pupils at Abrar academy in Preston, Lancashire, have been debating the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
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bodies told to enhance role in understanding of Islam
Islamic related agencies in Sarawak must play a dominant role in ensuring
better understanding of Islam and its teachings by people of other religions.
pointing this out, Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said such
understanding is vital in a multiracial society such as Sarawak.
much as it is important for Muslims to stay united, I feel that it is also
important for other religions to have better understanding of Islam as well to
ensure that this multiracial state continues to be blessed with harmony,” said
was speaking at the 16th convocation ceremony of Institut Kemahiran Islam
Malaysia Sarawak (Ikmas) at State Islamic Complex, Jalan P Ramlee here yesterday.
praised Ikmas for the hard work it put in to empower Islam and its teachings in
the state, adding that more of the younger generation were seen actively
involved in religious activities now compared to before.
happens as they were exposed to Islamic values and teachings at an early age
and I believe that we are on the right track to bring Islam to another positive
uprising,” he added.
on, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa
said Ikmas had reached another milestone after its diploma programme since 2016
received temporary accreditation from the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA).
full accreditation is expected to be achieved as early as next year and it is
certainly an acknowledgement of the capability of Ikmas,” said Mujahid.
expressed confidence that the accreditation would give added value to Ikmas
graduates and be a morale booster to the staff in achieving better results for
government will look into providing scholarships to excellent students to
pursue higher education.
are also studying a masterplan to transform Ikmas to ensure that it will be on
par with other higher learning institutions in the state,” he added.
total of 115 students of Diploma in Islamic Learning and Dakwah received their
diploma scrolls at the convocation ceremony yesterday.
Islamic school that ensures its boys understand the Israeli point of view
than 550,000 students took GCSE history this summer, says Michael Davies, a
history teacher at Lancaster Royal Grammar, a selective state boys’ school in
Lancashire. “Of those, only 2,200 had studied Israel and Palestine. In
comparison, 70,000 had studied the history of the American West.”
Abrar Academy, a private Muslim boys’ school based in a former Methodist church
in Preston, this year’s GCSE cohort did not take the Israel/Palestine option.
Like so many schools of all dominations, they studied the first world war
not that the boys aren’t interested, says Suhayl Hafiz, curriculum manager,
during the eerily quiet lunch break: “Palestine is the third holiest site in
Islam, and the conflict is something all the boys have heard about, whether at
the mosque or at home or in school.”
was their history teacher’s decision, he says, as a group of boys in long white
tunics play barefoot football downstairs where the pews used to be. “They
weren’t really confident at that time.” It’s something Davies has often heard:
“Teachers are scared of it. It’s a hot potato. They are worried about upsetting
parents or the kids saying something which will be reported to the authorities,
and so they teach the Tudors instead.”
towards the end of Abrar’s summer term, Hafiz accepted an offer from Davies to
teach a class on one of the most divisive conflicts in the modern world. It was
a big moment for Davies, who has set up a project called Parallel Histories, which
teaches Israel/Palestine from both sides rather than “twisting competing
perspectives into a single, compromised narrative”.
June he organised an event at the House of Lords to discuss why so few schools
dare to teach this difficult and often very emotional topic. None of the 20 or
so Muslim schools he invited came. A few Jewish institutions did, encouraged by
Samantha Benson, director of education at the Partnership for Jewish Schools.
was disappointing but not a surprise. “Muslim schools are acutely aware of the
potential for bad publicity after the Trojan Horse affair,” says Davies,
referring to a scandal in some Birmingham schools in 2013 and 2014 when
hardline Muslims were accused of conspiring to take over local schools and
running them according to strict Islamic principles.
downside of tackling Israel and Palestine in front of outsiders is obvious –
Muslim students care passionately about it and the story of Palestinian
oppression feeds into a broader narrative of Muslims as victims of western
aggression, and that’s not an area where most teachers want to go with
observers in the classroom,” says Davies.
the Abrar academy, a warning bell sounds out across the school. It is still the
middle of a lesson but the bell tells the boys that they have 15 minutes before
their afternoon prayer. At the anointed time, they will kneel down in neat rows
and press their skullcap-clad heads to the ground in worship before it is time
for the last secular class of the day. Afternoons are devoted to secular
studies; the morning is set aside for Islamic study: Qur’anic recitation and
translation, Arabic lessons and Islamic theology. In 2016, Ofsted found the
school “requires improvement”, saying teaching in secular subjects did not help
pupils to learn as well as in Islamic lessons.
120 boys aged 11 to 21 study at Abrar, which was set up in 2009 by Hadhrat
Shaikh Maulana Fazlehaq Wadee, a scholar of the Deobandi strand of Sunni Islam.
Day pupils pay £1,300 a year – boarders £2,500 (Lancaster Royal Grammar charges
£11,181 per year for boarders, considered to be at the bargain basement end of
the Deobandis have a reputation for hardline puritanism (the Taliban are its
most notorious proponents), the teaching at Abrar is quite liberal, insists
Hafiz, an alumnus of a Preston state school. “We think of ourselves as British
so we are quite liberal in that sense.” He points to link projects with nearby
Lowton high school, including a visit by their pupils who tried on Islamic
dress and experienced Muslim education for a day.
make the wrong assumptions about us, says a 15-year-old boarder from Newcastle.
“My parents wanted me to go to a secular school but it was me that pushed to
come here.” Some of the boys change into jeans and T-shirts as soon as school
is out: others prefer Islamic dress seven days a week. A good proportion of the
boys aspire to be an imam or a Muslim scholar, perhaps after pursing a secular
of Abrar’s teachers are male and when female students visit the school and take
extracurricular lessons on the balcony, they are shielded by fabric and room
dividers. Nonetheless the boys do not seem fazed by the arrival of a blond
female reporter with bare arms and uncovered hair, and are curious about the
Guardian’s interest in their school.
is excited about the lesson he has planned on the Balfour declaration, a hotly
contested document signed by the British in 1917 which promised the land of
Palestine to the Zionist Federation, a recently established political movement
whose goal was the creation of a Jewish state.
boys, aged 14 to 19, have already been split into two groups to prepare for a
debate. Half were disappointed to be told they must argue that the British
should be praised for the declaration – an opinion held by very few Muslims.
boys are appointed judges and mark their classmates on content and
presentation, totting up the scores to declare the Palestinian side winners,
though only by a whisker.
15, on the Israel team, says his side had to work harder: “I told the team,
swallow your pride, just do it. Even after hours and hours of research we
thought Palestine had a stronger argument, so to find an argument for Israel
and the Jews to have this thing was really difficult.
we did find it, we found small things to pick out and expand on, and we were
very close to actually winning. I was more on the other side but now I’ve got a
bit more understanding and think Israel does have a point. In this school
especially we are trying to become Muslim scholars but we have to go out there
and we need to be aware of what’s going on – this is Britain, we need to
understand British values. All of this will help us understand tolerance, etc.
If we are biased to one opinion by ignorance then it’s not fair. No matter if
they are Jews or whatever, they are still human. We have to respect them.”
this year, Davies split his Lancaster Grammar students into two groups. One was
taught the Israeli view, the other the Palestinian. Afterwards, they were
surveyed on the Balfour declaration and if the British should have signed it.
Their answers were influenced by what they had been taught. Almost 60% of those
taught the Jewish side said the British should be praised, while almost 50% of
those taught the Palestinian narrative said the British should be criticised.
the Abrar lesson, just two boys say that they still believe Israel does not
have a right to exist.
you have to look at it with a sympathetic view when you are dealing with the Jewish
part of things because they came out of the holocaust and needed a land of
their own and Palestine did have a bit of space,” says Mohammed, 19.
what makes me say that Israel doesn’t have the right to exist is the
fundamentals of what it was built on and how they deal with Palestine right
asks if he would distinguish between “right to exist” and “be heavily
criticised”. “I wouldn’t say it should be eliminated right now but the basis on
which Israel was built was wrong,” says the boy. “I don’t think it should be
removed now that it exists.”
relief for people likely in first 100 days of PTI government
The incoming Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government plans to offer profitable
dollar bonds to overseas Pakistanis, place China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
(CPEC) agreements before parliament, but is unlikely to offer any relief to the
people in the first 100 days in office.
at the first formal press conference after the recent elections, the likely new
finance minister Asad Umar said that offering any relief or subsidy to the
people in first 100 days was like giving lollipops. He said the first 100 days
would also not see a decision that would change the destiny of the nation, but
a clear direction on what “we promised and where we are headed for
complained that the local and international media did not quote him accurately
in recent reports about the need for $12 billion foreign financing,
privatisation of 200 companies, including the Pakistan International Airlines
and Pakistan Steel Mills, and so on. He said there was no discussion so far on
revising budget and non-transparency in foreign loans was the real challenge.
Umar said the PTI so far did not have access to real data, nor did it have any
outside view of the latest situation but based on the best available
information, one thing was clear that the requirement was reasonably urgent to
examine all available options to finance external account. “The situation is
such that we don’t have the luxury of choosing one option, but will have to
plan all options in parallel, including the IMF support within six weeks.”
PTI leader said Sukuk bond, Eurobond, bilateral and multilateral options were
on the table, but most importantly his party wanted to tap into overseas
Pakistanis’ potential in a big way. “The Pakistanis abroad have a sentimental
relationship with PTI and Imran Khan and we plan to give them debt instruments
with returns better than what they are getting at present so that they could
also take a pride in nation building.”
How the Pakistani economy survived a second transition of democracy
said it could be on the pattern of dollar-denominated bond of the Central
Directorate of National Savings and the people abroad also wanted its
tradability. Secondly, he added, overseas Pakistanis would also be offered
equity instruments, for example, in real estate, but by taking risk away from
those who had bad experiences of their investments. “There is no size decided,
nor market assessed” and it would depend on the situation and demand, he said
in response to a question.
Umar said all agreements should be transparent and placed before parliament
unless some real secret was involved. He said his party had been demanding that
the CPEC and LNG agreements should be presented in parliament and it would now
ensure that economic decision-making was transparent.
reply to question, he said that after a lot of efforts at the level of
parliamentary committees he had been able to access the details about the CPEC
agreements and there was nothing in those agreements to hide. “Yes, we will
bring them before parliament to ensure transparency.”
the same time, Mr Umar said there was no question of going back on any
international commitment or reopening any agreement unless some clear
wrongdoing or corruption appeared and there should not be any problem to take
them up with the Chinese government which was aggressively fighting corruption
which was neither in the interest of China nor Pakistan. Likewise, he said the
LNG agreement with Qatar would also be presented before parliament.
said the Chinese ambassador held a meeting with PTI chairman Imran Khan and had
a follow-up session with him in which matters relating to taking the CPEC to
the next level were discussed without any specific proposals. He said no loans
were discussed with the Chinese, but “we have an assurance that China as a
friend would stand by us”.
criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government for presenting an
unrealistic budget and reckless spending for political means and borrowing
heavily which had increased fiscal deficit for the last financial year to 7.1
per cent from a target of 4.1pc. “We never have such expansionary monetary and
fiscal policies, while current account deficit reached an unsustainable level,
from $2 billion a year when the problem started to $2 billion a month when the
Umar said the availability of bankable data on everything was the real
challenge and even power production and supply numbers were unrealistic, adding
that commercial loans were not a problem, but the problem was with transparency
in all sectors and agreements.
said the situation in Pakistan was dire at present and required tough decisions
for course correction, adding that it would be unfair so say that Pakistan had
never been to dire situations like this before and it came out of problems in
the past and there was no reason not to overcome challenges this time.
Umar claimed that no real reforms had taken place over the past five years and
it was not only failure of the government but also the IMF as the two together
“kept glossing over the challenges with Panadol to bring down fever instead of
curing the disease with real reform”.
said all the loss-making entities would be taken out of the control of line
ministries that protected the status quo and placed under a wealth fund whose
ownership would remain in the name of the president of Pakistan. There would be
no need for seed money and would keep getting financing from the finance
ministry as before.
said there was no truth in reports about deals to free former prime minister
Nawaz Sharif. He said the best relief for the people could be real reforms that
included reduction in indirect taxes which have touched 90pc now and increase
recoveries from direct taxes. He said Imran Khan would not distribute jobs in
D-Chowk, but increase revenues, reduce expenditures and open up six areas for
investments and job creation.
court sentences five Takfiri Daesh terrorists to death by hanging
court in Iraq has sentenced five Iraqi nationals to death by hanging over their
membership in the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in criminal
acts in the war-ravaged Arab country.
Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said in a
statement that the country’s Central Criminal Court issued the verdicts against
the convicts after they confessed to having fought against security and
military forces in Nineveh and Anbar provinces and carrying out terrorist
attacks, Arabic-language al-Forat television network reported.
development came only a day after the same Iraqi court sentenced 55-year-old
French citizen Lahcen Ammar Gueboudj and German national Nadia Rainer Hermann,
22, to life imprisonment on charges of affiliation to Daesh terror group.
Criminal Court of Nineveh sentenced an unnamed Daesh militant to death on July
8 after he was convicted of killing 16 people at Mosul General Hospital, and
planting hundreds of bombs east of the provincial capital city of Mosul,
located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Baghdad.
said the convict has confessed to executing civilians, and planting 250
explosive devices across the town of Bartella.
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
militant groups trying to reunite before polls
Delhi/Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNI) Two Jehadist Bangladesh-based groups, Jamaat-ul
Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ansarul Islam along with other smaller groups
are trying to come together and forge an umbrella organisation to escalate
their activities ahead of general elections due later this year.
to reports from Dhaka and Delhi, the militants may target 'popular and
progressive' Awami League leaders and also security officials, government
establishments and independent bloggers and foreigners working in development
in Indian government say the expansion plans of militant groups in Bangladesh
are largely rooted in domestic political dynamics especially due to
"marginalisation" of the Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist
Party(BNP) through corruption cases and their conviction.
Islamist groups are trying to forge a single platform with the aim to create
anarchy ahead of the national elections, intelligence agencies alerted the Home
Ministry (of Bangladesh) recently," said a report in Dhaka-based English
newspaper 'The Daily Star'.
is threat, but we are aware of it and working on it in full swing. So, their
activities have been minimised,” Additional Deputy Inspector General
(Intelligence & Special Affairs) Md Moniruzzaman has been quoted as saying
in the newspaper.
has also been suggested that a top leader of a faction of Gonojagoron Mancha, a
civil society group, might also be a target of the militants as the mainstream
JMB had been monitoring their activities.
further said the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya muslims from
Myanmar’s Rakhine state in August-December 2017 also has raised security
concerns for Bangladesh.
also said Jehadist groups and also ISIS could try exploit 'Rohingya’s plight'
in efforts to mobilise support.
Bangladesh government has been advised by Indian agencies that efforts should
be made not only on counter-terrorism operations or enhanced security measures
but on providing support for refugees and intensify the efforts to assuage
potential friction between Rohingyas and host communities.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has again renewed her call to the international
community, including Japan, to persuade Myanmar to take back their Rohingya
nationals from Bangladesh.
Rohingyas must return and for this, the global community will have to persuade
Myanmar to take them back from Bangladesh,” she said when Japanese Foreign
Minister Taro Kono paid a courtesy call on her.
JAYA, Aug 7 ― Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) has opposed Putrajaya’s effort
that control women’s clothing and restrict their freedom of expression today,
saying that such policies are extremely sexist that based on stereotype of
women are seductresses.
obsession to control what women wear has to stop now,” it said in a statement.
the government is really serious about eliminating gender discrimination, they
should prohibit employers from dismissing or refusing to hire women based on
their attire, instead of creating policies to dictate how women should dress,”
it said in a statement today.
was responding to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mujahid
Yusof Rawa who announced yesterday that the government is working on a dress
code for Muslim women in the private sector.
said there is already many emphases on women’s appearance in our society.
government should instead focus on more substantive issues such as ensuring
that parents have access to affordable child care, increasing women’s labour
force participation, and enacting a Sexual Harassment Act and a Gender Equality
Act, which would protect against gender discrimination and accelerate gender
equality,” it added.
Malaysiakini reported that the government will prepare a set of
Shariah-compliant dress code guideline for the private sector, which is
expected to be completed by the end of the year.
the industries involved are the hotel industry and airline industry.
shuts down Saudi-backed anti-terrorism centre
LUMPUR: Malaysia's new government has shut down a Saudi backed anti-terrorism
centre, just over a year after it was launched by the kingdom's ruling monarch
during a visit here last year.
minister Mohamad Sabu said in a written reply to a question in parliament on
Monday that the King Salman centre for international peace will cease operation
immediately and that its function will be absorbed by the Malaysian institute
of defense and security.
didn't give a reason for the closure.
centre, which aims to draw Islamic scholars to combat extremist views and
promote tolerance, was announced in March last year during King Salman's visit
to Malaysia under former Malaysian leader Najib Razak. It has a temporary
office in Kuala Lumpur while awaiting the construction of a permanent building
in Malaysia's administrative capital of Putrajaya.
suffered a shocking defeat in May's national polls and is now facing corruption
lawmaker Hishammuddin Hussein, who was formerly defense minister, said Tuesday
that the move to close the centre was a loss to the nation amid growing
terrorism in the Muslim world. He said the centre was aimed at putting predominantly
Muslim Malaysia at the forefront of the fight against violent extremism and
ideologies together with Saudi Arabia.
have been concerns in recent years that under Najib, Saudi Arabia's
ltraconservative interpretation of Islam has gained an expanded foothold in
shattered mosque in quake-hit northern Lombok, where sandals remain scattered
outside its entrance, has become a focal point of the rescue effort after one
weeping man was hauled out of the wreckage.
unknown number of worshippers were performing evening prayers at the Jabal Nur
mosque in the village of Lading-Lading on Sunday when the 6.9-magnitude quake
sent deadly tremors coursing through the ground.
described chaotic scenes as the shallow quake hit, bringing down walls and
bending the minaret. Some got out before the roof came down, others did not.
were praying when suddenly an extremely strong shaking occurred,” Tara, who
like many Indonesians only has one name, told AFP. “I immediately grabbed my
grandson, who is three years old, everyone was then scrambling to get out,” he
many as 50 people may have been in the mosque at the time of the quake, another
witness named Kelana told AFP.
imam ran, so the others followed,” the 53-year-old said, adding he couldn’t
tell how many people managed to escape.
soldiers and volunteers have worked frantically to remove debris from the site
in scenes repeated across the picturesque volcanic island, which draws
holidaymakers from around the world.
Monday there was a brief moment of success. Video posted by rescuers online
showed a dazed and disorientated man, dust-covered and still wearing his prayer
cap, pulled alive from the twisted remains of the building.
safe sir, you’re safe,” one rescuer said as the man burst into sobs.
the emergency crews have also had to contend with death. Three times now they
have come across and removed broken bodies crushed under the weight of tonnes
of concrete and rebar.
have used concrete cutters and excavators to claw through the rubble, while
shattered roads had initially hampered efforts to bring heavy machinery into
say they will not stop looking.
estimate there are still more victims because we found many sandals in front of
the mosque,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, told
reporters on Tuesday.
much of Lombok, once bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost
towns, with residents sleeping out in the open, scared to stay near their
shattered homes amid regular aftershocks. Eerie footage filmed in Tanjung
district in the island’s north showed streets deserted, save for a few nervous
residents and motorcycles passing along the dusty main road.
lines have been toppled and many houses reduced to piles of stone and plaster.
KINABALU: Sabah Umno chief Hajiji Noor branded elected representatives who left
the party to work with Parti Warisan Sabah and Pakatan Harapan (PH) as
unprincipled and dishonourable.
after chairing the Sabah Umno meeting here today, Hajiji said the assemblymen
had betrayed the mandate given to them by Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN)
supporters and voters.
left the party and the coalition because of their personal interests and also
because of posts. They are traitors and these traitors would definitely be
punished by the voters and the people,” he said.
six Umno members who left Umno and threw their support behind Warisan and PH
are Balung assemblyman Osman Jamal, Tanjung Batu assemblyman Hamisa Samad,
Sebatik assemblyman Abdul Muis Picho, Pitas assemblyman Bolkiah Ismail,
Kemabong assemblyman Jamawi Jaafar and Sugut assemblyman James Ratib.
Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) acting president Madius
Tangau also brought four of five Upko assemblymen out of BN to support Warisan.
reiterated Sabah Umno’s commitment to be an effective opposition in the new
government, saying that its new status should not discourage its members from
fighting for the interests of the people in the state.
left in the party now are fighters who have dignity, sincerity and loyalty to
the party’s struggles. The party is strong as long as we continue to hold on to
our true principles and we will become a strong and constructive opposition,”
also took the opportunity to take a swipe at Labuan DAP ex-protem chairman Lau
Seng Kiat who urged non-Muslim Bumiputera Umno members to leave Umno.
Lau to stay out of Sabah Umno’s business, Hajiji said the presence and
struggles of non-Muslim Bumputeras in Sabah Umno had nothing to do with DAP.
said Umno had been present in Sabah more than 25 years ago and had contributed
so much to the state, especially in developing the state and protecting the
Sabah Umno has become the favourite choice for many among the non-Muslim
Bumputeras to join in fighting and serving the people, because they are
confident and believe in Umno’s struggle,” he said.
who is also Tuaran Umno division chief, said Sabah Umno had never neglected its
non-Muslim Bumiputera members.
receive the same treatment and privileges as the Muslim members of the party.
They are also free to contest for posts in the party’s election, and even the
post of Umno division chief, like Senator John Ambrose and ex-Tenom Umno
division chief Rubin Balang,” he said.
Umno is sincere in fighting to safeguard and help the people of Sabah,
particularly those at the grassroots level.
Umno is different from DAP Sabah which does not have divisions and branches
throughout Sabah… that’s why DAP cannot serve or provide for all the people of
Sabah,” he said.
JAYA: A lawyer has urged Putrajaya to look into the possible abuse of power and
corruption in other federal-linked religious bodies as well, following reports
that funds belonging to a government-linked Islamic body were frozen after an
Iskandar Syed Jaaafar Al Mahdzar said minister in charge of Islamic affairs
Mujahid Yusof Rawa should also investigate the activities of the Malaysian
Islamic Development Department (Jakim), the Da’wah Foundation Malaysia (Yadim),
Malaysian Economic Development Foundation Malaysia (Yapeim) and the Shariah
Judiciary Department of Malaysia.
is a wastage of public resources due to abuse of power and corruption. Even the
conduct of the Shariah Court judges should be looked into,” he told FMT.
remarks followed reports that funds belonging to the Malaysian Islamic
Strategic Research Institute (Iksim) were frozen after an internal audit
revealed possible abuse of power and misuse of funds.
said the audit revealed that Iksim had received RM7.6 million but only
RM200,000 was accounted for.
added that Iksim had been funded by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious
MAIWP has stopped funding it further despite its earlier pledge to do so.”
Iskandar said Putrajaya through Jakim and MAIWP had channelled funds to Islamic
organisations to help poor and needy Muslims. However, he claimed only a select
few had benefitted from this.
said even shariah judges had committed professional misconduct by openly
campaigning for Barisan Nasional and Mujahid’s predecessor, Jamil Khir Baharom,
in the recent general election.
evidence is readily available. The Pakatan Harapan government should look into
also alleged that Iksim was formed two years ago as a company to promote former
prime minister Najib Razak as an Islamic leader, and to portray then-opposition
parties like PKR and DAP as anti-Islam.
from MAIWP were channelled to Iksim to carry out the agenda of those in power,”
he said, adding that such conduct had led to Islam being portrayed in a
Nearly 300 suspects have been arrested since the series of terrorist attacks in
East Java during May, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Tuesday
have been arresting suspected terrorists. According to the most recent report
from last night, 283 suspected terrorists have been arrested since the Surabaya
bombings," Tito said, as quoted by BeritaSatu.com.
forces have been focusing on the threat of terrorism, especially with the Asian
Games set to begin on Aug. 18.
military and police will deploy 40,000 officers to safeguard the event, which will
involve around 15,000 athletes and officials from 45 countries.
the wake of the attacks in East Java, lawmakers sped up deliberations on a
revision of the 2003 Antiterrorism Law, which was finally approved by the House
of Representatives on May 25.
said the new law allows police to tackle the issue of terrorism more
addition, the South Jakarta District Court recently banned Jamaah Ansharut
Daulah over its involvement in high-profile terrorist attacks in Indonesia,
including the attacks in Surabaya.
court also outlawed other Islamic State-affiliated organizations in Indonesia.
means that anyone who is affiliated or a member [of such organizations] can be
convicted. The old law did not allow us to do this, as it required evidence,
including weapons, planning and actions, so often times we were too late,"
military court gives 1.5 years in jail to Palestinian minor
Israeli military court has handed down a jail term of 18 months to a
Palestinian minor as the number of Palestinian children being held in Tel Aviv
regime’s prisons and detention facilities is soaring following US President
Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and
relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.
court passed the sentence on Qassem Abu Bakr, who is a local of the northern
West Bank town of Ya'bad, on Tuesday, and also ordered him to pay a fine of
5,000 Israeli shekels (US$ 1,357.50).
jail terms comes as nearly 350 Palestinian minors are currently being held
under conditions in Israeli prisons, which do not meet the minimum requirements
laid down by international rights institutions.
to the Palestinian Information Center, at least 8,000 Palestinian minors have
been arrested and prosecuted in Israeli military courts since 2000.
is estimated that between 500 and 700 Palestinian minors, some as young as 12
years old, are arrested and brought to trial in Israeli courts. The most common
charge is stone-throwing.
than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails,
dozens of whom are serving multiple life sentences.
500 detainees are under the so-called administrative detention, which is a sort
of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate
Palestinians for up to six months, extendable an infinite number of times.
prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without
any charges brought against them.
detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt
to express their outrage at the detentions.
dramatic shift in Washington’s policy vis-à-vis Jerusalem al-Quds on December 6
last year has triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories,
Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.
December 21 last year, 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.”
Israeli strike on Tuesday killed two militants of the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas
movement after shots were fired at soldiers, Gazan and Israeli officials said.
extremist group’s military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, confirmed in
a statement that the dead men were its fighters, naming them as Ahmed Murjan
and Abdel-Hafez al-Silawi.
said a series of explosions had targeted a military site while it was being
visited by senior leaders, without naming them.
Israeli military statement, apparently referring to the same incident, said
that the army returned fire after shots were fired at its soldiers from a Hamas
post in the northern Gaza Strip, next to the border with Israel.
security sources said that the Israeli attack was in the north of the strip.
video distributed by the Israeli army appeared to show a tank striking a
military post in the Gaza Strip.
military said it was prepared “to target any aggression against Israel and
holds Hamas responsible for everything happening in and from the Gaza Strip.”
added that no Israeli troops were injured in the exchange.
warned Israel that it would pay for the attack, without elaborating.
resistance cannot allow the occupation to impose a policy of bombing sites and
targeting fighters without paying the price,” it said in a statement.
later, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya condemned what he called a “crime.”
said the movement was facing “rapid political and field developments.”
Palestinian protests and clashes along the Gaza border erupted at the end of
March, at least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.
Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.
protests call for Palestinians to be able to return to the land they or their
families fled or were expelled from in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of
says any such return would mean its end as a Jewish state.
rulers Hamas have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.
close to the family of Osama bin Laden told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday that Iran
lately interfered to send bin Laden’s son, Hamza, who lived with his mother in
Tehran, to Afghanistan and not to Saudi Arabia, where the rest of his sons are
number of bin Laden’s sons, their wives and their sons already returned from
Tehran to Saudi Arabia,” the sources confirmed.
is the son of Khairiah Sabar, one of bin Laden's three surviving wives.
37, the fourth son of the former Al Qaeda leader told Asharq Al-Awsat that five
of his brothers and sisters from his mother Najwa al-Ghanem, the first wife of
bin Laden, were staying in Tehran.
exerted efforts to secure that his brothers and sisters leave Tehran. Those who
have returned home are: Mohammed, Bakr, Fatimah, Iman and Othman.
with high-ranking officials in Saudi Arabia facilitated their return home,” he
explained that history would have changed had Iran allowed his brother Hamza to
leave the country and travel to Saudi Arabia or Qatar.
wouldn’t be chased after,” he said.
Omar confirmed that his brother is now married to the daughter of Abu Mohammed
al-Masri, denying reports that emerged in the past few days saying that Hamza
has recently married a daughter of the lead 9/11 plane hijacker.
media outlets previously speculated she could be an Egyptian national in her
late teens or early 20s, the daughter of Mohammed Atta, one of the leaders of
the 9/11 attack and who personally rammed the northern tower of World Trade
Center in New York City.
married neither the daughter of Mohammed Atta nor Mohammed Islambouli (a
US-designated terrorist),” he said.
is the second in command in Al Qaeda and is wanted by the US for his alleged
role in the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.
lived in Iran before he was released with five of Al Qaeda leaders in exchange
for an Iranian diplomat who had been kidnapped in Yemen.
spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has strongly condemned the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) over its collusion with the al-Qaeda terrorist
network in the Saudi-led military aggression against his country, stating that
such a conduct has been supported by the US administration.
the wake of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen and the aggressor’s desperate need
for mercenaries, the UAE has cemented its relationship with al-Qaeda under the
auspices of the United States,” Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television
network cited Mohammed Abdul-Salam as writing on his official Twitter page on
added, “The recent report by The Associated Press attests to the fact that
[Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed
Forces] Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is a modern version of
al-Qaeda leaders, and that Abu Dhabi serves as a hideout of the criminal group.”
Associated Press report states that the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen, backed by
the United States, has been paying some al-Qaeda commanders to leave key Yemeni
cities, while allowing others to retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of
further noted that the Riyadh-based alliance has even recruited hundreds of
al-Qaeda militants in Yemen.
Washington was aware of the coalition’s secret deals with al-Qaeda, and avoided
assassination drone strikes against members of the dangerous terror network.
of the US military are clearly aware that much of what the US is doing in Yemen
is aiding AQAP (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) and there is much angst
about that,” Michael Horton, a fellow at the Washington DC-based Jamestown
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
high-ranking UN aid official has warned against the “catastrophic” living
conditions in Yemen, stating that there is a growing risk of famine and cholera
Mossad spy agency was behind a car bomb blast that killed a Syrian scientist
over the weekend, several media reports have suggested.
senior official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency told The New York
Times on Monday that Mossad had a hand in the assassination of Aziz Azbar, the
head of the Syrian Scientific Research and Studies Center in the city of Masyaf.
on condition of anonymity, the official said his agency had been informed of
the operation, and that Mossad had been tracking Azbar for a long time.
a similar report, Syria’s al-Watan newspaper also suggested that Israel’s
Mossad was behind the targeted killing.
Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah - which has been helping the Syrian army
in its ground operations against terrorists - also pointed the finger at Mossad
in the killing of the Syrian scientist, according to the Beirut-based al-Akhbar
report said the assassination was part of Israel’s campaign of aggression aimed
at preventing Syria from rehabilitating its defense capabilities when the
crisis in the Arab country comes to an end -- with an emphasis on preventing
the development of precision weapons.
an interview on army radio on Tuesday, Israel’s Intelligence and Transportation
Minister Yisrael Katz welcomed Asbar’s “departure from the world.”
Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman downplayed the
possibility of Israeli involvement, telling Channel 2 news that, “Every day in
the Middle East, there are hundreds of explosions and settling of scores. Every
time they try to place the blame on us. So we won’t take this too seriously.”
scientific center, run by Azbar, was the target of at least two Israeli aerial
assaults over the past months.
frequently attacks military targets inside Syria in an attempt to prop up
terrorist groups that have been suffering defeats against Syrian government
forces. The regime has also been providing weapons to anti-Damascus militants
as well as medical treatment to Takfiri elements wounded in Syria.
recent years, the Tel Aviv regime has been blamed for the killing of several
scientists including two engineers from the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance
movement, Hamas, in the last 18 months.
Rehman’s son to be MMA’s nominee for NA deputy speaker
HAMID KHAN WAZIR
The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has nominated on Tuesday Maulana Fazlur
Rehman’s son Asad Mehmood as the candidate for the post of deputy speaker of
National Assembly (NA).
to Pakistan Today, MMA Secretary General Liaquat Baloch confirmed Asad
Mehmood’s nomination for the post of deputy speaker saying that the Jamiat
Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) got to pick the nominee since they have a majority.
MMA Central Information Secretary Awais Noorani also confirmed the development.
Fazl’s brother Senator Maulana Attaur
Rehman has denied the rumours saying that no decision has been taken in this
it was being reported that differences have propped in the MMA over the
nomination of deputy speaker, as MMA President Maulana Fazlur Rehman is
interested to nominate his son Asad Mehmood for the slot.
told Pakistan Today that the leadership of the religious alliance could not to
evolve a consensus to nominate a candidate for the slot of deputy speaker.
Despite the fact that there is hardly any chance to get an MMA candidate
elected, Fazl has started lobbying for his son, who won from NA-37 Tank, for
the slot, further widening the fissures within the fragile religious political
said that the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), being the major party of the
alliance, has the right to nominate a candidate for the slot. But an
experienced candidate needs to be nominated instead of an inexperienced MNA.
sources further said that the decision on the matter has not been taken yet as
the remaining parties of the alliance have voiced serious concerns over the
name of Asad Mehmood because he is very young and has no experience of
parliamentary politics. They added that since almost all the top leadership of
JUI-F faced defeat in the election, Fazl wants to promote his son.
is pertinent to mention here that the opposition parties in Pakistan formed a
“Grand Opposition Alliance” against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which
emerged as the single largest party in July 25 election.
alliance includes Pakistan Muslim-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP),
MMA, Awami National Party (ANP), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP),
National Party Balochistan (NPB), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Pak Sarzameen
the agreed formula, the grand alliance has decided to nominate joint candidates
for the election of prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker of the
parties would support PML-N candidate for the premiership, while PPP will field
its candidate for speaker and MMA will nominate its candidate for deputy
far, both the major parties, PML-N and PPP, have nominated their candidates for
the slot of premier and speaker respectively. However, the MMA has yet to
finalise its candidate for the post of deputy speaker due to the internal rift.
to Pakistan Today, MMA Central Information Secretary Awais Noorani had said
that the alliance would finalise the name for the slot within next two to three
asked about Asad Mehmood’s name, he said that he was not aware of any such
development. However, when asked whether they discussed any name for the slot
since PML-N and PPP have finalised their nominees, he said that they have not
discussed the matter so far.
denied that there are any differences in the alliance and they would evolve a
consensus on the issue soon.
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zartaj Gul has said that her win in general
election proves that women can compete with men in politics.
won from NA-191, defeating Awais Laghari of Laghari family that has political
influence in DG Khan region. She won 79,817 votes and scored 25,000 more votes
than her opponent.
an interview with a private media outlet on Tuesday, she said, “I entered
politics to change the system. It does not make a difference whether you are
rich or poor, people succeed owing to their mentality.”
said,”I will play my role in bringing change,” adding, “I am neither a coward
nor a hypocrite.”
of PTI chief Imran Khan, Gul said, “Imran Khan’s critics don’t know him.” She
called him “a far-sighted leader who neither bows nor is bought”.
Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Tuesday referred the matter of former army
chief Raheel Sharif’s employment in Saudi Arabia to the federal cabinet after
it was told that the highest executive body had yet to issue a No Objection
Certificate (NOC) for the purpose.
three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar,
was hearing the case pertaining to dual nationalities of public office holders.
Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Javed Khan admitted that Sharif
proceeded to serve as the head of a Saudi Arabia led Islamic Military Alliance
without a getting the NOC issued by the relevant ministry approved from the
federal cabinet, a mandatory requirement. The AGP said that cabinet’s approval
was needed in view of new service rules
Defence Secretary (ADS) retired Lt Gen Zamirul Hassan also appeared before the
court and told the bench that when a request was received from Saudi Arabia
regarding Sharif’s induction in the military alliance, an NOC was issued by the
General Headquarters (GHQ) and the Ministry of Defence.
ADS told the court that in his reply to the queries sent on court’s directions,
former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd) Shuja Pasha denied that he was serving on any
government post in his country of residence.
ADS also informed the bench that the army had started an exercise to identify
serving or retired officers with dual nationalities. The law does not allow
army personnel to hold dual nationality.
The opposition parties will hold their first protest demonstration against
alleged rigging in the July 25 general elections outside the Election
Commission of Pakistan (ECP) here on Wednesday.
decision to hold the protest had been made by the newly formed 11-party grand
opposition alliance named ‘Pakistan Alliance for Free and Fair Elections’ at a
multi-party conference held in Islamabad on Friday.
the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N),
the opposition alliance comprises Awami National Party (ANP), Qaumi Watan Party
(QWP), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), National Party (NP) and Muttahida
to Dawn on Tuesday, PML-N’s Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that party president
Shahbaz Sharif would also participate in the protest demonstration, besides
other heads of the opposition parties.
PML-N senator said that ANP president Asfandyar Wali Khan, QWP chief Aftab
Sherpao, MMA chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PkMAP president Mehmood Khan
Achakzai had confirmed their participation in the protest. He said that NP
president Hasil Bizenjo had already informed them that due to an important
party engagement, he would not be able to come to Islamabad to take part in the
contacted, PPP vice president Sherry Rehman said all the top leaders of her
party would be present in the protest. She, however, said that PPP chairman
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and co-chairman Asif Zardari would not participate in
in the opposition said that the parties had asked all their elected members and
ticket-holders to reach Islamabad to participate in the demonstration. They
said that the workers had not been asked to attend the Wednesday’s event and
they would soon be given a call for such protests across the country.
opposition alliance has also given a call for holding protests outside the
offices of the provincial election commissions on Thursday.
opposition leaders have also decided to lodge a strong protest inside and
outside parliament during the first sitting of the National Assembly. They have
a plan to hold a public meeting in Islamabad soon after Eidul Azha.
Pakistan and Russia on Tuesday signed an agreement that allows for training of
Pakistani troops at Russian military training institutes.
countries signed the Contract on Admission of Service Members of Pakistan in
RF’s (Russian Federation) Training Institutes,” the defence ministry said in a
agreement was signed at the conclusion of the first meeting of Russia-Pakistan
Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC), described by the defence ministry
as the highest forum of defence collaboration between Pakistan and the Russian
Federation. The two countries had earlier this year, during the visit of the
then foreign minister Khawaja Asif to Moscow, agreed to set up a commission to
boost military cooperation.
Deputy Defence Minister Col Gen Alexander Fomin led his side at the talks while
Pakistani Defence Secretary retired Lt Gen Zamirul Hassan Shah headed the host
two sides, during the talks, reviewed the progress made in bilateral defence
cooperation since they signed the defence cooperation pact in November 2014.
Subsequently, Pakistan and Russia in October 2015 signed the military-technical
cooperation accord providing for arms supplies and cooperation in weapon
has over the past three years provided four Mi-35M combat and cargo helicopters
to Pakistan and the militaries of the two countries also held joint drills
comprehensive issue based review was also carried out during which the two
countries expressed satisfaction on the milestones achieved,” the defence
ministry said, adding that the two sides deliberated on areas for cooperation
talks also featured a discussion on the situation in the Middle East and
of Russia’s key concerns in its security dialogue with Pakistan had been the
growing foothold of the militant Islamic State (IS) group, also known by its
Arabic acronym Daesh, in Afghanistan and the relocation of IS fighters from
Iraq and Syria to the land-locked country.
Gen Fomin visited General Headquarters for a call on Chief of the Army Staff
Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
his meeting with Gen Bajwa, the Russian deputy defence minister “expressed
requirement” of cooperation to defeat extremism, according to the Inter
Services Public Relations.
An antiterrorism court on Tuesday indicted Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan
leader Amir Khan and two others in a case pertaining to providing shelter to
senior deputy convener of the MQM-P, former in-charge of security of the now
sealed MQM headquarters Nine Zero Minhaj Qazi and Raees, alias Mama, with their
absconding accomplices have been charged with allegedly providing shelter to
wanted criminals at Nine Zero in Azizabad and using them for terrorist
ATC-XVII judge, who is conducting the trial at the judicial complex inside the
Karachi Central Prison, read out charges against the accused. However, they
pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case.
court directed the prosecution to produce its witnesses for evidence on Aug 21.
the court had indicted Amir Khan and Minhaj Qazi in the same case in November
2017. However, after Raees, alias Mama, one of the absconders, was arrested the
court framed an amended charge on them.
Rangers, Sindh, had detained the MQM leader with several others during a
pre-dawn raid at and around the party headquarters on March 11, 2015.
to the prosecution, the paramilitary force had arrested Amir Khan and 26 other
armed suspects, including Faisal Mehmood, alias Mota, who was sentenced to
death in absentia in the journalist Wali Babar murder case, during the raid.
said that the MQM leader was in charge of the security of the party
headquarters and he with five others had allegedly provided shelter to
criminals and had been using them for terrorist activities in the city. A joint
investigation team recommended the registration of a case against the MQM
leader, it concluded.
case was registered under sections 11-V (directing terrorist activities), 21-J
(harbouring any person who committed an offence under this act) and 7
(punishment for act of terrorism) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 on a
complaint of a Rangers’ official at the Azizabad police station.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is to hear Captain (rtd) Safdar’s appeal against
his conviction in the Avenfield reference today.
the court decided in favor of Nawaz Sharif, accepting his plea to transfer the
Al Aziza and Flagship case to another accountability court as the Sharif
family’s defense has raised questions about the impartiality of Judge Mohammad
plea against Nawaz and Maryam’s convictions will be heard on Monday.
July 6, an accountability court sentenced Nawaz to a total of 11 years in
prison and imposed a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the corruption
reference, while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2
million fine (Rs335 million). Nawaz’s son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar was also
given a one-year sentence without any fine.
says it supports Saudi Arabia in rights row with Canada
Egypt said Tuesday it supported Saudi Arabia in a political row with Canada,
and stood in “solidarity” with the Gulf Arab kingdom against foreign
interference in its domestic affairs.
foreign ministry said on its Facebook page that it was “concerned by the crisis
between Saudi Arabia and Canada, which is a result of the negative tendency by
some international sides of meddling in the internal affairs of countries in
the region”, without elaborating.
Saudi government on Sunday recalled its ambassador from Ottawa, barred Canada’s
ambassador to Riyadh and placed a ban on new trade, denouncing Canada for
urging the release of rights activists.
saw crucial US military aid frozen last year over its own human rights record
amid one of its toughest ever crackdowns on dissent, but that decision was
reversed last month.
army men struck ISIL's positions in the villages of Shenvan and al-Saqiyeh and
captured several hills and valleys in Badiyeh in Northeastern Sweida.
units of the army managed to free Malha Cave region and Tal Sanim in al-Kara'a
army soldiers further advanced and drove ISIL out of al-Hossan region.
sources, meantime, reported that other army units advanced against ISIL in the
third flank from Souh al-Majidi and Ba'ar Shaman up to East of Tal Asfar
towards Khirbet al-Ambashi and al-Habiriyeh.
sources further pointed to the army's advances from al-Zalaf towards al-Ruhba
region near al-Safa, adding that the army is planning to lay siege on al-Safa
region that is supposed to be one of the main bases of the ISIL in
said earlier today that the army soldiers battled against ISIL East of the
village of al-Saqiyeh in Northeastern Sweida and captured several key areas
near Taloul al-Safa region.
units of the army fought against ISIL East of the village of al-Sabaki and
freed more areas.
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded
ISIL's positions and movements in Araz al-Kara'a, al-Khatib Farms, Sanim
al-Qaraz, East of al-Dayatha, Rabat al-Hossan and Tal Razin that is located 15
to 30 km away from villages in Eastern and Northeastern Sweida, destroying
several vehicles, military hardware and killing a number of terrorists.
al-Subaihi was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Najm al-Saqib news
website that a battalion of Amaleqah brigade affiliated to Saudi Arabia and the
UAE has sustained heavy casualties in Western Yemen after Abu Dhabi backtracked
from its promises to support them by helicopters.
added that the commander of the battalion first opposed his forces' advance but
a number of the UAE officers convinced him that an Apache helicopter will
provide them with air support, but this did not happen and over 100 Saudi and
UAE mercenaries were killed, wounded and held captive.
Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive
president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so
far killed at least 17,500 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the
impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly
campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and
blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in
need and is seeing a spike in needs, fuelled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing
economy and diminished social services and livelihoods.
to the Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper, apparently Washington is not happy
with the recent talks between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Damascus.
added that Washington's dissatisfaction was revealed after an unexpected visit
by former US Ambassador to Bahrain William Robak to the town of al-Tabaqah in
Aleppo province and his meeting with a number of Kurdish officials who had
participated in talks with Damascus.
report said that Washington is trying to use the Northern Syria's card and coax
the Kurds into increasing their demands from the Syrian government to prevent
this month, a preliminary agreement was made between the SDF and the Syrian
government on transferring control of different parts of the country to
Damascus and withdrawal of the US forces from Syria.
Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper quoted informed Syrian sources as
saying that the SDF agreed to give control of Raqqa city and a large number of
districts in Hasaka city, including those near the government and security
centers, to the Syrian government.
on the report, the meetings were held in the presence of the Kurds close to the
Syrian government, adding that they told the SDF officials that regaining
control of the occupied areas was possible but Damascus prefers to retake them
through political ways and negotiations.
government forces, backed up by the artillery and missile units, exchanged
heavy fire with Tahrir al-Sham and its allied militants near the small town of
al-Saraf in al-Rabi'eh region in Northern Lattakia near the border with Turkey,
repelling the terrorists' heavy offensive.
groups left behind their dead and injured members and retreated from the
battlefield to evade more casualties.
week, the army troops launched heavy artillery and missile attacks against the
positions and moves of the terrorist groups in the towns of al-Latamina and
Kafr Zita and the adjacent areas as well as the villages of Hasraya, al-Zakat,
Ma'arkabeh, al-Sayad, Tal al-Sakhar and al-Janaberah in Northern and
Northwestern Hama in response to Jeish al-Izzah terrorists' missile strikes
against Zalin military base in Northwestern Hama.
the operations, several positions of the terrorists were destroyed and a large
number of militants were killed and wounded.
the Syrian army forces intensified missile and artillery attacks against Tahrir
al-Sham and other terrorist groups' positions in Tal Wasit, al-Qarqour,
al-Zayareh, al-Mashik and al-Sarmaniyeh in Western Idlib as well as the
triangle of Western Jisr al-Shaqour-Northeastern Lattakia-Sahl al-Iqab.
sources reported that the SDF-affiliated Military Police arrested a number of
young people in Hadiqat al-Rashid neighborhood in Central Raqqa under a forced
sources further said that the SDF has deployed unprecedentedly a large number
of forces across Raqqa city, mainly in al-Sowq district, searching for fugitive
members and young people to send them to forced military service.
the meantime, the SDF forwarded more gunmen to the village of Huweija Abdi
North of Raqqa city to arrest more young people, they went on to say.
SDF gunmen opened fire while breaking into the villagers' houses, creating a
wave of fear across the village.
uprising has been on rise in the region following the SDF's brutalities.
June, the SDF started forcing children to take part in organized crime and
robbery in Raqqa city.
Washington-backed SDF started using children from 7 to 14 years of age for
stealing assets of civilians from houses in Raqqa.
Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in
Yemen, said that the Coalition is waging a war against terrorist groups in
Yemen such as AQAP, Daesh and the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia, which are
joined by common extremist ideology and intolerance.
Coalition has and will continue to carry out joint operations with brotherly
and friendly nations to dismantle the capabilities of said groups through air,
naval and joint special forces operations under the international cooperative
efforts to eradicate terrorism and sustain international security,” he said.
have followed what AP posted today titled ‘AP investigation: Yemen war binds
US, allies, Al-Qaeda.’ What was stated in this article — whether it was stories
or conclusions — is unfounded and expressed the personal opinion of the author
as there were no tangible evidence nor convincing arguments.
writer should have followed the professional ethics of journalism,” he said.
claim to be preparing onslaught to drive Islamic State from Afghan stronghold
commanders say they are preparing a major offensive to drive Islamic State
group militants from their stronghold in Afghanistan.
of fighters spearheaded by the Taliban's so-called Red Unit elite forces are
said to be massing for a multi-fronted attack on the local branch of Islamic
State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) in Nangarhar province.
Taliban announcement comes days after another large Taliban operation swept
away Isil's northern Afghan enclave, in Jowzjan province.
rival militant groups have been enemies since the first appearance of Isil in
Afghanistan in 2015 and regularly clash. Fighting has intensified this summer.
The Taliban have for weeks been trying to clear Isil fighters from other
eastern provinces of Laghman, Nuristan and Kunar before what they say will be a
“conclusive” fight for Nangarhar.
has become Isil's stronghold in Afghanistan and intense American-led air
strikes and counter terrorism raids have failed to shift the extremists. Isil
has boasted of a string of deadly suicide bombings in the province in recent
unnamed Taliban commander told a local news agency: “The crimes and brutalities
of this group have reached the peak and they have been targeting public
properties, schools, educational institutions, religious minorities and
ordinary civilians. [The Taliban] has now decided to take decisive steps against
on both sides said skirmishing was ongoing in parts of parts of Nangarhar,
where Isil are estimated to fully or partly control more than a third of its
districts. The major offensive is expected soon.
than 150 Isil fighters surrendered in Jawzjan last week after they were
surrounded by hundreds of Taliban fighters.
an Isil source told the Telegraph that their defeat in Jowzjan was unlikely to
be repeated in Nangarhar and Kunar where mountains and forests favoured the defenders.
Taliban had used Humvee armoured vehicles captured from the Afghan forces
during the fighting in Jowzjan, surrounding the Isil defenders until they ran
out of ammunition.
The Afghan Taliban several times planned and executed big attacks against
Islamic State in Nangarhar, but they were repeatedly defeated and this time
they will face defeat and humiliation,” he said.
Nangarhar and Kunar are mountainous regions and Isil has a strong presence,
where it will be difficult for the Afghan Taliban to bring Humvees. They will
face immense difficulties.”
- Twenty Afghan amputees, some in wheelchairs and others on crutches, began a
gruelling trek of hundreds of kilometres across Afghanistan on Tuesday,
demanding an end to the war that cost them their limbs.
“peace convoy” began its journey in the western city of Herat and will finish
on the other side of the country in the capital Kabul, running the gauntlet of
militants, roadside bombs and blistering temperatures.
are taking this journey of more than 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) to Kabul to
tell the world to stop the war,” Mohammad Musa, 40, who lost both legs in a
landmine explosion, told AFP. “The war has brought nothing except destruction.”
Qaderi, whose right leg was blown off by a roadside bomb 15 years ago, called
for a “permanent ceasefire” in the latest conflict, which began with the 2001
US-led invasion. “War must stop, we want peace,” the 50-year-old told AFP
before setting off towards Kabul.
the sake of the next generation, they should stop fighting,” another protester
called Khan Zai told AFP.
march comes weeks after another group demanding peace walked 700 kilometres
from the southern city of Lashkar Gah to Kabul, much of it during the fasting
month of Ramadan.
march, believed to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan, arrived in the city
on June 18 as the Taliban ended an unprecedented three-day ceasefire and
resumed fighting. The Afghan government is expected to announce a second truce
for the next Eid holiday this month.
largest militant group has not agreed to the protesters’ demands and has
ignored President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of unconditional peace talks.
Taliban has long insisted on direct talks with the United States. Washington
has repeatedly refused, saying negotiations must be Afghan-led.
there are tentative signs that diplomatic efforts to kick-start negotiations
are starting to bear fruit.
indicated a change in its longstanding policy in June when US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo said the United States was prepared to “support, facilitate
and participate” in talks.
also said the role of foreign forces in Afghanistan would be on the table.
NATIONS (AP) — Bangladesh is accusing Myanmar of failing to tackle the concerns
of over 1 million Rohingya Muslims who fled the country and is urging the U.N.
Security Council to take action to ensure their safe return home.
U.N. ambassador, Masud Bin Momen, said in a letter to the council circulated
Tuesday that while his government continues to engage with Myanmar "in
good faith" on arrangements to return the Rohingya, "we regret that
the necessary conditions for safe and sustainable return do not exist in
has Myanmar taken any demonstrable effort to address the concerns of the
Rohingyas and the international community," Momen said in the letter.
Rohingya face official and social discrimination in predominantly Buddhist
Myanmar, which denies most of them citizenship and basic rights because they
are looked on as immigrants from Bangladesh even though the families of many
settled in Myanmar generations ago. Dire conditions led more than 200,000 to
flee the country between 2012 and 2015.
latest crisis began with attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security
personnel last Aug. 25. The military responded with counterinsurgency sweeps
and a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. It was accused of
widespread human rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and the
burning of Rohingya homes. Thousands are believed to have died and about
700,000 fled to Bangladesh.
U.N. human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, has insisted that the
possibility of genocide against Rohingya was real and has called for the issue
to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
urged the Security Council to adopt a resolution and take "concerted and
determined action to address the Rohingya crisis" so the refugees in
Bangladesh can return to Myanmar.
accused Myanmar of attempting to play down "the catastrophic scale of the
crisis and its grave impact on Bangladesh" by saying the number of people
who fled the country can't be higher than a half million.
also called Myanmar's claim that Bangladesh is violating a 1998 demarcation
treaty by building bunkers within 150 feet of the border "false and
baseless." He said the closest bunker is 654 feet from the border line.
Security Council is planning to commemorate the one-year anniversary of
Myanmar's violent crackdown on the Rohingya at an open meeting Aug. 28 to be
addressed by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has called the Rohingya
crisis "ethnic cleansing."
Ambassador Karen Pierce, this month's council president, said the U.K. wants
the meeting to focus on gaining "unconditional access" to Myanmar for
the U.N. refugee and development agencies so they can work with the Myanmar and
Bangladesh governments "to make a credible plan to get the refugees back
home in safety, dignity and security."
said Bangladesh wants the council to ensure those conditions in Myanmar so the
Rohingya can return.
called the framework for cooperation between the U.N. and the Myanmar
government "a step in the right direction."
is, however, a need for transparency and a demonstration of concrete
deliverables so that the Rohingyas can gain the required trust and confidence
that, upon returning to their homes in Rakhine State, they will not be subject
to further discrimination and violence," Momen said.
also stressed that "it is of the utmost important" that the Rohingyas
still in Rakhine "are guaranteed unconditional protection" through
the creation of United Nations-administered "safe zones."
Mohammad Ashaf Ghani says ‘peace comes with a price’ emphasizing that he is not
authorized to determine the cost for the peace but added that any deal
regarding the peace and reconciliation would be finalized in broad day light
and in front of everyone.
made the remarks during a meeting with the activist of the Civil Society in
Chahar Chinar Palace of the ARG Presidential Palace.
said the nation should decide at what cost they want and the nation should not
pay a price for an unsustainable peace that would bring remorse.
that peace deal needs the support of the nation; President Ghani said the deal
would be finalized in broad day light and in front of the nation.
the meantime, President Ghani said the situation has changed now as compared to
four years back when lack of hope and isolation had shed shadow over the
he said the nation has once again regained its balance between hope and
disappointment and the country is not in a position of isolation on regional
and international level.
to President Ghani, the Afghans are now in lead of peace process, elections,
reforms, which are being implemented with consultation and set targets and high
councils in ARG Palace are good examples that decisions are not taken behind
closed doors as the Civil Society members have presence in all those councils.
to ARG Palace, Zahra Mosawi, Zaman Gul Dehati, and Fazela Sarosh shared their
specific recommendations and concerns on behalf of the others regarding
transparent elections, reforms, peace and ceasefire.
with the Taliban, ongoing efforts for peace process, and the case of Commander
Nizamuddin Qaisari topped the agenda of the meeting between President Mohammad
Ashraf Ghani and the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum.
Office of the First Vice President in a statement said Gen. Dostum met with
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in ARG Palace today and exchanged views
regarding the ongoing political and security situation in Afghanistan.
statement further added that the two sides also focused on recent developments
regarding the Afghan-led peace process.
also emphasized on the importance peace and stability in Afghanistan and called
it as the main demands of the people of Afghanistan and said the existing
efforts for peace process should be expedited.
to the Office of the First Vice President, the two sides also held talks
regarding the ceasefire between the anti-government armed militant groups and
the Afghan forces and organizing a free, fair and transparent election.
Dostum also held talks regarding the case of Commander Nizamuddin Qaisari while
pointing towards the deteriorating security situation of the North, the
statement by the Office of the First Vice President added.
key Taliban commander has been killed while another local Taliban commander has
been arrested during separate operations conducted in Central Logar province of
303rd Spinghar Commandment in a statement said at least ten Taliban militants
were killed during an operation conducted in Mohammad Agha district of Logar.
statement further added that the operation was conducted in Zarghoon area of
the district and as a result at least four militants were arrested.
of the key Taliban commanders identified as Khalid was also among those
arrested, the statement said, adding that the detained Taliban commander was
involved in major destructive activities which had destabilized the province.
303rd Spinghar Commandment said another key Taliban commander who was in charge
of a group of at least 20 militants was killed during another operation in
detained Taliban commander has been identified as Mohibullah and was killed
along with one of his comrades, the statement by Spinghar Commandment added.
is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into a home for
100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid
conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees
would end up being stranded there.
humanitarian agencies criticized the plan to bring Rohingya to the island when
it was first proposed in 2015. Aid workers who spoke to Reuters said they
remain seriously concerned that the silt island is vulnerable to frequent
cyclones and cannot sustain livelihoods for thousands of people.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that putting Rohingya on the
low-lying island would be a “temporary arrangement” to ease congestion at the
camps in Cox’s Bazar, refuge for nearly 700,000 who have crossed from the north
of Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the end of August last year.
one of her advisers told Reuters that, once there, they would only be able to
leave the island if they wanted to go back to Myanmar or were selected for
asylum by a third country.
not a concentration camp, but there may be some restrictions. We are not giving
them a Bangladeshi passport or ID card,” said H.T. Imam, adding that the island
would have a police encampment with 40-50 armed personnel.
and Chinese engineers are helping prepare the island to receive refugees before
the onset of monsoon rains, which could bring disastrous flooding to ramshackle
camps further south that now teem with about 1 million Rohingya. The rains
could start as early as late April.
adviser, Imam, said the question of selecting Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar to move
to the island was not finalised, but it could be decided by lottery or on a
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement: “We would
emphasize that any relocation plan involving refugees would need to be based on
and implemented through voluntary and informed decisions.”
work on the project has accelerated in recent months, according to
architectural plans and two letters from the Bangladesh navy to local
government officials and contractors seen by Reuters.
year ago, when Reuters journalists visited Bhasan Char - whose name means
“floating island” - there were no roads, buildings or people.
on Feb. 14, they found hundreds of laborers carrying bricks and sand from ships
on its muddy northwest shore. Satellite images now show roads and what appears
to be a helipad.
Island, which emerged from the silt only about 20 years ago, is about 30 km (21
miles) from the mainland. Flat and shape-shifting, it regularly floods during
June-September. Pirates roam the nearby waters to kidnap fishermen for ransom,
residents of nearby islands say.
plans show metal-roofed, brick buildings raised on pylons and fitted with solar
panels. There will be 1,440 blocks, each housing 16 families.
and British companies
construction company Sinohydro - better known for building China’s Three Gorges
Dam - has begun work on a 13-km (8-mile) flood-defence embankment for the
Sinohydro engineer on Bhasan Char, reached by telephone later, said the company
had “confidentiality agreements” and that questions about construction on the
island should be referred to the Bangladesh government.
Wallingford, a British engineering and environmental hydraulics consultancy, is
advising the project on “coastal stabilization and flood protection measures”,
the company told Reuters in a statement earlier this month.
coastal infrastructure design is expected to include a flood defense embankment
protecting the development area to international standards, set back from the
shoreline,” it said. The company referred further inquiries to the Bangladesh
Waraich, Deputy South Asia Director for rights group Amnesty International,
said there was “no one in the humanitarian community we spoke to who thought
this was a good idea”.
is a silt island that only emerged into view recently,” he said.
of nearby Sandwip island, which is larger and less remote, say monsoon storms
regularly kill people, destroy homes and cut contact with the mainland.
a senior member of the prime minister’s staff, Director General Kabir Bin
Anwar, said humanitarian organizations critical of the plan were “absolutely
wrong because they don’t understand the topography” of Bangladesh.
government was building cyclone shelters on the island, he said, adding that
there were salt-tolerant paddies and people living there could fish or graze
cows and buffalo.
also dismissed concerns about delivering basic aid to the island. “We don’t
need help from any foreign NGOs or local NGOs. We can feed them,” he said.
living on nearby islands are critical of their government’s efforts for the
Beg, 80, who was born on Sandwip island, said there was resistance to settling
Rohingya on Bhasan Char because huge numbers of Bangladeshis are displaced by
coastal erosion each year with no measures taken to protect them.
should first care for our own people but the government is deciding to give
shelter to immigrants,” Beg said.
Rohingya also reject the idea of moving to an island even further from Myanmar,
which many of them have called home for generations.
Hussain, a Rohingya refugee at Chakmakul refugee camp in Bangladesh, said he
had fled Myanmar to save his life and would not risk it by living on Bhasan
Char. “I would rather die right here,” he said.
latest unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya
insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base, prompting an army
counter-offensive that forced entire villages to flee. They joined about
300,000 Rohingya already in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest and most
crowded nations, who had fled previous bouts of violence.
San Suu Kyi, Nobel peace laureate and leader of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, has
been heavily criticized by Western nations for not speaking out against what
the United States and the United Nations have branded ethnic cleansing.
denies that ethnic cleansing has taken place and says it has been conducting legitimate
operations against terrorists in northern Rakhine.
target Constantia Muslim shrine
part of Cape Town's Sayed Mahmud Mazaar in Constantia was set alight by
arsonists on Tuesday morning, the chairperson of the shrine's trust said.
terrible," said Fadiel Essop.
shrine is under the control of the Shahmahomed Trust of which Essop is a
was established by my late great-grandfather, Hajee Sullaiman Shahmahomed, to
preserve the historical legacy of the pioneers of the Muslim community in the
Cape," explained Essop.
said that the caretaker let two people who arrived in a car for prayers in at
about 6:10, and went to shower.
heard footsteps running and he quickly went to check what was going on.
they tried to set the place alight," said Essop.
accessible to all visitors
caretaker put the fire out quickly so the damage was contained.
Essop was shocked that someone could target the shrine, considering all the
work that had been put into making it a peaceful retreat for visitors.
site has always been accessible to all visitors, irrespective of their beliefs
and visitors [are] expected to act in a dignified manner as indicated on the
notice boards at the kramat (shrine)," he added.
Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) explained that the mazaar, otherwise known as a
kramat, is among other graves of influential Muslims who spread Islam
"under the yoke of oppression and torture".
blatant disrespect shown toward Muslim burial sites – especially those that we
revere – and to the dead is a cause of great concern," said head of the
Muslim Cemetery Board and second deputy president of the MJC, Shaykh Riad
the past, there seemed to have been attempts at the same thing, and it stopped.
We hope this is not a resurgence of the same."
MJC asked that anybody with information on who was behind the fire report it to
the police, or the Cape Mazaar Society.
society explained on its web page that the mazaars it oversees honour the
Muslim slaves – who included religious thinkers – who were brought to the Cape
to work on the garrison being established by Jan van Riebeeck.
mazaars form a circle, comprising the tombs of Auliyah (friends of Allah) who
were brought as slaves to the Cape.
starts at the old cemetery on the slopes of Signal Hill, just above the quarry
in Strand Street, where two saintly men lie buried, the circle continues to two
graves on top of Signal Hill. The circle then continues at a grave much
revered, situated above Oudekraal beyond Camps Bay, and sweeps around the
mountain to a kramat at Constantia, on Tokai Road.
circle proceeds to the most important and widely known of all tombs, the kramat
of Sheikh Yusuf at Faure, on the farm Zandvleit. The circle is completed by an
old tomb on Robben Island.
society says modern pilgrims can visit all, except the Island Tomb, in a single
years after al Qaeda’s first big attack, Kenyans still bear scars
after 10:30 on a sunny August morning in downtown Nairobi, 48-year-old Ali
Mwadama was walking toward a bank opposite the U.S. embassy, a cheque in hand.
was less than 50 metres (yards) from the embassy on Aug. 7, 1998 when a truck
bomb detonated, transforming the normally bustling business district into a war
zone. It was Osama bin Laden’s announcement to the world that his al Qaeda was
a global threat: a coordinated bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and
two bombings killed 258 people, the majority in Nairobi. Three years later, al
Qaeda would conduct its most notorious attack, flying passenger planes into New
York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing some 3,000 people. Mwadama
does not remember who pulled him out of the rubble, bleeding from a gash in his
neck caused by a flying shard of glass.
recalls hearing screams and ambulance sirens. People in bloodsoaked clothing
were carried on makeshift stretchers past what was left of the embassy.
blockade of Nigeria's parliament on Tuesday by security forces that prevented
lawmakers from entering for up to an hour was done without the presidency's
knowledge, said the acting president who sacked the head of the security
men wearing the black uniform of the Department of State Security (DSS) stood
at the gates of the building in the capital Abuja and were later joined by
police officers, witnesses said.
of the blockade were shared widely on social media.
spokesman for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said in comments on Twitter that DSS
head Lawal Musa Daura had been fired. Osinbajo is acting president for
Muhammadu Buhari, who is out of the country on holiday.
unlawful act, which was done without the knowledge of the presidency, is
condemnable and completely unacceptable," said a statement issued later by
described the move as an "unauthorized takeover of the National Assembly
complex" which was "a gross violation of constitutional order, rule
of law and all accepted notions of law and order."
statement gave no reason for Daura's dismissal.
blockade came amid heightened tensions between lawmakers and the presidency. A
raft of parliamentarians have quit Buhari's ruling party over the last few
weeks and joined the main opposition.
Haram jihadists have killed seven villagers in a dawn raid in Nigeria's restive
northeast, local militia and a resident said on Tuesday.
in trucks and on motorcycles late on Monday attacked Munduri, a village 13km
north of Borno state capital Maiduguri, firing guns and rocket-propelled
grenades, according to resident Abdullahi Bunu.
attackers seized seven people and beheaded them before setting fire to the
entire village," militia leader Umar Ari told AFP by telephone from
who were decapitated were the village chief and his wife, Bunu said.
returned this morning and found the entire village burnt along with all our
food supplies and livestock".
Haram has intensified its armed campaign in recent weeks, including against
military targets in which dozens of troops are believed to have been either
killed or missing.
rebels have split into two groups, and it was not immediately clear which was
behind the latest attack.
faction loyal to Abubakar Shekau is notorious for indiscriminate killings of
civilians while the Abu Mus'ab Al-Barnawi faction - which is affiliated to the
so-called Islamic State - largely focuses on attacking the military.
people were killed in a similar raid last week in Gasarwa village, near the
garrison town of Monguno.
attacks contrast with repeated claims by the military and the government that
Boko Haram has been defeated and that it is safe for people displaced by
Islamist violence to return home.
will soon become Andalusia if Muslim leadership continues to be like this
Delhi: A meeting was conducted at Ghalib Academy, Nizamuddin, by noted
religious Darsgah, Mahad Al-Tayyab Nabi Kareem, entitled ‘Role of Muslims in
India’s freedom’. Several religious scholars and intellectuals attended the
advocate of Supreme Court Mahmood Pracha during his presidential address said
the, in fact, it was not the country which was divided into two at the time of
independence but it was the Muslims of the subcontinent who were divided. He
claimed that Mohammed Ali Jinnah took the step at the behest of RSS. He said if
today India was united we would have been the greatest force. He said after the
formation of Pakistani and Bangladesh, the population of Muslims in India
reduced to 15 pc, 17 pc are Dalits, over 9 pc are Adivasis. All of them
together can challenge the communal forces and easily form a secular
government, he suggested.
Pracha said our Muslim leadership and scholars are being coward, the way they
are working, if it continues for few more years, India will become second
journalist AU Asif, president Muslim Political Council of India Dr Tasleem
Rahmani, Prof Delhi University Dr Mufti Obaidullah Qasmi and other eminent
personalities addressed the gathering.
A top India operative of Bangladesh-based terror outfit JMB has been arrested
near Bengaluru by the National Investigation Agency in connection with recovery
of two bombs in Bodh Gaya in Bihar in January this year, the agency said today.
Jahidul Islam alias Kausar of Jamaat-ul-Mujhahiddin Bangladesh (JMB) was picked
up from his rented house near Ramanagara area on Monday by an NIA team, the
electronic devices, besides "traces" of explosives, were recovered
during a search of the house.
NIA said in a release that 38-year old Islam was the mastermind in the Bodh
Gaya explosives case and on his directions, his close associate Mustafizur
Rehman alias Shahin had arranged and assembled the bombs, which were found on
January 20 when the Dalai Lama was on a visit to the pilgrimage town. The bombs
were later deactivated.
is the top leader of JMB (Jamaat-ul-Mujhahiddin Bangladesh) in India and is
wanted in Burdwan blast case and in many other cases in Bangladesh also,"
the release said.
was produced before the Special Court for NIA cases in Bengaluru, which granted
five days of transit remand. He would now be produced before the Special NIA
Court in Patna, the release said.
police said Islam was living with his two wives at Ramanagara.
the Bodh Gaya incident, he was in hiding somewhere in Jharkhand and later moved
was staying here as a tenant for the past two months," the police said.
NIA had registered an FIR in February last under IPC sections, the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosives Act.
Terrorists barged into the house of a special police officer (SPO) at Pastuna
village of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and shot him dead on
Tuesday evening. The deceased has been identified as Ashiq Hussain Lone.
to reports, Ashiq was grievously injured in the attack and was rushed to a
hospital where he was declared brought dead.
in the day, Hizbul Mujahideen had through posters threatened SPOs to quit their
jobs or face consequences.
organization plans to challenge U.S. over terror watch list system
Va. — A Muslim civil rights organization said Tuesday it plans to file a
lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government’s terror
watch list system, including a newly disclosed program in which air marshals
have secretly monitored air passengers with no known terrorism links.
Abbas, senior litigation attorney with the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, said the group will file the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in
Greenbelt, Maryland, on behalf of more than 10 Muslim travelers who allege they
faced harassment at airports and suffered other consequences because of being
placed on a terror watch list. The plaintiffs are from Maryland, Florida,
Michigan, Oregon, Kansas, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
said the defendants named in the lawsuit will include the Department of
Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration and other
suit claims the travelers’ due process rights were violated and asks the court
to grant an injunction to “prevent the federal government from putting innocent
people, people who have not been charged, arrested or convicted of any crime,
on any type of watch list,” Abbas said.
said the lawsuit will underscore both travel-related and non-travel related
consequences of being on a watch list, including being subjected to searches
and interrogations at airports, having electronics seized, not being able to
get a license to transport hazardous materials or not being allowed to enter a
TSA, created after the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, recently acknowledged
a program called “Quiet Skies” in which air marshals conduct secret
observations of passengers for behavior including using the plane restroom
repeatedly or displaying nervousness.
Negron, a spokeswoman for TSA, said the agency is unable to comment on the
pending litigation. “However, any traveler who believes he or she has been
unfairly or incorrectly delayed or denied boarding can work though the DHS
Traveler Redress Inquiry Program to resolve the issue,” Negron said in a
DHS said that as a matter of policy, it does not comment on pending litigation.
warns countries against doing business with Iran
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that sanctions reimposed on Iran were
the "most biting ever" as he warned other countries from doing
business with Tehran.
Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions
ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level," he
wrote in an early morning tweet.
doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I
am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less."
sanctions reimposed on Tuesday targeting
access to US banknotes and key industries such as cars and carpets were
unlikely to cause immediate economic turmoil.
markets were actually relatively buoyant, with the rial strengthening by 20
percent since Sunday after the government relaxed foreign exchange rules and
allowed unlimited, tax-free gold and currency imports.
a second tranche coming into effect on November 5 covering Iran's vital oil
sector, could be far more damaging even if several key customers such as China,
India and Turkey have refused to significantly cut their purchases.
contempt for the nuclear deal dates back to his time as presidential candidate
and on May 8, he made good on a pledge to pull America out of the international
international says that the US-led coalition's admission to killing scores of
civilians during its operations is just the tip of the iceberg.
Tuesday, Amnesty noted that its research prompted the US-led military coalition
to admit to killing dozens of civilians in its offensive against Daesh in
Raqqah in Syria.
further stressed that the US must immediately start "thorough,
independent" investigations to expose the full scale of civilian deaths
and reimburse the victims and survivors.
US-led Coalition’s admission of responsibility is not surprising given the
level of our evidence, and marks a welcome U-turn in its stance on the many
civilians killed by its Raqqa offensive,” Senior Crisis Response Adviser at
Amnesty International Donatella Rovera said.
this is only the tip of the iceberg. Our detailed field investigations covered
just four cases – but the many survivors and witnesses we spoke to on the
ground pointed to a civilian death toll in the high hundreds,” she added.
US-led coalition recently announced that that it killed 77 civilians in the
air-strikes in Syria's Raqqah in 2017.
June, Amnesty announced that coalition attacks against Daesh in Syria's Raqqah
last year broke international law by endangering the lives of civilians.
Coalition should dignify these deaths by releasing meaningful and verifiable
information about these strikes – notably the exact location and nature of the
targets, the methodology used for verifying the targets, and the measures taken
to minimize the risk to civilians,” added Rovera.
a year after the armed group calling itself Daesh has been ousted from Raqqah,
there is no military or security reason for withholding these details, which
are crucial to determining the legality of strikes which killed and maimed
civilians. How can the Coalition avoid inflicting high civilian death tolls in
the future without accounting for what went wrong in Raqqah?”
US has been conducting airstrikes against what it says are Daesh targets inside
Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government
or a United Nations mandate.
US and its allies have repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing
civilians and drawn criticism over their failure to destroy Daesh which they
claim to be fighting.
legal advocacy group filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday with the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain documents concerning a grant
under its Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program.
request, filed by Muslim Advocates, was to obtain more information on a grant
of $500,000 to the National Governors Association to establish policy academies
“aimed at developing strategic plans for preventing ideologically inspired
filing follows an announcement by the association that such ‘academies’ will be
created in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan and Virginia.
CVE program was established in 2011 under the administration of President
Barack Obama with the aim thwarting efforts by extremist groups to recruit
would-be terrorists. It focused on working with non-governmental organizations,
academia, mental health institutes, the private sector and local communities.
the program, a Strategic Implementation Plan was also announced by the DHS with
the aim of enhancing engagement with local communities that may be targeted by
violent extremists, building government and law enforcement expertise for
preventing violent extremism, and countering violent extremist propaganda.
the U.S. government says the policy is aimed at all extremist groups and
ideologies, many organizations say that in practice, it is known to target Muslims
through surveillance and engage in discriminatory profiling.
is a controversial program through which federal grants are provided to local
organizations and groups, who are then tasked with identifying individuals in
the community who are supposedly 'at risk' of radicalization and
violence," Muslim Advocates said in a statement.
organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on
American-Islamic Relations have said that CVE programs were being used to
obtain information on Muslim communities.
addition to their proven ineffectiveness, CVE programs have long been known to
unjustly target Muslim, black and brown communities,” Muslim Advocates Staff
Attorney Juvaria Khan said in an online statement.
Kids Are Learning Islamophobia From Their Textbooks
Trump’s travel ban, recently upheld by the Supreme Court, is wreaking havoc on
Muslim families, forcing some Americans to leave the United States for
countries in the midst of devastating wars in order to reunite with loved ones.
The resilience ― and, among some Americans, popularity ― of the travel ban is
emblematic of how enshrined Islamophobia has become in American culture. Even
our highest court of justice has endorsed a discriminatory law rooted in
misconceptions about the instability, oppression and violence of the Middle
East and Islamic faith.
many people blame these persistent misconceptions on mass-media depictions of
Arabs and Muslims, that’s not where they begin. We need to examine the
pervasiveness of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim information in the American
education system ― and, in particular, in textbooks.
Americans’ exposure to the Middle East and Islam starts with what they learn in
high school history class. World history textbooks in the United States only
allocate around 3 percent of space to discussions of these topics. And the
story those textbooks tell in that limited space is a disturbing one. My
research on world history textbooks used across the country finds that sections
about Islam and the Middle East advance a “rise and fall” narrative. That story
goes like this: In the medieval period, the Middle East was a flourishing and
advanced civilization, but due to an inability to modernize, the region has
subsequently declined into chaos, oppression and violence. This sensationalized
version of history reduces the region to a bygone society and fails to account
for the vibrant and dynamic contemporary reality of the Middle East.
history textbooks similarly tend to degrade Arabs and Muslims by situating them
as foreign and antithetical to the American national narrative. While Arabs and
Muslims have been integral members of the United States since before the
country’s inception, American history textbooks strip U.S. history of its Arab
and Muslim influences. These textbooks fail to acknowledge the significant
contributions of Arab and Muslim Americans to all aspects of American life,
from sports to technology to government. Students don’t learn that there would
be no Apple iPhones or Macbooks without the genius and innovation of an Arab
American, Steve Jobs. Students aren’t taught that Muhammad Ali was motivated by
his Muslim faith to dedicate his life to social justice and civil rights.
failing to tell this part of the American story, these educational materials
construct a national identity that alienates Arab and Muslim Americans.
Instead, both world history and U.S. history textbooks portray Arabs and
Muslims as the undemocratic and tyrannical people that the United States
strives to defeat in order to secure democracy and peace throughout the world.
They tell stories about “[t]he ever-volatile Middle Eastern pot” that
“continued to boil ominously,” describing Iranian hostage takers as “a howling
mob of rabidly anti-American Muslim militants.” This framing leads students to
view the Middle East as a tempestuous, threatening and mysterious region in a
constant state of turbulence.
is not to say that there is not real violence in the Middle East, and that
students need to learn about it. However, they must be taught the whole truth:
the full story of how colonial powers split the region along largely arbitrary
borders, the full account of many women’s agency and strength and the full
appreciation of the expansive breadth of rich cultures, languages and religions
in the region.
textbook portrayals of Arabs and Muslims are not neutral, apolitical truths.
Rather, the decisions about what information to include — and what to omit —
are part of larger debates over what students should learn about themselves and
others. As a for-profit industry, textbook production is bound to economic and
political forces that influence the content and distribution of every textbook.
The best way for publishers to increase their profits is by tailoring their
textbooks to appeal to large markets like Texas, where a state committee
approves a list of textbooks from which school districts can choose. Nineteen
states, mostly concentrated in the South and West, use this statewide textbook
adoption system. Although the textbook selection committee is only mandated to
evaluate textbooks for factual correctness and compliance with the state’s
social studies standards, in reality the committee assesses how closely the
narratives put forth in the textbooks conform to its members’ ideological and
Texas, the Christian right has managed to amass considerable influence in the
textbook adoption process through political appointments and elections to the
textbook selection committee. Because textbook publishers wish to secure spots
on Texas’ statewide list of approved textbooks, publishers tailor their
textbook content to align with the views of these powerful Christian
stakeholders, many of whom see Arabs and Muslims as incompatible with American
school textbooks are an important mechanism for forming young students’
attitudes about the world, and the lessons they’re learning about Arabs and
Muslims are inaccurate and intolerant. These messages come with the clout and
authority of a textbook, which most young people consider to be neutral and
objective. While these sources are in fact not neutral or apolitical, there is
enormous power in them being presented and perceived as such. For Arab and
Muslim American students, using textbooks that portray them and people like
them as violent and inherently un-American can have a negative effect on how
they view themselves and their own communities.
then there’s the extra-curricular effects of teaching young people a false
narrative about Arabs and Muslims. Hate crimes committed against Arabs and
Muslims in the United States have reached an all-time high. In 2016, the number
of anti-Muslim assaults surpassed post-9/11 levels. Attacks against Arabs
increased by over 200 percent in 2015. Since 2001, Arabs and Muslims in the
United States have become scapegoats for the inexcusable actions of a minority
of extremists who justify their attacks using the name of Islam. The
persistence of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry and violent backlash since
9/11 prompts the question: how have these negative attitudes become so
entrenched in American public discourse? The prevalence of anti-Muslim and
anti-Arab information in educational material may certainly be a factor.
have the opportunity to reshape that narrative, however. Because the textbook
production and adoption processes are pervious to political pressure, organized
local and national efforts demanding more accurate and positive representations
of Arabs and Muslims may bring about much-needed change in textbooks. If you’re
a parent, read your child’s textbooks. You should know what they’re learning
and what, in some cases, you’re paying for. Call your state’s Board or
Department of Education, which is often responsible for selecting textbooks,
and express any concerns you have about your child’s textbook. Attend textbook
adoption hearings and even consider applying to serve on your state’s textbook
adoption committee. Write to textbook publishers explaining your observations
about textbook content.
the 'post-integration' phase really come for Muslims in Europe?
Özil's decision to quit the German national football team in the face of
widespread racial slurs reminds us of the Tariq Ramadan case for several good
reasons. Ramadan, a professor at Oxford University and one of Europe's most
influential public intellectuals, is now a victim of its blatant racism,
Islamophobia and xenophobia himself – a very comprehensive account of his case
is chronicled here – after he has preached Muslim integration into the
mainstream for almost 30 years. Before his incarceration, he preached that
integration was a word of the past and that the word of today and tomorrow is
and must be "contribution."
of the examples he frequently cited was the case of Zinedine Zidane – the
French-Algerian superstar who is the fourth most capped footballer in French
history. His two game-winning goals in the 1998 World Cup finals earned him the
Légion d'honneur – the highest French order of merit for military and civil
achievements. Using Zidane's example, Tariq Ramadan asked his fellow Muslims to
actively and civically contribute to their own European societies, the tacit
assumption being that contribution will make space for Muslims as Europe will
see the value in their addition, leading to a consequent overcoming of an
"us vs. them" dichotomy.
Özil's announcement that he will no longer play for the German national team
comes after being the object of racial abuse by the German press for his
Turkish origins, abuse that was arguably spurred by a photo of Özil with
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. After Özil's retirement, the possibility of
post-integration Muslim contribution in Europe takes quite the hit, and calls
into question the double standard that first and second generation immigrants
in Europe face, earning the praise of their countrymen when successful, and
facing the brunt of criticism upon failure. This was precisely articulated in
Özil's statements – "I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when
we lose. This is despite paying taxes in Germany, donating facilities to German
schools and winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, I am still not accepted
false and shallow logic of contribution leading to a solution is exposed.
Muslims are consistently expected to be the goose that lays golden eggs, yet it
appears that acceptance is contingent on success. In further comments, Özil
pointed to the evident racism by illustrating that while his former teammates
Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose were never referred to as German-Polish, he
has been consistently referred to as German-Turkish in the German press
throughout his career with the "Die Mannschaft."
this because it is Turkey? Is it because I'm a Muslim? By being referred to as
German-Turkish, it is already distinguishing people who have family from more
than one country. I was born and educated in Germany, so why don't people
accept that I am German?"
question then becomes a matter of what it is that European politicians, media
and civil society actually hope to achieve. Is it integration or assimilation?
Why can't a German football player with Turkish origins exercise his agency to
meet, take a photo, or have a cup of Turkish coffee with the Turkish leader?
Would a German player of Russian origin generate that level of anguish and
questions regarding his loyalty if he met Putin? In fact, in his statement of
early retirement, Özil did not defend his meeting with the president in a
political sense, nor did he mention the rampant Islamophobia, racism and
xenophobia that plagues Germany and Europe. Rather, he defended his meeting of
the Turkish president as a matter of respecting the highest office of his
ancestral homeland. His statement said that although the German media have
portrayed something different as a cause of this meeting, the truth is that not
meeting with the president would have been simply disrespecting the roots of
his ancestors. The German press and civil society at large were not fond of
this kind of agency or rootedness, not for a German-Turk at least. Europe
indeed desires total assimilation in its occasional welcoming of immigrants and
their contributions, devoid of any dissent or actual diversity.
playing for the German national team in more than 90 matches for nine years,
scoring 23 goals, being the best German player of the year five times, Özil was
rewarded with the brunt of criticism following a disappointing World Cup exit.
How many immigrants could contribute as much as a Mesut Özil? This is what Özil
got as a reward. How many immigrants could contribute more than Özil did? In a
similar vein, Ramadan might have already learnt the hard way that no matter how
much of a gift he is to Europe, he will remain as "the other" as long
as he is not willing to give up his critical political positions and completely
assimilate into the dominant paradigm. This is the only option for even the
most gifted of the immigrants like Özil or Ramadan. What is left for the
not-so-gifted or struggling immigrants coming out of the shameful French
colonial slavery or refugees fleeing wars that are chiefly Western artifacts is
Muslim body urges Tories to deal with Islamophobia
Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has called on the Conservative party to respond
to serious concerns of Islamophobia following remarks made by former Foreign
Minister Boris Johnson.
the Muslim Council of Britain calls on the Conservatives to respond to serious
concerns of Islamophobia in the party, especially after Boris Johnson made
unacceptable remarks comparing Muslim women who wear the niqab to letterboxes
and bank robbers,” a statement from the MCB read.
intentional usage of the words in a national newspaper appear to be to pander to
the far right,” the statement added, citing Johnson’s article on the niqab he
had written in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Monday.
his opinion piece, he said Muslim women wearing burqas look like “letter boxes”
and compared them to “bank robbers”.
MCB also said that while it was right for party chairman Brandon Lewis to call
on Johnson to apologize, the party should now act upon calls that had been
MCB put forward a number of questions for Lewis and the Tory leadership, asking
if Johnson’s apology should “only cover his Telegraph outburst? Or will it also
include previous incendiary remarks?”, remarks that included “Islam is the
problem” and that “Islamophobia was a natural selection”.
recent months the MCB has increasingly called for an independent inquiry into
Islamophobia within the Tory party and among its members, both in parliament
and in its leadership.
calls have been supported and carried forward by a plethora of institutions and
senior individuals such as Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a member of the House of
Lords, and the leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn.
is "disappointed" by the resumption of U.S. sanctions on Iran,
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
a statement posted on its official website, the ministry called the U.S. move
"a shining example of violations of international law."
particular, the sanctions violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231, it said.
JCPOA fully justifies itself. It has proved its effectiveness,” said the
ministry, using the acronym for the Iran nuclear deal.
[nuclear watchdog] IAEA regularly confirms that Iran has strictly adhered to
its obligations. The verification and control measures foreseen by the action
plan are fully applied. This, itself, is a reliable indication of the peaceful
nature of the Iranian nuclear program."
will do everything necessary to preserve and fully implement” the deal, the
first round of the U.S. pre-nuclear deal sanctions on Iran, largely targeting
the country’s banking sector, went into effect early Tuesday.
sanctions target Tehran's acquisition of U.S. dollars, precious metals trade,
transactions related to Iran's rial currency, activities related to Iran's
sovereign debt, and the country's automotive sector.
July 2015, the P5+1 group of countries -- the U.S., Britain, France, China,
Russia, and Germany -- signed the nuclear deal with Iran.
it, world powers agreed to lift some economic sanctions in return for Tehran
agreeing to limit its nuclear activity to peaceful civilian purposes.
Americans killed by the so-called Islamic State while cycling around the world
are being remembered as free spirits.
Geoghegan and her boyfriend Jay Austin, both 29 years old, were cycling through
Tajikistan with a group of foreigners when a car rammed into the group. The duo
from Washington, D.C., was 369 days into their trip.
men got out and attacked the tourists with knives. One Dutch and one Swiss
national were also killed along with the American couple.
authorities blamed the attack on an Islamic separatist group, but ISIS took
responsibility in a video showing the five alleged attackers.
and Austin set out from the U.S. in July 2017 and chronicled their adventures
on a blog called SimplyCycling.
explained their decision to leave, writing: “I’ve grown tired of spending the
best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best
years of my life in swaths of grey and beige.”
it sounds crazy to others, but to me, it sounds exactly like who they were,”
said Tiffany del Rio, a friend of the couple.
trip was an example of Geoghegan’s “openness to new people and places, and her
quest for a better understanding of the world,” Robert and Elvira Geoghegan,
Lauren’s parents, said in a statement to CBS.
couple’s adventures took them through Africa, Europe, and eventually Central
blog showcased many acts of kindness, like the time they said a stranger pulled
their vehicle over to offer the couple ice cream bars or when young girls
offered them flowers.
led Austin to write: “You’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary
place. ‘People,’ the narrative goes, ‘are not to be trusted. People are bad.
People are evil.’ I don’t buy it.”
last photos show a wide open world, filled with strangers and smiles — the
opposite of how they died.
memorial to the cyclists has been set up at the U.S. embassy in Tajikistan.
was the first known attack of its kind against Western tourists in Tajikistan,
a remote ex-Soviet state located north of Afghanistan in the towering mountains
where Islamist militants fought an insurgency against a Moscow-backed
government in the 1990s.
Moroccan man has been arrested in Spain on charges of planning attack in Spain
with another terrorist, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.
21-year-old jihadist, who belonged to terrorist group Islamic State (IS), also
allegedly recruited terrorists for jihad, the Spanish police said on Tuesday,
Xinhua news agency reported.
said the Moroccan man, arrested in Vitoria, experienced a drastic change in his
habits of life and in his manifestations, who moved to extremist Salafist
postulates, and even defended in social networks violent actions perpetrated by
terrorist organisations, especially IS.
contacted another terrorist who was arrested in 2017 in Morocco for intending
to attack in Spain, while inciting him to commit these massacres with
audiovisual material about IS.
police highlighted that the cooperation between Spain and Morocco was also key
to dismantling the intentions of the arrested.
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