Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi has called for a 'review' of Islam in Australia and
demanded that Muslims respect freedom of speech and democracy
Don't Want Burqas and Mosques on Every Corner': Controversial Muslim Leader
Says the 'Entire Religion of Islam Needs a Review'
Bangladesh Muslim Clerics Rally against Extremism Join hands to eliminate
Groups Hold Indonesian Democracy Hostage – Islamic Scholar
Stockpile Chemical Weapons In Urban Areas: Muallem
Is Essential, Pope Francis Tells British Muslim Leaders
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New Zealand Warn Of Possible Attack By Extremists In Turkey
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controversial imam has called for a 'review' of Islam in Australia and demanded
that Muslims respect freedom of speech and democracy.
Mohammad Tawhidi, who in recent weeks has clashed with other Muslim leaders,
said he did not want 'Burqas running around' or 'mosques on every corner'.
at the Rotary Club of Adelaide, Imam Tawhidi said his father would not have
moved from Iran to Australia had he known so many Muslim people would end up
father made the choice ... to come to Australia because it is a non-Muslim
country,' he said.
if we knew that after 30 years, we were going to have Burqas running around,
mosques being erected in every corner, and people proposing Sharia law against
democracy in this country, we would not have come.'
added: 'I believe that the entire religion needs a review.'
imam also said he was opposed to new mosques being built, claiming that they
would all eventually be run by 'radical Muslim leaders'.
called on the security services to monitor all imams and to check how they were
being funded, in case they were supporting genital mutilation or forced
marriages involving children.
added that Muslims must follow Australian rules and customs if they want to live
need to come to one common understanding: it is either we follow the law of the
land or we don't,' he said.
we do, then it is one wife. If we don't, then go back to where you came from,
and have as many wives as you like.
Australia, where there is freedom of speech and where there is democracy, many
Muslims do not find it safe to speak out against extremism in their country at
all. And when I say that they are afraid – they are not afraid of isolation,
they are afraid of death. And I have been very close to that, and God saved me
Tawhidi added that those who do not want to obey Australia's laws can get on
'one of our kangaroos and you can hop back to where you came from'.
also had advice for government ministers, urging women not to wear headscarves
while visiting Muslim nations.
know it is good to respect other people, but if you are the foreign minister,
you are a foreign minister with your uniform and your badge, and if they don't
respect you as a woman, to come and dress in what you like to dress, then
that's a country whose embassy we don't want.
don't want anything to do with them if they don't respect our foreign minister,
regardless of what country that is.'
Tawhidi is currently in hiding after backing Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who
said all Muslim schools in Australia needed to be shut down.
imam was escorted by police into hiding after said Islamic schools were 'a
problem', and he fears retribution from the Muslim community.
(AFP) - More than 100,000 clerics and preachers rallied in the Bangladeshi
capital against Islamist extremism Thursday (April 6) after a resurgence of
attacks by militant groups in the Muslim-majority nation.
said the rally was staged to protest a violent "power grab" in the
name of Islam in Muslim majority Bangladesh, where a rise in Islamist extremism
has sparked international concern.
rally followed suicide attacks on Bangladeshi security forces that sparked a
series of raids in which nearly two dozen suspected extremists were killed.
said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed more than 100,000
clerics in a park in central Dhaka where two top Saudi Arabian clerics
delivered sermons against extremism.
is no place for terror and extremism in Islam," Shaikh Mohammed bin Naser
Al Khujaim, a senior cleric from Mecca, told the rally.
across the world must stand firm against this terror and extremism."
police shut down major roads leading to the park and asked people to avoid busy
shopping malls as they stepped up security for the rally.
say Islamist militants pose a growing danger in conservative Bangladesh, where
a long-running political crisis has radicalised opponents of the government.
government has blamed the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a banned
Islamist group, for a wave of deadly attacks against religious minorities and
including last year's attack on an upmarket cafe in Dhaka in which 22 people
including 18 foreign hostages were killed, have also been claimed by the
Islamic State group.
relative lull which followed that attack was broken recently by twin blasts in
the northeastern city of Sylhet where army commandos had stormed a suspected
explosions fatally injured the intelligence chief of the Rapid Action Battalion
- the elite force at the forefront of the fight against Islamist militancy -
dealing a major blow to the security forces.
groups hold Indonesian democracy hostage – Islamic scholar
7th April 2017
Islamic legal scholar has argued hardline Muslim groups are holding Indonesia’s
democracy hostage, the very political system that allows them to operate
an opinion piece published by Indonesian media outlet Geotimes this week, Dr
Nadirsyah Hosen says radical elements that have rallied against Jakarta’s
Chinese, Christian Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama are “no more than a
who is a legal academic from Indonesia based at Monash University in Melbourne,
Australia, specialises in Syariah and Indonesian law. He is also the head of
the Australia and New Zealand branch of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest
Islamic organisation on the planet.
of Indonesia’s “un-civil society”
is the most populous Muslim-majority nation on earth and the strongest
democracy in Southeast Asia, which has historically practised a moderate form
1998, the country has undergone rapid transition from a military-dominated
dictatorship under Suharto’s New Order to one of the most decentralised
democracies on the planet.
pluralism is encompassed by its state mantra of “unity in diversity”, boasting
more than 300 languages and a variety of faiths.
the democratisation era has also allowed for the re-emergence of a raft of
hardline, anti-democratic elements that political scientist Dr Verena
Beittinger-Lee has termed “un-civil society” for their use of intimidation and
violence, particularly against minorities.
wave of mass protests by hardline Muslim groups against Ahok in Jakarta in the
past year, however, has led to fears of rising religious conservatism and
allege Ahok insulted the Quran in comments he made last year regarding Islam’s
position on whether Muslims can be governed by a leader of a different faith.
his opinion piece, Hosen notes groups like the notorious Islamic Defenders
Front (FPI) were previously marginal, but that their perpetual demonstrations
and violent acts have drawn significant media attention.
FPI had previously focused on combating “social evils” like alcohol, gambling
and prostitution in Jakarta and running protection rackets, often violently.
campaign against Ahok, however, has allowed organisations like the FPI to
galvanise large numbers of Muslims offended by the governor’s comments,
catapulting fringe groups into the mainstream political arena.
of the archipelago
Indonesian Muslim groups like the NU and Muhammadiyah have stood in opposition
to the movement, including encouraging their members not to participate in
the agenda of the NU, Hosen argues Islam Nusantara or “Islam of the
archipelago” should be re-established – that is, the traditional form of
tolerant Islam practised in Indonesia for centuries.
Islam is Islam itself,” he said. “Whether in times of peace or war, being the
majority or minority, powerful or not, Islam remains moderate.”
has particularly emphasised Islam Nusantara in recent years, in direct contrast
to the extremist ideologies of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
legal and democratic mechanisms to encourage political consensus, wrote Hosen,
“we will continue to be held hostage by Islamic organisations with a small but
stockpile chemical weapons in urban areas: Muallem
Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says terrorist groups continue stockpiling
chemical weapons in the country’s urban and residential areas.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, Daesh “and
other [terrorist] organizations continue to store chemical weapons in urban and
residential areas," Muallem told a press conference in Damascus on
made the remarks two days after a suspected chemical attack targeted the town
of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Province. It was followed by
alleged air raids that struck a hospital where victims of the assault were
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 86,
including 30 children and 20 women.
countries have pointed the finger at Damascus over the attack while Syria’s
opposition has accused the Syrian government of bombing Khan Shaykhun with
on the incident, Muallem assured that Damascus did not and would not use
chemical arms, even against terror outfits.
stress to you once again: the Syrian army has not, did not and will not use
this kind of weapons -- not just against our own people, but even against the
terrorists that attack our civilians with their mortar rounds," he said.
top Syrian diplomat also noted that the Syrian military had carried out an
airstrike on a depot, where terrorists stored chemical weapons.
first air raid conducted by the Syrian army was at 11:30 am (0830 GMT) on that
day (Tuesday) and it attacked an arms depot belonging to al-Nusra Front that
contained chemical weapons," he said.
remarks echoed those by Russia’s Defense Ministry that a Syrian strike had hit
a "terrorist warehouse" used for making bombs containing "toxic
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Independent
International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic are both
investigating the Idlib attack.
said Syria would provide the OPCW and the UN with “intelligence on the transfer
of chemical substances from Iraq into Syria, or from Turkey into Syria.”
said Damascus needs assurances that any fact-finding mission into the Idlib
attack would not be politicized, adding that his country’s past experience with
international inquiries had not been "encouraging."
investigative mission should be far from the sphere of Turkish influence, the
Syrian foreign minister pointed out.
has no objective data on Idlib incident: Kremlin
on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Washington's allegations
that Syrian forces were behind the deadly Idlib attack were not based on
one could have any realistic, verified information. Any data that the American
side or our colleagues in other countries could have cannot be based on
objective materials or evidence," Peskov said.
further denounced the incident as “a monstrous crime” and warned against
rushing to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the assault.
consider a much more measured approach necessary and do not think it is
possible to surrender oneself to hasty conclusions about what happened in Syria
in the Idlib Province," the Russian official said.
March 2011, Syria has been gripped by militancy it blames on some Western
states and their regional allies. Russia has been assisting the Syrian army in
its counter-terrorism operations.
is essential, Pope Francis tells British Muslim leaders
City, Apr 5, 2017 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met Wednesday with
a delegation of Muslim leaders from Great Britain along with Cardinal Vincent
Nichols of Westminster to promote dialogue and collaboration following the
deadly attack in London last month.
the private meeting at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall April 5, Pope Francis said
the most important job everyone has in this moment is to listen to each other.
like to think that the most important work that we must do among us today, in
humanity, is the work ‘of the ear:’ to listen to each other,” he stated. “To
listen to each other, without rushing to answer.”
the audience with Francis, the group also met with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran,
president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
meetings at the Vatican were organized following an attack on London’s Palace
of Westminster March 22.
to the Guardian, four people were killed in the attack, including the police
officer who was stabbed and one man believed to be the assailant. About 20
others were reported injured, some severely.
delegation consisted of Muhammad Shahid Raza, chairman of the British Muslim
Forum; Ali Raza Rizvi, president of Majilis e Uluma Europe; Sayed Ali Abbas
Razawi, director of the General Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society; and Ibrahim Mogra,
co-chair of the Christian Muslim Forum.
ability to listen, this is so important,” the Pope said during the meeting.
“It's interesting: when people have this capacity to listen, they speak in a
low tone, calmly... Instead, when they do not have this, they speak loudly and
shout as well.”
brothers, all of us need to talk, to listen to each other and speak slowly,
calmly, to search for the way together. And when you listen and speak, you are
already on the way,” he said.
to a statement from the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Nichols
said they were all “deeply moved” to meet with the Pope.
draw great inspiration from his leadership and his encouragement to walk
together on the road of profound spiritual dialogue.”
also hope that this moment will help the voice of authentic Islam to be heard
clearly. We look forward to our continuing promotion of collaboration at a
local level at the service of all in society,” he continued.
Muhammad Shahid Raza called the meeting “a historic moment,” bringing together
Christians and Muslims in “unity and solidarity for peace.”
could see the sincerity and love in his eyes as he offered words of
encouragement to all of us as we came together in unity,” said Moulana Sayed
Ali Abbas Razawi. “This is an important meeting offering hope for everyone,
regardless of religion.”
is a common humanity to all of us. Some seek to divide people, religions, east
versus west, but there is no east or west; there is just our common humanity as
we seek a peaceful future for all based on justice and compassion.”
Francis sent a letter the day following the London attack expressing his sorrow
and solidarity for the victims and their families, and entrusting them and the
nation to God’s mercy.
saddened to learn of the loss of life and of the injuries caused by the attack
in central London, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his prayerful solidarity
with all those affected by this tragedy,” a March 23 letter signed by Vatican
Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin read.
Pope commended the souls of those who died “to the loving mercy of Almighty
God,” and prayed for “divine strength and peace upon their grieving families,”
while assuring of his prayer for the entire nation.
writers, News Corp Australia Network
anti-Islamic activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali has urged Australians to elevate Adelaide
Imam Shaikh Tawhidi to the same celebrity status as The Project host Waleed Aly
if it wants to send a message to Islamic extremists.
to Andrew Bolt on Sky News last night, the former Dutch politician said: “If I
analysed that kind of language and those arguments I think that he (Waleed Aly)
is someone who has some form of a stake in a Muslim brotherhood-type of
News Corp Australia does not suggest Project host Waleed Aly is involved or
part of a Muslim brotherhood.
Aly has been elevated by Australian society and he’s made into a celebrity and
what really Australia needs to do is take someone like Tawhidi and elevate him
and have him sit with the government, sit with the media and sit with members
of the academic elite and that would send the message to the Islamists that
they welcome people like Tawhidi more than Waleed Aly.”
outspoken critic of radical Islamists has sparked plenty of debate this week,
despite not making it to Australia for a speaking tour as planned. The
Somali-born activist argues Islam as a religion and ideology developed in the
seventh century needs urgent reform by moderate Muslims, and governments in
Western countries like Australia should devote as much effort to tackling the
spread of radical Islam as they do to fighting terrorists.
Ali is a fierce opponent of Islamists and their support for sharia law. She
wants all Islamic schools closed and stricter screening processes introduced to
identify Muslim immigrants holding radical views.
views have sparked death threats from hardline Islamists for many years, but
also generated criticism from more moderate Muslims in Australia who say Hirsi
Ali stirs up hatred towards them.
400 Australians signed an online petition ahead of Hirsi Ali’s “Hero of Heresy”
speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand, which was cancelled at the last
minute due to security and organisational issues.
group of six Muslim women including Melbourne chef and author Hana Assafiri
also released a video in which they accused her being a “star” of Islamophobia,
and using the language of white supremacists to profit from “an industry that
exists to dehumanise Muslim women”.
says Hirsi Ali’s views should be contested, and a more “sophisticated”
conversation about Islam is needed in Australia, particularly at a time when
One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has renewed her calls for a ban on Muslim
views lead to a spike in vitriol because there’s no right of reply or
engagement,” Assafiri said, adding that Hirsi Ali had declined an invitation to
meet with the Muslim women behind the petition and video.
Ali hit back on radio station 2GB labelling the group of women “fake
afraid many of the white feminists believe only white men are capable of evil
and refuse to see what is done in other cultures,” The Australian reported.
you look at all the places in the world where Islam is the reality, life
becomes a never-ending series of suffering for men, for women, for homosexuals
and religious minorities.”
New Zealand warn of possible attack by extremists in Turkey
Australia and New Zealand warned on Thursday that extremists may be planning an
attack on the commemoration of a World War I campaign that is being held in
Turkey this month.
Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan urged the nearly 500 Australians and New
Zealanders registered to travel to Gallipoli, Turkey, to mark ANZAC Day on
April 25 to exercise a high degree of caution amid the warning, but offered no
specifics about the alleged threat. ANZAC Day is an annual holiday
commemorating the April 25, 1915, landings in Gallipoli — the first major
military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during
World War I.
Federal Police deputy commissioner Mike Phelan declined to release details of
what prompted the warning, saying only that the government had received
information that extremists may attack the services being held on the Gallipoli
peninsula. Phelan said there was no specific plot linked to the alert.
is just that terrorists may indeed try to carry out a terrorist attack during
the celebrations," Phelan told reporters in the nation's capital,
Canberra. "That is all we have got at this stage."
militants killed, vehicle packed with explosives destroyed in Uruzgan airstrike
least twenty insurgents were killed and a vehicle packed with explosives was
destroyed in an airstrike conducted in southern Uruzgan province of
Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike was conducted in the vicinity of
Tarinkot city, the provincial capital of Uruzgan province.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the
Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgent groups are
actively operating in its various districts.
the meantime, MoD said at least ten insurgents were killed and seven more were
wounded during a separate operation conducted in the vicinity of Shindand
district in Herat province.
also added that six militants were killed during an operation conducted in
Greshk district of Helmand province.
another operation conducted in the vicinity of the central city of Paktika, at
least six militants were killed and seven more were wounded.
to MoD, at least one militant was killed and two more were wounded during an
operation in Shajoi district of Zabul.
anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not
commented regarding the reports so far.
who believes in peace should unite against terrorism, the prime minister tells
a giant gathering of Islamic scholars and preachers
Minster Sheikh Hasina has urged Muslim countries to join their hands to launch
a concerted campaign to eliminate terrorism.
who believes in peace should unite against terrorism,” she told a mammoth rally
of Islamic religious leaders and scholars on occasion of the 42nd founding
anniversary of Islamic Foundation at Suhrawardi Udyan yesterday.
thanked Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz for his efforts and role in curbing
terrorism and militancy, adding that Bangladesh would remain beside Saudi
Arabia in its initiative to fight against terrorism and violent extremism in
the name of Islam.
called on Imams, Alem, Ulema and Mashayekh to preach the real essence of Islam
to the common people so that no one indulges in terrorism and militancy.
will have to remain alert so that no one can cause harm to the holy region,”
is a Muslim majority nation, but people of other religions are living here in
peace and harmony, which is the true spirit of the Islam,” she said.
said there was a propaganda against Awami League that Islam would not exist in
Bangladesh if it came to power and such propaganda intensified after the
assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with
most of his family members on August 15, 1975.
it was those who grabbed power illegally after 1975 who made a business out of
Islam,” she said.
reintroduced liquor licences, although Bangabandhu had banned gambling, liquor
and racing. They patronised terrorism and militancy,” she said.
innocents a terrible sin
President of two holy mosques in Mecca and Madina Dr Mohammad Bin Nasser Bin
Mohammad Al Khuzaim, and Imam and Preacher of the Prophet’s Mosque Abdulmehsin
bin Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qasim also spoke at the rally.
Khuzaim said the Saudi government is making constant effort to uphold the
dignity of Muslims across the world. In view of this an institution has already
been established to expand Islamic cultural education across the world and
correction of the people.
killing of innocent people is a terrible sin in Islam,” Dr Khuzam said.
never allows a Muslim to kill another Muslim, or an innocent person of any
other religion. In Islam, it is the duty of a Muslim to protect the lives and
property of the people of other religion in his country,” he said.
killers of innocent people can never belong to Islam,” the vice president of
the holy mosques said adding all Muslims across the world must stand against
terrorism and militancy.
NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has pledged $2.7 million for
the main military hospital in Kabul which was witnessed a deadly attack last
spokesman for the Resolute Mission Capt Bill Salvin told reporters in Kabul
today that the repair work of Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital has been
completed by 90 per cent after the attack by the insurgents.
said the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission is budget $2.7 million which will
include $1.7 million for new medical equipment and $1 million for new
Salvin further added that the alliance is paying for restoration of 50 rooms,
two X-ray machines, seven monitors with server, new imaging units, and lab
to Capt Salvin, the hospital will be better with the upgrading work of the two
operating units, improvement of ICU monitoring, and provision of hi-tech
US President Donald Trump and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel have pledged
close cooperation on conflict in Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan.
White House in a statement said “President Donald J. Trump spoke today by
telephone with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.؛
statement further added that the leaders discussed several issues of mutual
concern and interest, including the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the
situation in Afghanistan.
leaders pledged close cooperation and coordination on these and other issues,”
the statement said, adding that “They agreed to remain in close contact.”
comes as Merkel pledged last month that Germany will maintain presence in
Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission.
Trump administration has not formally announced its policy on Afghanistan so
far although Trump has spoken with the US forces based in Afghanistan and the
Afghan officials in the past, pledging continued support to the US forces based
panel must review effects of shariah bill
April 4 Bloomberg news article regarding Bank Indonesia deputy governor’s
unorthodox method to fight inflation struck me as something that all
Malaysians, especially our MPs, should adopt.
was reported that Ibu Rosmaya Hadi worked together with religious grassroots
leaders with the message: “Don’t shop excessively, don’t buy things at any
price, it is good to haggle”.
Hadi admitted that the grassroots may not understand the technical jargon
coming from the Central Bank but will listen to the local religious leaders who
speak their language.
is most important is that this article truly highlighted that moderation is
truly an Islamic virtue.
has been an increasing move to moderation, or wassatiyah, over the past few
years, but in practice what the Malaysian people are accustomed to seeing is
quite the opposite, oftentimes discarding responsibility by playing the race
and religious cards to enslave the mindset of the people.
is not a means to employ rule by fear.
wassatiyah a platform to hear all sides, using rationale and logic sans
emotions? Isn’t wassatiyah owning up to mistakes? Isn’t wassatiyah a means to
take responsibility, accept responsibility and be responsible enough so that
the civil rights of all Malaysians are taken care of?
us look at RUU 355 — amendments to Act 355, or Syariah Courts (Criminal
Jurisdiction) Act 1965 — in essence is a noble, yet ambitious bill to table.
paper, there is nothing wrong with the law, but laws become a problem when men
misinterpret the said laws and abuse it.
essence, too, it addresses only the final outcome of the shariah spectrum –
that of punishment for not conforming to an Islamic lifestyle.
it does nothing to address the prerequisite of the law that society must be
nurtured and developed so as to create an environment and lifestyle that is
conducive for an Islamic society to flourish.
are bread and butter issues, including of income and wealth, and social justice
for women, children, orphans and the elderly.
if such is the case, how can we ensure there will be fairness when this small
piece of shariah law is applied to all Muslims? How can a Malaysian citizen
ensure that a Muslim, who has no means of hiring a lawyer, has the same rights
as someone who can afford a decent lawyer?
politics aside, I would like all Muslim MPs to consider RUU 355 and scrutinise
it carefully. Ask yourselves: are the courts mentally, physically and
financially prepared to enforce this law? I think not.
for the personnel in shariah courts are still below those in the civil courts.
After all, if those in the civil courts can be tempted by corruption, what more
those in the shariah courts, given the financial mistreatment?
this leads us back to one of the preconditions of Islamic governance to rid
society of wealth inequality such that it promotes corruption.
Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS president, I am not opposed to the intent of your bill.
But it is the repercussions of what the bill will bring on our polarised
society is why I ask for more time.
this bill is tabled and voted, there needs to be a technical committee made up
of Malaysians from both sides of the religious divide to review the intricacies
of the bill and its effect on Malaysian society in general.
too, have a right to be heard and given clarity regarding your bill, seeing
that we are not an exclusively Muslim nation.
beseech Hadi, as a Muslim scholar and a man of principle, to reconsider this
appeal, act as a leader and give Malaysians the clarity they deserve and not
shut them out by calling them all sorts of insulting names.
is about moderation. RUU355 may be a noble and ambitious law but it does not
address the prerequisite of creating the necessary social environment for true
it be more worthwhile to provide solutions to the Malays in the hinterland so
that their incomes are raised and lives improved first?
us follow Ibu Hadi to promote true wassatiyah by catering to the people’s hopes
rather than demoralising them.
Fadli | April 7, 2017
LUMPUR: The motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 355
was not fully tabled in the Dewan Rakyat because PAS merely described the
resolutions proposed in the bill at today’s Parliament sitting, says MCA.
through its president Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS-Marang), tabled a motion to amend
the law to allow shariah courts in the country to mete out harsher punishments
to shariah offences. The bill seeks a maximum 30 years’ jail, 100 strokes of
the cane and RM100,000 for fines.
rationale for the bill, as explained by PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan
(PAS-Kota Bharu), however has not convinced MCA to support the bill.
motion is incomplete as PAS only provided a description of the private member’s
bill to be tabled. That was it,” said Dr Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam).
debate, even until tomorrow morning – as occurred yesterday – would not have
solved anything because of the difference of opinions. MCA’s stand remains the
MCA deputy president said his party was adamant in its rejection of Act 355.
it is, Hadi and Takiyuddin have been given the opportunity to explain the bill
meanwhile, said the MPs would have presented their arguments based on the
Federal Constitution if the Dewan Rakyat speaker had allowed the debate to
we appreciate the views and explanations given today, there are some concerns.
example, when they wanted to amend Article 121A (of the Federal Constitution),
they guaranteed that the rights of non-Muslims would not be affected, but then
now, we have cases like that of Indira Gandhi,” said MIC president Dr S
his presentation in Parliament, Hadi slammed Muslim and non-Muslim MPs opposed
to the motion, calling such opposition contrary to the culture of “mature and
Kit Yen | April 6, 2017
LUMPUR: A policeman, currently standing trial on three counts of terrorism,
failed in his bid today to recuse a High Court judge from hearing his case on
the grounds of possible bias.
Nordin Hassan, in his judgment, said the accused, Mustaza Abdul Rahman, had
failed to prove there was real danger of bias for him to hear the case.
a judge, I cannot simply recuse myself because this would be seen as avoiding
his application filed to drop the judge in his case, Mustaza alleged Justice
Nordin and deputy public prosecutor Mustafa P Kunyalam had held a “meeting”
inside the chambers on Jan 25.
suspected there was something amiss with the meeting.
added the judge also did not ask the prosecution to explain why it had only
handed the trial documents to his lawyer two days before the trial started.
submission, his current lawyer, Farida Mohammad, argued that a judge “meeting”
prosecution behind closed doors was seen as unfair to Mustaza and may prejudice
the outcome of his case.
was a perception of ‘pre-judgment’ in his mind that he will be called to enter
his defence,” she said.
refuted the “meeting” took place between him and the judge.
cannot provide facts that I really walked into the chambers.
used the staff passage to prepare for the protected witnesses to testify for
added the recusal application was baseless as it was made by Mustaza doubting
the court and prosecution team.
Ahmad Ishomuddin, the deputy chairman of the edict commission at the Indonesian
Ulema Council, or MUI, said during his testimony in court on Tuesday (04/04)
that Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was not guilty of
to the cleric, Ahok never intended to insult the Koran or Islam when he
referred to a verse in the Muslim holy book during a speech on Pramuka Island
pointed out that the governor made the comment as an aside while he was
explaining a fish breeding program in the area.
has no intention to insult Islam, the ulemas or their followers. He's a smart
person and respects pluralism," he added.
rushed into conclusion
Ishomuddin is a senior figure at MUI, he admitted that the institution might
have rushed into conclusion when it issued an edict that accuses the governor
of insulting Islam.
edict] was issued in a rush. We did not watch the entire 1 hour and 48 minutes
of video footage. We made our judgment after seeing the edited version,"
the full video, Ahok never mentioned the word 'ulema.' He said 'people' [who
misuse the Koranic verse]," the cleric added.
his testimony at Ahok's trial, rumors swirled that MUI may expel Ishomuddin
from the ulema council.
authorities said on Thursday they had foiled a possible terror attack after
arresting a Kuwaiti man and his Syrian wife, both alleged members of ISIS.
nabbed Husayn Al-Dhafiri and Rahaf Zina at an upscale district of Manila
following a tip-off from the Kuwaiti authorities late last month, but the
arrests were kept secret while Filipino authorities investigated further,
pair had entered the country repeatedly in recent months as part of plans for
“a bombing operation” either in the Philippines or Kuwait, Justice Secretary
Vitaliano Aguirre told reporters.
said Al-Dhafiri was an active ISIS member in the Middle East and said the
United States authorities believed he could “pose a threat to the national
security of the Philippines”.
is alleged to have been involved in explosives manufacturing and possibly
operational planning against Kuwait,” Aguirre added.
said Zina and Al-Dhafiri married after her husband, a high-ranking ISIS commander,
was killed in Syria.
Filipino official said Al-Dhafiri would be deported to Kuwait while Zina would
be sent back to Qatar from where she entered the Philippines.
of them will be properly received by the security forces of those countries,”
of Syria's Homs says U.S. strikes serve 'goals of terrorism'
missile strikes on Syrian military positions serve the goals of "armed
terrorist groups" and Islamic State, the governor of Syria's Homs province
said on Friday.
leadership and Syrian policy will not change," Homs Governor Talal Barazi
said in a phone interview with state television. "This targeting was not
the first and I don't believe it will be the last," he added.
President Donald Trump said he ordered missile strikes against a Syrian
airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched this week,
declaring he acted in America's "national security interest" against
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
officials said the military fired dozens of cruise missiles against the airbase
in response to the suspected gas attack in a rebel-held area that Washington
has blamed on Assad's forces.
Syrian government has strongly denied responsibility.
armed terrorist groups and Daesh failed to target the Syrian Arab Army and
Russian military positions," Barazi said, using the Arabic acronym for
Islamic State. The Syrian government describes all armed groups opposed to it
U.S. strikes "targeted military positions in Syria and in Homs
specifically" in order to publicly "serve the goals of terrorism in
Syria and the goals of Israel in the long run," Barazi added.
Syrian military source said earlier the attack on the Syrian air base had led
FISK - “Silence means approval,” the minister said to me. And the Syrian
minister meant what he said. Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State, was
that was the message. Bashar al-Assad is no longer America’s target. Donald
Trump, or whoever runs Trump, has decided that Assad will stay on as President
of Syria. Silence is approval. Is this to please Vladimir Putin? Or is this to
accept reality: that Bashar al-Assad will remain president of Syria? Either
way, it is a fact. Barring ill health or assassination, Assad will continue to
hold office. He will continue to be the leader. He will remain.
does that say to the UN, the EU, the “world community”, as we like to call it?
Well, not much. Boris Johnson said as much last month, with that shrug of the
shoulders that he must have learned from Arthur Balfour.
there are changes afoot in Syria which citizens of that sad and terrifying,
magnificent, powerful country will realise. The first is that, despite the
appalling losses (75,000 soldiers, it would seem) Syria’s army is winning. It
has taken back eastern Aleppo, it has engineered the departure of almost every
armed man from Homs, and it has taken back most of Damascus. Barrel bombs will
have to wait for war crimes trials.
it use gas in Idlib province? Previous claims have proved elusive. Did the
infamous gas attack in Damascus come from Bashar’s arsenal? Or from the rebels’
arsenal (from Libya, via Turkey, of course)? A gas assault on one village in
the north of Syria struck the families of soldiers, but there are no
is, however, one directive that went out to the state intelligence services,
the ‘mukhabarat’, the secret police. You, too, must fight for your country.
This stunning order – and it could only be approved by the president – means
that the men who safeguard the regime have been sent to the front. This has not
been a sudden or immediate instruction. It has happened over a long period,
almost since the Syrian War began. But it does mean that the men who have
interrogated Syrian citizens must now fight for the lives of those same
citizens, that they now have to prove their courage on the battlefield instead
of the dungeon.
are the momentous changes now taking place in Syria. The very embodiment of the
regime is now on the front line. It may prove to be a transformative experience
for them. I know one ‘mukhabarat’ officer who has taken to military life; he
prefers to be a Syrian soldier than an intelligence man. It was his choice.
Perhaps a wise choice.
what does this mean for the West, for America, for us? It will almost certainly
mean closer relations between Assad and the Americans. For a long time now,
America’s intelligence men in Beirut have been trying to understand the future
of the Assad government, realising – eventually – that it is likely to survive,
and that, if it’s not exactly what the Syrian minister said, silence gives
acceptance. After all, the US now approves of el-Sissi’s regime in Egypt, Trump
likes Sissi and will go on (so it seems) pumping millions of dollars into
Sissi’s regime. And Sissi’s ‘mukhabarat’ sent to Syria, earlier this year, a
team of its own intelligence officers to talk to their Syrian opposite numbers.
ISIL Hunters were tasked with the mission after the liberation of Palmyra in a
bid to protect the city as well as its oil and gas fields against terrorists'
commander of the ISIL Hunters underlined his forces' important mission in
safeguarding Palmyra's oil resources, and vowed that his forces will prevent
terrorists from entering the region and the energy fields.
Syrian army on Tuesday continued its military operations in areas surrounding
the ancient city of Palmyra and came closer to the strategic Arak oilfield
after capturing a nearby mountainous region.
Syrian government troops seized back Jabal (Mountain) al-Taj near Arak oilfield
in heavy clashes with the terrorists in an area located 23 kilometers from
large number of terrorists, including foreign and Arab militants, were killed
in the battle with the Syrian army over Jabal al-Taj region.
terrorists' military hardware, including their military vehicles, was also
destroyed in the government troops' offensive.
army units started their offensive in Housh al-Zawahereh from three directions
and won back control of three districts in the town after clashes with the
the army advanced in al-Zariqiyeh-Housh al-Salehiyeh front.
field source said that the Syrian soldiers discovered several networks of
terrorists' tunnels in the region, adding that the army will soon liberate
Housh al-Zawahereh town.
the Syrian army units advanced towards the town of al-Reihan after breaking the
terrorists' defense lines and destroying their strongholds.
reports said on Wednesday that the army has expanded the range of its advances
near the key city of Douma, the main stronghold of Jeish al-Islam.
army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists East of al-Reihan
farms and managed to take control over several strategic positions and tunnel
networks near Bin Sina hospital, tightening the circle of forces around the
city of Douma.
informed source in Eastern Ghouta said that al-Reihan farms are the last
defense line of Jeish al-Islam from the Douma direction, adding that the army's
advances in these farms have tightened noose on the key city.
army units regained control of Hilal, Dasham and Milad hills in Deir Ezzur
after heavy clashes with the terrorists.
also targeted the ISIL's positions near al-Maqaber (cemetery) and al-Ma'amel
(plants) regions as well as the water treatment station with artillery and
attacks left 48 militants dead and destroyed one of their tanks and 6 military
reports said on Tuesday that at least 28 ISIL terrorists were killed and 22
others were injured in the Syrian army's artillery and missile attacks on the
terrorist group's military positions in al-Maqaber, al-Jabilieh and
al-Rashidiyeh regions and also the surrounding areas of Regiment 137 base and
East of Deir Ezzur military airport and Deir Ezzur power station.
Syrian army also destroyed an anti-tank missile base and a machinegun-equipped
military vehicle of the ISIL terrorists.
Syrian soldiers repulsed the al-Nusra Front's offensive from Jeddiyeh village
in Dara'a against one of the army bases in the region.
the Syrian army units targeted a convoy of the terrorists moving from al-Lajah
region in the Eastern parts of Dara'a province towards the Northeastern parts
of Sweida province, killing all militants.
the Syrian army forces launched an assault on terrorists' moves in al-Karak
districts on the left side of the old customs office road in Dara'a, killing 8
militants and destroying their military equipment and vehicles.
a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian army soldiers engaged in fierce
clashes with Al-Nusra Front in the neighborhoods of the Southern city of Dara'a
and fended off their attack, killing a number of militants.
army troop repelled Al-Nusra Front's offensive to break through government
forces' positions in Dara'a neighborhoods, while artillery and missile units of
the army targeted the movements of the terrorists in several flanks to cover
their comrades in the city.
well-informed source said that 15 militants of Al-Nusra were killed, two of
their tanks were destroyed South of al-Masri square and a machinegun-equipped
vehicle of the terrorists was also destroyed West of the city's old costumes in
the failed attack.
SDF forces engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL in al-Safsafeh village and
adjacent farms, inflicting heavy damage and casualties on the terrorists.
also cut off the road between al-Tabaqa and the village and put the ISIL on
verge of complete siege in the strategic city of al-Tabaqa.
SDF forces killed 16 ISIL terrorists and destroyed 4 of their bomb-laden
vehicles before reaching the targets, smashing several other vehicles too.
field source said that the terrorists have failed to drive back the SDF forces
but heavy fighting still continues in al-Safsafeh village and the nearby farms.
added that the SDF forces will start attack against al-Tabaqa once the clashes
end and their forces are reinvigorated.
al-Tabaqa falls into SDF hands, the Kurdish fighters will seek to explore
pincers en route to Raqqa, the self-proclaimed ISIL capital.
a relevant development on Sunday, scores of ISIL militants have been killed in
intense battle with the SDF in Northern Syria as the terrorist group attempted
to storm several settlements, the SDF said in a statement.
reported that ISIL attacked the village of Misharfa West of Tabaqa town, adding
that the SDF fighters managed to repel their attack.
SDF fended off a suicide car attack and seized two ISIL tanks.
US strike on a Syrian airbase ordered in retaliation for a suspected chemical
weapons attack killed four soldiers on Friday and virtually destroyed its
facilities, a monitoring group said.
air commodore was among the four soldiers killed,” the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said. “The airbase was almost completely destroyed – the runway,
the fuel tanks and the air defenses were all blown to pieces,” the
Britain-based monitoring group said.
Arabia said on Friday it “fully supports” US strikes on military targets in
Syria, saying it was a “courageous decision” by President Donald Trump in
response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians.
responsible source at the foreign ministry expressed the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia's full support for the American military operations on military targets
in Syria, which came as a response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical
weapons against innocent civilians...,” a statement carried by state news
agency SPA said.
Iraqi military says the terrorist ِDaesh
group has shot down one of its helicopters over the northern city of Mosul,
killing two pilots on board.
a statement released on Thursday, Iraq's Joint Operations Command said the
helicopter “was attacked by enemy fire and destroyed on the battlefield.”
it was not specified whether the helicopter was hit by gunfire or a
aircraft was providing air support to Iraqi Federal Police forces fighting
Daesh on the ground, the statement added.
Daesh-affiliated Amaq news agency reported that the helicopter had crashed in
al-Ghabat area, east of the Tigris River.
footage from an AP cameraman showed the chopper in a large ball of fire and a
long trail of black smoke falling out of the sky.
is the first aircraft downed by Daesh over Mosul since the start of the
operation to liberate the city last October.
fell to Daesh in 2014, when the terror outfit began its campaign of death and
destruction in the Arab country.
army soldiers and allied fighters launched the offensive to retake Mosul,
Daesh’s last major city stronghold in the country, in October 2016.
Of England Mulls Islamic Bank Liquidity Tool
London (April 6, 2017, 3:06 PM BST) -- The Bank of England is developing a
Sharia-compliant liquidity tool for Islamic banks as it seeks to tap into prime
Muslim markets in the Middle East and South Asia, it said Thursday.
central bank has issued a consultation paper on establishing a fund-based
deposit facility that would allow Islamic banks to conform with regulatory
requirements for liquid asset buffers.
Sharia law, banks are unable to become involved in what are considered to be
socially detrimental activities and are forbidden from collecting interest,
CITY (RNS) Pope Francis condemned the suspected chemical weapons attack that
killed over 100 people in Syria and renewed his call for an urgent political
solution to end the war.
at his weekly audience at the Vatican on Wednesday (April 5), the pope said he
was horrified by the “unacceptable” massacre of civilians, including at least
20 children, on Tuesday.
firmly deplore the unacceptable carnage that took place yesterday in Idlib
province where scores of helpless people, including many children, were
killed,” the pope said.
countries, including the U.S., have blamed Syrian government forces for the
attack in which scores of people appeared to choke to death in Khan Sheikhoun,
a rebel-held area of northern Syria. The Syrian army has denied any
look on horrified by the recent events in Syria,” the pope told tens of
thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
pray for the victims and their families and appeal to the consciences of those
with political responsibilities, both locally and internationally, to end this
tragedy and bring relief to the dear people who for too long have been
exhausted by war.”
new Syrian families have been given shelter by the Vatican in a bid to aid
those fleeing conflict and persecution.
total of 13 people – from one Muslim and two Christian families – are being
housed in three Vatican-owned apartments recently vacated by other refugees who
have moved to more permanent accommodation in Rome.
deadly attack occurred as 70 donor countries were meeting in Brussels at a
conference hosted by the European Union to discuss humanitarian relief for
Syria as the conflict enters its seventh year.
Paul Gallagher, who is responsible for the Holy See’s relations with other
states, told the conference the Vatican was “deeply concerned about the
tremendous human suffering” in Syria and the treatment of prisoners and
2016 the Catholic Church contributed $200 million in humanitarian aid to 4.6
million people in Syria and the surrounding region, Gallagher said.
McKenna covers the Vatican for RNS)
backs West African cooperation against Islamists
backs efforts by West African states to boost security in their Sahel region,
including a plan for a 5,000-strong multinational force to combat Islamist
fighters, its foreign minister said on Thursday.
Ayrault said the G5 Sahel states - Mali, Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso and
Niger - must improve their counter-terrorism capacity.
countries of the G5 have decided to enter a new phase ... with the creation of
a common force to protect their borders," Ayrault said after meeting
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
second phase consists of training specialized troops, not to replace Barkhane,
but to strengthen it in the fight against terrorist groups, but also all sorts
of trafficking that is wreaking havoc on the region," he told Reuters.
colonial power France intervened in 2013 to drive out al Qaeda-linked militants
who seized northern Mali the year before. It has since deployed some 4,000
soldiers, known as the Barkhane force, across the region to hunt down Islamists.
peacekeepers have also been deployed to Mali.
Sahel region, whose desert expanses stretch from Mauritania to Sudan, is home
to several jihadist groups.
groups have continued to launch attacks across the region in the past 18 months.
A spike of violence in central Mali has spilled over its southern border into
to Russia Today, President Putin “regards the strikes as aggression against a
sovereign nation,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, noting that the president
believes the strikes were carried out “in violation of international law, and
also under an invented pretext.”
also insisted that “the Syrian army doesn’t have chemical weapons,” saying this
had been “observed and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons, a special UN unit.”
sees the US missile strike on Syria as an attempt to distract attention from
civilian casualties in Iraq, Peskov added.
- Eight people suspected of involvement in the Saint Petersburg metro bombing
were detained Thursday, Russia’s Investigative Committee said.
people were detained in Saint Petersburg and two in Moscow who are involved in
the act of terror” following an investigation and search operation conducted
with the FSB security service and interior ministry, the committee said in a
said they discovered, in one of the suspects’ residences, an explosive device
“identical” to the one found at a Saint Petersburg metro station that was
discovered shortly before another device exploded in a tunnel killing 13
people. They also recovered firearms and ammunition from the suspects’
residences, the committee said.
committee said a court will soon rule on detention measures for the eight
suspects, who seem to bear Central Asian names.
said earlier Thursday that they had raided the flat of “several citizens of
Central Asian republics, who had been in contact” with the suspected bomber,
22-year-old Akbarjon Djalilov.
confiscated other objects “relevant to the investigation” at his acquaintances’
flat but did not disclose their nature.
said Djalilov — believed to be a Russian citizen born in the Central Asian
nation of Kyrgyzstan — had set off a bomb in a train carriage travelling
between two busy Saint Petersburg metro stations on Monday afternoon.
remains were found at the site of the blast and traces of his DNA were also
discovered on a bag containing the bomb at another metro station that was
successfully defused, investigators said.
one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
head of Russia’s Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin has ordered
officials to look into any potential “links” between the alleged attacker and
the Islamic State group.
NATIONS - Britain, France and the United States asked the UN Security Council
to hold a vote later Thursday on a resolution demanding an investigation of the
suspected chemical attack in Syria, diplomats said.
remained unclear whether Russia would support the measure, which was slightly
revised following negotiations over the past two days.
France and the United States circulated the draft resolution following the
strike Tuesday on a rebel-held town in Idlib province that left 86 people dead,
including 27 children.
from post-mortems performed on victims from the town of Khan Sheikhun point to
possible exposure to sarin, according to Turkish health officials.
has rejected the proposed resolution as “categorically unacceptable” and
proposed a rival draft that did not include demands for the Syrian government
to cooperate with an investigation.
earlier warned Russia against resorting to its veto power to block the measure
from adoption at the Security Council.
would be a terrible responsibility in front of history,” French Ambassador
Francois Delattre told reporters.
whether he expected Russia to resort to a veto, Delattre said: “I would not say
that. I think there is still a chance. I hope so.”
said the council could hold the vote around 7:00 pm (2300 GMT).
has used its veto power seven times to block UN action that would put pressure
on its ally Syria.
draft resolution backs an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons and demands the Syrian government provide information about
its military operations on the day of the strike.
text calls on Syria to provide flight plans, flight logs and other information
on its military operations on April 4 and to hand over the names of commanders
of helicopter squadrons.
France and the United States blame President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for the
attack, but the Syrian army has denied any involvement.
Threatens Poland And Hungary Over Refusal To Accept Muslim Migrants
(ChurchMilitant.com) - European Union (EU) officials are threatening to boot
Poland and Hungary from the EU because of their refusal to accept their quota
of Muslim migrants.
Eastern-European-majority-Christian nations are being threatened because they
have consistently refused to accept quotas imposed on them by the EU.
Tuesday, an EU representative told The Times, "They will have to make a
choice: are they in the European system or not? You cannot blackmail the EU,
unity has a price. ... We are going to be very tough on this."
European Union has sought to relocate about 160,000 migrants from the Middle
East since the crisis began in 2014. Many European countries, however, are
facing dire financial deficits to feed, house and clothe migrants from Syria,
Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
countries like Sweden, Germany and France, where migrants have been accepted
with open arms, there has been an explosion of sexual crimes against citizen
women and children, along with riots, theft and destruction of property by
2016 public opinion poll from members of 10 European countries show that 60
percent believe refugees will increase terrorism in their countries and half
believe migrants are a "burden to society" by taking jobs and social
benefits from citizens.
the crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is leading the charge to have all
members of the EU accept certain numbers of migrants into their own countries,
Poland and Hungary have taken a few thousand each and refuse to take more.
this year the European Court of Justice will be looking into the legality of
the quota system and is expected to issue a judgment.
response, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło is declaring Poland "will
resist blackmail and pressure." She asserts the Catholic nation will
continue its "prudent and reasonable migrant policy."
further notes, "The European Union made a fatal mistake under pressure
from lobbyists but also under a lot of pressure from Germany – it accepted
resolutions which turned out not only to be ineffective but also did not solve
the migrant problem."
reaction to the mass migration has been, perhaps, the strongest. Prime Minister
Viktor Orbán has been especially outspoken in his resistance to EU quotas. In
January, he wrote an editorial for the National Review where he commented,
"The main threat to the future of Europe is not those who want to come
here to live but our own political, economic and intellectual elites bent on
transforming Europe against the clear will of the European people."
Pakistani lawmaker and deputy leader of a conservative religious party, accused
of links with militant groups, has invited the Pakistani Taliban to join his
Islamist political party.
a three-day gathering of religious devotees and political followers got under
way Thursday, the secretary general of Pakistani's Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl
(JUI-F), Abdul Ghafoor Haidari, called on the Taliban in Pakistan to lay down
arms and pursue its objectives through political means.
to reporters the previous day in the northwestern restive city of Peshawar,
Haidari said, "We invite them [Pakistani Taliban] to join JUI-F and
achieve their objectives with the help of a peaceful and political
a quarter million people, including foreign guests, were expected to attend the
gathering in Naushera, near Peshawar, which began to celebrate the centenary of
the conservative party.
have sent invitations to 52 countries and have also invited ambassadors from
Muslim and European Union countries," Jalil Jan, a spokesperson for JUI-F,
told VOA's Deewa service. "Guests from 20 countries have already arrived.
More guests are arriving today and tomorrow morning."
guest list also includes the deputy Imam of the Kaaba — the Muslim holy place
in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
by Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman, JUI-F is an offshoot of a Muslim Sunni clerics'
political movement founded in British India by the Deobandi madrassa in 1919,
which opposed the formation of a separate homeland for Indian Muslims — today's
father, Mufti Mahmoud, was one of the leading members who parted ways with the
party in 1945 and supported the creation of Pakistan.
party has been a strong advocate of Sharia law in the country and has opposed
liberal initiatives in the parliament.
to Haidari, the gathering is being held to demonstrate to the world that there
is no space for extremism in Islam, Pakistani media said.
revered beliefs cannot be made controversial. It clearly states that the
killing of one person means the murder of all humanity," said Haidari, who
is also the vice chairman of Pakistan's senate.
agreement seen as unlikely
say the Islamist party's message is unlikely to appeal to Taliban members.
will not make TTP [Pakistani Taliban] surrender their arms or leave their
movement and ideology," Amir Rana, a security and political analyst in
Islamabad, told VOA. "Those who have joined the Taliban might not come
political analyst Khadim Hussain said the Taliban does not believe in Pakistani
government institutions or its constitution, nor do they accept democracy.
can Taliban join the political scenario of Pakistan while having such
ideologies against the state?" Hussain told VOA.
added that unless the Islamist party condemns all forms of terrorist groups,
including those that are fighting to topple the government in neighboring
Afghanistan, its message would fall on deaf ears. JUI-F has historically
supported the Taliban in Afghanistan.
believes that Afghan Taliban are fighting for freedom or imposing Sharia in
Afghanistan and it's justified," Hussain said. "But on the other
hand, he has a completely different stance on Taliban active against the state
in Pakistan. For JUI, if Taliban is used against Afghanistan, that's right, but
if they fight against the state of Pakistan, it's wrong."
has strongly opposed American drone strikes targeting militants in Pakistan's
tribal areas, viewing it as a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.
the 2011 U.S. raid in Abbottabad that killed al-Qaida's leader Osama bin Laden,
the JUI-F condemned the drone strikes, calling on the government to stop the
passage of supplies to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan through Pakistan.
in White House to increase pressure on Pakistan: experts
This week’s shake-up in the Trump White House could also lead to greater
pressure on Pakistan to create a condition that allows the United States to win
the war in Afghanistan, US experts say.
experts, who spoke to Dawn, said that there’s still no talk in the US capital
of severing ties with this key nation. But the new South Asian desk in the
White House National Security will now be headed by a person who wants Pakistan
to align its policies on terrorism and Afghanistan with those of the United
Curtis, a South Asian affairs’ expert from a Washington think-tank, will now be
the senior director for South and Central Asia at the White House National Security
this means for Pakistan at this early point is unclear, but ultimately, we can
expect a Pakistan policy to emerge from the White House that emphasizes tough
love but also cooperation along lines that directly serve US interests,” said
Michael Kugelman, a senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson
Weinbaum, the scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute, Washington,
said that the Trump administration’s “general approach to Pakistan” will be
decided by the new National Security Adviser Gen. H. R. McMaster because
President Donald Trump “has no strong ideas of his own about the South Asian
since it was Gen McMaster who roped-in Ms Curtis, – instead of Brig. Gen. Robin
Fontes whose appointment had already been announced – she will have a strong
influence on future US policies towards South Asia.
speaking, judging on the paper she authored with (Pakistan’s former ambassador
Husain Haqqani), she will expect more from Pakistan in dealing with terrorist
groups seen as threatening US aims in Afghanistan,” said Mr Weinbaum.
paper proposed tough measures against Pakistan to persuade it to cooperate with
the United States.
bring Ms Curtis, Gen McMaster overturned a decision by the now-ousted national
security adviser, Ret Gen Michael Flynn, who had hired Ms Fontes for this job.
Curtis is also considered a Russia hawk, like Brookings scholar Fiona Hill,
another McMaster appointee, who joined the council as senior director for
Europe and Russia.
The Washington Post pointed out, Ms Curtis will be the only senior official in
the Trump administration who deals with the South Asia region, which includes
“the strategically important countries of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
no permanent assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs,
no Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the State Department
and no assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Affairs at the
rather disheartening I’m sure for the people in the region,” Shuja Nawaz,
distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, Washington, told the Post. “They
are still fumbling for some direction as to how the Trump administration will
deal with this region.”
The Foreign Office said on Thursday that Pakistan was ready for dialogue with
India on terrorism and would like to discuss Indian role in subversive
activities in Pakistani territory.
wants to speak of terrorism! We also insist on speaking of terrorism … We need
to address Indian-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan,” FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria
said at the weekly media briefing. He was commenting on the Indian reaction to
a statement by US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley in which she had indicated US
interest in mediating between India and Pakistan to prevent the tensions
between the South Asian rivals from escalating.
spokesman recalled that Kulbhushan Jadhav’s activities and many other similar
instances were irrefutable proof of Indian involvement in Pakistan.
Delhi had sharply reacted to Amb Haley’s statement, saying dialogue with
Pakistan had to be bilateral and could take place in an “environment free of
terror and violence”. The strong response from New Delhi forced the State
Department to revert to its traditional position that Pakistan and India needed
to talk directly to each other.
reservations over border fencing dismissed
as usual reacted negatively to the US offer,” the spokesman said, adding that
Amb Haley’s remarks showed that the international community was taking note of
the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir.
spokesman said India would not be allowed to hide behind the bogey of
terrorism. India by playing the terrorism mantra, he said, “tries to hide the
atrocities in IOK and (is) afraid of being exposed on account of crimes against
humanity committed by the Indian occupation forces in IOK”.
Zakaria also welcomed another mediation offer from Iran.
spokesman dismissed Afghan reservations over fencing of border by Pakistan.
the work related to the border management is being done on our side of the
border. Border management measures are being undertaken to tackle terrorists
coming from across the border as well as to protect Pakistani citizens,” Mr
army had recently announced that it had begun partial fencing of the border to
prevent unauthorised cross-border movement.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Shakib Mostaghani had warned Pakistan against
what he described as “unilateral actions by the Pakistani side along the Durand
Line” and hinted at a military response.
similar feud over construction of a border gate at Torkham last year had led to
military exchanges between the two in which both sides suffered casualties.
opposition to border management is rooted in its refusal to accept the Durand
Line as an international border between the two countries.
by an Afghan member of parliament last week that the Durand Line should be
accepted as border kicked up a political storm in Afghanistan.
on recent contacts between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the
understanding reached in London, Mr Zakaria said the bilateral contacts have
been useful. “There is a growing understanding between both the countries to work
together to tackle the common threat of terrorism,” he maintained.
FO continued its defence of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight
Terrorism (IMAFT) and Pakistan’s participation in it.
endeavour would be that IMAFT serves to bring Muslim countries together in the
fight against terrorism. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are brotherly Muslim
countries,” the spokesman said in response to a question about the concerns
expressed by Iranian envoy about retired Gen Raheel Sharif being allowed to
is focused on combating terrorism by promoting solidarity and cooperation among
the Muslim countries. It is neither for, nor against any country. The TORs of
IMAFT are yet to be developed,” he added.
Justice Aamer Farooq of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday dismissed a
petition filed by former president Gen Pervez Musharraf to quash the trial
proceedings as well as the process initiated to confiscate his property for
absconding in the Lal Masjid cleric’s murder case.
a trial court deferred the issuance of red warrants against the former military
ruler in the same case.
Shah, the counsel for Gen Musharraf, filed a petition with the IHC against the
order of the trial court declaring him an absconder and issuing his perpetual
warrants in the murder case of Abdul Rashid Ghazi.
cleric was killed during the July 2007 operation when Gen Musharraf was the
chief of army staff and the president of Pakistan.
Justice Farooq, Advocate Shah contended that since Ghazi was killed during a
military operation on Lal Masjid in 2007, under Article 245 of the Constitution
such matters cannot be heard in courts.
military acts in aid of civil power when called upon to do so.” The counsel
claimed that the prosecution did not obtain the mandatory approval from the
government before filing a formal complaint against his client.
requested the court to quash the proceedings against Gen Musharraf in the
counsel, however, could not give a justification whether a fugitive of law
could be represented through a counsel before surrendering.
per the legal practice, a fugitive or an absconder could only be represented
through an attorney after he surrenders to the trial court concerned.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Pervezul Qadir Memon deferred the
issuance of red warrants against Gen Musharraf in the murder case.
directed the interior ministry to submit a comprehensive report along with the
standing operating procedure (SOP) in this regard.
application filed by the son of the deceased cleric requested the court to
issue red warrants against the former military dictator.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday praised China's diplomatic and material
support to Pakistan in the war on terror.
was talking to a delegation led by Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National
Committee of Chinese Peoples' Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
said that the visit will establish institutional linkages between parliaments
of Pakistan and China.
stressed close cooperation between the two parliaments, which, he said would
contribute towards further strengthening the warm and friendly relations
between Pakistan and China.
recalled that the relations between the two countries were raised to an even
higher level of "all weather cooperative strategic partnership",
during the visit of President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in 2015.
am looking forward to my visit to China in May 2017 to participate in the 'Belt
and Road Forum', at the invitation of President Xi Jinping", he said.
said the forum would provide an excellent opportunity for discussing important
areas of connectivity, infrastructure, trade, finance, people-to-people
exchanges and think-tanks cooperation, not only between Pakistan and China but
with the wider world.
PM emphasised that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its related
projects symbolise the people-centric approach of the two countries and their
resolve for regional connectivity.
project has immense potential to boost up regional trade and businesses as well
as bring the people of the region closer. Millions of people in our region
would reap the benefits of this project," he said.
thanked Nawaz for the warm welcome. He hoped that parliamentary exchanges
between China and Pakistan would further strengthen the brotherly ties between
the two countries.
- Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has said suicide bombers are coming
from Afghanistan, where the terrorist have sanctuaries.
minister told media that from the beginning of the national census reports of
possible terror hits were noticed.
- The public along with the law enforcement agencies is working to defeat
terrorists, their facilitators as well as offenders and wanted criminals to
ensure peace in the society, a police officer said. Bahawalpur Regional Police
Officer Idrees Ahmad expressed was checking the performance report of
Bahawalpur Police during the month of March with regard to the implementation
of National Action Plan.
RPO was told that during the month, the police throughout the region registered
125 cases of Sound System Act violation from which 166 accused were arrested,
in the cases of wall chalking act violation 45 cases were registered from which
40 were arrested and challaned. In crackdown on illegal weapons holders
throughout the region, 173 cases were registered and 173 accused were arrested.
He said 48 cases were registered for dealing with negligence at sensitive and
important installations in which 51 persons were arrested.
SDF forces engaged in heavy clashes with the Turkish army and its affiliated
militants who had started a massive offensive against Um al-Housh, Qoul Sarouj,
Tal Maziq Samouqeh, Hasiyeh and Haliseh villages and al-Masha school in
al-Shahba region from Tal Malid and Mare'e regions.
the clashes, 7 Turkey-backed militants were killed and the Euphrates Shield
Operation forces' attack was repelled.
reports said that the Turkish army and affiliated militants' offensives against
the villages still continue, using different weapons and tanks.
a relevant development on Tuesday, the SDF repulsed an offensive of the
Ankara-backed militants in the Northern part of Aleppo province, killing a
number of militants.
SDF's Jeish al-Thawar engaged in fierce clashes with the Turkey-backed
militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation and fended off their massive attack
on the villages of Tal Maziq, Qolsarouj, Samouqeh, Sheikh Issa, Harbal and Um
al-Housh in Northern Aleppo, killing a number of militants and destroying their
warned on Monday that it will soon launch an offensive on the Turkish army in
Northern Aleppo province to push the foreign military troops out of the highly
strategic region of Al-Bab.
SDF, Turkish army and the Syrian government troops have been fighting ISIL
terrorists in Aleppo province.
Apr 06, 2017
clear redline should be drawn between the terrorist and dissident groups in Syria
and the terrorists shouldn’t be given a seat in negotiations with the (Syrian)
government," Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with Russian Ambassador to
Tehran Levan Jagarian on Thursday.
also lauded the Syrian government's efforts to fight against terrorism and
focus on the political solution, and underlined the importance of cooperation
between Tehran and Moscow in helping Damascus.
relevant remarks in January, Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide Ali Akbar
Velayati underlined the importance of talks between the Syrian government and
its allies before the start of the peace talks, and said the terrorist groups
are not allowed to take part in the negotiations on the future of Syria.
dissidents who have been admitted to the negotiations can participate in the
talks with the Syrian government; of course, the ISIL and al-Nusra are still
considered as terrorist groups and in no way entitled to take part in these
negotiations," Velayati told reporters on the sidelines of his meeting
with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Tehran.
CITY - Gaza’s Hamas rulers hanged three men they accused of collaborating with
Israel Thursday, fulfilling vows of revenge for the mysterious killing of one
of their commanders last month.
men, dressed in red prison jumpsuits, were shackled hand and foot and hooded as
they were put to death at an excercise ground inside a police facility, an AFP
Hamas officials, representatives of other Gaza-based groups and a few
journalists observed the hangings.
says that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and its Palestinian
“collaborators” killed Mazen Faqha in the Palestinian territory on March 24.
men who were hanged on Thursday were not implicated in his killing but were
accused of past acts of “treason and collaborating,” a Hamas interior ministry
military court in Gaza sentenced them to death by hanging, and the decision was
upheld by each military appeals court and the high military court,” it said.
were aged 55, 42 and 31, the ministry said but did not name them.
Rights Watch condemned the executions.
death penalty is a barbaric practice,” it said in a statement.
abhorrent executions by Hamas authorities of three men in Gaza deemed to be
collaborators project weakness, not strength.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he supports the "strong and
clear message" sent by a US strike in neighboring Syria in retaliation for
a suspected chemical attack.
both word and action, President (Donald) Trump sent a strong and clear message
today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated,"
a statement from Netanyahu's office said.
fully supports President Trump's decision and hopes that this message of
resolve in the face of the Assad regime's horrific actions will resonate not
only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere."
ordered the massive military strike on a Syrian airbase on Thursday in
retaliation for the "barbaric" chemical attack he blamed on President
has strongly condemned a US cruise missile attack on a Syrian army airbase near
the west-central city of Homs, calling it "destructive and
Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Friday US use of a chemical attack in
Syria as a "pretext for unilateral action is dangerous, destructive and
violation of peremptory principles of international laws."
60 US Tomahawk missiles were fires from US warships deployed to the
Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield southeast of Homs earlier in the day, in
an assault slammed by Syria as an “act of aggression.”
ordered the assault after accusing Syria of carrying out a chemical attack against
the town of Khan Sheikhun in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday.
said, “The Islamic Republic, as the biggest victim of chemical weapons in
modern history, condemns any application of such weapons, regardless of the
perpetrators and victims.”
“the timing, perpetrators, and benefactors of (the chemical attack) are still
shrouded in mystery,” he added.
spokesman said the US airstrike will only "strengthen the dying terrorist
groups and complicate the situation in Syria and the region."
Damascus’ request, Iran has been providing military advisory assistance to the
has also been playing an active role on the diplomatic front, where it has
mediated, along with Russia and Turkey, three rounds of peace negotiations
between Damascus and opposition groups in Astana, Kazakhstan, since the
beginning of this year.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country would welcome a possible US
military campaign in Syria in the wake of a suspected chemical attack in the
Arab country’s northwestern province of Idlib.
in an interview broadcast live on nationwide Kanal 7 television network on
Thursday, Erdogan said Turkey is ready to do its part if such onslaught takes
US President Donald Trump, who told some members of the US Congress Thursday
that he is considering military intervention in Syria, Erdogan said, “Don't
limit yourself to comments, we need action."
it truly is a matter of actions, then Turkey is ready to take its
responsibilities. We will not back down," the Turkish president added.
Turkish leader’s comments come as the Syrian ambassador to Russia has accused
Turkey of seeking to establish a city near the northern Syrian city of al-Bab,
citing Turkish troops’ presence and occupation of the area.
launched an incursion into Syria on August 24, 2016, in an alleged bid to push
Daesh terrorists from the border with Syria and stop the advance of Kurdish
forces. Damascus condemned the campaign as an act of aggression.
on March 29, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the country's
'Operation Euphrates Shield' was complete, noting that any further military
measures in Syria would by conducted under a different name.
file photo taken on October 24, 2016 shows Turkish soldiers firing an upgraded
M60 tank in the near the northern Syrian village of Beraan, north of Aleppo.
his Thursday comments, Erdogan also criticized his Russian counterpart Vladimir
Putin for refusing to accept allegations that the Damascus government was
behind the April 4 chemical incident in the town of Khan Shaykhun.
Putin condemned as unacceptable the “unfounded accusations” about the Idlib
attack, and “pointed out that it was unacceptable to make groundless
accusations against anyone without conducting a detailed and unbiased
investigation,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
80 people were reportedly killed in the suspected chemical incident in the town
of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has dismissed any accusations that the Syrian
Army deployed chemical weapons in Idlib.
is reportedly planning to launch a military incursion into northern Iraq in an
alleged bid to target the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), viewed by Ankara as a
pro-government Yeni Safak daily reported on Thursday that the campaign would
begin in late April or May, after the April 16 referendum on expanding
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Tigris Shield, the mission would involve thousands of tanks, vehicles and
artillery pieces used in Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria, which
ended in March after seven months, the report added.
report further accused the PKK of having built up nine camps in the northern
Iraqi Sinjar district since 2014, when the group moved in to fight Daesh
new operation in Iraq is aimed at cutting off any contact between Sinjar and
the Qandil Mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan to the north as well as preventing
cooperation between the PKK in Iraq and Kurdish forces in Syria, the report
this week, Erdogan stressed that the Operation Euphrates Shield was only the
"first stage" of what he called Turkey’s counter-terrorism battle.
also warned that the next phases of the operation would be broader, and include
the Iraqi areas of Sinjar and Tal Afar.
July 2015, Turkish air force has been carrying out operations against the PKK
positions in the country’s troubled southeastern border region as well as in
northern Iraq and neighboring Syria.
shaky ceasefire between Ankara and the PKK that had stood since 2013 was
declared null and void by the militants following Turkish strikes against the
deployed its troops to Iraq in December 2015, claiming that it was part of a
mission to train Iraqi Kurdish forces in the fight against Daesh. Some 500
Turkish forces are said to be present at the Bashiqa military camp on the
outskirts of the Iraqi city of Mosul.
has repeatedly asked Ankara to withdraw its forces from the region, describing
Turkey’s military presence in Iraq as an infringement on its sovereignty.
as Hindu groups observed Ram Navami across Bengal amid fanfare on Wednesday,
compelling even Trinamool leaders to offer greetings to the people, top Muslim
clerics demanded a ban the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), expulsion of
Muslim intellectual Tarek Fatah from the country for “repeatedly insulting the
Prophet” and clampdown on a prime television channel for airing Fatah’s views.
of the West Bengal Minority United Council who claimed to have gathered “under
the guidance” of the All India Majlis-e-Shoora, Tipu Sultan Masjid, demanded that
chief minister Mamata Banerjee should ban the RSS in Bengal and persuade the
BJP Government to expel Tarek Fatah. “Is it permissible in the book of law to
raise swords and Lathis at RSS gatherings and create a sense of insecurity
among other communities?” said Khalid Ebadullah, president of the council.
council aired its demands before the media in the presence of Trinamool MP
Idris Ali who attempted to distance himself from the sensitive topics. “I did
not know what the issue was when I was invited today by the Shahi Imam of Tipu
Sultan Masjid. I request the media not to twist the news. The Muslim community
will organise a rally on April 21 to promote communal harmony. The Shahi Imam
has also invited the chief minister to the rally,” said the Trinamool leader
even as he alleged that the RSS was involved in communal activities.
of the most influential Muslim clerics in the state and Shahi Imam of Tipu
Sultan Masjid, Syed Muhammad Nur-ur Rehman Barkati announced before the media
that thousands of Muslims would gather in the heart of Kolkata on April 21 to
voice their demands and promote communal harmony. “RSS has become a big threat
to all Indians, not just Muslims. It should be banned for the same reasons the
Taliban was banned by the US government. And, Tarek Fatah deserves no mercy for
what he is doing,” Barkati later told HT on the sidelines of the news
even alleged that carrying swords and other weapons in Ram Navami processions
violated the law and culture of India. “Tipu Sultan’s sword is still preserved
in our mosque. Do we carry it on the streets? Display of weapons scare people.
It goes against the law of the land,” said Barkati.
who had announced a Fatwa against controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima
Nasreen during the Left Front regime, forcing the Buddhadeb Bhattacharya
government to refuse her shelter, said he had earlier announced a similar fatwa
against Tarek Fatah. “If the government doesn’t oust him immediately, protests
will be carried out across the country and the government will be responsible
for the consequences,” he said, quoting a few lines from the Quran.
remember that when a famous Muslim painter came under fire and was forced to
leave India for insulting Hindu deities we did not interfere or offer support,”
Barkati told HT without naming Maqbool Fida Husain.
signs $2 billion missile deal with India
has signed a $2 billion contract with India to supply it with missile defence
systems, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries said today. Israel
Aerospace Industries (IAI) in an announcement said that it has been awarded its
largest defence contract of almost $2
billion for supplying advanced medium-range surface-to-air missile systems
(MRSAM) to India.
said it would also supply additional long-range air and missile defence systems
(LRSAM) for the first locally produced Indian aircraft carrier. The contract is
worth $1.6 billion for IAI, with the rest going to another state-owned defence
company Rafael, that will be providing components for the systems.
current contracts represent an enormous expression of confidence by the
government of India in IAI’s capabilities and advanced technologies, which are
being developed with our local partners as part of the Indian government’s
‘Make in India’ policy,” IAI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joseph Weiss said in
Reuven Rivlin, who is said to have discussed the deal with Indian leaders
during his trip to India early this year, called to congratulate Weiss on this
“historic” deal terming it truly “exceptional”.
pass on my congratulations to all who contributed to this important
achievement. You have come such a long way to arrive at this point, it is truly
exceptional,” Rivlin told IAI’s CEO.
willingness to share technology and form joint ventures with Indian companies
to develop and manufacture military equipment supporting the ‘Make in India’
initiative is said to have been well received in New Delhi.
leaders have warned that the rise in incidents of politicians using abusive
language against their political opponents may lead to chaos, if not checked.
Mohamed Khalifa, the organising secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers
of Kenya (CIPK) challenged State agencies mandated to vet aspirants to bar such
politicians from seeking any elective posts.
Khalifa was addressing journalists on the sidelines of a stakeholders' forum
held by the Kenya Film Classification Board that was held at Travellers Beach
Hotel, Mombasa, with the aim of collecting religious leaders' views on the
review of the Film and Stage Plays Act Cap 222.
of (the) public cannot tolerate any more leaders who are intolerant [and]
disrespect and incite Kenyans along tribal lines," added Sheikh Khalifa.
County Commissioner Evans Achoki who was present during the forum urged the
media to conduct themselves professionally before, during and after the
Khalifa challenged the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Ethics
and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the National Cohesion and Integration
Commission (NCIC) to prosecute politicians propagating hooliganism and violence
that has been witnessed in the recent past across the country.
political violence witnessed in Migori County the other day should not be
allowed to happen again since it is a threat to the security and stability of
the country ahead of the polls," he said.
agencies are failing Kenyans because they are mandated to take legal action
against some of these leaders. Kenyans should not be allowed to be used by politicians
to fight their neighbours because of political differences," added the
leaders are increasingly concerned with the state of the nation as the clock
ticks towards the August 8 elections.
repeatedly pleaded with politicians to save the country from a repeat of the
2007/2008 bloody chaos in which thousands of Kenyans lost their lives while
others were displaced from their homes.
the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) chairman Adan Wachu and board
member, Dr Nelson Makanda, said the posterity of the country is more important
than the outcome of elections.
are urging all stakeholders in this country to honour the sanctity of the laws
and the Constitution we have given ourselves so that we go to the election
without acrimony," said Dr Makanda.
Muslim, Christian and Hindu religious leaders' umbrella body said they are the
voice of Kenyans, adding that they are committed to telling Kenyans,
particularly the youth, not to be incited by politicians to cause violence and
fight each other.
observed that there is a similarity between this year's election and the
disputed 2007 elections in which the country was plunged into political crisis.
Tunisian court has sentenced a British DJ to a year in jail after he played a
dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer.
Dax J, was charged with public indecency and offending public morality - but
had already fled the country before the court case.
had also issued an apology.
nightclub was shut down after footage of the weekend's event was shared on
social media and sparked outrage.
court spokesperson told AFP news agency that the court dismissed charges
against the nightclub owner and an event organiser, but the prosecution has
appealed saying the two should have checked what the DJ would be playing.
event was part of Orbit Festival in Nabeul in the country's north-east.
footage showed clubbers dancing to music played by two European DJs.
music included a dance version of the call to prayer, the religious act that
Muslims perform five times a day.
will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred," the
governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, said when the club was shut down.
in the week, the organisers of the Orbit Festival apologised in a post on the
event's Facebook page, but said that they did not accept responsibility for the
playing of any offensive music.
- At least 14 people were killed and several others injured when the minibus
they were travelling in hit a landmine in the southern Somali region of Lower
Shebelle Thursday, police said.
civilians, seven of them women, were killed in the landmine explosion near
Golweyn, the minibus was transporting 21 people when it ran over the landmine
and most of them died in the blast,” local police official Ibrahim Isack told
mine was planted by the violent terrorists,” said Isack, referring to the
Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab group.
bus was travelling from the town of Bulomarer to Marka when it hit the landmine
near the village of Golweyn which lies some 120 kilometres (74 miles) from the
capital in an area hotly contested between government and African Union troops
and the Shabaab.
saw the dead bodies of more than ten people including three children and seven
women, their bodies were shattered by the blast,” Mohamed Abdulahi, a witness
from a nearby village told AFP by telephone.
incident is horrible and everybody is shocked, innocent civilians blown up
while travelling to their houses,” said Abdulahi Moalim Abdi, an elder from
blast came just hours after Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
declared fresh war against the Islamists who continue to launch strikes at will
in the countryside and the capital Mogadishu.
am announcing a state of war in the country and call on the public to stand
with the national army to help fight terrorists,” the president, widely known
by his nickname Farmajo, told a press conference.
who took office in February, on Thursday replaced the heads of the army, police
and national intelligence.
are very sorry for those kids who have been misled and we are offering the
Shabaab fighters an ultimatum of 60 days to surrender otherwise they will face
the consequences,” he said.
suspected refugee smugglers have been killed in clashes with coastguards off
Libya’s western coast.
spokesman Ayoub Qassem said Thursday that those killed earlier in the day close
to the city of Zawiya, about 45 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli, had
coastguard boat detected the gunmen's boat by radar during a patrol,” Qassem
said, adding, “The gunmen were asked to stop but they refused to follow the
rules, which means most likely they were smugglers of illegal migrants. They
opened fire at the patrol. The coastguards fired back too."
official said the coastguard had managed to apprehend two of the suspected
smugglers while search was underway to find one missing refugee. He added that
a journalist from Germany, who was onboard the coastguard vessel, suffered
minor injuries in the exchange of fire.
normally use the western coast of Libya to embark on a risky journey toward
Europe to the north. Chaos in Libya, a country which has been gripped by
militancy since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi six years ago, has
enabled powerful smuggling networks to operate with impunity.
deal between the European Union and Turkey last March forced many refugees to
use the route in central Mediterranean toward Italy. Most of the refugees are
packed into dinghies that normally carry them to international waters where
European rescue craft or other vessels pick them up. The coastguard in Libya
intercepts some of the boats and forces them to return the refugees.
say around 600 refugees have died since the start of this year while trying to
cross the sea from Libya to Italy.
police arrest US man after 'mock' bomb found on Chicago-bound plane
58-year-old American man was arrested after airport officials found a
"mock improvised explosive device" in a suitcase on a United Airlines
flight bound for Chicago, Canadian police said on Thursday.
device was swabbed for explosives and found not to be a threat to safety, a
Peel Regional police spokesman said. The Chicago O'Hare-bound flight was
delayed for hours from its scheduled 7 am EDT (1100 GMT) departure from
suspect, who was not identified, was held for a bail hearing on Friday.
United States has attacked a Syrian airbase with at least 59 cruise missiles in
response to a deadly chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun area of Idlib.
spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis quoted in a statement said “At the direction of the
president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air
Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in
Syria). The strike targeted Shayrat
Airfield in Homs governorate, and was in response to the Syrian government’s
chemical weapons attack April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun, which killed or injured
hundreds of innocent Syrian people, including women and children.”
Davis further added that the strike was conducted using Tomahawk Land Attack
Missiles (TLAMs) launched from the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the
Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
to Capt. Davis, a total of 59 TLAMs targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft
shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air
defense systems, and radars.
always, the U.S. took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and
to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.
Every precaution was taken to execute this strike with minimal risk to
personnel at the airfield,” he added.
said the strike was a proportional response to Assad’s heinous act, insisting
that the Shayrat Airfield was used to store chemical weapons and Syrian air
to Pentagon, the U.S. intelligence community assesses that aircraft from
Shayrat conducted the chemical weapons attack on April 4. The strike was intended to deter the regime
from using chemical weapons again.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he ordered a targeted military strike
on the airfield in Syria from which a deadly chemical attack was launched and
added there could be no dispute that Syria had used banned chemical weapons.
is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and
deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” Trump said.
can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its
obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the
UN Security Council.”
White House official said 59 precision-guided missiles hit Shayrat Airfield in
Syria, where the US believes Tuesday's deadly attack was launched. The official
had earlier given the number of missiles involved as 70.
missiles were blasted from the USS Porter and the USS Ross, which belong to the
US Navy's Sixth Fleet and are located in the eastern Mediterranean. A US
official said the missiles targeted aircraft and runways at the base.
site was associated with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program and
directly linked to the horrific chemical weapons attack April 4th,” the White
House official said.
assess with a high degree of confidence that the chemical weapons attack
earlier this week was launched from this site by air assets under the command
of the Assad regime,” the official added.
also assess, with a similar degree of confidence, that the Assad regime used a
chemical nerve agent consistent with sarin in these attacks.” Inhaled or
absorbed through the skin, sarin gas kills by crippling the respiratory centre
of the central nervous system and paralyses the muscles around the lungs.
was used by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime to gas thousands of Kurds in
the northern town of Halabja in 1988.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he ordered missile strikes against a
Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched,
declaring he acted in America's "national security interest" against
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
officials said the military fired dozens of cruise missiles against the airbase
controlled by Assad's forces in response to the poison gas attack on Tuesday in
a rebel-held area.
U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from two U.S. Navy destroyers on
Thursday at a Syrian airfield and targets included aircraft and air defense
systems, a Pentagon spokesman said.
missiles targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and
logistical storage areas, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and
radars," Pentagon Captain Jeff Davis spokesman told reporters.
his biggest foreign policy crisis since taking office in January, Trump took
the toughest direct U.S. action yet in Syria's six-year-old civil war, raising
the risk of confrontation with Russia and Iran, Assad's two main military
of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed
very dramatically," Trump said from his resort in Mar-a-Lago where he was
attending a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
was warned: US
U.S. military gave Russian forces advanced notice of its strikes on a Syrian
airbase and did not hit sections of the base where the Russians were believed
to be present, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on Thursday.
briefing reporters on the operation, said the U.S. military had
"multiple" conversations with Russian forces on Thursday before the
strike, using a line of communication that had previously been established to
prevent an accidental clash in Syria during the fight against Islamic State.
Clinton calls to bomb Syria
an interview she was asked whether she now believes that failing to take a
tougher stand against Syria was her worst foreign policy mistake as secretary
of state under President Barack Obama, Clinton said she favored more aggressive
action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
think we should have been more willing to confront Assad," Clinton said in
the interview, conducted by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
really believe we should have and still should take out his air fields and
prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin
gas on them."
noted that she had advocated for a no-fly zone in Syria after leaving
government, something that Obama opposed.
50 Tomahawk missiles were launched from U.S. Navy warships, the USS Porter and
USS Ross, in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, striking multiple targets -
including the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations - on the Shayrat Air Base,
the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
estimates from the strikes, which were conducted at 8:45 p.m. EDT, were not
state TV said that "American aggression" had targeted a Syrian
military base with "a number of missiles and cited a Syrian military
source as saying the strike had "led to losses."
said: "Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in
Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.
is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and
deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons," Trump said.
can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its
obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the
U.N. Security Council," he added.
ordered the strikes just a day after he pointed the finger at Assad for this
week's chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children,
in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. The Syrian government has denied it was
behind the attack.
appeared to have opted for measured and targeted air attacks instead of a
full-blown assault on Assad's forces and installations.
relatively quick response to the chemical attack came as Trump faced a growing
list of global problems, from North Korea to China to Iran and Islamic State,
and may have been intended to send a message to friends and foes alike of his
resolve to use military force if deemed necessary.
Syrian military source said a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base had led
of our air bases in the central region was exposed at dawn today to a missile
strike by the United States, leading to losses," a Syrian state TV news
flash cited the source as saying.
man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York seven months ago,
injuring dozens of people, asked a judge on Wednesday to move his trial to
Vermont to avoid the possibility potential jurors have been influenced by
prejudicial publicity about the case.
for Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghanistan-born US citizen, said in court papers he
would get a fairer trial in Burlington, Vermont. They said an expert analysis
shows that media coverage of his case in Manhattan newspapers was twice as heavy
as occurred in Washington, D.C., and five times as much as in Burlington
who lived with his family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is charged with detonating
a pipe bomb along a charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and planting two
pressure cooker bombs in Manhattan on Sept. 17.
device did not explode. The other one detonated in the Chelsea neighborhood,
injuring 30 people.
who has pleaded not guilty, is detained without bail.
lawyers say their analysis shows that about 90 percent of respondents to their
survey were aware of Rahimi's case and that those who answered questions had a
"comparatively strong presumption of guilt."
said a high number of the respondents said they were in the Chelsea
neighborhood at the time of the attacks or knew someone who was.
lawyers wrote that prejudicial information that reached some respondents
included reports of a confession, a near singular focus on Rahimi, inflammatory
information and demonization of Rahimi as a terrorist.
also cited numerous statements by the government and tweets by former US
Attorney Preet Bharara about Rahimi and other aspects of his prosecution.
declined to comment.
was hospitalized for weeks for treatment of wounds suffered in a police
shootout during his Sept. 19 capture outside a bar in Linden, New Jersey. In
New Jersey, he is charged with attempted murder for the gunbattle with five
Manhattan federal trial is scheduled for October.
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