Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and States to give wide publicity on
radio, television and other media platforms to its direction that lynching and
mob violence of any kind will invite serious consequence under the law.
SC Asks Centre, States to Give Wide Publicity on Mob Lynching Consequences
Khan Removes Minority Ahmadi Muslim from Pakistan Economic Council
Far-Right Group Suspected Of Plotting Poison Attacks on Muslims
Suspected Islamist Group Members Shot Dead In Bangladesh
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top court by its July 17 judgment had directed the Central and the state
governments to "broadcast on radio and television and other media
platforms including the official websites of the Home Department and Police of
the states that lynching and mob violence of any kind shall invite serious
consequence under the law."
bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.
Chandrachud directed the Centre and the state governments to carry out its July
17 direction as Attorney General K.K. Venugopal informed the court that a Group
of Ministers (GoM) is considering the nature of legislation to be brought to
deal with the crime of lynching by the vigilante groups.
top court by its July 17 judgment had recommended to Parliament to create a
separate offence for lynching and provide adequate punishment for the same as a
special law would instil a sense of fear for law among the people involved in
vigilantism and lynching.
all the state governments and Union Territories to comply with its July 17
direction that provides for preventive, remedial and punitive steps to deal
with the lynching crime, the court said that the home secretaries of the states
and the UTs that would fail to file report on the compliance of its direction
would be directed to appear before the court in person.
court order came as senior counsel Indira Jaising told the court that only nine
States and two Union territories have filed the compliance report.
this, the court sought report from Rajasthan on the steps taken backed with
documents against the police officials for delay in taking Rakbar Khan, a
victim of lynching to hospital resulting in his death.
Khan, 28, was beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Lalwandi village
of Ramgarh district in Rajasthan on July 24.
on Thursday informed the court that SHO of the police station concerned has
been suspended. The court was also informed that three constables of the police
station have been transferred to police lines.
Khan removes minority Ahmadi Muslim from Pakistan economic council
spokesman says the government of Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister has
removed a minority Ahmadi Muslim from a recently set up economic council
because of opposition from hard-line Islamists. The move indicates Prime
Minister Imran Khan bowed to religious elements who opposed the appointment of
Atif Mian to the Economic Advisory Council because of his faith. Khan set up
the council recently to seek guidance for improving the country’s ailing
spokesman for the Ahmadi sect, Saleem-ud-Din, confirmed Mian’s removal, saying
he will be available to the government if his services are sought in future.
Ahmadis are a tiny minority in Pakistan. Their homes and places of worship are
often targeted by Sunni militants who consider them heretics. Pakistan declared
Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974.
far-right group suspected of plotting poison attacks on Muslims
far-right group broken up by French police this summer was discussing plans to
attack Muslims by poisoning halal food, according to police interview
transcripts secured by a French newspaper.
people were arrested in June and July after an undercover police operation
targeted the Operational Forces Action group (OFA), a small vigilante group
dedicated to fighting the “Islamic peril”, according to media reports.
of those held were reportedly linked to victims or those caught up in the
coordinated series of terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 that left 137
people dead. Other suspects were from middle-class backgrounds, or had police
and military backgrounds, according to the transcripts secured by Le Monde and
published this week.
AFO – a small and little-known group - planned to respond to further Islamist
extremist attacks in France by retaliating at a number of locations, according
to a document recovered from the home of one of the suspects.
included using a syringe to poison halal food in Muslim-populated areas,
targeting imams identified by group members as fundamentalists and attacking
mosques and bookshops with homemade grenades.
suspects claimed the plans were ideas that were never going to be carried out,
according to Le Monde. Members of the group were said, however, to have
reconnoitred Paris supermarkets and were planning to test poisons on animals in
August. One suspect was accused of buying material to turn into homemade
group, which had more than 100 members, was allegedly led by a 64-year-old
former police officer and they used code names from historical French figures.
The ex-officer was known as Richelieu, after a 17th century cardinal.
arrests were carried out across France, including the island of Corsica and
within the Paris suburbs. Those arrested, aged between 32 and 69, included
women. Four people remain in custody.
member of the AFO, a 62-year-old mathematician code-named Fermat claimed the
group was not fundamentalist and did not advocate violence.
suspected Islamist group members shot dead in Bangladesh
police on Friday shot dead two suspected members of an Islamist group blamed
for several attacks in the Muslim-majority country, including the murder of
progressive writer-publisher, officials said.
suspects were killed in what police described as "gunfight" in
Sreenagar upazila of Munshiganj, bdnews24 reported.
men in their early 30s were the members of the banned Jamayetul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) militant group, said Nazrul Islam, a district intelligence
officer of Munshiganj police.
JMB is said to have links with the Islamic State.
police had signalled two motor cyclists to stop around 2am on Sreenagar Highway
which they ignored and entered the nearby Chashara KC road, said Additional
Superintendent of Police Kazi Maksuda Lima.
chased them and they opened fire forcing the police to retaliate. At one point,
both of them were shot dead."
sub-inspectors and a constable of police were also injured in the incident,
according to the police.
law enforcement agencies seized 11 handmade bombs, a pistol and two machetes
from the scene.
had information that both of them were involved in the murder of blogger
Rahman, the key suspect in the murder of Bachchu, died in a shootout with the
police in June.
June 11, four unidentified assailants on two motorcycles gunned down Bachchu in
55-year-old former general secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh's
Munshiganj district unit was a publisher of Bishaka Prokashoni. He was known as
a free-thinking writer in his ancestral village Kakaldi.
killing of Bachchu, 60, was the first Islamist attack on a prominent secular
figure in two years.
filed a case against four unidentified persons over the murder. The police said
to have retrieved the information of the involvement of two more persons in the
murder after interrogating Abdur Rahman, the report said.
JMB was also blamed for the 2016 attack on a cafe in an affluent Dhaka
neighbourhood, in which 18 foreigners and four other hostages were killed.
the reset button on Islam and the academia
recently erupted over the appointment of Maszlee Malik as president of the
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Critics were quick to cry
foul as they felt that Maszlee, being the education minister, might be biased
towards the university and violate his own promise of making universities in
Malaysia free from political interference.
I understand, appreciate and value this important criticism, I wish to take a
different stand. I will put forth four arguments why I think we should let
Maszlee accept the appointment by the Sultan of Pahang to be the new president
first argument concerns change. In the book “The Art of War”, the author said
if you kill a few soldiers in front of the other soldiers, you will most
definitely see immediate change and total loyalty for the duration needed to
win the battle.
must understand that change in the country is similar to change in our
families. Parents will notice that a smack here and there can bring about quick
change when children are young, but when they reach adolescence, a more tactful
method is required.
euphoria over the so-called New Malaysia has vanished, leaving many
disappointed because change is slow in coming. To me, though, change has
already come and will come in future days – but we must be patient and
does not mean that we say, “Whatever will be, will be”. We must monitor the
subtle changes and, most importantly, monitor the attitudes of the elected
leadership. It is not a good idea to criticise the royalty or abolish Mara, or
open up UiTM now. Instead, we should instal a new leadership, perhaps a
multiracial one, and bring about change from the inside for a decade or so.
That Maszlee and the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government are willing to change the
universities is enough for now.
we are going to witness a great battle for the Malay-Muslim mindset, and it
must begin at a university. There is already a precedent set in that a minister
like Anwar Ibrahim was president of IIUM. Anwar was there because it was his
view that the Malays needed to abandon the racial mindset and adopt an Islamic
mindset which is supposed to be colour-blind and more universal in values.
vision of a more liberal and progressive Malaysia may be difficult to achieve
in the face of the strong ustaz conservatism in PAS and the racial rhetoric of
Umno. The Malays must change, otherwise the country will burn. Islam is the
choice, but an Islam that has a universal and global outlook.
can be said to be the “second coming” of the spirit of what Anwar and, to a
certain extent, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, envisioned.
non-Malays must understand that the battle for Malaysia lies not only in
economics but in the mindset of the Malay-Muslims. With a marriage between Umno
and PAS just a few months away, Malaysia will be rocked by a strong
conservative Malay-Muslim political force backed by an ignorant Malay populace
nodding to every Zamihan-like fanatic, a middle-class academia that does not
have a critical view of religion, and narrow-minded madrasah-educated state
only weapons PH have to combat the rising mainstream Islamic extremism that we
now see are IIUM and a reinvented Jakim. For 20 years, IIUM has been Umno-ised,
its academics left counting their journal marks for promotions. The professors
there are useless at championing change in the mindset of Malaysian Muslims,
judging by the issues that keep coming up and causing unrest in the country.
reset button must be pressed on the academic culture and responsibility at IIUM
to lead this fight against mainstream Islamic extremism. Maszlee has been in
the civil society circuit and has shown himself to be a true academic by
challenging the status quo at the cost of promotions and career advancements.
regardless of who the president or vice-chancellor is at any university, the
professional fraternity are the ones who are supposed to give real substance to
the institution. I have always given one simple piece of advice to aspiring
young academics: in order to be a true academic, do not give your loyalty to an
institution; instead, give it to knowledge, ideas and the conscience that comes
with the two.
at Malaysian universities give complete loyalty to institutions so that they
will be conferred with proverbial titles and financial awards. Professors must
reach out to the public and change society by making their knowledge and
attitudes known to all and sundry because the ordinary layperson will be
elected as the people’s representative and perhaps even the prime minister.
and media articles, as well as forums upon forums and discourses to enlighten
the public must be the order of the day. Nowadays, if I am invited to speak at
a public university, only a handful of academics and post-graduate students
come. I have made it a practice to invite FMT journalists to all my public
talks because public universities do not care whether anyone else attends. The
same goes for conferences and seminars. The organising committees do not care
who comes as long as they collect hundreds of papers and fees.
universities like IIUM are simply big fat overstuffed elephants that keep
feeding without giving any meaningful output to society. Maszlee would be in
the best position to redraft not only the KPI of professors but also the
ridiculous MyRA measures for university rankings.
45 books, hundreds of encyclopaedia articles and hundreds of media writings can
only be slotted under “other publications”. These three types of writing that
changed the Western world are now pushed to the periphery to make way for
Scopus journals that keep producing narrow-minded PhD graduates. Uncaring
professors producing narrow-minded graduates will send this nation back to the
Stone Age. A university should be a beacon of change for society, not a factory
to produce workers.
with respect to the claim of political interference, there is an easy answer.
As long as public universities are funded by public money from taxes, there had
better be “political interference”. Academics at public universities cannot
think that they operate in a vacuum. The elected representatives are there to
ensure that the public trust the university to do what is best for the people,
not the ego and self-interest of academics.
public will not fund academics’ “pet projects” just because they happen to
“like” travelling to conferences and buying new cars. The bottom line is that
politicians who are elected must ensure that the public get their money’s worth
from the salaries of academics. What is abhorrent is politicians appointing
mediocre leaders at universities that set the path to self-interested research,
writing and papers. I agree with Gerak that there should be an independent
committee to vet candidates for professorship and vice-chancellorship. The
education minister can be one voice in this committee, but not the overriding
closing, I would like to ask our citizens to have patience and trust Maszlee to
lead the battle for the Malay-Muslim minds for a few years. Let us see how he
performs. If he comes up short, I will be the first to tell him so.
to get visa-free access to Kartarpur gurdwara: Pakistan
Pakistan's information minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that the Imran
Khan government was planning to give Sikh pilgrims "visa-free direct
access" to the historic Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara.
an interview with BBC Urdu, Chaudhry said the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf-led
was developing "a system" for Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib
and some forward movement is expected soon.
will soon open the border at Kartarpur for Sikh pilgrims who will be able to
visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur without visas," Chaudhry said,
adding that "a road will be constructed for the pilgrims to come. They will
then have to buy a ticket to go back."
however, no clarity yet on the system - whether the access will be permanent or
be specifically for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev
has been a longstanding demand in India for opening a corridor for the Sikh
pilgrims between Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab
province and Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur- the two sites, barely 6km apart.
there has been no official announcement by the Pakistan government and no
confirmation from New Delhi. But Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu convened a
press conference on Friday to announce that Islamabad had decided to allow access
to Kartarpur corridor.
terrorists living under guise of construction workers charged by NIA
Delhi, Sep 8: The National Investigation Agency has chargesheeted five
Bangladeshi nationals for aiding and harbouring members of a terrorist
five were first arrested by the Pune ATS for aiding and harbouring members of a
Bangladesh based terrorist organization "Ansarullah Bangla Team" in
Pune City. Subsequently, pursuant to the order of the MHA, investigation of the
aforesaid case was transferred to the NIA.
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persons who were chargesheeted are Mohammed Habibur Rahman Habib, Ripen
Hossain, Hannan Anwar Khan, Hassanali Mohd and Azarali Subhanalla Islam. The
chargesheet was filed under sections 120B and 471 of the Indian Penal Code,
sections 17, 19 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, and
section 14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946. The Bangladeshi nationals were earlier
arrested by the ATS, Pune. Investigation of the case by the NIA revealed that
all the five arrested accused persons were illegally staying in India without
valid documents and were working as workers at various construction sites in
Pune. They had fraudulently obtained Indian PAN Cards, Aadhaar Cards, Election
Cards and Ration Cards in fictitious names by providing fake/forged documents.
They had used the said Aadhar and PAN card for procuring Indian SIM cards, for
opening of bank accounts and for seeking employment in India.
Sunni leader and president of the Kerala Muslim Jamaath Kanthapuram A.P
Aboobacker Musliyar has said that the organisation will discuss in detail the
Supreme Court verdict on legalising same-sex relations between consenting
to questions at a news conference here on Friday, the Musliyar, who showed his
displeasure to respond to the issue, said that they will need to study the
verdict in detail before responding. “If required we will meet the Prime
Minister as well as approach the Supreme Court itself,” he said.
Muslim organisations, especially those affiliated to major Sunni sects in
Kerala, have already publicly come out against the Supreme Court order. The
Markazu Saqafathi Sunniyya, affiliated to the Kanthapuram faction of the
Sunnis, said that the order will result in an increase in crimes but added that
it would remove the stigma attached to sexual minorities.
Sunni Yuvajana Sangham, a feeder outfit of the Samastha Kerala Jam’eyyath
ul-Ulama, a religious organisation of the Sunni Muslim scholars and clerics,
said that homosexuaility was a grave sin in Islam while the Ithihadul Subbanil
Mujahideen said that homosexality is against human nature.
the same time, the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) Family Commission
has termed the Supreme Court verdict as “unfortunate”.
five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously
decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial era provisions of Section 377
of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalises consensual unnatural sex.
Maharashtra Muslim Sangh, an umbrella organisation of around 40 Muslim NGOs,
has snapped its ties with the BJP and joined hands with Prakash Ambedkar-led
Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh to support secular parties in the next Lok Sabha and
assembly elections. The Muslim outfit had backed the BJP in the 2014 assembly
we declared our support to the BJP, we had given it our charter of demands. The
party included some of our demands in its manifesto and promised it would
engage our members while implementing its agenda," said the Sangh's
president, Fakir Mohammed Thakur. He added that senior BJP leader Madhav
Bhandari tried his best to initiate a dialogue between the Muslim Sangh and the
BJP but the BJP's state leadership did not show much interest.
are disillusioned and now will create a joint front with the Bharipa Bahujan
Mahasangh of Prakash Ambdekar who is also Dr B R Ambedkar's grandson,"
and other Sangh members had campaigned for the BJP in 2014 assembly elections
and in several civic elections in Maharashtra. He claimed BJP got around 14% of
Muslim votes because of aggressive campaigning by Muslim Sangh activists.
DELHI: There are some people with vested interests in India and Pakistan who do
not want peace in Kashmir for their own survival, National Conference president
Farooq Abdullah has said.
business leaders to the state for investments, Abdullah said "you will
find more love from people in Kashmir than you think".
politicians in Pakistan or in India do not want to resolve the Kashmir issue,
they want the instability and hatred to continue in the valley so that they
could survive," he said on Thursday night at a business event organised by
the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO).
is the vested interest that wants to crack everything, Abdullah, the Member of
Parliament from Srinagar, said.
vested interest is everywhere, be it some of the politicians, leaders or
military establishment. Many are making money and unless we throw them out, the
Kashmir issue would not be resolved," the former chief minister of Jammu
and Kashmir said.
said the two countries have to move forward if they want peace and prosperity
in the region.
about the status of Kashmiri pandits and what he would like to do for their
return to the valley, he said whoever wants to return, will surely return and
there was a need to create a space inside the Muslim community with whom they
have lived harmoniously and peacefully.
said many of the young pandits may not want to return to the valley as they
have never been there and have established themselves elsewhere.
the older pandits who want to go back to the valley. Many of them have already
sold their properties at throwback prices fearing that the valley will become
Pakistan which was not true. So there is a need to create an area inside the
Muslim community and not outside as they have lived together harmoniously and
peacefully," Abdullah said, adding that at the time of partition, the
people of Kashmir chose to stay with India.
businesses to visit Kashmir and invest there, he said, "We are a muslim
majority state but that doesn't mean we are not Indians. We believe India
belongs to all of us. You will find more love from people over there."
often say is Kashmir safe to visit? I would ask them is New Delhi safe?
Anything can happen to you when you go out even in New Delhi. You can be
attacked or looted. But creating a notion that Kashmir is not safe for visiting
is not correct," Abdullah said.
today, there are temples and mosques everywhere in Kashmir, he said, adding
that people happily live together and only some people with vested interests
are creating problems.
are not Pakistanis, we want to live with Hindustanis with love. We left everyone
for this nation at the time of partition but it is very unfortunate that some
of them call us traitors," the NC chief said.
only difference is that there are certain safeguards in Kashmir as "our
Constitution gives us some special rights under Articles 35-A and 370 which
should not be taken away from the people of Kashmir. It is important for the
is hope that this nation would rise, no body will be harassed, no phones would
be taped, no one would be targeted and people will have liberty," he said.
stand by me saying 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. When I said 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', I
said that from my heart. I was even attacked by a group of people for saying
that but I didn't care about it. There are some people who will not let the
country go ahead and peace prevail in the valley," Abdullah said.
also blamed the mainstream media for portraying a negative image of Kashmir,
saying the media has played the most destructive role.
press is spreading lies," Abdullah said, adding that people living with in
harmony and assisting each other never makes news.
A terrorist was killed and a policeman injured when some ultras attacked a
police picket in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said on
attacked a police picket at Achabal late Friday night, a police official said,
adding but the attack was successfully repulsed.
retaliatory action, one terrorist was killed and his weapon was recovered, he
identity and group affiliation of the slain ultra is yet to be ascertained, he
official said that in the shootout, a policeman sustained injuries and was
shifted to a hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.
Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa has pledged to “avenge” the deaths of troops on the
frontier, an apparent reference to clashes with Indian forces on the Line of
Control (LoC), even as Prime Minister Imran Khan said the country “won’t fight
the wars of others” in what appeared to be a reference to a $300-million cut in
security-related aid from the United States.
leaders made the remarks at an event held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi
late on Thursday to mark Defence Day, observed every year to commemorate the
defence of Lahore by Pakistani forces during the 1965 war with India.
also raised the Kashmir issue, paying tributes to “the brothers and sisters of
occupied Kashmir, who are writing an unparalleled history of bravery and
he didn’t name any country, Bajwa apparently referred to clashes with Indian
forces along the LoC in Kashmir when he said he wanted to assure the people
that the “blood of martyrs wouldn’t be spilled in vain”.
blood that has been spilled on the frontier, the blood being spilled on the
frontier, we will take revenge for this blood,” he said, speaking in Urdu.
remarks during his speech at the same event appeared to be a riposte to the US
demand for “sustained and decisive” action against terrorists threatening
regional peace. The demand was made by secretary of state Mike Pompeo in his
meetings with Pakistan’s civil and military leadership on Wednesday.
was opposed to the war on terror, I didn’t want Pakistan to get involved in
someone else’s war,” Khan said, in Urdu. “I pledge today that Pakistan won’t
fight someone else’s war.”
work is to stand for our people and we will have a foreign policy that works
for the betterment of Pakistanis,” he said.
remarks came on the day a joint statement issued by India and the US after
their two-plus-two talks in New Delhi mentioned Pakistan twice in the context
of “cross border terrorist attacks”. The statement even referred to the 26/11
terror attacks in Mumbai, raising the hope that the Trump administration will
walk the talk on ramping up diplomatic pressure on India’s neighbour to rein in
defended Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies, saying no one had done
more to defeat terrorism within the country. The remarks were significant in
view of sustained US criticismof the Pakistani military’s failure to rein in
terror groups such as the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba that operate from its
insisted there was no civil-military divide in Pakistan. Khan described the
military as the “only merit-oriented organisation in Pakistan” and said he
wanted to bring “meritocracy” to all institutions so that other organs of the
state can become disciplined and established like the armed forces.
Pakistan’s information minister Fawad Chaudhry said the civilian and military
leadership were keen on dialogue with India to foster regional peace but the
new government hasn’t received a positive response from New Delhi.
told BBC Urdu that Prime Minister Khan had given several indications to India
for holding talks but there was no “positive answer”. He noted that Khan had
said in his first speech after his election victory that if India takes one
step for peace, Pakistan will take two.
how the new government’s policy towards India would be different from that of
the previous administration, Chaudhry said the biggest difference was that all
state institutions were on the same page and had adopted a united stance on
Khan and Bajwa believe no single country can develop on its own and it is
important for the region to develop, Chaudhry said. “And both of them think
that if there is no peace in the region, then everyone will be left behind,” he
mob beat Christian student to blind on living among Muslim families housing
September 7, 2018. (PCP) A 2nd year chemical engineering student and resident
of KDA 2, Mehmoodabad, Karachi, was beaten so badly by a mob of young Muslim
men accompanied by an Islamic cleric, that he lost his sight. The mob using
rods, clips and stick to beat the young man then stoned him outside his home.
the 18th August 2018 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Vikram Alvin (25 yrs), was
beaten till unconscious by 26 local Muslim men and an Islamic cleric outside
his home. His neighbors use bigoted and abusive language against him as the
swarm of 27 surrounded the family home and beat Vikram Alvin. When Vikram's father
Alvin John (48 yrs), and brother, Sunil Alvin (23 yrs), saw what was happening
they came out to rescue him but the mob pummeled all three of them with sticks,
bricks and stones. The attackers were from all ages and in their display of
contempt for good measure a few young boys threw stones at their house.
brutal attack left Vikram Alvin severely injured with blood clots behind his
eyes that have left him unable to see. Doctors have said that they do not
expect his sight to return. A visit to one of Pakistan's best hospitals, Aga
Khan Hospital was demoralising when doctors told the family of Vikram Alvin
that he was incurable due to a lack of medical expertise. Doctors advised that
there is some potential treatment that could be received via specialist
hospitals in Malaysia and Turkey where medical treatment might restore partial
sight to his left eye. Vikram Alvin's family have been told that there are no
specialists who can perform this type of surgery in Pakistan.
attack outside Mr Alvin's home came after a series of altercations with members
of the local Muslim community who did not want to have a Christian family in
the neighbourhood. Since moving to the area local Muslims have been trying to
force out the Christian family. Neighbours had been tormenting the family and
verbally harassing them in order to get them to move out of the community even
though the family had only been living in that area for 8 months. The family
had been warned that they would be killed if they did not leave the area but
refused to move as they had no other options, having already moved from the
Drigh Road area of Karachi following previous persecution.
living at Drigh Road the family had been running a transportation business
providing private bus services through the hire of vehicles. But recently,
Karachi has been going through severe gang warfare and political violence from
a political party named MQM who were forcing Christians to pay extortion to
them. When the family failed to pay their regular payment they found themselves
targeted for violence and abuse. The last straw was when gun shots were fired
at their vehicle as the angst against them got out of control.
brutal and harshly rendered hatred of their assault is clear, Christians are
considered haram or unclean in the culture, so much so that in another BPCA
story we reported about how some neighbours feared a church building in their
neighbourhood would defile their community to such an extent that it would
"make their ladies and families insecure" in that living next to a
church would make their daughters unmarriageable! (click here)This violent
assault upon this family is not in any way a land dispute or related to
criminal gangs, but a direct act of persecution by neighbours because this is a
Alvin, said: "I can't believe this has happened to me. I was going to
complete my studies in Mechancal engineering this year and now that opportunity
has been taken away from me. After completing my course, I had a job lined up
with a large firm but the stable future I saw before me is now fraught with
have done nothing to deserve such treatment I only stayed faithful to God, yet
these evil men began to be jealous of the success of our family and the hatred
they have for our faith boiled over.
am unmarried and few women will want to marry me now what is left of my life
will now be very difficult. I know God will help me through these difficult
times and I seek him in prayer daily only He can save me from my dilemma."
father Alvin John, has made a request to BPCA for urgent medical support, and
they have not been able to return to their home due to threats. The opposition
party is not only putting tremendous pressure on the police but also the
hospital administration which has not released the medical certificate of
Vikram Alvin. Vikram Alvin is recovering from his other injuries but he cannot
see at all.
Alvin is admitted at Jinnah Hospital in eye ward and doctors are saying that he
requires surgery as he has no vision, but Vikram and his father are afraid as a
government hospital treatment is not known to be reliable and they are
concerned they could eliminate any hope of recovery of his sight. The initial
treatment in Jinnah Hospital was fine, but further treatment can only be done
abroad, specifically, either in Turkey or Malaysia according to his father
Alvin John. The potential cost for travel and medical treatment is difficult to
estimate but we would need at least £6000 to begin even considering such help.
family is still in grave danger and continue to receive serious threats, so
they all are staying in the hospital in an attendee room while they monitor
Vikram. The opposing parties have been sending messages to withdraw the case
and to make a 'peace' agreement. They are stating that if the family fails to
sign the agreement they will kill the brother of Vikram.
John, has expressed his serious concern about his family's safety and has asked
BPCA to help provide a safe house for their protection. BPCA will need to raise
an amount equivalent to £300 per month to achieve this in Karachi. A decent
solicitor will cost around £600 to fight for justice for the family.
First Incident Report (FIR) has been registered for the incident yet as Police
ignore the concerns of this Christian family.
Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA, said: "It is devastating that a young
Christian man could potentially lose his sight simply for being a Christian,
this recent act of violence is deplorable as it exhibits the worsening
intolerance in Pakistan.
very fact that the only trigger for this violence was a hatred for Christianity
and that a family has had to move home twice to stay alive illustrates the
pariah status Christians have in Pakistan, moreover it proves relocation is not
a cure for persecution, despite what the UN and western governments say.
Ulema belonging to different schools of thoughts on Friday unanimously agreed
to a seven-point code of conduct issued by the Ministry for Religious Affairs
and Inter-faith Harmony for Muharram.
code of conduct was agreed upon at a meeting presided over by the Minister for
Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadari and attended by the
Ulema from different schools of thoughts.
to an official handout issued by the ministry, the meeting was not only to
review the security situation but also to ensure law and order in Muharram. The
code of conduct suggests that all schools of thoughts would make sincere
efforts to create an environment of love, tolerance and respect elders
belonging to all groups.
also suggests religious scholars and Ulema would avoid making provocative
speeches using public platforms that may hurt the sentiments of others. Efforts
would be made to resolve sectarian differences through dialogue and
to the code of conduct, no one would pass any remarks criticising any Muslim
personality being revered by different schools of thoughts. Ulema and scholars
would maintain unity on all issues keeping in view the current situation of the
federal government also requested the provincial authorities to organise
similar conferences at the provincial and district levels in order to ensure
law and situation during the holy month of Muharram.
A senior US official has said that the United States and Pakistan will continue
to promote quality interactions in defence and security despite differences in
G. Schriver, the assistant defence secretary for the Department of Defence’s
(DoD) Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, also said that he had high hopes for
the continuation of a respectful bilateral relationship beneficial to both
at a Defence Day reception at the Pakistan Embassy on Thursday night, Mr
Schriver said the recent visit of US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and US Joint
Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford to Islamabad had paved the way
for resetting this relationship.
military linkages between the two countries, he said, had always remained a
strong foundation for the two-way relations and he did not see that changing.
Schriver, however, acknowledged that there had been “some bumps” on this long
relationship that started the day Pakistan was founded.
Pakistan “was a friend, a supporter, and a key partner” in the fight against
terrorism and would continue to be a key partner.
know about the sacrifices that Pakistan has made in this long war on terror and
we don’t take those sacrifices lightly. We value this relationship, we value
this partnership.”But he reiterated Gen Dunford’s Wednesday statement that now
was the time for both nations to deliver on their joint commitments.
military-to-military relationship is one that has remained in a place where
some of the other relationships haven’t,” the top US defence official said.
Schriver recalled that Pakistan has been a US partner in several key areas,
“including our efforts to degrade Al Qaeda, the efforts to defeat [Daesh], the
efforts made to the United Nations in peacekeeping”.
said that the cooperation in these areas had yielded results and brought
Schriver noted that this week’s meetings between Secretary Pompeo, Gen Dunford
and Pakistan’s top brass were held in a favourable environment.
hoped to improve this relationship and use the good feelings generated in
Islamabad to restore full cooperation in all areas. “We are very heartened ...
and look forward to building on the momentum that that visit created.”
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by the Supreme Court in the
Panamagate case sent an ‘incomplete’ request for mutual legal assistance (MLA)
to the Saudi government to get information about and documents of the company
owned by Hussain Nawaz Sharif, the son of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
was disclosed by the head of the JIT, Wajid Zia, during his cross-examination
in the Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment reference on Friday.
Zia conceded before the accountability Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik that the MLA
request sent to Saudi Arabia did not mention full name of the Hill Metal
Establishment, the company owned by Hussain Nawaz.
said the JIT did not even know the complete title of the company when it sent
the MLA request to Saudi Arabia.
to Mr Zia, the star prosecution witness, the JIT learnt that the actual title
of the company was “Hill Modern Industry for Metal Establishment” when Hussain
Nawaz produced some documents related to the company during his appearance
before the JIT on June 3, 2017.
JIT sent the MLA request to Saudi Arabia on May 31 last year, Mr Zia said.
the MLA [request] JIT did not provide complete address of this entity and
mentioned only ‘Jeddah’,” the JIT chief said.
JIT had solicited the information from Saudi authorities through MLA deeming
the entity as a company. All the documents solicited by the JIT from the Saudi
authorities through MLA were with reference to Hill Metal Establishment” the
told the court about the appearance of Hussain Nawaz before the JIT. According
to him, Hussain Nawaz told the investigation team that the Hill Metal
Establishment was a sole proprietorship and it had expanded gradually.
land for this entity was purchased at the end of 2005. Initially, an automatic
shredder scrap processing plant was set up on the land. A steel melting
facility was added in 2008 and two furnaces were attached in 2010 and 2014, Mr
to the documents provided by Hussain Nawaz to the JIT, its head said that the
shredder scrap processing plant was set up at a cost of 0.5 million British
pounds and the building was constructed at a cost of three to four million
court adjourned proceedings till Monday when Khawaja Haris, the counsel for
Nawaz Sharif, will continue cross-examination of Mr Zia.
constitutes bench to hear Sharifs’ appeals
High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi has constituted a
two-member division bench to hear appeals the Sharif family has filed against
their conviction in the Avenfield properties reference.
IHC division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan
Aurangzeb will hear the appeals and the petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif, his
daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar seeking
suspension of their sentence.
Judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6 had awarded 10-year imprisonment to Nawaz
Sharif, seven years to Maryam Nawaz and one year to Capt Safdar in the
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has urged overseas Pakistanis to
wage a “dam jihad” by generously sending funds to the “PM-CJ fund for Diamer
Bhasha and Muhammad Dam.”
his recorded address to the overseas Pakistanis, televised on state-run and
private television channels here on Friday evening, Prime Minister Imran Khan
said each of the overseas Pakistanis in Europe and the US should contribute at
least $1,000 in the fund for dams, which can be built within five years.
working in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East should
send any amount they can contribute but Pakistanis in Europe and the US should
send at least $1,000, which will not only help us build dams but also get
dollars as we are facing shortage of them,” Khan told overseas Pakistanis, who,
he said, numbered between eight and nine million. “That’s minimum, even more
should be contributed.”
are essential for the future of Pakistan, he said.
have 30 days’ water storage whereas a country like Egypt, which was once faced
with worst water shortage, has storage capacity of 1,000 days.
we didn’t build dams, God forbid me, we will leave a hill of problems for our
nation,” Khan said, adding the country could face complete drought by 2025.
not the Chief Justice’s job. It was the work of political leaders who should
have thought for provision of the dam funds,” Khan said. PM said Rs180 crore??
were collected in the Chief Justice’s fund, which has now merged and will be
called “PM-CJ fund for Diamer Bhasha and Muhammad Dam.”
Pakistanis, especially the overseas should contribute in the dam fund,” he
said, adding that he had built and run hospital and university with the funding
of overseas Pakistanis.
one has to give us a loan, we will have to make it on our own, and I assure you
that I will protect your money and it will be spent on the dams only,” he
is no doubt that Pakistan is facing an acute water shortage for which Imran
Khan has approached the overseas Pakistanis,” Aamir Latif, a Karachi-based
analyst and journalist, told Arab News.
is optimistic. “Given the fact that overseas Pakistanis have always been
generous to send funds on Imran Khan’s appeals, they are likely to respond to
his dams’ funds.
overseas Pakistanis had been funding Shaukat Khanum Hospital, the National
University of Modern Languages and even sending election funds to the PTI,
which is why PM Khan is sure that he will get a sizable amount. It will not
only help the government build the dams but also bolster the rescinding foreign
reserves,” he said.
others are not convinced.
Rumi, a US-based Pakistani analyst, concurs that the PTI is the most popular of
political parties among the overseas Pakistanis.
has high hopes from his followers abroad. Voluntary donations, however, can’t
tackle the chronic issues faced by the country,” he said.
is a populist measure and is hardly going to make an impact in terms of the
serious challenges that Pakistan is facing, he said. adding: “The problem of water
scarcity has less to do with dams and more to do with inefficient management of
Pakistan has billions of dollars’ foreign debt and it’s required to repay at
least $16 billion as debt commitments within months.
is highly unlikely that oversees Pakistani will pay off even a fraction of this
amount. It is also unfair to ask hardworking Pakistanis to compensate the
excessive state expenditures, mismanagement and corruption.”
Osto, a water expert and petitioner who had moved the apex court over the issue
of supply of contaminated water to Karachi, terms Imran Khan’s measure as
“over-optimism” and with “no hopes of major impact.”
need a huge amount and can’t be built without going to the international
financial institutions for funding,” Osto told Arab News.
policy issues are resolved with financial feasibility not through just
announcement,” Osto said, adding that the country had no water policy either
and if he had ever heard of any plans to making it no such policy was made.
ashes of noted activist and senior Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar would be
immersed in the Lahore’s Ravi river later this month, a private media outlet
reported on Friday.
who was also a regular columnist for The Express Tribune, died at New Delhi’s
Escorts Hospital on August 23. He was 95.
the immersion, a function would also be organised in which a sapling would be
planted at the Government College University, Lahore, according to a press
ashes were brought to Pakistan by Pakistani peace activists, including former
senior judge Nasir Aslam Zahid, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and
Research Executive Director Karamat Ali and other members including Haya Eman
Zahid and Advocate Altaf Khoso.
LONDON: Former wife of Prime Minister (PM) Imran
Khan, Jemima Goldsmith has called the termination of Atif Mian’s services as a
member of Economic Advisory Council(EAC) as ‘indefensible and very
Pak govt asks renowned and Prof of economics to stand down because of his
faith. The founder of Pakistan, “Quaid-I-Azam” appointed an Ahmadi as his
Foreign Minister,” said Jemima in a tweet.
during the day, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed the government
has withdrawn the nomination of Atif Mian as a member of Economic Advisory
Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday appealed to all Pakistanis, particularly the
overseas diaspora, to donate funds to help the country build dams.
is at risk of major droughts by the year 2025. The future of our next
generations will be in jeopardy if we do not take any urgent steps to build
water reservoirs now,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said in an address broadcast
on the national television networks, adding the country faces a ‘serious
crisis’. “Construction of dams in Pakistan is inevitable,” he said, and pointed
out that the country had an average water storage capacity of only 30 days, as
compared to 190 days of India, and 1,000 days for Egypt. He said on an average,
a country should have 120-day storage capacity.
prime minister said in 1947, the water storage for each Pakistani was around
5,600 cubic meters, while has now dwindled to 1,000 cubic meters. He said the
experts had already warned about the impact of climate change on Pakistan,
adding the country was expected to be hit by a drought by the year 2025. He
warned that Pakistan would not have any water for its crops and for feeding its
laud Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for his initiative of launching funds for
the construction of dams,” he said, and admitted that it was not the job of the
chief justice to take such steps, but of the political leadership of the
country. He regretted that the past political leaderships of the country failed
to do their duty.
prime minister announced merger of the Prime Minister’s Fund and that of the
chief justice and made an appeal to the overseas Pakistanis to send in
remittances for the dams in US dollars. “I urge all overseas Pakistanis to send
in at least 1,000 US dollars each. Those who cannot send it in one go, they may
send as much as they can,” he said, and added that there were around eight to
nine million Pakistanis living abroad. “We will not only get the money for the
dams, but will also get the urgently needed foreign exchange reserves,” he
said, and expressed the hope that with the funds available, Pakistan will be
able to build the dams in five years.
Khan said the overseas Pakistanis had always stood by him in the past and
supported his initiatives of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Namal College
Mianwali. “We won’t need any loans,” he said. “I promise to protect every penny
of your hard-earned money,” he added.
president praises Russia’s role in maintaining JCPOA
President Hassan Rouhani has commended Russia for its role in bringing the Iran
nuclear deal into fruition and maintaining it despite the US’ illegal
made the remarks in a Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in
Washington’s illegal and unilateral withdrawal from the deal, we hope the other
parties would decisively and practically support it and live up to their
commitments in full,” he noted, referring to a decision by US President Donald
Trump to pull his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
for his part, highlighted the need for all parties to the 2015 accord to
fulfill their commitments and protect it.
plans to hold talks with the remaining JCPOA parties to find solutions to
maintain and develop economic relations with Iran within the deal’s framework,
the Russian leader noted.
stated that those talks will continue on the sidelines of the UN General
his Iranian counterpart, the Russian president has no plan to attend the 73rd
UN General Assembly session due to be held later this month in New York,
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said last month. However, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov, as the head of the Russian delegation, is expected to
hold extensive talks with his counterparts on ways to salvage the nuclear deal
on the margins of the UN General Assembly.
Russia to enhance business relations
the Friday meeting, Rouhani said Tehran and Moscow must tap the new
opportunities for expansion of cooperation and development of multilateralism.
of banking ties between Iran and Russia will play a crucial role in promotion
of Tehran-Moscow business cooperation, he noted.
also urged the two countries’ officials to speed up implementing earlier
agreements and develop mutual cooperation in various fields, including energy,
joint investment in construction of power plants, railroads, and infrastructure
projects, among others.
turn, Putin underlined the need for the development of bilateral banking
relations and the use of national currencies in business transactions, vowing
that no Russian firm would withdraw from any Iranian project amid the US
sanctions imposed against Iran after Washington's pullout from the nuclear
use of national currencies in bilateral trade is what Iran, Russia, China, and
Turkey are pursuing in a bid to ditch the US dollar in their business
also hailed the existing grounds for enhancement of cooperation in the trade,
economy, agriculture, nuclear energy and infrastructure fields, saying his
country is prepared to work with Tehran in constructing the International
North-South Transport Corridor.
- The Fredericton man who allegedly murdered four people last month in a
shooting spree was captured on video criticizing Muslim immigration in a 2017
protest outside the provincial legislature.
7-1/20minute interview with Matthew Raymond was filmed on June 3, 2017, by
blogger Charles LeBlanc, who said Wednesday he only recently realized who he
had spoken to.
the video, LeBlanc repeatedly questions the truth of various statements from
the 48-year-old Raymond, and his tendency to rely on the internet as a source
for his assertions.
is alleged to have fired down upon four people from his apartment window with a
long gun, killing two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip and two police
officers who responded to the scene on Aug. 10.
the video, Raymond states that Muslim immigrants in St. John's, N.L., had
successfully demanded the removal of a cross from a church, citing the internet
as his source.
Canadian Press can find no record of a cross removal, though five years ago a
high school removed a crucifix from the side of a building.
spokeswoman for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District says the
cross was removed during a renovation and wasn't reinstalled in 2013, “given
denominational education in Newfoundland and Labrador had ended in 1996.”
original complainant was a proponent of secular education. We have no
information to indicate a complaint was made by anybody of the Muslim faith, or
any other particular religious faith,” wrote Cheryl Gullage.
the video, Raymond bases his assertions on what's he gleaned from his memory of
heard in St. John's they were told to take down the cross off a Catholic
church. It's happening in Britain. It's happening worldwide,” he said.
LeBlanc asked for his source, Raymond replies, “the internet,” but doesn't
provide further details.
goes on to assert that a “whole group” of Muslims are coming into the country
and making demands.
on the accuracy of his statement, Raymond shifts his position, saying,
“wherever that cross is, it has been removed.”
was also wearing a sandwich board with statements opposing Sharia law and
criticizing Motion 103 - a federal motion that condemned Islamophobia and
passed in the House of Commons.
grows frustrated with Raymond in the interview, and asks him if he had mental
replied that he did not.
friends and acquaintances of Raymond have offered varying memories of the
accused murderer, ranging from a boy who retreated into video games, a pleasant
supermarket co-worker and an increasingly isolated loner in recent years.
business owners have described Raymond as becoming reclusive and occasionally
unpleasant in the year before the alleged shootings.
bicycle shop owner said on several occasions he asked Raymond to leave the bike
shop due to his behaviour.
was frequently seen riding his fat-tire bicycle around the city.
Doyle, owner of a now-defunct Fredericton cafe, has said that Raymond had been
a long-time patron, coming in almost every day for eight years and staying an
hour or two on the patio in the evenings.
London Assembly member Peter Whittle raked Britain’s top police officer
Cressida Dick over the coals for her “mealy-mouthed” description of radical
Islamic terrorists as “so-called Islamist-inspired”.
in the London Assembly questions and answers session as there was some
suggestion in the chamber that the English Defence League street protest
organisation founded — but now abandoned — by Tommy Robinson might be a
terrorist outfit, Mr Whitte said: “Whether you agreee with them or not, and I
don’t, if you start talking about people like the EDL in terms of terrorism, I
think you’re on to a real problem… You’ve got to be careful when you start
saying people are terrorists.”
Whittle used this intervention as a launchpad to question the use of
terminology by the establishment and, in particular, Commissioner Dick herself,
asking: “You’re talking about ‘right-wing’ groups… ‘extreme right-wing’, you
have no problem saying that — but then you go on to say ‘so-called
Islamist-inspired’. Why are you mealy-mouthed?”
guy who, for example, last year, ran into Westminster and killed what, five people
with his car, was very clear: he was waging jihad. Most of these people have
been very, very clear — why do you have to say ‘so-called Islamists’?” he
Metropolitan Police chief, flustered, attempted to justify herself in terms of
mollifying certain groups: “I think as a senior police officer it’s important
for me, obviously, not to be mealy-mouthed, but equally not to randomly upset
people who might get upset,” she said — not quite able to bring herself to say
who these people may be.
majority of people carrying out terrorist attacks, 90 percent are
Islam-inspired. We might not like it, you might not like to say it, but it is
the case — why do you say things like ‘so-called Islamists’? You’re the
Commissioner,” Whittle fired back. “Because, I… Chair, I really don’t think we
should get into a long conversation about this, not least because you want to
push on,” the policewoman spluttered, appealing to the chairman to save her,
without immediate success.
I, ha… In the name of Islam is very different from Islamist for a start. We
could get into a really long semantic conversation here, Peter,” she said to
the UKIP assembly member, somewhat unintelligibly.
fact is, the vast bulk of terrorist attacks, whether it is 7/7, whether it’s
Westminster, whether it was in Manchester, whether it was in Borough [Market],
are Islam-inspired, Commissioner,” Whittle fired back again.
fact is, you have got to face up to this. You’re quite clear about what it is
with right-wing extremist, I wish you would be explicit about this,” he added.
chairman did step in and save her this time, however, telling the UKIP member,
issues instructions for the security of Ashura, Martyrs Weeks ceremonies
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has instructed the security and defense officials to
prepare security programs for the upcoming ceremonies of Ashura and Martyrs
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the meeting of the
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces was organized in ARG Presidential Palace
on Thursday evening.
sstatemetn further added that the security and defense officials presented
their report regarding the recent attack on a Wresting Club in the vicinity of
the 6th police district of the city.
meeting reviewed the report and instructed the security and defense officials
to prepare security programs to cover the security of Kabul city, particularly
for the western parts of the city as well as all other provinces during the
upcoming ceremonies of Ashura and Maryrs Week, ARG Palace said.
statement by ARG Palace also added that the security and defense officials have
been asked to present the programs to the presidential palace.
comes as the anti-government armed militants, specifically the ISIS loyalists
have stepped up attacks against the Shi’ite targets in West of Kabul city
during the recent months.
least twenty six peope were killed and ninety one others were wounded in two
back to back explosions in Dasht Barchi area in West of Kabul city on Wednesday
Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has highly
appreciated Bangladesh's all-out support in the full range of care, including
good health care, for Rohingya people living here.
the annual report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director, she
made special highlights on the sufferings of 1.3 million Rohingya people who
took shelter in Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh.
report was presented at the 71st Regional Committee Meeting of the Health
Ministers of the World Health Organization of the South-East Asia Region that
ended on Friday at the Tajmahal Hotel of New Delhi.
four-member delegation, headed by State Minister of Health and Family Welfare
Zahid Maleque, represented Bangladesh at the event that began on September 3,
according to a message received from New Delhi.
other members of Bangladesh delegation are Director General of the Directorate
General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Deputy High
Commissioner of Bangladesh in New Delhi Rakebul Haque, Private Secretary to the
State Minister Arifur Rahman Sheikh and Deputy Program Manager of the National
Nutrition Program of DGHS Dr Mafizul Islam Bulbul.
by Health Minister of India Jagat Prakash Nadda, the meeting was also graced by
WHO DG Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
was informed in the meeting that Bangladesh will be nominated as Member of the
WHO Executive Board at Geneva Headquarters for a three-year period beginning
five-day meeting took important decisions, among others, on elimination of
malaria, and control of dengue and other vector-borne diseases from the region,
and reviewed the progress on health workforce, universal health coverage,
measles elimination, birth and death registration, and promoting physical
important outcome of the meeting is adoption of the Delhi Declaration for
improving access to essential medicines in the region and beyond.
part of the meeting, a special award was given to Bangladesh for outstanding
performances in the control of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome.
DG Dr Tedros, in his speech, also praised Bangladesh's exemplary role for the
Rohingya people. He mentioned categorically that such a well-organised and
well-coordinated camp healthcare for displaced population was not found
anywhere in the world.
Minister Zahid Maleque held several bilateral meetings. He met, amongst others,
Health Minister of India Jagat Prakash Nadda, WHO DG Dr Tedros and WHO Regional
Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.
his meeting with the WHO DG, he extended invitation to Dr Tedros to visit
Bangladesh in his convenient time.
Maleque sought WHO's assistance to make a sustainable solution to universal
health coverage in the country to begin with protecting the population under
extreme poverty so that the extreme poor get full healthcare support without need
to pay anything.
immediate assistance is also needed for making the National Drug Control
Laboratory with international experts, and for making the public hospitals more
efficient and welcoming to the ordinary people.
State Minister also requested for more opportunities for Bangladeshi nationals
to be employed in WHO positions.
Tedros, in response, expressed that he will plan to visit Bangladesh sometime
in January 2019 and will visit the Rohingya camps during this visit.
Tedros also promised that he would extend necessary support to make the
National Drug Control Laboratory functional and the Bangladeshi public
hospitals more people-centered and efficient.
League joint general secretary Mahabub-ul-Alam Hanif today urged the Imams and
Islamic scholars to come forward to restore morality, honesty and values in the
society.“Moral degradation is a major problem in our society . . . The Imams
and Alems (Islamic scholars) can revive morality, honesty and values of
people,” he said while inaugurating a five-day freshers’ training course for
Imams at Imam Training Academy at Agargaon here.
Jama’at-e-Islami a very harmful organisation against Islam, Hanif said they are
distorting Islam and using it as a weapon of politics. They also stood against
the 1971 Bangladesh Independence in the name of the religion, he
added.Recalling the contribution of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman to promoting true Islam countrywide, he said Bangabandhu established the
Islamic Foundation and also allotted land for the Biswa Ijtema (congregation)
venue at Tongi in Gazipur.
Father of the Nation prohibited horse-race at the Racecourse Maiden (now known
as Suhrawardy Uddyan), boozing, gambling and housie,” the ruling AL leader
mentioned.About BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment, he said she
(Begum Zia) tarnished the reputation of the country as she is in jail on charge
of theft of poor’s properties and urged BNP to prove their leader innocent
through legal battle.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with a delegation of the U.S. Department of Defense
led by the Defense Secretary James Mattis and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Joseph Dunford.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the meeting was
organized at around noon time in Gul Khana Palace where the two sides discussed
various topics of bilateral interest including peace and stability, positive
impacts of the U.S. strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan, reforms in
security and defense sectors, upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and
district council elections, fight against terrorism, and peace talks with
statement further added that the U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis
expressed satisfaction regarding his visit to Afghanistan and hailed the
National Unity Government for its efforts in the areas of reforms, fight
against terrorism, and countering-corruption, besides hailing the Afghan forces
for their bravery in the fight against terrorism.
quoted in the statement by ARG Palace said the U.S. government and nation will
stand by Afghanistan and the Afghan people for ensuring peace and stability in
Chief Executive of the Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah spoke during the
meeting and hailed the United States for its support in various sectors in
Afghanistan, ARG Palace said.
his turn, President Ghani also hailed the U.S. support in various sectors in
Afghanistan, particularly in funding and equipping the Afghan forces.
united to avoid hostility, PM tells Muslims
LUMPUR: Muslims in the country have been reminded to stay united to avoid
disputes and hostility.
Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said slight differences in opinion and beliefs
among people practising the same religion should not lead to hatred.
consensus happens when something gets 100 per cent agreement from all parties,
but that is something impossible.
the other way (of reaching an agreement is to accept) a majority’s decision.
What is decided by the majority must be accepted with an open heart by the
minority without any hue and cry,” he said in his speech at the 57th National
Malaysian Islamic Welfare Association (Perkim) general annual meeting at Jalan
Pahang here today.
this way, the Muslim community can move as one with mutual respect and love, in
keeping with what is enshrined in the Quran, he said.
Mahathir added that the democratic approach would enable organisations and
countries led by Muslims to run smoothly, and governments to bring prosperity
to the people.
Dr Mahathir, who is also Perkim president, said he hopes the organisation will
continue to carry out its responsibility of explaining the true teachings of
Islam to the people, including non-Muslims.
Perkim annual general meeting was attended by 250 people, including Perkim
National Council members, delegates and observers nationwide.
present were Perkim secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Yusof Noor, Perkim honorary
treasurer Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Rais Abdul Karim and Perkim vice president Datuk
Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim.
Sept 8 — Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has confirmed a seat is being
selected for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election.
said the seat selection is still under discussion, with some MPs readily
offering their seat up for Anwar.
are not yet ready to announce it but for now, we have identified (prospective)
seats,” Dr Wan Azizah said during a Yayasan Kebajikan Negara fundraising event
for Palestinians at the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry
Dr Wan Azizah declined to speak further when asked which seats and states have
veep: Why call Shariah caning cruel? Civil caning is worse
LUMPUR, Sept 8 — Caning on those convicted under the civil laws is far worse
than the Shariah caning recently of two women in Terengganu, PAS vice-president
Idris Ahmad has said.
was defending the Shariah canings which critics have labelled as cruel.
they want to say that this caning is cruel, why is it they never dispute civil
caning. Everyone knows the way caning is done under civil laws is more cruel,
to the extent the offender cannot urinate and walk,” he was quoted telling
local daily Sinar Harian.
caning that was carried out in Terengganu clearly was completed in less than
two minutes. Didn't hear the raungan (wailing) of the offenders at all,” he
said the Shariah courts' jurisdiction was based on the laws and should be
respected, adding that the decision to cane was not revolutionary or beyond the
law as every state would have its legal adviser.
August 12, the Terengganu’s Shariah court sentenced the two women to a fine of
RM3,300 and six strokes of the cane each, after they pleaded guilty to the
offence of attempted same-sex sexual relations under Section 30 of the Syariah
Criminal Offences (Takzir) (Terengganu) Enactment 2001 read together with the
enactment's Section 59(1).
sentence was carried out on the two women, aged 22 and 32, on Monday in front
of a Shariah judge and around 100 people ― including public onlookers,
government agencies’ representatives, and members of non-governmental
a separate report by local daily Utusan Malaysia, the Association of Malaysian
Shariah Officers president Ibrahim Deris defended the Terengganu canings as
having been done according to the laws.
noted that the duo in Terengganu did not file any appeals during a 14-day
period after sentencing and that no parties with interest had filed for review
of the Shariah judge's decision.
said the caning was done behind closed-doors, adding that those who were
allowed in to witness the caning were pre-screened and inspected to ensure that
there would be no privacy breach on both those being caned and those carrying
out the sentence.
said the witnesses of the caning were also not allowed to bring in recording
also said the Shariah High Court in Terengganu was not the first state to
conduct caning outside of the prisons, as the Shariah High Court in Tawau,
Sabah had in 2014 and 2015 carried out such caning in the courts' hearing hall.
Malaysia also reported Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria as responding to
criticism of injustice over the Shariah canings of the two Terengganu women,
where he said: “The punishment that was carried out is an Islamic punishment,
Allah's punishment. It can't be that God is not just? Are humans more just?”
we are Muslims, we should carry out Islamic punishments. If we disagree, it
means we oppose Islam,” he said when asked if such Islamic punishments should
be carried out.
LUMPUR, Sept 8 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has expressed the need to be cautious
of Umno members who want to join the ruling Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia
party (PPBM) that he leads.
noted that many from the former ruling party Umno were keen to join PPBM, but
shared his concern that they could cause internal problems.
members have realised that their party has failed them and betrayed the Malays
and Islam. That’s why senior leaders and members left and joined Bersatu
we have to be careful because we do not want to be misconstrued (by others) when
we accept those from the party we all fought against.
is well aware of that sentiment,” the PPBM president was quoted as saying in an
interview with news portal Malaysiakini and local daily Sinar Harian that was
said he believes that Umno members who are interested in joining PPBM are
disappointed with their party leadership and no longer want to accept their own
they see a new leadership in Bersatu, they believe the party can lead the way
and achieve what Umno has failed to,” he said.
importantly, we do not want to have such prejudice against them.
they are truly sincere about joining Bersatu and they do not bring such culture
with them, which we know is rejected by the people, then we are ready to
consider their application to join us,” he added.
reportedly said some of the former Umno members who became PPBM have been
sincere, but said PPBM will continue to monitor them.
interview was published on the second anniversary of the formation of PPBM,
which had its roots as an Umno splinter party that was established following
the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal linked to Umno’s then president Datuk
Seri Najib Razak.
chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was in the past president of Umno, while
Muhyiddin was also at one time, Umno deputy president.
SOHR noted that the US army has sent over 1,900 trucks packed with military
equipment to Eastern Syria since August 1, 2018.
sum of 150 trucks carrying military equipment, armored vehicles and logistic
supplies have been sent to the East of the Euphrates only in the last few
days," the SOHR added.
a relevant development in late August, the Arabic-language al-Manar news
network reported that the US Army had forwarded more military equipment to the
Syrian provinces of Hasaka and Aleppo to develop its bases.
reported that the US-led coalition has forwarded more military equipment to its
bases in towns of Tal Tamar, al-Houl and al-Shadadi in Hasaka province.
Damascus Army forces on Friday hit hard the command centers of Al-Nusra Front
and other terrorist groups in al-Latamineh 8 kilometers East of Khan Sheikhoun
and the village of al-Tah North of Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib.
Syrian Army also pounded the terrorists' training centers in Tal Aas village in
other Syrian army units hit the terrorists' positions in the outskirts of Kafar
Zita town in the Northern countryside of Hama province, destroying terrorists'
field hospital in the region.
websites close to terrorist groups, meantime, reported that the Syrian army's
missile and artillery units pounded the towns of al-Bariseh and al-Khovin on
Syrian air force also pounded al-Latamineh after bombarding the terrorists'
positions in Northern countryside of Hama.
a relevant development last month, the Russian and Syrian fighter jets carried
out massive bombing raids on terrorists' positions in Northwestern Hama and
Western Idlib, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
Arabic-language Moraseloun news website reported that the fighter jets
conducted a heavy bombing on terrorists' positions in a large region stretching
from Southern Idlib to the al-Ghaab Plain in an introduction to the upcoming
SDF forces are on full alert in Raqqa city in security terms as the Kurdish
forces have arrested a large number of civilians," local sources said.
activists in Raqqa city also pointed to the fury of Raqqa residents over SDF's
measures, including detention of a large number of people on different pretexts
by SDF in Raqqa city.
news comes as the SDF has detained several civilians on charges of imaging its
a relevant development in late August, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces
(SDF) opened fire at protesting civilians in Raqqa city, injuring several
people and arresting a number of others.
SDF militias engaged in fighting with protestors in al-Mashlab neighborhood in
Raqqa city, opening fire at people.
number of civilians were injured in the clashes.
SDF further arrested over twenty civilians and kept gunmen on alert to suppress
in August, the SDF stormed the farms near the village of Abu Qabih in Western
Raqqa and forced the owners and their family members to leave their properties.
sources said that the SDF turned the farms into bases and command posts.
sources said that the SDF occupied tens of farms, lands and houses of the
people under different pretexts in the region.
sources reported that the SDF again arrested a number of young men in the town
of Tal Abyadh under a forced recruitment plan.
main seaport Umm Qasr reopened on Saturday at 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) and all
operations have resumed after protesters left the port's entrance, port
employees and government sources in the area said.
operations had been halted since Thursday, after protesters blocked the port's
Qasr, 60 km (40 miles) south of Basra, receives grain, vegetable oil and sugar
shipments that feed a country largely dependent on imported food.
stormed the Iranian consulate in Iraq’s southern oil hub Basra on Friday, local
security sources said.
consulate is in the upscale neighborhood of al-Barda’iya, southeast of the city
have targeted local government buildings and political party offices since
protests intensified on Monday.
Iraqi government has declared a state of maximum emergency in Baghdad and
curfew in Basra.
French envoy to the UN Security Council said on Friday, that any massacre in
Syria’s Idlib would be the responsibility of the parties supporting the regime
of Bashar al-Assad.
UN Security Council meeting on Friday discussed the rebel-held Idlib province
as the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed during a summit in Tehran
to work in a “spirit of cooperation” to stabilize the situation in Idlib.
French envoy further added that there is still time to spare Idlib a military
operation, calling on all parties involved to respect the ceasefire there.
his part, linked by video-conference call from Geneva with the Security Council
meeting, UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura called for evacuation corridors
to be opened for civilians to flee a looming Syrian offensive in Idlibthat
could lead to a “horrific and bloody battle.”
should be granted safe passage to places of their own choosing if they want to
leave,” Staffan de Mistura told the Security Council meeting on the crisis in
must allow the opening of sufficient number of protected voluntary evacuation
routes for civilians in any direction: east, north and south,” he said.
Mistura told the council that he was ready to make proposals on separating
al-Qaeda-linked groups fighting in Idlib from other rebels in a bid to ensure
the protection of civilians.
UN envoy is scheduled to hold talks with the three guarantors - Russia, Turkey
and Iran - next week in Geneva on the crisis in Idlib.
Duterte offers troops to Amman to fight ISIS
President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to send troops to Jordan to help combat
ISIS, after agreeing to deepen military cooperation with the Middle Eastern
nation to fight extremism.
countries have been battling ISIS influence, with Jordan playing a key role in
an international coalition, and the Philippines on alert after a five-month
occupation of a city by the extremist group - its worst conflict since World
there is anything that we can do, if you are short in your army, let me know,”
Duterte said on Thursday at a business forum in Amman in a comment to King
Abdullah, who earlier lamented the “evil” both states were facing.
need one battalion... I will send them to you. I will commit my government in
the right side of history.”
Abdullah is an important Middle East ally of Western powers, with Jordan
playing a prominent role in the US-led coalition against ISIS, providing
military, logistical and intelligence support.
this year, Jordan announced it will provide the Philippines with two Cobra
attack helicopters to help fight insurgents.
is on a six-day visit to Jordan and Israel, and his activities have been
broadcast in the Philippines. He has signed agreements with Israeli companies
to buy small arms, armored vehicles, and surveillance and reconnaissance
troops kill 14 Boko Haram militants
troops have killed 14 Boko Haram militants in an operation to free some
civilians abducted earlier this week in Pulka village in the country's
northeast, an army spokesman said on Friday.
troops have neutralized 14 Boko Haram militants and rescued 21 civilians,
including six women and 11 children,” army spokesman Texas Chukwu said in a
said the rescue operation took place on Thursday in collaboration with the
local vigilante group.
militants had on Tuesday ambushed a military escort in Pulka area of
northeastern Borno state, burning a passenger bus and abducting some civilians.
Muslim Elders Task On Government On Youth Unemployment
Ahmadi Muslim Elders have urged government to tackle youth unemployment with
much robustness, as this has been a major drawback in the march towards real
development. Therefore, it should be confronted forcefully through proper
technical training, moral re-orientation, financial aid, and educational
a communiqué signed, by the National President, Engineer Abdul Waheed Adeoye
Sadr and Secretary, members of the Majlis Ansarullah (the Elders Forum of the
world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at), Nigeria branch Imran Bello made this call
in a communiqué at its 43rd Annual National Ijtema (Convention) held in Badagry
on the theme: GLOBAL SECURITY: THE CRITICAL NEED OF THE TIME.
intensive reflections and deliberation on the situation in Nigeria, the Elder
council of the Islamic group equally urged Federal Government of Nigeria not to
relent on its efforts in containing the virulent virus called corruption. It
firmly believes that this epidemic lies at the root of Nigeria's
underdevelopment, poverty, and moral degradation, social and infrastructural
group implored the Federal and State governments to strengthen the various law
enforcement agencies to fight the scourge and enact new laws to fortify
existing ones so that the fans of corruption will have nowhere to hide.
to the Ahmadiyya elders, since pluralistic societies have the fertile potential
for conflicts, and Nigeria being one of such, there is the critical need for
formidable security of lives and property of the citizenry.
congregation urged the Government to invest more human, technical, logistic and
financial resources in the security apparatus of the country. Efforts should be
diligently directed towards de-escalating cases of kidnapping, ritual killing,
armed robbery and ethnic conflict.
group equally viewed developments of the agriculture sector as one the most
potent tools of youth empowerment. It therefore called on the Government to increase
the budget on agriculture, increase the provision of resources such as land for
agriculture and improved seedlings in order to not only provide jobs on a
massive scale for the populace but as well to improve the industrial, revenue,
nutritional, and security potentials of the country.
in Lamu County have arrested a man who is suspected to have links with
Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab.
to the Nation on phone, Lamu County Directorate of Criminal Investigation
Commander Paul Leting said they had also seized materials suspected to be used
for making improvised explosive devices(IEDs).
true. We are holding a man whom we suspect has relations with terrorists. We
are interrogating him and we intend to make more arrests after the
interrogations. We have also nabbed some paraphernalia which we suspect to be
materials used to make IEDs,” said Mr Leting.
police source who talked to the Nation on condition of anonymity also said they
arrested the man in King Fahad County Hospital's staff quarters.
are also trying to understand what exactly he was doing in the hospital staff
quarters since he is neither a medic nor a patient,” said the officer.
Aid group Doctors Without Borders has urged the evacuation of thousands of
migrants trapped in detention centers in Libya’s capital Tripoli, which is
under a fragile cease-fire after deadly clashes.
cease-fire brokered by the UN was agreed between armed groups on Tuesday after
at least 63 people were killed in days of fighting around the city.
Without Borders, also known under its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres
(MSF), said migrants in squalid detention centers close to the frontline could
yet come under shelling and artillery fire.
say the cease-fire is doomed without a sustainable political agreement between
the myriad armed groups.
Younis, MSF’s mission chief in Libya, said food supplies to the detention
centers were sparse as international groups had been forced to suspend their
work due to the clashes.
charity has been completely cut off from one of the most crowded detention
centers, depriving some 700 people of aid, and has pulled some staff from the
UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, last week said it had “evacuated” some 300
migrants from the Ain Zara detention center to another a few kilometers away as
they risked getting caught in the crossfire.
Younis said this was not good enough.
endangered refugees and migrants from one detention center to another in the
same conflict zone cannot be described as an evacuation and it is certainly not
a solution,” he said in a statement.
aid group called on the UNHCR and the governments of peaceful countries to
organize a mass evacuation for the migrants, who could then claim asylum.
International Organization for Migration could arrange for those seeking to
return home to do so, MSF said.
group also called on the EU and Libyan authorities to stop blocking boatloads
of migrants seeking to flee the conflict-torn country, “with the goal of
reducing arrivals to Europe at all costs.”
African migrants have suffered appalling abuses since Libya descended into chaos
following the death of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
video showing African migrants being sold as slaves sparked global outrage last
8,000 people picked up by the Libyan coast guard while trying to cross the
Mediterranean to Europe are being indefinitely held in detention centers,
according to the UNHCR.
VP Pence pressures Paraguay over Jerusalem embassy move
Vice President Mike Pence urged Paraguay’s new president to stick to his
predecessor’s decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Pence’s
office said on Thursday after Asuncion announced plans to shift the diplomatic
mission back to Tel Aviv. Paraguay on Wednesday dealt a blow to Israeli’s quest
for recognition of Jerusalem as its capital, which appeared to have gained some
traction this year when the United States, followed by Guatemala and Paraguay,
relocated embassies there.
countries do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city.
who played a main role in President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US
embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, spoke on Wednesday to Paraguayan President
Mario Abdo, who was elected on August, 15.
“strongly encouraged” Abdo to follow through with Paraguay’s commitment to move
the embassy to Jerusalem “as a sign of the historic relationship the country
has maintained with both Israel and the United States,” Pence’s office said in
Paraguay President Horacio Cartes opened the new embassy in Jerusalem on May
21, just days after the United States and Guatemala did.
after Paraguay announced its change on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu responded by ordering the closure of Israel’s embassy in
statement from Pence’s office did not say how Abdo responded to the vice
said only that Abdo “underscored Paraguay’s lasting partnership with Israel and
the leaders agreed to work towards achieving a comprehensive and lasting
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
on Wednesday defended his decision as part of an effort to support “broad,
lasting and just peace” among Israelis and Palestinians.
reversed decades of US Middle East policy. The status of Jerusalem - home to
sites holy to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions - is one of the
thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the
claims as its capital all of the city, including the eastern sector that it
annexed after the 1967 war in a move not recognized internationally.
the Palestinians want East Jerusalem for the capital of a future state they
hope to establish in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Negotiations
between the two sides broke down in 2014.
the meeting in the Iranian capital today, the Iranian and Turkish presidents
explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation in
different political and economic fields.
Iranian president pointed to the brotherly relations between Tehran and Ankara,
and more efforts by the authorities of the two countries to achieve the goal of
Rouhani also underlined that Iran and Turkey should boost efforts and
cooperation to confront the US sanctions, and said, “Banking relations between
the two countries should develop to make plans for solving problems”.
also described Iran-Turkey commercial exchanges through national currencies as
essential, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to further
develop relations with Turkey in the energy sector."
Iranian president stated that the multilateral relations between Iran and
Turkey with other countries in the region, such as Russia, Pakistan and Qatar,
could be the guarantor of peace, stability and security in the region, adding,
"Our efforts to fight terrorism in the region should be such that less
civilians are harmed."
Turkish president, for his part, lauded Iran’s warm hospitality, and said,
"Tehran-Ankara relations are positive.
need to develop, strengthen and deepen relations in all fields," President
Turkish president, meantime, described the stances of the United States
administration towards other countries unacceptable, and said, "Iran and
Turkey should plan to develop trade and economic relations in the current
situation and expand business”.
also emphasized the development of Iran-Turkey banking relations and the use of
national currency in commercial exchanges.
presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey held a meeting in Tehran on Syria in on
suggested that the three nations - Turkey, Iran and Russia - should pay
attention to Kurdish militias in the Northeast of Syria, and the continued
supply of arms to Kurds by the United States, arguing that this poses a major
threat to his country’s national security.
of the River Euphrates, events are happening that concern us. Terrorists are
trying to establish a foothold there with the help of foreign powers and stay
there forever. We are very concerned with the attempts by the United States to
empower and support those terrorist organizations,” the Turkish president said.
added the threat posed by Kurdish militias requires Turkey to maintain its
military presence in Northern Syria.
will in no way allow terrorist elements to gain strength near the border of our
country. We will continue to take all necessary decisions as warranted by the
sources and strength of the threat to us,” he stressed.
Turkish leader also told his Russian and Iranian counterparts, Hassan Rouhani
and Vladimir Putin, that the Tehran summit may be the last chance to resolve
the situation in Syria’s Idlib in a peaceful manner.
the help of Iran and Russia, the Syrian Army is preparing for the Idlib
operation, a strategically-important region and last major stronghold of
Rouhani earlier argued that the continued presence of militants in Idlib
province warrants a major military operation, Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s
concerns about potential loss of civilian lives and a mass exodus of refugees
from the area into Turkey, which could be triggered by such a military operation.
support for the Kurds in Syria is one of several major points of contention
between Turkey and the US, which have soured the relations between the two NATO
allies in the past several years.
US relationship with Turkey is hitting new lows every time Washington announces
a new round of sanctions against its longstanding NATO ally. The two states
have been at odds over the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson in
the war of words over the pastor escalated, US President Donald Trump doubled
steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkish imports up to 50 and 20 percent,
respectively. Ankara retaliated by raising tariffs on 22 American-made
products, ranging from cars to tobacco and also filed a complaint with the
World Trade Organization (WTO) against the US move.
forces on Friday evening have intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile
fired by Houthi militias toward the southern city of Najran.
Yemeni army had also intercepted a
booby-trapped boat of the Houthi militias in the international waters of the
Thursday evening also, Saudi forces had intercepted a ballistic missile fired
by the Houthi militias toward the border Saudi city of Jazan.
Houthis have stepped up missile attacks on the Kingdom in recent months.
on Wednesday, Saudi civil defense said the kingdom’s air defense forces
intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis on Najran,
wounding 37 people due to shrapnel.
Yemeni legitimate forces have repeatedly highlighted the continued involvement
of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi militias and supplying them with
rockets carrying qualitative capabilities, in clear defiance of United Nations
Resolutions 2216 and 2231 in order to threaten the security of Saudi Arabia and
destabilize regional and international security.
commander of the 190th brigade Mohammed Abdul-Malik Atif was killed in Hodeidah
following an air raid by Arab Coalition Apache fighter jets.
confirmed that Atif was targeted near a naval college in the city. Alongside
him was another Houthi commander as well as 16 other militiamen who were also
killed in the air raid.
source added that the coalition is continuing its air raid operations with its
Apache fighter jets targeting Houthi gatherings in Hodeidah.
military brass of Iran and China have exchanged views about ways to boost defense
and military cooperation, joint fight against terrorism and efforts to help
establish global peace and stability as well as the latest developments in the
Middle East and across the world.
Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, who arrived in Beijing on
Thursday on an official visit, held talks with Chinese State Councilor and
Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe on Friday.
pointed to the ongoing insecurity in the Middle East and said the Islamic
Republic has spared no efforts to restore regional peace, stability and
believe that security is a seamless [issue] and insecurity in the West Asian
region has not only affected the surrounding areas but also other parts of the
word," the Iranian military chief said.
added that the unilateral US approach to violate various international
regulations is a breach of international peace and security.
further said Tehran and Beijing have historical and cultural commonalities and
added, "The two countries have common interests and threats and can expand
cooperation in this framework."
Chinese defense minister, for his part, said Tehran and Beijing share a view to
develop cordial relations.
a developing country, China is ready to boost interaction with Iran, he added.
November 2016, former Iranian defense minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan
and the Chinese defense chief signed an agreement in Tehran to boost
defense-military cooperation and fight terrorism.
of Yemeni people have taken to the streets of capital Sana’a to protest against
a Saudi-led military coalition for its alleged refusal to allow a delegation of
the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement to fly to Geneva to attend the United
Nations-sponsored peace talks in the Swiss city.
amid the protest rally on Friday, Loay al-Shamy, a senior Houthi official in
the Ministry of Information, said that the Houthi delegation had been ready to
leave Sana’a International Airport for Geneva, but the UN, under pressure by
the so-called coalition, “could not fulfill what was agreed on, which is to
provide an Omani plane for the delegation that will participate in Geneva and
offer the assurances required for the return of the delegation.”
Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and
Sudan, launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, against
Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s former President Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which plays a
significant role in aiding the Yemeni army in defending the impoverished
country against the invading coalition.
former Yemeni government resigned in 2015 as the country was experiencing
political turmoil. Shortly afterwards, Hadi fled to Riyadh, where he encouraged
the Saudis to launch attacks on Yemen in a bid to regain power.
Houthi movement has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective
administration since the onset of the imposed war, which has so far killed some
UN invited the two opposing sides, the Houthis and Hadi’s Saudi-backed
administration based in the southern Yemeni city of Eden, to send their
respective delegations to a fresh round of peace talks, which were slated to
open on Thursday.
the Saudi-led military coalition has imposed a tight sea and air blockade on
Yemen for months, the Houthi delegation was scheduled to fly to Geneva through
an Omani airplane provided by the UN, but it has so far failed to do so due to
purported pressure from Riyadh.
Wednesday, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths voiced confidence in the
planned negotiations despite a delay as the delegation representing the Houthis
remains stranded at the Sana’a airport. He had to postpone the talks due to
delay in the arrival of the Houthi delegation.
national Yemeni delegation that will participate (in Geneva talks) has not yet
left from Sana’a airport, and that is because the decision not to send an Omani
plane was made by the US and it is an American conspiracy with the help of
Saudi Arabia. The US meant to delay the delegation from leaving, and the UN is
helpless, and cannot do anything about it,” said Abdulrahman al-Mutawakel, a
senior Houthi official during the Friday rally.
UN envoy says the talks — the first since 2016 — are meant to be trying to
build trust between the two parties.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure,
destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has said
that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4
million threatened by severe hunger.
least one Palestinian minor has lost his life and hundreds more sustained
injuries when Israeli military forces opened fire at a group of protesters
participating in an anti-occupation rallies along the border between the
besieged Gaza Strip and Israeli-occupied territories.
Gaza Ministry of Health said in a statement that 17-year-old Bilal Mustafa
Khafaja was fatally shot by a sniper during “The Great March of Return”
protests east of the city of Rafah, located 30 kilometers south of Gaza City,
on Friday evening. His body was taken to the Martyr Abu Yousef al-Najjar
statement added that another 210 protesters were also injured. Forty-five
people were struck with live bullets. A total of 70 demonstrators were admitted
to hospitals and medical centers across Gaza Strip to receive medical
in the day, two Palestinians were moderately injured after Israeli warplanes
launched a missile attack on a group of young men in the northeastern part of
the Gaza Strip.
Gaza Ministry of Health stated that the pair were injured in the town of Beit
Hanoun, and were immediately transferred to hospital.
media outlets claimed that the Palestinians were seeking to launch incendiary
kites and balloons into the southern edge of occupied lands.
teen succumbs to Israeli gunfire wounds sustained in Gaza rally
a Palestinian teenager, who was critically wounded by Israeli army gunfire
during an anti-occupation protest along the border between the Gaza Strip and
occupied territories, has succumbed to his injuries.
medical sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 19-year-old Amjad
Fayez Hamduna died of his injuries early on Friday morning.
had been shot and wounded during a rally east of Jabalia city, located 4
kilometers north of Gaza City, on July 14.
reports confirmed that Hamduna had been initially admitted to the Rumah Sakit
Indonesia Hospital in Jabalia, before being shifted to the al-Shifa Hospital in
Gaza City following deterioration of his condition.
175 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since anti-occupation
protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30. A total of 19,139
Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, on the eve of the 70th anniversary
of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US
embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
June 13, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by
Turkey and Algeria, condemning Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the
resolution, which had been put forward on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries,
garnered a strong majority of 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8
votes against and 45 abstentions.
resolution called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals
within 60 days “on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and
well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,”
including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”
presidents of Iran and Turkey on Friday called for further promotion of
business ties between the two neighboring states in a bid to counter the effect
of unilateral sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran and Ankara.
and Turkey must further boost their economic relations to counter US
sanctions,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a Friday meeting with Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is
in Tehran to attend a trilateral summit on Syria with his Iranian and Russian
called for enhancement of banking and energy relations between the two sides,
stressing that plans need to be made for resolving problems that hamper further
also underlined the necessity of using national currencies in bilateral
business transactions, and called for a revision to Iran-Turkey preferential
for his part, condemned the US government’s “unacceptable and unstable” stances
toward other countries, and echoed Rouhani’s call for boosting bilateral trade
to defy the US sanctions.
and Turkey, under the current circumstances, must plan to develop their trade
and economic relations,” he said, calling for further expansion of business
ties between the two states.
must put more effort into developing, strengthening, and reinforcing our
relations in all fields,” Erdogan noted, stressing the need for increased
banking cooperation and use of national currencies in bilateral trade.
Turkish president said earlier this week he has plans to ditch the US dollar in
trade with Iran and instead use local currencies.
in April, Iran and Turkey opened their first letter of credit for business
transactions in their national currencies as part of their efforts to ditch the
greenback and the euro in bilateral trade.
Iran and Turkey are under unilateral US sanctions, which have complicated
transactions in dollars because they have to be processed through the American
President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the Iran nuclear deal in May,
and re-imposed the first batch of anti-Iran sanctions later in August.
has vowed to impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has censured the remarks made by US
President Donald Trump about the “game” he played before pulling the US out of
the Iran nuclear deal, saying that such “little games” played by Trump have
destroyed US credibility and humiliated its allies.
@realDonaldTrump destroys US credibility & humiliates his 'allies' with
"little games", we're delighted to engage with responsible powers
today in Tehran to further move towards political solution in #Syria. Agreed to
work to end terrorism & avoid human suffering in #Idlib,” Zarif tweeted on
tweet came in reaction to Trump’s remarks in a phone conversation with his
son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner and a group of other Jewish figures,
during which the US president said he played a “little game” before ultimately
deciding to kill the multilateral 2015 nuclear agreement, known as Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
was something that I was against the deal from the first day I heard about it.
I thought it was a horror show. It should never have happened. … It was the
craziest deal. And, I said, if I get in, I'm going to consider, after studying
it, terminating the deal. I had a Secretary of State that didn’t like
terminating it. I played the game for a while; I wish I did it sooner. But I
played that little game for a while, and then ultimately I decided I’m just
doing it. And I did it,” he said in the conference call Thursday night.
his Friday tweet, the Iranian foreign minister slammed the US’ irresponsible behavior
by telling Trump how “responsible powers” – Iran, Russia and Turkey – behave.
was referring to the Tehran Summit, which was held Friday to discuss the latest
developments in Syria, particularly the Syrian army's plan to launch an
offensive to retake the northwestern Idlib province from terrorists.
meeting was attended by the presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey, who
according to Zarif “agreed to work to end terrorism and avoid human suffering
in Idlib”, the last stronghold of militants in Syria.
A court in Istanbul has convicted a former co-chairman of Turkey’s main
pro-Kurdish political party of “engaging in terror propaganda.”
court sentenced Selahattin Demirtas to more than four years in prison after
finding him guilty on Friday.
trial is one of several faced by Demirtas, who has been in pre-trial detention
since November 2016.
ran as the People’s Democratic Party candidate in Turkey’s presidential
election from prison and garnered 8.4 percent of the vote.
court also convicted former legislator Sirri Sureyya Onder of the same charge
and gave him a prison sentence of more than three years.
two men were accused of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or
PKK, in speeches they delivered in 2013 during festivities marking a Kurdish
to open Paraguay embassy after it moved mission back to Tel Aviv
says Turkey will open an embassy in its capital Asuncion to express support for
the South American country’s decision to move back its embassy from the
occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds to Tel Aviv.
newly elected President Mario Abdo reversed a decision made by his predecessor
Horacio Cartes in May to relocate the diplomatic mission to the occupied
Palestinian city after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem al-Quds
as Israel's “capital” earlier in December.
Foreign Minister Luis Castiglioni said his country wants to contribute to an
intensification of regional diplomatic efforts to achieve a broad, fair and
lasting peace in the Middle East.
has prompted Israel to close its embassy in Paraguay.
is expressing support for Paraguay’s stance on Israel by opening the embassy,
Castiglioni told reporters.
top Paraguayan diplomat said on Friday that he expected to meet his Turkish
counterpart at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month.
ambassador to Paraguay has been operating out from Argentina. Ankara has a
consulate in Asuncion and another in the country's second largest city, Ciudad
also described Israel’s decision to close its embassy in Asuncion as hasty and
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas celebrated as “courageous” the reversal,
which will be a setback to the momentum Israel had hoped to build after the US
moved its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds in May.
Palestinian Authority’s Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah also thanked Paraguay for
new government in the South American country is under pressure by Washington to
stick to the former government’s decision.
Vice President Mike Pence “strongly encouraged” President Mario Abdo in a phone
conversation on Wednesday to follow through with Paraguay’s commitment to move
the embassy to Jerusalem “as a sign of the historic relationship the country
has maintained with both Israel and the United States,” according to a
statement from Pence's office.
statement did not say how Abdo responded to Pence’s request. It only said that
Abdo “underscored Paraguay's lasting partnership with Israel and the leaders
agreed to work towards achieving a comprehensive and lasting solution to the
had a crucial role in Washington’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem
al-Quds, a city which the Palestinians, with international support, want as the
capital of a future independent state.
US embassy relocation took place on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of
the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), sparking international condemnation and
deadly clashes in the besieged Gaza Strip.
U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition began war games Friday in eastern Syria in what
it said are exercises aimed at honing "warfighting skills for
games were launched out of the at-Tanf garrison near the Iraqi border and
included an aerial assault and about 100 U.S. troops who will conduct a live
fire exercise before departing the airbase.
forces will demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target with
integrated air and ground forces and conduct a rapid exfiltration anywhere in
the OIR [Operation Inherent Resolve] combined joint operations area,” Navy
Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, said in a statement.
like this bolster our defeat-ISIS capabilities and ensure we are ready to
respond to any threat to our forces.”
was using another name for Daesh.
U.S. is de-conflicting the exercises with Russia using established protocols,
the command said.
the stated "counterterrorism" aim of the exercises, CNN reported they
are actually a direct response to Russian military threats.
reportedly sent a written note to the U.S. on Thursday warning that it would
carry out "precision strikes" on militants around the at-Tanf area
despite a roughly 55-kilometer (34-mile) deconfliction zone around the base.
United States does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or
any groups that may be providing support to Syria in the Syrian civil war.
However, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate
force to defend U.S., coalition or partner forces, as we have clearly
demonstrated in past instances," CNN quoted Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Sean
Robertson as saying.
top general on Saturday said he was involved in “routine dialogue” with the
White House about military options should Syria ignore U.S. warnings against
using chemical weapons in an expected assault on the enclave of Idlib.
General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no decision
had been made by the United States to employ military force in response to a
future chemical attack in Syria.
we are in a dialogue, a routine dialogue, with the president to make sure he
knows where we are with regard to planning in the event that chemical weapons
are used,” he told a small group of reporters during a trip to India. Dunford
later added: “He expects us to have military options and we have provided
updates to him on the development of those military options.”
President Bashar al-Assad has massed his army and allied forces on the front
lines in the northwest, and Russian planes have joined his bombardment of
rebels there, in a prelude to a widely expected assault despite objections from
week, a top U.S. envoy said there was “lots of evidence” that chemical weapons
were being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib.
White House has warned that the United States and its allies would respond
“swiftly and vigorously” if government forces used chemical weapons in Idlib.
President Donald Trump has twice bombed Syria over its alleged use of chemical
weapons, in April 2017 and April 2018.
did not say, one way or the other, what he expected Trump to do should Syria
use chemical weapons again.
top military official also said last week his forces were prepared to carry out
strikes on Syrian targets if chemical weapons were used in Idlib.
declined to comment on U.S. intelligence about the possible Syrian preparations
of chemical agents.
wouldn’t comment on intelligence at all, in terms of what we have, what we
don’t have,” he said.
is the insurgents’ only remaining major stronghold and a government offensive
could be the last decisive battle in a war that has killed more than half a
million people and forced 11 million to flee their homes.
presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on a ceasefire
that would forestall an offensive.
whether there was still a chance the assault on Idlib could be averted, Dunford
said: “I don’t know if there’s anything that can stop it.”
certainly disappointing but perhaps not (surprising) that the Russians, the
Turks and the Iranians weren’t able to come up with a solution yesterday,” he
and Moscow have helped Assad turn the course of the war against an array of
opponents ranging from Western-backed rebels to the Islamist militants, while
Turkey is a leading opposition supporter and has troops in the country.
says it fears a massacre and it can not accommodate any more refugees flooding
over its border.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin said on Friday a ceasefire would be pointless as it
would not involve Islamist militant groups it deems terrorists.
Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura on Friday echoed remarks by Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the world needs to avoid a
"potential catastrophe" in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.
via video conference at a meeting of the UN Security Council, De Mistura
emphasized the need for civilian voices in Idlib to be heard by the
Bashar al-Assad regime recently announced plans to launch a major military
offensive in Idlib, which is controlled by various armed opposition groups.
his remarks to the council, the UN envoy held up a photo of a woman civilian in
Idlib and noted that 98.8 percent of the population in the area are civilians.
Mistura also received a letter from 1,000 women currently in Idlib, who urged
the international community to remember that they are civilians, not
are teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, writers and homemakers, and many of
them came from many parts of Syria. So Idlib in many ways symbolizes a mosaic
of Syria," de Mistura said.
went further to say that while there are different armed groups in Idlib, there
needs to be a different approach in order to separate them from the rest of the
Friday, the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Tehran to discuss the
situation and planned offensive in Idlib by the Assad regime. De Mistura noted
that Erdogan had put a substantive number of ideas on the table, and he is
looking forward to hearing more.
Mistura will meet with representatives of the three countries in Geneva next
want a country without war, and we want a future in which we can be alive. They
too are against terrorists, but they cannot show that because the situation is
very difficult," he said on behalf of the population of Idlib.
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