policeman keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul
May Grant Citizenship to Non-Muslims
50 Islamic Religious Figures Die as Suicide Bomber Targets Milad-un-Nabi
Gathering in Kabul: Official
Urdu to Muslims and Islam is wrong: Former CEC, S Y Quraishi
House Working As Saudi Prince's PR Firm: US Senator
to Lead Global Campaign against Defamation of Religions
Years of Silence, Music Fills Streets of Iraq’s Mosul
Continue Planning for False-Flag Chemical Attack in Syria's Idlib
Military Creating Secret Militant Groups to Counter Kurds in Northern Syria
Warplanes Bomb ISIL's Bases in Syria
Arabia, UAE announce $500 million aid program for Yemen
FM: Justice for Khashoggi is a Saudi demand before it is an international one
launches air strikes against Daesh in Syria
ISIS Militants Killed In Haska Mina District: Afghan Military
frees photographer facing charges of propaganda
Face ‘Intimidation, Violence’ in Bangladesh camps
suffer heavy casualties in Balkh operations
declares Wednesday National Day of Mourning following deadly Kabul attack
PM Greet Nation on Eid Milad-un-Nabi
Muslim University Being Run On Taliban Ideology": BJP Lawmaker
Leader Mir Hafizullah Shot Dead In Anantnag
Guv, Palaniswami Extend Meelad-un-Nabi Greetings to Muslims
Chargesheets Maulana Masood Azhar’s Brother, 13 Others In Nagrota Army Camp
on High Alert as Police Release Photo of Two Hizbul Terrorists Suspected to be
‘informer’ linked to Jammu and Kashmir cop's death held at IGIA
Hizbul men killed, Jammu and Kashmir separatist shot
issues visas to over 3,800 Sikh pilgrims for attending Guru Nanak birth
US Commitment to Saudi Arabia Is Vital To National Security
leaking out forbidden truth of 9/11: Scholar
Trump expects to meet Saudi Crown Prince next week
to Be Transformed Into Modern Welfare State: PM Imran
mark hangs over future of Labbaik’s political status
Miladun Nabi reminds us of Islam’s golden principles،
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has done more for peace in Afghanistan than any other country: army chief
Bajwa vows no compromise over Pakistan’s honour, security
lodges formal protest with US over Trump’s remarks
Imran Khan vows to transform Pakistan into modern Islamic welfare state
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change to military ties with Pakistan: Pentagon
buildings illuminated to spread Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) message of peace
Haram Attacks Leave 53 Dead in Pre-Election Show Of Force
Sufis Celebrate Prophet's Birthday despite Security Fears
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Opening Sends Caveat against Extremism in Liberia
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Four Al-Shabaab Militants Killed in Linda Boni Operation
EU Collaborating For Sanctions against Saudi Arabia
to Saddam Hussein Removed From London Bench
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we need Islamophobia Awareness Month
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of Muslim Ummah Due to Leaders with No Integrity - Sultan Nazrin
family is not radicalised, says Indonesian Minister Wiranto, responding to
social media comments
pours fuel on the extremist fire on our doorstep
politicians are the enemy within, says deputy Agong
student group rejects Amien Rais' call to 'pick' candidate
Asks US to Extradite 84 Members of Cleric Gulen’s Movement
Condemns US President’s Shameful Statement on Saudi Crimes
Mark Prophet Muhammad’s Birth Anniversary despite Saudi War
violent clashes erupt in Hodeidah between Yemeni army, Houthis
fighters ambush, kill pro-Saudi Cmdr, aides in Yemen’s Ma’rib
at critical juncture in its fight against Saudi-led aggression: Houthi
teen dies of Israeli gunfire wounds sustained in Jerusalem al-Quds
rejects European court’s ‘non-binding’ decision over pro-Kurdish leader
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Non-Muslims could be granted the Kuwaiti citizenship if two proposals approved
by the parliamentary legal and legislative committee is supported by the
parliament and the government.
proposals submitted separately by MP Safa Al Hashem and by MPs Ahmad Fadhl and
Khalid Al Shatti called for amending the 1959 citizenship law to allow the
granting the Kuwaiti citizenship to applicants who are not Muslim.
law currently stipulates under Item 5 of Article 4 that the Kuwaiti nationality
may be granted by decree upon the recommendation of the Minister of Interior to
any person who is an original Muslim by birth, or that he has converted to
Islam according to the prescribed rules and procedures. It also stipulates that
a period of at least five years has passed since he embraced Islam before the
grant of naturalisation.
thus acquired is ipso facto lost and the Decree of naturalisation rendered void
ab initio if the naturalised person expressly renounces Islam or if he behaves
in such a manner as clearly indicates his intention to abandon Islam.
any such case, the nationality of any dependent of the apostate who had
acquired it upon the naturalisation of the apostate is also rendered void.”
other four requirements are residing in Kuwait for at least 20 consecutive
years or for at least 15 consecutive years if he is an Arab belonging to an
Arab country, has lawful means of earning his living, is of good character and
has not been convicted of an honour-related crime or of an honesty-related
crime, has knowledge of the Arabic language and possesses qualifications or
renders services needed in Kuwait.
parliamentary committee had long opposed amending the law to drop the religion
requirement, but endorsed it this time after three of its members had resigned.
the proposal, promoted as achieving fairness and equal chances for all, may not
pass the parliament currently dominated by conservatives.
the current law
December 2014, the late independent lawmaker Nabil Al Fadhl challenged the
constitutionality of Article 4 in the Citizenship Law.
is a Christmas gift for our Christian brothers,” Al Fadhl, the father of Ahmad
who submitted the proposal this time, said after filing his petition to the
Constitutional Court, the highest court in the northern Arabian Gulf country.
Fadhl said that the condition was a constitutional and legal stigma.
who added this condition to the Citizenship Law in 1981 are lawmakers who did
not rise to the significance of their oath as they were sworn in as members of
parliament,” he said.
an article is a disgrace to the law and does not in any way reflect the values
of the Kuwaiti people.”
Muslim-only restriction was reportedly introduced in 1981 by MPs Ahmad Al
Saadoon, Mohammad Al Marshad and Mohammad Al Rasheed.
Fadhl attributed his decision to seek an amendment to the Citizenship Law at
the Constitutional Court and not at the parliament to his wish to avoid
splitting conservative lawmakers.
wanted to avoid any form of embarrassment to the lawmakers and to keep away
from differences in viewpoints in the parliament,” he said.
in January 2014, MP Al Hashem suggested cancelling the condition that
restricted naturalisation to Muslims, saying that it was not in line with the
text and spirit of the constitution.
was, however, opposed by several lawmakers who said that the focus should be on
granting the Kuwaiti citizenship to the Muslim Bidoons, stateless people,
living in Kuwait.
Fadhl died in December 2015 during a session of the parliament.
overwhelming majority of Kuwaiti citizens are Muslims.
250 Kuwaitis are Christians who were granted the citizenship before the article
restricting naturalisation to Muslims was introduced.
are mainly from Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine.
Some 50 Islamic religious figures were killed on Tuesday in the Afghan capital
in a suicide attack at a religious function, summoned for marking the birth of
Islam’s prophet Mohammad (PBUH), officials said.
interior ministry spokesman, Najib Danesh, told Arab News that nearly 70 other
participants were wounded in the incident which happed inside the hall of a
large hotel where the function was going on after evening’s prayers.
was summoned by the Ulema council and scholars from many parts of the country
had gathered in it to recite Koran and mark Milad Sharif,” he said.
Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, calling it as unforgivable act. He ordered
Wedneday as national mourning day when Afghanistan’s flag will be at half mast.
20 of the scores wounded in the attack were in critical condition, public
health ministry officials said.
Taliban, the main insurgent group, which relies on suicide attacks against
government and foreign military and civilian targets, distanced themselves from
the attack and condemned it as a crime.
function of was held by Sunni sect of Islam’s followers, residents said.
of ambulances could be heard in several parts of the city. Images on social
media showed part of the badly damaged hall of the hotel with body parts strewn
in various directions.
group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But affiliates of
the Islamic State, have repeatedly targeted mosques and worshipping sites of
Shiites in recent years in Afghanistan.
network Shiites as deviants and Tuesday’s attack is the first of its kind
against a Sunni religious gathering in Afghanistan.
of people had participated in the gathering and there were fears of rise of
Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi Tuesday said Urdu language does not
belong to any religion and linking it to Muslim community was wrong as people
irrespective of different religions speak it.
his address at the seventh convocation of Maulana Azad National Urdu University
(MANUU) here, Quraishi said, "Urdu is linked to Muslims and Islam... this
is very wrong.. Urdu language is born in India. Urdu has grown in India..
does not belong to any religion... people from different religions follow it...
we have to remember this."
that India was the most diverse country in the world, he said, "we have
had a secular atmosphere over the past 5,000 years. India is secular because
Hindus are secular." On the educational status of the Muslim community,
Quraishi said it was very strangethat the community which had given utmost
focus to education now has more number of illiterates.
concern over the educational backwardness in Muslims, he underlined the urgent
need to look into it.
the importance of democracy and the power of vote, Quraishi, who was the chief
election commissioner from July 2010 to June 2012, said it was
"unfortunate" that educated people don't exercise their franchise and
"brag" about it.
not a matter of pride.. it is a matter of shame and hence we had started the
voter education programme."
vote counts and on the day of polls," he noted.
Vice-Chancellor Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz,said the University awarded 2,288
degrees in regular mode and 21,152 degrees indistance modein various
Grants Commission member Prof G Gopal Reddy was among those present at the
House working as Saudi prince's PR firm: US senator
Republican US senator slammed Donald Trump's statement of support for Saudi
Arabia on Tuesday, saying the White House is effectively conducting public relations
for Riyadh's crown prince.
Bob Corker expressed his shock surrounding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and
subsequent statements issued by the US president, saying "I never thought
I'd see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for
the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia," Corker tweeted.
other senators from Trump's party also took aim at the president's statement.
allies' don't plot the murder of journalists, Mr. President. 'Great allies'
don't lure their own citizens into a trap, then kill them," Senator Jeff
Flake wrote on Twitter.
pretty sure this statement is Saudi Arabia First, not America First,"
tweeted Senator Rand Paul, referring to a phrase Trump used in the statement.
journalist Jamal Khashoggi - a US resident - was murdered on October 2 in Saudi
Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to obtain paperwork for his
bin Salman has been accused of orchestrating the killing of the dissident
journalist but Trump vowed to stick by Saudi Arabia even while admitting the
kingdom's de facto ruler may have been behind the brutal murder.
Tuesday, Trump said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could have had
"knowledge" of Jamal Khashoggi's murder - the closest the American
leader has come yet to blaming the powerful royal for the journalist's killing.
he pledged that last month's brutal killing of the journalist by Saudi
operatives would not derail the US-Saudi relationship, even if Prince Mohammed
bin Salman were found to bear responsibility.
could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event -
maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" Trump said in a statement.
may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi.
In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," he
United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia."
a US official has said it is "blindingly obvious" that Saudi Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in
the latest development implicating the powerful royal.
idea that it goes all the way to the top is blindingly obvious," the
source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, was quoted as saying in
comments to ABC News.
US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) concluded last week that the crown prince
was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US media reported.
Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday that claims by the CIA that Prince
Mohammed ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi were false.
persistent denials and numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh finally
admitted Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and his body was dismembered.
to Lead Global Campaign Against Defamation Of Religions
- Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed the commitment to transform Pakistan
into a modern Islamic welfare state in line with the Islamic teachings and
ideas of its forefathers.
was addressing the two-day International Rehmatal-Lil-Aalameen Conference in
Islamabad on Tuesday.
Prime Minister directed the Higher Education Commission to set up special
chairs on Seerat-Un-Nabi (SAWW) at three different universities ensuring a
specific research on the life, character and teachings of the last Prophet
Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW).
said it would help educate and enlighten our new generation about the
phenomenon as to how our Holy Prophet (PBUH) carved out the first-ever Islamic
welfare state of Madinah Munawwarah and how he transformed the characters of
Arabs in a short span of time.
said Pakistan will spearhead efforts to get passed an international convention
on preventing defamation of religions. He added that nobody can be allowed to
hurt the sentiments of billions of Muslims under the garb of freedom of speech.
said he will appoint an international law expert Ahmar Bilal Sufi as his
special envoy to visit different countries to contact different experts and
leaders to get the convention passed.
said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) achieved this distinct target not through
mobilizing resources but inculcating a spirit in his followers to serve
humanity with selflessness.
prime minister regretted that some elements in the West and Europe are
indulging in blasphemous acts time and again on the pretext of freedom of
expression provoking the Muslim Ummah across the globe.
said when a chain of reaction comes in the Muslim world; the same Western and
European nations dub the Muslims as terrorists and extremists through their
propaganda machines. The prime minister also urged the religious scholars and
intellectuals to promote true teachings of Islam.
the success of Jang-e-Badr with 313 Muslims in 625 AD, the Islamic state
defeated the Roman and Persian Empires, respectively, in 636 AD and 638 AD.
There is a need to study how the State of Madinah converted into a superpower
in 11 years,” he said.
prime minister spoke at length about the way of life and strong character of
Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and said Almighty Allah, Who is “Rabbul Alamin”,
Himself described Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as “Rehmatul-lil-Alameen”.
said there was a need to study the life of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as to
how he made the poor Arabs to rule world and reach India and Central Asia from
Morocco in just 30 years.
he (Prophet Muhammad – PBUH) had? How he turned the common people into great
ones and transformed their character. History has no example of a person
[except Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)] who created a state which lasted for 700
years,” he maintained.
regretted that after every few years there was a condemnable trend of
blasphemous acts in the West under the garb of freedom of expression which
causes strong protests in the Muslim world including Pakistan.
prime minister recalled that after such an incident in Holland, his government
took up the issue with the Holland authorities, and succeeded in the
cancellation of a blasphemous cartoon competition.
Pakistan also raised this issue at the OIC and the UN levels, which led to a
declaration by the EU Court of Human Rights forbidding religious defamation in
the name of expression of freedom, he added.
said it was only due to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that
encouraged “Ulema Deen” like Nizam-ud-Din, Data Ganj Bukhsh, Baba Farid, Baba
Bulleh Shah, Khawaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti and others, to reach every nook and
cranny of the world to peach Islam. “They did not preach Islam through sword,
but through their character,” he remarked, adding they were the ambassadors of
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
said the promotion of Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia was not due to effort of
any army but due to the true character and dealing of some Muslims who had gone
there for trade.
Minister Khan also recalled how he inclined towards religion after meeting with
Mian Bashir Sufi – a scholar, during his cricketing years and with the
blessings of Allah Almighty he started reading and understanding Holy Quran and
that was a turning point for him.
said faith of any Muslim in Islam did not complete without the true love for
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
said Pakistan was a great country which they had to change and raise it with
the support of people from every segment of life including scholars.
a two-day international Rehmatal-Lil-Aalameen Conference began at the Jinnah
Convention Centre Islamabad on Tuesday.
conference is being held under the auspices of Ministry of Religious Affairs
and Interfaith Harmony. Topic of the conference is “finality of Prophethood and
responsibilities of Muslims in light of the teachings of the Holy Prophet
is the 43rd conference aimed at promoting religious harmony, tolerance,
brotherhood and equality, respect for humanity, non-violence, unity,
reconciliation and culture of dialogue.
scholars, from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria,
Morocco, and the United Kingdom are participating in the event. Ulema are
shedding light on various aspects of the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet
awards and certificates are also being given to 53 authors, whose books or
articles were selected after a due process, in nine categories. These
categories are Seerat and Naat Books in Urdu, English, Arabic, and regional
languages of Pakistan.
Ministers, politicians, diplomats of various countries, men, and women are also
attending the event.
years of silence, music fills streets of Iraq’s Mosul
For centuries, it was a magnet for artists across the region and churned out
Iraq’s best musicians — but recent years saw Mosul suffer a devastating musical
three years until last summer, the sprawling northern city was under the brutal
rule of the Daesh group.
imposing a city-wide ban on playing or even listening to music, the jihadists
smashed and torched instruments.
was impossible to bring my instrument with me whenever I left the house,” said
city resident Fadel Al-Badri, who hid his precious violin from the rampaging fighters.
IS’ repression, the 2000s saw Al-Qaeda and other groups impose an
ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam in several districts of the city.
with Mosul freed from the grip of IS in July 2017, Iraq’s second city is
embarking on a musical comeback.
the liberation, songs are back where they truly belong in Mosul,” said Badri,
welcoming the return of evening celebrations and festivals.
45-year old violinist now has the pleasure of playing in public once more to an
audience that claps hands and sings along to traditional local tunes.
has a rich musical history.
is the home city of Ziryab, a musician who introduced the oud — the oriental
lute popular across the Arab world — to Europe in the 9th century.
of its more recent musical prodigies is Kazem Al-Saher, the Iraqi
crooner-turned-talent judge known around the region.
city even has its own special genre of Arabic ballads, recognized across Iraq
folkloric shows and philharmonic concerts to weddings and other national
holidays, song and dance have traditionally filled the streets and surrounding
that meant nothing to IS, which ravaged Mosul’s heritage — musical and
otherwise — when it took the city as part of a lightning offensive across Iraq
jihadists began by destroying the statue of celebrated ballad virtuoso Mulla
Uthman Al-Mosuli, and then turned their attention to destroying instruments
across the city.
also forced musicians in Mosul to sign a pledge that they would never play or
sing again, which was then posted in public places like mosques.
Ahmed Al-Saher, 33, said it was humiliating.
couldn’t leave Mosul after they made me sign because of my sick mother. I had
to stay here under all that pressure and fear of the unknown,” he recalled.
residents, as well as musicians, are keen to celebrate the return of artistic
failed in killing Mosulites’ love for art in all forms. It’s been born again,
despite the destruction,” said Amneh Al-Hayyali.
38-year-old brought her husband, son, and daughter to watch a late-night
concert in a cultural center in east Mosul.
after the dark era of beheadings, lashings, beards and veils being imposed on
us... we sing,” she said.
bringing Mosul’s artistic scene back to its former heyday will not be easy.
Haddad, who heads the local artists’ syndicate, said he is keen to support
public arts across the province.
we are in huge need of support from the central government in Baghdad,
especially because Mosul currently has no stages, movie theaters, or art
spaces,” he told AFP.
these venues, artists play in local cafes and public squares.
Iraqi musician Karim Wasfi recently performed in a Mosul park where IS once infamously
trained its child soldiers.
this month, Iraqi artists from around the country swarmed to the city for a
cultural festival at Mosul University.
stomped the dabkeh — a traditional Arabic line dance — and painters brought
their works to display on the campus.
Iraqi artist Adiba traveled from Baghdad with an entourage of peers.
am so happy to be in Mosul, singing here after it was freed from the grip” of
IS, she said, moments before stepping on stage.
— Iraqi, Arab, foreign — should all come play festivals here.”
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as disclosing
that Tahrir al-Sham has transferred a new consignment of poisonous materials
from the town of al-Dana in Northern Idlib to an unknown destination in the
further said that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists took the consignment, including 5
chlorine gas cylinders, out from a warehouse near al-Dana under severe security
measure, adding that no Syrian militant has been involved in the operation.
news agency went on to say that Tahrir al-Sham, with the cooperation of the pro-militant
White Helmet Organization, has distributed a large volume of chemical materials
across the demilitarized zone in Northern and Northwestern Syria to use them in
a false-flag chemical attack and later raise allegation against the Damascus
army and pave the ground for Western powers to attack the Syrian Army across
the war-hit country.
quoted unnamed sources as disclosing earlier this month that Tahrir al-Sham and
Jeish al-Izzah terrorists arrested 29 of their own members and also 5 members
of the White Helmets, accusing them of involvement in disclosing information
about chemical weapons and poisonous gases, including their storage locations
and transfer of them to new locations.
al-Sham and Jeish al-Izzah set up a joint committee 3 days ago to investigate
and find those behind the leak of chemical information.
quoted another source as disclosing that Tahrir al-Sham and Jeish al-Izzah
terrorists launched vast investigations to fine sources behind leaking
information about the transfer of the chemical material cargos to different
regions in Idlib province.
further said that Tahrir al-Sham's move came after terrorist groups held a
meeting in Khan Sheikhoun in Southwestern Idlib to set up an investigation
Arabic Sputnik went on to say that the committee is responsible for questioning
the terrorists and members of the pro-militant White Helmets Organization over
the leaked information.
Arab media outlets have released reports about chemical activities of the
terrorist groups in Idlib in recent months.
said that the Turkish authorities have embarked on creating secret groups in
regions that are under the Ankara forces' control in Northern Aleppo to conduct
operations against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the Eastern bank of
the Euphrates River.
went on to say that Turkish intelligence service has been overseeing the
training of these new groups of militants in secret training camps in the
regions that are under the control of the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield forces in
Afrin and Northern Aleppo.
said that the groups' members have gone under training to be capable of
carrying out bomb attacks, assassinations and rapid exact operations.
Observatory further said that the Turkish army has used identity cards of
Syrian refugees that have left Turkey for other countries to hide its agents'
identity and to send them to operate against the SDF in Northern and
reports said that Turkey-affiliated Free Army militants clashed with the SDF in
the village of Mohsenli Southeast of the town of Jarabulus in Northeastern
the meantime, sources affiliated to the Manbij Military Council reported that
gunmen of the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield forces attacked the positions of the
council near a region where the Turkish and American forces carry out joint
monitoring patrol to prevent any possible confrontation between the armed
groups in the region.
Spokesman for the Manbij Military Council Sharfan Darwish warned of bloody
battle if the Turkish troops enter the region.
sources reported, meantime, that the SDF has dug a number of tunnels in Manbij
and in its outskirts that have been connected to their bases, enabling the
gunmen for a long-run battle.
in Northeastern Aleppo reported that the Turkish army's artillery units shelled
SDF's positions in the villages of Zormaqar and al-Shoyoukh, West of the town
of Ein al-Arab (Kabani).
Joint Operation Command said in a statement that the Iraqi F-16 fighter jets
targeted ISIL's bases on Syria's soil at the order of Iraq's General Command of
the Armed Forces and under the supervision of the Joint Operation Command.
statement said that the warplanes bombed an arms and ammunition depot of
ISIL-affiliated Fayalq al-Farouq in al-Souseh region in Southeastern Deir
Ezzur, adding that the depot contained a large number of missiles and
added that a sum of 10 terrorists were killed in the raid.
statement went on to say that the fighter jets attacked al-Baqouz region in
Southeastern Deir Ezzur and bombed a base of Fayalq al-Farouq, destroying
different missiles and killing a sum of 30 terrorists at the base.
reports said earlier today that the Iraqi military forces discovered several
food and arms consignments, dropped by the US military helicopters for the ISIL
terrorists, at border with Syria.
consignments included a large volume of weapons, military equipment, canned food
and bottles of water and were dropped for the ISIL at Iraq-Syria border region
almost a week ago.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Tuesday announced a new initiative, “Imdaad,” in
Yemen to address the humanitarian situation in the country, including an
additional $500 million aid program. The two countries will each give $250
million in response to the food crisis to support more than 10 million people,
said Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor at King Salman Humanitarian Aid
and Relief Center (KSRelief).
program was announced by Al-Rabeeah at a joint
conference in Riyadh with UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation
said the new initiative aims to fill the gap of food needs to alleviate the
suffering of the Yemeni people and ensure their access to food and nutrition
for children in all regions and governorates of Yemen.
will coordinate with UN organizations to deliver aid to those in need in
Yemen,” Al-Rabeeah said, adding that the coalition countries had provided $18
billion in aid to help Yemen over three years.
latest aid package comes after the two countries and Kuwait offered $1.25
billion to the UN’s humanitarian response
in Yemen for 2018, according to Al-Rabeeah.
expressed her pleasure at being in Riyadh, and her sincere gratitude to Saudi
Arabia, and the efforts of King Salman.
added: “A new initiative to help our brothers in Yemen shows a common vision
and one goal. This initiative aims to provide food needs for 10-12 million
Yemenis, which are the most affected group.”
explained that the launch of this initiative comes from the concern to help our
brothers in Yemen to meet the difficult humanitarian conditions they live in.
hope is to improve the lives of the population, especially as they focus on the
most affected groups: Malnourished children, children under five, children in
schools, women, pregnant women, nursing mothers and their families, as well as
the elderly and people who suffer from diseases.
said that the aim is to reach the people of Yemen who are deprived in
coordination with international humanitarian organizations, to meet their needs
and end their suffering.
also Indicated that the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen provided
$18 billion in three years to support the Yemeni people, stressing that the
Houthi militias have taken over Yemen, including humanitarian aid, where they
seized 65 aid ships and 124 relief convoys.
also pointed out that Saudi Arabia will work only with international
organizations that are keen on the interest of the Yemeni people.
said that the biggest challenge is how to reach the deprived while the Houthi
militias try to stop that from happening, noting the efforts made by the center
to deliver humanitarian aid in Taiz governorate when it was under siege.
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has reiterated that the
authorities in the Kingdom are more determined than those in any other country
that the people guilty of killing Jamal Khashoggi should be held to account.
death of the Saudi journalist, who was killed in the Kingdom’s consulate in
Istanbul on Oct. 2, provoked international outrage. Al-Jubeir said that the
pursuit of justice for the slain journalist is first and foremost a Saudi
demand, ahead of any call for action from other countries.
an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, the minister said Saudi Arabia was
investigating the case because it involved a Saudi citizen, and that anyone
with information should contact the Saudi judiciary and pass it on. Saudi
Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of 11 suspects
so far charged with murdering journalist.
Kingdom’s top diplomat also talked about the strong links between the Saudi
leaders and their people. He said that any attack on the Kingdom’s leadership,
represented by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, represents a
red line and there will be no tolerance of any moves against the leadership or
for “any attempts to undermine...our leadership by anyone, under any pretext.”
does Saudi diplomacy stand today, after the unprecedented attack on the Kingdom
in light of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi?
First I would express my deepest condolences to the family of Jamal Khashoggi –
may God rest his soul.
for Saudi diplomacy, Saudi Arabia is a leading country, not only in the Arab
and Islamic worlds, but also internationally. Saudi Arabia has always been a
bulwark for peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world. It has
always confronted and defeated the forces of evil and destruction. Therefore,
and due to what this diplomacy represents, Saudi Arabia stands on firm ground
and has a well-founded position, whatever the circumstances and challenges. As
for the attacks on the Kingdom after the terrible crime that led to the death
of Jamal Khashoggi, the Kingdom’s leadership ordered the public prosecutor to
investigate the case and hold all the culprits accountable. Consequently, the
Public Prosecution sent the culprits to court. King Salman ordered the
formation of a committee headed by the Crown Prince to supervise the procedures
in the General Intelligence Presidency and restructure this body to ensure that
such crimes will not occur in the future. The Kingdom has taken all necessary
measures to achieve justice and hold accountable all those involved in the
murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi. As for the media campaigns and
attempts to politicize this case, those that stand behind these efforts and
their motives are now exposed, especially after the transparent announcement of
the results of the investigations and the referral of the matter to the courts.
Throughout history, the Kingdom has been the target of many media tendentious
campaigns, and different sources and arguments were used to undermine the role
of the Kingdom and its position.
United States imposed sanctions on a number of persons. How do you evaluate the
US sanctions on the case and how do you see the future of Saudi-US relations?
Our relations with the United States are strategic, and we have common and
vital interests in terms of the security and stability of the region and the
world. The Kingdom’s leadership is keen on maintaining and promoting the
strategic relations and the historic partnership with the US, which has spanned
over more than seven decades. We also appreciate the interest of the US
government and the positions of friendly countries around the world regarding
the issue of Jamal Khashoggi and their support for the procedures taken by the
Kingdom and its leadership to ensure justice and accountability. As for the
imposed sanctions, they were sanctions against individuals and were not
targeted at the Kingdom’s government or economy.
do you see the Turkish statements that highlighted the importance of an
international investigation into this case?
We reject any attempts to politically exploit Khashoggi’s case, and those who
seek justice should submit the evidence they have to the Saudi judiciary, the
sole competent body in this case.
light of the Turkish position, which apparently sought to politicize the issue,
how do you see the future of Saudi-Turkish relations?
We appreciate the positive Turkish attitude towards the formation of the Joint
Task Force. The Kingdom cooperated with the Turkish side, and the Saudi Public
Prosecution asked its Turkish counterpart to provide any detailed evidence
through three memoranda. Unfortunately, the Public Prosecution has not yet
received the requested evidence. We hope that the Turkish authorities will
provide the Public Prosecution with the evidence related to the case to be
referred to the court. I would like to emphasize that the legal measures that
were taken, ensure justice and accountability and thwart any attempts to
politicize the case.
you know, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are two important countries in the Islamic
world, linked by historic ties. Unfortunately, some statements made by some
individuals in Turkey do not serve this purpose, but rather, they strain these
ties. We in Saudi Arabia, do not want this to happen because it will hinder us
from addressing important issues, most notable of which is the solidarity of
the Islamic World. The Kingdom has put the case of Jamal Khashoggi in its legal
framework and it won’t accept any politicization of this issue, because it does
not serve the ties between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, nor does it serve
cooperation among Islamic countries.
is your position on the Turkish statements, which stressed that a senior Saudi
figure ordered the killing of Khashoggi (in an indirect reference to the Crown
We have already inquired from the Turkish government – at its highest levels –
about these statements and their meaning, and they affirmed that these
statements were not made in reference to the Crown Prince. We have informed
them that if they have any evidence, they should provide it to the Public
Prosecution. we have heard many statements regarding this but the Public
Prosecution said that no evidence was presented so far. Our goal is to collect
all information and evidence on this issue for the sake of the investigations;
and to prevent media influence that does not serve the interest of justice,
which is a requirement for all of us.
would like to highlight here that the Saudi leadership represented by King
Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, is a redline and we will not
tolerate any attempts to undermine our leadership from any party under any
pretext, because they represent every Saudi citizen.
media reports in the United States indicated that the US intelligence
assessment is that the Crown Prince issued the order. What is your response to
I have seen the media reports that you are referring to, they are leaks that
have not been officially announced, and I noted that they are based on
assessment and not conclusive evidence. In all cases, we, in the Kingdom, know
that such allegations about the Crown Prince are completely not true and we
totally reject them; whether such allegations are made through leaks or
otherwise. We also saw how some stories stating that the Saudi ambassador to
the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman contacted Mr. Khashoggi before the
latter went to the Consulate, and this is also not true at all and has been
firmly refuted, which points to the conclusion that the sources of these leaks
are not reliable.
Arabia has pledged to conduct full and transparent investigations to uncover
the truth of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The Public Prosecution presented
the results of its investigations last Thursday. How do you assess the
international reaction to the results of the investigations?
The Kingdom has not investigated the death of Jamal Khashoggi for the sake of
international public opinion. We investigated it because it is a crime that was
committed against a Saudi citizen. This is unacceptable and those who committed
the crime must be held accountable. The Public Prosecution announced the
preliminary results and that the investigations are still ongoing. The outcome
of the investigation so far was enough to indict 11 individuals and refer them
to court. There are still investigations with the rest of those in custody. The
trial will move forward according to the evidence and confessions obtained.
justice in this case is a Saudi demand before being an international one,
especially that the crime was compounded by the fact that those people
presented a false and misleading report about what happened at the Consulate
than 45 days have passed since the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, yet the location
of the body is still unknown, amid conflicting stories and information about
what actually happened... Do you know the truth about that?
The Public Prosecution issued a statement last Thursday on the results of the
investigation based on the evidence and confessions that were obtained. It also
confirmed that the investigation is still ongoing. It is important to note that
the cooperation of the Turkish side and the provision of their evidence will
help in reaching the truth. As the Public Prosecution had stated, its findings
are based on its investigations and it hopes that the Turkish side will present
all the evidence in their possession.
brings us back to the subject of the story presented by the Kingdom about the
truth of what happened, which has changed several times and the international
media shed a light on this point. Is this the final version?
What happened was as follows: those who carried out the crime presented a
misleading and false report, and accordingly the story was denied. When
conflicting reports became apparent that contradicted the information they
presented in their report, King Salman ordered the Public Prosecutor to conduct
an investigation, which resulted in the preliminary findings that were first
announced by the Public Prosecutor. As the investigations continued, and
sufficient evidence and confessions were gathered to refer the matter to court;
the Public Prosecutor announced the results of his investigation and indicted a
number of individuals and referred them to court. Should the investigation
uncover any new evidence the Public Prosecution will announce that in a
Turkish president announced that his country has presented sound recordings to
a Saudi intelligence official? Is it true that you have listened to the
recordings of Ankara?
The Public Prosecution has announced that they did not receive any evidence
from the Turkish side, and we hope that the Turkish authorities will provide
whatever evidence in their possession, including any recordings, so that the
Public Prosecution could provide such evidence formally to the courts. What we
seek is to obtain any evidence to achieve justice in this case, in a
you fear any repercussion on defence contracts and equipment with some
countries? What options do you have in this regard, especially since you are
still involved in the war in Yemen and working to confront Iranian threats from
The Kingdom is committed to defend its land, its borders and its people against
any regional threats. We always prefer to procure our defence requirements from
our traditional allies; as this also contributes to the strengthening of our
strategic relations. However, the Kingdom’s responsibility to defend its land
and people requires that we secure the necessary defence capabilities
regardless of the source.
what extent will the death of Jamal Khashoggi affect the Kingdom’s relations
with its partners around the world, especially in light of what is being
circulated on the imposition of sanctions on the Kingdom?
Iraq launched an air strike on an Daesh target inside neighboring Syria on
Tuesday, its military said on Monday.
fighter jets destroyed a building where members of the ultra-hard-line Sunni
militant group were storing weapons, killing 10 of them, the Iraqi military
said in a statement.
second air strike destroyed a building housing 30 Daesh fighters, the statement
ISIS militants killed in Haska Mina district: Afghan Military
Afghan Military in the East claims at least 51 militants of the Islamic State
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been killed in Haska Mina
district of Nangarhar province.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the
Afghan security forces and Special Forces conducted operations in Awghaz
village in Haska Mina district.
statement further added that 51 militants of ISIS terrorist group were killed
during the operations.
to 201st Silab Corps, some compounds of the terrorist group were also
demolished along with a cache of weapons and munitions.
anti-government armed militant and terrorist groups including ISIS loyalists
have not commented regarding the operations so far.
– An acclaimed photographer has been released from a jail in Bangladesh more
than three months after he was arrested on charges of spreading false
information about a street protest and propaganda against the government of
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
official Mahbubul Islam said photographer Shahidul Alam was released late
Tuesday following an all-day wait after his family and lawyers provided the
proper documents from the High Court that granted him permanent bail on Nov.
his release Alam briefly told reporters that he expected a free-speech
environment in the country. "We expect that in independent Bangladesh,
people will be able to speak freely," he said.
founded Drik Gallery and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, which groomed
many Bangladeshi photographers now working at home and abroad. In his career of
more than 40 years, his work has been published in most globally renowned
two students were killed in a road accident in Bangladesh's capital, protests
by thousands of students blocked roads for a week, paralyzing the city of more
than 10 million people and disconnecting it from the rest of the country.
Hasina promised tougher traffic measures to improve safety on streets but urged
the students to go back to school.
protest became an embarrassment to Hasina's government, which faces a general
election Dec. 30. She blamed the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party,
led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, and its main ally Jamaat-e-Islami for
trying to manipulate the students' anger to foment trouble.
protesters used Facebook Live to stream information about the protests.
Authorities say Alam used digital platforms to spread false information that
instigated the chaos and tarnished the country's image.
failed attempt to send thousands of Rohingya back to Myanmar starting this
month has drawn attention to alleged violence and intimidation by security
forces against members of the Muslim minority living in Bangladesh's sprawling
has boosted its international reputation by hosting more than 730,000 Rohingya
who fled a vicious campaign by Myanmar’s military last year that U.N.
investigators have labelled genocide - an accusation Myanmar has consistently
Bangladesh appears keen to demonstrate that Rohingya refugees will not be
welcome there indefinitely. The planned repatriations sparked fear and chaos
last week as Rohingya went into hiding - and in a handful of reported cases
attempted suicide - to avoid being sent back.
allegations of sporadic beatings, looting and intimidation by Bangladeshi
soldiers, police and camp officials have underscored the bleak conditions faced
by Rohingya in their host country, where most are denied official refugee
status and face restrictions on freedom of movement.
repatriation of some 2,000 refugees was scheduled to begin last Thursday, but
Bangladesh has now put the plans on hold until next year after failing to find
any Rohingya willing to go back.
in the camps have told VOA that soldiers were stationed near the homes of those
who were told they would be sent back last week, fueling fears of forced
repatriation and adding to widespread distress in communities already suffering
extreme trauma after last year’s violence.
Rohingya man told VOA anonymously that block leaders in the camps were also
“announcing with loudspeakers... that it's essential for everyone to carry ID
with them whenever and wherever they go if they leave their homes.”
last month, security forces looted property from Rohingya shopkeepers at the
Balukhali camp, said John Quinley, a human rights specialist with the
non-profit organization Fortify Rights.
now the security forces are operating in the camps with total impunity,” he
another case earlier this month, Fortify Rights reported that security forces
rounded up 18 Rohingya leaders and slapped and hit some of them while telling
them to instruct other refugees to cooperate with a new U.N.-backed project to
provide them with “smart cards.”
Rohingya oppose the identity cards because they fear the information on them
will be shared with the Myanmar government.
refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner, Abul Kalam, told VOA he was
unaware of the allegations of violence but would follow up. "Generally, it
is not acceptable that someone would apply force on or beat someone to do or
not to do something," he said.
called on the U.N.’s refugee agency to “do everything in their power to make
sure that the Bangladeshi authorities are respecting human rights.”
Caroline Gluck said the agency has notified the authorities of a “small number”
of reports of violence related to the smart card project. The agency has “been
following up with them to ascertain the circumstances of what happened,” she
have responded that the incidents were "not linked" to the smart card
project, she said.
added, “The new ID card will enable refugees to be better protected and will
streamline access to assistance and services.”
Sheikh Anwar, a Rohingya activist, told VOA the Bangladeshi government “needs
to keep the lower-level authorities in check. There should be an accountability
violence against genocide survivors to make them agree to the authorities'
terms is not the solution,” he added.
week a Rohingya man named Ata Ullah said he was beaten at the office of an
official at the Chakmarkul camp, the Guardian reported, after he failed to
provide the official with a list of refugees.
Ullah said in a video circulated on social media that when he couldn’t provide
the official with a list he “was beaten with a large stick... they stepped on
my neck, I could not stand it.”
Rights Watch warned in a report in August that the Bangladeshi government was
restricting access to basic services by resisting attempts by aid agencies and
Rohingya refugees to “create any structures, infrastructure, or policies that
Afghan Military claims that the anti-government armed militants have suffered
heavy casualties during the operations in northern Balkh province of
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted operations in Chahar
Bolak district of Balkh province as part of Walid-25 operations.
statement further added at least 14 militants were killed and nearly 20 others
sustained injuries during the same operations.
to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least three militants were also arrested during the
same operations while a vehicle and two motorcycles were captured by the Afghan
was among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the
security situation in some of its districts has started to deteriorate during
the recent years.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani declared national day of mourning following the deadly attack
in capital Kabul earlier this evening that left scores of people dead or
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani has
declared Wednesday the national day of mourning following the deadly attack in
Kabul this evening that left a number of people dead, including religious
statement further added that the national flag will be flown at half mast
across the country and in all diplomatic missions abroad on Wednesday.
Ghani issued a statement earlier calling the attack on ceremony ‘marking the
birth of Propher Mohammad P.B.U.H’ against all Islamic values and a clear
enmity with Prophet Mohammad’s path.
the attack a move against the Islamic values and humanity, President Ghani said
Prophet Mohammad had always invited for brotherhood and prevention of bloodshed
but the savage terrorists once again acted against the instructions of Prophet
Mohammad with this evening’s attack and shed the blood of innocent people.
Ministry of Public Health officials are saying that the attack in Oranus Hotel
has left more than 50 dead while 83 others have sustained injuries.
Delhi: On the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi on Tuesday, President Ram Nath
Kovind extended his hearty greetings to the country. Marking the birthday of
Prophet Mohammed, Eid-e-Milad, also known as Mawlid, Milad-Un Nabi and
Barawafat is celebrated by people across the country every year.
the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the Prophet’s birthday, good wishes to all
fellow citizens, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and
abroad,” tweeted Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday.
a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings on Milad-Un-Nabi.
He said, “We remember the noble teachings of the venerable Prophet Muhammad
(Peace be upon him) and pray that there is harmony, brotherhood and peace all
deputy chief minister G Parmeshwara also wished in a tweet which read: “This
Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, may you all be showered with choicest blessings of Allah.
pray that your hearts and homes are filled with happiness and peace. Eid
Mubarak to all.”
Congress Party’s (NCP) national spokesperson, Nawab Malik tweeted, “Today 12th
Rabbi-ul-Awwal, Birthday Of Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W) by Islamic Calendar. Eid
Milad Un Nabi Mubarak to everyone.”
all you need to know about the festival Eid Milad-un-Nabi:
Legend has it that Prophet Mohammed was born on the twelfth day of
Rabee-ul-Awwal in Mecca in 570 CE. Rabi-ul-Awwal is the third month on the
Islamic lunar calendar.
This year, the festival began from the evening of 20 November and will continue
till 21 November.
To mark the occasion, the Sunni community holds prayer meetings throughout the
day. The devotees and religious leaders narrate and listen to the stories of
the Prophet on this day. People believe that they would receive worldly and
heavenly rewards by listening to the hymns sung in praise of the Prophet.
The Shia community believe that the Prophet had chosen Hazrat Ali to succeed
him, on the day celebrated as Eid Milad un Nabi.
As per the Negotiable Instruments Act, November 21 this year is a bank holiday
in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru due to Eid-e-Milad.
significant aspect that completes Eid Milad un Nabi is the donation to charity.
Families prepare food, serve them to guests and donate some to the needy.
A BJP lawmaker has said that Aligarh Muslim University is being run on Taliban
Kumar Gautam, who is a member of Parliament, in his letter to the
Vice-Chancellor of the University, wrote that anti-national and anti-government
elements are being glorified in the University. The letter was titled,
"AMU is being run on Taliban ideology".
Gautam's statement comes after posters showing India's map without Jammu and
Kashmir were put up on the University's campus.
letter reads, "It came to my notice through media that a map of India
minus the state of Jammu and Kashmir and parts of the Northeast was displayed
on a banner. The nation is aware that time to time some anti-national and anti-government
elements are being glorified in the university."
letter further reads that if a strict action was taken when the prayer meeting
was held for Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Manan Wani in the AMU campus or other
such incidents, then this should not have happened today.
AMU administration said that the posters were made by the drama society for an
anti-partition drama, which was supposed to take place in the university
leader Mir Hafizullah shot dead in Anantnag
gunmen shot dead a top leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in Anantnag district on
Tuesday, days after the pro-freedom organisation said he received threat calls
by some unknown persons over the phone.
official source told Greater Kashmir that at around 11 am, some gunmen in
civvies got off a car and shot at Mir Hafizullah, the Anantnag district president
of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, from point-blank range outside his residence in
Badru-Akingam village in Achabal area along the busy Anantnag-Achabal-Kokernag
was rushed to district hospital Anantnag where doctors pronounced him dead on
arrival, the source said.
superintendent of the hospital Dr Abdul MajeedMehrab said Mir had been hit in
his head, chest, and abdomen.
the police blamed militants for Mir’s killing, the United Jihad Council,
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Joint Resistance Leadership
and other resistance organisations alleged that “Indian agencies perpetrated
who spearheaded the 2016 uprising in Kashmir triggered by the killing of
popular HizbulMujahideen commander BurhanMuzaffarWani, was released from jail
two months ago after serving two-year detention under the Public Safety Act.
a statement issued a few days ago, the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat had alleged that Mir
was receiving life threats over the phone.
the last one month, some unknown people (were) suspiciously roaming around his
house and at times knocking the doors and windows and inquiring about him. This
frightened the whole family,” the TeH statement had said.
Monday evening, Mir arrived at his home to admit one of his five children to a
school on Tuesday.
around 11 am, Mir was standing next to his house located on the main road, when
three masked men in civvies came in a car, got off the vehicle and fired at him
randomly from a close range before fleeing from the spot,” Mir’s family members
and neighbours said, pointing towards the blood-splashed road.
said as soon his wife saw Mir being shot at, she ran and jumped over him in a
bid to save his life.
was drenched in blood oozing out of Mir’s body, and fainted,” a relative of Mir
told Greater Kashmir. But, he said, Mir died on the spot.
family and neighbours said he was being harassed and intimidated by some
unknown persons and “had apprised the police about it.”
unknown person made rounds of our house twice. At the third instance, when Mir
spotted him and questioned him in front of the principal of a local private
school, he didn’t give any satisfactory answer. He was not carrying any
identity proof but claimed that he hailed from Anantnag town and would visit
the place in connection with his walnut business,” the family members said.
said that Mir complained about the incident at police station Achabal and even
provided them with a mobile number of the suspected person.
the word about Mir’s killing spread, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in
Achabal area, while protests followed.
in droves from different areas converged at Mir’s native village Badroo-Akingam
to participate in his funeral prayers. Amid pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and
pro-Islam sloganeering, Mir was later laid to rest.
the mourners telephonically, Geelani condemned Mir’s killing and alleged that
“Indian agencies are behind it.”
as Ikhwan (a pro-government militia) targeted Jamaat-e-Islami members in
mid-nineties to weaken the organisation, the same is being repeated now.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and other pro-freedom people are being targeted under a
design by Indian agencies,” Geelani alleged.
however, said “these tactics won’t cow us down. We won’t surrender but pursue
our goal more vigorously.”
called Mir the “most sincere person who was committed to the cause of freedom.”
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders including its Srinagar district president Rafiq
Ahmad, Amir Hamza, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front vice-chairman Bashir
Ahmad Bhat and district president JKLF Anantnag Muhammad Issaq and hundreds of
others participated in the funeral of Mir and addressed the mourners.
Jihad Council chairman and HizbulMujahideensupremo Syed Salahuddin strongly
condemned Mir Hafizullah’s killing and alleged that it was “the handiwork of
machinations of Indian agencies and their supporters in Kashmir have been
exposed with this killing. The agencies have started ‘target killing’ of
pro-freedom leadership which, in turn, is acceptance of India’s failure in
Kashmir,” a UJC statement quoted Salahuddin as saying.
police however blamed militants for Mir’s killing.
a statement, a police spokesman claimed that militants barged inside the
residential house of Hafizullah Mir at BudoodaAchabal and fired
this incident, Hafizullah sustained critical gunshot wounds and was evacuated
to a nearby hospital where he succumbed,” the spokesman said. “The police have
registered a case under relevant sections of law and initiated an investigation
into the matter.”
WAS MIR HAFIZULLAH?
started his political career as an activist of Jamiat-Tulba, the student wing
of Jamaat-e-Islami, in the early eighties and faced imprisonments since then.
armed conflict started in Kashmir, Mir joined militant outfit
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen but was arrested in 1993.
his release from jail after eight years, he joined Geelani-led
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and rose to become its district president for Anantnag.
from a modest background, Mir was an active political activist and would often
be arrested by the police for organising pro-freedom protests and mobilising
for more than 14 years since his association with Jamiat-Tulba, Mir played a
major role in 2008 and 2010 uprisings in Kashmir for which he was booked under
the PSA. He remained out of jails for brief intervals only.
ahead of Eid in 2016, he was released from prison.
only a few days after BurhanWani’s killing, Mir went underground and organised
massive pro-freedom rallies in southern Kashmir areas. He mobilised people and
played a vital role in the (2016) uprising following which he was arrested by
policemen in civvies during a pro-freedom rally in Hakoora village in Anantnag
in November that year.
was booked under PSA again and lodged in Jammu jails. He was released only two
is survived by his wife and five minor children. His eldest child studies in class
8 and youngest in Nursery.
CHIEF EXPRESSES GRIEF
on Tuesday expressed immense grief over the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat
leader Mir Hafizullah in Anantnag district.
chief of the outfit Mahmood Shah, a spokesman of LeT said in a statement that
“unjust killing of Kashmiris will bring about the demise of Indian control.
History repeats itself. The Indian government is shedding blood of innocents
with its rhetoric of Hindutva rule and committing worst terrorism. Such
sacrifices will never go in vain.”
the statement read, thanked the public for showing up in funeral prayers of Mir
Hafizullah in great numbers and said the “public are our true assets.”
also paid immense tribute to militants killed in Shopian including Inam-ul-Haq,
AbidNazir, Meraj-u-Din and Basharat Ahmed.
according to the statement, strongly condemned “shifting of the following
personnel to international jails (sic), namely chairman Muslim League Jammu and
Kashmir Mushtaq-ul-Islam; Latif Ahmed Athar; Basharat Ahmed Mir; Manzoor Ahmed
Nijar; Showkat Ahmed Ganai; Manzoor Ahmed Ganai, Feroz Ahmed Khan; Shakil Ahmed
Thokar; Imtiaz Ahmed Dar; Abdul Majeed Dar; Naseer Ahmed Sheikh; Ameer Aziz
Lone; Irfan Ahmed Lone; Zafar-ul-Islam Shah; Imtiaz Ahmed Mir; Ghulam Muhammad
Khan; Farooq Ahmed Batt; Bashir Ahmed Qureshi; Bashir Ahmed Dar; Muhammad Shafi
Dar; Firdos Ahmed Paray, and Ghulam Hassan Shah.” Shah asked the international
human rights organisations to take notice of “aggressive policies and motives
of New Delhi against Jammu and Kashmir and play their proactive role in pushing
forces to quit Kashmir.”
pays tributes to Mir Hafizullah
(TuM) has strongly condemned the killing of Hurriyat leader Mir Hafizullah and
said it was "aimed at terrorizing the people of Kashmir."
Guv, Palaniswami extend Meelad-un-Nabi greetings to Muslims
Nov 20 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister K
Palaniswami Tuesday extended greetings to the Muslim community on the eve of
Meelad-Un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
a statement, the governor said the prophet stood for human values such as
discipline, kindness, compassion and charity.
extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to all our Muslim brothers and
sisters,” he said.
Chief Minister in his greetings recalled the services provided by the AIADMK
government for the benefit of the Muslim community.
NIA Tuesday filed a chargesheet against Maulana Abdul Rouf Asgar, deputy chief
of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group and brother of Maulana Masood
Azhar, and 13 others in connection with a case pertaining to the attack on an
Army camp in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir in November 2016, officials said.
spokesman of the NIA said in a statement that the chargesheet was filed under
various sections of Ranbir Penal Code (substitute of IPC in Jammu and Kashmir),
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Foreigners Act against the
conducted by the NIA revealed that four local Kashmiri JeM members, namely
Mohd. Ashiq Baba alias Mohd. Ashaq, Syed Munir-Ul-Hassan Qadri, Tariq Ahmad Dar
and Ashraf Hamid Khandey (all arrested by NIA) had facilitated a group of three
heavily armed Pakistani terrorists and transported them from International
Border in Samba-Kathua sector to Hotel Jagdamba in Jammu and subsequently to
Nagrota in their vehicles for the attack on the November 28, 2016 on Officers’
Mess Complex, 166 Medium Regiment of Indian Army in Nagrota Cantonment (near
Jammu),” the spokesman said.
three Pakistani JeM terrorists — Khalid alias Abu Hissam, Numan and Aadil, who
were highly trained and equipped with AK-47 rifles and explosives carried out
the attack in which seven Army personnel were killed and three were injured.
All the three terrorists were killed.
NIA said the probe showed that Maulana Abdul Rouf Asgar, Deputy Chief of
Jaish-e-Mohammad and brother of Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar, was the
mastermind of the Nagrota attack.
worked out the plan of Fidyeen (suicide) attack and provided training to above
three Pakistani JeM terrorists. He also directed Mufti Asgar (launch commander
of JeM in Kashmir region) to provide training, funds, equipment and mobile and
other logistics to local JeM member Mohd. Ashiq Baba.
Ashiq Baba had visited Pakistan many times and met JeM terrorists Waseem
(Operational commander of JeM), Abu Talha alias Doctor (deputy commander in
Jammu region) and Qari Zarar (launch commander of JeM for Jammu region).
was taken for a meeting with Mufti Asgar at Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied
Kashmir. On reaching there he was received by Abdullah alias Al Hijama and
Tariq Mir, both JeM terrorists who are close associates of Mufti Asgar.
meeting with top leadership of JeM commanders Mufti Asgar chalked out a
detailed plan including the modus operandi to be adopted for infiltration of
JeM terrorists and he asked Ashiq to activate local JeM network in Jammu and
Kashmir for Jehadi cause. Ashiq Baba was given training at Manshera in Pakistan
and handed over money for arranging logistics along with a GPS enabled Huawei
mobile phone for communication with JeM leaders in Pakistan,” the spokesman
Delhi: A high alert was sounded in Delhi on Tuesday after intelligence agencies
informed the Special Cell of Delhi Police that two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad
(JeM) terrorists had entered the capital.
Delhi Police released a photo of the two terrorists who are seen standing by a
milestone which reads: “Delhi 360 km, Ferozepur 9 km”. Ferozepur in Punjab is
close to India-Pakistan border.
have pasted posters of the two suspects across the city and have also
circulated their photos on the social media to alert people.
an advisory, the Delhi Police asked the public to remain alert. “Anybody who
spots them (terrorists) is requested to call Paharganj police station on
011-23520787 or 011-2352474,” the advisory read. Police have also stepped up
vigil at all entry points.
said that guest houses, hotels and paying guest accommodations where foreign
students usually stay, are being scanned to trace the two.
week, the Punjab Police was placed on high alert after its counter-intelligence
wing suggested that six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were in the state
“could be moving towards Delhi” from the state.
had come close on the heels of four people taking over a taxi at gunpoint in
Pathankot around 11:30 pm on November 13, sparking fears of another 2016-like
persons were killed and over 20 injured when two motorcycle-borne men threw
grenade in a prayer hall at the Nirankari Bhawan near Rajasansi on Sunday, an
incident which police are treating as a “terrorist act”.
Punjab Police has found striking similarities between the modus operandi of the
perpetrators of the grenade attack and the one allegedly planned by an
ISI-backed terror module busted in Patiala early this month.
Punjab Police had nabbed on November 1 Shabnamdeep Singh alias Maninder
Lahoria, who “confessed” to the police that he was asked by his Pakistani
handlers to target police posts and crowded places during festivals.
DELHI: The Delhi Police’s special cell has arrested a Kashmiri man from IGI
airport on Tuesday for allegedly supplying information about the movements of a
J&K cop, who was abducted by terrorists while on his way from Srinagar to
Pulwama and killed in October this year. The man, now under arrest, had arrived
from Bangalore and was heading for Srinagar, DCP (special cell) Pramod Kushwaha
accused, 28-year-old Ansar Ul Haqe, was a postgraduate in English literature and
a member of Hizbul Mujahideen, police claimed. Ansar and his girlfriend Syed
Saika had allegedly tipped off the terrorists about the movements of
sub-inspector Imtiyaz Ali. Saika was friends with SI Imtiyaz, police said.
October, Ansar was allegedly directed by Hizbul area commander Zahur Thokar to
provide movement details of SI Imtiyaz of the CID Branch of J&K Police. A
Pulwama resident, Imtiyaz was posted in Srinagar,” Kushwaha said. Saika, also a
resident of Pulwama, contacted Imtiyaz and got to know that he was going home
on October 28. She fixed a meeting with him on that day in Srinagar.
village Tikan had a WhatsApp group called Tikan XI. Both Imtiyaz and Ansar were
members of this group. In September, a warning was posted on the group by one
Nisar, saying all SPOs and cops should leave the force otherwise they would be
killed. From Tikan, there were four, including Imtiyaz, who had joined the
force,” a police officer said.
The spate of kidnappings by militants in J&K has spread dread across the
valley. Yet another youth, Parvaiz Ahmad Wani of Batmuran Wanpora in Shopian,
was abducted on Tuesday. And though he was released, it wasn’t before
terrorists put a bullet through his leg. This came even as the body of a
23-year old youth was recovered from Brass area in central Kashmir’s Budgam
district the same day, taking the number of such abductions to eight in the
last two weeks.
body of Fayaz Ahmad Dar, 23, was recovered from Arizal, Brass, after locals
spotted it hanging from a tree. A police officer confirmed the incident and
said police teams have been rushed to the spot.
Saturday, terrorists slit the throat of 19-year-old Huzaif Ashraf after he was
abducted “on charges of being an Army informer”. The body was found at an
orchard in Hermain village, south Kashmir. Earlier, terrorists had abducted and
killed Nadeem Manzoor, a resident of Safanagri area on Thursday last week.
Hizbul Mujahedeen commander Riyaz Naikoo, in an audio message released along
with a video, defended Manzoor’s killing, saying he was an informer of the
Army. A family in Brass that refused to be identified said, “People are living
in fear as no one knows who will be abducted next and on what charges.”
four militants were killed on Tuesday during an encounter with government
forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. They have been identified as
Inam-ul-Haq, Mehraj-u-din, Abid Nazi and Basharat Nengroo, all residents of
has issued visas to over 3,800 Sikh pilgrims to participate in the birthday
anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev there from November 21-30.
visas are in addition to those issued to Sikh pilgrims participating in the
event from other countries, the Pakistan High Commission here said in a
statement on Tuesday.
is by far the largest number of visas issued in recent years to Sikh yatrees
for Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary celebrations, well beyond the maximum
number of 3000, mutually agreed between the two countries for this event,” the
statement said. Under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to
Religious Shrines of 1974, a large number of Sikh pilgrims from India visit
Pakistan to observe various religious festivals and occasions every year, it
to Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood, this was a “special gesture” by
the Pakistan government in view of Guru Nanak’s 550th anniversary celebrations
commencing from this year.
US commitment to Saudi Arabia is vital to national security
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the United States’ commitment
to Saudi Arabia is vital to US national security.
stated during a press conference, following his meeting with his Turkish
counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu who is on an official visit to Washington, that:
“It is the President’s obligations indeed and the US State Department’s duty as
well to ensure we adopt policies that further America’s national security. So
as the President said today, the United States will continue to have a
relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, they are an important partner of
statement came as a reaffirmation of President Trump's statement on Tuesday
which asserted the strong US-Saudi relationship.
US Secretary of State further asserted the strong relations between the US and
Saudi Arabia by saying: “This is a long historic commitment and is absolutely
vital to America’s national security. We are determined to ensure we take care
of the American people in all the strategic decisions we make about who we work
with around the world.”
added: “That is the commitment made today… It is that straightforward.”
his part, US President Donald Trump confirmed in a statement earlier on Tuesday
that Washington would keep the “steadfast” partnership with Saudi Arabia in the
face of regional threat from Iran and its activities.
Trump said in his statement that congress is “free” to “go in a different
direction” on Saudi Arabia, but that he will only consider ideas
“consistent" with US security.
President Donald Trump is leaking out a little bit of forbidden truth about the
false flag operation of 9/11, American scholar Dr. Kevin Barrett says.
Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of
9/11, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while
commenting on a verbal between Trump and Adm. William H. McRaven, the former
Navy SEAL commander who oversaw the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Monday that Trump's
attacks against the retired Navy admiral was "a slam at the intelligence
this really is misplaced criticism McRaven," Clapper said.
really a slam at the intelligence community, who was responsible for tracking
down Osama bin Laden, and reflects, I think, his complete ignorance about what
an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News, Trump dismissed McRaven as a
"Hillary Clinton fan" and an "Obama backer".
would see this is an example of Trump leaking out a little bit of forbidden
truth. He has done this before regarding 9/11 and bin Laden issues, for example
when he blamed the 9/11 on George W. Bush. That was of course too much for a
lot of Republicans but it did not hurt his ability to gain Republican
nomination,” Dr. Barrett said.
the media always goes after Trump when he says things about 9/11 that let out a
little bit of truth, when Trump talked about the dancing Muslims celebrating
9/11 in New Jersey. Of course, that was taken by many as a bleak reference to
the dancing Israelis that’s the Mossad agents who widely celebrated the success
of their operation, and flipped cigarette lighters and held them up for cameras
and video cameras as they celebrated during the fire and then the explosive
destruction of the world trade center,” he stated.
Barrett, an American academic who has been studying the events of 9/11 since
late 2003, pointed out that the rogue elements within the US government and
neocons orchestrated had approved the 9/11 terrorist plan to benefit Israel.
September, 11, 2001 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of
strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion
worth of property and infrastructure damage.
officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists
but many experts have raised questions about the official account.
president Donald Trump said that he will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman next week on the margins of the G20 summit in Argentina.
Trump was asked at the White House on Tuesday if he would meet the Saudi Crown
Prince during the summit in Buenos Aires. He said he will if Mohammed bin
Salman is there.
Saudi Arabia announced that the crown prince will be attending the G20 summit
on November 30 and December 1. This would be the first meeting between Mr Trump
and Mohammed bin Salman since last March, and the highest-level US meeting with
the Saudi crown prince since the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi on
are with Saudi Arabia, we’re staying with Saudi Arabia,” Mr Trump said,
reiterating his statement earlier on Tuesday that supports the kingdom. “We’re
not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars of orders.” He warned that
if he did, “I think the oil prices would go through the roof”.
Trump also cautioned that Riyadh would seek deals elsewhere if US abandons its
support. “They will get the military equipment and other things from Russia and
China. Russia and China would be very, very happy.”
also said there is “nothing definitive” from US intelligence that ties the
Saudi crown prince to the killing, and “maybe he did, maybe he didn’t”.
on Tuesday, the president issued an unusual statement, reaffirming support to
Saudi Arabia on regional issues and in countering Iran, while shying away from
implicating the Saudi leadership in the killing of the Khashoggi, stating that
the US intelligence agencies would continue to assess the information.
a three-page statement titled Standing with Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump started by
reiterating his America First campaign slogan and then stating that the “world
is a dangerous place”.
called the killing of Khashoggi a terrible crime, “and one that our country
does not condone”. He said that US sanctions remained on 17 Saudi nationals
“known to have been involved in the murder of Mr Khashoggi, and the disposal of
also said that representatives of Saudi Arabia “say that Jamal Khashoggi was an
‘enemy of the state’ and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is
in no way based on that — this is an unacceptable and horrible crime”.
president said that “King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman
vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr
Khashoggi”. The US president has had several calls with both leaders since the
murder on October 2.
far as the US intelligence is concerned, Mr Trump said “our intelligence
agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the
crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he
may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi.”
statement shifted focus on the larger US-Saudi relationship. Mr Trump called
Riyadh “a great ally in our very important fight against Iran”. He said “the
United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure
the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region”.
criticism from Congress to Saudi Arabia following the Khashoggi murder, Mr
Trump said it was driven by politics. “I will consider whatever ideas are presented
to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of
statement took aim at Iran holding it “responsible for a bloody proxy war
against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilise Iraq’s fragile attempt at
democracy, supporting the terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up
dictator Bashar Assad in Syria [who has killed millions of his own citizens]
and much more”.
added that “Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would
agree to leave”.
Trump also wrote of his trip to the kingdom in May last year, and the agreement
from Riyadh “to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States … It will
create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much
additional wealth for the United States.
we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous
beneficiaries — and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It
would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!”
Minister Imran Khan has said reaffirmed the commitment to transform Pakistan
into a modern Islamic welfare state in line with the Islamic teachings and
ideas of its forefathers.
Prime Minister directed the Higher Education Commission to set up special
chairs on Seerat-Un-Nabi (S.A.W.W) at three different universities ensuring a
specific research on the life, character and teachings of the last Prophet
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
said it would help educate and enlighten our new generation about the
phenomenon as to how our Holy Prophet (PBUH) carved out the first ever Islamic
welfare state of Madina and how He transformed the characters of Arabs in a
short span of time.
said Pakistan will spearhead efforts to get passed an international convention
on preventing defamation of religions.
He added that nobody can be allowed to hurt the sentiments of billions
of Muslims under the garb of freedom of speech.
Khan said he will appoint an international law expert Ahmar Bilal Sufi as his
special envoy to visit different countries to contact different experts and
leaders to get the convention passed.
said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) achieved this distinct target not through mobilizing
resources but inculcating a spirit in His followers to serve humanity with
premier regretted that some elements in the West and Europe are indulging in
blasphemous acts time and again on the pretext freedom of expression provoking
the Muslim across the globe.
said when a chain of reaction comes in the Muslim world; the same Western and
European nations dub the Muslims as terrorists and extremists through their
PM also urged the religious scholars and intellectuals to promote true
teachings of Islam.
two-day international Rehmatal-Lil-Aalameen Conference started at Jinnah
Convention Centre Islamabad.
conference is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Religious
Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.
topic of the conference is "Finality of Prophethood and responsibilities
of Muslims in light of the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)".
scholars, from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria,
Morocco, and the United Kingdom are participating in the event.
shedding light on various aspects of the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the election watchdog and the federal
government to explain why Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) continues to remain
a registered political party, as it issued a detailed order in the suo motu
case regarding TLP’s protests at Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad during
detailed order was made as a two-member bench of the apex court, comprising
Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Qazi Faez Esa, resumed hearing of the case.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had submitted a report on the
registration of the TLP as a political party which was rejected by the top
report is signed by the secretary, who we are told, has taken a one-day holiday
for an undisclosed personal reason on the very day this case was fixed, which
creates the impression that this hearing is being avoided,” the Supreme Court
said in its order while rejecting the report.
report states that those who had resorted to the dharna at the Islamabad
Faizabad Interchange was registered as a political party. We would want to hear
the ECP and the learned AGP on the question whether a party that brought the
country to a standstill, caused massive economic loss, the loss of life,
injured law enforcement personnel and cause destruction of public and private
property can be registered as a political party or be allowed to continue as
such,” the order read.
EXPATRIATE REGISTERED TLP’:
addition, the report submitted by the ECP regarding TLP’s registration shows
that “a person who held a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis
(NICOP) which showed his residence to be in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)”
registered the party with the ECP.
SC in its order said that ECP director general of law failed to answer if the
person who registered the party holds a Pakistani, dual or foreign nationality.
the ECP director general of law “instead states that a political party can also
be registered by those having NICOPs, but without referring to any provision of
law”, the order read.
order further read that the party failed to provide “particulars of expenses
incurred by it which it is required to submit”.
are amazed that a senior employee of the ECP, that is the director general
(law), ECP, is himself undermining the Elections Act and the Elections Rules
[under which parties are required to submit expenditure details],” the order
read with regards to ECP DG’s statement that legal provisions over the matter
are “cosmetic in nature”.
to state, the credibility of the ECP is tarnished and undermined when its own
senior officer states that its law is cosmetic,” the order read while
expressing “grave concern” over the statement.
is therefore directed to submit in writing whether it proscribes to the views
of Mr Muhammad Arshad, its director general (law) and if not then what action
it proposes to take against the political party.”
ECP secretary was also directed to appear before the apex court for the next
hearing on November 22.
expect the learned AGP to come prepared to attend to the matters noted herein
as well those in earlier orders. We also need to determine the parameters of
protests and how these have to be handled by the state. In this regard whether
there are parallels with earlier protests and how those were handled, including
those of May 12, 2007 in Karachi and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) and
Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) dharna at D-Chowk, Islamabad,” the order states.
TERMS PEMRA REPORT ‘NON-SERIOUS’:
top court was dissatisfied with the account submitted by the Pakistan
Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) regarding the blocking of certain
TV channels’ transmissions in parts of the country.
to the order, the PEMRA chairman verbally informed the bench that they had
imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a cable operator who had interrupted the
channels’ broadcasts but that no evidence was provided to confirm the same.
media watchdog was represented by seven officials in the court. “But not one of
them has the proof of the purported fine/penalty that has been allegedly
imposed,” the order said.
bench recalled in its order that the PEMRA cannot curtail the broadcast of any
channel “at the whim of any cable operator”.
the authority’s chairman did not disagree that transmissions of certain
channels have been interrupted, he “expressed his ignorance on whose bidding
this was done”.
order slams “PEMRA’s inability to trace out the culprits [behind the blocking
of channels] is undermining [the] fundamental rights [of freedom of speech and
press] and the laws governing PEMRA.”
apex court termed PEMRA’s report “non-serious” and directed the authority to submit
a fresh report signed by its chairman.
SOUGHT ON ISI’S MANDATE:
Supreme Court directed the secretary of Defence Ministry and AGP to “submit the
law/rules/instructions governing ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and its
order states that the court was informed by the country’s premier intelligence
agency through a report that the agency can neither ascertain whether a person
has a bank account, nor whether he or she is a taxpayer, and that such
information could only be obtained from the State Bank and the Federal Board of
response to the bench’s inquiry, Defence Ministry Director (Legal) Brig Falak
Naz stated that the intelligence agency is governed by the laws of the country,
“but without mentioning any law”, according to the order.
TO FIND PARAMETERS OF PROTEST:
SC bench has stated it will determine in the future hearings of the case “the
parameters of protests and how these have to be handled by the state”.
court will also examine whether there are parallels to protests staged by
religio-political groups in past protests and how those were handled, including
the May 12, 2007 demonstrations in Karachi and the 126-day sit-in jointly
staged by the PTI and PAT in 2014 at D-Chowk.
protests and sit-in at Faizabad Interchange by TLP workers lasted for three
weeks until an agreement was reached with the government on November 27, 2017.
the same month, a suo motu notice of the sit-in was taken by the country’s top
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain
Tuesday felicitated the fellow Muslims on the birth anniversary of Holy Prophet
Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon him). In his message on the eve of Eid Miladun
Nabi, he said the birthday of the unrivalled benefactor of humanity, messenger
of Almighty Allah and the flag-bearer of the great religion of Islam, Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH) “reminds us of the golden principles of Islam which were
illustrated in the sublime way of life that he led.
life was, indeed, an embodiment of what Islam stood for,” said the minister.
“This day makes us to comprehend the significance of the lofty values of
sacrifice, tolerance, brotherhood and unity among the Muslim Ummah.”
said the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) terminated the history of inhumanity,
oppression, tyranny, ignorance, injustice and deviation from the right path and
purified the human civilisation by inculcating characteristics like human
dignity and forgiveness. “Our salvation, peace and progress ofthe country rests
on faithfully following his teachings and injunctions of Islam at the
individual and collective level.
needs German passport to leave Pakistan: lawyer
The lawyer for Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother who was acquitted of a blasphemy
charge, has appealed to Germany to give citizenship to her whole family so that
they start a new life in Europe.
Mulook told a news conference in Frankfurt on Tuesday that Aasia was acquitted
by the Supreme Court of Pakistan last month but she and her family needed a
passport to leave the country.
53, was convicted of a blasphemy charge in 2010 over allegations that she made
derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water
from their glass because she was not Muslim.
whole world is asking why she’s not coming,” Mr Mulook told reporters. “The
answer is first that to leave a country you need a visa or you require a
passport of another country,” he added.
read: Aasia is in Pakistan, won’t leave till end of legal process: minister
the German chancellor directs her ambassador to give a passport to her, her
husband and her two daughters conferring German nationality, nobody can stop
her for one second,” he said, regretting that so far no government had come
forward to support her in such an open and free manner.
said another wife of Aasia’s husband and her three daughters were not seeking
to leave Pakistan with her.
was unclear why citizenship, rather than a visa, was necessary for her to leave
Pakistan, though Mr Mulook said pressure from religious extremists was making
it harder for Islamabad to arrange her departure. She and her family are
reportedly staying at a safe house in Pakistan despite offers of asylum from
countries, including Canada.
officials have said that they and a number of other countries are in talks with
Aasia’s family and the Pakistani government to find a way out.
of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday highlighted Pakistan's efforts
in the war against terrorism and for regional peace, saying the country
"has done much more for peace in Afghanistan than any other country".
statement comes a day after US President Donald Trump's continued tirade
against Pakistan and its strong rebuttal by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
has successfully fought against terrorism while also contributing to regional
peace," a tweeted by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director
General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor quoted the army chief as saying.
an apparent reference to Trump’s remarks regarding alleged inaction on
Pakistan's part on the Afghanistan issue, Gen Bajwa said Pakistan has
"paid the highest military, economic, political and social cost and the
world should acknowledge that".
shall continue to contribute towards peace in Afghanistan," the army chief
said, "but Pakistan’s honour and Pakistan’s security shall always stay
Minister Khan had on Monday led the sharp reaction by political leaders to
Trump’s rant against Pakistan by hinting at a review of foreign policy options
and asking the US president to introspect on the real reasons for America’s
failure in Afghanistan.
however, looked unwilling to end the row that began with his interview to Fox
News on Sunday and followed Khan’s rejoinder with more tweets in which he
repeated the allegations and insisted that the US was no more in a giving mood.
of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious
assessment of why, despite 140,000 Nato troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops &
reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are
stronger than before,” Khan said in one of his four tweets in response to
Trump, while talking about the reasons for ending the over-a-billion-dollar
annual aid for Pakistan, said the country didn’t do “a damn thing for us”. He
raked up allegations of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden having lived in
Pakistan with relative ease.
living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan
knew he was there,” Trump alleged.
Khan reminded Trump that Pakistan’s support for the US in the war on terror
cost it 75,000 casualties and over $123 billion in financial losses, tribal
areas were devastated because of terrorist attacks and millions of people were
displaced because of counterterrorism operations that had to be carried out to
reclaim the area from terrorists.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said that
Pakistan’s honour and security are the nation’s foremost priority.
COAS called on the global community to acknowledge the military, economic,
political and social costs paid by Pakistan in the war on terror, according to
a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
the nation’s contribution to regional peace, Gen Bajwa reminded the
international community that Pakistan’s contributions towards peace in
neighbouring Afghanistan would not come at the cost of its own honour or
have paid the highest military, economic, political and social cost and the
world should acknowledge that. We shall continue to contribute towards peace in
Afghanistan but Pakistan’s honour and Pakistan’s security shall always stay
premier,” the COAS said.
has successfully fought against terrorism while also contributing to regional
peace. Pakistan has done much more for peace in Afghanistan than any other
country,” the army chief added.
in the day, the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of
Defense, issued a series of statements, reaffirming diplomatic relations with
Pakistan and said it remains a critical partner in America’s strategy in South
development came a day after speaking to Fox News on Sunday, US President
Donald Trump sought to justify his administration’s decision at the start of
2018 to pull military aid to Pakistan by linking it to al Qaeda chief Osama bin
Laden being found in Pakistan in 2011.
[Pakistan] don’t do a damn thing for us,” the US president had said.
US Director of Defense Press Operations Colonel Robert Manning, speaking to
reporters during an off-camera news conference, said that Pakistan still holds
strategic importance for the US when it comes to its presence in South Asia.
US and Pakistan have strong mutual interests in the region. As you know, they
are critical (and) vital to the South Asia strategy and including the
facilitation of a peace process that would lead to a stable and peaceful
Afghanistan,” Colonel Manning said.
asked a question pertaining to Trump’s tweets in response to Prime Minister
Imran Khan’s rejection of his earlier statement, he said: “They [Pakistan]
remain a critical partner in our South Asia strategy and there’s been no change
to our military-to-military relationship with Pakistan.”
told that his statements differed from the perspective that the American
president seems to have, Manning said that he does not have any announcement on
any changes in military relationship with Pakistan.
US Chargé d’Affaires Paul Jones was summoned to the Foreign Office (FO) on
Tuesday where a protest was lodged with him on the “unwarranted and
unsubstantiated allegations” made against Pakistan by the US President Donald
speaking to Fox News on Sunday, President Trump sought to justify his
administration’s decision at the start of 2018 to pull military aid to Pakistan
by linking it to al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden being found in Pakistan in
a letter, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua conveyed Pakistan’s disappointment
over recent comments by the US president, stating that “such baseless rhetoric
about Pakistan is totally unacceptable”.
to Trump’s accusation that Pakistan had actively sheltered the al Qaeda founder
Osama bin Laden, the foreign secretary reminded the US diplomat that it was
Pakistan’s intelligence agencies that had provided the initial evidence to
trace the whereabouts of Bin Laden.
other country has paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against
terrorism,” the letter added.
US leadership had acknowledged on multiple occasions that Pakistan’s
cooperation had helped in decimating the core Al-Qaeda leadership and
eradicating the threat of terrorism from the region.”
US must not forget that scores of top al Qaeda leaders were killed or captured
by active Pakistani cooperation. Pakistan’s continued support to the efforts of
the international community in Afghanistan through ground, air and sea lines of
communication was unquestionably critical to the success of this mission in
foreign secretary added that in the wake of recent US pronouncements to seek a
political settlement in Afghanistan, Pakistan and US were working in close
coordination with other regional stakeholders in order to end the prolonged
this critical juncture, baseless allegations about a closed chapter of history
could seriously undermine this vital cooperation,” the protest statement added.
on Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan responded to Trump’s statements, saying
that Pakistan had decided to “participate in the US War on Terror” although no
Pakistani was involved in the 9/11 attacks.
suffered 75,000 casualties in this war and over $123 billion was lost,” he
added, of which “US ‘aid’ was a minuscule $20bn”, the premier had said.
Pakistan will be transformed into a modern Islamic welfare state, Prime
Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed the commitment.
Premier was addressing the two-day International Rehmatal-Lil-Aalameen (PBUH)
Conference in Islamabad today Tuesday.
Khan regretted that some elements in the West and Europe are indulging in
blasphemous acts time and again on the pretext freedom of expression provoking
the Muslim Ummah across the globe, Radio Pakistan reported.
added when a chain of reaction comes in the Muslim world; the same Western and
European nations dub the Muslims as terrorists and extremists through their
Prime Minister also urged the religious scholars and intellectuals to promote
true teachings of Islam.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Husain Tuesday
felicitated the fellow Muslim on the birth anniversary of Holy Prophet Hazrat
Muhammad (Peace be upon him). In his message on the eve of Eid Miladun Nabi, he
said the birthday of the unrivalled benefactor of humanity, messenger of
Almighty Allah and the flag-bearer of the great religion of Islam, Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH) “reminds us of the golden principles of Islam which were
illustrated in the sublime way of life that he led. “His life was, indeed, an
embodiment of what Islam stood for,” said the minister. “This day makes us to
comprehend the significance of the lofty values of sacrifice, tolerance,
brotherhood and unity among the Muslim Ummah.” He said the birth of Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH) terminated the history of inhumanity, oppression, tyranny,
ignorance, injustice and deviation from the right path and purified the human
civilisation by inculcating characteristics like human dignity and forgiveness.
day after US President Donald Trump alleged that Pakistan does “not do a damn
thing” for the US, the Pentagon on Monday said that Pakistan remains a critical
partner to the United States’ South Asia strategy,. US Director of Defense
Press Operations Colonel Robert Manning, speaking to reporters during an
off-camera news conference, asserted that Pakistan “remains a critical partner
to America’s South Asia strategy.”
to a question about the recent series of tweets by President Trump, he said,
“They [Pakistan] remain a critical partner in our South Asia strategy and
there’s been no change to our military-to-military relationship with Pakistan.”
When told his answers differ with the views of the US president, Colonel
Manning added, “I do not have any announcement on any change to the military to
military relationship we have with Pakistan.”
Group, owners of the Marriott and Pearl Continental Hotels celebrate the birth
anniversary of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) with its guests and employees
across the country. Hotels from the valley of Muzaffarabad in the North, to the
coast of Gwadar in the south are lit up to mark the occasion along with other
buildings in the entire country. The illumination however is just one part of
the entire activities planned for the month. Milaads and discussions are being
held across all hotels for the thousands of employees, as an affirmation to
prove that by following Uswa-e-Husna, our character, our way of talking, and
our acts, we are the Ummah of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). A mercy sent
upon mankind to spread the message of love, compassion, and harmony of
Operations Officer Hashoo Group, Haseeb Gardezi extended his felicitations to
employees on the occasion, and said “Rabi ul Awal is a great month for Muslims
around the world, and a time to remind ourselves that the teachings of Prophet
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) are not just for Muslims, but for all of mankind. By
holding Mehfil-e-Milaad and Naat contests at our hotels, we remind ourselves of
the messages, and uphold the spirit of the occasion. May the blessings of Allah
be with all of us on Milad un Nabi and always.”
Haram Attacks Leave 53 Dead In Pre-Election Show Of Force
Haram jihadists have killed 53 soldiers and farmers in three days of attacks in
northeastern Nigeria, security sources said on Tuesday, in a new show of force
ahead of February elections in the West African country.
the government's insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, the group has
recently carried out a string of major attacks on military and civilian
Muhammadu Buhari, seeking re-election in February, faces widespread criticism
over his security record as soldiers based in the northeast regularly complain
of fatigue and insufficient supplies of food and arms.
Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group, killed
at least 44 soldiers in attacks on three military bases at the weekend,
according to security sources.
those, at least 43 were killed on Sunday in Metele, a remote village near the
border with Niger, according to a military officer who requested anonymity.
troops were completely routed and the terrorists captured the base after heavy
fighting," he told AFP, adding that the base commander and three officers
were among the dead.
search was under way for survivors or further victims in the surrounding bush,
pro-government militiaman said the jihadists arrived on around 20 trucks and
army air support did not arrive until after they had "invaded the base and
looted the weapons".
same day, jihadists also launched a pre-dawn attack on a base in the town of
Gajiram, some 80km north of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
lasted several hours, local residents told AFP.
a soldier was killed in an attack Saturday on a base in Mainok, also in Borno
state, the cradle of the Boko Haram movement, security sources said.
asserted responsibility for the attacks in Metele and Mainok, claiming to have
killed at least 42 soldiers in addition to carting away four tanks and other
vehicles, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring group.
addition, Monday saw the latest in a string of attacks on villages, usually
carried out to pillage food and abduct civilians used as fighters or forced to
jihadists have accused farmers and loggers of passing information to the
with guns and machetes, jihadists killed nine farmers and abducted 12 others in
the Mammanti village in Borno state, locals told AFP on Tuesday.
jihadists came on bicycles, said Usman Kaka, a farmer who escaped. "They
just opened fire on us and continued to fire as we fled," Kaka said.
chief Muhammad Mammanti said the assailants had hacked "three people who
resisted being abducted".
on Monday, seven women were snatched while working in fields near the city of
Bama, according to militiamen fighting alongside army soldiers.
an attack on Mammanti last week, jihadists stole hundreds of heads of cattle.
surge in attacks on military targets suggests that hardliners within ISWAP have
taken the upper hand after internal divisions, observers say.
than 27 000 people have died since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency in
2009, and 1.8 million remain homeless.
Sufis celebrate Prophet's birthday despite security fears
Nov 20 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Libyan Sufis packed the narrow streets of
Tripoli's walled old city to celebrate the Prophet Mohammad's birthday on
Tuesday, chanting hymns to the beat of drums and cymbals.
dressed in traditional robes said it was the biggest turnout for the
celebration of Mawlid in the Libyan capital for several years, after poor
security and pressure from hardliners prevented previous large processions.
Benghazi, Libya's second city, men, women and children also celebrated the
holiday in greater numbers than in recent years, holding processions in the
morning and evening in four neighbourhoods.
is an important event for Sufis, whose spirituality is an integral part of
North African Islam.
a mystical strain among both Sunnis and Shi'ites, dates back to Islam's early
days. Besides the standard prayers, Sufi devotions include singing hymns,
chanting the names of God or dancing to heighten awareness of the divine.
more people have joined this year. In the past two years few came after attacks
from extremists," said Siddiq Abuhadena, an engineer attending the Tripoli
worshippers said they were wary of Salafists and others in Libya opposed to
have grown in recent years between Sufis and Salafists, a group influenced by
Saudi Wahhabis and other ultra-conservative foreign Islamists.
following a Saudi preacher, Rabi al-Madkhali, have gained ground in Libya since
an uprising toppled former ruler Muammar Gaddafi seven years ago, Libya has
seen intermittent armed conflict.
Salafist-led armed group is one of Tripoli's strongest, and has arrested
cultural figures, citing moral reasons. Salafist fighters have played a role in
supporting prominent eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, and in military
campaigns in other parts of the country.
of Sufi sites including mosques, shrines, tombs and libraries have been
destroyed or damaged by hardliners since 2011 across Libya, Human Rights Watch
said in a report a year ago.
those who say this celebration is heresy, we are not doing anything harmful to
Islam," said Akram al-Feitouri, one of the participants of the
celebrations in Benghazi.
the contrary, we prove to the world that Islam is a religion of love and
months ago Tripoli was shaken by 10 days of heavy clashes, though the situation
has since stabilised.
processing through the capital's old city, marchers spilled out onto Martyrs
Square, known under Gaddafi as Green Square, where the former leader used to
address his supporters.
The Muslim World League (MWL), represented by the International Association for
Relief, Care and Development (IARCD), has launched a series of civil,
humanitarian and health projects in African countries as part of its special
program for the continent.
recently carried out a heart surgery program for the elderly, distributed
allocations for 14,000 orphans, and implemented a program to fight disease in
Sudan’s eastern state of Kassala.
Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Awad Ibn Auf extended his appreciation for MWL’s
international efforts to provide assistance and mitigate the effects of
disasters around the world.
Opening Sends Caveat Against Extremism in Liberia
grand mosque in western Liberia opened its doors for worship services on
Saturday with its implementing partner cautioning Muslim faithful against
Zaidan Musa Sheriff said extremism no longer has a place in the modern Muslim
world and so it’s time for Muslims to refrain from acts that are defamatory to
the image of Islam.
formal opening of the Mohamed Salim Bakit mosque in the town of Makpomah,
Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County, had lingered for years after it was
constructed. The delay was due to personal problems encountered by Sheikh
Sheriff in Saudi Arabia. But no soon had he surmounted his problems, than he
returned home and the facility was opened last Saturday amidst fanfare.
visibly elated over the imposing appearance of the mosque, an ebullient Sheikh
Sheriff expressed gratitude to community leaders, elders and activists for
their patience and urged them to remain committed to the service of the
also expressed gratitude to the Bakit family, a wealthy philanthropist in Saudi
Arabia who has sponsored many projects in Liberia, for providing US$45,000 for
the construction of the mosque in Makpomah, a holy town that has since been
devoted to indoctrinating the minds of the youth and elders in Islam.
Sheriff pointed out that much of the extremist activities being carried out by
certain people in the name of Islam are based on nothing but economic reasons.
for the first time, everyone gets a little bit of a glimpse into the future of
what this mosque is going to offer the people of Makpomah and other areas,” he
assured his fellow Muslims that if they continue to live together in peace and
harmony, dedicating themselves to Islamic practices, the Arab people will
surely continue to assist them in many ways.
should not engage in violent activities. You should show respect and oneness of
purpose for one another,” he told them as he formally opened the mosque.
ebullient Sheikh ended his opening speech with the exhortation, “I urge you not
to get yourselves involved in extremism. It doesn’t pay good dividend to
anybody. It only defames our good image as Muslims”
local Imams, brief remarks, frowned on people, especially those outside
Liberia, who engage in terrorism and fanaticism under the guise of defending
Islam. They said Liberian Muslims are not accustomed to such practices and as
such local Islamic leaders will not use their positions to preach extremism.
came from the surrounding towns of Banala, Jagbaka, Mabuela and Bendu to
participate in the opening ceremony.
heart is so warm when I see this giant mosque in our town,” Ibrahim Sheriff, a
resident from Jagbaka, stated.
Kiazolu, a 30-year old woman from Banala, said she and her companions were
honored to participate in the program. “Islam is the best and most disciplined
religion in the world and we are determined to remain as Muslim until our
told our reporter that worshipers look forward to seeing the Bakit family
provide further means for the construction of nondenominational facilities at
the mosque like a pipe-born water supply, toilets, cartoons of the holy Quran
and related Islamic literature and an instructional center for those wishing to
US air strikes in Somalia killed an estimated 37 fighters from the militant
group Al-Shabab, the US military said Tuesday.
two air strikes were carried out Monday near Debatscile, the military’s Africa
command said in a statement, adding that the “air strikes did not injure or
kill any civilians.”
said the first “precision strike” killed 27 militants in a “planned and
deliberate action.” The second strike killed another 10 fighters.
US military said the strikes were “conducted in support of the Federal
Government of Somalia as it continues to degrade Al-Shabab.”
month, the US military said it had killed 60 Shabab fighters in a single air
strike, the largest since an air raid on one of the group’s training camps that
killed around 100 fighters in November 2017.
people have been injured and an Italian student volunteer kidnapped in a
suspected Al-Shabaab night attack on a shopping centre at Chakama in Kilifi
gunmen, whom police described as “bandits”, raided the market in Makongeni Sub
Location, about 80 kilometres west of Malindi town, on Tuesday at around 8pm.
on Wednesday told the Nation that 80 "heavily armed men" attacked the
village in Galana Kulalu at around 8pm and started shooting in the air.
then kidnapped the young Italian lady, who works as a volunteer in the
area," said a local who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the
23-year-old woman was among Italian volunteers who had rented a house from
which she was abducted at Chakama trading centre.
was working as volunteer with Africa Milele Onlus, a non-governmental organisation
whose mission is to raise literacy and education levels in Chakama.
a Twitter thread, the National Police Service on Wednesday said the attackers
“fired indiscriminately at residents”, injuring the five.
named the injured as:
Garama Dadu, 23: She was shot on the left side of the neck and is in serious
Said,16: He was shot on the left knee and his condition is stable,
Mwaringa Kathua, 12: He was shot on the left thigh, his condition is stable,
Kalume Konde, 10: He was shot on the left eye and his his condition stable, and
Katana Jeffa, 20, who was was shot on the right thigh.
were deployed to the scene after the attack but by the time they arrived, the
anonymous source who said he witnessed the attack said, the gunmen had already
crossed River Galana.
lady could be heard calling for help as they took her across the river,"
the source who witnessed the attack said.
area of the attack, Galana Kulalu, is near Tana River and Garissa where
Al-Shabaab elements roam.
injured were taken to Malindi Sub County Hospital and on Wednesday morning,
sources told the Nation that two were in critical conditions.
Red Cross Society Coast region coordinator Hassan Musa told the Nation that the
injured woman was shot in the shoulder.
agencies have killed four Al-Shabaab terrorists and recovered six AK-47 rifles
in Ijara on the border of Lamu and Garissa counties.
officers from the by Rapid Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) are part of the ongoing
multi-agency security Operation Linda Boni meant to flush out Al-Shabaab
militants believed to be hiding inside the dense Boni Forest.
the incident on Monday, Linda Boni Operation Director Joseph Kanyiri said a
number of ammunitions were also recovered in the 11pm Sunday incident.
Kanyiri said the militants had attacked a Safaricom communications mast in
Ijara but officers engaged them in a fire fight that saw four of the terrorists
night at around 11pm, Border Patrol Unit officers serving in Boni Forest
thwarted an Al-Shabaab terrorists attack against Ijara Safaricom mast. BPU
officers engaged the Al-Shabaab in a fire fight that saw four terrorists
killed, six AK-47 rifles and a number of ammunitions recovered," said Mr Kanyiri.
said Al-Shabaab terrorists have been making futile attempts at destroying
communication masts, particularly in Lamu and Garissa counties, with the main
objective being to cripple communication networks in the region.
Kanyiri said security organs in the area are in hot pursuit of other terrorists
believed to have escaped with multiple injuries.
terrorists have escaped with injuries during the fire fight. I therefore appeal
to members of the public in the area to report to security organs any
suspicious characters with bullet wounds or unexplained injuries," said Mr
said operations to mop up Al-Shabaab elements in the area will continue until
security and peace is guaranteed.
EU collaborating for sanctions against Saudi Arabia
Ahmet Gurhan Kartal
on Tuesday said they are looking into ways to introduce global sanctions
against Saudi Arabia in the wake of the brutal killing of journalist Jamal
U.K. has been clear that we need to see accountability for the horrific murder
of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” a Foreign Office spokesperson said.
actions Britain and our allies take will depend on two things: firstly the
credibility of the final explanation given by Saudi Arabia, and secondly on our
confidence that such an appalling episode cannot -- and will not -- be
repeated,” the spokesperson added in a statement.
U.K. is “exploring with EU partners the potential for an EU global human rights
sanctions regime, which could address such brutal human rights
will of course wait for the final outcome of the investigation before making
any decisions," the statement concluded.
a columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi
Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
initially saying he had left the consulate alive, the Saudi administration
admitted weeks later that he was killed there.
body has yet to be returned to his family amid reports that it was chemically
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said earlier this month that if the reports on
the murder of Khashoggi turn out to be true, the U.K. would take necessary
action against Saudi Arabia.
international community remain united in horror and outrage at the brutal
murder of Jamal Khashoggi one month ago,” Hunt had said.
to Saddam Hussein removed from London bench
council in England has been forced to remove a commemorative plaque dedicated
to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein following outcry from residents.
plaque, on a bench on Wansted High Street in northest London, appeared on
Monday. “In Loving Memory of Saddam Hussein, 1937-2006,” it said.
authorities said they had not given permission to anyone to install the plague,
and did not know how it ended up on the bench.
provoked a mixed response on social media and around the world after local
resident Victoria Richards posted a photo of it. The picture was retweeted
thousands of times.
was president of Iraq for more than twenty years until he was ousted in the US
invasion of 2003. He was later captured and executed three years later by
Richards told Sky News that locals took offense. “People are shocked that it’s
gathered this much national attention and seem split between not wanting to
give the prankster any publicity and outrage over such a public displau of
insensitivity to the Iraqi community and to anyone affected by the Saddam
added,” I would love to know more about the prankster’s motivation: was this a
political act? An artistic statement? Or just a bad joke? And will we ever
Union foreign ministers showed cautious support on Monday for possible new
economic sanctions on Iran in a shift of policy after accusations of Iranian
attack plots in France and Denmark, diplomats said.
and France briefed their EU counterparts at a meeting in Brussels on the
alleged plots and ministers agreed to consider targeted sanctions on Iranians
in response, although no details or names were discussed, five diplomats told
still at an early stage, the EU’s readiness to penalize Iranians would be the
first such move in years after months of internal division over how to punish
Iranians accused of destabilizing activities in Europe and the Middle East.
now, the EU has been straining to uphold the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran
and world powers that US President Donald Trump pulled out of in May. It has
been less willing to consider sanctions, instead seeking talks with Tehran.
has warned it could ditch the nuclear deal if EU powers do not protect its
trade and financial benefits.
has already imposed sanctions on two Iranians and Iran’s intelligence service
over what it says was a failed plot to carry out a bomb attack at a rally near
Paris organized by an exiled Iranian opposition group. One option is to
establish those asset freezes at an EU-wide level, diplomats said.
which in October said it suspected an Iranian government intelligence service
had tried to carry out an assassination plot on its soil, is also open to
EU-wide sanctions, the diplomats told Reuters.
October, France said there was no doubt that Iran’s intelligence ministry was
behind the June plot to attack the demonstration by Iranian exiles near Paris.
froze assets belonging to Tehran’s intelligence services and two Iranian
nationals - a Vienna-based diplomat now under arrest in Belgium for the plot
and the deputy minister and director general of intelligence, Saeid Hashemi
appear to have held any assets in France. Paris also discreetly expelled an
Iranian diplomat, diplomatic sources told Reuters last month.
has denied any involvement in either alleged plot.
is not a phobia. For too long it has been explained away as 'fear of' or
'prejudice towards' Muslims, but Islamophobia is much more comprehensive than
this. It is a strategy of governance to legitimize state violence through
dehumanization and the othering of Muslims.
in 2012, Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) is an annual attempt to raise
awareness and campaign with increased vigour towards the eradication of this
particular injustice. Whilst some condemn the month as hyperbolic in its very
existence, this just proves that awareness of the depth of Islamophobia is
actually very limited in society at large.
are able to cite awareness of negative media stereotypes and rise in hate
crimes against Muslims in Britain. However, if this is where our understanding
of Islamophobia starts and ends, IAM remains essential.
physical and verbal assaults have multiplied – causing genuine trauma and fear
to countless people, visibly Muslim women in particular who face the brunt of
this – such acts of violence are not the crux of Islamophobia, they are its
most apparent symptoms.
we trace manifestations of Islamophobia further up the chain of influence we
land at the rhetoric of ‘journalists’ and ‘politicians’ such as Rod Liddle and
Boris Johnson who described Muslim women as ‘letter boxes’ and ‘bank robbers’.
Their vitriolic comments undoubtedly bolster and legitimize interpersonal
violence – with many women citing being called ‘letter boxes’ by their
Liddle recently wrote in the Sunday Times that ‘British Islamists’ should ‘blow
themselves up’ in places like Tower Hamlets - an unambiguous incitement to
violence against Muslims which make up 38 per cent of the Tower Hamlets
language is violent, abusive and dehumanizing. Interrogating it leads us closer
to understanding why everyday manifestations of Islamophobia in the streets and
online are being bolstered – but if we are truly to become ‘aware’, we must dig
denigration of Muslims by those in mainstream public conversation is not based
solely on personal prejudice – as the affix ‘phobia’ can often imply. Rather,
the dehumanization of Muslims has a longer history of stereotyping pre-9/11
that was integral to Britain’s colonisation of South Asia and parts of the
idea of uncivilized Muslim ‘Others’, was cultivated to justify conquest of
their lands and resources. The legacy of these tropes are apparent in today’s
media depictions of Muslims seen narrowly through the frame of violence, or as
foils to Britain’s so-called ‘modern democracy’.
stories are biased, misleading and often actually just incorrect, as the work
of spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain Miqdaad Versi has shown. A
month dedicated to deconstructing violence against Muslims is essential to
further our understanding of Islamophobia beyond just spikes in prejudice – its
roots lie in British history and thus eradication in increasingly nuanced examinations
of Britain’s colonial past.
makes IAM essential though is that it is a rare chance to push comprehension of
Islamophobia further. It is only through understanding the reasons for the
stereotyping outlined that we can truly build up the tools to eradicate their
consequences. Tracing these reasons back to their origins means asking what the
functions of such stereotypes are in terms of who they benefit. This brings us
to the heart of the British state: the government and all arms of the state’s
bureaucracy that reproduce stereotypes of Muslims to underpin legislation and
example, the Prevent (Preventing Violent Extremism) policy, is one arm of the
government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to pre-emptively identify acts
of violence ‘before the fact’ by using social indicators to target those who
may perpetrate them. The indicators are based in science that has long faced
criticism by NGOs like CAGE, but now even mainstream NGOs such as Amnesty and
Liberty have declared it ‘highly dubious’, ‘built on shaky, almost
evidence-free foundations’ which result in discriminatory surveillance of
Muslims in public spaces. Indeed, Prevent legally compels public sector workers
to ‘look out for signs of radicalization’ amongst those they work with –
leading to outcomes such as the referral of 2000 children under the age of 15
to the police under Prevent specification in 2017. Such legislation clearly
doesn’t deal competently with violence or its causes, instead it targets those
already stereotyped as ‘potential terrorists’.
strategies mark the crime not as perpetration of violence, but a presumed
predisposition to it – a very Orwellian stance. Other measures do the same,
meaning ‘reasonable suspicion’ is usurped by stereotyping which in turn has led
to increased use of secret courts, secret trials, home raids, separation of
parents and children and deportation and extradition in contravention of human
state-sanctioned activities highlight that Islamophobia is baked into the foundations
of society. The historic trope of Muslims as inherently dangerous is inscribed
within the practices of the state and there can be no other reason for this
than a deliberate desire to misunderstand the causes of violence because they
might otherwise expose the state as complicit and thus accountable.
therefore beats interrogating the role of austerity, racial profiling,
criminalization, institutional racism, unjust foreign policy, the lack of
avenues to express legitimate grievances and the causes of violence.
reiterating the regularity of visible and easily-identifiable Islamophobia
then, Islamophobia Awareness Month is a crucial chance to expose the root
causes of it: an institutionalized understanding of Muslims as sub-human and
predisposed to violence which is reinforced at every level of the state.
LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad was
invited to a preview of comedy action film Polis Evo 2 last night, amid
accusations that the plot “insults Islam”.
mufti said afterwards that the film did not disparage the religion despite
highlighting religious terrorism and portraying jihadists as its antagonists.
general, we think the film does not contain any insulting message to Islam.
it highlights the fanatical teachings that threaten the nation,” he wrote in an
opinion piece yesterday.
that, he said films with religious themes should consider employing “Shariah
consultants” to avoid sensitive issues involving religion, by referring to said
consultants from the script’s drafting to the end of filming.
also suggested that a film display a “clarification” or an addendum during its
opening credits, when the plot may lead to a “misunderstanding” of Islam.
is not our desire or task to censor every film in the country,” he clarified.
week, producer Astro Shaw explained that the villain, played by Hasnul Rahmat
and portrayed as wearing a turban in the film, was not meant to depict Islam in
a negative light.
the past few weeks, some have taken to social media urging the public to
boycott Polis Evo 2 for allegedly depicting Muslims as terrorists.
week, the Film Censorship Board also confirmed that the film did not contain
any element that could be interpreted as giving Islam a bad name.
film was directed by Joel Soh and Andre Chiew, and stars Shaheizy Sam, Zizan
Razak, Raline Shah, Erra Fazira, Tanta Gintin, Riz Amjn and Syafie Naswip.
Of Muslim Ummah Due To Leaders With No Integrity - Sultan Nazrin
Many of the problems faced by Muslims currently are caused by a lack of
integrity among those entrusted with power, said Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
Nazrin said most of the problems are due to a scramble for wealth in a manner
that is not proper and transparent.
struggles also occur because power is seen as a conduit to build personal
wealth and the wealth of their families and cronies,” Sultan Nazrin said in his
address at the national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration to mark the Prophet
Nazrin said a leader with no integrity will cause his people to suffer.
will become worse when leaders make it a priority to increase material wealth
by taking away or denying the rights of the ummah.”
material wealth, when not accompanied by a wealth of the mind, intellect,
knowledge and spirituality, is a false and temporary wealth, he explained.
wealth will cause resource leakages, lopsided development, a rise in
unemployment, outward migration, increased smuggling, and high crime and
corruption rates in a country.
the end, public order is jeopardised along with political stability, and the
sufferings of the ummah will worsen,” said Sultan Nazrin.
added that the well-being and prosperity of a country is very much influenced
by the character of its leaders.
should learn from the example set by the Prophet Muhammad.
Nazrin said the Prophet was strict in upholding truth and implementing justice.
got rich by being close to the Prophet.
those who were already rich, sacrificed their wealth to support the Prophet’s
struggles,” he said.
(THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Security chief Wiranto went the extra
mile to defend his family following allegations that some of his family members
had joined a radical group.
Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto wrote a public letter on
Monday (Nov 19) to respond to comments about pictures that were posted on
social media of his family at the funeral of his grandson, Achmad Daniyal Al
Fatih, last Friday.
15-month-old toddler died after he slipped into a fish pond in the garden at
home on Nov 15.
mother, Mr Wiranto's daughter Lia Wiranto, was seen in a picture wearing a
niqab (full-face veil). Next to her was the mourning father, wearing a white
Muslim turban. The boy was the youngest of seven children.
funeral pictures made the rounds on social media, with some people surprised
that the country's top official on security, who deals with radicalism and
terrorism, would have a daughter and son-in-law wearing attire often associated
with radicalism and terrorism.
my grandson, Achmad Daniyal Al Fatih died, his mother, father and older
siblings wore Muslim attire - niqab and white turbans - and many people were
surprised. Social media was abuzz talking about them," Mr Wiranto said in
were happy to see them, some were insulting and casting aspersions. Some tried
to relate (the Muslim attire) to my position as (the chief security
Wiranto continued: "I give my family the freedom to be anything they want
as long as they don't veer off the principles I taught them.
always emphasised that they should do good for the country, instead of making
the country suffer."
founder of the Hanura Party, who also shared his 50-year devotion to protect
the country's unity and sovereignty in the letter, said he had taught his
children to feel a sense of nationalism and to learn about religion to equip
themselves in the afterlife and for the benefit of others.
Wiranto also told his family members, none of whom are following in his
footsteps as a member of the military or politician: "You can wear
anything you want as long as you are comfortable. But the most important thing
is don't use your appearance only to show off how Islamic you are because the
depth of your religion is not measured by your clothes and appearance, but by
your morals and behaviour."
a niqab has never been considered a mainstream Islamic practice in Indonesia,
where a large number of Muslim women wear the hijab that covers only their neck
and head, while many also do not wear head coverings.
use of the niqab - which has often been associated with religious extremism -
has stirred controversy in the country, with the nation's largest Islamic
organisations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, saying that wearing a
veil is not obligatory for Muslim women.
picture of Mr Wiranto's family also reminded some of his late son Zainal
Nurizky, who died of an illness in 2013, when he was studying the Quran at
Islamic university Darul Uloom Zakariyya in South Africa.
Zainal was also known as an active member of Jamaah Tabligh, a transnational
Islamic movement that originated in India, which focuses on preaching.
he died, Mr Wiranto admitted that some people accused Mr Zainal of being a
follower of radical Islam and a terrorist.
just laughed because I would not deign to respond to them," the minister
10 Indonesian citizens and members of Jamaah Tabligh were trapped during
intense clashes between security forces and insurgents linked to the Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria group in Marawi City, the Philippines, last year, Mr
Wiranto asserted that the group was not extremist.
Sidney Jones, director of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of
Conflict, explained that Jamaah Tabligh was a non-violent missionary movement
that began in South Asia and was known for its khuruj programme, in which
members were encouraged to spend 40 days per year preaching, often outside
their own country.
Indonesian citizens who were trapped in Marawi and later evacuated with the
help of Filipino authorities were performing the khuruj at the time.
first-year graduates at the Department of Foreign Affairs are well appraised of
the sensitivities around Jerusalem which both Israelis and Palestinians want to
claim as their capital. Australia's policy has always been carefully calibrated
to maintain an equilibrium with Israel as well as the much broader Arab and
Muslim worlds, especially Indonesia and Malaysia. All of which made Prime
Minister Morrison's stream-of-consciousness musing during the Wentworth
byelection about moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem a faux pas majeur.
motivation for doing so, while still not plausibly explained, is now moot. The
consequences of him doing so though are not moot by any stretch. Initial
murmurings of discontent from Indonesia, soon turned into a roaring protest
from Arab nations and a threat to the ratification of a critical Free Trade
Agreement with our closest Muslim neighbour. As the public discord spread
further, an even more pernicious consequence was floated – had Morrison put
national security in jeopardy with his ill-disciplined kite flying?
Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir made that point on the margins of the APEC
summit in Port Moresby, but Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg shot back,
publicly accusing Mahathir of pursuing his trademark anti-Semitic posturing.
The very public squabbling now emerging within the Coalition frontbench is a
symptom of a government that is divided on this issue and belies attempts by
the likes of Simon Birmingham and Mathias Cormann to portray this discussion as
one of sober due process. Curiously, Peter Dutton and Marise Payne have been
quiet when their portfolios are arguably in the best positions to gauge the
threat to national security.
doubt behind the tough rhetoric Morrison is looking for a face-saving solution
to this diplomatic own goal. He may well find one, but a breakthrough in the
diplomatic impasse may not diminish the nourishment he has thrown to Islamic
extremists on our doorstep.
has a population of more than 260 million. Malaysia has one of 32 million. Both
countries are predominantly and moderately Muslim, but in any large population
of faith, an element of zealotry will be present.
knows this only too well, having had to deal with the militant Jemaah Islamiyah
for the last 15 years. Australia hasn’t been a passive observer in the fight
against radical Islamists in Indonesia.
Australians died in the 2002 Bali bombings, our Jakarta embassy was bombed in
2004 and a second Bali bombing claimed four Australian lives in 2005. We have
partnered extensively with Indonesian authorities to combat terrorism, not just
because we want to help our northern-most Muslim neighbour, but because
Australia and Australians are also terrorist targets.
Coalition government is playing a provocative hand with our national security.
It seems to have forgotten that hundreds of confirmed foreign fighters, and
thousands of probable ones, from Indonesia and Malaysia have fought for Islamic
State in Syria and Iraq. So many arrived that IS reportedly formed a
Malay-speaking military unit to fight on its behalf in the Middle East. The
Coalition also seems to have forgotten that many foreign fighters have returned
from those battlegrounds hardened, more radicalised and with lethal
critically, the Coalition government has failed to appreciate that radicals do
not need a fully formed, logical rationale to engage in terrorism, nor do they
need more than a gossamer-thin thread to what they perceive as anti-Islam
sentiment for their hatred to manifest into murderous intent. It is highly
likely, even before President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Mahathir started
with their muscular rhetoric, that security arrangements at Australian
embassies in Israel, the broader Middle-Eastern region, Indonesia and Malaysia,
were hastily reviewed in the wake of Morrison’s reckless Wentworth commentary.
It’s almost certainly the case now, in the wake of the "yes, it will, no,
it won’t" debate, that Australian security agencies are dedicating
substantial resources to reviewing not just security arrangements for potential
Australian targets offshore and onshore, but also the national security threat
we have a mature counter-terrorism apparatus which is able to respond - even to
rash Prime Ministerial commentary - is comforting, and testament to decades of
counter-terrorism investment in this country, however, for the government to
dismiss the potential security consequences of Morrison’s thought bubble is as
dangerous as the potential consequences themselves.
is not inconceivable, in fact it is more than possible, that Islamic extremists
in Indonesia and Malaysia - returned foreign fighters not the least - have
turned their thoughts to Australia as a result, potentially spurred on by the
comments of their political leaders.
Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Nov 20 ― Sultan Nazrin Muizzudin Shah today called corrupt politicians the most
dangerous enemy of the people, branding them hypocrites whose greed he blamed
for the country's deteriorating integrity.
Royal Highness the deputy Yang Di-Pertuan Agong said the danger posed by rotten
leaders had been forewarned by Allah in the Quran.
Nazrin who is also the Ruler of Perak said corrupt politicians were also
mentioned in the Quran as “munafik” or hypocrites, adding that their insatiable
greed was the chief cause of divisions within Muslim society.
culture of hypocrisy has weaken the pillar of integrity because of this
inclination towards [pretentious goodness], because we allow the scissors to
remain comfortable within the fold,” he said in his speech at the federal
celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday here.
biggest problem confronting the ummah today is the absence of integrity,
especially since this absence of integrity is seen among those entrusted with
Nazrin has spoken out against corruption in the past, often in speeches at
official functions where politicians are among the audience.
has repeatedly called for more action to rein in graft among high-ranking
officials and political leaders, and urged reform of key institutions.
commemorating Muhammad's exemplary political leadership today, the Perak ruler
decried selfish Muslim leaders who deploy cunning political scheming to exploit
passion and communal insecurities for personal gain.
said many of them perverted the democratic process as a “conduit” to enrich
themselves and their families at the expense of the community.
of the biggest problems facing the ummah today is caused by crisis emanating
from enterprises to attain wealth through dishonest and non-transparent means.
fact, from it stem power struggles because power is seen as a channel and
conduit to build personal wealth, or wealth for families and cronies,” he said.
Nazrin's criticism follows investigations on a number of senior politicians
from the previous administration by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
(MACC), including former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor who have also been charged with power abuse and money
sultan said the zealous pursuit of material wealth has impoverished the people
both intellectually and spiritually.
said corruption has caused “leakages” in resources, in a clear reference to the
country's bloated debt, and also unemployment and rising crime.
also perpetuates a cycle of violence, he added.
Rais has urged Muhammadiyah, the country’s second largest Muslim organization,
to decide which presidential candidate to support in the upcoming 2019
is the patron of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and an adviser to the
Muhammadiyah central executive board. The party is part of the coalition
backing the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno camp alongside Gerindra, the
Democratic Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).
you did that [remained silent], I will pinch your ear. In the upcoming
presidential election, you can’t just say ‘it's up to you’!” Amien said on
Tuesday during the organization's 106thanniversary event at the Islamic Center
Surabaya in the East Java capital.
calls for Muhammadiyah to publicly declare its support for a presidential
ticket, however, were quickly dismissed by the organization's student grouping.
central executive board of the Muhammadiyah Students Association (IMM) called
on its parent organization to remain “neutral” and unswayed by Amien’s calls to
support a particular candidate.
we did support a certain candidate, how would we be different from a [campaign]
success team or a political party?” IMM central executive board chairman Najih
Prastiyo said in a written statement on Wednesday.
said that Muhammadiyah should stay true to itself, remain independent and not
issue an instruction for its members to pick a side during political events
like the presidential election.
is home to all elements of the nation,” he said as quoted by tempo.co. “Whoever
is elected the President, Muhammadiyah will remain as a critical partner of the
chairman Haedar Nashir had recently reiterated that the organization would
uphold its philosophy of ummatan wasathon (moderates) and would not pick sides
in national politics.
asks US to extradite 84 members of cleric Gulen’s movement
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday gave US officials a list of 84
members of Fethullah Gulen’s movement -- including the cleric himself -- whose
extradition Ankara is requesting.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Gulen -- whom he once regarded as an ally
-- for the July 15, 2016 failed coup plot against him, but calls for his
extradition have so far been unsuccessful.
chief diplomat said he did not receive any “assurances” after meeting with his
American counterpart Mike Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton
during a visit to Washington.
we have given this list of the people that we request the US to extradite,”
Donald Trump “asked Erdogan to send that list and I gave that list to both
Pompeo and ambassador Bolton,” he said.
said Saturday that he had no plans to extradite Gulen, who strongly denies any
involvement in the coup attempt.
not under consideration,” Trump told reporters, while also saying that Erdogan
is “a friend of mine. He’s a strong man, a tough man and a smart man, so
whatever we can do, we’ll do... but at this point? No.”
relations have recently been strained, but they warmed up after Ankara’s
release in October of American pastor Andrew Brunson.
fate of Gulen remains a central point of tension between the countries.
condemns US president’s shameful statement on Saudi crimes
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denounced a statement by US President
Donald Trump that Washington will stand by Saudi Arabia despite the murder of
dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “shameful.”
in the day, Trump said in a statement issued by the White House that the
incumbent US administration will support the Saudis despite international
condemnation of Khashoggi's killing at the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey’s
largest city of Istanbul early last month.
added that the US intends to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi
Arabia even though "it could very well be" that Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman had knowledge of Khashoggi's death.
could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic
event," Trump said, adding, "maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"
added that he had no intention of cancelling military contracts with Riyadh.
US president then accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle East region, saying,
“Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to
Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.””
further claimed that “Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the
Iranians would agree to leave.”
allegations came as Iran has no military ties with Yemen and the missile
capabilities of Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the
country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.
to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED),
a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far
claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a
record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million
threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering
from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
mark Prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary despite Saudi war
in Yemen have taken to the streets of the capital Sana’a and different cities
of the country to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. During
the event, people reaffirmed their unflinching support for those who are
fighting against the Saudi-led war on Yemen. Press TV’s Mohammad al-Attab has
have been sporadic violent clashes between the Yemeni army forces and Houthi
militias in Hodeidah in lines of contact at the July 7 district and the center
of Sanaa Street as well as in the city of Al-Saleh northeast Hodeidah. This
comes after the Houthis tried to advance towards army posts that the army had
seized before the undeclared truce.
Houthis launch artillery shells and mortars every now and then on residential
neighborhoods and streets that are under the army’s control, targeting houses
and headquarters of companies and factories.
the national army is securing the posts it restored in the past few days.
UN draft resolution on Yemen presented to the Security Council on Monday by
Britain called for an immediate truce in the port city of Hodeidah and set a
two-week deadline for the warring sides to remove all barriers to humanitarian
Houthi militias said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a
demand from the United Nations.
Yemen’s Information Minister Moammar al-Eryani accused the Houthis of violating
the truce in Hodeidah, hours after announcing it.
fighters ambush, kill pro-Saudi cmdr, aides in Yemen’s Ma’rib
from the Houthi Ansarullah movement have reportedly ambushed and killed a
Saudi-backed field commander loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh
Mansur in the country’s central province of Ma'rib.
military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic service of
Russia's Sputnik news agency that Ansarullah fighters mounted a surprise attack
in an area of the Sirwah district on Tuesday, killing Ali Ameesan al-Ajdaei
along with five of his aides in the process.
forces foil Saudi-led push to seize Jabal al-Nar in Jizan
Yemeni army troopers and allied fighters from Popular Committees have thwarted
an attempt by dozens of Saudi mercenaries to take control of Jabal al-Nar
mountainous area in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan.
Yemeni military official, requesting not to be named, said scores of Yemeni
militiamen were killed and injured in the failed push. A number of military
vehicles belonging to the Saudi-sponsored forces were destroyed as well.
three civilians lost their lives when Saudi fighter jets bombarded their home
south of Kilo 16 district in the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says his country is now at an
“important and decisive stage” in the fight against Saudi-led military
aggression as the “unjust onslaught is targeting the national dignity, identity
and sovereignty” of the conflict-ridden Arab country.
his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Yemeni capital
city of Sana’a on Tuesday evening, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said the Yemeni people
reserve the right of self-defense in the face of the Saudi-led aggression
besides the right to freedom and independence.
described the young Yemeni people as the country’s treasure, emphasizing that
enemies are seeking to undermine their faith, awareness, honor and morale.
warned the Yemeni youths that the United States, its regional allies and
corrupt officials aim to strike their values in order to assert control over
further noted that hypocrisy dissipates the Muslim nations’ weight and wealth,
and cements US hegemony and arrogance at the global level.
said the Saudi war on Yemen, backed by the United States, shows Washington’s
support for Takfiri terrorists.
Ansarullah leader also censured attempts by a number of Persian Gulf littoral
states, notably Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to forge diplomatic
relations with Israel, stressing that the Palestinian cause is a major issue to
the Yemeni people.
Palestinian teenage boy has died less than a week after being shot by Israeli
military forces over an alleged stabbing attack in the southern sector of East
Jerusalem al-Quds as tensions continue in the occupied territories as part of
the aftermath of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds
as Israel’s capital and relocation of the US embassy to the occupied city.
sources, requesting not to be named, said 17-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Abu
Jamal passed away at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem al-Quds on
Jamal had been shot and wounded inside the Oz police station in the
predominantly Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem al-Quds last
family members were reportedly not allowed to visit him and check his medical
have demanded the detection of surveillance cameras inside the police station,
and the circumstances around the purported stabbing incident.
Jamal’s family insist that their son told them that he was going to the grocery
store to buy milk before leaving the house, and that they were surprised to
find out that Abdul Rahman Ali had been charged with carrying out an assault
inside the police station.
December 21 last year, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted
in favor of a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial
the vote, the US went ahead with the embassy transfer on May 14, triggering
demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt,
Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.
crackdown in Gaza left over 60 protesters dead in the impoverished coastal
enclave on that day alone.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday rejected a decision by the
Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights calling for the release of
pro-Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas.
decisions delivered by the ECHR do not bind us,” Erdogan was quoted as saying
by the state-run Anadolu news agency.
European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday called on Turkey to release
pro-Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas, saying his detention since 2016 on
terror charges was aimed at “stifling pluralism.”
one of two former co-leaders of the leftist pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic
Party (HDP), was arrested in November 2016 over his alleged links to Kurdish
the time of his arrest he was a member of parliament.
court in the French city of Strasbourg said it accepted that Demirtas had been
arrested on “reasonable suspicion” of committing a crime, but said the reasons
given for keeping him behind bars were not “sufficient” and constituted “an unjustified
interference with the free expression of the opinion of the people.”
found that the extension of his detention, particularly during a referendum on
expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers and later a presidential
election, were aimed at “stifling pluralism and limiting freedom of political
debate, which was at the very core of the concept of a democratic society.”
court therefore held, unanimously, that the respondent state was to take all
necessary measures to put an end to the applicant’s pre-trial detention,” it
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