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Street Attack: Morrison Accused of 'Scapegoating' Muslim Community
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Grand Mufti Rejects Government Calls to Do More to Combat Radicalism
Fares Hassan, Nick Baker
Grand Mufti has rejected government calls for Muslim community leaders to do
more to combat radicalism following Friday's Bourke Street attack.
Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed told SBS Arabic 24 that comments made by Prime
Minister Scott Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton constituted
"serious discrimination" against Australia's Muslim community.
what is being treated as an IS-inspired terrorist attack, Somalian-born Hassan
Khalif Shire Ali set a car alight then stabbed three men, one who died from his
injuries. After lunging at an officer with a knife, the 30-year-old
Somali-Australian was shot and killed by police.
Muslim groups outraged by PM’s 'divisive' Bourke Street comments
Sunday, Mr Dutton stressed that the Muslim community was key in alerting
authorities to potential threats, but Dr Mohamed said security agencies were to
do not need Dutton's plea to remember our duties," Dr Mohamed said.
like to remind him that security agencies failed to do their job; the
offender's passport had been cancelled and he was being monitored."
comments add to a growing list of key Muslim community leaders speaking out
against the government's divisive comments.
Australia on Monday called on the Prime Minister to retract the comments he
made following the attack and apologise to the Muslim community.
group, which calls itself "the peak body for Australian Muslims",
wrote to the prime minister expressing its "deep concern" over how he
and other politicians are discussing the role of Islam since Friday's attack.
comments ... serve no other purpose than to foster an ill-conceived notion that
all Muslims are somehow responsible for the actions of every individual within
our community. This is not a burden that is placed on any other
community," said the correspondence, authored by Muslims Australia
president Dr Rateb Jneid.
family of the attacker say he had mental health problems.
suffered from mental illness for years and refused help. He's been
deteriorating these past few months," they said in a note given to Nine
stop turning this into a political game. This isn't a guy who had any
connections with terrorism but was simply crying for help."
on Monday, Mr Morrison dismissed the idea that Mr Shire Ali's actions were
solely the result of mental health issues.
think that's an excuse. This bloke, radicalised here in Australia with extreme
Islam, took a knife and cut down a fellow Australian in Bourke Street," Mr
Morrison told the Ten Network.
was a terrorist. He was a radical, extremist terrorist, who took a knife to
another Australian because he’d been radicalised in this country. And we can't
give him excuses."
Street attack: Somali-Australians condemn 'scourge' of terrorism
Australia say that such sentiments are unfair.
appears to us that when a Muslim commits such acts then all other possible
factors are either downplayed or ignored. This is a privilege that is extended
in most other incidents to such perpetrators."
crime is not something that is limited, or unique, to Muslims and violence
perpetrated by an individual who happens to be of the Muslim faith should never
be reflective of the whole community," it said.
The group drew a comparison to a similar
incident on Bourke Street last year, where faith was not a factor.
faith of the individual does not detract from the information that has emerged
about his mental health, substance abuse and criminal history," the
role his faith may or may not have played in motivating his actions is clearly
difficult to ascertain otherwise the security services would have taken action
against him previously."
Australia also took aim at Mr Dutton.
idea that [Islamic] community leaders would have information but withhold it
from the police or intelligence agencies is unacceptable," Mr Dutton said
Australia said this allegation is "insulting and offensive and may put
members of our community in danger. It is without any basis."
suggest that Imams and leaders of the community are not doing what they can in
this regard is untrue and extremely disappointing."
Sunday, the Australian National Imams Council called the attack a national tragedy
but said it was "outraged" by the Prime Minister's recent comments
linking Islam to a radical and dangerous ideology.
is extremely disappointing in such difficult times and during a national
tragedy, when all Australians of all faiths and backgrounds should be called
upon to unite and stand together against any form of extremism and violence, to
see our nation's leader politicising this incident and using it for political
gain," a statement said.
Invite Canadians To 'Visit My Mosque' And Ask Them Anything
across Canada invited their neighbours to join them inside their most sacred
spaces, a week after joining together to support Jewish worshippers in a moving
show of empathy.
in Halifax, Sussex and Moncton, N.B., Sherbrooke, Que., Montreal, Ottawa,
Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary opened their doors Saturday for the second annual
Visit My Mosque Day. The event aims to dispel misconceptions, foster an
appreciation of the Muslim faith in Canada, and celebrate the philanthropy of
the Canadian-Muslim community throughout the year.
day is organized by the Canadian-Muslim Vote, a non-partisan organization that
encourages Muslims to be politically engaged.
have nothing to hide," Shafiq Ebrahim, vice-president of Jaffari Islamic
Centre in Thornhill, Ont., told HuffPost Canada by phone. "We aren't a
secret society or mysterious in any way. We're law-abiding people who pay taxes
and love our neighbourhood and want to build genuine relationships here."
centre offered tours of worship halls, gave lectures on education and outreach
activities and had scholars on standby to answer any theological queries.
Stations for women to have their hands painted with traditional henna and learn
how to tie a hijab were also available for anyone interested.
being available to talk is key," Ebrahim said. "I'm always surprised
by how many great questions people ask, and we are committed to giving proper
said that some of the questions were philosophical in nature, while others were
more focused on where the congregation comes from and how it ended up in
Canada. Ebrahim's community was welcomed to Canada in 1972 by then-Prime
Minister Pierre Trudeau, following the forcible expulsion of Asians from
owe so much to Canada and the values on which it was built," he said.
"Canada opened its doors and welcomed us. We understood what this country
is. What a privilege it is to live by our dear Canadian values, which we now
instill in our children."
Jaffari Community Centre, the event was yet another opportunity to invite
neighbours to congregate in the space — the centre opens its doors more than
200 times a year for charitable events, talks and tours. It also joins several
multi-faith communities to house, feed and clothe the homeless at the peak of
Harden, an NDP MPP for Ottawa Centre who toured the Ottawa Mosque, knows that
charitable effort well: he recalled how, after powerful tornadoes knocked out
power for legions of Ottawa-area residents in September, members of the mosque
delivered food to thousands of people.
don't brag about it, but they're doing important things to help their
neighbours all the time," Harden told HuffPost Canada by phone.
who calls himself a 'Presbyterian-socialist,' took his 10-year-old daughter,
Adele, to the mosque yesterday. As kids do, she asked all the bold questions.
asked, 'Why do the women pray separately? Do I have to wear a head
covering?'" Harden recounted. But Adele's fearlessness emboldened the
adults in the room to open up a dialogue, too, instead of relying on false
presumptions are pervasive, however: a 2017 survey showed almost half of
Canadians viewed Islam in an unfavourable light, compared to Christianity and
Buddhism. The survey was taken just two weeks after gunman Alexandre
Bissonnette killed six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque that January.
Manek, executive director of Canadian-Muslim Vote, said that online death
threats led two mosques, one in Sherbrooke and another in Scarborough to pull
out of the event at the last minute. While the person who posted a violent
threat to the Sherbrooke mosque apologized and removed it, Manek said that an
arrest might be made in the case in Scarborough.
a former entrepreneur and non-profit organizer, was heartened by the commenters
who swarmed those vitriolic posts with messages of support and encouragement.
But as the organizer of an event that involved many vulnerable people in open
spaces, he found himself wracked with anxiety as the event grew close. He also
worried for the safety of his children, who would be accompanying him
throughout the day.
didn't anticipate how much of that affected my mental health," he said to
HuffPost Canada by phone. "I had to reflect often on the point of the
event. To say, despite the negativity, we are still going to be right here. We
are still going to answer your questions."
its part, Jaffari has developed protocols and best practices with other local
religious organizations to try to protect against violence. "As with any
faith-based group, there's always a fear at the back of your mind that
something nasty could happen," Ebrahim agreed. "But we choose not to
focus on that."
Leiper, city councillor in Ottawa's Kitchissippi Ward who also toured the
Ottawa Mosque yesterday, said officials must strengthen relationships with
local Muslims on a regular basis, not just during times of turmoil.
important for opportunities like these to be created, but Muslim members of
your community shouldn't have to always ask to be included," he told
HuffPost Canada. "For the relationship to be genuine, you have to work at
it all the time, even when there's nothing going on."
how you learn what the their needs are, where they feel their elected officials
can improve, what we need to do better."
Manek, that drive towards civic participation is key.
more we open up, make ourselves vulnerable, the more that the Muslim community
will feel like it's part of the larger conversation," he said. "That
means increased participation by Muslims in the greatest parts of Canadian
life: democracy, government and civic duty."
much of what we're doing isn't for us," he added. "It's for the next
generation, for the future of Canadian society."
cryptocurrency firm X8 obtains Islamic finance certification
12 (Reuters) - Switzerland-based financial technology firm X8 AG has obtained
certification from Islamic scholars for its digital currency, with plans to
expand its business in the Middle East, a senior executive said on Monday.
fintech firms are integrating their technology into the field of
Sharia-compliant finance, with regulators and financial exchanges in the Middle
East region keen to attract new business and encourage innovation in the
has prompted Islamic scholars to assess the religious validity of digital
currencies, some wary of price volatility and the types of assets behind
company hopes its Ethereum-based cryptocurrency, which is fully backed by a
basket of eight fiat currencies and gold, can address such concerns, said X8
director and co-founder Francesca Greco.
Gulf region is a really good place for financial technology companies, because
they all want to become hubs for fintech,” said Greco, adding the company would
open a regional office in the Middle East later this month.
in the Gulf region have built a welcoming environment for fintech but they are
also being cautious about cryptocurrencies, giving an opportunity for so-called
“stablecoins” which are designed to reduce price volatility, Greco said.
company also plans to launch a crypto-exchange that would include a
Sharia-compliant component, and it has held discussions with local exchanges in
Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain, Greco added.
firm received certification for its cryptocurrency and related tokens from the
Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB), an Islamic advisory firm licensed by Bahrain’s
have drawn a variety of rulings from scholars over the past few years, with
differing views on how they fit into religious principles that emphasize real
economic activity and forbid outright monetary speculation.
debate among Islamic scholars has been narrowing, however, as some have
compared the trading of cryptocurrencies to the transfer of rights, which is
deemed permissible in Islam. (Reporting by Bernardo Vizcaino; Editing by
Dozens killed fighting as sectarian threat grows
Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shi’ite militia forces
fighting Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday,
officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones
continued. The fighting in Jaghori district, an area inhabited mainly by
Shi’ite ethnic Hazaras, has been going on since Wednesday, when Taliban
fighters attacked the district and the government sent special forces units to
back up local militia forces.
spokesman Ahmad Khan Sirat said six members of the security forces were wounded
in addition to the 25 civilians and commandos who were killed.
fighting took place as US special envoy Zakmay Khalilzad prepared for a fresh
round of meetings aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to try
to find a political settlement to the decades-long war in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has traditionally not suffered from the sectarian violence that has
scarred Iraq or Syria, suicide attacks on Shi’ite targets in recent years have
caused deepening anger among Hazaras, a mainly Shi’ite minority.
Taliban, a movement dominated by Sunni Muslim ethnic Pashtuns, does not have
any openly sectarian agenda and deny targeting Shi’ites but many Hazaras have
blamed Pashtuns for the attacks on mosques and cultural centres.
by what many see as official indifference, Hazaras have formed militia groups
of their own, fuelling concern among some officials and Western diplomats at
the potential for an upsurge in ethnic, sectarian violence.
over the balance of representation between Hazaras and Pashtuns, the two largest
groups in Ghazni, led to the postponement of last month’s parliamentary
election in the province.
the other side of the country, in the northern province of Baghlan, at least 14
members of the Afghan security forces and civilians were killed and eight
others were injured in Taliban attacks, provincial governor Abdulhai Nemati
said. A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid in statements said killed
36 Afghan security forces and captured one military base five security
checkpoints in Ghazni and Baghlan provinces.
Street attack: Morrison accused of 'scapegoating' Muslim community
12 Nov 2018
experts and lawyers have dismissed claims by the prime minister that Muslim
community leaders need to do more to intervene in the wake of Friday’s fatal
Bourke Street attack, and have criticised politicians for their punitive
response to such incidents.
national president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, Greg Barns, said police
and Asio already had almost 80 pieces of legislation “at their fingertips”
which had been introduced over the past 17 years to deal with terrorism or
further is a dumb response,” he said.
Morrison told Sky News on Monday that Islamic leaders needed to do more to
prevent terrorist attacks. “If you’re an imam or a leader in one of those
communities, you need to know who those people are in your community that might
be doing that,” the prime minister said. “They are the infiltrators.”
comments were echoed by the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, who told the
Seven Network: “Let’s be real, we need people to do more and certainly that’s
what we would expect from the Islamic community.”
comments came as early polling booths opened on Monday ahead of the Victorian
election later this month, in which issues of law and order have taken a front
Labor premier, Daniel Andrews, supported Morrison’s comments that Islamic
leaders have a responsibility to identify and call out terrorism. He added the
police commissioner would receive any further resources he requested. Andrews
also rolled out anti-terrorism bollards throughout the city following a fatal
siege in Brighton in 2017, which was not terror-related. He has also tightened
opposition leader, Matthew Guy, said if elected as premier on 24 November he
would expedite mandatory sentencing reforms and deport violent offenders in
Victoria on visas. Neither of those measures, however, would have prevented
who as a barrister has advised and appeared in cases involving anti-terrorism laws,
told Guardian Australia that attackers rarely interacted with Islamic leaders
nor regularly attended mosques. He said the comments from Dutton and Morrison
were “scapegoating, racist and simplistic”.
people who commit these crimes fly under the radar, including who they
associate with,” Barns said.
then you have opportunistic politicians in both Guy and Andrews who are
obsessed with wasting taxpayer funds on gross incursions into the rights of
individuals and neither party is interested in more sophisticated responses.
These are isolated incidents that occur, but there seems to be this bullshit
view that we have to stop this from happening ever.
364 days of the year these acts don’t happen and are prevented. The reason why
people commit actions of the type committed in Bourke Street are complex, and
simplistic slogans and solutions by politicians have not resulted in a
violence-free Australia and never will.”
called for a holistic approach that included examining the mental health system
and ensuring it was accessible to people from other countries, and on programs
to keep people well-connected and integrated with their communities.
we shouldn’t do is draw a conclusion that all people who are refugees from
Somalia are dangerous or that all those with mental illness are dangerous,” he
Noon, a criminologist and forensic psychologist with RMIT university who works
with the clinically dangerous and assists Victoria police, said international
evidence had shown tough-on-crime approaches did not reduce the incidence or
severity of crime.
they do is placate the community,” Noon said.
and a lack of willingness from the Australian community to support new
immigrants exacerbated community tension, she said.
punitive political responses could increase tensions and that lack of welcome
and support to immigrants. We live in a really safe community and we should
build resilience by continuing to be in that community and work together to
support each other.
is not only one of the world’s most liveable states; it is also one of its
safest. Despite this, election after election we see that votes are won from
increasing the community’s fear of crime.”
executive director of the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations, Kuranda
Seyit, described Friday’s attack, which saw restaurateur Sisto Malaspina
killed, as “absolutely shocking and abhorrent”.
saddest thing for me was the gentleman who was killed was one of the nicest
people you could ever meet, a sweet and kind soul, who tried to assist the
attacker unknowingly going to his death,” Seyit said. “My sympathies go out to
he said Muslims had been “dragged into mud once again” by politicians.
is something that all of us have scratched our heads about dealing with, the
federal police, the government and community leaders, it is near impossible to
… prevent radicalisation,” he said.
we must not blame Islam for these radicalised people who take violence on to
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Morrison has said the Muslim community in Australia must be more “proactive” in
tackling the threat of terror attacks because “in many cases” imams and
community leaders will know who is infiltrating and radicalising members of
said that community engagement was “the only way” law enforcement authorities
could stop attacks such as the one in Bourke Street, Melbourne on Friday in
which Hassan Khalif Shire Ali killed one person and injured two others.
a round of interviews on Monday the prime minister identified the “vile
presence” of radical Islam as the cause of the attack, dismissing the
suggestion that mental health issues negated that primary cause as a “lame
Khalif Shire Ali deluded and paranoid before Bourke Street attack, friends say
home affairs minister, Peter Dutton has, linked the attack to the government’s
re-evaluation of pathways to Australian citizenship and on Monday called on
Labor to pass a bill to allow law enforcement agencies to break technological
Shorten noted that Labor had cooperated on 10 sets of national security laws
since he was leader, suggesting that Dutton “wants a headline” by raising the
attorney general Mark Dreyfus said Labor would continue to consider the
encryption bill through the parliamentary committee on intelligence and
security, rebuking Dutton for suggesting it had taken a position against the
told Sky News on Monday that although the Melbourne attack was a “serious
terrorist incident”, he did not regard it as a national security failure.
Ali was born in Somalia in 1988 but emigrated to Australia in the 1990s. He had
his passport cancelled in 2015 and was known to authorities before he died in
Shire Ali was one of 400 people on a terrorism watchlist and one of 230 who had
their passports cancelled, authorities could not keep everyone under
observation “all the time”, Morrison said.
called on “Muslim religious communities” to increase their awareness, alertness
community is the one that’s being infiltrated – and we have to say that,
because it’s true, and it presents a real risk to the safety of Australia, and
themselves, and their own children.”
said law enforcement authorities already get “good cooperation” from community
leaders, which had helped thwart 14 terror attacks, but “more needs to happen”.
leaders of the community need to know what’s going on in their community and
there can be no excuses for looking [the other way].”
a hypothetical example of his own making about how to prevent radicalisation,
Morrison said it was “not the imam, necessarily” to blame but the “shady
character who is at the periphery of the mosque, the one talking to young
people prey on vulnerable Australians, vulnerable young men particularly.
fill their heads full of this hate and this vile rubbish, to try and make sense
of their lives.”
said that imams and community leaders “need to know who might be doing that”
and stated – without evidence – that “in many cases they will” know.
Dutton: 'pathway to citizenship' should be examined after terror attack
Labor MP Graham Perrett said it was “not [his] experience” that imams would
know when people were being radicalised, and questioned why Morrison was
“[broadcasting] to our imams via the nation”.
who knew Shire Ali say he suffered delusions and substance abuse problems in
the lead-up to his terrorist attack.
Musse, an imam who was a friend of the family but not close to Shire Ali
himself, told the Age on Saturday that Shire Ali had become increasingly
“deluded”, estranged from his family and paranoid.
said the 30-year-old attacker had attended his mosque “many years ago, when he
was 11 years old or so”, but hadn’t attended for the nearly 20 years since.
Morrison dismissed the idea that because the Bourke Street attacker had mental
health issues he was not “really a terrorist”.
think that’s an excuse. This bloke, radicalised here in Australia with extreme
Islam, took a knife and cut down a fellow Australian in Bourke Street,”
Morrison told Channel Ten.
Sky, Morrison said that he blamed “extremist radical Islam” for radicalising
Shire Ali. “We can talk about all these other issues, but why did this happen?
Why was he motivated to do this in this way? Because of what he had exposed to
in his religious community.”
a doorstop on Monday Dutton said the Bourke Street attack was
“unsophisticated”, consisting of an offender who had taken “a kitchen knife and
throw a couple of gas bottles on to the back of the ute”.
no level of intelligence or information that will stop that and the best way to
try to prevent it is if we get tip-offs and information from the community,” he
Dutton noted that law enforcement agencies have “great difficulty” with the
“blind spot” created by 90% of serious criminal targets using encryption
technology on messaging apps.
also said it is “much harder” to deal with Australian citizens radicalised in
Australia than a visa holder, who can be deported, signalling that he would
make an announcement in “due course” about that problem.
a doorstop in Melbourne, Shorten said he did not know what change to
citizenship laws Dutton was proposing, adding that it “sounds like he wants a
said the best way to respond to the incident was to “pull together” but Dutton
“wants to blame this or that”, warning that Australians could “smell” when
someone is playing politics with terrorism.
said that the terrorist attack was “an evil terrible tragedy” and while there
was “no doubt an element of mental illness”, that factor could help explain but
not excuse the incident.
Minister Scott Morrison says some Muslim leaders “clearly” don’t know enough
about radical influences in their midst and has urged them not to “look the
other way”, in an escalation of his demands on Islamic communities in the wake
of Friday's terror attack in Melbourne.
Morrison has doubled down on previous calls for Muslim leaders to be more
proactive, saying on Monday that security agencies and police couldn't monitor
everyone and it was therefore up to communities to spot “infiltrators” who are
you’re an Imam or a leader in one of those communities, you need to know who
those people are in your community that might be doing that. They are the
infiltrators,” Mr Morrison told Sky News on Monday following last week's deadly
Bourke Street terrorism attack.
said he had confidence Imams were doing “the right thing” in their religious
teachings and how their influenced their communities.
asked whether they knew who the extremists in their communities were, he said:
“In many cases they will, and what I’m saying is you can’t look the other way.”
whether leaders knew what was going on in their communities, he said: “Clearly
not. Clearly not. I think many are, but more needs to happen in this area and I
want to work with the Muslim community across Australia.”
questions continued about why Bourke Street attacker Hassan Khalif Shire Ali
was not regarded as a threat despite having had his passport cancelled in 2015
because he wanted to fight with Islamic State in Syria, Mr Morrison said that
with 400 priority ASIO investigations and about 230 people stripped of their
passports, “not all of them can be under observation all the time”.
whether such low-tech attacks would become something Australians would simply
have to live with, Mr Morrison said: “What we have to live with is the
understanding that the only way that you’re going to be able to thwart
something like this with an individual that was exhibiting no greater level of
agitation than the other 399 on the list that had done nothing to elevate their
status in the view of agencies who examine this stuff very, very carefully,
what you rely on is the relationship with the community and understanding
what’s going on.
encouragement to the Muslim and religious communities across Australia is, I
think, to raise the level of awareness and alertness and to raise the level of
proactivity - both members of that community and the leaders of that community
because their community is the one that’s being infiltrated and we have to say
that because it’s true and it presents a real risk to the safety of Australians
and themselves and their own children."
remarks follow comments at the weekend calling for Muslim leaders to "call
out" extremist activity in their communities.
Abbott, who oversaw a major strengthening of Australia’s counter-terrorism laws
as prime minister, on Monday said Mr Morrison was “quite right to say on the
weekend that there is a problem within Islam”.
Abbott said the vast majority of Muslims in Australia were “decent people who
have joined our team and have embraced the Australian way of life”.
there is this small minority that have this ‘death to the infidel’ mindset and
the sooner Islam can rid itself of that, the better for everyone,” he told 2GB
Abbott said despite being welcomed by Australia, a handful of Muslim extremists
believed “there is something wrong, evil, almost satanic with the way we live
and this [the Bourke Street attack] is their response.”
sad truth is there are a small number of people living in our midst who wish to
do us harm,” he said.
forgotten Muslim soldiers who fought in First World War trenches for the Allies
rarely get mentioned during Remembrance Day and Armistice Day tributes, but
hundreds of thousands of Muslim soldiers fought for the Allied cause during the
First World War — around 885,000, according to the British Royal Legion.
400,000 of them hailed from the British Indian Army, whose 1.5 million troops
comprised the largest volunteer force in history.
a century after Muslim soldiers from South Asia, North Africa and elsewhere
went to war for their colonial masters, a U.K.-based campaign is working to
shed light on their oft-overlooked sacrifices.
idea is to give overdue appreciation for the Muslim contribution to the war
effort and use the stories of Muslim soldiers to counter Islamophobic and
anti-immigrant narratives in Europe and North America.
far-right activists and sympathizers in Europe say and believe, ‘Muslims have
never done anything for us,'” wrote Hayyan Bhabha, executive director of The
Muslim Experience. “The truth is one which they can’t deny. They (Muslim
soldiers) made the greatest sacrifice. They died for you too. Hundreds of
thousands of them.”
Muslim Experience is a project of Forgotten Heroes 14-19, a non-profit
organization set up by Belgian aeronautics executive Luc Ferrier in 2012.
Ferrier is not Muslim, but he was inspired to set up the foundation after
discovering the diaries of his great-grandfather, a soldier in the First World
was impressed by the enormous respect he had for his Muslim brothers in arms
from all these continents, while he himself was a very devout Christian,”
Ferrier told Emirates-based newspaper The National.
NGO’s research effort suggests the number of Muslim soldiers who fought for the
Allies exceeds 2.5 million, nearly three times as high as the British Royal
Heroes 14-19 unearthed some 850,000 original documents drawn from 19 countries,
spanning journals, field reports and diaries in Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Urdu and
other languages, each in their own way telling the incredible stories of the
Muslim soldiers who stood with the Allies during the war from 1914 to 1918.
are also photographs, some of which are truly remarkable.
shows King George V on the front lines in France, breaking protocol by
dismounting his horse to pay his respects to Algerian soldiers on horseback.
shows Moroccan soldiers caring for a wounded German prisoner-of-war in Villeroy
in north-central France.
officers are reported to have expressed surprise at the humane way in which the
Moroccan troops insisted on caring for German prisoners.
the officers asked why they behaved with this courtesy towards German prisoners,
they explained that according to the Qur’an, Hadith and examples of the
Prophet, prisoners must be cared for and fed in a dignified manner,” says
Bhabha. “This was jaw-dropping for the officers.”
stories uncovered by the foundation also speak to the camaraderie among men of
different faiths uniting for a shared military cause.
are stories of Muslim imams, Christian priests and Jewish rabbis learning each
other’s funeral rites so that they could lay to rest soldiers of different
faiths who perished on the battlefield, says Bhabha.
December 1914, five months into the war, the French Minister of War Alexandre
Millerand instructed members of his military to learn the Shahada — the Muslim
declaration of faith — so that they could recite it for dying Muslim soldiers
unable to do so themselves.
were also required to learn how to bury Muslim soldiers per Islamic tradition,
ensuring that their faces and graves faced the direction of Mecca.
practice is feasible and it will be necessary to comply with it,” wrote
Millerand in a letter seen on page 58 of The Unknown Fallen, a book written by
British Indian Army supplied the most decorated Muslim soldiers of the war,
many of whom went on to be awarded the coveted Victoria Cross by King George V.
the most famous was Khudadad Khan, a machine gunner who was among 20,000 Indian
troops dispatched to help tired British troops tackle the advancing Germans in
Boulogne in France and Nieuwpoort in Belgium.
division was outnumbered five-to-one, but they fought on until they were
completely overrun, according to the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Dast was also honoured with the Victoria Cross. Born in modern-day Pakistan, he
arrived in France in March 1915, a lieutenant with over 20 years of military
experience behind him.
following month, his division was instructed to mount a counter-attack against
the Germans, alongside French troops.
Germans released chlorine gas, prompting many soldiers to retreat. But Dast was
among a small number of troops who managed to hold their position until
is credited with helping to shepherd eight British and Indian officers to
safety, evading heavy fire along the way, notes the U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth
Office. King George V presented him with his Victoria Cross on the grounds of
the Brighton Pavilion.
Khan, a Punjabi Muslim corporal, was awarded the Victoria Cross for “most
conspicuous bravery” in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) in April 1916, according
to the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Victoria Cross citation notes that he worked his machine gun single-handedly
for three hours under very heavy fire, after most of his men were killed.
three hours he held the gap under very heavy fire while it was being made
secure… But for his great gallantry and determination our line must have been
penetrated by the enemy,” reads his citation.
thrashes nationalism at WWI centenary in Paris
was a busy day in Paris as world leaders flocked to the City of Lights to mark
the centenary of the end of WWI. Putin and Trump chatted, Macron spoke against
nationalism and topless protestors disrupted US leader's motorcade.
Putin and Donald Trump were both late for the ceremony on Saturday but were
visibly glad to see each other when they finally arrived.
two leaders nodded, with Putin tapping his US counterpart on the shoulder and
giving him a thumbs up. The Russian President then greeted both Trump and his
wife Melania with handshakes, under the scrutinizing gazes of the other world
circumstance was against the reunion, it seems: Putin and Trump were reportedly
supposed to sit next to each other during a working lunch at the Elysee Palace,
but last-minute changes placed them on the opposite sides of the table.
the Russian president was entertained by conversation with UN Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres, and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, while Trump
was given a seat between Macron and Moroccan King Mohammed VI.
where there's a will, there's a way, and despite initial reports that there'd
been no conversation, Putin later said he did manage to sneak a chat with Trump
at lunch. That it had been a "good" discussion was, however, was the
only detail he was willing to share.
is a betrayal of patriotism'
on in the day, Macron used his address to make what many saw as a veiled swipe
at Trump. Speaking from a stage at the foot of the iconic Arc de Triomphe, he
blasted nationalism, which, according to him, erases the most important thing
for any country: "its moral values."
is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of
patriotism," the French leader said.
is a betrayal of patriotism, Emmanuel Macron said in his speech before the
world leaders in Paris and caused a storm on Twitter, with the French President
getting praise and bashing in...
a self-proclaimed unapologetic nationalist and advocate of the "America
First" agenda, was reportedly unimpressed, awarding Macron with just a few
a France 24 journalist claimed that the US President didn't even have an
earpiece on and simply couldn't understand a word of what Macron was saying.
past year's "bromance" between the French and American leaders seems
history now, as their relations slide downhill over Trump's withdrawal from the
Iranian nuclear deal and his tariff war against Europe. Trump didn't seem too
happy to see Macron on his visit to Paris. Especially after he slammed the
French leader's proposal of a European army on Twitter just a couple of days
Macron's idea received backing from Putin, who told RT that it was "only
natural" for the EU to seek independence in security and defense. The
potential creation of a European army would be "a positive process"
that would "strengthen the multipolar world," he said.
Paris, the bare-breasted protestors from FEMEN once again proved that they
can't be stopped by even the tightest security measures. A reckless, shirtless
lady climbed over the barricades and almost threw herself at Trump's motorcade
as it drove along the Champs Elysees, prompting the police to intervene.
less dangerous, and less spectacular, forms of protest against the US
President's arrival were also employed on Sunday. Several hundred people
gathered in central Paris despite the rainy weather to decry Trump's policies,
chanting slogans, carrying anti-war banners and waving LGBT pride flags.
Hamas commanders and four other Palestinians were killed during an Israeli
special forces raid in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli soldier also died and another
was injured, the Israeli military confirmed.
least two Hamas commanders have been killed in a shootout with Israeli forces
that took place east of the town of Khan Younes, the Interior Ministry in Gaza
reported, as cited by Haaretz. Gunfire was opened from a passing car, a Hamas
official told Reuters.
have also been reports of Israeli warplanes targeting the area with some 40
missiles shortly after the incident. Another four people have been reportedly
killed in the bombing.
two commanders killed in the alleged Israeli operation have been identified as
Nur Barake and Muhammad al-Qara. Barake was a deputy commander of Hamas'
military wing, the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Haaretz reported, citing a
other Palestinians were wounded, Ma’an
News Agency reported, citing a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry.
The outlet also said an Israeli soldier was killed and another was seriously
IDF confirmed the media reports, saying that one of their servicemen was killed
in the operation and another was “moderately injured.”
has acknowledged that the exchange of fire took place “during IDF operational
activity” in the Gaza Strip, without providing details about the targets or the
circumstances of the raid.
alarm sirens have sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel
near the Gaza border. The IDF tweeted that Israeli missile defense systems have
so far intercepted two projectiles coming from Gaza.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been in Paris to commemorate the
centenary of the end of WWI along with other world leaders, cut his visit short
to head back home.
to count their dead’: Striking report breaks MSM silence on plight of
families perished in US-led strikes on Raqqa that may have claimed more
civilian lives than those of ISIS, NPR said in a shocking report tilting the
Western media narrative on what has become of the “liberated” city.
retaking of Raqqa, Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) stronghold in Syria,
was hailed as a major victory for the Western coalition one year ago – even
despite harrowing reports of civilian casualties and unhinged destruction
caused by the offensive. One year later, the Syrian city, where people are
living side-by-side with rubble and human remains, barely makes a blip in
Western media. RT has extensively reported about the plight of the city.
now a new report, supplied with a warning it “contains descriptions of dead
bodies,” is bringing harrowing testimonies of people, working tirelessly to
recover corpses from under the ruins, to the Western readers. Those may be
surprised to discover that US-led airstrikes apparently left more civilian
casualties than publicly acknowledged.
story opens up with a chilling description of “delicate skeletons of two
children” being retrieved from a collapsed home. More bodies are then unearthed
from a mass grave in what was once Raqqa’s public park.
the US coalition says 104 civilians were killed in airstrikes and shelling,
emergency teams working on the ground recovered more than 2,600 bodies since
January of this year alone. Citing local workers, the report states that most
of them “were civilians killed in coalition airstrikes during the battle for
Raqqa between June and October 2017.”
verifying the claim that the real tally could be “likely in the ‘thousands’,”
the outlet then went to study the data provided by Airwars, an independent
website monitoring conflicts in Iraq and Syria. It estimates that the Western
coalition had used as many as 21,000 munitions against targets in Raqqa.
expected a significantly higher portion of civilian harm reports to be
determined as credible, since in Raqqa really the only player causing the
destruction was the coalition,” Chris Woods, the director of Airwars, said.
According to Woods, the coalition only partially admitted casualty reports from
Raqqa, which “suggests a political dimension to the decision-making process.”
turn, Donatella Rovera, an adviser for Amnesty International, who gathered
testimonies from journalists embedded with Western-backed Syrian militias, said
the airstrikes sometimes came “within minutes” of a local commander choosing a
target. No precautions had been made to ensure there were no civilians “in
crews filmed scenes of destruction and despair in Raqqa since it was cleared of
Islamic State militants. A shadow of its former self, the ruined city still
smells of decomposing bodies and is strewn with IS landmines that hamper
Taliban destroy army base, kill 16
officials say the Taliban have attacked a small army base, killing 12 members
of the security forces and leaving behind explosives that killed four tribal
elders who had come to help collect the bodies.
Mohsini, head of provincial council in the northern Baghlan province, says the
insurgents abducted two soldiers and wounded three others in the attack, which
began late Saturday.
says the militants burned down the base before planting bombs around it. The
Taliban claimed the attack and said they seized ammunition from the base.
Taliban carry out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting Afghan security forces
at rural outposts. Seventeen years after the US-led invasion, the insurgents
control nearly half the country.
government on Sunday insisted any delays to the repatriation of Rohingya
refugees would be the fault of Bangladesh, just four days ahead of the
controversial planned start date.
repeated setbacks, the neighbouring countries declared that the first of more
than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims would be repatriated on November 15, even though
international NGOs and the United Nations have said conditions are not yet in
place for a safe return.
than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar's western Rakhine state in a
military crackdown in August last year.
brought with them testimony of widespread murder, rape, torture and arson and
are fearful of going back to Rakhine state without guarantees of safety,
freedom of movement and citizenship.
and Bangladesh signed the deal in November 2017 but the UN has repeatedly said
that any repatriations must be “safe, dignified and voluntary”.
are ready,” declared social welfare minister Win Myat Aye to reporters in
Yangon on Sunday.
at a transit camp will include clothes and food rations, and the refugees will
also be provided with money to help them rebuild their homes in one of 42
locations, he added.
he was unable to confirm who would be in the first group to return, insisting
that it was down to Bangladesh to make sure they meet the deadline this week.
depends on the other country (Bangladesh) if the repatriations will start on 15
November,” he said.
Bangladesh foreign ministry official in Dhaka said while they would be moving
forward with the repatriation on November 15 as planned, determining that each
refugee return was voluntary would be the responsibility of the UN's refugee
spokesman Firas Al-Khateeb confirmed this, but added that it had not yet fully
resolved the issue despite the tight timeframe.
Bangladesh government) asked us officially to assess the voluntariness of the
refugees,” he said. “But we have not concluded this process yet.”
a look: 21 Rohingya women recall rape horrors perpetrated by Myanmar security
governments have been pushing ahead with this first large-scale repatriation
effort, pledging to bring back a total of 2,251 Rohingya at the rate of 150
individuals a day.
has prompted criticism from a group of 42 aid agencies — including Oxfam,
WorldVision and Save the Children — who say that it would be dangerous for
investigators have called for the country's top military brass to be prosecuted
for genocide at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the crackdown.
vehemently rejects the court's jurisdiction over the country and insists the
military campaign was justified to defend itself against Rohingya terrorists.
UN fact-finding team also said that civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi's
government — in a power-sharing agreement with the military — were complicit in
the atrocities against the Rohingya through their “acts and omissions”.
is due to speak to business leaders at a regional ASEAN forum in Singapore on
Nov 12 2018
of protesters marched towards Presidential Palace in Kabul late last night
demanding President Ghani’s immediate actions regarding the recent wave of
violence which struck two districts in Ghazni and another district in Uruzan
province, mainly inhabited by Hazaras of Afghanistan.
protesters have gathered near the road leading towards Presidential Palace and
demand President Ghani to issue a decree to suppress the Taliban militants.
to reports, the Taliban militants have launched coordinated attacks on Jaghoori
and Malistan districts of Ghazni and Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province.
attacks were launched few days earlier and have claimed the lives of several
civilians so far.
the meantime, the Kabul Garrison Command Commander Gen. Murad Ali Murad told
protesters that President Ghani was ready to hold talks with them over the
phone but the protesters have refused to hold talks with President and demand
the release of a decree by the President to allow the security forces to
suppress the militants.
the other hand, lawmakers representing Ghazni in the parliament are saying that
heavy clashes still continue between the uprising forces and the Taliban
militants as they urge the government to take immediate steps to curb the
Nov 11 2018
least three Taliban militants were killed in an explosion triggered by own
Improvised Explosive Device in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the incident took place on
Saturday in Jaldak district of the province.
statement further added that three Taliban militants were busy planting an
improvised explosive device on a roadside when the incident took place, leaving
three of them dead.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the incident so far.
Taliban militants and other militants including ISIS often use improvised
explosive device as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces
and government officials.
in majority of such attacks the ordinary civilians are killed while in some
cases the Taliban militants are themselves blown up in premature explosions.
elements must immediately end the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of
all improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in areas frequented by civilians, said
UNAMA in a special human rights report released few weeks earlier.
special report – titled “Increasing Harm to Afghan Civilians form the
Deliberate and Indiscriminate Use of Improvised Explosive Devices” – documents
a sharp increase from 1 January – 30 September 2018 in the killing and maiming
of Afghan civilians by IEDs, which have caused almost half of the civilian
casualties from conflict-related violence.
least seven people including a Mullah Imam of a mosque have been arrested on
charges of training terrorists in Herat province.
local officials confirmed that the suspects have been arrested by the security
forces in Pashtun Zarghoon district.
Police Chief Gen. Aminullah Amar Khel confirmed the arrest of the individuals
and said the detained suspects were also involved in the murder of two
said the individuals had recently trained some residents of Herat and some
other provinces including Ghor and Badghis for future terrorist attacks.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented in this regard so far.
is among the relatively calm provinces in West of Afghanistan but the security
situation in some remote districts of Herat has deteriorated during the recent
Taliban militants are active in some remote districts of Herat and often
attempt to carry out terrorist related activities.
refuses urgent hearing of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case
Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea for an urgent hearing in the Ram
Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The plea was filed after the apex
court last month deferred the hearing on the matter till January.
three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had on October 29 said
the appropriate bench will decide the future course of hearing in January next
year on the appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court verdict in the
Ayodhya land dispute case.
Supreme Court, while observing “we have our own priorities”, ordered listing of
appeals before an “appropriate bench” in the first week of January 2019 to fix
a date for the hearing.
will fix the date of hearing of the Ayodhya dispute case before the appropriate
bench in January,” the bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M
Joseph, had said.
a three-judge bench, by a 2:1 majority, refused to refer to a five-judge
constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994
judgement that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during
the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.
have been filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment that ordered a
three-way division of the disputed 2.77-acre site in Ayodhya, awarding a third
each to the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Central Wakf Board of UP and Ramlalla
by AMIT SHARMA, Manish Sahu
ACCUSED in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, facing charges over killing of eight
members of a minority community, was found dead at his home in Kutba village on
Saturday afternoon of gunshot injuries. Ramdass alias Kaala, 42, was out on
are probing if the death was a result of revenge killing, with Kaala’s brother
alleging some gunmen had barged into his home and shot him. Kutba was one of
the worst-hit villages in the riots.
for clues, the police raided a rehabiliation camp in nearby Palda village,
where the Muslims of Kutba had moved after the riots five years ago. The police
have put mobile phones of people at the camp under watch to trace their
location at the time of the death. Additional police and PAC personnel have
been deployed in Kutba as “precautionary measure”.
Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarnagar, Sudhir Kumar Singh, however, stressed
that Kaala’s death “had no connection with the riots case against him”.
FIR into the death was lodged today, almost after 24 hours… We have recovered
broken bangles from the spot. The evidence found suggests it could also be a
case of suicide. Several articles have been sent to the laboratory and picture
would be clear soon.”
officer, Muzaffarnagar, Hari Ram Yadav said they were informed around 2.30 pm
on Saturday. That was nearly 90 minutes after Kaala died, soon after he had
come home from his general merchant shop nearby.
to his brother, some men who had arrived on a bike entered his residence and
shot him in the temple at close range, killing him instantly. His two sons and
a daughter were on the first floor of the house at the time, while his wife was
not home. His family members claimed several neighbours saw the assailants
fleeing after killing him.
police said they had not found any weapon near the body.
pradhan Ashok said the village had “a mixed population” and had not seen any
trouble since the riots.
FIR under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC was lodged by Kaala’s brother. No
arrests have been made so far,” said Mahendra Tyagi, the acting in-charge of
the Shahpur Police Station, adding that raids at the Palda rehab camp had so
far not yielded any clues.
brother also claimed in the FIR that several people were angry over Kaala being
granted bail, and that once earlier too, he had been attacked. While the
brother claimed Kaala had told police about this, Station House Officer,
Shahpur Police Station, Kushal Pal Singh denied this.
a Dalit, was one of the 10 people named in an FIR, along with 250 unidentified
people, following the killing of eight people in Kutba on September 8, 2013,
during the riots. The eight killed were Shamshad, his son Irshad, Waheed,
Faiyyaz, Tarrabu, Kayyum, Momin and a woman, Khatun.
10 named in the FIR, including Kaala, had surrendered before the Special
Investigating Cell formed by the then Akhilesh Yadav government to probe the
riots. While the case against him is still pending in a Muzzafarnagar court,
Kaala had got bail.
62 people had been killed in the 2013 riots.
Had Promised Halal Investments To Attract Muslims
The fraudulent Ambidant Marketing and investment company run by father-son Syed
Fareed and Syed Afaq Ahmed had allegedly faked halal investment and misused
ulemas to attract Muslim investors.
company, which assured investors that it was dealing with halal business
(businesses in accordance with Sharia) allegedly invested in cryptocurrencies
and made a fortune, until it came under Enforcement Directorate scanner, after
Reserve Bank of India declared
cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) illegal tender.
the beginning the company used to pay huge returns (up to 50 percent) per lakh
every month to the investors. Later as more investors joined, it paid 25 per
cent, then 11 percent and the last payout was in January, which was 9 percent.
company since then has not paid to any investor but has provided flats to those
who had made heavy investment.
to a source, the father-son systematically used ulemas (Muslim clerics) to
attract Muslims to invest in 'Halal business".
the Bitcoin business was booming, the company allegedly invested huge sums in
it. The going was good until the RBI declared the crypto-currencies illegal and
Income Tax Department issued notices to those involved in this currency
is learnt that Ambidant was one among over 4,000 companies and individuals who
had been served with a notice.
company, however, never revealed to its investors about its exposure to
has investors who had deposited amounts ranging from Rs 50,000 to over Rs 1
crore. While a few of the early customers earned double of what they invested, majority of them have not received
even a quarter their investments.
Islamic scholars have termed crypto-currency trade non-permisable as per Islam.
They said it neither had intrinsic value like gold, nor were they backed by a
government, standards of reliability required to make them a currency,
according to Sharia.
addition, the value of this currency is shrouded in secrecy, exposing investors
to fraud and use by criminal networks.
Plan: Investors were told to invest the amount starting from Rs 50,000 with a
guaranteed returns of Rs 9,000 to 11,000. The payment was made to investors in
four months along with the returns.
Scheme: Under this plan, the investors were asked to pay 75 per cent of the
vehicle amount (any vehicle) and the rest of the amount will be added by the
company after four months.
scheme: Muslims planning to do Umrah (visit
Makkah in Saudi Arabia as part of Islamic rituals) were asked to invest
an amount less than market price and promised the journey four months after the
company had many other plans which attracted many investors, who ended up
Delhi: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday pitched for a resolution of
the contentious Ram temple issue at the earliest and asserted that a common
Muslim does not have an “attitude of conflict” that may harm social unity.
however, advocated a “wait and watch” approach amid demands from many of his
BJP colleagues for a law to construct a Ram temple at the disputed site in
Ayodhya, and said the Narendra Modi government has not spoken on the matter
stand the government takes will be my stand as well. The government has not
spoken on the matter so far,” Naqvi told PTI in an interview.
issue should be resolved at the earliest, he said.
a question on how Muslims view the thorny issue as, the Minority Affairs
Minister said, “A common Muslim wants peace, and an amicable settlement. A
common Muslim does not have an attitude of conflict which may harm social
about no adverse statement coming from Muslims on the temple issue, he said,
“Muslim community is a very peaceful community. They don’t want to involve themselves in any
destructive agenda. Some individuals, some political parties for their own
interest can try to incite people. So people feel that there should be a
peaceful solution and it (the matter)
should be ended.”
Naqvi also rejected the opposition’s claim that the BJP and its Hindutva
affiliates were deliberately bringing forth the Ram temple issue ahead of the
Lok Sabha elections next year.
matter has long been in court, and organisations linked to it, he said in an apparent
reference to Hindutva bodies, thought that day-to-day hearing would be
conducted and a resolution would be arrived at soon.
it did not happen, they have been making their demands, he said.
have sentiments and no ban can be imposed on expressing them in a democracy. It
is a coincidence that it has happened before elections. Otherwise, it is an old
issue,” he said.
Naqvi said the issue of Ram temple was part of the BJP’s manifesto even in the
also claimed that there was growing support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi
among Muslim voters, saying in the four and half years of his government, their
mindset and approach had changed a lot and they had become “very positive”.
(Muslims) have seen that his (Modi’s) development agenda is very far from any discrimination or
political exploitation,” the lone Muslim minister in the government said.
about the Prime Minister’s image among Muslims compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha
polls, he said it was “very positive and constructive.”
Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Uttam Kumar fears that caretaker Chief
Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s proximity with the BJP may pose a huge threat
to the continuation of 4% reservation for Muslims.
TRS comes to power, the 4% quota for Muslims, introduced by the Congress, may
go, he said while addressing a meeting on ‘National Integration’ to mark the
130th birth anniversary of India’s first Education Minister, Moulana Abul
reminded that the Congress government implemented 5% reservation in jobs and
education for Muslims within 58 days after coming to power in 2004. Although it
was reduced to 4% on High Court’s direction, Congress took steps for smooth
implementation of Muslim reservation till the final judgment of the Supreme
Reddy alleged that Mr. Chandrashekar Rao had duped the Muslim community by
promising 12% reservation, but was never serious about it. When the BJP
government rejected the proposal, Mr. Rao did not approach the Supreme Court
and never even raised it with Mr. Modi despite meeting the latter on multiple
occasions to discuss his political agenda.
incidents that unmasked his disinterest in Muslims were the TRS government’s
failure in challenging the verdict of NIA Court on Mecca Masjid blast case
wherein all the accused were acquitted and the report on Alair encounter, where
five Muslim youth were shot dead, which is yet to be made public.
Reddy also slammed the MIM president, Asaduddin Owaisi, for supporting Mr.
Chandrasekhar Rao and being an ‘agent’ of Mr. Modi. He reiterated that voting for
TRS or MIM would be like voting for the BJP.
the services rendered by Moulana Azad for the country, the TPCC chief said as
India’s first Education Minister, Moulana Azad laid a strong foundation that
eventually led to the establishment of institutions like IIMs and IITs. He said
Moulana Azad was a true secular leader till his last breath and fought against
all communal forces.
meeting was also addressed by All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson
and former Union Minister Rajiv Shukla, Rajya Sabha member Syed Naseer Hussain,
student leader Kanhaiyya Kumar, AICC Minorities Department Chairman Nadeem
Jaweed, AICC secretary Saleem Ahmed, TPCC Minorities Department Chairman Shaik
Abdullah Sohail and other senior leaders of the party.
accuses PTI govt of attempting to end blasphemy law
The ideology of Pakistan is based on Islamic principles, but today the party,
which has been given the task to run the government, wants to end the blasphemy
law and the Islamic ideology in the country, the JUI-F chief says.
this government tried to make amendments to the blasphemy law whereas the
culprit in a blasphemy case was acquitted,” said Maulana Fazlur Rehman while
addressing a workers convention on Ring Road on Sunday.
of National Assembly Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Maulana Gul Naseeb, Maulana Shujaul
Mulk and other leaders also delivered speeches.
said, “Imran has been imposed on the country and in the Aasia (Bibi) case got a
pat on the back from European countries as well as the US.”
said when (Zulfikar Ali) Bhutto was hanged, it was not accepted, and when Nawaz
Sharif and Jahangir Tareen were also disqualified, the public did not accept
the decision. “Just like that, the public does not accept the verdict in the
Aasia Masih case,” he said, adding that as it has hurt the sentiments of the
Ummah, the Supreme Court should withdraw its decision.
took place openly during the elections and a party was made to win; and the
Election Commission of Pakistan completely failed in conducting free and fair
elections,” said the JUI-F chief.
said the government wants to end the registration of Madrassas, while strict
Madrassa laws are being made, but the JUI-F “will protect the Madrassas”.
remarks’ Treason proceedings sought against TLP, JUI-F chiefs
are being arrested in the Aasia Bibi case but we are not afraid of jails and
first of all the JUI will not shy away from rendering any sacrifice to protect
the blasphemy law,” he said.
said a blasphemy law convention is being held on November 15.
the event, former Senate deputy chairman Maulana Ghafoor Haideri said, “Imran
Khan said if he goes to the IMF for loans he will commit suicide that day. Now
the prime minister sahib should pick a date to commit suicide.”
Haideri said the current government has broken the inflation record of the
previous government as “today the inflation market is booming”, while “the
prime minister sahib is busy in begging from different countries”.
directs authorities to develop policy on collection of donations at mosques,
Supreme Court on Sunday directed authorities to develop a policy over the
collection of donations for mosques and shrines across Punjab, a local media
Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that donations made by
people were being used by the Auqaf department to pay salaries to its
top judge observed that Rs850 million were being collected and spent to pay
salaries of departments officials.
over the matter was then adjourned till next week.
reach residential streets in Yemen’s rebel-held city
Fighting for control of Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida reached residential
streets on Sunday, as the Houthi insurgents mounted fierce resistance to
government forces backed by Saudi Arabia, military sources said.
for civilian safety have been rising since November 1, when the loyalist forces
renewed an operation to take Hodeida. The Red Sea port city has been in the
grip of Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels since 2014.
entered residential streets in eastern Hodeida on Sunday with the aim of
“purging them of insurgents”, according to a pro-government military official.
entrenched in the streets and positioned on rooftops battled to keep loyalist
fighters out of a neighbourhood located between two major landmarks in Hodeida,
the city’s main hospital and vegetable market, both essential to the daily
lives of civilians.
across the city have reported seeing snipers stationed on rooftops and
rebel-run tanks firing artillery in Hodeida, home to the impoverished country’s
most important port.
south of the site of Sunday’s clashes said they could hear gunfire and shelling
throughout the night.
had three people from our neighbourhood hospitalised over the weekend for
shrapnel wounds,” said Marwa, who asked that her name be changed.
really tired. It’s not safe. We have no money. This time no one is leaving. We
can’t afford it, and it’s too dangerous.” Saudi Arabia and its allies first
launched an offensive to take Hodeida in June, sparking an exodus from the
densely populated city.
operation was temporarily suspended amid UN efforts to hold peace talks, which
failed to materialise. The United Nations is now pushing for talks by the end
of the year.
fighters moved into the neighbourhood between the May 22 hospital — the largest
in Hodeida — and Sanaa Road, which links the port city to inland Yemen.
clashed around the Al-Waha (Oasis) Resort hotel complex, closing in on a
civilian district located south of the hospital and north of Sanaa Road.
docks, while under blockade, were not yet impacted by the fighting, according
to a local official.
Army to Reinvigorate Positions Near Kurdish Militias in Raqqa
Nov 11, 2018
(FNA)- The Syrian Army is planning to deploy thousands of fresh forces along
the contact lines with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa province in
Northeastern Syria, well-informed sources reported on Sunday.
sources said that the army is planning to station almost 5,000 fresh forces and
more equipment at contact lines with the SDF from the village of Sho'ayb
al-Zekr in Western Raqqa to the village of Dahlah in the East.
sources further said that the plan was decided after intensificaiton of
tensions between Raqqa's residents and the SDF and growing insecurity in the
have been rising between Raqqa citizens and SDF militants during the last week
after Sheikh Bashar Faysal Al-Huwaydi, a leader of Arab tribes in Raqqa, who
had opposed occupation of Raqqa by the SDF and the US-led coalition, was
the meantime, at least 10 SDF members have been killed or wounded in attacks by
unknown raider in Raqqa in recent days.
week, the tribal leaders in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces, in a statement,
called on their fellow Arabs to fight against the SDF in Eastern and
the statement, the tribes in Raqqa and Deir Ezzur called on Arabs within the
SDF to defect; if they refuse, they will be labeled as enemies.
statement came after the tribal leader Sheikh Al-Huwaydi was killed in Eastern
was the leader of one of the largest tribes in Northern Syria; he was
assassinated by unknown assailants in Raqqa city.
was reportedly assassinated after leaving an SDF commander meeting in Raqqa
Arab tribes accused the SDF of assassinating him.
(FNA)- Ten civilians were killed in the US-led coalition airstrikes in Southern
Eastern Deir Ezzur, a Lebanese media outlet reported on Sunday.
Arabic-language al-Manar TV Channel reported that the US warplanes bombed again
the town of Hajin in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, killing 10 civilians, including
women and children.
the meantime, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)
reported that the death toll of the coalition airstrikes on the towns of Hajin
and al-Shafa'ah in Southeastern Deir Ezzur on Saturday has increased to
sources said on Saturday that the US warplanes carried out several combat
sorties over the small towns of Hajin and al-Shafa'ah in Southeastern Deir
Ezzur, adding that at least 33 civilians, mostly women and children were killed
and tens more were wounded in the attack that also destroyed a number of residential
sources further said that death toll will possibly rise as the warplanes
continue attacking and taking out the injured from under the debris of ruined
buildings is being done slowly.
(FNA)- The Turkish troops and their allied militants targeted the strongholds
of the Kurdish militias in Manbij region in Northeastern Aleppo in violation of
an earlier agreement between Ankara and Washington, the London-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday.
reported that the Ankara-backed forces known as the Euphrates Shield opened
heavy machinegun fire at the village of al-Hamran Northwest of the town of
further said that the Ankara forces targeted the positions of the Syrian
Democratic Forces and farms in the region.
the meantime, the US-led coalition fighter jets conducted round the clock
flights over Manbij.
attacks were carried out regardless of an agreement between the US and Turkish
forces to carry out joint patrols along a buffer zone separating the Euphrates
Shield forces from the Manbij Military Council forces.
said earlier this month that Turkish intelligence service transferred over 700
Ankara-backed militants and their military hardware from Afrin to the Eastern
bank of the Euphrates River via the Turkish territory to use them in a massive
operation against the Kurds.
the meantime, the Turkish-language Yeni Safak paper reported that the Turkish
troops were fully prepared to launch a large-scale operation against the Kurds
on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River at the border with Turkey.
daily further pointed to the Kurdish forces' movements at the borderline with
Turkey, and said that the Kurds equipped their militias with advanced missile
launchers, cannons and mortar launchers.
said that most of the Kurdish militias have been trained by the US forces in a
military base in the town of Ein al-Arab.
(FNA)- The Syrian Army units exchanged heavy fire with terrorists deployed in
the demilitarized zone and fended off their attacks on government forces'
positions in Hama and Idlib provinces on Sunday.
army men engaged in fierce clashes with a group of terrorists of Kata'eb
al-Izzah in Zalin and al-Zalaqiat in Northern Hama in the demilitarized zone
mentioned in the Sochi Agreement, inflicting major losses on them and repelling
units of the army clashed fiercely with terrorists in al-Wasetah West of the
small town of Abu al-Dhohour in Southeastern Idlib and fended off their
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units shelled heavily the
movements of a groups of terrorists and preempted their attack on army
positions in the village of Tal Malah North of Mahrada from the village of
terrorist group suffered heavy casualties and pulled the remaining pockets of
its forces back from the battlefield.
Saturday, a group of Jeish al-Izzah terrorists tried to prevail over the army
positions in al-Zalaqiyat region, but faced the government forces' ambush.
Rajoub, a commander of Jeish al-Izzah, along with 23 gunmen were killed in the
the meantime, Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the
Al-Nusra Front) launched missile attacks on Hama military airport.
the army's positions in the small towns of Tal Bazam, Ma'an and regions near
Morek came under fire by the terrorists that were deployed in demilitarized
local sources reported that Morek passageway in Northern Hama was cut off after
terrorists' attacks, adding that the army's artillery units pounded terrorists'
positions in Morek, Atshan and Ma'arkabah regions in Northern Hama in response
to the militants' attacks.
artillery and missile units of the army, in response to the terrorists'
attacks, shelled their movements and positions near Khan Sheikhoun, Skeik and
Tar'ei in Southern Idlib, inflicting major losses on them.
(FNA)- Director General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry for West Asian Affairs
Rasoul Eslami took the foreign forces responsible for the long war in
the Second International Afghanistan Peace Conference in Moscow, Eslami said
that military approach has failed to resolve problems in Afghanistan, adding
that continued presence of foreign military forces in the country has prolonged
also described responsible and timetabled withdrawal of foreign forces from
Afghanistan as an important step to pave the ground for starting peace talks
between the Afghan government and the opposition.
Russia, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan attended the conference in Moscow on Friday. The US
was also represented by an expert from its embassy in Moscow.
Taliban were ousted from power in 2001 following a US-led invasion of the
the group still controls some parts, and wields huge influence in other parts,
of the country and is involved in widespread militancy.
of Afghan soldiers and civilians as well as foreign forces have been killed in
raids by the militant outfit.
Takfiri Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group is also making inroads in Afghanistan as
well taking advantage of the chaos there.
year, Washington added thousands of additional troops to its forces in
Afghanistan, but the violence has only seen a rise.
report by the Pentagon’s watchdog said last week that the Afghan government was
struggling to recover control of districts lost to the Taliban while casualties
among security forces had reached record levels.
government had control or influence over 65 percent of the population, but only
55.5 percent of Afghanistan’s 407 districts, the Special Inspector General for
Afghanistan Reconstruction said in the report.
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday resumed their ground offensive
against the Islamic State (IS) in the last territories controlled by the group
in eastern Syria, Associated Press reported.
decision to resume the fighting came following threats from Turkey against the
Kurdish-led force decreasing due to diplomatic activities, the SDF said in a
attacks in Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria - part of a large
scale operation against Kurdish militants in the east of Euphrates River - have
led to a temporary halt in an offensive by the U.S.-backed SDF against Islamic
State in the Deir al-Zor region.
SDF said in late October it was temporarily suspending its campaign, accusing
Turkey of jeopardizing its efforts.
considers the SDF an extension of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed
group waging an insurgency within Turkey.
support for the SDF has resulted in increased tension between the two NATO
SDF suspended operations, AP said, IS has launched several offensives, leaving
scores of U.S.-backed fighters dead or wounded.
U.S.-led coalition has continued with its airstrikes against the extremist
group while halting its ground operations.
the SDF has said its fighters captured a senior IS commander in the northern
city of Raqqa, the former capital of the IS seized by the SDF in Oct. 2017.
by Mohammed Ebraheem
(IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi security forces arrested on Sunday two members of
Islamic State group in al Amria district in Anbar, the National Media Centre
security forces arrested two Islamic State members and detonated 15 explosive
charges in different parts in Albu Hassan area in Anbar,” the center was quoted
by All Iraq News Agency (AIN) as saying.
troops also exploded 10 explosive charges and two jerry cans filled with
explosive materials in al Humayra area in Ramadi,” added the center.
June 2014 and December 2017, Islamic State seized large areas of Iraq and led a
campaign of widespread violence and systematic violations of international
human rights and humanitarian law – acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes
against humanity, and possible genocide.
the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State
continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports
warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the
11 Nov 2018
- House Speaker, Nabih Berri, stressed Sunday that "there will be no
return of any Christian-Christian strife or Islamic-Islamic sedition in Lebanon,"
adding, "Let no one harbour such thoughts, for this is totally out of
words came during the 16th Conference of the "Islamic Rissala" Scout
Association which was held in Ain El-Teeneh this afternoon.
on the government formation issue, Berri deemed that "the test of any
government is not in its composition but rather in its harmony, and not only in
the presentation of its ministerial statement..."
real test is in the decisions it will adopt during the first hundred days of
its mandate and the extent of its response to the implementation of reform
laws," he added.
the conflict with the Israeli enemy, Berri said, "For the first time in
the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and through the resistance, our
people and our national unity, there is a deterrent force against Israel.
Therefore, Israel cannot strike Lebanon nor does it dare to do so!"
real threat is the economic condition prevailing in Lebanon, and if the status
quo persists, the situation would be even more dangerous," warned the
And Dares Not!
- House Speaker, Nabih Berri, stressed Sunday that "there will be no
return of any Christian-Christian strife or Islamic-Islamic sedition in
Lebanon," adding, "Let no one harbor such thoughts, for this is
totally out of question!"
Syrian force resumes ground assault on Islamic State
(Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Sunday it had
resumed a ground assault against Islamic State in its last foothold near the
Iraqi border, following the suspension of the offensive last month after
Turkish shelling of northern Syria.
Kurdish-led SDF said its operations in the Deir al-Zor area had restarted as
the result of “intensive contacts between our forces’ leadership and the
international coalition and active diplomatic efforts aimed at defusing the
crisis on the (Turkish-Syrian) border”.
a statement, the SDF said it was committed to continuing operations “to
eliminate (Islamic State)”.
U.S.-led coalition kept up air strikes in the Deir al-Zor area despite the
pause in SDF operations.
views Kurdish influence in northern Syria as a national security threat. The
SDF is spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as an
extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade
insurgency in Turkey.
by Tom Perry and Suleiman al-Khalidi. Editing by Jane Merriman
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended allowing Qatar to
transfer millions of dollars to Hamas-run Gaza despite criticism from within
his own government over the move aimed at restoring calm after months of
Israeli-authorised money transfer appeared to be part of talks that would see
Islamist movement Hamas end months of often violent protests along the border
in exchange for Israel easing its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
protests have been much calmer the last two Fridays, the day they usually peak.
remarks late Saturday were his first on the issue since Israel allowed the
money transfer to the enclave controlled by Hamas, which Israel, the United
States and European Union consider a terrorist movement.
Bennet, Netanyahu’s education minister and right-wing rival, compared the cash
flow to “protection money” paid to criminals.
doing what I can, in coordination with the security establishment, to return
quiet to the southern communities, but also to prevent a humanitarian crisis,”
Netanyahu said, referring to Israeli towns near the Gaza border and
deteriorating conditions in the enclave.
said the Israeli security establishment supported the move and that ministers
in his security cabinet approved it.
held serious discussions,” he said ahead of his flight to Paris to join world
leaders marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
think we’re acting in a responsible and wise way,” he said. “At this time, this
is the right step.”
Friday, Palestinian civil servants began receiving payments after months of
sporadic salary disbursements in cash-strapped Gaza, with $15 million delivered
into the enclave through Israel in suitcases.
total of $90 million is to be distributed in six monthly instalments, Gaza
authorities said, primarily to cover salaries of officials working for Hamas.
has also said it would hand out $100 to each of 50,000 poor families, as well
as larger sums to Palestinians wounded in clashes along the Gaza-Israel border.
has faced political pressure within Israel, including from opposition head
Tzipi Livni, who called it the premier’s “submission to Hamas,” which would
strengthen the Islamist movement.
elections in Israel are due in a year but could take place earlier, and
Netanyahu is widely seen as wanting to avoid a war that holds unpredictable
risks before then.
the Gaza cash is also being used by his political opponents on the right and
left against him.
might buy short-term quiet, but you accustom the other side to applying violence
as a way of advancing its interests,” Bennett, a member of the security
cabinet, told public radio Sunday.
Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he had opposed “transferring the money to
cash influx was also criticised by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority,
which saw it as undermining reconciliation efforts with rivals Hamas and its
attempts to return to power in Gaza.The cash transfer was the latest Qatari
assistance to Gaza approved by Israel in recent weeks.
Gulf emirate has also started buying additional fuel for Gaza’s sole power
station, allowing outages to be reduced to their lowest level in years.
and the United Nations have been brokering indirect negotiations for a
long-term truce with Israel, against which Hamas has fought three wars since
clashes have accompanied the major protests along the Gaza-Israel border that
began on March 30, generating fears of a new war between Hamas and the Jewish
has been more than 40 days since Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was
murdered in the premises of the Saudi Consulate General by a group of Saudi
high-ranking military and intelligence officials.
officials initially denied the killing, then admitted to it and later sent
delegations, as well as their chief prosecutor, to cooperate with relevant
Turkish officials. It was later found out that a technical team who was
deployed to Istanbul to investigate the murder with the Turkish officials was
in fact there to cover up the remaining traces of the inhuman crime at the
consulate general and the residence of the consul general. In addition, the
Saudi chief prosecutor had no intention to share information with his
counterparts. He was sent to Istanbul to see what evidence Turkey has.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with King Salman twice in this period and stressed
in an opinion piece in the Washington Post: “I do not believe for a second that
King Salman, the custodian of the holy mosques, ordered the hit on Khashoggi.”
He, however, also said “We know the order to kill Khashoggi came from the
highest levels of the Saudi government,” almost pointing at Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman.
the meantime, Turkey has continued its efforts to keep the international
attention on the Khashoggi case. The Turkish government has made it clear that
Saudi’s efforts to let this murder fade away in due course will not be allowed
and it will continue to carry out its strategy to keep this issue alive.
was perhaps why Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters last week that
there are evidence that have not been shared with the international community.
He also made clear, like Erdoğan did, that Turkey will continue to ask
questions about the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body, a local collaborator who
is allegedly an accomplice and, more importantly, who gave the instructions.
Erdoğan announced over the weekend that Turkey gave the recordings of the
killing of the Saudi journalist to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany,
France and Britain. “We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the
United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to
all the conversations in them. They know,” Erdoğan said.
unveiled this fact before his scheduled meetings with world leaders in Paris,
including U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Russia
President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.N.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He also had a private meeting with Qatari
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Nov. 9 in Ankara.
these moves are in line with Turkey’s strategy to impose a concerted pressure
with the involvement of the global powers from the very beginning of the
incident. Erdoğan conveyed the message to King Salman that Turkey is not in
favor of a bilateral crisis with Saudi Arabia but it will not stop until all
perpetrators are brought to justice and pay for what they did.
not certain whether evidence Turkey has are enough to blame the crown prince
for Khashoggi’s murder and whether Turkey’s political objective is to see the
young prince’s departure from power. What is certain is that Turkey is in
efforts to increase pressure on Riyadh and to direct the international
community to this end.
the meantime, Erdoğan revealed the fact that special representatives from the
two countries have in fact exchanged visits to each other’s capitals in the
past weeks but without explaining the real motive behind this diplomatic
time will tell how all these efforts and communication between the two countries
will end up.
Khashoggi, Turkey, Saudi Arabia
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed how to
respond to the killing last month of Saudi dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi,
a White House official said on Nov. 11.
conversation took place during a dinner on Nov. 10 with heads of states
gathered in Paris to mark the World War One Armistice centenary.
expects to form a “much stronger opinion” by next week on Khashoggi’s killing
and Washington’s response, he said on Nov. 7, adding that he was working with
Congress, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to establish who bore responsibility.
a columnist for The Washington Post, was killed on Oct. 2 after entering the
Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
inside, he was immediately strangled and then dismembered, according to the
Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office.
announcing he was killed, Saudi Arabia has yet to reveal the location of
police found traces of hydrofluoric acid and other chemicals inside a well at
the Saudi consul general’s home in Istanbul and think that Khashoggi’s
dismembered body was dissolved in acid in one of the rooms of the residence,
according to an Al Jazeera report published on Nov. 8.
Consul Mohammad al-Otaibi returned to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 16 before his
residence in Istanbul was searched by police for more than eight hours on Oct.
17 and Oct. 18.
revealed on Nov. 10 that the recordings of the murder were shared with Saudi
Arabia, the U.S., Germany, French and the U.K.
gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans,
French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in
them. They know,” Erdoğan said.
did not give details of the contents of the tapes on Saturday but two sources
with knowledge of the issue have told Reuters that Turkey has several audio
include the killing itself and conversations pre-dating the operation which
Turkey subsequently uncovered, the sources said.
said a 15-member hit squad that arrived at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on
Oct. 2, “certainly knows” who killed Khashoggi.
18 people or precisely 15 people certainly know the perpetrator and they know
where the body was taken.”
said Turkey does not have any documents or findings, but it has information.
is this information? I have always said since the beginning, these 15 people
who came here [Turkey], with plus three, 18 people are now arrested [in Saudi
Arabia],” he noted.
is no need to distort this. Certainly, they know among these 15 [people] who
the killer or killers are, and the Saudi Arabia administration will succeed in
revealing things by making the 15 speak,” he said.
murderers are surely among this 15 or 18, there’s no need to look elsewhere,”
the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several
officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he
was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. All of the identified
individuals have since left Turkey.
ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) municipality cancelled the
reservation for a venue where opposition Islamist Felicity Party deputy was
scheduled to hold a conference, Diken news site reported.
move by the municipality follows an investigation launched earlier this month
against Cihangir İslam by the Ankara’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office over Islam’s
recent parliamentary address where he criticised the AKP’s response to a failed
coup attempt of July 15, 2016.
who is among group of intellectuals who signed a 2015 petition urging the
government to improve its heavy-handed treatment of Kurdish citizens and was
consequently sacked from his university, is accused of ‘’degrading the Turkish
nation and the Turkish state and praising criminals and criminal acts,’’
through his posts on social media.
was scheduled to deliver a speech in the Black Sea region town of Ardeşen;
however, was informed the reservation for the conference hall booked for the
event had been cancelled by the town’s AKP municipality, Diken said.
become upset with the respected mayor. He is only following orders and cannot
go outside of the commands of the volition over him,’’ Diken quoted Islam as
saying referring to the town’s mayor.
Mayor Hakan Gültekin took to Twitter in response, saying the cancellation was
his own decision.
ahead of other Islamic finance markets - RAM Ratings
LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is ahead of other Islamic finance markets
in terms of progress and maturity in the development of its Islamic finance
eco-system, says RAM Rating Services Bhd (RAM Ratings).
Ratings said this was based on two reports it produced together with the
International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance for the Standing
Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of
market studies, which were conducted in several jurisdictions, include
comprehensive engagements with regulators and market participants, who played a
critical role in supporting the policy recommendations proposed in the reports,”
it said in a statement today.
PPBM has instructed Maszlee Malik, who is one of the party’s MPs, to
immediately step down as president of the International Islamic University
president Muhyiddin Yassin said the government had already informed him to
resign from the varsity post, but the education minister had requested more
was a government and also a party decision. He is aware and has accepted the
such, I advise him to do so immediately,” he told reporters today.
Friday, FMT reported that Maszlee had agreed to relinquish the IIUM president’s
post pending his replacement by a suitable candidate.
aide however said Maszlee was waiting until the end of IIUM’s convocation
ceremony, which concludes tomorrow.
Sultan of Pahang, who is the constitutional head of IIUM, reportedly named
Maszlee as the varsity’s president.
decision did not sit well with some student groups, who said it was against the
coalition’s promise not to put politicians in charge of academic institutions.
Imam cautions against selling votes to corrupt poliicians
Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze (Abuja)
Chief Imam, Fuad Adeyemi, has cautioned Nigerians against selling their votes
to corrupt politicians.He gave the advice at the weekend in Birnin-Kebbi, at a
three-day workshop for 81 chief Imams in Kebbi State, titled: “Encouraging
accountability and transparency through faith-based intervention (EAT-Fln).
who is Executive Director of Al-Habibiyya Islamic Society, linked the actions
of corrupt leaders to the growing insurgency, large number of out-of-school
children, poverty and poor infrastructure in schools.
condemned the large scale unpaid salaries across the country and warned that it
was against the will of Allah.Ishaq Azika Mugundi, who spoke on behalf of other
Imams, promised top spread the message to their followers.
the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos State,
Owolabi Salis, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019.He described the APC
TraderMoni scheme as a fraud, and said he was in a better position to defeat
the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
said: “Some individual have cornered the resources of Lagos, and until we
collectively remove them through the ballot, they will continue to plunge the
wealth of Lagos. Sanwo-Olu is one of them, he is their agent and we must reject
him in the coming poll.”
a related development, a body, the Basic Registry and Information System of
Nigeria (BRISIN) has disclosed plans to assist INEC in continuous compiling and
updating of the voters register.Head, BRISIN implementation in Nigeria, Dr.
Anthony Uwa, who revealed this at the weekend in Abuja, said there is the need
for daily and constant updating of information of eligible voters in the
stressed that by 2023, Nigerians will witness an automatic voter registration
and also see the diaspora being involved in the election, just as you have
foreigners voting in Nigeria for their country’s elections.
disclosed that as soon as the implementation of BRISIN takes off, a data centre
would be built from the ward to federal level, while promising a Nigerian
Social Security Number, different from (NIN), as well as assisting the National
Population Commission NPC).He said BRISIN would obtain vital demographic
statistics and population figure without necessarily conducting head counts
from now on.
court adds Islamist group to terrorism list
(Reuters) - A Cairo criminal court has added Islamist group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya
as well as 164 of its leaders and members to a list of terrorist entities,
Egypt’s official gazette said on Sunday.
group waged a bloody campaign against Egypt’s security forces in the 1990s but
later gave up violence and entered mainstream politics.
rulings adding individuals to the terrorism list have focused on the Muslim
Brotherhood, which has been subject to a far-reaching crackdown since the
Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi was ousted as president in 2013.
an Oct. 28 ruling, the Cairo court said that following the 2011 uprising that
toppled former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, “many leaders and members of
Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya renounced their previous initiatives to stop violence”,
according to the official gazette.
bans and asset freezes are automatically imposed on those included on the
terrorist list. Criminal court rulings can be appealed against at the court of
cassation, Egypt’s highest court.
President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has stated that prudent management of resources
by the Buhari administration has helped it achieve far more in terms of
infrastructure and development than previous administrations.
Osinbajo stated this at a public lecture organized by the Council of Chief of
Imams, Ikeja Division in Lagos on Saturday.
Vice President also stated the determination of the administration in its fight
against corruption, noting that it was a major challenge which had slowed the
country’s development in the past.
added that the Buhari administration has spent over N2.7 trillion on capital
expenditure in the last three years, pointing out that it is the highest amount
ever spent on capital project in the history of Nigeria.
Vice President listed some of the infrastructure projects to include, among
others, the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway, the Lagos-Ibadan Dual
Carriageway and the Second Niger Bridge.
to Prof. Osinbajo, the Buhari administration has been able to achieve this
through prudent management of resources, despite earning 60% revenue less than
the previous administration when the price of crude oil was high.
earning 60% less revenue, we are spending more on infrastructure in this government,
from roads, rails to power,” he said.
Vice President also said that components of the administration’s Social
Investment Programme have impacted the lives of millions of Nigerians.
adds, “If the N60 billion that was part of the sum looted from the nation’s
treasury in the past, was given out to these traders, 6m petty traders would
have been beneficiaries.”
Osinbajo said at the inception of the administration, over 23 states in Nigeria
owed salaries of between three to 12 months, which necessitated the Federal
Government giving the states bailout funds to pay their workers.
said the Buhari administration was also confronted with the drop in Nigeria’s
crude oil production of 2.2 million bpd, coming down to around 1 million bpd as
a result of the restiveness in the Niger Delta Region.
further, the Vice President stated that the struggle in Nigeria is that between
good and evil, and not between religions.
want to say to you that it’s a battle between good and evil. What we are
fighting for in this country is a battle between good and evil, it is not a
battle between religions. Corruption is our major challenge. The people that
steal Nigeria’s resources are both Christians and Muslims,” he said.
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Australia's Grand Mufti Rejects Government Calls to Do More to Combat Radicalism
Although many others have made various
statements in English language on this issue, it is noteworthy that
the “Grand Mufti of Australia” - supposedly a spokesperson at large for
Muslim community in an English speaking country gives an important
political statement to the nation on the issue in a foreign language
that is only spoken by a tiny 1.4% Arabic minority in the country! It
is understandable perhaps since Muslims have adopted “Arabian”
religion for themselves.