this year, some miscreants struck off the name 'masjid' from the monument and
claimed it was not a Tughlak era mosque but a Rajput monument.
Khirki Masjid No Rana Pratap Fort, Says Archaeological Survey of India
to Hear Treason Case against Khadim Rizvi, Fazlur Rehman on Nov 12
Muslim Soldiers of World War One 'Silence' Far Right
Claims Melbourne Stabbing; Australian Police Say Attack Linked To Terror
Marriage: Why It Is Still A Problem In 2018
Arrests Dozens of On-Duty Soldiers over Affiliation to Gulen Movement
Are Bound To Resolve Family Issues of Muslims In The Light Of Shariah: Qazi
Terrorists Neutralised in Pulwama; Arms, Ammunition Recovered
slams anti-Muslim references in new book on Telangana history
Naik and wife to tour Perlis backed by state government
clarifies it is not engaging with Taliban at Moscow meet
violates truce in Poonch, BSF jawan hurt
police hand over missing Sharda varsity student case to J&K cops
Militants Ready To Join Mainstream, Senate Panel Told
dead, four injured in North Waziristan blast
suspends PHC’s acquittal of 73 terrorists convicted by military courts
held to mark Allama Iqbal’s birth anniversary
says Aasia Bibi released under foreign pressure
other evidence collected from scene of Samiul Haq’s murder
vow to ‘resist attempts to harass’ media after KPC incident
Sattar expelled from MQM-P for violating 'party discipline'
supports intra-Afghan peace agreement at Moscow moot
Jewish Leader Slams Attacks against Mosques
Official under Probe over Social Media Post Associating Muslim Call to Prayer
police warn unnamed Saudi of ‘life-threatening danger’
suspends licenses for arms export to Saudi Arabia
to take joint stance at end of Khashoggi probe
must not block battle against ISIS, says ex-Nato chief
Islam Terror Attack Strikes Melbourne’s Bourke Street
knife attacker inspired by Islamic State, police says
Don’t Put the Cart before the Horse in Divorce Cases
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Foe of Islam and humanity
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by common enemy ICERD, Umno to share stage with PAS in Perak
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government to UN: Houthi militia uses civilians as human shields
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Summit: HPC urges peace talks revival, Taliban share demands
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ambassador’s convoy in Gaza being stoned
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DELHI: Archaeological Survey of India has finally responded to claims by an
unknown group of people that the 13th-century Khirki Masjid at Saket is
actually a fort of Rajput warrior Maharana Pratap. It has assured the Delhi
Minorities Commission (DMC) in writing and verbally that the monument is safe
and is under protection since 1915.
few months ago, unknown miscreants had struck off the word ‘masjid’ from the
ASI signage at the monument. Then a group of people claiming to be Khirki
Masjid area locals had approached DMC, claiming that it was the Rajput king’s
fort. “As far as we know, there is nothing in recorded history about the masjid
ever being a fort of Maharana Pratap. We asked ASI to refute these claims and
issue a clarification to end the matter once and for all. If such things are
repeated over time, it can lead to unnecessary controversy,” said DMC chairman
Zafarul Islam Khan.
ASI superintendent of Delhi zone deposed before DMC and said the agency was
fully aware of the historical importance of the mosque. He also said the
mosque’s name has been written again on the signboard, additional security
provided and a stone plaque would be installed at the entrance soon.
has also started repairing the mosque. “ASI said there is nothing in their
records to support the claims about the mosque and if something comes to ASI
officially, they will issue a statement,” Khan added.
also answered a question about prayers not being allowed in the mosque and said
Khirki Masjid was not a living monument when it was taken over. If prayers were
being offered in a mosque when ASI took over, the same continues under the ASI
senior ASI official told TOI: “Khirki Masjid is a 13th-century, Tughlaq-era
mosque and there is absolutely no question about raising any doubts about it.
No one has approached us or written to us with any claim that the masjid was a
fort. There is nothing in history to ever indicate any such thing—no documentation,
archives, research, books, scientific evidence, nothing.
us, it’s an non-issue.”
Masjid was constructed by Malik Maqbool who was the prime minister of Sultan
Feroze Shah Tughlaq. There is no inscription at the mosque to indicate it
history, but the Gazetteer of India 1915 mentioned it as Khirki Masjid.
to hear treason case against Khadim Rizvi, Fazlur Rehman on Nov 12
Lahore High Court on Friday accepted an application for hearing in which the
petitioner has asked for the initiation of treason proceedings against
Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and the chief of
the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, over charges of issuing
anti-state statements and inciting people to violence.
Ali Baqar Najafi, while accepting the petition, filed by Advocate Syed Mohammad
on behalf of Shabeerullah, has set the case for hearing on November 12
his application, the petitioner has argued that Rizvi and Rehman criticised the
apex court’s judgement in the Aisa Bibi case, issued anti-state and
anti-military statements and incited people to violence and should thus be
prosecuted under the law.
their statements, the country was held hostage for three days which was
tantamount to “making an attempt to suspend the Constitution”, the petitioner
on Thursday, a sessions court in Lahore had fixed for hearing a petition
against police officials for their failure to register a case against Khadim
Rizvi, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) head Ashraf Jalali and others
for threatening the top judiciary and inciting the armed forces to stage a
mutiny in the aftermath of Aasia Bibi's acquittal.
by citizen Abdullah Malik, the petition stated that the station house officer
(SHO) of Civil Lines police station in Lahore had failed to file a first
information report (FIR) against the aforementioned individuals.
local police is reluctant to take action against the accused [due to] their
presence in the ruling class and having direct contacts with the police and
others," the petitioner had said.
copy of the application to lodge an FIR, dated November 1 and addressed to the
Civil Lines SHO, notes that TLP leaders had threatened the judges of the
Supreme Court, passed an edict to murder the country's Constitutional prime
minister and incited their party workers to spark riots.
petitioner has asked the court to pass orders to ensure legal action is taken
against TLP leaders as well as police officials if the latter are reluctant to
register a criminal case against the former.
Sessions Judge Mohammad Ahmed Khan Kharal accepted the petition today and
directed Civil Lines SHO to furnish his report on November 14.
Muslim soldiers of World War One 'silence' far right
hundred years since the end of World War One, historians think recognising the
contribution of Muslims can help tackle contemporary issues such as
soldiers have been forgotten about over time," Hayyan Bhabha, from the
Muslim Experience, says.
core far-right narrative is that Muslims have never done anything for us.
actually, with facts that are over 100 years old, we can say Muslims fought and
died for the history and security of Europe."
is estimated that 1.5 million Indian troops fought to defend Britain. Of those,
400,000 were Muslim soldiers.
Muslim Experience is working to highlight the global contribution of Muslim
soldiers to World War One and says raising awareness could silence anti-Muslim
rhetoric by far-right groups in Britain today.
Bhabha says his team is now opening up documents and discovering new
information about their role in the War.
archives from 19 countries, we have discovered that more than four million
Muslims either fought or served as labourers during the War, from around the
world," he says.
of those was Sepoy Khudadad Khan, an Indian soldier who fought alongside
was the sole survivor of a team assigned to defend vital ports in France and
Belgium from German forces.
to accounts, Khan managed to hold off the enemy advance long enough for British
reinforcements to arrive.
31 October 1914, Khan, of the 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis Regiment,
became the first South Asian to receive the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest
such as the Muslim Experience want stories of soldiers to be heard.
also want more British Muslims to find out if they have a personal connection
to World War One.
as a local GP in Nottingham, Dr Irfan Malik, did after he had a chance
conversation with a patient that led him to discover two of his
great-grandfathers had fought for Britain.
Malik's great-grandparents, Capt Ghulam Mohammad and Subedar Mohammad Khan,
were two of 460 soldiers from a tiny village called Dulmial, in modern-day
Pakistan, sent to fight in the 1914-18 conflict.
of my patients is a researcher of Commonwealth contribution to World War One
and I told him about a village in modern-day Pakistan where I'm from that has a
cannon commemorating the Great War," he says.
that point four years ago, my journey began and I found out my two
great-grandparents fought for Britain.
very fortunate to have images from 100 years ago. It means a huge amount to me.
It's made me feel more British as we have this shared history in common and I
believe it helps community cohesion."
how connected do British Muslims feel to the War and how aware is the community
itself of its links to British military history?
Bhabha thinks some young Muslims in particular are not engaged with British
Muslims are not engaged with military history because they can't relate to
it," he says. "The way it is taught currently is very
history that is taught doesn't show the true diversity of everyone that took
part in the First World War."
study by think tank British Future found just 22% of people in Britain knew
Muslims had fought in the Great War.
it has launched a campaign, Remember Together, to raise awareness in schools.
Ballinger, from British Future, says: "Finding out that Muslim soldiers
fought and died for Britain to protect us and to protect the freedoms we enjoy
today, that's an important history for everyone to know."
has certainly meant a lot to Daleesha Naz, 14, of Eden Girls School, in east
I learned that 400,000 Muslims fought in the British Indian army and it has
made me feel closer and more connected to British history," she says.
the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One is remembered, historians,
campaigners, and descendants of the soldiers are making sure the contribution
of Muslims is never forgotten.
Ferrier, who chairs Forgotten Heroes 14-19 - the umbrella group for the Muslim
Experience - says: "If the world really wants to reach out to the
international Muslim community, then they need to know the enormous
contribution these people have made, fighting a war none of their making.
by recognising and honouring the global Muslim sacrifices, not only these of
the British colonies, we are reaching out to them and saying a genuine thank
claims Melbourne stabbing; Australian police say attack linked to terror
ISIS group claimed a stabbing on Friday in the Australian city of Melbourne
that killed one person and wounded two others, its propaganda channel said.
perpetrator of the operation... in Melbourne... was an ISIS fighter and carried
out the operation... to target nationals of the coalition” fighting ISIS, Amaq
reported a militant security source as saying.
knife-wielding man stabbed three people, one fatally, in Australia's
second-largest city on Friday in an attack police linked to terrorism.
video shared on Twitter clearly showed the attacker, a dark-skinned middle-aged
man wearing a black sweatshirt, viciously swinging the knife he used to stab
the civilians at police officers at the scene. The video also shows another
individual, dubbed 'trolley man', quickly barging in with a trolley directly
hitting the attacker and stalling him to buy the police some time.
attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill.
Hundreds of people watched from behind barricades as police tried to apprehend
said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and attacked
three bystanders with a knife. He also attempted to attack police who arrived
on the scene before being shot in the chest by an officer.
suspect died later at a hospital. One of the victims also died, while the two
others were hospitalized.
said the attacker's vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the
back. A bomb squad rendered them safe without any exploding.
state police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect, who was originally
from Somalia, was known to police and the incident was being treated as
what we know of that individual we are treating this as a terrorism incident,
Ashton told reporters, adding that the police counterterrorism command was
working on the case, as well as homicide detectives.
known to police mainly in respect to relatives that he has which certainly are
persons of interest to us, and he's someone that accordingly is know to both
Victorian police and the Federal intelligence authorities,” he said.
attack occurred on the eve of a busy weekend in Melbourne, with a major horse
race scheduled for Saturday and a national league soccer match the following
day. Sunday is also Remembrance Day, when memorial ceremonies for World War I
said police were “doing security reassessments of these events in light of
what's occurred,” but there was “no ongoing threat we're currently aware of in
relation to people surrounding this individual.”
Minister Scott Morrison condemned the “evil and cowardly attack.”
will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks and we will continue to go
about our lives and enjoy the freedoms that the terrorists detest,” he said in
witness said one of the stabbing victims, believed to be a man in his 60s who
later died, was stabbed in the face, and that desperate efforts were made to
he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he's all right, he was
still alive,” the witness, Markel Villasin, told Australian Associated Press.
was breathing and he was bleeding out.”
from the scene showed a man swinging a knife at two police officers near a
burning car before he was shot.
Marriage: Why It Is Still a Problem In 2018
LUMPUR, Nov 10 — The issue of child marriage has cropped up over the years but
without much resolution.
data is scant, Deputy Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Hannah
Yeoh in late July announced 14,999 child marriages were recorded between 2007
and 2017, 10,000 were Muslims.
also pointed to Sarawak having the highest number of registered child
the Child Rights Coalition Malaysia reported that records in 2009 showed that
32 children under the age of 10, 447 children between 10 and 14, and 8,726
children in the 15-19 age group underwent pre-marital HIV tests.
is a total of 9,205 children who might have entered into marriage.
coalition’s data also showed 900 child marriages were approved in 2011 and
1,022 in 2013.
that came to a head when in July a 41-year-old man from Gua Musang married an
11-year-old girl in Thailand.
September, a 44-year-old man in Tumpat took a 15-year-old girl as his second
wife with the approval from the Shariah Court.
cases ignited strong public interest, which led to Prime Minister Tun Dr
Mahathir Mohamad on Oct 20, issuing an order to all state governments to raise
the minimum legal age for marriage to 18 years for Muslims and non-Muslims.
the eyes of the law
Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 puts the minimum age for marriage at
18 but girls can marry at 16 after obtaining a licence from their state’s chief
under 16 are not allowed to get married. In addition, the law makes it
compulsory for either party who have not reached the age of 21 to seek
permission to marry from their parents.
the Islamic Family Law sets a minimum age of 18 for boys and 16 for girls. But
those under the legal age can seek permission to marry from the Shariah Court.
civil and Shariah lawyer Nizam Bashir said although Islamic law is a state
matter, it is not to say that the prime minister has no influence.
which is a department under the prime minister’s purview, functions as a
federal coordinating body vis-à-vis state Islamic agencies. Through Jakim, the
prime minister is able to direct how the law develops on this issue.
the laws can only be changed either at an executive level through changes in
administrative processes; or at a legislative level, through laws passed by the
state legislative assemblies or Parliament,” he said.
also said provisions that allowed for child marriages to be approved by chief
ministers and Shariah Court judges are ripe for reform.
the existing laws, there is no clear outline of what constitutes the criteria
for approval or rejection when it comes to child marriages.
my experience, when things are that ‘mysterious’, by and large, that is where
abuse can happen. Consequently, all stakeholders should aim to prevent
‘mysticism’ and to promote transparency and objectivity where the law is
concerned,” said Nizam.
a welfare report ought to be procured and a Shariah judge should consider the report
as well as evidence from relevant parties before determining whether it is in
the best interest of the child for the marriage to take place.”
stand on child marriage is clear — legal minimum age of marriage is at 18, without
exception. This is in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child that
Malaysia has ratified.
senior child protection specialist Sarah Norton-Staal said she felt encouraged
by the prime minister’s statement on raising the legal minimum age for marriage
Pakatan Harapan had promised in its election manifesto to raise the minimum
legal age for marriage to 18, instructions coming from the highest level of
authority gives weight to this issue.
the issue of child marriage doesn’t impact a large number of children, it is
still cause for concern, especially after the two high-profile cases came to
light this year.”
she pointed that those cases were the outliers and most child marriages are
between consenting teenagers.
a local study by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia researchers that Unicef
supported, 140 boys and girls involved in child marriage were interviewed and
analyses of Shariah Court files.
found the factors that place children at risk were low household income
(correlated with children dropping out of school), poor understanding of sexual
and reproductive health issues (led to a higher risk of pregnancy out of
wedlock), parents lack an effective intervention support system, and community
acceptance of child marriage.
of child marriages were results of premarital sex, teen pregnancy or facing
high risk of pregnancy. Their parents felt it was important to get married, at
least to give legitimacy to the children that would be born.
norms accept child marriage is best solution when teens become sexually active
or become pregnant, not just in traditional communities, but the issue cuts
across rural, urban, ethnic and religious lines,” said Norton-Staal, adding
that child marriages violate children’s rights to education, economic
opportunities and good health.
mothers are faced with maternal mortality and low birth rate, while boys will
have diminished potential and in many cases, unable to support his young
family, so parent and communities need to be aware of these problems, she said.
study also mentioned the lack of reproductive health information among
on reproductive health education is still evident. The subject is only
allocated a very minimal 12 hours a year. The students are not tested on it and
teachers are reluctant and uncomfortable to get into it.
way it might be presented is not helpful or informative, and even adds to
confusion among the students,” she said.
added that pregnant students are not allowed to be in school and the Education
Ministry admitted no one takes note of why they drop out of school.
and her team had field visits to Sabah to speak to communities and native court
judges, and found that there was a lack of understanding and awareness on the
risks of child marriages.
it is encouraging that the communities and judges are open to learning and
wanting to hear more about what we have to share.”
UKM study found there is there is no standard operating procedure to guide
Shariah Court judges through the child marriage application process as they
often rule from the position that child marriage is a viable solution to
premarital sexual activity and pregnancy out of wedlock.
to case files and judges’ notes made available to researchers, reasons that
Shariah Court judges gave for approving child marriage applications included
the children’s ability to support a family and manage a household, their
memorisation of basic Islamic teachings and the availability of family support
reasons for rejecting marriage applications included any evidence of coercion,
lack of consent from a guardian, a lack of knowledge of basic Islamic
teachings, unemployment (for male applicants) and a criminal record.
an analysis of case files (2012 to 2016) from the Shariah Courts of seven
states, the study reported that of 2,143 applications for child marriage, only
10 were rejected.
and Voice for Children Sharmila Sekaran said there is a public misconception
that child marriage is a Muslim issue while statistics have shown it to be a
misconception comes about because Muslim girls below 16 years old can have a
pathway to marriage via the Shariah Court while the law for non-Muslims
explicitly says girls below age of 16 cannot enter into marriage,” she said.
Court judges are to use their judgment when deciding on child marriage cases.
However, the process doesn’t take into consideration that marriage is not the
best means to protect a child.
is symptomatic of how society has viewed child marriage. Some people have
voiced support for child marriage, alluding to it is in the child’s best
also said for much of human existence, child marriage was practised by European
royalty, in many Asian cultures, Latin America and so on.
her NGO work, Sharmila has observed those in child marriages are often
inadequate and inept when it comes to parenting as they are still children
young parents are not equipped to guide their children on how to live in an
industrialised nation as they need far more skills to provide for themselves.
the next generation is caught in a poverty cycle. I also noticed that many
child marriages invariably break down for many reasons.
we have scientific proof that a girl’s physiology often does not allow her to
carry a child to full term until she is above a certain age threshold. Just
because a child is able to become pregnant, it does not mean it is in her best
interest to do so.”
said to eliminate child marriage, the laws have to be in place and then get the
of society on board.
you want to be a productive nation, the women and children need to be educated,
not be married off young. Boys have supported the cause as well because they
are also victims.
can introduce a moratorium first so people who are already in child marriage
are not prosecuted. Of course, it is a process that can take years. But at
least the children that come after will not be subjected to child marriages.”
that the law will be changed in Malaysia, she said it confirms the aspirations
of what Malaysians want for their country as well as support for advocacy work
on the ground.
arrests dozens of on-duty soldiers over affiliation to Gulen movement
security forces have arrested at least 74 on-duty soldiers on suspicion of
affiliation to 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.
sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the suspects were detained in
32 provinces across Turkey on Friday.
sources added that the arrests came after Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office
issued arrest warrants for 103 suspects, including colonels, lieutenant
colonels and commanders. The search for others is underway.
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.
against me related to the coup attempt are baseless and politically-motivated
slanders,” he said in a statement.
77-year-old cleric has also called on Ankara to end its “witch hunt” of his
followers, a move he says is aimed at “weeding out anyone it deems disloyal to
President Erdogan and his regime.”
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.
international community and rights groups have been highly critical of the
Turkish president over the massive dismissals and the crackdown.
A key meeting entitled ‘System of Darul Qaza and family issues’ was organised
at Jamiat Sout ul Quran affiliated to Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow. Over a dozen
muftis, more than 30 scholars attended the programme. The speakers said that
keeping in view the population of the country, at least 1 lakh judges need to
be recruited. In the current situation, it takes over 4 years for a case to be
resolved through court. On the other hand, in the Darul Qaza under Muslim
Personal Law Board the matter can be resolved within weeks with less
expenditure. They said Darul Qaza is not a new system. It was prevalent in the
countries where there was no Islamic rule. Even during the British period, the
system was prevalent.
Mufti Mohammed Ashiq of Muslim Personal Law Board said that India is a secular
country. As per the constitution of the country, every citizen of the country
has a right to lead a life according to his own religion. Hence Courts are
bound to resolve the family issues of Muslims in the light of Shariah.
At least two terrorists were killed during an encounter which broke out between
them and the security forces on Saturday morning in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama
district. The police have recovered incriminating material including arms and
ammunition from the site of the encounter in Pulwama’s Tikun village.
encounter broke out between the security forces and terrorists in south
Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning. The encounter broke out at the
Tikun village of Pulwama following a specific input about the presence of the
militants in the area. The number of terrorists present at the spot has not
been ascertained yet. More details in the Pulwama encounter are awaited.
Kashmiri Hizbul militants were killed on Tuesday in a gunfight with the
security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said. Following
specific inputs about the presence of militants, security forces cordoned off
Safanagri village early in the day, prompting the hiding terrorists to fire
that led to the encounter, a police officer said.
The Majlis Bachao Tahreek (MBT) on Friday slammed a new history book -- written
by Telangana Rashtra Samithi co-founder Veeramalla Prakash Rao and edited by a
retired State bureaucrat -- in which Muslim rulers of the Deccan were allegedly
compared to colonial rulers.
Rao’s book, “History of Telangana” which was edited by A K Goel, a former
advisor at the State government’s Planning & Energy Department and with a
foreword by former MP M Narayan Reddy, says that the colonisation of the State
“started in 1323 AD after the end of Kakatiyas’ rule”.
spokesperson Amjed Ullah Khan said, “They have compared Muslim Kings who ruled
Deccan as colonial rulers. This is a blatant lie and pure distortion of
history. The Muslim kings of Deccan were all born Indians and believed in
democracy and secularism. What hurts more is the foreword of the book which was
written by Pandit M Narayan Reddy (former Member of Parliament) who writes
colonisation of Telangana started in 1323 AD after the end Kakatiyas rule.”
JAYA: Controversial Indian preacher Dr Zakir Naik is embarking on a five-day
speaking tour with his wife, backed by an organisation linked to the Perlis
Islamic department and more than a dozen other state agencies and Muslim
will be Naik’s first public appearance after maintaining a low profile since
the May elections, which saw the downfall of the Barisan Nasional government
with whose leaders Naik had enjoyed close ties, and was granted permanent
and his wife Farhat, who have been living in Malaysia amid an investigation by
authorities in India over accusations of money laundering and promoting
terrorism, will be speaking at mosques, Islamic centres and universities in the
tour is organised by One Centre Malaysia, a Perlis-based organisation headed by
Muslim activist Zamri Vinoth, who is a staunch supporter of state mufti Mohd
Asri Zainul Abidin.
other bodies involved are the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council,
as well as the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim).
has been among Naik’s biggest defenders amid accusations that the preacher, who
is accused of promoting Salafism – a controversial strand of Islam that is
promoted in Saudi Arabia – is a threat to Malaysia’s racial harmony.
has riled up moderate Muslims as well as non-Muslim groups in Malaysia over his
speeches on comparative religion. Early this year, a suit by Hindu rights body
Hindraf against the previous government for protecting Naik was thrown out by
the High Court.
DELHI: The government on Friday made it clear that though retired diplomats
were asked to attend the 'Moscow Format' meeting on Afghanistan in Russia, but
it never meant that India is trying to engage with the Taliban.
Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha and former high commissioner to
Pakistan TCA Raghavan attended the meeting.
did we say that they will hold discussions with the Taliban? We have only said
that as per a considered decision by the government, we will participate in the
meeting at a non-official level,'' said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
government had apparently sought the view of the Afghan government before
deciding to send its representatives. While the Afghan government skipped the
meeting, the Afghan High Peace Council attended the Moscow gathering. Sources
here said the Afghan government was comfortable with India's decision to
participate in the meeting.
sources said Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in Bhimber Gali sector
targeting paramilitary personnel manning forward posts, in which one jawan was
wounded. He was rushed to the Command Hospital in Udhampur and is now in a
an Indian Army soldier who had sustained a mysterious bullet injury at a camp
in Narain village along the JammuPoonch highway on Thursday, succumbed during
treatment later that evening at the Army Hospital in Rajouri district.
Greater Noida Police has closed the missing person’s report filed at Knowledge
Park police station two weeks ago, in connection with the disappearance of
19-year-old Sharda University student Ahtisham Bilal. Police said they had
concluded after investigation that Ahtisham left Delhi on October 28 willingly
and the last place he was found active, as per his call details records, was
scanned CCTV footage and questioned people to trace his whereabouts. We found
that Ahtisham left the city on his own accord and the case now falls under
J&K Police jurisdiction owing to his last location. Our team returned from
Srinagar after handing over the case,” SP (Rural) Vineet Jaiswal said.
a first-year student of medical imaging technology at Sharda University, went
missing from the campus on October 28. According to police, his last traced
location, at 2.30 pm the same day, was in Srinagar.
weeks before his disappearance, Bilal was allegedly beaten up by a group
following tensions between Afghan and Indian students on the campus.
militants ready to join mainstream, Senate panel told
Balochistan Frontier Corps DIG Brig Rizwan Baig claimed on Thursday that
majority of the people [involved in militancy in the province], after having
rejected anti-state elements’ propaganda, were willing to join the mainstream
and, for this purpose, they needed government help for better facilities and
chances of livelihood.
the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, which met at the Parliament House,
Brig Rizwan, in response to a question about unrest in Balochistan, said that
before the FC was deployed, there were lots of issues, but now the situation
had started improving.
said that the FC had in a bid to help the locals constructed several shops and
handed them over to the locals free of cost for doing business, while several
other such steps were being taken.
said that the FC had proposed a date processing plant in Punjgur, while several
development works had also been carried out, such as hospitals and schools for
Rizwan said that the insurgency in Balochistan had the support of vested
further said that the FC, despite limited capacity, had been providing security
to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects and pilgrims and making
efforts to minimise the effect of Baloch militants’ propaganda and reject the
insurgents’ anti-state narratives.
also briefed the committee on FC’s organisational structure, achievements and
budgetary provisions for enhancing its capacity as well as new and old
his presentation, Brig Rizwan told the committee that the FC needed a Cessna
aircraft for operational exigencies such as recce, internal security operations
and causality evacuation.
committee meeting, presided over by Senator Rehman Malik and attended by, among
others, senators Kulsoom Parveen, Javed Abbasi, Asad Junejo, Rana Maqbool and
Shibli Faraz, appreciated the performance of the FC and observed that for
countering terrorism, the measures taken by the FC and other law enforcement
agencies were highly commendable.
committee recommended early release of funds for FC’s projects and called upon
the government to provide the paramilitary force modern equipment and helicopter
on an urgent basis as it was in need of a helicopter to monitor large areas in
Balochistan. The committee also recommended fencing of of the Iran-Pakistan
committee took notice of closure of flight operations from several cities of
Balochistan and directed the Civil Aviation Authority to submit a report in
this regard, as the committee members said that it was the right of the people
of Balohistan to avail flight facilities in their native areas.
committee also took notice of hacking of banking data and directed FIA
cybercrime director retired Capt Mohammad Shoaib to submit a report on the
issue at the next meeting. The FIA official said that his agency was in touch
with the State Bank and the committee would be informed about the outcome of
meetings between the two sides.
committee chairman said that the Senate panel would be soon calling a meeting
with representatives of banks, the FIA and State Bank.
response to a question asked by Senator Javed Abbasi, the special secretary of
the interior rejected media reports that the Christian woman recently acquitted
of a blasphemy charge by the Supreme Court had left the country.
official told the committee that Aasia Bibi was in the country and her name had
not been placed on the Exit Control List nor the government wanted to do so.
At least one person was killed and four others injured in a motorcycle bomb
explosion on Friday.
district administration said that the incident took place in village Eidak of
Tehsil Mir Ali in North Waziristan district when explosives planted in a motorcycle
injured were shifted to Miranshah hospital where some were shifted to District
Headquarters Hospital Bannu.
personnel cordoned off the area after the blast and launched a search
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday stayed the release of 73 terror suspects,
suspending a Peshawar High Court (PHC) verdict setting aside their convictions
that had been awarded by military courts
two-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Azmat Saeed also ordered the jail
superintendent to halt the release of the accused.
accused had received varying sentences, including death, in a number of cases.
The PHC had recently overturned the military court sentences on the basis of a
lack of evidence. The Defence Ministry had subsequently filed appeals against
the PHC’s decision.
the top court heard an appeal challenging the suspension on Friday, Additional
Attorney General (AAG) Sajid Ilyas Bhatti contended the possibility that the
high court “had not examined the facts properly” and added that the suspects
had been charged with serious terror-related crimes.
requested the court to restore the sentences so that the judicial process is
apex court responded by staying the high court’s judgement and barred jail
superintendents from releasing the convicts.
hearing was adjourned for an indefinite period of time.
in November, the SC restrained authorities from releasing over 70 individuals
who were convicted by military courts on the charge of militant activities.
Ministry of Defence had filed an appeal against the PHC verdict that set aside
convictions of 73 persons convicted by military courts on terrorism charges,
including suicide attacks and killing of law enforcement personnel and
Bhatti had appeared before the bench and stated that the cases which have been
dealt under Army Act could not be considered through ordinary laws, adding that
the PHC while deciding the matter overlooked certain principles.
a brief hearing, the bench restrained the federal government to release
individuals. The bench while issuing notices to respondents has adjourned the
hearing for an indefinite period.
is pertinent to note that PHC suspended the convictions awarded by military
courts in various cases. The chief of the army staff had confirmed the death sentence
of the convicts, however, the families of the convicts had challenged the order
in the court which stayed their execution.
the end of the three-day hearing on Oct 18, the court had accepted the
petitions filed mostly by close relatives of the military court’s convicts
majority of whom were sentenced to death on account of different acts of
bench observed that the entire judicial confessional statements recorded in
Urdu were ‘in one and the same handwriting and in one specific tone/style’.
is admitted at the bar that for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa there were in all three
Field General Court Martial courts and each and every document on file would
show that all the three courts were functioning on one and the same pattern not
even a single accused has deviated differently to the questions put on him,” it
bench said the questions put to all accused were same with exactly the same
answers in all cases also for the purpose of engaging a private counsel. “The
same format would reflect there were planned proceedings in all the said three
Different organisations and educational institutions Friday arranged seminars
and other functions in the provincial capital and elsewhere in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa to mark the birth anniversary of the National Poet Allama Mohammad
seminar was held at the Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar. Faculty
members, staff and students attended the seminar. Director of the centre Prof
Dr Fakhrul Islam was the keynote speaker.
highlighted various aspects of Iqbal’s personality especially his political and
Fakhrul Islam said that Allama Iqbal not only occupied key positions in All
India Muslim League but was elected member of the Punjab Legislative Assembly.
said the greatest contribution of Allama Iqbal was his 1930 address of
Allahabad wherein he presented a roadmap for autonomy and ultimate freedom of
Indian Muslims. He urged the young generation to study Iqbal’s thoughts and
vision. Al-Khidmat Foundation arranged a function at a local hotel to mark the
birthday anniversary of the great thinker and poet.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday said
the release of Aasia Bibi in the blasphemy case was the outcome of immense
was speaking at the Ulema conference in Chakdara in Lower Dir district. "I
stand by my claim that Imran Khan is an agent of Jews and today all other
political parties are backing my claim," the JUI-F chief said.
leaders Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, Mufti Kifayatullah, Maulana Rahat Hussain,
Maulana Gul Rahim, Maulana Rashid Mehmood, Mufti Fazal Ghafoor, Hafiz Hussain
Ahmad, Maulana Zahid and Maulana Imran Hilali, Pakistan People's Party's former
lawmaker Bakht Baidar, Jamaat-e-Islami's former provincial minister Muzaffar
Sayyid, Awami National Party's Hussain Shah Yousafzai and Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz's Nadeem Khan and others attended the convention.
Maulana, who is also president of the five-party religio-political alliance,
Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), said inflation had broken all previous records
and those who had announced to create 10 million new jobs had defamed the
country by begging around the world.
JUI-F leader said the PTI government was the creation of rigging as the mandate
of the political parties was stolen. "It isn't acceptable to us," he
said that many Western countries and the US had lauded the Supreme Court
verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi in the blasphemy case and releasing her.
"Our struggle would continue until the government that was formed with the
help of the Jewish lobby was shown the door," Maulana Fazlur Rehman said.
said people were ready to take to streets for sake of the dignity of Holy
Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) as it was part of the Muslims'
faith."We have no enmity with Europe and the US but we are opposing them
because they want to strip Pakistan of its Islamic identity," the JUI-F
head said. He claimed they were striving to defend the constitution and
sovereignty of the country.He said Prime Minister Imran Khan deceived the nation
particularly the youth by promising to create 10 million jobs and constructing
five million houses.
Maulana said the Pakistani rupee depreciated in value against the US dollar and
this triggered inflation in the country. "Imran Khan had gone to China
with a begging bowl but the Chinese government gave him nothing. We should not
expect any good from the government that was formed on the basis of
rigging," he stressed.
The police has collected the fingerprints of three separate individuals and a
bloodstained kurta, among other evidence, from the scene of Maulana Samiul
said the police were unable to establish who hung the kurta in the bathroom,
from where it was recovered, and are waiting for a forensic laboratory report
that they believe will help them solve the murder case.
also believe that the fingerprints will help them ascertain the number of
individuals present in the room.
than 25 different samples collected from the scene of the murder have been sent
to the laboratory.
said the police have also been questioning people who had been in telephonic
contact with Haq during the last month, or if they had been called by Haq
have also been working on mobile phone calls made by Haq’s secretary Ahmed
Shah, although Mr Shah has not been formally interrogated by the police so far.
one has been accused in the FIR registered with Airport police regarding the
murder by the complainant. This is contrary to normal practice, as several
people are usually nominated in murder cases.
investigating police officer said the complainant may nominate someone, as the
investigation into murder cases is launched after the forensic laboratory’s
Ghias Gul Khan, who was recently posted senior superintendent of police (SSP)
investigation Rawalpindi and was leading the investigation in Haq’s murder, has
been transferred and posted as principal of the Rawalpindi Police Training
Abdullah Khan Niazi, currently posted as the SSP operations Gujranwala, has
been transferred to Rawalpindi as the SSP investigation. Saqib Sultan Al
Mehmood, who was awaiting posting, has been posted as SSP operations
Journalists marched from Karachi Press Club to Governor House on Friday and
staged a protest against trespassing of KPC by armed men of a security agency
in plain clothes and vowed to “resist attempts to harass free media”.
by KPC president Ahmed Malik and secretary Maqsood Yousufi, the journalists
carried placards and chanted slogans to deplore Thursday night’s incident in
which armed men in plain clothes entered Karachi Press Club and harassed
to a statement issued by the club’s office-bearers, the armed men entered KPC
at 10:30pm, harassed journalists, searched different rooms, kitchen, the
building’s upper floor and the sports hall. They forcibly made videos and took
pictures with mobile cameras.
incident drew indignation from the journalist fraternity. A large number of
them attended a meeting at the club on Thursday and later marched to Governor
House to lodge their protest.
Governor Imran Ismail met the club’s office-bearers and assured them of his
support for a free media.
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists expressed concern over the incident and
in a statement termed it an attempt to harass the media.
the PFUJ make it clear to such elements that journalists cannot, and will not,
be cowed down by such tactics aimed at controlling the media,” the statement
quoted PFUJ President Afzal Butt and Secretary General Ayub Jan Sarhandi as
saying. “If such elements or institutions think that journalists will back out
from their struggle for a free media and the right to expression, they are
Sindh government has confirmed that the armed men who had intruded into the
club were associated with a law enforcement agency, but it said the move was a
result of “some misunderstanding”.
initial inquiry into the episode has revealed that the law enforcers went there
[Karachi Press Club] due to some technical problems with their GSM locator. It
all happened due to some misunderstanding,” Murtaza Wahab, adviser to the Sindh
chief minister on information, said in a statement on Friday.
Amir Ahmed Shaikh, the Karachi police chief, told Dawn that he had ordered an
inquiry into the incident and assigned South SSP Pir Muhammed Shah for the job.
The SSP has already visited the KPC and met its office-bearers, he added.
senior police officer informed the office-bearers of the KPC about the actual
situation and the journalists were satisfied with the version given to them by
police,” said the city police chief.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar has been
stripped of his basic membership of the party, it was announced on Friday.
decision to expel Sattar from the party was taken at a meeting of the MQM-P
coordination committee, chaired by convener and federal minister Dr Khalid
Maqbool Siddiqui, in Karachi.
committee during the meeting was briefed about the show-cause notice that was
issued to Sattar for "frequent violation of party discipline" and the
reminder that was sent to him after the senior leader failed to respond to the
all details, the coordination committee has unanimously decided to strip Dr
Farooq Sattar of the party's basic membership for his serious violations of
party discipline and constitution, grouping within the organisation and other
serious party violations," said a statement issued by the committee.
coordination committee has directed all workers not to maintain any sort of
contact with Dr Farooq Sattar from today onwards. Strict action will be taken
against those who violate [this directive]."
the announcement, a meeting has been called at the PIB Colony residence of
to Kashif Khan, a member of the ‘organisation restoration committee’ (ORC)
formed by Dr Sattar last month, workers have been instructed to gather at
Sattar's residence, where the former convener will announce his strategy for
decision to expel Dr Sattar comes over a week after he was formally removed
from the party’s top decision-making forum by his rivals as they accepted the
resignation he had tendered as a member of the coordination committee in
Sattar was removed from the committee a day after he formed a parallel body — the
organisation restoration committee — against the coordination committee and
announced launching a struggle to reorganise the MQM-P on ideological grounds.
in the party
in the party had emerged on February 5 over the distribution of tickets to
party candidates for the March 11 Senate elections. Dr Sattar, then convener of
the party, insisted on giving a ticket to Kamran Tessori despite strong
the differences caused the party to split into Bahadurabad and PIB factions. Dr
Sattar was removed from the post of convener and Dr Siddiqui took his place.
Four months later, both the factions reunited to contest the July 25 elections.
September 13, Dr Sattar — who lost the general elections on two National
Assembly seats — resigned from the membership of the coordination committee and
on October 12 he held a press conference and demanded intra-party elections and
warned that he would work for an MQM-Nazriati [ideological] if his demands were
Pakistan favours an intra-Afghan agreement to the end the Afghan conflict, a
senior Pakistani diplomat told representatives of regional countries, the
United States and Taliban political envoys in Russia.
head of the Taliban delegation, Sher Abbas Stanekzai, in his address laid out
the demand for the US forces to immediately leave Afghanistan, according to a
three-member Pakistani delegation was led by Additional Secretary at the
Foreign Office, Muhammed Aejaz, who said at the conference, “an intra-Afghan
agreement on ending the conflict and initiating meaningful reconciliation can
lay the foundation for a peace process to take shape, around which regional and
international guarantees and support could ultimately coalesce to form a
long-term sustainable solution.”
from 11 countries, including the US, attended the Moscow-format consultations
that were held at a time when representatives of the Taliban and the US have
held two meetings in Qatar over the past four months.
Khalilzad, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador,
has embarked on a visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and
Qatar with an interagency delegation from November 8-20, the US State
will meet with Afghan government officials and other interested parties to
advance the goal of an intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations that include the
Taliban and lead to a sustainable peace. A sustainable peace requires that all
Afghans have a say in their country’s future, said the statement, posted
said Pakistan believes that there is no military solution available and only a
political solution, fully cognizant of and responsive to the hard core
socio-cultural, political and economic realities of Afghanistan, can restore
peace in the country.
must admit that it remains a difficult goal to achieve because it demands
flexibility from all sides, especially on the hardened positions and stances,
and a willingness to negotiate without pre-conditions, so that new ideas and
peace efforts could find greater space to emerge and steer the Afghan peace
process,” he went on to say.
of the High Peace Council Haji Din Muhammad shook hands with leader of the
Afghan Taliban Qatar office Abbas Stanekzai during the meeting.
HPC delegation told the Taliban representatives that it is ready for peace
discussed the subject of direct talks with the Taliban and asked them to choose
the place and the starting time,” said Ehsan Tahiri, High Peace Council
spokesman, according to Russia’s RIA news agency.
text of Aejaz’s address to the conference released by the Foreign Office shows
that he argued that time has come for all stakeholders to directly and clearly
engage among one another to understand each other’s positions and concerns for
making such discussions purposeful.
said Pakistan’s desire to see complete peace and stability in Afghanistan
emanates from a number of factors including its unique geographic position and
border with Afghanistan; “The heavy price we have paid due to unabated conflict
in the country for 40 years; the resultant security concerns and a realisation
that peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan is critical for Pakistan’s
own stability and progress.”
reminded the delegates that Pakistan has also kept urging all stakeholders over
the years to work together for creating favorable conditions for a
result-oriented peace process, as no single country has the ability to help in
breaking the existing stalemate in Afghanistan.
an approach is also necessary to cater the concerns and individual perspectives
of immediate neighbors of Afghanistan, who have been most affected by the
conflict. This is important for long-term sustainability of a solution agreed
by the Afghans among themselves,” he insisted.
reiterating Pakistan’s stated position that providing an enabling environment
for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan remains a shared responsibility,
adding Pakistan remains ready to wholeheartedly play its part in making this
collective strategy a success.
Russian foreign ministry said earlier that invitations to attend the event had
been sent to participating countries – Afghanistan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the
of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai had made a decision to send a
delegation of the Afghanistan High Peace Council, which is mandated to hold
peace negotiations with the Taliban.
the first time, a delegation of the Taliban’s political office in Doha, Qatar,
took part in an event of this kind.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov
and special Representative of the Russian President on Afghanistan Amb. Zamir
Kabulov also joined the delegates.
Jewish leader slams attacks against mosques
prominent German Jewish leader on Friday expressed alarm over growing
intolerance and violence against religious minorities, immigrants and asylum
seekers in the country.
a scandal that more and more mosques are vandalized by hate slogans or attacked
on a massive scale,” said Josef Schuster, head of Germany's Central Council of
made the remarks at a ceremony held in a Berlin synagogue, marking the 80th
anniversary of Kristallnacht, a wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms in 1938.
expressed concern over the rise in xenophobic attacks in recent years, which
often targeted Jews, Muslims, immigrants and refugees.
things happening in Germany in 2018 are a shame for our country,” he said.
accused the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) for inciting hatred
against asylum seekers and Muslims.
are the spiritual arsonists,” he said.
has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred of migrants in recent years
triggered by a propaganda from far-right and populist parties, which have
exploited fears over the refugee crisis and terrorism.
950 Muslims and Muslim institutions were attacked in 2017, according to the
least 33 Muslims were injured in these attacks, which included assaults against
Muslim women wearing headscarves and attacks against mosques and other Muslim
official under probe over social media post associating Muslim call to prayer
are investigating a top city official in southern Sweden over Islamophobic
remarks he made on social media.
Larsson, vice mayor of the southern coastal city of Karlskrona, is accused of
committing a hate crime in a post he shared on social media last year.
Facebook, arguing that Karlskrona should not allow the adhan, or the Muslim
call to prayer, to be broadcast over speakers, Larsson wrote: "Allahu
Akbar will echo through the skies of Karlskrona in the same way Islamists shout
it when blowing themselves up."
Manhammar, a Social Democratic Party MP, filed the criminal complaint against
Larsson, and local daily Blekinge Lans reported that the regional prosecutor's
office began an investigation.
a member of the conservative Swedish Democrats, argued that he had not insulted
Islam or Muslims.
British police have warned a Saudi dissident of a “life-threatening danger,”
saying that he was placed under its protection.
London-based Saudi opponent was quoted by BBC-Arabic on Tuesday night as saying
that the UK police placed him under tight protection after being warned of a
police refused to comment on the incident.
Saudi opponent, who was not named for security reasons, affirmed that he was
placed under tight protection for all the day hour after UK police realized
last week a danger threatening his life.
Saudi opponent, who has been an asylum seeker in London for several years, was
subjected to numerous threats and physical assaults.
told BBC-Arabic that the security threats were monitored by the British
counterterrorism unit via the communications intercept programs.
Saudi opponents have left Saudi Arabia towards Western countries, flying from
the Kingdom’s restrictions. However, Saudi authorities denied the claims,
affirming Riyadh's commitment to human rights values.
authorities didn’t comment on the story till Friday.
police warning came more than a month after the Saudi journalist Jamal
Khashoggi, who was critical of the Saudi crown prince, was strangled and
dismembered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 by a 15-member
observers, including some prominent US lawmakers, suspect Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman had some role in ordering the murder. Turkish officials
have also suggested that the orders came from the highest levels of the Saudi
royal family, but Ankara has repeatedly said it does not believe the crown
prince's father, King Salman, was behind the killing.
UK-Saudi Arabian relationship is seen in Whitehall as a diplomatic, security
and economic necessity.
UK has as many as 100 military personnel in Riyadh, partly reflecting a
military but also an intelligence relationship that stretches back to before
the Second World War.
the importance of Saudi trade for the economy is hotly disputed with critics of
Riyadh claiming it is exaggerated, or focused on specific industries, such as
arms production for which alternative export markets could be found.
of the Saudi relationship claim that as Riyadh seeks to diversify out of oil
and military equipment, the UK is well-placed to secure deals in green energy,
health, education and infrastructure. The agreed goal signed in March by the
crown prince during his visit to London is £65 billion ($90 billion) of mutual
trade and investment.
sold £6.2 billion worth of goods and services to Saudi Arabia in 2016. Much of
this trade has a bias towards defense, an industry that employs 2.5 million people
in the UK.
has suspended new licenses for arms exports to Saudi Arabia following the
killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey and
Riyadh’s campaign against Yemen that has been devastating the poor country
since March 2015.
have decided that in the present situation we will not give new licenses for
the export of defense material or multipurpose goods for military use to Saudi
Arabia," Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said in a statement
decision was made after "a broad assessment of recent developments in
Saudi Arabia and the unclear situation in Yemen," according to a statement
by the foreign ministry.
foreign ministry spokesman declined to say whether the decision was partly
motivated by the killing of Khashoggi in Istanbul on October 2.
month, Germany said it would suspend arms exports to Riyadh until clear
explanations were made about the murder.
has already summoned Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to protest Khashoggi's killing.
European Commission said Friday they are discussing a joint stance for Saudi
Arabia following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
any case, the member states are in contact with one another,” commission
spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said, in a daily press briefing in Brussels.
added that the joint stance would be taken once the results of the investigation
into Khashoggi's murder are revealed.
a columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi
Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
weeks of denying involvement, the kingdom admitted that Khashoggi had been
killed at the consulate but claimed that the Saudi royal family had no prior
knowledge of a plot to murder him.
far, 18 people, including security officers, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia
in connection with the murder.
week, Turkish prosecutors announced their preliminary findings, saying
Khashoggi was strangled to death in a premeditated killing soon after he
entered the consulate.
Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office said Khashoggi's body was disposed of
after being dismembered.
and Britain must strengthen their military and security ties to tackle the
growing threat from terrorism with a depleted ISIS still posing a threat for
years to come, a former British head of Nato and an ex-French premier have
from the two countries travelled to fight for ISIS in greater numbers than from
any other European Union nation, underscoring the threat to security
cooperation caused by Britain’s decision to leave the 28-nation bloc, they said
in a report.
Robertson, a former Nato secretary general, and French ex-premier Bernard
Cazeneuve, warned that the 114-year military alliance between the two countries
had been weakened in the face of emerging threats from terrorism, cyber
espionage and instability in the Middle East.
future of Franco-British cooperation is precious but has never been so
precarious in the face of the emergence of new threats, American isolationism
and Brexit,” according to the report published by French think tank Institut
Montaigne and King’s College London.
countries are vulnerable to further attacks – each was hit by five in 2017 –
after an estimated 2,000 nationals combined from both countries travelled to
Syria and Iraq.
Islamist-inspired extremism poses an immediate and significant danger to both
countries,” the report said. “Returning foreign fighters will likely continue
to spread their message, both during and following custodial sentences –
prisons are, after all, noted hotbeds of radicalisation.”
and Britain currently share data on security threats and investigations through
European institutions but the collaboration is threatened by the fallout from
the decision by UK voters in 2016 to leave the European Union.
report was released as the countries’ leaders, prime minister Theresa May and
president Emmanuel Macron, met in France with a deadline fast approaching to
strike a deal to ensure continued trade and security cooperation after Brexit.
May, in France to honour the war dead from the First World War from both
countries, said the visit was an opportunity to reflect on past battles but
also to look to a shared future “built on peace, prosperity and friendship”.
two countries agreed deals in 2010 to run joint military operations and to
cooperate more closely in nuclear development and through defence industry
projects. But a joint rapid-response unit is not expected to be ready until
2020 and the two countries face potential friction over attempts to sell rival
fighter aircraft in Middle Eastern markets, the report said.
our view, competition for exports – particularly when defence budgets are tight
– is likely to reduce incentives to cooperate on developing major weapons
systems,” the report said.
sees the US as its main ally and could distance itself further from Europe
after Brexit to try to broker new global alliances.
Islam terror attack strikes Melbourne’s Bourke Street
Khalif Shire Ali, the terrorist who drove a burning ute into the heart of
Melbourne’s Bourke Street yesterday and stabbed three people, killing one, had
links to Islamic extremists, was a person of interest to Victoria Police and
was known to federal intelligence agencies.
of premises were made in Melbourne suburbs this morning, including of a house
where family .
killer — confirmed by police today as Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, aged 30 — was
shot in the chest at close range by police after his ute, full of gas cylinders,
exploded on Bourke Street near the mall.
Ali stabbed three men, with a man in his 70s dying at the scene and two others
recovering in Royal Melbourne Hospital. The dead victim has been identified as
a co-owner of the long-established coffee house Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar,
Sisto Malaspina. The older injured man has been named as Rod Patterson, a
businessman from Tasmania.
Weekend Australian understands police will investigate whether Shire Ali, who
died in Royal Melbourne Hospital last night, had links to Islamic extremism and
radicalised members of the Somali community.
police said they had spoken with the wife of the offender.
Counter Terrorism Team investigators are executing search warrants at two
addresses in Werribee and Meadows Heights this morning,’’ a police statement
information will be provided when it’s appropriate to do so.’’
Herald Sun reported that police had been standing guard at a Werribee home
since about 8am and it was understood the attacker’s family were inside the
house and were co-operating with police.
Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said today on the Today Show that Shire
Ali’s car contained gas cylinders and it was believed he intended to cause an
looks like he’s attempted to ignite a fire in the car, we believe at this stage
with a view to igniting those canisters with some sort of explosion, but that
didn’t eventuate,” Commissioner Ashton said.
said Shire Ali was known to police and federal intelligence authority ASIO.
“He’s someone that was known to us,” he said.
he wasn’t someone we were actively monitoring to that level.”
asked if police should have shot Shire Ali in the leg rather than the chest,
Commissioner Ashton said police were trained to kill if they believed their
life or a member of the public’s life was at risk.
don’t train people to wound people with firearms,” he said. “You’re trained to
shoot to kill, not to shoot to wound.”
said police had worked through the night and did not believe there were any
ongoing threats to the public.
Ashton also said there was no suggestion that Shire Ali was inspired by James
“Dimitrious” Gargasoulas, who is on trial facing six charges of murder after
allegedly mowing down pedestrians in January 2017. Islamic State has claimed
responsibility for the attack.
commissioner confirmed yesterday the incident was terrorism and that Shire Ali,
who arrived in Australia from Somalia in the 1990s, had relatives who were
persons of interest to Victoria Police.
Ali, who had convictions for cannabis use and theft, was also known to federal
security agencies, he said. “We are treating this as a terrorism incident,” Mr
Ashton said. “In relation to that person, he is known to police. And he’s known
to police, mainly in respect to relatives he has that are certainly persons of
interest to us.
someone that accordingly is known both to Victoria Police and to the federal
Daniel Andrews said: “These are traumatic events, they are terrifying.”
he added: “We will not be defined by this.”
was a sentiment echoed by Scott Morrison, who said: “Australians will never be
intimidated by these appalling attacks.”
of stunned onlookers had watched as the tall, heavy-set man wearing a tunic
stumbled on to Bourke Street about 4.10pm, brandishing a large knife.
said the stabbing victim had approached the attacker after the ute mounted the
footpath. The victim was then fatally stabbed in the chest. Another victim
was reportedly stabbed in the neck.
police, with two civilian onlookers circling, then attempted to calm the
attacker but he lunged multiple times at an officer before his partner shot him
at close range in the chest. Two other rapid-response police pounced on the
man as blood from his wound poured on to the footpath.
was the third horrific police incident involving a vehicle and multiple
casualties in the centre of Melbourne in fewer than two years.
David Clayton said the first police on the scene had been confronted by the
man, as the four-wheel drive Holden Rodeo sat blazing on the opposite
they got out of the car, they were confronted by a man brandishing a knife and
threatening them,” he said. “At the same time, passers-by were calling out that
members of the public had been stabbed. Police shot the man.”
videos emerged on social media of the attacker lunging several times at
police officers, apparently with a knife, before the second officer shot him
at very close range. In the videos, one of the two civilians alongside the
police officers is seen trying to disable the man with a shopping trolley,
while the other is carrying a wooden chair.
footage shows the attacker being restrained by police, after being shot.
Footage taken before the attacker is shot shows the ute slowly progressing
down the Bourke Street hill, with its roof ablaze. The vehicle then mounts the
kerb and explodes in a ball of flames, sparking fears of a bomb. Alex
Dickinson, 33, was walking to the hairdresser on Bourke Street mall when he saw
a man approach the car.
bystander ... went to see if he was OK, then someone jumped out of the car and
he was carrying a knife,” Mr Dickinson said. “We looked up and saw a six-foot
black dude with no hair.”
Ana Kostakos told the Herald Sun: “Police tried hard to beat him down with a
baton but he wasn’t giving in, he wasn’t even running away — he was going
towards them. There was a guy with a shopping trolley trying to help but
everybody was running in all directions. People were trying to help victims
because he was just knifing at random.
security (guard) from the building next door was also stabbed, but I saw he was
sitting up so we know he survived.”
of Melbourne commerce student Daniel Rachvuch, 20, who narrowly survived the
Barcelona terror attack in August last year, said he was “ sitting 20m away
when I heard this explosion, and it was a car that was engulfed in flames”.
saw the driver nearby and “(he) was wielding a knife, running around the
police, tentatively looking at them before lunging at one of them, then
deciding to back off and run into a shop,” Mr Rachvuch told The Weekend
car was still raging with flames. He was yelling at the police officers, he
looked very distressed. I was in the terrorist attack in Barcelona when the
car missed me by a couple of metres; now in the Melbourne CBD, where you think
it would never happen.’’
Dickinson’s friend Tony Nguyen, 26, a radiography student, said the killer’s
weapon looked like a kitchen knife “and that’s when we ran”.
Villasin, 22, was finishing his shift at KFC on Bourke Street as the drama
and the managers ran out and that’s when we saw the car on fire and then we saw
the guy on the floor and we wanted to help,” Mr Villasin said.
were two blokes helping him out already — he was face-down (with) pools of
blood around his face.
pretty sure he got stabbed in the face.
really wanted to help but I was in shock, I didn’t know what to do. Because he
was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he’s all right. He was still
Somali-born man who set fire to a truck laden with gas cylinders in the centre
of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person was inspired by Islamic State but
did not have direct links with the group, Australian police said on Saturday.
identified the man responsible for Friday's attack as 30-year-old Hassan Khalif
Shire Ali and said he was radicalised and inspired by the militant group's
propaganda. He was shot by police and died in hospital.
said Shire Ali's Australian passport was cancelled in 2015 after an
intelligence report he planned to travel to Syria, but an assessment was made
that while he had radical views, he posed no threat to national security.
State had claimed responsibility for the attack, which came two days before
Remembrance Day, marking 100 years since the end of World War One, without
providing any evidence.
think it is fair to say he (Shire Ali) was inspired. He was radicalised,"
Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney told
reporters in Melbourne.
not saying there was direct contact. We're saying it was more from an inspiration
perspective." Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the national terrorism
advisory remained at "probable", the midpoint of a five-tier system,
and told reporters in Sydney that radical Islam was the issue.
need to call it out. Radical, violent, extremist Islam that opposes our very
way of life. I am the first to protect religious freedom in this country, but
that also means I must be the first to call out religious extremism," he
attack began just before the evening rush hour and lasted only minutes. Shire
Ali stabbed bystanders and attacked police while his utility truck carrying
barbecue gas cylinders burned on busy Bourke Street. The cylinders did not
explode and the fire was put out in 10 minutes, by which point the attack was
over, though not before one man was fatally stabbed.
said he was a 74-year-old man who worked in the city, but did not release his
name. Local media identified him as a restaurant owner.
shouldn't happen in a city like Melbourne," one witness who had returned
to the scene on Saturday told Reuters, crying. "I just want to forget
it," she said.
posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed Shire Ali swinging a knife
at two police officers, while the truck burned in the background, before he
collapsed when one shot him in the chest.
state police said counter-terrorism investigators were searching two properties
in suburban Melbourne in connection with the attack, but there was no immediate
word on what the searches yielded.
one, a modest one-storey brick house on the city's western fringe, armed
officers wearing masks stood guard outside.
Street also reopened on Saturday morning, and a Reuters reporter said there was
an increased police presence in the area.
staunch US ally, Australia has been on alert for such violence after a Sydney
cafe siege in 2014, and its intelligence agencies have stepped up scrutiny.
Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said there was no warning of the
said there was no longer a threat to the public, but that security would be
boosted at horse races and Remembrance Day memorials over the weekend.
say Australia's vigilance has helped foil at least a dozen plots, including a
plan to attack Melbourne at Christmas in 2016 and a plan to blow up a flight
from Sydney to Abu Dhabi using a bomb disguised as a meat mincer.
don’t put the cart before the horse in divorce cases
only people who benefit in a divorce are the lawyers and the ex-husbands.
Divorce is a costly affair, but few Muslim women feel that they are given any
justice. For a Muslim woman who finds herself in this situation, divorce is a
protracted and costly matter. It wears one down and takes a toll on the
children. It is also cruel.
woman, Anita, gave up her fight for justice. This was after years of being let
down by the courts while trying to pursue alimony payments and maintenance for
when Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa announced
that ex-husbands who fail to pay nafkah (alimony) to their former wives and
maintenance to their children may have their bank accounts frozen, Anita’s
reaction was mixed.
one hand, Mujahid has given hope to the many divorced and abandoned Muslim
women who have been denied justice in the shariah system,” she said.
for many divorced women like me, it is too late. Of course we feel bitter that
successive governments have failed to look into our grouses.
is not we alone who suffered. Our children’s mental health and feelings were
also ignored by many people.”
Anita, there are sufficient laws in place, just that they are rarely enforced.
said the shariah courts she dealt with were unprofessional and incompetent.
were supposed to serve the court papers on my ex-husband, but when I turned up
for the hearing, they said they had failed to locate him. I doubt they tried
because I knew where he lived and worked and had given them his addresses.”
was a wasted day in court, she said.
paid a child minder and took the morning off from work to attend the hearing,
only to find that the court had failed to do its duty. They adjourned for a
month. My transport costs and the lawyer’s fees mounted.”
said when she next attended court, her ex-husband had still not yet turned up.
court said they would send the police to look for him, and if he did not turn
up at the following court date, he would be arrested.
I turned up a month later for the scheduled court date, the court had failed to
inform the police to look for him. It was adjourned again, for another month.
Who reimburses my transport and lawyer’s fees, as well as for the child
said the entire episode took about 18 months to settle.
court work grinds to a halt during Ramadan. My ex-husband employed more delay
tactics but in the end, the court decided that he owed me and my two children
alimony amounting to about RM60,000.
was told that the RM30,000 which he withdrew from our joint bank account, which
was a present from my mother for my ASB, would have to be recovered through a
the end, he avoided jail by agreeing to the payment, but he only made three
payments on time. Then the payments were delayed and after six months, they
dried up. He claimed that he was unemployed.
lawyer suggested that his assets be seized, but I would have to initiate a new
case for this. Also, he made himself scarce and his parents refused to divulge
his whereabouts so that fresh papers could be served on him. I also found that
his house deeds had been transferred to his brother’s name.
this time, I was physically and mentally exhausted as my son had to take his
examinations to qualify as a Mara boarder. So I simply gave up. I cut my
losses, paid off the lawyers, and just began afresh.”
divorced woman said: “We both had good jobs, but I sacrificed my career to
bring up our children, two of whom are special needs, so he could concentrate
on his career. When we divorced, my ex-husband told his lawyer to tell me to
walked out of our marriage when he met a girl who was young enough to be his
daughter. It would take years for me to retrain, and I would be competing with
people who are in their 20s. Moreover, the children are still young and need
week, Mujahid said many divorced women are not given alimony or child support,
especially as many ex-husbands neglect their responsibilities towards their
former wives and children.
said, “We need a bit of authority to act against husbands who do not pay
alimony to their former wives. Many ex-wives have no place to forward their
complaints, and there are flaws from an enforcement point of view.”
prevention is better than cure. Right now, Mujahid is trying to sort out the
mess created after divorce. Why not tackle marital laws instead of the tail end
of a messy marriage?
month, Perak state executive councillor Asmuni Awi announced that the state
government planned to amend Section 23 of the Islamic Family Enactment (Perak)
2004. The move would make it easier for Muslim men to enter into polygamous
August 2017, a new law in Kedah legalised polygamous marriages, allowing Muslim
husbands to marry without permission from the first wife. Kelantan had a
similar plan to make it easier for Muslim men to marry in the state instead of going
make it easier for men to have a polygamous marriage? The common factor in most
failed marriages is that the men forget all their responsibilities when they
divorce. They fail to pay alimony, and they fail to make maintenance payments
for their children.
addition to freezing their bank accounts, Mujahid should ensure that shariah
laws are standardised throughout Malaysia, and reform marital laws so that men
do not think that marrying again is as easy as making babies.
(ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Husnan Bey Fananie launched
a research along with lecturers and researchers from University of Indonesia`s
Faculty of Cultural Sciences Maman S. Mahayana, Ali Akbar, Bastian Zulyeno,
Ghilman Assilmi, and Chaidir Ashari.
research covers the history of the entry of Islam in the Archipelago from the
Caucasus region, especially Azerbaijan.
the ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Azerbaijan, assisted by
lecturers and researchers from the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, University of
Indonesia will conduct a research on the history of the entry of Islam in
Indonesia," Ambassador Fananie told Antara via a short message service
received here, Saturday.
ambassador elaborated that the study will explore the cultural similarities
found in Indonesia and Azerbaijan.
similarity of material cultures in both countries show the possibility of the
influence of the Caucasus in the process of the entry of Islam into the
archipelago," Ambassador Fananie stated.
Zulyeno, who had conducted a preliminary study some time ago, believes there is
a connection between the people of Azerbaijan and Indonesia, as is apparent
from the similarity of ancient gravestones found in both countries.
Indonesia, the ancient gravestones were found in Barus in North Sumatra and
have conducted field observations in the Sundu and Maraza areas in Azerbaijan.
The ancient tombs in Barus and Aceh have the same shape and characteristics as
those found in the two areas in Azerbaijan," Zulyeno explained.
added that in terms of material culture, the tombs bore inscriptions and
symbols on the headstone, which were generally found on the tombs of Sufi
leaders and kings in Azerbaijan.
addition, the burials found in both areas are also located on top of the hill.
in Indonesia constitute the majority population in the country and also in the
world, but the history of the entry and development of Islam in the archipelago
is still debatable.
far, no agreement has been reached among historians regarding the early history
of the arrival of Islam in Indonesia and the original propagators of the
history of the entry of Islam into the Indonesian archipelago is divided into
first theory states that Islam spread to Indonesia in the 7th century AD,
thereby meaning that it was almost simultaneous with the expansion of the power
of the Islamic Caliphate under the rule of the Umayyad Caliphate (661-750 AD)
outside the Arab lands, now referred to as the Middle East.
Groeneveldt, T.W. Arnold, Syed Naquib Al-Attas, J.C. van Leur, Hamka, and Uka
Tjandrasasmita consider the first theory to be true.
the second theory states that the spread of Islam to the Indonesian archipelago
took place in the 13th century AD. It means that Islam spread to the
archipelago during the time of the Abbasid Caliphate (750-1258 AD) while ruling
in the Middle East.
Snouck Hourgronje, R.A. Kern, J.P. Moquette, and Haji Agus Salim were among the
followers of the second theory.
Fananie added that this research will produce a new paradigm on the history of
the entry of Islam into Indonesia. So far, the history on the arrival of Islam
in Indonesia is still biased and dominated by Gujarat and Middle East theories.
Gujarat theory states that the beginning of the entry of Islam in Indonesia was
not from Arab or Egyptian-African, but originated from Gujarat, India, around
the 13th century AD, carried by people having trade contacts with those in the
(ANTARA News) - Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has warned those
linking Islam to acts of terrorism, reiterating that the religion, currently
embraced by over two billion people worldwide, has nothing to do with this
crime against humanity.
basic argument is that Islam is "rahmatan lil alamin," or blessing
for the universe, and the acts of terrorists do not represent Islam at all.
Instead, the deeds of perpetrators have indeed tarnished the image of Islam.
Hence, they are, in fact, the real enemy of Islam.
Ryacudu emphasized while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a seminar
titled "Ensuring Regional Stability Through Cooperation on Counter
Terrorism" held as part of the 2018 Indo Defense and Forum in Jakarta on
Thursday supported the message of the Arab League leaders.
their 29th summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, last April, the Arab League
leaders, including King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, had
obviously rejected all endeavors to link terrorism to Islam.
clear message was then inserted into the Dhahran Declaration in which the Arab
League leaders attending the Dhahran Summit called on the international
community to prepare an acceptable definition on terrorism through the United
argued that terrorism has no religion. It possesses neither homeland nor
identity. In the Dhahran Declaration, the Arab League leaders acknowledged the
fact that terrorist groups were capitalizing on the rapid development of
various social media platforms to spread their views.
perpetrators also exploited various social media platforms for influencing the
hearts and minds of internet users, particularly youngsters, so that they can
someday be recruited to serve as suicide bombers and campaigners of radicalism
who have distorted Islam by linking their symbols, acts, and thoughts of
radicalism and terrorism to this peace-loving faith, such as the ISIS, should
be stopped through solid multilateral cooperation.
halting the spread of terrorism and countering the threats of this crime
against humanity, a collaboration involving all elements of community members
within a nation is also deemed necessary.
Defense Minister Ryacudu highlighted the importance of the people`s
participation in the war on terrorism and should not be ignored by taking into
account its important contribution through the deployment of satellites and
drones to detect the movements of suspected terrorists.
is not free from the real threats of terrorism. Despite the fact that it has
the world`s biggest Muslim population and is widely known as a staunch
supporter of the Palestinian people`s unfinished struggle for independence, it
shares the unfortunate fate of other countries.
has also become the target of attacks by terrorists since 2000, and the spread
of radicalism and terrorism continue to threaten the country until now. Last
May, a church in the East Java city of Surabaya was also attacked.
years ago, the ISIS supporters in Indonesia had launched a suicide bombing and
shooting attack in Jakarta on January 14, 2016, which led to the deaths of
eight people, including three innocent civilians.
incident has added to the list of deadly assaults carried out by terrorist
cells in Indonesia. From 2000 to 2012, more than a dozen attacks took place in
the capital city, including the Australian embassy bombing on September 9,
2004, and the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotel bombings on July 17, 2009.
the deadly terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center twin tower in New York
and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001, which triggered the
US-led invasions on Afghanistan and Iraq, Islamophobia has grown stronger.
then, the fear and hatred or prejudice against the Islamic religion or Muslims
seem to have gotten worse in the United States and several other parts of the
world as is partly observed from the use of pejorative words in media reports
and textbooks, such as "Islamist terrorism" and "radical
C. Zimmerman (2004:223) defined the word "Islamist," as everybody who
wishes to lead a country by adopting the sharia (Islamic law). Thus, the
definition that Zimmerman uttered in his article titled "Sayyid Qutb`s
Influence on the 11 September Attacks" (2004:222-252) is a clear evidence
of the vulnerability of Islam being linked to radicalism and terrorism.
fact, through the true history of Islam that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) and his companions practiced, Islam is absolutely a peace-loving and
anti-violent faith, but it admits to the existence of war as part of the fact
of human life (Abdalati, 1980:143).
Hammudah Abdalati (1980:143) argued that the war is not the goal of Islam and
character of Muslims. Instead, the justifiable war is the last resort, and it
will be opted, with so many strict conditions, if all endeavors to create peace
and prevent war have failed.
State Intelligence Agency (BIN) is dismissing suggestions that it was
responsible for getting firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab investigated by Saudi
authorities over the alleged installation of an extremist Islamist flag at his
house in Mecca.
is no evidence that BIN had installed the flag [at Rizieq's] house, let alone
took the picture [of the flag] and reported it to Saudi police," BIN
communications and information director Wawan Hari Purwanto said in a statement
the leader of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) who has been in self-exile in
Saudi Arabia, was recently questioned by local security authorities over
allegations that he was flying a black flag resembling that of extremist
Islamic groups behind his house.
said the accusations that the Indonesian spy agency orchestrated the incident
by installing the flag and reporting it to authorities were merely baseless
accusation that claimed BIN had orchestrated [Rizieq's] arrest was a
hoax," he said.
was detained at a nearby police station for a questioning about the flag on
Monday afternoon. The Indonesian consulate in Jeddah immediately provided him
legal assistance and he was released on bail at about 8 p.m. local time on
cleric is known to be one of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's
staunchest critics and an ally of presidential contender Prabowo Subianto.
said the spy agency never had any problem with Rizieq's political position.
"For BIN, there is no such thing as 'criminalization' because all
Indonesian citizens are equal before the law."
Arabia has banned the installation of flags and other materials resembling
those used by extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS) group.
has been in Saudi Arabia for more than a year. In September, the Indonesian
Embassy in Riyadh said the cleric had overstayed his visa in the country,
according to a statement issued in response to complaints from his supporters
who claimed that restrictions had been imposed on his activities in Mecca.
TOWN, Nov 9 — Penang allocated RM56.8 million for Islamic development in the
state under its Budget 2019.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (PH — Padang Kota) said the state will continue to
place emphasis on strengthening the institution of Islam in Penang through
various Islamic religious development programmes.
of the developments that were implemented included the construction of new
mosques in the state,” he said.
added that the state is also concerned with the development of Islamic
religious schools as is evidenced with the construction of a new Islamic
religious school in Masjid Seberang Perai Selatan and in Masjid Abdullah Fahim
which will be completed end of this year.
state government had also allocated RM5 million to build an Islamic Digital
Library in the state next year.
said the project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2019.
state government started phase two of its Penang Digital Library at a cost of
RM10.8 million this year and it is expected to be open for operations in
December this year.
will be building a RM4.6 million digital library in Butterworth and the
Butterworth Digital Library will be completed by October next year,” he said.
LUMPUR, Nov 9 — Umno will be joining rivals-turned-ally PAS in a protest
against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination (ICERD) in Pasir Salak, Perak this November 17, it said.
Malay nationalist party said it will be at the forefront of all anti-ICERD
campaigns, together with other NGOs that oppose the core human rights
asks the government to stop any efforts that will jeopardise the formulation of
the society today which have been built through mutual understanding because
the ratification of ICERD as it goes against our Constitution,” he told the
press after chairing the Umno supreme council at Menara Dato Onn here.
and PAS’ Youth wings had previously held a protest against ICERD together in
the capital of Kuala Lumpur.
did not elaborate on the issue of Constitution, but it is believed he was
referring to the special quotas for Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak
under Article 153.
the Malaysian Bar has explained today that Putrajaya will not violate the
Federal Constitution by ratifying ICERD, despite warnings by Malay-Muslim
said Article 1(4) of ICERD provides that “special measures”, including
affirmative action, are permissible, and this is reinforced in Article 2(2) of
pays Gaza salaries via Israel amid Fatah condemnation
civil servants in Gaza Strip which is under the control of Hamas movement
received salary payments, after a $15 milion Qatari cash infusion was handed to
Hamas with Israeli approval.
Palestinian Fatah movement headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the
move, saying Qatar was working to consolidate the Palestinian divide and that
Hamas is selling the Palestinian blood at a $15 milion price tag.
$15 million Qatari cash infusion which is the first of a total of $90 million
that would come into Gaza over the next six months with Israeli approval,
arrived via Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport, before it was transported
by land to Gaza Strip, in the car of Qatar’s ambassador to Gaza, Mohammed
al-Emadi, through the Erez crossing with Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza Strip.
media revealed that the lists of Palestinian civil servants who were paid, went
through “security screening” in Israel within a process agreed upon by the
Hamas’s political rivals, the Palestinian Authority and the Fatah movement
described the move as a “humiliating masquerade” and stressed that Hamas,
throughout the previous period, was circumventing the Palestinian cause under
the name of the “March of Return” and the “Resistance’s Weapons” with
occasional shelling exchanges on Gaza border with Israel every Friday since
last March, amid an Israeli blockade.
these slogans, weekly bloody marches were staged leading to the deaths of more
than 220 Palestinians by the Israeli forces over the last eight months.
the real goal of these marches, according to critics of Hamas, is to put
pressure to resolve the crisis of the salaries of thousands of Hamas members
working in the administrative apparatus in the Gaza Strip since the coup
against the Palestinian Authority.
a terrorist group in the West, Hamas has been under years of embargo by Israel
and neighboring Egypt. Hamas leaders said in the past they had received funds
from other countries, including Iran.
for Qatar were present at all 12 post offices across Gaza to monitor the salary
disbursements. Employees had to present their identity card and be
envoy’s convoy stoned
protestors stoned the Qatari ambassador’s convoy during his visit to Gaza on
Friday, as shown in a video that was widely shared on social media. Read more
employees exceed 40,000 person
has hired over 40,000 people in Gaza since 2007 but many appeared to have been
excluded from the list of payees.
told me they don’t have money for me,” one employee told Reuters on condition
that he would not be named. “Maybe Israel vetoed my name?”
from Hamas, Qatar and Israel have been largely silent about the details of the
Gaza payouts arrangement.
a member of right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security
cabinet played down their significance.
is not money that is going to Hamas activities. It is money that is going to
the salaries of civil servants, in an orderly, organized manner,” Environment
Minister Zeev Elkin told Tel Aviv radio station 102 FM.
accused Abbas, whose peace talks with Netanyahu stalled in 2014 and who is
boycotting the United States because of its pro-Israel policies, of cutting
salaries to “inflame Gaza, because he has not been successful on other fronts”.
Qataris came along and said: ‘We are willing to pay this instead of Abu Mazen
(Abbas), in order to calm Gaza down’. What does it matter who pays it?” Elkin
Abu Youssef, a member of the executive committee of the Abbas-led Palestine
Liberation Organization, criticised the move. “Arrangements through Qatar and
elsewhere prolong the crisis of Palestinian division,” Abu Youssef told
donation, as well as UN-Egyptian truce mediation and winter rains, have tamped
down the violence at the border, where Gaza medics say Israeli army fire has
killed more than 220 Palestinians since the protests began on March 30.
which says its lethal force prevents armed infiltration, has lost a soldier to
a Gaza sniper and tracts of forest and farmland to incendiary material flown
over the frontier on kites or helium balloons.
is one of the fruits of the ‘March of Return’,” Abraham Baker, a police officer
who received a full salary, said, using the Palestinian term for the protests,
which demand rights to lands lost to Israel’s in the 1948 war of its founding.
National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Friday that more sanctions were
possible on Iran just days after a new round of measures touted as the most
punishing ever on Tehran entered into force.
said two rounds of unilateral US sanctions introduced by President Donald Trump
in August and most recently on Monday had had a “quite significant” effect on
the Iranian economy and the country’s actions abroad.
think that you’re going to see even more sanctions coming into play over time
and much tighter enforcement of the sanctions,” Bolton told reporters in Paris.
what would be the target of the sanctions, he replied, “There are other things
we can do in the terrorism and counterterrorism area.”
International Monetary Fund forecasts that the sanctions will cause Iran’s
economy to contract 1.5 percent this year and 3.6 percent next year -- pain
that Trump has boasted about.
seen indications that it has affected their belligerent activity in Iraq, Syria
and Yemen. Not enough yet, but it’s beginning to have that effect,” Bolton
seen a continuation and exacerbation of political discontent inside Iran. That
opposition continues to manifest itself. Economically the Iranian currency is
going through the floor, inflation has quadrupled and the country is clearly in
recession.” He said “the objective is still to drive Iranians exports of oil to
zero” despite waivers given to the biggest buyers of Iranian oil, including
China, India and South Korea.
a letter to the UN Security Council, the Yemeni
government called on international communities to intervene and stop the
violations committed by Houthis who are using civilians as human shields in
to reports expressing concern over the militia’s ongoing horrific crimes,
thousands of schools were destroyed, children were forcibly recruited to join
Houthi forces, schools and hospitals are being used as military barracks, and
civilians continue to be terrorized.
letter cited the Houthi militia’s launch of a ballistic missile from inside the
largest all-girls school in Hodeidah.
Yemeni government urged the Security Council to intervene to stop the
humanitarian crimes carried out against innocent civilians, and the continuous
destruction of hospitals and schools.
Palestinian has been killed and over 35 others have been injured when Israeli
forces opened fire at protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip.
al-Qedra, the spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, Rami Qahman, 28,
succumbed to injuries he sustained during protests east of Rafah city earlier
to the report, six of the wounded were children while nine others were women.
have been running high near the fence between the besieged Gaza Strip and
Israeli-occupied territories since March 30, which marked the start of a series
of protests dubbed “The Great March of Return.” Palestinian protesters demand
the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
least 219 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since late March.
Nearly 22,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, on the eve of the 70th anniversary
of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US
embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
on Friday, a funeral was held for a young Palestinian man who was killed at the
hands of the Israelis.
A’ala Abou Sharbin, 20, was shot dead by Israeli troops during anti-occupation
rallies along the fence on Thursday.
Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has
caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of
unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
Israeli regime denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such
as freedom of movement, jobs with proper wages as well as adequate healthcare
lawmaker challenges party leader after debate on Muslim call to prayer
fire for his proposal to change the language of the Muslim call to prayer, a
Turkish main opposition lawmaker declared his intention to capture the party
know I’m getting ready for the chairmanship, you will see me as an
opponent," Öztürk Yılmaz, Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker for the
eastern Ardahan province, told reporters in parliament Nov. 9.
accused CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu of opposing him out of fear he would
attract more support.
remarks came after the CHP's announcement on Nov. 8 that he would face the
party's disciplinary committee for possible expulsion.
was referred to the committee because he appeared on television without
permission, in violation of party rules.
a recent appearance, Yılmaz argued that the Muslim call to prayer, or adhan,
should be changed from Arabic to Turkish.
remarks were slammed by the party administration as well as CHP lawmakers.
stressed that he was "backing up all the things" he said on the
program, adding that "our beautiful language should be spoken
1932 to 1950, in Turkey’s single-party era of CHP rule, the adhan was done in
Turkish, but then-Prime Minister Adnan Menderes ended the practice in 1950.
also criticized Kılıçdaroğlu’s actions during the night of the July 2016
said that he called Kılıçdaroğlu the night of the attempted coup -- July 16 --
and told him: "Give a [media] interview first, and you should condemn the
coup from the start."
Kılıçdaroğlu instead took hours to give an interview, said Yılmaz.
spent the night of the defeated coup in Istanbul, at the home of the mayor of
the Bakirkoy district.
Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah
Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Yemeni government forces backed by the Arab coalition launched a “vast
offensive” to take full control of Hodeidah on Friday.
internationally recognized government based in the southern city of Aden said
national army forces had advanced toward the north and western sides of the
battles are taking place at these moments,” the statement said.
total of 110 Houthi rebels have been killed in the last 24 hours of clashes in
Hodeidah along with 22 pro-government troops fighting to retake the port city,
AFP reported Friday.
latest deaths raised to 382 the number of fighters killed on both sides since
the battle for Hodeidah intensified on November 1.
offensive follows a week of fighting as pro-government troops advanced into the
Houthis have controlled Hodeidah since 2014 when they overran the capital Sanaa
and the north of the country.
have been driven out of virtually all of the south and much of the Red Sea
coast by pro-government forces and the Arab coalition, which intervened to
restore the government in 2015.
offensive comes as it emerged Donald Trump’s administration is thinking about
classifying the Iran backed Houthi militia as a terrorist organization, the
Washington Post reported.
move would be part of a US campaign to end the war in Yemen and put pressure on
terrorist classification, which would be made by the State Department, has been
discussed frequently since at least 2016. But the matter was reviewed recently
as the White House tries to outline a tough stance on Iranian-linked groups
across the Middle East, the newspaper reported.
variety of potential actions that could be taken against the Houthi militia,
including lesser measures to punish them, have been considered by the
a decision has not yet been made and it is unclear how far deliberations about
the terrorist classification had progressed.
agencies have warned that the fighting in Hodeidah could further exacerbate the
desperate humanitarian situation in the country.
United Nations’ refugee agency said on Friday that most of the 600,000
population of Hodeida has fled but expressed concern about those trapped in the
Arabia wants to deport hundreds of Muslim Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh
Arabia has been forcibly holding hundreds of ethnic Muslim Rohingya in various
detention centres after they had fled western Myanmar because of persecution.
Now Saudi authorities want to forcibly send them to Bangladesh.
to Middle East Eye, the planned deportations come after Saudi Arabia ordered
Bangladesh to take back more than a hundred Rohingya who came to the kingdom on
rights groups fear that once back in Bangladesh, they will be repatriated to
Myanmar where they risk more persecution or end up in inhumane refugee camps.
of the Rohingya came to Saudi Arabia in 2011 on the Hajj (pilgrimage) to Makkah
using fake passports.
recently, many fled violence in Myanmar at the hands of Buddhist majority –at
least 700,000 from Rakhine State since 2016 – hoping to find a job and rebuild
a life in the leading Sunni nation.
the past few months, Saudi authorities have begun cracking down on illegal
workers and immigrants without permits, including Rohingya.
detainees say they can prove their identities with their old Myanmar ID cards,
not those of Bangladesh, as evidence of their status as political refugees.
few Rohingya have faith in the repatriation process and many fear more
violence. “What will we do when we got to Bangladesh? We have no other choice
but to kill ourselves,” said one man.
view of the situation, various groups have appealed to the Saudi government to
stop the forced repatriations to Bangladesh.
latter began a few days after Saudi leaders, including Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman, met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during a visit to
Riyadh in mid-October.
this occasion, the crown prince praised Bangladesh’s development plan and its
response to the Rohingya crisis. He also called for closer military cooperation
between the two countries.
Rohingyas came to Saudi Arabia years ago with fake passports of various Asian
nations, like Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, hoping to rebuild
their lives and leave persecution and violence behind them.
dream ended when they were locked up in Jeddah’s Shumaisi detention centre
following raids by Saudi Immigration Department.
prison, they endure abuses and violence, their mobile phones seized.
Eyewitnesses cited by Middle East Eye said some were punched in the chest and
experienced other forms of torture to exhort confessions.
immigrants also have to sign a statement saying that they had “full mental
health” to consent to repatriation to Bangladesh.
far, neither the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry nor the Bangladesh ambassador to
Saudi Arabia (nor the Saudi authorities) have addressed the matter.
Arabia has not plan for refugees and asylum seekers and has not signed the 1951
Refugee Convention, which grants them the right to work, travel documents and
freedom of movement.
official: Taliban attacks kill 10 troops, 7 policemen
officials say Taliban attacks have killed at least 10 soldiers and seven
northern Takhar province, provincial police chief Abdul Rashid Bashir says the
Taliban targeted an army outpost in Khwaja Ghar district early on Friday,
triggering an hours-long gun battle before they were repulsed.
says at least 10 soldiers were killed and 12 were wounded. He says the Taliban
suffered “heavy casualties” but didn’t elaborate.
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for that attack.
western Farah province, the Taliban targeted police forces in the provincial
capital, Farah city, late on Thursday. Provincial council member, Abdul Samad
Salehi, says seven policemen died and three were wounded there.
clash broke out between the Taliban militants and the Afghan National Defense
and Security forces in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, leaving several
militants dead, including a commander of the Red Unit of Taliban.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said
Thursday the clash took place today morning at around 5:20am local time in
statement further added at least twenty militants were killed during the clash
with the security forces, including a Red Unit commandeer of the group.
the 209th Shaheen Corps said the identity of the slain Red Unit commander of
the Taliban has not been ascertained so far.
the meantime, the 209th Shaheen Corps said another commander of the Taliban
identified as Mullah Najibullah was among at least 13 militants who sustained
injuries during the clash.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan reacted to Moscow Summit regarding
the Afghan peace process, stating that the Afghan government hails any country
that supports Afghanistan in achieving peace and emphasizes on an Afghan-owned
and Afghan-led reconciliation process.
to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Moscow summit
has not been organized in continuation of the summits which were organized in
Moscow Format among the independent states.
statement further added that the Taliban group was also invited in the summit
and based on principles and previous decisions of Tashkent and Kabul Process
summits, the Afghan government and Taliban were supposed to participate in
Afghan government emphasizes on peace process in accordance with the accepted
principles of Kabul and Tashkent summits which are based on national and
international consensus and therefore the government has not sent any
representative in the summit, the statement added.
Afghanistan High Peace Council Deputy Chairman Haji Din Mohammad once again
urged the Taliban group to start peace talks with the Afghan government.
his speech during the Moscow Summit, Haji Din Mohammad urged the Taliban group
to positively respond to the offers of the Afghan government regarding peace
process, emphasizing that the ongoing conflict claims the lives of ordinary
Ghani announced the government’s offer for reconciliation with Taliban during
Kabul Process Summit II late in February, promising ceasefire, recognition of
Taliban as a political movement, creation of environment of trust and elections,
review of constitution, justice and review of complaints, law enforcement,
release of prisoners, lifting of sanctions and removal of Taliban figures from
black lists, ensuring security of the citizens of the country, development, and
the head of the political office of Taliban in Qatar Mullah Abbas Stanikzai
said the ongoing conflict is not a war among the Afghan tribes and has links
with the presence of the foreign forces.
also shared the demands of Taliban for reconciliation which included
establishment of environment of trust, removal of U.S. sanctions on Taliban,
specifying a safe zone for peace talks, opening of a formal office for Taliban,
international community’s guarantee of peace talks, and release of prisoners.
further added that they have met the U.S. officials for three times so far and
emphasized for direct talks with the United States, insisting that negotiations
with the Afghan government would be useless.
Dhaka court yesterday placed eight members of the banned militant group Ansar
Al Islam on a six-day remand. They were arrested on the charge of spreading
terror propaganda among Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar in the guise of an
Magistrate Md Ashek Imam passed the order after the Counter Terrorism and
Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit produced them before the court with a 10-day
arrestees – aged between 24 and 38 – are: Saf Wanur Rahman, Sultan Mahmud,
Nazrul Islam, Abu Taher, Ilias Mridha, Ashraful Alam, Hasnain, and Md Kamrul.
team of CTTC unit arrested the eight after conducting a drive at the office of
the NGO, Small Kindness Bangladesh (SKB), on Road 9 at DOHS, Pallabi in Dhaka
officials said the NGO, which was spreading terror propaganda in the name of
humanitarian activities in the Rohingya camps, was banned by the NGO Affairs
Bureau for its alleged involvement in militancy financing as well as conducting
anti-state activities in August.
the ban, the NGO was operating its activities.
Delhi: The Sheikh Hasina government has launched a massive crackdown on terrorist
groups allegedly backed by Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence
(ISI), ahead of the parliamentary election in Bangladesh scheduled for December
has held employees of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) linked to a
terrorist group and initiated action against senior executives of an insurance
firm alleged to have been funded by Pakistan, busted terrorist hideouts and
initiated probe against a renegade army officer for targeting secular bloggers.
the unrelenting drive against terrorist groups and their supporters in Bangladesh
since the Holey Artisan cafe attack in 2016, more than 100 terrorists have been
killed and over 1,500 arrested across the country, Bangladesh government
officials told ET.
employees of the NGO Small Kindness Bangladesh linked to banned outfit
Ansar-alIslam have been arrested by police in Bangladesh on charges of terror
renegade Bangladeshi army major who later became a terrorist leader has emerged
as the key accused in the murder of a noted progressive publisher three years
ago, officials said. Sacked and fugitive major Syed Ziaul Haq appeared to be
the mastermind behind the killing of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, said one of
the officials, who did not wish to be identified.
other operatives of the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team were also part of the
plan to target the blogger, according to the official.
murdered 43-yearold Dipan in his office in central Dhaka’s Shahbagh area in
2015, months after they had killed blogger Avijit Roy.
is the banned group’s “operational chief ” and he tried to orchestrate a
pro-Islamic army coup, said another Bangladesh government official. The latest
development comes five months after a special court in Dhaka handed down the
death penalty to two terrorists, two years after they had hacked to death a
professor in Rajshahi University in northwestern Bangladesh.
Bangladesh - This time every year, Dhaka's intelligentsia, clad in their best,
gather at the neatly-trimmed lawns of the Bangla Academy to enthral a crowd of
literature lovers with their poetry readings and animated talks.
since 2011, the three-day Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) kicked off on Thursday, bringing
together once again writers, journalists, historians and artists from around
the world to the bustling South Asian metropolis.
this year, one particular absence has cast its long shadow over the Bangladeshi
capital's most coveted cultural event, or "the elephant in the room"
as one of the attendees put it: that of acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam, a
regular panellist in the festival's various sessions over the years.
63-year-old has been held by Bangladesh's authorities for speaking out against
the country's government. He was picked up from his home in Dhaka on August 5,
hours after his remarks over massive student protests were broadcast on Al
has been charged under the stringent Information and Communication Technology
Act for "spreading propaganda and false information against the
close associate of DLF organisers, Alam was a frequent participant in the
festival's earlier editions.
the only panellist to have so far spoken out for Alam this year has been
Nandita Das, an Indian actress and director who called him an upholder of
freedom of expression.
should all raise our voice for him," Das said.
wife, Rahnuma Ahmed, said she was "surprised" when DLF organisers did
not even send a customary invite for her detained husband.
Alam did not merely attend Dhaka Lit Fest. He was an active participant, either
as a keynote speaker or moderator or a panellist," Ahmed told Al Jazeera.
niece, Sofia Karim, said the silence over Alam's imprisonment at the DLF is
"a sign of how far things in Bangladesh have degenerated into an Orwellian
uncle has been a participant at Dhaka Lit Fest many a times and they don't
mention him? They must realise that they look ridiculous at best and complicit
at worst," she told Al Jazeera.
said she was "thankful" of the Bangladeshis and foreign participants
who spoke out or questioned Alam's absence at the festival.
solidarity will go down in history as will others' silence."
space for free speech
arrest has become emblematic of the shrinking space for freedom of speech in
Muslim-majority Bangladesh, activists say.
country recently passed a stringent Digital Security Act, which authorises
prison sentences up to 14 years for collecting information against the
draft Broadcast Law is also under consideration, which seeks to allow the
government to jail a person for giving out "misleading and false"
information in a television talk show.
ground for discourse seems to have shifted so much that mere criticism of the
regime can now be regarded as treason," wrote Kanak Mani Dixit, founding
editor of Himal Southasia.
an open letter to DLF organisers, a leading publisher and two academics said
the holding of the festival in such a situation "will only operate as a
cynical example of culture and art washing".
appearance of free or fierce expression or debate at the Lit Fest will be
merely that, appearance, and deflect from the clampdowns and violence inflicted
on those who dare cross government-sanctioned boundaries," said the
Anis Ahmed, one of the three DLF directors, dismissed allegations that there
were no discussions on freedom of expression at the festival as "not
called for repeal of the Digital Security Act at the opening ceremony,"
Ahmed told Al Jazeera, adding that the festival directors support the stand of
Das, the Indian actress.
has been held at considerable risk, for example during the killing of the
bloggers. It has spoken out for all kinds of free-speech victims in
Bangladesh," he said.
least 10 bloggers were killed by right-wing assailants between 2013 and 2016,
mainly for their secularist writings.
have very fond memories of Shahidul 'bhai' [brother]," said Sadaf Saaz,
another DLF director. "And he, more than anybody, would have wanted us to
carry on with this difficult fight for literary space."
never told a single writer that she or he can't say anything. The government
too has never instructed us to change any topic of discussion," she told
Karim said the organisers could have shown "more courage".
extremism with ‘lofty values,’ Saudi forum told
A three-day national conference for the promotion of virtue and prevention of
vice has called for a “strengthening of ideological security” in Saudi Arabia
to enhance a sense of community and discourage extremism.
forum, which ended on Friday, was held under the auspices of Sheikh Abdulrahman
bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, general president of the Committee for the Promotion of
Virtue and Prevention of Vice, and was attended by Shoura Council Speaker
Abdullah Al-Asheikh, and several ministers, scholars and members of the
his address, Al-Sanad expressed his appreciation to King Salman and Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman for granting their approval to organize the
hailed efforts by conference participants and working committees to make the
forum a success.
conference participants also recommended that the Committee for the Promotion
of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) prepare comprehensive scientific
material about Saudi Arabia’s attention to rituals, as decided by the imams.
recommendations emphasized the use of scientific research in the promotion of
virtue and prevention of vice jurisprudence, urging graduate students at
universities to prepare theses on the subject.
also underscored the influential role of the general presidency of the
committee through the promotion of “lofty values and high morals among
community members, clarifying the approach of Islam calling for moderation, and
protecting society from perverted thoughts, extremism and partisan groups.”
recommendations called for a strengthening of ties between the general
presidency and the community through social media, as well as television and
radio programs, to shed light on the achievements of the general presidency and
showcase its fields of competence.
recommended launching an annual scientific excellence award to disseminate
research, compilations and manuscripts related to the promotion of virtue and
prevention of vice.
Syrian rebels dead in regime attack on truce zone, 11 sentenced to death
government forces killed 22 rebels overnight near Idlib province, in the
deadliest such attack in an area where a recent truce is to be enforced, a
monitor said Friday.
erupted when government troops seized a position in a rural area in the north
of neighboring Hama province that had been held by the Jaish al-Izza group, the
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
and some surrounding areas are the last major rebel bastion in Syria, where the
Russian-backed government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it
had lost since the civil war erupted in 2011.
had threatened an assault on rebel territory, home to around three million
people, but a deal for a de-militarized buffer zone around it was reached in
September between Moscow and rebel backer Ankara.
deadly skirmishes have occurred since the deal but 22 is the highest number of
known fatalities in a single incident inside the planned buffer zone, the
is the highest death toll in the de-militarized zone since it was announced,”
Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based monitoring group, told AFP.
the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Assad regime sentenced 11
detainees and prisoners in Hama Central Prison to execution.
observatory confirmed that the verdict was a result of the prisoners’
demonstrations in different regions that called for the overthrowing of the
coalition air strikes killed 26 civilians including 14 children Friday in a
holdout of ISIS in eastern Syria, a Britain-based war monitor said.
ISIS family members including 14 children and 9 women were killed in coalition
air strikes on Friday morning on the town of Hajin,” the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said.
Thursday, coalition raids killed another seven civilians in the nearby village
of Al-Shaafa, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Hajin and Al-Shaafa are in a last pocket under ISIS control in the eastern
province of Deir Ezzor near the border with Iraq.
coalition spokesman did not immediately reply for a request for comment.
coalition has been backing a Kurdish-Arab alliance fighting the jihadists in
overran large swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, proclaiming a
“caliphate” in land it controlled.
the extremist group has since lost most of it to various offensives in both
Syria, the group has seen its presence reduced to parts of the vast Badia
desert and the pocket in Deir Ezzor.
2014 the US-led coalition has acknowledged direct responsibility for more than
1,100 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq, but rights groups put the number
killed much higher.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says coalition strikes in Syria alone have
killed more than 3,300 civilians.
protestors stoned the Qatari ambassador’s convoy during his visit to Gaza on
Friday, as shown in a video that was widely shared on social media.
Qatari ambassador, Mohammed al-Emadi, arrived on Friday afternoon but was met
with angry Palestinian stones which led him to leave immediately.
stones smashed one of the windows of the convoy's cars- suggesting not all
Palestinian protesters were pleased with Qatar’s intervention.
security forces arrested a number of protestors who were involved in the
Arab Coalition fighting against the Houthi militia in Yemen has requested that
the United States halt the supply of fuel for
coalition jets in Yemen operations.
coalition asserted that Saudi Arabia and its member states have increased their
ability to supply their aircraft with fuel.
move is “based on the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the member
countries of the Alliance for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen, to work
continuously on developing their military capabilities and enhancing their
self-reliance," the statement said.
Abu Mohammed thought he could finally go home after terrorists were expelled
from his Damascus suburb, but he says Syrian authorities have blocked his
return by wrongly classifying his dwelling as unfit to live in.
May, regime forces turfed the Daesh group out of a chunk of the capital’s
southern Tadamun neighborhood with a campaign of air strikes and shelling.
the first time in six years that meant full government control was restored
over the area, bringing with it a calm that sparked hopes of a homecoming.
instead, Abu Mohammed and others from Tadamun complain, the authorities have
deemed many residences unfit, and are blocking their owners from returning
ahead of a controversial redevelopment plan.
months after Daesh was forced out, regime barrages impede access to the former
terrorists stronghold now under tight security, and an AFP team was unable to
the last checkpoint, rubble blocked the road. The floors of a nearby building
lay pancaked one on top of the other, and a hole was blown in the minaret of a
Mohammed said he managed to see his home before the state inspectors arrived —
and insisted it was still fine to live in despite the official ruling.
wasn’t even a bullet hole. It had just been pillaged,” he said, giving a
pseudonym to avoid reprisals. “It’s so unfair for citizens who have waited for
years (to return) and always stood by the state.” Another would-be returnee
Othman Al-Ayssami, 55, was indignant. “Why can’t I and thousands of other
residents go home?” asked the lawyer. “After the military operations ended, I
entered the neighborhood expecting huge damage,” he said. But in his four-floor
home, “only the windows were broken,” said Ayssami, without specifying if his
residence had been deemed unfit.
neighborhood of Tadamun has long been in a grey zone.
orchards, it has been populated since the late 1960s by people who fled the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights or flooded into Damascus from the countryside,
often without official permission to build there.
today its fate seems particularly uncertain after provincial authorities last
month announced it would be affected by a controversial development law.
law, known as Decree 10, allows the government to seize private property to
create zoned developments, compensating owners with shares of the new projects.
their land is selected, owners inevitably lose their property and must apply to
receive shares in exchange.
is not set to start in Tadamun for several years, but officials have already
been dispatched to inspect its homes.
provincial commission has been charged with evaluating damage and rating
whether around 25,000 residential units are fit for human habitation.
if their homes are declared up to standard, no resident can move back until
they realized that a large number of the homes marked as unfit had in fact not
been damaged in fighting, members of the community held several meetings with
the commission. To vent their frustration, they set up a Facebook page named
“The Tadamun Exiles.” “It’s our right to go home,” wrote one displaced
commission has split up the neighborhood into three sectors, the last covering
the area that IS once controlled.
head Faisal Srour told AFP that in the first two sectors inspectors “have
visited 10,000 homes until now, of which 2,500 are fit for living in and 1,000
remainder were still being classified, he said, but most units in the former
terrorist sector were likely to be rated as unfit.
where the fighting happened,” he said.
was overrun by rebels in 2012, then part of it fell three years later to the
terrorists of Daesh.
the years, most residents were forced to flee their homes, and just 65,000
people live there today, compared to 250,000 before the outbreak of the war in
that are declared fit for habitation are given a serial number and sealed with
red wax and officials insist that the owners can reclaim them easily.
resident can “get (their house) back normally after proving ownership,” Tadamun
mayor Ahmed Iskandar told AFP, talking by a portrait of President Bashar Assad
in military uniform and sunglasses.
because Tadamun is an informal neighborhood, only 10 percent of the homes have
officially registered property deeds — and that is if they have not been lost
during the war.
of the others from the area only have semi-official papers showing residency.
for those who do manage to return, the respite appears only temporary.
reconstruction, set to start in four to five years, should see the whole area
razed to the ground.
too, no more than a tenth of the suburb’s population will ever be able to
present property deeds to receive shares in the reconstruction project.
inspection commission head Srour said those who could not prove ownership —
likely at least 90 percent of residents — would not be made homeless.
suicide bombs kill at least 20 in Somalia, al-Shabab claims responsibility
least 20 people were killed in a triple suicide bomb attack on Mogadishu hotel
in Somalia on Friday, according to Somali police.
Somali police officer says three car bombs exploded outside a hotel in the
Mohamed Hussein said the blasts appeared to be suicide bombs that were
detonated near the perimeter wall of the Sahafi Hotel, which is located across
the street from the Somali Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department.
victims were travelling in public vehicles at the scene when the blasts and gunfire
occurred. The death toll is sure to rise,” Ali Nur, a police officer in the
city, told Reuters.
extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the bombs, according to
the group’s Adalus radio station.
faces frequent bombings at the hands of al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate which
has been fighting to overthrow the internationally backed Somali government for
over a decade.
Shabab were forced out of the capital by African Union troops in 2011.
they still control parts of the countryside and attack government, military and
civilian targets, seemingly at will, in Mogadishu and regional towns.
PM appeals for ‘common vision’ ahead of crisis talks
The head of Libya’s UN-backed government, Fayez Al-Sarraj, has urged the
international community to find a “common vision” for the chaos-hit North
African nation, ahead of crisis talks in Sicily next week.
an exclusive interview with AFP at his unity government’s headquarters in
Tripoli, Al-Sarraj hit out at “negative interventions by some countries” in
Libya, without naming them.
has been beset by violence since Muammar Qaddafi was ousted and killed in an
uprising in 2011, with rival groups vying for territory and oil wealth.
Libyans put the country’s crisis down to rivalries between foreign governments
— Western as well as Arab — who they say pursue their own narrow agendas by
supporting one group against another.
“saluted” France for organizing a conference in Paris in May that brought
together the four main protagonists in Libyan politics, including himself.
said he regretted that decisions taken at the conference, including a
commitment to hold elections on Dec. 10, had not been respected.
Government of National Accord (GNA) was set up under a 2015 UN-brokered deal,
but a rival administration based in the country’s east refuses to recognize its
criticized the rival Parliament based in the east, saying it had failed to
respect its commitment to carry out the preparations needed for elections.
asked about the timing of elections, Al-Sarraj said “any mention of a date ...
without putting in place a constitutional framework is a form of wishful
timetable divides the major powers. While France has pushed for the December
date, Libya’s former colonial ruler Italy, as well as Russia and the US, have
all opposed this.
is necessary to unify the international position with regard to Libya,”
Al-Sarraj said, calling for a “common vision” for its future.
said Italy and France should overcome their differences “so that there are no
points of contention” between them.
populist government that came to power in Rome in June has been openly critical
of the French role in Libya, saying it was at least partly to blame for the
envoy Ghassan Salame set out a new election timetable in a videoconference with
the Security Council from Tripoli on Thursday.
said a national conference in the first weeks of 2019 would pave the way for
the electoral process to begin in the spring.
for a platform for ordinary Libyans to chart the political future,
short-circuiting the country’s bickering leaders, have been under discussion
since last year.
had been delayed because of repeated flare-ups of fighting between the
country’s rival armed groups.
biggest challenge has been tackling the insecurity, particularly in the
capital, where militias still hold sway more than seven years after Qaddafi’s
late August and late September, fighting in and around Tripoli between rival
groups from the capital and other parts of western Libya killed at least 117
people and wounded more than 400.
pressure from the UN mission, the GNA announced new “security arrangements,”
which have yet to visibly come into place.
are starting to implement this plan, but it requires international support and
the engagement of all (Libyan) parties.”
security plan aims to replace the militias with “regular army and police
units,” said Al-Sarraj. But he said some militias had “played a positive role
in contributing to securing the capital and other cities, and in the fight
Libya’s key political players are set to meet global leaders in Italy next
week, in the latest bid by major powers to kickstart a long-stalled political
process and trigger elections.
summit in Paris in May had seen the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord
(GNA) and eastern Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar agree to hold national polls
on December 10.
acknowledging the chaotic political situation since dictator Muammar Qaddafi
was deposed in 2011, the UN on Thursday conceded elections will not be viable
before at least the spring of 2019.
say next week’s summit in the Sicilian city of Palermo risks being compromised
not only by tensions between Libyan factions, but also the competing agendas of
as in May, the key Libyan invitees are Haftar, the eastern parliament’s speaker
Aguila Salah, GNA head Fayez Al-Sarraj and Khaled Al-Mechri, speaker of a
Tripoli-based upper chamber.
in an interview with AFP, urged the international community on Thursday to find
a “common vision” for the future of his chaos-hit North African nation.
GNA says it will use the Palermo talks to lobby for security reforms that unify
the army, a constitutionally-rooted electoral process, economic reform and an
end to “parallel institutions.”
US, Arab countries and European nations will all send representatives to the
talks set to take place on Monday and Tuesday.
Rome’s populist government, a top priority is stemming the flow of migrants who
exploit Libya’s security vacuum in their quest to reach European shores, often
Palermo conference is a fundamental step in the goal of stabilising Libya and
for the security of the entire Mediterranean,” Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe
Conte said this week.
envoy Ghassan Salame told the Security Council on Thursday that a national
conference in early 2019 would be organized to provide “a platform” for Libyans
to spell out their vision for the future.
diplomatic wrangling between Italy and France hangs over next week’s summit.
September, Italy’s defense minister and parliamentary speaker both partly
blamed France for Libya’s security crisis, which continues to simmer some seven
years after the NATO-backed uprising toppled Qaddafi.
Italian swipes came as Tripoli was plagued by militia clashes that killed at
least 117 people and wounded more than 400 between late August and late
and Paris have for months been at loggerheads over Libya’s election timetable.
While France repeatedly endorsed the December date, Italy opposed it.
and Paris have “many interests in common” in Libya including energy,
immigration and terrorism, said Federica Saini Fasanotti at the Brookings
they have “different ideas in how to reach their targets,” she added.
has not been alone in pushing for elections to be delayed — the December 10
date was also viewed skeptically by Washington and Moscow.
support elections as soon as possible, but artificial deadlines and a rushed
process would be counterproductive,” David Hale, the number three at the US
State Department, told the Middle East Institute in Washington on Thursday.
Italian diplomatic source told AFP that no definitive poll date should be set
next week and it is “not sure that there will be a final document” after the
Libyan analyst Emad Badi, rivalry between Paris and Rome has only further
polarized the political scene.
Palermo conference “certainly seems to be orchestrated as a counterweight to
the French conference (rather) than ... focusing on genuinely solving the
Libyan political deadlock,” Badi contended.
experts also say rivalries between Arab powers complicate Libya’s crisis.
Claudia Gazzini, a Libya specialist for the International Crisis Group, a
solution requires better coordination and not just between France and Italy.
needs to happen is a joining hands also of Russian and US positions” with the
UAE, Qatar, Turkey and Egypt, she said.
“Forging a consensus at the current
conjuncture is close to impossible,” Gazzini said.
has been palpable tension in Benue State following the release of the former
Coordinator of the state’s Livestock Guards, Aliu Tershaku, who was alleged by
the military to be a member of the Boko Haram.
the peak of herdsmen attacks on the state, Tershaku was arrested by the
military for his alleged involvement in the attacks that claimed over 500 lives
as well as displaced about 200,000 persons across the state.
Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 707 Special Forces Brigade, Makurdi,
Major Olabisi Ayeni, had in April said in a statement that the military
arrested a “key Boko Haram suspect, known as Aminu Yaminu nicknamed Tershaku.”
statement read in part, “Following an intelligence report, it was gathered that
Aminu had concluded plans with his cohorts in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa
states to launch a major attack on innocent citizens in Benue State.”
the arrest, Governor Samuel Ortom had gone ahead to relieve Tershaku, who was
until then the state coordinator of Livestock Guard, of his duty. He was
thereafter taken to court.
few days ago, information filtered round the state that Tershaku had been
released and was sighted around his residence in Lobi Quarters, Makurdi.
were also insinuations that Tershaku after his release had met with some of his
supporters, for unverifiable reasons, towards the end of October. This,
according to findings, triggered the emergency Security Council meeting held in
the state last Tuesday.
Special Adviser to the governor on security, Col. Paul Hemba (retd.), in a chat
with our correspondent on Thursday expressed worries over the release of
disclosed that he had been informed by one of the security agencies that
Tershaku was released on bail and that investigation into his case was ongoing.
explained that the release of Tershaku was discussed at the state Security
Council meeting, where approval was given for the dissolution of the Livestock
Guard to enable the state government to reconstitute the security outfit and
fish out bad eggs, especially those who may be loyal to the former coordinator.
rights activist and senator representing Kaduna Central in the National
Assembly, Shehu Sani, speaks on his recent defection from the ruling All
Progressives Congress (APC) to the People Redemption Party (PRP), the politics
against his automatic ticket in the ruling party and how he and other lawmakers
and governors were “betrayed,” the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari, and
the APC leadership which is brewing crisis in the party and other issues of
you announced your defection to the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), apparently
because your former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), did not give
you an automatic return ticket to the National Assembly. What exactly informed
that decision, which many felt was belated?
decision to join the APC initially was founded on the fact that at that very
time, APC was the only viable alternative to dislodge the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) and restore good governance in Nigeria and rescue our democracy.
was a fact that Nigeria was on the edge of collapse, democratically.
was looted and raped. It was almost destroyed by a decade and half of misrule,
mis-governance and pervasive corruption.
that time when we joined the APC, it was our belief that the nation would
achieve and bring an end to the pervasiveness, collapse of the economy and a
complete anarchy that enveloped our nation.
APC came to power with a lot of promises and also raised the hope of Nigerians,
especially the fact that we had a person like Muhammadu Buhari as President and
his integrity, honesty and commitment to the liberation of this country.
in the last three and half years, we have seen a progressive decline of the
party and the integrity ascribed to the President, as the nation has been
moving from hope to hopelessness.
saw the weaknesses of President Muhammadu Buhari and we have seen the rise of a
civil force, in the form of a cabal around him that is manipulating the hands
of power. We have also seen the vulnerability of the President as a person.
us come to specifics. In July, there was an uprising and uproar in the National
Assembly emanating from APC legislators, who said they had had it enough and
had to move from the APC to PDP. I was part of that scheme at that material
time to pull out of APC, but I stayed back for three reasons.
first has to do with interventions from Adams Oshiomhole, who was then elected
the new chairman of the party; from Ahmed Bola Tinubu; and from the President
in Oshiomhole, I saw a man who had a track record of unionism and activism and
with whom I shared the same story in unionism, in perception and struggle.
he gave me all the assurances and I told him that we were getting out of the
party because for three consecutive years, we have been at war with the
governor of my state, an arrogant and undemocratic governor who has no respect
for democratic values and fundamental rights of the people, with whom we
differed, both politically and ideologically, despite that we came from the
and others promised, not just me, but other senators who had similar problems
in their states, that they were going to address those very issues and we
should remain in the party, giving us assurances.
we have seen that governors within the APC wield so much more power than the
pledges and promises that were made, but virtually not fulfilled.
moved from being a party to a theatre of war and conflict between its
leadership and the governors. We saw the party simply moving in a direction of
for one, we gave them the benefit of doubt. They promised that the primary
elections would be direct and as such, they would not be subject to
manipulation by anybody.
also promised that for those of us in the National Assembly, the issues would
be resolved and there would be the need for us to remain in the party and save
the issue of primary elections came, it was very clear that many of the
governors were not in favour of direct elections, because the foundation of the
crisis in the APC started from Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, with the congresses at
ward, local and state levels.
were no ward congresses in Kaduna; the names of the executives were written by
the governor and his aides and given to the Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working
Committee (NWC) to put a stamp of authority.
genuine politician worthy of himself would not go to stand for a primary
election where one person goes into a room in a hotel and writes the names of
delegates and submitted them and you want to contest a primary election with
that kind of thing?
were part of the issues we raised and pointed out to the national chairman of
the party and he promised that these issues would be remedied by a direct
the signs of weaknesses came when Oshiomhole and his colleagues were insisting
on direct primaries and governors were saying they would choose the kind of
primaries that suit them. Any governor who sought indirect primaries was simply
going to use the executives he wrote with his pen to endorse those he wanted
and remove those he didn’t want.
the primary election came and we bought forms at exorbitant prices and went for
of all the five aspirants, I was the one who was cleared to contest the Kaduna
Central zone senatorial primaries.
on the day of the election, the NWC insisted that I was the one that was
cleared, so the party was expected to do an affirmation.
the governor of the state said he did not agree and he moved to the Presidency
and Oshiomhole. Governor Nasir El-Rufai spent so much time from Oshiomhole’s
office to the Presidency to clear other aspirants and conduct his own kangaroo
we learnt that Oshiomhole and the President bow to his own threat, that either
they choose him or me. When all these things happened, I then knew that I
didn’t have to wait after consulting with my constituency and supporters before
I get the result, because I know very well that the President and Oshiomhole
reneged on their words.
APC primaries were one of the greatest political robberies in the 21st Century.
The sale of the form was fraudulent, the screening process was dubious and the
primary election was a scam. They collected hundreds of millions of naira from
gullible aspirants and the screening and primaries, which were shrouded in
secrecy, was a disaster.
were asking why I didn’t leave the party before then and I told them that when
most of my colleagues in the National Assembly were leaving the APC, they said
they were going home, which is the PDP, but PDP was never my home. I didn’t
want to move from APC to PDP, which was never my home.
decided not to exit the APC at that time because if I had done that then, the
people in my constituency would think I had betrayed the President, the party
and their mandate.
rather than being seen as a betrayer, it was better for them to see me as one
who has been betrayed. It is more credible that way. In politics, when you hold
a mandate, representing a people, you cannot just take a decision without
APC has lost its honour; it has lost its integrity and it has created an
atmosphere of chaos. In that last few weeks, you could see the anger,
objection, mass protest and bitterness that attended the affairs of the APC.
This cannot be the party that will deliver Nigeria to the Promised Land.
thought that at this time, the APC would have built itself to the point that it
will inspire others to emulate it. For example, what is happening in my state,
Kaduna, is that there is no APC in Kaduna State; it is simply a franchise of
fact, the APC has degenerated to the point that there are three ways you can
emerge as a candidate in that party.
have a powerful connection within the Presidency, where a short note can be
written to the national secretariat with somebody’s name to be removed and
replaced with another. Secondly, if you are not in the favour or in the good
book of a governor, you cannot have a place. Thirdly, if you can pay your way
through, then you consider things done.
the party is an opposite of what progressivism is.
the earlier stage of defection by your colleagues in the Senate, people
expected you to do the same when the ovation was loudest. How is your
relationship with them now?
I want you to know is that you don’t change your party from the National
Assembly. It is either you get registered into a party from the ward or you
exit the party from the ward. You don’t join a party from the National Assembly
or exit the party from the National Assembly.
far as I am concerned, I don’t want to be seen to leave the party because
others were leaving. I represent a people and it is these people that would
either say I betray them or not. You live in Kaduna and you go round, you
cannot see any person out 10 people or two out of three that would say I betray
them or the APC. I didn’t betray the APC.
as far as I am concerned, those who are responsible and are seen as betrayers
know themselves. It is the interest of my constituency that is of uttermost
importance to me. It is where they want me to be that I would be.
don’t want to leave a party where I would not be able to go back to my house
and sleep or would not be able to go to mosque to pray.
now, my people have seen that the fault didn’t come from me, but from the
people they earlier believed in and that gave me the support, peace, sympathy
and solidarity to move to the PRP.
decided to join the PRP because the party and its founding party- NEPU- were
the parties of my own parents and my own family. I come from a revolutionary
and socialist background.
is a party that represents our ideological thinking as revolutionaries and
socialist. It is not just a party for only acquiring political power, but also
a cause and defence for a noble democracy, vehicle and a platform for
liberation of the talakawas. So, my colleagues went home to the PDP and I am
also at home with the PRP. Since I left the APC to join PRP, I am so happy with
myself. Leaving the APC is like leaving the Boko Haram territory.
difference between Boko Haram and APC is that in Boko Haram, we have Shekau and
in APC, there are so many of them.
people argue that the way and manner the APC is handling its affairs internally
is the same way the nation is being handled; hence Nigeria has not found its
bearing. What is your take on this?
of all, anybody who says things are working right is only deceiving him/herself
or trying to suppress the truth that cannot be suppressed.
is no doubt that there are some achievements, in terms of completion of
projects inherited and in the war against insurgency, but you can see for
yourself that this country is more divided than before on ethno-religious lines
and there is more nepotism in all ramifications.
Nigerians don’t see the present leadership in the country as a unifying figure.
Rather, they see it pursuing sectional agenda.
have also seen a progressive decline in the sanctity of human lives and
protection of fundamental rights of Nigerians under the present government.
is also the rising level of intolerance and tyrannical behaviours under
Buhari’s regime and the complete desecration of democratic values in which the
APC government has descended into.
what this administration has done is such that by its conduct and character, it
has lost its goodwill and by its own division and divisiveness, it has
empowered and energised the opposition. The PDP is getting stronger and
stronger, despite the blackmail and intimidation from the ruling party.
Democrat seeks to ban Saudi development of nukes over Khashoggi murder
Democratic lawmaker at the US House of Representatives is reportedly planning
to introduce a bill that bans Saudi Arabia from acquiring nuclear weapons in
retaliation for the regime’s murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Brad Sherman’s bill, nicknamed “No Nuclear Weapons for Saudi Arabia Act of
2018,” would prohibit Saudi Arabia’s construction of nuclear weapons from the
material it buys from the US, Vox reported Friday.
bill would also force Riyadh to implement strict regulations in order to ensure
that classified material regarding US nuclear technology won’t fall into the
wrong hands, the report added.
is under immense international pressure to explain why Khashoggi was murdered
inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey’s Istanbul in September.
regime first denied that it had anything to do with the journalist’s
disappearance but eventually admitted his murder and promised to punish the
the regime has so far fired several officials in relations to the case, many
find Riyadh’s explanation inadequate given its long history of killing
don’t think this bill would’ve passed prior to the events in Istanbul. Now I
think we have a chance,” Sherman told Vox.
is not yet clear when Sherman’s bill will come up for a vote in Congress but
the report said it wasn’t going to come to the floor any sooner than January 3,
when the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives convenes.
slaying has destroyed the image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
(MBS), who is believed to have a key role in the assassination.
the kingdom insists that bin Salman had nothing to do with the murder, many
observers believe he personally ordered the hit job.
said in March that the kingdom would go after nuclear weapons if Iran acquires
Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran
developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible,” he told CBS
Khashoggi's death, Republican US senators wrote President Donald Trump a
letter, calling for suspending talks with Saudi Arabia over a civilian nuclear
ongoing revelations about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as
well as certain Saudi actions related to Yemen and Lebanon, have raised further
serious concerns about the transparency, accountability and judgment of current
decision-makers in Saudi Arabia,” read the letter, sent on November 1.
to stop refueling Saudi aircraft over Yemen War
was also revealed Friday that the US was planning to end aerial refueling of
Saudi aircraft conducting airstrikes against Yemen, two US officials told CNN.
which is leading a so-called coalition of its regional allies in a years-long
war against the people of Yemen, confirmed the decision in a statement Friday.
refueling aircraft, the US military has been providing Saudi-led forces with
target information and other intelligence over the course of the war, which has
killed thousands of Yemeni civilians and destroyed the poor country’s
official due in Israel, UAE to push for anti-Iran campaign
State Department’s Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook is to visit
Israel and the UAE to advance US President Donald Trump’s so-called Iran
strategy and push for Washington’s hostile campaign against Tehran.
will travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates November 12-20,” a media
note by the US State Department said Friday.
to the note, Hook will meet with Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi officials to discuss
cooperation on countering what it called “Iranian threats”.
State Department said “Hook’s trip aims to advance the president’s Iran
strategy” and to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic.
also said that the “US is committed" to working with its "allies and
partners to fully implement" what it referred to as Washington's
"maximum pressure campaign” against Iran.
this week, the US re-imposed the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran in an
attempt to curtail the Islamic Republic’s oil exports and put extra pressure on
the country's economy.
White House claims the new sanctions will force Iran to abandon its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs while rolling back Tehran’s influence in the Middle
the Trump administration had earlier vowed to cut Iran’s oil exports down to
zero, it later admitted that it had failed to get the main buyers of Iranian
oil to tag along and had to grant temporary waivers to China, India, South
Korea, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Japan and Taiwan.
planned visits to the occupied territories and Abu Dhabi come as the Israeli
regime and Persian Gulf states have, in recent months, openly moved toward a
rapprochement, especially by presenting Iran as their common enemy.
late October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit
to Oman, where he met with Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said. Israeli
Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev also traveled to the UAE to accompany
Israel’s judo team on the very same day.
Intelligence and Transport Minister Yisrael Katz on Thursday called for
stronger relations with the Persian Gulf Arab states in civilian sectors,
saying that such cooperation can and should be expanded.
intelligence official described recent public visits by Israeli ministers to
the Persian Gulf Arab states as “part of a wider trend of strengthening ties
between Israel and the (Persian) Gulf countries based on common interests and a
mutual recognition of the potential benefits for both sides, both in terms of
contending with common challenges and threats as well as opportunities.”
earlier on Friday, Israeli politician and former military general Yoav Gallant
called for a further opening of relations with all Arab countries in a united
front against Iran.
you look at the picture, there is no real reason for Saudi Arabia or the
(Persian) Gulf states to fight with Israel. We have shared interests, a shared
enemy called Iran, which threatens Saudi Arabia from close with all that it
has. And therefore there is no reason we should not be in the process to have
peace in the region,” said Gallant.
impacts of fresh US sanctions on Iran have been cushioned by high oil prices
and Washington’s international isolation, with Tehran being better placed to
weather the storm, a Reuters analysis says.
officials and analysts, the news agency said while the US sanctions will
probably trigger recession in Iran next year, they will not lead to an economic
President Donald Trump on Monday decided to trumpet sanctions on Iran not with
a speech, but a Twitter meme in reference to Game of Thrones, "Sanctions
situation is better than pre-2016 because of high oil prices and the fact that
the US is isolated this time,” the report by Reuters quoted a European diplomat
diplomat’s comments echo the official stance of the Iranian government, which
says the recent rise in oil prices has offset the impact of US sanctions on
Iran’s oil exports.
thought he could shrink our country’s oil revenues by imposing sanctions on
Iran’s oil and cutting its exports, but the rise in oil prices did not let that
happen,” Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, the head of Iran’s Planning and Budget
Organization, said last month.
US has also granted waivers to almost all key clients of Iran’s crude oil for
fear of further hikes in oil prices. The countries exempted from the US
sanctions on Iran’s oil exports include China, India, Greece, Italy, Taiwan,
Japan, Turkey and South Korea, which together took in over 80 percent of Iran's
oil exports last year.
Iran says the waivers are not enough to keep the oil price down, and oil
consumers are set for “painful months” ahead because of insufficient supplies.
as the European diplomat told Reuters, the US isolation under President Donald
Trump would also reduce the impact of its unilateral sanctions on the Islamic
previous sanctions on Iran, imposed by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, were
supported by the UN Security Council and the European Union. However, this time
the US is alone, and the entire world, except for a few countries, have vowed
to maintain business with Iran.
will be a difficult period but Iran’s economy will withstand it for various reasons,”
a second diplomat told Reuters, “including (the fact of) Russia being under (US
and EU) sanctions, Saudi Arabia having its own financial and political issues,
and (trade war) between China and the United States.”
report also quoted a Fitch solutions analyst as saying that the new sanctions
would not lead to the collapse of the Iranian economy, as the country would be
able to keep exporting a significant volume of its crude oil.
is still likely to see a substantial share of its foreign exchange earnings
maintained,” Andrine Skjelland told Reuters. “This will enable Tehran to
continue subsidizing imports of selected basic goods, keeping the costs of
these down and thus limiting inflation to some extent.”
new round of US sanctions, which had been lifted under a multilateral 2015
nuclear accord with Iran, came back into force on Nov. 5, drawing criticisms
from the United Nations as well as Washington’s allies in the European Union.
bans – the second of their kind since Washington’s withdrawal from the deal in
May -- take aim at Iran’s banking, insurance and energy sectors, targeting more
than 700 entities. The first round was reinstated in August.
U.S. envoy for Afghan reconciliation will visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, the
United Arab Emirates and Qatar with an American delegation later this month,
the State Department announced Thursday, amid looming peace talks.
Zalmay Khalilzad's travel will take place from Nov. 8-20 and will include talks
with Afghan officials "and other interested parties to advance the goal of
an intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations that include the Taliban and lead to
a sustainable peace".
sustainable peace requires that all Afghans have a say in their country’s
future," the department said.
has been encouraged by steps taken by Kabul and the Taliban towards organizing
negotiating teams, the State Department said, noting that Washington
"remains committed to a political settlement that results in an end to the
war and to the terrorist threat posed to the United States and the world".
peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban are set to begin Friday
for the first direct negotiations between the parties.
second round of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector -- the country's
main source of income -- came into force this week, which could have the effect
of reducing Iran's crude oil exports.
observers fear the move could lead to rising living costs and push a
significant portion of the population below the poverty line.
filmmakers and celebrities have responded to the sanctions by launching a
social-media campaign with the Twitter hashtag #SanctionsTargetMe.
say their goal is to let the world know that the main targets of the U.S.
sanctions are everyday Iranians rather than the government.
Mousavian, Iran's former nuclear negotiator, believes the impact of the second round
of sanctions will be worse than the first.
says Washington’s ultimate goal is to increase pressure on Tehran with a view
to changing the Islamic republic’s current regime.
believes the first round of sanctions -- imposed some three months ago --
affected the country’s foreign trade and undermined its economy.
second round, which officially came into force on Monday, primarily targets
Iran’s oil and gas exports and international financial transactions.
to Mousavian, the impact of the second round of sanctions on foreign trade and
the national economy will be worse, since Iran's budget is heavily dependent on
energy exports, which account for almost 60 percent of the country’s total
also believes, however, that the first round of sanctions served to unite
Iran’s disparate political factions against U.S. policy in the region, while
the second round could provide Iran with an opportunity to reduce its
traditional dependence on oil and gas.
is no doubt that Washington’s ultimate goal is regime change," he said.
"But that’s been their goal for the last four decades and it’s always
ended in failure.”
Monday, the U.S. exempted eight Iranian oil purchasers from the sanctions,
pointing out that -- after its withdrawal from the nuclear deal in May --
Iran's daily oil exports had fallen by one million barrels.
purchasers will be allowed to buy limited oil from Iran for another six months,
after which the U.S. -- which hopes to eventually bring Iran's oil exports to
zero -- will decide whether or not to extend the exemption.
these eight purchasers -- China, India, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey,
Greece and Italy -- had accounted for some 75 percent of Iran's total energy
during the last round of sanctions had been expected to reduce their purchases
by 20 percent every six months, but U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
recently said they would have to "cut more".
Safari Natanzi, chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Islamic
Consultative Assembly (Parliament), stated: “Although the U.S. has made great
efforts to boycott Iran, it won’t achieve anything.”
economy is oil-based, and, as a result, developments in the oil and gas sector
will have the most significant effects on Iran's economy.
the other hand, the Iranian oil sector has the highest degree of cohesion and
solidarity with the outside world, and therefore the sanctions could have a
serious impact on Iran's main source of income.
course, there are major differences with the previous sanctions. The earlier
sanctions were imposed by consensus and within the context of an amicable
agreement between the U.S., the EU and the UN Security Council.
which meets tomorrow for its Joint Monitoring Ministerial Committee meeting in
Abu Dhabi will look to reinvent itself as it finds itself outpaced by surging
US supply that breached record levels and a tighter spare capacity environment.
from the US Energy Information Administration showed US supply had swung up to
11.6 million barrels per day last week, eclipsing Saudi Arabia’s 10.7 million
bpd and Russia’s own 11.4 million bpd.
of the US supply, which has revived following the end to the three-year slump
in oil markets, is on top of the production for domestic consumption, worrying
Opec and its ally Russia.
US administration under President Donald Trump had earlier exerted pressure on
Opec’s de-facto leader Saudi Arabia and its allies to pump more crude to push
the prices down that had breached the $80 per barrel level ahead of the
country’s midterm elections.
Arabia has already expended its production capacity, stretching to limits, with
the market getting tighter ahead of US sanctions against Iran, which came into
effect on November 5.
grant of waivers to Tehran’s key eight buyers, a measure the US has offered as
means to monitor the slow withdrawal of Iranian barrels from the market in six
months, does not come as a panacea to the markets, least of all to Opec.
Iranian crude expected to halve from current levels of 1.6 million bpd to
800,000 bpd by mid-2019, according to consultancy Facts Global Energy, Opec
finds itself difficult to compete with a surging US crude supply.
the circumstances, Saudi Arabia may consider forging a closer bond with Russia,
using their collective 20 million bpd plus output as a bulwark against US
as the UN announced delays for its peace talks for Yemen, the Trump
administration remains laser focused on jump-starting the political process
while reportedly considering a designation of the Houthi movement as a foreign
terrorist organisation (FTO).
Washington Post reported on Thursday that the White House is considering
designating the rebels as a terror group in order to speed the end of the
conflict and pressure Iran to cut support for the organisation.
current and former US officials did not confirm such plans. A US State
Department official, speaking to The National on condition of anonymity, said
the US position on Yemen and the conflict “has not changed.”
have been urging all parties to come to the table and recognise that there’s no
military victory that can be achieved in Yemen” he added.
US official said that Washington’s efforts are solely focused now in support of
the UN Envoy Martin Griffiths.
reiterate our calls for a cessation of hostilities and for all parties to come
to the table to find a peaceful solution to the conflict” the official said. UN
plans to convene the parties have been pushed from November to the end of the
on labelling the Houthis as foreign terrorist organisation is not new. The
Obama administration had examined the issue in the past, and it has come up
more vigorously since the Trump administration took office. An FTO designation
would sanction the Houthis, prohibit any US contact with the group, and isolate
them financially on the international arena.
US officials who served in Yemen, however, told The National that the decision
remains unlikely since it would not achieve its desired objective of prompting
a political solution in Yemen.
don’t think it makes sense” said Gerald Feierstein, a former US ambassador to
Yemen. “Our issues with the Houthis concern their efforts to obstruct the
political transition in Yemen and their military campaign both within Yemen and
against Saudi Arabia” said Mr Feierstein, who now serves as director for
government relations at the Middle East Institute. Designating them, he argued,
would undermine efforts to negotiate a political resolution of the conflict.
Seche, vice president of the Arab Gulf States Institute, said he suspected that
the push to designate the Houthis is coming from the White House and not the
State Department. Mr Seche who also served as an Ambassador to Yemen from 2007
to 2010, said that such designation would not be as impactful given the local
operation of the group.
not known for conducting international banking or travel, and they’re not
vulnerable to such pressure…hence the practical impact may be minimal” Mr Seche
said. He suggested that an FTO decision would, were it to be taken, complicate
US efforts on the ground in engaging the Houthis, and deliver aid and
humanitarian relief to areas under their control.
such a designation may do, however, is remove congressional pressure on the
administration in continuing its support role in the war in Yemen, explained Mr
Seche. Then the administration would be seen as taking role in a fight against
a terrorist organisation.
Al Asrar, a former Yemeni diplomat and a senior analyst at the Arabia
Foundation, said that while the Houthis “are a non-state actor, who work openly
against US interests, an FTO designation may complicate matters further.
of the major concerns is that it might impact Yemenis at large, including those
who have no affiliation with Houthis or are forced to deal with them” Ms Al
are a non-state actor, they work openly against US interests but this
designation will not have any impact on their ability to operate.” Instead, “it
may curtail UN agencies delivery of food and essential items in their areas
which can have a catastrophic impact” Ms Al Asrar warned. The Yemeni expert
favoured sanctioning separate individuals and entities in the group by the US
Treasury as an alternative.
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