A map showing areas of control in Syria as of
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Ideologies Promoted By Riyadh Root of Terrorism: Iran
Stress Promotion of Sufis’ Teachings to Create Tolerant Society
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Extremist ideologies promoted by Riyadh root of terrorism: Iran
has dismissed recent allegations by a Saudi military official against the
Islamic Republic, saying the extremist ideologies cultivated by Saudi Arabia
are the root cause of terrorism in the Middle East.
ideologies developed in Saudi Arabia have led to the formation of various
Takfiri terrorist groups, which are threatening people in the region and across
the world, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.
added that Takfiri terrorists and their regional and international supporters
posed the real threat to the region, adding that the patrons were committing
the most heinous crimes in the Middle East in the name of fighting terror.
was responding to allegations by Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesman
for the Saudi military and the Riyadh-led coalition targeting Yemen. Asiri had
accused Iran, without offering any evidence, of meddling in the region and
openly smuggling weapons to militants and terrorist groups.
Iranian spokesperson further said that Tehran had always made all-out efforts
to promote convergence and collective movement among regional countries in a
bid to establish stability in the region while Saudi Arabia’s lack of prudence
in relying on the US government had led to instability.
had also previously announced that meddling by extra-regional countries
throughout history has resulted in nothing but instability, rift and the spread
of terrorism and violence and has never brought any benefit to regional
nations,” Qassemi added.
March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia began airstrikes on different areas across Yemen,
its southern neighbor, in an attempt to reinstall the former Yemeni government,
which was a close ally of Riyadh.
campaign, which also involves ground operations and a naval blockade, has so
far left over 12,000 civilians dead, pushing the Arab world’s poorest country
to the verge of famine.
Saudi bombardments have taken a heavy toll on Yemeni infrastructure, including
schools and hospitals, with prominent rights groups censuring Riyadh’s military
for the use of internationally-banned weapons against Yemeni civilians.
the war enters its third year, Saudi Arabia has failed to achieve its declared
goals of war and seems without an exit strategy.
stress promotion of Sufis’ teachings to create tolerant society
- One-day National Conference on the Role of Saints in the Promotion of Human
Dignity and Religious Harmony was held at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur
on Tuesday, which was organised by the Institute of Islamic Studies.
Dr Muhammad Yousuf Khushk, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Languages presided over
on the occasion, Professor Dr Muhammad Yousuf Khushk said, “Tassawuf reflects
the promotion of Sufism, we can ensure peace and tranquility and harmony in our
Khushk further said, “Under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Professor Dr
Parveen Shah, we are committed to promoting the Islamic values and ethics and
also promoting the research culture on campus.”
added it was high time that the teachings and philosophy of saints were
propagated in order to establish a tolerant, egalitarian and enlightened
Waqar Hussain Shah Latifi, Custodian of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai,
speaking as a chief guest, said the holy shrines of the saints were the real
source and concept of Islam. “The shrines are the model of brotherhood, where
there is no discrimination between Hindus and Muslims, he said, and added, “All
human beings are equal.
noted that recent terror attacks on shrines showed disrespect to the philosophy
Waqar Shah further said that the first ever idea of global village was floated
by Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai some 300 years ago.
is high time that human dignity and religious harmony is promoted in order to
create a tolerant society, wherein, all religions could exist,” he asserted.
Moeenud Din Mehboob Koreja, Custodian of the shrine of Khawaja Ghulam Farid,
Kot Mithan, said, “Our Sufis have veneration for human kind. Approximately 9
million Hindus embraced Islam in the sub-continent due to the teachings of
Khawaja Moeen-ud-Din Chishti Ajmeri,” he said, and added, “This is a glaring
example of soft image of a Sufi.”
pointed out that Sufis had never issued edicts (fatwas) against any religion.
“The shrines of saints are a binding force in Pakistan for the promotion of
peace, tranquility and brotherhood,” he said.
was of the view that Sufism was the philosophy of life. “Sufis are against
prejudices and biases,” he added.
Dr Zahid Ali Zahidi, Chairman, Department of Islamic Studies, University of
Karachi talked about ‘Sufiana Shaire me Ishq Ka Tassawar.
said that Sufi and Aarif both had love and affection for the human beings. “The
philosophy and poetry of Maulana Jalaluddin Roomi, Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
and Allama Iqbal is directly concerned with the masses,” he pointed out.
opined that militancy, extremism and intolerance could be eliminated from the
society through the teachings of Sufis,
Sufis believed in humanism.
Dr Muhammad Anwar Pathan, Dean, Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sindh
Jamshoro said, “It is the duty of state to protect the lives, properties and
belongings of the citizens and provide conducive and congenial environment to
minorities and provide opportunities to the citizens without any
Dr Abdul Wahid Indhar, Zain-ul-Aabideen Arejo, Qamar-un-Nisa Larik, Dr Allah
Wasayo Soomro, Dr Sajjid Ali Raeesi and others also spoke on the occasion.
others, Professor Dr. Ghulam Ali Mallah, Professor D. Taj Muhammad Lashari,
Prof Dr Ghulam Sarwar Markhand, Professor Dr Amir Hussain Shar, Prof Dr Ikhtiar
Ali Ghumro, Prof Dr Najma Noor Phulpoto, Dr Sofia Yousuf Khushk, Dr Syed
Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Sarfaraz Ali Korejo,. Mukhtiar Begum, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman
Solangi and others attended the conference.
Iranian-origin ex-police officer in the US has filed a discrimination lawsuit
after being fired, alleging that his colleagues in the police department called
him an “ISIS leader” and asked if he rode a goat to work.
Sabet, who was fired last month, has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he
was fired after he complained that he was constantly harassed for practising
his Muslim faith.
alleged that he was repeatedly called a terrorist by his co-workers at the
North Chicago Police Department, told he was an “ISIS leader working as a
police officer” and asked if he rode a goat to work, according to the lawsuit.
an Iranian immigrant, is suing the city of North Chicago and its former and
current police chiefs, the Chicago Tribune reported.
has alleged that he complained both formally and informally to his supervisors
but they did nothing to deter or investigate his claims.
joined the department in 2007 and later filed two separate complaints with the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging discrimination at work.
Chicago officials denied that harassment or discrimination against Sabet
Chief Richard Wilson, in a statement on Friday, said the city embraces
Sabet was terminated for violations of police department rules and
regulations,” he was quoted as saying.
has challenged that determination. The city plans to vigorously defend its
decision,” Wilson said.
contends in the lawsuit that he was fired for complaining to the EEOC about
what he called “severe and pervasive” discrimination and harassment that went
on for years and included mocking of his religion, culture and food.
Chicago officials responded in court records by saying that Sabet’s performance
kept him from becoming a field training officer and attending supervisor
was like I was being hazed all the time,” Sabet was quoted as saying.
said the officers, whom he considered his “brothers in blue,” told him he held
his gun like a “terrorist Muslim”.
said they made derogatory comments about him in public and while dealing with
who has worked as a police officer for 15 years, pulled a colleague out of a
fire and assisted others when they were injured or shot on the job, he said in
a statement released by the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), which is representing him.
trust our police departments to keep us safe. We trust that they have moral
fortitude that they should practice within their own departments, as well as
with the citizens that they serve,” CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab
Military Can Now Bomb Syrian Rebels And Isis From Iran
announced Tuesday it would allow Russia limited use of Iranian air bases to
launch missions in Syria, where both Moscow and Tehran back the Syrian
government against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, and various
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters that Tehran would evaluate
each individual request by Moscow to use Iran's military facilities to bolster
offensives by the Syrian army and pro-government militias, which include the
Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite Muslim Hezbollah. Iran previously permitted Russian
jets to use Iran's Hamadan Air Base, also known as Shahid Nojeh Air Base, in
August, marking the first time a foreign power was granted such a privilege in
the nearly four-decade-long history of the Islamic Republic. This permission
was revoked after the government was criticized by Iranian hardliners, but
Zarif's latest statement came as Moscow and Tehran strove for closer bilateral
and international cooperation.
doesn't have a military base [in Iran], we have good cooperation, and on a case
by case basis, when it is necessary for Russians fighting terrorism to use
Iranian facilities, we will make a decision," Zarif told Reuters.
move came during a visit Monday by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Zarif
to Moscow and marked a warming in relations between the two nations as the
position of their mutual partner, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, grew more
powerful in the seventh year of his civil war against rebels backed by Turkey,
the Gulf Arab states and, formerly, the West. The U.S., once a primary sponsor
of the Syrian opposition, has since backed the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF) and launched an operation this week against ISIS' de facto capital
of Raqqa in northern Syria. Russia has also provided training to U.S.-backed
Kurdish militant organizations such as the People's Protection Units (YPG),
considered a terrorist organization by Turkey.
in Moscow, Rouhani expressed his hope Monday for "a new
turning-point" in Iran's relationship with Russia, according to Reuters.
In addition to increased military cooperation in Syria, Rouhani was expected to
discuss several lucrative energy and economic deals during a meeting Tuesday
with President Vladimir Putin. Rouhani was set to run for reelection in May and
would likely face more conservative opponents critical of efforts by the
Rouhani administration to open Iran diplomatically and economically.
Muslim youth from Jhabua who shared an image of a Sadhu buying meat was
arrested and sent to jail on Tuesday.
Afzal Khan, a BMHS practitioner, had shared the image on his Facebook page on
Monday with the caption: “Rahim Ki Dukan Se Ram Hari Sabjiya Kharidate Hue, Ek
Durlabh Tasvir (Ram buys green vegetable from Rahim’s shop, a rare photograph).
Kotwali Police booked the private practitioner in his late twenties under
Section 505 (2) of the IPC and produced him before a local court that sent him
to judicial custody. Police constable Ramkumar Yadav said one Anil Hemraj
Prajapati, 21, had lodged a complaint against Khan, a resident of Kailash Marg
in Jhabua town.
leaders seek common ground on Palestinian state at summit
Arab leaders arriving in Jordan for a summit on Wednesday are seeking common
ground to reaffirm their commitment to a Palestinian state, a longstanding goal
that US President Donald Trump last month put into doubt.
Dead Sea meeting is expected to have a bigger turnout than recent Arab summits,
Jordanian officials say, and security forces cast a high profile in the capital
Amman with armored vehicles standing at traffic junctions as leaders flew in.
they are highly unlikely to bridge rifts over the regional role of Iran or
intractable wars in Syria and Yemen, Arab leaders remain united in supporting a
two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
are concerned that there should be an Arab consensus on the Palestinian file so
that this reflects clearly in the discussions of Arab states and their leaders
with the new American administration,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad
al-Maliki told Reuters.
taking office in January, Trump promised to move the US embassy in Israel from
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - something adamantly opposed by Arabs as tantamount, in
their view, to recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.
Palestinians want Arab East Jerusalem - which Israel captured in a 1967 war and
later annexed in a move not recognized internationally - as the capital of a
future state encompassing the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
peace talks have been frozen since 2014.
also, during a White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu last month, he indicated he was open to a one-state solution to the
would be deeply problematic for both sides, as it would mean either two systems
for two peoples - something Palestinians would see as apartheid and endless
occupation - or equal rights for all, which would compromise Israel’s
Arab monarchs and presidents attending Wednesday’s summit will meet at the Dead
Sea, only a few km (miles) from the West Bank and with Israeli settlements
visible to the naked eye.
United States is sending a representative to the summit, Maliki said. Egyptian
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah are both scheduled to
meet Trump soon.
draft resolution on Jerusalem and seen by Reuters will require all Arab states
to respond to any move by any country to move its embassy there, without
specifying the United States.
Palestinian issue is the central issue. It is the root cause of conflict in the
region and its resolution is the key to peace and stability. We hope we will be
able to again relaunch efforts that would get serious negotiations restarted
again,” said Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.
- Saudi Arabia intercepted four missiles fired by Yemeni rebels on Tuesday, a
Saudi-led coalition said, in what it described as evidence of arms smuggling
through a rebel-held Red Sea port.
coalition has said previously that it destroyed much of the Shiite rebels'
missile capability early in its two-year-old bombing campaign and says
persistent launches show they are receiving new deliveries from abroad.
this morning, four missiles were intercepted," the coalition said.
"The ongoing missile attacks on Saudi cities provide clear evidence of the
arms smuggling that continues to take place in Yemen, notably through the port
of Hodeida." The coalition said that the missiles targeted Khamis Mushait,
which houses the coalition's main airbase for its operations in Yemen, and
Abha, another city close to the Yemeni border. It said they were intercepted
without casualties or damage. The coalition has previously accused Shiite Iran
of smuggling weapons to its coreligionists, a charge Tehran denies.
coalition has enforced an air and sea blockade of rebel-held areas since the
start of its intervention in March 2015.
is the main port of entry for UN-supervised aid deliveries to rebel areas.
UN World Food Programme said on Friday that a third of Yemen's 22 provinces
were on the brink of famine.
troops captured a senior leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
during an early morning raid on Tuesday in the southeastern Hadramawt region, a
local security official said.
forces stormed the house in a remote village where Abu Ali al-Sayari was
hiding, the official said. They detained three others and killed two more.
Qaeda militants took advantage of Yemen’s civil war, which began in 2015,
seizing parts of the country’s south before government soldiers and troops from
the Arab coalition drove them out of major population centers.
ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo has called for the total eradication of
reiterated Iran's call during a UN conference aimed at creating a nuclear
weapons ban treaty in New York on Tuesday.
as a victim of chemical weapons, strongly feels the danger posed by the
existence of weapons of mass destruction and is determined to engage actively
in international diplomatic efforts to save humanity from the menace of nuclear
weapons,” he said. Khoshroo stressed that Iran is committed to its
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) obligations, which include negotiations based on
effective nuclear disarmament measures.
added that several countries continue to ignore international calls and
treaties for nuclear disarmament and even continue to increase their nuclear
stockpiles. “They do not have political determination to abandon doctrines of
nuclear deterrence and nuclear terror,” he went on to say.
UN ambassador noted that boycotting the talks by many countries, including the
US, shows that the world’s nuclear powers are by no means committed to the
eradication of nuclear arms. Britain and France were also among the some 40
countries that did not join the talks.
- Pakistan has told Iran the Saudi-led military alliance was not sectarian and
Islamabad will not become part of any anti-Tehran agenda, sources said.
in the foreign ministry told The Nation on Tuesday that since Pakistan valued
its ties with both Saudi Arabia and Iran, it could not annoy any one of them.
have been in contact with Iran in the recent days and have tried to clarify
Pakistan’s position. We have told them, Islamabad was part of any
anti-terrorism alliance not an anti-Iran alliance,” said an official, citing
contacts with the Iranian counterparts.
the government allowed former army chief Raheel Sharif to command a Saudi
Arabia-led military alliance of 39 Muslim states.
Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif said that the Saudi government had formally
requested Pakistan seeking General Sharif’s services.
Sharif has been allowed to join the military alliance,” he said.
said that the government was ready to clear its position on the issue in the
parliament if any lawmaker raised it.
alliance was formed by Saudi Arabia in December 2015 with its headquarters in
had objected to the formation of the alliance fearing it was a Sunni-alliance
rather than a Muslim alliance.
government had also delayed approval to Raheel Sharif – considering Iran’s
objections —- for several months before finally giving a nod to the former army
foreign ministry official said that Pakistan had assured Iran it would not let
the alliance become sectarian in nature.
says it will wait and see how the alliance goes but they have their fears.
Pakistan values its ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia,” he added.
week, National Security Adviser Nasir Janjua said that Islamic military
alliance – led by former army chief Raheel Sharif – would bring unity to the
stressed that with his experience Gen Sharif would remove internal
misunderstandings among Muslim countries. “Iran and other countries opposed to
the alliance will also benefit from this,” he said.
analyst Major General Farooq Malik (retd) said that the Saudi government
trusted Pakistan so it sought Raheel Sharif’s services.
said that the alliance was formed against terrorism and Pakistan could not
support any anti-Iran block as it had friendly relations with the Muslim
Shaheen Akhtar from the National Defence University (NDU) Pakistan had always
tried to remove differences among the Gulf countries.
have good ties with all the Muslim countries, which is of advantage. We can use
this influence to unite Muslims,” she said.
ambassador Shahid Amin said that Pakistan had special relations with all the
Muslim-majority countries in the Gulf and the Middle East.
cannot obviously annoy a friend for another friend. We should all work
together,” he said.
said that Pakistan had traditional ties with Iran and regular contacts between
the two countries would not allow the anti-Pakistan elements to create
differences between the neighbours.
ALI | MUNAWER AZEEM
Ahmed Ludhianvi, leader of the proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), on
Tuesday expressed confidence that his party would be taken off the list of
his claim was not verified by any official Dawn spoke to, Mr Ludhianvi said he
had held meetings with officials and the political leadership in this regard.
said that meeting officials or political leaders from the centre or Punjab was
a routine matter for all politicians, including himself.
have one bone to pick with the system — whenever there is a need to pacify
enraged ASWJ workers or to negotiate with militants, I am called in for the
sake of Pakistan. But, legally, I am a proscribed person and my party is still
a banned group,” he told journalists.
was referring to negotiations with the militants who had attacked the General
Headquarters (GHQ) in 2009. The ASWJ leader said: “The decision-makers of the
state have acknowledged my grievances, but if they are not ready to allow us to
work as a legal entity in the country, I will not cooperate with them in the
said the ban only supported extremists within their ranks and weakened the
genuine leadership, criticising the state authorities for failing to curb
terrorism that had engulfed the country.
have had four or five operations in the recent past, such as Zarb-i-Azb, the
National Action Plan and now Raddul Fasaad, but where are we heading?”
called upon the government to lift the ban, not only on his party, but also on
the arch rivals, the Shia Ulema Council (SUC) led by Allama Sajid Naqvi.
have filed a case before the Lahore High Court for the implementation of an
apex court decision removing the ban,” he said, adding: “The court asked the
interior ministry to respond within one month, but it has already been over a
Ludhianvi seemed optimistic that the ban on their mainstream opponents would
soon be lifted by the court.
the ban on [SUC] is lifted, we too will approach the court of law,” ASWJ chief
Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and Tehreek-i-Jaferia Pakistan (TJP) were banned
in 2002 by the Musharraf regime.
SSP later began to operate as the Millat-i-Islamia Pakistan, which was banned
by the interior ministry. It currently functions under the banner of ASWJ,
which is also on the list of proscribed groups.
the other hand, the TJP became the Tehreek-i-Islami, which was also banned. It
now operates as the SUC.
ASWJ leader also claimed that the party and the TJP had been the victims of
conspiracies by those with vested interests, who benefited from anarchy and
unrest. “These are local as well as foreign players,” he added.
for the sake of peace in the country, I am not only ready to meet Allama Sajid
Naqvi, but I will even to go to his house and initiate a joint struggle to end
the culture of hate and extremism. But this meeting has to be under state
patronage so that the decisions taken are implemented,” he said.
criticised the incumbent leadership for not honouring the commitments they made
back in the late 1990s, when all parties had agreed on a joint code of conduct.
claimed that some workers had resorted to violence in the early 1990s after
being subjected to targeted killings and state persecution, but said that group
had long been expelled from the party.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa visited Bahawalpur Garrison on
to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the top general was given "a
detailed briefing on operational preparedness, ongoing internal security
operations and other aspects of Corps functioning". The COAS expressed his
satisfaction on the state of operational preparedness of the corps for
conventional war as well as performance in ongoing internal security
operations. He said, "Experience of war against terrorism has made our
Army battle hardened which makes our soldiers better prepared for conventional
war." Addressing garrison officers, Bajwa apprised them about security
environment and cardinals of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
‘last Jew’ wins right to convert from Islam
much legal wrangling, Pakistan has officially allowed a man who has been dubbed
the country’s “last Jew” to change his religion from Islam to Judaism.
Benkhald was born to a Muslim father and Jewish mother. At the time of his
birth, he was registered as a Muslim but says he never practiced Islam and had
been seeking to be officially recognized as Jewish on state documents.
campaign gained international media attention and he was given the moniker “The
Last Jew in Pakistan”. The activist, 29, told the Times of Israel that his
earliest childhood memories are of practicing Judaism with his mother in
who has the Muslim name ‘Faisal’ on his Pakistani ID cards, has identified
himself as a Jew on official censuses. He previously said on Facebook that he
was beaten up for arguing for rights for non-Muslim Pakistanis.
Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) reportedly has
little track record of accepting religious conversion requests such as
conversion could potentially be interpreted as committing apostasy, which some
Muslim scholars argue breaks Islamic law, and which has been criminalized in
several countries – though not Pakistan.
spies still being ‘secretly’ issued visas, claims Rehman Malik
Former interior minister Rehman Malik has claimed that Pakistani visas are
still being ‘secretly’ issued to US intelligence officials.
to reporters outside the Parliament House here on Tuesday, he said the
government was accusing the previous government of the Pakistan Peoples Party
(PPP) of issuing visas to US spies, though it was still issuing visas to US
claimed that Pakistani authorities would continue to issue visas to US
officials till they continued to receive the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) from
the US government. “Has the government stopped receiving the CSF, which is
received by the Ministry of Finance and dispersed through the Ministry of
Defence,” he said. “If the CSF is stopped, then the government will not issue
visas to US officials... In fact the process of issuance of visas to US
officials has never been stopped by the present government.”
has been receiving the CSF from the United States since the Musharraf regime
for providing services to the coalition force fighting against terrorists in
interior minister links issuance of visas to US officials to Coalition Support
Malik served as interior minister in the last PPP government when the then
prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani issued a letter to Pakistan’s ambassador to
the US Husain Haqqani allowing him to issue visas to US officials. The issue of
visas granted then to US intelligence officials has triggered a debate in
political circles of the country putting the main opposition PPP on the back
Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan claimed a couple of days ago that the
government had withdrawn powers of Pakistan’s ambassador to the US to issue
visas on his own.
The Chairperson, Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC), Justice (R) Majida Rizvi
has said that SHRC has so far taken action on 340 cases till todate. She said
that commission has powers to take suo moto notice of any human rights
violation, adding 'we have powers to help and rehabilitate women, children,
men, minorities, and we are striving for that purpose'.
was addressing the participants of the SHRC meeting held at the office of the
Deputy Commissioner here on Tuesday. She said that a focal person should be
appointed with the approval of SSP Larkana for protecting human rights. She
said that a shelter home is must for homeless and unsupported children which
will save their future.
asked the NGOs to send their recommendations to the commission assuring them to
take action on them. DC Kashif Ali recommended that Sepco should be made bound
to supply uninterrupted electricity supply to hospitals and disposals of
sewerage lines from their respective grid stations, adding that criminal cases
should be filed against the thieves of government healthcare power.
also recommended that washrooms should also be constructed in the schools
wherever these are not available and availability of sweepers must also be
ensured there. Deputy Commissioner claimed that there was no ghost school in
Larkana district, adding due to non-availability of budget and teachers, some
schools were closed.
to lack of proper planning, some problems were surfacing. "We can
construct schools and hospitals, but these can be run with provision of
required manpower and proper planning."
science meets in the US next year if Trump does not revoke ban on
from across the world, including those from India, have resolved that no
scientific conferences will be organised in the US in 2018 if the Trump
government continues with its ban on the entry of citizens from Muslim-majority
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), comprising 61
countries that includes India (via the Indian National Science Academy), passed
the resolution saying that “bans on movement of people based on nationality
will have adverse effects on physics in the US and worldwide.”
any ban on the entry of citizens of any country to the US be in place in
October 2017, when IUPAP determines which conferences it will support in 2018,
the IUPAP Policy on Free circulation of Scientists will require it to refrain
from supporting any conferences in the US,” read a statement from Bruce H J
McKellar, president, IUPAP.
January, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that placed a
temporary ban on refugees and travellers to the US from seven Muslim-dominated
countries – Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. But earlier
this month, Trump signed a new executive order that exempted Iraq from the
original list of seven banned countries.
(the resolution) is in line with a long-standing policy of the Union that no
bona fide scientist should be excluded from participating in an international
conference on the grounds of national origin, nationality, or political
considerations unrelated to science,” professor Deepak Mathur, chairperson of
the IUPAP National Committee, and physicist at the Tata Institute of
Fundamental Research told HT. “India has consistently supported this policy,
which is based on the universality of science.”
IUPAP Council has requested the Trump government to revoke the executive order,
and not place bans based on nationality in the future.
concern about the access of terrorists to the US can be addressed through more
focussed and thus more effective measures,” it said.
council has also said that the ban on the movement of scientists is not in the
interest of the US and is “an assault on the progress of physics in the US and
around the world”.
Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements has
negative consequences for physics in the US and around the world…The
restrictions placed on free circulation of scientists by this Executive Order
will have unintended consequences on the quantity and quality of physics
research done in the US. And because many of the students, when they graduate,
work in the US industry, the quality of industrial innovation, especially in
high-tech industries, will also be adversely affected,” read the statement.
IUPAP Council’s decision follows a policy adopted at the 27th General Assembly
in 2011, calling for free movement of scientists since physics is an
international discipline. The IUPAP Policy on Free circulation of Scientists
reads, “If scientists are excluded from attending IUPAP-sponsored international
conferences by a host institution or country, it should register its concern at
the highest level of that institution or country, and should not sponsor any
future events in that country until such exclusions have been eliminated.”
Americans in the heartland reckon with sting of national politics
Trump campaigned on a promise to ban Muslims from the United States, and
imposed travel restrictions on people from several Muslim-majority countries in
his first few days in office. These moves have rattled Muslim-Americans, even
those who have lived in the U.S., for generations. One of those communities is
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Rapids is a corn processing capital. Quaker Oats has a factory there, right on
the Cedar River. In the late 1800s this all-American town was a beacon to
Syrian and Lebanese immigrants. And today, Linn County—where Cedar Rapids is
located—is home to an estimated 5,000 Muslims.
Daniella Cheslow and Hannah Sheehan were in Cedar Rapids in the early days of
the Trump administration, and they bring us this snapshot of the community.
community of Iowa welcomed the immigrants and hosted them, and they become part
of the fabric of Iowa. It's not jobs or money, it's community. Iowa had a good
years ago, Imam Taha Tawil arrived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while visiting the
United States for his brother’s wedding. Tawil, who worked as an attorney in a
religious court in Jerusalem, was enchanted by a tiny Midwestern community of
Muslims, the descendants of Syrian and Lebanese immigrants. In 1934, those
newcomers built the longest standing Muslim house of worship in America, the
community of Iowa welcomed the immigrants and hosted them, and they become part
of the fabric of Iowa,” Tawil says. “Iowa had a good heart.”
those early Middle Eastern immigrants, Tawil stayed on as well, using his
skills as an Islamic scholar and a fluent Arabic speaker to lead a community
where many third- and fourth-generation immigrants speak only English. He also
restored the Mother Mosque, which had been rented to a church and then
neglected for years. Tawil got it listed on the National Registry of Historic
Places. It stands as a monument to the community’s history, even as most
worshippers pray a few miles away in the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, built
in 1971, which is covered in white tile and capped with two blue domes.
recent months some Muslims in Cedar Rapids have begun to feel rattled. During
his presidential campaign, Donald Trump proposed banning Muslim immigration to
the US, and in his first few days in office, he imposed travel restrictions
from Muslim-majority countries. The ripples from those restrictions have
filtered into this community, despite its long history.
weekdays, Muslim kids go to a Montessori school held in the building. Iowa
native Surriah Igram founded it in 2009 and named the school My Iman, which
means "My Faith". Igram has five kids and says she founded the school
as a place where they could learn Arabic and cultivate a strong Muslim
identity. Today there are 26 students,
ages 3 to 8. They read books like “It’s Ramadan, Curious George” and study
Arabic letters off colorful embroidered charts.
opening the school, Igram was carrying on a family tradition of creating
institutions in Cedar Rapids. Her great-grandfather, a Lebanese immigrant,
helped build the Mother Mosque. She says it’s an amazing feeling to see the
school take shape.
like how you feel about a plant that’s grown, a beautiful plant,” Igram says.
“You feel great about that because you’ve had it for years and you helped it
at first, Igram was eager to introduce reporters into her life, inviting us to
visit her family at home. But then, she changed her mind and asked if we could
we meet at a coffee shop instead.
started to feel nervous because I didn't want to expose to expose my kids or my
family,” she says.
says this anxiety is new for her. She was born in Iowa’s capital, Des Moines.
She’s used to feeling comfortable as a Muslim in America. But she says she
started feeling nervous during Trump’s campaign. At one rally in 2015, a man in
the crowd stood up and said, ‘the problem in this country is Muslims’ — and
Trump didn’t say a thing.
says the incident signaled a change in the way her fellow Americans see her,
and it has pushed her into lockdown.
out at night, I don't do that anymore,” Igram says. “I go to the grocery store,
but I really try to limit where I go because I'm nervous about how people might
groups targeting Muslims have nearly tripled in America since the beginning of
2016, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Some research shows that
women who cover their hair with a hijab are more likely victims than others.
Igram started to cover her hair when she was 19.
chose to do it,” she says. “I was never religious before that.”
then, the hijab has become a symbol of her faith, but she says she wonders “all
the time” if people would feel differently about her if she took it off.
go into the garage sometimes and the door's open,” she confesses, “and I won't
wear my scarf and I think to myself, it'll be so much easier. I'll just put my
hair in a bun, nobody's going to look at me any different.”
then, she keeps wearing it. “I'm too attached and I'm too stubborn,” she says, and
adds, “I want to be a good example for my girls.”
her kids to Islamic school reinforces that example, Igram says. There they can
learn Arabic she can’t speak, and become confident in their Muslim faith.
Benjilany sends his daughter Iris, 8, to My Iman. Benjilany moved to Cedar
Rapids from Morocco 11 years ago. He married an American woman from Iowa, and
now they have two daughters. Iris is the oldest.
runs a food truck called O’s Grill, which is decorated with a cartoon drawing of
his face in a baseball cap. He volunteers at My Iman, chaperoning school trips
and serving in past years as gym teacher. He gives his phone number out to new
neighbors in case they need his help.
my friends call him Dad because he’s so fun,” Iris says.
took Benjilany seven years to get approved as a U.S. citizen. This past
election, he voted for the first time, and he cast his ballot for Trump.
Benjilany says he didn’t like Hillary Clinton, but something else was driving
his vote — a longing for different kind of America.
happened to old days, like just in the ‘50s, the ‘40s, even the ‘60s?”
Benjilany says. “Those old values, they seem to be lost.”
invites us to watch Iris play one of her first-ever basketball games. She
charges down the court, sunlight pouring in from high windows in the gleaming
at all these beautiful kids, playing and enjoying their time, having fun on a
Saturday morning. That’s what matters,” he says.
also the weekend President Trump signs his first executive order restricting
travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
with him. You know? To fight those guys, the bad guys,” Benjilany says. “You
don’t need nobody going to come here and ruin it for the rest of us.”
non-Muslims in town see the world like Benjilany does.
and Ginny McCreary moved in next door to the Islamic Center 20 years ago. They
say the mosque is a good neighbor. Sometimes, they hear the kids from My Iman
playing on a hill during recess.
school teacher…takes them up there to the top, and then they just roll down in
their clothes. I mean, it’s funny,” Norm McCreary says. “And then once in
awhile, they slide down on their garbage can lids in the snow.”
Benjilany, the couple also voted for Trump. Norm says under President Barack
Obama, there were too many immigrants taking jobs and medical care. Ginny
wanted a leader who puts security first. She thinks President Trump is off to a
think he's trying to keep us safe and other people safe,” Ginny McCreary says.
She says she finds it hard to imagine that some Muslims in Cedar Rapids now
mean, I’ve never been afraid of them,” she says.
families at My Iman have felt afraid, worried about anti-Muslim rhetoric or
being targeted for the way they look. At the same time, they’ve been receiving
support. For weeks, neighbors and church groups have been leaving flowers and
greeting cards at the school. After a gunman killed six people at a mosque in
Quebec in January, some neighbors offered to escort nervous parents on errands
the school’s founder, says these gestures make the school feel like a safe
haven, but she senses a storm outside.
in your bubble. I mean, you’ve got your school. You’re in that bubble and
people support you. And I’m in my bubble at home with my friends and my
family,” Igram says. “But going outside, I’ve experienced things. My cousin was
at a Lowe’s and this guy came up to her and basically said that she didn’t
says maybe she’s more sensitive to the change in atmosphere because of her
family’s deep roots.
official accuses Turkey of 'intolerable' spying
- A German state minister on Tuesday accused Turkey of "unacceptable"
spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a failed coup attempt last year.
is notable with what intensity and ruthlessness the people living abroad are
being investigated," said Boris Pistorius, interior minister of the
northern German state of Lower Saxony.
intolerable and unacceptable," he said at a press conference.
had asked Berlin to help spy on about 300 alleged Gulen supporters, Pistorius
said, adding that the list was handed to Germany's spy service, which turned it
over to state governments.
Pistorius's state decided instead to inform the more than 10 targets, including
a school and at least two companies, fearing people could suffer
"retaliation" if they travelled to Turkey while unaware they were on
a watch list.
authorities were acting with "something close to paranoia," he said,
adding that "all Gulen supporters are assumed to be terrorists and enemies
of the state even though there is not the tiniest scrap of evidence."
today, we have no evidence whatsoever that Gulen supporters have violated any
rules in any way."
US-based cleric Gulen, 75, has always denied charges that he was involved in
the failed coup last July to overthrow Erdogan, Ankara has cracked down hard on
than 41,000 people in Turkey have been arrested over suspected links to Gulen's
movement, and 100,000 fired or suspended from their jobs. Many of them are
teachers, police, magistrates and journalists.
February, German police raided the homes of four Turkish Muslim preachers
suspected of spying on alleged Gulen supporters for Erdogan's government.
has in turn accused Germany of harbouring Kurdish and other
"terrorists", claiming that Berlin is refusing to hand over alleged
foreign intelligence chief Bruno Kahl also raised heckles in Turkey last week
when he said he was unconvinced Gulen was behind the failed coup of July 15.
had repeatedly tried to convince Berlin that Gulen, who lives in a secluded
compound in Pennsylvania, was behind the coup, "but they have not
succeeded", Kahl told Der Spiegel magazine.
said that the putsch was launched by a "part of the military" that
expected to be targeted in an ongoing government purge.
latest German accusations came as ties are already badly strained over a wide
range of issues surrounding human rights, particularly after the failed coup.
has emerged as a strident critic of Ankara's post-coup crackdown, and is also
urging Turkey to release a correspondent for the German daily Die Welt, who is
jailed on terror charges.
has been riled by German authorities' refusal to allow some Turkish ministers
to campaign in the country for a "yes" vote ahead of the April 16
referendum on giving Erdogan the powers of an executive presidency.
literally cannot be both a Muslim and a murderer, Sajid Javid, a cabinet
minister in the Theresa May government, said on Monday.
remarks, made at an event to honour achievers in Britain’s Muslim community,
came even as Scotland Yard continues to probe last week’s Westminster attack
carried out by Khalid Masood.
is the communities secretary and held the portfolio of business, innovation and
skills in the David Cameron government, when he was closely involved in the
Tata group’s plans to sell its assets in the UK.
at the Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2017, established by Muslim News
publication, Javid said those who attack and kill in the name of Islam had no
right to do so.
no religious scholar. Many years have passed since I studied the Quran as a
child. But even I know it offers no justification for what happened in Paris,
or for the kind of indiscriminate slaughter that came to Westminster last
week,” he said.
literally cannot be both a Muslim and a murderer. Nor do the views and actions
of the extremists have anything in common with our daily lives…Yet we can’t
deny that these people think they are Muslims. They identify as Muslims. They
genuinely believe they are acting for the glory of Islam.”
said events such as the one honouring Muslim achievers showed that extremists
had failed and that they did not speak for British Muslims.
achievers, he said, showed “they (extremists) represent nobody but their sad,
twisted selves. The extremists want to drive a wedge between Muslims and
non-Muslims...They want us to turn on each other,” he said.
just imagine how it must anger them when they see Muslims playing such a
positive role in this great nation. How it must stick in their craw when they
see us celebrating what we do for the country we love. They will hate this
event because it shows, once again, that they have failed.”
- A British court on Tuesday cut a soldier’s sentence for killing an injured
Taliban fighter to seven years after his murder conviction was reduced to
manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
hugged, cheered and waved flags bearing former Royal Marine Alexander
Blackman’s image outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London after the
ruling, which means he could be released within weeks.
was sentenced in 2013 for shooting the fighter at close range in Afghanistan’s
Helmand Province on September 15, 2011, after the man was seriously injured by
fire from an Apache helicopter. “There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil...
It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us,” Blackman was heard saying, paraphrasing
William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, in footage captured by a camera on another
this doesn’t go anywhere, fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convention,” he said
to his fellow Royal Marines, a reference to international laws governing the
treatment of prisoners of war.
was originally sentenced to life in prison with a 10-year minimum although this
was later reduced to eight years to account for the fact he was suffering from
combat stress disorder.
was the same reason given by judges earlier this month for downgrading his
conviction to manslaughter.
with any person sentenced to a determinate term, his release will ordinarily be
at the half-way point of the sentence,” judge Robert Thomas said on Tuesday.
means Blackman would be released three and a half years after his original
December 2013 conviction.
- Russia signed Tuesday a string of bilateral agreements with Iran as President
Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his first
official visit to Moscow.
meeting between Putin and Rouhani, who have grown closer through their mutual
support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, mostly focused on flourishing
economic ties in the fields of energy and industry. Putin said in televised
comments after the meeting that trade between the countries had “grown more
than 70 percent” last year.
is truly a good result considering that it was achieved in unstable global
conditions and amid persistent volatility on the commodity and currency
markets,” Putin said. A joint statement
published by the Kremlin said that “special attention” had been paid to cooperation
in energy, with both sides pledging to continue efforts to stabilise the
addition to cooperation on Syria, energy and defence ties have deepened between
Iran and Russia in recent years.
is to build nine of Iran’s 20 proposed nuclear reactors and has emerged as a
long-term arms partner, supplying Tehran with its S-300 air defence missile
system. The relationship has blossomed under Rouhani despite the countries
having a complicated history over territory, oil and Communist ideology.
is looking to boost Iran’s economy ahead of elections in May, in which he is
expected to stand for a second term. Putin also hailed the countries’ role in
ensuring peace in Syria, where both Russia and Iran have shored up Assad.
joint statement said that cooperation between Tehran, Moscow and Ankara to
bring the Syrian regime and armed rebels to the negotiating table was “an
important step on the road to the success of the Geneva negotiations under the
auspices of the United Nations.”
said that Moscow and Tehran had “begun effective cooperation” in countering
“terrorists” in Syria, in a speech at Moscow State University where he was
granted an honorary doctorate.
the two sides reiterated the importance of cooperation on Syria, Rouhani’s
visit came as splits emerge between the countries over the role to be played by
Turkey, which is backing opponents of the regime.
Salabeg, the Jagannath devotee who brought the Lord to the masses
grandiose Puri temple, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, his brother Balbhadra and
sister Subhadra, is of paramount importance to Hindus as one of the four abodes
or chardham and hence a sacred pilgrimage site. This centuries-old temple and
stories of its origination find mention in old Hindu texts such as Brahma
Purana and Rig Veda. Over the years, the cult of Lord Jagannath has expanded
and transformed. There have been several devotees, stories of whose devotion
became a part of the folklore associated with the temple. But one story stands
out, that of Salabeg, a 17th-century poet who wrote paeans in praise of the
Balabhadra leads the way.
the middle comes,
sister with a pretty moon-face,
with the noisy crowd
‘Dark One’ follows behind.
Salabega, i am a Yavana
excerpt from one of the most popular poems written by him describes the annual
‘Rath Yatra’ of Lord Jagannath during which the wooden statue of the Lord is
taken out of the temple, placed on a cart and paraded around the town for his
devotees to have a glimpse.
are a number of folklores associated with Jagannath temple which throw light on
Salabeg’s deep devotion for the Lord. However, to ascertain his exact origins
and identity, using the literary proofs that exist beyond his creations, it can
be assumed that Salabeg was born in early 17th century. “Some have worked on
his date of birth as 1606 or 07. As his writings say, he was the son of a
Muslim father and Brahmin mother,” says Pritish Acharya, professor of history
at Regional Institute of Education in Bhubaneswar.
Yamin, the author of the book ‘Impact of Islam on Orissan culture’, in one of his
articles, cites references from Baharistan-i-Ghalibi by Mirza Nathan and
Dandyatabhakti Rasamruta of Ramdasa to corroborate these claims. Going by these
accounts, it can be concluded that Salabeg’s father Jahangir Quli Khan or
Lalbega served as Subedar of Bengal from 1607 to 1608. Salabeg’s father died
just a year after he was born and hence he spent most of his time with his
mother. This could explain his devotion to Lord Jagannath.
Militants ransacked a senior police officer's house in Kulgam district in a
third such incident in the last seven days in the Valley.
to police, four militants on Tuesday night ransacked the house of a senior
police officer in Khudwani village.
threatened the inmates before leaving the house.
day earlier, militants had ransacked an assistant sub-inspector's house in Dairoo
village of Shopian district.
they looted the house and torched the car of a Jammu and Kashmir Prisons
Department officer in Budgam district.
all these incidents, the police officers were not present in their homes.
Following up on Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat's warning that civilians trying to
disrupt combat operations against militants would be treated as overground
members of terror outfits and dealt with harshly, the Army fired at civilian
sympathisers of a holedup terrorist, killing three of them, in J&K on
joint team of the Army, police and CRPF surrounded a house at Zuin village in
central Kashmir's Budgam in which the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist was hiding.
An encounter began at 5.30am once the terrorist began firing. Civilian
protesters soon gathered at the spot and began pelting the forces with stones,
injuring more than 60 police and CRPF men along with four soldiers, Army
spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. The Army had to fire at the protesters,
killing three of them — all in their twenties — before the eight-hour-long
operation ended with the terrorist, Tauseef Ahmed, being gunned down.
DIG Sanjay Kumar was quoted by agencies as saying, "The operation was
really difficult... we had to fight it on two different platforms, against militants
and local people." He added, "A few people really made our day
difficult... Lot of commotion, stone pelting, abusing and injuring our
people." Youngsters from nearby villages, too, began throwing stones at
the security personnel to give cover to the terrorist and help him escape,
police sources said.
incident showed that Gen Rawat's warning to a section of J&K civilians has
not had much impact, while also displaying the Army's new willingness to
sternly deal with them. The stone throwers killed were identified as Zahid
Rashid Ganai and Kaisar Ahmad of Zuin village and Ashfaq Ahmad Wani of
the forces approached, the terrorist hiding in the house began firing. We then
retaliated," police said. By the end of the encounter, the house was
leveled with blasts triggered by the security forces. Police retrieved
Tauseef's body and found an assault rifle and ammunition on him.
wants Muslims to speak out against unilateral child conversions
JAYA: Former minister Zaid Ibrahim today appealed to Muslims, urging them to
speak up in kindness and fairness against unilateral child conversion.
don’t know if I’m going to heaven, but those who have no heart will go nowhere.
How can anyone condone a unilateral child conversion?
not too late for good Muslims to speak up. We need to have capacity for kindness
and being fair to others, even if not a Muslim.”
lawyer turned politician declared on Twitter that “we have lost our soul” if
Malaysia did not prohibit the conversion of a child to Islam by one parent at
the expense of the other.
being a Muslim more important than being human?”
asked whether the pain of a mother deprived of her child had no bearing in
resolve interfaith custody conflicts between Muslim and non-Muslim parents, a
bill to amend Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164) was tabled
in Parliament last November.
was to be debated at the present sitting of the Dewan Rakyat but has been
pushed back to No 8 in the order of proceedings.
passed, the amendment allows only the civil courts to rule in matters pertaining
to civil marriages, even if one spouse converts to Islam.
Muslim legal experts have argued that the bill is “null and void” as it
contradicts Islamic jurisprudence, which states that when a parent converts to
Islam, his or her child (if the child has not yet reached puberty)
automatically becomes a Muslim, too.
chief justice Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim said any law which contradicts Islamic
jurisprudence, derived from the Quran and Sunnah, was null and void.
these grounds, Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who is legal aide to former prime
minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has challenged the validity of the bill that
seeks to end unilateral child conversions.
Islam, there is jurisprudence dealing with issues that arise when a person
converts to Islam.
include disputes over what happens to the convert’s previous union, to the
child from that union, the religion of that child, the matrimonial and
that basis, any amendment to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976
(Act 164) which does not comply with Islamic jurisprudence, in that situation,
would be null and void. That’s what I’ve been arguing for the last 12, 13
years,” Haniff Khatri said.
however, has expressed empathy for those embroiled in custody battles for their
children, who along with their spouses, had converted to Islam.
the better-publicised cases is that of kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi,
who challenged the conversion of her three children after a protracted court
battle for custody.
extremists increase pressure on Indonesian Christians
against Christians has increased considerably in Indonesia, specially since
Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama "Ahok" stepped into the role
from the deputy post without election in 2014, when his predecessor, Joko
"Jokowi" Widodo became President of the country.
a Christian of Chinese descent, is currently on trial on blasphemy charges,
after he commented about a Quranic verse, in a speech he gave in the Thousand
Islands regency in September 2016.
WON ELECTIONS FIRST ROUND
repeatedly denied the charges, and despite the pressure, he decided to keep
running for the re-election in Indonesia's most populated region.
Christian politician won the first round with 43% of the votes, followed
closely by Islamic conservative former Education and Culture Minister, Anies
Baswedan, who has the 40% of the votes.
will be a second round on April 19, because no candidate secured 50% of the
votes in the first-round election on February 15.
MUSLIM GOVERNOR FOR JAKARTA”
with provocative anti-Ahok messages are still rife in the Indonesian capital.
banners read: "KJS and KJP are funded by the city. Whoever is elected as
governor, KJS and KJP will stay. Let's march to victory! A Muslim governor for
Jakarta." KJS is the city-funded health insurance program, known for its
Jakarta Health Card. KJP refers to the city's education fund, known for its
Jakarta Smart Card.
Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat called on Ahok's political opponents to
stop playing the religion card ahead of the run-off election. "These
things have got to stop. You can't exploit religion to get into power",
Djarot told reporters.
in Jakarta have already removed 526 provocative banners from all corners of the
capital. One of them had read "Muslims who vote for an infidel or a
blasphemer do not deserve a funeral prayer."
Jakarta Governor Soni Sumarsono said “Jakarta administration will make efforts
to take these banners down because they are provocative and contain sensitive
religious and ethnicity issues.”
banners were placed in inappropriate areas. It is for the sake of public order
and peace, ahead of the gubernatorial election run off", Sumarsono added.
CHURCHES BANNED FOR RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES
the Christian candidate is not the only coming under pressure of Islamic
authorities in Bogor, West Java, have banned three churches from holding
to UCANews, the Methodist Church Indonesia, Huria Batak Protestant Church and a
house used by Catholics for catechism classes were ordered to close their
doors. Local authorities argued they could not guarantee the safety of the
Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, has reported that West Java has the
highest incidence of religious intolerance, with 41 cases reported last year.
Abdi Saragih of the Methodist Church in Bogor, confirmed that over the years
his church has been facing intimidation from government as well as radical
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) called the government to “revise the law
on the establishment of worship places without any discrimination among the
various religions and beliefs that exist in Indonesia”.
after having been closed down for seven years, another church in Bogor was told
that it could reopen its doors if it also allowed a mosque on its premises.
the years the GKY Church held meetings in different places but resorted
recently to holding open-air services outside the Presidential palace in
to the Associated Press, several hundred protesters from the group called Forum
for Bekasi Muslim Friendship staged the demonstration to protest against the
building of the Santa Clara Catholic church.
witnesses told AP that the protesters had tried to force their way into the
property and threw rocks and bottles at the building before police fired the
tear gas in order to disperse them.
bottles and rocks, several hundred Muslims gathered on March 24 to protest the
construction of a Catholic parish in Kaliabang, a city located near the
Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
fired tear gas on the protestors and asked the priest to leave for his own
safety, according to the Associated Press. The wire service reported that the
area’s 12,000 Catholics currently worship in storefronts and other informal
House of Representatives Commission I Deputy Chairman Tubagus Hasanuddin called
on the government to exercise caution over returning Indonesian Islamic State
militants after the extremist group suffered a heavy loss in Mosul, a city in
said ISIS activists might now eye terror targets in other regions, including
Southeast Asia and Indonesia.
lawmaker said at least 600 Indonesians had joined the extremist group in Syria,
but did not provide details on their origins or current whereabouts.
followers from Indonesia, around 600 of them, may soon return to Indonesia
quietly," Hasanuddin said on Tuesday (28/03).
intelligence officials, according to Hasanuddin, have been warning their
Indonesian counterparts that many ISIS combatants may be returning to their
countries of origin to set up new bases there.
to his sources, ISIS want to set up bases in Indonesia, southern Philippines
and the south of Thailand.
geographical terrains in these regions are considered ideal for military
training and storing logistics supplies – especially since there are still many
spots unreachable by law enforcers.
Indonesia, regions in Sulawesi and Maluku, especially in Halmahera, have been
targeted by extremists looking for hiding places.
might also launch clandestine operations in West Java, especially in urban
areas," Hasanuddin added.
advised the government to run tighter intelligence operations to prevent
combatants from Iraq and Syria returning to Indonesia.
of the measures Hasanuddin recommended is to tighten security in border areas.
operations should also be escalated especially in regions that could be
targeted by ISIS.
lawmaker also suggested law enforcers should look for extremists hiding
explosive materials and firearms in Indonesia.
should also educate communities to cut off links with returning ISIS
combatants," he said.
LUMPUR — Malaysia has rolled out the red carpet for controversial Islamic
scholar Ismail Musa Menk, a move that analysts have suggested could be part of
efforts by Prime Minister Najib Razak to burnish his Islamic credentials to
appeal to middle-class Muslim voters ahead of the general election.
Menk is popular among middle-class Malaysian Muslims ... and if this is to be
read as a political motive, then this ... will boost Najib’s popularity with
that group,” Dr Norshahril Saat, a Fellow at the Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute
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Zimbabwe-born Mufti Menk has more than 2.3 million Facebook fans and 1.3
million Twitter followers who regularly share his positive quotes on life.
the cleric has flirted with controversy: His strong stance against
homosexuality led universities in Britain to cancel his speaking tours in 2013
and he had allegedly advised Muslims against wishing others Merry Christmas.
was due to give a talk at a religious conference in Singapore in 2015 but his
segment was cancelled for “reasons the authorities did not disclose”, according
to the organiser.
Mufti Menk was in Malaysia over the weekend for an Islamic conference where he
was one of the keynote speakers.
Najib hosted a religious talk attended by the preacher at his official
residence on Monday night after meeting the latter on Friday, an encounter that
the Prime Minister wrote about in his blog. Photos of them were uploaded on
both Mr Najib and Mufti Menk’s social media accounts.
only comes to those who are most patient,” Mr Najib quoted the preacher in his
blog, noting that those were the words that “struck me the most” in their
meeting to discuss about Islam, extremism, as well as the plight and welfare of
Muslims around the world.
Prime Minister referenced the trials and tribulations faced by Prophet Muhammad
and said: “This is one of the reasons why that quote by Mufti Menk struck a
chord with me. That has been the way of Rasulullah SAW, and must continue to be
the way forward for us Muslims.”
national polls are not due until next year but Mr Najib is expected to call for
snap polls this year after battling issues surrounding state firm 1Malaysia
Development Berhad and overcoming efforts by former Malaysian prime minister Dr
Mahathir Mohamad to remove him.
video shows two men beheaded for ‘sorcery’ in Egypt's Sinai
branch in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula posted a video on Tuesday depicting the
beheading of two men the militant Islamist group said it had found guilty of
practicing witchcraft and sorcery.
video, posted on a Telegram channel often used by ISIS, showed the group
forming a religious police unit known as the Hasbah in northern Sinai, where it
has waged an insurgency for years. The rugged, thinly populated peninsula
borders Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal.
comment was immediately available from Egypt's military or Interior Ministry.
the video, two elderly men appear in orange jumpsuits and are taken out of a black
van and led to the desert, where they are beheaded. A man reads out what he
says is a verdict from a Sharia court condemning them to death for
"apostasy, sorcery, claiming the ability to tell the future, and leading
people to polytheism."
uses the terms sorcerers and heretics to refer to adherents of Sufism, a
non-violent form of Islam involving mystical rituals that has been practiced
has killed hundreds of soldiers and police in Sinai since 2013, when fighting
intensified, but the video shows the militants are expanding their activities
to target civilians.
be to God who has allowed the Islamic State's soldiers in Sinai in applying his
law and instituting religion in spite of all the infidels, apostates and
envious Jews," one fighter can be seen and heard saying.
the video, which is also notable for the fact that the men speaking in it are
unmasked, fighters are shown seizing trucks full of cigarettes and drugs, and
then burning them.
are also seen handing out fliers with religious advice to motorists at
checkpoints and raiding a Sufi gathering and arresting a number of men, who are
given a religious sermon and then made to sign a document saying they will
are also seen smashing television sets and satellite dishes, destroying tombs
they say go against Islamic burial laws, and using sticks to beat men accused
are also shown blowing up what they describe as Sufi shrines.
has instituted similar religious police units in Syrian and Iraqi territories
it controls. The Egyptian branch first showed signs of expanding its goals
beyond fighting security forces when in December it bombed a church adjoining
Cairo's St Mark's Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic papacy, killing 28 people.
February the militants threatened all Egyptian Christians, the Middle East's
largest Christian community, in a video, and began circulating names of
Christians who must leave Sinai or die.
a period of three weeks they killed seven Christians, prompting almost 200
families to flee northern Sinai, church officials and human rights groups say.
reached between Hezbollah and al-Qaeda-linked factions in Syria
agreement includes the release of 1,500 detainees to the Syrian regime, as well
as a 9-month truce that includes the city of Idlib, Maara Masreen, Tifnaz and
Ram Hamdan, and several other towns in the northern countryside of Idlib, as
well as the towns of Babila and Beit Wamil, south of Damascus.
of Ahrar-al Sham and Tahrir al-Sham affiliated with Al-Qaeda have agreed with
representatives of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah to evacuate
the residents of Kafriya and Al-Fu’ah in the countryside of Idlib, in exchange
for the fighters in Zabadani, Madaya, Bloudan, and hundreds of the detainees
held by the Syrian regime, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday.
to the agreement, the first evacuation from Kafriya and Al-Fu’ah will take
place on April 4, and the second on the 6 th of the same month.
sources said that 530 gunmen that had turned down the government's peace offer
left al-Wa'er district along with almost 1270 family members for Jarabalus town
in Northern Aleppo.
added that relocation of the second group of gunmen from al-Wa'er is now
complete after the evacuation of 1,800 gunmen and their family members.
sources in Homs said on Monday that over 250 gunmen along with their family
members were evacuated from al-Wa'er district in the Northwestern outskirts of
Homs city in line with the peace agreement between the militants and the Syrian
sources said that the second group of gunmen and their family members that
refused to lay down arms to receive amnesty from the Syrian government left
army forces engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra in a region between the
districts of Jobar and al-Qaboun and seized control over al-Mar river that is
behind al-Abbaseen region.
sources said that over 800 Al-Nusra terrorists have been killed in the battles
with the army soldiers in Jobar and al-Qaboun.
sources added that the army has made use of advanced arms and missiles in the
battle against the terrorists in Jobar and al-Qaboun.
said on Sunday that the entire members of a group of ISIL terrorists were
killed in clashes with the Syrian Army troops in Northwestern Damascus.
Arabic desk of Sputnik quoted a military source as saying that the army has
discovered three hideouts of ISIL in Aleppo province used by the terrorist
group as arms depot and temporary jails for women, adding that a large volume
of US-made arms and munitions have been found in the hideouts.
one of the jailed women in the hideouts said that ISIL killed a number of
female prisoners who had rejected the terrorists' various demands.
source said in January that the Syrian Army's engineering units discovered
another depot of arms and ammunition that belonged to Jeish al-Fatah
source said that terrorists had turned people's houses in Bostan al-Qasr
(Bustan al-Kaser) into arms depots and after forcing them out.
depot in Bostan al-Qasr was reportedly also used as a workshop for building
weapons and munitions.
the meantime, Commander of Russia’s International Mine Action Center Ivan
Gromov disclosed in late December that a large volume of weapons, manufactured
in the US, Germany and Bulgari, were discovered as Russian sappers were on a
mine clearance mission in Eastern Aleppo.
army's artillery and missile units pounded heavily the positions of the
terrorists in the districts of al-Rashedeen 4 and 5 in the Southwestern
outskirts of Aleppo city to the Western direction of the Journalists'
Association district, Khan al-Asal settlement, the Research Center area,
al-Mansoureh settlement, Western direction of Family House neighborhood, Tal
(hill) Showeiheneh, West of Jam'iyat al-Zahra district and Zahrat Abd Rabeh
region, inflicting major unspecified number of casualties on the terrorists.
the meantime, the fighter jets bombed the positions of terrorists in Khan
al-Asal, Qabtan al-Jabal (mount), Dar al-Izza town West of Aleppo city, the
towns of Khan Touman, Khalseh, al-Zerbeh in Southern Aleppo and Kafr Hamra and
Haraytan towns North-West of Aleppo city.
reports said that the army units engaged in heavy fighting with the terrorists
West of Jam'iyat al-Zahra district and Journalists' Association, near Khan
al-Asal, Tal Soweiheneh and Family House.
source added that the army intends to cut off the terrorists' lines of
movements between Northern and Western Aleppo that are the house to the
Al-Nusra and Nouralddeen al-Zinki Movement's strongholds.
sources said Earlier this month that the Syrian Army dispatched a large number
of forces and a large volume of military equipment to Southern and Western
Aleppo to kick off an imminent anti-terrorism there.
sources said that Mohammad Kamal al-Qasim nom de guerre Abu Rabi'a, a senior
commander of the Idlib Free Army, was killed in battle with the army soldiers
in Northwestern Hama.
sources added that the army men that freed the settlement of Ma'arzaf earlier
today managed to drive terrorists out of
Soubin village in Northwestern Hama.
went on to say that Abu Rabi'a was the second commander of Sawt al-Haq
battalion of the Idlib Free Army that was killed in clashes with the army
the army targeted the movements of the terrorists in areas near al-Salamiyah
town on Monday, restoring security to a road connecting the town to Homs city.
army's artillery units and aircraft pounded terrorists' concentration centers
and gatherings along a road connecting al-Salamiyah town in Southwestern Hama
to Homs city.
reports said the terrorists suffered heavy casualties in the attack and
retreated from their positions near the road.
source said that all the foreign members of ISIL have left Raqqa city along
with their family members for Deir Ezzur, adding that the remaining pockets of
the terrorists in the city are the locals of Raqqa, Aleppo and Idlib.
source who requested anonymity said an Egyptian judge of the ISIL also left
Raqqa along with his family members for al-Mayadeen town in Deir Ezzur province
on Monday, adding that over 600 non-Syrian ISIL families lived in al-Ferdows
neighborhood but all of them have left the city now.
source added that over 70 families of ISIL's non-Syrian members left Raqqa by
ferry via the Euphrates River on Sunday.
predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their advances
against ISIL within the framework of the Euphrates Rage Operation and managed
to take full control over al-Tabaqa military airport on Sunday night.
Arabic language al-Arabiya reported that the SDF fighters engaged in fierce
clashes with the ISIL and drove them out of the key al-Tabaqa airbase in
sources, meantime, reported that the SDF combatants also pushed ISIL back from
their positions in al-Ajal village South of al-Tabaqa airbase.
Russian daily reported earlier this month that the ISIL power was declining in
Raqqa and Mosul, adding that the terrorist group was very much likely to pick
up Deir Ezzur as its new self-proclaimed capital.
of missiles depoted by the Al-Nusra Front were destroyed in the army's
artillery and missile attacks on the terrorist group's positions in Jobar
120mm cannon of the Al-Nusra was also destroyed in the attack, military sources
added that the Syrian Air Force meantime launched heavy strikes on terrorists'
positions in a region between Ein Terma and Zmelka and also their positions
behind Nahr (river) Tora in Jobar.
sources also reported that the entire tunnels and secret pathways of the
terrorists in al-Qaboun district in the Northeastern outskirts of Damascus have
been discovered, underlining that the district will be cleaned of terrorists
completely in the next few days.
reports said on Monday that the army soldiers fortified their newly-seized
positions in the depth of Jobar district, while other units of the army
separated al-Barzeh district from al-Qaboun district North-East of Damascus
sources reported that the Syrian air force also carried out several combat
sorties over the terrorists' positions in the Eastern outskirt of Damascus city
to back up the ground forces.
Arabiya has learned that Saudi security forces raided the farm of captured
extremist Hussein al-Faraj on Tuesday north of Qatif’s Awamiya neighborhood in
the eastern province of Saudi Arabia.
to the sources, fierce clashes erupted as security forces approached the farm
where people were hiding inside.
caught at the farm in Tuesday’s raid have been linked to a string of terror
activities that rocked the restive neighborhood in Qatif in recent weeks.
is struggling to contain a new outbreak of violence linked to the Islamic State
that threatens to stoke fears about investing in the fast-growing South Asian
least five attacks in March -- including two separate attacks claimed by IS in
two days -- and an army raid on a single apartment building reveal the extent
of Bangladesh’s internal security problem. The army shot dead four militants,
including a woman, in the security operation, which is ongoing. Two militants
were found with suicide vests strapped to their bodies, said Brigadier General
Fakhrul Ahsan, a spokesman for Bangladesh army, at a media briefing on Monday
Friday, a suicide attacker blew himself up at a police checkpoint near the
airport in Dhaka, while security services began an anti-terrorism raid on an
apartment building in Sylhet, a city about 200 kilometers northeast of the
capital. A further six people, including two policemen, were killed in a bomb
blast and a suicide attack on Saturday that injured 40 others near the building
fresh wave of violence is the first since an Islamic State-linked group killed
22 people including 17 foreigners last July at an upscale cafe in Dhaka’s
diplomatic area, prompting concerns that the deteriorating security situation
could hurt the nation’s garment industry and dent an economy forecast to expand
7.1 percent this year. The government’s denial of the existence of IS networks
risks complicating the security response.
economic impact on Bangladesh could be substantial," said Amarnath
Amarasingam, a senior research fellow at the London-based Institute for Strategic
Dialogue. "For two attacks to happen in the same week and to have them
claimed so quickly is a clear indication that there is an ISIS network in the
attacks come after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s long battle against the rise
of Islamic militancy in the Muslim-majority nation. Rising fears about
IS-linked attacks in Bangladesh threaten to derail Hasina’s effort to speed up
economic growth and attract investments from abroad, including in the country’s
worsening security situation in Bangladesh has worried current and potential
foreign investors," said Reshmi Khurana, head of South Asia at Kroll
Associates Inc., a global political risk firm. "They are investing
significant resources in assessing and consolidating their security
arrangements on the ground and while they have not scaled back their
investments in Bangladesh, they are more closely evaluating their future
commitment to the country."
In The Sand’
militants holed up in the Sylhet building seemed "well-trained and
equipped," and had planted improvised explosive devices around the
building to block access inside, Ahsan told reporters on Sunday.
blast near the airport on Friday was the second suicide attack in a week in the
capital Dhaka. On March 17, a suicide bomber blew himself up after he was
stopped by security forces on duty near the barracks of the Rapid Action
Battalion, an elite anti-terrorism force. The following day, on March 18, a
motorcyclist armed with explosives was shot dead as he tried to crash into a
Islamic State took credit for the attacks in Sylhet and Dhaka, according to
counter-terrorism organization, the SITE Intelligence Group, citing the IS news
agency Amaq. However, the government continues to downplay the presence of IS
networks in the country, a stance that is likely to complicate the
effectiveness of the response, said Amarasingam, the analyst.
doesn’t help to keep your head in the sand and ignore the international ties
and networks these individuals have developed," he said. "If ignored,
they are more likely to plant roots and cause future damage."
commanders among 21 killed in Helmand airstrikes: MoD
least twenty one Taliban insurgents including two of their local commanders
were killed in a series of airstrikes in southern Helmand province of
Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Taliban commanders killed in the airstrikes
have been identified as Mullah Toryali and Mullah Ahmad who was also famous as
further added that the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of
Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand.
is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban
insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry
out insurgency activities.
come as reports emerged last week suggesting that the control of the strategic
Sangin district has fallen to the Taliban insurgents.
the provincial military council said the Afghan forces only retreated from the
main market area of the district following two months of heavy battle.
council also added that the decision was taken to prevent the civilian
casualties as enormous collateral damage was incurred to the local residents.
Afghan government reacted over alleged fencing work by the Pakistani
authorities along the Durand Line, emphasizing that any movement without
Kabul’s consent would be impossible and ineffective.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mostaghani made the
remarks during a press a conference in Kabul today.
further added that the Afghan government has not noted any movement along the
Line, apparently gesturing towards the move along the zero line of the Durand
comes as the Pakistani Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javid Bajwa has said
the fencing work has started in Momand Agency and Bajaur since the two areas
are mostly affected by the militant groups.
the former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari welcoming the fencing work
along the line, emphasized on mutual consultations between Kabul and Islamabad
for proper securing of the routes.
said proper securing of borders with mutual consultation will put an end to
allegations of cross-border incursions of militants.
also called on Kabul and Islamabad to for concerted and sincere efforts by both
countries to overcome mistrust and suspicions.
remain high between Kabul and Islamabad over the closure of the routes along
the Line last month which remained closed for nearly a month.
of the most senior leader of the Taliban group has been killed during a special
military operation in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.
governor’s spokesman confirmed that Nasir Ahmad was killed during an operation
in Qarghai district of Laghman last night.
the meantime, the provincial government in a statement said a shadow district
governor of the group identified as Rohullah was killed during the operation.
statement further added that Nasir Ahmad was involved in major roadside
bombings and other terrorist related activities including missile attacks on
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army.
operation to kill or arrest Nasir Ahmad was also conducted in Laghman province
last month but he managed to escape the raid, the statement added.
has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban
regime in 2001 but the anti-government armed militant groups have increased
their insurgency in some parts of the province during the recent years.
Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian Army explored today several recovered areas
that were under control of the terrorist group Boko Haram, with the objective
of finding the leader of that faction, Abubakar Shekau.
security forces highlighted that they were trying to discover the whereabouts
of that extremist leader, who was regarded as dead by this Government several
fled. Thus, we suppose he could be hiding in the Sambisa woods, but we will not
take easy. We are going after him,' said Nigerian Defense Minister Mansur Dan
is the leader of one of the two factions in which the fundamentalist sect was
divided: one has the mount as its main theater of operations and the other is
led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi and is related to the Islamic State, based on the
Lake Chad region.
extremist organization has among its purposes to establish the Sharia or the
Law of Islam in the northwest of Nigeria and the victims of its attacks include
more than 15,000 people in the last seven years.
than two million displaced people have gone to to safe places since the attacks
people have been abducted in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State following Boko
Haram attacks over the weekend, a security official said on Tuesday.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the local commandant of the Nigeria
Security and Civil Defense Corps Ibrahim Abdullahi as saying that six men and
four women had been kidnapped in the village of Kalari in the Konduga district
abduction is the first to be reported in several months.
said the incident underscores militants' attempts to shore up their fighting
force as army continues to raid their hideouts.
Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are desperate to return to their liberated
communities should desist from living in areas that are not properly secured by
armed personnel,” said the official.
Don't Try Kanu Under Sharia Law, IPOB Warns
Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, warned, yesterday, against any attempt to
try its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, under Sharia law, insisting that
doing so amounted to continuing what it described as the ongoing crime against
pro-Biafra groups in Nigeria.
media and publicity secretary, Mr Emma Powerful, in a statement in Awka,
likened what the pro-Biafra groups were going through, to what the people of
Biafra went through during the 1967 -1970 civil war that claimed the lives of
many people, mainly Christians.
the alleged move to try Kanu and others under Sharia law, Powerful observed
that even in the predominantly Muslim part of Northern Nigeria, nobody had been
tried secretly under Sharia law since the creation of Nigeria by the British
merchants in 1914 and wondered why Nnamdi Kanu and other Christians in the
southern part of Nigeria should be exposed to such trial.
wondered why the United Nations and other world leaders had decided to keep
quiet over the matter concerning the IPOB leader, despite the fact that the
United Nations had in its charter a provision for the right of the indigenous
people to have their self determination.
IPOB spokesman said it was unfair for Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High
Court, Abuja to derail from the Nigerian regular judicial process under common
law, to Sharia process considered to be a religious law and not permissible in
a supposed secular state like Nigeria because Nnamdi Kanu was involved.
said: "The world must be wary of President Muhammadu Buhari's introduction
of Sharia law in the ongoing trial against the leader of the Indigenous People
of Biafra through Justice Binta Nyako. It is dangerous for the law court, which
is supposed to douse tension in the country to introduce religious war.
Biafrans and IPOB members worldwide, have waited enough and are still waiting
for justice to prevail with the ongoing trial of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,
and others detained illegally and we have shown the whole world how peaceful,
civilized and determined we are towards the restoration of the independent
state of Biafra.
have called for referendum and peaceful separation, but we have found out that
it will only bring us more harm and pain because the United Nations, UN, and
other world powers have failed to stop the arrest and killing of unarmed
peaceful Biafra agitators."
continued: "Are they keeping quiet until we take up arms? We don't see the
need to take up arms because it is not a must that Biafra restoration will go
into war for the second time before we get our freedom. But if the UN and other
world bodies allow us to go into war for the second time before we achieve our
independent, it will be a war of revenge and bitterness.
Kenyan Doctors Killed in Raid On Libya Isis Base
Kenyan trainee doctors on the police list of wanted terrorists have been killed
in a sting operation in Libya.
Dagane Hassan, 26 and Hiish Ahmed Ali, 25, who were interns at Kitale hospital
before they fled Kenya, died in the Libyan city of Sirte after a raid against
Islamic State remnants there.
the trainee doctors fled, investigations linked them to a terrorism network
comprising young doctors that was planning biological weapon attacks in the
plan was uncovered in April last year after one of the suspected masterminds,
Mohammed Abdi Ali aka Abu Fidaa, also a doctor, was arrested.
and his wife Nuseibah Mohammed, alias Ummu Fidaa, a medical student, are facing
terrorism charges in court.
offered Sh4 million to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of
any of the young doctors on the list of most wanted terror suspects.
that followed unearthed that Isis in Syria had established an international
terror network with agents in Kenya, Uganda, Libya, Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia,
Niger, Algeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Egypt.
network relied on a human trafficking ring called the "Magafe
network" for the transportation of recruits.
agencies are now collaborating with their counterparts in other countries to
better understand the terrorism organisation and other organised crime outfits
involved in conventional crimes such as human trafficking, human organ
harvesting, abduction and ransoms.
have so far established 10 routes used by the Magafe network to transport
terror recruits from Kenya to Syria and Libya by sea, air or road.
of the air routes flies them to the United Arab Emirates, then on to Syria.
one flies them to Lagos, then takes them on a road trip to neighbouring Niger,
on to Algeria and then to Libya, ending with a sea journey through the
Mediterranean Sea to Syria.
road takes them to Kampala, then to Juba in South Sudan after which they go
north to Khartoum, on to Egypt and finally to Syria by sea.
Ethiopian route takes them from Nairobi to Addis Ababa while the rest of the
journey to Sudan and Egypt is by road. The recruits then cross the
Mediterranean to reach Syria.
trainee doctors studied medicine at Kampala International University in Uganda,
where they were recruited.
was brought up in Mansa village, Fafi constituency. He completed his medical
studies in June, 2015, and registered with the Health ministry. He was then
posted to the Kitale public hospital.
to his classmates, Hiish behaved normally and was very religious during his
university years. He liked reading the Koran and did not like watching
videos," according to a government document.
doctor trainees killed in Libya Hiish Ahmed Ali and Farah Dagane Hassan. PHOTOS
joined the university in September, 2010 and completed his studies in January,
2016, joining the hospital the following month in February.
two travelled to Libya through the Kampala-Khartoum-route.
arrival, they joined the ranks of Isis and started recruiting individuals from
Kenya. They lured young graduates with false promises of a new life, gainful
employment with handsome pay and sometimes through false ideology," said
the transnational operation by government agencies, the documents says, some of
the Kenyan recruits were rescued and are being rehabilitated.
young woman in her 20s, going under the pseudo name Fatma to protect her
identity, told authorities how she was inducted and taken to Libya, where she
joined a group of other women from Kenya, Somalia and Eritrea.
travelled by bus to Kampala and then to Sudan during the 12-day trip in which
they were joined by young men.
to her, each had a different reason to travel; some were escaping harsh
economic conditions in their countries while others felt they were fulfilling
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