Islamic Militants in Muslim-Majority Bangladesh Hail from Schools than Madrasas
General Visits Darul Uloom, Deoband; Urges Students to Join Forces
Farhan al-Maliki, Anti-Wahhabi Saudi Thinker Faces Execution: HRW
Arabia's Nuclear Ambitions Raise Alarm In Mideast
Trying to Sell All That Palestinians Have, Including Islam’s Holy Sites: Ayat.
Will Do 'Everything' To Stop Iran Going Nuclear: Benjamin Netanyahu
Wrong With Asking For Non-Muslim Feedback on Islamic Curriculum
Muslim Figures Help Promote ‘Middle Islam’ In the Netherlands
Military Council Rejects Ethiopia's Proposal for Peace, Accepts African Union's
Threaten Afghan Media, Say Reporters to Be Targeted
militants killed, wounded in Farah operations in past 5 days: MoD
Taliban militants killed, wounded in Special Forces raid in Faryab
growing among Rohingya children in Cox’s Bazar camps
policemen killed in Taliban checkpoint attack in W. Afghanistan
Sri Lanka defence official faces charges over Easter attacks
forces retake Faryab district a year after it was captured by Taliban
Neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh Islamic State Operatives Arrested In
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security forces destroy 10 Islamic State tunnels
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Rouhani: US sanctions on Khamenei futile as he has ‘no foreign assets’
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puts 16 public figures on trial for 2013 anti-government protests
blocks Gaza fuel supply over fire balloons
have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition
coalition against Iran 'will fail': Tehran
says US sanctions mean diplomacy is now 'permanently closed'
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UK militaries hold strategic dialogue
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calls on Houthis to end attacks on Saudi Arabia
Will ‘Have To Consider’ Supporting A US War with Iran ‘On a Case-By-Case Basis’
says it will counter new US sanctions on Iran
warns of accidental war between US and Iran
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in Spanish enclave Ceuta comes under gun attack
says it has lost track of 160 ISIS members
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Islamic militants in Muslim-majority Bangladesh hail from a general education
background while less than one third have roots in a madrasa education, a
police study has found.
56 percent of militants had a general
education, 22 percent had a madrasa education and 22 percent are either
uneducated or have an English medium education background, according to
research by police headquarters in the capital Dhaka.
research was carried out on 250 suspected militants arrested from 2015 to 2017,
madrasa education cannot be blamed for militancy as most of the militants in
our custody are from a general education background,” Mohammad Moniruzzaman,
additional deputy inspector general (intelligence) of the anti-terrorism unit,
told the Daily Star newspaper on June 22.
said about 80 percent of religious extremists and terrorists were indoctrinated
through the internet and social media, while the rest were influenced by
unprecedented revelation about militancy roots is a cause of concern for
Bangladesh, observers warn.
popular perception is that people with poor and uneducated backgrounds get
radicalized, but slowly this perception is diminishing. Now we find people from
affluent families and higher education backgrounds are more likely to be
radicalized and choose destructive paths,” Father Anthony Sen, convener of the
Justice and Peace Commission in Dinajpur Diocese in northern Bangladesh, told
has long been known as a moderate Muslim-majority country thanks to its
tradition of religious pluralism and harmony.
2013, Bangladesh has seen a deadly rise in Islamic militancy. Homegrown
militants, pledging allegiance to global terror outfits Islamic State and
al-Qaeda, have murdered more than 50 people.
response, Bangladeshi security forces launched a massive anti-militancy
crackdown that saw more than 50 suspected militant leaders and members shot
dead and hundreds arrested.
Bangladesh was particularly hit by militancy. Liberal academics, Shia Muslims,
Ahmadis and religious minorities were murdered, while an Italian Catholic
priest and a Protestant pastor narrowly escaped brutal murder attempts.
are living in an age when getting radicalized is easy, and we have seen in Bangladesh
how devastating an impact radicalism can have. Meanwhile, an ongoing social
movement against militancy in necessary, and in particular all education
institutes must be monitored constantly,” Father Sen said.
Khan, a Dhaka-based human rights activist and radicalism researcher, had
a terrible development when we hear that people from good education backgrounds
with wealthy socioeconomic status are getting involved in extremism. Poor
people might get radicalized for money, but a misguided ideology drives
affluent people to radicalism, which is most dangerous,” Khan told ucanews.com.
awareness among all quarters of people and relentless surveillance from law
enforcers can help prevent radicalism from taking root.”
General Subhash Sharan visited the prestigious Islamic seminary Darul Uloom at
Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. This is the first time in its 150-year history that
the seminary witnessed a visit from a top Army officer. Major General Subhash
Sharan, who was ADG (UP & Uttarakhand), urged the students of Darul Uloom
students to join the forces.
major general visited Darul Uloom on Saturday evening and met its chief Maulana
Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani. Maulana Nomani apprised him of the rich cultural
history of the seminary. Major general told the students that after passing out
from the seminary, they could join the forces as ‘maulvis’.
to Deccan Herald, the Army official presented a copy of the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ to
Maulana Nomani, who in turn gave the former a book containing the history of
Uloom was established in 1866 by Mohammed Qasim Nanautavi at Deoband in UP’s
Rights Watch has condemned the Saudi authorities for seeking the death penalty
against a reformist religious thinker and critic on charges that bear “no
resemblance to recognized crimes.”
Farhan al-Maliki was arrested in September 2017 and has been held in detention
since then. The Saudi authorities finally brought charges against him in
said al-Maliki’s prosecution for peacefully expressing his religious views
contradicts Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s claims in October 2017 that he
wanted to “revert” the kingdom to “a moderate Islam open to the world and all
bin Salman has consistently pledged to support a more ‘moderate’ version of
Islam while his country maintains a prosecution service that seeks the death
penalty against religious reformers for expressing their peaceful ideas,”
Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at HRW, said.
Arabia’s real road to reform lies in allowing religious thinkers like al-Maliki
to express themselves without fear of arrest and possible execution,” Page
to the US-based rights group, al-Maliki is currently on trial over 14 charges,
nearly all of them having "no resemblance" to crimes recognized by
which reviewed al-Maliki’s charge sheet, said the first two charges relate to
his peaceful expression of his religious opinions about the veracity of certain
sayings of the Prophet (PBUH) and his criticism of several seventh century
was also charged with “insulting the country’s rulers and the Supreme Council
of Religious Scholars, and describing them as extremist”, and accusing Arab
countries of the Persian Gulf of supporting the Daesh terrorist group.
Other charges included praising Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of
Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, and “having sympathy” for the Yemen's
Houthi Ansarullah movement.
is also facing charges for voicing his religious views in television
interviews, attending discussion groups in the kingdom, writing books and
studies and publishing them abroad.
rights group cited a Saudi activist as saying that the Specialized Criminal
Court in Riyadh, which specializes in terrorism trials, has held at least three
trial sessions on the cleric’s case. The next hearing has not yet been
Arabia has lately stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution and
conviction of peaceful dissident writers, human rights campaigners and
officials have also intensified security measures in the Shia-populated Eastern
Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.
Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of
political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination
against the oil-rich region.
protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime, with
security forces increasing security measures across the province.
the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target
January 2016, Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr,
who was an outspoken critic of the Riyadh regime. Nimr had been arrested in
Qatif, Eastern Province, in 2012.
Arabia's nuclear ambitions raise alarm in Mideast
Arabia’s expanding nuclear and missile programs have raised fears that it aims
to acquire nuclear weapons, with analysts warning that a nuclear Riyadh under
its “reckless” leadership would pose a threat to the countries in the region.
Arabia, a signatory of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), signed in
2005 a so-called small quantities protocol with the International Atomic Energy
Agency, which exempts countries with no or minimal nuclear programs from
which is constructing a nuclear reactor, has so far resisted calls by the IAEA
to implement proportionate safeguards and an inspection regime that would
prohibit possible deviation towards weaponization.
small quantities protocol was designed to simplify safeguards for states with
minimal or no nuclear material, but it is no longer adequate for Saudi Arabia's
expanding nuclear program,” Kelsey Davenport, director of Nonproliferation
Policy at Arms Control Association, told Middle East Eye.
to Saudi Arabia’s threats to pursue nuclear weapons, its exemption from
inspections and its developing ballistic missile program, Davenport said:
“There are legitimate reasons to be concerned that Saudi Arabia is seeking to
develop the technical capabilities that would allow Riyadh to quickly pursue
nuclear weapons if the political decision were made to do so."
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who enjoy strong support from US President
Donald Trump, said last year that his country would promptly acquire nuclear
weapons if Iran does.
has warned that it has noticed some of its neighbors with a “proven black
record of supporting terrorist movements” working on “suspicious nuclear
projects,” which would force Tehran to revise its defense strategy.
to a report by MEE, Saudi Arabia's nuclear and missile programs are bound to
have significant regional implications.
this month, Democratic US Senator Tim Kaine revealed that the Trump
administration had approved the transfer of nuclear know-how to the kingdom
seven times, twice after the Riyadh regime's killing of Saudi dissident journalist
Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October 2018.
money-driven politics of the American president have raised doubts about
Washington's resolve, or even ability, to keep possible Saudi nuclear ambitions
Trump’s administration approved six authorizations that allow American
companies to secretly provide Saudi Arabia with nuclear technology or technical
assistance, revealed a document issued by the Department of Energy and seen by
Reuters in late March.
Saudi Arabia has reportedly stepped up its ballistic missile program with the
help of China.
Arabia's development of ballistic missiles goes against long-standing US policy
of opposing missile proliferation in the region," said Nicholas L. Miller,
professor of government at Dartmouth College. "But the Trump
administration has so far been relatively quiet about its response."
seems to be a pattern in this administration of looking the other way at
provocative Saudi behavior due to the laser-like focus on Iran," Miller
leadership in Saudi Arabia
Arabia’s concurrent and mostly clandestine missile and nuclear activities
combined with bin Salman's warnings that the kingdom would pursue atomic
weapons are also sounding alarm bells in certain regional capitals.
nuclear Saudi Arabia means nuclear proliferation in the most unstable and
volatile region of the world," Ali Bakeer, a Turkey-based political
analyst, told the online news outlet.
the reckless leadership in Riyadh, this is an alarming development for small
states in the [Persian] Gulf in particular, which might either seek a nuclear
umbrella from great powers or consider constructing parallel deterrence
capabilities of their own if they could afford it," he added.
is one of those countries that has feared an invasion by Riyadh. US officials
said that Saudi Arabia was planning to invade Qatar and seize its North Dome
gas field, before its imposition of an all-out diplomatic and economic boycott on
the nation in June 2017.
trying to sell all that Palestinians have, including Islam’s holy sites: Ayat.
most senior Shia cleric outlines how a so-called peace plan devised by the
United States under President Donald Trump seeks to irreversibly compromise
Palestinians’ entire entitlements.
Isa Qassim made the remarks during an address at a conference in the
north-central holy city of Qom in Iran on Monday.
US announced the scheme last year, but withheld its details. Leaked
information, however, indicate that it features serious violations of the
Palestinian’s age-old demands.
officials from all factions have unanimously spurned the scheme, citing strong
suspicion about the US’s intentions. The Palestinian Authority began refusing
any intermediary role by Washington in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in late
2017 after Trump recognized the holy occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds as
Qassim said the US plan amounted to selling everything the Palestinians have,
including Islam’s holy sites.
the deal means rejecting slavery and accepting freedom, he added, and noted
that there was no choice for the Islamic world but to resist America's plans
said Washington's deal was a trial for Arab rulers to show their true colors.
Arab states have reportedly nodded their approval of the plan. Bahrain has even
chosen to host a US-led conference, which will kick off on Tuesday to divulge
the economic aspects of the plan.
White House, itself, broadly referred to the economic component of the plan,
which Trump has hailed as “the deal of the century,” on Saturday, saying it
envisages $25 billion in new investment to aid Palestinians within the next 10
years. Palestinian officials reacted by saying that Palestinians’ would not be
giving up their rights and demands to such economic incentives.
Bahraini cleric noted that the Bahraini people were against both the deal and
the Manama conference.
Qassim enjoys huge popularity among Bahrain’s Shia-majority population as a
pro-independence figure. He has proven a prominent source of inspiration for
the nation’s 2011-present popular protests against the US-backed Bahraini
authorities’ campaign of suppression targeting the Shias.
the past years, the authorities have been leading tremendous effort to
constrain Qassim’s freedoms and rights, including stripping him of his
citizenship and raiding his house on numerous occasions, forcing him to live in
exile since July 2018.
will do 'everything' to stop Iran going nuclear: Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday his country will do
"everything" to prevent arch-rival Iran from obtaining nuclear
weapons, during a visit by a senior Russian security official.
will not allow Iran, which calls for our destruction, to entrench on our
border; we will do everything to prevent it from attaining nuclear weapons,"
was speaking alongside Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Moscow's powerful
security council, whose visit followed weeks of simmering tensions between
Tehran and Washington in the Gulf.
has carried out repeated strikes to prevent Iranian forces becoming embedded in
neighbouring Syria, where both Iran and Moscow back the government of President
Israeli government has vowed never to let Iran obtain a nuclear weapon,
believing Israel would be the target.
insists its nuclear programme is entirely for civilian purposes.
has long campaigned against a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world
powers, from which the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew last year.
did not directly mention the Islamic republic in his comments to the press.
pay great attention to Israel's security," he said.
resolve this issue in practice, it is necessary to bring peace and stability to
the region, including on Syrian territory."
meeting came a day after Netanyahu hosted US national security advisor John Bolton,
who shares the Israeli premier's tough stance on Iran.
is set to meet Patrushev on Tuesday along with their Israeli counterpart Meir
between Washington and Iran have flared after Iranian forces shot down a US
drone Thursday, the latest in a series of incidents including attacks on
tankers in sensitive Gulf waters that have raised fears of an unintended slide
has tweeted that Washington would place "major additional sanctions on
Iran on Monday".
on Monday denounced the new sanctions as "illegal". Its President
Vladimir Putin has warned of "disaster" if the US were to use force
wrong with asking for non-Muslim feedback on Islamic curriculum
education ministry recently announced a task force to re-look the Islamic
education curriculum in government schools.
line with the vision of Malaysia Baru, the task force invited feedback from all
Malaysians. Immediately, Muslim and Malay groups said the move was undermining
the sanctity of Islam by allowing non-Muslims to participate in the survey.
main criticism is that non-Muslims should not comment on Islam.
is a Malaysian issue, not just a Muslim one. I don’t want to use simplistic
arguments, such as Dr Zakir Naik being allowed to comment on other religions,
or a mufti who comments on Hindu practices.
could ask if the Islamic education syllabus should address the use of
derogatory terms on them.
they could raise the issue of Quranic recitations being blared for hours from
mosque loudspeakers, disturbing Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Does it require
a degree from Al-Azhar to tell that it is wrong to disturb others?
Muhammad once admonished imams who recited lengthy chapters of the Quran during
prayers, as it was hard for the elderly and those with young children.
the caliph Umar Abd Aziz recited the Quran loudly in the mosque in the wee
hours of the morning with the intention of waking people up for prayers. An
elderly Muslim then told him to recite silently.
the Islamic syllabus could also address the silence of some Muslims when
non-Muslim lives are destroyed in terror attacks, leading some to ask if they
are only concerned about Muslim lives.
the curriculum could correct the perception that all non-Muslims are enemies.
non-Muslims could ask to re-look at how gender issues are addressed so that
wife-beating can be considered a crime.
the time of the Prophet, women were treated so badly that Prophet Muhammad had
to carefully change this culture by recommending to the Arabs that they be
tapped lightly instead.
about changing the way some Muslims treat minority groups such as Shias and
Ahmadis, or those among the LGBT?
curriculum should also warn students against performing the haj and umrah using
non-Muslims may want to ask that a new Islamic curriculum teaches students to
treat non-Muslims with dignity.
Prophet once stood up to pay respects to a funeral procession of a Jew, much to
the surprise of the Muslims. When asked, he replied, “Did he not have a soul,
should also be told how early Muslims sought protection from a Christian king
in Abyssinia. Thus, young Muslims should be taught dignity and respect for
people of other faiths who strive to do good.
must learn to accept constructive comments on our faiths to help us co-exist
Muslim figures help promote ‘middle Islam’ in the Netherlands
Muslim figures spoke at the second international conference on moderate Islam,
“Seeking The Middle Path (Al Wasatiyya): Articulations of Moderate Islam” in
Radboud, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to promote moderate Islam along with
hundreds of international Muslim figures.
reported by Antara news agency, according to Renata Siagia, spokesperson of the
Social Cultural Department of the Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag, the
conference was a biannual event organized by Nahdlatul Ulama's special chapter
in the Netherlands with Radboud University.
aim of the conference is to promote the concept of al-wasatiyya, which is often
translated as “middle Islam” or the “common ground”.
way religion was not only hope for a state or community, but a common interest
for the whole world, Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim
Saifuddin said during his keynote speech.
way religious practices are needed to create a peaceful, harmonious, antiviolent
and diverse world, he said.
conference was attended by 300 people comprising academics, researchers and
cultural practitioners from various backgrounds from Indonesia and the
them were Yahya Cholil Staquf, NU supreme council secretary-general who also
serves as an adviser to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Syafiq
Mughni, the president's special envoy for interfaith dialogue.
conference also held a Muslim-Christian interfaith dialogue titled “Promoting
‘Costly’ Tolerance: Challenges for States and Religious Communities” at Sekolah
Indonesia Den Haag, Wassenar, in which about 100 people attended. (gis)
military council rejects Ethiopia's proposal for peace, accepts African Union's
military has rejected a proposal made by Ethiopian mediators and already
accepted by the opposition coalition for the creation of a civilian transition
body, and instead expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), both of whom are accused of backing the junta’s crackdown
ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) rejected Ethiopia’s proposal on
Sunday, saying Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) should be unified in their
efforts to mediate between the council and an opposition coalition on the
structure of the country's transitional government.
in April, Sudan’s military announced that it had unseated president Omar
al-Bashir and later imprisoned him. It then set up the TMC to rule the country
and promised to hand over after elections.
protests, under whose pressure Bashir was forced out, have continued in Sudan,
with people demanding that more civilians be on the council than military
figures during the transition period.
protests turned violent earlier this month, when the military started cracking
down on demonstrators and using force to disperse sit-ins in the capital Khartoum.
ruling generals and the coalition have also been holding talks for several
weeks, but have so far failed to find a way out of the crisis.
the meantime, Ethiopian mediators suggested that a ruling sovereign council
would be made up of seven civilians and seven members of the military, with one
additional seat reserved for an impartial individual, Reuters reported.
council's spokesman, Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi, said on Sunday
the council had rejected Ethiopia's proposal, but had agreed in principle to
the African Union's plan, details of which were not immediately known.
African Union's initiative came first," said Kabbashi, adding that the
council had not studied the Ethiopian initiative, which he described as
asked the mediators to unite their efforts and submit a joint paper as soon as
possible to return the parties to negotiations," Kabbashi added.
president (of the military council) clarified that he gave the mediators until
tomorrow to present the joint vision," said Yasser al-Atta, a member of
the military council.
also went on to dismiss reports that Saudi Arabia and UAE interfere in Sudan’s
do not accept dictations from any country," Atta said. "Saudi Arabia
and the UAE have not and will not dictate political or economic
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have announced their support for the transitional military
council. They have also expressed support for measures taken by the council
following Bashir’s ouster.
a separate statement on Saturday, the deputy head of the military council,
Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, thanked both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, saying they have
provided the country with assistance without interfering in its affairs.
currently the second most powerful man in Sudan, has had close ties with both
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, since his country joined a Saudi-led war against Yemen
more than four years ago.
has been overseeing Sudan’s more than 10,000 ground troops in Yemen.
in May, the general met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a visit to
the kingdom. Reports said Riyadh pledged to continue supporting the military if
Khartoum agrees to keep its forces in Yemen.
said on Friday that Khartoum deployed some 30,000 troops to join the coalition
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed
the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
threaten Afghan media, say reporters to be targeted
The Taliban have issued a threat to Afghan media, saying journalists will be
targeted unless news outlets stop broadcasting what they describe as government
propaganda against the insurgents.
statement gives Afghan radio stations, TV channels and others a week to cease
transmitting anti-Taliban announcements paid for by the government.
Taliban say that Afghan media that refuse to do this will be considered enemy
intelligence nests and their journalists and other staffers will not be safe.
government in Kabul pays media outlets to regularly air please to the public to
inform authorities if they see any suspicious Taliban activities.
Taliban have targeted Afghan media, radio and TV stations in the past but this
is the insurgents' first threat over a specific issue such as the
security forces have killed at least 70 Taliban militants during the operations
in western Farah province.
Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said the operations were conducted in
Bala Bolok district five days ago.
statement further added that the security forces also wounded 13 militants
during the same operations.
the Ministry of Defense said the security forces destroyed 25 motorcycles, 61
roadside bombs, 7 sacks of explosives, 1 rocket launcher and several depots of
weapons and explosives.
Afghan Special Forces killed ten Taliban militants during an operation in
informed military sources said Monday that the Special Forces conducted the
raid in Khwaja Sabz Posh district.
the Special Forces wounded another Taliban militant during the same operation.
sources said “Afghan Special Forces conducted a clearance operation in Kwhaja
Sabz Posh district killing 10 Taliban fighters and wounding 1 other.”
comes as the security situation in some districts of Faryab has deteriorated
during the recent years.
militants are active in some remote districts of Faryab and often conduct
terrorist related activities.
the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in this province.
Bazar (AsiaNews) – Abdur Rahaman, 12, a Rohingya refugee has lived in a camp in
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh for more than two years. When he was home, in Myanmar,
he wanted to be a doctor, but now everything has changed. “Here I cannot go to
school. My parents enrolled me in a madrassa. Now I will never be a
Abdur, thousands of other children cannot go to regular school and are
increasingly becoming "prey" to Islamic radicalism taught in 1,200
with his parents, Abdur fled Myanmar after the outbreak of the violence in
August 2017. At present, about 740,000 Muslim refugees live n various camps
along the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
currently lives in Camp 3 in Ukhiya where he attends the Majida Arafat
Madrassa. “I enjoyed my school in Myanmar. There, I was in grade three,” he told
AsiaNews. Now he has to go an Islamic school because he can’t go to a regular
doesn’t allow refugee children to attend local schools along with Bangladeshi
pupils. Local and international NGOs run pre-schools or child friendly spaces
where they learn Burmese and English.
But according to parents, what is offered is not up to the task of
providing a real education.
Johar, 45, has three children. In his view, the children are only getting
recreational time. “For our kids, it is just to pass time. They don’t learn
much. I see them: Most of the time, the children play, eat, or sing.
are filling the educational gap. Children learn Arabic and are taught to
memorise and recite Qurʼānic verses, without any critical study of the religion.
These schools are run by Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, a group with a long
history of protests.
the visit to the Ukhiya camp, Atur Rahman, the group's local leader, says:
"All religions have terrorists. But when Muslims act, you call us extremists
proliferation of madrassas in refugee camps has set off alarm bells among
experts and activists, according to whom children are the easiest target for
are 39 militants groups in Rohingya refugee camps,” said Shahriyar Kabir, a
Bangladeshi journalist, filmmaker, and human rights activist. “That is big
threat for Bangladesh”.
Afghanistan, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Four policemen were killed and another was
wounded when Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in western
Afghanistan's Herat province on Saturday night, a police official said.
launched a coordinated attack on a police checkpoint in Guzara district of
Herat province early Saturday morning, killing four policemen and injuring
another," Sulaiman, the Guzara district police chief, told Xinhua.
Sri Lanka's most senior defence official on Monday became the latest government
figure to face possible criminal charges over "major lapses" linked
to the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people.
Fernando, who was defence secretary before the April 21 bombing of three
churches and three hotels, should be investigated for his failure to prevent or
minimise the attacks, attorney general Dappula de Livera said.
attorney general said in a letter to Sri Lanka's acting police chief that a presidential
commission of inquiry had found "major lapses" by Fernando, who has
since resigned from his top job.
Fernando is the most senior defence official to face action, President
Maithripala Sirisena also suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundara after he
refused to step down over the handling of the attacks.
and Fernando have testified before a parliamentary inquiry and accused Sirisena
of failing to follow established protocols in assessing threats to national
week, the attorney general ordered investigations against nine police officers
for failing to act on warnings ahead of the bombings, carried out by Islamic
State-backed local jihadists.
nine were senior officers in the districts where the attacks were carried out
and have now been transferred from their posts pending disciplinary action and
have admitted that warnings sent by India of an impending attack by a local
group, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), were ignored.
45 foreign nationals were among the dead and 500 people were injured in the
attacks. The tourist hotspot has been under a state of emergency since.
Lanka's State Intelligence Service (SIS) has also been criticised for failing
to act on the Indian warnings, but no-one from the state spy service has been
put under investigation.
who is also defence minister and law and order minister, has also faced
allegations that he could have prevented the attacks.
president has objected to a parliamentary investigation into the attacks and
ordered police not to co-operate. The hearings have gone ahead, however, and
police have testified before legislators.
Afghan security recaptured the Bulcheragh district in Faryab province on
Tuesday morning. almost a year after it collapsed into the hands of Taliban.
Ministry of Defense in a statement said Tuesday that the Afghan National
Defense and Security Forces cleared Belcharagah district of Faryab province
the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the security forces
recaptured the district earlier today.
statement further added that Taliban militants were in control of the district
for the past one year.
interior ministry also added that the Taliban militants had taken the residents
of Bulcheragh as hostages, closed the schools and were extorting the people.
Taliban militants have not commented regarding the recapture of Bulcheragh
district so far.
security and defense officials had earlier vowed that the security forces would
to retake the control of all fallen districts from the militants.
Neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh Islamic State operatives arrested in
Kolkata Police's Special Task Force (STF) arrested four
neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or the Islamic State (IS) operatives
from near Sealdah station’s parking lot and Howrah station on Tuesday. A mobile
phone containing photos, videos, jihadi text and literature were found on them.
operatives identified as Md. Jiaur Rahman and Mamonur Rashid. Who are
Bangladeshi nationals, were arrested from Sealdah Railway Station's parking
lot. Two others identified as Md. Sahin Alam and Robiul Islam were arrested
from Howrah Station. While Alam is a Bangladeshi national, Islam is an Indian
national and lived in West Bengal's Birbhum district and helped them by
harbouring as well as recruiting and collecting fund from India.
three Bangladeshi nationals were taking refuge in India to escape arrest in
Bangladesh and were involved in recruitment under the Islamic State banner and
collected funds for organisation too.
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Religious Hatred': Muslim Man In India Lynched On Video
police say they have arrested one person and are searching for a dozen others
over the torture of a Muslim man who later died of his wounds, in the latest
suspected lynching in the country by Hindu vigilantes.
10-minute video shows Tabrez Ansari, 24, being beaten by a group of men last
week over accusations he had carried out a burglary in Kharsawan district, in
to a pole, Ansari is also forced to shout "Jai Shri Ram" (Hail Lord
Ram), a slogan used by Hindus, according to the footage, which has gone viral.
S, a local police chief, told the AFP news agency that the villagers beat
Ansari for nearly 12 hours, before he was taken into custody and then hospital.
He died in hospital of his injuries on Saturday, four days after he was
have arrested the main accused for the murder, but a dozen people from the mob
are on the run," the police chief said.
environment has been created across the country that enables and encourages
this kind of violence," said Harsh Mander, a founding member of
Karwan-e-Mohabbat ("a caravan of love"), a solidarity campaign for
victims hit by hate violence, including lynchings.
perpetrators, such attacks are an act of heroism. Ansari was not only lynched by
a mob, there was an obvious religious hatred in the manner it was done by
asking him to shout Hindu slogans," he told Al Jazeera.
on reports that police registered a case against Ansari after he was handed
over to authorities, Mander said: "It is a pattern by the police; they
tend to register cases against the victim [first] rather than the accused.
There is a bias which is always been legitimised, by police."
Monday, India rejected a US State Department report that said religious
intolerance and violence has increased against minorities in India under the
government of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
US religious freedom report stated that there had been growing numbers of
attacks by Hindus claiming to protect cows - which is considered sacred by
Hindus - since 2014 when Modi came to power.
the attack on Ansari, Jharkhand Minister CP Singh, said in a press conference
on Monday that such incidents should not be politicised and linked to BJP and
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a Hindu supremacist organisation that wants India
to be defined as a Hindu nation.
government will conduct an investigation. The trend to politicise such
incidents is wrong," Singh was quoted as saying by local media group NDTV.
this month, Modi condemned a rise in mob attacks saying: "Killing people
in the name of 'gau bhakti' (cow worship) is not acceptable. No person in this
nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands. in his rare comments
on the cases."
Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific, Iran, trade issues, and growing bilateral
defence ties will be the focus of discussions between the Indian government and
visiting US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, with India in favour
of de-escalation of the Persian Gulf crisis through dialogue, according to
officials aware of the developments who asked not to be named.
Pompeo is scheduled to have a pre-lunch meeting with external affairs minister
S Jaishankar, followed by a lunch hosted by the latter. He will then call on
Prime Minister Narendra Modi before leaving for Osaka the next day for the G20
much focus in the recent past has been on bilateral trade issues, both sides
are committed to working out a win-win formula under the directions of PM
Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump post their bilateral meeting on the
sidelines of the summit in Japan. Bilateral trade issues are handled by US
trade representative Robert Lighthizer, commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, and director
of trade and manufacturing policy Peter Navarro in the White House.
key focus of the bilateral meetings with Pompeo will be terrorism in light of
the growing concern that Pakistan is not taking concrete actions to uproot
terror groups targeting India and de-stabilising Afghanistan. That Pakistan has
not moved on the Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri and Pulwama terror attack
investigations will be pointed out to Pompeo, along with the fact that
Islamabad continues to shelter Indian fugitive Dawood Ibrahim.
far as Afghanistan is concerned, India is for an Afghan people-led, owned and
controlled peace process, which is inclusive and does not undermine the
political gains in the past 18 years in the form of the establishment of a
constitution and a proper Afghan government,” one of the officials cited above
Indian oil companies have not signed any fresh contracts with Iran, New Delhi
is prepared to scour for alternative sources for its growing hydrocarbon needs
in the international market, including the US, another official said.
Modi government, however, is worried that the growing escalation between the US
and Iran could lead to problems for its nine million-strong expat population in
the Gulf as well as lead to disruption in its oil supplies, 60% of which come
from West Asia, a third official said.
officials in South Block are tight-lipped about the Pompeo visit, the situation
in Iran is likely to figure, with New Delhi interested in both Washington and
Tehran taking de-escalatory steps to ensure peace in the region. The Modi
government is also concerned over the targeting of oil tankers in the Persian
Gulf, and wants that the sea lanes of communication are free of any unilateral
action by either side.
aware of the matter said that India and the US will further strengthen their
defence ties in the context of the situation in the Indo-Pacific and the Gulf
regions. While a number of high-end military hardware acquisitions are in the
pipeline from the Pentagon, the purchase of 24 MH60 Romeo Seahawk naval
helicopters and a missile defence shield for New Delhi are on the verge of
finalisation, with talks on the Indian military acquiring armed drones from the
US figuring high on the agenda. A number of hardware items are also in the
process, including 10 P8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, six more
Apache-64 attack helicopters and the possible purchase of multi-role fighters
from the US, the officials said.
regional security environment, including the military rise of China and its
ramifications on the Indo-Pacific, will also feature in the bilateral meetings
with Secretary Pompeo. Apart from this, the plan for PM Modi going for a
bilateral with President Trump in Washington in September and the latter coming
to India late December or early January 2020 are also on cards,” said one of
the official cited above.
The Khed police in rural Pune registered on Sunday an offence of unlawful
assembly of people "armed with deadly weapons" against a serving Army
colonel and 30 to 40 army jawans after a complainant accused them of entering a
farm, damaging crops and terrorising people at Gulani village, 54 km from here
off the Nashik highway, on June 22. The colonel is posted with the artillery
centre in Hyderabad.
said the farmland is part of a 65-acre property and the incident appears to be
the fallout of an ongoing ownership dispute between the colonel's family and
two other families. The names of members of these two families have been
entered in the land records as owners of the farm where the incident allegedly
occurred. A civil suit relating to the property has been pending in the Khed
sessions court since 2013 while an appeal is also pending before the
sub-divisional officer, Khed.
June 14, there was unrest involving the colonel's father and brother on one
side and members of the other two families and their supporters on the other.
The police had intervened then to control the situation.
Saturday, the colonel brought 30 to 40 armed jawans in four military vehicles
to the village (all the way from Hyderabad) and used a tractor to plough the
disputed land where the soya bean crop had been sowed," the police said,
citing the FIR lodged by a woman member of one of the opponent families. The
complainant also alleged that the colonel threatened and restrained her family
from accessing the land.
the complainant could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, the colonel,
who has been on leave before the incident, denied having committed any act as
has been alleged in the FIR and maintained that the police complaint was a "conspiracy
by the opponent families to frame him and malign the image of the Army".
rural superintendent of police (SP) Sandeep Patil said, "All the jawans
were in uniform and armed when they reached the village in the military
vehicles. They also accompanied the colonel and his family members to the
disputed land. They stood guard around the land as the colonel's family members
ploughed it using a tractor. As of now, we have registered an FIR and will
A top police officer on Monday said terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen is also
engaged in smuggling narcotics into Jammu and Kashmir from across the Line of
Inspector General of Police MK Sinha told reporters about Hizbul's drug smuggling
nexus while announcing the arrest of a smuggler near LoC in Poonch district,
nabbed with 12kg heroin.
Altaf alias 'Hafiz', a resident of Behrouti Kanga village of Balakote area in
India's Mendhar sector was arrested on June 21 on a tip off by of his two
accomplices, nabbed last month along.
duo, Fayaz Ahmad Dar of Bijbehara in Anantnag district and Arshad Ahmad of
Shopian, were arrested on May 27 and were found in possession of 260 grams of
heroin and over Rs 12 lakh, said Sinha.
IGP said four accounts belonging to one of the three arrested smugglers were
frozen and further investigation is on.
smugglers Dar and Arshad were arrested by a police team on from Vivekanand
Chowk in Jammu.
his interrogation, the arrested smugglers revealed that there is a nexus
between Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, trained in Pakistan and presently living
with narcotics smugglers on this side of the border," he said.
Mujahideen is smuggling the narcotic substance through its conduits into the
country," he said.
the moment we are still investigating and trying to study how the money is
circulated and where it is used," said Sinha "A five member special
investigation team headed by SP (North) Amrit Paul Singh was constituted and
during sustained interrogation, Arshad broke down and named Hafiz who is
actually receiving the consignment at the zero line in his village and smuggling
the same into India," the IGP said.
said Hafiz was arrested on June 21 and at his disclosure, 12kg heroin was
recovered from his village on Sunday.
had gone across the LoC in January 2018 to meet his brother Ayaz who is a
Pakistan-trained Hizbul Mujahideen militant.
fled to Pakistan after remaining active here for many years and is presently
living in Rawalpandi," said Sinha.
police achievements against its anti-drug drive, Sinha said so far 454 drug
peddlers were arrested this year and 341 cases under the NDPS Act registered
against the 302 arrests and 231 cases during the same period last year.
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days after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik signalled that separatist
Hurriyat leaders were ready for talks, BJP national vice-president and J&K
in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna said Monday that “our doors are open for anyone
who wants to talk while keeping their faith in the Constitution of India.” His
remarks also come after Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told The Indian
Express that the Hurriyat would respond “positively” if “meaningful dialogue”
is initiated by New Delhi.
on the sidelines of an event in Srinagar, Khanna said that though there is no
formal offer from the Centre, “What I’m saying, is an offer. Develop faith in
the country’s Constitution and assist in maintaining the law and order situation,
then we can talk.”
also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created such an atmosphere in
the country that any person can contribute to the peace process. Khanna’s
remarks assume significance with BJP president Amit Shah taking over the Union
Home Ministry in the second Modi government.
J&K BJP unit, too, said that the Hurriyat would need to “publicly
acknowledge the indisputable status of Jammu and Kashmir and that it is an
integral part of India,’’ and “commit their loyalty to the Constitution of
India and seek talks only under its ambit’’.
a statement Monday, BJP’s state spokesperson Brigadier (retired) Anil Gupta
said: “Any talks with the JRL (Joint Resistance Leadership)/Hurriyat at this
stage without them publicly accepting these pre-conditions will be
counter-productive and a retrograde step.”
of the Hurriyat leaders have signalled any change in their stance and continue
to promote separatism,’’ Gupta said, adding that “mere appeals for talks with
the Centre is no indicator of any change in their mindset’’.
Saturday, Governor Malik had announced that Hurriyat leaders were ready for
talks. Responding to the Governor’s statement, Mirwaiz Farooq had said that “if
meaningful talks are initiated, there will be a positive response. Dialogue is
the only way and that is our consistent stand,” he said, adding that “Hurriyat
has always been in favour of talks as the means of resolution. We have not said
anything new. We have always been saying this. As the most affected party with
daily killings of our young, we would naturally want peaceful resolution of the
parties in the state have welcomed the development, considering the deadlock
over Kashmir for the past 13 years. National Conference president and Srinagar
MP Farooq Abdullah said that talks “must be held” with the Hurriyat and called
for including Pakistan in the dialogue. “The Governor has himself stated that
Hurriyat is ready for talks, and if they are, then talks should be held.
Everyone should be included in the talks, including Pakistan.”
this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based watchdog group,
reported that Israeli fighter jets struck Hezbollah positions on the Syrian
side of the Golan Heights. There was no Israeli comment on the claim.
report said one of the targets was a post on Tel al-Harra, a mountain that is
considered a strategic point that overlooks the Golan Heights, while the other
was in Quneitra, near the UN-monitored border crossing with Israel, where Arab
media reports a Syrian air-defense position and a Hezbollah intelligence center
Iran-backed Lebanese terror group had been trying to set up a front on the
Syrian Golan for years, but had previously been unable to gain a sufficient
foothold in the area. However, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s conquest of the
border area last summer provided the regime-allied organization with an
opportunity to once again attempt to establish the necessary infrastructure
with which it could threaten Israel near the border.
alleged Israeli strikes near the border were a rare occurrence. In the past
Israel has targeted villages and towns along the Golan Heights frontier after
identifying Iranian and Hezbollah attempts to establish cells and
infrastructure in the area.
the incident also highlighted a reality once unthinkable in Syria: With
Hezbollah one of the chief powers setting the tone in the country after years
of civil war, Syrian army forces are now in some cases taking their orders from
the organization — and helping it spy on Israel.
presence in Syrian territory opposite the Israeli border is a natural
continuation of the group’s expanding activity in the Middle East (in Yemen,
Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, among others), and the civil war that has been raging
in Syria for approximately eight years.
increased clout is particularly noticeable in the region of southern Syria that
the Syrians call Hauran. In the same area that gave rise to the protests
against Assad in March 2011 in the city of Daraa, a situation has now formed in
which Syrian soldiers receive “recommendations” — which are in effect orders —
from Hezbollah commanders.
segment of the Syrian army that controls the southern part of the country works
closely with many consultants from Hezbollah, which use it for purposes such as
intelligence-gathering, and is also helping the Lebanon-based group prepare for
an expected future war with Israel (as well as assisting it in dealing with
put it in the simplest terms, these Syrian troops are now serving Hezbollah’s
Shiite army in Lebanon. Bashar’s deceased father, Hafez Assad, would be rolling
in his grave: During his time the elder Assad waged war against Hezbollah in
Lebanon, and killed hundreds of its members.
did the tables so turn? The civil war was, without a doubt, the key event, with
the Syrian army now dependent on assistance from Hezbollah and Iran in order to
in the war, when Assad’s regime appeared to be on its last legs, Hezbollah sent
numerous advisers to the region whose stated purpose was simply to aid the
fighting against the opposition groups in Hauran. A great deal has happened
since then, and about a year ago — with Assad buoyed also by Iranian and
particularly Russian forces — it became clear that the battle for Syria had
been decided: the regime had won. But Hezbollah didn’t stop at that point — it
began to establish its forces permanently throughout Syria, particularly in its
process took place with quite a bit of hesitation by Hezbollah’s leaders,
especially regarding the financial implications of leaving troops on Syrian
soil. In the end, the strategic thinking that troops should be positioned
against Israel on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights won out.
had to be done clandestinely though: Following the understandings that Israel
reached with Russia, Iranian and Hezbollah presence is prohibited at a distance
of approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Syrian border with Israel.
thus a “Southern Headquarters” operated by Hezbollah is currently operating in
secret in the territory known as Hauran. It is a military organization in every
sense, which operates with several dozen Lebanese and hundreds of Syrians, most
of them from Hauran: Thanks to financial difficulties brought on by the war,
Hezbollah has had little trouble recruiting quite a few locals to serve its
force, led by Lebanese commander Munir Ali Naim Shaiti (better known by the
alias Hajj Hashem), is now focusing less and less upon threats at home and much
more on the old threat: Israel.
Southern Headquarters is armed with weapons that include antitank missiles and
particularly powerful short-range rockets with a minimum weight of
approximately 250 kilograms and effectiveness at a range of approximately four
kilometers. Their original purpose was to strike opposition targets, but they
are now being repurposed with the aim of destroying Israeli villages on the
Golan Heights or the upper Galilee.
purpose of the Southern Headquarters is to collect high-quality intelligence
about the Israeli side of the border. The headquarters works under the radar of
international forces and does its best to hide its tracks. Seeking to avoid
Israeli attacks on its forces, Hezbollah has done its best to camouflage its
activity. Its people do not act openly, and it has recruited troops from Syria
Army’s 1st Corps to assist its operations.
is believed the group has set up approximately 20 lookout positions on the
Syrian Golan Heights facing Israeli territory. Each such outpost is manned by
Syrian soldiers, often accompanied by Hezbollah members but sometimes on their
own. These soldiers gather intelligence according to the orders of Hezbollah:
training exercises on the Israeli side, the day-to-day security routine,
activity in villages and more. The information is sent to several Hezbollah
operations rooms in the Syrian Golan Heights, and from there it is relayed to
headquarters in Lebanon and/or to the Iranians.
addition, the Southern Headquarters makes use of technology to attempt to
listen in on the Israeli side, via communications networks or other means.
Hezbollah continues to build its offensive capabilities in the Golan Heights.
These efforts are led by veteran terrorist Ali Musa Daqduq, also known as Abu
Hussein Sajed, a Lebanese man who is wanted in the United States for attacks
against American forces in Iraq, including planning an attack in Karbala in
2007 that resulted in the deaths of five US soldiers.
to the US Treasury Department, Daqduq has served “as commander of a Hezbollah
special forces unit and chief of a protective detail for Hezbollah Secretary
General Hassan Nasrallah.” Daqduq was arrested in 2007 and imprisoned in Iraq,
but was released five years later and sent to Lebanon.
leads an operational unit in every sense, whose purpose is to act mainly in
situations of large-scale escalation and carry out high-quality terror attacks.
In March, the IDF said it had exposed a nascent Hezbollah terror cell led by
Daqduq and established in a border village on the Syrian Golan Heights.
the commanding officers of this unit are Lebanese, most of its troops — which
number approximately two hundred — are Syrian, who were recruited from, among
other places, Druze communities such as Khadar and Arnah on the Syrian Golan
concern now is that the intelligence and operational arms will join forces: If
Hezbollah commanders decide to use Daqduq’s troops to carry out an attack on Israel
from the Syrian Golan Heights, they will likely do so with intelligence
provided by Hajj Hashem’s Southern Headquarters.
(Reuters) - U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that
55,000 captured Islamic State fighters, including foreigners, and their
families detained in Syria and Iraq should face fair prosecution or be freed.
“must assume responsibility for their nationals” and should not inflict
statelessness on fighters’ children who have already suffered so much, Bachelet
also told the U.N. Human Rights Council as it opened a three-week session in
55,000 include alleged foreign fighters from nearly 50 countries and 11,000
family members held at the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria “in deeply
sub-standard conditions”, she said.
in northeast Syria have been urging Western countries to take back citizens who
joined Islamic State and their relatives after the U.S.-backed Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the group’s last enclave this year.
(IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi authorities announced on Tuesday destroying 10 tunnels
of the Islamic State terrorist group between Nineveh and Salahuddin provinces.
a press statement carried by the Alsumaria News TV channel, the Security Media
Cell said that counter-terrorism forces, backed by army personnel and
international coalition warplanes, launched wide-scale security operations to
track down remnants of the Islamic State group between Nineveh and Salahuddin
troops managed to destroy 10 Islamic State tunnels, the statement read. Several
IS terrorists were also killed in the operations.
Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized
large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an
Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Egypt — Egyptian officials said Saturday that suspected jihadists have attacked
construction workers in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least
four civilian workers.
officials said the attack took place in the Mediterranean city of el-Arish as
workers were building a fence around the city’s airport. They said the
attackers wounded five other workers and burned two vehicles.
officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to
brief the media.
group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which bore hallmarks
of an affiliate of the Islamic State group.
has been battling Islamic terrorists for years, but the insurgency gathered
steam and grew deadlier after the 2013 ouster of an Islamist president by
President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, then defense minister.
country’s security forces launched an all-out offensive against militants in
February last year.
this month, the Egyptian Interior Ministry reported that security forces killed
four suspected jihadists in the restive northern Sinai allegedly involved in a
deadly attack week on a police checkpoint.
ministry said the suspected attackers were killed in a shootout as security
forces raided a building used as a hideout in el-Arish, and three assault
rifles and an explosive vest were seized.
ministry said the four were implicated in an Islamic State-claimed attack on a
police checkpoint in northern Sinai days earlier that authorities said left
eight policemen dead.
lawmaker Safvan Qorba from Idlib Province, in an interview with the
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper, said that another dimension of the recent
clashes in Hama province pertained to the direct confrontation between Russia
and Turkey because the Turkish side due to its direct presence in Northern
Syria battle was massively present in the frontline - and not behind the contact
pointed to the Turkish Army commanders leading the terrorist groups in battles
in Hama, and said that Ankara has unprecedentedly supplied the terrorist groups
with state-of-the-art weapons and armored vehicles.
another Syrian lawmaker from Idlib province Jamal Mostav noted that a large
number of Idlib province's residents are waiting to join the Syrian Army, and
said there is extensive cooperation between Idlib residents and the Syrian Army
as Syrian citizens inform the Syrian Army of the places where the terrorist
groups are stationed and expose their plots for conducting false-flag chemical
also pointed to Ankara's continued efforts to occupy Idlib province, and said
that tens of thousands of foreign terrorists, including from Chechnya and China
have arrived in Northern Aleppo with the help of Turkish Army and they have
been fully stationed in several towns and prevent the Syrians from entering
foreign terrorists have the full support of Turkey and receive orders from
Ankara," the Syrian lawmaker added.
the other hand, another Syrian parliamentarian from Idlib province Fatemeh
Khamis said that a large number of people abducted by the terrorist groups are
currently in Turkey and even according to the intel their locations have been
said that the terrorist groups use the kidnapped people as a pressure lever
against the Syrian government.
a relevant development on Saturday, the commanders of terrorist groups held a
meeting in Idlib province to prepare for false-flag chemical attacks on areas
under the control of the Turkish army to falsely accuse the Syrian Army.
sources in Idlib said that the commanders of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at have
decided to conduct fresh false chemical attacks in the province to point the
finger of accusations at the Damascus Army.
noted that the terrorist commanders have agreed to conduct chemical attacks on
spots 9 and 10 controlled by the Turkish Army to portray that the Syrian Army
has carried out the attack.
the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units pounded the terrorists' military
positions in the towns of al-Latamineh, Kafar Zita and al-Hobait in Northern
Hama and Southern Idlib in response to the terrorists' rocket attacks on
residential areas of Sheikh Hadid and al-Jornieh in Northern Hama.
Syrian Army's artillery units also pounded Tahrir al-Sham's military convoys in
the town of al-Mastoumeh and near Jabal al-Qarbain towards the city of Ariha in
Southern Idlib, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.
terrorist group known as 'Olive Branch' affiliated to Ankara have cut over
1,000 trees in the town of Basafoun in Afrin region, the Xeber24 news website
quoted local sources as saying.
sources underlined that the trees have been destroyed with the aim to set up a
new military base by Turkey in a vast area in the Basfoun town.
the Hawar News pointed to Ankara's attempt to drive a wedge between Afrin and
mainland Syria by constructing a wall around the region. The length of the wall
in the towns of Marimin, Jalbareh and Kimar has exceeded 4 kilometers.
a relevant development earlier in June, thousands of family members of Tahrir
al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front)
terrorists had been sheltered in areas occupied by the Turkish army in Aleppo
to replace the local population.
Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted a special source as saying at the time that
Ankara had transferred nearly 190,000 family members of Tahrir al-Sham
terrorists from Idlib city to regions stretching from Afrin and E'zaz to the
towns of al-Bab, Jarabulus and al-Ra'ei in Northern Aleppo.
added that Ankara was attempting to expel the local population in Afrin in
Northwestern Aleppo and seize their lands and properties, noting that the
Turkish army has so far sheltered over 64,000 family members of the terrorists
in this region's towns and villages.
has been aiding the terrorist groups militarily and supporting their family
a relevant development on Sunday, media reports said fierce clashes heightened
between the residents of the city of al-Bab and the Turkish Army in Northern
Aleppo after popular protests demanded expulsion of occupiers from the region,
media reports said Sunday.
News reported that residents of al-Bab city and the district of Jabal al-Sheikh
Aqil launched massive protests calling for exit of Turkish occupying forces and
evacuation of their military bases there.
residents of Al-Bab city gathered in front of a military base of the Turkish
Army in Sheikh Aqil region, and chanted slogans in Arabic and Turkish languages
to condemn the brutal and occupying policies of Turkey there.
local sources reiterated that the Syrian people and Turkish army engaged in
fierce clashes after the Turkish Army and its allied militants attacked the
people to suppress their popular uprisings.
Syrian citizens were injured in the clashes, while the Turkey-controlled
hospitals refrained from admitting civilians.
two consecutive explosions rocked Al-Bab City in Northern Aleppo, killing and
injuring at least 15 Ankara-backed terrorists.
a relevant development on Saturday, over 2,800 civilians were arrested by the
Turkish Army and its allied militants in line with the crackdown on the local
population by occupying forces in Northern Syria.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Ankara-backed Free
Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists detained at least 31 civilians on different
charges, including cooperation with Kurdish units by attacking their houses in
the towns of Kafar Zit, lower and upper Kafar Daleh as well as Kazieh in Afrin
in Northwestern Aleppo.
noted that 2,038 civilians, out of 2,800 arrested since the occupation of
Afrin, are still in custody of the Turkish Army and its allied militants.
Saudi soldier has reportedly opened fire on his comrades at a military base in
the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan, killing three of them before
turning himself in to authorities.
Arabic-language Sabq News news website, citing unnamed security sources,
reported on Monday that the soldier, whose identity was not immediately known,
opened fire on fellow soldiers at a base in the Abu Arish district of the
region, located 966 kilometers south of the capital Riyadh.
sources added that a personal conflict between the shooter and a staff sergeant
had motivated him to kill his comrades.
soldier turned himself in to security officials and handed over his assault
rifle after the incident.
region police have yet to release an official statement about the shooting, and
the circumstances surrounding it.
April 21, four assailants targeted state security forces in Zulfi City, located
about 260 kilometers north of Riyadh.
London-based Arabic-language daily newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported that they
had rammed a vehicle into a security barrier around the station in an attempt
to gain entry.
gunmen then stepped out of the vehicle and opened fire, sparking a gun battle
third attacker attempted to flee but was also gunned down, while a fourth died
as he tried to set off an explosive belt.
were no immediate reports about casualties among the security personnel.
have targeted security installations in Saudi Arabia for years.
in early April, two assailants were killed and two others got arrested in an
attack on a security checkpoint in the oil-rich and Shia-populated Eastern
Palestine deal falls between Arab bid, Israeli stance: Kushner
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser says Washington’s
upcoming deal on the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict will fall
somewhere between the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative on the issue and Tel Aviv’s
an exclusive interview with Qatar’s al-Jazeera broadcaster that would be
broadcast on Tuesday, Jared Kushner stressed that the US’s proposal — which is
called the “deal of the century” — would not adhere to the Arab initiative.
think we all have to recognize that if there ever is a deal, it’s not going to
be along the lines of the Arab peace initiative,” he said. “It will be
somewhere between the Arab peace initiative and between the Israeli position.”
Arab initiative, which has been adopted by the Arab League, calls for the
normalization of ties between the Tel Aviv regime and Arab states in exchange
for Israel’s withdrawal from lands it occupied in the 1967 war, including the
West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and Syria’s Golan Heights.
2016, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backed “the general idea”
behind the initiative.
called the Arab initiative “a great effort,” adding, however, that “if that was
where a deal was going to be made, a deal would have been made a long time
made the remarks shortly before his departure for a US-sponsored workshop in
Manama, Bahrain, where officials and businessmen from the US and some Arab
states will discuss the economic section of Trump’s “peace” plan.
to the two-day Manama conference that is due to begin on Tuesday, Kushner
claimed that the event would be a success despite a Palestinian boycott.
been working very carefully on a very detailed proposal for what we think can
help bring this conflict, which has been stuck, forward and we’re hopeful that
we’ll be able to put that out soon and hopefully parties will be responsible,
they’ll engage on it and they’ll try to move forward,” he said.
Palestinian factions have boycotted the Manama summit, accusing Washington of
offering financial rewards for accepting the Israeli occupation.
President Mahmoud Abbas said recently that a political solution must first be
hammered out before an economic one.
Palestinians are seeking an entity, statehood, and after that we look at the
economy,” he said.
Saturday, the White House unveiled the details of the economic portion of
Trump’s deal, which would inject $50 billion into struggling economies in the
Middle East over the next ten years.
the document, dubbed “Peace to Prosperity,” over half of the funds ($28
billion) would go toward the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and the remaining to
Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, which have absorbed Palestinian refugees.
also includes a $5 billion “transportation network” to connect the West Bank
President Rouhani said on Tuesday that US policy towards Tehran displays the
Trump administration's “despair”, adding that the White House is “mentally
added that recent US sanctions on Supreme Leader Khamenei are futile as
"he has no foreign assets."
British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will serve out her five-year
prison sentence, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday, dismissing a
call for her release by a British minister visiting Tehran.
Zaghari is an Iranian. She has been convicted on security charges and is
spending her sentence in prison,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Abbas
Mousavi, was quoted as saying by the state media. “Iran does not recognize dual
nationality,” he said.
Office minister Andrew Murrison pressed Iran for the “urgent and unconditional
release” of Zaghari-Ratcliffe on Sunday, during a visit to Iran to discuss the
situation in the Middle East, his ministerial area of responsibility.
of a direct military confrontation between Washington and Tehran have risen
sharply since Iran shot down a US drone last week and US President Donald Trump
called off a retaliatory strike while bombers were in the air.
a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April
2016 at a Tehran airport as she headed back to Britain with her daughter after
a family visit.
was sentenced after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical
establishment, a charge denied by her family and the Foundation, a charity
organization that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News.
husband Richard started a hunger strike outside the Iranian Embassy in London
last week to draw attention to his wife’s plight.
do not approve such measures. They are against international conventions,”
Mousavi said in the statement. “If someone has a request, we advise them to
follow it through legal channels and let the Iranian embassy do its work.”
day earlier, Iran state media cited Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as
saying “Iran’s judiciary will not be influenced by such blackmail and those who
are sentenced for spying, should finish their sentences.” In an email to
Reuters Ratcliffe said his wife still faced a second court case and was being
prevented from seeing their daughter Gabriella.
has put on trial 16 high-profile figures accused of involvement in acts of
“terror” and trying to overthrow the government of then-Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan in 2013 nationwide protests.
trial, taking place in a prison complex on the outskirts of Istanbul on Monday,
was about the mass "Gezi Park" demonstrations that started in the
summer of 2013 as a protest against the redevelopment of one of the last green
spaces in central Istanbul.
protests snowballed into a nationwide movement and marked one of the biggest
challenges to Erdogan's rule at the time.
prosecutors said in a 657-page indictment that all the 16 defendants, including
businessmen, academics and artists, would face life sentence if convicted in
the case as they "attempted to overthrow the government” through
organizing and financing an "uprising."
the 2013 unrest, Erdogan dismissed the idea that the protests were
environmentally motivated, saying they aimed to topple his government. The
Turkish riot police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse mostly peaceful
protesters, leading to widespread criticism of how Turkey's authorities handled
Monday indictment named 746 people as injured parties during Gezi Park
nationwide protests in 2013, holding the defendants responsible for all
injuries and damage to property.
Rights Watch denounced the charges as "bogus" and said the indictment
falls short of explaining how the defendants allegedly planned an uprising.
international organization said the aim of the trial was to "silence and
punish the defendants for their legitimate and entirely peaceful civic
activities and work."
the defendants was prominent businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala, whose
detention since November 2017 has made him a symbol of what critics say is a
crackdown on civil society.
who along with other defendants has repeatedly denied the charges, said in his
testimony on Monday that there was no evidence against him to substantiate the
claims that he had planned an uprising in 2013.
no different than the hundreds of thousands of people who conducted peaceful
activities during the Gezi events and I request my release and acquittal,"
Kavala told the Silivri court in the west of Istanbul.
accusation for which I have been imprisoned for the past 20 months is based on
a series of claims that have no factual basis and defy logic," he added.
hundred supporters of the defendants gathered outside the courthouse, with riot
police watching nearby.
Israel blocked fuel deliveries to the Gaza Strip Tuesday, citing new incendiary
balloons from the Palestinian enclave.
move follows “the release of arson balloons from the Gaza Strip toward the
State of Israel” which caused fires across the border, the Israeli defense
ministry department responsible for Palestinian civil affairs said.
transfers were halted at the Karem Shalom goods crossing on Tuesday morning and
would remain blocked “until further notice,” COGAT said in a statement.
with attached incendiary devices are flown over the Gaza border by Palestinian
demonstrators seeking to start fires in nearby Israeli farmland.
regular demonstrations last year, the balloons started hundreds of fires,
though they have been curbed in recent months.
deliveries, which are coordinated with the United Nations and paid for by Gulf
state Qatar, were agreed in late 2018 as part of a truce agreement between
Israel and the strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas.
have improved electricity supply in the strip, where residents currently
receive around 12 hours of power a day, according to the UN.
the deal, the daily power supply was regularly as low as six hours.
has maintained a crippling blockade of Gaza for more than a decade.
The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government
said on Monday that the Houthi militia has received various types of weapons
smuggled from Iran.
at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said
the militia has suffered heavy losses and as a result they have been targeting
civilians and civilian installations.
Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building
fortifications in Hodeidah in violation of the Stockholm agreement.
said that the Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition, but “we
will apply international law.”
U.S.-led coalition against Iran will not succeed, an Iranian spokesman said on
if Washington comes to the [Middle East] region every day, it will fail,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told a news briefing.
said the "contradictory" statements by Washington "reflect how
chaotic U.S. administration is".
Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was leaving for the Middle
East to meet allies in the region to form a "global coalition"
visit comes only days after the U.S. and Iran came to the brink of war last
week after Tehran shot down an American surveillance drone over the Strait of
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, said he called off a retaliatory strike
against Iran in the last minute because it wouldn't be a
have been rising between the U.S. and Iran since May 2018 when Washington
unilaterally withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the
five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and the EU.
U.S. has since embarked upon a diplomatic and economic campaign to ramp up
pressure on Iran to force it to renegotiate the agreement.
has said the "road to diplomacy" with the United States is now
permanently closed following a raft of sanctions imposed by Washington on
Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a statement that the "fruitless
sanctions ... mean the permanent closure of the road of diplomacy with the
frustrated US administration".
words were echoed by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, who also slammed the
heightened sanctions and said that the White House is “afflicted by mental
called the sanctions targeting the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah
Khamenei, "outrageous and idiotic", saying they would ultimately fail
as Mr Khamenei has no assets abroad.
Trump Administration announced the sanctions on top officials as it sent
officials to the Middle East and Europe and called for consumers of Middle
Eastern oil to share the burden of protecting shipping lanes.
in Jerusalem, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said all Iran has to do
is "walk through that open door" to enter negotiations with the US.
has refused to enter negotiations until the US relieves previously-imposed
economic sanctions. The US has said it remains open to negotiations but insists
they will not relieve sanctions before talks begin.
Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo toured Saudi Arabia and the UAE
discussing maritime security, while US special representative to Iran Brian
Hook proposed an enhanced multinational maritime force.
new Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper is heading to Europe on Tuesday to
persuade Nato allies to work with the Trump Administration on countering Iran
in the Middle East.
EU, France, Germany and the UK are all still signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal
that Mr Trump withdrew from last year. It relieves international sanctions in
exchange for Iran curtailing its nuclear ambitions.
attempts to circumnavigate US sanctions on Iran has infuriated Washington,
although all countries agree on the need to counter Iranian aggression.
on six tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the shooting down of a US drone and
bombings of a Saudi airport and oil infrastructure have been all attributed to
Iran, or Iranian proxy forces in the region.
top Japanese official said the protection of the Strait of Hormuz, through
which 60 per cent of their oil travels, is a matter of "life and
death" in terms of energy security. A Japanese tanker was one of those
targeted in the Gulf of Oman.
Trump mentioned Japan's reliance on the Strait in a tweet on Monday, bemoaning
the US protection of shipping lanes.
are seriously concerned about rising tensions in the Middle East,” Chief
Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
particular, the safety of shipping in the Straits of Hormuz is a matter of life
and death for our country in terms of energy security.”
Islamist party PAS puts faith before integrity in choice of leaders
- Malaysian opposition party Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) must prioritise
electing Muslim leaders - even if they have no integrity, its president Hadi
Awang said on Friday (June 21).
without Islam is not accepted by Allah, and a person with faith who has no
integrity is still better than someone with integrity but no faith," he
told 3,000 party delegates and observers at the opening of the party's annual
three-day assembly. Datuk Seri Hadi said in his opening speech that any
cooperation must benefit Islam, the country and Malays, and must prioritise
also urged non-Muslims to reject what he called "racially fanatic and
chauvinist" political parties that are "negative towards Islam and
ungrateful", while at the same time attempting to reassure non-Muslims
that the PAS state government in the two states it rules seeks to protect their
leaders have been accused of accepting money from Umno, with Hadi's own
son-in-law revealing that there was a "dedak cartel" within the party
which received money in exchange for political support. Dedak, Malay for animal
feed, is a term popularised by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad referring to
Umno leaders have also been slapped with corruption charges, including former
president Najib Razak and current president Zahid Hamidi.
is the first time the PAS muktamar is being held in Pahang, in a strong signal
of its close ties with former foe Umno, which controls the state assembly.
deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan attended the congress, and hugged PAS
party leaders on stage.
Umno leaders present included vice-president Khaled Nordin, youth chief Asyraf
Wajdi Dusuki and former Perlis menteri besar Shahidan Kassim.
from Barisan Nasional (BN) ally Malaysian Indian Congress were also present.
year, Umno's Datuk Seri Zahid attended the PAS muktamar, or conference.
are expected to debate and approve a new policy to formalise PAS' collaboration
with former foe Umno, called "ta'awun siyasi" or political
party polls were also being held on Friday with Datuk Seri Hadi's loyalists
sweeping the top posts.
and his deputy, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, have retained their posts
chief and deputy of the powerful clergy wing also won uncontested, as well as
the youth wing chief.
(the lack of competition) is a sign of calm in the party. And there are no
video activities in PAS," Hadi told a news conference, in a sly reference
to the gay sex video scandal plaguing Anwar Ibrahim's Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
denied that there were pockets of opposition within PAS towards working with
make it easier for us, those who oppose, can leave the party and set up their
own. They have already left the party and created Amanah," he said, adding
that all members have accepted the idea of cooperating with Umno.
older leaders, however, are still doubtful of working with Umno.
PAS ulama speaker Ishak Hassan said many grassroots members in Kelantan oppose
the move due to Umno's past treatment of Kelantan when it was in power, such as
denying it oil royalties.
the cooperation with Umno, I agree but we have to be careful. Umno has betrayed
PAS in Kelantan before," Mr Ishak was quoted as saying.
said: "Being cautious is normal. In PAS, there is still Umno-phobia, but
in Umno, there is also PAS-phobia. But Muslims with morals must prioritise
peace and efforts to unite the ummah (community) before your own
contested against Tun Dr Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan and BN coalitions in the
last general election, splitting the votes three ways.
BN's stunning defeat, the Islamist party entered into an alliance with Umno,
and the two have scored several victories in by-elections this year.
From Prabowo's Electoral Strongholds Stifle Calls for More Street Protests
Religious leaders, including heads of Islamic boarding schools, from Prabowo
Subianto's electoral strongholds have called on Muslims to refrain from
participating in street protests during the election dispute trial at the
urge restraint. Muslims have to maintain unity," said M. Saidih Hz., the
chairman of the South Tangerang branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council, on
made the statement at an event in Tangerang, Banten, one of Prabowo Subianto's
call came after a message spread on social media and WhatsApp group chats
urging Muslims to take part in street demonstrations at the Constitutional
Court from Monday to Friday.
event has been called "Halal Bi Halal Akbar 212" ("Grand Meet-Up
212"), a clear reference to a similarly named street protest to bring down
Jakarta's former governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in 2016.
street demonstrations are planned to take place at the same time as the
Constitutional Court convenes behind closed doors after days of hearing witness
teams acting on behalf of Prabowo Subianto, who filed a suit at the court
alleging "massive and systematic" frauds in April's election,
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and the General Elections Commission,
have all made their cases last week.
will not solve anything," Saidih said.
are an important political force in our democracy. We should refrain from
participating in street demonstrations that can be seen as
unconstitutional," he said.
left unchecked, [unconstitutional actions] can sow seeds of division. Islam as
a religion is rahmatan lilalamin; it always puts unity first," Saidih
the head of the Almuqriyah pesantren (Islamic boarding school) said Muslims
should ignore provocations by the country's political elites.
is not intolerant. Muslims should not insult, slander or spread false news
against each other," he said.
Skeptical of Motive
Halal Bi Halal Akbar 212 poster shared online promises a peaceful gathering
filled with prayers. Novel Bamukmin, a spokesman from the "212 Alumni
Brotherhood," said they merely want to urge the Constitutional Court
judges to act fairly and independently.
Rosiade, a spokesman for Prabowo's campaign team, said they will follow Prabowo's
order to avoid mass gathering or protest during the court proceedings.
we cannot stop [those who still want to go]," he said.
police said they are worried the demonstrations will take a violent turn, just
as they did last month.
discretion was abused [during the Jakarta riots last month]. If you want to
hold a halal bi halal, do it at home," Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Cmr.
Argo Yuwono said on Sunday.
said the police will turn people away from Jakarta if they can't state their purpose
of coming to the capital.
Dans Ma Vertu, Forte Dans Mon Devoir (Simple in My Virtues, Steadfast in My
was my school motto which still lingers in my heart. My best friend who was
from a boarding school once told me, “I don’t get this strong emotional
attachment of convent girls with their schools. It’s like there is this ghost
umbilical cord between you guys.” Okay, that sounds like an eerie Malay ghost
story but on a serious note, my friend’s statement made me think hard about why
former convent girls like myself love and take pride in our missionary schools
primary school, I vividly remember my friends and I paying our respects to
Sister Fedelis, who was a kind nun and a caring English teacher. We attended an
elaborate Christian funeral and carried candles, and our non-Christian friends
and teachers (including our ustaz and ustazah) joined in the prayers for her in
an old chapel with mesmerising neo-Gothic architectural influence.
conventional Muslim parents, including mine, waited patiently for us outside
the chapel until we finished the ceremony. Our parents respected the
schoolteachers and trusted that the Christian ceremony would not cause their
daughters to deviate from their faith. That trust was built upon the
professionalism, competency and transparency of the nuns and the other
chapel is within the school compound but there were no extremists who requested
that it be separated from the school, not even our Islamic teachers. I felt
that the school belonged to all races and faiths where religious tolerance and
moderate Muslims existed in harmony. As a Muslim, I think convent school shaped
me and my other Muslim friends into independent thinkers and profound believers
in Allah who are not easily offended by the activities of other religions.
Light Street (CLS) is the oldest school in Southeast Asia, the history of which
dates back 167 years. That is how long the school has been having a positive
impact on our education system. I still remember my history lesson conducted in
an old wooden classroom located in an Anglo-Indian building known as the
Government House. Captain Francis Light, the founder of Penang, and Stamford
Raffles, who founded Singapore, worked briefly at that Government House which
is part of the CLS premises.
history teacher once told us that where we sat in the classroom was the “sweet
spot” for Light to watch his ships with his binoculars out of the wooden
window. My point here is not about the English captain, but about my former
dedicated Malaysian teachers who were passionate about their work. I had
teachers who were willing to spend their leisure time after official school
hours conducting extra classes to prep us for our exams.
LUMPUR, June 24 — The Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council’s
(Maik) plan to convert Orang Asli to Islam is against the Federal Constitution,
Pusat KOMAS claimed.
to the human rights group’s account officer Faribel Maglin, while the Federal
Constitution states that Islam is the official religion of the country, Article
11(2) provides that every person has the right to profess and to practice his
or her religion.
should not issue such statements because we, as Malaysians, uphold the Federal
Constitution as the highest rule of law in our country. Everyone should have
the right to profess their own beliefs and it should be respected.
even if they intend to change their religion, it should come from their own
willingness. We should not force them to convert because then, I believe that
they would experience a 180-degree change in their lives,” she said in a
KOMAS also expressed disappointment at claims that 13 of the 15 Orang Asli who
were suspected to have died from a measles outbreak were buried according to
Muslim rites, instead of their traditional funeral rituals.
group claimed that those Orang Asli had not yet converted to Islam. Only two of
the deceased Orang Asli were laid to rest according to their traditional rites.
right to religious freedom should be practised by government agencies and
public institutions. The indigenous people should be given the freedom to
choose their own religion, including the traditional religion of their
ancestors,” Faribel added.
reported yesterday that five Orang Asli from the Bateq tribe were buried in a
Muslim cemetery in Kuala Koh, after Maik claimed that the deceased’s family
members permitted the Muslim burials.
noted that there are individuals from the mainstream religions who look down at
indigenous people’s beliefs and labelled them as “pagans”.
also highlighted that the Orang Asli have a close relationship with elements of
nature, including forests, rivers and soil.
have practiced the animistic beliefs for thousands of years as this was their
ancestors’ faith. This relationship with nature enables them to become the real
‘caretakers of nature’ as they gained plenty of benefits from nature such as
food, medication and shelter. Thus, the Orang Asli has a big role to play in
the forest ecosystem as they can preserve the flora and fauna,” she said.
KOMAS also expressed support for Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) head
Profesor Juli Edo, who warned religious preachers not to take advantage of the
Orang Asli and beguile them to switch religions.
rights group urged Maik to withdraw their statement and place more emphasis on
the Orang Asli’s wellbeing in terms of their health, education and safety
Orang Asli community’s welfare is under the responsibility of the Kelantan
state government as they are citizens of the state. What’s the point of being
known as Mecca’s Verandah when the welfare of their own non-Muslim people are
not being taken care of?” Faribel added.
also noted that this right is enshrined in Article 8 (1) of the Federal
Constitution, where every person shall be equal under the law and have equal
protection of law, regardless of their race and religion.
(Reuters) - West African troops killed 42 suspected Islamic State fighters in a
battle in the Lake Chad region on June 21, the heaviest death toll suffered by
the insurgents in the last six months, a regional military task force said in a
statement. The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) comprising troops from
countries bordering the lake - said one of its soldiers was killed and 10
others were injured.
an apparent reference to the same clashes, Islamic State said its fighters had
killed 15 soldiers in fighting on June 21 at Garno, a town in Nigeria’s
northeastern Borno state near Lake Chad. It said a suicide bomber detonated an
explosive device but did not refer to any of its fighters having been killed.
State West Africa Province (ISWAP) was formed in 2016 when a faction of
Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Islamic State. The
insurgency has affected countries that border Lake Chad - Nigeria, Niger, Chad
and Cameroon, as well as islands on the lake itself.
MNJTF said in a statement issued on Saturday that “42 terrorists (were)
neutralized” during fighting on and around a Lake Chad island called Doron
Naira. It said it meant it had “inflicted the heaviest loss in 6 months on
State, in a statement issued through its Amaq news agency, said: “Fifteen
African coalition soldiers were killed and others injured when Islamic State
fighters attacked them.”
insurgency, which began in northeast Nigeria, has killed more than 30,000
people and displaced about 2 million since 2009.
(AFP) - At least 11 Chadian soldiers were killed in an attack blamed on Boko
Haram jihadists at Lake Chad, the latest in a surge of attacks in the region,
authorities said on Sunday.
Chadian army lost 11 men including three officers... and six soldiers were
wounded," the regional authority told AFP.
added that Chadian forces killed "26 Boko Haram members" in fighting
at Tchoukoutalia after the soldiers recovered cattle that the militants had
Haram militants have been waging a decade-long insurgency in northwest Nigeria,
but the conflict has spilled into the Lake Chad region where Nigeria borders
Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
sources earlier said seven Chadian soldiers and a guard were killed in the
ambush that happened on Friday in Mbomouga in Chad's Ngouboua area.
2018, Boko Haram has carried out at least nine attacks on Chad. But the
jihadist group has stepped up attacks outside Nigeria after a period of calm
month, militants killed four people in an attack on a Cameroonian island on
Lake Chad and Boko Haram killed another 13 villagers in eastern Chad.
March jihadists killed at least 23 Chadian soldiers in an attack on an army
post in the group's deadliest attack on the country's military.
June 22 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations said 126 former al-Shabab combatants
have completed a rehabilitation program and are ready for reintegration.
former combatants graduated from the Baidoa Rehabilitation Center, in Somalia's
South West State, on Friday after completing an intensive rehabilitation
Hussein, national project officer in charge of disarmament, demobilization and
reintegration program at the International Organization for Migration (IOM),
said the rehabilitation (DDR) program will encourage more youths in al-Shabab
to lay down arms and contribute to the country's peace process.
ex-combatants undertook various vocational training lessons, among them,
electricity, masonry, tailoring as well as welding," Hussein said,
according to a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
on Friday evening.
called for more support for the program, saying al-Shabab cannot only be fought
using arms, but also through training and the reintegration of ex-combatants.
is the best method, and hopefully the graduates will integrate back into the
community and be constructive in their communities," Hussein said,
referring to the program.
program graduates, comprising youths from various parts of the country,
received vocational training and psychological support at the center.
UNSOM, the IOM and other development partners have supported the establishment
of similar rehabilitation and transition centers in Mogadishu, Beletweyne and
West State DDR director Ilyas Ali Nur said the program has proven to be a
success, noting that hundreds of youths who defected from al-Shabab have been
trained and reintegrated into the community.
human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called on Sudanese military rulers to
end “repression” against pro-democracy protesters and restore the country’s
severed Internet services.
made the plea on Monday after she said her office had received reports that
more than 100 protesters were killed and many more injured during an assault by
Sudanese soldiers on a peaceful sit-in outside the defense ministry
headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, on June 3.
uprising in Sudan "has been met with a brutal crackdown by the security
forces this month," Bachelet said in a speech at the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva.
UN human rights chief added that the Sudanese authorities must grant her
office’s monitors access to the crisis-ravaged country and allow investigation
into the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
also urged authorities to “immediately” end shutdown of the Internet in Sudan.
ruling military council said on Sunday that Ethiopia and the African Union (AU)
should be unified in their efforts to mediate between the council and an
opposition coalition on the structure of the country's transitional government.
Sudanese military overthrew long-time President Omar al-Bashir after some four
months of widespread protests against him over dire economic conditions on
Bashir’s ouster, the coup leaders established the so-called Transitional
Military Council (TMC), presumably to run state affairs in the post-Bashir era.
But the generals also moved to consolidate power and faced popular protests
camped outside the military headquarters in Khartoum for weeks to demand the
ruling military council hand over power to a civilian government, before
security and paramilitary forces dispersed them in a June 3 crackdown that
killed tens of people.
umbrella protest movement Alliance for Freedom and Change says 113 people were
killed in the crackdown. The government puts the death toll at 61 people,
including three security personnel.
opposition groups have accused “some Arab countries” of supporting the military
council in order to protect their own interests in the country.
group of five United Nations rights experts has urged the Human Rights Council
to launch an "independent investigation" into possible violations
committed by Sudanese security forces against "peaceful protesters".
least 95 prisoners of the Boko Haram terror group were rescued over the weekend
in military operations in northeast Nigeria, the country's armed forces said
spokesman Sagir Musa said in a statement that three terrorists were killed in
the operations in Borno, their birthplace and remaining stronghold.
said 13 women and 26 children were rescued during the operations in Kobe and
Boboshe villages, respectively.
said an additional 29 women, 25 children and two men were freed when troops
destroyed another Boko Haram camp in the Tafana 1 and Tafana 2 villages.
recovered [during the operations] included two boxes filled with Quran, two
terrorists’ flags, five bicycles, five SIM cards of different networks and
assorted clothing materials," he added.
at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London recently,
Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the country is
using all its available sources to eliminate terrorism from its soil and is
moving towards attaining sustainable peace and stability.
are doing our best, utilising all available sources to wipe out the enemies of
peace and prosperity. It is a fact that peace and stability in South Asia was
dependent on the resolution of conflicts and disputes in the region," a
Pakistani daily quoted the Army Chief General as saying.
Bajwa also suggested that all nations must cooperate with each other in
"wiping out terrorism" since it is a common enemy for all.
suggestion to all countries - especially our neighbouring nations - come
forward and cooperate with each other. We have suffered a lot in the past.
Better security will pave the way for foreign investment in Pakistan - the
foreign investment plays a pivotal role in regional coordination," he
Army Chief General's comments came a day after the Financial Action Task Force
(FATF) directed his country to "swiftly" complete its action plan to
curb terror financing within October or face the consequences.
warning was made in a statement issued by the financial watchdog following a
plenary meeting in Orlando, United States. Pakistan is currently on the greylist
of FATF: A list of countries that have been inadequate in curbing money
laundering and terror financing.
should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its
strategic deficiencies. FATF expresses concern that not only did Pakistan fail
to complete its action plan items with January deadlines, it also failed to
complete its action plan items due May 2019," a statement issued by FATF
DELHI: The Pakistan army on Monday remained tight-lipped about the blast that
hit its Rawalpindi hospital where banned terror outfit Jaish-eMuhammed's chief
Masood Azhar was being treated for his renal ailment.
was no word on Azhar amid rumours that the Jaish chief may have been among the
intelligence agencies did not have an independent confirmation yet. But social
media, particularly a Telegram channel which an intelligence official here said
is "normally reliable" put out the update that Masood Azhar was among
the 10 injured in the blast. It added that there was total media blackout by
Azhar, who suffers from renal failure, is a regular visitor to the Army
hospital for dialysis. Late Sunday night, several Pakistani Twitter users
uploaded videos of the blast, with some claiming that 10 people had been
Twitter handle with the name Ahsan Ullah MiaKhail, who identifies himself as a
human rights worker and PTM (Pashtun Tahafuz Movement) activist, posted a video
of the blast along with a comment: "Huge #blast at Military Hospital in
#Rawalpindi, #Pakistan. 10 injured shifted to emergency. Jaish-e-Mohammad chief
Maulana Masood Azahar is admitted here. Completely Media blackout by Army.
Media asked Strictly not to cover this story (sic)." The videos show smoke
emerging from the building even as traffic is seen on the road. Following the
Pulwama attack in J&K, India had retaliated by bombing a Jaish terror camp
in Balakot on February 26.
Azhar escaped the air strikes as he was believed to have been undergoing
treatment at the Rawalpindi hospital.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has turned down the
suggestion to postpone the date of the proposed All Parties Conference (APC)
and said it will be held as per schedule on June 26, a private media house
reported on Tuesday.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had proposed
changing the date of the APC due to the ongoing budget session.
the JUI-F chief refused to change the date and said: “there was no point in
postponing the conference if the opposition did not accept the budget”.
is] no point in attending the assembly session if we [opposition] do not accept
the budget,” Rehman was quoted as saying.
days earlier, in telephonic conversations with the major opposition leaders on
Sunday, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman formally
extended the invitation for the proposed All Parties Conference (APC),
scheduled to take place on June 26.
JUI-F chief called Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam
Nawaz, President Shehbaz Sharif, and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, amongst others.
Rehman couldn’t contact with Balochistan National Party (BNP) Chairman Akhtar
Mengal as he was abroad. Mengal’s party is a coalition partner of PTI in the
claimed that Mengal has assured him of his presence at the APC. Earlier on June
14, Mengal hinted at joining hands with the opposition, saying the party will
“not be able to remain with the government if political issues in Balochistan
has also summoned a party meeting to discuss the decision regarding the APC.
Pakistan’s score on the Childhood Index has improved from 540 in 2000 to 626 in
2019, the Global Childhood Report 2019 says.
report was launched by Save the Children at the concluding ceremony of
‘Children’s Action against Oppression and Neglect (CHAON)’ project.
IKEA Foundation-funded project combined child protection systems, accelerated
learning and a school health programme in Sindh and Punjab in collaboration
with the provincial governments, reaching over 600,000 adults and over 800,000
to the report, at least 280 million children — or one child in eight — are
dramatically better off today than at any time in the past two decades.
children are healthy and surviving past their fifth birthday. More children
have enough good food to eat, so their growth isn’t stunted. More children are
in school and learning.
senator Farhatullah Babar said while there had been global improvements,
children had not been on the agenda of governments and political parties in
space for INGOs has been shrinking for the past several years. The reason I
came here was also to raise a voice for expanding the space for INGOs and NGOs
which are doing child welfare work. I wish to advocate for the space for INGOs
course, there should be regulation and laws by the government. But it should be
done through legislation, but through discussion and debate involving all
political parties and all stakeholders,” he said.
Williams, Deputy Head DFID, said: “The work of Save the Children around the
world and in Pakistan is important and it is important because children and
young people are often neglected, forgotten and marginalised.
as we have heard this morning, they are our future and they have so much to
offer. Pakistan has the potential for a demographic dividend if it can generate
the jobs needed to bring more people, especially the most marginalised, into
productive work.” She added: “Pakistan is one of the youngest countries in the
world; 64pc of the country’s population is under the age of 29, some 30pc
between the ages of 15 and 29. For at least the next three decades Pakistan
will continue to be a very young country with a population projected to reach
352 million by 2100.
with a burgeoning youth population there is a potential for a once in a
lifetime dividend which could accelerate economic growth and set Pakistan on a
trajectory out of poverty to become a high-income country by 2047.”
Ambassador Ingrid Johannson commended the collaboration between Save the
Children and IKEA Foundation.
types of collaborations should be expanded further, and the role of NGOs and
INGOs in development could not be exaggerated,” she said.
is true worldwide and also true in Pakistan. I truly appreciate the efforts
made in the last eight years through the CHAON project to fight root causes of
child labour and strengthen children’s rights,” she added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday approved the constitution of a steering
committee on Pakistan Regulatory Modernisation Initiative (PRMI) to help devise
a regulatory framework for simplifying the process of business registration.
government said that the high-powered body will support the business community
to start new ventures and attract investments by improving the ‘ease of doing
business’ ranking of the country.
190 economies, Pakistan ranks at 136, according to the World Bank report on
ease of doing business.
steering committee will be jointly headed by Adviser to the Prime Minister on
Establishment Shahzad Arbab and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul
decision was taken at a PRMI meeting, which was chaired by PM Khan. Besides the
two advisers, special assistants to the premier Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and
Yousuf Baig Mirza as well as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)
Shabbar Zaidi attended the meeting.
a detailed briefing on the initiative, Adviser Shahzad Arbab informed the
meeting that its basic objective was to ease registration of new ventures,
issuance of permits and no-objection certificates.
the PRMI, the process of mapping, rationalisation, modernisation and automation
would be initiated, Mr Arbab said.
prime minister was told that the business body would help reduce corruption and
provide opportunity of automation to Small and Media Enterprises (SMEs).
Khan said the SME sector had been affected adversely in the past due to the
legal requirement of obtaining NOCs from different government departments and
lack of automation.
conditions of NOCs and registrations from different departments have paved the
way of corruption, foreign investment has also been affected,” he added.
meeting was told that the PRMI steering committee would be jointly headed by Mr
Arbab and Mr Dawood, while the commerce secretary, FBR chairman, chairman of
the Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), chairman of the Board of
Investment (BOI), president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce
and Industry (FPCCI), presidents of the chambers of commerce and industry of
Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad and representatives of Pakistan Business Council
(PBC) will be members of the steering committee.
Khan said PRMI’s formation was an important step in government’s reforms
agenda. “The basic idea behind improvement in the process of regulation and
improve it on modern lines to provide ease of doing business to the business
community of the country,” he added.
a separate meeting, parliamentarians representing the erstwhile Federally
Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) raised the issue of Federal Excise Duty (FED)
with Prime Minister Khan.
said the Federal Excise Duty (FED) was still imposed in the tribal areas even
after their merger with the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
prime minister assured them that their reservations would be addressed soon. He
highlighted the need for early fulfilment of all commitments made with the
people of tribal areas.
also discussed problems in the way of ongoing development activities in the
Khan said keeping in view of the needs of the people of the tribal areas, the
federal government had, for the first time, allocated Rs83 billion development
budget for the erstwhile Fata.
was of the opinion that people of the tribal areas had given countless sacrifices.
“The government is well aware of these sacrifices and will fulfil all promises
made with them,” he added.
Khan called for involving people’s representatives in development activities in
ex-Fata and addressing demands of the people areas.
US-based leader of the ruling party Sajjad Barki met the prime minister and
discussed with him his [PM’s] upcoming visit to the US.
Dubbing the recently-formed Commission of Inquiry to probe the utilisation of
foreign debts by the two previous governments over the past 10 years as
“ridiculously unconstitutional and undemocratic”, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday categorically declared on the floor
of the National Assembly that they would not subject themselves before this
decisions, including debt, are the sole domain of the National Assembly. We
will not subject ourselves before any institution, let alone some debt
commission. This is absolutely undemocratic and unconstitutional,” said Mr
Bhutto-Zardari while taking part in the debate on the federal budget amidst
desk-thumping by the opposition members, including his father Asif Ali Zardari.
undermining our political, human and democratic rights, they (government) now
want to undermine the sovereignty of the parliament,” he said, questioning as
to how could the collective wisdom of this House be questioned by National
Accountability Bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence or Military Intelligence?
all institutions are answerable to this House. This House is not answerable to
any institution,” he went on saying while referring to the inclusion of the
officials of the intelligence agencies in the 11-member inquiry commission.
Bhutto-Zardari also questioned the need for constituting a National Development
Council (NDC) and inclusion of the army chief in it, though he did not name
him. He said the armed forces of the country should be kept away from politics
questioned the “legal basis” of the NDC in the presence of the constitutional
forum of National Economic Council to discuss economic issues.
controversy over the use of the term “selected” for Prime Minister Imran Khan
continued in the house as the opposition members not only criticised Deputy
Speaker Qasim Suri for barring them from using this word, but also continued to
call Mr Khan the “selected PM” and used some alternative words like
“handpicked” and “chosen” for him during their speeches.
issue was first raised by Dr Nafeesa Shah of the PPP who asked the deputy
speaker to clarify if he had issued a ruling on the matter as reported by some
newspapers. She was of the view that if he had issued a ruling then it must be
binding upon all. Secondly, she said, if the deputy speaker barred the use of
the term “selected” then he would also have to bar the use of “thieves and
robbers” by the treasury members for the opposition leaders.
response, the deputy speaker said he had requested the members to “let this
beautiful democracy remain as it is because they all have been elected due to
democracy”. He said he had requested the members not to use such words which
brought disgrace to this house.
Suri said this was a democratic house and all the members should respect the
house by not uttering unparliamentary words.
Mr Bhutto-Zardari, who had coined this term in his first speech in the house in
the presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan in August last year, regretted that
the deputy speaker in his absence had expunged the word “selected” and banned
it, despite the fact that Mr Khan had thumped the desk when he was called the
“selected PM” the first time in this very parliament.
Imran Khan is not a selected prime minister then why committee for election
rigging was formed?” he asked.
censored Pakistan is unacceptable. An independent Pakistan is the solution not
a censored Pakistan,” he said.
her hard-hitting speech, PML-N’s Marriyum Aurangzeb used the term “handpicked”
for the government when she was asked by the deputy speaker not to use the term
“selected”. Former deputy speaker and PML-N leader Murtaza Javed Abbasi in his
speech again called Mr Khan a “selected” PM.
number of speakers, including the PPP chairman, criticised Speaker Asad Qaiser
for not issuing production orders of the two arrested MNAs from Waziristan,
Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir.
Bhutto-Zardari urged the speaker to issue production orders of the two MNAs so
that all opposition members were able to vote on the budget.
Speaker, I hope that by tomorrow... when the opposition needs to have its full
numbers, you will issue the production orders of the MNAs of Waziristan.
Otherwise, accusations will be made that this is nothing short of rigging the
budget,” he said.
Asad Qaiser clarified that he had received the formal application for the
issuance of the production order on June 22 and he would make the decision
after getting a legal opinion from the law ministry.
Bhutto-Zardari, however, said the speaker did not need any advice and he had
the powers to issue the production orders.
daylong proceedings were dominated by the fiery speeches of the opposition
Minister Murad Saeed in his usual style responded to the PPP chairman’s speech.
The focus of his speech, however, was the alleged corruption committed by the
two opposition parties in the past.
communications minister asked the opposition members to get themselves cleared
from courts if they are innocent.
references from the book written by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice, he alleged that slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto had approached the US for
seeking an end to her cases and for lifting a constitutional bar on her
becoming prime minister for a third time.
to APP, Mr Saeed recalled that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif claimed that
he did not take any salary, but actually his $327,000 medical expenses and
travel expenses were paid from the national exchequer in the year 2016.
amount of Rs1,000 million of public money was spent by Nawaz Sharif on the
security and fencing of his Jati Umra residence, while 2,700 policemen were
deployed for the security of his residence and Rs2,000m was spent on that
Punjab government issued notifications declaring four houses in Model Town,
Jati Umra and Defence Housing Authority as camp offices of Shahbaz Sharif, he
some members of the PPP and PML-N met Maulana Asad Mehmood of the Jamiat
Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and requested him to delay the multiparty conference
convened on Wednesday as they would be busy in voting on cut motions during the
passage of the budget.
militaries of Pakistan and the United Kingdom held on Monday delegation level
strategic dialogue to discuss geo-strategic environment and bilateral military
to the ISPR, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa, who is in Britain on an
official visit, visited the Ministry of Defence, where he was received by UK’s
Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter.
Sunday, the army chief along with DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor was in
attendance at the Lord’s stadium to support Pakistan cricket team in their
World Cup match against South Africa.
COAS, who reached London on June 20, last visited the UK in October 2018.
on Monday announced a $3 billion direct investment package for Pakistan.
Talking to the state-run Qatari News Agency (QNA), Qatari Deputy Prime Minister
and Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the
Qatari support came after Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s visit
to Pakistan to underscore the deep relations between the two brotherly
countries and people.
the directives of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani
announced new investments in the form of deposits and direct investments in the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan worth a total of $3 billion,” the press release stated.
investment expresses the confidence of the State of Qatar in the strength of
the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s economy and the vision and good management
of the current government headed by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan,” the
statement quoted Abdulrahman Al-Thani as saying.
Qatari-Pakistani economic partnership will amount to $9 billion. Qatar affirms
its aspiration for further development in the relations between the two
countries at all political, economic, sports and cultural levels,” Abdulrahman
announcement of Qatari investment came after Pakistan visit of Qatar’s Emir
Sheikh Tamim bin Hammad Al-Thani. During the visit, Pakistan and Qatar signed
several memoranda of understanding for trade and investment, tourism and
cooperation in other fields.
is making $3 billion dollars worth of new investments in Pakistan, in the form
of deposits and direct investments,” said Special Assistant to Prime Minister
on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Monday. Dr Awan, while
talking to the media, thanked the Qatari Emir and his cabinet for the
announcement, said Radio Pakistan. She said that this amount would help
Pakistan overcome its economic challenges, adding that Prime Minister Imran
Khan’s announcement to grant visa on arrival for Qatari citizens will develop
tourism sector in Pakistan. She also hailed Qatar lifting the ban on Pakistani
rice, saying it was good news for rice exporters and the economy of the
country, Radio Pakistan reported.
to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Abdul Hafeez
Sheikh also thanked Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani for pledging
US $3 billion in Pakistan’s deposits and direct investment. “[I] want to thank
the Emir of Qatar HRH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani for announcing US $3
Billion in #deposits and direct #investments for #Pakistan and for #Qatar’s
affirmation to further develop relations between the two countries,” he
Arabia had earlier provided Pakistan a $3 billion loan and a similar amount
every year in oil supply on deferred payments. Another Gulf state, the United
Arab Emirates had also announced a $3 billion loan package for the country.
China had given $4.6 billion in shape of deposits and commercial loans. In
total, the four countries have pledged to provide nearly $16 billion to
also reached an agreement in principle with the International Monetary Fund for
$6 billion bailout package for three years, aimed at shoring up its public finances
and strengthening a slowing economy. Finance Ministry officials said that UAE
withheld release of the last tranche of $1 billion after Prime Minister Imran
Khan visited Qatar early this year.
terms of the Qatari financial assistance have not been shared by the Finance
Ministry. The Chinese government has provided deposit of $2 billion at around 1
per cent interest rate and $2.6 billion at around 5.5 per cent interest rate.
The Saudi and UAE loans have been received at over 3.2 per cent interest rates.
the visit of Qatari Emir, Pakistan and Qatar had also signed the three
memoranda of understanding (MoU). They signed an MoU on the establishment of
Pakistan and Qatar Joint Working Group (JWG) on trade and investment signed by
Qatar Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi and Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak
MoU for cooperation in the field of tourism and business events between Qatar
and Pakistan signed by Secretary General of Qatar National Tourism Council
Akbar Al Baker and Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza.
Three terrorists were killed in an alleged exchange of fire with law enforcers
in Khuda Baksh Goth near Super Highway at Northern Bypass in Karachi late on
and intelligence agencies, on a tip-off, conducted an operation in Khuda Baksh
Goth where the exchange of fire took place with the militants. In retaliation,
three terrorists were killed, while taking advantage of the darkness, two of
their accomplices managed to escape.
police claimed to have recovered a suicide jacket, hand grenades and large
quantity of arms from their possession.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the Foreign Minister of
Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday.
to a statement released by NATO, the meeting took place in NATO headquarters in
statement further added that Mr. Stoltenberg underscored the mutual added value
of NATO-Pakistan political dialogue and practical cooperation.
statement also added that Mr. Stoltenberg also expressed his appreciation for
Pakistan’s continuous support to NATO’s long-standing efforts in Afghanistan.
the NATO Secretary General pointed out NATO Allies’ and partners’ firm
commitment to peace and lasting security in Afghanistan.
also pointed out the alliance’s commitment to the further development and
sustainment of the Afghan security forces, through the Resolute Support
training mission, and with funding.
Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed Pakistan’s recent steps in support of an Afghan-led
and Afghan-owned peace process and the latest encouraging developments in the
bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Iran just has to ‘walk through open door’, enter negotiations with US
Iran has to do is “walk through that open door” to enter negotiations with the
US over the nuclear program, National Security Adviser John Bolton said on
Tuesday during a visit in Jerusalem.
President Donald Trump has become an unwavering ally of the main perpetrators
of the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the eight
months since it occurred, the newspaper said Monday.
Trump has become steadfast champion of the royal court that sent a team of
killers to murder Khashoggi," the Washington Post's editorial board said
in an op-ed.
premeditated murder of a contributing columnist who believed in democracy does
not concern him, but the care and feeding of the dictatorial kingdom that sent
the killers gets his lavish attention and slavish devotion. What does the
United States get in return? Complicity in a criminal war in Yemen, and an
indelible stain on its moral record," the board added.
scathing write-up follows last week's publication of UN Special Rapporteur
Agnes Callamard's report on Khashoggi's murder in which she determined it was
an “extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is
the report's release, Trump said Khashoggi's murder did not come up during a
Friday morning phone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, whom the
CIA determined with relatively high confidence had ordered it.
and his top officials have sought to shield Bin Salman from any responsibility
for the journalist's murder, despite initially saying there would be "very
severe" consequences if Saudi Arabia were responsible.
the report, Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or
arbitrary executions, said she found "credible evidence" to further
probe Saudi officials’ individual liability in the Khashoggi killing, including
its other recommendations, the UN's report calls for the FBI and UN secretary
general to launch criminal investigations into the murder of Khashoggi, who was
a U.S. resident.
during an interview with NBC News on Sunday if the FBI should probe Khashoggi's
death, Trump was circumspect.
think it’s been heavily investigated,” he said.
was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives shortly after he
entered the country's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 last year.
offered various, conflicting narratives to explain his disappearance before
acknowledging he was murdered in the diplomatic building while seeking to shift
blame for his death on a botched rendition operation being carried out by rogue
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on Houthi rebels to cease
attacks on Saudi Arabia after an airport in the country suffered from a drone
also singled out Iran, who the U.S. accuses of funding and supporting the
Houthis, for putting the lives of Americans in Saudi Arabia at risk.
attack on the Abha International Airport on Sunday, according to the secretary,
caused one death and 20 injuries, and was the second strike on the Saudi
airport in two weeks.
Iranian-backed attacks are unacceptable, and all the more reprehensible given
that they targeted innocent civilians. They also put Americans living, working,
and transiting through Saudi Arabia at risk," Pompeo said in a statement.
call on the Iran-backed Houthis to end these reckless and provocative attacks
on behalf of the Iranian regime," he said.
Yemen has been wracked by conflict since 2014, when the Houthis overran much of
the country, including capital Sanaa.
conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies launched
a wide-ranging military campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains in Yemen
and shoring up the country’s Saudi-backed government.
estimated 8.4 million people are at risk of severe famine and more than 22
million people, 75 percent of Yemen’s population, are in need of humanitarian
has repeatedly accused the Houthis of acting as a proxy force for Iran, Saudi
Arabia’s arch-rival in the region.
secretary urged the Houthis to work within the bounds of the UN-led peace
process "to end the conflict and adhere to the commitments they made in
is currently in Saudi Arabia on a trip to discuss tensions with Tehran, and
said "the United States will continue to stand with all of our allies and
partners in the region."
will ‘have to consider’ supporting a US war with Iran ‘on a case-by-case basis’
British government will “have to consider” any request from US President Donald
Trump for a war with Iran “on a case-by-case basis,” says Tory leadership
candidate Jeremy Hunt.
will stand by the United States as our strongest ally but of course we have to
consider any requests for military support on a case-by-case basis,” Hunt said
made the comments as Trump was insisting that he was not seeking war against
Iran, further bolstering the US economic terrorism against the country.
British foreign secretary further admitted that the tensions between the US and
Iran is a grave concern for Britain.
want to de-escalate the situation but we are of course extremely worried.”
further repeated the Trump administration’s baseless allegations against Iran,
including a recent tanker attack in the Sea of Oman, which Washington blamed on
Tehran with no credible evidence.
do strongly believe that the solution is for Iran to stop its destabilizing
activity throughout the Middle East and we are very concerned about the
sabotaging of tankers that has happened recently, which is almost certainly
Iran, and we’re constantly in touch with the United States,” said Hunt, who is vying
to become leader of Britain's Conservative Party and the country's next prime
Trump’s secretary of state was in Abu Dhabi to rally up support for war with
Iran in a meeting with Emirati member of the B-team, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Zayed.
need you all to participate, your military folks," said the notorious war
hawk. "The president is keen on sharing that the United States doesn't
bear the cost of this."
UAE joined the UK, Saudi Arabia, and the US to allegedly call for “diplomatic
solutions” despite Trump’s incessant threats and a “maximum pressure” campaign
call on Iran to halt any further actions which threaten regional stability, and
urge diplomatic solutions to de-escalate tensions," read a joint statement
released by the United States on Monday.
has time and again asserted that it does not seek war with the US, yet stands
ready to defend its interests in the region.
a tweet on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif asserted that
the B-team -- also including Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US national security adviser John
Bolton -- are thirsty for war with Iran.
is 100% right that the US military has no business in the Persian Gulf. Removal
of its forces is fully in line with interests of US and the world. But it's now
clear that the #B_Team is not concerned with US interests—they despise
diplomacy, and thirst for war,” said the Iranian top diplomat.
and its partners will take steps to counter new sanctions that Washington has
said it will impose on Iran, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted
as saying by Russian news agencies on Monday.
the comments reported by TASS and RIA, Ryabkov did not specify what those steps
said the imposition of US sanctions would aggravate tensions, and Washington
should instead be seeking dialogue with Tehran, the agencies quoted him as
sanctions imposed by the US on Iran are illegal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov
said on Monday.
does not think either the United States or Iran want a war but is very
concerned an accidental war could be triggered, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt
said on Monday.
are very concerned: we don’t think either side wants a war, but we are very
concerned that we could get into an accidental war and we are doing everything
we can to ratchet things down,” Hunt told BBC radio.
said Britain had been closely in touch with the United States over the “very
dangerous situation in the Gulf.”
British government approved arms sales to Israel worth over $17 million in
2018, when Israeli soldiers were accused of intentionally firing on and
murdering Palestinian protestors at the Gaza border.
information released by the Department of International Trade (DIT) and
compiled by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) shows that licenses were
issued for the sale of weapons that included parts for assault rifles,
ammunition and other arms that would be used against Palestinian
year on May 18, an arms sale worth more than $125,000 was approved by the
government just four days after 68 Palestinians were shot by Israeli soldiers.
Ironically, the export was approved the same week, when then-Prime Minister
Theresa May described killings as "extremely concerning".
during a debate in the parliament on the same day, seven MPs urged for greater
scrutiny on U.K. weapon exports to Israel. Some even called for imposing a
total ban on arms sales to Tel Aviv.
this did not stop the government from approving licenses to supply missile
technology, military radar equipment and night vision gear amounting to $18
million from March 30 to the end of 2018.
message it sends is that, no matter what atrocities are inflicted on the
Palestinian people, arms sales will continue" said CAAT spokesman Andrew
Smith. "If shooting on the border didn't stop the arms sales, if the
bombardment in 2014 and 2008 did not stop them, what more will it take?"
said that although it is not clear whether the U.K.-made weapons were used
specifically on the protestors, it symbolizes the government’s priorities in
choosing business over morality and ethics. He said the government is also
making highly probable that its weapons will be used against innocent
Palestinians in the future.
recent revelations come after a U.K. court of appeal declared that the U.K.
weapons exports to Saudi Arabia were unlawful, as they contributed to civilian
deaths and casualties in the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. The court further said
the government had failed to assess whether such a contribution would breach
international humanitarian law.
an interview with the Middle East Eye, Husam Zomlot, Palestinian ambassador to
the U.K., said that it is the British government’s responsibility to assess
whether its arms sales are lawful or not and that there was a wider legal
context that must be analyzed beyond the arms trade.
U.K. government can only say if it has done its due process. We are not aware
of such a process to ensure that these weapons do not harm innocent
Palestinians and they do not end up aiding Israel in its illegal occupation and
colonization of the land and people of Palestine," Zomlot said.
said it was also a question of illegal occupation of land by a state in
contravention to the basic U.K. and international law.
March 2018, as many as 190 Palestinian civilians were killed and more than
6,000 were injured while demonstrating against Israel’s brutal occupation and
siege on the Palestinian territories. The demonstrations were labelled the
Great March of Return and the Breaking of the Siege.
mosque in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in the North Africa, was attacked on the wee
hours of Monday, a local media reported.
were praying inside the Muley el Mehdi mosque, known as the largest of Ceuta,
when it became the target of at least four gunshots fired by unknown
assailants, Spanish news agency EFE said citing police sources.
or two people are suspected for the attack, according to the EFE.
casualties were reported, police launched a probe into the incident.
than 160 Germans who travelled to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS remain unaccounted
for, Germany’s government has admitted.
latter was also slammed for supposedly having “no plan” for dealing with the
120 ISIS members who fled Germany for the Middle East and are held in prisons
1,050 Germans travelled to Iraq and Syria to join terror groups since 2013.
Roughly a third have returned and another 220 are thought to have been killed.
The rest remain in the region or have moved elsewhere, reported Sunday
newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
figures were revealed after a request to the interior ministry by Linda
Teuteberg, secretary general of the Free Democratic Party.
government said most of the 160 ISIS fighters it has lost track of are probably
dead but conceded that “in rare cases, these individuals could have succeeded in
escaping and/or disappearing.”
insisted, however, that “various measures” such as wanted lists would make
“uncontrolled re-entry” very difficult.
of foreign fighters are languishing in jails run by the Kurdish-led Syrian
Democratic Forces, who pushed ISIS from its last patches of territory in
eastern Syria earlier this year.
governments remain fearful that returning ISIS members could launch attacks at
home or try to radicalise others.
have resorted to stripping extremists of their citizenship.
Ms Teuteberg said the German government was not doing enough – especially in
light of the “very fragmented” EU borders.
is particularly worrying that the Federal Government appears to have taken no
further measures to prevent the uncontrolled re-entry of submerged IS
fighters,” she said.
Teuteberg also hit out at the government for failing to produce a coherent
policy on how to deal with foreign fighters.
applies to the Germans detained in the conflict zones, as well as the more than
200 former IS supporters who are now back in Germany,” she told Welt am Sonntag
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