Scholar Appointed As Human Rights Adviser to Trump Administration
Temple in Ahmedabad Gets the Gift of Silver Chariot from Muslims
How Can A Muslim Drive and
Earn Money in Ghatlodia, A Hindu Locality of Ahmedabad, Ask Locals
19-Year-Old Christian Man Arrested In Punjab for Blasphemy After A Fight Over A
Never Approves Of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Iran Guards Chief
Houthis Maintain ‘Strong’ Links With Al Qaida, Daesh
Asli Demand to Be Left Alone By Islamic Preachers
Solidarity Gathering For Muslim Preacher Wan Ji, Activists Urge Pakatan to
Abolish Sedition Act
Arabia Ordered 122 Executions In First Half Of 2019: Rights Organization
Provides Libya's Haftar with African Militants
at US-aided Afghan university arrested, accused of recruiting for ISIS
places two Hezbollah MPs on sanctions lists
Taliban resume talks after rival Afghans agree steps to end bloodshed
seeks to be 1st Turkish-American in Congress
How Can A Muslim Drive and Earn Money in Ghatlodia, A Hindu
Locality of Ahmedabad, Ask Local
Activities from Safe Haven a Real Threat: India slams Pak at UNSC
Migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan Granted Indian Citizenship
Since Dec 2016: Govt
Owaisi flags issue of Budget outlay for minority affairs ministry
to return rare Buddhist artefacts to Afghanistan
NIA attaches residence of Aasiya Andrabi in Srinagar
filing charge sheet, Rajasthan Police seek court’s nod to reinvestigate Pehlu
Khan lynching case
Committee distributes food to Shobha Yatra participants in Delhi’s Hauz Qazi
19-Year-Old Christian Man Arrested In Punjab for Blasphemy after a Fight over a
exist to confuse youth about Islam, ideology of Pakistan: Sardar Masood
television anchor Mureed Abbas gunned down in Karachi
politicians not to get media time, decides govt
changes master plan of Islamabad to set up university at PM House
Nawaz summoned over fake trust deed
in four Pakistani children won’t complete primary education by 2030: Unesco
urges SC to take suo motu action on leaked video of judge
men shot dead, another wounded in ‘terrorist’ attack in Karachi
demand complete withdrawal of Saudi-led coalition from Yemen
Houthi court condemns 30 to death for ‘spying’
Military Vows Retaliation for U.K. Seizing Oil Tanker
to visit India before Israeli elections
senator calls for revoking civilian nuclear waivers in Iran
Houthi court condemns 30 to death for spying
IRGC servicemen killed in terror attack in NW Iran
So What If Iranian Reps Visited Parliament? Doesn't Mean We Accept Shiah
Sympathizers Allowed to Go Home if They Swear Allegiance to Pancasila and NKRI
Arrests 2 Rohingya Suspected of Supporting ARSA Militants in Myanmar
Cabinet Warns Hajj Pilgrims Not To Mix Politics with Religion
Coalition against ISIS Recruits Fighters in Tanf Base
Victims Of Isis In 'Execution Suits' Found In Syria Mass Grave
Iraqis, including policemen, wounded in bomb attack, armed clashes in Diyala
warplanes kill three Islamic State terrorists in Nineveh
launches ‘Will of Victory’ operation against ISIS sleeper cells near Syrian
of ISIS Affiliate in Yemen Fought for Group in Syria
of 300,000 Civilians Threatened by Mines Remaining from ISIL in Raqqa
slams US sanctions on MPs as ‘humiliation’ for Lebanese
coalition should address harm to civilians during Syria operations: Human
Kills 18 in Surge of Executions
Nigeria civilians killed in air raid targeting jihadists - sources
killed as Somali police foil attack in Mogadishu
police kill two Zakzaky supporters: Islamic group
soldiers attack protesters demanding release of Sheikh Zakzaky
40 Shia members arrested in clash with police
War’s Toll, Taliban and Afghan Representatives Agree to Peace Road Map
University Teacher, Students Among IS Operatives Arrested in Kabul
and Afghan government agree to reduce violence
JMB terror suspects were holed up in Chikkabanavara last year: NIA
author Taslima Nasreen completes 25 years in exile
boosts efforts to stop trafficking of Rohingya amid US criticism
Forces storm 3 Taliban compounds in Helmand province
Taliban militants killed, wounded in Kandahar, Zabul operations and airstrikes
forces conduct 111 joint, special ops and 13 airstrikes in past 24 hours: MoD
Powers Urge Iran to Reverse Nuclear Deal Breaches
calls on Iran to reverse uranium enrichment and uphold nuclear deal
largest mosque evacuated after bomb threat
take first step to punish Iran over nuclear pact breaches
calls for unconditional ceasefire in Libya
leader sends off Srebrenica genocide victims
jailed in Portugal for ISIS recruitment
Emmanuel Macron assembles elite team to defuse Iran tensions
activist Tommy Robinson encouraged violence at court case, judge says
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Yusuf, a prominent US-born Islamic scholar, has faced criticism for his
decision to be part of a 10-member panel chosen by US Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo to examine the role of human rights in US foreign policy.
on Monday unveiled the "Commission on Unalienable Rights", saying it
was made up of human rights experts of "varied backgrounds and
beliefs", and that it has been tasked with reviewing "the role of
human rights in American public policy".
of the commision have raised concerns of the panel after it appointed Harvard
law professor Mary Ann Glandon, a former US ambassador to the Vatican, who led
efforts against enshrining abortion as an international human right at the 1995
UN Women's conference in Beijing.
Usaama al Azami, a lecturer in Islamic Studies who studied at Princeton
University in the US, said that Yusuf's decision to work with the Trump
administration was a "troubling development in Western Islam".
one of the West's most recognisable and once almost universally esteemed
Islamic scholars to throw in his lot with the most venal and Islamophobic
administration in American history will be viewed by many Muslims as an
unforgivable lapse in judgement which will not easily be forgotten," Azami
told Middle East Eye.
is far worse than his advice to the Bush administration in the wake of the
tragic events of 9/11. That was when most Muslims voted Republican."
the years since 9/11, the Republican Party has gradually transformed into an
Islamophobic party par excellence, culminating in the presidency of Donald
Trump who won the Republican nomination on the basis of Islamophobic
race-baiting and unconstitutional demands for a Muslim registry and a Muslim
for supporting the UAE
Walaa Qusaiy, a teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham, however, who
specialises in neo-traditionalism in Islam and Hamza Yusuf's teachings, said
she was not surprised by his decision to join the panel.
believes Yusuf's close allegiance to Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, and role as
vice president of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim societies, a
religious body that is bankrolled by the United Arab Emirates, has played a
role in the type of stances he has taken over the years.
the years, Hamza Yusuf has centralised the idea of stability and government as
the central ideal and that Muslims should not politically engage but ensure
that their hearts are clean. But when governments then use this narratives to
affirm the supremacy of the state and regime then it becomes a problem,"
Qusaiy told MEE.
religious and political role within the UAE has made him an international
actor. He started to become that before his formal appointment as vice
president and goes a long way in explaining his direction to ally himself with
the political right inside America.
college which Yusuf co-founded did not respond to requests for comment at the
time of writing.
year, Yusuf was criticised by rights groups for describing the United Arab
Emirates as a country that champions civil society and is "committed to
someone as influential as Sheikh Hamza Yusuf to call the UAE 'tolerant'
contributes and gives credibility to the authorities' carefully tailored, yet false
image, as a progressive and rights respected state," Hiba Zayadin, an
assistant researcher at Human Rights Watch, told MEE.
2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that the UAE was silencing individuals
in the country for speaking up against human rights violations in the region
residents who have spoken about human rights issues are at serious risk of
arbitrary detention, imprisonment and torture," HRW said at the time.
Setting a unique example of communal harmony, people of Muslim community in
Jamalpur locality of Ahmedabad city in Gujarat gifted a silver chariot to the
priest of a historic Jagannath temple ahead of the 142nd Lord Jagannath Rath
Muslim residents have been carrying forward this tradition of gifting this
silver chariot for the last 20 years on this occasion to this 450 years old
temple that is known for its one of the most important and largest annual
Jagannath Rath Yatra in the country.
is believed that the annual nine day Rath Yatra or chariot festival, for which
scores of devotees converge at Jagannath temple every year, is observed to
unite people and promote peace and harmony among all.
this profound act of their Muslim brethren, priest of the temple thanked them
for their efforts to encourage harmony and said that this bond of love and
brotherhood will keep on fostering among generations.
such endeavors to uphold peace and tranquility by giving great respect to each
other’s beliefs, play an important role in espousing communal harmony among
various communities and display the true picture of India’s unity in diversity.
How Can A Muslim Drive and Earn Money in Ghatlodia, A Hindu
Locality of Ahmedabad, Ask Locals
A 48-year-old Muslim man, an autorickshaw driver from the Karanj area of the
city, was on Tuesday threatened by an unknown man who asked him “How cans a
Muslim drive and earn money in Ghatlodia (area of the city)”.
Arif Qureshi, a resident of Biscuit Gali near Pankornaka in Karanj, said he got
a passenger from Gheekanta who wanted to go to Chanakyapuri. “After I dropped
the passenger off near Chandlodia railway station, I was moving about in
Ghatlodia to find a passenger. At around 2pm, a passenger waved at me to stop
the rickshaw. I stopped my autorickshaw and asked him where he wanted to go.
The passenger said he wanted to go to Delhi Darwaja and I told him to get in,”
said Qureshi in his FIR.
a man rushed there and asked me on how can I, being a Muslim, roam in Ghatlodia
and take passengers from here. To this, I told him that I had stopped the
passenger had waved at me to stop. He then got angry at me and abused me.
Before I could realise anything, he came up with an iron rod and tried to attack
me. I evaded the attack and drove off but my autorickshaw meter was damaged in
the attack,” Qureshi said.
then approached a city-based advocate, Imtiyaz Pathan, who took him to the
office of police commissioner A K Singh. At the commissioner’s office, a
control room cop sent Pathan and Qureshi to Sola High Court police station,
where an FIR was registered under IPC Section 294(b) (verbal abuses) and 427
(mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees). Police, however, did
not invoke IPC Section 153-A, for promoting enmity between groups on grounds of
religion and race, and acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony.
(AsiaNews) – A 19-year-old Christian man was arrested in Pakistan on charges of
blasphemy, which is punished with the death penalty in the South Asian nation.
young man, Sunny Waqas, is studying health sciences at a high school in
Bahawalnagar, Punjab Province.
charges include possession of blasphemous material about the Prophet Muhammad.
In reality, the accusations came from a Muslim neighbour over a cricket match.
young man was arrested on 29 June as he was playing at the back of a friend's
house. The police charged him with violating 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code,
more commonly known as the blasphemy law, which punishes insults against the
Holy Prophet (Muhammad).
Voice Society association reports that the family began searching for him after
his arrest, worried that he had not come home. When the parents went to the
police station, they were told that no one by the name of Sunny was in custody
and that they should look elsewhere.
the next day, were they informed that their neighbour Bilal Ahmad had filed a
complaint against their son. According to police, the young man had a bag with
flyers and other blasphemous material inside.
parents are desperate. Sunny’s father, Mushtaq Masih, said that he “is a bright
student and is also fond of cricket. He plays cricket in his free time. A few
days before he had had a quarrel with some Muslim players, including Bilal
mother notes that her son has "many Muslim friends. He can never do
anything to hurt the feelings of anyone. He’s an obedient son and is very
sensitive towards inter-faith issues."
present, he is being held in the Bahawalpur district jail, as police gathers
evidence for the investigation.
Pakistan, being accused of insulting Islam can trigger violent reactions by
radicals, like in the Asia Bibi’s case.
have been complaining for years that the "black law" on blasphemy is
being used against religious minorities to settle personal scores.
Never Approves Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Iran Guards Chief
world knows that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapon, the head of the elite
Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said on Monday, according
to the Tasnim news agency.
threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up enrichment
of uranium to 20 percent purity as its next potential big moves away from a
2015 nuclear agreement that Washington abandoned last year.
do they globally sanction us about the nuclear issue when the world knows that
we are not pursuing a weapon? In reality they are sanctioning us because of
knowledge," he said. "Nuclear weapons have no place in Islam. Islam
never approves of weapons of mass destruction."
Houthis maintain ‘strong’ links with Al Qaida, Daesh
Yemen’s Iran-allied Al Houthi militants maintain “strong” links with the
terrorist Al Qaida and Daesh groups, an Arab alliance official said late
relation has been there since Al Houthis’ coup against legitimacy,” spokesman
for the alliance Colonel Turki Al Maliki said in Riyadh, according to the
official Saudi news agency SPA.
late 2014, Al Houthis unseated Yemen’s internationally recognised government
and overran parts of the country, including the capital Sana’a, triggering a
devastating conflict in the impoverished country.
month, the alliance captured the Daesh emir in Yemen, Abu Osama Al Muhajer, and
other members of the terrorist group that has claimed several attacks in the
country in recent years.
coalition troops continue to eliminate Daesh and other terrorist organization
whoever they are,” Al Turki said at a press conference.
accused Iran-supported Al Houthis of violating the international law by
targeting civilians and civil facilities in Saudi Arabia and inside Yemen with
Iranian weapons and support to the terrorist Al Houthi militia threaten
regional and international security,” Al Turki said.
2015, an Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in Yemen in
response to a request from the Hadi government after Al Houthis advanced on the
southern city of Adan, the country’s provisional capital.
recent months, Al Houthis have stepped up drone and missile attacks inside
Saudi Arabia amid tensions between Iran and the US.
Asli demand to be left alone by Islamic preachers
LUMPUR, July 9 — The Orang Asli community from Gerik in Hulu Perak have asked
to be left alone by religious preachers after claiming to being ‘Islamised’
without their consent.
group of 35 Temiar ethnics from the villages of Kampung Tasik Asal Cunex,
Kampung Ong Jelmol, Kampung Sungai Leyef, Kampung Sungai Papan, and Kampung Pos
Pia were in Parliament today to hand over a memorandum of understanding to
group’s spokesman, Anjang Aluej, said that the issue has been ongoing for many
years, with many finding their religion had been registered under Islam, in
their identitification cards, despite not having converted in the first place.
is a big offence to us as we should be given prior and informed consent before
such changes are made,” he told reporters here.
also said at present, Orang Asli children are being taught Islam in schools and
forced to fast, against their parents’ wishes.
is as if we do not have the freedom to choose our religion. Not only we are we
slowly losing our land, we are also losing our identity.
would like to also emphasise that this also applies to Christian proselytisers
who come into our villages to spread the Christian faith. Please leave us and
our customs alone,” he said.
group’s memorandum also protested against the logging and tin mining activities
at the Orang Asli’s traditional lands (tanah adat), and plans for
hydro-electric dams which could inundate traditional lands with no compensation
issues which we are concerned about include illegal hunting by outsiders in our
lands, and the presence of foreigners in our villages without prior notice.
well as this, mothers are being forced to take family planning medications
without reason, and the frequent bullying and discrimination by our children in
schools, which have caused us to lose faith in the system to defend our
rights,” Anjang said.
memorandum was received by Orang Asli Development Department director-general
Prof Juli Edo.
solidarity gathering for Muslim preacher Wan Ji, activists urge Pakatan to
abolish Sedition Act
July 9 — Several social activists and civil liberty advocacy groups today
expressed disappointment at the Pakatan Harapan administration for not
fulfilling its pledge to abolish the Sedition Act 1948.
comes after independent Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin was handed a heavier
jail sentence today for making seditious remarks against the Sultan of Selangor
seven years ago.
social activists and the civil liberty groups consisting of representatives
from Malaysia Muda, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), Bersih 2.0, Suara Rakyat
Malaysia, student activists and friends of Wan Ji had gathered outside the
Kajang Prison complex tonight to protest his imprisonment under the Sedition Act.
Coordinator Amir Abdul Haid at the gathering called out those in power to
honour their promise to abolish the draconian law.
man who went to prison today are among the people responsible for getting you
in public office.
is important that the government keeps their pledge as listed in their
manifesto to abolish the Sedition Act,’’ he said.
2.0 chairman Thomas Fann said Wan Ji’s sentencing was a clear sign that the
government is not committed in abolishing the Sedition Act.
Harapan is not committed to abolish the Sedition Act and seem like it there is
no intention to uphold the freedom of expression as stipulated in Article 10 of
the Federal Constitution.
the country achieving independence in 1957, we have yet to be free as this
draconian law that is left by the British is still here,’’ he said.
the gathering, the group held a candlelight vigil outside the Kajang Prison and
the word “Free Wan Ji’’ was repeatedly chanted by the crowd.
central committee member S. Arutchelvan urged the government to stick to its
commitment to abolish the Sedition Act.
hope tomorrow when Wan Ji’s lawyer applies for an appeal and the public
prosecutor would support the appeal and not object to it,’’ he added.
Ji was charged under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and was sentenced to
nine-month Jail in April last year by Sessions Court.
High Court in Shah Alam had earlier today rejected Wan Ji’s appeal against his
conviction for making seditious remarks against Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Court judge Abdul Halim Aman also increased Wan Ji’s original prison sentence
from nine months to a year.
Social Cultural Research (Saudara) Executive Director Lim Hong Siang said Wan
Ji’s imprisonment reflects the importance of free speech and freedom of
know Wan Ji’s ideas are weird; some are progressive, some are too forward for
can criticise his ideas, calling it as immature and such, however, that is a
given in developing society. We hope that one day no one would be punished to
air their views that might not be too comfortable to some.
has shown that civilisation would only progress if we challenge the status
quo,’’ he said.
Arabia ordered 122 executions in first half of 2019: Rights organization
Europe-based human rights organization says Saudi authorities have ordered the
execution of 122 people in the first half of 2019 — well over double the number
of beheadings carried out in the first six months of the preceding year.
European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) announced on Monday that
the execution of six minors accounts for 5 percent of all those put to death,
identifying the sextet as Abdul Karim Mohammed al-Hawaj, Salman Amin
al-Quraish, Mujtaba Nader al-Suweikt, Abdullah Salman al-Sarih, Mohammed Saeed
al-Skafi and Abdul Aziz Hussain Sahwi.
rights organization went on to say that 58 foreign citizens were executed
during the mentioned period, including 21 Pakistanis,15 Yemenis, five Syrians,
three Chadians, two Nigeriens and one from Somalia. Two of them were
women of foreign nationalities were among the executed individuals.
further noted that 37 Saudi citizens were executed on April 23. Most of the
executed individuals did not face serious charges, including participation in
anti-regime demonstrations as well as involvement in the spread of Shia Islam.
had executed 55 people in the first half of 2018.
demonstration of disregard for human life’
International has censured the mass executions, saying they mark an alarming
escalation in Saudi Arabia’s use of the death penalty.
added that among those put to death was a young Shia man, identified as
Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, who was convicted of offenses related to his involvement
in anti-regime protests that took place while he was under the age of 16.
mass execution is a chilling demonstration of the Saudi Arabian authorities’
callous disregard for human life. It is also yet another gruesome indication of
how the death penalty is being used as a political tool to crush dissent from
within the country’s Shia minority,” said Lynn Maalouf, the Middle East
Research Director at Amnesty International.
use of the death penalty is always appalling but it is even more shocking when
it is applied after unfair trials or against people who were under 18 at the
time of the crime, in flagrant violation of international law,” Maalouf added.
international law, the use of the death penalty against people who were under
the age of 18 at the time of the crime is strictly prohibited.
provides Libya's Haftar with African militants
officials have concluded agreements to provide East Libya-based military
commander Khalifa Haftar with fighters from Sudan and neighboring countries in
his bid to capture the capital Tripoli, a London-based newspaper reported.
Al-Jadeed daily, citing Libyan and Egyptian sources, said large-scale troop
mobilization was underway across Egypt's western border and Libya's southern
border, with funding from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia.
newspaper, citing an Egyptian source, said agreements have been signed in
recent days with African militias from countries neighboring Sudan to take part
in Haftar's operation to capture Tripoli in return for money.
source said agreements have been concluded with militants from Chad, funded by
the UAE and Saudi Arabia, in an attempt to "reduce the Turkish intervention
in favor of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA)".
to the source, Emirati officials also reached a deal with the deputy leader of
Sudan's ruling military council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, to provide Haftar’s
militias with militants from Sudan.
Libyan source with Haftar's militia said "supply lines were underway by
our allies in Egypt and the UAE through the Egyptian border to support us in
Egyptian source said UAE planes had carried out attacks on positions of GNA
forces in Tripoli.
Agency could not get comment from Egypt, the UAE, or Sudan on the claims.
early April, Haftar, who commands forces loyal to a rival government based in
eastern Libya, launched a wide-ranging campaign to take the capital Tripoli
from the GNA.
forces, however, have failed to achieve their primary objective, although they
have captured several strategic towns and cities in the vicinity.
has remained beset by turmoil since 2011 when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led
to the ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after more
than four decades in power.
then, the country’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of
power -- one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli -- and a host of heavily armed
Afghanistan — A lecturer at a partially U.S.-funded university in Afghanistan’s
capital was arrested on suspicion of recruiting students to join Islamic State,
the country’s top intelligence agency said Monday.
of his suspected recruits, who were accused by authorities of organizing
several deadly ISIS attacks in Kabul, also were arrested, the National
Directorate of Security said in a statement.
of the suspected recruits were students at the university. The third was
related to one of the students.
and Afghan forces have been unable to eliminate ISIS’s local affiliate, known
as Islamic State-Khorasan Province, which first emerged in 2014 and says it
aspires to carry out attacks on U.S. soil.
as ISIS-K, the militant group has recruited fighters actively from among Afghan
university students, for whom obtaining visas to travel abroad is thought to be
has recruited “many students” from Kabul University and sent them to its
stronghold in eastern Nangarhar province for training, said one of the students
who was arrested, Ahmad Farouq, in a recorded confession released by the NDS.
named the professor who was arrested as Mubasher Muslimyar, an Islamic studies
lecturer. He said Muslimyar attempted to convert students to Salafism, a
fundamentalist branch of Sunni Islam, before encouraging them to join ISIS-K.
U.S. government and public universities have aided multiple projects at Kabul
University over the years. In 2011, a renewable energy laboratory paid for by
the U.S. Agency for International Development opened on campus.
head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, has described ISIS-K
as a “very worrisome” threat to the U.S. and said counterterrorism efforts
against the group must continue.
in Afghanistan certainly has aspiration to attack the United States,” McKenzie
said in June, according to The Associated Press. “It is our clear judgment that
as long as we maintain pressure on them, it will be hard for them to do that.”
negotiators who are holding peace talks with the Taliban have said one of their
key goals is to get a commitment from the Taliban that it will not let groups
like ISIS-K use Afghanistan to launch attacks against the U.S. and its allies.
Meanwhile, the Taliban wants the U.S. to spell out a time frame for withdrawing
its troops from Afghanistan.
the Taliban opposes ISIS-K, some experts say U.S. counterterrorism efforts in
the country must continue if the ISIS affiliate is to be prevented from
Forces-Afghanistan recently put the number of ISIS-K fighters in Afghanistan at
fewer than 2,000, while earlier this year, the United Nations said the number
could be as many as 4,000.
Trump administration has placed three Hezbollah figures, two of whom are
members of Lebanon’s parliament, on US sanctions lists, Al Arabiya’s
US Department of the Treasury said they designated the Hezbollah political and
security figures for “leveraging their privileged positions to facilitate
Hezbollah’s malign agenda and do Iran’s bidding.”
designations on Tuesday included Members of Parliament Amin Sherri and Muhammad
Hasan Ra’d, and Hezbollah security official Wafiq Safa.
uses its operatives in Lebanon’s parliament to manipulate institutions in
support of the terrorist group’s financial and security interests, and to
bolster Iran’s malign activities,” said Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasury’s
Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
threatens the economic stability and security of Lebanon and the wider region,
all at a cost to the Lebanese people. The United States will continue to
support efforts of the Lebanese government to protect its institutions from
exploitation by Iran and its terrorist proxies, and to secure a more peaceful
and prosperous future for Lebanon,” Mandelker added in a statement.
move came as the US steps up pressure on Iran and its alleged “proxies” in the
Middle East, including Hezbollah, which Washington accuses of encouraging
was the first time the US Treasury had placed Hezbollah lawmakers on its
blacklist, which forbid US individuals and businesses with a US branch –
including leading international banks – from doing business with those
is time we believe for other nations around the world to recognize that there
is no distinction between Hezbollah’s political and military wing,” a senior
administration official who insisted on anonymity told journalists.
any member of Hezbollah considering running for office, know that you will not
be able to hide beneath the cover of political office,” the official said.
64, is the head of the parliamentary bloc of the party and an MP since 1992.
Sherri, 62, is a 17-year Hezbollah veteran of parliament representing Beirut.
the Treasury said, maintains the group’s ties to financiers and allegedly helps
arrange the smuggling of weapons and drugs.
and Taliban officials will on Tuesday resume talks aimed at ending
Afghanistan's 18-year war, hours after a delegation of Afghan citizens and the
militants ended a meeting with both sides calling for an end to civilian
United States and the Taliban are getting closer to a deal that is expected to
be based on a US promise to withdraw troops in exchange for a Taliban promise
not to let Afghanistan be used as a base for terrorism, officials say.
such an agreement might let the United States extricate itself from its
longest-ever war, it might not bring peace between the US-backed government
based in Kabul and the militants.
Taliban have refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, denouncing it as
a US puppet, but in an effort to foster Afghan reconciliation, a 60-strong
delegation of citizens met the Taliban for two days of talks from Sunday.
two sides said in a joint statement late on Monday they were both, “committed
to respect and protect the dignity of people, their life and property and to
minimize the civilian casualties to zero”.
assurances came a day after Taliban fighters detonated a car bomb outside a
government security compound the town of Ghazni in central Afghanistan, killing
14 and wounding more than 100, including scores of children in a school.
two sides promised to guarantee the security of public institutions such as
schools, hospitals and markets.
to the United Nations, 3,804 civilians - including more than 900 children -
were killed and 7,000 wounded in 2018, the deadliest year for civilians in the
Taliban control and influence more territory than at any point since they were
ousted in 2001.
week, the chief US negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the latest round of
US-Taliban talks, which began on June 29, was the “most productive session”
since the process started last year.
ongoing seventh round of talks will continue until both sides put a clear
agreement in place,” said a senior western official who is privy to the
stage is now being set for a political settlement between the US and the
Taliban ... we can expect the US to make an announcement about troop withdrawal
very soon,” he said in Kabul.
month, US President Donald Trump said he wants to pull US troops out of
Afghanistan but was concerned that without a US military presence, it could be
used as a base for terrorist attacks on the United States.
the political race in the U.S. heats up ahead of the 2020 elections, one
candidate is looking to make history by becoming the first Turkish
Basaran grew up living what he considered the life of an “American dreamer”. He
came to this country when he was four years old and became an undocumented
immigrant after overstaying his visa.
was forced to go back to Turkey with his mother, while his dad remained in the
U.S., working as a yellow cab driver in New York City. Four and a half years
later, Basaran received his green card and moved back to the U.S.
went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University, received a degree from the UCLA
School of Law and became a corporate lawyer in New York.
is now running as a Democratic candidate for New Jersey’s 9th congressional
district where, if elected, he would not only be the first Turkish-American in
Congress but the third formerly undocumented American and fifth
is the American Dream. This is the kind of story that happens only in America,
where you can go from the very bottom to the very top in just one generation. I
want to save the American Dream and pass this great inheritance to future
generations, and that's why I'm running for Congress,” Basaran told Anadolu
congressional hopeful said the very idea of the American Dream has become
distorted in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election to office.
entered a dark era in the United States where wealth inequality has reached
historic proportions and an entire presidency is dedicated to further
entrenching that inequality,” Basaran said.
policies have also exacerbated racism, xenophobia, misogyny and divisions among
Americans, according to Basaran, who says such policies will lead America to
slip behind in the world.
you look at the United States right now, we have a deep anxiety about the
world, and the American Dream is our way out,” he said.
to Turkish American community
has also called for the support of the Turkish-American community, saying they
are one of the groups that have contributed the most to American society and
that they need to have representation at the federal level.
Jersey’s 9th district is home to the country's largest Turkish-American
population and the second largest Muslim-American population.
activities from safe haven a real threat: India slams Pak at UNSC
a veiled attack on Pakistan, India has told the UN Security Council that Dawood
Ibrahim's illegitimate activities from a "safe haven" that refuses to
acknowledge even his existence pose a real danger, as New Delhi called for a
focussed attention to address the threats by the D-Company, the JeM and the
organisations are increasingly involved in lucrative criminal activities such
as trading in natural resources and human trafficking to raise funds, India's
Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said on Tuesday.
criminal groups are joining hands with terrorists and are providing services
such as counterfeiting, illicit financing, arms dealing, drug trafficking and
smuggling terrorists across borders, he said at the Security Council debate on
'Threats to International Peace and Security: Linkages between International
Terrorism and Organised Crime'.
our own region, we have seen the mutation of Dawood Ibrahim's criminal
syndicate into a terrorist network known as the D-Company.
D-Company's illegitimate economic activities may be little known outside our
region, but for us, such activities as gold smuggling, counterfeit currency, as
well as arms and drug trafficking from a safe haven that declines to
acknowledge even his existence, are a real and present danger," Akbaruddin
emphasised that the success of a collective action to "denude" the
ISIS is a pointer that the Council's "focussed attention can and does
similar degree of interest in addressing the threats posed by proscribed
individuals, such as Dawood Ibrahim and his D-Company, as well as proscribed
entities, including the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),
listed as affiliates of al-Qaeda, under the 1267 sanctions regime, will serve
all of us well," he said.
Foreign Office last week said "Dawood Ibrahim is not in Pakistan", a
day after a UK court was informed that the underworld don wanted for the deadly
coordinated bombings in Mumbai in 1993 is currently in exile in the country.
the ongoing extradition trial of 51-year-old Jabir Moti, a "high-ranking
member of D-Company", Westminster Magistrates' Court in London heard that
Dawood is currently in exile in Pakistan.
head of D Company is Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian Muslim currently in exile in
Pakistan. Dawood Ibrahim and his brother and top lieutenant, Anis Ibrahim, have
been fugitives from India since 1993, when D Company was implicated in
coordinated bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 200 people,"
according to a US Attorney's affidavit for extradition read out by Moti's
barrister Edward Fitzgerald.
Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has said that Pakistan's stand that
Dawood was not present in the country exposed its "double standards".
stressed that terrorism and organised crime are both "manifestly malicious
organisms drawing sustenance from the same deadly swamp.
times, they co-exist; at other times, they cooperate; and in instances, they
converge. As the world becomes more interconnected, these menacing networks are
becoming increasingly intertwined," he said.
and criminal groups rely on strategic recourse to unsanctioned and illegitimate
use of violence to undermine governance and development, he told the UNSC.
lead to destabilising established state structures, thereby undermining and
threatening international peace and security," he said, adding that
revenues generated by illicit activities of terrorist and criminal groups are
moved across borders and exchanged through open networks.
asserted that this flow of resources, meant to produce violence and terror,
needs to be stopped by states working together.
inter-state efforts are required, including
regional and sub-regional levels. We also need to sensitise the private and
public enterprises involved in facilitating legitimate transboundary financial
flows and we should harness their support, so that they do not fall prey to
malevolent objectives, in the vein of Osama bin Laden's string of retail honey
shops," he said, in a reference to the al-Qaeda leader's reported use of
network of shops that sold honey to provide finances for acquiring drugs and
arms for the terror network.
also called for normative efforts at the UN to be coordinated through
collaboration with other fora like the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
believe that the FATF is playing a significant role in setting global standards
for preventing and combating money laundering and terrorist financing. The UN
needs to increase cooperation with such bodies," the Indian diplomat said.
the emergence of new technologies and uncharted frontiers, Akbaruddin said the
international community's challenges in identifying new terrorist trends,
mapping links between terrorists and criminal groups and sharing information
more effectively, are growing.
our collective commitment to implement what we agree upon in this body will go
a long way in acting as a catalyst in pursuit of our common good," he
migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan granted Indian citizenship
since Dec 2016: Govt
DELHI: As many as 2,447 legal migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and
Afghanistan who belong to six identified minority communities in their home
countries, have been granted Indian citizenship by collectors of 16 districts
and home secretaries of seven states since December 2016.
of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai, in reply to a written reply to a
question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said that many legal migrants belonging
to six minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis and
Jains — from the aforesaid three countries had acquired citizenship of India as
per the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955, and rules made thereunder, on
becoming eligible for the same.
speedy disposal of their citizenship applications, Central government, in
December 2016 has delegated its power to grant citizenship by registration
under Section 5 and by naturalisation under Section 6 of the Citizenship Act,
1955, to the collectors of 16 districts in 7 states and secretary (home) of
these 7 stats where most these migrants are residing,” said Rai in his reply.
DELHI: AIMIM member Asaduddin Owaisi Tuesday said budget allocation to minority
affairs ministry has not been increased for the current fiscal. Participating
in a debate on 2019-20 Budget in the Lok Sabha, Owaisi also said subsidy for
Haj pilgrimage has been cut to Rs 89 crore from Rs 500 crore and the government
should utilise the unused money in building schools for Muslims. He said the
Government has stopped coming out with the figures of number of jobs created
for minorities. PTI
Budget has increased allocation for every ministry, except the ministry of
minority affairs. You are targeting a $5 trillion economy, but without
participation of 14 per cent Muslim population it will not be an inclusive
development," Owaisi said.
said the Government had promised to give scholarship to Muslims every year, but
that promise too was not kept.
K Premachandram (RSP) said that the Budget was opaque and lacked transparency.
demanded to know from the government the loss to the exchequer on account of
extending the lower 25 per cent corporate tax benefit to companies with turnover
of Rs 400 crore, from the earlier turnover threshold of Rs 250 crore.
items described as ‘stunning’ and dating back to the Gandharan era found in
badly-made crates that arrived in Heathrow from Peshawar in September 2002 are
to be returned to Afghanistan under a plan overseen by the British Museum.
during the political turmoil in Afghanistan, the items had been illegally
exported from the country to the UK. They were likely pillaged from Buddhist
monasteries, according to experts at the museum.
wooden crates contained what the museum described on Tuesday as ‘a magnificent
Bodhisattva torso’ in grey schist and a group of nine heads sculptured in clay
and then painted.
latter belong to a well-known class dating between the fourth and sixth
centuries AD, some very typical of the tradition of Hadda, near Jalalabad in
eastern Afghanistan, and the remainder of Buddhist sites in the Kabul region of
central Afghanistan,” the museum said.
items include a portrayal of Buddha, the turbaned heads of meditating
Bodhisattvas, the bald head of a monk and three larger heads belonging to
female and male individuals, one possibly to be identified with Vajrapani, the
spiritual guide of Buddha, and the others perhaps lay donors or Bodhisattvas.
John Simpson, a senior curator at the museum, described the items as
“stunning,” adding that the sculptures were most likely removed at the height
of Taliban-related troubles in 2001, when the giant Bamiyan Buddha statute was
said: “The return of any object which has been illegally trafficked is hugely
important symbolically. But these pieces will form one of the largest groups of
Buddhist art to be returned to the Kabul museum. When you think what Kabul has
been through since the 1990s, this is a huge event.”
museum spokesperson said the objects to be repatriated are not from its
collection, but are part of the museum’s work on cultural heritage involving
the partnership with law enforcement agencies on illicit trade being brought
into the UK.
that are seized are brought to the British Museum for analysis, conservation
and cataloguing. The museum then liaises with colleagues in the national
museums of the countries concerned to arrange for the return of these objects.”
July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India’s infamous probe institution National
Investigation Agency (NIA) has attached the residence of illegally detained
Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, in Srinagar.
the attachment order, pasted at the entrance of Aasiya Andrabi’s residence
located in Soura area of Srinagar, the NIA directed all the concerned not to
transfer, sale or otherwise deal with the said property in any manner,
whatsoever, except with prior permission.
order issued by NIA’s chief investigating officer, Vikas Katheria, said that
the property was attached after approval granted by occupied Kashmir’s Director
General Police (DGP).
is to mention here that after failing to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing
freedom movement through use of brute force, India is using its probe agencies
NIA and Enforcement Directorate to intimidate the Kashmiri people into
Rajasthan Police has sought permission from a local court to reinvestigate the
cow smuggling case against the two sons of Pehlu Khan, the dairy farmer who was
lynched two years ago for allegedly transporting the bovines illegally, a top
cop said Tuesday.
general of police (Jaipur range) S Sengathir said Alwar Police had filed an
application on July 5 in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate
(ACJM) in Behror seeking permission to reinvestigate the case of cattle
smuggling against Khan’s two sons.
Khan’s family raised some valid objections after we filed the charge sheet
against three of them, and we have moved an application in the ACJM court to
seek permission to reinvestigate the case in light of the objections,”
court is yet to decide on the application, said Alwar’s superintendent of
police Deshmukh Paris Anil.
Police registered FIR No. 253/2017 at Behror police station in Alwar against
Pehlu Khan, Irshad, 25, Arif, 22, and Khan Mohammad, 55, under different
sections of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and
Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995 on April 1, 2017.
December 30, 2018, Alwar police completed investigation in the case and filed
the charge sheet in the Behror ACJM court on May 24, charging Irshad and Arif
with cattle smuggling. The charge sheet said because Pehlu Khan is dead,
nothing can be done against him.
read: Withdraw charge sheet, quash FIRs against Pehlu Khan: PUCL
Mohammad, owner of the pickup truck in which Pehlu Khan and his sons were
carrying cattle, has been charged under section 6 of the Act as the abettor.
wants to reinvestigate the case on the basis of three points: one, if the men
had a valid ‘ravanna’ (acknowledgment receipt) from Jaipur Nagar Nigam (JMC);
two, if the cattle were milch cows; and three, the purpose of purchase of the
cattle, Sengathir said.
Khan’s two sons have also moved an application in the court on July 5 to point
out that police investigation ignored certain facts.
has a copy of the application in which the two sons said they bought cattle
from Jaipur’s weekly cattle market for their dairy. “We gave police medical
certificates that proved the cows were milking but police ignored that during
its investigation,” the application said.
Delhi: Days after a clash over the parking, which led to communal tension in
Old Delhi’s Hauz Qazi, members of the Aman Committee here on Tuesday
distributed food to the participants of Shobha Yatra brought out by the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad (VHP).
Shobha Yatra was brought out as a mark of the renovation of the temple, where
the idols of Hindus were installed as per the rituals.
BJP leader Vijay Goel also joined the Shobha Yatra.
to ANI, he said: “A few days back a small scuffle over parking led to
heightened tensions in the area. Some people provoked it including AAP leader
requested the police to take strict action against the guilty. Arrests have
been made in this regard but no action has been taken against Imran Hussain,”
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Tuesday stated
that unity and cohesion are vital to foil attempts to create confusion about
Islam, ideology of Pakistan and the ideological approach of the Kashmiri
as chief guest at the 100th session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council of
Islamic Ideology, he said that the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir desired to
become part of Pakistan because of the two-nation theory which was also the
basis of independence.
a strong ideological base can lead the Kashmir liberation movement to its
ultimate goal,” he added.
AJK president said that Islam was a complete code of life, which provides
guidance to us in every field of life. Islam, he maintained, cannot be
restricted to a few laws.
by side with Islamisation of existing laws, it is obligatory for the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to promote an environment of unity and
cohesion in the society,” he stressed.
said that the enemy intended to create split in our rank and file and create
confusion among our youth so as to weaken our strength.
CII should also make recommendations to guide media in playing its responsible
role in the light of Quran and Sunnah,” he said.
added that Islamisation of the education system and the curriculum was a grave
challenge the CII will have to play an active role.
upon the situation of occupied Kashmir, Sardar Masood said that several Hindu
fanatic groups like RSS and Bajrang Dal are poised to drift the Kashmiri
Muslims away from their religion, and the Kashmiri Muslims were being massacred
because they are not willing to quit their religion and ideology.
a conspiracy, the Muslims have been pit against each other in South Asian and
West Africa,” he added.
the session, Chief Justice Chaudhry Ibrahim Zia, who is also the CII chief said
that the incumbent government, under the 13th amendment, had provided
constitutional cover to the CII, and now it is the responsibility of the
government and the state legislature to take practical steps to enforce Islam
in letter and spirit in individual and collective lives.
said that it is only the religion of Islam which stresses the welfare of
believe that with slight efforts, the tiny state of Jammu and Kashmir can be
turned into a model region in the world,” he concluded.
by Chief Justice Chaudhry Ibrahim Zia, the session was attended among others by
members of the council Mufti Syed Kifayat Hussain Naqvi, Maulana Mohammad Saeed
Yousuf, Maulana Mohammad Ikram Kaashmiri, Maulana Qazi Mohammad Obaidullah,
Maulana Siddique Siddiqui, Maulana Syed Ghulam Yasin Shah, Syed Mushtaq Hussain
Gilani, and the CII secretary Syed Nazirul Hassan Gilani.
A television journalist Mureed Abbas and his friend were gunned down in Karachi
on Tuesday night.
who was an anchor person working at a private television channel Bol News in
Karachi was allegedly shot by his business partner Atif Zaman who also tried to
commit suicide by shooting himself. He was later admitted to a local hospital
with critical injuries, according to Karachi police. Abbas’s friend Khizar
Hayat was also shot on the spot and he later succumbed to injuries in a
officials said, citing initial details, that he was killed during a fight over
a personal dispute over some business investment which went wrong, Dawn news
investigation suggested that the accused Zaman had to pay back a debt to the TV
anchor. It is also believed that the alleged killer had threatened him of dire
had called the victim to a café in a posh area of Defence in Karachi and gunned
down Abbas and his friend.
video of the anchor’s wife Zara Abbas has gone viral on social media where she
claims that the accused Zaman had called her husband at 8pm to collect Rs5
million owed to him.
had invested our money in his business and he [Zaman] wasn’t giving it back to
us and others, he would always make excuses,” she said.
General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif
Ghafoor took to Twitter to condole with the Abbas’s family
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South DIG Sharjeel Kharal said that friends of the deceased informed the police
that he had a monetary dispute with someone.
officer said that a police party raided the residence of the suspected killer
and caught him attempting suicide. “The suspect shot himself in the chest,” he
said, adding that the suspect was shifted to a local hospital in critical
South Sheraz Nazir said that the investigators are probing the element of
personal enmity as the deceased journalist, earlier, filed a police complaint
against few individuals.
political leaders in Pakistan has condemned the killing of Abbas and sent
condolences on his death.
Nawaz Sharif, Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), tweeted
to express his sorrow on the unfortunate incident.
a tweet, Mariam said: May Allah’s blessings be with him and his family. Rest in
Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Haleem Adil Shaikh directed the law enforcement agencies
to arrest the culprits as soon as possible. He said the government firmly stand
with the deceased family on the moment of sorrow and mourn.
The federal cabinet on Tuesday decided to block media coverage and interviews
of politicians who are convicts or under-trail prisoners and directed the
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to fulfill its
“responsibility” to discourage airing of such programmes by electronic media.
cabinet meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan, also unveiled
details of foreign visits of former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime
ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, observing that the trio had
made 245 foreign visits on which over Rs3.5 billion was spent.
the issue of the video leak related to an alleged conversation between
Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik and Nasir Butt, a close aide of Nawaz
Sharif, the cabinet reached the conclusion that as the video was made public by
Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Mr Sharif and a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N), therefore the onus to prove the allegations against the
judge was on her and not the judge and the judiciary.
a post-cabinet meeting press conference, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood
said Prime Minister Imran Khan and members of his cabinet unanimously decided
that no convicted or under-trial prisoner should be given media coverage or
should be allowed to give an interview. He quoted the prime minister as saying,
“those who have plundered national wealth and brought the country on the verge
of collapse should not be glorified. No democracy permits interviews and media
coverage of those who have been arrested on charges of corruption.”
however, said the government had not directed Pemra to close down any private
TV channel as it was an independent body competent to take its own decisions.
suspended transmission of three private TV channels a couple of days ago for
airing an interview of PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari who is in the custody of the
National Accountability Bureau and facing a trial in a fake accounts / money
authority also took off air an interview of the former president which was
being conducted by anchor Hamid Mir on July 1, on the premises of the
Parliament House where the former had come to attend a National Assembly
session after the house’s speaker had issued his production order.
government is reportedly of the view that the production orders of Mr Zardari
were issued only to enable him to attend the assembly session and not for
giving any interview to ‘undermine’ the judiciary and trial court.
education minister said the cabinet decided that Pemra would be asked why it
was allowing something which did not take place in any democracy.
Mehmood said the production order of another detained opposition leader and
PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif were issued to enable him to attend the National
Assembly session but he summoned National Accountability Bureau NAB) chairman
retd Javed Iqbal to a house committee meeting to grill him over the
investigation being conducted against him (Mr Sharif) in a corruption case.
Shahbaz Sharif’s production orders were issued, he summoned the NAB chairman
who had arrested him. In which democracy do such things take place,” the
said ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) believed in freedom of the press as
both the party and the media had stood together during the former’s struggle
for 22 years.
a discussion on the purported video of Judge Arshad Malik who had convicted
former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the cabinet came to the conclusion that the
onus to prove the authenticity of the video tape was on Maryam Nawaz and not
the judge or the judiciary. “It is the responsibility of the PML-N to get forensic
audit of the video tape conducted,” Mr Mehmood said.
PML-N has a history of attacking judiciary and the fresh video leak is an
attempt to make the decisions of the accountability court controversial,” he
education minister claimed that former president Zardari made 134 foreign
visits on which Rs 1.42bn was spent. Of the 134 visits, 48 were private tours,
Sharif as PM, he said, made 92 foreign visits at a cost Rs1.83bn and 25 of them
were private visits.
his 10-month tenure as prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made 19 foreign
visits and Rs 259.5 million was spent on them, the minister said.
the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to stay at the residence
of Pakistan’s ambassador during his coming visit to the US,” he said, adding
that the members of the PM’s delegation would stay at a three-star hotel.
cabinet also approved structural reforms in all 441 institutions, departments
and organisations working under the federal government.
to the PM on Austerity and Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain presented a report on
restructuring of the institutions.
cabinet approved formation of committee — comprising relevant secretaries,
Shafqat Mehmood, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Shahzad Arbab, an adviser to
the PM, and Kashmir Committee chairman Fakhar Imam — to implement the
recommendations made in the report.
Hussain said of the 441 institutions, it was recommended that 43 should be
handed over to the newly formed body Sarmaya Pakistan for privatisation, 14
should be handed over to the provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan, eight departments
should be dissolved, 35 should be merged with others, 17 should be restructured
and 324 should be retained by the Centre.
cabinet also decided to reduce Gas Infrastructure Development Cess to provide
relief to the farmers in provision of urea fertiliser.
to the cabinet’s disclosures about foreign visits of Nawaz Sharif, PML-N
spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a statement that the ex-PM paid
official visits for the sake of the country and “not for begging as is being
done by Prime Minister Imran Khan”.
The federal cabinet on Tuesday approved a specific change to the master plan of
Islamabad to set up a university at the Prime Minister House.
his party won the 2018 elections, Imran Khan had said if he came to power he
would convert the Prime Minister House into a university.
after winning the elections he could not set up the university apparently
because doing so would violate the master plan of Islamabad. According to the
master plan of the city, an educational institution cannot be set up at the PM
House located in G-5 as this sector is meant for government and administrative
the federal cabinet, which met on Tuesday, made a specific change to the master
plan, allowing the establishment of a university at the PM House.
the cabinet approved change of master plan for 50 acre land of PM House. We
will set up a university in PM House with special focus on modern education
such as artificial intelligence and engineering,” said Minister for Education
Shafqat Mahmood at a post-cabinet meeting press briefing.
a press release issued by the Prime Minister Office said former Higher
Education Commission (HEC) chairman Prof Dr Attaur Rehman met Prime Minister
Imran Khan and discussed the proposed project of the university at the PM
Rehman discussed with the prime minister the proposed project of University of
Engineering and Emerging Technologies to be set up at the PM House. The prime
minister was informed that six centres of excellence would be established in
the university, including for artificial intelligence, energy, bio-technology
and material sciences,” said the press release.
Rehman also discussed with the prime minister a proposal for establishing
another five centres of excellence for artificial intelligence, one in the
federal capital and four in the provincial capitals.
proposal for research funding to promote research work in the country was also
January this year, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had told the federal
government that the prime minister’s initiative to set up a university at the
Prime Minister House would violate the city’s master plan.
had said the government would have to alter the master plan if it wanted to set
up the university in a government building.
CDA was of the view that according to the capital’s master plan a university
cannot be opened in an administrative building.
university in the Prime Minister House would be non-compatible use of a
12-member commission has already been formed by the federal cabinet to review
master plan of the city. Sources said in February this year, the commission at
a meeting discussed the proposal to convert the PM House into a university. But
the sources said the commission was mandated to carry out an overall revision
of the master plan.
total area of PM House could be more than 100 acres. The 50 acres in question
is situated on north western side of building towards Bari Imam side,” said an
official of the CDA, who requested not to be named. He said the CDA had not
moved the summary to change the master plan for the federal cabinet rather it
might have been moved by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
inaugural ceremony for the Islamabad National University, which is to be set up
at the Prime Minister House, was held last year.
government had announced at that time that the university was envisioned as an
institution designed to support research-based policy making.
accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday summoned Maryam Nawaz, vice
president of the PML-N, over the use of a bogus trust deed in the Avenfield
properties case after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) moved an
application before accountability judge Mohammad Bashir.
Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Khan Abbasi filed the application,
seeking action against Maryam Nawaz for producing a bogus trust deed before the
accountability court in order to conceal the London properties.
Nawaz has been summoned to the hearing on July 19.
application read, “The above conclusion [that the document used was bogus] by
this court was reached after evaluating the entire evidence; hence, it is
apparent that the respondent has maliciously fabricated and tendered false
evidence/information with the intention to mislead the due process of law and
trial and hamper the administration of justice.”
judge inquired from the prosecutor on what grounds the court would proceed in
this matter. Abbasi, in response, pointed out that the judge had the power to
initiate action against Maryam Nawaz under Section 30 of the National
Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999 read with serial number three of the
Schedule of NAO, 1999.
‘a’ of section 30 of the NAO reads, “On pronouncement of [a] judgment, the
court shall have the jurisdiction and power to take cognizance of any offence
committed in the course of the investigating or trial of a case by any officer,
any witness, including an expert, who has tendered false evidence in the case.”
serial number three says, “Giving false information or fabricating false
evidence during an inquiry into or investigation of an offence by NAB or any
agency authorised by NAB” entails “rigorous imprisonment for a term, which may
extend to five years.”
development comes after a delay of over a year after the conviction of Maryam
Nawaz in the Avenfield properties reference.
July 6, 2018, accountability judge Mohammad Bashir had convicted former premier
Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in Avenfield properties reference
and sentenced them 10 years and 07 years imprisonment, respectively.
the verdict, judge Bashir had declared that “the trust deeds produced by the
accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus… In view of the role of this accused
Maryam Nawaz, she is convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven
years with fine of two million pounds.”
she was arrested and shifted to Adiala jail. Later, in September 2018, she was
released from jail after the Islamabad High Court suspended her prison
New projections of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation (Unesco) show that one in four Pakistani children will not be
completing primary school by the deadline of 2030.
country will only be half-way to the target of 12 years of education for all,
with 50 per cent of youths still not completing upper secondary education at
the current rates, Unesco says.
a third of the way to the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), the new Unesco projections prepared for the UN High-level Political
Forum opening in New York on Tuesday show that the world will fail its
education commitments without a rapid acceleration of progress.
2030, when all children should be in school, one in six aged 6-17 will still be
excluded. Many children are still dropping out: by 2030, 40pc will still not be
completing secondary education at current rates.
new global education goal, SDG-4, calls on countries to ensure that children
are not only going to school but also learning, yet the proportion of trained
teachers in sub-Saharan Africa has been falling since 2000.
the current trends, learning rates are expected to stagnate in middle-income
countries and Latin America, and drop by almost a third in Francophone African
countries by 2030. Without rapid acceleration, globally, 20pc of young people
and 30pc of adults will still be unable to read by the deadline.
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasises leaving no-one behind yet
only 4pc of the poorest 20pc complete upper secondary school in the poorest
countries, compared to 36pc of the richest. The gap is even wider in
is also insufficient for accelerating progress: the Global Education Monitoring
Report calculated in 2015 that there was a $39 billion annual finance gap to
reach the goal and yet aid to education has stagnated since 2010.
addition, currently less than half of countries are providing the data needed
to monitor progress towards the goal. “Countries need to face up to their
commitments,” said the Director of the Unesco Institute for Statistics, Silvia
Montoya. “What’s the point in setting targets if we can’t track them? Better
finance and coordination are needed to fix this data gap before we get any
closer to the deadline.”
Tackling the menace of a failed education system
Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report, stated that
“Countries have interpreted the meaning of the targets in the global education
goal very differently. This seems correct given that countries set off from
such different starting points. But they must not deviate too much from the
promises they made back in 2015. If countries match their plans with their commitments
now, they can get back on track by 2030”.
report shows that many countries have prioritised equity and inclusion since
2015 to meet the goal, with school vouchers issued to indigenous students,
tuition fees abolished for the poorest and conditional cash transfers given to
has been prioritised too, with a third of countries introducing learning
assessments to look at trends over time, and one in four countries using
learning results to reform their curricula.
Asking the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the leaked video of the
accountability judge, who had sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in
Al-Azizia case, the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said
the party wanted the country’s armed forces and the judiciary to stay above
at a news conference at the National Press Club here on Tuesday, PML-N vice
president Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, secretary general Ahsan Iqbal and information
secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb said that after the release of the leaked video of
the accountability judge, the entire accountability process had become
controversial and the judgement against Nawaz Sharif had become “null and
and morally, the conviction (of Mr Sharif) has ended,” Mr Abbasi said, adding
that clarifications being issued by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
showed that no one could expect justice from such an institution.
alleged that NAB had always been used to break political parties and malign
Abbasi termed the latest decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to keep his
government away from the video leak controversy involving accountability judge
Arshad Malik another U-turn, saying that Mr Khan had taken this decision after
coming to know that the video was genuine.
said the PML-N had released the video after carrying out complete verification
in which the accountability judge had been shown telling a close aide to Nawaz
Sharif that he had been blackmailed and pressurised to convict the former prime
(Al-Azizia) judgement has no legal or moral ground to stay in field,” he said.
the judge’s confession, the judgement has become null and void. The higher
judiciary will have to take notice of it,” Mr Abbasi said.
former prime minister said that they had more audio and video tapes to prove
that the ongoing accountability had no standing. However, he said, they had no
immediate plan to release more videos as they did not want to blackmail any
have presented the evidence before the judiciary. The Supreme Court has the
powers to take suo motu notice and there should be an action on the conduct of
a judge,” he said.
Abbasi said the only beneficiary of the Al-Azizia judgement and the ongoing
accountability process was Imran Khan and he should be asked to appear before
Abbasi also ridiculed the clarification issued by the judge and said that he
had not denied any content of the video and only stated that this video was
recorded before the Al-Azizia case verdict, whereas in the video he could be
heard clearly talking about Mr Sharif’s conviction. He also challenged the
judge’s claim that he was offered bribe and had received threats from the
PML-N, saying that why the judge did not inform about it to the Supreme Court
judge who was supervising the entire proceedings of the case.
reality of the accountability and the judicial process has been exposed,” he
on the occasion, Ahsan Iqbal, while referring to Prime Minister Khan’s
statement that the government would stop the PML-N from waging the war against
national institutions, said that his party was in fact trying to save the
national institutions. “We do not want to see judiciary, armed forces and other
sensitive institutions being blamed for failures, wrongdoings and incompetence
of the present government of Imran Khan,” he said.
repeatedly using the name of the army, Mr Khan is making the sanctity and
impartial status of armed forces controversial,” he said.
the other hand, Mr Iqbal said, the PML-N was making attempts to make the
national institutions non-controversial.
judiciary and armed forces should stay above political controversies,” Mr Iqbal
the judiciary and armed forces of a country become politically controversial,
its national security and interests come under threat,” the PML-N leader said.
Two men were killed and another was critically wounded in an armed attack on a
roadside teashop in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Tuesday in what police suspected to be
an “apparent case of terrorism” to create panic in the city, officials and
officials said that two men riding a motorbike pulled up outside the teashop,
fired multiple shots and sped away. The intense firing, they said, left three
men wounded, two of whom died while being taken to hospital.
hotel is situated in Pehalwan Goth where mostly labourers are seen having tea
or sitting with friends,” said an official at the Gulistan-i-Jauhar police
station. “The deceased were identified as 45-year-old Barkat Ali and
40-year-old Nazik while the injured, who’s still in a critical condition and
being treated at the JPMC [Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre], is named Abdul
Aziz, 35. The firing suspended [normal activities] in the area but enhanced
patrolling and deployment of law enforcers, including Rangers’ personnel,
brought the situation back under control.”
the police investigators remained clueless about the motive for the attack, but
the initial findings suggested the motive of spreading terror in the city.
it was not clear what really led to this incident,” said DIG East Amir Farooqi.
“But statements of the witnesses and initial investigations helped us connect
the dots to conclude that it was apparently a terrorism-related attempt just to
trigger fear and panic. The findings suggest that two men on a motorbike pulled
up outside the hotel and one of them got off the two-wheeler. Within seconds he
started indiscriminate firing on the people sitting there, leaving three of
them wounded. The attackers neither spotted anyone, nor they looked for
anything valuable. They sped away after executing the job.”
said investigations were on and the police were collecting all relevant
evidence from the crime scene and recording statements of eyewitnesses. The
area, he said, had a multiethnic population following different sects. There
was no apparent reason to suspect the attack against people of any particular
ethnicity or sect, added the DIG.
back-to-back incidents in the city’s East and South districts [a journalist was
shot and killed in the DHA also on Tuesday] left the people of both areas
shocked and in a state of fear.
girl, man drown
12-year-old girl and a 50-year-old man drowned in the sea off the Hawkesbay
beach on Tuesday, officials said.
said a family from Orangi Town came for picnic early in the morning. The
picnickers blamed the absence of lifeguards on the beach for the loss of lives,
but rescue workers say that visitors ignore repeated warnings issued by the
authorities against swimming or bathing in the sea.
enjoying themselves in the sea, a girl named Mahek lost her balance and called
for help,” said an official at the Mauripur police station. “One of the family
members named Parvez went after her, but both disappeared in the water within a
few seconds. We were informed by Edhi volunteers about the incident.”
Houthi Ansarullah movement has called for the full withdrawal of the Saudi-led
military coalition from the conflict-ridden Arab country, after the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), a key part of that alliance, said it was going ahead with plans
to reduce the number of troops in Yemen.
call on the countries of aggression to declare withdrawal from Yemen. The
Republic of Yemen rejects the aggression, siege and aerial embargo,” Mohammed
Ali al-Houthi, the chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen,
wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page on Tuesday.
added, “Withdrawal from Yemen is the ideal decision that must be taken at this
particular time. It is just good enough for the countries of aggression to use
Yemen a test field for European and American weapons for five years, and prove
the ugliness of their crimes to the world.”
unnamed senior Emirati official told reporters on Monday that the Persian Gulf
country was planning troop drawdown in Yemen in what was claimed to be a shift
from a military strategy to a "peace" plan instead.
added, “We do have troop levels that are down for reasons that are strategic in
(the Red Sea city of) Hudaydah and reasons that are tactical” in other parts of
is very much to do with moving from what I would call a military first strategy
to a peace first strategy, and this is I think what we are doing,” the Emirati
late June, Western diplomatic sources said the UAE was mulling over scaling
back its military efforts in the war in Yemen to focus on threats posed by the
rising US-Iran tensions.
UAE has triggered anger among loyalists to Yemen's ex-president Abd Rabbuh
Mansur Hadi for its activities on the Socotra Island in the Arabian Sea.
cargo flights have unloaded tanks, armored transports and heavy equipment on
the scenery island.
loyalists say the UAE, which has been part of the Saudi-led coalition pounding
Yemen, had abandoned an initial cause of fighting Houthis, and is instead
providing support to those seeking a separation of southern Yemeni territories
from the north of the country.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi
back to power and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
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.
war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying
hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in
dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme
levels of hunger.
A court run by Yemen’s Houthi militia Tuesday sentenced 30 academics, trade
unionists and preachers to death for allegedly spying for the Saudi-led
coalition, a judicial source said.
men, among 36 defendants tried by the criminal court in the rebel-held capital
Sanaa, have been in custody for the past year, the source told AFP.
criminal court today (Tuesday) issued a verdict condemning 30 people to death
on charges of spying for the aggression countries,” the source said, adding
that the other six were acquitted.
said the men were convicted of supplying the coalition with information on
locations for air strikes.
coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015, a few months after the
Iran-aligned Shiite Houthi rebels captured Sanaa.
coalition backs the internationally-recognized government of President
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
the Houthis took control of the capital in September 2014, their courts have
issued several death sentences for spying.
May last year, a Sanaa court sentenced two men to death for spying for Riyadh,
while in January, the same court condemned to death 22-year old mother Asmaa
Al-Omeissy and two men on charges of aiding the United Arab Emirates, a key
partner in the coalition.
sentences have not been carried out.
military vowed to retaliate against the seizure by British Royal Marines of an
oil tanker loaded with the Islamic Republic’s crude off the coast of Gibraltar
will be reciprocated, at a suitable time and in a suitable place,” Mohammad
Bagheri, the chief of staff for Iran’s armed forces, was quoted as saying by
the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
warning highlights mounting risks to shipping in a region that exports about a
third of all seaborne petroleum. BP Plc is keeping an oil carrier empty inside
the Persian Gulf, close to Saudi Arabia, rather than risk its seizure by Iran,
a person familiar with the matter said Monday. Six tankers have been attacked
since early May, with the U.S. blaming Iran for the incidents, a charge Tehran
tanker seized by Gibraltar with the help of Royal Marines -- the Grace 1 -- was
arrested on the grounds it was taking crude to a sanctioned Syrian company,
according to the British overseas territory on Spain’s southern tip. Iran said
the tanker was in international waters, not headed to Syria, and described the
U.K.’s actions as piracy.
Marines Seize Tanker, Causing Diplomatic Row With Iran
costs soared in the aftermath of the tanker attacks and some owners initially
became wary of sailing to the region.
DELHI: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to travel to India
in September just days before he faces elections, The Hindu said on Tuesday.
Netanyahu was due to visit Delhi in February this year, also just ahead of the
earlier Israeli election, which failed to give his coalition a clear majority.
He will now make a “short visit” to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi possibly
on Sept 9, which Israeli media described as a photo-op to boost his electoral
defence ties were in action during the February standoff with Pakistan
following the Pulwama massacre.
Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel in 2017, a visit Mr
Netanyahu returned in January 2018, which marked 25 years since the
establishment of full diplomatic relations.
winning in April, Mr Netanyahu was unable to build a coalition in the
120-member Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and was forced to declare fresh
elections, which will now be held on Sept 17.
to The Hindu, in the run-up to the Delhi visit, bilateral talks on defence
issues have focused on the emergency procurement of ‘Spike’ anti-tank missiles
and the purchase of more precision-guided munitions that were used during the
Balakot strikes by the Indian Air Force.
two sides are also discussing a long-pending proposal to buy 2 Phalcon AWACS
(warning systems) for more than a billion dollars that is believed to be
awaiting clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
senator Ted Cruz called on the Trump administration Tuesday to revoke the
civil-nuclear waivers issued by the State Department allowing Iran to build up
its nuclear program.
for the civilian nuclear waivers, there are a total of seven. We had partial
success, they revoked two of the seven that was a step in the right direction.
I am grateful for that. There are still five in place,” Cruz said.
waivers include one that allows the Supreme Leader of Iran to conduct research at
the Fordow Nuclear Bunker, according to senator Cruz, which is built into the
side of a mountain designed to develop nuclear weapons and “try to murder all
of us”, as Cruz described it.
State Department has a waiver in place that says ‘oh go ahead and do research
there in that nuclear bunker built into the side of a mountain.' Well, Iran is
now declaring their intentions to enrich uranium and to break their side of the
deal,” Cruz added.
court run by Yemen’s Houthi militias on Tuesday sentenced 30 academics, trade
unionists, and preachers to death for allegedly spying for the Arab Coalition,
a judicial source said.
men, among 36 defendants tried by the criminal court in the rebel-held capital
Sanaa, have been in custody for at least the past year, the source told AFP.
said the men were convicted of supplying the coalition with information on
locations for airstrikes.
International condemned the verdicts, saying they had targeted “political
opposition figures” in “sham trials”.
those condemned to death was Yussef al-Bawab, a 45-year-old father of five and
linguistics professor, who had been “arbitrarily arrested in late 2016”, it
said in a statement.
the Houthi de facto authorities assumed control of the justice system in 2015,
they have progressively utilized the Sanaa-based SCC (Specialised Criminal
Court) to target persons they deem to be opponents or even just critics,” said
Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty’s Middle East research director.
military coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015, a few months after the
Iran-aligned Shiite Houthis captured Sanaa.
May last year, a Sanaa court sentenced two men to death for spying for Riyadh,
while in January, the same court condemned to death 22-year old mother Asmaa
al-Omeissy and two men on charges of aiding the United Arab Emirates, a key
partner in the coalition.
Tuesday, the supreme court commuted Omeissy’s death penalty to 15 years in
jail, a judicial source in Sanaa said. There was no decision yet on the two men
sentenced with her.
servicemen of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have lost their lives
when they came under attack by terrorists in the country’s northwestern
province of West Azarbaijan.
IRGC announced in a statement that a vehicle carrying forces from its Hamzeh
Seyyed al-Shuhada base was attacked at the entrance of the border city of
Piranshahr on Tuesday evening.
statement added that three IRGC members, identified as Hasel Ahmadi, Sattar
Pirouti and Omid Mollazadeh, were killed and another sustained injuries as a
to the statement, intelligence operations and a manhunt are underway to arrest
the fugitive assailants.
Piranshahr Governor Ali Torabi said the IRGC members were killed in clashes
with “terror groups and counter-revolutionary elements.”
Mehr news agency initially reported that fatalities came after members of the
so-called Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan terrorist group opened
indiscriminate fire on a vehicle carrying IRGC members near the bus terminal in
incident came a week after IRGC servicemen from Hamzeh Seyyed al-Shuhada base
disbanded a team of terrorists in West Azarbaijan province.
IRGC announced in a statement that the terrorists were ambushed as they were
trying to infiltrate the country from the province’s Chaldoran County. Two
terrorists were killed in the clashes and several others were wounded.
IRGC servicemen lost their lives during the operation as well, the statement
So what if Iranian reps visited Parliament? Doesn't mean we accept Shiah
LUMPUR, July 9 — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr
Mujahid Yusof Rawa today refutes allegations on the proliferation of the Shiah
sect in Parliament as viralled on the social media.
stressed that the visit of the Iranian delegation to Parliament on July 4 did
not mean Malaysia accepted the belief.
is the problem if there are visits by those of the Shiah faith. The Iranian
ambassador was here several times. What is wrong if they visit Parliament? It
(visits) does not make us Shiah if there are Shiah adherents,” he told
reporters in the Parliament lobby, today.
July 4, the official Facebook of the Malaysian Parliament uploaded several
photographs of the Iranian delegation making a courtesy call on Dewan Rakyat
Speaker, Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.
the upload of the photographs, the ‘Malaysian Anti Shiah Movement’ Facebook
shared them with the caption ‘Shiahs are getting more active and are already
spreading its wings to Parliament’, with more than 2,500 share backs.
on the Badar Squad, who were seen keen to have a dialogue with him, Mujahid
suggested that they met the Kedah government.
enforcement lies with the state. I look after federal. We respect that the
enforcement only comes from the religious enforcement to avoid conflict,” he
media prior to this reported that the Badar Squad was set to reemerge to
eradicate vice in the Muslim community. — Bernama
Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Tuesday that thousands of Indonesian
Islamic State sympathizers will be allowed to return to their home country on
the condition they take an oath to be loyal to the Unitary State of the
Republic of Indonesia and its official state ideology Pancasila.
must also admit their wrongdoing, show contrition and promise not to join
terrorist groups upon their return, the former Army commander said in Jakarta.
those things [then they can return home]. Don't come home if they still believe
in IS," Ryamizard said.
officials will be dispatched to Syria to bring these IS sympathizers back home
on humanitarian grounds.
government has been facing a conundrum on what to do with Indonesian IS
sympathizers who are still stranded in Syria after the caliphate was wiped out
early this year.
Indonesian citizenship law, despite having professed allegiance to IS these
sympathizers are still considered Indonesian citizens and technically there is
nothing to stop them from coming back to Indonesia.
returnees from Syria have often been involved in domestic terrorist attacks,
such as the suicide attacks on two churches in Surabaya last year.
suicide bombers turned out to be a family of six who had spent time in Syria as
counter-terrorism police on Tuesday announced the arrests of two Rohingya men
who they said supported a Myanmar insurgent group, including one who allegedly
posted a video online calling for the assassination of Bangladesh’s leader.
other foreigners, a Filipino and an Indian national, were taken into custody
separately for suspected links with insurgent groups as well, Police
Inspector-General Abdul Hamid Bador said in a statement. The four suspects,
whose names police did not reveal, were captured in various locations in Kedah
and Selangor states between June 14 and July 3.
41-year-old Rohingya who worked as a laborer at the Sungai Petani district of
Kedah was arrested on June 24. He is a supporter of insurgent group Arakan
Rohingya Salvation Army [ARSA] and was arrested for posting a death threat
video against Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed on his Facebook
page,” Abdul Hamid said.
police would not treat the alleged threat against Hasina lightly, a source close
to the investigation told BenarNews.
are investigating the case. We cannot reveal more at the moment,” the source
said, adding, “this is still serious.”
checks revealed that the Rohingya suspect had a criminal history, Abdul Hamid
had been detained three times prior to the latest arrest. First in 1997 for
illegally entering Malaysia, then in 2012 for possessing fake travel documents
and last in 2015 for being involved in human trafficking activity,” the police
chief said in the statement without going into detail about the cases.
Hamid said counter-terrorist police also arrested a Rohingya who worked as a
25-year-old man who worked at a religious school in Bukit Pinang in Kedah was
detained on July 3 for being an ARSA supporter,” he said, adding that police
were investigating to determine if the two men were connected.
in Myanmar have blamed ARSA rebels for launching deadly raids on police and
military outposts in Rakhine State that provoked a brutal crackdown on the
country’s stateless Rohingya Muslim minority in August 2017. In turn, that
caused more than 740,000 Rohingya to flee and seek shelter at refugee camps in
neighboring Bangladesh, a majority-Islamic country.
police did not release details about how the pair of Rohingya suspects entered
Malaysia or if they were there legally.
May, two Rohingya were among four suspects who were apprehended when police
foiled an Islamic State (IS) plot to attack worship sites and assassinate “high-profile
personalities” during Ramadan. Those arrests were the first involving linked to
alleged terrorist activities in Malaysia.
predominantly Muslim country has been seen a safe haven in Southeast Asia for
Rohingya fleeing from persecution in Buddhist majority Myanmar and violence in
Rakhine state. At least 90,200 Rohingya live in Malaysia, according to UNHCR,
the United Nations refugee agency.
year, Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu warned about a potential security
problem with Rohingya expatriates.
are concerned that the Rohingyas could be manipulated to become suicide bombers
or recruited into terrorist cells in this region,” he told a Kuala Lumpur
meeting of counterterrorist security professionals in August 2018.
from the Rohingya, police in Selangor arrested a 54-year-old Filipino man on
suspect was arrested for allegedly having ties with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)
and also for assisting kidnap for ransom cases in the waters of Sabah,” Abdul
Hamid said. “The suspect has been listed as a wanted person by the Eastern
Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) and was living in Malaysia using a falsified
June 21, police in Ampang, Selangor, arrested a 24-year-old Indian national who
worked as an elevator maintenance technician.
suspect is believed to have acted as a facilitator to senior members of the
Babbar Khalsa International terror group who entered Malaysia in November 2018
and last month,” Abdul Hamid said. “Besides, the suspect also channeled 7,600
ringgit (U.S. $1,830) to fund BKI’s activities in Southeast Asia.”
is a Sikh militant group, which gained notoriety in the 1980s for the bombing
of an Air India flight that killed 330 people.
four suspects have been detained and are being investigated under the Security
Offenses (Special Measures) Act 2012, according to the Malaysian police chief.
Cabinet warns Hajj pilgrims not to mix politics with religion
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia warned pilgrims on Tuesday not
to mix politics with religion while performing Hajj.
a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, pilgrims were urged to
be considerate of the privacy and spirituality of the holy places and not to
engage in political acts.
warning follows a veiled threat by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei of
disruption and possible political demonstrations by Iranian pilgrims at this
year’s Hajj, and criticism of Saudi organization of the pilgrimage.
major mistakes is that they say, ‘Do not politicize Hajj’,” Khamenei said.
“Creating unity is a political matter. Supporting and defending the oppressed
in the world of Islam, like the Palestinian and Yemeni nations, is a political
matter, based on Islamic teachings and obligations.
is a political act and this political act is … a religious obligation,” the
Iranian leader also suggested that Saudi security measures at the annual
pilgrimage were too tough. “The Saudi government bears major responsibilities,”
he said. “Among their responsibilities is protecting the safety and security of
pilgrims, but they should not spread a security atmosphere.
the pilgrims are in Makkah and Madinah, they should treat the pilgrims
properly, respectfully, and with honor, because they are the guests of God.”
ayatollah’s remarks were also condemned by the exiled Iranian author and
journalist Amir Taheri. “Khamenei has ended the 10-year truce on Hajj, and
called for demonstrations during the next pilgrimage,” Taheri said.
stage is set for riots by pilgrims sent by Tehran to Saudi Arabia to incite
violence during Hajj.
Arabia may regret having increased Iran’s Hajj quota by almost 10,000. This
year some 90,000 Iranian pilgrims may turn the Islamic ritual into an
anti-American demonstration that could lead to clashes among pilgrims, and with
Saudi Minister of Media, Turki Al-Shabanah, called on worshippers to refrain
from taking part in any political activities — such as the raising of slogans —
that might disturb the pilgrimage. He said the Kingdom would not accept such
behavior, and would take all necessary action to prevent misconduct.
the ministerial meeting in Jeddah, King Salman welcomed pilgrims and directed
all Hajj organizing bodies to continue providing security, stability and
tranquility for the visitors.
the ministerial meeting, held at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, King Salman
welcomed pilgrims on their journey to perform the fifth pillar of Islam and
directed all bodies involved in organizing Hajj to continue in providing
security, stability, and tranquility for pilgrims and improve the services provided
to them at land, sea and air entry points to the country.
Cabinet applauded the continued development of pilgrim services, noting the
achievement of the Makkah Road initiative to speed up pre-travel administration
and baggage issues.
other business, ministers commended a decision reached during the recent OPEC
and OPEC + meetings to extend the agreement to reduce production until the end
of the first quarter of 2020, which would contribute to the stability of oil
markets. The move would establish a framework of sustainable cooperation which
would work to the benefit of producers, consumers, and the global economy, the
also welcomed a power-sharing agreement reached between military rulers and
opposition leaders in Sudan, which they hoped would pave the way to a new era
of security, stability and prosperity for the Sudanese people.
meeting went on to approve an air services agreement between Saudi Arabia and
the Seychelles and gave the go-ahead for talks on a memorandum of understanding
between the Saudi General Auditing Bureau and the National Auditing Bureau of
Sudan for cooperation in the field of professional accounting and auditing.
Cabinet also decided to form a board of directors for the sustainable
agricultural rural development program under the chairmanship of the Saudi
environment, water and agriculture minister, with representation from several
government sectors and the Cooperative Societies Council.
e-commerce system was also approved by the Cabinet.
Coalition Against ISIS Recruits Fighters in Tanf Base
International Coalition against ISIS has opened the doors for fighters to join
its ranks on the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian borders.
comes as tension increases in Syria’s eastern Euphrates amid news that
coalition forces have been conducting military maneuvers at the Tanf base, with
the participation of Syrian opposition fighters.
to opposition media sources, several types of rockets, rocket launchers,
artillery and mortars were used in the maneuvers in preparation for possible
confrontations with ISIS in the Syrian desert.
US-led coalition's Tanf base has started receiving new members in its ranks to
train them in their camps in Jordan, the sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Post website quoted sources as saying that the anti-ISIS coalition has opened
this door in an attempt to bolster its military capabilities in the desert.
Revolutionary Commando Army, for its part, published pictures on its official
Twitter account on Friday, showing it was conducting successful exercises
alongside coalition forces.
said no one was hurt during the exercises that aimed at enhancing its members’
skills to defeat ISIS and ensuring they do not return to Tanf’s borders.
Tanf base is located in the vicinity of Tanf crossing the border with Jordan
and Iraq in the heart of al-Hammad desert southeast Homs province, about 240 km
from the city of Palmyra and not far from the borders with Jordan.
other news, local sources in Deir al-Zor said US military reinforcements and
logistics arrived last week to al-Omar oil field on the eastern bank of the
Euphrates River (10 km from al-Mayadin city) in Deir al-Zor province.
equipment consisting of rubber boats and river crossings have reached al-Omar
oil field base through US-coalition’s aircraft and helicopters,” according to
the Euphrates Post.
Seth J. Frantzman
mass grave in Syria has been uncovered, and at least six bodies in orange
“execution suits” transferred for forensic analysis, according to reports.
mass grave is one of more than a dozen that have been found since ISIS was
pushed out of Raqqa in 2017. This grave, just south of the Euphrates river
across from the city, contains up to 800 bodies.
Moussa of Al-Aan TV tweeted images of the bodies being found and uncovered.
“Search team here found bodies of five men wearing orange ‘execution suits’ in
ISIS mass grave. Identities unknown. Team leader tells me: Might be missing
journalists, activists,” she tweeted on July 3. A sixth body clothed in the
same way was later found.
wrote that all of the bodies were dressed in the orange suits that became
infamous in videos from 2014, when ISIS executed journalists Steven Sotloff and
James Foley that fall. The bodies found are all men and they had handcuffs on.
All were shot in the back of the head. This precludes them being among those
who were beheaded by ISIS.
al-Khamees, who leads a team that has been uncovering the mass graves, said
that this grave was first found in June. The men “were believed to have been
killed more than two years ago,” he told a group of reporters. The bodies of
three women, apparently stoned to death, were also found. “Their skulls were
severely fractured and displayed signs of stoning,” France 24 reported.
According to the report, up to 800 people could be in this grave.
reported that the five men found were estimated to be between 25 and 55 years
old. She says that 200 bodies have been uncovered so far. The area of the
location is called Mu’askar al-Tala’e; they will be reburied in another
in orange execution suits have been found in two other locations, but many of
the well known victims of ISIS have not been found. They form but a small
number of the thousands still missing since the jihadist group arrived in 2014.
For instance, around 3,000 Yazidis are still missing after ISIS attempted to
commit genocide and enslave the minority group in that August. Moussa tweeted
that authorities in Raqqa have found 4,600 bodies in 14 mass graves so far.
“Over 3,500 not identified.” She notes that they aren’t all necessarily victims
of ISIS; some may be members or the group or their families who died during the
war between 2014 and 2017.
Iraq, more than 200 mass graves have been found, some of them containing
Yazidis and Shi’ites that ISIS murdered.
by Mohammed Ebraheem
(IraqiNews.com) – Three Iraqis, including two policemen, were wounded Sunday in
a car bomb attack and subsequent armed clashes in Diyala province, a security
to the Arabic-language Alghad Press, the source said that an explosive charge
targeted a vehicle driven by a civilian on the Jalawla-Kalar highway in
northeastern Diyala, leaving the driver wounded.
moving the wounded civilian into hospital, security forces came under attack by
undefined gunmen, leaving two policemen wounded,” the source said.
added that the security situation is now under control.
in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist
militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
(IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi warplanes killed on Monday three members of the Islamic
State terrorist group during a military operation in Nineveh province, the
Security Media Cell announced.
a statement carried by the privately-owned Algahd Press website, the Security
Media Cell said that the three IS militants were in a car when an airstrike by
the Iraqi Air Force targeted them in Nineveh province.
the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces seized a vehicle that was used by
the Islamic State militants near a valley in Nineveh, the statement read.
al-Jazeera region, the Security Media Cell said that its forces managed to
destroy two Islamic State terrorist hotbeds and two explosive charges.
Joint Operations Command had launched the “Victory Will” operation on Sunday
morning to pursue Islamic State remnants, who are still at large on the
country’s vast border with Syria, mainly in Nineveh, Salahuddin and Anbar
declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017
with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which
was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
military announced a new operation in an attempt to secure the vast western
desert leading to the Syrian border, amid fears Islamic State sleeper cells
were using the area to regroup.
operation, dubbed “Will of Victory,” began early Sunday, July 7, and would push
to clear the remote territory between the provinces of Salahaddin, Nineveh and
Anbar, a statement by the military said.
armed forces, paramilitary units of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization
Units), tribal groups and U.S.-led Coalition warplanes were all taking part,
according to the statement.
are pockets of Daesh fighters in the northwestern, western, and southwestern
parts of Salahaddin province,” a media official from the province’s military
command told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
is still present in these areas, and the operations will continue until they
formally declared victory against ISIS in late 2017, a few months after ousting
the jihadist group from its seat of power in Mosul, the capital of Nineveh
group lost its last sliver of territory in Syria – Baghuz, a small desert
hamlet near the Iraqi border – in March.
ISIS sleeper cells have kept up hit-and-run attacks in isolated parts of Iraq,
targeting government checkpoints, public infrastructure and local officials.
analyst Hisham al-Hashemi said “Will of Victory” was aimed at depriving ISIS of
the resources it uses to carry out those raids.
will drain Daesh’s logistical support in an area that makes up nearly a quarter
of Iraq, by destroying their bases, training camps, depots and tunnels,” he
said security forces were seeking to oust an estimated 1,000 ISIS fighters from
the desert regions around Baaj, Rawah and Tharthar.
security forces have targeted ISIS in several coalition-backed operations in
recent months, including in the rugged Hamrin region north of Baghdad.
Saudi-led Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen revealed on Monday that
the leader of the ISIS affiliate in Yemen had previously fought in the
terrorist group’s ranks in Syria.
spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki added that the ISIS “emir”, who was captured
by Saudi Special Forces last month, hailed from Yemen and operated under
several aliases, such as Abu Osama Al-Muhajir, Abu Musab, Abu Suleiman al-Adeni
and Nashwan al-Adeni.
was tasked with leading the extremist group’s affiliate in Yemen, Maliki told a
press briefing in Riyadh.
was born in 1988 and did not complete his mechanical engineering degree. His
terrorist track record dates back to 2010 when he became a leading member of
al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
left the organization in 2015 and joined ISIS where he joined the group in
fighting in Syria. In 2017 he was appointed as the leader of the ISIS “emirate”
in Yemen. Soon after, the United States imposed sanctions against him.
Arab coalition had previously stated that the practices of the Iran-backed
Houthi militias have encouraged terrorist activity in Yemen.
affairs researcher Hammoud al-Ziyadi explained that one of ISIS’ primary goals
was to establish “states” beyond its then strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
group wants to exploit the instability in Yemen to bolster is presence and
expand in the region, he told Asharq Al-Awsat. It also sought to recruit
al-Qaeda members to join its ranks.
managed to gain ground in many regions where al-Qaeda was previously active and
Qaeda members began to move towards ISIS affiliates,” he said.
he stated that ISIS sought to exploit the poor security in Yemen and Libya to
attempted to target Saudi Arabia, but failed because the Kingdom is in control
of its state and security, Ziyadi added.
pro-militant Arabic-language Baladi News Website reported that over 300,000
people are exposed to the risk of losing their lives due to the negligence of
the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition towards
presence of thousands of military mines remaining from the ISIL’s presence in
sources said that Raqqa city is the scene of explosion of mines left behind by
the ISIL, adding that a large number of civilians, including children, are
killed in mine blasts.
sources noted that the death of civilians in Raqqa takes place on a daily basis
while the US-led coalition and the SDF had assured Raqqa residents that their
engineering units had demined the region and restored full security as of
beginning of January 2018.
the US-led coalition and the SDF took full control over Raqqa city in October
a relevant development in late March, the bodies of over 300 victims of the
ISIL and the US air raids, including those of slain women and children, were
discovered in mass-graves and from under the rubles of destroyed buildings in
Hawar News reported at the time that the corpses of 304 people had been
unearthed from a mass-grave in Fakhikheh region in Southern Raqqa since early
added that most of the bodies belonged to the civilians, including women and
children, noting that some of the victims had been executed.
media activists reported that bodies of several civilians, most of them women
and children, were pulled out of the debris in al-Adkhar and al-Ta'aminat
districts of Raqqa in the past few days.
Hezbollah lawmaker on Tuesday slammed the US move to place two of the group’s
parliamentarians on its sanctions blacklist as “humiliation” for Lebanon.
US decision “is a humiliation for the Lebanese people”, Ali Fayyad told
Lebanon’s MTV news channel, according to its website, and called on parliament
and the government to issue a formal condemnation.
US Treasury added Lebanese lawmakers Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Raad to a
terror-related blacklist, saying that the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah
they belong to uses its parliamentary power to advance alleged violent
placed on the blacklist was Wafiq Safa, a top official of the Iran-allied
uses its operatives in Lebanon’s parliament to manipulate institutions in
support of the terrorist group’s financial and security interests, and to
bolster Iran’s malign activities,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary of
Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
move, which is the first by Washington to target Hezbollah elected politicians,
came as the US bolsters pressure on Iran and its alleged “proxies” in the
is listed as a “terrorist group” by the United States and has fought several
wars with US ally Israel to the south of Lebanon.
fighters have backed government forces in neighboring Syria in the war that
broke out there in 2011.
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil meanwhile tweeted that the US sanctions
“concern all of the Lebanese even if they are directed at Hezbollah” and are
the US Treasury’s announcement, Hezbollah television al-Manar said the group’s
leader, Hassan Nasrallah, was due to appear Friday on TV.
is due to address a series of Lebanese and regional issues and is expected to
also discuss the latest sanctions.
was established in 1982 during Lebanon’s civil war and is now a major political
player in the country.
Rights Watch (HRW) has called upon the US-led coalition purportedly fighting
the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group should address the harm to civilians during
military operations in war-torn Syria.
New York-based rights organization reported on Tuesday that the alliance has
not thoroughly investigated the attacks that killed civilians or created a
program for compensation, or other assistance to civilians who suffered harm
from its operations.
cited field investigations into 4 apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes in
Syria's northeastern Hasakah province from 2017 and 2018, where no compensation
or condolence payments were made to the victims. The aerial raids reportedly
killed 63 civilians and damaged and destroyed property.
Rights Watch further highlighted that whilst the US Congress authorized the
Defense Department in the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to
make condolence payments to civilians in Syria in December 2016, the process
for making claims has not been defined.
US should promptly develop a standardized condolence payment process and
conduct outreach as feasible with affected communities to explain and publicize
the process. The process should allow safe and convenient avenues to submit
claims in the person’s preferred language and should identify local partners as
payments should reflect the circumstances, needs, and preferences of affected
civilians. Options may include public acknowledgement, apologies, monetary
payments, and livelihood assistance,” it said.
rights organization went on to ask members of the US-led military coalition to
coordinate their efforts to create a unified system to track, assess, and
investigate reports of civilian casualties and to provide prompt and equitable
condolence payments and other forms of amends.
cases in which coalition forces are found to have committed laws-of-war
violations, appropriate compensation should be swiftly paid to the victims or
their families,” Human Rights Watch said.
the civilians who suffered under ISIS (Daesh) rule to rebuild their lives, the
coalition should include condolence payments to those families who were harmed
by their military operations,” Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at the
human rights organization said.
victims of airstrikes with some help for their suffering would be an important
step,” Fakih pointed out.
US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes and operations against what are
said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any
authorization from the Damascus government or a United Nations mandate.
military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing
civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of
February 12, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, in two
separate letters addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the
former rotating president of the Security Council, Anatolio Ndong Mba,
denounced the coalition strikes conducted against Baghouz a day earlier, saying
the US-led warplanes had pounded a refugee camp.
sources told the state-run Ikhbariyah Syria television news network that 16
civilians, including seven children, were killed as a result of the raid.
new crime is in line with the series of war crimes and crimes against humanity,
which the US-led coalition has perpetrated against Syrian people, its continued
support for terrorism, and its use of terrorists and separatist militia forces
to advance its fiendish plots aimed at Syria’s sovereignty, unity and
territorial integrity,” said the letters.
ministry also called on the UN Security Council to stand up against such
attacks and crimes.
militant group al-Shabab has executed 18 people since Wednesday, an
unprecedented rate of executions for the group, which is under pressure from
put to death four people in the southern town of Jamame on Sunday, immediately
after the judge in an al-Shabab court declared them guilty.
squads shot and killed two men accused of being Somali government soldiers and
a woman accused of being a spy for Kenya.
The militants identified the woman as 20-year-old Iqra Abdi Aden.
an 18-year-old man, Nur Bakar Jirow, was publicly stoned to death for allegedly
raping a 16-year-old girl. The man
argued the sex was consensual, but the judge said he deserved the death penalty
because he was married at the time.
Saturday, al-Shabab firing squads killed three men accused of being Somali
government soldiers in the town of Kurtunwarey in the Lower Shabelle region. In
Buale town of the neighboring Middle Jubba region, the militants executed a man
accused of practicing sorcery.
July 3 and 4, al-Shabab shot and killed 10 men in two separate executions in
Hagar and Salagle towns in southern Somalia.
The group accused the men of spying for the Somali government, Kenya and
the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
of the victims were convicted by militant courts, according to al-Shabab
affiliate media sites.
courts do not allow lawyers to represent the defendants, and the evidence
largely relies on alleged confessions. Critics believe that al-Shabab’s
militias torture the accused to force the confessions.
group did not give a reason for the surge in executions, but has been the
target of dozens of U.S. airstrikes over the past two and a half years. The airstrikes are often ordered on the basis
of ground-level intelligence collected by Somali government sources.
other violence, at least seven people were killed and 22 others were injured in
Mogadishu on Monday in two separate attacks, witnesses say.
first attack took place near a civilian hospital when Mogadishu police stopped
a vehicle loaded with explosives. The driver refused to exit the vehicle,
forcing police to open fire. Moments later the vehicle exploded killing two
people and injuring 18 others.
a suspected militant vehicle attempted to pass through a security checkpoint on
a crowded road in Mogadishu. Security forces responded killing two militants. A
member of the police and two civilians were also killed according to witnesses.
Four others were injured in the attack.
least 13 civilians were killed in an air raid as the military repulsed a
jihadist assault in northeast Borno state, residents and a security source said
inhabitants of Gajiganna village, 50km from state capital Maiduguri, told AFP a
military jet on Tuesday targeted jihadists from the Islamic State West Africa
Province (ISWAP) after they attacked a nearby military base.
Nigerian air force, however, said it had no reports of civilian casualties.
residents were caught up in the bombing, residents said on condition of
anonymity over fears for their personal safety.
lost 13 people in the bombardment as many people tried to escape the fighting
between the insurgents and troops," a resident said.
people were injured in the attack," he said.
military jet was deployed around 19:30 (18:30 GMT) to support troops in the
base who were trying to fight off the militants, residents said.
residents were too scared to remain in their homes and ran out to escape from
the village as the fighting raged between the troops and the insurgents,"
a second resident said.
were mistaken for the attackers by the jet which fired on them, killing 13 and
injuring many," he said.
air force spokesperson Ibikunle Daramola told AFP "there has been no such
report" of civilian casualties from forces on the ground.
I can assure you is that the Nigerian Air Force responded to provide close air
support to our troops that were under attack by the Boko Haram terrorists and
everything that was done was in coordination with the army," he said.
a security source in Maiduguri confirmed the incident to AFP and blamed
residents for flouting military orders to remain indoors.
villagers were warned not to step out of their homes before the terrorists
attacked because there was intelligence they were planning an attack,"
said the source.
fighting was going on some of the villagers started running away from their
houses at the time the fighter jet was bombarding the terrorists," said
the security source who asked not to be named for fear of sanction.
learnt between 13 and 16 people from the village died and some others were
wounded", he said.
military officer said ISWAP fighters in nine pickup trucks fitted with machine
guns attacked the base around 17:00, engaging troops in a gunbattle.
jihadists were subdued with the support of the fighter jet which destroyed six
trucks and captured two others, the officer said.
Thursday the military showed journalists the seized vehicles during a tour of
the Gajiganna base, an AFP reporter at the event said.
buildings in the base were torched.
commander Brigadier-General Bulama Biu said ISWAP fighters "tried to
infiltrate" the facility but met "stiff resistance" from troops.
said the attack was "repelled" with air support in which "many
insurgents were killed".
made no reference to civilian casualties.
July 8 (Xinhua) -- At least three people including a police man were killed and
five others injured after a vehicle loaded with explosives went off at a
security checkpoint in Mogadishu on Monday.
security officer who confirmed the incident said the two al-Shabab militants
and the policeman were killed during confrontation when a vehicle borne
improvised explosive device attempted to forcibly pass through a security
checkpoint but was thwarted.
vehicle loaded with explosives exploded after security officers manning the
checkpoint intercepted it in an area close to Erdogan hospital in Hodan
district," said a police officer who declined to be named.
officer said the suicide bomber blew him up after being prevented to pass
through the checkpoint, damaging some of the nearby buildings.
in Nigeria have killed two supporters of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim
al-Zakzaky, who were demanding his release in the capital, Abuja, according to
the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), an organization that he heads.
two, who were members of the IMN, were shot and killed outside the National
Assembly on Tuesday.
erupted there as protesters gathered outside the parliament and then sought to
enter to register a demand for the cleric’s release.
security... took our report to go and give the legislators but perhaps they
refused to inform the legislators, or the legislators refused to respond. So,
we decided to enter and submit it ourselves,” said one protester. “But they
stopped us and started spraying tear gas and shooting live bullets
sporadically. I saw more than three people collapsing.”
also arrested 40 people during the rally.
a statement, police claimed two officers had been shot and wounded in the legs,
and six other officers had been injured. They said they had “used minimum force
to disperse the unruly protesters.”
to human rights groups, Nigerian forces have killed at least 400 members of the
IMN over the past four years.
group regularly organizes protests outside the assembly to demand the release
of its leader, whose life is reportedly in danger due to health issues.
Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties, lost his left eyesight in a 2015 raid by
security forces that left more than 300 of his followers and three of his sons
dead. His wife also sustained serious wounds.
Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), based in London, said earlier this week
that the cleric’s health condition has further deteriorated, since he was
reportedly poisoned in prison.
cleric’s son, Mohammad, told Press TV on Saturday that his father was in dire
need of medical treatment, as “large and dangerous quantities of lead and
cadmium have been found in his blood.” He said that the authorities intended to
murder his father since they refuse to take any measures.
army troops have attacked a peaceful protest rally demanding the immediate
release of the country’s senior Muslim figure Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, who
has been held in detention along with his wife for more than three years.
to a report by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), hundreds of the followers
of the jailed leader staged a rally in front of the National Assembly in the
capital, Abuja, on Tuesday, the last in a series of daily rallies for the same
cause, but the army soldiers brutally attacked the demonstrators.
were no immediate reports of the exact number of casualties and arrests, but
photos uploaded on the official website of the IMN showed that several wounded
protesters were being assisted away by fellow protesters.
reports said that police fired tear gas canisters toward the protesters and
reportedly began firing live shots to disperse the crowd.
state new channel NTA claimed that a group of protesters with the IMN, which is
led by Sheikh Zakzaky, tried to enter the parliament, adding that the security
had closed all the doors of the complex beforehand.
now 66, has been in detention since December 2015 after his residence in the
city of Zaria was raided by Nigeria’s forces, during which he was beaten and
lost vision in his left eye.
the brutal crackdown, three of his sons lost their lives, his wife sustained
serious wounds, and more than 300 of his followers were killed.
was charged in April 2018 with murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly,
disruption of public peace, and other accusations. He has pleaded not guilty,
vehemently rejecting all accusations brought up against him.
reports said that his health has been deteriorating, but prison authorities
have prevented him from access to needed treatment.
Sunday, his son, Mohammad, said after visiting him that he had been shocked by
his father’s worsening medical condition, stressing that he needed to be
immediately hospitalized as “large and dangerous quantities of lead and cadmium
have been found in his blood.”
said Nigerian authorities had not taken any action so far and that they
intended to murder his father.
Friday, the UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) announced that it
had received reports that Zakzaky’s health condition had further worsened.
IHRC — which had sent a medical team to Nigeria in April to examine the health
condition of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife — has said the specialist treatment
they require can only be fully accessed outside the African country.
members of the IMN also said last week that the cleric had been poisoned in
prison and required urgent medical care abroad.
Thursday, the IMN said in a statement that the group’s leaders would hold
Nigerian President Buhari Muhammadu responsible “if anything should happen to
Zakzaky or his wife in detention.”
least 40 members of Shia have been arrested in the Nigerian capital Abuja after
they attempted to force their way into the parliament building during a protest
seeking release of their detained leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky.
spokesman Anjuguri Manzah said in a statement Tuesday evening that the Shia
members fired gunshots at two policemen at the parliament as they tried to
force their way into the building.
of the sect during the violent protest shot two (2) police personnel in the
leg, while clubs and stones were used to inflict injuries on six other
policemen. The injured policemen have been taken to the hospital for prompt
medical attention," according to the statement.
forty (40) members of the sect have been arrested in connection with the
violent protest. Investigation is in progress."
said they won't allow anyone to hide under the right to peaceful procession to
cause breakdown of law and order.
arrested in the process will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate
law of the land," it added.
Qatar — Taliban and Afghan representatives, including some government
officials, agreed on Tuesday to a basic road map for negotiating the country’s
political future, a major step that could help propel peace efforts to end the
long war, now in its 18th year.
a joint declaration after two days of unprecedented and often emotional
discussions in the Qatari capital, Doha, the two sides emphasized a need to
work for reducing “civilian casualties to zero” and assuring women their
fundamental rights in “political, social, economic, educational, cultural
declaration is not binding, and at best is a starting point for when the two
sides meet later for negotiations that could lead to fixed terms.
even if the declaration might not immediately de-escalate the violence in
Afghanistan, it does help push forward a peace process between American
diplomats and the Taliban that has been making strides in negotiations, but
which has been struggling to overcome the Taliban’s refusal to meet with Afghan
Taliban have said direct negotiations with other Afghans would start only after
the United States announces a timeline for the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan.
negotiators are in the middle of the seventh round of talks with the Taliban
over the withdrawal of troops in return for a commitment from the insurgents
that Afghan soil would not again be used to launch terrorist attacks against
the United States and its allies. Those talks, also held in Doha, paused for
the two days of the “intra-Afghan dialogue,” and are expected to resume on
Tuesday with the hopes of finalizing an agreement.
a sign that American officials saw progress on the Afghan-Taliban discussions
as crucial to moving all the pieces of a comprehensive peace deal forward,
Zalmay Khalilzad, the American special envoy leading the negotiations with the
Taliban, was a regular presence on the margins of the intra-Afghan discussions.
He attended both the opening and closing sessions and appeared to chat with
participants during some of the breaks.
was a very friendly atmosphere and sincere atmosphere and everyone shared their
views,” said Sher Mohammad Abas Stanekzai, the most senior member of the
Taliban delegation and their chief negotiator. “When we finalize our
negotiations with the Americans and get a timetable for the withdrawal of
foreign troops, then we will enter direct negotiations with the Afghan side for
the internal matters of our country.”
Nadery, the head of the Afghan government civil service commission and one of
the participants, said the conference had provided an important platform for
think the two days of discussions has helped our realization of who the Taliban
are, what they want, and they know who we are and what we want,” he said.
war has grown particularly violent in recent years, with the death toll rising
of Afghan forces, Taliban militants and the civilians stuck in between. Just as
the delegates filed in for first morning of discussions, a Taliban bombing on
an intelligence facility left 14 people dead and about 170 people wounded. Most
of the wounded were civilians, who included schoolchildren.
joint Afghan-Taliban declaration calls for assuring security for public
institutions like schools, hospitals and residential areas. The participants
“committed to respect and protect the dignity of people, their life and
property and to minimize the civilian casualties to zero,” the declaration
statement also called for trust-building measures, like the “unconditional
release of elderly, disabled and ill inmates,” ahead of the direct
will help us get to direct intra-Afghan negotiations, but we need to know that
18 years of war cannot be resolved in two days,” said Anarkali Honaryar, an
Afghan senator and part of the delegation from Kabul. “There were differences
of opinion, but both sides displayed great patience in how they shared those
opinions. That’s a big thing.”
and Qatar, the co-hosts of the event, welcomed the declaration, with officials
from both countries appearing pleased with how the discussions had turned out.
Qatar had tried in April to host the event, but the effort collapsed at the
last minute after disagreements over a list of participants.
hope that this event will mark the beginning of a meaningful process which will
lead to a comprehensive and sustainable peace for Afghanistan,” the organizers
said in a joint statement.
two days of dialogue represented the first time the Taliban had engaged in
substantial debate on issues, breaking with the former practice of mostly
reading prepared statements.
of the sessions were tense and emotional. Several of the participants from the
Afghan delegation had lost family members to suicide bombings and Taliban
attacks. On the insurgents’ side, many had spent years in detention.
the delegation from Kabul challenged the Taliban on their attacks resulting in
civilian casualties, the insurgents pushed back by highlighting civilian harm
caused by operations of Afghan and American forces.
of the most heated exchanges was over who gets to interpret Islam. When the
discussion turned to basic rights like women’s education and freedom of press,
the Taliban couched their support with the caveat that those rights must be
granted within the restrictions of Islam. Skeptics see that stance as allowing
them future leverage to restrict freedoms.
of the Taliban speakers argued that those restrictions would not be an issue
for most Afghans, as the modern values propagated by a few urbanites are a
product of the West.
debate carried over to a lunch table where Ershad Ahmadi, a former deputy
foreign minister, engaged with the Taliban speaker.
only way out of this is if you accept the diversity of this country — that I
respect your way, and you respect how I live my life,” Mr. Ahmadi said he told
the Taliban official.
- Afghan authorities say they have arrested four Islamic State (IS) operatives,
including a university teacher, during a counterterrorism raid in Kabul.
arrests come amid recent reports the Middle Eastern terrorist group has grown
into a major security challenge for U.S.-backed Afghan forces struggling to
contain the Taliban insurgency.
spy agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS), while announcing the
arrests, said in a statement the suspects were involved in recruiting fighters
for IS and organizing terrorist attacks in and around the capital city.
identified one of the detainees as a Kabul University lecturer, Mubashir
Muslimyar, while the rest as graduates of the same institution. The men are
said to have told investigators they were working closely with IS operatives in
eastern Nangarhar province and many educated young Afghans were joining their
is not the first time that the NDS has arrested suspected IS operatives from
Kabul University. Weeks back, another lecturer was also taken into custody on
the same charges.
has not commented on the arrests.
Afghan branch of IS operates under the name of Khorasan Province (ISKP). It is estimated to have about 2,000 fighters
in the country.
known as Daesh, the terrorist outfit has carried out major attacks in Kabul and
Nangarhar, where it is believed to have set up strong bases in several
districts. The militants are also active in parts of the adjoining eastern
Afghan national security advisrr, Haneef Atmar, told VOA militants linked to IS
also are present in northeastern Badakhshan and northern provinces of Jowzjan
are a threat and they are not just a threat to Afghanistan they are a threat to
the entire region and global security. So, it is not an exaggeration, it’s a
sad reality and we have to deal with it,” said Atmar, who is also a key
candidate in Afghanistan's presidential election due in September.
noted that "thousands of foreign fighters" associated with regional
and global terrorist groups are operating in Afghanistan. They include Daesh,
al-Qaida, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and East Turkistan Islamic
Movement (ETIM), which is blamed for attacks in China, he said.
U.S. commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Austin
Miller, in a recent interview described IS as “a problem to all of us” and
cautioned it could stage and plan attacks in the West.
think they're a very dangerous group internal to Afghanistan, certainly to the
region as well as Europe and the United States of America,” Miller told
RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.
counterterrorism forces, in coordination with Afghan partners, routinely
conduct operations against ISKP bases in the country, killing hundreds of
militants. The Taliban also has engaged in deadly clashes with the
ultra-radical IS militants. But despite those pressures, IS continues to
operate in Afghanistan.
who is a presidential candidate, praised ongoing U.S.-led efforts to strike a
peace deal with the Taliban, saying such an eventuality will enable his country
to effectively fight terrorism.
Taliban on Monday agreed to reduce the number of civilian casualties in its
offensive against Afghanistan's central government, according to a joint
statement by representatives of the warring parties.
talks in Doha, the militant group agreed to stop attacks on "religious
centers, schools, hospitals, educational centers, bazaars, water dams and work
places," according to a statement seen by DW.
encounter ended with a joint "appeal and promise to reduce violence in
Afghanistan," said Markus Potzel, Germany's Afghanistan envoy, who
co-hosted the talks with Qatar.
statement also gives assurances on "women's rights in political, social,
economic, educational and cultural affairs in the contexts of Islamic
values," according to DW's Pashto service.
the group refuses to recognize Afghanistan's central government in Kabul,
calling it a "US puppet," Taliban representatives had agreed to meet
with officials in Doha in a "personal capacity."
differences are almost so narrow," said Mutlaq al-Qahtani, Qatar's
counterterrorism special envoy. "We are quite frankly surprised how
serious both sides are," he added, "and they are so committed to
putting an end to this conflict."
more: End of war more likely than ever
Taliban has also been negotiating with the United States to bring an end to a
conflict that started in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US officials have said the Taliban must
communicate with the government if they wish to seal a peace deal.
previously planned meeting between Afghan representatives and the Taliban
collapsed in April following a disagreement over the size of the proposed
250-member government delegation and its official status.
more: Afghan peace talks: Renewed bid to kick-start progress
and Afghan negotiators are set to resume their talks on Tuesday. US Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped for a peace agreement before September 1.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found that five terror suspects
belonging to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were staying in a room at
Chikkabanavara, north Bengaluru, for more than two months in 2018. Officials
raided the room recently and recovered material used to prepare explosives.
sources said the landlord had collected and stored the material from the premises
where the suspects lived between May and June 2018.
seized five fabricated hand grenades, a timer device, three electric circuits,
suspected explosive substances, different components for making IEDs/rockets
and other incriminating material from Mastan Sab Garden in Chikkabanavara,”
officials raided the premises based on information provided by Habibur Rehman
Sheikh, an alleged terrorist of JMB organization, who was arrested from
Doddaballapur town last month.
revealed that he had visited Chikkabanavara twice in 2018 and met his
associates residing there. His associates were identified as Najir Sheikh alias
Patla Anas and Asif Iqbal alias Nadim from West Bengal; Arif and Jahidul Islam
alias Kausar from Bangladesh and Ataur Rehman alias Nazrul Islam alias Mota
Anas from Assam.
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has completed 25 years of living in exile
years. Yes, 25 years. Today. Completed 25 years of my exile life," Nasreen
tweeted on Tuesday. Born in Mymensingh in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) on
August 25, 1962, Nasreen was forced to leave her country in 1994 due to
repeated threats from radical Muslim groups after her novel 'Lajja' (shame)
which depicts the persecution of a Hindu family by Muslims, ran into a controversy.She
suffered a number of physical and other attacks following the publication of
fleeing Bangladesh, Nasreen adopted Swedish citizenship. Despite repeated
threats to her life, the 56-year-old author has continued to write against Islamic
philosophy, angering many Muslims in Bangladesh and worldwide.The exiled author
has also lived in the US and Europe for many years. Nasreen lived in Kolkata
between 2004 and 2007 but was forced to leave the city after radical Muslim
groups demanded her to leave the country. She currently lives in New Delhi
Bangladesh is striving to stop Rohingya refugees from being trafficked but the
crackdown will “take some time”, an official said after the United States
criticised the South Asian nation in its annual report on nations’ efforts to
US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report last month
found Bangladesh had not investigated dozens of potential crimes of forced
labour and sex trafficking against the Rohingya living in refugee camps in the
900,000 Muslim Rohingya who have fled neighbouring Buddhist-dominated Myanmar
since an army-led offensive in 2017 now live in Kutupalong and other
settlements in Bangladesh’s beach town of Cox’s Bazar.
in Bangladesh rescued at least 250 Rohingya from human traffickers between
January and June this year, who promise better lives abroad in countries such
as Malaysia with no signs that the refugees will be able to return home soon.
Bakar Siddique, an official with the Ministry of Home Affairs, said proposed
anti-trafficking measures included setting up a centre for law enforcers within
the refugee camps, and building a fence and watchtowers to protect the
are 11 lakh [1.1 million] people in a small area,” he said. “A few of them will
definitely try to fool the others. Yes, there are cases of genuine human
trafficking and sexual abuse. We have reports about the hotels where these take
place.” “We are aware of most of the incidents and we are working hard to solve
them. This is something new and it will take some time,” said Siddique, who
leads the interior ministry’s anti-trafficking work.
said he was “unhappy” with the TIP report — which found Bangladesh’s
anti-trafficking efforts had not improved — and that it should have considered
how the government had been compelled to focus on the humanitarian needs of the
rescued 70,000 Rohingya [found] outside the camps and sent them back. We ...
prevented many of them from being trafficked to other countries,” Siddique
US report also said Bangladesh had failed to tackle illegal recruitment agents,
which left workers seeking jobs abroad vulnerable to trafficking.
record number of Bangladeshis secured jobs overseas in 2017 — at least 1
million — as the country relies heavily on foreign remittances, but the system
depends mainly on unlicensed brokers in rural areas and campaigners say
exploitation is rife.
Siddique said that many Bangladeshi migrants who go abroad understand that they
are doing so illegally and should be regarded as irregular migrants rather than
of them know that they are going abroad illegally. They are aware of the risks
... but they still go.”
Afghan Special Forces stormed three Taliban compounds in southern Helmand
province, the Special Operations Corps said.
to a statement released by Special Operations Corps, the Special Forces stormed
the Taliban compounds in Kajaki district late on Tuesday night.
statement further added that the Special Forces destroyed the three compounds
during the operation.
the Special Forces confiscated 2 weapons, 3 radio sets, 3 computers, a
Pakistani national identity card, a stamp, 4 motorycles, 2 printers, a
photocopy machine and some other materials.
security forces killed 6 Taliban militants during the operations in southern
Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces.
205th Atal Corps in a statement said the Afghan forces killed 4 Taliban
militants during an operation in Band-e-Timor area of Maiwand district.
statement further added that the security forces also wounded 3 Taliban
militants during the same operations.
the Afghan forces conducted airstrikes in Chora district of Uruzgan province
killing 2 Taliban militants.
Afghan security forces conducted 111 Joint and Special Operations against the
militant groups in the past 24 hours.
Ministry of Defense in a statement said the security forces conducted 10 joint
and 101 special operations to suppress the militant groups.
the Afghan Air Force conducted 13 airstrikes to support the ground forces.
statement further added that the security forces conducted the operations in
Logar, Badghis, Herat, Kunar, Paktiya, Helmand, Baghlan, Ghazni, Uruzgan,
Nangarhar, Zabul, Faryab, Balkh and Sar-e-Pul provinces.
the defense ministry said the security forces killed 37 militants and wounded
15 others during the operations.
addition, the security forces arrested a suspected militant during the
Ministry of Defense also added that the coalition forces also provided support
to the Afghan security forces during the operations.
European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, along with the EU’s diplomatic
chief, on Tuesday urged Tehran to reverse breaches of the accord, as tensions
over the beleaguered deal grow.
foreign ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom and the (EU) High
Representative express deep concern that Iran is pursuing activities
inconsistent with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPoA),” they said in a statement, using the nuclear deal’s official name.
European Union on Tuesday urged Iran to reverse its scaled up uranium
enrichment that breaches a nuclear arms control deal it signed in 2015.
continue to urge Iran not take further measures that undermine the nuclear deal
to stop and to reverse all activities that are inconsistent with the JCPOA,
including the production of low-enriched uranium,” an EU spokeswoman told
reporters, referring to the deal’s formal name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
has said it will boost its uranium enrichment in a few hours above a cap set by
the nuclear deal, a move that could mean the return of all economic sanctions
largest mosque was evacuated on Tuesday following a bomb threat sent via email,
Cologne police said.
Central Mosque in the western city of Cologne, which is run by the
Turkish-Muslim umbrella group DITIB, was cordoned-off after 50 people were
taken to safety, according to a police spokesperson.
building was then searched and an 11:15 a.m. (0915 GMT) deadline mentioned in
the threatening email had passed without incident, police spokeswoman Annemarie
Schott told reporters outside.
operation was still ongoing by midday.
European powers took their first step on Tuesday toward punishing Iran for
breaking its nuclear agreement, triggering the deal’s mechanism to resolve
foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, plus the foreign affairs
chief of the European Union, said in a statement that Iran was “pursuing
activities inconsistent with its commitments” under the deal, known as the
compliance issues must be addressed within the framework of the JCPoA, and a
Joint Commission should be convened urgently,” they said.
three European powers are the remaining Western signatories to Iran’s 2015
nuclear agreement, which was abandoned by the United States last year.
a joint commission of signatories — the Europeans plus Russia and China — is
the first step in a process foreseen in the agreement that could eventually
lead to a “snapback,” bringing back the international sanctions lifted by the
has stated that it wants to remain within the JCPoA. It must act accordingly by
reversing these activities and returning to full JCPoA compliance without
delay,” the European countries said.
2015 agreement between Iran and world powers offered Iran access to world trade
in return for agreeing to curbs on its nuclear program.
future of the pact has been in doubt since last year when the United States
pulled out of it and reimposed unilateral sanctions. Iran has said it wants to
continue to abide by the agreement but cannot do so indefinitely if US sanctions
prevent it from receiving any of the promised economic benefits.
deal’s fate has come to a head in the past 10 days, after Iran announced steps
that were in violation of its central commitments — it announced that it had
amassed more enriched uranium than allowed under the agreement and said it had
refined uranium to a higher purity.
argues that its steps are permitted under the deal as a response to US
non-compliance. It has said it could take new steps in 60 days, including
restarting dismantled centrifuges and purfiying uranium to a sharply higher
nuclear diplomacy is a central issue in a wider confrontation between the
United States and Iran, which has escalated since the start of May when
Washington tightened sanctions with the aim of halting all Iranian oil exports.
dispute took on a military dimension, with Washington accusing Tehran of
attacks on ships in the Gulf. Last month Iran shot down a US drone, prompting
President Donald Trump to order retaliatory air strikes, only to call them off
minutes before impact.
European powers strongly disagreed with the Trump administration’s decision to
abandon the nuclear deal, and have since found themselves caught in the middle,
trying to persuade Iran to stick to it without receiving the promised benefits.
Trump administration argues that the deal agreed under his predecessor Barack
Obama was too weak because some of its terms were not permanent and it omitted
non-nuclear issues such as Iran’s ballistic missile program and regional
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for an unconditional ceasefire in
the Libya conflict.
foreign ambassadors serving in Germany at an annual reception held in the
Meseberg castle near Berlin, Merkel expressed grave concern about the
continuing escalation in Libya.
supports UN efforts for an unconditional ceasefire,” she stressed, and urged
all conflict parties to return to the political process.
said last week’s airstrike on a migrant detention center in a suburb of
Tripoli, which killed at least 44 people and injured 130 others, showed the
urgent need for an immediate ceasefire.
Government of National Accord (GNA) blamed the airstrike on commander Khalifa
Haftar's forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates along with Egypt.
criticized the role of foreign powers in the Libya conflict and urged all
countries to implement the UN arms embargo on Libya.
arms embargo must be implemented to prevent a further escalation,” she said.
early April, Haftar, who commands forces loyal to a rival government based in
eastern Libya, launched a wide-ranging campaign to take the capital, but his
forces have failed to achieve their primary objective, although they have
captured several strategic towns and cities in the vicinity.
has remained beset by turmoil since 2011 when a NATO-backed uprising led to the
ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four
decades in power.
president on Tuesday bid farewell to 33 newly identified victims of the
his two-day visit to Bosnia's capital Sarajevo, Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a
procession to commemorate the genocide's thousands of innocent victims.
remains of 33 Srebrenica genocide victims were placed on a truck laden with
flowers in the Bosnian city of Visoko on Tuesday morning for their final
journey to rest in a cemetery.
victims will be buried in the village of Potocari, northwest of Srebrenica, on
Thursday to mark the 24rd anniversary of the genocide.
truck carrying the victims’ remains arrived at the Presidential Council
Building in the capital Sarajevo. Erdogan together with Bosnian officials and
members of the public prayed for the victims and placed flowers on the truck.
locals showed great interest in the president and first lady Emine Erdogan, who
took time to chat with them and have their photos taken.
the truck passed through the streets of capital Sarajevo, thousands of people,
including women and children, could be seen crying. Many showered the truck
with flowers and raised their hands in prayer.
year on July 11, newly identified victims of the genocide -- which claimed the
lives of over 8,000 people -- are buried in a memorial cemetery in Potocari,
eastern Bosnia. Thousands of visitors from various countries attend the funeral
service and burials.
of this year’s funeral, the number of burials in the cemetery will rise to
than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed after Bosnian Serb forces
attacked the UN "safe area" of Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the
presence of Dutch troops tasked with acting as international peacekeepers.
was besieged by Serb forces who were trying to wrest territory from Bosnian
Muslims and Croats to form their own state.
UN Security Council had declared Srebrenica a "safe area" in the
spring of 1993. However, Serb troops led by Gen. Ratko Mladic -- later found
guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide -- overran the UN
65-year-old Moroccan citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday
after being convicted by a Portuguese court of recruiting young people to fight
Tazi was also found guilty by the court in Lisbon of financing the recruitment
using forged credit cards.
public prosecutor said Tazi was an intelligent man who recruited the people,
mostly from Morocco, to travel to Portugal and then join ISIS in Syria.
court, which found him guilty of seven crimes, found no evidence that Tazi was
a member of the extremist organisation.
sentencing caught me by surprise," Tazi's lawyer Lopes Guerreiro said. He
said he planned to appeal against the court's decision.
individual was absolved of belonging to an international terrorist organisation
but he was condemned for having recruited people for an organisation he is not
part of," Mr Guerreiro said.
president Emmanuel Macron has assembled an elite diplomatic team to spearhead
the Elysee’s diplomatic initiative to allay the tensions over Iran.
experience negotiators on the Iran file have in recent weeks taken over key
posts in the French diplomatic service. Mr Macron’s own recently appointed
diplomatic adviser Phillipe Bonne arrived in Tehran on Tuesday on a two-mission
to talk to the regime.
in Washington, Phillipe Etienne, who has played a key role in Iran talks in
Paris, Berlin and Brussels over a decade, was presenting his credentials as the
new French ambassador. At the United Nations, France is now represented by
Nicolas de Riviere, who as political director of the French foreign ministry
and before that as chief negotiator in the talks, is a veteran of the Iran
Macron held phone calls with both Donald Trump and the Iranian president Hassan
Rouhani on successive days as he tries to broker an understanding.
a Middle East specialist, Mr Bonne has been tasked with assembling the
“elements” of de-escalation in the crisis with Tehran. The former ambassador to
Lebanon is said by officials to have deeply engaged with factions throughout
the Iranian power structure.
also headed the cabinet of Jean Yves Le Drian, Mr Bonne will have handled the
fallout from Mr Trump’s original decision to quit the 2015. Since jobs in May
tensions in the Arabian Gulf have spiralled over alleged Iranian aggression and
missile attacks by its proxies on neighbouring states.
plan that has emerged in recent weeks puts Paris in position to conduct a blitz
of shuttle diplomacy. The first objective is to calm down both the rhetoric and
the sense that the situation is spiralling out of control.
Geranmayeh, an Iran expert at the European Council for Foreign Affairs,
believes the purpose of the French initiative – shared with Germany and Britain
– is to avoid the dilemma of having to back the US or Iran in a confrontation.
ease confrontation, Iran has sought both assurances from the Europeans that
trade with Iran can continue in defiance of US sanctions and for some sign that
Paris can squeeze concessions from Washington.
the G20 summit in Japan last week, Mr Macron asked Mr Trump to reduce some of
the US oil sanctions pressure on Iran, even as American officials were
travelling around Europe warning they were ready to drive Tehran’s exports as
close to zero as possible.
last year after Mr Trump rejected the agreement, Mr Etienne said that the US
decision was a test for Europe. He reminded his audience that officials such as
himself had been working on the negotiations for more than 15 years. “Since
2003, Paris, London and Berlin had taken the lead in promoting a diplomatic
path to solve the Iran nuclear crisis,” he said, adding they would continue to
work “relentlessly” to preserve it.
photos released from the Oval Office late on Monday, Mr Etienne appears to have
had a good induction meeting with the US leader. The image shows Mr Trump
grinning widely and making a thumbs up gesture.
veteran diplomat will now have the task of corralling the goodwill that French
diplomacy has relentlessly sought to build up with Mr Trump into finding a way
forward on Iran.
New York Mr de Riviere will have the equally important task, as a
representative among the permanent five members of the Security Council, of
reflecting growing international pressure of Iran’s ballistic missile programme
while resisting any attempt to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPoA), an international agreement that is backed by UNSC resolution.
political director of the French foreign ministry, Mr de Riviere was part of a
key contact group with Iran as the accord broke down. He was also an
instrumental member of the three country group that set up the Instrument in
Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) that was established to barter with Iran.
Hook, the American Iran envoy, last week revealed that Washington was
considering the establishment of an international coalition of naval forces to
ensure freedom of navigation through the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman.
US diplomat suggested that the coalition could be closely modelled on the
UN-backed force set up to tackle piracy on the Indian Ocean by Somalian gangs.
That would require a mandate from the UN Security Council.
campaigner Tommy Robinson encouraged “vigilante action” when he broadcast
footage of men arriving in court to face child sex offences charges.
UK high court said Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was
trying to agitate the public and was clearly interfering with the
administration of justice.
is facing up to two years in jail after being found in contempt of court after
breaching reporting restrictions in May 2018. He is due to be sentenced on
words had a clear tendency to encourage unlawful physical or verbal aggression
towards identifiable targets,” High Court judge Dame Victoria Sharp.
of the kind he was describing could not be justified.
was plainly a real risk that the defendants awaiting jury verdicts would see
themselves as at risk, feel intimidated, and that this would have a significant
adverse impact on their ability to participate in the closing stages of the
would represent a “serious impediment” to the course of justice, it was found.
court heard that Robinson encouraged those viewing his video, which lasted 90
minutes and was viewed 250,000 times, to harass, find, follow and knock on the
door of the defendant he was filming.
of this has to be assessed in the context of the video as a whole, in which the
respondent approves and encourages vigilante action,” Ms Sharp said.
are sure that what the respondent said in this passage will have been
understood by a substantial number of viewers as an incitement to engage in
harassment of the defendants."
defence team said he was facing the charges because of his reputation. A
founder of the English Defence League, which he has since left, he has
repeatedly criticised Muslims and been accused of racism.
was originally jailed for 13 months last year after being found in contempt of
court but his sentence was overturned after two months by the Court of Appeal
in August 2018.
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