has different Christian monuments.
Shades of Christmas Celebrations across the Arab World
Salafis the Launch Pad For IS In Kerala: Islamic State Leader
‘Mistakenly’ Allows Conditional Entry To Israeli Citizens
Bangladesh’s Landslide Election Result Is Bad For Its Democracy
Russian Kids Born To Daesh Terrorists Return Home from Iraq
Shuts Down Hui Muslim Mosques for ‘Illegal Education’
rights groups denounce Bahrain ruling on Rajab’s jail sentence
of Islamic Cooperation calls to help drought-hit Afghanistan
mulls changing constitution to keep El-Sisi in power
SDF Sends More Aid Convoys to ISIL Terrorists in Eastern Syria
Commanders' Meeting Bombed by Iraq
MP Accuses US Army of Camping ISIL Terrorists at Bases in Iraq
Turkey-Backed Militants Killed, Wounded in Attacks in Northern Syria
sentenced 616 foreigners for ISIS links in 2018
jets strike Daesh sites in Syria as Trump slows pullout schedule
Triple Talaq Bill, Mehbooba Says: Don’t Want Zia-Ul-Haq’s Pakistan In Gandhi’s
of Jamia Masjid Intolerable For Any Conscious Muslim: JeI Jammu and Kashmir
unites in Rajya Sabha: Triple Talaq draft law needs legislative scrutiny
Pakistan soldiers killed at LoC, says Army
Modi congratulates Sheikh Hasina on win in Bangladesh elections, reiterates
conducts more raids in Delhi over new ISIS module
Parliament Is Superior, Bureaucracy Listens To Judiciary’
India exchange lists of prisoners, nuclear facilities
exerts pressure on regional govt. to resign over corruption charges
chief advises govt to give up mini-budget idea
Imran Khan resolves to battle 'four ills' of Pakistan in 2019
schools set up, 17,000 children enrolled in Punjab: minister
commander among three killed in N Waziristan explosion
Saudi minister discuss bilateral relations
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commander, 2 accomplices killed during a clash with armed forces in Faryab
confirms meeting with the Iranian officials in Tehran
militant hands over himself, 11 members of his family to Afghan forces
against abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan
leaders met Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday
police official killed in Takhar bomb explosion
official: Taliban attacks kill 15 Afghan policemen
offered arms sales to Saudi after Khashoggi murder: Report
Charity Aims to Deliver 7000 Meals To Homeless By New Year's Day
counter-terror police probe Manchester knife attack
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MP says religious harmony can be achieved by just respecting non-Muslim
killed in bombing in troubled south Philippines
Says Israel Is an 'Indispensable Ally' Of the Arabs against Iran
Reaches Out To 700,000 Rohingya Muslims
won’t let US sell occupied al-Quds to Israel: Abbas
Netanyahu said would not resign during possible indictment hearing
general sees possible threat from Iraq as Iran’s clout grows
fear for members excluded from Yemen prisoner swap
says Yemen food aid being stolen in Houthi-run areas
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Faso Declares State Of Emergency in North Following Attacks
in Khartoum as Sudanese forces break up protest against Omar Al Bashir
to form committee to investigate latest protest events
anger at MP calling for including rapists in amnesty law
gives in to calls to slow down troop pullout from Syria
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Shades Of Christmas Celebrations Across The Arab World
countries in the world celebrate the Christmas and the New Year’s Eve in the
last week of December, starting from the night of December 24 until the end of
celebrations may look similar but each country has its own customs and traditions
that sometimes differ from a neighbouring country.
in Palestine have great value as Christ was born in Bethlehem, which lies 10 kilometres
south of Jerusalem.
celebrations begin with the parade of scouts getting out from the Old City of
Jerusalem, heading toward the Church of Nativity Square.
clerics, worshipers and bystanders gather and place a giant tree. Visitors
gather at the narrow stone entrance of the church to see where Christ is born.
Nineveh plains village, on December 24, Christians light the Christmas flame in
one of the squares. This symbolizes the fire that the shepherds light up while
waiting for Christ to be born in (al-Araa); means the weather, which is a Syriac
word meaning dazzle or surprise.
in the morning people go to collect herbs, thorns and wild plants that has
local names. In the afternoon and until night; people and clerics gather around
the flame, while holding the candles and singing Syriac hymns and tunes
putting out the flame, some people walk back and forth above its ashes several
times to get its blessings. They collect some of its ashes and throw it in
their fields in the belief that it would make a good planting season and bless
Christmas, here are five things to know about Jesus in Islam
is the second largest religion in Egypt after Islam, and most of Egypt’s
Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church.
majority of Egypt’s Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7 each year as
they follow the Eastern calendar. Despite the difference in dates, it is easy
to notice celebrations beginning mid-December, which resembles celebrations
around the world.
Christians have different sets of belief from other people. Some say that the
famous Christmas tree is not a European tradition as it is known, but an
Egyptian expression of the succession of the months of the year as the pine
tree is characterized by its multiple layers and each layer represents a month.
is characterized by lighting huge Christmas trees in churches and public
places. The most famous tree is the “national unity” tree. The tradition
started about 10 years ago in the south of the capital Amman. Jordanians
consider it as a symbol of the harmony between all segments of Jordanians
society and hope for a better new year.
this tree is decorated with cards bearing photos and names of the various
Jordanian governorates as a sign of the unity of Jordan in all its regions.
percentage of Christians in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria is among the lowest in
the Arab world, it is about 0.2 percent. This does not prevent hundreds from
visiting churches and cathedrals on Christmas Eve to celebrate the occasion.
distinguishes Christmas prayers is the presence of many worshipers from
neighboring African countries and Europe.
Muslims also attend these celebrations as they consider it a sign of
coexistence and brotherhood with the Christians.
Abdul Rashid Abdulla, the leader of the Islamic State (IS) module from Kerala,
has claimed that the launching pad for the IS in Kerala was the Dammaj Salafis
(a group of extreme Salafis who are against democracy, pluralism and
the audio messages circulated through social media, Rashid said that some of
the members of the Dammaj Salafis are contacting the IS with the intention of
doing hijra (migration) to the areas controlled by IS.
who is believed to be in the IS strongholds in Afghanistan, hails from
Kasaragod district. The audio messages are meant to be a reply to the
allegations raised by Salafi preacher Zakkariya Swalahi in his book on the IS.
to the accusations in the book, Rashid said there was some truth in the
argument that it was Salafism that prompted the youth from Kerala to get
attracted to the IS. “Had there been no Salafism in Kerala, we would have been
continuing with the un-Islamic practices of the Sunnis and Sufis,” he said.
said many alien practices have infiltrated among Sunnis from Hinduism and other
religions. “It was Salafism that strived to bring back true Islam. It asked the
Muslims in Kerala to return to Quran and Hadees, shunning the practices of
nonbelievers,” he said.
Rashid’s opinion, among the different Salafi groups the one led by Zakkariya
Swalahi is closest to the ideology of the IS.
of the Keralites who have joined the IS were associated to Swalahi’s group. We
had attended the classes of the group held at Pappinasseri, Kannur and Kozhikode,”
the Sunnis or other Salafi factions, Swalahi group showed courage to teach
hijra and jihad in their classes. But Swalahi and his followers are unwilling
to accept the IS for reasons best known to them. He has failed to give a convincing
answer to this irony, Rashid said. “After reading Swalahi’s book many from the
Dammaj group are contacting us for clarifications. They are doing hijra after
realising the truth. So, you (Swalahi) should continue to write against us,
then only people will understand the fact,” Rashid said.
Swalahi’s argument that those who have joined the IS do not have a proper
understanding of Islam, Rashid said Quran was not the monopoly of scholars such
as Swalahi. “There are many ways to reach right path and the internet could be one
among them. Those who ridicule us also have their own website and WhatsApp
groups,” he said.
the allegation that there is mystery in the emergence of the IS, Rashid said
that could be the way Allah wanted it to be. People can ascribe mystery even in
the revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad, he said.
‘mistakenly’ allows conditional entry to Israeli citizens
Directorate General of Immigration and Passports conditionally allowed Israeli
citizens to visit Pakistan, but the director blamed the interior ministry for
the “mistake” and ordered “correction”, a local news outlet reported on Monday.
the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) recently released rules and regulations
for citizens of seven countries for visiting Pakistan. The list contained the
names of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nigeria, Somalia, Palestine, and Israel.
its website, FIA explained rules and regulations for Israeli citizens visiting
Pakistan. They were required to register themselves with the police and seek a
stay permit from the district police officer (DPO) of the concerned district.
Israeli citizens were also supposed to return the ‘stay permit’ before leaving
the country; otherwise, they would not be issued the ‘travel permit’, which is
mandatory for leaving the country.
to the rules, people having ‘work visa’ or ‘Saarc visa’ would be exempt from
police registration. Similarly, Israeli citizens are also exempt from police
registration, but Indian citizens have to register themselves with the police
after arrival in Pakistan.
Director Ismatullah Junejo has said that the list was issued by the interior
ministry and that Israeli’s name was mistakenly included in the list. “Israel’s
name is being removed from the list after it was pointed out by the media,” he
further said that Pakistan’s state policy vis-à-vis state of Israel is very
clear. Pakistan has not recognised the state of Israel and Pakistani citizens
cannot travel to Israel on a Pakistani passport.
October, President Dr Arif Alvi had dismissed reports of an Israeli business
jet’s landing at the Islamabad International Airport, asserting that Pakistan
will not establish ties with Israel.
president termed the reports “baseless and unfounded” while speaking to the
media at the airport before leaving for a three-day visit to Turkey.
Bangladesh’s landslide election result is bad for its democracy
Joanna Slater and
DELHI — On Sunday, Bangladesh, the world’s eighth most populous country, held
what was billed as its first competitive election in a decade.
the results were anything but close: The incumbent prime minister, Sheikh
Hasina, and her ruling coalition won 288 out of 300 seats in Parliament.
kind of margin of victory — 96 percent — was a result one might expect in a
place like North Korea, not a democratic nation such as Bangladesh.
is exactly the problem: Hasina, Bangladesh’s increasingly authoritarian leader,
consolidated her grip on power but at the cost of her own electoral legitimacy.
opposition rejected the lopsided results. “We call upon the election commission
to declare this farcical election void and demand a fresh election,” said Kamal
Hossain, a respected lawyer and former member of Hasina’s Awami League party
who headed an alliance of opposition parties.
the chief election commissioner on Monday dismissed the demand for a new
election. Instead, the results will pave the way for Hasina to continue her
formula for maintaining power: strong economic growth coupled with repression
of political opponents and critics of her government.
71, is the daughter of the founding president of Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority
nation that gained its independence from Pakistan in a bloody conflict in 1971.
Since 1991, the country has held democratic elections in which two parties —
Hasina’s Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — have traded
in Bangladesh are not peaceful affairs. Supporters of the two major parties
commonly engage in street violence, and at least 17 people were killed Sunday,
according to a police spokesman.
most experts had predicted that Hasina would win the election, few expected a
landslide of this magnitude. Hasina’s Awami League fared even better than it
did in the last national poll in 2014, when the opposition boycotted the
elections and many seats were contested by a single candidate.
were scattered reports of irregularities at polling stations, including
possible vote tampering, but observers said Hasina had used other means to tilt
the field in her favor long before Sunday.
candidates said they had encountered violence, threats and harassment when they
attempted to campaign; the BNP said a dozen of its candidates were arrested on
spurious charges. In the capital, Dhaka, posters for opposition candidates were
rejected allegations of vote-rigging on Monday, telling reporters that she
tried to ensure a free election and that she was surprised the opposition did
not campaign more actively, according to Reuters.
voters, meanwhile, faced a difficult choice. Hasina has grown intolerant of
dissent and shows no willingness to relinquish power, but she has presided over
a buoyant economy and made significant progress in reducing poverty. She won
praise for opening the country’s doors to Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution
is also viewed by some — including in neighboring India — as an ally against
the potential spread of Islamist extremism in Bangladesh.
BNP, the main opposition party, is in disarray. Its leader, Khaleda Zia —
Hasina’s former archrival — was imprisoned earlier this year on corruption
charges. In October, her son, who lives in Britain, was sentenced to life in
prison, along with 19 others, on charges of attempting to assassinate Hasina in
Sunday’s election, Bangladesh has become a “one-party democracy,” wrote Kanchan
Gupta, a political commentator in New Delhi. Hasina “faces no opposition worth
sweeping nature of Hasina’s victory raises “serious doubt” about the fairness
of the election, said Ataur Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Political
Scientist Association. The opposition’s tiny number of seats also means there
will be no mechanism for political accountability, he said.
and journalists describe a climate of fear in which criticizing the government
can have dangerous consequences. In September, Hasina’s government passed a new
“digital security” act that imposes prison sentences on certain types of
“propaganda,” a law that editors say cripples press freedom.
Bangladesh, “the development story is an upward curve, and the democracy story
is a downward curve,” said one longtime observer of the country’s elections,
who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the political climate in
Alam, a renowned photographer, was arrested in August and jailed for more than
three months for allegedly making “provocative” statements about a wave of
road-safety protests that swept Bangladesh last summer.
“taking away one’s freedom is considered to be the biggest punishment one can
give, then the entire nation is being punished constantly,” Alam said in a
recent television interview. “That, surely, cannot be the price of development,
or even the definition of development.”
reported from Dhaka.
Russian kids born to Daesh terrorists return home from Iraq
authorities say 30 children born to Russian members of the Takfiri Daesh terror
groups have arrived in Moscow from Baghdad.
Russian diplomatic source said on Sunday that the mothers of the children, aged
three to ten years old, are held in Iraqi prisons, while their fathers are
believed to have been killed on the battlefield against Iraqi forces.
plane of the Russian emergency situations ministry has landed” at Moscow's
Zhukovsky airport, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on his Telegram account.
stressed that the arrival of the kids was “undeniable proof of the rigorous
fulfillment of the mission set out by Russian President Vladimir Putin to save
the women and children in Syria and Iraq.”
we do not bring them home, they will become the target of the special services
of other countries,” Kadyrov added.
to the Chechen leader, 24 of the children were from Dagestan, and another three
were from Chechnya.
development came after Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday met with
Anna Kuznetsova, the Russian president’s envoy for the rights of children, in
to a statement from his office, the premier stressed that a “distinction should
be made between humanitarian issues and terrorist crimes,” adding, “These
children are also victims.”
last year, about 100 women and children have returned under a program
championed by Kadyrov.
this month, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said Moscow
has received over 1,000 requests from the widows of Daesh terrorists to return
further noted that the repatriation of the Daesh widows is a difficult process,
given the fact that they have been involved in acts of terror and their return
could pose a threat to the safety of Russian citizens.
than 300 people, including about 100 foreigners, have received death sentence
and many others have been sentenced to life in prison in Iraq for joining
thousand Russian citizens, mainly from Chechnya, traveled to Syria and Iraq to
join the Takfiri militants, according to estimates from the Russian security
services. Many of them took their families with them.
authorities consider the Chechen militants fighting abroad a serious threat if
they manage to get back to Russian territory.
began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning
terror group lost all the territories under its grip back to the Iraqi army.
Baghdad declared full victory against Daesh in December 2017.
officials announced the shutdown of three mosques on Saturday for conducting
“illegal religious education.”
mosques were located not in the restless Xinjiang province where the Uighur
Muslims dwell, but in southwestern China, where the Hui Muslims have enjoyed a
more harmonious relationship with authorities until recently.
South China Morning Post noted on Monday that Hui Muslims have been
increasingly subjected to crackdowns and harassment despite years of being held
up as the model Chinese Muslim community:
action in the villages of Huihuideng, Sanjia and Mamichang was coordinated by
the Weishan County Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee to “protect harmony
and stability in the religious domain”, the official notice said.
said government workers had tried to educate the worshippers on Chinese law
concerning religious affairs several times.
source in Yunnan told BuzzFeed News that registration applications from mosques
had been denied by local authorities several times in the past decade.
mosque shutdowns were not polite affairs. The SCMP said Chinese officials have
not yet announced whether any of the worshipers were jailed, but it seems
likely based on leaked video of the raids:
footage of Saturday’s police raids appeared on Twitter. A clip shared by the
NGO Documenting Oppression Against Muslims shows dozens of uniformed police
officers confronting Hui Muslim worshippers, dragging them from a mosque
entrance. Police officers were shown shoving and, in some cases, attacking
or six police officers held me down on the floor and I was beaten until I lost
consciousness,” one female worshipper’s WeChat message shared on Twitter said.
arms are weak now. If my mother hadn’t saved me, I would have been taken away
by police. My mother was then taken away. I’m scared she was beaten by them.”
shared on Twitter show mosque entrances chained, with signs stuck on the doors
which read “Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee, Weishan Yi and Hui
mosque raids would appear to vindicate predictions that the summer’s
controversial demolition of the grand mosque in the city of Weizhou was a sign
of rough treatment for the Hui Muslims. Chinese officials tried to dismiss the
situation as a bureaucratic snafu and claimed the Hui were easily mollified
with a bit of community outreach, but the mosque was only saved by a massive
Weizhou mosque is still there, although it now sports a sign instructing
worshipers to “stick to the directives of Sinicized religion.” Sinicization is
authoritarian Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s plan to subvert all religious
authority and make everything from Hui mosques to Catholic house churches into
agencies of the Chinese state, mixing government propaganda into their services
and constantly reminding attendees that Xi’s government is the supreme
authority in China.
Associated Press ominously reported that Communist Party officials from the Hui
province of Ningxia have been sighted in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims are
herded into concentration camps by the thousands. The Ningxia officials made
the trip to “study and investigate how Xinjiang fights terrorism and legally
manages religious affairs.”
AP story on Friday was primarily about Hui Muslim poet Cui Haoxin, who is
alarmed about Xinjiang’s brutal practices coming to Ningxia. He reportedly
“fears both that history may be repeating itself and for his own safety as he
tries to hold the ruling Communist Party accountable.”
seems like a reasonable fear since Cui is currently working on a novel that
depicts the demons of Hell as gleefully replicating the horrors of China’s
Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao Zedong in order to torment Muslims.
interesting observation from the AP story is that Hui Muslims feel shocked and
betrayed by the intensifying crackdown because they see themselves as solid
Chinese citizens and expected to be tapped as cultural ambassadors to the
Muslim world on behalf of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure plan. Several
Muslim countries are involved in Belt and Road, so the Hui thought there would
be plenty of jobs for them as emissaries and managers.
Chinese officials are shutting down the schools that help Hui children from
lower-income families pick up the language skills they need to work in the
Middle East, pointedly ignoring pleas from teachers about the importance of the
education they provide.
is an element of historical tragedy in the anguish of the Hui, who generally
dislike the Uighurs and may have waited too long to raise their voices against
the mistreatment of a distant community they viewed as unruly. (The feeling is
mutual, as the Uighurs sneeringly dismissed the Hui as toadies to Communist authority
or “watermelons” – Islamic green on the outside, communist red on the inside).
Now that Ningxia is getting a taste of the Xinjiang treatment, tunes are
replicate Xinjiang’s practices in other provinces is essentially turning a regional
catastrophe to a national one,” another Hui poet named An Ran said earlier in
December. It should come as no surprise that regional catastrophes become
national under centralized authoritarian governments. The Hui were gravely
mistaken to believe Xi Jinping would tolerate their brand of Islam as a
challenge to his authority.
are in for another disappointment if they think Middle Eastern Muslim leaders
hungry for Chinese money will ride to their rescue.
human rights organizations have denounced a ruling by Bahrain’s top court that
upheld a five-year jail term for prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab,
with Amnesty International describing the verdict as “utterly outrageous.”
Court of Cassation, whose verdicts are final, on Monday rejected Rajab’s appeal
and upheld his prison sentence over tweets deemed critical of the Manama regime
and the deadly Saudi-led war against Yemen.
Rajab’s conviction for his refusal to stay silent on the government’s rights
abuses is further proof of the Bahrain authorities’ flagrant disregard for
human rights,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director of New York-based
Human Rights Watch.
Rajab should not have been arrested in the first place, and upholding his
sentence is a grave miscarriage of justice,” she added.
February 21, Bahrain’s criminal court sentenced the distinguished human rights
activist to five years in prison for tweeting in 2015 about torture in the Jaw
Prison and censuring the Saudi-led war on Yemen.
to a court document, Rajab was found guilty of “spreading false news and rumors
in time of war,” “insulting foreign countries” and “insulting publicly the
interior ministry” in comments posted on Twitter.
pro-democracy campaigner has already served a two-year jail sentence over a news
interview in which he said Bahrain tortured political detainees. Rajab
completed this sentence in July.
date of the hearing, scheduled for New Year’s Eve, raised concerns that the
Bahraini authorities intended to uphold Rajab’s sentence at a moment when it
would attract minimal media scrutiny.
has chosen to mark the new year by entrenching it attacks on human rights
defenders and undermining free expression,” Fakih said. “But Bahrain cannot
hide its abuses from public critique by jailing dissidents. Bahraini rights
defenders are not backing down.”
HRW also urged “a prompt, impartial, and independent investigation into his
allegations of ill-treatment in detention.”
to Rajab’s family, the activist health deteriorated during his detention,
noting that he is held in a cramped, dirty, and insect-infested cell at Jaw
Prison, where he remains locked in his cell for 23 hours a day.
Amnesty International slammed the ruling as “utterly outrageous” and
“shameful”, condemning Bahrain’s justice system as “a complete farce.”
shameful verdict is a travesty of justice. The decision to uphold Nabeel
Rajab’s conviction and five-year sentence simply for posting tweets expressing
his opinions, exposes Bahrain’s justice system as a complete farce. His
treatment by the Bahraini authorities is completely unacceptable,” Lynn
Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, said Monday.
Rajab is a prisoner of conscience. It is utterly outrageous that he has already
spent two years behind bars – including nine agonizing months in solitary
confinement, amounting to torture,” Maalouf said.
also urged the Bahraini authorities to “quash his conviction and sentence and
release him immediately and unconditionally.”
Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of advocacy with the London-based Bahrain
Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), said the verdict was a “political
said the timing of the verdict was meant to avoid drawing attention to the
of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost
daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom in mid-February
2011. They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and
allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14,
2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to
assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or
got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday called on the member
states and all relief organizations in the world to extend humanitarian support
to Afghanistan on an urgent basis.
has been facing severe drought for the last several months. The drought has
left a large population in dire need for food, shelter and other emergency
OIC has urged all member states to show solidarity with the Afghan people. The
organization’s General Secretariat’s appeal comes within the framework of the
resolution on the “Situation of Afghanistan” adopted by the 45th session of the
Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Dhaka in May 2018. The resolution reiterated
the organization’s commitment to providing all forms of support to mitigate the
sufferings of the Afghan people.
Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi are calling for
constitutional changes that would allow him to stay in power once his second
term ends in 2022.
of the former military chief, re-elected in March with over 97 percent of the
vote, want parliament to discuss repealing an article limiting presidents to
two consecutive four-year terms.
an editorial published on Sunday, the pro-government state-run daily newspaper
Al-Akhbar voiced hope that 2019 would see “the start of a belated political
reform” to secure El-Sisi’s future in power.
column by the newspaper’s director Yasser Rizk said this would “preserve all
the people’s gains in terms of security, stability and economic recovery” since
El-Sisi came to power five years ago,
said the change could be approved by late summer 2019.
who led the army’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013
following mass protests against his rule, won his first term as president the
government has been widely criticized by rights groups over the repression of
well as a crackdown on dissent, El-Sisi has overseen a military campaign
against Daesh group-linked extremists in the Sinai Peninsula.
is slowly recovering from a deep economic crisis that has seen the value of its
currency plummet and state subsidies slashed.
November 2017, even before he was re-elected, El-Sisi told American news
network CNBC he would not seek a third term in office.
after his victory in the March 2018 polls, the question has gradually returned
to public debate.
Fuad, and MP with the Wafd party close to the government, told AFP that “the
whole of Egypt was talking about (Rizk’s) article last night.”
issue has been under discussion everywhere in Egypt, not just in parliament,
for some time,” he said, adding that a potential parliamentary debate on the
issue had not been initiated by the government.
the current context of Egyptian politics, there was little surprise that the
debate was taking place, Fuad said.
have been expecting a constitutional amendment on extending presidential terms,
because every time the debate turns to the end of (El-Sisi’s) second term, the
question is: who is the alternative? That causes panic,” he said.
Kamal Al-Sayed, a political science professor at Cairo University, said Rizk
“did not express a personal point of view, but revealed trends within
said El-Sisi “does not want to step down from power while he is alive ... he
fears that he could be held to account if he leaves his post.”
Hellyer, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Royal United Services
Institute in London, said that “every indication from the last few years
indicates that amending the constitution is of foremost importance.”
we would not have seen all these trial balloons in the media, and we would have
seen indications of successors that are being groomed,” he said.
social media, opposition figures deplored talk of allowing El-Sisi to stand for
a third term.
are constitutions and laws in authoritarian regimes and constitutions and laws
in democratic regimes,” wrote Mohamed ElBaradei, a respected former UN nuclear
watchdog chief and Egyptian politician on Twitter.
sources said that the SDF sent 7 trucks of food stuff and medicines to regions
that are under ISIL's control in Southeastern Deir Ezzur on Monday.
in the region said that ISIL retreated from the village of al-Kashmah in
Southeastern Deir Ezzur after receiving the aid cargo, while SDF claimed that
it has captured the village after fierce clashes with ISIL.
SDF has advanced in two directions in the town of al-Shafa'ah and captured
parts of the town, including al-Nafilah, al-Mazra'ah and al-Qal'ah
neighborhoods, but it is not clear if the advance has been the result of a deal
sources reported on Saturday that a number of SDF vehicles, carrying food
stuff, were sent to al-Sha'afah via al-Alalouni passageway in Eastern Deir
Arabic-language Sumeriyah News quoted the Iraqi-Syrian Joint Command as
reporting that an Iraqi F-16 fighter jet bombed an ISIL hideout that hosted the
meeting in al-Souseh region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
further said that the ISIL hideout was fully destroyed in the raid, but, did
not release any further detail on the number of casualties.
state media said earlier today that Iraqi forces can now attack ISIL targets
inside Syria without getting approval from Damascus.
President Bashar al-Assad has authorized Iraqi forces to attack ISIL targets
inside his country without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus,
Syrian state news agency SANA said.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL) declared a caliphate in 2014
after seizing large swaths of Syria and Iraq, establishing its de facto capital
in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
the group has lost all of its strongholds and the vast majority of the
territory it controlled since then, although thousands of its armed members are
thought to remain in war-battered Syria.
warplanes and artillery have pounded ISIL positions inside Syria in the past,
after getting the green light from Syrian authorities.
group has been defeated in Iraq but still holds a small area in Syria close to
the Iraqi border.
Saturday, al-Assad received a letter from Iraq's Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi
calling for both countries' coordination in "fighting terrorism",
November, the Iraqi Air Force pounded a key base and a large arms depot of the
ISIL terrorists in Eastern Syria near the border, inflicting tens of casualties
on the terrorists.
Joint Operation Command said in a statement that the Iraqi F-16 fighter jets
targeted ISIL's bases on Syria's soil at the order of Iraq's General Command of
the Armed Forces and under the supervision of the Joint Operation Command.
statement said that the warplanes bombed an arms and ammunition depot of
ISIL-affiliated Fayalq al-Farouq in al-Souseh region in Southeastern Deir
Ezzur, adding that the depot contained a large number of missiles and
added that a sum of 10 terrorists were killed in the raid.
al-Sayyadi, an independent lawmaker of the Iraqi parliament, told the
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website that over 1,000 ISIL militants are
present at the US bases.
US forces entered Iraq's territories on a decision of their own and their
number now amounts to 30,000. They supported the ISIL logistically during this
period and now, over 1,000 ISIL members are present at the US military
bases," al-Sayyadi claimed.
have been frequent reports accusing the US army of cooperation with ISIL in
Southeast Syria and Western Iraq, but the accusation leveled against the US
military by the Iraqi lawmaker is the first formal statement made ever in this
Iraqi forces have in the past few years found a huge volume of advanced US-made
missiles and weapons in the ISIL hideouts in the country.
Spokesman of Iraq's Kata'ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Battalions) popular forces
Jafar al-Hosseini disclosed that captured ISIL leaders had acknowledged
receiving logistical backup and intelligence support from the US.
the ISIL commanders captured in Iraqi popular forces' recent military
operations have confessed, the US supports for the terrorist groups are not
limited to the dispatch of logistical support," Al-Hosseini told FNA in
reiterated that the US had provided the ISIL with intelligence about the Iraqi
forces' positions and targets.
Arabic-language website of Hawar news reported that the Kurdish militia
attacked the Ankara-backed Faylaq al-Sham's positions in the village of
Mohammadiyah in Afrin, killing or wounding 5 militants.
further said that a group of armed men attacked a position of the Turkey-baked
National Liberation Front in the small town of Souran in Azaz region in
Northern Aleppo, killing 5 militants and wounding 7 more seriously.
militant groups put their militants on alert, claiming that the Kurdish militia
were behind the attacks.
close to militants in Northern Syria said earlier this month that the Turkish
army's artillery units pounded several military positions of the Kurds in Zour
Moghar and Shoyoukh Foqani in the surrounding areas of Ein al-Arab in Northern
Aleppo and near the border with Turkey, destroying one of their military
sources, meantime, pointed to the Kurdish forces' attacks on the Ankara-backed
militants' positions from Harbal, Sheikh Issa and Um Khosh regions in Ma'areh
region, and reiterated that intense fighting has broken out between the two
sides in the surrounding areas of the town of Tal Rifat.
sentenced more than 600 foreigners including many women and dozens of minors in
2018 for belonging to ISIS, the judiciary said on Monday.
declared “victory” over ISIS at the end of 2017 after a three-year war against
the extremists, who once controlled nearly a third of the country as well as
swathes of neighboring Syria.
20,000 people suspected of links to ISIS have been arrested since 2014.
spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said Monday that “616 men and women accused of
belonging to IS have been put on trial” in 2018 and sentenced under Iraq’s
comprised 466 women, 42 men and 108 minors, he said.
did not, however specify the punishments.
Iraq’s anti-terrorism law courts can issue verdicts, including death sentences,
against anyone found guilty of belonging to the extremist group, including
April, judicial sources said that more than 300 suspects linked to ISIS had
received death sentences and more than 300 others were sentenced to life, which
in Iraq is equivalent to 20 years.
of the women sentenced for ISIS links were from Turkey and republics of the
former Soviet Union.
French citizens -- two women and a man -- have been sentenced to life
imprisonment while a German woman, a Belgian man and a Russian man have been
sentenced to death.
women had travelled to Iraq with their children to join their husbands who
fought in the ranks of ISIS.
are still waiting to be repatriated to their home countries.
Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of Daesh leaders near Deir Ezzor in Syria on
Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a
statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around Al-Sousa village
in eastern Syria, as “30 leaders from Daesh gangs” met in the building.
strike came a day after Iraq’s government hinted at greater involvement for its
armed forces in Syria as the US begins withdrawing troops from the country.
President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack on Monday on shock plans for an
immediate pullout of US troops from Syria, but said his drive to end American
involvement in wars made him a “hero.”
shift came as senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump had promised
to stay in Syria to finish the job of defeating Daesh.
had earlier stunned allies — and prompted the resignation of his respected defense
secretary, Jim Mattis — by abruptly announcing that Daesh was defeated and that
US troops in Syria were ready to leave.
in a tweet early Monday, President Trump
seemed to signal a more cautious schedule for pulling out the troops which support
slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the
same time fighting” Daesh remnants, Trump wrote.
contrast to previously emphatic victory declarations, Trump said that Daesh “is
Sunday, Graham, who is one of Trump’s principal allies in Congress, lunched at
the White House to urge a rethink on Syria.
emerged after two hours, saying Trump “understands the need to finish the job.”
think the president is committed to making sure when we leave Syria that Daesh
is completely defeated,” Graham said.
prominent critic of the pullout plan was retired US Army General Stanley
McChrystal, the former commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan.
triple talaq Bill, Mehbooba says: Don’t want Zia-ul-Haq’s Pakistan in Gandhi’s
that Indian Muslims are against creating “Zia-ul-Haq’s Pakistan in Gandhi’s
secular India”, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday asked the Centre not to
interfere in religious matters, referring to the triple talaq Bill.
the Muslims, who have stayed back in India, have stayed in Gandhi’s India.
Jammu and Kashmir, which despite being a Muslim majority state, aligned with
India, did it because of Gandhi’s secular India,” Mufti said at a press
conference in Srinagar. “We don’t want to create a Zia-ul-Haq’s Pakistan in
on the triple talaq Bill passed by the Lok Sabha, Mufti said, “Today, there is
an assault on the family structure of the Muslims… Being a Muslim first, a
woman, and also having gone through a broken marriage, I thought it is my duty
to speak,” she said.
first woman Chief Minister of J&K, Mufti divorced after six years of
marriage in 1984. She is a single mother of two girls. “I have gone through a
broken marriage and I feel that the biggest challenge for a woman after
break-up is the economic challenge,” she said. “When people talk to BJP about
reservation for Muslims, they reject any kind of reservation — whether in
education or jobs — on religious lines. But when it comes to this kind of law,
which is on religious lines, they go to Parliament.”
said the Bill was introduced without consulting even a single Muslim
parliamentarian. “In such a big parliament, not a single Muslim Parliament
member has supported this Bill,” she said.
said the Muslims of India are ready to abide by the Supreme Court rulings. “Whether
it is the case regarding the Babri Masjid or triple talaq, we (Muslims) are
ready to abide by the SC ruling,” the former CM said. “In contrast, they (BJP)
don’t accept SC decision on Sabarimala. They openly say that whatever the SC
decision is, the (Ram) temple will be built there (at the dispute site) only.”
said the BJP-led central government has launched an economic onslaught on
Muslims and was now entering their houses. Unfortunately, the economic
onslaught on the Muslims through curbs on meat and leather (industries), where
Muslims work as labourers, as wage earners, has resulted in the worsening
economic situation of Muslims. They have now entered our homes because of which
our family life is disturbed,” she said.
warned against interference in the affairs of the Muslim community, saying it
would have consequences. “Through this (Bill on triple talaq), what is the
message you are sending to 25 crore Muslims. They (BJP) don’t get well along
with Gandhi ji but I don’t think, it is the legacy of Vajpayee ji,” Mufti said.
“It would be better if you don’t interfere in our religion. If you do, you will
have to face the consequences.”
Dec 25 (KNS): Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir on Monday expressed its deep
anguish and anxiety over the anti-Islamic act of desecration of Jamia Masjid
Srinagar, which has remained the pivotal centre for propagation and promotion
of Islamic teachings and values for centuries together and has always played a
primary role during the critical periods of Kashmir history and guided the
oppressed people rightly and in right direction.
disgruntled elements at the behest of some anti-Islamic agencies by raising
black flag on the very sacred pulpit of this grand Masjid Have hurt the
sentiments of the millions of Muslims living over here,” JeI said in a
statement issued to KNS.
spokesman said that this is a vicious attempt to cause dissension among the
most suffering Muslim fraternity in the valley. “Such elements are not serving
any cause of the people of Kashmir or that of Islam but causing hurdles in it.
Their nefarious activities are a cause of great concern for the entire Muslim
Ummah living over here and the common masses are fed up with their acts of
hatred and discord,” he said.
said the pulpit of Masjid is meant for spreading the sacred message of the
Qur'an and Sunnah and create unity of heart and soul among the Muslim community
but not to raise conflicting flags.
boys must utilize their capabilities for promoting the cause of Islam and not
to be swayed away by the vested interests and the enemies of Islam who are bent
upon to create disunity among Muslim community in order to divest them off the
Islamic identity,” he said.
said that some irresponsible preachers are defaming Islam and quite in
contravention of its teaching of the mutual tolerance, raising Shia-Sunni
differences in such a manner which will ultimately lead towards the discord
among the oppressed people of Kashmir.
while expressing solidarity with Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Umar Farooq, the
guardian of Jamia Masjid Srinagar, vehemently condemned the sacrilegious act of
some unknown masked elements, appeal all the Islamic organisations and
institutions to come forward and openly oppose these nefarious activities in
order to maintain the unity and brotherhood among the Muslims keeping aside all
the secondary and tertiary differences.
unites in Rajya Sabha: Triple talaq draft law needs legislative scrutiny
Bill to make instant triple talaq a punishable offence hit a roadblock in Rajya
Sabha Monday with a united Opposition
that the draft law be first sent to a select committee for legislative
scrutiny. The government pressed for a discussion after Union Law Minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad tabled the Bill but the Opposition, which has a larger presence
in the Upper House, stood its ground and the stalemate over proceedings
continued on the last day of the year.
parties, barring the AIADMK, made reference to a resolution to send the Muslim
Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, to a select committee. TMC
member Derek O’Brien’s motion for reference of the Bill to a select committee
did mention AIADMK member A Navaneethakrishnan as the first of 11 members of
the committee. The government, on its part, accused the Congress of creating
hurdles in the passage of the legislation which had cleared Lok Sabha last
the House met in the afternoon, O’Brien referred to the resolution and asked
Deputy Chairman Harivansh to give him a hearing. This was while the AIADMK
continued to protest in the well of the House over the Cauvery water issue.
“Fifteen Opposition parties including Congress, TMC, SP, BSP, DMK, JD(U), RJD,
INLD together want that the Bill be sent to a select committee. Only the BJP
wants this Bill to be passed. We also want this Bill to be passed. But we want
that the Chair should take sense of the House,” O’Brien, who moved the
resolution stated: “That the Bill to protect the rights of married Muslim women
and to prohibit divorce by pronouncing talaq by their husbands and to provide matters
connected therewith or incidental thereto, as passed by Lok Sabha, be referred
to select committee of the Rajya Sabha” comprising 11 members including
Congress member and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. It fixed a deadline
to submit a report by the “last day of the first week of next session”.
similar resolution was moved by other parties demanding that the Bill be sent
first to the select committee. The combined Opposition minus the AIADMK has a
strength of 115 in a House of 244, as per the Rajya Sabha website. The BJP on
its own has 73 members. Ally JD(U), which doesn’t share the BJP view on the
Bill, has six members.
the government of breaking tradition, Azad said, “The Bill is very crucial and
requires further scrutiny.” He said more than half of the members belonging to
several parties have demanded that the Bill be sent to a select committee.
“Since 1993, there has been a tradition of sending a Bill either to standing
committee or select committee. This government bulldozes everything to get
Bills passed while the Opposition has to fight every time,” he said.
Opposition allegations, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel
said the government was ready for a discussion on the issue. He accused the
Congress of creating hurdles in the passage of the legislation. He said the
Congress had already supported the Bill in Lok Sabha earlier. “The Congress and
other parties are only playing politics on this issue… it is very important for
ensuring the rights of married Muslim women,” he said.
were adjourned for 15 minutes and when the House met again, Anand Sharma of the
Congress said: “It is the government which is doing politics. Nobody is
opposing the Bill. Let there be legislative scrutiny. The government is
misleading people. If the Bill has been passed without legislative scrutiny in
Lok Sabha, then it should not be passed here without referring to the select
committee. Rajya Sabha is not a rubber stamp,” he said.
to the Opposition, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “This Bill is very
important. We want to discuss it here and are ready to listen to any
suggestion. Even after bringing the ordinance, there have been incidents of
triple talaq until yesterday. It is a question of gender equality… We want to
discuss and pass the Bill. The legislation should not be delayed.”
members continued to create a din, the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House
until Wednesday. ENS adds from Patna: NDA partner JD(U), which heads the ruling
coalition with the BJP in Bihar, said it would stick to its stand on the Bill
in Rajya Sabha — it had abstained from voting on the Bill in Lok Sabha.
national spokesperson K C Tyagi said: “When Law Commission had sought opinion
of political parties on triple talaq, we had made it clear that such an issue
needs to be debated among the Muslim community. Though we are for reforms, it
has to be within the ambit of sanction of social and religious heads.”
Army said Monday that it had foiled a “major” Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT)
attempt to strike a forward post along the LoC in Nowgam Sector in north
Kashmir. In the Army retaliation early Sunday morning, “two likely Pakistani
soldiers” were killed, said officials.
to a spokesperson of the Army’s 15 Corps, “intruders attempted to move by
exploiting the thick jungles close to LoC and were assisted by heavy covering
fire of high calibre weapons such as mortars and rocket launchers from the
movement was nonetheless detected by the vigilant Indian Army troops deployed
along the LoC. The firefight initiated by Pakistan was given strong retaliation
by Indian Army and the exchange of fire continued the whole night,” said the
Army said search operations “confirmed elimination of two likely Pakistani
soldiers and resulted in recovery of a large cache of warlike stores” adding
that a “few other intruders managed to escape across the LoC, taking advantage
of the Pakistani firing and adverse weather and visibility conditions”.
Minister Narendra Modi Monday called up his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh
Hasina to congratulate her on her “resounding victory” in the Parliamentary
elections. Hasina emerged victorious after the ruling coalition won 287 of the
298 seats in the elections held Sunday.
Hasina on her third-consecutive term as the prime minister, Modi reiterated
India’s commitment to work together with Bangladesh. During the talks, Modi
said that “Hasina’s victory was the reflection of Bangladesh’s stunning
development under her dynamic leadership,” press secretary of Bangladesh Prime
Minister Ihsanul Karim told PTI.
Ministry of External Affairs said the conversation was very cordial and that
Modi expressed confidence that the partnership between India and Bangladesh
will continue to flourish under her “far-sighted” leadership. “The PM also
reiterated the priority India attaches to Bangladesh as a neighbour, a close
partner for regional development, security and cooperation, and a central
pillar in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy,” the MEA said in a statement.
Sheikh Hasina thanked Prime Minister for being the first leader to call her to
convey congratulations. She also thanked India for their consistent and
generous support which has benefited Bangladesh’s development, and appreciated
PM’s reiteration of this commitment,” the MEA said.
to Sheikh Hasina Ji and congratulated her on the resounding victory in the
Bangladesh elections. Wished her the very best for the tenure ahead. Reiterated
India’s continued commitment to work together for the development of Bangladesh
and further strengthening of our bilateral relations,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
is comfortable with Hasina’s win since it had made considerable gains in the
relationship over the last decade of her term. This includes increased interactions
between the two nations, including 10 meetings between Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and Sheikh Hasina, six video conferences and five telephone calls in the
last five years. 19 development projects were inaugurated jointly by the two
leaders, and they signed over 90 bilateral agreements in new areas like space,
IT, electronics, cybersecurity, civil nuclear energy among others.
National Investigation (NIA) carried out searches at several places in Delhi
and questioned few people in connection with its probe into the new Islamic
State module of Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam, officials said.
senior NIA official said that the agency had carried out searches at few places
in east Delhi's Jafarabad area on Sunday.
official said that the agency had also questioned few suspects.
counter-terror probe agency's action comes four days after it arrested 10
people including the group head Mufti Mohammad Suhail as they were allegedly
planning terror attacks targeting some political personalities and security
establishments as well as crowded places in Delhi and the national capital
NIA had on December 26 carried out searches at over 17 places in Delhi and
Uttar Pradesh's Amroha, Lucknow, Meerut and Hapur. It had recovered a
country-made rocket launcher, 12 pistols, 112 alarm clocks, 100 mobile phones,
135 SIM cards, many laptops and various electronic gadgets, besides recovering
150 rounds of ammunition during the searches.
NIA had also seized 25 kg of explosive material, such as potassium nitrate,
ammonium nitrate, sulphur, sugar material paste, mobile phone circuits,
batteries, 51 pipes, remote control car triggering switch, wireless digital
doorbell for remote switch, steel containers, electric wires, knife, sword,
IS-related literature and Rs 7.5 lakh in cash.
Suhail, the NIA arrested Saeed, 28, Raees Ahmed, Saqib Iftekar, 26 and Mohammad
Irshad from Amroha.
parliament is superior, bureaucracy listens to judiciary’
Though parliament is superior to the judiciary, the bureaucracy only listens to
the judges, said the chairman of the Senate Functional Committee on Problems of
Less Developed Areas, Usman Kakar, on Monday.
retired judges don’t consider themselves answerable to parliament. I suggest
parliamentarians should stop doing politics and try to become judges,” he said
during a meeting of the committee.
committee was getting a briefing from the Ministry of National Health Services
(NHS) and its ancillary departments, regarding performance and policies at
discussion turned towards the judiciary during a briefing by the executive
director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Dr Aamer Ikram.
body chairman says orders issued by parliament or govt are ignored
Ikram said that while hearing a case regarding Congo Virus, the Balochistan
High Court had directed for a public health laboratory to be established in the
state-of-the-art public health laboratory was established in the province and
will soon be inaugurated. A number of other projects including cardiac and
allergy centres have also been established in the province,” he said.
Kakar said it is unfortunate that the bureaucracy only listens to the
of the district courts are also implemented but those made by the government or
parliamentarians are ignored by the bureaucracy. The fact is parliament is
superior to the judiciary,” he said.
a briefing by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Senator Kalsoom
Parveen asked who the president of the council was and why he was not in the
Director Administration Arshad Nawaz said retired justice Mian Shakirullah Jan
is the president of the council and that he could not attend the meeting due to
an engagement in the Supreme Court.
Senator Parveen, Mr Kakar said even retired judges do not consider themselves
answerable to parliament.
should have become judges because that is the only way we would have been given
importance. Politicians are also responsible for this as they have displayed
weakness,” he said.
the meeting, NHS Secretary Zahid Saeed said the role of the ministry was
coordination with the provinces rather than addressing the health problems of
are some departments such as the tuberculosis and malaria control programmes
which have more involvement in the provinces and they also play a role in
addressing issues,” he said.
Saeed informed the meeting that some 150,000 people across the country have
Aids but only some 25,000 are registered.
Aids Control Programme Manager Dr Baseer Achakzai said efforts are being made
to reach out to those living with Aids and provide them with proper treatment.
is more or less confined to some segments of society such as those who inject
drugs, sex workers and the transgender community. We have been focusing on
these communities so that the illness does not spread in the general
population,” he said.
Ikram said NIH started manufacturing measles vaccinations in June 2018 after an
interval of six years and has produced two million doses since.
two million more doses will be manufactured by June 2019 and will be provided
to the Expanded Programme of Immunisation at the federal and provincial level.
Rabies vaccines will also be made available in the market and laboratories
which make allergy, typhoid and diarrhoea vaccines will be upgraded,” he said.
NIH executive director said there will be huge improvements by June 2019 as a
number of projects which have been in the pipeline will be started.
of the key functions of NIH is to manufacture vaccines for local use. During
the 80s and 90s, it was producing vaccines for the entire country and was also
looking to export them. It stopped vaccine production later for various
The Government of Pakistan on Tuesday handed over a list of Indian prisoners in
the country to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, according to a
statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
to the Consular Agreement signed between the two countries on May 2008 – India
and Pakistan are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s
custody twice a year – on January 1 and July 1, respectively.
said that, the foreign office handed over a list of 537 prisoners lodged in
Pakistani jails. These include 54 civilians and 483 fishermen, according to the
foreign office statement.
Indian government will also share the list of Pakistani prisoners with the
Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
to another statement, Islamabad and New Delhi exchanged a list of nuclear
installations and facilities.
accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against
nuclear installations and facilities between Pakistan and India, signed on
December 31, 1988, the list was officially handed over to a representative of
the Indian High Commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Indian Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi handed over the list of Indian
nuclear installations and facilities to a representative of the Pakistan High
continue to simmer in Pakistan after Islamabad intensified pressure on a
regional government in the country’s Sindh province to resign following
corruption allegations. Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, has also
announced plans to launch a heavy-handed crackdown on money laundering. Press
T-V’s Javed Rana reports.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI)’s ameer Senator Sirajul Haq has said that the of Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has not been able to begin its journey towards
fulfillment of its promises during the year 2018.
a statement here, he said that the promise of across the board accountability
had become a dream while the masses remained without even clean drinking water.
“Instead of moving towards nation building, the government got busy in the
decimation of its opponents,” he added.
JI chief advised the government to give up the idea of a mini budget or further
raise in taxes expressing the hope that the government would make the year
2019, the year of the fulfillment of its promises and take solid steps towards
making Pakistan a model Islamic welfare state on the pattern of the state of
Madina. He said the nation wanted ruthless accountability and there was need
for immediate action against the remaining 436 persona named in the Panama
leaks. He said that the nation had high hopes from the government, and it
should not disappoint them.
Sirjaul Haq has condemned the silence of the United Nations and other
international institutions on the killings of innocent citizens in Bangladesh
where the worst type of dictatorship prevailed in the name of democracy.
at a briefing on the current situation in Bangladesh, at Mansoora, he said that
innocent Muslims were being victimised only because they were not ready to
accept India’s slavery.
said that in the drama of BD elections, India’s interests were being protected.
He said that dozens of people had been killed and hundreds others injured for
protesting against the rigging in the BD elections, but the world body and the
international community was not taking any notice.
Minister Imran Khan with the dawn of a new year on Tuesday resolved to battle
poverty, illiteracy, injustice and corruption in the country in 2019.
a tweet on Jan 1, the prime minister declared that his government would
"wage jihad against the four ills of our country: poverty, illiteracy,
injustice and corruption."
2019 is the beginning of Pakistan's golden era," the premier promised.
Arif Alvi shared his best wishes for citizens and prayed that the new year
would bring success and prosperity to the people and the country.
Allah grant you and your families success and happiness this year," he
also pray that Pakistan continues on its path to progress so that [it] can be
rid of poverty, hardship and unemployment."
General of the Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor declared
2019 as the "year of progress" in a message tweeted on New Year's
our national pursuit for a peaceful, prosperous and vibrant Pakistan, 2019 is
year of progress," he said, adding: "United we shall consolidate our
went on to pay tribute to "resilient Pakistanis and martyrs".
of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry tweeted a couplet encouraging
the nation to move forward together and look for solutions to the problems that
the country is facing.
urged the people to "live and let others live" and leave outdated
YAR KHAN: The Punjab government has established 350 new schools where it
enrolled more than 17,000 children during its first 100 days, claimed Punjab
Minister for Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Raja Rashid Hafeez on
a press conference at the Circuit House here, Mr Hafeez claimed that the public
will witness the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government’s performance through
practical means, and not just slogans.
said basic education was the right of every child, but the previous governments
did not focus on it. The current government was taking practical steps to train
teachers, increase their salaries and enhance access to school for each child,
further said that important decisions will be taken for improvement of
non-formal basic education during the next fiscal year and the chief minister
had assured that more funds would be provided for the purpose. He said he had
taken strict notice of the issue of non-payment of salaries of teachers of
non-formal schools for five months, adding that the salaries would be released
in a few days.
Islamic State (IS) commander and his two accomplices were killed in a bomb
blast in North Waziristan on Monday, reports claimed.
Khawaz Chimtoo belonged to the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group.
reportedly joined Da’ish, commonly known as IS, ISIS or ISIL, after Operation
Zarb-e-Azb was carried out by the Pakistan Army in the area.
are conflicting reports that the explosives had been planted by members of his
own group. However, it is also believed that an opposing faction had planned
Saudi Arabia’s Assistant Minister of Defence Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh
called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General
Headquarters (GHQ) on Monday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said
in a statement. Matters of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting,
including regional security and enhanced bilateral defence cooperation.
on December 22, Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani had visited the headquarters
of the military alliance established under command of Saudi Arabia for the
restoration of legitimate government in Yemen.
is rife in Islamabad’s power corridors over whether authorities will arrest
Pakistan’s former President Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,
both embroiled in money laundering allegations.
week, the government slapped a travel ban on Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto
Zardari. The news agitated Zardari’s supporters and party workers nationwide.
former leader was among 172 influential figures on the list, including the
incumbent chief minister of Sindh province, as well as key ministers of his
provincial government, bureaucrats and bankers.
September, Pakistan’s Supreme Court formed a six-member Joint Investigation
Team (JIT) to probe the money laundering and fake accounts case allegedly
involving Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.
Supreme Court then banned the trading and transfers of the properties of the
Zardari Group, real estate group Bahria Town and Omni Group (allegedly owned by
Zardari and his close aides).
information Minister Fawad Chaudhary told reporters last week that government
was ready to take the bull by the horns following the JIT report.
JIT had found evidence of how Zardari allegedly laundered money through fake
bank accounts and companies. Government will not spare the looters and plunders
of national wealth,” Fawad told journalists in Islamabad.
contacted by Al Arabiya English for comment, concerned authorities refused to
confirm or deny reports that Zardari and son could soon be arrested. However,
leaders of Zardari’s political party fiercely responded to the speculations.
takes heart to arrest Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the co-chairman of Pakistan
People Party (PPP). Such a move could plunge the country into chaos,” Khursheed
Shah, former leader of opposition and a central leader of Bhutto’s PPP told
journalists in Lahore on Sunday.
analyst and commentator Raza Rumi told Al Arabiya English that the travel ban
on Zardari would lead to a polarized political environment.
is going to polarize the country’s politics further and is not a good omen for
the democratic transition which is on the way. Never is the opposition crushed.
Even through a legitimate accountability drive, they cry of political
victimization and that is not a good sign for the future of political stability
in the country.
this time, Pakistan needs political stability more than anything else due to
the economic situation. If there is no political stability, then economic
stability will not be achieved,” Rumi said.
who was president from 2008 to 2013, has previously been accused of corruption
and money laundering, widely becoming known in the country as “Mr. Ten
the recent allegations, Zardari responded angrily and branded the government an
instrument of country’s powerful military.
addressing a rally marking the 11th death anniversary of his wife Benazir
Bhutto, Zardari labeled Prime Minister Imran Khan the army’s “blue-eyed boy.”
local commander of Taliban and his two fighters were killed during a clash with
the Afghan armed forces in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the
clash took place 3:30pm on Sunday in the vicnity of Almar district.
statement further added that the commander of Taliban, Qari Sefat, was killed
with his two accomplices during the clash.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban have not commented
regarding the report so far.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan. The Taliban
militants are active in some of districts and often attempt to carry out
attacks against the government and security forces.
the meantime, the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism
operations to suppress the anti-government armed militants in Faryab and other
restive provinces in the North.
Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has confirmed that a delegation of the
group has visited Tehran and met with the Iranian officials.
group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the delegation has been
sent to Tehran to hold talks regarding the situation of Afghanistan post the
coalition forces withdrawal, maintainning peace and security in Afghanistan and
statement further added that the delegation of the group occassionally visits
the regional countries to attract the political and moral support of the
regional countries to end the occupation and bring peace in Afghanistan.
spokesman of the foreign ministry of Iran, Bahram Qasemi had earlier confirmed
that the talks were being held with the knowledge of Afghanistan President
Ashraf Ghani with an intention to set parameters for negotiations between the
Taliban and the Afghan government.
Taliban delegation was in Tehran yesterday. They had comprehensive negotiations
with the Iranian deputy foreign minister,” Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying
in a report by Reuters.
militant affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K)
has handed over himself and eleven members of his family to the Afghan forces
in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the ISIS-K militant
identified as Bakhtan surrendered to the border forces in Achin district.
handed over himself and eleven family members to the border forces, the 201st
Silab Corps said in a statement, adding that three women and children were
among the family member of Bakhtan.
loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan have not commented
regarding the surrender of the group’s militant so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in the East but the ISIS-K and
Taliban militants have been attempting to expand their foothold in this
province during the recent years.
the meantime, heavy airstrikes and coordinated ground operations are underway
against the militant groups in this province.
top Chinese diplomat has expressed opposition with an abrupt withdrawal of the
U.S. forces from Afghanistan and has called on Washington for a responsible
withdrawal from the country.
Zhao, deputy Chinese ambassador in Islamabad made the remarks during an
interview with GTV News on Sunday, VOA reported.
[U.S.] have been in Afghanistan for 17 years. If they are leaving the country,
they should try to leave in a gradual and a responsible way,” Lijan Zhao said.
also emphasized the need for the Taliban and Afghan government to sit together
and negotiate a political resolution to a war he said has been going on for
nearly 40 years.
an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process supported by international partners of
Afghanistan could help end the hostilities, Lijian noted.
a civil war broke out after the U.S. withdrawal, the first countries affected
will be Pakistan, will be China, and it will be the immediate neighbors. So, we
have to sit together with the parties concerned so that we start a peace
process,” he said.
political leaders of the Taliban group met with the Iranian officials in Tehran
on Sunday in what appears to be the second meeting between Taliban and Tehran
over the past recent weeks.
spokesman of the foreign ministry of Iran, Bahram Qasemi confirmed that the the
talks were held with the knowledge of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and
were intended to set parameters for negotiations between the Taliban and the
comes as Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Iran
on Wednesday informed his Afghan counterpart that Tehran has been holding talks
with the Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government.
talks were held “to help curb the security problems in Afghanistan,” Shamkhani
told Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan president’s national security advisor.
contacts and talks with the Taliban group have been with the knowledge of
Afghanistan’s government and this process will continue,” the top Iranian
security official was quoted as saying by Tehran Times.
explosion took place near provincial police commandment’s compound in
northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan earlier today amid reports a number
of people have been killed or wounded in the incident.
governor’s spokesman Jawad Hejri confirmed the incident and said Col. Mohamamd
Omar, the district police chief of Darqad has died and three others have
sustained injuries in the explosion.
security official had earlier also confirmed that the police chief of Darqad
district has been killed in the explosion and three civilians have sustained
official further added that the incident took place at around 10:00am local
time after explosives planted in a vehicle went off.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
Afghan official says the Taliban launched two blistering attacks in northern
Sar-e-Pul province, killing 15 members of the country’s security forces.
one attack, on the outskirts of the provincial capital, heavy artillery fire by
Afghan forces trying to repel the insurgents sent local residents fleeing for
council chief Mohammad Noor Rahmani says that along with 15 policemen killed,
21 were wounded in the two attacks, which took place late on Monday. He says
fierce gunbattles raged for several hours in Sayyad district and outside
Sar-e-Pul, the provincial capital.
spokesman Qari Yousof Ahmadi claimed responsibility for both attacks.
UK kept weapons sales talks with Saudi Arabia running after the kingdom
admitted to dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, a new report has
Daily Mirror reported Tuesday it had evidence that a high-level British arms
export delegation was in Riyadh on October 2, the day Khashoggi went missing
after entering the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
arms traders returned to Riyadh on October 14 and 22 and held further meetings
with Saudi military officials as the kingdom was trying its utmost to contain
the damage from Khashoggi’s disappearance, the report added.
the time the third meeting took place, the Saudi regime had already discarded
its numerous contradictory explanations on Khashoggi’s fate and acknowledged
that he was killed in a dispute.
the British delegation were the UK Department for International Trade Defense
& Security Organization (DIT DSO)’s interim head of Mission in the Middle
East as well as retired Air Vice Marshal Nigel Maddox, a military advisor.
raises questions about British government officials’ sincerity in their
criticism of Riyadh in the aftermath of the murder.
October 19, the day Saudi finally came clean, British Foreign Minister Jeremy
Hunt warned Riyadh there would be “consequences” if Saudi authorities were
found to have been involved in the assassination.
before on October 13, reports surfaced claiming that London was gathering a
list of Saudi officials who could potentially come under sanctions as a
punishment for their involvement.
were even reports British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had
intercepted data that showed Khashoggi was killed on orders from a “member of
the royal circle.”
is a rank hypocrisy at the heart of the Government’s foreign policy,” said
Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against Arms Trade. “As Jeremy Hunt was in the
Commons condemning the murder, there were civil servants in Riyadh pushing
for even more arms sales.”
obtained by the Mirror were titled “ROC: Riyadh Operations Centre
requirements,” which seems to be a reference to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war on
UK has licensed over £4.7billion worth of arms exports to Riyadh since the
deadly conflict began in March 2015.
has also been providing combat intelligence and target data to Saudi Arabia
over the course of the war, which has killed thousands of Yemeni civilians and
put millions more on the verge of famine.
war is being led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de
facto ruler who is also accused of personally ordering Khashoggi's murder.
charity aims to deliver 7000 meals to homeless by New Year's Day
Muslim youth charity has beaten its own record by delivering more than 5,000
meals to homeless people at major cities across the UK and aims to reach the
7,000 mark by New Year's Day.
Cross, one of Central London’s homeless hotspots was rife with rough sleepers
over the weekend where volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association
(AMYA) were busy distributing food and supplies including including water,
gloves and winter hats.
Ahmedi, who at 25 is one of Britain’s youngest Imams, said its principle goals
are to follow Islamic teachings by providing help to people who need it and to
counter radicalisation amongst youth by engaging them in positive action for
said teaching young people to give back to the community means "there is
no room for extremism or radicalisation."
well as delivering food, Mr Ahmedi said the organisation’s volunteers will be
cleaning up the mess left behind by revellers on New Year’s Day. He added: “We
feel that it is part of our responsibility to do this in the country in which
charity, launched in 1989, is a wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community which
formed in the UK in 1913. It claims to be the largest and oldest Muslim youth
charity in the country with some 9,100 members spread across 148 chapters. As
well as the seasonal food drive, volunteers also deliver an average of 150
meals a week to homeless people all year round.
of those volunteers, Qamar Ahmed, said: “Even though we don’t celebrate
Christmas, it doesn’t stop us from reaching out and helping others who do,
especially at this time of year when they are lonely and on the streets.”
well as delivering food to rough sleepers, he said the charity inspires young
volunteers to reach out to people experiencing mental health problems and
loneliness in care homes and orphanages.
Ahmed added such actions represent a positive response to Islamophobic
attitudes that stereotype an entire belief system, while establishing strong
relations between different communities.
analysis from homeless charity Shelter suggested there are 320,000 homeless
people on record in the UK, a figure which increased by 13,000 over the last
year. This means one in every 200 people in Britain are either homeless or
living in temporary accommodation.
almost 170,000 people living on its streets, London has the highest levels of
homelessness, equating to one in every 52 people, the charity said, adding that
Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester are suffering from housing crisis. It
estimated 131,000 homeless children in Britain today.
Office of National Statistics recently revealed there were an estimated 597
homeless people died in England and Wales in 2017 - a figure which the study
claims has increased over the last five years.
an elderly woman who lives on the streets was one of 150 people or so to
receive a meal from volunteers in Charing Cross. She said: “We want change. The
system is wrong and it’s putting people on the street. We want nobody to be on
the streets anymore. We want everybody to have a self-contained flat."
added: "The system is about divide and rule. The rich become richer, the
poor more poor. We live in the 21st century and everybody should be living
properly – not be forced into accepting handouts. I am on the streets because
the system is wrong. We should change the corrupt, rotten system.”
said she did not want to elaborate on why she is homeless, but other homeless
people in Charing Cross gave their reasons.
Martinez, 28, who came to the UK from France to work in the food and beverage
industry said he has been sleeping rough for six years because of the high cost
of renting in London. He said property developers in the city are driving up
prices and landlords are capitalising on the market while social housing
continues to dwindle.
a trained civil engineer and former teacher from Algeria who did not want to be
named, said: “Immigration fucking up brought me to the streets. The Home Office
lost my file and put me in limbo since almost 20 years now. I had a work permit
and they revoked it. I was even married to a British person. This is about
social justice - and if there were no food handouts like this, I would have to
fend for myself in another way.”
Sewell said he has been living on the streets on and off for three years. He
said the prison system did not help to rehabilitate him. “After prison I was
ordered to stay away from home. I’m just a remandee but the food handouts on
the street are something to look forward to.”
29, from Lithuania, said he has worked and paid taxes in the UK for six years
and has never claimed benefits but found himself on the streets after losing
his job because he could not afford expensive London rents. He said: “I want a
job but it’s hard when you don’t have a place to live. You just can’t stay in
the street and work.”
McHugh said he ended up on the streets after a divorce. He said: “I used to
think a lot of the people on the streets were lazy but I found out it’s the opposite.
Most of them work, and unfortunately they don’t have enough money to pay rent,
that's why we’re on the streets.”
the work of the charity he said: “It’s good, it makes a complete difference.
The reality is, they’re keeping us alive - the hot food and the camaraderie
actually keeps us alive.”
1 December 2018, AMYA has delivered 4,000 meals across London, distributing an
average 200 meals per day across Victoria, Holborn, Waterloo, Leicester Square,
Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Westminster, Piccadilly Circus, King’s Cross,
Russell Square and Hyde Park.
UNITED KINGDOM: British counter-terrorism police were investigating a multiple
stabbing in which the suspect reportedly shouted "Allah" at a
Manchester railway station on New Year's Eve, officials said Tuesday.
man and a woman, both in their 50s, and a police officer were being treated for
knife injuries following the stabbings on Monday evening at Manchester Victoria
station in the northwestern English city.
Sam Clack, 38, a BBC radio producer, said he heard the suspect shouting
"Allah" before and during the attack.
quoted the suspect as saying: "As long as you keep bombing other
countries, this sort of shit is going to keep happening."
male suspect has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, Greater Manchester
Police (GMP) said in a statement.
woman suffered injuries to her face and abdomen and the man was wounded in the
abdomen, while a British Transport Police officer sustained a stab wound to the
injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening. The two members of
the public were taken to the hospital.
incident happened at around 8:50 pm (2050 GMT) when many revellers in the city
would have been enjoying New Year's Eve celebrations.
said: "I just heard this most blood-curdling scream and looked down the
came towards me. I looked down and saw he had a kitchen knife with a black
handle with a good 12 inch (30-centimetre) blade.
was just fear, pure fear."
said police officers used a stun gun and pepper spray before, "six or
seven" officers jumped on the man.
said he heard the alleged knifeman shouting "Allah" during the
added: "He shouted it before, he shouted it during it -- 'Allah'."
witness who gave her name as Rebekka told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I
heard the most blood-curdling scream I've ever heard and turned to see everyone
running towards me.
jumped off the tram track and started to run down the tram lines and hid behind
some concrete slabs under one of the arches.
was just really scared, I didn't know if I was going to die."
declared the attack a "critical incident".
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said the investigation was being led by
counter-terrorism police and officers were keeping an "open mind".
events will have understandably worried people but I need to stress that the
incident is not ongoing, a man is in custody and there is currently no
intelligence to suggest that there is any wider threat at this time," he
we don't yet know the full circumstances and are keeping an open mind, officers
from Counter Terror Policing North West are leading the investigation.
is to ensure we have all the expertise available to us and progress our
investigation as soon as we possibly can."
city's New Year celebrations went ahead in Albert Square despite the incident,
with a firework display taking place as planned, though increased security was
city experienced a suicide attack in May 2017, when 22 people were killed and
139 wounded at a concert by the US singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester
prosecutors have filed preliminary terrorism charges against 15 people who are
suspected of links to the killing of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas
public prosecutor said in a statement that the charges include forming a gang
to prepare and commit terrorist acts and premeditated murder. Three of the
suspects faced additional charges for allegedly urging the others to commit
acts of terrorism.
women, one from Denmark and one from Norway, were found dead in a remote
mountain region on Dec. 17. Authorities have described the slayings as an
alleged attack by followers of ISIS.
15 suspects were referred on Sunday to an investigating judge who handles terror-related
cases. More suspects are expected to be charged in the coming days.
cool, Wan Azizah tells Azmin over Anwar appointments
LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has called on PKR deputy president
Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to remain calm over his dissenting views on the
party president's recent appointment of leaders.
cool, cool," she told the press at KLCC on Monday (Dec 31) night.
Deputy Prime Minister made a brief stop about an hour prior to the New Year
countdown for a street preaching (street dakwah) social programme organised by
the National Union Of Malaysian Muslim Students.
was asked about Azmin airing his dissatisfaction in the public over PKR
president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's appointments, which saw former
vice-president Rafizi Ramli being reinstated to his old post.
present was Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
asked if Azmin's action was good for the party, Dr Wan Azizah said; "There
are ways and means to tell the new president about certain things.
think (Azmin should) let the new president lead the party. We have actually
chosen him (to lead). And as he said, it is the prerogative of the president,
who is also the unity factor in the party," she said.
asked about reports saying that Azmin might challenge Anwar for the party's
presidency in the future, Dr Wan Azizah said anybody could do that.
can challenge (Anwar). I remember, even in Umno party in the past (someone)
challenged (former Umno president) Datuk Onn Jaafar.
happens in any political party," she added.
Syed Saddiq, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Armada (Youth) chief, said
the majority of the Youth movements of all Pakatan Harapan component parties
were against solicitation for contracts and positions from those in power.
citizens are not stupid.
the New Malaysia, we want to ensure that we follow the due process. We take out
the politics of patronage in order for us to move forward. We need to ensure
that those who deserve it are the ones who get it," he said.
vice-president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman had reportedly said on Sunday
that the gains by the party must be protected at all costs – even through
granting contracts to party division chiefs.
said division chiefs must not be left behind when the party moved forward. And
this included granting contracts to them so they could defend their seats in
the next general election.
asked on calls for Rashid to step down, Syed Saddiq said it was best for it to
be discussed "in the presidential council".
JAYA, Dec 25 — A PAS lawmaker today said that the cultivation of religious
harmony does not mean following the obligations of other religions, but rather
respecting non-Muslims and giving them the right to celebrate their religious
Nerus MP Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said Islam placed the relationship
between Muslims and non-Muslims within a broad scope, that is to “be good and
uphold justice” in all aspects of life as long as the latter did not fight
Islam and its people.
Islamic community in Malaysia has shown a good example in getting along with
non-Muslims since for many years in all aspects of life.
is something to be proud of. There is no need to be overwhelmed by the
celebrations of non-Islamic festivals that involve religious ritual because it
involved tenets prohibited in Islam,” he said in a statement today.
Khairuddin said the love between human beings must continue to be nurtured
through various daily activities that involve friendships and neighbourly
is what Islam teaches. It is not measured just by a narrow space of celebrating
the festivals with other believers,” he said.
Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi yesterday warned Muslims not to
people have been killed and around 35 others wounded after a bomb went off
outside a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Cotabato, police
explosion prompted officers to search the mall, leading to the discovery of
another suspected bomb which they destroyed, said local police spokesman Chief
Inspector Rowell Zafra.
female street vendor and one man were killed, while many of the wounded were
shoppers buying goods for traditional New Year festivities.
of the wounded were in critical condition, officials said.
debris, including items sold for New Year celebrations, such as horns made from
cardboard and plastic, gifts and a bloody slipper lay at the mall's entrance
where the bombing took place.
of surrounding buildings were shattered by the blast, eyewitnesses said.
could not immediately say what kind of bomb was used or name any suspects.
local army commander Major General Cirilito Sobejana told ABS-CBN television
that an individual was seen carrying a box which he left in front of the mall.
It exploded a few seconds later.
said the bomb had the signature of a "Daesh group," referring to
local extremists who have declared allegiance to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist
said the military had some "leads" in the incident but did not
September and August, bombs went off in Isulan town, 77 kilometers (48 miles)
south of Cotabato, killing at least three people.
Rodrigo Duterte put the southern Mindanao region under martial rule until the
end of 2018 after pro-Daesh militants seized the city of Marawi last year.
says Israel is an 'indispensable ally' of the Arabs against Iran
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Arab countries viewed Israel as an
“indispensable ally” fighting Iran and the militant Islamic State group.
evaluation, he told Brazil's Globo TV during a visit to Rio, has caused “a
revolution in relations with the Arab world.”
comments came as Israel has stepped up air strikes on Iranian positions in
neighboring Syria, and as Israel digested an abrupt decision by President
Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria.
has repeatedly warned that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons to destroy
we have not made any advance with the Palestinians. Half of them are already
under the gun of Iran and of radical Islam,” Netanyahu added.
if he could ever contemplate sitting down with an Iranian leader to talk peace,
Netanyahu replied: “If Iran remains committed to our destruction the answer is
only way, he said, would be “if Iran undergoes a total transformation.”
was in Brazil to attend Tuesday's inauguration of the Latin American country's
new, pro-Israel president, Jair Bolsonaro.
the sidelines of the ceremony, Netanyahu was to hold talks with US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo, who is also among the visiting dignitaries.
were expected to discuss the US troop pullout from Syria and Iranian activities
in the Middle East.
reaches out to 700,000 Rohingya Muslims
in their homeland, hundreds of thousands of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims fled to
neighboring Bangladesh. The humanitarian aid campaign Turkey launched last
year, upon calls by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, caught the attention of the
public's conscience. The country has so far reached out to at least 700,000
Rohingya Muslims with humanitarian aid.
state-run organizations and individuals set up camps, hospitals and water wells
and distributed aid to the community. In one year, more than 2,000 tons of food
packages were delivered to the displaced Rohingya Muslims. Some 165,000 people
received free medical treatment and more than 300,000 others receive
psychiatric treatment to cope with what they suffered at the hands of poverty,
military oppression and other misfortunes in Myanmar.
community is slowly building a new life and hundreds of bamboo houses, Turks
helped them build, will give them a new place to start over, though their
suffering far from their homeland lingers on.
of thousands of Rohingya Muslims poured across Myanmar's border with Bangladesh
after a wave of anti-Rohingya attacks in the summer of 2017. Thousands were
killed in the violence and those forced to flee faced dire poverty and the
threat of diseases in crudely built camps in Bangladesh.
U.N. has described the operations by Myanmar security forces as ethnic
cleansing. The stateless Rohingya have been the target of communal violence and
vicious anti-Muslim sentiment in mainly Buddhist Myanmar for years. Myanmar has
denied citizenship to Rohingya since 1982 and excludes them from the 135 ethnic
groups it officially recognizes, which effectively renders them stateless.
has always been among the most vocal supporters of the community, repeatedly
drawing attention to their plight. Turkish charities had joined forces after
mass displacement of Rohingya Muslims in 2017 and quickly collected millions of
Turkish liras for setting up a lifeline of humanitarian aid to camps in
Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the Turkish Red Crescent
and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) are at the forefront
of accommodation efforts for the displaced. They set up some 400,000 tents for
Rohingya Muslims in camps near the Bangladeshi border. The AFAD runs one of the
biggest humanitarian assistance operations in the region, providing health,
food and accommodation services. This Turkish state-run agency set up 10 water
wells and water distribution points at the refugee camps.
crews also distributed some 20,000 food packages to the displaced, along with
thousands of toys for children and constructed playgrounds for the displaced
Mahmoud Abbas says Palestine will never allow the United States to sell
Jerusalem al-Quds to Israel, reiterating that the occupied city will remain the
eternal capital of the state of Palestine.
al-Quds “is not for sale,” Abbas said in a speech marking the 54th anniversary
of the Fatah party’s founding in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday.
will not allow anyone to advance a plot against Jerusalem (al-Quds),” he noted,
stressing that the city “will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian
state, as the late President Yasser Arafat said that a Palestinian child will
raise the flag of Palestine on the walls, minarets and churches of Jerusalem
lays claim to the whole Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community
views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory.
occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967 and later
annexed the city in a move not recognized by the international community.
President Donald Trump sparked anger among Palestinians and the entire international
community in December 2017, when he recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the Israeli
also moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied city months later in defiance
of global warnings.
said that the embassy relocation would fail to undermine the right of
Palestinians to Jerusalem al-Quds and would not cause them to give up their
also emphasized that the Palestinian people would press on with their struggle
until they establish their independent state, saying, “The revolution goes on
and will continue.”
further said that the Palestinian nation would not accept Trump’s so-called
“deal of the century” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
the wake of Trump’s policy shift on Jerusalem al-Quds, the Palestinian
president described the US president’s proposed plan, which is yet to be
unveiled, as the “slap of the century,” saying Washington could no more act as
a mediator in the so-called peace process due to its bias towards Tel Aviv.
went on to say that Washington’s punitive measures against Palestinians would
not change their position on “refugee rights.”
tensions with Palestinians, the US ended its decades of funding for the UN
agency that helps Palestinian refugees and slashed aid for projects in the West
Bank and Gaza.
continuation of the colonialist settlement and the occupation of the land of
the State of Palestine will not break our willpower, nor will it harm our
resolve, because our people will not kneel but to Allah, and this is our land
and holy places, and this is the land of our forefathers and grandfathers,”
Abbas pointed out in his latest remarks on the subject.
also warned that Israel’s “racist” laws and measures would not bring security
and peace to the occupied territories, but would rather expand the cycle of
violence and bloodshed there.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he would not resign from
office should the attorney general accept police recommendations to indict him
before his side of the case is heard.
last week announced a snap election would be held in April, seeking a fresh
political mandate that could help him weather possible charges in corruption
Israeli leader is enmeshed in three graft cases and denies any wrongdoing.
Israel’s attorney-general decide to press charges against Netanyahu, he would
announce the indictment pending a hearing, after which charges could be filed
at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro whether he would bow out of the election
race should that happen, Netanyahu said: “I don’t intend to resign.”
to the law, the prime minister does not have to resign during the hearing
process ... The hearing doesn’t end until my side is heard,” he said.
what would happen if a prime minister is ousted before the hearing is finished,
and then after the hearing they decide to close the case. It’s absurd. It’s a
terrible blow to democracy.”
indictment decision had been expected within weeks, but some analysts say the
attorney general could opt to delay the move out of concern he might influence
the outcome of the election. The Justice Ministry has promised to continue its
work “independent of political events”.
polls show Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party easily winning the April 9 vote,
which was originally scheduled for November.
could use its growing clout in Iraq to turn it into a springboard for attacks
against Israel, the chief of Israeli military intelligence said on Monday.
sees the spread of Tehran’s influence in the region as a growing threat, and
has carried out scores of air strikes in civil war-torn Syria against suspected
military deployments and arms deliveries by Iranian forces supporting Damascus.
which does not share a border with Israel, is technically its enemy but was
last an open threat in the 1991 Gulf War. Since a US-led invasion in 2003
toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim, Israel has worried that
Iraq’s Shiite majority could tilt towards Iran.
is under growing influence of the (covert Iranian foreign operations unit) Quds
Force and Iran,” military intelligence chief Major-General Tamir Hayman told a
conference in Tel Aviv.
US President Donald Trump disengaging from the region, Hayman said, the
Iranians may “see Iraq as a convenient theatre for entrenchment, similar to
what they did in Syria, and to use it as a platform for a force build-up that
could also threaten the State of Israel”.
prime minister said on Sunday that security officials from Baghdad had met
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role
fighting ISIS extremist group as US troops withdraw.
Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources, Reuters reported in August that Iran had
transferred short-range ballistic missiles to Shiite allies in Iraq. Baghdad
denied the findings.
following week, Israel said it might attack such sites in Iraq, effectively
expanding a campaign now focused on Syria.
predicted 2019 would bring “significant change” to Syria, where Assad has
beaten back rebels with the help of Russia, Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah
reinforcements, and where Trump this month ordered a pullout of US troops.
presence of Iran, with Syria’s return to stabilization under a Russian
umbrella, is something we are watching closely,” he said.
has also been monitoring Iranian conduct since Trump quit the 2015 nuclear deal
with Tehran in May and re-imposed US sanctions. The deal placed caps on nuclear
projects with bomb-making potential, though Iran denied having such designs.
Trump, with Israeli support, deemed the caps insufficient.
Baha’i community voiced fresh concern Monday for members of the faith detained
in Yemen under the pro-Iranian Houthi militias, saying that prisoners have been
excluded from a swap planned with the government.
Houthis who have a control over the capital Sanaa, and the legitimate Yemeni
government in December agreed on a mass prisoner swap, exchanging more than
15,000 names, in a rare sign of hope in ending one of the world’s most
the Baha’is, whose religion is opposed by Iran’s Shiite clerical regime, said
the Houthi militias had balked at including six Baha’is who had been on the
the community said it has learned that the Houthis were pressing for an abrupt
appeals hearing to take place Tuesday on Hammed bin Haidara, a Baha’i who has
been sentenced to death, and for quick verdicts against 24 other detained
Baha’is who could also face the death penalty on religious grounds.
aid meant for starving Yemenis is being stolen and sold in some areas
controlled by Houthis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday.
hearing that humanitarian food was being sold on the open market in Sanaa, WFP
said it found many people had not received the food rations to which they are
entitled, and that at least one local partner organization affiliated with the
Houthi Ministry of Education was committing fraud.
conduct amounts to the stealing of food from the mouths of hungry people,” WFP
Executive Director David Beasley said. “At a time when children are dying in
Yemen because they haven’t enough food to eat, that is an outrage. This
criminal behavior must stop immediately.”
officials contacted by Reuters did not immediately respond to requests for
war and the ensuing economic collapse have left 15.9 million people, 53 percent
of the population, facing “severe acute food insecurity” and famine was a
danger if immediate action was not taken, a survey said this month.
is trying to get food aid to as many as 12 million severely hungry people.
its monitors had gathered photographic and other evidence of trucks illicitly
removing food from designated food distribution centers and local officials
falsifying records and manipulating the selection of beneficiaries.
was discovered that some food relief is being given to people not entitled to
it and some is being sold for gain in the markets of the capital,” the WFP
said he was asking the Houthi authorities to stop food being diverted and make
sure it reaches the people who need it.
Verhoosel, WFP spokesman in Geneva, said WFP was looking at the possibility of
distributing cash to needy people, if a biometric identification system could
be introduced, using personal data including iris scans and finger prints.
faced the most condemnations at the United Nations in 2018, with the General
Assembly passing at least 20 resolutions against Tel Aviv for human rights
abuses, illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian territory as
well as its continued occupation of East Jerusalem al-Quds, a report said.
UN approved at least six anti-Israel resolutions in a single day on November
30, while a separate resolution passed in December renewed condemnation of the
US unilateral recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” Turkey's
official Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.
resolutions further voiced support for long-stalled efforts to achieve a
so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while
separately censuring Israel’s continued occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights.
seized some two thirds of the rocky plateau in southwestern Syria during the
1967 Six-Day War. It later unilaterally annexed the occupied territory in a
move not recognized by the international community.
month, outgoing US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized the world body
for condemning Israel at least 500 times over the years.
made the comments after a US-sponsored draft resolution seeking to condemn the
Palestinian resistance group Hamas at the United Nations General Assembly
failed to gain sufficient traction.
occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds during the Six Day War in
1967. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built illegally since the 1967
occupation of the Palestinian territories.
continued expansion of Israeli settlements is one of the major obstacles to the
establishment of peace in the Middle East.
recent months, Tel Aviv has stepped up its settlement construction activities
in the occupied Palestinian lands in a blatant violation of international law
and in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334.
nations and the United Nations, among others, maintain their strong opposition
to settlement building in Palestinian territories.
have also been running high in the occupied territories over US President
Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and
relocation of the US embassy to the occupied city.
An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian to 18 years imprisonment on Monday for
stabbing to death a British woman in Jerusalem last year, under a plea bargain
acknowledging he is mentally ill.
Tamimi, 59, killed 21-year-old exchange student Hannah Bladon on a tram as she
was going to the church where she volunteered, the court heard. He targeted her
at random when she came within his reach after offering her seat to an older
woman, stabbing her at least seven times.
was not a terrorist incident ... This was a terrible murder carried out by a
mentally ill person,” the prosecutor said, explaining why a life prison
sentence had not been sought, according to a court transcript.
lawyer said the defendant attacked Bladon in a rage at his sons insisting that
he stay in a mental institution rather than with them. “This drove him to stab
a person to death so that he would be shot dead,” the lawyer said.
the April 14, 2017 incident, Tamimi was overpowered and arrested.
of Palestinians who carried out similar attacks, many of them as a political
act against Israel, have been shot by security forces or armed civilians.
relatives said the sentence was too lenient.
the family, it makes no difference whether this was a terror attack or just
another crazed murderer,” the family’s representative, Israeli lawyer Maurice
Hirsch, told Reuters.
are outraged by the leniency of the sentence. They expected that Hannah’s
murderer would spent the rest of his life behind bars.”
Faso declares state of emergency in north following attacks
Faso has declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces, a
government spokesman says, as extremist groups intensify attacks in areas
has deteriorated in the West African country as militants seek to increase
their influence across the poorly policed scrublands of the Sahel region just
south of the Sahara Desert.
authorities are facing security problems from "the diffuse, cross-border
nature of the terrorist threat," government spokesman Remy Fulgance
Dandjinou said following a special meeting of the cabinet.
week, ten gendarmes were killed in an attack near the Malian border claimed by
Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), an umbrella group for
al-Qaeda-linked militants in the Sahara.
claimed responsibility for other attacks this year, including one in the
capital Ouagadougou in March that killed about eight security agents and
wounded dozens of others.
in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for a raid on a restaurant
and hotel in Ouagadougou in January 2016 in which 30 people were killed. AQIM
merged with other local militant groups last year to form JNIM.
of people have fled their homes as a result of the attacks and reprisals by
Burkinabe security forces, Human Rights Watch reported in May.
least two people were killed and six injured when Sudanese security forces
broke up a march against President Omar Al Bashir in Khartoum on Sunday,
protesters died after being shot in the head, while five of the wounded
suffered head injuries from tear gas canisters. A doctor was shot in the thigh.
forces fired tear gas and shot in the air as hundreds of people gathered at the
Alqandoul roundabout in Khartoum, the starting point for a march to the
presidential palace to demand that Mr Al Bashir step down. Police were seen
firing their weapons as they chased groups of protesters who scattered into
protest was the latest in nearly two weeks of nationwide demonstrations that
began on December 19 after the government tripled the price of bread. Seventeen
protesters and two security personnel have been killed, and more than 200
people were injured, according to the last government toll issued on December
Al Bashir met top police officers in the capital on Sunday and ordered them to
avoid excessive force against demonstrators after the United Nations called for
an investigation into the deaths and violence during the demonstrations.
want to maintain security and we want the police to do that by using less
force," the president said.
admit that we have economic problems... but they can't be solved by destruction,
looting, and theft," he said, referring to the torching of buildings and
political offices by protesters in several cities.
the suppression of Monday's protest was the most violent so far, witnesses
forces took up positions in key areas of the capital on Sunday night, while
cameras were installed at some locations and all stones were removed from the
streets in central Khartoum. Roads leading to the starting point for the march
were blocked off by security vehicles.
of the people killed on Monday was a political activist, while the other was a
worker at a restaurant in the area who was watching the protest.
march was called by the Sudanese Professionals Association, which staged a
similar rally on December 25 that was broken up by security forces before the
protesters could reach the presidential palace.
will march towards the presidential palace calling for President Omar Al Bashir
to step down," the group said in statement issued on Sunday night.
were also held in Omdurman and other cities on Monday but without major
protests are backed by opposition groups but political analysts say they are
being driven by deep-rooted anger at nearly three decades of poor governance
under Mr Al Bashir.
is facing an acute foreign exchange crisis and inflation is at 70 per cent,
leading to shortages of bread and fuel and a steady increase in the cost of
President Omar al-Bashir issued a decree on Monday to form an investigating
committee, headed by the Minister of Justice, around the latest events that the
African country witnessed.
today, Bashir promised higher salaries and support of vulnerable groups, saying
that serious discussions are the only solution to the disagreements.
in his speech on Sudan’s 63rd independence day, said that he aims to strengthen
and grow political participation without excluding anyone.
also stressed that Sudan has many international and Arab partnerships to
support the country’s economy, and that he looks forward to doubling these
efforts, getting closer to the end of this hard phase, and moving to reform.
also said that he is committed to the 2020 free and honest elections, calling
on the opposition to participate in building Sudan saying: “We call upon the
Sudanese people to unite and leave violence.”
Yemen, the president said that his country will continue to support the
legitimate government until stability returns to the country.
and members of parliament went angry when Khalil Atieh, member of Jordanian
parliament, called for the amnesty law to include several crimes, one of which
Jordanian parliament, during a session on Thursday, witnessed Atieh’s call for
including some excluded crimes in the amnesty law, such as rape, after charges
of parliament Khalid al-Fanatseh and Hassan al-Ajarmeh later supported what
Atieh was calling for.
States President Donald Trump has given in to pressure to slow down his planned
troop pullout from Syria, permitting the US military four months to withdraw.
New York Times reported the decision on Monday. Trump had initially given the
American forces 30 days for the procedure.
American president had hinted at a more extensive pullout timetable earlier on
Monday, tweeting about "slowly sending our troops back home."
military and Pentagon officials had sought to entirely change the president's
mind on the planned pullout. Some military officials also argue that more time
is required to withdraw the troops in an "orderly" manner.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a vocal supporter of the president, met Trump on the
matter on Sunday.
announced that Trump had agreed to put the 30-day evacuation plan in a “pause
situation” to reevaluate his decision.
on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had reportedly urged Trump
to slow down the planned withdrawal.
reportedly accepted Netanyahu's request according to Israeli media sources
citing an unnamed senior Israeli diplomatic official.
news comes as Bolton is preparing to visit Turkey and Israel to discuss
regional security issues in the coming days.
weeks ago, US President Donald Trump abruptly announced that his country had
"defeated" Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Syria and would be pulling all
2,000 American forces from the country.
believe Trump’s decision upended a central pillar of US Middle East policy,
stunning opponents and allies alike.
to The Washington Post in November, Trump had stressed that “we have reached a
point where we don’t have to stay in the Middle East."
however, refused to call for a complete withdrawal from the region,
highlighting Israel's need for US protection.
reason to stay is Israel,” said Trump in the interview.
told Bibi. And, you know, we give Israel $4.5 billion a year. And they’re doing
very well defending themselves, if you take a look,” said Trump. “So that’s the
way it is.”
was not immediately clear, nevertheless, where Trump's $4.5 billion figure came
the US government is in shut down due to a dispute with Congress over the
allocation of $5 billion in funds needed for Trump’s proposed southern border
wall, the US enforced a whooping 10-year $38-billion aid package to Tel Aviv
aid package, which includes a record annual $3.3-billion contribution, was
signed during the tenure of former US President Barack Obama in 2016 to provide
Israel with free military material until 2028 as the regime's forces continue
their brutal crackdown of Palestinians protesters.
President Donald Trump is pulling out troops from Syria and ending war in Afghanistan
in order to focus on economic negotiations with China, an American writer and
Petras, a retired professor who has published on political issues with
particular focus on Latin America, the Middle East and imperialism, made the
remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday.
US has reportedly evacuated a military base in Syria, the first step towards
delivering on Trump’s recent pledge to pull American forces out of the Arab
to local residents of al-Malikiya, in the northeastern province of Hasakeh,
some 50 American soldiers had already left the base and traveled to a base in
Iraq, along with their armored vehicles and other equipment.
think it’s very clear to Trump that he needs to adapt a realistic policy, and
the US position in Syria has deteriorated, particularly its attempt to work
table on both sides. On the one hand, criticizing and attacking ISIS (Daesh),
on other hand working with the groups that are close with ISIS,” Petras said.
think Trump is very concerned about the cost of US involvement both material
and ideological and diplomatic. He’s been collaborating with the Kurds. And
this has created animosity with the Turks,” he stated.
Trump, the Turks are more important than Kurds especially in NATO, especially
in looking after US interests in the Middle East,” he noted.
I think the Kurds made a dramatic error in putting their eggs in the basket of
the US. And now I think Washington is moving to reduce its presence in
Afghanistan, a long war which the US has no chance of winning, and to focus on
economic negotiations with China,” he stated.
think one can Trump has taken a stand of negotiations with China, and from our
understanding the early phase of the negotiations are moving ahead. It looks
like there’s some possibility of an agreement, concessions on the part of
China, recognition on the part of the US,” the analyst said.
the big problem is the Democrats in this country. The so-called liberal party
has adopted a very militarist position, opposing the withdrawal from Syria,
opposing the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and accusing the Trump administration
of undermining its negotiations with China,” he said.
you have the intensification of the domestic conflict in the United States. But
the fact of the matter is the great majority of the US public is not opposed to
the withdrawal from the wars in the Middle East nor is it against China Trump
coming some agreement,” he observed.
I think the problems domestically in the US, particularly the building of the
wall between Mexico and the US has emerged as a major point of conflict and
closed down of the government,” the academic said.
Monday, Trump defended his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria,
saying he is "just doing what I said I was going to do" during his
2016 election campaign.
I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places. Now when I start getting
out the Fake News Media, or some failed Generals who were unable to do the job
before I arrived, like to complain about me & my tactics, which are
working," Trump wrote on Twitter.
doing what I said I was going to do!"
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