously
through open learning programmes. Komath has a BA in English literature.
success stories are inspiring many others in the community. Khan says his
village has only five or six college graduates.
are very few opportunities available to my community because of financial
constraints, especially for women," he says.
I've cleared the exam, people are filled with renewed hope for their kids'
future. Many madrassa students are contacting me asking for advice. The myth
that you can't even dream of such things has been broken."
the wake of the serial bomb attacks that rattled Sri Lanka killing over 250
people, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday ordered the Muslim
Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry to regulate madrasas, instead of the
Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told Daily Mirror that the Prime Minister
stressed the need for the Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry to
look into the regulation of Madrasas, though the minister had earlier said the
education ministry would take steps to regulate them.
Prime Minister wanted the Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry to
deal so as to prevent any controversy," Kariyawasam said.
Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said around
800 Foreign Islamic clerics were engaged in religious teaching at the Madrasas.
These clerics had arrived on tourist visas and therefore they should be
deported, the minister added.
Lankan authorities are on high-alert after nine suicide bombers carried out a
series of blasts that shook three churches and three high-end hotels on the
Easter Sunday on April 21, killing 253 people and injuring more than 500.
IS (Islamic State) or 'Daesh' terror group claimed the attacks, but the
government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath
(NTJ), believed to be associated with the former, for the deadly attacks.
on Friday visited the Zion Church Batticaloa, which came under terrorist attack
on Easter Sunday and discussed with the church authorities on the various matters
related to security measures.
Defending Islam does not mean denigrating other religions
mufti Asri, there’s none so deaf as those who will not hear.’
Supremacy: Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s statement about Islam being
undermined is unfair, as he provided no examples of Muslims not feeling “safe.”
day one, the Pakatan Harapan government has defended Islam and the Malay
rulers. It has repeatedly stated that it will abide by the Federal Constitution
and the rule of law.
Asri is against this. He, like PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, does not seem to
want Islam to be subject to the constitution.
In a multi-religious society, there are bound to be frictions now and then.
This has to be curtailed, and I believe the police are doing a good job in
monitoring and taking action where necessary.
my memory holds, there were a few who were charged with insulting Islam, and to
the government's credit, it has set up a unit to monitor such incidents.
the good mufti feels that action has not been taken against anyone who had
insulted Islam, he can always go to the police. Being in an enviable position,
surely he would have no problem in getting the matter across if indeed there
has been any travesty.
saddens me is that Asri and the other muftis should have come with guns
blazing, figuratively speaking, when news came out on how Lembaga Tabung Haji
had been financially scandalised under BN rule. Not a word from PAS and Umno
either. The usually quicksilver Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki was surprisingly
is the Harapan government that has been managing Tabung Haji transparently and
really sorting out the problems related to the fund. Show some appreciation,
why Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his ministers feel frustrated and upset. When the
custodians of trust of a prime institution like Tabung Haji are putting their
outstretched hands in the cookie jar, don’t Muslim leaders like Asri and Hadi
have a duty to speak out?
non-Muslims, more than anything, appreciate the position of Islam as the
religion of the federation as enshrined in the constitution. No right-thinking
non-Muslim will ever want to transgress into an area which does not concern
them, fully realising what the consequences will be if they do.
may be some loose cannons around, and I believe the police have been doing
their job to take them to task. Non-Muslims must be insane to even think of
talking about something they well know will invite serious repercussions.
course, defending one’s own faith is one’s own business and right, but someone
who talks ill of a religion he has left behind, like independent preacher
Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu, can't just hide behind the fact that he is
merely comparing the two.
Asri is defending such a position, then he has to grow up. Indeed, he has to
take lessons from Muslim leaders like Mahathir and Mohamad Sabu. And that is
why they are leaders of Malaysia and he is not.
a multi-racial and multi-religious Malaysia is a great challenge. And Mahathir
has a point when he says that the mufti is "deaf" as he seems to
listen and believe only what he wants to.
do scratch my head when there are those going around saying Islam and Muslims
are under threat. The prime minister, his deputy and most ministers are Muslims.
It is more puzzling when such statements come from those who talk about threats
to ‘bangsa, agama dan negara’ (race, religion and country).
is a good country. Non-Muslims retain their names, have a vernacular education,
and freedom of religion. The respect towards Muslims in public spaces by
non-Muslims is always there.
why go and rock the boat when the leaders are facing a lot of problems in
giving the rakyat a good life? This government, unlike the previous one,
doesn't steal money from the people and has zero tolerance towards corruption.
at Mahathir, at his age, he is working his heart out. He is not buying
expensive planes and hundreds of expensive handbags for his wife.
anyone tells me that there is someone who has done more than Mahathir for the
Malays, he or she must be crazy. He had even earned labels like ‘Malay
supremacist’, ‘Malay ultra’, etc, in the past, but today, even non-Muslims
acknowledge his work in building a cohesive multi-religious, multiracial
any Malay believes that leaders who had no qualms or shame whatsoever from
having long hands and pocketed deals through corruption are better than those
who have no tolerance for the crime, then there can be no real progress
expected or achieved.
country is on a fine path, having chosen leaders who want the country to reach
great heights. There is no hiding who will benefit most from this journey – it
will be the Malays.
they want this good thing to happen will entirely depend on whether they want
to listen to a leader who says it is alright to be corrupt, or those who know
to whom the wealth of this country belongs – the rakyat.
Lourdesamy: Defending Islam does not mean denigrating other religions. Contrary
to Asri’s unfounded allegations, those accused of insulting Islam and Prophet
Muhammad have been arrested and charged in court, and in one instance, even
jailed for 10 years. Others are out on bail pending trial.
problem with people like Asri is that the whole world must accommodate their worldview
as the only truth. The biggest threat to global peace, tolerance, acceptance
and security at present is religious fundamentalism – not just from Muslims,
but also Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc.
is time that religion be put in its proper place, namely a private relationship
between the believer and his creator.
Asri, who gives Kalimuthu the right to criticise other religions? It is great
that he found Islam as his true religion, but that does not give him the right
to run down other people's beliefs. Who gives him the right to say Hinduism is
we live in a multi-racial and multi-religious country so let’s do our bit to
make sure we respect one another's beliefs. Don't incite people with the threat
of ‘Muslim fears’.
a religious leader, shouldn't you be the one to defuse any tension and be the
person who works towards a better Malaysia despite our differences?
we continue to argue and debate over who is right and who is wrong when it
comes to our religious beliefs, then we are heading for a really dangerous
This is fear mongering. Exactly what is it that Muslims in Malaysia are fearful
Muslims control all levers of power, all key economic institutions, and all
academic institutions. If Muslims are fearful given all the powers they have,
then Malaysians of other faiths must have been living in absolute terror.
I know for a certainty that Muslims are not living in fear because Malaysians
of other faiths are not living in terror – challenges yes, definitely not
terror – I can only conclude that Asri is propagating fake fear to discredit
Jamil: I am a Muslim, I don't fear anyone except Allah.
Muslim Brotherhood could radicalise members: Analysts
Washington is considering blacklisting the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist
organisation, but experts warn the move would risk radicalising its members and
further destabilising the Arab world.
Islamist movement with affiliates in several countries including Turkey's
ruling AKP party and Tunisia's Ennahda, the Brotherhood has militant offshoots
but officially renounced violence in the 1970s.
the movement on Washington's list of foreign terrorist organisations (FTOs)
would ban its members from entering the United States and make it a crime for
any American to assist the group.
Ayyash, a researcher on Islamist movements, warned that the decision could
escalate repression of the Brotherhood in Egypt and push its adherents towards
more hardline groups.
would end up adding... more extremists to ISIS-like groups," he said,
using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.
by Egyptian scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928 as an Islamic
charity and political movement, the Society of the Muslim Brothers grew
rapidly, spawning offshoots from Morocco to Turkey, many of which are active
repeated crackdowns over the decades, it remained a major political actor in
Egypt (despite long being banned), before taking power in a 2012 election after
president Hosni Mubarak was deposed the previous year.
after the army's 2013 toppling of Mubarak's successor Mohamed Morsi, the
country's first elected civilian president and a Brotherhood official, Cairo
once more banned the movement and declared it a terror group.
month after the Islamist president's ouster, security forces broke up two
pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, killing at least 700 people.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government has since executed dozens of Brotherhood
members and imprisoned thousands.
who met President Donald Trump in April, reportedly urged him to blacklist the
White House announced on Tuesday that the designation was "working its way
through the internal process".
move would allow US officials to impose sanctions on any person or organisation
with links to it.
Fawaz Gerges, a political science professor at the London School of Economics,
said that while the move would isolate the Brotherhood, it would ultimately
movement's dominant narrative celebrates the pain and sacrifice of their
members as part of their political DNA," he said.
echoes the experience of one of the Brotherhood's key figures, Sayyid Qutb.
American-educated Egyptian religious scholar was jailed under President Gamal
Abdul Nasser in the 1960s.
became increasingly hardline in prison, and his calls for a more violent strain
of Islamism inspired future militant groups including Al-Qaeda.
Brotherhood members have reacted violently to Egypt's latest crackdown.
Brotherhood affiliates Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra emerged in 2016 and have since
claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks, notably targeting judges
and police officers.
Brotherhood remains a diverse movement with a presence in many countries,
according to Yehia Hamed, a Brotherhood member who was investment minister in
warned that blacklisting the movement could drive Muslim Brotherhood members to
join the ranks of groups such as Al-Qaeda and IS.
will go to the young members and say: 'you are peaceful -- and still you are
labelled a terrorist'," he said.
said he was planning to sue Trump as he would be personally affected by the
is a smear on my character and will prohibit me from moving freely to the
United States or any other country," he said.
accused the White House of trying to please Trump's strongman allies in the
region, including Sisi, Saudi Arabia's Mohamed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown
Prince Mohamed bin Zayed.
who wrote a report last month on the Brotherhood's ideology and hierarchy,
echoed that concern.
would be very shortsighted to disturb America's relations with many countries
just to appease Egypt and the United Arab Emirates," he said.
Khaled Okasha, an Egyptian ex-brigadier general and member of the country's
National Council for Counter-Terrorism, said the Brotherhood poses a widespread
not only a problem for us, this is a global movement," he told AFP.
Islam has failed and its dangers have been exposed."
warned that splintering the movement could exacerbate the "long civil
war" across the region between Islamists and nationalists led by the
(in Egypt) and externally, the MB (Muslim Brotherhood) feels besieged and under
attack," he said.
"now faces a reckoning from within, with a new wave of defections and a
serious revolt by radicalised members in Egypt."
called the move to blacklist the group "a positive one, albeit late, in
getting rid of the Brotherhood's ideology once and for all".
Gerges sounded a further note of caution.
would be premature to pen the obituary of the Muslim Brotherhood," he
400 killed, 50,000 displaced in Libya conflict: UN
World Health Organization (WHO) says nearly 400 people have been killed and a
lot more injured since Libya’s renegade general Khalifa Haftar launched a major
military offensive to seize the Libyan capital of Tripoli last month.
Geneva-based organization, which is the specialized United Nations agency on
international public health, announced on Friday that at least 392 people had
been killed and 1,936 wounded since forces allied with the so-called Libyan
National Army (LNA) led by strongman Haftar launched an offensive against the
internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli on
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also
expressed concern about the alarming levels of displacement near the Libyan
capital, saying more than 50,000 people had been displaced as a direct result
"of the intensifying armed conflict in Tripoli.”
Othman Abdel Jalil, the GNA's education minister and the head of the
government's crisis committee, said on Thursday that the conflict had displaced
55,000 people (some 11,000 families). Jalil added that 40 reception centers and
27 schools had opened their doors to render aid to those in need.
this week, the UN warned against the "continuing deterioration" of
humanitarian situation in the North African country as fierce fighting rages on
between rival forces for control of the capital.
has been divided between two rival governments - the House of Representatives
based in the eastern city of Tobruk and the GNA headed by Libyan Prime Minister
Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli.
75-year-old Haftar, who enjoys the loyalty of a group of armed militia and
backing from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, has taken upon
himself to protect the government in Tobruk.
forces and militia loyal to the GNA have been fighting back.
crisis began to escalate on April 4 when forces loyal to Haftar launched a
deadly campaign to invade and conquer Tripoli.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has recently said that
intensified fighting for control of Tripoli was turning the densely-populated
residential areas of Tripoli into “battlefields.”
has been the scene of increasing violence since 2011, when former dictator
Muammar Gaddafi was toppled from power after an uprising and a NATO military
ouster created a huge power vacuum, leading to chaos and the emergence of
numerous militant outfits, including the Daesh terrorist group.
says US ready for ‘all sides’ to lay down arms in Afghan war
US special envoy tasked with forging a peace deal with the Taliban said Saturday
that America stands ready for “all sides” to lay down arms in the 17-year
envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is leading the latest round of talks with the Taliban in
Doha, where the two foes are pursuing a deal that would see the withdrawal of
foreign forces from Afghanistan in return for Taliban security guarantees.
sides laying down arms is the outcome of any peace process,” Khalilzad tweeted.
sides agreeing to reduce violence is a necessary step toward achieving that
outcome and the morally responsible choice to make. We stand ready.”
comments come a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he was prepared to
call an “immediate” and “permanent” ceasefire -- but the Taliban appeared to
rebuff the offer.
had also offered to release 175 prisoners as a goodwill gesture. His talk of a
ceasefire comes as momentum builds in various Afghan peace talks.
of tribal elders, women and representatives met last week at a massive “loya
jirga” peace summit in Kabul, which ended with a demand for a ceasefire between
government and Taliban forces.
talks between the Taliban and the US, who have met about a half dozen times in
recent months, are taking place separately in the Qatari capital Doha.
Khalilzad or the Taliban have said much about progress in their latest talks,
but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Friday tweeted that America should
“forget about the idea of us putting down our arms” and “stop repeating failed
strategies & expecting different outcomes.”
year, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire at the end of Ramadan after
Ghani declared a unilateral truce for eight days earlier in the month.
was first formal nationwide ceasefire since the US-led invasion of 2001 and saw
unprecedented scenes of reconciliation and jubilation across the country.
Afghanistan’s war rages on, with thousands of civilians and fighters being
killed each year.
forces continue to train Afghan partners on the ground and strike the Taliban
from the air, in a bid to push the war to a political settlement.
Jammu & Kashmir chief minister and People’s Democratic Party president
Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday appealed the central government to announce
ceasefire and stalling of operations against militants in the month of Ramzan
starting next week.
two days the month of Ramzan will begin. I request government of India that
J&K is a Muslim majority state. People here are already facing hardships.
Ramzan is the month of prayers ...So I request the government of India to announce
ceasefire like last year. Crackdowns, search operations should stop so that
people of J&K could pass the month peacefully,’’ Mehbooba told
also urged militants against attacking the security forces during the month.
year, the Union home ministry had announced ceasefire in Kashmir ahead of
Ramzan, however, the month had witnessed a spike in militant attacks. Despite
requests from then CM Mehbooba Mufti, operations against militants resumed
after Ramzan ended as Centre had refused to extend the ceasefire.
has been repeating that he believes in ideology and follows ‘insaniyat’ and
democracy of Vajpayee ji. And for that,... the government of India should
announce ceasefire,” she said. “Whether it is the ban on Jamaat, JKLF, stopping
of cross-LoC trade or the closure of national highway, the government of India
is trying to destroy the economy of the state,” she said accusing the Centre.
has conveyed to Pakistan its concerns about the security of its high commission
in Islamabad and complained about the harassment of two of its diplomats by
intelligence personnel last month, people familiar with developments said on
about the security of the high commission were conveyed in a demarche submitted
to Pakistan’s Foreign Office recently, the people said. They declined to go
into the details of the security threat but indicated it was a serious matter.
a separate note verbale sent to the Pakistani side on April 25, India protested
about the harassment and detention of two of its diplomats at Sacha Sauda
Gurdwara near Lahore on April 17.
diplomats, who were at the shrine to facilitate Indian pilgrims, were locked up
in a room for close to half an hour by about 15 Pakistani intelligence
personnel, the people said. The intelligence operatives also questioned the
diplomats and searched their belongings, they added.
letting the diplomats go, the intelligence personnel warned them not to come
back to the area, the people said.
note verbale asked the Pakistani side to conduct an inquiry into the matter and
to ensure such incidents did not occur again.
Bihar State Minorities Commission has requested the government to ensure a
better civic amenities like water, electricity supplies and cleanliness in
state capital, especially in the areas having high Muslim population during the
month of Ramzan.
a letter written to the urban development department, the Bihar State
Minorities Commission has asked the department to make proper water supply
facility in these areas especially at the time of Sehri (pre-dawn meal).
is consumed before the dawn breaks by the people who observe Roza or the day
long fast during Ramzan and is considered obligatory for the people on fast.
The month long festival is to begin in couple of days.
the Sehri is observed at around 3 AM and during the time there is no water in
the tap in many households in our city, as the municipal corporation starts
supplying water at 6 AM,” Prof Md Yunus Hussain Hakim, chairman of Bihar State
Minorities Commission, said.
Zaman, an official from the Bihar State Minorities Commission, said that a
large population in the city is still dependent upon government water supply
their conveniences and requirements, the minorities commission has reminded
urban development to ensure uninterrupted water supply, especially at the time
of Sehri”, he said. There are many areas in the city with substantially higher
Muslim population which include Aalamganj, Sultanganj, Patna City, Sabzi Bagh
colony, areas around Gol Ghar, Samanpura, Raja Bazaar, Deegha, Danapur, Maner,
Iqbal, a local from Sultanganj locality, said water and electricity supplies in
areas like Sultanganj, Aalamganj and Patna city often remain disrupted.
“Instances of demonstrations, demanding to restore and regularise the water and
electricity supplies are very common here. People demonstrate to press for the
demands,” he said.
water supply is a big problem here and may prove to be very inconvenient for
the local Muslims during Ramzan,” he said.
the second day of the hearing on the ban on Students Islamic Movement of India
(SIMI), the State Intelligence Department (SID) argued before a special tribunal
that if the ban was lifted, the organisation would start recruiting again to
spread its network.
Tamboli, deputy commissioner of police at SID, Mumbai. made the statement while
deposing on Saturday before the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal
constituted by the central government.
tribunal, headed by Delhi High Court judge Mukta Gupta, has been holding
hearings at the Savitribai Phule Pune University premises since Friday. The
tribunal was constituted to decide whether there was sufficient cause for
declaring SIMI an unlawful association.
the ban on SIMI, Tamboli told the tribunal that the outfit may operate under
different names, but because of the ban, the organisation has not been able to
carry out its activities openly in Maharashtra.
also told the tribunal that 21 alleged operatives of SIMI, named in connection
with various crimes in the state, were absconding. In his affidavit filed
before the tribunal, Tamboli mentioned details of eight cases with SIMI links
registered in different parts of the state.
also mentioned Khalid Ahmed, an alleged SIMI operative arrested in 2008. Later,
Ahmed escaped from a Bhopal prison and was killed in a police encounter.
Searches at his residence had led to the recovery of material linked to SIMI,
said the SID officer. During the hearing, Assistant Commissioner of Police
Bhanupratap Barge submitted an affidavit before the tribunal regarding the
investigation into a blast that took place near Faraskhana – Vishrambag police
station in Pune on July 16, 2014. The investigation and CCTV footage had
revealed the involvement of five alleged SIMI operatives in the blast, said
Barge. Three of the accused had died in an encounter with police in Madhya
Pradesh and two others had died in Telangana.
in 1977, SIMI was banned by the Centre in 2001 over its alleged links with
terror acts and the ban was subsequently extended multiple times.
most recent ban, imposed in 2014 and valid for five years, came to end on
January 31 this year. The Centre then issued a notification extending the ban
on SIMI for five years starting February 1, under the Unlawful (Activities)
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president and J&K’s former chief minister
Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday appealed to the Government of India (GoI) and
terrorists to observe ceasefire in the upcoming holy month of Ramzan to allow
people to worship in peace.
pray day and night, and go to mosques (throughout the holy month). I would like
to appeal to both the Government of India and the terrorists to hold back
during this period. Just like there was a ceasefire during Ramzan last year,
crackdowns and search operations should be stopped, so that people of J&K
spend at least this one month in relief,” she said.
the Centre will be taking a call on Mehbooba’s ceasefire request soon, sources
in central security establishments said it was not likely to be accepted given
the security situation in J&K.
blamed the Centre for making the lives of Kashmiris hell. She said if Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s claim of following the policy of ‘Insaniyat,
Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat’ vis-à-vis Kashmir was true, then he must stop all
counter-militancy operations, arrests and harassment of people. That would be
the biggest proof of ‘Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat’, she added.
a press conference here, Mehbooba said: “The Government of India has turned
Kashmir into a war zone. They are at war with their own people. See the ban on
Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF, and complete suspension of cross-LoC trade along Srinagar-Muzafarabad
a newspaper report, the former CM said the Government of India has again
started intervening in the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir Bank regarding the
posts of MD and chairman.
US special envoy tasked with forging a peace deal with the Taliban said
Saturday that America stands ready for ‘all sides’ to lay down arms in the
sides laying down arms is the outcome of any peace process,” Khalilzad tweeted.
“All sides agreeing to reduce violence is a necessary step toward achieving
that outcome and the morally responsible choice to make. We stand ready,” he
comments come a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he was prepared to
call an ‘immediate’ and ‘permanent’ ceasefire – but the Taliban rebuffed the offer.
Ghani had also offered to release 175 prisoners as a goodwill gesture. His talk
of a ceasefire comes as momentum builds in various Afghan peace talks.
of tribal elders, women and representatives met last week at a massive ‘loya
jirga’ peace summit in Kabul, which ended with a demand for a ceasefire between
government and Taliban forces.
side has said much about progress in their latest talks, which continued on
Saturday, but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Friday tweeted that
America should “forget about the idea of us putting down our arms”.
Doha talks focus on an eventual foreign troop withdrawal in exchange for the
Taliban guaranteeing Afghanistan will never again be used as a safe haven for
terror groups. Khalilzad has repeatedly stressed that nothing would be
finalised until two other key issues – a ceasefire and dialogue between Afghan
society and the Taliban – have been addressed. Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s
political spokesman in Doha, said that ‘efforts are underway’ to flesh out
differences on the security and troop withdrawal issues. But in what appears to
be something of an impasse with the Americans, Shaheen said the other key
points of a comprehensive ceasefire and intra-Afghan dialogue could not be
addressed until those first two points were agreed. Last year, however, the
Taliban did announce a three-day ceasefire at the end of Ramazan after Ghani
declared a unilateral truce for eight days earlier in the month. It was the
first formal nationwide ceasefire since the US-led invasion of 2001 and saw
unprecedented scenes of reconciliation and jubilation across the country. The
insurgents have steadfastly refused to talk to Ghani, who they view as a US
puppet, and talks thus far have cut out his government.
has urged Myanmar to ensure the basic rights of Rohingya returnees and to take
positive steps towards a “well-defined time-bound pathway” to citizenship that
would encourage them to return voluntarily.
suggestions were made Friday at the fourth meeting of the Joint Working Group
on the repatriation of displaced Myanmar residents which was held in Myanmar’s
Uz Zaman, secretary (Asia & Pacific) at Bangladesh’s foreign ministry, and
U Myint Thu, permanent secretary at Myanmar’s foreign ministry, led their
respective countries at the meeting, according to a statement from Bangladesh’s
particularly stressed the need to remove legal and administrative barriers to
ensure the rights of the returnees, including freedom of movement and
guaranteeing their safety and security, said the statement.
two sides also agreed to speed up the verification process of the Myanmar
also emphasized the need for allowing greater engagement of the international
community -- including ASEAN and interested partners -- in improving the
situation on the ground in Rakhine state and proposed an appropriate mechanism
for the coordination of actions among those actors to create greater
Ambassador to Myanmar Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury told the local Dhaka
Tribune daily that the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and both sides
also appeared to be receptive to Bangladesh’s proposal for a visit by a team
from Naypyidaw to the Rohingya settlements in Cox’s Bazar to speak to them
directly about the conditions in Rakhine, the daily added.
described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced
heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in
to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and
children, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces
launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017.
Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s
state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development
than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others
were beaten, said the report, titled "Forced Migration of Rohingya: The
18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped by Myanmar’s army and police and
over 115,000 Rohingya homes were burned down and 113,000 others vandalized, it
UN has also documented mass gang rapes, killings – including of infants and
young children – and brutal beatings and disappearances committed by Myanmar
top militant leader who was in charge of ISIS activities in northern
Afghanistan and Central Asia was killed in an operation of the Afghan Special
Forces in northern Baghlan province.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the top militant leader identified
as Mufti Uzbek was killed in an operation of the Afghan National Police Special
Forces in Dahana-e-Ghori of Baghlan province on Friday night.
statement further added that Mufti Uzbek was in charge of ISIS activities in
northern parts of Afghanistan and was mainly involved in planning and
organizing terrorist attacks.
to MoI, Mufi Uzbek was also in charge of equipping and financing the terror
group Central Asia.
least three other ISIS militants were also killed during the same operation and
some weapons and other military kits were confiscated, the Ministry of Interior
least seven Taliban militants were killed, some drugs and weapons were
destroyed during a clash in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Taliban fighters were killed during an Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF)
raid in Garm Sir and Nahr-e Saraj districts, Helmand province, May 03, 2019,”
the military source said Sunday.
sources further added “During this operation, ASSF received small arms fire
from multiple militants, forcing ASSF to respond with heavy machine gun fire,
killing 7 Taliban fighters and destroying methamphetamine, refined drug product
and weapons in Nahr-e Saraj district.”
the meantime, the Ministry of Defense in a statement said “Last night an
operation was conducted by ANA Commandos in Garm Sir district of Helmand
province, one Taliban group leader named Zarqawee along with his 8 comrades
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the operation so far.
Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties in clashes with the Afghan
armed forces in southern Zabul province, the Afghan military said earlier
205th Atal Corps in a statement said Afghan armed forces clashed with the
Taliban militants in Shenkai, Arghandab, and Daichupan districts of Zabul
province leaving at least 17 militants dead.
statement further added at least 20 Taliban militants also sustained injuries
during the same clashes.
Afghan military has not disclosed further information regarding the possible casualies
of the armed forces as a result of the clashes.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the airstrike so far.
Taliban commander has killed the wife and 13-year-old son of an Afghan soldier
after inviting them to a wedding ceremony in South-eastern Paktia province.
provincial government media office in a statement said the incident took place
late on Friday afternoon in Ahmad Khel district.
statement further added that the Taliban commander Qari Aziz had invited the
wife and 13-year-old son of an Afghan soldier to a wedding ceremony and
murdered the two after they participated in the wedding reception.
the soldier whose wife and son were murdered had also helped with the wedding
reception of Qari Aziz by contributing 30,000 Afghanis which he had taken as a
loan from another friend, the statement added.
security and intelligence forces have launched an operation to arrest Qari
Aziz, the provincial government said, adding that the perpetrator will be
handed over to the judiciary institutions so that he could be prosecuted for
the crime he has committed.
hate speech during Ramadan, Mujahid tells mosques
BUNTAR: Stern action would be taken against those who sow hatred in mosques
during the fasting month, Ramadan, which begins next week, said Minister in the
Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof.
said such action was necessary to ensure mosques were free of politics which
could divide Muslims and tarnish the government’s image.
will act against those labelling a person deviant and calling others infidels
because mosques must be free from political ideologies.
must not slander during Ramadan because it can create numerous problems which
can break up families,’’ said Mujahid, who is in charge of Islamic affairs.
told reporters after launching a Ramadan event here today that the Perak
Islamic Religious Department had issued circulars so that mosques and suraus
would not hold religious lectures during Ramadan.
who is also the Parit Buntar MP, said allegations that the current
administration did not defend Islam could negate Putrajaya’s contributions to
government has taken action against those who insulted Islam.
have also acted against those who insulted the king and those who threatened
the mufti. So who says we haven’t done anything?” he said.
Mujahid said the government had increased the allocation for the Malaysian
Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to RM1.2 billion from RM1.1 billion.
ministry had also contributed RM30,000 to 30 mosques in the Krian district with
each mosque getting RM1,000 for breaking-of-fast programmes during Ramadan.
march in Kuala Lumpur to defend 'sovereignty of Islam'
LUMPUR - Thousands of Malaysian Muslims marched at a rally on Saturday (May 4)
in Kuala Lumpur to defend the "sovereignty of Islam" following claims
that their rights were being eroded by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
participants started gathering at the downtown KL mosque of Masjid Jamek, a
popular gathering place for peaceful demonstrators, hours before the rally
the time the rally started at 2pm, the crowd had swelled to about 2,000 people,
who then marched to the nearby Sogo shopping complex.
were clad in white T-shirts depicting the country's nine Malay rulers and the
words "Daulat Tuanku" (Long live the King) emblazoned on it.
also carried placards that called for respect to the country's royals as well
as voicing support for the Johor Crown Prince for opposing the government over
the signing of several international treaties.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim
have recently engaged in a war of words over the powers of the constitutional
monarchy to interfere in political matters such as Kuala Lumpur's now-retracted
decision to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
(ICC) and on appointments to the state government.
rally is good to unite Malays and uphold Islam. The royalty are being insulted
and so is the institution of Islam," rally participant Harun Yusof told
news portal The Malaysian Insight.
leaders of the country's two biggest Malay Muslim parties, Umno and Parti Islam
SeMalaysia (PAS), were also spotted at the event and several of them made
speeches denouncing PH's recent actions.
includes the appointment of Tommy Thomas as the country's Attorney-General and
PH's earlier intention to ratify the Rome Statute and the International
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
government decided not to accede to both treaties after receiving the full
brunt of verbal attacks by opponents - including opposition politicians and the
Johor palace - who claimed the treaty would render Malay rulers irrelevant and
impact the status of Malays and Islam in Malaysia.
Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said people cannot accept the royal institutions
there is a claim that (a) Malay ruler is a robber at a forum which was also
attended by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas," he said in reference to a talk
last weekend where Mr Thomas made comments critical of the monarchy in relation
to Kuala Lumpur's move not to accede to the Rome Statute.
is unworthy to be the Attorney-General where he allowed the rulers to be
insulted," he was reported by the Malay Mail as saying.
rally - which ended at 3.30pm due to rain - was organised by pro-Islam umbrella
coalition Gerakan Pembela Ummah (Ummah) who said Muslims needed to come
together to defend their rights, which the non-governmental organisation
claimed are being eroded by the year-old PH government.
had last year organised a rally against ICERD.
deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man warned that Saturday's rally was a
"warning and reminder" that Muslims will not stay silent when Islam
the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) agenda. Stop the liberal
movement that is making it seem as if religion is a personal matter and not an
agenda for the country. Islam is the religion of the federation and must be
respected," he was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insight.
PH government has been hit by accusations that it was eroding Muslim rights
since it came to power and appointed non-Malays to powerful positions such as
the finance minister and the Attorney-General, with such claims rising in
frequency in recent months.
and PAS have banded together in an informal opposition alliance, and placed
race and religion at the forefront of their campaign to weaken PH.
a media interview earlier this week, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin warned that
stern police action would be taken against those who insult any religion,
describing the gathering as a possible attempt to incite Muslims.
TOWN: DAP respects the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation
under the Constitution, and is not anti-Islamic as alleged by the opposition,
said Bukit Mertajam Member of Parliament Steven Sim Chee Keong.
a statement issued today, Sim was responding to recent media reports which
quoted Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin that the DAP was against
the teachings of Islam.
Asri has told me that what was reported in the media was different from what he
actually said,” Sim said.
fact, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has also invited him (Dr Asri) for a
meeting and he has agreed to accept the invitation,” he added.
said the DAP was always open to comments and advice for the sake of the common
however, said lies perpetuated by the opposition that it was against the
teachings of Islam must be tackled.
added that the Penang government under a Chief Minister from DAP has not only
upheld the religion in the state through its policies for the religion, but also
implemented various programmes including developing a halal industry by
providing a 100-acre site as a Halal Hub.
the achievements of these policies include the increase in the number of huffaz
from 103 in 2008 to 600 now, which is 482 per cent, in 10 years,” Sim said,
adding that the state government was also in the process of developing the
first Islamic digital library in Southeast Asia.
achievement of Muslim students in Penang who attained the best KAFA results in
the country for 2017 and 2018 was also something to be proud of, he said.
DAP has always respected the position of Islam as the religion of the
Federation based on the country’s constitution, but has been accused by the
opposition as being anti-Islam, while they support kleptocrats and corrupt
LUMPUR, May 5 — Police will call up the organisers of the Rally to Defend the
Sovereignty of Islam and the Constitution at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here
yesterday, which was said to be without the approval of the authorities.
elaborating, Dang Wangi District Police Chief ACP Mohd Fahmi Visunathan
Abdullah told Bernama that the organisers would be called up in the near future
to assist investigation.
he was reported to have said that the notice from the organisers of the rally
opposite a shopping centre was incomplete as the organisers, Gerakan Pembela
Ummah (Ummah) had failed to submit the notice of approval from Kuala Lumpur
City Hall (DBKL).
rally which was reported to have been held following several latest issues
including the ratification of the Rome Statute beginning from Masjid Jamek
Kuala Lumpur and ended at 3.25pm due to heavy rain.
Terror Suspects Killed in Shootout With Police, Three Arrested
Members of the National Police's elite anti-terrorism unit, Detachment 88,
killed two suspected terrorists in an exchange of fire during a raid on a
shophouse in Bekasi, West Java, early on Saturday and arrested three others in
various locations in the city, state-run news agency Antara reported.
Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said the suspects are believed to be
linked to the Lampung branch of Islamic State-affiliated terror group Jamaah
Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
identified those arrested by the initials S.L. (34), A.N. (20) and M.C. (28),
but did not provide any information on the two reportedly killed during the
said S.L. was on the run after a foiled plan to attack police officers in
Lampung during last month's simultaneous presidential and legislative
elections. He added that the two others, A.N. and M.C., were allegedly involved
in helping the fugitives evade arrest.
group planned to attack police personnel during the elections," the
to information Antara received, two suspects were killed in the raid and that
their bodies had been taken to a police hospital in East Jakarta. However,
Bekasi City Police spokesman Adjutant Comr. Sunardi only confirmed that one was
one suspected terrorist was shot dead," he said, as quoted by Antara.
of Pangkalan, a hamlet in Babelan, Bekasi, told Antara that the shophouse
changed hands some months ago and that several people – men and women –
sheltered there a few days after the April 17 elections. They apparently kept
to themselves and did not communicate with members of the local community.
of civilians poured to the streets in the towns of al-Shahil, Zaman, al-Shanan,
and Gharanij in Eastern Deir Ezzur to show their protest against the presence
of the SDF in Eastern Syria, and called for their swift exit from the region,
battlefield sources in Eastern Syria said Saturday.
sources, meantime, pointed to the death of a jailed civilian in SDF prison after
being tortured by the Kurdish forces, and said that the people resumed their
protests after the SDF refrained from releasing the jailed civilians.
the SDF targeted people's protests with live bullets after sending military
convoys to the villages of al-Tayaneh and al-Shanan as well as the town of
Zabian in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
the meantime, tens of civilians in the SDF-occupied refugee camp in
Southeastern Hasaka held rallies in protest at SDF and lack of facilities.
Reports from witnesses near the camp said the SDF clashed with the civilians
and arrested a number of women and children.
a relevant development on Wednesday, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper
reported that residents of different parts of Eastern Deir Ezzur have raised
the demand in several contacts with the paper.
underlined that residents of towns and villages of Deir Ezzur are highly
dissatisfied with measures adopted by the occupying US forces and SDF,
including detentions, torture of civilians and seizure of the civilian
newspaper said that the occupied areas in Hasaka and Deir Ezzur do not enjoy
even the minimum living conditions, including electricity, adding that a large
number of residents of the towns and villages in Eastern Deir Ezzur have been transferred
to the Syrian army-controlled areas.
residents of tens of towns and villages in Eastern Deir Ezzur have staged
rallies in the past week against the SDF's actions against civilians and their
hoarding of fuel and closed the roads, demanding for their withdrawal from the
Arabic-language version of the Russian Sputnik News Agency reported that the
Russian and Syrian air forces in joint military operations conducted several
attacks on the terrorist groups' movements in the towns of al-Latameneh, Kafar
Zita, Kafar Naboudeh, al-Maziq Qala, al-Hawija, Jesr Basr al-Ra'as in Sahl
al-Ghab in Northern and Northwestern Hama and Western Idlib.
most important centers of the terrorists, including several command posts, arms
and ammunition depots as well as their roads were destroyed in an area from
Southern and Western Idlib to Hama.
the Syrian Army's missile and artillery units pounded the movements and
positions of Turkistani Party in al-Hawiz, al-Hawija, Bab al-Taqa and near
al-Maziq Qala (al-Maziq Castle) in Northern Hama, destroying several of their
Syrian Army troops also engaged in fierce clashes with the National Liberation
Front (NFL) terrorists who were trying to infiltrate into the Syrian Army's
military points from al-Asar and al-Mavared near al-Maziq Qala in Northwestern
Hama, inflicting heavy losses on them.
a relevant development earlier this week, the terrorists stationed in Hama,
launched tens of rocket attacks on residential areas in the town of
al-Saqilbieh and the village of al-Khandaq in Sahl al-Ghab in Western Hama,
killing and injuring several people.
response to the terrorists' attacks, the Syrian Army's artillery and missile
units heavily pounded the terrorists' military positions in the town of
al-Sahrieh in Shahshabou in Northern Hama, destroying their military positions
and hideouts as well as killing and injuring a number of them.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper, meantime, reported that the Syrian and
Russian air forces launched heavy attacks on terrorists' military positions and
movements in al-Maziq Qala and al-Havash in Western Hama and around al-Bashireh
village in Jisr al-Shoghour in Western Idlib which resulted in the destruction
of several key targets, including an arms and military equipment depot.
Western Aleppo, the Syrian Army troops engaged in heavy clashes with Tahrir
al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front)
terrorists who were trying to penetrate into the army's military points from
Family House axis, killing a large number of militants and destroying their
military vehicles while making the remaining terrorists retreat from the battle
a relevant development last Sunday, the Syrian Army warded off the terrorists'
attacks in Northern Syria, while foiling their offensives in Northern Hama and
Southern Idlib, the Arabic-language media outlets said.
terrorists, stationed in al-Ais town near Ankara-controlled observation post in
Southwestern Aleppo, fired rockets and mortar rounds at al-Hazer town in
Southwestern Aleppo, killing and wounding several civilians, the
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported.
noted in the meantime that the Syrian Army units also foiled heavy attacks by
the terrorists over the last month in Khalseh, al-Hawiz and Khan Touman at
military positions in al-Harisheh and Mohit al-Thanieh in Southwestern Aleppo,
inflicting heavy losses on them.
the Syrian Army's artillery units backed by the Russian and Syrian air forces
pounded the terrorists' military positions and movements in Kafar Zita, Horas
Abedin, al-Latamaneh, Lahaya, Hasraya, al-Mostariheh, al-Karkat in Jabal
Shahshabou, Kharbeh al-Naqous in North and Northwestern Hama, destroying
several positions, hideouts and military vehicles as well as killing and
injuring a number of them.
Egyptian Islamist leader Hazem Salah Abu Ismail’s five-year sentence for his
involvement in besieging a court in Nasr City in 2012 has been upheld by the
country’s top appeals court.
Cairo court sentenced Abu Ismail and five others in January 2017 to five years
in prison over the case, but they appealed against their sentences.
Ismail was jailed for inciting and participating in violent demonstrations at
Nasr City court in northeast Cairo in December 2012 demanding the release of
one of his supporters, who had been arrested in possession of an automatic
weapon, according to the police.
and his supporters blocked the court’s entrance, barring anyone from entering
or exiting, including prosecutors who were inside. The defendants used threats
and violence against the prosecutors to try to coerce them into releasing the
supporter, the prosecution said.
in 2012, Abu Ismail was disqualified from the presidential race that eventually
brought Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in June that year.
Reports had emerged that Abu Ismail’s late mother held a US passport, meaning
he was not eligible to run for the presidency.
Syrian government has accused Kurdish leaders of “treason” for organizing a
conference with allied Arab tribes to plot out the political future of
territory under their alliance’s control.
Kurds and their Arab allies control a vast swathe of the north and northeast
that makes up around a third of Syrian territory, much of which they captured
in the long and costly campaign against ISIS.
by its recapture of most of the rest of Syria, Damascus is now demanding that
alliance-held areas to return to central government control.
by the decision of its main ally Washington to withdraw most of its troops
following the defeat of the last vestige of ISIS’s “caliphate” in March, the
Kurdish-led alliance has opened talks with Damascus.
its leaders are determined not to accept the negotiated surrender of a
“reconciliation agreement” like those imposed by Damascus on various rebel
groups, and on Friday convened a conference of Arab tribes to seek their
state SANA news agency quoted a foreign ministry source as accusing organizers
of the conference in the alliance-held but mainly Arab town of Ain Issa of
claimed that the meeting in a town “held by armed militia dependent on the
United States and some European countries” had ended in “failure” as a result
of a “boycott by most of the tribes.”
gatherings are clear embodiments of the treason of their organizers, whatever
their political, ethnic or racial allegiances,” the source added.
his address to Friday’s conference, the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces,
Mazloum Kobani, said that Damascus would need to recognize the authority of the
Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria as well as the “special status” of
the alliance and its role in defending the region against ISIS.
said there could be no going back to the situation before the civil war erupted
in 2011 when the Kurds were denied any official recognition as a minority that
accounts for some 15 percent of the population.
is not possible to reach a democratic and pluralistic Syria without full
recognition of the rights of Syria’s Kurds,” he said.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to have maintained close relationship
with his former aide Ahmed al-Asiri, who is supposedly in prison over charges
of leading a hit squad that murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in
Turkey last year.
media activists have recently shared pictures of Major General Asiri, showing
the former deputy head of foreign intelligence celebrating with his nephew
Omar, who just graduated from military college, during an event reportedly
attended by the crown prince, also known as MbS, according to the press
monitoring organization, the Middle East Monitor.
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is caught on camera celebrating with his nephew Omar who just graduated from
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users said the picture, in which Asiri seems very comfortable, proves two
things: “Either that Saudi law is thuggish and honors killers and thugs. Or
that Asiri is really innocent and the person who was behind Khashoggi’s murder
was really Mohammed Bin Salman.”
is one of the highest-profile figures implicated in the brutal assassination of
Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the heir to the Saudi throne, at Riyadh’s
consulate in Istanbul in early October 2018.
was removed from his post after a Turkish investigation concluded there was
“strong suspicion” that Asiri, along with another aide to MbS, Saud al-Qahtani,
was among the masterminds of the murder plot.
officials have tied the murder case to the highest levels of Saudi leadership.
The CIA is also reported to have concluded that bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s
murder, a conclusion Riyadh has denied.
in January, a Saudi court held its first hearing on Khashoggi’s case in which
prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects in the
Istanbul and Riyadh have been conducting an investigation into the murder, but
the joint inquiry has made little progress, with the Turkish authorities
considering their Saudi counterparts uncooperative.
Al-Ahmadi | أماني الأحمدي
photo of Major General Ahmed al-Asiri with his graduating nephew went viral
yesterday & here’s why. Asiri is supposed to be in prison pending trial for
#Khashoggi murder. This post was captioned to provoke the public with a saying
“show your enemy’s till you blind their eyes.”
wants the suspects in the case to stand trial in Turkey, but Riyadh refuses to
which said it was in possession of audio evidence of Khashoggi’s murder soon
after he failed to exit the consulate, has indirectly suggested that bin Salman
was behind the journalist's killing.
weeks of outright denial, Riyadh eventually acknowledged the “premeditated”
murder but has attempted to shift the blame to bin Salman’s underlings and away
from the prince himself.
in southwest Sudan ends in violence
protest in the South Darfur city of Nyala ended in violence on Saturday, with
security forces launching tear gas at protesters and firing gunshots, state
news agency SUNA and Sudan’s main protest organizer said.
5,000 protesters marched peacefully from the Atash camp for the displaced to a
military installation housing the 16th Infantry Division, SUNA said, citing
South Darfur’s governor. Sudan has seen frequent protests near military
agency said protesters attacked military personnel and tried to seize military
vehicles in the town, some 1,100 km southwest of Khartoum.
the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), which spearheaded protests that
led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir last month, said the protesters
were peaceful, and made no mention of casualties.
Darfur Governor Hashim Khalid Mahmoud said four military and Rapid Support
Forces personnel were injured, SUNA reported. He said the joint forces fired
live ammunition into the air and used tear gas, but said no demonstrators were
SPA is locked in a standoff with the ruling Transitional Military Council over
who will control a proposed joint civilian-military body to oversee the country
until elections can be held. Protests have continued in a bid to push the
council to cede power to civilians.
SPA, part of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) alliance,
called on people across Sudan to take to the streets “in rejection of the
practices of the regime in its new version, its security apparatus and its
militias, and condemning their attacks on the peaceful rebels in Nyala”.
us go out to the streets and rally at the sit-ins to support our brothers in
Nyala, in support of them and their right to recapture their glorious sit-in in
front of the 16th Infantry Division,” the SPA said in a statement.
said he would “not allow again the presence of protesters” in front of the
military’s general command and the state government building in Nyala.
have to choose any other place to sit in,” he said.
widely circulated video that was shared live on Facebook from inside a hospital
in Nyala showed several people with gunshot wounds to the limbs. Reuters could
not immediately verify the footage.
police killed three Islamist militants in the central city of Sidi Bouzid on
Saturday, a security source told Reuters.
seized weapons in the operation, the source added, without giving details.
Interior Ministry said early on Saturday that the security forces foiled
attacks planned in the holy month of Ramadan after they arrested “a dangerous
terrorist” this week.
of the Arab world’s most secular nations, Tunisia became a target for militants
after being hailed as a beacon of democratic change with an uprising against
Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
suffered three major attacks in 2015, including two against tourists, one at a
museum in Tunis and the second on a beach in Sousse. The third targeted
presidential guards in the capital. All three attacks were claimed by ISIS.
soldiers were killed on Saturday in an attack on a training camp belonging to
the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces of Khalifa Haftar in the southern city of
Sabha, the head of the local municipality said.
source in Haftar’s Libyan National Army blamed ISIS extremist group and Chadian
militants for the attack.
extremist group is active in southern Libya where it has staged several
hit-and-run attacks in recent months.
Haram Takfiri terrorists have raided and briefly seized a military post in
Nigeria’s northeastern province of Borno, stealing weapons before they were
forced out, a week after terrorists similarly raided another army outpost in
the volatile province. According to security forces and local residents on
Saturday, a column of terrorists in trucks and on motorcycles stormed into a
military base in the town of Magumeri, some 50 kilometers from the provincial
capital Maiduguri late on Friday.
Boko Haram terrorists overran the base for several hours, hauling away weapons
before they were forced out by army soldiers.
terrorists dislodged troops from the base after an intense fight,” AFP quoted
an unnamed military officer as saying.
“We lost weapons and equipment to the terrorists but it is not clear if
there was any human loss,” further said the officer, who spoke on condition of
to pro-government militia leader Gremah Kaka, terrorists came to the town about
5:00 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) and started an hour-long fight with the troops
in the base before they “gained the upper hand and chased the troops away.”
further noted that Boko Haram terrorists overpowered the army soldiers and
forced them to flee into the nearby woods, adding that the invaders stayed in
the base for “more than four hours” before they were chased away by
reinforcements from another base in Gubio, some 46 kilometres from Magumeri.
April 26, Boko Haram terrorists stormed a military outpost in Mararrabar Kimba,
some 135 kilometres from Maiduguri, killing five soldiers and stealing weapons,
while some 30 troops were listed as missing.
terror group has since July last year targeted dozens of military bases in
attacks that saw the terrorists kill scores of troopers.
warns of US plan to set up a quasi-state in Syria
has denounced a recent meeting of tribes in Syria, organized by US-backed
Kurdish militants, saying Washington is using the Kurds to split the Arab
country and continue its illegal military presence there.
United States and its allies have been consistently carrying out a course
towards settling the Syrian crisis only with the goal of ensuring its long-term
presence in Syria," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement
that aim, it added, Washington and its allies are using Kurdish militants who
"are now seeking to set up a quasi-state on the eastern bank of the
Euphrates River with the US assistance."
statement came one day after the town of Ayn Issa, situated in Syria's northern
Raqqah Province, hosted the so-called Syrian clans conference.
event was organized by the so-called Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the
political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - a US-backed anti-Damascus
alliance of mainly Kurdish militants.
Russian Foreign Ministry said the majority of Arab tribes' leaders in the
Eastern Euphrates opposed the meeting, but the US used tactics such as force,
blackmail and bribery to gather the participants.
event's organizers had even recruited participants from refugee camps,
including the al-Hawl camp in Hasakah Province, it added.
event, which is obviously aimed at splitting the country, blatantly violates
the declared UN principles of preserving territorial integrity and state
sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic, including those stipulated by
Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council," the statement read.
move is clearly aimed at undermining the efforts of the international community,
the UN and guarantor states (Russia, Iran, Turkey) of the Astana format on
settling the Syrian crisis as soon as possible," it added.
has already condemned the Ayn Issa gathering as " a meeting of treason,
treachery, and subjugation.”
official source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry said such events confirm that
their "organizers are pursuing delusions that have been proven throughout
history to be impossible to realize, especially during the final years of the
terrorist war, regardless of how much foreign support they receive or how much
they subjugate themselves to the US or others."
source further warned Syria militants that "accepting the dictations"
of the Americans or others would only bring them "shame and
rejects reconciliation with Damascus
an address to the Ayn Issa meeting on Saturday, the SDF expressed its readiness
to hold talks with Damascus over the future of the territory under its control
in Syria's northeast, but rejected a government-prescribed reconciliation agreement.
are ready for dialogue with ... the central government, in order to reach a
democratic solution for all of Syria, including the northeast" said SDF
chief Mazloum Kobani.
"we cannot solve existing issues, and large problems in this region...
through reconciliation" deals, he noted.
in March, Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub said SDF militants had to
agree to "national reconciliation or the liberation of the areas that they
control through force."
President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran should boost non-oil exports and
continue oil sales to counter US sanctions, saying Washington was targeting
Tehran’s hard currency reserves, state television reported.
is trying to decrease our foreign reserves ... So we have to increase our hard
currency income and cut our currency expenditures,” Rouhani said in remarks
carried live on Iranian TV.
US military has terminated a training program for Afghan pilots and maintainers
in the United States due to high desertion rates among the trainees, the office
of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says.
among members of the Afghan military training in the US, who often complain
that they or their family members have been threatened by Afghanistan’s Taliban
insurgency, have been a persistent problem for the American military and
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), US-based Military.com news outlet
AC-208 pilot training classes that were underway in the United States were
disbanded due to the number of trainees who were going absent without leave
(AWOL)," SIGAR said in its latest quarterly report to Congress, released
students that did not go AWOL were pulled back to Afghanistan to complete their
training. As a result, only one class graduated from the US-based
program," the report further noted.
news outlet also cited SIGAR’s quarterly report in October 2017 as saying:
"Given the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the fact
that Afghan trainees who violate the terms of their visas suffer virtually no
consequences for going AWOL (deserting except for the possible return to
Afghanistan), the AWOL rate is likely to either remain steady or
to the report, just in 2017 ICE stated that 152 Afghan trainees had deserted
since 2005, and 83 of them either fled the country successfully -- often
traveling to Canada to seek political asylum, or were still missing.
added that SIGAR officials were initially unclear about the details of where
the pilot training was taking place and the number of Afghan pilots enrolled,
but said that the program to train the pilots on the AC-208 aircraft -- a
military version of the single-prop Cessna 208 Caravan -- had been moved back
to Afghanistan to an airfield near Kandahar.
did not say how many pilots and maintainers were in the first AC-208 class but
noted that 40 percent of them had deserted.
Trump administration will renew several key waivers that allow Iran to keep
operating a limited civilian nuclear program, a move that heads off a clash
with European allies and Tehran over the fate of a 2015 deal that Trump
abandoned last year.
US is extending waivers the administration had previously granted allowing
nations that remain in the deal to engage in nonproliferation activities and
nuclear research at three sites - Fordow, Bushehr and Arak - without facing
sanctions, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Ford said Friday. Instead
of granting the waivers for 180 days, the administration will shorten their
term to 90 days.
other waivers, allowing Iran to ship surplus heavy water to Oman and to ship
out any enriched uranium that exceeds a 300 kilogram limit in exchange for
natural, or “yellowcake” uranium, will be revoked. The second of those
revocations may be especially important because it would mean Iran will have a
much harder time disposing of any uranium it enriches - thus adding to US
pressure that it stop enrichment entirely.
are tightening restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program as part of our pressure
campaign,” Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran,
said in an interview. “Iran cannot have any path to a nuclear weapon."
Friday decision likely will be welcomed by European allies including France,
Germany and the UK, which had lobbied the White House to keep the waivers first
allowed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 accord
that President Donald Trump withdrew from a year ago.
US allies argued that the exemptions were instrumental in reducing the risk of
nuclear proliferation from Iran and gave the International Atomic Energy Agency
daily access to the sites.
decision follows a fierce internal debate that’s now become familiar with the
Trump administration, between Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s staff and
National Security Adviser John Bolton’s team. The State Department had argued
for all the waivers to remain in place, while Bolton, along with hawks on
Capitol Hill, had said they should be either revoked or severely restricted.
waiver that was extended applies to the facility in Bushehr, on the Persian
Gulf, where Russia provides enriched uranium to power the reactor and removes
spent fuel rods. Revoking that would have allowed Iran to say it deserved the
right to enrich uranium. The move would have also made it impossible for China
to work with Iran to redesign its reactor at Arak.
leadership is not comfortable with any mechanism that allows uranium
enrichment,” Mr Ford said. “We don’t want to give Iran a supposed excuse to
continue to enrich.”
it renewed the waivers last November, the State Department said they would be
continued to “lock in the nuclear status quo until we can secure a stronger
deal that fully and firmly addresses all of our concerns.” Mr Pompeo is still
insisting that Iran meet 12 demands the US has laid out, including that it stop
enriching uranium entirely and end what the US calls its “malign activity” in
the Middle East.
of the waivers had found little wrong with the Bushehr one but were
particularly angry with the one covering Fordow. They point to information that
came out after Israel exposed Iran’s nuclear archive last year. That data
showed Iran had built Fordow, near the holy city of Qom, solely to make
control proponents who have faulted the administration’s hard-line approach had
argued that revoking the waivers would have been more significant than the
administration’s earlier moves to cut off Iranian oil revenue or designate the
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group.
because the nuclear waivers are at the very heart of the Iran nuclear deal, and
denying them would make it all but impossible for Iran to keep abiding by its
terms. It also would have raised the possibility of sanctions against Russia,
China and the UK, which all play roles in Iran’s limited nuclear program.
these waivers, you’re basically almost preventing the other JCPOA parties from
providing the peaceful nuclear technical assistance that is the basis of Iran’s
nuclear commitments,” said Kenneth Katzman, an Iran expert at the Congressional
Research Service. “This is more dramatic than that - it’s saying if you
continue to participate in the JCPOA, you will be sanctioned.”
Days after a bill against child marriage divided political parties in the
National Assembly, leaders of various parties took to various social media
platforms on Saturday, calling for an end to the practice in the country.
Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari posted a picture of a minor bride
with a 40-year-old on his Instagram page and wrote: “We in Sindh managed to
save the 10-year-old girl above from marrying this man because we have banned
child marriage. It’s time for the rest of Pakistan to do the same.”
Bhutto-Zardari was referring to a recent attempt in the province to marry off a
minor to a 40-year-old man. The police of the province, where the PPP is in
power, arrested the groom and are in search of the girl’s father.
Monday, the Senate had passed the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill,
2018, which proposes that the legal minimum age of marriage in the country
should be set at 18.
similar legislation was introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday, but
only after an intense discussion which exposed cracks within various parties on
though the bill was tabled by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani of the ruling PTI,
several of party legislators strongly opposed it. Religious Affairs Minister
Noorul Haq Qadri and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad
Khan while opposing the bill termed it un-Islamic.
opposition PPP was the only party whose members voted in support of the bill in
unison as the members of the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) also gave a divided vote.
bill had been unanimously endorsed by the Senate Standing Committee on Human
Rights and was passed by the upper house of parliament after PPP’s Sherry
Rehman tabled it amid a noisy protest by the members of religious parties.
PTI had abstained from voting.
PTI says it’s un-Islamic to ban child marriage,” Mr Bhutto-Zardari wrote on his
Instagram page, which was followed by a tweet on the topic.
marriage age is 18, Indonesia is 18 & Turkey is also 18. Are they not
Muslim countries?” he tweeted. “Every 20 minutes a girl dies in Pakistan as a
result of underage pregnancy. #EndChildMarriage,” he added.
campaign against child marriages then gained momentum on Twitter as various
political leaders came out in support of the bill.
a parent, woman & Parliamentarian it is my foremost duty & obligt
support the bill for increase in age of marriage to 18 years. As a humane &
dem society, we cannot condone any attempts to vilify the rights of children. I
would request all mbrs to support #EndChildMarriage,” wrote PTI’s Maleeha
at @wdf_pk support legislation on ending child marriage. 21% of girls in PK are
married before age 18. PTI & PMLN, please don’t walk away and don’t use
religion as political weapon. Its a question of future of millions of
girls.History will not absolve you! #EndChildMarriage,” tweeted Awami Worker
Party’s Ismat Shahjahan.
and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry also tweeted in favour of the bill:
“Regardless of what party, religion or sect we belong to, for the sake of
humanity it is our responsibility to raise our voice against merciless custom.
The main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has alleged that the
government is changing its economic team at the behest of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) and declared that it will lodge a “strong protest” in the
National Assembly over the move.
PML-N leaders alleged that the finance minister, the governor of the State Bank
of Pakistan (SBP) and the chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had
been removed at the dictates of the IMF and they were now being replaced by the
“representatives of the Fund”.
has been made a colony of the IMF. I am forced to say that unfortunately the
country’s sovereignty has been sold out and we will lodge a strong protest in
the National Assembly over it,” said the PML-N’s senior leader Ahsan Iqbal
while talking to reporters in Lahore after attending a party meeting on Saturday.
Iqbal, who had served as planning and development minister in the previous
PML-N government, said it had never happened in the country’s history that
changes in the economic team had been linked to the IMF bailout package.
Sanaullah, another PML-N leader, said the SBP governor’s office had a
constitutional cover and was a tenured post, but the government on the
directives of the IMF had forced Tariq Bajwa to submit his resignation.
is the country being run? The servants of the IMF are being imposed on the
country’s economy,” Mr Sanaullah added.
a sudden move, the government removed SBP governor Tariq Bajwa and FBR chairman
Jahanzeb Khan on Friday night at a time when the two officials were busy in
talks with the IMF in Islamabad.
men seem to have been taken by surprise as the FBR chairman was scheduling
meetings for Saturday till late Friday night when the news of his removal
flashed across news TV screens.
changes came two weeks after Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed Dr Abdul Hafeez
Shaikh as his adviser on finance after removing finance minister Asad Umar days
after his return from Washington where he had held negotiations with the IMF.
and journalistic circles have expressed surprise and concern over the timing of
the latest development as an IMF team is already in Islamabad and holding talks
with Pakistani officials on a bailout package.
spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb in a statement said the prime minister had
“surrendered” the entire country to the IMF. She said first the county’s
finance minister was sacked to make way for the IMF’s pick for the job and now
the prime minister was about to appoint SBP governor and FBR chairman on the
whims of the Fund.
clueless prime minister is so incompetent that he has no negotiation power
anywhere which is why he had no choice but to bow down,” she said.
Aurangzeb said Imran Khan, who had pledged to commit suicide before living the
embarrassing day when he had to ask the IMF for a loan, owed the people an
apology or should admit that he was embarrassed over what he had said earlier.
arrogant and incompetent prime minister has snatched the last bite of food from
the impoverished people of Pakistan with petrol price hike right before start
of Ramazan,” she said.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar also lashed out at
the “failed economic policies” of the government, saying “Imran Khan’s tsunami
has flooded the country with the price hike.”
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has dispelled the impression that those close
to party supremo Nawaz Sharif have managed to get key posts in the current
reshuffle while those allied with PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif have been
sidelined, saying there is no grouping in the party and it stands united.
the Sharif brothers on Friday appointed different leaders to senior positions
in the party giving a top role to former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi,
who is the sole senior vice-president under the new arrangement, it created an
impression that those close to Nawaz Sharif had acquired important positions.
Mr Abbasi does not see any rift in the party. “There are no Nawaz and Shahbaz
teams. We work as one team,” he said while talking to Dawn after attending the
party’s meeting held in Model Town on Saturday after appointment of new
office-bearers. Punjab PML-N president Rana Sanuallah presided over the meeting
which was also attended by central secretary general Ahsan Iqbal.
Abbasi said all those given the new positions would work towards taking the
said no discussion had been made in the party so far about replacing Opposition
Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif with him (Abbasi).
Sharif is likely to return within two weeks after getting his medical tests
done,” he said. But sources in PML-N insist that “serious discussion” in this
regard have been made in the party at top level and Shahbaz’s quitting the top
slot can not be ruled out.
Shahbaz quit both offices of the Public Accounts Committee and prliamentary
leader of his party in NA amid rumours that he was not returning to the
PML-N under Nawaz Sharif nominated his (Nawaz) close aides Rana Tanvir Hussain
and Khwaja Asif for PAC and parliamentary leader slots, respectively.
Abbasi said there were no separate narratives of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz
Sharif. “Both leaders and PML-N workers have only one narrative and that is
respect should be given to the ballot as every Pakistani desires this.”
about any possibility of the return of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar
Ali Khan to the PML-N, Mr Abbasi said: “The party has not made any contact with
Chaudhry Nisar. However, there is room for him in the party and our hearts.”
Iqbal believes that the appointment of Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif,
as a vice-president of the PML-N, would give fresh impetus to the party.
Maryam Nawaz’s conviction in the Avenfield corruption case may have legal
implications for her new role in the party. There is an impression (in the
party) that Nawaz Sharif wants a bigger role for her daughter in the party in
the days to come and she may eventually lead the party one day.
Sharif’s son, Hamza Shahbaz, who has been appointed opposition leader in the
Punjab Assembly despite reservations by some senior leaders of the party, could
not get a top position in the party’s Punjab chapter despite his wish. The
position was given to Nawaz Sharif’s loyalist Rana Sanaullah and Hamza was
appointed vice president of the party.
to a question, Ahsan Iqbal said: “The party will get fresh impetus by Maryam
Nawaz’s appointment as vice president. Shahbaz Sharif is the opening batsman of
reacting to this development, Adviser to the Prime Minister on information
Firdous Ashiq Awan said giving PML-N VP office to Maryam Nawaz was a violation
of the rules of the Elections Commission as she was a convict.
Sanaullah said he would reorganise the PML-N at the district and divisional
level in Punjab and the party would be strengthened to send the government
expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court’s decision not to extend Nawaz
Sharif’s bail, saying he would himself go to jail on May 7 after expiry of his
Abbasi said democracy was under threat because of constant failure of the
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government to deliver on economic and other
Minister) Imran Khan needs to focus on the people’s problems. I am afraid there
will be anarchy in the country because of the way the PTI government is functioning,
particularly its handling of economic affairs. When such a situation arises it
provides a justification for wrapping up of the democratic system.”
in the day Mr Abbasi cautioned PM Khan in this respect while addressing a
conference in Narowal.
whether he saw any immediate threat to democracy, Mr Abbasi said: “Today we see
no governance under Imran Khan. The system is not working and no one at the
helm of affairs finds any solution to get the country out of this [economic]
mess. If this situation persists time is not far away when this set-up will be
shown the door. Dictatorship gets an opportunity when there is constant
political wrangling and problems of the masses keep on mounting. There is still
time for Mr Khan to become prudent before it’s too late.”
former prime minister said Imran Khan needed to understand there was no
“personal enmity” in politics. “I want to tell Mr Khan that he has no power to
give NRO to anyone. He must understand this,” Mr Abbasi said and advised PM Khan
to refrain from using the National Accountability Bureau for suppressing the
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the
Pakistani troops are fully capable of defeating all threats ‘irrespective of
said this while visiting NLI (Northern Light Infantryman) Battalion along Line
of Control (LoC) on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Muslim world is not just facing rage from others but within themselves too.
Muslim society, everywhere in the world, is fighting their identity of being
Muslims or nationalist.
is a very personal matter of anyone but as prescribed by the radical Islamist
clerics it is not. In a public address in the month of March, a Pakistani
radical Islamist cleric was dictating crowd of more than 50 thousand that
religion is not at all a personal matter. If one distorts the religious
teachings or values as per his understanding this is their duty to correct that
are some prophets who brought some law with them, they are called the law
bearing prophets. World’s major religions brought some law with them including
Judaism, Islam, and Confucianism, etc. But the most dominant discussion is the
Shariah Law known as the law of God by all Muslims.
are 73 schools of thoughts in Islam (known as sects). Each of them believed to
be the true follower of Prophet Mohammad and Islam. Every sect has some
distinction in terms of religious and moral values. There are 2 main streams of
Islam known to the present world; Shia Islam and Sunni Islam. Sunni Islam is
more dominant in the world. Some of the schools of thoughts within Sunni Islam
are very radical and teach practical brutality towards infidels too. Each sect
claims to possess the true knowledge and wisdom of God and thus Shariah. In
this situation, if somehow, they manage to convince others to affiliate Shariah
Law then a new dispute will rise- which Shariah law is to be implemented? After
all, each of them claims to be on the righteous.
Ahmadiyya sect is one of the sects within Islam preaching brotherhood, harmony
and more importantly loyalty to one’s motherland as their religious values.
Ahmadis are the only people who believe that Krishna is a prophet and this kind
of teaching is never accepted by other mainstream Muslims either Sunni Muslims
or Shiah Muslims. Today, this community is growing rapidly around the world.
According to the World Christian Encyclopedia, the Ahmadiyya movement is the
fastest growing Islamic group as of the early 21st century. Ahmadiyya Muslim
community is not just a religious organization but a welfare foundation working
in Africa and Asian countries to uplift the deprived class. But they are a
heretic to other Muslims.
strange kind of Muslims
Muslims are the most persecuted religious community around the world. In most
of the Muslim majority nations, Ahmadiyyas are prohibited to follow the customs
of Islam and even call themselves a Muslim. Pakistan is the foremost and
pioneer of this brutal game. In 1974, there was a bill passed in the parliament
purely against Ahmadis(infidels). Since then thousands of Ahmadis are
imprisoned and hundreds are killed and don’t know how many disappeared due to
this religious and state-sponsored hate campaign.
in today’s world has no contribution. There just one Nobel Prize in science
which is given to an Ahmadi Muslim-Dr. Abdus Salam. Who doesn’t know Mahershal
Ali who won Oscar award twice 2017 and 2019, he is surprisingly an Ahmadiyya
Muslim. Top Economists Under Age 45 by IMF Mian Atif is an Ahmadi Muslim. Jazz
Musician-Usef Lateef, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ahmad Jamal,
Grammy Award Best Jazz Instrumental Performance- Art Blakey, Wage Rudolf
Supratman, the songwriter who wrote both the lyrics and melody of the national
anthem of Indonesia, former executive director and vice president of the World
Bank- Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad. This list is endless with the contribution of this
modern Islamic sect and growing community.
these people are known to be infidels and non-muslims by the Sunni and Shiah
Muslims around the world. This fire of hate is not limited to Pakistan,
Indonesia or Saudi Arabia but all the middle-eastern countries, Malaysia, Sri
Lanka and India too. Ahmadis face dual persecution; one being Muslims and other
being Ahmadis(a heretic to Islam by other Muslims). This is a minority within a
minority all across the globe.
movement to cr-ISIS
in my last article- Terrorism: Pak to ISIS – A retrospective approach, I tried
to convey the root of Islamist terrorist groups. It is not just Pakistan but
now, in many other Muslim majority nations, the fire of this kind is taking a
new shape. Bangladesh, strategically a very important to the terrorist
insurgency is no more isolated to this threat. Even the military of Bangladesh
is affected and most powerful army officials are involved in the propagation of
terror wings. A sacked Colonel Shahid Uddin Khan is a major accused of
supporting ISIS in Bangladesh. He is now in self-exile living in the UK. There
is a news that he has hands behind Sri Lanka terrorist attacks too.
recent news shocked the world when ISIS published a new poster posing some
youngsters with the notion “Coming Soon”.
militants of the Islamic Jihad movement were killed by an Israeli strike in the
Gaza Strip early Sunday, the group said.
Issa and Fawzy Bwadi were killed during an Israeli "bombardment in the
central Gaza Strip," a statement said.
Palestinians and an Israeli have been reported killed since a flare-up in
violence began Saturday, including a Gazan mother and baby in disputed
says some 430 rockets have been fired from the coastal enclave since Saturday
and it has responded with waves or air and tank strikes.
Palestinian was killed by an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip late on Saturday,
the health ministry in the enclave said, bringing the Palestinian death toll
for the day to four.
spokesman for the health ministry told AFP Khaled Abu Qleiq, 25, was hit and
killed by an Israeli strike in northern Gaza.
air and tank strikes were launched in response to some 250 rockets fired from
the Gaza Strip at Israel, the army said.
health ministry also confirmed that the pregnant mother of a one-year-old baby
killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip has also died from her wounds.
ministry said in a statement Falestine Abu Arar, 37, had died from the “Israeli
targeting east of Gaza.”
ministry spokesman told AFP she was the mother of the baby who died in the same
incident earlier as Israel carried out strikes in response to some 200 rockets
fired from Gaza.
Turkish soldiers were killed and two others wounded in two separate
cross-border attacks by Kurdish militants on Saturday, the defense ministry
said, adding that the army had retaliated in both cases.
Turkish soldier was killed and another was lightly wounded after an attack by
the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the mainly Kurdish-controlled northern Syrian
region of Tel Rifaat, the defense ministry said in a statement.
attack took place in a region where Turkey carried out a cross-border operation
dubbed Euphrates Shield in 2016, aimed at driving ISIS militants and the YPG
from its border with Syria, the ministry said.
said the army had retaliated with artillery fire but gave no further details on
the whereabouts of the attack.
other Turkish soldiers were killed and another wounded in the southeastern
province of Hakkari, which borders northern Iraq, after Kurdish militants
shelled the region, the defense ministry said in a separate statement.
said the military had returned fire and launched a cross-border operation in
the region backed by fighter jets to destroy the militant targets.
military has regularly carried out air strikes against Kurdish militants in
northern Iraq. It also shelled YPG positions in the Tel Rifaat region earlier
this year, saying this was in response to YPG fire.
Rifaat is controlled by Kurdish-led forces and is located some 20 km east of
Afrin, which has been under the control of Turkey and its Free Syrian Army
(FSA) allies since an operation last year to drive out the YPG.
which has long been one of the main backers of rebel groups fighting against
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, has conducted patrols with Russia, one of
Assad’s main allies, in northern areas under agreements reached last year.
barrage of at least 90 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza on Saturday,
witnesses said, and the Israeli military said it responded with an air strike
targeting “two rocket launchers” in the Palestinian enclave.
army said Saturday that sirens warning of incoming projectiles sounded several
times in southern Israel.
response, Israeli aircraft targeted two launch sites in northern Gaza. Local
media reported three Palestinian casualties.
deadly flare-up between Israel and Gaza militants enters a second day,
shattering a month-long Egyptian-mediated easing of hostilities.
Friday, Israel said two soldiers were wounded by gunshots from the
Hamas-controlled territory. No group claimed responsibility for the shooting.
aircraft carried out retaliatory strikes, killing two Hamas militants. Two
other Palestinians were killed during the weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza
fresh flare-up of violence in the Gaza Strip caused by deadly Israeli
airstrikes and retaliatory Palestinian rocket attacks has entered its third
day, prompting the United Nations to raise alarm at the “dangerous escalation.”
erupted on Friday following the killing of four Palestinians, two in an Israeli
air raid on southern Gaza and two during the regime’s live fire at
anti-occupation protesters near a fence separating the blockaded coastal
enclave from the occupied territories.
Israeli military claimed that its initial aerial assault had come in response
to the wounding of two of its soldiers by Palestinian gunfire near the Gaza
latest rocket fire from Gaza killed a 60-year-old Israeli man. A total of some
83 Israelis have also been wounded.
Tel Aviv regime says about 430 rockets have been fired at the occupied lands
over the past few days. The Israeli army says its warplanes have targeted some
180 sites in the Gaza Strip.
building housing the offices of the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency in
Gaza has also been targeted by Israel. The bombing of the premises has been
condemned by the Turkish government.
Israeli attacks have claimed the lives of a total of seven Palestinians,
including Saba Mahmoud Abu Arar, a 14-month-old baby girl, and her 8-month
holds Israel responsible
a press release on Sunday, Hamas said Israel was to blame for the violence.
spokesman Fawzi Barhoum held “the Israeli occupation responsible for any
repercussions of its crimes, violations, and rejection to implement the
the Gaza Joint Chamber of Military Operations, which comprises various
Palestinian resistance factions, said that the groups had “decided to respond
to the occupation’s crimes in the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented way.”
the insistence of the enemy to target civilians’ homes, the resistance decided
to respond in an unprecedented manner to the crimes of the occupation,” it
said, without providing further details.
UN’s Middle East envoy said he was “deeply concerned by yet another dangerous
escalation in Gaza,” adding that the world body and Egypt were attempting to
broker an end to the fighting.
United Nations is working with Egypt and all sides to calm the situation. I
call on all parties to immediately de-escalate and return to the understandings
of the past few months. Those who seek to destroy them will bear responsibility
for a conflict that will have grave consequences for all,” Nikolay Mladenov
said in a statement.
down the current path of escalation will quickly undo what has been achieved
and destroy the chances for long-term solutions to the crisis. This endless
cycle of violence must end, and efforts must accelerate to realize a political
solution to the crisis in Gaza,” he added.
Israeli regime carries out regular attacks on the Gaza Strip under the pretext
of hitting positions belonging to the Hamas resistance movement.
month, Israel and Hamas reached ceasefire “understandings” brokered by Egypt
after a round of hostilities earlier.
condemns Israeli aggression
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has strongly condemned the Israeli
aggression on Gaza.
silence toward Israel’s crimes and violations of international law encourages
it to continue committing more crimes against our Palestinian people,” he said
in a press statement.
American coalition against the Palestinian people.”
also said that the Palestinian people were not in need of aid projects but
rather a firm international position that enables them to exercise their right
ministry further called on the UN Security Council to act immediately in order
to stop the brutal Israeli aggression on the Palestinian nation.
coastal sliver of land has been under a siege by Israel since 2007 and
witnessed three wars since 2008.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Israel’s attack on state-run
Anadolu agency’s office in the Gaza Strip would not deter Ankara from exposing
Israeli crimes and atrocities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
a post on Twitter early late on Saturday, Erdogan issued a strong condemnation
of the attack by Israeli regime forces on Anadolu office in Gaza, which took
place several hours before.
strongly condemn Israel’s attack against Anadolu Agency’s office in Gaza,” said
the Turkish president.
and Anadolu Agency will continue to tell the world about Israeli terrorism and
atrocities in Gaza and other parts of Palestine despite such attacks,” Erdogan
strongly condemn Israel’s attack against Anadolu Agency’s office in Gaza.
and Anadolu Agency will continue to tell the world about Israeli terrorism and
atrocities in Gaza and other parts of Palestine despite such attacks.
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correspondent in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds said on Saturday that Israeli
forces had fired at least five rockets at the building used by the news agency
attack was part of a series of airstrikes by the Israeli regime on the besieged
enclave which left two people killed.
airstrikes came a day after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas targeted
regime forces inside the occupied Palestinian territories, killing two of them.
has repeatedly been irked by Turkey’s support for Palestinians, especially
since Erdogan restricted diplomatic ties with the regime in the wake of an
attack in May 2010 on a Turkish flotilla trying to bring humanitarian help to
the people in the besieged Gaza.
were only restored after Israelis apologized for the attack in March 2013.
the Saturday attack on Anadolu office in Gaza could cause Ankara to adopt a
stronger stance toward an ongoing crackdown on the Palestinians in the
of @AnadoluAgency #Gaza office is new example of Israel’s unrestrained
aggression. #Israeli violence against innocent people w/out distinction is a
crime against humanity.Those who encourage Israel are also guilty. Will keep
defending #Palestinian cause, even if alone.
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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the attack on the news agency was a
proof Israel was continuously violating the rights of the Palestinians.
of @AnadoluAgency #Gaza office is new example of Israel’s unrestrained
aggression,” said Cavusoglu on Twitter.
ANKARA : Three Turkish soldiers died on Saturday in a mortar attack by Kurdish
militants launched from Iraqi territory, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
of our brothers in arms died as martyrs after mortar fire from northern Iraq by
terrorists,” the ministry said, in reference to the Kurdistan Workers Party
fourth soldier was wounded, it said in a statement. The attack took place in a
region where Turkey carried out a cross-border operation dubbed Euphrates
Shield in 2016, aiming to drive Daesh militants and the People’s Protection
Units (YPG) from its border with Syria, the ministry said.
army had retaliated with artillery fire but gave no further details on the
whereabouts of the attack, it said.
attack targeted a military base in the border province of Hakkari, according to
Turkish Army had responded with aerial bombardments and artillery fire. The
PKK, branded a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and the EU, has waged an
insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. The conflict has claimed more
than 40,000 lives, the ministry added.
PKK’s deployment in northern Iraq has been a constant source of tension between
Baghdad and Ankara, with Turkey pressing Iraq to play a bigger role in fighting
Defense Ministry also said that another Turkish soldier had been killed on
Saturday in northern Syria by the YPG, a Kurdish militia closely allied with
the PKK, however, the YPG has the backing of Western powers in its fight
forces shelled YPG positions in the Tel Rifaat region earlier this year, saying
this was in response to YPG fire.
which has long been one of the main backers of opposition groups fighting
against Syria’s Bashar Assad, has conducted patrols with Russia, one of Assad’s
main allies, in northern areas under agreements reached last year.
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