decriminalises Section 377
Forbids Homosexuality, Says Darul Uloom Deoband
and the Holy Quran Stresses To Save Human Lives, Serve Humanity: Speakers
Policeman Kills 8 Fellow Officers, Burns Their Bodies before Joining Taliban
of Last Encounter between Baghdadi and Jailed ISIS Commander Emerge
in South Rap Economic Woes Rooted In Saudi War
Hindu Mahasabha Fume At SC Verdict on Section 377
377: Muslim Organisations Decry ‘Degenerate’ Verdict
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Leaders Meet Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Over Mosque Loudspeaker Row
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Delhi: One of the leading Islamic institutions of India, the Darul Uloom
Deoband on Thursday slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to decriminalise
homosexuality. The top court had
decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section
377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as “manifestly arbitrary”.
Ulema Mufti Maulana Asad Quasmi said, “According to Shariat, homosexuality is
haram and illegitimate. This decision is against natural behaviour and anyone
with their right mind will not accept this decision because Islam forbids
homosexuality.” (sic).” (ALSO READ:
Government Has no Space in Bedrooms, Says Shashi Tharoor)
five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra termed the
part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which crimiminalises unnatural sex
as irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary.
verdict sparked celebrations in the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) community across
India. Many of the community members who had assembled outside the apex court
jumped in joy and distributed sweets.
top court delivering separate but concurring judgments said it is the
constitutional and not social morality which will prevail. The verdict sparked
celebrations amongst the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) community across
Justice Dipak Misra, also speaking for Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, said attitude
and mentality have to change to accept the others’ identity and accept what
they are and not what they should be. Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice D.Y.
Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra delivered concurring judgments thereby
making the verdict of the five-judge bench a unanimous one.
Bench had been hearing pleas challenging the validity of Section 377 of the
Indian Penal Code (IPC). This year, in July 2018, the Bench had re-opened the
issue, saying a section of people could not live in fear of the law. The apex
court heard the writ petitions filed by dancer Navtej Jauhar, journalist Sunil
Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hoteliers Aman Nath and Keshav Suri and business
executive Ayesha Kapur and 20 former and current IIT students. They had sought
decriminalization of consensual sex between two consenting adults of the same
sex by declaring section 377 of IPC as illegal and unconstitutional. On July
17, the Bench had asserted that it will not wait for a “majoritarian
government” to decide on enacting, amending or striking down a law that tends
to violate the fundamental rights.
and the holy Quran stresses to save human lives, serve humanity: speakers
at Humanitarian Service Awards 2018 referring to the Islamic teachings and
Quranic verses, stressed saving human lives and serving humanity.
expressed these views while addressing the Humanitarian Service Awards 2018,
Expo, Conference, Exhibition & Round Table Policy Dialogue held on
was participated in by a number of national and international organisations
including National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), National Institute of
Disaster Management (NIDM), Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), National Bank
of Pakistan, Pakistan Biological Safety Association, Akhuwat Foundation,
National Rural Support Programme, Kaus-e-Kazah Welfare Organisation, Network
for Human & Social Development (NHSD), Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy,
Punjab Emergency Services Rescue 1122, Pakistan Poultry Association, Saylani
Welfare Trust, Hashoo Foundation, Fire & Safety, Government Vocational
Training Institute Narowal, Liger Security (Private) Limited, Fire Protection
Association of Pakistan, Social Welfare Society of Chakwal, Federal Directorate
of Education, Poverty Eradication Initiative, National Book Foundation,
Department of Special Education, Kuchlak Welfare Education Society Balochistan,
Jubilee Life Insurance, Zulqarnain Fire & Safety, Progressive Education
Network, Silver Line Education System Bhakkar, Ghais Welfare & Educational
Institute, Fazilia Trust Pakistan, Capital Development Authority Islamabad,
Madina Institute and many other philanthropy, humanitarian, educational,
welfare and other organisations.
and NDMA was represented by Colonel (r) Nadeem Ahmed and Bushra Hasaan. Both
the representatives actively contributed in all sessions in a meaningful
fabulous event was organised jointly by NHSD and Liger Security. Inauguration
session held in the morning was participated by many leading figures from
around the country. The session was opened by Syed Muhammad Ayub Shah from
his opening address, Syed Muhammad Ayub talked about the leading principles of
Islam guiding humanity to save lives and serving people at large without
discrimination. He referred to the Quranic verse stating, “The one who saved a
single life saved humanity,” and “The best amongst you is the one who is
beneficial for the people.”
further expressed that this recognition and honouring of the people who are
serving humanity is but contributing to the cause in a learned manner making
this most honourable undertaking and prime cause sustainable and progressive
with lasting impact on future generations to come.
NIDM representative expressed hope that such events and such undertakings will
keep going further and will attract more such contributors in days to come. He
praised organisers specially Dr Fauzia Mughees and Major Khalid Hussain for
organising such a wonderful event. He also thanked all participants for whole
hearted participation and contributions.
NHSD Executive Coordinator Dr Fauzia Moghees expressed her gratitude to the
participants and contributors and highlighted the importance of the event in
going a long way. She expressed hopes of forming linkages for development and
event was also attended by volunteers of PRCS and other national organisations.
The expo part of the event showcased contributions by all participating
Afghan policeman has killed and burned the bodies of eight fellow officers
before taking their weapons to join the Taliban militants.
insider attack took place in Takhar province, north-eastern Afghanistan, on
Thursday morning, provincial police spokesman Khalil Asir said.
policeman, he said, had opened fire on his colleagues sleeping in a checkpoint
in Khwaja Ghar district, and then set their bodies on fire.
spokesman said the attacker was apparently linked to the Taliban as he took the
dead fellows' weapons and fled to join the militants.
attack came a few days after a similar incident, in which an Afghan policeman
killed an American soldier in Logar province, east of Afghanistan, increasing
the number of US troopers killed in insider attacks in Afghanistan this year to
insider attacks were carried out from December 2017 to May 2018 in various
parts of the war-torn country, leading to the deaths and injuries of numerous
Afghan police forces.
Pentagon report released in June shows the casualties of the so-called
"green-on-green" (Afghan forces attacking fellow Afghan officers) and
"green-on-blue" (Afghan forces attacking US troopers) attacks have
increased by 50 percent.
3,555 US-led troops, including 2,414 American soldiers, have been killed since
the US war on Afghanistan began in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks,
according to iCasualties website.
US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 with the declared aim of toppling the Taliban.
The war removed the militant group from power but some 17 years on the Taliban
are still active in two-thirds of the country and involved in widespread
militancy, killing thousands of civilians as well as Afghan and US forces
despite the presence of foreign troops.
year, the US added thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. Washington
claims the American troops are deployed to train Afghan forces and conduct
counter-terrorist missions against militant groups.
of last encounter between Baghdadi and jailed ISIS commander emerge
concerning the audio recording released recently by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
leader of the terrorist organization, a year after his disappearance, have
emerged from a jailed ISIS commander.
The statement issued by Ismail al-Ithawi, Minister of Ifta and member of
the Shura council of ISIS, revealed that al-Baghdadi is trying to bring
together the remnants of the organization and regain the sympathy of the fugitive
elements in the face of the divisions threatening ISIS.
Mufti of the terrorist organization dismissed the idea that al-Baghdadi might
have included some encrypted messages or specific instructions to the sleeping
cells of the organization, in his recent audio.
information was revealed in the coming new episode of “The death industry”
which airs on Al Arabiya news channel program, where reporter Majid Hamid met
with jailed Ismail al-Ithawi, who was captured in a joint operation coordinated
between the Iraqi intelligence, the US-led International coalition and the
Turkish security apparatus.
provided new information on the health and psychological state of Baghdadi in
the final stages before the fall of Syria’s Raqqa.
said that he had met him for the last time in a deserted area near the city of
Mayadeen. The meeting was limited to senior leaders and Ithawi noted at the
time that al-Baghdadi was not wounded, contrary to what was rumored.
ISIS commander added that Baghdadi was nevertheless in a deteriorating health
condition, looking thin and took many medicines during the meeting, especially
for diabetes and blood pressure.
noted that Baghdadi’s beard seemed very white and he couldn’t decide whether it
was a disguise or the result of nervous and physical pressure.
jailed ISISI figure said that what was surprising to him, was al-Baghdadi
asking him during this meeting, on the details of the plan to develop the
educational curriculum in the schools run by ISIS, despite the military
collapse of the terrorist group.
the interview, Ithawi revealed other information regarding the close circle
around al-Baghdadi and the potential candidate who might succeed him.
in south rap economic woes rooted in Saudi war
loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi have clashed with
people protesting against economic woes and the brutal Saudi war on the
impoverished country, killing one demonstrator.
a third consecutive day, Yemenis on Wednesday took to the streets of the
southern provinces of Hadarmaut and Aden, which are controlled by pro-Hadi
demonstrators voiced anger at the worsening economic situation in Yemen,
including rising prices and the collapse of the national currency.
also chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have been leading
an offensive, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, on Yemen since March 2015 in
an attempt to reinstall Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and crush the Houthi
had resigned as Yemen’s president and fled to Riyadh before the launch of the
protests, however, turned ugly as pro-Hadi forces opened fire on the protesters
to disperse them, killing one of them in the city of Mukalla in Hadarmaut.
southern areas—which are controlled by Saudi-backed officials of the former
Yemeni government—have been the scene of protests over the past days, with the
demonstrators calling for a rise in their salaries.
chanted, “Pay our salaries in dollars like you take yours in dollars,” a
reference to the self-proclaimed officials living abroad amid a domestic
demonstrations paralyzed Aden a day earlier, Hadi’s self pro-claimed government
ordered a package of economic measures, but it failed to satisfy the
ex-president then headed to the US earlier this week for “medical treatment.”
abrupt visit to Washington comes ahead of a new session of peace talks between
Yemen’s warring sides in Geneva, Switzerland.
broader state affairs are being run by Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement from
the capital, Sana’a, in the absence of an effective government.
movement, backed by allied forces, is also defending the country against the
envoy hopeful about upcoming talks
on Wednesday, the United Nations special envoy for Yemen voiced confidence in
the planned negotiations despite a delay as the delegation representing the
Houthis remains stranded at the Sana’a airport.
at a press conference in Geneva, where the peace talks are expected to be held,
Martin Griffiths said that delays are common for discussion on Yemen.
you look back at previous negotiations on Yemen, there’s always been a delay to
begin. I don’t take it very seriously. We'll make it happen, we're finalizing
arrangements,” he said.
also noted that “formal consultations” with the representatives of the Hadi
administration started on Wednesday night.
we’re not going to waste time. And we’re looking forward to getting our friends
from Sana'a here and participating fully in the consultations. I know they want
to do it. I've spent a lot of time talking to them and their leaders, and I
know they want to be here. And we're going to make sure they can come here and
do that,” he said.
remarks came after Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported that the
Houthi representatives had been stranded at the Sana’a airport unable to
“secure authorization” from the Saudi- led coalition for a plane to transport
its delegation and injured fighters.
spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam tweeted on Tuesday that the UN had “made promises
on facilitating the transport of the wounded... abroad,” but had stalled the
in his comments, the UN envoy said that the Geneva talks offered a “flickering
signal of hope” to the people of Yemen after years of conflict gripping the
Arabian Peninsula country.
last round of Yemen peace talks collapsed in 2016 despite more than three
months of negotiations in Kuwait.
No talks in Geneva until UN meets our demands
the Houthis on Thursday slammed the UN for failing to meet the three conditions
they had previously agreed.
Assem, a member of the Houthi delegation, said Ansarullah’s representatives are
“ready” to travel to Geneva when those conditions are met.
conditions include the transport of wounded Ansarullah fighter to Oman, the
repatriation of the fighter who have already received treatment there and a
guarantee that the Houthi delegation would be allowed to return to Sana’a after
Houthis’ announcement, Yemeni government delegation in Geneva reacted by saying
that Houthis had 24 hours to get to the Swiss city. The delegation added that
if Houthis failed to meet the deadline, it would also leave Geneva.
not after peace’
lecturer Colin Cavell told Press TV that the Riyadh regime does not want peace
in Yemen and is preventing the Houthi delegation from attending the Geneva
[are] two parties to a conflict, if they want peace they get together and talk.
If they don’t want peace then they don’t get together. What is happening here
is the corrupt Saudi regime does not want the Yemeni people to have a
delegation in Geneva to discuss peace. Why? because the Saudi regime does not
want peace," he said.
are … trying to retain Western hegemony in the Arabian Peninsula and they want
to destroy the Houthi movement, they want to destroy the freedom movement of
the Yemeni people and they will not let their delegation come to Geneva – why -
because simply they do not want peace and the entire world should know that the
Saudis started this war, they are continuing this war and they do not want war
to end," he added.
conduct retaliatory attacks
Thursday, reports said the Yemeni army and its allied Houthi fighters had
launched a drone attack on the Abha airport in Saudi Arabia's southwestern Asir
Yemeni unmanned combat aerial vehicle was of Qasef-1 (Striker-1) type.
strike was conducted in retaliation for the Saudi Arabia's deadly military
campaign on Yemen.
the Yemeni army's air defense system managed to shoot down an Apache helicopter
belonging to the Saudi-led coalition in Hudaydah Province.
Saudi aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign, but was later
coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen.
imposed war, however, has so far failed to achieve its goals, thanks to stiff
resistance from Yemeni troops and allied Houthi fighters.
Western countries have been supplying Saudi Arabia with advanced weapons and
Hours after Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised gay sex in India, Muslim
clerics and Hindu outfits joined the cause against the verdict. While
Deoband-based clerics termed it against Islam and Sharia laws, Hindu Mahasabha declared
it a sinister campaign to “destroy Indian ethos and values”.
after the apex court passed the verdict, Deoband clerics issued a statement on
homosexuals. Maulana Salim Qasmi, vicechancellor of a seminary in Deoband said,
“God provided a system for increasing the population of humanity, a
relationship between husband and wife, for all communities on earth. Any other
kind of sexual relationship is forbidden and illegal.
is dirty, filthy and against nature. No right-thinking person will accept this
kind of relationship. Supreme Court has the right to pass orders, and it is up
to people to decide whether they want to have this kind of relationship, but
Islam certainly does not permit it.”
organisations have also expressed negative views on homosexuality after the
verdict. Uttar Pradesh president of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, Yogendra
Kumar Verma said, “It is a conspiracy to destroy Hindu culture and all the
values important for us. We should not cross limits and accept what is
unnatural. God has created men and women for each other.
whether between men or between women should be considered a crime.”
377: Muslim organisations decry ‘degenerate’ verdict
Muslim organizations in Kerala have come out strongly against the Supreme Court
order which declared that gay sex is not a criminal activity, saying it will
lead widespread moral degeneration.
Yuvajana Sangham state general secretary Abdul Hameed Faizy Ambalakkadavu said
homosexuality is a grave sin in Islam like adultery.
city of Sodom attracted the wrath of God for indulging in homosexuality,” he
sex is unnatural as the sexuality is meant to give pleasure men and women and
produce progenies. ‘Homosexuality is against nature which cannot be allowed
under any circumstances. We fear the Supreme Court order would lead to moral
anarchy in the society,” said the Sunni leader.
Saqafi Chullikkode, vice-chancellor of Markazu Saqafathi Sunniyya and scholar
in the Kanthapuram faction of Sunnis, said the court order will lead to a
situation where no objectionable action would be considered as crime.
is assumed that such an order will end discrimination and harassment of the
sexual minorities as it will remove stigma attached to them. But this will only
lead to increase in crimes because it is the social stigma that prevents many
acts as a deterrent to stop further crimes,” he said.
NATIONS: Pakistan's focus for decades has been to undermine India's territorial
integrity through the "explicit use of terrorism" as a state policy,
New Delhi said in a stern response after Islamabad raked up the Kashmir issue
at the UN.
Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi yet again raised the issue of Kashmir while
addressing the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace in the UN General
said "foreign occupation and the denial of fundamental rights including
the right to self-determination exacerbate the sense of injustice among the
occupied and the oppressed".
is this more apparent than in the pain and suffering" of the people in
Kashmir and Palestine, she said, citing the recent report on Kashmir issued by
former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Srinivas Prasad said that a culture of
peace is not just an abstract value or principle to be discussed and extolled
in conferences, but needs to be actively built into global relationships
between and among nation states.
rests on good relations between neighbors and a respect for the territory and
the governing systems and principles of other states," he said.
a stern response, Prasad said it is ironic that Pakistan, "whose focus
over the decades has been undermining India's territorial integrity through the
explicit use of terrorism as a state policy, has chosen to use this platform,
to claim the Indian territory under the guise of a supposed concern for
'justice and self-determination' by quoting a report that not a single member
state had asked for or has supported".
asserted that Jammu and Kashmir is and will remain an integral part of India.
a democracy, India has always abided by the choices of the people and will not
allow this freedom to be undermined by terrorism and extremism," he said.
further said that one of India's enduring principles has been ‘Vasudheva
Kutumbakam' or the concept that ‘the world is one family'.
Mahatma Gandhi, he said a "non-violent revolution is not a programme of
seizure of power. It is a programme of transformation of relationships".
the Vedic age in the distant past to the great teachers like Mahavira and
Buddha to Gandhiji, India's message has always been about the need for a
Culture of Peace. It is, may be, this heritage (of a Culture of Peace) that has
made India home to different cultures and religions," Prasad said.
said India is the birthplace of Lord Buddha as well as home to the
second-largest Muslim community in the world.
police chief SP Vaid was removed late on Thursday and posted as transport
commissioner. Dilbagh Singh, DG of prisons, was directed to hold the charge
additionally, an official order said. The reshuffle comes days after arrested
relatives of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were set free to secure the release
of kidnapped family members of policemen.
leaders meet Gurugram deputy commissioner over mosque loudspeaker row
group of Muslims met deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh on Thursday, police
said a day after a group of Hindus from the area had approached the police to
protest against the use of loud speakers at a local mosque.
Shehzad Khan, chairman of Muslim Ekta Manch, said that they met the deputy
commissioner on Thursday over the issue and also filed a police complaint about
a group of Hindus raising slogans outside the mosque on Wednesday night.
Kumar, station house officer of Sector 5 police station, confirmed that he has
received the complaint. “We will inquire into the complaint tomorrow (Friday),” he said.
said a group of around 40 men allegedly raised “Jai Shri Ram” slogans outside
the mosque in Sheetla Mata Colony, though the police arrived within minutes and
dispersed the crowd.
MD Mustakeen, the imam of the mosque, said, “I was inside the mosque with my
wife and three children. On hearing the voices, I got scared and locked the
gate from inside.”
resident, Shiv Singh (23), said that including him more than 100 residents had
gone to the Sector 5 police station to complain against the mosque on Wednesday
evening. They also asked the police to seal the place stating that it was
“illegal”, said BP Singh (52), a resident of the area and one of the
we did not find any solution by 9pm, around 40 of us, on 15 motorcycles, left
the police station and came here (at the mosque) and raised a few slogans and
went home,” Shiv said.
deputy commissioner did not respond to multiple calls from the Hindustan Times
for comment on the matter.
of Muslims met deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh on Thursday, police said
a day after a group of Hindus from the area had approached the police to
protest against the use of loud speakers at a local mosque.
DELHI: The first 2+2 India-US dialogue - which saw foreign minister Sushma
Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman engaging with their US
counterparts Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis - resulted in a rap on the knuckles for
a joint statement, the two countries named and called upon Pakistan to ensure
its territory wasn't used to launch terror attacks on other countries.
sources here described the "reprimand" as one of the important takeaways
from the meeting which saw India and the US agreeing to further intensify
ministers denounced any use of terrorist proxies in the region, and in this
context, they called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control
is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries,'' said the joint
of the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, India and US also called
on Pakistan to bring to justice expeditiously the perpetrators of the Mumbai,
Pathankot, Uri, and other "cross-border terrorist attacks".
the recent designations of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists by the US, Swaraj said it
underscored the international community's scrutiny over the threat of terrorism
emanating from Pakistan, which had affected India and the US alike. "India
supports President Trump's South Asia policy. His call for Pakistan to stop its
policy of supporting cross-border terrorism finds resonance with us," said
Swaraj. Pompeo didn't mention Pakistan in his remarks though.
two sides welcomed the launch of a bilateral dialogue on designation of
terrorists in 2017 which, they said, is strengthening cooperation and action
against terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, Islamic State, Lashkar-e-Taiba,
Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network, Tehrik-i-Taliban
Pakistan, DCompany and their affiliates.
US and India welcomed the expansion of bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation
with the ministers announcing their intent to increase information-sharing
efforts on known or suspected terrorists and to implement UN Security Council
Resolution 2396 on returning foreign terrorist fighters. The two countries are
also discussing the possibility of bringing another resolution at the UN for a
ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar. It is important though for them to
ensure that China drops its opposition to the ban. China has twice earlier
blocked a UN ban on Azhar.
Imran Khan government caves in to first brush with Islamic fundamentalists -
DELHI: New Pakistan PM Imran Khan's government stuck it out for a few days
there saying "we will not bow to extremists", but that position didn't
last very long and under pressure from Islamic fundamentalists it told an
economist to step down from a key economic group, reported Pakistan media.
Because the Princeton University economist Atif Mian is an 'Ahmadi'.
'Ahmadi' sect, or the 'Ahmadiyyas', are a highly persecuted Islamic sect in
Pakistan. And no matter that Mian is a highly-regarded international economist
who could help pull Pakistan out of the financial mess it's in, the fact that
he's an Ahmadi means he had to go. Ahmadiyyas are reviled, chiefly by the
orthodox Sunni Muslims of Pakistan, because they don't believe that Mohammad is
the last prophet sent to guide mankind.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government's appointment of Mian+ was opposed by
several individuals and groups, including the extreme Islamist group, the
Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Yes, the same TLP that brought Islamabad to a
standstill last November to protest what it believed was a watering down of the
country's stringent blasphemy laws.
appeared that for Khan and the PTI, economist Mian's faith was a private
matter, and that it believed the state should have nothing to do with it, and that
it really didn't matter. It's economics they were dealing with, not theology.
PTI government firmly defended its choice and made strong statements about
Pakistan being equally for minorities as it is for the majority groups.
minorities in Pakistan be thrown out? What kind of people say things like
this?" wondered Khan's minister of information Fawad Chaudhary at a public
event, even as a vicious online campaign targeting Mian for being Ahmadiyya, reported
newspaper Dawn earlier this week.
didn't stop there and expressed his scorn even more strongly.
is a man who the entire world is saying will receive a Nobel Peace Prize in the
next five years. He has been appointed to the economic advisory council, not
the Council of Islamic Ideology or something else," said Chaudhry.
don't think anyone should have objections (to Mian's appointment), and those
who do, they are basically extremists and we will not bow to
extremists...Pakistan belongs as much to minorities as it does to the majority,"
asserted the minister.
even posted a message on Twitter saying Pakistan's founding father Muhammad Ali
Jinnah too appointed an Ahmadi, Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, as the country's
follow the principles of Mr Jinnah not of extremists," tweeted Chaudhry.
The government's minister of human rights Shireen Mazari also came out in
support and commended Chaudhry. "Exactly. Well put indeed. Time to reclaim
space for the Quaid's Pakistan!"
Princeton academic did get some support from people on social media. But the
fundamentalists just wouldn't back down.
days later, on Friday, Khan's government capitulated to the extremists.
PTI senator, Faisal Javed Khan, on Friday morning, tweeted saying Mian has
agreed to give up his position on the council.
minister Chaudhry, who mere days earlier, vociferously supported a pluralistic
Pakistan, appeared to have had a huge change of heart going by his tweets
fact, Chaudhry tweeted (in Urdu) - as translated by Dawn - even referring
specifically to Mian's faith.
said that Prime Minister Khan and his cabinet believe that the ideal state is
Madina and hold the Prophet Muhammad in high esteem.
capitulation was complete. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pakistans-imran-khan-government-caves-in-to-first-brush-with-islamic-fundamentalists-and-how/articleshow/65717946.cms
US ask Pakistan to act against terror emanating from its soil
DELHI: India and the US on Thursday asked Pakistan to ensure that its territory
is not used to launch terror attacks and expeditiously bring to justice the
perpetrators of cross-border terror strikes, including those on Mumbai,
Pathankot and Uri.
stern warning to Pakistan came after India and the US held their first 2+2
dialogue here during which external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence
minister Nirmala Sitharaman held wide-ranging deliberations with US secretary
of state Michael R Pompeo and defence secretary James Mattis.
ministers announced their intent to increase information-sharing efforts on
known or suspected terrorists and to implement UN Security Council Resolution
2396 on returning foreign terrorist fighters," a joint statement issued
after the talks said.
ministers denounced any use of terrorist proxies in the region, and in this
context, they called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control
is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries," it said.
of the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai attack, they also called on Pakistan
to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot
(2016), Uri (2016), and other cross-border terrorist attacks, the statement
a joint press conference, Sushma Swaraj said the Indo-US counter-terrorism
cooperation has acquired a new "qualitative edge and purpose".
welcomed the recent designations of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists by the United
States. They underscore the international community's scrutiny over the threat
of terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which has affected India and the United
the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, we recognised the importance of
justice and retribution for the masterminds behind this terrorist attack,"
in her remarks, said India and the US were committed to work together to combat
the "persistent threat of terrorism" and other shared security
ministers committed to enhance their ongoing cooperation in multilateral fora
such as the UN and Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and reaffirmed their
support for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that will
advance and strengthen the framework for global cooperation and reinforce the
message that no cause or grievance justifies terrorism, the joint statement
ministers welcomed the launch of a bilateral dialogue on designation of
terrorists in 2017, which is strengthening cooperation and action against
terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, ISIS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad,
Hizb-ul Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, D-Company,
and their affiliates," it said.
two sides further reaffirmed their commitment to ongoing and future cooperation
to ensure a stable cyberspace environment and to prevent cyber attacks.
said India recognises the value of the Terrorists Designations Dialogue
established last year as well as other mechanisms to promote cooperation in
counter-terrorism and homeland security.
also discussed the situation in South Asia in some detail. India supports
President Trump's South Asia Policy. His call for Pakistan to stop its policy
of supporting cross-border terrorism finds resonance with us," she said.
said the efforts by India and the US in promoting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned
and Afghan government-controlled reconciliation process were also discussed.
his victory speech after the July 25 Pakistan national elections, Prime
Minister Imran Khan said, “When I came into politics, I wanted Pakistan to
become the kind of country that our leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted.” If it’s
his sincere intent to drive Pakistan toward its founder’s ideals, he has to ask
himself some hard questions.
Jinnah have wanted religious groups and parties to develop the social power,
clout, political influence and reach that they possess in contemporary
Pakistan? Would Jinnah have bent over backward to accommodate, if not actively
promote, sharper, exclusionary and puritanical interpretations of the Islamic
faith as all Pakistani leaders after him have done?
is no indication that Khan is willing to pose these difficult questions. His
government’s response to the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protest march
against far-right-wing Dutch member of Parliament Geert Wilder’s intention to
hold a cartoon competition on the Holy Prophet of Islam is a defining point.
proposed cartoon competition was provocative and insensitive. There is a
conviction in many parts of the world that freedom of speech cannot be
stretched to the extent that it offends deeply held religious convictions or
revered religious figures.
a feeling of outrage among many Pakistani Muslims and the government’s
condemnation of Wilder’s decision were not unnatural. It was also appropriate
that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi conveyed his country’s feelings to
his Dutch counterpart and asked that the competition be called off. In the end,
Wilder received death threats and abandoned the competition.
is questionable is the manner in which Imran Khan responded to TLP leader
Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s mobilization of street power. Certainly, Muhammad Ali
Jinnah, Pakistan’s founder, would not have preferred that the matter be
agitated against even though he would have been in sympathy with the demand of
canceling the cartoon competition.
would also have been alarmed at people like Rizvi’s participation in public
life and the political support coming their way. In the July National Assembly
election, all of the religious parties together secured more than 5.5 million
votes, representing a 9.5% vote share. An analysis of the vote is instructive,
for it reveals a significant trend in Pakistan’s religious politics.
traditional Pakistani religious parties, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat
Ulema-e Islam of Maulana Fazlul Rehman, went into coalitions with other
religious parties in the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) – a political alliance
comprising conservative, Islamist and religious parties. They secured around 2.5
million votes and 12 seats in the National Assembly – a significant decline
from the 59 seats they had won in 2002. However, those elections were during
the rule of military dictator General Pervez Musharraf when the traditional
secular parties were on the ropes. Unlike the decline of the MMA coalition
parties, the TLP’s electoral performance was impressive, enabling it to become
the country’s fifth-largest party.
had mobilized Muslims to support Mumtaz Qadri, the guard who had murdered the
governor of Punjab province, Salmaan Taseer, for publicly showing sympathy to a
Christian woman falsely accused of blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad. Qadri was
hanged and his grave is now a hallowed place for Rizvi and his followers. Rizvi
showed his strength last year when his followers marched in thousands in
support of the assertion that Muhammad is the final Prophet of Allah.
is a basic tenet of Islam. Rizvi’s followers camped across an important
arterial junction of the capital, throwing its life completely out of gear. The
reason for Rizvi’s action was a change in the wording of the oath affirming the
final Prophethood of Muhammad. The state caved in. The old formulation was
restored and the concerned minister resigned. Significantly, the army stood as
a guarantor of the Rizvi-government agreement.
TLP contested 178 National Assembly seats; it did not win any but got more than
2.2 million votes. According to one estimate, many voters who had formerly
supported the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) switched loyalties and favored the
TLP. Thus it made a major impact on the electoral fortunes of the PML-N. While
it remains to be seen if the TLP will be able to build on the political support
it has received, what is sure is that it now has substantial street power, and
Imran Khan is unlikely to do anything to curb it.
July election also witnessed Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed’s participation.
His Milli Muslim League was refused registration by the Pakistan Election
Commission, so his followers contested through the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek. It
put up 265 candidates but failed to win any seat; it secured fewer than 200,000
votes in all. This shows that he is unlikely to be an electoral factor in
Pakistan. However, his true constituency lies in the Pakistani establishment,
and that is intact. Imran Khan has given no indication that he would press for
action in keeping with the United Nations that designated Saeed as a global
that electoral influence of extremist groups may not become critical, Zahid
Hussain, a well-known Pakistani columnist, warned after the elections that
“allowing such groups to operate freely and participate in elections could be
disastrous.” Wondering how Imran Khan’s party would deal with these parties and
groups, he said, “Given its soft stance towards the religious right, fears are
that such groups may get greater space.”
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government has asked Princeton University
economist Atif R. Mian to step down from the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led
Economic Advisory Council (EAC), PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan announced on
decision follows mounting pressure from religiopolitical parties against the
appointment of Dr Mian, who is an Ahmadi.
to a tweet by Senator Javed, Mian has agreed to give up his position on the
council. A replacement will be announced later, he added.
of Information Fawad Chaudhary later confirmed the development, saying the
government has decided to withdraw the nomination of Dr Mian from the EAC
because it wants to avoid division.
government wants to move forward alongside scholars and all social groups, and
it is inappropriate if a single nomination creates an impression to the
contrary," he tweeted.
a second tweet, Chaudhry said the ideal state, according to Prime Minister Khan,
is of Madina and that the premier and members of his cabinet hold Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH) in high esteem.
[belief in the finality of the prophethood] is a part of our faith and the
recent success achieved by the government in the matter of blasphemous sketches
is reflective of the same connection," he wrote.
appointment of Dr Mian of Princeton University (Department of Member Economics
and Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy) to the 18-member EAC set up to
advise the government on economic policy was opposed by some individuals and
groups, including Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), who objected to his Ahmadi
news of his removal from the body comes as a surprise since the PTI government
had only three days ago defended the academic's nomination, saying in
categorical terms that it will "not bow to extremists".
belongs as much to minorities as it does to the majority," Information
Minister Chaudhary had told a press conference in Islamabad, amidst a vicious
online campaign targeting Dr Mian for his Ahmadiyya faith.
had taken to Twitter to recall that "Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
appointed Sir Zafar Ullah [also an Ahmadi] as Foreign minister of Pakistan;
we'll follow [the] principles of Mr Jinnah, not of extremists."
thoughts were echoed by Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari, who tweeted:
"Exactly. Well put indeed. Time to reclaim space for the Quaid's
first meeting of the recently reconstituted EAC was presided over by Prime
Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, but it could not be attended by three
international economists of Pakistani origin, including Dr Mian, because of
could not make it because our web-link was down,” an official told Dawn.
three members were Dr Atif R. Mian of Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson
School of Public Policy, Dr Asim ljaz Khawaja, Sumitomo-FASID professor of
Member International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, and
Dr lmran Rasul, professor of Economics at University College, London.
social media smear campaign had erupted against the economist's appointment,
with many calling for his removal.
call-to-attention notice had also been submitted in the Senate by opposition
parties against Mian's inclusion in the EAC. The notice bore the signatures of
the PML-N, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party
member of the PPP had signed the document, with the party making it clear that
it would not be part of a witch-hunt based on someone's faith.
Members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee have expressed serious
reservations over President Donald Trump’s South Asia policy, which they said
is geared at Pakistan’s expense to promoting India as a counterbalance to
Chinese influence in the region.
also expressed their concern over Indian activities in Afghanistan, which they
said were not in the best interests of Pakistan.
in-camera meeting, which was held at Parliament House, was chaired by Senator
Mushahid Hussain Sayed and attended by Senators Mohammad Javed Abbasi, Asif
Kirmani, Nuzhat Sadiq, Asad Junejo, Rehman Malik, Sherry Rehman, Anwarul Haq
Kakar and Sitara Ayaz.
to a statement issued from the Senate Secretariat, Foreign Minister Makhdoom
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, along with the foreign secretary and his team, gave a
two-and-a-half-hour briefing to the committee on various issues ranging from
the visit of the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to the meetings
with the Iranian foreign minister. The briefing also touched on the important
matters of the Financial Action Task Force, Pakistan’s relations with the
Muslim world, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Afghanistan and
Qureshi said that the CPEC was a key national project formed with overarching
consensus and that the government was committed to taking it forward. He also
said that he would be visiting Afghanistan soon and next week, foreign
ministers of China and Turkey were scheduled to visit Pakistan.
said that he would be looking for guidance from the foreign affairs committee
to help him formulate policy, and promised to take the lead from parliament and
the meeting was held on the Defence Day of Pakistan, the members also offered
Fateha prayers for the many brave soldiers who have, over the years, laid down
their lives for the nation and its defence. Senator Mushahid said that the
entire nation saluted the martyrs who gave their precious lives to defend the
country. The members also offered Fateha for Syed Ahmad Kirmani, father of Asif
Kirmani, who was a distinguished leader of the Pakistan Movement.
The senior leadership of the ruling PTI is planning to move an application
seeking acquittal in three cases registered against them under terrorism
charges for ‘inciting’ violence during the 2014 sit-in in Islamabad.
Bukhari, the counsel for the PTI leaders including President-elect Dr Arif
Alvi, told Dawn that the previous government had registered baseless cases
against the party leadership and he was going to file an application seeking
capital police booked Dr Alvi, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Asad Umar, Shah Mehmood
Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood and Raja Khurram Nawaz on the charge of inciting
violence during the sit-in. The cases were registered against them under
various sections of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
The ATC will resume proceedings on Sept 11.
Bukhari said he would file the application under section 265-K of the Criminal
Procedure Code (CrPC) seeking acquittal.
Alvi can avail constitutional immunity to avoid the trial proceeding. His
counsel, Ali Bukhari, is also of the view that being the president it was not
possible for his client to appear before the court on each and every date of
to Article 248(2) of the Constitution, “No criminal proceeding whatsoever shall
be instituted or continued against the President or a Governor in any court
during term of office.”
about seeking immunity, the president-elect tweeted on Thursday: “Aw Come on. I
don’t intend to. The accused in this case are also my PM @ImranKhanPTI and
Ministers @Shafqat_Mahmood @Asad Umar and @SMQureshiPTI. How can I seek
immunity? Will consult my lawyers.”
lawyer was of the opinion that the president should not appear before the court
in criminal proceedings.
PTI lawyer, Faisal Hussain Chaudhry, said Dr Alvi was a respected and honest
person and would get better advice when he would consult his lawyers.
Chaudhry said: “In my opinion constitutional immunity is given to offices not
to individuals in order to ensure dignity and prestige attached with the most
esteemed offices of the state.”
Chaudhry is also representing PTI workers who were booked in the cases.
per the prosecution, the sit-in protest was not peaceful and the PTI leaders
had approached the court for bail after a period of three years. The
prosecution admitted that the police should have arrested them earlier, adding
the suspects were educated people but had violated the Constitution and incited
people to topple the government.
people were killed, 26 others injured while 60 were arrested, the prosecution
said, adding it had submitted to the court 65 photos, sticks, cutters etc., to
establish its case.
August 31, 2014, the PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers marched
towards the Parliament House and Prime Minister House and clashed with the
police at the Constitution Avenue.
Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Thursday called the
newly-sworn Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government “a sham” and demanded
resignation from the chief election commissioner over alleged rigging in polls.
a press conference in Peshawar, the JUI-F leader said that all political
parties had reservations over the general election.
have not accepted the result of the polls. There is still time for the Election
Commission to accept its failure and the chief election commissioner to tender
his resignation,” Rehman said.
JUI-F leader added that Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a coalition of Islamist,
far-right political parties, will soon begin campaigning to raise public
awareness on the issue.
present government is a sham, the prime minister and the chief ministers are a
sham,” Rehman told the media.
Rahman condemned the PTI government for being unable to defend the country.
present government does not have diplomatic manners. The government has been
handed over to the ineligible lot. The country needs to be saved now. We are
ready to sacrifice everything for national freedom,” he said.
country’s armed forces are fully capable of defending the motherland. We pay
tribute to the armed forces; the nation stands united with them,” said Rehman.
about the recently held presidential election, he revealed that the opposition
parties were ready to oppose PTI, however, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)
refused to vote for Shehbaz Sharif.
of Uzbekistan to Pakistan Furkat Sidikov hosted a grand reception to mark the
27th Independence Day of his country at a local hotel in Islamabad.
Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed was the chief guest while
Noor-Ul-Haq Qadri, Federal Minister of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith
Harmony, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadjan
Movlamov and former National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua
were the participants of the reception.
reception was a well-attended affair with many senior diplomats and Pakistanis
from different walks of life attending the function to congratulate him and
members of his embassy. Concurrently with the reception an exhibition of
photographs of famous Muslim scantiest
Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said Uzbekistan and Pakistan are
great friends and these relations will further be strengthened during the
tenure of PTI government. The Federal Minister expressed these views while
speaking on the occasion of 27th anniversary of Independence Day of Uzbekistan.
federal minister further said, Uzbekistan is very important country in the
region and Pakistan attached huge importance to its relations with Uzbekistan.
He hoped relations with Uzbekistan would grow further in the coming days also.
the Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furqat Sidiqov addressed the gathering. In his
remarks he said Pakistan was among the first countries to recognize
said, People of Uzbekistan and Pakistan have deep-rooted relations and share a
common culture, traditions, history and religion
relations in cultural and humanitarian sphere are of great significance in
strengthening of Uzbek-Pakistani cooperation. “Uzbekistan-Pakistan” Community
has been successfully acting since 1991.
said, in 2016 Pak-Uzbek Forum was established in Pakistan by group of prominent
people in Pakistan, including business, academic and artistic communities with
the support Uzbekistan and Pakistan relations..
of science, culture and art of the two countries regularly participate in
scientific conferences, festivals and other events. In particular, the Pakistani
artists are traditional participants of the International Music Festival “Sharq
taronalari” in Samarkand. Zaheerud Din Baber, founder of the Mughal dynasty in
subcontinent was from Uzbekistan and from the descendent of Amir Taimoor who is
the national hero of Uzbekistan. Zaheerud Din Baber by establishing Mughal
dynasty in the subcontinent, he made first the foundation of Pakistan which is
a great contribution from Uzbekistan to Pakistan. Islam to subcontinent came
through Central Asia and especially from Uzbekistan that is the real strong
bond between the two nations and the two countries. Uzbekistan is a land locked
country and could be benefited by the Gawadar port and economic corridor which
could be extended to Tashkent. Uzbek is a great nation with a great history and
has very special relations with Pakistan.
says it has jurisdiction over Myanmar crimes against Rohingya
International Criminal Court says it has jurisdiction to probe the forced
deportations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh as a
possible crime against humanity.
Hague-based tribunal said in a statement on Thursday that the ICC's
"pre-trial chamber... decided by majority the court may exercise
jurisdiction over the alleged deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar
three-judge panel said in a written summary of its decision that “the Court has
jurisdiction over the crime against humanity of deportation allegedly committed
against members of the Rohingya people."
court may also exercise its jurisdiction with regard to any other crime set out
in article 5 of the statute, such as the crimes against humanity of persecution
and/or other inhumane acts."
Myanmar is not a member of the court, Bangladesh is and the cross-border nature
of deportation is enough basis for jurisdiction, the court said.
reason is that an element of this crime - the crossing of a border - took place
on the territory of a State party (Bangladesh)."
had asked judges for an advisory opinion on whether such actions could fall
under the tribunal's jurisdiction. They have not launched any formal case
related to alleged deportations from Myanmar.
ICC's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in April asked judges at the world's only
permanent war crimes court to rule whether she can investigate the deportations
as a crime against humanity.
likened the deportations to "a cross-border shooting", arguing that
the crime "is not completed until the bullet (fired in one state) strikes
and kills the victim (standing in another state)".
latest decision at the ICC court paves the way for Bensouda to further examine whether there is
sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.
Thursday decision comes just days after UN-mandated investigators said
Myanmar’s military had carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya
in Rakhine state with “genocidal intent”.
UN investigation team reported that Myanmar's top generals should face
prosecution for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rakhine.
mission has also said the de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned
over her silence on the campaign of terror.
June, Human rights group Amnesty International said Myanmar’s top military
officials must be tried at the ICC for crimes against humanity over atrocities
against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority country.
of the Rohingya Muslim community have been killed, arbitrarily arrested, and
raped by Myanmar’s forces and extremist Buddhists, who have also burned and
destroyed Rohingya villages in mass arson attacks.
than 700,000 members of the minority Muslim group have fled the state-sponsored
violence to southeast Bangladesh over the past months.
UN has described the campaign as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing, saying
it possibly amounts to genocide as well.
years, Myanmar's government has refused to allow UN investigators to enter
Rakhine and Suu Kyi has virtually done nothing to stop the crimes.
targets Taliban leader’s compound in Faryab province
airstrike was carried out on Taliban leader’s compound in northern Faryab
province of Afghanistan, leaving several militants dead or wounded.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the airstrike was
carried out in the vicinity of Sayad Koh area in Sherin Tagab district.
statement by 209th Shaheen Corps said at least 13 militants were killed in the
airstrike and four others sustained injuries.
compound used by the Taliban leader Qari Rahmatullah was also destroyed in the
airstrike, the statement by 209th Shaheen Corps added.
209th Shaheen Corps said at least 7 militants were killed and 3 others
sustained injuries during a separate clash in Zoryan area of Qaisar district.
least two Afghan soldiers also sustained injuries during the clashes with the
Taliban militants, the statement added.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
militants kill 8 policemen with insider help in Takhar province
Taliban militants have set on fire the dead bodies of at least eight policemen
who were killed in an attack on a check post in northeastern Takhar province
police spokesman Asir confirmed the incident and said the policemen were killed
after the militant attacked their check post in Khwaja Ghar district.
further added that the incident took place late on Wednesday night in the
vicinity of Kandahar Qeshlaq area of the district.
to Asir, the Taliban militants carried out the attack with the support of one
of the policemen who had links with the militants.
also added that the Taliban militants escaped from the area after attacking the
killing the policemen and snatching the policemen arms.
Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed the attack and claims that
nine policemen were killed in the attack.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in northeastern parts of
Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime.
toll climbs to 26 in Kabul bombings, 91 others are wounded: MoI
death toll from a coordinated suicide attack in capital Kabul has climbed to at
least 26 people, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials confirmed.
spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Nusrat Rahimi said at least 91 people
have also sustained injuries in the two back to back suicide attacks.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K), the offshoot of ISIL terror
group in Afghanistan, has claimed responsibility behind the deadly bombings in
Kabul that left scores of people dead or wounded.
group in a statement said the first attack was carried out by a suicide bomber
named Sabir al-Khurasani while the second attack was carried out using a
vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeting the gathering of people,
including journalists. The first explosion took place at around 6pm local time
after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a wrestling club.
group in a statement said the first attack was carried out by a suicide bomber
named Sabir al-Khurasani while the second attack was carried out using a
vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeting the gathering of people,
including journalists. The group also claims that the attack has left more than
150 people dead or wounded.
spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement had earlier said the group has no
links with the recent attack in Kabul city, claiming that Taliban strongly
condemns attack on ordinary civilians.
security officials and the Ministry of Public Health say the death toll from
the back to back explosions in Dasht Barchi area has reached to at least 21
first explosion took place at around 6pm local time after a suicide bomber
detonated his explosives inside a wrestling club.
second blast took place almost 40 minutes after people had gathered in the area
to help the victims.
A Myanmar foreign investment official said on Wednesday (05/09) that he
"totally underestimated" the economic damage of the Rohingya crisis,
adding that the outcry over the jailing of two Reuters reporters would also have
some impact on his country's reputation.
at an investor forum in Singapore what impact the crisis had on Myanmar's
economy and investment, the director general of the Directorate of Investment
and Company Administration (DICA), which promotes private sector development
and investment, said previously the government had been able to control
outbreaks of communal tension.
the crisis in Rakhine State was different.
totally underestimated," the official, Aung Naing Oo, told the forum,
referring to the impact of an eruption of violence in 2016, which snowballed in
after two years ... now you can see that FDI in Myanmar is heading down, it is
declining," he said, referring to foreign direct investment, though adding
that he was confident the government could stabilize the situation.
foreign investment into Myanmar has fallen in 2016 and 2017, according to data
issued by the DICA, which operates under the Ministry of National Planning and
Economic Development, and last year was the lowest since 2013.
government spokesman, Zaw Htay, contacted by telephone, responded with a
message to say he not immediately able to take any questions.
than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar's Rakhine State into
Bangladesh since a military crackdown that began a year ago after Rohingya
insurgents attacked security posts.
UN mandated fact-finding mission said last week that Myanmar's military carried
out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya with "genocidal intent"
and called for top generals to be prosecuted. Myanmar rejected the findings.
government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticized for failing
to speak out against the military crackdown in Rakhine, and investors have
voiced concern that sanctions that long hobbled the economy for years under
military rule could be reinstated over it.
addition, the conviction this week of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, 32, and
Kyaw Soe Oo, 28. They were jailed for seven years on Monday after being found
guilty of breaching a law on state secrets.
denied wrongdoing and their conviction drew international condemnation.
reporters were investigating a massacre of Rohingya villagers by security
forces at the time of their arrest in December. The military later confirmed
that a massacre had taken place and punished several soldiers.
Naing Oo, who has played a major role in drafting business laws, said the
reporters' case had attracted widespread media coverage and their treatment
would be a factor Western businesses would consider when making investment
Sadr urges ‘radical’ solutions after deadly unrest
Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr has called for “radical” solutions to a health
crisis which has sparked mass rallies and left seven protesters dead this week.
of demonstrators have taken to the streets in the southern city of Basra, angry
at pollution of the water supply which has put 30,000 people in hospital.
demonstrators have been killed in clashes with security forces since Tuesday,
while protesters set fire to part of the provincial government headquarters.
whose political bloc won the largest number of seats in May elections, on
Thursday called for a special parliamentary session to address protesters’
Minister Haider Abadi, along with the ministers of interior, health, housing,
water resources and electricity, must all attend along with officials from
Basra province, Sadr said.
will be uncompromising and you have been warned, be ready,” said Sadr, whose
successful campaign in the May election focused on tackling Iraq’s endemic
must present “radical and immediate” solutions at the meeting or step down if
they fail to do so, he said.
responded shortly afterwards, saying he was “ready to attend a parliamentary
session with the ministers and officials concerned, to discuss the situation
and the needs of Basra province.”
premier is trying to hold onto his post in the future government through
forming an alliance with Sadr, a former militia chief who has called for Iraq
to have greater political independence from Iran and the US.
Iraq holding elections nearly five months ago, Parliament reconvened for the
first time on Monday after claims of fraud triggered a vote recount.
session was brief and lawmakers are not scheduled to meet again until Sept. 15,
in order to allow the various political blocs time to agree on alliances and on
a candidate for parliamentary speaker.
of Abadi and other top officials meeting to discuss the social unrest, Sadr
called for “protests expressing anger peacefully” in Basra and said plans for
such rallies would be announced soon.
well as the water supply, demonstrators have protested against incompetent
officials who have failed to tackle chronic electricity shortages and high
unemployment in their oil-rich but marginalized province.
least 22 people have been killed in demonstrations since they erupted in Basra
on July 8, before spreading across southern Iraq.
stormed and set fire to a provincial government building in Basra, despite a
curfew imposed by authorities on Thursday to try and quell demonstrations.
protests showed no sign of abating Thursday evening as hundreds of young men
took to the streets, shouting: “Peaceful, peaceful.”
government buildings have been attacked in the past few days of protests that
have spread throughout the city.
provincial official with state-run Iraqi Ports Co. said authorities closed the
vital Um Qasr port on the Arabian Gulf since late Wednesday, fearing sabotage.
The official would not say when operations will resume.
Gen. Saad Maan, Interior Ministry spokesman, announced a curfew in Basra
starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, citing “intelligence reports of possible
attacks on government offices.”
government has said the protesters’ demands are legitimate, while blaming the
violence on saboteurs. The curfew announcement was ignored.
Kurdish-language Hawar 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.
on reports, 4 Turkish army forces were also killed in the Kurds' operations on
reports said on Tuesday that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) killed tens of
terrorists backed by the Turkish government in several military operations in
Northwestern Aleppo during the past week.
SDF has conducted more than 10 military operations against the Turkish Army and
its allied militants in Afrin and its countryside in Northwestern Aleppo in the
last week, killing at least 100 and wounding over 200 others, the
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted an SDF field commander as saying.
army units engaged in heavy clashes with the ISIL terrorists in Northwestern
Taloul al-Safa, advancing in Qa'a al-Banat region and regaining control of
the Syrian army forces killed tens of ISIL terrorists in a high rocky land,
taking back military control of the militants' water resources.
field source referred to the army troops' advances in Taloul al-Safa region,
and said the terrorists fled to the depth of the region in groups and abandoned
their weapons and equipment as the army advanced in the area.
a relevant development on Tuesday, the Syrian army men managed to drive ISIL
out of more lands in Taloul al-Safa region in the Eastern deserts of Sweida.
army soldiers engaged in fresh battle with ISIL Northeast of Taloul al-Safa in
Eastern desert of Sweida, advancing 7km in the depth of terrorists' positions.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded the
positions and movements of ISIL in the same region, inflicting major losses on
sources in Raqqa reported on Thursday that the civil workers in the city found
corpses of 5 civilians from the rubbles of a building in al-Badou district.
added that the building was destroyed in the US-led airstrikes in Raqqa city,
saying that the search operations continue to discover more bodies.
the huge volume of destructions in the US attacks in Raqqa, operations to pull
out the corpses of victims still continue.
a relevant development on Tuesday, a sum of thirteen bodies of the civilians
killed in the US warplanes' attacks on Raqqa city were discovered.
of the Civil Team in Raqqa discovered the bodies of six civilians from under
the debris of buildings in al-Badou neighborhood in Raqqa city that were
destroyed in the US warplanes' bombardments.
six more bodies of civilians were found in al-Atiq Mosque's yard.
London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported
on Thursday that the US-led coalition is setting up a military base in a region
3km away from al-Souseh region in Deir Ezzur province.
added that the American forces have also transferred one of their temporary
bases to a region near Hajin in Deir Ezzur.
US-led coalition is strengthening its positions in Northeastern Syria by
sending extensive military and logistic equipment.
a relevant development on Sunday, the US Army dispatched a long convoy of
military vehicles from its bases in Iraq to the regions controlled by the
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River on
SOHR said that the US-led coalition forwarded a sum of 150 vehicles carrying
military-logistic equipment to the SDF-held regions on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates
River via Simalka passageway at Iraq-Syria border.
further said that the convoy has been sent to the coalition bases in Raqqa,
Aleppo, Hasaka and Deir Ezzur provinces, adding that more convoys will be sent
to the US bases in Syria in coming days.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted opposition sources as reporting on Sunday
that the US-led coalition has reinvigorated its military presence on the
Eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the second half of the current year via
setting up 18 bases in the Northeastern and Eastern provinces of Syria.
US-run bases are in Ein al-Arab (Kobani), Kharab Ashak, Manbij, Ein Issa, Raqqa
and Tabaqa in Raqqa province, al-Shadadi, al-Houl, Tal Tamar, Tal Bidar and
Romeilan in Hasaka province and al-Amr oilfield and al-Bahrah region in Deir
Ezzur province, al-Watan went on to say, adding that some of the bases have
runways for the take-off and landing of military aircraft.
sources in Northern Aleppo reported on Thursday that the Turkish army has
strengthened its military positions in areas near Tal Rafa'at, adding that a
large number of Turkish military vehicles and equipment have been dispatched to
Syria's al-Watan newspaper quoted a source affiliated to the dissidents as
saying that the Turkish army forces are preparing to attack Tal Rafa'at once
the Syrian army starts military operations in Idlib province.
added that Turkey has ordered its affiliated militants to start attacking Tal
Rafa'at once the Syrian army kicks off assault in Idlib.
said in the past few days that the Syrian army has dispatched its military
equipment to Tal Rafa'at and Tadef in Northern Aleppo.
Turkish media reported on Wednesday that the country's army dispatched more
convoys of troops and military equipment to the borders with Syria as Damascus
troops are standing orders to start a major assault on Idlib.
Turkish media reported that Ankara has dispatched a long convoy of advanced
tanks and a large number of military trucks to the Kelis region in Southern
Turkey near the border with Syria.
said that the Turkish army's military convoy comprising 25 military and armored
vehicles is now in al-Bayli city along the Turkey-Syria border.
a Turkish military convoy carrying tanks was sent to the city of Hatay near the
border with Syria.
sources in Raqqa reported on Thursday that the SDF has dispatched an
unprecedented amount of military equipment to Raqqa city and the adjacent areas
and declared curfew in the region.
added that the measure was adopted after a large number of residents of the
village of al-Khatouniyeh in Western Raqqa rallied against the SDF and
"their corrupt commanders who rule the region", saying that over 50
people have been captured.
the SDF's security forces in Raqqa city detained several young people for
writing slogans on the walls in support of the Syrian army.
and clashes between the SDF and civilians have recently increased in Raqqa.
fresh wave of public rage against the SDF has covered the region after the
US-backed militia group started looting private and public assets, enforced
compulsory conscription, shut down schools that used government currirulum and
captured dozens of protestors.
month, the SDF gunmen opened fire at civilians in Raqqa that had demonstrated
against the occupiers in Baq Rashid neighborhood.
SDF kept fighters on alert in Baq Rashid and seized over ten civilian vehicles.
the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Manar TV reported that three SDF militias
were killed after a bomb planted by ISIL terrorists on the way of the SDF
fighters went off in the village of Jadidah Baladiyah East of al-Karama in
army forces on Thursday pounded the terrorists' positions with heavy artillery
and missile attacks in the towns of al-Janabareh and al-Latamineh in Northern
Hama as well as the town of Kharbat al-Naqous and the adjacent areas,
al-Zayarah, Beit al-Ra'as, the road linking al-Huwaijah to al-Hawash and the
areas near the village of al-Tuwaineh in Western Sahl al-Qab in Northwestern
a field source reported that during the Syrian army attacks against the
terrorists' positions in Northern and Northwestern Hama a large number of
terrorists were killed and wounded and their military equipment and positions
added that the Syrian army's artillery attacks against the terrorists'
positions in Hama and Idlib have intensified, and said that the offensives are
in line with preparations to launch military operations codenamed "Fajr
(Dawn) of Idlib" in Idlib province.
a relevant development on Tuesday, the Russian and Syrian fighter jets carried
out massive bombing raids on terrorists' positions in Northwestern Hama and
Western Idlib, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
Arabic-language Moraseloun news website reported that the fighter jets
conducted a heavy bombing on terrorists' positions in a large region stretching
from Southern Idlib to the al-Ghaab Plain in an introduction to the upcoming
army units engaged in heavy clashes with ISIL militants in Hawa Hussain in
Taloul al-Safa, advancing in a nearly 2-km impassable region.
the army's artillery and missile units as well as the air force targeted the
terrorists' positions and moves in Taloul al-Safa with heavy attacks,
destroying several positions and killing a number of militants.
army forces also killed 15 terrorists who wanted to attack the Syrian army
positions and break the siege on Taloul al-Safa.
military source referred to the Syrian army's advance in several pivots in the
depth of Eastern Badiyeh of Sweida, saying that the Syrian army forces have
retaken control of several tall hills overlooking the terrorists' base in
the ISIL terrorists withdrew from unlevelled and rocky regions in Taloul
al-Safa as the Syrian army is advancing.
‘must condemn’ Houthis over Najran missile attack
A missile attack on Najran by the Iran-backed Houthis on Wednesday has caused
outrage in Saudi Arabia.
Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Arab coalition fighting to restore the
legitimate government to power in Yemen, and the Saudi Civil Defense, said 32
people, including children, were injured by “falling scattered fragments” after
Saudi defenses shot down the missiles before they could reach their target.
total of 19 cars and 15 houses in the area were damaged. The debris left a
crater on the road. Members of four families, whose houses were damaged, were
Arabia’s defence forces also intercepted a missile fired by the Houthis towards
Jazan on Thursday.
have urged the UN to step in and condemn the Houthi aggression.
Houthis have fired no fewer than 190 missiles toward Saudi Arabia. Where is the
UN?” asked Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a Riyadh-based Saudi political analyst and
is the international community? Where is their condemnation? Thankfully, most
of the missiles have been intercepted by the Saudi anti-missile batteries, but
God forbid if one slips through, one can imagine the disaster that would
said there is a discrepancy between the international community’s reaction to
incidents when Yemeni civilians have been mistakenly targeted by the Arab
coalition and its reaction to Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia.
Saudi civilians and densely populated Saudi cities are under attack, there is
no word from the UN, human rights organizations or the global community,” he
said. “This clearly indicates their bias toward Iran and the Houthis.”
said the UN must immediately condemn Houthi attacks and take the lead in
implementing its own resolution on Yemen.
by the Security Council in April 2015, Resolution 2216 “demanded that all
parties in the embattled country, in particular the Houthis, immediately and
unconditionally cease all violence and refrain from further unilateral actions
that threatened the political transition.”
said Saudi Arabia and its allies are carrying out the mandate of the UN. “It is
the job of UN to restore the rightful government (of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi)
in Yemen and to disarm the Houthis. This tiny minority — which is armed to the
teeth by Iran — has held Yemenis hostage. It has plundered the country.
Restoring order in Yemen is the job of the whole international community, not
just the Saudi-led Arab coalition.”
spokesman Al-Maliki claimed the Houthis’ missile attacks prove the Iranian
regime’s continued involvement in supporting the terrorist group in explicit
defiance of UN Resolutions 2216 and 2231.
Nazer, international fellow at the Washington-based National Council on US-Arab
Relations, said the attack should be unequivocally condemned by the
international community, and specifically the UN.
almost daily targeting of civilian centers in Saudi Arabia by the Houthi
militia demonstrates beyond doubt that they are not serious about ending the
conflict in Yemen,” he told Arab News. In fact, the Houthis seem intent on
prolonging and expanding the conflict, he said.
have fired thousands of mortars and 190 ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia
since the beginning of the conflict, leading to many civilian casualties.
latest missile attack toward Najran, which injured 32 people, including
children, should be condemned by the international community and the UN
Security Council and is yet another reminder that the Houthis and their Iranian
patrons remain the main obstacle standing in the way of ending the conflict,”
and Arab states and organizations on Thursday hailed Paraguay’s decision this
week to relocate its Israel embassy back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Zanoun, speaker of the Palestinian National Council, said Paraguay’s “brave”
decision was based on the country’s “respect for international law”.
went on to describe the move as “a victory for the Palestinian cause” and a
signal of the Latin American country’s rejection of Washington’s recent
decision to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Lebanese Foreign Ministry also welcomed Paraguay’s decision.
a Thursday statement, the ministry called on all states that have moved their
embassies to Jerusalem -- or were planning to do so -- to reconsider the
Jeddah-based Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) likewise praised the
decision taken by Paraguay.
a statement, OIC Secretary-General Yousef al-Othaimeen stressed the illegality
of “any action that prejudices Jerusalem’s legal status”.
called on international capitals to adopt policies “that support the prospects
of peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution”.
Cairo-based Arab League, meanwhile, said that Paraguay’s move “reflects the
will of the international community” as regards Jerusalem.
Abu Ali, deputy league secretary-general for Palestine affairs, said the
decision “should serve as a model for all countries in the face of Israeli
scheming and U.S. pressure”.
Wednesday, Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni announced that
the country’s Israel embassy -- which was earlier moved from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem -- would be relocated back to the former city.
responded angrily to the move, announcing plans to close its embassy in
Paraguayan capital Asuncion.
Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, for his part, said that Palestine plans to
open its own embassy in Asuncion at the earliest possible date.
a phone call with his Paraguayan counterpart Luis Alberto Castiglion, Turkish
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu thanked Paraguay for their decision, saying
the move proved the country's commitment to international law.
decision will contribute to the efforts aiming to bring fair and permanent
peace to the Israel-Palestine row," Cavusoglu said, adding that the move
would be exemplary for other countries.
commander of the 190th brigade Mohammed Abdul-Malik Atif was killed in Hodeidah
following an air raid by Arab Coalition Apache fighter jets.
confirmed that Atif was targeted near a naval college in the city. Alongside
him was another Houthi commander as well as 16 other militiamen who were also
killed in the air raid.
source added that the coalition is continuing its air raid operations with its
Apache fighter jets targeting Houthi gatherings in Hodeidah.
has censured US President Donald Trump’s latest decision to chair a United
Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting against the Islamic Republic, saying
such a meeting is meant to divert the world’s attention from American and
Israeli violations of international law and the very same Council’s
a press release published on Wednesday, the Permanent Mission of the Islamic
Republic of Iran to the UN accused the US of trying to impose its unilateral
decisions on the UNSC during its presidency of the chamber this month.
Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced on Tuesday that the UNSC session,
scheduled for September 26, will address “violations of international law and
general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region.”
also noted that Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani could speak at the council
meeting if he chooses to.
response, the Iranian mission said Washington is seeking to misuse the UNSC’s
decades-long agenda item entitled “the Middle East” and render the world body
ineffective in bringing an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
the occupation of Palestine is the main cause of all conflicts in the Middle
East, the US continues to be the main supporter of the occupying regime of
Israel and its illegitimate expansionist policies and oppressive practices in
blatantly violating the rules of international law and the basic principles of
humanity,” it said.
a meeting of the Council to be held on 26 September 2018 is yet a further
attempt by the US to divert attention away from Israeli brutalities and to
remove the issue from the Council agenda; however, such actions are doomed to
fail,” the statement added.
Iranian mission also warned that Trump’s “irresponsible” decision would further
“undermine the Council’s credibility” and “erode the trust and confidence” in
the world body.
the absence of a consensually adopted program of work, the US abuses its
positions both as a permanent seat-holder of the Council, and as its president,
to impose this unilateral decision on this organ. This undoubtedly is a clear
act of resorting to coercion, intimidation and bullying in international
relations,” it added.
Tehran is complying with all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal,
called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Washington “not only
unilaterally and unlawfully withdrew from the accord, but also now openly
invites all UN member states to either violate or ignore resolution 2231 or
face punishment,” the mission pointed out.
further described the US as “a menace to Middle Eastern security” given its
destabilizing role in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
on Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Trump's
"chutzpah" for calling a Security Council meeting to discuss Iran.
recent months, the US president has stepped up his hostile rhetoric against
pulled his country out of the JCPOA in May despite objections from the other
signatories and three months later re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions which
were lifted under the nuclear agreement.
a rare announcement, Saudi Arabia has admitted that at least 37 people have
been injured in a Yemeni missile attack carried out in response to the
kingdom’s military aggression against the impoverished neighbor.
Yemeni army and popular committees backed by the Houthi Ansarullah movement
fired the missile at a Saudi National Guard camp in the southern province of
Najran on late Wednesday.
officials said they had “intercepted” the missile and the injuries were caused
by shrapnel, Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya reported on Thursday night.
to the report, 23 of the injured were taken to hospital while the remaining 14
were treated on site. The debris also damaged 19 cars and 15 buildings.
of people were evacuated as a result of the attack, the report added.
latest strike by Yemeni forces brings the tally of missile attacks to 185 since
the beginning of the war in March 2015, the Saudi coalition says, adding that
at least 112 people have been killed in the attacks. This is among the very few
official figures that Riyadh has allowed to be released on its own death toll
throughout the war.
Arabia and its regional allies, including the United Arab Emirates, have been
ruthlessly pounding Yemen’s infrastructure over the course of the war, killing
and injuring over 600,000 people.
have also effectively put Yemen under siege by blocking all major aerial and
maritime gateways to the country, worsening a severe shortage of food and
medicine that has led to widespread famine and disease outbreaks.
2016, more than 2,000 Yemenis have died in what the World Health Organization
has called the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded.
late 2017, the organization estimated that one million Yemenis, 600,000 of them
children, were likely to contract the disease by the year-end.
imposed war entered a new chapter several weeks ago, when the Saudi-led
coalition attacked Yemen’s western port city of Hudaydah in coordination with
militant groups faithful to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh
say the war is aimed at reinstating Hadi and removing the Houthis from power.
Houthis, however, have pledged to step up and continue their missile attacks
against Saudi military bases and oil facilities in retaliation for the
secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the US and
Israel have failed in all the plots they hatched to advance their own agenda
for the Middle East region.
Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that the US and its allies attempted to
destabilize regional countries, including Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon to
cleanse the Middle East of Shia Muslims.
created Takfiri terror groups to massacre Shia Muslims in different countries
as part of a campaign of “genocide” against Shia Muslims, Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah leader further pointed to the Saudi regime’s US-backed war against
Yemen as another example of attempts aimed at Shia Muslims.
Saudis unsuccessfully sought to introduce the Yemen campaign as a war between
Shia and Sunni Muslims, said Nasrallah, adding, however, that the offensive
faced defeat and failed to achieve its goals.
referred to Israel’s 33-day military onslaught against Lebanon in 2006, in
which the Hezbollah resistance movement inflicted heavy losses on the regime’s
further touched on the Western-backed militancy gripping Syria since 2011,
which also failed to fulfill the goal of toppling the government of President
Bashar al-Assad – thanks to the support of Hezbollah, Iran and Russia for the
suffered defeat in all their plots, the US, Israel and their vassal states –
particularly Saudi Arabia – are now seeking to take the war to Iran by putting
sanctions and economic pressure on the Islamic Republic.
was pointing to Washington’s hostile policies against Iran, which have
intensified under President Donald Trump.
in May, Trump pulled his country out of the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposed
the anti-Iran sanctions which were lifted under the agreement.
There has been heavy diplomatic traffic between Ankara and its Western allies
since Russian warplanes began bombing Syria’s Idlib province, which borders
Turkey and is home to more than 3 million civilians.
Jeffrey, US special representative to Syria and a former ambassador to Turkey,
visited Ankara on Tuesday, as did German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on
Wednesday. They met their counterparts to discuss Syria.
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut
Cavusoglu on Wednesday.
agreed any Assad regime military offensive in Idlib would be an unacceptable,
reckless escalation of the conflict in Syria,” said State Department
spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
Ankara and Berlin try to mend ties, Maas tweeted in Turkish upon his arrival
that Turkey is a partner of Germany.
are fears that an assault on Idlib could lead to 700,000 Syrians fleeing to
Turkey and trying to go to Europe from there.
Syrian regime, with the backing of Iran and Russia, is gearing up for a major
military offensive in the province, which is controlled by various armed
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently warned of a potential massacre if
missiles are fired into Idlib.
a joint press conference with Maas, Cavusoglu condemned Russia’s bombing of the
province, and said the Turkish and German positions on Syria overlap.
Danforth, a senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National
Security Project, told Arab News: “The looming regime assault on Idlib
represents an ideal opportunity for the US, Europe and Turkey to work together
to forestall a strategic and humanitarian disaster.”
added: “While none are eager to see extremist groups remain in control of the
territory, all three have more to lose from a regime takeover that sends
militants and refugees flooding into Turkey and perhaps on to Europe.”
Western military and diplomatic backing, Turkey would seem to have little
choice but to accept, if not help facilitate, the Syrian regime’s plans,
a trilateral summit between Turkey, Russia and Iran set to take place on
Friday, Ankara’s stance on Idlib diverges from that of Moscow and Tehran. The
province was originally designated a “de-escalation zone” by the three
Has, a Moscow-based analyst on Turkish-Russian relations and Eurasian affairs,
said Ankara’s increasing contacts with its Western partners may have little, if
any, impact on Russian policy in Syria.
than the US and UK, the leading European countries don’t have a strong presence
on the ground in Syria,” he told Arab News.
negotiations with Turkey are mostly related to a possible new refugee influx
and a transfer of the jihadist threat to Europe,” he said.
think Russia and the EU have similar perspectives on eliminating the terrorist
and jihadist threat on the ground without causing mass migration into Turkey
and so on.”
US and UK “may try to disrupt Moscow’s plans in Idlib and Russian-Turkish
relations in general, but preventing the Idlib operation doesn’t seem to be a
priority for them,” Has said.
anticipates that at the trilateral summit, Erdogan will ask Moscow for more
time to persuade the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham jihadist alliance to lay down its
arms, to prevent Syrian regime forces from entering the center of Idlib, and to
permit the creation of a safe zone along Turkey’s border with the province for
refugees and Ankara-backed rebels.
The families of two Israelis believed to be held captive in Gaza by its Hamas
rulers demanded Thursday that the Islamist movement return their loved ones.
Avera Mengistu was filmed by an Israeli security camera climbing the frontier
fence with the Gaza Strip in September 2014.
Rights Watch said it was told by an Israeli official that Hisham Al-Sayed, a
Muslim Bedouin, was picked up by monitoring equipment as he crossed the border
into Gaza in April 2015.
are said to be mentally unstable.
problem is he is sick psychologically,” his father Shaaban Al-Sayed told a
press conference on Thursday.
want to send a message to the Palestinian people in Gaza to speak to Hamas, put
pressure on Hamas,” to free him, he said in Arabic.
Mengistu appealed to Hamas’ Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar to “act like a human
being, to consider my brother Avera’s mental condition, to consider the
family’s suffering, and to release Avera and Hisham today.”
said that his brother was being held as a bargaining chip to try and win the
release of Hamas prisoners held by Israel.
man with special needs is being held hostage,” Mengistu said in Hebrew. “How
does not allow its citizens to enter Gaza, partly over fears that they may be
used as leverage to demand concessions.
Israeli soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, are believed to have been killed
in the 2014 war in Gaza and their remains held by Hamas.
movement has suggested it is willing to trade the bodies in a deal similar to
the 2011 swap that saw Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit freed in exchange for more
than 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons.
PM says caning of lesbians counter to “compassion of Islam”
LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday denounced the
caning of two Muslim women for attempting lesbian sex, a sentence that sparked
outrage and raised fears about the treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) community.
women had pleaded guilty to charges under Islamic laws forbidding lesbian sex.
They were caned on Monday in front of dozens of people at a sharia court in
Terengganu, a conservative state in the east, prompting an outcry from human
rights activists, who described the punishment as torture.
government has appeared divided about the LGBT community, while the premier
himself had been silent on the caning and recent attacks on transgender people
and marginalized groups in the Muslim-majority country.
a video posted on his Twitter account, Mahathir said the caning “did not
reflect the justice or compassion of Islam.”
was the women’s first offense, he said, which warranted a lighter sentence,
such as counseling.
gives a bad impression of Islam,” the 93-year-old leader said. “It is important
that we show Islam is not a cruel religion that likes to impose harsh sentences
to humiliate others.”
LGBT community is routinely persecuted in Malaysia, where it is seen as a
threat to conservative values.
government swept into power in May after campaigning on a reform agenda, but
has been unconvincing in its handling of matters relating to race, religion and
minorities in the multi-racial country.
caning followed a series of incidents in recent weeks that civil rights groups
say illustrate growing hostility against gay and transgender people.
month, a gay bar in Kuala Lumpur was raided by police and religious enforcement
officials, while a transgender woman was beaten up by a group of assailants in
Seremban, near the capital.
minister in charge of Islamic affairs also came under fire, including from
other ruling party lawmakers, after he ordered the removal of portraits of two
LGBT activists from an art exhibition.
describes oral and anal sex as against the order of nature. Civil law
stipulates jail for up to 20 years, caning and fines for offenders, although
enforcement of the law is rare.
are also governed by state-level Islamic laws, most of which carry provisions
outlawing same-sex acts.
Sept 6 — Malaysia has never signed United Nations (UN) declarations that
prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a
conservative Muslim rights activist said today.
Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar, who is president of the anti-LGBT WAFIQ women’s group,
claimed that UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which Malaysia
signed, did not specify sexual orientation or gender identity as a
characteristic protected from discrimination.
Article 2 of the UDHR clearly states that everyone is entitled to human rights
regardless of their “sex”, race, or religion, among other traits.
say that we have signed the declarations and we must follow everything in it.
The only thing we signed was the 1948 declaration,” Dr Rafidah said during a
“Wacana Kesejagatan Ummah” discourse at the Ipoh Town Hall here today.
always opposed the subsequent declarations which called for additional rights.
We didn’t agree to them because they must deal with our cultural sensitivities
and our own domestic law,” added the head of the academy of lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) study at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia’s
World Fatwa Management and Research Institute.
Rafidah said that in 2011, a resolution was passed by UN’s Human Rights Council
against violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which she
claimed was the first resolution touching on sexual orientation and gender.
said 23 countries supported the resolution while 19 countries were against it —
including Malaysia. Three countries abstained from the vote.
in 2016, the UN adopted a resolution to mandate the protection against violence
and discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity,” Dr
of the things in the resolution were not a problem, like protecting individuals
against violence from homophobia and transphobia.
the resolution also urged UN members to abolish criminal laws related to
homosexuality and transgenders. It also called on members to guarantee the LGBT
community’s freedom of expression and association.”
this, Dr Rafidah said the LGBT community still had unalienable rights.
said the LGBT community should not be victims of violence or denied access to
healthcare, adding that they also deserved job opportunities — with the
condition that they follow the necessary dress codes.
to me, even if we say they should not be discriminated against, this must be
done in accordance with the law,” she told reporters after her speech.
someone were to ask me what I thought about the recent Congress on the Future
of the Bumiputeras and Nation 2018, I would have shot back a question: who was
it meant for?
it was meant for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to assure the Malays and fend off Umno
and PAS who are rallying the Malays under their “Malays are being threatened”
mantra, I think Umno and PAS will be losing more members pretty soon,
particularly those who are contractors and “kaki bodek” (sycophants).
message of the congress was loud and clear: PH will still support affirmative
action in the economy to “help” the Malays achieve what was started in the New
Economic Policy (NEP). This time, however, there will be no hanky-panky “Ali
Baba Bujang Lapuk” stories about the implementation.
the congress was a clarion call to position Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad
and Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali as the new “money men” who
would ward off an Anwar Ibrahim-Rafizi Ramli gamble for power, it was a
powerful statement of whose hands to kiss.
if the congress was to paint a picture of a “New Malay”, as Azmin said, the
whole thing was pathetic at best and embarrassing at worst. Why do I not share
the euphoria of heralding the “Melayu Baru”? Simple. The “Melayu Baru” is soon
to be “Melayu Lama”. Same old, same old.
first salvo against the congress is the question on every non-Malay’s mind and
that of the few thinking Malays. Didn’t the NEP of the previous government
under our present leader Mahathir have any checks and double checks against the
Ali Baba scenario? Were there not enough checks to ascertain whether the
computer labs or stadiums could stand structurally? Is Mahathir admitting to
his own carelessness or indifference?
the congress now trying to convince taxpayers that Malays are, again, to be
given the trust to carry out projects with new measures of checks and double
may not be an administrator or a contractor but I know enough to say that there
are, even now, procedures upon procedures for purchasing materials and awarding
contracts. What happened then was that greedy, opportunistic Malays – including
civil servants, elected officials and even professionals – took cuts and
everybody became happy, even though the roofs of stadiums and laboratories
a taxpayer, I am not buying the assurances of Azmin or Mahathir regarding
affirmative action for the “Melayu Baru”. To me, the only difference between
the Melayu now in government and the Melayu then in power is the colour of
their party symbols. My crystal ball says that the Melayu PH will be no
different from the Melayu BN. Dua kali lima saja (the same).
second salvo is my extreme disappointment that the congress did not outline the
new values of the “Melayu Baru”. The speeches of Mahathir and Azmin and the
question and answer session with Mahathir were one big fat near-zero on the
values that would make the Malays a more civilised, enlightened and caring
citizenry – a citizenry that others can look up to as well as have deep respect
in Anwar’s speech was there some inkling of this, but I will deal with that in
my last point. I was hoping the congress might talk about the “Melayu Baru”
having values of “keterbukaan” or openness. The Malays should be more open to
new ideas of work culture, new interpretations of religious texts other than
those of ignorant ustazs and officials, and new values of other cultures that
can be adopted.
opposite of this value is “kejumudan” which means the closing of the mind to
new ideas and thoughts.
would also have liked it if the congress had touched on the values of
“kesederhanaan” or humility in which the Malays must get away from their
superiority mindset. The opposite of this value is “ketakburan” or
“kebongkakan” which signifies arrogance where one feels superior in every way
to others. If a race feels like that, it will never learn anything from others.
himself urged the Malays to learn from the Japanese work culture and the
industrious nature of the Chinese. One weak point about Mahathir is that he is
quick to isolate the traits he wants of a culture but does not recognise the
underlying values stemming from that religion and that culture’s belief system.
for instance, always look to their version of Islam as their guide and shun
other thoughts and principles such as those in the Tao Te Ching or the Bhagavad
Gita or Shintoism. But this is where the values of those cultures come from.
good trait in a culture or community cannot be seen in isolation from its value
is also one reason why the NEP failed to distribute in a more meaningful manner
the wealth cultivated by the few BN warlords.
would also like to see the value of “keihsanan” or compassion towards all life
becoming part of the everyday life of the “Melayu Baru”.
Azmin and company view projects and efficient management as the only key to the
success of the economy of the New Malays? Any economic guru would point out
that “keterbukaan”, “kesederhanaan” and “keihsanan” play a major role in how
the economy is managed.
himself alluded to the problem of education when he said our children were
being taught to memorise information but possessed no real values to turn the
information into meaningful products because religion was taught in a manner
that had little value. The value of “keberusahawanan” as opposed to
“ke-Ali-Babaan” has been touched on many times by Mahathir, who is genuinely
disappointed with the Malays who cannot follow his own personal work-hard
will the Malays react to being part of a multiracial nation after the congress?
Only Anwar alluded to it but he was given the least attention and time. Anwar
is the author of the book “The Asian Renaissance”. I read it cover to cover 20
years ago when PKR was formed. I previously asked leaders of the party why they
did not use the book as their “bible”. The answer is obvious after 20 years.
The Malays are not ready for the new idea of a global civilisational construct
based on the spiritual values of Eastern faiths.
nine percent of Malays want to be like Muhyiddin Yassin who once declared “I am
Malay first, Malaysian second”. I think Anwar has the solution to the New
Malays and it is in the book “The Asian Renaissance”. The first person who
should read the book is Rafizi, followed by his lieutenants.
Malays now have the wealth, intelligence and raw materials but we lack a
wholesome value system which will make us a formidable global player. Alas, the
Malays in PH, Umno and PAS want to be “jaguh kampung” (village champions) and
stay safe and snug under their own “tempurungs” (shells).
envoy: Libya risks becoming safe haven for foreign armed groups
UN envoy for Libya said the country has lurched from one emergency to another
in recent weeks and warned that ISIS is expanding its operations and Libya
could become a refuge for terrorist groups of all persuasions.
Salame told the Security Council Wednesday that “the status quo in Libya is
urged council members to help address the “looming threat” from the spread of
extremist groups, and support economic reforms and efforts to advance the
political process and move toward national elections.
slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that overthrew long-ruling dictator
Muammar Gaddafi and led to his death. The country is currently governed by
rival authorities in the capital Tripoli and the country's east, each of which
are backed by an array of militias. Other armed groups have carved out fiefdoms
across the country, with many profiting from smuggling and extortion.
said violence that consumed the capital starting Aug. 26 “shattered the facade
of calm that had prevailed in Tripoli since May 2017.” Tanks and heavy
artillery were deployed in residential neighborhoods leaving 61 Libyans dead
and nearly 160 injured, many of them civilians including children, he said.
was “on the brink of all-out war” until the UN brokered a fragile cease-fire
between the major parties on Sept. 4 which it is now trying to help take root
as a first step toward peace, he said.
crisis is but the latest in a series of crises that have engulfed Libya,”
pointed to events in Libya's oil-rich crescent in June and July that
“effectively threatened to split the country,” ISIS’s expanding presence and
operations, and over 1,000 Chadian government and opposition forces fighting in
recent weeks from bases in southern Libya.
risks “the south becoming a regional battleground and safe haven for foreign
armed groups,” he said.
also pointed to hunger strikes in eastern and western Libya by refugees and
asylum seekers in detention centers protesting their bleak living conditions.
an upbeat note, he said, “In crisis lies the opportunity to tackle the
restore stability to Libya there is a strong and urgent need to establish
strong and unified civilian and military institutions which work for the benefit
of all citizens,” Salame said.
May, Fayez Serraj, prime minister of the UN-backed government in Tripoli, and
Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army
in the east, agreed on a roadmap aimed at restoring order in the country. It
calls for parliamentary and presidential elections, scheduled for Dec. 10.
UN experts said in a report last month that “predatory behavior” by armed
groups in Libya posed a direct threat to forming a national government and
ending lawlessness that has fueled Islamic militancy, human trafficking and
instability in the wider region.
told the Security Council that “for national elections to take place a number
of conditions must be met” which “will require great efforts to achieve - but
they are achievable.”
was highly critical of the House of Representatives, which has failed to
deliver on promised legislation for a referendum and elections.
simply have no intention of relinquishing their positions,” Salame said. “They
have put in place legal provisions to maintain their authority in perpetuity.
... And for the personal ambitions of a few, all Libyan citizens have paid a
said any rapprochement between the two legislative houses must be directed
toward advancing the political process, “not to ensure their own longevity.”
legislation is not produced soon, we will close the chapter on this approach,”
are other ways to achieve peaceful political change, and we will embrace them
with no hesitation, indeed with enthusiasm,” he said, without elaborating.
groups demand holiday for Islamic New Year
Islamic groups have called on federal and state governments to declare the
first day of the Islamic calendar as a public holiday.
separate Hijrah messages to mark the first day of the Islamic calendar, the groups
said declaring Muharram 1 as public holiday would be in line with fairness and
justice to Nigerian Muslims.
groups included Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Obafemi Awolowo
University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) and Muslim Community of Oyo
were Muslim Consultative Forum (MCF), Federation of Muslim Women in Nigeria
(FOMWAN) and Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN).
groups said that declaring Muharram 1 as public holiday would also give Muslims
a sense of belonging.
1, in the Islamic calendar, is equivalent to January 1, which is observed as a
public holiday in Nigeria.
worldwide will usher in the new Islamic year Hijrah 1440 A.H. on Tuesday Sept.
1, is our own January 1, we want both the federal and state governments alike
to declare it as such in the interest of religious harmony in the country”,
said MMPN President, Abdurrahman Balogun
in a message signed by Abdulwaheed Odeyimka, its National President, called on
the government at various levels to recognise the Hijrah calendar and use it
side by side with the Gregorian calendar.
congratulated Muslims and non-Muslims alike for witnessing another new Islamic
year and urged them to reflect on their deeds and activities during the past
also demanded an end to the strikes in the education sector in the interest of
the students and educational advancement in Nigeria.
his message, Alhaji Ishaq Sanni, Chairman, Muslim Community of Oyo State, said
the recognition of Hijrah was long overdue and called for its immediate
called on the leadership of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
(NSCIA) to enter into dialogue with the Nigerian government on the issue.
commended the bold steps of governors of Oyo and Osun states in recognizing the
first day of new Islamic year by declaring it work free day and urged other
states in the South West to emulate them.
through its National leader, Halimah Mustapha, called for stringent legislation
against rapists, saying it was getting too rampant in the country because
culprits got a slap on the wrist.
Muslim women also decried the ban on hijab in some government schools in line
with the dictates of their faith as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
equally commended Federal government for restoring religious studies in schools
curriculum, saying such would assist in reducing moral decadence among
its part, the Muslim Consultative Forum (MCF) implored Muslims to rededicate
themselves to the cause of building an egalitarian society by joining hands
with other Nigerians in moving the nation forward.
Shabaab has increasingly been persecuting Kenyan fighters over spying
allegations, attempted desertions and pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
has instilled fear among them, leading to more divisions between Muhajireen
(foreign fighters) and Answar (native Somalis).
April 2, Ahmed Yusuf Hassan and Ahmed Nur Osoble, both Kenyan fighters, were
executed by al Shabaab firing squad at Buq Aqable in Hiraan region.
were accused of collaborating with the Somalia government and Amisom forces.
Kenyan militants executed recently by their al Shabaab masters over spying
claims include former Moi University student Jared Mukaya Omambia alias
is a Nairobi recruit, while Abdallah Talal Musa alias manman and Faraj
Abdulmajid are from Mombasa.
security sources indicate the terror group is looking for a key Kenyan
commander who disappeared after being deployed for operations along the
Broken promises force al Shabaab recruits to return home
Mohammed Bilal is in hiding to evade capture and possible execution by the
Somalia-based terror group.
a Kenyan Ogaden from Abdalla Abdi Karim sub-clan, was born in December 1972 at
Hulugho in Garissa. He is married to two wives.
joining al Shabaab Bilal was a Duksi (Madrassa) teacher at Tumtish and Garabey.
is reported to have recruited some of his students and Ogaden clansmen into the
Shabaab leadership made him a commander because of his background and knowledge
and media reports indicate another senior Kenyan commander Ahmed Iman Ali has
fallen out with his terror bosses. He is seeking to defect from the group or
pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.
August last year, al Shabaab’s second in command Mukhtar Robow defected to the
at the Government Primary School Limani dance with joy as they meet each other
in class for the first time in several years.
has re-opened 40 schools on its northern border with Nigeria that were sealed
four years ago because of threats from Boko Haram insurgents. But while
students are happy returning, many of their teachers are absent and have been
replaced by troops from the Multinational Joint Task Force still fighting the
children’s school in Limani is one of the forty near northern Cameroon’s border
with Nigeria that authorities reopened this week, citing improved security.
closed around sixty schools in the area beginning in December 2014 because of
the threat from Boko Haram.
Islamist militant group, whose name roughly translates as “non-Islamic
education is a sin,” had launched an all-out assault on villages near the Lake
says hundreds of Boko Haram fighters attacked and torched schools, including
the Limani primary school.
Nassourou was nine years old when the school was shut. He and his parents fled
to a neighboring village where Nassourou was unable to attend school.
says when he was told that their school in Limani had been reopened he shouted
with joy because he can now again persue an education.
authorities are touting the absense of a major Boko Haram attack for the past
year and are urging parents to return their children to the re-opened schools.
Troops are protecting the schools, they say.
parents are reluctant to trust promises of safety. Only about 20 percent of the
students have come back.
are also noticeably absent.
the Limani Primary School’s Class Five, troops from the Multinational Joint
Task Force have traded their weapons for teaching manuals and chalk.
staff corporal Blaise Fonkon says teaching is part of their social outreach
have [a] humanitarian line of operation. In that humanitarian line of
operation, we have of course the school situation. Through their school, if
they actually know what they are supposed to do here, they will be engineers,
they will be teachers, they will be doctors and I am sure that they will change
this country," Fonkon said.
teacher Edison Abunaw says despite assurances of their safety, most of his
teaching colleagues do not wish to return.
between Boko Haram’s attacks and kidnappings, and villagers hiding in fear, he
says, the fate of many former students is still not known.
used to have about 500 to 600 pupils, but we have about two hundred [now]. Most
of the parents, they don’t tell us what happened to their children so we are
confronted with situations where we cannot easily explain what happened to the
child," Abunaw said.
notes classes only started September 3, so he says it is too early to say if
more teachers and students will return.
is giving absent teachers two weeks to come back to their jobs.
of Fotokol town Abouzari Mahamat says the government has promised to rebuild
schools that Boko Haram damaged.
says the engineering corps of the Multinational Joint Task Force, which is
fighting Boko Haram, has promised to construct new classes and repair those
that were destroyed. Mahamat says, thanks to the presence of the troops, peace
is returning and children can now go to school.
Nigeria - The field is wide and scorching under dry midday heat. Dozens of
children kick up the sand underneath their sandals.
shrieks echo as they roll their heads back in carefree laughter. They're
playing, but not with toys or balls.
are playing a game called "Boko Haram versus soja (soldier)".
scamper around screaming, "shoot!", ramming their fingers into each
other's bodies. Their pointed fingertips are supposed to be the barrels of
rifles or blade of swords.
are pretending to kill each other.
"die", falling over like felled trees.
child collapses with his hand pressed over his heart as imaginary blood gushes
tall boy jumps over the "dead" body and runs into another with a
yellow t-shirt, who aims straight for his head.
the boy shouts, a gunshot.
is playtime at a private primary school organised by a local NGO called
Education Must Continue Initiative (EMCI) in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state
in northeastern Nigeria.
of the children are now displaced after fleeing their home communities to
escape from Boko Haram.
saw Boko Haram chop my grandfather's head'
children have seen the brutality of the armed group firsthand.
Haram, I see them use knife, chop my grandfather's head," said Ibrahim
Daniel, a 13-year-old boy from Gwoza in neighbouring Borno State.
was, and is still, a notorious hideout for the fighters. Boko Haram captured
the town of nearly 300,000, in August 2014, and declared it the headquarters of
what it called its Islamic Caliphate.
group's black flags were mounted around the town and underneath them, Boko
Haram members executed anyone who failed to obey their rules, dumping corpses
in wells and streams.
hid in the Gwoza Hills, a set of rocky outcrops on the northeastern end of the
volcanic Mandara Mountains that straddle the Nigerian-Cameroonian border.
Nigerian army flushed Boko Haram out of Gwoza nine months later, but Daniel is
still too afraid to go back.
Boko Haram is something that you won't like to see," the young teenager
says in a gruff voice.
in Nigerian slang English, he continues: "I'd like to be a soldier because
anything that them [Boko Haram] do, I'd like to do back to them. If me, I see
them, me I go carry them. Me I kill am."
other kids huddle around Daniel, laughing at his last remark about killing Boko
Haram. Many of them want to become soldiers, too.
have seen the fighters invade their villages and they want revenge.
can help government. I can help my parents with being soja," says Chinda
John in the same slang, sitting beside Daniel.
the Lake Chad region, where Boko Haram's campaign is approaching its tenth
year, a generation of young people are dreaming of becoming soldiers, nurturing
their hopes of inflicting bloody vengeance on the group for its atrocities,
which includes killing at least 30,000 people, kidnapping thousands and setting
ablaze untold numbers of villages.
on its manifesto that condemns Western education, Boko Haram has destroyed
nearly 1,400 Western-style schools, killed more than 2,000 teachers and caused
$9bn worth of destruction.
transnational group carries out attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and
in the islands on Lake Chad. A faction of the group boasts of an affiliation
with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
of being a soldier
growing thirst for revenge from children worries Rebecca Gadzama, the cofounder
launched the NGO with her husband in the wake of the February 2014 Chibok Girls
abduction. Reaching more than 1,600 children. EMCI has set up two schools for
internally displaced children and partners with six existing schools in central
stops by to visit the EMCI school in Yola, entering a math class where Daniel,
John and other students are learning about ratios. When she walks into the
classroom everyone stands up.
morning, grandmother," they say in unison.
are you?" Gadzama replies.
stands in the doorframe and asks how they're doing, and how many of them want
to become doctors. One student raises his hand.
wants to be an economist? I am one," she asks. No one raises a hand.
wants to be a soldier?"
of the students in the classroom raise their hand while giggling.
lifts her head, looking around the room. Then she speaks again, gently yet firm.
you grow up, you need to learn that even if you kill Boko Haram, will it bring
back what you lost? Will it change what has happened to you? How many lost
their parents to Boko Haram? How many people lost their loved ones?" she
asks the children.
looks around. The room buzzes with tension. One by one, hands go up, one in the
rear, another by the window, the kid sitting by the teacher, also.
need psycho-social support'
Haram's campaign has had an acute impact on children.
of the nine-year-old students have been hearing the words Boko Haram ever since
they were born.
of the 2.6 million people who fled their homes in fear of Boko Haram, 1.4
million of them were children, according to the United Nations Children's Fund
agency also reports that nearly one out of four suicide bombers is a child.
many children in the area, fear is a daily part of their lives. But the fear is
often hidden under complex emotional layers.
children are very shy," said Marzia Vigliaroni from the Italian
organisation Cooperazione Internazionale. The group partnered with UNICEF in
Niger to help rehabilitate local communities attacked by Boko Haram. "They
won't speak or participate in our activities; they need psychosocial support."
from dreaming of killing Boko Haram, children draw pictures of them, too.
a 2015 UNICEF report called Missing Childhoods, Vigliaroni said: "We ask
them to make drawings of their experience during the attack. They draw people
with slit throats and people drowning in the river."
Saleh, a medical doctor from Chibok where Boko Haram carried out its most
infamous kidnapping, said many children see the violence as something fun that
they want to be a part of.
gunshots and explosions, naturally you will find people running away and hiding
but I have observed children in this part of Nigeria running with joy and
jubilation towards it, the violence. It is highly abnormal. They want to see
the explosion; they want to see Boko Haram; they want to see the fight. So the
whole thing is fun for them," Saleh explains to Al Jazeera.
years, Saleh has helped to coordinate psychosocial counselling in the area.
a volunteer counter-Boko Haram civilian group called the Civilian Joint Task
Force (CJTF) emerged in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri - where Boko Haram began - in 2013,
adolescents eagerly joined. Amateur videos of CJTF operations showed
adolescents and teenagers beating people with guns.
said he remembers what he saw on the day when the CFTF had successfully
repelled Boko Haram when the fighters tried to enter Maiduguri.
can see a child who looked to be 12 years old carrying the head of a Boko Haram
member, the head of a human being, a Boko Haram member," Saleh explains.
"Imagine the future of a child who is carrying a human head and the
psychological impact of that child. What will his future look like?"
CJTF signed an agreement with UNICEF in 2017 to prevent children from
psychosocial support and de-radicalisation programmes are cropping up, but
mental trauma is often misunderstood, particularly in children.
war against Boko Haram continues with no end in the near future. In recent
weeks, the fighters have killed Nigerian security forces and stolen military
equipment. But the government has downplayed these incidents, opting to present
stories of military might and success against Boko Haram.
this false narrative, children are growing up believing that being a soldier
means being invincible, observers have noted.
in Yola, Gadzama winces at the sight of students wielding imaginary guns and
US ambassador to Israel says Washington could recognize the occupied side of
Syria’s Golan Heights as Israeli territory, as the administration of President
Donald Trump speeds up its support for the regime’s widely-criticized land
fresh controversial comments to Israel’s Hayom daily, David Friedman said he
expects the Golan Heights could remain under Israel’s grip “forever.”
cannot honestly imagine a situation in which the Golan Heights is not part of
Israel forever,” Friedman said in the interview the excerpts of which were
released on Thursday, adding, “I cannot imagine a situation in which the Golan
Heights is returned to Syria.”
remarks contradicted those by US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who
said late last month that the Trump administration was not discussing possible
US recognition of Israel’s annexation of the occupied Syrian territory.
about that contradiction, the US envoy said Bolton was describing the current
situation and not the future stance of the US on this issue.
seized some two thirds of the rocky plateau in southwestern Syria during the 1967
once tried to retake the territory in 1973, but it failed to do so despite
inflicting heavy losses on the Israeli military. The two sides signed an
armistice a year later while a UN peacekeeping force was deployed to the region
to monitor the ceasefire.
1981, Israel unilaterally annexed the occupied territory in a move not
recognized by the international community.
regime has over the past decades built some 30 settlements – with an estimated
20,000 settlers -- on the Golan Heights in defiance of international calls for
the regime to stop its construction activities on occupied land.
has repeatedly reaffirmed its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, saying the
territory must be completely restored to its control.
2011 – when foreign-sponsored militancy first broke out across Syria – the
Israeli regime has been using Golan to prop up the terrorists fighting to
topple the Damascus government.
UN mission pulled out of Golan in 2014, when al-Qaeda-linked terrorists overran
the area and kidnapped dozens of Fijian peacekeepers.
comments came only days after the Israeli army admitted, for the first time,
that it provided large amounts of cash, weapons and ammunition to the
terrorists operating in the occupied Golan Heights.
recent months, the Syrian army, backed by Russia and Iran, has dealt heavy
blows to those Takfiri terror groups operating in areas near the occupied Golan
Heights. It is now on the verge of fully liberating southern Syria from Tel
Aviv-backed militants, prompting serious concerns in Israel.
the return of relative stability to those regions, Syria and the UN are in
talks on the redeployment of peacekeepers to Golan.
emboldened by Washington’s relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to the
occupied Palestinian city of Jerusalem al-Quds, the regime is widely reported
to be pushing the Trump administration to recognize its annexation of Syrian
Katz, Israel’s intelligence minister, told Reuters in May that Washington’s recognition
of Tel Aviv’s illegal annexation of Golan is “topping the agenda” in talks with
(AA): A man in the state of Florida was sentenced Thursday to only 48 months in
prison for threatening to blow up a mosque, an officer of the court told
Allen Hughes, 26, from Cutler Bay, just outside of Miami, called the Jamaat Ul
Muttaqeen Mosque of Pembroke Pines on May 5 and left a hate-filled and
Islamophobic bomb threat message on the mosque’s voicemail.
planted a bomb in your temple, I’m gonna blow your fucking temple up you f——
Muslim. Where you guys have your sanctuary and worship Allah, I’m gonna blow
that mother f—– up. I have a detonator…[Y]ou guys are all gonna be up in flames
after I’m done with you!” the voicemail said.
was arrested May 15. On June 28, he pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing
the free exercise of religious beliefs with the threatened use of an explosive
called in the threat to scare the members of the mosque, according to the
serving his sentence, Hughes will face a three-year period of supervised
review, the court officer at the U.S. courthouse in Miami told Anadolu Agency.
He will also have to pay $1,800 in restitution.
Attorney Benjamin Greenberg confirmed the country’s commitment to religious freedom
and safety, in a statement after Hughes pleaded guilty.
office is committed to protecting the right to freely exercise one’s religious
beliefs,” Greenberg said. “Obstructing this right, by force or threat of force,
constitutes a hate crime that we will continue to prosecute to the fullest
extent of the law.”
incidents have been on the rise in recent years. Last year, the Council on
American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights
group, reported hate crimes against Muslims rose 15 percent.
was a joyous occasion for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Holliswood last
week as they celebrated the unveiling of their official street sign
you know our community strives to build bridges,” said Imam Mahmood Kauser of
the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Masjid. “It is our goal to establish peace and
just imagine in the wake of the recent increase of Islamophobia look at how
beautiful New York City is. Today they’re honoring a street with a Muslim name
— the first of its kind.”
Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Holliswood) along with other elected officials
and community members unveiled the sign at the street renaming ceremony last
Friday at the southeast corner of the Grand Central Parkway and 85th Road,
adjacent to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Masjid at 188-15 McLaughlin Ave.
know once you have a street sign in your name, you’ve made it,” said
year, Community Board 8 voted to approve the co-naming because of the Ahmadiyya
Community’s longstanding presence, significant contributions and positive
impact. The co-naming was then approved by the City Council in June.
of the joys of this job are street renamings,” said City Councilman Daneek
Miller (D-Jamaica). “It is really how we tell our story as communities
transform, as people come and go, as we attempt to cultivate and grow our next
generation in leadership as they come through our community and wonder who
those folks are...we get to tell our story.”
added that Ahmadiyya’s Way is a great victory for Islam in general and for New
York City, showing that there is tolerance.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a fast-growing international revival movement
within Islam, has held interfaith forums to foster peace and understanding as
well as helping the elderly and those in need by hosting successful blood
to Mahmood, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been able to form a relationship
with residents of Holliswood by keeping their mosque doors wide open.
of our mosques are wide open, anyone and everybody is welcomed,” said Mahmood.
“We’ve launched a ‘Coffee Cake and True Islam’ weekly meetup at our mosques
around the country, and the key is let to people come and know who we are.”
said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has also launched a Muslim for Peace
campaign to combat radicalization and misconceptions of Islam, a Muslim for
Life Campaign to honor the victims of Sept. 11, and an annual blood drive held
every year across the country.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was founded in 1889 by leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as
a revival movement within Islam, emphasizing its essential teachings of peace,
love, justice, and sanctity of life, according to Al Islam, the official
website of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
AMC spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions with
its headquarters in Britain. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United
States, established in 1920, is America’s largest Muslim organization under one
fear Donald Trump more than terrorism: Survey
are more afraid of U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies than terrorist
attacks or political extremism, according to a survey published on Thursday.
percent of those surveyed by the insurance company R+V Versicherung said they
were mostly worried that Trump’s policies would make the world a more dangerous
from refugee crisis was the second biggest worry of Germans this year, with 63
percent saying that they feared from Germany being overwhelmed by the refugee
influx, and a same percent of respondents expressed fears about social
59 percent of Germans named “terrorism” as their biggest worry, down from 73
percent in 2016, and 71 percent in 2017.
representative survey was conducted in June and July.
right-wing cell planned to attack Muslims
has not known anti-Muslim violence comparable to what has occurred in Chemnitz,
Germany, in recent days. But the dismantling by French police of an ultra
right-wing network that planned to attack Muslims provides a chilling
indication of the antagonism unleashed by the jihadist massacres of 2015 and
2016 in France.
des forces opérationelles was founded in August 2017 by a retired police
officer called Guy Sibra, and had close to 100 members, most of whom used
pseudonyms to avoid detection. Sibra called himself “Richelieu”. Names from the
17th-19th centuries were popular with other AFO militants. Some were
disillusioned followers of Marine Le Pen’s Front National (recently renamed the
Rassemblement National). Some were traditionalist Catholics.
leading members of AFO, ranging in age from 32 to 69, were arrested between
June 24th and July 23rd, after the group was infiltrated by an undercover
agent. Four are still in custody.
on transcripts of police interrogations of the suspects, the newspaper Le Monde
on Wednesday published a detailed, two-page description of the organisation.
of the 10 suspects are women. Most are from relatively privileged backgrounds.
They include a nurse, a restaurant owner, a former soldier in Afghanistan and a
mathematician who had worked in the arms industry. Many of their monthly
meetings were held in a brasserie opposite the Pont Neuf in Paris.
suspects said they were motivated by the November 13th, 2015 attacks, in which
130 people were killed by extremists from Islamic State, which is also called
Isis. “I had the impression that the state could not protect me and my family,”
a plumber who used the name “Olies” told police.
of the suspects now claim that their plans were hare-brained schemes which they
had no intention of carrying out. Yet the head of the Paris section, identified
as Bernard S, “reminded us at the end of every meeting that we had to recruit
more, identify targets, etc. Every half hour, he repeated the same thing, over
and over,” one of the suspects said.
AFO organised itself in “regional commands” with colour-coded members. “Whites”
were sympathisers who contributed to the website. “Greys” organised training
in, for example, self-defence, map-reading and radio communications. “Blacks”
were meant to take action.
the event of further jihadist attacks in France, the AFO intended to stage
“massive, unforeseen” retaliation in multiple locations, according to a
document found in the home of a suspect.
seemed to mirror the methods of Islamic State: encrypted communications; plans
for synchronised attacks; the murder of religious leaders and arbitrary
targeting based on religious affiliation.
member of AFO was asked to identify at least one “fundamentalist” imam. Clerics
in the Paris suburbs of Nanterre and Sevran were mentioned as possible targets.
“It was mad,” a 54-year-old telephone operator for a taxi company told police.
He said the assassination campaign was really a “marketing” strategy to attract
group toyed with the idea of poisoning halal food in supermarkets in
neighbourhoods with strong Muslim populations. Female members of AFO planned to
wear full-length veils called niqabs to avoid arousing suspicion, then use
syringes to inject food containers with poison. They intended to carry out
tests on animals in August, and reconnoitred supermarkets in Paris suburbs. “It
wasn’t meant to kill anyone, just make them sick,” the head of the Paris
regional section told police.
third plan was to throw grenades at Muslims praying in the streets, at mosques
or Salafist bookshops. A variation would have been for an AFO militant on a
scooter to drive through traffic, looking for Muslims in cars.
suspect called Daniel R, aged 32, built a makeshift explosives laboratory where
he filled recreational noise grenades intended for use in war games with
triacetone triperoxide or TATP, the unstable, home-made explosive used by Isis
suicide bombers. In telephone conversations, Daniel R referred to explosives as
was the code name for the 62-year-old mathematician who had worked for the
weapons company Thales and the directorate general of armaments. He is
suspected of inventing a remote device for detonating grenades from 200m.
about the AFO have coincided with the beginning of the 10-day trial of three
skinheads charged with involvement in the violent death of Clément Méric, an
18-year-old student and anti-fascist militant, in June 2013.
of the accused, Esteban Morillo, now 25, has since removed a tattoo saying
travail-famille-patrie from his forearm. Morillo claims he did not know it was
the motto of the Vichy collaborationist regime. He also claims to have
forgotten that he “liked” Hitler’s Mein Kampf on his Facebook page.
has a “strategic interest” in a sound economic development in Turkey,
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.
an interview with German RTL television, Merkel said Germany and Turkey should
enhance dialogue and cooperation, despite their differences on a number of
has a strategic interest in a sound economic development in Turkey. If we
behave in a way that would weaken Turkey, that would not be in our
interest," she said.
visit to Germany
also dismissed criticism by German opposition parties on Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s planned visit to Berlin on Sept. 28-29.
cannot always think of the world in black and white terms. That is not the
reality," she said.
talks between Berlin and Ankara are important to overcome current problems, she
underlined that German-Turkish relations were "special" thanks to
more than 3 million people of Turkish origin living in Germany.
worries over Idlib
about growing worries over a large-scale military offensive by the Syrian
regime in Idlib, Merkel stressed that "everything must be done to prevent
a humanitarian catastrophe" in the city controlled by the opposition
said she had telephone calls with Turkish President Erdogan and Russian
President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation.
The civil population must be protected," she stressed.
near the Turkish border, Idlib province is home to more than 3 million Syrians,
many of whom fled from other cities following attacks by regime forces.
Syrian regime has recently announced plans to launch a major military offensive
to the area.
is prepared to carry out military strikes on Syrian regime targets if chemical
weapons were used in a recent government offensive to retake the northern
province of Idlib, France’s top military official said on Thursday.
near the Turkish border, Idlib is home to more than 3 million Syrians, many of
whom fled from other cities following attacks by regime forces.
Syrian regime has recently announced plans to launch a major military offensive
to the area, which is controlled by various armed opposition groups.
Tuesday, the UN’s humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned that such an offensive
would lead to the "worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st
to French daily Le Figaro, Armed Forces Chief Francois Lecointre told reporters
he expected the final pockets of Daesh resistance in Iraq and Syria to be
eradicated by the end of November.
has called on the United States to reveal the list of the targets that it will
attack in response to what it claims to be an upcoming chemical attack by the
at a Thursday United Nations Security Council meeting about the use of chemical
weapons in Syria’s years-long war against foreign-backed militancy, Russia's UN
envoy Vasily Nebenzya said Washington and its military allies, the UK and
France had to reveal where they were going to attack.
the list of targets, which, as was reported, the Pentagon has chosen for a
possible airstrike by the three nations," he said.
you believe that those locations are related to the storage of chemical
weapons, then show some respect to the international law and forward this
information to the OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons]," he added.
and Russia have been preparing to mount an offensive on the northwestern
province of Idlib, the last major stronghold of anti-government terrorists in
the Arab country.
White House has warned that the United States and its allies would not hesitate
to respond “swiftly and vigorously” if the Syrian armed forces use chemical
weapons in the upcoming offensive.
Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said at the UNSC meeting that Russia and
other members of the council should be in “deep shame” for siding with Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict.
we want to take this opportunity to remind Assad and his Russian and Iranian
partners: you don’t want to bet against the United States responding
again," she said, referring to Washington’s reaction to previous alleged
chemical attacks in Syria.
and Russia have both assisted Assad in purging terrorists from large parts of
US has time and again accused Syria of carrying out chemical attacks against
its own people.
Jeffrey, who was named last month as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s
special adviser on Syria, echoed those remarks earlier in the day, saying there
was “lots of evidence” that Damascus was preparing chemical weapons for the
is while both Russia and Syria have warned of suspicious activity in
terrorist-controlled areas that show the anti-government militants are
preparing to mount chemical attacks in Idlib and then blame it on the army.
year, when over 80 people died in the April 4 purported gas attack on Khan
Shaykhun, US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships in
the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat airfield in Syria’s central province of
attacks continued this year, when early on April 14, the US, Britain and France
carried out a string of missile airstrikes against Syria over a suspected
chemical attack against the Syrian town of Douma, near the capital Damascus.
envoy to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, told the council that the three Western
countries were among the main supporters of terror groups in the country.
has stressed that it will continue to fight terrorist forces in Syria until
“their total elimination,” as a full-scale liberation operation against
remaining militants concentrated in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib
consider it Russia’s duty to strictly adhere to the agreements [concerning the
de-escalation zone in Idlib], and it will continue the fight against terrorists
until their ultimate and total elimination,” Russian Foreign Ministry
spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a press conference in the capital, Moscow,
on Wednesday, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.
comments came a few hours after the Russian Defense Ministry said in a
statement that its fighter jets had bombed the positions of the Takfiri Jabhat
Fateh al-Sham terrorist group — formerly known as al-Nusra Front — in Idlib. It
also dismissed allegations that the strikes had struck civilian areas.
too, stressed that the airstrikes were hitting terrorist positions only.
Russian Aerospace Forces are conducting strikes on Idlib not for ‘aggressive’
purposes, but for exterminating terrorist objects that are used in the
increasing attacks on the Syrian army’s positions and the civilian population,
as well as in the attacks on the Russian military, whose presence in Syria is
requested by the lawful government of the country,” she said.
started an aerial bombardment campaign against militants in Syria on a request
from Syria’s elected government in September 2015.
with Iranian advisory military assistance, the Russian campaign has helped the
Syrian military retake almost the entire country from militants. Idlib is a
final flash point, where a mix of militant groups has been shuttled to under
this week, US President Donald Trump, whose country has had unauthorized
military presence in Syria for several years, claimed the offensive on Idlib
would lead to a humanitarian crisis.
is while the Russian and Syrian militaries are only targeting militant
flatly dismissed Trump’s claim.
in her Wednesday remarks, Zakharova said Moscow found the calls to suspend the
offensive on terrorists in Idlib for an unspecified amount of time
this imploring comes down to this: leaving the terrorists holding millions of
people hostage in Idlib... indefinitely, and it is unacceptable,” she said,
stressing that there could be no “peace” as long as terrorists were still in
“cannot be allowed the opportunity to export terror across the region and the
whole world, while remaining in safety,” Zakharova said.
said Russia’s partners “should not hinder this process by contradictory
signals,” in an apparent reference to the US.
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