Rejoice As Foundation Stone Laid For First Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi
of France Reflect On Their Future, As Annual Event Gets Underway
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rejoice as foundation stone laid for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi
Thousands of Indians on Saturday rejoiced and participated in the foundation
stone laying ceremony of the first Hindu temple in UAE's capital Abu Dhabi.
Swami Maharaj, spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri AksharPurushottam
Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), which is constructing the temple, presided over
the four-hour ceremony following which sanctified bricks were placed at the
main pooja sthal (place of worship).
Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri read out Prime Minister Narendra Modi's
statement on the occasion, congratulating the Gulf nation for this initiative.
behalf of 130 crore Indians, it is my privilege to convey our greetings to my
dear friend and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin
Zayed Al Nahyan,” Suri quoted Prime Minister Modi as saying.
complete, this temple will symbolise the universal human values and spiritual
ethos that form a shared heritage of both India and the UAE,” he said.
said that the temple embodies the timeless Vedic values of Vasudev Kutumbakam,
the whole world is one family.
am sure this temple will be a source of inspiration for the 33 lakh Indians
residing in the UAE as well as of people from all other cultures,” Suri quoted
Prime Minister Modi as saying.
plan to build the temple in Abu Dhabi was approved by the Abu Dhabi government
during Modi's first visit to the country in 2015.
Vaishnav, education and development expert, termed the temple as a
well-deserved recognition of a thriving Indian community in the UAE.
will also serve as a great venue for tourism from all over the world as these temples
spearheaded by BAPS are amazing pieces of architecture as well as famous for
their larger than life manifestation,” Vaishnav said.
temple will be a cultural complex with art gallery, halls, library and gym.
will comprise of seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE and
come up on a 14-acre piece of land at Abu Mureikhah, close to the Abu
stones for the temple will be carved by temple artisans in India and assembled
in the UAE.
Suresh Chettur, prominent Indian lawyer, said this is a welcome development for
the 3.3 million Indians living in the UAE and that it will help enhance
country has always been a role model when it comes to giving respect to
everyone. This step will further boost the relations between the two countries.
Also, the BAPS temple architecture is very unique so it will add to the long
list of marvellous architectures in the UAE,” Chettur said.
Purushothaman, spokesperson of the NRI cell of Bharatiya Janata Party, said,
“It's very significant and symbolic in this year of tolerance (being marked in
the UAE). This temple is not just a place of worship, it is a place for human
development and harmony to be created among communities.”
after the Pope's visit (to the UAE), we have BAPS spiritual guru poojya mahant
Maharaj Ji and being NRI, we are proud of this temple and request all NRIs to
be a part of the making,” he added.
Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan received Swami Maharaj and his delegation of Hindu
priests at Al Maktoum International Airport on Thursday.
interacting with Sheikh Nahyan, Swami Maharaj prayed for the good health and
the prosperity of the rulers and people of the UAE.
Maharaj is the Spiritual Head of over 1,200 temples and 4,200 centers of
spirituality worldwide. He guides the BAPS' social, spiritual, cultural,
educational, health, disaster relief and other activities.
is the sixth and present spiritual guru of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
of France reflect on their future, as annual event gets underway
200,000 people are expected to visit the Bourget this weekend, where the annual
Gathering of France’s Muslims is taking place. The 36th edition, organised by
‘Rencontre Annuelle des Musulmans de France’ (RAMF) carries the slogan
"Muslims: their future is in the making".
the biggest event of its kind in France, and in Europe. Each year it aims to
better reflect contemporary society. That means bringing together men and women
of different ages and nationalities, with different political and religious
future of Muslims in this country must be thought out carefully and built upon
a solid base of living in harmony and the values of fraternity and solidarity,”
are hoping the debate will be put back on the agenda at a national level.
President Emmanuel Macron said at the start of his mandate that the government
would look at how Islam fits into French culture and way of life.
2003, the Interior Ministry under former President François Hollande, created
an association to represent Muslims in their dealings with the state. But many
felt that the lack of consultation within the Muslim community undermined its
year, a ceremony was held on Saturday dedicated to the victims of terror
attacks in particular in New Zealand and Canada.
the stands dedicated to learning Arabic, or getting financial help or donating
to different causes, there are activities aimed at keeping the children happy
while their parents look around.
visitors can find out about gym classes, buy clothes or discover a range of
Victoria’s Secret lingerie.
are several stands for tourism agencies, some dedicated to organizing the Hadj,
the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
is even a stand dedicated to ecology.
year, one of the stands caused a bit of an uproar. It was called "Free
Tariq Ramadan", referring to the Muslim scholar accused of sexually
assaulting several women. He launched a court case in February to clear his
ministers are aiders and abettors of terrorists: Bilawal
People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday accused the
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) cabinet members of being aiders and abettors of
a ceremony after inaugurating a bone marrow transplantation unit at the Dow
University of Health Sciences, Karachi, the PPP leader said questions will be
asked from the government about the ministers known for their contacts with the
terrorist outfits. “I don’t have any personal enmity with any of the cabinet
members. We want the system to keep going but if such people are given
positions, then questions will definitely be asked,” he said, alleging that the
PTI contested the last general election on the backing of the defunct
organisations. “We have to defeat extremism to save the future of our coming
generations,” he added.
said if the government wanted to go to the International Monitory Fund (IMF)
for a bailout package, it should have gone for it immediately after taking the
charge. “The government is directionless and lacks any economic strategy,” he
said the incompetent PTI government has appointed Dr Hafeez Shaikh, who he said
had already been rejected by his party, as advisor to the prime minister on
finance. “Though it’s a prerogative of the prime minister to appoint or change
anyone as per his choice, the manner Asad Umar has been removed as finance
minister is a matter of insult and also a proof of incompetence of the
incumbent government,” he said. “I have already said that they (PTI) don’t have
competency to run the country’s affairs,” he said. “The real ‘Naya Pakistan’ is
instead being built in Sindh and Thar where public service installations like
hospitals and schools are being established,” he added.
said a conspiracy is being hatched to roll back the 18th Amendment in order to
transfer all powers back to the centre, adding that all such plans will be
foiled with full force. “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is the architect of Pakistan’s
constitution … they (PTI) should change themselves instead of changing the
system,” he added.
said the federal government has provided 50 percent less funds to Sindh
province. He said he will snatch province’s rights from the federation, and
directed the party leaders to serve the masses even with lesser money from the
Centre. “There should be a new NFC award for the provinces,” he suggested.
have a weak health infrastructure in the province which has to be made strong,”
he said in response to a question, adding that establishment of kidney, liver
and bone marrow centres in public-sector hospitals in the province is a huge
success. “Construction of a hospital in Gumbat and improvement and
establishment of cyberknife at Jinnah Hospital Karachi are also big successes
of the PPP,” he added.
Omar: Somali Americans vow to stand up to Trump attacks
she stood in a crowd of protesters, helping hold a long “Stand with Ilhan” sign
outside the trucking company in Burnsville where Donald Trump was about to
speak, Habon Abdulle could not help but be swept up in the contradictory emotions
of the moment.
a hijab-wearing Muslim woman who speaks with a slight Somali accent, and as
executive director of Women Organizing Women (Wow) Network, a not-for-profit
group dedicated to training and supporting East African immigrants who run for
office, Abdulle had more than a passing familiarity with the some of the views
reflected in signs and chants among a crowd of Trump supporters lined up across
was the idea that Muslims were as a whole responsible for 9/11, and that the
congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her supporters were affiliated with terrorist
groups. There was another oldie-but-goodie: that the city of Minneapolis, like
many urban centers dealing with an affordable housing shortage driven by an
influx of new residents, is filled with crime-ridden “no go” zones governed by
sharia law, where police supposedly fear to tread.
was still a little surprised to see such arguments expressed so brazenly, out
in the open, just as she had been a few days earlier when Trump retweeted a
video meant to show Omar did not respect the tragedy of 9/11.
are conversations in my community,” Abdulle told the Guardian. “We thought we
passed the collective blaming, the ‘punish the whole for the actions of a few’.
Those were things that we experienced right after the 9/11 attack. And many of
us actually thought we were done with that. But lately, it actually feels that
it’s back. It’s really weird, like: what’s going on?”
also saw reasons for optimism. A young Muslim woman walked in front of the
pro-Omar group, wearing a black hijab and a keffiyeh scarf, holding a bullhorn
and leading a chant. Abdulle watched as the crowd responded, many white and
older Minnesotans included. That, she thought, was something she could work
we don’t stand up for ourselves,” she asked, “who will? We have to stand up for
ourselves and they felt someone who looks like them was attacked. And we were
all of us out there saying, ‘No.’ We are not going to accept. We have rights.
It isn’t fair that someone always has to other us. So, we went there because
that was the right place to be that day.”
the same moment, from the other side of the street, a tall man with a gray
scraggly beard could be overheard cracking a joke.
is that Omar? They all look the same to me.”
might have been on to something, but not in the way he intended. The young
Muslim women in the crowd did see themselves in Omar. That was why they were
out in force.
came here to support my sister Ilhan,” the keffiyeh-wearing woman, Asma
Mohammed, 26, told the Guardian. “She’s been under attack and she’s been facing
death threats consistently, but even more so after Trump tweeted things about
her that make her seem like she was sympathizing with terrorists.”
said Omar was more than just a political figure: “She is my sister, as
Minnesotans; she is my sister as another woman of faith; as another woman who
wears a hijab and faces that kind of hate on the daily.”
a mix of outrage, disappointment and incredulousness, along with a growing
sense of empowerment, was common among activists the Guardian spoke to in
Minneapolis in the week after Trump’s tweet.
office was quieter than usual, declining media requests and not issuing
statements, leaving Trump to deal with the fallout from the Mueller report
without his favorite new foil to spar with.
if there is one thing Trump has been consistent about in his political career,
it has been the targeting of migrants and Muslims in moves meant to appeal to
his base. Many observers believe he will redouble such efforts as 2020 draws
and Trump have become intrinsically linked, and not just on Trump’s terms. Omar
was elected to the House of Representatives in November as part of an
anti-Trump blue wave that included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and
Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Before that, she made national news when she became
the first Somali American in statewide office, on the night Trump was elected
president. Her victory party at a Marriott in downtown Minneapolis was a
rollercoaster, tears and dancing underscored by a sense of girding for a fight.
going to be very tough,” Omar said then. “We have to figure out how to organize
the community to prepare for what’s to come. We have to amplify our voices of
love against the rhetoric of hate.”
fight has now come, though in a more direct way than many supporters thought
possible. As Trump uses Omar to galvanize his base, he will inevitably rally
hers. Last Monday’s rival protests outside Trump’s Tax Day event signalled such
battles to come. “Omar really needs to go,” said Melody Black, a Trump
supporter from Red Wing, Minnesota, as a man behind her held a “Making America
Great Again” sign.
anti-American. She’s anti-Jews. She’s anti-Minnesotan. And everyone knew that
the Muslims took down those buildings in New York. All of us watched it. And
now they’re saying that we’re racist because we say it. But it’s the truth.
came from Somalia and her father taught her exactly how to do what she’s doing
– including getting into government. They’re trying to take over our
government, the Muslims are.”
has indeed inspired other Muslim women to enter politics.
women within the Somali community who never thought to run for office changed
their mind,” Abdulle said. The Minnesota state house now has its second female
Somali American legislator, Hodan Hassan.
the street from Black, Nausheena Hussain, a 42-year-old in a dark purple
headscarf who directs a female-led Muslim not-for-profit organization, took her
turn leading a round of chants. She said Trump’s attacks on Omar had encouraged
I’m hearing, specially my community, is that she cannot be alone,” Hussain
said. “They are asking everybody to run for office that has those same
progressive values, so she is not bearing the brunt of the responsibility by
so I feel like 2020, you are going to see more people of color running for
office, more Muslims or Muslim women, because not only do we not want her to be
the only one there, but we have seen that she’s able to fight and still get
things done. More people need to back her up and to be part of that.”
welcomed such words.
how we are going to end the polarization,” she said. “That’s how we’re going to
end the hatred. That’s how we’re going to end the narrative that we are not
going to repeat the whole day long: we are American.”
Corps confirm 45 militants have been killed, wounded in Army, Air Force
203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military has confirmed that 45 militants have
been killed during the latest operations of the Afghan Army and Afghan Air
Force in Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, and Khost provinces.
to a statement released by 203rd Thunder Corps, a senior Taliban leader
identified as Mawlavi Habibullah was killed along with 4 other militants during
an operation of the Afghan Special Forces which was conducted in Sadmara area
of Nerkh district in Maidan Wardak province.
statement further added that 16 militants were killed in an airstrike of the
Afghan Air Force in Geru district of Ghazni, 10 others were killed and 2 more
were wounded in a similar raid in Aab Band district while 4 others were killed
and 5 more wounded in Noghi area located in the provincial capital of Ghazni.
statement also added that 2 militants were killed during a clearance operation
of Afghan army in Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost province.
body urges Muslim countries to promote culture of reading
Morocco: Muslim countries must do more to promote books and reading, the Saudi
Press Agency reported one of the world’s largest Islamic organizations as
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), which was
founded by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation 40 years ago, called on
Muslim countries to improve the publishing industry, provide copyright
protection, and preserve manuscripts by digitizing them so that current and
future generations could benefit from them.
made the comments ahead of World Book and Copyright Day, a UN event celebrated
on April 23.
said that knowledge and science in Muslim communities soared when printing was
discovered, adding that paper books would remain a pillar of culture and a
driver for development because civilization was founded on the discovery of
media through which knowledge and sciences were transferred have varied with
the advent of the information and communications technology revolution,” ISESCO
said. “The world now has digital as well as paper books and, in spite of this
great leap achieved by humanity to disseminate knowledge and sciences, there is
a critical shortage of reading rates, and a large segment of people lack access
to books and intermediate technologies. In addition, certain categories of
people, such as the visually impaired, do not benefit from a large number of
ISESCO statement mentioned statistics that showed an increase in the proportion
of published books compared with previous years, which were characterized by a
decline in the sector. ISESCO said the functions of paper and digital books
were evenly divided.
the popularity of books and reading could not hide the difficulties and risks
facing the written word, it added. Manuscripts faced destruction and theft in
some areas of armed conflict and this phenomenon threatened Islamic culture and
history, said ISESCO.
body said that technology could be used to combat book piracy through practical
measures such as standardizing legislation, closing legal loopholes and raising
awareness about the dangers of piracy.
called on member states to give attention to books and reading as well as
people with special needs to help them access books.
ISESCO and the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection
(PME) had a meeting on Friday in Rabat, Morocco, to discuss the Saudi Arabia
Award for Environmental Management in the Islamic World (KSAAEM).
meeting, held at ISESCO headquarters, was presided over by PME President Khalil
bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi and ISESCO Director General, Abdul Aziz Othman
meeting hailed the support of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
for the efforts of the PME and ISESCO in the field of environmental protection
in the Islamic world, including raising awareness about the importance of
protecting the environment and encouraging scientific research through KSAAEM.
two sides highlighted their coordination, consultation and cooperation to achieve
common goals. Mohammed Hussein Al-Qahtani, PME’s director general of media and
public relations, commended the efforts made in this area and the results, and
said there was a need to develop the award’s media plan to expand its outreach.
Abdelamajid Tribak, from ISESCO’s Directorate of Science and Technology, gave a
presentation on the activities of KSAAEM’s General Secretariat.
said the number of nominees had risen this year compared to the previous year,
with 200 entrants from 40 Islamic and non-Islamic countries.
foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale will hold talks with top Chinese officials,
including foreign minister Wang Yi, next week on key issues such as
coordinating the positions of the two sides at international forums and the
listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
who spoke on condition of anonymity described Gokhale’s two-day visit to
Beijing beginning on Sunday as part of regular diplomatic consultations.
However, he is visiting days ahead of the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF),
which India will skip because of concerns over territorial sovereignty related
to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
who earlier served as the envoy to Beijing, will have a series of meetings on
April 22, including with vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou and state
councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi.
officials sought to play down the significance of the timing of the visit,
saying the trip had been scheduled quite some time back.
foreign secretary visits other countries as part of our regular consultations.
He was recently in Washington and Moscow. He will be visiting Berlin after
Beijing,” said an official who asked not to be identified.
addition to talks aimed at maintaining momentum in bilateral ties in the wake
of last year’s informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
President Xi Jinping at Wuhan, Gokhale is expected to discuss coordinating
India and China’s positions on key global issues at forums such as the G20
Summit to be held in Tokyo in June, people familiar with developments said.
is expected to meet the Indian Prime Minister on the sidelines of the G20
Summit. The Chinese side is also keenly looking forward to the second informal
summit, which will be held in India some time after the general elections.
is currently preparing to host the three-day Belt and Road Forum from April 25,
which will be attended by nearly 40 heads of state and government. India and
Bhutan are among the countries that will not attend the forum. New Delhi had
also boycotted the first edition of the forum in 2017.
has repeatedly expressed concerns about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),
largely because of CPEC, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and
the uneven playing field created by China for Xi’s flagship connectivity
Beijing, India’s snub is a diplomatic irritant. Briefing the media on the forum
on Friday, foreign minister Wang had said: “One of our differences is how to
look at the BRI. The Indian side has its concerns. We understand that and that
is why we have stated clearly on many occasions that the BRI, including the
CPEC, is only an economic initiative and does not target any third country and
they have nothing to do with the sovereign and territorial disputes left from
history between any two countries.”
repeated blocking of efforts to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist at
the UN’s Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee too has emerged as an
irritant in ties. Gokhale is expected to convey India’s concerns on this issue
asks US to act ‘cautiously’ after its push to ban Masood Azhar at UN
has played an important role in bilateral consultations in recent years, and
had visited Pakistan in March in the aftermath of tensions following the
Pulwama suicide attack that killed 40 Indian troops.
December, Kong had visited India to review diplomatic ties in the wake of the
India has sent one of its frontline warships, INS Kolkata, to join the 70th
anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy at Qingdao in east China.
Shisheng, a Beijing-based South Asia expert, said there are several issues for
the two sides to discuss.
thought of the second BRF summit. Maybe, the Indian side wants to reduce
China’s misconceptions. Although New Delhi is reluctant to send official
delegations to the second BRF, the cooperation between the two countries on
regional integration and governance can still be pushed forward,” said Hu,
director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceania Studies at the
China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
will be discussed too, Hu said.
another possibility because the technical block will end by May. Discussions
could also include how to coordinate positions during the G20 Summit in Tokyo,”
in India should bridge the gap between the person they elect to public office
and their community by focusing on education and capacity building of their
youth, said an academic.
to Anadolu Agency in Istanbul on the sidelines of a conference, Varsha Basheer,
an expert on religious pluralism at the University of Kerala, said the distance
between a lawmaker and a common man in India is so wide that if he “thinks of
bridging that divide, he cannot”.
is currently holding general elections to vote for the new prime minister and
members of the parliament. The multi-phased polls which started on April 11
will end on May 19.
main contest is between right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul
Gandhi, a fresh face of the oldest political dynasty of India.
said there were wide divisions in the Indian Muslim community, owing largely to
their conservative traditional practices, which has alienated and ghettoized
an example from a 2005 official report on the state of Muslims in India, she
said “the Sachar Committee report shows us how dismal their status is on all
findings showed a dismal image of living, educational and economic status of
Muslims living in India.
said the Muslim community leadership should be able to negotiate with the
government, hold politicians accountable and remind them of their promises.
that kind of community leadership and that kind of community negotiation
happening with the policy makers is the only way Muslims can bring about some
kind of pressure on the government,” she said.
crying and making Dua won’t do… that is half of it… Then Allah says you have to
work on it.”
said that education and capacity building play a major role in the process.
Muslims need to allocate funds on developing capacity of their youth who can
make policy changes and present demands of the community to their public
on the ongoing general elections, Basheer said that the Indian Muslim has
already seen five years of right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule and
“what it brought forth; brutal lynching [of Muslims] throughout their
what the BJP is saying right now, what they have put in their manifesto, the kind
of sloganeering they are using in the [election] campaigns, there is a clear
message [in it],” she said.
to Human Rights Watch, India has witnessed increase in communal rhetoric since
2014 spurring violent vigilante campaign against beef consumption.
recorded by online Factchecker on lynching in India shows 46 people were killed
since 2012 in the incidents which pre-dominantly targeted Muslims.
are considered sacred in the Hindu religion and since Modi came to power in
2014 there has been a rise in attacks on Muslim cattle owners by Hindu
nationalists, with several self-styled cow protection groups emerging in the
said the economy was in tatters and the BJP was not focusing on the issue.
they promise is that they will clamp down on Muslims. If this is not an open
call to divide the society on communal lines, what is it? They are trying to
define ‘who an Indian is’,” she added.
the other hand, she said, the Indian National Congress, a secular party founded
by independence leaders of the country, has come up with an election manifesto
that promises an “equal footing to all the poor and destitute in the country
and that gives hope”.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that the
organisation will continue to work for elimination of antinational forces such
as terrorism and fanaticism.
took to Twitter on Saturday to pay a tribute to RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma
who died after being attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar
district on April 9.
a message on the RSS' Twitter account, Bhagwat said Sharma's death was very
painful, but his sacrifice also inspires the Sangh.
this time of sorrow, we resolve not to let go in vain the sacrifice committed
by late Chandrakant-ji, (we)will work with more speed to remove anti-national
forces such as terrorists and fundamentalists ("kattar-panthi") from
this land," said Bhagwat.
The National Investigation Agency on Saturday conducted searches at three
places here and Wardha of Maharashtra in connection with an ISIS module case,
and picked up four suspects for questioning, the agency said.
part of the investigations into the 2016 Abu Dhabi module case, based on
reliable information, NIA carried out searches and seized several digital devices
and other documents from the houses of the four suspects, whose questioning is
going on, the agency said in a release.
National Investigation Agency is probing a case since 2016 where it is alleged
that the members of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were involved in a conspiracy
to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian Muslim youth on
behalf of the proscribed outfit to carry out terror activities, according to
January 2016, the NIA had registered a case against three accused Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam,
Adnan Hassan and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh and they were arrested on arrival to
Delhi from Abu Dhabi.
digital devices seized included 13 mobile phones, 11 SIM cards, one iPad, two
laptops, one external hard disk, six pen drives, six SD Cards and three walkie
talkie sets, it said.
August 2018, the NIA had arrested two alleged ISIS sympathisers--Mohammed
Abdullah Basith and Mohd Abdul Qhadeer from Hyderabad as part of its larger
probe into Indian youngsters being radicalised to carry out terror strikes on
behalf of the banned international outfit.
February 7 this year, the NIA had filed a supplementary chargesheet against two
accused in connection with its probe in the Abu Dhabi module case and the fresh
raids were being carried out in connection with this module based on
"fresh inputs", official sources said.
has repatriated 110 of its citizens from Syria, including women and their
children as well as militants who had gone to the war-torn Arab country to join
the ranks of foreign-sponsored terrorist groups there.
in the early hours of the morning an important and sensitive operation was
organized in which the government of Kosovo, with the help of the United States
of America, has returned 110 of its citizens who were in war zones in Syria,”
Kosovan Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri said at a press conference on Saturday.
did not elaborate on Washington’s role in the repatriation, but a plane with a
US flag on its tail was seen in the cargo area of Pristina Adem Jashari International
Airport as the operation was in process.
will not stop before bringing every citizen of the Republic of Kosovo back to
their country and anyone that has committed any crime or was part of these
terrorist organizations will face justice. I will say one more thing: as the
government of the Republic of Kosovo, we cannot allow for our citizens to be a
threat to the West and to our allies,” the justice minister noted.
several hours at the airport, the group was transported under police escort to
an army barracks just outside the capital.
services director Naser Ramadani said “women and children have suffered serious
said among the returnees were four men suspected of having fought for Daesh, 32
women as well as 74 children. Nine of the children were not accompanied by a
prosecutor Aleksander Lumezi told reporters that the four men suspects had been
immediately arrested, and charged upon arrival in Pristina with participating
in a foreign conflict. He stressed that indictments against them will soon
chief Rashit Qalaj said authorities believed that 30 Kosovar militants, 49
women and 8 children still remained in conflict zones in Syria.
300 Kosovars joined terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, according to the
southeastern European country’s interior ministry and around 70 have been
killed while an estimated 120 have returned home. Most of the returnees have
been arrested and charged with terrorism upon their arrival.
whose population of 1.8 million is 90 percent Muslim, is reportedly one of the
European countries with a high number of militants in Iraq and Syria.
Syrian Turkmen Assembly (STA) on Saturday denounced the meeting between French
President Emmanuel Macron and a delegation of the so-called SDF, led by the
Syrian branch of the PKK terror group.
receiving of a delegation of SDF has once again showed that the West, led by
the U.S., Israel and France, is the supporter of PYD/YPG/SDF terror groups in
the international arena," STS said in a statement.
the ongoing crimes of terror group YPG/PKK against the civilians in areas under
their control, STA strongly condemned Macron for his support to "the
separatist terror group."
president on Friday hosted a delegation of the so-called Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF), which is closely affiliated with the YPG/PKK terrorist group.
its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a
terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible
for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.
home or face Islamabad lockdown, Fazl tells PTI
Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Saturday warned that
his party will lock down the federal capital if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) government did not step down, a private TV channel reported.
demand that fresh elections should be held in the country,” the JUI-F chief
told reporters after a meeting of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), an
alliance of religious parties.
who is also the president of the MMA, said all opposition parties are on the
same page on holding fresh elections. He said the country is stuck in economic
and political crises for the last eight months. “The country is being run by a
few selected technocrats … the elected minister [Asad Umar] failed to present
the annual budget,” he maintained. “Now an International Monetary Fund (IMF)
budget will be presented instead of that of the government,” he added.
JUI-F leader claimed that people have lost billions of rupees in the stock
market during the last eight months because of the government’s poor economic
policies. He also demanded an inquiry into the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project
in Peshawar. “The project which was estimated to cost Rs 30 billion has now
touched Rs 100 billion,” he noted. “The National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
has been rounding up politicians belonging to the opposition parties, while the
minister and officials responsible for the BRT fiasco are roaming free,” he
pointed out that the PTI does not have its own ministers and has instead chosen
people who were part of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government. “The
current government lacks the ability to pull the country out of the prevailing
crises,” he added.
JUI-F chief noted that the presidential form of government is a symbol of
dictatorship and such measures should be avoided.
Iranian organization representing the families of Iranian victims of terrorism
has pleaded with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to enact stricter security
measures on Pakistan’s border with Iran to prevent Pakistani-based terrorists
from attempting attacks on Iranian territory.
Habilian Association made the plea in an open letter addressed to Prime
Minister Khan on Saturday, on the eve of his planned visit to the Islamic
Republic. The Pakistani premier is slated to arrive in Iran on a two-day visit,
starting in the holy city of Mashhad.
letter cited the martyrdom of scores of Iranian border guards at the hands of
the terrorists over the past several years.
the current situation and the lack of serious border control, terrorist groups
enter Iran from time to time, perpetrating sabotage and [acts of] terror before
freely returning to the other side,” it read. “These actions have been
continually going on for several years, and, unfortunately, no serious action
has been taken on the part of Islamabad to prevent them.”
organization said that the continued captivity of some Iranian security forces
at the hands of terrorists inside Pakistan was a testament to how the terror
groups were acting freely.
27 Iranian military officers were killed in the most recent terrorist attack in
the southwestern Sistan and Baluchistan Province — which borders Pakistan — in
October, the terrorists kidnapped 12 Iranian forces on the common border, and
are still keeping some of them. Another attack took place in April 2017, when
10 Iranian border guards were killed by terrorists.
so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group, which is based in Pakistan and has
links to al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for those attacks.
on Saturday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters
that Pakistan had taken steps to ensure stability along the Iranian border as
part of a project dubbed “Border of Peace.”
said the two countries had started setting up joint border centers while
agreeing to synchronize border patrolling exercises and carry out heli-surveillance
to prevent incidents like those in the past that have affected security in the
Habilian Association also condoled with Pakistan over the deaths of 14 navy
personnel in an attack in a remote area of the country's southwest.
The Baloch insurgents who killed 14 people along Pakistan's coast this week are
based in neighbouring Iran, Pakistan's foreign minister said on Saturday,
heightening tensions ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan's trip to Tehran on
between Iran and Pakistan have been strained in recent months, with both sides
accusing each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly
sheltering across the border.
new umbrella group representing various insurgent outfits operating in Pakistan's
southwestern Baluchistan province bordering Iran claimed responsibility for the
attack on Thursday, when 14 passengers were killed after being kidnapped from
buses on southwestern Pakistan.
militants checked the identity cards of passengers, singled out some of them,
and then kidnapped and killed them. The Baloch Raji Aajoi Saangar (BRAS)
umbrella group said it targeted Pakistani navy and Coast Guard officials
travelling on buses.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his country was angry about the
attack and called for Iran to take action against BRAS militants.
training camps and logistical camps of this new alliance...are inside the
Iranian border region," Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad.
said he spoke to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and conveyed to
him the "anger of Pakistani nation".
officials could not be reached for comment. Iran's state news agency IRNA
confirmed the two men spoke.
foreign minister condemned the recent terrorist attack on Pakistan’s military
and security forces, and expressed sympathy for the Pakistani government and
people," IRNA reported.
premier Imran Khan is due to arrive in Tehran on Sunday for a two-day visit.
between Pakistan and Iran have been strained in recent months after a suicide
bomber killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards in mid-February
in a southeastern region, with Iranian officials saying the attackers were
based inside Pakistan.
Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights
and better living conditions for the ethnic Baloch minority, claimed
responsibility for that attack.
Shi'ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in
Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighbouring country to crack down
Baloch people straddle the porous and lengthy Iran-Pakistan border, with many
insurgent groups crisscrossing the border to the annoyance of authorities.
said Pakistan has decide to fence the border, just as it has started fencing
its frontier with Afghanistan.
unknown suspect defiled holy books, religious symbols and the inscribed names
of revered personalities in a mosque located in Karachi's Steel Town area,
police said on Saturday.
Town SHO Farrukh Shaharyar said that an unknown suspect broke the door of the
Hazrat Salman Farsi mosque, managed by the Shia community, early Friday
suspect defiled the names of the family of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him)
inscribed and placed inside the mosque within a frame. He also knocked over and
damaged cabinets and shelves where religious books, including the Holy Quran,
had been kept, damaged the ceremonial seat of the khateeb (sermon deliverer)
and removed a wall clock.
the muezzin arrived to give the call for the Fajr prayer on Friday morning, he
saw that the place had been broken into and informed the police.
police officers, including Malir in charge senior superintendent of police,
Farrukh Raza, subsequently visited the mosque.
Shaharyar said the mosque is being run by the Steel Mills administration and
its muezzin, khateeb and others are also employees of the Mills.
case was registered by the police on the complaint of the khateeb, Maulana
Hasan Raza, under Section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship, with
intent to insult the religion of any class), 295-A (deliberate and malicious
acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its
religion or religious beliefs),and 295-B (defiling, etc. of Holy Quran) of the
Pakistan Penal Code along with Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act, 1997.
Shaharyar said that an investigation has been launched and that the police are
treating it as a terror case as well.
charges were invoked because the police believe the suspect through these acts
had tried to trigger violence," he said, adding that nothing was reported
stolen from the mosque.
The Jamaat-i-Islami has expressed reservations about the recent encounter of
police with ‘terrorists’ in Hayatabad and demanded a judicial probe into it.
Khyber district chief Shah Faisal Afridi told a presser here on Saturday that
there were doubts about the nature of the Hayatabad Township operation and
therefore, it should be properly investigated by an impartial judicial
said the five people were killed in the Hayatabad operation and four of them
belonged to Qamarkhel and one to Kokikhel tribe of Khyber district.
will raise this issue in and outside parliament,” he said.
Afridi resented the killing of tribesmen from Khyber tribal district claiming
that there was no evidence of the involvement of the slain people in any kind
of terrorist activity in their areas and therefore, the encounter had caused
unrest among residents.
said the killing of ‘innocent’ people in the encounter was a sheer injustice
meted out to the residents of Khyber district, who along with other tribal
people would raise voice against it.
JI leader said Amjad, who was killed in the encounter, served in the provincial
food inspection team, while Tariq and Saeed belonged to Qamarkhel tribe and
their uncle was a government employee.
claimed that a resident, Saeed, had been missing since the encounter took
Afridi demanded his immediate release.
said most of the people killed by the police
JI leader said if the government didn’t order judicial probe into the killings,
the people would believe that the province’s police killed innocent people in
declared the encounter the state-sponsored terrorism and said a judicial
commission should be formed without delay to look into it.
In an important development Pakistan on Saturday decided to construct a fence
on the border linking with Iran and also decided to conduct aerial monitoring
of the frontiers.
a press briefing FM, Shah Mehmood Qureshi blamed that the terrorists behind the
April 18 incident of the killing of 14 people in Balochistan’s Ormara came from
much as 20 terrorists backed by Iran-based militant organization clad in
camouflage uniform of the Frontier Corps entered Pakistan from Iran and
conducted an attack ”, he added.
had said I won’t make a statement until we get certified information. I didn’t
want to make a rash statement like India did in the wake of Pulawama incident,”
the foreign minister said.
confirmed that the target of the attack was personnel of Pakistan’s armed
forces and as much as 10 Pakistan Navy officials embraced martyrdom in the
process. He also confirmed the death of three officials of Pakistan Air Force
and one from the Pakistan Coast Guards.
also told the press that a Baloch separatist organization has claimed the
responsibility of the attack which was provided assistance from Iran.
also lambasted India over its alleged involvement in recent terror attacks and
said that we will never claim anything hastily without any solid evidence.
said terrorists’ training camps in the border areas have been traced and
expressed the hope that Iranian authorities will take action against such
recalled Pakistan’s security force had fully cooperated with Iran in ensuring
recovery of the Iranian border guards who were abducted from the border areas
last year in October.
and Iran enjoy long-standing ties. We have forensic evidence which we can share
with Iranian officials,” he said.
in ten Americans believe Muslims face more discrimination than any other group
in the U.S., according to a poll by the Pew Research Center.
percent of respondents said Muslims face discrimination. Eighty percent of
those surveyed said blacks faced some discrimination.
released the figures Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a video
that attacked Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota.
video was of a speech delivered by Omar in which she discussed how Muslim
Americans came to be seen as second-class citizens after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror
attacks. The president's tweet mixed in footage from the attacks with parts of
is one of the first Muslim lawmakers to be elected to Congress, alongside
Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, and has faced a flurry of attacks since she began in
office this year.
Muslim congresswoman said she has faced more death threats since the president
posted the tweet, sparking criticism that Trump is condoning harmful attacks
against the country's own elected officials.
survey was conducted prior to the president's tweet.
percent of Democrats said there is discrimination against Muslims in America,
with 75% saying there is a lot of discrimination, according to the poll. While
less Republican respondents said the same, 69%, a large majority, agreed.
percentage of people that think Jews face "a lot" of discrimination
nearly doubled since 2016, rising from 13% to 24%, with 64% of respondents
saying there is some discrimination against the group, according to Pew.
played a large factor in predicting how much discrimination a respondent
thought was happening. Seventy-three percent of black respondents said there is
"a lot" of discrimination against blacks and 63% of Hispanics said
the same about discrimination against Hispanics.
among whites, it was partisanship that was the biggest factor in deciding how
white Democrats and Democrat-leaning respondents, around two-thirds said there
is discrimination against blacks, while only 16% of white Republicans and Republican-leaning
respondents said the same.
survey was conducted between March 20 and 25 and surveyed 1,503 adults.
and U.S. trade ministries is establishing a working group to achieve bilateral
trade volume target, the country's trade minister said.
February, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald
Trump agreed to further enhance economic relations, setting a goal of $75
billion in bilateral trade.
are working on […] export booster activities especially in high technology
products," Ruhsar Pekcan, Turkey’s Trade Minister, told Anadolu Agency
following her visit to the U.S.
attended a three-day business event in Washington earlier this week.
was accompanied by Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, National
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Minister
that Turkey aims to set up new free-trade zones specialized in R&D, and
high technology and high added-value activities, Pekcan said she invited
American companies to invest in those areas.
zones can be used by Turkish-American joint ventures. We are ready to support
those who invest in free zones," she said.
added that Tukey and the U.S. reached a mutual understanding on conducting
joint works in the field of digital economy.
least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry
in central Kabul on Saturday, breaking months of relative calm in the capital
and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open peace
talks with the Taliban.
attack began shortly before midday when a suicide bomb was detonated at the
entrance to the multi-storey building housing the ministry in a busy commercial
area of the city, followed up by gunfire which could be heard over a mile away.
the dead were four civilians and three police officers, while another eight
civilians were wounded, a government official said.
saw a gunman trying to break open an office door and as we were running out, he
was trying to shoot us and he started shouting ‘I will kill everyone here’,”
said Syeda Rashid, an office administrator in the ministry who escaped with
several of her colleagues. She said at least six women had been wounded.
images showed people fleeing after gunfire and explosions began near the
18-storey government tower.
area around the building was sealed off by police as at least three attackers
battled security forces for several hours before the attack was finally
suppressed in the late afternoon, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi
interior ministry said in a statement that more than 2,800 employees of the
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Ministry of
Information and Culture were evacuated during the clearance operation.
young children and staff at a childcare centre for ministry employees were also
were having lunch when we heard the explosion,” said Rabia, who worked at the
childcare centre. “We grabbed the children together into the safe room and just
waited till the security forces arrived,” she said.
blast, which security officials said appeared to have been caused by a suicide
bomber, was also close to the heavily fortified Serena Hotel, one of the very
few Kabul hotels still used by foreign visitors.
operation marked a return to the kind of complex attacks in an urban centre that
have killed hundreds of people in Kabul and other Afghan cities over recent
was no claim of responsibility but the Taliban issued a statement denying any
involvement. Many such attacks have been claimed by the radical Islamic State
to Saturday’s attack, Kabul had been relatively calm as U.S. officials have
held a series of meetings with representatives from the Taliban to try to agree
the basis for a peace settlement and an end to more than 17 years of war.
heavy fighting has carried on across Afghanistan and Taliban militants have
announced their now customary spring offensive, it had been months since the
last major attack on civilian targets in the capital.
attack, just days after a planned meeting between Taliban officials and Afghan
politicians and civil society representatives in Qatar was cancelled,
underlined the hurdles facing efforts to reach a peace settlement.
have said they hope to hold a meeting soon but no date has been set.
president and the premier both wished mercy, progress, and welfare for the
Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday greeted all Muslims in
Bangladesh and across the world on the occasion of the holy Shab-e-Barat, to be
observed on Sunday.
president and the premier both wished mercy, progress, and welfare for the
whole mankind, reports BSS.
his message, President Abdul Hamid said the holy Shab-e-Barat is a magnificent
and blissful night for the Muslims. The night is imminent, like in the previous
years, heralding the advent of the holy month of Ramadan and fortune.
with mercy and blessings of the almighty Allah, we will pray for continued
progress and welfare of the country and greater unity of the Muslim community
on the holy night of Shab-e-Barat,” he said.
Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the night of fortune brings mercy
and blessings of Almighty Allah for the whole mankind.
(Allah) shows his greatness of forgiving and fulfilling honest desires, she
premier urged all to devote themselves to human welfare and nation-building
imbued with the teachings of Shab-e-Barat.
Hasina also called upon all to establish the spirit of Islam at personal,
social and national levels shunning the religious prejudice and narrowness.
least 23 Taliban militants were killed during the latest operations of the
Afghan Special Forces in south-eastern Ghazni, north-western Badghis, and
southern Helmand provinces.
military sources said Friday that the Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in
Gelan district of Ghazni province killing 9 Taliban fighters, wounding 1 and
detaining another militant.
sources further added that the Afghan Special Forces conducted a similar raid
in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province which left 9 Taliban fighters dead
and 8 others wounded. The ground force also destroyed 9 IEDs.
Special Forces conducted an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand
province killing 5 Taliban fighters and destroying over 300 pounds of heroin,”
the sources added.
least ten militants were killed or wounded an airstrike of the Afghan Air Force
in southeastern Ghazni province, the Afghan military said Sunday.
to a statement released by 203rd Thunder Corps, the Afghan Air Force carried
out an airstrike targeting armed terrorists in Panah area of Geru district.
statement further added that seven militants were killed and three others were
wounded during the same airstrike.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the airstrike so far.
commanders of the Taliban group and their ten fighters were killed during the
artillery and airstrikes which were carried out in response to a coordinated
attack by Taliban on security outposts in Nurgeram district.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said Talian militants
launched attacks on security outposts in Kanda Labog area of Nurgeram district
on Friday which were repulsed by security and defense forces.
statement further added that the security and defense forces also carried out
artillery and airstrikes against Taliban positions in response to the attacks
which left 13 militants dead including their three commanders.
Taliban commanders killed during the operations have been identified as Janat
Gul, Haji Gul, and Zabiullah, the 201st Silab Corps said, adding that 5
militants were also wounded during the same operations.
Taliban group has rejected the involvement of the group in today’s coordinated
attack on the ministry of telecommunications and information technology in
group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has said in a statement that today’s attack
in Kabul has nothing to do with the fighters of the group.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Ministry of Interior has confirmed that the attack on the ministry of
telecommunications and information technology ended later today after all four
assailants were shot dead by security forces.
terrorists kill over 60 soldiers east of Syria: Report
terrorists have reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in the eastern
parts of the Arab country over the past 48 hours.
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Statuary that Takfiri Daesh
terrorists had killed some 35 soldiers in government-held parts of central and
eastern Syria since Thursday.
included some 27 troops, among them four Syrian army officers, who were killed
in the desert east of the central province of Homs as well as eight others who
died in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, the group said.
Britain-based monitoring group described the attack as the deadliest against
Syrian government forces in recent months.
also said that terrorists associated with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known
as the Nusra Front, attacked Syrian forces outside the northwestern region of
Idlib on Saturday, killing 26 of them.
which once held large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq, has now been completely
defeated in both Arab countries and has lost almost all of its occupied
terror group holds a tiny pocket of territory in the vast Syrian Desert, known
as Badia, near the Iraq border. The terrorists use unpopulated areas of Badia
as their hideouts to carry out hit-and-run attacks on Syrian troops.
attack on Saturday by extremists linked to Syria’s former al-Qaeda affiliate
killed 13 regime fighters on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo, a
war monitor said.
faction linked to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham “early on Saturday attacked checkpoints
and positions of regime forces on the western outskirts of Aleppo city,” the
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
fighting and shelling broke out between both sides, so far “killing at least 13
regime troops and allies fighters,” the Britain-based monitoring group said.
ongoing clashes have also taken the lives of at least eight members of the Abu
Bakr al-Sadeeq Army faction, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman added.
factions control the countryside to the west of Aleppo, which is part of the
broader Idlib region under administrative control of HTS.
region is in theory protected from a massive regime military offensive by a
deal inked in September by government ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey.
one-day summit bringing together parliament heads from neighboring countries of
Iraq began on Saturday in the capital Baghdad.
his opening remarks, Iraq’s parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi said: “We
will continue the war on terrorism with the help of regional and international
relations are solid with neighboring countries and we rely on their
development,” al-Halbusi added.
is hosting senior officials from neighboring countries, as it carves out a role
as a mediator in the region.
Iraqi parliamentary spokesman told AFP on Friday that parliament heads from
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Kuwait will be attending the summit.
will be represented by a “senior official,” the spokesman said.
Thursday night, Syria’s parliament chief Hammudeh Sabbagh, had landed in
Baghdad with a large delegation.
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday
that the US-led coalition has sent new military convoys, including tens of
trucks carrying military aid and logistical equipment, from Iraqi Kurdistan
region to areas occupied by the SDF in Eastern Euphrates.
added that over 810 trucks, carrying military and logistic equipment of the
US-led coalition have arrived in Eastern Euphrates.
month, Washington-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria declared their final victory
over the ISIL terrorist group, ending bloody battle against the group that once
held territory spanning a third of Syria and Iraq.
US Defense Department also announced that the Islamic State no longer holds any
territory in Syria, according to former White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
December 2018, US President Donald Trump declared the ISIL terrorist group
defeated in Syria and announced American troop pullout from the country but
gave no timeline. The surprise announcement resulted in the resignation of
Secretary of Defense James Mattis, US anti-IS coalition envoy Brett McGurk and
Pentagon Chief of staff Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney who disapproved of the
American president's decision.
Trump confirmed that 400 US soldiers will remain in the war-torn country
al-Moussavi was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as
saying that the US intelligence agents have been deployed at the common
Iraqi-Syrian borders to spy on Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi border guards to
supply the ISIL with intelligence.
added that al-Tanf base in Syria has now turned into the ISIL's operations room
to target Hashd al-Shaabi and border guards and take control of certain regions
said that the terrorist groups in Syria are led by a number of high-ranking US
military officials in al-Tanf base, noting that thousands of ISIL militants are
being trained at the base to implement Washington's plots.
reports also said earlier this month that the US military men stationed in
occupied bases in al-Anbar province used the ISIL terrorists in disguise of
ordinary people to target the Iraqi forces in desert areas of the region.
of Badr Organization's Office in al-Anbar Qusai al-Anbari was quoted by
al-Ma'aloumeh as saying last Saturday that the US forces deployed in Ein
al-Assad and al-Habaniyeh bases in al-Anbar deserts in Western Iraq were using
a new method to attack the Iraqi security forces.
added that they disguise the ISIL terrorists as shepherds and tribesmen to
launch on against the Iraqi security forces, Hashd al-Shaabi and civilians in
Syrian Army's missile and artillery units heavily pounded the positions and
movements of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists in Jorjnaz, Talmanes, Tahtayeh and Um
Jalal towns in Southeastern Idlib.
Syrian Army attacks came in response to the terrorists' continued attack on
safe zones and military points from the demilitarized zone.
Syrian Army troops destroyed several centers of the terrorists and their
military vehicles as well as killing all militants inside them," a
battlefield source in Idlib said.
a relevant development earlier this week, the Syrian Army pounded and destroyed
the military positions and convoys of the terrorists in Southern Idlib.
Syrian Army's missile units fired at least 40 missiles at military convoys of
Tahrir al-Sham's elite terrorists in Khan Sheikhoun city in Southern Idlib, the
Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted a military
source as saying.
President Bashar al-Assad and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov have
discussed a constitutional committee meant to draft the Arab country’s new
constitution as well as Moscow’s efforts to revive the war-ravaged nation’s
a meeting in the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, President Assad and
Borisov exchanged views about ways to improve bilateral cooperation in all
fields at different levels and the agreements signed between the two countries
in the energy, industry, and trade sectors, the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA
added that the two sides also reviewed feasible mechanisms to overcome all the
obstacles facing the implementation of the agreements, including the West’s
sanctions on Syria, and to promote cooperation in new sectors in a way that
would serve the interests of the two nations.
who is also the chairman of the Joint Syrian-Russian Committee for Trade,
Economy, Science and Technology Cooperation, briefed President Assad on the
implementation of the agreements and the obstacles hindering their fulfillment.
expressed his country’s intention to further support Syria against terrorism
until the menace is totally eliminated and security and stability are fully
restored to Syria.
is determined to play a role in Syria's reconstruction process and to support
it in difficult circumstances caused by the economic and terror wars against
the country, the Russian envoy pointed out.
our meeting in December, we proceeded within the [framework of the] reached
agreements and so far expect no breakdowns of planned actions. I am convinced
that all our efforts aimed at Syria’s economic revival will be
successful," Borisov said.
in December, Borisov’s office said that the diplomat had discussed industrial,
medical, and energy cooperation with President Assad in Damascus.
range of questions discussed with the Syrian leader included political affairs,
Russia’s participation in Syria’s postwar reconstruction and restoration of
life to normal, and cooperation in industry, medicine, energy and other
branches of the economy," Borisov’s office said.
has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian
government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are
aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
FM, Russia deputy PM discuss economic ties
the Russian deputy prime minister and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem
also discussed the promotion of bilateral cooperation in different sectors.
stressed the importance of enhancing economic cooperation in line with political
and military ties until reaching a strategic partnership in a way that would
benefit the two nations' common interests.
a meeting with the Russian president’s special envoy Alexander Lavrentiev in
Damascus earlier on Saturday, President Assad called for progress in stalled
talks on a so-called buffer zone around militant-held Idlib province in the
Syrian president also stressed his government’s determination to eliminate
terrorist groups that are holed up in Idlib and attack civilians in neighboring
President Bashar al-Assad has called for progress in stalled talks on a
so-called buffer zone around militant-held Idlib province in the country’s
made the remarks in a meeting with the Russian president’s special envoy
Alexander Lavrentiev in Damascus.
Syrian president also stressed his government’s determination to eliminate
terrorist groups which are holed up in Idlib and attack civilians in
also called for the removal of any "obstacles" blocking the full implementation
of the deal, the presidency wrote on Facebook.
and Russia brokered a deal in September 2018 to create a demilitarized zone in
Idlib that would be evacuated of all heavy weapons and militants.
meeting with the Russian diplomat came ahead of fresh Syria talks aimed at
ending the conflict in the war-torn country. The new round of Syria
negotiations are scheduled to be held on April 25 and 26 in Kazakhstan’s
Syrian president’s call for progress in talks and elimination of terrorist
groups holed up in Idlib comes as the situation in the militant-held province
is being described as “dangerous”.
situation in the Syrian province [of Idlib] is very dangerous, and the Nusra
Front terrorist group – which is not part of a de-escalation zone – is
controlling a majority of the province’s regions,” Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif warned last month.
has also warned that al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists and the Western-backed White
Helmets "aid" group are gearing up for a false flag chemical attack
in Idlib, the last major militant stronghold in the Arab state.
Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said Thursday that
terrorists with the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, better known as al-Nusra Front,
"along with the White Helmets, are preparing for further provocations
aimed at accusing the legitimate government in Syria of using poisonous
The League of Islamic Universities (LIU) elected Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim
Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), as president at its
11th General Conference.
received congratulations and warm wishes from prominent Islamic and political
figures from throughout the Islamic world.
conference discussed the amendment of some articles of LIU’s statutes and its
working regulations, and approved the minutes of the last session held at
Alexandria University last year.
was established in 1969 and includes the largest universities from around the
organization’s operations focus on supporting scientific research in the field of
Islamic studies, achieving convergence and integration among Islamic
universities by monitoring their curricula.
Command of the army and armed forces categorically refutes those reports
circulated on the websites and newspapers and it asserts that the news are
baseless and untrue,” the source was quoted as saying by SANA news agency on
army command called upon different mass media to seek accuracy and be
responsible for broadcasting news and avoid battlefield reports unless those
issued by a military source, the source added.
and Russian militaries have been assisting Syria in fighting against the
terrorist groups upon official demand of the Syrian government since the first
days of war.
has played a military advisory role in the war-torn Arab states.
Israeli websites had earlier claimed clashes between Iranian and Russian forces
in Western Homs.
relevant remarks in January, Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri
reassured that Tehran would keep supporting Damascus in the reconstruction
phase after the war.
said that Iran was honored to be spearheading the anti-terror campaign in the
region while felicitating the Syrian government and nation for their
achievements in the fight against terrorism.
vice president expressed hope that terrorists would be completely eliminated in
the Middle East and said, "The international community and the Europeans
should know that if it were not for the sacrifices of the Syrian government and
people as well as the country's allies, ISIL terrorists would establish a
government in the region and would turn into a big and insolvable problem for
Iranian vice president further said that regional and global security was
closely intertwined, emphasizing that the promotion of security in the region
led to enhanced international security.
added that Iran would stand by the Syrian government and nation in the
reconstruction plans of the war-stricken country, saying, "Syria has
entered a new phase and efforts should be made toward the country's
noted that Iran was among the countries in the region and across the world that
enjoy high capabilities to build power plants and pledged to help Syria in this
Yemeni commander hired by the Saudi coalition defected the Saudi side and
joined the Yemeni army and Ansarullah popular forces on Friday morning.
sources are recounting that the number of defections among Yemeni militias
hired by the Saudi coalition is increasing.
security official told a Yemeni news agency on Friday that Colonel Ahmad
al-Mojnehi who commanded a military police unit in al-Jawf Governorate of Yemen
has officially announced his separation from the Saudi coalition and expressed
allegiance with Yemeni army and Ansarullah popular forces.
same source added that Colonel al-Mojnehi, along with two caravans of the
forces under his command, entered Sana’a early on Friday and was pardoned based
on the framework set for welcoming defectors.
the aggressors’ plots against Yemen” has been the main motivation for the
colonel and his forces, according to the Yemeni ministry of interior.
Yemeni militias hired by the Saudi coalition are regularly targeted with
insults by Saudi and Emirati officers, and are living a very miserable life of
dishonor,” Colonel al-Mojnehi told the Yemeni ministry of interior.
Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan,
launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall
Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Around 20,000
people have died since the war began, says Yemen’s Health Ministry.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations (UN) has said
that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4
million threatened by severe hunger.
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
military forces have shot and critically injured a Palestinian man in the northern
part of the West Bank as tensions continue in the occupied Palestinian
territories as part of the aftermath of US President Donald Trump's recognition
of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and the relocation of the US embassy
to the occupied city.
media outlets alleged that the unidentified 20-year-old Palestinian sought to
stab an officer at the Tapuah Junction south of Nablus, located approximately
49 kilometers north of Jerusalem al-Quds, on Saturday morning.
response, one officer blocked the man’s way with a car, as a result of which he
pulled out a knife and attempted to open the vehicle’s door. The officer shot
the suspect, incapacitating him.
Israeli troops were injured in the attempted attack.
Palestinian man from Sanniriyah town, located 36 kilometers southwest of
Nablus, was taken to Beilinson Hospital in the city of Petah Tikva for
December 21, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in
favor of a resolution that called on the United States to withdraw its
controversial recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israeli “capital.”
an attempt to prevent the passing of the resolution, Trump threatened reprisals
against countries that backed the measure, which had earlier faced a US veto at
the UN Security Council.
ruling AK Party submitted a second petition to cancel and re-run Istanbul
elections it lost three weeks ago, citing thousands of ballots cast by people
it said were ineligible to vote due to previous government decrees, state-run
Anadolu news agency said on Saturday.
on initial results and a series of recounts, the main opposition Republican
People’s Party (CHP) won the mayoralty in Turkey’s largest city, in a defeat
for President Tayyip Erdogan who began his political career there and served as
its mayor in the 1990s.
new CHP mayor Ekrem Imamoglu took office on Wednesday, despite a formal request
submitted a day earlier by the AK Party (AKP) to annul and repeat the mayoral
elections over what it said were irregularities.
had said his AKP would keep up its challenge, and on Saturday it filed an
additional petition to the High Election Board because of some 14,000 votes
cast by those it said were ineligible due to the decrees, according to
forces launch counter-attack near Tripoli
loyal to Libya’s unity government said on Saturday they have launched a
counter-attack against Khalifa Haftar’s fighters just south of the capital
have launched a new phase of attack. Orders were given early this morning to
advance and gain ground,” said Mustafa al-Mejii, a spokesman for the military
operation of the Government of National Accord (GNA).
launched an offensive on April 4 against Tripoli, where the UN-recognized GNA
accuse France of backing Tripoli assault
of “yellow vest” protesters on Friday demonstrated in Tripoli against an
offensive by military commander Khalifa Haftar on the Libyan capital and accused
France of backing him.
the trademark yellow vests of French anti-government demonstrators, they were
among thousands of Libyans who flooded a central Tripoli square to rally in
support of the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
are surprised by France’s conduct in the face of the Tripoli attack,” read a
sign held up by the demonstrators.
countries must stop interfering in Libyan affairs,” Haifa Ferjani, a
23-year-old protester said.
says it is a friend but secretly backs those attacking our city and our homes,”
added the young woman.
French embassy in Libya on Friday tweeted - in Arabic - that Paris was “opposed
to the attack” on Tripoli and urged all parties to abide by a ceasefire and
engage in peace negotiations.
rally came days after a smaller protest brought out dozens of “yellow jacket”
demonstrators who on Tuesday also demanded the GNA sever ties with countries
that “back aggression” on Tripoli.
also comes a day after UN envoy Ghassan Salame warned of “a widening
conflagration” in other parts of the North African country.
authorities have arrested several top members of the former ruling party of
ousted President Omar al-Bashir, in a move that could bolster military rulers
who are under mounting pressure by protesters to hand power to civilians.
another part of a widening crackdown designed to remove remnants of Bashir’s
rule, the transitional military council (TMC) said it will retire all eight of
the officers ranked lieutenant general in the National Intelligence and
groups had demanded that the security agencies be restructured.
public prosecutor has begun investigating Bashir on charges of money laundering
and possession of large sums of foreign currency without legal grounds, a
judicial source said earlier on Saturday.
loaded with cash
source said military intelligence officers who searched Bashir’s home found
suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros, as well as five
million Sudanese pounds.
chief public prosecutor ... ordered the (former) president detained and quickly
questioned in preparation to put him on trial,” the judicial source told
public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar prison,” the
source said. Bashir has not been questioned yet, the source added.
of his brothers were also detained on allegations of corruption, the source
could not immediately be reached on Saturday for comment about the
a source in Bashir’s National Congress Party said authorities arrested the
acting party head Ahmed Haroun, former first vice president Ali Osman Taha,
former Bashir aide Awad al-Jaz, the secretary general of the Islamic movement
Al-Zubair Ahmed Hassan and former parliament speaker Ahmed Ibrahim al-Taher.
source also said parliament speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar and presidential aide
Nafie Ali Nafie were under house arrest.
who is also being sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over
allegations of genocide in Sudan’s western Darfur region, was ousted on April
11 by the military following months of protests against his rule and had been
held at a presidential residence.
family said this week that the former president had been moved to the
high-security Kobar prison in Khartoum.
Bashir, a professor of political science at the University of Neelain, said the
measures against Bashir are intended as a message to other figures associated
with his rule that they are not above the law.
trial is a step that the military council wants to take to satisfy the
protesters by presenting al-Bashir for trial,” he said.
survived several armed rebellions, economic crises, and attempts by the West to
turn him into a pariah during his 30-year rule before he was toppled in a
protest leaders on Friday announced plans to unveil a civilian body to take
over from the ruling military council as huge crowds demonstrated outside army
military council, which took power after ousting long-time leader Omar
al-Bashir on April 11, has so far resisted calls from protesters to quickly
make way for a civilian administration.
Sudanese Professionals Association, which has been spearheading the protests,
said in a statement that it would name members of the council at a news
conference at 1700 GMT on Sunday outside the army complex, to which foreign
diplomats are also invited.
are demanding that this civilian council, which will have representatives of
the army, replace the military council," Ahmed al-Rabia, a leader of the
umbrella group of unions for doctors, engineers and teachers, told AFP.
marked four months to the day when first protest was triggered in response to a
government decision to triple the price of bread.
protests soon escalated into widespread rallies demanding Bashir's departure.
roads were packed, with crowds flocking to the huge square outside army
headquarters to offer the weekly Muslim prayers.
government should be a representative of all the people and their
aspirations," said prominent cleric Sheikh Matter Younis as he addressed
thousands of protesters. "It should include all Sudanese people and
shouldn't exclude anyone."
scorching heat, protesters kept on chanting, dancing and singing to rhythmic
African and Arabic tunes.
handed out traditional Sudanese sweet and sour juice to protesters, encouraging
them to press on with their demonstration.
will keep distributing juice for free even if we are losing money," said
Neserine Hassan, 28.
Yasser Dahab said all who had committed crimes against the Sudanese people be
put on trial.
said he wanted to see a civilian council with a prime minister and a government
led by technocrats.
government can then prepare for free elections in two years with participation
from all parties," Dahab told AFP.
military should stay away from political life."
as the evening set in, more people flocked to the site to spend the night.
for Bashir to face justice also came from the country's war-torn Darfur.
is a criminal," said Hawwa Yousef, who lives in a camp in the region after
fleeing from her village in 2004 when it was attacked.
is wanted by the International Criminal Court over the conflict that the UN
says killed 300,000 people, but the military has resisted sending the detained
ex-leader to The Hague.
on Thursday mobilized huge crowds through social media to keep up the pressure
on the military council, now led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to cede
won't leave until Burhan transfers power to a civilian government," said
Wali Aldeen, who has camped outside the complex since the day Bashir fell.
Bashir's ouster, demonstrations targeted General Awad Ibn Ouf, the first head
of the military council, seen by protestors as a tool of the old regime.
Ouf stepped down in less than 24 hours and was replaced by Burhan, who so far
has appeased protesters by lifting a night-time curfew and vowing to
"uproot" Bashir's circle.
United States on Thursday praised orders by Sudan's new military leader to free
political prisoners and end the curfew.
also dispatched Makila James, a deputy assistant secretary of state, on a
mission to Khartoum this weekend.
United States will "calibrate our policies based on our assessment of
events", State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said, but added talks
on delisting Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism remained suspended.
welcomed the release of political prisoners but urged the military to
"show restraint, avoid conflict and remain committed to the protection of
the Sudanese people."
senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Washington's
short-term goal was to "get the military folks out of center-stage"
and "back to being responsible for security, nothing else".
deposed President Omar al-Bashir is under investigation over the possession of
"large sums of cash" without legal grounds, and on suspicion of money
judicial source told Reuters on Saturday that the public prosecutor had begun
investigating Bashir after "large sums of cash" was found at his
source said that military intelligence had searched Bashir's home and found
suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros ($6.75 million),
as well as five million Sudanese pounds ($104,837).
chief public prosecutor... ordered the [former] president detained and quickly
questioned in preparation to put him on trial," the judicial source said.
public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar prison" in
the capital Khartoum, where he had been transferred after his ouster, the
was ousted by the military on April 11 after four months of protests against
his policies. Since then, he had been under house arrest in the presidential
residence inside the compound that also houses the defense ministry.
from Bashir’s family said on Wednesday that the deposed president had been
moved to the high-security Kobar prison in Khartoum. He is said to be in
who took power through a military coup in 1989, is also wanted by the
International Criminal Court (ICC) over his alleged role in genocide in the
Darfur region, which he denies.
prison, located on the east bank of the Blue Nile in a northern district of the
capital, held thousands of political detainees under Bashir's 30-year rule and
is Sudan's most notorious jail.
Sudan’s deposed leader Omar Al-Bashir faces trial for money laundering after a
hoard of cash was found in his home in Khartoum.
intelligence officers who searched the former president’s house found suitcases
containing 6 million euros, more than $351,000 in US bills, and 5 million
Sudanese pounds — a total of more than $7 million.
faces charges of money laundering and possession of large sums of foreign
currency without legal grounds, a judicial source said.
chief public prosecutor ... ordered the former president detained and quickly
questioned in preparation to put him on trial,” the source said. “The public prosecution
will question him in Kobar prison.”
was ousted by the military on April 11 after months of protests demanding an
end to corruption.
country’s transitional military council last week ordered the central bank to
review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize “suspect” funds.
also ordered the “suspension of the transfer of ownership of any shares until
further notice and for any large or suspect transfers of shares or companies to
delegation from the Alliance for Freedom and Change, the umbrella group for
protesters, held talks with the military council on Saturday about handing over
power to a civilian administration.
the military rulers refused to hand over power, the protest leaders will
announce a “sovereign civilian council” on Sunday, said Ahmed Al-Rabia, a
leading member of the Sudanese Professionals Association, the group that
launched the initial protests.
they are willing to negotiate, then there is a chance that tomorrow’s
announcement could be postponed,” he said. “What we want from them is a
timetable to hand over power, so things don’t drag.”
chiefs had held two rounds of talks with the protest leaders since Bashir was
removed, he said. “During these talks we’ve felt that the military council has
no desire to hand over power.”
from the African Union also held talks on Saturday with the military
Omar Zain Al-Abidin, head of the council’s political committee, said the
military council’s job was to provide a climate for political forces to rule
Sudan in a peaceful and democratic way.
They discussed how the African Union could help in the transition.
Sudanese activist says leaders of the protest movement are expected to hold
talks with the military council.
Rabie, a leader at the Sudanese Professionals Association which is behind the
protests, tells The Associated Press that the meeting is the third that they
have with the new rulers since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir
earlier this month.
says they want to speed up the transition of power to a civilian government
that would rule for four years.
military ousted al-Bashir following four months of street protests against his
rule, then appointed a military council it says will rule for no more than two
years while elections are organized.
Defence Minister says defence spending diverted to bail out Tabung Haji, Felda
LUMPUR - Malaysia is putting its defence spending on the back-burner as the
government is channelling more than RM20 billion (S$6.56 billion) to bail out
two key Malay institutions, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said on Friday (April
Pakatan Harapan government is pumping money into Muslim pilgrimage fund Tabung
Haji and landowners under the government's Felda scheme, after discovering
Mohamad, in a media group interview, said a major portion of his ministry's
budget had to be diverted to save the two "Malay institutions", Malay
Mail online news quoted him as saying.
depends on need and most importantly, financial ability, because now a lot of
our money is used to save the Malay institutions which have been destroyed:
Tabung Haji and Felda," he said.
reports in November said the Malaysian government in announcing its Budget for
2019 allocated RM15.3 billion for the Defence Ministry, RM100 million less than
the previous year.
the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is being attacked by those saying that (the
government) don't care about the Bumiputera and Malay issues and all
that," he said. "However, what happened now, is that RM24 billion is
used to save these collapsed Malay institutions."
Mohamad was referring to the slip in support for PH by ethnic Malays in the
months after the May general election last year, with complaints over cost of
living and concerns over how the 11-month old government is handling issues on
Malays and Islam.
government had announced that RM26.2 billion were being channelled to rejunevate
Tabung Haji and Felda.
Mahathir Mohamad administration last December created a special purpose vehicle
to take over property and equity assets of Tabung Haji bought for nearly RM20
billion that are now worth RM9 billion less.
has left Tabung Haji, a giant organisation that helps Malaysian Muslims save to
perform their pilgrimages in Mecca, with a clean slate to continue.
SPV will nurse these impaired assets to enhance their values and possibly sell
them off later.
this month (April), the government said it was injecting RM6.2 billion into the
Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), to revive the agency, which owns a
33.6 per cent stake in listed FGV Holdings.
cash injection will be used to repay Felda debts, improve operations, and with
RM2.7 billion used to financially assist Malay settlers.
of the Felda land settlers are Malays with oil palm plantations on their
holdings. They number more than 1.2 million voters and are spread across 53 of
the country's 222 federal parliamentary wards.
Apr 21 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said today that he saw no need for a
state assembly motion to press his administration into financially
resuscitating the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS).
Perak mentri besar from PPBM said his Pakatan Harapan allies in PKR and Amanah
shared the view.
tabling the motion) to force the government is not right as the state has taken
stern action like conducting internal audits and appointing an outside company
to conduct a forensic audit.
have also lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission urging
them to investigate whether there was any misappropriation in management of
MAPS,” he said, adding that there was also healthy debate among the assemblymen
regarding the issue in the current state assembly sitting.
Faizal was speaking to reporters after a ground-breaking ceremony for the Pusat
Pengajian Islam At-Taiyyibin at Tanah Hitam, Chemor here today.
was asked to comment on a reports that a motion to propose that the state
government step in to help the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) rebuild its
finance, which is expected to be tabled on the last day of the Perak state
legislative assembly sitting on Tuesday.
assemblyman Chong Zhemin from DAP said if his motion is allowed by the Speaker,
he would want it debated the same day.
Faizal said the state has already taken steps to address the situation in MAPS.
latest is MAPS opening its doors for free and visitors pay per ride. This has
given a positive response to MAPS as it has created ample income to pay its
employers salaries. The park management also has its own plans,” he said,
adding that there would be more announcements soon.
if the state would close down the theme park, Ahmad Faizal said it would be a
waste to do so.
park employs a lot of locals. If it is closed down, the park would be destroyed
and the losses would be even more. At this point, we are trying to sustain
MAPS. The state also chips in by having events there so that it can get some
earnings,” he added.
current cabinet lineup is incapable of carrying out Prime Minister Dr Mahathir
Mohamad's vision and goals for the country, according to PAS.
me, the Pakatan Harapan government has been a failure over the past year. They
have let down the voters who gave them the trust and mandate," PAS vice-president
Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia.
has high ambitions and vision, but it cannot be translated into action by his
cabinet. Almost half of the cabinet can be considered a failure."
who spoke to reporters after a joint ceramah with Umno in Sanglang last night,
described the Harapan government as "clueless," and claimed that it
was merely recycling the previous BN administration's ideas and policies.
said this was as ineffectual as changing clothes on the same body, reported
the ceramah, Amar (below) also said that a PAS-Umno unity government could
govern the country better than Harapan.
is as both PAS and Umno have their respective strengths which, when combined,
would translate into "extraordinary might."
has the experience of governing and developing the country for 60 years and the
party has strength in numbers.
PAS has no experience in running the country, it has led states like Kelantan
and Terengganu, and always champions Islam.
these two are united, we can develop Malaysia better than the 'New Malaysia'
preached by Harapan," he said.
added that PAS' previous opposition to Umno was to make the latter realise the
importance of prioritising Islam in administering the country.
fact, (former PAS spiritual leader) Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had said that if
Umno can accept Islam, they can rule (the country) for as long as they wish,
and PAS was willing to be the opposition.
we are extending our hand to Umno for Islam's sake. This is the best moment for
both parties to reflect on their past mistakes."
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