chapel in Linz, Austria, is set to blast out the Muslim call to prayer each day
throughout the Christmas period as part of an “art installation” aimed at
emphasising “that Islam is a religion of
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chapel in Linz, Austria, is set to blast out the Muslim call to prayer each day
throughout the Christmas period as part of an “art installation” aimed at
emphasising “that Islam is a religion of peace.”
certain times each day between December 2nd and 23rd, people strolling through
the centre of Linz will be treated to “a special kind of audiovisual
experience,” when recordings of muezzin calls, which were taped in Algeria,
Mozambique, Istanbul, and Singapore, are played from the chapel of the Upper
Austrian Cultural Quarter’s Ursuline Church.
organisers behind ‘ADHINA’ say the installation “succeeds in linking the
aesthetics of different realms of reality,” when visitors hear “the muezzin
call as an Islamic ritual” melding together with “the everyday sounds of a
secular-urban world,”, as they walk past the “Christian sacral architecture” at
the site, where the baroque buildings were founded as a monastery.
staging this “acoustic intervention” during Advent, when Austrians are
preparing for Christmas, the ‘sound artists’ behind the project, Werner
Puntigam and Klaus Hollinetz, “want to create awareness that Islam and
Christianity are religions of peace or want to be,” according to promotional
material for the project.
8 per cent of the population declaring themselves to be Muslim in 2016, Islam
is the second most widely professed faith in Austria, where tensions between
the religious community and the formerly secular value of freedom of speech
were highlighted in a case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) last
that Austria was justified in convicting and fining a woman for having said
that Muhammad was a paedophile for marrying a young child, the international
body asserted that the EU country’s courts had “carefully balanced her right to
freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings
this year, the conservative-populist coalition announced it would be launching
a crackdown on political Islam in the country, shutting down a number of
extremist-linked, radical mosques and expelling up to 60 Islamist imams and
their families. The country is also one of a number of nations across Europe
who have banned the burqa and other facial veils associated with the Islamic
MOHAMAD FAHD RAHMAT
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang believes Minister in the Prime
Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa is unaware of his own
weakness when he criticised those who opposed the International Convention on
the Discrimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) as “wild”.
when commenting on the issues related to ICERD said Islam’s definition of human
rights was more complete and fair as compared to the flawed version from the
has a more extensive definition (of rights) and fair, while the version adopted
by international bodies is incomplete and unfair.
example), the situations in Israel and Myanmar are ignored, although the
Muslims have done nothing wrong. The focus should be on these countries instead
and we as Muslims, we should not be weak or show our weaknesses,” he said.
said this after giving a lecture titled The Future of Islamic Geopolitics at
the Main Auditorium of Malaysia International Islamic University (IIUM) Gombak
present were PAS Deputy President Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and IIUM Deputy
Rector (Internationalisation and Global Network) Prof Dr Nor Faridah Abdul
Mujahid had criticised those who opposed to ICERD for being wild and
irrational, acting as if the world was coming to an end.
said that the international convention would serve as a platform to uphold
Islam's superiority against any forces of oppression.
Hadi believed ICERD had links with the world domination agenda set out by a
certain international organisation.
of the agenda is to bring down the economy, politics and the public morals.
There are agents in such international organisation and its affiliations such
as the ICERD that many people are not aware of," he said.
commenting on the statement by the Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed
Abdul Rahman for the Terengganu state government not to interfere with the
state football players who did not cover their aurat, Abdul Hadi reminded him
not to go overboard.
far as I know, even teams from England and France allowed Muslim players to
uphold their religious beliefs," he said.
outfits in Kashmir Valley scout top varsities for recruits
outfits active in Kashmir Valley are now scouting India's top educations
institutions - colleges and universities - to radicalise and recruit bright
young men studying there - often enrolled in advanced or technical courses.
Saturday, Delhi Police's elite Special Cell, along with Jammu and Kashmir
Police, arrested three youngsters who owe allegiance to the Islamic State of Jammu
and Kashmir (ISJK). 20-year-old Ehtisham Bilal, a native of Khanyar, joined
Sharda University (Noida) in 2017. His interrogators say: "Bilal was very
studious. He was pursuing a graduate programme in radiology. We met his
teachers. They are all shocked that Bilal joined a terror outfit."
inspired Bilal to join the ISJK? Last month, a fight broke out between some
local and Afghan students at Sharda University. Somebody mistook Bilal for an
Afghan and he was roughed up. Kashmiri students studying in Sharda University
protested and the management assured them that such incidents won't be
repeated. However, Bilal left the university. His family filed a missing
report. Even as Noida police was probing the case his photographs with weapons
surfaced. Bilal had shunned the pen for an AK-47 assault rifle.
Bilal, who was arrested, Mannan Bashir Wani was not that lucky. A PhD scholar
at Aligarh Muslim University, Bashir quit studies and joined the Valley-based
militant body Hizbul Mujahideen. Two months later, in October, he was killed in
an encounter with the Army in Handwara.
the three arrested by Delhi Police, Harris Mushtaq Khan is probably the
brightest in academic. Last year, he completed his graduation degree from Jamia
Milia Islamia, but dropped out of the Master's programme. "Harris joined
ISJK and owed allegiance to the Islamic State," DCP (Special Cell) Pramod
Kushwaha told India Today TV.
by the police and intelligence agencies revealed that social media is playing
an important role in radicalising youngsters in the Kashmir Valley. Terror
outfits have used social media to first wean youngsters. Speeches of Anwar Al
Awlaki are most popular.
they show some interest, they use encrypted chatting apps like Telegram and Signal,
to interact with them. Oath of allegiances to the Islamic State or Ba'yah is
done via Telegram or Signal Signal and then it is deleted," said a senior
officer in the Special Cell.
still studying at Jamia, Harris was in touch with his handlers in ISJK via
Telegram. They motivated him so much that he dropped out of the Masters
programme and joined the group.
completed his graduation in 2016. His questioning revealed that Bilal too has
joined ISJK," said DCP Kushwaha. Like the young men who joined ISJK, Munan
Wani too got radicalised and was in constant touch with Hizbul Mujahideen
is worrying is that unlike WhatsApp which can be intercepted, Telegram and
Signal are next to impossible to be tracked. Senior officers in Special Cell
also claimed that in October, they arrested two youths in south Kashmir. One of
them, Parvez Rashid, was studying BTech in Amroha in western Uttar Pradesh.
the duo were charged under the Arms Act but later were booked under the
stringent anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) demanded on Tuesday that the government
enhance punishments for those misusing their powers to issue religious decrees
over a meeting of the CII, its chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz said the council had
prepared a comprehensive document — Paigham-i-Pakistan — in January this year
that had been acknowledged by senior clergymen belonging to all four mainstream
schools of thoughts in the country.
document signed by 1,829 religious scholars declares several actions un-Islamic
— including suicide attacks against the state, spreading sectarianism and
anarchy in the name of religion and issuing a call to jihad without the consent
of the state.
responsibility to implement recommendations of the CII is with the government
and we want severe punishments for those clerics who misuse their powers and
issue fatwas declaring Muslims non-believer or non-Muslim and pronounce them
liable to be killed as per Sharia law,” Dr Ayaz said, adding: “All such decrees
have been rejected by the council.”
CII suspended its agenda regarding triple talaq [divorce] in one sitting to
discuss a request by the government for devising an implementation framework to
replicate the ‘State of Madina’ in Pakistan.
request was forwarded by Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noorul Haq Qadri and
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Khan who arrived in
the meeting hall at around 11am and remained there for more than two hours. The
ministers conveyed a message of Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking the CII’s
guidance for making Pakistan an Islamic welfare state on the pattern of that
established by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Madina.
ministers also invited the CII members to participate in the opening of the
Kartarpur border crossing scheduled for Wednesday (today). The members were
informed that the prime minister would soon attend a meeting of the council and
discuss the proposed framework after it was finalised.
council was scheduled to take up the issue of announcing triple talaq at one
go, but suspended the agenda due to the presence of the two ministers and
continued to discuss the government request for devising the implementation
framework after the ministers left the meeting.
matters discussed between the cabinet members and the Islamic scholars were not
shared with the media, a CII member told Dawn that the issues being faced by
the council had been conveyed to the ministers.
ministers were told that the general impression during tenures of the previous
two governments was that the CII was only an “obligatory burden”.
Mohammad Khan sought the council’s support for eliminating religious extremism
from the country and suggested that there should be regular interactions
between Islamic scholars and legislators.
talking to the media, the religious affairs minister said the government wanted
to eradicate interest-based economy in the country. “The government wants to eliminate
this menace, but during the time we want to encourage non-interest-based
banking in the country,” Dr Qadri said.
CII will take up the issue of triple talaq at its next meeting.
to meet Erdoğan but not bin Salman at G20 amid Khashoggi fallout
President Donald Trump will not formally meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman at an upcoming G20 summit in Argentina.
know the president’s schedule is pretty packed and has a number of sessions
that he will be involved in with the G20,” White House press secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing on Tuesday. “I don’t think
there’s any time for us to add anything additional. Whether or not there’s
interaction, I’m not gonna rule that out.”
security adviser John Bolton also said that the Group of 20 summit "is
full to overflowing at this point," referring to meetings with the leaders
of Germany, Japan, Argentina, India and South Korea.
Trump will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as well as Russian
President Vladimir Putin
has implicated the crown prince, the Saudi de facto ruler, and other top Saudi
leaders in Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
CIA has provided the Trump administration with a tape of Khashoggi’s murder,
which Trump has refused to listen to.
who speak Arabic have listened to the tape and given us the substance of what’s
in it,” Bolton said during a briefing at the White House. “I mean, if they were
speaking Korean, I wouldn’t learn any more from it, either. I can read a
White House announcement came as pressure was mounting on the Trump
administration over supporting the kingdom in the wake of Khashoggi’s murder.
has thrown his support behind bin Salman, who reportedly ordered the
assassination of the dissident journalist and Washington Post columnist at the
Saudi consulate in Turkey last month.
G20, the US president will also meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping,
Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
gathering will take place in Buenos Aires from November 30 and December 1.
driving belief in myths about Muslims in British society, MPs say
myths and lies about Muslims are now believed by a large section of the UK's
population, contributing to discrimination across employment, housing, the
criminal justice system and other areas of public life, a new report by MPs has
All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims found that “prevalent”
Islamophobia was driving division, hate crime and even terror attacks.
society at large, by virtue of normalised prejudice against Muslim beliefs and
practice, have come to imbibe a panoply of falsehoods or misrepresentations and
discriminatory outlooks,” its report said.
research has consistently shown that British Muslims face considerably high
levels of economic disadvantage than other groups in Britain."
a report by market research company Ipsos Mori found that the majority of
Muslims believe Islam is compatible with the British way of life, a separate
survey of the wider population by polling firm YouGov, found that 46 per cent
thought there was a “fundamental clash between Islam and the values of British
separate study recently found almost a third of British people believe the myth
of “no-go zones” where non-Muslims cannot enter, while the MPs took aim at
false and misleading news stories.
report concluded that Islamophobia has far surpassed the “dinner table test”
espoused by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi in 2011 and is now prevalent in society.
said that because there is no commonly agreed definition of Islamophobia, it
has been allowed to “increase in society to devastating effect”.
detectable shift from overt to subtler or respectable, manifestations of
Islamophobia - the normalisation of the prejudice to the extent it is rendered
almost invisible to many - warrants a definition that can arrest and reverse
its present trajectory,” their report said.
has been no attempt to adopt a definition of Islamophobia by government despite
recognising the significant impact the problem has on British Muslim
a six-month inquiry taking evidence from Muslim organisations, legal experts,
academics, MPs and other groups, the APPG called on the government to adopt the
definition: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that
targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”
criticism from far-right and populist groups, MPs said the definition did not
aim to curtail free speech or criticism of Islam as a religion.
hate crimes motivated by anti-Muslim feeling, buttressed by stereotypes and
racist caricatures prevalent in social and media discourse, to policies which
perpetuate discriminatory outcomes for Muslims, a definition of Islamophobia is
vital,” the APPG concluded.
highlighted terror attacks and plots targeting Muslims, including the Finsbury
Park attack and the attempted murder of a Sikh dentist in Wales.
said that rising hate crimes had affected both Muslims and those wrongly
thought to be part of the religion because of their appearance, including an
Italian man who was badly beaten in London.
APPG cited research showing that Muslims are disadvantaged across employment,
housing, education, the criminal justice system, social and public life and in
political or media discourse.
report warned that Islamophobia also increased feeling of disengagement,
disenfranchisement and disaffection with the state.
Streeting MP, co-chair of the APPG for British Muslims and Labour MP for Ilford
North, said: “Islamophobia is a form of racism and it is growing in our
society. To tackle it, Islamophobia must be accurately and fully defined and
that’s why this inquiry centred around the discussion on a working definition.”
landmark report brings about a working definition of Islamophobia for the first
time, which will allow us to tackle this prejudice head-on. The adoption of
this definition by political parties, statutory agencies and civil society
organisations will allow us to turn a corner to move forward towards a fairer
Soubry MP, co-chair of the APPG for British Muslims and Conservative MP for
Broxtowe, said Islamophobia was a “very real problem” throughout the UK.
or people assumed to be Muslims are subjected to abuse, discrimination and
criminal acts against them for no other reason than their faith or perceived
faith,” she added. “It is equally obvious that overwhelmingly Islamophobia is
rooted in racism and therefore is, racist. This definition recognises this
truth and I hope it will now enable the serious work that needs to be done to
government spokesperson said: “We remain deeply concerned at hatred directed
against British Muslims and others because of their faith or heritage. This is
utterly unacceptable and does not reflect the values of our country.
know that some have suggested establishing a definition of Islamophobia could
strengthen efforts to confront bigotry and division. Any such approach would
need to be considered carefully to ensure that this would have the positive
the recent publication of our Hate Crime Action Plan, we look forward to
discussing steps to confront hatred, bigotry and division with the Government’s
Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group.”
at the height of electoral success of the most anti-racist (in terms of its
program) Green party in Germany, former chairman Cem Özdemir made headlines
with the founding of the “Initiative of secular Islam”. The weekly Der Spiegel
ran a story on that, titled: “Prominent Islam experts founded the ‘Initiative
of Secular Islam’ shortly before the start of the Fourth Islam Conference”. On
closer inspection, however, it is noticeable that the understanding of
secularity is rather shallow, and, to the contrary, a further politicization of
religion can be observed. Another highly unsettling aspect is that people of
questionable reputation rank among the patrons of this initiative.
the launching of this initiative was made to coincide with a significant
political moment. Even if the founders are trying to give the impression that
the initiative does not aim at competing with the existing Muslim associations,
this is what exactly seems to be the case. In their declaration, the
signatories argue that they want to create a council together with other
conservative Muslim associations in order to become an important voice for
Muslims vis-à-vis the state. But the claims in the declaration suggest that the
initiative is not really interested in supporting the arguments of most Muslim
organizations, but rather supports those of the dominant society. For example,
the declaration supports the hijab ban for teachers, civil servants, and
its self-presentation, the initiative presents itself as a “league of secular
Muslims from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”, which “desires an enlightened
modern humanistic Islamic theology” and considers itself to be secular and
liberal. The Freiburg Declaration is the common ground of the signatories. It
presents the goals, visions and values, and the core ideas of the initiative.
According to this declaration, the signatories “dream of a reform of Islam”.
The first section makes clear what the declaration is all about: “faith as a
private matter and religion as a matter between God and the individual”. In
terms of values, the signatories invoke a “humanistic, modern and enlightened
understanding of Islam”. This shows that the signatories still live in the age
of secularity and have not yet stepped into the post-secular era, in which a
religious discourse exists alongside a secular discourse and both are equally
part of the public sphere. Moreover, the separation of religion and politics is
pursued only to a limited extent. One demand, for example, states that a
“humanistic-oriented Islamic religious education in all schools” should be
introduced in public schools to promote integration and tolerance. Here,
religion becomes very political.
Freiburg Declaration becomes more specific when it comes to its goals. They
want to assist female Imams like Seyran Ates, form a representative council of
Muslims vis-à-vis the state, support concrete projects to empower girls and
women, and in the fields of interreligious dialogue and the prevention of
extremism. It seems obvious that by demanding all of these, they have already
bought into the narrative of ‘violent extremist Islam’. Non-observant Muslims
suddenly become interested in the governance of religion to basically support
the claims of the dominant society, thereby weakening the position of those
Muslims who have been delivering religious service for the last 60 years in
becomes obvious when it comes to the already mentioned demand for a hijab ban:
“We advocate that public servants, especially teachers and judges, refrain from
wearing religion-based clothing, especially the headscarf”. These demands,
which express a discriminatory attitude towards Muslim women wearing the hijab,
are not novel ideas.
list of signatories and supporters has numerous questionable people besides Cem
Özdemir, who had previously been less interested in his religion. One is Seyran
Ates, who made headlines a few weeks ago because she accepted an invitation on
a podium to discuss political Islam, organized by the far-right political party
in power, the Freedom Party of Austria. She is also involved in a highly
suspect European initiative called ‘Stop Extremism’. This initiative has made
headlines because of doubts regarding the funding of a campaign against
‘political Islam’ with a total fund of 145.000 euros, while the officially
declared budget of the initiative was only 20.000 euros.
an emerging intellectual voice of the German New Right, Michael Ley, is an
undersigned supporter of the declaration. Ley regularly features in interviews
with the far-right organization ‘The Identitarian Movement’ and writes opinion
pieces for right-wing newspapers. In an article, he put forward arguments
similar to those of the terrorist Anders Behring Breivik: “Europe has to choose
between a reconquista -- a reconquest of its civilization -- and suicide.” So
what room is there for a reform of Islam? It seems that this is more of a
civilizational mission than a reform of Islam.
the well-known names are people like Necla Kelek, Lale Akgün, Hamed Abdel Samad
and Abdel-Hakim Ourghi, all of whom have made a name for themselves as
bestselling authors with an undifferentiated criticism of Islam. Hamed Abdel
Samad, who has written about ‘Islamofascism’, is regularly invited by the
far-right and Islamophobic Alternative for Germany to deliver talks. Another
signatory is the Saïda Keller-Messahli, the founder and president of the Forum
for an Advanced Islam in Switzerland. Recently, she came under heavy criticism
for a publication, where she portrays the war in Bosnia between 1992-1995 in a
way very reminiscent of the Serbian nationalist propaganda.
confidential report has been disclosed by a French-speaking Swiss private radio
confirming sexual abuse allegations against Islamic Swiss scholar Tariq
was barely out of prison on bail in France, where he faces rape charges, when
he was caught up by his past as a former teacher in Switzerland.
investigation, commissioned by the government of Geneva to look into abuse in
schools, focused mainly on the college des Coudriers and the college of
Saussure where Ramadan taught French between 1984 and 2004.
confidential report about the investigation, submitted to the Council of State
on Oct. 31 last year, has just been disclosed by Radio Lac.
investigators, two former judges, heard about fifty people including four
former students of Ramadan.
report says that Ramadan “tried to seduce a 14-year-old student with no
success, and he managed to have sexual relationships with the other three
students aged between 15 and 18”.
report also stated that Ramadan individually invited each of his students, both
boys and girls, to have lunch at a restaurant outside of the school.
student reported sexual molestations that took place in Ramadan’s car.
report pointed out that “the charismatic man’s psychological influence and
threats frequently appear in the different hearings”.
information is but a confirmation of the reports which were published by the
Swiss press in November 2017.
had then immediately declared his intention of filing a slander and defamation
and Germany have teamed up behind an initiative to ring-fence parts of Europe’s
trade with Iran from the sanctions re-imposed on Tehran by the US.
diplomats said that the countries would undertake shared responsibility for a
so-called special purpose vehicle (SPV) to provide to mechanism which would
enable European companies to obtain payment for exports to Iran.
President Donald Trump announced in May of this year that Washington would pull
out of the 2015 nuclear deal and roll back American penalties on Iran’s oil
trade and banking activity.
the arrangement Paris and Berlin have agreed that a new corporation would be
based in one state, while its leadership would be drawn from the other. The SPV
would be owned directly by European governments in an effort to dissuade US
officials from attempting to sanction participating companies.
officials are said to be weighing up UK involvement in the mechanism. The EU
were reportedly trying to enable participation by a further dozen countries.
Architects of the plan have even explored the potential for involvement of
other countries, such as China in the future.
hope the vehicle may eventually obtain a bank license and become a formalised
EU institution, though reports said officials acknowledged that the SPV would
only protect a small percentage of pre-sanction trade between Europe and Iran.
and Luxembourg were both approached to host the mechanism, but both declined to
as a result of US pressure. Both countries had previously served as banking
back channels for trade with Iran.
US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, warned the SPV and the show of
defiance against US sanctions would “not be a smart move”.
U.S. will consider sanctions on those entities participating in these tactics,”
SPV was prompted by European desires to continue doing business with Iran,
despite the US unilaterally withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal, known as
the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA). Iran, and the other European
signatories insisted they intended to keep the deal alive without the US,
though the US has repeatedly threatened countries that continue to do business
with Tehran with sanctions.
announced it was pulling out of the deal in May, claiming Tehran had violated
restrictions on its development of nuclear weapons, but both Iran and the
European signatories denied that was the case, and insisted they would
endeavour to keep the deal alive.
Schweitzer, managing director of Arjan Capital Ltd, a corporate and trade
advisory firm for business looking to enter the Central Asian market said that
it is to be expected that some European firms and governments would view the US
sanctions as unilateral measure that do not affect third country trading with
not about circumventing sanctions, the sanctions apply to a certain group, like
US passport holders, USD denominated trades and certain product groups. If they
don’t apply or a company has little or no US exposure they legally can do
business with Iran.
added, “At the end of the day it’s US law with a long reach, but it’s still
not about circumventing; it’s about knowing how to live with them, some
European firms can do that.
this sense this vehicle is very important, it allows the government to
compensate the trade – they [the companies] are now dealing with their own
government, not Iran anymore.”
EU also reiterated its desire to preserve the JCPOA following a series of
high-level meetings between EU and Iranian officials on Tuesday. However,
during a meeting with Iranian Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi, Federica
Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs also stressed
European concern over "Iran's role in the region."
to retaliate ‘in proportion’ to any US sanction over Muslim Uighurs
China will retaliate “in proportion” if the United States sanctions its top
official in the restive region of Xinjiang over alleged human rights abuses,
China’s ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, adding that Beijing’s
policies in the region are to “re-educate” terrorists.
Ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai told Reuters in an interview that China’s
efforts to combat international terrorism are held to a double standard,
comparing Chinese actions in Xinjiang to US troops battling Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria.
you imagine (if) some American officials in charge of the fight against Isis
would be sanctioned?” Cui said, adding “if such actions are taken, we have to
did not elaborate on specific actions China might take.
has faced an outcry from activists, academics, foreign governments and UN
rights experts over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the mostly
Muslim Uighur minority and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang.
August, a United Nations human rights panel said it had received many credible
reports that a million or more Uighurs in China are being held in what
resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.
officials have said the Trump administration is considering sanctions targeting
companies and officials linked to China’s crackdown on minority Muslims,
including Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who, as a member of the
powerful politburo, is in the upper echelons of China’s leadership.
said that while the United States was using missiles and drones to kill
terrorists, “we are trying to re-educate most of them, trying to turn them into
normal persons (who) can go back to normal life,” Cui said.
see what will happen. We will do everything in proportion,” he said, responding
to a question on how China would retaliate to possible US sanctions on Chen.
comments are the strongest response yet to US threats on the issue.
such US sanctions decision against so senior an official as Chen would be a
rare move on human rights grounds by the Trump administration, which is engaged
in a trade war with China while also seeking Beijing’s help to resolve a
standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
sanctions could be imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, a federal law that
allows the US government to target human rights violators around the world with
freezes on any US assets, US travel bans, and prohibitions on Americans doing
business with them, US officials have said.
authorities routinely deny any ethnic or religious repression in Xinjiang.
say strict security measures – likened by critics to near martial law
conditions, with police checkpoints, the detention centres, and mass DNA
collection – are needed to combat the influence of extremist groups.
initial blanket denials of the detention facilities, officials have said that
some citizens guilty of “minor offences” were sent to vocational centres to
improve employment opportunities.
a briefing in Washington on Monday, a Uighur woman, Mihrigul Tursun, 29, told
reporters she had experienced physical and psychological torture, including
electrocution while strapped to a chair, during 10 months in Xinjiang detention
who wept and shook as a translator read her prepared statement, said her three
children were taken from her while she was in detention and that her
four-month-old son had died without explanation in government custody.
Chinese government claims that the detention facilities serve vocational
purposes, she said many of the dozens of other women in her cell were
“well-educated professionals, such as teachers and doctors.”
said she witnessed nine women die during one three-month period she spent in
detention, including from sickness after being denied medical treatment.
could not independently verify her account, though numerous former detainees have
begun to share similar first-hand details with media. China’s embassy in
Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tursun’s
assessments of the conditions in Xinjiang are nearly impossible given restrictions
on journalists from openly reporting from the region.
human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called on China to allow monitors in
Xinjiang, though Beijing has responded by telling her to respect China’s
new 'heresy app' draws fire
new Indonesian government app that lets the public report suspected cases of
religious heresy is drawing fire as rights groups warn it could aggravate
persecution of minorities in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.
of the app can report groups practicing unrecognised faiths or unorthodox
interpretations of Indonesia's six officially recognised religions, including
Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism.
Pakem", which was launched Sunday and is available for free in the Google
Play store, was created by the Jakarta Prosecutor's Office, which said it would
help educate the public and modernise the current reporting process.
app will also list religious edicts and blacklisted organisations and will
allow users to file complaints instantaneously, instead going through the often
cumbersome process of submitting a written accusation to a government office.
objective...is to provide easier access to information about the spread of
beliefs in Indonesia, to educate the public and to prevent them from following
doctrines from an individual or a group that are not in line with the
regulations," Nirwan Nawawi, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, told
AFP in a statement.
rights groups fear the application could be misused by increasingly powerful
hardline Islamic groups and widen divisions in a country where harassment of
religious and other minorities is not uncommon.
is going from bad to worse -- another dangerous step to discriminate religious
minorities in Indonesia," said Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas
Tigor Naipospos, vice chairman of rights group Setara Institute, added:
"This is dangerous because if mainstream society doesn't like (a group)
they'll report them through the application -- this will create problems."
of thousands of people across the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago who
adhere to non-recognised animist and mystical faiths have long suffered
discrimination and limited access to public services.
year an angry mob rampaged through a small community of the Ahmadiyya Islamic
minority on the island of Lombok, destroying homes and forcing dozens of
members to flee.
religious sect has been declared heretical by the Indonesian Ulema Council
a 17,000 island archipelago nation, is often touted for its diversity and
religious tolerance, but it has a wide-ranging blasphemy law that has sparked a
religion -- particularly Islam, which is followed by nearly 90 percent of
Indonesia's 260 million citizens -- can land offenders in jail.
Muslim community raises $360,000 for Sulawesi earthquake relief efforts
- Members of Singapore's Muslim community have raised more than $360,000 for
victims of the deadly earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in
cheque for $362,510 was presented on Tuesday (Nov 27) to independent disaster
relief agency Mercy Relief Singapore, which plans to put the money towards
recovery projects for survivors of the 7.4-magnitude quake and tsunami which
left more than 1,200 people dead and 16,700 displaced.
Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF), a charity under the Islamic Religious
Council of Singapore (Muis), collaborated with mosques to raise the funds.
will include the provision of temporary shelters for vulnerable groups such as
the elderly, pregnant women and people with disabilities, and the establishment
of temporary learning centres for children, the foundation said on Tuesday.
executive director Zainul Abidin Ibrahim said that the community's
contributions "will enable us to touch the lives of the survivors by
giving them hope and aid that will help them to get back on their feet".
are especially pleased that Mercy Relief has decided to focus on helping the
vulnerable and the children through education. This will help to inject the
confidence for them to rebuild their lives and future," he said.
cheque of $84,820 was also presented to Mercy Relief for relief efforts in the
Indian state of Kerala, where floods killed more than 350 in August.
Relief's executive director Nasaruddin Shafawi said he was heartened by the
support from Singaporeans, which came in cash and in-kind donations.
contender Prabowo Subianto said on Tuesday that Indonesia, which has a majority
moderate Muslim population, was a role model for democracy, expressing hope the
upcoming presidential could be carried out peacefully.
the only challenger to incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the April
poll, the Gerindra Party chairman said Indonesia could learn from Malaysia and
South Africa that had successfully held peaceful elections.
want to be very open. In a peaceful transfer of power, Indonesian people will
be heard and our democracy will be proven to be successful,” Prabowo said in
his speech during The World 2019 Gala Dinner held by The Economist in Singapore
on Tuesday evening.
also said that the majority of Muslims in Indonesia were moderate and had
“grown tired” of being associated with radicalism, adding that it was important
for a leader to educate people and clerics so they would not lose their way and
responsibility of a leader is to teach,” he said.
pledged that if he was elected president, one of his main priorities would be
to establish a clean government.
I am elected, my biggest goal will be to create a rational and modern
bureaucracy, a clean democracy, a clean governance. That will lead to a good
atmosphere for investment,” he said.
claimed that today, many foreigners preferred to live in Singapore because the
country offered a good and mature legal system and bureaucracy.
legal certainty [for people in Singapore]. That’s why many people feel
comfortable living in Singapore. I think these [a good legal system and
bureaucracy] are what Indonesia need,” Prabowo said.
opens today: Nip in the air, hope on the streets of Lahore
LAHORE, there’s a nip in the air. It’s the evening before Prime Minister Imran
Khan is scheduled to lay the foundation stone in Kartarpur for the corridor
linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib — the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev — to
Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur. And the mood on the ground, around 120 km from
the venue, is a heady combination of high hopes and great expectations.
so, after Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal declared in Islamabad
that Pakistan will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the next SAARC
summit in the country. At the California Pizza outlet, on the road to the
famous Liberty Market in the heart of Lahore, four young women — two lecturers,
a doctor and a PhD student — are convinced that Khan’s move is “wise” and could
change how people view Pakistan.
initiative is a positive step, and we hope India will reciprocate,” said Maria
Farooq, a lecturer in Islamic Studies, as her friends nodded in agreement. It’s
not just people on the street. “We believe that Pakistan’s Kartarpur spirit, if
reciprocated adequately, can be a harbinger of change in this most challenging
relationship in South Asia,” Foreign Office spokesperson Faisal told The Indian
Express over phone. Pakistan had invited External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj to attend Wednesday’s event. But with prior commitments on her table,
Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri will attend the
Tuesday, India’s face on the ground was Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who
called the Kartarpur corridor as one of “infinite possibilities”. Faisal,
meanwhile, borrowed a line from Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
to say that the need to move from conflict to cooperation and animosity to
peace is an established reality.
Kartarpur spirit, connecting hearts, should extend to Jammu & Kashmir and
be a harbinger of hope for divided families who cannot meet each other even at
funerals. If we find the political will to implement the same, we can all be
winners,” he said.
to The Indian Express, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “On
both sides of the border, we have groups who support peace and those who oppose
any relationship between the two countries. The governments have to choose
which groups they support by opening Kartarpur. The PTI government in Pakistan
has given a clear message that we support peace.”
Faisal represents the government and Chaudhry the political leadership, the
ruling party’s arch-rival PMLN also supported the move. PMLN’s Mushahid
Hussain, who heads the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Indian
Express that the Kartarpur initiative “is important for Pakistan-India ties for
three reasons”. “First, since the holiest sites of Sikhism are in Pakistan, the
corridor will give Sikhs visa-free access to a site that is holy for them,
fulfilling a long-standing demand. Second, the timing of this breakthrough is
important, given the fact that India and Pakistan are engaged in a war of words
with no dialogue on any issue. Third, it shows that both sides, without
compromising their core concerns and interests, can still take major decisions that
promote people-to-people ties and defuse tensions,” he said.
Monday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder
Singh laid the foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side in
Gurdaspur. Earlier Tuesday, the Dawn newspaper quoted the Foreign Office
spokesperson as saying that Modi will be invited to Pakistan for the SAARC
fought a war with India, relations cannot be fixed quickly… In this century,
diplomacy has completely changed. Now policies are made based on citizens’
emotions and wishes,” the report quoted Faisal as saying at the Kashmir
Conference in Islamabad.
SAARC summit in 2016 was to be held in Islamabad but was called after the
terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in J&K’s Uri that killed 18
soldiers. India expressed its inability to participate before Bangladesh,
Bhutan and Afghanistan also pulled out. The last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held
in Kathmandu, and was attended by Modi.
Attacks: Representatives of Muslim Organisations Send Parcel of Shrouds To
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Mumbai attacks, representatives of
Muslim organisations send a parcel containing pieces of shrouds to President of
Pakistan demanding the execution of terrorist Hafiz Saeed. In a letter to the
President of Pakistan, convener Islamic Counter Terrorism Council Dr Abdul
Rehman Anjaria stated, today on 26th November 2018, a decade has passed after
the Mumbai terrorist attack but unfortunately even after 10 years, the
Pakistani Government and the court has totally failed to award death sentence
or handover the international terrorist and mastermind behind the attack Hafiz
Saeed who killed 166 innocent lives. The letter added, on the occasion of the
10th anniversary of the Killing of 166 innocent people we are sending 166
pieces of shrouds with this letter, so that you can feel the pain of the
families of those who were killed in the attacks. We request you to either hang
Hafiz Saeed or hand him over to India thus providing justice to the victims’
letter addressed to Pakistani president Arif Alvi and the parcel of the pieces
of shrouds have been dispatched from Mumbai GPO through Pakistani High
Pakistan, Sidhu heaps praises on Imran, takes a dig at Modi govt
Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who arrived in Lahore on Tuesday for the
ground-breaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor, took a dig at the Narendra Modi
government over the Rafale deal while heaping gushing praise on his host
Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan.
clarifying on the controversy he had stirred during his last visit to Pakistan
by hugging its army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Sidhu told journalists in
Lahore: "It was a second-long hug, not a Rafale deal. It's very common in
Punjab. When two Punjabis meet, if they want to express gratitude, they hug
each other emotionally. It is a way to show warmth and affection."
president Rahul Gandhi has been targeting the Modi government over the Rafale
deal, alleging corruption in the purchase of 36 fighter aircrafts. BJP reacted
to Sidhu's remark by tweeting from its official Twitter handle: "Insanity
is contagious. Sidhu carries Rahul Gandhi's falsehood against Rafale purchase
to Pakistan. He found allies there."
Wagah border earlier, Sidhu thanked the Pakistani PM for the Kartarpur
corridor, the ground-breaking ceremony of which will be held on Wednesday.
"The seed that Imran Khan had sowed three months ago has become a tree
now," he said. The wait of 71 years is over and it is a happy moment for
the Sikh community to get Baba Guru Nanak's blessing without any hassle now he
said. "I want to avoid conflicts. Religion should not be seen through the
prism of politics," he added.
Indian delegation comprising Union ministers Harsmirat Kaur Badal and Hardeep
Singh Puri and Sidhu crossed the international border in the morning at Wagah
where they were received Punjab Rangers officials.
Kartarpur as "corridor of infinite possibilities", Sidhu advocated
resumption of cultural exchanges and cricket matches between the two countries.
The corridor, he said, will promote peace between India and Pakistan.
will perform the ground-breaking of Kartarpur corridor on Wednesday, a move
that some Pakistani observers also expect to ease the frosty relationship
between the two neighbours. Islamabad had hailed India's decision to open the
corridor as "victory for peace".
Indian move came nearly three months after Gen Bajwa had told Sidhu at Imran
Khan's swearing-in ceremony that Pakistan was ready to open the route to
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur for Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary.
An Army jawan and three terrorists were killed in two counter-insurgency
operations in south Kashmir's Kulgam and Pulwama districts early on Tuesday.
Two CRPF personnel were also injured in the Kulgam encounter.
on intelligence inputs, a joint team of personnel from Indian Army, CRPF and
Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned off Kulgam's Redwani village and launched an
anti-terror operation. The holed-up terrorists opened fire, triggering a
gunfight in which two Lashkar-e-Taiba ultras - Ajaz Ahmad Makroo from Qaimoh
and Waris Ahmad Malik from Arwani - were killed, said a senior police officer.
Prakash Yadav, CRPF sub-inspector Amit Kumar and constable Avnish sustained
injuries in the firefight. They were rushed to a hospital where Yadav later
Makroo was a close aide of top militant commanders including Naveed Jatt - he
made a dramatic escape from Srinagar's SMHS hospital this February and is an
accused in journalist Shujaat Bukhari's killing - and Azad Dada, who was killed
in a similar encounter earlier this week. Both Ajaz and Waris Malik were wanted
in several criminal cases, said police.
forces launched another anti-insurgency operation in Hafoo Reshipora area of
Pulwama's Tral, in which one Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind terrorist - identified as
Shakir Hassan Dar - was killed. A wanted criminal since 2015, Shakir belonged
to Rathsuna and was a close associate of Zakir Musa, commander of the terror
outfit, said cops.
a bid to disrupt the operations, terrorist sympathizers in both regions pelted
stones on the security forces, who used tear gas to disperse the protestors.
Police seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from both encounter sites
and warned citizens against venturing into the operation zones as they may
still contain some stray explosive materials.
handler had gone under scalpel to change look
India still pushing to bring all the accused in Pakistan behind the Mumbai
terror attacks of 2008 to justice, an alleged top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)
operative who has been identified as a handler in the case has purportedly
undergone a surgery to change his appearance, senior sources in the security
establishment told The Indian Express.
LeT operative, Sajid Majeed alias Sajid Mir, who has been “underground” for the
last two years, is suspected to have been part of teams “planning and plotting”
to carry out strikes in India, the sources said.
Mir has changed his appearance and has been underground for a while. Mir was
heading the Karachi project (of the LeT) and was planning an attack on the
lines of 26/11 on the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which had published
cartoons of Prophet Muhammad,” said a senior official, speaking on condition of
anonymity. “Mir roped in David Coleman Headley to carry out reconnaissance both
in India and Denmark. But the Denmark project was called off in the aftermath
of the 26/11 attack after the role of the LeT and Pakistan’s ISI was exposed,”
said the official.
alleged LeT operative, Abdur Rehman Sayyad, who is a retired Pakistan Army
officer chargesheeted by the Mumbai Crime Branch for his role in the 26/11
attack is residing in Lahore “under cover provided by the ISI”, sources said.
Mir is a senior LeT operative in charge of carrying out operations in India,
December 2008 and January 2009, Pakistan claimed that they had conducted a
string of arrests in the 26/11 case, including that of Zarar Shah who was
wanted by Mumbai Police for providing financial and logistical assistance in
sources said, a probe by Indian intelligence agencies into Shah’s arrest by
Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) revealed that it was a “dummy” operation
and that the suspect that Mumbai Police were tracking was, in fact, Mir.
its 26/11 case, Pakistan’s FIA had arrested seven, including Abdul Wajid, a
resident of Sheikhpura district of Punjab province, claiming that he was the
‘Zarar Shah’ named by Indian agencies. The Zarar Shah we had named in our
chargesheet is not Abdul Wajid but Sajid Mir. Mir is being protected by the ISI
and Wajid was a dummy arrest by Pakistani authorities. Proof of Sajid Mir being
Zarar Shah was collected and shared with the government,” said the official.
the 26/11 chargesheet, Indian agencies had stated that Shah engineered and
financed the subscription of a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service from
a New Jersey company that was used to communicate with terrorists during the
Sayyad, the official said: “Sayyad retired as a Major from the Baloch regiment,
an infantry regiment of the Pakistan Army. Like Mir, he was also responsible
for planning and executing the November 2008 attack, and a part of the Karachi
project. Today, he lives in Lahore under protection,” the official said.
Mir and Sayyad were allegedly present inside a control room in Pakistan, giving
instructions to the ten terrorists, including Ajmal Kasab, Mumbai Police stated
in its chargesheet.
December 2008, Pakistani agencies arrested LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
and six others — Abdul Wajid alias Zarar Shah, Mazhar Iqbal, Hammad Amin Sadiq,
Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younus Anjum — for their alleged
involvement in the Mumbai attacks. In 2009, Pakistan’s FIA filed its first
chargesheet but made no mention of the alleged role of LeT chief Saeed despite
the Indian government sharing dossiers naming him as the mastermind.
26/11 trial in Pakistan has been stalled several times. At least nine judges
have been changed during the course of the trial and in May 2013, public
prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali was shot dead. Pakistan has claimed that the
trial is stuck because India, citing security concerns, hasn’t agreed to its
request to send 24 witnesses for recording statements and collecting evidence.
The federal government is all set to launch a new nationwide education policy
on Tuesday (today) with a special focus on madrasas in which they will be
convinced to introduce general subjects to increase employment opportunities
for their students.
Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood will be the chief
guest on the occasion, who will also launch enrolment drive for the 30,000
out-of-school children of Islamabad on the same day.
sources told Pakistan Today that four main components of the education policy
include enrolment of 25 million out-of-school children, introduction of uniform
curriculum and system, boosting quality and skill development.
said that since madrasas were long ignored in the past, the new policy will aim
at bringing them at par with the mainstream institutes in the proposal of
uniform education system that would include provision of free textbook,
grant-in-aid to pay salaries of teachers and teachers’ training.
federal government is providing free textbooks to student of the government
schools, but the students in the madrasas do not enjoy such facility, where an
estimated 4 million students are enrolled.
addition, sources said that the new education policy is also focusing on a
uniform education system in the country, where the common core subjects would
be made compulsory in all education sectors including, public, private and
said that special focused was also given on capacity enhancement under which it
was recommend to start double shift in existing institutions, involving private
schooling system in TVET, engaging universities into TVET system using high-end
technology along with handing over of non-operational institutes to the private
said that the education ministry is leading the process of curriculum revision
with the engagement of experts and stakeholders from the public and private
sector in phased manner to develop the textbook compatible with the
international standards, besides ratification of the UNESCO convention against
the discrimination in education.
new policy will include the development of education document comprising a set
of core values such as personal care and hygiene, care and compassion for
others, safety and security, drugs, responsible citizenships, peace, respect,
tolerance and celebration of diversity.
was developed in consultation with the Ministry of Human Rights, NDMA, NAB,
NACTA, HEC, Ministry of Narcotic, Islamabad Traffic Police and Water Aid
Pakistan, they added.
said that in the new policy special emphasis given to increasing the budgetary
allocation up to 4 % of GDP, as without enhancing the budget the cherished
dream could not materialise.
said that it was recommend that all compulsory subjects including Urdu,
English, Maths, Science Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies and teaching of Holy
Quran-Nazra and Fehm-e-Quran for Muslim students only should be included in all
streams of education system from primary to higher secondary education.
line with O and A levels system of education, all compulsory subjects should be
included in the curricula of grade 1 to 10, whereas only specialised subjects
should be taught in grades 11 to 12. It also recommended that integration of O
and A level with SSC and HSSC should be ensured.
said that it was recommend that English may be taught as a subject from Grade-I
but the medium of instruction at primary level should either be Urdu, the
national language, or provinces may choose regional languages as the medium of
instruction at pre-primary and primary levels as it has emerged in a number of
studies that children learn better in their mother tongue while the use of
foreign language as the medium of instruction does not have a very positive
impact on children, sources said.
of the recommendations want all provinces, including the private sector, to
show willingness on setting up a common national system of assessment and
examination, besides strengthening of a forum of Inter Board Committee of
addition, they said that implementation of the action points proposed will
require a devoted team of individual experts and a focal organisation for
planning, implementing and follow up. The government may create an entirely new
organisation to exclusively undertake above-listed tasks or designate this
function to an appropriate existing body.
petition was submitted in the Supreme Court (SC), seeking contempt of court
proceedings against Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi
and Pir Afzal Qadri, a local news outlet reported on Tuesday.
petitioner, in his application, asked if the two leaders had some sort of
license to desecrate the court. “Do they have any permission to use
inappropriate words against the court?” Barrister Masroor Shah asked.
all citizens not be faithful to the state in accordance with the Constitution
of Pakistan?” he asked.
pointed out that the aforementioned leaders disparaged the court in their
address to their supporters following the verdict of the top court in the Aasia
protest, he added, is everyone’s right in a democratic society, but no one has
the right to paralyse the lives of other citizens under the garb of protest.
the foul language used by the two leaders during the protests not account for
contempt of court?” he asked.
petitioner asked the court to begin proceedings, relating to contempt, against
the two leaders, and take them to task.
TLP chief and dozens of party leaders were arrested by police last week in a raid
on his residence in Lahore.
corridor would immortalise Imran, Modi: Sidhu
cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has said that Prime Minister
Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are on the verge of
creating history through the opening of Kartarpur corridor.
to the journalists along with Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar at the
Governor’s House here on Tuesday, he said: Time provides opportunities to
leaders to immortalise their names through epoch-making feats and great leaders
never let such opportunities slip away.” He added that Kartarpur corridor would
immortalise Imran Khan and Modi. Sidhu said nothing could be achieved without
effort and it was a miracle that Kartarpur corridor became a reality in three
months, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan could not give any better gift to
120 million Sikhs than the opening of Kartarpur border. “A sweet fragrance of
friendship has emanated from the land of Pakistan and it is going to mesmerize
people on the Indian side of the border,” he said. To a question, he said that
the opening of Kartarpur corridor would pave way for peace in the region and
open up new vistas of cooperation between Pakistan and India.
corridor would enhance people to people contacts and I foresee brotherhood and
more friendly relations between the people of two Punjab”, he said, adding that
Pakistan government had opened up doors of innumerable possibilities by opening
the doors to the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak.
to the media men, Punjab Governor Sarwar said the opening of Kartarpur border
was a historic decision by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
governor said that the Sikhs had been facing many problems, including visas,
and all these problems would be solved under the leadership of Imran Khan.
Sarwar invited Sidhu to spend a whole day in Nankana Sahib next year, adding
that the government would provide maximum facilities in the holy city of
in the day, Sidhu led his country’s delegation to Pakistan for the
groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor to be held today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited to Pakistan for the South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, foreign office spokesman
Mohammad Faisal said on Tuesday.
2016 Saarc Summit was to be held in Islamabad. But after a deadly terrorist
attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September that
year, India expressed its inability to participate+ in the summit due to
summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan+ also declined
to participate in the Islamabad meet. Maldives and Sri Lanka are the seventh
and eighth members of the initiative.
a conference in Islamabad Tuesday, Faisal recalled that Prime Minister Imran
Khan in his victory speech had said that if India took one step forward,
Pakistan would take two.
Minister Modi will be invited to Pakistan for the Saarc summit, Faisal was
quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.
said that Prime Minister Khan, in a letter to his Indian counterpart, had
expressed Pakistan's openness to resolving all outstanding issues through
dialogue with India.+ "We fought a war with India, relations cannot be
fixed quickly," Faisal said.
summits are usually held biennially hosted by a member state in alphabetical
order. The member state hosting the summit assumes the chair of the Association.
The last Saarc Summit in 2014 was held in Kathmandu, which was attended by Modi.
also said that the Kartarpur corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free
travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan,
is expected to be completed within six months.
this century diplomacy has completely changed," he said, adding policies
are now made based on citizens' emotions and wishes.
Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from
the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur district. It was established
by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was
built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.
China on Tuesday said Pakistan has assured that it will provide full security
to its citizens and the CPEC projects following the recent terrorist attack on
its Consulate in Karachi and that any attempt to sabotage their friendship
would not succeed.
heavily-armed suicide bombers stormed the Chinese consulate in the Pakistan's
largest city on November 23, killing four people including two policemen before
being shot dead by security forces which foiled the daring attack in the
attack was soon claimed by the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) which said
it would not tolerate "any Chinese military expansionist endeavours on
has made it clear that they will get to the bottom of this attack, crackdown on
the terrorist organisation and enhance the security of Chinese citizens,
institutions and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects,"
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters here.
the swift action by the Pakistan's security personnel in warding off the
attack, Geng said, "this attack once again showcased the mutual trust,
mutual support and friendship between the two governments and two
said once again it proved that China-Pakistan relationship is higher than
mountains and deeper than the sea.
stand by each other through everything and we are all-weather strategic
partners in every way," he said.
want to reiterate that no attempt to sabotage our friendship will succeed. We
will maintain a close communication with Pakistani side. We believe in their
ability to ensure domestic security, stability and in taking tough measures to
ensure Chinese interests in Pakistan and ensuring the security of Chinese
citizens and institutions there," he said.
some institutions and netizens in China are collecting donations to help the
families of the policemen killed and injured in the attack.
Balochistan is at the heart of the Beijing's ambitious China-Pakistan Economic
The United Nations has placed Pakistan in the group of Asia-Pacific countries
that spend the least on social protection, education and healthcare.
to the ‘Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific 2018’ report published by the
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) on
Tuesday, other countries in the group are Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal
the exception of Timor-Leste, it said, all other countries in the group spent
around five per cent of their GDP on the three social sectors, which was below
the regional average of nine per cent of GDP.
of these countries were also all low-income states, many of which had seen
human and other resources depleted by conflicts and natural disasters. The main
challenge for this country grouping, it noted, was to gather political will and
public support for significantly boosting investments in people.
report said that while the Asia- Pacific region had made considerable
achievements in primary education — with primary school net enrolment rates
above 90pc in almost every country — gross enrolment rates for secondary
education varied widely, being as low as 45pc in Cambodia and Pakistan.
countries in the Asia- Pacific region only spent about 3.7pc of GDP on social
protection, compared to the world average of 11.2pc. This under-investment, the
report noted, was the reason why 60pc of the population in the Asia-Pacific
region had no protection if they fell ill, had a disability, and became
unemployed, pregnant or old.
report stated that overall the region needed additional investments of $281
billion per year to match the global spending levels as a share of GDP on the
three social sectors. More than two thirds of the additional spending would
need to be directed to social protection programmes alone, it added.
to the report, about 1.2 billion people in the Asia-Pacific region still live
on less than $3.20 a day. Out of the 1.2bn, 400 million are estimated to live
in extreme poverty, below the threshold of $1.90 a day. Of these, almost
two-thirds live in South Asia, particularly in India.
urges 'other Americans' to act on Khashoggi
and the business and nonprofit worlds are obligated to defend America’s
fundamental values following U.S. President Donald Trump's "craven
abdication" in the case of Jamal Khashoggi's murder, The Washington Post
must insist that the truth about this state-sponsored murder be revealed and
that its authors — who the CIA believes include Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman — be held accountable," the Post's editorial board said in an
failure to do so would cause profound damage to vital U.S. interests, including
the long-term relationship with Saudi Arabia," said the board.
a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after
entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
initially saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks
later that he was killed there.
Salman is under fire for his alleged role in the murder.
board also urged U.S. businesses, universities, think tanks and lobbying firms
that have done business with Saudi Arabia to reconsider their ties with the
said if Trump had acted in the U.S. interest by imposing "meaningful
consequences" on the Saudi crown prince and his regime, he could have
cleared the way for a gradual rebuilding of normal relations.
failure to do so means business as usual cannot resume," the board wrote.
Post said as long as he dodges accountability for the killing, bin Salman
should be treated "as a pariah by all those who value human rights and the
rule of law".
initiatives should be shunned, and statesmen from the democratic world should
not meet with him," it said.
board also urged state leaders attending the G20 summit in Argentina on Friday
and Saturday to distinguish their principles from those of Trump by refusing to
pretend that nothing is amiss.
week, Republican Sen. Bob Corker and Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the chairman
and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, respectively,
asked for an investigation into the role of bin Salman in the murder of
Khashoggi under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
roadside bomb killed three American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday,
the US military said.
military said that three other service members were wounded when the bomb went
off near the city of Ghazni. An American contractor was also wounded, it said.
The military did not immediately identify any of the casualties.
Ubon Mendie, a military spokesman, said the wounded were evacuated and are
receiving medical care.
Taliban claimed the attack, saying a US tank was completely destroyed.
Taliban carry out near-daily attacks on Afghan forces, and in August the
insurgents overran parts of Ghazni, leading to days of intense fighting before
they were driven out. Ghazni was the only one of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces
where parliamentary elections could not be held in October. Voting there has
been postponed for a year.
US and NATO formally concluded their combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, but
still provide close support to Afghan forces and carry out counterterrorism
operations. Some 15,000 American forces are currently serving in Afghanistan.
of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi called on world leaders Tuesday to reject
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s participation in this week’s G20
summit in Argentina.
a letter addressed to state leaders who will be attending the economic summit
in the capital Buenos Aires on Friday and Saturday, Khashoggi’s Friends Around
the World Association said bin Salman's presence was a "clear
challenge" to the values and principles of the G20.
do not reject the participation of Saudi Arabia in the summit, but we refuse
that this country should be represented at the summit by a person accused of
inciting the murder of our friend Khashoggi, and the accused would use his
participation to wash his hands of Khashoggi's blood under your care,"
said the association.
group said that by allowing and welcoming bin Salman's presence at the summit,
state leaders would be sending a "negative message" to the free
also condemned bin Salman's tour of some Arab countries prior to heading to the
G20 summit, saying the crown prince sought to break the isolation that
surrounded him after the journalist's murder.
group also urged world leaders to help bring him to justice in order not to be
surprised by a new Khashoggi incident in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere.
former Bangladeshi PM Khaleda Zia barred from contesting polls
a major setback to jailed former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia, a top
court Tuesday ruled that a person jailed for more than two years cannot contest
polls, effectively ruining her chance to participate in the December 30 polls.
General Mahbubey Alam said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson,
who is convicted in two graft cases, cannot contest the upcoming 11th general
election next month. “She is disqualified from taking part in the upcoming
elections,” Alam told a press conference, hours after the High Court issued a
rule saying persons jailed for more than two years even if their appeals are
pending with the courts cannot contest the polls.
73-year-old ex-premier is currently serving jail terms in two graft cases
involving charities named after her slain husband Ziaur Rahman. She has been in
custody since February 8, when Dhaka Special Court convicted her in the Zia
Orphanage Trust graft case and sentenced her to five years of imprisonment for
embezzling 21 million Bangladeshi Taka ($ 252,504) in foreign donations meant
for the Trust. On October 30, the High Court doubled her jail term to 10 years.
October 29, a trial court convicted her in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case
and sentenced her to seven years in prison and imposed a fine of Tk 1 million
High Court order came as the BNP, which boycotted the 2014 elections under
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League (AL) government, was set to
contest the polls in alliance with the newly formed National Unity Front (NUF)
led by eminent jurist Kamal Hossain.
chief state counsel said even if Zia was released from jail before November 28,
the deadline of filing the nomination papers, the Constitution would not allow
her to contest the polls and “she will have to wait for five more years after
her acquittal to take part in the elections”.
per Bangladesh’s Constitution, a person sentenced to imprisonment for two years
or above for a criminal offence cannot take part in an election unless five
years have elapsed since his/her release. The two-judge High Court bench
comprising Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam
passed the order, rejecting separate petitions filed by five BNP leaders,
including Zia’s adviser Amanullah Aman, seeking a stay on their convictions and
sentences in graft cases.
Attorney General said, “If the court allows them to take part in the next
general election by staying their conviction, it will go against Article 66 of
the Constitution...so the court scrapped their pleas.” Zia was made
vice-chairperson of the BNP, the largest political opposition of the country,
in March 1983 after the assassination of her husband. She became chairperson of
the party on May 10, 1984, a post she is holding till now.
her 35 years of political career, Zia went to the jail several times.
the 2007-2008 tenure of the army-backed caretaker government, she was in jail
for about a year on charges of corruption.
ut-Tahrir steps up activities ahead of election
banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir has stepped up its activities ahead of
the 11th general election by distributing leaflets, putting up posters, and
leading a procession through Dhaka calling for the creation of a caliphate in
its posters and leaflets, the militant organization - notorious for its
anti-democratic and anti-election sentiment - is urging the Bangladeshi people
to remove the incumbent government and unite under a “Khilafah Rashidah”.
same call for a caliphate was made when around 30 Hizb ut-Tahrir activists led
a flash procession through Shahbagh in Dhaka on Monday.
ut-Tahrir is trying to reorganize in secret (but) we are monitoring their
present activities,” Mohibul Islam Khan, the deputy commissioner of the
Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police, said.
members have already been arrested and we are making an effort to detain the
organization’s top leadership based on information gleaned from members already
marchers were seen carrying a banner and chanting slogans in a video posted on
social media by a member of the banned militant outfit who filmed the
procession while riding on a motorbike.
police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abul Hassan said police HAD received
a tip off and arrived at Shahbagh, but
could not find any sign of a procession there.
are trying to identify the people who participated in the procession through
the video posted on social media,” he said.
are Hizb ut-Tahrir?
thinker Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani formed Hizb ut-Tahrir in 1953 in Jerusalem, five
years after the creation of Israel.
organization’s Bangladesh chapter was launched in 2000 by Nasimul Gani and
Kawsar Shahnewaz under the leadership of Dr Syed Golam Maula, who was then a
teacher at Dhaka University.
September, 2008, Dr Syed Golam Maula was among 10 Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders
detained by Rajshahi police. They were released within two weeks after the
group threatened to oust the army-backed caretaker government.
2009, detectives said Hizb ut-Tahrir had links to Jama’atul Mujiheedin Bangladesh,
Harkat ul-Jihad, and the Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed.
October 2009 the group was banned but it remains operational, silently
picketing in front of mosques, recruiting merit students as its members and
leaders, and maintaining a well-managed online presence.
the 650 Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders and members arrested since the ban, more than
450 have since been let out on bail and are now absconding.
educated, technologically adept
to data collected from the agencies concerned, different units of law
enforcement have arrested a total of 49 Hizb ut-Tahrir members between 2015 and
November this year. Most of the detainees are students of various universities
ut-Tahrir is reorganizing with a long-term agenda,” an official of the CTTC
said on condition of anonymity. “They usually target merit students for
recruitment, as having members in high government positions will help them in
the long run.”
said the Hizb ut-Tahrir members are highly-educated and technologically-adept,
which allows them to carry out their organizational activities under the radar
fo the law enforcement agencies.
with their online presence, members of the organization distribute leaflets in
mosques and on streets after prayers, and put up posters.
to several eyewitnesses, Hizb ut-Tahrir members distributed leaflets featuring
anti-government propaganda in the capital’s Bangla Motor area on November 22.
days later, five Hizb ut-Tahrir activists were detained by a team of Rapid
Action Battalion (RAB) 4. Among the suspects was a Dhaka University student,
the director of a coaching centre, and three students from Mirpur University
College and Tejgaon College.
group [Hizb ut-Tahrir] has become active centering on the upcoming general
election,” RAB 4 Commander, Additional DIG Chowdhury Manjurul Kabir, told the
A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on
Tuesday, the US military said, in what appeared to be the deadliest attack on
US forces in Afghanistan in the last 17 months.
appeared to be the deadliest attack on American forces since June 2017, when an
Afghan army soldier shot and killed three US soldiers in an insider attack in
the Achin district of the eastern Nangarhar province. The Taliban claimed that
Taliban carry out near-daily attacks on Afghan forces, and in August the
insurgents overran parts of Ghazni, leading to days of intense fighting before
they were driven out. Ghazni was the only one of Afghanistan's 34 provinces
where parliamentary elections could not be held in October. Voting there has
been postponed for a year.
also urges the United States Agency for International Development and the State
Department to halt all partnerships and funding arrangements with groups
affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami, Islami Chhatra Shibir, and Hefazat-e-Islam
Congressional resolution has called Dhaka to stop radical organizations that
pose threat to the country’s stability and secular democracy.
resolution moved in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Jim Bankes
also calls on the Government to heed the Bangladesh Election Commission’s
request to ensure security for minorities and maintain communal harmony for a
that repeated attacks on religious minorities, expanding religious intolerance,
and growing destabilization caused by radical groups, including JeI and Islami
Chhatra Shibir, undermine United States economic and strategic interests in
Bangladesh; the resolution says that there is a growing trend of Islamic
extremism in Bangladesh tied to pro-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria activity.
that Jamaat-e-Islami, Hefazat-e-Islam, and other theocratic extremist groups
pose an immediate and ongoing threat to Bangladesh’s stability and secular
democracy, and religious minorities remain at grave risk of continuing
violence, the resolution calls on the Bangladeshi Government to stop radical organizations,
such as Jamaat-e-Islami, Islami Chhatra Shibir, and Hefazat-e-Islam, who pose
an ongoing threat to the country’s stability and secular democracy.
also urges the United States Agency for International Development and the State
Department to halt all partnerships and funding arrangements with groups
affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami, Islami Chhatra Shibir, and Hefazat-e-Islam.
plays a critical role in the safe and voluntary repatriation of over 800,000
Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in Bangladesh from religious and
political persecution in Myanmar, it said.
Syed Zafar Mehdi
distinguished scholars, authors, cultural experts, diplomats, and politicians
took part in these discussions and threw light on various issues.
one of the commissions, former Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
spoke about the plight of Rohingya refugees and their impoverished conditions
in Bangladesh’s refugee camps. He said the commission, which comprises foreign
ministers of Jordon, Syria, Iraq, and Mauritania, will work to aid Rohingya
refugees and highlight their issues in the media.
has been one year since Rohingya Muslims were forced to leave Myanmar following
a brutal crackdown by Myanmar military with support from the government. As per
conservative estimates, there are around 905,000 Rohingya refugees presently in
Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar.
savagery in Rakhine was described by the United Nations as “a textbook example
of ethnic cleansing”. The atrocities were widely documented by human rights bodies,
including gang rapes, cold-blooded killings, torture and destruction of
properties belonging to Rohingya Muslims.
another commission, Palestinian resistance movement Hamas leader Ismail Radwan
expressed anguish over growing proximity between some Arab states and the
Zionist regime of Israel. He said the Palestinians with their unflinching
resistance and continued struggle for the liberation of occupied territories
would never allow any such “deal” from taking place.
Islamic luminary Ayatollah Taskhiri, speaking in one of the commissions, also
denounced Zionist regime’s war crimes in Palestine and called for the boycott
unrelenting injustices perpetrated against the Palestinian people have stirred
the conscience of people worldwide, transcending the religious divide. On the
other hand, some Arab regimes, having ties with Israel and US, have been siding
with the oppressors because of business interests.
President Donald Trump created a flutter last week when he remarked that Israel
would be in “big trouble” without Saudi Arabia. “The fact is that Saudi Arabia
is tremendously helpful in the Middle East, if we didn’t have Saudi Arabia we
wouldn’t have a big base, we wouldn’t have any reason probably,” Trump told
reporters, while defending Saudi crown prince over Jamal Khashoggi murder.
Moghadam, a senior Iranian politician and former lawmaker, speaking at the
conference said one of the methods of forging unity and foiling the enemy plots
was to reduce our dependence on dollar. If Muslim countries eliminate the use
of dollar, he affirmed, the dollar will be lost and that would deal a body blow
to the enemy.
Mostafa, a scholar from Algeria, in his talk accused Saudi Arabia of providing
a launch pad to ISIS terrorists, who have wreaked havoc in many Muslim
countries in recent years. He said a trial should be conducted for those Muslim
rulers who betray fellow Muslims.
delegation of students from Philippines said the role of Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Khamenei in forging unity in the Muslim world should serve as a
source of inspiration. They said the Leader has kept all sections of society in
Iran, Shia and Sunni, in tandem and prevented major troubles.
Mohsen Araki, the General Secretary of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic
Schools of Thought, which organizes the conference, in his keynote address said
Muslims should excel in cultural, economic, scientific, political and military
fields. He said the Muslim world owns 70 percent of the world’s energy, water,
and has significant population that utilizes these capacities to blend Islamic
countries with the Islamic world.
Araki reiterated that supporting the oppressed people of Yemen was a “religious
obligation” for all conscientious Muslims. The victory of the people of Yemen,
he said, will expose the ‘enemies of Islam’.
Kafla, the representative of Ansarullah Yemen, highlighted the horrors of
Saudi-led war and blockade in Yemen, quoting UNHCR figures, he said 24 million
people needed immediate medical aid and 10 million people needed drinking
a much-anticipated UN Security Council resolution calling for a cessation of
Saudi-led war in Yemen and for the humanitarian aid to be allowed to reach
millions of starving people was “stalled” last week after British Foreign
Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who had moved the resolution, met with Saudi crown
prince in Riyadh.
the sidelines of the conference, the participants visited the shrine of Imam
Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic revolution, on Sunday where they
interacted with his grandson Syed Hassan Khomeini.
his brief talk, Khomeini said the idea of ‘unity’ was not about abrogating
one’s own beliefs, but respecting each other’s beliefs. He said the
disintegration of Muslims gives the enemy an upper-hand. However, he added that
Shias and Sunnis have opened channels of communication and dialogue to make
their relationship better and stronger.
is pertinent to note that Holy Qur’an considers all Muslims ‘brothers’ as
stipulated in Surah Hujurat: “The faithful are indeed brothers. Therefore make
peace between your brothers and be wary of Allah, so that you may receive His
mercy.” This verse calls Muslims brothers in faith and makes unity and
brotherhood between them a precondition for receiving God’s mercy.
big initiatives to resolve the Rohingya crisis -- repatriation since
mid-November and resettlement since early October -- have been stalled for an
indefinite period due to the persecuted refugees’ reluctance on the grounds of
security and rights.
issues are likely to be dealt with by the new government of Bangladesh
following the year-end general election.
on condition of anonymity, more than one high Bangladeshi government official
confirmed to Anadolu Agency that before the Dec. 30 national election there is
no possibility of working on the Rohingya crisis.
than 750,000 Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh and took shelter in makeshift
camps at the southeastern coastal district of Cox’s Bazar since Aug. 25, 2017,
when forces in neighboring Myanmar launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim
community in Rakhine state.
the one hand, Rohingya Muslims have vowed not to go back to Myanmar -- their
country of origin -- without citizenship rights, ethnic identity, guarantees of
safety, and returning to their original homes and lands. On the other hand,
most are afraid to move to Bhasan Char, a distant island reportedly prone to
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to open the new settlement for
100,000 Rohingya refugees at Bhashan Char on Oct. 3, but this has been
a consensus of the two countries -- Bangladesh and Myanmar -- in a first phase
more than 2,200 Rohingya were planned to be repatriated on Nov. 15, although
international NGOs and the United Nations have repeatedly urged Bangladesh to
do it on voluntary basis, as tens of thousands of Rohingya in Myanmar are still
confined to detention centers and Myanmar’s government still does not accept
the Rohingya as citizens.
such uncertainty, the work on isolated Bhasan Char at an estuary of the Meghna
River is close to being finished.
people are happy
of thousands of low-income working people of riverine Bangladesh’s coastal area
are happy about the resettlement project.
Rajib, 30, a mason and native of another remote island, Hatia, in the southern
Noakhali district, now working at the Rohingya resettlement project for about
six months, told Anadolu Agency that he is happy as his daily income is now 800
Bangladeshi taka (around $10), about twice his previous irregular income.
Rajib, thousands of workers from all over Bangladesh are now working in the
project at Bhasan Char, a muddy islet that emerged from the Bay of Bengal in
this remote coastal area, hundreds of construction workers and day laborers are
on the move every day by trawler or engine boat to and from Bhasan Char. They
are pleased with the opportunity to earn extra income.
think that after completing the project, an extension will be started, as more
than one million Rohingya are living in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf areas [in
southeastern Bangladesh] and they need a new location,” Abdur Rahim, a trader
running a small hotel on Bashan Char, told Anadolu Agency.
construction, many people from surrounding areas are also running small hotels
and tea stalls on Bhasan Char and dream of better livelihoods from the project.
who do not benefit from the project, however, see things a bit different. They
fear the long-term impact of the relocation of 100,000 outsiders.
Khaleq, a businessman on Hatia, told Anadolu Agency that the resettlement on
this distant island will never be temporary. It must turn permanent, as the
Rohingya population growth rate is very high.
of the Rohingya must leave anyhow and try to get involved in criminal
activities to earn money,” claimed Mohammad Momin, a bank employee on the
many Rohingya living on an isolated islet depending on relief aid and under the
watchful eye of law enforcement is no laughing matter, said Hatia schoolteacher
will happen if the Rohingya are not relocated to Bhasan Char? A Navy commander
seeking anonymity told Anadolu Agency that still, tens of thousands of local
people in coastal areas are completely homeless due to river erosion.
Bangladeshi government has also prepared a list of the victims of river
erosion. This project is for the permanent development of Bangladesh, and in
case of failure of the Rohingya resettlement here, the government may
rehabilitate its own homeless people, the Navy official said.
Bangladesh naval force can also use this settlement in many ways as it is the
first permanent structure of its kind closest to the Bay of Bengal, another
navy commander told Anadolu on condition of anonymity.
in 4 phases
Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury said earlier
this month that 25,000 Rohingya will be relocated to Bhasan Char in the first
phase following the formal inauguration of the prime minister.
the remaining 75,000 Rohingya will be resettled in three phases in the shortest
time possible, he added.
project includes arrangements of schools for children, hospitals with modern
equipment and even mosques, he said, adding that Rohingya would have the
opportunity to fish and farm cattle.
Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s
state forces, according to the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).
a recent report, Forced Migration of Rohingya; The Untold Experience, the OIDA
raised the estimated number of murdered Rohingya to 23,962 (± 881) from a
Doctors Without Borders figure of 9,400.
than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others
were beaten, the OIDA report said, adding that 17,718 (±780) Rohingya women and
girls were raped by Myanmar’s army and police. Over 115,000 Rohingya houses
were also burned down and 113,000 others vandalized, it added.
to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly children
and women, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces
launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community.
least twenty eight militants were killed during the separate operations conducted
by the Afghan and U.S. forces in eastern Nangarhar and northeastern Kapisa
provinces of the country.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the
Afghan and U.S. forces jointly conducted a Special Operation in Achin district
on Monday, leaving at least 19 ISIS militants dead.
statement further added that the 02 unit ofthe Afghan forces in Nangarhar
airport conducted a Special Operation in Sherzad district, leaving at least 8
Taliban militants dead.
of the commanders of the Taliban identified as Mansoor was among those killed,
the statement said.
Rohingya Muslims living in Europe are standing by their long-suffering brethren
– aptly labeled by the United Nations as the world’s most persecuted community
- as they wage a grim battle for survival in Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh
which is sheltering over a million Rohingyas driven out virtually at gun-point.
diaspora’s support is critical for molding international public opinion as two
nuclear-armed powers who dominate the region - China and India – are backing
the Myanmar government, turning a blind eye to the genocide and rape of
Rohingya Muslims sanctioned by the military junta in the Buddhist-majority
nation which has led to their exodus.
and New Delhi’s absolute backing is emboldening the generals to brazenly deny
citizenship to Rohingyas and block their return from Bangladesh to their
ancestral home in Rakhine state, despite the United States and European Union
taking up cudgels on behalf of beleaguered refugees counting their days in
Cox’s Bazar camps.
this bleak scenario, many Rohingyas who fled Myanmar or camps in Bangladesh to
start life afresh from a scratch either in Western countries or Malaysia, are
doing everything they can for their compatriots in distress.
United Kingdom-based British Rohingya Community Charity and Burmese Rohingya
Organisation, Denmark-based European Rohingya Council, Germany-based Free
Rohingya Coalition and Rohingya Women Development Network in Malaysia (which
has one of the largest overseas Rohingya communities), are highlighting human
rights violations and campaigning for a permanent solution instead of just
Perveen, vice-chairperson of the European Rohingya Council and a successful doctor
now living in Schleswig, Germany, left Myanmar when she was barely five years
old. Racism and discrimination forced her parents to carve out a new life
abroad. Now she is bravely standing up for those left behind.
40, told The Telegraph newspaper that she is lobbying with the European Council
to take “a clear and unequivocal stand” and officially recognize the atrocities
on Rohingyas as genocide.
is also urging the European Union “to slap a trade embargo and freeze all EU
projects in Myanmar until the Aung San Suu Kyi government accepts Rohingyas as
want to empower our youth so that the next generation is not lost in transition
camps,” she adds.
Uddin Mohammad lives in Bradford, United Kingdom, where he arrived in 2008 from
a refugee camp in Bangladesh. The 36 year old drives a taxi and works part-time
for National Health Service. But importantly, he heads the British Rohingya
matters more to me than advocacy of my suffering brothers and sisters thousands
of miles away. After me, I hope my children too will fight to free the Rohingya
people”, says Mohammad.
Shakirah is the founder of the Rohingya Women Development Network in Kuala
Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, where an estimated 75,000 Rohingyas have escaped
to from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
25, is empowering Rohingya women through education so that they can stand on
their own feet. Her campaign to make women self-sufficient is angering Rohingya
men but she knows that her community cannot win the battle the battle against
racism and discrimination without the participation of women.
authorities have intercepted a boat with 93 Rohingya Muslims who were fleeing
apartheid conditions at internal displacement camps in Rakhine State and
heading to Malaysia.
Zaw Latt, director of the government office in the southern coastal town of
Dawei, said on Tuesday that Myanmar’s navy had seized the vessel and detained
the 93 people on board on Sunday after they received a tip from fishermen about
a “suspicious” vessel.
to the official, the 93 people said they had come from the Thae Chaung camp in
Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State.
said they ran away from the camp. They said they intended to go to Malaysia,”
said Moe Zaw Latt.
official added that the authorities were preparing to send them back to Sittwe
years, the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar have embarked on dangerous journeys
aboard rickety vessels to Thailand and Malaysia, fleeing state-sponsored
violence. Most of the voyages have taken place in the dry months between
November and March, when the sea is calm.
UN refugee agency has urged Myanmar to “address the root causes of
displacement,” including the lack of citizenship for the minority Rohingya
Muslims in the majority-Buddhist country.
of thousands of Rohingya have been languishing in internal displacement camps
since a previous wave of violence in 2012.
of Rohingya Muslims were killed, injured, arbitrarily arrested, or raped by
Myanmarese soldiers and Buddhist mobs mainly between November 2016 and August
2017, when the surviving members of the community started fleeing to Bangladesh
Rohingya Muslims, who have lived in Myanmar for generations, are denied citizenship
and are branded illegal emigrants from Bangladesh, which likewise denies them
officials from Bangladesh and Myanmar announced last month that they had struck
a “very concrete” repatriation deal for the return of the Rohingya refugees who
have fled the military crackdown. UN officials and aid agencies have condemned
the plan, saying the Muslims still faced violence in Myanmar.
boat seized on Sunday was the third to be intercepted in less than a month.
al-Watan online quoted local sources in Idlib province as saying that hundreds
of residents in several villages and small towns, including Kafr Nabl in Jabal
al-Zawiyah and also in Idlib city staged vast protests against Tahrir al-Sham,
and called for their expulsion from their regions.
further said that the protestors called for the release of a sum of 50
civilians that were arrested by Tahrir al-Sham, adding that the terrorist
group's gunmen opened live fire at the protestors that left five civilians
protestors, also, demanded Tahrir al-Sham to give them back their properties,
including Christians' assets that the group has seized in Idlib in recent days.
daily further said that the uprising came after 2 media activists were killed
in regions that are under Tahrir al-Sham's control, enraging the local
population who took to the streets to show protest at assassination, blackmail,
kidnapping and insecurity in the province.
sources said on Monday that Tahrir al-Sham Hayat and Ahrar al-Sham terrorist
groups resumed and intensified their clashes over a strategic road in the
Southern part of Idlib province.
clashes broke out between Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham militants on the
outskirts of Ma'arat al-Nu'aman in Southern Idlib, field sources reported.
sources noted that the infighting broke out after Tahrir al-Sham entered Heish
region controlled by Ahrar al-Sham and set up an inspection post there. Ahrar
al-Sham also targeted and pounded Tahrir al-Sham's post and put their forces on
al-Sham also hit the military posts of the National Liberation Front in Babolin
area in Heish region, they added.
sources also pointed to the preparations by Tahrir al-Sham Hayat to launch a
large-scale military operation in the region, and said Tahrir al-Sham aims to
seize control of the international highway passing through Ma'arat al-Nu'aman
bodies exhumed from mass grave in Syria’s Raqqa
A local official in Raqqa says more than 500 bodies have so far been exhumed
from one of the largest mass graves discovered near the Syrian city, once the
capital of the Daesh group’s self-styled caliphate.
was liberated in a US-backed campaign that ended more than a year ago, but rescuers
and recovery teams continue to locate mass graves around the northern city.
than a month after digging began in the Panorama mass grave, forensic teams
continue to lift bodies believed to have been buried there during the
four-month campaign to liberate Raqqa.
put the number of bodies buried there at around 1,500. Hammoud Al-Shawakh, a
local official involved in the work, said Tuesday that 516 bodies have been
workers have exhumed more than 500 bodies from one of the largest mass graves
near the northern city of Raqqa, once the capital of Daesh’s self-styled
caliphate, and are still uncovering remains, a local official said Tuesday.
exhumation of mass graves in and around Raqqa is being undertaken by local
groups and first responders amid concerns about the preservation of bodies and
evidence for possible war crimes trials.
in a race against time. These bodies are decomposing at an exponential rate,”
said Sara Kayyali of Human Rights Watch.
devastating US-backed air and ground campaign drove Daesh from Raqqa more than
a year ago, but rescuers and recovery teams continue to discover mass graves in
and around the city. At least nine graves have been found in the area, and the
bodies that have been recovered are a mix of victims of US-led coalition
airstrikes, Daesh fighters and civilians.
Panorama mass grave, named after the neighborhood where it was found, is one of
the largest of nine burial sites discovered so far, and is believed to contain
about 1,500 bodies. Hammoud Al-Shawakh, a local official involved in the work,
said 516 bodies, believed to be of Daesh terrorists and civilians, have been
exhumed so far.
work is painstaking and the task is huge. A team of Raqqa-based first
responders and forensic doctors carefully shovel dirt to search for the bodies,
which are believed to have been buried there in the last days of the four-month
campaign to liberate the city.
Raouf Al-Ahmad, the deputy forensic doctor, said local teams start their work
at 8 a.m. and continue for more than seven hours straight each day, digging
through neatly formed trenches in the grave.
we extract the bodies from this grave... we document whether it belongs to a
fighter, child, baby, an adolescent or woman or an ordinary person,” he said.
“We document clothing, ornaments, height, type of injury, cause of death and
how it was covered, what the person was wearing, with what it was wrapped and
its position in the grave.”
news reported that the talks are underway between the SDF and the ISIL to
conclude an agreement similar to the one
on Raqqa to relocate the terrorists from Deir Ezzur to Iraq's desert.
further said that the US-led coalition air force, according to the talks, will
provide a cover for the terrorists to move to Iraqi territories 60km from the
border with Syria.
100 SDF gunmen were killed in clashes with the ISIL on Monday and the US-led
coalition forces retreated from their positions in al-Tunk oilfield in Eastern
Deir Ezzur on the same day.
US-led coalition has long been suspected of colluding with the ISIL terrorist group
in Eastern Syria for quite a few years now. Experts believe the US needs to
keep a contained group of ISIL terrorists operating in the region in a bid to
justify its buildup in Eastern Syria.
a relevant move by the US forces, the Arabic-language website of RT quoted the
locals as saying earlier this month that the US helicopters conducted heliborne
operations to openly rescue ISIL commander where they come under siege.
further said that the US warplanes targeted residential unis that were far from
ISIL bases in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
local population further told the Arabic RT that a large volume of the US-made
weapons and ammunition were found in the Syrian Army's mop-up operations in
ISIL's positions in Deir Ezzur province that was further proof of the close
cooperation between the US and the ISIL.
source, affiliated to the SDF, reported that the Saudis and the UAE will
participate in funding the US-run observation posts on the Eastern bank of the
Euphrates River near the border with Turkey and also for training SDF
sources said that a sum of 30,000 SDF militants are expected to train by the
US-led coalition to deploy at Syrian borders, adding that Turkey's former
pressure on the US and other coalition member states had delayed the plan for
training and arming the SDF.
Arabic-language Sharq al-Awsat quoted an unnamed Kurdish military commander as
saying on Monday that the US forces started the operations to set up
observation posts in regions under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces
along Syria-Turkey border.
US forces have set up three observation posts in Tal Abyaz region in Northern
Raqqa and two others in Kobani in Northeastern Aleppo," the Kurdish
Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Turkish army men engaged in heavy
infighting with Ankara-backed Suleiman Shah militants in Shih region in Afrin.
further said that a number of people have been kidnapped by the terrorist
news website reported that Abdu Atman, a militant commander, has been arrested
in the town of Afrin after harsh debates among Firqa al-Hamzah terrorists,
affiliated to the Free Army.
news further said that a number of Firqah al-Hamzah gunmen were killed and
wounded after a bomb went off in their vehicle in al-Bastoulah region in
the meantime, Baas news website reported that the Ankara-backed militants are
still looting civilians' assets and agricultural products in Afrin region.
added that the terrorist groups have set up a number of checkpoints in
different districts in Afrin, blackmailing people in the name of collecting
website further said that products of a sum of 700 olive trees have been looted
by the terrorists in the village of Za'arah in Bolbol region.
sources reported on Monday that the Turkey-backed militants in Afrin region
were busy with blackmailing civilians and infighting in the region.
sources in Afrin said that the militants supported by Ankara kidnapped 9
members of a family, including women and children, in the town of Sheikh Hadid
in Western Afrin, demanding $25,000 as ransom for their release.
reports said that two groups of Faylaq al-Sham terrorists affiliated to the
Turkish army engaged in heavy clashes in the village of Haj Khalil in
Northwestern Afrin, leaving at least 5 militants injured.
state-owned al-Watan daily quoted sources, affiliated to the National
Liberation Front terrorists, as disclosing that fresh talks were held between
Tahrir al-Sham and Turkish military and intelligence commanders over the
withdrawal of the terrorist groups from M4 and M5 international highways that
connect Aleppo to Hama and Lattakia province as required by the Sochi
daily further said that Tahrir al-Sham has set new prerequisites for the
implementation of the Sochi Agreement to prevent any attempt for its
dissolution and stand against the rival terrorist groups that plan to capture
Tahrir al-Sham's regions in Idlib that cover over 70 percent of the province.
report said Tahrir al-Sham has asked for its continued rule, adding that the
terrorist group has offered to transfer control of M4 and M5 international
highways to Turkey, but only if Russians are not present in the region, and in
return will retreat 7 km instead of 10km, mentioned in the Sochi Agreement,
from the highways.
further said that Tahrir al-Sham's move to dispatch a military convoy to
regions near the town of Ma'arat al-Nu'aman, which is under the National
Liberation Front's control, was aimed at seizing control over the remaining
part of Aleppo-Hama highway in Southern Idlib to put Turkey and its allied
militants under pressure to agree to their new terms.
al-Sham forwarded a large convoy of heavy military hardware to Ma'arat
al-Nu'aman and Dar al-Izzah in Western Aleppo to pave the ground for its
control over a chunk of the Aleppo-Hama highway that covers lands from Khan
al-Asal in Southwestern Aleppo to Morek in Northern Hama.
sources also pointed to the preparations by Tahrir al-Sham Hayat to launch a
large-scale military operation in the region, and said Tahrir al-Sham aims to
seize control of the international highway passing through Maarat al-Numan
news website, affiliated to the Kurdish militia, reported that units of the
Ankara-led Euphrates Shield, deployed in the village of Jub al-Dam in al-Bab
region in Northeastern Aleppo, targeted the positions of the Manbij Military
Council in the village of Korhodok West of Manbij.
further said that the Turkish forces' provocative measures have intensified
after Turkish and the US troops carried out joint patrol around Manbij to
prevent escalation of the situation.
website went on to say that Turkish reconnaissance planes carried out continued
flights over the town of Ra'as al-Ein West of Hasaka.
the meantime, Turkey's state-owned Yeni Safak paper pointed to the US plan to
set up observation posts in the Kurdish-held regions at Syria's border with
Turkey, and said that the Turkish army is planning to launch a military
operation in the region regardless of the US measures.
the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that a delegation
from Arab states in the Persian Gulf held a meeting with commanders of the
Syrian Democratic Forces in the town of Ein al-Arab (Kobani) in Northeastern
Aleppo over the military and administrative situations on the Eastern bank of
the Euphrates River.
Arabia's Crown Prince arrives in Tunisia as 100s protest his visit
Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has arrived in Tunisia as hundreds of
people staged protest rallies across the North African country, denouncing the
kingdom's de facto ruler as a murderer of prominent dissident journalist Jamal
Khashoggi, who was killed after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey’s
largest city of Istanbul last month.
Salman told Tunisian state television late on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and
Tunisia have long had good relations.
cannot come to North Africa without visiting Tunisia ...Tunisian president
(Beji Caid Essebsi) is like my father,” he added.
in the day, protesters marched through the central Habib Bourguiba avenue in
the capital Tunis, on the second day of demonstrations against the Saudi crown
prince’s visit to Tunisia.
reasons that encouraged me to take part in this demonstration are that this
person, can be blamed for two things. First the massacres that are taking place
in Yemen and he is clearly responsible for that. Children are dying as well as
the hunger, poverty and misery in Yemen.
this man is against all liberties, any form of liberty, (including) freedom of
expression of the press, of women, and of the emancipation of women. What would
be positive enough to welcome him?” university professor, Chedli Nafti, said.
society activist, Mourad Zaalouni, said, “We demonstrate today to denounce
against the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman to Tunisia and is wrong
that we are hosting him here officially. This is wrong for the Tunisian state
and for the Arab Spring.”
added, “Seeing someone whose hands are stained with the blood of the Syrians
and the Yemenis. This Crown Prince is the biggest support to the Zionist entity
in the Arab world. He relied on Israel's support to hide the responsibility of
the death of Khashoggi. This visit is part of a regional agenda to harm the
was killed on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
inside, he was immediately strangled and then dismembered, according to the
Istanbul Prosecutor’s office.
senior Turkish official told The Washington Post on November 2 that the slain
journalist’s body was destroyed in acid on the grounds of the Saudi consulate
or at the nearby residence of the Saudi consul general.
official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said biological evidence
discovered in the diplomatic mission garden supports the theory that
Khashoggi’s body was disposed of close to where he was killed and dismembered.
body was not in need of burying,” the official was quoted as saying.
a distinguished commentator on Saudi affairs who wrote for The Washington
Post’s Global Opinions section, had lived in self-imposed exile in the US since
September 2017, when he left Saudi Arabia over fears of the Riyadh regime’s
crackdown on critical voices.
death has subjected the Riyadh regime and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman to strict scrutiny.
Cengiz, the journalist's fiancée, has accused Saudi officials of a massive
group blows hot over Allah’s land allegedly seized by Fayose
John Owen Nwachukwu
Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has added its voice to the raging land
controversy between the Islamic group, Ahmadiyyah Muslims and former Governor
of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
Muslims had staged a massive protest in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital,
penultimate Saturday against Fayose.
group, under the leadership of Bashiru Alawode, accused the former Governor of
forcefully acquiring its land to build a petrol station for his son.
to the group, an Ahmadiyyah mosque was built on the land since the early 40’s
but they decided to demolish it recently because it was built with old moulded
group maintained that the intention was to put up a modern mosque to replace
the old one but Fayose allegedly seized the land and started building a petrol
in its reaction, described Fayose’s action as tyrannical, totalitarian and
was contained in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday and signed
by MURIC’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
rights group said, “Fayose’s action is shameful. He is a political misnomer and
an unmitigated disaster. He has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is an
oppressor without borders.
can a whole sitting governor confiscate a piece of land belonging to the Muslim
community for personal use? This is oppression of the highest order. Fayose is
a selfish demagogue, a political charlatan and a skullduggery primus inter
is a man who pretended that he was a friend of the Ekiti masses. He rode okada
in public. He ate roasted corn by the roadside all in an effort to deceive the
people that he belonged to the hoi polloi. But the wind has blown now and we
have seen the ruff of the hen. Fayose is a shenanigan nulli secundus. Napoleon
Bonaparte was right when he said ‘Men are led by toys.’
must return Muslim land. Any land on which a mosque is built is Allah’s land.
Seizing that land was audacious in the first place and by that action the
former governor has only confirmed that he has no fear of God. This man needs
to repent or he will face Allah’s wrath.
has also proved his pathological hatred for Muslims by commandeering their
piece of land. We have always said that Fayose is a Muslim hater. Are we not
vindicated now? Why should he seize mosque land of all the landed properties in
Ekiti State? Why Muslim land? The same Fayose went on a demolition spree of
mosques in the state when he was governor. The same Fayose refused to give
Muslims in the state any political appointment. He was widely known for his
extremely lopsided political appointments: an all-Christian cabinet and
all-Christian board members and chairmen. It was impunity ad infinitum. Fayose
has left a pitiable legacy of endogamy.
in Ekiti State must realize that rights are never given on a platter of gold.
You struggle for it. Dare to struggle, dare to win. There is no gain without
pain. No people ever overcome their downpressors without struggle. American
blacks went through that experience. South Africans regained their land through
travails and eventual victory of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Martin
Luther King Jnr, Nelson Mandela, Haile Selassie, Thomas Sankara, Patrice
Lumumba, Agostinho Neto, Samora Machel and other icons of civil liberty, black
struggle and African revolution bear eloquent testimonies to this assertion.
Ekiti Muslims must therefore rise as one to give Fayose sleepless nights. The
demonstration which started last week must not stop although it must always be
must visit Fayose’s private residence in Ado Ekiti with placards on a regular
basis particularly on Fridays. They must march on Fayose’s house straight from
the Jum’ah prayer on Fridays. Taunt Fayose with Bandiri drums. Let Alasalatu
women surround his house chanting Islamic ditties (waka). Occupy his street
until he surrenders the land. They must repeat the same thing every Salah day
as they return from Id al-Fitr and Id al-Kabiir prayers. Like Macbeth, Fayose
has murdered sleep. He shall sleep no more. Our people say ‘he who steals a
poor man’s chicken has offended the most garrulous story-teller’.”
appealed to the current Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to intervene
in the matter.
Haram jihadists have killed four farmers near the northeast Nigerian city of
Maiduguri, in the latest bloodshed in the restive region, witnesses and a local
militia leader said on Monday.
of fighters believed to be loyal to Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau
attacked a group of farmers working in their field near Jiddari-Polo on Monday,
said the farmers who survived the attack.
said the Islamists hacked their victims to death and left another farmer with
came in large numbers on foot while we were picking cowpea in the field and
arrested six of us while others escaped," Mala Umara told AFP.
macheted four to death before my eyes and left the other man seriously
injured," he said.
civilian militia leader in the city, Babakura Kolo confirmed the killings.
75, was spared by the militants with a message to Nigerian troops stationed in
Jiddari-Polo that they should brace for an impending attack from the jihadists.
was too fast for them'
asked me to deliver a message to the soldiers that they should be prepared for
an attack soon.
told me the same message three times and emphasised I convey it to the
soldiers," Umara said.
Muhammad was also among the farmers who escaped when the militants stormed the
of them armed with guns and machetes encircled me and began asking me the
location of soldiers in Jiddari-Polo," he said.
of them shouted that they should attack me with machetes but I instinctively
of them pursued me but I was too fast for them. They took my bicycle with
them," he said.
in the region could not be immediately reached about this latest attack.
Haram has stepped up attacks on farmers and loggers in recent years, accusing
them of passing information about the group to the military.
week, the jihadists killed nine farmers and abducted 12 others in an attack on
Mammanti village near Maiduguri.
November 16, the insurgents kidnapped 50 loggers near the town of Gamboru on
the border with Cameroon, four days after 15 farmers were shot dead as they
worked in their fields near the garrison town of Monguno, 140km from Maiduguri.
month the jihadists hacked 12 farmers to death in Kalle, a remote village 17km
the government's insistence that Boko Haram are near defeat, the group has
recently carried out major attacks on military and civilian targets, killing
sources said at least 44 soldiers were killed in an attack in Metele village,
near the border with Niger, last week, although one soldier who escaped gave a
has reported at least 17 attempts to overrun army bases since July.
have been claimed by the ISIS-backed Boko Haram faction, Islamic State West
Africa Province (ISWAP).
Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has mocked the Nigerian army over recent
massacre by the Boko Haram insurgents.
expressed shock that Nigerian security forces, who according to it, have been
receiving random killings from Boko Haram terrorists without retaliation and
resistance would be going round the South-East where unarmed civilians are
carrying out peaceful rally.
group however stated that it will continue to press for the liberation of the
people of South-East, while commending its members for remaining steadfast to
was contained in a statement made available to DAILY POST today, which read,
“We the global family of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) consider it
important to commend every IPOB member and our gallant volunteers who made it
possible on our last outing with those Biafrans who participated during the
last peaceful rally across Biafraland.
last peaceful event across Biafraland on Friday proves the total fomidablity
and resoluteness on the side of Biafran citizens towards the efforts and
pursuit for Biafra freedom.
one and only IPOB ably led by our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu must continue
our evangelism and sensitization for Biafra referendum no matter the threats
from Nigerian government and her security agencies.
is very pathetic and unbelievable to all Nigerians that Nigerian security
forces who has been receiving serious and random killings from Boko Haram
terrorists operating in the North East of the country without retaliation and
resistance would summoned the courage and temerity by going round Biafraland
where unarmed civilians were doing peaceful rally with attack which they cannot
confront and withstand Boko Haram terrorist.
is important we remind Nigeria Government and her security forces that days are
coming when they will not come behind IPOB members anywhere around Biafraland.
the recent peaceful rally conducted by IPOB leadership worldwide across
Biafraland only police in Anambra State attacked our people because governor of
Anambra State Chief William Obiano permitted them to do so.
to the IPOB intelligence discovery Obiano has once again started to instruct
Nigerian security agencies to go after innocent citizens or anybody suspected
to be IPOB member, which we all are aware that moved all the security
operatives going house to house in search of innocent and unarmed civilians
whom they suspect to be IPOB member.
wonder why Nigerian government and her security agencies including Gov. Obiano
would accuse IPOB members for their missing guns and rifles, if there is any
because Nigeria security agencies especially corrupt Nigerian Police has always
been feeding the public with crude lies against the innocent people in the
doesn’t move with guns and cannot do so until Biafra sovereignty is restored.
are warning Nigeria Government headed by Fulani caliphate including the
Nigerian Police to leave IPOB family alone and release those arrested unjustly
in the name of arresting IPOB members now it will cause more damage, harm and
misery in the remaining deteriorated image they are managing in the police
family worldwide will not succumb to any intimidation and blackmail from any
corner because Biafra freedom is ordained by Most High God the of Heaven and
Earth, therefore it is crystal clear that no man born of a woman can stop
are blaming those Nigerians especially those politicians and their advisers for
the woes of Nigeria because they thought that equating peaceful Biafra
agitation with terrorist group in the North can solve this agitations for
resolve for Biafra independence cannot stop because those who feels that it is
good to use attack and brutal force to stop Biafra coming into reality will
All Progressives Congress (APC) has said Atiku Abubakar, the presidential
candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his party, are dancing on
the graves of fallen soldiers.
had commented on the death of soldiers to Boko Haram attacks, while his party
(the PDP) alleged that the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, diverted funds
for the military to the APC campaign.
in a statement on Tuesday, APC’s spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the comment
of the PDP is “callous and insensitive to the families and dependants” of the
allegations by the PDP that military funds have been diverted to finance the
2019 election campaigns of the APC is a sad reminder of the evil and
retrogressive practices the PDP was notorious for during its defunct rule.
forbid that the APC inherits and apply such morbid practice as brazenly
displayed during the immediate past PDP administration where funds allocated to
fight the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east were shared among PDP leaders
and their cronies. “It is clear that the PDP and its presidential candidate,
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have decided to dance on the graves of our valiant and
patriotic soldiers by politicising their deaths in the recent Boko Haram attack
on the Nigerian army Metele base.
PDP and Atiku are playing desperate politics where even the blood of our fallen
heroes is fair game. Their actions are callous and insensitive to the families
and dependants of the late soldiers and indeed our military which battles daily
to ensure our territorial integrity.
see through PDP’s ploy to score political points as elections approach and it
will surely backfire. While the APC mourns the death of our military and other
security personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty, we urge them
to remain focussed on the brave task of securing the nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration remains solidly committed to
bringing lasting peace and security to all parts of the country and ensuring
that previously displaced persons are rehabilitated to resume their normal and
productive lives,” Issa-Onilu said.
liberal thought is on wane: Palestinian thinker
West in general and the U.S. in particular appear to have lost their control
over world affairs, Munir Shafiq, a prominent Palestinian intellectual, said in
an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency.
democratic thought is on the wane, even from the inside [i.e., inside western
states],” Shafiq said.
attributes the phenomenon to the rise of “extremist and nationalist groups” in
the West -- a trend that he believes constitutes “a blow to democracy”.
world is now in the throes of ideological chaos,” the intellectual said.
the past, political discourse -- ideas and principles -- was an extension of
the economic, military and political control exercised by certain states,”
example, after the Ottoman Empire fell, Islamic thought fell into decline,” he
said. “And during the Cold War, the world was divided between western political
ideologies and communism.”
ideologies never die, they just lie dormant,” he added. “Ideologies depend on
the relative power of their patron states to grow strong.”
thought on defensive
Shafiq contends, Islamic thought has been “badly bruised” by the recent
emergence of extremist groups in the region, “such as Daesh and the Al-Nusra
groups have had a “profoundly negative” impact on the Islamic world, Shafiq
said, going on to state his belief that these groups “have been used by the
West to weaken and degrade Islamic thought”.
Islamic thought will remain influential… and will even continue to grow,” he
added, “but its relative growth will remain conditional on the power and
influence wielded by Muslim countries.”
when Islam was very weak, Muslim thought was nevertheless able to spread,
especially in West Africa,” Shafiq pointed out. “The power of an ideology
reflects the sovereignty and power of the states that embrace it."
added: “Today’s youth are faced with a broken left-wing ideology, an Islamic
ideology associated with a region battered by conflict, and a democratic
ideology that looks increasingly shaky.”
ideological bedlam, Shafiq believes, “has prompted the new generation to eschew
ideology and engage in purely practical [i.e., non-political] activities”.
communist ideology collapsed following the demise of the Soviet Union,” he
said. “And now the liberal ideology that opposed communism is collapsing as
on the last month's murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul, Shafiq said: "I think they [the Saudi leadership]
wanted to interrogate him before eliminating him entirely.”
murder reveals how out-of-control the world has become,” he added. “That’s why
the issue has received so much global attention; it shows how the whole world
is now living in chaos”.
frequent contributor to The Washington Post, Khashoggi went missing on Oct. 2
after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
initially denying any knowledge of the journalist’s death, the Saudi
authorities later admitted that Khashoggi had in fact been killed in the
consulate, albeit by rogue Saudi agents.
the thorny issue of “reconciliation” between rival Palestinian factions Hamas
and Fatah, Shafiq again cited the ideological factor.
the Palestinian political arena, there are two diametrically opposed
points-of-view and two competing strategies,” he said.
strategy believes that good relations with Washington and negotiations with
Israel -- and an eventual peace settlement -- are the best solution [to the
Israel/Palestine conflict],” he said.
strategy is espoused by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) led by
President Mahmoud Abbas,” he added.
there is the opposing point-of-view embraced by resistance groups [led by
Hamas], which reject negotiations with Israel and which believe armed
resistance constitutes the only viable means of liberating Palestine,” Shafiq
these two ideologies are fundamentally opposed to each other,” he added,
“reconciliation [between Hamas and Fatah] can only be achieved if Abbas
radically alters his policy.”
to the PA’s ongoing failure to achieve any tangible gains for the Palestinian
national cause, Shafiq asserted: “The Palestinian resistance will never adopt a
policy that so obviously cannot bear any fruit.”
Abbas is very stubborn,” he said. “He has yet to recognize the failure of his
choice [to enter negotiations with Israel].”
the series of popular uprisings that shook the Arab world in 2011, Shafiq said:
“The Arab Spring didn’t come out of nowhere. Rather, it reflected the weakness
of U.S. regional hegemony and the changing balance of power among world
results of the Arab Spring have been overwhelmingly negative,” he concluded.
“If a fresh wave of popular uprisings occurs, the region must learn from its
past mistakes and experiences.”
releases statement thanking Iran for ‘supporting Gaza return marches’
a new demonstration of the rapprochement between Iran and Islamist political
group Hamas, the movement on Tuesday expressed its "thanks" to Tehran
for sponsoring victims of the great march of return.
has announced its "adoption" of the families of those killed and
wounded in the "return marches" in Gaza. Hamas spokesman Fawzi
Barhoum said in a statement that the movement "values" and
"highly appreciates" Iran's positions and support.
in a series of tweets on Tuesday, called on the Arab and Islamic countries to
continue to stand by the Palestinian people and support them in the face of all
November 2018 T
Arab Coalition forces represented by the joint forces’ Child Protection Unit
handed over 15 Yemeni children to the legitimate Yemeni government who were
arrested during military confrontations with the Iran-backed Houthi militias on
a number of fronts near the border with Saudi Arabia.
handover of children took place in the presence of a number of coalition
delegates, the participation of representatives of the International Committee
of the Red Cross, the representative of the Saudi Red Crescent, the head of the
Child Protection Unit in armed conflict, a delegate from the legitimate Yemeni
government and a delegate from the Human Rights Commission Saudi Arabia.
child was handed over a sum of money as a gift from the Arab coalition, while
the command of the Sharurah force provided also provided symbolic gifts to them,
after which commemorative photographs were taken on the occasion and the
children were then transported by buses to Marib.
child soldiers were rehabilitated for a period of three months before being
handed over to the legitimate Yemeni government, constituting the fifth batch
that had been rehabilitated so far and thus, reaching a total number of
children rehabilitated by the coalition forces in Yemen to 102.
Arab coalition supporting Yemeni legitimacy have been making various efforts to
restore security and stability in Yemen and preserving the unity of its people.
The coalition forces were concerned with the protection and rehabilitation of
children recruited by Houthi militias, after which they established the
"Child Protection Unit" in the command of the joint forces.
Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman has said that
only consistent pressure on the Iran-backed Houthi militias would eventually
lead to a political solution in Yemen.
stalling for months, the Houthis agreed to talk about handing some control of
Hodeidah port to the UN,” Prince Khalid tweeted on Tuesday.
comes as they are on the verge of being pushed out by force; proof that only
consistent pressure on the Iran backed militia will lead to a political
settlement,” he added.
envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, who was in Riyadh on Monday, is seeking a UN
role in supervising the port and continues his consultations ahead of peace
talks planned in Sweden next month, UN spokesman Rheal LeBlanc said.
semi-official Tasnim news agency says a Sunni cleric who had worked to
reconcile Sunnis and Shiites, members of the two biggest sects in Islam, was
shot and killed.
report says the cleric, Abdolghafour Jamalzai, was shot in the back with a
hunting rifle on Tuesday morning outside of a mosque in the town of Gorgan. The
town is about 300 kilometers, or about 190 miles, northeastern of Tehran.
report didn’t say how many gunmen were involved or speculate on the possible
motives for the assassination. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
says the cleric believed that enemies of Islam are trying to stir up trouble
between Shiites and Sunnis. Iran is a majority Shiite nation.
July, gunmen assassinated a Sunni cleric in southeastern Iran.
and the European Union have held the fourth meeting of the high-level political
dialogue in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
to a press release issued on Tuesday by the official website of the European
Union, the meeting was co-chaired by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for
Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Secretary General of the European External
Action Service (EEAS) Helga Maria Schmid on Monday.
added that the meeting was part of the regular exchanges between Iran and the
agenda focused on bilateral issues such as trade, energy, transport, the
environment, migration, humanitarian assistance, drug policy, education,
culture and research as well as counter-terrorism and regional developments,
notably Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan, the press release said.
to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Araqchi stressed the
importance of preserving the multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known
as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to promote regional and
international peace and security.
said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) once again reaffirmed the
Islamic Republic's full commitment to its undertakings under the nuclear deal.
its latest report on November 12, the UN nuclear agency said Iran has continued
to implement all its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with
major global powers even as the United States re-imposed fresh sanctions
has been complying with the restrictions to its nuclear program laid down in
the nuclear deal, the IAEA added.
further urged acceleration in the effective implementation of the JCPOA by its
remaining signatories, particularly the European side, after the illegal US
withdrawal from the agreement.
procrastination in the fulfillment of the obligations will pose serious
challenges to this important diplomatic achievement for the international
community and the Islamic Republic of Iran will make a decision based on its
independence and interests in that case," the senior Iranian diplomat pointed
President Donald Trump withdrew his country in May from the Iran nuclear deal,
reached between Iran and six major powers -- the United States, Britain,
France, Germany, Russia and China -- and decided to re-impose unilateral
sanctions against Tehran.
the deal, Tehran agreed to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for
the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
this month, the Trump administration announced the re-imposition of the
“toughest” sanctions ever against Iran's banking and energy sectors with the
aim of cutting off the country's oil sales and crucial exports.
first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran's
access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto
US administration hoped to get the other parties to the deal with Iran to
likewise scrap the deal, but instead, they stressed that not only would they
stick to the agreement, but they would also work to sustain it in the face of
increased US pressure. Iran has not left the landmark nuclear deal yet, but
stressed that the remaining signatories to the agreement have to work to offset
the negative impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they wanted Tehran to remain
Tuesday EU press release further said discussions on human rights were also
held, as an integral part of EU-Iran political dialogue and as a continuation
of regular exchanges held in November last year and in February 2016.
noted that the EEAS Secretary General Schmid also participated in the third
two-day EU-Iran High Level Seminar on International Nuclear Cooperation, which
opened in Brussels on Monday.
seminar focused on aspects of civil nuclear cooperation in line with the JCPOA,
it said, adding the EU continues to fully support the deal's implementation.
the seminar on Monday, Iran's nuclear chief criticized the US administration's
efforts to prevent the implementation of the historic nuclear agreement through
exerting pressure on other countries to make them pursue Washington's policies
vis-a-vis the deal.
army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have hit two
military targets in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern regions of Asir and Jizan with
domestically-manufactured ballistic missiles in retaliation for the regime's
campaign of military aggression against the impoverished nation, a report says.
official Saba news agency, citing unnamed military officials, reported on
Tuesday that a Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missile successfully hit a gathering of
Saudi-led mercenaries off Qais Mountain in Jizan and another missile of the
same type hit a gathering of mercenaries in Wawa area of Asir with precision.
added that both projectiles left an unspecified number of Saudi-led forces
either killed or wounded.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported that the Yemeni
forces also hit another gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries and militiamen loyal
to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the Helm military base
near the city of Qa'atabah in the central province of Dali' with another
on Tuesday, Yemeni soldiers, backed by fighters of the Houthi Ansarullah
movement, launched an attack against positions held by Saudi-led forces in the
southwestern province of Ta'izz, inflicting casualties on them.
a coalition of its allies, most prominently the UAE, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen
in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Hadi, who had resigned amid popular
discontent and fled to the Arab kingdom.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen.
the onset of the imposed war, the Yemeni army, backed by fighters of the
country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, has been defending the
impoverished nation against the brutal aggression. The coalition is also
resolute to crush the movement as another goal in its war on Yemen, which is
teetering on the edge of famine.
than three and a half years into the war, Saudi Arabia has achieved neither of
its objectives. Riyadh had declared at the start of the invasion that the war
would take no more than a couple of weeks.
in June, the Emirati forces, backed by armed militia loyal to Hadi, launched a
full-scale offensive against the Houthi-held Hudaydah, which is currently under
a tight siege imposed by the invaders. The so-called liberation operation,
however, failed to achieve its objective, which is overrunning the vital port
and defeating Houthi fighters, backed by those from the Popular
the past several months, humanitarian organizations have warned that military
operations against Hudaydah threaten to cut off essential supplies to millions
of Yemeni people. More than 70 percent of Yemen's imports pass through
coalition claims Houthis are using Hudaydah for weapons delivery, an allegation
rejected by Ansarullah fighters.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a
record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million
threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering
from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
economy minister says he has been invited to a technology event in Bahrain, as
Tel Aviv and the Persian Gulf Arab governments take further steps towards
myself received a personal invitation to Bahrain,” Eli Cohen told Israeli Army
Radio on Monday, adding that the event was “in the realm of technology and
cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that Cohen had been invited to the
Startup Nations Ministerial slated for next April.
official said the invitation from Manama had been relayed via Swiss officials.
comments came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced
his willingness to open diplomatic relations with Bahrain during a meeting
visiting Chadian President Idriss Deby on Sunday, according to Israeli media.
spokesman for Netanyahu’s office, Hani Marzuq, had also told the Knesset
(Parliament) on Friday that the premier was scheduled to travel to Bahrain in
the near future.
office rejected any such prospect, but on Sunday, the prime minister hinted
during a press conference with Deby that he would soon visit unspecified Arab
Bahrain, public opinion is largely opposed to Manama’s potential normalization
of ties with Israel, which is viewed as a blow to Palestinian struggles against
occupation. Several protests have been held in the Persian Gulf kingdom against
normalization with Tel Aviv in parallel with the rallies against Bahrain's
has been trying to inch closer to the Arab world, especially the Persian Gulf’s
littoral states in the hope of forming an alliance against what it calls a
“common threat” from Iran.
two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, have open diplomatic relations with Israel.
The regime has recently stepped up its push to make its clandestine ties with
other Arab governments public and establish formal relations with them.
Arab capitals -- with Riyadh at the head -- have, for their part, been holding
back-to-back meetings with Israeli officials and making unprecedented remarks
in favor of Tel Aviv.
eyebrows, Netanyahu visited Oman last month, meeting with the country’s Sultan
Qaboos in Muscat.
controversial visit, the first one by an Israeli prime minister to the
sultanate since 1996, was kept secret until after Netanyahu returned to the
The Houthi militia has agreed to discuss handing over Hodeidah port to the UN,
the Saudi ambassador to the US said on Tuesday.
main port has been held by the Iran-backed militants since the start of the
conflict in 2014.
has centered on the city as pro-government Yemeni forces backed by the Arab
coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, have pushed to capture the city. The
port is the main conduit for supplies and aid to large parts of the country.
stalling for months, the Houthis agreed to talk about handing some control of
Hodeidah port, to the UN,” Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador
to Washington, said in a tweet.
comes as they are on the verge of being pushed out by force. Proof that only
consistent pressure on the Iran-backed militia will lead to a political
Houthis have previously refused to discuss handing over control of the port to
increased this month as the pro-government forces advanced into the city and
edged closer to the port.
UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday that operations at the port
have nearly halved in two weeks.
week, UN envoy Martin Griffiths traveled to Yemen and held talks in Hodeidah
over how the UN could take control.
am here to tell you today that we have agreed that the UN should now pursue
actively and urgently detailed negotiations for a leading UN role in the port
and more broadly,” Griffiths said on Friday.
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