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Expresses Concern Over Deaths Of Rohingya Muslims In Myanmar Ahead Of PM Modi's
chief Makki vows to intensify 'Jihad' against India
says party not satisfied by verdict in BB murder case
MQM-P leader survives assassination attempt in Karachi
will play its due role in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan'
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Published: 02nd September 2017
In a show of communal amity, a Gurudwara in Joshimath today offered its space
to Muslims to offer namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
was raining heavily and to spare our Muslim brethren the inconvenience of
offering namaz in the open we offered to them the precincts of our Gurudwara in
Joshimath for the purpose," Hemkund Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee chief
Sardar Seva Singh said.
9 am to 10 am, around one thousand Muslim brethren offered namaz at the
gurudwara to mark the festival.
Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee also plied them with snacks, he said.
local administration also lent a helping hand in making the arrangements.
chief said they have offered their space for offering namaz to the Muslim
brethren under similar circumstances in the past as well.
is located on way to Badrinath and the famous Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib.
TNN | Updated:
Sep 2, 2017
Hardcore Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Ishfaq Padder was killed in an
encounter near Tantripuraa village of Kulgam district on Saturday morning.
Padder was involved in the murder of Lt Umar Fayaz.
specific input, a joint team of 62 Rashtriya Rifles and SOG had laid an ambush
to trap the dreaded LeT terrorist. Security forces are looking for Padder's
bullet-riddled body of 22-year-old Umar Fayaz+ was found in Harmen area of
Shopian in South Kashmir on May 10, hours after he was abducted by terrorists
from Batpura village where he had gone to attend his cousin's wedding.
Kably | TNN | Sep 2, 2017
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as the leading destination for
Indians migrating to the Gulf in search of work, as per emigration clearance
data for the first six months of 2017. The UAE has toppled, by a wide margin,
Saudi Arabia which used to traditionally lead the pack.
total emigration clearance of nearly 1.84 lakh, as many as 74,778 Indians (or
40.6%) obtained emigration clearances for the UAE during January-June this
calendar year, while only 32,995 (or 18% ) migrated to Saudi Arabia.
came a close third with 30,413 migrants, which is 16.5% of the total Gulf
migration. In 2016, Kuwait was the third most popular destination.
Cooperation Council (GCC) is an alliance of six countries: Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
other surprise in store is that Bihar edged Uttar Pradesh to occupy the top
slot as the leading source state during the first half of 2017. Bihar
contributed 35,807 (or 19.5%) of the total migrants to the Gulf. UP sent 33,043
migrants (or 18%).
this with 2015, when of the total 7.58 lakh Indian migrants to the Gulf, 31%
hailed from UP and only 14% from Bihar.
migration from UP to Saudi
reason for this shift in ranking is a drastic fall in migration from UP to
Saudi Arabia during the first half of 2017.
total migrant figure of 3.06 lakh to Saudi Arabia in 2015, 1.28 lakh migrants
(or 42%) hailed from UP. The pan-India figure of migrants to Saudi Arabia
dipped to 1.65 lakh in 2016 of which 36% were from UP.
January to June, only 1,179 workers from UP obtained emigration clearance for
Saudi Arabia. This works out to a mere 3.57% of the total migration to this
whole, emigration clearance statistics reflect a steady decline in migration to
the Gulf, as per the statistics of the ministry of external affairs (MoEA). The
pan-India emigration clearance during 2016, of 5.07 lakh, was a decline of 33%
as compared to the previous calendar year.
comparative six monthly figures of 2016 are not available, with only 1.84
emigration clearances during the first half of 2017, it shows that the falling
trend will continue.
to popular notions, Kerala doesn't occupy the top slot of source states for
Gulf bound migration. S Irudaya Rajan, professor at the Centre for Development
Studies (CDS), who spearheads the annual Kerala Migration Survey, says:
"Historically, Kerala was the leading source state for migrants going to
the Gulf countries. One out of every five migrants who left India in 2008 was a
Keralite. After the global crisis that followed, this is down to one out of
twenty in 2016."
occupied eight slot in 2015, with 42,731 migrants (or 5.6%) of the pan- India
eighth position continued in 2016 with 24,962 Keralities migrating to Gulf and
its ratio to all-India migration was 4.9%. Kerala's ranking was up to seventh
in the first half of 2017, with 8,995 emigration clearances or nearly 5% of the
pan-India emigration clearances (See graphic).
explains: "The wage differential for unskilled labourers between Kerala
and Gulf has narrowed, plus savings for Gulf workers are hit by the high cost
are slowly vacating from Gulf and are replaced by people from UP, Bihar, and
neighbouring countries such as Nepal and Sri Lanka. Unlike the rest of India,
Kerala is experiencing an ageing population-—this too impacts migration."
done by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2016 illustrates that
India has fixed the referral wage for carpenters and masons at Saudi Riyal
1,700 per month, which is 40% and 10% higher than that set by Nepal and
Philippines "The higher referral wages may periodically reduce employers'
preference for Indian workers. But if this tendency continues for long, it may
adversely impact migration outflows from India, which in turn will restrict
livelihood options and dampen remittance inflows," the report said.
Sep 2, 2017
DELHI: As PM Narendra Modi heads to Myanmar next week for his first bilateral
visit, India is trying to set itself apart from China and itself apart from Ch
its mercantile foreign policy.
interview to local media group Mizzima on the eve of Modi's visit, Indian
ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri said, "We don't want to do what some to
do what some other countries are doing, we want to create public assets for
Myanmar to use, not the commercial infrastructure to primarily promote our
business. The assets we are creating are public, belonging to the people and
government of Myanmar. They don't belong to commercial interests from
Modi's visit, India and Myanmar will have intensive discussions on the Rohingya
problem and the ongoing violence in Rakhine province. India has come out in support
of the Myanmar government on the issue, giving it cover from a lot of
Ranganathan, iya Ranganathan, joint secretary in charge of Myanmar, said the
situation in Rakhine had a "number of aspects, developmental, humanitarian
and security". All of these, she said, were highlighted by the recent Kofi
Annan recent Kofi Annan report. "We have been trying to encourage the
Myanmar government to stimulate some socio-economic development of the area
since many problems will reduce if not disappear if development happens. We are
also enabling the government to support communal harmony in the states,"
Ranganathan said. India believes once the Kaladan project is completed, it will
have a positive impact on the area and its people.
Expresses Concern Over Deaths Of Rohingya Muslims In Myanmar Ahead Of PM Modi's
DELHI, Sept 2 (Bernama) -- India has expressed its concern over the situation
in Rakhine state of Myanmar, where many Rohingya Muslims have been reportedly
killed in violence, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
will be discussing with the government of Myanmar on how it can help in
addressing the problem (in Rohingya Muslims-dominated Rakhine state),"
Indian External Affairs Ministry's joint secretary Sripriya Ranganathan told
the media in the national capital Friday evening.
recent attack in the state has claimed lives of many people after which India
reached out to the government of Myanmar to see what can be done in this
regard," she added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Myanmar next week after attending the
BRICS summit in China.
have had many outstanding interactions with the Myanmar government since the
new government came into office in April 2016. We regard this visit as an
important visit but one in a series of ongoing interaction which we hope will
continue in the future," the joint secretary said.
will be in Myanmar for a two-day visit at the invitation of Myanmar President U
his stay in Myanmar, the Indian prime minister will hold talks with State
Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and will call on
President U Htin Kyaw. He will also visit the cities of Yangon and Bagan.
Sep 02, 2017
[Pakistan], Sept.2 (ANI): In an alarming development right before the eyes of
the Pakistan Government, the head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Abdul Rehman Makki,
has pledged to intensify "Jihad" against India in Jammu and Kashmir.
made these remarks in a speech at the "Shohda-e-Kashmir" conference
held at Al-Daawa Model School in Lahore. The event was held to observe the
"martyrdom" of militant Abu Waleed Mohammad, who was killed in
Bandipora on March 3, 2017 by Indian security forces.
re-pledging the JuD's commitment to cross-border terrorism, Makki praised the
spirit of martyrdom of Abu Waleed Mohammad, and simultaneously recalled the
sacrifices made by tens of thousands of JuD cadres who had waged a
"Jihad" in Kashmir.
Western moves to label JuD cadres as extremists, Jihadis, fundamentalists and
terrorists, and declaring the organization as dangerous for the peace of the
region, Makki said that the JuD's basic aim was for the consolidation of
Pakistan and to free Kashmiris from the yoke of Hindu forces.
squarely blamed the Government of India for convincing the international
community to declare Hafiz Saeed a terrorist and have him placed under house
arrest, and added that the Pakistan leadership needs to be taught to work for
the supremacy of Islam, liberation of Kashmir, and to stop being friends with
New Delhi. Hindus, he said, need to be kept under control. On former Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif, Makki said, "Allah punished people for stopping
others from following the path of Jihad."
used the occasion to confirm the formation of the Milli Muslim League (MML) by
the JuD. The father of Abu Waleed Mohammad also addressed the gathering,
clearly indicating that Al-Daawa schools are being used as breeding grounds for
former president of Pakistan and co-chairman of the PPP, Asif Ali Zardari, told
journalists that the party was "not satisfied" with the verdict of
the Rawalpindi Ant-Terrorism Court (ATC) in the Benazir Bhutto assassination
judges seem to have been frightened while giving the judgement in the case,"
he told local journalists in Nawabshah in a brief statement after Eid prayers.
slain PPP chairperson's spouse said the party's lawyers, after consultations,
will challenge the verdict in higher courts and ask judges to revisit the
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had said that the "decision is
disappointing and unacceptable" and that the party would explore legal
options. Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, the youngest of Benazir's children, said that
"we still await justice".
another tweet, she said that there would be no justice until "Pervez
Musharraf answers for his crimes".
her sister's sentiments, Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari had also expressed
displeasure with the verdict, saying "police men arrested but actual
terrorists acquitted #Shame".
had announced its verdict on Thursday, acquitting five Tehreek-i-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) suspects and announcing 17-year imprisonment for two police
also declared retired Gen Pervez Musharraf an absconder in the case.
had been killed in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on
Dec 27, 2007 while Musharraf was president.
Sep 2, 2017
MQM senior leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan today escaped an assassination attempt
in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi in which two persons, including a
child, were killed and many others injured, media reports said.
who is the leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly, was going home after
offering Eid-ul-Azhar prayers when attackers on motorcycles, wearing police
uniforms, ambushed his vehicle in the Buffer Zone area of the southern
metropolis, Dawn reported.
Hassan remained unharmed in the incident, an attacker was killed during the
retaliatory fire by one of the guards of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan
(MQM-P) lawmaker, it said.
leader Faisal Sabzwari tweeted that attackers were in police uniform and during
the gun attack, three guards of Hasan got injured while one was killed. A child
was also killed in the cross-fire.
the assailants was shot dead in retaliatory firing, police said, while another
was injured but managed to flee.
also said they had recovered a 9mm pistol and a motorcycle used by the killed
attacker from the scene of the incident, the report said.
interior minister Sindh Anwar Syal stated that complete security was given to
Hasan and he has personally spoken to him.
the fourth largest political party in Pakistan. It represents the Urdu speaking
position on Afghanistan is very clear: we want to see peace and stability in
the country," said Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday in
response to Afghan president's message on normalisation of bilateral relations
at the Presidential Palace in Kabul after Eid prayers on Friday, Afghan
President Ashraf Ghani had sent a message to Pakistan, saying Afghanistan was
“ready for comprehensive political talks. Peace with Pakistan is in our
while speaking to the media about President Ghani's message, said that Pakistan
will contribute and play its due role in all the initiatives taken to that end
[bring peace to Afghanistan]. "We already have bilateral, trilateral,
quadrilateral and multilateral mechanisms for dialogue and interaction with
Afghanistan in place — those mechanisms should be utilised to their full
that both sides, during their recent interactions, recognized the need for
cooperation on all fronts — political, military, and intelligence.
between Islamabad and Kabul have mostly remained strained, except for a brief
bonhomie at the start of President Ghani’s tenure in 2014. The two countries
have a long-running border dispute, with Afghanistan refusing to accept the
Durand Line as the international border.
armies skirmished because of border disputes and Afghanistan’s resistance to
Pakistan’s attempts to fence the porous border for checking unauthorised
crossings. Both sides have also squabbled over terrorist sanctuaries accusing
each other of harbouring terrorists.
the two countries have lately, under the shadows of uncertainty caused by the
United States, taken steps towards a possible rapprochement through talks.
President Ghani’s statement on Friday confirms that normalisation efforts were
making steady progress.
has consistently supported a political settlement of the Afghan conflict.
Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court (ATC) which announced the verdict in the
Benazir Bhutto murder case on Thursday stated that the assassination of the
former premier "could have been prevented if the Rawalpindi District
Police had taken adequate security measures."
in its 46-page long order suggested Bhutto's murder was the result of an
inadequate response to security threats.
concluded that "Bhutto was killed in an attack as a result of firing,
followed by a bomb blast caused by an unknown suicide bomber on her way back
from addressing a political gathering at Liaquat Bagh."
to the court order, explosives were detonated near Bhutto's car, as she left
the rally, by a 15-year-old boy. "No one believes that this boy acted
alone," the order added.
range of government officials failed profoundly in their efforts first to
protect Ms Bhutto and second to investigate with vigour all those responsible
for her murder, not only in the execution of the attack, but also in its
conception, planning and financing," it said.
the exact cause of her death remains unknown as a post-mortem examination was
not conducted during the course of the investigation, the court noted.
noted that the investigation following the murder was marred by
inconsistencies, and that the prosecution had been unable to establish a link
between the murder conspiracy and the five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan suspects
court concluded that the Elite police unite that was supposed to provide 'box'
security for Bhutto's vehicle was "not available and was removed by the
accused Saud Aziz, the then city police officer (CPO) [Rawalpindi]... There was
no emergency plan in case of any undue incident."
prosecution is found to have miserably failed to prove its case against accused
Rafaqat Hussain, Husnain Gul, Rasheed Ahmed and Sher Zaman beyond any shadow of
doubt, hence, they are acquitted by giving benefit of doubt," the order
Aziz and Khurram Shahzad, a former Superintendent of Police (SP) at Rawal Town,
were each awarded 17 years in prison by the court.
court added that a separate case would be pursued against former president Gen
(retd) Pervez Musharraf.
to Bhutto's life
court order observed that although Bhutto was known to face threats from a
number of sources, the investigation into these threats focused on small fry
rather than those heading the threat groups.
said that investigators dismissed the possibility of involvement by members of
the 'establishment' that Bhutto had identified as threats.
Bhutto faced serious threats in Pakistan from a number of sources...
Notwithstanding these threats, the investigation into her assassination focused
on pursuing lower level operatives allegedly linked to Baitullah Mehsud.
Commission finds it disturbing that little was done to investigate Baitullah
Mehsud himself, Al Qaeda and any individuals or organisations that might have
worked on, supported or otherwise been involved directly or indirectly in the
planning or execution of the assassination.
also dismissed the possibility of involvement by elements of the Establishment,
including the three persons identified by Ms Bhutto as threats to her in her
October 16, 2007, letter to General Musharraf."
federal government under General Musharraf, although fully aware of, and
tracking, the serious threats to Ms Bhutto’s security, did little more than
pass on those threats to her and provincial authorities and were not proactive
in neutralising them or ensuring that the security provided was commensurate to
federal government failed in its primary responsibility to provide effective
protection to Ms Bhutto on her return to Pakistan.
federal government lacked a comprehensive security plan for Ms Bhutto, relying
instead on provincial authorities, but then failed to issue to them the
inexcusable was the government’s failure to direct provincial authorities to
provide Ms Bhutto the same stringent and specific security measures it ordered
on October 22, 2007, for two other former prime ministers who belonged to the
main political party supporting General Musharraf.
discriminatory treatment is profoundly troubling given the devastating attempt
on her life only three days earlier and the specific threats against her which
were being tracked by the Inter-Services Intelligence.
for Ms Bhutto’s security on the day of her assassination rested with the federal
government, the government of Punjab and the Rawalpindi District Police. None
of these entities took necessary measures to respond to the extraordinary,
fresh and urgent security risks that they knew she faced."
conference in which Bhutto's cause of death was announced prior to any formal
investigation "hindered" the investigation, the court observed.
government press conference conducted by Brigadier Cheema on December 28, 2007,
the day after the assassination, was ordered by General Musharraf.
government’s assertion that Ms Bhutto’s death was caused when she hit her head
on the lever of her vehicle’s escape hatch, and that Baitullah Mehsud and Al
Qaeda were responsible for the suicide bomber were made well before any proper
investigation had been initiated.
action preempted, prejudiced and hindered the subsequent investigation.
unequivocal determination as to the cause and means of Ms Bhutto’s death would
have required an autopsy."
no autopsy of Bhutto was ever conducted.
to use fire hose on the crime scene within 1 hour and 40 minutes of the
occurrence was unjustified and had resulted in destroying the crime scene, this
destruction made it extremely difficult to collect more evidence for DNA tests.
of both the police officers constituted as criminal negligence which had caused
irreparable damage to the crime scene.
non-conducting of a post-mortem examination on the body of Benazir Bhutto also
damaged the investigation due to which clear cause of death of Benazir Bhutto
was not established.
Commission is persuaded that the Rawalpindi police chief, CPO Saud Aziz, did
not act independently of higher authorities, either in the decision to hose
down the crime scene or to impede the post-mortem examination.
deliberate prevention by CPO Saud Aziz of a post-mortem examination of Ms
Bhutto hindered a definitive determination of the cause of her death.
patently unrealistic for the CPO to expect that Mr Zardari would allow an
autopsy on his arrival in Pakistan at Chaklala Airbase nearly seven hours after
his wife’s death and after her remains had been placed in a coffin and brought
to the airport.
autopsy should have been carried out at Rawalpindi General Hospital long before
Mr Zardari arrived.
Commission has uncovered no new evidence to suggest a gunshot injury to Ms
a senior PPP official who publicly purported soon after the assassination to
have seen indications of a bullet injury admitted to the Commission that she
did not have direct knowledge of such an injury."
investigation was severely hampered by intelligence agencies and other
government officials, which impeded an unfettered search for the truth.
their explanation to the Commission that they do not have a mandate to conduct
criminal investigations, intelligence agencies including the Inter- Services
Intelligence agency (ISI) were present during key points in the police
investigation, including the gathering of evidence at the crime scene and the
forensic examination of Ms Bhutto’s vehicle, playing a role that the police
were reluctant to reveal to the Commission.
significantly, the ISI conducted parallel investigations, gathering evidence
and detaining suspects.
gathered from such parallel investigations was selectively shared with the
little direction police investigators had was provided to them by the
the bulk of the information was not shared with police investigators.
investigators on both the Karachi (Karsaz bombing) and Rawalpindi (Bhutto's
assassination) cases were unaware of information the ISI possessed about
terrorist cells targeting Ms Bhutto and were unaware that the ISI had detained
four persons in late October 2007 for the Karachi attack.
broadly, no aspect of the Commission’s inquiry was untouched by credible
assertions of politicised and clandestine action by the intelligence services –
the ISI, Military Intelligence, and the Intelligence Bureau.
virtually every issue the Commission addressed, intelligence agencies played a
pervasive role, including a central involvement in the political negotiations
regarding Ms Bhutto’s return to Pakistan and the conduct of the elections.
Commission believes that the failures of the police and other officials to
react effectively to Ms Bhutto’s assassination were, in most cases, deliberate.
cases, the failures were driven by uncertainty in the minds of many officials
as to the extent of the involvement of intelligence agencies.
officials, in part fearing involvement by the intelligence agencies, were
unsure of how vigorously they ought to pursue actions that they knew, as
professionals, they should have taken."
An earlier version of this story attributed statements saying Rehman Malik and
Asif Zardari appeared to be beneficiaries of the attack to an ATC. The
statement was made by a lawyer. The error is regretted.
Kanhaiya’ written by Hafeez Jalandhari in pre-Partition India is a testimony to
the syncreticism in South Asia.
year, Pakistan’s 70th Independence anniversary and Janmashtami (the Hindu
festival celebrating Krishna’s birth) fell on the same day – August 14. With
that coincidence in mind, I want to share a very unique Urdu poem: Krishn
nazm is by Hafeez Jalandhari, the Urdu poet most well-known for composing the
lyrics to Pakistan’s national anthem, the Qaumi Taranah. Born in the Punjabi
city of Jalandhar (now in India), he moved to Lahore following India and
Pakistan’s independence and Partition in 1947.
title suggests, Krishn Kanhaiya is a poem about the Hindu god Krishna. Today,
the mere idea of a Muslim poet writing about a Hindu deity raises all sorts of
emotions among different groups in South Asia: surprise, joy, curiosity,
there is much more depth to Krishn Kanhaiya than meets the eye. This is no
ordinary devotional poem. Jalandhari, ever a politically minded thinker and
writer, draws upon the mythology and persona of Krishna to produce a poem that
is simultaneously devotional and political.
in fact, a call to liberate India from British colonial rule. Moreover, this
poem, especially when examined in comparison with Jalandhari’s more famous work,
the Qaumi Taranah, can tell us a great deal about the cultural politics of
South Asia in the 20th century and today.
begin with a close reading of Krishn Kanhaiya.
very first line of the poem, Jalandhari addresses his readers as onlookers
(dekhne wālo). Although this may seem trivial, I believe there is a deeper
significance to this choice of words. Urdu poetry is usually meant to be heard,
not read silently. One popular type of poetry, the ghazal, is sung, while nazms
(of which Krishn Kanhaiya is one) are usually recited. Yet, Jalandhari chooses
dekhne wālo, “those who look,” to characterise the consumer of this poem.
Jalandhari’s choice of words be referring to the importance Hinduism gives to
seeing god? I don’t think it would be inaccurate to describe Hinduism as a
religion which, among the fives senses, gives primacy to sight as a way of
connecting to the divine.
central act of devotion when one goes to a Hindu temple is darshan: gazing upon
the decorated image of the deity. And, of course, the incredibly intricate and
symbolic iconography of Hindu gods and goddesses suggests the importance of
saguna brahman, God With a Form.
addressing the readers of the poem as “onlookers” instead of “listeners” or
“readers,” Jalandhari might be encouraging them to engage in an act of darshan
in their mind. As they read or hear the poem, he encourages them to also
visualise Krishna in their minds.
where is Krishna in the poem? We haven’t gotten there yet. The opening lines
are quite abstract. After asking whether Krishna is “reality or representation”
(ma’anī hai ki sūrat), Jalandhari refers to the Hindu god as as a “form of
light” (paikar-e-tanvīr), and asks “Is he fire or light?” (yeh nār hai yā nūr).
these descriptions are full of meaning. In an article on Firstpost, Sharjeel
Imam and Saquib Salim suggest that Jalandhari is alluding to Krishna as a being
of light, reiterating “the age-old belief of a section of Islamic scholars,
that Krishna was a righteous prophet sent to the people of the subcontinent.”
finally gives a description of Krishna that most Hindus would be familiar with:
“this flute player/this cowherd of Gokul” (yeh bāñsurī wālā / gokul kā gwālā).
same time, Krishna is praised using typical Urdu expressions and words relating
to god: “By god, what glory!” (kyā shān hai wallāh) and “he is the majesty of
god” (ik shān-e-ḳhudā hai). Jalandhari differs from traditional Hindu viewpoints in that
he does not equate Krishna with god; yet, for him, Krishna is an embodiment of
God’s glory and majesty.
the earlier point about darshan and the importance of sight in Hinduism,
Jalandhari displays a very intimate understanding of Hindu idol worship in the
tenth stanza of the poem. He writes that “Inside the temple / the sculptor of
beauty himself / entered and became the idol”.
last line, that Krishna “entered and became the idol” (but ban gayā ā kar) is
extremely important. Hindus worship idols as symbols of a deity’s presence in
the sanctum sanctorum of a temple. The deity is not simply the physical statue;
rather, devotees believe that god is present within that statue, and that
presence is what makes an idol worthy of worship.
temples, before a new image or statue is worshiped as a deity, a ritual called
prana-pratishta is usually performed, to invoke that deity’s presence in that
statue. Traditionally, the deity’s eyes were not fully carved until this ritual
was performed. Before prana-pratishta, the statue is merely a statue.
Afterwards, the god or goddess is seen as residing within that statue.
Jalandhari’s line about Krishna “entering” the idol is thus a clear insight
into Hindu temple worship.
banks of the Yamuna
we now get a glimpse of the leela (divine play) narratives that Krishna is so
commonly associated with. Jalandhari describes Krishna’s youthful, romantic
dancing and playing with the gopis (cowherd girls) on the banks of the Yamuna
river as “rare happenings” (turfa nazzāre). In setting this scene, natural and
sensual beauty are intertwined, as seen in phrases like “intoxicated winds”
(sarmast hawāyeiñ) and “waves of love” (ulfat kī tarañgeiñ).
description of Krishna’s leela with the gopis, Jalandhari describes the sound
of Krishna’s flute as “neither intoxication nor wine / it’s something beyond”
(nasha hai na mai hai / kuchh aur hī shai hai). Through these charming
vignettes, we, the onlookers, are also transported to Braj, dancing blissfully
to the music of Krishna’s flute.
in the Kaurava court
in the poem, Jalandhari has described Krishna’s glory, and then paints an
idyllic scene of Krishna dancing with his gopis. Then, abruptly, the poem
transitions into a much darker mood. Jalandhari takes us from the banks of the
Yamuna to one of the most famous scenes from the Mahabharata epic.
reader now finds themselves in the court of the Kaurava princes, the villains
of the Mahabharata. This is the famous incident known as vastra-haran or
cheer-haran (both roughly meaning “disrobing”). After the five Pandava brothers
lose in a rigged dice game to their cousins (the Kauravas), they are forced to
forfeit their kingdom, possessions, and eventually their wife Draupadi as their
the eldest Kaurava, orders Draupadi to be brought into court and disrobed, to
humiliate her. When Draupadi is dragged into the court, she prays to Krishna
for help. Miraculously, Duryodhana and his brothers are unable to disrobe her.
In some re-tellings, her sari is never-ending, and in others, when the Kauravas
pull off one sari another one appears in its place.
praying to Krishna is not part of the critical edition of the Sanskrit
Mahabharata, and was almost definitely added later as Krishna became a more
popular deity across India. Nevertheless, it has become one of the most popular
and iconic incidents from the Mahabharata. It is with this scene that
Jalandhari begins to make his political views more explicit.
poem, the anguished Draupadi wails to Krishna, “These beloved princes [her
husbands] / have all become cowards!” (yeh rāj dulāre / buzdil hue sāre).
However, I wasn’t sure how to translate rāj dulāre; it could also have a much
more pejorative sense, more like “royal babies.”
this reading, we could guess that Jalandhari is accusing India’s numerous
monarchs and rulers of princely states – all of whom eventually acquiesced to
British rule – of cowardice. We could even read rāj dulāre as “babies of the
[British] Raj!” This is Imam and Salim’s interpretation; they argue that
Jalandhari is branding all Indians who worked under the British colonial
administration as cowards, not just the royal families.
what is most telling is when Draupadi calls out to Krishna as “the light of
India” (bhārat ke ujāle). In the poem, Krishna has morphed from being an
abstract form of divinity, to a charming flute player in Vrindavan, and now he
shines as a symbol of hope; the light of all of India. Jalandhari makes
Krishna’s political symbolism much more salient from this point on.
then takes us from the Kaurava court to the preparations for the great
Mahabharata war. He writes that, worryingly, “Duryodhan seems victorious”
(ġhālib hai duryodhan). Ostensibly, Duryodhana, the eldest Kaurava, is a symbol
of foreign (British) rule over the subcontinent, which held sway for centuries.
Ironically, while the Kaurava army was much larger than that of the righteous
Pandavas, British citizens were vastly outnumbered by Indians all through
with Krishna’s arrival on the battlefield (on the side of the Pandavas, of
course), everything changes. Once Krishna preaches the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna,
anxiety (tashvīsh) and sorrow (ġham) changes to war-like enthusiasm: “the
divine decree has been pronounced / the sword has been swung!” (lo ban gayī
taqdīr / lo chal gayī shamshīr)
Krishna that Jalandhari describes now is different from the Krishna who dances
with gopis. This Krishna is a symbol of strength and power: on his “face shines
a bright gaze” (sūrat nazar-afroz), but his “virtues burn enemies” (sīrat hai
adū-soz), and “If he gets angry / he strikes down lightning” (ġhusse meiñ jo ā
jāye / bijlī hī girā jāye). This Krishna is, in short, an icon that can be
easily used in service of anti-colonial nationalism.
this invigorated, confident Krishna in mind, Jalandhari now paints a picture of
India suffering under colonial rule, using Vrindavan as a symbol for all of the
us back to the banks of the Yamuna, which were full of beauty and joy during
Krishna’s youthful lilas. What do they look like now? The Yamuna has become
silent (sunsān), and its waves are weak and lacking in energy (josh).
Once-beautiful gardens have been ruined (barbād), and the gopis (perhaps
standing in for all people of India) have become distraught (pareshāñ) without
now makes his own plea to Krishna: “Oh king of India / come just once more!”
(ai hind ke rājā / ik bār phir ā jā) Interestingly, while Jalandhari makes
Draupadi use the Sanskrit bhārat in her plea to Krishna, Jalandhari uses the
Arabic/Persian hind when he is speaking in the poem.
Krishna to return to Mathura (symbolising all of India) and restore his rule:
“If you come, glory will come / if you come, life will come” (tū āye to shān
āye / tū āye to jān āye). With this call for Krishna to liberate India from foreign
rule, Jalandhari ends his nazm.
Kanhaiya is one of Hafeez Jalandhari’s more obscure works. As I mentioned
earlier, Jalandhari is known today largely because he wrote the lyrics for
Pakistan’s national anthem. By comparing Krishn Kanhaiya to Jalandhari’s more
famous work, I believe we can learn a lot about the cultural politics that have
influenced South Asia over the past century, and continue to do so today.
Wikipedia page claims that before he moved to Pakistan, he was the director of
the Song Publicity Department (it is unclear whether this was under the British
colonial administration, or an Indian political party), and he wrote a number
of popular songs during World War II.
described as an “active participant” in the Pakistan movement, and after
independence in 1947 participated in India and Pakistan’s first war over
Kashmir. For the rest of his life, Jalandhari was intimately involved with
Pakistani military and government institutions: Director General of Morals for
the Pakistan Armed Forces, Director of the Writers’ Guild of Pakistan, and a
senior adviser to Pakistan’s second President, Ayub Khan.
mention all of this simply because I find it fascinating that the same person
could write both Krishn Kanhaiya and the national anthem of Pakistan. Each of
these works represents a dramatically different worldview.
I do not
intend to oversimplify Jalandhari’s worldview, but I would argue that Krishn
Kanhaiya represents a deeply syncretic form of South Asian identity. In his
poem, Jalandhari doesn’t just display a remarkable understanding of Krishna’s
mythology, Hindu temple worship, and epics like the Mahabharata (which he all
does very well); he even situates Krishna firmly within the Islamic tradition of
a cultural mode that the great Indian political psychologist Ashis Nandy
describes quite eloquently in his essay in which the gods and goddesses of
India inevitably find their way into other religious traditions, thus creating
new, syncretic cultures and ways of existing. Nandy mentions the People of
India census conducted by the Anthropological Survey of India between 1985 and
1994, in which 35 Indian communities described themselves as both Hindu and
does it mean that the same person wrote both Krishn Kanhaiya and the national
anthem of Pakistan – works which have such radically different cultural
end, we are left with more questions than answers. Part of this is due to gaps
in the historical record. Frustratingly, we don’t know when Krishn Kanhaiya was
written, or in what written work it was published. Did Jalandhari write it
before he became involved with the Pakistan movement and was exposed to the
Two-Nation Theory? Did he write the poem after migrating from India to
Pakistan? Without knowing these details, I admit that it is hard to make an
argument about cultural politics using this poem.
one thing is very clear to me. The worldview that produced Krishn Kanhaiya is
under threat. Extremists in both Indian and Pakistan thrive off the idea that
Muslim and Hindu religious and cultural identities should be as separate and
distinct as possible, with no room for overlap. Anyone who oversteps the
boundaries set by fundamentalists is a target.
ask ourselves: could a poem like Krishn Kanhaiya be written in today’s cultural
atmosphere in South Asia? Despite all the negative forces of nationalism and
fundamentalism, I believe that it still could.
is by no means dead in South Asia. However, it will not operate on auto-pilot;
when it comes to culture, nothing is guaranteed to last. It is up to us to make
space for these cultural products that defy easy categorisation and exist
purely in a state of hybridity. It is these cultural products which have the
power to unify communities.
times, I too call out to Hafeez Jalandhari’s Krishna:
ke rājā, ik bār phir ā jā!
of India, come just once more!
the full text of the poem. I’d like to thank my friend Hamza Shad for helping
me with this translation.
Kanhaiya, by Hafeez Jalandhari
upon this beauty;
understand this secret:
figment of the imagination;
krishn kī tasvīr
form of light;
image of Krishna.
hai ki sūrat
hai ki fitrat
reality or representation?
craft or nature?
hai ki mastūr
hai yā dūr
hai yā nūr
apparent or hidden?
near or far?
fire or light?
cowherd of Gokul.
hī nahīñ rāz
a magical miracle;
secret will not open.
hooñ kyā hai
perplexed by what he is;
the Majesty of God.
but-ḳhāne ke andar
ḳhud husn kā but-gar
gayā ā kar
sculptor of beauty himself
and became the idol.
just come back to me—
the banks of the Yamuna…
plants waving in the breeze;
fragrance of flowers…
waves of love…
gopiyoñ ke sāth
meiñ diye hāth
with the gopis,
his hand in theirs;
of Braj danced.
meiñ jo lay hai
hai na mai hai
aur hī shai hai
flute is a melody that
neither intoxication nor wine;
It is a
it is a
It is a
mind fond of drink,
it is an
ik ḳhanda hai sayyāl
It is a
laugh flowing like a torrent,
it is a
It is an
the [Kaurava] court,
[also called Krishnaa] is helpless.
calls out: “Come, Shyam, come here!”
these hateful people;
honor lies at the door!”
beloved princes [the Pandavas, Draupadi’s husbands]
a veil, I will be shamed;
helpless wretch’s honor be saved!”
meiñ chhupā le
my Dark One,
light of India;
in your robe!”
have started quarreling,
have heated up the war.
has come, the Lord of the World!
anxiety has been erased!
preached to him [the Bhagavad Gita].
kā ġham kyā
the sorrow of that sorrowful one?
the sorrow of the teacher (guru)?
solution has been reached;
divine decree has been pronounced;
sword has been swung!
virtues burn enemies;
shines a bright gaze;
heart understands character.
meiñ jo ā jāye
bhī luTā jaaye
strikes down lightning;
he is pleased,
loots houses. [similar image to stealing hearts?]
meiñ hai gulfām
the angels, he is rose-colored;
Radha, he is Shyam, the Dark One.
famed one of Mathura,
Kanhaiya of Bindra (a forest near Gokul).
have become desolate;
gopis are distraught.
banks of the Yamuna
meiñ nahīñ josh
storms are silent;
no passion in its waves.
se lagī hai
hī yahī hai
affection is to you;
my unfulfilled wish:
phir ā jā
dard miTā jā
just once more!
our suffering and pain!
kī sadā se
kī ziyā se
clouds and the winds,
effect of magic is lost
lovesickness is lost
ko na bhāyī
to shān āye
to jān āye
come, glory will come;
come, life will come.
those festivals also be there together,
quarrels with the gopis…
News Agency) - Some Pakistani media quoting foreign ministry sources said that
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif will visit Iran, China, Russia and
Turkey for consultations on the new American policy for Afghanistan and South
to reports the regional tour would be carried out in the second week of
of Pakistan Senate committee on foreign affairs Nuzhat Sadiq told Islamic
Republic News Agency (IRNA) that in previous days Foreign Minister’s visit to
the regional countries have been discussed both in Senate and National Assembly
and all of the parliamentarians have insisted that Khawaja Asif needs to visit
regional states including Iran to discuss and have consultations on recent
developments with them.
week foreign ministry spokesperson had formally announced that foreign minister
will visit China, Russia and Turkey but now it looks Iran has also been
included in Khawaja Asif’s planned regional tour.
President Donald Trump announcing his new strategy for Afghanistan and South
Asia on August 21, denounced Pakistan for allegedly allowing terrorists to
maintain safe havens inside its territory.
speech was perceived by many, including the Pakistani government and
parliament, as a direct threat to the country’s sovereignty.
US-backed Syrian fighters ousted the militant Islamic State group from Raqa’s
Old City on Friday, bringing them closer than ever to the jihadist bastion’s
well-defended and densely populated heart.
by US-led coalition air strikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces first broke into
Raqa in early June and penetrated its Old City a month later.
Friday, they successfully captured the entire historic district from jihadists.
forces today seized full control of the Old City in Raqa after clashes with
Daesh,” spokesman Talal Sello said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.
on the edges of IS’s security quarter in the city centre, where most of its
main bases are.” SDF forces are in control of neighbourhoods across Raqa’s
south, west and east — constituting more than 60 per cent of the city.
turn, holds part of the north and centre, where up to 25,000 civilians are
estimated to still be trapped.
prized “security quarter” lies directly west of the Old City and is home to
buildings formerly used by Syria’s government but now taken up as bases by IS.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said the
SDF was still locked in clashes with IS in a small part of the Old City on
head Rami Abdel Rahman said that around 1,000 jihadists were still left in the
overran Raqa in 2014, turning it into the de facto capital of its self-declared
was the scene of some of the group’s worst atrocities, including public
advanced into the Old City two months ago by breaching the Rafiqah Wall, a
2.5-kilometre wall surrounding the district.
bombers killed seven people and wounded 12 in an attack on a power plant north
of Baghdad on Saturday, an Iraqi security official said.
with grenades and wearing explosives belts, three attackers entered the
facility in Samarra, about 100 kilometres north of the capital, at 2am (local
time), the official told AFP.
attacked the plant's workers, killing seven and wounding 12, according to an
initial assessment,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
reinforcements then arrived on the scene, killing two of the bombers and
evacuating the employees.
attack comes as Iraq marks the first day of the Eidul Azha feast.
was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the militant
Islamic State (IS) group frequently carries out suicide bombings in Iraq.
IS captured almost a third of Iraqi territory in a lightning offensive. It now
only holds two pockets of territory in the country.
AP | Sep
1, 2017, 15:15 IST
Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday as
some 2 million Muslim pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual hajj in
of thousands of pilgrims made their way toward a massive multi-story complex in
Mina after dawn to cast pebbles at three large columns. It is here where
Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting
to God's will.
believe Ibrahim's faith was tested when God commanded him to sacrifice his only
son Ismail. Ibrahim was prepared to submit to the command, but then God stayed
his hand, sparing his son.
Christian and Jewish version of the story, Abraham is ordered to kill his other
final days of hajj coincide with the Eid al-Adha holiday, or "Feast of
Sacrifice," to commemorate Ibrahim's test of faith. For the holiday,
Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.
final three days of hajj, pilgrims sleep in a large tent valley called Mina and
for three days take part in a symbolic stoning of the devil. Mina is also where
more than 2,400 people were killed two years ago in a stampede and a collision
of two crowds that crushed people under the force.
Saudi government has since widened some roads in Mina to try and improve the
safety of the hajj. More than 100,000 security forces are managing the hajj
this year, assisting pilgrims and directing the massive crowds that move from
one location to another in the areas around Mecca for five days during the
government also offers all pilgrims free health care and access to hospitals
during the hajj.
pilgrims will remain in Mina until Monday before completing the hajj. They will
then circle the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, Islam's most sacred site, before
Kaaba represents the metaphorical house of God and the oneness of God in Islam.
Observant Muslims around the world face toward the Kaaba during the five daily
five-day-long hajj is a series of rituals meant to cleanse the soul of sins and
instill a sense of equality and brotherhood among Muslims.
pilgrimage is required of all Muslims with the means to perform once in a
the last three days of hajj, male pilgrims shave their heads and remove the
terrycloth white garments worn during the hajj. Women cut off a small lock of
hair in a sign of spiritual rebirth and renewal
(FNA)- Iraqi Federal Police have sent more forces to Kirkuk to participate in
the upcoming liberation operation of the town of Huweija codenamed Qademoun Ya
Huweija against ISIL, an Arab media outlet reported on Saturday.
Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported that the Iraqi Federal Police has
forwarded more units from Baghdad to Kirkuk to join their comrades' upcoming
large-scale operation to free Huweija from ISIL's occupation as soon as possible.
Ali al-Hosseini, the spokesman for the Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi
in the Northern flank announced his forces' readiness to participate in Huweija
meantime, the Iraqi planes dropped thousands of leaflets in the region calling
on people to leave ISIL-held regions.
Khorshid, a member of Huweija Council, estimated that less than 2,000 ISIL
terrorists are in Huweija.
Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced on Thursday the complete liberation of
Tal Afar city and the whole territory of the Nineveh Province from ISIL
said as cited by local TV channel that Tal Afar, a strategically important city
in Northwestern Iraq, which is located near the border with Syria, was
liberated after being held by ISIL for some three years.
the fall of Mosul, Tal Afar became ISIL's last stronghold in the war-plagued
Iraqi government forces' operation to retake the city was kicked off on August
20.The city was seized by militants in 2014. Before the seizure, it was home to
Iraqi federal police announced the end of the military operation to liberate
the city of Tal Far on August 26.
(FNA)- The Iraqi pro-government forces announced that they are preparing to
kick off a fresh round of large-scale operations in the Central part of the
country to drive ISIL terrorists out of the town of Huweija, a media outlet
English-language AMN website reported that the Iraqi government and popular
forces announced their new plan to a launch large-scale operation to retake
Huweija, the last urban bastion of ISIL in the country, after recapturing Tal
Afar city and region.
soldiers have now forced the ISIL out of the entire territories except the town
of Huweija, 300 kilometers (190 miles) North of Baghdad, and three pockets of
territory near the border with Syria.
Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced on Thursday the complete liberation of
the city of Tal Afar and the whole territory of the Nineveh Province from ISIL
Iraqi federal police announced the end of the military operation to liberate
the city of Tal Far on August 26.
(FNA)- The Syrian Army's Russia-made Malyutka anti-tank missiles have played a
significant role in the pro-government forces' victories against terrorists in
the war-hit country, a Russian media outlet reported Saturday.
Arabic-language website of the Russia's state news agency, Sputnik, reported
that the Syrian Army has used Malyutka (the small in Russian language)
anti-tank missiles, known by NATO as the AT-3 Sagger, in the battlefields of
war on terrorism across the war-torn country.
said that the Malyutka anti-tank guided missiles were previously used by the
army destroyed a large number of terrorist groups' military vehicles by
Malyutka missiles that hits the target at the speed of 120m/s, the Arabic
military experts said that the Syrian Army that enjoyed modern Kornet anti-tank
missile made by Russia, is still insisting on utilizing Malyutka missiles in
experts reported last week that the army started using the Russia-made MT-LB
armored vehicles for the safe transfer of soldiers to the frontlines in the war-hit
military experts said that MT-LB armored vehicles, manufactured in Russia,
could boost the Syrian Army's strength for a safer dispatch of soldiers to the
meantime, the Arabic Sputnik reported that the MT-LB vehicles were used for
transfer of cannons and their crew.
added that different weapons could be easily mounted on the MT-LB vehicles.
(FNA)- The Syrian Army troops, backed up by the Syrian and Russian fighter
jets, continued to advance across the administrative border of Homs and Deir
Ezzur provinces after imposing control over more ISIL-held regions in Badiyeh
(desert) on Saturday.
soldiers, supported by warplanes, continued to advance against the ISIL in the
depth of Badiyeh and managed to seize control over more terrorist positions
along the highway that connects the town of al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs to Deir
Ezzur province, capturing the strategic Mount al-Bashari and its nearby regions
in Western Deir Ezzur.
the fighter jets pounded ISIL's positions and movements in Wadi al-Thardah
region, Panorama region, al-Maqaber (cemetery) region, the village of
al-Baqaliyeh and the neighborhoods of Ayyash and al-Roshdiyeh in Deir Ezzur
city and its outskirts, destroying terrorists' command centers and military
to footage released by the Syrian Defense Ministry, Russian gunships have
provided tactical air support to the Syrian troops whilst Russian military
advisors directed Syrian soldiers' operations on the ground.
reports said on Friday that the army men captured a region 12km in length and
4km depth North of the village of Manoukh near Jubb al-Jarrah in Eastern Homs.
suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in
(FNA)- The Russian Air Force carried out a number of combat flights over ISIL's
positions and movements in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur, destroying a
number of their tanks, cannons, arms depots and trucks in the last two days,
the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Saturday.
the past two days, Russian planes have destroyed 9 pieces of hardware,
including two tanks, 6 artillery nests, one homemade multiple rocket launchers,
3 ammunition depots, a command center, as well as 20 trucks loaded with fuel,
arms and ammunition in air raids on ISIL's defense lines in Deir Ezzur,"
the ministry's statement read.
Russian military said it was destroying ISIL targets round the clock, including
hardware, ammo depots and artillery nests.
convoy of 12 ISIL trucks carrying weapons and ammunition and off-road vehicles
with mounted heavy machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons and mortars was
destroyed on the road between Deir Ezzur and al-Rasafeh (in Raqqa province),"
the ministry said.
media outlet released a front-line report on Friday showing mechanized forces
of the Syrian Army being rushed to Eastern Syria in preparation for further
offensives against ISIL terrorists in Deir Ezzur province.
Al-Ghadeer media group's report showed al-Sukhnah flank in Eastern Homs where
the Syrian Army is advancing towards the middle Euphrates region where
pro-government forces are now about 50 kilometers away from the besieged city
of Deir Ezzur.
video could be seen many T-72 main battle tanks as well as some T-62 tanks, a
BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle and a number of cannon-armed gun-trucks are
seen in the video moving to regions near the front-line in eastern Syria.
tanks spotted near the end of the video appear to be highly modified
urban-warfare specialist designs as seen in use with the 4th Mechanized
Division, indicating that elements of the army formation may be participating
in the final drive on Deir Ezzur city.
(FNA)- The Syrian Army soldiers stormed ISIL's defense lines in Eastern Hama
and managed to capture more key regions on Saturday, tightening noose on the
terrorists in the town of Aqayrabat in Eastern Hama.
men, backed up by the country's Air Force, engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL
in Eastern Hama and took full control over the villages of al-Roweizeh,
Khazireh, al-Mo'adhamiyeh, Jarouh, al-Harisheh and Wadi al-Ozam, tightening the
circle of forces around the ISIL-held town of Aqayrabat.
killed a large number of terrorists and destroyed their military equipment in
large scale in the attack.
reports said on Friday that the army men pushed ISIL back from the village and
heights of Salba and the regions of Rasm al-Mazareh, Zenouba, Tweineh, Hasou,
Makimen al-Shamali, Makimen al-Janoubi, Tayebeh Dakij and Jubb al-Abyadh,
killing and wounding a large number of terrorists and destroying their military
the resistance forces managed to take control over the villages of the Northern
al-Qastal, Southern al-Qastal, Central Qastal, Northern al-Maksar and Southern
al-Makser in Eastern Hama.
sources said the ISIL ordered its forces in the town of Aqayrabat to retreat
towards Northern and Southern al-Qastal to prevent its militants in the two
villages from retreating from their positions towards the army-controlled
region in Eastern Homs and Hama, but still failed to block the resistance
(FNA)- The Syrian army soldiers repelled terrorists' attack on their positions
in Aleppo province after hours of clashes, inflicting major losses on them.
Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board)
terrorists' surprise attack to capture the government forces' positions in
Western countryside of Aleppo city were fended off by the strong defense of the
Syrian military men.
the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other
parts of Syria, including Homs and Hama, over the past 24 hours.
terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army's
operations in other provinces across Syria.
Syrian Army troops warded off an overnight surprise attack of the Al-Nusra
Front in the Western outskirts of Aleppo, a military source said on Friday.
source said that the Al-Nusra Front launched the surprise attack in the Western
outskirts of Aleppo, targeting the army positions in al-Lairamoun and al-Zahra
quarters, along with an attack in the New Aleppo District.
Al-Nusra began the assault by launching a barrage of missiles and mortar shells
towards the government areas in Western outskirts of Aleppo city; this resulted
in a short exchange of fire before intense clashes broke out East of the
Scientific Research Facility," the source added.
source went on to say that clashes would later spread from the aforementioned
part of the New Aleppo District to the al-Zahra Association and Al-Lairamoun
quarters, where the army soldiers and their allies were able to beat back the
encroaching terrorists and restore order to the area.
restored in Aleppo's outskirts after nearly three hours of intense fighting
between the terrorists and the army men.
Syrian and Russian fighter jets carried out several combat sorties over ISIL's
positions and gathering centers in the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur and its
outskirts on Friday, leaving a number of terrorists dead and their military
warplanes bombed heavily ISIL's positions in Wadi al-Thardah region, Panorama
base, al-Maqaber (cemetery) region, al-Roshdiyeh neighborhood, the villages of
al-Baqaliyeh and Ayyash, destroying several command centers and vehicles and
killing a large number of terrorists.
said earlier on Friday that the army units stormed ISIL's concentration centers
in the Western and Southern outskirts of Deir Ezzur city, in al-Maqaber
(cemetery) region and in areas surrounding the city's airbase, killing a number
added that the army aircraft pounded ISIL's movements and positions in airbase
region, al-Maqaber, Panorama base, Huweija Sakar, al-Roshdiyeh and al-Huweiqa
neighborhoods and the village of Ayyash, destroying several positions and
killing a large number of militants.
Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL in Eastern Homs and
drove them out of a large region in their push towards Deir Ezzur province on
men captured a region 12km in length and 4km depth North of the village of
Manoukh near Jubb al-Jarrah.
suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in
said earlier on Friday that the army troops and resistance forces continued to
smash ISIL's centers along al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzur highway and seized control of
a region as large as 10sq/km in Eastern Homs.
reported that the Syrian pro-government forces managed to advance towards Deir
Ezzur province and captured a region approximately 10sq/km in area along the
al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzur highway.
meantime, the Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi information center reported that
the army soldiers should move only 25km Eastward to enter to Deir Ezzur
that the army men also drove ISIL out of the villages of al-Moshrefeh,
al-Hafiyeh and al-Zaqroutiyeh.
Syrian Army troops imposed control over several villages and heights in Eastern
Homs after hours of fierce clashes with ISIL on Friday, inflicting major
casualties on the terrorists.
men pushed ISIL back from the village and heights of Salba and the regions of
Rasm al-Mazareh, Zenouba, Tweineh, Hasou, Makimen al-Shamali, Makimen
al-Janoubi, Tayebeh Dakij and Jubb al-Abyadh, killing and wounding a large
number of terrorists and destroying their military equipment.
sources said the ISIL ordered its forces in the town of Aqayrabat to retreat towards
Northern and Southern al-Qastal to prevent its militants in the two villages
from retreating from their positions towards the army-controlled region in
Eastern Homs and Hama, but still failed to block the resistance forces'
sources confirmed last week that the army troops, backed up the country's Air
Force, laid siege on ISIL in their last main stronghold in Eastern Hama.
sources said that the army men laid siege on a large number of ISIL terrorists
in the town of Aqayrabat in Eastern Hama.
sources added that the fighter jets pounded ISIL's movements in the villages of
al-Hardaneh, Abu Habilat and Abu Hanaya in Eastern Hama.
meantime, the Russian Defense Ministry announced in a statement that the Syrian
soldiers, backed up by the Russian fighter jets, laid siege on a large number
of ISIL terrorists in Aqayrabat, adding that the trapped ISIL militants were
trying to escape from Aqayrabat towards Deir Ezzur.
(FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group has sent a large volume of military equipment
and ammunition to the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur to face the Syrian Army
troops' devastating advances in Eastern Homs and Western Deir Ezzur, the
Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
terrorists have been pulling back armored vehicles and munitions to Deir Ezzur
city, the ministry's statement said.
(ISIL) militants are not giving up their efforts to halt the advances of the
Syrian troops by moving armored vehicles, off-road vehicles with mounted heavy
machine guns, arms and ammunition to the Deir Ezzur region and by setting up
new positions reinforced with artillery systems and mortars," the
reports said on Friday that the Syrian and Russian fighter jets carried out
several combat sorties over ISIL's positions and gathering centers in the
Eastern city of Deir Ezzur and its outskirts, leaving a number of terrorists
dead and their military hardware destroyed.
(FNA)- A number of ISIL terrorists were killed and several more were wounded in
the Syrian Army troops' attack in the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur on Saturday.
of the army soldiers stormed ISIL's positions in Tal Alloush region and its surrounding
areas, leaving 10 terrorists dead and several more injured.
men seized also a large volume of ISIL's weapons and ammunition.
soldiers returned to their positions without casualties.
(FNA)- The Syrian Army forces managed to drive ISIL terrorists out of a large
region in Badiyeh (desert) covering 3,000sq/km in area in Homs-Raqqa-Deir Ezzur
triangle in the central parts of the war-hit country, military sources
confirmed on Saturday.
sources said that the army soldiers, backed up by the country's Air Forces and
artillery and missile units, continued to beat back ISIL in Badiyeh and imposed
control over one of the largest mountains in Central Syria known as Mount
al-Bashari in Homs-Raqqa-Deir Ezzur triangle that was one of the most important
bastions of the ISIL.
went on to say that Mount al-Bashari has stretched across the provinces of
Homs, Raqqa and Deir Ezzur and was one of the most important supplying centers
of the ISIL, adding that the army captured 3,000sq/km of land after taking
control over al-Bashari and its surrounding regions.
sources added that the army will be capable of seizing military control over a
large number of villages and towns in Western Deir Ezzur after capturing Mount
sources further said that the army managed to connect two main roads in the Eastern
part of Raqqa province to al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzur highway after capturing Mount
suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in
run-up to Sept. 25 Kurdish regional poll, head of country's largest
parliamentary bloc calls for ‘unified Iraq’
leader of Iraq’s Shia National Alliance, the largest bloc in the country’s
parliament, has voiced disapproval of next month’s planned referendum on
Kurdish regional independence.
thinks secession [of the Kurdish region from the state of Iraq] will end the
region’s problems is deluded,” Ammar al-Hakim said while addressing thousands
of supporters in Baghdad on Saturday.
unified Iraq is the only guarantee of our freedom; it’s our strength and our
glory,” he asserted.
whose alliance holds 180 of 328 seats in parliament, added: “Experience has
shown that when Iraq is weak, the region is weak... A strong Iraq -- with good
neighborly relations -- is in the interest of the entire region.”
25, residents of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region will take part in a popular
referendum on whether to declare formal independence from the Iraqi state.
in Baghdad, however, reject the planned poll, saying it could adversely impact
the fight against the Daesh terrorist group, which despite a string of recent
defeats still maintains a significant presence in Iraq.
Iraqi government also claims that the poll would violate the country’s 2005
constitution and would be “of no political or economic benefit to the region’s
too, rejects the planned referendum, insisting that the region’s stability is
inextricably linked to the maintenance of Iraq’s unity and territorial
also voices concern that the referendum could serve as a “distraction” from
other pressing regional issues, especially the fight against terrorism and
efforts to bring stability to post-Daesh Iraq.
pilgrims converge on tent city of Mina to hurl stones at symbolic
representation of Satan
of thousands of Muslims on Saturday threw stones at a symbolic representation
of the devil as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage now underway in Saudi
final ritual of the Hajj, the “Great Jamara” -- in which pilgrims throw seven
stones at a wall representing Satan -- is intended to remind Muslims of the
devil’s constant efforts to lead the faithful astray.
to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Ibrahim was the first to perform the ritual
after the devil tried to incite him to disobey Allah.
to the Saudi authorities, more than 2.35 million pilgrims are taking part in
this year’s pilgrimage, some 1.75 million of whom came from overseas.
Saturday, the fourth day of the five-day Hajj ritual, throngs of pilgrims
converged on the Jamrat Bridge in the tent city of Mina near the city of Mecca
to perform the stoning ritual.
annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia is a religious obligation for Muslims,
who must make the journey -- if financially feasible -- at least once in their
the fifth “pillar” of Islam, the Hajj is intended to demonstrate the solidarity
of the Muslim people and their submission to Allah.
the Hajj is generally associated with Islam’s final prophet, Muhammad, who
lived in the seventh century, the pilgrimage to Mecca is believed by Muslims to
stretch back thousands of years to pre-Islamic times.
pilgrimage takes place every year from the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah,
the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar.
five days, Muslim pilgrims converge on Mecca, where they circumambulate the
Kaaba seven times; run between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah; drink water
from the sacred Well of Zamzam; stand vigil on the plains of Mount Arafat; and,
finally, throw stones at the devil.
then cut their hair and sacrifice an animal -- meat from which is traditionally
distributed to the poor -- before celebrating the Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of the
Sacrifice,” which began on Friday.
the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the date of the Hajj changes
each year on western calendars.
KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Sep 02 2017
Taliban insurgents have suffered casualties during the operations of the Afghan
security forces in southern Kandahar and southeastern Paktika provinces.
Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said at least 9 insurgents were killed
and 4 others were wounded during the operations conducted in Khakrez district
statement further added that a vehicle and six weapons were also destroyed
during the same operations.
to MoD, at least 3 insurgents were killed and 2 others were wounded during
another operation conducted in Khair Kot district of Paktika province.
Ministry of Defense says the operations were conducted in the past 24 hours as
part of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) clearance and
counter-terrorism operations to suppress the insurgency of the anti-government
armed militant groups.
statement by MoD also added that the during this period, the Afghan forces have
conducted 12 clearance operations, 9 special operations in ten provinces of the
Afghan Air Force also participated in the operations and carried out 28
missions in support of the Afghan forces which includes 3 airstrikes, MoD
anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not
commented regarding the reports so far.
KHAAMA PRESS - Fri Sep 01 2017
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its
preliminary findings regarding the deadly airstrikes conducted in Logar and
Herat provinces of Afghanistan.
to UNAMA, at least 28 civilians were killed and 16 others were wounded in the
airstrikes, citing preliminary findings the mission conducted into the alleged
civilian casualties reports.
report by UNAMA further added, On 30 August, airstrikes conducted in the
Pul-e-Alam district of Logar province killed at least 13 civilians and injured
12 others, UNAMA’s preliminary findings indicate.
said, the air strikes reportedly targeted Anti-Government Elements as they used
a civilian compound to attack aircraft.
notes the news release issued by United States Forces in Afghanistan that it is
aware of an incident in the Logar area and that they have opened an
investigation into it,” the report said, adding that “UNAMA will continue its
independent work to establish the facts around the harm caused to civilians
from these attacks, including looking into allegations that Anti-Government
Elements deliberately used civilians or civilian locations as a shield.”
to the UN mission in Afghanistan, it has recorded a 43 per cent increase in
civilian casualties from aerial operations during the first six months of 2017
compared to the same period in 2016, documenting 232 civilian casualties (95
deaths and 137 injured), with substantial increases in women and child deaths.
deeply saddened to hear that women and children have once again suffered so
terribly from the conflict,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s
Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “This is
unacceptable. All parties must live up to their obligations to take all
feasible measures to protect civilians.”
urges authorities to ensure independent, impartial and prompt investigations of
both incidents at the earliest opportunity, and for appropriate steps to be
taken to ensure accountability, compensation for victims and the prevention of
such incidents in the future.
of an airplane belonging to a private airline appeared on a main road in Kabul
city late on Thursday night, causing panic among the city residents.
pictures and videos of the plane’s haul were widely shared on social media
platforms amid speculations the plane has made emergency landing.
plane belongs to Kam Air, one of the private airlines of the country with the
informed sources saying the haul of the plane was being shifted to a park so
that it can be used as a restaurant.
shared online shows the empty haul of the plane with the engines and wings
removed as it is being dragged on the main road along the airport.
meantime, the sources are saying that the plane which was out of order has been
shifted to Kabul park and will be used a restaurant.
comes as Kam Air has stepped up efforts recently to increase the number of its
fleet by adding new and modern planes.
officials in Kam Air Airline Company said in mid-July that an Air Bus 340 type
aircraft has been added to the fleet of the aircrafts which will be used for
flights to United Arab Emirates and other countries, including Europe once the
flight operations permit has been granted.
officials are saying that the aircraft can transport more than 300 people and
can flight for 16 hours.
BAZAR: Nearly 400 people have died in fighting that has rocked Myanmar’s
northwest for a week, new official data show, making it probably the deadliest
bout of violence to engulf the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority in decades.
38,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar, United Nations
sources said, a week after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an
army base in Rakhine state, prompting clashes and a military counter-offensive.
August 31, 38,000 people are estimated to have crossed the border into
Bangladesh,” the officials said on Friday, in their latest estimate.
says it is conducting clearance operations against “extremist terrorists” and
security forces have been told to protect civilians. But Rohingya fleeing to
Bangladesh say a campaign of arson and killings aims to force them out.
treatment of Myanmar’s roughly 1.1 million Rohingya is the biggest challenge
facing national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused by some Western critics of not
speaking out for a minority that has long complained of persecution.
clashes and ensuing army crackdown have killed about 370 Rohingya insurgents,
but also 13 security forces, two government officials and 14 civilians, the
Myanmar military said on Thursday.
comparison, communal violence in 2012 in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, led to
the killing of nearly 200 people and the displacement of about 140,000, most of
fighting is a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since
October, when similar but much smaller Rohingya attacks on security posts
prompted a brutal military response dogged by allegations of rights abuses.
evacuated more than 11,700 “ethnic residents” from the area affected by
fighting, the army said, referring to the non-Muslim population of northern
than 150 Rohingya insurgents staged fresh attacks on security forces on
Thursday near villages occupied by Hindus, the state-run Global New Light of
Myanmar said, adding that about 700 members of such families had been
the terrorists were arrested, including one 13-year-old boy,” it said, adding
that security forces had arrested two more men near a Maungdaw police outpost
on suspicion of involvement in the attacks.
20,000 more Rohingya trying to flee are stuck in no man’s land at the border,
the UN sources said, as aid workers in Bangladesh struggle to alleviate the
sufferings of a sudden influx of thousands of hungry and traumatised people.
some Rohingya try to cross by land, others attempt a perilous boat journey
across the Naf River separating the two countries.
border guards found the bodies of 15 Rohingya Muslims, 11 children among them,
floating in the river on Friday, area commander Lt. Col. Ariful Islam said.
takes to about 40 the total of Rohingya known to have died by drowning.
Friday, Bangladesh foreign ministry said it had lodged a “strong protest”
against violation of air space by Myanmar helicopters on three days this week,
including on Friday, near the area where the Rohingya are fleeing violence.
instances of incursion into Bangladesh air space by Myanmar helicopters run
contrary to the good neighbourly relations and could lead to unwarranted
situation,” said the foreign ministry statement.
Kyi’s spokesman Zaw Htay said that while he was not aware of the complaint,
there were channels in place to facilitate dialogue between the two sides and
if Myanmar indeed receives the complaint from Bangladesh, it would respond.
Agerholm | The Independent | Sep 2, 2017
Legislation requiring people to "stick to traditional national clothes and
culture" has been introduced in Tajikistan - a move widely interpreted as
an attempt to stop women from wearing Islamic clothing.
the central Asian country traditionally wear a scarf tied behind the head,
rather than a hijab, which wraps under the chin. Despite being a majority
Muslim country, Tajikistan's minister of culture, Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda, told
Radio Free Europe Islamic dress was "really dangerous".
that "everyone" looked at women wearing hijabs "with concern,
worried that they could be hiding something under their hijab."
the legislation -an amendment to an existing law on traditions in the country
-did not mention the hijab specifically, authorities have previously said the
Islamic veil represents an "alien culture".
existing laws, women wearing hijabs are already banned from entering the
country's government offices. At the beginning of August, officials approached
more than 8,000 women wearing hijabs in the capital of Dushanbe and ordered
them to wear their scarves in the Tajik style. The new legislation does not
introduce a penalty for breaking the rule, but some have claimed that fines
could be introduced at a later date.
Updated: Sep 2, 2017
Scores of Rohingya Muslim refugees offered Eid prayers on Saturday in
Bangladesh, many of them recent arrivals fleeing a surge in communal violence
in neighbouring Myanmar.
festival comes as renewed violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state forces thousands
of Rohingya -- a stateless ethnic minority -- to seek refuge in Bangladesh,
with many drowning as they attempt to cross the border river in makeshift
the bloodiest chapter yet in a bitter five-year crisis that has torn apart
Rakhine along ethnic and religious lines, displaced the Rohingya in huge
numbers and heaped international condemnation on Myanmar's army and the
government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
had everything at my home... but now I've become a refugee. There's nothing
much to celebrate. Yet it is our duty to perform the Eid prayer," said
39-year-old Makbul Hossain who made the dangerous crossing from Rakhine to the
Bangladesh border town of Cox's Bazar last week.
sheep and cows are slaughtered worldwide to celebrate the major Muslim festival
of Eid-ul-Adha, which is known as the Feast of the Sacrifice.
used to sacrifice my own animals during Eid," said 60-year-old farmer Deen
was forced to flee for his safety after the latest round of violence erupted
late August when Rohingya militants swarmed police posts, killing 15 officials
and burning villages.
the fighting started I left my homestead with everything. I am penniless
here," he told AFP, breaking down in tears.
monsoon rains, small-scale festivities were under way in refugee camps in Cox's
Bazar, where many have taken cover in schools that have closed for Eid.
Rohingya are reviled in Myanmar, where the roughly one million-strong community
are accused of being illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
violence broke out, the UN has estimated 40,000 people -- mostly women and
children -- have fled to Bangladesh, while nearly 400 people have died in the
fighting between Myanmar troops and Rohingya militants, according to the army
20,000 more have been stranded at the no man's land between the two countries'
has been the crucible of religious violence since 2012, when riots erupted
killing scores of Rohingya and forcing tens of thousands of people -- the
majority from the Muslim minority -- into displacement camps.
(FNA)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the killing of
hundreds of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar during the latest wave of violence that
erupted a week ago was “genocide.”
is a genocide there. They remain silent towards this... All those looking away
from this genocide carried out under the veil of democracy are also part of
this massacre," Erdogan said in Istanbul on Friday, presstv reported.
Turkish president added that the issue would be discussed in detail in the
upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly in mid-September in New
comments came as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Myanmar’s
military forces to show “restraint,” warning that a “humanitarian catastrophe”
was looming in the west of the country.
Muslims, a community of more than a million people, have been denied
citizenship and access to basic rights as the Buddhist-majority country of Myanmar
views them as intruders from neighboring Bangladesh. The Rohingya reject claims
about their origins and say their ancestors have lived in the area for decades.
extremists have been waging communal violence in Rakhine since 2012. Hundreds
of people have been killed and tens of thousands forced from their homes as a
International Organization for Migration said on Wednesday that the
government's latest crackdown in Myanmar had forced 18,500 members of the
Rohingya community to flee to Bangladesh in less than a week.
United Nations believes that Myanmar’s government might have committed ethnic
cleansing and crimes against humanity in its crackdown on the Rohingya.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticised the indictment in
Washington of members of his security detail who were charged with assaulting
protesters during an official White House visit in May.
of 19 people including Turkish security officials have been identified from
video footage of the May 16 clashes with Kurdish protesters following a meeting
between Erdogan and President Donald Trump.
said in a televised address that the case was a “scandalous demonstration of
how American justice works.” More names were added to the case this week after
US officials said videos showed Turkish security agents beating and kicking
protesters on the ground in the “Embassy Row” section of downtown Washington
foreign minister reacted angrily, protesting “in the strongest terms that such
an unjust and biased indictment, with names of people that have never been to
the US, has been accepted.” It said it had conveyed its reaction to the US
ambassador to Ankara.
of 21 counts of assault and hate crimes based on the victims’ ethnicity were
levelled against the group by Washington DC district attorney Channing
(FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami stressed that his
country will further boost the combat power of its ballistic and cruise
missiles in the next four years.
have specified plans to enhance the Islamic Republic of Iran's missile power,
specially in the missile field. God willing, the combat capabilities of Iran's
ballistic and cruise missiles will enhance in this period (during his tenure as
defense minister)," General Hatami said in an interview with the
Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Saturday.
that the enemies are adopting measures to weaken Iran's missile power, he said
that Tehran monitors their acts precisely and increases its missile power and
Hatami also underscored his plans to reinvigorate the country's capabilities in
electronic warfare and increase its missiles' destruction power.
relevant remarks late last month, General Hatami underlined the need for the
further reinvigoration of the country's missile and Air Force power.
will increase the capabilities in both fields of cruise and ballistic missiles
and since the speed of cruise missiles is an important issue, we have a special
plan on agenda," General Hatami said in an interview with the state TV
last Monday night.
will increase the defense power so much that no one dares to make any
aggression against Iran and knows that Iran will give a crushing
response," he added.
Hatami also underlined the necessity for boosting the power and capabilities of
the Air Force, adding, "We have plans for heavy fighter jets and initial
steps and studies have been done and we should move towards a strategic air
he pointed to the home-made version of the sophisticated Russian S-300 missile
defense system, dubbed as Bavar (Belief) 373, being manufactured by the Iranian
experts, and said its manufacturing progressed over 85%, adding that it is more
updated than the S-300.
(FNA)- Hebron governor Kamel Hameed Saturday said the Israeli army’s decision
to expand municipal powers of illegal settlers in the city of Hebron as “the
most dangerous since 1967.
the official radio station 'Voice of Palestine’ that the decision is paving the
way for undermining Palestinian authority and imposing the Israeli one instead.
“The order jeopardizes any political settlement in the area, which stands in
contradiction with the peace process and the establishment of a Palestinian
was divided into two sections in the Hebron Protocol signed by the late leader
Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January 1997;
“H1 is under full Palestinian control and H2 is under Israeli control”.
is under Israeli military control, civil issues, such as infrastructure,
construction, traffic arrangements, in the settlers section continue to be
controlled by the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli army’s order transfers municipal powers from the Palestinian Authority
to the Hebron municipal committee under the jurisdiction of Israel’s Ministry
of Interior, which constitutes a violation of the Hebron Protocol.
warned from the consequences of such decision in the future, saying it will
lead to a state of confusion and chaos and will threaten order and stability in
the area. He called for urgent political, diplomatic and legal action.
(FNA)- Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein
Baqeri said enemies do not dare to attack Iran as they know any invasion of the
country would lead to a war that could not be contained to Iran's borders.
they decide to launch war, certainly they will not decide about the time and
place for its end. Certainly, they will not be able to keep this war contained
to the Islamic Republic of Iran and they will not even be the decision-maker
with regard to the priority of battle at Iran's borders; this will be the
Islamic Republic of Iran's power that will dictate these issues to them,"
General Baqeri said while visiting Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base on
meantime, underlined that enemies are aware of the high costs of any war
against Iran, and said they are also unlikely to launch a ground invasion
against the country for the fear of ultimate defeat.
relevant remarks in June, General Baqeri described national security as Iran's
redline, vowing that Tehran would give a crushing response to any threat or
mighty and successful Laylatol Qadr operations of the Islamic Revolution Guards
Corps (IRGC) that comprised of firing precision-striking mid-range missiles
against the Takfiri terrorists' command and logistic centers in Deir Ezzur of
Syria and punished the culprits behind the Ramadan 12 (June 7) terrorist crimes
in Tehran showed that national security is a redline for the Islamic Republic
of Iran's Armed Forces and efforts to defend it will not be forgotten even for
a single moment," General Baqeri said.
that the missile attacks were carried out concurrent with the US Senate's
sanctions against the IRGC and the Iranian nation, he said that the missile
strikes made the enemies understand that any threat and aggression against
Iran's national security "will face the Armed Forces' reaction".
News Agency) - The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday sympathizes with Asian
nations of India, Nepal and Pakistan after deadly floods killed hundreds of
message, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi expressed sorrow over the deadly
flooding in parts of South Asia, particularly in India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
further sympathized with the three nations and governments as well as the
bereaved families of the victims.
of severe monsoon rains, which peaked earlier this week, resulted in the deaths
of at least 1, 200 people across India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and
left two thirds of Bangladesh underwater.
to the United Nations, around 41 million people have been affected by flooding
and landslides that have ensued due to the monsoon across the subcontinent.
foreign minister on Saturday decried other Muslim countries’ silence on the
plight of the Rohingya Muslims.
are a great many Muslim countries. Where are they? Why are they silent?” Mevlut
Cavusoglu asked at an event marking the Muslim Eid-al Adha holiday in the
Mediterranean province of Antalya.
to date Turkey had delivered more than $70 million in humanitarian aid to the
Rohingya Muslims, and that no country in the world was showing more concern for
the Rohingya than Turkey.
added: “It’s not enough to deliver aid. In two weeks we need to hold a meeting
in New York with the UN’s secretary-general, leaders of Muslim countries,
international organizations, head of the UN Advisory Commission on Rakhine
State, Kofi Annan, and other leaders to solve this issue.”
erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on 25 August when the country’s security
forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslim community. It
triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards neighboring Bangladesh, though the
country sealed off its border to refugees.
reports said Myanmar security forces used disproportionate force, displacing
thousands of Rohingya villagers and destroying their homes with mortars and
region has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations
since communal violence broke out in 2012.
security crackdown launched last October in Maungdaw, where Rohingya make up
the majority, led to a UN report on human rights violations by security forces
that indicated crimes against humanity.
documented mass gang-rape, killings — including infants and young children —
brutal beatings, and disappearances. Rohingya representatives have said
approximately 400 people have been slain during the crackdown.
(FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani praised South Africa for its
supportive policies towards the Palestinian people, and stressed cooperation
with Cape Town in the fight against terrorism.
have said this in a meeting with the South African speaker and say it now again
that we appreciate that country's good positions in support of the rights of
the Palestinian people," Larijani told reporters in a joint press
conference with his South African counterpart Baleka Mbete in Tehran on
he welcomed South Africa's investment in Iran's oil, gas and petrochemical sectors,
and said, "Today we had good negotiations with the South African speaker
and studied different aspects of Iran's investment in South Africa (too)."
cooperation in the fight against terrorism and exchange of intelligence in this
regard was also paid attention by the two sides in the meeting," Larijani
remarks came after South Africa’s ruling party in July announced its intention
of downgrading its embassy in Israel to an “interest office.”
major policy conference in Johannesburg, the African National Congress’s
international relations committee decided on a number of recommendations to be
adopted as official party policy later this year.
commission called for the downgrading of the South African embassy in Israel to
send a strong message about Israel’s continued illegal occupation of Palestine
and the continued human rights abuses against the people of Palestine,” the
commission’s chairperson announced.
2013, South Africa’s International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
had said that “the struggle of the people of Palestine is our struggle” and
South Africa has decided to “slow down” and “curtail senior leadership contact”
with the Israeli “regime,”. Already, she said, South Africa’s government
ministers do not visit Israel.
“Our Palestinian friends have never asked us
to disengage with Israel [through cutting diplomatic relations]. They had asked
us in formal meetings to not engage with the regime,” Nkoana-Mashabane was
quoted by South African website News24 as telling a Congress of South African
Trade Unions international relations committee meeting. The Congress of South
African Trade Unions supports a boycott of Israeli products and has in the past
accused Israel of practicing apartheid.
of South Africa do not visit Israel currently. Even the Jewish Board of
Deputies that we engage with here, they know why our ministers are not going to
Israel,” she added.
Ekrima Sabri, a former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and current Imam of the city’s
Al-Aqsa Mosque, will visit Britain as part of a delegation organised by
Pro-Palestinian group EuroPal, according to Jewish News Online.
sent to MPs announced the details of Sabri’s visit agenda and offered meetings
in parliament with the group between Monday 11 and Friday 15 September.
in a 2001 radio sermon he called for the destruction of Britain and the US and
said: “Allah, destroy the US, its helpers and its agents. Allah, destroy
Britain, its helpers and its agents. Allah, prepare those who will unite the
Muslims and march in the steps of Saladin.”
has a history of anti-Semitic and terrorist-supporting views, including
advocating using children for terrorist means.
sermon on Palestinian television, he said: “The Muslim loves death and [strives
addition to calling for the destruction of America and Britain, he has said
Jews are “the most cowardly creatures Allah has ever created”, adding that he
is “filled with rage toward the Jews”.
Ryan MP, Labour Friends of Israel chair, said she was horrified Sabri was
attempting to visit parliament “given his reported views on the holocaust,
terrorism and the Jewish people."
added: “If these reports are true, he should not be allowed into the UK, let
alone into Parliament.
petition to ban him from the UK has gathered more than 5,000 signatures
a platform to those who spout hatred and violence is not the way to achieve
justice and peace in the Middle East.”
petition launched by the Christian United for Israel UK (CUFI UK) urging Home
Secretary Amber Rudd to ban him from entering the UK and visiting Parliament
has gathered more than 5,000 signatures.
Office spokesman said: “The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an
individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive
to the public good.”
clear that coming here is a privilege and this would be refused to those who
seek to subvert our shared values.”
members of Britain First staged a peaceful protest outside Maidstone Mosque
today - and inadvertently raised £120 towards the construction of a new one.
First is against plans to build what it calls a "mega mosque" in
Kent's county town.
rival group called the Maidstone Anti-Racist Network had promised to donate £10
to the development fund for every Britain First member who turned up.
money will go towards replacing the current centre with a three-storey complex
of classrooms, library, offices, kitchen, three shops and a flat.
First spokesman published live report on Faacebook
spokesman for Britain First insisted it had been a successful protest with
"loads of beeping and cheering and loads of support."
live broadcast on Facebook he said: "You can rest assured we will not stop
until these mega mosque plans have been scrapped by the council."
accused councillors of sitting in "ivory towers" and passing
proposals "without a whimper of opposition" and warned: "If you
are a councillor who passes any proposals for any type of mega mosque then we
will confront you personally and hold you personally responsible."
Mosques: Britain First protesters with their banner. Picture: Facebook
four-minute piece to camera was interrupted by car horns he continued: "As
you can see, the people of Maidstone do not want this mega mosque. Enough is
money for the development was coming from the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia and
extreme Islamic states in the Middle East and complained: "There is not a
single church in the whole of Saudi Arabia."
on: "Our disgusting, treacherous, self-serving parasite politicians are
selling us out. They are betraying our ancestors by allowing this enormous
Islamic influx into our country. Britain First is opposed to this avalanche if
on duty at the Maidstone Mosque protest
this afternoon the video had been viewed 31,000 times and had more than 500
Terranova, 27, of the Maidstone Anti-Racist Network, said: "Eight
supporters of Britain First were in the town centre last Saturday so we have
already raised £80 to give to the Imam.
more Britain First members who turn up, the more money we will collect through
crowdfunding for the mosque. We will use their campaign against them in the
most peaceful way possible.”
should not ignore a market worth 20 billion pounds sterling to UK retailers
says the Muslim Council of Britain
purchasing power of around £30 billion every year, British Muslims represent a
huge consumer market — but it is one that many mainstream retailers are still
failing to tap into.
Edgware Road, London’s so-called “Little Arabia”, the pavements are bustling
with customers keen to purchase clothes, fabric, jewellery and snacks in time
for Eid Al Adha.
local independent and family-owned stores are well-prepared for a surge in
business at this time of year, while the Lebanese restaurants and shisha bars
are even livelier than usual. Most outlets are open late, some round the clock.
a short walk away in Oxford Street, Britain's best-known shopping
thoroughfare,it is a very different picture, with few visible signs that the
UK’s largest retailers are making any effort to market Eid.
supermarket chains such as Tesco and Argos rolled out a range of special
spreads in the lead-up to Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr, the first of the two annual
Eids, earlier this year, there is much less promotion this time around.
should not ignore the power of the Muslim pound. According to a 2014 report by
the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim market is worth £20.5 billion a year
to retailers in the UK.
Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, believes that amount is
much higher. “It certainly would have gone up to at least £30 billion,” he told
The National. “There is a huge potential there for investors. That is the
really important thing to remember. You’re not doing the Muslim community a
favour by having dedicated clothes lines and so on. You’re helping your
Shafiq said British retailers have woken up to the opportunity in recent years,
but that there is a lot more that could be done.
10 years ago, nobody did anything. Five or six years ago, we started seeing
some of the supermarkets in Muslim and Asian areas lay out a small selection of
Ramadan-related and Eid-related goods and materials. But that’s about it.
That’s all that happens.”
level of marketing is clearly far less than for other festivals, such as Christmas,
Easter and Halloween, which are major events in the British retail calendar.
retail market spends billions on Halloween, Bonfire Night and special occasions
like that. What’s wrong with spending some money on Ramadan, Eid, and Hindu and
Jewish festivals as well?,” Mr Shafiq asked.
British firm that is actively courting the Muslim pound is Hotel Chocolat. The
upmarket confectionery chain advertised a range of Eid products on its website,
including hampers containing alcohol- and gelatin-free chocolates. Many Muslims
avoid eating gelatin as it can contain processed pork.
really showcased it in the shops,” chief executive Angus Thirlwell said. Muslim
customers “loved how we are participating in this event,” he added.
National contacted retail chains House of Fraser and Asda to ask about their
plans to market the Eid holiday, but did not receive a response. According to
Mr Shafiq, H&M is the only retailer which puts up any sort of festive
Muslim posters, usually at the end of Ramadan. He believes anti-Muslim
sentiment is a major reason for why top leading British brands shy away from
promoting Islamic festivals.
is a real fear among retailers that because of the rampant Islamophobia in our
society, their brand will be damaged if they somehow support Muslims to come
and shop there. I think that definitely plays a big part.”
pointed out that when supermarkets started rolling out halal food several years
ago, it provoked an outcry from sections of the British public, particularly on
the far-right but also in some of the mainstream media.
was a fear that ‘Muslims are taking over our supermarkets’,” he said. “Even
then, that sort of mentality has not gone away.”
Jawed, who works at Nawras chocolate and dates shop on Edgware Road, believes
that mainstream retailers are missing an opportunity.
some extra merchandising and marketing around Eid, mostly we advertise online
and that works well with our customers,” she said.“Larger shops that you’d find
on the high street don’t really seem to do anything for Eid… maybe they are
missing out on part of the market, but Eid is a good time of year for our
fashion brand Aab, which sells a range of modest clothing online and in various
department store chains, also looks forward to this time of the year. The brand
puts out a special Eid collection every year, a month before the actual
definitely see a spike in sales during Ramadan and Eid, and then the second Eid
as well,” Altaf Alim, commercial director at Aab, told The National.
believes mainstream department stores such as Debenhams, which sells Aab’s
products, do increasingly recognise the value of the Muslim pound, but more
could be done.
market as a whole is starting to recognise the value of the Muslim pound. There
is definitely awareness and an impetus now for many mainstream brands and
retailers to tap into this market.
of stores do promote the first Eid, but less so the second one. They are
missing a trick there — perhaps it’s a case of more education needed so that
they understand the different festivals.”
argument is even more compelling given that the British high street is facing
tough times with economic uncertainty
and rising inflation prompting households to rein in spending.
should be grabbing an opportunity like this with both hands — particularly in a
difficult market like this,” Mr Shariq said. “There is a phenomenal opportunity
for people who want to make money. The Muslim pound is a huge resource, and
incredibly lucrative if you get it right.”
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mosques in the US city of Houston in Texas have opened their doors to those
displaced by Hurricane Harvey, providing supplies and shelter to Americans,
despite warnings of a significant rise in anti-Muslim sentiments and hate
crimes this year.
floodwaters kept rising in the city, the Houston-area mosques offer the victims
a dry place to sleep, food and other supplies, The Washington Post reported.
president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston M.J. Khan said that he
started to load up on towels and bedding last weekend when the rain began to
families gather for dinner at the Brand Lane Islamic Center in Stafford, Texas
on August 31, 2017.
helping is a total no-brainer,” he said. “You don't even have to discuss or
debate it. It's part of our faith and part of being human. I always feel that
this is why God created human beings: for us to help each other."
assured that people, who take shelter in the mosques “will not be disturbed,
they will not be displaced, they will not be moved.”
mosque in the city of Beaumont—the Islamic Society of Triplex— started to offer
food and volunteer medical care to the neighbors, according to Amna Ahmed, a
member of the mosque.
members of the mosque--even though many of them had to evacuate their homes
south of Houston--delivered meals to an estimated 500 people at the city’s two
emergency shelters on Thursdays night, Ahmed said.
the mosque plans to bring another large supply of meals to a basein Port
youths are provided beds inside a classroom at the Brand Lane Islamic Center in
Stafford, Texas on August 31, 2017.
non-Muslim American woman, who took shelter in the Champions mosque’s gym said,
"Muslims are just like any other type of person. They’re caring, loving,
very fortunate that they were open and willing to come and have this space,” AP
quoted Katherine McCusker as saying.
other Americans, who were being housed in mosques, have also taken to social
media, saying that they enjoyed the Muslim tradition of hospitality.
activist Saira Siddiqui, who is a student in social justice, said the disaster
provided an “an opportunity for us to simply get to know one another. And that
is what will bring about long-term change.”
mosque in Houston has opened its doors to evacuees of Harvey storm.
storm made landfall last Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in
over five decades. It has since been downgraded to a tropical depression as it
heads to the Texas inland and parts of neighboring Louisiana.
779,000 Texans have been told to leave their homes and another 980,000 fled
voluntarily amid dangers of new flooding from swollen rivers and reservoirs. So
far, at least 44 people were dead or feared dead, according to Texas officials.
sentiments and hate crime incidents have been on the rise across the United
States since President Donald Trump started his presidential campaign, during
which he promised to impose a “complete and total shutdown” on Muslims entering
the US, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
report published in July, CAIR said hate crimes have spiked since 2016, which
was the worst year on record for anti-Muslim incidents. It also warned that
2017 could be the worst year for US Muslims if anti-Islam bias and hate crimes
continue at this rate.
crews save residents in Port Arthur, Texas on September 1, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
presidential election campaign and the Trump administration have tapped into a
seam of bigotry and hate that has resulted in the targeting of American Muslims
and other minority groups," said Zainab Arain, a CAIR coordinator.
report said that common forms of hate crimes against Muslims from April to June
this year involved harassment, physical violence or property damage.
| Updated: Sep 1, 2017
The US intends to work with Pakistan to take down terrorists, defence secretary
Jim Mattis has said, asserting that this is what a "responsible"
responding to questions on Pakistan's reaction to the Afghan and South Asia
policy announced by US President Donald Trump last Monday.
hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to terror groups that kill
American soldiers in Afghanistan. He also warned Pakistan that it has
"much to lose" by harbouring terrorists.
did not respond to questions on timeline, if any, for Pakistan to take action
against terrorists and terrorist groups.
intend to work with Pakistan in order to take the terrorists down. I think
that's what a responsible nation does," Mattis said at a media briefing.
remarks remarks came after the State Department notified to the Congress to
place a pause button on $255 million foreign military financing for Pakistan.
up $255m to Pakistan
United States will hold up $255 million in military assistance for Pakistan
until it cracks down on extremist groups that threaten neighboring Afghanistan,
officials said Thursday, in the first concrete step since President Donald
Trump vowed to ramp up pressure on Pakistan.
new strategy for the 16-year Afghan war, Trump singled out Pakistan for
harboring Taliban leaders and other militants that are battling American troops
in Afghanistan. Trump's tough words about Pakistan, a troubled US security
partner, infuriated Islamabad and triggered anti-US protests that Pakistani
police have had to use tear gas to disperse.
the Trump administration had floated the possibility of curtailing aid, hitting
Islamabad with sanctions or severing its status as a major non-NATO ally, it
had been unclear until Thursday exactly what types of measures the
administration would pursue, or how quickly.
have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time
they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting," Trump said in
his Afghanistan speech. "But that will have to change."
administration had faced a September 30 deadline either to say that it planned
to spend the $255 million, or lose it. Ahead of that deadline, the
administration told Congress that it will indeed use the money, but is putting
a "pause" on spending it or on assigning any funds to specific sales
of military equipment to the Pakistanis.
Department officials said the funds won't be released until the US sees that
Pakistan is more successfully addressing US concerns about safe havens in the
country for groups including the Haqqani network, which is allied with the
Afghan Taliban and has been blamed for some of Afghanistan's worst attacks. The
officials weren't authorized to comment by name and requested anonymity.
Pakistan has long maintained that its purported Taliban ties and tolerance of
extremists groups are overblown, arguing it is already doing its best to help
the US stabilize Afghanistan. And American officials wouldn't describe any
specific steps they were demanding that Pakistan take, nor would they say
whether they'd even communicated such steps privately to the Pakistanis.
vague nature of the US demands on Pakistan, coupled with the
split-the-difference approach of putting the promised funds aside indefinitely,
suggested the Trump administration was still struggling to settle on its
Pakistan policy even after the president unveiled it with fanfare in a prime-time
address. On Afghanistan, too, the plan is a work in progress, with Pentagon
officials still determining a final number for how many more US troops will be
sent to Afghanistan.
is symbolic more than significant, on both sides," said Ambassador Jim
Jeffries, a former longtime diplomat now at the Washington Institute for Near
East Policy. "The Pakistanis will push the usual buttons of protests and
complaints and diplomatic anger, but they will also think, 'Boy, what else will
has already reacted angrily to Trump's allegation that the country harbors
extremists, with the country's lower house of parliament passing a resolution
this week denouncing his claim. Security analyst have also warned that
isolating Pakistan could lead it to seek closer ties with Russia, Iran and
China — rival powers whose influence in the region is a longstanding concern
for the US
has sought before to use aid to Pakistan as leverage to secure its cooperation
on Afghanistan, previously withholding Coalition Support Funds. To Pakistan's
dismay, Trump has also dangled the possibility of bringing India — Pakistan's
archenemy — deeper into the Afghanistan process unless Pakistan is more
has fought for years with the Pakistani Taliban and homegrown extremists, but
at the same time has tolerated the Afghan Taliban and the related Haqqani
network. It's widely accepted that Afghanistan's Taliban leaders are living in
Pakistan and that Pakistani hospitals treat the group's wounded.
United States Department of Defense or Pentagon on Friday informed regarding
the award of a new contract for the Afghan Air Force having a value of more
than 69 million dollars.
ATK, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $69,368,834 firm-fixed-price
undefinitized contractual action for the Afghanistan Air Force AC-208 armed
intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft requirement,” Pentagon
said in a notification of award.
further added that the work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is
expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2018.
contract is a pseudo foreign military sales requirement. Fiscal Afghan Security
Forces funds in the amount of $33,990,728 are being obligated at time of award.
The 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is
the contracting activity (FA8620-17-C-4048),” Pentagon added.
AC-208 Combat Caravan offers a robust day/night intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance solution now available with precision counterinsurgency,
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities (ISR), according to
te contracting firm.
easily convertible from “Clean Wing” ISR to armed operation with Hellfire
comes as the United States last month awarded a contract worth around $727
million in support of the Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing as efforts
are underway to boost the capabilities of the Afghan national defense and
Innovation Corp., Gaithersburg, Maryland, was awarded a $727,689,796
firm-fixed-price contract to provide support for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and
Special Mission Wing (SMW) helicopter/fixed-wing fleets,” the Department of
Defense said in a statement.
statement further added that aids were solicited via the Internet with one
received. Work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated
completion date of May 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army)
funds in the amount of $126,689,243 were obligated at the time of the award.