were placed on the Promenade des Anglais last year at the scene of the truck
attack in Nice that killed 86 people celebrating France's Bastille Day. The
massacre was a kind of watershed moment that was followed by a macabre wave of
similar low-tech terrorist strikes in several Western European nations.
in Indian Subcontinent Getting More Active: US Experts
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In Indian Subcontinent Getting More Active: US Experts
Al-Qaida is getting more active in the Indian subcontinent and by 2017, it
boasted several hundred members, with its cells mostly in Afghanistan and its
operatives flourishing in Bangladesh, counter-terrorism experts have told the
2017, al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent boasted several hundred members and
had cells in Afghanistan's Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Paktika, Ghazni, and
Nuristan Provinces. Al-Qaida's presence in Afghanistan was almost certainly
larger and more expansive than five or even ten years before," said Seth G
Jones, a strategic expert.
was speaking during his Congressional testimony before the House Homeland
Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on Thursday.
expansion, Jones said, may have been partly due to Taliban advances in
Afghanistan and al-Qaida's relationship with operatives from the Taliban and
other groups, such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e Jhangvi.
operatives in Bangladesh were particularly active, conducting a range of
attacks. In addition, al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent conducted a steady
propaganda campaign from its media arm As-Sahab," he said.
the group conducted few attacks in Afghanistan or Pakistan and was largely
irrelevant in the Taliban-led insurgency, Jones said.
September 2014, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had announced the creation of
regional affiliate al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent, taking advantage of
sanctuaries in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
new branch of al-Qaida was established - Qaida al-Jihad in the Indian
subcontinent, seeking to raise the flag of jihad,...and return the Islamic rule
across the Indian subcontinent," al-Zawahiri had said.
group was led by Asim Umar-- an Indian and former member of Harkat-ul-Jihad
al-Islami - a Pakistan-based terrorist group with branches across the Indian
subcontinent. Umar was flanked by Abu Zar, his first deputy.
October 2015, US and Afghan forces targeted a large training camp in Kandahar
Province, killing over one hundred operatives linked to al-Qaida in the Indian
Subcontinent, Rhodes said.
to Katherine Zimmerman, research fellow, American Enterprise Institute, the
al-Qaida presence in the Indian subcontinent remains weak after Ayman
al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new affiliate in September 2014.
divides the Pakistani theatre by ethnic group, he said. The Pashtun are part of
its Khorasan theater, which includes Afghanistan and Iran, and the Punjab is
under al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which works through the
Indian Punjab and Bangladesh, Zimmerman said.
recent surge in propaganda from AQIS leadership may indicate an attempt to
revive the group," Zimmerman told the lawmakers.
said al-Qaida never fully lost its sanctuary in Pakistan and used this base to
project forward into Afghanistan again as the US drew down militarily.
2015, al-Qaida was running large training camps inside Afghanistan. The US
began revising its assessments of al-Qaida's strength in Afghanistan based on
the discovery of these training camps," he said.
US killed senior al-Qaida leaders operating in Afghanistan in an October 2016
air strike, their presence a telling indicator that al-Qaida had returned to
the country," he added.
Saudi intelligence officers joined Daesh in Mosul battle: Report
Arabia had dispatched more than 100 intelligence officers to Mosul to join the
Takfiri Daesh militants and direct them in battles against Iraqi government
forces and allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, a recent report has
Arabic-language al-Manar television network, citing a report published by
Qatari al-Sharq newspaper, revealed that 150 Saudi intelligence agents were
fighting alongside Daesh members in Mosul, and working hard to extend the
paper added that Iraqi government forces confiscated important documents
certifying Saudi intelligence officers’ assistance to Daesh terrorists once
they liberated Mosul from the clutches of the Takfiris.
Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory over
Daesh extremists in Mosul, which served as the extremists’ main urban
stronghold in the conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters
from the Popular Mobilization Units had made sweeping gains against Daesh since
launching the operation on October 17, 2016.
Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19.
estimated 862,000 people have been displaced from Mosul ever since the battle
to retake the city began eight months ago. A total of 195,000 civilians have
also returned, mainly to the liberated areas of eastern Mosul.
aid groups working in Iraq have issued a statement, calling for international
support for the reconstruction of Mosul and urged Iraqi authorities not to
press civilians to return.
have also expressed deep concerns for Iraqis trapped in Daesh-controlled areas
in Iraq, namely Tal Afar, Hawijah district in the oil-rich northern province of
Kirkuk and the troubled western province of Anbar.
troops find Daesh terrorists hiding in Mosul tunnels
Iraqi security forces have found a large number of Daesh militants, who were
hiding in tunnels dug beneath the Old City of Mosul.
published on a number of social networking websites show Iraqi security
personnel standing by as Daesh terrorists walk out of the rubble of destroyed
official refuses to apologise for calling to 'kill all Muslims'
Michigan government official who posted a call on Facebook to kill all Muslims
has said he “owe[s] nobody an apology”.
Sieting, the president of a small village in northern Michigan, was recently
discovered to have posted anti-Muslim messages on his Facebook page.
post, which appears to be copy and pasted from a North Carolina-based blog
called "NC Renegade," is titled "Kill them all, every last one”.
The post calls Muslims "dangerously destructive to society" and
compares Islam to a "flesh-eating bacteria" and a “death cult."
Sieting’s previous posts have called being transgender a mental illness and
suggested “thin[ning] the herd” of the Black Lives Matter Movement, according
to Michigan Live.
President declined to apologise for his posts at a recent village meeting,
owe nobody an apology for exercising my First Amendment rights,” he said,
adding later: “I don’t expect everyone to see things the way I do.”
Sieting also argued that Muslims are evil, and that America has been fighting
them for hundreds of years, according to the Traverse City Record Eagle.
President’s posts were brought to light by local real estate broker Cindy
Anderson, the Record Eagle reports. Ms Anderson has since sought Mr Sieting’s
apology at two town meetings. Both times, he has declined.
month, residents staged a demonstration in downtown Kalkaska to protest the
“disturbing, hateful and Islamophobic rants” of the village President – and to
demand his resignation.
Anderson says the group of protesters is looking for someone to run against Mr
Seiting in 2018. He has been village president since 2010.
Sieting maintains the effort to remove him is a result of non-residents'
outrage at the pro-Donald Trump sign displayed in his hotel.
FBI reports that anti-Muslim hate crimes increased by 67 per cent in 2015 – the
year Mr Trump declared his candidacy, and the last year for which statistics
are available. The number of anti-Muslim hate crimes that year were the highest
they had been since 2001.
Kalkaska, however, several residents are standing by their village president.
you don’t want to read it, get off of [his Facebook page],” resident Joyce Gold
said at the town meeting. “From what I do know, you are a very honest,
faithful, hardworking man and I thank you for that.”
added: “I hope you continue and stand your ground for your beliefs.”
Independent has reached out to Mr Sieting for comment.
of terror attack mutes Bastille Day celebrations in Nice
France — It was almost a year before Emilie Petitjean had the courage to return
to the spot where her 10-year-old son Romain was hit and killed by the large
white truck that an Islamic State-inspired terrorist drove into Bastille Day
revelers on the vast beachside promenade here last July 14.
what would have been Romain’s 11th birthday this May, Ms. Petitjean says she
finally built up the nerve to walk along the sun-drenched stretch of pavement —
the same stretch where she’d once taught her boy to ride a bicycle, just as
she’d been taught there as a girl.
was too painful. Too many images would come back to me every time I got close,”
Ms. Petijean said in an interview this week as she and others here prepared to
pass the first anniversary of the senseless horror that stole the lives of 86
people and injured more than 400 one year ago.
saw a lot of bodies that night. I saw a crowd, screaming, crying, covered with
blood and firemen panicking because there were too many victims,” she said. But
just as this southern French city will attempt on Friday, Ms. Petijean says she
found some closure when she finally stood in the spot where Romain died.
pain is still deep though and it courses beneath the surface here, just as it
does in other French towns and cities, including Paris, that have been the
targets attacks orchestrated by the Islamic State or, as was the case in Nice,
inspired by the terror group also known as ISIS and ISIL.
France was rocked in November 2015 by a coordinated assault that killed 130
people in the heart of Paris, authorities say the Nice massacre was a kind of
watershed moment that began what has since been macabre wave of simplified
terror strikes in several Western European nations.
attack’s timing also cut uniquely deep into the collective French psyche
because it occurred on Bastille Day — France’s equivalent to America’s Fourth
of July, when the whole nation gathers to celebrate the ideals of the republic:
liberty, equality and fraternity.
State operatives claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities never
pinned down an explicit connection to the group and Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel,
the 31-year-old Tunisian resident of France who rented and plowed a 19-ton
cargo truck into crowds of families just after the annual fireworks over Nice’s
Promenade des Anglais.
was killed in a hail of police gunfire, leaving several questions lingering
about around the massacre. Officials said he had a history of mental illness
and was “radicalized” only recently before the attack. The questions cast a
pall over this year’s more muted festivities.
next year,” Nice Mayor Philippe Pradal told The Washington Times, suggesting
fireworks just wouldn’t fit with the sadness that will grip the city on Friday
night, when all but small sections of the promenade will be closed.
will place plaques on the ground in remembrance of the victims. The Nice
orchestra will play, and a moment of silence will be held at 10:34 p.m., the
exact time of the attack.
may be the most vibrant Cote d’Azur city, known for its beaches, its colorful
and dense architecture and the diverse ethnic mix of its 340,000 residents and
seasonal visitors from around the globe.
attack touched that diversity at its core, said Mr. Pradal, who noted that the
victims were from 18 nations other than France, including the United States,
and spanned a variety of religious backgrounds. Many were Muslims or from
predominantly Muslim countries.
wasn’t by chance this happened on July 14th. It was meant as an attack on the
values of the republic, and amongst those values is fraternity,” the deputy
mayor said, adding that the city has since scrambled to hold public events
aimed at preventing the incident from fueling social divisions.
8 percent of France’s 67 million people are Muslim. But in Nice, where many are
of North African descent, the number is reported to be closer to 40 percent.
condemnations of terrorism from Muslim leaders in Nice and other French cities
have done little to alleviate societal friction spurred by the nation’s
slow-burning internal war against Islamic State and tensions between religious
practice and the relentlessly secular nature of the French state.
French government has long been criticized for failing to integrate Muslims
into society. The result is what authorities fear is a cohort of alienated
Muslim youths open the lure of extremist propaganda.
interviews with The Times last year, several moderate French Muslims worried
that the situation was being made worse by harsh government crackdowns in the
wake of the Nice and Paris attacks. Undercover French police prowl the streets
of major cities, and authorities have carried out thousands of home raids under
an ongoing “state of emergency” decree that allows searches without court
government says the moves are necessary to contain the Islamic State threat.
Muslim rights groups say the crackdown, coupled with “Islamophobic” rhetoric
from some political leaders, plays directly into the hands of extremists by
further alienating the largest population of Muslims in Europe.
security analysts say the government’s approach is flawed — that not enough is
being done to confront Salafi, Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood-associated imams
preaching at mosques in France.
you want to be efficient when fighting terrorism, you should dry the Islamic
tank,” said Eric Denece, who heads the French Center for Intelligence Studies,
a Paris-based think tank.
need a new law to declare those three specific Islamic groups as illegal,” said
Mr. Denece, adding that the government’s inaction on the matter fuels
frustration among French nationalists and explains the rise in popularity of
far-right, nationalist political leaders such as Marine Le Pen.
in our flesh’
Pradal said Nice has expanded anti-extremism programs in schools with the aim
of making children of all backgrounds “more sensitive” to the indicators of
he also touted efforts to bring the region’s religious leaders together to
promote peace, the mayor was more cautious on the question of whether the
government should press Muslim leaders to join in public condemnations of
is not our responsibility to ask the Muslim communities to condemn such
actions,” he said.
he said, has added 130 officers to its 750-strong police force and pumped more
than $20 million into various upgrades, including new camera systems at schools
and “panic buttons” that administrators can press to alert authorities in the
event of an attack.
of fresh steel bollards now line beachside promenades to guard against vehicles
plowing into pedestrians again, said Mr. Pradal, who defended the national
government’s state of emergency decree on grounds that terrorists “have decided
to declare war against us.”
the French Revolution, there was “a phrase that said, ‘No freedom for the
opponents of freedom,’” Mr. Pradal said. “We’re not there yet, but one must
accept that when you are in war, you have to accept certain restrictions to
your freedoms to be able to restore those freedoms.”
have been hit in our flesh,” he said.
half of those killed in the Bastille Day attack were from Nice or nearby towns,
such as La Trinite, where Ms. Petitjean said her son Romain once came home from
elementary school in 2015 asking about terrorism after teachers led a
discussion about the Islamic State attacks in Paris.
boy, whose last name was Knetch — his parents were separated and he he had the
name of his father — was “was worried that something could happen to his little
brother or to his family,” Ms. Petitjean said. “I told him we did not have to
worry about that because we lived in a little town — that something like that
might happen one day in Nice, a city, but not where we lived.”
was worried that something could happen to his little brother or to his
family,” Ms. Petitjean said. “I told him we did not have to worry about that
because we lived in a little town — that something like that might happen one
day in Nice, a city, but not where we lived.”
have this feeling now that I never should have told him that,” she said.
she now seeks to help others through a victims organization she runs called
Promenade Des Anges, Ms. Petitjean said her own sense of loss is no less
crushing than it was a year ago. “Now it is more difficult every day,” she
said, “because I miss him very much, and I miss him every day a little bit
freezes plan to give Palestinian city land to expand
cabinet has frozen a plan to expand the West Bank’s most densely populated
Palestinian city by ceding military control over a parcel of land, a proposed
concession that has outraged settler leaders.
spokesman from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Wednesday that
the government will deliberate the issue of Palestinian development in Israeli
military controlled areas of the West Bank later this month.
then, the proposal to grant a part of Area C to allow the expansion of the city
of Qalqiliya will be on hold.
year, Netanyahu’s government quietly passed the eagerly awaited plan to allow
the Palestinian city to double its size by expanding into off-limits land in
Area C. Since then, settler leaders have railed against the move, calling it a
“reward for terror.”
an example of communal harmony Muslims in Pulwama village today performed the
last rites of a Kashmiri Pandit who died after a brief illness in his native
village Trichal Pulwama on Thursday. They also managed the cremation.
Kishan Pandit died at 50 after a brief illness in his home at Trichal Pulwama
this morning. Soon after his death, local Muslims rushed to his house to mourn
his death. The Muslims managed all the works like bringing the wood for
some Pandits were also managing the works but the Muslims helped their Pandit
brethren to perform the last rites.
are very thankful to our Muslim brothers. They have showed their love. We
cannot forget their passion of brotherhood" some Pabdits who were present
Pandits are our brethren. Propagandas won’t push us away from each other,"
some Muslims said.
DELHI: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday that the
"white powder" recovered from the state Legislative Assembly on July
12 was an explosive substance and claimed there may be a "terror
a forensic report which confirmed that the white powder was the extremely
powerful plastic explosive Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate or PETN, Yogi
Adityanath called the incident a major security lapse and demanded an National
Intelligence Agency (NIA) probe into the matter.
is PETN, a higly explosive substance was found in the assembly. Action must be
taken against those involved. How can we allow anyone to compromise the
security of 403 MLAs? NIA must investigate this," the chief minister said
in the state assembly on Friday.
security system must be established as this could be a terror conspiracy,"
Yogi Adityanath had called a high level meeting to review the security measures
in the assembly in light of Thursday's incident. He told all MLAs present that
everyone needs to be cautious and make sure to follow security guidelines. He
also said that police should carry out background checks for all workers in the
needs to be cautious related to security matters. Police verification needs to
be done for workers in assembly... Security guidelines must be issued and
everyone must follow them," Yogi said.
grams of suspicious white powder was found in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly close
to the seat of the Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Choudhry during a
routine security sweep on Thursday. As soon as the material was found, security
officials reached the assembly and recovered it, before sending it to a
forensic lab for analysis.
security has been deployed in and around the Assembly premises in Lucknow.
youth’s heart transplanted to Muslim man in Ahmedabad
heart of brain dead Hindu youth of Navsri district, was transplanted on a
Muslim man in a private hospital Ahmedabad. While his kidney, Liver, Pancreas
were donated to different persons in Ahmedabad.
per details, 21 year old Amit Halpati, a resident of Gandevi taluka in Navsari
district, whose parents are farm labourers, was on his way to neighbouring
Billimora town on his bike with his friend Vikram, on July 8 at 8 pm. On the
way, vikram was driving the bike and suddenly a stray dog came on the road and
both of them fell down and Amit suffered severe head injuries. Vikram had minor
injuries. Amit was shifted to government hospital in Kharel and was later
shifted to Surat at New civil hospital (NCH) for further treatment.
doctors of NCH carried out various tests found a blood clot in his brain which
was later removed. On July, 12 Neurophysician Dr. Paresh Janjmera and
Neurosurgeon Dr. Mehul Modi, had declared him brain dead. Amit’s family
members, his mother Ukiben Raman halpati (50), his brother Ajay (30), and his
sister Daxa halpati (23), present in hospital in Surat, were shocked to hear
team of counsellors from Donate life, an NGO working for organ donation reached
NCH, after getting information about the brain dead patient from NCH ICU ward
resident Dr. Nilesh Kachhadia. The team explained to the family members of Amit
Halpati to donate his organs. After taking consent from the family members, Amit
who was in NCH hospital was taken into operation theatre at 3.45 am on Thursday
where his heart, Kidneys, Pancreas, and Liver were removed.
green corridor, the heart was taken to Surat airport and by a chartered plane
it reached Ahmedabad at CIMS hospital, where the heart was successfully
transplanted to a patient name Sohel Vohra (36), a resident of Anand taluka in
Kheda district in central Gujarat, on Thursday morning. Few hours later, when
Sohel regained consciousness, the doctors checked his heart beats and found it
to be normal.
kidneys and Liver were donated to different persons through Institute of Kidney
Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) of Ahmedabad, while his eyes were donated
kidney and pancreas, was transplanted to Ritika Bhatt (42), while another
kidney was transplanted to one Hitesh Goyal (49), in Ahmedabad. The lever was
transplanted to Bhautiak Patel (36), a resident of Surat. The transplantation
of organs was done by the team of IKDRC Dr. Pranjal Modi, Dr. Jamal Rizvi of
to the Indian Express Donate life president Nilesh Mandlewala said, “After the
consent of the family members of deceased, we took donation of the body organs
from the body of brain dead Amit Halpati. We contacted CIMS hospital in Ahmedabad
and they told us that they had a pending patient named Sohel Vohra who is
resident of Anand. Sohel’s heart was pumping 15 percent to 20 percent. He was
in the waiting list since November 2016.”
NATIONS: UN chief Antonio Guterres has reiterated the need for India and Pakistan
to find a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue through engagement and
dialogue, his spokesperson said.
spokesperson Stephane Dujarric's remarks came when he was asked if the
Secretary-General is paying attention to the situation in the region or
"we are just waiting for some sort of big tragedy to occur for the
Secretary-General to take attention."
reiterate the need for the parties to find a peaceful solution through
engagement and dialogue," Dujarric said at a daily press briefing here on
said that "in terms of paying attention, I think the Secretary-General
answered in his own words that question during the press conference."
was referring to Guterres' first press conference at the world body's
headquarters in June when he was asked whether he is engaged in bringing about
dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan and two times the
Prime Minister of India," Guterres had said.
external affairs ministry said on Thursday it has started the process to revoke
the passport of Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher who is wanted in
connection with alleged terror-funding cases. “We have received a request from
the agency concerned a few days ago. We have taken action on that request to
revoke the passport. There is a process for such steps which need to be
complied with under the provisions of the law and we have taken action,”
external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in reply to a
is being probed for terror and money laundering charges by the National
Investigation Agency (NIA). He fled from India on July 1, 2016 after terrorists
in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches on
waging ‘jihad’. Naik had his passport renewed in January last year and it has a
validity for 10 years, according to security agencies.
NIA, on November 18, 2016, had registered a criminal case against Naik at its
Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act. His organisation, Islamic Research Foundation
(IRF), has already been declared as an unlawful association by the government.
controversial preacher is accused of spreading hatred by his provocative
speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the
years. He has been served with a show cause notice by the passport authorities
asking him as to why his travel document should not be revoked.
In a first, terrorist's body wrapped in IS flag
In a first, the corpse of a terrorist was wrapped in the flag of the Islamic
State terror group as hundreds of supporters joined his funeral in Srinagar on
Wednesday. They waved flags with pictures of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander
Burhan Wani and his protege Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa.
was a departure from previous instances when the bodies of slain terrorists
used to be covered with Pakistani flags. Sajad Gilkar, a resident of downtown
Srinagar, was killed along with two other Hizbul terrorists in an encounter on
Wednesday. Police said Gilkar had played a key role in the lynching of DSP
Mohammad Ayub Pandith. Gikar's funeral prayers were held in the premises of
Jamia Masjid where Pandith was lynched by a mob on June 22.
police named Gilkar for Pandith's lynching, the SIT is yet to submit its
report. Police said Gilkar went underground after June 22 and joined Hizbul.
Gilkar was also involved in the grenade attacks on CRPF at Nowhatta on April 2,
2017, CRPF camp Safa Kadal on June 11, 2017 and on a police party at Khanyar on
April 30, 2017.
of active terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir are Pakistanis, says MHA Official
than 50 per cent of around 220 active terrorists in Kashmir are Pakistan
nationals, a home ministry official said on Thursday. He also said that
infiltration bids have seen a rise in last five months. Around 220 terrorists
are active in the Kashmir Valley and majority of them are Pakistanis, the
official said. At least 120 attempts of infiltration have been made till May,
with 30 militants having been successful at the attempt, he said. In 2016,
there were 370 attempts of infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said,
adding as many as 119 terrorists had sneaked into the country that year.
According to data compiled by the home ministry, 88 Kashmiri youths had joined
militancy in 2016, the highest in last six years. In 2014, 222 terrorists tried
to enter the country, but only 65 could make it, and in 2015, 121 ultras
attempted to cross the border, but 33 of them were successful.
there has been a steady increase in the number of youths taking up arms in the
Valley from 2014 onwards as compared to ones between 2010 and 2013, the data
July 13: Sandeep Sharma, who was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police on
Monday, joined terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba after falling in love with a
Kashmiri girl. During the interrogation, sleuths from anti-terror squad (ATS)
of UP police found out that Sandeep Sharma was involved romantically with many
Kashmiri girls and wanted to marry one of them ‘at any cost’. To marry the
girl, Sandeep had converted to Islam and named himself Adil, revealed Uttar
to a report of Times of India, Sandeep Sharma was given arms training by
lashkar-e-Taiba. Having a driving licence in his original name, Sharma was used
as a driver by terror operatives in the Valley to move weapons from one
location to the other, stated the report quoting the interrogation report. The
Uttar Pradesh cops, who went to question Sandeep, reportedly said male members
of the girl’s family encouraged him to him to take up arms.
converted to Islam and named himself Adil to fulfil the condition set by girl’s
family about a year back. He also underwent arms training in Kulgam last year
in November and December,” ATS inspector general Asim Arun was quoted as
saying. Sandeep is believed to have come in contact with some mischievous Kashmiri
youths in Patiala, where he moved from his hometown Muzaffarnagar six years
lot of young men from Kashmir shift to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and other parts
of the country during winters. He came in contact with some mischievous
Kashmiri youths in Patiala. He started going to Kashmir during summer season
there after for odd jobs along with them,” Asim Arun added. Sandeep started his
criminal activities Kashmir with thefts and later joined a group for ATM
heists. On June 16, when terrorists killed six policemen in Achabal area of
Anantnag district, it was Sandeep who drove the motor vehicle ferrying the
man beaten up by cow vigilantes for ‘carrying beef’ in Maharashtra is a BJP
self-styled cow protectors thrashed a Muslim man on allegations of possessing
beef at Jalalkheda town in Maharashtra on Wednesday afternoon, they were
probably unaware that their target was affiliated to the ruling Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP).
man – 36-year-old Katol resident Salim Ismail Shah – was hospitalised after the
incident. Nagpur police have arrested four men for the assault, the latest in a
series of violent incidents involving cow vigilante groups.
claims to be the general secretary of the BJP’s Katol taluka minority cell.
to reports, the incident occurred while the victim was returning from Amner
village in Amravati district to Katol by two-wheeler after purchasing meat for
a function. Somewhere along the way, the cow protection activists waylaid Shah
and began beating him up for allegedly transporting beef.
said he kept trying to convince his attackers that the meat in his possession
was mutton and not beef, but they wouldn’t listen to him. He received no
assistance from the passersby, though a few did take videos of the incident on
their cellphone cameras. Finally, one of the accused threw Shah’s vehicle at
him – knocking him out.
police team soon rushed to the spot and admitted Shah to a local medical
centre. He was later shifted to the Katol civil hospital, where doctors
declared him out of danger.
filed two cases, one naming Ashwin Uike, Janardan Chowdhury, Rameshwar Tayde
and Moreshwar Tandulkar as the attackers and the other against Shah for alleged
possession of beef. They have been sent to five-day police remand.
wife – Zarin Ismail – denied the allegations, stating that they do not trade in
beef. “My husband is a cotton trader. He was transporting mutton for an event
organised by the local mosque committee,” she said.
(rural) superintendent of police Shailesh Balkawde said the meat was packaged
in the presence of veterinary doctors and sent to a laboratory for “beef
testing”. We will take strict action against the people involved to ensure that
such incidents do not recur, he added.
incident comes two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly declared
that “killing people in the name of protecting cows is not acceptable”.
However, many still claim that enough is not being done by his government to
deter cow vigilante groups.
Delhi youth was stabbed in a train last month after an argument over
seat-sharing, even as an angry mob accused him and his brothers of being “beef
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said that Pakistan is
considering India’s request for the grant of visa to the mother of Indian spy
had requested Pakistan to allow Avantika Jadhav to meet her son, who was
sentenced to death by a military court on the charges of espionage and
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj claimed she had written a “personal
letter” to Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asking for
the approval of Avantika’s visa application so that she may travel to Pakistan.
addressing the weekly news briefing in Islamabad, the FO spokesperson said that
asking for recommendations from Aziz to grant visas was against diplomatic
also regretted that India had imposed strict restrictions on the grant of visa
to Pakistani patients. “India’s belligerence poses threat to regional peace and
expressed serious concerns over frequent ceasefire violations by Indian forces
on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary. He also remarked that
India had continuously been violating the ceasefire agreement, adding that
innocent Kashmiris, including children, were being targeted by Indian troops.
Indian side is deliberately heightening tension in order to divert world
attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir. Indian forces committed 542
ceasefire violations in the current year in which 18 civilians embraced
may be mentioned here that on July 10, five innocent people, including four
women, were martyred in unprovoked firing by Indian troops along the LoC,
according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
others, including three girls, were injured due to the firing, which occurred
in Rawalakot sector, Satwal, Manwal and Tatrinote areas along the LoC.
this, back-to-back violations occurred on July 8 and July 9 after which at
least two civilians were killed due to unprovoked Indian firing.
FO spokesman said that Pakistani forces gave befitting response to the Indian
aggression but they were demonstrating utmost restraint, as Pakistan had no
desire to escalate the tension. “The world community and the United Nations
have also expressed concerns over the LoC situation.”
spokesperson said, “The 44th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), which was held in Abidjan, Republic
of Cote d’Ivoire, on July 10-11, 2017, condemned the state terrorism in the IHK
and called upon India to implement the United Nations Security Council
resolutions on IHK.”
Zakaria said that the resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the
56-member council, noted that Jammu and Kashmir remains the core dispute
between India and Pakistan, and its early resolution is imperative for bringing
peace to South Asia.
council expressed its support to the widespread indigenous movement of the
people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir for their promised right to
self-determination and observed that the just struggle of Kashmiris cannot be
equated with terrorism.” The spokesperson said that the council also called
upon the United Nations and the international community to play their due role
in stopping the continuing bloodshed in IHK and for the implementation of the
UN Security Council’s resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, which guarantee
Kashmiris’ right to self-determination through a UN supervised plebiscite.
believes in resolution of all issues through dialogue. It is time that the
international community takes concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in the
said that the Kashmir dispute’s reflection in the UK’s Labour Party’s election
manifesto, and in the January 19 debate in the House of Commons of the UK,
represented increasing concern over the current unacceptable human rights
situation in IHK.
said, “The Kashmiris observed ‘Youm-i-Shuhdah’ to commemorate the unprecedented
sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris in 1931. We pay tribute to shuhdah (martyrs)
and express solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle against Indian unlawful
occupation of their territory.”
successive blasts occurred after a suicide bomber blew up a bomb-laden
motorcycle near Tahrir al-Sham base near the spinning factory in Idlib.
blasts inflicted 12 tolls on the terrorists and wounded over 14 others.
sources confirmed on Tuesday that another militant group has defected Tahrir
al-Sham Hay'at after Ansar al-Shariyah and Ajnad al-Sham terrorist groups also
cut ties with the al-Qaeda-affiliated group.
sources reported that the al-Tamkeen Brigade, one of the largest factions
within Tahrir Al-Sham Hay'at, announced that it would not fight for the
al-Qaeda-affiliated group before infighting between rival militant groups is
halted for an indefinite period of time.
al-Shari'a and Ajnad al-Sham terrorist groups had defected Ahrar al-Sham and
joined Tahrir Al-Sham but after a while they cut relations with the
al-Qaeda-affiliated group too.
al-Sham has been engaged in severe tensions and clashes with Ahrar al-Sham in
Idlib and Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta, and reports from the region said
the battle has inflicted hundreds of casualties on both sides.
in June, Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at suffered another setback, as a large faction
defected the terrorist coalition and joined rival Ahrar Al-Sham Movement.
Al-Shariyah Regiment released a statement, confirming defection from Tahrir
al-Sham Hay'at to Ahrar Al-Sham Movement.
Saudi forces in Jazan area carried out military operations on sites occupied by
the Houthi militias and the guards of ousted Saleh in the province of Harad,
which is about 9 km from the Saudi border.
Saudi forces began targeting militants with their artillery, after detecting
them via thermal cameras.
militants’ approach towards the Saudi border was an attempt to open a new
military front to launch the missiles towards the Saudi provinces.
Arabiya correspondent reported that the militias fired several shells at
uninhabited areas before moving towards the Saudi border.
sources confirmed that Saudi forces were able to kill more than 20 insurgents
and injure others, as well as destroying strongholds where the militias were
to the Arabic desk of Sputnik news agency, the 'devastating monster' was shown
to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week when he visited the Russian base
Terminator 2 is a tank that is designed to protect other tanks, specially in
urban areas. It’s built from refurbished hulls from the venerable T-72 main
battle tank. But instead of mounting a big 125-millimeter cannon, the BMPT-72
is armed a remarkably diverse suite of weapons that includes two thirty-millimeter
cannon, four Ataka-T antitank missiles and a heavy machine gun. This gives the
Terminator 2 the capability to engage infantry and light armored vehicles with
its cannon, and tanks and buildings with its guided antitank missiles.
first version of the Terminator was designed in the late 1990s. It was a
five-man vehicle based on the chassis of the T-90 tank, according to Russian
was armed with two hull-mounted thirty-millimeter automatic grenade launchers
in addition to the other weapons, notes Jane’s 360. The Terminator 2, first
unveiled in 2013, subtracted the grenade launchers and reduced the crew size to
concept of the “tank support combat vehicle” arose after Russian experiences in
Afghanistan and Chechnya.
initial response was to escort its tanks with ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled
antiaircraft guns, which could rapidly pump out cannon fire to suppress hostile
antitank teams. However, the ZSU-23-4 was lightly armored and not equipped to
detect ground targets.
the BMPT was designed as a “versatile and mobile weapon for protecting tanks,”
explained Sputnik News. “According to the initial conception, vehicles of this
type should be used alongside tanks on the battlefield and destroy any
potentially dangerous target.”
sources reported last week observing a number of advanced Terminator tanks in
the Russian-run Humeimim airbase during President al-Assad's visit to the base.
Arabic-language Sputnik reported that a number of very strong Russia-made Terminator
Tanks have been seen in images of Assad's visit to Humeimim military airport in
Lattakia province, adding that Russia had never declared anything about
deploying this kind of tank in Syria.
to report, Terminator is similar to T-72 but is equipped with stronger weapons,
adding that the tank's main mission is providing support for friendly tanks in
the battlefields and destroying enemy tanks by missile fire.
is capable of targeting and destroying other tanks and armored vehicles from a
to a military source, Terminator tanks that had not been used in battle against
terrorists will be present in the upcoming war on ISIL in Syrian Desert.
and images of the recent visit by Syrian President to Humeimim airbase also
showed that the Russian Air Force has also deployed more modern warplanes and
missiles in Syria recently.
photos showed that Russia has deployed its Su-27 SM3 in Humeimim airbase which
is the last model of Su-27 had not been previously seen in Syria.
the meantime, RVV-SD missiles, a version of the Jojo guided missiles, were seen
in the footages of Humeimim air field.
first visit of Assad to the Humeimim came after the recent statements of the
White House spokesperson about an alleged impending gas attack by the Syrian
Spokesperson accused Syria of preparing to stage a chemical attack in the
country, threatening that Washington would make Damascus pay “a heavy price.”
sources said that the people's uprising in al-Mayadeen city in Deir Ezzur
killed several ISIL leaders, including Amir Zakat al-Mayadeen nom de guerre Abu
Maryam and the preacher of ISIL mosques in Deir Ezzur named Abu Fatemeh
the Syrian army units launched artillery and missile attacks on ISIL positions
and moves in al-Sana'a district near the passageway of the village of al-Jafrah,
destroying a military vehicle and killing and wounding all terrorists inside.
the army forces deployed in Deir Ezzur airbase blew up a BMP vehicle of the
ISIL near al-Tharda mountain by missile and artillery fire.
sources said on Monday that a large number of civilians took to the streets in
a town near Deir Ezzur Province's border with Iraq and clashed with the ISIL
terrorists as the Syrian Army troops and Hezbollah fighters are rapidly
advancing against ISIL in Eastern Homs to lift the siege on Deir Ezzur.
sources in the town of Albu Kamal reported that a group of young men have
burned 2 ISIL vehicles and a bus in the town and killed one of the terrorists.
development came a day after three other terrorists were killed and their car
was burned at the hands of locals of al-Kataf area on the outskirts of Albu
sources also announced that a state of turmoil and confusion still prevails
among ISIL terrorists, where clashes erupted among ISIL groups in the area of
al-Souar, which led to the injury of ISIL commanders, including Abu Mosaab
al-Falastini and Abu Omar al-Australi.
suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a gathering of rebels
near the rebel-held northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on Wednesday, killing and
injuring scores, rebel sources said.
said the blast ripped a textile factory where members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham,
an alliance of rebel groups whose backbone is the former al-Qaeda affiliate
Nusra Front, had been using as their quarters. At least 12 were killed, one
rebel source said.
militant alliance has been waging in the last few days a major sweep to round
up ultra-hard-line ISIS sleeper cells in Idlib province. They say they have
arrested at least 100 people, including who the group says are senior
operatives blamed for a string of recent assassination and blasts in the
province is dominated mainly by militant groups although there is some presence
of the moderate Western-vetted Free Syrian Army groups.
province, which borders Turkey, has long witnessed infighting between the main
militant groups vying for power.
spokesman for pro-government Popular Mobilization Units, commonly by the Arabic
name Hashd al-Sha’abi, says the volunteer fighters will join army soldiers in
counter-terrorism operations to liberate the last remaining areas in Iraq still
controlled by the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
al-Assadi stated on Thursday that his fellow fighters “will be a main partner
in liberating Hawijah and all other militant-controlled regions.”
town of Hawijah, located 45 kilometers west of the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk,
has been under the control of Daesh militants since June 2014, when the
extremists’ leader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his
remarks came only three days after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
formally declared victory over Daesh extremists in Mosul, which served as the
terrorists’ main urban stronghold in the conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters from
the Popular Mobilization Units had made sweeping gains against Daesh since
launching the Mosul operation on October 17, 2016.
aid groups working in Iraq issued a statement on Monday, calling for
international support for the reconstruction of Mosul and urged Iraqi
authorities not to press civilians to return.
also expressed deep concerns for Iraqis trapped in Daesh-controlled areas in
Iraq, namely Tal Afar, Hawijah and the troubled western province of Anbar.
the expected offensives in Hawijah, Tal Afar and western Anbar, where
approximately 150,000 civilians are thought to still be trapped, it is vital
that lessons are learnt from past offensives,” the aid groups said, demanding
access to safety and assistance be prioritized.
Izadi Kurds have fled Iraq since Daesh emergence’
director of Izadi Affairs at Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs of the
Kurdistan Region, Khairi Bouzani, said on Thursday that around 90,000 Izadis
out of a total of 550,000 had emigrated from Iraq to Europe in the wake of
Daesh atrocities in the Arab country.
said 350,000 Izadi Kurds were displaced after their cities in northwestern Iraq
were overrun by Daesh Takfiris, noting that 1,293 Izadis were also killed at
the hands of the terrorists.
Kurdish official further underlined that 43 mass graves with remains of Izadi
victims were discovered, and scores of religious sites belonging to the minority
were destroyed by Daesh members as well.
in August 2014, Daesh terrorists overran Sinjar, killing, raping, and enslaving
large numbers of Izadis. The town was later recaptured on November 13, 2015,
during a two-day operation by Peshmerga forces and Izadi fighters.
Syrian soldiers continued military operations from their positions in a
checkpoint named France in al-Zalaf region in the Southeastern parts of
Damascus towards East, and they could advance 21km towards al-Jarin mountain.
military source said that the Syrian army units retook control of a 200-sq/km
area, adding that a number of terrorists were killed and wounded in the clashes
with the army.
Syrian army forces continued the second phase of al-Fajr al-Kobra (the Grand
Dawn) anti-terrorism operation in Badiyeh (desert) on Monday and managed to
impose control over several heights in regions near al-Seen military airport.
army men kicked off the second phase of al-Fajar al-Kobra operation South of
the road that connects al-Seen airbase to Zaza region and managed to advance against
terrorists from Tal 9hill Deco towards Tal Roqeileh, Tal al-Baqar and Tal
al-A'saf and the regions of Khirbet al-Ambashi and al-Kera'ah.
army soldiers further drove terrorists out of the mountain between Tal Deco and
Tal Roqeileh up to Tal Risheh.
army units also won back Tal Risheh Dam, Jabal (mount) Mahkoul, Baer Makhour
and Jabal Sis South of al-Seen airbase.
Army had managed to secure over 5,000 square kilometers of the Syrian Desert
from the clutches of ISIL during the first stage of al-Fajr al-Kobra operation
that is the largest swathes of land won back from ISIL since 2011 and includes
special forces started their military operations from the Southern parts of
special troops plan to expand Southward from the key town of Resafa in order to
press ISIL’s positions as far South as Sukhnah in the Eastern parts of Homs
the Tiger Forces are pushing South to Homs province, it will allow their allies
from the Desert Hawks Brigade to blitz the ISIL’s positions in the Eastern
parts of Hama province.
the Syrian army forces continue massive operations from Western al-Sukhnah –
the Eastern parts of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) - towards the last
ISIL stronghold in Homs.
Syrian army units and Hezbollah fighters also continued their operations to
reach the strategic town of al-Sukhnah, the Takfiri terrorist group’s last
defense lines directly West of the city of Deir Ezzur, deploying their forces
just a few kilometer away from the vital bastion.
field source announced the Syrian troops' massive operation in Eastern Homs and
Hama, saying that driving the ISIL out of Aqayrabat and al-Sukhnah means the
end of the terrorist group's presence in Central Syria.
to earlier reports, the Syrian Special forces deployed in Southern Raqqa and
the Army soldiers deployed in Eastern Homs were preparing to launch a joint
anti-ISIL operation to drive terrorists out of the strategic town of al-Sukhnah
that is considered as the main gate to Deir Ezzur city.
battlefield source said the Syrian Special Forces are not looking to increase
their presence in Raqqa province; "instead, they have plans to push South
from the town of al-Rasafeh in Southern Raqqa towards al-Sukhnah in Eastern
source added that the Syrian Armed Forces plan to launch their offensive from
two different fronts in order to force the ISIL to retreat from the key town
near the Deir Ezzur border.
source went on to say that the second front of the army operation starts from
the Eastern direction of the ancient city of Palmyra toward West of al-Sukhnah,
adding that the army forces are now advancing rapidly against terrorists in the
source said that the army has dispatched more heavy equipment to Arak region in
Eastern Homs to intensify attacks on ISIL's defense lines in al-Sukhnah.
source further added that following ISIL's defeats in Aleppo and Raqqa
provinces, the fresh army operation that will cover Eastern Hama and Homs and
the entire Deir Ezzur province is so important that the army would dispatch
more forces and equipment to advance towards Deir Ezzur with the back up of the
Russian Air Force.
army forces continued clashes with the terrorists near the meat packaging
company and al-Khair Markets, regaining control of several points.
military source said that the Syrian troops have rapidly advanced in the
region, and added that a number of terrorists were killed in clashes.
source stressed that the army wants to separate Jobar district from Eastern
Ghouta by advancing in regions parallel to al-Moltahlaq al-Janoubi, between
Eastern Damascus and the Western parts of Eastern Ghouta.
the Syrian army could retake control of houses in the Eastern parts of the
Syrian army units also advanced along the Southern bypass of the highway that
runs between Zmelka and Jobar, capturing several buildings in the course of
a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian army forces, backed up by the
country's Air Force, continued to hit the defense lines of Faylaq al-Rahman and
Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation
Board) in Eastern Ghouta and managed to impose control over another key
army men engaged in fierce clashes with Faylaq al-Rahman and Al-Nusra Front in
the meat-packing company in Ein Terma-Jobar and Zmelka triangle and pushed the
terrorists back from the company.
the meantime, the army aircraft pounded terrorists' positions in the triangle
to reports, armored personnel carriers and Russian troops have been sent to
Hama battlefield as the Syrian army troops are trying to oust ISIL militants
from Eastern Salamiyah.
to AMN, the Russian special forces operate alongside the Syrian soldiers in the
fight against the ISIL, as Moscow forces serve as battlefield advisors and in
combat support roles ranging from tactical reconnaissance, sniper cover,
forward air control and anti-tank over-watch.
Toyota picks, trucks and buses full of infantry, lorries carrying supplies and
trucks towing light field howitzers have been sent to Eastern Hama. The entire
convoy offers a detailed cross-section of the forces which have now been
deployed against the ISIL.
the Syrian army forces launched fierce attacks on ISIL positions inside the
Qaleb al-Thawr city in Eastern Hama and regained control of a big part of the
city after hours of heavy clashes.
military source, meanwhile, said that the Syrian soldiers were forced to withdraw
from some parts of their positions in the city, adding that the army will start
a new phase of attacks to recapture the entire city soon.
Russian strategic bombers conducted strikes on ISIL targets in Syria on
Wednesday, using modern X-101 strategic cruise missiles. Several weapon
stockpiles and a terrorist command center were destroyed in the strike.
Air Force Tu-95MS strategic bombers conducted strikes on ISIL positions near
the border of Syrian Hama and Homs provinces on Wednesday, the Russian military
said in a statement.
large weapon and ammunition stockpiles alongside with a command center near the
town of Aqayrabat were destroyed in the strike, which was confirmed by
objective control measures,” the statement added.
Syrian army has also dispatched a large number of its special forces and
state-of-the-art military equipment to accelerate anti-ISIL operations in
large convoy of reinforcements comprised of Desert Hawks arrived days ago in
the Eastern territories of Hama province to take part in the anti-ISIL military
operation in Eastern Salamiyah.
a number of T-90 tanks have also been sent to Hama to be used for anti-ISIL
Syrian and Russian forces, backed by the two countries' warplanes, have started
a new phase of military operations to expel the ISIL from Eastern Hama in bid
to secure the strategic city of Salamiyeh.
on reports, the Russian Special Forces, backed by Moscow Air Force, also
participated in the military operations in Eastern Hama.
region includes tens of villages and towns as the ISIL's main base in the
province and is used by the terrorists to attack the army positions in
to earlier reports, the fresh troops of the Syrian army along with Russian
marines were dispatched to Eastern Hama for this large-scale operation.
ago, the Syrian army dispatched a large number of fresh forces to Hama as
Damascus troops started a new phase of military operation to drive ISIL out of
airstrikes also targeted ISIL positions in al-Sana'a, al-Arafi and al-Kanamat
districts in Deir Ezzur as well as the power company and al-Tharda mountain in
the Southern parts of the city.
the ISIL bases near Deir Ezzur airbase, the cemetery and al-Jabileh regions
were attacked, resulting in the full destruction of an ammunition cache.
Syrian warplanes also bombed ISIL positions in the two villages of Ayash and
Shamitiyeh in Northwestern Deir Ezzur and the village of Marat in Eastern Deir
Ezzur, destroying the terrorists' base and killing a number of them.
Syrian and Russian air forces also launched several airstrikes on regions near
Deir Ezzur airbase, areas near al-Tharda mountain in Southwestern Deir Ezzur
and districts near the Brigade 137 base in the Western parts of the city,
inflicting toll and damage on the terrorists.
a relevant development on Wednesday, two command centers of ISIL were destroyed
in the Syrian Air Force's combat flights over ISIL's positions in Deir Ezzur
province, military sources confirmed, adding that the raids inflicted major
losses on the terrorists.
army aircraft struck ISIL's defense lines and movements in al-Huweiqa region,
al-Maqaber (cemetery) region, al-Tayem region, in the town of al-Mouhassan, the
neighborhood of al-Hosseiniyeh, the village of al-Baqalilyeh, Panorama base,
Hatlah neighborhood, and the regions of Mart and Mazloum, destroying a command
center known as ISIL's military base in the village of Bou Omar in Eastern Deir
Ezzur and another command center in al-Jabileh neighborhood containing arms and
military source said that tens of ISIL terrorists, including two senior
commanders, were killed in the attacks.
We face threats from systems that support and finance terrorism
face threats from leaders and regimes in the world who finance and support
terrorism,” US President Donald Trump told a news conference on Thursday in
Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.
added that America’s relationship with France is stronger than ever.
US president pointed out that Washington confirms its commitment to defeat
pointed to the support of the Iraqi government to preserve what has been
achieved. “We are seeking a comprehensive cease-fire in Syria,” Trump said.
his part, the French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that he held lengthy
talks with Trump, including the fight against terrorism.
agreed to pursue joint action in Syria and Iraq," Macron said, referring
to the agreement to form a contact group to create a post-war international
road map in Syria.
confirmed that there is no disagreement with Washington on the fight against
terrorism. “We changed France’s doctrine on Syria to reach a comprehensive
political solution,” he said.
the Iraq-Syria situation, we have agreed to continue working together, in
particular on the building of a roadmap for the post-war period," Macron
said in a joint news conference during Trump's visit to Paris.
have asked our diplomats to work in that direction, so in the next few weeks a
concrete initiative can be taken and managed by the P5," Macron said,
referring to the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
said France would not place the departure of Bashar al-Assad as a condition for
reaching a political solution.
President Donald Trump, arrived in Paris on Thursday morning to meet with his
French counterpart . Weeks after Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin
at the Palace of Versailles, Trump will bask in the trappings of the Bastille
Day military parade on Friday and commemorations of the entry 100 years ago of
US troops into World War One.
welcomed Trump with a warm handshake and smiles, a contrast to the clenched-jaw
greeting they shared at their first encounter in May.
nice to see you. This is so beautiful,” the USpresident told Macron as they met
at the Hotel des Invalides where Napoleon Bonaparte and other French war heroes
the 39-year-old Macron, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon two centuries
ago, the visit is a chance to use soft diplomacy to win Trump’s confidence and
set about influencing US foreign policy, which European leaders say lacks
views it as counter-productive to isolate the United States on the world stage,
and said he and Trump had asked diplomats to draw up in the coming weeks a
concrete initiative aimed at preparing the future of Syria.
said work was underway to negotiate a ceasefire in a second region of Syria.
Friday, Trump will be guest of honor at France's July 14 celebrations, a year
after a Tunisian man loyal to ISIS ploughed a truck through revellers on a
seafront promenade in Nice, killing more than 80.
bringing Trump to Paris, Macron has stolen a march on Britain's embattled Prime
Minister Theresa May.
offer of a state visit for Trump met fierce domestic criticism and warnings
that he would be greeted by mass protests.
US judge on Thursday granted the state of Hawaii’s bid to exempt grandparents
and other relatives from President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on
residents from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees.
District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu had been asked to narrowly interpret
a US Supreme Court ruling that revived parts of Trump’s March 6 executive order
banning people from those countries for 90 days. Watson on Thursday declined to
put on hold his ruling exempting grandparents from the ban.
Justice Department representative could not immediately be reached for comment.
The US Supreme Court last month let the ban on travel from the six countries go
forward with a limited scope, saying it could not apply to anyone with a
credible “bona fide relationship” with a US person or entity.
Trump administration then decided that spouses, parents, children, fiancés and
siblings would be exempt from the ban, while grandparents and other family
members traveling from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would be
Trump administration also said that all refugees without a close family tie
would be blocked from the country for four months.
said the measure was necessary to prevent attacks. However, opponents including
states and refugee advocacy groups, sued to stop it, disputing its security
rationale and saying it discriminated against Muslims.
attorney general Douglas Chin asked Watson to issue an injunction allowing
grandparents and other family members to travel to the United States. Hawaii and
refugee groups argue that resettlement agencies have a “bona fide” relationship
with the refugees they help, sometimes over the course of years.
Justice Department said its rules were properly grounded in immigration law. In
his ruling, Watson said the government had an “unduly restrictive reading” of
what constituted a close family relationship.
President Donald Trump says a recent Syria ceasefire deal brokered by the US
and Russia shows his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was a
having dialogue we were able to have a ceasefire. It's going to go on for a
while and frankly we're working on a second ceasefire in a very rough part of
Syria," Trump said at a joint press conference with his French counterpart
Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday.
if we get that and a few more, all of a sudden you're going to have no bullets
being fired in Syria. And that would be a wonderful thing," he added.
ceasefire in southwestern Syria was the main outcome of Trump and Putin’s
highly-anticipated first meeting on the sidelines of the annual G20 summit in
Hamburg, Germany, last week.
was also involved in the trilateral agreement on the ceasefire, which went into
force at noon Damascus time (0900 GMT) on Sunday.
has been speaking proudly of the deal, touting it as an example of “working
constructively” with Russia to address serious global issues.
won't invite Putin to White House’
American head of state was so pleased with the meeting that he said he would
invite his Russian counterpart over to the White House in future but only “at
the right time.”
also took a jab at those who criticized him for cooperating with Russia, saying
it would be foolish not to do so.
be the smart people not the stupid people. The easiest thing for me to tell you
is that I would never invite him, we will never ever talk to Russia; that all
of my friends in Congress will say, 'oh he's so wonderful, he's so wonderful',”
he said. "If you don't have dialogue, you have to be fools. Fools."
United Nations has hailed the partial truce in Syria, calling it a “positive”
step that could help efforts to reach permanent peace in the Arab country,
which has been grappling with foreign-backed militancy since 2011.
agreement was the first of its kind between the Kremlin and the White House,
who remain on the opposing sides over the fate of Syrian President Bashar
Russia has been helping the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to
defeat terror groups across his conflict-ridden country, the US has been openly
aiding militant groups fighting to oust him.
Assad’s ouster no longer a ‘pre-requisite’
French head of state also weighed in on the situation in Syria and said the
West's “new approach” on the Arab country no longer pushed for Assad’s ouster
and was rather focused on “eradicating terror.”
seven-million-strong American Muslim Community Sunday (July 9) mourned the
death of Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, a prolific author and professor whose career
centered on dismantling stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs in the US media. He
was perhaps most famous for his book "Reel Bad Arabs," where he
chronicled over 900 movies where Arabs were represented negatively.
addition to Reel Bad Arabs, Dr. Shaheen authored four other books, Guilty: Hollywood’s
Verdict on Arabs After 9/11, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular
Culture; Nuclear War Films, and The TV Arab.
His methodical study of the media and depictions of Arabs has been
critical in helping to re-shape the narratives on Arabs and Muslims.
was born in September 1935 in Clairton, Pennsylvania to Lebanese immigrants. In
1964, he received a Master's degree from Pennsylvania State University and in
1969, he received a PhD from the University of Missouri. He died on July 9,
2017 at the age of 81.
Shaheen was an internationally-respected author, academic and media analyst who
was the nation's leading authority on depictions of Arabs, Arab-Americans and
Muslims in the media and in American popular culture. His work was instrumental
in promoting accurate portrayals of Arabs, Islam and Muslims.
was an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer and media critic considered
to be the foremost authority on media images of Arabs and Muslims in American
Shaheen authored five books, the award-winning Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood
Vilifies a People; Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs After 9/11, Arab and
Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture; Nuclear War Films, and The TV
writings include more than 300 essays in publications such as Newsweek, The
Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, as well as chapters on media
stereotypes in 40-plus college textbooks.
work focused on racism and Orientalism, particularly in popular culture such as
Hollywood films. He has given over 1,000 lectures on the issue across the
United States and on three continents. Dr. Shaheen was also a former CBS News
consultant on Middle East affairs, and professor emeritus of Mass
Communications at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
discussing media stereotypes on national programs and networks such as CNN,
MSNBC, National Public Radio, Nightline, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, and
The Today Show, Dr. Shaheen gave lectures in nearly all 50 states. Oxford,
Amherst, Harvard, Kenyon, the University of Southern California, Emory and
Northwestern, are among those universities which welcomed him, as well as the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee(ADC) President Samer Khalaf, in his
condolence message said:
Shaheen worked passionately and tirelessly to shed light on the common media
stereotypes of Arabs in Western film, providing invaluable resources to the
academic community at large. His work started a conversation about the
representation of Arabs in Hollywood and the need for more nuanced depictions
of the community. Dr. Shaheen will be greatly missed."
Shaheed was instrumental in ADC's efforts to change the original song lyrics
that served to characterize the Arab world as alien, exotic, and
"other" in the film Aladdin. His positive impact in the Arab-American
community will be felt for generations to come.
Shaheen created the Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship, which awards
annual scholarships to Arab American college students studying journalism and
mass communications through the ADC.
Dr. Shaheen's many awards, the ADC recognized him for "his lifelong
commitment to bring a better understanding towards peace for all mankind"
with ADC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF)Board Member, Dr. Hatem Bazian said Dr. Jack
Shaheen was a giant public intellectual and one of the pioneers of media
criticism that developed and extended the theoretical framework of Edward
Said's Orientalism with evidence, research and attentive scholarship.
Bazian pointed out that Dr. Shaheen confronted anti-Muslim racism,
Islamophobia, before even Muslims had engaged in the field or knew the type of
scholarship needed to confront this racist scourge. “More importantly, as a
scholar, Jack took care and paid attention to his students, was down to earth,
humble in his approach and was never the arrogant type of intellectual, which
made it possible to influence a generation of young scholars in the field.”
an organization that focuses on empowering Muslim students to pursue careers in
media, in order to do what Dr. Shaheen did - that is to challenge stereotypes
of Islam and Muslims, we could not think of any better way to honor his legacy
than to create a media scholarship in his name, Dr. Bazian said adding: “We can
only hope to build a cadre of Muslims in the media who show Dr. Shaheen's
courage, intelligence, and dedication to correcting so many problematic stereotypes
of our community. We hope to keep Dr. Shaheen's legacy alive through our work
and we hope you will join us in celebrating his life and contributions and
continuing the work that he did so valiantly.”
his condolence message, Ibrahim Hooper, the Communications Director of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), nation’s largest Muslim civil
advocacy group said: "Dr. Shaheen was a scholar and teacher dedicated to
challenging bigotry and stereotyping in all its forms. He was a tremendous friend
of the American Muslim community and will be greatly missed."
intelligence officers and analysts with Canada’s spy service have launched a
$35-million lawsuit against their employer, claiming the Canadian Security
Intelligence Service is a toxic workplace with managers who openly espouse
Islamophobic, racist and homophobic views and discriminate against Muslim,
Black and gay employees.
allegations contained in a 54-page statement of claim — filed in Federal Court
and obtained by the Toronto Star — provide detailed accusations from inside one
of the country’s most secretive organizations.
of the complainants, a Toronto intelligence officer with more than a decade of
service and identified in the claim by the pseudonym “Alex,” is gay and has a
to the statement of claim, an October 2015 email sent to him by his manager
“Simon” stated: “Careful your Muslim in-laws don’t behead you in your sleep for
being homo.” Another boss, given the pseudonym “Joe,” allegedly wrote: “You’re
just a fag hiding in your little corner sobbing.”
of the allegations contained in the claim, which was filed Thursday morning,
has been proven in court.
Director David Vigneault issued a statement responding to the Star’s questions
about the claim. Vigneault, who was appointed as the spy agency’s director last
month, said CSIS “takes any allegations of inappropriate behaviour very
would like to reinforce that, as an organization, CSIS does not tolerate
harassment, discrimination or bullying under any circumstances. The Service’s
values and ethics must be reflected in all of our behaviours and
decision-making, and reflect the CSIS Employee Code of Conduct principles of
respect for democracy, respect for people, integrity, stewardship, and
also wrote that employees are encouraged to report “real, potential or
perceived incidents of harassment, without fear of reprisal, to their
supervisor or senior management.”
lawyer John Phillips, who is representing the five employees, said in an email
to the Star, “I am not in a position to provide a comment at this time.”
lawsuit follows three scathing reports on RCMP harassment, including the May
federal auditor general report on the police force’s failure to manage the
mental health needs of its employees.
CSIS has come under scrutiny for past intelligence operations, this lawsuit is
a rare public airing of internal complaints for an organization that was
recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 employers for 2017.
the criteria cited by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition, is
the spy agency’s attempt to “help employees find a balance between work and
their personal lives.” CSIS was given a B+ for “work atmosphere and
communications,” and commended for “summer golf and softball tournaments,
winter hockey tournament (with time off for players and fans) to raise money
for the United Way, annual spy BBQ, summer parties across the organization,
long service awards celebrations and a special Christmas party for employees’
five intelligence officers and analysts are identified by pseudonyms the claim
states, “because they have been warned by their employer, CSIS, that they are
forbidden from publicly identifying themselves, or any colleagues.” The Star
does not know the identity of the complainants, nor have they been interviewed.
Canada’s Security of Information Act identifying a spy can be considered an
offence. All of the complainants are CSIS employees but are on medical leave
due to stress and other mental and physical conditions that they claim were
caused by the alleged abuse.
mentioned in the claim are also identified by fake names.
addition to Alex, the CSIS employees making the allegations are a Muslim
analyst with more than 20 years at the agency who alleges he was told he should
“complain to Allah;” a multilingual Muslim analyst who was allegedly called a
“sand monkey” by his boss; a female intelligence officer, also Muslim and multilingual,
who claims she faced constant suspicion after deciding to wear a hijab in 2004;
and the service’s first female Black intelligence officer who claims she was
told, “it’s people like you the Service likes to promote.”
five allege in the claim when they tried to report the abuse, their
circumstances got worse and their complaints resulted in no action.
who says she was discriminated against as a Muslim woman, alleges, “CSIS has a
culture of secrecy which does not accept whistle-blowing or complaints,
regardless of the underlying harm.”
‘gay boy who wanted to take gay selfies with VIPs’
described in the claim as a highly decorated employee who was in an elite
management program, alleges that in addition to being called a “fag” or “gay
boy,” a manager reportedly joked to the service’s Toronto office during a 2014
Town Hall meeting that Alex “(took) it from behind.”
to the statement of claim, one email concerning Alex states: “OT for the homo
the manager who allegedly wrote some of the most offensive emails, often teased
Alex about “getting fat,” and allegedly posted an unflattering photo of him in
a staff elevator. When a colleague removed it and complained to her director,
she was allegedly told to “mind her own business.”
also allegedly clashed with Simon when he tried to get information about an
ongoing operation during a mid-afternoon Christmas party he did not attend. His
attempts to reach Simon and others at the Toronto office — calls, texts and
emails — were ignored, Alex claims.
following day, Alex alleges Simon confronted him about being friends with
someone who was a terrorist. (They were connected on Facebook). The claim
states the accusation was “unfounded and maliciously motivated” and when Alex
mentioned that the individual in question was gay, Simon went on a tirade about
“gay men always having their shirts off.”
then used the meeting to complain that Simon had let down the team the day
before by refusing to take a call on an operational matter during a party.
Simon responded that Alex was just a ‘gay boy who wanted to take gay selfies
to the statement of claim, Alex left the meeting in tears.
Muslims are terrorists’
is described as an intelligence officer with more than a decade of experience.
In 2004, she decided to wear a hijab, which she alleges caused “an uproar, and
a stirring of suspicion so intense that it exists today.”
alleges her managers, “William” and “Charles,” told her to report all
activities connected with the Muslim community.
reported attending the mosque biweekly, and making donations randomly. Bahira
was told that her security clearance could be revoked for associating with
organizations or individuals in the Muslim community who could be perceived as
antithetical to CSIS.”
a foreign posting with the service’s counterterrorism unit Bahira claims that
she was treated differently due to her faith. “She was embarrassingly
underworked relative to her colleagues, who were overburdened. When this
circumstance became a matter of contention in her group, Bahira went to her
supervisor who admitted to Bahira that he had been instructed not to give her
access to any source files due to her involvement with a Muslim organization,”
the claim states.
she complained, she alleges that rather than deal with the issue a director
general asked her if she was frustrated being a second-generation Canadian
Muslim. “With tears in her eyes, Bahira listened to the Director General
explain that he perceived security threats emanating from second and third
generation Canadian Muslims — clearly referring to her — despite the fact that
she was a CSIS Intelligence Officer and subject to the same rigorous security
clearances as non-Muslim officers.”
claims she remained dedicated to CSIS, but “the loyalty was not returned,” and
that she eventually became withdrawn and “began having her lunch in her office
and crying in the stairwell.”
contrast, when Bahira was seconded to help an ally’s intelligence service she
was praised for her communication skills and knowledge of Islamic and Arabic
culture, according to the statement of claim. She alleges Anne McLellan, one of
Canada’s former deputy prime ministers, also received thanks from the foreign
government for Bahira’s service. “However, Bahira’s work was not even
acknowledged by CSIS,” the statement claims.
and discriminating behaviour among managers was not contained to one region,
according to the claim. Bahira moved to a different unit and was allegedly
goaded by one manager with comments such as, “Muslim women are inferior.” The
same boss allegedly “went on at length about how then-President Barack Obama
was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
an analyst who has worked for CSIS for more than 20 years, is also Muslim. He
claims: “The culture of CSIS is hostile to Muslims, and this is more than just
an unfriendly work environment — it is deeply ingrained prejudice of distrust
for Muslims which has meant that Muslims are used and managed as needed, but
are not part of the team.”
alleges a poster of the Twin Towers burning on Sept. 11, 2001, with the words
“Ninety-Nine Names of Allah” once hung in the Toronto office.
the claim, Cemal says Alex told him that senior managers would call Cemal
“Muslim Brotherhood,” “Sheikh” or “Imam,” when referring to him at social
events or “drinking sessions.”
participation in these group sessions, Alex learned that anti-Muslim sentiment
was pervasive within the group. There existed a deep-seated distrust and
contempt for all Muslims, which manifested in conversations ranging from
terrorism to human resources,” the statement of claim alleges.
Muslim partner accompanied him to one social event where his boss Simon allegedly
declared, “all Muslims are terrorists.” Alex’s partner left the room,
uncomfortable, after which Simon reportedly yelled, “All Muslims are
complainant called “Emran” in the statement of claim is a Canadian citizen who
has worked as an analyst for CSIS for more than 10 years. He is fluent in five
languages and worked in Canada except for a two-year international posting.
a training session for that overseas assignment, Emran claims a colleague would
single him out as being Muslim, making comments such as “Muslims and armed
weapons are a bad mix.”
attacks were relentless, and clearly made some participants in the group
uncomfortable, but nobody spoke out, including the trainers,” the claim states.
people like you the Service likes to promote’
worked abroad for two years, but says the abuse followed. He alleges his boss
“Jeff” had a problem with Arabs.
want you to take care of the liaison with the ‘Sand Monkeys’ because you are
one of theirs and you speak their language,” Jeff allegedly told Emran.
he returned to Canada in 2013, Emran says he faced a smear campaign where he
was called “a sexual deviant” and “dangerous.” He alleges another rumour
circulated that he was “being sought by the Arabs and they were out to get
threats and rumour-mongering were part of the craft of manipulation and deceit
that was stock and trade of CSIS agents, and Emran recognized these techniques
being used against him, to undermine his mental well-being and career.”
its most recent public report, CSIS, with more than 3,000 employees, is
described as a “unique workplace” that is “flexible and innovative.” As of
March 31, 2016, 52 per cent of the workforce was male and 15 per cent were
visible minorities. Although 69 per cent spoke both French and English, only 18
per cent were fluent in another language. Those employees spoke more than 105
languages, the report states.
2014, the Canadian Human Rights Commission conducted an “employment equity
audit report” of CSIS. The internal report concluded that visible minorities
were under-represented in management and “faced barriers to advancement.”
who joined the service in 2001, seemed to be the exception. She was the first
female black intelligence officer at CSIS, according to the claim, and rose
through the ranks, becoming a “level 9 Supervisor.”
Dina claims she was often made to feel as a “token black woman (who) was
promoted without merit.”
up by the discrimination, which she claims was tolerated by management, she
decided in 2016 to bring a harassment complaint against one colleague directly
to the Staff Relations chief, the director general and her boss, Simon.
claims she was given a runaround — told by Staff Relations that Simon had
decided to personally investigate. A few weeks later, the director general told
her that the complaint was “unfounded.” He assured her that Staff Relations had
properly investigated, after she had been told they weren’t. The claim alleges
she then went to her boss Simon, who told her “he wasn’t involved.”
public would be shocked about this if they only knew’
five complainants allege they raised objections and made claims of harassment —
formally and informally — to managers and representatives of CSIS’s employee association
over the years but say “management was simply indifferent.”
colleagues or managers told them to just tolerate the alleged abuse.
do what’s asked of us and keep our heads down and don’t cause trouble,” wrote
one colleague, according to the claim. Another email to Alex stated that if he
complained, “there will be no turning back.”
claims he was “overwhelmed by a sense of betrayal,” and by 2016 could no longer
months after he formally complained in April 2016, according to the claim,
several colleagues wrote a joint email supporting him, saying the managers
often yelled at him for speaking out. “None of these things are professional
and this is not how (we) expect managers to act,” the email stated, adding that
they can attest Alex “is NOT making any of this up.”
ANA, Calif. — When César Domínguez converted to Islam 12 years ago, he had one
first thing I said to myself was, ‘How am I going to become part of this Muslim
community if my language is Spanish, and I go to the mosque and I interact with
people in English, and the language of prayer is in Arabic?’” Domínguez, who
was born in California but spent most of his life in Mexico, told NBC News.
situation creates a problem.”
a teacher with the Los Angeles-based La Asociacíon Latino Musulmana de América,
said that while it’s impossible to know exactly how many Spanish-speaking
Muslims live in Southern California, the number is growing quickly — so
hundreds, if not thousands, of Muslims are now looking for resources in
after years of struggling to find religious texts, classes, and services in
their native tongue, this minority within a minority has helped to organize
what they believe to be one of Southern California’s first-ever Friday prayer
sermons in Spanish, thanks to a collaboration with an unlikely source — a small
mosque in Orange County run by Cambodian refugees.
Islamic Center of Santa Ana (ICSA) opened its doors only two months ago, but
its community has a decades-long history in the area, dating back to the early
1980s, when hundreds of thousands of Cambodians — including Muslims from the
Cham ethnic group — fled their country as refugees.
Cham Muslim families resettled in the Southern California city of Santa Ana and
formed the Indo-Chinese Muslim Refugee Association of the United States, a
modest prayer space in a one-bedroom apartment, Sean Tu, president of the
Islamic center, told NBC News. (The families also rented the other apartments in
the same complex.) The community steadily grew over the years as other Cham
Muslim refugees re-located to Santa Ana to be closer to those of the same
linguistic, cultural, and religious heritage.
35 years of praying in apartments, the community scraped together the funds to
buy an old mortuary in Santa Ana last year that would become their mosque.
in a city that is 78 percent Latino according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Cham
Muslims decided to reach out to their Spanish-speaking neighbors — and to have
one of their sermons at the weekly prayer service, known as a khutbah,
delivered in Spanish.
an opportunity to serve the community that you’re located in,” Issa Edah-Tally,
an advisor to ICSA, told NBC News. “About 78 percent of those who live in Santa
Ana are Latino, and if word spread out to that 78 percent of the population
that there’s an Islamic Center here, maybe more of them will gravitate here.”
Islamic Center of Santa Ana also organized a food pantry for its neighbors and
hosted a taco truck iftar, or breaking of the fast meal during Ramadan, as part
of the national “taco truck at every mosque” campaign to promote Muslim-Latino
minorities within a minority, the Cham Muslims understand the difficulties
Spanish-speaking Muslims face, Tu explained, since they also had sermons
delivered in their native tongue when they first arrived in California. For
about ten years, the community conducted the Friday prayer in the Cham language
— with the ritual aspects in Arabic — then moved to Cham and English, and now,
it is completely in English.
collaboration with the Spanish Muslim community is natural for us,” said Tu.
Lucy Silva, who was born in Mexico and became Muslim 19 years ago after moving
to Orange County, Spanish sermons are a welcome first step towards connecting
Latino Muslims with traditional Islamic knowledge and the broader Muslim
was nothing at all,” she said of local religious resources in Spanish, adding
that even going a mosque has been difficult for many Latino Muslims.
regular person wouldn’t walk into a place of worship without knowing the
language,” she said. As a result, she added, many Latino Muslims felt excluded
from communal activities at the mosque and end up getting all their information
about the religion online.
June, Domínguez delivered the mosque’s first sermon in Spanish, calling the
experience “very beautiful for me and for the people who attended.”
if you speak English and you understand the language, it’s very beautiful to be
able to listen to the Friday sermon in Spanish,” he said. “Religion is such a
personal experience. For some people, me included, it’s always much more
enriching to explore these paths from my culture or my language.”
has a special effect.”
First deputy chief and Muslim stallholder embroiled in "heated"
street row during 'confrontation' with Islamic recruiters
First deputy chief Jayda Fransen was caught on camera embroiled in a
"heated" street row with a Muslim stallholder during a confrontation
with Islamic recruiters.
said around 70 people gathered to watch the far-right politician as she locked
horns with a man in traditional Islamic dress outside the Bullring shopping
centre in Birmingham.
taken of the dispute shows Ms Fransen say "listen to me, listen to me,
while I explain to you," though the nature of the row is unclear, the Birmingham
female passer-by said: "It was a heated argument but whilst they were
there, more and more people were gathering around and there were 60 to 70
to Britain First, the second-in-command to leader Paul Golding visited
Birmingham to confront Islamic Dawah stalls.
Dawah is known as the invitation to Islam. Religious stalls are regularly set
up in the city centre near the Bullring.
statement, which appeared on the party's Facebook and Twitter accounts, read:
"Well done to our activists led by Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen on
confronting Islamic Dawah stalls in Birmingham today!"
First was formed in 2011 by anti-abortion campaigner Jim Dowson and campaigns
against multiculturalism, Islam, immigration and abortion.
visit to Birmingham was the latest in a line of incidents in the city involving
far right activists.
erupted when two hundred Britain First supporters took to the streets to
protest and were met by united anti-fascist groups on June 24.
of ‘shame on diversity’ broke out and anti-leftist songs were aired as Britain
First members handed out Union flags.
100 members of the public came together in Centenary Square to protest against
the marchers, with police setting up barriers to keep the two groups apart.
April, Britain First members were pelted with eggs as they visited Sparkbrook.
group were being filmed by former English Defence Leader leader Tommy Robinson
who was forced to flee the scene in a van.
of TV’s Extremely British Muslims had challenged Robinson in Sparkbrook and
filmed the group as they scurried off.
court in Germany has imprisoned a member of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK), a rare move amid rising diplomatic tensions between
Ankara and Berlin.
superior regional court in the southwestern city of Stuttgart ruled on Thursday
that the man was a PKK functionary in Germany for 30 months.
court called the PKK, a group listed as terrorist by the European Union and the
United States, as "an especially dangerous terrorist organization."
sentenced the unidentified 47-year-old man to three years and three months in
jail for his execution of PKK leadership orders on fundraising, propaganda and
has been critical of Germany’s alleged support for Kurdish militants and has
raised the issue several times over the past months. The quarrel is one of a
series of disputes, which have badly marred diplomatic relations between the
two countries since a failed coup in Turkey in July last year.
continues to criticize Turkey for a massive post-coup crackdown, which has seen
more than 40,000 people jailed and over 100,000 relieved from their jobs.
says Germany has never thought twice in allowing demonstrations and activities
by members and sympathizers of the PKK in Germany while it has been soft on
Turkish coup plotters. Ankara says the policy sharply contrasts with Berlin’s
unwillingness to allow similar rallies among Germany’s large Turkish diaspora.
has denied that any bias has existed in favor of the Kurds, saying police and
security forces have always been tough on Kurdish militants.
municipality OKs 800 settler homes in Jerusalem al-Quds
Israeli municipality in Jerusalem al-Quds has reportedly approved a plan to
construct 800 settler units in the city’s eastern part, which has been occupied
by Tel Aviv since 1967.
to a Thursday report by Israeli newspaper Maariv, the plan includes the building
of 276 units in the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev, 120 in Neve Ya’akov,
200 in Ramot and 202 in Gilo.
the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds, Israel has
been crowding the Palestinian territories with settlements, each of which
comprise hundreds of settler units.
unlawful move defies the international bans against construction upon occupied
new decision now has to clear the regional committee for planning and
construction as well as the Israeli Interior Ministry.
construction in Jerusalem is necessary and important,” said the city’s
Israeli-appointed Mayor Nir Barkat, adding that the work “will strongly
continue” to get as many Israeli youths as possible to live in “the capital.”
lays claim to the entirety of al-Quds, while Palestinians want East Jerusalem
al-Quds as the capital of their future state.
Israeli regime has been building more and more settlements on the occupied
territories, a move which has been a major reason behind the collapse of
previous Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Aviv has been more assertively pursuing its claim to al-Quds since the January
inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has hinted he would order the
American Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to the city.
executions have become the new reality and the growing trend in Iran under the
regime led by the clerics. Since the beginning of July, there has been 57
executions so far, revealed Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National
Council of Resistance of Iran.
stated that these executions are “a desperate attempt by the clerical regime to
counter the rising wave of public discontent and prevent the spread of popular
upheavals by creating an atmosphere of fear and terror.”
called on the nation, particularly Iranian youths, to voice their protest
against such arbitrary executions and express their support for and solidarity
with the families of the victims.
emphasized the need for urgent international action to condemn such criminal
killings, conditioning continuation of their relations with the regime on the
end to the death penalty.
further called on the world community to reject the religious fascist regime
prisoners were executed in Gohardasht prison, the central prison of Orumiyeh,
and Hamedan’s prison on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
Sheikhi, who was executed in Orumiyeh, was a professor at the University of
July 11, two prisoners were executed in the prison of Semnan. The day before,
on July 10, another two prisoners were executed in the prison of Gorgan.
Another man was executed in Mahabad.
July 9, 10 prisoners were executed in the prison of Taybad in the northeastern
Razavi Khorassan Province, and another inmate was executed in the prison of
Arak, Central Province.
another criminal undertaking last week, four prisoners were executed in the
Central Prison of Orumiyeh and a 32-year-old man was hanged in the Central
Prison of Rasht on July 8.
Palestinian politician and rights campaigner Khalida Jarrar has been ordered
detained for six months without trial by Israeli authorities, a rights group
said. Jarrar was arrested earlier this month over her membership of a movement
that Israel considers a terrorist organization.
had been released from prison only a year before. A legislator in the largely
defunct Palestinian parliament, she was given a six-month administrative
detention order, said the Addameer rights NGO that she used to head.
confirmation hearing will be held at Ofer military court in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank on July 17, Addameer said in a statement issued late
Wednesday. The detention “constitutes an attack against Palestinian civil
society leaders”, the movement said.
Israeli army said Jarrar was arrested on July 2 and that a six-month
administrative detention order was issued against her because of her activities
“as an important official of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,
a terrorist organization”.
a statement it said such orders are issued as a preventive measure of last
resort in cases where detainees represent “a serious and concrete threat to
security”. Jarrar is a senior figure in the PFLP, a Marxist party considered a
terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and the European Union.
of its leaders are in custody and Jarrar has been jailed multiple times.
54-year-old had only been released in June 2016 after 14 months in an Israeli
jail for allegedly encouraging attacks against Israelis. Israel’s controversial
administrative detention policy allows imprisonment without trial for six-month
periods, renewable indefinitely.
says the policy is intended to allow authorities to hold suspects while
continuing to gather evidence, with the aim of preventing attacks in the
meantime. But the system has been criticised by Palestinians, human rights
groups and members of the international community who say Israel abuses the
Iranian foreign minister has lashed out at the US for its failure to completely
observe its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal by occasionally preventing
the Islamic Republic from enjoying the full benefits of the agreement.
to reporters upon his arrival in New York, Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that
all parties to the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action (JCPOA), must remain committed to the terms of the agreement.
is in New York to attend the UN high-level political forum on sustainable
development on Friday.
up until now, the United States, while remaining at the very least possible
level compliant with the agreement, has failed to observe, in times, the letter
and mostly the spirit of the agreement by not allowing Iran to enjoy the full
benefits of the nuclear deal. We believe they need to reconsider that position,
because it is not conducive to the sustainability of the agreement,” Zarif
argued that the West’s policy of pressure against Iran has proved to be
ineffective, adding, “The JCPOA is a multilateral agreement that was the result
of many years of negotiation.”
was also the result of many years of pressure. After all those pressures failed
to bring about the results that were expected from those who were imposing
pressure on the Iranian people, there was no other choice but to reach a
negotiated settlement,” added the Iranian minister.
think at the end of the day, everybody will see that the agreement will
represent an outcome that was the best possibility for all concerned
[parties],” he pointed out.
comments come on the second anniversary of the landmark deal, which was inked
on July 14, 2017, between Tehran and the five permanent members of the United
Nations Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia
- plus Germany. The JCPOA was later endorsed by a UN Security Council
January 2016, when the JCPOA took effect, the International Atomic Energy
Organization, which monitors the technical implementation of the deal, has in
numerous reports confirmed Iran’s compliance.
his presidential campaign, US President Donald Trump described the nuclear
accord with Iran as a “disaster” and vowed to unilaterally scrap it.
he has not carried out that threat, his administration is conducting a “review”
to see whether the provision of sanctions relief to Iran - a US commitment
under the deal - is in America’s “national interest.”
Tuesday, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini
described the historic nuclear deal with Iran as an international agreement
that “does not belong to one country,” noting that all the parties to the deal
“have the responsibility to make sure that this continues to be implemented.”
response to a question by the Press TV correspondent about the possibility of
any meeting between Iranian and American officials during the New York visit,
Zarif said, “For this visit, no meetings have been planned. I plan to meet not
with US officials, but with members of the wider intellectual community that
have impact on US policy-making.”
terror in Mideast
pointed to the ongoing campaign against terrorism and extremism across the
Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria, and noted that the current crisis
is mainly caused by the US interventionist policies in the region.
nightmare that we are facing in the region is a consequence of many years of
intervention and short-sighted policies by the US in the region which has
resulted, as expected, in the exacerbation of extremism and terrorism in our
region,” he said.
foreign minister said Iran has been “in the forefront of fighting terrorism and
extremism in the region” and expressed satisfaction over the fact that the
people and governments of Iraq and Syria have succeeded in retaking their
menace … has been the result of short-sighted policies from the outside and
unfortunately, negative policies by countries in the region who continue to
sponsor, to support and provide arms and money to terrorists and extremist
organizations and unfortunately provide the ideology of hatred and exclusion
which lies at the heart of these extremist movements,” Zarif noted.
remarks come after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared
victory of the country’s forces over the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on
Monday, one day after the country’s military and Popular Mobilization Forces
took full control of the strategic city of Mosul.
underlined Iran’s determination to help end violence in Syria through a
negotiated settlement at Astana peace talks, adding, “We support a
comprehensive ceasefire throughout Syria, excluding obviously terrorist and
extremist organizations, particularly Daesh and al-Nusra.”
have been in consultation with Russia and Turkey in the Astana process and
outside the Astana process in order to make sure that successful implementation
of our agreements would continue and would further be enhanced in order to make
sure that the suffering of the Syrian people is reduced and hopefully move
forward to humanitarian assistance to all Syrians throughout Syria,” the top diplomat
shooting incident in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds has left at least three
Palestinians dead, besides leaving other casualties.
incident took place on Friday morning close to Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount),
Reuters reported, citing the Israeli police.
Israeli police claimed the Palestinian fatalities comprised “attackers,” who
had fired at its forces before being shot themselves.
have been conflicting reports of casualties on the Israeli side.
police said three of its forces have been wounded, two of them critically, but
Palestinian media reported the deaths of two Israeli forces.
also reported the apprehension of four Palestinian females at Bab al-Asbat
(Lions’ Gates) in al-Quds’ Old City Walls, without characterizing the nature of
police announced the closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds and
prohibition of Friday prayers amid the tensions.
al-Sharif is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The site is
holy to both Muslims and Jews.
to an agreement signed between the Tel Aviv regime and the Jordanian government
— which administers Al-Aqsa Mosque — after Israel’s occupation of East
Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967, visits to the compound by Israelis are permitted but
non-Muslim worship is prohibited.
occupied territories have already been the scene of increased tensions ever
since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian
worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August
300 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli force since October that year,
when the clashes intensified.
sources said the confrontation had also injured two other Palestinians.
Two Israeli police officers shot when Arab assailants opened fire in
Jerusalem's Old City on Friday have died from their wounds, authorities said.
confirmed the deaths, with the three Arab Israeli attackers also shot dead by
security forces after fleeing to an ultra-sensitive holy site in Jerusalem's
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the two officers died in hospital.
incident was among the most serious in recent years in Jerusalem and was likely
to heighten Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
details were immediately available on the identity of the attackers.
three were killed at the site known to Muslims as the Haram Al-Sharif and to
Jews as the Temple Mount, the location of regular clashes between Palestinians
and Israeli police, but gunfire rarely occurs there.
site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
number of attacks have occurred around Jerusalem’s Old City in recent months,
but they have often involved knives.
locked down the area and the Al-Aqsa compound at the holy site was closed for
Friday prayers. Gates leading to the site were sealed off.
being shared on social media appeared to show gunshots ringing out at the holy
was standing here and then I heard the shooting. I thought it was fireworks,”
Basem Badawi, a 60-year-old water seller in the Old City, told AFP.
then I saw the police coming from everywhere.”
Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount is considered the third-holiest site in Islam and
the most sacred in Judaism.
is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians fearing
Israel may one day seek to assert further control over it.
is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War and
later annexed in a move never recognized by the international community.
are allowed to visit, but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions. The site
is administered by the Islamic Waqf organization.
officials said its guards at the site had been detained by Israeli police
following the attack.
wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of at least
277 Palestinians, 42 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a
Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.
authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or
violence has greatly subsided in recent months.
ID proposal sparks anger in Philippines Marawi
May, Marawi, the main Muslim city in the predominantly Catholic Philippines,
was partially seized by hundreds of Islamist militants flying the flag of the
so-called "Islamic State" (IS) group.
government troops launched an air and ground offensive, but have so far failed
to dislodge fighters who remain entrenched at various points in the city, 800
kilometers (500 miles) from the capital, Manila.
of the 200,000 residents of the now heavily damaged city have fled, but the
military said some 500 civilians remained trapped in areas where fighting is
going on. More than 300 militants and 67 soldiers have been killed in the
battles, according to official figures. Dozens of civilians are also feared
Philippine authorities have proposed that Marawi Muslims be issued a special ID
as a counter-terrorism measure.
timing of this proposal is not good," Hamza Lucman, a Marawi resident,
says that "Islamophobia" has risen in the Philippines since the
IS-affiliated Maure terror group overran the southern city. He alleged that his
friends and relatives, who have been displaced due to fighting, have not found
a place to rent because of their Muslim identity.
have been told that Muslims are not welcome. This is blatant discrimination.
And now the authorities wants to issue a Muslim ID," Lucman complained.
Muslim identification proposal reportedly came through a dialogue between
Muslims and security forces in Pampanga, a province in the country's north.
conducted a dialogue with Muslim leaders to address the security issues. We
also discussed how we could work together to protect the communities,"
Aaron Aquino, a senior police official, told DW.
of the Muslim leaders told us they had rolled out an ID system in their village
to identify suspicious newcomers looking for hideouts. They say the system has
been quite effective," Aquino added.
insisted that police did not propose the "Muslim ID system," either
in Marawi or anywhere else in the country.
did not propose it. It is discriminatory," said Aquino.
Muslim groups say it is not important who actually proposed the idea.
idea of a separate identification card for Muslims is a human rights violation.
These kinds of proposals are divisive. They tend to justify the fear and
irrational prejudice against Muslims," Amir Mawallil, executive director
of the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs group, told DW.
a speech last month, President Rodrigo Duterte blamed Muslims for giving space
ID proposal has sparked a fierce debate in the country, with many rights
activists saying it underscores the discrimination felt by the country's Muslim
have always experienced subtle forms of discrimination… We have always had to
prove that we are good, educated, and civilized," Laisa Alamia, executive
secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, wrote on Facebook.
Muslim hijab issue is already controversial in the Philippines.
wear our religion on our face. We don't need an ID to be identified,"
Samira Gutoc, a prominent women's rights activist, said sarcastically.
we do need is an evacuee ID so that the displaced people could receive aid
faster," she added.
experts say that counter-extremism efforts should be focused on effective
intelligence mechanisms and working with moderate Muslim groups.
Malaysian state’s decision to amend its Islamic laws to allow public caning
drew a backlash from civil rights groups and lawmakers on Thursday, but a
senior government official said it would be applicable only for Muslims in that
in Kelantan, which is governed by the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), on
Wednesday amended the state’s penal code and approved, among other changes,
caning in public for punishments required by Sharia courts.
have not received details on the tabling of the bill and of the amendments, but
I feel what they’ve done should be seen in the context of this law being only
for Muslims in Kelantan,” Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid
Hamidi told journalists Thursday.
said the amendments would require the consent of Sultan Muhammad V, the state’s
47-year-old constitutional head.
the only one of Malaysia’s 13 states and three federal territories ruled by the
faith-based PAS, is 436 km (272 miles) northeast of the nation’s capital, Kuala
Lumpur. About 97 percent of its 1.68 million residents are Muslims and PAS has
controlled the state government for 43 years, with an uninterrupted rule since
amendments are testing Malaysia’s secular constitution, human rights advocates
and leaders of minority groups said in reacting to the news out of Kelantan.
is setting a very dangerous trend of riding rough over the laws of the land by
disregarding the federal Constitution as the supreme law of the land,” Ti Lian
Ker, the chairman of the religious harmony bureau at the Malaysian Chinese
Association, an ethnic Chinese party in the ruling coalition, said in a
Kassim, a leading human rights lawyer, told BenarNews that PAS-led amendments
would not stop at state level.
is their next big push … it’s now under way,” she said, referring to the
Islamic faith-based party’s push last year to introduce a tough Islamic penal
accordance with the religion’
constitution provides a unique dual justice system – with criminal cases dealt
with under federal law and Islamic courts handling religious issues and
family-related cases, such as divorce, custody and adultery.
predominantly Islamic and religiously conservative Kelantan, where there are no
movie theaters, Muslim women are required to cover their entire body when
appearing in public – except for the face and hands up to the wrists.
there announced in July 2016 a new statewide regulation that took effect in
January and requires female employees at commercial establishments, such as
fast-food outlets, supermarkets and stores, to cover themselves in the
a multiracial country of 32 million people, about 60 percent of whom are
Muslims, already practices canings for Sharia matters, but only in prisons,
never in public.
with this amendment, the sentencing can be carried out in public or prison
depending on the court’s decision,” the New Straits Times quoted the state’s
deputy chief minister, Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, as saying on Wednesday. “This is
in accordance with the religion, as in Islam the sentencing must be done in
current Sharia law allows six strokes of the cane for illicit sex, alcohol
consumption and sodomy – and three for intent for illicit sex. It is not clear
what crimes would lead to public caning, but legal experts said it likely would
include adultery and other crimes, depending on the court’s decision.
year, PAS raised tensions nationwide when it introduced a bill proposing to
increase the punishments meted out by Sharia courts throughout the country,
allowing judges to impose whipping of 80 to 100 strokes for those found guilty
of drinking alcohol and engaging in illicit sex.
Muslims are subject to Sharia laws and officials, including Prime Minister
Najib Razak, had emphasized that non-Muslims would not be affected by the
proposed measure, which is expected to be debated in parliament when it
reconvenes later this month.
the bill angered civil rights groups and lawmakers who expressed fears it would
contradict the country’s secular Constitution.
in Islam, a civil movement that promotes women’s rights within the religious
framework, condemned the latest amendments passed in Kelantan, saying public
canings would be tantamount to “degradation of human dignity and
stigmatization, rather than rehabilitation.”
Kelantan State government’s decision to enforce public caning in the state is a
deplorable form of humiliation and shaming,” Sisters in Islam said in a
Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin also slammed the amendments, saying
Malaysia would now have a new tourist attraction: public caning.
would be Malaysia’s latest tourism product to be marketed overseas … to allow
non-Muslims especially those from developed countries to witness such ancient
and barbaric punishment meted out in a democratic and modern country like
Malaysia,” he said in a blog post on Thursday.
an official from Aceh, the westernmost province in neighboring Indonesia where
Sharia law is in force and frequent public canings have taken place near
mosques since 2005, supported Kelantan’s move.
essence of public caning is for the people who are watching it, so that they do
not commit acts prohibited by the religion,” Teungku Faisal Ali, director of
the Acehnese chapter of one of Indonesia’s largest and most influential Muslim
organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama, told BenarNews.
said representatives from the Kelantan state government had visited Aceh to
witness public canings.
frequently cracking down on expressions of Muslim identity over terror fears
14 (ANI): A more than decade-long study on anti-Muslim sentiment in China has
found that a majority of Chinese view Islam, minority groups and particularly
Muslim groups residing in the country's Xinjiang province with suspicion
because of concerns and fears of terrorist activities. Researchers Rose Luqiu,
a doctoral candidate at the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State
University and Fan Yang an assistant professor in the Department of
Communication at the University at Albany-SUNY, have come out with a joint
study on rising anti-Muslim sentiment in China in which they claim that
Beijing's cracking down on expressions of Muslim sentiment has become more
frequent of late in the wake of the political leadership being warned about
terrorist activities destabilizing China. They say in their article, which
appears on the website of Cambridge Community Television
(www.cctvcambridge.org) that the authorities have introduced new
security-related measures in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a
Muslim-majority area in northwest China, out of concern over these reported
terrorist activities. For instance, in February this year, car owners in Xinjiang
were asked to install GPS devices to ascertain movement of their respective
vehicles. Xinjiang provincial authorities also banned wearing of burqas and
veils, and preventing males from having what they referred to as "abnormal
beards" on the ground of combatting "extremism" among the Uighur
ethnic minority. China has an estimated 23 million Muslims, 10 million of whom
live in Xinjiang. They make up less than two percent of the Chinese population.
The majority Han form about 92 percent of the population, according to China's
2010 Census. Analyzing over 10,000 news reports and internet posts on the
status of Islam and Muslims in China between 2005 and 2015, both Luqiu and Yang
have concluded that government censorship rules related to China's minority groups,
including Muslim groups in Xinjiang and other parts of China, have been
tightened to ensure what Beijing refers to as maintenance of "social
harmony." "Domestic news coverage of the daily life of Muslims in
China tends to be scant. Many of the news stories are government propaganda
pieces about how much Chinese Muslims have benefited from the government's
preferential policies toward racial minorities," both researchers claim in
their study. They crtically believe that "this type of journalism effectively
undermines relations between the Han and Muslim minority groups in China, as
the Han tend to view these preferential policies as unfair." They,
however, admit that China allows more freedom to the media to report on
international news, which is heavily reliant on Western news agencies, which
focus primarily on terrorism and conflicts when reporting on Islam and/or
Muslims. Their study says, "International news accounted for 44.2 percent
of the total 15,427 CCTV news stories on Islam or Muslims we analyzed, covering
about 10 Muslim countries over 10 years. We also found that 84 percent of this
coverage involved conflict, terrorism or extremism." Coverage of domestic
terrorism too has increased, and most of this coverage was primarily related to
Xinjiang and the Uighur people. Intensive reporting by state media has focused
on rewards granted to military policemen fighting what China identifies as
separatist forces in Kashgar, a Xinjiang provincial city near China's border
with Kyrgyzstan. Reporting concentrating on the violence and how the forces
have been able to quell dissidence effectively. "The stories were simple
and one-sided, consisting only of official statements; most of these stories
contained only basic information, such as the number of suspects or victims and
when and where the event occurred. The violence was routinely described as
terrorist attacks organized by Xinjiang separatist groups," Luqiu and Yang
claim in their study. They say that the analysis of more than 10,000 posts
related to Islam and Muslims on Weibo (China's version of Twitter) clearly
reveals anti-Islam and anti-Muslim sentiment, and is generally negative in
content. Interviews with active Chinese Muslim Weibo users shows that social
media is being used to fight Islamophobia in China and to exert influence on
public policies that affect the lives of China's Muslims. Chinese Muslims says
they receive comments, sometimes with hostile and hateful rhetoric from Han
users - and respond to posts that are critical of Muslims. "The pain of
ethnic or racial discrimination is not generally well understood among the
majority Han population in China, as they never encounter the same treatment by
the government. Han-centric culture is deeply rooted in Chinese society,"
Luqiu and Yang said.
LUMPUR: A local Muslim youth movement ended its ties with a Saudi-sponsored
organisation whose name surfaced recently following the Malaysian government’s
announcement to establish a new counter terrorism centre in Putrajaya to be
named after the present Saudi king.
former president of the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) founded by
jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, admitted that the once influential
group had close links with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a
Saudi-based group which alongside the Muslim World League (MWL) have been
recently linked to extremist ideologies behind such militant groups as Al
Qaeda, Taliban and Islamic State (IS).
the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001 forced Abim to end its
ties with WAMY, said Muhammad Nur Manuty.
had minimised our relationship with them after they became weak from the
attacks,” said Nur, who led Abim until 1997, just a year before Anwar’s
dramatic sacking from the government that sparked Malaysia’s worst political
crisis in recent history.
a firebrand student leader in the seventies, had once led Abim when it wielded
influence among the youths, mobilising thousands of university students in
large-scale anti-government protests.
was until he was roped in by newly installed prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad
to join the ruling Umno in 1981, quickly rising to become Mahathir’s deputy,
before the two fell out in 1998.
Anwar’s entry into the government, Abim had largely remained apolitical, and
concentrated on educational and socio-religious activities, including building
Islamic schools and welfare centres.
an academic trained in Islamic and comparative studies from the renowned Temple
University in the US, said WAMY largely consisted of Muslim intellectuals at
some two decades ago, Abim decided not to be “caught in the Saudi and Middle
East political agenda”.
want to keep links with those that will benefit us,” he told FMT.
Dewan Negara senator however stopped short of saying whether Abim had received
monetary help from its association with the group.
said the relationship “benefitted us previously” in the field of Islamic
was recently reported that MWL was among parties involved in the establishment
of the King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP), a Saudi “counter
terrorism” outfit to be hosted by the Malaysian government.
Minister Najib Razak recently announced that the government had allocated 16ha
of land for KSCIP in Putrajaya, but little else is known about the centre.
report by a British think tank had named MWL and WAMY of promoting extremism
report, “Foreign Funded Extremism in the U.K.”, released early this month by
Henry Jackson Society, said WAMY “has had a long history of involvement with
the promotion of violent Islamist extremism and the distribution of hateful
literature” in Britain.
MWL has had officials and member organisations linked to both Al-Qaeda and the
Taliban,” it added.
has for years acted as Riyadh’s chief mouthpiece in the Muslim world, helped by
Saudi petro-dollars which enabled it to construct large-scale Islamic centres
in major cities in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Saudi Arabia and several Arab countries announced an all-out embargo against
Qatar, MWL swiftly announced it was cutting all ties with prominent Islamic
scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
said the Qatar-based cleric, a recipient of the Malaysian government’s Maal
Hijrah Award for contributions to Islam, had links to terrorism, a now-familiar
accusation by the Saudis against those who sympathise with the Muslim
Abim’s current president Mohamad Raimi Abd Rahim refused to comment on
allegations of MWL’s links to extremism.
of the contentions were based on intelligence sources which must be further
clarified,” he told FMT.
to US claims of the presence of dangerous weapons in Iraq in 2003, which later
proved wrong, Raimy said it showed such reports could be “inaccurate, if not
Muslim World League is not in the list of banned organisations, we would assume
that the organisation has been verified by the security apparatus as not being
linked to terrorism. It is beyond our resources to suggest otherwise,” Raimy
Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar
JAYA: Zaid Ibrahim has branded Umno and PAS leaders as “desperate hypocrites”
who are willing to sacrifice the welfare of the Malays for more votes, following
the deputy prime minister’s reaction to public caning for shariah offences in
Kelantan. “All I can say is that PAS and Umno leaders don’t give a damn about
the welfare of Muslims, so long as their politics survive,” the DAP politician
said in a series of tweets.
former minister was responding to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s
statement today that the Kelantan government had the right to table the
enactment amendment bill that allows for criminals in the state to be caned in
who is also the acting Umno deputy president, said the amended enactment only
had implications for Muslims in Kelantan and did not involve non-Muslims there.
have not received details on the tabling of the bill and of the amendments but
I feel what they’ve done should be seen in the context of this law being only
for Muslims in Kelantan,” he was quoted by Bernama as saying.
Zaid said that everyone, including those in PAS and Umno, knew the move was
politically motivated by individuals who wanted to show that they are better
claimed these leaders had nothing better to offer those who were suffering and
were only interested in talking about punishing Muslims.
for that reason, I think this whole reaction from both Umno and PAS leaders is
almost nauseating and I don’t have words to describe it,” the former Kota Bharu
MP said when contacted.
said these Muslim leaders were capitalising on Muslims’ fear of violating God’s
law, which he added was defined by these parties.
pointed out that there were many Muslim countries that did not implement
Malaysia’s leaders were irresponsible and this gave the country a bad name, he
Somalia forces raid Al-Shabab, kill several: Official
United States and Somali military forces raided a rebel-held village in
southern Somalia and killed several Al-Shabab fighters early Thursday, a senior
Somali intelligence official said, as both countries step up efforts against
Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group.
commandos accompanied by US forces in two helicopters raided two locations, the
official said. They included a detention center run by Al-Shabab in
Kunya-Barrow village in Lower Shabelle region, and an unknown number of
detainees were freed.
engaged a small number of extremist fighters, said the official, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
Africa Command spokesman Mark Cheadle said US forces conducted an “advise and
assist mission” against Al-Shabab with members of the Somali National Army in
Kunya-Barrow. He gave no further details.
were no US casualties, AFRICOM spokeswoman Jennifer Dyrcz added Friday morning.
Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab said via its Andalus radio arm that its fighters
foiled an attempted raid by US and African forces.
this month, the US military said it carried out an airstrike against Al-Shabab
in Somalia and was assessing the results. The airstrike followed another last
month that the US said killed eight extremists at a rebel command and logistics
camp in the country’s south. Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said a
training camp near Sakow in the Middle Juba region had been destroyed.
Donald Trump has approved expanded military operations against Al-Shabab,
including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia
areas of active hostilities. The US in April announced it was sending dozens of
regular troops in the largest such deployment to Somalia in roughly two
decades, saying it was for logistics training of the country’s army.
Horn of Africa nation is trying to rebuild after more than two decades as a
failed state, and its chaos helped in Al-Shabab’s rise. Now a new threat has
emerged in the country’s north with some fighters claiming alliance to the
last year became Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group, with more than
4,200 people killed in 2016, according to the Pentagon-supported Africa Center
for Strategic Studies. The extremist group has vowed to step up attacks against
the recently elected government and has carried out numerous deadly attacks in
the capital, Mogadishu.
is growing on Somalia’s military to assume full responsibility for the
country’s security. The 22,000-strong African Union multinational force,
AMISOM, which has been supporting the fragile central government, plans to
start withdrawing in 2018 and leave by the end of 2020.
US military has been among those expressing concern that Somalia’s forces are
not yet ready.
killed, 30 injured in Cameroon bomb attack
bombers blew themselves up in northeastern Cameroon, killing 14 people and
injuring 30 in an attack likely staged by Boko Haram terrorists, security
sources said Thursday.
bombings, which took place on Wednesday evening in Waza near the Nigerian
border, targeted a busy area in the market town, the sources said.
bombers struck an area with "restaurants, telephone cabins and
kiosks," a local official said.
town has been sealed off. Nobody can enter and nobody can leave," the
source said, adding that some of the wounded were in "quite serious"
Boko Haram was born in Nigeria, the Daesh-affiliated group has carried out
frequent attacks in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, prompting the formation of a
regional force to fight back.
Far North region, which borders Nigeria, has seen a resurgence in attacks
blamed on Boko Haram after months of relative calm.
civilians were killed in mid-June in a double suicide attack in Kolofata, and
two others died in Limani at the start of last month when a female bomber blew
herself up near the town's public school.
Sulaimon Salau and Shakirah Adunola
Muslim Congress (TMC) has proffered solution to some factors that are
militating against the unity and development of Nigeria. Chairman, TMC
Committee on Social Mobility, the Economy & Politics, Dr. Luqman
AbdurRaheem, recently revealed a report of the committee examining the state of
report, urged the Federal Government to tread cautiously on the issue of
restructuring saiying, “Regionalism is not desirable at this time and it could
be a ploy by some agitators to first consolidate power before eventually
seceding from the country once there is enough ethnic political cohesion and
the control of their resources is firmly in their grip.
diversity has worked, and continues to work as a great source of strength, in
many other countries like America, Britain, China and India, just to name a
few, it can also work in Nigeria. What the government needs to do is to devolve
more power to the states in three phases of four years each making a total of
twelve years. This is the gradual long-term restructuring.
would focus on the critical areas that would allow the states to improve on
revenue generation, to improve on protection of lives and properties, and to
improve on building critical infrastructure. In the first phase of four years,
the Federal Government would need to allow state policing, greater control of
the education, health and transportation systems, and the generation and
distribution of power by the states.
the second phase, the Federal Government would need to free the local
government from the apron-strings of the states by granting them autonomy.
There would have to be an upward review of the revenue-sharing formula to 65
per cent in favour of the states. The exclusive list should be drastically
reduced while increasing the concurrent list. The third phase should be the
time to stop federal ownership of inter-state roads and the federal character
principle. Full resource control should be the last item on the agenda when it
is crystal clear that there is maturity and level-headedness on the part of the
administrators of the states,”
added: “We must realize that restructuring alone will not solve our problems.
What we must take cognizance of is the fact that our mindset as a people
remains our greatest resource because what we think and act upon eventually
become our reality, our politics, our economy and our prosperity or poverty. We
need to positively activate our mindset and move away from all negative actions
and utterances that have held the nation down for so long. It is only then that
the nation can have a new lease of life for the development, peace, prosperity
and unity that we so much desire,”
AbdurRaheem, cautioned the youth on hate speeches, which he said, is capable of
disintegrating the nation.
said: “The circulation of hate speeches by various ethnic groupings is
something that does not benefit anyone but rather serves to create more enmity
and further division which are not needed by the country at this time.
Irrespective of our feelings of grievances, we must comport ourselves with
proper decorum so that we do not engage in actions that will further jeopardize
our collective integrity as a people. This is the only country we can call our
own and we must therefore protect it from anarchy which is the only thing that
hate speeches can bring.
elders in each ethnic grouping must rise and condemn the ethnic speeches that
are being circulated in their areas especially by the exuberant youths. The
leaders should not allow the youths to hijack the reins of leadership
especially when they have not learnt the art of wisdom, patience, endurance,
insightful thoughts and political inclusiveness. Let the youths be properly
guided so that they do not complicate an already bad situation.,” he said.
TMC scholar berates the bill proposing amnesty for public fund looter which is
currently before the National Assembly.
said: “The provisions of this bill run counter to common sense and all ethics
of spiritual and moral decency. It is also in dissonance with Nigeria’s justice
system and her commitment to international obligations relating to prosecuting
and punishing corrupt people through just and fair trials in the court of law.
urge the Speaker of the House of Representatives to immediately discontinue
with this anti-people bill that also negates the principles of justice and
accountability. While the executive is trying to curtail corruption by going
after corrupt people, the House of Representatives should also be seen to
provide the legislative framework that will make it more and more difficult for
anybody to steal public funds,” he said.
Ethel A. Tweh
head of the Muslim Congress in Liberia Imam Ali Krayee has clarified that he
has in no way called on Muslims not to vote for Christians that are aspiring
for elected offices in the pending October elections.
told UNMIL Radio on Wednesday, 12 July that Muslims must however prioritize
Islam in whatever they do, including the upcoming elections. The Liberian Chief
Imam clarifies that he is not telling his people to stay back in the elections
process on grounds of having no Muslim candidate in the race. Instead, he says
"it would be ridiculous and unpatriotic to make statement of such.
are not ignorant to make our people to stay back from the elections, we just
want them to prioritize Islam", he says, and notes that Liberia is at the
cross road and "we" have reached a point where those who are voting
in the various communities should vote wisely.
told the people of Grand Cape Mount County at the end of Ramadan that they
should vote for someone that they [are] sure will stand by them and also
someone that will protect the rights of Muslims against proposition 21 that
calls for Liberia to be a Christian Nation", he adds.
cosmetics: The latest trend in cosmetics now reaching Bangladesh
in Muslim-majority Bangladesh have become more brand conscious and are
following global trends, particularly in fashion and cosmetics.
year, Bangladeshis spent $2.5 billion on cosmetics alone, according to a report
by the State of the Global Islamic Economy, making it the sixth largest buyer
of cosmetics in the Muslim world.
of the trends taking the Muslim world by storm is “modest fashion” – a certain
way of dressing that incorporates the latest taste, style and trend, but within
the boundaries of Islam.
modest fashion comes the newest label of cosmetics – “halal” cosmetics. The
halal here refers to ingredients used in products permissible in Islam.
Haq, a university student, said she wanted to follow the latest trends without
ignoring the Islamic code. “I wanted to follow the trends my friends followed
by dressing modestly,” she said. “I started wearing a hijab when I turned 18
and I think I look good in it.”
said she used halal cosmetics but lamented that the Bangladeshi market was not
ready to manufacture halal products for local consumers.
modest wear fashionista, Tasnima Tarannum Karishma, a doctor at Chittagong
Agrabad Maa-O-Shishu Hospital, told The Dhaka Tribune, “I use halal cosmetics
following the global modest fashion trend.
used to use imported halal cosmetics for three years. But with the advent of
Indonesian cosmetics company ‘Wardah’, I can now buy the cosmetics here.”
added that she believed that all the halal products were free of animal fat and
West University teacher Laila Zaman said she strictly tried to maintain “halal”
and “haram”. “Most perfumes have alcohol in them but I had to resort to using
them,” she said. “But times have changed and now I can use halal perfumes.”
is also a regular client of “Wardah”. She said she used Wardah products as they
were laballed “halal”.
Beauty Parlour Owners Association chief Mustakima Rubi told the Dhaka Tribune
that people started going for herbal products around five years ago. “The trend
changed and in the last two years, consumers have been going for halal
said: “The demand for halal cosmetics is increasing in the country. The halal
products are not meant for Muslims only; others can use them too.”
said although Unilever produced some halal products, Bangladesh needed a
company that would produce only halal cosmetics.
Bangladesh, “Symon AnMi” is the official business partner for Wardah, an
authentic full range halal cosmetics company.
officials say Symon AnMi is a promising growing venture that deals with
multinational businesses. It is the first introducer of halal cosmetics in
Imran Hyder, the chairman of Symon AnMi, said they started their business six
months ago with the motto of building a proper halal cosmetics line that will
consist of the best brands.
hope that people will able to buy authentic and premium quality products
whenever they want,” he said. “Bangladesh has a few modest fashionistas and
they have started demanding halal cosmetics. We intend to meet their demands.”
company now offers over 300 items. Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh are the
only countries with official business partners of Wardah.
in 1985, Wardah is one of the most popular cosmetic brands in Indonesia. The
company is certified with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and HAS (Halal
can now find halal products from two stores of “Symon AnMi” at Gulshan Police
Plaza Shopping mall and Dhanmondi Plaza AR.
and Uzbeks among several ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar
militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist
group including Pakistanis and citizens of Uzbekistan were killed during the
operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
to the local government officials, the militants were killed in Pacher Agam and
Chaparhar districts during the operations since Tuesday.
provincial government media office in a statement said Wednesday that six
insurgents including three Pakistanis and two Uzbekistanis were killed in Mar
Khanai area of Pacher Agam district.
statement further added that a local leader of the terror group identified as
Esmatulalh was also among those killed.
a separate statement released earlier today, the provincial government said at
least 19 insurgents of the terror group were killed during the separate
operations in Pacher Agam and Chaparhar districts.
to the provincial government, the operations were conducted with the support of
the air forces and artillery unit of the Afghan army.
member of the Taliban group identified as Muslim Agha was also arrested during
another operation conducted in Khogyani district, the provincial government
– After fighting with the Bangladeshi authorities to convince them that US
President Donald Trump had nothing to do with the business, a local
entrepreneur has decided to use the name of Trump for his coffee shop in Dhaka.
formally opening more than two months ago, Saiful Islam, the owner, told EFE he
still had to prepare a proper inauguration that would reach his expectations.
have still some refurbishing works left. Once I complete them, I would
re-launch it in a grand fashion. I would also invite (the local) US Ambassador
here then,” said Saiful, who declares himself a follower of the controversial
US President, in a country where almost 90 percent of the population of 163
million is Muslim.
the cafe, little distinguishes it from other coffee shops, except for a large
cardboard image of the American president at the front door and photos of the
businessman by the windows.
said that he was inspired by the Bellville Cafe, in Texas, whose owner decided
to rename it as Trump Cafe during the tycoon’s electoral campaign.
was looking for a name as well. When I chose Trump Cafe, my friends laughed at
me, but I was determined to start my business under the name of Trump. I think
he’s a great businessman,” Saiful explained.
bringing his idea to fruition was not easy, and first Saiful had to prove to
the administrative authorities that he was the real owner of the business.
had to convince them that President Trump has no direct interest in Bangladesh.
They finally gave me the license on Jan. 17, three days before Trump took
office,” he said.
Trump Cafe menu features a Trump cocktail – made with strawberry syrup, soda,
lemon juice and ice – and a non-alcoholic green apple Trump cocktail, a drink
that Saiful claimed he learned of from an uncle who worked in one of Trump’s
restaurants in New York.
customers can eat the Trump Subway sandwich, composed of chicken, red cabbage,
carrot, cucumber and four types of mayonnaise; and for vegetarians, there is
Trump cashew salad as well as Trump Chopsuey.
every dish and drink he offers, Saiful hopes to convince his customers that
Trump is not a bad guy, nor anti-Muslim.
travel ban is for citizens from troubled countries. I don’t think it affects
Bangladesh,” said Saiful, who added that since Trump became president, “he has
not made any anti-Muslim movement.”
first trip was to a Muslim country, people now understand that he’s not a bad
guy,” he said.
reputation didn’t stop Priyanka Nandi from visiting the cafe, who told EFE she
was excited to see images of the American president everywhere inside.
Jahan even took a selfie with the poster of Trump at the entrance.
not just about Trump, the food price is reasonable,” he explained.
Haqqani terrorist network members were arrested before they manage to carry out
attacks in southeastern Paktika province of Afghanistan.
Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the two
members of the terrorist network were arrested during an operation in Orgun
statement by NDS said the militants were looking to carry out attacks based on
the instructions of the network in Orgun district before they were arrested by
the intelligence operatives.
as Nader Khan and Rahmatullah, the Haqqani network members confessed that they
had recently visited Paktika after receiving instructions from the Haqqani
network commanders from the other side of the Durand Line to carry out attacks,
NDS added. The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented
regarding the report so far.
comes as the Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a plot by the Haqqani
terrorist network to carry out a coordinated attack in Gardez city, the
provincial capital of southeastern Paktia province.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said Wednesday that a
group of eight insurgents were arrested in connection to the attack plot.
statement further added that the suspects were arrested during an operation of
the intelligence operatives in the vicinity of Gardez city.
former governor of northern Jawzjan province Ahmad Khan Ishchi has said Vice
President Dostum will appear in the next court hearing.
to RFE/RL, Ishchi said neither Dostum nor his representative was present as the
case was being reviewed by the primary court.
said the primacy court of the second police district has ordered that the vice
president and his men should appear before the court in the next hearing.
comes as Dostum is in Turkey for the treatment with President Ghani earlier
saying that the first vice president has left the country after receiving
approval and permission from the Attorney General Office.
the Attorney General Office said Wednesday that the case of the first vice
president has been referred to the court.
US embassy Charge d’Affaires has also called for thorough investigation in the
torture and sexual abuse case of Ahmad Khan Ishchi involving the first vice
president General Abdul Rashid Dostum.
said Tuesday that the allegations against the Vice President, including charges
of rape and assault, are extremely serious and warrant close legal review by
the Attorney General and other judicial authorities of the Islamic Republic of
united for PM's resignation, says Shah Mehmood
All opposition parties on the same page when it comes to the premier's
resignation, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi
during a press conference on Thursday.
revealed that a joint meeting of all the opposition parties will be held on
said a session of the Senate has been called at 4pm on July 17, the day the
Supreme Court’s special bench will hold its next hearing in the Panama case.
said he is in touch with all opposition parties, adding that the PTI and
Pakistan Peoples Party have signed the application calling for a session of the
PTI leader said he is also in touch with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan
Muslim League-Q and Jamaat-e-Islami.
claimed the premier was forced to summon a cabinet meeting today to reassure
members that ‘all is well’ following the Panama case JIT report.
political impact of the JIT is that even members of the cabinet are not
convinced when it comes to refuting the report, he said. “They do not seem to
be on the same page”, he added.
is a difference of opinion inside the PML-N, claimed Qureshi.
militants killed as FC personnel foil bid to attack their camp in Khyber
personnel foiled an attempt by two suicide bombers to storm a camp of the
Frontier Constabulary (FC) in Khyber Agency on Friday, security sources told
including two suicide bombers from across the border" targeted the
Misthara post, 2 kilometres north-west of Jarobi area near the Pak-Afghan
border, read an Inter-Services Public Relations press release.
personnel engaged with the attackers as they tried to enter the camp, shooting
dead one suicide bomber at the gate.
second attacker blew himself up at the entrance of the camp when security
forces opened retaliatory fire, security sources said.
least two FC personnel also sustained injuries during the episode, and they
were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar.
Mansoor, a spokesman for the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militant group, in a statement
claimed responsibility for the attack but he gave no further details, the
Associated Press reported.
forces cordoned off the area after the incident and started a search operation.
Agency is among Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the
Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and foreign militants.
Fata Research Centre report said earlier this year that the incidence of
terrorist attacks in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas increased by 72
per cent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the last quarter of 2016.
Pakistan Army had launched Operation Raddul Fasaad in February following a
spate of terror attacks in the country, which claimed more than a hundred lives
and left hundreds others injured.
operation seeks to eliminate the "residual/latent threat of
terrorism", consolidating the gains made in other military operations, and
further ensuring the security of Pakistan's borders.
A key Congressional panel started hearing a proposal on Thursday to make US
civil and military aid to Pakistan conditional to Islamabad’s support to the
fight against the Afghan Taliban.
tougher language on Pakistan forms part of the 2018 State and Foreign
Operations Appropriations draft bill, which was distributed among the members
of the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
draft continues current requirements regarding assistance for Pakistan but
prevents the Secretary of State from giving a full national-interest waiver.
The secretary can now only issue a waiver for 85 per cent of the funds
appropriated under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF).
bill underlines the US concerns about Pakistan’s commitment to combating
terrorism in the Pak-Afghan region, saying: “The committee remains concerned
with the commitment by Pakistan to US strategic objectives in the region,
including combating terrorism”.
recent days, senior US officials and lawmakers have both sent clear messages to
Pakistan, urging it to help the United States and the Afghan government defeat
the Taliban militants. They also said that the failure to do so would force the
United States to reconsider its relationship with Pakistan.
bill also suggests withholding $33,000,000 of funds until the Secretary of
State reports to the Committee that Dr Shakil Afridi has been released from
prison and cleared of all charges related to the assistance he provided to the
United States in locating Osama bin Laden.
committee recommends $642.2 million as assistance for Pakistan. Carryover funds
for assistance for Pakistan are projected to total about $1.371 billion.
committee also recommends $115-542m for diplomatic operations in Pakistan.
bill provides $47.4bn in both regular discretionary and Overseas Contingency
Operations (OCO) funding. This is $10bn below the fiscal year 2017 enacted
Secretary of State is asked to certify that Pakistan is cooperating with the
United States in counter-terrorism efforts against the Haqqani network, the
Quetta Shura Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Al Qaeda, and other
domestic and foreign terrorist organisations, including taking effective steps
to end support for such groups and prevent them from basing and operating in
Pakistan and carrying out cross-border attacks into neighbouring countries.
secretary of state is also required to certify that Pakistan is not supporting
terrorist activities against the United States or coalition forces in
Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies are not
intervening extra-judicially into political and judicial processes in Pakistan.
certification needs to include that Pakistan is not financing or otherwise
supporting schools supported by, affiliated with, or run by the Taliban or any
designated foreign terrorist organisation and that Islamabad is preventing the
proliferation of nuclear-related material and expertise.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday wrote a letter to the Embassy of
United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Islamabad, a copy of which is available with
DawnNews, seeking an arrangement for urgent telephonic contact between Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE,
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Minister Nawaz Sharif wishes to urgently speak to Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al
Maktoum over the telephone," read the letter.
diplomatic cable surfaced at a time when the prime minister is already in hot
water over the Panamagate scandal.
report on his family's financial history, submitted to the apex court by a
joint investigation team tasked with probing the first family, suggested that a
reference should be filed with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against
PM Sharif and his three children in connection with their offshore assets.
parties have also been mounting pressure upon the ruling party for the
resignation of the premier. However, the prime minister has vowed that he will
not bow down before any such demand.
letter also highlighted that the Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi has already
contacted UAE authorities in this regard.
credible source told DawnNews that the letter, drafted on July 12, was handed
over to a UAE envoy by the Foreign Office's DG Middle East in person on Thursday.
The letter was written after failed attempts by Pakistani diplomatic channels
in the UAE to establish contact, the source said.
diplomatic letter sought the assistance of the embassy for the "earliest
confirmation of a convenient time slot to make this telephone call today."
However, the source informed DawnNews that no such contact had been made till
suspected terrorists were killed in an "encounter" with police and
security forces in Quetta's Essa Nagri area on Friday night, DawnNews reported.
officials said that armed terrorists opened fire on a police patrolling party
in the area. In response, the policemen engaged the suspected terrorists,
whereas, a heavy contingent of police and other law enforcement agencies
immediately reached the spot.
the encounter, the three suspected terrorists were found killed, said police
officials. Their bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.
encounter was reported hours after four policemen were shot dead by
unidentified assailants in Quetta's Killi Deba area.
gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at the police mobile while it was patrolling
the area, Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Razzak Cheema had said.
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