than 1,000 Jewish settlers converge on Al-Aqsa compound backed by Israeli
police officers in Jerusalem [Anadolu Agency]
Is Beyond Rituals, Scholar Tells Forum on Liberalism
Clerics, Monarchs Worship In Kaduna ECWA Church
Militant Candidates Puts a Question Mark over the State’s Counterterrorism
To Be 'A Cow than A Muslim' At Many Places in India, Says Shashi Tharoor Days
after 'Hindu Pakistan' Remark
1,000 Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Al-Quds
Assails Iran’s Leaders, Compares them To ‘Mafia’
Congress’ Approval of Muslim Peace Deal Delayed
PKR and Umno, PAS members told to choose Malay, Islam
rights protected but must abide by Malaysian laws, says minister
rule of thumb on how to vote in Sungai Kandis: Islam/Malay
End Boko Haram Insurgency, Include Muslim Ummah in De-Radicalisation Process
Al-Shabab Storm Military Base in Country’s South, Kill 27 Soldiers
killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad
Al Shabaab Says Stormed Military Base in Country’s South, Killed 27 Soldiers
Repeats Khatam-e-Nabuwwat Amendment Issue despite Raja Report
renews support for Ghani’s dialogue offer to Taliban
candidate injured in suicide blast; Shots fired at JUI-F leader in Northwest
being made to make general election controversial, says Bilawal
trying to weaken institutions: Qadri
Akram Durrani escapes unhurt in Bannu ambush
forces kill terrorist in Bannu, recover mobile phone
polls: Forget fair elections in Balochistan; CPEC, insurgency will make
Rawalpindi tighten its grip
candidate killed in DI Khan suicide blast
army to stay resolute against terror: COAS
'Extremists' From Muslim Community against BJP: Subramanian Swamy
Meal on Air India to Protect Hindus from 'Halal'
Vows Justice As Many Muslims Fear Being Left Off Citizen List
who killed J&K cop gunned down in Kulgam encounter
Union Muslim League to change flag due to 'Pakistani effect'
Evacuates Hundreds of White Helmets to Jordan In Face Of Syria Advance
jihadists killed in Yemen drone strike
Palestinian scientists found dead in an apartment in Algeria
company linked to $21.2 mln offer to build new US embassy in Jerusalem
army kills Palestinian teen in Bethlehem: ministry
civilians killed by Houthi bombardment south of Hodeidah
Warns Iran to 'Never, Ever Threaten the United States Again'
dead, 13 wounded in Toronto shooting: police
Attack at Kabul Airport Leaves 14 Dead, 60 Wounded
Forces Kill 4 ISIS-K Militants in Achin, Nazian Districts
vice president escapes deadly bombing
cardinal sees shared lessons with Rohingya and U.S./Mexico border
Dostum, and Noor react at yesterday’s attack in Kabul
Chairman Share concerns, recommendations regarding ceasefire with Taliban
ISIS Khurasan militants surrender to Afghan forces in Jawzjan province
Daesh Takfiris Killed As Army Jets Strike Areas in Eastern Iraq
Helmets Evacuated From Syria to Israel: Report
Raqqa: How ISIS Used Its Own Currency to Profit From War
Keep Up Protests against US-Backed Militias in Northeastern Syria
Army Keeps Rolling on ISIL-Held Territories in Dara'a Province
Terrorist Commanders Escape Southern Syria Battlefield for Israel
Civilians Thwart Terrorists' Plot to Circulate US, Turkish Currencies in Idlib
Drones Intercepted near Russia-Run Humeimim Airbase in Western Syria
Army Spreads Control to More Regions in Dara'a Province
air strike targets Syria military position
TV: Israeli warplanes hit military post in Hama Province
Javid Tells US: We Won't Block Death Penalty for Isil 'Beatles'
State Not Obliged To Take Back IS Children: Court
terrorist jailed aged 14 seeks lifetime anonymity on release
the UK media downplay and trivialise Hamas terror
Libya: Britain could send troops to train anti-terror forces amid fears over
ISIS militants regrouping
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is beyond rituals, scholar tells forum on liberalism
LUMPUR: Muslims are becoming obsessed with matters concerning rituals and
trivial matters on do’s and dont’s at the expense of Islam’s emphasis on
humanity, said a professor of philosophy from the International Islamic
Pawan Ahmad told a forum on the theme of “liberal Islam” that it was this
attitude behind the indifference of Muslim groups to the Saudi-led bombing
campaign in Yemen, although they were easily riled up by issues such as the
mixing of males and females in public and the correct way to perform a certain
we are talking about how to pray, whether women can drive, while issues like
the Zakat are not talked about,” he said, referring to the alms-giving, one of
the five most important religious obligations in Islam.
at the forum “Is it time to look beyond the idea of liberal Islam?” organised
by Islamic Renaissance Front and G25, Isham said the debate among Muslims today
was far from the Quran’s emphasis on social justice.
said many Muslims who undertake the pilgrimage to Mecca are worried if their
haj or umrah would be accepted by God.
an extreme example, he said one pilgrim had hired a religious man for RM50,000
to coach him throughout the haj pilgrimage.
was told on the right slippers or belt to use,” he said.
should be about being more compassionate. But people talk about rituals, not
about behavioural change after performing the haj,” he said.
said the concept of liberalism would help Muslims contextualise verses of the
Quran and their meanings, so that Muslims do not just follow out of “fear of
hell”, but because they give meaning to life.
said every week during Friday prayers, Muslims were warned about the punishment
of hell, adding that one outcome of this is the failure to understand the role
of religion in one’s life.
is about making transformation,” he said.
added that religion should not be used to repress others, saying this was the
gist of the Quran’s message provided its verses are understood in their true
50 Islamic clerics and traditional leaders yesterday worshipped with their
Christian counterparts at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) gospel
church in Kaduna to promote religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
Muslim clerics and the monarchs were in the church located along Lemu Road in
Kaduna metropolis throughout the service that lasted almost four hours.
gave goodwill messages, which majorly centred on religious tolerance and the
utmost need for peace and togetherness regardless of religious, tribal or
to the Senior Pastor of the church, Revd. Dauda Haruna, who spoke on the
essence of the service, it is possible for everybody to live in peace
regardless of religious differences.
a church, we are committed to building a community of peace and belief me, we
can live in peace if we respect one another’s faith and tell each other the
we are doing today is what we have been doing yearly for about five years where
we donate foodstuff to our neighbouring Muslims during Ramadan and after invite
them to worship with us, an opportunity we equally discuss how we can further
and together promote peace in the state and country at large,” he said.
his part, Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Barnabas Bantex, who stood in for
Governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai, commended the church for what he called laudable
who lauded the move as part of ways of ensuring religious cohesion among
religious organisations and faith, expressed enthusiasm that such gesture could
help bring about lasting solutions to religious crises in the state and Nigeria
boss, the governor, is mandate focused and will do everything humanly possible
to ensure that peace at all levels is ensured in the state” he assured.
the same vein, the Hakimi Barnawa, Alhaji Kabiru Zubairu, who also spoke on
behalf of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Idris, commended the gesture
and solicited for fervent prayers against all forms of social vices in the
state and country at large.
appealed for love for one another and support for government at all levels for
them to deliver on their promises.
the Executive Secretary of Sultan Bello Mosque, Shiekh Hamisu Ya’u, who said
the last time he entered the church was in 1986, also expressed joy for the
initiative of the church.
identified politics, role of religious leaders, hate-speeches, propaganda and
lack of forgiveness and love for one another as causes of religious crises.
militant candidates puts a question mark over the state’s counterterrorism
several constituencies, candidates with strong links to sectarian militancy and
jihadi groups are being allowed to contest the general elections. What is most
worrying is that the institutions that have the legal and constitutional powers
to block these elements’ entry into electoral politics are looking the other
of the banned Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Ahmed Ludhianvi is contesting the polls as
an independent from Jhang while the sectarian outfit’s Karachi-based leader
Aurangzeb Farooqui is also fighting for a National Assembly seat from the
platform of the Rah-i-Haq party.
was taken off the Fourth Schedule by the caretaker set-up, while Farooqui is
being backed in his constituency by the PTI, PML-N and a former provincial
minister belonging to the PPP.
Punjab, cadres of the Milli Muslim League — the political front of Jamaatud
Dawa — are taking part in the polls under the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek banner. In
Balochistan, Ramzan Mengal, an ASWJ leader, is running for a Quetta seat while
Shafiq Mengal, the alleged leader of a feared death squad that is believed to
have had both sectarian and Baloch nationalist targets, is campaigning for a
it is not just the state and security establishment that appear to be playing
ball with violent extremists; mainstream parties have also courted hardliners
for votes. For example, it is of concern to note that former prime minister
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi sought the ASWJ’s electoral support recently.
elements who forsake the way of the gun, eschew the path of religious and
sectarian hatred and respect democratic norms have a right to become part of
the electoral process.
in the aforementioned cases, there is little evidence that any of these
individuals and organisations have renounced the politics of hate and violence.
This puts a question mark over the state’s counterterrorism strategy.
extremists are allowed to contest for seats and make it to the legislatures
without renouncing violence, what is to be made of NAP’s goal three which
states that “militant outfits and armed gangs will not be allowed to operate in
the country”? What good is banning organisations when they reappear with new
names, and when militant leaders run for office?
for political parties courting extremists for votes, they should realise that
should the hardliners get their way, the whole democratic edifice will be
wrapped up and replaced with something much darker.
To Be 'A Cow than A Muslim' At Many Places In India, Says Shashi Tharoor Days
After 'Hindu Pakistan' Remark
Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said that it was safer "to
be a cow than a Muslim" at many places in India, remarks that may trigger
a controversy. Tharoor's remarks come close on the heels of his "Hindu
Pakistan" statement that invited criticism from his political opponents.
BJP Ministers' claims about reduction in communal violence doesn’t stand up to
the facts: It seems safer in many places to be a cow than a Muslim,"
Tharoor wrote on Twitter. He also posted the link of his article published on a
news portal, which had the "cow-Muslim" remark.
remarks also came days after 28-year-old Akbar Khan was lynched by a mob in
Rajasthan's Alwar district on suspicion of cow smuggling.
1,000 Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied al-Quds
than a thousand Israeli settlers have stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in
the Israeli-occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds amid escalation of
violence by Israeli forces and settlers against the Palestinian people.
sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said hundreds of Israeli settlers
forced their way into the holy site through the Bab al-Magharibah under the
tight protection of several groups of Israeli soldiers and special police
forces, Arabic-language Safa news agency reported.
settlers performed acts deemed provocative by Palestinians at the mosque's
courtyard in commemoration of the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av.
armed Israeli police forces set up iron barriers on the doors and confiscated
identity cards of Palestinians before allowing them to enter the compound.
occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed new tensions ever since US
President Donald Trump announced his decision on December 6 last year to
recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in
Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.
dramatic shift in Washington’s policy vis-à-vis the city triggered
demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt,
Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.
December 21, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor
of a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial recognition
of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israeli “capital.”
an attempt to prevent the passing of the resolution, Trump threatened reprisals
against countries that backed the measure, which had earlier faced a US veto at
the UN Security Council.
however, rejected the world body’s resolution while thanking Trump for his
decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds.
January 18, the United States reneged on a pledge to contribute $45 million to
the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near
East (UNRWA), which supports more than five million registered Palestinian
refugees and their descendants.
announcement to cut aid to Palestinian refugees came after the US president
made a threat to cut off aid to the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency.
a series of tweets on January 2, Trump had said that the US paid “the
Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars a year” and yet got “no
appreciation or respect.”
assails Iran’s leaders, compares them to ‘mafia’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a rhetorical assault on Iran’s leaders
on Sunday, comparing them to a “mafia” and promising unspecified backing for
Iranians unhappy with their government.
in a California speech to a largely Iranian-American audience, dismissed
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who negotiated
a nuclear deal with the United States and five other countries, as “merely
polished front men for the ayatollahs’ international con artistry.”
President Donald Trump withdrew in May from the 2015 nuclear accord designed to
stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Tehran has said its nuclear work is
just for electricity generation and other peaceful projects.
“is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government,” Pompeo
said, citing what he called Iranian leaders’ vast wealth and corruption.
speech was the latest step in a communications offensive launched by the Trump
administration that is meant to foment unrest in Iran and help pressure its
government to end its nuclear program and support of militant groups, US officials
familiar with the matter said.
offensive is meant to work in concert with severe economic sanctions that
Washington plans to re-impose in the coming months, including on Tehran’s oil
exports, its principal revenue generator.
United States will work with countries that import Iranian oil “to get imports
as close to zero as possible” by Nov. 4, Pompeo said.
cautioned Trump on Sunday about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran,
saying: “War with Iran is the mother of all wars.” But he did not rule out
peace between the two countries, which have been at odds since the 1979 Islamic
are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and
interests,” Rowhani said, in an apparent reference to reports of efforts by
Washington to destabilize Iran’s Islamic government.
responded to Rowhani in a tweet late on Sunday, saying: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN
THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW
THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT
WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
voice of people’
the Trump administration says its policy with Iran is not “regime change,” but
to change Tehran’s behavior so it stops nuclear and missile work, support for
proxies in the Middle East and backing of militant groups.
it is ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their
country, the United States ... will support the long-ignored voice of the
Iranian people,” Pompeo said.
spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, to
a packed house of about 1,000 people. He received frequent applause, although
one audience member heckled him over the Trump administration’s immigration
dozen protesters lined the route to the site, including one group that
distributed fliers opposing both Iran’s current government and any US
intervention in Iran.
said senior Iranian leaders had benefited from embezzlement, sweetheart deals
and other ill-gotten gains.
ayatollahs, he said, were “hypocritical holy men” who “seem more concerned with
riches than religion.”
said the US government broadcasting agency was launching a 24/7 Farsi-language
channel on TV, radio, digital and social media platforms. The US government
also is taking steps to help Iranians get around internet censorship, he said.
Congress’ approval of Muslim peace deal delayed
Philippines: The Philippine House of Representatives has failed to ratify as
expected a new autonomy deal that many hope will peacefully settle one of
Asia’s longest-raging Muslim separatist rebellions and help prevent a repeat of
a disastrous Daesh group-linked attack in the country’s south.
Senate unanimously ratified on Monday the bill that aims to establish the new Bangsamoro
autonomous region but House members adjourned early amid a reported leadership
challenge without approving the crucial legislation.
chambers need to ratify the autonomy bill for it to be signed into law by
President Rodrigo Duterte, who is expected to highlight the peace deal with the
largest Muslim rebel group in his annual state of the nation address before a
joint session of Congress later Monday. The rebels didn’t immediately react.
secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said party members should look into the
interest of Malay and Islam when considering the available choices in the
Sungai Kandis by-election.
was in light of PAS not contesting in the by-election, paving to a three-way
fight between PKR, Umno and an independent candidate.
members in Sungai Kandis are instructed to choose based on the interest of
Islam/Malays as well as the country's future, by considering PAS attitude
towards the new Pakatan Harapan government that remains the same as it was
prior to the 14th general election," he said in a statement today.
has had an icy relationship with Harapan since before the latter won federal
power. The party was seen to be closer to Umno than Harapan in the lead up to
the May 9 general election.
also stressed that a check-and-balance is required in Selangor.
other words, the role of the opposition is very important," he said.
won a landslide victory in Selangor, winning 51 out of 56 seats. PAS was nearly
wiped out, seeing its seats reduced from 13 to one. BN seats were reduced from
11 to four.
which represents Harapan, is contesting under its own banner while Umno is contesting
under BN's banner.
said the same position applies with the upcoming Balakong by-election.
LUMPUR: The rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT)
community must still abide by related existing laws in Malaysia.
the minority community’s fundamental human rights will still be protected in
line with the Federal Constitution as well as local culture and Islam as the
giving this assurance, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr
Mujahid Yusof Rawa told the Dewan Rakyat today that the government took into
account the public's concerns over the spread of the LGBT culture.
who is the minister in charge of Islamic affairs, said that regardless of how
one feels about the LGBT lifestyle, the community must not be discriminated
against, such as in the workplace.
discrimination (against the LGBT community) at the workplace will only push
them into the sex industry,” he said, adding that the government is committed
to helping them escape the illicit trade.
was responding to a question from Datuk Ahmad Nazlan Idris (BN-Jerantut) over
steps the government would take to tackle spread of LGBT culture which
purportedly goes against the Federal Constitution which places Islam as
Malaysia’s official religion.
response to additional question from Ahmad Nazlan over allegations that there
are some among the LGBT community using social media to propagate the lifestyle
to Malaysians, Mujahid said that there already existing laws to tackle this
matter if it is used for immoral purposes.
said these include state enactments on forbidding Muslim men from dressing up
as women, among others.
LGBT issue is not one that only affects Muslims as we must also look at how it
need to do this in order to prevent us from being caught up in a culture from
abroad,” he said.
said that the government is also in constant engagement with other stakeholders
via seminars, among others, to help tackle the issue.
response to an additional question from Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus (PH-Hulu Langat)
over steps taken by the government to help members of the public from from
getting involved in the LGBT lifestyle, Mujahid said that the steps are not
just to tackle LGBT issues but also to help tackle other sexual issues within
education should not be seen as taboo as it is needed to help curb (various
sexual problems in society) in line with Islam and other religions,” he said.
subject has been a hot issue ever since prominent LGBT activist Numan Afifi was
pressured to step down as Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman’s
interim press officer after online criticism.
Numan had gone on the record to state that he was never officially appointed,
his name had been had reportedly listed on the ministry’s website as “special
officer“, but was subsequently removed.
Mujahid had said that as a Malaysian citizen, Numan cannot be discriminated
against by virtue of his sexual orientation.
minister however, made it clear that he and the government are consistent in
their stance against the propagation of LGBT culture.
Saddiq however was widely panned on social media for supposedly not standing up
politician who has adopted “bro” as his main reference been repeatedly evasive
of his stance on the community and maintained that the appointment was a
misunderstanding and had asked the press to get more details from Numan
JAYA: PAS which is staying out of the Sungai Kandis state by-election in
Selangor next month is not endorsing any of the three candidates, but advises
its members to take into account the interests of Islam and Malay when voting.
members in Sungai Kandis are instructed to choose based on the interest of
Islam/Malays as well as the country’s future,” said PAS secretary-general
Takiyuddin Hassan in a statement.
said the party’s stand on Pakatan Harapan (PH), the coalition it opposed during
the May polls, still remained, adding that the opposition is still needed for a
Sungai Kandis by-election on Aug 4 will see a three-way fight between PKR, Umno
and an independent candidate.
is represented by religious teacher Zawawi Mughni, while Umno is represented by
its Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam. Murthy Krishnasamy is standing as
has won the state seat in the past three general elections. The seat fell
vacant after the death of PKR assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafie on July 2.
also said PAS decided to stay out of the Sungai Kandis contest as the party was
still waiting for a post-mortem report on its electoral performance in
BN candidate Lokman is trying to woo PAS to win the hearts of the Malay voters
have contacted my friends from PAS… to discuss the possibility of us (BN)
working together with PAS branch leaders here during the campaign.
end Boko Haram insurgency, include Muslim ummah in de-radicalisation process
Supreme Council of Shari’ah in Nigeria has decried its alleged exclusion from
de-radicalising and rehabilitation of repentant members of Boko Haram
SCSN comprises of the Council of ulamas (scholars) and the imams (preachers).
maintained that if the All Progressives Congress government had involved the
SCSN in the process of de-radicalising the insurgents, the issue of Boko Haram
would have long been forgotten.
SCSN Secretary-General, Dr. Auwal Faruq-Abdulsalam, stated this shortly after
the meeting of the group on Saturday in Kaduna.
meeting was facilitated by the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre
for Inter-religious and Inter-cultural Dialogue.
meeting has as its theme: “High level roundtable meeting on de-radicalisation
agenda of Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria.”
he agreed that the insurgents had been greatly decimated by the incumbent
administration, he noted that the real group that could fit into the process of
de-radicalising the sect was the Islamic organisation.
Secretary-General said, “As you are aware, the issue of Boko Haram insurgency
has been persisting in the country for the past 10 years.
Federal Government has made good progress in anti-insurgency war and in the
all this process, the ulamas and the Islamic organisation have been completely
felt that the ulamas and the Islamic organisation are the major stakeholders
because the Boko Haram claim to be Muslims.
claim to use the scriptures from Islamic faith to unleash their terror. So, I
think the right people that can change the narrative and counter their ideology
are the real Islamic leaders or ulamas and Islamic organisations.
we realised that these major stakeholders are completely excluded from the
decided to do a road map on how Muslim ummah could get involved in this
believe the only way to end this problem of insurgency is to include the ulamas
in the de-radicalisation process.”
Al-Shabab storm military base in country’s south, kill 27 soldiers
Somalia’s Al-Shabab group said on Monday its fighters had attacked a military
base in the south of the country, killing 27 soldiers.
first attacked the base with a suicide car bomb and then stormed. We killed 27
soldiers and took the base. Some soldiers fled into the jungles,” Abdiasis Abu
Musab, Al-Shabab’s military operation spokesman said.
base is some 50 km (31 miles) away from the port city of Kismayu. There was no
immediate comment from government official on the attack.
Shabab fights to topple Somalia’s central government and impose its a rule
based on its own strict interpretation of Islam’s Sharia law.
killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad’
on Sunday, a Chadian military source said 18 people had lost their lives in an attack
by suspected Boko Haram militants in the Lake Chad region.
source said the fatalities had taken place at around 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) on
Thursday in a village south of Daboua, not far from Chad’s border with Niger.
assailants “cut the throats of 18 people, wounded two others and kidnapped 10
Haram has terrorized the region since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria,
leaving at least 20,000 people dead, displacing more than two million others
and triggering a humanitarian crisis.
al Shabaab says stormed military base in country’s south, killed 27 soldiers
al Shabaab group said on Monday its fighters had attacked a military base in
the south of the country, killing 27 soldiers.
first attacked the base with a suicide car bomb and then stormed. We killed 27
soldiers and took the base. Some soldiers fled into the jungles,” Abdiasis Abu
Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman said.
base is some 50 km (31 miles) away from the port city of Kismayu. There was no
immediate comment from government officials on the attack.
Shabaab fights to topple Somalia’s central government and impose its rule based
on its own strict interpretation of Islam’s Sharia law.
repeats Khatam-e-Nabuwwat amendment issue despite Raja report
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan during a rally in Jhelum on
Wednesday again alleged that ‘Khatam-e-Nabuwwat’ (SAW) clause was amended at
the behest of foreign powers and demanded Raja Zafarul Haq committee report be
made public even though the it states that PTI opposed Senator Hafiz Hamdullah
bid to reverse the changes, a local media outlet reported on Sunday.
to the report “It was not till the Bill was taken for consideration in the
Senate on September 22, 2017, that Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI-F
moved an amendment inter-alia to Clause 110 relating to the declaration for
restoration of the expressions “on oath” and “solemnly swear”.
of the House in the Senate, Senator Raja Zafarul Haq supported the amendment
moved by Senator Hafiz Hamdullah. However, it was defeated by vote 34–13, when
put to vote as opposition members from PPP and PTI opposed it,” reads the
Pakistan on Sunday renewed its support for President Ashraf Ghani’s dialogue
offer to the Taliban as senior diplomats, military and intelligence officials
of the two countries met in Kabul to explore ways to implement key principles
of a bilateral dialogue that also calls for actions against fugitives and the
irreconcilable elements, posing security threats to either of the two
Secretary Tehmina Janjau led a 28-member delegation at the inaugural session of
the five working groups of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and
Solidarity (APAPPS), a joint action plan for cooperation in key areas of
counter-terrorism and for reduction of violence and promotion of peace and
reconciliation involving repatriation of refugees and joint economic
the meeting, Janjau was confident that the joint working groups would solve
many problems between the two countries. “I have brought a message to reiterate
support to the President Ashraf Ghani’s peace plan to the Taliban,” she said.
Ghani had unveiled his peace initiative in February that also included
recognition of the Taliban as a political movement, offering them office in
Afghanistan. Taliban, who have declined all previous such offers on the plea
that the Kabul administration is powerless and is not a party to the conflict,
did not respond to Ghani’s offer that had received worldwide support.
Sunday’s talks were held amid reports that the Trump administration had
instructed its diplomats to initiate direct talks with Taliban.
had long been calling for direct talks with the United Stated to discuss if and
when the American and its NATO allies would leave Afghanistan.
Taliban official at the Qatar office told Daily Times that no talks with the
Americans had been held as yet. But he evaded a question when asked if the US
had contacted the Taliban political office for the possible talks.
officials say reconciliation with the Taliban is one of the important items on
APAPPS agenda and both sides have tasked intelligence chiefs to explore ways
how to encourage the Taliban to join the peace process.
said that despite upcoming elections in Pakistan, the presence of the high
level Pakistani delegation in Kabul “shows our commitment to APAPPS”.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who led his country’s delegation,
expressed the hope that APAPPS would produce expected results. He reaffirmed
Afghanistan’s commitment to working with Pakistan to achieve peace in
Afghanistan and the region, according to an Afghan Foreign Ministry’s
statement. Daily Times also received that statement.
and Afghanistan have formed five groups: Political-Diplomatic Working Group,
military to military, intelligence cooperation, economic and Refugee Working
Foreign Office statement in Islamabad conformed late Sunday that the Pakistani
delegation comprising 28-members, including representatives from Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, States and Frontier Regions, Commerce, FBR, Railways,
Communications, Interior, Military and Intelligence met their Afghan
counterparts in respective working groups.
the inaugural meeting of the working groups, both sides assessed prospects for
the APAPPS forum that covers all areas of mutual interest, including counter
terrorism and security, peace and reconciliation, bilateral trade and transit,
connectivity, Afghan refugees’ repatriation and promoting people-to-people
the APAPPS inaugural session, five working groups held their respective
meetings at the level of relevant ministries and departments. The working
groups, besides discussing important issues, also deliberated on the TORs for
future course of action and the agenda items for their next round of meetings
to be held in Islamabad at mutually agreed dates, the statement added.
suicide bomber injured a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate and killed
his driver and guard in Dera Ismail Khan in Pakistan's troubled
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province today, police said.
Gandapur, a candidate for the provincial assembly seat from PK-99 constituency,
was on his way to an election meeting when the bomber targeted his vehicle.
guard and driver were killed in the attack while he is said to be in a critical
condition at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dawn reported, citing
served as the provincial agricultural minister in the PTI-led Khyber
was elected through a by-election on the Dera Ismail Khan PK-67 seat, after it
was vacated following the death of his brother Law Minister Israrulah Gandapur
in a suicide attack.
a separate incident, Jamiat-Ulema-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Akram Khan Durrani
survived an assassination bid today when his vehicle was ambushed by unknown
gunmen during election campaign in his home district Bannu, bordering North
gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on Durrani's vehicle from the frontal side.
However, he remained unhurt in the attack.
is contesting for NA-35 under the Muttahida Majlise-e-Amal (MMA) banner against
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan.
is the third attack on election candidates in Bannu district and second on
Durrani ahead of July 25 polling.
July 13, a attack targeting JUI-F's central general secretary killed four
persons with wounded as many as 39. Durrani, however, remained unhurt in the
the same day, 149 people, including a top nationalist leader, were killed and
over 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Mastung area in the
troubled Balochistan province.
Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that now that
the electioneering has reached a crescendo and election is round the corner,
attempts are being made to make the polls’ process controversial.
said at a rally at Moundar Naka here on Sunday that his party had faced and
defeated many alliances in its history. Alliances were made against Benazir
Bhutto as well and she and her party courageously fought them off and defeated
them. PPP would once again beat such alliances, he said.
said that he was pursuing the political programme of his slain mother, which
was aimed at safeguarding the interests of the country and people. He was doing
politics of principles, he said.
party’s manifesto was people-friendly which would greatly benefit farmers and
farm workers. PPP was the only political party which was fighting against
poverty and terrorism and was struggling for the rights of the poor, he said.
said the material proof of PPP’s people friendly policies was Benazir Income
Support Programme which had contributed enormously to poverty reduction across
said that after coming to power, PPP government would extend loans to women who
could play a positive role in improving economy. No other political party had
taken steps to raise standard of people’s life and said it was only PPP which
had introduced policies for the welfare of people, he said.
said that PPP, after coming to power, would register farmers and provide them
farmer cards through which they would directly receive interest-free loans
without any hassle.
said that if farmers faced losses in crops for any reason, they would be able
to withstand it through their card. The party would also introduce food cards
for the poor to receive essential food items, he said.
said the food stores to be run by women would remain open for the food card
holders and they would greatly help fight poverty and unemployment. Like the
promises made by Z.A. Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto which had already been
fulfilled whatever he was promising would also be met, he said.
said that PPP was not fighting against any political party, PPP’s fight was
against poverty and unemployment. No other party could bring about positive
change and only PPP was harbinger of genuine change, he said.
said earlier at a public gathering before the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in
Sehwan that PPP had always struggled against non-democratic elements. A weak
democracy was better than a strong dictatorship, he said.
said that PPP had always solved people’s problems and it was perhaps the only
party which had to face several challenges in its history.
Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that PPP would once again sweep
election by trouncing the rivals and form government single-handedly.
PPP leaders, including the party candidate for NA-233 Sardar Sikandar Ali
Rahupoto and Malik Asad Sikandar also spoke at the rally. The PPP chairman
visited the shrine of Qalandar after addressing the rally and offered fateha.
Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri alleges that the incarcerated
“convicted party” is using its ill-gotten wealth to weaken the armed forces and
divide the judiciary.
a statement issued here on Sunday, he said the judiciary was targeted and
attempts were made to weaken it as an institution whenever it delivered
verdicts against PML-N head Nawaz Sharif. It was now doling out its plundered
wealth to target the judiciary as well as armed forces, he said.
said had the elections been held after completing the accountability process,
as per demand of PAT, the plunderers would not have dared to raise a finger at
regretted that dozens of candidates wanted in serious cases were in the
leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)
minister, Akram Khan Durrani, on Sunday barely escaped an attack on his life in
Bannu less than 10 days after he survived a similar attempt.
JUI-F leader, who is also a Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate for NA-35,
was on his way to address a political convention when he was attacked in the
Basia Kheil area of Bannu when shots were fired at his vehicle by unidentified
suspects, who escaped after the attack, the police informed.
was going to far-flung areas of the district to conduct a door-to-door campaign
when his vehicle was shot at, DPO Bannu Khurram Rashid was quoted as saying.
one was injured in the incident.
on July 13, his convoy was attacked while he was leaving an election rally,
resulting in the death of four people and injuring several others.
the incident, Durrani had spoken to the reporters, stating that “the blast took
place near the tire of the jeep” when he was passing through a local bazaar
after addressing an election rally.
the blast, Durrani arrived at the hospital to tend to his supporters.
police and security agencies had told me about the security threats,” he had
said. “I remained safe but four of my allies have been martyred,” he had
A suspected terrorist was killed while his accomplices managed to escape after
an exchange of fire with the security forces here on Sunday.
security forces were on routine patrol in Jani Khel area of Bannu when the
militants started firing at them. In retaliation, security forces personnel
also opened fire, killing one terrorist while his accomplices managed to
time for the Pakistan security forces to take a well-deserved bow in
Balochistan. According to media reports, a dreaded terrorist of the Islamic
State's Balochistan chapter has been killed. Mufti Hidayatullah was reported
killed in Kalat, once the capital of an independent state that was swallowed
whole by Pakistan after Partition.
this report is true, then it is a just ending for a leader of a group that
claimed a heinous attack on an election rally that killed more than 140. The
trouble is no one can really say if the man killed was actually a terrorist, or
another of the Baloch insurgents who have been fighting Pakistan security
forces for the past four decades. After all, police earlier identified the
attack as being carried out by a member of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and that he was sheltered by some locals. The
now re-run story of the bomber being apparently dropped to the attack site by
the head of the Islamic State chapter sounds perfidious to say the least.
Pakistan goes to elections, resentment in Balochistan is high. Some of that
resentment led to demands for outright independence from the Pakistani State,
which is the basis for continued insurgent attacks. Others want more autonomy.
And a majority of those now fighting for a share of the vote, want a better say
in governance of their own affairs. However, none of this is likely to come to
seriousness of the security situation in Balochistan was apparent when the
government announced that all internet services had been suspended in six
districts of the province and would remain so until the elections on 25 July.
Unsurprisingly, all of the districts are areas of strong insurgent activity.
Also three of those districts—Kalat, Keech and Awaran—haven’t had internet
since February 2017. It can be argued that this denial is only the latest in a
history of poor governance and high-handedness that the province has had to
example of this was when Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri was toppled by his own
party just months before completing his term. That the scion of a powerful
political family was then replaced by a virtual unknown, Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo,
and that the whole exercise was initiated after the sacking of home minister
Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, is an example of the strange happenings in
Balochistan of late.
he is now part of a new political party (Balochistan Awami Party) made up of the
very dissidents who engineered the coup, and who blame ‘neighbours’ for
violence in the province. This kind of
open political back stabbing is unusual, even for Balochistan. It is not
surprising therefore, that polls show low political activity. In addition, news
on the little election activity in Balochistan is extremely difficult to get.
Barring a few stalwarts, Pakistan media virtually ignores the province, forcing
Baloch politicians to take to social media and the radio to spread their
a major issue at the centre of campaigning is the issue of the China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC). All the
parties fielding candidates promise greater participation for the Baloch in the
project, an issue that has been a major sore point in the province. How this is
to be done is tricky, and probably difficult given the low educational levels
prevalent in Balochistan. A second promise is therefore, to increase the number
of educational institutions, which is also difficult, given problems in
staffing at higher levels. But then political parties are in the business of
handing out promises.
third issue is that of safety and an end to violence. This is not the usual
“terrorism talk” that is apparent in mainland Pakistan, where politicians are
quoting various statistics to show decreased terrorism, and crediting the army
thereafter. The reference here is about ensuring that Baloch citizens don’t get
picked up and tortured by the Pakistani security forces to become part of a
statistic under the head of “Enforced Disappearances”: A nomenclature that has
become emblematic of the colonial relationship between Pakistan (which
generally means Punjab) and Balochistan. No one really known how many hundreds
have been picked up and tortured. The only ones who write about this are safely
all these negatives, there are several parties in the fray, apart from the
major players. With severe infighting in its ranks, the Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz had trouble fielding candidates. It finally announced its
candidates only on 28 June. Polls indicate the sudden downfall of its
government has cost the PML-N dearly. It is no longer one of the top three in
terms of preferred parties. Instead, the Pakistan Peoples Party has emerged as
the preferred choice with 36 percent of respondents, which is a huge climb from
the 5 percent polled last year.
popularity of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) seems to have dropped,
probably because the party has not been giving the province as much attention
as it has to Punjab and Sindh. Its party functionaries are clearly not happy.
The Pakistan Muslim League (Q)—the quisling group formed under the reign of
General Pervez Musharraf—and the party to which the new Chief Minister Quddus
belonged, has also fielded an impressive number of candidates— 65 provincial
seats and 14 national—despite a barely to be seen representation in the earlier
parties of various hues such as the Balochistan National Party (BNP) and the Balochistan
National Movement (BNM) of Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch are seen campaigning, but
barely. The Jamhoori Watan Party has fallen from the heady days when Nawab
Akbar Bugti was its head. Instead, Nawabzada Shazhain Bugti who now heads the
party, is busy praising the army to anyone who will listen.
Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and the National Party (NP), both of whom
had the ruling hand in the previous government, seem to be fielding fewer
candidates. Apart from these, a raft of the religious Right which includes the
Jamaat Ulema Islam-Nazryati of firebrand Maulana Khalil Ahmed, the redoubtable
grouping of the religious Right under the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, and the
final surprise, the re-energised highly sectarian Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat which is
back on the electoral scene.
of this can be summed up simply in terms of conclusions. Forget fairness of
elections in Balochistan. It's not going to happen, and the province is simply
far too important for the Pakistan Army is more ways than one. CPEC aside,
security forces cannot afford to have a government that will loosen the lid on
insurgency that it has been able to clamp down so effectively, even if
brutally. The combination of parties that will come to power will certainly
include the newly formed Balochistan Awami Party, the PTI, the PML-Q and a few
representatives from parties that once espoused autonomy.
election candidate and his driver were killed by a suicide bomber in Khyber
Pakhtunkhawa on Sunday, police said, three days before the general elections.
Gandapur, a member of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was contesting polls from PK-99 constituency.
succumbed to his injuries at Combined Military Hospital after a suicide bomber
blew himself up near his Land Cruiser, Dera Ismail Khan police chief said,
adding that at least eight to 10 kilogrammes of explosive material were used in
the suicide attack on Gandapur, which took place in the Kulachi area of the
Mughul, Gandapur’s assistant, confirmed the casualties.
said that the candidate was targeted near his residence while he was heading to
a political convention.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack in a
message sent to the media.
had till recently served as the provincial agricultural minister in the PTI-led
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet. He was elected through by-election on PK-67, Dera
Ismail Khan, seat after it was vacated following the death of his brother,
former law minister Israrulah Gandapur, also in a suicide attack.
chief Imran Khan condemned the ‘cowardly terrorist attack’, in a statement
posted on his Twitter account.
hearts weep for him and his family and we pray for both,” the PTI said in a
chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his condolences through the army’s public
Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan expressed annoyance over inappropriate
security arrangements for candidates despite reports of threats to them.
a statement, he strongly condemned the suicide attack on Gandapur and sought
report from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker chief minister, inspector general
police and chief secretary. The CEC directed that foolproof security should be
provided to all the candidates contesting the general elections without any
discrimination and an environment of peace must be ensured for holding free,
fair and transparent elections.
bombing is the latest in a number of attacks targeting politicians campaigning
ahead of the general elections scheduled for July 25.
of Army Staff General (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday said the nation and
the army would stay determined and steadfast in the face of cowardly acts of
grief on the martyrdom of Ikramullah Gandapur in a suicide attack, the army
chief said, “We have lost another patriotic political leader.”
said the politicians were being targeted by enemies of peace and democratic
process. He said blood of the martyrs should not go waste. Former minister and
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Sardar Ikramullah Khan Gandapur was
martyred in a suicide blast in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy claimed on Sunday that support for the ruling BJP
among Muslims has increased after the Narendra Modi-led government decided to
criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq among the minority community.
said only "extremists" from the community are against the BJP now.
extremist Muslims will not vote for the BJP but the rest will be with BJP.
After we banned things like triple Talaq, for which there is even division
among Muslims, 50 per cent of the community today is voting for BJP,"
Swamy said, referring to the passage of a bill criminalising instant triple
talaq in Lok Sabha last year.
Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 is pending with
the CBI filing a chargesheet against Congress leader P Chidambaram and his son
Karti for alleged irregularities and criminal conspiracy in the Aircel-Maxis
deal case on Thursday, Swamy said: "People warned me that nobody can touch
him. All judges are in his pocket. All police commissioners are in his pocket.
But I said I am not in his pocket".
month, Swamy sought to implead himself as a party in a plea seeking a probe
into alleged disproportionate assets of a senior Enforcement Directorate
officer investigating the Aircel-Maxis case.
to a query on the proximity between the Congress and the Shiv Sena, which
abstained from voting on the noconfidence motion in Parliament despite being an
NDA partner, he said: "Sena is an ideological blood brother and we have no
intention of letting them go.
are angry about something, some of it is justified and some not... I don't see
any real problem we have with the Shiv Sena. But I find it a bit odd that they
have ministers in our government and yet they chose to abstain. They could have
made speeches and criticised, but they should have voted with us," he said
when asked about the Sena praising Rahul Gandhi's speech in Lok Sabha in its
BJP had won the no-trust motion by 325-126 votes.
to a query on Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal's remarks on
incidents of lynching, he said: "Yes, there is a great deal of concern
that prime minister Narendra Modi looks unshakable and the latest no-confidence
motion has demoralised the opposition which was trying to make him look
man was allegedly lynched by a group of people in Alwar district of Rajasthan
on Friday night on suspicion that he was smuggling cows. After that incident,
Meghwal reportedly said "more popular Modi ji becomes, more such incidents
also that the Opposition has "not been able to level a single charge"
against Modi. "In fact, Rahul Gandhi embraced Modi (in Lok Sabha during
the no-confidence motion debate).
Meal on Air India to Protect Hindus From 'Halal'
Delhi: On an Air India flight from London, the hostess walked down the aisle
taking orders for dinner. She leaned over and asked almost conspiratorially.
I serve you your Muslim meal now?"
meal?" I asked with a start, casting a glance at my equally puzzled wife.
hostess was embarrassed. A new detail had been added to her hospitality protocol
and she was not accustomed to it.
damage, it turned out, had been done in my office. Responding to a column on
dietary preferences, the person responsible for air reservation had hunted high
and low for a simple non-vegetarian meal. No such meal was listed. Then he
spotted "Muslim meal". The explanatory paragraph clarified that
"all non-vegetarian meals are suitable for Muslims and are prepared in
accordance with halal method".
journalist in me took over.
enough, you have identified us as Muslim, but surely there are others on the
flight who are non-vegetarians but not Muslim?"
course, there are non-vegetarians on Air India but they would not accept the
odium of Muslim ancestry simply to indulge their dietary preference. They want
to eat meat but as thoroughbred Hindus.
consequences follow. Obstacles in the way of non-vegetarianism depress the
demand for non-vegetarian food. By the same token, Hindu passengers feel they
are being short changed. This was reverse discrimination. They see themselves
being pushed to the lower end of the culinary caste system. The demand for
non-veg, therefore, gains in decibel levels: we want non-veg, that's for sure,
but one which is neither "Muslim" nor "halal".
three-way dietary division evolves: (1) Hindus not fussy about labels:
"Muslim" or "halal" accept whatever is available. (2) Those
for whom realization has been abrupt that what they have been eating for
generations was "Muslim" - halal. Ignorance is bliss but not now that
enlightenment has come riding on an Air India menu. (3) Simple vegetarians
whose tribe, by the way, is growing by leaps and bounds in India as elsewhere
face no problem whatsoever.
the authors of the "Muslim meal" idea, the first category is the most
disruptive because it has skewed the process of data collection on how
potentially vegetarian or otherwise, India is. This is the key research
required for advancing the aspect of Hindutva concerned with promoting
non-Muslim dietary practices. If this category can stand its ground despite the
disincentive of being called Muslims and halal eaters, this non-veg
constituency might just stabilize, even grow. God forbid, it may come in the
way of full spectrum Hindutva, vegetarianism et al.
second category is demanding a non vegetarian meal which is unsullied by
Muslim-halal connotations. This is a new demand. This clientele does not quite
know what it wants; it knows what it does not want in the non-veg arena. It has
clearly asked the catering department of Air India a question which is not easy
to answer: what non-veg fare can you serve which is not Muslim-halal?"
the discussion acquires exactly the potential for which it was initiated - to
polarize and, as a trial run, divide the aircraft cabin between vegetarians and
non-vegetarians who, the perpetrators hope, would not like to be grouped as
halal-eating Muslims. The cabin is, in this instance, a microcosm of the
meat-mukt India of Hindutva's dreams.
quick answer to halal is jhatka, the method of severing the animal's head with
one stroke, favoured by Sikhs. The jhatka-halal debate is custom made for an
Arnab Goswami show. Have a devout Sikh, a muscular Mullah and a Bajrang Bali
Bhakt peer out of three windows. Extract all the gory details on jhatka and
halal from the spokesmen of two distinct schools of slaughter. A possible
walkout by the abstemious Bajrangi may well spur Hindu consolidation on an
a more practical note, the "shosha" (mischief) started by AI can be
put to some constructive use. A new approach to cuisine may involve drastic
change: a non-veg cuisine developed over centuries as a near art form may have
to be jettisoned from official banquets and national carriers. The problem
will, of-course, arise when lynch mobs on the lookout for a cause, enter
restaurants advertising non-veg fare. Individual non-vegetarians may also incur
the wrath of the lynch mobs. In fact a malicious rumour has been floated that
the monkeys that have been let loose on Delhi's citizenry are an animal loving
Minister's project directed against non-veg addicts. The monkeys, says the
rumour, are being trained on the Ridge to block entry of meat into non-veg
kitchens. The producer of super hit Bajrangi Bhaijan has threatened to go on
hunger strike if the avatars of Bajrang Bali are involved in operations which
have anything, negative or positive, to do with meat.
hypocrisy around the cuisine at official banquets at Hyderabad House or even
the Rashtrapti Bhawan until the other day has always bordered on the pathetic.
There was an insistence on tasteless fare called Mughlai food at a time when
streets named after the dynasty were under assault. The banquets begin with a
bogus "toast" of some flat cola. This then is a good time to take a
hard look at the rampaging Vegan movement globally. Climate change, animal
care, fear of artificially inflated livestock for the table is turning the
world to organic, vegetarian food. Jeremy Corbyn, who may well be Britain's
Prime Minister one day, is a vegetarian.
vows justice as many Muslims fear being left off citizen list
DELHI (Reuters) - India said on Sunday people whose names are missing from a
list of citizens to be issued by a border state this month will not be
detained, amid concerns that Muslims will be targeted under the guise of
detecting illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
will ensure that every individual gets justice and is treated in a humane
manner. All individuals will have sufficient opportunity for all remedies
available under the law,” Rajnath Singh, India’s interior minister, said in a
person who is not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections can
appeal in the Foreigner’s Tribunal. Thus, there is no question of anyone being
put in a detention center after the publication of NRC (national register of
an update of the NRC to be made public on July 30, all residents of Assam state
in the northeast have had to show documents proving they or their families
lived in the country before March 24, 1971, to be recognized as Indian
exercise has created panic among many Muslims in Assam because Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party, which came to power in the state for
the first time in 2016, vowed during the election campaign to act against
illegal Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh.
activists say the drive is also targeting Muslims who are Indian citizens, a
charge the government denies.
also said Assam had been asked to step up security so no one was harassed in
the name of citizenship, and that there was no reason for panic.
and illegal migration are volatile issues in tea-growing and oil-rich Assam,
home to more than 32 million people, about a third of whom are Muslims.
of people were killed in the 1980s in a violent protest by a native Assamese
of thousands of people fled to India from Muslim-majority Bangladesh after it
declared independence from Pakistan in 1971, setting off a nine-month civil
war. Most of them settled in Assam and the neighboring state of West Bengal,
where there are similar demands to send back illegal Muslim immigrants.
A day after the police recovered the bullet-riddled body of constable Saleem
Shah of the J&K Police, the security forces killed three terrorists,
including one from Pakistan, in an encounter on Sunday morning. The encounter
took place in Kulgam district of South Kashmir.
to a police spokesman, the slain militants were responsible for the killing of
Saleem, who was abducted on Friday evening from his home and whose body was
recovered from a nearby village on Saturday.
the wee hours of Sunday, a joint patrol of security forces launched searches in
the Redwani area of Kulgam district after receiving credible inputs about the
presence of the terrorists in a cluster of houses,” the spokesman said.
the security forces advanced, the terrorists holed up in the houses opened
fire, resulting in a brief encounter in which the trio was killed. No
collateral damage occurred during the encounter, the spokesman added.
the basis of the incriminating materials seized from the spot, the killed
terrorists were identified as Muawiya from Pakistan, Suhail Ahmad Dar of
Redwani Balaa and Mudassar alias Rehaan of Katarsoo village -- all involved in
the killing of constable Saleem. As per police records, the terrorists were
affiliated to proscribed terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taeba and Hizbul Mujahideen,”
terrorist Mauwiya was involved in a number of civilian killings in J&K.
Suhail, who was working as a labourer earlier, had later joined terrorist
ranks, the spokesman said, adding that some arms and ammunition, including two
AK-47 rifles and a carbine, were recovered from the site of the encounter.
of people joined the funeral of the two local militants in Kulgam while the
body of the Pakistani terrorist was taken to Uri for last rites. The police said
one civilian was injured after militants, who had mingled with the crowd,
offered a gun salute to their slain local associates during the funeral
police claimed that while offering gun salute, the militants misfired,
inflicting a bullet wound in the leg of Fayaz Ahmed, a resident of Shigan Pora
in Kulgam. Fayaz was immediately shifted to Kulgam Hospital for treatment.
a firing incident was reported during a cordon-and-search operation in
Shumriyal forest area of Lolab in North Kashmir's Kupwara district in the wee
hours of Sunday. Reports said that some gunshots were heard in the forests when
the Army's 28 RR search party was moving through the area.
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is set for a major overhaul, with a change
of its flag also being a possibility. The Muslim Youth League (MYL) leaders
have come out with the suggestion that the party, which they believe is set to
make a major foray into the north Indian states, must rework on the flag,
especially the “Pakistani” effect on it.
other major reason for thinking of a change of flag is the public interest
litigation filed in Supreme Court by Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Wakf Board
chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi. He had said there was nothing Islamic in the flag
which resembles that of Pakistani Muslim League. The apex court has sought the
Central Government’s view on it.
termed hoisting of such flags “un-Islamic” and added it had resulted in
communal clashes in several parts of the country. IUML state secretary Abdurahiman
Randathani told Express: “Syed Rizvi is a Shia cleric who has called to build
Ram Temple after demolishing Babri Masjid. He has also asked to ban madrasas
across the country stating they teach terrorism and communalism. His opinion
must be rejected outright.”
have never thought of changing IUML flag’
Youth League (MYL), led by state president Munavar Ali Shihab Thangal, will
conduct a yatra from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram from November 24 to
December 24. In the public programme held in Kannur to announce it, the green
flag was seen missing while the dais was full of red colour. MYL state general
secretary P K Firoz, however, denied the allegation and said the green colour
a related incident, at the national executive in Thiruvananthapuram, delegates
were received with red garlands instead of green.
a recent meeting at the League House in Kozhikode, a firebrand leader of its
student wing MSF told on the face of a senior leader that the party has to
change the flag, in green colour with crescent and star, as it has a
resemblance to that of Pakistan Muslim League.
Mohammed Basheer MP, who is the IUML national organising secretary, denied any
change of party flag. “These are mere rumours. Party has never thought of such
a move and the League has been part of the Union Government for 10 years and
had produced a Chief Minister in Kerala. We have been using this flag all these
years, so what’s the need for a change now?” he asked.
evacuates hundreds of White Helmets to Jordan in face of Syria advance
evacuated hundreds of White Helmets rescuers and their family members
threatened by advancing Syrian regime forces to Jordan on Sunday for
resettlement in Western countries.
foreign ministry announced in a statement that the kingdom received 422 Syrian
citizens, after earlier saying it had given permission for 800 to arrive.
ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Kayed said Britain, Germany and Canada had
initially agreed to accept around 827 rescuers and their relatives, but
eventually settled on a figure of 422.
said they would be allowed to stay in Jordan for a period of time not exceeding
Canadian government source told AFP that a second group of White Helmets and
their relatives was also supposed to be evacuated but "could not reach the
border because of the situation on the ground."
group is still in Syria and it is not certain that a new effort to bring them
out can be mounted due to the "precarious" situation there, according
to the source.
in 2013, the Syria Civil Defence, or White Helmets , is a network of first
responders which rescues the wounded in the aftermath of air strikes, shelling
or explosions in rebel-held territory
Israeli military said it had transferred the rescue workers and their families
to a neighbouring country, adding that the operation was
few days ago President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and others
approached me with the request to help extract from Syria hundreds of White
Helmets ," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
are people who save lives and now find themselves in deadly danger, therefore I
approved bringing them through Israel to another country as an important
Helmets head Raed Saleh said the evacuees had arrived in Jordan after being
"surrounded in a dangerous region".
had been encircled in the Syrian provinces of Daraa and Quneitra, which
respectively border Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, he told AFP.
seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in
1967, in a move never recognised internationally.
United States praised Israel and Jordan for facilitating the evacuations and
Britain, Canada and Germany for agreeing to give the evacuees new homes.
are glad that these brave
volunteers, who have saved thousands
of lives, are now out of harm's way," the US State Department said of the
White Helmets .
Foreign Office said it had helped facilitate the overnight evacuations.
Helmets have been the target of attacks and, due to their high profile, we
judged that, in these particular circumstances, the volunteers required
immediate protection," it said.
all of humanity
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Bild newspaper that Germany would take in
eight White Helmets members and their families.
move was "an expression of my stance of ensuring humanity and order in
migration policy," he said.
will take in up to 50 White Helmets volunteers and their families, totalling up
to 250 people, officials said.
group of core countries have committed to resettle a number of White Helmets .
Canada is resettling up to 50 members and their families, and is working with
the international community to assess remaining needs," said Canada's
foreign affairs spokeswoman Elizabeth Reid.
confirmed that Trudeau spoke to Netanyahu Saturday about "the regional
security situation and the evacuation of White Helmets from Syria".
Haaretz daily said the evacuees also included orphans who had been injured in
the Syrian fighting.
was unclear how many White Helmet volunteers remained in both the Daraa and
Quneitra provinces after the evacuations.
a volunteer in Daraa city, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had decided
to stay despite being given the choice to leave.
our country and we have a right to live in it in safety," he told AFP,
however adding he was among a minority who wished to remain.
are first and foremost a humanitarian organisation, not a military one, or a
terrorist one as the regime alleges."
White Helmets have rescued thousands of civilians trapped under the rubble or
caught up in fighting in opposition-held zones along various fronts of Syria's
its formation, when Syria's conflict was nearing its third year, more than 250
of its volunteers have been killed.
group's motto -- "To save one life is to save all of humanity" -- is
drawn from a verse in the Koran, although the White Helmets insist they treat
all victims, regardless of religion.
members have received training abroad, including in Turkey, returning to
instruct colleagues on search-and-rescue techniques.
group receives funding from a number of governments, including Britain, Germany
and the United States, but also solicits individual donations to purchase
equipment such as its signature hard hats.
June 19, Syrian government forces launched a Russia-backed offensive to retake
Daraa and Quneitra provinces.
a month later, regime forces have regained control of most of these two
provinces through a combination of deadly bombardment and Moscow-brokered
are not party to these deals, and Russian planes bombarded a holdout of the
Islamic State group in Daraa province overnight, a Britain-based war monitor
than 20,000 civilians have escaped bombardment on the IS-held corner in the
past 24 hours, fleeing into regime-held areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human
: Ten suspected Al-Qaeda jihadists and two soldiers fighting for Yemen's
government have been killed in clashes and a drone strike, local officials and
security sources said Sunday.
US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen.
in Marab loyal to Yemen's internationally recognised government said a drone on
Sunday targeted a house used by Al-Qaeda in the central province, killing four
six Al-Qaeda members and two pro-government soldiers were killed in clashes
Friday following an attack on a jihadist site in southern Shabwa province,
security sources said.
United States considers the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
(AQAP) to be the radical group's most dangerous branch.
long-running drone war against AQAP has intensified since US President Donald
Trump took office in January 2017.
has flourished in the chaos of the country's civil war, which pits the
Saudi-backed government against Shiite Huthi rebels.
10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict since 2015, when Saudi
Arabia and its allies joined the government's fight against the Huthis.
Palestinian scientists have been found dead in an apartment in Algiers, says
the Palestinian Embassy in Algeria.
al-Farra, 34, and Mohammed Albana, both from Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip,
were found dead in an apartment on Sunday.
on preliminary findings, the pair either died of gas inhalation or due to
electrocution from a short circuit.
reports claim the two scientists were assassinated.
local news agency in Gaza said that "the death occurred two days ago and
was discovered by incident on Sunday evening after the neighbors smelled the smell
of gas scattered in the building."
also noted that police found one of the corpses near the door, while the other
found in the bed.
don’t have any more details, I expect the authorities in Algeria and the
Palestinian embassy there to do everything necessary to understand what
happened," said Albana's brother.
the recent years multiple Palestinian scientists have been killed around the
world, most of the cases have been linked to Israel's Mossad espionage agency.
April the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement said Israel’s spy
agency Mossad was behind the assassination of a Palestinian lecturer in
police said that the 35-year-old victim, identified as Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh,
was shot dead by two gunmen on a high-powered motorcycle near his home at
Idaman Puteri condominium in the capital Kuala Lumpur.
drone expert Mohamed al-Zawari was killed in his car by multiple gunshots in
front of his house in the town of El Ain, located seven kilometers north of
Sfax, Tunisia, on December 15, 2016.
Ezzedinne Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas resistance
movement, blamed Israel for the killing, noting that Zawari had been a member
of the group for 10 years and had been supervising its drone program.
United States has reportedly accepted an offer from an American company with
connections to a Turkish constructions firm to build the new embassy of
offer came from Desbuild Limak Firm that is linked with its partner company,
Limak Holding which is a Turkish contracting giant.
Holding has been working on joint projects with Desbuild Limak over the past
five years and has contracted several projects from the US State department,
including building American embassies in Arab cities like Baghdad and Beirut.
price agreed on to build and design the embassy was valued at $21.2 million
which will be located in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood. This is excluding the
$335,000 to get equipment and manpower to build the temporary embassy
facilities as an expansion from the current consulate, according to Al-Monitor
Turkey was the first Muslim country to acknowledge Israel as a state, their
current relationship has been unstable since Trump declared his administration
was moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after recognizing the city as
Palestinian Territories: Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager
during a raid in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Palestinian health
ministry said on Monday.
Mizher, 15, was shot in the chest during clashes in Dheisheh refugee camp in
Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank, the ministry said.
funeral was due to take place later Monday.
Israeli army said its forces had entered the camp and arrested two people
suspected of “terror activity.”
the operation, a violent riot was instigated in which Palestinians hurled rocks
and threw firebombs and grenades at (Israeli) soldiers,” the army said in a
fired live rounds at the protesters, the statement added.
camp is in a part of the West Bank supposedly under full Palestinian control
but the Israeli army regularly carries out raids in such areas.
Seven civilians were killed and four more wounded after Houthi militants fired
three mortar shells at Heiss, south of Hodeidah province, Saudi state-news
channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
a separate incident, two civilians, including one child, were killed by militia
mortar fire within the same city.
a statement issued to the official Yemeni news agency, a local source said
“militants fired missiles from their positions in Jabal Ras on three houses in
Heiss, killing seven – among them four women and children.”
sources said the militia targeted civilians gathering to drink water in the
residential Bahis neighborhood within the city.
warns Iran to 'never, ever threaten the United States again'
Donald Trump on Sunday warned Iran of consequences “the likes of which few
throughout history have ever suffered,” if it threatens the United States (US).
EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES
OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” he said on Twitter,
writing the entire message in capital letters.
ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE
& DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” Trump said, in a direct message to Iranian President
response came after Rouhani earlier Sunday issued his own warning to the US
leader not to “play with the lion's tail,” saying that conflict with Iran would
be the “mother of all wars”.
high-stakes verbal sparring is reminiscent of the exchanges Trump had last year
with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, before tensions eased and the two leaders
met this year in an historic summit.
has made Iran a favourite target since his unexpected rapprochement with
nuclear-armed North Korea.
gunman opened fire in central Toronto on Sunday night, killing one and injuring
13 people including a child before being shot dead, police reported.
Police said they had responded to a call at around 10:00 pm (0200 GMT Monday)
in the city's Greektown district.
of victims not known yet. A young girl is one of the 9 victims,” the police
police said the nine victims did “not include the shooter who is dead.”
News quoted a Toronto police source as saying the suspect is believed to have
opened fire at police before killing himself.
police spokesman Mark Pugash said it was too early to say whether the shooting
shooter was caught on camera prior to opening fire.
described to local media hearing about 20 shots and the sound of a weapon being
reloaded several times.
Steinhauer, an eyewitness of the shooting, told CBC News that she was at a
restaurant in the area when she heard what sounded like 10 to 15 blasts of
started to hear people scream out front," she said.
Premier Doug Ford tweeted out a message of solidary with the victims, saying:
“My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun
violence in Toronto.
you to all the first responders for acting quickly to help everyone affected.”
incident comes with Canada's largest metropolis concerned over a spate of
shootings, more than 200, this year. About two dozen have been fatal.
attack at Kabul airport leaves 14 dead, 60 wounded
suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded 60 at the entrance to
Kabul international airport on Sunday, officials said, as scores gathered to
welcome home Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum from exile.
government officials, political leaders and supporters were leaving the airport
after greeting the powerful ethnic Uzbek leader and former warlord when the
is the first time I have seen a suicide attack,” one witness told AFP.
were collecting human flesh with their hands,” he said, shaking as he spoke.
“What is going on in Afghanistan?”
clad in a Western suit and sunglasses and travelling in an armoured vehicle,
was unharmed, his spokesman Bashir Ahmad Tayanj said.
Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said 14 people had been killed and 60 others
wounded, adding that nine members of the security forces and traffic police
were among the dead.
Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack through its official
Amaq news agency late Saturday, according to the SITE intelligence monitoring group.
suicide bomber was on foot, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said,
adding that civilians, including a child, and security force members were among
who is linked to a catalogue of human rights abuses in Afghanistan, was mobbed
like a celebrity as he left the chartered plane from Turkey, where he has lived
since May 2017.
return, which has been the subject of much speculation, comes amid violent
protests in several provinces across northern Afghanistan, his traditional
of Dostum’s supporters have taken to the streets in recent weeks, shuttering
election and government offices and blocking sections of highways to demand the
release of a pro-government militia leader and to call for Dostum’s return.
of the return did little to quell the unrest, with protesters vowing Sunday to
continue demonstrating until the burly leader of the Uzbek ethnic minority
tells them otherwise.
don’t trust the government. We will continue our protests unless General Dostum
tells us to stop,” Ehsanullah Qowanch, a protest leader in Faryab province,
also repeated calls for the release of Nezamuddin Qaisari — a district police
chief and Dostum’s provincial representative in Faryab — whose arrest earlier
this month ignited the protests.
protester, Massoud Khan, said: “We have been on the streets for 20 days now. We
are not going to stop our protests unless our demands are met.”
‘Known killer’ –
say President Ashraf Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, gave the green light for Dostum
to come home to stabilise the north and secure Uzbek support before next year’s
presidential election, which he is widely expected to contest.
the last year in Turkey
left Afghanistan in May 2017 after he was accused of organising the rape and
torture of a political rival.
had denied the allegations and said his departure was for medical check-ups and
in 2009 described Dostum as a “known killer”, yet he chose him as his running
mate in the 2014 presidential election, underlining the sometimes uncomfortable
ethnic realities of Afghan politics.
spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said Saturday that Dostum had been “treated” and
would resume his duties upon his return.
of Dostum’s bodyguards have been convicted of the sexual assault and illegal
imprisonment of Ahmad Ishchi, a former governor of the northern province of
Jowzjan, in 2016.
allegedly had Ishchi abducted in Jowzjan and then kept him hostage in his
private compound for several days, where the captive was said to have been
tortured and sodomised.
deflected questions about whether Dostum would face charges over the incident,
saying “the judiciary is an independent body, the government does not interfere
in their decisions”.
is one of several controversial figures whom Kabul has sought to reintegrate
into mainstream politics since the US-led invasion in 2001.
heroic status in the north belies the barbarities for which he is known.
who helped the United States oust the Taliban regime in 2001, allegedly allowed
hundreds of Taliban prisoners to be suffocated in shipping containers.
forces kill 4 ISIS-K militants in Achin, Nazian districts
US force conducted airstrikes in Achin and Nazian districts of eastern
Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least 4 ISIS Khurasan (ISIS-K)
provincial security commandment in a statement said Saturday that the
airstrikes were carried out in the two districts on Friday.
statement further added that three ISIS Khurasan militants were killed and one
of their Dshk heavy machine gun was destroyed during the airstrike conducted in
Bagh Dara area of Achin district.
US forces also conducted airstrike in Nazian district targeting the ISIS
Khurasan militants in Spin Zhai area, leaving one militant dead.
to the provincial security commandment, the local residents and security
personnel on the ground did not suffer any casualty during the airstrikes.
the provincial government had said at least six militants affiliated with the
Taliban and ISIS Khurasan groups have been killed and five others sustained
injuries during the separate operations conducted in Haska Mina and Khogyani
a dozen people have been killed and at least 14 others injured in a bombing
carried out at Kabul's airport, where scores had gathered to welcome home
Afghanistan's Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who had been in exile.
police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, said the bomb attack hit near the
airport's main entrance, where supporters were waiting to greet Dostum. He had
left the airport in a motorcade only minutes before the explosion, which
officials said appeared to have been caused by a bomber.
Interior Ministry spokesman, Najib Danish, said civilians, including a child,
and members of security forces were among the casualties.
spokesman, Bashir Ahmad Tayanj, said the vice president, traveling in an
armored vehicle, had not been harmed.
Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly blast. The
Daesh-affiliated Amaq news agency said the bomber detonated his suicide jacket
at a gathering to receive the vice president.
a former warlord and an ethnic Uzbek veteran of decades of Afghanistan's
occasional bloody politics, was mobbed like a celebrity as he left the
chartered plane from Turkey, where he had been living since May 2017. His
return comes amid ongoing violent protests in several provinces in northern
Afghanistan, his traditional power base.
of the return did little to quell the unrest, with protesters in Faryab
province vowing Sunday to continue demonstrating until the strong leader of the
Uzbek ethnic minority tells them otherwise.
don't trust the government. We will continue our protests unless General Dostum
tells us to stop," said Ehsanullah Qowanch, a protest leader in Faryab.
Qowanch repeated calls for the release of Nezamuddin Qaisari, Dostum's
provincial representative in Faryab, whose arrest earlier this month ignited
Khan, another protester, said, "We have been on the streets for 20 days
now. We are not going to stop our protests unless our demands are met."
left Afghanistan last year after he was accused of organizing the rape and
torture of a political rival. He denied the allegations and said his departure
was for medical checkups and family reasons.
of Dostum's bodyguards have been convicted of the sexual assault and illegal
imprisonment of Ahmad Ishchi, a former governor of the northern province of
Jowzjan, in 2016. Dostum allegedly had Ishchi abducted in Jowzjan and then kept
him hostage in his private compound for several days, where the captive was
said to have been tortured and sodomized.
say President Ashraf Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, gave the green light for Dostum
to come home and secure the Uzbek support before next year's presidential
election, which he is widely expected to contest.
spokesman, Haroon Chakhansuri, said Saturday that Dostum had been
"treated" and would resume his duties upon his return.
New York - While the situations in Bangladesh, where the country has taken in
more than 800,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing ethnic cleansing in
neighboring Myanmar, and those seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, are
undoubtedly different, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario believes there’s a shared
lesson to be learned.
people who are coming are human beings. They have the right to live, and they
have the right to shelter,” said D’Rozario. “The world is home to everyone, not
just people of a specific nation.”
an interview with Crux at Queen of Angels Church in Sunnyside, Queens, the
Archbishop of Dhaka in Bangladesh said that migrants and refugees - regardless
of where they are in the world - are seeking a place in “our common home,” a
nod to Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato si’.
Francis is always saying that, and I think we must listen to his call to
receive them as human beings,” he said.
the past three days, D’Rozario - who was created a cardinal by Francis in 2016,
the first in the country’s history - has been engaged in a pastoral visit to
the largest Bengali population in the United States.
the first wave of immigrants from Bangladesh arrived in the United States, they
settled in Queens, one of the most diverse regions in the United States. They
arrived with their full families in tow, and with a commitment to bringing
their cultural identities along with them.
“social bonds that are very strong” and a commitment to being
“community-minded,” D’Rozario said the Bangladeshis struggled with issues of
employment and documentation that most migrant groups do when trying to
assimilate in a new country.
despite those challenges, which they would eventually overcome and give birth
to a dynamic Bengali-American community, he said they also managed to keep
who has traveled to New York on multiple occasions over the years - although
this visit marked his first since being made a cardinal - is pleased with what
has brought them here with a certain purpose, and they are trying their best to
keep their faith, to practice their faith, and the family values linked with
their parents and religion - and I see that,” he said.
coming here as kind of a missionary because Bangladesh has religious values. In
the midst of secularization, they can be a witness, and they are,” he
Jesuit missionaries from Portugal first arrived in Bangladesh at the end of the
16th century, they already faced an uphill battle in the Muslim and Hindu
majority country. Yet when a local Hindu prince, Dom Antonio da Rozario,
adopted Christianity, widespread conversions followed which fueled greater
interest in the new faith.
the Church has grown through the centuries, today there are only approximately
375,000 Catholics in Bangladesh, or .3 percent of the population. By contrast,
over 86 percent of Bengalis are Muslim, while another 12 percent are Hindu.
this small Church has managed to set an example of interreligious solidarity.
D’Rozario told Crux that since Vatican II, the “Church became more local,” and
ticked off a list of ways in which the Church provides services to people of
other faiths - from education, healthcare, and interreligious dialogue, ways in
which he believes Catholics are more outward-facing than any other religious
group in the country.
Church cannot be restricted to the few,” he said.
on the missionary focus of the local Church, D’Rozario mourned the fact that
the Church in Europe is in decline and seems embattled by secularizing forces
throughout the continent.
were evangelized by them. Why did they lose?” he asks rhetorically.
cannot just build the Church as an institution,” he said, determined that his
small Church will have a different outcome. “The Church is the people of God.”
it seems that he is not the only one actively working for the Bangladeshi
Church to serve as a global example: Not only did Francis shine a spotlight on
his country by making him a cardinal, but also by traveling there last
he recalls the surprise news of being made a cardinal, he readily admits, “I
was the first one to be dumbfounded.”
the aftermath of that announcement, he said he could only make sense of it by
realizing the honor had nothing to do with him, but “was about the Bangladeshi
Francis took an option to bring what is good in the peripheral Church to the
center, to the world,” he told Crux. “The Church is poor, the country is poor,
but it has its richness in its values.”
poor have the power of being dependent on God, not in a way that’s
superstitious, but a confidence,” he continued.
visit to Bangladesh in December 2017 was the second stop on a seven-day tour,
where he first visited neighboring Myanmar. There, he shined a spotlight on the
persecuted Muslim minority known as the Rohingya, hundreds of thousands of whom
are now living in Bangladesh in make shift camps and shelters.
the pontiff’s closely watched-visit to both countries, D’Rozario says he
believes the situation has improved. However, he says the displaced status of
the Rohingya cannot last forever and they need a more permanent and stable
so, he’s proud of the care that Catholics have provided in helping to improve
the conditions of the Rohingya refugees, noting that they are working to build
new camps and better shelters, and especially directing their efforts at
helping the children who are growing up in such unfortunate conditions.
who has visited the camps on two separate occasions, recalled after one visit
that he had “touched the wounds of Jesus.”
suffering, while heartbreaking and devastating, he says is a reminder of the
Church’s purpose - and he says Francis understood this during his time in the
Holy Father said, ‘I have seen the suffering faces, but I have also seen the
smiling faces,’” D’Rozario recalled.
ahead, he believes that his small nation and its even smaller Church, and its
people who now live in the United States, serve as a reminder of “the power of
the little ones.”
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, and
Chief Executive of Jamiat Islami Ata Mohammad Noor strongly condemned
yesterday’s deadly suicide attack in Kabul city.
the attack an act of the enemies of Afghanistan, Gen. Dostum said the enemies
think that they can create barriers on the way of the people of Afghanistan in
their efforts for development.
he said the Afghan nation and the government of Afghanistan will continue to
their efforts for a bright a future.
Chief Executive of Jamiat Islami Ata Mohammad Noor also reacted at the attack
and said he strongly condemns the bombing that left a number of innocent
civilians dead or wounded.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the enemies of Afghanistan once again
committed a crime that resulted into the martyrdom of a number of civilians and
security personnel while leaving a number of others wounded.
statement by ARG Palace stated that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed the
security forces for their sacrifices and ensuring security of the people.
Chairman of the Afghan Senate House, Upper House of the Parliament (Meshrano
Jirga), Fazal Hadi Muslimyar says the ceasefire with the Taliban group on the
occasion of Eid Al-Adha should be announced considering the national interests
and demands of the people.
during the general session of the parliament, Muslimyar said the government and
specially the President of the country should consider the previous experience,
demands of the people, and the national interests of the country if a ceasefire
is planned during Eid Al-Adha.
also added that the government must consider the malicious intent and excuses
of the enemies and the regional intelligence.
further added that he will share the recommendations and concerns of the people
and the lawmakers with the government leadership regarding the possible
Presidential spokesperson, Haroon Chakhansuri, told reporters in Kabul on
Saturday that there are chances of another ceasefire announcement with the
Taliban group during Eid Al-Adha.
further added that signs of interests are seen on both sides, the government
and Taliban, to declare another ceasefire during the upcoming.
said the ceasefire will only be declared based on the decision of the
government and demands of the people and religious scholars.
comes as the officials in the Chief Executive Office of the Unity Government
had earlier informed regarding the possible announcement of ceasefire with the
least eleven militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Khurasan (ISIS-K) surrendered to the Afghan armed forces in northern Jawzjan
province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the militants surrendered to the Afghan armed
forces in Qosh Tapa district.
source further added that the militants also handed over five weapons and six
motorcycles to the Afghan armed forces.
anti-government armed militant groups including ISIS Khurasan militants have
not commented regarding the report so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the
security of the province has deteriorated during the recent years amid ongoing
efforts by the anti-government armed militant groups to expand to expand their
foothold in this province.
Daesh Takfiris killed as army jets strike areas in eastern Iraq
than a dozen members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed when
Iraqi Air Force fighter jets carried out a string of airstrikes against
militant hideouts in the country’s eastern province of Diyala.
General Mezhir al-Azzawi, provincial commander of security forces, said the
Iraqi aircraft bombarded terrorist hideouts in Balkana area, located some 110
kilometers northeast of the provincial capital Baquba, leaving 15 Daesh Takfiris
added that local militant commanders were among the slain extremists.
a security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a Daesh terrorist
was captured at a security checkpoint in Tal Afar city, located 63 kilometers
west of Mosul.
source added that the militant had classified documents with him when he was
security forces also conducted an operation in the country's northern
Salahuddin province, where they destroyed an arms depot belonging to the remnants
of Daesh terrorist group.
weapons cache reportedly contained 28 hand grenades as well as bomb-making
June 30, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the
commander-in-chief of Iraqi forces, pledged to hunt down Daesh militants across
Iraq after recent attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group.
will chase the remaining cells of terrorism in their hideouts and we will kill
them, we will chase them everywhere, in the mountains and the desert,” Abadi
declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on
December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, the Iraqi prime minister had formally declared victory over
Daesh extremists in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold
in the conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning
Helmets evacuated from Syria to Israel: Report
of a Western-backed "aid group" accused of working with Takfiri
militants and staging false flag gas attacks in Syria have reportedly been evacuated
to an Israeli military base.
Israeli military said Sunday on Twitter that Israeli forces had evacuated
“members of a Syrian civil organization and their families” at the request of
the United States and “additional European countries.”
did not specify the group, but German tabloid Bild said some 800 members of the
White Helmets had been expected to be brought to Jordan through Israel to be
reportedly resettled later in the UK, Canada, and Germany.
evacuation kicked off at 9:30 pm local time on Saturday and was expected to
continue into the night. Several roads were put on lockdown by the army and
police as part of preparations for the exodus,” Russia Today said of the
Israeli military said the “civilians” were being taken out of Syria “due to an
immediate threat to their lives,” and because Israel wanted to make “an
exceptional humanitarian gesture.”
to the operation later on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
claimed that the operation was an "important humanitarian step,"
adding that he ordered it after requests from US President Donald Trump and
Canadian premier Justin Trudeau.
is reportedly about to prosecute the self-styled relief workers over reports of
their involvement with the militants and the gas attacks.
US, the UK, and France have launched many missile strikes against the Syrian
territory, accusing Damascus of deploying such weapons. The Syrian government
has surrendered its chemical arms stockpiles during a procedure overseen by the
United Nations’ chemical watchdog.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ambassador Mohammad al-Kayed said Amman had accepted
to take in the White Helmets after Britain, Canada and Germany each reportedly
pledged to take some of them each, Amman-based Ammon News said.
news about the Israeli involvement came amid Tel Aviv’s ongoing provision of
assistance to the militants fighting the Syrian government.
Raqqa: How ISIS used its own currency to profit from war
the years it wreaked havoc in cities like Raqqa and Mosul, ISIS made sure to
use its own currency, the dinar and dirham, in order to impose not only its
hand on the economy but reap the profits of war.
militant group announced in November 2014 that it was reinstated the golden
dinar and silver dirham in areas it controlled as it wanted to free Muslims
from the “satanic global economic system”.
reported that residents of al-Romeileh neighborhood staged demonstrations
against the Washington-back Syrian Democratic Forces, and the SDF opened fire
at the protestors and dispersed them.
people were killed or sustained injuries and some others were arrested by the
SDF," they added.
the meantime, a number of SDF militants were killed or wounded in the explosion
of a roadside bomb along a road between Raqqa city and the town of Tal Abyadh
in Northern Raqqa, the sources said.
went on to say that the SDF later arrested a number of civilians and killed a
person North of Raqqa.
Tuesday, people in the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa poured into the streets
and protested against SDF's measures, including forced recruitment of young
SDF, later, stormed the gathering and opened fire at demonstrators, making a
number of arrests.
demonstrators further closed off the streets in Tabaqa and threw pebble at the
army men struck ISIL's positions South of the town of Nawa in Western Dara'a
from several directions.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units and the country's Air
Force, pounded ISIL's positions and movements in the small town of Tasil, Tal
Jamou'a region and several more towns and villages in Hawz Yarmouk.
army soldiers further managed to push ISIL back from Tal Jamou'a Northwest of
Sheikh Sa'ad overlooking the town of Tasil.
said earlier today that The Syrian Army imposed full control over a number of
other militant-held regions in the Southern province of Dara'a after 500 more
terrorists left their positions for the Northern part of the country on Sunday.
sum of 250 militants and their family members left the town of Nawa for
Northern Syria on 20 buses.
250 terrorists and their family members left the small town of Mahajah for
Idlib as well.
Nasar, the commander of Liwa Farsan al-Joulan, Ahmad al-Nahas, the commander of
Alawiya Seif al-Sham, Ala al-Halqi, the commander of Jeish al-Ababil and Abu
Ratib Nasar, another commander of Liwa Farsan al-Joulan have escaped in
Quneitra towards positions of the Israeli army.
Syrian Army soldiers have arrived at the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan
after seven years and after government troops imposed control over tens of
villages and towns in Quneitra.
has been providing financial and military supports for the terrorist groups in
Quneitra province in the past recent years.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted a security source as reporting that a
sum of 1,500 terrorists and 2,200 of their family members have left Quneitra
for Idlib on 45 buses via Um Batinah passageway.
report further said that the army has driven a wedge between militant-held regions
in the South and North of Quneitra province through its recent advances.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted local sources in Idlib province as
disclosing that civilians in Northwestern Syria have started to use 2,000 lira
notes with the image of President Bashar al-Assad in their transactions.
said that the terrorist groups had forbidden using the Syrian notes in Idlib.
daily went on to say that the Syrian legal currency is used in trades and
transactions in spite of the terrorists' demand from the public to the US
dollar, adding that terrorists tried hard to replace the Syrian notes with
Turkish lira and US dollar but resident in Idlib preferred to use the Syrian
lira to foil the plot.
daily further said that relatives and friends of the population living in Idlib
province had played a crucial role in circulating Syria's 2,000 lira notes in
the militant-held regions in Idlib province.
Syrian government issued 2,000 lira notes almost a year ago.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted Commander of Bani Izz
tribal forces Sheikh Ahmed al-Mobarak as saying on Thursday that thousands of
trained forces were waiting for the start of the Syrian army's operations
against the terrorist groups in Idlib.
added that thousands of residents of Idlib supported the Syrian army since the
start of the war in the country, and said all tribal forces received military
training for the battle, specially against the foreign terrorist groups,
including the Chechnians, Uzbeks and Uygurs, stationed in Idlib province.
said that the tribal forces participated so far in several battles, including
in Southeastern Idlib, and foiled the terrorists' attacks despite the fact that
the militants used armored Turkish vehicles and resorted to suicide attacks and
Russia-run airbase reported that two drones of the terrorists tried to approach
Humeimim military airport, but they were downed by the Russian air defense
the meantime, the Russian Defense Ministry also announced in a statement that
the air defense units intercepted a drone flying from militant-held regions
toward Humeimim airbase.
ministry further said that terrorists in the de-escalation zone in Idlib are
preventing dispatch of humanitarian aids to the region.
this month, the AMN quoted a local field source in the coastal city of Jableh
as reporting that several armed drones targeted the Humeimim Airbase’s
Northeastern perimeter, prompting the Russian air defense to activate its
the sirens were activated, the Russian air defense reportedly intercepted the
armed drones before they could hit any targets inside the Humeimim Airbase or
AMN further said that the armed drones originated from Jisr al-Shughour region
in Southwest Idlib.
Al-Shughour is the same place that the Russian Air Force has been heavily
bombing over the last 24 hours.
army entered Nawa and Mahajah as soon as the terrorists withdrew and hoisted
the government flag.
sources said that the army has now imposed full control over the entire
militant-held regions in Dara'a, adding that only six percent of the province's
land is still under ISIL's control.
Free Syrian Army (FSA), ISIL and Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation
Board or the Al-Nusra Front) started a coalition in Western Dara'a on Saturday
to prevent the pro-government forces' march in the region.
and Al-Nusra Front-affiliated groups in Western Dara'a and ISIL groups deployed
in Hawz Yarmouk set up a coalition to stand against the government troops in a
triangular region between Syria, Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan.
on Sunday launched an air strike on a Syrian regime military target in the west
of the country, Syrian state media reported.
of our military positions in Mesyaf was the target of an Israeli air
aggression,” Syria’s official news agency SANA said quoting a military source.
warplanes have bombarded a military post in Syria’s central province of Hama,
Syrian state television reports.
brief report did not elaborate on what exactly had been hit in the city of
Misyaf on Sunday evening, but said only material damage had been inflicted.
of our military positions in Masyaf was the target of an Israeli air
aggression," Syria's official news agency, SANA, said quoting a military
unnamed source added that the strike was an attempt to cover up for the
collapse of terrorist organizations in Dara'a and Quneitra.
the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is close to Syria’s
opposition groups, claimed that the Israeli strike targeted a workshop where
surface-to-surface missiles were made.
where a government scientific research center is located, was also hit by
another Israeli airstrike in September 2017.
week, Syrian state news outlets reported that Israeli rockets had struck a
Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of
Tel Aviv regime has recently increased its airstrikes in Syria. Damascus has on
multiple occasions denounced the Israeli regime’s aggression and also warned
about the “dangerous repercussions” of Israeli assaults on its territory.
Aviv is widely believed to have been providing weapons to anti-Damascus
militants as well as medical treatment to Takfiri elements wounded in Syria
inside the occupied Golan Heights.
this month, Syrian air defenses repelled an Israeli attack on the country's
on May 10, Israel conducted what it called its most intensive airstrikes on
Syria in decades. According to Russia's Defense Ministry, Israel had used 28
warplanes in its airstrikes and fired 70 missiles. Both Damascus and Moscow
said the Syrian army managed to shoot down over half of the missiles.
Tel Aviv regime, at the time, claimed that its assault was in response to a
barrage of 20 rockets fired from Syria at Israeli military outposts in Golan.
has secretly abandoned its blanket opposition to the death penalty and
Guantanamo Bay to allow two notorious members of the "Beatles" group
of Isil terrorists to be sent to America, The Telegraph can reveal.
seen by this newspaper reveal that the UK Government has agreed to hand over
intelligence to help prosecute the captured jihadists Alexanda Kotey and Shafee
El-Sheikh, who both held British citizenship, in the US courts.
a letter sent by Sajid Javid to Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General, the
Home Secretary says that Britain will demand no “assurances” that the pair will
not be executed in America.
documents say that British officials have also assessed the pair...
state not obliged to take back IS children: Court
(Kurdistan 24) – The Belgian state is not obliged to take back the six children
of two Belgian Islamic state (IS) fighters currently in Syria, according to a
court ruling published on Thursday.
IS widows, Bouchra Abouallal (25), and Tatiana Wielandt (25), along with their
children, were earlier evacuated from Syria in 2013.
giving birth in Belgium, however, both returned with their children to Syria.
In March 2018, they were sentenced in absentia up to five years in prison.
women gave birth again this year, bringing the total of children born to IS
members up to six.
two families are currently living in Kurdish-run refugee camps in northern
Syria. Many women, children, and IS fighters were captured while trying to
escape IS-territory and battles against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces
local Kurdish-led authorities in northern Syria have called on foreign states
to take back IS women and children. But so far, the majority of them have not
responded to their calls.
Belgian judge, as reported by news website Het Laatste Nieuws on Thursday, said
the court still recognized the moral duty to pay attention to the fate of
foreign jihadist minors.
the judge ruled there was no legal impetus to take back the children as the
Belgian government has no jurisdiction over refugee camps.
had already announced that IS children under five years old should be
repatriated if their parents are Belgian.
jihad expert Montasser AlDe'emeh told Kurdistan 24 the Belgian government has
no legal basis to use to bring back the children.
are practical problems with repatriation,” he said. “Belgium has no
jurisdiction in these camps. Moreover, one cannot invoke the European
Convention on Human Rights to demand repatriation,” he explained.
also noted the war against the jihadist group is not yet over and that this
could create security risks for Belgium.
can also be related to early traumatization. An example of that is young
jihadists of Chechen origin who never properly processed traumatizing
experiences in their homeland and who have joined IS in recent years. The
perpetrator of the stabbing in Paris a few months ago was born in 1997 in
Chechnya," he said.
expert warned against returning children to Europe.
children were reportedly involved in recent attacks in Indonesia. Traumatized
children of (killed) jihadists might look for revenge. That is why we should
not run the risk,” he concluded.
US has called on Western countries to take responsibility and take foreign
terrorist fighters are a third area of growing interest among the international
community. Among the past few months,
officials of several governments have spoken openly of hundreds of foreign
terrorist fighters under SDF detention in Syria,” US army spokesperson Colonel
Thomas Veale told reporters in June.
youngest convicted terrorist, who was jailed for his part in a plot to behead
police officers in Australia when he was 14 years old, is seeking to keep his
identity secret by asking the courts for lifelong anonymity.
teenager, from Blackburn, Lancashire, referred to as RXG during his trial for
inciting terrorism, was granted anonymity until adulthood by a judge in 2015
because of fears his case could inspire copycat plots.
jailed for life in October 2015 for convincing Australian jihadist Sevdet
Besim, then 18, to plot an attack in Melbourne on Anzac Day.
will be eligible for release in 2020 after serving a minimum term of five years
on the condition he no longer poses a threat to the public.
for RXG will argue for lifelong anonymity citing his right to privacy under
human rights law and his desire for a second chance, according to the Sunday
Times. The move is unprecedented in a terrorism case in the UK. If it is
granted, RXG will join some of the country’s most high-profile offenders whose
identities are protected, including Jon Venables, Robert Thompson and Maxine
teenager’s lawyers will have to successfully convince a high court judge that
RXG is at serious risk from reprisals if his identity becomes public knowledge
or that it would affect his rehabilitation.
are normally given anonymity in criminal proceedings, but judges can choose to
name offenders upon conviction in the most serious cases, such as the trial of
Alex Bolland and Thomas Wyllie, who were named on Friday for plotting a
Columbine-style attack on their school in Yorkshire.
March 2015, a court heard that RXG exchanged from his bedroom more than 3,000
encrypted messages with Sevdet Besim, encouraging Besim to murder police
officers guarding an Anzac Day event in Melbourne by beheading them. The plot
was foiled by Australian police.
court also heard how RXG had previously been radicalised by online Islamic
the past few months, Hamas has been engaged in an ongoing terror campaign
against the Jewish state: continuously striving to infiltrate into Israel,
launching incendiary devices over the border, and last weekend firing more than
200 rockets and mortar shells.
the Israeli press has covered these attacks extensively, the UK media has
largely minimalised them. This, despite the obligation of the press to report
accurately and fairly. The coverage has been flawed in three specific areas.
the media has largely dismissed Hamas’s ongoing attempts to infiltrate the
border with Israel as mere “protests”.
March of this year, Hamas has repeatedly assembled large groups of Palestinians
to storm the Gaza border, in an effort to break through into Israel and murder
Israeli civilians living in communities nearby.
headline-writers at the Independent and other publications have described these
activities as “protests” (‘Jerusalem Day’ protests: Three Palestinians die as
violence on Gaza-Israel border resumes), belittling the fact that many of the
so-called “protesters” have been carrying pipe bombs and machetes, and not
simply placards. Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar has openly admitted that the
strategy of labelling events in Gaza as “peaceful protests” has been a
leader Yahya Sinwar has proclaimed boldly, “we will tear down the border” to
“tear out their hearts”.
is a sad day when journalists ignore the very words that Hamas themselves
declare about their own tactics and motives.
second major problem has been a decided lack of accurate reporting when it
comes to Hamas’s sending incendiary devices into Israel. Arsonists have
attached explosives, Molotov cocktails and other highly flammable materials to
kites and balloons, turning toys into weapons. In at least one case, Hamas tied
incendaries to the feet of a kestrel.
bombs may be “homemade” and “improvised”, but that does not make them any less
dangerous — especially when in the hands of professional terrorists from Hamas,
Islamic Jihad and other such groups.
attacks have caused more than 850 fires, destroying more than 6,500 acres of
natural habitat and farmland. All of this has taken a huge economic toll on the
Israeli farmers in the border region.
facts about Hamas’s use of incendiary weapons have been downplayed,
under-reported, and trivialised — the devices being dismissed as mere
children’s kites and party balloons.
in April, the Guardian mentioned these incendiaries only in passing, describing
those launching them as “protesters”, rather than as arsonists and terrorists.
Only when Israel has responded to this terror from Gaza, then — and only then —
has the media seriously taken notice.
too often, a perverse logic appears to be at work, which snoozes as these fires
burn through Israel’s wheat fields, and wakes up when Israel tries to prevent
further fires by taking steps to defend itself.
the damage caused by incendiary devices is not conveyed to the readers, then
how can they understand the gravity of Hamas’s actions, and indeed Israel’s
need to respond?
terrorists seeking to destroy the UK were to set vast swathes of British
farmland ablaze, then every newspaper in this country would devote their front
pages to the attacks.
Israel acted to bring an end to Hamas’s ongoing violence, Hamas responded with
a massive barrage of rockets and mortars.
fresh assault forms the third aspect of Hamas’s terror campaign that the media
is playing down.
are publishing headlines that make no mention of Hamas rockets at all. In
recent weeks, those rockets have destroyed infrastructure, with one missile
landing in a kindergarten shortly before children were due to arrive. Last
weekend, a house was hit and four people were taken to hospital. A synagogue
was also struck.
Guardian’s headline Israel makes ‘most painful Hamas strike’ since 2014 ignores
Hamas’s aggression completely, as does the BBC with its headline Israel deals
‘hardest blow’ to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war.
could send troops to Libya to train anti-terror forces to fight Islamic State
after a request from the country's military.
commander of the UN-backed government's counter-terrorism force said he had
asked for help to teach a specialist unit new skills to combat jihadists amid
fears the militants are trying to regroup.
General Mohamed Al-Zain said his preference was for the training to take place
inside Libya, not in Britain.
defence sources said they had yet to have the request passed to them but would
consider it – and they believed training inside Libya was possible.
Al-Zain's comments come weeks after he met the UK's ambassador to Libya, Frank
Baker, where they discussed building closer ties.
are also underway to re-establish a British embassy in the war-ravaged country
in the coming months, diplomatic sources in London said.
from the unit's base in the city of Khoms, Libya, General Al-Zain said: 'Right
now they [IS also known as Daesh] are trying to re-gather and re-establish
their forces once more.
the Libyan borders are not under total control, there is a concern about the
movement of some of the Daesh leadership, from places where they are currently
under attack and making their way into the Libyan desert.
have requested from our British partners help in training.
am talking about the training of our counter terrorism soldiers wherever that
if this would take place in the UK or Libya, he said: 'My personal belief is
that if the Libyan troops are trained here in Libya it will be better and more
beneficial for us.
our troops inside Libya on the ground on Libyan terrain is the best type of
training we could receive.'
said there are still potentially several hundred IS fighters in hiding in the
country, down from 5,000 two years ago.
troops would be sent in a training capacity and not in a combat role. The
security situation in Libya is considered so volatile that there is no
permanent British presence in the country.
deployment of UK trainers to Libya would need a large number of troops to
Britain last examined sending training troops to Libya in 2016, they worked on
the basis that only a third of the UK troops would be engaged in training and
the rest would be needed for protection.
one government is in charge of Libya and there are numerous militias competing
Whitehall source said any training would probably take place in Libya. In 2014
a British training programme for Libyan troops ended after soldiers at
Bassingbourn Barracks, Hertfordshire, carried out sex attacks.
cadets on a basic infantry course were later jailed for 12 years for the rape
of a man in Cambridge and three others were jailed for sexually assaulting
source said: 'After what happened at Bassingbourn, I can't see us wanting a
repeat of that any time soon.'
Al-Zain said: ‘After the most recent visit by the British ambassador we are in
the process of building a more close relationship with the British.
is based on the directives from the Libyan prime minister and also from the
commander, who did not want to be pictured for security reasons, said: ‘The
first level of co-ordination will be the sharing of intelligence.’
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