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be good news for Pakistan’s women considering his open denouncement of
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Khan’s Victory Is Making Pakistan’s Feminists Shudder’
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National League’s Plan to Join Left Front Will Reshape Muslim Politics in
The proposed entry of the Indian National League (INL) to the Left Democratic
Front will definitely reshape the Muslim politics of the state hitherto
dominated by the Indian Union Muslim League. While the clout of the Muslim
League may not diminished with this latest development, cadres and lower- and
middle-level leaders will have a new possibility to look up to.
long INL, which was formed by the veteran Muslim League leader Ibrahim Sulaiman
Sait in April 1994, has been patiently waiting for an entry into the LDF fold.
The impending general election helped end that wait. With the Left front in
search of allies to secure maximum number of seats from the state in next
year’s general election, INL became it first choice given its Muslim support
base as well as the secular position it has taken all these years.
has always supported the Left movement and we think the party will get an entry
to LDF fold in the next few days,” a senior state office bearer of the INL told
Express, requesting anonymity. He said the Muslim politics in the state,
dominated by the Muslim League, will see a realignment with IUML cadres and
lower- and middle-level leaders flowing to the front.
and Welfare Party will be the other casualties with youth finding a new opening
with the INL.
senior leader of the INL told Express: “Muslim politics of the state is in a
flux and with the INL entry into the LDF, lots of youngsters who are into
SDPI,PFI and Welfare party will come with us as we are an alternate to Muslim
League in Muslim political sphere.”
said League failed to maintain the momentum provided by its legendary leaders.
“As a political party, the League did not move ahead after the towering
contributions given to the Muslim society by leaders like C H Mohammed Koya,
Ibrahim Sulaeman Sait, Seethi Saheb, C K P Cheriya Mammukeyi and P M
Aboobacker. INL will fill that vacuum and will be a secular alternate to IUML.”
a highly educated and financially sound Muslim society in place, there is no
space for religious extremism and we totally opposed to it. Our entry into the
Left front will marginalise these forces,” he said.
Khan’s victory is making Pakistan’s feminists shudder’
have been mixed reactions from international media to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s victory in the general elections held on July 25.
Citing his alleged support for anti-India terror groups, Indian media was
particularly disturbed over possibility of the cricketer-turned politician’s
becoming Pakistan’s PM. Following confirmation of a PTI majority in the
elections, Indian news channels began questioning Imran’s sincerity to the war
on terror. Some also claimed how he was ‘selected’ and not ‘elected’.
his victory speech, Khan commented on Indian media’s portrayal of him and said
they made him look like a Bollywood villain. The PM-in-waiting advocated peace
and emphasized on the importance of having friendly relations with India, but Indian
commentators do not seem to take his word for it. An op-ed in Indian news
website First Post, after Imran Khan’s victory speech stated, “He [Imran Khan]
mentions the word ‘terrorism’ only once, and that too while using it as a
victim card to absolve Pakistan’s role in fostering the global scourge. He does
not mention even once the issue of ‘cross-border terrorism’ – the bone of
contention between the two nations and the only issue over which there is
bipartisan consensus in India – no mean feat given India’s fiercely competitive
cannot be so naïve that he is unaware of the fact that any rapprochement with
India is impossible unless ‘cross-border terrorism’ is not addressed. It is at
the front and center of the problem.”
Times, however, termed Khan’s victory ‘a step ahead in the democratic
transition’. “Election 2018 was a big snub to conventional politics, i.e. the
status quo which has ruled Pakistan for nearly seven decades, and which Imran
Khan has been relentlessly attacking”, read an opinion piece in HT.
Indian figures who know Khan from his cricket days, on the other hand, welcomed
his victory. In an interview, former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, praised Imran.
“Imran was the first captain to push for neutral umpires, I knew it then that
he was a good man,” he said.
Western media lashed out at the PM-in-waiting for his alleged soft corner for
the Taliban. Washington Post said, “Pakistan’s likely next leader is a Taliban
sympathizer”. The editorial further says, “He is indeed an enemy of the major
political parties that have dominated Pakistani civilian politics for decades –
but he is also the favorite of the Pakistani military, whose overweening power
the mainstream parties have been trying to curb.
Mr. Khan takes office, he will have the support of many Pakistanis who want to
see reforms that distribute wealth more equally or that disempower the old
political dynasties. But he will owe his position largely to the army and its
powerful intelligence service, which helped him win so that they can more
easily pursue their own interests – which include siphoning off the lion’s
share of the national budget, supporting the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan
and encouraging other extreme Islamist groups. That means Pakistan, which has
been one of the most difficult countries for the United States to work with
over the past two decades, is likely to become still more so.
editorial further says, “Mr. Khan, a former cricket star and playboy who now
portrays himself as devoutly religious and a nationalist, seems to have few
foreign policy views other than antipathy toward the United States and its war
on terrorism; he has endorsed the Taliban cause in Afghanistan.”
Guardian claimed that despite Khan’s victory, the real power still lies with
the army. “Khan’s victory comes against a troubled backdrop. Over the past few
months, the country has seen drastically ramped up censorship, with widespread
allegations of military interference in favour of Khan’s Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Every single opposition party has rejected his
win, alleging vote-rigging.”
Economist termed Imran Khan’s win ‘unsportsmanlike’. “The PTI’s disappointed
rivals could mirror Mr Khan’s own past example and take to the streets, as he
did in a four-month protest following the last election. That protest, however,
enjoyed the sympathy of the army, keen to clip the wings of the Sharif
brothers. This time the soldiers have in their sights their ideal outcome: a
pliable leader and a minority government that will not be too powerful.
parties may be persuaded to desist, and a tenuous stability take hold. If so,
Pakistan’s growing current-account crisis may look more manageable.”
as Imran Khan claims, his party — the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) — is
victorious in the Pakistani general election, the women of that nation may face
a disastrous era of gender discrimination and repression. The clues that Khan’s
ascent bodes poorly for Pakistani women can be found in the lead-up to the
election. In one recent interview with Hum news, Khan denounced Western feminism
as an impediment to motherhood. And his promise of making Pakistan an Islamic
state, something that has in the past meant heightened restrictions on women,
is also making Pakistani feminists shudder”, read a piece in CNN.
Prime Minister to UAE’s Crown Prince: ‘You have lost Islam’
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, was put in an uncomfortable
situation by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali when he asked him to
support the establishment of an Islamic institute in Addis Ababa.
Ahmed recalled this situation during an open meeting of the Ethiopian community
held by Badr Ethiopia Organization in the city of Virginia, US, according to an
Ethiopian activist who attended the meeting and reported the statement to
of the conversation he had with bin Zayed, Abiy said, “I asked him about the
construction of an Islamic institute, and I asked him: ‘What would you (as
Emiratis) help us with? And he answered, “We will support you in everything,
and we will teach you.”
Abiy Ahmed stopped him and answered by saying: “We do not need you to teach us
Islam. You have lost it. We want you to teach us the Arabic language quickly so
that we can understand true Islam and then get you back on track.”
added, “I told him that if we got all the population of the Gulf countries
together, we would find out that they are much fewer than the Muslim population
in Ethiopia, he asked me ‘why are you talking in numbers?’ and I replied
‘because Islam considers the crowd as a source of strength’.”
speech was highlighted by the AR-Ethiopia account on Twitter.
is not the first Ethiopian insult to Abu Dhabi. In mid-July, the Ethiopian
Foreign Ministry denied UAE’s claims about playing the role of a mediator with
Eritrea regarding its 20-year-long conflict.
Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Meles Alem, stressed that the Asmara
agreement has been signed recently with Eritrea is in the interests of both
countries and occurred without the mediation of any third party.
clarification of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs came as a response
to UAE media news outlets which gave credit to the UAE and its Ministry of
Foreign Affairs for the completion of the reconciliation.
UAE has faced renewed African objections against its tendencies in the
continent. While Abu Dhabi sought to mobilise the countries of the world to
boycott Qatar during its siege in June 2017, many countries rejected these
pressures and attempts, including Ethiopia, which confirmed support for
Kuwait’s efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis.
Arabic-language Al-Masalah news website wrote that Trump is attempting to form
an Arab NATO with the partnership of the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states,
Jordan and Egypt.
new plan has been raised as the US has in the past decades been misusing the
Arab states, specially those in the Persian Gulf region, and he is now again
taking steps towards milking the Arabs under the pretext of preventing Iran's
threats," it added.
website underlined that the White House officials and the Middle-East experts
have voiced concern that formation of an Arab NATO would increase tensions in
added that the US has also in the past attempted to make similar moves through
forming different coalitions with its Arab allies against alleged Iranian
threats but has always failed.
media reported earlier this week that the Trump administration is quietly
pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with
six Persian Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter what it
calls as Iran’s expansion in the region.
White House wants to see deeper cooperation between the countries on missile
defense, military training, counter-terrorism and other issues such as
strengthening regional economic and diplomatic ties, Reuters reported.
his presidential campaign, Trump, described the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—US
close Arab ally— as a ‘fat, and milky’ cow, and added there is no interest for
the United States to support Saudi despotic regime and sooner or later a
popular uprising would erupt.
said that he was “definitely not a big fan” of Saudi Arabia, and that America
had paid too much to “back Saudi terrorists up”.
you know, the primary reason we’re with Saudi Arabia for the time being is
because we need the oil. Now we don’t almost need their oil so much, we shall
stop support Saudi dictators,” AFP quoted Trump as saying at the time.
the importance of nursing and flourishing scouting and girl-guide activities,
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday hoped that extremism, terrorism, drug
abuse and other anti-social menaces will be rooted out from the country with
believe these types of social activities are very much important alongside
academic ones. So I think these scout and girl-guide movement should be
strengthened and expanded further through which we’ll be able to stamp out
extremism, terrorism, drug abuse and other anti-social activities from the
country,’ she said while distributing Shapla Cub Award at her official residence
prime minister expressed her belief that the conscious children who are in
scouting and girl guiding will be able to advance the country in the future.
describing various steps taken to expand the scout and girl-guide movement in
the country, she said Bangladesh Scouts has its activities in all the
educational institutions, including primary schools, as per the government’s
directives. ‘But, the activities of girl guides in the girls’ schools are not
up to the mark. But once it was there. I saw that in my childhood,’ she said.
Hasina directed the education minister, primary and mass education minister and
officials of Bangladesh Girl Guides Association and Bangladesh Scouts to build
girl guides in every school. ‘I think each girls’ school should have a unit of
girl guides,’ she said.
said the government has directed the officials to expand scouting in the
country and they have taken steps to this end. ‘You’ve reaped its success,’ she
said, adding that the girl guides’ activities should get more attention.
prime minister mentioned that there are 10 zones of girl guides. In some
places, the activities are going on in rented offices while some have own
places but no offices. ‘I think offices should be constructed there. We’ve
constructed 10-storey building in Dhaka. If offices are set up in zonal areas,
the activities of the girl guides will further be expanded.’
said through scouting and girl-guide activities, the children are learning many
things, including humane attitudes and conscience. ‘When the children will go
for their livelihood, these qualities will play a vital role in the development
of the country and nation.’
said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted to build a
poverty- and hunger-free country and Bangladesh has started its journey towards
mentioned that the Awami League government has been able to establish
Bangladesh as the role model of development before the entire world.
trying to take the country forward and for that, the new generation has to be
well-educated. They’ve to acquire patriotism, learn to love the country and
nation and devote themselves for the welfare of people,’ she said.
minister Nurul Islam Nahid, primary and mass education minister Mostafizur
Rahman, Bangladesh Scouts president and principal coordinator to prime
minister’s office M AbulKalam Azad, chief national commissioner of Bangladesh
Scouts Md Mozammel Haque Khan, national commissioner of Bangladesh Girl Guides Association
Syeda Rehana Imam and national commissioner (programme) of Bangladesh Scouts
Atiquzzaman also spoke at the programme.
the prime minister inaugurated the 10-storey building of Bangladesh Girl Guides
Association at Bailey Road in Dhaka and Shatabdi Bhaban of Bangladesh Scouts at
Kakrail from the same venue.
also laid the foundation stone of some other development projects at various
places of the country relating to scouting and girl guides from the same place.
the prime minister witnessed a colourful cultural programme performed by scouts
and girl guides at the green lawn of Ganobahaban.
top Indian official said that India would unilaterally do all that is required
to normalise ties with Pakistan if the country, under the leadership of Imran
Khan, takes effective measures to clamp down on terror groups targeting India
and South Asia.
comments of the official, one of the senior most in the Indian
security-diplomatic establishment, come in response to Pakistan prime
minister-designate Imran Khan’s comments that if India takes one step towards
Pakistan, it would take two.
need not be poetic about bilateral relations. India does not need Pakistan to
take two steps as the Modi government will take all the steps required once
Islamabad delinks terror groups as an instrument of its foreign policy,” the
South Block official said on the condition of anonymity.
rise of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) doesn’t come as a surprise to
India, the official said, because the former cricketer’s proximity to the army
is known. Rawalpindi GHQ exercises a lot of influence in Pakistan’s domestic as
well as foreign policies. India, the official added, would wait and see how
Khan proceeds against terror groups and delivers on Islamabad’s past assurances
and commitments on dealing with the perpetrators of the 26/11 and the Pathankot
terror attacks before taking the next step.
to the official, India will continue to put sustained pressure on Pakistan to
deliver on its promises regarding these and also seek global support to ensure
that Islamabad turns off funding and training of jihadists in pursuance of its
should not blame India for defaming its name or convince China to agree to put
Pakistan on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list for funding terror
groups. Instead, it should concentrate on taking action against globally
proscribed terror groups. Pakistan has to just become a normal state for India
to resume talks and bilateral ties,” said the official.
Khan’s statement is in consonance with the Pakistan army’s peace overtures on
the Line of Control (LoC) during the general elections as well as in the weekly
DGMO-level telephonic communications. There has hardly been any firing across
the LoC and infiltration has been limited to small groups of 4-6 militants, who
do not have usual covering fire support, crossing into Jammu and Kashmir. The
Pakistan Army Chief has also been talking in terms of peace with India.
diplomats, foreign policy mandarins and army officials are closely monitoring
events in Pakistan, particularly any action that Khan takes with the support of
Rawalpindi GHQ to weed out terrorist leaders including ones carrying global
rewards on their head, from the political process. In this context, Pakistan’s
action on 26/11 main accused Hafiz Saeed and Pathankot airbase attack
perpetrator Masood Azhar will define the future course of bilateral
foreign secretary Shyam Saran told Hindustan Times that there should be no
hurry on the part of India to judge Khan’s intentions.
him first take office as Prime Minister of Pakistan and then spell out his new
initiatives. He has talked about having trade ties with India. Let’s not
pre-judge the issue as people of Pakistan have shown that when given a choice
they have no truck with the likes of Hafiz Saeed. Not one of the Lashkar
candidates won in the election. The best is to wait and watch.”
diversity is one of its strongest qualities, and this is what makes our country
so unique. It is so wonderful to see all communities coming together to work
for the betterment of society.
an example of communal harmony, was seen in Odisha. A group of people,
consisting of both Hindus and Muslims, joined hands to clean up after the
commencement of the Bahuda Yatra on Monday.
group of volunteers was seen cleaning the streets of Baripada after the
commencement of the Bahuda Yatra or return car festival of Lord Jagannath. The
volunteers present echoed the importance of cleanliness, adding that it had
nothing to do with religion.
doesn't have any religion. So, we all have come together. We feel lucky to have
been given this opportunity," a volunteer told ANI. Another volunteer
said, "We want to set an example for people of the country. We should keep
our cities clean in order to stay healthy."
'Rath Yatra' is an annual event, during which idols of Lord Jagannath (Vishnu),
his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra are taken out in a
procession to Gundicha Temple, where they are placed for nine days.
CBI, which is probing the 2012 murder of Muslim League activist A Abdul Shukoor
in Kerala, has told Supreme Court that it has “corroborated the facts as
mentioned in the FIR” and that it was looking into the alleged role of
prominent CPM leader P Jayarajan and MLA T V Rajesh in the crime.
with respect to the role of “the duo“ and investigation as to their knowledge
and mensrea are in progress,” the agency said in an interim report submitted
before a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and S K Kaul. The report was filed in
response to a plea by Jayarajan challenging the CBI probe.
agency, which took over the case from Kerala police following a High Court
direction, said it was also investigating if there was any lapse on the part of
state police in not charging the two leaders with criminal conspiracy. They
have been charged under Section 118 of IPC (concealing design to commit
offence) read with sections 364, 307 and 302 of the IPC. The bench asked CBI to
complete the probe and file a final report in a month. The court will hear the
matter next on September 19
Supreme Court is to hear the arguments in the petitions of Muslim women
challenging the Islamic practices of ‘Nikah Halala’ and polygamy beginning this
Islam, ‘Nikah Halala’, allows a divorced Muslim woman to re-marry her husband
provided she first marries another man, consummates the marriage with him, and
then he willingly divorces her or dies. On the other hand, though a Muslim man
is permitted to practice polygamy and have up to four wives at a time, a Muslim
woman does not get the same rights. Both practices are acutely patriarchal and
regressive in nature, denying Muslim women a sense of dignity and equality.
of the victims seeking justice and equality have called the custom of ‘nikah
halala’ akin to rape. One woman who has come forward claims she was divorced
multiple times and forced to consummate marriages with several men, using this
cultural or religious practice that violates the fundamental rights of equality
and freedom is unconstitutional and deserves to be banned. In that light, the
Modi government’s decision to oppose the Islamic practices of polygamy and
‘nikah halala’, in response to a petition that is to be heard in the Supreme
Court is a progressive step. This will generate a debate in society and
eventually help the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which is
against the outlawing of the practice, to review its own orthodox thinking.
A CRPF jawan was shot dead by terrorists at his home in Jammu & Kashmir's
Pulwama district on Sunday.
barged into the house of a local CRPF constable, Naseer Ahmad Rather, in the
Naira area of Pulwama, south Kashmir, and fired upon him, a police official said.
said Rather received serious injuries and was rushed to hospital, where he was
declared dead. The area has been cordoned off and a hunt has been launched to
nab the assailants, the official said, adding that a case has been registered.
on July 21, constable Mohd Saleem Shah, who was on leave, was abducted and
killed by militants from his residence in the Mutalhama area. Policeman Javaid
Dar was abducted from Shopian and his body was found in Kulgam on July 6.
Before that, soldier Aurangzeb was abducted by militants in Pulwama. His
bullet-riddled body was found later.
July 29: Shahdara Shareef has emerged as a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity as
around one lakh people visit the shrine every month.
was stated by senior BJP leader and MLC Vibodh Gupta who visited the holy
shrine to pay obeisance and pray for the welfare of the State. He said that
soon the work from Shahdara to upper Shadra Road with an estimate of Rs 10
crore will be sanctioned under CRF.
addressing the people at Shahdra Shareef, the MLC said Baba Ghulam Shah was a
great spiritual saint and his pious spirit blessed the land of Rajouri-Poonch
with happiness and prosperity. Talking about PM’s Mann Ki Baat programme, the
MLC said the PM speaks on a wide range of issues pertaining to youth, students,
peasants, festivals, freedom fighters, etc during the programme.
mentioned the example of Asharam Choudhary a poor MP boy who with his hard work
cracked AIIMS as illustrated by Hon’ble PM and asked students of Rajouri-Poonch
to draw motivation from such examples and show excellency in their field.
his today’s address, PM congratulated Hima Das for winning gold in 400m and
appreciated other athletes also, he added. The MLC said, “We must espouse the
cause of protecting and conserving environment as prescribed by the PM in his
address”. He further said PM recalled nationalist like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal
Gangadhar Tilak and Chadrashekhar Azad who played significant role in freedom
struggle. We should also take inspiration from the lives of these great
leaders, he added.
Former Indian cricketer and politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday said that
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan ‘is solution to Pakistan’s
problems and unstable political situation.’
Khan is someone who believes in unity and not divisions, and he is the right
person to lead Pakistan,” Navjot said.
his praise for the PTI chief, Sidhu said that Khan’s greatest quality is that
he is pure and honest.
cannot buy such quality in the market. This was the quality that leads Pakistan
to a world cup win, and this will lead Pakistan to prosperity too,” he added.
said that it is due to his hard work and perseverance that Khan was going to be
Pakistan’s next PM. “I have never seen a harder working cricketer or
personality,” he continued.
only Sidhu, several other renowned names from the world of cricket have
forwarded their best wishes to Khan after his party’s performance in elections
this week, during a press conference a day after elections 2018, Khan said that
he was willing to work to improve ties between Pakistan and India. “If India
take 1 step towards us, we will take 2,” he said.
PML-N join hands to give Imran tough time
The country’s two major parties — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan
Peoples Party — are set to play an ARD-like opposition role in parliament as
they have agreed on formulation of a “coordinated joint strategy”, if the
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf manages to form its government at the Centre.
broad-based understanding on cooperation was reached during the first direct
meeting between the leaders of the PML-N and PPP after the July 25 general
elections here on Sunday.
was an ice-breaker,” said PML-N’s Mushahid Hussain Sayed, when asked about the
outcome of the meeting held at the residence of former National Assembly
speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
was a very good meeting and you can call it a meeting of the minds,” the PML-N
leader said, adding that there was complete unanimity of views between the two
parties that the “July 25 elections have been stolen”.
said both sides were of the view that they should “completely reject” the
election results and should adopt “a coordinated joint opposition strategy” to
give a tough time to the Imran Khan-led PTI government while staying inside
said the two parties would meet again on Monday as the PML-N had told the PPP
representatives that it would inform them about its decision on a proposal of
the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) to boycott parliament. He said the PPP
delegation had informed the PML-N that they were not in favour of boycotting
PPP delegation comprised Yousuf Raza Gilani, Sherry Rehman, Qamar Zaman Kaira
and Farhatullah Babar while the PML-N side was represented by Mushahid Hussain
Sayed, Ayaz Sadiq, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Sardar Mahtab
the PPP delegation also held talks with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief
Maulana Fazlur Rehman and tried to persuade him to reverse his decision of
to Dawn, Sherry Rehman said they had urged the Maulana not to boycott
parliament because by “vacating the space we will be providing a walkover” to
said the parties had had a bad experience of boycotting the elections or
parliament in the past, adding that the PPP had even questioned the credibility
of the 2013 elections and the party leadership had dubbed them “RO elections”,
yet they had participated fully in the parliamentary proceedings to strengthen
are very clear that democratic forces while condemning the polls have all the
rights to sit on the seats for which they had fought very hard,” she said.
reply to a question, Ms Rehman said consultations among the parties would
continue and they were expected to have more sessions.
the PPP and PML-N leaders said that so far they had not discussed any strategy
for the upcoming elections for key parliamentary offices of the speaker and deputy
speaker, adding that such minute modalities would be discussed at a later
the PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after
the polls, the final results issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan
(ECP), however, shows that the party is still short of numbers to form its
government independently. According to the results, the PTI has bagged 115
general seats — 22 short of simple majority — whereas the PML-N and PPP have
won 64 and 43 seats, respectively.
in the PPP and PML-N told Dawn that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who also heads the
MMA, had shown flexibility and might reverse the decision taken at a
multi-party conference to boycott the oath-taking session of parliament. They
said the Maulana had suggested that they should jointly field candidates for
the parliamentary offices and make every effort to prevent the PTI from forming
its government at the Centre.
the MMA has 12 seats, the combined seats of the PPP, PML-N and MMA become 117 —
two more than the PTI’s number of seats.
sources said that a joint meeting of the leaders of the three parties was also
expected to be held on Monday (today).
time it was after the 2002 elections when the PPP and PML-N had forged an
anti-government alliance — Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) —
under Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan. The MMA was another opposition alliance in
parliament at that time. The members of the ARD and MMA had given a tough time
to the military government of Gen Pervez Musharraf who had picked Zafarullah
Jamali as the prime minister. Over 100 members of the two alliances kept
parliament non-functional for a record almost one year through noisy protest
against the Legal Framework Order of the military regime, forcing the government
to hold talks with the opposition.
issue was resolved when the MMA entered into an agreement with the military-led
civilian regime and parliament approved the controversial 17th Constitution
Amendment giving indemnity to the acts of Gen Musharraf, including the
amendments he had made to the Constitution.
Overseas Pakistanis and professionals are pinning high hopes on Imran Khan as
Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) is set to form the next government, saying that
the time has come to deliver on his vision of a new, prosperous Pakistan after
winning the nation’s trust.
settled in the United Kingdom (UK) and professionals hailing from his home town
said if incentives are given with genuine one-window facilitation then they
would mull over the option of investment for playing their role in the crippling
economic crisis, some people told APP in their separate comments.
Yusaf, working in optometry in central London said that it was encouraging to
hear Imran Khan tap the potential of over 7 million overseas Pakistanis fanned
out across the globe to surmount the daunting challenge of eliminating
the real hiccup is the availability of basic information on-line about
investment incentives and sectors where expatriates can invest, garnering
prompt responses to their email requests,” he said.
expatriates will be ready to respond provided they have an iron-guarantee that
their investment will remain safe and they will not be dragged into unnecessary
litigation by locals. Being able to concentrate on business ventures thus
necessitates requisite judicial reforms too, said Amman.
going to run Pakistan in a way it’s never been run before,” Imran said in his
victory speech after he bowled out his opponents while his supporters took to
the streets in celebration.
narrowed the focus onto bad governance which caught the attention of the common
man who faces it day in and out during his visit to a government office or a
hospital. Instead of being served, the poor chap is made to run from pillar to
post to get normal chores done.
Pakistan, the main problem is not extremism,” The New York Times quoted Imran
saying in a recent interview. “We are a governance failure. And in any third
world country, the moment the governance collapses, mafias appear.”
PTI chief’s emphasis on the rule of law also went down well with overseas
Pakistanis like Maham Malik who hails from Namal Valley and has just graduated
from Durham University Law School (England) with First Class Honours. When
approached, she said “institutions can topple harmful structures of power
through the judicial process. The aftermath of the elections reveal the
democratic process can do the same. Hearing Imran Khan’s victory speech, I was
struck by the wisdom and sincerity in his success,” said Maham, who is also a Harmsworth
Scholar at the Honorable Society of Middle Temple in London.
underlying theme of his plans for the future rest on the very essence of
constitutionalism and power which the law strives to uphold. A leader willing
to harmonise the relationship between different arms of government for mutually
complementary progress is a great achievement for any nation, let alone a young
and fragile democracy like ours. Finally, Pakistanis have a chance to speak
truth to power,” said Malik.
Malik, an architect based in London commenting on Khan’s address said “ I
recently heard Imran’s victory speech, where he extends a hand to overseas
Pakistanis to come back and invest in our country. With this in mind, I would
like to take this opportunity to extend that hand back.”
a primary focus on solving the housing crisis facing the country, he hoped the
new government would support incentives for architects living abroad to work in
most of the world, particularly developing countries, design is considered a
luxury and hence not usually afforded. I am astonished at the level of
construction happening in my country and in turn distraught at the lack of
beautiful design,” Fahad said responding to PTI’s plan to build millions of
homes across the country to address shortage of houses.
in his home district Mianwali, the people expect much more to unravel the web
of poverty wound around the 238000 souls of this district.
Abbas, an MBA graduate from Oxford who grew up in Namal proposed that even if
the Cattle Market at Bun Hafizjee every Thursday could be expanded into the
food-grain market, it could be a harbinger of change in the development of the
poor of the area. This Mandi already performs the much needed job of
eliminating the middle-man in rural markets.
many small towns, the “Mandi” (market) is deeply rooted in the socio-economic
system of Namal Valley. Cobblers and farmers toil all year round, artisans
sweat to craft their wares, and people of the valley flock to buy these items
at dirt cheap prices,” said Moeen who is working as a consultant in Islamabad.
of PTI in Namal Mr Shaukat, jubilant over the victory of his party said it was
the people’s faith in Imran’s honesty and his vow to rid the country of
corruption which captured their imagination.
the virtual absence of a well-established local bodies system, the constituents
in his hometown insisted that parliamentarians carry out development and
infrastructure, by building roads and schools.
Imran had already won hearts of Namal’s constituents who were the first to
elect him as MNA in 2002. In return he set up Namal University, which secures
internationally recognized degrees as a University of Bradford affiliate.
Nestled in the craggy mountains, it has changed the fate of many in this
poverty-stricken area. Imran’s singular achievement also forced the Punjab
government to open a college in the area – a dream which had been eluding the
people for decades.
young advocate Bilal Ahmed who practices in Islamabad said the two educational
institutions will help alter the destiny of the poor who otherwise cannot think
of securing higher education. “They want Imran to set up a crockery
manufacturing factory in the area as china clay is being produced in the mountains
near Namal University,” said Bilal.
July 25, Pakistan went to the polls and handed the most seats in parliament to
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party of athlete-turned-politician Imran
Khan. While hailed as a victory by many, the reality is that the Khan regime
foreshadows immense hardship and violence for Pakistan’s religious minorities —
particularly that of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Day violence and claims of voter fraud notwithstanding, there’s an additional
sinister reality that few in Pakistan are willing to discuss. For decades,
Pakistan’s Ahmadi Muslims have suffered complete voter disenfranchisement on
account of our faith — and this Election Day was no different. This election,
Khan stood silent as Ahmadi Muslims were again disenfranchised.
version of Jim Crow laws mandate two draconian options for the nation’s some
500,000 Ahmadi Muslims. To vote, Ahmadis must either declare themselves
non-Muslim or declare Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Messiah and Mahdi and founder of
the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, as a false prophet and liar. Ahmadi Muslims
reject both positions, and are thus forced into disenfranchisement.
record is one of capitulation to the Taliban, acquiescence to unjust law and
deflection from accountability. As journalist Jon Boone documented, “At the
peak of the Taliban’s terror campaign in 2014 Khan was pleading for them,
saying they were ‘confused.’ He thought the Taliban should be given an office
in Peshawar from where they could parlay with the government. He bitterly
opposed a military confrontation with the group, saying it would only fuel more
things turned out,” Boone noted, “Khan was wrong and the liberal fascists were
right. After much foot dragging, largely caused by Khan’s noisy opposition, the
army finally assaulted North Waziristan. The rate of Taliban violence fell
hasn’t changed his views. In fact, he has doubled down, with reports that in
January, his party “gave a grant worth PKR 550 million [more than $4 million]
to madrasas of Sami-ul-Haq, who is also known as the ‘Father of Taliban’. Ahead
of the polls, PTI joined hands with Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, who is on the
US terror watch list.”
claims he seeks justice for all people of Pakistan regardless of faith or
creed, but his actions prove to the contrary.
if Khan is sincere, he can prove it by returning free and fair voting rights to
Pakistan’s Ahmadi Muslims — a feat literally a pen stroke away. An executive
order issued by then-President Pervez Musharraf relegated Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community to a separate voter roll. Khan can issue another executive
order and repeal this unjust law. Will he?
own Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights —
which Pakistan has ratified — mandate religious freedom. Thus, Khan can prove
his commitment to justice by demanding a repeal of Pakistan’s second amendment
which declares Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslims, the 1984 anti-Ahmadi ordinance
mandating fines and arrest for Ahmadis identifying as Muslim, and the 1986
blasphemy law that is frequently used to target Ahmadi Muslims, Christians,
Hindus and atheists.
Khan is on the record stating, “I say with full conviction that … [Ahmadis]
cannot call themselves Muslim … and we will stand by and fully protect
Pakistan’s 295-C.” Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code enforces a
mandatory death sentence for the act of “blasphemy,” which Ahmadi Muslims are
apparently de facto committing due to our belief in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the
Messiah. Khan moreover frequents “Finality of Prophethood” conferences, which
are run by religious extremists with a history of targeting Ahmadi Muslims.
but significant is that every Pakistani prime minister or president, from
Benazir Bhutto to Nawaz Sharif, persecuted Ahmadi Muslims — and each ultimately
succumbed to the extremism or corruption they enabled.
Khan intends to buck history, he must stop acquiescing to extremism.
Notwithstanding the blood on his hands for supporting the Taliban as they
killed thousands of Pakistanis — including scores of Ahmadi Muslims — you will
never hear Khan affirm his support of Ahmadi Muslims. When asked whether he
supports Ahmadi rights, he has responded that he “supports all rights.” Khan is
the Pakistani version of “all lives matter.” Meanwhile, Ahmadi Muslims continue
to suffer religious, social and political apartheid.
July 25, while my fellow Ahmadi Muslims were again denied the foundational
right to vote in Pakistan, I presented our case for justice before Sam
Brownback, the U.S. ambassador for religious freedom, in Washington at the
State Department’s first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. With
representatives of more than 80 governments present, our case was received with
a round of applause.
Khan were present, would he have clapped for justice for Ahmadi Muslims? As the
incoming prime minister who ran on slogans for justice, he should prove it with
from The LilyThe Lily, a publication of The Washington Post, elevates stories
Amid many surprises and upsets in general elections 2018, Tehreek-i-Labbaik
Pakistan has emerged as a new force to claim the highest number of religious
votes in Karachi. It beat the five-party alliance Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal,
which many say is fast losing support of mainstream parties of the Barelvi
school of thought.
TLP, however, says it is a “well-deserved” rise for the party, which came into
the limelight after the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed and
convicted killer of Punjab governor Salman Taseer, with the name of Tehreek
Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (PBUH). The TLP turned into a political party last year
when it launched a protest sit-in across the country against the alleged change
in the oath for lawmakers in parliament and the declaration for voters
got 321,000 votes in Karachi for our National Assembly candidates while the
number of votes for our Sindh Assembly candidates is much higher and we won two
[PA seats],” said Bilal Ghazi of the TLP. “We could perform much better if the
results were not held back. In three provincial assembly and in one National
Assembly seats, the results were changed. We could have won at least six Sindh
Assembly seats and one of the National Assembly.”
said the role of the TLP during the past two years helped it make inroads with
religious voters, who had been disappointed by the mainstream religious
parties. It was a “natural rise”, he said, which was successfully turned into
votes by the party.
decision on this would be made by our Majlis-i-Shura at its meeting next week,”
he said when asked about the expected role of the TLP legislators on treasury
or opposition benches in parliament. “Whatever is decided, we have a two-point
agenda as a party — enforce the Shariat of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the
country and defend Khatm-i-Nubuwat.”
mainstream religious parties of the Barelvi school of thought are not ready to
concede defeat but cautiously agree that the people have voted for the TLP in
larger numbers. Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan-Noorani, which is part of the MMA, and
the Sunni Tehreek, which failed to put up an impressive show, put the blame on
“rigged and unfair elections” rather than growing support for the new party.
as the MMA have already rejected the elections and its results. So it would not
be wise to separately comment on the performance of one party in Karachi alone.
You see the process as a whole and we believe that it was not a free and fair
election whether it’s Karachi or any other part of the country. In this
context, how one can judge performance of any party,” said a spokesman for the
JUP-N — a viewpoint seconded by the Sunni Tehreek.
the rosy picture painted by the TLP leaders for their rising support and its
rejection by the JUP-N and ST, both appear unfair assessments for political
pundits and analysts, who see the party growing with a certain ideology also
has the support of state forces, which have brought it into electoral politics
and made its acceptable in the people despite serious criticism.
The United States’ (US) print and electronic media continues to highlight Imran
Khan’s triumph in the Pakistani elections, saying that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) has broken the dynastic hold on the country’s politics.
an international news service, said in a dispatch that Imran Khan’s pledge to
eradicate corruption appealed to voters.
said that the victory for the ex-cricket captain turned anti-corruption
crusader ends the decades long rotational grip of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) headed by Bilawal
agency said that Imran Khan has led a relentless anti-graft campaign. It said,
“The PTI leader campaigned on making Pakistan an ‘Islamic welfare state,’ but
the party will first have to deal with a mounting financial crisis.
New York Times (NYT) reported that Imran Khan’s success in the elections is a
stunning rise for someone who has spent much of his political career on the fringes
of Pakistan politics.
paper also said that one of the first tasks for the next government will be to
avert a currency crisis.
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Naeemul Haque Sunday said Afghan President Ashraf
Ghani had invited prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan to visit Kabul.
Afghan president telephoned Imran and congratulated him on his victory in the
2018 General Election,” Haque said while addressing the media in Islamabad.
the Afghan president confirmed via a tweet that he had called Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and congratulated him on his victory
in the elections, and invited him to visit Kabul.
tweeted that both sides had also “agreed to overcome the past and to lay a new
foundation for a prosperous political, social and economic future of both
countries Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
Afghan president also said that he had invited the PTI chief to Kabul.
extended an open invitation to Mr. Khan and he expressed his wishes to visit
said that the PTI chief told the Afghan president that he would visit Kabul
after assuming power.
the PTI leader urged Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) President Maulana Fazlur
Rehman to not boycott parliament.
Fazlur Rehman should take back his decision in light of Imran’s vow to aid in
probing opposition parties’ rigging allegations,” Haque asserted.
PTI leader also shared that the PTI was in talks with various political parties
for support to form the government in the Centre and Punjab.
former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence,
has been hospitalised after suffering heart problems.
on Sunday moved Sharif from Adiala prison in Rawalpindi to the Pakistan
Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) in the capital, Islamabad, on the
recommendation of doctors.
Javed, a minister for Punjab province where the prison is located, told state
media that doctors had examined Sharif, 68, after he complained of chest pains
and that an electrocardiogram (ECG) confirmed there were irregularities.
many days he stays in hospital depends on doctors," Javed said in comments
broadcast by the state-run PTV channel.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party said on Twitter that the former
prime minister had agreed to be treated at the hospital after consulting with
his personal doctor.
Khwaja, a spokesman for PIMS, said Sharif was being treated in the hospital's
cardiac centre and that his condition was stable.
police and paramilitary troops were deployed to assist hospital security,
according to Khwaja.
July 24, a medical board met to assess Sharif's health and said he was in need
of constant medical care, according to Pakistani media.
is diabetic and has a history of heart problems, undergoing bypass surgery in
and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were convicted of corruption on June 6 in a case
relating to the ownership of four luxury apartments in London, Britain's
have been held at the high-security prison since July 13. A court will hear
their appeals on July 31.
was dismissed as prime minister in July 2017 over corruption allegations
revealed in the Panama Papers.
PML-N suffered a heavy defeat in Wednesday's general elections, winning only 64
of the 137 seats needed for a parliamentary majority.
party of Imran Khan, a former cricket player and longtime critic of Sharif,
finished first but will need to form a coalition to govern.
Sharif, the PML-N chief and Nawaz's brother, criticised the results as
way the people's mandate has blatantly been insulted, it is intolerable,"
he told a news conference on Wednesday.
his part, Khan has offered to investigate the claims, saying he wants to unite
the country under his leadership.
a new, two-level building near low-cost housing, more than 20 women, all
covered in brightly colored clothing, listen to their teacher.
speaks to them in two languages, Hausa and Kanuri. He explains how the women
can save money and use it together. He suggests they set up a cooperative – an
organization owned and operated by the people who use its services.
these women, this class is the answer to changing their lives. Some of the
women are married to militants, members of Boko Haram. The group has terrorized
northeastern Nigeria and nearby areas since 2009. Most of the women are widows.
They are trying to provide for their children after their husbands were killed.
Others say their husbands are being held by the government.
of the women say they face stigma in their communities.
are afraid. Some people, because of who they think my husband was, they won’t
even like to help me,” said Aisha Ali, a mother of eight children.
husband was killed by Nigerian security forces. She wants to separate herself
from Boko Haram. Like the other women, Ali knows that she needs to have
business skills because some of her neighbors are too afraid to give her
has been coming to the Future Prowess women’s skills training center to learn
the art of weaving. All of her financial hopes lie in becoming an expert
training that I am receiving will help me and my children and, if possible,
help me take them to school and end my suffering,” Ali told VOA.
Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School teaches business and artisanal skills
to women, while a local nongovernmental organization operates a nearby school
for some of their children.
of them, their parents were killed in their presence,” says Suleiman Aliyu, the
head of the school. “We try to organize a trauma session for the new ones that
will be enrolled plus their mothers.”
school, which receives aid from nongovernment agencies, operates on trust and
keeps personal information private. Teachers do not tell anyone which students
are the children of Boko Haram members.
effects of the militant group’s violence can be seen across the Borno State
capital, which is where the group started.
schools are still being re-built following Boko Haram attacks. Thousands of
people whose homes and villages were destroyed still live in camps around the
2009, Boko Haram forces have destroyed homes, crops, bridges and other
infrastructure. The World Bank and the Nigerian government estimate the group
has caused about $9 billion worth of damage just in northern Nigeria.
there is no value that can be put on the damage and trauma done to the lives of
people who call the area home.
program for the women
at the training center, widows of Boko Haram members work side-by-side with
widows of men who were killed by Boko Haram.
first, getting the women to sit together was difficult. They were required to
join in a support program to talk about the violence they experienced.
Issa, the administration assistant for the Future Prowess training program for
women, described the discussions.
one is not the one that killed you, this one is not the one that killed,” she
Ali’s husband died of a heart attack four years ago. He once belonged to Boko
says she is seeing results after attending the training program.
right now, I’ve been making bags and I sold some four bags,” Hazida Ali said.
women hope for a new start, away from a life of terror and violence, to a life
of financial security and happiness.
Haram kills 11 troops in NE Nigeria
Nigeria : Boko Haram fighters killed 11 troops and seized weapons in a raid on
a military post in the latest such attack in northeast Nigeria, residents and a
military source said on Sunday.
in five trucks and on motorcycles stormed the checkpoint in Bunari village near
the garrison town of Monguno in Borno state late Friday, leading to a fierce
came around 6:30 pm (1930 GMT) and attacked the military checkpoint and
soldiers responded with fire," resident Amadu Sheriff told AFP.
attackers overpowered the soldiers who took up positions in the trenches dug
round the checkpoint from where they fought the Boko Haram gunmen," he
civilians, including a woman and her child, from a nearby settlement, were
killed by stray bullets, he said. He said residents of the nearby settlement
evacuated on Saturday and moved to Monguno for fear of renewed attacks.
had no idea of military casualties but saw "two ambulances carrying dead
soldiers" being taken to Monguno, eight kilometres (five miles) away.
military source who confirmed the attack said 11 troops were killed.
(military) vehicles including an APC (armoured personnel carrier) and a gun
truck were carted away by the terrorists," said the military source who
asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak on the
attackers were repelled with the help of reinforcements from Monguno, he added.
of the attack was slow to emerge due to poor communication in the area where
Boko Haram has destroyed telecoms infrastructure in the last three years.
Haram has launched repeated attacks recently.
Islamists late Thursday stormed a base on the outskirts of Jakana, a village 30
kilometres (18 miles) from Maiduguri, firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades
before sacking and burning down a police station.
weeks ago, the jihadists overran a military base in nearby Yobe state.
July 14, jihadists believed to be loyal to Boko Haram factional leader Abu
Mus'ab Al-Barnawi, raided a base in Jilli village.
of troops were said to have been killed or missing.
day before the attack, 23 troops went missing after a military convoy was
ambushed by fighters in the Bama area of Borno state, where the Abubakar Shekau
faction of Boko Haram is strong.
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has launched a
project to distribute over 1,200 tons of food aid to Somali refugees in the
Dadab region in Kenya benefiting 77,646 people including nursing mothers,
pregnant women and tuberculosis patients.
Somalia – Heavy fighting broke out between Somali army forces and Al Qaeda
linked Al Shabaab fighters near Hudur town, some 302 kilometers (188 mi)
northwest of Somali capital Mogadishu.
gun battle flared up when Somali military forces launched an attack on bases
controlling under Al Shabaab near the town, leaving three militants dead, a
military officer, Nour Hussein said.
have killed 3 militants in an operation near Hudur town, we are still pursuing
other militants who escaped with injuries”, he said.
added that the military forces would continue targeting key area under control
of Al Shabaab.
want to join in other military operations against Al Shabaab, which are ongoing
in south and central of Somalia, in a bid to eradicate the group’s fighters”,
Yemeni-American Man Died By Suicide After Trump’s Travel Ban Separated Him From
Trump’s truly evil family separation policy has really taken the heat off of
his also-nightmarish travel ban. But the unlike the family separation rule,
which Trump suspended via executive order, the travel ban is still in effect.
NBC News reported a tragic story from the fallout of this cruel policy, that of
a U.S. citizen who died by suicide earlier this month after his wife and two of
his children were denied visas to join him in America.
Salem, who emigrated from Yemen, was distraught after his family members were
barred from the U.S. and left stranded in Djibouti. He called them to say
goodbye, then died by suicide on July 18th. Relatives reported that he could no
longer afford to financially support his family from abroad, and that Salem’s
children were sick.
brother Mimun told NBC that the family’s visa denial was “the first and main
reason” for Mahmood’s death. Reuniting the family in their native Yemen wasn’t
an option, as Yemen is locked in a civil war that has devastated the nation and
left its population near starvation, in what the U.N. has called the
"world’s worst humanitarian crisis."
travel ban, which the Supreme Court upheld last month, forbids issuing visas to
those from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen, as well as to North Koreans
and some Venezuelans. The inclusion of two non-Muslim countries has been used
by the President’s supporters to suggest that the rule is not intended to be
Muslim ban, despite all the times Trump is on record saying he wanted to
prevent Muslims from entering the U.S.
ban’s application to the included non-Muslim countries also has little
real-world effect, as the vast majority of Venezuelans are free to enter the
U.S.—only certain government officials and their families are ineligible for
visas. And banning North Koreans can only be symbolic, given the fact that that
nation’s totalitarian regime isn’t really big on freedom of movement.
a bitter irony, the U.S. government finally permitted Salem’s family an
exemption from the travel ban—five days after his death.
from the administration US President Donald Trump are pushing Afghan forces to
move their soldiers to big cities like the capital Kabul, sources say.
three officials familiar with the president’s war strategy, The New York Times
reported Sunday that the incentive is avoiding aggressors’ attacks in isolated
outposts manned by Afghan forces.
officials further told the daily that the approach is a previously undisclosed
part of the war strategy that the president announced in 2017.
withdrawal resembles strategies embraced by both the Bush and Obama
administrations that have started and stuttered over the nearly 17-year war. It
will effectively ensure that the Taliban and other insurgent groups will hold
on to territory that they have already seized, leaving the government in Kabul
to safeguard the capital and cities such as Kandahar, Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif
and Jalalabad,” read the report.
this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is ready to
negotiate with Taliban.
is while Trump has boosted US forces in Afghanistan, bringing the official
number to 14,000 American soldiers.
has also removed any timeline for the US forces to leave the country.
retreat to the cities is a searing acknowledgment that the American-installed
government in Afghanistan remains unable to lead and protect the country’s
sprawling rural population. Over the years, as waves of American and NATO
troops have come and left in repeated cycles, the government has slowly
retrenched and ceded chunks of territory to the Taliban, cleaving Afghanistan
into disparate parts and ensuring a conflict with no end in sight,” read the
United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 after the September 11
attacks on New York and Washington, and overthrew the Taliban regime. But US
forces have remained bogged down there through the presidencies of George W.
Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump.
announced Sunday it will provide CAN$50 million ($38.2 million) for
humanitarian aid in Palestine.
a written statement, Canadian Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said:
"Canada is committed to addressing the needs of the poorest and most
statement came during Bibeau’s visit to Israel and in the Israeli-occupied West
Bank from July 25 to 29, 2018.
that peace is necessary for a two-state solution, Bibeau said: "The fresh
support for Palestinians focuses on urgent humanitarian needs and on economic
total of CAN$12.65 million ($9.7 million) will be allocated to the projects for
food security, health, protection, and economic needs, as well as supporting
survivors of gender-based violence.
militants suffer heavy casualties after blow by own IED in Kunduz
least eight Taliban militants were killed or wounded after blown by an
improvised explosive device planted by own comrades in northern Kunduz
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military in the North said the incident has
taken place in Dasht Archi district.
source further added that an improvised explosive device planted in Puli Moman
village went off, leaving 5 militants dead and three others severely wounded.
and other militants often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the security
forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians are
targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the militants as well.
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that
1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.
to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by
Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.
combined use of suicide and non-suicide IEDs caused nearly half of all civilian
casualties. Continuing trends first documented last year by UNAMA, the majority
of IED casualties were caused by suicide and complex attacks, which again were
responsible for record high civilian casualties, resulting in 1,413 civilian
casualties (427 deaths and 986 injured), a 22 per cent increase,” UNAMA said.
of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Mohammed al-Issa inaugurated an
Integrated Services Center for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, stressing the
importance of establishing the center as soon as possible.
explained that the center will provide a small community for Rohingya refugees
with social facilities offering basic education, vocational training and
primary health care.
Sec-Gen praised the strenuous efforts exerted by the International Association
for Relief, Care and Development in preparation for planning the establishment
of the Rohingya refugee services center. He also reviewed a visual report on
the utilities and integrated services of the center, confirming that MWL was
keen on supporting and relieving Rohingya displaced people who have suffered
from brutality by racist terrorism.
addressed the international community in a previous statement, according to
Issa, slamming the atrocities suffered by Rohingya in Myanmar from brutal
attacks and genocide.
disturbing historical chapter in the humanitarian and international record will
be a witness to the magnitude of the failure to stop certain massacres and
crimes of hatred,” Issa stated, adding that these crimes are “one of the worst
brutal and bloody terrorist images, which are no less than the terrorism and
crimes of terrorist organizations around the world, such as ISIS.”
in the face of such brutal crimes is silence in the face of truth and this
gives strong pretexts of the negative concepts on the weakness of the
international justice system and its will to fight and eradicate terrorism,
asserted the secretary-general.
said that MWL is focusing on the economic empowerment of refugees to help them
be productive and self-sufficient in their own environments, and thus achieve
sustainable development, which ultimately is the main aim of the League's
secretary-general highlighted the importance of raising the health awareness of
the Rohingya by focusing on and addressing the personal needs of women and
their psychological and health requirements, in addition to providing personal
health requirements for the rest of the family.
Action Battalion said on Sunday that they had arrested five suspected
extremists, including members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Ansar Al
Islam and Islamic State-inspired faction of JMB, in operations in Dhaka and
officials in Narayanganj said to have arrested two extremists — dentist Richard
Palash Biswas, a converted Muslim and a supporter of ‘Sarwar-Tamim faction’ of
JMB, from Tejgaon in Dhaka and goldsmith Sheikh Farid, an Ansar Al Islam
campaigner, from Mugda in the capital late Saturday.
Biswas was a friend of Bangladesh Army’s late major Washikur Azad’s son Tushar,
who was one of the three extremists who appeared in an ISIS video in 2016
threatening of more terror attacks around the world.
video was released days after five operatives of Islamic State-inspired faction
of JMB stormed into the Holey Artisan café in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave and
killed 22 people.
was arrested from Tejgaon at 11:30pm on Saturday, said Alep Uddin, an assistant
director of RAB-11.
converted to Islam and turned into an extremist in 2008 after being influenced
by jailed Islamic preacher mufti Muhammad Jasimuddin Rahmani, who was jailed
for inspiring youth to kill secular bloggers.
officials also arrested goldsmith Sheikh Farid from Mugda at 10:30pm on
Saturday for continuing invitation on behalf of the banned extremist group.
processes were underway, said Alep.
in Rajshahi in separate operations arrested three others — Muhammad Nazrul
alias Nazu Maker, 50, and Abu Bakar, 38, both of Kanshat, and Selim Reza alias
Hazrat Ali, 27, of Mubarakpur under Shibganj in Chapainawabganj along with
books and leaflets, fund collection money receipts, three mobile phone sets and
eights SIM cards.
officials said that they arrested the three operatives of Shaykh Salahuddin-led
JMB at Ghion village under Nachol upazila in Chapainawabganj about 11:45pm on
battalion in a statement said Nazrul joined JMB by 2008 and rose up to become a
senior leader of the banned organisation.
2015, JMB’s Rajshahi unit chief Shohel Mahfuz, also an accused of Holey Artisan
Café attack case, insisted Nazrul to join Islamic State. Nazrul refused to join
but continued with JMB and went into hiding after the police crackdown that
killed IS-inspired faction of JMB operative Rafiqul Islam Abu, 30, in April
Abu Bakar and Selim Reza joined JMB in 2012, the battalion said.
battalion officials said that Selim left Shibganj by October 2017 and joined an
apparel factory in the industrial hub of Ashulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka.
residents of Dhaka’s Mohammadpur and its adjoining areas today suffered due to
severe traffic gridlock following a rally arranged by a faction of Tablig
Jamaat and followers of Hefajat-e Islam.
movement was interrupted on Taj Mahal road, Noor Jahan Road, Town Hall,
Mohammadpur bus stand and the adjacent areas due to the rally, our staff
correspondent from the spot.
20,000 leaders and activists of both the Islamic groups took part in the
programme held at an Eidgah ground adjacent to Taj Mahal road in Mohammadpur.
The rally began at 10:00am and ended around 1:00pm.
Islam Chief Shah Ahmed Shafi, also the chairman of Qawmi Madrasa Education
Board, was present at the rally.
this morning, thousands of followers of a faction of Tablig Jamaat and
Hefajat-e Islam, who are against the Tablig Jamaat leader Maulana Saad
Kandhalvi, reached Dhaka.
the rally, many of them took shelter in different mosques of Mohammadpur area.
Many were seen inside and in front of shops disrupting business in the area.
were connected to the mosques from the main venue. Many loudspeakers were also
set up at every alley and intersection and on different roads, witnesses said.
and office goers suffered the most. Many of them were seen walking on foot due
to lack of transports in the area.
resident of Mohammadpur area told the Daily Star that she suffered as she faced
traffic gridlocks in the locality on her way to workplace in the city's
Farmgate area as the Tablig and Hefajat men blocked many roads so that their
leaders and activists can reach at the rally venue easily.
rain made the situation even worse, she added.
the programme, the Tablig Jammat leaders took six decisions, including to
disobey any decision taken by Maulana Saad Kandhalvi.
will not let Maulana Saad preach any sermon in Bangladesh, the leaders said.
Biplab Kumar Sarkar, deputy commissioner (Tejgaon Zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan
Police (DMP), told The Daily Star that the organisers of the programme sought
verbal permission from police to hold the rally but did not submit any written
application in this regard.
to a question regarding the sufferings of people due to the rally, the police
official said as it was a huge gathering, problem has been created.
conflict between the two factions of Tablig Jamaat began during the Biswa
Ijtema this year, the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj.
Islam first tried to prevent Saad's arrival because they strongly opposed to
his participation in the Ijtema over allegations that Saad had made
“controversial statements about the Quran and Sunnah”.
the top leader of the Tablig Jamaat Maulana Saad, who had been conducting the
Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) for the last three years, had to return to
New Delhi without joining this year's Biswa Ijtema.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has once again nominated Anisa Rasooli to obtain the
membership of the high council of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, said Anisa Rasooli has been nominated to
obtain membership of the high council of Supreme Court of Afghanistan.
to a presidential decree, a woman can be appointed as member of the Supreme
Court in the light of Hanafi School, considering that her testimony is accepted
apart from cases of capital punishment.
another presidential decree, Abdul Shakoor Mahjoor has also been nominated to
obtain the membership of the high council of Supreme Court of Afghanistan.
high council of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan has nine members who are
elected and introduced to the Afghan parliament in accordance with the
constitution of Afghanistan.
Rasooli was appointed as the first female member of the Supreme Court of
Afghanistan a year after the formation of the government of national unity.
move was widely welcomed but the lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament
did not cast enough votes to approve her as first female member of the Supreme
Court of Afghanistan.
Chief Executive of the Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah endorsed negotiations
between the US officials and Taliban group representatives in Qatar.
endorsed the talks as he was speaking during the conclusion of the conference
‘The Voice of Minbar (Pulpit) in the Fight against Corruption’ convened with
the support of the Afghan religious scholars.
towards the talks between the US and Taliban in Qatar, Abdullah said such contacts
were being made in the past as well and have positive impact on the ongoing
efforts for reconciliation.
Abdullah emphasized that it will be Afghans only to lead the talks as foreign
countries are negotiating to persuade Taliban for the Afghan-led negotiations.
comes as a Taliban official had earlier termed the preliminary talks with the
US officials as ‘very useful’ and promised to elect a delegation for the formal
talks if some progress was made during the initial stage, it has been reported.
negotiations are at initial stage … and both sides discussed options to pave
the way for future contacts and meetings,” a Taliban official has told Daily
ongoing efforts to root out graft from the country, President Mohammad Ashraf
Ghani on Sunday urged the religious scholars to raise their voices against
Ghani urged the Ulemas to assist with the fight against corruption as he was
speaking during a conference, The Voice of Minbar (Pulpit) against Corruption.
that no television or radio can take the place of Minbar, President Ghani
thanked the religious scholars for the coordinating the conference regarding
the fight against corruption.
said the nation is not corruption but is a major nation comprised of religious
scholars, women, and youths, who are corrupt and there is a minority which is
involved in corruption and their involvement in graft must be prevented.
Ghani further added that each individual including the President of the country
should be accountable before the law.
said the religious scholars should raise their voices with a similar strength
they raised for peace and reconciliation.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani talked with Imran Khan over the phone after the victory
of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) in the elections.
Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal said “President Ashraf Ghani
just called Imran Khan congratulating him on election victory.”
Zakhilwa further added that president Ghani welcomed Imran Khan’s statement
about his intention to pursue policies supportive of peace and stability in
Afghanistan and bringing our countries closer.
Ghani also added that he looks forward to working together for those objectives
the meantime, officials in Imran Khan’s office in a statement have said that
President Ashraf Ghani has invited Pakistan’s next Prime Minister Imran Khan to
visit Kabul in a phone contact on Sunday.
Khan’s spokesman Naeem ul Haq has said that Imran Khan has agreed to visit
Kabul after assuming office.
comes as Imran Khan on Thursday said that the Afghans have suffered most in the
‘war on terror’, and before that in the Afghan jihad, emphasizing that peace in
Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan.
need to unite against Israel: Ahed Tamimi
being released from Israeli jail, Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has called
for national unity in Palestine in the face of the racist Israeli apartheid
a recent law passed by the Israeli parliament, which only gives the right to
self-determination to Jewish people, the Palestinian activist said in a
televised interview in the West Bank that the new law was “a racist apartheid
however, emphasized that such measures taken by the Israeli regime could not
change the fact that the people of Palestine were the only ones who can decide
their fate based on national unity.
message as Ahed Tamimi is that we need to create a link between the popular struggle
and the national struggle and to boycott and isolate Israel and to try it as a
criminal of war,” she said.
all the people, media and campaigners for supporting her, the Palestinian
activist called for a similar campaign for the release of other political
prisoners, particularly minors, held in Israeli jails.
17-year-old Tamimi did not allow the Israeli media organizations present in the
event to ask questions, noting that they were part of the Israeli occupation
and should be boycotted.
Palestinian activist further stated that she had decided to study law at
university in order to defend the rights of the Palestinian people in
and her mother were freed from Israeli jails after completing an eight-month sentence.
She was arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier.
Saada, 20 Houthis killed, 28 imprisoned including high ranking commander
Saada, 20 Houthis were killed and 28 others held captive, including civilian
commander Abu Yasser al-Khoulani, following an attack by the Yemeni army
targeting Houthi bases east of Saada on Sunday.
military commander confirmed that the army held the surprise attack with the
support of the Arab Coalition, and liberated several strategic locations,
including a the al-Shaeer and al-Raba mountain ranges and a military base in
captured by Yemeni army soldiers showed the army and Arab Coalition forces
destroying Houthi rocket launch pads, armed vehicles and military equipment.
army also launched another military operation on the west coast of Yemen to cut
off Houthi supplies coming from Sanaa.
navy on Sunday intercepted a Norwegian-flagged activist boat trying to break
its more than decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, the military and
activity ended without exceptional events,” a military statement said. “At this
time the ship is being transferred to the port of Ashdod” along the coast of
activist group affiliated with the boat, the Al-Awda (The Return), said 22
people and a cargo of medical supplies were onboard.
second boat that is part of the same group, the Swedish-flagged Freedom, is
expected to arrive in the same area in the next couple days, according to the
Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
boats left from Scandinavia in mid-May and stopped in some 28 ports along the
way, the coalition said. Two boats remained behind after a recent stop in
before the Al-Awda, a fishing boat, was intercepted, the coalition released a
statement saying the Israeli navy was issuing warnings to it.
Israeli navy claims our ship is breaking international law and threatens that
they will use ‘any measures necessary’ to stop us,” it said.
fact, the only ‘necessary measures’ would be to end the blockade of Gaza and
restore freedom of movement for all Palestinians.”
has fought three wars with Palestinian militants in Gaza since 2008 and says
the blockade is necessary to keep them from obtaining weapons or materials that
could be used for military purposes.
gunmen on Sunday carried out the assassination of Col. Nasser Makireh
al-Jaadani, an intelligence official at the Aden airport in front of the of Ba
Janid Mosque in the Khor Mukasar district of central Aden.
security source at Aden airport confirmed the death of Col. al- Jaadani, and
said that his body was transferred to the Republican Hospital in Aden. He was
the official of the al-Saifu neighborhood in Khor Mukasar district of the
assassination of al- Jaadani came at a time when the city of Aden has been
witnessing a number of assassinations of security officials and imams of
mosques under mysterious circumstances.
army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a
domestically-designed short-range ballistic missile at a position of
Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in
the country’s central province of al-Bayda.
military sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the missile hit the
designated target in al-Jaribat area of the province on Sunday.
were no immediate reports about possible fatalities and the extent of damage caused.
in the day, Yemeni soldiers and their allies lobbed a barrage of artillery
rounds at the strongholds of Saudi mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern
border region of Najran.
sharpshooters had earlier fatally shot three Saudi-backed militiamen in the
al-Durayhimi district of Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah.
civilian also lost his life and several others, including women and children,
sustained injuries when Saudi fighter jets carried out an airstrike against
residential buildings in the Riff al-Tahtia area of the same Yemeni province.
the Saudi-led military alliance involved in the years-long aggression on Yemen
alleged in a statement broadcast on Saudi Arabia's state-run al Ekhbariya
television network that it had destroyed sites used by Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah
coalition claimed the “destruction of ballistic missile (launch) sites run by
Houthi fighters in Sa’ada.”
Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the
Saudi-led war had left some 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March
United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
high-ranking UN aid official has warned against the “catastrophic” living
conditions in Yemen, stating that there is a growing risk of famine and cholera
army troops and their Houthi allies have killed four Saudi soldiers and
captured two others in counterattacks near the border, the al-Masirah
television network reports.
incidents came during the Yemeni army’s attack on the Mash’al military base in
the Jizan region in the kingdom’s southwest, the broadcaster announced Sunday
as it aired a picture of the two captured soldiers.
snipers, meanwhile, killed eight mercenaries in Jizan, as well as in the
west-central Yemeni Province of Ma’rib and the impoverished country’s west
coast, al-Masirah reported.
War Media outlet has published a video featuring army operations against
Saudi-backed militants in the Ta’izz Province in the country’s southwest.
operations, it said, led to the seizure of an Emirati military vehicle, and an
unspecified quantity of weapons and ammunition.
escalation came after Saudi Arabia resumed its heavy bombing of Yemen’s lifeline
port city of al-Hudaydah, hitting a police camp, a plastics factory, a radio
station and a fishing pier.
kingdom and the UAE launched a massive offensive to capture Hudaydah last month
but their advances ground to an immediate halt in the face of stiff resistance
by Houthi fighters and local residents.
Saudi government said on Wednesday it had suspended oil shipments through the
Red Sea after Yemeni fighters attacked two very large crude carriers of the
Houthis, who have previously threatened to block Bab el-Mandeb, said on
Thursday that they had the naval capability to hit Saudi ports and other Red
fighters also surprised the UAE by sending a drone over Abu Dhabi airport and
forcing it close to international traffic.
NGO Save the Children has warned that fresh Saudi attacks could create the
ideal conditions for a catastrophic new cholera outbreak affecting thousands of
people in Hudaydah.
recent bombings could make Hudaydah “ground zero” for a fresh outbreak,
according to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the body’s CEO.
could spread like wildfire in Yemen, potentially infecting thousands of
children and completely overwhelming an already crippled health system,” she
said after a recent visit to Yemen. “Many hospitals have been reduced to
rubble, and those that are still standing are barely functioning.”
coalition says destroyed Yemen rebel missile launch sites
RIYADH - A
military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said Sunday it had destroyed sites used
by Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen to launch missiles at the kingdom.
coalition announced in a statement the "destruction over the past 24 hours
of ballistic missile (launch) sites run by the Huthi militias in Saada", a
northern Yemeni province bordering Saudi Arabia and controlled by the Huthis.
and its allies are fighting alongside Yemen's government against the
Iran-backed Huthis in a war that has killed thousands and pushed impoverished
Yemen to the brink of famine.
Arabia's government-run Al Ekhbariya TV aired a 49 second clip showing black
and white ariel footage of what it said was a coalition strike on Saada. The
footage could not be independently confirmed. Saudi Arabia has come under
increasingly frequent missile attacks launched by the Huthis from northern
Yemen this year.
kingdom's air defence forces say they intercepted all missiles, and only one
casualty has been reported.
Arabia, the biggest crude exporter in the world, last week announced it had
temporarily suspended oil shipments through the Bab al-Mandab Strait after a
Huthi missile attack on an Aramco vessel. The strait connects the Red Sea to
the Arabian Sea and is a crucial passage for oil and trade.
coalition will not allow the Huthi militias to build military capabilities that
threaten regional waters," the coalition said. The Saudi-led alliance
intervened in Yemen in 2015 to back the country's internationally recognised
government after the Huthi rebels forced President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi out
of the capital Sanaa.
10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict since the 2015
intervention, 2,200 of them children.
Arabia accuses its regional arch-nemesis Iran of smuggling arms to the Huthis
through Yemen's ports, namely the Red Sea port of Hodeida.
Hodeida port was blockaded by the Saudi-led alliance earlier this year to
retaliate against the rebels' missile strikes.
blockade has since been partially lifted, but access to the impoverished
country remains limited.
June 13 Yemeni forces launched a major offensive to retake Hodeida.
Hodeida is the entry point for some 70 percent of imports in a country where
eight million people face imminent famine.
dozen Daesh remnants slain in Iraqi army airstrikes, ground operations
than a dozen members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed and
several others captured as Iraqi air forces and government troops launched
separate counter-terrorism operations across the crisis-hit Arab country to
flush out the last remnants of the extremist outfit.
second-in-command of Diyala Operations, Lieutenant General Hassan Mohammed,
told Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network that nine Daesh Takfiris
were killed when Iraqi military aircraft targeted a militant hideout in Hamrin
basin, situated 90 kilometers north of Baquba.
Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman, Brigadier General Saad Maan, announced in a
statement that the 7th Police Emergency Regiment of the Nineveh Police Command
arrested 8 Daesh terrorists, whom were wanted under Article 4/1 of the
Anti-Terrorism Law, in the eastern part of the strategic northern city of Mosul
in the holy city of Samarra, Iraqi troops killed four Daesh terrorists,
including three bombers, during an operation to beef up security.
army fighter jets struck a vehicle belonging to Daesh terrorist as soon as it
arrived in Sa’ad al-Khuzeimi region west of Rutba. The airstrike killed a militant
and injured three of his comrades. The slain terrorist has been identified as
Khalaf al-Alwani,” Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman Brigadier
General Yahya Rasool said.
Saturday, members of the Iraqi Federal Police killed two Daesh militant
commanders, one of them a Chechen national, during a clean-up operation in the
oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk.
media bureau of Iraq's Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement that
the two were killed in Dabba village, adding that security forces also set two
militant hideouts on fire and captured ten Takfiri militants.
June 30, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the
commander-in-chief of Iraqi forces, pledged to hunt down Daesh militants across
Iraq after recent attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group.
will chase the remaining cells of terrorism in their hideouts and we will kill
them, we will chase them everywhere, in the mountains and the desert,” Abadi
declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on
December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, the Iraqi prime minister had formally declared victory over
Daesh extremists in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban
stronghold in the conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units
(YPG) as reporting that its militias attacked the Turkish troops and their
allied militants in Shirava region in Afrin.
news further said that a roadside bomb went off along a road connecting Basilah
went on to say that a military vehicle was destroyed and five Ankara-backed
militants were killed in the attack and in the blast.
the meantime, five military policemen, affiliated to Turkish troops, and also a
Turkish soldiers were killed in Kurdish fighters' attacks in Central Afrin,
Hawar news said, adding that the total number of casualties of the Turkish army
and their allied militants stands at 2,538.
Tuesday, tens of civilians in the town of Jandaris took to the streets and
demonstrated against the Ankara-backed militants, urging release of the
civilians captured or abducted by Faylaq al-Sham militants.
the meantime, the Turkish troops and Ankara-backed militants arrested two
brothers from Amirat tribe and executed the brothers after torturing them.
Arabic-language al-Manar TV reported that the Turkish army deployed several
military vehicles in the village of al-Jatal Northwest of Manbij to
reinvigorate its forces in Northeastern Aleppo.
Manbij Military Council commander disclosed last week that the council and the
Democratic Civil Management running the region intended to hand over Manbij to
the Syrian Army forces.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted the commander as disclosing that the
military council and the civil management would never concede to Turkey's reign
over the town, underlining that Ankara's presence and control over the town is
a flagrant case of occupation.
further said that talks are underway between Damascus representatives and the
Manbij military council to pave the ground for handing over the town to the
Syrian Army forces.
daily went on to say that residents in and even villagers on the countryside of
Manbij are urging deployment of Syrian army troops in the town.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that the American forces have sent a
convoy of military aid, including several military vehicles and cement-made
barriers to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Ein Issa region in Northern
US forces' move came after tensions between the SDF and Raqqa residents rose
and the SDF embarked on arresting a number of civilians.
the meantime, four SDF gunmen were killed after a bomb went off near al-Andaras
Farm in Western Raqqa.
Tuesday, the US dispatched a convoy of military equipment and troops to its
base in Northern Raqqa to clamp down popular uprising against its forces and
convoy of the US military vehicles left Iraqi territories for Northern Raqqa.
convoy included 300 trucks carrying logistic and military equipment, arms and
ammunition for the US troops' base in Kharab Ashak region that is one of the
most important bases of the US in Syria.
long convoy of military vehicles carrying fresh forces and a large volume
equipment has been dispatched by the army from Southern Syria to Northern
army is preparing to capture al-Ghaab Plain and Jabal al-Akrad in a region
between Northeastern Lattakia and Western Idlib as government troops are completing
anti-terrorism operation in Dara'a and Quneitra.
35,000 fighters of Tahrir al-Sham, including Uzbek, Chechen, Uyghur and
non-Syrian Arabs gunmen, are in Idlib province.
a relevant development last week, the missile and artillery units heavily
targeted Tahrir al-Sham bases in Kafr Zita, al-Latamineh, Ma'arkabeh and
Hasraya in Northern Hama.
field sources reported that the terrorists who had moved from Idlib and Jabal
al-Zawiyeh to Northern Hama sustained, at least, 54 casualties in the battle,
adding that the army also destroyed more than a dozen vehicles as well as
military equipment of the militants.
artillery and missile units pounded the strongholds of Tahrir al-Sham and other
terrorist groups in the villages of Ma'arkabah, Tal al-Sakhar, al-Araba'ein,
Hasraya, Abu Ra'eideh Sharqi in Northern Hama.
artillery and missile units shelled terrorists' positions in the villages of
al-Huweiz and al-Zaqoum in Western al-Ghaab Plain and farms near the town
al-Tamanna in Southeastern Idlib and Western Jisr al-Shughour and in the small
town of al-Najiyeh in Western Idlib.
of terrorists in Hama and Idlib were killed or wounded and their military
equipment were destroyed in the army artillery fire.
al-Sham has launched a fresh round of arrests in Southern Idlib and captured a
number of reginal figures.
the meantime, local sources said Tahrir al-Sham is much concerned about the
spread of peace talks between militants and Damascus forces in Idlib province.
arrests by Tahrir al-Sham came after a meeting between militants'
representatives in peace talks with the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria
to hand over militant-held regions in Idlib to the Damascus forces.
meetings have been held between elites and tribal leaders in Western Hama and
Southern Idlib and senior military staff in the Russian-run Humeimim airbase in
line with implementation of the peace plan.
sources said Wednesday that Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at had set up yet another
Operations Room to slow down the Syrian Army forces' upcoming operation in
Western Idlib and Eastern Lattakia.
sources quoted Salahuddin al-Kurdi, one of the commanders of Tahrir al-Sham, as
disclosing that Tahrir al-Sham members are preparing for confronting the Syrian
army operation in Lattakia.
sources further said that terrorist groups in Lattakia have embarked on forming
a United Operations Room and deployed forces in different regions.
army and its allies are advancing against a remaining Daesh pocket in the
southwestern Dara’a and Sweida provinces amid Israeli reconnaissance aircraft
reported loitering near the operation theater.
official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said the army carried out concerted
attacks Sunday against remnants of the Takfiri terror group in the Yarmouk
Valley near Jordan.
units were engaged in violent clashes with terrorists on the outskirts of the
al-Shajara town of the province, in which a local Daesh commander identified as
Abu Walid al-Masri was killed.
state television broadcast footage from near the scene of the fighting showing
military vehicles moving along a road.
holds only a small area of Dara'a province near the Israeli-occupied Golan
Heights, after army advances last week that forced the Takfiri group to
said Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew near al-Shajara when terrorist
suicide bombers were attempting to reach army positions and the advancing
troops also found a US-made TOW missile and improvised explosive devices in one
of the Daesh hideouts in addition to American and Israeli food products, the
news agency's correspondent reported.
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army was also bombing
Daesh positions in the nearby province of Sweida.
bombing comes after the macabre terror group attacked the province’s capital
and nearby villages on Wednesday, killing more than 220 people.
also took hostages from among local people, with a non-Syrian source close to
Damascus saying that an informal communications channel had been opened to try
to release them.
leaked photos of 14 women from Sweida, saying they were kidnapped from their
houses. The militants have threatened to harm the hostages if the Syrian army
does not halt its offensive in the Yarmouk Valley near Jordan and the Golan
Heights, the Jerusalem Post said.
top militant commanders have reportedly fled southern Syria to Israel in the
face of army advances after hundreds of Western-backed "White
Helmets" were evacuated to Jordan in a coordinated operation.
has denounced the Israeli evacuation of the White Helmets a “scandal,” which
was reportedly in the works for some time but was speeded up after a recent
NATO summit in Brussels.
self-described volunteer rescue group stands accused of being the "media
arm" for Takfiri groups, and has been charged with staging false flag
chemical attacks in a bid to prompt a Western military intervention in Syria.
Muslims hope new law brings 'dream of peace'
of the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group gathered in their tens of
thousands on Sunday to discuss a landmark law granting them autonomy, with one
expressing hope it would make their "dream of peace" a reality.
Rodrigo Duterte last week signed the law, a key step to ending a Muslim
rebellion in the south of the mainly Catholic Philippines that had claimed
about 150,000 lives since the 1970s.
Islamic Liberation Front members, supporters and local residents from various
parts of the southern island of Mindanao, including women in headscarves and
fighters carrying arms, trooped to the main rebel camp there for a
leaders are seeking support for the law in advance of a referendum on the
measure, which creates an expanded autonomous region and is aimed at ending one
of Asia's longest and deadliest conflicts.
is our dream. If we end this [fighting], hopefully, we can live in peace,"
Nasser Samama, a 61-year-old veteran rebel fighter, told AFP news agency at
people want peace and so do we in [the Front] forces. What [the Front] has
achieved is not just for our group but for the whole of Mindanao."
rebels have long battled for independence or autonomy in Mindanao, which they
regard as their ancestral homeland.
law aims to enforce an historic but fragile 2014 peace deal under which the
Front vowed to give up its quest for independence and lay down the weapons of
its 30,000 fighters in return for self-rule.
the law, a new political entity known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region would
replace the current autonomous region created following a 1996 deal with
another rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front.
Bangsamoro is set to have more powers and cover a bigger area.
leaders approve of the measure but say its communities would need to back the
law for it to pass a plebiscite.
Sunday, many of the group's members, who have endured decades of conflict, said
they supported the law.
is the beginning of peace in Mindanao. This is the start of unity between
Muslims and Christians," housewife Babaidi Budain said.
expressed fear the law would not bring development to the resource-rich, but
in Mindanao should avail themselves of the opportunity the region offers. If
not, it would be the same, the Bangsamoro would not prosper," said
community worker Nasser Sulaiman.
IGP hails Muslim rally as ‘good example’ of peaceful gathering
BARU, July 29 — The Himpunan Kebangkitan Ummah (HKU) rally held at Padang Kelab
Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday serves as a good
example on organising peaceful gatherings by non-governmental organisations,
said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.
said the cooperation of the organisers and participants made it easier for
police to do their work.
gathering went smoothly with everyone obeying the rules and the public not
disturbed, he told reporters after a
ceremony for presenting Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara (PJPN) medals of
valour to 400 police retirees in conjunction with the Warriors’ Day celebration
at the Johor Police Headquarters here today.
Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian presented the medals.
Rashid said the organisers met all requirements in staging the rally and that
this facilitated the police in traffic and crowd control.
today’s event, Noor Rashid said it was to show appreciation to serving and retired police personnel for their sacrifices
for the country, especially during the communist insurgency after Malaysia’s
of the recipients, Saniman Markom, 70, said he was glad to receive the medal
and thankful that his 36 years of service in the force did not go unrecognised.
father of eight daughters said the most challenging time was when his patrol
team came under ambush by CTs during the Insurgency.
was in the Police Field Force between 1974 and 1985 in Perak. I had to jump out
of our truck and fell into a nine-metre deep ravine.
I was not injured but some of my colleagues were. Bullets were flying all
around, “said Saniman, who was accompanied by his wife Hasnah Ahmad, 59.
'Dalai Lama' urges Australia to speak out against China's police state
world’s leading activist for China’s Muslim minority group has urged Australia
not to let its economic relationship with Beijing get in the way of speaking
out against the group’s repression.
Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer, who has been compared to Tibet’s Dalai Lama, spoke
after a United States diplomat told a watershed congressional hearing in
Washington that the police state imposed on the ethnic minority in China’s
north-west was among the worst cases of repression now happening in the world.
Kadeer, 71, told Fairfax Media that international concern about her people was
growing - as shown by the Washington hearing chaired by top Republican and past
presidential candidate Marco Rubio, who called for Washington to consider
applying sanctions to Chinese officials.
Rubio said today that a lot of countries across the world are fearful of losing
their economic ties with China, so they are silent against the atrocities that
are occurring against the Uighur people,” Ms Kadeer said. “One of those
governments is obviously Australia.”
special leader and past president of the World Uighur Congress, who now lives
in the US, urged Canberra to “call on China to stop engaging in state
terrorism” against her people.
on Thursday night Australian time, the Congressional-Executive Commission on
China, Washington’s special committee to monitor human rights and the rule of
law in China, held its most significant hearing on the plight of the Uighurs.
Rubio, who chairs the commission, said there were “credible estimates” that
between 800,000 and 1 million people in the north-west province of Xinjiang
were being held in fortified “political re-education camps” where torture,
solitary confinement and deprivation of food and clothing were widespread.
current human rights crisis unfolding in Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region,
targeting Muslim minority groups, is arguably among the worst, if not the most
severe, instances in the world today of an authoritarian government brutally
and systematically targeting a minority faith community,” he said.
was backed up by the second-top US representative to the United Nations,
ambassador Kelley Currie, who told the hearing that “we do believe that the
security state in Xinjiang is excessive and is perhaps one of the most
repressive in the world at this time”.
Minister Julie Bishop said the Turnbull government “shares concerns expressed
by the international community on the situation in Xinjiang” and added that
“our officials have conveyed these concerns to China on a number of occasions”.
Media could find no instance where a senior member of the government or
opposition had raised the Uighur repression publicly in any significant forum.
Currie said Chinese authorities were making unprecedented use of technology
such as facial recognition and forced collection of DNA and blood samples, iris
scans and voice prints, to control Xinjiang, where most of China’s 10 million
also confirmed reports that male Communist Party members from the Han ethnic
majority were being put in households in Xinjiang in place of Uighur men who
had been sent to camps.
Rubio backed the view that countries were putting economic relationships ahead
of human rights, saying that “obviously money does talk”.
Kadeer said five of her children and 11 of her grandchildren had been put in
camps by the Chinese government.
have not been able to contact them or get any information about them since July
last year,” she said.
younger sister died in a camp in the past three months, she said. Her name was
Arzigul, she was 69 and she had five children.
door is wide open for a coalition aiming to unseat President Joko Widodo at
next April's elections, according to his predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
as he's commonly known, made the statement after a two-hour meeting on the
night of July 24 with Prabowo Subianto, who lost to Widodo in 2014, but seems
keen on having another crack at the nation's top job.
said they shared a vision about what the nation needed for the next five years,
but stressed that they did not discuss a possible role as Subianto's running
mate for Yudhoyono's son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono.
former president is seen as keen to establish a dynasty, but if he pushes the
former army general too hard, he could undo the other part of Subianto's
coalition ranged against Widodo.
Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) has usually worked together with the
Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and more recently with the National Mandate
those parties are pushing their own figures for the vice-presidential slot, and
too much pressure for the younger Yudhoyono to take on the role — potentially
preparing him for a presidential move in his own right later on — could wreck
the existing line-up.
while the official line from the former president is accommodative, the message
on the street is far more assertive. Portraits of Agus Harimurti adorn the
streets of major cities with a one-word message: "Siap" — Ready —
presumably for the vice-presidential office.
proposed opposition coalition presents other hurdles. Both Gerindra and
Yudhoyono's Democratic Party are nationalist secular parties, unlike the PKS
is Indonesia's version of the Muslim Brotherhood, and PAN increasingly adopts a
may have been a message on the issue of ideology in Yudhoyono's comments to the
media after the meeting with Subianto.
made a commitment and agreed to contribute and make efforts for peaceful,
honest and fair elections in 2019, including the presidential one," he
are committed to avoid political movements on the basis of identity and SARA
[ethnicity, religion, race or group affiliation]."
suggests that the election is likely to be relatively free of the dirt that
colored the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, in which the forces of
hard-line Islam were ranged against incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama,
an ethnic-Chinese Christian.
didn't feature strongly in regional elections in June and is not likely to do
so next April. After all, all of the likely candidates are Muslim.
continue to rant and rave. Amien Rais, a political scientist who was one of the
main figures in the 1998 overthrow of late autocrat Suharto, continues to push
PAN toward a "Mecca Coalition" of Muslim parties. But others are not
listening, and it's not clear that his own party is keen to be too closely associated
with the politics of identity.
as a whole has taken a step back to examine the passions that roiled the
country as hard-liners insisted that only a Muslim should lead the country, or
any part of it. The same conservative ideology remains dominant but is far less
vocal than it was when Purnama was trounced and then sent to jail over
Subianto can marshal his forces into an orderly union to confront Widodo, the
incumbent is likely to come under fire on a range of issues.
prominent among them is the economy, with pressure continuing on the rupiah
currency — down 6 percent against the dollar so far this year.
energy company, Pertamina, has been forced to foot the bill for subsidized
fuel, as Widodo refuses to allow prices to rise ahead of the election year.
the Minister for State-Owned Enterprises, Rini Soemarno, is saying the behemoth
will have to shed assets. That will leave the president open to charges of
mismanagement when the campaign begins.
will also face accusations of selling the country off to China. While earlier
concerns about a spike in Chinese workers appear to have faded, they can easily
be ramped up again in a nation where sovereignty is a sensitive issue.
can brag that he has achieved the long-sought goal of gaining control of the
Grasberg copper and gold mine in Papua, with U.S.-based Freeport-McMoRan
announcing on July 12 that it had agreed to a deal that will see the government
take a 51 percent stake.
will also be able to point to the major boost in infrastructure during his
first term, with the trans-Java toll road, stretching nearly 1,000 km across
the country's most populous island, expected to be completed at the end of
president also has to decide on his own running mate. On July 23, he was
reported to have reached agreement on a candidate with the leaders of the
parties in his own coalition, but no public statement on the choice is expected
until nominations near their close on Aug. 10.
possible union with Yudhoyono's Democrats had been mooted, presumably with Agus
Harimurti penciled in for the number two slot on the ticket, but that option
now seems to have been ruled out.
until now, three parties in the Widodo camp — Golkar, the United Development
Party and the National Awakening Party — have all been pushing for their
contenders to be given the nod as running mate.
on a candidate removes one major headache for the incumbent.
can still win re-election without Yudhoyono's backing. The latest poll,
conducted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), gave the incumbent
the backing of 55 percent of respondents who were asked to choose either him or
a number of other possible contestants.
who was chosen by a lowly 22.9 percent in the LIPI poll, still hasn't
officially stated that he'll run in the April election. He's reported to have
doubts about the wisdom of throwing away large sums of money in another
in Victoria Recall Changes Since 2017 Mosque Fire
year and a half after the gold-domed Victoria Islamic Center was torched, Irfan
Qureshi, one of the first to arrive at the scene, vividly recalled the surreal
horror of that morning, and the comforting aftermath.
was scared to my core. We had no facts. All we knew is the mosque is going up
in flames. I thought, 'Is someone coming to kick us out?'" he said of the
early morning fire Jan. 28, 2017.
San Antonio Express-News reports hours later, as he and others picked through
the charred ruins, compassionate strangers began to approach him.
were saying, 'We're very sorry,' and handing me cash and checks. You can't put
a price on how much that lifted us up as a community," he recalled.
a federal jury this month convicted Marq Vincent Perez of burning the mosque,
local Muslims exchanged emotional embraces. Perez, 26, who had voiced his
hatred of Muslims online, faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced
like a load coming off your shoulders. A big stage of this whole ordeal is
finished," said Abe Ajrami, a board member of the Victoria Islamic Center.
the hoped-for legal outcome, Muslim leaders say many in their congregation of
about 45 families remain traumatized.
members who dropped out of sight after the fire have not returned to worship.
Some women have not resumed wearing the hijab, the headdress that marks them as
Muslim, in public. And throughout the congregation, a sense of wary anxiety
as a splendid new mosque with an improved security system rises on the site of
the old, talk of closure and healing is premature.
like the church shooting in Sutherland Springs. These memories can haunt us. It
happened once. Who can say it won't happen again," said Ajrami, 50, who
was born in Gaza.
on Friday when we have the congregational prayers and potluck dinner, with more
of the ladies and the kids. I find myself standing with my back to the wall and
watching the front door," said Ajrami who now brings a gun to worship
the day their mosque burned, Muslim leaders here kept to the high road. They
avoided calling it an act of arson or a hate crime. They didn't claim to be
victims. They praised the broad, supportive response by the local community.
an interfaith prayer service held soon after the fire, other Victoria-area
religious leaders stood shoulder to shoulder with the Muslims.
knew that if this was an intentional act, we were not alone in condemning
it," Qureshi said.
after Perez was charged, some of them prayed for him, that his hate would be
replaced by love.
is not looked at as the city that burned a Muslim church, it's looked at as the
city that came together. It give me hope that the new generation, my kids, will
understand that there are things to unite us," Ajrami said.
mosque president, Shahid Hashmi, 71, was the first witness to testify in the
trial of Perez, an electrician's apprentice, whose anti-Muslim Facebook
messages and postings -- along with the secrets stored in his cellphone --
helped convict him.
in India, raised in Pakistan after the partition in 1947, Hashmi came to the
United States in 1971 for advanced medical training. He became a U.S. citizen
in 1981 and landed in Victoria in 1984, as the city's second Muslim family.
more Muslims arrived, he told the jury, they began to worship together, first
in each other's houses and then in a rented building.
1990 they bought a piece of property on Airline Road north of town. A decade
later, they built their mosque. Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon attended
the grand opening.
Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, later was invited by the
mosque to give a program about Islam at Victoria Community College.
the beginning, leaders emphasized the mosque's open doors, involvement with
others and civic participation that included the Rotary Club, Habitat for
Humanity and Christ's Kitchen, which feeds the poor.
had good relations with the Victoria community. Different churches invited us
and we had them come to visit us," Hashmi testified.
growing congregation, he said, included Muslims from across the Middle East and
Asia, as well as many American-born.
like many churches, the mosque was more than just a place to pray.
is not only a place of worship, we have our weekly potluck dinners here and a
school for teaching. We also have our funerals and our weddings here," he
changed for the Victoria Muslims on Jan. 28, 2017.
day after the fire, multiplying their fears, a gunman in Montreal killed six
Muslim men and wounded 18 more in an attack during their evening prayers.
the fire, the Victoria Muslims have had to use two small temporary buildings
they are sharing the space on Sundays with local Unitarians whose church was
badly damaged when a car plowed through it.
the fire, we hired security to man the place, especially when we were there to
pray," Dr. Hashmi recalled from the witness stand.
was scared. We started locking the doors. It dwindled down to a very few of us
who dared to be there, and even then, two of us would stand guard while the
rest were praying," he testified.
who was born in Pakistan, was among the mosque members who attended Perez's
five-day trial in U.S. District Court that ended July 16.
heard how Perez surveilled the mosque and compared notes online with others who
lot of the testimony was chilling. There is someone watching you when you go to
worship. It's creepy," Qureshi said.
be looking over our shoulders now, but we don't want it to consume us and drift
into paranoia," he said.
designing the new mosque, leaders added cameras, alarms, lighting and strategic
landscaping, like cutting down hedges where someone might conceal themselves,
as they struggled to balance security and openness.
easy after a fire to close your gate and lock things up, and that's something
we fought hard against. We had an option to stop cars from driving into our
parking lot, we pondered an electronic entry system. We opted to keep our doors
open," Ajrami said.
Rachid, another mosque board member, said an anti-Muslim climate that is
encouraged by some political figures and national media outlets, means that
Muslims can't afford to lower their guard.
reality of it is that Muslims in America have been subjected to more insults,
attacks and hate crimes in the last two or three years than ever before,
specifically more than after 9-11. Islamophobia is thriving," he said.
is not America. It is not the America I came to 35 years ago," he said.
the years, he said, members of the mosque have done their civic duty in
serve our community. We volunteer. I have given thousands of hours to area
agencies and charities. I have run for mayor. I was chairman of the United Way
and the chamber of commerce," he said.
58, who was born in Lebanon, said what happened there 40 years ago should serve
as a stern warning to Americans.
lived through the civil war there between the Christians and the Muslims, and I
know what happened when people feed on divisions," he said.
was once one of the most beautiful and modern countries in the Middle East. The
war lasted almost 20 years and almost a million people died. It set the country
back 50 years," he said.
the United States, he said: "This senseless bigotry has to stop. It is
destroying the country."
Oldest South Asian Mosque Builds The Community': Opens Doors To Neighbours
sizzled while newcomers toured Edmonton’s oldest South Asian mosque and talked
religion at its open house Sunday.
in 1984 at 7907 36 Ave. in the heart of Mill Woods, the Markaz Ul Islam mosque
gathers anywhere from 100 people for early morning prayers to 2,000 Muslims for
Friday evening prayers. With two libraries containing books in English, Arabic,
Urdu, Hindi and more, it welcomes worshippers from a number of different
Mahomed Iqbal Subrathi has led prayers at the Markaz Ul Islam mosque for the
past 15 years.
What’s the mosque’s role here?
If you didn’t have the mosque — or the church — you’d just be neighbours with
everyone nearby. Days and months would go by where you don’t see your
neighbours. When you have places of worship, they build the community. The
mosque builds the community, it’s not the other way around.
What are some common misconceptions about Islam that you encounter?
One of the misconceptions is that Muslims are not very safe to be around,
things like all Muslims are terrorists. We want to dispel that. We want to show
that Muslims are very friendly — they’re just normal people that you deal with
on a daily basis.
Is there anything unique about Edmonton’s Islamic community?
I’ve heard from others that when you come to Edmonton, you feel at home. When
you go to any of the mosques in the city, you feel you’re part of the
community. We are a very welcoming community to the newcomers who are Muslim,
from Syria and other parts of the world.
How about Edmonton in general?
British Member of Parliament and Head of the Commons digital, culture, media
and sport select committee Damian Collins called for a “proper investigation”
into the Qatari World Cup 2022 bid on Sunday, following a report by The Sunday
Times showing evidence of the country paying firms and individuals to carry out
a propaganda campaign against its bid rivals.
told Sky News that it would be a “serious matter” if the allegations turned out
to be true.
Sunday Times has reported that Qatar hired firms namely to gather dirt, create
controversy and release negative publicity, according to emails released to the
newspaper by a whistleblower who had worked with Qatar on the World Cup
to the leaked documents, the PR company hired by Qatar recruited journalists,
bloggers and other figures to hype up negative stories, spy on rivals, produce
intelligence reports on key people and create grassroots protests to discourage
people from other bidding countries from supporting the hosting of the World
Cup, therefore making way for Qatar to win the bid.
think what needs to happen now is for there to be a proper independent
investigation of the allegations published in the Sunday Times,” Collins told
added that he met with the whistleblower himself, and has seen the leaked
documents and emails firsthand.
think these are serious matters and there needs to be a proper independent
investigation of them," he told the newspaper
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