sexual harassment with the behaviour or clothing of the woman is a
misunderstanding, for sexual harassment is an assault on the woman and her
freedom and dignity,"
Al-Azhar Slams Those Who Attempt to ‘Justify’ Sexual Harassment
Madrasa Opens Doors to House Government School
Islamists Rally Against Anti-Islam Cartoon Contest
Lawmakers Call For Sanctions over Xinjiang Camps
Israel Form New Joint Task Force to Take on Iran
Helmets' Chemical Cargo Transferred to Terrorists' Warehouse in Idlib
Mass Grave of US Air Raids Victims Found in Northeastern Syria
License To Operate Cinema Awarded To Lux Entertainment Company
Army Says 20 Extremists Killed In Operations
expresses regret to Egypt over Dutch anti-Islam cartoon contest
bomb attack kills 11 in Iraq's western Anbar Province
Idlib province at risk of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’: UN chief
presents UN with data on militant plans to stage false flag gas attack
Pakistan’s New Govt Will Make South-Asia Terror Free: India at UN
Islamic Clerics to Be Part of Counter-Terror Plan: Union Home Minister
arrests Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's son in Srinagar
arrests Syed Salahuddin’s son in terror funding case
Pakistan hold talks on Indus Waters Treaty, first bilateral meet since Imran
Khan became PM
Muslims’ Innovative Community Empowerment Campaign
killed in encounter in J&K's Bandipora
J&K policemen targeted: Four shot dead after top Hizbul commander is killed
to Expedite Seminary Reforms, Says Awan
Election: Maulana Fazlur Rehman Hopeful of Aitzaz’s Withdrawal in His Favour
Minister Khan arrives at GHQ for security briefing
presenter was not converted to Islam after Imran Khan became PM
military chief coming with Pompeo to Pakistan for talks on terrorism
not ready to issue red warrants for Musharraf, court told
Bajwa commends stabilisation operations on visit to South Waziristan
still hosting 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees
arrested for terrorism, 1,900 punished, 346 sentenced to death in 2013-17,
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Israel form new joint task force to take on Iran
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soldier pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State
Detains Over Dozen Gulen-Linked Gendarmerie Officers
court rubber-stamps new settlement in occupied West Bank
envoy to UN questions Palestinian right of return to Israel-occupied homeland
renews threat to attack Iran targets in Syria
minister lambasts Iran, Houthis for killing 1,372 children
forces shoot down Saudi reconnaissance drone over Hudaydah
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to Train Nigerian Army Counterterror Squads to Fight Boko Haram under New
minister urges more support for Rohingya refugees
restricts travel by diplomats to Iran
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Leader Yasir Khurasani Killed With 5 Comrades in Nangarhar Drone Strike
ISIS Khurasan members arrested in Kabul city
concerned over disdainful cartoons contest of Prophet Mohammad
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apologises for ‘Darul LGBT’ headline, but not article
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Al-Azhar Slams Those Who Attempt To ‘Justify’ Sexual Harassment
highest Sunni Muslim authority has said there can be no justification for
sexual harassment, in a country where many people often blame women themselves
for the widespread problems they face.
a statement Al-Azhar blasted all forms of harassment as "a forbidden act
and deviant behaviour" and said "the one who carries it out is a
sexual harassment must be absolute and free from any condition or
context," the statement released Monday said.
sexual harassment with the behaviour or clothing of the woman is a
misunderstanding, for sexual harassment is an assault on the woman and her
freedom and dignity," it said.
60 percent of women in Egypt said they had been victims of some form of sexual
harassment during their lifetimes in a 2017 report from UN Women and Promundo.
of men and 84 percent of women polled said that women who "dress
provocatively deserve to be harassed".
divisions have been highlighted by a recent debate over a video posted on the
internet by an Egyptian woman showing a man making unwanted advances on her in
a Cairo street.
footage of the man parking his car and approaching a woman to go for a coffee
went viral and drew wide-ranging reactions online.
commentators said it definitely constituted harassment given the hostile
atmosphere of the Cairo streets.
others described the approach as normal given the man made no obscene gestures,
and there were even suggestions the woman was at fault as she was welcoming
advances by standing in the street.
debate over harassment intensified in the aftermath of the January 2011
uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak.
protests demanding Mubarak's ouster centered around Cairo's Tahrir Square,
where constant media coverage also highlighted sexual attacks and helped show
public denial of the phenomenon.
the 2011 uprising, anti-harassment graffiti spread around downtown Cairo,
volunteers organized to rescue women from mob attacks, and more women shared
their own stories publicly.
February 2013, women took to the streets brandishing knives in a symbolic
protest against sexual violence.
directly criminalized sexual harassment in June 2014, days before President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's inauguration, however many women complain that officials
still turn a blind eye to the problem.
The government lower primary school at Kurichiarmala in the district will
remain testimony to the nature’s fury that has left a trail of death and
destruction across the state.
landslide on August 9 had torn through the school’s one-acre compound and
created two craters near the building and making it inaccessible.
Monday, the teachers and villagers were unsure of the future of the institute’s
two days, the uncertainty gave way to a new-found confidence—now seen across
the state—as the exuberant students started school on the top floor of a
Madrasa, barely a kilometre away.
temporary establishment has become a symbol of communal harmony and
determination of a resilient village that refused to be cowed down by adverse
conditions, despite their debilitating effect.
was an effort to clean up the three-foot mud and slush from the school
building, so that the classes could commence.
landslides, however, posed a constant risk, forcing the authorities and
volunteers to abandon their efforts.
the need for continuing the school, the local mahal committee stepped in and
offered space in the Hayathul Islam Madrasa building. Local residents and
volunteers swung into action and made necessary arrangements on the top floor
of the building.
converted the top floor into a full-fledged school with four classrooms and a
staffroom in 72 hours.
the classes restarted on Wednesday morning, the building earned the distinction
of having a Madrasa, a mosque and a government school under the same roof.
school, meanwhile, adjusted its working days. It would be closed on Fridays—so
that the faithful would have enough space for their prayers—and instead, would
work on Saturdays. The arrangement would continue for the rest of the academic
said the school would function in the Madrasa until it a new building somewhere
the students who attended school on Wednesday, five have been rendered homeless
by the landslides. A Facebook community, Human Being Collective, Malabar Flood
Relief Forum and Green Palliative Volunteers had raised around Rs 4 lakh and
helped the villagers recreate the school, which now sport brand new furniture,
blackboards, teaching aids and colourful walls with animated characters and
even indoor plants.
pre-primary section has been accommodated in the Madrasa’s courtyard, where the
Hayathul Islam mosque is also located.
the children hailing from families who had suffered huge losses in the
landslide were so happy on seeing their new school. It will immensely help them
in erasing their traumatic experiences,” district collector Keshvendra Kumar
school it is also a reaffirmation of the secular credentials of Kerala where
everyone is helping each other, cutting across religious, social and other
barriers,” who spent around three hours at the school, added.
school's PTA President Mohammed Aslam, also the vice president of the mahal
committee, said the entire mahal was very forthcoming in opening up its
premises for the school. “Though properties worth crores were lost in the
landslide, our biggest loss was the Kurichiar Mala LP School. Most of the
people in the village work in the nearby tea plantation and the school was their
only hope for a better future of their children,” Aslam said.
headmaster Sasi P K said the deputy director of education has sanctioned the
changes in the school working days to facilitate the Friday prayers at the
Saseendran, representing Kalpetta in the state assembly, said the school would
be upgraded to a upper primary school with Rs 1 crore from the MLA fund and a
Rs 49 lakh grant from the central government’s multi-sectoral development programme.
The Tata Group, meanwhile, has promised to construct a new building for the
school on identifying a new location.
district collector said the damaged school building would be converted to a
memorial to showcase how the people overcame the natural calamity.
Islamists rally against anti-Islam cartoon contest
of Islamists in Pakistan launched a march toward the capital on Wednesday to
protest a far-right Dutch lawmaker's plans to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon
contest later this year.
newly elected government has denounced the contest, calling it an attempt to
defame Islam. Physical depictions of God or the prophet, even positive ones,
are forbidden in Islam and considered deeply offensive.
protest was organized by Islamist groups that made surprising gains in
Pakistan's July elections. An estimated 10,000 protesters took part in the
march, chanting "we will die to protect the honor of the prophet."
protesters refused demands from authorities to confine their rally to the
eastern city of Lahore, where it began. They are expected to reach Islamabad on
cartoon contest is being organized by Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch lawmaker
with a history of incendiary remarks about Islam. The Dutch government has
distanced itself from the event while saying it is committed to free speech.
new prime minister, Imran Khan, has largely sided with the protesters, vowing
to take the matter to the United Nations. His government has summoned the Dutch
ambassador to lodge a formal protest, but has so far dismissed calls to expel
a hard-line Islamist group that helped organized the protests, supported Khan's
bid to be prime minister.
disrupted life in Islamabad with a three-week rally last year against an
omitted reference to the prophet in a constitutional bill. Organizers say this
time they will disperse after a daylong protest.
Tuesday, Dutch news reports suggested that a man who was detained there on
suspicion of threatening to attack Wilders and parliament was a Pakistani
national. Police said they detained a 26-year-old suspect who is likely to be
arraigned on Friday. Wilders has for years lived under round-the-clock security
due to repeated death threats linked to his criticism of Islam.
have been running high in Pakistan, where blasphemy is punishable by death and
where the mere accusation of it can cause lynchings.
former Pakistani cricketer, Khalid Latif, has offered a $28,000 reward for
anyone who would "kill the Dutchmen" behind the blasphemous contest.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has spoken with his Dutch counterpart
about the "abominable and sacrilegious competition" this week,
according a statement released by the ministry.
said "such acts must be prevented as they spread hate and intolerance in
lawmakers call for sanctions over Xinjiang camps
US lawmakers on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump’s administration to slap
sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the internment of a Muslim minority
in the country’s far-west Xinjiang region, Florida senator Marco Rubio
a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve
Mnuchin, the members of Congress – from both parties – called for sanctions
against seven officials and two surveillance equipment manufacturers, The Wall
Street Journal reported.
I & a bipartisan group of 16 members of Congress asked @POTUS to use the
Global Magnitsky Act to freeze the assets & ban the entry of Chinese
officials responsible for the mass roundup of Muslims in internment camps in
the #Xinjiang region,” Rubio said on Twitter.
has denied allegations that one million of its mostly Muslim Uighur minority
are being held in internment camps.
Chinese official told a UN human rights committee in Geneva earlier this month
that tough security measures in Xinjiang were necessary to combat extremism and
terrorism, but did not target any specific ethnic group or restrict religious
has branded reports of such camps “completely untrue”, saying that the
“education and training centres” to which “minor criminals” are assigned serve
merely “to assist in their rehabilitation and reintegration”.
multiple NGOs and China experts believe the reality is far more sinister,
saying accounts from former detainees and official documents point to a massive
program of political and cultural indoctrination.
year, China banned “abnormally long” beards and Muslim veils in Xinjiang –
which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan – and ordered all car owners in the
region to install GPS tracking devices.
in December 2017, New York-based Human Rights Watch reported that Xinjiang
authorities were planning to collect bio data from all residents.
United States is teaming up with the Israeli regime to enforce economic
sanctions against Iran in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the
internationally backed nuclear deal with Tehran.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed
to set up a joint team for that purpose after meeting in Washington Tuesday.
was the fourth time Mnuchin, also a Jew, was meeting with Kahlon in the past 12
meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is intended to deepen our
strategic-economic ties with the US. The joint task force which we established
will be crucial in tightening sanctions on Iran," said the Israeli
minister, further claiming that “The economic sanctions that the US imposed on
Iran are proving themselves."
thankful to US’
administration of US President Donald Trump illegally re-imposed sanctions on
Iran earlier this month after pulling the US out of the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May despite Tehran’s compliance with the agreement,
which is still supported by the UK, Russia, Germany, China and France.
cited “Israel's security,” asserting that “we should be thankful to the US” for
reintroduction of the illegal sanctions.
an estimated 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, the TEl Aviv regime
has refused to allow inspections of its military nuclear facilities or sign the
international nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
February 22, 2012, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
Khamenei said that Iran considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons
“a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.
recent attempts to pile up economic pressure will face defeat, according to
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
need to tell the Iranian nation that we will not allow the United States' plots
to succeed. The nation should be sure that we will not allow a bunch of
anti-Iranians, who have gathered at the White House today, to plot against us,”
Rouhani said during his comments to Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted Head of Russian Reconciliation Center
for Syria Alexi Siganokov as reporting that a number of the White Helmets
Organization members have transferred a large cargo of poisonous materials to a
warehouse in the town of Saraqib that is under Ahrar al-Sham's control.
further said that the consignment was transferred on two large trucks from the
village of Afas to Saraqib.
told the Arabic Sputnik that a part of the consignment was transferred to
Southern Idlib in plastic barrels, adding the barrels of poisons will be used
by terrorists to stage a fake chemical attack against civilians to further
accuse the gov't forces of the gas assault.
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV Channel quoted well-informed sources as
disclosing that more than 250 members of the pro-militants White Helmets were
preparing to take part in a fake rescue operation after a false-flag chemical
attack by terrorists in Idlib province.
went on to say that the White Helmets transferred poisonous materials from
Turkey to Syria via al-Hassani'yeh passageway, storing a portion of the
materials in the village of Halouz near Jisr al-Shughour in Western Idlib.
further said that vast presence of the White Helmets aid workers were detected
in Jisr al-Shughour prison, where poisonous materials have been stored.
TV further quoted the sources as disclosing that the terrorists were to stage a
false-flag chemical attack in Idlib a week after the army's upcoming operation
in the region.
sources said that a mass grave of civilians, containing the bodies of a sum of
50 civilians killed in the US air raids, was discovered in al-Jameh al-Qadim
Ataq in Central Raqqa.
least a dozen mass graves of civilians have thus far been unearthed in Raqqa
after the city's occupation by the US forces and their allied militias.
some seven bodies of other civilians killed in the US air raids on Raqqa were
discovered on Tuesday.
of five civilians killed in the US air raids were taken out of debris in a
market in Raqqa city.
license to operate cinema awarded to Lux Entertainment company
Minister of Information Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, who is also Chairman of
the General Authority for Audiovisual Media, handed over here on Wednesday, the
fourth license for operation of cinemas to Lux Entertainment Company, in
partnership with Al-Hokair Group for Tourism and Development, Sinopolis
International and Al-Taeir Group.
alliances seek to establish about 300 theaters, at various venues, in 15 cities
and towns, across the Kingdom, within five years.
Board of Directors of the General Authority for Audiovisual Media has approved
on December 11, 2017, issuance of licenses for those wishing to open theaters
and multiplexes, in order to support the film sector to stimulate growth and
economic diversification and provide job opportunities, within new industries,
in line with the Vision 2030 of the Kingdom.
army says 20 extremists killed in operations
army said Wednesday it has killed 20 extremists in the latest round of military
operations in the Western Desert and Sinai Peninsula.
military launched a sweeping operation in February focused on Sinai in eastern
Egypt aimed at wiping out militants, including from ISIS extremist group, who
have been waging a bloody insurgency.
over the past few days had “resulted in the elimination of seven extremely
dangerous” militias close to Egypt’s western border with Libya, the army said
in a statement.
said 13 militants were also killed in shootouts with government forces during
army raids in central and northern Sinai.
forces in Sinai had arrested 18 wanted suspected militants and destroyed 18
Sunday, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police
checkpoint in northern Sinai, the group’s Amaq news agency reported, saying 15
soldiers were killed or wounded in what it described as an infiltration
2013, extremists have been launching attacks, mainly concentrated in the Sinai
Peninsula but militants have also struck elsewhere across the country.
Netherlands has "expressed its regret" to Egypt over a Dutch
politician’s intention to organize a cartoon contest depicting anti-Islam
cartoons, Egypt’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
an official statement, the Egyptian foreign ministry said Minister Sameh
Shoukry received a phone call from his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok, who
expressed his country’s sorrow over controversial Dutch nationalist politician
Geert Wilders’s plan to hold the anti-Islam cartoon contest inside parliament.
Dutch Party for Freedom, known for their hatred and opposition to Islam, is the
second-largest party in the Dutch parliament.
announced the contest last June, and said it will be open next November in the
PVV’s parliamentary offices.
said Wilder’s plan does not in any way represent the positions of the
government or Dutch community, stressing his government’s refusal to all
manifestations of hatred, incitement, and disrespect of religions.
affirmed the necessity that freedom of expression should not be confused with
the adoption of hate and incitement speech.
described it as a mix up which would have a dangerous impact on the relations
between nations and people with different religions.
also said that the world needs to support and spread values of tolerance and
respect of other’s opinions, as well as a respect of beliefs and religions to
repel religious extremism, terrorism, and violence.
Tuesday, the Netherlands has distanced itself from the competition to several
Islamic majority states opposing the contest, yet defending the right to hold
it on foundations of freedom of expression.
has been leading the line of opposition to Wilder’s contest, calling for an
emergency session by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over the
outrage comes after protests and riots made 13 years ago in several Arab and
Muslim countries after a Danish newspaper published several offensive cartoons
of Islam Prophet Mohamed in 2005.
2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten provoked protests across the world
and riots in some Muslim countries by publishing several cartoons of Muhammad, including
one depicting the prophet with a bomb in his turban.
car bomb attack has hit a security checkpoint in Iraq's western Anbar Province,
leaving at least 11 people dead and over a dozen others wounded.
officials said an assailant had driven an explosives-laden vehicle into the
checkpoint in the town of Qa'im near the Syrian border on Wednesday.
Captain Mahmud Jassem told AFP that 11 people, five of them security personnel,
had been killed and 16 others sustained injuries in the incident.
checkpoint was jointly manned by the Iraqi army soldiers and pro-government
Iraqi fighters and civilians have been among the casualties.
death toll is expected to climb because some of those injured are in a critical
group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but it bears the hallmark
Takfiri terrorist group unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq
in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks. Iraqi army soldiers and
allied fighters then launched operations to eliminate Daesh and retake the lost
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that full-scale military
operations in Syria’s Idlib province could lead to a “humanitarian catastrophe”
and cautioned against the use of chemical weapons.
warning came amid fears the Syrian government is mobilizing for a military
offensive to retake Idlib, the last province still held by the country's
Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the growing risks of a humanitarian
catastrophe in the event of a full-scale military operation in Idlib province
in Syria,” a UN statement said.
provides the United Nations with evidence revealing yet another plot by Takfiri
terrorists to carry out a chemical attack in militant-held Idlib Province and
pin the blame on Damascus with the aim of justifying an ensuing act of
aggression against the Arab country by their foreign supporters.
at a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday, Syria’s Ambassador to the UN
Bashar Ja’afari said that Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliated terrorist groups
are preparing to use chemical weapons against civilians in Idlib, the last
major militant stronghold that is subject to an upcoming major
counter-terrorism operation by the Syrian army.
Western states, which support terror outfits operating in Syria, would then use
the chemical attack as a pretext to launch an offensive against the country, he
also stressed that any aggression against Syria would constitute an act of aggression against regional and international
peace and security, amount to supporting terrorism and undermine efforts to
combat the scourge.
Western states, he said, are using their “black flags and White Helmets” to
stage new chemical attacks in order to obstruct the political process and
justify their aggression against Syria, he said.
Syrian envoy further called on countries capable of influencing terrorists to
prevent their agents from taking any action against the Syrian people.
April 7, an alleged chemical weapons attack hit the Damascus suburb town of
Douma, just as the Syrian army was about
to win the battle against the militants there.
states blamed the Syrian government for the incident, but Damascus firmly
rejected the accusation.
week after the suspected gas attack, the US, Britain and France launched a
coordinated missile strike against sites and research facilities near Damascus
and Homs with the purported goal of paralyzing the Syrian government’s
capability to produce chemicals.
in his remarks, Ja’afari reaffirmed that Syria considers the use of chemical
weapons immoral and had already had all its chemical arsenal destroyed.
also said that Israel’s nuclear, chemical, and biological arsenal is waiting
for the “blessing” of the UN Security Council.
surrendered its entire chemical stockpile in 2013 to a mission led by the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN.
on Tuesday, Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya told the Security
Council that White Helmets “volunteers” had transferred two toxic gas
containers to Idlib, where they already had eight containers, with the intent
of using them against civilians in order to justify a new strike by Washington,
London and Paris.
are deeply concerned of the warnings of our Western partners on the possible
use by the Syrian Regime - as they call - it of chemical weapons. We consider
it as an invitation to the armed rebel groups to stage another chemical attacks
as they did in Eastern Ghouta and Douma early in April or early in Khan
Shaykhun, as a pretext of military strikes against Syria. We see these
preparations, we see the military build-up and we strongly warned against
it," he said.
Pakistan’s new govt will make South-Asia terror free: India at UN
on Wednesday said it hoped that the new Pakistan government, led by Prime
Minister Imran Khan, will help in ensuring that the South Asian region is free
of terror and violence. Addressing a debate on ‘Mediation and Settlement of
Disputes’, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed
Akbaruddin said, “regurgitating a failed approach, which has long been
rejected, is neither reflective of pacific intent nor a display of Pacific
content. We hope that the new government of Pakistan will, rather than indulge
in polemics, work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed
the South Asian region, free of terror and violence.”
to Pakistan’s repeated references to the disputed territories along the border,
Syed Akbaruddin said, “I take this opportunity to remind Pakistan, the one
isolated delegation that made unwarranted references to an integral part of
India, that pacific settlement requires pacific intent in thinking and Pacific
content in action.”
also added that United Nations cannot be made the centre of mediation efforts
and instead the international community should “lend encouragement to those
most motivated and having the capacity to do so to settle these, as
newly-appointed Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his willingness to
improve relations between the border nations and said that his government would
like the leaders of the two sides to resolve all disputes, including the “core
issue” of Kashmir, through talks. According to Pakistan’s senior minister, Khan
is also preparing a proposal to resolve the Kashmir issue. “We will prepare the
proposal within a week and circulate it among all the stakeholders,” Minister
for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said. “If the draft is approved, we will move
forward on it,” she added.
counter radicalisation among youth, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has
sought to rope in experts with the help of National Commission for Minorities
(NCM) to build a counter-narrative. Singh, along with Home Secretary Rajiv
Gauba, took up the issues of de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation at a
review meeting on Monday.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested many youths over the last few
months across the country for alleged affiliation to the Islamic State.
scholars and researchers, Singh said that clerics who can counsel young people
about Islam should be engaged in this counter-radicalisation move. The civil
society should ascertain the reasons behind the youth taking up radical beliefs
and then use the influence of community interventions, he is learned to have
said in the meeting.
also sought to modernise police forces to provide an elaborate insight into
religious radicalisation and all forms of extremism, counter-insurgency, and
cyber and economic crimes.
the review, Singh also discussed proposed amendments to the National
Investigation Act, 2008. The amendments, which give broader powers to the NIA,
is pending before the Cabinet and was to be introduced in the recent Monsoon
Session of Parliament but was delayed due to objections raised by some states
for giving powers to the director-general of NIA for seizure and attachment of
property representing proceeds of terrorism, said officials who were part of
present, the NIA requires the approval of the D-G of the state police
draft provisions of the Bill include mandating the NIA to launch parallel
probes into terror attacks on Indians and their properties abroad. The US
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has similar powers that were exercised to
conduct a parallel probe after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed six
Bill also proposes to designate any individual suspected of having terror links
in the list of terrorist entities.
decision was taken after a surge in the number of youths joining the Islamic
State, following which the Home Ministry held consultations with central
agencies and state governments. The amendment, according to officials, will
lead to a ban on individuals who may not be associated with any terrorist
organisation but are indulging in terror acts independently.
present, there are 39 groups in the list of banned terrorist organisations
under Section 35 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, (UAPA), the latest
being NSCN (Khaplang), which carried out an attack on Indian Army personnel
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested Syed Shakeel
Yousuf, son of globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, in connection with a
2011 terror funding case for allegedly receiving money from his father.
NIA spokesperson said in Delhi that Shakeel, at present working as a laboratory
assistant at a prestigious government hospital, was picked up from Rambagh
locality of Srinagar and placed under arrest.
spokesman said, "In an operation today morning, NIA team along with the
police and CRPF arrested Shakeel in a terror funding case".
is the second son of Salahuddin who has been arrested by the NIA in connection
with the case. Earlier in June this year, his another son, Shahid, who was
working in the agricultural department of the Jammu and Kashmir government, was
arrested in the same case+ .
NIA alleged Shakeel used to receive funds through a US-based international wire
transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused in the case who is
absconding and based in Saudi Arabia The agency alleged Shakeel was "one
of several Indian contacts of Bhat" who had been in telephonic contact
with him for receiving money transfer codes The case, registered by the NIA in
April 2011, relates to transfer of money from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir
through hawala channels via Delhi, which the agency believed was used in
funding terrorism and secessionist activities.
NIA has so far filed two charge sheets against six people including G M Bhat, a
close aide of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Siddiq
Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga. All four are in judicial
custody Two others -- Mohammed Maqbool Pandit and Bhat -- were also charge
sheeted by the NIA but are absconding. An Interpol Red Corner notice has been
issued against them Shakeel's father Mohammed Yusuf Shah -- better known as
Syed Salahuddin -- was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the
US Department of State.
heading terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, he is the chairman of the United Jehad
Council (UJC), a conglomerate of terrorist outfits operating in the Kashmir
NIA had also registered two others cases related to terror funding -- one in
November 2011 and the other in May this year.
agency had filed a charge sheet against 10 people including Syed Salahuddin in
the April 2011 case.
30, 2018The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today arrested Syed Shakeel
Yousuf, son of globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, in connection with a
2011 terror funding case for allegedly receiving money from his father.
NIA spokesman said in Delhi that Shakeel, at present working as a laboratory
assistant at a prestigious government hospital, was picked up from Rambagh
locality of Srinagar and placed under arrest.
spokesman said, “In an operation today morning, NIA team along with the police
and CRPF arrested Shakeel in a terror funding case”.
is the second son of Salahuddin who has been arrested by the NIA in connection
with the case. Earlier in June this year, his another son, Shahid, who was
working in the agricultural department of the Jammu and Kashmir government, was
arrested in the same case.
NIA alleged Shakeel used to receive funds through a US-based international wire
transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused in the case who is
absconding and based in Saudi Arabia
agency alleged Shakeel was “one of several Indian contacts of Bhat” who had
been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes
case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to transfer of money from
Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi, which the
agency believed was used in funding terrorism and secessionist activities
NIA has so far filed two charge sheets against six people including G M Bhat, a
close aide of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Siddiq
Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga. All four are in judicial
others — Mohammed Maqbool Pandit and Bhat — were also charge sheeted by the NIA
but are absconding. An Interpol Red Corner notice has been issued against them
father Mohammed Yusuf Shah — better known as Syed Salahuddin — was declared a
Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State.
NIA had also registered two others cases related to terror funding — one in
November 2011 and the other in May this year.
and Pakistan today commenced crucial talks on various aspects of the Indus
Waters Treaty here, the first bilateral engagement since Prime Minister Imran
Khan took office. The first round of the two-day meeting is being held at the
National Engineering Services Pakistan.
water commissioners of Pakistan and India are required to meet twice a year and
arrange technical visits to projects’ sites and critical river head works, but
Pakistan had been facing a lot of problems in timely meetings and visits.
Indian side is being represented by a delegation of the Indian Water Commission
led by Commissioner P K Saxena whereas Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters Syed
Meher Ali Shah and his delegation are representing Pakistan, it said. Both the
countries are expected to present their reports during the talks. After the
meeting, a joint notification would be issued.
Shah and additional commissioner Sheraz Jamil received the nine-member Indian
delegation led by Saxena on its arrival here via Wagah border.
talks will be the first official engagement between India and Pakistan since
Khan became prime minister on August 18.
last meeting of the Pakistan-India Permanent Indus Commission was held in New
Delhi in March during which both the sides had shared details of the water flow
and the quantum of water being used under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty.
and Pakistan signed the treaty in 1960 after nine years of negotiations, with
the World Bank being a signatory. The treaty sets out a mechanism for
cooperation and information exchange between the two countries regarding their
use of the rivers. However, there have been disagreements and differences between
India and Pakistan over the treaty.
yesterday said Pakistan has raised objections on 1000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW
Lower Kalnai hydroelectric projects on River Chenab and a detailed discussion
will be held during the talks. “We had also raised concerns over construction
of dams on Pakistani rivers and India did not bother about it and continued
doing the same,” Shah said, adding India will reply to Pakistan’s queries on
controversial water projects.
Pakistan Indus Water Commissioner Syed Jamaat Ali Shah told PTI that the
successive Pakistani governments had given much importance to its water
disputes with India. “India does not bother Pakistan in this regard. It begins
work on building hydro power projects on the Pakistani rivers and the Pakistani
government raises objections afterwards. Unless the Pakistani government
seriously takes up these matters with India it will not get relief,” he said
and added that Pakistan also needs to plead its case in the World Bank.
to an official of the Pakistan Water Commission, Pakistan has been raising
reservations over the designs of the two projects – 1000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW
Lower Kalnai hydroelectric projects on River Chenab – and would like India to
either modify the designs to make them compliant to 1960 Indus Waters Treaty or
put the projects on hold until Delhi satisfies Islamabad.
two sides will in talks also finalise the schedule of future meetings of the
Permanent Indus Commission and visits of the teams of the Indus commissioners,”
the official said.
If there’s one overarching lesson from the past few decades about how to break
the cycles of poverty and unemployment, it’s the power of mentoring — and of
intervening early, ideally in the high school age ,that is the time a child’s
career is being formed. A new wave of Muslim social entrepreneurs have embarked
on path-breaking initiatives in Nagpur and neighbouring Kamptee township with a
potential to redefine the community’s social, developmental and educational
agenda. A number of innovative initiatives have been launched and their synergy
is expected to help the community address a number of critical issues. Nagpur’s
model of synergizing multi sectoral approaches is emerging a game changer for
the community and has the potential of becoming a replicable model.
Commissions were appointed by the government to study the socio economic
conditions of Muslims in India. The Sachar Committee and the Justice Ranganath
Mishra Commission (2008) recommended a series of affirmative actions to be
taken by the Government in order to restore justice to Muslims and improve
their plight to the level of national averages.
order to create awareness about various socio-economic and educational issues
of the community specific to the region, and working out local applicable
solutions, a think-tank, the Centre for Social Research and Empowerment (CSRE)
was launched under the mentorship of Zafar Mahmood, Chairman of Zakat
Foundation of India. CSRE is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit
of the key objectives of CSRE is to sensitise people to the new changing
economic, educational and social environment and to empower them to
successfully navigate it. CSRE identified that quality education and proper
choice of careers could underpin all these areas and an increase in the community’s
participation in various services would have a multiplier effect for generating
a life- changing transformation for the community.
CSRE has been promoted by senior professionals drawn from a vas diversity of
professions. It functions unlike the usual career guidance centres being run by
government or community organisations. It is managed by sectoral experts and is
designed to assist individuals in making and implementing informed educational
and occupational choices. Since these professionals are familiar with the
governance processes they can enable the aspirants to take the right step on
the right ladder.
the key mentors at CSRE are : Syed Wasif H. Naqvi (IFS), Ex. Principal Chief
Conservator of Forests, Govt of Maharashtra Abdul Rauf Shaikh, Ex. CEO
Maharashtra Waqf Board, Mohd Ishaq Shaikh, Ex Director General of MERY, Water
Resources Department, Bashir Ahmed Shaikh, Retd Principal District Judge and
Judicial Member State Consumer Forum, Aftab Alam Khan, former Sr. Manager Bank
Of Maharashtra, Majeed Parekh, Islamic scholar, Mujib Khan, Ex. Dy.
Commissioner, Zafar Iqbal and Hamid B.K. Quraishi , both senor technocrats with
the State Govt, Khwaja Rabbani Ex-, Director of Archaeology, Mujeebuddin
Siddiqui, Senior Mineral Economist, Abdul Waheed, former AGM, State Bank of
India, Zafar Khan, former Principal, Qidwai High School and Jr.College, Faiz
Waheed, technocrat and social entrepreneur, Rizwan Mirza, Chartered Accountant.
Mushtaque Ahsan Quraishi, prominent social organizer and Qutub Zafar advocate
and social activist. Irshad Khan, a young research associate handles the
Shaikh and S W H Naqvi are the key architects of the centre and are steering a
series of free Career Guidance Camps and Seminars s in local schools and
colleges apart from guiding students on career choices experts from concerned
fields also providing useful on various competitive examinations.
feels that if the financial strength of Wakfs is properly tapped it can solve
all major problems of the community. Most of the 27 state Waqf boards are
headed either by not-too-highly qualified CEOs or by government officials
holding the post as additional charge.
Sachar Committee had said, “Up to 200 Group A officers are needed to service
the Waqf affairs across India” and recommended, “The government may, therefore,
consider creating a new cadre of officers to be recruited by the UPSC so that
they can deal with the specific affairs of the Waqfs efficiently.”
centre has become an established brand in Nagpur. It offers extension services
in the field of student scholarships, career counseling, career selection, and
entrance exams for professional and technical courses, recruitment in Govt. and
Public Sector, job alerts, financial support and guidance for education, online
services at nominal charges, etc. Afroz Jahan Memorial Trust, Amravati is a
philanthropic partner, providing financial support to the Centre.
Public Library cum Study Centre has been set up at Jafar Nagar Line with the
support of local citizens and the Jafar Nagar Mosque The centre is expected to
be a one point reference and guidance interface for career and competitive
examinations. It will soon be upgraded to a digital library with virtual class
recently climaxed its third career expo with focus on competitive examinations.
Sarfaraz Ahmad IAS Distt Collector of Karimnagar, Telangana and recipient of
the 2017 Prime Minister’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushal Yojana (DDU-GKY)
award for achieving the best performance in employment for unemployed youth,
emphasized that aspirants for civil services should shed they myths about civil
said that the civil series examination is basically aimed at selecting
administrators and not subject expert’s .Hence it is focused on assessing the
students’ contextual approach to the subject and his analyltical abilities. He
also said that most of the successful candidates make the grade not in their
first attempt but in later attempts .it was therefore necessary that a
candidate should work hard and determinedly with a mission approach to the
A terrorist was on Wednesday killed in an encounter with security forces in
Hajin area of Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said.
forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hajin area following information
about presence of terrorists there, a police official said.
said the search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists opened fire
towards security forces positions.
terrorist was gunned down in the operation, the official said, adding searches
were still going on.
after a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander was gunned down by security forces at
Anantnag in J&K, terrorists Wednesday ambushed and killed four policemen
outside a vehicle workshop in Shopian.
marks the third high-profile attack on police personnel this year and comes
just a week after an inspector and two constables were shot dead while on leave
four policemen killed Wednesday were part of an officer’s security detail and
were out getting a police vehicle repaired when they were fired upon.
the attack, the militants took away three rifles of the slain policemen and
in the day, security agencies said top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Altaf
Ahmad Dar and an associate Umar Rashid were killed in an early morning
operation in Anantnag’s Muniward village.
Ahmed Dar was currently operating as one of the most important terrorist
commanders of proscribed terror outfit HM,” a police spokesman said. “He had a
long history of criminal records since 2007.”
five hours after Dar was gunned down, militants attacked the police party.
in the afternoon, fired indiscriminately upon a police party at Arhama in
district Shopian. Four policemen sustained gunshot wounds and were evacuated to
a nearby hospital for medical attention. However, all the four injured
policemen succumbed,” a police spokesman said.
slain policemen were identified as Constable Ishfaq Ahmad Mir, Constable Javid
Ahmad Bhat, Constable Mohammad Iqbal Mir and Special Police Officer (SPO) Adil
attacks on police in the Valley have surged this year and Wednesday’s attack is
the third such in 2018. Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid Tuesday had
said that 1,660 policemen have been killed by militants since the start of
militancy in the Valley three decades ago.
January this year, militants killed four policemen when they detonated a
powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Sopore; last week, militants in
one day killed three policemen — home on leave for Eid — in separate attacks in
south Kashmir’s Kulgam and Pulwama districts.
an interview to The Indian Express new Governor Satya Pal Malik had said that
the “the issue of J&K policemen being targeted and killed came up” in a
meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Home Minister has also agreed that the compensation for families in case of the
death of a J&K policeman is going to be increased and brought at par with
the CRPF and the Army. This has also been cleared,” he said.
also indicated that funds for construction of safe housing clusters for police
personnel, of which there has been an acute shortage, had been given
said that the four policemen killed were part of a senior police officer’s escort
and had gone to repair their vehicle at Bonagam in Shopian. While the policemen
were waiting outside the vehicle, a group of militants fired on them
indiscriminately wounding four critically.
sources said that the militant attack was so sudden that the policemen had no
time to retaliate. Only one policeman, sources said, survived the attack as he
was inside the vehicle when they were attacked.
wreath-laying ceremony of the slain policemen was held at District Police Lines
(DPL) Shopian. Top police officers including DGP Vaid, ADGP Law and Order
Muneer Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir S P Pani and
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) south Kashmir Amit Kumar participated in the
wreath-laying ceremony with top civil officers.
earlier had hailed the killing of Dar as a huge success and said that he was a
deputy to Hizbul’s operational chief Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo and was
second-in-command of the militant outfit. Dar alias Moin was categorized as an
A++ militant and carried a reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head. Last year, when
the Army released the list of most wanted militant commanders, Dar figured at
serial number 5.
resident of Hawoora village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, Dar first joined the
militant ranks in 2006 but was arrested after some time. After his release in
2010, Dar recycled into militancy in 2011.
as a long time surviving terrorist in the area, he (Dar) was involved in a
series of terror crimes in the area,” police said. “He was involved in several
attacks on security forces and killings of civilians and policemen in the
sources said that Dar was working as a militant over ground worker from a young
age. “He was working with the militants much before he formally joined them,”
said a senior police officer. “Since he recycled into militancy in 2011, he has
kept the security agencies on tenterhooks.”
father, Ghulam Mohammad Dar, was also a militant and was killed in the early
Nineties when he was infiltrating into the Valley after arms training in
Wednesday morning, a joint team of the J&K Police, Army and paramilitary
forces cordoned off the Muniward village in Anantnag after specific inputs
about the presence of militants. As the joint team zeroed in on the target
house, militants opened fire triggering a gunfight in which both the trapped
militants were killed.
other slain militant was identified as Umar Rashid, a resident of Khudwani in
Kulgam, who had joined militant ranks only last year.
to expedite seminary reforms, says Awan
Advisor to Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan on Wednesday
said the federal government was committed to expediting seminary reforms to
ensure equal rights to the students.
told Senate that the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) along with
relevant departments had already started the process of registration of
seminaries; however, some seminaries were not willing to register.
many as 689 seminaries have been registered in FATA, he said, adding that 179
seminaries were been registered in other parts of the country.
said the government was responsible to bring change in lives of students of
seminaries and to provide them equal rights in education and job opportunities
in order to bring them into the mainstream.
said our vision of change was to provide equal rights to every person of the
country without any discrimination. He said the process of registration of
seminaries was continued and rest would also be registered in 90 days.
on a point of order, Leader of the House in Senate, Shibli Faraz vowed
finalising cybercrime bill soon.
to questions of Senator Agha Shahzaib Durrani and Senator Nauman Wazir, Awan
said FIA had the capacity but there was a need to enhance it further.
Crime wing Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had so far registered 388 cases,
he said, adding that as result of these cases, 350 accused persons were
arrested, of which there were 65 convictions and 45 acquittals and a fine
amounting of Rs 12.72 million had been imposed by the courts.
Election: Maulana Fazlur Rehman Hopeful Of Aitzaz’s Withdrawal In His Favour
The Opposition's presidential aspirant Maulana Fazlur Rehman is hopeful that
the Pakistan Peoples Party would withdraw its candidate Aitzaz Ahsan in his
to the media on Wednesday, the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, said the
opposition nominated him for being acceptable to the PPP which is at odds with
the other parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz. Three bigwigs
are in the run to become the 13th president of Pakistan for which the voting
will be held on September 4 in the Parliament.
has so far eluded the opposition parties to field a joint candidate against the
ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Dr Arif Alvi. Now two days after the formal
nomination, Rehman flew in to the metropolis to call on the Pakistan Muslim
League – Functional, Grand Democratic Alliance and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
– Pakistan to elicit their support. They have an electoral college of 20 and
nine respectively. Following meeting with the GDA leaders at the Kingri House,
Rehman said the PML-F chief Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi has given a positive
response, though he will apprise of his final decision after consulting other
allies of the GDA. He said: “If the PML-N had agreed over Aitzaz then there
would not have been any issue at all. But the delay in choosing a unanimous
opposition’s candidate, is caused by the rift between the two parties. However,
we are trying to convince the PPP for a joint candidate.” To a question if the
PPP has fielded their candidate "as part of a deal" to reduce the
prosecution's pressure against the party’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in the
alleged cases of corruption, Fazl parried the reply saying:“I cannot answer
this difficult question.” The JUI-F said although the PTI is the largest
political party in the parliament but it lacks the majority required to bring
in the new president.
said while the JUI-F has strong reservations over the conduct of the general
elections and its results, they decided to sit in the parliament, after the PPP
and PML-N resolved to do so in the larger interests of democracy. Later, Rehman
visited the MQM-P headquarters. Briefing media about the outcome of the
meeting, he said he made his case before the party while highlighting the
problems faced by the country and expressed the hope they will make the right
decision. He said the MQM fully understands the dimensions of the country’s
politics. Referring to the issues put before him by the MQM, Fazl said “we want
to see all the cities and towns of the country marching towards progress
Minister Imran Khan arrived at General Headquarters, Rawalpindi on Thursday
morning for a security briefing, the army's media wing, Inter-Services Public
Relations (ISPR), said in a tweet.
Minister Imran Khan arrived to visit GHQ. Received on arrival by COAS [Chief of
Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa]. PM being briefed on defence, internal
security and other professional matters," ISPR said.
of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information and Minister of State for
Interior are accompanying the PM," it added.
Thursday meeting follows PM Khan and Gen Bajwa's first-ever official
interaction as chief executive and army chief on Monday this week at the Prime
statement following their meeting had stated that the two had pledged to work
closely for establishment of peace in the country and the region.
“expressed resolve to bring enduring peace and stability in the country while
also continuing efforts for regional peace”, the Prime Minister Office had said
in a statement.
online posts states former MTV presenter Kristiane Backer was inspired to
convert to Islam by Imran Khan after he was sworn in as Pakistan’s prime
minister on August 18, 2018. Backer has repeatedly said publicly that Khan
influenced her conversion to Islam, but she became a Muslim in 1995.
August 26 post on theislamicinformation.com website is headlined: “MTV Girl
Converts To Islam and Performs Hajj After Inspiring From Pakistani PM Imran
post states: “PM Imran Khan is a newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan and
after few days of taking an oath, he made MTV Presenter Kristiane Backer accept
has said many times, such as in an interview posted on Youtube in 2013, that
Khan taught her about Islam and influenced her decision to become a Muslim.
official website also states that she became a Muslim in 1995 following a
“fateful meeting” with Khan.
The US military chief will accompany the top US diplomat when he visits
Islamabad next week and the need to fight terrorists would be “the primary
part” of their discussions with Pakistani leaders, says US Defence Secretary
a Tuesday afternoon news briefing at the Pentagon, Mr Mattis also rebuffed
suggestions that private military forces could join the fight in Afghanistan,
and possibly replace regular US troops.
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Joseph F. Dunford, who also
attended the briefing, said the US had “permanent interests in South Asia” and
wanted to “maintain a presence (there) to have influence in that region”.
Dunford set to hold meetings with Imran next week
secretary of state and the chairman are going to fly in to Islamabad to meet
with the new government that’s in place there now,” he said.
of State Michael Pompeo and Gen Dunford are expected in Islamabad in the first
week of September for talks with their counterparts.
are also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan.
their talks with Pakistani officials, the delegation will “make very clear what
we have to do, all of our nations, in meeting our common foe, the terrorists,”
Secretary Mattis said. “And make that a primary part of the discussion.”
Dunford said that the US would maintain both diplomatic and security presence
in South Asia and the form of that presence was going to change over time.
Dunford’s inclusion in the delegation dispels the impression that this was not
a proper visit but just a stopover, as US state and defence secretaries were
both going to be in New Delhi next week for the first two-plus-two talks
between the United States and India.
Secretary Mattis’ emphasis on the need to fight terrorists reignites the controversy
stirred last week after Secretary Pompeo’s call to the prime minister.
US Department of State issued a statement after the call, saying that
“Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action
against all terrorists operating in Pakistan”. Islamabad rejected the US
statement as incorrect, saying that this issue was not discussed.
the Pentagon briefing, Secretary Mattis avoided whipping up the controversy and
did not comment when a journalist asked if he trusted the new Pakistani
leadership’s commitment to fight terrorism.
Mattis, however, said that Secretary Pompeo and he were going to New Delhi for
talks aimed at further strengthening a growing partnership with India.
see the strengthening of India’s democracy, its military, its economy as a
stabilising element in the world,” he said. “And we want to make certain that
where we have common interests, we are working together.”
The special court hearing treason charges against former president retired Gen
Pervez Musharraf was informed on Wednesday that Interpol had refused to issue
red warrants for his repatriation from the United Arab Emirates where he has
been living since 2016.
Secretary Yousuf Naeem Khokhar told the court comprising Lahore High Court
Chief Justice Yawar Ali and Justice Nazar Akbar that Interpol had explained to
Islamabad that the high treason case being a political one in nature did not
encompass the charter of the international law enforcement organisation.
special court, however, asked the secretary to furnish copies of the
correspondence between Islamabad and Interpol before postponing the proceedings
till Sept 10.
previous government had in April requested the special court to proceed and
conclude the treason trial without waiting for the former military ruler’s
before adjourning the treason case, the court also sought assistance from the
parties, including the federal government, asking whether the court could
record Mr Musharraf’s statement under Section 342 of criminal procedure code
through video facility or Skype — a social media application — when the accused
was not appearing before the court, and whether it could proceed in the absence
of any statement of the accused under Section 342.
the outset of the proceedings, the special court accepted an application of
senior counsel Akram Sheikh, who was earlier prosecuting Mr Musharraf as head
of the prosecution team. Mr Sheikh had sought the court’s permission to
withdrawn himself as prosecutor, saying that since the present case involved a
fundamental civil-military relationship, the new federal government should have
an opportunity to decide how it would like to handle the matter.
counsel said he had submitted his resignation to the caretaker government on
July 30, but did not receive any response.
of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday visited South
Waziristan where he was briefed on stabilisation operations and progress of
fencing along the Pak-Afghan Border in Waziristan at Angoor Adda.
army chief appreciated the quality and pace of work, said a press release
issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) — the media affairs wing of
in the day, General Bajwa addressed a combined jirga of elders from North and
South Waziristan in Wana.
elders thanked the army chief for the restoration of peace in the area as well
as the merger of the region formerly known as Federally Administered Tribal
Areas (Fata) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). They also acknowledged the ongoing
efforts for the area's socio-economic development.
tribal leaders assured the COAS their unflinching support for security forces
and the state.
next: The cold emptiness of South Waziristan
the elders highlighted the need for additional communication infrastructure,
electricity, water, educational institutions and upgraded cellular network
COAS thanked the local tribal elders for extending their support and
cooperation to the security forces.
said that peace had largely returned in the region. However, he also said that
he was aware of a few improvised explosive device (IED) blasts having taken
place recently in North Waziristan.
conflict ends through kinetic operations alone," he said. "There is
always a post-operations rehabilitation and development effort."
Bajwa said that while stability operations continued alongside border fencing,
progress on socio-economic prong was also gaining momentum and expressed
confidence that the same shall get more attention through the implementation of
and development cannot go together, therefore, collectively we have to make
sure that unrest doesn't return," he added.
COAS asked all the concerned, especially the local population — the main
stakeholders to retain the attained peace and stability in the area — to
"remain vigilant and safeguard the environment from inimical forces, who
were eyeing to reverse the gains".
Pakistan was still hosting 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in addition
to 850,000 Afghan citizen card holders, a delegation of Thailand was told on
16-member delegation comprising senior officials of various ministries and
departments of Thailand visited Registration Card Modification Centre for
Afghan Refugees in Azakhel, Nowshera on Tuesday, said a statement.
Pichit Boonsud, deputy director general of Department of International
Organisations (Thailand), was heading the delegation.
senior officers of ministry of interior, office of National Security Council,
Royal Thai Police, immigration bureau, ministry of social development and human
security, ministry of public health and office of the council of state were
briefed about process of registration of refugees.
General Afghan Refugees Waqar Maroof briefed the delegation on government
policy about the refugees.
informed the delegation that RCM system had been operational since 2002 to
facilitate voluntary return of refugees to their country.
said that manual system was installed before 2002 that was not effective
following which RCM was introduced. He said that 4.443 million refugees had
been repatriated between 2002 and 2018.
said that RCM was installed with the financial support of UNHCR to resolve
issues related to PoR cards including registration, modification, birth
registration and death registration.
Maroof said that Pakistan was still hosting 1.4 million registered Afghan
refugees in addition to 850,000 Afghan citizen card holders besides
undocumented Afghans. He told the delegation that the government had extended
stay of 1.4 million registered refugees.
said that Afghan Commissionerate with financial and technical support of UNHCR
had been providing education and health facilities to refugees in refugee
said that 17 basic health units were operational at the refugee villages in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The delegation was informed about facilities provided to
returnees at voluntary repatriation centre in Azakhel.
Interior Ministry has told the Senate that during from 2013 to 2017, over
16,000 people were arrested for terrorism charges and 1,900 were awarded
of the total 16,000 people who were arrested, 10,993 were from Punjab, 2,728
from Sindh, 1,967 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 147 from Balochistan, 126 from
Gilgit-Baltistan and 61 from Islamabad.
of those who were awarded punishments, 1,970 are from Punjab, 255 from Sindh,
234 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 54 from Balochistan, 10 from Gilgit-Baltistan and
10 from the capital.
government-wide cover-up of Saudi complicity in 9/11 revealed in new book
authors of a new explosive book on 9/11 have revealed a US government-wide
cover-up of Saudi complicity in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,
claiming that the CIA and Saudi Arabia conspired to keep 9/11 details secret.
The Watchdogs Didn’t Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror,
John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski dismissed the official story that 9/11 was
merely “a failure to connect the dots.” They wrote several accounts from former
US intelligence officials who revealed how American agencies ignored
intelligence on Saudis.
horrible. We still don’t know what happened,” said Ali Soufan, one of the lead
FBI counterterrorism agents whom the CIA kept in the dark about the movements
of the future al-Qaeda hijackers.
and many other former national security officials have said that 9/11 was a
bigger event than the assassination of John F. Kennedy, because “9/11 changed
the whole world.”
September 11 terrorist attacks led to the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, and
also allowed some people in Washington, DC to push the US closer to being a
virtual homeland-security police state.
am sad and depressed about it,” said Mark Rossini, one of two FBI agents
assigned to the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit.
said CIA officials inexplicably blocked them from informing their headquarters
about future al-Qaeda plotters present in the United States in 2000 and again
in the summer of 2001. “It is patently evident the attacks did not need to
happen and there has been no justice,” he said.
2004, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States said
it found no evidence that the “Saudi government as an institution, or senior
Saudi officials individually funded” al-Qaeda.
Moore, the FBI agent who led the bureau’s investigation into the hijacking of
the plane that hit the Pentagon, has accused the official 9/11 Commission of
misleading the public when it said it “had not found evidence” of Saudi
assistance to future hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi.
was clearly evidence that Thumairy provided assistance to Hazmi and Mihdhar,”
Moore wrote. And “based on the proof in our investigation,” he added, “Bayoumi
himself was a clandestine agent and associated with radical extremists,
their book, Duffy and Nowosielski have presented an update on what’s been
learned about Saudi support for Al-Qaeda in recent years.
investigations have revealed that officials from the Saudi Kingdom’s Islamic
affairs ministry helped the hijackers get settled in California.
intelligence has admitted that they knew who these two guys were,” said Andrew
Maloney, an attorney for families of the 9/11 attack victims who filed suit
against the Saudi government in federal court in New York last year.
knew they were Al-Qaeda the day they arrived in Los Angeles. So any notion from
the Saudi government saying, ‘Oh, we just help out all Saudis here’ is false.
They knew. And the CIA knew.”
Arabia has handed over some 6,800 pages of documents, “mostly in Arabic,” to
the US government. Maloney’s team is translating them. “There’s some
interesting things in there,” he said, “and some clear gaps.”
Strada, a leader of the group 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice
Against Terrorism, is angry at the US government’s refusal to release all it
knows about the run-up to the 9/11 attacks.
very sad that we’re still being kept in the dark about it. It’s frustrating. It
angers me,” she told Newsweek. “It’s a slap in the face. They think they’re
above the law and don’t have to respond to the families—and the world. It’s
tweeted on August 20, “The Saudis promote & finance the most virulent
hatred toward Americans than any other nation. Murdered 3,000 on Sept 11.” The
“9/11 families,” she wrote, “will #NEVERFORGET. #FreeTheTruth”
September, 11, 2001 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of
strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion
worth of property and infrastructure damage.
officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists
but many experts have raised questions about the official account.
believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice
President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in
order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.
Kevin Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation
of 9/11, has said that 15 of the 9/11 “hijackers” from Saudi Arabia were
actually CIA agents working for the United States government.
an American academic who has been studying the events of 9/11 since late 2003,
has also said that the CIA is afraid of any serious investigation into the
attacks because it would expose the role Israeli and American intelligence
played in the 9/11 coup d’état.
United States is teaming up with the Israeli regime to enforce economic sanctions
against Iran in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the internationally
backed nuclear deal with Tehran.
suspects tied to a New Mexico compound where alleged Muslim extremists
reportedly trained children to be school shooters were released from custody on
Wednesday, hours after a judge dismissed all of the charges against them, Fox
Judge Emilio Chavez on Wednesday dismissed charges against three of the five
defendants -- Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj -- ruling that
authorities violated the state’s “10-day rule.”
abuse charges against them were dropped because prosecutors missed the 10-day
limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause.
a separate hearing Wednesday, Judge Jeff McElroy dismissed the same charges
against fellow defendants, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille. However, charges
leveled against them on Friday, in connection to the death of a missing
3-year-old boy, remained.
Ibn Wahhaj, the boy's father, and Leveille were charged with abuse of a child
resulting in the death of a child and conspiracy to commit abuse of a child,
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe announced.
five suspects were arrested by authorities after an Aug. 3 raid following a
monthslong search investigating the disappearance of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, a
3-year-boy with severe medical issues who went missing from Georgia in
December. The occupants of the compound were "most likely heavily armed
and considered extremist of the Muslim belief," an official said at the
County Sheriff's deputies discovered 11 children at the compound, who were
taken into the custody of state child-welfare workers. On Aug. 6, a child’s
remains were found on the property.
Ibn Wahhaj was allegedly training children to commit school shootings,
according to prosecutors, who later alleged that the juveniles were taught how
to use firearms, as well as tactical techniques, in order to kill teachers, law
enforcement and other institutions they found corrupt.
officials confirmed earlier this month that the discovered remains were
positively identified as the 3-year-old's.
man accused of attacking a young Muslim woman on the Canada Line last December
has been handed a suspended sentence and two-years probation by a Vancouver
Provincial Court Judge.
Wednesday morning, Pierre Belzan pleaded guilty to two counts of assault.
47-year-old was originally charged with sexual assault and uttering threats.
December, 18-year-old Noor Fadel boarded the Canada Line at Waterfront station.
Shortly after she claimed Belzan threatened to kill her and all Muslims before
striking her across the face.
said Belzan grabbed her head, forced it toward his crotch and then tried to
remove her hijab.
the time, Transit Police said Belzan spoke in Arabic and allegedly made obscene
remarks, using “extremely offensive language.”
story gained international attention after a Good Samaritan pushed Belzan away.
(AP) — A soldier based in Hawaii pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to help the
Islamic State group— admitting he provided secret military information, a drone
meant to track U.S. troops and other support to undercover agents he believed
were members of the terrorist organization.
1st Class Ikaika Kang, 35, handcuffed and wearing a beige prison jumpsuit,
spoke in a clear voice when he told a U.S. magistrate judge he's guilty of all
four counts against him.
honor, I provided unclassified, classified documents to the Islamic
State," Kang said, adding that he also provided the drone.
agreed when Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Sorenson described other support he
provided to undercover agents Kang believed were part of the Islamic State
group, also known as ISIS.
at least early 2016, Kang became sympathetic to the group, Sorenson said. The
FBI gathered information from sources he knew, worked with or lived with when
it began an investigation in August 2016, Sorenson said.
provided voluminous, digital documents that included sensitive information
including the U.S. military's weapons file, details about a sensitive mobile
airspace management system, various military manuals and documents containing
personal information about U.S. service members, Sorenson said.
as an air traffic controller with a secret security clearance, Kang also
provided documents including call signs, mission procedures and radio
frequencies, "all of which would have been helpful to ISIS," Sorenson
one of the meetings with agents Kang believed were part of the Islamic State,
he swore loyalty to the group in Arabic and English and kissed an Islamic State
flag given to him by a purported ISIS sheikh, Sorenson said.
then said he wanted to get his rifle and fight — "just go to downtown
Honolulu and Waikiki strip and start shooting," prosecutors said in a news
release announcing the plea.
that, FBI agents arrested him.
was clearly enticed. But the law of entrapment is quite complex and often very
difficult for the defense to prove," Kang's defense attorney, Birney
Bervar, said after the hearing.
exchange for Kang's guilty plea, prosecutors said they won't charge him with
additional crimes, including violations of the espionage act, other
terrorism-related laws and federal firearms statutes.
swore to defend the United States as a member of the military, but he betrayed
his country, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said.
was also trained as an Army combat instructor and recorded training videos he
intended for Islamic State group members in the Middle East to use, Sorenson
confidential informant told agents Kang was obsessed with videos depicting
terrorism beheadings, suicide bombings and other violence, and he watched them
in his bedroom for hours daily.
told the informant that if he became an Islamic State member, he would be a
suicide bomber and attack Schofield Barracks, a sprawling Army base outside
Honolulu, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
watched the videos for four to five hours each weekday and more on the weekends,
the informant told agents in 2016. The informant "remembered feeling sick
to his stomach, while Kang laughed and insulted the victims," the
began researching Islam in 2014, couldn't wait to move to the Middle East to
"join the cause" and was "only in the military for a
paycheck," the informant said.
U.S. government asked a judge to allow a tracking device to be placed on Kang's
car in October 2016 and received several extensions. Agents said in their
applications for a tracking device that they needed to monitor him continuously
because they feared he would carry out an attack.
with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade told the FBI they were concerned about
their ability to monitor Kang, noting that he was to return from leave on May
25, 2017 — the same day as a change-of-command ceremony, the affidavit said.
personnel feared the large gathering "represented a target of opportunity
for Kang should he want to harm members of the unit."
is still in the Army, but his duty status is confined, said Lt. Col. Curt
Kellogg, with the 25th Infantry Division. Because Kang is in civilian
confinement, the Army isn't paying him, Kellogg said.
has been held without bail since his arrest.
detains over dozen Gulen-linked gendarmerie officers
police forces have arrested more than a dozen gendarmerie officers on suspicion
of affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen,
whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup
attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Chief Prosecutor's Office in the capital Ankara had earlier issued arrest
warrants for 34 suspects, two of whom were on-duty.
suspects include six majors, two captains, three lieutenants, 14 low-ranking
officers of the General Command of Gendarmerie as well as nine “covert imams” –
a term used to refer to the senior members of the Fethullahist Terrorist
the 2016 botched putsch, a faction of the Turkish military declared that it had
seized control of the country and the government of Erdogan was no more in
charge. The attempt was, however, suppressed a few hours later.
has since accused Gulen of having orchestrated the coup. The opposition figure
is also accused of being behind a long-running campaign to topple the
government via infiltrating the country’s institutions, particularly the army,
police and the judiciary.
has denounced the “despicable putsch” and reiterated that he had no role in it.
against me related to the coup attempt are baseless and politically-motivated
slanders,” he said in a statement.
77-year-old cleric has also called on Ankara to end its “witch hunt” of his
followers, a move he says is aimed at “weeding out anyone it deems disloyal to
President Erdogan and his regime.”
officials have frequently called on their US counterparts to extradite Gulen,
but their demands have not been taken heed of.
which remains in a state of emergency since the coup, has been engaged in
suppressing the media and opposition groups suspected to have played a role in
the failed coup.
of thousands of people have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having
links to Gulen and the failed coup. More than 110,000 others, including
military staff, civil servants and journalists, have been sacked or suspended
from work over the same accusations.
international community and rights groups have been highly critical of the
Turkish president over the massive dismissals and the crackdown.
court in Israel has legalized a settlement illegally built on a
Palestinian-owned land in the central West Bank city of Ramallah amid
international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime’s land expropriation and
settlement expansion policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Arnon Darel at the Jerusalem District Court ruled that settlers at the Mitzpe
Kramim settlement had acted in “good faith” and had rights to the property.
ruling will likely face an appeal at Israel's Supreme Court, which has
previously ordered such outposts be forcibly evacuated.
Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now condemned the court’s decision, saying,
“Granting of property rights to criminals who settled in an illegal outpost ...
without permits, on private Palestinian land is outrageous.”
Israeli minister of judicial affairs Ayelet Shaked, however, hailed the move as
an “important achievement” for the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement expansion
than a month before US President Donald Trump took office, the United Nations
Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to “immediately and
completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian
territories, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967
Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East
want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East
Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major
sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement
expansion on Palestinian territories.
backtracked on Washington’s support for a “two-state solution” earlier this
year, saying he would support any solution favored by both sides.
US ambassador to the United Nations has questioned the right of Palestinian
refugees to return to their occupied homeland, a basic Palestinian demand for
any future deal with the Israeli regime, claiming the world body’s count of
those refugees is an exaggeration.
on Tuesday at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based
pro-Israel think tank, Nikki Haley said that the Palestinians’ right of return
should not be raised in any future Israeli-Palestinian talks.
whether the issue should be “off the table,” Haley replied, “I do agree with
that, and I think we have to look at this in terms of what’s happening (with
refugees) in Syria, what’s happening in Venezuela.”
I absolutely think we have to look at the right of return,” she added.
Palestinian right of return is a political position or principle based on which
Palestinian refugees are entitled to go back to the territories now occupied by
Israel. They also have the right to the property they left behind or were
forced to abandon when they were expelled from their homeland in the aftermath
of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.
Palestinians have for years insisted on their right to return as part of any
solution to their decades-long conflict with the Israeli regime.
was in fact suggesting that the highly pro-Israel administration of President
Donald Trump would consider an official rejection of that Palestinian demand as
it prepares to unveil its so-called “deal of the century” on the
US envoy further questioned the UN’s count of Palestinian refugees, which
stands at over five million according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for
Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
stressed that the US funding for UNRWA would only continue if major reforms
were implemented, saying “the Palestinians continue to bash America” and yet
“they have their hand out wanting UNRWA money.”
will be a donor if it (UNRWA) reforms what it does ... if they actually change
the number of refugees to an accurate account, we will look back at partnering
them,” Haley said.
further noted that the US cannot be faulted for slashing funding to UNRWA when
countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait do not give
more money to the agency.
media had reported recently that the Trump administration is set to announce
that it will no longer recognize millions of Palestinian refugees’ right of
return to their homeland.
this month, the American magazine Foreign Policy reported that Jared Kushner,
Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, had been pushing to remove the refugee
status of millions of Palestinians as part of an apparent effort to shutter
January, the US government announced that it would withhold $65 million of a
$125 million aid installment to UNRWA.
Trump administration has stepped up its anti-Palestinian measures prior to the
unveiling of “the deal of the century” – which Palestine has already rejected
as the “slap of the century” amid reports that the US is seeking to impose the
plan on Palestinians in collaboration behind the scenes with Saudi Arabia and
US-Palestine ties deteriorated last December, when Trump declared Jerusalem
al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to transfer its embassy
from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.
contentious move led Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to formally declare
that Palestinians would no longer accept the US as a mediator to resolve the
conflict because Washington was “completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.
US embassy relocation took place on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of
Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe). The move sparked angry protests by
Palestinians and drew severe criticism from the international community.
ignoring intl. law to defend occupation’
an interview with Press TV, Robert Inlakesh, political analyst, slammed Haley’s
controversial comments in support of Israel’s occupation.
said the Palestinian refugees have the right under international law “to return
and be treated as dignified individuals, but they are not.”
Israel on Wednesday renewed its hreat to attack Iranian military targets
in Syria, after the two Muslim allies signed an accord on security cooperation.
accord concluded by (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad and Iran constitutes a
test for Israel: Our response will be loud and clear,” Intelligence Minister Yisrael
Katz said on Israeli public radio.
will not allow Iran to establish itself militarily in Syria,” he said.
will react in Syria with all our might against any Iranian target that
threatens Israel, and if the Syrian army’s air defence intervenes against us,
it will pay the price.”
military attache to Damascus said Tuesday that his country’s military advisers
would remain in Syria under the defence agreement signed the previous day.
“Support for Syria’s territorial integrity and the independence of Syrian
sovereignty were also emphasised in the agreement,” Brigadier-General
Abolghasem Alinejad said.
has provided steady political, financial and military backing to Assad as he
has fought back against a seven-year uprising.
has sought to avoid direct involvement in the conflict but acknowledges
carrying out dozens of air strikes in Syria to stop what it says are deliveries
of advanced weaponry to its Lebanese enemy Hezbollah.
senior Yemeni official has put Iran and Iranian-backed Houthi militias on
notice, revealing for the first time that Houthis have ruthlessly killed 1,372
children and 814 women since war broke out in Yemen in 2014.
Askar, the Yemeni human rights minister, said: “Hundreds of children and women
have been killed also from March to August this year.” The killings are being
documented by the ministry in the form of a report to be released soon, he
while appreciating the support of Saudi Arabia and the Arab coalition, said:
“The Kingdom and the UAE together have provided half of the humanitarian aid
and assistance as per the target set by the UN for 2018.
Arabia has also provided a $2 billion bank deposit to curb the collapse of
Yemen’s national currency and to stimulate the economy,” said Askar, referring
to the continuous humanitarian support extended by Riyadh.
a toughly worded warning, Askar also lambasted the destabilizing behavior of
Iran, noting the observation of a UN panel, which said that the Houthis are
using “winning weapons including missiles and anti-tank guns smuggled from
has succeeded in turning the Houthis into a military tool that threatens
international peace and security, especially in the navigational corridors of
Yemen like Bab Al-Mandab and adjoining waters.”
said: “Iran finds in the collapse of countries (like Yemen) an ideal
opportunity to export its ideology of Khomeini revolution, and expand its
Iran-Houthi nexus has led to the killings of more than 814 innocent Yemeni
women since 2014 as well as 89 detainees, who died in the Houthi-run illegal
prisons due to torture and even executions,” he added.
has poured funds and arms in a fervent bid to expand their hegemony in the
region. The Iranian intransigence has kept the war raging, which has shattered
the lives of Yemenis,” he said.
pointed out that a large number of civilians, including women and children,
have been arrested and kept in illegal detention centers by Houthis.
year alone until today, 12 detainees have been killed by Houthis in their
prisons,” said the minister.
about the systematic genocide committed by Houthi militants, Askar said: “The
Houthis have transformed a large number of schools and hospitals into military
barracks and prison houses.
Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights has documented 13,389 dead, including 1,372
children, since the Houthis declared war and stormed the capital Saana on Dec.
12, 2014, until February this year.”
said the total number of arrests since the beginning of the coup exceeds
21,706. “The number of detainees, who are still in the prisons of the militias,
exceeds 2,652; while a large number of men, women and children are either
missing or languishing in secret prisons of the Houthi militants,” said the
minister, putting a question mark on the fate of more than 17 journalists
abducted and imprisoned by the Houthi militias.
Houthis, he said, have also abducted 941 people since January. “While these
numbers are documented by the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights, undocumented
cases will be much higher,” he noted.
army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah
movement, have managed to shoot down a Saudi unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as
it was on a reconnaissance mission in Yemen’s western coastal province of
al-Masirah television network, citing an unnamed official from Yemen's air
defense unit, reported that the Saudi reconnaissance drone was shot down as it
was flying in the skies over al-Fazah area south of the provincial capital city
of Hudaydah, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana'a, on
in the day, scores of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former
president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi lost their lives and sustained injuries when
Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees struck their
positions in the Sadah area of al-Maslub district in Yemen’s northern province
a Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Yemeni
forces and their allies had fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile
at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran in
retaliation for the Saudi regime’s military campaign against their
source said the short-range Badr-1 missile struck a newly-built base in the
western sector of the region, located 844 kilometers (524 miles) south of the
capital Riyadh, on Wednesday morning.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
AfD, anti-Islam Pegida to rally after violent protests in western Germany
far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and the anti-Islam Pegida
movement have announced a joint rally to protest crimes perpetrated by migrants
after two similar protests turned violent on Sunday and Monday.
rally will take place on Saturday at 5 pm (1500 GMT) in the eastern German city
of Chemnitz, where the death of a German man - allegedly at the hands of a
Syrian and an Iraqi - sparked clashes between rival protesters and random
attacks on foreigners. The AfD's chapter in Saxony, the state where the
violence took place, said the Saturday rally would allow people to
"jointly mourn Daniel H and all of the victims of forced
multiculturalism," using a shortened version of the victim's name in line
with German privacy laws.
leader Joerg Meuthen earlier told public broadcaster SWR his party was
"not fanning the flames - there is a dark mood in the country which is
only too justified."
spontaneous protest in response to the death drew 6,000 anti-immigrant
protesters and 1,000 counter protesters on Monday. It resulted in clashes in
which 20 people, including two police officers, were injured.
were no mass street protests on Tuesday evening.
AfD was founded in 2013 and first gained seats in Germany's national parliament
after elections last year.
or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, was founded around
the same time and gained traction during the refugee crisis.
to train Nigerian army counterterror squads to fight Boko Haram under new
officials will also launch a £13m initiative to train school children caught in
Boko Haram’s conflict zone and counter the group’s propaganda.
announcement comes on the second day of Theresa May’s tour of Africa, also
taking in South Africa and Kenya, as Ms May also announced:
• A new task force to help Nigeria recover
stolen assets held in Britain
• A fintech partnership
• Proposals to boost the City’s role in the
country, with a $10bn (£7.75bn) Nigerian firm committing to list in London
the plan, Ms May said: “No one should live in fear of being targeted by
militants or forced from their homes, and no child should lose out on an
education because of the threat of terror.
violence and extremism destabilise countries and regions and undermine growth,
holding back entire generations from reaching their potential.
is only when people are safe and communities stable that nations have the
opportunity to thrive.”
Haram and Islamic State West Africa are responsible for the deaths of more than
20,000 people, with almost two million forced to live away from their homes in
the northeast of the country.
this year the group kidnapped more than 100 young girls from their village
after pretending to be government soldiers.
the new partnership Britain will expand its provision of equipment and training
for the Nigerian army to tackle the improvised explosive devices used by the
Haram has adopted the bombs and the insurgency style tactics that the UK faced
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
now the UK had only trained Nigerian soldiers individually – not in their full
fighting teams – helping to improve the skills of some 30,000 troops since
2015, but the new move to train full units represents an intensification of
May signed the partnership in Abuja after flying in from Cape Town on Wednesday
arrival, she gave the country’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, a personalised
miniature infantry sword letter opener and some 10 Downing Street glassware.
Buhari underwent officer cadet training at a school in Aldershot between 1962
the new partnership the UK will also deliver a £13m programme to educate
100,000 children living in the conflict zone created by Boko Haram’s activity.
will then show Mr Buhari’s administration how to set up a new Nigerian crisis
response mechanism, similar to the UK’s Cobra system, which swings into action
in the face of any event requiring urgent action.
plan will also aim to cut the number of new recruits joining Boko Haram by
tackling the false information spread by the group to attract new members.
will involve working with communities in Nigeria to counter the narrative peddled
by the terror group.
officials said the work would draw on Britain’s experience of countering
Islamic State propaganda at home.
U.K. minister for the United Nations has urged the international community to
support Rohingya refugees.
at the UN Security Council in New York, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon also
argued that much more needs to be done to end the current crises, such as
unrestricted and effective access to the UN and that the international
community needs to increase its financial support to the refugees.
called for the perpetrators of the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Myanmar to
be held to account and brought to justice.
U.K. is playing a leading role in bringing an end to this crisis. We need an
international political consensus to bring the appalling humanitarian situation
to an end,” Ahmad said in a statement on the government’s website.
has done more than its fair share to help the refugees. Now it’s the turn of
other countries to step up, and provide the money that will help support both
refugees and the communities that support them, and for international partners
to act together to ensure justice for the victims of the crisis,” he added.
U.K. is one of the largest donors to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and has
donated £129 million ($166 million) to support the nearly one million Rohingya
in the country’s refugee camps.
Monday, the UN released a report calling for an investigation into Burma’s top
military officials, stating that they should be prosecuted for genocide, crimes
against humanity and war crimes against the Rohingya Muslims
with the release of the UN report, Facebook shutdown the accounts of Burma’s
top military chiefs after having concluded that their content violated the
platform’s rules and regulations.
a report, the UNHCR refugee agency said nearly 170,000 Rohingya likely fled
Myanmar in 2012 alone.
Aug. 25, 2017, more than 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s
state forces, according to the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).
a recent report, Forced Migration of Rohingya: The Untold Experience, the OIDA
raised the estimated number of murdered Rohingya to 23,962 (± 881) from a
Doctors Without Borders figure of 9,400.
than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others
were beaten, the OIDA report said, adding that 17,718 (±780) Rohingya women and
girls were raped by Myanmar’s army and police. Over 115,000 Rohingya houses
were also burned down and 113,000 others vandalized, it added.
to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly children
and women, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces
launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community.
Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced
heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in
France has told its diplomats and foreign ministry officials to postpone
indefinitely all non-essential travel to Iran, citing a foiled bomb plot and a
hardening of Tehran’s attitude toward France, according to an internal memo
seen by Reuters.
hardening of relations with France could have wider implications for Iran.
France has been one of the strongest advocates of salvaging a 2015 nuclear deal
between Iran and world powers, which US President Donald Trump pulled out of in
economy has been hammered by the prospect of the re-imposition of US sanctions
that had been lifted under the deal. European countries including France have
pledged to try to soften the economic blow, but have been unable so far to
persuade their firms to defy Washington and stay in Iran.
oil and gas major Total and its carmakers PSA and Renault have led an exodus of
European companies from Iran, fearful of the extra-territorial reach of
memo cites a foiled plot to bomb a rally held by an exiled Iranian opposition
group near Paris that was attended by Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a sign of
Tehran’s more aggressive stance toward France.
behavior of the Iranian authorities suggests a hardening of their position
vis-a-vis our country, as well as some of our allies,” Maurice
Gourdault-Montagne, the ministry’s secretary general wrote in the notice dated
the known security risks ... all departmental officers, whether from
headquarters or (overseas) posts, are required to defer until further notice,
except for urgent work, any travel plans in Iran,” Gourdault-Montagne added.
instructions were also relayed to officials in government departments outside
the foreign ministry to be passed on to staff who intended to travel to Iran, a
separate memo obtained by Reuters showed.
French foreign ministry declined to comment on the memo or say whether embassy
staff had been asked to repatriate their families.
officials at the Embassy in Paris did not respond to a request for comment on
Tuesday but, reacting on Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran
should be vigilant against “enemies” trying to affect ties between the
relations between Iran and Europe, especially Iran and France, have some
enemies, and we should be vigilant against their actions,” Bahram Qasemi was
quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA. “The restriction on the French
diplomats’ travel (to Iran) is not correct.”
latest travel advisory for its citizens, published on May 10, cautions against
visitors entering Iran with electronic equipment such as drones and
walkie-talkies and taking too many photographs.
memo underscores how confidence in the Tehran government has been eroded in
Paris as relations between the two become increasingly strained, even as
President Emmanuel Macron talks up preserving the nuclear accord.
has said it had nothing to do with the alleged plot to attack a National
Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) meeting on June 30. Germany has detained
an Iranian diplomat based in Austria. Belgium, where the plot was uncovered,
has sought the diplomat’s extradition.
officials have not commented on the matter but diplomatic sources have said
privately that if Iran’s involvement were proven then it would be difficult for
France not to react strongly.
pulling out of the nuclear accord, Trump has expressed a readiness to negotiate
a new deal while warning Tehran of dire consequences “the like of which few
throughout history have suffered before” if it made threats against the United
was Macron who led efforts to persuade Trump to stick with the agreement,
arguing it was the best means Western powers had to check Iran’s nuclear
on Monday urged the remaining signatories to the nuclear agreement to act to
save the pact.
reiterated France’s commitment to maintaining the accord, but Europe’s leaders
have appeared powerless to prevent the US sanctions inflicting pain on Iran’s
ministry memo said any staffer who traveled to Iran for personal reasons would
not be shielded by diplomatic immunity, even if holding a diplomatic passport.
It made specific reference to tourism and language classes.
aligns itself with the United States in the bid to find a political solution in
Syria, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.
have a common stance with the United States that there must be some reassuring
measures to restore peace in Syria and to withdraw foreign forces, in order to
introduce constitutional reforms allowing all Syrians, including
asylum-seekers, to participate," Le Drian said in a speech as part of the
26th Ambassadors' Conference, which opened in Paris on Monday.
hope that this dialogue remains the basis for a broader platform, including
with Russia and Turkey," he added.
for our relations with Russia, some of our partners view that country as an
enemy, and they have reasons for this, but France is not seeking to isolate or
weaken Russia. In return, we expect respect and cooperation," he said.
is "not ready to pay" for European countries that do not respect the
"fundamental principles" of the EU, Le Drian warned ahead of European
elections to be held next May.
are not prepared to pay for this Europe, it must be made clear," Le Drian
said, referring to Poland and Hungary.
member state is free to elect the leaders it wants, but our vision of the EU as
the primary circle of alliances and values is not compatible with governments
that do not respect its fundamental principles and do not feel bound by
community solidarity," he said.
they have a utilitarian approach of the Union in which they would choose only
what interests them and in the first place the redistribution of money."
for the issue of accepting migrants, he said he hoped that a common position
would be outlined with Germany before the Salzburg summit planned in September.
leader Yasir Khurasani killed with 5 comrades in Nangarhar drone strike
leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) Yasir Khurasani
was killed with his five comrades during an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar
province of Afghanistan.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the U.S. forces
carried out airstrikes using unmanned aerial vehicles targeting the ISIS
hideouts in Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district.
statement further added that the airstrikes left ISIS leader Yasir Khurasani
and his comrades dead and a Dshk heavy machine gun was destroyed.
Afghan forces also discovered and defused two improvised explosive devices
during the separate operations conducted in Mohmandara and Rodat districts, the
203rd Silab Corps added.
anti-government armed militant and terrorist groups including ISIS loyalists
have not commented regarding the report so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban
regime in 2001 but the anti-government armed militants have been attempting to
expand their foothold in this province during the recent years.
the Afghan armed forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations to
suppress the militant groups.
least four suspected militants having links with the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) were arrested from Kabul city.
Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in a statement
said the suspects were arrested during an operation from the vicinity of the
5th police district of the city.
statement further added that the NDS forces also confiscated some weapons and
munition during the operations.
to the National Directorate of Security, the detained militants were involved
in recruiting militants in the ISIS Khurasan ranks from Kabul city.
detained militants were also involved in smuggling weapons and munitions to
capital Kabul, the National Directorate of Security added.
statement by NDS also added that the detained militants have been identified as
Shafiullah, Mohammad Rahim, Mansooruddin, and Rahimuddin.
National Directorate of Security in its statement also added that the militants
were arrested from Qargha area of Kabul.
Afghan government has expressed concerns regarding the planned disdainful
cartoons contest of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
of the contest for creating, publishing and disseminating disrespectful
cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him), the beloved Prophet of
Muslims around the world is not only a source of deep offence for the People
and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan but has also provoked the
feelings of all Muslims around the world,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Afghanistan said in a statement.
statement further added that “Insulting any religion and sacred values of human
beings is an undesired deed. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan condemns in
strongest terms, this heinous and inhumane act and one that is in contradiction
of recognized moral, human rights and freedom of speech standards.”
seriously call on relevant entities at the United Nations and the International
Community to prevent any such acts that cause hatred and turmoil among the
followers of religions,” the statement.
rejects UN probe findings of Rohingya ‘genocide’
- Myanmar Wednesday rejected the findings of a UN investigation alleging
genocide by its military against the Rohingya, after the US and other countries
joined growing calls for them to face justice.
Buddhist Myanmar has come under immense pressure this week over last year’s
military crackdown that pushed more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority into
Monday the UN probe detailed evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity
“perpetrated on a massive scale” against the Rohingya, including acts of rape,
sexual violence and mass killings.
a UN Security Council session a day later, several countries - including the
US, Britain, France and Sweden - called for Myanmar’s military leaders to be
held accountable. The meeting was one of the most high-profile to date to
address the crisis and featured graphic testimony from actress Cate Blanchett,
who visited the refugee camps in May as a goodwill ambassador.
am a mother and I saw my own children in the eyes of every single refugee child
that I met. I saw myself in every parent,” she told the Security Council.
can any mother endure seeing her child thrown into a fire? Their experiences
will never leave me.”
rejected the UN mission’s findings in a typically defiant response to a crisis
that has heaped international opprobrium on both its military and civilian
didn’t allow the FFM (the UN Fact-Finding Mission) to enter into Myanmar,
that’s why we don’t agree and accept any resolutions made by the Human Rights
Council,” said government spokesman Zaw Htay, according to Wednesday’s
state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
pointed to the formation of Myanmar’s own Independent Commission of Enquiry,
which he said was set up to respond to “false allegations made by the UN
agencies and other international communities”.
country has “zero tolerance for human rights violations,” Zaw Htay said, but he
added that “strong evidence” including records and dates of any alleged abuses
must be provided before investigations are undertaken. The government would
take “legal action against any violation of human rights,” he said.
Htay also lashed out at Facebook for shutting down the pages of Myanmar’s army
chief and other top military brass on Monday, saying the move could hamper the
government’s efforts at “national reconciliation”.
social media giant has admitted it was previously too slow to react to the
crisis, which saw its platform - wildly popular in Myanmar - become an
incubator of hate speech against the Rohingya.
of Myanmar’s public has vilified the Rohingya since the army’s crackdown, with
little sympathy for a minority who have for years been refused citizenship and
denied freedom of movement and access to healthcare and education.
military retains significant constitutional and political power and is
essentially free of civilian oversight.
the country’s civilian leaders, including Nobel laureate and de facto head of
state Aung San Suu Kyi, have repeatedly defended the military crackdown as a
proportionate response to Rohingya insurgents in Rakhine state who staged
deadly raids on police posts on August 25, 2017.
the UN report agreed with rights groups who say the crackdown was premeditated,
a key factor in determining if a genocide has taken place.
pointed to the large-scale military deployments to Rakhine in the weeks leading
up to the campaign in a “broader oppressive context”.
a million Rohingya now languish in refugee camps in Bangladesh, which has
struggled to deal with the huge influx into an already impoverished country.
and Myanmar have signed a deal to repatriate last year’s wave of refugees but
there has been little progress given Rohingya fears of returning without
guarantees for their safety.
the drumbeat of calls for accountability is getting louder, with UN
investigators calling on the Security Council to refer the Myanmar crisis to
the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to create an ad hoc tribunal.
Security Council members threw support behind the idea while also calling for a
mechanism to “collect and preserve proof” of abuses.
ambassador to the UN Hau Do Suan questioned the UN report’s findings,
reiterating that Myanmar “did not accept the mandate of the mission because we
have our concern about the mission’s impartiality.”
and Russia, holding veto powers as permanent members of the Security Council,
have said they prefer to engage in “dialogue” with Myanmar’s leadership to
resolve the conflict.
says ‘haram’ as a Muslim to support LGBT
LUMPUR, Aug 30 — Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today it is haram
(forbidden) as a Muslim to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
(LGBT) community and what they are fighting for.
deputy prime minister said this during an interview this morning with radio
station BFM. She was asked to clarify her recent remarks, where she had said
that the LGBT community has a right to exist in Malaysia if they keep their
“practice” behind closed doors.
important this, for us, as a Muslim, it is haram... I do not condone it,” Dr
Wan Azizah said.
was also asked to comment on the possibility of the new government reviewing
laws against homosexuality
is part of the thing, you see it was used against my husband but the thing is
that it was never used against anyone else.
is the religion of the federation, so I think certain things are difficult for
me to cross,” she said.
Malaysia, laws such as Section 377A of the Penal Code criminalise “carnal
intercourse against the order of nature.”
Wan Azizah’s husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was charged and sentenced for
sodomy under the abovementioned Section, twice. He has maintained his
innocence, claiming political persecution.
can be a review, but what is important as Muslim country is that it must be
based on the Quran and Sunnah.
the moment, we have not discussed it,” the Pandan MP added.
defends UN's report on Myanmar
member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Wednesday said it
had not turned a blind eye to "the Rohingya crisis".
week, the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar called
on Myanmar’s top military officials, including commander-in-chief Min Aung
Hlaing, to be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide
committed against Rohingya Muslims.
Myanmar military and government were given ample opportunities to provide their
side of the story -- opportunities that they repeatedly did not avail
themselves of. Therefore, they cannot now say that the report is biased, unfair
and driven by a political agenda," the Malaysian Foreign Ministry said.
must ascribe to the ideals of the ASEAN Charter. These include for ASEAN
members to respect the fundamental freedoms, the promotion and protection of
human rights, and the promotion of social justice.
widespread movement of the Rohingyas creates instability and could easily
become a rallying-call for violent extremism in the region.
these potentially have deep implications for Malaysia and the region. For this
reason, Malaysia cannot be silent, or ignore the Rohingya crisis."
Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore are the founding countries of
the ASEAN while Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia are the other
Aug. 25, 2017, Myanmar launched a major military crackdown on the Muslim ethnic
minority, killing almost 24,000 civilians and forcing 750,000 others including
women and children to flee to Bangladesh, according to the Ontario
International Development Agency (OIDA).
LUMPUR, Aug 29 — The editors of PAS’ party newspaper Harakah have apologised
for an article’s headline in the publication’s latest issue, claiming it could
article, titled “PRK Seri Setia: PAS lawan Darul LGBT (Seri Setia by-election:
PAS versus Land of LGBT)” was written by Harakah’s veteran columnist Subky
Latif, and was criticised as demeaning to the state and its royal house.
title is not aimed at the people of Selangor, the royal institution, and so
on,” said the editors on Harakah’s online portal.
the same time, we have taken into account the misinterpretation that has
occurred, and apologise for the printing which has invited numerous perceptions
[from the public].”
the editors did not apologise for the content of the article, in which Subky had
called upon readers to be vigilant about the allegedly ever-growing
encroachment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on
had implied this was due to the “liberal tendencies” of the Pakatan Harapan
wrote that the government ought to be reminded by both the Muslim and
non-Muslim public to take a firm and unyielding stance against the LGBT
Joko Widodo of Indonesia has been criticised by rights activists and supporters
of religious pluralism for picking a conservative Islamic cleric as his running
mate in next year’s election.
choice might seem odd given that Ma’ruf Amin played a central role last year in
the jailing of Mr Widodo’s protégé, a Christian who was governor of Jakarta, on
a questionable blasphemy charge.
Mr Widodo, a Muslim who generally wears his religion lightly, has teamed up
with Mr Amin because of this incident, not despite it.
driven by pragmatism than the idealism his most fervent backers see in him, Mr
Widodo wants to neutralise criticism from re-energised conservative Muslim
groups and political opponents who have tried to paint him as un-Islamic.
Widodo believes that choosing Mr Amin, spiritual head of Nahdlatul Ulama,
Indonesia’s biggest Muslim organisation, will help him again defeat Prabowo
Subianto, the tough-talking former general whom he beat in the 2014
role of Islam in politics is hotly debated in a nation where nearly 90 per cent
of the 260m people are Muslims. While electoral support for Indonesia’s various
Islamic political parties has not increased substantially — they hold just over
30 per cent of the seats in the House of Representatives — Islamic issues have
increasingly infused mainstream politics.
Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the political and military
elite, has high approval ratings thanks to his popular touch and steady if
unspectacular economic management. But he fears that attacks by religious
conservatives could chip away at his support.
Mr Widodo may be a smart political tactician, he is also a cautious gradualist,
who, like his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has shown little desire to
take on vested interests.
instinct for compromise over confrontation — in some ways one of Mr Widodo’s
strengths — also extends to economic policy. Despite promising root-and-branch
reforms that would boost growth to 7 per cent annually, he has struggled to
keep it much above 5 per cent.
have praised Mr Widodo for cutting fuel subsidies, curbing red tape and accelerating
spending on much-needed infrastructure.
the former mayor, who likes to brag about his focus on the small details, has
done little to improve the bigger picture.
Rajah of the Lowy Institute, an Australian foreign policy think-tank, argued in
a recent report that Mr Widodo had failed to improve the paltry tax take, make
the economy more competitive and create the jobs required by a fast-expanding
Widodo has “so far only stabilised what was previously a worsening trajectory,
rather than delivered a meaningful turnaround”, concluded Mr Rajah.
president’s cabinet mixes highly regarded technocratic reformers with
politically connected protectionists who want to keep advantages for
established conglomerates and state-owned enterprises.
desire to balance competing interests, rather than aggressively pursue his own
agenda, also explains why Mr Widodo picked Mr Amin.
adviser to the president said such caution was the price of stability in a
diverse nation of thousands of islands, with multiple ethnic and religious
groups and a heavily decentralised political system.
other supporters worry that Mr Widodo’s desire for compromise risks worsening
religious divisions and leaving the economy unprepared.
soldiers killed, 10 injured in Kenya blast
Five Kenyan soldiers were killed and 10 wounded on Wednesday when their car ran
over a homemade bomb in northern Kenya, the military said.
Kenya Defence Forces statement did not say who it believed was responsible for
the attack in coastal Lamu County although it referenced "lurking terror
elements" in the region.
August 8, five soldiers were killed in an attack claimed by the Somali group al
Shaabab in Lamu, according to local officials.
al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab aims to topple Somalia's UN-backed government and
impose its own strict interpretation of Islam. They have intensified attacks in
Kenya since Nairobi sent troops into Somalia in 2011.
group has launched several attacks, including ones in which they have beheaded
people, in the past year in Lamu County.
security officials say the militants have used the Boni forest straddling the
Kenya-Somalia border as a hideout and base for attacks.
a time when the controversy about where the construction of a National
Cathedral should be built and how much of it should be borne by the taxpayer
deepens, the Chief Imam’s spokesperson is proposing an Interfaith Centre
Aremeyaw Shaibu believes a National Cathedral will only serve Christians while
an Interfaith Centre could have both mosque and church to serve the two largest
religions in the country.
Akufo-Addo announced the scheduled construction of the National Cathedral to
mark Ghana’s 60th-anniversary celebrations.
explained that the Cathedral will be used for all formal state occasions of a
religious nature, such as presidential inaugurations, state funerals, and
national thanksgiving services.
Cathedral will sit around a14-acre garden and will have chapels, a baptistery,
a music school, an art gallery, a Bible Museum and Documentation Centre.
is expected to seat 5,000 people in its main auditorium and will be constructed
by renowned British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye.
some critics believe the decision to build the Cathedral is discriminatory.
want government to, after constructing the building for Christians, put up a
similar edifice for the Muslims who make up about 23 percent of the country’s
to Joy News’ Elton Brobbey after he joined other religious leaders for a
meeting with the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the learned Muslim
cleric said the government must provide clarity on the issue.
believes whatever edifice will be put up should serve both religions, not one.
it is in respect of our 60th Independence Anniversary, is the independence for
one section of the country or for the whole of the country,” he queried.
added that “So if I have been requested to propose, I would have proposed that
we have a national edifice in the form of a national dialogue or interfaith
dialogue centre in which you can have a church, a mosque and then an
Sheik Shaibu’s view Ghana, which has become a model of interfaith harmony and
peace must do things that portray such reputation.
United States forces conducted an air strike in coordination with Somalia’s
army that killed three Al-Shabab fighters, the US military said on Wednesday.
currently assess no civilians were injured or killed in this air strike,” which
occurred approximately 40 km southwest of Mogadishu, US Africa Command said in
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