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a bid to keep Muslim youths away from fundamentalism, the RSS-backed Muslim
Rashtriya Manch has started a drive to encourage them to adopt former President
APJ Abdul Kalam as their “role model” and not Ajmal Kasab of the 26/11 Mumbai
terror attack notoriety.
have initiated a campaign to make former President Kalam, who was also known as
the missile man and made the country proud, as the role model of Muslim
students. We are organising national level seminars for this,” MRM convenor
Muhammad Afzal told PTI.
said the campaign’s objective is to “strengthen patriotism among the Muslim
students and encourage them to take the path of Kalam”.
asked about the need for such a campaign, Afzal said, “We want to convince
Muslim students that their role model should be former President Kalam and not
terrorist Kasab. We will tell the difference between the two.”
a times, Muslim youths divert towards Kasab. We want them to bring close to
Kalam’s ideologies. It will help the country grow and progress. With his deeds,
Kalam had proved that he was a true patriot,” he said.
said “in our campaign, we discuss in detail the life and achievements of Kalam
to encourage people. Kalam had rejected even a NASA’s offer for a job and gave
his prime to the country, working on his dream project Prithvi missile and
developing India’s space centre. He remained bachelor to serve the country.”
of madrasas and inter colleges are invited in these programmes and experts,
scientists and officers are called to talk to them,” he said, adding the next
such programme will be held in Lucknow next month.
such programme was held in Delhi on October 19 and similar events will be soon
be organised in 10 states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur,
Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal, he said.
said though students of all religion participate in the events but Muslim
students are given priority.
MRM was set up in 2002 by former RSS chief KS Sudarshan to enable the Sangh to
reach out to Muslims. It had held ‘Eid milan’ programmes and ‘Iftar’ parties
earlier in a bid to remove, what, it believes, are misconceptions among a
section of the people about the Sangh and the BJP.
has been reaching out to Muslims to apprise them of the RSS works and change
their views about the organisation, Afzal said.
india Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), however, termed the MRM’s move as
“humiliating”, saying the Muslims do not have to prove their patriotism.
else can you expect from an organisation affiliated to the RSS? They are
putting forward the name of Kalam to show what they feel about Muslims. How can
one insinuate as Muslim youths even thinking of having Kasab as their role
model, when the community did not even allowed him to be buried in India?,”
asked AIMPLB member Yasin Usmani.
campaigns which demean Muslims’ contribution to the nation building is shameful
and humiliating to us,” he added.
- Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri said on Sunday that
Talibanisation caused Islam and Pakistan an irreparable loss.
a seminar as chief guest at a local hotel, he said spreading chaos in the name
of Jihad was not acceptable and it was negation of Islamic values.
highlighted the need to adopt Sufism approach to promote brotherhood, peace and
love among followers of different religions.
Research Council organised the seminar on ‘role of Sufis in promotion of
religious harmony’ at a local hotel.
minister said making Pakistan a welfare Islamic state was the main objective of
PTI government. The PTI, he said, though was not a religious party but its
ideological approach was religious. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s courageous
stand on issue of blasphemous caricatures, he said, proved his true love for
the Prophet (PBUH). The minister, on occasion, stressed the need of ruthless
accountability against every corrupt.
from different institutions also addressed the sitting and highlighted the role
of Saints in promotion of peace and love in world.
The Syeikh or rector of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, Prof Dr Ahmed Muhammad
al-Tayyib praised the process of power transition in Malaysia after the 14th
general election, which went peacefully and without any unrest, said Minister
in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
said the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar conveyed the matter to him when they met at the
university during his working visit to Egypt.
was impressed with the power transition process (in Malaysia) because, possibly
in his country, or other Arab countries, it is not easy," he told
reporters upon his arrival at the KL International Airport here today.
said during the visit, he also passed on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad's letter to Ahmed, inviting the Syeikh to visit Malaysia.
(Ahmed) regards Malaysia as a progressive and respected Muslim country and is
excited to come to Malaysia," he added.
who is an alumni of the Al-Azhar University, said the courtesy call on the
Al-Azhar Syeikh was the first by a Malaysian cabinet minister and intended to
enhance relations between the Malaysian government and the univerity.
said there were currently about 1,000 Malaysian students at the university and
that he met some of them, during which he explained the policies of the new
government and and also listened to their problems. — Bernama
Arabia's official report to admit killing Khashoggi at the country's consulate in
Istanbul is full of ambiguities and indicates the Saudi regime's desperate
attempts to buy time; that's why it has faced doubt and suspicions and demands
have increased for a clear international probe into this case," Atwan
wrote on Sunday.
noted that an international investigation might start into the case which would
end up in a tribunal like what was held for Lockerby case.
said the Saudis succeeded in killing Khashoggi which was the easy part of the
job, but failed to cover it, which, he stressed, could kill Mohamed bin
Salman's dream for ascending to the throne.
known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2
after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document.
Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out
of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia first denied the charges as
“baseless", stressing that the journalist left the consulate shortly after
he arrived, without providing any evidence. But, after two weeks of denial by
Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi had been murdered by its
security agents at the Istanbul consulate, but made no mention of where his
intelligence has also revealed that the Saudi crown prince ordered an operation
to detain Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, according to The
Washington Post. US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have told
The Washington Post that MbS and other Saudi officials tried to get Khashoggi
to return to Saudi Arabia, where he is from, with offers of government
employment and protection.
US intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced that the Saudi Arabia’s
Crown Prince played a role in Khashoggi’s disappearance in early October,
according to a report.
unidentified officials, The New York Times reported that information leaked to
the public – names and photos of 15 Saudis who travelled to Istanbul on October
2 as well as claims Turkey possesses audio recordings of Khashoggi’s death – is
helping convince the US intelligence community that the crown prince was
The influential Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa saying that 'arranged'
halala is not Islamic and people doing so must be "ashamed" of this.
Under halala, a divorced woman has to marry another man and then get a divorce
before she can return to her first husband.
Usman, a resident of Deoband, asked a question on halala. In answer, a panel of
Islamic scholars replied with a fatwa which read, "In divorce cases, some
people decide in advance that a woman has to do halala with another man in
order to re-marry her earlier husband. This is completely wrong and Islam does
not like this deed. It is shameful and forbidden under Islamic law."
clerics also explained women's rights in the fatwa. "If any woman is
divorced under triple talaq, she has the right to marry any man excluding her
ex-husband. But if the second husband divorces her, she can marry her first
husband after an 'iddat; (spending a fixed period of time at home). Forcing
such a woman to do halala in order to marry her first husband is
forbidden," the fatwa added.
cases have been reported from the community of women being coerced to do halala
after getting divorce from their husbands.
fatwa was welcomed by other Islamic scholars and NGOs. Social activist Rehana
Adeeb from the NGO Astitva said, "It is good to hear that such a fatwa was
passed by Darul Uloom Deoband. It will give the right direction to Muslim
society to take the correct stand on this issue."
Activist Rehana Fathima, who had made an attempt to enter the Sabarimala
temple, has been expelled from the Muslim community for "hurting the
sentiments of lakhs of Hindu devotees", the Kerala Muslim Jama'ath Council
action against Ms Fathima, Kerala Muslim Jama'ath Council president A Poonkunju
said in a press statement on Saturday that she had been expelled from the
community. He said the Council has also directed the Ernakulam Central Muslim
Jama'ath to expel her and her family from the membership of Mahallu.
act hurt lakhs of Hindu devotees," the statement said. Pookunju said Ms
Fathima, who had participated in the "Kiss of Love" agitation
"has no right to use a Muslim name".
activist's house was allegedly vandalised by unidentified people while she was
away trying to climb the holy hills on Friday. She made a failed attempt to
reach the temple with heavy police protection.
attackers reached Ms Fathima house in Panambilly Nagar here while she was
attempting to reach Sabarimala.
mother of two and employee of the BSNL, the activist had kicked up a row last
year by posing for topless photos with watermelons in protest against a
Kozhikode-based college professor's statement comparing women's breasts to
Angry against the conversion of Urdu medium schools and junior colleges into
English mediums, Muslims groups have sought immediate reinstatement of the
converted institutions to safeguard the age-old language.
India Muslim Think Tank Association and Minority Employees Welfare Association
urged Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society
(TMREIS) to stop merging Urdu medium schools with English medium schools and
restore the ones, already merged.
State Minority Commission chairman Qamaruddin heard the case in the commission,
seeking justice for Urdu medium schools.
government has issued order for setting up English mediums schools but it does
not mention closing down Urdu or Telugu mediums schools,” said Masooduddin
Ahmed, president of Minority Employees Welfare Association.
secretaries have ordered principals and headmasters not to enroll Urdu medium
students,” Ahmed said.
a Kashmiri student of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Manan Wani, was killed
in an encounter in Handwara in the Kashmir Valley. Two other fellow terrorists
belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were also killed with him. Manan Wani
was pursuing a PhD course in Geology before joining the Hizbul Mujahideen.
problem in Kashmir is not about democracy or development. It is purely
engendered by religious ideology in resonance with Pakistan.
months ago, in May 2018, an associate professor of Kashmir University, Mohd
Rafi Bhatt, was killed along with five HM terrorists. The professor who taught
Sociology had just joined the HM.
is a message in these two incidents. The message is that the global jihadi
ideology overrides sociology, geology etc. It also underscores the fact that
the problem in Kashmir is not about democracy or development. It is purely
engendered by religious ideology in resonance with Pakistan.
Mufti lamented that Kashmir is losing educated boys every day. It is because
Abdullahs and Muftis, all through these years have done nothing to wean away
the Kashmiris from the narrative of the global jihad. In fact, they are white
collar accomplices to this whole project.
Wani’s status of a PhD student is being touted as ‘scholar’ and his elimination
as purge of Kashmiri intellectuals. It will be worthwhile for these spin
doctors to ascertain that how many PhDs are serving in the police and security
forces, as jawans, sepoys, and constables.
truth of the matter is that the bigger the educational degree of a jihadi, the
more dreaded or beastly, he or she is. Omar Sheikh, the man who carried out so
called ‘halal killing’ of the journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002, is a product of
London School of Economics. As per some sources, Baghdadi was a PhD in Education.
Similarly, Al Zawahiri, who now heads the Al Qaeda, has a Masters Degree in
Surgery. His predecessor and mentor, Osama Bin Laden had degrees in Engineering
and Public Administration.
per the National Investigating Agency (NIA), of the cases registered against
individuals having ISI connections, nearly 40 percent of them are engineering
US Department of Homeland Security funded a $12 million project ‘Study of
Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism’ (START). The research team comprised 30
scientists. The study revealed that 90 percent of the jihadis came from caring
families, 63 percent had gone to college. The terrorists who perpetrated 9/11
were well educated and belong to economically well off Saudi and Egyptian
the cloak of education, Pak sponsored jihadis from Kashmir are infiltrating
various colleges and universities in the country. Recently, on Oct 09, three of
them were apprehended in Jullundur in Punjab. They constituted a module of
Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind. These terrorists operated from the hostel. For the sake
of cover they had enrolled in Engineering and Management College. This module
was busted by a joint operations of Punjab & J&K police. This joint
operation was only possible because there is Governor rule in J&K. Earlier
Punjab Police apprehended one Ghazi Ahmad Malik in Patiala. He , a resident of
Shopian was enrolled in a Polytechnic College. He is a close relative of Adil
Basir Sheikh, the SPO who decamped with seven rifles while deployed as part of
security team of a MLA. He then submitted himself to the HM. Thus Pak sponsored
global jihad through the aegis of Kashmiri has growing tentacles in educational
institutions all over India i.e. from JNU to AMU, from Osmania to Jhadavpur ,
and from Kerela to Punjab.
Pakistan is widening the arc of jihadi proxy war.
irony is that these people, who are touting the educated and scholarly status
of some of these jihadis, are steeped in the global jihad ideology , which
destroyed the Nalanda University and the library in Alexandria.
that the AMU like the JNU is in focus with regard to jihad in Kashmir, it is
worthwhile to reflect on the former’s past. Jihad to AMU comes very naturally.
Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman, one of the founding fathers of Pakistan and the
President of the Muslim League (1948-50) has written a book ‘Pathway to
Pakistan’. In this book he has categorically stated that if there was no
Aligarh Muslim University, there would have been no Pakistan. Aga Khan, also
was of the same opinion. In 1954 he said: “Often, in civilized history a
University has supplied the spring board for a nation’s intellectual and
spiritual renaissance… Aligarh is no exception to this rule. But we may claim
with pride that Aligarh was the product of our own efforts and for no outside
benevolence and surely it may also be deemed that the independent sovereign
nation of Pakistan was born in the Muslim University of Aligarh.”
the partition, some students of the AMU had spat on the face of Maulana Abdul
Kalam Azad for his advocacy of Hindustan for Muslims.
wonder that the students union of the AMU still has so much affinity with
Jinnah, whose portrait they are not prepared to part with.
the partition, some students of the AMU had spat on the face of Maulana Abdul
Kalam Azad for his advocacy of Hindustan for Muslims. In 1979 there was an
altercation between AMU students and locals at Dadri Railway Station over
eve-teasing. The students were at the receiving end for their misdemeanor. They
chose the few, rather negligible, Hindu families quartered in the AMU as their
target of retaliation. 60-70 students entered the house ofthe estate
officer.All the children of this officer were born and educated in AMU campus.
The students ransacked their house, beat up the family, outraged the modesty of
women. In the gang was also a hockey-stick wielding professor. This professor
was the son-in-law of former President of India. One Shia, from the
non-teaching staff tried to rescue the family, he too was abused and beaten. He
was abused as belonging to the ilk of those responsible for decline of Muslim
power in India. All the shops owned by Hindus in the adjacent Zakaria market
were burnt. The famous shop Kitab Ghar near the Suleman Hall was also burnt.
One MBBS student Pradeep Johri was killed in the heart of the campus. His body
lay for three days as the accomplice university administration ensured that the
police was not allowed to enter. Pradeep Johri’s uncle was a professor in the
same AMU Medical College. Unlike the rest of the university, 90 percent
students in the engineering and medical college were Hindus, who were there by
sheer dint of merit. It was with the design to deter Hindus from joining these
institutions that Johri was murdered in full public view. When that did not
deter, Interview was introduced for manipulation of admission into the Medical
College. This fraud continued for some years till it was struck down by the
early 70s there was some gap before A M Khusro took over as Vice Chancellor of
AMU. In this intervening period one Prof Harbans Lal Sharma of Hindi department
was the acting VC. The radical gang of teachers and students did not allow him
to occupy the office and pejorative reasons about his religious status
weretouted.The refrain was, ” how can (!!!!!) Hindu be allowed to sully the
chair of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.”
in Sir Syed’s AMU there was an interesting case of Nikah Halala between a
chemistry professor and his Phd student. This was reported in detail by Sunday
Mail. The Phd student had married a girl from the campus. The marriage got
strained over financial difficulties, because the Phd lingered, as did the
prospect of job. In a fit of rage the Phd student blurted triple talaq. When
tempers cooled there was deep regret and the student wanted to rescind. He
consulted his paternal mentor, the professor. The professor offered ‘nikah
halala’ as per the religious tenets, so that the couple could be re-united as
soon as possible. The girl never returned to her former husband!!! The Phd went
literally mad. AMU straddles between India and Pakistan in several ways. Irfan
Habib, the historian, who claims knowledge on all facets of history, except
1400 years of Islamic history, has a brother who is a citizen of Pakistan.
was the latest mission of HM jihadis like Manan Wani? It was to derail
democracy. It was to terrorize Kashmiris against participating in the local
Abdullahs and Muftis also have strong connections to the AMU. Sheikh Abdullah
was educated in this University and so was Rubaiya Sayeed, sister of Mehbooba
Mufti. Her staged kidnapping even as her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the
Home Minster of India, was to herald global jihad in Kashmir.
was the latest mission of HM jihadis like Manan Wani? It was to derail
democracy. It was to terrorize Kashmiris against participating in the local
elections. In this regard, the National Conference (NC) and the PDP are on the
same page. They boycotted the elections. They appealed to the Supreme Court
that in view of the elections, hearing on Article 35A petition should be
postponed. Once it was postponed there was no reason to boycott the elections.
But Pakistan wanted it that way.
are strong reasons for boycott of elections by the NC and the PDP. The main
reason is of course, Pakistan; the second reason is that the Muftis and
Abdullahas are apprehensive that these elections may throw up new leaders; and
third being that the elections may usher in new internal dynamics within the
state. It is for no reason, that most acts of terror by the jihadi groups have
occurred in South Kashmir, PDP’s stronghold, during this period. These
elections are also a mirror to the Indian Establishment regarding the reality
of J&K. The reality is that Valley based political parties have no concern
for the democratic aspirations of people of Jammu, Kargil and Laddakh, where
the voting percentage has been very high.
moot question is whether the jihadis in form of militants, separatists and
mainstream politicians are really serious about Islam, jihad or Kashmir? Is
their patron Pakistan serious about it? Are the radicals in AMU, JNU, Jadhavpur,
Osmania are serious about it? Are the jihadi leaders like Hafiz Saeed, Masood
Azhar and Sayeed Salahudeen serious about it? Are the Maulvis serious about it?
Not the least.
that had been the case, at least some of them would have raised storm about the
treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province of China. In the Xinjiang
province, men cannot sport beard, women cannot wear burqas, officials cannot
observe Ramzan, children cannot be named Mohammad, the concept of ‘halal’ has
been banned and there is a massive anti-burial drive launched by Xi Jinping
since 2012. The Chinese dispensation is of the belief that burials are the
cause of shrinking agricultural land, thus impacting on food security.
the Kashmiri leaders and others who espouse the jihadi cause in the
subcontinent, silent about China’s setting up of re-education camps for
the Kashmiri leaders and others who espouse the jihadi cause in the
subcontinent, silent about China’s setting up of re-education camps for
Muslims. It is because they revel in the fact that China as Pakistan is
antagonistic, adversarial or even inimical to Hindu majority India.
former PWD minister of J&K, Naeem Akhtar in an interview had said that the
main player in J&K is China and JeM is the adopted child of that country.
The Chinese are leveraging on JeM to keep India boxed in, so that the strategic
alignment with the US is circumscribed. Pakistan as mentioned earlier vetoes
all resolutions against China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims in 57-member OIC.
The Kashmiri separatists therefore are religious hypocrites, who have two
standards on Islam and jihad, i.e. one for India and another for China and
Pakistan. Basically, Islam and Jihad is an instrumentality for the Kashmiri
separatists and their allies to wreck India. This hypocrisy has reduced the
Kashmir Valley into a moral waste land.
per a recent report in the Pakistan Newspaper, Dawn, about 70 Ahmediayas and
Christians, who sought asylum in Thailand, are being deported. They complained
of persecution in Pakistan. In all probability, they travelled through the sea
route to Thailand. Why this dying desperation? Many Hazara Shias have perished
in the mid-ocean, while escaping to Australia. The Pak state has driven out
Shias, Ahamadis, Christians and Hindus. It is a consequence of Wahabisation of
Pakistan. The same Wahabisation of Kashmir has driven out half a million Hindus
from Kashmir Valley. The common factor is Wahabisation and Radicalisation.
Pakistan state is least ashamed out these minorities including Hindus leaving
the country, but the Indian state is also not ashamed about Hindus being driven
out from one of its own pieces of territory. The tragedy is that Pakistan is an
unapologetic Sunni state and India prides in being a secular state.
having fought three wars and shed so much of blood of our men in uniform, with
so much security forces around, if Hindus were driven out in their own country,
then there are definitely grave inadequacies in our security thinking and
security architecture. And that grave inadequacy is that we never devoted our
energies or applied our mind on the ideology, which created Pakistan in 1947
and which now consumes Kashmir.
DELHI: India on Sunday congratulated the people of Afghanistan for their
"enthusiastic" participation in the parliamentary elections, notwithstanding
terrorists attacks in various parts of the country.
ministry of external affairs (MEA) said spirited participation of Afghan people,
including women, in the democratic process, despite terrorist violence, was a
"testament" of their resilience.
said the elections in Afghanistan reflected people's desire and faith in democratic
governance and rejection of the evil forces that foment and spread terror and
witnessed series of terror attacks and widespread violence in the run up to the
long-awaited parliamentary elections held on Saturday and Sunday. The Taliban
opposed the polls and vowed to disrupt them.
congratulates the people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for exercising
their democratic rights at parliamentary elections held today. The enthusiastic
participation of people, including the women, despite terrorist violence is
testament of resilience of the people of Afghanistan," the MEA said.
said India supported the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to build a
"peaceful, stable, united, inclusive and prosperous nation".
hope that these elections would contribute to strengthening of democratic
institutions and deepen inclusive democratic system in Afghanistan," the
MEA said in a statement.
also complimented the Afghan government, the country's election commission and
security forces for facilitating holding of the elections.
National Unity Government, the Indepedent Election Commission and the Security
forces of Afghanistan deserve appreciation for creating enabling environment
and organising these elections despite numerous challenges," the MEA said.
to Independent Election Commission's (IEC) initial figures, around three
million people risked their lives to vote on Saturday - many waiting hours for
polling centres to open - despite scores of militant attacks.
nine million voters registered for the parliamentary election.
soldiers were killed and another injured on Sunday afternoon as Pakistan’s
Border Action Team (BAT) attacked an Indian Army patrol along the Line of
Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
sources told The Indian Express that around 1.45 pm, the Pakistani intruders
sneaked 50 metres inside Indian territory near Lalyali post in Rajouri and
attacked the Army patrol. As the Indian soldiers retaliated, two of the
intruders were killed and their bodies, along with arms and ammunition, were
dead soldiers have been identified as Havildar Kausal Kumar from Nowshera,
Launce Naik Ranjeet Singh from Doda and rifleman Rajat Kumar Basan from
Akhnoor. Rifleman Rakesh Kumar of Samba has been hospitalised.
Army spokesperson said the area had been cordoned off and a ‘search and destroy’
operation was in progress.
Setting an example of communal harmony, a village of mostly Sikh population has
donated land for construction of mosque and the community is even providing
food to the workers working at the religious place. Gaggewal in Barnala
district, which is around one and half kilometers from Nathowal village, last
village of Ludhiana district, has ten Muslim families.
wanted to construct a mosque in the village but didn’t have land for the
purpose. As a result, we had to say Namaz (prayers) at our homes. For Friday
and Ramzan prayers, we would go to nearby Nathowal village which has a mosque.
However seeing our problem, the majority community came forward and decided to
give us common land of village for the construction of mosque,” said Saudagar
Khan, a grocery store owner and a prominent young voice of Muslims in the village.
village has now given us 5 Biswa land for the mosque. With the active support
of villagers including Sikh and Hindu brothers, we have started construction
work of mosque around ten days ago. It will take us around six months to get
the construction work completed. Already a mason and four labourers and many
villagers are working for constructing the mosque which will be named as Mecca
Madina Masjid”. He added that they have no words to thank the Sikh brotherhood
for such a great gift and salute the communal harmony and inclusivity of Punjab
which the state is known for.
muslim, Mansa Khan, who is from adjoining village Nathowal in Ludhiana
District, said that they were touched to see the brotherhood in the village.
group of community members went for the roof construction work of the mosque in
the Gaggewal village and found that a villager Rajwinder Singh got food for all
of us including the labourers working at the mosque site. Also we are happy
that villagers are contributing for mosque irrespective of their religion which
is a great symbol of communal harmony,” said Khan.
Sikh community members are happy that mosque is coming up in the village.
Singh, a villager who is helping in the construction, said that they are elated
that mosque is coming up in the village. He added that they are helping in
pious cause in all the possible ways and are involved in construction work as
Minister Sheharyar Khan Afridi has said that the educational institutions of
Muslim countries need to disburse latest knowledge and technology to empower
the Muslim world to uplift and give them respect.
was stated by the minister during a meeting with International Islamic
University Islamabad (IIUI) President Dr Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al Draiweesh who
called on him on Sunday.
the meeting, issues related to betterment of Muslim world, Pak-Saudi bilateral
ties and education were discussed. Sheharyar Khan Afridi said that Pakistan
gives great importance to ties with Saudi Arabia as both nations are in close
contacts with each other.
President Dr Al-Draiweesh presented an overview of the varsity. He highlighted
importance of university and its role in disseminating peace and discouraging extremism.
Al-Draiweesh also invited the minister to visit International Islamic
University and share vision of new Pakistan with students.
In the next two weeks Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit three friendly
countries where he is likely to seek monetary assistance, according to sources.
Khan would leave on an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday (today), said
the sources. He would embark on a visit to Malaysia later this month and to
China early next month.
member of the federal cabinet said the prime minister was likely to take up the
issue of financial aid with his hosts in the three friendly countries because
Pakistan badly needed assistance to ease the ongoing economic crisis.
said the government immediately needed $12 billion to $13bn to ease the
financial crisis and retire foreign debt. “We need $8bn to retire foreign debt
and $5bn to run the affairs of government,” he said.
we get good monetary support from our friendly countries then there is a
possibility that we will not require support of the International Monetary Fund
[IMF],” he added.
to the Foreign Office, Prime Minister Khan is going to Riyadh on the special
invitation of King Salman bin Abdel Aziz to participate in the Future
Investment Initiative conference being held there from Tuesday to Thursday.
several countries have announced their decision to boycott the conference in
reaction to the death of a journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at the kingdom’s
consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. But it is believed that the Riyadh conference,
dubbed “Davos in the desert”, will still be attended by many leading
businesspersons, investors, representatives of industry and media outlets.
cabinet member said the prime minister would visit Malaysia for two days (Oct
28 and 29) and would meet his Malaysian counterparts and other government
his recent telephonic conversation with Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Mr Khan had
expressed his desire to learn from their experiences. He had also accepted the
veteran leader’s invitation to visit Malaysia.
Minister Khan wants to see the two countries collaborate with each other in
various fields, according to the sources. It is expected that bilateral ties
and cooperation between the two countries will be strengthened as a result of
in CPEC projects
Minister Khan would embark on an official visit to China on Nov 3. There he
will discuss in detail the strategic relations between the two countries.
his meetings in the friendly country, Mr Khan would inform the Chinese
leadership that his government wanted to bring about a significant shift in the
projects falling under the purview of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),
said the sources.
the previous government there was an emphasis on infrastructure schemes, but
the present government wanted projects involving agriculture, job creation and
foreign investment take centre stage.
meanwhile, have said that due to suspension of funding to CPEC’s infrastructure
projects, the National Highway Authority’s (NHA) road projects worth over Rs1
trillion have been adversely affected. Many projects in the energy sector have
also been hit.
affected projects include the 210km Dera Ismail Khan-Zhob road, the 110km
Khuzdar-Basima road and a 136km portion of the Karakoram Highway.
a recent meeting about his visit to China, Prime Minister Khan said that early
implementation of the CPEC projects would help realise the true potential of
the economic ties between the two countries.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar has said that
big dams are required to be built and the chief justice of Pakistan is playing
an important role in this regard but inter-provincial water dispute should also
was speaking to reporters at a temple within the circuit house here late on
Saturday evening where he also attended a ceremony organised by the Hindu
community to celebrate the religious festival of Dassehra.
said that Pakistan needed big reservoirs to store water and appreciated efforts
being made in this regard by Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. He said
people must also participate in this campaign. However, he also called for
resolving the water sharing dispute between provinces.
Sukkur and Guddu barrages had been built, then dams could also be built, he
argued, and said construction of small water storage projects was also an
option that should be considered as well.
his position in the MQM-P, he said he was part of the party and had made his
position known to everyone in his recent press conferences.
about rights of minorities in Pakistan, he said they, being Pakistani citizens,
had equal rights as enshrined in the Constitution. He referred to the Aug 11,
1947 speech of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in which he had envisioned a
state where Muslims and religious minorities would have equal rights. He said
that Jinnah’s speech should be made part of the Constitution.
Sattar said that he would stand for religious minorities’ rights. They must
have rights in social, education and health sectors, adding that if any
conspiracy was hatched against religious minorities, it would be conspiracy
against this country. “Pakistan must progress and prosper,” he said.
MQM-P leader said that minorities should know that the Muslim community was
under religious obligation to protect their fundamental and religious rights
and their places of worship.
Sindh Sufi Sangat (SSS) took out a rally from Hyderabad against construction of
Kalabagh dam and other “anti-Sindh projects” on Sunday.
by Akash Mallah, Punhal Sario, Abdul Fatah Channa, Ali Raza Khaskheli, Darshan
Sachdev, Dr Ashothama, Niaz Ahmed Panhwar and other nationalist and rights
activists, the rally reached Tando Mohammed Khan in the evening.
to the participants, the activists described Kalabagh dam as a controversial
project and claimed that the recent announcement in favour of the dam was aimed
at “inciting Sindhi people to a revolt against the project”. They said that it
[announcement] was tantamount to hurting sentiments of people of three
also urged the government to order repatriation of “aliens” to their countries
of origin from Sindh in order to put an end to terrorism in the country.
were of the view that successive governments had been implementing “anti-Sindh
projects” only to perpetuate their rule.
activists of the Qaumi Awami Tehreek (QAT) held a demonstration here on Sunday
against Kalabagh dam and proposed issuance of national identity cards to
illegal immigrants living in Karachi.
by Dr Aziz Talpur, Dr Gulzar Jumani, Zeenat Samoon and others, they
participants also held a sit-in at Pakorra bus stop. The leaders, speaking to
the protesters, said that a robbery had been committed to deprive Sindh of
Indus water and render the province barren.
activists pointed out that tail-end growers of Sindh were facing tremendous
difficulties due to unavailability of water.
of farm produce are artificially brought down; sugar cane crop’s price is not
fixed because 18 sugar mills are owned by those who are in power; even last
year’s liabilities of growers against millers are not cleared,” one of the
observed that illegal immigrants, including Afghans, Bengalis, Bihari and
Burmese converted Sindhis to a minority in this province. They claimed that
issuance of NICs to them was aimed at getting their votes.
Awami Tehreek (AT) president Dr Rasool Bux Khaskeli, along with Noor Mohammed
Katiar, Begum Zauner and other party colleagues led a rally here on Saturday
against construction of dams over Indus and moves to grant nationality to
illegal immigrants. Expressing their concern over corrupt ministers, officials
and other people being granted bail, they claimed that National Accountability
Bureau (NAB) officials were facilitating their release on bail. “Looted wealth
[of the country] should be recovered from big fish after arresting them,” they
women wing (Sindhiyani Tehreek) leaders and children also took part in the
rally. A group of activist observed a token hunger strike during the two-day
protest outside the local press club.
Peoples Party (PPP) activist Dr Musrrat Hussain Khwaja, Jaey Sindh Mahaz-Riaz
(JSM-R) chief Riaz Chandio and others visited the protest camp and expressed
solidarity with them.
An organisation calling itself the National Peace Committee for Interfaith
Harmony (NPCIH) organised a rally here on Sunday in favour of constructing big
banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of new dams, the
participants held a march from Tank Chowk to Jinnahbagh.
rally was led by NPCIH chairman Zulfikar Magsi, Jan Mohammed Tunio and others.
leaders said that construction of Diamer-Bhasha and other dams was essentially
needed to address the growing water and energy issues. They said the country
could face a major crisis if the dams were not built now as it was already
faced with a serious water and electricity shortages.
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Sunday that
parliamentary elections in Afghanistan did not carry any legitimacy in the
presence of foreign forces.
to mediapersons here on Sunday, he said elections in the war-torn country were
meaningless and would not put any positive impact on the country’s future.
argued that Afghanistan was an occupied territory where America and other
countries had stationed their troops.
the right of self-determination has no substitution in the Indian held Kashmir,
same is the case of Afghanistan,” he replied when asked about the parliamentary
polls in the neighbouring country.
was of the view that a puppet government had been installed in Kabul which did
not enjoy support of the Afghan nation.
said negotiations were the only way to end four-decade-long war in Afghanistan.
Rehman said Pakistan had been handed over to “incapable” people by rigging the
July 25 general elections.
A Sabah church pursuing the right to use the word “Allah” in religious
education has written to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government asking it to make
an administrative ruling on the matter.
counsel Shamsul Bolhassan said Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), which has a pending
legal challenge, had written to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
said SIB’s lawyer Tan Hooi Ping also informed Court of Appeal deputy registrar
Haslina Basaruddin that a copy had been given to Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.
I do not know the contents of the letter,” he said after a case management
before Haslina today.
meanwhile said she would write to the court to vacate the Nov 7 date scheduled
for the hearing of SIB’s appeal on an interlocutory matter.
will be writing to the court for more time pending the ongoing discussion with
the government,” she added.
year, SIB filed an appeal as part of attempts to reverse a High Court ruling in
which justice Nor Bee Ariffin dismissed its discovery application for documents
used by the home ministry to support its ban on the church’s right to use the
Bee ruled that there was no necessity for such an order in a judicial review
issue can be decided based on affidavits and available documents exhibited in
the case,” she said.
Sabah church asked the court to order the government to disclose the documents
supporting its ban on non-Muslims using the Arabic word, but the government
objected by saying such documents were “official secrets”.
lead counsel Lim Heng Seng had argued that it was necessary for the government
to reveal information relating to its original ban in 1986 on the word “Allah”
in non-Muslim publications.
said this ban was the main cause for recurring problems faced by local Bahasa
Malaysia-speaking Christians who had been using the word “Allah” for hundreds
president Rev Jerry Dusing, in his discovery application, sought a clear
resolution of the matter as Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, where SIB was
founded, had been using the word in their prayers, sermons, education and
and Dusing filed the lawsuit on Dec 10, 2007, after three boxes of
Malay-language Christian educational books containing the word “Allah” were
seized by the Customs Department at the then low-cost carrier terminal in
Sepang in August that year.
books were returned to SIB in January 2008.
Oct 21 — Malaysia’s bilateral ties with
Saudi Arabia remain strong despite the international community putting pressure
on Riyadh following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia would not intervene in the
issue and he believed that Saudi Arabia could take care of it themselves.
many of our people were killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy, Malaysia
remained with the stand to look at the results of the full investigation.
the same spirit, since the investigation (on Khashoggi’s death) has begun, we
will just wait for the investigation to be completed,” he told a press
conference after chairing the Consultative Council on Foreign Policy meeting
was asked about Malaysia’s stand on the issue as several countries have
reportedly withdrawn their participation in the Saudi Arabian investment
conference in Riyadh following Khashoggi’s murder.
the Saudi state news agency reported that the country admitted Khashoggi was
killed in its consulate in Istanbul.
Oct 22 — He was angry about being sent to prison in Singapore for an
his release, a British national decided to send an email to the Government
claiming that three suicide bombings would take place at the 2005 National Day
Chye Siew sent the email from a cyber cafe in Thailand two weeks before the
parade to make the authorities “anxious” and “worried”.
then cooked up an elaborate story when Singapore investigators flew over to
interview him, claiming that two Pakistani inmates spoke about the NDP after
discussing the 2005 London bombings.
was sentenced to four months’ jail after pleading guilty to one charge of
giving false information to an assistant manager at the then-Ministry of
Information, Communication and the Arts (Mica). The assistant manager had
opened the email Khor sent to the SingGov Feedback account.
court heard that earlier that year, Khor — then a Malaysia citizen — had served
six months in Portsdown Prison and was given three strokes of the cane for an
immigration offence. It was not said in court when he became a British
his release, he was repatriated to Malaysia and later made his way to the Thai
city of Hatyai.
angry and resentful about his time spent in Portsdown Prison, the accused
decided to create a fictitious suicide bombing plot in order to make the
Singapore Government ‘anxious’ and ‘worried’ as the NDP was around the corner,”
deputy public prosecutor Thiagesh Sukumaran told the court.
July 24, 2005, Khor went to a cyber cafe and created a Yahoo email account
under the moniker “Malik Mahmud”.
wanted to hide his identity and thought any bomb threat would be convincing if
the email came from an account with Malay or a Muslim-sounding name.
email read: “To Whom It May Concern, I’m writing this mail just to inform (you
of) something (that) your country’s Intelligent Service has failed to do, which
is to track down 100 (per cent of) the terrorist activities in your country.
Kindly take this information seriously or else don’t blame me if something
horror & ugly happens.”
added that the authorities had about two weeks to take action.
Mica officer who received it forwarded it to the Ministry of Home Affairs and
Ministry of Defence.
email was traced to the cyber cafe, and officers from the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) flew to Thailand five days after the email was
sent. The officers interviewed Khor after tracking him down in Hatyai.
continued claiming that the information on the suicide bombings was correct,
adding that he had been housed with two Pakistani inmates, “Billal” and
“Qadeer”, while at Portsdown Prison.
claimed that the two inmates spoke about the terrorist suicide attacks on
London’s public transport system on July 7, 2005, before they began talking
about the NDP.
claimed that was how he concluded that the two inmates were planning to attack
the NDP. To make things more believable, he provided their inmate numbers and
said they had been released sometime in July 2005.
CID team found that the inmate numbers actually belonged to Singaporeans who
had never met Khor. The officers only managed to track them down in May 2006,
and determined that Khor’s bomb threat was a hoax.
was arrested on May 26 this year at Changi Airport after flying in from London.
is unclear how and when he travelled to London, and why he came to Singapore.
Maldives' top court Sunday ended weeks of uncertainty by rejecting strongman
President Abdulla Yameen's controversial bid to annul last month's election
results, upholding his landslide defeat to an opposition candidate.
five-judge Supreme Court bench unanimously ruled that Yameen had failed to
prove his claim that the election was rigged and a fresh poll was necessary in
the Indian Ocean archipelago.
international pressure, Yameen initially conceded defeat in the September 23
he then filed an appeal this month, throwing the island nation into turmoil and
attracting warnings from the United States and regional superpower India to
respect the outcome.
claimed magic ink had been used to rig the election and that votes marked for
him disappeared inside ballot boxes.
activists celebrated outside the Supreme Court in the capital Male after the
decision was read out, effectively drawing a line under Yameen's five years of
weeks of uncertainty, the Maldivian people can finally enjoy clarity regarding
the outcome of the election," said President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih,
who swept September's poll in an unexpected landslide victory.
petition to annul the election was frivolous from the start, and spoke more
about an inability in some quarters to accept defeat, than any genuine concerns
about the vote."
legislator Mariya Didi said Yameen -- who lobbied the Supreme Court in 2013 to
nullify election results in his favor -- should now allow a smooth transition
are pleased that the court ruled unanimously to uphold the will of the
people," Didi said on Twitter.
case was based on conjecture and conspiracy theories."
country's independent Elections Commission, through its lawyers, had argued his
petition was based on false allegations and should be dismissed.
Supreme Court bench last week refused to accept the testimony of three unnamed witnesses
that Yameen's lawyers said would prove the election was fixed.
next day Yameen went on national television to concede defeat a second time,
making no reference to his controversial legal bid.
is my final address to the nation before I leave," said the 59-year-old,
whose term in office ends on November 17.
my tenure, the most difficult thing for me was my failure to learn about the
people. I just couldn't find out what shapes their wishes."
of court hearings in the capital Male last week, the United States warned
"appropriate measures" would be taken if the will of the Maldivian
people was undermined.
and India have also issued similar warnings in the past.
situation was similar to 2013, when Yameen convinced the Supreme Court to
nullify the first round of voting, which he was trailing to opposition
candidate Mohamed Nasheed.
subsequent vote was then twice delayed, allowing Yameen time to forge alliances
that helped him narrowly win a contested run-off.
has ruled with an iron fist ever since, crushing dissent and jailing or exiling
all his major opponents.
February, Yameen jailed the chief justice and another Supreme Court judge after
accusing them of trying to topple him.
had initially suspended the court, parliament and the constitution and declared
a state of emergency when legislators were about to impeach him.
his election defeat, several high-profile political prisoners including his
estranged half-brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Maldives for 30
years until 2008, have been released from jail.
of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, Takfiri
terrorist group, have reportedly moved banned chlorine and sarin munitions to a
strategically important city in Syria’s militant-held northwestern province of
Idlib as government forces are preparing to retake the last major terrorist
stronghold in the country.
sources, requesting not to be named, told Syria’s official news agency SANA
that the extremists moved the ammunition from the small city of Ma'arrat
Misrin, located 50 kilometers southwest of Aleppo, to the city of Jisr
sources added that the munitions were transported inside a refrigerator truck
used by the so-called civil defense group White Helmets, and under the
supervision of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria (TIP) militants.
bomb blast kills 4, injures nearly dozen in Idlib
at least four people have lost their lives and eleven others sustained injuries
when a car rigged with explosives went off in Idlib city.
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the explosion
ripped through the area mostly inhabited by Uzbek militants, noting that the
death toll could rise as some of the injured are in a critical condition.
a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city
of Sochi on September 17, all militants in a demilitarized zone, which
surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama,
were supposed to pull out heavy arms by October 17, and Takfiri groups had to
withdraw by October 15.
National Front for the Liberation of Syria is the main Turkish-backed militant
alliance in the Idlib region, but the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)
terrorist group, which is a coalition of different factions of terror outfits,
largely composed of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, holds a
large part of the province and the zone.
HTS, which is said to be in control of some 60 percent of Idlib province, has
yet to announce its stance on the buffer zone deal.
is estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 members of different factions of
armed groups, which Syria, Russia and Turkey consider terrorists, are active in
the volatile province, which is home to around three million inhabitants.
believes that a buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants
on Syrian army positions and Russia's military bases in the flashpoint region.
has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian
government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are
aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that 2 bombs, planted by the Kurdish
militias in the Turkish army vehicles, broke out in al-Maqla'a area in Tarandah
neighborhood in the town of Afrin, killing 4 Turkish soldiers and injuring 3
further said that the Kurdish gunmen attacked one of the bases of Ankara-backed
Ahrar al-Sharqiyah in the village of Qastal Khazriya in Bolboleh region,
killing two militants.
report added that a Turkish army vehicle was targeted along a road to Mobata
region that left a soldier dead, adding that the Kurds launched another attack
on a military vehicle of Ankara forces along a road to Rajou region, killing
two more Turkish soldiers.
news had also reported on Thursday that the Kurdish forces attacked one of the
strongholds of Firqat al-Hamzeh terrorist group in the village of Kimara in
Shirawa region, killing 4 of the militants and wounding 3 others after severe
on the report, the Kurdish forces also targeted a military vehicle of Fayalq
al-Sham terrorist group in the village of Kafr Nabu in Shirawa, smashing the
car and killing and wounding 5 Turkey-backed militants.
bomb-laden vehicle broke out in al-Qosour neighborhood in Central Idlib that is
under Tahrir al-Sham's control and destroyed several buildings.
is home to houses and base of Turkistani and other Asian terrorists, a
militant-affiliated source disclosed, adding that Tahrir al-Sham and Uzbek and
Turkistani terrorists laid siege on the neighborhood and kept gunmen on alert.
least 6 people were killed and 25 others, including civilians and non-Syrian
members of Tahrir al-sham were killed in the blast.
week, two notorious commanders of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at and National Liberation
Front (NLF) were killed in a bomb and gun fire attacks by unidentified raiders
in Southern Idlib.
al-Azo, a field commander of NLF, was killed in a bomb blast along a road
connecting Dayer Sharqi to Ein Qari'a in Southern Idlib.
the meantime, Abu Osama al-Terablosi, a notorious commander of Tahrir al-Sham,
was gunned down by unknown raiders near the town of Ma'arat al-Nu'aman in
parliament voted on Sunday to extend a state of emergency in the country for
three months, prolonging the authorities’ ability to use special powers into
first imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after two church bombings
killed at least 45 people, and has extended it at three-month intervals since.
renewal starting October 15, was published in the official gazette last week,
and required parliamentary approval within seven days.
allows security forces to “take (measures) necessary to confront the dangers
and funding of terrorism and safeguard security in all parts of the country,”
the gazette said.
state of emergency grants the authorities sweeping powers, allowing them to
make arrests and crack down on what they call enemies of the state.
Minister Mostafa Madbouly told parliament ahead of Sunday’s vote that national
security needed to be balanced with the protection of public freedoms.
US-led coalition denied Sunday that it targeted civilians in a recent deadly
raid in eastern Syria, insisting instead that it had fired on an ISIS terrorist
group command post.
strikes on Thursday and Friday on the village of Sousa killed 41 civilians, 10
of them children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Britain-based monitor blamed the coalition, which is backing an offensive
launched last month by a Kurdish-Arab alliance against ISIS’s last redoubt in
the country’s east.
majority of those killed in the strikes were family members of ISIS militants,
Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP on Sunday.
six are Syrians, the others are mostly Iraqi,” he said.
coalition said it did not carry out any bombing runs on Friday, but that a raid
on Thursday targeted a mosque being used as a “command and control center”.
assessment is only ISIS militants were present at the command center at the
time of the strike,” Colonel Sean Ryan said in response to questions from AFP
sent by email.
said “12 Daesh(ISIS) terrorists” were killed in the raid, using an Arabic
acronym to refer to ISIS.
there are credible claims of possible civilian casualties, they will be
investigated,” he added.
to the Observatory, Thursday’s strike killed 18 civilians, including seven
children, all of whom were related to ISIS militants.
said 11 ISIS militants were also killed in the raid.
overran large swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, proclaiming a
“caliphate” across the land it controlled.
the terrorist group has since lost most of it to various offensives in both
Syria, the group has seen its presence reduced to parts of the vast Badia
desert and a pocket that includes Sousa in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor
along the border with Iraq.
2014 the US-led coalition has acknowledged direct responsibility for more than
1,100 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq, but rights groups put the number killed
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says coalition strikes in Syria alone have
killed more than 3,300 civilians.
has praised the decisions taken by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman regarding the
case of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi, a foreign ministry source told state
news agency KUNA on Sunday.
source added that the decisions “depicts the Kingdom’s keenness and commitment
to establish the truth and its respect for legal principles to bring to account
those behind this regretful event”.
Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi had died in a fight inside its Istanbul
consulate and that investigations are still ongoing with 18 suspects in
AIR BASE, Qatar: The US-led coalition fighting the Daesh group says an
airstrike on a mosque in Syria targeted an insurgent command and control center
and killed a dozen fighters.
coalition in a statement says that while the law of war protects mosques, the
use of the building as a headquarters by Daesh caused it to lose that protected
state media and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said last
week that strikes in Sousa near the Iraq border killed and wounded dozens,
including civilians and Daesh fighters.
coalition says Daesh deliberately chose the mosque and repeatedly used it to
plan and coordinate attacks on US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Sousa is in
the last Daesh-held pocket in Syria where those forces have been fighting
extremists for weeks.
has reportedly released the former deputy chief of the Taliban group Mullah
Abdul Ghani Baradar from the jail.
sources have told a local media outlet ‘The News’ that Mullah Baradar has been
released from jail on the solicitation of the government of Qatar.
high level delegation of Qatar visited Islamabad and met senior leadership of
Pakistan, the sources added.
Baradar was captured by security agencies in Karachi in 2010.
is comes similar reports emerged few years earlier that Mulla Baradar has been
released in Pakistan to negotiate with Afghan Taliban.
Taliban group in Afghanistan has not commented regarding the release of the
group’s former co-founder so far.
Baradar was among the four key people who had helped with the formation of the
Taliban group in 1994.
Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
a recently published research report conducted by Abdullah Khan, the Managing
Director of Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS),
counterterrorism and counter-militancy initiatives of Bangladesh and India are
portrayed as “state sponsored terrorism”. It said Islamic State (ISIS) is
“provoked by the governments of India and Bangladesh which are known for their
‘state-sponsored terrorism’ against the Muslim communities”. The report claims,
“Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are under a new threat of the deadly terrorist
organization Islamic State (ISIS), also called Daesh, resulting from a major
shift from the Middle East.”
to the PICSS report, ‘Wilayat-e-Hind’ (WeH) is the new chapter of Daesh which
is quickly attracting the educated youth in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, and
promoting its radical Islamic and antisemitic ideology.
study titled “Prospects of Daesh’s Expansion in South Asia” says that an
unorganised presence of WeH militants has been identified in parts of Pakistan,
India, Bangladesh and other countries of the South Asian region. The WeH
operates as an Indian chapter of the ISIS which was formally announced in 2016.
highlights that the Indian citizens, especially from Kerala State, find ISIS
more attractive than any other radical Islamic militancy group and at least 54
people from Kerala have announced to join the ISIS during the past three years.
who have joined the Wilayat-e-Hind are well-educated and most of them are
engineers, doctors and MBA degree holders. Indian citizens are mostly joining
Khorasan chapter of Daesh than the core group in Syria or Iraq. However, the possible
launching route of Indian ISIS members to Afghanistan is not clear yet,” the
the counter-militancy initiatives of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,
Abdullah Khan told Pakistan Today, “…… the WeH Bangladesh chapter was another
surprise addition where the so-called secular regime of Prime Minister Hasina
was targeting religious Muslim groups under a witch-hunt drive.”
Pakistani research group falsely portrays notorious radical Islamic militancy
groups such as Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), Ansar Al Islam (AAI), Jamaatul
Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) and the student front of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh
(JIB) as “Muslim groups” with the ulterior motive of misleading the global and
in particular Western counterterrorism bodies.
report said, “The ongoing targeting of scholars linked to Jamat-e-Islami and
other religious right-wing outfits has provoked educated youth to take up arms.
On November 7, 2015, Dr Sajit Debnath, aka Muhammad Saifullah Ozaki [from
Bangladesh], gave a lecture to the audience at the Asia Pacific Conference at
Ritsumeikan University. The topic of the lecture was Womenomics in Business.
But this was one of the last public appearances of Dr Sajit before he
disappeared along with his family in December 2015. Dr Sajit is a PhD and was
considered an expert on the Islamic finance and economic theory. Later, he
announced to join the ISIS.”
Khan said that Daesh has successfully replaced Al-Qaeda as global champion of
terror and it uses the concept of Khilafah [Caliphate] to inspire Muslim youth
[in waging war against non-Muslims – particularly Jews, Hindus and Christians]
from around the globe.
concept of Khilafah [Caliphate] is the next level of the concept of global
Jihad or ultimate goal of global Jihad. The conquering of most parts of Iraq
and Syria helped IS get a global attraction. Some Pakistani and Afghan Taliban
commanders and commanders of some smaller groups got in contact with ISIS,” he
to Khan, Abdur Rauf Khadim, an Afghan Taliban Commander from southern
Afghanistan and former Guantanamo detainee, Abdur Rahim Muslim Dost, were the
first to join ISIS and propagate for the ISIS.
Khan also sheds light over Khurasan chapter’s different approach to recruit
this part of the world, ISIS focused on making allies. Except for Afghan
Taliban, the ISIs is pursuing a policy of cooperation instead of confrontation
with other militant groups of the region. It found an ally in the form of
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Aalami (LeJ-A),” he said, adding that Daesh was part of
the five-member alliance formed against Pakistan in Paktia in 2016, including
TTP, JuA, LI, LeJ-A.
have developed with Lashkar-e-Islam as they are fighting at some places, but
cooperation with other groups continues. He said that ISIS Khorasan militants
have developed an arch along Pakistani border to target the local areas and are
interested in waging a war from the Afghan soil.
arch was developed by creating bases of ISIS militants in Badakhshan, Nuristan,
Kuner and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan,” he added.
argued that the ISIS terrorists had resorted to guerrilla-style attacks and
they are capable of penetrating high-security zone of the Afghan capital.
quality of attacks and ability of ISIS militants to inflict heavy losses on the
enemy is improving. More militants from
Syria and Iraq are joining Khorasan chapter which will further enhance
operational capabilities of the group,” he stated.
about the ideological aspects of ISIS terrorists, Abdullah Khan reacted that
the group professes extremist views of Islam and mostly people from Deobandi
and Salafi (Ahle-e-Hadith) schools of thought have joined the group in the
between ISIS and Hefazat e Islam:
e Islam (HeI), an Islamist group formed in 2010 under the leadership of Ahmad
Shafi, the chief of Hathazari Madrassa in Bangladesh. This group comprises
thousands of madrassa teachers and students. It may be recalled here, there are
over ninety thousand Qaomi [Koranic] madrassas in Bangladesh. This group
clearly confronts democracy, empowerment of women, secular institutions and
individuals and demands enactment Sharia rule. HeI has connections with various
Islamist groups including Jamaat e Islami Bangladesh (JIB), Khelafat Andolan,
Khelafat Majlist and Islami Oikya Jote [Islamist Unity Front]. It also enjoys
direct support from Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiyo Party.
2013 Hefajat-e-Islam was reformed after the allegation that some of the
protesters in the Shahbagh protests demanding trial of the war criminals, were
involved in publishing of content offensive to Muslims on blogs, including the
depiction of the Prophet of Islam as a pornographic character. They arranged a
rally towards capital city Dhaka, demanding enaction of capital punishment of
the “atheist bloggers” involved in the Shahbag movement and a blasphemy law.
13 points of the Islamist group includes:
the phrase “Complete faith and trust in the Almighty Allah” in the
a law in parliament keeping a provision of the capital punishment of death
sentence to prevent defaming Islam,
measures for stringent punishment of self-declared atheists and bloggers, who
led the Shahbagh movement, and “anti-Islamists” who made derogatory remarks
against Muhammad. Also taking steps to stop the spread of “propaganda”,
infiltration of all “alien-culture”, including “shamelessness” in the name of
individual’s freedom of expression, anti-social activities, adultery, free
mixing of males and females and candle-lighting. Stopping harassment of women,
open fornication and adultery, sexual harassment, all forms of violence against
women and an end to the tradition of dowry,
Islamic education mandatory from primary to higher secondary levels canceling
the women policy and anti-religion education policy,
declare Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslim,
erection of sculptures at intersections, schools, colleges and universities
across the country,
restrictions on prayersfor ulema in all mosques across the country, including
Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in
Anti-Islamiccontent in media,
to anti-Islam activities by NGOs across the country, including in the
Chittagong Hill Tracts; Hefazat fears a “foreign conspiracy” to separate
Chittagong Hill Tracts from Bangladesh and “make it a Christian state”,
attacks and extrajudicial killing of ulema,
harassment of teachers and students of Qawmi madrassas [Koranic schools] and Ulema,
for all arrested ulemaand madrassa students and withdrawal of all cases filed
against them, compensation for the victims, and bringing the assailants to
my opinion, the above mentioned 13-point demands pressed by HeI was clearly
destined as transforming a secular Bangladesh into another caliphate.
to BBC Bangla Service, “The government of Sheikh Hasina has sought to treat
Hefazat softly, and preferred to engage in negotiation.”
on Hefazat e Islam, English newspaper the Dhaka Tribune, “The radical group
also scored a victory when PM Hasina recognised top Qawmi madrasa degree
Dawrah-e-Hadith as equivalent to post-graduate degrees, attracting protests
from many secular-leaning organisations and individuals.”
a report titled ‘Bangladesh’s radical Muslims uniting behind Hefazat-e-Islam’,
the Guardian quoting a leader of the organization wrote, “Hefazat had
previously kept a low profile.”It represents poor people, with little
education, mainly country folk, who have always been despised by the urban
middle classes. There is nothing transnational or terrorist about the movement,
but it may become more radical if it is sidelined,” says Farhad Mazhar, a
political commentator. Hefazat enjoys the support of millions of believers,
thanks to the control it exerts over the vast majority of Qur’anic schools in
Bangladesh. “Our schools train the best imams. About a quarter of them then
leave for the Gulf States, the United Kingdom or the United States, and they support
us financially,” says Habib Ullah, the movement’s deputy-general-secretary.”
may be mentioned here that the members of HeI support radical Islamic militancy
groups such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah etc, while many are affiliated
with these groups.
Islamic teachers entering the West:
the above statement of the deputy-general-secretary of HeI it is evidently
proved that the members of this antisemitic radical Islamic group are entering
the Western nations including the United Kingdom and the United States. This
certainly is disturbing news as these radical teachers can preach radical Islam
in the West and also radicalize local Muslims and provoke them towards
posed by radical Islam in Bangladesh:
of the key principles of the creation of Bangladesh was secularism. But the
spirit of secularism was daunted when military dictator Hussein Muhammed Ershad
made a constitutional amendment thus giving Islam the status of state religion.
This was the continuation of his predecessor General Ziaur Rahman who began the
process of Islamization of the country.
since creation of Bangladesh, all of the successive government had followed a
policy of appeasing radical Islam considering the vote bank. Moreover,
Bangladesh has been a diehard supporter of the Palestinian jihad against the
State of Israel. Criticizing Palestinians and leader of the Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Arafat is considered as a punishable
crime under country’s blasphemy law. For this “crime”, I had been wrong
convicted with 9-year’s rigorous imprisonment in 2014 by a court in Bangladesh
and had to serve the entire period before walking out of the prison on July 29,
2018. Pending the appeal against this wrong conviction, when my bail petition
was moved with the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, the then
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha exhibited all out eagerness in cancelling
the bail, which was granted by a High Court Division. Later it was proved;
Justice Sinha is a puppet of the antisemitic and radical Islamic group named
Jamaat e Islami Bangladesh (JIB).
romance with the Palestinian jihadists and Hamas are such strong that it had no
hesitation in ignoring a House Resolution (HR-64) passed by 409 votes by the
United States Congress in my defence in 2007.
officials in the U.S. Department Defense, Pentagon, have confirmed that a U.S.
General had also sustained injuries during last week’s deadly incident in
southern Kandahar province.
U.S. General wounded in the attack has been identified as U.S. Army Brigadier
General Jeffrey Smiley.
Commander Grant Neeley, a spokesman for the NATO Resolute Support mission, has
told the U.S. media “I can confirm that he is recovering from a gunshot wound
he received during the attack in Kandahar.”
is being treated at a Resolute Support hospital in Kandahar,” Neeley added.
incident in southern Kandahar province last Thursday left the Police Chief of
the province Gen. Abdul Raziq dead along with the provincial intelligence chief
Gen. Abdul Momin Hussain Khel.
provincial governor of Kandahar Zalmay Weesa also sustained injuries in the
attack along with some other individuals.
authorities are on the hunt for suspected Islamic militants in the wake of
police raids on suspected militant hideouts where two people were killed.
militants — a male and a female — were killed when police counterterrorism
units raided two suspected militant hideouts in Narsingdi district of central
Bangladesh on Oct. 16.
officials also detained two suspected female militants the following day.
are now hunting for 17 suspected militants believed to have links with those
killed or detained, said Abdul Mannan, additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka
Metropolitan Police, the Daily Star reported Oct. 19.
raid is part of an ongoing anti-militancy crackdown in Bangladesh, a moderate
Muslim-majority South Asian country that has seen a sharp rise in Islamic
militancy in recent years.
Albert T. Rozario, former secretary of Catholic bishops' Justice and Peace Commission,
said the latest crackdown signals that weakened militant networks are trying to
is a global phenomenon and it is far from over yet," Father Rozario told
ucanews.com. "Militants are hiding, trying to revive and are changing
their tactics to evade security agencies."
militants, pledging allegiance to global terror outfits — the so-called Islamic
State and Al-Qaeda — have since 2013 murdered about 50 people including atheist
writers, liberal academics, gay activists, religious minorities and foreigners
the worst terror attack, five militants murdered 20 people, most of them
foreigners, at the Holey Artisan Bakery café in an upmarket diplomatic area of
Dhaka on July 1, 2016.
response, law enforcers launched a massive anti-militancy campaign that
resulted in more than 50 militants including top leaders being killed and
hundreds of suspects being arrested.
Rozario said that despite such efforts in fighting militancy, Bangladesh has
failed to promote a 'counter ideology', nor reach a political consensus
have a long tradition of religious harmony, yet there are small groups that
back militancy," said Father Rozario.
ruling and opposition parties are yet to reach a consensus that says a strong
'no' to militancy," the priest added.
population rejects militancy
security analyst retired Major General Abdur Rashid told ucanews.com that the
latest crackdown has multiple revelations, both positive and negative.
noted that since the café attack, security forces have enhanced their skills in
security officials are able to intercept 'militancy indicators' before
militants can make any move. That's why we see now and then militant dens being
busted, which was rare before the Holey Artisan attack," he said.
recent events also show that militancy remains a threat, he said.
intelligence team which had infiltrated the terrorist groups could provide the
quadrilateral coalition of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia with intelligence about
ISIL's moves," the head of al-Soqour intelligence group at the Iraqi
interior ministry Abu Ali al-Basari was quoted as saying by Iraq's SNG news
agency on Sunday.
added that the terrorists had plots to carry out terrorist attacks in Turkey, Iran
and Suleimaniyeh region, noting that the numerous airstrikes launched by the
Russian fighter jets in Syria foiled the ISIL plots to infiltrate Iran, Iraq,
Turkey and some of the European states and operations in Raqqa and Albu Kamal
Quadrilateral Intelligence Sharing Center, with military attachés from Iran,
Russia, Iraq and Syria, is headed by the Iraqi Military Information
Organization since its foundation in 2015.
Quadrilateral Intelligence Sharing Center of Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria holds
different meetings to broaden cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
participants discuss activities of the four countries in the security and
intelligence fields and present security reports on countering terrorism.
Moscow, Baghdad and Damascus have stressed the need to expand cooperation
between the four countries in the fight against the ISIL terrorists and other
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he will announce on Tuesday details of
Turkey’s investigation into the case of Saudi citizen and journalist Jamal
is expected to make the statement at a meeting with members of his ruling AK
Party in parliament on Tuesday.
will make my statement about this issue on Tuesday at the party group meeting,”
Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul on Sunday.
deputy minister of education in the coup-government of the Houthi pro-Iranian
militias, Dr. Abdullah al-Hamdi, said that he broke with the militias, calling
to rise up against these rejected militias from 90% of the Yemeni people who
are suffering from hunger, death and poverty due to the militias.
revealed in a television interview on Sunday that these militias import Iranian
ideology and their destructive project to enslave the Yemeni people, exploiting
them to terrorize and control the society.
explained that the terrorist militias spread alien ideas on the culture of the
Yemeni society, establishing the so-called Wilayat al-Faqih (Guardianship of
the Jurist) ideology, occupying the mosques and destroying them, replacing them
with Husseiniat instead, adding that the militias kidnap and recruit children
by force and put them on the front lines.
stressed that the biggest historical mistake occurred in Yemen is the alliance
of the General People’s Congress with the Houthi terrorist organizations, as he
said that the Yemeni people are suffering- under the control of the Houthi
pro-Iranian militias- from famine.
Minister of Education Abdullah Salem Lemmles said that the war launched by the
Houthi militias had devastating effects on the educational system and on the
opportunities of millions of children to receive education according to the
general education system in Yemen.
3,600 primary and secondary schools have been closed since the beginning of the
war, depriving 1.9 million children of access to formal education, according to
Lemmles said about 2,000 primary and secondary schools were damaged or used by
Houthi militias as barracks, and about 67 percent of schools did not pay their
staff salaries for almost two years.
pointed out that more than one million children are unable to attend school
because of the war staged by the Houthi militias, and that 2 million children
do not have access to a formal education system.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French
President Emmanuel Macron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to
attend a critical four-way summit on Syria in Istanbul next Saturday.
will discuss recent developments in the war-torn country as well as projections
for a political settlement.
have underlined the importance of this summit in providing a strong push for
key EU countries to work together with regional players to end the years-long
conflict in Syria as it will gather the four countries’ leaders at the highest
summit will focus on the recent developments in the opposition-held
northwestern province of Idlib, and the parameters of a possible political
ways for preventing a new refugee inflow from Idlib into Europe via Turkey,
which is home to about 3.5 million Syrian residents, following a possible
offensive by the Assad regime will also be raised as a topic that mainly
concerns France and Germany and pushes them to work more closely with Turkey
summit will also aim at “harmonizing joint efforts for finding a lasting
solution to the conflict,” presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin announced on
and France welcomed the Turkey-Russia deal on Idlib that had set Oct. 15 as the
deadline for removing all radical groups from a demilitarized zone in the
province. Although the withdrawal of some opposition groups from the zone has
not been accomplished in due time, Ankara and Moscow have agreed to extend the
deadline for Idlib, which is still a strategic area where the opposition holds
and Russia want the status quo for Idlib. Although the jihadists have not
withdrawn from the demilitarized zone, Russia is turning a blind eye,” said
Fabrice Balanche, an associate professor and research director at the
University of Lyon II.
will make some efforts to save face. Turkish proxies have withdrawn because
Turkey pays wages, so they must obey, but for the jihadists it is more
complicated,” he told Arab News.
to Balanche, without the complicity of Turkey, the Syrian regime cannot take
over the north of the country.
exchange, Turkey wants a buffer zone in the north, all along its border. The
main objective is, of course, to eliminate the Syrian Kurdish YPG from the
border as it has already done in Afrin. A secondary objective is to protect its
opposition allies and the Turkmen minorities, many in the province of Idlib but
also between Azaz and Jarablus,” he said.
the summit also shows that these four countries need each other in the Syrian
theater as each of them has stakes regarding the settlement of the crisis.
Ersen, a Syria analyst at Marmara University in Istanbul, said the main goal of
the summit is to provide a major diplomatic boost to the ongoing Astana and
Sochi peace processes, which have so far been led mainly by Turkey, Russia and
second and maybe even more important goal is to include France and Germany in
the reconstruction efforts in Syria once the civil war is over,” he told Arab
the cost of the reconstruction, estimated at about $400 billion, Ankara, Moscow
and Tehran are not ready to take this enormous financial burden without the
financial support of the West, Ersen said.
Paris and Berlin hope that Ankara’s ongoing efforts to prevent a humanitarian
crisis in Idlib can be successful. If the settlement in Idlib does not work,
everybody is aware that this may lead to a big refugee crisis for both Turkey
and Europe once again,” he added.
Fietz, deputy spokeswoman for the German government, told a news conference in
Berlin that her country is also hopeful about the forthcoming summit’s
potential contribution to the stabilization of Idlib’s de-escalation zone.
in the UN-led political process, in particular the commencement of the work of
the constitutional commission, will be discussed,” she said.
King Abdullah II on Sunday ended a clause in the Wadi Arabah treaty, saying
that Amman would not to agree renew an extension of a 25-year Israeli lease of
border land under the 1994 agreement.
and al-Ghamr have always been our top priorities and our decision is to end
their extension from the peace agreement based on our keenness to take
everything necessary for Jordan and Jordanians,” the king tweeted on Sunday.
have taken place over the past period demanding that the lease not be renewed
after the end of the legal period according to the initial agreement.
in public remarks, said Jordan wants to implement its option to end the lease,
and Israel “will enter negotiations with it on the possibility of extending the
an annex to the peace agreement, Israel leased about 1,000 acres of
agricultural land in the southern sector of its border with Jordan, as well as
a small area known as the “Island of Peace” near the Sea of Galilee.
says dozens of people were killed earlier this week in sectarian violence
sparked by a dispute in a market in the country’s north.
spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday that a total
of 55 people had lost their lives in clashes between young Christians and
Muslims in the northwestern Nigerian state of Kaduna.
sources told AFP that the fighting erupted between Adara Christian and Hausa
Muslim youths in the town of Kasuwan Magani’s market following a dispute among
state police commissioner said 22 people had been arrested after the unrest.
Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest communal violence in Kasuwan Magani
in Kaduna State, which claimed 55 lives,” the presidential office said in a
Nigerian president expressed concern that Nigerians were too frequently
resorting to violence over misunderstandings that could be resolved peacefully.
culture and religion supports the disregard for the sanctity of life,” he said,
adding that “peaceful coexistence is necessary for the progress of any society
and its well-being.”
also said that without harmony between communities, an environment conducive to
“our everyday businesses would be impossible to achieve.”
cannot be an alternative to peace. On the contrary, reliance on violence leads
to ultimate self-destruction. Violence is an ill wind that blows nobody any
good. Embracing peace is a necessity,” he said.
King Abdullah II says Amman has already notified Israel that it will not extend
its lease of two border territories to the Tel Aviv regime, stressing that his
country is resolute to reclaim both regions under a bilateral peace deal signed
almost a quarter of a century ago.
two pieces of territory are Baqoura, also known Naharayim, a border area of six
square kilometers in Jordan’s northern Irbid province situated south of the
Lake Kinneret, in the north of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories,
while Ghumar, also known as Zofar, another border area that covers four square
kilometers in the southern Aqaba province and is located south of the Dead Sea.
to a peace treaty inked by Jordan and Israel on October 26, 1994, the two
pockets of border areas were leased to Israel for a 25-year renewable period
upon the signing of the treaty, under which the lease is automatically
renewable unless either side gives a year’s notice to terminate the deal.
have informed Israel [that we are putting] an end to the application of the
peace treaty annexes regarding Baqoura and Ghumar,” said King Abdullah on
Sunday, quoted by Jordan’s official news agency Petra.
added that Tel Aviv was “informed” regarding Amman’s decision on Sunday, and
stressed that the two border areas “are Jordanian land and will remain” part of
the Arab country.
and Ghumar have always been at the top of our priorities, and we have decided
to put an end to the application of the peace treaty annexes regarding Baqoura
and Ghumar,” King Abdullah further said.
deadline for renewing both leases of the deal is this coming Thursday.
seeks negotiation with Jordan
on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in public remarks, said
Amman wanted to implement its option to terminate the leases, and Tel Aviv in
return “will enter negotiations with it on the possibility of extending the
added that no doubt the bilateral agreement “is an important asset.”
Haram jihadists razed three villages in northeast Nigeria in attacks that
killed two people and injured several others, civilian militia and residents
told AFP Sunday.
jihadists arrived in trucks to attack the neighbouring villages of Dala-Melari,
Fuguri and Femari villages, 6km outside Borno state capital Maiduguri.
terrorists fired indicriminately and forced residents to flee," said
militia leader Ibrahim Liman.
blamed fighters loyal to Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau for the
people were killed and several injured."
completely burnt the villages after looting food supplies," Liman said.
resident, Modu Malari, said the jihadists invaded the villages around 22:00 and
stole all our food and burnt all our homes. They killed two of our men,"
attacks came hours after the jihadists hacked to death a dozen farmers working
on their fields in Kalla village, five kilometres away.
blamed the same jihadists who killed the farmers for the village raids.
recent days Boko Haram militants have increasingly attacked civilian targets in
Thursday, they looted and burnt a village in northeast Borno state after
fighting off soldiers protecting it, a local official told AFP
jihadists believed to be loyal to Shekau invaded Kalli village outside the town
of Damboa, 89 killometres from Maiduguri.
terrorists attacked the village and forced residents and troops to flee after a
fight," a local official of Damboa local government said.
looted food and livestock and set the village on fire, burning it
completely," said the official speaking from Maiduguri.
lies on the fringes of the jihadists' Sambisa forest enclave from where the
militants launched the attack, according to a civilian militia assisting troops
in fighting the jihadists.
2018 midterm elections have seen a dramatic rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric, a new
report has found, as political campaigns are emboldened by Donald Trump’s
ascent to the White House.
findings demonstrate the depth of anti-Muslim messaging ahead of the 6 November
vote, tactics that echo attempts to inflame fears around immigrants and people
seen anti-Muslim candidates running in every region,” said Scott Simpson,
public advocacy director of Muslim Advocates, which commissioned the report.
seen them running at every level of office, from the school and planning boards
all the way to governor and Congress. We’ve seen it in liberal places and
has really taken root and become very widespread.”
report examined more than 80 campaigns across the US run by candidates who have
engaged in anti-Muslim campaign attacks over the last two years. Almost all of
the candidates are Republican.
theories targeting Muslims have increasingly entered the political mainstream.
The majority of the candidates openly targeting Muslims – 64% – are either
elected or appointed officials or boast of a presidential endorsement.
than a third have claimed that Muslims are inherently violent or pose an
imminent threat, the report found, and have propagated the existence of a
Muslim conspiracy to take over communities or infiltrate government. Just under
a third of the candidates considered have called for Muslims to be denied basic
rights or declared that Islam is not a religion.
such attacks echo rhetoric used by Trump and other Republican presidential
contenders in 2016, as anti-Muslim sentiment reached new heights within the
party’s primary electorate.
called for a ban on all Muslims coming to the US and flirted with the idea of a
Muslim registry. He also falsely claimed Muslims celebrated in New Jersey
following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and openly declared that “Islam hates us”.
the 2016 election, how easy it is for candidates to really use Islamophobic and
hateful rhetoric as a part of their platform,” said Mohamed Gula, political
director at Emgage, an organization focused on electing more Muslims to public
you go to a masjid or are part of any institution within the Muslim community,
you’re attached to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
line of attack recently thrust a congressional race in California into the
Duncan Hunter, a Republican, ran an attack ad suggesting his Democratic
opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, was a “security risk … working to infiltrate
Congress”. The television spot invoked Campa-Najjar’s Mexican-Palestinian
heritage and claimed without evidence that he was backed by the Muslim
who is Christian, told the Guardian the attack was “blatantly ignorant” and
“unhinged from reality”. The ad was also denounced by a bipartisan group of
national security veterans as “racist and bigoted”.
a Republican Super Pac has gone after a Democratic candidate, Abigail
Spanberger, for her work as a substitute teacher at a Saudi-funded Islamic
school in northern Virginia.
is Abigail Spanberger hiding?” the narrator asks in a TV ad funded by the
Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“Spanberger doesn’t want us to know that she taught at an Islamic school
nicknamed ‘Terror High, a terrorist breeding ground.”
taught at the school from 2002 to 2003, while awaiting a security clearance to
work at the CIA. She disclosed this and was granted two federal security
clearances and dispatched to fight terrorism overseas.
is some evidence that such attacks do not work. Of the 80 anti-Muslim
candidates identified in the research, only 11–14% – were elected or are safely
projected to win in November.
rhetoric is not popular with American voters,” said Simpson. “It is popular
with a really isolated and very extreme part of the electorate that is very
hostile to Muslims, that will parrot back the most out-of-touch conspiracy
theories about American Muslims without even thinking twice.”
sharp rise in Islamophobic campaigns comes as a record number of Muslim
Americans seek elected office.
said groups like Emgage believe the best way to counter anti-Muslim sentiment
is to build a formidable presence in public office and as an electorate.
able to rewrite and redefine what it means to be socially responsible and
civically engaged within our communities is of huge importance,” he said.
“We’ve seen a little over  Muslims run for office … That was once unheard
President Donald Trump continues his defense of the Saudi royal family in the
possible assassination of an outspoken critic of the kingdom in Turkey.
took part in an interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, which he
often refers to as “fake news,” in order to protect Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman in the case of Jamal Khashoggi.
is a possibility he [bin Salman] found out about it afterward. It could be
something in the building went badly awry. It could be that's when he found
about it," he said, acknowledging that "their stories are all over
US president further left the door open for possible implication of the prince,
the country’s de facto leader.
has told me he’s responsible," Trump said. "Nobody has told me he’s
not responsible. We haven’t reached that point ... I would love if he wasn’t
Arabia acknowledged the murder for the first time on Friday, yet leaving many
questions unanswered, a denial welcomed by Trump.
there’s been deception and there’s been lies," Trump said.
intercepts reportedly show that Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi
mission in Istanbul on October 2, was murdered on bin Salman’s direct order.
media have previously released the identities of Saudi operatives, who had
apparently travelled from Riyadh to Istanbul on two private jets and entered
the Saudi mission for that matter.
Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says the kingdom and the United States
can sustain the crisis created by the murder of prominent Saudi journalist
strategic relationship is important for both countries," Jubeir told Fox
News on Sunday. "The relationship will weather this."
a US resident, The Washington Post columnist, and a leading critic of Riyadh,
entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents for
his pending marriage, but he never left the mission.
officials originally said Khashoggi had left the diplomatic mission unharmed,
before announcing on Friday that he had been killed inside the building in what
they described as an altercation.
said King Salman was “determined” to punish those behind the murder, which he
claimed had been "a tremendous mistake" and part of a "rogue
believe that when the investigation's over and the facts have been revealed and
... people know who is responsible, and see those individuals being punished,
and see procedures put in place to prevent this from happening,” the top
brushed off accusations that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which Khashoggi
would openly criticize, had ordered the foul play.
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, delivered his strongest comments yet about
the affair in an interview with The Post, saying, "Obviously, there's been
deception and there's been lies." "Their stories are all over the
however, emphasized the importance of US-Saudi relationship to Washington's
regional strategic goals.
described the 33-year-old crown prince as a "strong person; he has very
added that he has yet to be shown any evidence by intelligence officials that
would make him believe the royal had any direct role in the murder.
The Pentagon has confirmed that US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a
Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders in Kandahar province last week.
military spokesman Cmdr. Grant W. Neeley provided no other details. The
Washington Post reported earlier Sunday that Smiley was recovering after
suffering at least one gunshot wound while he was inside the Kandahar
Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials Thursday in an attack on a
security conference attended by the top US military commander in the country,
Gen. Scott Miller. He escaped injury.
was assigned in the summer to lead a Kandahar-based command with a mission to
train and advise Afghan security forces and help with counterterrorism
operations in southern Afghanistan.
Fatih Hafız Mehmet
Australia and New Zealand have condemned the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal
Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a statement on Saturday criticized
Saudi Arabia's explanation regarding the killing of Khashoggi.
explanations offered to date lack consistency and credibility,” she said.
condemns the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia has confirmed took place in its consulate in Istanbul,” the statement
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also condemned the killing of the Saudi
deplore the killing of Jamal Khashoggi...We expect the Saudi government to
cooperate fully with Turkish authorities regarding the investigation of this
matter," he said.
Australian government has also announced it was no longer “appropriate” to
attend next week’s Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.
Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Trade and
Export Growth David Parker in a joint statement on Sunday said: "The New
Zealand government continues to condemn in the strongest possible terms the
killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives."
killing by government operatives is deeply disturbing. Many questions remain
unanswered,” Peters said.
look forward to the results of the investigation being led by Turkey and we
urge Saudi Arabia to implement its undertaking to participate openly and transparently
in that investigation,” he added.
a columnist for The Washington Post, had gone missing since entering the Saudi
Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
days of denying to know his whereabouts, Saudi Arabia on Saturday claimed
Khashoggi died during a fight inside the consulate.
the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several
officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he
was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. All of the identified
individuals have since left Turkey.
United Kingdom says that Saudi Arabia's explanation of how dissident journalist
Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul was not
remarks by Brexit minister Dominic Raab came on Sunday two days after Riyadh had
confessed that Khashoggi was murdered.
a Friday announcement, Saudi Arabia said that the preliminary results of its
investigation indicated Khashoggi had been killed in a "fight with people
who met him in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”
Raab told the BBC that "I don't think it's credible," adding there
was a "serious question mark over the account that has been given."
support the Turkish investigation into it and the British government wants to
see people held to account for that death."
Arabia's narrative of Khashoggi's murder has been criticized by several other
countries too. They demanded greater clarity regarding the case.
the very early hours of Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2, many pointed
the finger to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, saying the crown prince
had clear motives to kill the journalist.
revelations in the Turkish media showed that a 15-member hit squad, among them
members of bin Salman’s personal guard, had carried out the murder inside the
has announced on Sunday that it would stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia amid
doubts over Riyadh’s explanation on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
to reporters following a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in
Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded urgent clarification on Khashoggi’s
far as arms exports are concerned, those can’t take place in the current
conditions,” Merkel said.
also underlined that Berlin would hold talks with its international partners
for a common response.
was last seen on Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
days of denying to know his whereabouts, Saudi Arabia on Saturday claimed
Khashoggi died during a fight inside the consulate.
the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several
officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he
was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. All of the identified
individuals have since left Turkey.
authorities on Sunday denied reports of alleged organ theft after the body of a
British tourist who died suddenly while on holiday was returned home without
Humphries, 62, died in the seaside resort of Hurghada on the shores of the Red
Sea on September 18. His body was returned to the UK where a second post-mortem
ordered by a coroner discovered that his heart and some other organs had been
removed, a British media outlet said in a report.
the UK media of publishing “flawed reports”, the Egyptian state information
service (SIS) said allegations of “organ theft are unfounded”.
statement said that samples were taken and the heart, parts of the liver,
kidneys and other organs had been removed in order to establish the cause of
death. It did not give an explanation as to why they had not been replaced.
service said the tourist had probably died of a heart attack, citing the
medical report. It also quoted his daughter Anita Goodall as saying that she
did “not accuse anyone of having a hand in the death of her father”.
another case in Hurghada on August 21, travel operator Thomas Cook moved all
its clients to another hotel after a British couple died in what their daughter
called “suspicious” circumstances.
five main opposition parties in Britain have called on the government to change
its stance toward Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom has already crossed many
boundaries in committing crimes and violating human rights.
a joint letter to British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, the five parties,
namely, Labour, SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens, said it was time for
a change of policy toward Saudi Arabia following the death of a prominent Saudi
journalist in Turkey and in light of continued crimes committed by Riyadh in
the war on Yemen.
Arabia has been subject to renewed pressure over its role in the murder of
Jamal Khashoggi, an exiled journalist who was brutally killed in the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
around the world have been considering punitive measures against Riyadh since
it admitted the assassination on Friday.
have called on Britain, a major ally of Saudis, to stop supplying the regime
with weapons. However, the Conservative-led government says such a ban would
benefit rivals in the weapons market.
five British opposition parties said in their letter to Hunt that it was “hard
to imagine what crime the Saudi government would need to commit” for the UK
government to condemn it.
letter, signed by the foreign representatives of the parties and seen by the
Guardian newspaper, said reports showing that Khashoggi was tortured and
murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul constituted “the latest in a litany
of charges that have been laid before the Saudi regime by the international
cannot be business as usual with a regime that displays blatant contempt and
disregard for international law and human rights. The consistent inaction of
your government is utterly incompatible with our most basic value as a
democracy,” read the letter, which was organized by the SNP.
has been working with Russia in a “strategic partnership” format based on
mutual interests but is in no such “alliance” with any Eastern or Western
power, says Iran’s point man on the Middle East, who has been working closely
with the Russian Federation on Syria’s dossier.
about the nature of Iran’s relationship with Russia, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, a
top aide to the Iranian foreign minister, told Press TV’s website in an
exclusive interview on October 10 that the Islamic Republic has since its
foundation defined itself as nationally independent of any global power but has
recognized and duly employed “partnerships” with countries within the framework
of its national interests.
meticulously differentiated between a “strategic alliance” — which he said was
an obsolete practice of the Cold War-era and never in the policy toolkit of the
Islamic Republic — and “strategic partnership.”
is not our strategic ally; neither are we Russia’s strategic ally, in the sense
that was very popular particularly in the bipolar era [of international
politics], in the era of blocs and great […] alliances,” he said.
don’t have a strategic alliance with Russia, but we have strategic partnership
[with it], in specific projects, based on specific mutual interests — and in
spite of the differences we have [with Moscow] — and we can continue to have
[such partnership] in the future, too,” Jaberi Ansari said.
said Iran “exited the framework of alliances and affiliations with powers in
the West and the East” after the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Islamic Republic, he said, has achieved its national independence “at great
cost” and will not let that independence be dented in any shape or form.
in its relations with Russia, nor in its relations with any other power will
Iran step toward violating its own national independence,” he said.
Iran highly values its relationship with Russia for a number of factual
reasons, he said.
is our neighbor to the north, [and] Russia is a large neighbor and a global
power. These are facts,” Jaberi Ansari said. “As such, the same rule that
governs our relations with all our neighbors applies to Russia all the more.”
[Iranian] administration or politician can afford not to insert into its/his
calculations the fact that Russia is our globally powerful neighbor.”
his official capacity as senior assistant to the Iranian foreign minister on
special political affairs, Jaberi Ansari has been working with Russia — and
Turkey — in a peace process for Syria.
and Russia, allies of the Syrian government, have been giving Damascus advisory
military help in coordination with one another. Russia has also been carrying
out an aerial bombardment campaign in Syria on behalf of the Syrian government.
subordinate to no country’
Ansari said China, too, is another neighbor that, although not in Iran’s
immediate neighborhood, has on various occasions — “in times of difficulty, at
times of sanctions, conflicts, and wars” — been willing to cooperate and is
thus well looked upon inside Iran.
none of that means that we are part of global blocs, or [involved in] East-West
disputes, or that we have become subordinate to the East or the West,” he said.
seemed to say that Iran considered its interests above all.
interests are in employing all the capacities that really exist in its
international relations with Eastern and Western powers according to Iran’s
national agenda. Whatever window is open, Iran and its wise politicians will
use that window,” Jaberi Ansari said.
Iranian official said while Russia has been willing to cooperate with Iran in
economic, political, and security areas, the West, particularly America, has
consistently sought to confront and contain Iran since 1979.
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