Indigenous Catholics Joined By Priests, Nuns, Muslims and Buddhists Appeal to
Bangladesh PM to Help Return 'Seized Land'
World League Launches Interfaith Summit in Sri Lankan Capital
Ban on Islamic Movement Could Spark New Conflict: Zakzaky's Daughter
Taliban Push For Peace In Second Day Of Talks
Diplomat Says Sudan Turning Page on Muslim Brotherhood Rule
Campaign Manager Helped Saudi Arabia's Disinformation Efforts
with White Flag and Take Back Dead Bodies: Indian Army Offer to Pakistan after
Foiled Infiltration Bid
Crisis: India Urges World to Help Bangladesh
1500 Afghan civilians killed, wounded in the month of July only: UNAMA
deputy shadow governor for Panjshir province killed
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celebrate power-sharing deal
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indigenous Catholics joined by priests, nuns, Muslims and Buddhists, have
staged a protest rally and submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina to get back land allegedly grabbed by a Buddhist monk in southeast
200 people, mostly Catholics from ethnic Tripura and Marma communities, staged
a human chain program in front of the Press Club in the Bandarban district of
the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) on July 31.
also submitted a memorandum through the district’s chief government officer to
seek PM Hasina’s intervention in returning the land.
have demanded the return of 40 hectares of land, including 2.3 hectares of land
that they said is owned by the local Catholic Church.
Jerome Rozario, secretary of The Land Commission in Chittagong Archdiocese,
claimed a local Buddhist monk, U Cha Hla Bhante, had forcibly grabbed the land
in 2014 and that most of the victims were poor ethnic Christians.
have asked for support from government officials, taken legal action and held
press conferences but Bhante is very powerful, so nothing is working. So, now
we are appealing the PM to pay attention to our suffering,” the priest told
Church bought 5.7 acres land of St. Paul’s Church in Roangchaari, a mission
center under Queen of Fatima Catholic Church in Bandarban district, which was
grabbed by the monk on May 3, 2014, the priest alleged.
local Catholic filed a court case to reclaim the land in 2014, which ended with
a verdict in favor of the Church.
the Church lost the case after Bhante filed a review petition. Then the Church
filed an appeal against the verdict, which is still pending at the court.
Barua, a local Buddhist politician and social activist, said that Bhante’s
muscle flexing and land-grabbing spree had tarnished image of the local
years Buddhists have fought to get their land back from Bengali Muslim
settlers; now, ironically, a Buddhist cleric has become an oppressor due to his
greed for land, money and power. This is a blow to a long-held harmonious
relationship among various faith groups on the hills,” Barua told ucanews.com.
Cha Hla Bhante brushed aside the land-grabbing allegation against him as “false
didn’t grab any land by force. All the land I own was legally purchased,” he
told ucanews.com. “An interested party is spreading false and fabricated
propaganda against me for its personal interests. If anyone with valid legal
documents lays a claim on my land, I will immediately return it without
CHT, comprising the hilly forested districts of Bandarban, Rangamati and
Khagrachhari, is Bangladesh’s only mountainous region, bordered by India and
region is home to dozens of ethnic indigenous groups, most of them Buddhists
but with some Christians.
CHT has more than 20,000 Catholics belonging to ethnic minority communities
among 30,000-plus Catholics in Chittagong Archdiocese.
World League launches interfaith summit in Sri Lankan capital
The Muslim World League (MWL) launched an interfaith summit in Colombo in the
presence of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.
included Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu religious leaders, as
well as more than 2,000 religious scholars, politicians, intellectuals and
delivered the opening speech. He thanked the MWL for holding the summit, and
for donating $5 million to a support fund for families of victims of terrorist
acts and injured people.
believe that this summit will spread the message of peace, harmony and
coexistence,” he said. “We’re pleased to present the highest honor in Sri Lanka
to the secretary-general of the MWL for his role in promoting interreligious
Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa also delivered a speech.
“This important summit on interfaith peace confirms the determination of
followers of religions to clarify the truth of religions, which call for love,
peace and harmony,” he said.
has never been a threat to humanity … Our duty as leaders, references and
religious figures is to confront this false claim.”
summit “has come to diagnose the current situation and find solutions to it,
and to express the determination of the attendees to act effectively against
the forces of terrorist evil, as well as to reveal the facts with
transparency,” Al-Issa said. “This conference affirms the stability and
dominance of good.”
ban on Islamic movement could spark new conflict: Zakzaky's daughter
daughter of Nigeria’s detained prominent cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has
warned about the government’s recent ban on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria
(IMN), saying it could worsen the crackdown on the members of the group and
ignite a new conflict in the West African nation.
month, a court in the capital Abuja ruled that activities of the IMN amounted
to “acts of terrorism and illegality” and ordered the government to ban the
daughter Suhailah Maleshiya said on Saturday that this would allow the
government to further suppress the Muslim group and push it underground.
trying so hard to get the Islamic movement to a point where we say, 'that's it,
let's defend ourselves and take up weapons'," said Suhailah.
your brothers killed again and again would change how anyone thinks," she
members regularly take to the streets of the Nigerian capital to call for the
release of Sheikh Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015. Nigerian
forces have used live ammunition against the protesters.
forces killed at least 20 members of the movement during protests last month,
according to a spokesman for the group.
the founder and leader of IMN, was taken into custody after his residence in
the city of Zaria was raided by Nigeria’s forces, during which he was beaten
and lost vision in his left eye.
66-year-old cleric has been reportedly poisoned in prison and requires urgent
medical care abroad, according to members of the IMN.
founded the organization in the late 1970s in Nigeria, which has a population
of an estimated 3 million Shia Muslims.
Taliban push for peace in second day of talks
US and the Taliban will seek to thrash out elements of a deal to bring a close
to Afghanistan's 18-year conflict in the second day of renewed talks in Doha on
US, which invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban in 2001, wants to
withdraw thousands of troops and turn the page on its longest-ever war.
it would first seek assurances from the insurgents that they would renounce
Al-Qaeda and stop other militants like the Islamic State group using the
country as a haven.
talks, now in their eighth round, began on Saturday and were due to resume
Sunday morning after pausing overnight, US and Taliban sources told AFP.
Taliban source also said efforts were underway to organise a direct meeting
between US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah
Baradar, who heads the movement's political wing.
coalition led by Washington ousted the Taliban in late 2001 accusing it of
harbouring Al-Qaeda jihadists who claimed the September 11 attacks against the
US that killed almost 3,000 people.
despite a rapid conclusion to the conventional phase of the war, the Taliban
have proved formidable insurgents, bogging down US troops for years.
is hoping to strike a peace deal with the Taliban by September 1 — ahead of
Afghan polls due the same month, and US presidential elections due in 2020.
President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday that
"we've made a lot of progress. We're talking".
are pursuing a peace agreement not a withdrawal agreement, a peace agreement
that enables withdrawal," Khalilzad tweeted on Friday as he arrived in
Doha after talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad.
presence in Afghanistan is conditions-based, and any withdrawal will be
another sign of progress, the Afghan government has formed a negotiating team
for separate peace talks with the Taliban that diplomats hope could be held as
early as later this month.
will be tough'
Washington Post reported on Thursday that an initial deal to end the war would
see the US force in Afghanistan reduced to as low as 8,000 from the current
level of around 14,000.
exchange, the Taliban would abide by a ceasefire, renounce Al-Qaeda, and talk
to the Kabul administration. An Afghan official hinted last week that the
government of President Ashraf Ghani was preparing for direct talks with the
Taliban, the details of which have yet to be announced.
have no preconditions to begin talks, but the peace agreement is not without
conditions," Ghani wrote in Pashto on his Facebook page on Friday ahead of
want a republic government not an emirate," he said, a challenge to the
Taliban which has insisted on reverting to the "Islamic Emirate" name
Afghanistan bore under its rule.
negotiations will be tough, and the Taliban should know that no Afghan is
inferior in religion or courage to them."
thorny issues of power-sharing with the Taliban, the role of regional powers
including Pakistan and India, and the fate of Ghani's administration also
latest US-Taliban encounter follows last month's talks between influential
Afghans and the Taliban which agreed a "roadmap for peace" — but
stopped short of calling for a ceasefire.
resident Somaya Mustafa, 20, said her country desperately needed a peace deal,
but only one in which the Taliban "accept women and their
is a total mess in our country right now. And if it continues, women will
suffer more than anyone else."
United Nations has said that civilian casualty rates across Afghanistan matched
record levels last month, following a dip earlier in the year.
diplomat says Sudan turning page on Muslim Brotherhood rule
UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Sunday Sudan
was turning over the page of being ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
is turning the page of the rule of al-Bashir and the Muslim Brotherhood into a
new era in its political history by turning to civil rule,” Gargash said on
Twitter. “The path to a state of institutions, stability and prosperity will
not be filled with roses, but our confidence is in the brotherly Sudan and its
of the closest aides of newly-installed British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson,
has been accused of running a massive online disinformation campaign on behalf
of controversial clients, including Saudi Arabia.
Crosby, an Australian political strategist, dubbed the “Wizard of Oz”, is so
close to Johnson that he ran his successful London mayoral campaign in 2008.
Crosby has reportedly been advising Johnson on his bid to become PM from as
early on as June 2016.
lobbying firm, CTF Partners, allegedly ran well-concealed online disinformation
campaigns for a wide range of controversial clients, most notably the
government of Saudi Arabia.
activity was so extensive that the Guardian’s investigative report into CTF
partners has described it as a business model “that appears to have
professionalized online disinformation”.
Guardian report, published on August 01, alleges that CTF Partners used
Facebook to administer professional-looking “news” pages “reaching tens of
millions of people on highly contentious topics, without apparently disclosing
that they are being overseen by CTF Partners on behalf of paying clients”.
revelation comes against the backdrop of growing concern over the role and
influence of “fake news” in determining the outcome of political contests. The
House of Commons has been conducting extensive enquiries into “fake news” since
2017 and released its first detailed report on the subject in July 2018.
House of Commons, in tandem with the rest of the British political
establishment, adopts a selective understanding of “fake news”, often
attributing it to state-sponsored activity by Britain’s adversaries, notably
the Russian Federation.
revelation that a trusted member of the British political establishment, and an
ally of the new prime minister, has been running arguably the largest
Facebook-based disinformation campaign in recent years, shatters the myth spun
by the British political elite.
aggravating feature of the developing Crosby scandal is CFT Partners close
relationship with Saudi Arabia.
to the Guardian, Crosby’s firm took “millions of pounds” from the Saudi Arabian
government to bolster the reputation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who
has been implicated in the murder of dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
Crosby affair coincides with revelations that former foreign secretary, Jeremy
Hunt, received funding from a close ally of Mohammed bin Salman, in his failed
bid to become Tory party leader.
Costa, a South African banker and Christian philanthropist, is reportedly bin
Salman’s “point man” in Britain. According to an investigative report on
BuzzFeed News on July 04, Costa had donated £10,000 to Hunt’s leadership campaign.
the very least, these revelations are bound to shatter public confidence in the
British government’s approach to fake news and foreign influence in British
government’s deliberate focus on Russia has apparently obscured the main source
of the problem: namely, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
With White Flag and Take Back Dead Bodies: Indian Army Offer to Pakistan After
Foiled Infiltration Bid
Delhi: The Indian Army has offered the Pakistan Army to take back the dead
bodies of intruders killed during a failed infiltration bid by Pakistan's
Border Action Team (BAT) on a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in
Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan Army has been offered to approach with a white flag and take over the
dead bodies for last rites, but was yet to respond on Sunday morning.
BAT generally comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistani Army and
BAT attempt was made on one of the forward posts in Keran sector (in Kupwara
district) and foiled by alert troops resulting in neutralising of five to seven
Pakistani regulars/terrorists," defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said on
said the BAT attempt was made on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1.
least four bodies, possibly of Pakistan Army's Special Service Group (SSG)
commandos or terrorists, were seen in close proximity of an Indian post in the
sector, they said, adding search operations and attempts to take the bodies
were being continuously interfered with by Pakistani troops deployed in the
defence spokesperson said Pakistan has made a number of attempts in the last 36
hours to disturb peace in the Valley and to target Amarnath Yatra.
hardcore Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were neutralised in two operations in which
a cache of sniper rifle, IED and mine with Pakistan markings were recovered, he
clearly indicates complicity of Pakistan in terror activities. Security forces
will continue to respond to all nefarious activities along the LoC and
hinterland," he said.
senior Army official said that Pakistan has desperately attempted to push
terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad and other outfits into Jammu and
Kashmir over the last few days.
response by security forces vindicates the build up in the hinterland," he
official said the terrorists who were killed in the last few days in Kashmir
included Zeenat ul Islam, Umar Wani and Khalid Bhai.
crisis: India urges world to help Bangladesh
has urged the world community to help Bangladesh deal with the huge Rohingya
influx from Myanmar, saying it poses a threat to regional security.
recognizes the humanitarian burden on Bangladesh’s society and economy, said
the Security Outlook 2019 of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Regional Forum held on Friday, according to BSS, Bangladesh’s state-run news
praised Bangladesh’s generosity towards displaced people in the report, the
agency reported on Saturday
is deeply conscious of the humanitarian and security implications of the
displacement of nearly one million people (Rohingya) in Bangladesh from
contagious areas of Rakhine state in Myanmar,” said the outlook report.
recognizes the economic burden this crisis places upon Bangladesh’s society and
economy,” it added.
report said bordering northeastern India, Myanmar’s stability and prosperity is
crucial for regional security. India has provided aid to Myanmar to facilitate
the return of Rohingya to Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the place of their origin.
as the ASEAN chair, hosted this year’s forum with the participation of foreign
ministers from 26 countries and representatives from the European Union, U.S.,
U.K., Japan, China, and India.
the event, A K Abdul Momen, Bangladesh’s foreign minister, sought support and
cooperation from the world community to carry out the Rohingya repatriation to
Myanmar in a safe manner.
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
to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and
children, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces
launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017, pushing
the number of persecuted people in Bangladesh above 1.2 million.
Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s
state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development
than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others
were beaten, said the OIDA report, titled "Forced Migration of Rohingya:
The Untold Experience."
18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped by Myanmar’s army and police and
over 115,000 Rohingya homes were burned down and 113,000 others vandalized, it
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has reported that the
preliminary findings of the mission indicate ongoing violence killed, wounded
more than 1,500 civilians in the month of July only.
said in a statement earlier today said the July casualties’ figure is the
highest number of any month this year, and the highest number documented in a
single month since May 2017.
Casualties in Anti-Government Armed Elements attacks:
statement further added that the main driver in July was a sharp rise in
civilian casualties caused by Anti-Government Elements (AGEs).
UNAMA said it documented an increase through July in the number of
disproportionate and indiscriminate Taliban attacks in urban areas against
Afghan military and security objects and personnel.
attacks caused great harm to civilians,” UNAMA said, adding that on 1 July,
Taliban claimed an attack on an Afghan Army logistics centre in Kabul killing
seven civilians and injuring 144 others.
also claimed responsibility for the 18 July attack on a Kandahar police facility
resulting in seven civilians killed and 72 others injured.
Ghazni, on 7 July, Taliban attacked a National Directorate of Security (NDS)
facility resulting in 174 civilian casualties, the vast majority of whom were
injured, UNAMA said, adding that more than 80 of the victims were children.
UNAMA said there were several high-profile attacks in July for which no party
claimed responsibility, such as the 28 July complex attack that used
remote-controlled and suicide IEDs against the Green Trend offices in Kabul.
this attack, which targeted the Afghan electoral process, at least 21 civilians
were killed and 50 others injured, UNAMA added.
also added that other types of AGE-employed IEDs that caused significant loss
of civilian life during July were victim-activated pressure-plate IEDs (PPIEDs)
that are inherently indiscriminate. “On 15 July, 13 civilians were killed and
40 injured, mostly women and children, when a minibus ran over a PPIED near
Kandahar. On 30 July, at least 24 civilians were killed and 18 more injured
when a PPIED detonated against a bus on the Kandahar-Herat highway.”
Casualties in Pro-Government Forces operations:
the other hand, UNAMA said civilian casualties from operations by
Pro-Government Forces (PGFs) remain at concerning levels, mainly from air and
search operations, including by NDS Special Forces that are supported by
International Military Forces.
Afghan Special Forces killed the shadow deputy governor of Taliban for northern
Panjshir province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.
to a statement released by MoI, the Special Unit of the Afghan National Police
conducted an operation in Nejrab district of Kapisa on Saturday night.
statement further added that the Special Forces killed Abdul Ahad alias
Zulfiqar, the shadow deputy governor of Taliban for Panjshir province.
the interior ministry said the Special Forces also killed the military
commission chief of the group for Panjshir and five other militants.
interior ministry also added that the security forces confiscated some weapons
and munitions and other military kits during the operation.
Improvised Explosive Device explosion killed the district administrative chief
of Zindajan in Herat province.
provincial government officials confirmed that the incident took place before
noon time in Zindajan district.
Farhad, a spokesman for the Governor’s Office in Herat said a roadside bomb
went off in Tarakhel area of Zindajan district, killing four people.
further added that the explosion killed Shukrullah Shakir, the district
governor of Zindajan, his brother and two security guards.
military sources confirmed that the security forces conducted an airstrike in
Farah city killing at least 35 Taliban militants.
sources further added that the security forces conductd the airstrike in Farah
district, apparently pointing towards the overnight raid in Farah city.
Farah Police Headquarters had earlier said in a statement that the security
forces jointly conducted the operation in the outskirts of Farah city on Friday
statement further added that the Air Forces also provided close air support to
the ground forces during the operation.
the Farah Police Headquarters said the security forces killed around 100
militants including many commanders of Taliban during the operation.
Afghan security forces inflicted heavy casualties on Taliban militants during
the operations in Daikundi and Kandahar province.
205th Atal Corps in a statement said the Afghan security forces killed 12
Taliban militants during an operation in Kajran district of Daikundi province.
statement further added that the security forces wounded 10 other militants
during the same operation.
the 205th Atal Corps said the security forces killed 9 Taliban militants and
wounded 4 others during an operation in Panjwai district of Kandahar.
of Sudanese celebrated an agreement concluded early on Saturday between the
ruling military council and opposition.
celebrators chanted slogans calling for civil rule, accountability for the
killing of protesters and reforming and rebuilding the country.
took to the streets in the capital city of Khartoum and other states in support
of the agreement.
Transitional Military Council (TMC) and Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC)
coalition confirmed that they finished discussion of a constitutional
declaration which would rule the transitional period. They have also agreed on
putting the security organs and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia under
the control of the sovereignty Council and the council of ministers.
has remained in turmoil since April 11, when the military establishment
announced long-serving President Omar Bashir’s removal after months of popular
protests against his 30-year rule.
Mitiga airport halted air traffic on Saturday after a shelling, the airport
authority said on its Facebook page.
is the only working airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli, which has been under
attack by the eastern-based Libyan National Army, commanded by Khalifa Haftar.
mayor of Mogadishu has died after being badly wounded in an al-Shabaab
extremist attack in his office last week, the government of Somalia has
Omar Osman was a naturalised Briton who returned to Somalia to help rebuild the
war-torn country. He spent 17 years in the UK including a stint as housing
manager at Ealing council in west London.
died on Thursday in Qatar, where he had been airlifted for treatment after the
attack on 24 July. Officials said he had been in a coma.
son, Mohamed Omar, a student at London’s Queen Mary University, said: “Today
the people of Mogadishu lose their mayor; but I lost my father. May Allah grant
him the highest rank of paradise.”
the people of Mogadishu lose their Mayor; but I lost my Father. May Allah Grant
him the highest rank of Paradise.
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was among several people seriously wounded when a female suicide bomber
detonated a device inside the headquarters of Banadir district, which
people, including two district commissioners and three directors, were also killed
in the blast. It is unclear how the attacker managed to enter the mayor’s
office, as visitors are required to pass through at least four metal detectors.
for the attack was claimed by al-Shabaab, the al-Qaida-linked militants who
have waged a deadly insurgency against the western-backed government in
Mogadishu. It said they were targeting the UN special envoy James Swan, who had
been in the building just hours earlier.
condemned the “heinous” attack on those trying to rebuild their country and
improve the lives of its citizens. He said Osman had spent years “helping his
country on its path to peace and stability, and meeting the needs of
Mogadishu’s most vulnerable”.
had been an outspoken opponent of al-Shabaab. In the wake of a truck bomb
attack that killed almost 600 people in Mogadishu in 2017, he wrote an article
in the Guardian urging Somalis to speak out against the militant jihadi group.
“The fight must go on, in everything we do, from reporting anything suspicious
to the security forces to educating our boys and girls so they are not
vulnerable to the violent, alien ideology of al-Shabaab,” he wrote in his
previous role as minister for information.
who was nicknamed Engineer Yarisow (“Young Engineer”), had tried to clean up
the city and rebuild its battered infrastructure.
Fender, the UK’s ambassador to Somalia, pledged to help to continue the
reconstruction work that Osman had begun.
@engyarisow, public servant, kind and gentle colleague, friend. You have been called away much too soon. Our hearts are so heavy today. We will join hands to finish the work you
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was chased out of Mogadishu in 2011, but the capital is still hit regularly by
the militants, who retained control of large swaths of the countryside.
Mohamed Ahmed, a spokesman for the president, said the mayor’s death would
unite Somalis in the fight against extremism. “We extend our condolences to the
family and friends of the Mogadishu mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman, and we share
our grief regarding this painful death with the entire Somali public,” he said
in a statement.
Alpha Jets of the Nigerian Air Force have bombed a Boko Haram terrorists’
hideout in Alafa area in Sambisa Forest of Borno State, killing scores of the
airstrike was conducted on Thursday, after some Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance missions revealed the presence of the fighters, alongside their
logistics supplies and equipment, in a group of buildings.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle
Daramola, said in a release on Friday that the Air Task Force of Operation
Lafiya Dole dispatched the Alpha Jets to attack the location.
noted that the air force, operating in concert with surface forces, will
sustain its operations against the terrorists in the North-East.
said, “In continuation of its sustained efforts to wipe out remnants of Boko
Haram terrorists in the North-East, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole
has destroyed the terrorists’ hideout and killed some fighters at Alafa on the
fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
invited Zarif to White House, was snubbed: Report
before the United States placed sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif, US President Donald Trump invited him for a meeting at the White
House through an intermediary while he was in the US, a report says.
to the report, written by Robin Wright for American magazine The New Yorker,
Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, and reportedly tapped by Trump as a
go-between with Iran, extended the invitation to Zarif during a meeting at the
residence of Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN) in New York on July
Iranian foreign minister was in the US for an event at the UN, and he rejected
the invitation after consulting Tehran, according to the report, which cited
“American and Iranian sources and a well-informed diplomat.”
intermediary had reached out to Iran on Paul’s behalf three weeks before Zarif
arrived in New York for the UN event, it said.
had his concerns.
told Paul that the meeting would have no substance and would be little more
than a photo op for Trump, who has used opportunities like that before to claim
his administration is interested in diplomacy.
and after the meeting with Paul, “Zarif relayed the overture to Iran’s leaders.
They did not approve a meeting — at this time,” the report said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry did not immediately comment on the report. Iranian
officials have said in the past that while they are open to diplomacy, the US
would have to return to the 2015 Iran deal or lift certain sanctions before any
engagement could take place.
Wednesday, some two weeks after Trump failed to get the meeting with Zarif, the
US said that it was imposing sanctions on the Iranian foreign minister for
being Iran’s “primary spokesperson around the world.” The US had already
restricted Zarif’s movements in the US, reportedly over fears that he made
Iran’s case — in fluent English — in interviews with various US media,
including Trump’s favorite channel Fox News.
had also already been snubbed by President Hassan Rouhani of Iran — eight
US president unilaterally withdrew from the multilateral deal with Iran in May
2018 and has since been following what he calls a campaign of “maximum
pressure” on the country. In speeches at the UN General Assembly, where he has
requested to meet with the Iranian president, he has used offensive language to
talk about the Iranian government. He has also reportedly called Iran “a
on the US targeting of Zarif with sanctions, Paul, the US senator, tweeted, “If
you sanction diplomats you’ll have less diplomacy.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he was “very confident” the
United States would be able to build a maritime coalition in the Gulf, despite
a lukewarm response from European and Asian allies.
and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper were speaking alongside their Australian
counterparts in Sydney.
at a meeting between US and Australian leaders, Defense Secretary Mark Esper
said he has already gotten a good response from allies and some announcements
could be expected soon. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that
a lot of conversations are taking place.
their Australian counterparts made no commitments.
request the United States has made is a very serious one, and a complex one.
That's why we are currently giving this request very serious consideration,”
said Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds. “No decision has been made.”
said her country will decide based on what is in its own best sovereign
“Operation Sentinel,” the plan was triggered in June amid Trump administration
concerns that Iran was behind a series of attacks on commercial ships in the
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the
Pentagon has developed a specific plan, and the US military’s main role would
be to provide “maritime domain awareness” - intelligence and surveillance
information - to the ships of coalition partners that would conduct patrols in
vulnerable waterways like the Strait of Hormuz, which separates the Arabian
Gulf from the Gulf of Oman, as well as the Bab el Mandeb, a heavily trafficked
strait between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and Djibouti and Eritrea in the
Horn of Africa.
escorting of commercial ships would be done by military ships sailing under the
flag of the commercial vessel, he said.
broached the idea of a coalition to allies during a NATO meeting, but so far
the US has received few public commitments from other nations. Instead, some
European nations have expressed concerns that the operation could provoke
conflict, and they are more interested in a diplomatic solution.
new US defense chief has claimed that a Washington-led scheme to police the
Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz against purported Iranian threat will soon
gain commitments of several allied countries despite recent reports that even
key US allies have snubbed the anti-Iran effort.
Defense secretary Mark Esper further asserted on Saturday that representatives
from over 30 countries had attended a conference earlier this week at
Florida-based headquarters of the military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) to
discuss what is dubbed as Operation Sentinel, a military coalition of allied
nations to supposedly protect shipping lanes near Iranian territorial waters in
the Persian Gulf.
had various degrees of commitment, so I think we’ll have some announcements
coming out soon in the coming days where you’ll see countries begin to sign
up,” Esper told reporters while traveling to Australia to take part in the
Australia-US Ministerial Consultations.
he refused to identify the countries that have submitted to such commitment,
and when asked if any Asian countries have offered to join the US-led
operation, Esper only replied, “Time will tell.”
claims came after US Secretary of Stated Mike Pompeo revealed last week that
Washington had called on France, Germany, Australia, Japan and South Korea to
contribute to the so-called Operation Sentinel in the Persian Gulf.
snub US call to join anti-Iran Persian Gulf force
US daily The New York Times, however, reported on Thursday that the Trump
administration’s request to build the anti-Iran “coalition” in the Persian Gulf
has been snubbed by either silence or outright rejection of its allies,
including a blunt “no” from Germany.
daily further underlined that many other European leaders have further tried to
keep their distance from US President Donald Trump and his policy of “maximum
pressure” on Iran in efforts to avoid being seen as aiding the hawkish
further noted that Washington is trying to project its anti-Tehran campaign as
a bid to secure the Persian Gulf, but "the Europeans argue that Washington
created the problem in the first place by trying to kill off Iran’s oil
Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that his country would not
be joining the Americans.
will not take part in the naval mission proposed and planned by the United
States,” Maas said.
are in close coordination with our French partners. We consider the ‘maximum
pressure’ strategy to be wrong. We do not want a further military escalation;
we will continue to focus on diplomacy.”
an informed diplomatic source, Spanish El Confidencial newspaper also reported
that Madrid had "no intention of participating in a mission led by the US
have France, Italy nor Sweden responded favorably to Britain’s suggestion of a
European escort force, separate from the Americans, even after Iran seized the
Japan's Mainichi newspaper cited unidentified government sources as saying on
Friday that Tokyo had decided not to deploy any warships to the Persian Gulf.
further said Japan’s government would likely face opposition at home to any
military venture that could put its Self Defense Forces in harm's way or
threaten the well being of Japanese living in Iran.
to the New York Times, "The refusals have underscored the divergent policies
toward Iran and are aggravating distrust and resentment on both sides."
meanwhile, has opted to increase its own military assets in the Gulf rather
than join with the US-led operation after one of its UK-flagged oil tankers was
seized by Iranian forces in July.
aims to 'internationalize' its anti-Iran naval mission
US defense chief also claimed on Saturday that Washington’s goal with Operation
Sentinel “has always been to internationalize it” but that regardless of
countries’ commitments, the US will continue to provide both air and Navy-based
surveillance in the region.
we want to do is stay on the diplomatic path, and we want to grow a coalition
that will help us do that,” he further proclaimed.
wants to be drawn into conflict with Iran. That’s why we first proposed the
idea of a coalition of like-minded allies and partners,” Esper added.
think the key is that there is a unity of effort, a shared commitment, if you
will, to preserving freedom of navigation in the straits, in the Gulf and
deterring provocative behavior that could lead to a miscalculation that can
escalate into a conflict. We want to avoid that.”
with Iran have nearly boiled over in the year after Trump decided to withdraw
the US from the Obama-era Iran nuclear agreement and imposed brutal economic
sanction against Tehran.
then, the US has accused Iran of attacking oil tankers in the Persian Gulf
region and protested the shooting down of an advance US surveillance drone
intruding into Iranian territorial waters. In a retaliatory move, Trump
initially threatened a missile strike, only to change his mind at the last
minute. He later claimed that American forces had downed two Iranian drones
without providing a shred of evidence in face of fierce rejection of the claim
in the Persian Gulf flared up after a series of suspicious attacks on oil
tankers, following the US deployment of a new naval group and B-52 bombers to
the region amid claims of unspecified Iranian threats.
UK waded into the standoff by seizing an Iranian oil supertanker off Gibraltar
at the US request, according to local officials. Iran responded by detaining a
UK-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf.
The US is seeking a peace deal that can pave the way for the withdrawal of its
troops from Afghanistan, Washington’s special envoy said hours before the
resumption of major talks with the Taliban on Saturday.
are pursuing a #peace agreement, not a withdrawal agreement; a peace agreement
that enables withdrawal,” Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted.
presence in #Afghanistan is condition based and any withdrawal will be
have been conflicting comments and reports in the US media about the fate of
American troops in Afghanistan.
report said US President Donald Trump’s administration “is preparing to
withdraw thousands of troops in exchange for concessions from the Taliban,
including a cease-fire and a renunciation of Al-Qaeda, as part of an initial
deal to end the nearly 18-year-old war.”
Taliban delegates have held a series of talks with Khalilzad and other American
diplomats since last year, both the insurgents and Afghan troops — backed by US
forces — have escalated their attacks to gain the upper hand at the talks.
UN has reported a subsequent rise in civilian casualties. On Saturday, it
reminded “all parties to the conflict of their responsibility to protect
civilians and to comply with their obligations under international law.”
Taliban has long insisted on a total withdrawal of US troops, and that it will
engage in talks with the Afghan government after a timetable is set for the
officials said an agreement could be finalized ahead of Afghan presidential
elections in September, though they cautioned that the Taliban could drag its
feet and that significant challenges remain, the Washington Post reported.
Afghan official speaking on condition of anonymity said Washington had assured
Kabul that the US military presence was condition-based.
American officials have said Washington seeks to keep a counterinsurgency
intelligence force in Afghanistan even if a total troop pullout takes place.
Saeedi, a university professor and former diplomat, told Arab News that in
return for a US troop withdrawal, “the Taliban is required to commit that
Afghanistan won’t become a nest for terrorists again.”
said: “But there are ambiguities in the comments of US officials … The generals
have different views than the politicians, and this has complicated the
Alabama Education Association (AEA) filed a lawsuit on Friday against a
Texas-based member of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) seeking to
open a charter school in rural southwest Alabama.
of Washington County in the U.S. state of Alabama have strongly rejected plans
to establish a charter school in the area, yet the project was approved despite
major shortcomings and a lack of educational standards and credentials.
to a report by the Al Reporter, a news magazine in Alabama, the lawsuit claims
Soner Tarim "engaged in fraudulent conduct to conceal the extent of his
involvement with the non-profit organization that is allegedly behind the
creation of Woodland Prep, a charter school located in Washington County."
one of the key figures running FETO's charter school network in the U.S., is
the CEO of the Unity School Services and was the founder of Harmony Schools, a
charter school network in Texas.
and its U.S.-based billionaire leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated
coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the
state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the
military, police, and judiciary.
lawsuit also claims Tarim "misrepresented the level of community support
for the school and is advertising illegally in Mississippi in an attempt to
attract enough students to be able to open the school."
charter project in Alabama was granted a one-year extension by the Alabama
Public Charter School Commission to delay the opening of the school a few
Associate Executive Director Theron Stokes said, based on reports, that it was
clear the group who made the charter school application for Woodland Prep was
"nothing but a front for Tarim", as reported by Al Reporter.
(Tarim) got a taste for Alabama taxpayer money through LEAD Academy in
Montgomery and has decided he wants to franchise corporate charter schools,”
the citizens of Washington County have risen up to fight the diversion of funds
from a school system that, despite the odds, is thriving and succeeding. That
is why contractors walked off the construction site, why he’s advertising in
Mississippi to get students, and why we are taking this step -- to support our
members and our local association in their fight," Stokes added.
to an earlier report by the same magazine: "A copy of the USS contract
with the Woodland Prep board shows that Tarim will make 15 percent of all
federal, state and local funds received by Woodland. If Woodland’s projected
enrollment of 260 students is accurate, Tarim will make more than
$300,000," making him the highest paid official in the poverty-stricken
also said "legal questions" had been raised about Harmony as well as
Tarim’s use of the schools to exploit a visa program and skirt hiring laws in
order to give contract jobs to Turkish workers and teachers, referring to
loyalists of Gulen.
have also been other, education-related problems, such as a massive
grade-change scandal at Harmony in Texas and financial fraud allegations
related to grants at other Gulen schools," reported the magazine.
Murad urges Yazidis to return to Iraq
Nobel laureate Nadia Murad on Saturday urged Iraq’s Yazidi minority to return
to their ancestral heartland of Sinjar, five years after militants launched a
brutal assault on their community there.
was one of thousands of women and girls from the ancient faith abducted by
Daesh as they overran swathes of Iraq in 2014.
in the southwestern city of Stuttgart at the invitation of Germany’s central
Yazidi council, she said that more than 90,000 had already returned to Sinjar.
“we need even more to return there so as to thwart the Daesh’s plan to chase
them out from Sinjar,” she said.
Kurdish and Iraqi authorities have done nothing for us and there is currently
no local authority in the region of Sinjar,” Murad said.
the de-mining of the territory and the exhumation of mass graves as “a positive
step forward,” she called for the restoration of public services, including
schools and hospitals, in the region.
also argued that the Kurdish and Iraqi authorities should “compensate the
Yazidi survivors of the Daesh, but so far they have still had nothing.”
has awarded some Yazidis a one-off payment of $1,700, equivalent to just over
three times the average monthly wage in Iraq.
August 3, 2014, Daesh group fighters seized Mount Sinjar, and went on to
slaughter thousands of Yazidi men and boys and abduct girls to be used as “sex
UN has said Daesh’s actions could amount to genocide, and is investigating
militant atrocities across Iraq.
the world’s 1.5 million Yazidis, around 550,000 were living in the remote
corners of northern Iraq before 2014.
brutal assault by Daesh pushed around 360,000 Yazidis to flee to other parts of
Iraq, including the Kurdish region, where they live in ramshackle displacement
to authorities, more than 6,400 Yazidis were abducted by Daesh and only half of
them were able to flee or be rescued, while the fate of the others remains
unknown. Another 100,000 fled abroad.
number of Yazidis living in Germany is around 150,000.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that over 100 trucks
carrying US military and logistical equipment arrived in areas controlled by
the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern Syria from Iraq.
SOHR reiterated that over 2030 US trucks have entered the areas under the SDF
control eversince the US declared the end of the ISIL in Northern Syria.
Kurdish-language Xeber24 news website, meantime, reported that a large number
of trucks carrying massive military equipment have been dispatched to the
US-controlled military bases in the town of al-Jalbieh near the city of Kobani
in Northeastern Aleppo and the town of Ain Issa in Northern part of Raqqa city
near the border with Syria.
has recently increased its threats against the Kurdish militias to launch military
operation against them in Eastern Euphrates.
a relevant development on Wednesday, the Turkish army and affiliated militants
attacked Kurdish positions in Northern Aleppo amid sending new military convoys
to the border with Syria.
Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Turkish forces targeted the
Kurdish positions in the towns of Soqankeh, Miaseh and Zarnaiteh near Afrin
region in Western Aleppo with over 180 mortar attacks.
the Turkish army and affiliated militants attacked the town of Harb and several
nearby towns in al-Shahba region in Northern Aleppo with artillery fire.
the SOHR reported that heavy clashes have erupted between the Ankara-backed
terrorists and the Kurdish militia near the towns of Harbal and Sheikh Issa in
with the events, the Turkish army sent new military convoys, consisting of tens
of vehicles carrying military equipment to the borders with Syria near the
towns of Ra'as al-Ein and Tal Abyadh in Hasaka and Raqqa provinces.
the Arabic-language Step news website affiliated to militants reported that
several Turkish reconnaissance planes have flown over the town of Manbij.
senior Kurdish official warned on Monday that the US had given a greenlight to
Turkey to attack Eastern Euphrates, calling on the Kurds to reach an agreement
with the Syrian government as soon as possible.
of the Syrian Kurds' National Initiative Omar Ousi told the Arabic-language
al-Watan newspaper that the agreement between Washington and Ankara came amid
Turkey's claim that negotiations to create a safe region on Syrian soil have
failed, adding that the content of the negotiations between the two sides
differs from what has been stated by the Americans and Turks.
noted that Turkey's threats are very serious and dangerous this time, and said
that Turkey's plan in Northern Syria will possibly start soon from Manbij
region and then will spread to Ein al-Arab, Ra'as al-Ein and adjacent areas.
referred to the US attempts to pressure the SDF to accept Turkey's plan, and
said the US has started settlement of differences with Turkey.
pro-militant Step News website reported that the Turkish Army pounded the
military points of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the city of
Qameshli in Northeastern Hasaka and near the border with Turkey.
noted that the attacks took place after the Kurdish militias attacked Turkey’s
border checkpoint in Nasibin region along borders with Syria.
Kurdish-language Hawar news website, meantime, reported that the Turkish Army
and its allied militants pounded Tal Rafa’at and the towns of Balounieh, Harbal
and Sheikh Issa in al-Shahba region in Northern Aleppo with tens of mortar
two military points of the Turkish Army were destroyed while three Turkish
soldiers were killed and four others were injured during two separate military
offensives by the Kurdish militias.
the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that heavy
clashes have erupted between the Ankara-backed terrorists and the Kurdish
militia near the towns of Harbal and Sheikh Issa in Northern Aleppo.
ISIL’s emir of Diyali province was killed in airstrikes by Iraq’s F-16 fighter
jets on an underground military base of the terrorist group in Talal Hamrin
region, the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news website quoted Head of Diyali
Province Security Committee Sadeq al-Hosseini as saying.
reiterated that the slain ISIL emir was ISIL’s second strong man in Diyali
province and had masterminded over 10 terrorists operations in Hamrin and its
surrounding areas in recent months.
a relevant development last Sunday, the Iraqi security forces killed ISIL’s
media emir in Diyali province during the third phase of their mop-up operations
in the region, the Arabic-language media outlets said.
Arabic-language al-Maloumeh news website quoted a security source in Diyali
province as saying that the Iraqi security forces continued their anti-ISIL
military operations in Sabiayat and al-Miteh regions in Diyali province and
near al-Azim area in Salahuddin province.
media emir Abu Eshaq Araqi was killed in the Iraqi security forces’ military
operations in Diyali province, the news website said.
the Iraqi forces declared the start of the third phase of their mop-up
operations against the ISIL in Northern parts of Baghdad and in the surrounding
areas of Diyali, Salahuddin and al-Anbar provinces.
Iraqi al-Hashd al-Sha’abi also reported that the Iraqi Air Force also pounded
and fully destroyed ISIL’s biggest military base which was used as a medical
center near Sensoul lake in Southwestern Mosul.
a relevant development earlier this month, at least 25 military positions and
command centers of the ISIL terrorist group were destroyed in the Iraqi Army's
cleansing operation in different parts of Western Iraq.
the Iraqi Army's military operation known as Eradeh al-Nasr (Will of victory)
in desert areas stretching from al-Anbar province to Salahuddin and Nineveh
provinces in Western Iraq, more than a dozen hideouts of the terrorists were
destroyed and all terrorists inside them were killed, Commander of Iraq's Hashd
al-Sha'abi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in al-Anbar Province Qatar al-Abidi
a security source in Iraqi Diyali province said that the Iraqi Army and security
forces managed to fully cleanse Imam Veis region and its outskirts after
destroying several of their military positions and hideouts.
United States Sunday welcomed a ceasefire in Syria’s northwestern Idlib region
after months of deadly government bombardments but insisted attacks against
civilians must stop.
strikes on Idlib province halted on Friday after the Syrian regime agreed to a
truce on the condition that Turkey implements a buffer zone in the area.
of the region and parts of Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia -- which currently hosts
some three million people - are controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an
extremist group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
area is supposed to be protected from a massive government offensive under a
September Turkish-Russian deal, but it has come under increasing fire by
Damascus and its backer Moscow since the end of April.
government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has accused Turkey of dragging
its feet in implementing the deal, which provided for a buffer zone of up to 20
kilometers (12 miles) between the two sides, free of heavy and medium-sized
welcomed the conditional ceasefire, but “attacks against civilians and civilian
infrastructure must stop,” US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said
in a statement.
United States believes there can be no military solution to the Syrian
conflict, and only a political solution can ensure a stable and secure future
for all Syrians,” she said.
US also reiterated its support for a United Nations-led peace effort, with
Ortagus calling it “the only viable path to a political solution.”
late April, 790 civilians have been killed in regime and Russian attacks, the
UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says.
over the same period has claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 combatants,
including 900 regime loyalists, according to the monitor.
than 400,000 people have been displaced and dozens of hospitals and schools
damaged since April, according to the UN.
munitions blast killed more than 3o regime and allied fighters at a military
airport in central Syria on Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said, increasing an earlier toll.
news agency SANA reported earlier that a “technical fault during the transport
of expired ammunition” had killed an unspecified number of victims at the
Shayrat airbase in Homs province.
Shayrat airbase is one of the regime’s most significant installations in the
center of the country.
2017, US air strikes hit the base in response to a suspected sarin gas attack
on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in northwest Syria that killed more
than 80 people.
The United States Sunday welcomed a cease-fire in Syria’s northwestern Idlib
region after months of deadly government bombardments but insisted attacks
against civilians must stop.
strikes on Idlib province halted on Friday after the Syrian regime agreed to a
truce on the condition that rebel backer Turkey implements a buffer zone in the
of the region and parts of Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia — which currently hosts
some three million people — are controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, a militant
group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused Turkey of dragging its
feet in implementing the deal, which provided for a buffer zone of up to 20
kilometers (12 miles) between the two sides, free of heavy and medium-sized
welcomed the conditional cease-fire, but “attacks against civilians and
civilian infrastructure must stop,” US State Department spokeswoman Morgan
Ortagus said in a statement.
United States believes there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict,
and only a political solution can ensure a stable and secure future for all
Syrians,” she said.
wave of terrorist attacks possible before end of this year: UN
United Nations has warned that a new wave of terror attacks may occur before
the end of this year, as tens of thousands of foreigners, who had traveled
abroad to join the Daesh or other terrorist groups, are said to be still alive.
monitors at the UN Security Council said in a report that despite recent
decrease in attacks across the globe, terrorism continues to pose a significant
threat to the world as up to 30,000 foreigners who traveled to the Iraq or
Syria for joining the Daesh might still be alive.
from across Europe joined Daesh in droves in 2014, when the Takfiri terror
group launched its campaign of death and destruction in Iraq and Syria.
countries estimated that as many as 6,000 people traveled to the two Arab
countries back then. About a third were killed, while another third remain
detained in the region or have moved elsewhere.
future prospects will be of international concern for the foreseeable future,” the
report said. “Some may join al-Qaeda or other terrorist brands that may
has so far been unwilling to take back citizens who traveled to join Daesh,
saying they pose a security threat to the European Union member states.
prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten the EU on Thursday that he may
release over 10,000 European Daesh members, captured in Syria and Iraq, to
return to the place where they came from.
for several times asked European leaders to act more decisively and take back
their nationals. Back in February, he posted a tweet calling on Europe to take
them back or Washington would be “forced to release them.”
US said it has arrested around 850 foreigners on terror charges in the last few
in January, France said it was considering the repatriation of 130 men and
women to be tried, but a month later no progress appeared to have been made.
French officials also said last year that they were working on plans to return
children born to foreign fighters.
this year, Germany said that a third of its estimated 1,000 nationals who are
believed to have joined Daesh in Iraq and Syria since 2013, have returned to
their homeland. Many of those have since been prosecuted or placed into
rehabilitation programs, Berlin said.
terror threats led to decision on calling off Amarnath Yatra
threats to both the northern and southern routes leading to the holy Amarnath
cave forced the hand of the administration in calling off the Amarnath Yatra
two weeks ahead of the scheduled close of the pilgrimage on August 15,
Hindustan Times has learnt.
to top security officials based in New Delhi and Kashmir, an anti-personnel
landmine manufactured by a Pakistani ordnance factory and a sniper rifle with a
1.5 kilometer kill range were recovered from Sangam top, just 3 kilometres
short of the cave, by a 3 Sector Rashtriya Rifles unit deployed on the northern
improvised explosive device was recovered by a 1 sector Rashtriya Rifles unit,
1.5 kilometres north-east of Sheshnag, around 14 kilometres from the holy cave,
on the southern route. The yatra was called off on Friday after the recoveries
in the last week of July because it had become evident that Pakistani jihadists
were out to target the pilgrims.
Operation Shiva, the security forces, on the basis of actionable intelligence
inputs that indicated the targeting of civilians by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)
terror group, put in place enhanced measures to neutralise the opportunities
available to the jihadists to target the yatris.
roads to Chandanwari and Baltal, the starting points of the two routes to the
cave, were covered by road opening parties of paramilitary forces, whose search
and anti-sabotage teams were pressed into service. The Indian army’s Victor
Force units searched parallel areas.
reports suggest that the US-made M24 sniper rifle may have been procured from
the Taliban by the JeM, a fellow Deobandi proponent, after the weapon was
looted from the Afghan army. With the weapon having a range of 1.5 kilometres,
the pilgrims would have been sitting ducks for the sniper, who would have been
positioned around Sangam top.
JeM seeking to avenge the February 26 Indian air force strikes on its camp in
Pakistan’s Balakot camp, in which an unspecified number of its recruits were
believed to have died, there has been a continuous flow of intelligence about
the regrouping of the Pakistan-based group to attack Indian security forces in
reports indicated that JeM cadre were planning an improvised explosive device
(IED) attack on a security forces convoy on the Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri national
highway on the lines of the February 14 Pulwama suicide car bombing that killed
40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers. Material for the IED’s
fabrication, as per the reports, had already reached the Valley.
input highlighted the presence of a batch of three JeM terrorists in the
Nezapir area of Poonch who could be used to plant IEDs on tracks used by Indian
troops deployed in the posts of Barood, Sher, Shakti and Kaiyaan.
is quite evident from the intelligence reports, whose contents were disclosed
to Hindustan Times by security officials, that Pakistan had taken no action to
restrain JeM. Fifteen Jihadists were moved to JeM camps in Markaz, Sanam bin
Salma and Tarnab farms in Peshawar in Khyber Paktunkhwa (KPK) province after completing
training in “askari jihad” at camps in the Jamrud area. Four of these 15 are
from Nowhar and Peshawar, four from the Ali Masjid area en-route to Landi
Kotal,located on the route across the mountains to Peshawar, and the remaining
from Khyber province.
the serious threat posed by JeM to the Amarnath Yatra and the Kashmir valley as
a whole, the Narendra Modi government decided to call off the pilgrimage rather
than risk the lives of the pilgrims. On July 23-24, National Security Advisor
Ajit Doval conducted an on-ground threat assessment in the Valley and briefed
the three service chiefs and intelligence chiefs the same week on the need to
reinforce security in the Valley to meet the terror threat.
Bara in Kargil opens doors — for homework, coaching
day after school, Zaheer Abbas, a Class IX student, heads to Imam Bara at his
Hardas village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil district. Though it is a place of
worship, for Abbas and at least another 100 students, it’s where studies really
Imam Bara, which until a few years ago was closed most of the time except for
10 days during Muharram, has now opened its doors to school students from
Hardas who need the extra coaching, help with homework and often, go just to
listen to some good stories.
to teach the students, Mohammed Hassan, who heads the village education
committee, convinced young men from the village, particularly those studying
outside Kargil, to return to Hardas in their college breaks and offer their
services free of cost.
were worried a few years ago when we received feedback from schools that
children were unable to do their homework properly when they go back home.
Also, fewer children attended school then. The villagers met and decided to
start this initiative. We visited every household to convince them to send
students to the Imam Bara for extra education,” says Hassan.
we started this initiative, the number of students were few. But today, that
number has reached 100 now,” he says, adding that the Imam Bara “has found its
calling. It opens round the clock to teach students.”
says his life has changed. “When I have any doubts, I go to any of them and
they explain it to me properly. Here, we are taught things in a simpler way and
every day, I come here with full interest,” he says, pointing towards his
teacher, also named Mohammad Hassan, who is studying a post graduation course
in Mathematics in Maharashtra.
told The Sunday Express that other than the normal coaching, they also share
experiences. “We give them more exposure by sharing our stories with them.
Students here are always interested in listening to us and so, studies become
more interesting for them,” he says.
the Imam Bara, volunteers focus on reading and writing. “We also improve their
communication skills. The change is now happening because we have young
children who are yet to go to school coming to our centre. We have given them
drawing books and develop an interest for education among them,” says Hassan,
the education committee head.
college student Ghulam Ali, pursuing his a post-graduation in geology in
Uttarakhand is also back in Hardas during his holidays and teaches at the Imam
Bara every day.
give my time because I want to see these kids excel and do something well in
the future,” says Ali, who voluntarily teaches from 10 am to 2 pm. He says he
will go back to his college in the first week of September and by then, he
hopes to complete a good portion of the syllabus.
village is famous for apricots and is among the major producers of this fruit
in Kargil, but according to villagers, it had fallen behind on education.
children attended school a few years ago as parents were not convinced about
education, especially for girl students. But, we can say that things have
improved now,” says Zakir Hussain, a member of the local education committee
and a resident.
when young men return to their colleges, residents of Hardas have also ensured
that local teachers voluntarily to keep the Imam Bara coaching centre running.
there’s still much more to do, say locals. According to Hardas residents, they
are still focussed on convincing parents to send their daughters to school.
“When we started this initiative, we visited each house and met parents to
convince them. It worked and if we had 10 per cent of girls going to school then,
we now have 80 per cent of the girls coming to our centre for tuition,” said
Imam Bara model is now slowly spreading across Kargil according to Nargis Bano,
the Zonal Education Officer for Kargil. She said that in other Kargil villages,
too, non-local volunteers have started visiting government schools to lend a
hand. Inspired by the initiative, Altaf Hussain, the local area councillor, is
planning free coaching classes for students during the three winter months,
when the road connecting Kargil to Srinagar remains shut.
4 men arrested for thrashing Muslim youth, forcing them to chant Jai Shri Ram
in Godhra have arrested four men for allegedly thrashing three Muslim youth for
not chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan.
police have also caught hold of two minors in connection with the case.
while addressing the media said that they were stopped by the accused on the
road and were asked to chant 'Jai Sri Ram'. After they refused to comply, the
six persons started beating them.
Muslim youth were admitted to a hospital and are undergoing treatment.
the details of the incident, Superintendent of Police (Panchmahal), Dr Leena
Patil told media that prima facie the case appears to be of a scuffle between
two groups of youngsters.
said, "We have registered a case under IPC section 324. As per our
investigation, this is just a case of a scuffle. In the video, there is no
exchange of words between them before the scuffle takes place."
the burning of a youth in Uttar Pradesh after he refused to chant ‘Jai Shree
Ram’, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) organised a demonstration
here on Saturday.
secretary of SDPI, Kottur Peer Masthan, said the well-planned attacks on
Muslims that started ever since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in
2014, has increased further. While attacks by ‘gau rakshaks’ were being
unleashed on Muslims, who were taking cattle after getting all mandatory
permissions from the authorities concerned, religious fanatics were beating
Muslims to death after forcing them to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’.
the killing of a man in Jharkhand, similar attacks were being organised by the
Hindu fundamentalists on Muslims in Delhi, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar
and Uttar Pradesh, he added.
Modi’s new ‘Digital India’ is witnessing the merciless killing of Muslims when
they refuse to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’. The sangh parivar are being given free
hand to orchestrate such crimes. Even after the Supreme Court’s intervention in
this connection, neither the Modi-led Union Government nor the State Governments
concerned act tough against these criminals. In fact, they encourage the
killers. The Union Government should pass a legislation paving way for
punishing the killers under stringent law,” Mr. Masthan said.
Mujahideen operations chief Riyaz Naikoo has asked people to remain united and
urged J&K Police to switch sides as the Valley remains on edge with
apprehensions of tinkering with Articles 370 and 35A.
an audio message circulated on social media, Naikoo is heard saying, “…The
political parties that were (earlier) martyring our youth to keep Delhi happy…today
they have to beg to be allowed to move out of their houses.” Stating that
policemen are first Kashmiris and then policemen, Naikoo said it is the time to
“wash your stains”.
said, “If you want, you can do anything. You understand what I mean.”
militants were killed in separate encounters in the Valley, an Army spokesperson
said on Saturday.
J&K Police spokesperson also said that four militants were killed in two
operations in the last 36 hours.
officials said that two militants were killed in an encounter between militants
and security forces in North Kashmir’s Sopore on Saturday morning. One militant
was identified as Umar Wani from Bandipora, while the other was a foreigner.
“Both the killed terrorists as per police records were affiliated with
proscribed terror outfit JeM,” the police said.
other militants were killed in South Kashmir’s Shopian district early Friday
morning, police said. One of them was identified as Zeenat-ul-Islam, who,
according to police, was affiliated with JeM. The second was Manzoor Ahmad, who
as per police was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen. One soldier was also
killed in the operation.
Panic and fear, which have enveloped Jammu & Kashmir since the government
called off the Amarnath Yatra citing terror threat from Pakistan, thickened on
Saturday when the state administration asked outstation students to move out as
soon as possible. The authorities made arrangements for outstation students at
the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, to leave the Valley in state
principal of the Government Polytechnic College at Srinagar, too, instructed
all residential students to vacate the hostel. The move came against the
arrival of thousands of security personnel amid escalating speculation that the
Modi government might implement BJP’s poll pledge to scrap Article 35A. Efforts
by the authorities, including governor Satya Pal Malik, to tamp down the buzz
about the “impending” decision of the Modi government have failed to quieten
matters. Malik, who had late last night said that the decision to end the
Amarnath yatra and send back pilgrims and tourists was necessitated only by the
threat of an attack by Pakistan-backed terror groups, repeated his statement
when a National Conference delegation called on him to seek clarity.
to many the latest denial did not sound unambiguous, with the governor
admitting he wasn’t sure what might unfold later. “They’ve gone satisfied.
Whatever they expected from me I did. As far as I know, there’s no inclination
that something is going to happen here. I don’t know about tomorrow. That’s not
in my hands. But till today, there’s nothing to worry,” Malik said after
meeting Omar Abdullah and other NC leaders.
uncertainty saw people scampering to stock up on medicines, edible oil, salt,
tea, pulses, vegetables and other essentials. There were long queues at fuel
stations, while people also rushed to ATM outlets. According to a commuter,
Manzoor Ahmad Khan, petrol pumps in Srinagar had “completely dried up” and
people are now trying to procure fuel from north Kashmir districts.
Rumour-mongers had a field day.
had to struggle to quell one about local police being disarmed. ADG (law &
order) Munir Khan denied cops have been disarmed and CRPF and Army have taken
control of the situation. Authorities also intensified efforts to send back
Amarnath yatris and tourists. Besides putting the road transport system on full
throttle, state authorities also arranged Air Force planes to airlift them. “We
are giving a 72-hour window to yatris and tourists to leave,” a government
source said. Security has been put on high alert.
DELHI: Consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav in the presence of Pakistani
officials and the recording of the same will seriously compromise the process
which has to be carried out by order of the ICJ, India has warned Pakistan.
its response to Pakistan’s consular access offer, the government said in its
note verbale that Jadhav’s was a case of remedial, and not regular, consular
access which the international court had sought for India while holding
Pakistan guilty of having violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
it managed to ferret out exclusive details of India’s note verbale, TOI learnt
Saturday that India had called out Pakistan for disregarding the fact that,
unlike regular cases of consular access where the degree of involvement of an
accused in criminal acts is unknown, Jadhav had already been convicted by a
military court on the basis of his alleged confession. This is the reason why,
as a diplomatic source said, consular access can only be remedial and
"private" in his case, with no Pakistani official or recording
failure to allow consular access before the alleged confessions were recorded
now has to be remedied,’’ Indian government told Pakistan.
is also expected to be the government’s main line of argument if it does decide
to knock again on ICJ’s doors for justice to Jadhav. For India, it’s the most
effective rebuttal of Pakistan’s contention that its offer, replete with riders
like video and audio recording, is in line with jail manuals followed all over
the world, including in India. India, in fact, said in its response that jail
manuals only dealt with regular consular access.
went on to say that, given the peculiar circumstances of the case, it was
incumbent on Pakistan to provide consular access "in private" in an
environment free from the fear of intimidation and that any access granted
perfunctorily will not fulfil the ICJ judgment mandate.
has also been worried, as obvious from the response, by Pakistan’s decision to repeatedly
raise the Jadhav security issue, even after the ICJ judgment, as a basis for
denial of consular assistance to him.
government told Pakistan that this argument had already been rejected by the
international court. Pakistan had earlier told India that it was examining the
judgment with a view to "fully addressing the security concerns
surrounding commander Jadhav''. As India has repeatedly said, consular access
is meant to allow an accused to exercise his right to defence. The ICJ held Pakistan
guilty of violating Article 36 of Vienna Convention by not informing him of his
rights after his arrest and by denying India consular access.
that regard, the government has mentioned in its response Article 14 of the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which, as the ICJ
held, informs the interpretation of Article 36 of Vienna Convention. Some of
the sections of the Article 14 which merited a mention in the Jadhav case
included 3 (b) To have adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his
defence and to communicate with counsel of his own choosing and 3 (g) Not to be
compelled to testify against himself or to confess guilt. Then there’s also 3
(d) which calls for the accused to be tried in his presence, and to defend himself
in person or through legal assistance of his own choosing.
objectives, as India has said, would have been achieved in Jadhav’s case only
if Pakistan had not failed in providing consular access to him immediately
after his arrest. The denial of this right to Jadhav also raises question marks
about the ‘evidence’ gathered by the Pakistan military against him, according
to Indian officials.
lays stone for modern Turkey’s first new church
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the
first new church in Turkey since it became a modern republic in 1923.
church in the Istanbul suburb of Yesilkoy will serve the 17,000-strong Syriac
Christian community, which is also paying for the new building.
is the Turkish republic’s duty to meet the need for space to worship for the
Syriac community, who are the ancient children of this geography,” Erdogan said
during the stone-laying ceremony.
Christians are part of the eastern Christian tradition and pray in Aramaic,
which Jesus is believed to have spoken.
said he hoped the construction of the Syriac Orthodox Mor Ephrem Church would
be completed within two years.
had ordered the Istanbul metropolitan municipality to find space for the
building in 2009 while he was prime minister.
is being built on land belonging to the Latin Catholic Church and which is part
of an Italian cemetery, the head of the Beyoglu Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox
Church Foundation in Istanbul, Sait Susin, said.
recent years, Turkey has restored and reopened churches but the government has
been criticized for trying to Islamicize the official secular country.
minorities including Armenians have also complained of being treated as
second-class citizens in the Muslim-majority country.
make up around 0.2 percent of the total population in Turkey.
Erdogan sought to extend a hand to other communities in the country of 82
million, saying “don’t forget, this country, this state belongs to everyone.”
who has affection for, contributes to and is loyal to Turkey is a first-class
citizen. There are no barriers to anyone in politics, trade or any other area.”
statistics show 98 percent of the Turkish population is Muslim but a poll by
Konda group earlier this year showed the number of people identifying as
atheist rose from 1 to 3 percent between 2008 and 2018.
the same survey, 51 percent said they were religious in 2018 compared with 55
percent in 2008, although the number of those who said they were a “believer”
rose from 31 percent to 34 percent in a decade.
defies world, issues new threat to boost nuclear program
Iran issued a new threat on Saturday to boost its nuclear program in defiance
of international condemnation, as it emerged that Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif had snubbed an offer from US President Donald Trump of talks at the
has said repeatedly that it would breach the 2015 deal to curb its nuclear
activities unless the other signatories find ways to shield its economy from US
sanctions. Washington pulled out of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action (JCPOA), last year.
month, Iran threatened to restart deactivated centrifuges and increase enrichment
of uranium to 20 percent purity, both breaches of the JCPOA.
third step in reducing commitments to the agreement will be implemented in the
current situation,” Zarif said on Saturday.
have said that if it is not completely implemented by others then we will also
implement it in the same incomplete manner. And of course all of our actions
have been within the framework of the JCPOA.”
withdrew from the agreement last year and reimposed a raft of economic
sanctions that are crippling the Iranian economy. Last week the US extended sanctions to Zarif
himself, blocking any property or interests he has in the US. Zarif said he was
proud to be penalized by America “for defending the rights of Iranian people.”
it emerged at the weekend that last month, at the height of a crisis over
Iranian harassment of commercial shipping in the Gulf, Zarif had rejected an
invitation from Trump for talks at the White House.
offer was extended by Senator Rand Paul with permission from the president. Zarif
said it was up to Tehran to decide whether to accept it, and in any case he
would not agree to a White House meeting that produced only a photo opportunity
and a two-page statement.
has said that although Iran is a corrupt, incompetent and dangerous regime, and
a threat to regional security and US interests, he is open to talks.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper was in discussions with allies in Asia on
Saturday about a contribution to a US-led force to protect shipping from
Iranian state piracy in the Strait of Hormuz.
first institute on Islamic economy and finance aims to conduct international academic
studies from Turkey's economic hub of Istanbul.
Marmara University Institute of Islamic Economics And Finance (MUISEF) will
expand its studies with further academic research on issues including
sector-wise product diversification and participation banking, Erol Özvar,
president of the Istanbul-based university, told Anadolu Agency.
an interview, Özvar said the interest in Islamic economics and finance studies
has become increasingly popular over the last 20 years, not only in Turkey but
also in a broad range of countries from Japan to the U.S.
are a number of centers in various universities on Islamic economics and
finance, but MUISEF of Marmara University is the first of its kind in Turkey in
terms of being an academic institute, Özvar stressed.
added that the institute was established under a joint protocol with the
Finance Office of the Turkish Presidency.
will provide training on Islamic economy and finance for graduate and doctoral
students coming from different disciplines," he said, stressing that the
institute was conceived as a scientific establishment open to the world.
think that being open to international interaction, in terms of producing and
disseminating academic knowledge, is crucial. The instruction language will be
in English. We also want to train our students in Arabic and other
languages," he said.
potential in Istanbul for Islamic finance
Aşan, Finance Office Chief in Turkish Presidency, underlined that no project
could be accomplished without proper scientific background and qualified human
capital. He added that MUISEF was founded with this motive.
added that the institute would espouse a more holistic view in the field of
Islamic finance as well as a substructure to serve the purpose of making
Istanbul a "finance center".
that the fields of financial technologies and Islamic finance were critical for
The Istanbul Finance Center (IFC), he noted that it would differentiate itself
from other examples in the world.
has a great potential in terms of Islamic finance, Aşan said, adding:
"Istanbul, unfortunately, has remained far below its potential. Islamic
finance is one of the two things that will be central to the IFC. This is why
this institute is very important for us as it will support this aim."
that the share of participation banks was also insufficient, he stressed that
the most important method to increase the share of participation banks was to
ensure financial diversity.
other words, it is to create new structure in which they [participation banks]
turn to different financial instruments," he said.
The Yemeni army regained control of the Al-Safra district in northern Saada on
Saturday, Yemen’s state news agency, Saba, reported.
military source said the Yemeni forces, with the support of the Saudi-led Arab
Coalition, liberated the areas after clashes that killed and wounded dozens of
war in Yemen was triggered when the Houthis seized control of the capital Sanaa
in 2014. The coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, intervened in 2015 to help
restore the government.
Yemeni officials and tribal leaders said security forces were pursuing Al-Qaeda
militants Saturday in the southern Abyan province, leaving at least seven
extremists and one soldier dead.
fighting came a day after Al-Qaeda attacked and overran a military camp in the
same province, killing at least 20 soldiers.
troops chasing the militants through the mountainous areas of Al-Mahfad
district are part of a force trained by the UAE, a member of the Saudi-led
coalition fighting the Houthi rebels since 2015.
to bag three tribal districts reserved seats in PA
As five of the six independent MPAs elected from merged tribal districts lately
have joined political parties, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is set to
secure two Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seats reserved for women, while the
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), new entrant to the
province’s politics, will bag one seat each.
PTI will also get a seat reserved for non-Muslims in the recently held
provincial assembly elections in erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas
the Constitution (Twenty-Fifth Amendment) Act, 2018, 21 seats are allocated to
the erstwhile Fata for its first-ever provincial assembly elections, including
16 general seats, four seats reserved for women and one seat reserved for
of the Election Commission of Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sohail Khan, told
Dawn that the commission would name the successful candidates for reserved
seats on Sunday or Monday.
the July 20 polls held for 16 general seats, six were won by independent
candidates, five by PTI, three by the JUI-F and one each by Awami National
Party (ANP) and Jamaat-i-Islami.
of the independent MPAs, Mohammad Shafique from PK-107 Khyber-III and Syed
Ghazi Ghazan Jamal from PK-110 Orakzai, have announced joining PTI. The latter
is son of former federal minister Ghazi Ghulab Jamal.
their joining, the tally of PTI in the polls has risen to seven seats.
a surprising manner, three of the independents announced joining BAP in
Islamabad on Friday amidst presence of Baluchistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal.
They include: Abbasur Rehman from PK-104 Mohmand-II, Shafiq Afridi from PK-105
Khyber-I and BIlawal Afridi from PK-106 Khyber-II.
Afridi and Bilawal Afridi are the nephew and son of former MNA Haji Gul Afridi,
respectively. Similarly, Abbasur Rehman is the brother of Senator Hilal Rehman.
BAP has no presence in the KP Assembly and with the joining of these three
MPAs, it is now also entitled to a single women reserved seat.
sixth independent MPA-elect, Mir Kalam Khan of PK-112 North Waziristan-II, who
is affiliated with Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, has retained his independent
ECP had issued the gazette notifications of the returned candidates on Aug 1.
announced that that under the Constitution’s Article 103(3) sub-clause C, the
members to fill seats reserved for women and non-Muslims, which are allocated
to a province, will be elected through proportional representation system of
political parties’ lists of candidates on the basis of total number of general
seats won by each political party from the province concerned.
provision also declares that the total number of general seats will include the
independent returned candidate or candidates who may duly join such political
party within three days of the publication in the official Gazette of the names
of the returned candidates.
seven seats, the ruling PTI is entitled to secure two of the four seats
reserved for women, while the JUI-F and BAP, which both having three seats,
will get one reserved seat each.
PTI had given only a single name in its priority list for women reserved seat.
nominee, Anita Mehsud, is a resident of Islamabad but her vote is registered in
South Waziristan tribal district. Now, the party has now given another name for
both reserved seats.
former JUI-F MNA Naeema Kishwar, who hails from Wana in South Waziristan tribal
district, will make it to the provincial assembly as her name is on top of the
priority list of her party’s candidates. She remained MPA from 2002 to 2007.
the BAP didn’t contest elections for general seats, no priority list of
candidates was produced by it for seats reserved for women and non-Muslims.
as three lawmakers have joined it, the party will nominate a woman candidate
for the seat to be allocated to it.
Wazir of the PTI will become MPA on the single seat reserved for non-Muslims
for the tribal districts. A resident of Landi Kotal, Khyber tribal district, he
is the lone candidate on the PTI’s priority list.
the 124-strong assembly has 85 PTI members, 13 of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal,
11 of the ANP, six of the PML-N, five of the PPP, one of the PML-Q, and three
Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday
took a jibe at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Maryam Nawaz,
saying that she has joined the ranks of her family members by receiving and
sending Telegraphic Transfers (TT).
tweeted that Maryam getting telegraphic transfers from the controversial Hill
Metals Establishment, which she had distanced herself from in the past, was
added that all the ills in the political system that plague the country today
can be traced to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
An Indian national with a fake Pakistani identity card was arrested in an
operation led by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday.
Director FIA Amir Nawaz said that the Indian national, Pancham Tiwari, hails from
Banaras and is a businessman in India.
to sources, Tiwari had been living in Pakistan for the past decade. Tiwari has
three children and is married to a Pakistani woman
found a fake identity card among Tiwari’s belongings, to which he claimed that
he had embraced Islam and had no intention of returning back to India.
defended himself by telling the FIA that he conducted business with Kamran, a
Pakistani citizen, in 2009. Influenced by Kamran, he abandoned Hinduism and
converted to Islam.
said Kamran offered him a place to stay and his sister’s hand in marriage
because he could not return to India as a Muslim.
also told the FIA that he made his way to Karachi via the sea route of human
smuggling. Upon reaching Karachi, Tiwari met Kamran’s uncle who renamed him
Bilal and made a fake identity card under his new name.
says that being a Muslim, he wants to live in Pakistan.
FIA has launched an investigation against Tiwari. Six people, including Kamran
and his family, have been named in assisting the accused.
this year in March, news of a mentally challenged man crossing into the Indian
territory by mistake broke out.
differently-abled Pakistani citizen had been declared a spy by the Border
Security Forces (BSF).
on February 12, an Indian teenage boy was repatriated to his homeland as a
goodwill gesture after he mistakenly crossed into Pakistani territory.
A US delegation will reach Islamabad on Monday for talks with Pakistani
officials, as the Afghan peace process intensifies and could lead to a presidential
visit to the region, if it succeeds.
US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, arrived in Doha on Saturday
to “resume talks with the Taliban”, he wrote in a tweet in Dari. “The Taliban
have shown signs of a willingness to compromise. We are ready for a good deal,”
Washington, diplomatic sources told Dawn that Alice Wells, the Trump
administration’s point-person for South and Central Asia, was coming to
Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials on Afghanistan and bilateral
sources said this would be a follow-up of the US-Pakistan consultations that
began in Washington when Prime Minister Imran Khan visited and met US President
Donald Trump at the White House on July 22.
also said if the Doha talks led to an agreement between the United States and
Taliban, President Trump might visit Afghanistan in September to finalise the
if Mr Trump visits Afghanistan, Pakistan would try to bring him to Islamabad as
well to further strengthen the impression that relations between Islamabad and
Washington are improving rapidly, according to the sources.
close allies once, relations between the United States and Pakistan
deteriorated after May 2011, when the American intelligence discovered Al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad and a team of US Navy Seals took him out.
But the ties began to improve late last year, when Pakistan persuaded the
Taliban to hold direct talks with Washington.
then, the two sides have held eight rounds of talks in as many months and this
weekend they began yet another. US-Pakistan ties got another boost last week,
when President Trump met Prime Minister Khan and indicated in a joint news
conference that he liked the new Pakistani leader and was looking forward to
working with him to end America’s longest war.
Trump also expressed his desire to mediate between India and Pakistan on
Kashmir at the White House news conference and reiterated the offer on
Thursday, saying he would “certainly intervene” to help resolve the 70-year-old
dispute, if asked to do so.
of the new-found warmth in the US-Pakistan friendship, however, revolves around
the Afghan peace process. President Trump wants to “extricate” the United
States from this “crazy war” before the 2020 US presidential election, and
hopes that Pakistan will assist him in achieving this target.
at a briefing if the Taliban could be trusted, the US leader said: “I don’t
want to say if they can be trusted or not. Look, history, I would say, is not
so good, but they don’t like us much either.”
said in the last few months, he had brought the number of soldiers down very
substantially and now all sides would get “a lot of advantages” by making a
deal on Afghanistan.
put this way: We’re more police than anything else, and that’s not for our
soldiers,” said Mr Trump while explaining why he was so keen on withdrawing
American troops from Afghanistan.
said — I’ve said it a lot. We could win the war, if you look at it — and you
can look at it any way you want — we can win the war in Afghanistan in less
than a week,” he added.
The no-trust vote fiasco in the Senate has caused serious distrust between the
two main opposition parties, with leaders from both Pakistan Peoples Party and
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz suspecting each other of foul play.
leaders of the two arch-rivals of the past in their private conversations are
found accusing each other of playing a “dirty game” during the secret vote on
the no-trust motion against Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in which the
opposition faced a defeat due to defection of its 14 legislators.
the two parties have a unanimous view that there is a need for changing the
rules regarding no-trust resolution against Senate chairman or deputy chairman,
as PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari at a press conference in Lahore announced
that the party would seek amendments to the parliamentary rules and
constitution to do away with the requirement of “secret ballot” during votes in
the parliament. He also expressed the hope that the ruling Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) would back it as it was part of its manifesto.
both the parties have formed their fact-finding committees to identify the
defectors and suggest a punitive action against them, background interviews
with the members of the committees revealed that they had “very little hope”
PPP’s committee has convened its first meeting on Aug 6 in Islamabad. An
official announcement by the PPP says that the “fact-finding committee” will
meet on Tuesday in Islamabad to “begin investigations in whether and who among
party senators defected in the secret ballot in the last week no-confidence
move against the Senate chairman”.
prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani is the convener of the PPP committee, having
representation from all the provinces with no sitting senator in it.
committee member said they would discuss their terms of reference (ToR) and
finalise a methodology to probe the matter that had brought embarrassment to
the joint opposition.
said the mistrust between the two parties had been there since the day they had
submitted the no-trust motion against Mr Sanjrani last week. In one of the
meetings, a PML-N senator sought a clarification from the PPP leaders over a
reported meeting between former president Asif Zardari, who is in NAB custody,
and a top property tycoon a night before the voting to discuss as to how the
move could be thwarted. The PPP leaders, the sources said, however, had
categorically refuted these reports.
after several complaints against the PML-N senators for not turning up in the
opposition meetings, PPP’s parliamentary leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman
finally had to approach leader of the opposition in the National Assembly
Shahbaz Sharif through former speaker Ayaz Sadiq asking him to ensure their
attendance, the sources said.
Rehman criticised PML-N’s Khawaja Asif over his remarks on a TV channel against
PPP senators holding them responsible for the Senate debacle and terming the
PPP’s move to form the fact-finding committee a ‘drama’.
said Mr Asif had tried to destroy the opposition’s unity and asked the PML-N
leadership to give an explanation over it. She said the PPP also had
reservations over some parties in the opposition alliance, but did not express
this in the larger interest of the opposition’s unity.
a news conference, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari alleged that Prime
Minister Imran Khan’s close aide Jehangir Tareen and Punjab Governor Chaudhry
Sarwar had contacted PPP senators and attempted to persuade them (to vote for
senators told me about this. I have full faith in my all senators and I haven’t
accepted the resignations of any of them. Propaganda is being made against
them,” he said, advising the opposition parties not to indulge in the blame
it was alleged that the PML-N had cut a deal, I rejected it. Now if someone
from the opposition points a finger at my senators for foul play it means he is
pointing the finger at me,” he said.
reply to a question about alleged interference of an intelligence agency in the
Senate election as alleged by National Party chief Hasil Bizenjo, Mr
Bhutto-Zardari said: “I have no such reports. However, there had been
involvement of non-democratic forces in the Senate elections in the past.”
A local court on Saturday issued a notice to anchorperson Najam Sethi on a defamation
suit filed by Prime Minister Imran Khan for passing “derogatory” remarks
Khan has claimed Rs10 billion in terms of damages and compensation from Mr
Sethi for intruding on his private life.
District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Basit Aleem took up Mr Khan’s application
and issued the notice to Mr Sethi for Aug 9. The judge, however, rejected a
request from Mr Khan’s counsel for an order to the private television channel
to restrain Mr Sethi from hosting his programme Najam Sethi Show, saying the
matter may be raised before another ADSJ, Mohammad Ali Warraich, who would take
up Mr Khan’s application.
A lawyer has approached the Lahore High Court seeking a ban on TikTok, an
Android-based social media video application, in Pakistan for being a source of
vulgarity and pornography.
is a great mischief of modern times. It is destroying the youth and promoting
immoral activities,” states Advocate Nadeem Sarwar in his petition.
Federal Ministry of Law, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) have been listed as
party in the petition.
application in-question was created by a Chinese company and introduced in
overseas market last year, says the petition.
lawyer pleads that the application has been causing negative social impacts,
wastage of time, energy and money and nudity, source of harassment and
says the same application has been banned in Bangladesh and Malaysia for its
pornography and inappropriate content and its use for mocking people.
pleads that Pakistan is an Islamic country and it is the duty of the state to
take steps to enable its Muslim citizens to live their lives in accordance with
basic principles of Islam. The lawyer contends that a lot of tragic incidents
of blackmailing have already been occurred where people recorded videos
secretly and make them viral on TikTok. He claims that a girl also committed
suicide out of fear of family after a video of her dancing in classroom filmed
by her friend went viral on the application in-question. He submits that before
more such incidents occur the government must ban the application.
lawyer asks the court to direct the respondents to impose a complete ban on
TikTok in Pakistan for degrading culture and encouraging pornography.
Siang: I will never be a ‘Zakir Naik or Jho Low’
LUMPUR, Aug 3 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said today he will never run away and
choose to become an international fugitive, unlike people like Low Taek Jho or
controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik.
follows after PAS lawmaker Ahmad Fadhli Shaari called for Lim to leave the
country after the DAP MP had urged for Dr Zakir to leave Malaysia.
his statement to the media today, Lim recalled his experience during the racial
riots of May 13, 1969, in which many have claimed him to be an instigator of.
however, explained that he was in Sabah at the time to help an election
campaign of an independent parliamentary candidate when news of the riot broke.
did not run away as I did not want to become a Jho Low, an international
runaway from law and order and a fugitive from justice.
was expelled from Sabah as I had criticised the then Sabah Chief Minister, Tun
Mustapha Mohamad, at the rally on May 13, 1969, and I was in Singapore for
three nights as the Subang International Airport was not operational with the
Klang Valley under curfew following a declaration of emergency.
advice by party leaders and family members not to return to Kuala Lumpur, as my
name was on the blacklist for Internal Security Act arrests, I took the next
available flight to Subang International Airport from Singapore on May 18,
1969, when the airport was re-opened.
had returned to KL from Singapore then as I felt that my place was with the
people who had just elected me as Member of Parliament (Bandar Melaka), and
that my duty demanded that I return home to be with the people inside the country
instead of being an international fugitive from justice — and that even if I
was to be detained under ISA, I must be man enough to face the consequences. I
would never be a Jho Low or even Zakir Naik,’’ he said.
also questions why he was lambasted his support for moderation advocate and
author Anas Zubedy’s open letter to Dr Zakir on why he should leave the country
days ago, I had said I supported Anas Zubedy’s open letter to Zakir Naik, who
had given four reasons why Zakir Naik should leave Malaysia voluntarily.
I am being attacked as being anti-Islam for supporting Anas’ Open Letter, but
no attack had been made on Anas or to engage him on his Open Letter to Zakir
Naik. Isn’t Anas a Muslim?
is this the case and what is the rationale for such irrational behaviour?’’ he
also questions the motivation of “a leader of klepto-theocracy” who pledged
support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the preferred prime minister.
did the propagandists of klepto-theocracy so easily forget that they had
alleged earlier that Tun Dr Mahathir had become my stooge?
politics is in no-man’s land. On the one hand, Mahathir is alleged to be my
stooge, but at the other end of the political spectrum, I am alleged to be Mahathir’s
these leaders of klepto-theocracy decide who is whose stooge — whether Mahathir
is my stooge or I am Mahathir’s stooge?’’ he asked.
month, PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang had stated that the Islamist party
prefer for Dr Mahathir to serve his full term as the prime minister.
also pointed out that PAS had in the past stated DAP was the only political
ally that had defended them when BN had won Kelantan in the 1978 general
elections, however, such facts was forgotten.
few years back, a leader of klepto-theocracy said only DAP defended PAS when
the Kelantan state government fell to Barisan Nasional in 1978 and PAS was very
grateful. Now all this is forgotten.
would appear that apart from misuse of Islam to support thievery, corruption
intolerance, bigotry, lies and falsehoods, the proponents of klepto-theocracy
needs another quality – political amnesia!
they need also another ‘quality’ — becoming ‘dumb and dumber’ over the years!”
Aug 4 — Malaysia is proud to receive praise and recognition from the government
of Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries over the achievements of Lembaga
Tabung Haji (TH) which has managed Malaysian Muslims’ Haj pilgrimage well, said
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
at the sending off ceremony for a batch of Malaysian pilgrims to the Holy Land
for this year’s Haj season at the TH Complex Sepang here today, Dr Mahathir
said that he hoped that TH would continue to be committed to improve the level
of its services.
is good in terms of TH’s pilgrimage management, savings and investments so that
it will remain in a good position and to be an example to other Muslim
countries,” he added.
Mahathir explained that Malaysian pilgrims were among the most fortunate
compared to pilgrims from other countries.
services and pilgrimage matters were more organised as everything was managed
from beginning to end by TH, he said.
Mahathir also urged Malaysian pilgrims to adhere to all the health advice and
guidelines recommended by TH and the Ministry of Health to maintain good health
in order to perform their religious obligations properly.
in the Holy Land, pray for our country’s peace and prosperity.
with peace can we all perform our religious obligations as by almighty Allah
without any worry or fear,” he added.
Mahathir said he understood that more than 90 per cent of Malaysian pilgrims
had already arrived in Mecca with only a few flights remaining.
IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM
LUMPUR, Aug 4 — An online petition demanding PKR senator Mohamad Imran Abdul
Hamid resign or sack over his proposal for a law to “protect” men from being
“seduced” into committing sex crimes has gained over 11,000 signatures today.
petition was started last Thursday by one Mujahidin Zulkifli who said Mohamad
Imran’s suggestion in the Dewa Negara was a form of victim blaming and goes
against any ethical logic and social norms.
men can be protected from committing sexual offences against women and
children, and get away by blaming the victims on they wear or how they behave,
women and children will never sleep peacefully again.
proposal shows how sick the mind of the Senator is, and such sick-minded people
don’t belong in the country, let alone to be involved in the process of
law-making as a Senator in Dewan Negara.
must resign or be sacked!” the petition read.
petition aims to secure 15,000 signatures and has over 11,000 this morning.
signatories to the petition voiced similar concerns against Mohamad Imran as
am signing because his proposal is a true reflection of his character and moral
standing and it does not suit the New Malaysia which we voted in which is
clean, righteous and just,” David Liew said in the comments section of the
kind of mentality has no place in the New Malaysia we are trying to build. For
someone in such a position to say things like what he said has negative
influence on society as a whole,” said Prakash Rasagopal.
am signing this petition because I don’t want this moron to represent the new
Malaysia. This is second time publicly he made chauvinist statement. At this
time the wrong interpretation and practice of Islam gaining foothold this
fellow must be kicked out,” said Muhammad Abdullah.
Jalaini said: “Its blasphemy. Apologists and enablers like him do not deserve a
place in the politics’ scene only for him to misuse his power to save rapists,
molesters, paedophiles and incestors [sic].”
Imran last Thursday apologised for proposing such law after his controversial
suggestion triggered backlash from both sides of the aisle.
PKR senator claimed his intentions were sincere and that he did not expect it
would be seen as a grave mistake that was offensive to women and insulting to
debating the Syarie Legal Profession (Federal Territories) Bill 2019 a day
earlier, the retired admiral said there should be a law to protect men from the
actions, words and clothing of women, which can seduce them into committing
TOWN: Police believe that a Facebook account in which a message deemed insulting
to Islam was recently posted, is fake.
to an initial police investigation, the account, under the name “Wendy Leong”,
is not genuine.
investigation is ongoing, and since this is a social media account, it will
we believe it is a fake account,” Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk
Mazlan Mansor told reporters, today.
was met at the 15th Police Volunteer Corps (Kor Suksis) appointment and
certification handover ceremony at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), here.
present was USM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail.
user of the Wendy Leong Facebook account recently posted a message which was
deemed insulting to Prophet Muhammad and the Kaabah.
message has since been deleted – but police have received over 400 reports over
the posting, and are working closely with the Malaysian Communications and
Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate the case.
added that police have yet to pinpoint the location of the original poster.
some 1,167 trainees from 20 public universities were formally appointed today
after undergoing their Police Volunteer Corps training.
a related matter, Mazlan said that the next batch of Volunteer Corps will be
using the updated version of the syllabus.
instance, the ISA (Internal Security Act) has been abolished, so it has been
taken out and others have been included in the new syllabus.
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