Kozhikode Mosque Puts off Nabi Day Celebrations for Hindu Girl's Marriage and Actively
Took Part in It
First Muslim Professor of Sanskrit Sings on DD, Stages Sanskrit Plays
Rights Body Calls for Law against Underage Marriages
Muslim Scholars, Including Libya's Mufti, Call For Boycotting UAE
Charges Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Others in Case Against Violent Protests
Confirms Release of Anas Haqqani and Two Other Senior Taliban Leaders
Top Iraqi Shiite Cleric Backs Reforms To Resolve Unrest
of Imagination Holding Malaysia Back, Says Former Bush Aide
Airstrike Kills Islamic Jihad Commander in Gaza Home
Gambia Accuses Myanmar of Genocide At Top UN Court
NSUI Muslim Student Leader Donates Rs 1100 for Ram Temple
New Mosque after Kalam, Not Babar: VHP
Verdict: Muslims Wish To Reject 5-Acre Land
detained in India over social media comments after Babri Mosque
Verdict: Muslim Body To Decide On Seeking Review In Nov 17
Islamist PCP supports al-Bashir handover to ICC
visitors from 60 countries visit historic Jeddah
deputy defense minister meets ruler of Oman
in Damascus kills two, wounds six — state media
sub-committee deliberates removal of Nawaz's name from ECL
to play role in getting PMC ordinance rejected in Senate
Continue Our Struggle Till We Are Free From This Illegitimate Govt,' Says Fazlur
has lost Gandhi’s path, says Qureshi
Militant Hands Himself and 45 Family Members of His Comrades to Afghan Special Forces
Forces kill, detain 18 Taliban and ISIS militants in Kabul and 2 other
kill 20 Taliban militants in five provinces
Pakistani militants blown up by own bomb in Paktiya province
welcomes opening of Kartarpur Corridor
kill 11 Taliban militants in Paktiya and Logar provinces
Watchdog Confirms Iran Nuclear Breach
deposed Evo Morales seeks asylum in Mexico, but vows to return ‘with more strength
to build dedicated Muslim prayer centre in Dalton
urged to ditch candidate over 'disgusting' articles on HIV and Muslims with
gesture from members from the West End Islamic Centre
State Claims Responsibility For Murder Of Armenian Priest
M never interfered in Najib trial, says Anwar
voters still think I’m Umno president, says Mahathir
‘shocked’ that Najib is shocked by court decision
Turns Down Imam Nahrawi's Pretrial Motion
We are not a Hotel for Islamic State Jihadists!
UK’s Secret Military Unit That Answers to Saudi Arabian Commanders
Hezbollah 'willing to co-operate' with
Lebanon’s judiciary over corruption
Israel strikes home of Palestinian militant commander
Lebanese blocs agree to ‘government of
specialists representing protester movement’
Muslim Burial Site Vandalised At Foot of Table Mountain
group reacts as NYSC suspends Christian corpers
seek legal framework for Islamic finance inclusion
Journalist: IMN to Survive as Zakzaky's Lessons Keep Members United
Trump Says Baghdadi Successor in US Crosshairs
Forces Say They’ll Redeploy, Work with Kurds to Continue Pressure on Islamic
chief walks back comment about murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
$760,000 Mosque Is Given The Green Light For Construction In Sydney After Three-Year
Battle - Despite Objections From Locals
Compiled by New Age
Islam News Bureau
Mosque Puts off Nabi Day Celebrations for Hindu Girl's Marriage and Actively
Took Part in It
11th November 2019
Idivetty Juma Masjid mahal committee near Perambra here was large-hearted
enough to postpone their celebrations on Milad-Un-Nabi on Sunday as the
marriage of a Hindu girl, staying next door to the mosque, was fixed for the
Not only did it put
off the celebrations, but also actively took part in the marriage, playing the
Soon after tying
the knot and before leaving to the groom's house, the bride, Prathyusha A P,
22, called on the mahal committee members and wholeheartedly thanked them for
the wonderful gesture.
Chemmamkuzhi in Changaroth grama panchayat is separated by only a
four-meter-wide road from the mosque on the opposite side, which also houses a
madrasa in the compound.
"When we came
to know that the marriage falls on the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, the mahal committee
members sat together a week before and unanimously decided to put off the
religious celebrations to next Sunday, November 17," says mahal committee
secretary N C Abdurahman.
would have been oppana, duffmuttu, songs and other competitions held for
students on Milad-Un-Nabi day which would make the ambience a festive one.
"Obviously, the festivities can be organised on another day. But marriage
is a special occasion and that too of a girl staying nearby," says mahal
committee member O T Basheer.
brother Prasoon AP says, "While fixing the marriage, the Milad-Un-Nabi
date did not come into our notice. I would not have allowed it if we had learnt
that the mahal is postponing their celebrations. Instead, we could have
conducted both on the same day," he said.
and engineering graduates, belonging to the families of mahal committee
members, served food at his sister's marriage, Prasoon gushed.
In return of the
nice gesture, Prasoon, who is working abroad, has invited all 11 mahal
committee members, led by president Idivetty Moidu Haji, to his house on
November 13 for a reception during his sister's first homecoming after
first Muslim professor of Sanskrit sings on DD, stages Sanskrit plays
Firoze, whose appointment as an assistant professor of Sanskrit in the Banaras
Hindu University (BHU) last week created a mild controversy, says he was never
discriminated against while learning the language due to his religious
identity. He was the only Muslim student in the Jaipur institute that awarded
him the doctorate degree in 2018.
I want to propagate Sanksrit through teaching, I have suddenly become a
Muslim,” he said when reminded about the sit-in protest by some students
against his appointment last week.
BHU administration defended his appointment and said the “most qualified candidates”
were chosen through a “transparent” screening process headed by the vice
29-year-old Dr. Firoze, who hails from Bagru, a village near Jaipur in
Rajasthan, says reading Sanskrit led to his intellectual growth, drawing him
further to the language.
went to the government Sanskrit school in Bagru, where his father, Ramzan Khan,
even today sings bhajans, including ones that promote conservation of cows.
wanted to study Sanskrit so in Class 2, I got into the village Sanskrit school.
My younger brother, Waris, also went to the same school,” Dr. Firoze said, and
added, the Sanskrit school in Bagru is next to the village mosque and has
several Muslim students.
did not matter in the village. In fact, it did not matter in the college also.
I never faced any discrimination because of my religious identity. I am
thankful to my teachers for that, especially Prof Ram Kumar Sharma of Rashtriya
Sanskrit Sansthan (RSKS) and Harish Chandra Tiwari, who taught me in Acharya
(postgraduate) and is now in Uttarakhand,” he said.
is an interdisciplinary deemed university for teaching of ancient and modern
language and literature. Firoze says he was the only Muslim studying there for
the Shastri (undergraduate) degree. He also taught at his alma mater for more
than three years before he was selected for Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan (SVDV)
college, Dr. Firoze and other friends staged Sanskrit plays. “We have performed
in Jaipur, Nagaur, Jodhpur and Bharatpur,” he said.
the eve of Sanskrit Day on August 14 this year, he was the only Muslim to be
awarded the ‘Sanskrit Yuva Pratibha Samman’ by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok
his father and two elder brothers, Firoze also loves to sing. He is a regular
in the Vartavali programme telecast on Doordarshan every Saturday evening,
where he sings Hindi film songs translated into Sanskrit.
rights body calls for law against underage marriages
The Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the Kingdom’s official human rights
institution, has recommended the immediate issuing of a law to ban marriages to
people under the age of 18.
has also warned guardians that preventing daughters aged over 18 from getting
married is a crime for which they will be held accountable.
SHRC said it has studied the matter with a number of concerned agencies, and
there are many negative effects of getting married under the age of 18.
also noted that the Child Protection Law holds parents and caregivers
accountable for children’s upbringing and protecting them from abuse.
rights activist Dr. Matouq Al-Sharif said the SHRC, in its statement, is
drawing attention to practices by guardians that are contrary to international
conventions, in particular the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was
ratified by the Kingdom via the commission.
on the Paris Principles, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1993,
the SHRC was granted the right to provide the (Saudi) government with advisory
opinions, recommendations, proposals and reports,” Al-Sharif told Arab News.
added that the SHRC is responsible for ensuring that national legislation,
regulations and practices harmonize with the international human rights
conventions that the Kingdom has signed.
of the tasks of this institution is to follow up on the implementation of such
formal pacts, and make sure it is effective,” Al-Sharif said.
some people’s point of view, Islam gives a guardian the right to wed his
daughter. They claim that the Prophet Mohammed married Aisha when she was still
9 or 11, according to some narratives,” Al-Sharif said.
authentic senior Muslim scholars have denied that and said the prophet asked
for her hand when she was at that age. They confirm that the wedding was when
Aisha was no longer a child.”
human rights activist noted that the SHRC’s statement is a message to the
relevant authorities to enact a law that rejects ideas that are contrary to
said that the commission has long sought to change the belief that under-age
marriages are permissible.
has even interfered to stop a number of marriages to minors in different parts
of the country. Moreover, it has issued a medical study in cooperation with the
Health Ministry. The study highlighted the health risks to minors of such
marriages,” he said.
to Al-Sharif, the SHRC received a letter from the ministry stating that it had
conducted a study on the issue and found serious health risks associated with
Health Ministry … listed a number of health risks, including osteoporosis … due
to lack of calcium, anaemia, abortions, acute high blood pressure that may lead
to kidney failure, pelvis and spinal deformities, and many other risks,” he
a statement posted on its Twitter account, the SHRC said enacting such a law
would protect children and maintain their rights.
statement added that many studies have proven that underage marriages have
negative physical and psychological effects. It said local and international
laws consider people under the age of 18 as children.
SHRC also issued a statement describing families preventing their adult
daughters from marrying as a clear violation of human rights.
SHRC stressed that Saudi law criminalizes such actions, and that the
appropriate authorities would deal with any reported cases. It added that under
Shariah law, any woman experiencing such treatment could file a lawsuit.
has called on relevant authorities to help raise awareness among women about
their rights, and to highlight the penalties for those who violate the law.
Muslim scholars, including Libya's Mufti, call for boycotting UAE
call for boycotting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its goods was signed by
87 Muslim scholars, including the Mufti of Libya, Sheikh Al-Sadiq Al-Gharyani.
call urged on businesspersons who are working in the UAE to find another
country for their business and to boycott its ports as they are important
sources of economic funds for Abu Dhabi.
boycott call is driven by the direct intervention of the UAE in several Arab
and Muslim countries like Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Kashmir and Uygurs in China.
Intervening in those areas by flowing money and arms caused deaths and
corruption among Muslims." The scholars said.
said it is obvious that the UAE crimes have left millions of casualties due to
its interventions in Yemen and Libya; killed, injured and displaced people, in
addition to destroying properties and infrastructure that need tens of years and
millions in cash to build.
scholars said the significant part of the money used by UAE to fund arms deals
and send them to destroy Muslim countries is from the businesspersons' trade
work money in Abu Dhabi, let alone its exports.
you find a war in this world, you could sense the UAE's intervention in it
either secretly or publicly, buying arms and aircraft as well as mercenaries to
kill Muslims and destroy their countries." The statement signed by the
call was based on Quranic and Prophetic words, which say the enemy should be
made weak economically to stop wreaking havoc in the world.
charges Khadim Hussain Rizvi, others in case against violent protests
BilalNovember 12, 2019
anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Tuesday formally charged
Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and others in a
case concerning the violent protests initiated by TLP following a Supreme Court
verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi last year.
Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta announced the charges brought against the
religio-political leaders. Strict security arrangements had been made for the
total of 26 suspects — including Rizvi and TLP patron-in-chief Pir Afzal Qadri
— were issued copies of the challan. Some of the suspects appeared in court
today along with counsels Tahir Minhas and Nasir Minhas.
the ATC issued summonses for the witnesses for the next hearing, which will be
held tomorrow (November 13).
protests had erupted in different parts of the country soon after the Supreme
Court's verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi was announced, as activists of TLP and
other religious parties took to the streets and blocked major roads and
intersections through sit-ins and by putting up barricades.
case against the accused had been registered at the Civil Lines police station
in Lahore on charges of sedition and terrorism for delivering anti-state
speeches and inciting violence during the three-day protests against Aasia
FIR against the accused referenced Sections 290, 291, 353, 427, 186 and 188 of
the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), Section 6 of the Sound System Punjab Ordinance,
2015 and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997
initial protest was disbanded after the government provided assurances. Rizvi
was taken into protective custody by police on Nov 23, 2018 amidst a massive
crackdown against TLP workers. The crackdown had come two days before the TLP
said it would resume its protest against Aasia Bibi's acquittal.
ATC will take up the case tomorrow (November 13) and has decided to hear the
case on a daily basis.
confirms release of Anas Haqqani and two other senior Taliban leaders
12 Nov 2019
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani confirmed that the government will conditionally release
Anas Haqqani from Bagram prison in exchange for the release of two lecturers of
the American University of Afghanistan.
during a press conference, President Ghani said the government will also
release two other senior Taliban leaders together with Anas Haqqani.
Ghani further added that Haji Mali and Abdul Rashid are the two other senior
Taliban leaders the government would release with Anas Haqqani.
also added that the government will release the prisoners after reaching to a
conclusion with its international allies.
comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting that the Afghan government is
planning to release Anas Haqqani and two other senior Taliban leaders in
exchange for the release of two American University lecturers.
Top Iraqi Shiite cleric backs reforms to resolve unrest
The top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Al-Sistani welcomed the UN
initiative to dismantle the current crisis and meet the demands of the
demonstrators and called on the Iraqi government to stop the arrests and
kidnappings of demonstrators.
and nine southern Shiite-dominated provinces have been witnessing
anti-government mass demonstrations since Oct. 1. More than 300 demonstrators
were killed and a further 15,000 injured, mostly in
due to live bullets and tear gas canisters used by Iraqi forces to suppress the
demonstrations, medics and officials said.
are demanding the dismissal of the government and early national parliamentary
elections, preceded by a change in the election law and the electoral
commission and the amendment of the constitution.
the political forces have refused to discuss the dismissal or resignation of
the government and discuss early elections.
influential man in Iraq who is seen as the godfather of the political process
since 2003, received Jeaine Hennis-Plasschaert, the UN secretary-general’s
representative in Iraq on Monday to discuss the latest developments in the
country and was handed a copy of the proposals of the UN mission to resolve the
copy of the proposals obtained by Arab News included “immediate” measures to be
implemented within less than a week, including the release of peaceful
demonstrators from Oct. 1 to today, non-prosecution of peaceful demonstrators,
the initiation of a full investigation into the cases of kidnapping,
identification and disclosure of the kidnappers, punishing officials for the
excessive use of force against demonstrators and all regional and international
parties not to interfere in Iraqi affairs.
indirect measures, which are supposed to be implemented in a few weeks, include
reforms to electoral law, prohibiting armed factions and preventing the
existence of any weapons outside the control of the state and fighting
Iraqi people cannot afford to be held back by the past nor by partisan
interests. Rising hope asks for a leap forward. The risk of ‘spoilers’
hijacking peaceful protests is increasing, potentially derailing any attempt at
genuine change. Tangible results are of the essence.
medium-term proposed measures, which are supposed to be implemented within one to
three months, including constitutional amendments.
welcomed the UN proposals — presented by Plasschaert — but expressed concern
about the lack of seriousness of the political forces to undertake any of the
proposed reforms “if the three executive, legislative and judicial authorities
are not able to make the necessary reforms or did not want, then (we) must
think to find another way,” the statement read.
situation cannot continue as it is before the recent protests.”
is seeking gradual changes with regard to the required reforms and does not
prefer armed solutions for fear of involvement of factions linked to Iran in
the suppression of demonstrations to protect the interests of their local and
regional allies, sources close to Al-Sistani told Arab News.
wants young people to continue their demonstrations and sit-ins until all the
required reforms are implemented. He is pushing in that direction,” a prominent
Shiite leader close to Al-Sistani told Arab News.
(Al-Sistani) wants a peaceful handover of power to avoid bloodshed. This takes
time and the demonstrators must understand this. Pushing for the immediate
handover of power (toppling the government) or stripping the current political
forces of all they currently possess, is a dangerous option and cannot be
taken. They (the political forces) are murderers and they will not surrender
easily and any uncalculated escalation means that blood will flow in the
streets,” he said.
of imagination holding Malaysia back, says former Bush aide
Augustin -November 12, 2019
LUMPUR: A prominent economist says Malaysia is capable of competing with China
on the manufacturing front, but that it is being held back by “a lack of
Malmgren, who served as a special assistant to former US president George W
Bush, said many in Malaysia believe that China is the most efficient place for
this is not true because China’s cost base has become very expensive,” she told
FMT on the sidelines of a forum at Universiti Malaya yesterday.
have increased dramatically and quality control is not very good,” she added.
fact, she said, many other markets can now compete with China as well, while
Chinese companies are even setting up shop in the US.
too, could compete with China in this area if it tried, she said.
the economy, she said, Malaysia should focus on strengths such as eco and
medical tourism. She said the country has many pristine tourism spots and a
“fantastic” medical community.
tourism should be a much bigger part of the economy, with Americans and
Europeans coming here for treatment,” she said.
a former member of the president’s working group on financial markets, also
said Malaysia is a place of interest for many foreign investors.
problem is, Malaysians are not interested in foreign investments,” she said at
the forum titled “Weathering the Geopolitical Storm: Malaysia’s New Economic
referred to the owner of a globally recognised brand whom she said had been
considering investing in Malaysia. However, due to various government
requirements, the investor had opted for Singapore instead, she said.
nation needs to be more flexible in the modern environment,” she said. “This
cuts across everything.”
said this meant less red tape and the creation of an environment and ecosystem
that supports innovation.
Johor menteri besar Abdul Ghani Othman who was also at the forum said Malaysia
could do better in the continuity of long-term plans, citing Dr Mahathir
Mohamad’s vision for Cyberjaya.
Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, Ghani said Mahathir too had
good ideas. The problem, he said, was lack of continuity.
Lee retired, he was made a senior minister. When Goh Chok Tong retired, he too
was made a senior minister. Maybe it helps.
we see here is that when there is a leadership change, policies change and the
(previous) ideas either get neglected or marginalised.”
also said Malaysia needs to improve its preparation in terms of regulatory
can receive all the money coming out from Hong Kong because it is ready to
receive them. People in the financial sector tell me that we do not have that
kind of regulatory framework.”
was recently reported that Goldman Sachs Group Inc estimates investors have
moved some US$4 billion from Hong Kong to Singapore, an alternative financial
centre in Asia, amid the ongoing turmoil in the semi-autonomous Chinese
airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home
The Israeli military says it has struck a Gaza City house, targeting a
commander from the Islamic Jihad group in a resumption of pinpointed killing.
Iranian-backed Palestinian group confirmed on Tuesday that Bahaa Abu el-Atta,
its north Gaza Strip commander, was killed.
Health Ministry says a man and a woman have been killed in the blast and two
other people were wounded.
airstrike damaged the half of the second and most of the third floors of a
house in the Shejaeya neighborhood east of the city.
media reported lately that Abu el-Atta was responsible for recent rocket
attacks against southern Israel communities, instructed by Tehran.
Israel often says Hamas, the larger militant group controlling Gaza, is responsible
for any fire emanating from the enclave.
small west African nation of The Gambia has filed a lawsuit at the UN's top
court formally accusing Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya Muslims.
was filed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which normally rules on
disputes between states.
year, the UN issued a damning report into the violence in Myanmar, saying
military leaders should go on trial for genocide.
government denies its troops carried out such crimes.
of Rohingya were killed and more than 700,000 fled to neighbouring Bangladesh
during an army crackdown in the Buddhist-majority country in 2017.
UN's Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar said in August
2018 that the army's tactics were "grossly disproportionate to actual
security threats" and that "military necessity would never justify
killing indiscriminately, gang raping women, assaulting children, and burning
rejected the report. It has consistently said its operations targeted militant
or insurgent threats.
year prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) - which would
normally investigate allegations of war crimes as opposed to the ICJ - opened a
preliminary inquiry into Myanmar's alleged crimes against its Rohingya Muslim minority.
the fact that Myanmar has not signed up to the ICC complicates the legal case
there and no charges have yet been filed.
is Gambia making a complaint?
Gambia filed a lawsuit to the ICJ - sometimes known as the world court - at the
Hague on Monday.
country, which is majority Muslim, also has the support of the 57-member
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and a team of international lawyers.
it and Myanmar are signatories to the 1948 Genocide Convention, committing them
to preventing and punishing the crime of genocide.
its filing, The Gambia asked the court to implement an injunction to make sure
Myanmar immediately "stops atrocities and genocide against its own
M Tambadou, The Gambia's attorney general and minister of justice, has
spearheaded the effort. He previously worked at the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda investigating the 1994 genocide there.
move is being spearheaded by Gambia's Minister of Justice
Tambadou told the BBC last month that he was motivated to act after hearing
stories of brutal killings, rape and torture from survivors on a visit to a
Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.
are the Rohingya?
Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar who have their own language
and culture. They mostly live in Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh.
living in Myanmar for generations, they are not recognised as citizens or
counted in the census. Thy are often painted, including by government
officials, as illegal immigrants and interlopers from Bangladesh.
25 August 2017, Rohingya militants attacked dozens of police posts, killing
several officers. Clearance operations by security forces in response saw
entire villages burned, and civilians attacked, raped and killed, UN
captionMyanmar: No homecoming for Rohingyas
of thousands fled to Bangladesh, joining many Rohingya living in camps who had
fled in earlier waves.
to repatriate Rohingya have so far failed - with refugees citing the lack of
accountability for atrocities committed and uncertainty over their fate on
October the UN warned that there was a "serious risk of genocide
recurring" against those still inside the country.
NSUI Muslim Student Leader Donates Rs 1100 For Ram Temple
In a first after the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict giving the possession of
disputed Ramjanmbhoomi site to Hindu parties, the district president of
National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) contributed Rs 1,000 for the
construction of a Ram temple there on Monday.
district president Bilal Ahmed handed over a cheque of Rs 1,100 to the district
over the cheque to city magistrate Arun Kumar Yadav at the collectorate, Bilal
said, “Do pathar hamari aur say lag jaengay mandir bananey mein toh bahut
khushi hogi (I will be very happy if two bricks are included in the temple from
happiness over the Ayodhya verdict, Bilal said, “The court has made a
remarkable decision in the matter. It is nobody’s win or loss. The biggest
thing to cheer is that such an old dispute used by right wing politicians to
spread hatred in the society has finally ended. We now hope that the government
will focus on strengthening economy and generating jobs for youngsters.”
new mosque after Kalam, not Babar: VHP
Functionaries of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday said they want BJP
president and Union home minister Amit Shah as a member of the trust that will
decide on the planning and construction of the Ram temple.
also said it would request the Centre to not allow the new mosque-which is to
be built on a 5-acre alternative land-to be named Babri Masjid after Babar.
was an aakranta (attacker) from a foreign country. We will approach the
government to not allow this. There are a lot of good Muslims in India. Their
contributions to India's peace and development are huge...such as Vir Abdul
Hamid, Ashfaqullah Khan and former President APJ Abdul Kalam. The new mosque
should be named after any of them," said VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma,
who looks after the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas karyashala, where engraved stones for
the Ram temple have been kept.
of the Muslim petitioners, meanwhile, said naming the mosque was not important.
The primary issue was of consensus on whether or not to accept the land for the
Masjid koi Babar ki mohtaaj nahi. Babar ek baadshah tha. (A mosque doesn't
depend on any ruler or his popularity)," said Iqbal Ansari, one of the
lead petitioners in the title suit case.
land is yet to be acquired and there will be a meeting (of the Sunni Waqf
Board) on this. I can certainly assure this country that we will live with
Hindus without any fuss and with dignity. We will not allow peace to be
disturbed," said Ansari.
verdict: Muslims wish to reject 5-acre land
A majority of Muslims are of the view that the Sunni Wakf Board must not take
the five acres of land awarded to it in the Ayodhya verdict. The Supreme Court
had asked the central and state government of Uttar Pradesh to provide this
land to the Wakf Board for building a new mosque.
Muslims had a consternation over the award — why must we take that land? They
reflect a common view of the community that the fight in court was not for
land. The judgement of the Supreme Court was the highest, and final, and there
was no alternative but to abide by it.
is anger, despair and dejection in the community but they have decided to be
largely silent on social media. Instead, in one-to-one discussions at homes, in
conversations with friends the debate
has taken over the attention of the entire Muslim community.
Roshan Zameer, an advocate, said that if we had wanted land for a masjid, “we
could have pooled our resources and built one. We do not need this land as it
will always remind us of the 500-year-old masjid we lost. The court has not
taken our evidence into account but we have stood strong and maintained peace.
We have demonstrated that we are not violent. We ha-ve followed the true
principles of Islam. We are going to abide by court orders and show that we are
that there is no scope to protest against the order of the Supreme Court, the
Muslim community has decided that they would not accept what is offered to
them. It is going to be a silent act of protest to bring to notice of the
government that they were not happy with the verdict. The community at large
does not want to pursue with the government for land.
Gopalani, an educationist, says, “Despite not being happy with the verdict,
there has been commendable restrain. People have been hurt but they have refrained
from showing it. If we take the land, it would always stand before us as a
blot. It will be a barter. History will remember us as Babri masjid ke
offer of land has come as a blow to people, who cannot come to terms with it.
But some in the community are apprehensive — what if the Uttar Pradesh Sunni
Wakf Board takes the land? There are some who opine that even if the Board
takes the land, it would merely be a government institution adhering to a court
order, to which, the community would not want to be a part of.
a minority within the minority community, mostly youngsters, received the
court’s award of land, with a positive attitude.
Ansari, an IT professional, told this newspaper, “We are dejected but we must
use this as an opportunity. We have to reject hatred. It cannot be done by
rejecting what is being offered to us. We must take the land and build a
hospital or a school. It will serve generations to come.”
believe that it would also help them showcase the manner in which they accepted
and embraced dejection by paving way for an institution, which could serve
people of all communities.
argue that it would be a step forward towards harmony and a break from the
of people in India have been detained on suspicion of publishing inflammatory
social media posts and setting off celebratory firecrackers after the Supreme
Court ruled to give a disputed religious site to Hindus, police said on Sunday.
The statement added that authorities had acted against more than 8,270 posts,
with steps including “reporting the posts to the social media platform” and
“directly messaging the user to delete the message”.
of the content targeted more than 2,800 posts was on Twitter. There were 1,355
allegedly inflammatory comments on Facebook, and 98 YouTube videos, authorities
said. Eight other arrests were reported in the central state of Madhya Pradesh
for social media comments. A jail warden in the city of Gwalior was also
arrested for celebrating with fireworks after Hindus were awarded the site.
court awarded the bitterly contested site in the northern town of Ayodhya to
Hindus on Saturday, dealing a defeat to Muslims who also claim the land that
has sparked some of the country’s bloodiest riots since independence. In 1992,
a Hindu mob destroyed the 16th-century Babri Mosque on the site, triggering
riots in which about 2,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed.
major violence was reported after the ruling over the weekend. Authorities said
they were showing a “zero tolerance approach” towards potentially inflammatory
content on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. About 77 people were
arrested as of late Sunday in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state and
the site of the contested land, state police said on Sunday.
have acted upon 8,275 social media posts across the state by either reporting
them to the platform or asking users to delete them, the police said in a press
note issued late on Sunday.—INP
decision on seeking a review of the Ayodhya verdict would likely be taken in
the meeting of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on November 17,
said one of the lead counsel for the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute
a historic and unanimous verdict, a five-judge constitution bench headed by
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had cleared the way for the construction of a Ram
temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya. It directed the Centre to allot a
separate five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
decision whether to seek review of the verdict will be taken on November 17 in
the meeting of the AIMPLB," senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani told PTI.
was responding to a question whether the Muslim parties were contemplating to
seek a review of the verdict in view of the dissatisfaction in certain sections
of the community.
senior advocate had represented the Muslim parties, including the Uttar Pradesh
Sunni Central Waqf Board, in the case in the trial court, Allahabad High Court
and the Supreme Court.
of the top Muslim leaders and clerics have expressed disinterest in seeking
a press conference on November 9, after the verdict came out, AIMPLB Secretary
Zafaryab Jilani said, "We are dissatisfied with certain findings of the
Supreme Court.... We respect the Supreme Court verdict and respectfully
disagree with certain aspects of it."
The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main litigants in the
Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case, welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and said
it has no plans to challenge it.
decreeing the lawsuit in favour of deity "Ram Lalla Virajman", the
apex court had exercised its extraordinary jurisdiction under Article 142 of
the Constitution and directed the Centre to allot five acres of land to the
Sunni Central Waqf Board for construction of mosque.
clarified that either the central government can give the five-acre land to the
Sunni Waqf Board from the nearly 68 acres land which it had acquired in 1993
under the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act or the state government
could hand over the piece of land at a "suitable prominent place in
11, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Ali al-Haj Secretary-General of the Islamist Popular
Congress Party (PCP) on Monday voiced his party’s support for the handover of
ousted President Omer al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
the time of its late founder, Hassan al-Turabi, the Party has demanded that
Bashir surrender himself to the Court and respond to the charges directed
against him of responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity and
genocide," al-Haj told a news conference.
added that "the position of the party remains the same and has not changed
neither after the death of Turabi nor after the fall of the regime."
PCP was part of the al-Bashir government until the collapse of his regime.
Also, al-Haj had refused calls by the Party’s youth to join the revolution.
support for al-Bashir handover comes after statements by the ruling coalition
FFC and Prime Minister Handok saying the former president would be delivered to
the war crimes court in The Hague.
explain his position the PCP leader further said, "There are no courts (in
the country) that can try al-Bashir, especially since the justice institutions
in Sudan are not yet completed."
al-Bashir over to the ICC is an old demand that reflects our vision," he
ousted president is accused by the ICC of masterminding war crimes, crimes
against humanity and genocide and issued two warrants of arrests against him in
2009 and 2010.
another context, al-Haj said the FFC government considers the dissolution of
the PCP and the National Congress Party of al-Bashir and other Islamist groups.
further warned against such a move saying it is aimed at empowering the left.
government officials said they consider the dissolution of the NCP as the
latter has launched a campaign against the government using the government’s
failure to draw financial support or to remove US sanctions on Sudan.
Five hundred guests from 60 countries today toured the Historic Jeddah area.
The guests had already attended the international conference “Sustainable
Marine Development Towards 2030 and Beyond” organized this month by the Public
Transport Authority (PTA) in cooperation with the International Maritime
tour included Umrah in Makkah and a visit to Historic Jeddah in the presence of
the Vice President of the PTA Fareed Al-Qahtani and the authority’s employees.
tour started from “Bab El-Madinah” (the city’s gate) and ended with a visit to
“Beit Nassif” (Nassif Mansion), during which the visitors were acquainted with
the house’s architecture and interior designs, and dined in the traditional
houses to experience the authentic Saudi Hijazi flavor.
were accompanied by Samir Qumsani, founder and chairman of the Saudi Tour
Guides Association, and tour guide Sami Khiari. They were given a full
explanation of the history of the city and its various historical epochs,
including ancient methods of construction with excavated stones, and “Rawashin”
artistic designs that characterize the Hijazi traditional houses in Jeddah.
also attended a folkloric show including “Ardah” traditional dance, oboe and
other artistic exhibitions, all performed by an artistic group.
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman who is in Oman
on an official visit met Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Monday. He conveyed King
Salman’s greetings to Sultan Qaboos.
on his arrival in Muscat, the Saudi deputy defense minister was received by
Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Hareb Al-Busaidi, minister responsible for defense
affairs in the Sultanate of Oman, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces
Lt. Gen. Ahmed bin Harith Al-Nabhani and other officials. Prince Khalid will
meet top officials and discuss bilateral ties. They will review issues of
common concern and matters related to the security and stability of the region.
At least two people were killed and six wounded in an attack in the early hours
of Tuesday that targeted a building in Damascus, the Syrian capital, state
building, which state media identified as a civilian home, is located near the
Lebanese embassy in Mezzah, a western district of the capital that is home to
Damascus University and many foreign embassies.
media did not say who had carried out the attack.
Khattak | Javed HussainNovember 12, 2019
sub-committee of the cabinet convened on Tuesday to prepare recommendations
over the matter of the removal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's name
from the no-fly list.
meeting, chaired by Law Minister Farogh Naseem, is being attended by Special
Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar, Nawaz's
personal physician Dr Adnan Khan, PML-N leader Ataullah Tarar and Health
Secretary Momin Agha. Head of the medical board which was examining Nawaz at
Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS), Dr Mahmood Ayaz, has also
appeared before the committee.
Secretary Azam Suleman is also present in the meeting.
to reports received so far, the health secretary submitted three medical
reports, one of which clearly stated that Nawaz needed to be shifted abroad for
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor, who had been summoned to
present the anti-corruption watchdog's stance on the matter, told the committee
that the body had no objection to Nawaz being sent abroad for medical treatment
on humanitarian grounds.
sub-committee will forward its recommendations to the cabinet, which will
decide whether the former prime minister's name should be taken off the Exit
Control List. The cabinet meeting will be held today.
sub-committee's meeting was called after NAB refused to decide whether former
ailing prime minister Nawaz's name should be removed from the no-fly list. It
will discuss an application filed by the Leader of Opposition in the National
Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, who wants his elder brother to fly to London for
better medical care.
sooner the better'
spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that an air ambulance will arrive in
Lahore on Wednesday so that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif can travel
abroad for medical treatment.
a statement, Aurangzeb said: "According to doctors, the sooner Mohammad
Nawaz Sharif is shifted abroad, the better it would be for his treatment."
said that doctors will begin preparations to enable Nawaz to travel from today.
is already being administered with a high dose of steroids. His platelet count
will be raised by injecting steroids and medicines so that he can travel."
declared that Nawaz's health was deteriorating every day and doctors had called
for an air ambulance for him on Monday.
PML-N spokesperson added that the "biggest challenge" for doctors
abroad will be to figure out the reason behind Nawaz's falling platelet count.
for Nawaz to go abroad
was rushed from Kot Lakhpat jail to the hospital last month after his personal
physician Dr Adnan raised an alarm over his deteriorating health. Doctors have
been struggling to bring his platelet count — that had dropped to dangerous
levels — back to normal.
President Shehbaz had last week submitted a request to the interior ministry as
well as NAB for the removal of Nawaz's name from the ECL so that the former
prime minister could travel abroad for medical treatment. Nawaz has been
diagnosed with an immune system disorder and his condition is said to be
Sharif has finally agreed to go to London after the doctors told him
categorically that they had already exhausted all medical treatment [options]
available in Pakistan and going abroad is the only option left,” a Sharif
family source told Dawn last week.
a statement, the interior ministry said last week that it had forwarded Nawaz's
health reports received from Sharif Medical City, Lahore to the "Standing
Medical Board" for their input and review.
statement said that the ministry took all necessary actions keeping in view the
urgency of the matter as pleaded by Shehbaz in his request.
were reports that the former prime minister may leave for London on Monday;
however, the procedure to remove his name from the no-fly list could not be
completed. In addition, his platelet count remained unstable and, according to
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, doctors continued to struggle to get his
platelet levels up to the required mark for travel.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said that "legal
obstacles" to Sharif's departure were being removed as doctors had
stressed that medical treatment abroad was needed to save his life.
government has given importance to the doctors' opinion,” Qureshi had told
reporters in Multan.
pray to God for his recovery, so that he returns with good health and takes
part in politics,” he added.
who was incarcerated after an accountability court found him guilty in the Al
Azizia corruption reference, was granted bail by the Islamabad High Court on
humanitarian grounds. He also obtained bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case,
in which he is a suspect, from the Lahore High Court.
daughter Maryam will not be able to accompany her father abroad as she had to
surrender her passport in order to secure her release on bail in the Chaudhry
Sugar Mills case.
JunaidiUpdated November 12, 2019
After failing to convince the government to withdraw Pakistan Medical
Commission (PMC) Ordinance 2019, sacked employees of Pakistan Medical and
Dental Council (PMDC) on Monday met Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana
Fazlur Rehman and got an assurance that his party would play its role in
disapproving the bill in the Senate.
JUI-F chief also directed senators Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and Talha
Mehmood to contact other opposition parties and devise a strategy to restore
the dissolved PMDC.
Oct 19, President Dr Arif Alvi promulgated an ordinance which left the PMDC
dissolved and paved the way for establishment of a new organisation namely PMC.
On Oct 20, despite being a Sunday, the Ministry of National Health Services
(NHS) sealed the building of the council and announced to terminate services of
its 220 employees.
PMC is a body consisting of three components - Medical and Dental Council,
National Medical and Dental Academic Board and National Medical Authority -
which will act as a Secretariat of the commission.
meeting a delegation of sacked employees, Fazlur Rehman asks party senators to
contact other opposition parties
the government on Nov 7 tabled the PMC ordinance in the National Assembly and
contrary to the usual practice passed the bill without referring it to a
PMDC registrar Azhar Ali Shah, who led the 10-member delegation to meet JUI-F
chief at his residence in G-6, told Dawn that though members of all opposition
parties visited a protest camp of the sacked employees not a single
representative of the government bothered to meet them.“The JUI chief had
condemned the presidential ordinance just after its promulgation. Then he sent
Abdul Ghafoor Haideri to visit our camp. He also condemned the sacking of the
employees during his speech at Azadi March,” he said.
Monday, not only the Maulana listened to our issue with patience but also
assured us that he would play his role in restoring the PMDC. He also said if
the PMDC employees lost their jobs, the government would continue sacking
employees in other departments as well,” he said.
said the Maulana directed senators Ghafoor Haideri and Talha Mehmood to contact
opposition parties and play their role for disapproval of the PMC bill which
would soon be tabled in the Senate.Meanwhile, employees of the dissolved PMDC
continued their protest on the 22nd day and condemned the promulgation of the
said they would continue both legal and political efforts for restoration of
thanked the Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan assemblies for passing resolutions
against the presidential ordinance.
Continue Our Struggle Till We Are Free From This Illegitimate Govt,' Says
said that JUI-F was currently consulting all parties, adding that the whole
country is on the same page.
will continue our struggle till we are free from this illegitimate
government," he said.
of the capital complain about disruptions in daily life caused by the JUI-F-led
sit-in, which continues without an end in sight.
life is badly disrupted because of the closure of Kashmir Highway as the
traffic load is shifted on small roads," said Mohammad Shah, a resident of
to the past when such protests were held at D-Chowk, the participants of
JUI-F’s sit-in are camped on Kashmir Highway at H-9 and G-9 in the middle of
has resulted in the blockade of a portion of the highway which also leads to
the Islamabad International Airport. Sector H-9 houses a large number of
schools as well.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday said India had lost the path of
Mahatma Gandhi, who preached tolerance and non-violence, and it had now been
taken over by extremist Hindu organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
was talking to reporters at the Parliament House on human rights abuses being
committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir and the growing violence in
India in general, including cases of mob lynching, child abuse, rape and sexual
oppression and communal intolerance.
comments were specifically in the context of the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict
in the Ayodhya dispute case relating to the site of 16th century Babri Mosque,
in which the court ruled in favour of Hindus who want to construct a temple at
court further ordered setting up of a trust within three months for the
construction of the temple.
Mosque was demolished in 1992 by a Hindu mob.
in its reaction, the Foreign Office had said that the Indian Supreme Court’s
verdict in the Ayodhya dispute had exposed India’s secular face and it had
brought into the focus the shrinking space for minorities there.
of today is not India of Gandhi and Nehru. It is now Hindustan, which is
dominated by supremacist Hindutva ideology. After disregarding Gandhi’s values,
secular India has got buried … under RSS ideology,” Mr Qureshi said.
foreign minister said that Pakistan and India were following two contrasting
trajectories as was witnessed on Nov 9 when Pakistan was “setting up a Gurdwara
(Sikh worship place)” while India was “demolishing a mosque”.
said the purpose of establishing the Kartarpur Corridor was to convey to the
world that Pakistan was a country that valued religious minorities and offered
them complete freedom to practice their religion.
contrast you see occupied Kashmir’s Srinagar Jamia mosque that is locked every
Friday, Eid prayers are not allowed there, mourning processions during Muharram
were banned in the valley and Kashmiris there are barred from holding Eid
Miladun Nabi celebrations,” he said, adding that the Indian government by
resorting to such actions had deprived the people of the valley of their
real face is being exposed before the world as Pakistan tells the world about
India’s atrocities in held Kashmir,” Mr Qureshi said.
militant hands himself and 45 family members of his comrades to Afghan Special
militant of ISIS Khurasan terrorist group handed himself over to the Afghan
Special Forces in Achin district of Nangarhar province.
to a statement released by Special Operations Corps, the ISIS militant also
handed over 45 family members of his comrades to Special Forces, including 17
women, 13 children and 15 girls.
statement further added that the militant also handed over an Ak-47 assault
rifle to Special Forces.
ISIS sympathizers have not commented in this regard so far.
Special Operations Corps also added that the Special Forces intensified
pressure on ISIS militants and the terror group is on the verge of total defeat
in East of Afghanistan.
Afghan Special Forces killed 10 Taliban and ISIS militants and arrested 8
others during the operations in Kabul, Baghlan and Nangarhar provinces.
military officials said Tuesday the Special Forces arrested 8 Taliban militants
and destroyed a cache of weapons during a raid in Kabul city.
officials further added that the Special Forces killed 6 Taliban militants and
destroyed a small cache of weapons during a raid in Baghlan-e Jadid district of
Special Forces killed 4 ISIS militants during another raid in Achin district of
Nangarhar, the officials said, adding that the Special Forces also destroyed a
small cache of weapons during the same raid.
Taliban and ISIS militants have not commented regarding the operations so far.
11 Nov 2019
security forces conducted airstrikes in five provinces of Afghanistan in the
past 24 hours killing at least 20 Taliban militants, the military officials
officials further added an airstrike in Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak
province killed four Taliban militants.
airstrike in Zurmat district of Paktiya killed two Taliban militants, the
officials said, adding that a similar airstrike in Shinkai district of Zabul
killed three Taliban militants.
officials also added that an airstrike in Maruf district of Kandahar killed 9
Taliban militants while an air raid in Nad Ali district of Helmand killed two
Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Monday, 11 Nov 2019
explosion triggered by an improvised explosive device killed four Pakistani
militants in South-eastern Paktiya province of Afghanistan.
to a statement released by provincial government, an explosion went off among
Pakistani militants in Andar area of Samkanai district on Sunday evening,
killing four militants.
statement further added that the militants were busy planting a roadside bomb
in the area when the explosives went off prematurely.
militants and other militant groups often use improvised explosive device to
target the security forces and government officials.
majority of such attacks inflict casualties on ordinary civilians.
on Monday welcomed the opening of Kartarpur Corridor, stating it is a good
gesture on the part of Pakistan for promoting friendly ties with India.
commenting on this important development, a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign
Ministry Geng Shuang said, “We have noticed relevant reports and welcomed the
positive interaction between India and Pakistan.
India and Pakistan, he added, are important countries in South Asia. It is in
the fundamental interests of both sides to live in harmony with each other and
is also the common expectation of the international community.
hope that the two sides will continue to interpret goodwill and move in the
same direction, properly handle differences through dialogue, improve
relations, and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.
to a question about the recently held internal meetings between the governments
of China and Afghanistan in Beijing, the spokesperson said, China firmly supports
the process of broad and inclusive peace and reconciliation of
“Afghan-dominated and Afghan-owned” and supports constructive dialogue between
the Afghan parties, including the Afghan government and the Taliban.
the basis of respecting the wishes of the Afghan parties, China is willing to
provide a platform for dialogue and exchanges between the relevant parties and
provide assistance for advancing the process of peace and reconciliation in
was holding an internal meeting of the Afghans in China to maintain
communication with relevant parties in Afghanistan.
on provocative remarks made against China by US secretary of State Mr. Pompeo
during his visit to Germany, he said attacking Communist Party of China was for
personal political purposes.
the 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese
Communist Party has led the Chinese people to realise a historic leap from
standing up to becoming rich and strong, and has been wholeheartedly supported
by all Chinese people. The leadership position of the Communist Party of China
is the most essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics and is
the choice of history and people. The Chinese people have a firm confidence in
their own roads, theories, systems, and cultures, and will unswervingly follow
the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and continue to achieve new
one should fantasise about shaking our beliefs and blocking the pace of our
progress. Pompey’s thoughts on the Cold War’s thinking, denying China’s
socialist system and provoking the relationship between the Chinese Communist
Party and the Chinese people to serve their own political doctrine are doomed
is worth noting that for some time, individual people in the United States have
ignored the trend of the 21st century’s peaceful development and open
cooperation to promote the law of human science and technology progress,
politicising and generalising all technical issues and commercial cooperation
into national security issues.
to artificially create a “curtain wall” of ideology between Chinese and foreign
companies. In the absence of any factual basis, the US side repeatedly made
rumours of Chinese enterprises, deliberately disrupted the development of
Chinese enterprises and foreign cooperation, and harmed others. Not only did
China resolutely oppose it, but the United States and other countries would not
must once again urge Pompeo to abandon the ideological prejudice and the
outdated Cold War mentality, return to reason, abandon the practice of
disregarding the interests of the Chinese and American peoples for personal
political figures, stop the chattering anti-China rhetoric, and do something
consistent with the status of the Secretary of State, ” he added.
security forces conducted airstrikes in Paktiya and Logar provinces which
killed at least 11 Taliban militants, the military officials said.
officials further added an airstrike in Jaji district of Paktiya killed two
militants of the Taliban group.
similar airstrike in Ahmad Khel district of Paktiya killed two more militants
of the group, the officials said, adding that another airstrike in Pul-e Alam
district of Logar killed 7 Taliban militants.
Paktiya and Logar are among the relatively volatile provinces in central and
south-eastern parts of the country.
militants are active in some remote and restive areas of the two provinces and
often conduct terrorist related activities.
the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in the two provinces.
U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to
suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.
watchdog confirms Iran nuclear breach
In the latest breach of its nuclear deal with major world powers, Iran has
started enriching uranium at its underground Fordow facility, the UN’s nuclear
watchdog confirmed on Monday.
enriched uranium stock has continued to grow, the experts added, as Iran
contravenes the limits set by the deal on its nuclear activities.
announced last week that it had begun enriching uranium at its Fordow site,
which is buried inside a mountain. This is prohibited by the 2015 nuclear deal,
more formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
its quarterly report, the International Atomic Energy Agency, which polices the
deal, confirmed the Iranian announcement was true.
Nov. 9 ... Iran has been conducting uranium enrichment at the plant,” according
to the confidential IAEA report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters and
also seen by AFP.
agency detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location
in Iran not declared to the agency.” Anthropogenic means that the particles are
the result of human activity and not naturally occurring.
report also confirmed that Tehran has ramped up its enrichment of uranium, and
its stockpile of enriched material has reached the equivalent of 551 kilograms,
almost double the 300 kg limit laid down in the nuclear deal.
described the Iranian enrichment activity as a serious breach of the agreement.
discovery of the uranium particles is part of the evidence that Iran is
continuing to experiment and develop its nuclear weapons program, or at least
components of it, in order to keep processes up to date,” said Theodore
Karasik, a senior adviser to Gulf State Analytics in Washington, DC.
fact that the particles were discovered in an undeclared area is a major
violation that will add to the atmosphere of distrust and increase the
challenges facing the European states that seek to keep Iran in the JCPOA
framework, he added.
Donald Trump withdrew the US from the nuclear deal in May 2018.
said the current breach goes far beyond previous contraventions.
plays a game with numbers in terms of centrifuges and enrichment schema,” he
explained. “The violation here is much more egregious than any in the past as
it deals with a previously undisclosed location outside of Tehran. As we can
see, Iran is not genuine in its approach ... so trust is difficult, if not
deposed Evo Morales seeks asylum in Mexico, but vows to return ‘with more
strength & energy’
Bolivian President Evo Morales has announced his departure to Mexico, where he
has been granted asylum, after opposition protests and military officials’
pressure forced the socialist leader’s resignation.
his abrupt resignation over the weekend, Morales said he would flee Bolivia to
take up the Mexican government’s offer for political asylum extended earlier on
Monday, but promised to return with renewed energy. Mexico’s Foreign Minister
confirmed that Morales had boarded a Mexican government aircraft “sent to
ensure his safe transfer to our country.”
and brothers, I leave for Mexico,” Morales said in a tweet on Monday night,
adding he was “grateful” to Mexico for providing asylum and “[taking] care of
was forced to resign from his post after weeks of opposition protests over a
disputed election result, which culminated in military leaders 'advising' the
embattled president to step down. While slamming the opposition forces as coup
plotters and insisting he won October’s election fair and square, Morales nonetheless
agreed to resign in order to calm tensions across the country.
protests and clashes between rival activists have continued in cities around
Bolivia even after Morales’s resignation. In La Paz on Monday night, security
forces and opposition protesters erected barricades in the streets in
preparation for a large confrontation, as thousands of Morales supporters march
toward the city.
for the first dedicated prayer space for Muslims in south Cumbria have been
lodged with council bosses.
community centre and prayer hall could be built in Dalton if plans are
would situated at Crooklands Brow in Ulverston Road.
design and access statement making up the plans said: “The proposal is to
construct a two storey community centre and prayer hall.
is currently no dedicated place of prayer of any sufficient size in the south
of Cumbria for the Muslim community.
purpose of the newly established South Lakes Islamic Centre organisation is to
provide a building that offers public prayer space for the Muslim community
based in south Cumbria.
is also proposed to provide a public community space, which will have the aim
of providing a platform for community integration; operating an open door
policy in order to engage with the wider community and share with the local
people the various cultures belonging to the religion of Islam.
ground floor of the building will provide for a central community hall, welfare
facilities, storage rooms, plant and stair/lift access.”
plans says the building materials used will be in-keeping with the local area.
propose building would measure 26 metres in width and eight metres in depth.
would be space for 12 cars and as well as two motorbikes in the adjacent car
number of houses on the road have been consulted with on the plans, along with
Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic School.
consultation the plans are due to be assessed.
an officers report will be issued, before the proposals are ultimately decided
on by Barrow Borough Council’s planning committee.
of Dalton Town Council are also due to be consulted with on the proposals.
Councillors said they had not seen the plans so could not comment on. The
proposals could be among the planning applications up for discussion at the
next meeting of the town council at the beginning of next month.
party has called on Boris Johnson to intervene to dump Anthony Browne, a former
aide to the Tory leader, from running in South Cambridgeshire over the
row centres on a series of articles penned by Mr Browne for The Spectator
between 2002 and 2003, as well as his book 'Do We Need Mass Immigration?',
which have been brought to light by The Guardian.
is through letting in too many germs.”
also called on the then-government to stop "the influx of HIV
immigrants" as a more effective way to halt the spread of the virus than
passages in his book urge Britain to stop treating African aids victims because
the country "can no longer ignore the entirely preventable Aids holocaust
consuming the continent next door".
also hit out at Muslim leaders over their objections to the war in Iraq,
writing: "Whatever the merits or demerits of war on Iraq, it is hardly a
national strength to have a large minority with such divided loyalties during
articles were at the centre of a previous row when Mr Browne became Boris
Johnson's policy director as mayor of London.
then-aide said at the time: "I do very much regret any offence caused by
any past newspaper articles. It really never was my intention to cause offence,
but to provoke debate. The articles, which I deeply regret writing, also don’t
give a fair reflection of my views. I want to make clear that I am emphatically
Labour urged the Tories to junk Mr Browne's candidacy, with shadow equalities
minister Naz Shah accusing him of "disgusting racism".
told The Guardian: "It’s shocking that someone with such despicable views
has been selected to stand for the Conservative party.
his personal relationship with Anthony Browne, Boris Johnson should personally
intervene and remove him as a candidate."
Conservative co-chair Baroness Warsi - who has been sharply critical of the
party's handling of Islamophobia within its ranks - also blasted the comments,
saying the choice of Mr Browne "perfectly illustrates where we’ve gone
wrong as Conservatives".
Sollom, who is standing for the Lib Dems in South Cambridgeshire, said the
comments showed how "divisive and extreme" the Conservatives had
should urgently consider whether Anthony Browne is a suitable candidate to
represent their party in light of these remarks," he added.
Conservative party spokesperson said: "These comments were made over 15
years ago, Anthony Browne has apologised for these comments and sincerely
row came as a Liberal Democrat candidate was forced to step down after being
accuses of posting a string of racist and homophobic tweets.
McNamara, the party's candidate for Thurrock in Essex, said he was "deeply
sorry for the comments that I made" as the Liberal Democrats confirmed
they were launching a "disciplinary process" into the social media
circulating on Twitter appeared to show the candidate using the word
"fa**ot", and repeatedly making offensive references to black people.
a statement, he said: “I am deeply sorry for the comments that I made that are
currently being reported in the press.
words are deeply offensive and I apologise profusely to everybody that I have
offended with these tweets.
would never want to undermine the voices of those communities with slurs or
degradation and it's important that people who want to represent the public are
held to the very highest standard.
am resigning as a candidate with immediate effect for the upcoming election. I
apologise to all of those I have let down with my past conduct and will work
hard to regain their trust."
400 new donors are needed every day to meet the need of patients in England and
each donation can save up to three people’s lives.
of members from Tawheed Islamic Centre attended the group donation to help save
the lives of those in need.
the NHS revealing only 6% of donors are black, Asian and minority ethic
communities in the UK, there is a shortage of donors from Asian backgrounds.
this group donation session was set up with the aim of promoting blood donation
in the Muslim community to help improve this.
with Muharram, a month of remembrance in September for Hussain ibn Ali,
grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, the Muslim community came together to
help save others lives.
Meisam Ghasemi, Director of Tawheed Islamic Centre, Bentinck Road, Newcastle,
said: "Blood donation is a way for us to honour the sacrifice made by
Hussain ibn Ali and to help those in need.
blood is quick, safe, and clean, and the whole donation process is easy.
want to encourage donors from all backgrounds and hope that this group session
will become a regular event."
the need for more donors from different ethnic backgrounds, Newcastle Donor
Centre was delighted with the member’s kind donations.
Woods, Newcastle Donor Centre manager, said: “We are very grateful to Sheikh
Ghasemi and everyone at the Tawheed Islamic Centre for making their first
donation saves lives and to supply hospitals we need people to donate
throughout the year.
easy to register to become a donor, we need nearly 400 new, first time donors
every day to meet patients’ needs, to replace those people who can no longer
donate for reasons such as ill health, age and pregnancy.
donor centres are the perfect place to make your first donation, they are
bright and modern with WiFi, charging points, and you can often find
appointments in the evenings and weekends.
are around 48,000 donors from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)
communities in the UK – around 6% of overall donors – and we need more.
from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a match but there is a
shortage of Asian donors."
Blood and Transplant have a permanent blood donor centre at Holland Drive,
Newcastle, NE2 4NQ and is a perfect place to make a first donation.
State claims responsibility for murder of Armenian priest
- The Islamic State group (IS) on Monday, November 11 claimed responsibility
for the murder of an Armenian Catholic Priest and his father in the northeast
Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, just hours after the shooting took place, Rudaw
claimed Monday afternoon via its Telegram channels to have killed “two
Christian priests” in al-Zir village, in the al-Busayrah sub-district of Deir
state TV SANA reported the “martyrdom” of Priest Housib Abraham Bidoyan, head
of the Armenian Catholic Church in Qamishli, and his father. The two were
killed by unidentified gunmen, SANA said, as they travelled southbound from
Hasaka province to Deir ez-Zor.
priest and his father had been on their way to “supervise the restoration” of a
church when they were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights (SOHR), a UK-based war monitor.
Armenian community in Syria, whose current numbers are unknown, are the
survivors of the Ottoman Genocide of the Armenians in the early twentieth
century. Driven into Syria by the death marches, many eventually ended up
settling in the country.
Aiman -November 12, 2019
LUMPUR: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim today rubbished allegations that Prime
Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had interfered in the SRC International trial of
Najib Razak, following reports that Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor
Adam had made claims to that effect.
can allege, but the judicial process is free and clean,” he told reporters in
Parliament without specifying names.
do not want to get involved, but there was a judge’s decision ordering Najib to
enter his defence, so the legal process is ongoing.
don’t think we should entertain allegations unless they can give facts or
evidence in support. Otherwise, we should allow due process to proceed.”
was yesterday told to enter his defence for seven charges of criminal breach of
trust, abuse of power and money laundering in relation to the transfer of RM42
million to his account from SRC International.
later denied interfering in the case, saying his accusers should provide proof
to back their claims.
Reporters -November 12, 2019
Dr Mahathir Mohamad is going to Tanjung Piai to campaign for the Pakatan
Harapan candidate in the by-election there because some voters still think he
is president of Umno.
said he would go to the ground and campaign on Wednesday, and hoped they would
have changed their views by then, Bernama reported.
we have to face. I’m no longer UMNO president. I am now Bersatu chairman and
Pakatan Harapan Prime Minister. “I’ll go to the ground to campaign this
Wednesday and hope by then they no longer regard me as Umno president,” he said
was president of Umno from 1981 to 2003. He left the party in 2017 to form
whether his presence in the Tanjung Piai by-election campaign would be a crowd
puller to get the locals to attend PH ceramah, Mahathir said: “I don’t know,
we’ll see the day after tomorrow”.
said PPBM is confident of winning the by-election, with signs that many voters
who had supported the Barisan Nasional in the 2018 general election now
are aware of the problems there (Tanjung Piai), we believe we can address the
problems,” he told reporters after chairing a party leadership meeting here
will be held on Saturday to fill a vacancy created by the death of Dr Md Farid
Md Rafik on Sept 21 due to heart complications.
PH candidate, Karmaine Sardini, faces candidates from BN, Gerakan, Berjasa and
two Independent candidates.
Augustin -November 11, 2019
JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad had a jocular response today to former prime minister
Najib Razak’s declaration of shock at a court decision in the RM42 million SRC
International corruption case.
was shocked? I am shocked that he is shocked,” Mahathir said.
High Court earlier today had ordered that Najib enter his defence on all seven
charges of corruption.
Mahathir alleged that “the whole world knows Najib is guilty”. He added: “But
we have to follow the rule of law; we sent him to face the court to see if he
has a case.”
lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had said his client had expected an acquittal
for all charges after facts of the case were rebutted through submissions to
dismissed claims that he had interfered in Najib’s case, saying his accusers
should provide proof to back up his claims.
never interfere with the courts so much so during my time the court decided to
regard my party as illegal,” he said, referring to a court decision which led
to Umno being deregistered during his first stint as prime minister.
didn’t fight the court, I went through the proper way,” he said.
Jakarta - South Jakarta District Court has rejected a pretrial request lodged
by Imam Nahrawi related to the suspect naming of the former Youth and Sports
Minister in the Koni graft case.
entire pretrial lawsuit is rejected,” said judge Elfian, reading the pretrial
ruling, Tuesday, November 12.
judge stated that the suspect naming of Imam was valid based on sufficient
preliminary evidence. The respondent, the judge went on, had two valid proofs,
namely documentary evidence and witness statement.
also stated that the investigation and detention warrant issued by the
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was legal as it was under the authority
of the anti-graft body, and there was no legal vacuum.
named Imam and his personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, suspects in the bribery
and gratification case at Youth and Sports Ministry. Imam was suspected of
receiving money totaling Rp26.5 billion throughout 2014-2018. Some of the money
was delivered by Ulum.
bribe money allegedly came from the disbursement of the National Sports
Committee or KONI's grant funds in the 2018 fiscal year.
Nahrawi was also suspected to obtain the bribe related to his position as the
steering board chairman of the national sports program Satlak Prima and other
posts in the ministry.
We Are not a Hotel for Islamic State Jihadists!
first Islamic State foreign terrorist has already been repatriated from Turkey,
according to a spokesman for the country's interior ministry, quoted by private
NTV television. On November 14, the same procedure will be applied to seven
other terrorists of German descent, the spokesman added. The already
repatriated jihadist is from the United States.
state department spokeswoman said: “We are aware of reports of the detainment
of a US citizen by Turkish authorities. Due to privacy considerations we have
no further comment.”
and two other Islamic State members - one German and one Danish - will be
repatriated within the day. Ankara does not accept objections from jihadist
countries that they do not want to accept them back on the grounds that their
citizenship has been revoked, the spokesman said. "Do whatever you want.
You know how to hold your people accountable. We didn't want (the Islamic State")
jihadis for anyone, "he said.
Nov 12, 2019
(FNA)- The UK military has a team of high-ranking soldiers embedded in the
Saudi Arabian armed forces who are believed to be taking their orders from
Saudi commanders, it can be revealed.
British programme, details of which have long been kept secret from the British
parliament and public, involves training the Saudis in “internal security”.
Paid for by the Saudi regime – including the salaries and living costs of the
British soldiers – the team’s role is controversial given the kingdom’s
repressive political system, dailymaverick reported.
is also likely to raise questions since the British soldiers are embedded in a
branch of the Saudi military that is involved in the devastating war in Yemen.
British Military Mission to the Saudi Arabian National Guard (BMM SANG) trains
the de facto protection force of the ruling House of Saud and was established
elite, 130,000-strong force with soldiers drawn from tribes loyal to the ruling
dynasty, the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) is separate from the regular
Saudi army. Its central role is to defend the regime from a coup.
British government told parliament this March that the UK has 10 military
personnel “embedded” in the SANG. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has told us
that the number is now 11 personnel, who are believed to be based at the unit’s
headquarters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
British government has repeatedly told parliament that all UK military
personnel in Saudi Arabia “remain under UK command and control”. An MOD
spokesman further told dailymavericks, “The British Military Mission is
commanded by a British officer, who reports directly to the Ministry of
Defence, in London.”
new information suggests that the chain of command on the ground is different,
the report said.
of the Saudi National Guard’
British embassy in Riyadh admitted in 2012 that the UK military officers
involved in the mission “take their orders directly from His Royal Highness,
Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Cabinet Minister and Head of the Saudi
Arabian National Guard”. Prince Miteb, the son of the late King Abdullah, was
head of the SANG until 2017.
admission came in an internal embassy publication, called Kingdom to Kingdom,
intended for distribution within government. The British embassy even referred
to the British soldiers as “members of the Saudi National Guard”, rather than
advisers or trainers.
presented with the document, the MOD told us the information is misleading.
we have also seen a 1983 document from the MOD entitled “Directive for the
commander, British Military Mission to Saudi Arabian National Guard” stating
that while the commander is formally answerable to the chief of defence staff
in the UK, “members of BMM will ordinarily obey the orders of designated SANG
understanding is that, although the formal chain of command may end in London,
these British military personnel report on a day-to-day basis to their Saudi
superiors, who are their effective commanders.
MOD has also informed us that BMM SANG is a “loan service personnel” scheme.
Such an arrangement is ordinarily described by the MOD as British soldiers
being “embedded in a wide variety of training, educational and staff posts in
the host nation’s armed forces”. Similarly, the MOD has previously stated that
“UK embeds operate as if they were the host nation’s personnel, under that
nation’s chain of command”.
when asked about this in relation to BMM SANG, the MOD told us that its
previous statement was again misleading because it did not apply to all embed
documents from 1963 when Britain and Saudi Arabia were arranging the BMM SANG
programme show that the then commander of the National Guard, Prince Abdullah,
wanted command and control over the British soldiers. Abdullah would go on to
be king from 2005 to 2015.
British file marked “Secret” outlined “Principles governing the operation of a
mission” and stated that “Abdullah would probably welcome a large British
mission taking over, under his overall authority,” giving him “practically all
executive responsibility, including operational command”.
adds, “It must be accepted by Her Majesty’s Government that, if an adviser or
mission is sent at all, there must be no close or continuous restraint or
direction from the United Kingdom on the adviser or head of mission”.
resulting agreement, which established BMM SANG in 1964, has been secret for 55
years, but we have obtained an early version of it. The issue of British
command and control is not stipulated in the document, which perhaps signals
Prince Abdullah’s perceived desire for “operational command”.
agreement notes only one eventuality in which the UK government must be
consulted on how the soldiers are deployed. This is if they are to “take part
in any active non-training operations undertaken by the armed forces of Saudi
the military mission began, UK personnel had “daily contact” with Abdullah,
according to the British embassy in Riyadh.
British government files from the 1970s highlight the influence of the SANG
commander over appointments to the British team. A document from 1973 shows the
MOD wanted to replace the then British head of the military mission but decided
against this since Abdullah “wanted him to stay on because of their personal
current head of the SANG, appointed in 2017, is Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz bin
Mohammed bin Ayyaf Al Muqren whose father was one of the founders of the
National Guard in the 1960s.
of the SANG is one of Britain’s key military programmes in support of Saudi
Arabia. It sits alongside another secret programme also paid for by the Saudis
and staffed by MOD personnel, known as Sangcom, which provides military
communications equipment and training to the SANG and costs £2-billion.
an official visit to Saudi Arabia in 2013, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess
of Cornwall visited the headquarters of the SANG in Riyadh to mark the 50th
anniversary of the BMM SANG programme.
can further reveal that the BMM SANG programme is paid for by the Saudi regime
under a “black budget”, a term describing government funding for secret
operations. Neither government has ever revealed the cost of the programme.
Saudi funding levels remain “confidential to the two governments”, the MOD told
SANG is not mentioned on the UK government website and UK embedded forces in
Saudi Arabia are not disclosed in the MOD’s latest annual report.
are the personnel involved with the military mission listed on any government
website. We have learnt, however, that these teams are commanded by a brigadier
who is supported by nine lieutenant-colonels, among other officers.
government provides almost no information to parliament or the public on what
BMM SANG does. In 2016, in response to a rare parliamentary question, Defence
Minister Mike Penning described the mission as “providing mentoring and advice
to the Saudi Arabian National Guard”. The MOD told us that the programme
provides “targeted military advice and some training support”.
British embassy has noted that this training has over the years “included
artillery, engineers, armoured, infantry, signals… medics, logisticians, and
close protection advisers”.
former British commander of BMM SANG, Brigadier Nicholas Cocking – who led the
mission from 1984 to 1991 – noted that his team included officers who
“reflected various military disciplines from logistics to armoured and infantry
and so on”, and that the programme was “responsible for more generalised
training”. “We could turn our hands to almost anything,” he added.
Security’ and ‘Riot Control’
reason for secrecy may be the controversial British support for the National
Guard’s role in promoting “internal security”.
British file from 1973 notes that the SANG’s role is “to fight with the army in
defence of the kingdom and to maintain law and order within the kingdom”.
Britain’s defence attaché to Saudi Arabia wrote in the same year that the SANG
provides “counter-measures” in areas such as the oil-rich eastern province
which are “vulnerable to sabotage and threats from dissident or subversive
2012 British embassy document stated that BMM SANG’s role “is to advise and
assist the Guard in all counter-terrorism and internal security matters”.
former member of the British military mission, an army officer who served in
Saudi Arabia from 2009-12 and 2016-19, says on his Linkedin profile that one of
his roles was advising on “riot control” in addition to counter-terrorism. Ben
Richards, who later became a defence attaché in Ghana, writes that his tasks in
Saudi Arabia included “daily engagement with senior officials on
transformation, training, development and equipment issues”.
support for Saudi “internal security” goes beyond BMM SANG. A current British
“special security adviser” to the Saudi Ministry of National Guard says that
his role is “delivering counter-terrorist and internal security training and
advice”. He adds that his role is also to advise Saudi officers “on all aspects
of military capabilities, from procurement to continuous improvement” and “set
the conditions for future reform”.
largest part of the SANG being trained by Britain were previously known as
“mujahadeen”, or holy warriors. A 1970 British government file notes, “The
[British] training of mujahadeen NCO [non-commissioned officers] instructors
has now been completed in the thirteen training centres set up for this
the mid-1970s, two thirds of the SANG were composed of such fighters who were
described as “lightly armed and equipped, and after basic training only, are
distributed in centres of population throughout the country”. The remaining
third of the SANG were known as Fedayin, who were organised into infantry units
with heavier weapons and equipment.
SANG’s commander, Prince Abdullah, asked the British for training support in
the early 1960s during a period when the Saudi royal family was worried about
being displaced in a military coup. This had been the fate of other pro-Western
regimes in the region, notably Egypt in 1952, Iraq in 1958 and Yemen in 1962.
reason the British agreed to the Saudi request was that, “The ‘White Army’” –
as the SANG was then known – “is the principal prop of the present Saudi
regime, and any successor regime would be worse for our interests in the
[Persian] Gulf than the present one”, the foreign office noted in 1963. It
added, “It is thus much to our interest that the ‘White Army’ should be
Brenchley, Britain’s chargé d’affaires in the kingdom, wrote that the SANG was
the “bodyguard of the royal family” and that “supplying advisers for it would
be an additional commitment to the present regime”.
support to the Saudi king was also a feature of British training. In 1970,
following a request from the SANG commander, the British army sent a training
team to the SANG “to fit them for special duties in connection with the
personal safety of HM the king”. The following year the SAS sent a four-member
team to the SANG for “all aspects of bodyguard instruction”.
British files offer other insights into the perceived advantages to having a
military mission in Saudi Arabia. One, according to a War Office official in
1963, was that it “would open a valuable new source of intelligence”. Another
file notes “the value to Her Majesty’s Government of having a point of
observation and influence so close to the centre of power in this country, and
at no cost”.
official argued that the training team would help promote “sales of defence
of the few arguments offered against agreeing to provide the mission in the
planning stage came from a foreign office official who suggested that “it would
attract the criticism that we tend to support only reactionary regimes”.
training of the SANG is contributing to so-called “internal security” elsewhere
in the [Persian] Gulf.
of the SANG were deployed to Bahrain in March 2011 to support the Bahraini
regime in its crackdown on popular protests. The MOD later admitted, “It is
possible that some members of the Saudi Arabian National Guard which were
deployed in Bahrain may have undertaken some training provided by the British
MOD told us that the British military personnel embedded in the SANG are
“absolutely not involved at all in Yemen”.
Brigadier Hugh Blackman, who was British Commander of BMM SANG from 2015 to
2017, the first two years of the Yemen war, has admitted that his services to
the SANG included “advice to the National Guard at all levels of command… for
the full spectrum of military operations on the southern Yemeni border”.
nature of British advice to the SANG for its military operations in the Yemen
conflict is not known.
SANG has long been known to be active in the Yemen war both on the border and
possibly inside Yemen. Earlier this year, for example, Colonel Kevin Lambert of
the US military confirmed that the SANG was “executing combat operations in the
British government does not reveal the identities of BMM SANG personnel.
However, the current commander of BMM SANG is believed to be Brigadier Charles
Calder who was until recently defence adviser at the British High Commission in
Nigeria, where Britain has a military team advising Nigerian forces on
counter-insurgency operations against the terrorist group Boko Haram. Calder
went straight from these operations to commanding BMM SANG in a Saudi Arabia at
war in Yemen.
predecessor, Brigadier Jackman, took up his position as commander of BMM SANG
in June 2015, three months after Saudi Arabia began intervening in Yemen.
Jackman came from the British embassy in Libya, where he was commander of the
military training team there. He was charged with assisting the Libyan military
with “the integration of former revolutionaries, and wider professionalisation
of the institution”. Jackman subsequently planned and led the evacuation of all
UK and entitled citizens from Libya.
that, Jackman had been a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
operating in Bosnia and Kosovo. He went on to command an armoured battle-group
of 1,400 soldiers during the UK’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.
'willing to co-operate' with Lebanon’s judiciary over corruption
will co-operate with Lebanon’s judiciary in any corruption probe, the group’s
leader said on Monday.
a televised address on the country’s 13th day without a functioning government
and amid massive street protests, Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah would respect
the judiciary's corruption investigations into its members.
there is any case related to a Hezbollah official, I urge you to start with us
and I guarantee Hezbollah’s respect,” Mr Nasrallah said.
urged the judiciary, which has been a target of criticism in the month-long
street protests, to rebel against powerful political forces.
need a judiciary that is brave, strong and does not bow to political pressure,”
Mr Nasrallah said.
unrest across Lebanon began with a build-up of anger at rising living costs and
political leaders accused of steering the country toward economic collapse.
unrelenting fervour of the protesters led to the resignation of Prime Minister
Saad Hariri in a bid to bring calm. He remains in a caretaker capacity, but the
lack of progress on forming a new government has only fanned the flames of
the capital Beirut to Sidon and Tyre in the south up to Tripoli in the north,
protesters waved Lebanese flags, demanding that the formation of a new
government be accelerated.
insist any incoming Cabinet be comprised of technocrats and be independent of
established political parties.
will not leave the streets before our demands are totally satisfied,"
shouted one young protester on Sunday. "We are more determined than
Speaker Nabih Berri suggested on Monday that a new Cabinet should include
representatives from the protest movement.
popular movement must be represented in the Cabinet,” Mr Berri told local news
service Al Joumhouria. "The true movement that has demands that we all
believe in, not the movement that insults people."
Nasrallah said Hezbollah would “leave the door open” on talks to form a new
Mr Berri again delayed a session of the Lebanese Parliament scheduled for
Tuesday, saying there were safety concerns as protesters blocked roads around
the Beirut Parliament building.
caused further delays to a process he said needed to be “quick, quick, quick”
to deal with the economic woes the country faced.
must be convinced that an economic crisis is hanging above our heads,” Mr Berri
said, after postponing the session for a week.
the Governor of Lebanon’s Central Bank sought to calm nerves amid the worsening
economic and financial crisis, pledging to work on protecting bank deposits and
the stability of the currency.
Salameh said the bank would keep defending the currency peg to the US dollar,
which has been in place since 1997.
Salameh said there would not be any capital controls or a “haircut” on
customer’s bank deposits, in which the state takes a cut of their money to
cover its debts.
he spoke, dozens of protesters outside the bank on Beirut’s commercial Hamra
Street blocked the road, chanting “Down with the rule of the banks”, as riot
police looked on.
financial troubles have worsened since mass protests erupted nationwide last
month, paralysing the country and keeping banks closed for two weeks.
have rushed to withdraw their money since the banks reopened last week, with
the country’s lenders imposing varying capital controls that differ from bank
to bank, fuelling the turmoil.
Central Bank aims to protect the stability of the pound and we have the
capability to do that,” Mr Salameh said, although acknowledging the difference
in price in currency exchange shops, which he said was due to market demand.
described it as a “phenomenon” that would end when demand diminished.
Salameh said the central bank had reserves of $38 billion - including 30
billion “that we can use immediately".
who joined the protest in dramatic fashion last week, carrying school bags and
banging pots and pans, remained out of education on Monday.
caretaker Education Minister said schools and universities would close again on
Tuesday "to preserve the safety of students" amid continuing
protests, and out of respect for their right to demonstrate.
strikes home of Palestinian militant commander in Gaza
CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israel killed a top commander for Iranian-backed
Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza
Strip on Tuesday, accusing him of carrying out a series of cross-border attacks
and planning more.
slaying of Baha Abu Al-Atta in his home looked likely to pose a new challenge
for Gaza’s ruling Hamas faction, which has mostly tried to maintain a truce
with Israel since a 2014 war.
least one other person, a woman, was also killed in the blast that ripped
through the building in Gaza City’s Shejaia district before dawn, medics said.
Two others were wounded.
after, Palestinian militants launched a salvo of rockets into Israel, witnesses
said. There was no immediate word of casualties or damage on the other side.
Israeli police said they closed some roads on the edge of Gaza as a precaution.
a statement, the Israeli military said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had
authorized the operation against Al-Atta, blaming him for recent rocket, drone
and sniper attacks against Israel, and attempted infiltrations into the
Al-Atta was responsible for most of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s activity in
the Gaza Strip and was a ticking bomb,” the statement said, accusing Al-Atta of
planning “imminent terror attacks through various means.”
Islamic Jihad statement confirmed the death of Al-Atta, who it said had been in
the midst of “heroic jihadist action.”
inevitable retaliation will rock the Zionist entity,” the statement said,
referring to Israel.
Jihad shares Hamas’s ideological commitment to Israel’s destruction. But unlike
Hamas, it is has often chafed at Egyptian-led efforts to forge cease-fires with
analysts have said Iran has been cultivating Islamic Jihad as a Gaza-based
proxy as part of Tehran’s widening regional confrontation against Israel.
blocs agree to ‘government of specialists representing protester movement’
12 November 2019
Lebanon’s internal security forces have been put on full standby to deal with a
possible general strike on Tuesday as news emerged of a political agreement to
set up a new “government of specialists.”
unions, students, and activists in the country’s civil movement have called for
national industrial action as part of “disobedience week.”
planned walkouts were the latest move by anti-government protesters to force
the setting up of a new government following the resignation 10 days ago of
former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
on Monday evening the parliamentary bloc loyal to the Free Patriotic Movement
(FPM) and Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced its agreement to “a
government of specialists approved by the Parliament and representing the
the same time, the Future bloc, loyal to Hariri, pledged its support for the
former premier’s efforts “to prepare for a transitional phase in which a
government of specialists is responsible for restoring confidence.”
political leader, Ibrahim Kanaan, said: “There is a need for consultation to
reach acceptable solutions on a government that respects the constitution and
has a viable project.”
pro-Aoun bloc, along with its ally Hezbollah, had insisted that FPM chairman
Gebran Bassil, a target of the recent demonstrations, remained in the Cabinet,
but in a government of specialists there would be no place for him.
Lebanese Parliament had been due to hold a legislative session on Tuesday to
set certain anti-corruption bills, a key demand of demonstrators. But
protesters and the Lebanese Judges Association claimed the general amnesty bill
would have protected certain people and there were threats on social media to
prevent deputies from reaching the Parliament building, causing many to say
they would not attend.
meeting with his parliamentary bloc, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri
announced the adjournment of the session to Nov. 19 in order to “maintain
told media that the protesters’ campaign against the general amnesty law aimed
“to keep the political vacuum. Otherwise, how do we explain the rejection of a
session, where the majority of its agenda is to discuss popular demands raised
by the movement itself, crediting the movement for the inclusion of these
asked ministers and deputies of his current and former bloc “to lift banking
secrecy,” and called for “the necessity to form an inclusive government that
does not exclude the movement.”
the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers described Tuesday’s planned
meeting as “a violation of the constitution and ignoring the protesters’
protests and sit-ins outside public institutions continued as demonstrations,
which have rocked Lebanon, entered their 26th day.
union representing employees of cellular operators in Lebanon called for “an
open strike starting Tuesday” to protest against drastic wage cuts which it
claimed had left many workers earning “only 30 percent of their annual income.”
secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, said: “All the doors are open to reach the
country’s best interest.
party, leadership, religious or political authority, or sect can protect anyone
who is corrupt. This is major growth in the country,” he added.
Muslim burial site vandalised at foot of Table Mountain
Town – Another Muslim burial site has been vandalised, this time at the resting
place of saint Auliya Sayed Abdul Haq Al Quadri, located at the foot of Table
Mountain in Deer Park, the Cape Mazaar Society said.
chairperson Mahmoud Limbada said “one side of the wrought iron around the kabr
(grave) had been broken off, and faeces smeared on one of the surrounding
incident comes just a week after the desecration of the Mowbray Muslim
Cemetery, where around 80 headstones were removed from graves and placed in a
cross-like symbol in the graveyard.
said two of their members had visited the site to assess the damage, but
repairs could not yet be done as they first wanted the police investigations to
we were contacted about the incident, two of our members rushed to see what
happened. They wanted to immediately repair it. But we decided to get the
police involved and ensure the site was left as it was found so they could
is another gravesite damaged by Satanists with sick minds. We believe it could
be Satanists because of what had happened in Mowbray, and the fact that nothing
it was someone living close to the mountain, they would have stolen the metal
have been incidents of vagrants stealing the sheepskin off the grave; we don’t
mind that because it’s for themselves to keep warm.
to desecrate the grave is just wrong. We feel disgusted and disheartened. We
don’t say its an attack on Islam, we believe they desecrated the Mowbray site
because it is the only cemetery in the area where these people are operating,
and it is close to a residential area.
same with this site, it’s not because it is a Muslim grave It’s because of the
area, it is located in a public space and it is the grave of a recognised
saint,” he said.
said they could not install security cameras or staff as it is located in the
Table Mountain National Park which is not their property.
spokesperson Siyabulela Malo said the Cape Town Central police have no records
of the matter being reported.
regional spokesperson Lauren Howard-Clayton said: “We are aware of the
incident. As the Table Mountain National Park, we do not condone vandalism and
we will increase visibility within the area.”
with information on the incident can call the Cape Mazaar Society on 083 555
9786, 083 727 5743 or 021 633 2212.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organization, has
reacted to the expulsion of two female Christian youth corpers from the
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Ebonyi State.
declared support for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
leader, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Tuesday, said those
expelled have the right to satisfy their conscience regarding what to wear and
what not to wear in public.
is freedom of religion in the Nigerian Constitution and NYSC is flagrantly
violating Section 38 (i) and (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria. NYSC is behaving like the notorious Gestapo. It is time to
liberalise”, it said.
is not just a religious matter. Morality is involved here. NYSC seeks to
destroy our norms and values. Our sons and daughters who were trained in good
Christian and Muslim homes are stripped nude when they go for NYSC. This is
unacceptable. Something must be done urgently if this is the mission of NYSC.
is absolutely wrong to force our daughters to appear in short knickers in
public. It is against strict Christian and Islamic teachings. It is also an
assault on the dignity of their human persons. They feel humiliated. It is a
big shame. NYSC is flagrantly infringing the Nigerian constitution.
was introduced to instill patriotism and discipline in Nigerian youth. But what
kind of discipline can NYSC instill in corpers if the female members are
instructed to wear atrociously short knickers that expose sensitive parts of
their anatomy to prying eyes? This is a direct way of encouraging immorality
invite CAN to join us in the fight against corruption and immorality. We can
stop moral debauchery in Nigeria if we can all come together. Greed, avarice,
massive accumulation of wealth and criminality will reduce drastically if Christian
and Muslim leaders speak with one voice against all vices. This is better for
Nigeria than being at logger-heads all the time.”
commend CAN leadership for speaking out in support of the two Christian girls
who wish to dress decently. Nonetheless, we call CAN’s attention to the plight
of Muslim female students who are facing persecution in South Western schools
on account of hijab. It is a tale of two girls.
Muslim girl and the Christian girl from good homes. Both of them wish to dress
decently. They feel assaulted if they are disallowed from doing so and they are
both prepared to face the repercussion for challenging the status quo.
is why we find it curious that CAN has joined issues with Muslim parents who
have gone to court to challenge tyrannical school authorities in Ibadan,
Abeokuta, etc who lock out female Muslim students for using hijab.
the girls’ parents have gone to court to challenge the schools’ illegal,
unlawful and unconstitutional decisions, CAN (which was not sued in the case)
has approached the courts asking to be joined in the suit as interested parties
on the schools’ side.
find it paradoxical that the same CAN has asked the Christian girls expelled in
Ebonyi to sue NYSC. Now, how would CAN feel if an Islamic organization should
also approach the same court stating reasons why the case should be thrown out?
is obvious that Muslims have nothing to do with the Ebonyi case in the first
place, so why join issues over it? But why did CAN join schools sued by Muslim
parents whose daughters are being persecuted? Is it for Jacob or Esau?
call on the new director general of the NYSC to intervene in the issue of the
two Christian girls expelled in Ebonyi. Those two girls should be recalled. We
also advise the new NYSC leadership to set the machinery in motion for a review
of the NYSC dress code in line with the issues raised by religious groups.”
in the financial sector has called on relevant regulatory bodies to raise
awareness and create strong legal framework that would help to increase (Sukuk)
Islamic financial inclusion in Nigeria.
is an Islamic financial certificate, similar to a bond in Western finance that
complies with Islamic religious law commonly known as Sharia.
during the 4th Edition of African International Conference on Islamic Finance
(AICIF) in Lagos, Ashraf Amma, director at PWC, Luxembourg said Sudan has
continued to be a leader of Sukuk issuance volume in Africa.
however, noted that sadly, globally, Africa contributed less than one percent
in sukuk issuance in 2018, showing that there are lots of untapped
opportunities in Africa.He spoke on the need for Africa to have level playing
field in taxation of Islamic contracts and the need for more awareness among
multilateral development banks and agencies.
during a panel session themed: ‘Regulatory and Cross Border Issues Affecting
the Utilisation of Sukuk,’ Adeola Sunmola, a partner in Udo Udoma and
Belo-Osagie’s banking and Finance, power, projects and infrastructure, said
there is lack of clarity in Nigerian laws in relation to how Sukuk is
there are issues in relation to Sukuk, people often do not know who to run to.
There should be clarity on the transaction structure and taxation exemptions.
Our laws and regulations are reactionary. We need to be more forward looking in
terms of making laws that can adapt to transactions of this nature, so we can
understand them when these issues arise,” Sunmola said.
Dabai Suleyman, director Central Bank of Nigeria and Head of National Programme
for the Financial System Strategy (FSS2020) said Sukuk is needed to fund
infrastructure development. Ummanhani Amin, managing partner, the Metropolitan
law firm and chairperson 4th AICIF 2019 planning committee said AICIF started
because they felt there is a gap in Islamic financial inclusion.
is the main reason for the conference and that is why we have been working
towards financial inclusion. We are working towards letting everyone know what
products to take because people do not understand,” Amin said. She said the
awareness process has been gradual in Nigeria because Nigeria is new to Islamic
Thomas, chairman Shariah Board of Sterling Bank PLC noted that some questions
raised in financing projects using Sukuk are if the contractor will complete
the project as at when due and according to the specifications and integrity of
funds.He mentioned some of the liquidity risks in Sukuk to include necessity of
secondary market, eligible instrument for trading, source of money, what sukuk
represents and what the benchmark is. Chinua Azubike, who is also the managing
director Infra Credit said people should be looking at where the market lies
and ensure the structure works in compliance with Sharia laws.
(FNA)- A Nigerian journalist says Sheikh Zakzaky’s deteriorating health will
not allow him to provide leadership as he did in the past, but the idea which
he taught will survive and his supporters will follow his path.
an exclusive interview with FNA, the Nigerian journalist said Sheikh Zakzaky
has around 20 million followers, growing from only a few hundred supporters in
per the interviewee’s request, his identity remains withheld for his security
is the full text of the interview:
Why did Sheikh Zakzaky decide to return to Nigeria?
Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky decided to return to Nigeria because the Indian
government, in collaboration with management of the Medanta Indian Hospital
decided to start fresh laboratory tests about his health. This decision was
taken without due consultation with Zakzaky. The Islamic cleric also demanded
to see his doctors and this request was turned down by the hospital. Zakzaky
said he told the doctors at Medanta that tests by his doctors have been
completed in Nigeria, but the doctors would not oblige his wish. He demanded to
see his lawyers for consultation, and this was also rejected by the hospital
management. The hospital said it was under strict instruction from the Indian
and Nigerian government to treat Zakzaky under the terms of the Nigerian
government, because he was a criminal. The Indian government gave Zakzaky 48
hours to comply with the stated terms or be deported back to Nigeria. The
Sheikh said he opted to go back to Nigeria. He said he had no confidence in the
Nigerian, Indian, and the Medanta Hospital to treat him.
Why does the government crackdown heavy-handedly on his supporters?
The Nigerian government is not afraid of Sheikh Zakzaky per se. The Nigerian
government can be said to be afraid of the large supporters of the Islamic
cleric. Zakzaky’s supporters continue to grow in millions from across Nigeria.
What started as an Islamic movement with a couple of hundreds of supporters in
the 1980s has grown into a movement with close to twenty million by 2015 when
Zakzaky was attacked and his hundreds of his followers killed, and his worship
center destroyed. The Nigerian government is also afraid of the ultimate aim of
his movement. It believes that Zakzaky’s ultimate aim is to overthrow the
Nigerian government and establish an Islamic Republic.
How do you view the future of Islamic Movement of Nigera?
Zakzaky may never come out and provide the leadership he was providing before
the 2015 crackdown, because of his deteriorating health. So, with time, another
Nigerian leader may release Sheikh Zakzaky to attend to his health, while a new
leader may emerge. However, the Islamic Movement may be able to survive its
current challenge because the members are united by Islam and it is always
difficult and impossible to kill or exterminate an idea. Islam, Christianity,
and many other ideas that are not spiritual have come under threats and
persecution in course of human history, but in the end, they have survived and
Trump says Baghdadi successor in US crosshairs
YORK: US President Donald Trump placed the Islamic State group's new chief in
the crosshairs Monday as he marked Veterans' Day by celebrating the killing of
the jihadists' former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
US presidents traditionally mark the day by laying a wreath at a vast military
cemetery in Arlington, near Washington, Trump traveled to New York where he
made an address ahead of the city's annual parade of veterans.
was widely criticised after announcing a full withdrawal of US troops from
Syria last month, with opponents and even some allies saying it could allow
Islamic State to rebuild as well as leaving US-allied Kurdish fighters
vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.
the US president used his speech in New York to claim that the IS leadership
was running scared in the wake of Baghdadi's death in a raid in the
northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on October 26.
a few weeks ago, American special forces raided the ISIS compound and brought
the world's number one terrorist leader to justice," he said.
to American warriors, al-Baghdadi is dead, his second in charge is dead, we
have our eyes on number three.
reign of terror is over, and we have our enemies running very, very scared.
Those who threaten our people don't stand a chance against the righteous might
of the American military."
the death of Baghdadi and Islamic State's main spokesman, Abu Hassan
al-Muhajir, in a raid the following day, the organization named the little
known Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi as its new leader.
the uproar over his announcement of a full troop withdrawal, Trump said that he
would leave some troops in the region to protect valuable oil fields.
Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview at the
weekend that US troop levels in northern Syria would probably stabilize around
got a cool reception from some in New York, a staunchly Democratic city.
the windows of one of the glass office towers looming above Madison Square Park
where he spoke, large letters were taped in the windows spelling out, one one
floor, "IMPEACH," and, several floors above, "CONVICT."
banners were suspended from overlooking apartment windows as he kicked off the
parade and people on the street chanted "lock him up."
forces say they’ll redeploy, work with Kurds to continue pressure on Islamic
a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that
American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some
new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure
on the Islamic State militants and prevent the extremists from resurging or
breaking out of prisons.
commander, Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, said even though Bradley armoured
vehicles have arrived in eastern Syria, the mission’s focus has not changed. He
said the “force mix,” including the mechanized armoured vehicles deployed in
Syria for the first time since the war against IS, has an array of capabilities
to deny IS the chance to regroup.
mission still continues. And Daesh is trying to resurge wherever they can,” he
said, using the Arabic acronym for the group. He said the forces have captured
700 IS fighters since its last territorial holding fell in March. “We’ve
destroyed many and war remnants and we continue to do so as we find them.”
at a remote base in Syria where the Bradleys arrived last week, he said “our
primary way that we do that” is through working with the U.S. partners, the
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
deployment of the mechanized force comes after US troops pulled out from
northeastern Syria, making way for a Turkish offensive against Kurdish fighters
that began last month. Only several miles away from the base, fighting between
Turkish-allied fighters and the SDF was ongoing, despite a cease-fire that has
so far curbed the Turkish invasion but didn’t end the violence.
billowed in the distance, visible from across a major highway that has become a
de-facto frontier between Turkish-held areas and areas where U.S. troops are
going to operate. An SDF official on the scene said Turkish shelling was
north, three car bombs went off Monday in the town of Qamishli, killing at
least six people while a priest was shot dead. IS claimed responsibility for
the attack that killed the Armenian Catholic priest and his father as they
drove from Qamishli to the city of Hassakeh, in a sign that the extremists
still have reach.
U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria was widely criticized, even by allies of
U.S. President Donald Trump. The Kurdish-led force, deserted by Washington in
the face of the threat of a military operation by NATO ally, leaned on the
Syrian government and Russia for help. The cease-fire reached in late October
left Turkey in control of a stretch of land along the border that is roughly
120 kilometres (70 miles) wide and 30 kilometres (20 miles) deep. But fighting
south of that zone continued. Kurdish officials say Turkey is seeking to expand
its area of control.
stress on the continued partnership with the Kurdish-led forces comes as U.S.
troops sent reinforcements to bases in the oil-rich region of eastern Syria.
approved an expanded military mission which he said was to secure an expanse of
oil fields across eastern Syria. The directive raised questions about how the
troops will operate, particularly in an area where there are Russian-backed
Syrian troops, who may try to take back oil facilities.
decision was a partial win for those who were against the withdrawal from
Syria. Pentagon officials said as many as 800 may stay in Syria, down from
about 1,200 and including about 200 in a southern garrison.
said while some troops are going home or withdrawing to Iraq, others are redeploying
to Qamishli area, Deir el-Zour and Derik, an area where no U.S. bases were
a day visit to some of the bases where reinforcements were sent, Associated
Press journalists spoke to some of the troops, many of them newly arrived. The
military required that the names and exact locations of the bases not be
Lt. Jacob Moore said a group of his Bradley armoured vehicles were asked to
provide security for a U.S. convoy passing through the fighting area, Tal Tamr,
setting up a security blockade to allow the forces to pass.
were prepared for the worst,” said Moore, who arrived last week in Syria, “but
we got the best. There was no fighting when we got there,” Instead, he said,
locals were happy to see the new deployment.
the crowded terrain, U.S. officials say de-conflicting with Russia and Turkey
is essential to avoid any friction.
MORE: 4 Syrian troops killed after clash Turkish forces in northeast Syria,
the reality created on the ground by U.S. withdrawal and the Turkish invasion
has made for a tense and at times, surreal terrain, where Russia, Turkish
troops patrol together, while Syrian government forces clash with Turkey-backed
allies despite a cease-fire brokered by Moscow, a main ally of Damascus. An
earlier cease-fire negotiated between Washington and Ankara ensured that the
two NATO allies don’t come into confrontation. But it left the Kurdish forces,
which were in control of 30 per cent of Syria’s territory, pushed away from the
borders and reliant on a new political agreement that would protect a five-year
experiment in self-administration.
the U.S. insists its mission is still fighting IS, for the Kurds their priority
has now shifted. It is time for the alliance with the U.S. to bear political
fruit, said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the SDF, who was present at one of
said keeping the oil in the hands of his forces was a good card for political
in northeast Syria, we are part of the total picture that is dealing with a
crisis and requires finding a track for a political resolution,” Bali said.
“The presence of the U.S. forces, a military weight, will have a positive role
in finding a political way out.”
officials have stressed that securing oil facilities was a way to ensure that
the Kurdish fighters maintain control of an important source of revenue.
of the bases visited by journalists Monday was close to oil fields, but there
was no way of telling if there was an increase of security around the
facilities. While one base was provided with the Bradley vehicles, Apache
helicopters had moved in to another, apparently from a base dismantled further
officials say the enhanced presence of Apaches and artillery are a deterrent to
any hostile forces in the area.
to the complicated terrain in Syria, Deir el-Zour province is divided between
the Kurdish-led forces on one side of the Euphrates River and the Syrian
government and their Iranian-backed militias on the other. In February 2018,
U.S. forces responded firmly to an attempted advance on Kurdish-held areas by
Syrian troops, at the time backed by Russian contractors.
the base, soldiers said the troop presence also secures other infrastructure,
such as water facilities and major highways.
CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT
said the continued U.S. presence is also to assist and train Kurdish-led
forces, including in securing prisons where over 10,000 IS militants are held.
The U.S. does not guard the facilities but helps the Kurdish forces do so.
of the missions that we will continue to support with the Syrian Democratic
Forces is to contain the prisons and make sure that all the prisoners that are
under SDF control remain in those prisons and secure,” he said.
Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi apologized on Monday after he called the
assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in which Riyadh admitted
responsibility, a "mistake."
no forgiving or forgetting what happened to Jamal Khashoggi & I was wrong
to call it a 'mistake,'" Khosrowshahi tweeted Monday morning as he walked
back his remarks Sunday in an interview with Axios.
said something in the moment I don't believe. Our investors have long known my
views here & I'm sorry I wasn't as clear on Axios."
a columnist for The Washington Post, was strangled and dismembered at the
kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, prompting harsh criticism
of the country and de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Arabia, through its sovereign wealth fund, is the fifth largest shareholder in
the ride-hailing company, and the fund's governor, Yasir al-Rumayyan, sits on
its Uber's board of directors.
think that government said that they made a mistake," he said in the
interview Sunday, likening the incident to a fatal crash of a self-driving Uber
vehicle that killed a pedestrian in March 2018.
think that people make mistakes and that doesn't mean that they can never be
forgiven," Khosrowshahi said, after the Axios reporter pressed him on the
comparison between an assassination and a traffic accident.
reporter confirmed that the executive called him shortly after the interview to
"express regret for the language he used" about the Khashoggi murder.
Uber chief's comments caused an uproar in the United States.
Attiah, a Washington Post editor and former colleague of Khashoggi, highlighted
"the sick and sad irony" of Uber CEO comparing "the murder of a
human being to Uber making a tech glitch."
said on Twitter that when he first arrived in the United States, Khashoggi did
not have a car and used Uber to get around, but she accused the company of
valuing Saudi money more than a life and questioned keeping a Saudi official on
one of @Uber 's main investors kills someone it doesn't really matter. A
representative of a murderous regime can still keep a board seat," she
downplayed the kingdom's role in Uber, saying "they're just like any other
shareholder" investing in a publicly-traded company. "And they're a
big investor just like you could be a big investor."
went public in May but the share offering has been a huge disappointment to
investors, falling to $27 on Monday compared to the IPO price of $42. And
documents filed Friday with showed Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis
Kalanick sold 21 percent of his shares for some $547 million.
$760,000 mosque is given the green light for construction in Sydney after
three-year battle - despite objections from locals
ZOE ZACZEK FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
construction of a controversial mosque in Sydney's west will go ahead after a
three-year battle ended in court.
Islamic Association of Prospect will be allowed to build the $769,000 place of
worship after an appeal was upheld in the Land and Environment Court last
ruling comes almost three years after the application for the 113-person mosque
at 420 Blacktown Road was lodged.
Islamic Association of Prospect will be allowed to build the $769,000 place of
worship after an appeal was upheld in the Land and Environment Court last month +3
Islamic Association of Prospect will be allowed to build the $769,000 place of
worship after an appeal was upheld in the Land and Environment Court last month
City Council initially rejected the plans for the mosque, with locals stressing
concerns about an increase in traffic and fears for pedestrian safety.
after two days in court, Commissioner Danielle Dickson gave the Islamic
Association of Prospect the green light to begin construction.
plan for the mosque includes a prayer hall, library, study, two entry areas,
office kitchen and onsite parking for 34 vehicles.
religious institution would operate every day of the week between 5.30am and
City Council argued the application should be refused as it is 'not in the
public interest due to the inadequacies of the proposal, the unsuitable
location and the issues raised in the public submissions'.
ruling comes almost three years after the application for the 113-person mosque
at 420 Blacktown Road (pictured) was lodged +3
ruling comes almost three years after the application for the 113-person mosque
at 420 Blacktown Road (pictured) was lodged
claim the development would not provide sufficient parking for the demand
generated and the increase of cars in the area would create a 'serious
pedestrian safety hazard' for residents attempting for cross Blacktown Road.
council received 22 written submissions and three petitions objecting to the
Dickson said she was 'not persuaded' by arguments put forward by the council
and determined the site is suitable for development.
am satisfied it is unlikely residents will experience significant increases in
early morning traffic movements and parking as a result of the development,'
am satisfied that the proposed place of worship... can operate in a
satisfactory manner without any adverse impacts on the amenity of adjacent
Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News,
South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic
Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in
West, Islam Women and Feminism