Special Status, Article 370, Ends ‘At Once’
Text of Govt's Proposal to Revoke Article 370 in Kashmir
Scholars, Clerics Reject Anti-Shariah Decrees Being Issued To Fan Extremism,
Terrorism and Sectarian Violence
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
DELHI: Article 370 of the Constitution,
which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been removed, Home
Minister Amit Shah said in parliament today, adding that President Ram Nath
Kovind had signed an order that would come into force "at once". The
announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of his
cabinet at his house this morning. Jammu and Kashmir will also be
"reorganised," said the Home Minister, with the state's bifurcation
into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Amid massive protests
by the opposition in parliament and parties in Jammu and Kashmir, the centre
has moved 8,000 paramilitary troops from different parts of the country to
Kashmir, sources say.
are the 10 latest developments in this big story:
370 gives Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for
all matters barring defence, communications and foreign affairs.
removal of this part of the constitution ends special status for Kashmir, which
was key to its accession to India in 1947.
370 made it necessary for the centre to get the state legislature's approval
for introducing any policies or constitutional powers to the state.
and Kashmir will cease to be a state and become two union territories with two
Lieutenant Governors. Ladakh will be a Union Territory without a legislature
and Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature.
government's huge step comes after a massive build-up of troops in the
sensitive Kashmir Valley and a night where senior leaders including former
Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were placed under house
and phone lines have been forced out of service in parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Thousands of paramilitary troops have been sent to Kashmir after the government
said it was cancelling the Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage, and asked
tourists and outsiders to leave the state.
cabinet met this morning at the home of PM Modi after which all ministers and
the PM moved to parliament for Amit Shah's big announcement.
educational institutions and offices are closed and groups have been banned
from gathering in Kashmir and Jammu.
Jaitley, however, said in tweets: "A historical wrong has been undone
today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure
under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go."
Abdullah said: "The government of India (GOI)'s unilateral and shocking
decisions today are a total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu
& Kashmir had reposed in India when the State acceded to it in 1947. The
decisions will have far-reaching and dangerous consequences. This is an
aggression against people of the State as had been warned by an all-parties
meeting in Srinagar yesterday."
text of govt's proposal to revoke Article 370 in Kashmir
days of mounting tensions, Home Minister Amit Shah pushed for the revocation of
Article 370 that confers special status and powers to the state of Jammu and
Kashmir. Shah proposed the same at the Rajya Sabha on Monday. He added that the
special status will be revoked after the President gives his nod.
minister also proposed the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into
two Union Territories - Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union
Territory of Ladakh.
the full text of the government's proposal to revoke Article 370:
OF LAW AND JUSTICE
Delhi, the 5th August, 2019
.551(E).- the following Order made by the President is published for general
CONSTITUTION (APPLICATION TO JAMMU AND KASHMIR) ORDER, 2019
exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 370 of the
Constitution, the President, with the concurrence of the Government of State of
Jammu and Kashmir, is pleased to make the following Order:-
(1) This Order may be called the Constitution (Application to Jammu and
Kashmir) Order, 2019.
It shall come into force at once, and shall thereupon supersede the
Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 as amended from
time to time.
All the provisions of the Constitution, as amended from time to time, shall
apply in relation to the State of
and Kashmir and the exceptions and modifications subject to which they shall so
apply shall be as follows:-
article 367, there shall be added the following clause, namely:-
For the purposes of this Constitution as it applies in relation to the State of
Jammu and Kashmir-
references to this Constitution or to the provisions thereof shall be construed
as references to the Constitution or the provisions thereof as applied in
relation to the said State;
references to the person for the time being recognized by the President on the
recommendation of the Legislative Assembly of the State as the Sadar-i-Riyasat
of Jammu and Kashmir, acting on the advice of the Council of Ministers of the
State for the time being in office, shall be construed as references to the
Governor of Jammu and Kashmir;
references to the Government of the said State shall be construed as including
references to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir acting on the advice of his
Council of Ministers; and
in proviso to clause (3) of article 370 of this Constitution, the expression
"Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2)" shall
read "Legislative Assembly of the State"."
Scholars, Clerics Reject Anti-Shariah Decrees Being Issued To Fan Extremism, Terrorism
and Sectarian Violence
and religious scholars from different religious organisations and religious
schools of thought on Sunday underlined that every bid of the enemies of Islam
and Pakistan to fan extremism, terrorism and sectarian violence in the country
would be foiled.
than 1,500 leading Ulemas, Mashaykh and religious scholars from different
religious schools of thought attended “Pakistan Stability Conference” that held
here on Sunday in aegis of Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Lahore Chapter. The
clerics and religious scholars announced that the entire nation is committed
and united along with law enforcement agencies of Pakistan to purge the country
from extremists and terrorists elements.
religious scholars also announced to hoist national flags at all the seminaries
and mosques on the eve of August 14. The conference also announced on behalf of
all the Ulemas and Mashaykh of Pakistan to reject anti-Shariah decrees being
issued on account of Quran-o-Sunnah. The Ulema addressing the conference stated
that Islamic Shariah and constitution of Pakistan have categorically defined
stature of Ahmedis and no one could alter this reality. “Attributing any Muslim
as Ahmedis or non-Muslim is very sinful act and considered as infidelity. The
constitution has categorically defined rights for non-Muslims living in
Pakistan and any organisation or individual can’t be allowed to seize rights of
non-Muslims as defined in constitution of Pakistan.”
conference also pay respect and homage to the martyrs of the security forces
stating that the entire nation is United with law enforcement agencies of
Pakistan to purge the country from the menace of terrorism and extremism.
conference also lauded decision of the government to link registration of
seminaries with Ministry of Education. The conference also announced to reject
all the decrees being issued against the teachings of Quran-o-Sunnah. Hafiz
Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi,Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council presided over
the conference. The conference also announced that 2019 is being marked as year
to eliminate the menace of terrorism and extremism from Pakistan. Among notable
participants of the conference includes Maulana Qazi Matiullah Saeedi, Maulana
Muhammad Rafiq Jaami, Pir Asad Habib Shah Jamali, Allama Tahirul Hasssan,Mufti
Saeed Arshad, Maulana Shakeel Qasmi, Allama Pir Zubair Zahid, Maulana Ahsan
Ahmed Husseini, Maulana Abdul Qayyum Farooqi, Qari Abdul Hakeem Athar, Maulana
Sajid Jhangvi, Maulana Aminul Haq Ashrafi and Mian Irshad Mujahid.
participants of the conference, speaking on the occasion, said that baseless
propaganda was being fanned to make instability and anarchy in Pakistan.
Enemies of Islam and Pakistan are publicising anti-Sharia decrees to make
anarchy and chaos in Pakistan. The conference announced that any organization
or individual will not be allowed to make politics in the country on account of
the sanctity of prophethood and belief on the finality of prophethood.
issues at Stability of Pakistan Conference underlined that killings on account
of religion and making terrorism on pretext of Islam are against the teachings
of Quran-o-Sunnah. All the religious schools of thought announced to
disassociate themselves from all these elements.
cleric, orator or scholar in their public sermon will not use sacrilegious
words about Caliphs of Islam and Ahl-e-Bait. Elements using derogatory remarks
will not be considered as representative of any particular religious sect and
Islamic sect will not be announced as infidel and any Muslim or non-Muslim will
be announced for extrajudicial murder. Believers of every religion and
religious sects will be allowed to live in Pakistan as per their cultural and
religious values as allowed in Constitution of Pakistan.
complete ban on usage of loudspeaker will be ensured except for Azaan and
Friday sermons. Faithful of every religion with permissions of respective local
administration will be allowed to arrange their gatherings and congregation.
check will be maintained on hateful literature. Scholars will be appealed to
stay away from making any derogatory remarks about others.
responsible citizens, responsibility rests on the shoulders of Muslim populace
to ensure protection of worship places of non-Muslims living in Pakistan.
government should ensure implementation on National Action Plan in letter and
to the resolutions adopted at the Stability of Pakistan Conference, elements
making decrees to obstruct Muslims from Hajj are enemies of Muslim unity.
Government of Saudi Arabia has played every role to keep away Hajj & Umrah
from politics. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has remained vigilant to serve pilgrims
to their best. Pakistan thanked leadership of Saudi Arabia to include Pakistan
in Road to Makkah Project to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims.
resolutions stated that Pakistan has always played positive role for durable
peace in Afghanistan. Ulemas and Mashaykh endorse the efforts being made by the
security forces, UAE and Saudi Arabia for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Acknowledgment of Pakistan stance on solution of Afghan issue by US
Administration is great achievement for Pakistan. All the stakeholders of
Afghanistan issue should settle differences with bilateral talks.
resolution adopted at the conference condemned US move to put Pakistan and
Saudi Arabia on watch list relating religious freedom. non-Muslims residing on
Pakistan owns all the rights as defined in Constitution of Pakistan.
resolution adopted at the conference endorsed decision of Pakistan Ulema
Council to mark 2019 as year to eliminate the menace of terrorism and extremism
from Pakistan. The conference and leading Ulema and scholars stated that
religious scholars are united to purge Pakistan from religious extremism and
resolution adopted at the conference lauded stance of Prime Minister Imran khan
on Kashmir and Afghanistan on his recent US visit. With the recent visit of PM
Imran khan, Kashmir issue has once more came to limelight at world forum. The
conference also lauded role of Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Amir
Muhammad bin Salman on Kashmir issue in support of Pakistan.
Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently published a report suggesting the mastermind
behind the September 11, 2001, attacks would be open to testifying against
Saudi Arabia only if his death penalty would be reversed, citing court
Arabiya English obtained the document in question – a status letter writing to
US Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn – which stated that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s
lawyer said his client would not consent to a deposition “at the present time.”
lawyer is then directly quoted as saying that the main reason for his client’s
refusal was the “capital nature of the prosecution” and that “[i]n the absence
of a potential death sentence much broader cooperation would be possible.”
status letter in question was filed on June 26 in the US Southern District
Court of New York by lawyers representing individuals and businesses seeking
billions of dollars in damages from Saudi Arabia, which they accuse of being
involved in the 2001 attacks.
media outlets and agencies quickly picked up the story when it was published
last Tuesday, with many echoing WSJ’s lede that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, also
known by his abbreviated name KSM, was ready to testify against Saudi Arabia in
exchange for the US dropping the death penalty against him.
the WSJ article, there are no direct quotes from Mohammed, the other
co-defendant in the case Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (who also happens to be KSM’s
nephew), or their counsels stating either party would be willing to testify
against Saudi Arabia specifically.
Kreindler, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Reuters that he did not know
whether Mohammed might be useful in their case.
just really leaving no stone unturned,” he said.
many outlets failed to report the possibility Qatar might be another country
KSM would testify against.
2017, Richard Clarke, a former US National Coordinator for Security,
Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism during the Clinton and Bush
administrations, revealed in a New York Daily News article that Qatar provided
sanctuary to Mohammed and might have helped him escape to Doha when the US
closed in on him during the 1990s.
is a Pakistani national who grew up in Kuwait and studied in North Carolina as
an undergraduate. In the years to come, he would be connected to two terrorist
attacks – one on the World Trade Center in 1993 and another in Manila in 1995 –
before he arrived in Doha, where he worked at Qatar’s Water Department.
was a consensus in the group that we could not trust the Qatar government
sufficiently for us to do what otherwise would have been obvious: Ask the local
security service to arrest him and hand him over,” Clarke wrote, referring to
the inter-agency Counterterrorism Security Group, which he chaired.
mitigate the risk inherent in that move, the US ambassador was asked to talk
only to the Emir. He would ask the Emir to talk only to the head of the Qatari
security service. The request was that they should grab KSM and hold him for a
few hours until we could land an arrest team to fly him to the US,” Clarke
hours after the US ambassador met with the Emir regarding Washington’s request,
Mohammed had disappeared from Doha.
the Qataris handed him over to us as requested in 1996, the world might have
been a very different place,” Clarke concluded.
the WSJ article, written by its Washington reporters Andrew Restuccia and Jess
Bravin, failed to mention any connection between Qatar and Mohammed, another
WSJ report on June 19 written by financial reporters Ian Talley and Bradley
Hope did so. They reported how loopholes in UN Security Council sanctions
allowed blacklisted al-Qaeda and ISIS members and their backers to access to
their bank accounts despite an asset freeze by the UN.
generals, protesters sign deal for civilian rule
Sudan’s ruling generals and protest leaders signed a hard-won constitutional
declaration on Sunday, paving the way for a transition to civilian rule after
more than seven months of demonstrations and violence.
the agreement, signed at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum, a joint
civilian-military ruling body will oversee the formation of a civilian
government and parliament to govern for a three-year transition period.
declaration was the result of fraught negotiations between the leaders of mass
protests, which erupted last December against the three-decade rule of
president Omar al-Bashir, and the generals who ousted him in April. It builds
on a July 17 power-sharing deal between the two sides.
movement leader Ahmed Rabie and the deputy head of the ruling military council
General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo signed the declaration at a ceremony attended by
African Union and Ethiopian mediators.
turned a tough page of Sudan’s history by signing this agreement,” Daglo, who
flashed a victory sign after making a short speech, told reporters.
signing was met by applause in the hall as representatives from both sides
of the protest umbrella group, the Alliance for Freedom and Change, broke into
tears as they exchanged hugs.
of jubilant Sudanese gathered outside the hall, chanting “blood for blood, our
government is civilian” and “revolution, revolution”.
the Bahari district of north Khartoum, dozens were chanting “this country is
ours and the government is civilian” as drivers honked their horns in
the city of Omdurman, hundreds were clapping, chanting and dancing to drum
formal signing with foreign dignitaries in attendance is to take place on
August 17, another protest leader, Monzer Abu al-Maali, said. On the same day,
Bashir is due to go on trial on corruption charges.
next day, the generals and protest leaders are to announce the composition of
the new transitional civilian-majority ruling council, Abu al-Maali said.
prime minister will be named on August 20 and cabinet members on August 28,” he
said, adding that the sovereign council and cabinet would meet for the first
time on September 1.
talks had been repeatedly interrupted by deadly violence against demonstrators
who have kept up rallies to press for civilian rule.
were suspended for weeks after men in military uniform broke up a long-running
protest camp outside army headquarters in Khartoum on June 3, killing at least
127 people, according to doctors close to the protest movement.
movement has laid most of the blame on the powerful Rapid Support Forces (RSF)
paramilitary group, commanded by Daglo.
leaders say the accord calls for an investigation into protest-related violence
which, according to protest-linked doctors, has cost more than 250 lives since
Sunday’s deal, RSF paramilitaries are to be integrated into the army’s chain of
Hussein, a protester waving the Sudanese flag outside the negotiations hall,
was overjoyed by the signing.
we can tell the martyrs that their blood was not wasted,” he said.
al-Sanhouri, a legal affairs negotiator for the protest movement, said the
constitutional declaration clears the way for a parliamentary system with a
civilian prime minister.
said the protest movement would have 201 of 300 seats in parliament and the
premier, to be confirmed by the new sovereign council.
document touches on a peace deal agreed with three armed groups last month in
Addis Ababa, protest leader Babiker Faisal said.
groups had spent years fighting Bashir’s government forces in the states of
Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
comprehensive peace conference is planned to take place within six months of
the transitional period,” he added. Sudan’s Arab neighbours hailed the
said it was “a significant step on the right track”, while the Saudi foreign
ministry welcomed it as “a quantum leap that will transition Sudan to stability
the United Arab Emirates, minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash
said Sudan’s transition to civilian rule “turns the page” on Bashir and his
Sunday, Ethiopian mediator Mahmoud Drir told reporters the deal would see Sudan
removed from the United States’ blacklist as a state sponsor of terrorism.
country has been on the State Department’s list since 1993 over its alleged
support of Islamist militants, a designation that has damaged the country’s
economy and severely impeded foreign investment.
Party to face inquiry into Islamophobia
Conservatives will face an independent inquiry into Islamophobia, party
chairman James Cleverly has confirmed. The investigation comes after a YouGov
survey for Channel 4’s Dispatches programme found that 56 per cent of the Tory
membership thought Islam was ‘generally a threat’ to the British way of life
and just 22 per cent thought it was ‘generally compatible’. A previous YouGov
study carried out by anti-racism charity Hope Not Hate also found that just 8
per cent of the party’s members ‘would be proud of Britain, if we were to elect
a Muslim as our prime minister’. The survey also revealed that 67 per cent of
Tory members believe ‘there are areas in Britain that operate under Sharia
law’. An inquiry into anti-Muslim racism and hatred was suggested by Sajid
Javid, now the Chancellor, during the Tory leadership race.
on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday whether there will be an independent inquiry, Mr
Cleverly said: ‘Yes there will be. ‘We will be guided by a formal definition of
Islamophobia but the point is we do and will always take firm action on anyone
who steps outside the boundaries of appropriate behaviour.’ Former party
chairman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi told Metro.co.uk: ‘I welcome the acceptance of
my party for finally recognising the need for an independent inquiry into
Islamophobia. ‘I would suggest the APPG on British Muslims definitions of
Islamophobia is an appropriate definition to guide this process. ‘Nevertheless,
I hope this process is independent, transparent and retains the confidence of
British Muslim communities across the UK.’
of the APPG on British Muslims, Wes Streeting MP said: ‘Given the catalogue of
evidence of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, an independent inquiry into
Islamophobia is both welcome and overdue. ‘For this process to have any
credibility with Muslim communities it must be genuinely independent and
willing to shine a light into uncomfortable corners of the Conservative Party.
‘A working definition on Islamophobia has already been agreed by a cross-party
group of MPs and Peers with the support of Muslim communities across the
country. ‘This would be a good starting point for such an inquiry.’
Muslim Council of Britain spokesperson said: ‘An inquiry into Islamophobia in
the Conservative Party has been long-awaited and will be welcomed if it is
sufficiently independent and robust. ‘Words must be followed by action. The
record of the Party has thus far been found wanting. ‘A litmus test will be
whether the party adopts the definition of Islamophobia as formulated by the
All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims.’ He added: ‘We hope this
process does not sidestep the over 100 incidences of Islamophobia identified by
the Muslim Council of Britain and Muslim members of the Conservative party
American pundit says the endemic acts of terrorism by whites against people of
other races in the United States are as old as the country itself.
Randy Short of the African Orthodox Church made the remarks during an
appearance on the Press TV the Debate program from Washington, DC, on Sunday.
have an issue of white identity extremist and white racial terrorism that’s as
old as this country,” he said.
country has perennially harboured a culture teaching “to dominate, to conquer,
and control land that’s not yours, people that are unlike you,” Short said.
culture”has required this kind of terror and control,” He added.
comments came after 29 people were killed and dozens more were injured in two
separate mass shootings across the country.
in El Paso, Texas, which was a targeted shooting focused on immigrants, claimed
the most casualties and was rated as an instance of “domestic terrorism.”
far this year, the country has witnessed 251 mass shootings, which is more than
one a day.
the history of racially-charged killings in the country, Short also pointed to
“lynching, where you’d have public murders of people, who are black and Indian,
as a norm like a sports activity.”
Peterson, a senior congressional defense advisor from New York, who was the
other guest on the panel, countered the idea that the US was experiencing mass
shootings on a regular basis.
said the sources yielding figures about the fatal incidents were “very biased
and misleading sources that have an interest in the issue politically.”
said the discussion over shooting incidents in the US had to be founded on a
“reasonable definition of a mass shooting” and “common definitions.”
militants behead a disabled man in Sar-e-Pul province
Taliban militants beheaded a disabled man in Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan,
it has been reported.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants beheaded the
disabled man in Sancharak district of Sar-e-Pul province.
the family members of the victim, the 209th Shaheen Corps further added that
the Taliban militants initially shot dead the disabled man and decapitated him
Taliban group has not commented regarding the incident so far .
is yet not clear why the Taliban militants brutally murdered the man.
the district administrative chief of Sancharak Naqibullah Daqiq confirmed that
the Taliban militants had abducted the victim two weeks ago.
further added that the victim was a disabled farmer whose decapitated body was
recovered two days ago.
security situation in Faryab province has deteriorated during the recent years.
militants are active in some districts of Faryab and often conduct terrorist
the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in this province.
unveils prototype ‘tanks of the future’
unveiled options on Sunday for its “combat vehicle of the future” – a tank with
large touchscreens, 360-degree vision and, in one prototype, a video game-style
ministry of defense wants to procure an armored vehicle that can be operated by
two soldiers instead of four with the hatch closed, something officials
involved in the project say would be a unique achievement.
ministry tasked three Israeli companies – state-owned Israel Aerospace
Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, along with Elbit Systems – with
drumming up ideas.
so-called Carmel project, launched three years ago, aims to develop not the
vehicle itself, but its brains and sensors, which can be installed into
three firms succeeded in reducing the number of soldiers to two.
vehicles also have options for autonomous driving and target identification
with the help of sensors and cameras, along with artificial intelligence and
is a revolutionary concept based on cutting-edge technology,” Brigadier General
Yaniv Rotem, head of military research and development with Israel’s defense
ministry, told journalists.
countries and many armies are looking for future armored vehicles.”
demonstrated options for the project to US army representatives on Sunday and
plans to do the same for other countries.
three companies presented tank models fitted out with their technologies at an
army base in northern Israel.
soldiers look at a combination of large screens and use various methods of
controlling the vehicle and its weaponry.
of the options used a video game-style controller.
survivor of Christchurch mosque shootings thankful for ‘unexpected’ Haj
Aug 4 — For Mohd Tarmizi Shuib and his family, the opportunity to perform the
Haj, a duty mandatory for every financially and physically able Muslim to
fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam, this year, is unexpected.
are very thankful. After what we have gone through... we always pray to Allah
to give us strength and, indeed, we did not expect this invitation to the Holy
Land (to perform the Haj),” he said.
Tarmizi, 42, was one of the Malaysian victims of the terrorist attacks in
Christchurch, New Zealand in March, and had lost his son, Muhammad Haziq, 17,
in the massacre. The terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch left 50
people dead and scores of others injured.
Tarmizi, together with his wife, Dr Marina Zahari, and their 12-year-old son
Muhammad Hariz were among the 200 families of the victims of the incident, who
were sponsored by Saudi Arabian king, King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, to perform
the Haj under the 2019 Saudi King’s guests programme.
never expected such a gift, an opportunity to perform Haj this year. It was
unbelievable after the several months of really tough episode we went through
since the tragic incident. This is a reward from Allah, having us (his family)
as His guest,” he told Bernama, when met at the programme, today.
the incident, Mohd Tarmizi was seriously injured after being shot.
said that he panicked upon hearing gun shots and fled to the front entrance
before realising the gunman was there. He then grabbed his second son (Muhamad
Hariz), exiting through an alternative door and quickly climbed several housing
fences in order to escape with his son.
did not realise that I was injured until I saw that my leg was soaked in blood.
I saw a garage nearby and decide to hide there with my son when it dawned on me
that Muhammad Haziq was not with us. At that time, I fervently prayed for the
safety of my sons and myself,” he vividly recalled.
Tarmizi admitted he and his family were in a state of grief for several months
but they received a lot of moral support from the New Zealand’s community and
government, and from the Malaysian government, to overcome the trauma and
support showed me that everything we are facing in our lives are part of
Allah’s tests, and we should always accept them in good faith,” said Mohd
Tarmizi’s family arrived in Mecca on August 2 and was scheduled to return to
New Zealand on August 16.
annual programme is organised by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Islamic Affairs,
Da’wah and Guidance, and is personally financed by King Salman.
cost covers the pilgrims’ accommodation, flight tickets, food and drink as well
as Haj rites.
programme, which had been conducted for more than 20 years, aims to get the
pilgrims to come together to exchange views on Islam and to strengthen ties.
total of 1,300 pilgrims from 72 countries were selected for this year’s
programme including 20 from Malaysia.
Arabia plans to accommodate up to 30 million Haj and umrah (minor Haj) pilgrims
in the coming years based on Vision 2030 introduced by the Saudi Arabian Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman. — Bernama
Ahead of the Eid al-Adha commonly known as Bakr-Id or "festival of
sacrifice", Imam Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali, member of All
India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has requested Muslims to sacrifice
only animals, whose slaughter is permitted by the government.
appeal to all Muslims that on Eid al-Adha, like every year, this year too, the
life of only those animals should be sacrificed on which there is no
prohibition by government," said, Imam Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi
Mahali. He also appealed to Muslims to not to sacrifice animals on roads and no
photos of animal sacrifice should be clicked and shared on social media.
sacrifice must not be done on roads; it can be done inside a house or a madrasa
so that other communities do not face any problem. No photos of animal
sacrifice should be clicked or shared on social media," he added.
the festival of Eid al-Adha is celebrated two days after the beginning of the
Hajj pilgrimage. The starting date of this festival depends on the sighting of
the new crescent moon. It begins on the 10th day of one of the holiest months
of the Islam calendar.
On Roads: In A First, Friday Prayer Offered On Rooftops
Days after Aligarh chief mufti urges Muslims to refrain from offering Namaaz on
roads, the devotees on Friday offered the prayers at the roof of a building.
a bid to defuse the controversy over ‘Namaz on Streets’ the Aligarh Shehar
mufti, Mohammad Khalid Hameed has directed administrators of all the mosques to
offer their “prayers on rooftops of neighbouring buildings wherever convenient”
but not on streets.
the directive of the city mufti, hundreds of devotees thronged the Bu Ali Shah
mosque in Aligarh and occupied the ground floor, first floor, and even the
terrace and roofs for the first time.
member of the community who made alternate arrangements for Namaz told DNA news
portal, “Last week, some officials from Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) ordered
us not to offer namaz on the street. Post that, we have made arrangements for
the namaz on upper floors and terrace. There is a shortage of space, but it
can’t be helped.”
ensure no one should pray on the streets and no untoward incident takes place,
police personnel was also deployed outside the mosque.
Uloom Deoband: Complaint of helipad proved false
State Convener of Bajrang Dal, Mr. Vikas Tyagi had written to CM of UP that a
helipad is being constructed on the premises of Darul Uloom Deoband.
DM and SSP along with a team of police officials visited the institution and
elicited the details of the construction.
the inspection, District Magistrate, Mr. Alok Pandey told the newsmen that a
complaint was received about the construction of helipad for which he visited
the institution along with SSP. He further told that PWD Engineer who had
accompanied him will submit his report on the basis of which further action
would be taken.
DELHI: In a series of fast-moving developments, former J&K chief ministers
Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti and People's Conference chief Sajad Lone were
placed under house arrest at midnight, fuelling speculation that the Centre is
planning a major initiative like scrapping Article 35A of the Constitution.
35A allows the Jammu and Kashmir assembly to frame rules defining
"permanent residents" and prohibits non-permanent residents from
settling permanently in the state, acquiring immovable property, government
jobs and scholarships.
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decision to place the Kashmir leaders under house arrest came in the backdrop
of J&K governor Satyapal Malik on Sunday saying any initiative would not be
a "secret" and could be revealed in Parliament, which is in session.
Latest news reports indicated that Section 144 had been imposed till further
orders in the entire Srinagar district, banning public meetings, rallies, and
gatherings, and movement of people, though curfew was not officially imposed.
There were also reports of internet services being restricted across the
deployment a security measure, no knowledge of change in constitutional provisions:
Jammu and Kashmir governor
educational institutions were told to remain closed. In Jammu, too, all
schools, colleges and educational institutions were advised to remain closed.
agencies are looking to pre-empt attempts by separatist organisations to fan
trouble. A telecom shut-down seems in the offing.
Modi government could move on its manifesto promise to do away with Article
35A, which government sources said does not require parliamentary approval. The
massive induction of paramilitary troops and stepped-up action against
infiltration attempts seem a political and security response ahead of of the
Article 35A decision.
before midnight, Omar Abdullah tweeted: “I believe I’m being placed under house
arrest from midnight and the process has already started for other mainstream
leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is, then I’ll see all of
you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us.” A few minutes
later, his tweet was proved correct.
believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the
process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if
this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of
whatever is in store. Allah save us 🙏🏼
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the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm
believer that what ever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better,
we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone,
stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM.
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in the day, J&K governor Satya Pal Malik was quoted by news agency ANI as
saying, “Parliament is in session... whatever will happen, it will not happen
secretly, it will come to Parliament, it will be discussed.” He further asked
people to wait until Monday or Tuesday even as he deepened the mystery by
saying he had no specific information of what might be in the offing. “Till
today, I have no inclination, no information. I have talked to everybody in
Delhi, and nobody has given me any hint that we will do this or that. Whatever
somebody is saying — there will be trifurcation, Article 35A, 370 — nobody has
discussed with me these things, either the PM or the home minister,” he said.
statement came even as the Union cabinet is scheduled to meet at 9.30am on
Monday, just ahead of Parliament proceedings at 11am. On Sunday, home minister
Amit Shah held a meeting with national security adviser Ajit Doval, home
secretary Rajiv Gauba and heads of Intelligence Bureau and RAW. This was followed
by discussions with senior officials of the home ministry’s J&K division
with the focus on the security situation in the state.
leaders and bureaucrats remained tight-lipped on the agenda of Monday’s cabinet
meeting, it is learnt that the government had been planning abrogation of
Article 35A even before the Lok Sabha polls were called. A senior functionary
told TOI that the necessary paperwork for scrapping the article was completed
in February and that BJP included the same in its manifesto only after doing
Congress leader Usman Majid and CPM MLA M Y Tarigami claimed they were arrested
on Sunday night as Kashmir remained on edge with authorities stepping up
no official confirmation was immediately available.
officials said former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti would
not be allowed to move out of the house as strict curfew would be imposed in
Kashmir at the crack of dawn amid heightened terror threat and flare up of
hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC).
said that the former CMs have been detained at their respective house.
Conference leader Abdullah tweeted, "I believe I'm being placed under
house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for
other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then
I'll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store."
the people of Kashmir, we don't know what is in store for us but I am a firm
believer that what ever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better,
we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone,
stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM," he said in another tweet.
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authorities suspended mobile Internet connection in Kashmir Valley, the
officials said, adding that satellite phones were being provided to police
officials and district magistrates.
to the development, Mehbooba tweeted, "Hearing reports about internet
being snapped soon including cellular coverage. Curfew passes being issued too.
God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It's going to be a long night."
reports about internet being snapped soon including cellular coverage. Curfew
passes being issued too. God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It’s going to be a
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such difficult times, I'd like to assure our people that come what may, we are
in this together & will fight it out. Nothing should break our resolve to
strive for what's rightfully ours," she said.
such difficult times, I’d like to assure our people that come what may, we are
in this together & will fight it out. Nothing should break our resolve to
strive for what’s rightfully ours.
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remained on edge on Sunday as authorities stepped up security deployment at
vital installations and sensitive areas amid heightened terror threat and flare
up of hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC).
the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked
pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious
residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues
have been visible outside shops and fuel stations.
and Kashmir governor S P Malik has dismissed speculations that the Centre might
be planning to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives
exclusive rights to the state's residents in government jobs and land.
parties in J&K had expressed apprehensions about such action after the
Centre deployed additional troops and curtailed the Amarnath Yatra.
Jammu & Kashmir government late Sunday night imposed restrictions under
Section 144 CrPC in Srinagar district with immediate effect from Monday
midnight i.e. August 5 and said it will continue to remain in force until
further orders. Late Sunday evening, mobile, broadband internet and cable TV
services were suspended in Srinagar.
order comes minutes after mainstream leaders in the state including former
chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were placed under house
to the order, “there shall be no movement of public and all educational
institutions shall also remain closed. All public movement has been curtailed
and educational institutions will remain closed”. The order has also banned
holding any kind of public meeting or rally until the order is withdrawn.
cards of service officials would be considered as movement passes in various
Jammu, all the educational institutions were closed till further orders as a
precautionary measure after Governor Satya Pal Malik’s administration imposed
restrictions in Jammu region late Sunday night. According to Inspector General
of Police, Jammu Zone, Mukesh Singh, mobile internet services across Jammu are
also being closed.
clamped restrictions on all 10 districts of Jammu region late on Sunday as they
imposed prohibitory orders, snapped mobile internet connection and shut
educational institutions after similar steps in the Kashmir Valley.
local leaders, including former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar
Abdullah, claimed they were placed under “house arrest” as officials imposed
restrictions on the movement of people in Srinagar and across the Valley and
suspended mobile data services.
read: In Kashmir, leaders put under ‘house arrest’, schools shut, internet
restive state has been on the edge since Friday when authorities suspended the
Amarnath Yatra over security concerns and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave
“immediately” forcing residents stock up on essentials and fuel.
that, there has been massive security build-up in the state.
the summer capital of the restive state, woke up to deserted roads on Monday
morning as police personnel made announcements urging people to stay indoors
after the assembly of four or more people in public places was banned under
section 144 of CrPC.
administration also snapped mobile internet services across the region at
schools, colleges and academic institutions, both private and government, are
advised to remain closed as a measure of caution,” Jammu deputy commissioner
Sushma Chauhan said in an order.
step has been taken in view of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the
multi-fold increase in the security deployment due to threat perception,” read
updates here:Jammu and Kashmir Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi meets Cabinet
orders were issued by the deputy commissioners of nine other districts in the
than 500 students from NIT Srinagar, who had reached Jammu on Sunday, were
given food and sent homes in a special train.
Indian Army and Border Security Force (BSF) have also been put on a high alert
along the Line of Control and International Border.
reinforcements of around 40 companies of paramilitary forces were also deployed
across the region, especially in Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda, Rajouri and Poonch
official said that six companies in Jammu, two in Samba, two in Kathau, four in
Udhampur, one in Reasi, eight in Rajouri, six in Poonch and 11 in Doda region
have been deployed to maintain law and order.
nothing has been told to us, we also anticipate a decision on Article 35-A and
probably that is why over 35,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed
across the state,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
also imposed night curfew in Kishtwar and Rajouri districts and Banihal area of
Ramban district on Sunday.
across Jammu region was strengthened earlier with the additional deployment of
paramilitary forces, including Rapid Action Force (RAF) in several districts,
especially in the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri and Doda region.
adverse reports poured from any of the 10 districts till 10am with people
cautiously watching the development unfolding in Delhi.
Sunday, leaders of political parties met in Srinagar and resolved to protect
and defend the “identity, autonomy and special status” of Jammu and Kashmir.
The situation in the state was discussed at the all-party meeting, which was
held at the residence of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq
was unanimously resolved that all parties would be united with their resolve to
protect and defend identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu, Kashmir and
Ladakh against all attacks and onslaughts whatsoever, modification abrogation
of Article 35A, 370, unconstitutional delimitation, trifurcation of the state
would be an aggression against the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,”
said Omar Abdullah’s father, Farooq Abdullah, reading from a copy of the
Satya Pal Malik has dismissed reports that preparations are being made for an
announcement on Article 35A and Article 370 or on the trifurcation of Jammu and
Kashmir by creating three states of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, as has been
rumoured in the state.
Khan Sues TV Anchor Najam Sethi For Rs 10bn Over Slander
Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Saturday sent a defamation notice of Rs 10 billion to
prominent TV anchor Najam Sethi, alleging false reporting about his personal
counsel Imran Babar Awan has sent the defamation notice to Sethi for his
“propaganda” about PM’s personal life. The notice said no leniency will be
showed regarding fake news about the prime minister.
Leghari, central head of public relations of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf said that
Sethi had made “shameful” claims about the personal life of Khan and he also
violated law and ethics on a private TV channel besides causing defamation to
the reputation of the prime minister.
Nawaz Sharif, a vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
party, has appealed to supporters to join her when the party calls on them to
march to Islamabad.
Sunday, during her latest mass contact campaign — a 'Free Nawaz Sharif' rally
in Khushab — the daughter of incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif called on
supporters to "heed the call by their party to march to Islamabad for the
final shove to topple the government".
[drive the final nail in the coffin] against this fake government, if your
party Muslim League Noon calls on you to march on Islamabad, will you accompany
me there?" she asked crowds gathered in a village off the Lillah
interchange who gave her a rousing reception during her stop there.
PML-N leader also spoke on the plight faced by the citizens of Indian-occupied
Kashmir and Azad Jammu & Kashmir and said that "they are not alone as
Pakistan stands with them".
Kashmiris are wounded, it is Pakistan that feels the pain. When unarmed
Kashmiris bleed, it is the blood that runs through Pakistan's veins that is
shed," she said.
also made stops in the cities of Mangwal and Katha while enroute to Khushab.
had left her Jati Umra residence late Sunday afternoon amid fervent chants by
party workers in her support.
has been at the forefront of PML-N's allegations against judge Arshad Malik,
who convicted Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia reference last year.
The National Security Committee (NSC) on Sunday warned the world that India’s
irrational actions could destabilise the region and vowed to firmly respond to
any act of Indian aggression.
recent Indian measures will increase the levels of violence and turn this area
into a flashpoint and a destabilising factor in the midst of two strategically
capable neighbouring countries,” a statement issued after the meeting said
while noting that India through its military buildup in held Kashmir and
“brutal use [of force] against an unarmed population” was “adding fuel to
condemns Indian actions in this regard which would have adverse implications
for regional and international peace,” the NSC said.
top security body’s meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan was held
to review the situation along the Line of Control in the aftermath of firing of
cluster bombs by Indian forces on civilian population in Azad Kashmir, as well
as the developments in held Kashmir where over 28,000 additional Indian troops
have been deployed, tourists evacuated, rationing of essential items has been
ordered and Amarnath Yatra, a Hindu pilgrimage, cancelled.
allegation that it had foiled an infiltration attempt from Pakistan has added
to the tense situation. The allegation was immediately denied by Pakistan which
described it as a diversionary tactic to distract the world’s attention from
India’s human rights abuses in the occupied valley and attempts to change the
demography of the region.
statement listed the possible motives behind India escalating the situation,
including an attempt to malign and discredit the Kashmiri movement for the
right to self-determination, conceal the intended change in demography through
revocation of Article 35-A, an expression of frustration at the human rights
abuses getting global attention, the unease at the growing momentum in the
efforts for a political settlement of the Afghan dispute, and trapping Pakistan
in an escalation spiral.
was briefed on India’s deplorable suppression of populace in IOJ&K
[Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir], plans to use bogey of terrorism for
political ends disregarding situation on ground, use of cluster munitions
against civilians to provoke Pakistan and use of disinformation manoeuvre to
confuse the real intent i.e. changing the demographic structure and the
internationally recognised disputed status of IOJ&K,” the statement said.
NSC maintained that India because of loss of moral authority in held Kashmir
and setbacks suffered by its narrative on Kashmir at the international level
was “resorting to illegal, undemocratic and inhuman measures”.
the timing of Indian actions with progress in the Afghan peace process, the NSC
stated: “The recent Indian measures will increase the levels of violence and
turn this area into a flashpoint and a destabilising factor in the midst of two
strategically capable neighbouring countries.”
apprehensions about developments in the Afghan peace process could be related
to the two offers of mediation on the Kashmir dispute made by US President
Donald Trump in less than a fortnight. New Delhi fears that the US because of
Pakistan’s role in the peace process may increase pressure on India for
accepting a third-party intervention in the long-running conflict.
NSC noted that the growing international focus on Indian rights abuses in held
Kashmir could force Delhi to “resort to desperate and risky options, including
false flag operations”.
should be recalled that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
for the second consecutive year launched a report last month documenting the
human rights situation in held Kashmir between May 2018 and April 2019. The
report specifically noted the sharp aggravation in the situation after the Feb
14 attack on Indian paramilitary forces in Pulwama that led to a military
standoff between Pakistan and India. It had also observed that India did not
implement the recommendations from last year’s UN report for addressing the
NSC reaffirmed the resolve to defend the country “against any Indian
misadventure or aggression” and to continue diplomatic, moral and political
support to Kashmiri struggle for the right of self-determination. “Pakistan
reiterates that Kashmir is a longstanding unresolved international dispute
which needs peaceful resolution. Pakistan therefore urges India to come forth
to resolve the issue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri
people,” it added.
Minister Khan, while addressing the participants of the NSC meeting, said
Pakistan would not be deterred from its just stance based on UNSC resolutions
and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. He said India was disregarding its
international obligations and its arrogance would only result in heightening
the conflict dynamics in the region.
drew the attention of the world leaders and international bodies towards
India’s “irresponsible, unilateral and irrational behavior” and emphasised that
India should ensure the rights of the people including those living in occupied
territories and abide by its commitments to the UNSC.
a series of tweets before the meeting, PM Khan said Indian actions posed threat
to international peace and security, and that sustainable peace in South Asia
was possible only through “peaceful and just settlement of Kashmir dispute”. He
recalled that President Trump had offered to mediate on the Kashmir dispute and
said it was the right time to do so as aggressive Indian actions could set off
a regional crisis.
NATIONS: The United Nations on Sunday appealed to India and Pakistan to
exercise “maximum” restraint amid escalating tensions between the two countries
along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.
UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (Unmogip) observed and reported
an increase in military activity at the Line of Control in recent days,” the UN
secretary general’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement
e-mailed in response to a question.
United Nations appeals to both sides to exercise maximum restraint to ensure
that the situation does not further deteriorate,” the statement said.
Unmogip was deployed in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India
and Pakistan in the disputed region. While Pakistan allows UN observers to
monitor the LoC, India does not.
shows solidarity with Kashmiris
The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on
Sunday expressed deep concern over the deteriorating situation in India-held
Kashmir, including the reports of deployment of additional paramilitary forces
General Secretariat is saddened to learn about the civilian casualties
resulting from ceasefire violations carried out by Indian forces across the
Line of Control [LoC] and expresses solidarity with the people of
Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” the OIC said in a statement.
Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani also brought the attention of the international
community’s to the fresh spate of Indian aggression by writing to speakers and
presiding officers of all parliaments of the world. Mr Sanjrani wrote to the
speakers and presiding officers and telephoned some of them, seeking their
support to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations
also apprised the speakers of the use of cluster ammunition by the Indian armed
forces in held Kashmir and their indiscriminate firing across the LoC on
civilian settlements. “World’s people representative parliaments should
pressurise India to stop state terrorism in Kashmir,” the senate chairman said
in his letter, adding that the international community should play its role in
bringing India on the table for a dialogue on the issue.
of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, in a statement,
urged the United Nations secretary general to play his role in stopping the
genocide of Kashmiris.
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr
Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday condemned the blatant use of cluster bombs by
Indian security forces targeting innocent civilians along the Line of Control
(LoC) and further said that Pakistan will extend every help, that is necessary,
to people of Kashmir in their effort to self-determination.
also said that the whole nation stands with our forces and condemns all
brutalities of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
said that US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate Kashmir issue is the
victory of Kashmiri people’s narrative of right to self-determination and India
should look into it with logic.
stated that India is openly violating international laws by attacking civilians
and in this situation, no effort to materialise peace can succeed, “India
cannot crush the indigenous movement of Kashmiri people through brutal use of
cluster bombs,” she added.
praised PM Imran and said that his vision to see a peaceful Asia is applaudable
and every problem should be discussed through talks and discussion.
between India and Pakistan over Kashmir have the potential to blow up into a
regional crisis and it is the right time for US President Donald Trump to
mediate, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday.
comments come a day after Pakistan accused India of using illegal cluster
bombs, killing two civilians and wounding 11, in the disputed Kashmir region.
India denied it had used such weapons.
Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as situation
deteriorates there and along the LOC (line of control) with new aggressive
actions being taken by Indian occupation forces,” Khan said on Twitter,
referring to the heavily militarized de facto border that divides the two parts
of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
has the potential to blow up into a regional crisis,” Khan said.
foreign affairs ministry and the White House did not immediately respond to a
request for comment on Khan’s remarks.
July, Trump told reporters that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked
him during a meeting in Japan if he would like to be a mediator on Kashmir.
denied Modi ever asked for any mediation.
has long rejected any suggestion of third-party involvement in tackling Kashmir
and, reacting to Trump’s offer last month, said it would deal with Pakistan only
last week reiterated his offer, saying he would intervene if asked, and “it’s
really up to Prime Minister Modi.”
Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan, has long been a bone of contention
between the two. Tensions flared after a vehicle laden with explosives rammed
into an Indian police convoy on Feb. 14, killing 40 paramilitary police, and
leading to aerial clashes between the two nations.
accuses Pakistan of funding armed militants, as well as separatist groups in
India’s portion of the region. Islamabad denies the Indian accusation, saying
it provides only diplomatic and moral support to a separatist movement.
have escalated particularly since Friday, when local Indian officials in Kashmir
issued an alert over possible militant attacks by Pakistan-based groups.
has rejected those assertions, but thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrims and
workers left the region in panic.
on Saturday also rejected India’s claims that it had killed at least five
Pakistan-based militants who tried to attack its forces near the border.
Sunday, Kashmir remained on high alert with Indian para-military forces
deployed across major towns. One senior local official said a curfew was likely
the city police chief in Srinagar, the state’s main city, told Reuters he had
no knowledge of a curfew.
were on alert, with staff told not to leave the city without permission,
local government said on Friday it had intelligence about militant attacks and
called off a major Hindu pilgrimage, asking pilgrims and tourists to return
touts itself as a “Paradise on Earth”, with its Dal Lake, famous houseboats and
mountains among major attractions.
and Germany have in advisories discouraged their citizens from visiting, but
around 160 foreign tourists arrived on Saturday, one official said. Some were
should we be scared? It is a nice place and people are very helpful,” said Molly,
a Swiss tourist.
tourism is bound to suffer as tensions rise.
Arabic-language Beirut-based al-Akhbar newspaper reported that the Southern
parts of Syria, including Dara’a province and its surrounding areas have become
scenes of resumed terrorist attacks on the Syrian Army’s military positions in
line with coordinated efforts to make those regions insecure and stop the
Syrian government peace initiative.
daily pointed to the reorganization of Jordan’s Mouk Operations Room terrorist
groups along the border in Western Syria, and said intel has revealed that a
foreign officer who recently worked with the terrorist groups in Southern Syria
has been recalled to the operation room.
Syrian security sources also pointed to the monitoring of the ISIL’s movements
in Eastern Sweida, and said that the US Army has recently dispatched two trucks
carrying weapons from al-Tanf region to ISIL terrorists deployed near Sweida
al-Akhbar, meantime, pointed to a connection between terrorists of Southern
Syria with the foreign countries, including the US, Oman and the UAE, and said
that Israel is benefiting the most from insecurities in Southern Syria and has
helped the terrorists with the assassination of some officers of the Syrian
Army in Southern Syria.
daily also pointed to the meeting of Syrian-Russian commanders in Southern
Syria, and said that the two sides will most probably conduct military and
security operations to get rid of the remaining terrorists.
a relevant development last week, the Arabic-language al-Masdar news website
quoted a military source as saying that the Syrian Army was preparing for new
military operation inside the Dara’a province.
to the military source, the Syrian Army was preparing to cordon off the town of
Sanamayn in northern Dara’a.
source said the Syrian Army was demanding the militants to surrender themselves
before an operation would be launched to arrest them for their recent attacks
on the military checkpoints in Sanamayn.
a relevant development last month, Secretary of the Syrian Parliament Khalid
al-Aboud said attacks against the Syrian army were masterminded in Jordan and
Israel, amid increased terrorist attacks against the country's Armed Forces in
was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel as saying that the
terrorist groups which recently attacked the Syrian army forces in Dara'a
province are those which have contacts with the Military Operations Command
(MOC) room and take orders from Jordan and Israeli intelligence agency.
added that the aggressive acts of these grouplets are not limited to the Syrian
army forces as they have attacked the Russian forces and civilians and set fire
at thousands of hectares of farmlands too.
said based on intelligence, MOC has turned into a new center which intends to
use the attacks against the Syrian government and insecurities in Southern
Syria as a leverage to pressure Damascus.
security outposts and military vehicles of the Syrian army have recently come
under attack a year after the army won control over the province and granted
amnesty to those militants who laid down their weapons.
reports said earlier this month that the US forces had resumed training of
Washington-backed terrorists in al-Tanf region near the borders with Jordan
after a one-year halt.
Anadolu news agency quoted informed sources as saying that Jeish al-Maqawir
terrorists affiliated to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) were again being
trained by the US forces.
added that the trainings were underway in al-Tanf base in the bordering
triangle between Syria, Jordan and Iraq and some bases in Jordan, noting that
the FSA militants undergo special trainings, including heliborne and combat
operations as well as battle in hard conditions.
sources also said that a number of US army and intelligence officers along with
a number of US-led coalition advisors supervise these trainings.
the US forces in al-Tanf region had paved the ground for recruiting more
militants for Jeish al-Maqawir terrorist group.
prominent Russian military analyst revealed last year that the US was training
terrorists in 19 military bases in Syria in pursuit of its military and
political objectives in the country.
families of the Christchurch mosque attack victims arrived to the Kingdom on
Friday and Saturday to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, the Saudi Press Agency
Friday, the families were greeted by New Zealand’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
to greet Superintendent Nala Hassan, a senior NZ police officer as she begins
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered the hosting of 200 people from
the families of the Christchurch mosque attack victims to perform Hajj in the
Kingdom, according to SPA.
the decision, the Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz
al-Sheikh said that it is part of the Kingdom’s efforts to counter terrorism
and support the families of those who were affected by the “abominable act that
is contrary to all divine teachings and human values and principles.”
Arabic-language al-Aba’a news network quoted representative of al-Fath
Coalition Party in Nineveh province Mokhtar al-Mousavi as saying that the US is
trying to target Hashd al-Sha’abi forces and Iraqi figures in Nineveh province
in a series of new plots.
pointed to the participation of several mercenaries in Nineveh province as saying
that the plotters are doing their best to keep away Hashd al-Sha’abi from
a relevant development earlier in July, a senior member of the Iraqi
parliament's Security and Defense Committee revealed the US plot to assassinate
top commanders of Hashd al-Shaabi in collaboration with the former Ba'ath party
al-Aliwi told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news agency that in addition to
the Ba'ath party officers, the US has also missioned the terrorist groups under
its support to assassinate Hashd al-Shaabi commanders, adding that the US
so-called mistaken bombing against Hashd al-Shaabi is another way to kill the
added that the US targets Iraqi popular forces based on precise intelligence
and data provided by the Ba'ath party commanders, saying that Washington aims
to annihilate Hashd al-Shaabi as the only obstacle to attain its goals in Iraq.
prominent Iraqi security expert warned earlier this week that members of the
dissolved Ba'ath party were collecting intel for the US in Western Iraq, mainly
through spying on Hashd al-Shaabi forces.
news website quoted Moa'ayed al-Ali as saying on Tuesday that members of Ba'ath
party had infiltrated into the Iraqi security bodies in Western Iraq.
added that they collected intelligence on security units and Hashd al-Shaabi in
Iraq and relay the intel to the US forces.
pro-militant Smart News website quoted al-Jolani as saying that Tahrir al-Sham
has no plans to withdraw from its military positions in Northwestern Syria.
al-Jolani reiterated Tahrir al-Sham’s lack of commitment to Astana meeting, and
claimed that the terrorist group will take military actions to retake the
regions that it has recently lost to the Syrian Army.
the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper pointed to the violation of the ceasefire
in Northern Syria by terrorists, and said that several civilians have been
wounded in terrorists’ rocket attacks on Share al-Nil region in the city of
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) underlined that the terrorist groups
pounded the Syrian Army’s military positions in Tal Hawash in Sahl al-Ghab in
Northwestern Hama and al-Qasabieh in Southern Idlib.
a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian army hit a heavy blow at Tahrir
al-Sham terrorist group's defense lines in the town of al-Latamineh in Northern
Hama, forcing the militants to flee their most important headquarters in the
Syrian army forces continued clashes with Tahrir al-Sham terrorists in the
Eastern parts of the town of Tal Malah in Northern Hama on Thursday, retaking
control of Wadi Hasmin region and the farms near the town of al-Zuka.
a military source said that the Syrian army troops have regained control of
Wadi Hasmin region, broken the first defense line of Tahrir al-Sham from
al-Zuka and opened a new front towards the town of al-Latamineh as the
militants' key base in Northern Hama.
added that a large number of terrorists were forced to flee al-Latamineh as the
army is advancing in the region.
source also said that a group of 17 militants were killed in clashes in
al-Zakah, adding that the army forces targeted the terrorists' supply lines in
Hasraya and al-Arbaeen with artillery fire.
people have died and 30 have been injured in an explosion outside Egypt's
National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said early
car driving against traffic on Cairo’s corniche collided with three other cars,
causing the explosion, Egypt’s interior ministry said in a statement.
public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the incident, according to
National Oncology Institute is located in El Manial district and directly
overlooks the Nile, an area with high traffic density.
to the Ministry of Health, the explosion also caused damage to facilities
inside the Institute.
Arabia on Sunday welcomed the final agreement reached in Sudan on the
constitutional declaration of governance for the transitional period, a source
at the Saudi Foreign Ministry said.
source added that the move is a qualitative step that will move Sudan toward
security, peace and stability.
Saudi Foreign Ministry source also praised the efforts exerted by all parties
to give priority to the national interest and open a new chapter in the
country’s history, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
source concluded by reiterating the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s full commitment
to stand by Sudan and continue its support to contribute to Sudan’s
advancement, stability and security.
Shopkeepers and residents in Syria’s Idlib city have found relief from
airstrikes but remain wary after a cease-fire halted fierce regime bombing
against the opposition foothold.
three months, an army offensive backed by Russia has killed at least 400 people
in northwest Syria and uprooted more than 440,000, the UN says.
Damascus declared a cease-fire on Thursday night, its warplanes have not
mounted airstrikes, though the combatants are still shelling each other.
lies in the last major chunk of territory opposition groups hold after facing
defeat across much of Syria at the hands of Damascus with its allies Russia and
the weekend, the streets of Idlib city buzzed with cars
people. Some stopped by market stalls to look at clothes, while others lined up
at kiosks to buy juice.
there was panic. Every time the warning sirens rang, the market became empty
right away,” Mhamad Al-Omar, who sells cold drinks, told Reuters. “Now that
there’s a bit of calm, there’s traffic today Praise God ... People are tired.”
have hit schools, hospitals, markets and bakeries in the latest assault, UN
human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said last week. Damascus, which denies
striking civilians in the eight-year-old war, says it has been responding to
cease-fire is good for everyone. But we don’t know what’s waiting for us,” said
Munaf Daher, a college student in Idlib. “We hope it will be good and people
will keep coming back to their homes, this is the biggest joy.”
Abdelallal, a local aid worker who was displaced from his city of Aleppo in
2016, said people had started returning after weeks of living in olive groves
near the Turkish border.
we don’t know what will happen under the table,” he added.
residents also said they remained cautious after a series of truce deals or
Russian-Turkish talks that have failed to end the fighting.
its deals with Moscow, Ankara has forces stationed on the ground in the Idlib
region at a dozen military positions.
factions have agreed to the latest cease-fire while reserving the right to
respond to attacks.
state media said on Thursday the cease-fire would depend on opposition
fulfilling a Russian-Turkish deal that tried last year to create an Idlib
buffer zone. The terms include fighters and heavy weapons leaving the zone.
dominant force in Idlib is the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) — formerly the Nusra
Front — though Turkey-backed opposition also operates there.
has rejected conditions of the 2018 “de-escalation deal” such as relinquishing
its weapons. Its leader Abu Mohammad Al-Jolani was cited on Saturday night as
saying his fighters would not withdraw from that zone.
recent years, the population of the northwest — which UN estimates put at 3
million — has ballooned with civilians and opposition fighters whose hometowns
went back under state rule.
Hmeid, who owns a vegetable shop, said the cease-fire would at least let people
enjoy the upcoming Eid Al-Adha holiday.
Dozens have died and more than 32 have been injured in an explosion outside
Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry
said early on Monday.
reports said the death toll is at 19. The Health Ministry said the affected
places were being evacuated.
media reports quoted authorities as saying the fire was caused by an exploding
gas tank inside the second floor of institute.
Egypt’s Ministry of Interior later said in a statement that the explosion was
caused by a car driving against traffic on Cairo’s corniche, colliding with
three other cars.
public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the incident, a Reuters report
said, adding that there was no official statement indicating that the explosion
was an attack.
report by news site almasryalyoum.com said the car explosion, which happened in
front of the Institute, shattered the school's main façade. The report said
several cars parked in front of the institute were burned, and patients,
doctors and workers were evacuated from inside the building.
and their families lined the sidewalk in front of the Institute in light of the
lack of ambulances to transport them to hospitals, prompting a number of
residents of the area to transport the injured in their own cars," said
enforcers closed the streets leading to the blast site, it said.
Abdelmonem Khalifa Abdelbaky
total of 20 people were killed and more than 35 others were wounded in an
airstrike carried out by eastern Libyan forces led by commander Khalifa Haftar
in the country’s southwest on Sunday, local media reported.
incident took place in Murzuq town and all the victims were from Tebu tribe,
reported Al-Ahrar TV, citing Rahma Adem, deputy from the town,.
Murzuq's Municipal Councilor Mohammed Omar said there was no loss of life and
property in the attack targeting Tebu tribe.
local media reported the attack targeted a wedding procession.
statement was made by Haftar’s forces.
President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on
Sunday about the situation in Libya calling for a ceasefire “very soon” between
the warring sides, the French presidency said.
and Sisi discussed Libya “with the aim of backing the United Nations’ plan for
a ceasefire very soon and a renewed dialogue” between Libya's Prime Minister
Fayez al-Sarraj and strongman Khalifa Haftar, the presidency said.
envoy Ghassan Salame has proposed a ceasefire for the Muslim holiday of Eid
al-Adha, which starts around August 11, and has called for relaunching
1,100 people have been reported killed since Haftar, based in eastern Libya,
launched an offensive against the capital Tripoli on April 4.
has been seeking to position itself as a mediator in the Libyan crisis, fearing
its destabilizing effects on the Sahel region of Africa.
a key backer of Haftar, is concerned about the conflict as it has a long border
Mohammed Omar Ahmed
authorities executed two al-Shabaab militants who were convicted for a December
attack that killed at least 13 people in the capital, Mogadishu.
men “were executed by firing squad on Monday morning,” Chairman of the Somali
military court Hassan Ali Nur told reporters.
groups in Somalia have issued a stern warning to the clan elders asking them to
stay away from the election process. On 15 July, the Somali militant Islamist
group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen released a written statement attributed
to its senior leadership, ‘A Call to Repentance to the So-Called Apostate
Somali Tribal Elders’, in English and Somali language versions.
statement, also read on Al-Shabaab’s two domestic radio stations, Radio
al-Andalus and Radio al-Furqan, warned Somali clan and sub-clan elders to not
participate in any way in upcoming election processes in either the
semi-autonomous Somali regional states or the next federal elections, the
latter of which is scheduled for 2020.
per the tradition, clan elders currently select candidates for the regional and
federal parliament elections based on the country’s “4.5” system which reserves
an equal number of seats for Somalia’s four large clan families, the Hawiye,
Dir, Darod, and Rahanweyn (1 to 1) and .5 seats (half a seat) to every 1 for
the clan families to a collective group of minority clan and ethnic groups. The
statement was also profiled on pro-Al-Shabaab Somali news websites including
SomaliMeMo. The statement had religious undertones attached to it and opened
with a lengthy citation from Quran 4:60–65 in which Allah excoriates the
“hypocrites” (munafiqun) who “claim that they believe in that which has been
sent down (Quran)” but continue to govern through un-Islamic, tyrannical
(taghut), and polytheistic ways due to being “led astray” by Satan.
verses state that anyone who does not abide by the traditions and example
(sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran is not a Muslim. The Al-Shabaab
statement noted that, as these verses make clear, the only legitimate form of
governance for Muslims is Sharia (Islamic law) and any other form of
legislation is impermissible and must be abolished.
point was further underlined with citations of Quran 5:50 and 12:40 which
further emphasized the necessity to rule only by Sharia, the Prophet Muhammad’s
sunna including the ahadith (singular: hadith; reports of his sayings and
actions), and the Quran.
statement warned all Somali and non-Somali Muslims that the “so-called tribal
(clan) elders” who participated in the selection processes for elections “have
fallen into clear-cut disbelief (kufr) that has invalidated their Islam,
nullified their faith and led them towards the path of apostasy and
misguidance.” The statement emphasizes the primacy of Sharia and regards electoral
democracy as antithetical to Sharia law.
statement has called on clan elders who have participated in electoral
processes to select MP candidates to “repent to Allah, disavow themselves from
the disbelievers (kuffar), and accept the sovereignty of Allah’s law
(hakimiyyah) above all forms of legislation”. Al-Shabaab’s leadership gave
these clan elders 45 days, from the date of the statement’s issuance to 1
September, to repent and register with Al-Shabaab’s regional governing
administrations (the “Islamic Wilayat”) “in order to safeguard their lives”.
Those who do, the statement said, citing Quran 5:34 will be forgiven their
major sin as “Allah, the oft-forgiving, most merciful, said” should happen.
than 27,000 people were killed in Boko Haram’s militancy in Nigeria since the
group launched its insurgency in the northeast region of the country in 2009,
according to data by the United Nations (UN).
statement made available to Xinhua in Abuja on Thursday quoted Edward Kallon,
the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, as saying 130,000 people have also
been newly displaced from their homes.
insecurity in recent months has pushed over 130,000 newly displaced people on a
long trudge. Arriving en masse to displaced camps, they are looking upon us for
aid and protection,” the statement said.
Haram, whose agenda is to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous
African country, had also spread its tentacles to neighboring countries
including Chad, Niger, and northern Cameroon.
UN office in Abuja expressed the humanitarian community’s willingness to assist
in abating the crisis while organizing on Wednesday a remembrance of 10 years
of the security crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe — the three most-affected
northeastern states in Nigeria.
aid workers, school boys and girls, women, and security operatives, among
others, have either been killed or abducted by Boko Haram during the decade of
Nigerian government has consistently declared winning the war against the Boko
Haram militants, despite growing concerns by citizens.
Tuesday, a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had maintained that the group’s
agenda had been largely defeated by government forces.
Al-Rayan Bank, a British bank controlled by Qatar, is providing financial
services to numerous British organizations linked to extremists, British daily
The Times reported on Monday.
a security clampdown, western banks froze and closed the accounts of Al-Rayan
charity labeled a terrorist organization and banned in the US for supporting
hardline hate preachers and a mosque whose trustee is a Hamas leader, have
accounts in the bank.
Choudhury, the chief executive of the bank until April, was also the director
of the British affiliate of an international religious institute where some of
the speakers and instructors advocated child marriage, female circumcision and
death penalty for adultery and apostasy.
held the position for seven years without compensation or pay.
least 22 irregular migrants have been rescued in the Aegean Sea off Turkey's
southwestern coast, said security sources on Sunday.
migrants requested help from the Turkish Coast Guard when a boat carrying them
got stuck off the Datca district in the Mugla province, said the sources, who
spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.
of the migrants -- most of whom are Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi nationals --
were referred to provincial migration office.
has been a key transit point for irregular migrants aiming to cross to Europe
to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.
Iranian serving a life sentence on a conviction of designing a pornographic
website has fled the country while on short-term release from prison and has
arrived in Canada, the foreign ministry and his family said.
welcomes the news that Saeed Malekpour has been reunited with his family in
Canada,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement received by AFP.
have advocated for Mr Malekpour’s release and are pleased that he is now in
Canada,” the spokesman said, without elaborating due to privacy considerations.
authorities on Saturday confirmed state television reports that Malekpour, who
is also a permanent resident of Canada, had left the Islamic republic.
individual was barred from leaving the country and has apparently left... via
unofficial channels and has not returned,” said judiciary spokesman
individual was sentenced to life in jail and had served more than 11 years of
his sentence,” Esmaili said, quoted by the judiciary’s official news agency,
said Malekpour was given a three-day furlough on July 20 and by the end of it did
not turn himself in to the prison.
sister posted a video on Twitter confirming he had returned to Canada.
brother Saeed Malekpour has just arrived to Canada! The nightmare is finally
over!” Maryam Malekpour said.
you Canada for your leadership. And thank you to every single person who
supported us throughout this time. Together we prevailed,” she added.
media said he had landed in Vancouver on Friday.
Akhavan, a professor at McGill University in Montreal who supported Malekpour,
told CBC TV that his family in Iran and his lawyer knew nothing about the
Akhavan, CBC said Iran released Malekpour under “intense pressure” and that he
escaped through a third country which was not identified.
was far from certain that the plan to bring him to Canada would succeed. So we
are all very relieved,” Akhavan said in a phone interview with CBC.
was dangerous. Really, until he set foot in Canada we were not sure that
everything would go according to plan.”
was arrested in December 2008 in Iran when he returned to his native land to
visit his dying father. He was accused of operating a pornographic website.
was initially sentenced to death, but that was commuted to life in prison in
to reports at the time, he had been found guilty on three counts, including
“designing and moderating adult content websites” and “insulting the sanctity
has denied the charges against him.
has voiced sympathy with the American people, particularly those affected by
recent shootings in the United States.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Sunday wished a speedy recovery for
those injured in the mass shootings in the states of Texas and Ohio.
attack on a Walmart and shopping center in El Paso, Texas, which left 20 people
dead and dozens wounded, is being treated as a “domestic terrorism case.”
are treating it as a domestic terrorism case, and we’re going to do what we do
to terrorists in this country,” said John F. Bash, the US attorney for the
Western District of Texas. “Which is deliver swift and certain justice.”
suspected shooter of the massacre has been charged with murder, which could
carry the death penalty.
suspect has been charged for capital murder," police spokesman Sergeant
Robert Gomez told a news conference.
hours after the El Paso mass shooting, at least nine people were slain hundreds
of miles away in Dayton, Ohio.
were reportedly six Mexicans among those killed in the El Paso attack,
according to Mexican President Lopez Obrador.
President Donald Trump, whose staff were reportedly deleting his racist tweets,
also voiced "condolences to all,” asserting that "hate has no place
in our country."
taking legal action
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has also said that his country is taking legal
action in the wake of the shooting.
the incident that took place yesterday (August 03) in El Paso, Texas, Mexico
expresses its absolute rejection and complete condemns this act of barbarity,
which resulted in the loss of lives of innocent Mexicans. There have been nine
people (Mexican citizens) injured,” said Ebrard.
president has instructed me to ensure that Mexico's indignation translates
into, firstly protecting families that have been affected, and then with
efficient, prompt, expeditious and forceful legal actions for Mexico to take a
role and demand that conditions are established that protect the Mexican
community in the United States. What happened is unacceptable and... the first
legal actions that the Mexican government will take will be announced."
US Justice Department is "seriously considering" bringing federal
hate crime and federal firearm charges against the suspect.
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worst. I met Rosemary’s family on the plane back to El Paso. They asked that we
visit her and share her story. She was shot in the chest but is doing well
after surgery. She’s strong—just like our city.
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security forces killed or wounded 15 Taliban militants by repulsing an attack
on an army base in northern Balkh province.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants attacked the army
base in Suryan area of Chahar Bolak district.
statement further addd that the security forces killed 10 militants during the
clash and wounded 5 others.
Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
soldiers of the Afghan National Army arrested the Intelligence Chief of Taliban
group for Takhar province.
217th Pamir Corps in a statement said the soldiers of the Afghan National Army
laid an ambush in Qara Tapa of Takhar province.
statement further added that the army soldiers arrested Qari Khan Mohammad son
of Abdul Hamid, the shadow Intelligence Chief of Taliban for Takhar.
Afghan forces repulsed a coordinated Taliban attack on a security post in
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants launched a coordinated
attack on Nanai security post in Andar district.
statement further added that the security forces repulsed the attack killing at
least 6 militants.
the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces also wounded 2 Taliban
militants during the clash.
the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces killed a Taliban militant and
destroyed a vehicle in Machlagho Band area of Ahmadabad district in Paktiya.
security forces also killed a Taliban militant in the provincial capital of
Logar province and confiscated an Ak-47 assault rifle.
security forces conducted airstrikes against two vehicles of Taliban militants
in south-eastern Ghazni province killing or wounding at least 13 militants.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the
airstrikes in Khado Khel area of Aab Band and Abu Qala area of Qarabagh
statement further added that the airstrikes killed 9 Taliban militants and
wounded 4 others.
Afghanistan: An Afghan official says a policeman in the southern province of
Kandahar opened fire on his colleagues, killing seven other policemen. The
Taliban have claimed the attack.
attack was the latest case of so-called “insider attacks,” when an Afghan
policeman or soldier turns his weapon on Afghan forces or international troops.
Naser Barekzai, a provincial spokesman, says the attacker fled the scene of the
shooting in Shah Wali Kot district. He says an investigation is underway.
spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi says the attacker joined the Taliban.
Taliban now effectively control about half the country and carry out near-daily
will carry out an operation east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria, in
an area controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said on Sunday.
has been running out of patience with the United States, who made an agreement
with Ankara to implement a safe zone in northeastern Syria. Erdogan said both
Russia and the United States have been told of the operation.
US President Donald Trump’s announcement last year of a planned US withdrawal
from northern Syria, the two NATO allies agreed to create a safe zone inside
Syria along its northeastern border with Turkey that would be cleared of the
YPG was Washington’s main ally on the ground in Syria during the battle against
ISIS extremist group, but Turkey sees it as a terrorist organization.
says that the United States has stalled progress on setting up the safe zone
and has demanded that Washington sever its relations with the YPG.
operation, which would mark the third Turkish incursion into Syria in as many
years, was first signaled by Erdogan earlier this year but later put on hold.
entered Afrin, Jarablus, and Al-Bab. Now we will enter the east of the
Euphrates,” Erdogan said on Sunday during a motorway-opening ceremony.
added: “We shared this with Russia and the United States.”
from Israel’s ruling Likud party say they will only accept Benjamin Netanyahu
as the party’s candidate for prime minister, “regardless of the election
party issued a statement Sunday saying that all of its Knesset members signed a
“unity petition” affirming that Netanyahu “is the only Likud candidate for
prime minister - and there will be no other candidate.”
move appeared aimed at quashing any demand by potential coalition partners that
Netanyahu step down.
passed David Ben-Gurion last month as Israel’s longest serving prime minister
and seeks re-election for a fourth consecutive term. Israel is holding an
unprecedented repeat election on September 17 after Netanyahu failed to form a
government following April’s vote.
said on Sunday that one of its fighter jets had crashed in the southern
province of Bushehr because of a technical problem, the semi-official Mehr news
agency reported, adding that two people onboard the jet were safe.
fighter jet crashed due to technical issues in the Tangestan area. Its pilot
and co-pilot are safe,” Mehr quoted the governor of Tangestan Abdolhossein
Rafiipour as saying.
Turkey’s president has renewed a pledge for a cross-border military operation
into northeastern Syria.
a speech Sunday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “We’ve entered Afrin, Jarablus,
Al-Bab. Now we will enter the east of the Euphrates.”
between US and Turkish officials have stalled over creating a safe zone in
Syria east of the Euphrates River. The aim is to address Turkey’s security
concerns about Syrian Kurdish militias in the region.
views these Kurdish militias — who battled the Daesh group alongside US forces
— as terrorists, allied with a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.
added: “We have shared this with the US and Russia.”
LUMPUR, May 2 — Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md
Yusof said Malaysia will soon spearhead a move to unify halal certification
Redzuan said the halal industry has always been one of the main agendas that
his ministry has focused on and the aim to achieve a single halal certification
was made after several countries agreed with Malaysia that the unification was
obtained feedback from several countries.. and they agreed with Malaysia for
the unification of the halal certification for the world.
is a major consensus on this though it has yet to be formalised, which is to
have Malaysia to lead Muslim countries for the unification so that we are
borderless in terms of applying halal lifestyle,” he told a special interview in
conjunction with Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) first anniversary in power.
Redzuan said if the halal unification is successfully implemented it would mean
that one single halal certification will govern everything in the entire world.
said most Muslim countries have recognised that Malaysia has the highest
standards set when it comes to halal certification guidelines.
our high standards being recognised by most Muslim countries, they want to use
as a basis to unify the certifications so that we are more open to the entire
are seen as champions to spearhead he halal unification,” he said.
Rezuan cited as an example that there will be no difference between Saudi
Arabia and Malaysia in the future if the halal certification is the same.
the moment there are some products accepted in other countries but not in
Malaysia because it doesn't meet Jakim's requirement.
a unified halal certification it will no longer be like that,” he said.
Redzuan said his ministry will streamline all effort to pursue this with other
was announced during the 11th World Halal Conference (WHC) here last month that
the global halal market is currently valued at RM7 trillion.
April 4, Economic Affairs Deputy
Minister Senator Mohd Radzi Md Jidin urged Malaysian halal industry players to
strengthen their efforts to tap into the RM7 trillion global halal market
said with over 1.8 billion Muslims globally, Malaysia has a huge chance to
capitalise on this market considering it has been recognised as the champion of
the Global Islamic Economic Indicator by the Dubai Islamic Economy Development
Centre in its report released in October 2018.
Radzi said it will be more meaningful if Malaysia and all other Asean countries
combined their strength collectively as together they have over 60 per cent of
the world’s Muslim population and can provide a greater market for Islamic
From Sept. 7, nearly 12,000 former members of the Philippines’ largest
insurgency group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), are going back to
are set to decommission the first 30 percent of our combatants, scheduled on
Sept. 7, tentatively. This will involve around 12,000 combatants, and the next
35 percent will be decommissioned after the regional security structure is set
up,” Murad Ibrahim, chairman of MILF, said in an exclusive interview with Arab
added that the final third will be decommissioned once “all the agreements have
been officially implemented.”
knows a thing or two about second chances.
one of the most wanted insurgents in the Philippines, the 70-year-old former
rebel turned MILF chief is today the interim chief minister of the newly-formed
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
hoping that the government will extend the same space to the first group of
combatants to be decommissioned next month as MILF begins its political chapter
in the restive south of the majority Catholic nation.
process has been years in the making.
2014, the MILF signed a landmark deal with the government to end a separatist
insurgency which killed nearly 120,000 people, displaced two million, and
helped radical groups gain a foothold in the region since the 1970s.
pact which led to the formation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) — a peace
deal that will allow Muslims in the south to start moving toward achieving
self-rule by 2022 — hopes to also tackle extremism and end half a century of
conflict within Mindanao.
are already in the implementing process [of the BBL]. There are two tracks in
the peace process. One is the political track, which includes the setting up of
the Bangsamoro government, and the other is the normalization track, which also
includes the decommissioning of our combatants,” he said.
a landmark ratification, which had the support of the Philippine Congress and
the Bangsamoro people, the BBL was passed in 2014.
years later, on March 29 this year, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority was
transition government led by the MILF will serve as the governing structure in
the territory in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. We are
now fully functioning. The 15 different ministries... have already been set up
and are functioning well... we have already passed around 15 laws during the
four months of our operation of the government,” he said.
on the agenda, Ibrahim says, is to ensure that the first group of combatants
are able to adapt to normal life.
have agreed with the Philippines government that there will be some waiving of
qualifications both for the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of
Philippines, so that any of our men who want to apply for enlistment will be
... admitted,” he said.
task, however, is not without its challenges.
first challenge we are facing is [that] we have been a revolutionary
organization and so we have to transform from the revolutionary organization to
governance,” he said.
that purpose, he said, the group needs “to capacitate our people for
lot of structure [is needed] in order to fit in with the central government. On
the aspect of normalization, we are still facing some security challenges,
especially from the small groups who did not join... We are trying to open our
door for dialogue with all these groups, to gradually convince them to join,”
other groups in question include the Moro National Liberation Front [MNLF] and
several offshoots of the Abu Sayyaf.
said that the need of the hour is to “mobilize the support of the entire Bangsamoro
the [smaller groups] no longer enjoy the support of the people, they will be...
forced to join. We have been opening our door for dialogue and reconciliation
with them — both the Abu Sayyaf group and its splinter groups...and then the
MNLF. As far as the MNLF is concerned, I think more than half of them have
already joined our group...,” he said.
he added that part of the challenge remains, especially in analizing the
threats posed by Daesh.
issue of how to handle Daesh fighters and their families looking to return to
their homelands is a conundrum facing many countries, including the
media reports this year have suggested that there were Filipino nationals among
the thousands of suspected Daesh members who surrendered to US-backed forces
following the group’s territorial defeat in Syria.
Philippines government, for its part, has said that those who went to the
Middle East to train with Daesh were not just from the Philippines, but from
other areas of the Southeast Asian region too.
far as Daesh is concerned, I think our finding is they have not really built a
structure in our area. But there are penetrations — there are some individual
groups coming from the neighboring areas of Malaysia and Indonesia. Also, some
are even coming from the Middle East — small groups. But they are gradually
diminishing and we see that they do not enjoy the support of the people,”
added that the immediate challenge was the reconstruction of Bangsmoro, which
has been “devastated after more than 40 years of conflict and war.”
need to reconstruct and that is why we are calling for more investors from
outside because we see that that is the only way we can rebuild and run the
economy,” he said.
while that may seem like an uphill task at the moment, Ibrahim said there is no
room for failure.
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