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Case: Mosque Is Integral To Islam, Supreme Court Told
Parties Not Considering Women Candidates: ECP Reveals
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Was a Poser,’ Says Young Man Caught With Islamic State Propaganda And Child
Muslim Groups Condemn Islamophobic Attack
Preacher Zakir Naik Will Not Be Deported, Has Permanent Residency, Says
arrests Asiya Andrabi, two others for ‘waging war against India’
Slain Sikh leader’s son wants to fight polls
opposes Muslim groups’ plea to refer mosque issue to larger bench
Malik detained, Hurriyat leader put under house arrest ahead of Burhan Wani’s
Transfer of Power in Pakistan Must Continue, Says Wells
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case: Mosque is integral to Islam, Supreme Court told
DELHI: Stressing the importance of a mosque in Islam, senior advocate Rajiv
Dhavan on Friday told the Supreme Court during the hearing on the Babri
Masjid-Ram temple land dispute case that the religion will collapse if prayer
in a mosque is not recognised.
appearing for the late M Siddiq, the original litigant of the Ayodhya case who
is being represented through his legal heir, said, “Islam will collapse if
prayer in mosque is not recognised as an integral part of the religion.”
the SC’s 1994 verdict in the case of Ismail Faruqui that had held that a mosque
was not integral to prayers offered by Muslims, Dhavan said, “Islam says
mosques are integral to faith.”
also termed the high court’s verdict dividing the 2.77-acre disputed Ayodhya
land equally among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla as a
Dhavan’s demand, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the
Uttar Pradesh government in the Ayodhya case, asked why the 1994 judgment was
being discussed now when it was never challenged in any of the proceedings
earlier. The ASG said there was no need to send the case to the Constitution
Bench and the same Bench should hear the case straightaway.
parties not considering women candidates: ECP reveals
The details of political parties contesting the upcoming general elections and
the percentage of tickets they have allocated to women candidates was published
by The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued on Friday.
list stated, 59 political parties have not considered women for general seat
tickets. Whereas, a total of 304 women in total have been given tickets by 48
the 48, four parties: Allah Akbar Tehreek, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Samiul Haq
(JUI-S), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Nazriati (PTI Ideological), and Pasban
Pakistan, failed to meet the required criteria of allocating five percent of
the tickets to women.
the other hand,the Peoples Party Pakistan (PPP) was the only party that
allocated the highest percentage of its total tickets to women compared to
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has issued 37, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) 42, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) 6, All Pakistan Muslim League
(APML) 8, Awami National Party (ANP) 14, Balochistan National Party (BNP) 3,
BNP-Awami 2, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) 8, and the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal
(MMA) 33 general seat tickets to women.
weapons agency finds ‘chlorinated’ chemicals in Syria’s Douma
HAGUE: A preliminary report by the world’s chemical weapons watchdog said
“various chlorinated chemicals” were found at the site of an attack in Douma,
Syria, in April that killed dozens of civilians and prompted air strikes by
Britain, France and the United States, it said on Friday.
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sent a fact-finding
mission to Douma in mid-April, roughly a week after the April 7 attack in the
enclave near Damascus.
with explosive residues, various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in
samples from two sites,” it said, indicating that chlorine may have been used as
OPCW said that its team was continuing its work to establish the significance
of the results.
organization should move quickly to finish its investigation and determine
whether a chemical weapon attack occurred” in Douma, New York-based Human
Rights Watch said in a statement.
the meantime it should apply its new authority to determine responsibility for
the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” it said.
week, the OPCW’s member states voted to give the agency new powers to assign blame
for attacks. That role had been carried out in Syria by a joint OPCW-United
Nation mission, but a renewal of its mandate was vetoed by Russia in November.
OPCW has documented systematic use of banned munitions in Syria’s civil war,
including nerve agent sarin and sulfur mustard gas. It has not assigned blame
for the attacks.
Douma, OPCW inspectors visited two sites where they interviewed witnesses and
took samples, which were split at their laboratory in the Netherlands and
forwarded to affiliated national labs for testing.
samples recovered from gas cylinders at the scene tested positive for
chlorinated organic chemicals, the report said.
and other Western governments blamed Syrian government forces for the attack in
Syrian government denies using chemical weapons during the country’s long civil
war but the previous joint inquiry of the United Nations and the OPCW found the
Syrian government used the nerve agent sarin in an April 2017 attack and has
also several times used chlorine as a weapon. It blamed Daesh militants for
mustard gas use.
was a poser,’ says young man caught with Islamic State propaganda and child
the FBI knocked on his front door in December, Sean Duncan says, he ran out the
back carrying a thumb drive full of child pornography. He broke it in half and
doused it in cleaning solution.
in a sign of how strange his criminal case has been, prosecutors say he might
be lying in an effort to conceal ties to terrorism or information on the death
of his son.
District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on Friday sentenced Duncan to 20 years in
prison and a lifetime of supervision, the maximum allowed under his plea
agreement to charges of obstruction of justice and receipt of child
FBI was at the 22-year-old’s Sterling, Va., home that December day because of
his interest in radical Islam and the Islamic State, not child pornography. He
also remains under investigation by authorities in Pennsylvania after the death
of his infant son in June 2017, according to court papers.
in federal court in Alexandria said that in the months before his arrest,
Duncan was simultaneously looking up child pornography and information on
terrorism. In one instance, they said, he took a sexually explicit photograph
of an infant relative while changing her diaper.
don’t know which is the more serious of the two,” Brinkema said in court Friday
— the crimes against children or the interest in terrorism.
a huge gap in all the information,” she added, because the contents of the
thumb drive were never recovered.
court papers, prosecutors said Duncan was still probably hiding something.
investigators believe that he . . . has withheld important information,”
assistant U.S. attorneys Colleen Garcia and Gordon Kromberg wrote.
attorneys said Duncan had, on the contrary, been completely forthcoming with
law enforcement and has begun confronting untreated mental health problems and
lonely and isolated, he was particularly susceptible to . . .
the dark underbelly
of the Internet,” public defender Elizabeth Mullin said in court.
his interest “never resulted in any concrete plan to fight or commit a
terrorist attack,” she added, and there is no evidence he shared the
pornographic photo he took with anyone.
was raised in Baltimore, bouncing between what defense attorneys describe as
abusive and neglectful homes where he was exposed to lead paint. At 3, they
said, he was molested by an older boy. A rare childhood friend died. He spent
years looking first at adult and then child pornography online, even though he
told a psychologist he felt “repulsed after and while looking at it.”
summer before his senior year, he discovered Islam, and that year, classmates
helped him convert.
the Muslims he met in school and at his local mosque opposed extremism, Duncan
found radicals on social media and began talking to them about joining the
Islamic State or committing terrorist attacks.
attorneys argued Duncan was just flirting with radical women because he wanted
to see them naked.
was a poser,” Duncan wrote in a letter to the court.
court Friday, Garcia pointed out that at least one Islamic State recruiter
Duncan dealt with was a man, and Duncan repeatedly discussed traveling to
was far more than flirtation and boasting,” she said.
met his actual wife in an Arabic-language class and married her 10 months
later, although he was an 18-year-old high school graduate, and she was a
doctor 15 years his senior.
family was disturbed by his conversion and the marriage, and his mother called
the FBI to say the couple planned to honeymoon in Turkey.
was too young to be married and father a child,” his sister wrote in a letter
to the court. “Sean is still a kid himself.”
and his wife were turned away at the airport in Turkey and returned to the
United States, after which Duncan changed his phone number and Facebook
couple moved to Pittsburgh when Duncan’s wife got a medical fellowship. At home
alone while his wife worked, he immersed himself in extremism and child
their 6-month-old son died suddenly, they moved to Northern Virginia. The cause
of death was inconclusive, according to the defense, and his wife told police
the boy choked on baby formula. Duncan denies any involvement.
attorneys also say Duncan turned away from extremism on his own, telling an
undercover FBI informant in August she “should not go” to Syria.
saw in that same conversation reason to take Duncan seriously as a threat,
citing his reference to “referrals” that help people join the Islamic State.
seeking to change and better myself,” Duncan said in court Friday. “I apologize
to everybody I’ve hurt.”
said he understood now “the kids in the pictures are real” and added, “I also
Muslim groups condemn Islamophobic attack
Muslim groups on Friday strongly condemned a recent Islamophobic attack in the
a joint statement, the Belgian Muslim Executive Body (EMB) and the Centre
Islamique Belge (CIB) said a 19-year-old Muslim girl was targeted in the
Belgian city of Charleroi because of her religion.
said "the despicable attack" did not target only Islam, but the basic
values of all Belgian society and religious freedom.
should not be responded with violence," said the statement, adding that
they believed that the police and judiciary would take necessary measures
regarding the incident.
Monday night, two assailants attacked a Muslim teen in Anderlues municipality,
reportedly tearing off her clothes, leaving her with deep marks inflicted by a
sharp object across her bare chest, legs, and stomach.
Wednesday, the Inter-federal Centre for Equal Opportunities (UNIA) spokesman
Bram Sebrechts told Anadolu Agency the attack was motivated by Islamophobia in
the Charleroi Prosecutor’s Office will make a ruling on the nature of the
attack, Sebrechts said.
Belgian parliamentarian Mahinur Ozdemir said the young woman was out at night
searching for her cat when she came under attack.
said the victim could have been murdered.
measures are not taken it will be unfortunately impossible to prevent such
attacks,” he said.
EU has lately witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred of migrants in recent
years triggered by propaganda from far-right and populist parties, which have
exploited fears over the refugee crisis and terrorism.
by Serife Cetin:Writing by Burcu Arik
preacher Zakir Naik will not be deported, has permanent residency, says Malaysia
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday controversial Indian Islamic
preacher allegedly wanted in his home country for terror-related activities and
hate speech will not be sent back.
Naik, a radical television preacher, reportedly left India in 2016 and
subsequently moved to largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent
to Indian media reports, New Delhi asked for him to be extradited in January.
The two countries have an extradition treaty.
long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has
been given permanent residency status,” Mahathir said at a news conference in
administrative capital Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur, when asked about the
reports say India had asked for Naik to be sent back for allegedly inciting
youth to engage in terror activities via his hate speeches.
52, has described the media reports as “totally baseless and false”, adding
that he has no plans to return to India until he felt “safe from unfair
2010, Naik was reportedly barred from entering Britain after the Home Secretary
cited “numerous comments” which showed his “unacceptable behaviour”.
a July 2008 TV broadcast Naik suggested that Al-Qaeda was not responsible for
flying hijacked airliners into New York’s World Trade Center on September 11,
2001, killing almost 3,000 people.
Indian nor Malay officials have confirmed the extradition request or the
existence of any charges again Naik.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) Friday arrested separatist and
Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi and two of her associates for allegedly
waging war against the country. Andrabi, Sofi Fehmeeda and Naheeda Nasreen were
arrested from Srinagar jail, where they were lodged in connection with cases
filed by Jammu and Kashmir Police. They were brought to Delhi on transit remand
and produced in a special court, which remanded them in 10 days’ NIA custody.
the FIR registered by the NIA on April 27, the NIA accused Andrabi and others
of being part of a proscribed organisation, waging war against the country,
sedition, criminal conspiracy, obstructing or attempting to obstruct the
governor/president from discharging his duty, inciting riots, promoting enmity
between communities and public mischief inciting mutiny against the government.
allegations against the accused persons are that they have been using various
media platforms to spread insurrectionary imputations and hateful speeches that
advocate use of violence against India and secession of the State of Jammu
& Kashmir from the Union of India,” NIA IG Alok Mittal said.
said that Andrabi and her associates have written and spoken words and
published visible representations that “excite disaffection towards the
Government of India and promote enmity….”. The agency has accused Andrabi of
soliciting help from other banned terrorist organisations to wage war against
the Government of India.
to the remand application, the NIA analysed several numbers used by
Dukhtaran-e-Millat members. “…it was found that they were in regular contact
with associates who are in Pakistan and involved in anti-India activities. The
accused persons named in the FIR had made several calls with terrorists and
over-ground workers active in Kashmir Valley,” the application said.
counsel Satish Tamta, appearing for all three accused persons, said that videos
of speeches of the accused were on social media for many years. “NIA has not
made it clear as to what further investigation is carried out,” he said, adding
that all accused were falsely implicated.
hearing both sides, District and Sessions Judge Poonam Bamba said, “Keeping in
view the facts and circumstances of the case and to enable NIA to unearth the
larger conspiracy, accused persons are remanded in 10 days’ custody.”
Singh, the son of slain Afghan Sikh leader Avtar Singh Khalsa, Friday said he
wants to contest the October parliamentary elections in Afghanistan from the
seat apportioned to minority community even as the Independent Election
Commission of Afghanistan is yet to take a call whether it will allow him to
contest as the last date for filing nominations was June 14.
Singh, who had been a candidate in the polls, was among those killed in a
suicide attack in Jalalabad recently when Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was
official at Indian Embassy in Kabul said that for nomination to contest from
minority community seat, the candidate had to submit 1,000 identity cards
(taskira) of people extending their support. “Avtar Singh Khalsa had produced
1,000 taskira and was allotted election symbol. If Independent Election
Commission of Afghanistan allows Narinder to contest, he will have to first
submit 1,000 taskira with his nomination,” said the official.
official added that there were many voices in Afghanistan, including two MPs,
who are raising the demand that Narinder should be allowed to contest in place
of his father. “There is pressure on the Afghan government and poll panel, but
no decision has been taken yet,” said the official.
has been telling me to contest. [SAD president] Sukhbir Singh Badal and other
leaders have expressed solidarity with us [Afghan Sikhs]. I will run for the
elections. My father attained martyrdom while fighting for the community. We
will follow the footsteps of the Guru,” Narinder Singh told The Indian Express
over phone on Friday from Kabul.
president Ashraf Ghani had on Thursday visited Kabul to mourn the killings of
Sikhs in the suicide attack.
about sections of Sikhs declaring that they would leave Afghanistan after the
suicide attack, Narinder Singh said, “Majority of those who are here will stay
here only. Sikhs definitely want to move out, but no other country is giving
them any concrete assurance about their rehabilitation if they move out.”
Sikhs in Jalalabad are not sure if they will back the candidature of Narinder
if he is allowed to contest.
Uttar Pradesh government on Friday opposed the demand raised by Muslim groups
to refer a 1994 judgement holding that mosque was not integral to Islam to a
larger bench, saying the argument was intended to delay the hearing in the
“long-pending” Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit.
parties in the civil dispute have questioned the finding of the 1994 verdict in
the case of M Ismail Faruqui.
solicitor general Tushar Mehta, representing UP, told a special bench led by
Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the MIsmail Faruqui case dated back to 1994 and
no party to the dispute had ever “disputed” its “correctness” for so many
was never even raised before the Allahabad High Court, which had on September
30, 2010 delivered its verdict on the land dispute, Mehta said.
Supreme Court is hearing appeals arising out of the HC judgement.
pointed out that appeals have been pending for “almost eight long years and the
parties which are now belatedly raising an unsustainable plea, chose not to
raise any such plea at all during all these years”.
a plea, he said, was not even made when the top court passed orders for
translation of pleadings and evidence.
all translations are made and evidence is compiled in several volumes and all
appeals become ripe for hearing, suddenly belated efforts are being made
visibly and demonstratively to delay the judicial adjudication,” Mehta
advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who on behalf of the Muslim parties made the plea,
argued that to decide if any practice was an essential one, the courts needed
to look into the tenets and also examine them in detail. But, this was not done
in the Faruqui case.
chairman Yasin Malik was detained while moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest at his Nigeen residence ahead of
the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, a
police official said on Friday.
was detained from his residence in Maisuma, he said, adding that he has been
lodged at Maisuma police station.
Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under
house detention at his residence in Hyderpora but was allowed to offer Friday
prayers at a nearby mosque before being put under house arrest again.
separatists have called for a strike across the valley on July 8.
have also put restrictions around the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of the
summer capital and did not allow Friday prayers there, the official said.
was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kokernag area of south
Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8, 2016.
killing triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and
shutdowns across the valley.
transfer of power in Pakistan must continue, says Wells
The establishment of civilian rule and the democratic transfer of power in
Pakistan is one of the country’s great achievements and Washington would like
to see this process succeed, says the head of the South Asian affairs at the US
a roundtable with journalists in Washington on Thursday, Principal Deputy
Assistant Secretary Alice Wells also said that the US was continuing its
conversation with Pakistan to persuade it to take “sustained and decisive”
steps against the Taliban and to encourage them to join the Afghan peace
establishment of civilian rule in Pakistan and the democratic transfer of power
is one of Pakistan’s great achievements. And so, like others, we want to see it
succeed,” she said.
want civilian institutions to strengthen, and it’s in that vein that when we
engage with Pakistani leaders we express concern when there is evidence or
indications that civil society or media are not able to participate fully or
without pressure, because that will ultimately detract from what should be a
success story in Pakistan.”
Wells also urged the Pakistani government to allow individuals to assemble and
express their views peacefully and to allow journalists to “report fully on
developments in the country”.
Washington’s desire to stay engaged with Islamabad, she said: “The conversation
continues with the Pakistani leadership — civilian and military leadership — on
trying to encourage the both, sustained and decisive steps against the Taliban
leadership, to arrest, to expel them, or bring them to the negotiating table.”
the US claim that Afghan Taliban leadership councils operate from Pakistan, Ms
Wells said: “It is absolutely clear that the only stumbling block to a
meaningful political negotiation is the Taliban leadership and many of whom
reside outside of Afghanistan and thus outside of the pressure of Resolute
Support and Afghan national security forces.”
US official reminded Islamabad that Pakistan too has opportunities in the
Afghan peace process to address its longstanding concerns over cross-border
terrorism and terrorist groups that operate in ungoverned Afghan space.
noted that Pakistan had lost “many tens of thousands of lives in beating back
the Pakistani Taliban from Fata areas”.
also obviously have concerns about refugees, about narcotics, about border
management more broadly. All of these issues can be taken up in the context of
negotiations,” Ms Wells said.
the point of my engagement with the Pakistani leadership is to explore how we
work together and to see the opportunity that the South Asia strategy
Wells said that the United States welcomed the steps Pakistan had taken to
improve its relations with Afghanistan and would like to see those steps
extended to a more vigorous counterterrorism effort by Pakistan. “The quality
of our relationship is going to depend on the quality of our ability to work
together. Pakistan is an important country,” she said.
The National Security Committee on Friday vowed to fulfill its commitment to
fight money laundering and terror financing.
meeting, chaired by interim Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk, was
attended by top civil and military leadership.
of the armed forces, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, director general
of the Inter-Services Public Relations as well as interim federal ministers
attended the meeting.
for Finance Dr Shamshad Akhtar briefed participants on the deliberations during
meetings of Financial Action Task Force and International Cooperation Review
Group held in Paris. She also briefed the attendees on the economic situation
of the country.
meeting also held discussions on the government’s action plan on fulfilling its
obligations regarding the FATF decision.
was added to the grey list of countries involved in providing monetary
assistance to terrorism and related causes, after a FATF meeting confirmed the
decision on June 28.
Afghan Taliban on Friday ruled out negotiations with the “powerless” Kabul
administration and condemned what they called US-sponsored conferences of
Taliban issued the statement ahead of an international conference Saudi Arabia
will host in collaboration of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
that is likely to issue a declaration against the Taliban war in Afghanistan.
had planned to host the conference in 2016 but had to postpone it after the
Taliban rejected the moot as “intelligence ploy”. The Kingdom has invited
scholars from many countries including Pakistan.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers this process under the title of
conferences of the Islamic Scholars as an absolute anti-Islamic US process
whereas its idea, logistical support and implementation is directly led by the
US itself,” a Taliban statement said.
“International Conference of Muslim Scholars on Peace and Stability in
Afghanistan” will be held in Jeddah and Makkah on July 10 and 11 respectively,
the state-owned Saudi Press Agency has reported.
SPA said the gathering of religious scholars aims at fostering efforts to
establish peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as to denounce terrorism
and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations based on the teachings
of the religion of Islam.
said the US wants through these conferences to find justification for their
“military occupation, legitimize their stooge Kabul Administration and thus
weaken the Jihadic resistance of Afghan Muslim nation being put up against
Taliban referred to the March 18 statement of the American top commander in
Afghanistan Gen Nicholson in which he had stated that the US has a plan to
apply different pressures on Taliban this year that include “a combination of
religious, social, diplomatic and military pressure on the Taliban”.
had further stated that religious pressure means that conferences under the
name of religious scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Islamic
countries will be held and they will issue a “Fatwa” (Islamic verdict) against
the Taliban in these conferences to undermine legitimacy of their struggle from
a religious perspective.
Taliban urged religious scholars to reject these conferences which are a
“scheme of the invaders” as they could be used for issuance of an edict to
“de-legitimize current Jihad.”
Taliban disagreed with the notion of some scholars who argue that they are
participating in such gatherings to speak the truth and defend the cause of the
Taliban and said the organizers and the media will distort their assertions and
utilize it for their own interests.
regretted that the scholars only blame them and do not utter a single word
against “corrupt and infidel invaders nor consider their open brutal aggression
as illegitimate hence it clearly shows that they are in the service of
the basis of Shariah, it is impermissible for Muslims especially religious
scholars to come to the aid and rescue of the brutal enemy and wounded dragon
trapped in Afghanistan. Because helping the American tyrant is a great sin and
deviation from Islam, May Allah, the Almighty protect our religious scholars
from it,” the statement said.
Pakistani court on Friday sentenced ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10
over his family's purchase of upscale London flats in a major blow to his party
ahead of a general election in July.
guilty verdict in absentia against Sharif, 68, threatens to end the career of
one Pakistan's most high-profile politicians over the last four decades, a
political survivor who served as prime minister on three occasions.
daughter, Maryam, widely seen as his chosen political heir, was sentenced to
seven years in prison. Maryam's husband and PML-N lawmaker Muhammad Safdar was
sentanced to one year in prison, prosecution lawyer Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi
added that NAB court ordered Sharif to pay a fine of 8 million pounds ($10.6
million) and Maryam was fined 2 million pounds, while ordering the confiscation
of the London properties on behalf of the Pakistani government.
Sharif and his daughter were in London on Friday with Sharif's wife, Kulsoom,
who is being treated there for cancer and is in a coma after suffering a heart
attack last month.
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both denied wrongdoing and are expected to appeal.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court accused Sharif and his family of
being unable to legitimately show the money trail for the purchase of several
luxurious properties in London, mostly in the mid-1990s.
was ousted by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and barred from politics for being
"dishonest" by failing to report a monthly income of 10,000 Emirati
dirham ($2,723) from a company owned by his son. He denies drawing the monthly
he has kept control of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party that he
decision against the Sharifs comes at a time of intensifying suspicion of
military meddling in politics ahead of the July 25 polls, as well as media
complaints that the press is being muzzled.
had denounced the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a
judicial witch-hunt, often suggesting the hidden hand of the military was to
before the verdict, Maryam's husband Safdar referred to it as a "funeral"
for justice, the PML-N media office said in a statement.
is to be seen if this decision is written by a judge or a general," Safdar
military, which has ruled the nuclear-armed country for almost half of its
history, denies involvement in civilian politics.
the military ended Sharif's second stint in power in 1999 in a bloodless coup.
has a history of conflict with the military even though his political career
was initially nurtured by military dictator Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s.
fell out with powerful generals once he ascended to power a decade later, and
the relationship between them was fraught after Sharif returned as premier in
2013, partly because Sharif challenged the military over control of foreign
policy, which the generals have traditionally seen as their domain.
has argued that the military, in cahoots with top members of the judiciary, has
used a series of cases against him and others in his party to tip the scales in
favor of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in the run-up to the election.
is running on a socially conservative, anti-corruption platform. He denies
colluding with the military establishment and praises the disqualifications and
prosecutions of PML-N figures as a long-needed crackdown on graft.
officials also accuse the military of using its muscle to twist the arm of the
media to restrict coverage of criticism of the judiciary and military by Sharif
and his allies.
younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif, who has taken over the PML-N leadership, said
on Thursday recent action by the anti-graft National Accountability Bureau and
the judiciary had cast doubt over the election.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday failed to arrest any of the
Sharifs after the pronouncement of the accountability court’s verdict in the
Avenfield property reference despite having received an original certified copy
of the judgement.
former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were in the
United Kingdom when the court in Islamabad awarded the sentence, his son-in-law
retired captain Mohammad Safdar was present in Pakistan yet he was not taken
into custody for unexplained reasons.
contacted by Dawn, the additional prosecution general of NAB, Akbar Tarar,
said: “There is no need to get any special permission from the accountability
court for the arrest of Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law
retired Capt Safdar.
is a common law that once the court declares someone a convict, he/she has to
be arrested at once and there is no need to get specific permission for seeking
their arrest warrant.”
NAB’s additional prosecution general’s statement is quite clear, but it raised
the question as to why Mr Safdar was not arrested after the court decision.
Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar had been present in the court at the time of
announcement of the decision, they would have been arrested on the spot,” Mr
then why Mr Safdar had not been taken into custody by NAB, Mr Tarar said that
he would be arrested soon.
source in NAB said the bureau would seek court permission on Monday for their
arrest and would also request the interior ministry to place their names on the
Exit Control List (ECL).
source said: “NAB will implement the orders of the Accountability Court, Islamabad,
to arrest Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz after the issuance of arrest warrants
as per law. Retired captain Safdar, who is in Pakistan, will also be arrested
after obtaining arrest warrants.
Lahore’s team of investigators, led by Imran Dogar, is in Islamabad to obtain
arrest warrants from the accountability court in order to implement the court
source in NAB told Dawn that for any arrest in under trial cases the bureau had
to submit an application before the relevant court for it. “Therefore, NAB will
seek permission for the arrest of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar on
Monday,” the source added.
would also request the interior ministry to get their names placed on the ECL
within the next two days so that Capt Safdar might not escape abroad, another
Hailing the accountability court’s verdict against former prime minister Nawaz
Sharif and his family members, mainstream political parties on Friday believed
that the judgement would lead to a new era of prosperity and accountability of
said the process of July 25 general elections should not be derailed in the
wake of Mr Sharif’s conviction.
of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) — the party that had moved the Supreme
Court against Mr Sharif for committing corruption and money laundering —
celebrated the decision of the accountability court and distributed sweets in
the other hand, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and its workers observed it
as a mourning day, staged small rallies in various cities and rejected the
chairman Imran Khan termed the conviction of Nawaz Sharif beginning of new
Pakistan and said that in the existing system only weak people were taken to
task for their wrongdoings.
is for the first time the system punished a powerful man. Now big dacoits
[politicians] would not go to the assemblies as their real destination is
jail,” he added.
leader says Nawaz failed to defend himself in corruption case
Khan said the Sharif family had ruled Lahore [Punjab] six times but did nothing
for the masses, adding that Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari destroyed all institutions of the country for
their corruption. “If the country’s institutions are strong, corrupt
politicians will be sent behind bars. A country is destroyed when its institutions
are paralysed,” he added.
Sharif brothers, he said, had introduced corruption in politics as they bribed
politicians to get their loyalties. “I was the first man to speak against the
evil of corruption in the country when I jumped into politics.”
PTI chief said the nation should be thankful to God over the conviction of
Nawaz Sharif as the Sharifs were required to tell how they earned money and
laundered it. “If I could present the proofs of my London flat I purchased 34
years ago being a cricketer then why the Sharifs failed to present their money
trail,” he added.
PTI, Mr Khan said, had been struggling against “mafias” for 22 years and it was
the right time for the nation to get rid of them.
of the Opposition in the Senate Sherry Rehman of the PPP said that everybody
was expecting the same verdict. She added that Nawaz Sharif wanted to make the
2018 elections controversial. “Nawaz Sharif would be compelled to return to the
a statement, she said Mr Sharif had failed to defend himself in the corruption
reference and put himself, the whole system and his party in a difficult
about the reaction by PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif to the judgement against
his elder brother, she said it was “quite weak and feeble”.
PPP senator said her party had earlier supported Nawaz Sharif in parliament for
the sake of democracy, but he considered it a “deal” and his own war. She
feared that the PML-N would not accept the election results, if it failed to
Sharif has disgraced the sanctity of vote,” she said.
a press conference after the verdict, Awami Muslim League (AML) president
Sheikh Rashid said it was for the first time in the country’s history that a
powerful politician had been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment.
Sharif should to return to Pakistan to file appeal in an appellate court
against the sentence awarded by the accountability court,” he said. “If Nawaz
Sharif prefers to stay in the UK and challenges his sentence from there, it
will further harm him politically.”
AML chief said Mr Sharif had committed a crime and he had to face the sentence.
“The verdict has sent a clear and powerful message across the globe that a
premier of Pakistan was sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption.”
said another former prime minister of the PML-N Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was
contesting the election despite the fact that he was facing a NAB corruption
reference. “People will give their reaction in elections and now the corrupt
will be afraid of being involved in corruption,” he added.
(JI) emir Senator Sirajul Haq, while commenting on the verdict against Nawaz
Sharif, said all others involved in corruption should also be proceeded
against, but the election process should not be derailed because of this
a statement, he said the JI had taken the names of 436 people to the court
after the Panama Papers leaks. “The speed of proceedings against them is dead
slow and if accountability has to be carried out, it should be across the
board,” he demanded.
those who looted the national wealth, got loans written off and laundered money
to make properties abroad should be brought to book,” he said.
liberal and secular candidates win the elections again, they will once again go
to the US and the UK to buy luxurious properties, putting the masses under
heavy taxes and loans,” he said, adding: “It is time that the masses should
awake and do not become a tool in the hands of Khans, Chaudhris, Zardaris,
leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi also hailed the decision against Nawaz Sharif and
said the latter faced the conviction because his government was trying to amend
the Khatm-i-Nubuwat law.
in southern Syria reach deal to end violence
- Fighters battling a fierce government-led offensive in southern Syria have
reached an agreement with Russia, a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,
to end violence in the area and surrender a key crossing point with Jordan,
according to a rebel spokesman.
Jabawi, spokesman for the rebels' joint operations room, was quoted as saying
by news agencies that under Friday's agreement reached with Russian negotiators the fighters will
begin to hand over some of their heavy weapons in return for a government
pullout from several villages.
added that Russian military police will deploy along the border with Jordan,
including the strategically important Naseeb border crossing, and that rebels
opposed to the deal will be evacuated to rebel-held regions in northern Syria.
was no immediate comment from Assad's government and its Russian backers.
afterwards, an Al Jazeera reporter on the ground saw a convoy of about 10 army
trucks with Russian and Syrian flags entering the strategically important
Nassib border crossing, held by the rebels for three years. Another seven
trucks were waiting to enter.
over Nassib crossing would allow the Syrian army to drive further southwards
through the area immediately east of Deraa city, where rebel territory narrows
to a thin corridor along the Jordanian border. This would split the territory
has been brokering talks for the surrender of rebel-held territory in southern
Syria, in areas bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
to rebels, Moscow had previously rejected their demands for a phased surrender
of their heavy-duty arms and safe passage for rebels and civilians who did not
want to live under government rule to opposition territory elsewhere.
than 320,000 people have fled the intense fighting and bombardment since the
launch of the government-led push on June 19, according to the UN's refugee
60,000 have gathered at the Nassib-Jaber border crossing overlooking Jordan,
while thousands more are at the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan
agreement came a day after Jordan, which hosts more than 1.4 million Syrian
refugees and has shut its northern border, said it had managed to convince the
Syrian opposition and the Russians to meet again and reach an agreement for a
cessation of hostilities.
the announcement only came after government forces advanced earlier on Friday
along the frontier with Jordan towards the Nasib border crossing, sources on
the ground said.
on the negotiations, Jumana Ghunaimat, spokeswoman for the Jordanian
government, told Al Jazeera: "The solution in Syria is political, not
military. The war and more fighting won't stop the struggles of the Syrian
added: "We need to stop the war, and that is the main goal of negotiations
which we are mediating."
Haid, a Syrian columnist and a consulting research fellow at Chatham House,
called the gradual withdrawal of rebels and the handing over of the weapons a
"big gain" for Assad's government.
doesn't only allow it to extend its authority over a big chunk of rebel
controlled areas, but it also allows it to control the main border with Jordan,
which will restore some sort of relation with Jordan and allow the regime to
generate financial revenues from the trade that will expected to go through
that venue," he told Al Jazeera from Britain's capital, London.
added, however, that there was a still a lack of clarity about the exact
details included in the agreement.
need to wait until the conditions of that deal are out and clear, because some
of the conditions are related to what will happen to rebel forces who stay in
those areas - will they will be able to have some kind of control over their
territories … or will the regime be able to take over full control over those
areas and push them out of any local authority?
issue that is still not clear is what will happen to many of the rebel forces
who decided stay there, because there is only a small part of them who will go
to northern Syria, while the majority of them will stay there - will they
automatically become regime forces, or will they have some sort of special
forces in south Syria are advancing along the frontier with Jordan and will
soon reach a border crossing in rebel hands, a pro-Damascus commander said on
witnesses along the Jordan border fence with Syria said they spotted armored
vehicles and a tank with a Russian flag heading toward the Nasib crossing.
war monitor said troops in Deraa province reached the frontier on Thursday for
the first time since 2015, part of a major offensive to recover the entire
southwest from insurgents.
commander in the regional alliance that backs Damascus told Reuters that the
army and allies had arrived after seizing a string of villages. "Within a
short period of time, they will reach the (Nassib) crossing," the
non-Syrian commander said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
the help of Russian air power, the assault has swept into Deraa’s insurgent
territory in the past two weeks, shrinking one of the last rebel strongholds
left across Syria.
UN refugee agency has urged Jordan to open its borders as Syrians fleeing their
homes en masse, seeking shelter from the battles and heavy air strikes. It says
the fighting has uprooted more than 320,000 people, with 60,000 gathered at the
Jordan border crossing and thousands more at the frontier with the
Israeli-occupied Golan heights.
Norwegian Refugee Council called it the largest displacement since the start of
Syria’s seven-year war.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces were now around
three km (two miles) away from the Nasib border crossing with Jordan.
UK-based war monitoring group said an armed group which held some border
villages had handed over control to the advancing troops without resistance.
military media unit run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which fights alongside
Damascus, said the army captured eight border outposts on Friday.
is helping lead the offensive but keeping a low profile, pro-Damascus sources
have told Reuters, defying neighboring Israel’s demands that Iran-backed forces
stay away from its frontier.
Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported that the army managed to drive
terrorists out of checkpoints 71 to 79 along a 2km-long chunk of the
added that the army further liberated the villages of Samad, Samaj, Arz
al-Atrash, Taysiya, Khirbet Qolo, Abu Qatouneh, al-Mashafi, Abu Ra'as,
al-Samaqiyat, al-Aman, Nada and Maqtala.
al-Harbi went on to say that army men advanced further towards the village of
al-Mata'iyeh and Nasib border-crossing.
the meantime, the Arabic-language website of Sky News reported that the army
has deployed 6 km away from Nasib border-crossing.
Thursday, the army forces, backed by artillery and missile units, engaged in
clashes with the terrorists in Eastern Dara'a, seizing control of a region in
which the air defense brigade was stationed in the Southern parts of the town
liberated the town after clashes, advancing towards the town of al-Tayebah.
the army soldiers clashed with the militants in al-Tafas region in Western
Dara'a, killing a number of terrorists.
Centers Receive Powerful Blows in Syrian Armed Forces' Attacks in Homs
army men engaged in a tough battle with the remaining pockets of ISIL near
Aweirez Dam in Eastern Badiyeh, killing and wounding a number of the militants
and destroying their equipment.
the meantime, air force warplanes targeted ISIL's strongholds near the Aweirez
Dam, T2 Oil Pumping Station, al-Wa'ar Dam and regions near Deir Ezzur province,
destroying several positions and killing or wounding a number of terrorists.
the army's engineering units discovered a large volume of arms, ammunition and
missiles in the positions of terrorists North of the town of al-Sukhnah in
Tuesday, the army men engaged in a tough battle with ISIL who tried to break
through the government forces' positions at T2 Oil Pumping Station in
Southwestern Deir Ezzur from Badiyeh of Homs.
the army aircraft carried out several bombing raids on ISIL's positions and
movements in the Eastern Badiyeh of the town of al-Sukhnah, inflicting major
losses on the terrorists.
Israeli army announced Friday that it had targeted a Syrian position in the
northern Golan Heights, in retaliation for a mortar shell that landed in the
buffer zone between the two countries, in what the military said was a
violation of a 1974 ceasefire agreement.
a statement, the Israeli army added that the mortar shell which fell east of
the border fence was “part of the internal fighting between the regime and
opposition factions in Syria.”
Israeli army asserted that “It is not involved in the internal fighting in Syria.
At the same time, it will continue to demand the implementation of the
ceasefire agreements from 1974, including the preservation of the buffer zone,”
the army said.
spokeswoman for the Israeli army did not clarify whether the targeted position
was of the Syrian regime or for the opposition factions.
opposition sources said on Friday that a ceasefire has been reached in southern
Syria as a new round of negotiations began in the southern town of Busra
al-Sham where four rounds of talks have been held since Saturday but failed to
reach any agreement.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier on Friday that Syrian regime
warplanes raided the outskirts of the towns of Nasib, Tafas and Al-Naimah in
southern Syria, adding that the warplanes dropped 10 explosive barrels on Daraa
forces have launched a military operation on the Syrian-Jordanian border to
reach the Nasib border crossing.
to Hezbollah’s military media, nine border posts with Jordan within the
administrative borders of Daraa have been captured by the regime forces.
vehicles and a tank with a Russian flag were seen heading towards the Nasib
border crossing between Jordan and Syria, several witnesses near the crossing
said on Friday.
said they spotted a convoy on a military road heading towards the crossing in
rebel hands which the Syrian army has been advancing towards since Thursday.
Syrian government has reached a deal with militants in the southwestern
province of Dara'a under which Damascus will retake control of the remaining
cities and towns of the province from the anti-government forces.
Friday deal came hours after the Syrian government regained control of the
strategic Nassib border crossing with Jordan after three years.
agreement has been reached between the Syrian government and the terrorist
groups" which includes "the handover of heavy and medium weapons in
all cities and towns," the official SANA news agency reported.
the agreement, government forces will take over "all observation posts
along the Syrian-Jordanian border," the report said.
militants who oppose the deal will be evacuated with their families to the
militant-held northwestern province of Idlib, the report noted.
previous round of negotiations to reach an agreement had failed on Wednesday,
but the talks resumed midday on Friday in the town of Busra al-Sham, which was
newly liberated by government troops.
mid-June, the Syrian government has launched a major military campaign to
recapture the militant-held areas in southern Syria near the Jordanian border
and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, including Dara’a province, together
with the neighboring provinces of Quneitra and Suwaida.
the push, the government first tried to clinch surrender deals with the
terrorists before staging anti-terror operations.
the Syrian government's offensive targeted parts of Quneitra and Suwaida
provinces, the new deal only includes Dara'a province.
said the deal would ensure the return of displaced civilians, which according to
the UN, exceeds 320,000 people.
spokesman Hussein Abazeed said in an interview with AFP that "the deal was
the best we could achieve to save the lives of our fighters".
similar reconciliation deals, which are mediated by Russia, militants hand over
heavy weapons, local police take control of the area and government
institutions resume activities.
virtue of such deals, more than 30 militant-held towns have come under the
government control, making Damascus' hold on Dara'a province nearly 70 percent.
to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Russian forces and
civilian border officials from the Syrian government reached the Nassib
crossing "without a fight."
reported that Syria's two-starred flag has been hoisted over the crossing.
had captured the Nassib border crossing since April 2015, blocking a crucial
economic lifeline for the Syrian government.
southwest region is strategically sensitive because of its proximity to the
frontiers with both Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
breakthrough in n-talks as Iran demands more after US exit
- World powers and Iran appeared to make no concrete breakthrough on Friday in
talks to provide Tehran with an economic package to compensate for US sanctions
that begin taking effect in August.
from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia met their Iranian counterpart
in Vienna for the first time since US President Donald Trump left a nuclear
accord in May, but diplomats had seen limited scope for salvaging it.
pulled the United States out of the multinational deal under which sanctions on
Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program verified by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Washington has since told countries
they must stop buying the OPEC producer's oil from Nov. 4 or face financial
after three hours of talks, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who
chaired the talks, read a statement from the six delegations repeating
previously-announced broad priorities ranging from guaranteeing Iranian oil
revenue to shipping ties, banking and all other trade and investment
agreed to keep progress under close review and to reconvene the joint
commission, including at ministerial level, as appropriate in order to advance
common efforts," Mogherini said, adding that all sides were determined to
find and implement solutions.
at past meetings, Mogherini took no questions.
the commitments made today , should be implemented before the August deadline
... it is up to the leadership in Tehran to decide whether Iran should remain
in the deal ... the proposal was not precise and a complete one," Mohammed
Javad Zarif told reporters.
earlier in the day, France's foreign minister said that world powers would
struggle to keep to that deadline.
(Iran) must stop threatening to break their commitments to the nuclear
deal," Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
are trying to do it (economic package) before sanctions are imposed at the
start of August and then the next set of sanctions in November. For August it
seems a bit short, but we are trying to do it by November," he said.
arrival in Vienna, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said he didn't expect
a collapse of talks, but suggested more negotiations would be needed in the
future. He stressed hat world powers would struggle to compensate Tehran for
companies leaving Iran.
pillars of the European Union's strategy are: European Investment Bank lending,
a special measure to shield EU companies from US secondary sanctions, and a
Commission proposal that EU governments make direct money transfers to Iran's
central bank to avoid US penalties.
made some progress, including on safeguarding some crude (oil) sales, but it's
unlikely to meet Iranian expectations. It's also not just about what the
Europeans can do, but also how the Chinese, Russians, Indians, others can
contribute," said a senior European diplomat.
officials have said that key for them is to ensure measures that guarantee oil
exports do not halt, and that Tehran still has access to the SWIFT
international bank payments messaging system or an alternative.
are ready for all possible scenarios ... the collapse of the deal will increase
the tension in the region. To save the deal, other signatories should
compensate for US sanctions," a senior Iranian official told Reuters on
a visit to Europe this week President Hassan Rouhani warned that Iran could
reduce its co-operation with the UN nuclear watchdog, having already threatened
Trump of the "consequences" of fresh sanctions against Iranian oil
Revolutionary Guards have also warned that they may block oil shipments through
the Strait of Hormuz in response to US calls to ban all Iranian oil exports.
the nuclear side of the agreement the parties did agree to replace the United
States in a working group to redesign the Arak reactor with China.
deal specifies that the new design will aim to minimize the production of
plutonium and to prevent the production of weapon-grade plutonium in normal
operation. It also specifies the fuel Arak must use and says its spent fuel for
the reactor's lifetime must be shipped out of Iran.
adds: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said this week the talks
should give an "impetus" to protect the interests of economic actors.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the meeting would "send a united and
determined signal" to the world that the other parties "will continue
to respect the agreement".
have complained that the hoped-for rise in foreign investment and trade after
the deal has not materialised.
Trump's announcement, Iran's rial currency has fallen, prices have risen and
the country has been hit by street protests and strikes.
who signed the nuclear deal, has been attacked at home by ultra-conservatives,
who have denounced his willingness to talk to the West and accused him of
hurting the economy.
Austria on Wednesday, he met Yukiya Amano, head of the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA
which monitors Iran's compliance with the accord.
told Amano that US sanctions were a "crime and aggression" that other
nations should resist, according to IRNA.
added that "if the other signatories, apart from the United States, can
guarantee Iran's interests then Iran will stay in the JCPOA", or Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action, the accord's formal name.
in May slammed the nuclear accord signed under his predecessor Barack Obama as
"horrible" and "defective at its core," earning applause
from Iran's regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel.
which strongly denies ever having sought a nuclear bomb, has warned it could
resume uranium enrichment for civilian purposes if the deal collapses.
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed that Iran "will never tolerate
both suffering from sanctions and nuclear restrictions".
relations have been hostile since the 1979 overthrow of the US-backed shah and
US embassy hostage crisis.
considers Iran a state sponsor of terrorism, with links to Lebanon's Hezbollah,
Hamas in the Palestinian territories and networks in Iraq and Yemen, and
demands it cease support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
new round of diplomacy has been clouded after security services said they had
foiled an alleged plot to bomb a Paris rally by an exiled Iranian opposition
group, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran.
large rally last Saturday attracted several US politicians, including former
New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, now Trump's personal lawyer.
people were arrested in Belgium, France and Germany, while the opposition group
blamed the Iranian regime for the alleged plot. One of those detained was a
diplomat attached to the Iranian embassy in Austria.
dismissed it is an orchestrated "false flag ploy", designed to discredit
Iran and overshadow Rouhani's trip to Europe, and Wednesday summoned the French
and Belgian ambassadors and the German charge d'affaires in protest.
US Department of State published on its website a list of Iranian-sponsored
terror acts in Europe during the last four decades, between 1979 and 2018, as Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo urged European countries to confront the threat
publishing of the list coincides with the uncovering of an Iranian plot to bomb
a large Iranian opposition conference north of Paris on June 30.
list begins with an introduction that says: “The Iranian regime brought
suffering and death to the world and its people. In Europe alone,
assassinations, bombings and other terrorist attacks sponsored by Iran have
distorted the lives of countless people.”
list details operations executed by Iranian intelligence, or Iranian-allied
Hezbollah agents, of bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and killings of
Iranian opposition figures and American-allied targets.
a tweet, Pompeo called on “European leaders to discuss this with Rouhani and
Zarif during their European tour.”
meet on nuclear deal supports Iran’s continued oil, gas exports
a meeting in Vienna on Friday to save Iran’s nuclear deal, European powers
including China and Russia, said that they support Iran’s right to exporting
oil and gas, despite threats of sanctions by the US.
ministers and senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia
held talks on Friday with their Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in
Vienna for the first time since US President Donald Trump announced he was
abandoning the nuclear deal and moving to re-impose sanctions on Iran.
a joint statement, the foreign ministers said they are still committed to the
economic relations with Iran including “Iran’s continued oil and gas exports”
and other energy products.
pulled the United States out of the multinational deal under which sanctions on
Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program verified by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Washington has since told countries
they must stop buying the OPEC producer’s oil from November, 4 or face
on French radio ahead of arriving in the Austrian capital, France’s foreign
minister said world powers would struggle to put together an economic package
(Iran) must stop threatening to break their commitments to the nuclear deal,”
Jean-Yves Le Drian said. “We are trying to do it (economic package) before
sanctions are imposed at the start of August and then the next set of sanctions
in November. For August it seems a bit short, but we are trying to do it by
November,” he said.
man threatened Muslim patients with a kitchen knife and injured one person
after a standoff at a small clinic in northwestern Germany, local media
reported on Friday.
man, said to be in his fifties, shouted Islamopohobic slurs as several
headscarved Muslim women were in the waiting room of a clinic owned by a
Turkish doctor in the northwestern city of Moenschengladbach, Rheinische Post
threatened medical assistants and patients with the knife, but was overpowered
by three patients in the waiting room. One of the patients was slightly injured
in the incident.
police said the suspect suffered from mental health problems and the incident
was not a politically motivated attack.
local court on Friday ordered him committed to the psychiatric hospital for
Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have arrested two British
citizens of Iraqi heritage for allegedly engaging in "terror
propaganda" on behalf of outlawed Kurdish rebels. Anadolu Agency said
Friday that brothers Ayman Barzan and Hariam Barzan were detained at Dalaman
Airport in southwest Turkey after being questioned by anti-terrorism profilers
for acting "suspiciously." Police examined their social media
accounts and found postings they deemed to be propaganda on behalf of the
Kurdistan Workers' Party, PKK, and the Syrian Kurdish militia group, the
People's Protection Units, or YPG.–Agencies
considers the YPG to be an extension of the PKK, which has waged a more than
three-decade long insurgency in southeast Turkey and is considered a terror
group by Ankara and its allies.
European Parliament has condemned the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi
Arabia for cutting financial support to Somalia for its neutrality on a rift
between a Saudi-led quartet and Qatar.
Belgium-based parliament said in a resolution passed on Wednesday that Somalia
has "sought to remain neutral" on the ongoing crisis, but was in turn
"deprived of regular budgetary support payments by Saudi Arabia and the
terms of the wider confrontation between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
Saudi Arabia, on the one hand, and Qatar, on the other, the Federal Government
of Somalia has sought to remain neutral; whereas, in retaliation, Saudi Arabia
and the UAE have ceased their regular budgetary support payments to Somalia,
which further weakens the government's ability to pay the security
forces," the resolution reads.
statement called on "the UAE to cease forthwith all acts of
destabilization in Somalia and respect Somalia's sovereignty and territorial
is highly dependent on trade from Saudi Arabia and imports many UAE products.
month, an Emirati plane was grounded in the African country for several hours
after UAE officials refused to allow the search of a luggage which Somalia
officials had described as "suspicious".
the Emirati military trainers who were on board the plane were held for hours
at Bosaso International Airport in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of
Puntland, as they refused to allow security forces to check their suspiciously
an earlier incident, the Somali federal government had confiscated nearly $10
million from a UAE Royal Jet at the Mogadishu International Airport.
the incident, the UAE ended its military training program in Somalia, which
started in 2014.
between Somalia and the UAE emerged in March after the Dubai-based DP World
granted a 19-percent stake to Ethiopia in the Berbera port in breakaway
Somaliland, which Somalia has not recognized as independent.
that deal, the UAE builds a military base in the Berbera port and trains the
soldiers of the breakaway Somali region.
censured the agreement as a violation of international law.
internationally-backed government is reportedly planning to file a legal
complaint against the UAE for setting up the military base.
is located along the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait across from Yemen, where
the UAE has been waging a devastating war as part of a Saudi-led coalition.
between Somalia and the UAE first soured last year when Mogadishu refused to
take sides with the Saudi regime and the UAE in their diplomatic dispute with
Dutch Intelligence service AIVD said on Friday that two Iranian embassy staff
have been expelled.
can confirm that the Netherlands has expelled two persons accredited to the
Iranian embassy,” a spokesperson for the Dutch intelligence said. “We will not
provide any further Information”
recent days, the Austrian foreign ministry said it would strip the Iranian
embassy official of his diplomatic immunity after his arrest in Germany for
“conspiracy to blow up an Iranian opposition meeting in France.”
sources announced that Tehran’s Vienna-based envoy, Assadollah Assadi, who was
arrested in connection with a cell planning to blow up an Iranian opposition
conference in Paris, is an Iranian intelligence services member and is wanted
by the Interpol.
was detained on Sunday near the German city of Aschaffenburg on a European
arrest warrant for suspected involvement in the plot.
said this week it had arrested two Belgians of Iranian origin suspected of
plotting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally on the outskirts of Paris.
consultation meeting urges political solution to Rohingya crisis
capital Ankara on Friday hosted an international consultation meeting on the
Rohingya crisis with a focus on the political and humanitarian solution to
improve living conditions for refugees. Delivering an opening speech at the
conference, Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ümit Yalçın said the
humanitarian crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state and Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar
remains ongoing despite all the efforts that have been made.
addition to our efforts made on the humanitarian front, we must also increase
our efforts on the political front, as responsible members of the international
community," Yalçın said, as reported by Anadolu Agency (AA). There is a
need for a comprehensive strategy to resolve the political, economic and human
problems of Rohingya Muslims, he added.
reiterated Turkey's gratitude to the Bangladeshi government for preventing a
catastrophic humanitarian situation by opening its borders. However, he said
all the efforts were still not enough.
head of the EU delegation to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger as well as
senior officials from the United States, Australia, Bangladesh, Finland, the
U.K, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Norway, Thailand and U.N. bodies
attended the meeting. The representatives from Turkey's Health Ministry and
other Turkish nonprofit organizations, including the Disaster and Emergency
Management Authority (AFAD), Turkish Red Crescent and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination
Agency (TIKA), also participated in the meeting. Around 6,000 refugees from the
persecuted minority have been camping on the narrow stretch of land since
fleeing a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar's west last August. An estimated
700,000 Rohingya have fled over the border to Bangladesh since an army
crackdown was launched in Rakhine state in August. Myanmar blames Rohingya
militants for an Aug. 25 strike on security posts in Rakhine state that
triggered a fierce army crackdown. At least 9,000 Rohingya were killed in
Rakhine state from Aug. 25 to Sept. 24, according to Doctors without Borders.
In a report last December, the global humanitarian group said the deaths of
71.7 percent, or 6,700 Rohingya, were caused by violence. The death toll includes
730 children below the age of 5.
U.N. has described the systematic violence by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims
in Rakhine state as possible genocide and ethnic cleansing. Calls for the
international community to take measures against the "visible
genocide" facing Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has increased as the monsoon
stateless Rohingya have been the target of communal violence and vicious
anti-Muslim sentiment in mainly Buddhist Myanmar for years. Myanmar has denied
citizenship to Rohingya since 1982 and excludes them from the 135 ethnic groups
it officially recognizes, which effectively renders them stateless. The
Rohingya trace their presence in Rakhine back centuries. But most people in
majority-Buddhist Myanmar consider them to be unwanted Muslim immigrants from
shadow judge, commander among 25 killed in Nangarhar operations
least twenty five ISIS Khurasan militants including the shadow judge and a
commander of the group were killed during the ongoing operations in eastern
governor’s office in Nangarhar said the militants were killed during the
separate operations conducted in Achin and Haska Mina districts.
source further added that 23 ISIS Khurasan militants including one of their
shadow judges and a local commander of the group were killed during the air and
ground operations in Achin district.
operations were conducted late on Wednesday night in the vicinity of Bandar
area, the governor’s office added.
the meantime, the US forces conducted airstrikes on ISIS Khurasan hideouts in
Haska Mina district leaving at least two dead, the provincial government office
said, adding that the airstrikes were carried out in Angoor Kala area.
Nangarhar governor’s office also added that some heavy and light weapons
belonging to the terror group were also destroyed.
Afghan military in the East says infighting among the Taliban and ISIS Khurasan
continue in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan as the latest clashes have
left more than ten militants dead or wounded.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East says a clash broke out in
Chapara Dara district between the two sides, leaving at least seven ISIS
source further added that the clash took place in Wich Naw and Niazi Gani areas
Silab Corps said Thursday that three ISIS Khurasan militants were killed and a
Taliban militant was wounded during a similar clash in Chapa Dara district a
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban and ISIS militants have
not commented regarding the report so far.
infighting among the Taliban and ISIS Khurasan militants continue amid ongoing
operations against the two groups in Kunar and other parts of the country.
total includes 399 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, 164 from Indonesia, 157
from the Philippines, 109 from Myanmar, 43 from Thailand and 41 from Vietnam
of undocumented Bangladeshi workers have been detained in Malaysia as part of
the country’s crackdown against illegal migrants.
to Malaysian newspapers, the national immigration department has apprehended a
total of 1,224 foreign nationals since the drive began on Monday.
total includes 399 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, 164 from Indonesia, 157
from the Philippines, 109 from Myanmar, 43 from Thailand and 41 from Vietnam.
Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Nomita Halder
said the country’s detainees had failed to comply with a June 30 deadline under
Malaysia’s illegal Migrants Rehiring Program.
people are illegal in Malaysia according to the country’s law and they have to
come back,” she said.
ministry can do only one thing right now - ensure the safe return of the
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia, Sayedul Islam, told the Dhaka Tribune
that “most” of the undocumented Bangladeshi workers took the rehiring
opportunity, which had been available since February 16, 2016.
could not, however, give a precise figure for them.
illegal Bangladeshi workers who have been detained already can return to
Bangladesh after paying RM400 (Malaysian ringgit), otherwise they have to stay
in jail,” he said.
rehiring program was launched to provide illegal foreign workers with valid
permits to work in certain sectors.
the program now closed, Malaysia wants to repatriate the undocumented migrants,
as housing them at 13 detention centres across the country is costing the
country about RM25 million annually.
bodies, however, are demanding the government to reconsider their proposal and
immediately stop the crackdown.
Bangladeshi workers have been legalized or are under process, but those applied
through agents have reportedly been cheated.
Ahmed, a migrants’ rights campaigner and the secretary general of WARBE
Development Foundation, suggested the detained workers may have been pure in
of the illegal migrants are illiterate and unaware about the law,” he said.
“The trade unions of Malaysia should consider the socio economic condition of
the Bangladeshi illegal workers.”
Immigration Department’s Director General Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali was unmoved.
“We will continue the drive against illegal workers,” he said.
least ten children were killed or wounded in back to back explosions in
southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
local officials said Friday that the incident has taken place in the vicinity
of Gilan district due to improvised explosive devices planted on the roadside.
governor’s spokesman Arif Noori confirmed the incident and said at least three
children were killed and at least seven others were wounded in the twin
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
anti-government armed militant groups frequently use explosives materials for
the roadside bombings and car bombings to target the government staff and
in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted besides such
bombings incur casualties to the security personnel and in some cases the
Taliban militants themselves are killed or wounded.
Anbalagan and Soo Wern Jun
ALAM: The Shah Alam High Court today ruled that Islamic authorities in Selangor
have no right to stop religious activities of the Ahmadiya community, who
follow a sect which Muslims generally regard as being outside the fold of
Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera also ruled that the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS)
has no right to bring charges against members of the sect for violating a state
fatwa against the Ahmadiya teachings.
members of the sect had challenged JAIS for trying to charge them with shariah
offences, on the basis that Islamic authorities in Selangor do not recognise
Ahmadiya Muslims as Muslims.
court ruled that the Selangor Islamic religious authorities have no
jurisdiction over Ahmadi Muslims in the state.
judge said this was the result of a fatwa gazetted by the state in 2001 that
this group was considered as apostates.
also allowed the relief sought by the 39 Ahmadi applicants that the religious
authorities had no jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute them for offences under
the state Islamic criminal enactment.
bond to order them to appear in the Shariah to face charges is also quashed,”
Vazeer said in his oral judgment in allowing their judicial review application.
judge also ordered the state chief Shariah prosecutor and chief religious
enforcement officer to stop their investigations against the applicants.
judge also ordered five defendants – chief religious enforcement officer, the
investigating officer, JAIS, state chief shariah prosecutor and the Selangor
government – to pay the applicants RM25,000 in costs.
years ago, the 39 filed a judicial review following JAIS’ arrest of its
included eight Pakistani asylum seekers, two Indian nationals, an Indonesian
and three minors — for performing Friday prayers on Apr 11, 2014 at the
community’s centre in Batu Caves, Selangor.
group was informed that they had not obtained written permission to use the
premises — a shoplot in Dolomite Park, Batu Caves — for purposes which may only
be carried out on, in or by a mosque, contrary to Section 97 of the
Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003.
group was granted leave by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Aug 14, 2014, before
the proceedings were transferred to the Shah Alam High Court on Sept 15, 2015.
Aston Paiva told reporters the essence of today’s ruling was that the Ahmadi
Muslims could manage their religious affairs without interference from the
state religious authorities.
his submission previously, Paiva said the community should be allowed to
practise their faith since they were not considered Muslims by Selangor.
said Jais could not attempt to charge the community with shariah offences when
they had refused to recognise the Muslim sect as adherents.
is not an apostasy case where they say that they renounce Islam. That cannot
happen to an Ahmadi. An Ahmadi will never say they are no longer a Muslim. It
defeats their whole purpose,” he said.
other words, the government has treated them as non-Muslims, so they should
just be treated how they want to be treated.
the one hand, you say they are not Muslims; on the other hand, you are
arresting them and taking them to the Shariah Court to face charges,” Paiva
Ahmadis, who are derogatorily called Qadianis here, adhere to the same beliefs
as the Sunni branch of Islam, but also believe that their founder Mirza Ghulam
Ahmad was the Imam Mahdi.
LUMPUR, July 6 ― The 41-year-old Kelantanese man who married an 11-year-old
girl as his third wife, wants to send her to a “pondok” school, a type of
privately-run Islamic school, to ensure she grows up a “well-mannered” Muslim
Harian reported the rubber tapper, Che Abdul Karim Che Hamid, claiming his
child bride is allegedly not interested in academic pursuits.
not interested in studies, however I will still persuade her to study at a
religious school here in Gua Musang.
now we are still trying to settle in. I will send her after my marriage
problems are over,” Sinar Harian quoted him as saying.
man is said to have married the child in south Thailand last month.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail reportedly said the marriage
was unlawful as the court did not approve it and told the couple to separate,
but the husband has refused.
reported earlier that the Kelantan police have opened an investigation paper on
the child marriage involving an 11-year-old girl with a 41-year-old man in Gua
Muhammad Adam Abdullah
has been reported that justice Mohd Sofian Abd Razak is the brother of an Umno
executive councillor from the state of Pahang. If that is the case, should he
have been disqualified from presiding at Najib Razak’s hearing on July 4?
with regard to anyone acting in a judicial capacity means anything which tends
or may be regarded as tending to cause such a person to decide a case otherwise
than on the evidence (R v East Kerrier Justices  2 QB 719): Jowitt’s
Dictionary of English Law (2nd Edn) Vol 1, under “Bias” at 210.
judge may be disqualified from hearing a matter on grounds of bias. If a judge
stands to gain financially from a decision, that will amount to pecuniary or
proprietary bias. If he has a personal interest to gain, that will amount to
is a third category. This is “where a judge is not a party to the suit and does
not have a financial interest in its outcome, but in some other way his conduct
or behaviour may give rise to a suspicion that he is not impartial, for example
because of his friendship with a party”.
second type of case is not, strictly speaking, an application of the principle
that a man must not be judge in his own cause, since the judge will not
normally be himself benefiting, but providing a benefit for another by failing
to be impartial” (Lord Browne-Wilkinson, in re Pinochet  1 All ER 577).
the matter of Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean president was receiving
treatment in the UK. Spain issued international warrants to have Pinochet
arrested. Pursuant to those warrants, two provisional warrants were issued by
magistrates in the UK. Pinochet applied to quash those warrants.
UK High Court allowed Pinochet’s application on the basis that Pinochet had
immunity from prosecution as a former head of state. The prosecution appealed.
the appellate stage, one of the intervening parties was Amnesty International
(AI), a well-known human rights organisation. AI supported the appeal.
appeal was allowed by the House of Lords by a majority of 3-2, hence restoring
the UK warrants on the basis that Pinochet had no immunity. One of the Law
Lords who heard and allowed the appeal was Lord Hoffman.
it came to light that Lord Hoffman was “connected” to AI. Lord Hoffmann was a
director and chairperson of Amnesty International Charity Limited (AICL), a
registered charity incorporated to undertake those aspects of the work of
Amnesty International Limited (AIL) which are charitable under UK law.
Lady Hoffman was carrying out administrative duties for AI, although neither
Lord Hoffman nor Lady Hoffman were consulted on the Pinochet case.
a unanimous decision, on an application by Pinochet to set aside the earlier
decision, the House of Lords set aside the decision on the grounds of real
danger of bias.
is what Lord Browne-Wilkinson said: “Can it make any difference that, instead
of being a direct member of AI, Lord Hoffmann is a director of AICL, that is of
a company which is wholly controlled by AI and is carrying on much of its work?
not. The substance of the matter is that AI, AIL and AICL are all various parts
of an entity or movement working in different fields towards the same goals.
the absolute impartiality of the judiciary is to be maintained, there must be a
rule which automatically disqualifies a judge who is involved, whether
personally or as a director of a company, in promoting the same causes in the
same organisation as is a party to the suit.
is no room for fine distinctions if Lord Hewart’s famous dictum is to be
observed: it is ‘of fundamental importance that justice should not only be
done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done'” (see Rex v
Sussex Justices, ex parte McCarthy  K.B. 256, 259).
to home, in two cases, judges have refused to disqualify themselves on grounds
of personal relationship.
Glomac Resources Sbn Bhd v Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan & Anor,
justice Nantha Balan held that his friendship with one of the counsel appearing
before him, by itself, was not grounds to allege bias.
is rightly so as judges who are appointed from members of the Bar would
inevitably be friends with many lawyers in the course of their career.
Pembinaan BLT Sdn Bhd v Debessa Development Sdn Bhd, justice Mary Lim refused
to disqualify herself on account of the fact that her daughter was a pupil and
subsequently a lawyer in the firm that was appointed to litigate a matter
is how the judge addressed the issue: “The present facts and circumstances that
we face in this case are actually no longer uncommon occurrences. Given the
popularity of law as a career, and I am sure for many other educational,
sociological or many other reasons, it is no surprise that the incidence of
meeting or finding a kin connection between the counsel and the bench is not
much so, the appearance of one’s child before the judge parent is not frowned
upon, let alone considered or even raised as a ground of bias. Many children of
judges or even their spouses regularly practise and appear before the courts
throughout the country.
firms with which these children are employed or partnered also regularly attend
or appear before their parent judge. They do so without any cause for concern;
and rightly so.”
is also the current position in the UK.
danger of bias’
is accepted that the test of bias is that there exists a real danger of bias.
The court looks at possibility, not probability, bearing in mind always that
justice must not only be done but be seen to be done.
do these decisions bear upon justice Sofian’s decision to continue hearing the
matter concerning Najib?
pertinent factors would be the following:
brother is an executive councillor of Umno;
brother has been a state assemblyman of Umno in Pahang since 1999;
brother belongs to a political party of which Najib was president;
brother comes from a state where Najib remains an Umno division head and a
state where Najib has served and remains influential.
Sofian ought to bear in mind that he is presiding not in a civil case where the
stakes are ringgit and sen. Najib’s criminal case has drawn not only national
but international attention. The case has created a history of sorts in
is imperative that the conduct of the case at all levels be above reproach such
that the common man, the ordinary bystander, will remark: “The judge has been
does not need to prove that justice Sofian is unfair or in fact biased.
However, what the ordinary bystander may remark is: “The judge’s brother is an
Umno politician from Pahang, Najib’s home state. The elder brother may have
suggested to the younger brother to go easy on Najib.”
corporations or associations, politics is a game of influence peddling and
abject patronage. A leader (or former leader for that matter) holds great sway
over his followers. Umno is no exception.
justice Sofian’s brother is not the one on trial, but this is no ordinary case
is no lack of criminal judges at the Kuala Lumpur courts. The fact that a gag
order has been granted, surprising in the circumstances and impossible to
enforce, does not lend assistance to arguments supporting justice Sofian’s
is apposite to close with the remarks of Lord Hutton in re Pinochet: “I have
already stated that there was no allegation made against Lord Hoffmann that he was
actually guilty of bias in coming to his decision, and I wish to make it clear
that I am making no finding of actual bias against him.
I consider that the links, described in the judgment of Lord Browne-Wilkinson,
between Lord Hoffmann and Amnesty International, which had campaigned strongly
against General Pinochet and which intervened in the earlier hearing to support
the case that he should be extradited to face trial for his alleged crimes,
were so strong that public confidence in the integrity of the administration of
justice would be shaken if his decision were allowed to stand.”
a country with the largest Muslim population in the world, it would be expected
that sharia-compliant financial products and services would thrive.
such is not the case in Indonesia, where 88 percent of the population is
banking is struggling in this country, only grabbing 5 percent of the market
share, according to McKinsey & Company.
Daesh terrorists executed over 2017 Iran attacks
media say eight members of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group who were involved in
deadly attacks on the premises of the Parliament and the Mausoleum of the
Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in capital Tehran last year have
death sentences, that had been issued by Branch 15 of Tehran’s Islamic
Revolution Tribunal back in May, had been sent for implementation to the Prosecutor’s
Office, Moussa Qazanfarabadi, the head of the capital’s Islamic Revolutionary
Tribunal, had said on Friday.
had added that the terrorists had been convicted of "participating in
crimes punishable by death". The sentences would be implemented after the
Judiciary chief grants the necessary permission, the official had noted.
June 2017, the Daesh Takfiri terror group carried out simultaneous attacks on
Iran's Parliament and the Mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam
Khomeini. A total of 22 people - 17 civilians and 5 assailants - were killed
during the attacks.
eight convicts sentenced to death are among a total of 26 people who were
arrested in the aftermath of the attacks mainly in operations along the borders
with Iraq and Turkey.
have appealed their sentences to the Supreme Court, which has upheld their
cases of the remaining 18 Daesh members who were involved in last year's
attacks in Tehran are still under legal investigation.
forces launch ballistic missile at industrial target in Saudi Arabia
army forces, supported by allied fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement
and those from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-designed and
-developed ballistic missile at a strategic economic target in Saudi Arabia’s
southwestern border region of Jizan in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s brutal
military aggression against the impoverished country.
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing a military official, said
the short-range Badr-1 missile struck Jizan Industrial City on Friday evening,
inflicting unspecified damage and casualties.
a separate report, al-Masirah reported that the Yemeni army had also managed to
target a gathering of the Saudi-led coalition’s mercenaries in Yemen’s
flashpoint province of Hudaydah with another short-range ballistic missile
earlier in the day, adding that the projectile had hit the designated target
with great precision.
added that the missile attack came after the Yemeni air force and air defense
units collected exact coordinates of the target.
Monday, the media bureau of Yemen’s Operations Command for the first time
released a video of the army’s reconnaissance operations on the flashpoint
western coasts conducted by a number of unmanned aerial vehicles.
said that most of the missile attacks against the Saudi-led military coalition,
either inside Yemen or inside Saudi Arabia, were carried out based on the
coordinates collected by the Yemeni drones.
Gen. Abdullah al-Jafri, spokesman of Yemeni air force and air defense, said at
the time that using drones was the winning card of the Yemeni army in fighting
against Saudi-led forces in the western coasts.
added that the invading enemy was unable to intercept drones, which cost the
Yemeni army only one thousand dollars, at most, to produce each of them.
June 13, Emirati forces, a significant part of the Saudi-led coalition, and
militia loyal to former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi launched a
major offensive to take Houthi-held Hudaydah, a densely-populated city and the
war-torn country's most vital port, which is the entry point for 70 percent of
the impoverished country's imports.
imposed war, however, has so far failed to achieve its goal, thanks to firm
resistance mounted by Yemeni troops and Houthi fighters in defense of the city.
The attack was also launched despite warnings that it would compound the
impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis.
Arabia and some 20 of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco
and Sudan, launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, against Yemen
in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and
crush the popular Ansarullah movement.
offensive initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen.
Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the
war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured until then. The war and the
accompanying blockade have also caused famine across Yemen.
Saudi-led aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country's
infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United
Nations has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food
aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
Palestinian taking part in a border protest was killed on Friday, Gazan medical
officials said, bringing to 136 the number killed in the confrontations that
have often drawn a lethal Israeli army response since they began on March 30.
Gaza Health Ministry said the 22-year-old died of a chest wound. It said
Israeli shelling wounded eight people in the same location, east of Gaza City,
though it was not clear if the two incidents were linked.
military denied shelling, saying troops used “riot dispersal means” including
gunfire as they confronted 3,000 Palestinians at five points along the border
fence, some rolling burning tyres and throwing rocks, and that “a number of
terrorists” approached the border fence with a bomb. “The explosive device went
off within the Gaza Strip and injured several Palestinians,” it said.
Gaza Health ministry said almost 400 people were wounded in Friday’s protests,
57 of them from live bullets.
have been no serious Israeli casualties during the so-called “Great March of
Return” but big tracts of Israeli land have been ravaged by fires set by
incendiary kites or helium balloons flown in from Gaza.
facing international condemnation over its tactics, accuses Gaza’s Islamist
Hamas rulers of orchestrating the sometimes violent protests to distract from
their governance problems and provide cover for armed cross-border attacks.
to 2 million Palestinians, more than half of them war refugees and their
descendents, Gaza has suffered deep poverty and infrastructure collapses under
a 12-year blockade by Israel and Egypt, which say they aim to curb Hamas
have described the border protests as spontaneous outpourings of frustration,
as has Hamas. The Islamists have failed to conclude months of power-sharing
talks with Western-backed Palestinian political rivals to ease conditions in
- Seven suspected al Qaeda fighters were killed on Friday when a drone targeted
their car in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa, a security official said.
car was hit as it drove along a side road in Shabwa’s Bihan district, the
official, from forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s
internationally recognised government told AFP. The US military is the only
force known to operate armed drones over Yemen. The security official said the
militants were members of al Qaeda, and said the aircraft that carried out the
strike was American.
United States considers the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to be
the radical group’s most dangerous branch.
long-running drone war against AQAP has intensified since US President Donald
Trump took office in January 2017.
police on Friday launched nationwide raids to detain nearly 350 people,
including soldiers, accused of links to the group blamed for the July 2016
failed coup, state media reported.
in Istanbul issued arrest warrants for 271 soldiers, 122 of whom are still on
active duty, as part of a probe into followers of US-based Muslim cleric
Fethullah Gulen in the Turkish armed forces, news agency Anadolu reported.
has accused Gulen of ordering the attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan on July 15, 2016 -- a charge he strongly denies.
raids were spread across 47 provinces, including the western province of Izmir,
where prosecutors issued 75 warrants as part of an investigation into a Gulen
"cell inside the armed forces", the agency added.
77,000 people including military personnel have been arrested over alleged
Gulen links under the post-coup state of emergency imposed nearly two years
Western allies including the European Union have expressed concern over the
scale of the purge which has seen more than 140,000 people suspended or sacked
from the public sector, including judges, soldiers and police.
Ankara insists the raids are necessary to remove the "virus" of
caused by the Gulen movement's infiltration of key Turkish institutions.
Saudi air defense on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the
Iran-backed Houthi militias from Yemen, towards the Saudi city of Jazan.
Yemeni legitimate forces have repeatedly stressed the continued involvement of the
Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi militias and supplying them with
rockets carrying qualitative capabilities, in clear defiance to United Nations
Resolutions 2216 and 2231 in order to threaten the security of Saudi Arabia and
destabilize regional and international security.
Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr said his government is moving towards
regaining control of the state and extending its influence over all regions,
Saudi state-owned news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported on Friday.
his meeting with the Governor of Hajjah, Abdulkarim Al-Sinayy, the prime
minster affirmed “the determination of the political leadership - supported the
Saudi-led Arab coalition - to move forward in a steady and steadfast way
towards restoring the state and extending state control over all provinces.”
meeting discussed, according to Yemen News Agency, military and economic
developments and all matters related to the affairs of the areas under the
control of Iran-backed Houthi militias.
this week, the UN envoy for Yemen arrived in Sanaa for talks aimed at
persuading Iran-backed Houthi militias to quit the Red Sea port city of
Griffiths has been shuttling between the Yemeni capital and the cities of Aden
and Muscat in Oman in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
gives reasons Boko Haram will end soon
Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday that the celebration
of the 2018 Nigerian Army Day at Mongunu in Borno North was a proof that the
“end of the Boko Haram terrorists group will come sooner than later.’’
who spoke at a “Mini Trade Fair and Military Equipment Exhibition as part of
activities to mark the day, also said that it was a proof that the terrorist
had been “substantially degraded.
to him, Borno and the entire region (North East) will surely bounce back, and
with the support of the rest of the country, make up for the years of bloodshed
vice president said that the Sambisa forest, once the symbol of Boko Haram’s
domination of the region, had been reclaimed, while the work of rebuilding had
started in many communities across the state.
we are here to celebrate all of these wonderful successes, and progress.
a point, a few years ago, it felt as though they – terrorists were succeeding.
a result of the insecurity, social and economic life rolled to a halt in many
parts of the state, as Boko Haram controlled a large territory and acted like
the de-facto government of the state.
town of Monguno, which today is playing host to us, was a few years ago firmly
in the hands of the terrorists.
thankfully, the tide has turned, in large part on account of the gallant and
heroic work of the Nigerian Army. And it is on account of this that we are here
today, to celebrate.
are here to celebrate the gallantry of our soldiers, men and women from every
part of Nigeria, of different faiths and tribes and tongues, gathered to fight
and defeat a common enemy.
are also celebrating the resilience of the people of Borno State, and
reaffirming that our primary obligation to them, as a Government, is to ensure
that they are able return to their communities and rebuild their lives and
livelihoods in peace and safety,’’ the vice president said.
expressed delight over the progress being recorded by the ongoing Operation
Last Hold designed to rid remnant of terrorists from the Lake Chad Basin and
vice president noted in the last three years, life was gradually returning to
many parts of Borno as schools had reopened, airlines resumed flights,
religious celebrations held, major roads and highways reopened.
said that he had no doubt that NADCEL and events lined up to mark it in Mongunu
“will go a long way towards changing the negative narrative of terrorism,
hunger and danger that have defined the North Eastern part of Nigeria, and the
entire Lake Chad Basin, in the last decade.’’
commended the army which he said had fought wars at home and abroad, to secure
the country, and keep it united, though it suffered loss and setback.
specifically commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai
for “inspiring the Nigerian army to turn the tide against Boko Haram.’’
the success of yet another Army Day Celebration, this time in the heartland of
a dying insurgency, Gen. Buratai has left no doubt about the quality of his
today, we are all proud to associate with the Nigerian Army, for the ongoing
victory in the North East.
may that victory continue, even as it extends to other troubled parts of the
country,’’ he said.
vice president acknowledged the sacrifice made by members of the armed forces
and other security agencies in the fight against the terrorists, saying “we are
also here to remember.
remember the tens of thousands who have lost their lives to this needless
violence; the innocent civilians, and the vigilante and military dead, who paid
the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the security and sovereignty of Nigeria.
will never forget. And we shall continually strive to work to build a Nigeria
in which terrorists and bandits shall have neither sway nor leeway.’’
- Nigeria's remote northeast is in a "post-conflict stabilisation
phase", President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday, despite persistent
attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.
Islamist insurgency has devastated the region since 2009, leaving at least
20,000 dead, displacing more than 2.6 million others and triggering a wider
his military commanders and government have repeatedly insisted for several
years that the jihadists were on the verge of defeat, despite frequent evidence
to the contrary.
his latest statement goes further as it implies a total end to hostilities.
troops in the garrison town of Monguno, some 140 kilometres from the Borno
state capital, Maiduguri, Buhari said Boko Haram fighters were surrendering
evident that we are in a post-conflict stability phase, which has been made
possible by the good work of our armed forces," he added.
military ruler Buhari came to power three years ago on a promise to defeat Boko
Haram, which is aligned to the Islamic State group and threatens security in
the Lake Chad region.
while there have been clear military gains since a counter-insurgency was
launched in early 2015, suicide bombings and raids remain a constant threat,
particularly to civilians.
month, 43 people were killed in a wave of suicide attacks in the town of
Damboa, 90 kilometres southwest of Maiduguri. Soldiers and civilians have also
been killed in Niger and Chad.
United Nations said in a progress report of its operations in Nigeria this year
to 31 May that "large-scale displacements" of people were still a
the past seven months, since hostilities intensified in the northeast, over
130,000 people have been displaced, sometimes for the second or third
time," it added.
warned that such displacements would continue into at least next month, while
aid workers have expressed concern about the government encouraging IDPs to
and villages damaged and destroyed by nine years of fighting lacked shelter,
clean water, sanitation, health and education facilities, and security remained
75, is seeking re-election in February next year and aid workers said his
latest statement about hostilities was likely political.
is also under pressure from increasing insecurity elsewhere, including renewed
bloodshed in a long-running farmers-herders conflict that has left some 1,000
dead since January.
unidentified armed group kidnapped three Filipinos and one Korean working as
technicians at a water plant in south eastern Libya, an official said on
group also kidnapped several Libyan workers in the morning raid at the
Al-Hassouna plant near Ishwirif, but later released them, said the official,
who asked not to be named for security reasons. The official did not say
whether the Korean citizen was from North Korea or South Korea.
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