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Marriage Love Jihad? Yes, Says World Hindu Congress
Defends Lesbian Caning, Says Not ‘Torture’
Pakistan Amir Praises China, Criticises US
Sistani Rejects Five Potential PM Candidates, Including Abadi
Dead In Fighting In Yemen's Hodeida after Talks Fail
Takes Care Of Mosque He Saved During 2013 Riots
Terror Link in ISIS Sex Slave Case, Matter of Marital Discord, NIA Tells Home
Writes to Sushma, Asks Her to Talk to Pakistan over Kartarpur Corridor
in Haryana village after residents tries to stop burial of Muslim man
W Troll and Sanjiv Saraf to receive Sir Syed Excellence Awards
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says entire Umno leadership to attend PAS muktamar
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September 9: Delegates at the World Hindu Congress being held here received a
sweet box in their welcome packet containing two ladoos -- one hard and one
soft. The surprise sweet packets were distributed to convey the common
perception that Hindu society is not united, according to the organisers of the
event. Is Sharmila Tagore - Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi & Kareena Kapoor -
Saif Ali Khan Marriage Love Jihad? Yes, Says World Hindu Congress at Chicago.
soft ladoo represented the status of Hindus today that they may be easily broken
and swallowed while the future vision for the Hindu society should be like a
hard ladoo -- strongly bonded," Guna Magesan, coordinator Hindu
Organisational conference of the WHC, said Saturday at a panel discussion on
Collective Efforts for Hindu Emergence.
Poornatmananda of Bharat Seva Ashram said all Hindus should unite to achieve
resurgence. Emphasising that Hindu religious teachings are for humanity, he
said, schools and colleges in India should be opened to impart Hindu teachings.
the resurgence of Hinduism, the spiritual head of the Chinmaya Mission, said,
"Everything begins at home. When family breaks down, culture breaks down,
and life of disharmony follows. We have to convert Hindus to Hinduism."
further said, "The spirit of unity does not mean all should be the same.
In the midst of diversity, we must have a common goal of dedication."
have to reform the education system that inculcates Hindu culture and religion.
We have to re-discover the way the 'Rishis' taught the disciples in the ancient
Paramatmananda, secretary general of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, said Hindus
should think collectively not only for its own resurgence, but for the
resurgence of the whole world.
has a relationship problem, where one person is unable to relate to the life of
another person," he said. Calling Hindus to address the ecological
problems of the world, he said, "God did not create the world for man's
consumption. The responsibility lies on Hindus to protect the ecology."
Dalip Singh of Namdari Panth told the Congress that Hindus and Sikhs can never
be separated. The Guru Granth Saheb says that Sikhs should remain Hindus, he
urged Hindus to stop using English to describe India and instead call it
"Bharath", and that Hindus who know Hindi should always speak in
Hindi. Decrying those who habitually blamed their motherland, he said one
should instead find what is good in India and espouse it.
Pandit Dasa, chairperson of Akshaya Patra Foundation, ISKCON, said the
different denominations of Hinduism are a strength rather than a weakness.
"There are common grounding principles in these denominations," he
drew attention to the declining birth rate among Hindus and said, "take
pride in having more children". The second World Hindu Congress is being
held here to mark the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Swami
Vivekananda's historic speech at the Parliament of the World's Religions in
1893 in Chicago.
defends lesbian caning, says not ‘torture’
LUMPUR, Sept 10 — PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has rejected the
perception that the recent caning of two lesbians in the Terengganu Shariah
Court has tarnished Islam as a peaceful and compassionate religion.
the global outcry that even prompted a response from Prime Minister Tun Dr
Mahathir Mohamad, the Marang MP remained resolute that the punishment was not
am confident that if a fair comparison was made between Shariah caning and
civil caning, non-Muslims would choose Islamic caning which educates and does
not torture the offender,” the one-time Terengganu mentri besar said in a brief
statement on his Facebook page last night.
statement was accompanied by a 1.05-minute video clip portraying his answer to
an unseen reporter who asked him for comment on the controversial caning issue
after Dr Mahathir spoke out.
Thursday, the prime minister issued a statement and a video clip expressing his
Cabinet’s disagreement with the September 3 caning of two Muslim women for
attempted lesbian sex as meted out by the Terengganu Shariah Court.
Mahathir said the six lashes of the rotan given to the women who were first
time offenders while watched by 100 people had tarnished Islam by portraying it
as a ruthless religion that hands out humiliating punishments.
added that his Cabinet was of the view that the court could have advised the
first time offenders and given a lighter sentence.
caning has stirred nationwide debate, with some Muslims insisting that the
corporal punishment was meant to teach a lesson and did not inflict pain that
would leave physical scars, compared to whipping under civil laws.
argue otherwise, saying the humiliation of being caned publicly leaves
emotional and mental scars, especially for an act that they insist is not
listed as an offence or crime in the Quran.
Pakistan amir Sirajul Haq has appreciated the commitment of the judiciary and
the government for the construction of dams and said that the issue must get
high priority because of the alarming situation of water shortage.
a gathering of JI members from Rawalpindi, he said that India was blocking
Pakistan’s share of river water, and causing irreparable loss to agriculture
with the intention to turn the country into a desert, and prompt steps were
necessary to counter India’s plans. Referring to the US Secretary of State’s
visit to the country, Sirajul Haq said that America had always prioritised its
own interests but had never come to Pakistan’s help in the hour of need. He
said the US had never acknowledged Pakistan’s services in the war against
terror, and had always been pressing for ‘do more’.
said the war of terror had caused irreparable loss to Pakistan’s economy and
instead of compensating for these losses, Washington had time and again ,
placed restrictions on aid to this country.
JI chief, however, noted that the visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister at this
time was highly encouraging as China was taking keen interest in Pakistan’s
problems and had been offering every possible help and assistance. He said the
CPEC was a symbol of strong Pak-China relations.
Haq criticised the increase in the prices of gas, electricity and fertiliser
and said this would add to the problems of the common people as well as
farmers. He said the farmers needed subsidy on their inputs.
JI chief called for special efforts to improve educational and health
facilities and creation of jobs for the youth.
Sistani rejects five potential PM candidates, including Abadi
al-Saedi, an official in the Sairoon Alliance that is part of the Reform and Construction
Bloc, said he was “officially” informed that top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani
refuses five of the proposed names for the premiership, including Haider
said that Sistani informed the Iranian negotiator in a meeting in Najaf that Haider
al-Abadi, Nouri al-Maliki, Hadi al-Amiri, Falih Alfayyadh and Tariq Najm “have
no luck” in holding a premiership post in the next Iraqi cabinet.
had previously voiced the importance of selecting a prime minister who is
characterized with “strength and decisiveness” and called for forming a cabinet
that’s different than its predecessors.
also said that the Sairoon bloc which is led by Muqtada al-Sadr does not
support Abadi for a second term, adding that there were other candidates for the
Sairoon Alliance and the Fatah alliance, which is led by Hadi al-Amiri, had
both called on Abadi to resign.
dead in fighting in Yemen's Hodeida after talks fail
and air strikes have left 84 people dead around Yemen's Red Sea port city of
Hodeida since the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks, hospital sources said on
sources in Hodeida province, controlled by Houthi rebels, said 11 soldiers and
73 insurgents had been killed since the talks were abandoned on Saturday.
of rebels and at least 17 soldiers had been wounded.
pro-government coalition, which includes Saudi and UAE air forces, has been
pushing to close in on Hodeida, the entry point for some 70 per cent of Yemen's
imports including food and aid, since June.
coalition on Sunday was positioned to attempt to seize the main road linking
Sanaa, the rebel-held capital, to the port city, a military official told AFP.
road is a key supply route for the Houthis.
July, the coalition announced a temporary ceasefire in Hodeida to give a chance
to UN-brokered peace talks.
UN attempts to hold peace talks between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and the
Houthis, linked to Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran, were abandoned on Saturday,
sparking fears of an escalation in the conflict.
rebels refused to leave Yemen for Geneva, saying the UN had not met their
demands — including a plane to transport their wounded to nearby Oman and a
guarantee their delegation would be allowed to return to Sanaa.
2014, the Houthis seized control of a string of Red Sea ports and the capital,
driving the government out of Sanaa and the president into exile.
2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the conflict to bolster
President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, recognised by the UN as Yemen's president.
now control Yemen's airspace.
10,000 people have since been killed and the country now stands at the brink of
takes care of mosque he saved during 2013 riots
At the height of communal tension during the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar when a
group of rioters decided to demolish a 120-year-old mosque, Ramveer Kashyap put
up a staunch defence, even gathering other villagers in his support. Five years
later, the 59-year-old mason is still taking care of the only mosque in
Muzaffarnagar’s Nanheda village. At daybreak, he cleans up the mosque, lights a
candle in the evening, and even gets the structure whitewashed before every
my religious duty. My faith teaches me to respect all places of worship,” he
the village doesn’t have a single Muslim inhabitant. Located 40 km from the
district headquarters, Nanheda is a Jat-dominated village with a few Dalits and
OBCs residing here.
to Ramveer, the village had a large number of Muslims before Independence.
“However, they moved out. Now, an occasional visitor offers namaz here once in
a while,” he said.
Ahmad, a healthcare professional in the neighbouring Khedi Firozabad village,
is one of those visitors. “I visited the village few years ago and was
surprised to see a Hindu man looking after the mosque. I offered namaz there.
There are many examples of love to counter hate,” he said.
stays barely 100 metres away from the mosque. “I played around it as a child.
For me, it is a place of worship, which deserves respect. As there was no one
to take care of it, I took on the responsibility. For the past 25 years, I
sweep the premises daily and ensure basic maintenance,” Ramveer said.
village pradhan Dara Singh is all praise for Ramveer. “He even spends his own
money to get it whitewashed once before every Ramzan. At times, his family
members also assist him in cleaning up the place.”
Usmani, in-charge, organisation and development department of Darul Uloom,
said, “It is this aspect of India that makes it great. Examples likes Nanheda
are spread all across India. Soon after partition when all Muslims moved to
Pakistan especially from Punjab, there were Sikhs and Hindus who protected and
preserved mosques which are still there. Similarly, there are instances of
Muslims protecting temples in many places.”
terror link in ISIS sex slave case, matter of marital discord, NIA tells home
months ago, a Hindu woman based in Gujarat (name withheld ) had accused her
Muslim husband from Kerala of conspiring to sell her off to ISIS jihadi. After
months of investigation, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has not been
able to find evidence against the 27-year-old Mohammed Riyaz.
said that NIA has last week moved the file to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
apprising them of no terror link being found in the case.
top officer of NIA said that the agency could eventually file a closure report,
a senior officer associated with the case said, "Once the file returns
from Home Ministry, we will be informing the Kerala court and police of our
finding that this is a case of marital discord and should be investigated by
the local police under relevant sections."
premier anti-probe terror agency had arrested Riyaz on February 3 from the
Chennai airport after his return from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His wife had
alleged that he blackmailed her into converting to Islam using a recording of
their sexual encounter and also pressured her into marrying him. She had also
alleged that she was taken to Saudi Arabia, from where Riyaz tried to sell her
off to ISIS terrorists.
woman and her husband studied in the same college and came to know each other
in 2014; they fell in love. In the same year, she says she was lured into a sexual
act which the man recorded on his phone. The 25-year-old woman alleged that the
man used the video to blackmail her and forced her to marry him.
has also alleged that she was taken to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia by the accused
person with the intention of further transporting her to Syria. The case had
made headlines then, but seven months after the husband was arrested, NIA has
officially moved a file to say "no terror link" found.
police are likely to investigate the case and the charges of physical and
mental harassment including the claim of rape.
Eshwar, activist and one of the heads of Hindu parliament, an apex body of 108
Hindu organisations says, "We have to concede that there are many who are
misusing the term love jihad as a tool to attack the family. There are genuine
cases of forcible conversion while there are several counter instances like
on the absence of ISIS link, in this case, he further said "We cannot
close our eyes to such cases, some individuals are using this to settle the
personal score. This is a truth too."
on the probe, the NIA, which faced embarrassment in the case of Hadiya alias
Akhila who married Shafin Jahan, said: "Inter-religious marriage might be
part of a 'larger pattern' to convert Hindu girls to Islam. Months later, SC
declared her (Hadiya) marriage valid and legal. The Gujarat based woman who was
married to Mohammed Riyaz being the second case. NIA has however maintained
that in at least one case in which the agency had carried out Preliminary
Enquiry (PE) was a case of 'forced conversion'. The case is of one Athira
Nambiar from Palakkad in which the agency maintained the woman was lured."
writes to Sushma, asks her to talk to Pakistan over Kartarpur Corridor
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has written a letter to
external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, exhorting her to initiate talks with
Pakistan after its decision in favour of Indians over the Kartarpur Sahib
opportunity knocks, kindly step up and open the door,” he has said in the
letter, adding, “Pakistan has shown a positive intent towards the long pending
demand of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.”
and we all have been demanding for this corridor since years. Some positivity
came on this issue when I visited Pakistan for the oath-taking ceremony of
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan but now with their information minister
Fawad Chaudhary categorically saying that Corridor will be opened and even visa
won’t be required to visit this as part of the 550th birth
anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, it is time for India to take a
positive step on this highly emotional issue,” added Sidhu.
the historic background, he has said, “When the partition happened in 1947, not
only geographical, economic, emotional and social setbacks came but many
historical Gurudwaras were left in Pakistan. Since then, the Sikhs living in
India, who always offer prayers to pay obeisance in the separated Gurudwaras
have to rely on visas to make a visit to the holy shrines left there.”
various historical Gurudwaras left in Pakistan, Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib is of
great significance. This is the place where Guru Nanak Dev spent almost 18
years of his life. The Gurudwara Sahib is very close to the International border,”
There was tension in Titoli village of the district on Sunday when a few women
from the area tried to prevent the burial of a Muslim man at a local graveyard,
forcing the minority community to seek protective cover for the last rites.
August 22, a calf was allegedly killed by a Muslim man, Yaseen, which led to
tension in the Jat-dominated village. The accused was arrested and his family
had to leave the village. Villagers buried the calf near the graveyard and
objected to Muslims living in the place for centuries, using village land as a
Khokkar, 45, a resident of the village was killed in a road accident in Gurugram
on Saturday. He was taken to the village for burial but faced stiff opposition
from a section of villagers.
protesters argued that a calf was buried near the graveyard and the deceased
could not be buried there. Upon intimation, SDM Rakesh Kumar, tehsildar Gulab
Singh, DSP Narayan Chand, DSP Gajender Singh reached the spot with police
body of the deceased was taken to the graveyard under police protection and
last rites were conducted with the intervention of the administration and
Professor Christian W Troll, noted scholar of theology and philosophy and
Honorary Professor for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the
Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany will
receive this year’s International Sir Syed Excellence Award for his work on Sir
Syed Ahmad Khan. Cultural entrepreneur Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta
Foundation will be conferred with the National Sir Syed Excellence Award for
making outstanding contribution to promotion of Urdu language and literature.
awards will be given on Sir Syed Day celebrations, October 17. The prestigious
Sir Syed Excellence awards in the International and National category includes
cash prizes worth Rs two lakhs and one lakh respectively. Former president Pranab
Mukherjee was the chief guest on Sir Syed Day celebrations last year.
weeks after detaining, and subsequently arresting, a journalist, Asif Sultan,
Jammu and Kashmir Police has told a Srinagar court that he was “in contact”
with a Hizbul Mujahideen militant, and that he used to “glorify” militants in
his news reports.
court has sent Asif to 15-day judicial remand. He has been shifted to Srinagar
central jail. Asif’s family and his employers maintain that he was picked up
for his reporting, and he has no militant links.
journalists’ associations in the Valley, including Kashmir Editors’ Guild, have
called for Asif’s release and asked the police to make the charges against him
Saturday, the police told the court that their probe is completed and that the
journalist is not required by police any longer.
was in contact with Abass Sheikh (senior Hizbul Mujahideen militant from south
Kashmir). (He) was playing an important role by providing him (Sheikh) all the
possible help to carry out terrorist activities,” the police told the court in
a written reply to Asif’s bail application, moved on Tuesday.
police have also taken objection to Asif’s reportage in Srinagar-based news
magazine ‘Kashmir Narrator’. “In journalism, he would instigate people in Jammu
and Kashmir, especially Kashmir Valley, by glorifying terrorists associated
with Hizbul Mujahideen,” the police reply reads. “In his magazine, ‘Kashmir
Narrator’, he would often give coverage to Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists,
especially Burhan Wani, to attract youth towards terrorist organisations,
especially Hizbul Mujahideen.”
last big report — on slain Hizb militant Burhan Wani — was published on
Burhan’s second death anniversary this July.
magazine’s editor Showkat Motta told The Sunday Express that while they filed
for Asif’s bail on Tuesday, the police did not respond until today. “They filed
the written response today at 3.30 pm and brought him to court just 10 minutes
before (the court’s) scheduled closure,” he said. “We had no time to respond to
charges levelled by the police.”
father Mohammad Sultan Saida alleged that the police are trying to frame his
police have said that they have seized the journalist’s cellphone and laptop
and sent it to the forensic lab in Chandigarh for examination.
minority in China’s Xinjiang face ‘political indoctrination’ – Human Rights
Turkic mostly Muslim Uighur minority in China’s Xinjiang region face arbitrary
detentions, daily restrictions on religious practice and “forced political
indoctrination” in a mass security crackdown, Human Rights Watch said on
United Nations human rights panel said in August that China is believed to be
holding up to 1 million ethnic Uighurs in a secretive system of “internment
camps” in Xinjiang, in China’s far west, where they undergo political
has denied that such camps are for “political education” and says they are
instead vocational training centres, part of government initiatives to bolster
economic growth and social mobility in the region.
has said that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists
who plot attacks and stir up tensions between Uighurs who call the region home
and the ethnic Han Chinese majority. Uighurs and other Muslims held in the
camps are forbidden from using Islamic greetings, must learn Mandarin Chinese
and sing propaganda songs, according to a report by Human Rights Watch based on
interviews with five former camp detainees.
in Xinjiang with relatives living abroad in one of 26 “sensitive countries”,
including Kazakhstan, Turkey and Indonesia, have been targeted by the
authorities and are often held for several months, without any formal
procedure, the group said. Punishments for refusing to follow instructions in
the camp could mean being denied food, being forced to stand for 24 hours or
even solitary confinement, it said.
conditions in Xinjiang outside the camps had also intensified markedly and now
bear “a striking resemblance to those inside”, Hong Kong-based Human Rights
Watch researcher Maya Wang said, based on interviews with 58 former Xinjiang
residents now living abroad.
and her team only spoke with people who had left Xinjiang due to a lack of
access to the region and to avoid endangering those still living there. New
security measures described by interviewees include proliferating checkpoints
that make use of facial recognition technology and sophisticated police
monitoring systems, such as each house having a QR code that, when scanned,
shows the authorities who the approved occupants are.
of Islamic religious practices, such as asking people how often they pray and
the closure of mosques, as well as regular visits by party officials to rural
parts of Xinjiang, mean that practicing Islam “has effectively been outlawed,”
TOWN, Sept 10 — Senator Khairul Azwan Harun called today for Umno to distance
itself from allying itself with “far-right” PAS and revisit its moderate and
centrist political approach.
said the PAS-Umno election pact in the three by-elections has been ineffective.
machinery worked hard, one that we’ve been relying on for years, was
unsuccessful, again,” the Umno supreme council member said in a statement.
said Umno’s future is now dimmer based on the results in the three by-elections
since the May 9 general election as the party still lost despite the end of the
Pakatan Harapan coalition’s 100-day “honeymoon period”.
pullback effect was supposed to have begun, Sales and Service Tax, higher costs
of living and underperforming ministers were supposed to be a factor. But we
still lost,” he said.
said the lower voter turnout in all three by-elections was also supposed to be
in favour of Umno, but it didn’t help.
contested in the Sungai Kandis by-election, the first to be called after GE14.
It sat out the twin polls last Saturday in Balakong — which was contested by
fellow Barisan Nasional partner MCA — and Seri Setia, which PAS contested, but
campaigned for its former rival.
Azwan concluded that this meant voters don’t want an Opposition that openly
focuses on Malay and Islam.
has never been how Umno won elections in the past,” he added.
said Umno needs to go back to its moderate and centrist ways that had earned
respect from non-Malays, instead of using fear to draw votes.
Azwan said Umno can only cooperate with PAS on legislative matters and policies
that they share interests in.
LUMPUR, Sept 7 ― The entire Umno leadership will attend this year's PAS
muktamar in Kuala Terengganu next week, party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid
Hamidi has said.
and gentlemen, I have just received an invitation to attend the PAS muktamar.
willing, I will attend. Our deputy president will also attend, so will our vice
presidents, secretary-general, youth chief, women chief and Puteri chief to
show our moral support for PAS and its leadership,” Malaysiakini quoted him as
saying at a PAS ceramah for the Seri Setia by-election campaign last night.
same ceramah was also reportedly attended by MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M.
Saravanan and MCA central committee member Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.
his speech at the PAS event, Zahid accused the Pakatan Harapan government of
undermining Malay interests, saying that “the principles in the federal
constitution cannot change.”
Malay rulers must be respected, Malay privileges must be respected, Bahasa
Malaysia as the national language must be respected and Islam as the religion
of the federation cannot be questioned,” he said.
Seri Setia by-election will see a straight fight between PKR’s Halimey Abu
Bakar and PAS’ Dr Halimah Ali.
has given PAS its approval to contest the seat even though it was previously an
Umno state seat.
has also actively campaigned for the Islamist party in Seri Setia.
said the by-election is the beginning of a political cooperation between Umno
Philippines: Criminal complaints have been filed against 43 Muslim militants
from two armed groups linked to the Daesh group for two bomb attacks in the
southern Philippines, including a suspected suicide bombing that killed 11
people, police said Monday.
complaints were filed against 18 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf for a powerful
blast on July 31 that killed 11 people and wounded several others in Lamitan
city on Basilan island, said Director General Oscar Albayalde, the national
police chief. A foreign militant who drove the bomb-laden van died in the
suspected suicide attack.
those facing charges is an Abu Sayyaf commander, Furuji Indama, who Albayalde
said ordered the bombing but remains at large along with nine other suspects.
suspects, including a militant bomb expert, Julamin Arundoh, who police said
rigged the van with plastic gallons containing the explosives, have been
Secretary Eduardo Ano said the foreign militant who drove the van targeted a
public gathering of about 3,000 people in Lamitan city but his vehicle stalled
and villagers whom he asked for help became suspicious when they saw unusual
wires protruding from plastic gallons in the vehicle.
army troops approached, the van blew up, killing the militant and 10 other
people outside a paramilitary detachment and wounding several villagers.
Daesh group claimed responsibility for the Lamitan bombing and identified the
attacker as Moroccan. However, it cited a greatly inflated military death toll.
said criminal complaints were also filed against 25 members of the Bangsamoro
Islamic Freedom Fighters, who are blamed for an Aug. 28 bombing that left three
people dead as Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat province celebrated its annual
days after the blast, another deadly bombing hit Isulan, prompting authorities
to remove the town and provincial police chiefs and further strengthen already
tight security in the volatile region.
not only a presence there, there should be police intervention that should be
carried out like ... searches and checkpoints,” Albayalde said in a news
conference in Manila.
southern Philippines, the scene of decades-long Muslim separatist rebellions in
the largely Roman Catholic nation, remains under martial law, which President
Rodrigo Duterte declared last year to deal with a five-month siege of southern
Marawi city by Daesh group-linked militants. The disastrous siege left more
than 1,200 people dead, mostly militants, displaced hundreds of thousands of
villagers and sparked fears that the Daesh group was gaining a foothold in
Southeast Asia amid battle defeats in Syria and Iraq.
fostering in Pakistan: COAS
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Sunday that
democracy in the country was fostering with time.
army chief was speaking to the media at Arif Alvi’s oath-taking ceremony.
“Democratic institutions are quickly becoming more robust and will only get
stronger with the passage of time,” Gen Qamar was quoted as saying. “This is an
important day for the continuity of democracy in the country,” the COAS added.
was sworn in as Pakistan’s 13th head of state in a ceremony held at
Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar
administered the oath in a ceremony that was attended by top civil-military
brass including Prime Minister Imran Khan, Bajwa and Chairman Joint Chiefs of
Staff Committee Gen Zubair Hayat. Saudi, Chinese diplomats also attended the
newly-sworn in president was later given his first guard of honour by the
smartly turned out contingents of the armed forces at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
is succeeding Mamnoon Hussain, who took oath as 12th head of state on September
9, 2013 after his election as a candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
is pertinent to mention that civil-military relations have always been subject
to controversies in Pakistan. The relations went particularly sour during the
tenure of the erstwhile ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N),
following the controversial Dawn leaks.
the eviction of former PM Nawaz Sharif by Supreme Court in the infamous panama
leaks case, the PML-N leadership, especially Nawaf Sharif, openly criticized
the role of Pakistan Army and even accused it of cross-border terrorism in an
the past, Pakistan has been viewed in the west as a country influenced by its
armed forces, but the country has witnessed positive chances in this narrative
since the arrival of the Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, led by
after taking charge, PM Imran Khan went to GHQ where he held an eight-hour long
with the military heads. The PM was briefed on the overall security situation
of the country as well as on the workings of the army.
September 6, during a ceremony held in the honour of the martyrs of Pakistan
Army, PM Imran Khan reiterated that the government and army was on the same
page, which is to help Pakistan stand on its own feet. He went on rebuff all
rumours regarding a possible rift between the government and army, and said
that Pakistan Army, like other institutions, was working in close coordination
with the government.
Saudi Information Minister Dr Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad called on Prime Minister
Imran Khan on Sunday and and conveyed that Saudi Arabia fully supports
Pakistan’s efforts to bring peace and stability in the region.
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry
were also present on the occasion.
the meeting, the two sides also discussed bilateral relations.
Saudi minister also conveyed a message of felicitation to Prime Minister Imran
Khan on behalf of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and extended an
invitation to the PM to visit Saudi Arabia.
meeting with Khan comes a day after he held a meeting with Qureshi during which
he conveyed Saudi Arabia’s desire to work with the new government.
the Saudi minister called upon the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar
Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi.
visiting minister lauded strong relations between Riyadh and Islamabad and
assured Pakistan of full support in its struggle for peace and stability.
his meeting with Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, the Saudi
minister was asked to increase the quota for Pakistani pilgrims by 40-45,000,
besides relaxation of visa policy for people who wished to perform Umrah.
also requested Saudi government to provide land for Pakistan House near the
holy sites in both Makkah and Madina.
Saudi minister assured Haq that his country will increase the quota of pilgrims
in next year’s Haj. He also promised to facilitate pilgrims.
the provision of land, Awwad said that he would pass the request onto Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and hoped that the matter would be decided
once Prime Minister Khan visits Saudi Arabia.
Saturday, the Saudi minister had called upon Pakistani FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
In a tweet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal
shared that Saudi information minister conveyed Saudi leadership’s desire to
work closely with the PTI government to attain “true potential of bilateral
of lies won't fool anyone': Marriyum Aurangzeb lashes PTI's media strategy
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) late Sunday night came down hard on the
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s media strategy by calling out the government for
trying to “fool the public with a pack of lies”.
public wants to know what you [Imran] can do for them in the first 100 days and
not your media strategy,” Marriyum Aurangzeb said while addressing the media in
Lahore, Express News reported.
won’t be able to fool the well informed public with your media strategy,” the
PML-N leader added.
said that the government was trying to hide their own embarrassing performance
in it’s first 20 days in power with this media strategy.
to highlight ‘PML-N extravagance, dismal performance’
claimed that the strategy has been formed to hide the rising prices of gas and
[Imran] needs to understand that a media strategy won’t create ten million jobs
or half a million homes for the people,” she said.
PML-N leader said that it is very different to stand on a container and make
claims than actually working for the betterment of the country.’
shown by Imran to the nation are now turning into a nightmare,” she said.
Pakistan and China on Sunday agreed to formally invite “third-country”
investors to be part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and
add social sector and regional development schemes to the existing portfolio of
understanding on addition of “two major dimensions” to the CPEC projects came
about at a long meeting between the Planning, Development and Reforms
Commission of Pakistan and the National Development and Reforms Commission
(NDRC) of China on Sunday.
CPEC top priority, FM Qureshi assures Chinese minister
the four-hour meeting, the Pakistani team was led by Minister for Planning
Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar while the NDRC’s vice-chairman, Ning Jizhe, led the
Chinese delegation. Planning Secretary Zafar Hassan, CPEC’s project director Hassan
Daud and officials of the NDRC and Chinese Embassy also attended the meeting.
said that Beijing wanted involvement in the upcoming special economic zones
(SEZs) of countries friendly to both Pakistan and China because it wished to
steer clear of adverse criticism, particularly from the US and India, about
possibility of secretive deals that “remain beyond public eye”.
country was specifically mentioned in this regard and Central Asian, European
and other countries including Turkey, Russia and Saudi Arabia could invest in
the nine SEZs proposed, said an official.
would be re-prioritised as a centre of industries for export markets where
these countries could invest alone or in partnership with Pakistan or China, to
take advantage of the city’s trans-shipment potential and location apart from
the free-zone incentives it offered.
government led by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) wished to include in the
project portfolio social sector schemes — involving clean drinking water, health,
education and technical training — to bring the huge initiative in line with
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s priority areas of human development. This could be
done by making some changes in the seven central pillars of the CPEC’s Long
official, however, agreed that China and Pakistan had so far not been able to
settle key issues about development of the Rashakai or Hattar SEZ in the first
phase of industrial cooperation. Thus, it would be difficult to attract
“third-country” investors immediately.
insisted that the two sides would work from now on to achieve the big objective
and recalled that even the basic issues of CPEC were not settled in the first
Bakhtiar, he said, had already ordered the relevant agencies to take the various
SEZ projects to the groundbreaking stage within three months as a lot of time
had already been wasted.
the goals of CPEC, Pakistan has introduced new targets of socioeconomic and
regional development under this unprecedented mega project,” said the Planning
Commission in an official statement.
minister reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the CPEC and “categorically
said that all-out efforts would be made for the success of this project of
economic development and prosperity. CPEC is a reality... aimed at initiating a
modern era of trade and economic growth”, said the statement.
achieve the new targets, the government was dedicated to putting all its
energies together to make progress at the earliest, said the official.
the meeting, both the sides said that CPEC — “an icon of the Belt and Road
Initiative” — was an engine of rapid growth for Pakistan and a manifestation of
the strong Pak-China relations that would continue to promote inclusiveness.
Pakistani team also told the visiting dignitaries that the PTI-led government
accorded top priority to the development of Gwadar as a standalone project. The
port city would be transformed into a trans-shipment hub and a centre for
industrialisation with special focus on industrial units enjoying incentives
that could produce a high rate of return.
two sides agreed that industrial cooperation should be the main area of
attention so that efforts were made to encourage relocation of Chinese
industries with a view to increasing exports and maximising employment
Pakistani side said that progress had now been expedited and investors from
across the world were being encouraged to populate the SEZs.
Bakhtyar said his government intended to encourage projects based on indigenous
sources of energy, including Thar Coal.
the occasion, Mr Ning praised the PTI-led government’s agenda and its efforts
for socioeconomic development of the country. He reiterated the commitment that
Chinese companies would effectively work for completion of the CPEC projects.
Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Saudi Minister for
Information Dr Awwad bin Saleh Al Awwad called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at
the PM Office on Sunday.
Chinese FM, who was heading a high-level delegation including three vice
ministers, congratulated Mr Khan on his assumption of the office. He also
conveyed the desire of the Chinese leadership to work with the new government
for further enhancing the strategic partnership between Pakistan and China.
Wang underscored the significance of China-Pakistan relationship which served
as a model of friendship in interstate relations. The Chinese FM underscored
the significance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for mutual benefit
of the people of both countries.
also conveyed the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang for an official visit to PM
Khan reiterated that friendship with China was a cornerstone of Pakistan’s
foreign policy. He thanked Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for his congratulatory
telephone call and for the invitation to visit China. He looked forward to his
visit and meetings with the Chinese leadership. PM Khan reiterated that his
government was committed to the implementation of CPEC.
speaking to the Saudi minister, Mr Khan underscored the strong bilateral relations
between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Expressing satisfaction at the pace of
progress in bilateral relations, he called for sustaining the momentum through
tangible progress on areas identified for bilateral cooperation.
invited greater investment by Saudi public and private sectors in petroleum,
energy, livestock and agriculture sectors. He also emphasised the need for
addressing the current imbalance in bilateral trade between the two countries,
which is tilted in favour of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi minister conveyed to Mr Khan the felicitations of Saudi leadership on
assuming the office and invited him to visit Saudi Arabia.
Awwad, who had arrived in Islamabad on Friday on a two-day visit, called on
President Arif Alvi, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, Foreign Minister
Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, besides
having a meeting with Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad
to APP, the Saudi information minister termed his visit to Pakistan very
fruitful during which he met the top civil and military leadership of the
to reporters at the Nur Khan Airbase before his departure to Saudi Arabia, he
said he had very fruitful and positive discussions with Pakistani dignitaries
during his visit.
said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed unique and special relationship. He
expressed the hope that his trip to this brotherly country would further
strengthen these ties.
said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had agreed to jointly work for progress and
prosperity of people. He hoped for strengthening the Pak-Saudi relations during
the tenure of the newly elected government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. He
thanked Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry for inviting him to visit
Mr Chaudhry, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting Shafqat Jalil and other high-ranking officials were present at the
airbase to see the visiting dignitaries off.
on the occasion, Mr Chaudhry said the visit of the Saudi information minister
would boost cordial relation between the two Islamic countries.
Saudi delegation headed by Dr Awwad comprised Adviser to Saudi Information
Minister Fahim bin Hamid Al Khalid. Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Bin
Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki was also present in the meetings.
calls on COAS
to PPI, a delegation led by the Chinese foreign minister met Chief of the Army
Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa and discussed with him matters related to regional
security and bilateral cooperation.
Chinese FM said that the Pakistan-China relationship was based on convergence
of views and mutual respect.
professionalism of Pakistan Army, Mr Wang said the world should acknowledge
Pakistan’s efforts towards regional peace and stability. He appreciated
security provided to CPEC and said that China believed in inclusive prosperity.
Embassy launches dams fundraising drive in US
The Pakistan Embassy in the United States sent out an appeal this weekend,
urging the Pakistani-American community to donate generously to a fund set up
by the government to build Diamer-Basha and Mohmand dams.
experts continue to debate the concept of building dams with public donations.
The government hopes to raise a sizable portion of the fund from the
Pakistani-American community, which is considered the most affluent among the
Pakistanis living abroad. “Imran Khan has got ample supporters and fundraisers
within the Pakistani-American community. Still, I doubt there’s a critical mass
of Pakistanis overseas with the financial capacity (much less the will) to
participate in this campaign,” says Michael Kugelman, a Pakistan expert at the
Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars in Washington, describing the appeal as “an
knows the diaspora better than anyone,” tweeted Xulqi Moon, pointing out that
Imran Khan has travelled across the world, collecting funds. He has decades of
experience of donations and charity collection and he will achieve his target,
the supporter wrote.
Pakistani embassy in Washington, however, did not get involved in the debate
about whether it’s possible to build dams with donations.
it sent out a letter to influential Pakistanis in the United States,
encouraging them to participate in the campaign.
letter said that Pakistan had opened a special account at the National Bank of
Pakistan in New York and asked Pakistanis to send their donations to NBP
account #55302141, through routing #026004721 and swift code NBPUS33. The
letter reminds donors also to mention their dates and places of birth in bank to
bank information field of wire transfer instructions.
Kugelman pointed out that one thing was left unsaid in the appeal to overseas
Pakistanis to donate $1,000 each: “The diaspora isn’t quite as affluent as some
think. Many won’t be in position to donate.”
Kugelman, however, appreciated the government’s focus on the issue. “Credit is
due to the Pakistan government for rightly identifying water as one of the
country’s biggest challenges,” he said. “But instead of trying to crowd fund
via the diaspora to build a new dam, how about focusing on repairing existing
infrastructure, e.g. Tarbela? Less costly, less complicated.”
advised the government not to discount “the demand-side aspects of water
also referred to an estimate by a Pakistani water professional, Simi Kamal,
that Diamer-Basha Dam could potentially generate 8 MAF of water, but simply
repairing existing canal systems would free up more.
Bashir, a PTI supporter in Springfield, Virginia, said the government knew it
could not raise $12 billion to build Basha dam from donations. But it wanted to
raise as much as it could while working on other options as well. “So, Relax
and do your part. If you don’t want to help, chill and let others do what they
think is right for Pakistan.”
Saudi Information Minister Dr Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad on Sunday termed his
three-day visit to Pakistan as very fruitful during in which he met with the
top leadership of the country.
to media at the Noor Khan Airbase before departing for Saudi Arabia, he said
that he had very positive discussions with Pakistani dignitaries during his
said that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enjoy a unique and special relationship,
expressing the hope that his trip would further strengthen these ties.
said that both the countries have agreed to jointly work for progress and
prosperity of people. Pakistan is a brotherly country and not only both
governments but also the people enjoying a cordial relation.
hoped further strengthening and cementing Pak-Saudi relations during the tenure
of the newly elected government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf |(PTI).
thanked Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry for inviting
him to visit Pakistan.
for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting Additional Secretary Shafqat Jalil and other high ranking
officials were present at the airbase to see the visiting dignitaries off.
on the occasion, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the visit of
Saudi information Minister to Pakistan would boost cordial relation between the
two brotherly Islamic countries.
said that both the countries were willing to promote cooperation. Since new
government has assumed power in Pakistan, so this visit would help the Saudi
administration to know about it, he said.
He maintained that Saudi Arabia has also been interested in promoting
people to people contact and the visiting minister had also held meetings with
Terming President Dr Arif Alvi as an ‘active and dynamic’ personality, the
public office-holders and parliamentarians on Sunday expressed optimism that
the new head of the state would play a constructive role for the country with
special focus on uplift of social sector, including health and education.
in attendance at the oath-taking ceremony of President Alvi here at the
Aiwan-e-Sadr shared their views with APP, expressing confidence that President
Arif Alvi would take practical steps and positively contribute for the progress
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan said it was a matter of satisfaction
for democracy that the new president had assumed his office following the
completion of his predecessor’s five-year tenure. Terming the head of the state
as a symbol of unity, he hoped that President Alvi would become a source of harmony
for all citizens of the country.
Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said it was a historic day for Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the entire country that a person with a commitment of
uplifting the common man had assumed the office of the President.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s
‘Naya Pakistan’ would be accomplished in full letter and spirit. He said focus
would be on underprivileged areas of the province and the budget would be
diverted for their uplift.
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressed hope that President Arif Alvi would
fulfill his constitutional responsibilities for the betterment of the country
regardless of his party affiliation.
Assembly Deputy Speaker Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri said it was a great day for
Pakistan as a well-educated person was now at the helm of affairs and was fully
abreast of the real problems of the people of Pakistan. He said the credit goes
to Prime Minister Imran Khan for recognizing the struggle of Dr Alvi for the
past 22 years for providing social justice to the people of Pakistan.
for Planning and Development Khusro Bakhtiar said Dr Arif Alvi had a long
history of struggle from the platform of PTI and the man truly represented the
ideology of the party.
for Privatisation Muhammad Mian Soomro said President Alvi would prove as an
active president for the country and would take steps for the welfare of masses
Faisal Javed Khan said President Arif Alvi would be a dynamic head of the state
and would support the PTI’s manifesto, particularly in the fields of health and
education. He said the democracy today was stronger as all initial steps for
the complete formation of the government by the PTI had completed.
terrorists were killed during an intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in
Balochistan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.
soldier was also martyred and another wounded during the operation.
to ISPR, security forces conducted operations in Jhao area near Awaran. A huge
cache of arms and ammunition was also seized.
the operation, a soldier, Ramz Ali, 24, who belonged to MirpurKhas, embraced
martyrdom while another soldier, NaikYaqubm, was wounded, the ISPR said. Those
killed during the operation were involved in an attack on a military convoy
earlier this year in Mashkai wherein five soldiers were martyred, the ISPR
BLF terrorists killed in Balochistan
forces on Saturday conducted an intelligence based operation (IBO) in Jhao area
near Awaran Balochistan and killed four terrorists belonging to the Balochistan
Liberation Front (BLF).
exchange of fire, sepoy Ramz Ali embraced Shahadat while another soldier Naik
Yaqub received bullet injuries,’ said a statement issued by the Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR). The 24- years-old soldier belonged to Khairpur Miras,
forces conducted the IBO against the BLF terrorists and recovered cache of arms
and ammunition,” said the statement.
deceased terrorists were involved in ambush against military convoy in Mashkai
where five soldiers had embraced Shahadat earlier this year, it added.
Shiite factions trade blame for who drove the burning of buildings in Basra
The discovery of four bodies dumped in a street in central Basra on Saturday
morning sent shockwaves through the city.
four men were identified as followers of Muqtada Al-Sadr, the powerful Iraqi
cleric who has masterminded an anti-Iranian coalition poised to take control of
the country’s Parliament.
of the dead had participated in the protests that started as a new wave of
demonstrations against woeful services and corruption in the province that
provides most of Iraq’s oil.
the demonstrations spiraled into a chaotic week of clashes that killed at least
15 people, left the Iranian consulate and other political buildings ablaze and
Iraq facing its latest political and security crisis as the country struggles
to regain its feet after the war with Daesh.
officials and prominent figures in Basra told Arab News that the protests have
been hijacked to provide cover for political and armed conflict between the pro
and anti-Iranian rivals competing to control the next administration.
sources also accused Iran of attempting to sow chaos, disrupt oil exports and
pave the way for an administration in Baghdad that supports Tehran.
second wave of US sanctions will come into effect in November targeting Iranian
oil exports and dealing another blow to the country’s ailing economy.
leaders and security officials suggest Tehran is attempting to encourage
fighting between factions to destabilize Basra because the province could be
the source of crude that would make up the shortfall on global markets left
when Iranian exports are disrupted.
discovery of the four bodies was reminiscent of the violence that erupted in
the country after the 2003 US invasion. Except this time the conflict lines are
not Sunni and Shiite, but between the Shiite factions that divide along the
lines of pro and anti-Iran. The pro-Iran groups were significantly bolstered
during the Daesh occupation when thousands of fighters were mobilized to help
the military halt the extremists’ advance.
poured in money and weapons, leaving the groups as some of the country’s
strongest military and political forces. Now they have become a key tool in the
battle between the US and Iran, which has played out in Iraq since the downfall
of Saddam Hussein.
Iran-backed groups contested the parliamentary election in May as part of the
Al-Fattah alliance, which has been desperately trying to put together a
coalition of MPs that would be able to form the next government.
Al-Sadr, who is backed by the US, has been in the stronger position after his
Sairoon alliance won the most seats.
coalitions claimed they had formed the largest bloc last week and asked to be
registered at the first session of the Parliament on Monday. The matter was
sent to the supreme federal court to be settled.
June, soon after the election, demonstrations started in Basra to protest
against the lack of electricity and clean drinking water and a lack of jobs.
They spread across southern Iraq and even reached Baghdad.
they lost momentum and turned into small, scattered sit-ins. The situation
suddenly erupted on Monday when hundreds of demonstrators, some using Molotov
cocktails, tried to storm the local government building in Basra. Police
responded with live bullets and tear gas, seriously injuring two. One of the
injured died of his wounds hours later.
next day, the situation became more serious when a demonstrator attacked a
group of police with a grenade, killing one of the officers and injuring eight
others. Other groups attacked troops stationed near the local government
building and by the end of the day, nine demonstrators were shot dead and
scores wounded, including many members of the security forces. A number of
governmental buildings were also set on fire.
Thursday, troops deployed in Basra received orders not to clash with protesters
as long as they remained away from oil facilities. This encouraged the
demonstrators to attack and burn more than 20 buildings acting as headquarters
to various political groups and their associated media stations.
next day, the burning continued, and ended with the torching of the Iranian
consulate building in south-eastern Basra.
attack has been seen by many as anger finally boiling over at Iranian
interference in their country.
of the heads of tribes, local activists and politicians called for people to
withdraw from the demonstrations after they turned violent.
have referred to “masked” demonstrators leading the masses to carry out the
attacks on the buildings without knowing their identity.
the demonstrations turned to be violent and infiltrators joined it, we ask all
our sons to withdraw,” Sheikh Adil Al-Mayah, the head of Mayah tribe, said.
different factions have traded blame over who has been driving the riots.
Because of its crude production of more than 3.5 million barrels per day,
destabilizing security in Basra is in the interests of many local and regional
Shiite political leaders accused the followers of Al-Sadr, saying that the
headquarters of his movement were not affected.
witnesses told Arab News that the demonstrators had tried to burn the base for
his movement’s armed wing, Sarraya Al-Salam, but were blocked by unarmed
Sadrists who had formed a human barrier.
know that they accuse us of carrying out these fires, even though they know
that we stood up to the saboteurs and said that they should burn us first
before burning the building,” Sa’ad Al-Maliki, a Sadrist leader in Basra, told
also say that no one dares to burn the Iranian consulate other than us, but the
fact is that we are surprised by what is happening and wonder who has the nerve
to burn the headquarters of some armed factions that people are usually scared
just to mention by name.”
headquarters of Badr organization and Assaib Ahl Al-Haq, the most prominent
Shiite armed factions, were among those burned without any resistance. The same
scenario was repeated with the Iranian consulate, which was stormed by the
demonstrators and set on fire without a single bullet fired to defend it.
situation is complicated and many parties are involved in creating this mess,”
a senior federal security official told Arab News. “We have some indications
that the burning of the Iranian consulate and many other headquarters were
managed and served a specific purpose.”
and federal security officials contacted by Arab News said that the consulate
building was empty and was completely evacuated on Thursday, and even the
private guards of the consulate were pulled out on Friday.
senior security official told Arab News that a Twitter account belonging to a
well-known Iraqi close to Iran may have been directing the attackers.
were more worrying developments on Saturday when Basra airport was targeted by
rocket fire. No one was harmed and it was unclear who was responsible.
curfew was imposed on Saturday afternoon to try and stem the violence. Troops
deployed in Basra received orders to open fire on anyone who attacks security
forces or government institutions.
the same time, Prime Minister Haider Abadi, who is trying to secure a second
term, replaced the police and security operations commanders in Basra.
has resumed negotiations with the leaders of Al-Fattah “to find a compromise to
defuse the crisis,” politicians familiar with the talks told Arab News.
army men stormed ISIL's positons in the depth of the rocks in Toloul al-Safa in
the Eastern deserts of Sweida, and seized a strategic area.
army soldiers further took control of several heights and caves used by the
terrorists as their stronghold.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded
ISIL's positions in the rocks, inflicting tens of casualties on the militants.
reports said that the Army men, backed up by artillery and missile units,
engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in the Eastern deserts of Sweida, taking
control over several points in Qa'a al-Banat region Northwest of Toloul
the meantime, a field source pointed to the 3-kilometer advance of the army men
in Qa'a al-Banat, and said the army has its positions and has set up more
strongholds in the Toloul al-Safa rugged terrain.
artillery and missile units shelled the strongholds and movements of Tahrir
al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other
terrorist groups in Tal al-Sayad North of the town of Kafr Zit in Northern
Hama, destroying an armored vehicle and a depot of arms and ammunition of
Kata'eb al-Izzah and imposing heavy casualties on the terrorists.
artillery and missile units pounded terrorists' positions near the town of Kafr
Zita that is supposed to be one of the most important bases of Tahrir al-Sham
in Northern Hama, destroying several positions used for launching missile
attacks on residential areas.
al-Izzah has launched numerous missile attacks on the towns of al-Salqibiyeh
and Salhab in Northern Hama, killing at least ten civilians, including
Damascus Army forces on Friday hit hard the command centers of Al-Nusra Front
and other terrorist groups in al-Latamina 8 kilometers East of Khan Sheikhoun
and the village of al-Tah North of Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib.
Syrian Army also pounded the terrorists' training centers in Tal Aas village in
other Syrian army units hit the terrorists' positions in the outskirts of Kafr
Zita town in the Northern countryside of Hama province, destroying terrorists'
field hospital in the region.
websites close to terrorist groups, meantime, reported that the Syrian army's
missile and artillery units pounded the towns of al-Bariseh and al-Khovein on
have complete information and documents showing that the US embassy and
consulate should be blamed for unrests in Basra," al-Muhandis told
reporters in a press conference on Sunday.
added that the unrests have political roots, specially with regard to the
change in government and formation of the new cabinet, noting that some
interest groups behind the unrests intended to stir panic among people and
foment differences among political parties.
the American officials, al-Muhandis said that the Iraqis will never enter an
internal war and will prepare a proper response to the Basra incidents.
in Southern areas of the country are demonstrating against lack of public
services in poor areas and the angry protestors have set many government
buildings and diplomatic missions in Basra on fire.
stormed the Iranian consulate in Southern Iraq's city of Basra on Friday,
setting it on fire as part of demonstrations against lack of services and jobs
in which several government buildings have been ransacked and torched.
on Friday broke into the consulate building in Basra which was empty when the
crowd burst in.
News reported that terrorists of Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh and Ahrar al-Sham, both
affiliated to the Turkish army, exchanged fire in the village of Diki in Bolbol
region, adding that at least three terrorists were killed in the infighting.
further said that Ahrar al-Sham militants managed to escape from the village
along with their family members on three vehicles carrying the villagers'
assets the terrorists had stolen.
source said that the Ankara-backed forces seized mobiles of the residents in
Afrin's old neighborhood to avoid the spread of the news to other regions,
Hawar news said, adding that the occupiers and their allied militants have been
continuing looting people's assets, assassination and detention of tens of
civilians to blackmail their families.
News reported on Thursday that the Kurds destroyed a military vehicle of
Ankara-backed fighters in the village of Dikmadash in Afrin, killing and
injuring at least 4 of them.
added that a booby trap by Kurds in the village of Mariman in Shara region also
killed 5 of the Turkey-backed militants, smashing their military vehicle.
Kurdish forces also launched military operations in Jandaris-Afrin road,
killing one fighter affiliated to the Turkish army.
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV Channel quoted a well-informed source as
disclosing that one of the commanders of Tahrir al-Sham that supervises
chemical-armed missiles has escaped Jisr al-Shughour to Turkey.
went on to say that the commander has left the terrorist group's missile unit
for Turkey, but said the missiles are still stored in the village of Halouz in
TV channel said that the missiles have been armed with chemical warheads with a
high degree of lethality.
al-Sham, White Helmets and their foreign backers are preparing to stage a
false-flag chemical attack in Northwestern Syria to later accuse the Damascus
forces and pave the ground for the US-led coalition forces' raid on Syria ahead
of the government forces' major operation in Idlib province.
Defense Ministry’s Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday that the
military obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Al-Nusra
Front and the infamous White Helmets met in Idlib province last week.
Russian military revealed that the militants plotted the final scenarios for
the chemical attacks that the Syrian army expected to make in the cities of
Jisr al-Shughour, Saraqib, Taftnaz and Sarmin.
readiness of all participants involved in the staging of the provocations is be
ensured by the evening of September 8,” Konashenkov stated, adding that the
terrorists are to receive a “special” signal from some “foreign friends of
Syrian revolution” to launch the operation.
statement comes after earlier warnings from Moscow’s that militants are
preparing to stage a chemical attack in the Syrian province to give the Western
coalition a pretext to strike Syria. In August, the Defense Ministry said that
eight canisters of chlorine had been delivered to a village near Jisr
al-Shughour city, and that a foreign-trained group of militants had also
arrived in the area to simulate a rescue operation after the staged attack.
the Syrian government and Russian warplanes continue their air strikes on Idlib
province in northwestern Syria, human rights organizations operating in the
region, continue to call for the provision of humanitarian corridors, amid an
atmosphere of anticipation among the residents who are stuck between the regime
forces on one hand and Turkey on the other.
the continuous shelling, Idlib residents are under great dangers obstructing
their fleeing the region, in addition to deteriorating living conditions with
lack of drinking water, fuel and medical services.
Dakl, a journalist who closely monitors the situation in the city said: “The
situation in Idlib is not very clear, and the people are afraid. There is a de
facto authority represented by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) formerly known as
al-Nusra Front, Determines the decision of peace and war, in what others bet on
Turkey to save them from the impending military operation."
to Dakl the “Regime is preventing the residents from leaving the city, in order
to send them to camps to support its stance in the war it is waging.”
is in line with previous statements made by the Syrian ambassador to the United
Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, who said on Friday during the Security Council meeting
on Idlib, that his government plans to evacuate civilians from combat zones, as
happened in the past in Aleppo or al-Ghouta, in reference to what the Syrian
opposition described as “a forced displacement operations in more than one
closes border with Syria
Syrian local journalist added that “Turkey has shut down it border while its
checkpoints along the border line with Syria prevent any infiltrations of
residents to its territories, and if the regime military operations are escalated,
we will be facing a real catastrophe as there is one million civilians in those
areas, mostly are displaced from other regions in Syria.”
his part, journalist Shadi al-Sayeed who is an Idlib resident living in a town
bordering Turkey told Al Arabiya English that: “The living conditions in the
city is extremely difficult” pointing out that “there is great fear among the
residents of escalation in the bombardment, which already drove many of them to
flee towards the Turkish border without being allowed in by the Turkish
authorities to safety.”
said Turkey only allowed the entrance of wounded civilians..
security forces have disbanded a terrorist group in the southern part of the
country’s oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk as government troops, backed by
allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, are trying to purge the
war-ravaged Arab country of the remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
of the Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat told
Arabic-language al-Ghad Press news agency that his forces arrested the
terrorists on charges of planting explosive devices in the Arab Koi area of the
added that the arrested Takfiris have been handed over to relevant bodies to
militants blow up crude oil pipeline in Kirkuk
Daesh militants have blown up an oil pipeline near Qaradara village of Kirkuk
Rafaat, head of the Kirkuk Asayesh (security) forces, told Kurdish-language Rudaw
television news network that Daesh terrorists carried out the attack with two
added that a large fire is still burning at the site, and that fire fighters
are working to bring the blaze under control.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the commander-in-chief of Iraqi
forces, pledged on June 30 to hunt down Daesh terrorists across Iraq after a
series of attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group.
will chase the remaining cells of terrorism in their hideouts and we will kill
them, we will chase them everywhere, in the mountains and the desert,” Abadi
declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on
December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, the Iraqi prime minister had formally declared victory over
Daesh in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in the
conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
Coalition air raids kill 30 Houthi militiamen in Yemen’s Saada
least 30 Houthi militiamen were killed in Yemen’s Saada and al-Jawf following
Arab Coalition air raids and artillery attacks on Sunday.
Al Arabiya reporter said that the Yemeni army has made significant advances in
Hajjah following the attacks on Houthi posts.
source in Saada said that the army also cleared out mines planted by the
militias which were randomly paced across large areas of land.
came after the forces of the 63rd Infantry Brigade in the Yemeni army, led by
Brig. Yasser Majali, made significant field progress in the Baqim front north
of Saada on Saturday.
forces were able to liberate a number of villages and sites, after fierce
battles with support from Arab Coalition air raids.
the fighting, dozens of Houthis were killed and wounded, while dozens fled, and
the army was able to liberate the villages of al-Saleh, al-Shraim and al-Matar.
Dozens of Houthi militants were killed and many others wounded in a military
operation launched by units of the Yemeni army, east of Hodeidah, Saudi
state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported Sunday morning.
the operation, the Amaliqa Brigades — captured several militants, including
leaders, as well as weapons and equipment left behind by the fleeing militia,
according to a statement on the Yemeni Armed Forces official website September
army also announced that the Amaliqa Brigades opened safe routes for displaced
civilians to leave the areas of Kilo 16 and Kilo 10.
military source said a large number of families fled the area where their homes
were at risk of cross fire, and were escorted to safe zones where they were
given medical treatment and food.
national army, backed by coalition forces, continue to advance in Hodeidah by
reaching the Kilo 16 district as Houthi militias experience heavy losses in the
military source from the Amalqa (Giants) Brigades said that the Yemeni armed
forces continued to move toward Kilo 16, which connects the capital Sanaa with
the city of Hodeidah, having managed in the past hours to liberate vast areas
estimated at 12 km in total area.
source added that the military operation against the Houthi militias continued
with direct support from coalition aircraft, where the fighters launched raids
with targeted reinforcements and scattered sites of militias stationed in Kilo
16 which resulted in losses of Houthi equipment and lives.
naval forces on Friday foiled a bombing operation in which Houthi militias were
was planning to attack international shipping in the Red Sea with a
military source told Al Arabiya that an improvised explosive device was planted
on the boat and was speeding on international waters in the Red Sea at speeds
reaching more than 35 miles per hour.
source said Houthi militias were attempting to attack an international trading
ship but Yemeni naval forces were able to stop the boat and force it toward one
of the uninhabited islands close by.
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRCG) confirms that it has fired seven
short-range missiles at a gathering of terrorist commanders in Iraq's
semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
missile unit of the IRGC's Aerospace Force in cooperation with the drone unit
of the [IRGC's] Ground Force yesterday (Saturday) targeted the headquarters and
a meeting of leaders of a criminal grouplet and a center for training
affiliated terrorists with seven short-range surface-to-surface missiles,"
the IRGC said in a statement.
wicked actions taken by terrorist groups affiliated with the global arrogance
from the Kurdistan region against Iran's border areas in recent months, the
IRGC decided to counter and punish the aggressors, it added.
to the statement, the IRGC's Ground Force managed to deal a heavy blow to
numerous terrorist teams who sought to create insecurity and carry out acts of
sabotage in the Iranian provinces of West Azarbaijan, Kordestan and Kermanshah.
statement emphasized that the missile attack was carried out after the
terrorist groups' ringleaders ignored serious warnings by officials of the
Iraqi Kurdistan region about the Islamic Republic’s determination to dismantle
their bases and the necessity to end their aggressive and terrorist acts
decisive operation showed that the IRGC and other sections of Iranian Armed
Forces as well as the intelligence and security institutions are
"determined to safeguard borders and territorial integrity of the Islamic
Republic of Iran and to defend high ideals and goals of the Islamic Revolution
and will not allow terrorists recruited by the enemies' intelligence services
to endanger the country's exemplary security."
early August, the IRGC announced that it had disbanded a team of terrorists on
the country’s border with Iraq, killing 11 of its members.
IRGC said that servicemen from its Hamzah Seyyed al-Shuhada’s base had
performed the operation.
in August, the IRGC Quds Force killed four members of a terrorist group during
clashes in the country’s southeastern border with Pakistan.
Palestinian Health Ministry has warned that hospitals in Gaza could close
within days due to shortage of fuel and subsequent power outages after the US
decided to cut aid to the besieged enclave and the West Bank.
spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said generators are about to shut in major hospitals
in Gaza due to shortage of fuel, adding there is no response from related
parties to solve the crisis.
Tuesday, the ministry warned of the collapse of medical services in hospitals
in Gaza due to lack of fuel needed to run generators.
to nearly two million people, the Gaza Strip has a total of 13 hospitals and 54
primary health care centers that account for roughly 95 percent of all health
services in the coastal enclave.
which is grappling with an Israeli siege, has struggled with severe electricity
shortages since 2006.
director of a hospital in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds on Sunday warned
that the US decision to cut $25 million in medical aid to Palestinians will
have a “severe effect.”
Abu Libdeh, the director of the Makassed hospital, said the US decision affects
40 percent of costs in the East Jerusalem al-Quds Hospital Network which
includes a group of six hospitals.
United States on Saturday said it would put the money toward “high-priority
projects elsewhere,” without specifying them.
to the World Health Organization, the medical centers provide cancer treatment
and other critical care for Palestinians to whom such medical assistance is
unavailable in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.
Libdeh questioned the justification behind mixing political issues with medical
and humanitarian issues.
to the hospital’s statement, the US aid cuts come as the “hospital is going
through a suffocating crisis as a result of the lack of flow of financial aid,
and the piling up of debts and funds held back by the Palestinian government.”
Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the latest aid cut would threaten the lives
of thousands of Palestinians and the livelihoods of thousands of hospital
dangerous and unjustified American escalation has crossed all red lines and is
considered a direct aggression against the Palestinian people,” the ministry
US decision comes on the heels of previous cuts in aid for Palestinians.
August 31, the US announced it would end all funding to the UN’s agency for
Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA, a week after it cut over $200 million in
aid for the West Bank and Gaza.
fresh cut also comes after US President Donald Trump vowed to use the aid as a
bargaining chip to force Palestinians to negotiate with Israel.
between the US and the Palestinians deteriorated last December, when Trump
declared Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to
transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.
contentious move led Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to formally declare
that the Palestinians would no longer accept the US as a mediator to resolve
the conflict because Washington was “completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.
made it clear during a phone call Thursday with Jewish leaders that the aid to
the Palestinians would only resume if they agree to a deal with Israel.
stopped massive amounts of money that we were paying to the Palestinians and
the Palestinian leaders. We were — the United States was paying them tremendous
amounts of money,” he said.
I’d say, you’ll get money, but we’re not paying you until we make a deal. If we
don’t make a deal, we’re not paying. And that’s going to have a little impact,”
the Palestinian Minister for Jerusalem al-Quds Affairs said the latest cuts
were “not surprising at all” and pledged the Palestinians would not bend.
has called on world nations to form a united front against the US which has
imposed sanctions on Ankara, a close ally of Washington in the Middle East.
Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said US President Donald Trump is
using sanctions and tariffs to sabotage the economy of other countries.
is clearly in the interest of most countries to cooperate in resisting
unilateral economic decisions by powerful actors that are motivated by narrowly
defined national interests,” he wrote in an article published on the Foreign
acting together with Turkey now, other countries can also help it create a
common strategy to avoid artificial crises in the future,” read the article
titled America Can’t Be Trusted to Run the Global Economy.
US has imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubled steel and
aluminum tariffs, which have led to a sharp decline in Turkey's currency.
took the punitive measures in protest at Ankara's detention of American Pastor
Andrew Brunson, who has been accused of having links with terror organizations
lira has fallen more than 40 percent against the dollar this year, driving up
the cost of food and fuel and sending inflation soaring to 18 percent, its
highest in a decade and a half.
government ordered exporters last week to convert 80 percent of their foreign
exchange revenue into lira. Turkey’s exports totaled $157 billion last year,
according to official data.
his article, Albayrak said the chaos which has afflicted financial markets has
nothing to do with economic fundamentals, adding the turmoil has been driven by
week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the US for behaving like
"wild wolves," saying Ankara would pursue non-dollar transactions in
trade with Russia, Iran and other countries.
of the Central Bank of Iran said on Saturday the Islamic Republic, Russia, and
Turkey had agreed on a number of economic measures including the removing of
the US dollar from their mutual transactions.
agreement was made on the sidelines of a key trilateral summit on Syria held in
Tehran on Friday and attended by Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents.
month, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was stepping
up efforts to abandon the US currency in its transactions with other countries.
time has come when we need to go from words to actions and get rid of the
dollar as a means of mutual settlements and look for other alternatives,”
Iran and Turkey, Russia has been slapped with sanctions by the United
States.That has prompted retaliatory measures by Moscow.
of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei told President Vladimir
Putin on Friday that US sanctions against Russia, Iran and Turkey create a
strong common ground for expanding cooperation, including trade without using
the US dollar.
Turkish authorities detained 48 soldiers and eight others over alleged links to
the US-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated a failed 2016 coup against
President Tayyip Erdogan, the Hurriyet newspaper said on Monday.
detained were among 89 people whose detention was ordered in an investigation
by Istanbul prosecutors, it said.
have carried out such sweeps against suspected supporters of the cleric
Fethullah Gulen on a regular basis since the failed coup of July 2016, in which
250 people were killed. Gulen denies involvement.
has detained 160,000 people and dismissed nearly the same number of civil
servants since the putsch attempt, the UN human rights office said in March. Of
that number, more than 50,000 have been formally charged and kept in jail
during their trials. Turkey’s Western allies have criticized the crackdown,
which took place under the state of emergency declared shortly after the coup
attempt and which remained in effect for two years until July 2018.
Boston chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will hold its annual blood
drive on Sept. 11 in Boston to honor 9/11 victims.
Community’s chapters nationwide will participate in this campaign. The Boston
Chapter invites all local community members to donate. This life-saving
campaign hopes to collect 10,000 pints of blood nationally to help save as many
as 30,000 lives.
“Muslims for Life”® Blood Drive to Honor 9/11 Victims
September 11, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
McCormack Building, 1 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108 (next to the
Massachusetts State House)
2011, memorializing the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA launched this campaign with the aim to collect
10,000 pints of blood across America in order to help save more than 30,000
lives. The campaign ran in over 200 locations and resulted in 11,803 pints
being collected that year. To date, “Muslims for Life”® has held collected over
60,000 pints of blood and helped save well over 160,000 lives.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a reformist and fast-growing international
movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans over 200 nations
with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA,
established in 1920, is among the first American-Muslim organizations.
government 'misleads public' on Afghanistan war
officials have continually issued misleading reports on their progress in
Afghanistan after 17 years of war, giving a false impression of realities on
the ground, according to the New York Times.
Times said Saturday while the U.S. officials claim the Afghan government
controls 56 percent of the country, in reality it only controls 29 percent.
report also said Afghan security forces outnumber the Taliban by a ratio of 10
to 1 on the record, but this fails to show that one-third of the Afghan forces
have left their positions without being removed from the payroll.
to Department of Defense records, a total of 2,216 U.S. soldiers have died
during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. An estimate by the Center for
Strategic and International Studies says the U.S. has spent just under $841
billion in Afghanistan since 2001.
even after spending all this money and effort into fighting the Taliban,
military analysts say the Taliban control the majority of territory.
war has become more expensive, in current dollars, than the Marshall Plan,
which helped to rebuild Europe after World War II. That investment has created
intense pressure for Americans to show the Taliban are losing and the country
is improving," read the report.
U.S. has not only misled the public on the war in Afghanistan, but also on the
living conditions of the country.
to the Times' report, in 2010 the U.S. government pegged the life expectancy of
the average Afghan citizen to be 63 years old, while in 2009 the World Health
Organization reported it to be 48, citing a high number of high death rate in
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) also disagreed with the U.S. government's
estimate, predicting the life expectancy to be around 51 years old in 2017.
report also showed that the U.S. denied that the Taliban had briefly taken
control over the city of Ghazni in Southeastern Afghanistan last month.
the six day siege by the Taliban, in which they took control of most of the
city except for a few government facilities, spokesman for the U.S. military in
Afghanistan Col. Martin L. O’Donnell continually said the Afghan security
forces had control over the city.
U.S. on Friday condemned violence against diplomats in the Iraqi city of Basra,
which has been gripped by protests that have turned deadly in recent days.
Department Spokeswomen Heather Nauert said in a statement that under the Iraqi
constitution, the right to peaceful protest and the duty to protect public and
private property go hand in hand.
United States condemns violence against diplomats, including that which
occurred today" in Basra, said Nauert.
statement comes after an angry mob stormed the Iranian consulate in Basra
Friday evening before setting the building alight.
one day earlier, demonstrators attacked several government buildings in the
city, including Basra’s provincial headquarters and the state television
call on all parties, including security forces and protesters, to uphold the
right of peaceful protest and to protect diplomats and their facilities,"
July 9, Iraq’s Shia-majority central and southern provinces -- especially Basra
-- have been rocked by protests to demand better public services, more job
opportunities and an end to government corruption.
warplanes reportedly drop phosphorous bombs on a village in the eastern Syria
province of Dayr al-Zawr.
Savchenko, the chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing
Parties in Syria, announced the development on Sunday, Russia’s ITAR-TASS news
September 8, 2018, two F-15 warplanes of the US air force delivered airstrikes
on the settlement of Hajin with the use of phosphorous bombs. The airstrikes
caused heavy fires. Information about casualties and damages is being
verified," he said.
Russian reconciliations center warned that the use of munitions containing
yellow phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the Geneva
Convention of 1949,” the agency added.
June, New York-based organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) similarly warned
that a United States-led coalition purporting to be fighting the Daesh Takfiri
terror group in Syria and Iraq was deploying white phosphorous bombs in the
Arab countries. “No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk
of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like [Syria’s] Raqqah and
[Iraq’s] Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians,” Steve
Goose, the arms director at the HRW, said back at the time.
ammunitions can cause extensive and deep second and third degree burns, while
inhalation of the gas released by them potentially results in illness or death.
and scores of its allies invaded Syria in 2014 under the pretext of battling
the Takfiris. The coalition’s presence persists, although Damascus and its
allied countries defeated Daesh late last year.
which provides aerial back-up for Syria’s counter-terrorism drive, has taken
issue with the US-led operations on many occasions, blaming the coalition for
its slow pace of fighting the terrorists, and even accusing it of assisting
them in different ways.
of the use of the banned ammunitions by the US come as Syria and Russia are
engaged in concerted anti-terror operations in the northwestern Syrian province
group calls for preacher linked to Trump to be denied UK visa
leading Muslim organisation has called on the Home Office to refuse a UK visa
to a prominent US evangelical preacher with links to Donald Trump and a track
record of Islamophobic and homophobic statements.
Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham, has been invited to preach at a
Christian festival in Blackpool this month.
preacher, who said Trump’s election victory was evidence that “God’s hand” was
at work, has called Islam “evil” and “wicked”, claimed Barack Obama’s “problem
is that he was born a Muslim” and said Satan was the architect of same-sex
marriage and LGBT rights.
Muslim Council of Britain has joined three MPs, including a government whip, in
demanding the Home Office apply its criteria on hate speech to Graham’s visa
MCB said: “In the past the government has banned individuals whom they claim
are ‘not conducive to the public good’. Mr Graham’s remarks are on record and
clearly demonstrate a hatred for Muslims and other minorities.
would expect the government to apply its criteria here. If it does not, it will
send a clear message that it is not consistent in challenging all forms of
Mughal, the founder of Tell Mama, which monitors Islamophobia in the UK, said
it was shocking that Graham was being given a platform. His views were
“regressive and need to be challenged,” he said.
Marsden, the Labour MP for Blackpool South, said he would write to Sajid Javid,
the home secretary, this week to call for Graham to be denied a visa.
perfectly possible for the government not to admit someone whose presence is
not conducive to the public good,” he said. “Graham’s visit to Blackpool is
likely to cause considerable offence.”
Maynard, the MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys and a government whip, and
Afzal Khan, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, have also opposed the visit.
is scheduled to be the main speaker at the Festival of Hope, which opens at
Blackpool’s Winter Gardens conference centre on 21 September. The event has
been organised by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is backed by
more than 30 local churches of various denominations.
churches in the area have objected to Graham’s appearance. Nina Parker, the
pastor of Liberty church, which welcomes LGBT worshippers, described Graham’s
presence as “extremely destructive” and said it was “causing division between
churches and within churches”.
Blackpool Methodist Circuit said it “cannot support any preaching or teaching which
promotes homophobia or is likely to be damaging to interfaith dialogue”. It
declined to support the festival “in the light of various comments made by
Franklin Graham in the past”.
independent evangelical Crossgate church in Preston is one of several churches
to have withdrawn support for the festival in recent months. “I believe
Franklin Graham will come to teach the gospel, but many people are upset by his
comments and I cannot stand by those comments,” pastor Ron Farrington said.
Blackpool churches are to hold services specifically welcoming LGBT worshippers
over the weekend of Franklin’s visit, and a four-metre carnival model of Jesus
wearing a rainbow sash will be paraded through the town centre.
July, Blackpool Transport and Stagecoach scrapped adverts on their buses
promoting Graham’s appearance at the festival. Blackpool Transport cited
“heightened tensions” and Stagecoach told the Guardian the adverts were not
“consistent with our company values”.
council said it would forward representations and material it had received from
opponents of Graham’s visit to the Home Office.
council’s position on these matters is robust and clear. We want to tackle
discrimination, promote equality and increase respect and understanding between
people regardless of their race, religion or sexual orientation or any such
matter that can be subject to prejudice in our society,” said councillor Maria
said the council had a contractual obligation to the Billy Graham Evangelistic
Association over its booking at the Winter Gardens, but it would make the
association aware of the need to comply with UK law.
matters are brought to our attention that could constitute incitement to
hatred, we will forward these to the relevant public authorities and should
this be proved we will not hesitate to terminate this booking,” Kirkland said.
Anglican bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson, whose diocese includes
Blackpool, said he held a “neutral position” about Graham’s appearance at the festival,
but neither he nor other members of his leadership team would attend the event.
said: “I must be very clear … I do not support any kind of hate speech,
including the language of Islamophobia, Christianophobia or homophobia. There
is a difference between having a different point of view and expressing hate.
Within the Christian ethic there is no room for hate of another person and I do
not defend the use of such language.”
home secretary has the power to exclude an individual whose presence in the UK
is not considered conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is
justified on public policy grounds.
Home Office declined to comment on Graham’s visa application. The Festival of
Hope did not respond to a request for comment.
people were injured in a knife attack in central Paris late Sunday but police
said that terrorism was not suspected.
British tourists were among those injured, broadcaster BFMTV and Le Parisien
were trying to determine if the attacker, who was arrested, is among the seven
overnight police press officer said the attack took place near a cinema in the
19th district of Paris. The officer had no information about the identities of
the injured. The Paris prosecutors’ office is handling the investigation.
reports said the man was armed with a knife and a metal bar, and first attacked
three people outside the cinema.
call for an immediate cease-fire during Friday’s trilateral summit with Russia
and Iran and the humanitarian crisis have been widely covered by European media
channel Sky News said in its news about the Tehran summit: “Russian President
Vladimir Putin and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani pushed back against Turkey's
Recep Erdogan's call for a truce.”
that Turkey -- a country that has given refuge to 3.5 million Syrians since the
start of the civil war -- would face a new flow of refugees if Syria’s Idlib is
targeted by armed forces, British channels said north-western Idlib province
and surrounding areas are home to about three million people, nearly half of
them civilians displaced from other parts of Syria.
at a joint news conference with Putin and Rouhani, Erdogan said it is important
to end bombardments in Syria's Idlib and ensure cease-fire.
we can declare a cease-fire here, it will be one of the most important steps of
the summit, and it will relieve the civilians," Erdogan said.
the headline “Russia rejects Turkey's calls for Idlib truce”, BBC said:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected Turkey's calls for a truce to
prevent a 'bloodbath' in north Syria.”
three-way meeting in Tehran had been seen by many as a final chance to prevent
a large-scale battle in Idlib,” it said.
Times reported that Russia and Iran rejected a truce despite Turkey’s warning
of a bloodbath in the region.
Guardian said: “Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani openly
clashed with Turkish president” over the proposed truce during the closing
is unclear whether Russia will now order Syrian government forces to pause in
the face of Erdogan’s resistance, and growing warnings from the west of a
humanitarian disaster if a full-scale military escalation goes ahead,” the
media also widely covered the summit and underlined the rejection of Turkey’s
cease-fire call by Russia and Iran.
daily To Vima said Putin rejected Erdogan’s call for a cease-fire because the
Al Nusra group in Idlib was not present at the summit.
pointed out that the summit failed to produce any concrete steps. It said hopes
to stop a new bloody clash in Syria were fading.
state television ORF said “Idlib’s future is still uncertain” as the joint
conference by Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani failed to make a firm statement on
stopping any attacks on Idlib.
Kurier daily shared with its readers Erdogan’s message: “If the world turns a
blind eye to the killing of tens of thousands of innocent people to further the
regime’s interests, we will neither watch from the sidelines nor participate in
such a game.”
daily reported Erdogan as saying “the Idlib question must be resolved in line
with the spirit of Astana and without giving rise to pain, new tensions or more
daily Deutschlandfunk covered the summit with a headline, which also pointed to
the lack of a concrete result.
underlined that Erdogan urged for a cease-fire in the summit and said the
region would turn into a bloodbath if the Syrian regime attacked Idlib;
however, Russian and Iranian leaders rejected this call as they supported the
Zeit newspaper said Putin and Rouhani are in favor of an assault in Idlib to
beat terrorism in the region.
Spiegel magazine quoted Putin as saying Russian Air Force were bombing
separatists in Idlib and rejected Erdogan’s cease-fire request.
also said Putin pointed out in the summit that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad
needed to get full control of his country.
A 22-year-old German man died overnight in the eastern town of Koethen and two
Afghans have been detained on suspicion of killing him, the police and the
public prosecutor’s office said on Sunday.
this context, two Afghans were provisionally detained on suspicion of
homicide,” the police and the public prosecutor’s office said in a short
and investigations are continuing and are being conducted in all directions,”
they added. “The reasons for, and concrete circumstances of, the incident are
not yet known.”
has been shaken by the most violent right-wing protests in decades after the
Aug. 26 killing of another German man in the city of Chemnitz, southeast of
Koethen, for which two asylum seekers — a Syrian and an Iraqi — were arrested.
country is deeply divided over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to
allow in over a million migrants, many of them refugees from wars in Syria,
Iraq and Afghanistan.
row over the veracity of reports that supporters of the far right hounded
migrants in Chemnitz has inflamed tensions over immigration in Merkel’s ‘grand
coalition’ only two months after she reached a truce with her Bavarian sister
party on the same issue.
Hasina wants specific steps to put pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas
prime minister repeated the call at the inaugural programme of the Islamic
Development Bank Group Regional Hub at Hotel Radisson Blu in Dhaka on Sunday.
have given shelter to them on humanitarian grounds, but Myanmar has to take
them back,” she said.
are standing strong in the face of this crisis despite the negative impact on
own resources, ecology and local population. We have opened our border to give
shelter to a huge number of Rohingya Muslims.”
700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since the military
launched a crackdown in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in response to
insurgent attacks on security forces last August.
400,000 Rohingyas had come to Bangladesh at various points in the past few
decades before 2017’s army crackdown began.
pressure from the UN and other international organisations, Myanmar agreed to
sign an agreement with Bangladesh last December to repatriate hundreds of
thousands Rohingyas. Myanmar has yet to begin the repatriation process.
never opposed us during discussions of repatriation, but the reality is
different. They have not come forward to implement the agreement,” Hasina said
at a recent media briefing in Dhaka.
prime minister urged the international community to keep up the pressure on
Myanmar to implement the agreement. She also urged the IDB president to support
the Rohingya people and to ensure their rights and safety are secured.
also urged the IDB president to invest more to help Bangladesh cope with the
challenge of climate change.
government has taken some measures under the ‘Bangladesh Climate Change
Strategy and Action Plan’ to mitigate and adapt to adverse climate change
conditions in Bangladesh, she said. The country also has a ‘Bangladesh Climate
Change Trust’ under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
said the Bangladesh government has a proposed nationwide investment plan
(2016-2021) to review the demands of investment, the current situation and
shortages in the sector of the environment, forests, and climate change, which
needs a capital of $11.7 million to implement.
total of $4.7 million has already been invested from several international and
national sources,” Hasina said. “We need help from the IDB to make up for the
remaining $7 million.”
attack leaves 12 members of a family dead, wounded in Helmand
least twelve civilians, all members of a single family, were killed or wounded
in a mortar attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident and said six civilians
were killed in the attack.
further added that the incident took place at around 9pm local time in the
restive Greshk district.
to Zwak, a mortar round landed on a residential house in the vicinity of
Yakhchal area, leaving at least six dead and six others wounded.
also added that the women and children are among those killed or wounded and
all victims belong to the same family.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the British Special Envoy for Afghanistan and
Pakistan in Kabul on Sunday, the Presidential Palace said.
to a statement released by the Office of the President, ARG Palace, said
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the British Special Envoy for Afghanistan
and Pakistan Gareth Bailey met in Gul Khana Palace in ARG Presidential Palace on
statement further added that the two sides held talks on some key issues of
mutual interest and as well as the regional issues.
to ARG Palace, Mr. Bailey conveyed the best wishes of the United Kingdom to
Afghanistan and the Afghan nation.
explosion targeted the convoy of the supporters of late Ahmad Shah Massoud in
Kabul city this afternoon as they were marking the Week of Martyrs.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said at least 7 people have been
killed and at least 24 others have sustained injuries in the attack.
police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai had earlier said the attack was carried out
by a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle.
further added that two people have been have been killed and 9 others have
sustained injuries, citing preliminary reports.
source had earlier said the attack has left at least four dead and at least 17
others have sustained injuries.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
least seven people were killed and 25 wounded on Sunday when a suicide bomber
on a motorcycle detonated explosives near a procession in Kabul commemorating
the death of former anti-Soviet mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, a
government official said.
said the suicide attack came hours after another suspected suicide bomber was
shot by police in Kabul before he could detonate his device.
spokesman Wahid Majroh said that seven bodies and 25 injured people were taken
to the hospital from the attack site.
gunfire could be heard across the city as demonstrators fired automatic weapons
in aggressive displays of support for Massoud, an ethnic Tajik leader who was
killed by suicide bombers in 2001.
least 13 people were injured by gunmen firing their weapons into the air in
defiance of a ban on celebratory gunfire, officials said.
parliamentary elections approaching next month and rivalry between
Afghanistan’s ethnic groups on the increase, the annual commemoration day for
Massoud has created a tense atmosphere in Kabul, where major roads were blocked
Bashir dissolves govt, appoints new ministers
President Omar al-Bashir has decided to dissolve the country’s national
reconciliation government, Al Arabiya News Channel can confirm.
Bashir has reduced the number of ministries under a newly formed government to
the changes included the appointment of Moataz Mousa as prime minister and
Sadiq Ahmed al-Nile as successor to Ibrahim Mahmoud as interior minister.
decision to fire the entire cabinet comes as Sudan faces a growing economic
crisis, with inflation surging to more than 65 percent.
cost of food items and other products has more than doubled over the past year,
while the foreign currency market has seen the Sudanese pound plunge against
the US dollar.
economic crisis was highlighted for the first time in April when then foreign
minister Ibrahim Ghandour announced in parliament that he had been unable to
pay salaries to his staff for months due to shortage of funds. He was
Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
Muhammadu Buhari has said that there is no plan whatsoever to Islamise Nigeria,
contrary to the propaganda and narrative that has taken root in some quarters
and churches across the country.
at the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in Sokoto Sunday, Buhari
asserted that there was no credible fact to indicate that the present
administration was out to Islamise Nigeria.
noted with dismay that such negative propaganda and innuendos were being
promoted by outsiders and finds narrative in the churches across the country.
to him, such religious propaganda has created suspicion and distrust leading to
division and disharmony among Nigerians.
emphasised that such negative propaganda being propagated by outsiders included
the membership of Nigeria to the Organisation of Islamic Conference,
introduction of Shariah in Northern states, the Boko Haram insurgency as well
as farmers/herdsmen clashes.
who spoke through the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) Boss Mustapha,
blamed politicians for using religion as a tool to spread hate and division
among the people.
pointed out that these four issues had been in existence for decades and even
preceded the present administration.
is pertinent to note that due to circumstances we found ourselves as a nation,
suspicion on religious grounds has almost destroyed the fabrics of unity and
love that binds us.
has been a lot of negative propaganda being instigated by outsiders and finds
narrative in the church that there is a plan to Islamise Nigeria without any
issue of membership of Nigeria to Organisation of Islamic Conference, Shariah
and farmers/herdsmen clashes had created
a lot of suspicion in the minds of the people despite the fact that the
problems had existed in the country for several decades,” he said.
noted that both Christian and Muslim religious leaders had been victims of
killings in some parts of the country.
said that the federal government was committed to securing the lives of the
assure all Nigerians that criminals would be fished out and dealt with. The
federal government will continue to provide a safe society for everyone.
fight against the Boko Haram insurgency is achieving the desired goal while
efforts are being made to tackle myriad of challenges in the polity,” he
president expressed optimism that Nigeria would rise again, despite the
of challenges bedevilling it.
stressed the need for the church, especially Catholic bishops to rise up to the
occasion and educate the people on the negative propaganda being spread by
politicians in order to achieve their
you round off this conference, I urge you to go back to your various
communities and preach a message of hope, reconciliation and peace,” he added.
a remark, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Augustine Akubueze
said the bishops were in Sokoto to deliberate on issues affecting the church
and the nation, as well as advise Nigerians to make informed decisions ahead of
called on Nigerians not to despair, despite the challenges bedevilling the
country, stressing that only those who confronted their challenges achieve the
cautioned youths against engaging in fraudulent acts but
uphold the virtues of honesty.
also warned politicians to desist from using religion and ethnicity to divide
want to use this medium to warn politicians who are instigating hatred and
division by using religion and ethnicity to desist forthwith.
say to these politicians enough of your deceit. They steal our money while they
distract us with religion,” he lamented.
called on the federal government to do more in order to bring an end to the
conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
Apostolic Nuncio of Nigeria, Monsignor Antonio Filipazzi, harped
peaceful coexistence and urged the federal government to put an end
violence ravaging some parts of the country.
said the people should rather give priority to peace and dialogue among various
religious and ethnic groups.
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged the bishops to
redouble their efforts towards promoting peace and mutual understanding among
various religious groups in the country.
Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, stated that Islam and
preach peace, adding that Nigerians should go back to study
is high time for us to go back to our holy books. I believe if we study the
scriptures, we will be able to understand that there is no reason to pick
sticks and swords to fight one another,” he said.
maintained that churches and mosques must redouble their efforts in
formation of the youths and should not abdicate their role.
Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, described peace as a
for development and commended the bishops for choosing
to host the conference.
of the city gathered outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Sunday to protest
against the detention of Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub Al Zakzaky, a prominent Nigerian
religious scholar, by the government authorities in Nigeria.
protest was organised under the banner of Free Sheikh Zakzaky Pakistan, and was
held as part of a global protest to mark 1000 days of illegal detention of the
protest were also held in Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, USA, UK, Iran, Iraq,
India, Nigeria, Australia, and Switzerland between September 7 to September 9.
protest was attended by citizens who came from all fields of life. The
protesters chanted slogans against the Nigerian government and called for the
immediate release of the scholar.
to the protestors, the Nigerian military had attacked Sheikh Zakzaky and his
followers on multiple occasions and killed six of his sons. They said that the
military had injured the scholar and his wife during one of their raids and the
couple had been arrested and detained since December, 2015.
protestors also pointed out that Nigerian High Court had ordered the release of
Sheikh and his wife in December, 2016 and ordered payment of compensation to
them but the Nigerian government had refused to abide by the court order. The
protestos said that this action of the Nigerian government had made the
scholar’s detention illegal, even under Nigerian Law.
Nigeria — Boko Haram extremists have overrun a key crossroads and military
outpost in northeastern Nigeria, residents and authorities said Saturday.
Gudumbali is a town to which just months ago the government encouraged
thousands of displaced people to return.
attack highlights the difficulties Nigeria's government has faced in trying to
reassure well over 1.5 million people displaced by the deadly Islamic
insurgency that it is winning the nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram.
It is a major challenge for President Muhammadu Buhari as elections approach
deputy governor of Borno state, Usman Durkwa, confirmed the attack on a
military base in Gudumbali but "I am yet to get the number of
casualties" from security forces.
extremists attacked on Friday afternoon, said the Borno state secretary of the
self-defense hunters association, Bunu Bukar.
I saw people running all over the place shouting, 'They have come! They have
come!'" resident Umara Modu told The Associated Press. "I saw the
attackers right inside our town but, surprisingly, they told us to calmly take
our property and move out because we are not the target."
said about half the town's population fled as the extremists entered without
will never go back to Gudumbali again, no matter the assurance, because we went
back after the military authority and the Borno state government promised us
adequate security," Modu said.
forces had no immediate comment.
fighters are thought to be with the Boko Haram faction under Abu Mus'ab
al-Barnawi that has the backing of the Islamic State organization. That
faction, also called the Islamic State's West Africa Province, claimed
responsibility but announced no deaths, saying the military fled and that tanks
and other vehicles and weapons were destroyed or seized, according to the SITE
Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups' statements.
was the site of one of the deadliest encounters in the fight again Boko Haram,
with scores of soldiers killed in 2015.
town also was among the first communities targeted in a military operation
launched earlier this year to return people displaced by Boko Haram to their
homes in Nigeria's northeast with the goal of resuming normal life.
of people were returned to Gudumbali alone in recent months after spending
years in displacement camps in the Borno state capital Maiduguri, the deputy
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