Have Taken Care of Laddhewala, Muzaffarnagar, Temple for 26 Years, Left Behind
By the Hindus Sometime In The Early 1990s
Video Shows Man Hung By Crane in Iran Public Execution
Human Expert Condemns Suu Kyi as 'Fig Leaf for Genocide'
Afghan Refugees to Be Granted Nationality
Have Taken Care Of Laddhewala, Muzaffarnagar, Temple Left Behind By the Hindu
Sometime In The Early 1990s
and Political Leaders across the Spectrum Come Together To Call for ‘Quami
military exercise with China is just a temporary alliance: Army Chief Bipin
Mujahideen Steps outside Jammu and Kashmir into Assam for Recruits
Commissioner Issues show cause notice to Pune Muslim Bank Chairman
Biased US Working Against Peace: Palestinian President Abbas
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About a kilometre into the road that leads to Laddhewala in Muzaffarnagar city,
a dirty signpost welcomes visitors to this small, nondescript locality. The
lanes soon start getting narrower, about 4-foot-wide, between rows of concrete
houses. In one sleepy corner of an alleyway, cramped between two buildings, is
a solitary temple left behind by its Hindu households sometime in the early
1990s, post the Babri Masjid demolition.
six years later, this shrine is still maintained by its Muslim neighbours, who
clean it daily, whitewash it every Diwali and protect it from squatters and
stray animals. Meharbaan Ali, 60, a resident of Muslimdominated Laddhewala,
still remembers the days when the Hindu families had left the area in the
aftermath of communal clashes. “Jitender Kumar was one of my closest friends. I
tried to stop him from leaving, despite the tension. But he left nevertheless,
along with many other families, with the promise that they would be back some
day. Since then, residents here have been taking care of the temple,” he said.
are around 35 Muslim families living in the locality and many of them, like
Ali, are hopeful of the return of their Hindu neighbours. Locals said that
around 20 Hindu families were living here at that time and the temple was built
sometime around 1970. “The shrine is regularly cleaned and its walls periodically
painted. We want them to come back and take control of it,” said Zaheer Ahmad,
Khan, a former local municipal ward member, said, “Locals pool in money ahead
of Diwali every year to get it whitewashed. They make it a point to keep it
clean every day.” The temple, however, does not have an idol. “There used to be
one before 1992. When the families left, they took away the idol with them
too,” added Ahmad, who lives next to the shrine.
temple today is looked after by residents Gulzar Siddiqui, Pappu Bhai, Kayyuam
Ahmed, Naushad, Zahid Ahmed and Maksood Ahmed.
Hindu family lives here but if we let anyone damage their place of worship,
they will lose confidence in us. We do not want that to happen which is why we
look after the shrine,” said Siddiqui. TOI had earlier reported how a
59-year-old Hindu mason in Muzaffarnagar’s Nanheda village has been taking care
of a 120-year-old mosque there. The village, located around 40km from the
district headquarters, does not have a single Muslim family.For 26 yrs, Muslims
have taken care of this temple
video shows man hung by crane in Iran public execution
social media accounts have shared a video showing a brutal execution of an old
man being hanged while lifted with a crane before the eyes of the public.
rights activists who shared footage of the incident claimed that it took place
on Friday in the city of Marvdasht, southern Iran.
is reported that the man being executed is 26 years old, and had been
imprisoned when he was only 13 years old.
footage shows hundreds gathered to witness the execution, as women who are
believed to be related to the man scream in the background, condemning the
execution be carried in this manner.
Iranian Human Rights Organization said there had been an increase in executions
during the past few months, noting that 30 executions were carried in August
International have previously said in its annual report that at least 507
people were executed in Iran during 2017.
human expert condemns Suu Kyi as 'fig leaf for genocide'
leading United Nations human rights investigator has criticised Aung San Suu
Kyi, Burma’s civilian leader, for acting as a “fig leaf for military
atrocities” against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
an interview ahead of tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) release of a 400-page report on
alleged “genocidal” crimes, Australian lawyer Chris Sidoti said that Nobel
laureate Ms Suu Kyi could not escape responsibility for failing to act over the
violence. The report, by three independent experts including Mr Sidoti,
provides the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva with harrowing details of mass
killings and rape by Burma’s military that prompted more than 700,000 Rohingya
to flee to Bangladesh last year.
very first thing she could have done was not provide cover for the military by
dismissing the overwhelming number of reports of mass rape as fake,” Mr Sidoti
said. “She could have refused to provide a fig leaf for military atrocities of
the most serious kind… she has enormous moral authority, she won 80 per cent of
the popular vote in the 2015 election.”
presentation of the final investigation to the Swiss-based council will mark a
crucial step on the long road to obtaining justice for thousands who lost their
lives or their homes or who were brutalised during the merciless operation by
preliminary report released last month by Mr Sidoti, Marzuki Darusman,
Indonesia’s former attorney general, and Radhika Coomaraswamy, a Sri Lankan
lawyer and women’s rights expert, called for Burma’s senior generals to be
prosecuted for genocide.
on 875 interviews with victims and eyewitnesses plus satellite imagery, it
documents the shooting and stabbing of children, the scorching of Rohingya
villages and gang rape on an enormous scale. Mr Sidoti told The Daily
Telegraph: “The level of trauma in the camps in Bangladesh is beyond anything I
have ever seen.”
month, the Burmese government dismissed the UN investigators’ findings as
“false allegations”. However, the UN panel has recommended a referral to the
International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague as an option, which has already
won support from some quarters. Last week, more than 160 British MPs signed a
letter urging Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to
refer Burma’s military to the court.
ICC trial was only one way to push for justice, Mr Sidoti added, explaining
that other options could include a specialised criminal tribunal or an
individual country exercising its rights to universal jurisdiction for crimes
of this magnitude.
report will also remind the international community of its obligations to take
action, and will explicitly include a call for a ban on arms sales and on “high
level exchanges and training” with the Burmese military until it has been
to Mr Sidoti, the reluctance of the international community to act sooner is
“the most haunting question of all”.
Afghan refugees to be granted nationality
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said all Pakistan-born Afghan and
Bangladeshi refugees would be granted Pakistani nationality.
Khan made the remarks during his maiden visit to Karachi city on Sunday.
it a established practice in countries around the world, Imran Khan said
Afghans whose children have been raised and born in Pakistan will be granted
said the refugees have been unable to find decent legal jobs or get a quality
which eventually forces them to indulge in criminal activities.
Pakistani Prime Minister vowed that he will instruct his staff to make efforts
without further delay for offering passports and National Identity Cards to the
refugees who have come from Afghanistan and whose children are raised and born
to reports, millions of Afghan refugees are still based in Pakistan out of
which around 1.5 million legally reside in the country.
to the survey reports by the United Nations, at least 60 percent of Afghan
refugees were either born in Pakistan or were minors when their parents
migrated to the country.
Religious leaders and political leaders came on the same platform for ‘quami
ekta’ (communal harmony) in Jaipur on Sunday.
Lakshmi Shankaracharya, founder of the Hindu-Muslim Jan Ekta Manch, said there
is no place for terrorism in Islam. It came about for terminating terrorism.
the occasion, the speakers emphasised on the need for efforts to keep the
age-old ‘quami ekta’ intact in the country.
conference was held by Peace Mission Society. Maulana Fazle Haq, national
convener of the organiser, Peace Mission Society, said, “The conference was held
for peace and communal harmony.”
constitution is not based on religion. It is a constitution of coalition
culture. Constitution of India is in danger and there is a need for everyone to
come forward to save it,” Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) patron and former union
minister Sharad Yadav said.
Congress leader, Ashok Gehlot said, that there is a need to form ideology of
‘qaumi ekta’. Gehlot said that it is the times of fight between ideologies. “We
have to live with brotherhood. The Constitution of India was formed with the
efforts of Nehru, Azad and Babasaheb Ambedkar. We have to get unified for
saving the constitution.”
Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot said, “We have to take each other along,
with peace. We have people who divide and we have people who unite others.”
success of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic
Cooperation's (BIMSTEC) multinational military exercise was applauded during
the concluding ceremony of MILEX 2018.
opted out of the Multinational Joint Military exercise and limited its
participation by merely having observers in Pune for the week long exercise.
a question about Nepal opting out of the Joint Military Exercise and its
implications the Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said 15 days ago,
Nepal had hosted the 4th BIMSTEC summit at Kathmandu.
had actively participated in 3 earlier summits. Bhamre said that for the
current joint military exercise, the command in Nepal had changed, which is why
they sent their observers and that it was up to us to view that on a positive
addressing the media, Bhamre said there is nothing like good terrorism and bad
terrorism. The entire world knows terrorism has become a global menace. It's
not restricted by geographical boundaries. There is no political justification
to any terrorist activity. Terrorists have no religion. Bhamre said that it is
PM Narendra Modi's dream to have an international cooperation to eradicate
terrorism. "We seek regional cooperation and then look beyond to eradicate
terrorism," he said.
is a leading country that is concerned about terrorism and has sought
cooperation from BIMSTEC nations to counter terrorism.
commenting about Nepal opting for the joint military exercise with China, Army
Chief General Bipin Rawat said that such alliances are temporary. Nepal will be
closely linked with India naturally because of its geographical proximity with
added India should not get too concerned about Nepal sending just its observers
for the military exercise while joining China's military exercise.
added that everyone looks for economic gains . He said China has the money and
countries are taking it but are extremely cautious because of the conditions
attached to such economic grants or loans. Bipin Rawat was confident that
reality will start dawning on those who are too dependent on China.
Army chief drew attention to what had happened in the past in CENTO. He said
that in less than 70 years, equations have changed and relations keep changing
so one need not worry.
should only focus in getting strong. Our approach should be to engage with our
neighbour, take care of our neighbourhood and BIMSTEC is part of that. The
motto is neighbourhood first and also act East. India is a bigger country. If
we take the initiative, everyone will follow suit. The way India is evolving,
other countries are also evolving. Market is common so the struggle is for the
same space. The competition for economic growth matters, whoever does better
will succeed so let us look at improving our systems," said Rawat.
secretary general M Shahidul Islam said , "BIMSTEC countries and MILEX
2018 have been highly successful, especially the counter terrorism exercise with
all countries participating along with observers."
Mujahideen steps outside Jammu and Kashmir into Assam for recruits
With the Kashmir-based separatist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen making inroads into
Assam, police on Sunday set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the
extent to which the outfit has expanded its activities in the state. The
decision comes after the arrest of four Hizbul Mujahideen operatives hailing
from Hojai in Assam over the past three days.
investigation is progressing very fast, but it seems to be getting bigger. I
have set up an SIT and we are getting some vital leads," Ankur Jain, SP
trail began with the arrest of Hizbul Mujahideen cadre Qamar-uz-Zaman in Kanpur
by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Upon questioning him,
police were led to a series of Hizbul operations in Assam’s Hojai district.
Within 48 hours, Assam police arrested three more operatives of the group —
Shahnawaz Alam, Sahidul Alam and Omar Farooq, all from Jamunamukh in Hojai
district. Qamar is also from Jamunamukh.
had left home in 2012 to work at a garment shop owned by his relative in
Kashmir. In 2017, he went missing; his family lodged missing reports in Kashmir
and here,” the official said. The pattern is a recurrent one. Each year, many
boys from Jamunamukh leave their homes and their families are told they are
working with relatives in Kashmir or countries in the Middle East. Neither
police nor the boys’ families know their whereabouts.
information we have gathered so far points towards the Jammu and Kashmir-based
group’s attempt to find new recruits in Assam,” a top Assam police official
said. Police said Sahidul was the first to be indoctrinated by Hizbul. He went
on to recruit Qamar and sent him for training to Kishtwar district in Jammu
& Kashmir. Having completed his “training”, Qamar visited Jamunamukh last
month, but did not visit his family. Sources said Qamar was on a recruitment
drive. After travelling to Guwahati, he left for Kanpur, where he was arrested.
being taken into police custody, Omar had told the media he was “paid Rs 30,000
by Qamar to help him find new boys who would be willing to join the outfit”. He
added, “I knew Qamar and what he does now. He stayed with me at my rented house
here last month. He left because he could not find any prospective recruit.”
Police said both Omar and Shahnawaz helped Qamar when he was here.
— with its long international boundary shared with Bangladesh, Myanmar and
Bhutan — makes it a fertile ground for clandestine activity,” the police official
Commissioner issues show cause notice to Pune Muslim Bank Chairman
Zade, state co-operatives commissioner and registrar has issued a show cause
notice to PA Inamdar, chairman of Pune Muslim Co-operative Bank in connection
with complaints related to alleged violations and irregularities in the
functioning of the bank.
has been brought to light when the details were filed by current directors
Imtiaz Latifbhai Shikilkar , SM Iqbal and Asif Khan with the co-operatives
department. The notice stated that PA Inamdar had issued donations to his
relatives in the institution where he has been the trustee in contravention
with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines. The notice stated that the
violations made him ineligible to serve as the chairman of the bank. The notice
while referring to the bank audit report said that Inamdar had remained the
director of the bank from 2008 till date. The Inamdar multi-speciality hospital
is run by Crescent medical education trust and Inamdar is a also trustee of the
said hospital. The bank made computer purchases through the firm of Inamdar’s
son in violation of section 57 of the act, it stated.
also said Inamdar had violated section 57 (1) (A) which has affected the
functioning of the bank as an institution. Prime facie it appears that he is
ineligible for the post of Bank Chairman. Why should not Inamdar be removed
from the post of Bank Chairman and why he should not be declared ineligible for
the post for the next five years, the notice questioned.
biased US working against peace: Palestinian President Abbas
President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel is working against peace and security by
killing and displacing Palestinians and building settlements on occupied land
with the support of the "biased" United States.
expanding settlement[s], destruction, and the uprooting of the Palestinian
population will not bring peace or security," President Abbas said in a
meeting with former Israeli left-wing lawmakers on Sunday, Palestinian news
agency WAFA reported.
(Israeli) government's policies and the biased US decisions contradict the
international resolutions and are harming the chances of making just peace
based on the two-state solution along 1967 borders," the president said.
officials have long sought to establish an independent Palestinian state within
the borders that existed before the 1967 war between Israel and three other
that war — also known as the Six-Day War, the Israeli regime took over Arab and
Palestinian land that it continues to occupy to this day. It has been expanding
further into Palestinian land by building settlements for Israelis deeper and
deeper into those territories, in what is effectively killing the chances of
Tel Aviv regime, under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who hails from the
hard-line Likud Party, has taken a radical shift to the far right, with cabinet
members openly advocating the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories.
than 230 illegal settlements have been constructed since 1967. In September
2016, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution — with a notable
abstention vote by the then-administration of US president Barack Obama — that
denounced Israeli settlements as a "flagrant violation of international
current administration of President Donald Trump, which took over shortly afterwards,
has denounced that resolution — as has Israel — and has taken a decisive line
in favor of the Israeli regime and against Palestinians.
May, the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, in a largely
solitary but consequential move that further complicated Palestinian
aspirations for statehood.
week, the Trump White House also announced the closure of the Palestine
Liberation Organization in Washington. Palestinian officials said on Sunday
that Washington had also revoked the visas of Palestinian envoy Husam Zomlot
and his family.
in August, the Trump administration announced that it was canceling $300
million in planned funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for
Palestine Refugees, which provides for the welfare of over five million
Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.
hard-line policies of the Israeli regime have, meanwhile, caused concern among
the civilian Palestinian population, who routinely clash with Israeli soldiers.
Palestinians protested en masse in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip to press
for the right of return of those Palestinians who have been uprooted in Israeli
wars and other acts of aggression since 1948. More than 180 Palestinians have
been killed by Israeli forces ever since those protests began in the Gaza Strip
on March 30. Nearly 20,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
regime also routinely blocks access to the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
al-Quds, angering Palestinian Muslims who wish to enter the site for worship.
the Sunday meeting with Abbas, the Israeli delegation voiced appreciation for
his commitment to peace, according to WAFA.
Beir Ahmed penitentiary director denied there were secret prisons in Aden that
operate outside the legal context of the prisons’ department in the interior
ministry and the judicial authorities.
Colonel Ahmad Ghassan al-Aqrabi told reporters that funded media campaigns
which promote such lies and fabrications for political purposes do not look for
the facts to publish them but aim to incite, distort and fabricate.
added that the penitentiary doors are always open to any media outlets that is
seeking the truth as media outlets can visit the penitentiary, meet the
administration and sit with prisoners to ask them anything they want about
their situation in the facility.
penitentiary’s location is well-known. The prisoners’ families visit them every
Sunday, and the prisoners are brought before the judicial authorities and the
criminal prosecution in public,” he added.
to Aqrabi, a number of international organizations have visited the
penitentiary and observed the situation of prisoners and also directly and
transparently spoke with them. These organizations, including the International
Red Cross, sensed how the prison matches international human rights standards.
also said that a large number of prisoners were released based on judicial
rulings or by the prosecution after they underwent rehabilitation sessions that
aimed to re-integrate them in society. The three months long sessions were carried
out by skilled and qualified trainers.
penitentiary submits an operational report to the prisoners’ administration
services to detail the prison’s situation and who was released and lists the
new prisoners,” he added.
Arabia has intensified its invasion of Yemen as the United Nations special
envoy for the violence-scarred country visits the capital Sana’a in an attempt
to cobble together a conflict resolution mechanism.
Sunday, Saudi warplanes killed seven civilians, including women and children,
in Bayda, attacking the central Yemeni province’s town of Radman. Eight others
were also wounded in the attack.
in the day, two people lost their lives in a missile attack on the northern
province of Sa’ada, and four more died in airstrikes on the southwestern
province of al-Hudaydah.
on Sunday, the UN official Martin Griffiths arrived in the capital to meet with
officials from Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.
movement took over Yemen’s affairs in 2015 after Yemen’s former government
resigned and its head, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, fled to Riyadh, leaving the
country in political turmoil.
Saudi-led coalition has been attacking Yemen ever since, trying unsuccessfully
to restore the former Riyadh-allied officials. So far, around 15,000 have died
during the invasion.
invited the Houthis and the former officials to talks in Geneva in early
September in an attempt to restore a UN-backed negotiation process that had
broken off in 2016.
Houthi representatives, however, could not attend the talks after Saudi Arabia
refused to allow an Omani airplane, which had been meant to fly the officials,
to land on the Yemeni soil.
Saba news agency, however, said the United Nations had stricken an agreement to
evacuate wounded Houthi fighters using Sana’a airport.
World Health Organization also said that the UN was working to open a
“humanitarian air bridge” to take Yemeni cancer patients for treatment at
WHO’s country representative for Yemen Nevio Zagaria said, "The aim is to
help patients suffering from cancer, chronic diseases and congenital anomalies
receive the treatment they need," adding that 12 health conditions had
least four people have been killed after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a radio
station in Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah, a report says.
Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported on Sunday that
at least four employees of the al-Maraweah radio station had lost their lives
after warplanes of the Saudi-led military coalition hit its building earlier in
airstrike was conducted as officials of the United Nations engaged in a shuttle
diplomacy to arrange a resumption of peace talks between the warring sides, the
Houthi Ansarullah movement and the so-called government of former President Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and
Sudan, launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, against
Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Hadi and crush the Ansarullah movement,
which plays a significant role in aiding the Yemeni army in defending the
impoverished country against the invading coalition.
movement has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective
administration since the onset of the imposed war.
imposed war initially consisted of a bombing campaign, but was later coupled
with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Some 15,000
Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the
by Saudi-led airstrikes, Emirati forces and militants loyal to Hadi launched
the Hudaydah offensive on June 13 despite international warnings that it would
compound the impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis as the country
traditionally imported 90 percent of its food, mainly through the port.
coalition of aggressors has, however, failed to make any major gains in the
face of stiff resistance from Houthi fighters and their allied forces.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure,
destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has said
that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4
million threatened by severe hunger.
army soldiers have demolished a family home with several bulldozers in the
Palestinian neighborhood of al-Nakheel in al-Ramla City, in central occupied
armed Israeli forces used many bulldozers and stormed Nakheel on Sunday and
declared it as a closed military zone, local sources reported.
to sources, the Israeli Municipality of al-Ramla ordered the demolition of the
family home belonging to Nayef Abu Amer, claiming that it was built without the
difficult-to-obtain Israeli building permit.
added that Israeli army forces prevented residents of the Palestinian-owned
home from accessing the area while the Israeli bulldozers carried out the
1967, the Israeli regime has been enforcing the draconian policy of demolishing
the homes of those Palestinians who are deemed by Tel Aviv to be behind fatal
attacks against Israeli settlers. The practice, however, was temporarily halted
from 2005 to 2014, with the exception of 2009, when scores of homes were sealed
and razed in East Jerusalem al-Quds.
in 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced as a policy the
resumption of demolitions in the occupied West Bank.
law guarantees Palestinians the same equality as other citizens; however, there
are cases of discrimination in government funding and a raft of other issues in
in the occupied territories are facing a difficulty to obtain building permits,
making them expand or build homes and structures without permits.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also
said in July that Israeli authorities demolished 197 Palestinian structures in
the West Bank during the first half of 2018.
OCHA further highlighted that demolitions within the first half of the current
year in East Jerusalem al-Quds mark an increase of 12 percent compared to the
same period in the preceding year.
in April, Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced the demolition of Palestinian
schools by orders of Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, saying the
move is part of a discriminatory planning system which amounts to a war crime.
air defense units have shot down a Saudi reconnaissance drone in flight over a
border area in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Jizan.
Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, citing military
sources, reported that the drone was shot down over the province’s Jarah valley
forces also managed to shoot down another Saudi spy drone in Jabal al-Doud area
of the same troubled province on Saturday evening.
two dozen spy drones have been shot down since the Saudi war on the impoverished
country began over three years ago.
Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees,
thwarted an infiltration attempt by killing and injuring many Saudi mercenaries
in the violence-hit border region. They also destroyed a Saudi military vehicle
and seized some ammunition.
Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and
Sudan, launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, against
Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen’s
former president and a staunch ally of Riyadh, and crush the popular Houthi
movement, which is a significant aid to the Yemeni army in defending the
country against the invading forces, has been running state affairs in the
absence of an effective administration during the past three years.
imposed war initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled
with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
Saudi-led aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country's
infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United
Nations has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of
food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has resumed its offensive to liberate the
vital Red Sea port of Hodeidah after proposed peace talks collapsed because
Iranian-backed Houthi militias did not appear.
least 32 Houthis have been killed in renewed clashes, including four on Sunday
in a coalition airstrike on a radio station tower.
Yemeni forces last week seized the main road linking Hodeidah to the capital,
Sanaa, as part of a strategy to isolate the two cities, both occupied by the
UN’s Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, arrived in Sanaa on Sunday, but made no
is pushing for new peace talks after the failed attempt this month to bring the
two sides together in Geneva.
is crucial to the conflict because the Houthis use the port to smuggle arms and
other military supplies from Iran, including the components of missiles used to
attack Saudi Arabia from launch sites in northern Yemen. The coalition has
imposed a partial blockade on the port, which the Houthis seized in 2014.
government forces launched a major operation in June to retake both the city
and its port. The troops, backed by coalition airstrikes, have retaken a number
of towns across Hodeida province but have not yet breached the city.
An American-French law professor arrested by Israel while protesting against
the demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank is to be deported, his
lawyer said Sunday.
Frank Romano, who teaches law at the Paris Nanterre University, was detained on
Friday while taking part in a demonstration at the Bedouin village of Khan
Al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.
is an administrative decision to deport him,” lawyer Gaby Lansky told
spokeswoman for the Israeli interior ministry could not immediately confirm such
village of roughly 200 people in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is at risk of
being demolished at any time, despite fierce criticism from key European
September 5, Israel’s supreme court upheld an order to raze it on grounds it
was built without the proper permits.
is extremely rare for Palestinians to be given Israeli permits to build in Area
C of the West Bank, where Khan Al-Ahmar is situated.
village is located in a strategic spot near Israeli settlements and along a
road leading to the Dead Sea.
have been warnings that continued settlement construction in the area could
eventually divide the West Bank in two and cut it off from Jerusalem, dealing a
death blow to any remaining hopes of a two-state solution.
militants killed, wounded in Paktika and Ghazni provinces: 203 Thunder Corps
Afghan Military in the Southeast claims at least 41 militants have been killed
or wounded during the operations in Paktika and Ghazni provinces.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said at least 15 militants were killed and
11 others were wounded during clashes with the security forces in Geru district
statement further added that the clashes between the two sides erupted after a
coordinated attack on security posts late on Saturday night.
Afghan forces also confiscated two Ak-47s with its magazines, a hand grenade,
and two landmines after the clashes, the statement added.
least two Afghan soldiers also sustained injuries during the clashes, the 203rd
Thunder Corps said, adding that the armed forces killed 9 militants and wounded
6 others during a separate operation in Orgun district of Paktiak province.
Afghan forces also discovered and defused 25 improvised explosive devices
during the operatins in Qarabagh district of Ghazni and on Zabul-Ghazni
highway, the 203rd Thunder Corps added.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the reports so far.
from Bangladesh and India at a seminar Sunday advocated more people-to-people
contact between the two countries and called for safeguarding the rights of
minorities in the neighbouring country.
were speaking at a seminar on 'Indo-Bangla Dialogue - Security to Minorities
and Democracy' here.
of Bangladesh Supreme Court and BNP's Khandakar Ahsan Habib said the ground
level contacts between the people of Bangladesh and India were more important
than solely keeping contacts between the ruling establishments.
said the rights of the minority community needed to be safeguarded in
Bangladesh and everyone should be allowed to exercise his/her right to vote in
vice-chancellor of Northern University in Bangladesh, Prof Yusuf Abdullah, said
there should be more people-to-people exchanges between the two nations which
share a common love and admiration for Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul
the minority issue, Abdullah said when people of different communities speak in
the same language and live on the same land, there should be no segregation on
the basis of religion and no persecution of anyone.
Assistant Director, Intelligence Bureau, Gadhadar Chatterjee said according to
2011 Census, there were 8.5 per cent Hindus in Bangladesh, 0.6 per cent
Buddhists and 0.4 per cent Christians.
Halder, leader of an organisation of Hindu community members in Bangladesh,
said whoever came to power in Bangladesh, the concerned party should work
towards protecting the rights of minorities.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Chief Executive of the Unity Government Abdullah
Abdullah met with the former Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayaf to hold talks
on key national issues.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the leaders of the
unity government visited the residence of Abdul Rab Rasool Sayaf in Paghman
district earlier today.
statement further added that President and Chief Executive Abdullah were
invited by Ustad Sayaf for the breakfast.
to ARG Palace, the unity government leaders and Ustad Sayaf held talks on key
national issues, including recent political and and security developments.
statement did not elaborate further regarding the main topics discussed during
the meeting but this comes as efforts are underway for the revival of an
Afghan-led peace process with the Taliban group.
is among the prominent Mujahideen leaders and former lawmaker representing
Kabul in the Lower House of the parliament.
has previously criticized the Taliban group as well as the government in some
stances for its policies.
Taliban group will likely demand the release of a senior Haqqani network
leader, Anas Haqqani, and scores of other Taliban inmates for the revival of
peace talks, it has been reported.
within the Taliban ranks have told NBC News that the youngest son of the feared
Haqqani terror network’s founder is among hundreds of prisoners whom the
Taliban is demanding be released as part of an upcoming round of talks with the
United States. “This meeting with the U.S. authorities would either help pave
the way for more meaningful talks or stop them forever,” a Taliban commander in
Afghanistan’s Helmand Province said on the condition of anonymity because he
was not authorized to speak to the news media. “If they are sincere in talks in
the future, they would accept our proposal for a prisoners’ exchange.”
comes as sources privy of the development within the Taliban ranks had earlier
told Reuters that the leaders of the group were meeting to discuss the makeup
of the three- or four-person delegation and the subjects to be discussed.
sources had said the Taliban would like to discuss an exchange of prisoners and
could hold another meeting soon if the United States showed seriousness in
talks by releasing prisoners.
meeting will determine the future talks and we would see if the U.S. is serious
and sincere in negotiation,” one of the officials involved had said.
At least 100 Myanmar youth activists and journalists called for the release of
two jailed Reuters journalists on Sunday, warning that the seven-year prison
terms handed to the pair this month threaten the public’s right to information.
including high-school students gathered peacefully in the heart of Myanmar’s
largest city, Yangon, held signs and chanted slogans denouncing the guilty
verdict against the two journalists. A small contingent of police looked on as
the protesters released black balloons printed with the words “Free Wa Lone and
Kyaw Soe Oo”.
Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted on Sept 3 under the
colonial-era Official Secrets Act in a case that was seen as a test of
democratic freedoms in Myanmar.
Lun Zaung Htet, a journalist involved in organising the protest, said the
verdict against reporters who were “just doing their job” would stifle
reporting in Myanmar.
press freedom means our democratic transition is going backwards,” he said.
verdict drew calls from senior United Nations officials, political figures
including US Vice President Mike Pence and human rights advocates around the
world for their immediate release.
spokesman Zaw Htay could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi said at a forum in Hanoi last week the case
had nothing to do with freedom of expression. The reporters had been sentenced
for handling official secrets and “were not jailed because they were
journalists”, the Nobel laureate said.
Friday six Myanmar journalist organisations published a rare statement from
groups within the country criticising the country’s leader, saying they were
“disappointed” with her comments.
reporters, who plead not guilty, said they were handed rolled papers by police
shortly before they were detained last December, and a police witness testified
in court that they had been set up.
reporters had been investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys
by security forces and local Buddhists amid a military response to insurgent
attacks last August.
700,000 Rohingya crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh fleeing the crackdown,
which UN-mandated investigators said last month was launched by senior Myanmar
generals with “genocidal intent”.
held by the protesters on Sunday included the messages “Murder is not a state
secret” and “revealing the truth is not a crime”.
organiser, Maung Saung Kha, performed a short play where he put on a military
jacket over the orange traditional Burmese jacket worn by lawmakers of Suu
Kyi’s National League for Democracy. He then rolled up a copy of the state-run
daily The Mirror and began hitting members of the press with it.
Htet Khine Soe said the “injustice” of the case against the reporters had led
him to design a T-shirt with an illustration of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo’s
faces. The design was worn by some demonstrators and was also used on stickers
placed around Yangon.
The restaurants and cafes in Kabul’s upmarket Pul-i-Sorkh, at the entrance of
the city’s Shiite dominated neighborhood, used to be bustling spots for female
and male customers most evenings.
dressed up in local attire, observing full hijab. Others, both men and women,
wore Western clothes and occasionally smoked shisha in some of the cafes, with
loud music blaring inside.
girls wearing heavy makeup walked arm in arm with their husband or fiancé on
the streets, breaking the social taboo.
neighborhood has rightly earned the pseudonym of Kabul’s “Little Europe”
because of the liberal way of life that some of the Shiites and Hazaras have
adopted since the US landing in Afghanistan in 2001.
the new wave of deadly strikes by Daesh affiliates in the Shiite-dominated
suburb of Dashte Barchi, which is further down from Pul-i-Sorkh, has not only
shocked the Shiite community of Kabul but also affected business for many of
these restaurants in Pul-i-Sorkh.
Shiite gathering areas, including mosques, cultural and educational centers and
even a sports gym, have been targeted by Daesh suicide bombers since 2016. The
attacks have resulted in the loss of hundreds of people in Kabul and other
parts of Afghanistan.
the request of Shiite leaders, the government last year allowed a community
protection force to be formed from among local residents.
were given arms and cash as a salary to protect their mosques and religious
centers in their community.
the initiative has not been very productive as numerous attacks have occurred
by the increase in Daesh attacks in recent weeks, and the blatant warning
issued by the group to target Shiite schools and other centers in future, the
Shiite leaders have now asked President Ashraf Ghani for an expansion in the
local community protection force.
of families since last week have stopped sending their children to school after
the warning that certain schools will be the target of attacks.
Vice President Sarwar Danesh spoke with the special envoy of the United Nations
to Afghanistan this week, calling the attacks targeted and urging him to
include the issue as a separate debate point for the world body.
to a group of reporters, Ghani on Wednesday said Daesh and other anti-state
elements wanted to fan sectarian and ethnic clashes through such attacks.
meetings with Shiite leaders earlier this week, Ghani pushed for boosting
security for the protection of Afghan Shiites ahead of Muharram, a holy month,
mostly observed by Shiites which includes flagellation and parades on the
Ali Behseodi, a group leader for the community protection force, said the
government will recruit more individuals, equip them with arms and pay them
cash for permanent security of schools, educational, cultural and religious
centers for Shiites in the Dashte Barchi area.
the population of Kabul is high and police are overstretched, people have asked
for extra men to be deployed to these places,” he told Arab News.
will cooperate with government for their own protection and expect the
government to take serious action in this regard.”
Rahimi, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told Arab News that individuals
recruited will undergo checks such as biometric tests and will have to be
vouched for by their community elders.
Neli, a Shiite lawmaker, told Arab News that the expansion of the community
protection force has had a divided response from lawmakers.
local Shiite residents have already started using their private arms for
protection of their streets in certain parts of Dashte Barchi and Kabir Wasiq,
a local resident told Arab News.
Afghanistan: An Afghan official says at least five police officers have been
killed in an insurgent attack on their base in northwestern Badghis province.
Shahabi, spokesman for the provincial governor, says around 22 Taliban were
killed, and 16 others were wounded during the gunbattle earlier Monday morning.
says Abdul Hakim, the police commander of the reserve unit, was among those
killed in the attack that took place near Qala-i-Now, the capital of the
group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Shahabi blamed the
Taliban. The militant group has a strong presence there and often attack on
Afghan security forces.
Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Sunday said that maintaining
law and order situation in the country is among top priorities of the
passing out parade of Frontier Constabulary in Shabqadar, district Charsadda,
he said security forces, Frontier Constabulary, and police have rendered
matchless sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
minister said Frontier Constabulary will be made exemplary force by giving them
training on scientific lines.
lauded the role of FC for the security of major sensitive installations in the
country and its services in United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.
this occasion, one thousand one hundred and seventy-two recruits participated
in the parade.
Shehryar Afridi inspected the parade and distributed trophies among outstanding
indicate Afghan issue not sole cause of US-Pakistan discord
Two recent US documents — the 2019 budget proposals and the Pentagon’s 2018
report to Congress on China — indicate that differences between the United
States and Pakistan go beyond Afghanistan as Washington feels Islamabad is
gradually slipping out of its orbit.
budget proposals underline China and Russia as “the central threat to America’s
prosperity and security” and highlight the strategy to meet this challenge.
Defence Department’s report warns Congress that “China will seek to establish
additional military bases in countries with which it has a long-standing
friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan, and in
which there is a precedent for hosting foreign militaries”.
US media also noticed Washington’s growing concern as Wall Street Journal
reported this week that “in Pakistan, China and the US are clashing over
China’s One Belt, One Road initiative”.
Washington is concerned that China is trying to gain global influence through
“debt trap diplomacy” by lending countries money for projects they can’t
afford, “Beijing calls this Western propaganda,” the report added.
budget proposals, released in Washington last week, stressed that “the central
challenge to US prosperity and security is the re-emergence of long-term,
strategic competition (with) … revisionist powers” China and Russia.
quote from the US National Security Strategy warns that “China and Russia want
to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model — gaining veto
authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions”.
budget proposals then describe how the Trump administration plans to deal with
the threat by building “a more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating joint
force, combined with a robust constellation of allies and partners”.
alliance and the new force “will sustain American influence and ensure
favourable balances of power that safeguard the free and open international
order”, the document adds.
points out that in alignment with the National Defence Strategy, the air
force’s budget for 2019 prioritises long-term competition with China and Russia
by “investing in key capabilities to increase the lethality of the force
through cost-effective modernisation.
strategy prioritises major power competition and vows to “reverse the erosion
of US military advantage in relation to China and Russia”.
document informs Congress that the defence budget request fulfills the
Pentagon’s objectives by increasing “lethality; resilience (and) agility” of
the defence forces. The objective behind this approach is to “build a flexible
and dynamic force; and work by, with, and through allies and partners”.
document also informs Congress that the Pentagon has taken specific decisions
about the budget that support “a more capable, ready, and efficient force that
can project power globally for full-spectrum operations against a range of
document explains the US decision to partner with India to reverse China’s
growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
Pentagon’s report to Congress on China argues that Beijing’s growing arms
exports are geared to promote China’s “broader foreign policy goals”, which is
particularly evident in its “arms sales to Pakistan and demand for Chinese
2012 through 2016, China was the fifth largest arms supplier in the world,
completing more than $20 billion in sales. Of these sales, military equipment
worth $8 billion went to Indo-Pacific countries, primarily Pakistan.
Pentagon report claims that China’s ability to remain among the world’s top five
global arms suppliers largely hinges on continued strong sales to Pakistan and
demand for its armed UAVs.
Minister Imran Khan in his maiden official visit to Karachi on Sunday expressed
concern over the reported surge in street crime in the metropolis, and called
for coordinated efforts to purge the city of criminal activities, which he
linked with the city's "growing underclass".
PM, who is on a one-day visit to the city, reviewed the progress of federal
government-funded projects in the city, chaired high-level meetings on law and
order, and also attended a fundraiser.
Chief Secretary Azam Suleman Khan gave the PM a detailed briefing on the law
and order situation in the province in general and Karachi in particular, which
followed a presentation by the Director General (DG) Rangers Maj Gen Muhammad
Saeed on the Karachi operation.
the meeting ─
which was attended by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Chief Minister Murad Ali
Shah, Karachi Corps Commander Lt Gen Humayun Aziz, DG Rangers, chief secretary
and Sindh Inspector
General Police Kaleem Imam, as well as other concerned civil officials ─ the PM took strong exception to the cases
of abduction of children in the city. He sought coordinated action against
abductors, the urgent recovery of children and the provision of relief to parents.
prime minister appreciated measures being taken for cleanliness in the
metropolis. He directed that the efforts be expedited in order to provide
relief to the people.
Khan was also briefed on Karachi's water crisis in a meeting where Karachi
Mayor Wasim Akhtar and city commissioner Saleh Farooqi were also among the
the meeting, the PM was informed of the K-4 water supply project's progress,
and also told that Karachi's daily water need now stands at 918 million
in the day, the premier headlined a fundraiser dinner for the Diamer Bhasha Dam
at Governor House, where he delivered a speech and defended the dam-building
1947, Pakistan had per-capita water of 5,600 cubic metres but today only 1,000
cubic metres are left," he said. "If we continue like this then by
2025 there will be a massive shortage of water. It will affect our food
security and our agricultural production will go down.
who say that dams should not be built, I would like to quote them some
statistics. China, the country that is progressing at the fastest pace in the
world, has 84,000 dams, including 5,000 big dams. India, too, has 5,000 dams
and they are still building more. And we only have two major dams."
PM said that the country is heavily in debt, adding that new "dams cannot
be financed through budget either", which is why "we have decided to
am the biggest fundraiser of Pakistan's history," he said. "I have
been raising funds for 30 years. The target that we have to reach every year is
Rs30 billion. God willing, we will raise more than that because I can see that
Pakistanis have been mobilised, both in and out of the country."
PM said that in addition to the Diamer Bhasha dam, the government is also about
to start work on Mohmand Dam which, he said, is "very feasible".
will work on both the dams simultaneously," he said.
Khan linked Karachi's street crime problem with the city's "growing
illiterati do not get jobs and have no way to make a living," he said.
"These people, who are originally from Bangladesh and Afghanistan, they do
not get passports or ID cards. [As a result], they do not get jobs. This is a
deprived class in Karachi that goes towards crime as it has no other
prime minister vowed to recognise the neglected class as "citizens of
Pakistan" and urged his audience to help him "educate and lift them
PM described Karachi as a "concrete jungle" and said that he will
make a master plan for the city, which he said will include reforestation drive
and a desalination plant among other things.
CM expresses concerns over transfers
CM Shah discussed Sindh's problems with the prime minister and expressed his
reservations against the transfer of high-level officials.
being informed in advance, the transfer of officials out of Sindh is not the
right way," the provincial chief minister said.
Shah also expressed his concerns regarding the deductions in Sindh's financial
resources, telling the PM: "Sindh is already facing financial problems. If
the funds are stopped at the federal level, Sindh will face further
CM claimed that "a desalination plant is the sole solution to Karachi's
water crisis" and urged "the federal government to help them in this
governor, CM receive PM
premier, who arrived in Karachi earlier today, was greeted at the airport by
Governor Imran Ismail and CM Shah at the airport.
there, he went straight to the Quaid's mausoleum, where he laid a floral wreath
and offered fateha. He also signed the guestbook at the mausoleum.
PM met President Arif Alvi at State Guest House along with other officials.
Accompanied by the Sindh governor and chief minister, the prime minister
planted a sapling on the premises of the State Guest House and also held a
joint meeting with the two officials.
PM's visit comes a day after President Arif Alvi, a former MNA from Karachi,
visited the metropolis and tasked Sindh Governor Imran Ismail with monitoring
federal government-funded development projects and vowed to make his hometown’s
infrastructure just like other mega cities in the world.
statement issued after the meeting quoted Alvi as saying: "The Sindh
governor from now on will monitor the progress of federal government-funded
development projects in Karachi and other parts of the province for their
States’ Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass has said that Pakistan is
considering resumption of India-Afghanistan trade via its territory while
adding that a political settlement in Afghanistan was in “Pakistan’s long-term
had already approached Afghanistan earlier this year and indicated its
willingness to resume trade between Afghanistan and India through its land,”
Bass told The Economic Times in an interview on Saturday.
US ambassador further revealed that his country is of the opinion that the
conflict in Afghanistan is to be resolved politically rather than with the use
of military force. “No one in the US government is saying at this point that we
expect this conflict to end with a military victory. We believe that this
conflict will end with a political settlement,” he said.
envoy further claimed the Pakistani government had approached Afghanistan after
assessing two developments.
have seen an increase in exports from Afghanistan to India (through air cargo)…
it is obviously one part of the export strategy but it is an important part…
and I think part of the reason why, in addition to the economic relationship
between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, a couple of months ago for the first time
the Pakistani government expressed a willingness to start talking with its
Afghan counterparts for parameters to enabling trade between India and
Afghanistan through Pakistan,” said Bass.
the US diplomat while revealing that Indian firms had been investing heavily in
Afghanistan’s growth said that increased trade, connectivity through Central
and South Asia through Afghanistan are all missed opportunities as a result of
the prevalence of status quo.
the impact of US sanctions on Iran and Chabahar port was discussed when US
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis visited India
earlier last week. “Both US officials stated that the importance of Chabahar as
a means to expand bilateral trade and help improve Afghanistan’s connectivity
with South Asia,” Bass said.
Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Sunday announced that his government will
provide citizenship to the children of Afghan refugees and refugees from
prime minister said this while addressing a fund-raising dinner in Karachi for
the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
is pertinent to mention here that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
government had blocked the computerised national identity cards (CNICs) of
Pashtuns, primarily Afghan refugees. Earlier this month, a protest was held by
Afghans outside Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence demanding the
prime minister’s intervention in the matter.
protesters had said due to the cancellation of the ID cards, they were facing
various problems, including those regarding enrolment of their children in
Khan had the NADRA chairman to meet the protesters and resolve their issues.
chairman had said that the main reason behind the blocking of ID cards was that
they were obtained through fraud.
the four provinces have reportedly expressed concern and said that they were
unwilling to accommodate undocumented and illegal Afghan refugees.
was expressed in a high-profile inter-ministerial meeting held on Sunday by
Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, which was also attended by
representatives from state agencies. Security concerns were reportedly cited as
the reasons for the provinces’ stance on the matter.
hosts around 1.38 million registered Afghan refugees, according to the UNHCR.
However, there are scores of unregistered Afghan refugees as well which takes
the number well above three million, making Pakistan recipient of the most
number of refugees in the world. The migration began in December 1989 as a
result of the Afghan war against the Soviets and has continued since then until
recently when repatriation of these refugees began under the supervision of the
the repatriates, especially the children of Afghan refugees, consider Pakistan
as their home since they have been living here for decades now.
Minister Imran Khan, who is on his maiden visit to Karachi as the premier,
Sunday stated that keeping Karachi’s law and order situation stable was the
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s top priority.
prime minister expressed these views during a session which he chaired at the
State Guest House regarding the law and order situation in Karachi.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Karachi Corps Commander Lt Gen Humayun
Aziz, Sindh Governor Imran Ismael, and Sindh chief secretary attended the
session. Rangers DG Major General Muhammad Saeed, Sindh IGP and intelligence
agencies’ officials were also present in the meeting.
the briefing given by Sindh IGP and Rangers DG, it was said that the rate of
serious crimes in the metropolis has gone down by 90 per cent.
prime minister said that the law and order situation of Karachi has improved
significantly, which is primarily due to the sacrifices rendered by the law
enforcement agencies. The premier, however, expressed concern over the reported
surge in street crime in the metropolis and called for coordinated efforts to
eliminate such criminal activities.
Khan also took strong exception to the cases of abduction of children in the
city and directed to take coordinated action against abductors. He further
asked the authorities to recover the abducted children urgently and provide
relief to the parents.
prime minister further said that Karachi is the financial hub of the country
and economic progress is not possible without peace and stability.
premier was also briefed on Karachi’s water crisis in a meeting also attended
by Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar and Commissioner Saleh Farooqi.
the meeting, the PM was informed of the K-4 water supply project’s progress,
and also told that Karachi’s daily water need now stands at 918 million gallons.
CAN’T MAKE WATER RELATED ALLOCATIONS IN BUDGET:
at the fund-raiser dinner for Diamer-Bhasha Dam at Governor House, Prime
Minister Imran Khan highlighted the issue of water scarcity facing the country.
per capita availability in the country has dropped from approximately 5,000
cubic metres to 1,000 cubic metres per year,” he said, warning that if this
continued, there will be massive water shortage by 2025 leading to a decrease
in food production and decreasing food security.
who say that dams should not be built, I would like to quote them some
statistics. China, the country that is progressing at the fastest pace in the
world, has 84,000 dams, including 5,000 big dams. India, too, has 5,000 dams
and they are still building more. And we only have two major dams.”
premier highlighted that the government is under heavy debt due to which it is
not possible for the government to make water-related allocations from the
budget. He said that is why the government has embarked on fundraising.
prime minister also thanked Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar
for taking the initiative to address water scarcity in the country.
not the chief justice’s responsibility but a matter for the government to
solve. As a representative of the public, I thank him for taking a lead in the
campaign,” he said.
Khan said that each year, the government has to collect Rs30 billion to reach
its target in the next five years. “I am very much sure that we will meet all
our targets as I can see that the nation has mobilised,” he added.
Arif Alvi, Finance Minister Asad Umar and Sindh Governor Imran Ismail were also
present in the event.
GOVT EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER TRANSFER OF HIGH RANKING OFFICIALS:
CM Shah in a meeting with the prime minister expressed reservations over the
transfer of high ranking officials without prior notice by the federal
also expressed his concerns regarding the deductions in Sindh’s financial
resources, telling the PM, “Sindh is already facing financial problems. If the
funds are stopped at the federal level, Sindh will face further losses.”
CM claimed that “a desalination plant is the sole solution to Karachi’s water
crisis” and urged “the federal government to help them in this regard”.
DEMANDS $5b FOR KARACHI’s DEVELOPMENT:
PM Imran Khan met leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P)
during his visit.
to media after the meeting, MQM-P leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that
party’s leadership discussed a range of issues pertaining to Karachi and Sindh
with the prime minister.
prime minister was apprised about MQM-P’s reservation on the result of the
census, the case of missing persons and the overall situation in Karachi, he
needs $5 billion for development,” Siddiqui said, adding that the city should
get the package it deserves.
cities of Sindh are being neglected for the past 70 years. We have presented
Karachi’s case to the prime minister,” said the MQM-P leader.
PM Khan reached Karachi on his first official one-day visit to to the
metropolis, almost a month after he took oath as the prime minister of the
Governor Imran Ismail and CM Murad Ali Shah received the PM at Karachi’s Jinnah
struggle to save their culture in Pakistan through informal school
was a semblance of fear in the eyes of Taranjeet Singh when he was asked about
an informal school he was reportedly running with his brother in their
apartment in Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi to teach Sikh religion, culture
and history to children of the community.
boys and girls aged between seven and 14 reportedly study in the small
classroom of the school located on the sixth floor of a residential building on
M A Jinnah Road.
classes are no longer being held now because children are not coming, Taranjeet
wearing a red turban told PTI when asked about a report in a Pakistani daily
about the school.
he was not comfortable answering questions.
reason behind Taranjeet's reluctance to speak about the school was explained by
Manoj Singh, a volunteer at the main Sikh Gurdwara located on the Jinnah road.
said they hold classes five times a week for Sikh children because it is
mandatory for them to get education according to the Sikh Rehat Maryada, a
guideline for Sikhism.
have to teach them about Sikh religion, culture and history," Manoj said.
Singh of the Pakistan Sikh Council says Taranjeet or the Sikh community in
general avoid publicity of their activities in the media because of the
situation for minorities in Pakistan.
said a number of Sikhs, including Taranjeet, had come to Karachi from Khyber
Pakthunkhawa due to the insurgency in the tribal areas.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had threatened minorities to leave the area unless
they paid Jizya, an yearly tax historically levied on non-Muslims permanently
residing on the Muslim lands.
public schools, Sikhs and other minorities have to study Islamic teachings.
have no objection, of course, because Sikhs strongly believe in inter-faith
harmony. But we don't want to forget about our own religion, culture and
history," said Ramesh.
said the community was keen to set up a proper school for Sikh children in
Karachi but it was still fighting to get back the control of the Khalsa High
School founded by Sikh elders. The school built in 1930 is under the control of
the education department.
Nisar Khuhro said that before the partition, Karachi's old city area was
populated by Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Muslims and Parsis.
of these communities had established their own schools but now except for some
well-known institutions, most of the others have disappeared from the city's
historical landscape. Declared abandoned properties, some of them were either
occupied or demolished."
laments that the community has no space in the city to educate their children
according to their religion.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on
Sunday said that he informed Prime Minister Imran Khan about the party’s
reservation over the census.
Khan, who was on a one-day visit to the metropolis, met Siddiqui and other
MQM-P leaders as both pondered over various issues faced by Karachi, including
the right to ownership of Martin Quarters’ residents.
the two dignitaries also discussed the water crisis faced by the city and the
‘Karachi package’ – a budget allotted by the ex-government for initiating and
implementing development projects in the city.
MQM-P convener said that PM Imran assured him that the issues facing the city
would be resolved. Khan also promised to recover missing workers of the party.
scholars from around the world would attend a two-day event “International
Conference on Global Peace Amidst War and Conflict” beginning on Monday in
international scholars from China, India, Iran, Russia, Turkey, the United
States and the host Pakistan will present their findings in the conference.
purpose of the conference is to analyse the emerging world order and subsequent
changing statecraft, amid the rising China and brewing rivalry in Southeast
Asia and India Ocean.
conference will be inaugurated by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat while Senator Sherry Rehman will be the keynote
speaker. The welcome address will be delivered by Lt. Gen. Agha M. Umar Farooq
(Retd) President of host institution Center for Peace, Security and Development
the opening day, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Masood Khan will
chair the session on Evolving Global Order. This session will be addressed by
Dr. Natalia Piskunova, Moscow State University; Mr. Andrew Small, German
Marshall Fund USA and Dr. Wei Zongyou, Fudan University, China.
second session of the day on Geopolitics and Transforming Statecraft will be
chaired by Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General Institute of
Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). This session will be addressed by Prof.
Marvin Weinbaum, The Middle East Institute, Washington, DC; Mr. Parvin Sawnhey,
Editor Force magazine, India and Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi, Executive
Director Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS).
Tuesday, the session on Transforming Socio-Economic Order will be chaired by
Dr. Salman Shah, former Finance Minister and will be addressed by Dr. Shamshad
Akhtar, former caretaker Finance Minister; Ambassador Jehangir Ashraf Qazi and
Dr. Mandana Tishebyar, Allama Tabatabi University, Iran.
Zamir Akram will chair session on International Security. It will be
participated by Dr. Suba Chandran, National Institute of Advanced Studies,
India; Dr. S. Gulden Ayman, Istanbul University, Turkey and Dr. Tughral Yamin,
National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad.
the conclusion of the conference on Tuesday, Mr. Abdullah Dadabhoy Chairman
CPSD will launch and present a research report on water situation “Karachi: The
Uroos-ul-Bilaad Water Resource Management” to Federal Information Minister Mr.
Fawad Choudhry and Mr. Sheharyar Afridi, Minister of State for Interior .
cooperation, will it be for Islam or politics?
NERUS: The 64th Pas general assembly drew its curtains yesterday with delegates
acceding to the party’s collaboration with Umno for the interest of the Malays
Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang did not see it as vital, though
necessary, hence raising questions whether the collaboration will merely be on
the basis of ‘taawun ‘ (cooperation for the benefit of Islam) or a step further
through ‘tahaluf siyasi’ (political cooperation).
presence, for the first time ever of Umno leaders, led by its president Datuk
Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, at the assembly was much talked about among Pas
believe the Pas leadership is sincere, although he did not specifically mention
it (in his speech), but politicians understand what he is trying to say,” said
Ahmad Zahid when asked about the presence of Umno leaders, who were welcomed by
Abdul Hadi and other Pas leaders, at the opening of the Pas general assembly.
invitation for Umno to attend its general assembly is in line with the practice
of a mature and peaceful political culture that Pas is trying to inculcate
among its members.
Pas leaders were advised by delegates to exercise caution when forging
cooperation with any party, including Umno, by not placing the party’s struggle,
which is to champion Islam, at stake.
Hadi, in his presidential policy speech, said that Pas was consistent and had
always adopted a mature and peaceful political approach with all parties.
analyst Dr Syed Agil Syed Alsagoff, from Universti Putra Malaysia, said Pas
needed the support of its political friends, like Umno, to ensure its survival.
believe Pas should be more open by accepting the advantages and weakness of the
party’s friends and to create a political culture which is more positive and
progressive,” he said.
said Pas should not be prejudicial and regard Umno’s history and negativity as
threats to the party.
assembly also saw the commitment and appreciation by Pas to the concept of
federalism, especially in ensuring the progress of Kelantan and Terengganu,
which are under Pas rule.
Hadi said the statement by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to return the
oil royalty to oil producing states Kelantan and Terengganu was a positive sign
and hoped more would be done for both the states.
included development allocation, infrastructure facilities and investment
opportunities, he added.
geo-strategist from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Azmi Hassan said the concept
of federalism had been practised in the country since independence.
state cannot stand on its own without federal assistance, especially those that
do not have a strong source of income,” he added.
Uighur Muslims are being ignored — I know, because I am one of them
a mother or a father is often described as one of the best feelings in the
world. It’s like starting a new chapter — the joys of bringing a little one
home, raising them and watching them achieve their goals.
imagine if one day you were taken away from your children and thrown into an
internment camp, with no idea of why you were there, or whether you would ever
be able to see your children again. Imagine that the explanation you’re then
given is that your crime was practicing your religion, and because of this you
will be tormented. How would you feel?
right? Well, that is exactly how millions of Uighurs are feeling right now in
you have still not heard our cries, then here I am screaming louder than ever,
to tell you that the Uighur people are a beautiful community of Turkic Muslims.
We have our own language, culture, and music. We even design our own
traditional clothing patterns. But we also practice Islam, and that is why
China is persecuting us.
present, more than 1 million Uighur Muslims are locked in horrific
“re-education” camps where they are forced to forget their identities and
denounce Islam. A recent story by The Independent about a Human Rights Watch
report on the increasing human rights violations in the Uighur region, revealed
the horrifying levels of abuses against the Uighur community on the part of the
Chinese government. Today, thousands of children with parents locked up in the
camps are sent to orphanages. The roads in the Xinjiang region stand empty,
with houses locked up and shops closed because their owners were apprehended.
I fled China with my own family, the situation has only worsened.
am a young woman now living ”safely” in London with my parents, but the idea of
losing them still keeps me awake at night.
an 11-year-old child living in China, I used to always feel fearful and knew
that if anything went wrong, that even my parents wouldn’t be able to save me.
left China after one of our neighbours, Patime, had an abortion while she was
six months pregnant. She didn’t survive the operation, and the cruelty of the
authorities was a wake-up call for my family to leave China. The government
announced plans to end the One Child Policy, but Uighur families were
constantly monitored, and forced abortion was a common thing. That feeling of
dread still lives in me, and discourages me from sharing my identity with
abroad to the United Arab Emirates didn’t change much. Chinese embassies keep
an eye on Uighurs living in foreign countries, and keep pressuring governments
to deport Uighurs back. They even blackmail students by holding their families hostage
back in China.
can’t say that any particular country is safe for us. Even countries like
Sweden have upheld orders for deportation. Uighurs have to keep an eye on their
present country’s relationship with China; if the influence increases, so does
the danger. Its like watching the news to determine whether or not you’ll be
safe every day.
the accession of East Turkestan by the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the
crackdown on Uighur Muslims started slowly. First, children were stopped from
learning about the Quran, then from going to mosques. It was followed by bans
on ramadan, growing beards, giving Islamic names to your baby, etc.
our language was attacked — we didn’t get jobs if we didn’t know Mandarin. Our
passports were collected, we were told to spy on each other, innocent Uighur
prisoners were killed for organ harvesting, and the list kept increasing,
making the region feel like an open prison.
present, there are face-recognition cameras everywhere, QR codes have been
installed outside the houses as well as inside kitchen utensils belonging to
Uighur Muslims. Women are being forced to marry Han Chinese. At any time,
Uighur’s can be stopped by police and sent to the camps — it seems people are
not allowed to even think without China’s permission.
the severity of atrocities inflected on Uighur Muslims by the Chinese
government, the country still sits proudly as a permanent member of United
Nations, and simply denies the existence of these things. In spite of all the
proof, China has not even allowed the UN to conduct a free investigation in the
NERUS: The 64th PAS general assembly today passed a motion for the party to
spearhead efforts to ensure the political survival of Malays and Islam in the
motion is aimed at further strengthening unity as well as curbing negative
elements which could cause disharmony or detriment to Islam, the people and
was one of the six motions that were passed without debate on the final day of
the assembly at the State Sports Complex’s Indoor Stadium here.
Youth described the motion on the political survival as important because
people were becoming more politically aware and this required the response of
the party leadership.
TERENGGANU: The collaboration between PAS and Umno is crucial in defending the
interests of the country’s Malay-Muslim majority, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi
at a press conference after closing the 64th annual PAS general assembly or
muktamar, the party president said when the federal government was dominated by
non-Muslims, they needed to make sure that Malaysia’s Muslim majority was not
even have been suggestions, for example, that the religious councils be
abolished or for LGBT rights to be recognised.
are sensitive topics for Muslims and we cannot allow such things to happen,” he
Hadi said it was their fault for allowing Pakatan Harapan to lead the
get angry over what happened because it was the Malays themselves who voted
them in,” he said.
the general election, there was an uproar by pro-Malay groups over the
appointments of non-Muslims like Tommy Thomas as Attorney General and Tan Sri
Richard Malanjum as Chief Justice.
Abdul Hadi did not specifically mention those cases.
pregnant mother is not to be blamed (for what happened). It is the voters’
fault,” he said.
PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man proposed having uniform
syariah court punishments in all states.
propose that the implementation of takzir be standardised across all states,
including where they are carried out.
punishment differs as some courts choose caning while some mete out fines.
depend on the judges. So, if there is some sort of uniformity for court judges
in different states, it would be better.
militants have freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at sea early last year
off Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in the southern
Philippines, officials said Sunday.
Indonesians were freed Friday with the help of the Moro National Liberation
Front, a rebel group that signed a peace deal with the Philippine government,
in Indanan town in Sulu province, police said.
released hostages, Hamdam Salim, Subandi Sattuh and Sudarlan Samansung, were to
be handed to the Indonesian ambassador in southern Zamboanga city later Sunday,
the military said.
off Borneo Island
three were taken at gunpoint by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants off Malaysia’s
Sabah state on Borneo island in January last year, security officials said.
Abu Sayyaf commander, Marjan Sahidjuan, led the abductors who freed the
captives in exchange for a ransom, a security official said, speaking on
condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to media.
military spokesman Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said the military is unaware of any
ransom payment and added that relentless offensives pressured the kidnappers to
let go of their hostages.
by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to beef up security along their
massive sea border have considerably eased piracy and kidnappings in the past
months primarily by the Abu Sayyaf, which is blacklisted by the United States
and the Philippines as a terrorist organization.
Philippine police, however, said that the two Indonesian skippers of a
Malaysian fishing boat were abducted Tuesday off Semporna Islands in Sabah,
Malaysia, and also taken by suspected militants armed with M-16 rifles toward
the southern Philippines.
candidate Prabowo Subianto signed on Sunday an "integrity pact" with
ulemas and Muslim activists united under the National Movement to Safeguard the
Ulema Fatwa (GNPF) with several promises including to uphold religious values,
paying attention to "religious people's interests", protecting the
nation's resources and guaranteeing the return of cleric Rizieq Shihab, who is
out of the country right now.
behalf of the Prabowo-Sandiaga ticket, I thank the ulemas for their sincere
trust and support," said Prabowo in a live video aired on the Facebook
account of Zulkifli Hasan, the National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman, on Sunday
return, the GNPF vowed to support Prabowo and his running mate Sandiaga Uno.
GNPF representative Eggi Sudjana said the pair was set to sign an integrity
pact in their effort to “protect” ulemas across the country during their second
congregation, called Ijtima Ulama II, in Central Jakarta on Sunday.
highlight of the second congregation is the signing of the integrity pact,”
Eggi said as quoted by tempo.co. He added that the current government under the
leadership of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made no effort to protect Islam
instant, Eggi said, the government had permitted the harassment of Neno
Warisman. Neno, an opposition activist with the #2019ChangePresident campaign
who is regarded as an ulema, has been banned from attending
#2019ChangePresident events in several regions.
the current government has failed to protect our religion and ulemas, we want
the presidential candidates to commit to religion and ulema protection,” Eggi
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko suggested the ulema stay focused on
“guiding the umma [believers]” instead of getting involved in politics. “[I am]
worried about the umma, that they will get lost,” Moeldoko said, as quoted by
DHS grants on extremism concern Muslims in Michigan
week before Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) awarded a Lebanese-American group in Dearborn $500,000 as part
of a government effort to counter violent extremism known as CVE. The
department also gave Dearborn Police $51,000 as part of the program.
the grants drew backlash from Arab-American and civil rights advocates who
worried the money stereotyped Arab-Americans and Muslims and could be used for
week after Trump became president, the Dearborn group, Leaders Advancing and
Helping Communities, formerly known as the Lebanese American Heritage Club
(LAHC), turned down the half a million dollar grant. Other Arab-American and
Muslim groups across the U.S., such as the Somali-American community in
Minnesota, also turned down grants, saying they were being singled out for
discussions about violent extremism.
the CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) program is back in Michigan again
drawing controversy with a new effort through the National Governors
Association, which announced earlier this year it has chosen Michigan as one of
four states to create "policy academies" to monitor and counter
violent extremism. The Department of Homeland Security gave the governor's
association $500,000 for the program.
protection of Michigan residents is our highest priority,” said Col. Kriste
Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police and State Director of
Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “This academy will allow us to work
collaboratively to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat violent extremism
and targeted violence.”
the move has drawn concern from Muslim and Arab-American leaders who fear the
money will be used to target them. Given Trump's rhetoric against Islam and his
administration's travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries, they say the
programs could be used in negative ways. Moreover, they say that the bigger
problem is right-wing extremism, citing studies that show white supremacist and
anti-government groups are committing more acts of violence.
Advocates, a civil rights group, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request last month with the Department of Homeland Security, asking for details
about the $500,000 grant it gave to the National Governors Association.
Khan, a staff attorney with Muslim Advocates, said CVE programs are both
ineffective and discriminatory, trying to link religious traits such as praying
or style of dress to being a terrorist.
programs have long been known to unjustly target Muslim, black, and brown communities,”Khan
said. “Under CVE, the daily activities many Americans engage in will be viewed
with suspicion and potentially criminalized. This is especially true for
American Muslims. We call on DHS to release any and all documents pertaining to
these programs in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, and Virginia so that Americans
can understand how their communities are being affected."
cited a study by the Brennan Center for Justice that 85 percent of the CVE
program are targeting Muslim-Americans. She and others are concerned about the
vague nature of the CVE plans in Michigan.
Adler, spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, said that the state is
receiving $10,000 as its part of the grant "and is currently under review
for how to best use it."
I understand it, the grant does not focus on any specific groups or
ideologies," Adler said.
a statement in April after the governors association awarded the money, Snyder
said: “Unfortunately, targeted violence continues to be a problem that plagues
our nation. Being selected for this Policy Academy is an opportunity for
Michigan to learn from subject matter experts and build partnerships with
participating states as we further enhance our plans to prevent acts of
violence driven by ideology."
Nabih Ayad, a Detroit attorney who founded the Arab American Civil Rights
League, said he's concerned that Arab-Americans are being targeted with the
latest CVE program. He also worries about the role that Michigan State Police
may play in the program given that its director, Etue, shared a Facebook post
last year calling kneeling protesters like Colin Kaepernick "anti-American
find it highly suspicious they gave this to the Governors Association, who then
chose Michigan..which has a large Muslim and very diverse Arab-American
population," Ayad said. "There's a concern they're going to be
discriminatory and selective in their approach. ... There is no doubt they gave
this money earmarked to be basically used against this group of people."
said the money could be used instead to promote more diversity in law
Donald, spokeswoman for the National Governors Association, said "we are
not targeting any particular group of individuals."
our work is a firm commitment to respecting and protecting individual’s First
said "the goal of the policy academy is to help these states develop and
implement evidence-based strategies for preventing ideologically motivated
violence, regardless of whether that ideology is based on religion,
nationalism, racism or any other set of beliefs."
Ayoub, director of legal and policy affairs at the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee, said the CVE programs "function as
surveillance tools. ... It's not effective in combating extremism."
not surprised Michigan got selected," said Ayoub, a native of Dearborn.
"Because of its high concentration of Arab-Americans and Muslims in
Michigan, you can almost guarantee funding will include a component of
former President Barack Obama's last month in office, DHS gave a total of $10
million in CVE grants to various groups and law enforcement agencies across the
U.S. to combat extremism, whether Islamic or right-wing or other types. The grants
came as the rise of ISIS caused alarm; in February 2015, the White House had
held a three-day summit on countering violent extremism.
shortly after Trump took office, DHS canceled those grants pending a review.
There was discussion that the Trump administration was going to focus only on
Islamic extremism, according to a February 2017 report in Reuters.
few months later, DHS then chose 26 groups for the $10 million in CVE grants,
including $51,521 for Dearborn Police to conduct monthly training sessions for
the public on how to detect potentially violent people and responding to active
Police Chief Ron Haddad, who oversees police in a city with a sizable
Arab-American Muslim population, has been working on CVE issues for years with
the Department of Homeland Security. He said he spoke about restoring the money
for Dearborn with John Kelly, previously the Homeland Security Secretary, when
Kelly visited Dearborn in March 2017.
Haddad added that he's uneasy with the phrase "Countering Violent
title is inappropriate for the actual training," Haddad told the Free
Press. "That title would infer there is a violent extremist culture that
we're trying to go against."
said he and others have tried to get the name changed over the years, but were
told by federal officials that's the way it was designated by Congress for the
said the CVE program is not about spying or "sneaking up on mosques,"
but about building relationships and ties.
people want to build a narrative we're spying on mosques and countering violent
extremism ... which is not the case," he said.
grant money is used for monthly Community Training and Awareness Briefings
(CTAB) that are held in community centers, schools, corporations such as Ford,
and other places.
Mayor Jack O'Reilly said there have been about seven cases over the years in
Dearborn where early intervention helped defuse potential cases of violent
extremism. A couple of those cases involved youths drawn to radical groups such
a separate case in July, federal authorities said it had captured a former
Dearborn resident, Ibraheem Musaibli, accused of joining ISIS in Syria.
not limited to one group
Mayor O'Reilly stresses that the issue of violence cuts across all groups and
are young people who are reaching a point of no return and don't know what else
to do," O'Reilly said, referring to incidents like mass shootings in
schools. "You see it every day."
of whether Dearborn gets CVE grants in the future, O'Reilly said the city will
continue to work with its diverse communities on making the city safe.
said that terrorism and Islamic extremism often get a lot of attention, but
make up a tiny percentage of the violence in society.
'terrorism' buzzword is a very emotional thing," Haddad said. "Since
9/11, it's changed all our lives. But when you look at the national crime
index, you can't even find it" on the list of major incidents
"because the crimes are so infrequent."
gets all the attention and the media talk about it, but when you look at the
statistics ... it's so small, it doesn't show up on the page," Haddad
said that referring to Dearborn when talking about terrorism can be
"causing more fear and paranoia" that's not grounded in reality.
problem, say advocates, is that the Trump administration doesn't seem to be
taking seriously the issue of right-wing extremism. A report released by two
groups that monitor extremism, cited in a Washington Post report, showed there
are almost 10 times as many Internet searches in the United States indicating
support for right-wing and white supremacist violence compared with jihadist
year, DHS rescinded a $400,000 CVE grant it had given to Life After Hate, which
was founded by a former neo-Nazi who now tries to combat white supremacist
violence. A government official told the New York Times it was rescinded after
the founder had criticized Trump.
spokesman for DHS would not comment on the FOIA request and concerns raised by
its website, DHS said its CVE "projects work in a way that explicitly does
not compromise the individuals’ privacy, civil rights, or civil liberties. ...
Discrimination on any basis is both prohibited and antithetical to the purpose
of these projects."
workers in US fired after dispute over Namaaz to get $1.5 mn in compensation
(Colorado, United States): A Fort Morgan meatpacking plant and the union that
represents its employees will pay settlements to Muslim workers whose civil
rights were violated when they were denied prayer breaks and then fired after
they complained. Cargill Meat Solutions will pay $1.5 million and the Teamsters
Local Union No. 455 will pay $153,000 to resolve complaints filed in 2015 after
the Somali-American workers walked off the job over the prayer breaks dispute,
the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission announced in a news release
has also agreed to train managers and hourly workers in accommodating Muslim
employees’ prayer breaks at its Fort Morgan beef processing plant. The company
denied wrongdoing but agreed to settle to avoid further litigation.
Meat Solutions had fired 138 workers in late 2016 for offering Namaz during
service hours. In 2017, a federal anti-discrimination agency found that the
workers had been harassed and discriminated against for protesting the
unannounced policy change that denied them opportunities for obligatory prayer.
of Somali-Americans work at the plant in Fort Morgan, northeast of Denver. The
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group, and
Qusair Mohamed Bhai, a Denver attorney who represented the workers praised the
settlement will be paid to 138 people, said Amy Burkholder, director of the
EEOC’s Denver office. The company and the union have agreed to change policies
and to provide training to managers and union representatives as part of the
settlement, she said.
call for closure of US bases, prisoner release
Taliban leaders are demanding closure of US bases in Afghanistan and release of
hundreds of their prisoners for continuing peace talks with the United States,
the US media reported on Saturday.
Khalilzad, a former US ambassador recently named as a special adviser for
Afghanistan peace talks, arrived in the United Arab Emirates this week for the
next round of US-Taliban talks, NBC News reported.
release of hundreds of Taliban-linked prisoners and the status of US bases in
Afghanistan were among the key issues Taliban leaders want to negotiate in
US-backed talks to end the war in Afghanistan.
meeting with the US authorities would either help pave the way for more
meaningful talks or stop them forever,” said one of the four senior Taliban
officials who spoke to NBC News.
US media outlets, however, reported that the Afghan government was unlikely to
concede to the request without a commensurate concession from the Taliban.
administration of US President Donald Trump has been adamant in supporting
Saudi Arabia despite the regime’s ongoing military aggression against Yemen, an
unprovoked war that has killed thousands of civilians and decimated the
infrastructure of an already poor nation.
this week, as the months-long offensive by Saudis and their regional allies to
capture Yemen’s important port city of al-Hudaydah continued, Saudi commanders
announced Wednesday that they had been able to block two key supply routes into
the city, The Washington Post reported.
was not good news for millions of Yemeni people facing famine and a deadly
cholera epidemic, as the city acts as a gateway for 70 percent of the supplies
of food and medicine entering the conflict-ridden country.
is while the Saudi-led coalition has had the port city under aerial and
maritime blockade since the beginning of the war in March 2015.
all this, however, the Trump administration certified to Congress on Tuesday
that the Saudis and their allies were “making every effort to reduce the risk
of civilian casualties.”
official notice was required for the Pentagon to be allowed to continue
delivering weapons and intelligence to Riyadh despite the international view
that civilians have now become the main target of the war.
Arabia and its regional allies launched the devastating military campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of reinstating former president Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah Movement.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the start of
the Saudi-led aggression.
than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the
United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian disaster.
Saudi-led offensive to wrest control of Hudaydah began in June, with the aim of
stopping continued missile strikes by Yemen's army and the Houthis.
Saudis insist that the only way to stop what they call a flow of arms and missile
parts to the group is by taking the whole city under control.
the offensive has been far from successful. In fact, the extent of civilian
casualties has put the coalition under growing international pressure to end
certification came after some congressmen started asking question about
Washington’s role in the war following a series of Saudi attacks that a UN
panel of experts says may amount to war crimes.
August 9, Saudi aircraft targeted a school bus packed with young boys in the
Sa’ada province, killing at least 51, including 40 children.
has revoked the residency permit of Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestine
Liberation Organization's (PLO) General Delegation to the U.S.
U.S. also cancelled the residency permit of Zomlot's family members and closed
his bank accounts, Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the Executive Committee of the
PLO, told Anadolu Agency.
move came after the U.S. administration announced the closure of the PLO's
Washington office, which also serves as a Palestinian embassy.
said Washington's decisions did not fit with "diplomatic manners."
Abu Yousef, a PLO executive committee member, said that Zomlot has been in
Ramallah for four months when he was recalled by the Palestinian authorities.
also condemned the decision by the U.S.
the U.S. cancelled all funding to UNRWA, the UN’s cash-strapped Palestinian
decision also comes as the U.S. administration prepares to unveil a
controversial Middle East peace plan, details of which have yet to be made
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted sources close to Tahrir al-Sham as
saying on Sunday that Turkey has set up a 'resort prison' at bordering areas in
Hatay and Antakiyeh provinces and has transferred a number of low-ranking
Tahrir al-Sham commanders who want to leave 'Jihad' and survive to these places
after the recent meeting between the Iranian, Russian and Turkish leaders in
report said high-ranking Tahrir al-Sham commanders and Horas al-Din and
Turkistani terrorists will most likely not allow Turkey to complete its plan as
Ankara has been encouraging some notorious terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham to
retreat to the said border areas in a bid to show that Tahrir al-Sham is no
more present in Idlib.
sources said that Ankara wants to use the low-ranking terrorist commanders who
are in the country's resort prisons in other areas of clashes as a leverage to
pressure the western and regional states.
reports this month had revealed Turkey's demand from Damascus, via Russian
channels, again to further delay the army's military operations in Idlib.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted informed Syrian sources as saying
that Ankara has asked the Syrian army's command center, with Moscow's
mediation, to provide the country with more time to separate those who it calls
as "moderate dissidents" from Tahrir al-Sham and the ISIL terrorists.
on the report, the Turkish side has admitted dispatch of military equipment to
several regions of Idlib province in the past few days, saying that if Tahrir
al-Sham rejects leaving the regions occupied by the "moderate
dissidents", it will use military power against them. Turkey has not
mentioned where the terrorists could retreat to after leaving Idlib.
sources said that if Syria and Russia agree with Turkey's demand, it will be
the last deadline given to Ankara to act upon its undertakings based on the
reports said that Damascus has extended its deadline for two days upon Turkey's
demand to delay military operations in Idlib province.
Civil Council Team discovered bodies of four civilians killed in the air raid
in al-Tamovin Garden in al-Kahroba neighborhood in Raqqa city.
the meantime, three more bodies were found in the yard of al-Atiq mosque and
six more were unearthed from the debris of ruined buildings in al-Badou
neighborhood in Raqqa city.
of civilians killed in US air raids and/or by ISIL are found in Raqqa on a
activists in Raqqa reported on Thursday that corpses of 4 civilians who had
been killed in the US attacks were discovered in the rubbles of Atiq Grand
added that bodies of 4 other people were also found in the ruins of a building
near the Women Union's headquarters, three others were discovered in a district
near the public park and 2 more corpses were unearthed from the rubbles of
Arabic-language al-Manar News Network reported that a number of US army
soldiers were killed or wounded in an ISIL attack on their convoy in Hasaka
city in Northeastern Syria.
further said that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has put its
gunmen on alert after the ISIL attack, adding that an increasing number of SDF
militants are defecting the Washington-backed group.
the news network said that people in the village of al-Tayaneh in Zebyan region
in Hasaka demonstrated against the SDF's brutal measures in the region.
Saturday, a number of SDF were killed after a bomb went off at their base in
the town of Manbij in Northeastern Syria.
bomb went off at a base of the SDF-affiliated Military Police in Moshfa al-Amal
Square, inflicting a number of casualties on the militia group and civilians.
the meantime, a number of civilians, including a child, were killed in a blast
in al-Hakamah Street in Manbij two days ago.
one has thus far claimed responsibility for the blasts.
photo of a French armored vehicle in Deir Ezzur, which has been released in
social networks by the US army, has speculated the French ground forces'
presence in the war-torn country.
image was released by the US Special Ops Joint Task Force in Iraq and Syria on
Wednesday, before being promptly removed – possibly at the request of the
photo shows a French Aravis vehicle. The French Army and the Saudi Army are the
only military forces using the vehicle, while the Saudis are not known to be
present in Deir Ezzur.
vehicles have been sighted in Syria on numerous occasions in territories
controlled by Washington-backed militants, such as Manbij.
US and French military have not yet reacted to the report.
the meantime, the London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR)
reported earlier today that the French Army's artillery units have been
operating in a region on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
is part of the US-led coalition in Syria, and has been actively participating in
the aerial campaign in the region. Notably, it was involved in a joint
airstrike with the US and the UK in April following an alleged chemical attack
on Douma, a then militant-held suburb of Damascus. Paris, however, has never
said that it has troops on the ground in Deir Ezzur.
Syrian sources have been reporting in recent months about arrival of several
French military convoys in the US-run bases in the regions that are under
control of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Hasaka, Raqqa and the town of Manbij
in Northeastern Aleppo.
Lebanese al-Manar TV Channel reported earlier this month that a French military
convoy arrived at a base run by the US-led coalition in the village of
al-Sa'eidiyeh East of the town of Manbij.
further said that a group of French troops were also dispatched to the
coalition base in the Cultural Center in central Manbij.
army forces clashed with ISIL in the Eastern deserts of Homs near the
al-Sukhnah desert and roads to the border with Iraq, seizing more lands.
army units drove ISIL out of the villages of al-Nayarah, al-Rashediyeh and
al-Sawarem in the depth of the Eastern deserts after imposing heavy casualties
on the terrorists.
the meantime, the country's Air Force pounded ISIL's movements along contact
lines with the terrorists in al-Sukhna desert to the border with Iraq, near
Aweiraz Dam, in T2 Oil Pumping Station and near Homs border with Deir Ezzur,
inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
Saturday, the army forces engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL in the deserts of
Syria from Southwestern Deir Ezzur to Eastern Homs, driving the terrorists out
of vast regions, including several heights.
army soldiers, backed up by the artillery units and the country's Air Force,
stormed ISIL's positions and purged terrorists from a large region from the T2
Oil Pumping Station in Southwestern Deir Ezzur to al-Dhamir region in al-Sham
the meantime, field sources said that the army is planning to push the
remaining pockets of ISIL back from T3 Oil Pumping Station in Eastern Homs to
al-Sukhnah and from the road to Kbajeb and al-Reshwaniyeh to Humeimeh region at
the provincial border with Deir Ezzur.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday his country is taking action to
stop its foes from acquiring sophisticated arms, hours after Damascus said
Israeli missiles targeted its airport.
has not officially confirmed or denied a report by Syrian state news agency
SANA of an attack late Saturday on Damascus international airport.
is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with
advanced weaponry,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him as saying at the start of his
cabinet’s weekly meeting.
red lines are as sharp as ever and our determination to enforce them is
stronger than ever.”
quoted a Syrian military source as saying that air defenses “shot down a number
of hostile missiles” during the attack.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the
strikes hit a weapons depot outside the airport.
has vowed to prevent its arch-foe Iran, which is a main backer of the Damascus
government, from gaining a military foothold in neighboring war-torn Syria.
this month, Israel acknowledged having carried out more than 200 strikes in
Syria over the past 18 months, mainly against Iranian targets.
has also admitted to striking Syria to prevent what it says are deliveries of
advanced weaponry to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, an armed movement backed by Iran and
which fights alongside Syrian troops.
last reported Israeli strikes on Syria took place on September 4, when Syrian
state media said the military’s air defenses downed several missiles in the
coastal province of Tartus and in central Hama.
was speaking two days before the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of
atonement, and the anniversary of the outbreak of the Yom Kippur war.
1973 conflict started with a surprise attack by Egypt and Syria that Israel was
only able to defeat after setbacks that caused severe losses.
years ago, intelligence erred by holding to a mistaken assessment regarding the
war intentions of Egypt and Syria,” he said.
these intentions became clear beyond all doubt, and when the danger was on our
very doorstep, the political leadership made a grievous mistake by not allowing
a pre-emptive strike. We will never repeat this mistake.”
Syria held its first municipal elections since 2011 on Sunday, amid tensions
with the country’s self-administered Kurdish region, which refused to allow
was modest at stations in the Syrian capital and candidates aligned with the
ruling Baath party were expected to win. The Baath party has controlled Syria’s
political and security apparatuses since the 1960s. Hassan Taraqji, a Baath
candidate in Damascus, said reconstruction was a top priority for voters after
more than seven years of civil war.
hope we can meet the people’s aspirations and improve conditions and services
in the city,” he said.
war waged by President Bashar Assad’s regime against local opposition forces
and Daesh has cost the country more than $300 billion in economic damage,
according to a recent UN study. Observers say more than 400,000 people have
parts of the country remain beyond Damascus’ reach, including the US-backed
self-administered Kurdish region in north Syria, which also includes Arab and
minority populations. The region is governed by its own Syrian Democratic
Council (SDC), which refused to allow the Damascus-organized elections to
proceed on its territory.
regime wants us to remain under its rule and under the rule of the Baath,” said
Ibrahim Ibrahim, a spokesman for the administration.
officials say they want a federalized Syria that respects the northeast’s
autonomy from Damascus and guarantees rights and privileges for national
meetings between representatives of the SDC and Baath and federal officials in
Damascus are yet to produce a breakthrough.
insists it will assert its authority over the whole country. Hussein Dabboul, a
member of Parliament from Aleppo, a north Syrian city near the edges of the
self-administration zone, said the SDC was “linked to foreign powers and to the
US, and it has certain objectives and targets.”
rights groups have criticized the Kurdish-led administration for single-party
rule. The administration held local elections in 2017. More than 40,000
candidates are competing for 18,478 council seats, according to the Ministry of
Local Administration. Polls were slated to close at 7 p.m. local time (1600
areas were excluded from the polls. Some 3 million people of Syria’s pre-war
population of 22 million live under opposition rule in the country’s northwest
Idlib province and surrounding areas. Another 5.6 million are refugees abroad;
they were also excluded from the vote.
Damascus, election posters mostly featuring incumbents were plastered across
public squares, including in the Old City.
Kabbadi, a 42-year-old regime employee, cast his ballot in the Bab Sharqi
district of the capital for a candidate from his neighborhood.
know exactly who I am going to vote for — he’s young, active and his victory
will bring good things to residents of this area,” said Kabbadi.
appeared to be fewer people heading to the polls than in previous presidential
or parliamentary elections, particularly as Sunday was a regular work day.
Syrian pro-Assad television broadcast footage of voters around Damascus and in
the coastal regime bastions of Tartus and Latakia dropping their ballots into
plastic boxes as election officials looked on. Voting was also under way in
areas recaptured by the regime over the past year, including the eastern city
of Deir Ezzor, recaptured in full last October by regime troops after fierce
battles against Daesh. Mohammed Tah, 36, said he was happy to vote but hoping
for an improvement in the city’s ravaged infrastructure.
optimistic that the incoming council will rebuild and recover the city after
the huge destruction suffered by years of fighting,” he said by telephone from
of the capital Damascus, people trickled into a school being used as a voting
center in the town of Jisreen.
was overrun by regime troops this past spring as they seized the broader area
of Eastern Ghouta from rebels in a blistering two-month assault that left the
suburb in ruins.
are the first elections that happen in Jisreen since the problems began,” said
Abu Haytham, a 64-year-old voter. “We hope these elections will change things
for the better, to pave the streets and improve the electricity.” A vast
majority of the candidates are members of the ruling Baath party or affiliated
to it, which deterred some people from casting their ballot. “Why vote? Will
anything change? Let’s be honest,” said Humam, a 38-year-old working in the
capital’s Mazzeh district who opted to stay at home on Sunday.
knows the results are sealed in advance for a single party, whose members will
win in a process that’s closer to an appointment than it is to an election.”
number of seats had slightly increased from the roughly 17,000 available posts
in the last elections, as smaller villages had been promoted to fully fledged
members serve four-year terms at the municipal level and are mostly responsible
for service provision and other administrative matters.
elected in this round are expected to have more responsibilities than their
predecessors, particularly linked to reconstruction and urban development.
last held local elections in December 2011, just nine months into the conflict.
in Jeddah ends hostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia
and Ethiopia signed a peace agreement in Jeddah on Sunday overseen by King
following is a timeline of the African countries’ relations.
1952 - Eritrea is officially federated with Ethiopia two years after the United
Nations approved a resolution backing a bid by Emperor Haile Selassie.
1962 - Haile Selassie dissolves the arrangement and annexes Eritrea. A year
earlier, a small group of Eritreans
launched the war for independence that stretched for three decades.
1991 - The rebel Eritrean People’s Liberation Front led by Isaias Afwerki
captures Asmara, having fought Ethiopia’s military leader, Mengistu Haile
Mariam, alongside rebels from the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic
Front (EPRDF). The EPRDF invades the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and
1993 - Eritrea formally secedes from Ethiopia after a referendum and Isaias
Afwerki is appointed president. Eritrea initially enjoys warm ties with
Ethiopia, which is led by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and is dominated by his
TPLF group for the next two decades.
1998 - After two years of tensions over trade and other issues, clashes break
out along the border over ownership of the disputed town of Badme, before
evolving into a full-scale war. More than 70,000 Ethiopian citizens of Eritrean
origin are expelled from Ethiopia.
2000 - A peace agreement is signed, brokered by the Organisation of African
Unity - the precursor of the African Union - with both sides agreeing to accept
an arbitration ruling. An estimated 80,000 people are thought to have died
during the two-year war.
2002 - A Hague-based boundary commission hands Badme to Eritrea, but Ethiopia
calls for dialogue and says it wants to hold discussions with Asmara before
implementing the ruling, which Eritrea rejects. A standoff prevails.
2012 - Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi, Eritrea’s former ally-turned-foe,
February 2018 - After three years of street unrest and violent protests, Meles’
successor, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, resigns in what he describes as
a bid to smooth reforms.
April 2018 - Former army officer Abiy Ahmed is appointed as Ethiopian premier
and vows to seek peace with Eritrea. In June, the 41-year-old announces that
Ethiopia would honour the provisions of the 2000 peace deal and the boundary
commission ruling delivered two years later. He visits Asmara a month later and
signs a pact on the resumption of ties. The two nations declare an end to their
“state of war”.
July 2018 - Abiy and Afwerki sign a pact
declaring an end to their “state of war” in Eritrea’s capital Asmara.
September 2018 - Abiy and Afwerki sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement in Saudi
Arabia during a ceremony overseen by King Salman.
Ambode to Chief Imam: promote peace, harmony
State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad
Abubakar yesterday enjoined the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman Oluwatoyin
Abou-Nolla, to promote peace and harmony in the country.
spoke during the presentation of Staff of Office to Sheikh Abou-Nolla as Lagos’
10th Chief Imam.
others got various Islamic titles.
of those decorated were All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola
Ahmed Tinubu, Asiwaju Adinni of Lagos, Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola,
Waziri Adinni and a philanthropist, Alhaja Muyinat Alake Sopeyin-Akande, Iya
Central Mosque Executive Council Chairman Sheikh Abdul Hafeez Abou presented
the Chief Imam with his staff of office.
was supported by the vice chairman and Bashorun of Lagos Alhaji Sikiru Alabi
Macfoy, Commissioner for Home Affairs Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef and former
Federal Commissioner for Works Alhaji Femi Okunnu, among others.
governor congratulated the Chief Iman and urged other Muslim leaders and groups
to support him.
by his Deputy Dr. Idiat Adebule, Ambode said the state recognised the role of
Muslims in the peace and harmony being enjoyed in the state
described spiritual leaders as development partners in the effort to bring
greater progress and prosperity to the state.
contributions have greatly aided government’s efforts in the delivery of
services and dividends of democracy to the people, especially those at the
grassroots. Your roles in raising awareness and influencing attitudes,
behaviours and practices, have also helped us to enjoy relative peace in the
state,” he said.
Sultan, represented by the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA)
Deputy President, Alhaji Sakariyahu Babalola urged the Chief Imam to work for
the progress of Islam.
enjoined the new chiefs to redouble their efforts in the propagation of Islam
and entrenchment of peaceful and harmonious relationship among religious
adherents in the state.
Abou, in his welcome address, described the Chief Imam as an erudite scholar
and a well cultured personality.
called for support for him, to enable discharge his responsibility well.
also assured Nigerians that Muslims would ensure free and fair elections in
we countdown to another election year, we pray to sustain sanctity of
tolerance, honesty and trustworthiness. May Allah make it easy and successful,”
his lecture, Muslim Community of Lagos State (MCLS) President Prof Tajudeen
Gbadamosi urged the faithful to respect the Chief Imam as his installation was
Ezeobi writes that the recent resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the
North-east, which is specifically targeted at military formations, undermine
repeated claims by the military that the group has been decimated
the past few months, there has been a consistent resurgence and escalation of
Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) attacks in the North-east, which is specifically
targeted at military formations. Already the renewed onslaught by BHT forces
have claimed hundreds of lives, especially that of soldiers, who are the first
buffer in the line of attack.
is no gainsaying that the intensified and repeated attacks on military targets
and formations in recent months undermine the claims by the military that Boko
Haram sect had been decimated. For years, and even in recent times, the
military has maintained that the rampaging forces have been contained with the
numerous successes they recorded, but the recent resurgence has put paid to
Boko Haram no longer controls swathes of territory in the NE as it did in the
height of insurgency in 2014, the recent attacks on military bases underscores
the continued threat the group pose to the region, which also puts the
spotlight on the government's continuous mantra that Boko Haram is decimated.
that globally, the threat posed by terrorism due to violent extremism and
insurgency have been a boiling issue in the last two decades. This has posed a
challenge to different countries as they churn out measures fighting terrorism
or preventing its spread and minimising its effects on its citizenry.
this regard, nations have evolved various approaches to tackle the menace with
mixed results depending on the country and nature of the threat. Nigeria has
not been an exception with the rise of the Boko Haram that assumed
international notoriety in 2009. According to estimate by the National Emergency
Management Agency, the BHTs insurgency has killed over 20,000 people with over
2-5 bmillion persons displaced.
Boko Haram Forces
the regrouping of the BHT did not take the military by surprise as is being
reported. This is because in July, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya
Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, had revealed that some of the BHT forces
were regrouping around Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. This was
after some of the terrorists attacked the military troops in Bama village.
areas like Sambisa, Mandara mountains, the Dikwa/Gamboru axis, Jilli, Garunda,
Zari, Gudunbali have been victims of regrouping BHTs. In fact, THISDAY had last
week Monday written on the unending war on terror and recent strategies by the
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in constituting a new team of young and zealous air
strikes to man the newly inaugurated Operation Thunder Strike.
it's no gainsaying that the war against terror seems unending as world over,
the military and security forces battle one major challenge: regrouping terror
forces. Although Nigeria continues to suffer the same fate in its fight against
Boko Haram Terrorits, there is no doubt that the Nigerian Armed Forces have
considerably recordered some successes by reclaiming lost grounds, pushing them
back into the arid desert and sometimes, even crippling their sources of
despite these measures, the terrorists have kept inventing new strategies to
stay afloat. While they have been sacked from the caliphates they had arrogated
to themselves, they still unleash pockets of violence in some areas, especially
through suicide bombing, and most recently, the resurgence and attacks of
military targets and formations.
Jilli to Garunda, Zari, Gudunbali,Sambisa, Mandara mountains and the
Dikwa/Gamboru axis, amongst others have witnessed fresh attacks. On July 14,
the terrorists overran a military base in Jilli village, in neighbouring Yobe
State when dozens of troops were said to have been killed, wounded or missing.
The group suspected to be loyal to Abu Mus'ab Al-Barnawi, who is affiliated
with the Islamic State group, attacked the base unhindered.
the army conceded the base was attacked, they did not however, give a death
toll, rather insisting that the troops regrouped and successfully repelled the
July 26, the sect again stormed a base on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno
State. The base was situated at Garunda village and had just been set up for
troops from the 81 Brigade who had hitherto been stationed in Jilli village and
forced to move after the July 14 assault.
that attack, there was a lull in attack of military bases as the military
launched joint assaults on the terrorists, forcing them to retreat further into
on August 10, they regrouped again and killed about 17 soldiers at the Garunda
military base, the third assault on three bases in less than a month. The
terrorists were said to have been heavily armed when they struck and succeeded
in looting weapons and more vehicles.
September 2, the BHT forces were said to have killed 30 soldiers and sacked
Zari, a border settlement with Niger Republic in Borno State. The soldiers were
killed in a battle with Boko Haram insurgents at Zari Village, which is
actually about 30 kilometres from Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar Local
Government Area. According to reports, the insurgents had stormed the village
at about 4:30pm and wrecked their brand of havoc. Asides the 30 soldiers that
were killed, reports also put the casualty figure of injured soldiers at 20.
the raid was seemingly contained, the troops however suffered a colossal loss
that saw the insurgents cart away sensitive weapons abandoned by fleeing
troops. Given that the gun duel lasted for hours between the military and the
insurgents, the soldiers were overpowered and a fighter jet was deployed from
the base to give aerial cover, a move that saved a badly deteriorating
the military in a statement said the opposite happened. According to the
statement, the troops fought the insurgents, who on rampage to loot the
community and extort money from villagers, and they successfully routed the
Boko Haram insurgents in the encounter. The statement was however silent on
casualties and the allegations that the insurgents fled with military weaponry.
the After Battle Assessment, the soldiers had revealed that the weaponry that
the BHT used against them was same that they carted away during in previous
siege on army formations in parts of Borno and Yobe States. Given that the
insurgents were fully kitted in military apparels that they carted away from
previous raids, it made it extremely difficult for the military to distinguish
them from real Nigerian soldiers.
factor blamed for the huge loss was the terrain, which was exercabated by the
rainy season, thus making the ground swampy. Also, poor management of security
reports and shortcomings of fighting equipment were blamed responsible for the
by the successs of the previous week, the insurgents again on September 8,
struck. Although there was no definite casualty rate, many people were feared
dead after the invasion of Gudunbali town in Guzamala Local Government Area. In
this instance, the insurgents recaptured the town after several hours of gun
battle with Nigeria troops.
putting up resistance, the troops were finally overpowered and the insurgents
occupied the headquarters of Guzamala LGA, after they had reclaimed the town.
Given that they burnt the recently reconstructed houses, many of the residents
were said to have either fled to Gubio town or hid in the bushes.
Deputy Governor of Borno State, Usman Mamman Durkwa, who confirmed that there
was indeed a Boko Haram attack on the military base located in Gudumbali,
insisted that he was yet to get the actual number of casualties from security
expected, these successful resurgence have given cause for worry, not just for
the military but for civilians. One of such who expressed his worry was Senator
Muhammad Ali Ndume, who also alleged gross misapplication of funds meant for
the management of the humanitarian crisis in the zone.
said: "I am worried about the resurgence and escalation of attacks on military
formations and communities by Boko Haram, especially within the span of two
months, and this should worry the entire country. The military, I think, should
concentrate their heavy operations at the black spots of Sambisa, Mandara
mountains and the Dikwa/Gamboru axis where the insurgents still seem to be
heavily concentrated. Military formations should be on permanent alert about
any attack; I am not a military man, but I want to believe that if somebody
attacks you in your own house, it means that you are not ready.
the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), had disclosed that at least 2,295
teachers had been killed in the NE since the conflict began in 2009, adding
that more than 1,000 children had been abducted and 1,400 schools destroyed by
the terrorists in the region since 2013. UNICEF has also fully backed the Safe
School Declaration, which provides cover for children in schools by making sure
that they are safe as they have the right to education and protection.
last month, the UN Security Council said it remained concerned at the security
and humanitarian situation caused by the Boko Haram terrorists and other armed
groups in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.
council also noted with particular concern the continuing use by Boko Haram of
women and girls as suicide bombers, which has created an atmosphere of
suspicion towards them and made them targets of harassment and stigmatisation
in affected communities, and of arbitrary arrests by security forces.
15-man council also emphasised the need for affected states to counter
terrorism in all its forms, including by addressing the conditions conducive to
the spread of terrorism, in accordance with obligations under international
law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law
and international humanitarian law.
the downturn of events, it's however, not all gloomy going by the successes
recorded by the military. It is pertinent to note that the military are not
resting on its oars.
the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had in March
this year stated that over 3,133 terrorists have been killed, 5,475 arrested in
three years. He also said 129,956 were liberated and 32 bomb factories
destroyed. In addition, a total of 129,956, have been liberated from the
had made this disclosure in Ghana at the Security Watch Africa Awards ceremony,
of which THISDAY attended. Although he was represented, Buratai shared his
thoughts and experience on "Boko Haram and Nigerian Army's efforts at
countering the threat".
countering the BHT, he had disclosed approaches adopted by the Nigerian Army,
which he said were crucial to changing the tide against the group. He listed
some of the approaches as provision of purposeful leadership, understanding the
operating environment and strategy and tactics employed. Others are state of
manpower, intelligence, media and information operations, psychological
operations, respect for human rights, cooperation with other security agencies
and international collaboration.
said since July 2015 that he took over office, considerable progress had been
made from their deployment to just four local government areas to 27 LGAs of
Borno State, parts of Adamawa and Yobe States. He said BHTs numbers had been
drastically reduced to have no meaningful military capability, which rendered
them incapable of fighting cohesively as before.
the Nigerian Air Force had recently set up a new Operation Thunder Strike,
manned by young pilots of squadron leader and flying officer ranks to continue
the air strikes.
the launch, the next day saw air strikes by NAF aircraft, which resulted in the
destruction of Boko Haram hideouts and neutralisation of scores of insurgents
at three locations, namely, Tumbun Rego, Sabon Tumbun and Tumbun Allura, all on
the fringes of the Lake Chad.
Rego, which is located about 140Km Northeast of Maiduguri, has been identified
as a major logistics/communications base and staging area for the insurgents.
Accordingly, the ATF detailed F-7Ni and Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the
identified BHT logistics/communications hubs. The identified hubs were
subsequently destroyed by the strikes. Similarly, a number of solar panels were
spotted and destroyed during the attack.
to NAF Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore
Ibikunle Daramola, the attack on Sabon Tumbun was undertaken based on Human
Intelligence reports, which were later confirmed following several days of
Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicating that
the settlement was a BHT tactical operations base.
said the settlement also had some equipment and vehicles cleverly concealed
under thick foliage. Accordingly, the settlement was attacked in successive
waves of strikes by Alpha Jet, F-7Ni and Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships, leading to
the destruction of BHT facilities, equipment and structures in the settlement
as well as the neutralisation of several insurgents.
Allura, another major BHT operationsbase on the fringes of the Lake Chad, was
attacked by Alpha Jet and F-7Ni aircraft. Overhead the area of interest,
several of the BHTs were observed and the objectified.
September 5, in continuation of the strike team, the the Air Task Force (ATF)
of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, successfully destroyed some BHT facilities and
equipment at Alafa Yagayaga in Sambisa Forest as well as a suspected BHT
ammunition depot in Kusuma on the fringes of Lake Chad, Borno State.
DOPRI said, "The air strikes against Boko Haram terrorists at Alafa
Yagayaga were targeted at structures within the settlement that had been
identified via previous Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
missions to be rendezvous (RV) points for the insurgents.
a combination of NAF fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships were detailed to
carry out air interdiction on the locations, while the NAF ISR aircraft
conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA). The attack platforms acquired the
targets and took turns to attack the location, destroying the structures and
killing most of the BHTs in the process. The few surviving BHTs, seen fleeing
the area, were strafed and neutralised by the helicopter gunships.
attack at Kusuma was initiated following credible intelligence indicating the
presence of a BHT logistics/ammunition depot within the settlement.
Accordingly, the ATF detailed a fighter aircraft to attack the insurgents'
position, while the NAF ISR aircraft conducted BDA. At the end of the attacks,
the BDA revealed a direct hit on the ammunition depot, which was engulfed in
fire while some other adjoining BHT structures were equally destroyed and the
occupying terrorists neutralised."
army helicopters killed two civilians in bombing runs over a gold mining town
along the Libyan border, where government forces have clashed with a fledgling
rebel movement, a family member of the victims and an intelligence official
helicopters attacked the town of Kouri Bougoudi on Thursday and the two men
died from their wounds on Friday, the family member, who asked not to be
identified, told Reuters. Two other civilians were wounded in the attacks, the
intelligence source, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that
two civilians were killed in the raids.
army spokesman declined to comment.
rebel movement, the Military Command Council for the Salvation of the Republic
(CCMSR), was founded in 2016 and has fought Chadian forces several times near
the Libyan border since last month.
group, which claims to have several thousand fighters, says its goal is to
overthrow President Idriss Deby. President Deby took control of Chad in 1990 in
a rebellion that toppled then-President Hissene Habre.
Deby has faced several rebellions since then but there has been relative calm
since 2009. The CCMSR's ranks include former rebels from the Darfur region of
neighbouring Sudan and former political allies of Habre, who is in prison in
Senegal for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
nascent rebellion is the latest security challenge for President Deby, a close
ally of the West against Islamist militants in the Sahara. Chad closed its
border with Libya in January of last year in an effort to stop militants from
least eight civilians have been killed in twin attacks in eastern Burkina Faso,
a poor West African country where jihadists have been gaining ground in recent
months, local authorities said Saturday.
terror attacks were carried out in the villages of Diabiga and
Kompienbiga" overnight in eastern Kompienga province, claiming at least
eight lives, the regional governor said in a statement.
governorate of the eastern region says five people including an imam were
killed in one attack on a mosque in the community of Diabiga.
in Kompienga province, three people belonging to the same family were killed
and another two injured by suspected Islamic militants on mopeds, according to
another security source.
2015, Burkina Faso has battled increased Islamist militancy of the sort that
plagues neighbouring Mali and Niger, and experts say the recent surge is likely
the result of pressure on jihadist insurgents there.
until now, extremists in Burkina Faso have largely targeted security forces.
Roch Marc Christian Kabore recently announced that the country would put an end
to "destabilisation activity" in the east, where extremist attacks
have been increasing.
then more troops have been sent to the region, where extremists use the forests
rise of militancy across the Sahel has alarmed western powers like France and
the United States to the extent they have deployed troops and air power across
the region’s sprawling arid landscapes.
Nigerian Army on Sunday announced that its soldiers successfully repelled a
Boko Haram ambush in Borno State.
a post on its official Twitter handle, the army said the ambush occurred “along
Maiduguri Bama Axis.”
said the troops successfully repelled the ambush after “serious exchange of
just reaching us confirmed that troops of 21 Brigade led by Brigade Commander
on a clearance patrol in support of Operation Rainbow were ambushed by BHT
along Maiduguri Bama Axis at about 11am 16 Sep 2018.
was serious exchange of gunfire. The gallant troops of 222 battalion were
reportedly high on morale as a result of the just concluded assurance visit to
the theatre of operation by the COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai & they successfully
cleared the ambush.
a result, 1 x GPMG and 2 X AK 47 and several rounds of ammunition belonging to
the terrorist were recovered. As at the time of filing this report, troops were
still exploiting the general areas in search of some BHT’s who escaped with
gunshot wounds.” The attack occurred on the day the army chief, Tukur Buratai,
said recent attacks by Boko Haram on soldiers does not mean a resurgence of the
jails British ex-soldier fighting with Kurdish YPG for 'terror' links
Turkish court has sentenced a former British soldier to seven-and-a-half years
in jail for links to a Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group.
Robinson was arrested in July 2017 while holidaying in Turkey after he posted
photos of himself in camouflage and posing next to fighters from the People's
Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.
court in the western city of Aydin sentenced him for "membership of a
terrorist organisation," the private DHA news agency said.
YPG is an ally of the United States in the fight against ISIS in Syria. But
Ankara is hostile to the YPG because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK), which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey.
Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We have been following this case very
closely and have raised it with the Turkish authorities. We stand ready to
provide further consular assistance."
Robinson did not attend the trial for health reasons, DHA said. He is currently
on bail and planning an appeal.
Bulgarian fiancee, arrested along with him, was also given a two and a half
year suspended sentenced for "terrorist propaganda," but she is
currently in Britain where she is a law student at the University of Leeds, the
to British press reports, the 25-year-old Robinson is a former soldier who
served in Afghanistan in 2012 and went to Syria in 2015 for five months to work
in the YPG's health unit.
must do more to protect Iranian diplomats in Paris, a spokesman for the Foreign
Ministry in Tehran said after demonstrators smashed windows and damaged the
embassy in a protest on Friday.
news agency reported that about 15 Kurdish activists burned the Iranian flag in
front of the embassy during the incident and broke some windows with stones.
also threw fire extinguishers and computers at the gate
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the incident was led by
"extremists", and said the response from local police had been weak
police declined to comment on the speed of their response, though claimed the
embassy's security detail had since been increased.
Ghasemi told Iranian state-run IRNA that French officers did not arrive quickly
after the disturbance was reported
Foreign Ministry said protesters tried to attack embassy Friday, the country's
official IRNA news agency reported. IRNA quoted ministry spokesman Bahram
Ghasemi as saying officers did not arrive quickly after the disturbance was
reported at the embassy in the Chaillot quarter of central Paris.
is necessary for the French government to take serious measures to protect
Iranian diplomatic missions in that country," Mr Ghasemi said, according
to the news agency.
a Paris spokeswoman said the responding officers searched 12 people but didn't
take anyone into custody as embassy personnel didn't want to file a complaint.
She did not mention the police response time and declined to give her name, a
common police practice in France.
mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a second referendum on Britain’s departure from
the European Union, saying such a vote has become necessary in light of
government’s failure to secure a robust deal with the EU on Brexit.
said in an article for The Observer published on Sunday that the UK
government’s way of handling the Brexit talks suggests that Britain either
faces a no-deal situation after it leaves the EU in March or a bad deal that
would threaten the future of businesses and jobs in the country.
mayor said Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit negotiations had
become "mired in confusion and deadlock" and was leading the country
down a damaging path.
government’s abject failure – and the huge risk we face of a bad deal or a
no-deal Brexit – means that giving people a fresh say is now the right – and
only – approach left for our country,” said Khan.
senior Labour Party politician said the threat posed by such a situation to
living standards, the economy and jobs in the United Kingdom was too great for
voters not to have a say.
has roundly rejected the idea for a second Brexit referendum, saying lawmakers
in Parliament that will have the final say on the outcome of the Brexit talks.
is hoping her government could reach a deal with the EU in the middle of
October or in early November. However, both the opposition and members from
May’s Conservative Party have warned that they will reject her Brexit deal in
the parliament. That could mean either May’s departure from power or snap
elections in Britain.
Khan’s argument for holding a second referendum comes despite Labour Party
leader Jeremy Corbyn’s own refusal to endorse such an idea.
in Germany have arrested 15 members of a far-right group for abusing foreigners
in the eastern city of Chemnitz.
detained individuals — members of a group of self-proclaimed vigilantes — were
accused by German prosecutors on Saturday of disturbing peace and causing
bodily harm to other individuals.
detentions were based on events that had occurred a day earlier following a
large far-right rally in Chemnitz, where as many as 3,500 people gathered under
the city’s iconic monument of Karl Marx and marched through the town center.
the anti-immigration rally concluded on Friday evening, officials said the
vigilantes set out to harass foreigners in one of the city’s parks, stopping
anyone who did not look like Germans and demanding their identity cards.
injured in the head
one encounter, the members of the far-right party approached a group of people,
among them German, Iranian, and Pakistani nationals, and verbally abused them
with xenophobic comments.
a brawl broke out and the vigilantes injured a 26-year-old Iranian man, who
suffered a laceration to the head.
has seen mass anti- and pro-immigration rallies in recent weeks, with thousands
of people — including far-right radicals — taking to the streets.
far-right rallies were sparked by the murder of a German citizen on August 26,
allegedly at the hands of two refugees from Iraq and Syria, who have since been
taken into custody.
has been one of the European Union states that have accepted large numbers of
refugees since the continent’s migration crisis erupted in 2015.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has previously criticized far-right parties for
staging violent protest rallies over incidents blamed on refugees.
she has herself been criticized for her early advocacy of an “open-door” policy
toward refugees coming to Europe from conflict zones in the Middle East, Asia,
and Africa. While she has defended that policy in rhetoric, she has modified
her stance in practice, agreeing to curbs on the number of arrivals in Germany.
of intelligence agency in hot water over Chemnitz
the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper in a report accused the country’s BfV
domestic intelligence agency of failing to act for months on concerns voiced by
officials in two German states regarding local youth chapters of the far-right
Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
report could strengthen calls for the ouster of BfV president Hans-Georg
Maassen, whose critics say he has downplayed anti-immigration violence in
Chemnitz and have questioned his relationship with far-right politicians.
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