The decision by a seven-judge panel came after an Austrian national identified
as Mrs. S. held two seminars in 2009 in which she insulted the prophet.
Your Social Media Use, Appeal Clerics at Urs- Razvi
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Court Rules Insulting Prophet Mohammed ‘Not Freedom of Expression’
Schools Teach Islam to Students to Give Them a Sense of Belonging
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Inmate Accused of Publishing Islamic State Propaganda from Prison
Fridays, ASI Bans Daily Namaz in Taj Mosque
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Sure They'll Kill Me Soon': How Kathua Rape Victim's Lawyer Fights Death Every
Pakistan’s ‘quest for peace through dialogue’ with India: China
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Samiul Haq’s son selected acting JUI-S head
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Russia envoy discuss Syria constitutional committee
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raids office of Palestinian Jerusalem governor
renewed tension, US forces patrol Syria’s northeast near Turkish border
forces carry out Parachute landing in Maran Mountain, Houthis’ stronghold
army makes strategic gains east of Hodeidah
slams life sentence for Bahrain's opposition leader
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that insulting Islam's
Prophet Mohammed is not covered by freedom of expression.
the Prophet “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate"
and "could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace,” the ruling
decision by a seven-judge panel came after an Austrian national identified as
Mrs. S. held two seminars in 2009 in which she insulted the prophet.
court said that the woman's comments could not be covered by the freedom of
expression, stating that it had found that "the applicant's statements had
been likely to arouse justified indignation in Muslims" and "amounted
to a generalization without factual basis."
Austrian court convicted her of disparaging religious doctrines in 2011 and
fined her 480 euros (548 dollars), a judgment that was upheld on two appeals.
S. appealed but the Vienna Court of Appeal upheld the decision in December
2011, confirming, in essence, the lower court’s findings. A request for the
renewal of the proceedings was dismissed by the Supreme Court on 11 December
2013,” it said.
on Article 10 (freedom of expression), Mrs. S. complained that the domestic
courts failed to address the substance of the impugned statements in the light
of her right to freedom of expression.”
today’s ruling, the ECHR said it “found in particular that the domestic courts
comprehensively assessed the wider context of the applicant’s statements and
carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others
to have their religious feelings protected, and served the legitimate aim of
preserving religious peace in Austria.”
On the first day of 100th Urs-e-Razvi, city qazi Maulana Asjad Raza Qadri
appealed to Lakhs of followers of Dargah Aala Hazrat to use social media in a
limit as it causes more harm than benefit. Urs-e-Razvi, the death anniversary
of Mujadid Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Qadri, who is popularly known as Aala Hazrat
and who propagated Sunni Barelvi school of Islam, is attended by lakhs of
followers. The three-day event will conclude on Monday.
Hasan Khan Qadri of Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, said, "Due to misuse of social
media, few people end up spreading rumours which lead to violence or at times,
hurt religious sentiments."
Subhan Raza Khan, head of Dargah Aala Hazrat, performed the tradition of
'Parcham Kusai' at Islamia ground to mark the beginning of Urs-e-Razvi. Nasir
Qureshi of Dargah Aala Hazrat said a procession was taken out. Though people
from across the world gathered here, a group of 19 including clerics from
Pakistan have come here after gap of few years. Sunni Barelvi clerics said the
arrival of Pakistanis to Urs is a message of peace and harmony.
Ahsan Raza Qadri, sajjadanasheen (hereditary head) of Dargah Aala Hazrat, gave
a message on education. He said, "People who are giving only religious
education to their children should ensure they get modern education too. Apart
from Urdu-Persian, children should know Hindi and English."
the occasion, many prominent leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Congress president
Rahul Gandhi, former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, former Rajasthan
chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohiya) chief
Shivpal Singh Yadav and former state minister and Samajwadi Party's minority
cell head Riyaz Ahmed, sent their chadar to Dargah Aala Hazrat.
a section of clerics under the aegis of Tanzeem Ulama-e-Islam released a
'Muslim agenda' and said nobody should make statements on Babri mosque as the
matter is subjudice. Maulana Shahbudin Razvi, national general secretary of
Tanzeem Ulama-e-Islam, said the government should not interfere in matters
related to Muslim Personal Law, including divorce to create fear among
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Amir Senator Sirajul Haq has warned that his party would
launch a countrywide protest campaign against the blasphemers of Holy Prophet
Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
a “Hurmaat-e-Rasool” march on the Main University Road, here Sunday, he said
his party would launch a countrywide “Hurmaat-e-Rasool Tehreek” from Karachi to
Khyber to Chitral.
said, “We would sacrifice the last drop of our blood for the sanctity of
charged that the verdict on the Aasiya Bibi case has received praise from the
‘West and Jews’ but saddened the Ummah.
asked from the PTI government to tell the people of Pakistan if Aasiya Bibi was
inside the country or sent abroad. He said that Shaheed Maulana Samiul Haq,
when he was alive had warned the rulers that if such a verdict was made it
would be the end of their government.
added that this issue is not a political matter but pertains to the core inner
sentiments of the people of Pakistan and the nation would never compromise on
JI leaders also spoke. Later, the rally participants dispersed peacefully.
Khashoggi’s son placing faith in credibility of Saudi investigations
son of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi says he is waiting for the Saudi
investigation into the killing of his father to be over and for the facts to
Khashoggi was speaking alongside his brother Abdullah to CNN, in their first
media interview following their father’s killing in the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul on Oct. 2.
King has stressed that everybody involved will be brought to justice. And I
have faith in that. This will happen. Otherwise Saudi wouldn't have started an
internal investigation," Salah said.
if he was placing his faith in the King, Salah replied: "yes."
from Washingtion, Salah said he was due to go back to his banking job in Jeddah
announces building 560 model mosques, Islamic varsity in Bangladesh
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday announced that her government
will construct 560 model mosques and an Islamic university with Saudi
assistance, in an attempt to woo hardline Islamists ahead of the parliamentary
elections scheduled next month.
at an event here, Hasina said the Saudi government "will assist us in
these projects", the Dhaka Tribune reported.
Awami League party is considered as the secular party while her rival Khaleda
Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is close to hardliners.
move to build hundreds of mosques is seen as an attempt to woo Islamist voters
who have been traditionally voting for Zia's BNP, according to experts.
event was organised by Al-Hiyatul Ulya Lil-Zami'atil Qawmiya Bangladesh, the
highest organisation of Dawra-e-Hadith of Qawmi madrasa, to honour the prime
minister following her government's recognition of the Dawra-e-Hadith degree of
the Qawmi madrasa system.
of students and teachers of Qawmi madrasas attended the rally.
the rally, Qawmi leaders expressed their desire to see the prime minister in
power for a third consecutive term.
Sheikh Hasina has recognised (the top Qawmi madrasa degree) we want her to come
to power again, so that she can fulfil the rest of our demands,” Qawmi leader
Fazlul Karim said.
speakers said "there is a change in Bangladesh now, and Qawmi leaders were
not able to receive a prime minister before, with such warmth, because none had
listened to their demands."
September 18, parliament passed a bill to recognise the Dawra-e-Hadith degree
as equivalent to a post-graduate degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic.
universities reconsidering ties with Saudi Arabia
colleges and universities are reconsidering ties with Saudi Arabia despite
having received over $350 million from the kingdom over the past 10 years,
according to a report.
follows the assassination of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who
was killed after entering the Saudi mission in Istanbul on October 2.
incident triggered international condemnation and in the US several lawmakers
have called for sanctions against the kingdom, while others demanded Washington
stop its nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia.
the questions about Khashoggi’s death have caused some US colleges or
universities to reconsider current or future deals, The Associated Press
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which cooperates with Saudi
universities on research projects, has been working with Saudi company Aramco
for a long time.
March, the company pledged to provide the school with $25 million for research
in areas like renewable energy and artificial intelligence.
October 22, the institute said, however, it planned to conduct a “swift,
thorough” examination of its partnerships with Riyadh, calling Khashoggi’s
disappearance a serious concern.
company, SABIC, has given Babson College, near Boston, $2.5 million through a
contract, but college officials told the
AP they were pursuing events and gathering opinions from their community about
how to continue their work with the company.
trains Saudi business leaders in addition to other areas of work it shares with
Saudi universities that include research and training partnerships.
many other US universities have not indicated whether they are reconsidering
ties with Saudi Arabia.
University of California, Berkeley, said their financial support from Saudi
Arabia, that is part of a $6 million contract to develop special technology for
renewable energy, was not being reconsidered.
University refused to say whether it was reviewing any of the money it receives
from Saudi Arabia.
schools, including the University of Michigan, refused to elaborate on Saudi
Arabia’s financial support.
to an examination by the AP, the amount of financial help from Saudi Arabia or
organizations under its control that has gone to 37 American schools since 2011
is at least $354 million.
schools teach Islam to students to give them a sense of belonging
was the second week of Islam class, and the teacher, Mansur Seddiqzai, stood in
front of a roomful of Muslim teens and pointed to the sentence on the
chalkboard behind him: “Islam does not belong to Germany.”
scanned the room and asked: “Who said this?”
shot up. “The AfD?” one student with a navy blue headscarf said, referring to
Germany’s far-right anti-refugee party. “No,” Mr Seddiqzai shook his head.
“Seehofer,” tried another. “Yes, and who is that?” “A minister,” said a third.
someone put it all together, identifying Horst Seehofer, the head of Bavaria’s
conservative Christian Social Union and chancellor Angela Merkel‘s interior
minister and coalition partner, who has on multiple occasions threatened to
torpedo her government over the issue of immigration.
that’s right,” Mr Seddiqzai said, turning to the others. “And what do you
think? Is he correct?”
a country where the debate over “who belongs?” has deeply divided Ms Merkel’s
government, fuelled massive demonstrations and propelled the rise of
anti-immigrant populism, these 16 and 17-year-olds confront versions of that
question every day, in the headlines and in their personal lives: Do I belong,
too? Can I be German and a Muslim?
schools in some of Germany’s most populous cities are helping such students
come up with answers in a counterintuitive setting: Islam class.
classes, taught by Muslims and intended for Muslim students, were first
launched in the early 2000s and now are offered as electives in nine of
Germany’s 16 states, by more than 800 public primary and secondary schools,
according to the research network Mediendienst Integration. They include
lessons on the Quran, the history of Islam, comparative religion and ethics.
Often, discussions shift to the students’ identity struggles or feelings of
has the European Union’s second-largest Muslim population after France,
according to estimates by Pew Research. In 2016, 4.95 million people, or 6.1
per cent of the German population, were Muslim. But less than half of those
pray regularly, and even fewer regularly attend a mosque, according to the
latest government surveys.
country’s leaders have expressed an ambivalent view of Islam, at best. Mr
Seehofer’s statement that “Islam does not belong to Germany” came just months
after the Islam-bashing AfD, or Alternative for Germany, entered parliament. Ms
Merkel denounced the statement and ruled out sharing power with the AfD.
Nevertheless, the AfD has steadily gained support over the past two years: on
14 October, it scored the biggest electoral gains of any party in Bavaria,
Germany’s most populous state.
year, the AfD hung campaign posters in Dortmund featuring women in burqas and
the slogan “Stop Islamisation”. This year’s poster bore the words “Islam-free
schools!” under an image of five beaming, light-skinned children.
Seddiqzai, who was born to Afghan parents in the German city of Bochum and who
wears a full beard and Nikes to school, said he worries about the effect on his
students. “These posters tell them, ‘We don’t want you here’,” he said.
are not accepted in Germany, they are not accepted in the countries of their
parents, and that produces this craving for a group to belong to,” he
continued. “And then an Islamist comes to you and says, ‘Yeah, you don’t belong
to anyone. Therefore just be Muslim.’ They offer them a third way.”
Seddiqzai sees it as part of his job to make his students more informed in
their consumption of such appeals.
this year, when local politicians were discussing a ban on headscarves, a group
calling itself Reality Islam launched a social media campaign to protest the
proposal and recruit students. Mr Seddiqzai showed his students how to trace
Reality’s Islam’s links to Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist group banned in Germany
since 2003. He also encouraged them to question the group’s stance on the
headscarf, which it claimed the Quran mandates for women.
show them the Quranic verses about the headscarf, and we discuss it and we see
there is no clear rule that a woman or girl has to wear a headscarf,” he said.
“Most of them think the Quran itself has no contradictions, and even that is
wrong. There are many contradictions in the Quran.”
German politicians are pushing for an expansion of Islam classes in public
schools as a way to encourage the cultural integration of Muslim students and
to promote an interpretation of Islam that highlights German values.
need more religious education,” Kerstin Griese, a lawmaker from the governing
centre-left Social Democratic Party, wrote in an op-ed, “because it’s the only
way to start a dialogue about our own traditions and values and to understand
those of others”.
advocates generally don’t envision non-Muslim students taking these classes to
gain a better appreciation of Islam. While a few German school systems offer
religion classes that include multiple faiths or ethics classes that touch on
religion, religion as taught in public high schools and supported by Germany’s
Basic Law is generally targeted at specific denominations.
further rationale for Islam classes is to “immunise” Muslim students from
fundamentalism, as Protestant leader Heinrich Bedford-Strohm put it.
particular concern is radicalisation that might lead to violence. Since 2013,
more than 1,000 people have left Germany to fight with or support the Islamic
State and other terrorist organisations, most of them under 30.
some educators and politicians resist the notion that Islam has a place in
German public schools.
the fact that we have much more important problems in schools, it can’t be true
that a German bishop is promoting Islam,” Alexander Gauland, a leader of AfD,
said after Bedford-Strohm voiced his proposal.
free-thinking journalism and subscribe to Independent Minds
studies have examined the effectiveness of Islam classes in preventing
radicalisation, according to Harry Harun Behr, a professor of Islam studies and
pedagogy at Frankfurt’s Goethe University.
he said, the classes are valuable because they show students their faith is as
important as others taught in their schools and because they show Islam as a
religion that is open to reflection and self-criticism.
Mr Seddiqzai’s school, where almost 95 per cent of students are first or
second-generation immigrants, Islam class is highly popular. When he crosses
the schoolyard, he can barely walk five steps without being stopped by a
student wanting to tell him about grades, romances or plans for the future.
Mr. Seddiqzai is teaching me is not really something you learn at mosque,” said
17-year-old Yusuf Akar. “How to interact with non-Muslims who may not be sure
how to interact with us. Or who are scared of us.”
it is more than that, too. “It shows me I’m welcome here,” Akar said. “Because
the school no longer demands that we distance ourselves from our religion. They
accept it and even create an opportunity to learn about it. And that gives me
the feeling that I’m part of this society.”
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce on Monday that the UK is discussing
with UN Security Council partners what more they can do to address the
humanitarian crisis in Yemen and step up support for the work of the UN special
envoy Martin Griffiths.
Hunt has already discussed this step with Mr Griffiths and they had agreed that
the time was right for the council to work together to bolster the UN led
the Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, the foreign secretary, and
Prime Minister Theresa May made clear last week, a nationwide ceasefire in
Yemen will only have an effect on the ground if it is underpinned by a
political deal between the conflict parties, the Houthis and the legitimate
government of Yemen.
action that the UK plans to take forward at the UN Security Council will help
towards that goal, the foreign office said, hopefully ensuring that a full
ceasefire, when it comes, is fully implemented.
Hunt said: “For too long in the Yemen conflict both sides have believed a
military solution is possible with catastrophic consequences for the people.
Now for the first time there appears to be a window in which both sides can be
encouraged to come to the table, stop the killing and find a political solution
that is the only long-term way out of disaster.
Belgian government faces fresh scrutiny this week over its role in
sanctions-busting financial transfers out of frozen Libyan bank accounts that
benefitted the country’s warring factions.
transactions involving millions of euros of supposedly frozen Libyan assets has
raised fears the funds may have been secretly used to buy arms for feuding
UN froze the estimated $67 billion funds of the Libyan sovereign wealth fund in
2011 to prevent money being seized during widespread violence that led to the
overthrow and death of dictator Colonel Muammar Qaddafi.
UN report revealed in September that a bank in Belgium, reportedly holding more
than $20 billion of the frozen funds, transferred dividends and interest to
accounts controlled by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) outside of the
officials said that was a breach of the global sanctions regime and “could lead
to the misuse and misappropriation of funds” because of continuing instability
in the north African country.
controversy was stoked last week after a report by the Belgian public service
broadcaster RTBF cited an anonymous source as suggesting that the Belgian
government had played a role in the financing of Libyan militias responsible
for human trafficking. Belgian lawmakers have accused the government of years
of evasion and stonewalling by failing to answer questions about the case and
where the money went.
government has claimed that it had relied on a European Union-wide interpretation
of sanctions rules to allow interest and dividends to be returned to the LIA
before 2017, when a Belgian court intervened to halt the payments.
of emails between the bank and the Belgian finance ministry to the news website
Politico suggests that some $37 million was transferred to LIA controlled bank
accounts in Bahrain and Luxembourg from 2011 to 2013.
lawmaker Dirk Van der Maelen told the National that he would be posing new
questions to ministers and pushing for an investigatory panel to investigate
what happened to the money.
said he would be asking if other EU nations had paid money to the LIA in a
similar way to the Belgian-based banks. He said he would be asking ministers
“who we gave it to and what were the guarantees we got that this money would
not be used for buying arms or financing human trafficking activities of Libyan
over what happened to the money have been complicated by shifting
accountability at the LIA, which has been at the centre of a continuing tussle
over its leadership that mirrors the struggle in the country which is governed
by rival administrations in the east and west.
Derregia – who was chief executive of the fund for a year from 2012 – told
Politico that the LIA received $630 million from interest on frozen accounts
around the world during that period.
said that none of the money was ever spent on the Libyan people and was used on
for legal cases involving the LIA. The authority was involved in legal disputes
with Goldman Sachs and Societe Generale over investments from the Qaddafi years
in cases played out in London’s courts.
Inmate Accused of Publishing Islamic State Propaganda From Prison
French inmate serving time in Tarascon prison has been accused by investigators
of publishing propaganda for the Islamic State terror group using a smuggled
inmate, identified by his first name Amir, is said to have used a Facebook
profile under the name Amiro Amiro to publish Islamic State videos on a phone
that was allegedly smuggled into the prison by his sister, La Provence reports.
sister has denied that she had smuggled the phone and SIM card used but records
show that she had purchased them both.
who has been in prison since 2012, also denied posting Islamic State videos to
the Facebook account, saying that he had shared the phone with other prisoners
and only ever used it to send pictures to his family.
asked directly about the posts Amir said that he was a moderate Muslim and went
on to add, “I do not share this ideology, I do not endorse that.”
25-year-old, who has been in prison for six years after convictions and reports
of violence, theft, drugs, and an allegation of rape, is now scheduled for
release in a matter of days but insists he has worked to rehabilitate himself.
want to go out, work, reintegrate, I did not ask to be delinquent, my father was
an alcoholic, when I went out he said to me: come back at this time, and if I
forgot, he locked the door and I stayed outside,” he claimed.
allegations echo another case in which smuggled mobile phones were used by a
pair of radical Islamic extremists to co-ordinate and communicate with Islamic
State members. The pair, who were also close to the end of their prison
sentences, were found to have been plotting a terror attack upon their release.
Fridays, ASI bans daily namaz in Taj mosque
In a controversial move, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has ‘banned’
Muslims from offering namaz at the mosque in the Taj Mahal premises on all days
except Fridays. While the ASI officials claimed they were implementing a July
order of the Supreme Court, the apex court had upheld a local administration’s
order barring non-residents from offering Friday prayers in the mosque on the
grounds of security of Taj Mahal.
the Taj Mahal is closed for public on Friday, local residents are allowed to
offer namaz between noon and 2pm without paying any entry fee. However, on the
other days, any visitor, who had bought a ticket could visit the mosque and
offer namaz until now.
a surprise move, the ASI on Sunday locked the ‘vazu tank’, where namazis clean
themselves up before offering prayers, leaving several tourists disappointed.
the imam and staff of the mosque have been asked to show up only on Fridays.
Imam Syed Sadiq Ali, whose family has been leading prayers at the mosque for
several decades for Rs 15 per month, said he was surprised by the order.
of Taj Mahal Intezamia Committee, Syed Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi, told TOI that
namaz had been offered at the mosque for the past many years and there was no
reason to stop it. He said the present regime, both at the centre and state,
has an “anti-Muslim” mindset and he will meet the ASI officials on Monday to
raise the issue.
archaeologist, ASI (Agra circle), Vasant Swarankar said that it was “as per the
order of the apex court”. He said, “Namaz can only be offered on Fridays and
that, too, by local residents only.”
January 2018 order by the Agra additional district magistrate (city) barred
non-residents from offering Friday prayers in the mosque. The administration’s
move came following complaints that “outsiders, including Bangladeshis and
non-Indians,” enter the Taj Mahal complex on Fridays on the pretext of offering
The remarks by an RSS leader that it would not hesitate to launch an agitation
for a Ram temple in Ayodhya was "extremely dangerous", a senior
leader of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board said today.
Friday, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said it
will not hesitate to launch an agitation for a Ram temple at Ayodhya, if
needed. The RSS is the ideological mentor of the BJP.
remark came amid growing calls for a law to clear the way for the construction
of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
flurry of activities on the demand for construction of a Ram temple by the
so-called Hindu outfits and their impatience clearly indicates that it is
politically-driven," AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said.
is being done to build pressure for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. But
what those outfits do is still not clear," Mr Rahmani said.
said if the RSS launched a movement for the temple, "it will be extremely
dangerous" and will lead to an "atmosphere of chaos in the
quantum of hatred between Hindus and Muslims was not so much in 1992. In the
recent years, the rift has widened..." Mr Rahmani said.
Ashad Rashidi, president of the Jamait Ulema-e-Hind's Uttar Pradesh unit, said,
"All of us have to exercise patience and wait for the court's verdict.
Whatever is the verdict of the court, it must be accepted. This will ensure an
atmosphere of peace in the country."
the RSS' stand on the Ram temple issue at a news conference on Friday,
Bhaiyyaji Joshi said Hindus were feeling "insulted" by the Supreme
Court's declaration that it had priorities other than the Ayodhya issue and
insisted for an ordinance if all options ran out.
time she steps back into her house, Deepika Singh Rajawat double-checks the
main gate. She fears for the safety of her own daughter, her husband and
heightened 24x7 alertness has become a part of her life ever since she took up
the gang-rape and murder case of an eight year-old girl of Rasana in Kathua.
police provided her with security after she expressed threat to her life
earlier this year. This was after Rajawat spoke about being flooded with rape
and murder threats.
severe has the backlash and pressure been that ever since she picked up the
case, she feels that they will "kill me one day".
a conversation with News18, almost 10 months after she took up the case on
behalf of the parents of the minor girl, the 38-year-old lawyer spoke about how
lonely she feels in her fight for justice, and about the support that she’s got
during this trying time.
feel threatened that my family or I might be harmed physically. Also, I feel my
attempts will be made to damage my dignity,” she said. She fears that one day a
narcotic substance could be planted at her house to malign her reputation. This
is another thing she looks for every time she unlocks the main gate.
in a trial court in Jammu, Rajawat walks through the corridors attracting
stares and prompting pin-drop silence as she passes through crowds of lawyers,
police and petitioners. Behind her people start whispering. Some point at her
murmuring that “she is the woman who appears on television and newspapers”,
others remember Rajawat from the widely shared photograph of her walking out of
the Supreme Court, flanked by her colleagues.
had just attended another hearing in the ongoing trial against the eight men
who have been accused of gang-raping and murdering the Kathua girl with a
motive of 'driving out Bakarwals from Jammu', where the crime was committed.
The alleged hate crime sent ripples of shock waves throughout the globe.
crime was followed by a protest march in support of the perpetrators, part of
which were even Rajawat’s lawyer colleagues. The lawyers at Jammu also tried to
stop the Crime Branch police from filing charges against the accused before
Chief Judicial Magistrate's office in Kathua.
Supreme Court refused the demand for a CBI inquiry in the case, the case was
transferred to a fast-track court in Pathankot, Punjab.
soon as she became the face of the aggrieving parents’ in the quest for
justice, Rajawat started receiving abuses and threats, apart from being trolled
on social media. She was labeled an “anti-national” and suffered a boycott by
her colleagues, relatives and neighbors.
allegations have been leveled on me since I took the case. My life has changed
completely,” Deepika told News18 in at the Jammu court. She says she
volunteered to fight the case as soon as she read the details of the incident
volunteered to take their case after coming to know the horrific details of the
case. Though it goes against my profession to approach someone but I felt I
must help the family to get justice,” she said. There is nothing extraordinary
about what she’s doing, the lawyer adds, all one needs to pick up such a case
is some “sanity”.
am a woman, a mother, a lawyer and an activist. These reasons are enough to
fight this case. More than that I am a responsible citizen who can
differentiate between good and bad,” she said, clarifying that she is fighting
the case pro-bono.
of a six-year-old girl, Deepika was born in a Kashmiri Pandit family which
migrated to Jammu in 1986 from north Kashmir’s Kupwara.
graduating in law from the University of Jammu, she became a journalist and was
active in the profession for five years.
2008, she began working for a child rights group in Delhi and worked as a human
rights activist for seven years, before moving back to Jammu where she started
practising as a lawyer.
never thought she will be mentally harassed for fighting for justice of the
girl. The events, which unfolded after the case came into limelight, put
pressure on Deepika and her family.
one point in time, my husband was furious about it when he saw people calling
me an anti-national. Even my parents and brother told me that I should not put
myself in danger,” Rajawat, who received the Vogue Woman of the Year 2018 award
for taking up the Kathua case, says.
campaign against her was so relentless, she says, that her neighbors stopped
talking with her parents.
started creating distance with my parents and my family. I was called a traitor
and anti-national just because I was fighting the case of a Muslim girl,” she
parents and family were upset with her but she had made up her mind not to
abandon the eight-year-old’s family.
told my parents that they can disown me if they feel insulted,” she adds, “but
I made it clear to them that I am not going to leave the case.”
feels proud and says the situation has turned her stronger and made her learn a
abusing cannot weaken me, it gives me strength and keeps me motivated always,”
she says. “Even my daughter is learning out of it. When she sees her mother
working for a Muslim child, I think she gains a sense that we need to believe
in humanity first.”
relations with her colleagues soured also. “At court most of people don’t talk
to me even today. They feel I am their enemy,” said Deepika.
some ice is beginning to thaw. “Now I feel there are fewer people who hate me.
People from my own community now even appreciate me. Even some of my colleagues
in Jammu have also begun supporting me.”
the end we return to the theme of her personal safety.
are people after me with an intention to harm for sure. But the case is being
watched internationally so they feel this is not the right time to harm me.”
a joint statement issued Sunday after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s
first bilateral visit to China, Beijing said that it “appreciates Pakistan’s
quest for peace” with India and supported the settlement of “outstanding
disputes between the two countries”.
statement issued in Beijing after Khan’s talks with Chinese President Xi
Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, said: “China appreciates Pakistan’s quest for
peace through dialogue, cooperation and negotiation, on the basis of mutual
respect and equality, and supports Pakistan’s efforts for improvement of
Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the
Khan met the Chinese leadership for the first time, the joint statement also
expressed support for Pakistan’s engagement with the Nuclear Suppliers Group
(NSG), while Beijing continues to block India’s bid in becoming a member of the
NSG — the 48-member elite club, which controls global nuclear trade.
that China appreciated steps taken by Pakistan in strengthening the global
non-proliferation regime, the joint statement said: “In this context, China
supports Pakistan’s engagement with the Nuclear Suppliers Group and welcomes
its adherence of NSG Guidelines.”
joint statement said that it was important to resolve all outstanding disputes
in the region through dialogue. Without naming India, the statement said that
countries should refrain from developing relations targeting any third country,
while Islamabad called for a greater role for Beijing at SAARC.
sides believe that a peaceful, stable, cooperative and prosperous South Asia is
in the common interest of all parties. Both sides emphasized the importance of
the pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all outstanding disputes to promote
regional cooperation and advance the goals of lasting peace, stability and
shared prosperity,” the statement said.
also lauded Pakistan’s commitment and efforts to counter terrorism and terror
financing and urged the international community to look at Pakistan’s
counter-terrorism efforts in an objective and fair manner.
China has consistently blocked efforts to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief
Maulana Masood Azhar as an international terrorist at the United Nations
Security Council, it had played along last year to grey-list Pakistan at the
Financial Action Task Force.
had always conveyed its deep disappointment with Chinese interlocutors about
its support to Pakistan on counter-terrorism and had pointed out the lack of
action. The Chinese side has asked for “more information” and “evidence”,
Indian government sources have said.
which wants Pakistan to crack down on Uygur Islamic militants crossing in and
out of the volatile Muslim-majority Xinjiang province bordering
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, also got a commitment from Pakistan.
Pakistani side reaffirmed its support to the Chinese side in safeguarding its
sovereignty and security, and combating separatism, terrorism and extremism
including East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM),” the statement said.
blames the separatist ETIM, an al-Qaeda linked group, for the violent attacks
in Xinjiang and elsewhere in the country.
statement also made a reference to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor over
which Imran Khan had criticised former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for the lack
of transparency in the project. Khan, after taking over as PM, had said that
the CPEC projects would be reviewed. In the joint statement, however, both
countries expressed their support for the project.
sides dismissed the growing negative propaganda against CPEC and expressed
determination to safeguard the CPEC projects from all threats,” the statement
said. In order to further expand cooperation under CPEC, the two sides
announced the setting up of a working group on social-economic development to
assist with livelihood projects in Pakistan.
a precarious fiscal condition currently, Pakistan has sought an emergency
bailout loan of $8 billion from the International Monetary Fund and is also
seeking new loans from Saudi Arabia and China as its foreign reserves have
plunged 42 per cent since the start of the year.
A day after warning that attempts were being made to "revive insurgency"
in Punjab, Army chief General Bipan Rawat Sunday accused Pakistan of trying to
vitiate the atmosphere in the country.
also stressed that people needed to be careful during the ongoing festival
season to prevent anti-national forces from succeeding in their nefarious
we have a neighbouring country which always tries to vitiate atmosphere here.
Our country is progressing which is not liked by them," Rawat told the
had on Saturday said that "external linkages" were trying to
"revive insurgency" in Punjab and Assam and if early action was not
taken, it would be too late.
that Punjab was progressing at a "very fast" pace, Rawat said
attempts were being made to disrupt peace in the state.
have been reading what is coming out in the media. There is Referendum 2020
coming in the UK... Whatever we call it but there is an attempt being made to
disrupt the peace again in Punjab," he said.
have to be careful," Rawat added.
of people had turned up at the Trafalgar Square in London on August 12 in
support of a pro-Khalistan rally. The Sikhs for Justice group had said its
rally was intended to raise awareness for a non-binding referendum in 2020.
Army chief further said terror modules were busted in Punjab recently and
people of the state must remain alert.
is such a state where militancy ended completely. Why? Because people of the
state stopped it," Rawat said.
had seen one of the worst phases of insurgencies in the 1980s when the
pro-Khalistan movement was at its peak, which was eventually quelled by the
days after the killing of a BJP leader and his brother in Kishtwar, posters of
Hizbul Mujahideen appeared in the adjoining Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir,
asking people not to participate in the upcoming Panchayat elections.
in Urdu under the letterhead of the banned terror outfit, the posters appeared
in Dhandal and Gurmal areas of Kashtigarh on Saturday. Police immediately
removed these posters.
case under various provisions of Ranbir Penal Code and Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act was registered on Sunday and nearly a dozen people picked up
SSP Shabir Ahmad Malik said investigation was in progress. The police had
called people dealing in photostat business, but all of them were let off after
questioning, he added.
has been the first incident of the appearance of a terror outfit’s posters in an
area of the otherwise peaceful Jammu province asking people to not to
participate in the Panchayat elections. The Panchayat elections are being held
in the state in nine phases, beginning November 17.
Deputy Commissioner visited the area and held a public darbar to reassure
people about security arrangements in the area and asked them not to get scared
and understand the design of miscreants. The police too have started patrolling
the area to restore confidence of public.
day after BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said the delay in the Ram
Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit verdict had left the Hindu society and
supporters of the Ram temple feeling “anxious”, Union Minister Uma Bharti on
Sunday said any talk of constructing a mosque close to a Ram temple in Ayodhya
could make Hindus “intolerant”.
are the most tolerant community in the world. I will appeal to all politicians:
please don’t make Hindus intolerant by talking about building a mosque on the
outer periphery of the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya,” Bharti told PTI in
there could not be a temple in the holy town of Medina or a mosque in the
Vatican City, she said, it would be “unfair” to talk about a mosque in Ayodhya.
The union minister also invited Congress president Rahul Gandhi to lay the
foundation stone of the temple in Ayodhya with her, saying he could “atone for
the sins” of his party which always created “hurdles” in building the temple in
need support of all political parties on this issue. I invite all leaders
including, Rahul Gandhiji, come let’s lay the foundation stone of the Ram
temple with me,” Bharti said.
the Ayodhya dispute as one of land and not faith, Bharti said, “This is now
only a matter of dispute of land, not dispute of faith. It has been resolved
that Ayodhya is the birth place of Lord Ram.”
also stressed the need for an out-of-court settlement of the contentious issue,
and urged all political leaders — including Gandhi, Samajwadi Party president
Akhilesh Yadav, BSP leader Mayawati and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee — to support
supremo Mulayam Singh, Banerjee, Mayawati and the Left parties should support
the BJP on this issue as it is of national interest, she said.
they aren’t letting the matter get resolved. The Congress will have to quit the
habit of dividing the country in the name of religion,” Bharti said,
reiterating that all political parties should unite on this issue.
who had participated in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of the 1990s, said she was
fully committed to the construction of Ram temple.
they tell me that Ram Mandir will be built only over my dead body, then so be
it,” she said.
Saturday, speaking to ANI, Ram Madhav said the 1992 “dilly-dallying” “had led
to certain consequences”. The Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.
Pakistani Cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s Twitter Account Suspended On
Twitter suspended the account of a ultra-right Pakistani cleric on Sunday
following inflammatory statements targeting the judiciary, prime minister, and
military after the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, the
Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) party blocked off roads in
Pakistan’s biggest for three days last week and threatened the Supreme Court
judges who acquitted Asia Bibi on Wednesday — urging their cooks and servants
to kill them.
had spent eight years on death row before the court overturned her conviction
and ordered her to be freed.
sent a request to Twitter that this account has been inciting hate and
violence,” two senior officials at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
TLP condemned the suspension of Rizvi’s account, terming it a “conspiracy by
the opponents of the protection of Prophethood and Islam.”
second account that was created on Sunday was also suspended soon after.
TLP ended protests late Friday evening following negotiations with the
government and an agreement to open a review of the court’s decision as well as
possibly putting Bibi’s name on an ‘exit control list’ that would bar her from
leaving the country.
whereabouts are unknown, but Islamists have warned the authorities against
taking her out of the country.
will be a war if they send Asia out of country,” TLP leader Rizvi said after
the deal was reached.
in the week, Rizvi’s deputy and TLP co-founder Muhammad Afzal Qadri told
supporters to kill the Supreme Court judges.
who has got any access to them, kill them before the evening,” he said.
TLP was founded out of a movement that supported the bodyguard who assassinated
Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer in 2011 after he began supporting
Bibi, and pushing for her acquittal. Federal minister for minorities Shahbaz
Bhatti was also killed after calling for her release.
lawyer on Saturday said he had left Pakistan, fearing a mob attack against him
and his family.
Sunday, Bibi’s husband released a video asking for the United States, the
United Kingdom, and Canada to help get his family out of the country.
was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks
about Islam after neighbors objected to her drinking water from their glass
because she was not Muslim. She always denied having committed blasphemy.
assails govt’s concession to protesters after Aasia’s acquittal
Jemima Goldsmith has severely criticised the government led by her former
husband Imran Khan for tackling the mass protests organised in the country for
three days by religious parties after the Supreme Court overturned on Oct 31
the death sentence awarded to Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case.
took to Twitter from her verified account @Jemima_Khan to express her
the Naya Pakistan we’d hoped for. 3 days after a defiant & brave speech
defending the judiciary, Pakistan’s gov caves in to extremist demands to bar
#AsiaBibi from leaving Pak, after she was acquitted of blasphemy-effectively
signing her death warrant,” her tweet read, referring to Prime Minister Imran
Khan’s address to nation in which he had issued a stern warning to the
protesters spearheaded by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
a related development, the husband of the Christian woman, who was acquitted
after spending eight years on death row, has appealed to US President Donald
Trump for refuge, citing danger to family members’ lives. Ashiq Masih appealed
to the UK and Canada for assistance.
TLP had blocked major roads in Pakistan’s biggest cities for three days,
calling for the murder of the apex court judges who acquitted Aasia Bibi on
Wednesday, and terming PM Khan and the army chief enemies of Islam.
am requesting the President of the United States Donald Trump to help us exit
from Pakistan,” Ashiq Masih said in a video recorded by the British Pakistani
Christian Association and seen by Reuters.
KHATTAK: Son of the assassinated Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana
Samiul Haq, Maulana Hamidul Haq, was selected as the acting chief of the party
was assassinated at his Bahria Town residence when his staff were out. Haq’s
servant had said he had gone outside to buy groceries, only to return to his
employer lying in a pool of blood. Sami shortly died after that.
to media, Hamidul Haq said that he has become an orphan. “Current party
position will remain unchanged,” he said after being announced as acting chief.
Samiul Haq’s killers should be arrested immediately,” he demanded.
Saturday, police registered an FIR [first information report] against unknown
assailants and reportedly interrogated slain cleric’s personal secretary Ahmed
Shah and guard for three hours in connection with the murder.
detainees in their initial statement said, “The two men [suspected of murder] had
visited Maulana Haq on several occasions before as well and wanted to meet him
JUI-S chief sent us to the market to bring food and drinks,” they further said.
“When we returned after 15 minutes, we found Haq lying in a pool of blood,” the
staff workers added. However, the police agreed to release them on Haq’s son
request so that they could attend the funeral. But they can be taken into
custody again for further questioning, police added.
to the FIR registered at Airport Police Station, Ahmed Shah had informed
Hamidul Haq over the phone that someone had stabbed his father. It stated that
Sami, who had received a total of 12 wounds on his stomach, heart, forehead and
ears, was shifted to the Safari Hospital but could not be resuscitated.
son commented on the post-mortem, saying said he did not want to have a
post-mortem examination conducted on the body of his father as it was “against
forensic experts and investigation officers gathered evidence from his
residence in Rawalpindi. The investigation officers also carried out
fingerprint scans on the phone, glasses and other personal items of the JUI-S
chief. A CCTV footage of the housing society where the JUI-S chief resided is
also being obtained to identify the suspects.
SPEAKER, MINISTERS CONDOLE WITH HAQ’S SON:
Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaiser and federal ministers condoled the death of
Haq with his son on Sunday.
Speaker Asad Qaiser, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Minister for Power Omar
Ayub Khan visited Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania and called on Maulana Hamid-ul-Haq, son
of the slain JUI-S chief.
expressed deep grief and sorrow over the murder of Maulana Haq and prayed for
the departed soul to rest in eternal peace and courage for the bereaved family
to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) has blamed foreign elements for the murder of
its leader Maulana Samiul Haq.
is confirmed to thousands of his followers, the party, Darul Uloom Haqqania and
his family that martyrdom of Maulana was not an internal issue rather Indians,
Afghans and other elements are involved in this act,” said a statement issued
by JUI-S here on Sunday.
Samiul Haq was stabbed to death at his home in Rawalpindi on Friday.
statement said that some elements were trying to hide their incompetency by
issuing different statements about the murder of JUI-S leader, terming it
result of domestic dispute or sectarian issue.
party appealed to security agencies to arrest the real killers of Maulana and
award them exemplary punishment. It said that he always played key role in
mediation between Taliban and other groups including Afghan government.
statement said that a delegation of Afghan government had requested Maulana
Samiul Haq in October to play role in talks between it with Taliban. They
started propaganda against him and Darul Uloom Haqqania when they failed to
persuade him, it alleged. It said that the entire Muslim Umma was showing grief
over his tragic death but Afghan media were trying to tarnish his image. It
said that Maulana had friendly relations with all sects and groups despite
having ideological and political differences with them.
of people including top political leaders reached Darul Uloom Haqqania on
Sunday to condole the death of Maulana Samiul Haq and condemned his murder.
Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak,
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, QWP chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Irfan
Sadique, retired General Ihsanullah, Senator Hafiz Hamdullah, Maulana Ahmad
Ludyanwi, Sikandir Sherpao, Ilyas Bilour, Arab Alamgir Khan and others were
prominent among the participants of condolence gathering.
on the occasion, Asad Qaisar said that government would leave no stone unturned
to arrest of the killers. He said that they had developed a close liaison with
provincial government of Punjab and other investigative agencies to arrest the
to journalists, Aftab Sherpao said that Maulana played great role for
restoration of democracy in the country. He urged people to shun difference and
forge unity among their rinks against the enemies of the country. He said that
the country was passing through a critical time.
The Peshawar Police on Saturday issued a security threat alert for Jamiat
Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
senior superintendent of Peshawar Police informed him about the threat through
a letter. He advised the Maulana not to visit Peshawar, which Fazl ignored and
paid the visit to the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
JUI-F leader Maulana Rashid Soomro has sought foolproof security for Ameer of
his party, saying that the letter about security threat could not weaken their
development has emerged following assassination of JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul
Haq a day earlier at his residence in Rawalpindi.
scholar and former senator Maulana Samiul Haq was buried alongside his father
Maulana Abdul Haq in Nowshera’s Darul Uloom Haqqani, the religious seminary he
served as patron-in-chief after his father’s demise. The influential religious
scholar’s funeral prayers were offered in Nowshera’s Khushal Khan Degree
known religious scholars and a large number of his followers and students
offered the funeral prayers of the influential cleric who was stabbed to death
at his Rawalpindi residence last night.
Malik | Imran Gabol
Punjab police arrested 1,100 suspects till Sunday evening and registered 130
cases against them for their involvement in injuring policemen and people and
damaging public and private properties during the protests following the
Supreme Court verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi of blasphemy charge.
crackdown was launched after the interior ministry directed all the provincial
governments and federal agencies to take action against the culprits involved
in violence and damage to public and private property during the last week protests
and sought compliance report till 5pm on Monday (today).
interior ministry sent first letter in this regard to the provinces on Saturday
and followed it up with another office memorandum on Sunday , directing all
(provincial governments and federal agencies) to strictly comply with the
that the Ulema had disowned the elements involved in violence, the interior
ministry said video clips and photographs should be used to identify the
miscreants in coordination with the PTA and Nadra.
Punjab police spokesperson told Dawn 800 people were arrested for violating
section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960 and 300 others
under the FIRs registered for injuring policemen, damaging public and private
properties and vehicles in different areas of the province.
said the protesters had injured 63 police officers in different areas of the
province who were shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment. Of them, 58
policemen were discharged but five others who had sustained severe injuries
were still getting treatment.
said 300 suspects were identified through different footage available to the
police. She said the number of the FIRs and the arrested would increase with
the passage of time as the police were taking across-the-board action against
a question, she said most of the arrests had been made from Faisalabad,
Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions. The Islamabad police registered two FIRs
against 25 people.
Minister Shehryar Afridi chaired a meeting in Islamabad on Sunday and took
stock of the situation. The meeting asked the provinces that general public
should be advised to file/ lodge complaints against such people, share videos
and help government in identifying such elements.
interior ministry also asked all the provincial governments to convey WhatsApp
numbers to general public through electronic and print media so that public
could send information/ videos that might be referred to relevant departments
for necessary action.
police in Kasur registered cases against 348 protesters of the
Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), including 48 nominated, under various
sections including section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act.
TLP activists had allegedly attacked police force on Friday on Multan Road at
Jamber Chowk and injured six personnel, including a DSP, an inspector and four
constables. The protesters had also damaged six police vehicles, an ambulance
of Rescue 1122 and several vehicles stuck on Multan Road due to road blockade.
to the FIR lodged on the complaint of Phoolnagar SHO Muhammad Azam, 48
nominated including four local prayer leaders and 300 unidentified agitators
had attacked police when the later tried to prevent them from delivering
anti-judiciary and anti-state speeches.
information, Pattoki circle DSP Muhammad Saleem along with a heavy contingent
of police reached the spot.
protesters who wielded weapons and clubs went violent and attacked the police.
The protesters used clubs against police officials and pelted them with stones.
FIR said the protesters also kidnapped two police constables Jahangir and
Iqbal. Most of the nominated accused belonged to Kot Tank Singh village. Four
local prayer leaders — Qari Nazar Imam, Mufti Naveed, Zainul Hassan and Qari
Abdul Shakoor — were also nominated in the FIR. Police said additional force
had been deployed in Phoolnagar and raids were on to arrest the accused.
Gujranwala, police registered cases against nine identified and 2,500
unidentified people for thrashing citizens, damaging government and private
properties and looting people on roads.
Kotwali police DSP told Dawn video clips had been sent to the interior ministry
to identify the culprits.
Sindh, Nawabshah police booked two activists of TLP for resorting to aerial
firing and forcing businessmen to close shops.
FIR was lodged at A-Section police station against Bilal Arain and Sabir Arain
under sections 147, 148 and 337 H II of the Pakistan Penal Code for carrying
out aerial firing and forcing traders to shut their shops. The police arrested
both the accused. Similar cases were also registered in Karachi.
Chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Maulana Samiul Haq, who
was assassinated in his house in Bahria Town on Friday, had died an hour before
he was taken to hospital and there was no bleeding from his body, a source
close to the investigation revealed, quoting from a medical report.
Maulana had expired an hour before being brought to Safari Hospital, located
about 300 metres from his private residence. There was no bleeding from his
body and his ECG was at zero level,” the source told Dawn, quoting the doctor
who first examined him.
the cell phone service was suspended on Friday in Rawalpindi and Islamabad due
to a protest by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan across the country, no emergency
call had been made either by the injured Maulana or anybody else to the
management of the housing society or to the police.
police team headed by Superintendent of Police (investigation) Dr Ghayas Gull
has been formed to investigate the murder of the former senator.
said a police team was sent to Akora Khattak to interview the slain leader’s
secretary, but they returned back after they were assured of full cooperation
by the heirs of the Maulana.
police team will be sent again to Akora Khattak within the next 72 hours.
source close to the investigation revealed that Maulana Sami’s secretary Syed
Ahmed Shah left the slain leader alone in his bedroom on the second floor of
Safari villa and locked the main gate on the outside before leaving to fetch
water from a nearby water filtration plant.
Samiul Haq was alone at his home as nobody else was there when the murder took
police investigation revealed that the murder took place during the 15-minute
absence of Ahmed Shah from the house. After his return, he unlocked the main
gate and entered the house. Since he didn’t get a response from the Maulana’s
bedroom, he opened the door and found his leader lying in a pool of blood.
believe that the killer might be hiding inside the house because the gate was
locked by Ahmed Shah while leaving the house. He could have escaped from the
kitchen door as it was found opened when the police reached there and collected
evidence. The police were unable to determine the number of killers, but they
suspected that he was alone.
police could not recover the weapon used in the murder which they suspected
could be an ordinary kitchen knife. A police team had already carried out combing
of surrounding green areas and gardens of neighboring houses, but couldn’t find
sources said the police were likely to conduct a comprehensive search of
surrounding areas for the murder weapon within the next two days.
Maulana Sami was pronounced dead by the doctors, the city police officer asked
the slain leader’s sons for an autopsy, but they refused. The investigators
believe that they will face problems in the investigation in the absence of a
senior official of the Counter- Terrorism Department told Dawn that since the
Maulana’s murder was not a terrorism case, the local police have been
investigating it with the assistance of special branch.
Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Basharat Raja has directed
police officials of Rawalpindi to make all-out efforts to apprehend the killers
of Maulana Samiul Haq.
police officers briefed the minister on the progress of investigation on
Saturday. They told him they had continued the investigation in accordance with
the evidence, while forensic report would be obtained.
minister expressed sympathy with the bereaved family and thousands of his
directed police officers to complete the investigation as soon as possible and
arrest the culprits.
police have registered a murder case on a complaint of Maulana Sami’s son
Maulana Hamidul Haq. Nobody was nominated in the murder case by the
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that a peaceful Afghanistan is in the
best interest of the region, especially Pakistan and one should realise this
to the media in Kabul on Sunday, Ashraf Ghani said that Afghanistan wants peace
with Pakistan and good working relations based on mutual interests.
said that any third party cannot be given the right to play an arbitrary role
in peace talks between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
desires good working relations with Pakistan based on mutual interest,” he
over talks with the Taliban, the Afghan President said that Taliban were ready
for inter-Afghan peace dialogues to be hosted by the Russian government.
urged the Taliban to lay down arms, establish contacts with foreigners and
return to normalcy.
is worth mentioning here that talks between the Afghan government and the
Taliban’s Doha Office group are going to be held on November 9, 2018, in
police kill 19 terror suspects linked to recent attack on Coptic Christians
security forces have killed 19 terror suspects purportedly linked to a deadly
attack on the country’s Coptic Christians.
to a statement by the Ministry of Interior of Egypt on Sunday, those killed in
an intense exchange of fire with police forces were part of a cell that claimed
the lives of seven Coptic pilgrims in Friday's attack in Minya province.
terrorist elements opened fire on the (security) forces who responded,” it
archbishop said 14 people were also injured in the assault, where a bus heading
towards St. Samuel the Confessor monastery in the province, 260 kilometers
south of Cairo.
Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault, which
occurred almost at the exact location of a similar attack in May last year by
the terrorists that killed 28 Coptic Christians.
19 suspected terrorists were found “as part of a pursuit of terrorist elements
involved in carrying out hostile operations in the country, including the last
armed attack which targeted citizens returning from the Saint Samuel
monastery”, the ministry further said.
added that raid on terrorists had been undertaken in the mountainous western
desert of Minya province in a bid to track down the “fugitive terrorist
Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's predominantly Sunni Muslim
population of some 100 million.
terror group also killed at least 45 people in twin church bombings in April
2017, and a Daesh gunman also killed nine people in an attack on a church in
south Cairo suburb last December.
month, Egypt's parliament voted to extend a state of emergency in the country
for yet another three months, prolonging the authorities’ ability to use
special powers into 2019.
first imposed a state of emergency following the April 2017 massacre by Daesh,
and has extended it at three-month intervals ever since.
over the past few years, terrorists have been carrying out anti-government
activities and fatal attacks, taking advantage of the turmoil in Egypt that
erupted after the country’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed
Morsi, was ousted in July 2013 through a military coup led by incumbent
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Velayat Sinai group, which is affiliated with Daesh, has claimed responsibility
for most of the assaults. The group later expanded its attacks to target
members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community as well as foreigners visiting
the country, prompting Cairo to widen a controversial crackdown, which critics
say has mostly targeted dissidents.
Sinai Peninsula, which is home to Velayat Sinai group, has been under a state
of emergency since October 2014, after a deadly terrorist attack left 33 Egyptian
prince al-Waleed bin Talal defends MbS after his brother’s release
billionaire businessman al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has come out
in defense of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the wake of his brother’s
release from jail amid an international outrage over the last month
assassination of a dissident journalist in Turkey.
wealthy and powerful prince appeared on Fox News "Sunday Morning
Futures" to assure the American audience that the monarchy’s de facto
ruler “will be 100 percent vindicated and exonerated," after the murder of
Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
let’s give some time for the investigation to finish," said the member of
the Saudi royal family one day after his brother, Prince Khalid bin Talal, was
freed from jail in Saudi Arabia.
further urged Riyadh to be more transparent in the so-called investigation into
Khashoggi’s torture, death, and dismemberment.
ask Saudi Arabia now publicly, through your program, to have the investigation
made public as soon as possible so whereby I believe the Saudi Crown Prince
will be 100 percent vindicated and exonerated," he added.
lawmakers and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan maintain that the crown
prince and other top Saudi leaders should be held accountable for Khashoggi's
Arabia has acknowledged the murder, yet left many questions unanswered.
intelligence intercepts reportedly show that Khashoggi, who was last seen
entering the Saudi mission in Istanbul on October 2, was murdered on a direct
order from Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Bahrain sentenced the head of the country’s Shia opposition movement to life in
prison on Sunday for spying for rival Gulf state Qatar in a ruling rights
groups have called a travesty.
Ali Salman, who headed the now-banned Al-Wefaq movement, and two of his aides
had been acquitted by the high criminal court in June, a verdict the public
public prosecutor said in a statement that the three had been unanimously
sentenced by the appeals court for “acts of hostility” against Bahrain and
“communicating with Qatari officials ... to overthrow constitutional order”.
along with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, severed all ties with
Qatar in 2017, banning their citizens from travel to or communication with the
emirate over its alleged ties to both Iran and radical Islamist groups.
verdict against the Shia cleric can still be appealed.
movements, both religious and secular, have been outlawed since 2011 and
hundreds of dissidents imprisoned — many of them stripped of their citizenship
in the process.
Al-Wefaq was dissolved by court order in 2016. The cleric is currently serving
a four-year sentence in a separate case — “inciting hatred” in the kingdom.
rights groups have said cases against activists in Bahrain — men and women,
religious and secular — fail to meet the basic standards of fair trials.
and HRW categorise Salman and other jailed opposition leaders prisoners of
groups, including Amnesty, slammed Sunday’s ruling against 53-year-old Salman
and his aides, Hassan Sultan and Ali al-Aswad as political reprisal.
verdict is a travesty of justice that demonstrates the Bahraini authorities’
relentless and unlawful efforts to silence any form of dissent,” said Heba
Morayef, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa director.
Ali Salman is a prisoner of conscience who is being held solely for peacefully
exercising his right to freedom of expression.”
activists said Sunday’s verdict highlighted a broader regional policy towards
freedom — the same policy that saw Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi
murdered this month.
the ongoing scrutiny on the Gulf region, with Saudi Arabia being under the
spotlight for its brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Bahrain has made a decision
that reeks of arrogance,” said Sayed AlWadaei, head of advocacy for the
London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.
verdict comes ahead of controversial parliamentary elections that Bahrain’s
King Hamad has called for Nov 24.
opposition parties, including Al-Wefaq and the secular Al-Waad, do not have the
right to put forward their own candidates in the vote.
June, Bahrain amended its law on political rights, prohibiting “leaders and
members of political associations dissolved for violating the kingdom’s
constitution or its laws” from running in legislative elections.
Burt, the British Foreign Office’s minister responsible for Middle East
affairs, said he was “very concerned” by the life sentence, in a statement
released on Sunday.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported on Sunday that the Kurdish forces
are dissatisfied with the US for continued deployment of the Kurds to the
ISIL-held regions in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
US-led coalition has sent over 1,200 Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the
Kurdish-held regions, including Ein al-Arab (Kobani), to battlefields in
Eastern Deir Ezzur, while a large number of Ankara-backed militants, equipped
with heavy military equipment, have been put on alert near the towns of Tal
Abyadh, Kobani and other regions held by the Kurds in Eastern Euphrates.
field sources reported that the SDF has withdrawn from several military
positions in Badiyeh al-Rozeh in Eastern Deir Ezzur for the fear of ISIL
said on Saturday that the Turkish troops continued targeting the positions of the
Kurdish militia in several regions in Hasaka and Raqqa provinces regardless of
the deployment of the US army men at Syria-Turkey border.
Turkish army targeted the positions of al-Sanadid fighters, affiliated to the
SDF, in Northern Hasaka including the village of Tal Jahan, injuring a gunman.
the meantime, the Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Ankara forces
targeted Tal Abyadh's countryside in Raqqa province, injuring several people
including two media activists.
the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the
US army has deployed along the borderline between Syria and Turkey in a large
region between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers and also in the town of Ein
al-Arab in Northeastern Aleppo to prevent any military movement by the Turkish
said that Syrians in the occupied Golan held a sit-in in the small town of
Majdal Shams to declare their opposition to any Israeli plan for Judaization of
the Golan, including election for a local council.
further said that the protestors underlined their adherence to their Syrian
identity, vowing to continue uprising against Israeli forces to free the
the meantime, people gathered in Ein al-Tinah region in Quneitra province and
declared their full support for the occupied Golan's resident, opposing the Israeli-planned
election for a local council.
protestors further condemned any Israeli move to stir a gap among residents of
Majdal Shams, Baqa’atha, Ma’sdah and Ein Daqnah regions in occupied Golan.
Tuesday, a number of Syrian protesters were arrested in the occupied Golan
Heights region, following a wide-scale demonstration against the ongoing
Israeli municipal elections.
to a report from the Damascus Now publication, several Syrians were arrested by
the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) inside the Golan Heights town of Majdal Shams.
arrests reportedly took place after protesters from the nearby towns of
Baqa’atha and Ma’sdah joined the demonstration in Majdal Shams.
Damascus Now reported that an explosion was heard near Majdal Shams after a
land mine was detonated; they blamed the Israeli Defense Forces for planting
Israeli Defense Forces did not comment on the current demonstrations in the
Golan Heights, despite several reports from the Syrian government.
Golan Heights was captured by the Israeli Defense Forces during the brief
Six-Day War that was fought in June of 1967.
300-member battalion of Faylaq al-Rahman terrorist group that were expelled
from Eastern Ghouta after sustaining a heavy defeat in the battle against the
Syrian army have joined Tahrir al-Sham along with their military equipment to
counter the army units in Lattakia province.
al-Rahman militants will join Tahrir al-Sham's elite gunmen in Northeastern
Lattakia to face the army.
weeks after the conclusion of the Sochi Agreement to create a demilitarized
zone in Northern and Northwestern Syria, the terrorist groups have not only
avoided a retreat, but also reinvigorated their positions in the region.
senior Syrian military source revealed on Tuesday that the country's army was
likely to start military operations against the terrorists in the weapons-free
zone as the latter continued deployment in the region.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted the source as saying that
given Turkey's failure to implement its undertakings based on the Sochi
agreement with Russia, the Syrian army will kick off military operations
against the terrorists in the demilitarized zone if they continue attacks
against the army positions.
added that Northern Hama has in recent days witnessed attacks by the terrorist
groups, specially Horras al-Din, against the Syrian army near the region under
the supervision of Turkey near the town of Morek, noting that Jeish al-Izzah
militants have also sent military equipment from Southern Idlib to al-Latamina
front in Northern Hama.
source said that the Syrian army has responded to the terrorists' offensives in
demilitarized zone so far, adding that the army will launch massive military
operations in the region if they continue.
of Liwa al-Shamal and their rival terrorists known as Police Forces, both
backed up by the Turkish army, engaged in heavy fighting in the town of Azaz in
infighting came after the Police Forces arrested 2 Liwa al-Shamal militants.
infighting inflicted several casualties on both sides.
sources, meantime, said that al-Shamiyah Front sent its gunmen from Afrin to
Azaz following the infighting.
sources in Afrin reported that militants of Sultan Murad clashed fiercely with
other rival militants in the village of Kafr Janah in Afrin, adding that
several terrorists were killed and at least 10 more were wounded in the
infighting between the two Ankara-backed militant groups.
Kurdish-language Hawar News reported on Thursday that Ferqat al-Hamzeh, Sultan
Murad, Faylaq al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and other terrorist groups in Afrin cut
the forest trees in the villages and jungles.
added that a large number of the trees were sent to Turkey, while several other
cargoes were sold to the Syrian dealers.
terrorists also cut off and stole olive trees in different parts of Afrin after
to the report, militants started imposing their rule over new regions in Afrin,
including Tal Haloubiyeh in Shara region and a hill between the village of
Marateh and Bablit in Central Afrin, starting measures to extract artifacts and
militants have intensified plundering historical artifact in occupied Afrin
killed 12 US-backed fighters in a surprise attack Sunday from the extremists’
holdout in eastern Syria on the Iraqi border, a Britain-based monitor said.
fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed and 20 wounded in a
suicide car bombing and subsequent clashes in the eastern province of Deir
Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
SDF spokesman, however, denied any members of his Kurdish-led alliance had been
are counter-attacks every day and the clashes are ongoing, but the talk of
martyrs among our ranks is not true,” Mustefa Bali said.
to Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman, Sunday’s attack “started with a car
bomb driven by a suicide attacker against an SDF position between Hajin and
attack allowed ISIS to advance towards Al-Bahra from its holdout around Hajin,
and push back the first lines of defense of the SDF, which is backed by the
US-led coalition, the Observatory said.
SDF, with the support of coalition air strikes, in September launched an
offensive to wrest the Deir Ezzor pocket including Hajin from ISIS, making slow
the alliance suffered a major setback as they retreated last week from the
entire pocket after ISIS suicide bombings and low visibility due to sand
Wednesday, the SDF suspended its fight against the extremists after Turkish
forces fired on the group’s positions in northern Syria.
coalition estimates that 2,000 ISIS fighters remain in the Hajin pocket.
in several Shiite-majority districts in Iraq’s capital late Sunday killed six
people, most of them civilians, and wounded several others, police and medical
northern Baghdad’s Aden roundabout area, two civilians were killed and another
six wounded by a blast near a bus stop, the sources told AFP.
bomb in the nearby Tarmiyah neighborhood targeted an military convoy, killing a
soldier and wounding two others.
government employee was killed in the southwestern area of Al-Sahha when
explosives attached under his car were detonated, according to a police officer
and medical source.
the eastern district of Sadr City, two people were killed and four wounded in
two explosions in the conservative Shiite neighborhood.
two other blasts went off on busses in other parts of Baghdad’s northeast,
was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the explosions.
City is the former bastion of the Mahdi Army, which fought US troops and was
blamed for the killings of thousands of Sunni Muslims.
militia was led by Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, whose political alliance
triumphed in this year’s parliamentary elections.
peaked in Iraq during 2006 and 2007, when sectarian tensions were at their
it has fallen across Iraq and particularly Baghdad since the government
declared victory over the ISIS extremist group in December.
car bomb exploded near a military position in Syria’s Raqqa on Sunday, local
authorities and a war monitor said, and ISIS extremist group said it was behind
blast came a day after the assassination of a local council leader in the city,
the former Syrian capital of the militant group’s self-declared caliphate,
which was seized a year ago by US-backed Kurdish-led fighters.
security forces said a civilian had been killed and several people, including
civilians and fighters injured. The war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights, said the blast caused “a large number” of casualties.
said in a statement that it had detonated the bomb, targeting fighters from the
Kurdish YPG militia, the strongest element in the US-backed Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF) group that drove the militants from Raqqa last year.
SDF is battling ISIS fighters in one of their last patches of territory in
Syria, along the north bank of the Euphrates river close to the Iraqi border.
militants took advantage of bad weather on Sunday to attack SDF positions,
killing a dozen fighters, the Observatory
President Bashar al-Assad and an envoy from ally Russia on Sunday discussed
“removing the obstacles” to forming a constitutional committee demanded by
international powers to help end the seven-year war, the presidency said.
leaders of Russia, rebel backer Turkey, Germany, and France last week in
Istanbul called for the committee to be formed by the end of the year to
discuss a post-war constitution, “paving the way for free and fair elections”
Sunday, Assad held talks with Russian envoy Alexander Lavrentiev on “forming
the committee to discuss the current constitution”, the presidency said in a
agreed “to continue joint Syrian-Russian work towards removing the obstacles
still in the way of forming this committee”, it said.
Turkish-Russian deal for Syria’s last major bastion of Idlib has revived a push
towards a diplomatic solution to the country’s conflict, with international
efforts focused on setting up the 150-member committee.
a UN plan, the regime would choose 50 of the committee members, the Syrian
opposition another 50 and the UN would nominate the final 50, composed of
representatives of civil society and technical experts.
last week, Damascus rejected a UN list presented by the world body’s outgoing
envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.
the Damascus regime is to draw up its own list, along with Russia, Iran and
Turkey, according to de Mistura, who is set to step down at the end of the
if the committee is formed, analysts say the task of discussing a post-war
constitution will be difficult.
opposition has pushed for an entirely new constitution, but the regime has said
it will only discuss altering the current one.
forces have notched up a series of victories against militants and extremists
since Russia intervened militarily on its side in 2015, and now control almost
two-thirds of the country.
govt’s control over territories reaches record low
The Afghan government has lost control over a record number of districts this
year, although Taliban too have lost some areas, says an official US report
sent to Congress this week.
report — that covers the period between July 1 and Sept 30, 2018, — identifies
a dangerous trend which could have disastrous consequences for Afghanistan and
its neighbours, particularly Pakistan: a gradual increase in ungoverned areas.
is these ungoverned areas that militant groups like TTP and militant Islamic
group (IS) use for conducting raids into Pakistan as well as in major Afghan
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which
prepares these quarterly reports for the US Congress, notes that Afghanistan’s
thinly stretched security forces have been unable to retain their control over
vast areas inside the country. The official Afghan forces have also sustained
record casualties during this period, the report adds.
data shows the Afghan National Defence Security Forces (ANDSF) made minimal or
no progress in pressuring the Taliban over the quarter,” says the report,
quoting the data provided by the Pentagon.
data shows that “the ANDSF failed to gain greater control or influence over
districts, population and territory this quarter. While the districts,
territory, and population under insurgent control or influence also decreased
slightly, the districts, territory, and population contested … increased”.
report describes the “uncontested” areas as under neither Afghan government nor
insurgent control or influence.
report points out that Afghan government control or influence of its districts
reached the lowest level (55.5 per cent) since SIGAR began tracking district
control in November 2015. The Afghan government controls or influences
districts in which about 65 per cent of the population lives, unchanged since
two-thirds of Afghanistan’s population live in the areas still under Kabul’s
control. The Afghan government’s goal is to expand its control or influence
over areas where 80 per cent of the country’s 33 million people live by the end
3.5 million people live in areas controlled or influenced by insurgents — a
slight decrease since last quarter — while the number of people living in
contested areas slightly increased to 8.1 million.
report says that since late 2015, nearly a year after the Nato transition from
a combat mission to one focused on training and advising Afghans, Afghan
insurgent have continued to expand their gains.
data, however, claim that the government losses are larger than the Pentagon
acknowledges. The Long War Journal, published by the nonpartisan group
Foundation for Defence of Democracies, reports that a little over half of
Afghanistan’s people live in districts outside of government control.
attack an Afghan forces check point, killing 13
Afghanistan: An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a checkpoint in
eastern Ghazni province, killing at least 13 soldiers and policemen.
Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, says seven soldiers and six
policemen were killed. Four soldiers were also wounded in the early Monday
attack at the joint army and police checkpoint in Khogyani district.
added that six insurgents were killed and more than 10 others were wounded
during a three-hour battle with Afghan forces.
Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a
statement sent to the media.
least seven Taliban militants were killed during a clash with the Afghan
National Police (ANP) forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said a clash broke out between the
National Police forces and the Taliban militants in Shah Wali Kot district on
statement further added that the clash took place in Sur Sakhar area of the
district, resulting into the deaths of seven Taliban militants.
to the Ministry of Interior, the dead bodies of the militants along with eleven
improvised explosive devices were also left in the area following the clash.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
clash so far.
the meantime, the Ministry of Interior said the police forces and local
residents have not suffered casualties during the clash.
narrow dirt path runs through the village of Inn Dinn, in northern Rakhine
state. On the western side, 900 Rakhine Buddhists live, farm, and worship at a
large pink monastery. To the east is an overgrown tangle of brush and burned
Buddhist woman drinks tea in her yard, which overlooks the remains of charred
huts. “There was a fire,” she says, but she doesn't know who started it.
happened in Inn Din has been well documented. A report released in August by a
UN Fact-Finding Mission established how during a Myanmar “clearance operation”
in September 2017, soldiers shot and stabbed villagers, raped women, and burned
homes while driving 6,000 ethnic Rohingya from their homes. A Reuters
investigation in February detailed the murder of 10 Rohingya men and boys at
the hands of Myanmar troops, police officers, and Rakhine Buddhist villagers on
September 2, 2017. The Myanmar government corroborated this report when it
sentenced seven soldiers involved to 10 years imprisonment.
on a recent government-controlled press tour of Rakhine, there is no
acknowledgment of the massacre of Inn Din, or of other events last year, when
700,000 ethnic Rohingya were driven from their homes in a state-sponsored
campaign of ethnic cleansing that left 10,000 dead and was described by the UN
Fact-Finding Mission as genocide.
the first tightly controlled visit to the state since the UN mission announced
its findings reveals how in the past year, the Myanmar government and the
passage of time have conspired to destroy evidence of this genocide. In its
place an entirely different narrative has been constructed in the minds of the
remaining, mostly Buddhist locals.
memory of the Rohingya’s patrimony is being erased in Rakhine state, it remains
compelling and vivid in the minds of Rohingya refugees living in exile in
southern Bangladesh. And it is their eye witness testimony of ethnic cleaning,
experts suggest, that may one day be sufficient basis for international war
before last year’s campaign of mass displacement and destruction, the Myanmar
government had subjected its Rohingya subjects to systemic persecution. Since
the Rohingya are Muslim and speak a language similar to the Chittagonian
dialect of southern Bangladesh, Myanmar's government and much of its Buddhist
population consider them illegal “Bengali” immigrants. They cite this belief to
justify denying the Rohingya citizenship, education, and the right to travel
Rohingya, however, are native to the land that Myanmar calls Rakhine state – a
land that was inhabited by their ancestors long before it was crudely divided
into two British colonies that later became Muslim-majority Bangladesh and
Buddhist majority Myanmar.
of the Rohingya has intensified in the years since Myanmar opened its doors to
international aid and investment, as Rakhine Buddhists, who are outnumbered by
the Rohingya in northern Rakhine state, see themselves as receiving less
assistance. Powerful Buddhist nationalist groups have capitalised on this
resentment, creating a climate in which politicians can score points by
appealing to Buddhist nationalism.
a group of poorly armed Rohingya insurgents known as the Arakan Rohingya
Salvation Army (ARSA) launched a series of attacks on security installations in
Rakhine state on August 25, 2017, Myanmar’s military responded with a campaign
of unprecedented violence. According to the UN Fact-Finding Mission, “the
nature, scale and organisation of the operations suggests a level of preplanning
and design on the part of the Tatmadaw [military] leadership."
Tatmadaw's commander Min Aung Hlaing stated at the height of the operations:
"The Bengali problem was a long-standing one which has become an
unfinished job despite the efforts of the previous governments to solve it. The
government in office is taking great care in solving the problem.”
nature and the scale of this apparent genocide campaign, recounted in grisly
detail by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to the members of the UN mission, are
no longer evident in the landscape of Rakhine state. The government has
bulldozed the remains of Rohingya villages and built new ones in their place,
inviting non-Rohingya to settle there. Ruins are enveloped by foliage, covering
nearly every trace of last year’s atrocities. Through a combination of
concealment and neglect, Myanmar authorities have transformed their crimes
scenes into a land of alternative facts, where physical evidence of crimes has
been destroyed, and the history of the Rohingya has been erased.
Inn Din, village administrator Kyaw Soe Moe denied knowledge of the mass graves
documented by Reuters and confirmed by Myanmar’s imprisonment of seven
soldiers. “I haven’t heard of any mass graves here.”
villagers, and security forces, likewise denied knowledge, consistently
replying: “I’m not from here,” or “I wasn’t here at the time”.
is apparently a deliberate government policy, says Matthew Smith, the CEO of
Fortify Rights, one of the main groups documenting Myanmar’s crimes against the
Rohingya. “The authorities routinely cycle people in and out of sensitive
areas. This could be a tactic to suppress the truth.”
kilometres up the coast, in the district capital of Maungdaw, the charade
continued. The reporters were ushered into a brightly lit conference room in
the office of the General Administration Department – a powerful administrative
body controlled by the military. Three local officials flicked through
PowerPoint slides showing the bloody remains of people they claimed had been
killed by “Bengali terrorists”. The military has been caught on several
occasions staging photos of crimes allegedly committed by Rohingya or falsely
captioning photos taken elsehwere to support its narrative.
police, no military forced people to flee. Only ARSA did,” said Maungdaw
Township administrator Myint Khaing. “Genocide never happened in our country
and never will happen.”
the flight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees on ARSA is a crucial
element of Myanmar’s strategy to avoid accountability. Myanmar continues to
maintain that its troops did not deport anyone and that “Bengali terrorists”
ordered Rohingya villagers to burn their own homes and flee to Bangladesh in an
effort to frame Myanmar.
their best efforts at suppressing evidence, such as the jailing of the Reuters
journalists who exposed the Inn Din massacre, contradictory evidence continues
to emerge. A recently published video filmed in August 2017 shows a scene of
apparently premeditated deportation. The video shows a Myanmar soldier
instructing a group of non-Rohingya villagers to “clear out” Rohingya villages
with sticks and swords. The soldier can be heard saying: “Slowly and step by
step, [Rohingya] want to take the whole Rakhine State. Then, they will conquer
the whole country…We’ll clear out their villages soon after we leave here.”
District administrator Ye Htoo responded to the video in the same way many
Myanmar officials do when confronted with proof of wrongdoing: “I have no
comment, but if it’s true, the military will take legal action.” But justice so
far has been reserved for low-level offenders, who are scapegoated to forestall
the threat of accountability for the clearance operations’ high-level
organisers, who allegedly include Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
efforts to erase evidence in Rakhine state indicate that the government of Aung
San Suu Kyi has no intention of pursuing justice for the Rohingya, even though
the military orchestrated and carried out its genocidal operations without the
consent or oversight of the civilian government she leads.
groups now pin their hopes for accountability on international bodies. The most
likely body to rule on the alleged crimes of Myanmar military leaders is the
International Criminal Court. Absent a request by the UN Security Council, the
ICC ordinarily only has jurisdiction over countries that have ratified the Rome
Statute. Myanmar is not a member, so in order for the court to investigate the
crimes in Rakhine state, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has argued for jurisdiction
on the basis that Myanmar’s forced deportation of Rohingya took place in part
on the soil of Bangladesh, which is a member. The court agreed with the
argument and announced on September 6 that it does have jurisdiction to
investigate Myanmar’s alleged deportation.
Bensouda is currently conducting a preliminary examination of last year’s
clearance operations in order to determine whether a full investigation is
warranted. An indictment would be made on the basis of that investigation.
to Hollie Nyseth Brehm, a genocide scholar at Ohio State University, “even if
the ICC were to indict suspected perpetrators, international criminal trials
are slow moving at best”.
Myanmar’s destruction of physical evidence would not necessarily be a barrier
to prosecution. “Some courts, like Rwanda’s post-genocide gacaca courts, relied
almost exclusively on eye-witness testimony,” said Ms Nyseth Brehm. “We know
that eye-witness testimony is certainly flawed, but in the absence of other
forms of evidence, it may be the only option.”
Jordash, a lawyer for the firm Global Rights Compliance, which is representing
a group of Rohingya sexual assault survivors who have petitioned the ICC to
investigate gender-based violence as a component of genocide, agrees that a
lack of physical evidence is not the greatest obstacle. “The problem is not
establishing whether hundreds of thousands of Rohingya were deported or
persecuted or even [subjected to] genocide. The bigger problem is whether we’ll
find the linkage witnesses... Every international trial relies on insider
witnesses who have generally got a lot of blood on their hands themselves but
are persuaded, cajoled, or coerced by the prosecution to assist their aims by
giving evidence and pointing the finger within the organisation.”
September 27, the UN Human Rights Council called for the establishment of an
“independent mechanism” that will collect and preserve evidence, especially the
type that could link crimes against the Rohingya to specific perpetrators, to
be used in a future prosecution.
same day, the journalists on last month’s media tour made their last stop at
the fence 10-foot fence that separates Myanmar from a strip of land on the
Bangladesh border known as No Man’s Land. Here, more than 5,000 Rohingya
refugees subsist on food delivered by the Red Cross. Speaking through the fence
and flanked by dozens of fellow refugees, a community leader named Dil Mohammad
explained that he and his people will not return to Myanmar until a number of
demands are met: a guarantee of safety, the right to citizenship, and
accountability for the people who drove them from their homes and destroyed
Afghan Taliban are apparently in a fix over attending the upcoming meeting of
the representatives of regional countries in Russia on peace in Afghanistan on
Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that the representatives of the
Taliban will take part in the next Moscow-format meeting on Afghanistan. However,
two Taliban officials told Daily Times that they have not taken a final
decision about their participation in the consultations, which will be attended
by regional countries including Pakistan.
Russian Foreign Ministry has sent invitations for the event to Afghanistan,
India, Iran, China, Pakistan, the US and some other countries, TASS news agency
President Ashraf Ghani has decided to send a delegation of the High Peace
Council to the meeting.
Moscow-format consultations were earlier scheduled to the held on September 4,
but were postponed after Afghan government refused to attend on the plea that
all meetings on Afghanistan should be Afghan-led. The US had also announced to
stay away from the September meeting.
sources says Russia has extended invitation to US Special Representative for
Afghan Reconciliation Zamaly Khalizad to attend the meeting.
political office in Qatar had earlier announced to attend the Sept 4 meeting.
However, this time they were still undecided. “No decision has been taken yet.
We do not know about the agenda. If the agenda remains the same that was shared
earlier, we will definitely attend,” a Taliban leader said, requesting
anonymity. “If the agenda is changed, we may stay away from the meeting.
However, there is no final decision so far,” he said.
attend or not to attend … is yet to be known,” another Taliban leader said, who
is familiar with the political consultations.
participation in the Moscow-format consultations is important for the
insurgents as they would be viewed as a political entity in a very important
meeting being attended by at least 11 countries. Taliban participation will
also provide an opportunity for the Afghan peace council’s members to interact
with them informally.
sources told Daily Times on Sunday that there is no specific agenda and all
participants will be requested to share their views about political solution to
the Afghan conflict.
has been learnt that Pakistan will send an additional secretary to represent
the country in the consultations. Earlier, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua was
scheduled to lead Pakistani delegation at the meeting, but her name has been
dropped due to pressing engagements at home.
has long been insisting that it would take part in all events which help bring
peace in Afghanistan and is joining the Moscow-format consultations as part of
the same strategy.
launched the Moscow-format consultations in 2017 as part of its diplomatic
efforts to press for political solution to the Afghan problem. Russia has
defended its contacts with the Taliban. Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman
Maria Zakharova said in Moscow on Oct 25 that the main objective of these
contacts is to ensure the safety of the Russian nationals in Afghanistan and
contribute to the national reconciliation process. She also rejected claim by
the US that Russia was providing support to the Taliban, adding that the US and
some other nations also have ‘regular contacts’ with the Taliban. The
Moscow-format meeting has assumed importance as it takes place at a time when
the Taliban and the US officials have already held two meetings in Qatar. The
Russian initiative could evolve a regional consensus on the political solution
to the problem.
military commission chief of Taliban for three districts of Faryab province
Qari Yousuf has died, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.
to a statement released by MoI, Qari Yousuf who was also famous as Haqyar, was
critically wounded during a clash with the security forces in Sherin Tagab
district two days ago.
statement further added that Qari Yousuf was the military commission chief of
the Taliban for Khwajah Sabzposh, Sherin Tagab, and Dawlatabad districts.
to the Ministry of Interior, Qari Yousuf died of his wounds late on Saturday
night in Pashtun Kot district.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
clash took place between the Afghan armed forces and the Taliban militants in
northern Balkh province of Afghanistan late on Saturday night, the Afghan Military
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the
clash took place Chahar Bolak district, leaving at least five militants dead or
statement further added that two militants belonging to Taliban’s shadow
governor Gul Nabi were killed and three others were wounded during the clash in
Gor Tapa area.
least two motorcycles belonging to the militants were also destroyed during the
clash, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.
the meantime, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the Afghan forces discovered and
defused an improvised explosive device during a separate operation in Burka
district of northern Baghlan province.
involved in op seeking regime change in Iran’
United States is involved in “an ongoing operation” that seeks to bring about
regime change in Iran, international lawyer and political analyst Barry
Grossman tells Press TV.
United States is totally open about its plans for Iran, and it does not even
try to make a secret of it,” Grossman, who is based on the Indonesian island of
Bali, made the remarks in a live interview with Press TV on Sunday, the
anniversary of the takeover of the US embassy in the Iranian capital, Tehran,
back in 1979.
is an ongoing operation to interfere in domestic operations and to stir up
dissent, political unrest, and disobedience all with an aim... [of causing]
what it describes as regime change,” Grossman said.
also said that the US government had proven to be an untrustworthy
is impossible for Iran to engage in any kind of ties or negotiations with the
United States. It is impossible for Iran to trust the United States,” Grossman
United States reimposed oil and financial sanctions against Iran on Monday,
significantly turning up the pressure on Tehran in order to curb its missile
and nuclear programs and counter its growing military and political influence
in the Middle East.
Trump administration reimposes sanctions on the Iranian regime's energy,
shipping and financial sectors, targeting over 700 entities.
of these companies were initially hit by Obama-era sanctions that were
subsequently lifted when the US entered the Iran nuclear deal in 2015.
move will restore US sanctions that were lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal
negotiated by the administration of President Barack Obama, and add 300 new
designations in Iran's oil, shipping, insurance and banking sectors.
Donald Trump announced in May that his administration was withdrawing from what
he called the "worst ever" agreement negotiated by the United States.
Other parties to the deal, including Britain, France, Germany, China and
Russia, have said they will not leave.
of the sanctions will be released at a news conference scheduled for 8:30 a.m.
EST (1330 GMT) with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary
India, South Korea, Japan and Turkey - all top importers of Iranian oil - are
among eight countries expected to be given temporary exemptions from the
sanctions to ensure crude oil prices are not destabilized.
countries will deposit Iran's revenue in an escrow account, US officials have
reimposition of the sanctions comes as the United States is focused on U.S.
congressional and gubernatorial elections on Tuesday. Campaigning in
Chattanooga, Tennessee, late on Sunday, Trump said his "maximum
pressure" policy against Iran was working. "Iran is a much different
country than it was when I took office," said Trump, adding: "They
wanted to take over the whole Middle East. Right now they just want to
thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to America" at a rally to mark
the anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy during the 1979 Islamic
International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that Iran should implement
policies to safeguard its macroeconomic stability in the face of sanctions.
to some observers, the choice of date - Nov. 4 - for the re-imposing of sanctions is a random
others argue that the date of the second round of sanctions is not
coincidental, especially following the tweet of US Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo who wrote: “Today marks the 39th anniversary of the US embassy takeover
in Tehran, when more than 50 of our colleagues were taken hostage. Their
courage & resolve over 444 days in captivity continues to underscore our
commitment to compel Iran to permanently abandon its outlaw activities.”
this day in 1979, the early days of the Iranian revolution against the Shah, a
group of Iranian young men who were enthusiastic about the Khomeini movement
stormed the US Embassy in Tehran and detained more than 50 American diplomats
inside the embassy for 444 days, on 4 November 1979, and ended on 20 January
all international conventions opposed and denounced what the radical students
did at the start of the Iranian revolution storming the US embassy in 1979,
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard commanders celebrated today the anniversary of the
storming of the embassy in speeches coinciding with the start of the second
round of US sanctions on Sunday.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has denounced the US
administration's bid to re-impose sanctions on Iran's vital oil and financial
sectors, saying this move is in line with Washington's policies to undermine
peace and security in the Middle East.
official source at the ministry said in a statement on Sunday that a new wave of
Washington's sanctions “reflects the US failure to deliver on its obligations
under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" - the nuclear agreement
reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, Syria's official
news agency SANA reported.
US Treasury Department announced on Friday that all sanctions on Iran lifted
under the 2015 nuclear deal would be back in force on November 5. This came
after US President Donald Trump's decision in May to withdraw from the JCPOA.
to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the sweeping sanctions will see 700
people blacklisted, including people who were granted relief under the JCPOA,
as well as over 300 new names.
White House also said it was "the toughest sanctions regime ever
imposed" on Tehran. It targets both Iran and states that trade with it.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Washington would allow eight
countries to continue importing Iranian oil, but only at much lower levels
after the re-imposition of sanctions. Iran is currently the third-largest
producer among the members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting
Syrian source also strongly blasted the US tendency to impose unilateral and
coercive measures against countries, which refuse to succumb to its diktats.
to the statement, the United States acts in a way that contravenes the UN
Charter, international law and the multilateral trade system and magnifies the
humanitarian suffering of nations hit by these sanctions.
source expressed Syria’s solidarity and support for the Iranian government and
nation and voiced confidence that the new package of sanctions will only make
Iran more determined to abort the US “unethical policies.”
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that US policies and
decisions are facing "practical opposition" across the world.
countries except few ones have started opposing the US behavior, particularly
over the re-imposition of unilateral sanctions," the top Iranian diplomat
a statement on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian
Federation said Moscow "resolutely" condemned a recent
"destructive" move by the US to impose a new wave of sanctions on
Iran, urging Washington to immediately review its policy of sanctions pressure
Catholic leaders seek repeal of Israel’s Jewish nation-state law
Catholic clerics in Jerusalem called Sunday for Israel to repeal a
controversial law giving Jews a “unique” right to self-determination in the
must draw the attention of the authorities to a simple fact,” bishops and
archbishops of the Roman Catholic, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic and Greek
Melkite churches said in a joint statement.
faithful, the Christians, our fellow citizens, Muslim, Druze and Baha’i, all of
us who are Arabs, are no less citizens of this country than our Jewish brothers
nation-state act was passed by parliament in July and forms part of Israel’s
basic laws- a de facto constitution.
speaks of Israel as the historic homeland of the Jews and demotes Arabic from
its former status as an official language.
it omits any reference to equality or the country’s democratic nature, Israeli
Arabs say it will legalize discrimination.
were widespread Arab protests after it passed into law and some Jewish
politicians said it should be amended.
Reuven Rivlin said the act “in its current version is bad for the state of
Israel and bad for the Jews”.
account for some 17.5 percent of Israel’s nearly nine million population.
Muslims, Druze, Baha’i and Jews demand to be treated as equal citizens,” said
the letter which was also signed by the Maronite archbishop of Cyprus and the
Greek Melkite archbishop of Petra, in Jordan.
as the religious leaders of the Catholic Churches, call on the authorities to
rescind this basic law and assure one and all that the state of Israel seeks to
promote and protect the welfare and the safety of all its citizens.”
to Europeans: Ready to cooperate in fight against terrorism
a meeting with European diplomats, a senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official
reiterates the Islamic Republic’s readiness to cooperate with European
countries in fighting terrorism.
meeting took place among the official, Norwegian and Swedish ambassadors to
Tehran, and Denmark’s chargé d'affaires, the Ministry reported on its website
the meeting, it was announced that Iran was ready for comprehensive and
expansive cooperation, including in security areas and implementation of joint
fact-finding investigations, with the respective countries,” said Foreign
Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi.
meeting was called following an armed attack against a military parade in the
southern Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 22. Claimed by the al-Ahvaziya
terror group, the attack killed 25 people, including a four-year-old child.
Ministry official “laid emphasis on the responsibility borne by the countries
(Norway, Sweden, and Denmark) to confront terrorism,” Qassemi said. He also
stressed “the unacceptability of [their] sheltering those who have officially
claimed responsibility for the attack,” the spokesman added.
gathering was also convened in the light of recent accusations leveled by
Denmark against Iran of “plotting an assassination on the Danish soil,” and a
similar previous accusation by France.
meeting featured Tehran’s strong rejection of the accusations made against the
country through “the Zionist regime [of Israel]’s machinations and devising of
clumsy scenarios,” Qassemi said.
to the spokesman, the issue of confronting terrorism was also a focus of an
earlier meeting between the Netherlands’ ambassador and the Ministry’s deputy
political director as well as recent phone calls between Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif and his German, French, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish
Islamic Republic, Qassemi said, used the contacts to express preparedness
towards identification of the terrorist elements, which had found havens across
Dutch envoy Jacques Werner, meanwhile, said he had conducted the necessary
coordination during the meeting concerning an upcoming visit to Iran by the
Netherlands’ Deputy Foreign Minister Andre Haspels.
Israeli court has handed down a jail term of 13 months to a young Palestinian
cancer patient as prison authorities prevent Palestinian prisoners in poor
health from receiving appropriate medical care and refusing to allow them to
undergo urgent surgeries.
Sunday, the Salem military base in the northern flank of the occupied West Bank
issued the verdict against 22-year-old Ali Mahmoud Hanoun, who suffers from
leukemia, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported.
court also ordered Hanoun, a resident of the northwestern West Bank city of
Qalqilya, to pay a fine of 3,000 shekels ($812).
military forces detained the cancer patient during an operation in March.
authorities claim that medical tests were performed on Hanoun following his
detention, and the results showed that he no longer suffers from leukemia.
August 10, the father of a Palestinian inmate accused the Israel Prison
Service, commonly known in occupied territories by its acronym Shabas, of
deliberately neglecting his son’s deteriorating medical situation and delaying
the approval of an operation, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
Annafaa, a local resident of the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin, is
suffering from a bullet injury in his jaw, and urgently needs an operation
before his face is disfigured.
sustained the injury in 2015, when Israeli soldiers sprayed his car with
bullets near Za’atara checkpoint south of Nablus, located approximately 49
kilometers (30 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds.
was accused at the time of intentionally ramming his car into a group of
Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint. An Israeli military court later sentenced
him to 20 years in jail.
the PPS says Israel has issued 33 orders for the so-called administrative
detention against Palestinians.
society confirmed that 23 out of the 33 administrative detention orders are
renewed orders, while the remaining 10 detainees received detention orders for
the first time or were re-detained after being released.
added that the orders range from three to six months of prison.
than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails,
dozens of whom are serving multiple life sentences.
500 detainees are under the so-called administrative detention, which is a sort
of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate
Palestinians for up to six months, extendable an infinite number of times.
prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without
any charges brought against them.
detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt
to express their outrage at the detentions.
to the Palestinian Information Center, at least 8,000 Palestinian minors have
been arrested and prosecuted in Israeli military courts since 2000.
General Assembly of Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS)
that brought together some of the renowned figures of the Muslim world, opened
in Istanbul on Saturday.
the six-day convention, the union will elect a new leader and new board
members. It will also discuss challenges the world and the Muslim world in
a speech addressing the convention that brings together more than 1,500
scholars from dozens of countries, Ali Erbaş, head of Turkey's Presidency of
Religious Affairs (DİB) said Muslims must work together to build a better
future through "a realistic, constructive and holistic approach and a
said Muslims across the globe are going through some difficult and uneasy
processes due to the wars, poverty and terrorism.
his speech, Erbaş also touched upon the importance of bringing Muslim scholars
together to support each other and cooperate in areas like religious education,
dissemination of religious knowledge, religious services for women, family and
added that terrorist organizations like the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), the
PKK, Daesh, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram are "damaging Muslims, our unity and
chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Yousef al-Qaradawi
said: "We pray that Turkey can become the administrative center of the
Islamic world once again." He accused the West of plotting against Turkey
to derail its advancement.
is facing plots by those who don't like to see this nation [rising] and by the
West," he said. "They would have succeeded [in their plots] but for
Allah's support for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his brothers," he
said. "Allah will help Erdoğan to emerge victorious as long as true
Muslims are standing by him," al-Qaradawi added.
high-ranking Syrian official has demanded that “occupation” forces from Turkey
must leave, emphasizing that the troops must depart the territories of his
conflict-plagued Arab country in order for security and stability to be
Syrian Arab army is the only party that stands against the Turkish occupation
of the Syrian territories,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told the
pro-government and Arabic-language al-Watan daily newspaper.
believe that these (Kurdish parties) should return to the spirit of citizenship
and to believe in their homeland; not to use Americans, Israelis and others
against the interests of their native soil,” he said when asked about calls by
some Kurdish militant groups in the areas controlled by the US-backed Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) to stand against Turkish attacks.
added, “The Syrian army stands with all groups, parties and tribes in order to
tackle terrorism for the benefit of Syrian people.”
stated that Syria will eventually emerge victorious over terrorism and its
sponsors, and all areas will be liberated from the clutches of Americans, Turks
and separatists, thanks to the high motivation and sacrifices made by the
Syrian nation and Syrian army.
senior Syrian official highlighted that the Damascus government cannot trust
Turkish assurances, because Ankara’s objectives are colonial and expansionist.
Ankara government misleads the public opinion inside Turkey and in the (Middle
East) region by announcing something but implementing something else,” Mekdad
further noted that Damascus will cooperate with new UN special envoy for Syria,
Geir Pedersen, if he avoids the “methods” of his predecessor Staffan de
went on to cite other conditions for his government' cooperation with Pedersen.
must declare his commitment to Syrian territorial integrity and to the people
of the Syrian Arab Republic. He cannot take the side with terrorists like what
his predecessor did. He should stand for the ideals and the superior values
enshrined in the UN Charter, which aim at ensuring people's freedom within the
framework of the fight on terrorism,” the Syrian deputy foreign minister said.
October 31, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that he had
appointed the Norwegian diplomat to serve as his Special Envoy for Syria,
replacing outgoing envoy de Mistura.
forces raided the offices of the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem on Sunday,
authorities said, after reports of an investigation related to a land sale.
authorities confirmed the raid in Al-Ram, just on the other side of Israel’s
separation wall from Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, but provided few
came after Israel’s detention of the Palestinian governor, Adnan Gheith, on
October 20. He was released two days later.
Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Jerusalem affairs minister, Adnan al-Husseini,
told AFP that Israeli forces confiscated documents and material during the
same building houses his ministry and the governor’s office, both of which he
said were raided in the first such Israeli action.
government spokesman Yusuf Mahmud said it was a “dangerous escalation of the
occupation and a flagrant violation of all international laws and agreements”.
Shin Bet domestic security agency said in a statement a joint raid with police
and the army was over “illegal activity by the PA in Jerusalem”.
said “various materials were seized which will be examined by security bodies.”
to specify which illegal activity, the Shin Bet said only that all the
Palestinian Authority’s activity in Jerusalem was illegal.
occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move
never recognized by the international community.
considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see the eastern
sector as the capital of their future state.
Palestinian Authority has a minister for Jerusalem affairs and a Jerusalem
governor located in Al-Ram, with Palestinian Authority activities barred in
media reported that the investigation follows the The Palestinian Authority’s
arrest of a man last month accused of selling property in east Jerusalem to a
sales are highly controversial among Palestinians concerned with Israeli settlers
buying property in east Jerusalem.
among Israelis, there have been calls for authorities to free the man arrested
by the Palestinian Authority over the sale.
forces on Sunday patrolled an area in northeastern Syria bordering Turkey after
renewed tensions between Ankara and Syrian Kurds, a spokesman and an AFP
armored vehicles carrying soldiers wearing the US flag on their uniform arrived
in the Kurdish-held northeastern border town of Al-Darbasiyah, the
last week raised threats against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, shelling
their positions and flagging a possible new offensive.
Kurds spearhead the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance, backed by the US-led
coalition that has been fighting ISIS extremist group in Syria.
spokesman Sean Ryan said Sunday’s patrol was the second in a week, after a
first one by US forces on Friday.
US forces’ assurance patrols enable us to maintain safety and security in the
region,” he said, but are not carried out “on a regular basis”.
SDF spokesman said the US patrols, in coordination with the SDF, were directly
linked to recent tensions between the Kurds and Ankara.
are not routine patrols. They are directly linked to these threats. The
objective is to call on Turkey to stop its aggression,” Mustefa Bali said.
patrols were headed towards Ras al-Ain, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) to the
west of Al-Darbasiyah along the frontier, he said.
US State Department has said it had been in touch with both the SDF and Turkey
to push for de-escalation.
accuses Syria’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)- which form the
backbone of the SDF- of being “terrorists”.
what appeared to be an attempt by Washington to appease Turkey, US and Turkish
troops on Thursday launched joint patrols on the outskirts of the northern city
the YPG claim to have pulled out of the city after the SDF seized it from ISIS
in 2016, Ankara has recently complained that the group still has a presence
there, repeatedly threatening military action.
Wednesday, Turkish shelling of Kurdish positions in the Kobane sector of
northern Syria killed four fighters, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu
Tuesday, two days after another round of shelling of Kurdish posts in northern
Syria, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country had completed
preparations for a new operation to “destroy” Kurdish fighters.
forces carry out Parachute landing in Maran mountain, Houthis’ stronghold
Yemeni national army, backed by the Arab coalition carried out a parachute
landing by special forces and counterterrorism forces, in the mountains of
Maran, south of the governorate of Saada, the military stronghold of the
pro-Iranian Houthi militias. Major-General of the Special Forces, Colonel Ahmed
al-Musabi, said that “the National army forces carried out an air landing on
Thursday behind the enemy lines, during which they gained control of a number
of positions in the mountainous region, paving the way for reinforcements to
added that the operation was “carried out by well-trained units” of the
pointed out that the Yemeni army forces are working in cooperation with the
security forces to complete securing the liberated positions in the directorate
of al-Dhaher, and the extraction of Houthi mines, in preparation for the return
of citizens to their homes.
Yemeni armed forces made strategic gains on Sunday after reaching al-Saleh city
east of Hodeidah as fierce battles are being fought beyond the Kilo 19 area.
Yemeni Defense Ministry said that those advances were made by the national
army’s elite unit- the Giant Brigades- and local forces known by the name
Tihama Resistance- loyal to Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and
fighting alongside the Arab coalition backing the legitimate government.
national army also took control of the “Yemen Mobile” roundabout, gaining
control of the faculty of Engineering in the city.
Yemeni army battled the Houthi militias on the southern entrance of Hodeidah
after an offensive operation launched from al-Manar district.
battles also continue in several axes amid military field progress.
to military sources, the Houthi militias suffered dozens of deaths and injuries
among their fighters, as well as the destruction of ammunition and military
has slammed the decision by an appellate court in Bahrain to sentence prominent
Bahraini Shia cleric and opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, to life in
prison, urging the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom to stop its inhuman approaches.
verdict leaves no room for any doubt in public opinion and the international
community that the Bahraini government does not seek to improve conditions, but
intends to intensify suppression and further deteriorate the situation,"
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday.
added that Sheikh Salman pursues moderate and peaceful approaches and avoids
of relying on other countries and applying security approaches, Bahraini
officials better solve the "self-made crisis" in the country by
holding real and serious talks with opposition groups and meeting the Bahraini
people's legitimate demands, Qassemi said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson also urged Bahraini authorities to end
their inhuman behavior and restrictions on people.
on Sunday, the Bahraini court overturned the acquittal of the 52-year-old
secretary general of the dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic Society and two of
his colleagues, Hassan Sultan and Ali al-Aswad, and levied charges of
collaborating with Qatar “with the purpose of overthrowing the regime” against
court went on to say that the trio had transferred confidential information to
Qatar and received financial support in return. Sultan and Aswad were tried in
November 1, 2017, Sheikh Salman and his two assistants were charged with
“spying on behalf of a foreign country... with the aim of carrying out
subversive acts against Bahrain and harming its national interests.”
Salman was also charged with “revealing defense secrets to a foreign country
and disseminating information that would harm Bahrain's status and reputation.”
senior Shia Bahraini cleric has been in jail on a nine-year prison sentence
since late 2014 for what the Manama regime has described as “insulting”
government officials, “inciting” unrest through his speeches targeting the
authorities during the 2011 uprising, attempting to overthrow the regime and
collaborating with foreign powers.
Arabian warplanes strike al-Hudaydah and Sa’ada Provinces in western Yemen,
killing three people, including a child.
aircraft targeted two displaced families in al-Hali District in al-Hudaydah,
which lies along the country’s west coast, killing a couple and seriously
injuring their child, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported on Sunday.
Saudi aerial bombing of the area prevented arrival of rescue workers to
retrieve bodies from the rubble, the network’s correspondent reported.
Sa’ada, a child was killed after Saudi jets released dozens of missiles against
Arabia and many of its allies started invading Yemen in March 2015 to restore
power to its former Riyadh-friendly officials.
to Yemen’s Health Ministry, more than 15,000 have died since the onset of the
warfare. This is while various reports put the death toll far higher, saying a
Saudi-enforced media blackout has prevented proper investigation into the
number of the fatalities.
war has maimed the impoverished country’s infrastructure, including health
coalition maintains a closely-monitored blockade against al-Hudaydah’s capital,
which takes in 70 percent of Yemen’s imports.
say Saudi warplanes carried out over 80 airstrikes on Hudaydah in only a day. A
Yemeni armed forces spokesman said the army thwarted "enemy’s attempts to
penetrate the defenses in Hudaydah."
earlier in the week, it has intensified its attacks against the strategic port
city. On Tuesday, it was reported that the Saudi-led allies had deployed 10,000
of their forces around the city, with an apparent intention to seize it
on Sunday, the United Nation’s children agency said Yemen had turned into a
"living hell" for children.
forces have closed off several areas of the West Bank city of al-Khalil
(Hebron) under the pretext of marking an annual religious event, Palestinian
media reports say.
to the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency, large numbers of Israeli forces were
deployed across the city to seal off various streets on Sunday.
soldiers and snipers also took up positions on rooftops to ease access for
Israeli settlers to a religious site in the area.
all shops and businesses were forcibly closed in the Bab al-Zawiya area and
Beersheba and al-Shuhada streets.
of Israeli settlers raided Palestinian houses in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood,
also in al-Khalil city, and hurled stones at its residents
restrictions and attacks come as thousands of pilgrims flock to tomb of the
Patriarchs, the burial site of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and his
family. The site is revered by Muslims, Jews and Christians alike.
media reports recently said that Minister for Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman
plans to approve the construction of a new settlement in the Old City of
al-Khalil, south of the West Bank.
new settlement is to be established in an old Palestinian vegetables market in
the Old City. Located in the center of al-Khalil, one of the largest cities in
the West Bank, the Old City was divided into Palestinian and Israeli-controlled
areas, known as H1 and H2, following the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in 1994.
establishment of the new settlements comes in grave contravention of international
law and a United Nations Security Council resolution against the Tel Aviv
regime’s land grab policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.
than a month before US President Donald Trump took office, the United Nations
Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to “immediately and
completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian
territories, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.
is home to some 200,000 Palestinians, among whom several hundred Israeli
settlers live under heavy guard.
the past months, Israeli forces have fatally shot many Palestinians in the
occupied territories, claiming they sought to attack the Israelis. Tel Aviv has
come under fire by rights groups for encouraging a shoot-to-kill policy.
January, Human Rights Watch voiced deep concerns over the increasing number of
Israeli officials encouraging troops to kill Palestinians even when they are
not a threat.
occupied Palestinian territories have particularly witnessed increased tensions
ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian
worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds in August 2015.
to face grilling at UN review over internment camps for Muslims
will be grilled over its mass detainment of Uighur minorities during a UN human
rights review on Tuesday, with Washington leading demands for Beijing to come
clean on how many people are held in a sprawling network of camps.
many as one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being kept
in extra-judicial detention in China’s fractious far western Xinjiang region,
according to estimates cited by a UN panel.
centres where they are thought to be detained have come under increasing
scrutiny this year, with rights activists describing them as political
re-education camps. They say members of China’s Muslim minorities are held
involuntarily for transgressions such as wearing long beards and face veils.
Human Rights Council must send an unequivocal message to the Chinese government
that their campaign of systematic repression in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region,
including the arbitrary detention of up to one million people, must end,” said
Patrick Poon, China researcher at Amnesty International.
193 United Nations member states must undergo a periodic review by the UN Human
Rights Council in Geneva. China will present a report on its domestic human
rights situation and on changes made since its last report in 2013, while
diplomats from around the world will have the opportunity to ask questions —
some of which have already been submitted.
question by the US — which is leading demands for Beijing to come clean on the
crackdown — says: “Can China clarify the basis for its apparent criminalisation
of peaceful religious practices as justification to detain people in these
political ‘re-education’ camps in Xinjiang, as well as which officials are
responsible for this policy?”
also wants Beijing to provide “the number of people involuntarily held in all
detention facilities in Xinjiang during the past five years”.
has asked when China will implement a UN racial discrimination panel’s
recommendation that it “halt the practice of detaining individuals who have not
been lawfully charged, tried, and convicted for a criminal offence in any
extra-legal detention facilities”.
US and Germany have requested UN access to Xinjiang and Tibet to investigate
allegations of mass detention and restrictions on religious freedoms.
previously denied the existence of such camps, but now defends them as
“vocational education and training centres” where happy students study
Mandarin, brush up on job skills, and pursue hobbies such as sports and folk
officials say the facilities are part of efforts to combat terrorism, religious
extremism and separatism in Xinjiang following unrest that left hundreds dead
in recent years.
an AFP investigation published in October showed that local authorities had
bought gear for the centres including police batons, electric cattle prods,
handcuffs, pepper spray, stun guns and razor wire.
centres should “teach like a school, be managed like the military, and be
defended like a prison”, said one official document, quoting Xinjiang’s party
secretary Chen Quanguo.
Chinese government owes some answers to international questions about
Xinjiang,” Maya Wang, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, told AFP.
UN human rights review is a chance for countries to “focus their firepower on
Xinjiang”, though its effectiveness will depend on “whether or not there is
commitment from the states to push for accountability,” she added.
will send a vice minister of foreign affairs, Le Yucheng, to head the
delegation to the UN. Officials from Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau will
also attend the review.
is willing to carry out constructive dialogue with all sides in an open and
honest spirit,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters on
Xinjiang, China will also come under scrutiny for other aspects of its human
President Xi Jinping took power in 2012, the Chinese government has cracked
down on civil liberties and religious freedoms while ramping up digital
July 2017, dissident activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo died of
liver cancer while under police custody. In 2015, more than 200 Chinese human
rights lawyers and activists were detained or questioned in a sweep known as
the “709” crackdown.
year also saw five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing gossipy
titles about Chinese political leaders disappear, before they resurfaced in
opposes human rights politicization and ‘double standards,’ and upholds
international fairness and justice,” China said in a report submitted to the UN
Human Rights Council for the review.
country’s human rights situation is perfect. China still faces many
difficulties and challenges in promoting and protecting human rights,” it said.
The government has called for unity and asked the nation not to succumb to
provocations by the banned mass organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia.
followed a meeting between Chief Security Minister Wiranto and related
government ministries and institutions in Jakarta on Thursday to discuss a
planned protest rally against the burning of the organization's flag by members
of Banser, the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia's largest Muslim
organization, at a gathering in Garut, West Java, last month.
flag displays the tawhid, or Islamic declaration of the Oneness of God, written
in Arabic script in white against a black background, or sometimes with the
Java Police confirmed that members of Banser burned a Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia
(HTI) flag but said the investigation was still ongoing. Banser and Nahdlatul
Ulama have both since issued public apologies for the incident.
calls went out on social media platforms and popular messaging application
WhatsApp this week for hardline Muslims to participate in the Defend Tawhid 211
rally in Central Jakarta on Friday.
ut-Tahrir, which means "Party of Liberation" in Arabic, is a global
Islamist movement that seeks to unite all Muslim nations in a caliphate to
"resume the Islamic way of life."
organization is banned in several Muslim-majority countries, including Egypt, Saudi
Arabia and Pakistan.
Indonesian government disbanded HTI in July last year, but the organization
fought the decision in the Jakarta State Administrative Court, which in May
this year rejected its plea for a revocation of the ban.
urge the public to maintain national unity and not to succumb to the
provocations of HTI, which was legally disbanded through a decree issued by the
minister of justice and human rights on July 19, 2017," the government
said in a statement on Thursday.
government said Friday's planned rally was irrelevant against the background of
the current situation, with the nation still mourning recent natural disasters
that hit parts of West Nusa Tenggara and Central Sulawesi, killing thousands,
as well as this week's crash of Lion Air flight JT-610.
decision to abandon the death penalty is winning praise and adds further
momentum to a growing global trend that human rights advocates hope will spell
an end to state-sanctioned killing.
there's still a long way to go, particularly across Asia.
Pakistan and India to Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam, executions for a range of
crimes — murder and treason to drug trafficking and blasphemy — remain on the
the 53 counties that maintain the death penalty, about a quarter are in Asia,
with China topping the world in the number of state-sanctioned killings.
Figures remain a state secret, but rights groups say at least 2,000 people were
executed by lethal injection or firing squad in 2017.
more than the rest of the world combined, but Beijing's methods pale when
compared to North Korea where torture often precedes public executions.
number of executions is also a state secret in the despotic communist state
that is estimated to carry out 50-100 executions a year — by firing squad,
hanging or decapitation — for crimes that include attempts to access unapproved
the Chinese and North Koreans into abandoning the death penalty might seem like
a lost cause. But Malaysia has announced that by the end of this year it will
become the 107th country to end capital punishment, a significant increase on
64 nations just two decades ago.
other Asian countries have also jettisoned the death penalty while several
others have curbed its use or imposed moratoriums.
was abolished in Cambodia in 1989 amid peace negotiations aimed at ending three
decades of conflict amid fears that state-sanctioned executions could be used
Timor abandoned the death penalty, which it inherited from Indonesia, following
a 1999 United Nations-sponsored vote on self-determination. The Philippines
suspended the death penalty in 2006, Mongolia abolished it in 2017 and there is
a moratorium on executions in South Korea.
executed 1,134 people between mid-2011 and mid-2016, but the number of people currently
on death row is not known. Thailand carried out its last execution in June, the
first in nearly a decade.
retains the death penalty, but it has not been carried out since 1957, likewise
in Laos, where the last known execution was in 1989, and in Papua New Guinea
where there has not been a hanging since 1954.
announced its decision to end judicial killing on Oct. 10, the World Day
Against the Death Penalty, saying the practice was inconsistent with national
begs the question as to why Singapore has not followed suit, as its population
is at least as civilized as those across the causeway border.
case of Singapore, like Japan and Taiwan, is disturbing because it ranks
"very high" on the Human Development Index and lays claim to be part
of the first world where capital punishment has mostly long been spurned. The
United States is a notable exception.
the island state, famed for its squeaky-clean streets, had no hesitation in
hanging Malaysian drug trafficker Prabu Pathmanathan in late October, ignoring
pleas for clemency in what was branded "an unlawful and brutal act."
some countries, such as Pakistan, zealots claim religious justifications for
the death penalty. In the Muslim-majority nation there were 65 hangings in 2017
and a total of 499 since it ended a moratorium in 2014.
neighboring India has executed only five people since 1995, the last being in
2015 in relation to 1993 terrorist bombings.
Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, where there have been up to 20,000
extrajudicial "drug war" killings since he come to power in mid-2016,
has indicated that the nation's suspension of official executions could be
Myanmar — where all death sentences were commuted in 2014 — 66 people have been
sentenced to death since Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won historic elections
less than three years ago.
it is impossible to conduct a global survey, evidence suggests that most people
in a majority of countries believe that the death penalty is wrong, with this
view particularly strong among Christians.
is little stomach for the Old Testament concept of an eye for an eye, even in
Israel where capital punishment is law, yet only two executions have been
carried out since it was founded in 1948; the last in 1962.
countries where a strict form of Shariah is imposed, Islam is used to justify
executions — which can include beheadings and stoning — primarily for
intentional murder and Fasad fil-ardh, which means the spreading of mischief in
attempted justifications are problematic in the 21st century with cultures
clashing as much as the old with the new. Intentional murder convictions grant
victims' families the right to judge the severity of sentences, undermining the
power of the courts and their independence.
the stated offense of trying to destabilise the state is open to interpretation
and the whims of those in power. Saudi Arabia's treatment of journalist Jamal
Khashoggi is an example.
is no shortage of people who believe criminals should forfeit their lives for
sovereign states have too often condemned the wrong people and ignored their
own laws when sanctioning the deaths of people who were mentally incapable of
understanding what they had done.
drug trafficker Rodrigo Gularte was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic with
psychotic tendencies. Yet he was executed by firing squad in Indonesia for drug
trafficking three years ago despite his illness and lack of comprehension.
Charlie Burrows, an Irish Catholic priest who ministers to condemned prisoners,
for three days tried in vain to explain to Gularte that he was soon to die.
Father Burrows described Gularte as a quiet and sensitive man who finally
should state-sanctioned killing be a state right?
and judicial systems are far from infallible as found in the United States
where at least 20 people sentenced to death have been exonerated since the
introduction of DNA testing.
the steadfastness of the law is only highlighted publicly when death row
inmates become politicized and cause diplomatic friction, such as with
condemned foreigners like Prabu Pathmanathan.
are 81 Nigerians on death row in Malaysia, but they are now to be spared. Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad, whose government is abolishing the death penalty,
was accused at the time of politically exploiting the 1986 hangings of British
and Australian drug traffickers Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers.
hanging in Singapore in 2005 of Van Nguyen, an Australian Vietnamese who was
allegedly blackmailed into a narcotics ring to protect his troubled brother,
was revolting. He turned state evidence amid promises this would go in his
favor. It did not.
treatment is barbaric, particularly when meted out in narcotics cases where
drug mules and other bit-players of syndicates are condemned while those in
charge carry on with relative impunity from their home countries.
inroads have been made towards ridding the world of the death penalty and, in
the meantime, curbing its use.
by announcing the scrapping of capital punishment, will be able to join other
nations conforming to international norms in order to pressure those that
don't, even China and North Korea.
his last moments, as executioners strapped him to a post to be shot, Gularte
turned to Father Burrows as the prospect of what was about to happen sank in.
PASU, Nov 4 — The move to boost Langkawi as a duty-free zone proves the
government under Pakatan Harapan (PH) is committed to continue defending the
status of the tourism island as a duty-free haven.
this regard, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said several
proposals would be discussed with the federal government to propel Langkawi as
an attractive tourist destination which could compete with the neighbouring
countries such as Phuket in Thailand and Bali in Indonesia.
there were talks that the duty-free status of Langkawi maybe withdrawn by the
previous administration. But in Budget 2019, we have been given the assurance that
not only the status of Langkawi will remained, it will in fact be further
the natural beauty and five-star hotels on the island, one of the other
attractions of Langkawi is the duty-free status and we have submitted various
ideas to the federal government for consideration,” he told reporters today.
tabling Budget 2019 at Dewan Rakyat on Friday, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng
announced the government would be empowering the tourism sector of the country
and among them was to expand the status of Langkawi as a tax free haven
Mukhriz who was closing the Kubang Pasu District Mosque Administration,
Professionalism and Management course hoped the institution of mosques in Kedah
could play a leading role to realise and translated the real values of Islam.
Morrison government's consideration of moving its embassy to Jerusalem won't
derail the bilateral relationship with Jakarta, Indonesia's Finance Minister
suggested during a meeting with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in Canberra.
Mulyani Indrawati, one of Indonesia's most senior politicians in the world's
most-populous Muslim-majority country, declined to answer media questions
directly about Prime Minister Scott Morrison's surprise announcement last month
that Australia may follow the US President Donald Trump in relocating the
embassy to Jerusalem.
more broadly, she said the Australia-Indonesia relationship was
"robust" and would always have "ups and downs".
sure the Indonesia-Australia relationship will continue to be positive and
strong," she said at Parliament House.
prime minister Malcolm Turnbull warned on a visit to Bali last week that if the
proposal was implemented "it would be met with a very negative reaction in
Indonesia", after meetings with Indonesian President Joko
"Jokowi" Widodo and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
Frydenberg, who is Jewish and personally supports relocating the embassy in
Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said alongside Ms Mulyani that Australia had
a close and important relationship with the world's fourth most populated
is a giant by any standard and the Indonesian economy continues to grow
strongly with annual growth above 5 per cent," he said.
two ministers signed a memorandum of understanding between the Australian
Treasury and Indonesia's Ministry of Finance to strengthen policy and technical
exchanges between government officials.
Senior Pastor, Father's Touch Ministry Church, Nyanya, Abuja, Pastor Evans
Idoko, has accused some politicians of using religion and ethnicity to divide
Nigerians ahead of the 2019 election.
made the allegation in an interview on Sunday in Abuja.
regrettable that the unity of Nigerian is strengthened during sporting
activities and otherwise becomes the case during electioneering activities.
is an indication that politicians have taken pleasure in using religion to
divide Nigerians against themselves for political or selfish reasons. It must
stop forthwith! Nigerians must resist it because it will take us nowhere,"
recalled with nostalgia how Muslims and Christians lived together peacefully some
years back irrespective of religious or ethnic differences.
said such divisions have been responsible for the obvious hatred among
Nigerians, which, he said, has slowed down socio-economic and political
development in the country.
2019 political activities gather momentum, we appeal to politicians seeking
elective offices to eschew hatred and bitterness, and promote courses that will
promote peace and unity among Nigerians," he said.
advised that the church should take the front row in moblising Nigerians to
participate in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
doesn't come by words alone. We have to take a step further to empower people
educationally, financially and otherwise so they could have voice and knowledge
to take their rightful place in Nigerian political and economic
discussions," he said.
scramble for Ghanaian "Garri" at Lagos Trade Fair
explained that the church could partner with the Social Exchange Market, to
disburse financial grant to citizens not minding their religion or ethnicity.
are all one body in Christ Jesus," he said.
cleric said that such empowerment initiative should be borne out of utmost
desire of the church to rekindle the hope of Nigerians.
however, encouraged churches, corporate organisations and individuals with
financial ability, to assist to lift the poor off poverty so they could
confidently participate in political and economic activities.(NAN)
urges Igbos to shun Nnamdi Kanu's no election broadcast
Haram: Hunters gun down 8 terrorists in Borno village
and members of the civilian vigilante of Gubio, in Gubio local government area
of Borno State, on Sunday, engaged members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko
POST reports that the fierce fight resulted in the killing of eight (8)
militants in the area.
days ago, the same hunters in collaboration with some members of the civilian
JTF dealt decisively with some terrorists in the area killing several of them
in their efforts to rid the local government and surrounding villages of the
activities of the Boko Haram.
attack and subsequent engagement of the Boko Haram terrorists today, Sunday
evening at Gazabure village, is said to be another effort to clear the Boko
Haram elements from the northern part of Borno.
Shehu Sani reacts to Gov El-Rufai’s choice of Muslim as running mate
Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has said
people of all faiths must be treated with equal respect and dignity.
came in reaction to Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai’s choice of a Muslim as his
running mate for 2019.
Governor had announced former Secretary of Kaduna Primary Health Care
Development Agency, PHCDA, Hajiya Dr Hadiza Balarabe as his new running mate
for the 2019 election.
would be replacing his present Deputy Governor, Bala Bantex, who is running for
Kaduna South Senatorial seat on the platform of the ruling All Progressives
to the development in his Twitter page on Sunday, the Kaduna lawmaker said
Kaduna state is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic state and that as such, none
should be treated with contempt by any government or non-state actors.
Sani, who recently moved to the Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, and got the
ticket to contest for the Kaduna Central senatorial seat after dumping the
ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), wrote, “Kaduna state is a
multi-religious and multi-ethnic state. We are a society of diversity. People
of all faiths must be treated with equal respect and dignity.
leaders have warned politicians against making divisive statements on the
proposal to change the constitution through a referendum.
leaders from different regions made the call after a two-day meeting at Jamia
Mosque, Nairobi on Sunday.
urged those pro and against constitutional change to recognise the right of all
persons to their opinions.
ask that the politicians to consider making proclamations that will unite
rather than divide the country," Sheikh Abdullahi Abdi said in a
National Muslim Leadership Forum chair further said they fully support the war
on corruption adding that it must be carried out without any favour.
criminals must be dealt with, in accordance with the law, irrespective of their
status, race, ethnicity, gender or religion," Abdi reiterated.
lot said that for the war against corruption to succeed, "a sustained
onslaught needs to demonstrate results particularly against top officials in
public and private sectors."
also resolved to fully engage in the preparation for 2019 national census
"to ensure validity and justice in the exercise."
Muslim leaders further said they will embark on a nationwide consultations to
create awareness among the members.
meeting is planned within 60 days with a larger national representation to broaden
said they intend to "build strategic partnerships with other Kenyans on
the basis of commonality of interest to promote cohesion, justice, equity and
said on Sunday, that Israel had asked for consultations on a special land deal
agreed in their peace treaty that the Jordanian government wants to end.
the peace treaty, two border areas were recognized to be under Jordanian
sovereignty but gave Israel special provisions to use the land and allow
Israelis free access.
formally notified Israel two weeks ago it would not renew the 25-year deal over
Baquora where the Yarmouk River flows into the Jordan River and in the Ghumar
area in the southern Wadi Araba desert where Israeli farmers have large
Minister Ayman Safadi told Reuters after the decision the kingdom was waiting
for Israel to invoke a provision in the peace treaty to hold consultations
after giving notice before the deadline.
state news agency quoted government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat as saying Jordan
had received the Israeli request but did not say when the discussions would
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged Jordan’s move and said his
country sought to enter negotiations on the possibility of extending the
25-year special regime would be automatically renewed unless either of the
parties notified the other a year before expiry that it wished to terminate the
said the deal, which was signed in November 1994, had been conceived as a
temporary arrangement from the start. The kingdom had contemplated the move for
a while before the Nov. 10 deadline.
Abdullah, who stressed the territories were Jordanian lands and would remain
so, said the move was made in the “national interest” at a period of regional
group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has welcomed a Tunisian court ruling
banning the entry of an Israeli delegation into Tunisia.
delegation was scheduled to take part in the conference of World Forum
Interfaith Dialogue Ambassadors, due to be held on Nov. 4-8.
on Friday, the Tunis-based Court of First Instance ruled to prevent the Israeli
delegation from entering the country to attend the event.
appreciate the great Tunisian people and all the Tunisian organizations that
worked hard for allowing the issuance of this decision,” Hamas spokesman Sami
Abu Zuhri said on Twitter.
issue was brought to the court by the National Commission for the Support of
Arab Resistance, an NGO, the Republican Party and the People's Movement against
the country's Tunisian Scouts -- the forum's organizers.
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