A view of the Sufi shrine in Pakistan where at
least 20 people were killed CREDIT: ISRARUL HAQ/EPA
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local hard-line Islamic groups fanning sectarian sentiments in Indonesia’s
public sphere and several Muslim majority countries ravaged by bloody
conflicts, the youth wing of the nation’s largest Islamic organization is
calling on Muslims to re-examine their understanding of their own faith.
Ansor, the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulema (NU), has launched what it calls the
Humanitarian Islam movement to counter an understanding of Islam that has
birthed conflicts, including acts of terrorism.
Cholil Qoumas, the organization’s chairman, said the movement aimed to
contextualize the basic teachings of Islam to produce an alternative
have been hesitant to examine the elements within Islam that can be a source of
conflict,” he said recently.
supreme council secretary general Yahya Cholil Staquf, who is one of GP Ansor’s
emissaries to promote the Humanitarian Islam movement, said the contextualization
of Islam within current conditions was important.
the orthodox understanding, it is stated that non-Muslims are enemies, or at
least Muslims should distrust them. We cannot live with that kind of
understanding because we now live within a diverse society,” Yahya said.
added that growing Islamic conservatism in several Islamic countries was caused
by the absence of an alternative comprehension of Islam.
can see that the number of incidents of violence motivated by religion in countries
like Bangladesh and Pakistan is growing, which can disrupt the future of those
countries. It has been caused by a lack of consolidative efforts to build an
alternative comprehension of Islam,” Yahya said.
further commented that GP Ansor encouraged all concerned parties to stop using
religion for purposes other than religious edification. He added that this led
people taking Koranic scripture literally, without understanding the initial
context, which hampered the efforts to contextualize Islam.
is a gap between contemporary reality and certain elements in Islamic
orthodoxy,” he said, adding that the most problematic element was the teaching
that regulated the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims.
emissary of Humanitarian Islam, Charles Holland Taylor, said the term
Humanitarian Islam had been adopted by GP Ansor to express the spirit of Islam
Nusantara, a principal introduced by NU, which embodies the values of kindness,
compassion and humility.
who cofounded and chairs the LibForAll Foundation, added that since the 9/11
tragedy in the United States, two narratives about Islam had emerged in
societies in the West; people who embraced Islamophobia and those who cared
about Muslim minorities.
have tended to deny the very real facts underlying the growth of extremism and
terrorism, and this is what Humanitarian Islam is designed to address,” he
daughter of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, Alissa Wahid, said that up
until recently Indonesia had shown that Muslims could live in harmony within a
added that GP Ansor was working with minority groups, civil society
organizations, and the government to solve the current problems that Indonesia
was facing. (rdi)
Pakistan — Twenty people were tortured and then murdered with clubs and knives
at a Pakistani Sufi shrine, police said Sunday, in what officials are calling a
women are among the dead and four other people were wounded during the attack
on Sunday morning at the shrine on the edge of Sargodha, a remote town in the
Punjab region, police said.
killings were purportedly carried out by the shrine's custodian and several
accomplices, senior police official Jamshed Ahmad told NBC News.
its ancient hypnotic rituals, Sufism is a mystical form of Islam that has been
practiced in Pakistan for centuries.
said police raided the shrine and captured six people including the custodian,
who has been identified as Abdul Waheed, 50.
said police came to know about what he described as a "brutal
killing" when one of the injured managed to reach a nearby hospital.
custodian called his faithful one by one to a room where he killed them using
daggers and sticks," Ahmad said.
people died inside the shrine and one woman died later at hospital, Ahmad
said they were currently investigating the incident and trying to ascertain the
Ali Chatta, government administrator of the area, told the Associated Press the
custodian was allegedly in the practice of "beating and torturing"
devotees to "cleanse" them and said Waheed had confessed to the
Sanaullah, the law minister for the Punjab provincial government, said an
initial investigation showed that Waheed had a collection of followers who
would regularly visit the shrine and face torture in the name of religious
shrine was built about two years ago on the grave of local religious leader Ali
Mohamamd Gujjar. Shamsher Joya, a local police officer, said Waheed would come
to the shrine twice a week from Lahore, and his followers would submit to
"beating and torturing with a red hot iron rod."
Haider, a doctor in a Sargodha hospital, said most of the dead were hit on the
back of the neck."There are bruises and wounds inflicted by a club and
dagger on the bodies of victims," he told Reuters.
Hameed, Regional Police Officer for Sargodha, said that during his
interrogation, Waheed had told police he believed his victims were out to kill
told police that he killed the people because they had tried to kill him by
poisoning him in the past, and again they were there to kill him," Hameed
could not immediately find contact details for Waheed or any lawyer
recent months, Sufi shrines have been targeted by extremist Sunni militants who
consider them heretics, including a suicide bombing by Islamic State that
killed more than 80 worshipers at a shrine in Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in
southern Sindh province.
November, an explosion ripped through another Sufi shrine, the Shah Noorani in
southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 52 people. Islamic State also claimed
responsibility for that attack.
young Muslim dancer has mesmerised the audience by his performance as Lord
Krishna at a programme celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita,
organised by the Ramakrishna Mission in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
Sheikh, who came from Assam as a member of the Rangapara Dance Academy to take
part in the 4-day programme, danced on the themes of ‘Dashavatar’ and ‘Krishna
Leela’. Asked about taking part in a Hindu religious programme, Sheikh said, “I
am an artiste and an artiste does not have any religion or caste.”
and Vivekananda had taught about unity of all faiths, the 18-year-old dancer
also took part in Sattriya, a classical dance form originated in Assam and was
attributed to 15th century Vaishnab saint Srimanta Sankardev.
is the best religion. Ramakrishna and Vivekananda never taught religion of gods
or goddesses. They strove for the development of the country and its people,”
secretary of Jalpaiguri Ramakrishna Mission, Swami
four-day sesquicentennial programme of Sister Nivedita concludes today (Apil
ISSA - In a muddy camp in northern Syria, civilians who fled Raqa said fear of
an expected US-backed assault on the Islamic State group bastion was reaching a
week, hundreds of civilians escaped Raqa and headed north to the camp in Ain
Issa, in territory controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed
Arab-Kurdish alliance. As part of their campaign to capture Raqa, the Syrian
heart of the jihadists' so-called "caliphate", the SDF have been
bearing down on the IS-held Tabqa Dam over the past 10 days.
that Syria's biggest dam would collapse and flood Raqa, 55 kilometres
downstream, have sparked panic in the city. "The hisbah (religious police)
announced over the megaphones 'the land of Muslims will be flooded, the Tabqa
dam has collapsed,'" said Mohammad Mahmoud, 38.
his brother and both their families paid $1,000 to a smuggler and fled Raqa on
foot earlier this week. "I was so afraid, I couldn't think straight,"
camp where he has found shelter is home to several thousand Syrians displaced
by war, including 400 families who arrived this week from Raqa. Children
waddled through makeshift pathways between tents emblazoned with the logo of
the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), clutching sandwiches and water bottles.
tents, men waited for their turn to have their IS-mandated beards shaved then
examined their bare chins in a small mirror.
face was weighed down by exhaustion, his clothes covered in dust. He hovered
protectively around his elderly mother who sat in a wheelchair, its wheels
caked in mud after their arduous 14-hour trek out of Raqa.
hell there. Fear rules over everything," he said as he took apparent
pleasure puffing on a cigarette, a vice which IS banned when they captured Raqa
in 2014. "IS is finished now. Most of its fighters fled to Mayadeen or
Albu Kamal," two towns in the oil-rich eastern province of Deir Ezzor,
most of which is under IS control.
the entrance to the camp, Kurdish police units -- known as Asayesh -- searched
visibly shaken new arrivals. Ahmad, a Raqa native in his 50s, said residents
seized the opportunity to flee when they saw IS fighters leave.
were no longer afraid to flee Raqa like before, because IS fighters were less
and less visible," he said, his six children perched atop suitcases packed
with their belongings. Ahmad said the jihadists "abandoned most of the
checkpoints, built tunnels around the city" and protected their positions
with sand bags.
said the journey to Ain Issa was traumatic. "We were so terribly afraid of
the air strikes, that the coalition might think we are IS fighters," he
is afraid of the assault on Raqa," a 25-year-old man who asked to use the
pseudonym of Zuhair for security reasons, said using an Arabic acronym for IS.
"Many of their fighters fled with their families on motorbikes and there
are fewer and fewer checkpoints," he said.
even as the jihadists left, "they warned residents 'not to go to the
infidels,'" said Zuhair, who still has relatives trapped in Raqa, a city
of 300,000 residents.
don't know what happened to them," he said, tearing up. IS applies an
ultra-conservative interpretation of Islamic law in territory under its
control, torturing or executing law-breakers. Zuhair said he was jailed and
lashed by jihadists several times for selling tobacco in defiance of an IS ban.
if I hadn't taken the risk, I couldn't have fed my family," he said,
crouched near his one-year-old daughter Qamar. Syria's conflict began in 2011
with anti-government protests, but has since turned into a multi-front war that
has killed more than 320,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes.
Since March 21, the battle for Tabqa Dam and the adjacent town has killed at
least 110 civilians and 68 jihadists, according to the Britain-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights.
said SDF fighters were around two kilometres from Tabqa. Jilal al-Ayyaf, who
runs the camp in Ain Issa, said he was bracing for an influx of displaced
people as the SDF press their advance. "The more the noose tightens
(around IS), the more displaced people we'll get," he said.
: 03 April 2017
has expressed its reservations regarding the appointment of the former army
chief, retired Gen Raheel Sharif, as head of the Saudi-led 39-nation Islamic
military alliance, saying it is not 'satisfied' with the coalition.
are concerned about this issue... that it may impact the unity of Islamic
countries," Iran's Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost said.
state-run IRNA news agency quoted Honardoost as saying that Pakistan had
contacted Iranian officials before issuing the no-objection certificate (NOC)
to Gen Sharif to lead the Saudi alliance.
that does not indicate that Iran is satisfied with this decision or it has
accepted the same," the envoy said.
ambassador said Iran had conveyed its concerns to the Pakistani government.
said Tehran had informed Islamabad that Iran would not become part of such a
military alliance, adding that neither had Iran been extended an offer to join
a coalition of this sort.
proposed that all important Islamic countries come together to form a
"coalition of peace" in order to resolve their issues "rather
[than] forming a controversial military alliance".
Sharif is likely to assume command of the anti-terrorism alliance, being dubbed
the ‘Muslim Nato’, in April.
government had issued an NOC for Sharif to join the alliance after an
understanding was reached between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on the matter,
retired Maj Gen Ijaz Awan, a defence analyst and close associate of the former
army chief, had told Dawn.
appointment of Gen Sharif as the leader of the 39-country military alliance
sparked debate over how the move will impact Pakistan's foreign policy, and
whether it was fully sanctioned by parliament.
had initially found itself in the crosshairs of Middle Eastern politics as
Saudi Arabia named it as part of its newly formed military alliance of Muslim
countries meant to combat terrorism, without first getting its consent.
after initial ambiguity, the government had confirmed its participation in the
alliance, but had said that the scope of its participation would be defined
after Riyadh shared the details of the coalition it was assembling.
Sharif last March accompanied the prime minister to Raadal Shamaal, the first
military exercises of the alliance in which Pakistani troops also participated.
coalition was envisaged to serve as a platform for security cooperation,
including provision of training, equipment and troops, and involvement of
religious scholars for dealing with extremism.
Saudi government had surprised many countries by announcing that it had forged
a coalition for coordinating and supporting military operations against
terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.
Saudi Arabia's archrival for influence in the Arab world, was absent from the
states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional
powers rage from Syria to Yemen.
mufti claims unilateral conversion ban Bill ‘insult’ to Islam, wants retraction
LUMPUR, April 3 — Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria urged Putrajaya today to withdraw
from tabling the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 Bill due to a
controversial provision banning unilateral conversion of minors.
Perak mufti was reported by news outlet Astro Awani on its website as claiming
that the proposed amendments will deny the rights of a Muslim convert, in
addition to sidelining the powers of the Shariah courts.
marriage and divorce law is also known as Act 164.
am informed that the Bill on Act 164 regarding married couples where a convert
weds a Muslim and there is a divorce, then their children or children cannot be
registered as Muslim either by the mother or father except by the consent of
both after the child reaches 18,” Harussani was quoted saying.
is a very serious matter, a matter that is against the Constitution and
furthermore against Islam, and it is opposed to the rules set by the Shariah,”
he added, referring to the Islamic code.
claimed that any law that is against Islam is a direct opposition to God and
would constitute idolatry.
mufti also claimed the laws would belittle and insult Islam if it is tabled and
it is my job as a mufti to suggest that the government retract the proposal to
amend the Act and not table it at this time,” he said.
to Harussani’s claim, Malaysia’s Parliament has no obligation to obey the
opinion of a state mufti.
is expected to table the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill
2016 for second reading in Parliament this sitting, the highlight being the
inclusion of a new Section 88A that explicitly states that “both parties” in a
civil marriage must agree for the conversion of a minor into Islam.
LUMPUR, April 2 — Lawyer Siti Kasim will be summoned to clarify her reported
remarks relating to God’s existence in an interview with a Chinese news outlet
that purportedly deviates from the Islamic faith, a deputy minister in the
Prime Minister’s Department said today.
Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim)
will contact and arrange an interview date with the vocal lawyer and human
rights activist, national news agency Bernama reported.
not trying to degrade her but is it true what she said? We want to hear from
her lips first but when summoned, don’t fail to turn up,” he was quoted telling
reporters in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan after officiating an event there.
was also reported adding that Jakim is not empowered to take legal action
against Siti, but that the state Islamic Department can take action based the
relevant enactments relating to crime, faith and the dissemination of matters
that can damage Islam.
deputy minister in charge of Islamic affairs was reported to be responding to
Siti’s online interview with an unnamed Chinese news outlet a few years ago.
last month filed a police complaint after receiving death threats from Facebook
users over her alleged remarks on God.
Asian Muslims, Indonesians Cast A Wary Eye on Trump’s Travel Ban
NETRALNEWS.COM -- When Annisa Rochadiat made a recent trip to Japan, she was
worried about whether she would be able to re-enter the U.S.
Indonesian national has been living in Detroit for the past few years, and this
was the first time she had traveled outside America since Donald Trump took
office as U.S. president in late January.
worries mainly stemmed from the fact that I'm visibly Muslim, who also happens
to hold citizenship of a Muslim-majority country," said Rochadiat, who
wears a hijab.
the end, she was able to pass through immigration checks without any trouble.
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, is not among the seven --
and later six -- Muslim-majority countries against which Trump has been seeking
an entry ban.
that does not stop Rochadiat from worrying. "To be clear, Muslim Americans
have experienced discrimination -- and in some cases hate crimes -- before
Trump became president since 9/11," said Rochadiat, who had been in and
out of the U.S. before starting her Ph.D. at Wayne State University in Detroit
just the magnitude and frequency have starkly escalated and increased since
Trump won the election. His rise to power has apparently emboldened some
attempt to block citizens from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen from
entering the U.S. has incited worries in other parts of the Muslim world,
including Indonesia and Malaysia.
Indonesian recipient of the U.S. Fulbright scholarship said she and her fellow
recipients planning to depart for the U.S. this year were "tremendously
worried" that the ban could be extended to Indonesia, and that their
scholarship funding might be cut or they might face discrimination.
Indonesian and Malaysian nationals make up only a fraction of Asian immigrants
to the U.S., it remains a popular destination for prospective students from
both countries. But while those who may be directly affected by the travel ban
have spoken out, official reactions from the two countries have been muted.
not affected by the policy. Why should we feel worried?" Indonesian
President Joko Widodo said, shrugging off local concerns. The U.S. is one of
Indonesia's largest trading partners and a leading source of foreign direct
investment, and Widodo is clearly reluctant to risk damaging those economic
ties -- potentially under threat as Trump moves toward protectionism -- with
what he deems unnecessary comments.
observers have pointed out that Trump is not seeking a ban against citizens of
Muslim-majority nations he has business ties with, including Indonesia, where
Trump Hotel Collection is developing two resorts with local business partner
about 100 protesters led by Malaysian opposition politicians gathered in front
of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 3 to demand the ban be canceled.
Rally leader Saifuddin Abdullah said the ban would only fan antagonism against
the West among radical organizations such as the Islamic State group.
plays into their narrative that you should not trust democratically elected
leaders," he told local reporters.
the ban come into force, those most likely to suffer are refugees fleeing
war-torn nations targeted by Trump's decision. Many of these refugees use
Southeast Asia as a transit point on their way to settling down in the West,
including in Australia and the U.S, but are now stranded in the region.
is also the swelling number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.
Overall, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
Southeast Asia currently hosts 2.6 million "persons of concern," a
term that includes refugees and asylum seekers.
JUI-F centennial celebrations will prove to be a milestone in introducing new
political trends regarding enforcement of Sharia in the country.
tehsil general secretary Hafiz Saeed Mustafa stated while talking to media here
the other day.
said that the party office-bearers and workers from across the country will
participate in the centennial celebrations conference to be held in Peshawar
during the ongoing month. He said that JUI-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman will address
the attendees, adding that Imam-e-Ka’ba Abdur Rehman Al-Sudais and
representatives of Islamic organisations will also participate in the
the occasion, he also pointed out that religious seminaries are guardians of
the geographical and ideological boundaries of Pakistan, pledging that the
JUI-F will go to any extent to protect them.
leaders including Maulana Abdullah Rabbani, Maulana Saad, Maulana Zubair,
Maulana Ismail, Maulana Abu Bakr Farooqi and Maulana Saifullah were also
present on the occasion.
The recent deadly attack on Parachinar was not the first one this year. In
fact, sect-based attacks on Shias in Parachinar are not a new phenomenon. The
conflict dates back to the colonial era and has been erupting every Muharram
since the 19th century. But in recent years, especially after the advent of
Sunni deobandi sectarian organisations in the wake of Afghan Jihad in 1980s and
religious revolution in Iran in 1979, this conflict became worse. It only got
worst after Pakistan's tribal areas became sanctuaries of Sunni deobandi
terrorist groups of all ilk in the post-9/11 Pakistan.
is one of the seven tribal Agencies of FATA and is divided in three distinct
regions of Upper Kurram, Central Kurram and Lower Kurram. Upper Kurram is predominantly
Shia whereas Central & Lower Kurram are Sunni majority areas. The Agency
stretching over more than 3000 square kilometers is bordered with the North
Waziristan in the South, Hangu, Orakzai and Khyber Agency in the East, whilst
it shares its border with Afghanistan's area of Nangarhar in the North West and
with Paktia province in South West.
these Afghan provinces have been strongholds of Afghan Taliban and Haqqani
network. In fact, many districts of Paktia and Nangarhar were fallen to Taliban
in last two years. In 2016 however, Islamic State in Khurasan Province (ISKP)
took many Nangarhar districts from Taliban, few of which Taliban have captured
because of the strong presence of these terrorists groups across the border,
Kurram became excellent sanctuary for Pakistan based terrorist groups, who work
in mutual cooperation at operational level, with the Afghan terrorist groups.
In lieu of safe havens in each other's area of influence on both sides of
border, these groups provide on-ground operational support to each other - a
fact contested by the security agencies however.
arrival of ISKP in this Taliban-Taliban equation on both sides of
Kurram-Nangarhar border has been used by Pakistan based militant groups, all of
whom are anti-Shia across the board. Shia majority of Upper Kurram has been
sandwiched between the anti-Shia Haqqanis & Afghan Taliban on Afghan side
and a mix of terrorist outfits like Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP),
Lashkar-e-Jhangavi (LeJ) etc. in Central and Lower Kurram. This siege like
situation continued for more than a year and half in 2008-9, when Pakistan's
security agencies launched Operation Koh-i-Sufaid I and II, which concluded in
2011 and 2012 respectively.
being the headquarter of Kurram Agency and the central city in Shia majority
Upper Kurram, has been under attack by these terrorist outfits since 2005. This
seat of Shias enveloped by Sunni militant groups on all sides is strategically
very important for these groups to cross the border to reach sanctuaries in
Afghanistan. It was for this reason that TTP, LeJ and latter Jamaat-ul-Ahrar
have kept attacking it for not only ideological reasons - to eliminate Shias -
but also for the strategic reasons - to get safe passage across the border. This
importance increased with every operation starting from Rah-e-Nijaat in South
Waziristan that pushed these militant groups in North Waziristan bordering
Parachinar in south. From 2009 onwards when CIA's drone strikes in North
Waziristan were intensified, these groups started relocating gradually to
Kurram, from where they needed passage to Paktia and Nangarhar. It was, thus,
important for them to keep Parachinar troubled and uproot well equipped Shia
groups from there so there won't be any resistance for them.
- Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman on Sunday said
that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and violence. Ulema from all
schools of thought have declared any kind of armed struggle within Pakistan as
un-Islamic, he said.
was talking to media persons at Aza Khel, Nowshera in connection with the
preparations for centennial celebrations of the party and the largest-ever
religious-political congregation of JUI-F to be held from April 7 to 9.
stressed the need for friendly relations with all neighbours and an independent
foreign policy for the country, which should be based on friendship rather than
said ulema have already distanced themselves from militancy, terrorism and any
kind of armed struggle within the country.
said that JUI-F congregation of 25,000 ulema had already dismissed the notion
that declared parliament, constitution, judiciary and democracy un-Islamic,” he
asked journalists to highlight the issues of Muslim Ummah and give maximum
coverage to JUI-F congregation to portray peaceful image of Islam and religious
said that due to better policies of the party even the Communist Party of China
has termed JUI-F a friend party. The day is not far when JUI-F will prove the
world that Islam is the religion of peace and brotherhood, Fazl said.
the reformulation of foreign policy, he said the country has been in isolation
even after 70 years of independence given its important geo-strategic location.
said that the country needs to have friends not international masters and it
was the need of the time to have good relations with international power on the
basis of equality and friendship.
- Four missiles were fired into parts of Upper Kurram Agency from inside
Afghanistan on Sunday. A shop was completely destroyed in the incident.
no loss of life was reported in the incident,” the local political administration
informed The Nation.
in the political administration said that one of the missiles hit a shop in
Shungak, and another fell near a mosque in the same area. They said that the
shop was completely destroyed. Similarly, the other two missiles landed in a
graveyard located at Kachkeena locality of the agency. They said that it was
confirmed that all the four missiles were fired from Paktia province of
Afghanistan. No casualties were reported in the missiles attack, the officials
the incident created panic among the residents of the areas. Following the
incident, the political administration officials and the security forces rushed
to the area.
Agency is one of the sensitive agencies, and this latest incident occurred in
the area where militants have reportedly killed at least 23 people and injured
over 40 others in a car-bomb explosion, two day ago in Parachinar.
through a message to the media, Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA), a faction of the TTP
claimed responsibility for the attack.
- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will resume
voluntary repatriation process for Afghan refugees today (Monday).
the voluntary repatriation programme, it is expected that around 16,000
registered Afghan refugees would go back to their home country, Afghanistan, in
the months of April and May, officials said.
first phase of voluntarily sending the refugees back to Afghanistan had been
halted in last November, due to harsh cold weather, they explained.
in the fresh phase, which will resume today (Monday), the willing refugees will
leave for their country from the repatriation centre setup for the purpose at
Chamkani near Peshawar, they said.
the registration process of refugees who want to go back to Afghanistan will
also continue, they informed.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) city chief Engineer Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman has said
that atrocities being committed by K-Electric (KE) against Karachiites have
said that JI would not tolerate the injustices and this time it would stage a
sit-in outside K-Electric’s headquarters on April 7. He expressed these views
while chairing a meeting of party office-bearers at JI Karachi headquarters
Idara Noor-e-Haq. District heads of the party and other office-bearers attended
the occasion, Naeem appealed to people affected by K-Electric and party workers
to reach private power distribution company’s headquarters by 12 noon. He also
appealed to people to bring their written complaints against K-Electric with
them. He also directed the party workers to launch a massive and effective
outreach campaign. Complaint cells will be set up in all districts for this
purpose, he added.
said that K-Electric administration and owners were earning billions of rupees
in profit, but were not willing to deliver despite the fact that they were
bound to. He said that K-Electric had brought darkness to the lives of ordinary
troops violate ceasefire along LoC
Pakistani troops on Monday resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic
weapons along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and
Kashmir, prompting the Army to retaliate.
was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Digwar sector of Poonch
today, using 82 mm mortars, automatic weapons," a defence spokesman said.
Army personnel took positions and responded befittingly to the Pakistani
firing, the spokesman said, adding that intermittent firing was going on.
is no casualty on Indian side, he said.
In a major crackdown, police today seized 14 mobile phones from a sub-jail in
Baramulla district of Kashmir which were allegedly being used by the inmates to
be in touch with their contacts in Pakistan via WhatsApp.
phones were seized from the prisoners, who included those held on charges of
militancy and stone-pelting, just three days after Union Home Minister Rajnath
Singh said that Pakistan is using social media to fuel unrest in Kashmir.
had got inputs from Jail authorities about their suspicion of some mobile
phones being operated from inside the jail premises. In a joint search
operation by the jail and police officials, 14 mobile phones were recovered
along with some incriminating material," Senior Superintendent of Police,
Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain said.
are quite a few militants there and we have recovered some phones from them as
well. They were on WhatsApp and we can see that they were in touch with some
Pakistani numbers as well... So we will look into the whole issue," he
recoveries were made from prisoners who were involved in stone pelting and
militant activities, the SSP said, adding the recovered phones were being sent
for forensic tests gather details about the purpose they were being used for.
said an FIR has been registered against 10-12 inmates and investigation is on
to find out how these articles, which are not authorised as per the jail
manual, have made entry into jail premises.
The US State Department highlighted the SIMI operatives encounter and Vyapam
scam deaths in Madhya Pradesh as Indian government's human rights excesses in a
report released on Sunday.
report titled `Human Rights Practices in India for 2016' mentions the killing
of suspected SIMI operatives after their escape from Bhopal central jail as
"arbitrary deprivation of life and other unlawful or politically motivated
also mentions the Vyapam deaths as examples of "corruption and lack of
transparency in government". The US report states that in July 2015, the
Supreme Court ordered CBI to take over a Madhya Pradesh state government
investigation of fraud within the state-controlled Professional Examination
in the case since the investigation began in 2013 included more than 2,000
individuals. In August, the CBI registered a complaint against 60 individuals
and filed charges against a student candidate and an impersonator. The Madhya
Pradesh high court granted bail to some of the accused. The CBI was also
investigating the deaths of 48 individuals over the span of five years,
including a journalist, who reported on the fraud," the US State
Department report reads.
to the report, investigations and prosecutions of individual cases took place,
but lax enforcement, a shortage of trained police officers, and an overburdened
and under resourced court system contributed to infrequent convictions.
The Indian Mujahideen wanted to carry out a big terror strike in Surat in 2008
to avenge the killings of Muslims in 2002 Gujarat riots and the demolition of
Babri Masjid, police said on Sunday.
in the Gujarat crime branch said IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal had travelled to
the diamond city with a plan to plant 29 bombs on July 26, 2008, the day 20
blasts rocked Ahmedabad, killing 56 people and injuring more than 200 people.
the second round of questioning on Sunday, Bhatkal told sleuths that IM was
planning to carry out bigger attacks in Gujarat after the July 2008 serial
blasts. "Bhatkal had thought after carrying out serial blasts in Jaipur,
Bangalore and Delhi, they would get away with Ahmedabad blasts too. But within
a week of the attack, Gujarat police caught some of the key IM
operatives," an official said.
military kills top leader of Takfiri terrorist group
military forces have killed the founder and top leader of Daesh-linked Velayat
Sinai Takfiri terrorist group in an airstrike.
the results of the air raid on March 18 ... and upon the security apparatus’s
investigation, it was revealed that Salem Salmy al-Hamadeen, aka Abu Anas
al-Ansari, was killed,” said Egyptian army spokesman Tamer al-Refai in an
official statement on Sunday, adding that the terrorist leader had died of
injuries he had sustained in the airstrike.
Egyptian military official said the attack also killed 17 “extremely dangerous”
terrorists and wounded several others.
group, previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, was founded in 2011 and in mid
2013 it began a campaign of deadly attacks against Egyptian security forces.
The group has killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers, particularly in
the Sinai Peninsula, so far. In November 2014, it also pledged allegiance to
Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which is mainly active in Syria and Iraq, and
renamed itself as Daesh-Velayat Sinai Province.
to Refai, the Takfiri leader was one of the group’s founders and was among its
most prominent leaders in North Sinai, playing an active role in arming and
training militants in the region.
military statement came two days after the terrorist group announced the
killing of Hamadeen in its propaganda weekly newsletter al-Nabaa, mourning the
death of the 40-year-old leader in an obituary, and describing him as a “key
figure” in the terror campaign.
Egyptian military launched a large-scale security operation against Daesh
positions in Sinai in September 2015, following coordinated terrorist attacks
on several army checkpoints that claimed the lives of 21 soldiers in July that
Sinai Peninsula has been under a state of emergency since October 2014,
following a deadly terrorist attack that left 33 Egyptian soldiers dead. Over
the past few years, militants have been carrying out anti-government activities
and fatal attacks, taking advantage of the turmoil caused in Egypt after the
democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted by the military in
Sinai terrorists have claimed responsibility for most of the assaults, mainly
targeting the army and police.
artillery units heavily pounded the positions of militants in the Yarmouk
Refugee Camp in Southern outskirts of Damascus city, inflicting heavy losses on
army soldiers also clashed with terrorists North of Yarmouk camp in an area
between al-Thanavia and al-Rija neighborhoods.
the meantime, the army closed all tunnels linking the Allah neighborhood of
Barzeh district to al-Qaboun district Northeast of Damascus.
in Eastern Ghouta reported that the army men engaged in heavy fighting with the
terrorists in al-Qaboun, while the army carried out heavy rocket attack on the
terrorists' position in the al-Qaboun.
sources added that the army expanded its control over al-Reihan Farms in
Eastern Damascus and gained control over more points and tunnel networks in the
vicinity of Ibn Sina Hospital following heavy fighting with terrorist groups
since yesterday afternoon, killing and wounding dozens of militants.
reports said on Saturday that Syrian military forces discovered a lengthy
tunnel of the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta and destroyed it.
army gained control over the last major tunnel of the terrorists in al-Qaboun
district North-East of Damascus province.
sources said that the tunnel was called by the militants as the Nafaq
al-Qaboun, adding that it was used for transferring militants and weapons
across al-Qaboun and Arbin region.
army units struck the concentration centers of the Al-Nusra front North of the
town of Na’ima in East Dara'a, destroying terrorists' command post and killing
and wounding a number of militants.
the meantime, the army hit the terrorist groups’ gatherings in Dara'a al-Balad,
al-Tihi village, Eastern farms of Ibt'a village and Karak district, killing and
wounding a number of the militants, destroying a tank and 2 machinegun-equipped
the coordination center of the militants announced that an official member of
the "Ahrar Al-Sham" nom de guerre "Munif al-Qaddah" was
wounded as his car came under fire in the city of "Al-Harak" in
reports said on Friday that A notorious tank commander of the Al-Nusra Front
was killed in fierce clashes with the Syrian Army units in al-Abbasiyeh
neighborhood in the Southern city of Dara'a.
al-Ordoni, nom de guerre "king of tanks", who was the commander of
the terrorists' tank units in Dara'a was killed in heavy fighting with the army
men South of al-Abbasiyeh neighborhood.
reported that ISIL attacked the village of Misharfa West of Tabaqa town, adding
that the SDF fighters managed to repel their attack.
SDF fended off a suicide car attack and seized two ISIL tanks.
suffered several casualties, while two SDF soldiers suffered injuries in the
fighting, the statement added.
also attacked the village of Icel East of Raqqa but the SDF managed to repel
the attack, destroying two vehicles prepared for suicide car bombing.
sources said that after mobilizing a significant number of militants in rural
Lattakia over the past few days, Ahrar a-Sham terrorists carried out a large
attack on the government forces' positions between the villages of Shahroura
by Ahrar Al-Sham, the militant units stormed a nearby checkpoint held by the
army troops, the sources said.
added that the army discovered the advancing terrorists early on and advised
entrenched government soldiers to set up an ambush in the Kinsibba region.
While upwards of one hundred fighters advanced towards the seemingly unmanned
checkpoint on the outskirts of Kinsibba, the army suddenly opened fire from two
hilltops and inflicted substantial casualties on the terrorists in the process.
sources went on to say that with dozens dead in the wake of the failed attack,
terrorists quickly scattered towards militant-held positions on the provincial
border between Lattakia and Idlib.
few corpses were retrieved by Ahrar Al-Sham amid the failed attack while many
wounded fighters were left behind to be captured alive by the Syrian army, the
sources further said.
to an eye witness, at least ten airstrikes were observed around midnight on
Saturday as the Russian jets targeted the positions of Ahrar Al-Sham and Jeish
al-Islam near the towns of al-Kafeer and Babsqa at the country's border with Turkey.
the Russian aerial bombardment, a weapons depot was blown to ashes, causing
addition, Russian airstrikes targeted a military site controlled by Darayya
militants who were evacuated from the Syrian capital in August, 2016.
of militants were reportedly killed by the surprise airstrikes that took the
terrorists without warning due to the Russian jets attacking from an unexpected
number of pictures surfaced online showing scores of dead terrorists in the
reports said on Friday that the Russian Navy fired several cruise missiles off
the coast of Lattakia, targeting the positions of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the
Levant Liberation Board) in the Northern part of Lattakia province and Southern
part of Idlib province.
Russian cruise missiles reportedly struck several sites along the
Lattakia-Idlib road on Thursday, causing significant damage on the strongholds
of Tahrir al-Sham near the town of Jisr Al-Shughour in Southern Idlib.
French judiciary reinforced its decision to confiscate the property of Rifaat
al-Assad, the exiled brother of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, and
rejected his appeals against the decision, Agence France Presse reported on
who is suspected of owning this property after embezzling money from Syria, was
forced into exile in the 1980s for trying to overthrow his older brother, Hafez
the confiscated property are two luxurious houses in Paris.
investigation into Rifaat’s finances was triggered by Sherpa, which claims the
fortune was stolen during his time at the heart of the Syrian regime.
estimated that Rifaat al-Assad and his family’s property in France is around 90
million Euros divided among real estate in Paris and offices in Lyon.
source close to the matter said the judiciary will later look into other
appeals which Assad filed against confiscation of other property.
however, claims his fortune is a result of gifts which he received before being
opposition leader Nasr al-Hariri said during an interview with Al Arabiya’s
sister channel Al Hadath that a political solution could never be reached in
Syria without America’s participation.
accused the regime and its allies of pursuing a systematic policy of taking
control of areas west of the capital Damascus, warning of what he described as
a project planned by Iran more than a century ago.
said Iran was committing war crimes in western Damascus for sectarian reasons.
White House said that the removal of Assad is no longer a priority for the
Trump administration. White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said US must accept
“political reality” at his briefing on Friday.
is a political reality that we have to accept in terms of where we are right
now,” Spicer said.
Minister Haider al-Abadi has warned against Iraq's disintegration, saying a
potential separation of the country’s Kurds would harm them.
is totally objectionable. We are serious about Iraq’s territorial integrity,”
Abadi said in an interview with the Iraqi Kurdistan region's Rudaw media outlet
published on Saturday.
have asked the Kurdish leaders not to out us or themselves in an embarrassing
situation,” the Iraqi prime minister said.
don’t like prolonging the issue of referendum because the result is already
obvious. But the question is whether they will act on the results or not?” he
said, suggesting that such a plebiscite would assuredly lead to the region’s
Thursday, Hemin Hawrami, a senior assistant to Masoud Barzani, told Rudaw the
Iraqi Kurdistan's president had told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that
the vote would get underway "at the earliest time."
agency said representatives of the two main Kurdish parties of the Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) would meet on
Sunday to discuss the issue of a referendum.
Turkish military conducts airstrikes against the militants’ positions in
Right Watch: Israel ‘systematically’ preventing access to Gaza
international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign
researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the
restrictions call into question Israel’s stated commitment to investigating
possible rights violations. In a 47-page report, Human Rights Watch accused
Israel of “systematically” preventing its researchers from visiting Gaza since
2008, only granting them one exceptional permit last year. The group also said
that Egypt has prevented it and London-based Amnesty International from
entering Gaza from its territory since 2012.
and Egypt have imposed a blockade on Gaza, home to nearly 2 million people,
since the militant Hamas group took over the territory in 2007. Israel and
Hamas, an Islamic group sworn to Israel’s destruction, have fought three wars
rights groups have accused both sides of committing war crimes, while the
International Criminal Court is conducting a preliminary investigation into
possible wrongdoing by both sides. Israel has long accused Human Rights Watch
of being unfairly biased against it. Last month, Israel refused to grant a work
permit to the New York group’s regional director, though it later allowed him
to visit the country as a tourist.
Rights Watch said the Israeli restrictions cast doubt on the government’s
claims that it is conducting its own investigations and there is no need for
the ICC to get involved. “If Israel wants the ICC prosecutor to take seriously
its argument that its criminal investigations are adequate, a good first step
would be to allow human rights researchers to bring relevant information to
light,” said Sari Bashi, Israel and Palestine advocacy director at Human Rights
report also criticized Egypt for barring access to Gaza, and for Hamas’ refusal
to cooperate with investigators. It said Hamas has failed to protect local
human rights workers from retribution and sometimes arrested or harassed its
critics. The absence of foreign rights investigators, who are less susceptible
to Hamas pressure, limits the ability of Palestinian rights groups from
documenting abuses by Hamas, the report said.
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three parties “should change their policies to protect the vital work of human
rights groups seeking to protect Palestinians and Israelis from abuses by the
authorities and armed groups,” Bashi said. Cogat, the Israeli defense body that
coordinates access to Gaza, denied barring rights groups from visiting the
said in a statement that it allows over 1,000 people to cross through the
border each day for a variety of purposes, including business, medical
treatment and academic studies, and said all criteria are in line with security
needs. “We coordinate the crossing of many human rights organizations,” it
said, naming the group “Doctors Without Borders” as an example. The statement
made no mention of Human Rights Watch or Amnesty.
accused Hamas of trying to exploit Gaza civilians traveling through Israel for
military purposes, “causing a constant tension between the will to help the
civilian Gaza residents and our duty to protect the citizens of Israel.”
Houthi militias reveal they were trained by Iran
militia captured and arrested by Yemeni forces on Sunday have confessed they
received training from Iranian and Lebanese experts.
Sharad, one of the captured militants, made the confession and said he was
treated well by Yemeni legitimate forces
national army recaptured more posts in Midi city following fierce clashes with
the Houthi militia near the suburbs of the besieged district.
of Houthis militia and guards of the ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh
were killed and injured on Sunday. Two were captured - one of them a sniper -
both later confessed to receiving training from Iranian and Lebanese experts.
has written to the European Union, calling on the 28-nation bloc to pressure
Saudi Arabia into ending its deadly military intervention and inhumane blockade
of the impoverished nation.
Sharaf, the Foreign Minister of Yemen’s National Salvation Government, made the
call on Saturday in letters sent to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini
and Maltese Foreign Minister George Vella, whose country holds the rotating
presidency of the Council of the European Union.
letters urged the bloc to condemn rights violations committed in Yemen by the
Riyadh regime and its allies.
also called for the formation of an independent committee to investigate Saudi
crimes in Yemen, the reopening of Sana'a International Airport, and making
former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi pay the salaries of public sector
said the United Nations Security Council should issue resolutions that support
a peaceful political process in Yemen and oblige Riyadh to end its war and lift
blockade on the impoverished state.
further underlined the need for sending humanitarian aid to Yemen through the
port city of Hudaydah that is controlled by the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
than 70 percent of all food, medicine, oil products and humanitarian aid are
sent into northern Yemen via Hudaydah, he added.
Arabia and the UAE have threatened to attack the port city and retake it from
the Houthis. The UN has said that it was “extremely concerned” about the
fallout from a potential attack of the port.
president has called Iran the only source of hope in confronting Israel and
hailed the Islamic Republic's sacrifices in the war against terrorists in
Caid Essebsi made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iranian Minister of
Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi Amiri at the presidential Carthage
Palace in Tunis, IRNA news agency reported.
Zionist regime [of Israel] is the Islamic Republic’s only enemy in the region.
Therefore, we hope that all Muslim and Arab countries would stand by Iran,”
Essebi said, according to IRNA.
called Iran a great country with a rich cultural heritage, saying it has a role
to play in the Middle East despite efforts by certain sides to push the Islamic
Republic into a Shia-Sunni strife.
the Zionist regime and its sponsors were trying to isolate Iran, but, by God’s
grace, the Islamic Republic succeeded to return to the political scene of the
region,” he added.
the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Tehran has invariably stood by
the Palestinian people against Israel which considers Iran as the biggest
departed for Algeria and Tunisia on Monday at the invitation of his
counterparts from those countries to sign a number of bilateral cultural
said he “respected” those Iranians who have lost their lives in the battle
against foreign-backed terrorists in Syria, while providing advisory support to
the Syrian army.
said had it not been for Iran’s contribution to the regional anti-terror
battle, terrorists would have now reached Damascus and the Iraqi capital of
Baghdad, adding that the Iranian assistance had thus prevented “the virus of
terrorism from afflicting all the countries” of the region.
Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri says recent Israeli actions have indicated a desire
for a new conflict after Tel Aviv unveiled the latest addition to its missile
an interview with France24 TV station after arriving in Paris on Sunday, Hariri
also dismissed concerns that Hezbollah might provoke a conflict with Israel.
think that Israel is the one that wants to launch a war against Lebanon, and
not Hezbollah,” he said.
does not want the Arabs to rest. Look at the daily Israeli violations of our
airspace, land and territorial waters,” Hariri added.
comments came after Israel unveiled the “David’s Sling” missile system at
Hatzor air force base in central occupied Palestinian territories.
system became operational amid heightened tensions along northern borders with
Lebanon and Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the missile system
was meant against the "existence" of those who allegedly sought to
month, Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria, drawing retaliatory
missile fire from Syrian forces, in the most serious incident between the two
sides since the start of war in Syria in 2011.
the retaliation, Israeli minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman
threatened to destroy Syria’s air defense systems “without the slightest
hesitation” if such an incident were to happen again.
has carried out strikes within Syrian borders to stop what it says are
deliveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah which is fighting Takfiri
terrorists the Arab country. The Israeli assaults, however, have often followed
Syrian army advances, raising suspicions of Israeli attempts to change the tide
in favor of militants.
month, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Netanyahu had recently met
with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to express his deep concern
over the likely collapse of Daesh in Syria.
Aviv has also escalated its aggressive rhetoric and military incursions into
southern Lebanon, prompting President Michel Aoun to warn that any Israeli
attempt to violate his country's sovereignty would be met with an “appropriate
Education Minister Naftali Bennett said last month "life in Lebanon today
is not bad" compared to Syria, adding Tel Aviv should target civilians in
a future war with the country and send it "back to the Middle Ages."
sharpshooters have killed two Saudi troops in the kingdom’s border region of
Jizan in another counterattack against Riyadh's all-out war on the impoverished
al-Masirah television network carried the report on Saturday, saying the Yemeni
army had also stricken a military outpost in the region with several missiles.
the nearby Asir region, the army hit a military vehicle and an arms depot with
mortar rounds, and targeted a gathering of Saudi servicemen with the assistance
of the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
Yemeni army and Ansarullah have hit back at the kingdom and Saudi mercenaries
inside Yemen with lethal effect in retaliation for thousands of civilians
killed in airstrikes and other attacks.
Saturday, al-Masirah reported that Saudi warplanes had bombed the Hamdan and
Sanhan districts in Yemen’s west-central Sana’a Province.
aircraft also carried out six airstrikes against Kamaran Island off Yemen’s
western al-Hudaydah Province.
cautions about arms trade at cost of Muslim blood
Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Muslims to remain careful about the end
results of militancy saying it benefits some quarters weapon business at the
cost of Muslim blood.
to UAE’s visiting parliamentary speaker Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, she said some derailed
people got themselves engaged in acts of terrorism and thus defaming Islam.
vested quarters are doing business of arms and taking benefits with the blood
of Muslims,” premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as saying
during the call on at her Ganobhaban residence here yesterday evening.
said the UAE Speaker described Sheikh Hasina as a remarkable role model for
them in terms of women empowerment, development of education and health
UAE Speake, he said, also highly appreciated Bangladesh government for
successfully organising the 136th IPU conference.
stressed maintaining cooperation between Bangladesh and the UAE saying exchange
of visits of the Parliament members could help further strengthen the
UAE speaker also raised Syria issue and said, they believe peaceful solution to
the problem through dialogue.
terrorism, the UAE Speaker said, terrorism and extremism are causing big
Hasina said her government is making constant efforts to involve people from
all walks of life including Imams, teachers and guardians to create mass
awareness against such social menaces.
forces arrest suicide bomber, seize car bomb in Khost province
Afghan security forces have arrested a suicide bomber and confiscated a
Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in southeastern Khost
province of Afghanistan.
to the local government officials, the suicide bomber was identified and
arrested around 3:00 pm local time from the vicinity of Bak district.
district administrative chief of Bak, Abdul Hai Zazai, said the suicide bomber
attempted to detonate the car bomb but failed in his attempt which resulted
into minor injuries in his legs.
said the car bomb was also partially damaged but the explosives placed inside
it did not go off.
to Zazai, several kgs of explosives and at least sixteen mortar rounds were
placed inside the vehicle.
are no reports regarding the possible target of the bomber which came a day
after a suicide bomber targeted the Afghan forces in Domanda district.
least three security personnel were killed in the attack and six school
children were wounded with the local officials saying some of them are in
The High Court of Bangladesh on Sunday upheld the death sentences of two
members of a banned Islamist group accused of killing a blogger, a court
two were sentenced to death in 2015 for killing Ahmed Rajib Haider, a youth
group activist campaigning for a trial of war criminals, including those
involved in Bangladesh's independence war with Pakistan in 1971.
was hacked to death in Dhaka in 2013.
two convicts, Redwanul Azad Rana and Faisal Bin Nayem, are members of the
Islamist group Ansar al Islam, linked to al-Qaeda. In 2015, Dhaka police
announced a reward of 500,000 taka (US$6,410) for Rana, believed to be the most
senior leader of the group. He has gone into hiding.
is also accused of hacking to death another blogger, Bangladesh-born U.S.
citizen Avijit Roy, in the same year.
has been battling a rise in Islamist-linked violence in the past four years.
Since July, several militants have been arrested or killed in police operations
for involvement in last year's attack on a Dhaka cafe in which 22 people,
mostly foreigners, were killed.
2013 Islamist militants killed or seriously injured 48 people in Bangladesh,
including at least six online critics of religious militancy who were hacked to
Afghan and Australian officials are expected to sign key agreements as
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to hold talks with the country’s
Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the agreements covering economic
cooperation will be signed in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
and the Australian Prime Minister.
Ghani arrived in Canberra on Sunday evening accompanied by a delegation of high
level government officials.
Palace said President Ghani will meet with the Australian Prime Minister,
Australian Governor General, Foreign and Defense Ministers.
is also expected to hold talks with the Australian Intelligence Chief, Afghan
Experts based in Australia, researchers and some other Afghans based in
Australia during his visit.
Minister of Economy Abdul Satar Murad, Mines and Petroleum acting minister
Nargis Nehan, Deputy Energy and Water Minister Amanullah Ghalib, Presidential
Adviser on Public Relations and Strategic Affairs Shah Zaman Maiwandi, and
senior presidential adviser Abdul Hamid Helmandi are accompanying President
Ghani during his visit to the three nations.
Afghan government reacted at Moscow’s stance regarding the Taliban demands for
the full withdrawal of the foreign forces from the country.
spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi told reporters that no one has the right to
dictate terms or issue instructions regarding the presence of the foreign
forces in the country.
said the issue relates to the Afghan nation and the Afghan government to decide
regarding the presence of the foreign forces or the forces belonging to the
international allies of Afghanistan.
comes as the Russian special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov earlier
endorsed Taliban militants group’s call for the withdrawal of all foreign
forces from Afghanistan.
course it’s justified” for the Taliban to oppose the foreign military
presence,” Kabulov said during an interview.
further added “Who’s in favor? Name me one neighboring state that supports it.”
latest remarks by Kabulov followed concerns by the American officials regarding
the growing attempts by Moscow to strengthen links with the Taliban group.
American defense secretary James Mattis said Washington is concerned regarding
the ties between Moscow and Taliban group.
said Washington is informed regarding the ties between two but did not comment
further regarding the alleged supply of weapons to the group by Russia.
commander of the United States Central Command earlier had accused Moscow of
supporting the Taliban insurgency.
Michael Olugbode with Agency Report
— Three suicide bombers were on Sunday killed in unsuccessful attacks on Muna
general area and Dusuma village.
first bomber detonated his explosive at Muna garage near Gujeri fuel station,
destroying a 45,000-litre petrol tanker waiting to discharge fuel.
second bomber also killed himself but injured an 80-year-old man who was
providing security watch to Muslim worshippers at Dusuma village.
bomber attempted to gain entrance into the mosque but the old man accosted and
stopped him. He detonated himself and injured the 80-year-old man (name
withheld). The man was rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital
(UMTH)," a security source told TheCable.
state police command through its spokesperson, Victor Isuku, confirmed the
about 0438hrs, two male suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Device
(IED) strapped to their bodies by Alhaji Bukar Gujari Filling Station in Muna
Garage area, Maiduguri, killing themselves alone," said Isuku.
truck was partly damaged. Also at Dusuma village in Jere local government area,
a suicide bomber detonated his IED strapped on him killing himself, while one
person was injured," he added.
has suffered not less than seven different Boko Haram suicide bomb attacks.
town's borders are porous and it also contends with the congestion of motorists
and transporters loading consignments to Lake Chad, Niger and Cameroun.
the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has directed all army
commanders in the North-east to work closely with members of Civilian JTF,
vigilante groups and traditional rulers to finally push out Boko Haram from the
gave this order at the weekend during his visit to troops in Magumeri and Gubio
Local Government Areas of Borno State.
said there is need for the commanders to work closely with members of the CJTF
and vigilante groups especially in the area of information and intelligence
gathering with a view to totally eradicate Boko Haram insurgency.
regretted the March 14 attack of Boko Haram in Magumeri and called on all
commanders to work hand in hand with the people in their localities in order to
ensure that there was no repeat attacks.
COAS, who used the occasion to commission an ultra-modern mobile clinic in
Gubio, said the facility is to meet the medical requirements of the troops of
Operation Lafiya Dole and members of the host communities more especially the
troops of five task force battalions.
said: "This is the second of such facility deployed to the theatre, the
first was deployed to Damaturu but this is the first to be commissioned.
troops within the Operation Lafiya Dole are prone to accident during their
operations and face a lot of challenges but with this, I hope it will go a long
way in addressing your medical challenges."
in her address, the Medical Corps Commander, Major General Abimbola Amosun,
said the mobile clinic was donated by the German government and has 24-bed
capacity, three intensive care units, laboratory, maternity and outpatient
said the facility would also offer outpatient services to the people of Gubio,
which according to her, would further cement civil-military relations.
COAS also launched free medical outreach for the people of Gubio, while in
Gubio, he also inspected the ongoing construction of army barracks.
African President Jacob Zuma may face another impeachment as the country's
parliament speaker says she would consider requests from opposition parties to
hold a new no-confidence vote against the embattled leader.
Speaker Baleka Mbete said Sunday after cutting short a trip abroad that an
impeachment may be held against Zuma following his decision last week to sack
South Africa’s popular finance minister.
said in televised remarks that the request for the no-confidence vote was
submitted to her by the centrist Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ultra-left
Economic Freedom Fighters Party (EFF). The two parties have asked the speaker
to reconvene the parliament and hold an urgent sitting on the issue. Mbete is
also the national chairperson of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
Her new announcement shows how she and senior members of the ANC disagree with
Zuma’s removal of Pravin Gordhan.
attended a memorial for an anti-apartheid activist on Saturday and called on
the ANC supporters to mobilize against Zuma.
no-confidence votes against Zuma have failed as his ANC party, which has ruled
South Africa since the end of apartheid in the 1990s, dominates the parliament.
Gordhan’s removal, which badly affected the markets, seems to have clearly
undermined Zuma’s leadership in the ANC. More elements within the party are
joining the opposition in calling for Zuma’s removal from power.
St Petersburg Attack: At Least 10 Dead
after Russian Metro Bomb Blasts
Samuel Osborne: 03 April 2017
At least 10 people have been killed and
50 more injured in explosions in the St Petersburg metro system.
There were blasts in two metro carriages
at two stations, St Petersburg emergency services said.
News agency Interfax cited a source as
saying at least one of the blasts was caused by a bomb filled with shrapnel.
Fifty people were injured in the blasts,
Andrey Kibitov, the head of the city governor's press service said on Twitter.
Seventeen ambulances are currently
treating the injured, Mr Kibitov added.
A Reuters witness saw eight ambulances
near the Sennaya Ploshchad metro station while local media reported the nearby
Institute of Technology station was also affected.
Russia's Anti-Terrorist Committee
confirmed at least 10 people had been killed.
It said an unidentified explosive device
went off on a train travelling between two stations.
All metro stations in St Petersburg have
been closed, Interfax reported, citing metro staff.
The Life News website, a news outlet
with close ties to Russia's security services, showed pictures of blown-out
train doors and injured people on the station platform.
Video footage posted on social media
shows a train with mangled doors standing at the platform.
Frantic commuters reach out into the
doors and windows, trying to see if anyone is there and shout "Call an
Local news agencies quoted Kremlin
spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying Russian President Vladimir Putin had been
informed of the explosion.
Investigators are looking into a
possible terror attack and other theories for the St Petersburg subway blast,
Mr Putin said.
“The causes of this event have not been
determined yet, so it’s too early to talk about [possible causes]," he
"The investigation will show.
Certainly, we will consider all variants, common, criminal, first of all, of a
Mr Putin said that the cause of the
incident still isn't clear, but he had spoken to the heads of the Russian
He was visiting the city and was
expected to hold talks with the Belarusian president later in the day.
He offered his condolences to the
families of those killed in the attack.
has accused Washington of concealing crimes committed by the Daesh Takfiri
terrorist group in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where a US airstrike last month
killed hundreds of civilians.
Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov made the accusation on Sunday, days
after US military spokesman Joseph Scrocca said there was a video showing Daesh
trying to bait US into killing civilians in Mosul. However, the footage is yet
to be released.
motives is the US command driven by when they hide the war crimes of terrorists
from the international community behind the veil of secrecy?" Konashenkov
does the US-led … coalition, with this information, using their 'smart bombs' still
carry out airstrikes on buildings with civilians?" he added.
March 17, the US bombarded a building in Mosul’s western al-Jadida district,
where Iraqi forces are fighting against Takfiri elements. Over 200 civilians,
including women and children, are believed to have been killed in the aerial
assault which caused the building to collapse.
Pentagon acknowledged in a statement that the US had carried out the fatal
attack. However, the US military is said to be conducting an investigation into
whether it was US munitions, Daesh explosives or both that caused the building
in his comments, Konashenkov said Washington was seeking to justify mass
civilian casualties of its bombing campaign.
Pentagon’s absurd statements justifying mass civilian casualties of US bombing
in Iraq tell more words about the real level of planning operations and alleged
superiority of the US ‘smart bombs,’” he said.
highlighted a crucial difference between US attacks in Mosul and Moscow’s
counter-terrorism mission in Aleppo, saying Russia did not use its air force in
the liberation of the Syrian city.
Russian Aerospace Forces were not used in Aleppo at all. The attention was
focused on the work of humanitarian corridors as well as delivering and
providing humanitarian aid for local residents," he said.
Mosul, according to … Scrocca, despite civilian casualties, the coalition is
not going to retreat even when fighting becomes heavy,” Konashenkov added.
US campaign against purported terrorist targets inside Syria and Iraq, which
began in 2014, has led to the death of many civilians without any meaningful
this week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cast doubt on the sincerity
of the US coalition’s anti-terror campaign in Syria.
year into the creation of this coalition [in 2014], it was very sporadically
using the air force to hit some ISIL (Daesh) positions. They never touched the
caravans who were smuggling oil from Syria to Turkey and, in general, they were
not really very active,” he said.
suspicion is still very much alive these days, when Jabhat al-Nusra already
twice changed its name, but it never changed its sponsors who continue to pump
money and whatever is necessary for fighting into this structure,” he added.
Muslims challenge 'jihadi capital' label
England - A greying railway bridge serves as the entrance to the Birmingham
neighbourhood of Sparkbrook, nondescript except for the quote written beneath
the welcome sign bearing its name.
my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve
it," it reads.
quote by Muhammad Ali is one of several tributes to the legendary American
boxer put up in Birmingham after his death last year.
legacy has a special resonance in the neighbourhood and not just because of his
achievements as a boxer; more than 70 percent of Sparkbrook's 32,000 residents
share his Islamic faith.
with its adjoining districts, the area houses much of Birmingham's
234,000-strong Muslim population, the largest in the UK, outside of London.
is a community that last week found itself at the centre of international media
attention when it emerged that the city was the last place the Westminster
attacker Adrian Elms, or Khalid Masood, had lived in before carrying out the
attack that left four people dead.
British newspapers portrayed the attack as the latest example of extremist
violence linked to the country's second largest city.
Telegraph described Birmingham as one of "Britain's terror hotspots"
and the Daily Mail asked how the city had become "the jihadi capital of
designation has been challenged by residents of Sparkbrook.
comes down to us being Muslims," said engineering student Abdullah,
venting frustration at the media coverage, as he and a group of friends headed
from Friday prayers to one of the area's many Middle Eastern cafes.
in Birmingham and raised in Sparkbrook, the young man of Yemeni origin, said he
was "hurt" by the reports that followed last week's attack.
[the media] make out that it's the community here that's responsible for this
whole problem, but we've got nothing to do with it.
was one person who did it but we all get the blame.
live side by side with our neighbours, we have no problem here."
sentiment is hardly unique among Birmingham's Muslims.
is sadness at the fact the attack happened, frustration at the resulting media
coverage, surprise at the reputation the city has attained, and fatigue at
having to answer for somebody else's actions.
a Syrian cafe in nearby Moseley, Al Jazeera spoke to Belal Ballali, originally
from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, but a resident of Birmingham for the
past 24 years.
a Scottish accent with slight hints of the local West Midlands, Ballali
explained that the city did have a "small number of extremists" but
cautioned against thinking the city was exceptional in that regard.
no hard and fast rule about who becomes a terrorist," he said, explaining
those who adopted such ideas developed them in "isolation from the Muslim
community" and often with contributing mental health factors or substance
Abdullah in Sparkbrook, Ballali criticised the media coverage after the
Westminster attack for its focus on the Birmingham connection, which he said
had exaggerated the connection Elms had to local Muslim communities.
lived in a flat above a takeaway on Hagley Road ... anyone who knows Birmingham
knows that it's detached from Muslim communities and mainly home to
who is of Libyan and Egyptian heritage, said that incidents that were criminal
in nature were being spun by right-wing media outlets and think tanks to paint
the entire Muslim community as problematic.
you have people constantly pushing the narrative that Muslims are a problem,
that they want to take over, it's no surprise that people come up on Fox News
and say things like Birmingham is a Muslim no-go zone," he said,
referencing an infamous incident on the American network where pundit Steve
Emerson described the city as "totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply
don't go in".
look around you," Ballali said gesturing to the other, mostly white,
customers in the cafe.
many Muslims do you see here?
want to ask the people who push these ideas that it's so bad here: what is
about you that makes you assume the worst in people you don't know?"
it comes to the issue of security, only the police and intelligence services
definitively know the scale of threats emanating from the city, said academic
and Birmingham native, Kamran Khan, of Kings College London.
noted that perceptions of the city have been shaped by factors that have little
to do with actual security threats.
have a large Muslim population in the city and it's a city that has
traditionally welcomed migrants," Khan said
very easy to stoke up fears about a city which is so emblematic of migration.
The Irish went through it for many years and now it's Muslims."
Ballali, he said the city's Muslim community was not a major factor in the
process of radicalisation.
has apologised after an egg was thrown at a Saudi military official during a
visit to London, Saudi state media said Sunday.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,
son of the Saudi king and the country's defence minister, to apologise for "the
attack on General Ahmed Assiri, counsellor to the prince, by protestors,"
the state-run SPA news agency said.
told AFP he had been "subject to aggression" by protestors critical
of Riyadh's operations in Yemen.
posted on Twitter showed anti-war activist Sam Walton approaching Assiri,
putting his hand on the general's shoulder and announcing he was placing him
under citizen's arrest before being pushed aside by security personnel.
can be heard saying, "I'm placing you under citizen's arrest for war
crimes in Yemen."
in Britain are permitted to arrest anyone suspected of committing an indictable
protestor followed Assiri's security detail to the entrance of a building,
where he threw an egg that hit the general in the back. Video showed Assiri
turning around and giving the protestor the finger.
groups have harshly criticised Saudi Arabia over its military action in Yemen,
where thousands of civilians have been killed in the two years since Riyadh
intervened against Iran-backed Huthi rebels.
International last month condemned Britain for transferring arms to Saudi
Arabia, saying Yemeni civilians continued to "pay the price".
London-based rights group described the transfers as a "shameful contradiction"
of British aid efforts in Yemen.
relationship between Islam and Judaism was at the heart of a ceremony in New
York this Thursday.
country other than Morocco could have gathered in the heart of New York a full
house to celebrate the exceptional closeness between Islam and Judaism, of
which my country is the most emblematic flag bearer in the Mediterranean,” said
M André Azoulay, Counselor to the King. Azoulay was being awarded the
Pomegranate Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Sephardic American Federation
auditorium for the Center for Jewish History in New York was unable to
accommodate the large audience. They had congregated to participate in a
reunion to celebrate the common past, and the bright present that illuminates
the way to a promising future between Islam and Judaism.
the program for this ceremony unfolded, the performance of celebrated singer
Enrico Macias drew from his rich repertoire to celebrate coexistence, nostalgia
and a long-lived life together. A young Kuwaiti singer, Ema Shah, who came from
Kuwait for the occasion, artists Neta Elkayam and Amit Hai Cohen also
performed, as did baritone David Serero. He sang the Moroccan national anthem
in front of an audience who joined with him in an atmosphere of intense
celebratory meeting illustrated the rich facets of the universality of Moroccan
culture, which was enshrined in the new Constitution adopted in 2011. The
constitution stipulated that the Moroccan national identity is one and
indivisible, and insisted that this “unity, forged by the convergence of its
Arab-Islamic, Amazigh and Saharan-Hassani components, has been nourished and
enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic and Mediterranean tributaries.”
envoy to US presents formula for Afghan peace
The US Department of Defence announced on Saturday that at least 2,248
members of its military had died in Afghanistan since 2001 while a total of
4,520 had been killed in Iraq since 2003.
statistics would be another cause of concern for the Trump administration,
which has vowed to reduce US war losses and is busy reviewing policy for the
administration, however, seems to be aware of the limitations of the military
solution and that’s why its new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that
reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban is its ultimate
this, diplomatic observers in Washington see an opportunity for Pakistan
because the country can still play a role in expediting reconciliation process.
his first public engagement in Washington the other day, Pakistan’s new
ambassador to the United States referred to this role and offered a five-point
formula for restoring peace in Afghanistan, depicting a negotiated settlement
as the only viable option.
Aizaz Chaudhary said at the US Institute of Peace that while the Trump
administration was reviewing its policy for the Pak-Afghan region, Pakistan had
received positive vibes.
formula he presented included five key points: no military solution; better
relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan; better border management;
repatriation of Afghan refugees; and taking forward the reconciliation process.
on the points, he said that all the sides needed to have more faith in their
skills and that only talks could resolve the issues. War was not an answer.
Afghan government should stop blaming Pakistan for all its problems, he said,
because this was over-simplification of the issues.
Pak-Afghan border has remained ungoverned for centuries. Mr Chaudhary said that
Afghans blamed Pakistanis for allowing the Taliban to cross into Afghanistan
while Pakistan had similar complaints. A better-managed border could end these
accusations and counter-accusations.
ambassador said a recent effort by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group, in
which the United States, China and Pakistan also participated as facilitators,
was a good move but failed to achieve its target. Yet, the reconciliation
process must continue.
House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is
visiting Iraq with Marine General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the US
military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, a senior Trump administration official said
official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Kushner wanted to see Iraq
for himself and to show support for the Iraqi government. The official was
confirming a report by other media, including a tweet by a New York Times
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met Trump for the first time on March 20 and
said afterwards that he won assurances of greater US support in fighting ISIS
militants but cautioned that military might alone would not be sufficient.
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