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Egypt, the president appoints the governors of the country’s provinces. This
practice began with President Nasser after the kings’ era. Last month,
President Al-Sisi appointed two Christian governors to two principally
Christian provinces—the highest concentration of Christians in all of rural
Egypt—located in Upper Egypt and West Egypt. This is monumental in a country where
Islamic sectarianism dictates politics.
Al-Sisi took office in 2013 for a four-year term, he immediately appointed new
governors, all Muslim, for each of the 27 provinces as did his predecessors –
Mubarak, Sadat, and Nasser. Now in the beginning of his second term, Al-Sisi
replaced two of his original governors at the end of their six-year terms with
two Christians – the first time in modern history that some all-Christian towns
would have a Christian administration. However, there was one earlier
unsuccessful attempt at this by Egypt’s military interim government (SCAF) in
2012 after Mubarak was ousted.
has inspired an outpouring of positive enthusiasm from Egypt’s Coptic community
bringing hope and optimism where disappointment and anger was mounting against
the Al-Sisi government by many. It remains to be seen as of yet if any
opposition will come from the Muslim community and if their terror elements
will respond with violence.
Copts in the diaspora are also pleased with the president’s appointments.
Social media commentary and op-eds indicate the feeling that Al-Sisi is taking
Egypt in the right direction. There is talk about equal rights, equal
opportunity and progress toward liberal democracy and leaving Sharia principles
in the dust. Al-Sisi’s appointments are in striking contrast to the status quo
of the erosion of rights and common decency toward the lives of Copts in Egypt
in recent decades.
Nasser’s time, such appointments or elections were not extraordinary news but a
regular matter. Prior to the coup of 1952, Copts were involved in Egyptian
political life after Mohammed Ali detached the country from Turkey (at the fall
of the Ottoman Empire). The Decree of Equality between citizens allowed Copts
to be governors of provinces, and it was commonplace for Copts to serve as
provincial governors. Under King Fouad I, Wissa Wasef, a Copt, became the
president of the Egyptian Parliament twice (03/1928-07/1928 &
Al-Sisi’s recent appointments, it looks as if the president has high regard for
the pre-Nasser era. However, when all of the current governmental actions or
inactions are taken into account an accurate and truer picture comes to light.
Does this picture show improvement for human rights and liberty inclusive of
the Coptic minority community or are things getting worse?
Egyptians say there is now a new democratic president who is enforcing the law
and standing against religious discrimination. They will emphasize the
president visiting the Coptic Orthodox Church on Christmas and building a
Coptic Cathedral in the new administrative city of Cairo! He pressured the
parliament to issue a fairer law regulating church construction. Meanwhile, has
it occurred to any of the enamored why church construction is singled out for
draconian enforcement while most of the country is allowed to navigate
act of appointing two Christian governors has a basis in Article 9 and Article
14 of Egypt’s current (2014) constitution. However, Copts are astonished when
credence is given to the anti-discrimination constitutional precepts. Article 9
states that “The state is committed to achieving equality of opportunity among
all citizens, without discrimination.” Article 14 says that “Public functions
are the right of citizens on the basis of competence, without favoritism or
mediation, and its assignment is to serve the people …” In essence; Al-Sisi is
being thanked today by his constituency for his surprising regard for the
liberal articles of the constitution in spite of Article 2 (Sharia).
was certainly extraordinary for the president to appoint two Christian Coptic
governors to these particular regions when you consider his record: a long span
of unchecked violence against Copts, Coptic-victim persecution through archaic
“arbitration” courts, forced evacuation from homes and villages of Coptic
victims of brutality, and Christian murders uninvestigated and unprosecuted.
Al-Sisi’s watchful silence the prejudicial permit requirements remain in place
against church construction, oppressive use of permits target Christians who
pray inside their own homes, unenforced laws regarding regulated and permitted
city and town services while selectively exacting on trivial matters within the
Christian community, Orthodox churches destroyed by terror elements inside the
state without government aid to rebuild, local police cooperation with
sectarian terrorists inside villages against Coptic residents, and many
churches forced to shut down and remain uninhabitable.
all of this, let’s explore the potentially darker motives for the latest
Christian appointments—those that suit the Al-Sisi government through
exploitation of an eager and naive Christian minority certain to favor Al-Sisi
for it and gush over his “advancements.” Al-Sisi favors himself by turning
Copts away from their focus upon the urgencies boiling in Al Minya (stated
above) and tempering the potential for growing anger toward the president. If
Muslim violence should ensue over the loss of two Muslim governors and the
newly-installed Christian governors, Al-Sisi may end up withdrawing his
appointments to please the Islamist deep state in a win-win situation for his
Coptic Christians along with planned Islamist protests would offer Al-Sisi the
chance to dismiss the Coptic governors he just appointed for the sake of
“peace”. Actually, he could either withdraw the appointees or stand firm with
them to prove his power over terror elements, mainly to the West. Of course, if
no Islamist protests are pre-planned by the government but a spontaneous one
erupts—after all, Islamic law mandates that a non-Muslim will not have
authority over a Muslim – the outcome either way benefits Al-Sisi’s image. His
government is then separated from the terror elements that are continually
permitted to get away with murder.
is nothing new. In 2012 after the ouster of Mubarak, the military interim
government (SCAF) chose, Imad Shehata, a Copt, for governor of Qena Province.
Egyptian Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood held noisy demonstrations against
Shehata, cutting off the train line that runs through the province and
threatening to kill the designated governor if he accepted the nomination. The
SCAF surrendered to Islamist demands.
did SCAF choose to appoint a Christian governor at that moment? While aligning
with the Muslim Brotherhood (a terror group), SCAF proved it would stop at
nothing including cold-blooded murder of peaceful Mespero (Christian)
protesters. SCAF then demonstrated by the Shehata appointment that it favored
Copts after all and separated itself from the terror groups targeting Copts.
these facts to light and reflecting on the deeper issues is the only way to
begin to understand the true nature of the difficulties in Egypt. It is
especially apparent that no solutions are emerging from the political elite who
accomplish very little while manipulating the people to maintain the status quo
or incite a worse situation.
The capital administration on Wednesday banned the entry of 14 Ulema from
various schools of thought in order to avoid a law and order situation and the
loss of public life and property.
ban was also imposed on the activities of 12 other ulema who are residing in
to the order, these ulema will not enter, reside or remain in the capital for
the next two months. According to the reports, these religious scholars were
known for making inflammatory speeches.
order was issued by District Magistrate Islamabad Mohammad Hamza Shafqat based on
reports received from the Special Branch and the Islamabad police.
Ulema each from the Deobandi and Shia schools of thought and four from the
Barelvi sect have been banned from entering the capital.
from the Deobandi school of thought are Hafiz Mohammad Saddique from Wah Cantt,
Allama Tahir Ashraf who is president of the banned Ahl-i-Sunnat Wal Jammat
(ASWJ) Lahore, Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqui who is president ASWJ Sindh, Maulana
Mohammad Ilyas Ghumman from ASWJ Sargodha and Maulana Abdul Khaliq Rehmani,
Kabirwala in Punjab.
from the Shia school of thought are Allama Zakir Syed Maqbool Hassan from
Chakwal, Hafiz Tassaduq Hussain from Lahore, Allama Mohammad Iqbal from
Chichawatni, Allama Ghazanfar Taunsvi from Bahawalpur and Allama Jaffar Jatoi
ulema from the Barelvi school of thought are Maulana Mohammad Yousaf Rizvi from
Tokey Wali Sarkar Sargodha, Maulana Khadim Hussein Rizvi, emir of Tehreek
Labbaik Pakistan, Pir Irfan Al-Mashadi from Lahore and Dr Asif Ashraf Jalali from
capital administration and police are also contacting their counterparts in the
districts where these ulema are residing, requesting them to keep an eye on
them and avoid their entry into the capital.
said police teams are conducting patrols and have been deployed at entry
have been directed to intercept and arrest these ulema if they are spotted in
has been mounted around the 12 ulema who reside in capital.
have been informed by the magistrate and the police and have been directed to
reduce their activities.
were asked to submit affidavits and are required to inform the police before
any activity and to get prior permission from the capital administration.
12 local ulema whose activities were banned include four from the Deobandi
school of thought, four Shia, three Barelvi and one Ahl-i-Hadith.
ulema from the Deobandi school of thought include Maulana Abdul Aziz from
Madressah Jamia Hafsa G-7/2, Maulana Abdul Razzaq Haideri who is khateeb of
Masjid Abdullah bin Masood in G-9, Abdul Rahman Muaviah who is khateeb of
Masjid Rahmani in Aabpara and Qari Ahsanullah, the khateeb of Masjid Qasmia in
banned Shia Ulema include Allama Sheikh Mohsin Ali Najfi, the principal of
Jamia Ahl-i-Bait in F-7/4, Agha Shifa Najfi, who is the khateeb of Imambargah
Imamul Sadiq in G-9/2, Allama Ameen Shaheedi, the leader of the
Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) and Allama Raja Nasir Abbas, MWM general
banned Barelvi Ulema include Maulana Prof Zaffar Iqbal Jalali, who is the
khateeb of Noor-i-Madina in I-8/4, Allama Liaquat Ali Rizvi, president of Sunni
Tehreek Masjid and the khateeb at the Masjid Bilal in Barma Town and Maulana
Mohammad Imtiaz Hussain Kazmi who is the khateeb of Masjid Hanifa Ghousia, Bari
Mohammad Younis Qureshi, the khateeb of Masjidul Furqan in G-9/4 was also
banned from conducting activities in the capital.
are not alone,’ OIC delegation tells Rohingya after visiting their camps
Bangladesh: A 20-member delegation of the OIC (Organization of Islamic
Cooperation) expressed solidarity with the Rohingya refugees when it visited
them in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Wednesday, telling them that they are not
members of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) also joined
express our solidarity with you, also show our determination that you are not
alone,” M. Jouhamed Khouraichi Niass, the OIC Parliamentary Union (PUIC)
secretary-general, told the Rohingya after visiting their camps.
delegation started the day-long visit by speaking to several refugee men and
women at Ghumdhum for an hour. Later, they visited a UNHCR-run transit center
in Kutupalang camp, in the Ukhia sub-district.
delegation also witnessed a women-friendly center and a child-friendly center
in Kutupalang camp, run by the UN Population Fund and the UN children’s fund
UNICEF respectively. In all the places, the Rohigya shared the horrible
experiences and atrocities they had faced at the hands of the army in their
homeland Myanmar which forced them to take refuge in Bangladesh.
PUIC delegation expressed their firm determination to help in the repatriation
process of the Rohingya.
will discuss using whole channels, diplomatic channels and bilateral channels
to help our brothers go back to their native Myanmar. This is what which
brought us here today,” said Khouraichi Niass, the chief of the delegation.
the countries sent us here studying your issue. We will use all means, legal
means, to get your rights. This is why we are here today with a big delegation
from the PUIC.”
expressed his strong hope that “Allah will help to succeed with a peaceful
solution” for the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Relief and Repatriation Commissioner of Bangladesh, Abul Kalam, told Arab News
that in this visit the PUIC delegation had received a clear picture about what
is going on and what the refugees have experienced back in Myanmar. “Now the
PUIC will strengthen its bilateral efforts to solve the refugee crisis since
Myanmar has very good relations with some of the OIC members and the delegation
has assured us in this regard.”
this visit, OIC will be able to play a “more effective role” in various
diplomatic channels, said Kalam, who was part of the visiting delegation.
all shariah punishments should be public, says Amanah rep
LUMPUR: An Amanah leader has sought to discourage the use of “tazir”
punishments, or those meted out at the discretion of shariah judges, to
necessarily punish and humiliate offenders in the wake of the controversial
public caning of two women convicted of attempting same-sex relations in
Siti Mariah Mahmud, who leads Amanah’s women’s wing, said tazir punishments
should also suit the times.
Seri Serdang assemblyman said such punishments should be openly discussed by
religious scholars to determine what was acceptable in this day and age, adding
that Pakatan Harapan wanted to emphasise compassion in the “new Malaysia”.
everyone needs to be punished and humiliated in front of the masses. We can
improvise,” she said at a forum on public caning last night titled “Sebatan Di
Khalayak Ramai: Sejauh Mana Islamiknya”.
proposed replacing caning with community service, adding that shariah court
judges could also offer advice to offenders.
don’t have to be painful,” she said, citing disciplinary methods which were
once considered acceptable by some but are now seen as a form of abuse, such as
tying a child to a tree.
showed that there was a need to keep up with the times and discourse on the
matter, she said.
Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, who was a panellist at the forum, meanwhile urged the
public against passing judgment on the two women who were caned.
questioned whether those critical of the women had sought to understand or
consider the impact of the punishment on them.
have never talked to them. Did we think that they might not have wanted to be
treated like animals?” she said.
two women, who pleaded guilty to attempting to have same-sex relations in a car
in Terengganu, were caned six times each at the state’s Shariah High Court
earlier this month.
sentence, the first for such an offence in the country, was witnessed by more
than 100 people including family members, lawyers and members of the media.
Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had criticised the punishment, saying it cast
Islam in a bad light as a religion that was ruthless and focused on
Joint Action Group for Gender Equality meanwhile urged the government to
enforce a moratorium on corporal punishment.
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tugay Sarac was just 15 when he first talked
about traveling from Germany to Syria to fight for Islamic State.
unlike his friends at the time, Sarac had turned to radical Islam as a way of
avoiding coming to terms with his sexuality.
had friends who, like me, were really radical extremists and even considered
going to Syria or to Palestine to fight,” he told the Thomson Reuters
Foundation in a quiet corner of the prayer room of Berlin’s Ibn Rushd-Goethe
20, Sarac, who was born in Berlin to a Turkish family, learned from an early
age that homosexuality was wrong - and un-Islamic.
thought being gay is bad and that through Islam, by praying to God, I could
cure myself and become normal. I started praying five times a day: I just felt
bad, like I was dirty or inferior somehow ... I was really ashamed of my gay
than 5,000 Europeans - most from Britain, France, Germany and Belgium - have
joined fighters in Syria and Iraq, according to Europe’s police organization,
Europol, with more than 200 continental attacks and foiled plots last year.
suggest a range of motivations, from supporting fellow Muslims to feelings of
alienation at home. Yet Sarac was not looking for a greater sense of Muslim
solidarity – he was running away from the fact he was gay.
knew I liked boys from maybe the first class of primary school,” he said.
“(But) in Islam for me it was very clear that homosexuality was bad.”
was only when Sarac came across the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque - one of only a
handful of gay-friendly mosques around the world - that he found a middle
ground that allowed him to accept both his sexuality and his faith.
Sarac found himself drawn into the life of the mosque, its liberal, inclusive
form of Islam drew him away from his more fundamentalist views and helped him
come to terms with who he was.
mosque helped me to deradicalize completely,” he said.
here, I started being comfortable with myself and that’s when I told my mother
and my aunt (that I was gay).”
Muslims are frequently required to make a stark choice between their sexuality
and their religion, even in liberal countries such as Germany where same-sex
marriage is legal.
and tensions are on the rise in Germany, which is home to about 4 million
Muslims - about 5 percent of the population - since it opened its doors to more
than a million migrants in 2015, many from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
a spate of attacks on mosques, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in March
that Islam does not belong in Germany, clashing with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
multi-ethnic vision for Europe’s biggest economy.
father, who moved to Germany at the age of six, boasted of beating up gay
people when he himself was younger and made his views of homosexuality very
clear to the young Sarac.
father was rather traditional, not in an Islamic way, but in a Turkish way,”
my little sister was born, I just wanted to hold her buggy and walk with her.
But my father slapped my hand and said, ‘Stop doing that, it’s gay’.”
father died when he was just 13 – leaving Sarac even more vulnerable to radical
views, while also battling to suppress his sexuality at school “because as a
teenager – as teenagers normally do – I just fell in love with other guys”.
is why when his friends started talking about becoming jihadis, Sarac readily
joined the conversation – to deflect any questions on his own sexuality.
was struggling between being a normal 14 or 15-year-old guy in Germany and
being really religious.
friends were very religious, very radical, and when they told me that they were
considering going to Syria, I started thinking about it too.”
there were other tensions at work.
turning point was hearing a presenter on The Young Turks, a U.S.-based liberal
news show, ask LGBT Muslims: “Why would you believe in a religion or a God if
this God hates you, if this God will throw you to hell and let you burn
Sarac started worshipping at the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque late last year, his
radical friends disowned him, but the mosque offered other opportunities to
explore a more liberal form of Islam.
in June 2017 by Seyran Ates, a feminist lawyer who was born in Turkey, the
mosque allows men and women to pray together.
consider ourselves an inclusive mosque,” Imam Susie Dawi told the Thomson
Reuters Foundation in Berlin.
have no homophobic attitudes in any form here.”
even among liberal Muslims, there is much work still to be done, she said.
have taken lesbian friends, for example, to Muslim friends and they’ve got
along wonderfully and I thought that this would change attitudes. But it didn’t
somehow ... Maybe it needs time.”
mosque has recently begun a deradicalization workshop for students to take into
point is to open up people’s minds towards a more liberal understanding of
Islam, for example by showing them women in different roles,” Dawi explained,
rather than the traditional Islamic image of the subservient woman.
is a female pilot, for example.”
Sarac, the mosque offers a chance for other LGBT Muslims not to repeat his
100 percent sure there are many gay Muslims who hide themselves like I did,” he
said, either becoming atheists or fighters with militant groups like the
Taliban or al Qaeda.
you are conflicted, it doesn’t make any sense to listen to one group who tell
you are going to hell,” he said.
we want gay Muslims to be happy, we should just open ourselves up and let them
be gay (and become) a happy, working part of the Muslim community.”
Hayatullah, 75, offers ‘Namaaz’ five times a day and is a devout Muslim. What
sets him apart from the crowd is the fact that he is also proficient in
Sanskrit and in the four Vedas which has earned him the epithet ‘Chaturvedi’.
‘Chaturvedi’ is a resident of Chhita Harraipur village in Kaushambhi district.
Before retiring in 2003, he was a teacher in Hindi and Sanskrit in M.R.
Sherwani Inter College in Allahabad. After retirement, he continues to offer
free tuitions in the language to students.
language cannot be linked to a religion, Sanskrit has always fascinated me.
Contrary to what people think, Sanskrit is easy to learn and understand. I have
written several books that make learning Sanskrit easy but the government
should also promote the language,” 75-year-old Hayatullah said.
Hayatullah ‘Chaturvedi’ is equally proficient in English, Urdu and Hindi as he
is in Sanskrit.
am a Muslim and I have read the Quran. Some people in our community are wrongly
interpreting the mean of ‘Jihad’ which actually means a ‘Dharam Yuddha’ like
‘Mahabharata’ for protection of humanity.”
there is no difference between what the Quran teaches and what the four Vedas
say,” Hayatullah a resident of Chhita Harraipur Kaush-ambhi district stated.
about the secret of his health, Hayatullah ‘Chaturvedi’ who offers ‘namaaz’
five times a day and is a devout Muslim said that he had turned vegetarian
decades ago and this has helped him keep fit.
calls on Saudi to 'immediately' release cleric
Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern over Saudi Arabia's continued
detention of a top cleric because of his political views, urging the Riyadh
regime to "immediately" release him.
authorities detained top Sunni preacher Salman al-Awda on September 7 last
year, and have held him in solitary confinement without trial ever since.
said Wednesday that, according to family members, the 61-year-old cleric had
finally been allowed to contact a lawyer for his first ever hearing on
the hearing, prosecutors brought 37 charges against Awda, mostly connected to
his alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Qatari government, and his
public support for imprisoned dissidents, according to HRW. They also requested
the death penalty.
Arabia blacklisted the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in March
condemned the charges as "vague" and said the ongoing crackdown by
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman against dissidents and anti-regime activists
will only hurt Riyadh's ambitious economic plans.
a time when Saudi Arabia’s ambitious economic plans such as the Aramco IPO are
stalling out, the crown prince’s prosecutors are investing in threatening
clerics and women’s rights activists with execution,” said Sarah Leah Whitson,
Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
Saudi Arabia has evidence that al-Awda committed a recognizable crime the
authorities should release him immediately.”
was among the first of scores of people detained by government forces in
mid-September 2017, months after MBS rose to power.
cleric was a prominent member of the Sahwa Movement in the early 1990s, which
opposed the decision by Riyadh to let the US military into Saudi Arabia in
order to prevent a potential attack by Iraq.
has been an advocate of greater democracy and social tolerance since 2011.
January, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for
Awda's release, describing him as “an influential religious figure."
documents viewed by HRW stated that the cleric was accused of expressing
"public solidarity with imprisoned dissidents, opposing the Saudi-led
isolation of Qatar in mid-2017, and alleged ties to the Qatari
is also charged with publicly opposing the Saudi regime's hosting of former
Tunisian president Zain al-Abedin Bin Ali, “mocking governmental achievements,”
and “offending patriotism and loyalty to the government and the country.”
bomb went off at SDF's base in al-Nour Street in the Northwestern part of Raqqa
city, injuring a number of SDF members.
the meantime, fierce clashes were also reported between the SDF and the
attackers after the bomb explosion.
a bomb went off near Ibn Khaldoun school in Raqqa city, killing two SDF
SDF has arrested over fifty young men in the villages and towns in Northern
Raqqa under a forced recruiting plan.
Tuesday, the SDF stormed the villages of al-Ansar, Ajaj, al-Royan, al-Rashid,
al-Andalos, al-Hayef, Khat al-Naniyeh, al-Rabi'eh, al-Salbiyeh and al-Sweidiyeh
Saqireh, arresting over 270 villagers under different accusations, including
cooperating with the Syrian Army or with the ISIL.
the meantime, the SDF has extended curfew in the region.
units of the SDF arrested a number of young people in the town of Ein Issa and
its countryside in Northern Raqqa under a forced recruitment plan.
Arabic-language al-Manar news website reported that the US-led coalition has
resumed building two more military bases in the village of Jam'aya East of the
town of Qamishli as well as areas West of the town.
further said that the US military has set up a base at the Eastern entrance of
the town Qamishli and also established a permanent base in the small town of
Himo at the Western entrance of the town.
website reminded that a sum of 13 Syrian soldiers were killed in an ambush
operation by the Kurdish militias in Qamishli recently.
Tuesday, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted former media advisor of
the Kurdish-led People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin Rizan Haddou as saying
that the US troops were behind the Kurdish security forces' ambush on the
Syrian army forces in Qamishli which killed 13.
added that the incident was a plotted ambush operation, saying that the
presence of the US forces in Qamishli and Hasaka does not benefit the Kurds.
described the US deployment in Syria as illegal, and said when the Americans
were not stationed in the region, the Syrian army forces and Kurdish fighters
were present in Afrin and Northern and Eastern Aleppo with no clashes.
Kurdish militants attacked the vehicles of the Syrian army troops in Qamishli
on Saturday, killing 13 forces.
US has been rapidly sending weapons and military equipment to the Kurds in the
past few weeks.
150 trucks carrying weapons and military equipment were dispatched by the US
army to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hasaka province earlier this
sources in Northeastern Syria reported that a US military convoy of more than
150 trucks was sent to the SDF and its local military councils in Eastern
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV channel quoted a well-informed source in Jisr
al-Shughour as disclosing that the White Helmets are planning to transfer a
large volume of poisonous materials to Qala al-Maziq and Kafr Naboudeh in
Northern Hama as requested by their foreign backers.
went on to say that the terrorists and the White Helmets are planning to make a
ten-minute video of a fake chemical attack to send two copeis of the video to
the United Nations, adding that a meeting which was to be held over the release
of the video of the fake chemical attack has been postponed.
Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on the terrorists' plan to film
a false-flag chemical attack in Idlib province to raise allegation on the
the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation reported on Tuesday, all the fake
footage of "chemical attacks", designed to facilitate the implication
of Syrian government forces, was expected to be sent to different TV channels.
to the information received from inhabitants of Idlib province, militants are
now filming a staged provocation in the city of Jisr al-Shughour, where
"chemical weapons" are depicted as being used by the Syrian army
against civilians. The film crews of several Middle Eastern TV channels arrived
in Jisr al-Shughour in the morning, as well as the regional affiliate of one of
the main American television news networks", the Reconciliation Center
said, Sputnik reported.
Russian military added that the militants had brought two containers with
chlorine-based toxic substance to Jisr al-Shughour to make provocation seem
plot envisages staged scenes showing 'activists' of the Civil Defense
("White Helmets") 'helping' the residents of Jisr al-Shughour after
the Syrian army allegedly used the so-called barrel bombs with poisonous
substances," the center noted.
to the center, all videos of provocations shot in Jisr al-Shughour will be
handed to broadcasters by the end of the day after being released in social
information followed the Sunday's report by the Wall Street Journal, saying
that the US Defense Department might be mulling the idea of striking Russian or
Iranian military forces aiding the Syrian government if they were to launch an
assault on Idlib. The report added that the United States would specifically
decide whether to strike Russian air defense installations.
the Syrian government has pledged to drive the remaining terrorists out of
Idlib and has begun taking steps toward full-scale military operations in the
Russian Ministry of Defense warned about the forthcoming false flag
provocation, which will involve a staged chlorine gas attack, in late August.
Later, the defense ministry said that the results of this provocation could be
used by the Western coalition forces as an excuse to launch another missile
strike against the Syrian government. The United States, the Russian Defense
Ministry noted, has been deploying the relevant forces to Syria. In late
August, the American destroyer USS The Sullivans arrived in the Persian Gulf
carrying 56 cruise missiles, and a US Air Force B-1B strategic bomber, equipped
with 24 air-to-surface JASSM cruise missiles, was redeployed to El-Udeid
Airbase in Qatar.
US senators plan to introduce legislation on Wednesday seeking to counteract
what they see as Iran’s increasing influence in Iraq, amid concern about
attacks in Iraq by groups US officials consider Iranian proxies, a Senate aide
said on Wednesday.
other things, the bill, whose text was seen by Reuters, would impose
terrorism-related sanctions on Iranian-controlled militias and require the US
Secretary of State to publish and maintain a list of armed groups receiving
assistance from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC.
of the “Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act” include Senators David Perdue,
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. A similar bill, backed by Republican Representative
Ted Poe, has been introduced in the House of Representatives.
was no immediate word on when the legislation might be considered by
congressional committees, normally the first steps toward becoming law.
mortar shells landed inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone just after
midnight local time on Friday, the first such attack in several years in the
area, which houses parliament, government buildings and many foreign embassies.
Tuesday, the United States warned Iran that it would “respond swiftly and
decisively” to any attacks by its allies in Iraq that resulted in injury to
Americans or damage to US facilities.
reported last month that Iran had given ballistic missiles to Shi’ite Muslim
proxy groups in Iraq and was developing the capacity to build more there, a
development likely to exacerbate tensions between Tehran and Washington,
already heightened by President Donald Trump.
least seven people have lost their lives and 30 others sustained injuries when
a powerful car bomb explosion struck a main road in Iraq's north-central
province of Salahuddin.
police source Mohammed al-Bazi said the blast took place at around noon on Wednesday,
when a booby-trapped car parked in front of a restaurant frequently visited by
passengers while travelling on the main road north of the provincial capital
city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of Baghdad, went
added the massive explosion set seven nearby civilian cars ablaze and badly
damaged several others. It destroyed large part of the restaurant as well.
group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Daesh Takfiri
militant group has been responsible for such attacks in most cases, targeting
markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the commander-in-chief of Iraqi
forces, pledged on June 30 to hunt down Daesh terrorists across Iraq after a
series of attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group.
will chase the remaining cells of terrorism in their hideouts and we will kill
them, we will chase them everywhere, in the mountains and the desert,” Abadi
declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on
December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, the Iraqi prime minister had formally declared victory over
Daesh in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in the
conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
court refuses to void LHC order letting banned JuD continue operations
Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected the federal government’s application
against a Lahore High Court (LHC) interim order allowing Jamaatud Dawa (JuD)
and its affiliate Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) to continue their ‘welfare
apex court’s two-judge bench, comprising Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik and
Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, took up the interior ministry’s plea on Wednesday.
In it, the ministry sought the cancellation of the order passed by the LHC,
allowing the JuD to proceed with its ‘welfare activities’ until a decision was
reached in its petition challenging a federal government ban against the
organisation. The Interior ministry had contended that the interim order was
creating a hindrance for Pakistan in complying with international and local
legal requirements concerning terror financing.
SC bench observed that the LHC was still hearing the case, and dismissed the
government’s plea to set aside the interim order.
February, the president had promulgated an ordinance amending the
Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997. It paved the way for proscription of personnel and
organisations found involved in terrorist activities, including those listed as
such by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
ordinance amended Sections 11-B and 11-EE of the ATA 1997: Section 11-B sets
parameters for the proscription of groups, whereas 11-EE describes the grounds
for the listing of individuals.
Sub-Section ‘AA’ was added, according to which organisations and individuals
‘listed under the United Nations (Security Council) Act, 1948 (XIV of 1948)’
will be included in the First Schedule (for organisations) and Fourth Schedule
(for individuals), respectively, on an ex-parte basis.
move was aimed at declaring JuD and the FIF as proscribed groups ahead of the
Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) meeting in Paris, which eventually decided
to put Pakistan on the greylist of countries with lax legal mechanisms against
terror financing in June this year.
the promulgation of the ordinance, all properties of JuD and the FIF were
confiscated in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Some 148 properties
and assets of the outfits were also seized in Punjab.
their petition against the presidential ordinance, the JuD chief contended that
the ordinance was serving to curtail Pakistani state’s sovereignty. Extending
the argument further, the petition insisted that the promulgation of the
ordinance wasn’t just a challenge to the country’s sovereignty but it was also
contradictory to the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of
Pakistan. It said that any law in violation of constitutional provisions was
liable to be struck down, under Article 199 of the Constitution.
requested the court that the vires of the ordinance and consequent amendment in
section 11 B and 11-EE of ATA may be declared illegal.
visits ISI headquarters, given eight-hour briefing
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday visited the headquarters of the
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the country’s premier spy agency, and
received a detailed briefing on “various strategic, intelligence and national
to an official handout issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR),
the prime minister was received at the ISI headquarters by Chief of the Army
Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Director General Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar.
prime minister laid a wreath at the Yadgar-i-Shuhada and offered Fateha.
handout said the prime minister lauded contributions of the ISI towards
national security, especially in the ongoing counterterrorism effort, saying
that “ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as best intelligence
agency of the world”.
Minister Khan said the government and people of Pakistan firmly stood behind
their armed forces and intelligence agencies and greatly acknowledged the
unprecedented achievements of these institutions.
the government through federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry also
issued a statement about the visit, stating the army chief and the ISI head had
given an eight-hour-long briefing to the prime minister and the cabinet members
who accompanied him.
Chaudhry said Mr Khan presided over the meeting in which he and his cabinet
colleagues were briefed about the “internal and external challenges” being
faced by the country.
prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi,
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and
Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi, almost the same team which had
visited the army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi with the prime
minister on Aug 30.
the visit to the GHQ, Army Chief Gen Bajwa had thanked Prime Minister Khan for
“reposing confidence” in the army.
visit had been announced by the ISPR through a tweet, saying: “Prime Minister
Imran Khan arrived to visit GHQ. Received on arrival by COAS. PM being briefed
on defence, internal security and other professional matters.”
emphasises inter-sect harmony during Muharram
belonging to different schools of thought on Wednesday stressed the need to
promote inter-sect harmony and religious tolerance in the society in order to
ensure peace and tranquility, especially during the holy month of Muharram.
personalities from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan participated in the
Paigham-e-Pakistan seminar titled “Right to Live in Peace and Inter-Sect
Harmony” organized in connection with the International Peace Day at the Dargaah
Abu Al-Bayan Gujranwala.
the event, the speakers emphasized the need to follow a code of conduct to
eradicate extremism from the society and promote peace, tolerance, unity and
brotherhood, which, according to them, will in turn help thwart the nefarious
designs of the enemies who are hell bent on dividing the Muslim Ummah on
religious, sectarian and ethnic lines in order to make it weaker.
said that negative elements wanted to magnify sectarian differences in the
Muslim societies and that the issue must be dealt with through unity and
brotherhood. They called upon religious scholars to play their role in creating
unity among Muslims by taking practical steps to nullify the propaganda against
Islam, adding that Islam always advocated patience and respect to the opinion
of others. “We need to work together to spread resemblances prevailing in
different sects instead of differences,” they underscored.
speakers underlined the need for promoting social justice and forbearance in
the society to achieve the objectives of inter-sect harmony, adding that
division of the society, hatred and arrogant behaviours of individuals coupled
with prioritising sects over the religion were some major issues that needed
said that Muslims all over the globe were facing political, social and
sectarian hurdles, which can only be addressed if they fully imbibe the
teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) based on tolerance, love, patience
and respect for fellow human beings. Ulema must use their influence to promote
inter-sect and inter-faith harmony by shaping the public opinion, they added.
participants also threw light on the Paigham-e-Pakistan initiative of the
government of Pakistan launched earlier this year to address the challenges
posed by extremism and sectarianism through a national narrative which
portrayed a soft and positive image of Pakistan and highlighted Islam as a
religion of peace, brotherhood, tolerance and harmony.
home declared jail while on parole to mourn his wife's death
The Imran Khan government on Wednesday declared the residence of former PM
Nawaz Sharif in Lahore as a sub-jail after releasing him, his daughter Maryam
and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar on parole to mourn the death of Sharif’s ailing
Nawaz passed away at a hospital in London on Tuesday. She will be laid to rest
at the Jati Umra, Lahore residence of the Sharif family.
parole, initially granted for one day, was later extended by three days. The
trio was escorted by police to the Nur Khan airbase from where they were flown
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Nawaz’s younger brother,
Shahbaz Sharif, departed on Wednesday morning for London to attend funeral
prayers at the Regent’s Park mosque on Thursday before bringing her body to
to the Sharif family, Kulsoom’s sons would not accompany her body to Lahore
though her daughter, Asma, and grandson, Zikriya Sharif, would come with the
casket to Pakistan.
PIA flight carrying the body will arrive here on Friday morning and she is
likely to be laid to rest the same day beside the grave of her father-in-law
Mian Sharif at Jati Umra,” the PML-N sources said.
Press freedom is under pressure in Pakistan, where journalists face
intimidation by the powerful army accompanied by violence which often pushes
them to self-censure, says a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists
released on Wednesday.
army, Pakistan's most powerful institution, has "quietly, but effectively,
set restrictions on reporting", from barring access to encouraging
selfcensorship "through direct and indirect methods of intimidation",
the report states.
senior editors and journalists say the conditions for the free press are as bad
as when the country was under military dictatorship, and journalists were
flogged and newspapers forced to close," it adds.
notes that the deterioration comes as killings of journalists have declined,
but links the military, intelligence, or military-linked groups to half of the
22 journalist murders in the past decade.
it says the increasing intimidation and decrease in killings are linked.
"more cautious approach to covering sensitive topics -- essentially
self-censorship -- accounts for much of the reduction in violence", it
cites an advocacy group as saying.
report gives voice to several journalists who say they have been subjected to
intimidation tactics, a rarity as selfcensorship grows.
was beaten in a brazen attack in the capital Islamabad, another by what he
claims were members of the security forces in civilian clothing in the southern
megacity of Karachi.
mindset (of the military) now is to control the total narrative and reduce the
diversity of opinion, so anything that is going against their narrative, they
see as a threat," agreed a director at a news broadcaster which says it
has faced disruption by authorities.
used to feel, 'write whatever you want'. Of course, get the facts right. Now,
people are scared," he added.
noted that the definition of "anti-state activity" was not restricted
to reporting critical of the army, with one journalist saying he had been
threatened after writing about labour issues.
noted how blasphemy, an inflammatory charge that can lead to deadly mob
violence in conservative Muslim Pakistan, has become another source of
intimidation, with journalists censoring their reporting on religious matters.
88 percent of the 159 reporters interviewed by the NGO Media Matters for
Democracy claim to censor what they write or report, with seven in 10 saying
that doing so made them feel safer.
CPJ said the military had not responded to requests for comment. The army has
long denied such accusations.
CPJ report comes out a few months after a general election described as the
"dirtiest" in Pakistan's history, tainted by widespread allegations
the military had fixed the playing field in favour of the eventual winner,
former cricket hero Imran Khan.
is stepping up its involvement with political and militant Shiite groups in
Pakistan, in what foreign affairs experts see as an escalating shadow proxy war
with Saudi Arabia in a country with the world's second-largest Muslim
is continuing to work to help rebel groups to form in the minority tribal
region. There are Sindhi and Baluch separatist groups that Iran will help fund
and support,” said retired Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer, an intelligence specialist
who currently serves as senior fellow at
the Center for Advanced Defense Studies at the London Center.
and others believe Iranians have long funded an array of insurgent outfits in
Pakistan, in part as a means to destabilize U.S. efforts in the region.
of those groups, the Tahrik-e-Jafaria Pakistan (TJP), freely acknowledges its
ties to Iran, but denies accusations it engages in violence.
are alleged to be a militant group, but I refute this statement,” Deedar Ali,
vice president of the TJP, in the country’s Gilgit Baltistan (GB) region, told
Fox News. “We haven’t participated yet in militant activities, though we
Shiites have the dominance in GB."
is officially considered a Shiite political party, founded around the same time
as the Iranian revolution of 1979. It has twice been banned by the Pakistani
government as a terrorist organization.
U.S.-based Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) defines the TJP as
a group focused on creating a society based on “pure Islam,” and both a
protector and a propaganda distributor of Shiite ideas.
just how devoted to the Iranian brand of Islamism is TJP?
have close links to Iran and a mutual aim under a shared ideology to stand
united under the current longtime supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, who is
the ultimate power for us,” Ali said. “His words stand no less than a decree
leaders also frequently visit Tehran, but claim they receive no direct funds
from the Iranians.
operate under the direct guidance and control of Iran’s supreme leader, which
binds us to travel to Iran," Ali said. "I won’t deny the fact that we
receive a state guest honor upon our arrival in Iran because we support their
ideology as we work together to formulate new strategies to gather mass
support. But the members of this group present a monthly amount to run our
campaigns; we don’t get funding from Iran.”
State Department’s most recent Country Reports on Terrorism, released last
July, names Iran the world’s “foremost” state sponsor of terrorism, a
distinction it has held for decades.
notably, the U.S. accuses Tehran of using the Quds Force, an elite unit of the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a cover for intelligence operations
and destabilization across the region.
to several U.S. intelligence and diplomatic officials, the Trump administration
is more concerned about Iranian influence in war-torn, neighboring Afghanistan
than it is about the activities of other insurgent groups in Pakistan.
extremist Sunni creed adopted by the likes of the Taliban in Afghanistan
against Iran and the Shiites is one part of the burgeoning proxy conflict. But
while Shiites are vastly outnumbered in Pakistan, making up an estimated 20
percent of a Sunni-majority population of almost 200 million, Iran’s quiet
support for Shiites could be significant.
seeks to exert influence by backing militant Shi’a groups inside Pakistan, but
there are obvious limits to how far such an effort can go, as Pakistan’s Shi’a
are far outnumbered,” explained Jonah Blank, a senior political scientist at
the RAND Corporation.
(GB), situated in the northernmost part of Pakistan, shares its borders with
China to the north, India to the east and Afghanistan and Central Asian states
to the west. Previously called the “Northern Areas,” it has exercised
semi-autonomy from Islamabad – but has for years chugged on as a precarious,
disenfranchised region without the independence of a recognized state.
shadowy presence in the area has come under scrutiny in more ways than one,
of Shiites from Pakistan and Afghanistan have been recruited by Iran –
specifically from the Gilgit and Baltistan areas – to fight alongside President
Bashar al-Assad’s forces in embattled Syria, offered monthly salaries and
postwar employment opportunities in Iran. Recruiters are often Shiite clerics
who have studied in or have direct ties to Tehran -- the fighters are to
augment its regional clout.
want to work closely with Pakistan’s government, but our priority to get a
constitutional status for GB in Pakistan can never be stamped down,” Ali
asserted. “Why are we yet to get a status? But if this were to happen, I can
foresee GB will turn into a battlefield of the Taliban.”
worry Pakistan will spiral into an even more violent and complicated
intermediary war between the region’s archenemies, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
backs Shi’a groups and Saudi Arabia backs ones that adhere to its own strain of
Sunni doctrine,” Blank said. “Iran sees this as a largely defensive operation –
protecting co-religionists against a violent onslaught that the Pakistan state
is unwilling or unable to stave off.”
efforts are being made to quell sectarian unrest. In May, Pakistan’s security
forces carried out a raid near Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan Province,
killing leaders of the outlawed, Taliban-aligned group known as
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), responsible for the deaths of more than 100 minority
started as an anti-Shiite, contrary movement to the Iranian Islamic Revolution
almost four decades ago – in which Tehran was quietly exporting its revolution
to Shia communities abroad – and later aligned itself with the extremist
Taliban and Al Qaeda insurgencies.
Pakistan (SSP) emerged from LeJ in the 1980s, and has been accused by many of
ushering in sectarian violence across Pakistan.
names were formally prohibited by the Pakistan government in its post 9/11
crackdown. So the group's leading member, Mulana Khalil Saqib, founded a “new” group with the operational
name of Muttahida Deeni Mahaz (MDM) in 2013.
it’s illegal to have unlicensed arms in Pakistan, in GB each and every man
carries and has a heavy stockpile of illegal arms for a counterfight in the
case of any terrorist activity,” he boasted. “As far as financing is concerned,
we don’t have backing.”
later declined to deny he received “hefty funds” from Saudi individuals,
stressing that the group has a “firm conviction that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
are brother countries with shared values.”
group's objective is clear: Push back the Shiites, and the TJP, in GB.
Iranian group has been involved in militant activities and innocent killings of
Sunni Muslims. We do have demands to wipe off this Iranian group from GB
because they have created unrest,” Saqib said. “Their unending sectarian
violence has caused us to fight back for our rights. We want the Pakistan
government to plan stern action against them.”
also asserted they have “more than 50 camps operating across Pakistan to train
militants” destined for Afghanistan, and he expressed thanks for the “blessing”
of the long-running war that opened the door to “opportunity.”
intelligence and military officials have long accused Pakistan of harboring and
aiding such terrorist groups, despite being issued hundreds of millions of
dollars in aid as a primary U.S. partner in the post-2001 war on terrorism.
consistently and vehemently denies such charges.
January, President Trump sent a New Years’ Day tweet accusing Pakistan of
failing to act against terrorist sanctuaries, which have waged war over the
border in Afghanistan, and cut $2 billion in military aid to the country. Last
week, the United States suspended a further $300 million.
several officials in Islamabad vowed to Fox News that they now have full
control of a country once teeming with terror, and that all such safe havens
have been mopped up and eliminated.
while Pakistan’s new prime minister, Imran Khan, has vowed to be something of a
middleman to help improve the increasingly hostile relationship between Saudi
Arabia and Iran, playing two sides inserts Islamabad into something of a
and Iran are thought to be getting closer, with the two countries having
recently resumed discussions over continuing a $7.5 billion Iran-Pakistan
pipeline project that started five years ago but has largely remained stalled.
Yet government officials are said to assessing how Trump’s pullout of the
JCPOA, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, and the subsequent reimposition
of economic sanctions may hinder the project.
the flipside, Islamabad and Riyadh have long been potent allies with a history
of close military cooperation. However, Pakistan refused to contribute troops
to the Saudi-led war against the Shia-minority Houthi rebels in Yemen, souring
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad and the Washington Embassy did not
respond to requests for comment.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected identical
petitions seeking cancellation of registration of the Pakistan Muslim
petitions filed by Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Niaz Inqilabi, Abrar Hussain, Raza
Raees and Abdul Waheed had argued that a party with the name of a person who
had been convicted by the Supreme Court and was ineligible to hold any party
office or be elected as a lawmaker could not be registered. The petitioners
asked the ECP to either cancel registration of the party or remove the word
“Nawaz” from its name.
two-member ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice
Sardar Muhammad Raza had reserved its judgement on the petitions after hearing
arguments from both sides on Monday.
with an elected government in place, the ECP has once again asked the cabinet
division to form an inquiry commission to probe the Results Transmission
System (RTS) fiasco.
previous orders given by the ECP in the first week of August for an inquiry
into the RTS failure during the recently held general elections could not be
followed as the then caretaker government apparently avoided a decision on the
the old bureaucratic tactic meant to delay things, the cabinet division had
sent the letter written to it to the Ministry of Law which observed that the
RTS was only a tiny aspect of the Results Management System (RMS) and without
authority to look into actions preceding and succeeding result transmission, it
might not be possible for any inquiry commission to give concrete and
comprehensive findings on the proposed terms of reference (ToR).
counting, tabulation and compilation were delayed or the presiding officers and
returning officers could not perform any duty on time, the proposed commission
of inquiry may not be able to connect the dots under ToR proposed by ECP,” the
law ministry noted in its response.
ministry was of the opinion that it was the federal government and not the
cabinet division which could constitute an inquiry commission under the
Commission of Inquiry Act 2017. “Hence, once the revised ToRs are received
from the Election Commission of Pakistan, the matter should be placed before
the cabinet,” it said.
senior ECP official told Dawn on Wednesday that in the fresh letter, the
cabinet division had been told that the directives had been issued to it under
Articles 218 (3) and 220 of the Constitution. According to him, under Article
218 (3), the ECP can take all steps required to ensure conduct of polls in a
free and fair manner, while Article 220 binds all executive authorities to
assist the ECP in discharge of its functions.
official disagreed with the objection that the terms of reference were vague
and said these would analyse the concept of RTS in terms of its practicability,
the project as envisaged by the ECP, its preparation and finalisation by the
National Database and Registration Authority, quality and extent of training
imparted to various users, trail of events that took place on the night of July
25 and thereafter, fixing of responsibility and recommendations for future
course of action.
said the ToR covered all aspects following election day activities and would
remain the same, adding that the cabinet division had been directed to
constitute an inquiry commission consisting of technical experts from the
National Telecommunication and Information Technology Security Board and the
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to probe the RTS episode during the
conduct of polls on July 25 and afterwards.
Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court remarked on Wednesday that
the court had not come across any evidence that showed Nawaz Sharif was the
owner of Avenfield properties as Khawaja Haris, representing the former prime
minister, concluded his arguments.
Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) special prosecutor Mohammad Akram Qureshi,
however, informed the court that the defence counsel had presented one side of
the story and he would present the complete picture.
IHC division bench comprising Justice Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan
Aurangzeb resumed hearing of the petitions seeking suspension of sentence
awarded to Mr Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad
Safdar in the Avenfield properties reference.
judge Mohammad Bashir had convicted the Sharif family of owning the London
flats which, according to his judgement, were beyond their known sources of
the course of arguments, counsel for the Sharifs Khawaja Haris pointed out that
the superior judiciary had set certain benchmarks in living beyond means cases
and according to which the onus of proof could only be shifted to the accused
after the prosecution established its case beyond reasonable doubt on the basis
of four aspects related to the quantification and evaluation of the property
and income as well as misuse of official authority while holding public office.
Haris said the entire set of documents produced before the trial court
pertaining to the ownership of the London flats didn’t mention the price of the
flats. In addition, he said, the documents obtained from the Financial
Investigation Agency (FIA) of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) did not say
anything about purchase price.
claimed that the accountability judge referred to this principle in his
judgement issued on July 6, 2018, but declared Mr Sharif as owner of the flats
on the basis of his own assumptions. Throughout the entire case, none of the
witnesses, except the investigation officer of the Avenfield reference,
testified during the trial that Mr Sharif was actual owner of these flats, Mr
Minallah asked if a criminal conviction could be based on presumption and if
such a conviction could sustain as well.
questions the court asked NAB’s special prosecutor Akram Qureshi to argue over
purchase price of the London flats included who made the analysis of income and
assets chart which purports to show income, assets, tax and wealth of the
jailed former prime minister, how Mr Sharif was connected with the properties and
how Section 9(a)(5) [assets beyond means] of the NAB Ordinance applied to
Aurangzeb recalled that head of the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT)
Wajid Zia had once said the price was mentioned somewhere but, apparently, that
document(s) is/are not on record. He then asked what consequences it would
Haris said: “How can it be proved that assets are disproportionate to income
without the price.” He added that price and quantification were not there and
this was not the case where there was some dispute on calculations. Also, he
said, the case was not made out if the properties purchased were not
disproportionate to the known sources of income.
he argued, the court would have to see if there was any document as mentioned
by Wajid Zia and whether it was produced before the trial court or not. At the
moment, he said, documents of ownership and statements of witnesses did not
reveal the price of the flats.
Justice Minallah asked if there was any document that showed any connection of
Mr Sharif with the properties, Khawaja Haris said “no connection at all”,
adding that only one witness — investigation officer — said that Mr Sharif was
the owner, but during the cross-examination, he admitted that no witness told
far we didn’t come across any evidence that shows Nawaz Sharif was the owner of
Avenfield properties,” remarked Justice Minallah.
prosecutor Qureshi said the court had heard a one-sided story so far and he
would explain the other side on his turn.
defence counsel replied in the negative when the court asked if any dependent
had earlier been punished in other cases. He also informed the court that
charge was different from the conviction.
Aurangzeb remarked that the way accountability judge Mohammad Bashir discussed
the Qatari letters when Mr Sharif, Ms Maryam and Capt Safdar had not produced
them in their defence before the trial court.
NAB prosecutor said these were produced before the Supreme Court.
judge remarked that the trial had to be independent and not influenced by the
Supreme Court’s proceedings.
Pervaiz, the counsel for Maryam Nawaz, argued that his client had been
convicted on the basis of trust deeds only and there was not an iota of
evidence against her under section 9(a)(5). He said the court had treated Ms
Maryam as dependent, but she was not asked any question in this regard under
Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code, adding that no document was on
record how Ms Maryam helped in accumulation of assets.
concluded his arguments by asking how a document of the year 2006 could be
placed with the London flats’ purchasing documents pertaining to the years
1993, 1995 and 1996. “There is a single sentence about Capt Safdar and that too
about his sentence in the entire judgement, nothing else,” Mr Pervaiz said.
In a rare admission about presence of global Islamic State (IS) group, one of
the top police officers on Wednesday claimed to have arrested three suspected
militants linked with the IS network in Pakistan, who were allegedly involved
in kidnappings and targeted killings in Karachi and recovered over Rs10 million
and weapons from their possession.
important commanders of this IS network had already been killed and four others
were at large, revealed CIA DIG Dr Amin Yousufzai.
at a press conference at his office, the CIA chief recalled that on Feb 6, a
man, Muhammad Raheel, was kidnapped in Block 6 of Gulistan-i-Jauhar by three
on, Nabeel, the brother of the kidnap victim received a call from
Afghanistan-based SIM, demanding Rs100 million in ransom for his release.
case was transferred to the Anti-Violent Crime Cell. The family with
consultation of the AVCC team made a deal with the kidnappers and paid Rs10
million for his release.
DIG Yousufzai said the police started working on the case and with the help of
the CPLC conducted raids on the outskirts of the city and in Balochistan and
managed to arrest three suspects — Roohullah, Mukhtiar and Naeem — and
recovered arms and ransom money from them.
Minister Imran Khan Wednesday lauded the contribution of the Inter-Services
Intelligence(ISI) towards national security, especially in the ongoing war
is our first line of defence, and stands out as the best intelligence agency in
the world,” he said during a visit to the ISI Headquarters. Chief of Army Staff
General Qamar Javed Bajwa and DG ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar received Imran Khan
on arrival at the headquarters.
prime minister said that government and people of Pakistan firmly stand behind
their armed forces and the intelligence agencies and greatly acknowledge the
unprecedented achievements of these institutions. The prime minister was
briefed in detail on various strategic intelligence and national security
matters. Later, he laid a floral wreath at the Yadgare Shuhada and offered
fateha. Lead cabinet ministers also accompanied the prime minister during the
finally grants UN first access to Rakhine before Rohingya returns
United Nations has begun assessment of conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine state
after it was finally given permission to operate there for the first time since
violence escalated last year and forced more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to
flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
granted specialists from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP) the permission to enter northern Rakhine on Friday
before work began on Wednesday.
team is on the ground and commenced with the first assessments today,"
UNHCR spokeswoman Aoife McDonnell said Wednesday.
access came two months after the UN signed an agreement with Myanmar that would
give its agencies access to the epicenter of the Rohingya crisis as members of
the persecuted minority fear returning to their home country. The deal aimed to
pave the way for voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
than 700,000 members of the Muslim minority group have fled the state-sponsored
violence to southeast Bangladesh since the military launched a crackdown on the
Rohingya in August 2017. The UN has described the campaign as a textbook
example of "ethnic cleansing," saying it possibly amounts to
"genocide" as well.
and Myanmar reached an agreement in December for the repatriation of the
Rohingya to begin in January. However, many refugees still refuse to return to
Myanmar out of fears that they might be subject to renewed crackdown by the
military and Buddhist mobs.
UN teams are expected to visit 23 villages and three additional clusters of
hamlets. This first step of the UN's "confidence-building measures"
is estimated to take two weeks.
expectation is this "very initial and small step in terms of access will
be expanded rapidly to all areas covered" by the deal, McDonnell added.
Monday, the United Nations' new human rights chief called for the establishment
of “an independent international mechanism” to prepare criminal indictments
against Myanmar’s military for atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslim
remarks preceded a ruling by the International Criminal Court that it has
jurisdiction to probe the forced deportations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar
to neighboring Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.
Rohingya, who have lived in Myanmar for generations, are denied citizenship and
are branded illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, which likewise denies them
says it won't assimilate Rohingya Muslims
Sep 2018 08
Bangladesh has no plans to take in hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim
refugees permanently, its foreign secretary said on Wednesday, adding that they
"belong" to Myanmar from where they fled.
700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed from the west of mostly Buddhist Myanmar into
Bangladesh from August last year, according to U.N. agencies, when Rohingya
insurgent attacks on Myanmar security forces triggered a sweeping military
and Myanmar reached a deal in November to begin repatriation within two months,
but it has not started, with stateless Rohingya still crossing the border.
are not thinking of assimilating them in Bangladesh. They belong to
Myanmar," Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told Reuters on the sidelines
of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi.
also called on developed countries to take in more Rohingya on a humanitarian
Rohingya would stay in refugee camps until they return to Myanmar or are
resettled in other countries, Haque said.
investigators last month said Myanmar's military carried out mass killings and
gang rapes of Rohingya with "genocidal intent", and that the
commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest
crimes under international law.
has denied allegations of atrocities, saying its military carried out
justifiable actions against militants.
has built transit centres for refugees to return, but U.N. aid agencies say it
is not yet safe for them to do so.
Rohingya in Bangladesh are housed in camps in Cox's Bazar. With a delay in the
repatriation plan, Bangladesh has been preparing new homes on a remote island
called Bhasan Char, which rights groups have said could be subject to flooding.
told Reuters the island could be ready within months for the Rohingya to move
in, adding that the plan to house the Rohingya there was only temporary.
handling of its Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid
a brutal military campaign, could have been better, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
and leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday.
army is accused of mass rape, killings and setting fire to thousands of homes
in the aftermath of an August 2017 attack by Rohingya militants on security
outposts. A report issued two weeks ago by a specially appointed UN human
rights team recommended prosecuting senior Myanmar commanders for genocide and
are of course ways in which with hindsight I think the situation could have
been handled better,” Suu Kyi said, responding to questions during a one-on-one
discussion at the World Economic Forum’s regional meeting in Hanoi.
still defended Myanmar security forces, saying that all groups in western
Rakhine state had to be protected.
have to be fair to all sides,” Suu Kyi said. “The rule of law must apply to
everyone. We cannot choose and pick.”
Kyi said the situation was complicated by the myriad ethnic minorities in the
area, some of which are at risk of disappearing entirely and which include not
just the Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists.
the violence in Rakhine state has eased, Myanmar has to deal with its
aftermath, especially the repatriation of the Muslim Rohingya who fled and the
underlying causes of tension that makes them targets of discrimination and
repression in overwhelmingly Buddhist Myanmar.
Kyi said that Myanmar is prepared to take those who fled back, but their return
has been complicated by the fact that two governments are involved.
airstrikes leave at least 30 Taliban dead in Ghazni province
coalition forces in Afghanistan have released a new video of airstrikes on
Taliban militants in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
to a short statement released by the coalition forces, the airstrikes were
carried out on 10th September in the vicinity of Nawa district, leaving at
least 30 militants dead.
Forces in Afghanistan conducted two kinetic strikes against Taliban leaders and
fighters assembled at adjacent compounds in Nawah district, Ghazni province,
Afghanistan, September 10, 2018. The double-structure strike resulted in 30
Taliban killed,” the statement said.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in southeastern parts of the country
where the Taliban militants are actively operating in some of its districts.
group launched a coordinated attack on the provincial capital of Ghazni
province earlier last month that lasted for several days.
militants among 35 killed in Paktia operations: Officials
local authorities in southeastern Paktia province are saying at least 35
militants including a number of Pakistani militants have been killed during the
operations in this province.
operations are being conducted as part of Thunder-2 operations and the
casualties on the militants were inflicted in Zurmat and in the outskirts of
Commander of Thunder Corps Rohullah Khalil Oghli said at least 35 militants
have been killed and at least 50 others have sustained injuries during the
said the operations are being conducted with the support of airpower and
further added that the Afghan forces have the capabilities to eliminate the
Afghan and foreign militants and the latest casualties inflicted on the
militants is an example of the growing capabilities of the armed forces.
the meantime, the provincial government in a statement said scores of militants
have been killed or wounded during the operations in the past two months.
coalition forces in Afghanistan have released a new video of artillery strike
involving HIMARS system targeting a cache of weapons and explosives of the
Taliban in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
to a short statement released by the coalition forces, the strike was carried
out in support of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) as
they were conducting operations in Nad ‘Ali District and discovered a compound
containing a large weapons and explosives cache.
support of ANDSF maneuver, Task Force Southwest conducted a strike on the
compound with HIMARS to safely and completely eliminate the hazardous material
from the battlespace, degrading the Taliban’s ability to conduct combat
operations in central Helmand,” the statement said.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the
Taliban militants are actively operating in some of its districts and often
carry out insurgency activities against the security forces and the government.
International Criminal Court (ICC) has firmly dismissed a threat of sanctions
against it by US National Security Adviser John Bolton in case it probes
possible US war crimes in Afghanistan, declaring that it will continue its work
ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance
with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,” the ICC
announced in a Tuesday statement, a day after Bolton used bullying rhetoric
against the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague.
brazenly threatened on Monday that if the ICC proceeded with a possible probe
into possible war crimes committed by the US military and intelligence operatives
during its war in Afghanistan or pursued any investigation into war crimes by
the Israeli regime or other American allies, Washington would impose sanctions
against the court and seek to prosecute its officials where possible.
to the unprecedented threat by the senior US official, the international court
further insisted that it was an independent and impartial institution with the
backing of 123 nations, and that it would not be intimidated or dissuaded from
its global task.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced last year that there was a “reasonable
basis to believe” war crimes and crimes against humanity had been committed in
Afghanistan and that all sides in the 17-year-old conflict would be inspected,
including members of the US military and its Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
its Tuesday statement, the ICC did not say clearly whether it will launch a
probe of possible war crimes by the US in Afghanistan.
threatened that if such an investigation went forward, Washington would ban ICC
judges and prosecutors from entering the US, sanction the funds they have
there, and even prosecute them in American courts.
out of an authoritarian playbook’
has refused to ratify the Rome Treaty that established the ICC. The US has
adopted the so-called American Services-Members’ Protection Act — nicknamed The
Hague Invasion Act — which authorizes the use of any means necessary to free
any American personnel held by the court.
remarks, meanwhile, have alarmed many legal experts, including the executive
director of the London-based International Bar Association, Mark Ellis, who
blasted what he referred to as “the [US President Donald] Trump
administration’s repugnant policy of exceptionalism.”
extraordinary attack launched by… Bolton against the ICC is not only in direct
contradiction to the principle of accountability for war crimes, but reinforces
the Trump administration’s repugnant policy of exceptionalism, where it demands
adherence to international law by all countries, except itself,” Ellis said, as
quoted in a report by British daily The Guardian.
paper also quoted the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s human
rights program, Jamil Dakwar, as saying, “The Trump administration’s threat to
criminally prosecute and sanction international criminal court judges and
prosecutors is straight out of an authoritarian playbook.”
not a luxury’
remarks were also censured by Head of Afghanistan’s Human Rights Commission
Sima Samar, who said, “It’s very unfortunate because delivering justice to
victims will help to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan,” she said.
“Justice is not a luxury. It is a basic human right.”
for non-Muslims to question caning, says preacher
LUMPUR: A prominent Muslim preacher says there is nothing wrong with
non-Muslims questioning the public caning of two women convicted of attempting
same-sex relations in Terengganu.
the sidelines of a forum here yesterday, Wan Ji Wan Hussin said the Quran did
not prohibit any of God’s creations from asking questions, although insults should
Ji Wan Hussin.
applied to everyone, regardless of whether they were Muslims or not, he added.
is not wrong. For those who don’t allow questioning, the problem is with them,
not Islam,” he said after the forum on public caning titled “Sebatan Di
Khalayak Ramai: Sejauh Mana Islamiknya”.
is the problem with some of our religious intellectuals who aren’t prepared to
answer tough questions,” he added.
said the caning of the two women could be questioned as the punishment was not
found in the Quran or hadith, but was based on the views of a shariah court
added that the punishment had been adapted from the punishment for zina
(unlawful sexual intercourse) which was different from same-sex relations.
in this context, it’s not wrong to discuss or even criticise, and it’s not
wrong for non-Muslims to dispute it.”
addressing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issue, he added, what
wasn’t contained in the Quran shouldn’t be claimed as such.
have to celebrate the views of the majority, but at the same time we mustn’t
deny the existence of minority views.”
end goal, he said, was to develop a better society without animosity,
discrimination or denial of rights.
Fadiah Nadwa Fikri meanwhile told FMT that the people needed to question those
in authority over the caning saga.
must start questioning how those in power use this issue to remain in power or
about standing up for the marginalised and the oppressed, and building a
society that upholds compassion and justice.”
who was a panellist at the forum, said politicians on both sides of the divide
would continue to exploit the issue which was why the people had to make
discussions on the issue public.
has a duty to talk about it, not just Muslims but everyone who believes in
upholding the principles of justice and compassion.”
two women who pleaded guilty to attempting same-sex relations in a car in
Terengganu were caned six times each at the state’s Shariah High Court earlier
'appalled' by Suu Kyi over Rohingya issue, criticises China's Muslim camps
KONG (BLOOMBERG) - Anwar Ibrahim, who's in line to become Malaysia's next
premier, blasted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's treatment of the Rohingya
and called for formal talks on China's crackdown against its Muslim minority.
was appalled by the attitude of Suu Kyi these days," Anwar said in an
interview with Bloomberg Television's Sophie Kamaruddin in Hong Kong.
Muslims, Christians all supported her. Why must she continue to be seen to be
condoning crimes against the minority?"
United Nations has said the treatment of Rohingya in Buddhist-majority Myanmar
may amount to genocide, a report that Suu Kyi's government has rejected. The
crisis, which has seen more than 700,000 minority Muslims in Myanmar flee to
Bangladesh, didn't even make it onto the agenda of an Asian leaders meeting in
Nepal last month.
who has an agreement to take over from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir
Mohamad in a year or two, also spoke out about China's treatment of
accounts have emerged of secretive "re-education camps" that have
detained tens of thousands to "upwards of 1 million" Uighurs,
according to a UN committee's assessment.
Malaysia's government raised the Uighur issue with China, officials in Beijing
view it as an "internal issue," Anwar said.
has gone out into the mainstream media as an issue, and I believe we should use
a proper forum to start highlighting these issues and seek this understanding
from the Chinese authorities."
comments amount to some of the strongest yet from a senior political leader in
Asia condemning abuses of Muslim minorities. Regarding China in particular,
governments in Muslim-majority countries from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia have
been silent even as calls grow in the US and Europe for China to stop the
alleged human-rights abuses.
officially denies problems in Xinjiang, a vast region the size of Alaska
bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan that's home to some 10 million Uighurs.
During a visit to Kuala Lumpur, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated
support for Malaysia's new government while adding that China won't interfere
in other countries' internal affairs.
echoes its warning against US lawmakers who urged sanctions against senior
why Muslim governments have largely been quiet on the Uighurs, Anwar said:
"They're scared. Nobody wants to say anything."
is the largest trading partner of Malaysia and many other countries around the
world. Mahathir has taken an assertive stance towards Beijing, warning against
"a new version of colonialism" while cancelling billion-dollar
projects backed by Chinese state companies.
Kyi has faced widespread criticism for failing to protect press freedom or
doing more to protect hundreds of thousands of minority Muslims. Her government
has rejected the UN report calling for a genocide investigation, saying it
undermined official efforts to bring peace and national reconciliation.
UN report "will only serve to create further divisions and mistrust in
Rakhine State and the entire country," Myanmar's foreign ministry said in
criticism of Suu Kyi is more personal. Both were among Asia's most famous
political prisoners, locked up repeatedly by oppressive regimes. Anwar was only
released from jail in May after his coalition ended the six-decade rule of Barisan
Nasional led by former Prime Minister Najib Razak.
2012, Anwar's wife and current Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sent
Suu Kyi a personal letter congratulating her for an election win and asking her
to use her power to help the Rohingya.
voice carries much weight and I beseech you to use that voice to care for the
oppressed," Wan Azizah wrote, adding: "I look forward to your rise in
Myanmar, so that the fate of all your citizens including the Rohingya
Wednesday in Hong Kong, Anwar said "disgust" might be a more
appropriate for how he feels about Suu Kyi. He said she wasn't even prepared to
say "stop the killings."
San Suu Kyi is a real, real disappointment," he said.
Lumpur (AsiaNews) – The deterioration of religious freedom in Malaysia worries
not only the country’s Christians and other minorities, but also Muslims who
make up about 62 per cent of the its population, this according to a study
published by Églises d'Asie.
to the press agency of the Society for Foreign Missions of Paris (MEP), the new
government’s political inertia is feeding the uncertainty.
Malaysia, the national identity card of everyone above 12 years of age includes
references to race and religion. The notions of Malay supremacy and Muslim
supremacy (Ketuanan Melayu and Ketuanan Islam) are closely linked since ethnic
Malays are legally required to be Muslim.
this means that Muslims’ religious choices and practices are severely
restricted. They cannot practise religion as they see fit. They can be
prosecuted for not fasting or for refusing to pray, whilst women are under
increasing pressure to wear the Islamic veil.
Islam and other non-Sunni sects are banned. Those who offer alternative
interpretations to Sunni Islam can prosecuted. Other religions are not allowed
cannot convert to other religions and anyone who marries a Muslim must embrace
Islam. Mixed couples have three choices: convert, leave the country or live
together outside marriage.
such as the Department for Islamic Advancement of Malaysia (JAKIM) monitor the
country’s religious life.
Mahathir Mohamad became prime minister with Anwar Ibrahim as Education
Minister, things have gotten worse.
92-year-old Mahathir is expected to yield the leadership of the ruling
coalition to Anwar Ibrahim in the near future; thus, all hope for major reforms
in favour of religious freedom is bound to fade.
appointment of Mujahid Yusof Rawa as minister for Religious Affairs in the
Prime Minister's Department had raised some hope.
was once in charge of inter-faith relations for the Malaysian Islamic Party
(PAS) and is now a member of the more moderate AMANAH party; however, he
recently supported the introduction of new legislation that would punish
insulting religion or race with up to seven years in jail or a fine of 100,000
ringgits (almost US$ 25,000). These bills, and the one on religious and racial
hatred, will soon go before Parliament.
to official statistics, 9 per cent of the Malaysian population is Christian.
About half of all Christians are Catholic, but the government does not
differentiate between Churches.
theory, the Constitution guarantees religious groups the right to manage their
own affairs. However, this right has often been breached; for example, over the
use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. In 2014, the High Court
rejected a Christian request for the right to use the term, which means
"God" in the Malay edition of the Bible.
the rights of non-Muslims are often subordinated to Islamic law (Sharia), which
is enforced by courts in cases involving both Muslims and non-Muslims.
75 per cent of Malaysian Christians live in eastern Malaysia (Borneo) and 65
per cent of them are Orang Asli (indigenous). Christians are the most organised
non-Muslim group. For this reason, they are monitored by the state and subject
to its pressures.
TERENGGANU: The top PAS leader today warned members of attempts to de-Islamise
Malaysia, saying the aftermath of Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the general
election last May has seen calls to lessen the role of Islam in the public
delegates of the PAS Ulama wing ahead of the party’s muktamar or annual
assembly in Kuala Terengganu, Hashim Jasin said there were now “deviant voices”
calling to banish Islam from governance as well as the dismantling of Islamic
accused DAP leaders of being behind a “Christianisation” movement to take
control of the country’s politics and economy, adding that the party was now
spearheading efforts to block Islamisation.
also blamed those subscribing to the “liberal” and “secular” agenda in the name
of democracy and human rights.
have resorted to questioning all Islamic law being practised in the country.
are the people who have called for religious education institutions to be
abolished, and they want secularism to remain and do not want any religious
elements in governance,” he said.
said since the May general election, anti-Islam movements have grown through
gave as examples the “growing” Shia teachings as well as groups such as Sisters
in Islam and G25 becoming more vocal.
present (ruling) coalition, including those who represent Malay Muslims, have
failed to play their role in defending the dignity of Islam, and are unable to
bring it to its rightful place,” he added.
members not our enemies’
also urged PAS members to exploit a weakened Umno today by reaching out to
their members and supporters and “bring them back to Islam”.
we know the terrible things Umno has done in the past 60 years as the
government, but with an open heart, we must work towards correcting Umno
members’ Islamic understanding by getting close to them,” he said.
cannot be harsh with our political foes who are also Muslims, just because of
their record of ignorance, secular influence in their thinking and also records
of their corrupt practices.”
welcomed the close cooperation shown by Umno and PAS in the Sungai Kandis and
Seri Setia by-elections, where each party made way for the other to ensure
said the current political reality demands Malays to unite under the
said a weaker Umno would allow the party to realise its past wrongs.
has to be weakened, but for what? So that we can rule? No. It is so that they
will realise what they have done wrong.
are now weak and have come to see us, so let us use this situation well to
bring them back to the right path of Islam, not for political purposes,” he
said history showed that both parties could still unite despite the tension
said following the 1969 racial riots, PAS had agreed to join the then Umno-led
Alliance in the interest of Malay-Muslim unity.
scholars then debated for a very long time on the law governing the
PAS-Alliance cooperation, and finally decided to make it happen, with very
strict conditions,” he said.
said the cooperation still happened despite PAS leaders being detained under
the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Arabia, UAE ‘Lead Way In Fighting Terror Ideology’: Tony Blair
Governments around the world need a coherent, global strategy to uproot the
ideology of violent extremism, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says.
In Saudi Arabia and the UAE, they already knew that — and have been acting on
it for years.
such as the Saudi-based Ideological Warfare Centre and Muslim World League, and
Hedayah and the Sawab Centre in the UAE, are classic examples of the
“prevention is better than cure” methods that Blair calls for on Thursday in a
report by his Institute for Global Change.
is a global challenge prevalent now in both developing and developed states, so
the discourse has to be beyond fragile states only,” said Hassan Abbas,
professor of international security studies at the National Defense University
in Washington. “Enabling civil society workers to promote coexistence is a
much-needed agenda item as it will lead to local capacity-building as well as
acknowledgement of good work already being done — rather than misguided
attempts to reinvent the wheel.”
Ideological Warfare Center, founded by the Saudi Ministry of Defense, “has been
concentrating on educating people and raising awareness about extremism and
fundamentalism through cutting-edge visual tools,” said Dr Majid Rafizadeh,
Iranian-American pol- itical scientist, president of the International American
Council and board member of the Harvard International Review. “The UAE and
Saudi Arabia have been leading states in using soft power, security, setting up
public and private institutions that raise awareness about extremist
ideologies, initiating dialogues between different societies, as well as taking
regional and global initiatives to uproot terrorism and extremist ideologies.”
a complex approach is challenging because of the difficulty of coordination
between various inter-governmental and intra-governmental organizations, he
said. “Nevertheless, in the long term, this is the most effective strategy to
uproot extremist ideology and terrorism.”
Anne Speckhard, director of the International Center for the Study of Violent
Extremism, said such efforts are crucial to prevent violent extremism. “Saudi
Arabia has for years been counter-messaging and working on ways to disengage
and deradicalize imprisoned violent extremists,” said Dr Speckhard, who has
more than 20 years’ experience interviewing 600 terrorists, their family
members, hostages and close associates. “When countries work together on these
points, we can all win. If governments fail, terrorists win.”
criticism of the Blair approach came from Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, chairman of
the Arab Council for Social Sciences. “It puts the blame on Arab Muslim
countries for extremist ideologies in our region,” he said. “What it neglects
is the important historical facts that Al-Qaeda was born from the reaction to
the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Daesh is a result of a US invasion of
was rooted in foreign invasions of Muslim countries, he said. “The reasons are
political, not ideological or religious. The argument from the West is
apologetic on one hand, but also shifting the blame where it shouldn’t be.”
said the Gulf had already done more than Blair recommended. “Saudi Arabia and
the UAE are strict when it comes to financing, and regulation is tight. There
is zero tolerance for extremism, we have done the most we can do.”
Dr. Richard Burchill, director of research and engagement at Trends Research
and Advisory in Abu Dhabi, overcoming extremist ideologies requires a focus on
education at all levels of individual development, to build and support
critical thinking skills, tolerance and empathy. “As acts of violent extremism
decline, we should not assume the situation is improving,” he said. “It is
imperative to address the ideologies that support extremist positions, both
violent and non-violent. Extremist ideologies damage societies by creating
differences and discrimination, fostering feelings of distrust and grievance.
Security policies are important for addressing extremism, but also important is
addressing the ideas behind the extremists.”
say that the Blair approach contains little new thinking. “Since 9/11, scholars
and policy wonks have been thinking along the lines of prevention before cure,”
said Dr Albadr Al-Shateri, politics professor at the National Defence College
in Abu Dhabi.
is a greater chance with the Arab Gulf states, who have a genuine interest in
combating extremism and terrorism. The UAE spearheads the region in this field
as it plays host to organizations such as Hedayah and the Sawab Center. It is
also the sponsor of the Muslim Council of Elders and the Forum for Promoting
peace in Muslim Society.”
civic society movements that are intent on promoting co-existence would be key,
and a new strategy could lend support to such organizations and reinvigorate
them to prevent counter-extremism fatigue, he said.
to generate financial and political resources in hard economic times will
remain a challenge. The lack of political progress on the Palestinian problem
will be another challenge, especially since Western powers are inept at
restraining Israeli excesses.”
new report advising French President Emmanuel Macron on his proposal to reform
Islam in France has claimed that radical Salafism has gained a monopoly on
French Islamic intellectual thought.
new report, authored by French-Tunisian Islam expert Hakim el Karoui of the
Montaigne Institute, claims that radical Islamist ideas permeate France’s
Islamic intellectual circles, saying that bookshops have become dominated by
radical versions of the religion, French radio broadcaster RTL reports.
more troubling, the report claims that those who answer questions posted online
about Islam in France are often linked to radical Salafist preachers, as well.
Karaoui also looked into the influence of foreign actors in the French Islamic
scene and found that two countries, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, had used their
funding of imams and mosques to disseminate more radical intellectual strains
of Islam and the political ideology of Islamism to great effect among France’s
addition, the report mentions the progression of Islam in France, noting the
successes of bloggers wearing the hijab as well as “halal” versions of
ridesharing apps like Blablacar saying, “if you are a boy, the car will be
driven by a man, if you are a woman, she will be driven by a woman,” and even a
halal version of Airbnb.
order to stop the fracturing of French society, El Karaoui concluded that
France must set up a neutral national Muslim organisation that could take over
training of imams and dispense with the need for overseas funding for mosques
and other projects from countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Macron announced he would be looking at reforming Islam in France earlier this
year but expressed a need for change as early as last November when he said:
“Radicalisation has taken hold because the French Republic has resigned.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday Germany could not simply look away
if chemical attacks took place in Syria, two days after her government said it was
in talks with its allies about a possible military deployment in the war-torn
country. The conservative leader said it could not be Germany’s answer to
reject military intervention, a direct rebuke of her Social Democratic
coalition partners, who have rejected participation in military action against
cannot be the German position to simply say ‘no’, no matter what happens in the
world,” she told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
the world’s fourth largest economy, is under pressure from the United States to
boost military spending and shoulder more responsibility within NATO. It did
not participate in military strikes carried out by US, French and British
forces on Syria in April after a chemical weapons attack.
Merkel and her conservatives must win over the more pacifist Social Democrats
(SPD), junior partners in the ruling coalition, and overcome massive public
opposition to Germany’s participation in military combat missions.
found at Delhi’s Khirki mosque may be from Sher Shah’s era
discovery of 254 copper coins, buried just 20 centimetres below the ground at
Khirki mosque in south Delhi, has left conservators wondering how they remained
undetected for so long. The coinage has now been handed over to the
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI’s) ‘science
branch’ at Red Fort for further investigation.
senior ASI official said, “The unearthing of the coins was not surprising but
how did the hoard stay unnoticed? Not too long ago, the site was a den of drug
cleaning the Khirki mosque compound as part of the ongoing conservation work at
the 14th century building, a team of ASI’s Delhi circle had found the coins
buried near the causeway along the southern wall Monday.
Pathak, superintending archaeologist, ASI (Delhi circle) said efforts to trace
the archaeological value the coins has begun, with the circle deciding to
handover the coinage to its ‘science branch’ at Red Fort. Preliminary study, he
said, shows the hoard of metal currency belongs from the era of Sher Shah Suri
(1538-1545) or Islam Shah (1545-1554).
few of the coins — which have Persians text on them — were cleaned by the
science branch experts. It is believed that some of the coins belong from the
days of Sher Shah Suri and his successors. After all the coins are cleaning,
the process to decipher the same will start,” Pathak said.
the ASI also started scientific clearing of the area under the technical
supervision of archaeologists.
removing earth at the site, conservators have also found a white stone
mortar-and-pestle, generally used to grind spices.
another ASI official said, “The mortar-and-pestle must have been put at the
site later. We will investigate how this stone implement and the coins landed
here. The coins can be the mosque’s property or maybe someone hid their
personal wealth at the site. All of it is under investigation.”
mosque with ‘loud’ loudspeakers sealed, civic body says it’s too close to IAF
week after Gurgaon’s Sheetla Mata Colony experienced tension over the use of
loudspeakers at a mosque in the area, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon on
Wednesday sealed the mosque, with MCG commissioner saying it is too close to
the Indian Air Force (IAF) ammunition depot. The sealing comes after some
people belonging to Hindu outfits objected to the use of loudspeakers in the
area, claiming that azaan or the call to prayer was disturbing them.
mosque has been sealed in accordance with the order of the Punjab and Haryana
High Court, which prohibits any new construction within 300 metres of the IAF
ammunition depot. The structure lies within this radius,” said Yashpal Yadav,
September 6, representatives of the Muslim community had met the deputy
commissioner (DC) to discuss the matter. In a letter to him, the Muslim Ekta
Manch had alleged, “Two-three days ago, some anti-social elements came to the
area and submitted a letter against us to the Commissioner of Police. The SHO
of Sector 5 police station called both sides on September 5 and asked us to
keep the volume of the loudspeaker low.”
community had claimed that the volume of the loudspeaker was lowered but some
people belonging to Hindu outfits from outside the village were not
“satisfied”. “They said they did not like the presence of a mosque in the
locality and that they would not allow us to pray there. They also indulged in
sloganeering and threatened to kill us and burn our houses,” Haji Shehzad Khan,
chairman of the Muslim Ekta Manch, told The Indian Express last week.
representatives of Hindu outfits had said they could not meet the DC on
Thursday (September 6) as “he was busy with other meetings”. “Outfits had
protested on Wednesday over the use of loudspeakers for prayers at a
three-storey house. A letter was also given to the SHO, calling for a ban on
the use of mic and loudspeakers and on reading namaz at the house,” Rajiv
Mittal, national general secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal had
of Muharram this year, the Trinamool Congress has instructed Muslims to refrain
from brandishing swords and Lathis during Tazia processions on the occasion.
MPs Idris Ali and AH Imran on Wednesday met leaders of the minority community
in Kolkata and made an appeal to mark the occasion in a manner that does not
"hurt" sentiments of any other community.
appeal to our Muslim brothers that they should celebrate Muharram like every
other year but they should also remember it is a sombre event and not an
occasion to brandish swords and Lathis. Islam does not permit this," party
Lok Sabha MP Idris Ali said during a press meet called by the All Indian
should adhere to Shariat while observing Muharram. One political party is
trying to create riots. Why should we give them the opportunity?" he
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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the symbol of communal harmony, Ali reminded
how last year she had made an appeal to the Hindu community to halt Durga puja
visarjan for sometime as it had overlapped with Muharram and this year the Muslim
community should reciprocate positively in order to maintain peace.
Ali, Birbhum TMC leader Anubrata Mondal has said, "Muharram shall be held
in a way that people can enjoy it, just like they enjoy Durga puja visarjan. We
have appealed for a peaceful Muharram and we should all take part in it."
is no use of sword or lathis in their religion. It is a very pure religion, one
that sends a good message to the world. Not a single Maulavi here spoke of the
use of lathis (during Muharrum)," Mondal said, after conducting a meeting
called by the TMC minority cell in Bolpur which was also attended by clerics
and leaders from the local minority community.
is a tough religion, I feel it is much tougher than Hindu religion. I really
like whatever I have heard from them (Imams) today," Mondal added.
any show of aggression during Muharram as anti-Islam, Imam of Kolkata's Nakhoda
mosque Maulana Shafique Qasmi said, "It has got nothing to to do with
Islam. Shariat is strictly opposes such practice. People should rather keep
Roza, read the Quran and spread the message of sacrifice."
this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given strict instruction to the
police to crack down illegal armed processions during Ram Navami celebrations
which took place in March.
Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, has said that he was hoping
that sanctions imposed on Iran by the US do not affect the progress of the
Chabahar port in the backdrop of the tripartite meeting this week between
India, Afghanistan and Iran to discuss the key infrastructure project.
cannot influence the broader context of relationships between different
countries. But at the same time, as far as we are concerned, we are in a
situation where we need co-operation from all neighbouring countries,
especially all the countries of the region. We hope the context of relations
between different countries will not affect our relations adversely,” Abdullah
told The Indian Express on Wednesday.
who was in Mumbai for the India Afghanistan International Trade and Investment
Show, also expressed optimism in Pakistan being able to bring the Taliban to
the negotiating table with the US. Referring to new Pakistan Prime Minister
Imran Khan’s public commitment for peace in the South Asian region, Abdullah
said Pakistan can exert pressure on the Taliban.
Delhi court sent two suspected members of the Islamic State in Jammu and
Kashmir (IS-JK), arrested last week from near the Red Fort, to a two-week
judicial custody on Wednesday.
Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat sent Parvaiz Rashid Lone (24) and
Jamsheed Zahoor Paul (19) to judicial custody after they were produced before
him on the expiry of their five-day police custody.
two were arrested from the Jama Masjid bus stop, near the Red Fort, as they
were about to board a bus to return to Jammu and Kashmir, the police had said.
accused were using Delhi as a transit point, they had said.
was the elder brother of Firdous Rashid Lone, who, along with one Sameer Ahmed
Lone, was killed by the security forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on
January 24, the police had said.
was pursuing M.Tech from Gajrola in Uttar Pradesh after completing B.Tech from
Amroha and had joined the IS-JK after his brother was killed by the security
forces, the police had added.
is a final-year electrical engineering diploma student in Jammu and Kashmir.
High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, "India is the
committed development partner of Bangladesh. For the last few years, the
cooperation between the two countries has been unprecedentedly expanded."
Wednesday, he was delivering a speech at the international exhibitions of
Textile and Textile Industry sector, International Convention City Bashundhara
Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, State Minister for Jute and Textiles,
Mirza Azam MP, FBCCI President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, President of Indian
Chamber of Commerce Rudra Chatterjee also spoke on the occasion.
said, "The garment industry is making a great contribution in the economy
of Bangladesh. 84 per cent of Bangladesh's export earnings come from this
industry. This sector is contributing 15 per cent to the GDP of
exporters of Bangladeshi garment industries had increased in the market of
India due to the duty-free quotas in 2011, the High Commissioner said.
export growth increases 115 per cent more in the fiscal year 2017-18 than
2016-17, the High Commissioner added. India is now one of the emerging markets
of Bangladesh's export market.
is one of the largest suppliers of raw materials in Bangladesh's ready-made
garment industry. About one-fourth of the demand for cotton and yarn in this
country comes from India. 25 per cent of India's cotton, yarn and fabric
exports come from Bangladesh.
engineering industry of India is one of the most important sources of garment
machinery in Bangladesh.
India as the committed development partner of Bangladesh, High Commissioner
Shringla said that the Indian third credit line was upgraded to $5 billion
during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April 2017.
total credit of the Indian credit line has increased to 8 billion in
is the largest Indian credit line than any country. He said that the
cooperation between the two countries improved. He also mentioned the jointly
inauguration of three development projects by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of West
Bengal Mamata Banerjee and Chief Minister of Tripura Biplob Kumar Dev.
A group of five suspected terrorists travelling in a truck opened fire at
Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, 35 km from the winter capital, injuring a
civilian on Wednesday. Police have detained the truck driver and his helper,
while the others managed to flee.
to sources, the terrorists were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar and were
intercepted near a dhaba in Jhajjar Kotli, where they had stopped for a meal.
Barely a few metres from the dhaba, cops signalled the truck to stop after
receiving reports of cattle smuggling. The driver, however, sped past the
checkpost, and a chase ensued.
cops caught up with the truck, the terrorists fired at the police party. Cops
managed to detain the driver and his helper but three suspect fled the site and
took cover in a forest nearby. An AK rifle and 3 magazines were recovered from
police, Army and CRPF have launched search operations in the area. Army
choppers have also been pressed into service. Security forces have sounded a
high alert in the area.
(terrorists) are in age group of 18-22 years. Two of them have AK Rifles and
third has a pistol,” said a police spokesman, adding that a reward has been
announced for any information of the terrorists.
SSP Vivek Gupta said, “Police posted at a checkpost on the highway signalled
the truck to stop, but it sped up to avoid the naka checking. The truck was
intercepted by a police team after a chase and one of the suspected terrorists
fired on the cops from the vehicle before fleeing,” he said.
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel reported on Wednesday that a notorious
terrorist commander in Northern Idlib, bordering Turkey, has warned Erdogan
that they will gain control of the town of Reihaniyeh in Turkey within 2 hours
if he "sells Idlib" and desists from supporting them.
terrorists who had been transferred from Eastern Ghouta of Damascus to Idlib
are now warning that the militants will pass the cement walls built at the
borders and enter Reihaniyeh region by digging tunnels.
news came after a media outlet reported on Tuesday that Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at
(the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists were paying
$10,000 each to Turkish border guards to be able to leave Idlib for Turkish
soil as the Syrian Army is standing order to launch a major operation in
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted local sources in border regions of
Darkoush, Salqin and Khirbet al-Joz in Idlib province as reporting that the
Turkish border guards exchanged fire with terrorists that tried to escape Idlib
towards Turkish territories.
daily further said that the fighting erupted as the terrorists of Tahrir
al-Sham were bargaining to lower the amount of money the Turkish guards had
asked for to let the militants escape Idlib for Turkey.
further pointed to intensified clashes between the Turkish border guards and
terrorists in the last two days, adding that Tahrir al-Sham commanders have not
thus far agreed to pay the demanded sums to the border guards to enter Turkey.
military sends reinforcements to Palestinian village to begin its demolition
Israeli military has reportedly sent reinforcements to Khan al-Ahmar as the
regime prepares to demolish the Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied
West Bank in defiance of international warnings and criticisms.
Palestinian Information Center reported on Thursday that Israeli forces had
completely besieged Khan al-Ahmar, situated east of Jerusalem al-Quds, and
deployed bulldozers to the village.
week, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected appeals against the demolition of Khan
al-Ahmar and said a temporary injunction that had put the move on hold would
expire within seven days.
Tel Aviv regime says the village is built illegally, but Palestinians say the
demolition plan is part of the regime’s forcible displacement policy to make
room for its settlement construction activities on occupied land.
United Nations urged Israel not to demolish the village, home to 180
Palestinians, adding that the planned move violates international law.
Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said
on Tuesday that he had filed a complaint against Israel with The Hague-based
International Criminal Court (ICC).
dossier submitted “included a focus on the war crimes facing Khan al-Ahmar,
specifically the crimes of forcible displacement, ethnic cleansing and the
destruction of civilian property,” Erekat said.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton attacked the ICC, threatening to
sanction judges and other officials should the court conduct any probe into
Israel or other US allies.
Palestinian Authority (PA) condemned the Israeli court’s “illegal” decision,
saying it was meant to isolate Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
also stressed that the demolition plan is part of the regime’s attempts “to try
to legalize the crimes of the Israeli occupation and its policies which are
based on the forcible settlement and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian residents
of their land and property.”
PA further called on Palestinians to come to the streets of Khan al-Ahmar to
protest any attempt to demolish the village.
to that call, dozens of protesters marched in the village carrying Palestinian
Abu Baker, coordinator of the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces in
Ramallah, who took part in the protest, expressed confidence that the
demonstrators “are staying on the land of our ancestors and we will not leave
al-Ahmar is located eight kilometers from Jerusalem al-Quds between the Israeli
settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim, which Tel Aviv wants to expand.
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built illegally since the 1967
occupation of the Palestinian lands.
by US President Donald Trump’s all-out support, Israel has in recent months
stepped up its settlement construction activities in the occupied territories
in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334.
senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) says the body is
weighing retaliatory measures against US penalties, including halting security
among possible steps we are thinking about," Hanan Ashrawi, a member of
the PLO's executive committee, said during a press conference in Ramallah on
are thinking of many things that can be done," she added.
the recent months, the administration of US President Donald Trump has executed
a series of punitive measures against Palestinians in a bid to push them to the
negotiating table in pursuit of the so-called peace plan that he calls as the
last month, Washington decided to cancel all US funding to the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as the first step.
the US State Department announced that Washington had canceled over $200
million in funds for the Palestinian Authority, leading Palestinian officials to
denounce the move as “blackmail.”
US administration also closed the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington
on Monday, after it accused the Palestinian officials of not supporting peace
talks with Israel.
leaders maintain that all these decisions are blatantly biased in favor of
Israel and are designed to force them into accepting Trump's terms.
American administration has adopted wholesale all the positions of the most
extreme, right-wing, hard-line, racist Israeli government in the history of
Israel," Ashrawi added.
reiterated that the Palestinian leadership would discuss possible responses
after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the UN General Assembly
meeting in New York later this month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision to shut the
Palestinian mission in Washington.
(Palestinians') refusal to enter into negotiations with Israel and the
unbridled attacks against Israel will not only not advance peace but will certainly
not make things better for the Palestinians," he told members of his cabinet on Wednesday.
between the US and Palestine have sharply deteriorated since Trump sparked
international outrage on December 6, 2017 by declaring that Washington was recognizing
Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and that he had instructed his
administration to begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel
Aviv to the ancient city.
announcement prompted harsh international warnings that it would bring more
chaos to the Middle East region.
least 15 civilians, including one child, have been killed as the Saudi-led
coalition resumed its airstrikes on the outskirts of Yemen’s port city of
Hudaydah despite widespread international criticism over the war's impact on
to reports by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television, about 20 civilians
were also injured during Wednesday's bombings that were launched after a brief
truce since July.
Saudi-backed forces also captured a number of towns as well as two main supply
routes linking Hudaydah to the capital Sana’a and Ta'izz province, the report
bombings resumed after UN-brokered peace efforts failed in Geneva last week.
The talks were aborted after the UN failed to meet conditions set by Yemen’s
Ansarullah movement, including transfer of wounded people to hospital for
proper treatment and guarantees on the safety of the Yemeni delegation.
Ansarullah also accused Saudi Arabia of planning to strand the delegation in
Djibouti, where their plane was to make a stop en route to Geneva.
from Yemen’s former government and representatives of the Houthi movement held
their last UN-sponsored negotiations in Kuwait in 2016 in a bid to hammer out a
“power-sharing” deal, but they fell apart after the Saudi-backed side left the
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing Ansarullah.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
security forces have arrested an Austrian journalist and activist, who writes
for a far-left website, on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organization.
publication Re:volt reported that Max Zirngast, a political science student in
his late 20s, was arrested at his apartment in the Turkish capital Ankara on
Tuesday morning, and has been held ever since.
called on Turkey on Wednesday to immediately explain why its national had been
expect Turkey to immediately explain what the journalist is accused of, and if
that is not possible then to immediately release him,” Austrian Chancellor
Sebastian Kurz told reporters before a weekly cabinet meeting.
has said it believes the allegation of a terrorism-related offence and any such
charge against Zirngast would be false.
government, a coalition of his conservatives and the anti-immigration Freedom
Party, is opposed to Turkey joining the European Union and has called for
accession talks to be dropped.
is also fiercely critical of Turkey’s heavy-handed crackdown on suspected
followers of a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom
the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt
against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
the 2016 botched putsch, a faction of the Turkish military declared that it had
seized control of the country and the government of Erdogan was no more in charge.
The attempt was, however, suppressed a few hours later.
has since accused Gulen of having orchestrated the coup. The opposition figure
is also accused of being behind a long-running campaign to topple the
government via infiltrating the country’s institutions, particularly the army,
police and the judiciary.
has denounced the “despicable putsch” and reiterated that he had no role in it.
officials have frequently called on their US counterparts to extradite Gulen,
but their demands have not been taken heed of.
has been engaged in suppressing the media and opposition groups suspected to
have played a role in the failed coup.
of thousands of people have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having
links to Gulen and the failed coup. More than 110,000 others, including
military staff, civil servants and journalists, have been sacked or suspended
from work over the same accusations.
Czech leaders on Wednesday endorsed a “first step” toward moving the country’s
embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a similar move by the
US administration earlier this year.
a joint statement, the Czech president, prime minister, parliament speaker, and
foreign and defense ministers said the opening of a “Czech House” in Jerusalem in
November would be “the first step in the plan to move the Czech embassy to
Ovcacek, spokesman for pro-Israeli President Milos Zeman, told AFP that the
Czech House would host government institutions including the foreign ministry’s
Czech Center, the trade agency CzechTrade and tourism agency CzechTourism.
Czech House in Jerusalem will be ceremonially opened by Mr.president during his
visit to Israel in November,” he said.
a 73-year-old veteran leftwinger with anti-Muslim views, pushed for the embassy
move even before US President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem on
decision infuriated Palestinians and intensified protests on the Gaza border,
where several dozen people were killed in clashes with Israeli forces that day.
move also ruptured decades of international consensus that Jerusalem’s status
should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the
May, the Czech Republic reopened an honorary consulate in Jerusalem following
its closure in 2016 owing to the death of the honorary consul.
information minister Muammar al-Iryani has published via Twitter the flight
permit showing the Houthi delegation’s plane had permission to take off from
Sanaa airport bound for Geneva.
permit, issued by the aviation authority as per a memorandum from the UN-backed
government’s foreign ministry, dismisses Houthi claims of obstructing their
travel procedures to participate in the talks.
post said the details in the permit are clear, showing the date, place, route
and purpose of the trip, as well as the aircraft’s model and owner, adding that
this information had been released in coordination with the United Nations and
the Arab Coalition.
an interview with Al Arabiya English, Iryani said he would like to ensure
everyone that military operations on the ground, under President Abd Rabbo
Mansour Hadi, “have entered the decisive stage on more than one level.”
said “great victories” have been achieved in the port city of Hodaidah, one of
the strategic cities under Houthi control, given that the maritime port had
been used in smuggling Iranian weapons and reaping billions in revenue for
Saada, Iryani said the military has also achieved huge victories and “has
become close to the rebel stronghold in the Maran Mountains.” As well as other
military advances in areas on the two fronts of al-Nahda, Hifan and al-Qadha in
the Taiz province.
is in addition to the “huge collapses” of the Houthis on the fronts of Hiran,
Mustaba, and Abs in the province of Hajjah and the cutting ties to the militia
in the preface for the decisive battle in the capital Sanaa.
I would like to emphasize that Houthi militias have started using its reserve
forces after people became reluctant and are refusing to fight along its lines,
and this has military implications and indicates that an imminent end to the
also thanked on the behalf of the Yemeni army the Arab Coalition for their
“brotherly support” to achieve these military victories to restore legitimacy
in Yemen, praising Saudi Arabia’s efforts under the leadership of King Salman
bin Abdel Aziz and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
of innocent Yemeni boy
Yemeni information minister also spoke about the murder of Abdul Rahman Akram
Atran, a 10-year-old boy who was shot by a Houthi gunman while playing
said the crime has shocked the Yemeni and Arab public opinion, and has revealed
the criminality level the Houthi militias have reached, and the extent of their
negligence Yemeni lives.”
of Yemeni media
minister said that journalism in Yemeni had been facing “acts of repression,
terrorism and abuse” since the Houthi coup.
mentioned that journalists and media personnel have been killed, kidnapped,
tortured and forcibly hidden in their efforts to do their job.
[topic] is painful and shocking to us in the legitimate government, and to me
personally, it is a priority to us and we spare no effort, using our limited
possibilities, we have worked on more than one level, went to the Human Rights
Council in Geneva, met with leaders of the International Federation of
Journalists in Geneva, and participated in many lectures and conferences around
the world, to reveal the crimes and violations practiced by the Houthis against
journalists and media professionals.”
asked why Houthis are leading peace talks to fail, despite their on-ground
losses, Iryani said it is because the decision is not in their hands, and that
“they are only a tool managed by remote control of regional parties,
specifically Hezbollah and Iran.”
added that these parties take use Houthis to threaten the security of regional
countries and international shipping routes and threatening to close the Strait
of Bab al-Mandab in order to blackmail the world.
the whole world should understand is that the Houthi coup leaders have looted
the state treasury, its cash reserve and continued to plunder public revenues
for nearly four years. They see the continuation of this conflict as a gateway
to wealth, accumulating funds, building financial and commercial empires
through manipulation of the prices of oil derivatives, currencies, and looting
of humanitarian aid and relief. Therefore, they view the end of this war and
the restoration of peace as a loss of their privileges and interests.”
Yemeni national army announced on Wednesday that it had taken control of the
Hodeidah Sanaa strategic road and made new field progresses after reaching
northern areas of the “Kilo 16” area in central Hodeidah after heavy fighting
against the Houthi militias.
army forces advanced toward the border of the directorate of Bagel north of the
port city of Hodeidah, while other units advanced in the south of the city
toward the university and the corniche area.
military spokesman said that the army arrived at the Bagel junction connected
with Hodeidah, the farms area, the al-Matahen round about and Nana Dairy
Factory, making a presence in the northern outskirts of “Kilo 16”, the most
heavily fortified area of the pro-Iranian militia.
Sudan president, rebel leader sign peace deal
Sudan's President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with rebel factions in
the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday to end a civil war that has killed at least
50,000 people, displaced two million and held up the country's progress since
it gained independence seven years ago.
Sudan plunged into warfare two years after independence from Sudan in 2011 when
a political dispute between Kiir and then vice-president Riek Machar erupted
into armed confrontation. A previous peace deal signed in 2015 fell apart a
year later after clashes broke out between government forces and rebels.
leader of the main rebel group, Sudan People's Liberation
Movement-in-Opposition, and other insurgent factions signed the new agreement
with the Juba government after assurances that a power-sharing accord would be
honored. The deal, mediated by Sudan, reinstates Machar to his former role as
Al-Shabaab operative 'killed' in ambush
senior jihadist operative has been killed in Mogadishu, official said.
spokesman for the Somali Police Force, Col Kassim Ahmed Roble, said Abukar
Hassan Adde, better known as Sayyid Abukar, was killed in a confrontation early
said that his forces wanted to capture Abukar alive so that he could face the
Somali police aimed at seizing Abukar Hassan Adde. Unfortunately, he resisted
capture, mounting armed confrontation,” said Col Roble.
died during an exchange of fire, but we managed to capture three of his
Al-Shabaab companions who sustained injuries,” the police officer added.
was reportedly in charge of Amniyaat, the Al-Shabaab security apparatus in
eastern Mogadishu, especially Yakshid and Heliwa districts.
Al-Shabaab operative has been in our wanted list since 2015. He escaped police
operations several times, but he has finally fallen today, Tuesday,” remarked
Prime Minister Fayez Seraj, who leads the UN-brokered transitional government
based in Tripoli, says conditions in the conflict-ridden country are too
unstable to hold elections in coming months.
cannot vote with instability in the streets ... it is necessary that everyone
accepts the result of the ballot. We need shared rules,” Seraj said in an
interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
premier also cast doubts on a French-led push for a vote in December, which
purportedly aims to end years of turmoil across the country. “We had talked
about elections in Paris, but the constitutional document, which is ready but
not approved, must first be voted on,” the premier added.
May, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a conference where rival Libyan
factions agreed to work with the United Nations for a national election by December
in his remarks, Seraj said factions would need to agree on a constitution
before any vote is held.
the parliament of Tobruk has not yet examined it. Without the constitution, how
can one go to a national vote?”
Government of National Accord (GNA) has sought to unify powerful factions, but
despite support from the UN, it has struggled to assert its authority since it
began work in Tripoli in March 2016.
rival administration based in Libya's remote east, with which military
commander Khalifa Haftar is allied, refuses to recognize Seraj's government.
has close relations with Italy. His main rival, military commander Khalifa
Haftar, is aligned with a government based in the east and is seen as closer to
slid into chaos after a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed longtime
dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. France was at the forefront of airstrikes
carried out along with the United States and others in the NATO operation.
groups have vowed to resume hostilities if talks to be hosted by UN Special
Envoy Ghassan Salame do not result in a lasting settlement.
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lecturers, members of the Foundation-Liberia branch and leaders of various
Muslim organizations posed shortly after the symposium ended.
two-day symposium, held at the Monrovia City Hall under the theme, "the
Values of Tolerance in Islam, Moderation of Islam, and its Impact on Global
Peace," ended yesterday, September 11, in Monrovia, with participants
resolving to fight extremism as well as promote peace, tolerance and unity
among fellow Muslims and peoples of different beliefs.
Islamic symposium, which assembled over 150 Islamic scholars from across
Liberia, including government officials and guest lecturers from the Kingdom of
Morocco, presented various topics, among them methods of cooperation and core
values of tolerance and moderation in Islam; respecting the rights of both
Muslims and non-Muslims and peoples of other faiths across the globe; preaching
the principles of Islam and the Holy Quran and the good messages of Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH); learning to be generous at all times to the humankind
irrespective of religion, status, creed, race or tribe; avoiding the use of
profanity against fellow human beings and doing away with extremism.
Islamic scholars from Liberia and the Kingdom of Morocco made a presentation on
these topics, and participants were filled with the knowledge, the full
understanding as well as the impact and objective of the training. Participants
also discussed the role of Muslims in spreading the accurate picture of Islam
by following the teachings of the Holy Quran and the tradition of Prophet
were exposed to the principles of tolerance and the concept of moderation as
taught by Islam from September 10-11, 2018. They then extended thanks and
appreciation to Ameer Almunineen Muhammad VI in his efforts to consolidate
peace and security around the globe and particularly in the Muslim world.
lecturers, members of the King Mohammed VI Foundation-Liberia branch and
leaders of various Muslim organizations in Liberia, posed shortly after the
Omaru Kamara, President of the King Mohammed VI Foundation- Liberia Branch,
said the purpose of all the revealing scriptures sent down by the Almighty
Allah is about respecting humankind.
scriptures call for respect for all mankind regardless of their tribe, creed,
status in society, or religious affiliation," he said, adding: "Allah
created human beings in the best form from the day of creation by commanding
the angels that He made. Allah has honored the human family on earth. Allah
honors us by subjecting his creation to human beings, etc."
Kamara also lauded King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his foundation for its
continued support to the country's Muslim community, extending a similar
gratitude to President George Weah. He also extended appreciation to the
management of Monrovia City Corporation for providing its facility for the
successful conduct of the symposium.
and justice are characteristics of Islam. It's therefore an obligation of all
Muslims to follow these principles, including supporting tolerance and
moderation," Professor Atiqua Bouhouria of the King Mohammed VI Foundation
and a member of the Moroccan delegation to the Monrovia symposium, urged.
Mohammed VI Foundation is based in the Kingdom of Morocco.
certifies Saudi Arabia, UAE protecting civilians
States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has told Congress the governments
of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are doing enough to protect
civilians amid their military operations to end the conflict in Yemen.
said in a statement Wednesday he certified to Congress that the Saudi and
Emirati governments “are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of
harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.”
says ending the conflict has been “a national security priority” for President
Secretary Jim Mattis said last month the US intended to continue backing the
Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi militias in Yemen despite civilian
said Wednesday he agrees the Saudi and Emirati governments are making “every
effort to reduce the risk of civilian casualties.”
— Members of Congress sent a letter on Wednesday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur
Ross pressing him to impose limits on the sale of certain technologies by
American companies to Chinese companies or agencies. The lawmakers argued that
Chinese security forces might use the technologies for overbearing surveillance
and other human rights abuses.
two signers of the letter, Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, and
Representative Christopher H. Smith, Republican of New Jersey, wrote that their
concerns were “particularly acute” in relation to technologies used by security
forces that are maintaining surveillance and mass internment camp systems on
Muslim minorities in the northwest region of Xinjiang.
Chinese government and the Communist Party have been building large internment
camps in the vast borderland region to control the population of ethnic
Uighurs, Turkic speakers who mostly practice Sunni Islam, and other Muslim
groups, including Kazakhs. Western experts who have analyzed the camps say they
hold up to one million people. Human rights advocates and legal scholars say
that what Chinese officials are doing amounts to the worst human rights abuse
in China in decades.
recent months, China has come under growing international criticism for the
system, and prominent news organizations have done investigative reports on the
camps, including The New York Times.
letter, which represents the views of the Congressional-Executive Commission on
China, was issued as discussions intensify within the United States government
about how to punish China for the camps, and is the second one the commission
has sent to Mr. Ross this year on this issue.
at the White House and in the State and Treasury Departments have been
discussing whether to impose economic sanctions on senior Chinese officials who
oversee the system of repression in Xinjiang. Those discussions were given new
urgency after the congressional commission sent a letter last month to
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking
them to use the Global Magnitsky Act to impose sanctions on Chinese officials.
commission named seven officials, but singled out Chen Quanguo, the party chief
of Xinjiang. The Magnitsky Act, enacted by executive order in December, allows
the United States to impose economic sanctions and travel restrictions on
individual foreign officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses.
letter on Wednesday to the Commerce Department said there should be a
“presumption of denial” for sale of technology or equipment that would make a
“direct and significant contribution to the police surveillance and detection
system.” That should include dual-use technology sold or resold to any parts of
the Ministry of Public Security, the agency overseeing the police, the letter
letter asked the department to explicitly add Chinese government groups and
security agencies in Xinjiang to a list of entities barred from receiving
technology exports. It said the department should also add to the list any
Chinese groups or companies that are benefiting from the detention and
surveillance system in Xinjiang.
have received the letter from Senator Rubio and Representative Smith and thank
them for their leadership on this important issue,” Mr. Ross said in a
statement. “We will work with them and our partners across the government to
ensure our export controls continue to protect American interests the world
officials under Mr. Chen began putting the system into place last year. In the
camps, which mostly hold Uighurs, detainees are forced to attend political
ideology classes, where they are told to denounce aspects of Islam and pledge
loyalty to the Communist Party. For years, Chinese officials have said they are
fighting the forces of terrorism, separatism and religious extremism in the
region. There have been bursts of ethnic violence in Xinjiang, including mass
rioting and killing by Uighurs in 2009 after protests over injustices.
handful of Uighurs and Kazakhs released from the camps have spoken of torture
and various hardships.
Uighur person knows one or two people who have disappeared into these camps,”
said James Millward, a historian of China and Central Asia at Georgetown
University. “This is really on a completely different scale than anything we’ve
seen before. It’s a different sort of approach.”
congressional candidate Tim Donnelly of California called then-President Barack
Obama a secret Muslim and terrorist sympathizer on his old radio program, a CNN
KFile review has found.
also said that Loretta Lynch was nominated by Obama for attorney general either
because of her "skin color" or her "anti-American" attitude
and endorsed a conspiracy theory the death of Freddie Gray was a false flag by
the Obama administration and their allies to impose martial law.
a former state assemblyman, is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Cook
in California's 8th District, which runs along the eastern border of the state
and includes large parts of San Bernardino County and the Mojave Desert.
Donnelly came in second to Cook in the June primary, earning the right to face
Cook again in November under California's rules in which the top two candidates
in the primary advance to the general regardless of party affiliation. Cook's
40% share of the primary vote nearly doubled the 23% won by Donnelly, who edged
out a Democratic candidate by a single point for the number two spot.
previously ran for the seat in 2016 but came in third by a percentage point in
the primary. Before that, he finished a close third in the primary for
California's governorship in 2014. Donnelly has several well-known supporters.
He is backed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Iowa Rep. Steve King, former Colorado
Rep. Tom Tancredo, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and conservative activist
week, Trump endorsed Cook. Donnelly told Politico of the endorsement,
"President Trump just endorsed the swamp."
a comment emailed to CNN's KFile, Donnelly said, "I have spent my
professional life fighting for the families of people slain by illegal aliens
and islamic jihadists. I went to build the wall a decade before it was a
talking point for politicians like Paul Cook."
added, "On the anniversary of 9/11, you want to hit me for being too harsh
on the assholes who killed my neighbor and the worthless politicians like Paul
Cook, who colluded with Obama and the #FakeNewsMedia to let them into our
comments come from episodes of the "The Tim Donnelly Show,"a radio
program he hosted in 2015 and 2016 on local radio in California. Islam, which
Donnelly label a cult, and the president were frequent targets of his
what Donnelly said:
a December 2015 episode, broadcast the day after the terrorist attack in San
Bernardino, Donnelly said that he believed Obama did not call the perpetrators
"Islam jihadists" because the then-president was "secretly
following" the Islamic faith and wanted to see America punished.
Obama is the president of the United States and he couldn't say, 'Hey, these
are Islamic jihadists. I just got informed of this by the FBI.' Instead he
lies," Donnelly said. "He comes out and lies because we all know this
information was out there, but he didn't want to insult the faith that I
believe he is secretly following, a follower, or he is simply sympathetic
because they're doing the dirty work. Because he ultimately wants to see this
country punished and taken down for what he considers to be crimes against the
rest of the world."
that month, he returned to the same theme, calling the then-president
"Ayatollah Obama." Arguing that Obama would never cut off
immigration, trade, or diplomatic relations with "terrorist sponsoring
countries," Donnelly endorsed the conspiracy theory that Obama had members
of the Muslim Brotherhood in his administration.
about that, but we will never hear that from Ayatollah Obama because that's
what he really is," Donnelly said. "He is, in whatever way, I don't
know what his connection to the Muslim Brotherhood is, but he's got them in all
kinds of positions of power, other smarter people than me have have laid out
the case and shown who these people are. I'm just seeing the result. You're
seeing the results. You've been asking yourself, 'Why is it that he won't
actually call Islamic jihadism, Islamic jihadism? Why is it that he's so
passionate about taking away your guns, taking away your First Amendment, your
right to speak the truth about this great evil?' But that's because it works.
That's because it's part of a plan. That's because the left has always been
more organized. They've had playbooks because they have people that get paid in
the ivory towers to concoct these plans."
had previously said in November 2015 that he was believed "more and
more" Obama was part of the Muslim Brotherhood and doing their bidding.
subject Donnelly addressed on the show was his belief that the Obama
administration was quick to label Dylann Roof, who has since been convicted of
hate crimes in connection with his shooting of nine black parishioners at a
church in Charleston in June 2015, a white supremacist, while refusing to call
Muslim terrorists "Islamic jihadists."
himself admitted to holding white supremacist views.
his program the day after the San Bernardino shooting, Donnelly attributed this
to the terrorists being "Obama's people, the Islamic people."
want to play you a little clip of the dictator-in-chief, the
gun-controller-in-chief, I don't know what to call him today, who--this is his
reaction and it's completely devoid of the same passion that he would have had
if this individual had been Dylann Roof who killed nine black people in a
church and could easily be demonized as a white supremacist, whereas these are
Obama's people, the Islamic people," Donnelly said.
returned to this theme days later, playing the audio from a video he had put
out in which he addressed Lynch, saying that Obama had not asked "citizens
to reserve judgment" about Roof, but had instead "encouraged more
hate" with his rhetoric. Donnelly went on to say that if Lynch loved
America, she would threaten to turn mosques "upside down" if they did
not turn over terrorists and said that he himself would take up arms to
"go after the jihadis next door," as well as those who appeared in
you were an American who loved this country, you'd put the mosques on
notice," Donnelly said in the comments directed at the then-attorney
general. "You'd tell them, 'If you don't turn over the extremists and the
jihadists within your midst then we'll set the FBI on you. We'll turn your
mosques upside down. We'll make your lives a living hell until you rat out
those who have declared war on America.' But instead you threaten the family
and friends of the victims of your failure to identify and prosecute those
who've sworn to kill anyone who doesn't pledge allegiance to their insane
continued, "Well, I'm putting you on notice. If you don't go after the
Islamic jihadis next door, we will. The only good jihadi is a dead jihadi. And
the next jihadi to rear his or her ugly head in my backyard and point a weapon
at me and my friends will get a 45 hollow point between the eyes. So if by
refusing to be the next victim in the war the Islamic jihadis have declared on
us somehow makes me an advocate of violence then bring it on. Come and arrest
me. I'm not hard to find. And then you could explain to the American people why
we are the target of your wrath, not the murderous bastards who slaughtered the
innocent even at a Christmas party all in the name of the religion of
the same video broadcast on that show, Donnelly said that Lynch had been
appointed to her job either because she was black or because of her
not sure if you're an idiot or you're deliberately undermining the security of
the United States," he said. "Whichever it is, you've violated your
oath. I don't know how you got this job, whether it was your anti-American
ideology or your skin color or both, but I'm going to tell you one thing: we,
the people, of these United States refuse to be intimidated by you. You work
also promoted other conspiracy theories on his show.
May 2015, he interviewed the author of an World Net Daily article, a website
that traffics in conspiracy theories, which baselessly speculated that the
unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man, after he
was in police custody was part of a conspiracy by the Obama administration and
other authorities to impose martial law and suspend the 2016 election. Donnelly
encouraged his listeners to read the article, which he called
"excellent." He later approvingly said that his producer had told him
that the article made "great points."
the break, my producer, who is not hyper-political made the comment that you
make -- great points in this article -- and you were starting to talk about, is
there something deeper or someone or organization or a collection of
organizations behind what clearly seems to be an orchestrated attempt to
undermine the rule of law and create anarchy in this country?" Donnelly
dead bodies of about 1,000 people were not found in the rubble of World Trade
Center towers because massive explosives were used to demolish the skyscrapers
on September 11, 2001, says Dr. Kevin Barrett, an American academic who has
been studying the events of 9/11 since late 2003.
Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of
9/11, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday while
commenting on a report which says the remains of about 1,000 of the victims of
the 9/11 attacks could still not be found for DNA testing.
years after the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, advancement in DNA
testing techniques has led to the identification of more victims of the atrocity,
according to reports.
death toll following the collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center
on September 11, 2001 was 2,753, but about 1,000 of the victims are yet to be
have a major problem here in the United States and throughout the world because
people are not putting two and two together. These supposed building collapses,
we are told, happened due to fire and weakening of the structural steel. But
more than a thousand people—who were supposedly killed when the buildings
simply collapsed due to gravity on top of them—never were identified in terms
of their remains. That is, not a single bone fragment or a single fingernail
was ever found,” Dr. Barrett said.
have been many building collapses throughout history. Earthquakes typically
cause all sorts of building collapses, and people are dug out from under the
remains of the buildings. In many cases people’s bodies are found in the rubble
of the collapsed buildings. And in every single case the body is still there,
crushed, but still there,” he stated.
anyone who looks at these films of the explosive demolitions of these World
Trade Center skyscrapers on September 11, 2001 can see that these buildings are
not collapsing. They are exploding. Massive explosive powers (were) used to
blast the entire buildings into talcum powder, that is sub-100 micron dust,” he
that’s what happened to the people inside. They were blasted into powder by the
enormous explosive power. We don’t know the precise details of what types of
explosives were used to do this, but we know that it happened. There were rivers of molten steal flowing in
what would left of the Trade Towers after September 11. Dozens and dozens of
witnesses have reported that. Likewise more than 100 witnesses in the fire
department and the police department are on record discussing the massive
explosives that rocked the Twin Towers. Many of the victims who were actually
killed by explosions in the lobby and the lower floors before the planes hit,”
the analyst said.
9/11 attacks were a series of strikes in the US which not only killed thousands
of people but also caused about $10 billion worth of property and
officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists –
15 of them were Saudi citizens -- but many experts have raised questions about
the official account.
believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice
President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in
order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.
to American academic James Fetzer, the high number of medical cases related to
the September 11 terror attack in New York show that the Twin Towers collapsed
because of nukes.
leaders on Wednesday endorsed a “first step” towards moving the country’s
embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a similar move by the
US administration earlier this year.
a joint statement, the Czech president, prime minister, parliament speaker, and
foreign and defense ministers said the opening of a “Czech House” in Jerusalem
in November would be “the first step in the plan to move the Czech embassy to
Ovcacek, spokesman for pro-Israeli President Milos Zeman, told AFP that the
Czech House would host government institutions including the foreign ministry’s
Czech Centre, the trade agency CzechTrade and tourism agency CzechTourism.
Czech House in Jerusalem will be ceremonially opened by Mr president during his
visit to Israel in November,” he said.
a 73-year-old veteran left-winger with anti-Muslim views, pushed for the
embassy move even before US President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to
Jerusalem on May 14.
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