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Lama calls for shunning Shia-Sunni conflicts, asserts Islam a religion of peace
spiritual leader Dalai Lama today appealed to Muslims in India to make efforts
to reduce Shia-Sunni conflicts that are prevalent in some other countries and
asserted that Islam is a religion of peace.
lamented the bloodshed over denominational differences, which he said should be
avoided as Islam teaches compassion and harmony.
an event at the Goa Institute of Management, the 14th Dalai Lama stressed the
need for international brotherhood and harmony.
are part of the world of seven billion human beings. Sometimes, I suggested
that the Indian community in America, England and different European countries
should invite some Europeans during Diwali and New Year, and talk about
'ahimsa' (non-violence) which is the basis of religious tolerance," he
across the globe follow the same Quran and also pray five times a day. However,
they are killing each other owing to differences between the sects like Shia
and Sunni," he said.
Dalai Lama said, "I was in Ladakh. I suggested to Ladakhi Muslims that
Indian Muslims should make some efforts to reduce the conflict between Shias
told the audience that a national conference of Muslims would be organised in
the coming months, which will be followed by a similar convention at the
the modern India has remained by and large peaceful due to over 1000-year-old
history of religious harmony.
modern and independent India is peaceful despite being a hugely populated and
democratic nation," the 83-year-old spiritual leader said.
appealed to educationists to combine the modern education with ancient
knowledge and introduce the same in educational curriculum, first within the
country and then at the international level.
should show that if problems happen we can solve them through a dialogue. It is
more important to have inner disarmament through knowledge," he added.
Islamic cleric in Iran has taken a bold step to oppose the hardline Islamic
regime of his country.
Mohammad Anjavinejad reportedly took the stage of a mosque in south-central
Iran and launched into a scathing criticism of the regime's authoritarian
leaders, accusing them and their families of ruining his country with decades
of corruption and theft.
is no doubt that 99% of our officials and their families do not face any
economic, social, welfare, or educational problem," Anjavinejad reportedly
told the small crowd that had gathered at a mosque in Shiraz in July.
"They robbed you and me. We have no idea...how many billions each of those
Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a non-profit organization based
in Washington, DC, obtained a video of his speech. According to the group's
website, Anjavinejad's sermon "was posted on the Iranian Aparat website on
July 7, 2018, and circulated on other social media sites."
says Anjavinejad is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war and holds the religious
title of Hujjat Al-Islam, which in Arabic means "authority on Islam."
initial search showed several social media accounts bearing Anjavinejad's name,
though CBN News is unable to verify whether the accounts in question belong to
comments come as Iranians grow more frustrated and angry by the day over their
government's handling of a failing economy.
country is beyond repair," said an exasperated Anjavinejad.
December 2016, tens of thousands of Iranians in more than 80 cities across the
country have staged demonstrations protesting the weak economy, strict Islamic
rules, water shortages, high inflation and skyrocketing prices.
this point, they are facing what many call one of the worst economic crises
this country has ever seen," journalist Reza Sayah told France 24.
"Everything from real estate, groceries, and electronic goods has almost
doubled in price."
like Anjavinejad put the blame squarely on 40 years of dictatorial rule by
Iran's Islamic clerics.
sit in their pavilions, enjoying good food. They fly first class, and talk in
seminars all day. Forget it! I am sick and tired of them," Anjavinejad
said during his speech. "This has been the case throughout the 40 years of
the revolution. There is no doubt about this."
weeks, the country's currency has been in a free fall, plummeting to historic
lows against the dollar. This has put tremendous pressure on average citizens
who are struggling to make ends meet.
what hope is left for us?" asked Anjavinejad. "I'm sitting here,
complaining and shouting, but what's the use? There is none.
Monday, the United States reimposed sanctions against Iran, turning its back on
the 2015 nuclear deal.
are the most biting sanctions ever imposed," Trump said in a tweet,
adding, "anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with
the United States."
say Trump's strategy is already having an effect.
currency, since the president announced our withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear
deal, the Iranian currency has decreased by nearly half," John Bolton, the
White House national security advisor, told Fox News. "We've seen millions
and millions of dollars in currency leaving Iran as the elites move their
assets out of the country and we've seen a continuation of demonstrations and
even riots in towns and cities across Iran as the economy has gone into a
in the past, social media continues to play a vital role in fueling
anti-government sentiments in Iran. Videos uploaded to various social media
platforms reportedly show crowds of angry demonstrators chanting, "Death
to the dictator! Death to Khamenei! Death to Rouhani!" and "Islamic
regime must get lost!"
had protests in 2009 but these are different because people are calling for the
death of the President and the Supreme Leader. They have broken a lot of
taboos," Hanif Jazayeri, of the National Council of Resistance of Iran,
told the Daily Mail. "The demonstrations are not just over economic issues
but very quickly turned political due to the regime's repression of the Iranian
people with regard to women's rights, freedom of speech and other basic freedoms."
chants are directed at the entirety of the regime and protesters are demanding
regime change," Jazayeri added.
to a transcript provided by MEMRI, Anjavinejad ended his speech by denouncing
the regime's lack of empathy for those suffering tremendous economic
and their families have become accustomed to forbidden money," Anjavinejad
said of the ruling class. "They have never suffered from the cold or the
heat. They have never suffered from a water shortage. They have never been
unable to enjoy life."
did not have a revolution only so that they could eat from our pockets and be
our masters. In most cases, their families study abroad. For how long are we
supposed to protect their interests?"
Cleric Launches Tirade Against Islamic Regime as Protesters Shout 'Death to
had protests in 2009 but these are different because people are calling for the
death of the President and the Supreme Leader. They have broken a lot of
taboos," Hanif Jazayeri, of the National Council of Resistance of Iran,
told the Daily Mail. "The demonstrations are not just over economic issues
but very quickly turned political due to the regime's repression of the Iranian
people with regard to women's rights, freedom of speech and other basic
by burqa row, British Muslims fear rise in hate crime
mean just what is his problem? He comes out with disgraceful stuff like this
all the time. It’s not funny, it’s dangerous. He is peddling this rightwing
rhetoric and shrouding it in humour.” Waqas Siddiqui is exasperated and fears
yet another rise in hate crime in his home town of Blackburn after Boris
Johnson’s controversial remarks about the burqa.
another thing that Siddiqui predicts is the rise in sales of the full veil over
the next few weeks. The Siddiqui family own the Hijab Centre in Whalley Range –
an area with a large Muslim population. For 17 years, they have sold every kind
of Muslim headscarf conceivable. Rows of mannequin heads line shelves. They are
adorned in intricately embroidered scarves of fuchsia and turquoise. Nadeem
Siddiqui and his wife, Amna, make regular trips to Turkey, Egypt and Jordan to
bring back luxurious cloths and silks.
the front of the brightly lit store in a corner, there is a much smaller
section. A few pieces of thin black cloth with a slit in the upper section hang
from a hook. These are niqabs. They cover everything on a face apart from the
eyes. The store now sells roughly one a day, having seen a steady growth in
one of the shop assistants, demonstrates. She places the niqab on her face and
there is a bit of giggling – she doesn’t normally wear one, but says she sells
many and appreciates why women want to wear them. In a mix of Gujarati and
English she explains that women feel protected by the covering – “they don’t
want men looking at them”.
27, says Blackburn has experienced a rise in women wearing the niqab. He
believes it is a reaction to the criticism of his faith. His wife chooses to
wear a veil but his mother and sister don’t.
has been an increase – it is mostly the younger girls who are buying them
rather than the elderly. I think we see more girls wearing them now in places
like Blackburn because when people criticise your religion, you hold on to it a
bit more. You retreat back into what you’re comfortable with,” he says.
last time there was an increase in sales of the niqab at the shop was in 2006.
The area’s local MP, Jack Straw, wrote a controversial column in a local
newspaper requesting that Muslim women lift their veil at his surgeries in his
constituency. Straw sparked a national debate, saying he was worried about the
“implications of separateness” and the development of “parallel communities”.
saw a rise in sales during that time,” says Siddiqui. “When people attack you,
you feel like the only thing you have to cling on to is your religion – like a
safety blanket. It makes you go inwards. When we had all the Jack Straw stuff,
women felt unsafe, they felt they would be targeted in the streets and the same
will happen now.”
says the “irresponsible” comments made by politicians will once again fuel hate
crime in his area.
[Johnson] has a hidden agenda, trying to gain support of certain types of
people who have certain views on Muslims. You already feel like you’re a
minority in the country and then if you wear the niqab, you are in an even
are certain individuals who will use this, those individuals that do not view
Muslims in a positive light already and seeing someone in a position of power
making comments like this gives them the green light to take it a step
Hassan, the Muslim chaplain at Royal Blackburn hospital said he felt “deeply
hurt” by the comments and joined calls for Johnson to resign.
said “The Muslim community feels belittled.
is a democratic and free country, therefore the right to clothing is a matter
of personal choice and freedom. It is absolutely unacceptable that a choice of
a person’s dress is equated to that of a criminal.
his actions and choice of words indicate that Islamophobia is becoming
mainstream in the UK and is on the rise. Furthermore, if the Conservative party
fails to take any action it will signal that Islamophobia is acceptable within
the Conservative party.”
back to a street near the shop, Saika, 28, says she has worn the veil since she
was a teenager. She cannot understand the overwhelming interest in her
clothing. Asked why she wears the veil, she replies bluntly: “Because I feel
years ago when she arrived in Britain and completed the Life in the UK
citizenship test she said she was told that people in the UK were free to wear
whatever they wanted.
was never forced to wear it. I like it. If I haven’t got it on I don’t feel
comfortable. Nobody is telling me to do anything. I don’t go around telling
other people what to wear – so why do they think they can tell me? This is my
part of Cape Town's Sayed Mahmud Mazaar in Constantia was set alight by
arsonists on Tuesday morning, the chairperson of the shrine's trust said.
terrible," said Fadiel Essop.
shrine is under the control of the Shahmahomed Trust of which Essop is a
was established by my late great-grandfather, Hajee Sullaiman Shahmahomed, to
preserve the historical legacy of the pioneers of the Muslim community in the
Cape," explained Essop.
said that the caretaker let two people who arrived in a car for prayers in at
about 6:10, and went to shower.
heard footsteps running and he quickly went to check what was going on.
they tried to set the place alight," said Essop.
accessible to all visitors
caretaker put the fire out quickly so the damage was contained.
Essop was shocked that someone could target the shrine, considering all the
work that had been put into making it a peaceful retreat for visitors.
site has always been accessible to all visitors, irrespective of their beliefs
and visitors [are] expected to act in a dignified manner as indicated on the
notice boards at the kramat (shrine)," he added.
Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) explained that the mazaar, otherwise known as a
kramat, is among other graves of influential Muslims who spread Islam
"under the yoke of oppression and torture".
blatant disrespect shown toward Muslim burial sites - especially those that we
revere - and to the dead is a cause of great concern," said head of the
Muslim Cemetery Board and second deputy president of the MJC, Shaykh Riad
the past, there seemed to have been attempts at the same thing, and it stopped.
We hope this is not a resurgence of the same."
MJC asked that anybody with information on who was behind the fire report it to
the police, or the Cape Mazaar Society.
society explained on its web page that the mazaars it oversees honour the
Muslim slaves - who included religious thinkers - who were brought to the Cape
to work on the garrison being established by Jan van Riebeeck.
mazaars form a circle, comprising the tombs of Auliyah (friends of Allah) who
were brought as slaves to the Cape.
starts at the old cemetery on the slopes of Signal Hill, just above the quarry
in Strand Street, where two saintly men lie buried, the circle continues to two
graves on top of Signal Hill. The circle then continues at a grave much
revered, situated above Oudekraal beyond Camps Bay, and sweeps around the
mountain to a kramat at Constantia, on Tokai Road.
circle proceeds to the most important and widely known of all tombs, the kramat
of Sheikh Yusuf at Faure, on the farm Zandvleit. The circle is completed by an
old tomb on Robben Island.
society says modern pilgrims can visit all, except the Island Tomb, in a single
terrorism is an Islamic community’s collective wish: Shanghai Mosque’s Imam
addition to daily life, Muslims also need indoctrination of moral principles.
They should be more familiar with Islam. They should also get acquainted with
the challenges of the Islamic world” he added.
of the congregation of Shanghai Xiaotaoyuan Mosque went on: “the Islamic
association of Shanghai has proposed that the Imams act in the direction of
Muslim unification. This association cares about relations with other countries
and is also related to other religions in Shanghai. ”
to a visit of a delegation from the Islamic association of Shanghai to Iran, he
said: “Last year, a delegation from the Islamic association of Shanghai visited
Iran and discussed with Muslims in various Iranian cities.”
Chinese media, including China Daily and China's National Television, cover the
Muslim situation in China and their related news” Musa stated.
out to a media delegation from Mehr News Agency and Tehran Times newspaper trip
to China and their visit of the Islamic association of Shanghai, in which they
suggested bilateral cooperation, he underlined: “We support the media
cooperation between Iran and China."
remarked: “The Islamic association of Shanghai has its own special journals and
is also active in the new media."
in the new media ease the way for the association to inform the Muslim news at
high speed about them,” he highlighted.
on other activities of the Islamic association, he underscored: “Muslims in
China have their own proper education and different classes of the Islamic
community get the essential education about Islam. This association prepares
the clerics by learning them for the imamate of the mosques.”
added: “We educate Islamic teachings during Ramadan and holidays. The mosques
are active in Shanghai during the daytime and the clergy promote the Islamic
to terrorism, he stressed: “combating terrorism is an Islamic community’s
collective wish. Peace and stability are important to the world. China has made
serious efforts in combating terrorism. The goal is that people live in peace
Iranian government has played an important role in creating peace and
stability” Musa emphasized.
at the Silk Road revival and the cultural program of the Islamic association
Shanghai for cultural relations with Muslims of the countries on the direction
of the Silk Road, he said: “We support the silk road project. We have plans for
cultural exchanges. We are trying to make a positive contribution to this
project and its cultural exchanges.”
should be noted that the conversation took place at the site of the Islamic
association of Shanghai, following a meeting of the media delegation of the
Tehran Times and the Mehr News Agency.
sharia courts to help prevent cases of triple talaq
Women advocacy group Majlis has joined hands with a group of city-based Darul
Qazas or Shariah courts to help resolve Muslims’ matrimonial disputes and
prevent triple talaq. Activists from Majlis and several qazis (judges) from
Darul Qazas decided to co-ordinate and help each other to provide relief to
women victims, at a brainstorming session at Islam Gymkhana on Wednesday.
is a wrong impression that Majlis is hostile to Muslims. We work among women
victims, many of them Muslims, and want to help Darul Qazas, and get their help
in reconciliation and counselling process so that women don’t have to knock at
doors of courts often,” said Majlis founder head Flavia Agnes. She agreed that
Darul Qazas are not parallel courts but function as counselling and reconciliation
centres and help reduce the burden of courts.
Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi said only practising
Muslims visit Darul Qazas and qazis cannot deviate from Quranic commandments
and Sharia rules while resolving disputes. Senior advocate Yusuf Muchhala, who
also heads Muslim Personal Law Board’s legal cell, suggested that Darul Qazas
should not confine themselves to passing judgements but also work for social
reforms within Muslim society. He agreed that the term ‘Shariah court’ gives
the impression that they are parallel courts, but they are not courts as their
rulings are not binding, and if a party is unhappy with its ruling, they can
always approach secular courts.
Faiyaz Alam Qasmi, who heads a Darul Qaza at Nagpada, asked what Majlis would
do if a man/woman does not appear for a hearing despite intimation. “If it is a
case of domestic violence, the best thing is to ask the party to go to a court
which will provide relief under Domestic Violence (DV) Act,” said Majlis
programme director Audrey D’Mello.
Four terrorists were killed and an Army commando suffered injuries in an
encounter in the forests of Rafiabad, in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, on
said a joint team of the Army's 32 RR and commandos from 9 Para launched a
cordon-and-search operation in the dense woods of the upper reaches of Rafiabad
early Wednesday morning.
police officer confirmed the cordon operation in the woods of Naldagi, a
mountainous area that connects Uri sector, and said the joint team and a group
of militants were engaged in an early morning stand-off.
police officer said a commando of the Army's 9 Para, Naresh Chander Bhutt, was
injured in the initial gunfight and immediately evacuated to a nearby MI Room
and then airlifted to the 92 Base military hospital here. He said four
militants were killed in the operation. "Their identities and group
affiliation were yet to be ascertained," he said.
militants were believed to have recently infiltrated through Uri sector, he
Army's Srinagar-based defence spokesperson, Col Rajesh Kalia, said in a
statement issued here four terrorists were killed in the operation which was
Gen AK Bhatt, GOC, Chinar Corps, compliments Kilo Force, Special Forces (SF)
and 32 RR soldiers for killing four militants in the ongoing operations in the
forests of Rafiabad. The SF team was specially inserted in the area of
operations and have done an excellent job by neutralising these militants and
thwarting their nefarious designs," the spokesman said.
DGP S P Vaid said five militants were trapped in the gunfight. "Encounter
going on in Dooniwari forest area of police station Dangiwacha Sopore, reports
of presence of 5 terrorists. Wish success to our boys," the DGP said on
the Jammu & Kashmir police arrested on Wednesday an overground worker of
the militant outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ulHind in Sheeri area of north Kashmir's
National Investigation Agency (NIA) is questioning eight young men from
Hyderabad who were allegedly planning acts of “terror” on instructions from
suspected Islamic State (IS) handlers. After a lull of at least ten months, IS
is on the radar of security agencies again despite suffering crushing setbacks
in the Middle East.
NIA Monday had conducted raids at seven locations in Hyderabad and seized
laptops and mobile phones of eight young men suspected to be part of this ring.
“The mobile phones and the laptops have been sent for forensic examination
while the youths are being questioned. They have been apprehended because it
was suspected they were going to execute some terror act. They will be arrested
if any evidence is found against them,” said a senior NIA officer.
said the eight young men being questioned are associated with a group of three
youth who were arrested from the Nagpur airport in 2015 while attempting to fly
to Srinagar from where they allegedly planned to go to Syria and join IS. Two
of the three had tried to leave for Syria from West Bengal in 2014 as well but
were apprehended in Malda.
eight youth were put under surveillance since that time as they had been in
touch with the arrested IS recruits and had been participating in online
activity associated with Islamic State. However, their online activity recently
suggested they were probably in touch with someone outside and were planning to
execute some attack. That is why they have been detained and are being
examined,” said a security establishment officer.
is the first time the NIA has questioned suspects allegedly part of an IS ring
after the Kerala Police booked five men in October 2017. The NIA had taken over
that case in December 2017. While the NIA has arrested 78 youth for alleged
association with the IS, no arrests have been made this year for links to the
security establishment is looking at the Hyderabad case as a testament to the
attraction of IS despite the fall of the Caliphate in the Middle East. “Now,
there is no place to go to for IS recruits in India. But, the online activity
of some youths suggests its ideology continues to attract people from India,
albeit in small numbers. These youth had no plans to go anywhere,” a source
agency’s raids Monday were at Shaheennagar, Balapur and Wadiaumar colonies in
Hyderabad in connection with a 2016 case related to the IS. This case relates
to the deportation of a key IS recruit from Karnataka, Adnan Hassan Damudi. In
January 2016, Damudi along with J&K-born Azhar Al Islam and Mumbai-born
Farhan Sheikh were deported from Dubai for allegedly propagating IS ideology
and recruiting for the outfit.
to NIA investigations, Damudi was alleged to have recruited close to a dozen
Indians for the outfit since his stay in Dubai beginning 2012 and had helped
send many to Syria. He was among the few who were in direct touch with chief IS
recruiter for India, Yousuf-al-Hindi — later identified as former Indian
Mujahideen operative from Bhatkal, Shafi Armar.
June 2017, the US put him on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists
and imposed financial sanctions against him. His brother Sultan Armar was,
earlier in 2015, reported by IS-related websites to have died fighting in
the arrest of 38-year-old terror suspect Mohammed Jahidul Islam of
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JUM), the National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths are
now on the lookout for his wife and relatives, who absconded soon after Islam’s
revealed that Islam’s brother-in-law and father-in-law, along with their
families, who were living in Ramanagaram, Karnataka, too absconded soon after
sources revealed that Islam’s brother-in-law Hasan had left Bangladesh and
arrived in Ramanagara two months before Islam set up his residence.
months ago, Hasan, his wife and children arrived in Ramanagara and rented a
house from a man named Ayal Imran in Tipu Nagar. Two months later, Mohammed
Jaidul Islam and his family too arrived and rented a house in Troop Lane.
Later, Islam managed to bring his mother-in-law and father-in-law, who were
also staying in Tipu Nagar,” source said.
after Islam’s arrest, his wife is said to have rushed to Hasan’s house to
the time NIA teams reached Hasan’s house, he had absconded along with his
family members, Islam’s in-laws and wife.
used to sell artificial jewellery. They have two children with them and Islam’s
wife is also missing,” source said.
Jaidul Islam apparently used different aliases - Muneer, Kausar, Mizan and
Booma Mayan. A native of Jamnagar in Bangladesh, he is a suspect in the Bodh
Gaya in Bihar and Burdwan blasts in 2014. Islam has been on the run ever since.
August 2, 2014, a two-storey building belonging to a leader of the Trinamool
Congress Noor-ul-Hasan had collapsed after a blast in Burdwan. Two men who had
rented this building, Suban Mandal and Shakeel Ahmed, had died during the
blast. They were connected to the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.
NIA had suspected the role of JUM in the blasts and a chargesheet was filed
against 21 people, of which 17 are in prison. The remaining, including Islam,
NIA also suspects Islam’s involvement in the Bodh Gaya blasts.
who was later apprehended by the Bangladesh police, had escaped police custody
and fled to West Bengal. He then made his way to Kerala and then Ramanagara two
recognizes Palestine as independent state
Colombian government has formally recognized Palestine as a sovereign state in
a new diplomatic blow for the regime in Israel.
to a letter from the Colombian Foreign Ministry made public on Wednesday, the
government of former president Juan Manuel Santos had recognized the
Palestinian state on August 3, days before being replaced by Ivan Duque.
would like to inform you that in the name of the government of Colombia,
President Juan Manuel Santos has decided to recognize Palestine as a free,
independent and sovereign state,” read the letter addressed to Palestinian
Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.
further noted that the Palestinian people “have a right to constitute an
administration said it would review Santos’ decision on Palestine, but
acknowledged that it was legal.
new Colombian government “will cautiously examine” the “implications” of the
decision and “will act according to international law,” Foreign Minister Carlos
Holmes said in a statement.
the Palestinian embassy in Bogota praised Colombia’s move.
appreciate the Colombian government for this decision and we are sure it will
contribute significantly to create the necessary conditions in the search for
peace in the Middle East,” the diplomatic mission said in a communiqué.
decision makes Colombia the last South American country to recognize the state
week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled at the last minute a
trip to Bogota due to the situation around the blockaded Gaza Strip.
are seeking to create an independent state in the territories of the West Bank,
the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem al-Quds, with the latter as its capital.
November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s
status from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state” despite
strong opposition from Israel.
Palestinian national flag was also hoisted for the first time at the UN
headquarters in New York in September 2015.
Palestinian efforts for statehood have been hampered due to Israel’s illegal
settlement activities in the occupied lands and Washington’s latest
anti-Palestinian measures, among them US President Donald Trump's recognition
of Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and relocation of the embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
lays claim to the whole Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community
views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory.
the United States’ sanctions going into effect against the Islamic Republic on
Tuesday, Iraq’s pro-Iranian militias threatened to break Iran’s blockade at all
a statement, Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, an Iraqi Shiite militia, said that work
is in progress to break the blockade.
militia statement criticized Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi’s stance,
describing it as disappointing and a failure compared to what Iran has given to
Iraq, according to the statement.
statement added that without Iran, al-Abadi would not have been in power,
pointing out that the duty of the Iraqi government was to stand by Iran in
order to break the US economic blockade.
a press conference on Tuesday evening, Iraqi Haydar al-Abadi said that Iraq is
committed to the US sanctions against Iran, pointing to the Iraqi interests.
the same context of the positions of other Iraqi pro-Iranian militias, Hassan
Salem, the head of the parliamentary bloc Sadikun, representing the political
front of the Shiite militia As’aib Ahl al-haq, said in a statement that it was
time for the Iraqi government to return the favors to Iran, in reference to
Iran’s financial and military support for its militias.
his part, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki received on Wednesday, the
Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Irj Muasjidi. During the meeting, they discussed
the latest political and security developments in the region.
called on the Iraqi government not to be part of the US policy to impose
economic sanctions on Iran.
its part, Doa’at al-Islam Shiite militia said in a statement on Wednesday that
the actions of imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran by the United States and
its president Donald Trump was a violation of all human values and
top Houthi commander and several militiamen were killed in a battle in the city
of Hodeidah during clashes with the Yemeni army in the al-Duraihmi governorate.
military source said that the commander was Mansour al-Soudi, also known as Abu
Hmeid, who leads what the source called “quick operations” by Houthi militias
in al-Duraihmi. He was killed along with several Houthi militiamen.
over 330 sheikhs and dignitaries from the Hajjah province held their first
conference on Wednesday, announcing their rejection of Houthi violations and
Iranian interference in their country.
reaffirmed their support of the Yemeni army, and called on the province’s
residents to stand with the legitimate army and kick out the militias from
army forces have targeted the Jizan Industrial City in southern Saudi Arabia
with domestically-manufactured Badr-1 ballistic missile.
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network made the announcement on
the announcement, Saudi state news channel al-Ekhbariya claimed that the
kingdom's air defenses had intercepted the projectile.
in the day, Yemeni army forces targeted Saudi border posts in the kingdom’s
southern provinces of Jizan and Najran with a salvo of Katyusha rockets and
artillery rounds, leaving a number of Saudi soldiers dead and injured.
army soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees also attacked al-Hajlah and
al-Muthalath bases in Najran.
Yemeni army forces and their allies fired a domestically-designed short-range
missile at a position of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned president
Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf.
unnamed Yemeni military official said the Zelzal-1 (Quake-1) missile hit the
designated target in the al-Maslub district of the province.
Saudi warplanes have carried out raids on residential areas in Yemen's Amran
and Hajjah provinces killing at least 18 people.
least 12 civilians were killed when Saudi warplanes bombed Amran province.
in Hajjah province, Saudi jets targeted a residential area and killed at least
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen in March 2015.
United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
high-ranking UN aid official has warned against the “catastrophic” living
conditions in Yemen, stating that there is a growing risk of famine and cholera
least three Palestinian people have been killed and several others injured in
Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip.
plumes could be seen rising from Gaza City following the Israeli raids that
began on Wednesday night and continued into Thursday morning.
Health Ministry announced that a Palestinian was killed in northern Gaza, while
at least six others were injured in airstrikes across the coastal sliver.
added that Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month daughter Bayan were also killed
in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, while her husband was injured. The
ministry said Enas was also pregnant.
media claimed the airstrikes were a response to a barrage of rockets that had
hit various parts of the occupied Palestinian lands earlier on Wednesday.
to reports, an Israeli man was slightly injured when two rockets from Gaza
landed in the southern town of Sderot.
alert sirens went off in other parts of the occupied territories on Wednesday
as at least six more rockets hit various targets. Israeli officials said they
had been able to shoot down two of the rockets using the Iron Dome missile
tanks fired shells at Palestinian resistance movement Hamas' posts in northern
Gaza after shots were reportedly fired from the other sides of the border.
Palestinian incendiary balloons caused at least 11 blaze near Israeli
Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes killed two Hamas members in Gaza.
carries out regular attacks on Palestinians in Gaza under the pretext of
hitting Hamas targets.
Gaza Strip has been under an inhumane Israeli siege since 2007 and witnessed
three wars since 2008.
have been running high near the Gaza border since March 30, which marked the
start of a series of protests, dubbed “The Great March of Return,” demanding
the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
should entirely "disappear" from the world, that's what Israeli
Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan had to say when asked about US
President Donald Trump's decision on Monday to re-impose anti-Iran sanctions
that were lifted under a historic nuclear deal between Tehran and six world
to Israel Radio on Tuesday, Erdan welcomed Trump's decision in May to abandon
the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and his push to persuade the
remaining signatories of the 2015 deal -- the UK, France, China, Russia and
Germany -- to do the same through sanctions and economic incentives.
would be better if the Iranian regime would disappear entirely from this world,
but it would also be a blessing to see [former US President Barack] Obama’s bad
nuclear agreement replaced with a better one,” Erdan said.
blatant statement by Erdan bears special significance given that Israel has
long justified its animosity towards Iran by displaying a victim mentality.
Israel remains the only known possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East,
the regime has always criticized Iran's will to maintain a peaceful nuclear
energy program, accusing Tehran of seeking to produce nuclear weapons.
officials, along with their Saudi counterparts, have also sought to undermine
the JCPOA ever since it was signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first official to support Trump's May
8 decision to quit the deal and on Monday, he became the first official to
congratulate the American leader for re-imposing all nuclear-related bans
against the Islamic Republic.
Israeli regime continues to chastise the European Union -- the UK, France and
Germany in particular -- for standing by the deal and trying to ensure that
economic benefits that it guarantees will flow to Iran.
Aviv's frustration with the EU was best reflected in Erdan's words, who went as
far as calling the bloc "morally bankrupt."
EU is morally bankrupt, and we need to remember that next time they try to
lecture us,” he said.
only hammer available right now is economic, and using that, there is a good
chance Iran will fall to its knees,” he further claimed.
burqa remarks caused offence: British prime minister
Prime Minister Theresa May has scolded former foreign minister and senior
member of the Conservative Party Boris Johnson for comments he made about
Muslim women wearing burqa.
said on Wednesday that Johnson’s descriptions about women wearing burqa, a
full-body veil donned by Muslim women to conform to their religion, were
think Boris Johnson used language in describing people’s appearance that has
obviously caused offence. It was the wrong language to use. He should not have
used it,” May said, insisting that women should be free to wear the burqa if
they chose to do so.
an article written for the Daily Telegraph on Monday, Johnson said he was
against a ban by Denmark on the use of burqa and niqab, but he said the cloth
was oppressive and women who wore it looked like letter boxes and bank robbers.
comments caused huge outrage among the British politicians and Muslims. Senior
members of the Conservative Party, including its chairman Brandon Lewis, called
on Johnson on Tuesday to apologize. Others in the party even said there was a
need for removing Johnson’s status as an active member of the party if he
refused to say sorry for his Islamophobic words.
has yet to comment on the issue. The former mayor of London, who is known for his
colorful and controversial language, resigned as foreign minister last month
after May unveiled a plan for final phases of negotiations with the European
Union on Britain’s exit from the bloc.
say Johnson’s article in the Daily Telegraph was a deliberate attempt to
appease the far-right in Britain as he seeks to ascend to the top post of the
Conservative Party and to replace May as prime minister in the next election.
article also comes amid reports that Johnson has been in contacts with senior members
of the alt-right camp in the United States. Some say he is influenced by Steve
Bannon, a former top advisor to US President Donald Trump.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has criticized Washington’s re-imposition of
sanctions against Tehran, pledging to work to guarantee the survival of the
Iran nuclear agreement abandoned by the US in defiance of opposition from other
parties to the deal.
top diplomat said in an interview with German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse on
Wednesday that US President Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on
Iran in contravention of the deal was a “mistake.”
still consider it a mistake to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Iran,”
agreement with Iran was signed in 2015 by the five permanent members of the UN
Security Council, including the US, plus Germany under then US president Barack
the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran
undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of
nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May, and said that he plans
to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest
level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.
Monday, Trump signed an executive order re-imposing sanctions on Iran to levy
"maximum economic pressure" on the Islamic Republic.
said in his interview that Germany and the EU would fight to keep the deal
alive, even without the US.
will fight for it because it is in our interest in terms of security that there
is security and transparency in the (Middle East),” he said.
US withdrawal from the deal and its re-imposition of sanctions come as other
signatories to the agreement have pledged to protest the JCPOA.
European Union has said the international community has an obligation to
maintain economic relations with Iran.
foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said during a trip to Wellington, New
Zealand, on Tuesday that Iran was in compliance with its obligations under the
agreement, which warranted reciprocal commitment.
the deal has two parts: Iran gives up their nuclear program and the
international community opens up trade and economic relations with Iran. This
second pillar has to be maintained if we want the first pillar to be maintained,”
Mogherini said. “So far, Iran has been compliant fully with their nuclear
and China, the non-EU parties to the deal, have also repudiated new US
sanctions on Iran, pledging to maintain trade ties with Tehran.
expresses 'continued support' for JCPOA
a spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also threw the world
body’s weight behind the landmark deal.
secretary general has, himself, repeatedly discussed the importance of the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as one of the key diplomatic achievements of
recent years. He believes that it deserves continued support and that all of
the parties to that agreement need to abide by its terms," Farhan Haq said
early on Wednesday.
British Muslims make it to Makkah
With the approach of Hajj, it is all systems go at the El-Sawy travel agency in
need to be taken to the Saudi embassy to be stamped with visas and there are
myriad phone calls and emails to be made to suppliers in Saudi Arabia. Those
going on their first pilgrimage — perhaps even their first long trip anywhere —
will need reassurance while others who applied a little too late and missed out
on a place will need placating. But from the start, one thing is obvious: You
don’t get to be Britain’s oldest-established Hajj and Umrah travel agency
without good people skills.
have also been very blessed with luck,” said the Egyptian-born travel agency
owner Hamdy El-Sawy.
organized his first Hajj in 1981 for 37 people. They each paid £325 and stayed
in university accommodation. A lot has changed since then: This year he will
accompany 150 pilgrims who have each paid £6,450 and will be based at the
five-star Al-Safwah Royal Orchid Hotel. “It’s the nearest to the Haram
[mosque], right next to it,” he said, pointing to a poster.
his work involves performing quite extraordinary feats. Three years ago, an
84-year-old British publisher and convert to Islam, contacted El-Sawy a week
before the group was due to leave for Hajj.
he was without a booking or visa, El-Sawy suggested he come along anyway to the
briefing held before every Hajj.
official from the Saudi embassy was present. He arranged the gentleman’s visa
right away, out of respect for his age. The package that year cost £4,000 but
the publisher had only £2,500. By chance I got a call from another client, a
well-known neurologist and convert who had been on Hajj with us. I told her the
story and without hesitation she said she would cover the difference.”
in 1994 a woman arrived at his agency in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce at 7pm
on a Friday. Pulling a huge wad of banknotes from her handbag, she uttered just
one word: “Hajj.”
explained: “It was the day before we were due to leave. The Saudi embassy was
closed and all the flights were full, but I couldn’t tell her any of this
because the lady was from Senegal and spoke only French.”
by chance — a phrase that crops up a lot in El-Sawy’s stories — a
French-speaking client was in the office at the time. “I asked him to tell the
lady ‘come tomorrow’ which, as any Egyptian will tell you, actually means
‘don’t come.’ I was fobbing her off, to be honest. But when I came to work next
day, she was there again, this time in a Mercedes.
didn’t know what else to do so I told her driver to go to Belgrave Square
[location of the Saudi embassy] and drive round it seven times and shout
‘Allahu akbar’ every time they passed the Saudi embassy. At least, she would
see it was closed. I sent my office boy with her.”
did as instructed and while she was there the security guard at the Saudi
embassy noticed the circling Mercedes and came out to investigate.
he heard the story, he gave my office boy the number of the duty officer at the
consulate. The duty officer said to bring the lady’s passport at 5pm. He did,
she got her visa and went straight to the airport. But the Saudia flight, the
last of the day, was full with 10 people on standby. The lady from Senegal was
seat came free in business class and because she was alone and everyone else
ahead of her was in couples or groups, she got it, with 10 minutes to go before
the flight left. The cost that year was £1,300. She gave me £2,000 in cash and
gave the £700 change to the office boy.”
client who spoke little or no English was the Senegalese ambassador to London.
In his case, El-Sawy decided to contact a client from Gambia who spoke the same
African language as the ambassador and soon all the arrangements were made. On
arrival in Jeddah, the ambassador received VIP treatment. “The next time we met
was at a meeting of the British-Egyptian Society and he embraced me in front of
everyone and said what a wonderful time he’d had.” El-Sawy would no doubt say
that he came to the travel business too “by chance.” Born “in the oldest street
in Cairo,” he studied commerce and law and came to the UK in 1975 and worked in
accountancy, as an Arabic tour guide and translator and even, briefly, as a
silver service waiter.
1980 he organized a day trip to Brighton on the south coast of England, to
welcome the new imam at Regent’s Park mosque (El-Sawy’s local place of
worship), and introduce him to his congregation.
on the coach trip brought snacks and drinks, visited a mosque and played
football on the beach and a good time was had by all. Over the next weeks, he
organized more days out. On the way back from the fourth of these, to
Manchester, someone asked him when he was going to do “the big one.”
so his career as a Hajj tour operator and travel agent began. On the first
pilgrimage in 1981, following another chance encounter, his group were guests
of the president of King Abudulaziz University. The following year, they were
accommodated at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah. The third year, a
major-general in the Saudi police hosted a group of more than 40 people at his
home because El-Sawy had helped him track down a Egyptian doctor in London who
had previously treated the policeman’s aged mother.
quickly did his reputation grow that in 1989 the Swedish ambassador to Morocco,
a convert to Islam, asked to join El-Sawy’s group. He didn’t want to be treated
as a VIP, as he would have been if he had applied in Rabat.
year we stayed in military barracks and he was very happy. That gave me
confidence. I realized that high-up people can be humble.”
has frequently witnessed how the spirit of Hajj brings out the best in people,
he said. In 2014, a Bangladeshi couple from London were distraught when they
realized they had miscalculated and did not have enough money to pay for their
told the mother to call again. She did and by chance there was a Saudi friend
of mine in the office. He heard the story and paid the difference. All he asked
in return was that she say a prayer for his father.
same year, a woman came in and told me she would pay for two strangers to go on
Hajj. I had to choose them. Her conditions were that they should be
first-timers, one must be an older woman and the other a man and if possible, a
new convert. Thanks to that lady an elderly Moroccan woman I knew from mosque
was able to fulfill the desire which she could never afford.” Even after 37
years, El-Sawy’s services are as much in demand as ever. He insists on meeting
every client face-to-face and holds a get-together a week before every
departure “so people can get to know each other and not feel like they are
travelling with strangers.” He shows a video of last year’s briefing, and it is
clear he knows everyone’s name, job and where they come from.
memory is incredible,” said Mustafa, 27, the younger of his two sons. “Ten
minutes on the phone with him and he ends up knowing more about you than you
74 and with his two sons working with him, El-Sawy shows no sign of slowing
down. He has mastered new technology, has an iPhoneX and continues to work all
people have been stripped of their Australian citizenship for fighting
alongside the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, with officials saying
Thursday the country was a better place without them.
join notorious Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf -- who made headlines when
he posted a Twitter image of his young son holding a severed head -- as the
only nationals to be kicked out under tougher anti-terror laws.
can confirm that five more individuals have ceased to be Australian citizens
because of their involvement with Islamic State offshore," home affairs
minister Peter Dutton said in a statement.
citizenship requires allegiance to this country... these five dual-nationals
have been acting against Australia's interests by engaging with terrorism and
have effectively chosen to leave the Australian community."
five are all aged in their 20s and 30s. Dutton provided no further details on
their identities but welcomed their exclusion.
is a safer place for not having them return," he said.
has become increasingly concerned about Australian nationals returning home
after fighting alongside Islamic State abroad and has passed a series of
tougher national security laws in recent years.
includes legislation where people can forfeit their citizenship if they also
hold a passport from another country, and therefore are not left stateless.
the first Australian national stripped of his passport for Islamic State links,
was also a Lebanese citizen.
left Australia for Syria in 2013 with his family.
Australian wife Tara Nettleton, who went with him, has since died and Sharrouf
was believed to have been killed in a drone strike in Iraq in 2015.
media reports cast doubt on whether he was dead. The fate of their five
children remains unknown.
from Gaza Strip-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) met on Tuesday with
Russian officials in Moscow, drawing concern from Israel.
delegation led by PIJ Deputy Secretary-General Ziad al-Nakhla and other senior
leaders, including Mohammed al-Hindi and Anwar Abu Taha, first arrived in the
Russian capital on Monday.
an “in-depth and lengthy” meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail
Bogdanov the following day, PIJ officials emphasized the importance of
Palestinian national reconciliation and their opposition to the Trump
administration’s efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, the
Islamist group shared in a statement.
— who also serves as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for the
Middle East and Africa — said in turn that Palestinian factions need to unify
under the umbrella of the Palestine Liberation Organization in order to
establish an independent state, according to a statement by the Russian Foreign
as a terrorist organization by the United States and more than 30 other
countries, PIJ has previously expressed opposition to peace negotiations with
Israel and called for its replacement with an Islamic Arab state. It regularly
frames its mission as a religious struggle against Jews.
spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry told The Algemeiner following
PIJ’s talks in Russia that Israel was “opposed to any meetings with people or
organizations advocating Israel’s destruction.”
does not serve the cause of peace, on the contrary,” Emmanuel Nahshon said.
Russian Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
receives arms, funds, and other support from Iran, a strategic ally of Moscow
in the ongoing Syrian civil war. The group carried out what has been described
as the first Palestinian suicide operation in 1989, which it followed with
multiple rocket attacks, shootings, and bombings — including two attacks at a
Tel Aviv restaurant that killed and injured more than 110 people in 2006. It is
considered to be the second-largest armed faction in Gaza after Hamas, which
has ruled the coastal enclave since ousting Fatah in 2007.
militants ‘kill 5 soldiers’ in Kenya's north
al-Shabab militants in Kenya have killed at least five soldiers in a roadside
bomb attack in the country’s north, a senior government official says.
official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the soldiers from the
Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) were killed on Wednesday when their truck ran over
an improvised explosive device (IED) in the coastal Lamu County.
spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njuguna, however, told Reuters that six
soldiers were injured, three critically, in the explosion but that no one was
was an IED, which injured six of our soldiers. Three of them are in critical
condition but they have been airlifted for specialized treatment. The injured
are stabilizing,” he said.
was not immediately clear why the accounts of the KDF and the government
spokesman for al-Shabab militants said the group was behind the attack on the
KDF convoy and claimed nine soldiers had been killed.
Somalia-based al-Shabab has vowed retribution against Kenya for sending troops
across the border to Somalia in 2011 to fight the group.
has seen its power diminished since the beginning of the Kenyan army
operations; however, the militant group continues to carry out terrorist
security officials say the militants have used the Boni forest, straddling the
Kenya-Somalia border, as a hideout and launching pad for attacks.
terror group has escalated its attacks in the past months, using homemade
neighboring Somalia, al-Shabab has been pushed out of all major urban
strongholds and ports but continues to stage attacks on targets in smaller,
more remote areas.
has warned that a severe cash crisis facing the UN agency for Palestinian
refugees could have a “catastrophic” impact on the lives of millions of
Palestinian refugees in the region.
talks with visiting the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General
Pierre Krahenbuhl on Wednesday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said
the financial shortfall facing the UN agency could deprive refugees of core
education, healthcare and food security service
a situation would only “deepen their humanitarian plight,” he said.
faces a dangerous financial deficit that threatens catastrophic consequences on
refugees if it is not covered before its financial allocations run out,” Safadi
was quoted as saying in a Foreign Ministry statement.
has faced a financial shortfall since the United States, traditionally the
largest donor to UNRWA, cut its annual grant from $360 million to just $60
funding crisis came in January after US President Donald Trump alleged that the
Palestinian Authority was no longer willing to engage in the so-called peace
talks with Israel.
US-Palestine ties deteriorated last December, when Washington recognized
Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to transfer
the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
contentious move led President Mahmoud Abbas to formally declare that
Palestinians would no longer accept the US as a mediator to resolve the
conflict because Washington was
“completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.
US embassy relocation took place on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of
the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), sparking deadly clashes in Gaza.
to UNRWA, over 1.5 million Palestinians - almost a third of the registered
Palestinian refugees - live in 58 recognized refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon,
Syria, the besieged Gaza Strip and West Bank.
is tasked with providing assistance and protection to a population of some five
million registered Palestine refugees.
to UN officials, the reduction in UNRWA’s funding could even affect the opening
of schools at the start of the next academic year.
Jordanian foreign minister further said that his country, which hosts the
largest number of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East outside Palestinian
territories, was engaged in intensive lobbying with donors.
warns of the danger of touching the role of the UNRWA that should continue to
provide its services under its international mandate,” the foreign ministry
called on the international community to shoulder its political and moral
responsibilities towards Palestinian refugees under UN Security Council
resolutions that maintain their right of return and compensation.
workers at UNRWA in Gaza on Wednesday expressed outrage over a decision by the
agency to lay off hundreds of its employees, seizing partial control of the headquarters
of the agency.
Schmale, the head of the UNRWA Operations in Gaza said the workers, who accused
their union of “mutiny” over job cuts, “have taken over the compound where my
office and other offices are.”
said the UNRWA does not have full control over the site in Gaza City , nd that
he has not been able to reach his own office for more than two weeks.
am the captain of the ship which has 13,000 sailors on it and they have
basically thrown me off the bridge and consigned me to my captain’s quarters,”
he told AFP, referring to the number of staff in Gaza.
UNRWA announced last month it had been forced to lay off more than 250 staff in
the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank after the US slashed funding
to the agency. The redundancies have sparked daily protests by the agency's
labor union in the coastal enclave.
reached on peace with Taliban, elections: Junbish Party
Junbish Milli Party says some of the key political parties and movements held
talks regarding the peace process with the Taliban and upcoming elections
during their last meeting over the past one week.
spokesman of Junbish Party Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj said a consensus was reached
during the talks between leaders of the political parties and movements in this
did not disclose further information in this regard but added that the details
of the meetings would be shared with the people during a large gathering.
comes as the Chief Executive of Jamiat Islami and member of the Grand National
Coalition Ata Mohammad Noor had earlier said that important decision have been
taken regarding the key national issues during a meeting with the former
President Hamid Karzai and other political leaders.
disclosing further information, Noor said Sunday that the members of the
leadership council of Grand National Coalition met with Hamid Karzai and other
political leaders belonging to the Council for Protection and Stability in
said the meeting was organized in the office of the former President Hamid
Karzai where important decisions were taken regarding the key national issues.
emphasizes on proper management of likely ceasefire with Taliban
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the provincial military and civilian officials
during his visit to Kapisa province and emphasized on proper management of the
likely ceasefire with the Taliban.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani
instructed the provincial civilian and military officials to increase
coordination among the national defense and security forces to ensure security
of the people as he emphasized on proper management of the likely ceasefire.
further details have been given in this regard but President Ghani had earlier
said the government is working on ceasefire with the Taliban group during Eid
during a meeting with the representatives of the registered political parties
in Kabul on Monday, President Ghani pointed towards the successful experience
of the ceasefire with the Taliban during Eid Al-Fitr and said the government is
working on a similar ceasefire during the upcoming Eid Al-Adha, according to
the Office of the President, ARG Palace.
spokesperson, Haroon Chakhansuri had earlier said that there are chances of
another ceasefire announcement with the Taliban group during Eid Al-Adha.
key Taliban commander was killed with his comrades in a car bomb explosion in
southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
provincial security commandment in a statement said the incident took place at
around 12:30 pm local time in Ghazni city.
statement further added that five Taliban militants including their commander
were attempting to move a vehicle packed with explosives to an unknown location
in Ghazni city when the incident took place.
Security Chief Gen. Farid Ahmad confirmed that the incident took place in the
vicinity of the 3rd police district of the city and a number of the houses have
also been damaged.
the meantime, the provincial security commandment said the Taliban commander
killed in the explosion has been identified as Rahimullah, also famous as
anti-government armed militants including Taliban insurgents have not commented
regarding the incident so far.
least thirteen civilians were killed or wounded an explosion triggered by
improvised explosive device in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.
spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps, Mohammad Hanif Rezaye , said the
incident has taken place in the vicinity of Shulgar district and as a result at
least six civilians, all members of a single family, have lost their lives.
said the incident took place after a civilian vehicle struck an improvised
explosive device planted on a roadside.
least seven civilians also sustained injuries in the explosion, the 209th
Shaheen Corps spokesman added.
district administrative chief Arif Agha had earlier also confirmed that at
least 6 civilians have been killed and 7 others have sustained injuries.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
and other militants often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the
security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary
civilians are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the
militants as well.
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that
1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.
to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by
Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.
A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday handed a six-year jail term to a Buddhist monk
accused of inciting violence against Muslims, holding him guilty of contempt
just months after he was convicted of intimidating the wife of a missing
monk, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, leads the hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or
“Buddhist Power Force”, which government ministers and Muslims have accused of
stirring up violence against Muslims and Christians, allegations he has denied.
court sentenced him to six years’ rigorous imprisonment over a 2016 incident
when Gnanasara interrupted a court hearing on the abduction of the journalist,
Prageeth Eknaligoda, in which military intelligence officials were accused.
shouted at the judge and lawyers because the military officials had not been
given bail, and threatened Eknaligoda’s wife.
convict intentionally committed the offence to undermine the judiciary,”
Preethi Padman Surasena, the president of the court of appeal, said in
delivering Wednesday’s judgment, adding, “Found guilty of all charges beyond
monk was convicted on four counts of contempt of court, receiving terms of four
years each on the first and the second counts, six years on the third and five
for the fourth, all to run concurrently.
BBS official told Reuters the group would appeal against Wednesday’s ruling.
feel there is an attempt by interested parties to have judicial process
targeting Gnanasara, therefore, though we do not agree with the judgment, we
accept the sentence, and we will appeal,” said Dilantha Vithanage, the group’s
who is being treated in hospital for an ailment, was not in court for the
ruling. He has been on bail since filing an appeal against a conviction in a
separate case on June 14.
that case, he received two concurrent jail terms of six months, a fine of 1,500
rupees (US$9.39), and a compensation payment of 50,000 rupees (US$313) for
having threatened the journalist’s wife, Sandhya Eknaligoda.
2014, the monk has faced accusations in cases regarding anti-Muslim violence,
hate speech, and defaming the Koran, the Muslim holy book.
United Nations has urged Myanmar to improve conditions in Rakhine to pave the
way for the safe return of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in the western
state into Bangladesh, and to ensure clear procedures to grant citizenship to
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN Development Program (UNDP)
said in a joint statement on Wednesday that they needed full access to Rakhine,
where horrific atrocities were committed against Rohingya Muslims.
statement noted that the Myanmar’s authorities have not granted permission for
international staff to be based in the town of Maungdaw in Rakhine after about
three months of waiting.
June, the UNDP signed an agreement with Myanmar's government to return some of
the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled persecution in their villages in
Rakhine and who are now living in crowded makeshift camps in Bangladesh.
deal has, however, disconcerted the refugees, who say they won’t return unless
they are given safety guarantees and citizenship by Myanmar's government.
UN aid agencies called for substantial progress in three key areas:
"granting effective access in Rakhine State; ensuring freedom of movement
for all communities; and addressing the root causes of the crisis".
to the UN, Rohingya Muslims remaining in Rakhine are subject to local orders
that severely restrict their freedom of movement, banning them from reaching
jobs, school and health care.
Rohingya Muslims based in Rakhine have been subjected to a campaign of
killings, rape and arson attacks by the military backed by the country’s
majority Buddhist extremists in what the UN has described as “a textbook
example of ethnic cleansing.”
brutal campaign has forced some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their homeland
since August 2017 and seek refuge in Bangladesh.
Rights Watch on Monday warned against the threat of natural disasters facing
the Rohingya Muslim refugees living in an overcrowded mega camp in Bangladesh’s
border region near Myanmar, calling on Dhaka to relocate the hapless refugees
to safer places.
rally to be held in front of Toronto City Hall draws outrage
Jewish organization says it’s outraged that the Calgary-based Worldwide
Coalition Against Islam is planning to hold a rally in Toronto on Saturday.
of several far-right, nationalist and anti-immigration groups are expected to
attend the rally at Nathan Phillips Square outside City Hall on the anniversary
of the Neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville.
Shack of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs says reports indicate it’s
unlikely the rally will attract more than a small gathering of followers but he
says hatred against Muslims or any other minority is an assault on Canada’s
adds groups like the coalition crave publicity and would welcome a high-profile
confrontation and the centre has reached out to city officials and police to
share its concerns about the event.
Tuesday, B’nai Brith Canada also expressed concerns about the rally in a letter
sent to the city’s leaders.
rally is intended to promote hatred and possibly violence on city property,
which is in violation of the city’s own Hate Activity Policy and Procedures,”
said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “We condemn
the rally’s organizers and requested that the city prevent such rallies from
taking place on public property, both this week and in the future.”
according to B’nai Brith, the City of Toronto says it will allow the event to
a release, B’nai Brith said Omo Akintan, Acting Director of Equity, Diversity
and Human Rights for Toronto, informed them that the rally will go on as
organization says Akintan noted their concerns and says the city “will not
tolerate, ignore, or condone illegal discrimination or harassment including any
rally that incites hatred and/or violence against groups or persons,” in
accordance with it’s Hate Activity Police.
that end, the City has already taken actions to address this matter which
includes the preparation of an event plan with the Toronto Police Service that
has the life safety of everyone as the primary concern.” Akintan added.
Brith says it will says it will closely monitor Saturday’s rally and has also
raised concerns with “Canadian law-enforcement agencies and those responsible
for threats to national security.”
to become first Muslim Congresswoman in US
A Palestinian-American woman is going to become the first Muslim female
lawmaker in the US House of Representatives after she came through a Democratic
primary in Michigan overcoming five other candidates.
Tlaib, 42, won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for Michigan's 13th
district House seat covering Detroit and surrounding areas, which have a
significant Muslim and Arab population. The heavily-Democratic seat was held
since 1965 by Congressman John Conyers, who was forced to retire following a
sexual harassment scandal after serving more than half a century in the House.
no Republicans and third-party candidates ran in Tuesday's District 13 primary
race, Tlaib is set to win the seat in November's election with a walkover and
begin serving a full two-year term in January.
are two other Muslim men in the House - Keith Ellison, who is elected from
Minnesota but is originally from Detroit and was raised Catholic before he
converted to Islam, and Andre Carson from Indiana, who also converted to Islam
after reading the poetry of the Sufi mystic Rumi.
the eldest of 14 siblings, would be the first Muslim of Middle-Eastern origin.
Born in Detroit after her parents emigrated from Palestine, Tlaib began her
political career only in 2004 as a staffer to a state lawmaker before taking
his seat in the State legislature in 2008, serving three terms before making
her way to Washington.
voters were not as considerate to another Muslim candidate who was seeking a
Democratic nomination for the gubernatorial rate. Establishment candidate
Gretchen Whitmer comfortably won the primary defeating Abdul El-Sayed, a distinguished
public health expert who was backed by Bernie Sanders, in a race that also
involved Indian-American scientistentrepreneur Shri Thanedar.
three-cornered contest within the Democratic Party pitting an establishment
candidate against two immigrant-origin contestants, one of Muslim faith and
another of Hindu faith was a first for the US, but Whitmer sailed through with
51 per cent votes to El-Sayed's 31 per cent, and Thanedar's 16 per cent,
despite the latter spending $ 10 million of his own money.
the most watched race on the day of several primaries was for a House seat from
Ohio, a bellwether state, where a Trump-backed Republican candidate appeared to
have narrowly clinched a GOP-held seat in the face of a tremendous Democratic
Troy Balderson was ahead by only about 1800 votes in Ohio's 12th district with
some 8000 absentee ballots and provisional ballots remaining to be counted when
the President and his minions declared a victory even though Democrat Danny
O'Connor was yet to concede defeat.
boasted that Balderson had won because he had canvassed for him, but Democrats
took heart in the fact that they have come so close to snatching a seat that
has been a Republican pocketborough, and one that Trump had won by more than
ten per cent in 2016. The fact that Democrats are within a per cent over
turning over the seat is widely seen as a possible windfall in the midterm
elections in November, when all 435 seats in the House of Representatives will
be up for grabs.
County, Florida, Commissioner Graham Fountain has made numerous social media
posts promoting anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, including the belief that
American Muslims currently running for elected office in the United States
intend to replace our current system of laws with “sharia law.”
who was elected to the Okaloosa County Commission District 1 seat on November
8, 2016, has referred on Facebook to “the colonization of Islam and sharia law
take over of America” and promoted the idea that Muslims immigrating to the
United States hate its political system and are opposed to the U.S.
comments on Facebook were posted as more American Muslims are running for
public office. The idea that American Muslims are part of a secret plot to
advance Islamic religious law, or sharia, in America is a staple of the radical
right. Anti-sharia bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the
U.S. Critics contend the main purpose of this legislation is to spread fear
about American Muslims.
challenged by fellow Facebook users to provide evidence of an Islamic
conspiracy to spread sharia law across America, Fountain provides no proof to
support these claims.
contacted Fountain with several questions for this story. Although he refused
to be interviewed over the phone, he did provide written responses to several
questions. Fountain re-affirmed his belief about American Muslims running for
office, saying that “Having actually read the Koran many times it is clear they
must fight to convert, or enslave or kill non-believers and also establish
Sharia as that is the number one goal of their Political Based Religion.”
who retired after holding a variety of state and local law enforcement
positions, has also used rhetoric commonly found in the anti-government Patriot
movement, including “fighting the corrupt FBI, Justice, and the IRS.” Fountain
restated that conviction in his emailed response, writing, “The upper leadership
of the FBI and Justice Department is filled with President Obama’s Cronies and
folks who lie to congress, impede lawful inquiries of congress and the
has also promoted the idea that state authorities can ignore federal courts.
After the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2015 to guarantee the right to
same-sex marriage, Fountain decried the decision, stating, “It’s a sad day in
the USA. The Supremes have lost their minds and have done the best to destroy
the souls of God-fearing Americans.” He later went on to say, “The States are
free to adopt whatever laws they like, even those that offend the esteemed
Justices’ ‘reasoned judgment.’’’
asked by Hatewatch if he believed states have the right to ignore federal law,
Fountain replied, “Generally speaking no. I wish the government would get out
of the marriage business, Period. The license fees are just taxes on the
people. Let’s churches and whatnots deal with the holy ordinance of marriage.
But states should be able to weigh in legally when citizen’s free speech and
practicing of faith are being challenged.”
Wahid, a partner at Wahid Vizcaino LLP in Miami, Florida, and National
Chairperson of Emgage Pac, was saddened but not surprised by the Facebook
comments made by Fountain. He told Hatewatch, “You can tell where he is coming
from. These are the same folks who have been pushing these ‘sharia bills’ for
years and who refer to American Muslims as a bunch of ‘sleeper-cell jihadis’.
He views himself as a protector of America.”
has seen this anti-Muslim hysteria grow significantly since 2008: “The election
of President Obama raised their engagement ten-fold. And the peak of it was
during the rise of the Tea Party and the election of Allen West in 2010.”
[Allen West was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Florida’s 22nd
Congressional district but was defeated in his re-election bid in 2012.]
(Reuters) - Afghanistan told the United States that Islamic State fighters who
surrendered last week will be treated as prisoners of war, and not honored
guests, despite the warm welcome they had initially received, a top U.S.
general said on Wednesday.
pressure has been building for peace talks between the Western-backed
government in Kabul and the Taliban insurgency, U.S. officials say Islamic
State’s branch in Afghanistan is not part of any reconciliation push and
instead must be wiped out.
by the bloody standards of the Afghan war, Islamic State has gained an
unmatched reputation for brutality, routinely beheading opponents or forcing
them to sit on explosives.
last week, an Afghan governor’s office floated the possibility of amnesty for a
large group of Islamic State fighters, including two senior commanders, who
gave themselves up after being driven from their strongholds by Taliban
Army General Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. military’s Central Command, said
the Afghans acknowledged the surrender, the largest of its kind so far by
Islamic State, “could have been handled better.”
government of Afghanistan has assured us that these ISIS-K fighters will be
treated as war prisoners,” Votel told a news briefing at the Pentagon, using an
acronym for the Afghan affiliate of the group.
said that the fighters would be investigated and held to account for any war
crimes they committed.
who fled the last clashes have accused Islamic State fighters of atrocities,
giving detailed accounts of women and young girls being taken from their
families, raped and, in some cases, murdered.
have essentially waged a pretty vicious campaign against the people without
regard to civilian casualties,” Votel said.
another example of Islamic State’s tactics, the group on Saturday claimed
responsibility for a suicide bombing on a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in eastern
Afghanistan that killed 39 people and wounded at least 80 others.
the U.S.-backed Afghan army presses Afghan insurgents, the central government
in Kabul is also pursuing peace with their main enemy, the Taliban, even
declaring a three-day ceasefire in June that saw unarmed Taliban fighters
mingling with soldiers on the streets.
in that context, local Afghan officials had initially hoped that treating this
batch of Islamic State fighters well would entice more of them to surrender.
however, was not the approach of the United States or of the central government
in Kabul, Votel said.
Washington ultimately seeks an Afghan-led peace agreement with the Taliban,
Votel said the U.S. and Afghan position on Islamic State was clear: “We’ve all
agreed (it’s) an organization that just needs to be destroyed.”
back-and-forth over Islamic State speaks volumes about confusion as Kabul and
the West are trying to find a way to end 17 years of war against insurgents.
President Donald Trump a year ago reluctantly agreed to an open-ended
deployment of U.S. military advisers, trainers and special forces and increased
air support for Afghan forces. Roughly 14,000 U.S. troops are deployed in
Afghanistan along with 8,000 other coalition forces, according to Pentagon
Trump has proven capable of reversing himself and U.S. officials privately
acknowledge a sense of urgency to show that America’s longest war can still
bring a degree of stability to Afghanistan. A senior U.S. diplomat met with a
Taliban representatives in Doha in July.
acknowledged that the incoming U.S. commander, Army General Scott Miller, would
do his own review but predicted no major changes to the war plan approved by
Trump last year.
N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who declared support for Islamic State online
will spend two years in prison and be deported.
federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Houcine Ghoul to 24 months in prison for
immigration fraud and false statements on his tax returns. After his sentence,
the Tunisian national will be deported.
entered the country on a visa in 2001 and married a U.S. citizen to obtain
permanent legal resident status. He later was divorced.
said Ghoul first attracted attention from federal authorities in 2014 after
posting a photo online expressing support for the Islamic State.
wants to build trust-based relationship with US
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that his party
wants to build relationship with the United States based on trust and mutual
to US acting Ambassador to Pakistan John F. Hoover who called on him at his
Banigala residence on Wednesday, the prime minister-in-waiting said Pakistan
and the US had witnessed many ups and downs in their relationship, which were
the outcome of trust deficit between the two countries.
a look: Modi phones Imran Khan, says 'ready to enter new era of ties with
said: “Our government will engage with the US to make this relationship more
balanced and trustworthy. We count trade and economic relations with the US
stressed the need for revitalisation of diplomatic ties between the two
countries and transforming the relationship for the benefit of both Pakistan
and the US.
to PTI’s media cell, the US delegation and PTI chief discussed issues of mutual
interest, including Pak-US relations, bilateral trade, and stability in
Khan said: “I am glad that people in the US have ultimately started
acknowledging significance of political solution as conflict and use of force
can add to the damages instead of breeding a sustainable solution to the
said stability in Afghanistan was in the larger interest of Pakistan, America
and the region which could be achieved through viable political engagements.
Hoover felicitated Mr Khan over his party’s victory in the July 25 general
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani telephoned Mr Khan and invited him for a
formal visit to his country — an offer which the PTI chief gladly accepted.
Iranian president congratulated Mr Khan over his party’s victory in the recent
discussed issues of mutual interest, including Pak-Iran relations and bilateral
Rouhani was quoted as saying: “Pakistan and Iran are not merely neighbouring
countries but also bonded by religious and cultural values.”
said Iran wished to strengthen trade and diplomatic relations with Pakistan.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) ameer Senator Sirajul Haq has said his party does not
believe in negative politics and will give opportunity to the PTI to fulfill
is keenly awaiting the steps Imran Khan has in mind for building Pakistan an
Islamic state on the model of Madina State and liberating the country’s economy
from IMF control, Siraj said while addressing a meeting of the party’s
delegations at Mansoora on Wednesday. Sirajul Haq said it was the JI that had
suggested the other parties to join the parliament in the wake of elections and
they accepted the idea. Besides, he said, some people were in favour of a
strong agitation movement but JI tried to save the country from the 1977 like
situation to prevent martial law. He said the country could be put on the path
to development only through real supremacy of the parliament and rule of the
want the decisions should be taken in broad daylight and not in darkness of
night”, he added. If we trust collective wisdom of the masses, the country
would march forward, the JI ameer said.
said even after spending Rs20 billion on the elections, the Election Commission
failed to hold fair, transparent and reliable elections. He said even the Chief
Justice of Pakistan had made an adverse comment about the Chief Election
Commissioner. He said when the state institutions interfered in politics, their
own image suffered.
Haq said Pakistan’s politics was not free and it was slave to international
establishment while international colonialism could not see the advance of
Islam in any country. He said JI was trying its best to unite religious forces
in the country.
said religious parties had secured 5.5 million votes and added if these votes
had been united, the religious parties would have much larger representatives
in the parliament. Sirajul Haq said JI did not accept the west’s view of
restricting Islam to the mosque. Instead, it wanted to see Islam active and
dominant in every part of human life. He said the time would soon come when
Pakistan would become a true Islamic state.
addressing a meeting of MMA Punjab office bearers, Secretary General of JI and
the MMA, Liaquat Baloch said July 25 elections were the worst exercise of
rigging. He alleged that at the beginning, state institutions made their
efforts for desired results. However, when they were not sure about that, they
overtook the powers of the Election Commission and did their game, he further
The activists of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), a conglomerate of the religious
parties, on Wednesday blocked Motorway for traffic at Swabi Interchange to
protest the alleged
rigging in the recent elections. The MMA workers and leaders gathered at
district headquarters and marched to Swabi interchange, covering a distance of
about six kilometers. Those who belong to Chota Lahor Tehsil and Zaida regions
joined the big protest procession at the motorway.
blockade of the motorway crippled the flow of the traffic and badly disturbed
the poor commuters who were forced to wait for ending the protest. Speaking on
the occasion, Maulana Fazal Ali, central deputy head of JUI-F, said that they
rejected the result of the July 25 elections and demanded fresh polls. The
fraudulent election was not acceptable to the MMA leaders and they had made it
clear once again, he added.
On the call of the Jamiat Ulemma-e-Islam-Fazl, the leaders and activists of
various political parties took out protest rally against the alleged rigging in
the recently held elections. Led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Muttahida
Majlis-e-Amal, Awami National Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, leaders
including Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, former provincial minister Qari Mehmood,
Maulana Javed, Qaimus Khan, Habib Ali Shah, Shamsul Qamar, Mufti Kifayatullah,
Ishaq Zahid and others, the protesters were carrying banners and placard
inscribed slogans like 'rigged polls unaccepted.' The protesters, hailing from
all the districts of Malakand division, marched through various and gathered at
Pul Chowki where they blocked the Peshawar-Batkhela Highway to traffic for four
Activists of the JUI-F in Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber district took out protest
rally against the alleged rigging in the recently held polls. The protesters,
led by JUI-F NA-43 aspirant, Mufti Muhammad Ijaz Shinwari, Qari Jihad Shah,
Maulana Ghufranullah Khyberi, Said Kabir and others, were carrying banners and
placards inscribed with slogans against the ECP.
said that the ECP and other state institutions had rigged the elections and made
PTI victorious in the elections.
Asad Umar, a Pakisan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader who is expected to be next
finance minister, said on Wednesday that Pakistan had been running a current
account deficit of $2 billion a month for the last three months.
a US think-tank from Islamabad, Mr Umar suggested resolving the Afghan dispute
to improve Pakistan’s economic prospects and disagreed with those who say that
political governments cannot make decisions about Afghanistan.
a look: Pakistan needs infusion of $12 billion in loans immediately: Asad Umar
PTI leader, who came straight to Skype from Imran Khan’s meeting with the
acting US ambassador, said that Washington agrees with PTI’s observation that
Afghanistan was moving closer to a permanent peace.
Naveed Qamar and PML-N’s Tariq Fatemi also spoke at the think-tank — the US
Institute of Peace — and agreed with the observation that Pakistan was facing a
major financial crisis, perhaps the worst ever.
are facing a significant current account crisis, it’s well-known,
well-document,” said Mr Umar. “From the time when the PML-N came in five years
back, current account deficit of $2bn a year, to a situation where in the last
three months we have been running a current account deficit of $2bn a month.”
that this was a 12-fold increase, the future finance minister added: “This is
not sustainable. Given that, the most urgent action required of the government
will be to deal with this crisis.”
PTI government, he said, would explore all available opportunities available to
us. “But the decision has been left so late that you will have to look at all
options … including discussions with bilateral and multilateral organisations.
It is the most immediate crisis that is being faced.”
Umar then talked about an option that has been considered a taboo in Pakistan,
changing foreign policies for economic gains. As a member of the audience later
pointed out, the conventional wisdom in Pakistan is, a political government has
little control over issues like Pakistan’s relations with the US, India and
Afghanistan. When a political government tries that, it runs into trouble.
sense is, at least some of this narrative is used by political governments to
find excuses for their failures,” the PTI leader said.
Khan will stand by the decisions we take. We will not come and say we wanted to
do this but did not have control. If Imran Khan does not (have control), he
would like to go home.”
Umar, however, acknowledged that the military was the strongest institution in
Pakistan, which continued to grow in strength while the civilian capacity
eroded. “So, it makes sense for a Pakistani government to make use of that
capacity,” he said, noting that US President Donald Trump had also pledged to
withdraw from Afghanistan during his campaign but the US military establishment
persuaded him not to.
PTI leader said that he saw “a potential opportunity” for economic prosperity
in Pakistan in restoring peace and stability to Afghanistan. He pointed out
that in his first speech after the election, Imran Khan too talked about the
importance of peace in Afghanistan for Pakistan,
the messages that came in the last 10 days, there seems to be a widespread hope
for a breakthrough in Afghanistan … all factors are coming together, and there’s
a possibility of Afghanistan moving towards a permanent peace and
reconciliation,” he said. “And the two issues are linked because Pakistan’s
economic prospects are weighed down by what’s happening in Afghanistan.”
future finance minister also pointed out that Pakistan’s relationship with the
world, in particular with the US, were seen — if not entirely, to a great
extent – through the prism of Afghanistan.
obviously it is a vital issue for Pakistan, both in the immediate future as
well as in a longer term,” he said while explaining why he believed there’s
room for optimism, at least on that front.
that this sense of optimism was also felt in Imran Khan’s meeting with the
acting US ambassador, the PTI leader said: “So, in that context, it’s a bit
unfortunate that (US Secretary of State Michael) Pompeo decided to make the
statement that he did even before we had the opportunity to go into a
discussion on the IMF programme.”
PTI government, he said, would follow a foreign policy of friendship with
Pakistan’s neighbours, both east and west of the border. It would also like to
rebuild Pakistan’s relationship with the United States, which was not just a
superpower but also an old ally.
he said, the next government would also like to further strengthen Pakistan’s
relations with China.
was the foremost on Imran Khan’s mind, as “he keeps talking about, how they
lifted such a large number of people out of poverty”, Mr Umar said.
On an appeal filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan against recount
of votes, the Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the Lahore High Court order
and issued notices to the Election Commission of Pakistan, returning officer of
the NA-131 constituency and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Saad
LHC earlier on Aug 4 had ordered recounting of votes in the Lahore-IX
constituency, where Mr Khan had defeated the former railways minister with a
narrow margin of 680 votes.
his appeal filed before a three-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of
Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, the PM-in-waiting argued that the LHC order of votes
recount was against constitutional provision and the Elections Act, 2017.
Senior counsel Babar Awan pleaded the case on behalf of Mr Khan.
counsel for Mr Rafique, Sardar Aslam, argued that votes could be recounted in
any constituency where the margin of success was less than five per cent of the
total votes polled. He recalled how the PTI chief in his first speech after the
July 25 polls had announced that his party would facilitate reopening of constituencies
for vote recount to remove his opponents’ doubts over results.
the CJP observed political leaders could make ‘political’ statements and the
lawyer should address the matter at political forums. The SC later issued
notices to the respondents in the petition namely the ECP, the RO of NA-131
constituency and the PML-N candidate.
the court could allow any constituency to go unrepresented after the elections,
the bench observed, adding the LHC could not intervene after the compilation of
the results of any constituency.
Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, a member of the SC bench, observed that any candidate could
approach the election tribunal for the redressal of his grievance.
his petition, Mr Khan argued that his opponent’s application for recount of
votes was allowed and after ‘recount of entire rejected votes’ he (Khan) was
again declared successful. Yet the PML-N leader requested for the ‘recount of
entire valid votes’ of the constituency. The returning officer turned down the
request, with an observation that a second recount was barred under the
Elections Act 2017.
Rafique then filed an application against the July 28 order of the RO before
the ECP in terms of Section 95(6) of the Elections Act, 2017, the petitioner
stated. But instead of pursuing or waiting for the ECP order, Mr Rafique
instituted the petition before the LHC that decided in favour of recount of
votes, , the petitioner added.
Khan regretted that Mr Rafique filed the writ petition before the LHC without
impleading the necessary party, which was against the principle of equity and
petitioner contended that it was the mandate of the law that the writ petition
was only maintainable under Article 199 of the Constitution if the aggrieved
person had no other alternative efficacious remedy in accordance with the law.
a person after choosing a statutory remedy could not abandon it and rush to
file a writ before the high court, the petitioner argued, adding that the
process of consolidation of the elections result could not be reversed under
the writ jurisdiction while adversely affecting the process of democratic
hearing the case of PTI’s Abida Raja against rejection of her nomination papers
on a reserved seat, the CJP had recently expressed concern over the mess
created by the ECP during the July 25 general election. Recalling that he had
called Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Mohammad Raza thrice on elections day
but the latter did not pick up his phone, maybe because he was sleeping, the
CJP had remarked. The CJP had also expressed his concern over the failure of
the Result Transmission System (RTS).
Dasti’s plea rejected
apex court also rejected a request of Pakistan Awami Raj (PAR) leader Jamshed
Dasti for recounting of votes in the NA-182 (Muzaffargarh) constituency from
where PPP candidate Mehr Irshad Ahmed was declared successful.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has apparently ruled out Aleem Khan for the job of
Punjab chief minister because of ongoing National Accountability Bureau
inquiries against him.
hint was dropped by party chairman Imran Khan during his address to the Punjab
parliamentary party meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, where he said he would
give Punjab a clean and honest leader. The new chief minister will be over and
above petty groupings.
a few days ago, Aleem Khan was considered the strongest candidate for the job.
Since he is facing NAB probe for his off-shore company and assets beyond his
known sources of income and will be appearing before the bureau on Friday
(tomorrow), it is learnt that Mr Khan is making frantic efforts to get himself
cleared of off-shore company and other allegations from the bureau.
ruling out Aleem Khan, the party’s MPAs and senior leaders Dawn spoke to are
wondering who could be Imran Khan’s choice for the most important job in Punjab
and consider Khan’s appeal very significant wherein he said everybody in the
party should trust him and support his nominee for the job. “Trust me, I will
give Punjab a clean and honest chief minister, who will be following party’s ideology
instead of any petty groupings or personal interests,” Mr Khan told party’s
they came out of the Punjab parliamentary party meeting at a hotel in
Islamabad, most of the MPAs were trying to find answer to a million dollar
question that “who will be the next chief minister of Punjab?”.
party leader said Imran Khan’s assertion that “you will have to trust me” about
his choice of “clean and honest” Punjab chief minister has baffled all
candidates. Another leader said Imran Khan’s choice for Punjab was not visible
enough and everybody was guessing about the new chief minister.
to Imran Khan’s speech that the new chief minister would be young, a party
leader said there was a need to explain the criteria of `young’ by Imran Khan
spirits in Aleem Khan’s camp were low, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Dr Yasmin Rashid,
Fawad Chaudhry, Sibtain Khan and Raja Yassir Humayun were still in the race for
the top job in Punjab. They believe that they still fit in the picture being
drawn by party chairman for chief minister.
source said that the new chief minister would be replacing Shahbaz Sharif in
Punjab and the candidate must be mature and active enough to handle the complex
issues in Punjab besides handling a strong opposition.
Vice-Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi told media persons that the people of
Pakistan had given a clear message in the July 25 general elections that they
did not want to see any person as chief minister whose credentials could be
questioned within the party and by the opposition.Pouring his heart out, Mr
Khan also told Punjab MPAs to keep in mind that they would only be serving
masses and any wrongdoing would cost them a lot.
others are keeping mum, MPA-elect Raja Yassir Humayun from PP-21(Chakwal-I)
says he has learnt about his candidature for chief ministership through social
media and was ready to accept the challenge. He rejected all allegations being
levelled against him and termed them mere propaganda.
a question, he said Shahbaz Sharif was also inexperienced when he had taken
over as chief minister for his first term.
The United States needs to support Pakistan in fighting off terrorism and
preserve its fledgeling democracy as Washington needs Islamabad’s support to
ensure sacrifices rendered by the Americans, achieve the goal of peace and
prosperity that extends to the US.
report in the online news magazine, International Policy Digest, referred to
the devastating terrorist attacks that targeted political rallies, a government
convoy and an election office during the recent elections and claimed by the
say that Pakistan is not at the front lines of the fight against extremism is
patently absurd. But this is the position of some in Washington who would deny
Pakistan the tools it needs in terms of military hardware, financial support,
and political encouragement to bring terrorists to heel,” says the author of
the report, who recently visited the Pakistan embassy and met Ambassador Ali
Imran Khan claiming victory in the country’s second successful democratic
transition, Pakistan is set on a new trajectory with new premier promising
changes in a country that has been marred by corruption and violence.” The
report said that it is both sad and counterproductive for the US to cut-off
billions in aid to Pakistan, which is critical to the success of its own fight
Siddiqui told the magazine that the future of Pakistan was linked to quelling
the threat of terrorism and in meetings with US officials, he would underline
grave problems that Pakistan is facing in the fight against terrorism and its
seriousness to wipe out this global menace.
magazine quoted Ambassador Siddiqui as saying that improving the US-Pakistan
security relations was his number one priority. He also said that terrorism was
posing threat to Pakistan’s ability to grow economically and thrive
the report also suggested that the US itself has a deep interest in helping
Pakistan fight the menace of terrorism as the country shares a long border with
Afghanistan where American troops are fighting terrorists for the past 17
years, and where terrorists who attack Americans and other innocents abroad had
US has lost more than 2,000 lives and spent billions of dollars in Afghanistan,
and we need Pakistan’s access, influence, and firepower to destroy terrorist
havens and bring Taliban to heel,” the report added. The report highlighted
that since 9/11, the US-Pakistan collaboration played a critical role in
dismantling al-Qaeda and led to the arrest and killing of many terrorists. The
cooperation between the two countries also resulted in the seizure of more than
200 tons of IED explosives.
Pakistan had to pay a heavy price for achieving these successes as more than
60,000 of its people were killed in terrorist attacks and the country’s economy
suffered accumulative losses of $120 billion.
to President Trump’s statements against Pakistan and the subsequent snapping of
all security aid, the report said that Pakistan must feel “abandoned, their sacrifices
Accountability Court II will hear the two pending references against the Sharif
Al-Azizia and Flagship investment references will be heard by Judge Arshad
Malik. The references were transferred by a two-member bench of Islamabad High
Court (IHC) to the accountability court on August 7.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel had submitted an appeal requesting the
references to another accountability court.
July 6, an accountability court sentenced Nawaz to a total of 11 years in
prison and imposed a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the corruption
reference, while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2
million fine (Rs335 million). Nawaz’s son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar was also
given a one-year sentence without any fine.
More than 200 cases of religious freedom violations were recorded in 2017, and
most of them were carried out by non-state actors, human rights group Wahid
Foundation revealed on Wednesday (08/08).
its annual report, Wahid Foundation said the 213 cases recorded last year show
a 4 percent increase from 2016. However, the increase is smaller than in
previous years. For comparison, there were 190 cases recorded in 2015, a 20
percent increase from 2014.
year, most violations, 64 percent, were committed by non-state actors such as
the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). In previous years, the abuse came mostly
from government-affiliated institutions.
has been the most notorious abuser, according to the report. And too little has
been done by law enforcers to curb it.
a result, this organization has not been deterred ... Quite contrary, this
shows that FPI's actions are not fully noticed by the law," the report
main victims have been Ahmadis, Shias and members of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia
(HTI) — an Islamist organization which was recently banned by the government.
highest number of violations was recorded in Jakarta — 50 incidents — followed
by West Java (44), East Java (27) and Central Java (15). Religious freedom
violations were recorded in 27 provinces.
to Wahid Foundation, this is the first time Jakarta tops the list, which
according to Alamsyah M. Dja'far, a senior researcher at the foundation, was
mostly due to the controversial gubernatorial election last year, which was
marred by hate speech and politicization of religious sentiments.
report highlights 28 cases of politicization of religion — in Jakarta, West
Java and Banten. Most of them were related to the use of hate speech against
former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.
politicization of religion assumes two main forms — the use of religious
symbols in public spaces and for political advantage.
[it is] the excessive and inappropriate use of religious symbols and idioms in
political spaces. Second, some groups are using feelings of hatred, dislike and
threats against different groups to gain political support," said Yenny
Wahid, the foundation's executive director.
warned that precautions must be taken ahead of next year's elections.
and politicization of religion leave scars and bad memories, this is something
that must be healed, or it can blow up," Yenny said, adding that the
government should consider early warning systems to prevent religiously charged
negative incidents from escalating.
also expressed hope that the 2019 elections will be a healthy electoral
hope] we will choose our leaders not because we feel threatened, or on the
basis of their religion, but for their programs."
Foundation observed that there have been more and more efforts by the state and
civil society to promote diversity, religious freedom and tolerance.
by the state are led by the police, while non-state initiatives have been
driven by interfaith communities, Ansor (the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama),
and civil society organizations.
foundation recorded 398 positive initiatives in 2017, a 64 percent increase
of the most prominent examples last year was the Constitutional Court's ruling
allowing followers of indigenous faiths to have their beliefs recognized in
their national identity cards.
Marina Mahathir Tells Organisers of Penang Exhibit To Remove Her Portrait
JAYA: After portraits of LGBT activists were removed from an exhibition to
showcase Malaysian patriotism, activist Marina Mahathir said she was standing
in solidarity with them, and instructed organisers to also remove her portrait.
am asking for my photos to be taken down in solidarity with Pang and Nisha,”
she told FMT today, referring to Nisha Ayub and Pang Khee Teik, whose pictures
were removed at a photography exhibition titled “Stripes and Strokes”, which
forms part of the George Town Festival.
am personally very sad about this. When people say they are not treating LGBT
Malaysians as second-class citizens, this is exact proof that discrimination
exists,” Marina added.
in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa defended the removal of
the portraits, saying it was justified in line with Putrajaya’s policy not to
promote the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyle.
author Faisal Tehrani criticised Mujahid, saying the minister in charge of
Islamic affairs should focus on more important matters.
instance, corruption within Islamic institutions or human rights violations
against minorities within Islam. These are urgent issues,” he told FMT.
questioned the removal of the pictures, saying symbolic expressionisms of LGBT
was not under a ban, such as that impose on the Islamic State symbol.
many LGBTs, rainbow is part of their identity, and there is nothing wrong to
express the very basic of their identity,” he said.
said notwithstanding Islam’s strong position against homosexuality, Muslim
reformists have different approaches on the LGBT community, one of which is to
ensure they are treated equally.
strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia’s Lombok Island on
Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the
Southeast Asian nation’s meteorology and geophysics agency.
latest quake was felt strongly on the island and followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday
that killed at least 131 people and damaged thousands of houses.
Reuters witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and
caused buildings to collapse.
the death toll from a previous devastating earthquake also in Lombok, has risen
above 160, an official said Thursday, as authorities urgently appealed for
medicine, food and clean water for some 156,000 people displaced by the
frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads
or in parched rice fields, and makeshift medical facilities have been set up to
treat the injured.
in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are
suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one
week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.
death toll rose to 164 people with at least 1,400 people seriously injured and
156,000 displaced,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which
struck on Sunday as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority
authorities, international relief groups and the central government have begun
organizing aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in
the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.
are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the
north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday’s earthquake was
exceptionally destructive,” Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross
assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.
estimated 75 percent of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north
LUMPUR, Aug 9 — It has been three years since the corruption allegations
surfaced, but the authorities are combing its books to check for signs of
misappropriation in the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation
(Yapeim), Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa said.
minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic affairs
promised that action will be taken against the agency within his overview if
there was evidence to support the corruption allegations first raised by
anti-graft group National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW) in 2015.
everything is in the files for us to see where problems arise and I guarantee
that if we find any misappropriation, we will not leave it alone,” he was
quoted by national news agency Bernama as telling reporters in Kota Baru,
Kelantan last night.
a federal Islamic charity agency, also manages dozens of ar-Rahnu outlets
offering Islamic gold pawn scheme nationwide.
November 2015, the PKR-linked NOW claimed that Yapeim paid RM290,000 to hold
two marriage courses in Paris, France that same year as well as in 2014, and
questioned its purpose.
further claimed that Mujahid’s predecessor Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and
his entourage spent over RM400,000 of Yapeim funds meant for orphans on an
eight-day trip to the US where they went on a shopping spree and played golf
when they were supposed to attend an official charity programme organised by
the state-linked charity agency.
and Yapeim denied the allegations. The former Islamic affairs minister also
filed a RM10 million defamation suit against NOW director Akmal Nasrullah Mohd
Sri Khalid Abu Bakar who was inspector-general of police, confirmed federal
police were investigating the allegations, but left power abuse claims to the
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian
island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for a home
abortion after being repeatedly raped by her older brother.
worry, however, that proposed changes to the nation’s criminal code will
reinforce the criminalization of abortion, target sexual minorities and even
outlaw disseminating information about contraception.
victim, identified by authorities by her initials WA, was initially given a
six-month jail sentence by the Muara Bulian district court in the province of
Jambi for aborting a fetus eight months into her pregnancy. Her mother is also
facing charges for allegedly assisting her daughter with the abortion.
was charged with violating Indonesia’s Child Protection Law after local
residents found a fetus in a palm oil plantation. Her 18-year-old brother who
raped her nine times and threatened to harm her if she resisted was meanwhile
sentenced to two years in jail for sexual assault of a minor.
case has received widespread media coverage and scandalized many in the
Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation, leading to renewed calls from rights
groups for the legalization of abortion and other guarantees for women’s
rare decision to suspend WA’s sentence came after legal aid and women’s
organizations launched a coordinated campaign for her release, including
gaining more than 15,000 signatures on a Change.org petition.
coalition of 12 NGOs calling themselves the Justice Alliance for Rape Victims
said in a statement that there were “serious violations” in the way the case
was prosecuted including “indications of torture” during questioning by
because of the culture in our society,” says Naila Rizqi Zakiah, who heads up
the child rights and LGBTIQ+ rights unit at the Jakarta-based human rights
legal center LBH Masyarakat. “We still are blaming the victim. Even in the
legal enforcement agencies they still have this kind of view that a victim of
rape has actually had a contribution to what has happened to her and when they
decided to do abortion, it is her fault.”
presiding judges have reportedly been referred to the national Judicial
Commission for alleged ethics breaches.
has ratified most international human rights documents relating to the rights
of women and children including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms
of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), but abortion remains strongly
stigmatized and prohibited by law except in specific circumstances.
International Indonesia said in a statement regarding WA’s case that “Indonesia
has a legal obligation under international human rights law to ensure that
victims of rape or incest can have timely access to safe and legal abortion.”
2014 revision to Indonesia’s 2009 Law on Reproductive Health allows for
abortions within the first 40 days of a pregnancy if the women’s life is in
danger or if a woman becomes pregnant because of rape, in line with the beliefs
of the Shafi’i school of Sunni Islam to which most Indonesian Muslims adhere.
to Adriana Venny Aryani, a commissioner at the National Commission on Violence
Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), many Indonesian children and young women are
inadequately educated about sexuality and reproductive health and thus are
rarely able to identify that they are pregnant within the 40-day window.
still a child. She doesn’t recognize that I am pregnant … so the judge and the
prosecution must also think about that,” Venny said. “They are too normative:
‘this is the sanction, I must punish you because you are in a criminal court’ …
but they don’t realize she is a victim. She is still a child.”
said that a “lack of awareness and knowledge about the law among women and
girls as well as abortion-related stigma and other barriers they face in
accessing legal services means that women and girls are more likely to seek
clandestine, unsafe abortions, or else terminate the pregnancy on their own
through unsafe means, even though they may be legally entitled to an abortion.”
Indonesian parliament is considering changes to the criminal code, the current
incarnation of which was inherited from the country’s former Dutch colonial
rulers, which would ban all consensual sex outside of marriage – a provision
activists fear would be used to target the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) community.
481 of the code would limit the distribution of information and contraceptive
supplies to government-approved health professionals, with those violating the
law facing a potential penalty of 10 million Rupiah.
Muslim groups have argued that the changes are necessary to better reflect
local culture in the law.
deputy chairperson of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Zainut Tauhid Saadi
said earlier this year that the reforms would bring the criminal code “in line
with cultural values, religious norms and the spirit of Pancasila”, Indonesia's
national ideology, and protect against “dangers of LGBT and free sex”, as
quoted by Indonesia's news agency Antara.
The National Police on Tuesday (07/08) said they are building a special prison
for terrorists in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.
now terrorism convicts have been kept at the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob)
headquarters in Depok, near Jakarta, and at regular detention facilities.
the time being], terrorism convicts are in district prisons ... We have
instructed them to place [the convicts] in separate cells, with more security,
while we are waiting for the Cikeas prison to be ready," National Police
chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said, as quoted by BeritaSatu.com.
detention center in Cikeas will be able to accommodate 340 prisoners, Tito
added. Its construction is set to begin this month, and should be complete by
the end of the year.
May, a riot broke out at the Brimob prison, claiming the lives of five police.
Since then the detention center has been seen as inadequate for terrorism
said 283 suspected terrorists have been arrested in the past two months.
Arab News Hajj app launched in partnership with Muslim World League
Arab News has launched the 2018 version of its smartphone Hajj app for use this
month during the annual Muslim pilgrimage season.
free app — available to download from Thursday for iOS and Android devices via
the App Store and Google Play — has new and enhanced features, including live
news updates and the signature “Hajj tracker,” which enables pilgrims to
connect with their loved ones back home.
Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) will again be sponsoring the Hajj app.
The partnership with MWL, which began last year, is part of the international
Muslim body’s global outreach efforts to serve all Muslims.
latest release of the app features several functions for use during the Hajj
season, including safety features such as an emergency call number and list of
embassies and important service providers during Hajj.
features include a digital Qibla compass, a real-time currency converter and
Qur’an prayer audio files.
app also features improvements to the hugely useful “pilgrim tracker” function.
The feature, which is optional, allows users who activate it to share their
location and follow loved ones in real time, around the clock.
Al-Sulami, Arab News Jeddah bureau chief and head of the paper’s Hajj coverage
team, thanked MWL for its endorsement of the app and said the aim of this
corporate social responsibility initiative was to provide a useful and free
service for pilgrims on their unique spiritual journey.
mission is to make Arab News more global and more digital, and the Hajj App —
thanks to the generous support from the MWL — does just that by providing a
live news service and helpful, easy-to-use functions that every pilgrim can
benefit from during Hajj,” he said.
Muslim World League commended the newspaper’s initiative of deploying
technology in such an innovative and useful way for the public good.
are happy to renew our partnership with Arab News and our support of this app,
which reinforces our position as an umbrella body seeking to serve Muslims
worldwide,” the MWL said.
News is part of the regional publishing giant Saudi Research and Marketing Group
(SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the
region for over 40 years.
of Syria war destruction at $388 bln: UN
years of relentless conflict in Syria have wreaked destruction that the United
Nations said on Wednesday had cost the country close to a whopping $400
figure was released after a two-day meeting of more than 50 Syrian and
international experts in neighboring Lebanon, hosted by the UN’s Economic and
Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
said the “volume of destruction in physical capital and its sectoral
distribution” had been estimated at more than $388 billion (334 billion euros).
said the figure did not include “human losses resulting from deaths or the loss
of human competences and skilled labor due to displacement, which were
considered the most important enablers of the Syrian economy.”
than half of Syria’s pre-war population has fled the country or been displaced
internally over the past seven years.
2015 military intervention helped a spectacular recovery by government forces,
which have regained significant ground in recent months.
and rebel forces remain in some pockets, but with the military balance hugely
in the regime’s favor, efforts have already been shifting toward
scholars council slams foreign interference in Saudi internal affairs
head of Pakistani Association of Ulemas' Council Sheikh Mohammed Taher
Al-Ashrafi denounced in Islamabad on Tuesday statements made by the Canadian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Canada's Riyadh-based embassy, over the
so-called civil society activists rights, considering it as irresponsible
intervention into internal affairs of another sovereign nation.
a press statement, the Ulemas (Islamic clergies) condemned interference in the
Saudi internal affairs, which takes place in the name of human rights,
reasserting taking the side of the Kingdom and supporting its stances.
Al-Ashrafi "dismissed some countries and bodies' recurrent attempts to
intervene in the affairs of other nations, under the cover of backing up of
civic society activists' freedom as conspiracy and holding clandestine agenda,
concluding by pointing out that the stance displayed by Canada constitutes a
flagrant violation of the international law, which prohibits intervention of
any state in the local legal measurements taken by another sovereign
country," the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Arabia beheads and crucifies Myanmar national
Arabia has beheaded and "crucified" a Myanmar national over charges
of murder, theft and attempted rape.
Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday that Elias Abulkalaam
Jamaleddeen was executed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca under the endorsement
of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the appeals and supreme courts.
was charged over entering a Myanmar woman's house and discharging a firearm,
then stabbing the homeowner to death and robbing the residence.
was also charged for robbing another house, attempted rape, and the theft of
firearms and ammunition.
being one of the world’s top executioners, Saudi Arabia rarely crucifies
convicts - a process in which the condemned is usually beheaded and then the
body is put on display with outstretched arms.
July, Saudi Arabia put to death several inmates convicted of murder and drug
April, the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said that the
number of beheadings in Saudi Arabia during the first quarter of 2018 rose by
over 70 percent in comparison with the corresponding period last year.
to the London-based rights group Amnesty International, many people in Saudi
Arabia are sentenced to death and executed following seriously flawed court
proceedings that routinely fall far short of international fair trial
added that the defendants are often convicted solely on the basis of
“confessions” obtained under torture and other ill-treatment, denied legal
representation in trials which are held in secret, and are not kept informed of
the progress of the legal proceedings in their case.
al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists'
positions in the villages and towns of Lahaya, al-Latamina, Kafr Zita and al-Zakat
in Northern Hama came under heavy fire of the artillery and missile units.
supply lines of the militants were destroyed in the attack.
the meantime, the army destroyed several positions used by terrorists to
monitor the army's movements and to launch sniper attacks on the government
forces in the Northern Hama.
Sunday, the army men engaged in fresh fighting with Tahrir al-Sham in the small
town of al-Zalaqiyat in Northern Hama, repelling their offensive.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units pounded terrorists'
movements and supply lines in the town of al-Latamina, destroying several
vehicles that were carrying heavy military equipment.
large number of terrorists, including Commander of Jeish al-Izzah Kheir
al-Rahmoun, were killed in the failed attack.
army forces, backed up by artillery and missile units, advanced against ISIL in
Rami Shabaki Sharihi region in Eastern Sweida, seizing control over
al-Tamthouneh, Haviyeh al-Abed, Wadi al-Lahaf, Arz al-Zabiriyat, Rosoum
al-Manatir, Wadi al-Sham and Ra'as al-Jamrah in Eastern, Northeastern and
units of the army engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in al-Hossan and Arz
al-Kara'a regions, repelling terrorists' attacks.
suffered heavy casualties in the failed attacks and retreated from the battle
field to evade more casualties.
Tuesday, the army men struck ISIL's positions in the villages of Shenvan and
al-Saqiyeh and captured several hills and valleys in Badiyeh in Northeastern
units of the army managed to free Malha Cave region and Tal Sanim in al-Kara'a
army soldiers further advanced and drove ISIL out of al-Hossan region.
sources, meantime, reported that other army units advanced against ISIL in the
third flank from Souh al-Majidi and Ba'ar Shaman up to East of Tal Asfar
towards Khirbet al-Ambashi and al-Habiriyeh.
al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) declared
curfew in the villages and towns of al-Tamanna, Um Jalal, Khowein, Tahtaya,
al-Sarj, al-Tah, al-Haditi, Halba, al-Rafa, Abu Hoba, Kafr Basin, Baboulin,
Sahyan, al-Deir al-Sharqi, al-Sarman and Jajanaz in Southeastern Idlib.
sources said that Tahrir al-Sham's move to declare curfew is aimed at paving
the grounds for conducting arrest operations in the region to detain those
people who intend to join the peace agreement with the army.
the meantime, militants of the National Liberation Front, another main
terrorist coalition, are breaking into people's houses East of the town of
Ma'arat al-Nu'aman in Southern Idlib, arresting those who had tried to join the
peace plan in the region.
fresh wave of fear has covered the terrorist front as the army is preparing to
launch a large-scale operation in Idlib and a main part of the militant front
has intensified efforts to join the reconciliation plan.
sources reported on Monday that terrorists of the National Liberation Front captured
over fifty pro-peace activists accusing them of links to Damascus government.
sources further said that the National Liberation Front has dispatched a large
number of gunmen to Western and Eastern Hama and kept them on alert as their
comrades in Idlib are concerned over the endorsement of a peace plan in their
Front, meantime, set up more checkpoints in al-Ghaab Plain and Shahshabou in
Cultural Attaché in the Kingdom’s Embassy in the United States, Dr. Mohammed
bin Abdullah al-Issa, confirmed on Wednesday that the mission is forming an
emergency committee to assist Saudi students in Canada in order to secure a
fast and smooth transition to the United States.
Issa added that this committee will be headed by the assistant director for
Educational Affairs, Dr. Ali bin Mohammed al-Freihi, manager of the medical programs Dr. Hadeel
al-Saleh, and manager of academic
accreditation and documentation Dr. Nashme al-Rashidi.
Saudi Cultural Attaché told the Saudi Press Agency that the difficult part
relating to the issue is the students who are studying medicine as there are
around 1,000 male and female medical students in Canada, and that his
department is doing its best to place them in medical programs in the US.
Issa said “we started communicating with medical program managers and American
hospitals to assist the Saudi doctors and we have got all the support from the
said more than 20 American Universities have expressed its readiness to take in
the students transferred from Canada.
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