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A visitor learns how to wear a headscarf at Jaffari
Community Centre in Vaughan, Ont. on Nov. 10, 2018
DJ, Qawwali during Juloos-e-Mohammadi against Islam:
Fatwa of Dargah Aala Hazrat
Indonesia’s Campaign for Centrist Islam Goes Global
Petition to Suspend TLP’s Registration Filed in Apex
Muslims Invite Other Canadians to 'Visit My Mosque'
and Ask Them Anything
KSA, UAE, USA, UK Identify Key Actions to Address
Situation In Yemen
Qawwali during Juloos-e-Mohammadi against Islam: Fatwa of Dargah Aala Hazrat
Jaish Terrorists In Punjab, Heading Towards Delhi: Counter Intelligence Warns
Police Releases Posters of Zakir Moosa in Manhunt for Al-Qaeda Commander
Indian Identity on Sale, Rohingya Migrants Procure Aadhaar, PAN, Voter ID
Body of Civilian Abducted by Terrorists Found in J&K's Pulwama
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Litigant in Babri Masjid case expresses concern on safety of his community
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Caliphate Had ICERD Too, Turkish Scholar Reminds Malaysian Muslim Groups
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M: Not easy, but Putrajaya will ratify conventions like ICERD
vigilante mobs deliver brutal ‘justice’
to Suspend TLP’s Registration Filed in Apex Court
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comes to Fawad’s defence as Senate chairman bans entry
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A cleric at Dargah Aala Hazrat has passed a fatwa stating that playing ‘DJ and
Qawwali’ during Juloos-e-Mohammadi is against Islam.
fatwa, passed on Thursday on a query filed by a local resident, also said that
people participating in Juloos (processions or marches) should distribute
‘Sheerni’ (Prasad) with respect.
fatwa come days after clerics had appealed to the community members not to use
DJ during processions.
is taken out to observe the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammadi. The
procession will be taken out on November 21. Nearly 130 juloos are taken out in
the city that later merged with each other and culminate at Dargah Aala Hazrat.
Gulfam Ansari, a resident of Shahbad in Bareilly, asked the seminary, “During
Juloos-e-Mohammadi, some people play DJ at a high sound and also play Qawwali,
and people throw Sheerni at devotees from the terrace of their houses. What is
the correct way for Juloos-e-Mohammadi?”
to his query, Mufti Mohammad Kausher Ali of Darul Ifta, Dargah Aala Hazrat,
passed a fatwa. It said, “Taking out Juloos-e-Mohammadi is the way to express
happiness. However, playing DJ or qawwali is un-Islamic. Sheerni should be distributed
had reported on Tuesday that clerics and social organisations have announced
that groups with DJ and weapons will not be included in Juloos-e-Mohammadi this
time. Salman Hasan Khan Qadri, vice-president, Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, an organisation
affiliated to Dargah Aala Hazrat, had earlier said, “Our organisation has
appealed to people that they should not use DJ or be armed with weapons while
taking out processions. Islam gives the message of peace and love, and there is
no point in causing inconvenience to anyone with the loud sound of DJ.”
Warsi, president, Jansewa team, a social organisation, had earlier said,
“People spend lakhs of rupees on DJ. We appeal to the community members that
they should save money by not installing sound system and spend that money for
the welfare of the poor.”
Amin is vice-presidential running mate for incumbent President Joko ‘Jokowi’
Widodo in the 2019 presidential election. While Amin was a surprise choice, his
ideas on the role of Islam in Indonesia are proving to be a potential
vote-getter. Amin’s value for Jokowi is not his personality per se, but what he
symbolises or represents. The coming together of the duo reflects the symbiosis
of the two main streams of Indonesian politics — nationalism as manifested in
Jokowi and Islam in Amin.
cleric Ma'ruf Amin speaks to the media after he was chose to be Indonesian
President Joko Widodo's running mate in the 2019 presidential election in
Jakarta, Indonesia, 9 August 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Antara Foto).
central feature of Amin’s campaign so far is his promotion of Wasatiyyah Islam.
Loosely translated, the term wasatiyyah connotes a middle way or a path of
moderation. During an October 2018 speech in Singapore hosted by the S
Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Amin spoke of the importance
of Wasatiyyah Islam in Indonesia, and how Indonesia should not only practise
but also project Wasatiyyah Islam to the world. To him, Wasatiyyah Islam
contributes not only to peace and security in Indonesia, but also globally
given the country’s position as the world’s fourth largest country by
what is Wasatiyyah Islam? According to Amin: ‘It is Islam tengah (middle way or
centrist Islam) that produces the best community (khairu ummah)’. Islam tengah
is anchored in at least six core characteristics: tawassuth (the middle way),
tawazun (balance), tasamuh (tolerance), musawah (egalitarianism and
non-discrimination), musyawarah dan muakafat (consultation and consensus) and
Islam is not really new to Indonesia. It has always been part and parcel of
Indonesian life and was the driving spirit behind the strategic compromise
between political Islam and nationalism that became the ideological basis of
the Indonesian nation-state at its founding in 1945.
Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation that Amin led as the rais ‘aam
(supreme leader) until his nomination as vice-presidential candidate, has
played a key role in this ideological compromise since Indonesia’s founding.
Over this period, the relationship between political Islam and the state in
Indonesia has gone through a series of ups and downs in a process marked by a
mix of latent tension and mutual accommodation.
on the contemporary dynamic of this relationship, Amin remarked: ‘The commitment
to Wasatiyyah Islam in Indonesia in recent years is a reaffirmation of Islamic
moderation as the conviction of mainstream Muslims in Indonesia. This is an
important response to the strengthening consolidation in recent years of
extremism in the name of Islam, be it from the left or from the right’.
Indonesian Ulema Council, of which Amin is chairman, adopted Wasatiyyah Islam
as its devotional paradigm in a national convention in August 2015. This was a
year after the so-called Islamic State (IS) came into existence in Syria and
violently campaigned to establish a caliphate (an Islamic political paradigm
that predates the Westphalian idea of the nation-state).
IS, Indonesia had already seen the emergence of the caliphate ideology through
Indonesian cells of transnational organisations like the non-violent but
ultraconservative Hizb ut-Tahrir (banned in Indonesia in mid-2017) and the
militant Jemaah Islamiyah. And in the earlier years of Indonesian independence
there was the Darul Islam movement, which morphed into the Indonesian Islamic
of these groups share one thing in common: a push for the maximum accommodation
of political Islam in the Indonesian state. According to Amin, what Indonesia
needed to establish at independence — and what it continues to maintain today —
was a nation based on a consensus among all elements of society. This was
achieved through the national ideology of Pancasila and the 1945 constitution,
both of which remain in operation.
Indonesia’s strategic position in the Muslim world, and in Southeast Asia in
particular, Amin’s push for Wasatiyyah Islam bears implications for the region
— especially should his views become national policy if he is elected as vice
president. Amin argues for the globalisation of middle way Islam: ‘Given its
importance, Wasatiyyah Islam must not be seen to be exclusive to Indonesia.
Wasatiyyah Islam can also be used to foster harmony and stability of the
Southeast Asian region’. In May 2018, Indonesia hosted a high-level consultation
of world Muslim scholars on Wasatiyyah Islam.
the tenets of Wasatiyyah Islam have long been a part of mainstream Islam in
other Southeast Asian countries. Under three previous administrations in
Malaysia, Islamic moderation was the clarion call and practised policy. In his
first tenure as prime minister from 1981 to 2003, Mahathir Mohamad consistently
advocated Islamic moderation. His successors followed through with such ideas
as Islam Hadhari (Civilisational Islam) and Wasatiyyah Islam too, leading to
the formation of the Wasatiyyah Institute Malaysia. As in Indonesia, the
Institute was a Malaysian response to rising extremism in some sections of the
Muslim community and was to be a platform to promote moderation in the practice
Islam is also a key characteristic of Islam as practised in Singapore, a
multi-religious and multicultural society where Muslims are a significant
minority. Moderation, balance and the middle way are the three Islamic
principles that guide Singapore’s Muslim community. Wasatiyyah Islam as
popularised in Indonesia and Malaysia is, in short, something very much
familiar with Singapore’s Muslims.
Asia’s Muslim community as a whole is going through a phase of adjustment and
response to the twin phenomena of religious extremism and religious liberalism.
It remains to be seen whether this response will lead to the wider
reaffirmation of the Wasatiyyah doctrine of middle way Islam, an approach more
nuanced than just ‘moderation’.
to suspend TLP’s registration filed in apex court
petition to suspend Tehreek-e-Labbaik’s (TLP) registration as a political party
has been filed with the Supreme Court.
petition was submitted by a barrister with names of the federal government, ECP
and TLP leaders Khadim Rizvi and Afzal Qadri as respondents. It states that TLP
is working against the state’s stability and that Rizvi and Qadri should be
held in contempt of court. After the SC ordered Aasia Bibi’s acquittal,
circulated videos showed TLP leaders calling for the death of several judges.
should be taken against Rizvi and Qadri for spreading chaos and terrorism, argues
the petitioner, adding that their registration as a political party should be
cancelled to ensure the basic rights of citizens, the petition further stated.
a writ petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on November 10 requesting the federal
government to initiate treason proceedings against Rizvi and Jamiat
Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. The petition argued
that the two political leaders had issued anti-state statements against the
judiciary and the armed forces.
petitioner implored that the TLP and JUI-F chiefs had clearly violated Article
6 of the Constitution in the garb of protests. He contended that under The High
Treason Act, 1973, only the federal government is empowered to initiate treason
proceedings. The petitioner prayed that the court direct the federal government
to initiate proceedings against the TLP and JUI-F leaders under the charges of
high treason. He pleaded that the country was held hostage for three days
following their statements.
this month, civil and military leadership hinted at taking legal action against
TLP leadership for creating a law and order situation and challenging the writ
of the state in the wake of the apex court’s order to acquit Aasia Bibi.
action has been taken since and after TLP leaders claimed miscreants wreaking
havoc during protests were not associated with the party, Minister of State
Shehryar Afridi absolved them of the responsibility.
three-day violent protests, triggered by the Supreme Court’s October 31
verdict, were called off by the TLP after it struck a deal with government
the PTI government faced severe criticism from opposition parties for ‘bowing
down to extremists’.
Invite Other Canadians To 'Visit My Mosque' And Ask Them Anything
across Canada invited their neighbours to join them inside their most sacred
spaces, a week after joining together to support Jewish worshippers in a moving
show of empathy.
in Halifax, Sussex and Moncton, N.B., Sherbrooke, Que., Montreal, Ottawa,
Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary opened their doors Saturday for the second annual
Visit My Mosque Day. The event aims to dispel misconceptions, foster an
appreciation of the Muslim faith in Canada, and celebrate the philanthropy of
the Canadian-Muslim community throughout the year.
day is organized by The Canadian-Muslim Vote, a non-partisan organization that
encourages Muslims to be politically engaged.
have nothing to hide," Shafiq Ebrahim, vice-president of Jaffari Islamic
Centre in Thornhill, Ont., told HuffPost Canada by phone. "We aren't a
secret society or mysterious in any way. We're law-abiding people who pay taxes
and love our neighbourhood and want to build genuine relationships here."
centre offered tours of worship halls, gave lectures on education and outreach
activities and had scholars on standby to answer any theological queries.
Stations for women to have their hands painted with traditional henna and learn
how to tie a hijab were also available for anyone interested.
being available to talk is key," Ebrahim said. "I'm always surprised
by how many great questions people ask, and we are committed to giving proper
said that some of the questions were philosophical in nature, while others were
more focused on where the congregation comes from and how it ended up in
Canada. Ebrahim's community was welcomed to Canada in 1972 by then-Prime
Minister Pierre Trudeau, following the forcible expulsion of Asians from
owe so much to Canada and the values on which it was built," he said.
"Canada opened its doors and welcomed us. We understood what this country
is. What a privilege it is to live by our dear Canadian values, which we now
instill in our children."
Jaffari Community Centre, the event was yet another opportunity to invite
neighbours to congregate in the space — the centre opens its doors more than
200 times a year for charitable events, talks and tours. It also joins several
multi-faith communities to house, feed and clothe the homeless at the peak of
Harden, an NDP MPP for Ottawa Centre who toured the Ottawa Mosque, knows that
charitable effort well: he recalled how, after powerful tornadoes knocked out
power for legions of Ottawa-area residents in September, members of the mosque
delivered food to thousands of people.
don't brag about it, but they're doing important things to help their
neighbours all the time," Harden told HuffPost Canada by phone.
who calls himself a 'Presbyterian-socialist,' took his 10-year-old daughter,
Adele, to the mosque yesterday. As kids do, she asked all the bold questions.
asked, 'Why do the women pray separately? Do I have to wear a head
covering?'" Harden recounted. But Adele's fearlessness emboldened the
adults in the room to open up a dialogue, too, instead of relying on false
presumptions are pervasive, however: a 2017 survey showed almost half of
Canadians viewed Islam in an unfavourable light, compared to Christianity and
Buddhism. The survey was taken just two weeks after gunman Alexandre
Bissonnette killed six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque that January.
Manek, executive director of The Canadian-Muslim Vote, said that serious
threats of mass violence were made to two mosques in the lead-up to the event,
one in Sherbrooke, Que. and another in Scarborough, Ont. The person who posted
a violent threat to the Sherbrooke mosque eventually removed it and apologized,
following police intervention. Manek said that an arrest might be made in the
case in Scarborough.
of those mosques decided to continue with the event. However, persistent racist
messages led two mosques in Montreal to cancel out of fear for the safety of
their congregation. One backed out the day before the event.
a former entrepreneur and non-profit organizer, was heartened by the commenters
who swarmed those vitriolic posts with messages of support and encouragement.
But as the organizer of an event that involved many vulnerable people in open
spaces, he found himself wracked with anxiety as the event grew close. He also
worried for the safety of his children, who would be accompanying him
throughout the day.
didn't anticipate how much of that affected my mental health," he said to
HuffPost Canada by phone. "I had to reflect often on the point of the
event. To say, despite the negativity, we are still going to be right here. We
are still going to answer your questions."
its part, Jaffari has developed protocols and best practices with other local
religious organizations to try to protect against violence. "As with any
faith-based group, there's always a fear at the back of your mind that
something nasty could happen," Ebrahim agreed. "But we choose not to
focus on that."
Leiper, city councillor in Ottawa's Kitchissippi Ward who also toured the
Ottawa Mosque yesterday, said officials must strengthen relationships with
local Muslims on a regular basis, not just during times of turmoil.
important for opportunities like these to be created, but Muslim members of
your community shouldn't have to always ask to be included," he told
HuffPost Canada. "For the relationship to be genuine, you have to work at
it all the time, even when there's nothing going on."
how you learn what the their needs are, where they feel their elected officials
can improve, what we need to do better."
Manek, that drive towards civic participation is key.
more we open up, make ourselves vulnerable, the more that the Muslim community
will feel like it's part of the larger conversation," he said. "That
means increased participation by Muslims in the greatest parts of Canadian
life: democracy, government and civic duty."
much of what we're doing isn't for us," he added. "It's for the next
generation, for the future of Canadian society."
UAE, USA, UK identify key actions to address situation in Yemen
Officials and Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates,
United States of America and United Kingdom met in Riyadh to identify key
actions to rapidly address the economic and humanitarian situation in Yemen.
date a number of steps have been taken to help Yemen’s economy and stabilize
the Yemeni Riyal. These have included the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initial
deposit of $2 billion into the Central Bank of Yemen, followed by their recent
$200 million grant to the Government of Yemen, and monthly donation of $60
million in fuel derivatives for municipal power generation.
is in addition to the generous humanitarian and development funding and support
from all four nations.
economic situation and the value of the Riyal remain fragile, and concerted
efforts are required to ensure these gains are not reversed.
four nations encourage the international community to increase its support to
Yemen. The four nations agreed to establish a Technical Advisory Committee to
meet monthly with the aim of agreeing to further measures to stabilize the
currency, to strengthen the management of foreign currency flows, and to
support the Government of Yemen efforts to improve its economic management.
four nations also agreed to:
- Support the establishment of an
International Financial Corporation Trade Facility under the supervision of the
Central Bank of Yemen.
- Intensity support for the UN Special
Envoy’s efforts on economic confidence-building measures, recognising that
further economic deterioration would have implications for the political
- Provide support to the Government of
Yemen to implement overall economic reform, including payment of civil servant
salaries according to the Government of Yemen payrolls of 2014. These
commitments are intended to bolster Yemen’s formal economy and improve the
purchasing power of all Yemenis.
four nations affirmed the importance of economic development in alleviating the
humanitarian situation. They stressed the critical importance of humanitarian
and commercial access, the protection of civilians and of civilian
infrastructure, and committed to a more detailed senior level discussion of
these and other humanitarian issues in the coming weeks.
Jaish terrorists in Punjab, heading towards Delhi: Counter Intelligence warns
was put on high alert following an alert issued by Counter Intelligence wing of
State police which said “a group of six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists
are reportedly in Punjab, possibly in Ferozepur area and are planning to move
towards Delhi from Punjab side”. The alert, based on “an input”, was issued on
Wednesday, along with a photographs showing suspected terrorists.
senior officer of Punjab police said field officers across the state had been
directed to step up vigil. “The officers have been particularly told to ensure
strict vehicular checking. Ten companies of state police are away for election
duty in other states and we have pressed remaining force at our disposal
following the alert,” said the officer.
alert was issued hours after four unidentified men carjacked an Innova from
near Madhopur on gunpoint late Tuesday night at about 11.30 pm. The four men,
who as per Innova driver Raj Kumar were speaking in Punjabi, were captured in a
CCTV footage obtained from Jammu railway station, from where they had hired the
Punjab police officer said the counter intelligence alert and carjacking
incident had “seemingly no link”. The officer said, “The faces, the height and
built of the men in the photograph circulated by the Intelligence wing have no
similarities with those who carjacked the Innova and were captured in CCTV
officer privy with the carjacking case investigation said the driver of the
Innova was shown the photographs circulated by counter intelligence wing and he
told that “none of the persons matched with the carjackers”.
officer said, “In a terror act, there is an element of surprise. Had it been a
terror act, they would have carried out a strike somewhere soon after the
carjacking. Also, they had altercations at two places before carjacking – at a
toll barrier over paying toll where they claimed to be Armymen and at a
non-descript Punjabi dhaba, where they had an altercation with dhaba owner as
they complained about unclean plates and glasses.”
officer added that driver told that their bags were very light, probably
containing only a few clothes, as he put those in the taxi. “They asked the
driver to get into the Innova when they carjacked it, telling him that if he
did not, they will shoot him. But, the driver did not see any weapon in their
hands. Then, they tried to bundle the driver into the Innova, but failed to do
so. As they were fleeing, the driver asked them to at least give him his
blanket and bag of clothes. On this, they threw his blanket and bag. All these
pointers do not suggest it to be a terror act,” said the officer.
SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said, “We have got leads (about carjacking case). We are
working on them.”
counter intelligence alert on JeM terrorists, meanwhile, said, “In view of the
above input, inter alia, there is a need to mount immediate/strong nakas at all
important points and routes, conduct strict vehicular checking and take
suitable counter measures for all sensitive locations in your area. Forces be
suitably sensitized and alerted in this regard,” said the alert, which was
based on “an input”. It added, “Further, there is a need to review and
strengthen second line of defence along the Indo-Pak border and to coordinate
closely with BSF and other police/defence establishments in your areas.”
alert, issued by Counter Intelligence wing Inspector General further read, “All
supervisory field officers, including IGP/DIG Ranges and CPs (Commissioners of
Police) are advised involve themselves personally in the planning and
implementation of preventive, precautionary measures as mentioned above in
their respective jurisdictions to avoid any untoward incident.”
added, “All officers are advised not to disclose the details of the input or
the counter measures being taken in the public domain and discuss/share them
strictly only on a need-to-know basis. All concerned may also be suitably
advised in this regard.”
Police Releases Posters of Zakir Moosa in Manhunt For Al-Qaeda Commander
The Punjab police have released posters of terrorist Zakir Moosa, reported ANI
on Friday. “We had inputs about his movements near Amritsar. So we have
released wanted posters of him to make public aware and have requested public
to tell us if they have any information,” said Gurdaspur SSP Swarandeep Singh.
(Also read: Reports Say Moosa Trapped in Tral)
had inputs that some Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists have infiltrated in
Punjab through Ferozpur. So, we have taken precautionary measures. Extra forces
have been deployed and checking is underway,” he added.
is the Kashmir unit chief of Al-Qaeda.
He heads the terrorist outfit Ansar Gazwat ul Hind and is responsible
for sending recruits to J-K and has previously been suspected of planning
fidayeen attacks. He had reportedly joined Al-Qaeda after a fallout with Hizbul
Mujahideen. He is one of the most wanted terrorists in J-K.
year, Moosa had issued a statement wherein he said he would not rest until he
had liberated “occupied Hindustan”. He also cited the example of an 8th-century
Muslim General killing a Hindu king in Sindh to establish Shariah rule. He
exhorted the Muslims to join the battle to establish Islamic Caliphate again.
official media of Kashmir-based Al Qaeda group Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Moosa’s
statement said that Umayyad caliphate’s army general Muhammad bin Qasim had
implemented Al-Sindh 1,400 years ago. The caravan started then will not stop
until it “liberated Hindustan”.
was once reported to have fallen in security forces’ trap, but he managed to
escape. He was the commander of Hizbul Muzahideen, but he had to quit after he
threatened to behead Hurriyat Conference leaders. Moosa despises political
‘freedom’ and openly bats for the establishment of Islamic Caliphate.
June 27, 2018, Telangana Inspector General of Police, Intelligence, Naveen
Chand wrote to the Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda Mahesh Bhagwat on how big
a threat Rohingya immigrants can pose to the internal security of India. The
letter very categorically stated that Rohingya Muslim immigrants have been seen
indulging in multiple illegal activities and that they can be easily 'induced'
and 'used' by various terror outfits. The agency further goes onto establish
its claim by stating that at least two cases of migrants harbouring terrorists
and planning to carry out terror attacks in India have come to light in the
years now, intelligence agencies have been hinting at how big a threat Rohingya
immigrants can pose, primarily because of the lack of a way to tap or keep a
check on them.
receiving this piece of information, an India Today TV undercover reporter
decided to investigate further into the matter. During the course of the
investigation, immensely alarming facts came to the fore.
to the official figures of the Telangana Police, 189 voter ID cards, 36 Aadhar
cards, 8 PAN cards, 3 driving licenses and 10 Indian passports illegally
sourced by Rohingya immigrants have been identified in the limits of the Balapur
Police State, in Telangana, alone.
total of 44 FIRs -- 42 in Balapur, 2 in Kanchanbag -- related to illegal Indian
identity proofs sourced by Rohingya immigrants have been registered by the
uncovering these shocking statistics, India Today investigated further into the
modus operandi. During the course of the same, the story of the family of
Mohammed Younus, who migrated to India in 2012, came to light.
trail of illegal documents sourced by this Rohingya family started from Younus's
birth certificate - that said that he was born in India in 1993. After the
birth certificate, the family sourced an education certificate for Younus from
a nearby local school called Crescent School. Based on the same, and the
electricity bill of a rented house, the family applied and got voter ID cards.
In the meantime, Younus's father, Mohammed Naseem got Aadhar cards for the
family from Banjara Hills, as confessed by him to India Today. Soon after this,
Younus also went onto procure a PAN card and even an Indian passport.
and his family were not the only ones who sourced documents illegally. Mohammed
Saiful Islam, another Rohingya Muslim revealed all that he needed to get an
Aadhar card made in Jammu and Kashmir were 1000 rupees, 2 passport size
photographs and his fingerprints.
Begum, Mohammed Saleem, Mohammed Naseem and Noor Hassan, all of whom are
Rohingya immigrants living in Rohingya camps in Telangana's Balapur have
confessed to India Today that they have illegally, in a similar manner, sourced
Aadhar cards from centres in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Delhi respectively.
fact that these Aadhar cards have been issued by centres across the country
raises multiple questions on the Unique Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI) and its systems.
police also finds it very difficult to trap these immigrants as most of their
IDs have fake names and they have been seen hopping cities overnight when under
India citizenship on sale and India's security in danger and both Rohingya
immigrants and India authorities to be blamed, this investigation throws light
on a fast growing and alarming problem. While 249 documents have been
identified by the Telangana Police, sources say there could be thousands more
exploiting the incompetence of the Indian authorities and the loopholes in the
Bullet-riddled body of a civilian, who was abducted by the terrorists, was
found in Kilora area of Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The
police have registered a case and an investigation in connection with the
matter has been launched, an official said.
deceased civilian has been identified as Nadeem Manzoor, a resident of
Safanagri in Shopian district. He was abducted by the terrorists on the
intervening night of November 15-16.
in intervening night of November 15-16 forcibly abducted a civilian and killed
him in Pulwama. He has been identified as Nadeem Manzoor of Safanagri, Shopian.
His bullet-riddled body was retrieved by police from Kilora Pulwama. Cas
registered and investigation initiated,” the J&K police was quoted as
saying by news agency ANI.
a similar incident last month, a bullet-ridden body of a 30-year-old
intelligence officer was found in Pulwama district. He was reportedly abducted
by terrorists from his vehicle when he was on his way home.
body was recovered from Chewa Kalan area of the district in south Kashmir. The
deceased has been identified as Imtiyaz
Ahmad Mir, a resident of Pulwama, who worked with the CID Department. Reportedly,
he was travelling in his car when he was attacked by suspected terrorists.
incident comes months after a rifleman, Aurangzeb, was brutally killed by
terrorists in Pulwama in June while on his way back to home for Eid. He
belonged to the 44 Rashtriya Rifles and was on way back home on June 14 to
celebrate Eid when terrorists abducted him.
and Kashmir: Police and security forces on Thursday apprehended a terrorist of
terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen identified as Rafeeq Ahmed Bhat at Lassipora-Achan
Axis in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Arms and ammunition have been
recovered and a case has been registered for the same.
Wednesday, at least two persons were arrested in Poonch in possession of
weapons. Two terrorists of terror outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen were also arrested
from Pulwama’s Awantipora, news agency ANI had reported. Further, arms and
ammunition were also recovered. The matter was being further investigated,
Jammu and Kashmir Police told ANI.
the cache included 12 improvised explosive devices (IED) detonators, 15
hand-grenades and an AK-56 rifle with 234 rounds of ammunition. As per reports,
arms and ammunition bearing distinct Chinese markings were being smuggled from
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Indian Army on Tuesday,
eliminated a terrorist and seized a huge cache of explosives, arms, ammunition,
and narcotic drugs from Gigrial village in Akhnoor region.
of the proposed rallies by the VHP and Shiv Sena in Ayodhya on November 25, one
of the litigants in the Babri case, Iqbal Ansari, has expressed fear for his
community in the city.
main litigants – Iqbal Ansari and Dharma Das – also wrote to President Ram Nath
Kovind seeking his intervention for a fast hearing of the title suit to save
the country from “antarik vidroh (internal conflicts)”.
vice-president Champat Rai on Wednesday said they would be organising ‘Dharma
Sabhas’ in four cities followed by three-hour prayer meetings at 5,000
locations across the country to demonstrate that the “sentiments of 125 crore
Hindus are priority” when it comes to the Ram temple issue.
1990, when such a huge crowd had gathered, gunshots were fired. In 1992, too,
houses of Muslims were destroyed and looted and Muslims were killed. When such
environment is created in Ayodhya, it is always the Muslims who suffer,” Ansari
am speaking on the basis of what I have seen in the past. When both the parties
are ready to accept the judgment of the court, what is the need for such road
shows or religious meetings in Ayodhya?” Ansari added. “We have trust in the
Yogi government but our point is that when such a huge crowd gathers, no one
has control over it,” Ansari said. His father Hashim Ansari, who was the oldest
litigant of the case, died two years ago.
Jilani, convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee and secretary of All India
Muslim Personal Law Board, supported Ansari. “His (Ansari) concerns are
genuine,” Jilani said.
faces pressure as Congress condemns the persecution of Muslim minorities
– International pressure is mounting on China to end its internment of Chinese
Uighurs, with House and Senate lawmakers this week pushing a new bill demanding
an end to the policy toward the alleged mistreatment of the country’s Muslim
crackdown on nearly 1 million Uighurs and its efforts to “re-educate” the
ethnic Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang province were labeled as pervasive and
“gross human rights violations” in a bill that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,
introduced in the Senate on Wednesday. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., introduced a
similar bill in the House. Rubio and Smith are co-chairs of the
Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
legislation asks the State Department to consider targeted sanctions for
individuals responsible for alleged human rights abuses in China. It also asks
for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to submit an interagency report on the
number of persons detained in the camps, camp conditions, and the number who
are arbitrarily detained, among other stipulations.
and Smith's calls for sanctions comes two months after they urged the Trump
administration in September to sanction the Chinese government, as well as any
private companies engaged in or complicit with the human rights violations in
China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. They said the Chinese government has
created a “high-tech police state” in XUAR that allows for widespread,
intrusive spying on citizens there.
United States must hold accountable officials in the Chinese government and
Communist Party responsible for gross violations of human rights and possible
crimes against humanity, including the internment in ‘political re-education’
camps of as many as a million Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim
minorities,” Rubio said in a statement Wednesday.
Bob Menendez, D-N.J., a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, called China’s treatment of its Muslim minority “beyondabhorrent”
and called for action from President Donald Trump.
President needs to have a clear and consistent approach to China, and not turn
a blind eye as a million Muslims are unjustly imprisoned and forced into labor
camps by an autocratic regime,” Menendez said in a statement.
State Department spokesperson said the agency cannot comment on prospective
sanctions investigations but that they are considering “targeted measures
against Xinjiang officials.”
remain alarmed that since April 2017, the Chinese government has detained an
estimated 800,000 to possibly more than two million Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other
Muslims in political re-education camps," the spokesperson said in a
United States will continue to call on China to end these counterproductive
policies and free all those arbitrarily detained. The Secretary spoke about
this issue, in no uncertain terms, alongside his Chinese counterpart at the
Diplomatic and Security Dialogue on November 9.”
of State Mike Pompeo has previously raised the issue of Muslim persecution in
China during an address to religious conservatives and in an op-ed in USA TODAY
in July, but he has not said what other actions the State Department might take
a Nov. 9 news briefing in Washington with Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi,
and Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe, Pompeo said
that he discussed with his Chinese counterparts how “we hope the Chinese will
treat their religious minorities.”
a news briefing Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying
accused the lawmakers of being “too obsessed with poking their noses in the
domestic affairs of others” and blamed the U.S. for “systematic racial
discrimination” among its own minority groups.
is really a wonder to me that these lawmakers think they are so superior that
they can point fingers at other countries’ domestic affairs,” she said. “They
have been extending their long arms to meddle in other countries’ domestic
affairs based on misinformation and strong ideological bias.”
Thursday, Hua again objected to other countries meddling in China’s domestic
affairs after being asked about a letter from 15 Western ambassadors in Beijing
that raised concerns over the country’s alleged human rights abuses against
minority Muslims and requested a meeting with top Chinese officials.
ambassador is supposed to promote the mutual understanding, mutual trust and
cooperation between the receiving state and the sending state, rather than
raise unreasonable requests and interfere in the internal affairs of the
receiving state based on hearsay," Hua said.
reported Thursday that the letter was signed by ambassadors from Canada, Great
Britain, France, Switzerland, the European Union, Germany and Australia, among
LUMPUR: A prominent US-based Turkish scholar has weighed in on a raging debate
in Malaysia over the move to consider ratifying a United Nations convention
that will commit the government to ending all forms of racial discrimination
and guarantee equal rights to all races.
Akyol, an award-winning author on contemporary Muslim issues, said Muslim
groups who oppose the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Racial Discrimination, or ICERD, should study the policies of past Islamic
powers including the Ottoman caliphate with regards to equality.
would recommend that all those in Malaysia who oppose the ICERD on Islamic
grounds read the Ottoman Constitution of 1876. It reads:
subjects of the empire are called Ottomans, without distinction whatever faith
they profess… [And] All Ottomans are equal in the eyes of the law. They have
the same rights, and owe the same duties towards their country, without
prejudice to religion.’
was the ICERD that the Ottoman Empire, the very seat of the caliphate, accepted
150 years ago. Why should Malaysia stay behind?” Akyol told FMT, when asked to
comment on protests from Umno, PAS and several Muslim groups over Malaysia
joining the international treaty.
is among a handful of countries that have neither signed nor ratified the
treaty provides individuals worldwide with a mechanism for complaints over
issues of racial discrimination, among others, and is enforceable against
it obliges parties to eliminate racial discrimination in all forms including in
public institutions as well as in government policies, the issue at the heart
of the opposition from Malay groups.
say ratifying ICERD will undermine the special position of the Malays,
including provisions to allow quotas in public institutions, as spelt out in
Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.
are also opposed to the ICERD’s timeline on member countries to end affirmative
action programmes, which they say would be a death knell for Malaysia’s
decades-old Bumiputera policy.
have also warned that the ICERD is based on a Western value system, and that
accepting it would open the floodgates to other values that the Malaysian
government would be bound to accept.
whose last visit to Malaysia in 2017 ended dramatically after his lecture tour
was abruptly halted by Islamic authorities in Kuala Lumpur, said justifying
one’s opposition to the ICERD with Islamic arguments was self-defeating.
those who argue against ICERD have Islamic arguments in their mind, there are
counter Islamic arguments as well,” he added.
said the argument that ICERD would abolish Bumiputera rights was
counter-productive in lifting the community economically.
on an advantageous status granted by the state is actually not beneficial for
any group,” said Akyol. “It makes members of that group lazy, rather than
pushing them to work hard to use their full potential.”
gave the analogy of a football match with rules favouring a particular team.
only would that be unfair to other teams, it would also make the favoured team
much less dedicated and disciplined than what it could be.”
said the opposition by some Muslim groups to the ICERD could be due to an
inability to emerge from the classical Islamic system which divides Muslim and
said such a system had been overtaken by historical realities.
that was the historical experience of Muslims, but not a divinely ordained
blueprint valid for all ages,” said Akyol.
said the Ottoman empire realised this in the middle of the 19th century and
abolished the dhimmi system, giving Christians and Jews of the empire equal
citizenship with Muslims.
said it was time that Muslims learnt to accept values that are Islamic even
though they originate from the “un-Islamic” West.
norms will tell you that every religious community has the right to worship
freely. Is this un-Islamic? No, it is in harmony with the Quranic principle of
‘no compulsion in religion’.”
LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Lawyer Rosli Dahlan today called out fellow legal practitioner
Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar whom he accused of issuing reckless and misleading
statements denouncing pluralism and liberalism as criminal.
has taken on several high-profile cases including representing the Muslim law
intellect Kassim Ahmad and defended the manager of a Borders bookstore for
selling a book by a Canadian Muslim deemed unIslamic.
statement is reckless,” he said in a statement, referring to Zainul’s reported
remarks during a seminar at the launch of the Selangor gazette book in Shah
Alam earlier this week.
the President of Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia, was reported by news portal
Malaysiakini to have said that pluralism and liberalism are prosecutable
“criminal offences”, whether in a Shariah court or the civil courts.
controversial lawyer had claimed the two philosophies were “thought crimes”,
and that only four states did not have the relevant laws that allowed for such
prosecution, naming Penang, the Federal Territories, Sabah and Sarawak.
Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997, the Syariah Criminal
Offences (Selangor) Enactment 1995 and their equivalent in all other state
shariah enactments do not list ‘pluralism’ or ‘liberalism’ as a crime per se.
Dato’ Zainul’s reliance on Sections 5, 7, 13 and 14 of the Syariah Criminal
Offences (Selangor) Enactment 1995 as a basis of his statement is misleading.
of the provisions cited by him make any express mention of the words
‘pluralism’ and ‘liberalism’,” Rosli said in his rebuttal.
the contrary, the Rukun Negara which was gazetted on 31st August 1970 as the
National Policy recognises that Malaysia is a plural society and must ensure “a
liberal approach to our rich and diverse cultural traditions,” he added.
back his assertion, he pointed to the official website of the Department of
National Unity and Integration which explained the Rukun Negara and pluralism
as well as liberalism.
also clarified that the Shariah prosecution of Sisters In Islam, a Muslim
women’s advocacy group, was for its alleged breach of a fatwa and not for
“pluralism” or “liberalism” as claimed.
fatwa in question is being challenged for being in contravention of, amongst
others, Article 10 and 11 of the Federal Constitution which provide for Freedom
of Speech and Freedom of Religion.
is not appropriate to cite that case as being a case on ‘pluralism’ or
‘liberalism’,” he said.
also pointed out that the Islamic religious authorities had tried to persecute
his former client Kassim, but added that the superior courts had later overrode
the Shariah court judgment and ruled the author’s views were his constitutional
freedom of expression.
and Malay intellectuals should refrain from making sensational statements that
do not represent the correct law that may unnecessarily alarm society and paint
a negative image of Islam,” Rosli said.
reported remarks during the seminar and launched that was attended by the
Sultan of Selangor and the state mentri besar are consistent with his views
over the years that have demonised certain sections of civil society for being
liberal or promoting a plurality in multireligious, multicultural Malaysia.
LUMPUR - The Malaysia police have detained eight suspected militants, including
a Filipino man from the Abu Sayyaf terror group who was in charge of recruiting
children for use as "human shields" in battles against the
suspects - seven Filipinos and one Malaysian - were arrested in Putrajaya and
Sabah from Oct 30 to Nov 12, according to a police statement released on Friday
Filipino played a part too in the beheadings of several hostages held by the
Abu Sayyaf group, said Malaysia's national top cop Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
children ... were to be used as human shields during battles against Filipino
army in Basilan, Southern Philippines," said Mr Fuzi, who is
Inspector-General of Police, in the statement.
Filipino, a 35-year-old technician, was arrested in Ranau, Sabah, on Nov 8,
with another countryman. Both were planning to flee to southern Philippines to
avoid arrest by the Malaysian authorities when they were arrested.
on Nov 3, the police had detained in Tenom, Sabah, three Filipino members of
the ASG - a group notorious for its kidnapping-for-ransom activities in the
Southern Philippines and Sabah. The men, aged between 27 and 51, had worked as
of them, a 34-year-old, has the expertise of producing firearms to be used by
the ASG," said Mr Fuzi.
Filipino, a 30-year-old blacksmith, was nabbed in Kinarut, Sabah, on Nov 10. He
is the right-hand man of senior ASG leader Furuji Indama, said Mr Fuzi.
days later, a 60-year-old Filipino was arrested in Tenom, Sabah, for allegedly
sheltering a suspect hunted by the police.
Malaysian suspect, a 38-year-old who worked as an agent selling gold bars, was
detained in Putrajaya on Oct 30 for alleged involvement in terror activities.
was involved in channelling funds to Akel Zainal - a Malaysian who joined Daesh
( Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) - in 2017 for the purpose of financing
terrorism activities," said Mr Fuzi.
has arrested nearly 400 people since 2013 for suspected links to terrorism.
Muslim-majority nation faces threats from self-radicalised ISIS sympathisers at
home, and regional militant groups seeking funding and refuge in South-east
Nov 15 — Amid backlash by some Malay-Muslims, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad conceded
that it is not easy for Malaysia to ratify international human rights
conventions such as the International Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
prime minister said he expected Putrajaya’s pledge to ratify them to face some
opposition, and the government is ready to hear public feedback on the matter.
the issue was raised in my address at the United Nations, I admitted that we
would ratify all the international conventions,” he told the press after the
33rd Asean Summit.
I also clarified that for Malaysia, this is not easy, because we have a
multi-racial, multi-religious society.
already know that this will not be received in whole — which means we want to
hear the opinions, can we or can we not [ratify]?” he added.
legal experts including the Malaysian Bar have repeatedly stressed that the
ratification would not in any way alter or affect the country’s Federal
this, groups, primarily of Malay-Muslim members, continue to oppose the
government’s plan to formalise the convention, arguing that doing so would
strip the bumiputra class of their constitutional safeguards and privileges.
- November 16, 2018
It was just after dawn prayers when the caretaker at a Jakarta mosque noticed a
man stealing from the donation box, prompting a furious mob to beat him to
death – for taking the equivalent of US$130 (RM544).
lynching was one of hundreds of vigilante killings across Indonesia in recent
years, highlighting a brutal trend driven by rising religious conservatism and
low faith in a corruption-riddled justice system.
violence has also been aggravated by rapid urbanisation that brings together
strangers from across the Southeast Asian nation in often poor, overcrowded
neighbourhoods, raising stress levels and fuelling mistrust, observers say.
lynching had echoes of the grisly 2017 murder of 30-year-old Muhammad al-Zahra
who was set ablaze for allegedly stealing a mosque’s amplifier in the
hardscrabble Jakarta suburb Bekasi, as onlookers cheered and filmed the scene
on mobile phones.
the electronics repairman pleaded for his life, insisting he was not a thief,
the frenzied mob poured gasoline over him and took his life.
widow, who miscarried their second child days after his death, told reporters
that her husband often fixed damaged equipment – including amplifiers – before
a dozen people were sentenced to between six and seven years in prison over the
attack, as doubts about his guilt lingered.
from a mosque is seen by some as an attack on Islam itself, and helps explain
the eruption of such violence in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country,
according to Heru Susetyo, a law professor at the University of Indonesia.
vigilantes) are Muslims who aren’t necessarily that devout, but they are easily
provoked by these incidents,” he said.
are even willing to commit violence for the sake of ‘defending’ Islam.”
the neighbourhood where the more recent attack happened, one man said he
understood the desire to punish those who steal from a place of worship.
thieves should be caught and handed over to police,” said Sahanan, who like
many Indonesians goes by one name.
in Indonesia, however, espouse any faith in the graft-riddled justice system.
main problem is a lack of trust in the authorities,” said Agustinus Pohan, a
law professor at Indonesia’s Parahyangan University.
with power or money get special treatment. That’s why people refuse to trust
the police and decide to take matters into their own hands.”
factor is the disproportionate impact of theft on the poor, who lack insurance
or a cushion of savings – coupled with the relatively light sentences handed
out to many petty criminals.
government does not release figures on mob violence.
according to World Bank data, the country recorded nearly 34,000 vigilante
attacks involving serious injury or death between 2005 and 2014.
eye-watering figures – including over 1,600 killings – were based on local
media reports drawn from regions which are home to only about half of
Indonesia’s 260 million people, suggesting that the real numbers could be even
Jaffrey, a University of Chicago doctoral researcher who led the World Bank
team, said a range of factors were responsible for stoking mob violence,
including poverty and a lack of trust in police.
she rejected the notion that such attacks were spontaneous bursts of violence
by a wild-eyed mob, saying they usually involved an element of planning and
sometimes a powerful local figure.
July, a gun-toting village leader in East Java reportedly encouraged seven men
to attack a suspected motorcycle thief with sticks and rocks before his
gasoline-soaked body was set on fire.
police only take action against vigilantes when the victim of the mob does not
fit the profile of a criminal and the family protests or when there is an
ethnic angle… and they fear escalation into a larger, communal conflict”,
mob violence usually rises in lockstep with social and political chaos,
Indonesia, which has transitioned to stable democracy over the past two
decades, has bucked the trend, Jaffrey said.
institutional stability and more (violence) – these two things don’t go
together in most parts of the world.”
criminals are not the only victims of mob justice in Indonesia.
year, half a dozen men beat and stripped a young couple before parading them
naked around their neighbourhood over suspicions the pair had premarital sex.
Aceh province, which is ruled by Islamic law, public humiliations by citizen
groups – and sometimes even police – have become increasingly common.
viral video in April showed a young, unmarried Aceh couple being doused with
raw sewage after they were seen alone – an offence punishable by caning in the
of the young men who attacked them were punished.
say rising vigilantism is a grim indictment of Indonesian society rather than a
reflection of their failure to deliver justice.
Khan to visit Malaysia next week; likely to seek monetary aid
Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Malaysia next week where he is likely to
seek monetary assistance to minimise the cashstrapped Pakistan's dependence on
an IMF bailout package.
Foreign Office said that Prime Minister Khan would be accompanied by a
high-level delegation during his official trip to Malaysia on November 20-21.
would be Khan's first bilateral visit to Malaysia.
and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will have a tete-atete, followed
by the delegation-level talks.
two countries enjoy warm brotherly relations founded in mutual respect
friendship and understanding reinforced by strong cultural and religious
affinities, the Foreign Office said in a statement.
visit "would provide an opportunity to further cement the existing
friendly and cordial bilateral relations by enhancing economic, trade and
commercial ties, for our mutual benefit," the statement said.
was facing a $12 billion financing gap for the current fiscal year.
Pakistan government is keen to minimise the amount borrowed from the
International Monetary Fund by getting loans from "friendly"
countries like Saudi Arabia, China and Malaysia as officials here believe that
the global lender could attach tough conditions.
this month, Prime Minister Khan visited China, which reportedly agreed to
provide $6 billion in aid to Pakistan.
month, Saudi Arabia said it would provide Pakistan with a $6 billion rescue
package during Khan's visit to the Gulf Kingdom.
Malaysia's High Commissioner to Pakistan Ikram Bin Mohammad Ibrahim called on
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi here and discussed a wide range of
briefed the High Commissioner about Prime Minister Khan's upcoming visit to
also highlighted that the prime minister's visit would help further strengthen
bilateral relations between two countries and open new avenues of bilateral
Malaysian diplomat assured his government's full support to enhance bilateral
relations with Pakistan and said that the Malaysian leadership looks forward to
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday informed the Supreme
Court that the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) — the party behind protest
demonstrations that paralysed the twin cities — had not yet submitted details
of the expenses it made during the July elections.
subject political party (TLP) participated in the general elections, 2018 but
has not submitted the details of the Campaign Finance till date,” the ECP
stated in a reply furnished before the SC, which will commence on Friday the
hearing of a case relating to the 20-day Faizabad sit-in in November last year.
TLP had participated in the 2018 general elections and bagged three seats in
the Sindh Assembly.
the last hearing on Oct 11, a two-judge SC bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam
had ordered the ECP to furnish the application under which the TLP was
registered as a political party and asked the accountant general to assist the
court in determining whether the ECP or the federal government was empowered
under the Elections Act 2017 to take remedial measures for regulating political
parties on their conduct.
its reply, the ECP explained that it had issued notices to all political
parties which had failed to submit the details of their campaign finances. It
said that if they failed to follow the directives, their election symbols would
be withheld, adding that all political parties participating in the elections
were required to submit to the ECP the list of contributors who have donated or
contributed an amount equal to or more than Rs100,000 for thier election
campaigns within 60 days from the close of a financial year in terms of Section
211 of the Elections Act.
consolidated statements of political parties’ accounts were audited by a
chartered accountant highlighting annual income and expenses, sources of funds
and assets and liabilities, the reply stated.
ECP had also framed a code of conduct for political parties, contesting
candidates and polling agents in terms of Section 233 of the Elections Act, it
ECP explained that after the enactment of the Elections Act, all
election-related laws had been repealed, including the Political Parties Order
2002 and Political Parties Rules 2002. Section 202 (4) of the Elections Act
requires all political parties to submit a list of 2,000 members along with
photocopies of their CNICs and proof of deposit of Rs200,000 in favour of the
commission in the State Bank or the National Bank of Pakistan as enlistment
TLP, the reply said, had submitted the relevant documents on Jan 8, 2018.
reply contended that the ECP had objected to the registration of the party with
the name Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah and recognised the party with the
name of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan, which was later accepted by the party.
a Supreme Court lawyer on Thursday filed a petition in the apex court, seeking
a directive for the federal government to commence the process of dissolution
of the TLP as political party pursuant to Section 212 of the Elections Act for
operating in a manner prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan.
He alleged that the party had indulged in terrorism.
Masroor Shah also requested the apex court to initiate contempt of the court
proceedings against TLP leaders — Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Peer Afzal Qadri —
for scandalising the SC and tending to bring this august court and its judges
into hatred, ridicule and contempt.
petition asked the court to order the federal government that instead of
succumbing to political exigencies and taking mere cosmetic measures, discharge
its constitutional duty to protect fundamental rights of citizens and establish
the rule of law in the country by taking strict meaningful legal action against
Khadim Rizvi and Afzal Qadri for allegedly committing offences of sedition,
incitement to mutiny, criminal intimidation, rioting and terrorism.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday told an accountability court he
had never had any transaction with Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin
response to a question put to him by Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik about the
correspondence between the Qatari prince and the joint investigation team (JIT)
constituted in the Panama Papers case, Mr Sharif said: “I had never
participated in any transaction with Prince Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani; for that
matter, any transaction which is mentioned in the worksheet and related paper.”
claimed that his name did not “figure in any capacity whatsoever in the two
letters written by Prince Hamad bin Jassim”.
a statement under the Criminal Procedure Code in the Al-Azizia reference, the
former premier said his father Mian Mohammad Sharif took care of him and his
family when they were in exile following the October 1999 coup against his
late father arranged and provided sufficient amounts for the day-to-day living
of all my family members; subsequently, he also raised funds from the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia to establish the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and to run and operate
his business during his lifetime through my elder son, namely Hussain Nawaz
Sharif,” he said.
the military coup on October 12, 1999, I was firstly confined and thereafter
exiled from Pakistan on December 10, 2000…. (A)s regards the freezing of assets
and businesses in Pakistan, the correct position is that subsequent to the
military coup... the entire record of the businesses of the Sharif Group, which
were being run by my late father Mian Mohammad Sharif since 1937, was illegally
removed by various agencies and since then has never been returned to the
family,” he said.
this respect a report was also lodged with the local police station but no
action was taken. Subsequently, I was exiled from Pakistan and the NAB
[National Accountability Bureau] had illegally and forcibly taken over the
residential houses belonging to my parents along with a large number of shares
of various companies belonging to my other family members.”
another question, Mr Sharif reiterated that he had never claimed the
acquisition or ownership of Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment (HME). “As
regards the remittances from the HME, I have never denied the receipt of the
said remittances, rather I openly declared the same throughout my tax record.”
response to a question about NAB’s efforts to obtain information from Saudi
authorities regarding Al-Azizia/HME, he said the requests seeking Mutual Legal
Assistance (MLA) sent to Saudi Arabia were “never pursued by NAB with any
degree of seriousness or due diligence. Rather, in the first instance, in the
MLA sent to Saudi Arabia the JIT deliberately and maliciously provided
deficient and incorrect data, and thereafter NAB never rectified the said defects
and deficiencies by sending a fresh MLA or providing the correct data to the
competent authorities in Saudi Arabia”.
the proceedings, Mr Sharif told the judge that it was not just in October 1999
that his family experienced hostility from certain circles, “but this has
always happened. It is a painful story of our family”.
past events, he said that in 1972 Pakistan’s biggest steel mills — the Ittefaq
Foundry, which was owned by his family — was nationalised and at that time he
had not even entered politics.
have written to Syed Ahmad Shah, the secretary of slain Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam
Sami’s (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq, who has reportedly been missing from
his home for a few days.
Ahmed Shah, who stayed with the deceased at his Bahria Town residence, was the
first person to find the dead body and is considered an important witness in
Rawalpindi police contacted the Nowshehra and Akora Khattak police to include
the secretary, an Afghan-born living in Pakistan since his childhood.
secretary’s summon notices have been sent to Akora Khattak by the courier
enforcement agencies have also recovered a knife from the crime scene and sent
it to a laboratory for forensic analysis. They have also collected DNA samples
of people considered to be close to the deceased for testing.
bloodstained kurta has also been recovered from his room, which is not
considered to be Haq’s. Police said the DNA samples were sent to the Punjab
Forensic Science Agency which will be matched with those of seven suspects.
Minister Imran Khan Thursday said nobody has the right to ‘humiliate’
ministers, as Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani banned entry of Information
Minister Fawad Chaudhry for failing to apologise over alleged use of
unparliamentary language during the Wednesday’s proceedings.
to media after a cabinet meeting, Fawad said the federal cabinet in its meeting
held discussion with regard to Senate chairman’s ruling. During the meeting,
Prime Minister Imran Khan observed that nobody had the right to humiliate the
ministers, he said, adding that Defense Minister Pervaiz Khattak has been
tasked to look into the matter and talk to Senate chairman to sort out the
the information minister was barred from attending Thursday’s Senate session
after he failed to apologise as directed by the Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani
for inciting uproar during Wednesday’s session.
had demanded an apology and warned the minister that he would be barred from
Senate if he failed to apologise, as the opposition staged a walkout protesting
his remarks during Wednesday’s session.
in the Upper House on Wednesday, Fawad had accused Pushtunkhwa Milli Awami
Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Achakzai of robbing the country and making
anti-state statements. The accusation had resulted in a strong response from
PkMAP Senator Usman Kakar, who accused Fawad of ‘licking the boots’ of former
military ruler Pervez Musharraf. The Senate chairman had intervened and more
than once asked Fawad not to use ‘unparliamentary’ language, saying that
running the House was the government’s responsibility and it needed to exercise
greater tolerance towards the opposition. Fawad, however, had continued with
his accusations and Sanjrani eventually had to turn off his mic amid uproar by
the session got under way on Thursday, the chairman warned Fawad that he would
be barred from the Senate if he did not apologise for the Wednesday’s ruckus.
The info minister, however, failed to apologise, and was subsequently barred
from attending the session.
Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claims to have arrested three suspected
terrorists from Sahiwal district in a raid conducted late on Wednesday night.
spokesperson from the CTD said that after receiving information from a credible
source, a team of law enforcement officials carried out the raid at the site
near the bridge of 9-L canal. He further said that the suspects belonged to
banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), and were planning to target sensitive
installations in the country. He said that these suspects were also planning to
target famous personalities at religious gatherings during Eid Miladun Nabi.
The suspects were identified as Mohammad Abbas, Saeedullah Khan and Moosa Khan.
has spent six trillion dollars on wars that killed 500,000 people since 9/11:
study has revealed that the United States has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars
that directly contributed to the deaths of about half a million people since
the September 11, 2001 attacks.
"Costs of War" study was conducted by Brown University's Watson
Institute for International and Public Affairs. It was published on Wednesday.
A brief summary of this study was released last week.
report takes stock of the US military spending and its Overseas Contingency
Operations account, as well as "war-related spending by the Department of
State, past and obligated spending for war veterans’ care, interest on the debt
incurred to pay for the wars, and the prevention of and response to terrorism
by the Department of Homeland Security."
United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9
trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019,
including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future
spending on post 9/11 war veterans,” the study said.
sum, high costs in war and war-related spending pose a national security
concern because they are unsustainable," the report concluded. "The
public would be better served by increased transparency and by the development
of a comprehensive strategy to end the wars and deal with other urgent national
United States -- under Republican George W. Bush’s presidency – launched the
war on terror by invading Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 following the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people in New
officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists
but many experts have raised questions about the official account. They believe
that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice President
Dick Cheney, orchestrated the 9/11 attacks in order to accelerate the US war
machine and advance the Zionist agenda.
the 9/11 attacks, the US and its allies invaded and occupied Afghanistan, and
Washington also started intermittent drone strikes inside neighboring Pakistan.
In early 2003, the US invaded Iraq under the pretext that the regime of Saddam
Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons, however, were
ever found in Iraq.
"Costs of War" study found that the "US military is conducting
counter-terror activities in 76 countries, or about 39 percent of the world's
nations, vastly expanding [its mission] across the globe." In addition, these
operations "have been accompanied by violations of human rights and civil
liberties, in the US and abroad."
to researchers, America’s so-called war on terrorism has killed up to 507,000
people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
estimated that "between 480,000 and 507,000 people have been killed in the
United States’ post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan." This
toll "does not include the more than 500,000 deaths from the war in Syria,
raging since 2011" when US-sponsored militants started terrorist
activities against the Syrian government.
study acknowledged that the actual death toll is likely higher.
death toll in Afghanistan, as of October 2018, stood at about 147,000 people,
including Afghan security forces, civilians and Taliban fighters. The figure
also included the 6,334 American fatalities.
war on terrorism also left 65,000 people dead in Pakistan, including 90
American contractors, nearly 9,000 local security personnel and more than
23,000 civilians. The rest of the casualties were militants, according to the
268,000 to 295,000 people died in Iraq following the US-led invasion and
occupation, the study said.
imposes sanctions on 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing
United States has imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudis involved in the
murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including top aides of Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman.
US Treasury Department declared the sanctions on Thursday after Saudi Arabia’s
public prosecutor announced that five officials face a possible death sentence
in the case but exonerated bin Salman, also known as MBS.
individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and
worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions,” US
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.
sanctions were the first concrete response by the administration of President
Donald Trump to Khashoggi’s death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey,
in October 2.
those sanctioned were Saud al-Qahtani, who has been removed from his position
as a top aide to MBS, as well as the Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi
and members of a 15-person team Turkey has identified as being involved in
sanctions limit access to the US financial system and freeze people’s assets.
They will be implemented under an act which targets perpetrators of serious
human rights abuses and corruption.
the sanctions do not affect America’s lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia that
Trump has vowed to preserve.
measure was unusual for Washington, which rarely imposes sanctions on Saudi
nationals. The sanctions do not target the Riyadh government, an important US
security and economic ally.
US government did not impose sanctions on Saudi officials over the September
11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States, in which 15 of the 19 hijackers
were Saudi citizens.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said there could be further
penalties against Riyadh.
which had a major diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia this year over human
rights, welcomed the US sanctions and said it was weighing similar action.
a critic of Saudi policy, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on
October 2. He was a US resident and columnist for The Washington Post
killing has triggered a political crisis in Saudi Arabia as well as tensions
with Western allies.
members of the US Congress said that even with the sanctions the administration
has not been tough enough, specifically in regard to the crown prince, Saudi
Arabia’s de facto ruler.
President Tayyip Erdogan has said the order for the operation came from the
highest level of Saudi leadership but probably not King Salman, putting the
spotlight instead on his 33-year-old heir.
remain concerned that the administration is enabling the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia in its effort to protect Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from
accountability,” said Democratic Senator Ben Cardin.
deputy public prosecutor and spokesman Shalaan al-Shalaan said Wednesday the
reporter died by lethal injection after a struggle. He said Khashoggi’s body
was dismembered, removed from the building and handed over to an unidentified
Arabia, after initially denying having any role in Khashoggi's disappearance,
reversed course and admitted that Saudi officials were responsible for the
wants the 15-man team that it says killed the journalist to be tried there.
Trump has suggested ultimate responsibility lies with MBS.
Trump administration is exploring possible ways to remove US-based Turkish
dissident Fethullah Gulen, a foe of Erdogan, to convince Turkey to ease
pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of Khashoggi, NBC News reported on
White House official told Reuters the NBC story was “not accurate,” but did not
White House is finding ways to extradite the US-based Turkish dissident
Fethullah Gulen, an arch-rival of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a media report says.
sources have told NBC News that the administration of Donald Trump is looking
for ways to extradite Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of having masterminded the
July 2016 coup attempt against President Erdogan.
move is said to be aimed at appeasing Erdogan and easing Turkey's pressure on
Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, according to two senior US
officials and two other people briefed on the requests.
administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to
examine legal ways of removing Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease
pressure on the Saudi government, the sources said.
said the effort includes directives to the Justice Department and the FBI that
officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the
Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status.
said the White House specifically wanted details about Gulen's residency status
in the US.
a Green Card-holder, has been living in Pennsylvania since the late 1990s.
premeditated murder of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2
has escalated tensions in Ankara-Riyadh relations, with President Erdogan
accusing the highest-ranking Saudi officials of ordering the assassination.
US and Turkey have been engaged in negotiations over a series of sensitive
diplomatic issues over the past few months, including a deal for last month’s
release of an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned in Turkey and
an agreement for joint US and Turkish military patrols in Manbij, Syria.
growing international pressure on the Saudi government over the murder, the US
has tried in recent weeks to appease the Ankara government over the case,
convincing Erdogan to ease its pressure on Riyadh.
allegations of Washington’s bid to extradite Erdogan’s arch-foe seem to be part
of the same scenario. However, a Turkish official says the government does not
link its concerns about the Khashoggi murder with Gulen's extradition case.
definitely see no connection between the two," the official said.
Thursday, the Saudi public prosecutor released the results of a long-awaited
investigation, saying a team of Saudi agents who had been dispatched to
Istanbul with orders to bring Khashoggi home alive had instead killed him and
dismembered his body.
spokesperson for the White House National Security Council told CBS News “the
NSC has not been involved in nor aware of any discussions relating the
extradition of Fethullah Gulen to the death of Jamal Khashoggi."
Department spokesperson Heather Nauert also told reporters that Gulen and the
question of the Saudis are unrelated, and claimed the NBC News report has tried
to "conflate the two."
said the US has received multiple requests from the Turkish government related
to Gulen, and the US continues to evaluate the materials that the Turkish
government presented. The case, Nauert said, is being handled out of the
Alliance for Shared Values, a nonprofit umbrella of the Gulen movement, said it
is "alarmed" by the report that the US administration is considering
are alarmed at reports that the administration is exploring the possible
removal of Fethullah Gulen from the United States," the Alliance for
Shared values said in a statement.
envoy to Syria: ‘We have no better partner than Saudi Arabia’
James Jeffrey, the US special representative for Syria engagement, stressed
that the United States has no better partner in the Middle East than Saudi
do not have a partner in two of our most important issues in the Middle East
better than Saudi Arabia,” Jeffrey said
two issues are to counter Iran’s adventures in the region and fight terrorism.
We could not do what we were doing in the region without Saudi Arabia,” he
Wednesday, Jeffrey stressed that Washington wanted the withdrawal of Iranian
military forces from Syria, noting that the continued Iranian military presence
would pose a threat to US partners in the region.
figures show that the US air force has dropped over 5200 bombs in Afghanistan
to hit terrorists, but facts on the ground show hundreds of Afghan civilians
have also been killed in such air raids. This has created criticism among the
Afghan society. Amin Alemi reports from Kabul
PYD/YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK terror group, the American Special
Representative for Syria James Jeffrey said Thursday.
spoke at a panel at the Defense One Summit, which brings top military, foreign
policy and intelligence leaders to Washington to discuss American security
throughout the world.
said U.S. operations in Syria could not be done without the "active
participation, coordination, and cooperation of Turkey."
U.S. is not able to function in the northeastern region of Syria while fighting
Daesh forces at the same time, and to do both a local partner is needed,
according to Jeffrey.
local partner since 2014 has been the PYD, which is the Syrian offshoot of PKK,
but we have not designated it as a terrorist organization which we did with the
PKK,” said Jeffrey, referring to the political wing of the YPG.
its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a
terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible
for the deaths of 40,000 people.
has repeatedly told Washington that the PYD/YPG is not any different from the
PKK and partnering with one terrorist organization to defeat another would not
yield any result.
said that the U.S. is still in the northeast region of Syria to defeat Daesh
terrorists, remove Iranians out of the area and ensure the political process in
agrees with all three points but the U.S. added "some conditions" and
did not do a proper job of explaining them to Ankara, he said without
mentioning what those conditions were.
said without Turkey’s help, the U.S. mission in Syria would be over.
the mission will be finished," he added.
squad involved in Khashoggi murder must be tried in Turkey: FM
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the 15-man Saudi team involved in the
murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi should be tried in Turkey.
made the comment on Thursday in reaction to an announcement by Saudi Arabia's
public prosecutor who detailed Riyadh's actions on the case and demanded death
penalty for five defendants.
find the statement of Saudi Arabia about the murder of Khashoggi positive but
not sufficient,” Cavusoglu said.
Saudi side will share the details of its investigation with our prosecutor's
office. But we already know that the murder was planned in advance and that the
journalist was first killed and the body was later dismembered," he added.
how they would be killing and then disposing of the body was also planned,
special devices were brought to the consulate general," Cavusoglu said,
stressing that this is not something that happens instantaneously.
in the day, Saudi public prosecutor released the results of the long-awaited
investigation into the death of Khashoggi, saying a team of Saudi agents who
had been dispatched to Istanbul with orders to bring him home alive had instead
killed the journalist and dismembered his body.
al-Shaalan, a spokesman for the prosecutor, told a news conference in Riyadh
that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no knowledge of the operation.
said 11 suspects had been indicted and that the authorities were seeking the
death penalty for five of them.
to Shaalan, the order to kill Khashoggi had come from the leader of the Saudi
team in Istanbul.
statement by Saudi Prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb, circulated by Saudi Press Agency,
concluded that the murder had been authorized by a minor official.
conclusion contradicted assertions by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
who had said the orders to kill Khashoggi had come from “the highest levels of
the Saudi government.”
statement implicated two higher level officials in what the prosecutor said was
an operation intended to either convince or force Khashoggi back to Saudi
Arabia. One of them, Ahmed al-Assiri, the former deputy head of intelligence,
issued an order for Khashoggi’s return on Sept. 29, the prosecutor said.
to the prosecutor, another official, Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser to the
crown prince, was also involved in planning Khashoggi’s repatriation.
reaction to the statement, an adviser to the Turkish president said on Thursday
that al-Mojeb’s remarks were aimed at covering up the murder, adding the Saudi
probe was unlikely to find the perpetrators.
expect us to believe the killers carried this out on their own. This isn't very
credible. Everything is clear as day, but there is an effort to cover it up a
bit," Yasin Aktay said.
won’t happen again’
Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a press conference on Thursday
the kingdom has taken steps to make sure that this kind of incident does not
also noted that the murder of Khashoggi is now a legal case and should not be
politicization of the issue contributes to a fissure in the Islamic world while
the kingdom seeks the unity of the Islamic world," al-Jubeir said.
added that there were still unanswered questions in need of answers, but Ankara
had refused three requests from Riyadh to provide proof of their accounts of
comments come as Ankara has repeatedly urged Riyadh to explain who had given
the order for killing Khashoggi, and where his body is.
are still questions that need answers" over the premeditated murder,
Cavusoglu said on Oct. 25, asking Riyadh to explain “who gave them the orders”
and “where the body is”.
about possible international sanctions in response to the case, Jubeir said
there was a difference between sanctioning individuals and holding the Saudi
also noted that bin Salman had "absolutely nothing to do" with the
murder of Khashoggi.
has not been seen since October 2, when he entered the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has admitted that a 15-member “hit squad” killed and
dismembered him, but it’s not yet clear where his body is.
Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis for role in killing Khashoggi
a relevant development on Thursday, the U.S. Treasury announced sanctions on 17
Saudis for their role in the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in
statement by the US Treasury said, “Today, the U.S. Department of the
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Saud al-Qahtani,
his subordinate Maher Mutreb, Saudi Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi, and 14
other members of an operations team for having a role in the killing of Jamal
of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, have reportedly
uncovered and dismantled a spying network responsible for a recent botched
intelligence mission in the Gaza Strip.
Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported that Hamas intelligence
units launched an intensive operation to identify and arrest those who had
assisted Israeli forces in carrying out an operation east of Khan Younis on
report added that the detainees had all confessed to have been working for
Israel’s internal spy agency, Shin Bet.
sources, requesting not to be named, said Hamas intelligence forces made use of
subtle techniques to arrest the Israeli agents, who had not aroused anyone’s
least seven Palestinians, including 37-year-old local battalion commander of
al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, Noor Baraka, lost their lives in
the failed Israeli assault on November 11. An Israeli lieutenant colonel was
killed and another officer was wounded in the action as well.
comes following the latest escalation of violence by the Tel Aviv regime
against the coastal enclave in which Israeli airstrikes and shells reduced
Palestinian buildings to rubble and sent fireballs and plumes of smoke into the
fresh spate of the Israeli military aggression saw 14 people killed and several
others injured in 48 hours.
and other Gaza-based resistance groups announced a ceasefire with Israel in a
joint statement on Tuesday evening, saying they would abide by the ceasefire as
long as Israel did the same.
efforts have been able to achieve a ceasefire between the resistance and the
Zionist enemy,” the statement read.
added, “The resistance will respect this declaration as long as the Zionist
enemy respects it.”
regime regularly conducts air raids targeting Gaza.
early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day military
aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians,
including 577 children. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088
women and 410 elderly people – were also wounded in the war.
President Tayyip Erdogan said recordings related to the killing of Jamal
Khashoggi, which Turkey has shared with Western allies, are
"appalling" and shocked a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to
them, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.
a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed
in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 in a hit which Erdogan says was
ordered at the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.
weeks after Khashoggi's death, Turkey is trying to keep up pressure on Prince
Mohammed and has released a stream of evidence that undermined Riyadh's early
denials of involvement.
Mohammed won support on Tuesday from US National Security Adviser John Bolton,
who said he did not think recordings of the killing shared by Turkey implicated
the young crown prince.
told reporters on his plane returning from a weekend visit to France that he
discussed the Saudi journalist's killing with the US, French and German leaders
there, adding that Turkey had played the recording to at least six countries.
recordings are really appalling. Indeed when the Saudi intelligence officer
listened to the recordings he was so shocked he said: 'This one must have taken
heroin, only someone who takes heroin would do this,'" he added.
murder has provoked global outrage but little concrete action by major powers
against Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter and a strong proponent
of US policy to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.
Donald Trump has expressed reluctance to punish Saudi Arabia economically,
citing its multi-billion-dollar purchases of military equipment and investments
in US firms.
said he did not think that people who heard the recordings concluded that the
crown prince was linked to the killing. "And certainly that is not the
position of the Saudi government," he said in Singapore.
again if the audio tape provided by Turkey did not link Prince Mohammed to the
killing in any way, Bolton said: "I haven’t listened to the tape myself
but in the assessment of those who have listened to it, that is right."
shares with Saudi Arabia a hawkish stance against Riyadh's biggest Middle East
rival Iran, and he championed Washington's resumption of sanctions on the
New York Times, in a report confirmed by a Turkish official, said a member of
the Saudi team which was sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi told one of his
superiors after the killing to "tell your boss" – which the newspaper
said was believed to be a reference to Prince Mohammed.
individual was identified as Maher Mutreb, who reports to an aide to the crown
prince, Saud al-Qahtani. Mutreb was also quoted as saying words to the effect
that "the deed was done."
his comments to reporters, Erdogan said it was clear the killing was planned
and that the order came from the top level of Saudi authorities, but that he
could not think such a thing of King Salman, for whom he has "limitless
crown prince says 'I will clarify the matter, I will do what is necessary'. We
are waiting patiently," Erdogan said, adding that the perpetrators of the
killing were among 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia.
must be revealed who gave them the order to murder."
month two separate intelligence sources told Reuters that Qahtani gave orders
over Skype to Khashoggi's killers at the consulate. More recently, a government
source familiar with the matter said Qahtani featured prominently throughout
the recordings. Saudi state media said King Salman sacked him and other
officials over the killing, and a senior Saudi official said last month that
Qahtani had been detained. But four sources based in the Gulf told Reuters this
week that he was still at liberty and continued to operate discreetly.
still has the same influence," one of the sources said. Qahtani has
wielded that influence over the last three years, with his authority growing
alongside that of the young prince.
ran social media for Prince Mohammed, masterminded the arrest of hundreds of
Saudi Arabia's elite late last year in a campaign Riyadh said aimed at rooting
out corruption, and took a harsh line against neighboring Qatar when Saudi
Arabia imposed an economic boycott of the Gulf state in June 2017.
also supervised the brief detention, humiliation and beating of Lebanese Prime
Minister Saad al-Hariri last year.
pro-government newspaper Sabah reported on Tuesday that the luggage of the
Saudi team that was sent to Istanbul at the time of Khashoggi's killing
contained syringes, large scissors, staple guns, walkie-talkies, electric shock
devices and a signal jammer.
published photos of X-rays of bags taken as the Saudis passed through security
checks at the airport when they left. Reuters could not immediately verify the
organizers of the weekly demonstrations in the Gaza Strip along the Israeli
border said they will hold another protest on Friday - in a key test of this
week's cease-fire between Israel and Gaza militant groups.
cease-fire ended the heaviest fighting between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers
since a 2014 war.
fighting was fueled in part by the demonstrations. Since late March, thousands
of Gazans have joined the Hamas-led demonstrations in a bid to end a crippling
frequently lob grenades, flaming tires and firebombs toward Israeli troops, who
respond with tear gas and live fire. Some 170 Palestinians, many of them
unarmed, have been killed by Israeli fire. Israel says it is defending its
border against militant attackers.
had lowered the intensity of the protests in recent weeks as UN and Egyptian
mediators made progress toward an unofficial agreement with Israel.
then this week's fighting erupted after a botched Israeli undercover military
operation in Gaza.
militants fired 460 rockets into Israel, while the Israeli air force struck 160
targets in Gaza. The fighting left a total of 14 Palestinians, including 12
militants, dead. An Israeli officer was killed during the Gaza raid, while a
Palestinian laborer who worked in Israel was killed in a rocket attack.
their announcement, protest organizers in Gaza urged people to demonstrate on
Friday “to thank the resistance” for battling Israel.
remained unclear how big the protests would be, and whether the demonstrators
would confront the Israeli troops, or keep their distance as in recent weeks.
and its supporters have celebrated the cease-fire as a victory against the
powerful Israeli military.
Israel, the cease-fire has triggered a political crisis. Israel's defense
minister, who favored a much harsher response, resigned to protest the truce,
and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could soon be forced to call an early
Israelis in rocket-scarred southern communities near Gaza have protested
against the cease-fire in recent days. Another demonstration was being held on
Thursday night in Tel Aviv.
on Thursday, Israeli police said that a knife-wielding Palestinian attacker
sneaked into a Jerusalem police station and lightly wounded four police
officers before he was shot and apprehended.
Israeli navy has expanded the Palestinian fishing zone off the northern portion
of the Gaza Strip as the latest spate of the Tel Aviv regime’s military
aggression against the besieged coastal enclave saw 14 people killed and
several others injured in 48 hours.
development came following the latest escalation of violence by the Tel Aviv
regime against the coastal enclave in which Israeli airstrikes and shells
reduced Palestinian buildings to rubble and sent fireballs and plumes of smoke
into the sky.
Ayyash, secretary of the Gaza fishermen's syndicate, said in a statement on
Thursday that Israeli forces allowed Palestinian fishermen to carry out their
fishing work within six nautical miles in northern Gaza and nine nautical miles
in southern Gaza.
Wednesday, Israeli naval forces killed a fisherman after opening fire on a
Palestinian fishing boat northwest of the coast of Beit Lahia city, located
about five kilometers north of Gaza City.
Palestine Red Crescent Society said the fishermen, identified as 23-year-old
Nawaf Ahmed al-Attar, was taken to hospital in a critical condition, and
succumbed to the grave gunshot wounds he had suffered in his abdomen shortly
to Palestinian estimates, roughly 50,000 Gazans earn their living from fishing.
fishing zone is supposed to extend to 20 nautical miles under the Oslo Accords.
The Oslo Accords were signed between the Israeli regime and the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) during the early-mid 1990s to resolve the
the past few years, Israeli forces have carried out more than a hundred attacks
on Palestinian boats, arresting dozens of fishermen and confiscating several
Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade since June 2007. The blockade has
caused a decline in the standard of living as well as unprecedented levels of
unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
have been running high near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from the
occupied territories ever since anti-occupation protest rallies began in the
coastal enclave on March 30. More than 230 Palestinians have been killed by
Israeli forces. Nearly 23,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, on the eve of the 70th anniversary
of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US
embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
June 13, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by
Turkey and Algeria, condemning Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the
resolution, which had been put forward on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries,
garnered a strong majority of 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with eight
votes against and 45 abstentions.
resolution called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals
within 60 days “on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and
well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,”
including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”
postpones Biswa Ijtema as Tabligh Jamaat factional fight simmers
government called the two groups and sat with them at the Secretariat on
Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal chaired the meeting also attended by Islamic
scholars of different organisations.
six-strong committee was formed at the meeting and it will visit Darul Uloom
Deoband madrasa in India to find a solution to the problem created by a
statement of the Islamic school, the ruling Awami League’s Religious Affairs
Secretary Sheikh Md Abdullah told bdnews24.com.
Abdullah, the other members of the committee are Religious Affairs Secretary Md
Anisur Rahman, Maulana Farid Uddin Masud, Maulana Mahmudul Hasan, Tabligh
leader Syed Wasiful Islam, and Maulana Mohammad Jobair.
of the Tabligh Jamaat factions announced Jan 11, 12 and 13 as the dates to hold
the first phase of Ijtema while the other group set Jan 18, 19 and 20 for the
would be difficult for the law enforcers to handle any situation if the two
groups held the Ijtema in two phases each as they (law enforcers) would be
scattered after the elections (slated for Dec 30),” Abdullah said.
Kandhalvi, a member of the Tabligh Jamaat’s Delhi-based Supreme Council, had
apologised for his previous remarks, his followers said in the meeting, but the
other side claimed Saad had not admitted mistakes, according to a top official
at the religious affairs ministry.
official was present at the meeting but requested anonymity because of the
sensitivity of the issue.
grandfather, Indian Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhalvi
established Tabligh in 1920.
is now the largest organisation of Sunni Muslims in the Indian subcontinent
with its headquarters, referred to as
the Markaz, in New Delhi.
operations were being conducted through a central council after the death of
Maulana Inaamul Hasan, who succeeded Maulana Ilyas’ son and Saad’s father
Maulana Mohammad Yusuf as the chief of the movement.
Saad, the other members of the central council were Pakistan Tabligh Jamaat
chief Haji Muhammad Abdul Wahab and Maulana Inamul’s son Maulana Zubairul
the death of Zubairul, the central council was dissolved and Saad was made the
chief of the movement.
Zubairul’s son Maulana Zuhairul Hasan protested against the move and demanded
the formation of a new central council.
over the leadership of the movement worsened when Saad ignored Zuhairul’s
instructions based on the teachings of his grandfather, including one that
imams and Quran teachers cannot take money in exchange for the services,
fuelled the rift.
dispute sprung out in the open in Bangladesh last year when a Tabligh faction,
reportedly backed by Qawmi madrasa-based Hifazat-e Islam, protested against
Saad’s participation in Ijtema.
Deoband school of thought is the root of Qawmi madrasas.
was supposed to administer the closing prayers in the Ijtema in the beginning
of this year as he did in the past three years. But following the protests, he
kill 30 policemen in Farah province
A blistering overnight attack by the Taliban on an Afghan police outpost in
western Farah province killed 30 policemen, Afghan officials said on Thursday.
was the latest in a series of brutal and near-daily Taliban assaults on the
military and police forces, government and other installations throughout the
country. The resurgent Taliban, who in recent years have taken over nearly half
of Afghanistan, did not comment on the attack in Farah.
attacks have been so relentless that authorities no longer regularly provide
casualty figures, but unofficial estimates say that about 45 Afghan policemen
or soldiers are killed or wounded on a daily basis.
to provincial council member Dadullah Qani, the overnight onslaught on the
outpost in Farah’s district of Khaki Safed began late on Wednesday and
continued for more than four hours.
Kabul, lawmaker Samiullah Samim said that the Taliban killed all 30 policemen
members of both the national and local police force who were deployed at the
outpost, including the district police commander, Abdul Jabhar.
air strikes killed 17 Taliban fighters but the insurgents still managed to get
away with a large amount of weapons and ammunition, he said.
fighting with the Taliban in two districts of central Ghazni province has
displaced thousands of people in the past two weeks, most of them minority
ethnic Hazaras, who are Shias, said Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker from
about 100 Afghan policemen, local pro-government militiamen and soldiers have
been killed in the bitter clashes there, Rahmani said. Currently, Afghan
security forces are battling insurgents in 22 of the country’s 34 provinces, he
protracted war has also become increasingly deadly for civilians. A United
Nations report issued earlier this year said more civilians died in the first
six months of 2018 than in any year since 2009, when the UN mission first began
monitoring civilian casualties.
day in the first six months of 2018, an average of nine civilians, including
two children, were killed in the conflict in Afghanistan,” said the independent
Afghanistan Analysts Network in its own report.
forces at outposts throughout the country routinely face shortages of weapons,
ammunition and even food supplies, said military analyst Javed Kohistani,
blaming government mismanagement.
senior and experienced generals have been replaced with younger officers whose
inexperience is compromising the strength of the security forces.
are fewer and fewer recruits and in some areas, a battalion which should have
400 to 600 troops barely has 100 to 200 soldiers, he said. “Nobody is joining
the army,” he said.
Defence Minister Gen Tariq Shah Bahrami was grilled by lawmakers in parliament
on Wednesday about Taliban onslaughts in Wardak and Ghazni provinces where
entire districts are under siege.
head of Bangladesh’s refugee commission announced on Thursday that plans to
start sending Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar has been cancelled.
estimated 700,000 Rohingya are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. But they
are unwilling to return to Myanmar, officials said.
Commissioner Abul Kalam told the Associated Press that officials “can’t force
them to go.” But he said officials will continue to try to persuade the
refugees to leave.
announcement came after about 1,000 Rohingya demonstrated against returning to
Bangladeshi official went to the Unchiprang camp, near the city of Cox’s Bazar.
It is one of the largest refugee settlements in Bangladesh.
official spoke to the refugees over a loudspeaker. He said “we have arranged
everything for you, we have six buses here, we have trucks, we have food. We
want to offer everything to you. If you agree to go, we’ll take you to the
border, to the transit camp.”
hundreds of refugees refused the offer.
had attempted to start the return of the refugees to Myanmar, although United
Nations officials had said they should wait. A U.N. negotiated deal with
Bangladesh and Myanmar states that the Rohingya cannot be forced to return.
countries had planned to send a first group of 2,251 people back in the middle
of November, followed by about 150 each day after that.
numbers of Rohingya started fleeing Myanmar in August of 2017. That was when
security forces launched a campaign against the group after rebels attacked
size and violence of the operation caused many nations and U.N. officials to
accuse Myanmar of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
has a Buddhist majority. Most people there do not accept the Rohingya as a
native ethnic group. They are considered “Bengalis” who illegally entered the
country from Bangladesh. Most Rohingya are Muslim.
all Rohingya in Myanmar have been denied citizenship. They are unable to attend
schools or get medical care.
rights activists say it is not yet safe for the refugees to return.
Frelick is with the New York City-based group Human Rights Watch. He said in a
statement that “nothing the Myanmar government has said or done suggests that
the Rohingya will be safe upon return.”
group said 150 people from 30 families were to be sent to a transit camp on
Thursday, but the camp was empty except for security guards.
officials said they have been working with the United Nations on a list of
those who want to return to Myanmar.
the Jamtoli refugee camp, 25-year-old Setara said she and her two children, age
four and seven, were on a return list, but her parents were not. She said she
never asked to return to Myanmar.
killed my husband; now I live here with my parents,” she said. “I don’t want to
said others who were named on the government’s list had fled to other camps in
hopes of disappearing.
leader of Hezb Islami Gulbuddin on Thursday reacted to the scheme announced by
the Grand National Coalition regarding the upcoming presidential elections.
coalition’s member and former presidential adviser Ahmad Zia Massoud last
Thursday unveiled the scheme regarding presidential elections, stating that the
coalition’s scheme for presidential elections include a nominee as presidential runner and three candidates as
Vice Presidential nominees.
further added that the coalition would only pick a candidate from the
leadership council of the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan.
he said the coalition would also introduce a nominee for prime minister and
three candidates as deputies of the Prime Ministerial post.
Hekmatyar told reporters in Kabul that the scheme presented by the Grand
National Coalition is not justified.
clashes erupted among the Afghan security forces and the Taliban militants in
northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan late on Wednesday night, inflicting
casualties both on the militants and the security forces.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the
Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts in Qala Zal
district at around 3am local time on Thursday.
statement further added that the attacks were launched in Gansh, Afghan Tapa,
Tapi Afghan, and Mazar areas of the district.
Afghan forces responded to the attacks leaving at least 13 militants and 16
others wounded, the 209th Shaheen Corps said.
least four commanders of the group identified as Mawlavi Khaksar, Qari
Zabiullah, Ahmad Zia Waqari and Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Khalid were among
to 209th Shaheen Corps, the local residents did not suffer any casalty during
the clash but three armed forces embraced martyrdom and two others sustained
armed robbers belonging to a gang of armed thieves were killed during a clash
with the police forces in capital Kabul late on Wednesday.
Kabul Police Commandment in a statement said the two armed robbers were killed
during a clash with the police forces which erupted after a search operation
was launch in response an armed robbery resulting into the death of one person.
statement further added that the two thieves had murdered a man in Ghazni Ada area
in the 5th police district of the city at around 7:30pm and had taken his car
to the Police Commandment, one of the armed robbers was killed on the spot
while his accomplice succumbed to his injuries after he was admitted to the hospital.
police forces also confiscated two Ak-47 assault rifles and a rifle from the
armed robbers, the statement by Police Commandment added.
investigation officer of the case submitted the charge sheet to the court of
Metropolitan Magistrate Sharafuzzaman Ansari on Thursday
Detective Branch (DB) of police on Thursday submitted a charge sheet accusing
eight members of the banned militant group Ansar al-Islam of the 2015 killing
of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
Jagriti Prokashoni owner was hacked to death inside his office at Aziz Super Market
in Dhaka on October 31, 2015.
company had published a book written by writer-blogger Avijit Roy, who had been
murdered on the campus of Dhaka University eight months previously.
widow, Dr Razia Rahman, filed a murder case with the city's Shahbagh police
station on November 2, 2015 against unidentified assailants.
Thursday, DB Assistant Commissioner (AC) Fazlur Rahman, also investigation
officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the court of Metropolitan
Magistrate Sharafuzzaman Ansari.
Md Mahbubur Rahman, the general recording officer (GRO) of Chief Metropolitan
Magistrate (CMM) court, said the charge sheet will be produced before the court
on December 18.
said a total of 26 names were given as prosecution witnesses, including the
plaintiff in the case.
arrestees in the case include killing squad leader Moinul Hasan Shamim alias
Sifat alias Shamim alias Samir, who has confessed to his role in Dipan’s
killing and pointed out the wider role of the infamous “Major Zia” in the
killing of bloggers.
in police custody are trainer Abdus Sabur alias Abdus Samad alias Sujon; top
Ansar al-Islam operatives Khairul Islam alias Jamil alias Jisan; Sheikh
Abdullah alias Jubayer alias Jayed; Abu Siddique Sohel alias Sajid alias Sihab;
and Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon.
other two accused are both still on the run: sacked army major Syed Ziaul Haque
Zia, and Akram Hossain alias Hasib.
eight suspects belonged to Ansar al-Islam, the group formerly known as Ansarullah
Bangla Team. Ansar al-Islam is believed to represent al-Qaeda in the Indian
Subcontinent (AQIS) - a terrorist group which has claimed responsibility for 13
attacks since 2013.
Fazlur also mentioned that they came to learn about the involvement of Ansar
al-Islam’s 11 other members in the killing, but their names were not mentioned
in the charge sheet as the investigator did not find proof of their
will be named in a supplementary charge sheet once we get details or arrest
them,” AC Fazlur said.
Islam, of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit of Dhaka
Metropolitan Police, said another suspect would be included through a
supplementary charge sheet later, once he is
are yet to identify the one other accused in the case even though we have a
photo of him,” he said.
Arabia FM: Khashoggi murder investigations will continue until all questions
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is still seeking answers to a number of
questions in the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's death, Foreign Minister
Adel Al-Jubeir said on Thursday.
Kingdom is committed to holding those involved in the murder accountable
through the judiciary, and investigations into journalist’s killing will
continue until all questions are answered, Al-Jubeir said.
added that the defendants and the victim in the Khashoggi case are Saudis and
that the incident took place on Saudi land. He continued by saying that there
has been an attempt to politicize Khashoggi’s case, and that this is
insisted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had nothing to do with
Qatari media have launched an organized campaign against Saudi Arabia and are
exploiting Khashoggi’s case,” Al-Jubeir added.
said there is a difference between imposing penalties on those accused and
holding Saudi Arabia responsible for Khashoggi’s death.
said Thursday that it rejects the politicization or internationalization of the
Secretariat General of the Arab League praised the seriousness of the steps
taken by Saudi Arabia in the Khashoggi case, and said that the measures show
the Kingdom's interest in identifying those involved in the crime.
after the public prosecurtor's statment, the US placed punishing economic sanctions
on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in Khashoggi's murder.
Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the abhorrent killing of
Jamal Khashoggi," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. "These
individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and
worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions."
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid
Al-Zayani said the details of the investigation released Thursday “confirm the Kingdom’s
commitment to complete the necessary procedures in order to continue the
investigation away from the politicization sought by some malicious
France's foreign ministry said Thursday that the investigation by Saudi
Arabia's public prosecutor into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a
“step in the right direction.”
also praised Saudi measures taken with regards to the Khashoggi case and called
on countries to avoid politicizing it.
sources reported on Thursday that the clashes erupted after internal disputes,
adding that the so-called Democratic Military Police entered the region to end
reports said that the SDF has withdrawn from a number of its positions inside
Raqqa city, including al-Amasi, al-Shabibeh, Kaziyeh Abu al-Haif and Nazlat
field sources also reported that the Kurds were forced to withdraw from their
positions in Raqqa after tensions intensified in SDF-occupied regions in
Eastern Deir Ezzur.
said on Wednesday that the SDF sent more gunmen and military hardware to
Eastern Deir Ezzur amid intensified tensions between the SDF and civilians in
SDF dispatched a convoy of military vehicles, equipment and fresh militias from
the town of al-Tabaqa in Western Raqqa to Eastern Deir Ezzur.
the meantime, media activists reported that the SDF's move came after the
militias' brutal measure in the villages and towns of al-Sowar, Tayeb al-Fal,
al-Sajar and Abu al-Nital enraged civilians.
Arabia's Public Prosecution called for the killing of five people who confessed
to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in
added that 21 people are being investigated, and 11 have been charged in the
murder, however, they said that the system of criminal procedure prohibits the
disclosure of the names of the accused.
prosecution said that the premeditation of murder happened on September 29, and
that someone disabled the surveillance cameras at the consulate before carrying
out the murder. This individual was identified following investigations, the
investigation also identified the individual who wore the victim’s clothes
after the murder and disposed of the victim’s belongings in a trash receptacle,
including his watch and glasses, after leaving the Consulate building.
prosecution’s spokesperson added that Saudi Arabia has asked Turkey to provide
the kingdom with the evidence and voice recordings relating to the case, but
that they are still waiting for Turkey to oblige to their request.
team was created to convince Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia by order from
the former deputy intelligence chief,” the spokesperson said. Read more
leader of this mission formed a 15-member team that consisted of three groups
(negotiations/ intelligence/ logistics) to persuade and return the victim. The
leader of the mission suggested to the former Deputy President of the General
Intelligence Presidency to assign a former colleague to head the negotiation
group in the team because of his previous relationship with the victim. This
former colleague was assigned at the time to work with a former Advisor.
read: Who ordered, supervised, and carried out Khashoggi's murder? And how?
added that this former Saudi advisor was also involved in the planning of the
murder, adding that the head of the team assigned to convince to Khashoggi to
return to Saudi Arabia was the one who took the decision to murder him.
former advisor is banned from traveling and is under investigation.
prosecution also stated that Khashoggi’s body was dismembered after he was
murdered following a physical altercation, and moved out of the consulate. They
added that five of the accused are the ones who transferred his body outside of
the consulate, and another one gave the dismembered body to a local
collaborator. He said that a sketch of this collaborator was drawn, and it will
be given to the Turkish authorities.
prosecution also said that the accused gave an untruthful report to the former
deputy intelligence chief, and denied killing Khashoggi in the beginning.
prosecution added that a fight had taken place, and then Khashoggi was drugged
Arabia’s Public Prosecution said on Thursday that the head of the team tasked
with convincing Jamal Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia was the one who
ordered the killing of the journalist.
showed that the decision to form the team was made by the former Deputy
President of the General Intelligence Presidency, and that the person who
ordered the killing of the Saudi citizen and journalist on October 2, in the
kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, was the leader of this negotiating team.
a press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the Public Prosecution’s
spokesperson explained that the team failed to persuade Khashoggi to return
home, afterwhich the head of the negotiation team concluded that it would not
be possible to transfer the victim by force to the safe location in case the
negotiations with him to return failed. The head of the negotiation team
decided to murder the victim if the negotiations failed. The investigation
concluded that the incident resulted in murder.
Saudi Public Prosecution pointed out that the investigations revealed the
method of the crime carried out against Khashoggi, where a physical altercation
broke out, then he was injected with a large amount of drugs leading to his
sources in Southeastern Deir Ezzur reported that the US warplanes targeted the
town of al-Souseh on Thursday morning.
added that during the airstrikes, 15 civilians were killed and a number of
others were wounded, noting that several of those injured are in critical
reports said today that the US fighter jets pounded the residential areas in
Southeastern Deir Ezzur with internationally-forbidden weapons.
sources in Southeastern Deir Ezzur reported that the US-led coalition warplanes
conducted cluster bomb attacks on civilian districts in the towns of Hajin and
al-Sha'afah in Southeastern Deir Ezzur on Wednesday afternoon.
added that a number of civilians were killed and wounded and heavy damages were
inflicted on their houses and properties.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the army forces and the
militants of the so-called Military Council affiliated to the SDF engaged in
fierce clashes on both banks of the Euphrates river in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
added that the SDF targeted the Syrian army positions in al-Hajaneh and al-Jisr
checkpoint with heavy machine-gun fire from the town of Zabyan in Eastern
Euphrates. The army troops responded with attacks on their strongholds in
of the SDF forces was killed in the exchange of fire between the two sides,
sources affiliated to the militants said.
said on Wednesday that the SDF had sent more gunmen and military hardware to
Eastern Deir Ezzur.
sources reported that several SDF gunmen were killed or wounded after unknown
raiders opened fire at them in the village of Daranj in Southeastern Deir
US army claims it is fighting against terrorism in Syria but its attacks mostly
target the residential areas and civilians.
a relevant development on Tuesday, the US-led coalition fighter jets bombed an
ISIL-run prison in residential areas in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, and killed
scores of civilians who had been jailed by the terrorist group, a
militant-affiliated news website reported.
website, Orient, quoted local sources as reporting that the warplanes targeted
an ISIL-run jail in the town of Hajin in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, destroying
several residential units.
further said that scores of civilian inmates who had been round up and jailed
by the ISIL were killed in the air attack.
foreign ministry said on Thursday the process of separating radical militants
from moderate opposition groups in the demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib
region had not yet been successfully achieved.
Maria Zakharova said the process, which was launched as part of a deal between
Turkey and Russia in September, had not been successful despite efforts by
government forces killed 22 rebels near Idlib on Nov. 9, and seven civilians
inside Idlib on Oct. 26, despite the Russian-Turkish deal.
court in Bahrain has sentenced six more activists to up to 10 years in prison
over their alleged role in exploding a gas cylinder last year.
sources said on Thursday that three people were sentenced to 10 years in jail
while three others received prison terms of three years. The court also fined
the six suspects 500,000 dinars each.
High Criminal Court issued the rulings after convicting them of allegedly
carrying out the gas explosion in front of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) in
early 2017 and taking part in an unlawful assembly and rioting.
recent months, Bahrain has executed several young activists by firing squad
after handing them death sentences.
Wednesday, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) condemned the kingdom’s
persistence on passing death sentences against anti-regime activists, calling
the practice an “inhuman punishment”.
center further noted that the Bahraini judiciary has overused death penalty in
recent years, particularly with regards to freedom of opinion and expression in
addition to the exercise of political rights.
March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military
tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount
to imposition of an undeclared martial law.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3
of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost
daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February
are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime 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 the crackdown.
The administration of US President Donald Trump hopes that the US-backed fight
against Daesh in its last foothold in northeastern Syria will end within months
but American forces will remain to ensure the “enduring defeat” of the militant
group, a top US diplomat said on Wednesday.
James Jeffrey, the US special representative for Syrian engagement, said the US
believes the way forward in Syria includes defeating Daesh, reinvigorating the
political process and winding down the long-running civil war.
that end, he said, the US hopes to see the formation of a committee before the
end of the year to work on a new constitution for Syria as agreed by the
leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey during their meeting in Istanbul
said US forces would remain in place after the coalition forces prevail over
Daesh military units to ensure the group does not “regenerate itself.”
enduring defeat means not simply smashing the last of Daesh’s (Daesh)
conventional military units holding terrain, but ensuring that Daesh doesn’t
immediately come back in sleeper cells, come back as an insurgent movement,”
also wants the withdrawal of Iranian military forces from Syria once the
underlying causes of the conflict have been resolved, he said, noting that
Iran’s continued military presence would represent a threat to US partners in
said the final ground combat is along the Euphrates River and is being led by
Syrian Democratic Forces assisted by US military personnel.
fight is continuing and we hope that it will be over in a few months and that
will be the last of Daesh’s terrain that it holds in a quasi-conventional way,”
said convening a committee under UN auspices to begin work on a new Syrian
constitution was a “critical step” toward advancing the political process.
said the US would hold Russia to account to use its influence to bring the
regime of its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, to the negotiating table.
goal, which again was supported by Russia, France, Germany and Turkey and
agreed in the Oct. 27 Istanbul communique, is to establish this constitutional
committee by the end of the year,” he said.
said getting Iranian forces out of Syria, where they back Assad’s rule, was not
a US military goal but should be an outcome of the process to end the civil war
and the only way to achieve lasting peace.
of police bribed to let in Shabaab bombers
officers at the Kenya-Somalia border let in five Al-Shabaab suicide bombers in
February this year after receiving bribes, a new United Nations report that
lays bare how Kenyan security forces routinely accept cash gifts from as low as
Sh2,000 from terror militants to wave them through, reveals.
Somalia Report 2018, released on Tuesday by the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring
Group (SEMG), paints a rather disturbing picture of the misplaced loyalties of
some of the security officers Kenya has deployed to protect itself, and
reveals, for the first time, how the Somalia-based militants are routinely
allowed to cross over to Kenya to kill and maim.
instance, an investigation into a foiled attack in February this year revealed
that Al-Shabaab operatives crossed the Kenya-Somalia border five times in three
months, detected but unobstructed, by giving Sh2,000 bribes to security forces.
of the five rifles seized by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit during an operation
to foil an attack on key installations in Nairobi had been imported by
Somalia’s Federal Government in 2013 following the partial lifting of the arms
embargo under United Nations Security Council resolution 2093, the report
had, during a routine patrol in Merti, Isiolo, in February this year, arrested
two suspected Al-Shabaab operatives — Abdimajit Hasan Adan and Mohammed Nanne
Osman — as they drove a vehicle laden with bombs intended for a complex attack
in Nairobi, which the UN says would have been the most significant Al-Shabaab
attack outside Somalia since the Garissa University College massacre of April
UN notes that, in all of Adan’s and Nanne’s numerous journeys back and forth
across the porous Kenya-Somalia border, they seemed not to encounter any
resistance with Kenyan security forces manning the border.
they did, they did not reveal that information to the interrogating officers in
Nairobi after they were arrested.
encounters are mentioned, they are in the context of either paying or
witnessing bribes to security forces on both sides of the border," the
report notes. "
mention is made in Abdimajit Adan’s statement to APTU of being challenged by
border security while bringing either vehicle (KBM200D or KCL621K) from Kenya
into Somalia and back.”
used Sh600,000 to purchase a 2003 Mitsubishi Airtrek, registration number
KBM200D, at a car dealership in Nairobi’s Lavington neighbourhood. On February
1, according to GPS and mobile phone data, he left Nairobi for Somalia with the
vehicle, accompanied by Mohammed Nanne and Mbarak Abdi Huka, alias Sa’ad.
Merti, Isiolo, Adan stopped to pick up a man named Ahmed 'Balaa' and another
Al-Shabaab operative known to the group only by the name Said.
February 4, the five Al-Shabaab operatives crossed into Somalia at El Wak
without interference from police or border officials and reached the Somali
town of El Adde the following day.
car remained in the outskirts of El Adde for about a week, between February 5
and 13 February, and investigators believe that it was during this time that
the explosive devices were fitted into its chassis.
the evening of February 13, the five departed El Adde for Kenya, crossing the
border between 6am and 7am the following day.
UN Monitoring Group estimates that the whole operation cost Al-Shabaab about
$50,000, or Sh5 million at current exchange rates, which included the purchase
of two vehicles, weapons and explosives. The arms cache included five Type 56-2
assault rifles, 36 magazines of ammunition, and 36 hand grenades. The Type 56-2
is a Chinese variant of the Russian AK-47 assault rifle which was the weapon of
choice by the Taliban in Afghanistan, and has been regularly used by militants
in the Middle East.
plot provides an apt illustration of the nexus between corruption and
insecurity," authors of the UN report note. "Police statements from
the arrested Al-Shabaab operatives show that they were able to pass with little
interference back and forth across the porous Kenya-Somalia border, facilitated
by bribes to various security forces officials on both sides."
UN also expresses concern that some of the operatives involved in the Nairobi
plot and who managed to escape from the security forces, may still be at large
in Kenya, and probably plotting another attack.
known members of the plot escaped arrest, and the attacking team — which likely
comprised five individuals, on the basis of the number of captured rifles — may
still be at large in Kenya,” the report states.
accuses mobile service provider Safaricom of declining to share information on
communication details of the suspected terrorists.
the 156-page report, the group also expresses concerns that the terrorist gang
remains in a strong financial position despite ramped-up aerial strikes against
is likely generating a significant budgetary surplus; money is not a limiting
factor in its ability to wage its insurgency. How Al-Shabaab channels excess
revenue remains under investigation by the Monitoring Group,” it states.
Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet declined to comment on the bribery
allegations, saying he was yet to read the report. Internal Security minister
Fred Matiang'i was not available for comment.
Govt, Southeast states have abandoned us – Igbo Muslims cry out
Ameh Comrade Godwin
Muslims, under the auspices of South Eastern Muslims Organisation of Nigeria
(SEMON) have accused the Federal Government and Southeast states of
said they had been excluded from the political scheme in Nigeria and had
benefitted nothing from the Federal Government since 1914.
to them, it was a calculated plan “to make them irrelevant as second-class
citizens in Nigeria.”
made the claims in a communiqué issued at the end of a Conference of Igbo
Muslims held on Sunday.
governments of states of Southeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria do not even
recognize the existence of Muslims of Igbo extraction, thus no single plan for
them, politically and socio-economically,” the communiqué read.
group lamented the “non-participation of Ndigbo Muslims in Nigerian politics,”
blaming it on an “unfavourable political climate in their hometowns and lack of
support from their politically influential brethren outside Igboland.”
urged Igbo Muslims to join politics and aspire and contest for every possible
position during the general elections, “including the position of the President
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Governorship, National and State Assembly
positions, as well as Local Government and Councillorship
situation where no appointment is allocated to Igbo Muslims by the federal and
state governments after every general election is unacceptable and
group thanked President Muhammadu Buhari “for his efforts in developing
Nigeria”, but urged him “to remain focused in the fight against corruption and
to be detribalised in his appointments even while putting merit above other
communiqué added: “We pray for him and we promise to always support good
leadership for Nigeria.
the same note, we call on the Southeast governors and local government chairmen
to protect us and our worship places and to carry us along in the
socio-political and economic arrangements for citizens without discrimination
is planning to extradite the brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi to
Britain by the end of the year, Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez
Al-Sarraj told the BBC in an interview.
last year submitted a request to extradite Hashem Abedi after the bombing in
May 2017 in which 22 people — many of them minors — were killed.
detonated the bomb, killing himself, outside one of the arena exits shortly
after the end of a concert by pre-teen idol Ariana Grande.
Abedi is suspected of involvement and is wanted by Manchester police on charges
of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.
an interview with the BBC on the sidelines of an international conference in
Italy, Al-Sarraj said: “I think from here to the end of this year we will
finish all the legal procedures in Libya.
are fully cooperating because we understand the suffering of the families of
the victims of this terrorist attack.
to the general prosecutor we can extradite. After we complete the legal process
in Libya it is only a matter of time.”
Britain first made the extradition request in November 2017, the armed group
holding him refused it.
Manchester Arena bombing was Britain’s worst terror attack in more than a
Haram militants have burnt down a village in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno
state, injuring at least two civilians, the country’s army said on Thursday.
before Midnight on 14 November 2018, a pocket of BHTs [Boko Haram terrorists]
sneaked into Mammanti village along Damboa Road in Borno State, fired some
shots to scare the inhabitants and set houses ablaze,” a statement by the army
from 251 Task Force Battalion were quickly mobilized to engage the BHTs who
fled in disarray,” the statement added.
has been battling Boko Haram insurgency since 2009 when the group turned
violent following the death of its former leader Mohamed Yusuf in police
activities have finally resumed at the Government Girls’ Science and Technical
College, Dapchi, Yobe, where Boko Haram insurgents abducted 110 schoolgirls on
Principal of the school, Hajiya Adama Abdulkarim disclosed this to the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Dapchi.
said that at least 80 per cent of the students and teachers had resumed.
than 80 per cent of the students has resumed, likewise the teachers. Almost all
of them are around except very few who are away for one or more official
activities are moving smoothly as they were before the ugly incident,” she
said that the school had taken some measures since the incident to secure the
students and alleviate the ’ trauma for effective learning.
the incident, there were no matrons in the school, but now, with the help of
the local government and permission of the ministry of education, we have been
able to source for six elderly women.
instructed the matrons to always be around, especially in the hostels, after
class hours, to comfort and encourage the students.
the side of the government, the military, police and civil defence personnel
have been around the school at all times.
the grace of God, the incident will not happen again,” she added.
called on governments, non-governmental organisations and public-spirited
individuals to assist the school.
school needs to be rehabilitated with essential facilities that will attract
parents to bring their children to learn and actualise their dreams,” the
that insurgents released 110 students with the exception of Miss Leah Sharibu
and five students who died in captivity.
Nov 15 (AFP) French forces operating in Mali killed seven suspected jihadists
after a recent nighttime raid, possibly including a top leader in an alliance
of insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda, the French army said Thursday.
Ag Alkassim, the chief of a wing of the Group to Support Islam and Muslims
(GSIM), was “very probably” among those killed in the operation the night of
Sunday to Monday, army spokesman Patrik Steiger told AFP.
GSIM, which the US added to its list of foreign terrorist organisations in
September, has been carrying out attacks across the arid Sahel expanses of
Western Africa over the past two years.
operating mainly in northern Mali, has been sought by the authorities for
has deployed the 4,500-member Barkhane force to the region in a bid to train
local forces and help repel the attacks.
recently the GSIM claimed responsibility for a suicide attack where killed
three in the northern city of Gao on Monday.
recent raid came after a Reaper surveillance drone located the group in the
Gourma region, between the cities of Gao and Timbuktu, and French forces flew
in by helicopter, Steiger said.
the firefight, the soldiers discovered both light arms and heavy weapons, and
equipment for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs), he said, calling it a
“significant blow” against the group.
helped Malian forces stave off a jihadist insurgency that took control of large
parts of the north in 2012, but large swathes of the country still remain out
of the government’s control. (AFP) CPS 11160028
French Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the referral of the accused in
the killing of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi to the judiciary is a step in the
comments which were reported by Al Arabiya news channel’s correspondent in
Paris, come on the heels of the press conference held this afternoon by Saudi
Arabia’s Public Prosecution on the investigation into the Khashoggi killing and
call for the death penalty against those involved.
US State Department confirmed on Thursday that the Saudi investigation into the
case of Jamal Khashoggi was an important step on the right track.
Indictments fulfill the imperatives of justice
Friday morning, Pakistan foreign ministry noted in an official statement “with
appreciation” the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to initiate the
process of indictment of those responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
statement added that the commencement of this process “demonstrates the resolve
and commitment of the Saudi authorities to hold the culprits and their
associates to account and fulfill the imperatives of justice, as has been
mutually reaffirmed by both Saudi Arabia and Turkey.”
Ramadan, a leading Islamic scholar held in France since February on charges he
raped two women, on Thursday won conditional release after testifying in an
Paris court ruled in favor of Ramadan after the 56-year-old Swiss academic
made, who has been in custody since February 2, an impassioned argument for
bail was set at 300,000 euros ($340,000) and requires him to hand over his
passport and report to police once a week.
would I flee to?” he asked in his hearing, his first public appearance since
denies charges he raped the women in 2009 and 2012. One accuser is a disabled
woman identified in media reports as “Christelle” and the other is a feminist
activist, Henda Ayari.
last month Ramadan was forced to drop assertions he had no sexual contact at
all with the women after an expert recovered 399 text messages between him and
“Christelle”, some of which detailed violent sexual fantasies. Ramadan
subsequently said the sexual contact was “consensual”.
court, Ramadan said he had no intention of becoming a fugitive from justice,
and said his multiple sclerosis meant he had difficulty walking after 10 months
will remain in France and defend my honor and my innocence,” the well-known TV
commentator told the judges in what was his fourth bid to secure his freedom.
would like you to make your decision from your conscience, not because my name
is Tariq Ramadan and I’m demonized in this country,” he said.
portrayed his accusers as liars bending media attention in the case to their
benefit, asking: “Who has instrumentalized the ‘Me Too’ movement?
have never raped, I am not a rapist. It’s true that I made a mistake,” he said.
Ayari’s lawyer Francis Szpiner said the two “women were regularly threatened.”
member of the Bahraini royal family has been sued for failing to pay an alleged
35 million dollars to an Egyptian businessman who had purportedly arranged
meetings for him with stars from the Indian movie industry.
Sheikh Hamad Issa Al Khalifa was accused at a London court this week of
entering into a deal with Egyptian businessman Ahmed Adel Abdallah Ahmed for
meeting 26 Bollywood stars and paying 1.5 million dollars per meeting.
the alleged agreement, Ahmed would also receive a 500,000-dollar bonus for
every third meeting.
his lawsuit against Al Khalifa, the Egyptian middlemen claimed the Bahraini
royal — who is a cousin of the King of Bahrain and also the nephew of the
Bahraini deputy prime minister — had backed out of the agreement and paid only
three million dollars after meeting four of the actors.
he had an “unbridled desire and fancy to establish contacts with Bollywood
stars,” Al Khalifa has, however, claimed that he has not struck a
legally-binding agreement with Ahmed and described the deal as a “verbal” one.
am deeply disappointed that someone whom I had come to think of as a good
friend is bringing this claim,” he said in a statement.
was trusting when Ahmed offered to introduce me to my Bollywood idols. I have
since been pursued by Ahmed for enormous sums of money, despite having been
very generous to him in the past. I do not accept that there was ever any
contractual arrangement between us, let alone one that was exclusive and could
never be terminated. I believe this claim has no merit, and I shall defend it,”
member of the Bahraini royal family also argued that he pulled out of the deal
after Ahmed “started to put unfair pressure” on him, “making unwarranted
demands for very large sums of money and seeking to arrange meetings which were
is expected to be called on Thursday to give evidence to the high court.
civil trial, which is scheduled to last five days, is to start on November 20
and the Bahraini royal is due to testify there along with his assistant.
Groups aligned with Daesh have warned of further attacks on Australia and other
Western nations in online posters featuring the deadly lone wolf stabbing
rampage in Melbourne last week.
don’t think you are away from our attacks,” read one poster, which showed a
photo of a vehicle the Melbourne attacker set alight during his attack last
SITE Intelligence Group which monitors terror threats said the graphic was
issued on Wednesday by a foundation, which is aligned with the Daesh.
graphic posted online and distributed by SITE showed an image drawn from social
media showing the Melbourne attacker, Hassan Khalid Shire Ali, trying to stab a
policeman before he was fatally shot.
text overlay on the image says: “Melbourne today — What is the next city
Ali stabbed and killed one man during the incident and wounded two others
before being killed by police.
police characterized the attack as “terrorism” and said the 30-year-old
Somali-born Shire Ali was inspired by Daesh, but acted alone and had no known
ties to the group.
the day of the attack, Daesh said via its propaganda arm that Shire Ali was a
Daesh fighter and carried out the operation, but provided no evidence to back
is a member of the US-led coalition that has been fighting Daesh in Syria and
Iraq since 2014.
terrorists took large swathes of Syria and Iraq that year, proclaiming a
“caliphate” across land it controlled.
Foreign Minister Stef Blok said Thursday he will defend an arms embargo to
Saudi Arabia at the UN Security Council.
majority of the House of Representatives has called on the government of the
Netherlands to introduce resolutions of a "ceasefire in Yemen" and
"arms embargo against Saudi Arabia".
that he will defend the arms embargo in the UN Security Council, Blok added
that it would not go that far since the Netherlands has "a limited
contribution in this matter."
said the Netherlands is a not big exporter of weapons, stressing that
“countries such as France, the U.S. and the U.K., which are major arms
exporters, do not want to apply the arms embargo."
also said the Dutch government would like to take further steps on Yemen, but
"big countries" are not willing to do so.
pointed out that he would like to stick to the "limited arms export
system" implemented by the Netherlands toward Saudi Arabia.
situation in Yemen is horrific and dramatic," Blok said.
noted that he would rather like to defend in the UN Security Council the
cease-fire and humanitarian aid in Yemen, adding that: "Those who cause it
are committing a terrible crime."
Yemen has remained wracked by violence since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran
much of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.
Ahmet Gurhan Kartal
British government on Thursday said it want to see accountability for the
murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
a statement, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: “The U.K. has been
clear that we need to see accountability for the horrific murder of the
journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
the Foreign Secretary reiterated to His Majesty King Salman, Crown Prince Bin
Salman and other senior figures in the Saudi government this week, we expect
Saudi Arabia to take action to ensure such violations of international and
national laws cannot happen again,” it said.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said his country considered last month’s
murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a “crime” and a “big mistake”.
on Thursday, the Saudi Public Prosecution said the order to kill Khashoggi had
come from the head of a team tasked by the Saudi leadership with negotiating
with the journalist.
FCO said the beginning of a judicial process “should be a step towards
accountability” but “we are watching closely and expect the continuing
investigation to proceed in line with internationally recognised legal
is the longstanding position of the UK Government to oppose to capital
sentences in all circumstances and countries,” the statement added.
a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, was killed on Oct. 2 inside the
Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
weeks of denying any involvement in the crime, Saudi Arabia later admitted that
Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate but claimed the Saudi royal
family had no prior knowledge of any plot to murder the journalist.
far, 18 people, including security officers, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia
in connection with the murder.
Oct. 31, Turkish prosecutors announced preliminary findings that suggest
Khashoggi was strangled to death in a premeditated killing soon after he
entered the consulate.
Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office said Khashoggi's body was disposed of
after being dismembered.
Court of Justice on Thursday ruled to keep the PKK on EU's terror list.
a legal case opened by the terrorist organization, the subsidiary court ruled
that while the group had been kept on the list due to procedural errors between
2014 and 2017, new legal measures by the Council of Europe stipulated that it
must remain there still.
PKK had applied to the court in May 2014 in order to be relieved of the
restrictions placed upon it due to the terror attacks it had carried out.
has been on the EU terror list since 2002.
its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a
terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible
for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children.
the EU delegation to Turkey said in a statement: “The decision on the listing
of the PKK by the General Court of the EU does not change anything. PKK still
remains in the terrorist organizations list of the EU.”
on Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy welcomed the
is a separatist terrorist organization and it will continue to be treated by
the international community as a terrorist organization deserve,” said Aksoy in
Muslim imam has discovered a Sharia law book advocating jihad and hostage
taking in Melbourne international airport's Islamic prayer room.
Mohammad Tawhidi, a Shia imam who campaigns against Islamic extremism, saw the
Arabic language book shortly before boarding a flight.
Adelaide-based Shia religious leader and author made a video of himself
flicking through the index, which featured references to jihad, 'taking
hostages at war' and taxing 'infidel' non-Muslims.
before boarding his flight, he told Daily Mail Australia a fundamentalist Sunni
Islamic law book had the potential to 'certainly radicalise someone'.
can turn a regular traveller or a frustrated, vulnerable traveller into an extremist,'
he said, shortly after midday on Thursday. 'It goes against national security.'
Tawhidi said that while the book of Islamic jurisprudence was possibly planted
by an activist, Melbourne airport needed to 'take action'.
hours later, Melbourne Airport tweeted to Sheikh Tawhidi to confirm they had
removed the Arabic language book, Fiqh us-Sunnah, by Egyptian Sunni Islamic
scholar As-Sayyid Sabiq.
for your message. We have a publicly accessible multi-faith prayer room open to
travellers of various religions,' it said.
book has been removed for assessment of its suitability.'
book about the practices of the Prophet Mohammad was authored by a prominent
member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a pan-Sunni Islamist group campaigning for a
global Islamic caliphate.
Sheikh Tawhidi, who moved to Australia from Iraq in 1995 when he was 12, asked
for his travel plans to be kept secret, following threats to his life from
has backed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's call for Muslim leaders to be aware
of radicalised individuals who had visited their mosques, following Friday
afternoon's Melbourne terrorist attack.
back the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was right: it was violent, it was
radical, it was Islamic,' he told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.
will not accept any of these excuses of political correctness.
not a one-off matter. The Muslim community should use the liberties in
Australia, the freedoms here, to side with the police against the radicals.'
terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 30, had attended the Hume Islamic Youth
Centre, at Coolaroo in Melbourne's north, before he stabbed to death
Italian-born cafe owner Sisto Malaspina on Bourke Street.
spiritual leader of that hardline Sunni mosque, Mohammed Omran, has blamed
Australian authorities for failing to catch the murderer.
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