Scholars Ask Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Chief to Broker Kabul-Taliban Talks
Regime Forces Raid Houses across Kingdom, Detain Many Activists
Reformists: Wilayat Al- Faqih Ideology Contradicts Concept of a Republic
Mufti’s Proposal on Child Marriage before Deciding, Sabah CM Says
Irfan Habib on Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Concept of Indian Nation Originated From
Freedom Movement, Not Rig Veda’
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Madrasa Teachers to Be Barred From Politics
leader snatched from police custody
Chief to Honour PM for Dawra-e-Hadith Recognition
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key Taliban group leaders ambushed in Laghman province
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Terrorists Killed, Wounded in Fresh Infighting in Northwestern Syria
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parliament delays vote for country’s president
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Of Iran Cleric: Revolutionary Guards Hid Explosives In Hajj Pilgrim Bags
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Afghan religious scholars and members of the peace council on Monday concluded
their five-day visit to Islamabad, seeking mediation of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam
(JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq between the Taliban and the Afghan government,
Sami’s office said.
seven-member Afghan delegation met Samiul Haq, who is considered as the teacher
of Afghan Taliban, in Islamabad on Sunday and urged him to play his key role
for peace and reconciliation.
statement from the Madrassah Haqqania said that the Afghan scholars assured
Samiul Haq that they would accept his decision.
the Taliban consider you as a teacher, we want your mediation between the
Taliban and Afghan government,” the statement quoted members of the delegation
as telling the JUI-S leader.
Haq proposed a meeting of the scholars and the Taliban at a secret location
without involvement of the Afghan government, Pakistan and the US.
think the Afghan rulers, former mujahideen leaders and the Taliban must agree
on one point that is the withdrawal of the US and NATO forces and to liberate
Afghanistan,” Samiul Haq told the Afghan scholars, according to the statement.
Afghan scholars also met Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq, who backed
intra-Afghan dialogue to end the conflict.
JI does not support any particular group but we stand by the people of
Afghanistan. We ask all Afghan groups to come to the negotiation table for
regional peace,” Siraj told the Afghan delegates, according to a statement.
nation can force foreign occupation forces to leave Afghanistan if it
demonstrates unity,” he was quoted as saying. A seven-member Afghan delegation
headed by Attaur Rehman Saleem had arrived in Islamabad on Thursday.
Pakistani and Afghan religious scholars met in Islamabad and discussed the
clerics’ role in ending violence in war-shattered Afghanistan and encouraging
the Taliban to join the peace process.
scholars held consultations for holding a conference of the scholars in
Islamabad and Kabul to announce a joint stance on the Afghan war.
told Daily Times that Afghan scholars had a four-hour meeting at the Council of
Islamic Ideology (CII) with Maulana Taqi Usmani, Fazalur Rehman Khalil, Maulana
Iderees, Hanif Jalandari and CII Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz.
side was upbeat at their first ever face-to-face meeting with Pakistani
scholars despite Taliban strong opposition to such gatherings, as they view the
initiative as an American plan to “legalise their invasion of Afghanistan.”
officials believe they can convince Pakistani religious leaders to adopt a
stance against suicide bombings like they had issued a “decree” in January this
also cite a declaration against the Afghan war adopted by an international
conference in Saudi Arabia in July this year. Pakistani clerics had declined
Saudi invitation as they were upset at the kingdom’s “harsh” statements against
the Taliban. Saudi Arabia in its invitation to scholars had termed all Afghan
groups terrorist, evoking strong condemnation by the Taliban and an alliance of
scholars had joined Afghan and Indonesia scholars at a trilateral conference in
Indonesia in May this year that declared suicide bombings against Islam and
also called for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Afghan officials had agreed this month on a
meeting of scholars and officials in Islamabad to discuss agenda for a
conference of scholars to issue a joint declaration against violence in
had long been urging Islamabad to seek help from Pakistani scholars; however,
the latter had been reluctant to sit with Afghan scholars in view of the
presence of the foreign troops.
regime forces raid houses across kingdom, detain many activists
rights activists say Bahraini regime forces have stormed dozens of houses and
arrested tens of activists across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom as the ruling
Al Khalifah dynasty does not shy away from its heavy-handed clampdown on
political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners.
activists, requesting not to be named, said the raids were carried out in the
villages of al-Musalla, al-Sahla and Karzakan in addition to Jidhafs city and
Juffair suburban neighborhood of the capital Manama, Arabic-language and
independent Manama Post online newspaper reported.
of the detainees were later identified as Abdullah al-Sharaqi, Ali al-Awani,
Musa Jaafar al-Madani and Ali al-Qamish.
the opposition al-Wafa Islamic Movement condemned the new wave of arrests in
Bahrain, describing it as in line with the Manama regime’s repressive measures
against Shia Muslims during the mourning month of Muharram.
of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost
daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February
are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just
system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14,
2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to
assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or
got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military
tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount
to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3
reformists: Wilayat al- Faqih ideology contradicts concept of a republic
prominent Iranian reformists, Abu al-Fadl Quidani, and Reza Rajai, who were
imprisoned in recent years, issued a statement stressing that the Wilayat
al-Faqih (Guardianship of the Jurist) ideology contradicts the concept of a
republic. They highlight the importance of embracing the principal of a
republic in Iran.
Iranian regime, in its current situation, is facing various disasters ranging
from social, economic, and political levels. At this point, it is unable to
heal the wounds of society by masking these issues with cold-hearted role-play,
and false portrayals of confidence,” the statement said.
Iranian revolution of 1979 acknowledged the Iranian people’s aspirations, and
how they sought for a republican system that thrives from the strength of its
nation. The revolution prevailed as a success however; incorporating the
Wilayat al-Faqih principles in Iran’s constitution, contradicts the concept of
statement added that, “the Iranian regime’s current structure allows powers to
loot the country’s wealth, and exploit its economy for their own political
interests. This cannot be in line with the concept of a free, democratic
republic, which guarantees the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, and
advocates freedom of press”
statement continued: “A certain class of people with a misinterpretation of
Islam impose their will on the people. It is those people who make up the
Iranian authority; a minority ruling the majority”
extreme transformation occurred after the revolution- a false definition of a
republic emerged, paving the way for the principles of Wilayat al-Faqih to be
constitutionalized. Since then (in the early establishment of the Iranian
Islamic Republic), the structure has gone askew, leading to problems which our
society suffers from today”
witnessed a recent outbreak of demonstrations and protests in several Iranian cities,
which consisted of hundreds shouting slogans such as “Death to the dictator”
and “Death to the leader of Faqih”. This triggered political figures, both in
and out of Iran, to criticize Iran’s Supreme Leader who has absolute control of
mufti’s proposal on child marriage before deciding, Sabah CM says
KINABALU, Oct 1 — Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said today that
the state will consider all expert opinions, including its mufti’s call for
allowing Muslim girls to marry at 14.
said its Law and Native Affairs Minister Datuk Aidi Mokhtar, a former Shariah
court judge, will evaluate all the opinions, before deciding on the minimum age
limit for marriage in the state.
idea was floated by the mufti — he is a religious expert so we have to listen
to his proposals and opinions.
asked my minister in charge of religious affairs to evaluate and ensure we have
the right idea before we make any announcement, but I think we will soon make
an announcement on what is the right age,” he said.
had come under fire after a portal reported him saying the proposed minimum age
of 18 years old was already “too late”.
was commenting on Sabah mufti Datuk Bungsu Aziz Jaafar, who had recently
proposed that the legal minimum age of marriage for Muslims to be set at 14 for
girls and 16 for boys to give consideration for rural communities who cannot
further their education.
said that Bungsu was a religious authority that would know better about Islamic
didn’t say we will go along with it. We cannot have 12 year olds getting
married. They don’t know how to run a house, a family, or even drive a car. A
lot of consideration has to be given,” he said.
week, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that
working papers were being prepared to raise the minimum age for both Muslims
customary marriages, she said the respective customary heads will be informed
of the dangers of underage marriages to the health and safety of the child.
Irfan Habib on Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Concept of Indian nation originated from
freedom movement, not Rig Veda’
Irfan Habib on Monday said the concept of the Indian nation was born from the
freedom struggle and not from the Rig Veda. He was delivering the first of a
series of lectures on Mahatma Gandhi, organised by Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust
at Constitution Club of India.
on ‘Gandhiji and the National Question’, Habib said it was important to discuss
the concept of Indian nationalism as people these days were being told about a
“totally false nationalism”. Describing Gandhi’s evolving ideas through the
years, he said, “Isn’t it time to celebrate Gandhi?”
country becomes a nation only when there is a serious effort within the country
to constitute it as a political entity,” he said. “This concept of nation goes
back to relatively recent times, particularly the French Revolution of 1789…
The concept of Indian nation has really originated from the freedom movement,
it does not come from the Rig Veda like the RSS seeks to tell us.”
historian said that Gandhi “was religious but not sectarian”, in that he
“wanted education to be conducted by mullahs, parsi priests and brahmins”. But
he also felt that “Hindus must give concessions to Muslims”.
religious position was totally different from Tilak’s. To him, Islam was as
important in political matters as Hinduism,” said Habib.He also said Gandhi
valued “truth over consistency”.
photos of some prominent Jihadi leaders which purport to show the acrobatic
dance of some Chinese girls before them have gone viral on the internet and
have sparked reactions among the social media users.
of the prominent Jihadi leaders who are currently serving in the leadership of
the government could be seen in the photos which are being shared on social
photos purport to show Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, First Deputy Chief
Executive Mohammad Khan, Second Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, and
former Jihadi leader Sebghatullah Mujadedi, among several others who have
attended the party.
the majority of the social media users have criticized the Jihadi leaders for
watching the acrobatic dance by the Chinese girls.
party was reportedly organized on the eve of the 69th anniversary of the
founding of the People’s Republic of China.
First and Second Deputies of the Chief Executive have shared some of the photos
on their official Facebook accounts.
of the photos shows the cake-cutting ceremony by the government and Jihadi
leaders together with the Ambassador of China in Kabul.
some social media users have criticized the Jihadi leaders for watching the
acrobatic dance, others have criticized them for participating in a party
despite fighting Communism for several years.
Technical and Madrasa Education Division under the Education Ministry has
recently sent the draft of 'Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board-2018' law to the
Cabinet division for inspection
teachers who work under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) are to be barred from
participating in any sort of politics, according to a restriction inserted into
a new draft law.
Technical and Madrasa Education Division under the Education Ministry has
recently sent the draft of “Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board-2018” law to the
Cabinet division for inspection.
1978 Madrasa Education Ordinance is being transformed and evolved into the new
law,” Additional Secretary (madrasa) of Technical and Madrasa Education
Division Rawnak Mahmud said. “The final draft has already been sent to the
present, most of the primary, secondary and higher secondary educational
institutions, including a major portion of madrasas, are under the MPO, where
teachers and employees receive their basic salary from the state treasury.
this draft was made, many madrasa teachers have held important posts in Islamic
parties, and students would normally follow the political ideology of their
pursuit of politics would stop a portion of teachers from concentrating on
teaching in classes - which is why the government drafted the law.
is the first time private institution teachers will be restricted by law from
participating in politics.
tandem, teachers from government certified religious institutions will also be
barred from practicing politics.
move comes right after the initiative to bring Ebtadayee madrasa under a wage
to the proposed law, teachers from government institutions for religious studies,
forkania madrasas, ebtedayee madrasas, dakhil madrasas and alim madrasas will
have restrictions while participating in politics.
and ebtadayee madrasas have been recognized as equivalent to primary education.
proposed law further says teachers from the above mentioned institutions will
not be able to participate, join or cooperate in political protests.
will not be able to engage in activities that might create public discontent,
chaos in society or enmity between different factions.
madrasa teachers or employees will be able to take part in election campaigns
under the local government - either as a candidate or an activist. Anyone not
following these rules will face actions from the government, including
dismissal from their jobs.
from the ministry informed, the “Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board- 2018” law
has been drafted to manage, regulate, control and develop madrasa education.
The draft will be raised in front of the secretary committee related to
administrative development, after initial inspection by the Cabinet division.
teachers think the government took this decision to stop madrasa students from
taking to the streets, as a huge population of young madrasa students will
follow their mentors in any activity they undertake.
madrasa teachers also fear they might lag behind in politics with the
imposition of the proposed law.
is no need to impose this ban on the teachers who are under the MPO,”
Hefazat-e-Islam’s Organizing Secretary Mawlana Azizul Haque Islamabadi said.
teachers generally do not take part in politics directly. What they do can be
termed as an Islamic movement. If public university teachers can engage in
politics, directly or indirectly, madrasa teachers should also have a similar
organizing secretary added that this law might restrict madrasa teachers from
engaging in religious movements, which will hamper the spirit of religious
education across the country.
incident took place at Koyra Charpara village around 2:30pm on Monday
Jamaat-e-Islami leader named Alauddin Al Azad, who was detained and handcuffed
by police, has been snatched away by Awami League and Jamaat leaders and
activists in the Ullahpara upazila of Sirajganj.
incident took place at Koyra Charpara village around 2:30pm on Monday.
Al Azad, son of one late Sohrab Ali of the Vengri village of the upazila, was
serving as Jamaat acting secretary of Ullahpara upazila.
police station officer-in-charge (OC) Dewan Kawshik Ahmed said Azad was accused
in at least 20 cases for obstructing police work and sabotage.
was arrested and being brought to the police station handcuffed.
a group of Jamaat and Awami League men, led by Azad’s closest relative and
local ward unit AL general secretary Saiful Islam, intercepted and snatched
Azad from the policemen.
superintendent of police (Ullahpara circle) Sharafat Islam says drives are
underway to detain Azad again.
chief to honour PM for Dawra-e-Hadith recognition
15-member committee has been formed to host the reception in Dhaka this month
Ameer Shah Ahmad Shafi will hold a reception for the Prime Minister since a
bill to recognize Dawra-e-Hadith (Takmil) degree of Qawmi madrasa was passed in
reception will be given on the initiative of Al-Haiatul Ulya Lil-Jamiatil
Qawmia Bangladesh, the highest organization of Dawra-e-Hadith of Qawmi madrasa.
decision was taken at a meeting on Monday at Al-Haiatul Ulya Lil-Jamiatil
Qawmia Bangladesh in Hathazari in Chittagong with Hefazat chief Shafi in chair.
15-member committee has been formed to host the reception in Dhaka this month
at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center.
Ahmad Shafi will preside over the reception, the date of which is yet to be
meeting was also attended by Ashraf Ali, Anwar Shah, Mahmudul Hasan, Abdul
Halim, Abdul Halim Bukhari, Mufti Muhammad Waqqas, Mufti Faizullah, Maulana
Muslehuddin Raju, Maulana Anas Madani, Maulana Abdul Kuddus and Maulana
delays plan to shift Rohingya to remote island
Bangladesh has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote
island, officials said Monday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial
idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border.
Minister Sheikh Hasina was slated to open the new settlement built to house
100,000 refugees on Bhashan Char on Oct 3, despite warnings the silty strip was
prone to violent weather.
a spokesman for Bangladesh's armed forces, which has overseen the $280
million-effort to transform the muddy islet into a habitable camp, said the
opening ceremony had been delayed.
will announce a new date soon," Lieutenant Colonel Alamgir Kabir told AFP,
without providing further details.
controversial plan, first floated in 2015, was already well behind schedule.
previously said they wanted to start moving refugees from overcrowded camps
near the border with Myanmar to the island in June, before the monsoon season
senior disaster management official told AFP in September that nearly three
quarters of the project was complete, with the navy fast-tracking construction
of shelters and evacuation centres.
reason was provided for the latest delay.
the proposal to uproot the refugees to a remote island that only rose from the
sea in 2006 remains unpopular in the teeming Rohingya camps.
island is one hour by boat from the nearest land but violent storms make the
journey by sea dangerous or sometimes impossible.
is cut off from the mainland. What if someone needs emergency medical
attention?" said Rohingya community leader Abdul Gowffer.
UN has insisted that any relocation to Bhashan Char be voluntary.
authorities have been seeking to reassure refugees that they will be safe on
are still working on it. We're talking to the families," Bangladesh's
Refugee Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam told AFP.
million displaced Muslims live cheek by jowl on hillside shanties near the
Myanmar border, in conditions aid groups warn put them at risk from floods,
landslides and disease.
was a further push to get the plan off the ground after 700,000 Rohingya,
fleeing a violent crackdown in Myanmar in August last year, poured into
rights groups have warned it is too risky to house refugees on the island.
Hundreds of thousands have died in Bangladesh from natural disasters in the
last 50 years, mostly in coastal areas near Bhashan Char.
officials have pointed to a newly-constructed three-metre high embankment
around the island they say will keep out tidal surges in the event of a
refugees remain wary.
least six militants were killed or wounded in an explosion triggered by an
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southeastern Ghazni province of
Ministry of Defense (MoD) says the incident has taken place in the vicinity of
Andar district of Ghazni.
source further added that the explosion has left at least five militants dead
while another militant was wounded.
and other militants often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the
security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary
civilians are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the
militants as well.
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that
1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.
to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by
Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.
least four key Taliban group leaders have been killed during an ambush of the
Afghan forces in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the key Taliban leaders were
killed late on Sunday night in the vicinity of Dawlat Shah district.
statement further added that the militants killed during the ambush have been
identified as Mawlavi Janat Gul, Qari Zabiullah, Qari Matiullah, and Mullah
to MoI, another Taliban group leader identified as Mullah Mahmood sustained
injuries during the operation.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces did not suffer any casualty during
the operation, MoI added in its statement.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the killing of their four key leaders so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan during the
recent years where fewer security related incidents have been reported.
charges economist critical of bin Salman’s reforms with ‘terrorism’
Arabia’s public prosecutor has reportedly charged a prominent economist, who
once strongly criticized the crown prince’s economic plans, with “terrorism.”
al-Zamil was charged with a range of accusations, including membership of a
terrorist organization, communicating with neighboring Qatar, and inciting
protests inside Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported on Monday, citing Saudi outlets and
identity was not mentioned in the reports. It was disclosed by a personal
friend, London-based Saudi rights group ALQST and a network of activists.
media, including Arabic-language newspaper Okaz, referred to the organization
as the transnational Muslim Brotherhood movement founded in Egypt, which has
been banned both in Saudi Arabia and the Riyadh-friendly North African country.
was detained late last year. His arrest came after Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman remarkably stepped up the kingdom’s purge of intellectuals and clerics,
and began rounding up the businessmen and royals, whom he considered menacing
to his power.
economist had leveled strong criticism against the centerpiece of Salman’s
economic reform plan, namely public the listing of five percent of Saudi oil
giant Aramco’s shares.
prince announced plans for the sale last year in a deal he hoped would raise
$100 billion if the company was valued at $2 trillion.
before his arrest, Zamil had said that if the company was to be valued at that
rate, the authorities had to include its oil reserves in the sale too.
Saudi economy has been suffering heavily from falling oil prices. The kingdom
is accused of intentionally glutting the crude market to lower the price and
hurt fellow crude heavyweight Iran.
Initial Public Offering (IPO) plan centering on Aramco, which is meant to
jumpstart the economy has, however, created concerns that Riyadh was
relinquishing its crown jewels to foreigners cheaply.
al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham engaged in a tough battle in Southern Idlib that has
thus far inflicted heavy casualties on both sides.
the meantime, terrorists of the National Liberation Front and Tahrir al-Sham
exchanged fire in a region between al-Habit and Kafr Ein, imposing several
casualties on both warring sides.
sources said that both Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham have dispatched more
fighters and military equipment to their contact lines following recent
sources reported earlier today that Abu Mo'aviyah Tukamani, a foreign commander
of Tahrir al-Sham, was killed in a gun fire by unknown assailants on a road
connecting Kafr Nabl to Hazarin in Idlib province.
further said that Mustafa Abu Dajanah, an Uyghur commander of Tahrir al-Sham,
was also killed in another attack in the town of Ariha in Southern Idlib.
the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Manar TV Channel reported that a group of
Tahrir al-Sham terrorists under the command of Abu Malik Tali have arrested
almost 30 non-Syrian members of their own group after breaking into their bases
in Idlib city in last 3 days.
news quoted a well-informed source in Afrin as reporting that Tahrir al-Sham
has held a joint meeting with Ankara-backed National Liberation Front in
further said that the meeting was aimed at legalizing presence of Tahrir al-Sham
in the region and setting up a joint group.
news sources had already reported on Tahrir al-Sham's presence in Deir Balout
region in Jandaris.
the meantime, local sources in Afrin pointed to the Ankara forces' attempts to
settle terrorist groups of Idlib in Afrin, adding that the terrorists have
threatened residents of the village of Jouqah and other nearby villages to
leave their region or they will get themselves killed.
Thursday, the Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted local
sources in Idlib as saying that Ankara transferred a number of the most
notorious foreign commanders of the terrorists along with their family members
from Jisr al-Dhohour in Idlib and Northern Lattakia to Turkey.
a number of commanders and local members of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at were able to
flee to Turkey from the towns of Sarmada and Atmeh by paying a Turkish
businessman $10,000 for a commander and $5,000 for low-ranking militants.
sources said that the foreign terrorists are still stationed in the villages,
towns and occupied positions, adding that the foreign terrorist groups,
including Turkistanti party, Ajnad al-Qoqaz and Horas al-Din, have strengthened
their military preparedness to fight against the Syrian army.
parliament postponed a vote on Monday to name a president because the main
Kurdish parties, who were supposed to present a candidate, could not overcome
differences, said several lawmakers.
presidency, traditionally occupied by a Kurd, is largely a ceremonial position
but the vote is a key step towards the formation of a new government, which
politicians have failed to do since an inconclusive national election in May.
speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi said the vote would by delayed until Tuesday due
to a lack of quorum.
Iraq’s constitution, the new president would have 15 days to task the largest
parliamentary bloc’s nominee with forming a government. The prime
minister-designate would have 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to
parliament for approval.
said the dominant Kurdish parties -- the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and
the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) -- were unable to iron out differences
and agree on a candidate.
two sides competed in a parliamentary election in their semi-autonomous region
in northern Iraq on Sunday. Allegations of fraud have created tensions. Results
have not been announced.
from the parties suggested neither side was showing flexibility.
Taha, a PUK member of the parliament in Baghdad, said the party insists on its
candidate, veteran politician Barham Salih. “Delaying the session until Tuesday
will not change our decision,” he said.
lawmaker Sherwan al-Dobardani said his party was entitled to the position
because it has more seats in the national parliament.
foreign minister said on Monday Israel was trying to “justify another aggression”
by falsely alleging there are missile sites near Beirut airport belonging to
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at the United Nations last week,
identified three locations near the airport where he said the Shi’ite group
Hezbollah was converting “inaccurate projectiles” into precision-guided
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, speaking to foreign ambassadors before taking
them on a tour of the area, said there were “many statements ... affirming the
possession of accurate missiles by Hezbollah”.
he added: “This does not mean that these missiles are present in the vicinity
of Beirut airport”.
accompanied the diplomats, who included Russian and Iranian envoys, and
journalists on a tour of three sites near the airport, including the grounds of
a top division Lebanese football team, Al-Ahed, which Israel identified as one
of the sites.
response, Netanyahu said later on Monday Hezbollah had lied to the
international community. The diplomats were taken to the football pitch but not
to the underground site adjacent to it where the missile factory was located,
ambassadors should ask themselves why they waited three days until they carried
out the tour. Hezbollah regularly makes sure to clean up sites that have been
exposed,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
a political ally of Hezbollah, said Israel aimed to “falsify facts concerning
Lebanon and to vocalize lies that carry the seeds of a threat that does not
had used the platform of the UN General Assembly “to justify another aggression
on a sovereign country like Lebanon”.
founded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 1982, last fought a major
conflict with Israel in 2006. The group has grown stronger since then, notably
through its role in the Syrian war fighting in support of President Bashar
leader Hassan Nasrallah said last month the group had obtained precision
rockets despite Israeli strikes in Syria.
United States and Turkey have started training together to carry out joint
patrols soon in northern Syria’s Manbij area, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
said on Monday, despite tense relations between the two countries.
agreed by the two NATO allies in June, Turkish and US forces are currently
carrying out patrols in Manbij, but those are independent of each other.
Training is the last step before the two countries carry out joint patrols.
month, Ankara said joint patrols and training for those would begin soon.
training now is under way and we’ll just have to see how that goes,” Mattis
told a small group of reporters traveling with him to Paris.
have every reason to believe the joint patrols will be coming on time, when the
training syllabus is complete so that we do it right,” Mattis added.
said the United States was currently working with trainers and it would be
followed by a few weeks of training with Turkish troops before the joint
training will take place in Turkey.
has been infuriated with Washington’s support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG
militia - which it views as a terrorist organization - and prior to the June
agreement it had threatened to push on with a ground offensive against the YPG
in Manbij despite the presence of US troops there.
detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism charges has also hit
relations between Ankara and Washington.
President Donald Trump, angered by Brunson’s detention, authorized a doubling
of duties on aluminum and steel imported from Turkey in August. Turkey
retaliated by increasing tariffs on US cars, alcohol and tobacco imports.
said he would speak about the situation in Syria and militancy in Africa while
in Paris, where he is expected to meet his French counterpart and President
and Russia agreed in mid-September to enforce a new demilitarized zone in
Syria’s Idlib province from which rebels will be required to withdraw.
The Arab coalition fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen has rejected an experts’
report for lacking transparency and professionalism.
Friday, the UN Human Rights Council voted to extend an international probe of
alleged war crimes committed in Yemen, which was strongly condemned by Yemen
and allies Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.
are left with a resolution which is biased, and which clearly contradicts the
clear mandate laid out by the UN Security Council,” said the joint statement by
members voted in favor of the resolution in Geneva by 21 to 8, with 18
spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki said the allies do not accept the results of the
report on the humanitarian situation in the Arab country, stressing that the
legitimate government also rejected findings too, and indicated the experts’
bias toward the Iran-backed Houthi militia.
coalition, however, acknowledged the experts’ difficult working conditions
under the Houthi militia, and welcomed the activities of all the United Nations
organizations and NGOs in Yemen.
reports in the media have shown violations against staff of the UN and NGOs by
must be more stringent steps to counter the accusations and intrusions,
Malki stressed that all actions carried out by the militia, including raiding
warehouses, hostilities, levying taxation, disrupting trucks only increase the
suffering of the public.
missiles have now been launched by the militia toward Saudi Arabia since 2015,
and the group continues to lay naval mines, putting international trade routes
army confirms death of Houthi leader, 40 militias
Yemeni army announced the death of the Houthi leader, Hussein Yahya Ksheima,
with more than 40 militias.
army said that the coalition’s strike was able to target them in the West Coast
Front in Hodeidah district.
sources said that Ksheima is considered one of Iran’s major frontline leaders,
and that he was an expert in planting mines and explosive devices.
Houthi leader also received military training in Lebanon and Iran in the years
2011 and 2012.
of Iran cleric: Revolutionary Guards hid explosives in Hajj pilgrim bags
family of a prominent late Shiite cleric Hossein Ali Montazeri said that the
Iranian Revolutionary Guards were behind explosives found in the bags of
Iranian Hajj pilgrims in 1986.
was one of the leaders of the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
son, Mullah Ahmed Montazeri, spoke out this week in an Iranian TV program
called “Khasht Kham” which was discussing the role of Iranian radical Mehdi
Hashemi, who smuggled explosives on an airplane headed for Saudi Arabia in
Ahmed sought to point out that Hashemi was at that time a senior official in
the Revolutionary Guards, and he carried out the terrorist act within this
had become the head of the liberation movements unit in the Islamic
Revolutionary Guards in 1983 and “by order of Ali Khamenei, the shipment of
explosives was packed into the bags of pilgrims in 1986," Mullah Ahmed
statement is based on a letter written by the late Hossein Ali Montazeri to
Supreme Leader Khomeini.
Ali Montazeri wrote: “The Revolutionary Guards made an unacceptable mistake
during Hajj and used the bags of 100 Iranian pilgrims, including elderly men
and women, without their knowledge. They lost the dignity of Iran and the
Iranian revolution in the eyes of Saudi Arabia and during the Hajj season and
forced [Iranian official] Mehdi Karroubi to ask King Fahd for a pardon.”
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Monday they launched a missile strike against
a "terrorist" headquarters in Syria in retaliation for an attack that
killed 24 people in the Iranian city of Ahvaz.
President Hassan Rouhani had vowed a "crushing" response to last month's
assault — claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group — on a military parade
commemorating the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
headquarters of those responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz was attacked
a few minutes ago east of the Euphrates by several ballistic missiles fired by
the aerospace branch of the Revolutionary Guards," the Guards said on
on preliminary reports, many takfiri terrorists and the leaders responsible for
the terrorist crime in Ahvaz have been killed or wounded in this missile attack,"
they added. The term "takfiri" refers to Sunni Muslim extremists.
Guards released pictures of what appeared to be missiles lighting up the night
sky, leaving trails of smoke as they soared above a desert region with a rugged
mountain in the background.
Fars news agency said the Guards fired "a number of medium-range"
Zolfaghar and Qiam missiles, with a range of 750 kilometres and 800 kilometres
(465 and 500 miles), respectively.
agency said the missiles hit the Syrian desert border town of Albu Kamal on the
west of the Euphrates River, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
at least one of the missiles was written 'death to America', 'death to Israel'
and 'death to Al Saud'," it said, a reference to the ruling family in
Saudi Arabia, Iran's regional rival.
to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor,
"heavy explosions took place at dawn (Monday) in the last pocket under IS
control near Albu Kamal".
Kamal itself, located on the border with Iraq, is held by regime forces and
allied regional militiamen who seized it from IS in 2007.
people were shot dead in the attack by five gunmen on a military parade in the
mainly ethnic Arab city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran on September 22.
is the provincial capital of Khuzestan, a border region which was a major
battleground of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, and which also saw ethnic unrest
in 2005 and 2011.
officials initially blamed Arab separatists backed by Gulf Arab allies of the
United States for the attack.
on Monday supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to link the
perpetrators to jihadists operating in Iraq and Syria, where IS once had major
cowardly act was the work of those very individuals who are rescued by the
Americans whenever they are in trouble in Iraq and Syria and who are funded by
the Saudis and the (United) Arab Emirates," Khamenei was quoted by his
official website as saying.
next day Iran's intelligence ministry published photos of five men it said
carried out the Ahvaz assault, identifying them as "jihadist
a Sunni Muslim extremist group which Iran and its Damascus allies are fighting
in Syria, has claimed responsibility for the attack and said all five assailants
were Iranian, including four from Ahvaz.
also threatened to carry out new attacks in Iran.
had already claimed responsibility for twin attacks in June 2017 on the
parliament and the tomb of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran
that killed 17 people.
IRGC Aerospace Force used 7 drones as well as 6 precision-striking ballistic
missiles to attack the terrorist targets in Albu Kamal region in Eastern Syria
on Monday. At least one of the drones was of a Saeqeh model which is a
pilotless plane from Simorgh (Phoenix) class and enjoys the capability to
simultaneously strike at four targets with smart bombs that have pinpoint
precision-striking capability in far distances.
calls its own version of the US Sentinel spy drone RQ-170 as “Simorgh".
has developed Simorgh into a class of drones with reconnaissance, surveillance,
combat and bombing capabilities.
drones are equipped with an autopilot capability that brings them back to their
airbase if operators lose control or are disconnected from the pilotless
was unveiled in October 2016 and the footages of the drone attack on the
terrorists in Eastern Syria on Monday show that it fires bombs from inside a
case mounted under the drone's body.
manufacture of the Iranian drone based on the US RQ-170 spying drone, which was
captured in 2011 by the IRGC Aerospace Force was a major blow to the US
government, according to Pentagon officials.
Iranian version of the RQ-170 drone was manufactured through reverse engineering
of the US drone, which was tracked and hunted down in Iran late in 2011, and
has been equipped by the IRGC with bombing capability.
on Monday, the IRGC fired 6 ballistic ground-to-ground missiles and launched
drone attacks on terrorists' positions in Eastern Euphrates region in Eastern
Syria in revenge for the September 22 Takfiri terrorist attacks in Ahwaz city
which killed dozens of Iranian people.
the operations codenamed Zarbat-e Moharram (Blow of Moharram) carried out at
2:00 AM (local time) on Monday the headquarters of Takfiri terrorists near Albu
Kamal region in Eastern Euphrates was attacked from Kermanshah province in
Western Iran, 570km away from the targets.
missiles were of Zolfaqar and Qiam classes with ranges of respectively 750km
and 800km and precision-striking capability. At least one of the missiles bore
slogans 'Death to America', 'Death to Israel', 'Death to Al Saud' and a Quranic
verse meaning 'fight against the friends of Satan'. They travelled over the
Iraqi airspace and hit Eastern Euphrates region in Syria.
a few minutes after the missile strikes, 7 IRGC drones targeted the terrorists'
positions in the region again.
to reports, heavy damage has been inflicted on the terrorists' infrastructures and
people were killed and 69 others were wounded in an attack by al-Ahwaziya
terrorist group during the nationwide military parades in the Southwestern city
of Ahwaz on September 22.
terrorists attacked the bystanders watching the annual Armed Forces' parades,
marking the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians'
sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s, in
disguise of the IRGC and Basij (volunteer) forces, killing and wounding several
people, including innocent women and children.
of the officials participating in the military parades in Ahwaz city in
Khuzestan province was injured in the attack.
number of the terrorists who carried out the attack in Ahwaz had on September
22 been put at 4 by Spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General
Abolfazl Shekarchi. The general had explained that three of them were killed
and the last one was captured by security forces.
told FNA that none of the terrorists could escape, noting that other reports
about the details of the attack are not confirmed.
the intelligence ministry put the number of terrorists at five, naming them as
Ayad Mansouri, Foad Mansouri, Ahmad Mansouri, Javad Sari and Hassan Darvishi
who were killed on the scene of the clashes with the Iranian security forces
after riddling people with bullets.
Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Public Relations Department and
IRGC Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said that the terrorists who attacked
people during the Armed Forces' parades in Ahwaz were affiliated to al-Ahwaziya
stream which is nourished by Saudi Arabia.
added that the terrorists aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the Iranian
Armed Forces' parades.
Sharif said that people were also invited to watch the parades and the
terrorists both fired at people and the Armed Forces.
foreign ministry-related moves, including referring to the international bodies
and some countries, to extradite the culprits have been adopted. We are
determined to pursue this issue very seriously," Qassemi told reporters in
a press conference in Tehran on Monday.
noted that gathering documents on the September 22 attacks and the culprits
behind them is still underway, expressing the hope that other countries would
show more serious commitment to anti-terrorism efforts.
authorities summoned ambassadors of the Netherlands and Denmark as well as
chargé d'affaires of the British embassy in Tehran after terrorists with links
to the European countries carried out attacks during a military parade in the
Southwestern city of Ahwaz on September 22.
terrorists, whose leaders mostly live in the European states, attacked the
bystanders watching the annual Armed Forces' parades, marking the start of the
Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of
the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s, in disguise of the Islamic Revolution
Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij (volunteer) forces, killing and wounding several
people, including innocent women and children.
Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Public Relations Department and IRGC
Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said that the terrorists who attacked people
during the Armed Forces' parades in Ahwaz were affiliated to al-Ahwaziya stream
which is nourished by Saudi Arabia.
said that such attacks were precedent and al-Ahwaziya terrorist group had earlier
fired at the convoys of people who visited the Southern cities of Iran which
resisted against Saddam's aggression during the 8-year Iraqi-imposed war
against Iran in 1980s.
revenge for the September 22 attack, the IRGC fired 6 ballistic ground-to-ground
missiles and launched drone attacks on terrorists' positions in Eastern
Euphrates region in Eastern Syria on Monday.
precision-striking missiles were of Zolfaqar and Qiam classes with ranges of
respectively 750km and 800km. At least one of the missiles bore slogans 'Death
to America', 'Death to Israel', 'Death to Al Saud' and a Quranic verse meaning
'fight against the friends of Satan'. They travelled over the Iraqi airspace
and hit Eastern Euphrates region in Syria.
a few minutes after the missile strikes, 7 IRGC drones targeted the terrorists'
positions in the region.
spokesman of the Arab coalition backing the legitimate Yemeni National Army,
Colonel Turki al-Malki said on Monday that the coalition refuted the Houthi
militia’s violations through a message directed to the United Nations.
his weekly press conference, al-Malki added that all ports in Yemen are fully
renewed the coalition and the Yemeni government’s rejection of the experts’
reports on human rights in Yemen.
also stressed on the need to take a tougher stance when it comes to the
Houthis’ violations, adding that they are increasing the suffering of the
than 50 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli gunfire and tear gas at the
border of the besieged Gaza Strip with the occupied territories, as a fresh
round of protest rallies drew several thousand Palestinian demonstrators to the
to the Palestinian Ma'an news agency, clashes erupted on Monday after thousands
of protesters gathered near sea port in the northern Gaza Strip to challenge
the years-long Israeli siege on the coastal enclave.
Tel Aviv regime’s troops used live ammunition and fired teargas canisters to
disperse the protesters.
sources said that at least 51 Palestinians were injured, including some 10 by Israeli
live fire. Dozens more suffered from tear gas inhalation.
latest clash comes after seven people lost their lives by Israeli live fire
during multiple protests held across the Gaza Strip on Friday evening. Another
506 protesters were also injured.
Gaza’s national Committee for Breaking the Siege, which organized the march,
said that it would launch further such rallies until Israel overturned the
blockade of the Palestinian enclave.
Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007, which has
prevented some two million Palestinians from having free access to the
remainder of Palestine and the outside world. The blockade has also undermined
living conditions in the coastal enclave and fragmented its economic and social
the past few years, Israeli forces have conducted more than a hundred assaults
on Palestinian boats that the Tel Aviv regime says seek to violate the
blockade, detaining dozens of fishermen and confiscating several boats.
According to Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, Israel’s Gaza siege and
“harassment of fishermen” have been “destroying Gaza’s fishing sector,” with 95
percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.
Tel Aviv regime carries out regular attacks on Gaza inhabitants under the
pretext of hitting positions belonging to the Hamas resistance movement, which
governs the territory.
coastal sliver has also witnessed a fresh wave of deadly tensions since March
30, which marked the start of a series of protests demanding the right to
return for the Palestinians driven out of their homeland.
than 190 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 20,000 others wounded in
the renewed Gaza clashes, according to the latest figures released by the Gaza
Gaza Strip and the occupied territories have been the scene of new tensions
ever since US President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017 declared Washington’s
recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and promised that the US
would move its diplomatic mission to the city.
of people have sustained injuries when Palestinians engaged in clashes with
Israeli military forces across the West Bank in protest against the passage of
a controversial law in the Israeli parliament, which defines the occupied
territories as the so-called nation-state of the Jewish people.
group of young Palestinian men converged at the northern entrance of the
central West Bank city of Ramallah, located 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of
Jerusalem al-Quds, setting tires on fire and throwing rocks at Israeli forces.
soldiers, in return, fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and
sound bombs to disperse the protesters.
sources, requesting anonymity, said three people, including a journalist, were
struck with rubber bullets while scores of others suffered tear gas inhalation.
ten Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties as Israeli soldiers hurled
tear gas canisters at protesters in al-Eizariya town, which lies in Area C of
the West Bank, and Abu Dis village.
forces also raided Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in the southern part of East
Jerusalem al-Quds, prompting scuffles with local residents. There were no
immediate reports of injuries.
also broke out in the northern West Bank cities of Qalqilya and Nablus, during
which Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and sound bombs. No injuries have
been reported as of yet.
occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip witnessed a general strike on Monday
in protest at the recently passed nation-state law.
strike was called for by Palestinian national and Islamic factions.
apartheid 'Jewish nation-state' law, adopted by 62 votes to 55 on July 19,
makes Hebrew Israel’s official language and defines the establishment of
settlements as being in the Tel Aviv regime’s interest.
legislation also strips Arabic of its designation as an official language,
downgrading it to a "special status" that enables its continued use
within Israeli institutions.
stipulates that "Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and
they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it". It
also states that an undivided Jerusalem is the "capital" of Israel.
President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Israeli law, saying it “will not
change the historical situation of Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the
occupied State of Palestine."
peace or security will prevail unless the city remains as such,"
Palestinian Wafa news agency quoted Abbas as saying in a statement.
statement added that "the law will not discourage Palestinians from their
legitimate struggle to defeat the occupation and establish their independent
Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat also took to Twitter to
censure the law, saying the bill “officially legalizes apartheid and legally
defines Israel as an apartheid system.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said Turkey hoped to rebuild relations
with its NATO ally the United States following a bitter standoff over the
detention of an American pastor.
willing, we hope to solve the problems with America within the shortest time
and redevelop relations in the political and economic fields with the spirit of
strategic partnership,” Erdogan said in an address to the opening of
dispute has centered on the almost two-year detention of evangelical pastor
Andrew Brunson on terror-related and espionage charges, and caused the Turkish
lira to take a beating.
Donald Trump said he had doubled tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel over
Brunson’s detention, with Ankara responding in kind.
are determined to fight — within the boundaries of diplomacy and law — against
this distorted approach which imposes sanctions on our country by using as a
pretext a priest who is on trial for his murky relations with terror groups,”
accused Washington of going down the “wrong path of seeking to solve political
and legal problems through threats and blackmail rather than dialogue.”
would “actually cause the biggest harm to the United States in the medium and
long term,” he added.
who has lived in Turkey for a quarter-century, runs a small evangelical
Protestant church in the western city of Izmir. He is currently under house
was detained on allegations of assisting groups branded as terrorist as part of
a crackdown by the Turkish government following a failed coup in 2016.
month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed hope Turkey would release
the pastor, whose next hearing is scheduled for October 12.
Selvi, a pro-government columnist in the Hurriyet daily, wrote that the court
might rule on the lifting of Brunson’s house arrest and travel ban, allowing
him to return home.
this case, we might see Brunson walking down the stairs of the plane in the
United States on October 13,” he wrote.
went to New York last week to attend the annual UN general assembly meetings
and had a brief handshake with Trump on the sidelines.
don’t go to temples to pray, Anwar tells Hadi
DICKSON, Oct 1 — PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today dismissed a
criticism by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that he is inconsistent
when addressing voters of various races and religions during the campaign for
the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election.
said Islam does not prohibit respect for the right of other people to practise
said that when PAS was in the then Pakatan Rakyat, along with PKR and DAP, it
did not object to him attending events at Hindu temples and many PAS members
also came along with him.
such, I do not want to comment on or respond to Abdul Hadi’s statement. Lately,
many quarters have criticised me; I do not want to respond.
important is that we must realise that Islam does not prohibit respect for
others to practise their own religion. I do not go to temples to pray; I attend
cultural events in the temple compounds. I will continue doing that,” he said.
spoke to reporters at the Pakatan Harapan main operations room for the Port
Dickson parliamentary by-election here.
Hadi, at a press conference after a PAS ‘ceramah’ (talk) here yesterday, said
Anwar should be more consistent in his Islamic practice.
to a question about the PAS president asking why he did not choose to contest
in a Malay-majority area, Anwar said Port Dickson reflected the structure of
the Malaysian community comprising various races.
I were to contest in a Malay-majority area, they will ask why I am not
contesting in a multiracial area,” he said.
said the Port Dickson voters were made up of almost 50 per cent Malays, 30 per
cent Chinese and 20 per cent Indians.
about the lack of PKR leaders campaigning for him, Anwar said he had advised
them not to neglect their responsibility to ensure the victory of the party’s
candidate in the by-election.
by-election is being held after the seat was vacated by Datuk Danyal Balagopal
Abdullah, 68, of PKR to enable Anwar to contest and become an MP.
by-election is a seven-cornered contest involving Anwar, Royal Malaysian Air
Force (RMAF) retiree Lt Col (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar (PAS) and four
independent candidates — Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, social media personality
Stevie Chan Keng Leong, Kan Chee Yuen and former lecturer Lau Seck Yan.
LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia should ban child marriage immediately, a United
Nations human rights expert said on Monday, stepping into a controversy that
has raged since reports in July that a 44-year-old Malaysian man had married an
11-year-old Thai girl.
Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government, in power since May, has promised to
raise the legal age of marriage to 18, provoking a backlash from some
conservative Islamic leaders who argue that early marriage provides an answer
to social ills like premarital sex and pregnancies out of wedlock.
de Boer-Buquicchio, the U.N. special rapporteur on the sale and sexual
exploitation of children, urged Malaysian authorities to protect the rights of
minors, particularly young girls.
underage girls were at higher risk of domestic violence, and are often denied
the chance to pursue an education, she told reporters.
marrying them, you are denying these girls their basic human rights,” said de
Boer-Buquicchio, who was on an eight-day visit to mostly-Muslim Malaysia.
Malaysia, the legal minimum age for marriage under civil law for both genders
is 18. However, girls can marry at 16 with the permission of their state’s
chief minister, while Islamic law sets a 16-year minimum age for girls and
allows even earlier marriages with the permission of the sharia court.
U.N. official called on Malaysia to remove exemptions that allowed underage
children to marry, saying "there can be no exceptions."
than 5,000 applications for marriages involving minors were made at the sharia
court between 2013 and 2017, government statistics show.
many child marriages remained unreported, particularly among indigenous groups
on Borneo, in Malaysia's east, de Boer-Buquicchio said.
is time to be firm," she said, adding that Malaysia's government should
engage religious and customary leaders on the issue.
political will is there, but the question is how you can reach out to all the
JAYA • Malaysia will no longer lend its support to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu
Kyi over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
Suu Kyi seemed to be a "changed person" and he had lost faith in her,
said Tun Dr Mahathir. "She did not want to say anything against the action
taken by the (Myanmar) military against the Rohingya. So, we made (it) quite clear
that we don't really support her any more," he told host Ghida Fakhry of
the Turkish international news channel TRT World last Saturday.
interview was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly
(UNGA) in New York before he left for London.
Mahathir said that when Ms Suu Kyi was under house arrest, Malaysia campaigned
to get her released. But when he wrote to Ms Suu Kyi, he did not receive any
reply and was "very disappointed".
have complained to the world about the treatment of the Rohingya. In fact, we
have ourselves received quite a lot of Rohingya people in our country," he
Mahathir had addressed the UNGA last Friday over the plight of Myanmar's
Rohingya Muslim minority, who have been driven to Bangladesh in huge numbers.
criticised the authorities in Myanmar and Ms Suu Kyi for denying that the
Rohingya people were being murdered and their homes torched, with over a
million refugees forced to flee. Dr Mahathir also questioned the world for
keeping silent on the massacre.
other countries have similarly criticised Ms Suu Kyi. There have been calls to
revoke the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her in 1991, while Canada has stripped
Ms Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship.
to Dr Mahathir's speech at the UN, Klang MP Charles Santiago said yesterday the
government needs to also have the political will to promote and protect the
rights of refugees in Malaysia.
on Indonesia's Sumatra Island have sealed three churches that officials said
lacked necessary permits.
Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) is dispatching a legal team to assist
the churches that were closed September 27. PGI General Secretary Gomar Gultom
told VOA's Indonesian Service on Friday that the legal team will take a
cultural approach "rather than a legal approach" which takes a long
time. "The legal process is our last resort," he added.
move by officials in the West Kenali village of the Alam Barajo district of
Jambi province is the latest push to close churches in a move that followed
more than 1,000 closures in more than a decade.
then, Indonesia had a reputation for an interpretation of Islam that embraced
religious tolerance. But Muslim extremists have been urging the adoption of
Islamic law throughout Indonesia, creating religious divides.
civil court found the Christian governor of the capital, Jakarta, guilty of
blasphemy in May 2017. However, in predominantly Christian Papua, the
Protestant Communion of Churches in Jayapura wanted a mosque's minaret torn
down because it was taller than church steeples in the area.
Jambi, the city's Civil Service Police (Satpol PP) sealed the three churches —
Indonesia Christian Huria HKI (Huria Kristen Indonesia), Indonesian Methodist
Church GMI (Gereja Methodist Indonesia) and God's Assemblies Church GSJA
(Gereja Sidang Jemaat Allah) — on Thursday morning. According to numerous posts
on Facebook, the authorities cited violation of public order and building
permit ordinances. Dozens of congregants wept as the churches were closed.
worrisome to PGI is that the churches were closed for administrative reasons
because religious freedom is guaranteed by Indonesia's constitution. "The
local government keeps delaying the process to have the permit, or just reject
it without any reasons," said Gultom.
are thousands of other places of worship that don't have permits, but continue
to operate," he said. "I just can't understand why they won't let us
have our churches. I can understand if [the local government] prohibited us
from having the permits if we used the buildings for criminal activities, but
we used them to praise God."
head of the National and Political Unity Agency (Kesbangpol) of Jambi, Liphan
Pasaribu, told local media that the church closures were the result of a joint
decision made Wednesday by several government agencies and the police, as well
as the local chapters of Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body, the Ulema
Council (MUI), and the Religious Harmony Forum (FKUB).
District Spokesman Abu Bakar told VOA that the church closures were "just
a temporary action due to objections" from the local community upset by
the violation of "administrative issues. The Religious Harmony Forum
decided to close the churches to avoid unnecessary incidents. We think it's a
wise decision to cool down the situation."
denied that the Islamic Defense Front (FPI), a far-right Islamist group, had
urged local authorities to close the churches, and added that if the churches
file the necessary documents, permits will be issued within a week.
trend of burqa-clad terrorists worry forces
DELHI: The revelation that the terrorists who killed a policeman and snatched
away his rifle, during an attack at a police station in south Kashmir’s Shopian
on Sunday, were wearing burqas to hide their identity has left the security
forces alarmed. Officials say there has been a rise in the trend of terrorists
using this disguise during an attack or cordon and search operations.
to officials, more than a dozen such instances have been confirmed in the last
one year and the actual number of them going unnoticed may be much higher.
Security forces are now mulling the possibility of having woman troops on
standby during search operations.
has often been noticed during CASOs that a lot of locals, with women in large
numbers at the front, began to run around in order to give cover to the fleeing
ultras. This creates confusion and many a times terrorists manage to
escape," he added.
officer recalled an operation conducted around the Republic Day this year in
which this confusion had led to two women sustaining gunshot injuries during an
intense encounter. Security forces had been trying to capture two Hizbul Mujahideen
terrorists in Shopian district of Kashmir. However, the duo, later identified
as, Sameer Ahmed Wani and Firdaus Ahmed, tried to flee the village wearing
burqas. As locals and family members ran around with them to provide cover, two
women, including Wani’s sister, was shot at. The duo was ultimately gunned down
a month later in February, burqa-clad terrorists handed over weapons to LeT
deputy commander Abu Hanzullah aka Naveed Jatt at a hoapital. He escaped from
custody with four others after shooting two policemen.
say that terrorists had used the burqa to hide their identity in the past as
well but those were one off incident reported once in a while. Since last year,
this has become a trend.
July, 2017, three burqa-clad terrorists robbed a bank in Jammu and Kashmir's
Anantnag and escaped with over Rs 5 lakh.
was one of the first major incidents in the last one year involving terrorists
in this disguise.
February and March, two incidents of terrorists wearing burqas hurling grenades
par police stations came to fore. In one of these incidents, a terrorists blew
himself as he tried to escape after hurling the grenade at a police station in
January this year, Lashkar-e-Taiba had issued a fatwa against women who did not
observe complete 'parda'. It specifically mentioned women of Shopian area in
A few days after right-wing ideologue Mohan Bhagwat claimed that all Indians
are Hindu by identity, Union Minister Giriraj Singh today asked Muslims to help
construct a Ram temple in Ayodhya because they are "descendants of Lord
Ram and not Mughal Emperor Babur".
Singh followed up his controversial claim with a warning. "If Hindus run
out of patience, they will take over Mathura, Ayodhya and Kashi," news
agency ANI quoted him as saying.
assertion by the Union Minister comes at a time when Hindutva groups are
mounting pressure on the centre to ensure the speedy construction of the temple
at the venue believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. On September 27, a
three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had refused to
revisit a 1994 ruling that the government can acquire land that a mosque is
built on -- a decision that paved the way for the politically charged temple-mosque
dispute to be taken up without further delay.
Singh also slammed the opposition Congress on the occasion, accusing party
president Rahul Gandhi of expelling members who worship Lord Shiva and then
chanting "Har Har Mahadev". "If you are true Hindus, stop having
beef at your parties and don't visit temples only before the elections,"
is not the first time the Union Minister has tried recruiting Muslims for the
cause of building the Ram temple. "I believe our side is stronger. We will
respect the court's decision but I would say that other Muslims should support
the Ram temple like our Shia brothers have done. They should let go of their
obstinacy because we are both descendants of Hindus," he had said a few
Shia Waqf Board seems relatively amenable to letting Hindu groups construct a
Ram temple at Ayodhya. In July, it expressed willingness to donate one-third of
the land granted to Muslims by the Allahabad High Court if such an act would
help bring about a peaceful resolution to the dispute. The proposal was
summarily rejected by other Muslim groups, including the Sunni Waqf Board.
Gaya Blast: NIA Says Explosive Set Off To Show Solidarity With Rohingyas
persons arrested near here in connection with the bomb blast in Bodh Gaya in
January last had allegedly planned to set off the explosives to express
solidarity with Rohingya Muslims fighting the Myanmar government and wage war
against the government of India, the NIA said.
low-intensity blast was reported at a kitchen set up at a ground in the temple
town of Bodh Gaya on January 19, causing panic among devotees gathered to hear
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's discourse. The explosion was supposed
to be carried out when the Dalai Lama and the governor of Bihar were at the
Bodhgaya Buddhist temple premises, NIA said in a release.
objective was to "carry out explosions at the symbols of Buddhist faith in
order to show solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims fighting with Myanmar
government and cause loss to public life and property, to wage war against
Government of India," according to the NIA. The NIA has so far arrested
seven people including Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen's top leader Mohammed Jahidul Islam
and Sheikh while Arif Hussain alias Anas of Assam is still absconding.
NIA had arrested Jahidul Islam, resident of Jamalpur in Bangladesh, and Adil
Sheikh alias Asadullah, resident of Murshidabad in West Bengal, on August 6 and
August 7 this year respectively, from Ramanagar near Bengaluru.Islam with the
help of other co-accused allegedly made three Improvised Explosive devices and
two hand grenades while Adil Sheikh, Dilwar Hossain and Arif Hussain allegedly
planted the bombs on the premises of the temple on January 19, the release
prime minister Sheikh Hasina has played down the "illegal"
Bangladeshi issue that has plagued the Indian political scene for years. The
prime minister, who was in New York to attend the United Nations General
Assembly's annual summit, was responding to a question from Voice of America's
veteran journalist Sarkar Kabiruddin about whether she was worried by the
incendiary remarks made by Indian ruling party politicians about
may be their internal politics," she replied with laughter, "I do not
think that any Bangladeshis live there illegally."
economy is strong and robust. Why would people take the trouble to go there and
live like an illegal?" Referring to those excluded from India’s National
Register of Citizens (NRC), Hasina said, "[They are] their own nationals.
And, if they call them illegal now, it's up to them."
I talked about it to some extent. I have had talks with the Indian prime
minister. He assured me that they did not have any plans like pushing people
[into Bangladesh]," she added. As concerns have grown in Bangladesh about
the increasingly hostile political situation over the issue, Indian officials
have sought to reassure their Bangladeshi counterparts, both publicly and
privately, that they need not worry.
High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla said in August that the
NRC was India's internal issue and that there was nothing for Bangladesh to
worry about. However, BJP chief Amit Shah’s recent remarks describing
Bangladeshis as being "termites" eating into India's resources triggered
sharp criticism from many quarters in Bangladesh.
tone was one of fury, an attitude Indian politicians usually reserve for
Pakistanis. But describing Bangladeshis as having entered India in unauthorised
manner and insulting them as termites hits a new low even for the BJP,"
wrote Syed Badrul Ahsan in a widely-shared column for Dhaka Tribune. He even
evoked an analogous incident in Rwanda, where the minority Tutsis were referred
to as cockroaches by the majority Hutus, only to be killed in hundreds of
thousands within a matter of days.
commentators fear a Rohingya-like crisis that led to an exodus of nearly a
million of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh, having been subjected
to what the UN termed "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" in
Rakhine, Myanmar, where they lived for generations until recently.
Hasina's government has exercised remarkable restraint by not criticising
Shah's remarks. Apart from a mild reaction by Information Minister Hasanul Huq
Inu, the Bangladesh government has refrained from issuing any official
statement. In a brief interview with NDTV, Inu, who heads a faction of a small
party in the ruling coalition, termed Shah's comments as "unwanted"
and "not proper". He, however, explained that the government would
not take up this issue bilaterally because it believes Shah does not represent
the Indian government.
Bangladeshi Opposition party BNP's secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam
Alamgir, said the "termite" remark could very well turn out to be an
issue in Bangladesh’s upcoming General Election due to be held in December.
"Issues raised by Indian leaders should be addressed by dialogue across
the table. His [Shah] comments about people of Bangladesh are not helpful for
Dhaka-Delhi relations and given the political situation of Bangladesh, this
unwanted comment may come up in the elections," he told The Hindu.
in the nearly 3-hour drive through a vast expanse of lush fields and hills,
from Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Siput, a small sub-district of the royal town of
Kuala Kangsar, prepares one for this. A simple but imposing Mahatma Gandhi
statue ensconced in the reception cum prayer hall of a school has been greeting
visitors since 1954.
Mahatma Gandhi Kalasalai, as the Tamil school is called, is an edifying tribute
to India’s Father of the Nation, in the Malayan Peninsula, by the founding
father of Malaysian Independence, late V T Sambanthan.
school reveals a rich history of the close ties between India and the British
ruled Malaya in the 1950s; Mahatma Gandhi Kalasalai was inaugurated by Vijaya
Lakshmi Pandit, who was at the time the first woman president of the UN General
European plantation managers were shot dead by the communists in 1948, in
Sungai Siput, and the town had become a hotbed of communist guerillas.
Emergency was declared, and the then high commissioner of Malaya, Gerald
Templer, was against this visit for safety reasons. However, Sambanthan
convinced him that Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was the best leader to inaugurate a
Gandhi school,” Sambanthan’s wife Uma recalls.
decision to build a school and name it after Mahatma Gandhi was taken in 1951
but there was no state fund available. The school was shaped up, brick by
brick, with passion and dedication of the town’s Indian community.
immigrants A Veeraswamy and A M S Suppiah Pillay, who had left the shores of
India in the latter part of the 19th century, cleared their coconut plantation
estate to donate 2 acres of land for the school, it was left to Veeraswamy’s
son Sambanthan and Pillay’s son Periaswamy to plunge into the task of arranging
funds. They donated $25,000 each for building classrooms, and engaged the
famous Danish architect B M Iversen. Responding to the call of educating and
liberating the poor plantation workers’ children, the labourers too responded
with a total donation of $7000.
DELHI: India and Uzbekistan agreed to work together to stabilise Afghanistan
following talks between Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister
Narendra Modi during the former’s maiden visit to India.
the media after their discussions, Modi said, “Both India and Uzbekistan aspire
towards a safe and prosperous external environment.
appreciate their efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability. I can
assure you that India will help in your efforts. Both India and Uzbekistan wish
a democratic, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.”
added that India would provide a $200 million line of credit for lowcost homes
and such other social infrastructure projects in Uzbekistan. “In addition, we
welcome the proposals of Uzbekistan in line with $800 million lines of credit
and ‘buyers credit’ by Exim Bank.”
also used the occasion to indicate that it would join the International
North-South Transport Corridor.
joint statement also records India’s gratitude for Uzbek help in getting India
to join the Ashgabat Agreement. Both sides committed to starting negotiations
for India-Uzbekistan Preferential Trade Agreement by the end of 2018.
statement between the two countries “reiterated support for efforts of the
government and the people for a genuine Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan
controlled peace and reconciliation process that would allow for a peaceful,
secure, united, inclusive and prosperous nation.
sides shared the view that countering terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations without distinction is important for peace and security in
forces that killed Mahatma Gandhi are reigning today, making him all the more
relevant, nearly seven decades after his assassination.
gave up his life for Hindu-Muslim unity and fell to the bullets of the Hindutva
right. We need to tell Hindus today about the dangers of Hindutva politics and
how far away it is from the core values of Hinduism.
we should also hold the opposition accountable for not being truly secular and
degenerating into vote-bank politics and casteism, letting religious seers
can unite and fight these forces through the ballot and we know how to do that.
But Gandhiji can show the way to fight it socially. The social fabric of the
country has degenerated to a great extent reflected in the lynchings of
minorities and Dalits becoming commonplace. Gandhiji, were he alive today,
would have attempted to mend fences between communities and religions through
inter-faith dialogues. Creating such spaces is the need of the hour.
a 23-year-old youth, when I participated in the Quit India movement in 1942, we
were bombing post boxes and government record rooms. I had no clarity on
Gandhian non-violence then. But, I later acquired clarity on the power of
non-violence and satyagraha and successfully implemented it in several
2013, I was travelling on the outskirts of Bengaluru and was assaulted by an
unbearable stench near a village. I followed the smell and found Mandur, a
village where all of the city’s garbage was being dumped making life difficult
for the residents.
felt, as a Bengalurean, that I was guilty and had to atone and started a
satyagraha, which stopped garbage dumping in Mandur.
flight passenger alleges terrorists on board, arrested for misleading police
man’s attempt to frame Karnataka police personnel, who were travelling on a
Mumbai-Jodhpur flight on Monday in search of a boy who was reported missing
from Karnataka, lead to a hijack scare.
India flight 645 was cruising when a passenger informed crew about suspicious
activity of four passengers and suggested that they could be terrorists. The
crew informed the pilot, who informed the air traffic controller and requested
for the presence of security personnel upon arrival.
the plane landed, personnel from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
entered the aircraft and detained some passengers.Police began questioned the
hours of questioning twisted the entire incident and the complainant turned out
to be the accused.
passenger, who raised an alarm, was unemployed and went to Hyderabad and
Bengaluru in search of a job. He saw a poster of a missing 15-year-old boy from
Mysore and contacted the boy’s parents and the police station concerned and
gave them wrong information that the missing boy was in an ashram near Jodhpur
city and he can help them reach the boy,” said deputy commissoner of police
(DCP) (east) Amandeep Singh Kapoor.
the information given by the youth was correct, a head constable and a
constable of the Mysore police and the boy’s parents left for Jodhpur on Monday
morning along with the youth, whose boarding pass was issued on the basis of a
fake identity card.
to a CISF official, the person was not aware that police personnel were also
travelling with the boy’s parents, and was hoping to take money from the
missing boy’s father and run away after landing in Jodhpur.
to Kapoor, it was confirmed in the investigation that the four suspects were
two policemen and the parents of the boy. The police filed a case against the
youth on the complaint of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and he has been
special police officer (SPO) in Jammu and Kashmir who ran off with firearms
from a PDP lawmaker’s house in Srinagar appears to have joined militant group
Hizbul Mujahideen. According to a photograph being circulated on social media,
Adil Bashir is seen in the company of four Hizbul militants holding two
Bashir had told guards at the PDP lawmaker Aijaz Ahmad Mir’s official residence
in the city’s high-security area that he had come to clean the house as the
legislator was supposed to return later on Saturday evening.
evening, however, the SPO disappeared with seven AK-47 rifles and lawmaker Ajaz
Mir’s licensed pistol.
Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir police chief, said the police had some leads about
people who might have helped him and “are working on those leads”.
the last few years, there have been several incidents of policemen and SPOs
deserting the force along with weapons to join militant groups have been
reported. This is the first time that a policeman has deserted the force with
such a large number of weapons.
a mother — and a Muslim — in America, I see our flaws and failures, but also
son is named Jibreel, which is Arabic for Gabriel. I wanted him to have a
strong name, one he could draw inspiration from. A line was drawn in the sand
for him before he was born. He sits on one side of it and doesn’t know the line
is there because he’s only 2 years old. Baby J is consumed with his garbage
trucks, cement mixers and kicking his soccer ball around the house.
is 10 and plays soccer, like a boss. We joke that she’ll have only her first
name on the back of her jersey, like a Brazilian. Meesha is a Farsi word
meaning “always springtime, always in bloom.” I’m glad my baby plays soccer,
and I am more grateful that soccer builds strength and courage. If she ever
gets shoved, Meesha will know how to hold her own. My daughter already knows a
line is there.
a parent, I cringe knowing I cannot protect my children from hate. They will
walk into it like a glass door, painfully, jarred into reality. I hope I can
equip them with the tools to see the glass door for what it is, but also to
have the strength to find the catch and throw the door wide open. But I still
worry, because it took me years to come to terms with how to deal with hate.
people hate, others comfort
was 22 the first time I was attacked for being Muslim. After 9/11, I was run
off the road while driving, yelled at and humiliated on a plane, spit on and
cursed at. My crime was being a visible Muslim woman who wore a headscarf. I
was attacked in this way in public, in broad daylight, surrounded by people, in
sometimes think about the old man who verbally attacked me and mostly
humiliated me on that plane. I also wonder about the flight attendants and all
of the people who watched and did nothing. But I mostly wonder about the woman
who held me in the aftermath of that threatening confrontation. I can’t even
remember her face, just the view of her lap as I cried in her arms.
kindness saved me from breaking. Why did she help me and how had she become
that way? And why did that older man hate me when we had never met before? How
was I on one side of the line for her and the other for him?
wish that older man could join us on the sideline as we cheer for Meesha
shutting down a goal. What would he think of our mad rush for the front door so
Baby J can watch the garbage truck take our trash? Would he feel disdain for my
love affair with hot sauce? Would he be surprised to know that my husband does
all of the grocery shopping and has a wicked sense of humor?
never know the answers to these questions. Oddly, I have learned that most
people do care about these details. And for many, they don’t realize their
misconceptions until it hits them in the face, like a glass door.
course my baby boy loves garbage trucks. And, yes, my baby girl plays sports.
And they both love professional soccer player Lionel Messi, a Catholic, but
also Paul Pogba, a Muslim. And wow, you never realized a Muslim could be funny?
Right, because we are always praying, and plotting, and that freaky music from
"Homeland" is piped into every room in our homes.
the world, one connection at a time
has taken me years to heal. And sometimes, I’m still shocked by how simple and
powerful personal connection can be. Every time I tell my story, I rip my scabs
open again. And I will continue to do it if it means changing even one person’s
heart or mind. Until every heart is open and every mind is willing, I will show
up and do the work to help us see past our differences.
a parent, it’s the least I can do, to build a better world for my babies. And
yours. And let’s be honest, that’s part of our problem. Not mine, not yours,
but the emphasis should be on ours.
name is Muna; it means “something you wish for” in Arabic. My wish is that we
work to build love and understanding, one day at a time. We will join hands,
and form lines of strength and courage. Together, we will open doors, with
courage, to bring people in from the cold. There’s more than enough room in my
heart, and I know there is in yours.
not to sit for talks with unreliable, unrealistic US, FM Zarif says
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran will not sit for talks with the
US as long as it sees no reliability and realism on the other side.
not ruling out the prospect of talks provided the necessary conditions for
talks, and that is reliability,” Zarif said in response to a question about the
possibility of bilateral talks between Tehran and Washington.
made the remarks in an exclusive interview with The New Yorker, which was
conducted in New York on Saturday and published on Monday.
is different from trust. Reliability is that when you sign something you are
bound by it,” the Iranian top diplomat noted. He then cited an old Latin idiom,
Pacta sunt servanda, which means “treaties shall be complied with”, and
described it as the basis of international relations.
everything will fall apart… We are waiting for some sense of realism,” Zarif
further noted that the relationship between Iran and Washington needs to be
based on some foundations, and the Iran nuclear deal could be the one if the US
had remained in it.
is a hundred and fifty pages long. It's not a two-page document,” Zarif said,
sarcastically referring to US President Donald Trump’s agreement with North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at their June summit.
in May, Trump withdrew his country from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran
and world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA). Since then, the remaining parties to the deal, including France,
Germany, the UK, Russia, and China, are trying to convince Tehran to remain in
the multilateral agreement.
Monday, European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini announced, in
a joint press conference with Zarif in New York, the E3+2 group of countries
will establish a ‘special purpose vehicle’ to facilitate payments related to
Iran’s exports as part of efforts to salvage the 2015 deal.
2007, Parliament designated October as Canadian Islamic History Month, thereby
providing an opportunity to recognize the rich contributions made by Canadian
Muslims toward shaping our nation. During this month, diverse Muslim communities
across the land will share their teachings, their achievements and their
history, which sadly includes Jan. 29, 2017 - a day of infamy.
evening, Alexandre Bissonette entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec
with the intent of slaughtering defenceless worshippers. Six Muslims were
murdered in cold blood, 19 injured, while 17 children were left fatherless.
the aftermath, the National Council of Canadian Muslims issued a call to
recognize Jan. 29 as a national day of remembrance and action against
Islamophobia. Earlier this year, NCCM repeated the plea in an open letter to
the Prime Minister, supported by 77 Canadian Muslim organizations and 26
Community partners. The call is based on the precedent of recognizing Dec. 6 as
a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, following
the 1989 massacre of 14 women at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal. Its noble
aim is unequivocal: “We must not allow voices of hate … to permeate our public
discourse and damage our social fabric.” The heartfelt concerns expressed in
the letter deserve our respect.
not all Canadians feel comfortable with the proposed commemoration and day of
action. While a dangerous fringe harbours anti-Muslim sentiment, it is unfair
to tarnish all opponents of the proposition as bigots. We must allow for open
discussion without tossing in the accusation of “Islamophobia,” which pre-empts
meaningful engagement. According to a national poll conducted by Forum Research
in 2017, almost half of Canadians disapprove of such a day.
am one of them.
Because the best answer to anti-Muslim animus is to draw strength from the
time-honoured principles of my faith. Resiliency is enhanced by asserting the
very teachings that others seek to destroy.
to Sunni Islamic spiritual traditions, there is no commemoration of death – no
matter how tragic or brutal. Three official days of mourning follow burial of
the deceased, during which community members offer respect and comfort to the
grieving family. Moral, financial and psychological support continues as long
as needed to heal.
funeral prayer itself is brief and open to all. It is a time to remember death
amid the brevity of life, for "every soul,” the Koran states, "shall
taste death.” We are to prepare for it by living a life filled with gratitude,
humility and service. It is also a time to heal, recognizing that each human
being belongs to God, and to God is its return.
Muslims, the life of Prophet Muhammad serves as a source of guidance in life
and in death. In one instance, he sent scores of Muslim teachers and scholars
to a tribe that had expressed interest in Islam. However, this defenceless
group was massacred in an ambush by those filled with hate. Notably, the
Prophet did not commemorate a special day in remembrance of their deaths.
Neither was this done for a woman, Sumayyah bint Khabbat, the first Muslim
martyr who was tortured and killed for her belief. However, their lives are
studied as part of our history, as we seek inspiration from their personal
character and remember their ultimate sacrifice in the path of faith.
for following the precedent of Dec. 6, let us recall that, on that day in 1989,
a specific group of women (female engineers at Montreal’s École Polytechnique)
was targeted by the killer. Yet the wider lesson drawn was the need to act on
violence against all women. Following this analogy, proponents of a national
day of remembrance and action against Islamophobia should instead call for a
day of action against all forms of hate that "corrode our social fabric” –
in keeping with the noble aims of the NCCM.
this mean the Muslim community should simply ignore the horrific events of Jan.
29? Of course not. Instead, communities can use Canadian Islamic History month
to shape their own narrative within the wider spectrum of Islamic teachings.
This is also an opportune time to bare hopes, fears, and hearts with fellow
Canadians – as a means of strengthening our social fabric and common bonds of
major Canadian Islamic organization has been suspended and fined by federal
charities regulators following an audit that raised concerns it had “provided
resources” that may have been used to support to armed militancy.
Canada Revenue Agency said it had suspended the Islamic Society of North
America-Canada (ISNA-Canada) for a year effective Sept. 12 and ordered the
Mississauga-based charity to pay a $550,000 penalty.
auditors alleged ISNA-Canada had “failed to conduct any meaningful due
diligence” when it transferred $136,000 to the war-torn Kashmir region, where
the militant Hizbul Muhajideen has been fighting Indian troops.
acting as a “conduit” for other organizations, ISNA-Canada “may have, knowingly
or unknowingly, provided the benefits of its status as a registered charity to
support the efforts of a political party and its armed wing,” the CRA wrote.
the Charities Directorate did not revoke ISNA-Canada’s charity status, the
group was required to enter into a compliance agreement under which it must
“cease its overseas operations.”
are saddened by this outcome,” ISNA-Canada said in a written statement.
denied any links to terrorism and said it had “made progressive and important
changes” to its governance and “how we operate as one of the largest Muslim
organizations in Canada.”
remain politically impartial and are not in any way linked to any political or
extremist group,” the organization said. “We will continue our operations and
remain committed to always striving to be the best possible organization we can
be in service to Canadians.”
runs mosques and provides services to Muslims such as weddings, funerals and
“accounting services to other Islamic charities in the surrounding community.”
the suspension, it is prohibited from issuing receipts allowing donors to claim
their contributions as income tax deductions.
suspended organization will continue to be listed on the CRA’s list of
charities, with a notice advising the public that the charity is suspended.
Once a suspension has been lifted, a charity can begin to issue official
donation receipts,” said Dany Morin, a CRA spokesperson.
audit was conducted in 2011 and covered the years 2007 to 2009. The results
were conveyed to ISNA-Canada in 2014 but the CRA only sanctioned the charity on
Sept. 5, 2018.
CRA audit documents obtained by Global News were heavily redacted but alleged
that during the audited period, ISNA-Canada “gifted” $90,000 to the Relief
Organization for Kashmiri Muslims.
CRA has previously described the ROKM as the “charitable arm” of
Jamaat-e-Islami, a Pakistani group whose armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen, is
listed as a terrorist group in Europe and the United States.
audit documents also showed that ISNA-Canada gave an additional $46,000 to the
Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada, which the CRA has previously alleged had
fundraised for the ROKM.
resources to organizations operating in support of a political purpose,
including the achievement of nationhood or political autonomy, are not
recognized at law as charitable,” the CRA wrote.
said a political purpose includes supporting a political party, or programs
that promote a cause, doctrine, ideology “or generally seek to advocate, and
bring about changes in the overall way that a society governs and manages
addition, Canada’s public policy recognizes that the tax advantages of
charitable registration should not be extended to organizations whose resources
may have been made available, knowingly or unknowingly, to a terrorist entity.”
auditors identified a number of other concerns, including “inadequate internal
controls,” a “third-party receipting scheme,” close links to for-profit Muslim
housing co-ops and a halal certification program that the CRA said was essentially
CRA also found ISNA-Canada’s mission statement — “To advance the cause of Islam
and serve Muslims in North America so as to enable them to adopt Islam as a
complete way of life” — was too broad and vague to be considered exclusively
suspension and penalty were the latest results of federal audits of four
formerly affiliated Mississauga charities. ISNA Islamic Services of Canada was
stripped of its charitable status last year after auditors raised concerns
about possible funding of Hizbul Mujahideen. ISNA Development Foundation was
stripped of its charity status in 2013 over similar concerns. The Canadian
Islamic Trust Foundation’s charity status was also revoked.
the tens of thousands of registered charities, only three are currently serving
is by far the largest, with $3.1-million in reported revenues in 2016,
according to the CRA. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at an ISNA-Canada
event in 2013 and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was photographed there
in April 2017.
2014 written response to the CRA audit by ISNA-Canada’s lawyers acknowledged
that “not all of its practices may have been in complete compliance” but said
the problems were the result of “unauthorized actions” by a former
secretary-general who retired in 2011.
lawyers said ISNA-Canada was “actively seeking legal information from our firm
in order to inform the appropriate authorities at the federal and provincial
level so that a criminal investigation may be commenced” against for the former
charity has had no other record of any non-compliance whatsoever. In addition,
the charity has expressed its willingness to bring itself into compliance with
the [Income Tax] Act in instances where there has been non-compliance and has
been doing so for the past five years.”
was no longer operating overseas, it said. But it insisted it had not acted as
a “conduit” but had directed that its money be used for humanitarian work in
Kashmir. It also noted that “Hizbul Mujahideen was not a listed entity in
charity is a prominent Muslim organization that has served Muslims locally in
Canada and internationally for over 40 years. As such, it is one of the oldest
and longest serving national organizations in Canada advancing the Islamic
faith. At any given time the charity provides over 30 different charitable
the CRA wrote that its concerns about ISNA-Canada “have not been fully
alleviated. Specifically, our position that the society failed to devote its
resources to its own charitable activities in that it gifted resources to
non-qualified donees still remains.”
mosque in the northwestern German city of Gladbeck was vandalized overnight by
suspected Neo-Nazis, according to mosque officials.
attackers wrote racist slogans and drew swastikas on the windows and the walls
of the mosque, run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB).
Kahraman, head of the DITIB’s Gladbeck branch, condemned the attack and urged
the police to bring the perpetrators to justice.
mosques have suffered many similar attacks, but no suspects were arrested. We
believe that the arrest of perpetrators would help prevent similar crimes in
the future,” he told Anadolu Agency.
DITIB, a moderate Muslim organization founded by Turkish migrants in Germany,
runs more than 900 mosques across the country.
a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population
in Western Europe, after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million
Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin.
recent years the country has seen growing Islamophobia and hatred of migrants
triggered by propaganda from far-right and populist parties.
FRANCE (REUTERS) - French police raided the premises of a Muslim club before
dawn on Tuesday as well as the homes of members of the club, in a swoop that
the local government prefect's office said was prompted by serious suspicions
of pro-Islamist militancy.
operation involving some two hundred police began around 6 a.m. targeted a club
known as Centre Zahra France and 12 of its members in an area called Grande
Synthe, near Dunkirk and not far from Calais on France's northern coast
home to Europe's largest Muslim community, remains on maximum security alert
after attacks over recent years in which Islamist militants and assailants
inspired by militant groups such as Islamic State have killed close to 250
is a counter-terrorism operation," said a statement from the prefect's
German police on Monday arrested six men on suspicion of belonging to a
far-right “terrorist” group that attacked foreigners in the city of Chemnitz.
German nationals, aged 20 to 31, were taken into custody for allegedly forming
a group called “Revolution Chemnitz” with the aim of subverting the democratic
this end, they intended to launch violent and armed attacks against foreigners
and people who have different political views,” said federal prosecutors in a
targets included representatives of different political parties as well as
members of the economic establishment, the prosecutors said.
added that the group appeared to have been planning an assault on Germany’s
Unity Day, which falls on Wednesday.
arrests once again cast an uncomfortable spotlight on extremism in Saxony
state, where Chemnitz is located and which is a stronghold of the far-right
are still trying to determine if the suspects were involved in the wave of
xenophobic marches that swept Chemnitz at the end of August following a fatal
stabbing, allegedly by an asylum seeker.
prosecutors said that on September 14 five of the suspects “armed with glass
bottles, weighted knuckle gloves, and an electroshock appliance, attacked and
hurt several foreign residents” in Chemnitz.
show that the assault was a test-run for an event that one of the accused
planned for October 3, 2018,” said prosecutors.
are still investigating what exactly was being plotted.
than 100 police officers were deployed to search apartments and other premises.
the arrests and raids, we are sending a clear signal that we are identifying
and breaking up such right-wing terrorist structures early,” said Saxony
interior minister Roland Woeller.
Justice Minister Katarina Barley highlighted the suspects’ links to the
football hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scenes and warned that “the network
under investigation does not stand in isolation.”
a former communist state, has gained notoriety as the homebase of several
members of a far-right outfit called the Freital group were jailed in March on
terrorism and attempted murder charges for a series of explosions targeting
refugees and anti-fascist activists.
of the neo-Nazi cell NSU, responsible for several racist killings, also evaded
police for years in Chemnitz and another Saxony town, Zwickau.
recently, Chemnitz has been polarized over the question of migrants since
35-year-old carpenter Daniel Hille was stabbed to death on August 26.
probing that killing have detained a Syrian man, Alaa S., 23, while an international
warrant has been issued for an Iraqi.
the hours after the stabbing, thousands of people took to the streets in
protest, answering calls by far-right party AfD and nationalist group PEDIGA,
which campaigns against what it calls the Islamization of the West.
found themselves overwhelmed by the swift mobilization of the region’s football
hooligans and right-wing extremists, with the demonstrations degenerating into
mob violence against foreigners.
week of xenophobic protests in Chemnitz deeply shocked Germany, prompting
Chancellor Angela Merkel to urge Germans to stand up against the far right.
is due to visit Chemnitz in November, but she faces a cold reception.
Resentment runs deep in the city over her liberal refugee policy that led to
the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers in Germany since 2015.
Chemnitz riots also threatened Merkel’s fragile government coalition.
domestic spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen had appeared to play down the severity of
far-right mob violence.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the CSU backed Maassen, while Merkel’s
other coalition partner the SPD wanted him removed from the job.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made no new friends during his three-day visit
to Germany but the very fact that he came heralds gradual progress in his
country’s relations with the European Union.
trip, as unharmonious as expected but without major upsets, was born out of
necessity on both sides rather than any heartfelt desire for a rapprochement.
Erdogan needs to boost trade with the EU to haul his country out of an economic
crisis that has been aggravated by US sanctions and has seen the Turkish lira
slump 40 per cent against the euro and the dollar this year.
and Chancellor Angela Merkel in particular, need his continued cooperation to
halt illegal migration across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece under a deal
reached in 2016 that dramatically reduced the refugee influx. The bloc's rising
populists have lambasted the German leader for her open-door policy at the
height of the migrant crisis and she is under increasing pressure at home from
the far-right AfD party.
the talks, Mr Erdogan pledged to meet the EU's criteria for achieving visa
liberalisation for Turkish citizens, and called for the EU-Turkish customs
union to be expanded and for Turkey’s stalled EU membership talks to be
of the EU’s customs union is a major boon for trade because no customs duties
are levied on goods travelling within it. Turkey and the EU have had a customs
union on trade since 1996 but Germany has blocked talks to update it and widen
it to include services and agricultural products.
any of that will happen remains to be seen. Relations have deteriorated too far
in recent years for quick progress to be likely.
Erdogan, enraged by EU and German criticism of his crackdowns on political
opponents, has accused politicians in Berlin of behaving like Nazis, prevented
German lawmakers from visiting troops stationed in Turkey and lobbied them to
prosecute a comedian for insulting him in a poem.
greatest damage has come came from Turkey jailing German citizens on what
Berlin regards as trumped-up political charges of belonging to banned
organisations. The row has hit German corporate investment in Turkey.
the ever-diplomatic Mrs Merkel insisted that the trip marked a step forward
even though “deep differences” remained.
who don’t talk to each other won’t find any common positions,” she told a joint
news conference with Mr Erdogan on Friday. “Sometimes that takes a long time.
But I am committed to such talks.”
called for the release of the handful of detainees but stressed that the two
Nato allies had many common interests, not least because Germany is home to
some three million people of Turkish descent, Turkey’s biggest diaspora.
talks yielded some limited concrete progress with the two leaders agreeing to
step up talks on economic, technological and security cooperation and to call a
summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel
Macron in October to discuss the Syrian war.
sides undertook a cautious attempt at reconciliation,” said the chairman of the
Turkish Community in Germany, Gökay Sofuoğlu. “The open and critical exchange
of known views gives hope for further talks.”
Röttgen, the chairman of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, was
less upbeat. “The timing of this visit was wrong – it was far too early,” he
said. “The Turkish-German relationship is neither better nor simpler after this
are destined to thaw only gradually at best.
Erdogan angered his hosts at a banquet on Friday night hosted by President
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, departing from the text of a speech to claim Germany
was harbouring terrorists. He was referring to members of the Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK), which is banned in Germany and has waged a decades-long insurgency
for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey.
Saturday, he was accused of hijacking the opening of Germany’s largest mosque
in Cologne for his own political purposes at an event that attracted hundreds
of Turkish nationalists chanting “Erdogan” and making the four-finger Rabaa
sign that is also used by the Muslim Brotherhood and symbolises political
said he turned an event that should have celebrated the integration of ethnic
Turks in Germany into one that highlighted divisions between the communities.
officials, angered at being invited late to the event, boycotted the
Turkish-language ceremony where Mr Erdogan held a combative speech saying
football player Mesut Özil had been hounded out of the German national team
after the World Cup because of his Turkish roots. "This racism has to
end," he said.
politicians and commentators criticised the red carpet treatment for a leader
widely vilified as an autocrat.
stayed away because I didn’t want to be an extra in the opening ceremony of our
mosque by Herr Erdogan,” said Josef Wirges, mayor of the Cologne district of
Ehrenfeld, where the mosque is located. “He thinks he’s a sultan who can come
here and tell everybody what to do. Tomorrow when this gentleman has gone we’ll
have to clear up the mess he’s left behind.”
circulation newspaper Bild called Mr Erdogan’s visit shameful. “Erdogan’s first
official act upon arriving was to stretch four fingers from the window of his
Maybach limousine,” the newspaper wrote in a commentary.
German court has approved the extradition of an Iranian diplomat accused of
handing bombers half-a-kilo of explosives to blow up an opposition rally in
Assadi is wanted in Belgium for his alleged central role in organising a failed
attack against the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) at an event
near Paris on June 30 attended by thousands of supporters and high-profile
police said they foiled the plot when they stopped a Mercedes car driven by an
Antwerp-based Iranian couple and found the explosive hidden inside a toiletries
Assadi is accused of passing the high explosive to the couple during an earlier
meeting in Luxembourg.
court ruled out diplomatic immunity for the alleged spymaster based in Vienna,
Austria, because he was on holiday in Germany at the time of his arrest in
July, rather than on diplomatic duties between Iran and Austria. He was accused
with activity as a foreign agent and conspiracy to commit murder.
prosecutors are now reviewing the extradition decision. It was not immediately
clear on Monday when Mr Assadi would be sent to Belgium.
of the Iranian opposition claim that Mr Assadi played a pivotal role as head of
intelligence for Europe since 2014 and had previous experience in handling
explosives and demolition.
regime’s embassy in Vienna, where he was based on the third floor, is seen as a
major hub for the intelligence ministry (MOIS) in Europe.
opposition claimed that his immediate boss was Reza Amiri Moghaddam, a key
figure within the ministry, who reported directly to the regime’s intelligence
claim that Mr Assadi was put in personal charge of the operation to bomb the
French rally because of the sensitivity of targeting mainland Europe.
Assadi allegedly sought to distance the regime from the plot by using a
Belgium-based sleeper cell to carry out the attack.
nationals Amir Saadouni, 38, and his wife Nasimeh, 34, lived in Antwerp for up
to 15 years before they embarked on the operation, friends told The National.
couple were stopped on the outskirts of the Belgian capital as they headed to
Villepinte, France, where Donald Trump’s lawyer, the former New York mayor Rudy
Giuliani, and the former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich were
both attending the conference. The remain in detention in Belgium.
alleged Belgian accomplice, identified as Merhad A, has also been extradited
claims that Iranian agents have stepped up their activities in the West since
the start of 2018, citing alleged plots in Albania – the base for the exiled
opposition group - and spying operations against activists in the United
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said earlier in June that Iran “conducts
covert assassination operations in the heart of Europe” but gave no further
potential attack in France came a month after Mr Trump pulled the United States
out of the landmark nuclear deal.
said any attack would have been highly provocative on the eve of a visit to
Europe by President Hassan Rouhani to lobby European leaders to continue with
the deal. Analysts said the potential attack could have been an attempt by
regime rivals to undermine his leadership.
deputy foreign minister Abbass Araghchi called the allegations a “plot aimed at
damaging EU-Iran relations” and denied involvement in any plot.
supports the recent Russia-Turkey agreement on installing a demilitarized zone
in Syria's Idlib, the French Foreign Ministry said Monday in a statement.
statement comes a day after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian held
talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Paris.
talks focused mainly on the Syrian issues. Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed support
for the [Russia-Turkey] agreement in Sochi on Sept. 17 that establishes a
demilitarized zone in the Idlib area and allows to avoid the offensive
operation by the [Damascus] regime and its allies at this stage," read the
Sept. 17, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir
Putin agreed to establish a disarmament zone in Syria’s Idlib province.
near the Turkish border, Idlib is home to more than 3 million Syrians, many of
whom fled to other cities following attacks by forces of the Bashar al-Assad
Khan's minister attends conference with Hafiz Saeed
new prime minister Imran Khan's tall talks on India-Pakistan bonhomie fell flat
as one of his ministers was seen sharing the stage with 26/11 mastermind and
Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed at an event in Islamabad on Sunday.
is more shocking is that Noorul-Haq Qadri, minister of religious affairs and
interfaith harmony in the Pakistan government, attended the event allegedly on
the directions of PM Khan.
addressed the All Parties Conference (APC) organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan
Council (DPC), which is an umbrella coalition of more than 40 Pakistani
political and religious parties that advocate conservative policies. The DPC
strongly supports "Kashmir's freedom movement".
development comes soon after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed
the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last week where she strongly
condemned Pakistan. Blaming Pakistan for providing safe haven to terrorists
such as Saeed, Swaraj said Islamabad glorifies terrorism and spreads lies about
the event, Qadri said, "Any aggression by India will be dealt in a
befitting manner." The minister further said Pakistan is a peaceful
country and intend to resolve all political and territorial issues through
response for peace and dialogue was as usual stubborn and it is reluctant to
come across the table for negotiations," Qadri added.
minister said, "Pakistan Army is fully capable of attacking India on any
given front. In case of a surgical strike, we are not going to sit back. We
will give India a befitting reply."
the same hatred for India, Saeed said, "Indian PM Modi wants to gather
Hindu votes and win elections on the basis of anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan
agenda. Ahead of elections, action on borders will escalate and in state like
Uttar Pradesh, which has a sizeable Muslim population, the community would face
further said, "India transforms facts on the basis of propaganda. India
cannot fight any big attack. With such inferior weapons, it can't even think of
to the DPC, Indian state terrorism should be investigated through International
Criminal Court. UN's report about human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir
is accurate as per facts, it added.
the banner of DPC, its chairman Sami-ul-Haq and Saeed have in the past
organised several anti-India conferences and rallies. Sami-ul-Haq is the head
of a religious madrasa in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area and he also stood in the
2018 elections representing Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
wants refugees back after Pakistan PM proposed nationality to Afghans
Afghanistan wants refugees back, a senior Afghan diplomat said on Monday, days
after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that nationality would be
granted to Afghans born in Pakistan.
proposal was opposed by Baloch nationalists but hailed by Pashtoon nationalists
and some senior political leaders.
Khan’s statement was in a positive spirit but Afghan government policy is to
repatriate our citizens in a gradual and graceful process. But expect Pakistan
to extend their support during their stay till return,” Afghanistan Deputy
Ambassador to Pakistan Zardasht Shams told Arab News.
am speaking on our policy on refugees which has not changed so far.” He
recalled President Ashraf Ghani’s announcement that refugees would be
repatriated in two years and he has also assigned the task to various
ministries to implement the plan.
cannot take them (refugees) by force and repatriation will be voluntary. But
the policy is that we want the return of all refugees from Pakistan and Iran,”
Afghan diplomat’s comments came after Pakistan Information Minister Fawad
Chaudhry announced on Sept. 27 that the federal Cabinet had extended the stay
of the Afghan refugees until June 2019.
said the prime minister also issued instructions for the formulation of a
comprehensive policy about the Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, adding that
Pakistan cannot expel the refugees under its international commitments.
previous extension of refugees, who have Proof of Registration (PoR) cards,
expired on Sept. 30 and with a new extension, the refugees could stay for nine
said Pakistan has not officially informed the Afghan government about the
extension but insisted the decision will also be applicable for those
documented this year, who had previously been considered unregistered.
said around 880,000 were documented in the process that was concluded earlier
UN refugee agency says a total of 12,162 have voluntarily repatriated this year
from Pakistan to Afghanistan.
still have 1.4 million Afghan refugees remaining in Pakistan,” Shams told Arab
and Afghanistan have now established a bilateral working group on refugee
returns and reintegration within the framework of the Afghanistan-Pakistan
Action Plan on Peace and Solidarity.
refugees welcomed the nine-month extension but urged the Pakistani government
to announce a long-term extension unless peace is returned to the war-ravaged
welcome the Pakistani Cabinet’s recent decision as a positive step but we want
an extension until all facilities are available and peace is restored in
Afghanistan,” Sherzad, the spokesman for an Afghan refugee committee, told Arab
News from Peshawar. Sherzad also praised Imran Khan’s citizenship proposal and
said Afghan refugees were facing problems in education, health and business in
Khan’s announcement about citizenship has raised high hopes among the refugees
for a better life,” he said.
of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Siraj-ul-Haq also backed Khan’s decision and said
if European countries and the US grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of
people then why should Pakistan deprive Afghans of this right?
also support Imran Khan’s proposal for an open border with Afghanistan and want
this to be implemented,” the Jamaat chief told Arab News in Islamabad.
Khan, in his July 26 victory speech, had said he wanted an open border with
Afghanistan, like the European states, at a time when the security forces are
busy in fencing the border with Afghanistan, which is mostly porous.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday spoke with German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and underscored the need for resumption of a comprehensive
dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues, according to an official
Merkel telephoned Khan to congratulate him on his election victory and
expressed desire to expand bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.
emphasised the importance of deepening bilateral relations, Prime Minister
House said in a statement.
briefed her on the regional situation, especially the importance of a peaceful
settlement in Afghanistan and relations with India.
underscored the need for resumption of a comprehensive dialogue with India to
address all outstanding issues, it said.
Merkel expressed desire to expand cooperation in diverse fields and work
together on issues of mutual interest at the regional and global levels,"
it said Khan thanked the German Chancellor for her call and expressed the
desire for further enhancing bilateral relations with Germany into a mutually
beneficial, broad-based and long-term partnership, it added.
told Merkel that Germany is the largest trading partner of Pakistan in Europe
and there is a substantial potential for cooperation in the spheres of energy
and automobile sectors, and investment in hydroelectric power generation.
invited Khan to visit Germany at his earliest convenience and the Prime
Minister accepted her invitation, the statement said.
new government of Prime Minister Khan assumed office on August 18 after his
party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged victorious in the July 25 elections.
Khan called the President-elect of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohammed Solih to
congratulate him on his victory in the recent Presidential elections.
that Maldives is entering a new era, the Prime Minster hoped that under the
leadership of President-elect Ibrahim Mohammad Solih, the country and its
people would achieve great success and prosperity," an official statement
leaders reiterated their resolve to further strengthen the bilateral relations,
which are characterised by cordiality, religious affinity and close
also expressed desire to work closely on issues of mutual interest and for the
benefit of peoples of both countries, it said.
Maldivian President-elect thanked Khan for the telephone call and also congratulated
him on assumption of the office of Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Former chief of Pakistan's spy agency, ISI, Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani, who had
co-authored a book with his Indian counterpart, moved the high court on Monday
seeking revocation of a travel ban on him by the government, according to a media
government had placed Durrani's name in the Exit Control List (ECL) in May, a
day after he appeared before the Pakistan Army officials at the General
Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi to explain about his stance pertaining to
"The Spy Chronicles", a book written jointly by him and former chief
of India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) AS Daulat.
the book, the two former spy chiefs have touched upon some thorny issues
including terrorism, particularly the Mumbai attack, the surgical strikes,
Kulbhushan Jadhav, Kashmir and the influence of intelligence agencies. Durrani
had revealed that track-II diplomacy was in place since long aimed at averting
war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
in his petition, said his only intention to travel was to pursue his
professional commitments and visit his children living abroad, The Express
person placed under the ECL cannot travel abroad.
also said that he and his wife do not hold a nationality of any other country.
former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief said that he moved the petition
after he did not get any response on his request, made on September 5, to
remove his name from ECL on account of professional commitments by the adjutant
general of Pakistan Army.
had also requested the Pakistan government on September 13 to review its
decision but it also failed to respond, the report said quoting his counsel.
counsel maintained that Durrani retired from the Army over 25 years ago and is
not subject to the provisions of the Pakistan Army Act, 1952.
any inquiry initiated against him has been done without jurisdiction and is
illegal," the report said, adding that Durrani has the right to enter a
lawful profession and earn a living as guaranteed by the Constitution.
counsel also said that the petitioner retired from the Pakistan Army in 1993 as
a three-star general and since then he has served as the country's ambassador
to Germany and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
former spy chief's counsel further added that Durrani has numerously spoken,
defended and represented the country's position on matters of national and
international importance and he has been invited to the Herat Security Dialogue
to be held on October 26 and 27 in Herat, Afghanistan.
to the petition, respondents in the case are the Pakistan government through
the interior secretary, defence secretary and Qalandar Khan, the section officer
of the Ministry of Interior.
With the arch rivals (read Sharif brothers) of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)
chief Tahirul Qadri out of power, and his political cousin (Imran Khan) heading
the government, the PAT plans to put its five-year-long politics of agitation
on hold, at least as long as the PTI rules.
to the party sources, this change of heart on the part of Mr Qadri has duly
been conveyed to the PAT cadres and a “general council” meeting would soon be
convened to incorporate the revised preferences into party policies and
convince the workers of it.
fact, the council meeting was scheduled for Monday (yesterday) but postponed at
the last moment as the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected the party’s revision
petition,” says an insider.
to party circles, Mr Qadri thinks that with the Sharifs thrown out of power,
his political objectives have been achieved.
Sharif brothers earned his wrath following the Model Town incident in which the
party lost 14 workers, while around 100 others were injured. Their removal from
power was the party’s political objective.
rest is now legal struggle in which the government is cooperating and the
judiciary hearing the cases on a regular basis. “One of the victim’s daughters
(Ms Bisma) met the chief justice twice recently and requested for quick justice
and courts have started taking up cases and appeals,” he explains. This
satisfied the party’s concerns regarding delay in justice.
the PTI government also withdrew all the accused police officials from field
postings and provided an enabling environment for the delivery of justice.
explains the change of heart at the PAT level and the PTI should celebrate,”
the party insider said.
PAT made life difficult for the Sharifs for four out of five years of their
rule. During this period, the party held a month-long sit-in at Islamabad, and
big rallies at all provincial capitals.
the second phase, called Qisas March, it again held around 10 rallies in the
big cities of the country and finally culminated the effort with a rally on The
Mall earlier this year.
PAT remained a close ally of the PTI – which prompted some analysts to call
them ‘political cousins’ – and both made life thorny for the PML-N during its
rule by launching three different phases of nation-wide protests after a sit-in
at Islamabad to avenge Model Town incident.
may be mentioned here that the Model Town incident took place after the
so-called London Plan, which the three allies – the PAT, the PTI and the PML-Q
– hatched to remove the PML-N. The plan that was being consistently denied by
all the three partners till a week ago, was conceded by the PAT secretary
general Khurran Nawaz Gandapur recently during a show at a private television
Shahbaz government in Punjab over-reacted to what it called London Plan when it
tried to remove security barriers around the residence of Mr Qadri to give a
“tough message” to PAT chief. It led to resistance by the PAT workers and in
the ensuing clash with police 14 people were killed and some 100 injured.
The 214th Corps Commander’s Conference was held at General Headquarters (GHQ)
on Monday and presided over by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed
Bajwa, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release.
the conference, the COAS appraised the forum about his successful visit to
China. General Bajwa had visited China last month and discussed the regional
security environment and challenges during a meeting with Chinese President Xi
forum also reviewed the geo-strategic environment and security situation of
Pakistan and the progress of ongoing stability operations under Operation
forum expressed its determination to carry forward stability achieved through
successful counter-terrorism operations for enduring stability.
COAS hailed intelligence agencies and all forces for maintaining security
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan was being
‘unjustly blamed’ for the destabilization of neighbouring Afghanistan.
you are in a difficult situation, you look for scapegoats, for areas and people
and institutions that have not delivered to your expectations,” he told Fox
News in an interview. “Pakistan is there to help and facilitate, we recognize
that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in our interest,” he said, and pointed
out that they will play a role and use ‘whatever influence they have’ to bring
the Taliban to the negotiating table for peace talks.
acknowledged that relations have ‘soured’ significantly between his country and
the United States since Trump took office and publicly ramped up pressure on
them to do more to obliterate terrorist sanctuaries.
foreign minister insisted that the Pakistani government is in full control of
the country, including the rugged and remote tribal regions, and that terror
hideouts have been eliminated. He, however, declined to comment on whether
monetary cuts were having an impact on Pakistan’s military or involvement in
the protracted war against terror. “I am not here to talk dollars and cents, I
am not here seeking aid,” he said. “I am here to fix a relationship that went
sour – a relationship that has mutually benefited both sides. We have been
allies for a long time, it is time to rebuild that powerful relationship,” he
about Dr Shakil Afridi, the foreign minister said the issue could be discussed
with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Afridi’s future, Qureshi said, lies
with the courts, not the politics. “We have a legal process. Afridi went
through that legal process, he was given a fair chance to plead his case. He
was sentenced, he was convicted and is serving a sentence,” he said. “We expect
you to respect our legal process, as we respect yours.”
who represented his country at the United Nations General Assembly in New York
last week, said, “He is viewed in a particular light in Pakistan, he is viewed
as a traitor there. But he is viewed as a friend in the US. So we have to
bridge this gap. Openings are always there.”
– including the highest levels of the United States government – disagree that
Afridi was afforded a just trial, staunchly contending that he has been
‘unjustly imprisoned’ and his due process under the tribal system continues to
be called into question. Despite the public perception that he has committed
treason by working with the US, his 23-year sentence is on the pretext of
having ties with a militant group, which his lawyer asserts are bogus.
prior to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to Pakistan, the
Trump team – who have repeatedly called for Afridi to be let go – cut a further
$300 million to Islamabad through the Coalition Support Fund citing Pakistan’s
‘lack of decisive actions in support of the South Asia strategy’. This comes
following the US State Department’s announcement in January that it was
suspending more than $250 million in security assistance to Pakistan.
Muslim Allies in the Fight Against Extremism
York — With the rise of violent extremism worldwide has come the stereotyping
of an entire religion. In many countries and across many borders, Muslims have
been vilified for events they are just as outraged at.
instead of working together to foster a common understanding and mutual
respect, we have seen otherwise liberal countries shut their borders and
suppress culture. At a time of extreme intolerance, it is increasingly
important that we recognize the importance of working together toward shared
global interests of peace and prosperity.
an increasing number of Muslim-majority nations take a stand against extremism
practiced in the name of their faith, people around the world are working
across borders to promote cross-cultural understanding and tolerance.
a time when so much of what we hear is about the ill in the world, we have a
duty to celebrate the critical work that happens every day to ensure the
"battle of ideas" in the global fight against extremism is not lost
to those who preach violence rather than peace.
is the work of the Global Hope Coalition, which shines a light on both the
governments and the everyday heroes standing up to violence and intolerance in
their countries and around the world--and those who are joining with them in
the fight. At this year's annual dinner they recognize those who have taken a
stand against extremists invoking religion for the purposes of perpetrating
for example Niger, a majority Muslim country, which is increasingly at the
center of a vast struggle for power in Africa's Sahel region. After the retreat
of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Niger has seen a massive uptick in
extremist threats as the Sahel region has become an active theater for ISIS and
government under the leadership of President Mahamadou Issoufou has been an
outspoken critic of violent extremism in the name of Islam and has advocated a
tolerant and peaceful vision of the religion. The country has worked hard to
build regional alliances against terrorist groups in the Sahel region.
a time of great challenge, when many would retrench, Niger has worked to
strengthen the rule of law and the country's constitutional institutions, while
respecting the separation of powers. Perhaps most heartening was the more than
$23 billion from donor countries pledged to Niger at a two-day "Niger
Renaissance Conference" in Paris in December 2017.
is not alone.
countries are standing up to extremists and proving the actions of a select few
do not define an entire religion. But the global community's response has been
inadequate. Largely fueled by stereotypes created and driven by ISIS and
al-Qaeda, Muslims have been demonized, attacked, and shut out of a number of
otherwise tolerant nations.
global efforts to lift up anti-extremism efforts have been nebulously
structured at best and ineffectual at worst. And crucially, some wealthier
western countries have failed to be shining beacons of tolerance and prosperity
whose principles they were founded upon and have instead hid behind thinly
veiled xenophobia. All that while continuing to expect fealty from Muslim
cowardice is not the answer - in any part of the world. Instead of turning a
blind eye to good faith efforts to stand up to common enemies, the global
community must rally around them like they did for Niger in 2017.
why governments and heads of state are only one piece of the equation. Equally
important, but far less public, are the thousands upon thousands of individuals
in towns and cities throughout the world working every day to stand up to
extremism, fight intolerance, and work towards peace in their communities.
as the international community must rally around natural allies in this fight,
so too must it uplift and encourage the everyday heroes and on-the-ground
change makers - like, for instance, this year's Global Hope Heroes Sherin
Khankan and Omer Al-Turabi. Khankan, a female imam and daughter of a Syrian
refugee, has led the creation of a women-led mosque in Copenhagen to promote a
tolerant, peaceful Islam true to its original precepts.
is a prominent Sudanese author and academic who has become a leading voice
among younger generations in the Arab world seeking peace and a liberal future
for their countries.
Khankan and Al-Turabi have faced tremendous obstacles to their efforts - yet
both have been unwavering in their efforts to win the battle for hearts and
minds. There are countless more like them, and that is why Global Hope's work
is so important. By providing resources and valuable organization and
networking opportunities to heroes just like these, progress can - and will -
UN General Assembly gives us an annual opportunity to reflect on what can be
accomplished by thoughtful and meaningful multilateral action. This year, under
existential threats to our way of life and a global order built on cooperation,
the takeaway couldn't be clearer: We must choose peace, and we must stand with
those who fight for it.
suicide bomber on Monday rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into a vehicle
carrying a European Union military convoy, injuring two civilians, police said.
extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack against “European Union
Christians”, which targeted vehicles carrying Italian soldiers, in a statement
on a pro-Shabaab website.
attacked convoy was coming from the ministry of defense when targeted along the
industrial road and two civilians were wounded. The military truck in the
convoy that was struck was badly damaged,” police officer Ahmed Ibrahim told
Italian army said in a statement that five Italian vehicles were in the convoy,
and a vehicle with four soldiers onboard was “slightly damaged and able to
return to the base”.
Italian soldiers were injured in the event”, which took place some 700 meters
from the defense ministry.
European Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM) was launched in 2010 to strengthen
the country’s transitional government by offering military advice and training.
collapsed into civil war in 1991 that destroyed state institutions and has been
wracked by an Al-Qaeda-linked extremist insurgency since 2006.
NATIONS: Sudan’s foreign minister is calling for implementation of the latest
agreement to end the civil war in neighboring South Sudan and urging the UN
Security Council to quickly approve doubling a regional protection force to
monitor the accord.
Mohamed Ahmed told Monday’s final session of the General Assembly’s ministerial
meeting that Sudan hopes rival leaders in South Sudan will “give peace a
said regional leaders have called for the regional protection force in South
Sudan to be doubled from 4,000 to 8,000 soldiers — with Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti
and Somalia contributing troops.
also cited “a real change in relations” between Sudan and South Sudan,
including the possibility of resolving the Abyei border dispute and conflicts
in the Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
is experiencing ‘relative quiet’ and remains less vulnerable to Al Shabaab
extremism attacks compared to her East African neighbors, Kenya and Tanzania –
a new report has revealed.
Somali-based terrorist group has not launched a successful assault in the
country since coordinated July 2010 bombings in Kampala killed 74.
Group said in a report seen by ChimpReports this week that there is no obvious
constituency among indigenous Muslims from which militants can recruit.
make up about 14 per cent of Uganda’s population.
are well integrated and inter-confessional relations are relatively good, with
inter-marriage between Christians and Muslims quite common. Although Muslims
have similar grievances to their co-religionists in Kenya and Tanzania, notably
state neglect and lower access to formal education, Muslim elites in Uganda are
relatively successful in business; they dominate the hospitality and transport
industries, among other sectors,” the report reads in part.
to Hajj Nsereko Mutumba, spokesperson of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council: “We
historically did not have sufficient access to the education system but we
focused on business and have done well”.
International Crisis Group describes itself as an independent organisation
working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful
the Crisis Group researchers discovered, Uganda has better integrated its
Somali population than neighbours such as Kenya, thus making them less
susceptible to militant recruitment.
ethnic Somali population in Kampala is divided into two groups: those who have
lived in Uganda for decades, and speak local languages, and more recent
first cohort is well integrated and prominent in commerce, particularly in the
transportation and logistics businesses.
second is less well assimilated; donors and local NGOs focus support on them.
likely third factor, according to Crisis Group, is the Ugandan security forces’
close cooperation with Western intelligence agencies, which began soon after
the 2010 Kampala attack.
security officials assert that shared intelligence helped thwart attacks,
including a September 2014 plot to hit bars, a hotel and a university.
this relative success, the Museveni administration’s policies and the security
forces’ practices could yet drive young Muslims toward militancy,” the group
arrests of Muslims every time a high-profile crime occurs are an acute source
2012, amid a rising crime wave, Ugandan authorities rounded up dozens of
Muslims, creating significant resentment among their co-religionists.
same has happened after other high-profile crimes, including the November 2016
shooting of police Major Mohammed Kiggundu and the April 2018 killing of
businesswoman Susan Magara.
a public outcry, the most prominent detention centre where suspects were
detained, the Nalufenya police station, was temporarily closed in April 2018
and suspects transferred to other stations after pictures emerged of several of
them bearing serious wounds on their bodies, thought to be due to torture.
chief Martin Okoth Ochola, who replaced the long-serving Kale Kayihura in March
2018, promised to end the practice of torture in detention. According to one
cleric, many Muslims are living with wounds on their bodies and in their hearts
due to the indiscriminate arrest and torture of Muslims.
unexplained spate of murders of Muslim clerics has heightened the alarm. Since
2012, several imams have been killed across Uganda, usually by assailants on
government has blamed intra-Muslim wrangling and ADF for the killings, an
explanation dismissed by clerics who blame the authorities.
sum, said Crisis Group, Uganda has “done better than its neighbours in
thwarting large-scale attacks, related in part to intelligence cooperation with
the West but also to its better integration of Muslims, its amicable
inter-confessional relations and its lack of a ready constituency from which
militants can draw support.”
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