was invited by Real and on Saturday arrived at the club where she was received
by former striker and co-manager Emilio Butragenio
of UN Body on Myanmar Atrocities 'Important Step'
Muslims Want a Say In Macron's New Rules For Islam
National Library of Film-Shooting Sites Launched
Cries Foul as Real Madrid Hosts Palestinian Icon
Three Booked For Performing Circumcision on 10-Year-Old In Bid To ‘Convert’ To
ISIS militants killed in drone strikes in Nangarhar province
Network members arrested for masterminding attacks in Kabul city
opposition group says 'strongly' wants to contest elections
ex-leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom freed on bail: Official
House warns against privatization of the war in Afghanistan
Muslims Want A Say In Macron's New Rules For Islam
Hopes His Recent Germany Visit To Enhance Ties
strikes on Syria kill 18,000 in 3 years: monitor
Foes Change Course As Syria Thrashes Militancy
Al-Sham Forms Three Terrorist Armies before Declaring Position on Sochi
Gunmen Steal Tahrir Al-Sham's Chemical Stockpile in Northwestern Syria
Tahrir Al-Sham Sends Military Equipment to Aleppo Following Clashes with Rival
Popular Uprising against US-Backed Militia Reported in Eastern, Northeastern
Militia Engaged in Fresh Clashes in Northeastern Syria
Army Repulses Terrorists' Attack in Hama
prepared to reopen UN crossing with Syria: Military
Re-Arrests Palestinian-French Activist Minutes After Release
Warplanes 'Neutralize' Over Dozen PKK Terrorists In Northern Iraq
says ready for UN crossing with Syria to reopen
Interpol Ready to Cooperate in Fight against Terrorism after Ahwaz Attack
Guard Launches Missiles into Syria ‘In Retaliation for Ahwaz Attack’
cameraman shot, wounded by Israeli fire in Ramallah
should expect more attacks if aggression on Yemen continues, Ansarullah
army controls the road between Hajjah and Saada
Three Booked For Performing Circumcision on 10-Year-Old In Bid To ‘Convert’ To Islam
Scholars for Ban on ‘Nikah Halala’
from Every Corner of North East Entering Kerala: Railway Protection Force's 'Secret'
Modi warns Pakistan of ‘befitting’ reply to ceasefire violations
cop killed as militants target police station
Chopper Intrudes Into Indian Airspace, Reports Say PoK PM Was Aboard
Musharraf ‘Growing Weak Rapidly’ Due To Unspecified Illness, Can’t Return To Pakistan
team arrives in Pakistan, may sign four MoUs
Qureshi to meet US NSA on visit to White House
Party Leader Criticises Centre’s Move To Give Afghan Refugees Citizenship
DPC request UN to declare India as ‘terrorist state’
in US for aid, but to rebuild ‘powerful’ relationship: Qureshi
lauds Qureshi’s UNGA address
Christians demand end to persecution
President Thanks Islamic Body's Help to Face Terrorism
U.S. Got Nigeria’s Muslim, Christian Leaders to Sign Peace Pact
Al Shabaab inches closer to Mogadishu
Haram extremists has been defeated, Cameroon's leader declares
must intensify fight against Boko Haram, herdsmen –Ortom
Slams PAS for Questioning His Visits To Non-Muslim Places Of Worship
Mahathir previews British Museum's Islamic World collection
Anwar cannot be trusted
support for Aung San Suu Kyi: Malaysia PM Mahathir
Prosecutors Want Death Penalty for Muslim Bike Path Terrorist
of US military forces on Syrian soil illegal, act of aggression: Muallem
US in tense wait for world court sanctions ruling
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of UN body on Myanmar atrocities 'important step'
groups have lauded a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution to
create an independent body to expedite criminal prosecutions against
perpetrators of atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar.
UNHRC passed a resolution on Sept. 27 that creates an international body to
help prepare case files for future criminal proceedings.
UNHRC's 47 members voted a resolution by 37-3 with seven abstentions. China,
the Philippines and Burundi voted against the resolution drafted by the
European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Fisher, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch, said the UNHRC has made an
important step for justice by creating the body to pinpoint criminal
responsibility for the countless atrocities in Myanmar.
deals a blow to Myanmar's deep-seated culture of impunity and moves victims
closer to seeing Myanmar's generals held to account," Fisher said in a
Hassan, Amnesty International's crisis response director, said that while the
U.N. Security Council remains bogged down by politics, the UNHRC has stepped up
to the challenge with this serious and constructive approach.
sends a clear message of solidarity to the victims and survivors as well as a
stark warning to Myanmar's military that their crimes will be punished,"
Hassan said in a statement.
regional and local rights groups — Forum-Asia, Equality Myanmar, Progressive
Voice, Kachin Women's Association Thailand, Women's Peace Network-Arakan and
Rohingya Women Welfare Society — have also supported the UNHRC resolution.
establishment of a U.N. body is a ray of hope for victims and survivors of
horrific atrocities in Myanmar. This will ensure that these crimes and
perpetrators are not forgotten and strengthen the hope for actual trial and prosecutions
in the near future," Wai Wai Nu of Women's Peace Network-Arakan said in a
resolution also expands a one-year mandate to an earlier U.N. fact-finding
mission which said military chief Min Aung Hlaing and five other senior generals
must be prosecuted for genocide and war crimes against Rohingya and other
resolution also calls for the new mechanism to cooperate with the International
Criminal Court (ICC), which ruled earlier this month that it had jurisdiction
to investigate the forced deportation of Rohingya from Myanmar into Bangladesh.
Aung Hlaing insisted on Sept. 23 that the U.N. has no right to interfere in
than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after a Myanmar military crackdown in
August 2017 began following attacks on security personnel by Rohingya
Muslims want a say in Macron's new rules for Islam
number of prominent French Muslim activists said Sunday that President Emmanuel
Macron should listen to more Muslim voices before finalizing plans for new
rules for Islam in France.
French government needed to decide if it was "capable of treating 5
million of its citizens as grown-up, autonomous human beings," Marwan
Muhammad, former head of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, said.
governments have for years puzzled over how to deal with the growing popularity
of hardline interpretations of Islam in poor suburbs with large populations of
July, Macron said he planned to give Islam "a framework and rules
guaranteeing that it will be practiced everywhere in accordance with the laws
of the republic."
authorities have been ordered to hold consultations on the issue.
strict law on the separation of church and state, and the lack of any religious
hierarchy in Sunni Islam, have so far made it difficult to come up with any
organization that could act as an Islamic religious authority.
activists said that in their own online consultation, the majority of the
24,000 respondents preferred the government not to play a role in organizing
told German Press Agency that the activists would be "perfectly
willing" to work together with the government "as partners."
he said, any attempt to "dictate" to French Muslims how to organize
themselves would be "an attack on the principle of secularism, which is
very important in France, and an attack on our fundamental freedoms as a
national library of film-shooting sites launched
The General Authority for Culture, represented by the Saudi Film Council, has
launched the first national library of film-shooting sites in the Kingdom.
digital library constantly updates information on the sites, and is part of the
council’s strategy to support the infrastructure of the Saudi film industry and
showcase the Kingdom’s beauty. The council is urging private companies and
citizens to add sites to the list via www.film.sa. The council works to support
and encourage the local film industry.
Board of Directors of the General Authority for Audiovisual Media approved on
December 11, 2017, the issuance of licenses for those wanting to open theaters
in the Kingdom.
cries foul as Real Madrid hosts Palestinian icon
resistance icon Ahed Tamimi has been symbolically awarded Real Madrid’s number
9 jersey, in a move that has prompted Israel to accuse the club of “embracing
17-year-old is touring Europe after being released from an Israeli jail where
she was held for slapping and pushing Israeli forces outside her home in the
occupied West Bank late last year.
was invited by Real and on Saturday arrived at the club where she was received
by former striker and co-manager Emilio Butragenio and given the jersey which
bore her name.
a shame, Real Madrid accepts a terrorist that incites to hatred and violence,
what is the connection between this and soccer values?” Israeli Foreign
Ministry spokesman Emanuel Nachshon tweeted.
Tamimi does not fight for peace, she defends violence and terror, the
institutions that have received and celebrated her indirectly encourage
aggression and not the dialog and understanding that we need,” Daniel Kutner,
Israel’s ambassador to Spain, wrote.
took on the Israeli forces after they shot her cousin in the head with a rubber
bullet. She was arrested last December after the video of the incident took the
Internet by storm.
was then charged with a total of 12 counts, including assault, incitement,
obstructing Israeli forces, and stone-throwing.
March, she reached a plea bargain with Israeli military prosecutors, according
to which she was sentenced to eight months in prison and fined $1,500.
was released on July 29, pledging to continue the Palestinian struggle against
the Israeli occupation.
police on Sunday booked three people for allegedly performing circumcision on a
10- year old boy in Machhiwara. The child, in his statement, told police that
the accused wanted to ‘convert’ him forcefully.
boy was admitted to a hospital in serious condition on Friday following the
incident and an FIR against Mohammad Mobin and two of his unidentified
accomplices was registered at Machhiwara police station. However, no arrests
have been made yet.
boy told police that he hailed from Ghaziabad and his father abandoned him
after his mother died around eight months back. After his father remarried, the
boy said, he was left in a train and he reached Ludhiana. For seven months, he
worked as a domestic help at a residence in Gurugarh village.
last week, he was employed by Mobin for Rs 1,000 a month in his roadside juice
vending shop at Machhiwara. The boy said that soon Mobin started assaulting him
daily and forced him to accept Islam.
Friday, Mobin and his two accomplices allegedly performed circumcision on the
boy, following which he started bleeding profusely. The 10-year-old said he
somehow managed to run away and reached a nearby market in Kohara where members
of a tempo union rushed him to hospital. Union head Inderjit Singh informed the
police about the incident.
Kumar, SHO Machhiwara police station, said the condition of the boy was now
stable. “He told us that his father abandoned him after his second marriage.
The main accused Mobin allegedly performed circumcision and his two
unidentified accomplices tied hands of the victim. We are yet to arrest them,”
the SHO said.
FIR against the three accused has been registered under Sections 295 (hurting
religious sentiments), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous
weapons) and 34 (act done by several persons with common intention) of IPC.
U.S. forces based in Afghanistan carried out airstrikes against ISIS militants
in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least 21 militants
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the
airstrikes were carried out on Sunday in Khogyani district.
statement further added that the coalition forces carried out airstrikes using
unmanned aerial vehicles, targeting ISIS militants in Sikanar area of Wazir
to 201st Silab, at least 21 militants affiliated with the terror group were
killed in the airstrike.
anti-government armed militant groups including ISIS loyalists have not
commented regarding the airstrike so far.
is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the Taliban
militants and ISIS loyalists have been attempting to expand their foothold and
activities in this province.
the Afghan and U.S. often conducted counter-terrorism operations and airstrikes
to suppress the anti-government armed militants.
Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), says two of
Haqqani Network’s members have been arrested on charges of masterminding
attacks in Kabul city.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the two Haqqani
network member were arrested from the vicinity of the 3rd police district of
statement further added that the two militants have been identified as Feroz
Kochi and Rafiullah who were attempting to carry out attacks in the vicinity of
the 9th police district of Kabul.
to NDS, the militants were specifically looking to target the Urban Belt in the
9th police district of the city and carry out various other attacks on
political and religious experts and activists of the civil society.
statement by NDS also added that the two individuals have been trained in Akora
Khattak and were sent to Kabul by a commander of the Haqqani network to plan
and coordinate attacks in Kabul city.
the Haqqani network members are experts in producing landmines, car bombs, and
suicide attack vests, NDS added.
Bangladesh’s main opposition political group, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party
(BNP), “strongly” wants to take part in national elections due in three months,
the party’s secretary general told Reuters on Saturday.
BNP will hold a public meeting in the capital Dhaka on Sunday and present
demands that include the release of its jailed leader Khaleda Zia, installing a
neutral caretaker government, and involving the army to oversee the December
elections, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
a large party, we have all the preparations for participating in (a) coming
election, but for that we need a level playing field, which is not there,” he
are demanding a neutral government as it is our experience that with the ruling
party there cannot be a free and fair election.”
interview marks the first time the BNP has explicitly stated its plans for the
national election, during which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League -
accused of increasingly authoritarian rule - is expected to face a tough fight.
in Bangladesh, which won independence in 1971, are usually marked by violence
and protests, and the national polls in December are expected to be no
different, as several members of the BNP including its leader are in jail.
BNP boycotted the 2014 polls after Hasina’s governing Awami League, which has
been in power since 2009, declined demands to put in place a nonpartisan
a two-term prime minister with whom Hasina has a long and bitter rivalry, was
jailed in February for five years on corruption charges that she alleged were
part of a plot to hamper her political career. Her son Tarique Rahman was also convicted
and sentenced to a 10-year prison term, though he now lives in exile in London.
of other BNP members have also been sent to prison in recent years on what the
party alleges were false charges.
said a decision on who would run for Prime Minister would be taken in
consultation with Khaleda and Rahman.
Hasina has been lauded internationally for providing shelter for nearly a
million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar, she
is facing increasing criticism over free speech.
forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at students who took to the streets
last month to demand better road safety.
people, including students and a senior photographer Shahidul Alam, were put
behind bars following the protests, sparking calls from international rights
activists for their release.
forces have also been accused of extrajudicial killings in a war on drugs
declared by Hasina, under which more than 200 people have been killed since
July. Most recently, a new digital security law passed by parliament last week
has come under intense criticism from journalists who say it would cripple
government has said its crackdown during the student protests was aimed at BNP
workers who tried to provoke the students, and has denied allegations of
A Maldivian court on Sunday granted bail to jailed former president Maumoon
Abdul Gayoom, the country's longest-serving leader, a week after his estranged
half-brother was defeated at a presidential election.
80, and his legislator son Faris Maumoon, were released by the high court in
Male after they mounted fresh appeals against their controversial convictions.
release followed appeals from President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who urged
incumbent Abdulla Yameen to free all political prisoners in the tourist
paradise atoll nation after his stunning victory at the September 23 election.
had ruled the nation of 340,000 Sunni Muslims for 30 straight years till he was
defeated at the country's first multiparty elections in 2008.
helped his half-brother Yameen win a controversial run-off election in 2013,
but they later fell out and became bitter foes.
was arrested in February along with the country's chief justice and another
supreme court justice on a charge of attempting to topple Yameen. He declared a
45-day state of emergency to block impeachment.
country's elder leader was serving a 19-month jail term for obstruction of
justice and was also under trial on a "terrorism" charge.
Maldivian dissident, Qasim Ibrahim, was also granted bail. Soon after his
defeat, Yameen freed five other political prisoners but was delaying the
release of his half-brother who could have made a claim to the leadership of
his PPM party.
Afghan Senate House, Meshrano Jirga, has opposed with the recommendations for
the privatization of war in Afghanistan.
Chairman of the Senate House Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said remarks regarding the
privatization of the war in Afghanistan are ‘painful’ and ‘unacceptable’.
further added that Afghanistan has a strategic partnership agreement with the
U.S. government and not with the private security companies.
urged the government to deal with the issue with the vigilance, warning that
the privatization of the Afghan war would not be harmful for the country but
would have negative consequences for the region as well.
Senate House Chairman also urged Washington not to repeat the past mistakes and
take practical steps regarding its commitments.
to reports, the founder of Blackwater Erik Prince, presented its plan regarding
the privatization of the Afghan war to the U.S. President Donald Trump nearly a
hopes his recent Germany visit to enhance ties
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday expressed hope that his recent state
visit to Germany will improve bilateral relations.
believe our state visit to Germany will strengthen Turkish-German friendship in
every aspect", Erdogan said in a Twitter post.
to improve political and economic relations with Berlin, Erdogan paid a
three-day high-profile state visit to Germany on Sept. 27-29.
between Ankara and Berlin suffered several setbacks in past years, but both
sides have taken steps in recent months towards improving ties.
are leaving painful terms in the recent past with Germany behind," Erdogan
noted that Turkey lifted the state of emergency following the June 24
presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.
declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following a
defeated coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which left
251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. It was since extended by the
said Turkey’s new presidential system has paved the way for progress in the
country. He said reforms within the scope of the country's EU membership
process will continue and Turkey will fulfill the remaining six criteria for
visa liberalization in the shortest time.
this regard, we care about Germany's support to Turkey", he said.
that Turkey and Germany enjoy strong economic and trade ties, Erdogan said his
country wants to further strengthen economic ties.
want our German friends to continue reposing trust in Turkey, Turkish economy
and our country's future," Erdogan said.
than 18,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, have been killed in Russian
air strikes on Syria since Moscow began its game-changing intervention exactly
three years ago, a monitor said Sunday.
for its part, said its "accurate" strikes had killed 85,000
steadfast ally of Syria's ruling regime, Russia began carrying out bombing
raids in the country on September 30, 2015 – more than four years into the
then, they have killed 18,096 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for
number includes 7,988 civilians, or nearly half of the total," said
Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.
5,233 ISIS fighters were also killed in Russian strikes, with the rest of the
dead including other rebels, the Britain-based monitor said.
defence commission published drastically different figures on Sunday.
of the air strikes have targeted and are still accurately targeting terrorist
targets," said commission chief Viktor Bondarev, cited by the Russian
rights groups and Western governments have criticised Russia's air war in
Syria, saying it bombs indiscriminately and targets civilian infrastructure
White Helmets, a Syrian rescue force that works in opposition areas, said in a
report released Sunday that it had responded to dozens of strikes by Russia on
buildings used by civilians since 2015.
included Russian bombing raids on 19 schools, 12 public markets and 20 medical
facilities over the past three years, as well as 21 of its own rescue centres.
has flaunted its disregard for agreements over safe zones, no-conflict zones,
cessations of hostilities, and de-escalation zones by continuing with
airstrikes on civilian spaces," the White Helmets charged.
has operated a naval base in Syria's coastal Tartus province for decades, but
expanded its operations to the nearby Hmeimim airbase in 2015.
also has special forces and military police units on the ground in
government-controlled parts of the country.
air strikes were crucial in helping troops loyal to President Bashar Al Assad
retake swathes of the country, including second city Aleppo in 2016 and areas
around Damascus, the rural centre, and the south this year alone.
regime controlled just 26 per cent of Syrian territory" when Russia
intervened, said Mr Abdel Rahman, compared with close to two-thirds now.
addition to the Russian and Syrian air forces, warplanes from the US-led
coalition fighting ISIS have also been carrying out bombing raids on Syria
since September 2014.
week, the Observatory said that US-led coalition air strikes on Syria had
killed more than 3,300 civilians since the alliance began operations against IS
foes change course as Syria thrashes militancy
the Syrian army clears swathes of the country from the control of
foreign-backed terrorists, there are signs on the horizon that some countries
who were previously lending support to those terrorists have come to grips with
reality that the Syrian government is going to be there for the foreseeable
future and are accordingly changing course from hostility to recognizing the
sovereignty of Damascus.
the latest development, the foreign minister of Bahrain’s Bahraini Foreign
Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa has been seen in a
friendly encounter with his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Muallem, at headquarters
of the United Nations on the sidelines of the 73rd annual meeting of the UN
General Assembly in New York.
video shows the rare encounter between the two ministers, who hugged each
other, shook hands and exchanged a few works as other officials from both
countries were watching the scene.
encounter was the first of its kind since the Syrian crisis erupted in 2011.
development is notable as Bahrain was one of those countries who voted to
freeze Syria’s membership at the Arab League in Cairo after which, many Arab
countries also recalled their ambassadors from Damascus.
factor that makes the encounter one-of-a-kind is that Bahrain, which has been
also faced with an uprising by the country’s Shia majority since 2011, owes its
survival to Saudi Arabia’s help, which send forces to the tiny Persian Gulf
monarchy to suppress Bahraini protesters. As a result, Manama has so far served
as a Saudi stooge to promote Riyadh’s political agenda on various fronds,
including by funding and abetting terrorist operations against the legitimate
government of Syria.
is no secret that Saudi Arabia has spared neither effort nor money in helping
foreign-backed militancy in the war-ravaged Syria and Bahrain, as one of its
close allies, has been a tool in its grand plan to topple the Syrian
all of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council states supported various militant
groups in Syrian over the past years. In recent years, however, this unity has
diminished and states’ priorities have changed. Those countries that have
invested the most in the Syrian conflict, namely Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have
fallen apart. The current splits between Riyadh and Doha seem durable.
countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have
toned down their rhetoric and reduced their support for militants.
Saudi Arabia and some of its allies, Egypt has also repeatedly expressed
support for Syria's unity and the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
condemned an April 14 missile attack by the US, Britain and France against
sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has said Cairo and Riyadh did not share common
views on the Syria crisis while Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi
stressed that he supported the Syrian army in its war against terrorists.
sent a large delegation to the Damascus International Fair held on August
Charge d'Affaires in Damascus Muhammad Tharwat and the delegation members
stressed their support for the Syrian people and for the Syrian government, and
their desire for closer economic relations and Egyptian participation in the
rehabilitation of Syria.
an interview with the Syrian government Al-Watan daily, Tharwat said,
"Egypt's participation in this year's Damascus International Fair is
natural given the character of the commercial relations between the two
countries. We hope that this participation will play a part in restoring the
economic relations between the two countries, and that we will play a part in
the re-building [of Syria]."
stated that, throughout the Syria crisis, Egypt maintained its neutrality and
"the Egyptian Embassy continued to operate and did not close following the
decision of the Arab League, at the start of the crisis, to recall the
ambassadors [from Syria]... [True,] we decided to downgrade relations to the
level of charge d'affaires, [but] we are not the only country that did
in November 2016, Egypt reportedly sent 18 helicopter pilots to Syria to
support the war-torn Arab nation in its fight against terrorism. Cairo’s
decision to play a role on the battlefield against terrorists, including the
Takfiri Daesh militant group, in Syria came
at a time when Egypt is also battling the Takfiri outfit’s branch at
have been leading a deadly campaign of violence against both Egyptian security
forces and civilians in Cairo and the restive Sinai Peninsula.
Jordan has also said only a political solution would guarantee the stability
and the territorial integrity of Syria.
violence will only lead to more violence, conflict, fighting and displacement
whose victim is the Syrian people," Jordanian government spokesman,
Mohammad al-Momani, who is also minister of state for media affairs and
communications, said in a statement on April 14 carried by state-news agency
a surprising change of tone, Israeli minister for military affairs Avigdor
Lieberman, who has a long history of hurling threats of doom and destruction
against Syria and President al-Assad, last week expressed readiness to reopen
the Quneitra border crossing with Syria in the Golan Heights.
are ready to open the crossing as it was before, and now the ball is in the
Syrian court,” Lieberman told reporters as he toured the area on Thursday.
added that Israel never wanted conflict with Syria and was ready to ensure a
1974 armistice agreement between the two sides is strictly observed.
Golan Heights is a Syrian territory, which Tel Aviv has been occupying since
1967 and claims as its own territory despite international criticism.
August, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) returned to the
border between Syria and the occupied territories, four years after it was
shuttered due to militant attacks.
comments come against the backdrop of Syria’s major victories against
terrorists, drawing an outlook for the country that is far more different than
what Tel Aviv and its allies had hoped for over the past years.
apparent call for de-escalation could also be a product of strained relations
between Israel and Russia spiraled down to historic lows last week, after
Israeli fighter jets pounding Syrian government targets misled the Syrian air
defenses into shooting down a Russian surveillance plane by using it as a
the US and certain governments in the region have been cited as supporters of
Daesh and other anti-Assad militant groups, it is common knowledge today that
Israel has also had its fair share in helping the terror outfits survive.
their battles, Syrian army forces have time and again discovered Israeli
weapons and equipment in large volumes from terrorist hideouts. Israeli
hospitals have also taken in some of the militants injured in Golan areas.
Israeli air force has carried out regular airstrikes against the Syrian army
and government targets across the country, a trend that Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu claims are aimed at pushing Iranian military advisers
helping Damascus in its anti-terror fight out of the country.
Ya’alon, Lieberman’s predecessor, admitted last year that Tel Aviv had formed a
tacit alliance with Daesh, saying the group had "immediately
apologized" to Tel Aviv after firing "once" into Israel.
President Emmanuel Macron in June said his country no longer deems the removal
of al-Assad as a precondition for resolving the conflict in the Arab country.
new perspective that I have had on this subject is that I have not stated that
Bashar al-Assad's departure is a precondition for everything because nobody has
shown me a legitimate successor," said Macron on June 21 in an interview
published in several European newspapers.
noting that global cooperation is required to solve the crisis in Syria, Macron
stressed that Russia's cooperation is “especially needed” to eradicate Daesh.
Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley said in March last year that the
United States' diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on
making al-Assad, leave power.
has been gripped by unrest since 2011, when militancy first began in the
country. Foreign states opposed to President Assad have since then been funding
and providing weapons to anti-Assad militants, among them thousands of paid
foreign terrorists dispatched to help force Assad out of power.
Syrian government, however, has been fighting that militancy back, aided in
that battle by advisory military support from Iran and Russia. Moscow has also
been conducting an aerial campaign against terrorist positions in the Arab
country on a request by Damascus.
has been struggling with foreign-backed militancy since 2011 in a battle that
has left large parts of the country in ruins, destroyed most of its
infrastructure and killed hundreds of thousands of people.
in all, the sudden about-face more than anything else shows how the Syrian
government, with the help of its allies, has been able to turn the tide against
the foreign-backed militancy.
reported that Tahrir al-Sham formed Jeish (army) Abu Bakr al-Sediq through a
merger of the so-called armies (jioush) of Idlib, al-Badiyeh and Hama; Jeish
Omar Bin Khatab from the armies (jioush) of Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta and
al-Sharqiyeh and Jeish Othman from the armies (jioush) of al-Sham, al-Hodoud and
al-Sham has formed the new armies as it plans to declare its position on the
demilitarized zone mentioned in the Sochi Agreement, SOHR said, adding that
most of the terrorist groups, including Jeish al-Izzah, have opposed the Sochi
week, the Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted Aladdin al-Khaled, the head of
Syria's al-Mostaqbal Party in al-Shahba region, as reporting that Ankara was
transferring Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at from Idlib to Afrin under the Sochi
agreement on Idlib in an effort to rescue them.
further said that a number of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists entered the village of
Deir Balout in Jandaris region in Afrin under the Turkish intelligence forces'
the meantime, local sources in Afrin reported that the Turkish army and its
allied militants forced civilians to leave their residential units in the
villages of Kokan Foqani, Kokan Tahtani and Dar Karah in Mobata region to
settle family members of Idlib terrorists.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as reporting
that a number of unknown assailants stormed an arms depot of Tahrir al-Sham and
stole several sarin and chlorine gas cylinders after killing four guards.
further said that Idlib has been witnessing a growing wave of tensions and
infighting among rival terrorist groups in recent months.
report further said that terrorists of Soqour al-Sham and other allies of
Tahrir al-Sham have engaged in fresh tensions, adding that they were forced to
relocate their military hardware from the town of Jajanaz East of Ma'arat
al-Nu'aman to Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Southern Idlib.
week, the Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, Sputnik,
quoted the source as reporting that Tahrir al-Sham dispatched six cargoes of
Sarin and chlorine gas to the ISIL and Ansar al-Towhid terrorists that have
recently been deployed in Northern Hama and Northeastern Lattakia.
further said that most of the regions, where the ISIL deployed forces in Hama
and Lattakia, were among regions where militants should be disarmed based on
the Sochi agreement.
Arabic Sputnik went on to say that the fate of three other chemical cargoes was
unknown after a number of members of the pro-militant White Helmets
Organization were killed and could not hand over the chemicals to the recipient
group in an area between Northeastern Idlib and Aleppo province.
news sources recently said that ISIL's Asian members have merged in Tahrir
al-Sham and deployed forces in regions that are under the control of
al-Turkistani Islamic Party in western and Southwestern Idlib.
Arab media outlet reported earlier this month that the pro-militant White
Helmets Organization, directed by its foreign supporters, were planning to
transfer poisonous materials to new locations in Hama province as terrorist
groups were trying to stage a false-flag chemical attack.
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV channel quoted a well-informed source in Jisr
al-Shughour as disclosing that the White Helmets were planning to transfer a
large volume of poisonous materials to Qala al-Maziq and Kafr Naboudeh in
Northern Hama as requested by their foreign backers.
al-Sham dispatched a large number of gunmen and a large volume of military
equipment to a region between the small towns of al-Jineh and Abin Sam'an near
the town of al-Artab in Western Aleppo.
al-Sham's moves came after intensifying tensions with the National Liberation
Front in Western Aleppo that closed a main road between Tamanin and Dar
the meantime, a number of gunmen of Tahrir al-Sham and the National Liberation
Front were killed or wounded in heavy fighting between them near Dar al-Izzah.
in Kadiran in Western Raqqa printed anti-SDF graffiti on the walls and hoisted
the Syrian government flags," the sources said, adding that the SDF later
arrested a number of villagers.
of Mahimidiyeh village in Northwestern Deir Ezzur also made a similar move,
SDF has also put its gunmen on alert in the village of Sweidan as tensions with
the villagers intensified."
sources said that two SDF militias were killed and several more were wounded
after unknown parties detonated a bomb in the Northern deserts of Deir
sources said on Wednesday that tens of residents of Al-Rahman Street in Raqqa
city's al-Ramileh district revolted against the SDF, while chanting slogans in
support of the Syrian army.
reiterated that the SDF's security forces arrested several protesters after
sources said that gunmen of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and other
Washington-backed militants of Asayesh (the Kurdish security forces) exchanged
fire in al-Moror neighborhood in the Western part of Raqqa city that inflicted
several casualties on both sides.
sources further said that the infighting erupted after the SDF prevented
Asayesh forces from entering their own base and later Asayesh gunmen laid siege
on several SDF bases in al-Moror.
sources went on to say that a units of the US-backed forces known as HAT were
sent to the scene of infighting to end the clashes.
sources in Raqqa reported on Thursday that 6 SDF fighters were killed and
wounded after several grenades were thrown by unknown attackers at a vehicle
carrying them in Mafraq al-Jazrah region in Raqqa city.
SDF forces surrounded the region after the attack, detaining a number of
a road-side bomb was detonated by unknown parties on the way of a vehicle
carrying the SDF forces near al-Adnaniyeh farm in Northwestern Raqqa, killing a
number of the US-backed militants.
artillery units, deployed in the village of al-Masasana in Northern Hama,
shelled heavily terrorists' movements near the town of Latamina and inflicted
heavy casualties on the terrorists, forcing the remaining of them to retreat
towards their positions in Latamina.
the meantime, other artillery units, stationed in the village of Baridij,
pounded terrorists' movements West of the small town of al-Jisat, imposing
major losses on the terrorists.
the army soldiers embarked on hunting terrorists in the farms near the town of
al-Zakat in Northern Hama.
this month, the Syrian army's artillery units pounded the military positions
and movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the
Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in Hama and Idlib provinces, inflicting heavy losses
artillery units opened heavy fire at Tahrir al-Sham's positions in the village
of Tal Othman and its nearby regions in Northern Hama, inflicting major losses
on the terrorists.
the meantime, the army's missile units targeted the movements of a group of
Kataeb al-Izzah near the village of al-Zakat, killing and wounding a number of
terrorists and forcing the remaining pockets of them to retreat towards the
Israeli military says Tel Aviv is ready to reopen its side of the crossing
point with Syria following the return of the UN peacekeepers to the Golan
Heights after four years.
minister for military affairs Avigdor Lieberman" authorized the reopening
of the Alpha gate of the Quneitra Crossing between Israel and Syria, allowing
the UN to resume activity via the crossing pending Syria's reopening their
side," the military said on Saturday.
August, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) returned to the
border between Syria and the occupied territories and carried out a first
patrol in the area, four years after it was shuttered due to militant attacks.
UN force returned to the area after Syrian government forces, backed by Russia,
succeeded in recapturing territory near the Golan Heights and driving out
militant groups from a "de-escalation zone."
a surprising change of tone, Israel on Thursday expressed its readiness to
reopen the Quneitra border crossing with Syria in the Golan Heights, now that
the Arab country’s armed forces have purged militant groups from there.
are ready to open the crossing as it was before, and now the ball is in the
Syrian court,” Lieberman told reporters as he toured the border area.
Golan Heights is a Syrian territory, which Tel Aviv has been occupying since
the Six-Day War of 1967 and claims as its own territory despite international
an email on Friday, a spokesman for UN Peacekeeping in New York, Nick Birnback,
said Quneitra crossing is "an operational crossing for UNDOF in the implementation
of its mandate."
to the UN spokesperson, UNDOF is working to "complete the rehabilitation
of the Quneitra crossing" due to be reopened soon.
which has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011, has time
and again said that the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies have
been aiding Takfiri terrorist groups.
Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which once held large swathes of land in Syria,
is no longer in control of any urban center. Following its crushing defeat
against Syrian government forces late last year, Daesh is only active through
its remnants, sparsely based in some rural areas. Other Takfiri outfits are
either significantly weakened or increasingly losing ground to the advancing
re-arrests Palestinian-French activist minutes after release
authorities have ordered the re-arrest of a French-Palestinian attorney who has
been held behind bars for more than a year without trial or charge, less than
an hour after he was released.
political prisoner Salah Hamouri, 33, was first arrested at his home in a
pre-dawn raid in Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem al-Quds on August 23 last
year, based on unspecified allegations that Israeli authorities tended to
describe them as confidential.
in fact he was instantly detained under arbitrary Administrative Detention, a
controversial policy of detention without trial or charge, which is renewable
for six-month periods.
his arrest, Salah, who also hold French citizenship, spent nearly all of his
detention in a prison in the Negev Desert Detention Camp in the southern parts
of the occupied territories, until he was released, according to his lawyer
Mahmoud Hassan, on Sunday at Jerusalem al-Quds police headquarters.
his release, his lawyer said that his client was forbidden to participate in
any celebrations, demonstration or protests for a period of a month and was
also required to post a bond of 3,000 shekels ($825).
is not yet clear why Jerusalem-born Salah, who was a political prisoner for
more than six years, was re-arrested almost minutes after his release.
is married to Elsa Lefort, a French woman, and the couple has a child. After he
was arrested last year, the Israeli authorities were quick to deport his wife
to France, citing “security reasons”, along with their child and banned her
from entering Palestine, while at the same time denying him the right to
travel, thus separating the family.
President Emmanuel Macron had discussed several times the case of Salah with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asking that his rights be respected
and that he could see his son and his wife, but all to no avail.
who was working for the human rights organization Addameer before his
detention, was for the first time detained on 2005 on the allegations of
attempting to assassinate rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader and founder
of the party of the ultra-orthodox Shass, who died in 2013.
was, however, released in 2011 as part of a swap of over 1,000 Palestinian
prisoners for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli trooper held captive in the besieged
Gaza Strip for more than five years.
has always insisted on his innocence and strongly denied allegations leveled
against him by Israeli authorities.
warplanes 'neutralize' over dozen PKK terrorists in northern Iraq
military says more than a dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)
militant group have been killed as Turkish military aircraft conducted a series
of airstrikes against terrorist hideouts in Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous
Turkish General Staff, in a statement published on its official Twitter page on
Sunday, announced that six armed PKK militants were "neutralized" in
Gara region of northern Iraq, when they were plotting an attack on a Turkish
Turkish airstrikes "neutralized" eight PKK terrorists in
Avasin-Basyan and Metina regions.
a Turkish soldier lost his life and four others suffered injuries when Kurdish
PKK militants detonated an improvised explosive device as the former were
conducting a counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq.
injured soldiers were reportedly brought back to Turkey in a helicopter.
Turkish military generally uses the term "neutralize" to signify that
the militants were killed, captured or surrendered.
militants regularly clash with Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated
southeast of Turkey attached to northern Iraq.
along with the European Union and the United States, has declared the PKK a
terrorist group and banned it. The militant group has been seeking an
autonomous Kurdish region since 1984.
shaky ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government collapsed in July
2015. Attacks on Turkish security forces have soared ever since.
the past few months, Turkish ground and air forces have been carrying out
operations against PKK positions in the country as well as in northern Iraq and
is prepared to open its side of the crossing point with Syria following the
return of UN peacekeepers to the Golan Heights following a four-year absence,
the army said.
Minister Avigdor Lieberman “authorized the reopening of the Alpha gate of the
Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria, allowing the UN to resume activity
via the crossing pending Syria’s reopening their side,” it said in a statement
UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) resumed its patrols in the area of the
crossing point in August, after withdrawing in 2014 when Al-Qaeda-linked rebels
overran the area, three years into Syria’s devastating civil war.
return of UNDOF was made possible after Syrian government forces, backed by
Russia, recaptured territory near the Golan, driving out rebel groups from a
“de-escalation zone” agreed by Jordan, Russia and the United States.
crossing is “an operational crossing for UNDOF in the implementation of its
mandate,” according to Nick Birnback, a spokesman for UN Peacekeeping in New
is working to “complete the rehabilitation of the Quneitra crossing” which is
expected to be reopened soon, Birnback said in an email on Friday.
seized much of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and
later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community.
in 1974, UNDOF monitors a ceasefire line separating Israeli-occupied parts of
the Golan Heights from Syria.
Quneitra crossing was used by Druze living on the Israeli side travelling to
Syria for higher education or weddings. Druze farmers also exported apples to
Syria through Quneitra.
a tour of the Israeli side of the crossing on Thursday, Lieberman said that
once Quneitra was open, authorities would have to “consider each possibility
(for the crossing’s use) according to the security situation”.
in different times now,” he said.
was “ready to open the crossing as it had been in the past”, Lieberman told
journalists accompanying him at the site.
ball is now in the Syrians’ court.”
transport ministry also said Saturday its main border crossing with Jordan
would reopen to trade next month for the first time in three years, although
Amman said consultations were still ongoing. Full story
government troops retook the Syrian side of the crossing in July under a deal
with rebel fighters brokered by Moscow.
secretary-general of Interpol (Jurgen Stock) in a letter to Iran's police
commander extended his condolences over the recent terrorist attack in Ahwaz
and voiced the organization’s readiness for any cooperation," Head of the
Iranian Police’s international department Brigadier General Hadi Shirzad said,
addressing a meeting in Alborz province near Tehran on Sunday.
people were killed and 69 others were wounded in an attack by al-Ahwaziya
terrorist group during the nationwide military parades in the Southwestern city
of Ahwaz on September 22.
terrorists attacked the bystanders watching the annual Armed Forces' parades,
marking the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians'
sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s, in
disguise of the IRGC and Basij (volunteer) forces, killing and wounding several
people, including innocent women and children.
of the officials participating in the military parades in Ahwaz city in Khuzestan
province was injured in the attack.
number of the terrorists who carried out the attack in Ahwaz had on September
22 been put at 4 by Spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General
Abolfazl Shekarchi. The general had explained that three of them were killed
and the last one was captured by security forces.
told FNA that none of the terrorists could escape, noting that other reports
about the details of the attack are not confirmed.
the intelligence ministry put the number of terrorists at five, naming them as
Ayad Mansouri, Foad Mansouri, Ahmad Mansouri, Javad Sari and Hassan Darvishi
who were killed on the scene of the clashes with the Iranian security forces
after riddling people with bullets.
Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Public Relations Department and
IRGC Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said that the terrorists who attacked
people during the Armed Forces' parades in Ahwaz were affiliated to al-Ahwaziya
stream which is nourished by Saudi Arabia.
added that the terrorists aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the Iranian
Armed Forces' parades.
Sharif said that people were also invited to watch the parades and the
terrorists both fired at people and the Armed Forces.
Guard launches missiles into Syria ‘in retaliation for Ahwaz attack’
state media said on Monday the country's Revolutionary Guard, known as the
IRGC, fired missiles into eastern Syria in response to a recent attack on a
military parade in the Iranian city of Ahwaz last week.
television and the state-run IRNA news agency said the attacks "killed and
wounded" what it described as "militants."
later said the "IRGC aerospace branch" strikes targeted the
"gatherings of the ringleaders" behind the Ahwaz attack with several
surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and published images purporting to show
report specified the missile launches came in retalliation to the Ahwaz attack,
which killed at least 24 people - including members of the Revolutionary Guard
- and wounded more than 60.
soldiers have shot and wounded a cameraman during violent clashes that erupted
in the occupied West Bank.
official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, citing its correspondent on the scene,
reported that the cameraman, who works for the Reuters news agency, sustained
injuries on Sunday after Israeli forces shot him with a rubber-coated steel
bullet during protests in Batn al-Hawa area in Ramallah province.
report added that the cameraman, identified as Mohammed Turkman, was shot in
report added that a number of other protesters were also wounded after inhaling
tear gas fired by Israeli troopers. It also said that Israeli forces stormed
the area and blocked several roads leading to it before surrounding a
residential building there, provoking residents and prompting clashes.
other Palestinian sources in Ramallah said that Israeli forces had arrested two
young men and a girl following the violent clashes.
Tuesday, the Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists said in a report that
the number of instances of Israeli military’s use of violence against
Palestinian journalists since the beginning of the current year stood at 637.
committee further noted that the month of August witnessed the highest number
of Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists, recorded at 129.
New York-based committee also condemned the Israeli regime’s bans on the
broadcast of Arabic-language Palestinian al-Quds television network.
spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says the United Arab Emirates
(UAE) has no option but to expect more operations from Yemeni army forces and
their allied fighters from Popular Committees in case the Saudi-led military
aggression and blockade against his impoverished homeland continues.
Yemeni air force has carried out the second attack of its kind within a month
against Dubai International Airport using a domestically-built and
long-endurance Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicle,” Yemen’s
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network cited Mohammed Abdul-Salam as
writing on his official Twitter page on Sunday.
Houthi spokesman added, “Even though Emirati authorities are trying to conceal
the attack for the time being and deny air traffic disturbances at their
airport, they will be forced to expect more operations should aggression and
siege on Yemeni people continue.”
in the day, Yemeni forces, backed by Popular Committees fighters, launched a
drone airstrike against Dubai International Airport.
troops and their allies had already targeted the same strategic economic target
in the UAE using the same type of home-grown unmanned aerial vehicle in
retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s devastating military aggression against
their conflict-ridden homeland.
UAE is Saudi Arabia’s key ally in its deadly war against Yemen.
July 26, Yemeni army forces and Popular Committees fighters targeted Abu Dhabi
al-Jafri, a spokesman for Yemeni air force and air defense, said at the time
that the drone attack had halted flights to and from the airport, adding this
was the first time that Yemeni forces used a drone to attack the airport.
said Yemeni forces would target the infrastructure of countries that have taken
part in the aggression against Yemen in future attacks.
forces target Saudi military vessels off Jizan coast
Yemeni naval forces, supported by fighters from Popular Committees, have
reportedly targeted and destroyed several military vessels in a missile attack
off the coast of Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan.
military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language
al-Masirah television network that the vessels were targeted with guided
general: UAE no longer safe for investors
a Yemeni army general has said that his country will continue its missile and
drone attacks against the United Arab Emirates unless the sheikhdom stops
Loqman also warned foreign investors that the UAE will be no longer safe if the
war on Yemen does not end.
added that Sunday attacks on the UAE and the Saudi region of Jizan show Yemen’s
growing power to retaliate the crimes committed against his country by the
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing
the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The Yemeni army controls the road between Hajjah and Sa'ada towards Maran, Al
Arabiya News Channel reported on Monday.
the Yemeni army killed Houthi militia commander and 12 other militants during
clashes along the Al-Malahit front, north of Saada province according to Saudi
state-news agency SPA.
military official said that the clashes came after successful raids by the army
following a surprise attack on the militants.
the Yemeni army targeted Houthi gathering areas in the Baqam district as they
were preparing to attack army positions in the vicinity.
other news, another Houthi leader and several militants were killed in Arab
Coalition raids in Hodeidah.
scholars for ban on ‘nikah halala’
the Centre’s approval of an ordinance making instant triple talaq a punishable
offence, scholars from the Ahmadiyya sect demanded government’s intervention in
stopping the practice of ‘nikah halala’ here on Sunday.
Tanveer Ahmad Khadim, deputy secretary of the Qadian(in Punjab’s
Gurdapur)-based sect of Islam, told The Tribune that ‘nikah halala’ has become
a “barbaric” tool for the exploitation of Muslim women.
Islamic scholar, Khadim said ‘halala’ was a pre-Islamic practice which deserved
to be condemned.
instant talaq, ‘halala’ is being abused by a section of Muslims, and holds no
religious sanctity,” he said.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat is of the opinion that if subjects of its state are
subjected to exploitation in the garb of religion, the government should
intervene to check such malpractices,” he said while speaking at a “peace
symposium” . Khadim said Islam permitted a Muslim to divorce and remarry the same
woman twice. However, if he decides to dissolve the marriage for the third
time, he can only remarry the woman if she first marries another man,
consummates the marriage, and only if her new husband man dies or willingly
asks for a divorce, can the woman go back to her first husband and remarry him,
said the scholar. “However, the religion is being misinterpreted and women are
being sexually abused. ‘Halala’ has become an industry where middlemen charge
money for a short-term marriage in the name of religious practice,” he added.
Islamic scholar Abdul Alim Aftab said the Ahmadiyya sect maintained a
progressive approach. “Religious intolerance is a serious threat to the social
fabric. The sect prohibits slaughtering of cows and eating its meat worldwide
as a mark of respect for Hindu sentiments. Also, we have no objection to chant
‘Vande Matram’. However, these cannot be parameters of the patriotic integrity
of a person or community,” he said.
said Islam emphasised on attaining education and skills, but its wrong
interpretation has deprived a sizeable section of right education. “Following
Islamic traditions, the Ahmadiyya sect has more than 30 schools where students
from various faiths are enrolled. Corrective measures need to be taken,” he said.
Ahmad Khadim said Islam permitted a Muslim to divorce and remarry the same
woman twice. However, if he decides to dissolve the marriage for the third
time, he can only remarry the woman if she first marries another man, consummates
the marriage, and only if her new husband man dies or willingly asks for a
divorce, can the woman go back to her first husband and remarry him, said the
from every corner of North East entering Kerala: Railway Protection Force's
day after Rajnath Singh said that Rohingyas have started entering Kerala, a
‘secret’ communication from the Railway Protection Force stated that many
Rohingyas are coming to Kerala by train.
to a report in TheNewsMinute, the communication is dated September 26, a day
before Rajnath Singh’s speech in Kerala. The communication lists out 14 trains
on which Rohingyas were reportedly travelling. The communication was sent by
Principal Chief Security Commissioner of RPF To all his divisional
notice states: “Input indicates that huge number of Rohingyas (an ethnic group
of Myanmar's Rakhine province), are travelling from every corner of North East
states and ultimately heading towards Kerala, especially in the south bound
Thursday, calling all Rohingya in India "illegal immigrants”, Rajnath Singh said state governments have
been asked to observe their movements and obtain their personal details so they
could be deported to Myanmar.
tough on the issue, he said all states including Kerala have been asked to
collect data related to Rohingya as they have moved to different parts of the
who recently said all Rohingya in India were "illegal immigrants" as
none of them had applied for asylum as refugees, asked opposition parties not
to make it a "political issue".
appeal all the political parties not to make the issue of national security a
political issue. The presence of Rohingya is confined not only to the
northeastern states.They have reached south Indian states including
Kerala," Singh told a meeting of the BJP's Kerala state council here.
Centre has directed the states to be cautious.
states have been directed to observe their movements.They should not get
documents that could help them prove they are Indian citizens," the
said the issue will be taken up with the Government of Myanmar through
diplomatic channels after securing complete details from states.
a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
recently,Singh had wondered why some people were objecting to the deportation
of Rohingya when Myanmar was ready to take them back.
home ministry has clarified its position through its affidavit (in the Supreme
Court) that these are illegal immigrants and they will be deported. The
Rohingya are not refugees.
is a procedure to get refugee status and none of them followed this procedure.
No Rohingya has got asylum in India nor anyone has applied for it. They are
illegal immigrants," he had said.
of minority Rohingya have been killed in the northern Rakhine province of
Myanmar by the military in alleged ethnic cleansing, setting of an exodus with
lakhs taking shelter in camps in Bangladesh. Many of them are also living in
had earlier said India would not be violating any international law if it were
to deport Rohingya as New Delhi is not a signatory to the UN Refugees
Meanwhile, Centre has asked all states to take biometric
details of Rohingyas and other illegal immigrants living in their jurisdiction
as part of a country-wide security exercise, Home Ministry officials said.
move has been taken so that the illegal immigrants can be identified as they
move to different parts of the country.
state governments have been told to instruct the local police to capture the
biometric details of Rohingyas and other illegal immigrants, a senior Home
Ministry official said.
14,000 Rohingyas living in the country are registered with the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees, while about 40,000 are said to be staying
Minister Rajnath Singh had said in Parliament in July that some Rohingya Muslim
migrants in India have been found indulging in illegal activities and
maintained that security forces have been deployed to stop their infiltration
into the country.
official said capturing the biometrics details does not mean that they will be
given any valid identification document.
such as Aadhaar can be issued only to those non-citizens, who visit India
legally and are residents in India for minimum six months but the Rohingyas,
being illegal migrants, do not qualify for it, the official said.
Supreme Court Wednesday had also directed the government not to issue Aadhaar
card to illegal immigrants.
DELHI: In what will be read as a signal to the new government of Imran Khan,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday warned that the Indian Army will respond
firmly to any ceasefire violation by Pakistan and other provocative actions
intended to disturb peace and spark violence.
has been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever
makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our nation.
We believe in peace, we are committed to taking it forward... but not at the
cost of compromising our self-respect and sovereignty of our nation,” Modi said
in his monthly radio programme
ki Baat’+ .
PM’s remarks on the officially promoted second anniversary of surgical strikes
on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and in the backdrop of
India’s decision to cancel a meeting between Indian and Pakistani foreign
ministers can indicate recourse to a tougher or more proactive response to
violence along the LoC. The Modi government has followed a policy of heavy
retaliatory firing on the LoC and the IB in J&K.
comments also need to be seen in the context of the new government under Imran
Khan taking charge in Pakistan and the Indian assessment that this has been
accompanied by an uptick in violence in J&K where state police personnel
have been kidnapped and murdered amid strong indications that terror
organisations and separatists are working to scuttle panchayat elections.
Modi’s comments can be read as a signal to the Pakistani government not to
misread the likely response to crossLoC violence.
PM dedicated a large part of his radio address to the armed forces and said,
“Yesterday, 125 crore Indians celebrated ‘Parakram Parva’+ , the festival of
valour. We remembered the surgical strikes carried out in 2016, where our
soldiers gave a befitting reply to the audacity of a proxy war under the garb
recent comments, Army chief General Bipin Rawat+ had said Pakistan’s actions
needed to be met with strong deterrence.
need to take stern action to avenge the barbarism that terrorists and Pakistan
army have been carrying out against our soldiers. Yes, it is time to give it
back in the same coin, not resorting to similar kind of barbarism. But I think
the other side must also feel the same pain,” General had said.
minister Sushma Swaraj's intervention at the UN General Assembly on Saturday,
as has been the case in the last few years, was a denouncement of Pakistan’s
role in promoting terrorism. A junior diplomat followed this up by pointing to
dozens of banned organisations and sanctioned terrorists being active in
PM underlined that India was committed to peace and its record going back to
the role of Indian soldiers in the two World Wars was evidence of its
non-aggressive intent. “We have never eyed someone else’s territory
maliciously. This in itself is our commitment and dedication towards peace,”
said the nation had recently remembered the centenary of the battle of Haifa in
Israel and paid tributes to our brave soldiers of Mysuru, Hyderabad and Jodhpur
Lancers. India is one of the largest contributors to various United Nations
tough talk also comes as the election campaign for important state elections is
heating up and BJP has targeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for being “in
sync” with Pakistani leaders and criticised him over his meeting with the
Chinese ambassador when the military standoff in Doklam was in progress. With
Congress responding to the charges by arguing that the government had failed to
maintain peace in J&K and that the situation had deteriorated, the issue is
likely to figure in the campaign.
PM also spoke of the Indian Air Force's traditions, saying it had bestowed upon
citizens a sense of security. "We celebrate Air Force Day on October 8.
Making a humble beginning in 1932 with six pilots and 19 airmen, our air force
has emerged as one of mightiest and the bravest," he said.
J&K POLICE constable was killed when militants attacked a police station in
South Kashmir’s Shopian district early on Sunday.
officials said the militants fired indiscriminately at the police station
Shopian. “The attack was repulsed by the alert personnel,” said a police
said police constable Saqib Mir, 24, who was manning the main gate of the
police station, sustained bullet injuries. He was shifted to a nearby hospital
where he was declared dead.
said the militants — one of whom was wearing a burka — lobbed a grenade towards
police station before opening fire. A senior official said the militants also
took away a service rifle.
Pak chopper intrudes into Indian airspace, reports say PoK PM was aboard
Pakistani helicopter crossed 700 metres into Indian air space along the Line of
Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector on Sunday afternoon. According to
reports from Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s prime minister Raja Farooq
Haider Khan was travelling in this chopper.
quoted Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s PM Raja Farooq Haider Khan as saying that
his civilian helicopter was fired upon by India. “The Indian army fired to show
that Pakistan had violated their airspace,” Khan’s office said in a statement,
but added “when the firing took place, we were within our own airspace”.
claimed his helicopter was not armed in any way, and called for calm heads. “We
do not want any war hysteria in this region,” he said.
spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said a white-coloured Pakistani helicopter had
violated Indian airspace around noon on Sunday.
entered around 700m inside the Indian territory and flew over Krishna Ghati
sector before returning, he said.
sentries at forward locations had engaged it with small arms, a move intended
to warn the pilot about the intrusion and force the chopper to turn back. The
chopper wasn’t hit.
sources said the chopper flew over Gulpur area across the Line of Control in
Jammu and Kashmir’s Krishna Ghati sector at 12:13 pm before returning to
30-second video of the chopper flying over Indian airspace was also released by
news agency ANI.
incident comes at a time when relations between the two neighbours are at a
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had launched a particularly stinging attack on
Pakistan at the UN General Assembly on Saturday, accusing it of funding and
glorifying terrorists and warning of a “conflagration” if terrorism was not
an hour before the intrusion was reported on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
in his monthly radio programme, too had underscored India’s commitment to peace
and its commitment to take it forward but not at the cost of compromising our
self-respect and sovereignty of our nation.
has now been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever
makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our
nation,” PM Modi said, a message that was widely seen to have been targeted at
February this year, a Pakistani military helicopter flew dangerously close to
the LoC) in Khari Karmara area of Poonch district, where Indian army had foiled
an attack by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) on January 18 killing a
heavily armed terrorist.
Musharraf ‘growing weak rapidly’ due to unspecified illness, can’t return to
Pakistan now: Report
former dictator General Pervez Musharraf cannot return to the country as he is
“growing weaker rapidly” due to an unspecified illness, a senior leader of his
party told The Dawn. “We cannot put his life at risk,” the party leader said,
adding that Musharraf would return to Pakistan but on the guarantees that he
would be given a free trial and also allowed to leave the country for
75, is facing a treason case for suspending the Constitution on November 3,
2007. He, however, left Pakistan in 2016 and moved to Dubai citing medical
reasons. The former dictator hasn’t returned since then and has been declared a
proclaimed offender, with a special court now considering ways to extradite
to Muhammad Amjad, a former chairman of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) —
a political party floated by Musharraf in 2010 — Musharraf has to visit London
for treatment every three months due to his ailment. “Pervez Musharraf had a
fracture in his spine, for which he got treated in the USA. But nowadays he is
being treated for a separate ailment. For this, he has to go to London after
every three months,” Amjad said, without mentioning any details about the
alleged medical problem.
that the party cannot divulge much about his illness to the country, Amjad said
the medical reports will be presented to the chief justice and the Pakistani
court. Amjad reiterated that Musharraf wants to appear before the court and is
in consultation with his legal team to decide when and how to return. He also
claimed that the former dictator was to return to Pakistan before the July 25
general elections but “hurdles were created in his way”.
month, Pakistan’s Supreme Court assured Musharraf that high-level security will
be provided to him if he returns to the country to face the trial in the
treason case. He was recently snapped watching the Pakistan-India Asia Cup
match in Dubai.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to sign four memoranda of understanding
(MoUs) for oil and mineral sector investment and trade cooperation that would
ultimately extend the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from Gwadar to
Africa through Oman and Riyadh.
MoUs are planned to be signed on the conclusion of a four-day visit of Saudi
delegation that arrived here on Sunday, sources said. The move will enable
Islamabad to secure supply of petroleum products and crude oil on deferred
payments and Riyadh will be looking into setting up of an oil refinery at
Gwadar, invest in a copper and gold project in Balochistan’s Reko Diq and
LNG-based power projects in Punjab.
by the Minister for Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, the visiting
delegation would also have members from the Saudi national oil firm, Aramco,
the sources said. Besides authorities of various ministries, state-run Pakistan
State Oil (PSO) would be the only Pakistani firm to be part of a direct
dialogue, the sources added.
said Riyadh had been looking for diversifying its trade routes, including for
oil supplies because of its tension with Qatar and Iran.
is considering two options — about 40km bridge or tunnel — to link Gwadar with
Muscat and Oman at the mouth of Strait of Hormuz on one side and connect its
industrial city of Jazan with Eritrea’s Massawa region through a 440km tunnel
across the Red Sea. The land route between Muscat and Jazan port is around
sources said the meetings would be held on Monday between the officials of
Saudi and Pakistani companies under the aegis of the ministries of energy &
mineral resources and industries & production for a 110,000 barrel per day
(BPD) refinery at Gwadar and investment in copper mines of Reko Diq and
sources said the two sides would also discuss the supply of refined products
and crude oil imports on deferred payments followed by another session for
proposed privatisation of two LNG-based power plants set up by federal funding
in Punjab the same day (Monday).
said the teams would then travel to Gwadar port and Reko Diq on Tuesday for
field visits. The two sides would hold final discussions on Wednesday on
proposed MoUs on the Gwadar refinery, Reko Diq, two power plants and oil
supplies — both refined and crude.
sources said Pakistan had requested Saudi Arabia for a long-term arrangement
for oil supplies on delayed payments – one of the most crucial avenues for
balance of payments support.
is importing about 110,000 barrels per day (BPD) crude oil from Saudi Arabia,
out of its total import of about 350,000 BPD.
provided deferred payment facility for oil supplies initially for two years
soon after Pakistan went nuclear in 1998 and then kept extending the facility
for another three years.
Gwadar refinery proposed to be set up by Saudi Arabia could be used for supply
of refined products to Pakistani market or for export.
the projects would take time to materialise, said a finance ministry official
but hinted that investments flowing into Pakistan could support declining
foreign exchange reserves.
discussions are taking place at a time when a staff mission of the IMF is
simultaneously holding Article IV consultations with the authorities that could
become the basis for a future IMF programme if the government agreed. The
support from Saudi Arabia would be one of the key factors to determine if
Pakistan should go for the IMF programme.
addition to his planned meeting with United States (US) Secretary of State
Michael Pompeo, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also hold a meeting
with the country's National Security Adviser John Bolton at the White House,
Dawn reported on Monday.
had arrived in Washington DC on Sunday for talks on bilateral relations with US
officials following his trip to New York for the United Nation's General
Assembly session. He is expected to meet both, Bolton and Pompeo, on Tuesday.
first stop is expected to be the White House where he will meet Bolton for
talks on untangling Pakistan’s ruffled relations with the US. He will then
proceed to the US State Department for his second meeting with the secretary of
Monday, Qureshi will meet Pakistani diplomats and experts to prepare for the
crucial talks that are to be held on Tuesday.
and Qureshi first met in Islamabad early in September when the US government
approached the new Pakistani government to discuss key issues that have
strained decades-old ties between the two countries.
a briefing about his earlier meeting, Pompeo said that, following the election
of Prime Minister Imran Khan in July, the US "wanted to get out there at
the beginning of his time in an effort to reset the relationship between the
was during his Islamabad visit that Pompeo invited the Pakistani foreign
minister to visit Washington for further talks.
relations and the Afghan dynamic
to a US radio station over the weekend about the newly-elected government's
foreign policy objectives, particularly in regard to the US and Afghanistan,
Zalmay Khalilzad, the new US envoy for Afghanistan said: “Pakistan says now
that it wants to turn a new page, that it wants to help the US with this
objective (Afghan reconciliation) that I outlined. And we'll have to see”.
said that the Trump administration was ready to learn from the new Pakistani
government about how they wanted to address the main issue, Afghanistan.
asked about how the two countries would overcome the lack of trust that
prevents them from rebuilding ties, he said, “It's not about trust. I mean,
we're talking about international politics. Trust is good, but, you know, you
have to verify, and that would apply to a lot of states.”
observers in Washington see a genuine desire from both sides to rebuild ties
but warn them to move “step by step, tackling the major issues first, if they
want progress,” as one of them said.
to these observers, the most pressing question before the Pakistani and US
negotiators will be to determine how to reset ties.
it be a repeat of the same, old rhetoric or something new is also on the
plate,” asked an observer adding, “If the Americans continue to ask Pakistan to
do more and Pakistan insists that it has already done what the Americans want
it to do, where will these talks go?”
observer was referring to the US position that Pakistan needs to take more
concrete steps against those Afghan Taliban — particularly the Haqqani Network
— who allegedly use its territory to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.
says that it has already eradicated all terrorist hideouts from the tribal
areas and attacks in Afghanistan do not originate from Pakistani territory.
US also wants Pakistan to persuade the Taliban to join the Afghan
says that they are willing to do so, but there should also be a general
reconciliation that improves relations between the US and Pakistan.
arming twisting. Normalise relations, expand cooperation and then work together
in resolving the Afghan dispute,” said a Pakistani expert on US-Pakistan
relations who did not want to be identified.
argued that in today’s Pakistan, it was no longer possible to ignore public
opinion and “unless Americans take steps that have a positive impact on the
Pakistani public opinion, there will be no real improvement in bilateral
officials also endorse these views and say that whatever success they achieved
in the war against terror, they did so through national consensus and they
wanted a similar consensus on US-Pakistan relations.
Party leader criticises Centre’s move to give Afghan refugees citizenship
Former chief minister of Balochistan and senior leader of National Party (NP)
Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has criticised the federal government’s move to grant
citizenship rights to Afghan refugees in Pakistan. He said the NP would not let
anyone turn Baloch people into minority on their own soil.
at a public meeting in Behman area of Turbat on Sunday, he asked Baloch people
and workers of the National Party to be politically more vigilant and active to
safeguard their genuine rights and interests and to meet future challenges.
also asked party workers to immediately intensify their political activities
across the province and to make functional all units of the party.
Baloch said that despite being part of the previous PML-N-led provincial
government, the National Party had never compromised on interests of the local
people of the province.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri
on Sunday said that any aggression from India would be responded in a befitting
manner as a whole nation was united to defend the motherland.
the ‘All Parties Conference’ (APC), organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council,
he said that Pakistan was a peaceful country and intended to resolve all the
political and the territorial issues with dialogue. However, he said that
Indian response for peace and dialogue was as usual stubborn and reluctant to
come across the table for negotiations.
APC declaration announced by DPC Chairman Samiul Haq said that war-mongering
Indian threats would destroy the peace of entire South Asia. The APC also
demanded the UN to investigate the use of chemical weapons in the Indian-held
Kashmir (IHK) under the international tribunal for war crime and declare India
as a terrorist state.
said that the government has adopted a strong stance in the UN General Assembly
and highlighted the Indian involvement in terror activities across Pakistan
which had taken thousands of innocent lives. He said that Foreign Affairs
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had wisely presented Kashmir issue and the Indian
atrocities and human rights violations before the world forum and diverted the
attention towards the flashpoint.
297C: The minister said that the government in a short span of time has
achieved many diplomatic successes and stopped the blasphemous competition in
The Netherland. He also said that the government was determined to restore the
Article 297C in its true spirit and the bill which was presented by Muttahida
Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was withdrawn
due to its content as the government was not aware of the matter.
Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said the purpose of his visit to the US
was not to seek aid but build deteriorating ties between the two countries.
am not here to talk dollars and cents, I am not here seeking aid,” Qureshi said
in an interview with Fox News.
am not here to talk dollars and cents, I am not here seeking aid,” Qureshi
added. “I am here to fix a relationship that went sour – a relationship that
has mutually-benefited both sides. We have been allies for a long time, it is
time to rebuild that powerful relationship.”
acknowledged that while relations have “soured” significantly between his
country and the United States since Trump took office and publicly ramped up
pressure on them to do more to obliterate terrorist sanctuaries, his stance is
that Pakistan is being unjustly blamed for the destabilisation of neighbouring
you are in a difficult situation you look for scapegoats, for areas and people
and institutions that have not delivered to your expectations,” he said.
“Pakistan is there to help and facilitate, we recognise that a stable and
peaceful Afghanistan is in our interest.”
insisted that the Pakistani government is in full control of the country,
including the rugged and remote tribal regions, and that terror hideouts have
been eliminated. He also pointed out that they will “play a role” and use “whatever
influence they have” to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table for peace
talks, but declined to comment on whether monetary cuts were having an impact
on Pakistan’s military or involvement in the protracted war against terror.
about Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the US capture Usama bin Laden in Pakistan
by running a fake vaccination programme to collect DNA but since then has
languished behind bars, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the issue is not over.
are always there,” Qureshi said. “He is viewed in a particular light in
Pakistan, he is viewed as a traitor in Pakistan. But he is viewed as a friend
in the US. So we have to bridge this gap.”
future, Qureshi attested, lies not with politics but with the courts.
Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Siraj-ul- Haq, has appreciated the Foreign
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s address to the UN General Assembly.
to the media, after the JI Ijtema in Bahawalpur on Sunday, he said that Qureshi
courageously presented the nation’s stance to the world exposing India’s
involvement in terrorism in this country.
said that New Delhi’s stance on Kashmir was totally baseless and it would have
to get out of there soon, as the Kashmiris and Pakistani nation are not ready
to tolerate India’s hold on Kashmir.
the government on the recent price hikes, the JI chief said that contrary to
its election promises, the PTI government has begun its first 100- day agenda
with increase in the prices of essential items, thereby adding to the worries
of the masses.
said that almost half of the government’s first 100 days period is over and
with this speed of doing things; the government won’t be able to complete its
said that the Finance Minister’s statement that the country’s economy required
bye-pass has sent a wave of unrest among the people. It was evident that the
government has decided to go to the IMF for fresh loans which would add to the
burden of the general public.
said that the price hike would affect the poor and the middle class, as the
elite and the VIPs would not be hit.
Haq further said that the previous Bahawalpur state had been a most fertile and
prosperous state and Pakistan was greatly indebted to the rulers of Bahawalpur
State. However, he said that the demand for the revival of this state was being
pushed to the back burner.
JI chief deplored that the new generation was being driven away from its elders
due to the promotion of the western culture.
to the profane caricatures’ issue, he said there had been world wise protest
over these caricatures. He said the JI has arranged a Jurist conference on the
issue of caricatures and a four member committee headed by the former Chief
Justice Iftekhar Muhammad Chaudhry has been constituted to decide a line of
action for ending this trend.
of Pakistani Christians gathered outside the United Nations offices in Geneva,
Switzerland, to protest the persecution of their coreligionists in their
gathered for the Sept. 27 rally from several Western European countries where
they have received asylum, including Germany, France, Switzerland and the
protesters wielded signs and placards that read "Save Pakistani
Christians" and "Stop targeting Christians in Pakistan."
through bullhorns, their representatives called on the U.N. to apply pressure
on Pakistan to repeal its dreaded blasphemy laws, which are often used by the
dominant Muslim majority against religious minorities.
members of the European Union's parliament also participated in the rally in
support of Pakistan's Christians. They urged their parliament's human rights
committee to devote more attention to the situation of religious minorities in
protest was organized by different human rights NGOs to draw the attention of
the United Nations to the suffering of Christians in Pakistan due to blasphemy
and other discriminatory laws," Asher Sarfraz, a Pakistani Christian
rights advocate who lives in Germany and participated in the event, told
of Christians have fallen foul of Pakistan's draconian blasphemy laws on what
rights advocates have called trumped-up charges. People convicted of blasphemy
are sentenced to long prison terms and sometimes death. Many of the accused
have been lynched by irate mobs.
Christians] have been falsely accused of blasphemy and other crimes," said
Sarfraz, who is CEO of Christians' True Spirit, which advocates on behalf of
persecuted Christians in the South Asian nation. "They are easy targets
under false pretenses."
government claims that the rights of religious minorities are fully upheld in
the conservative Muslim nation. Christians, however, insist that they have long
faced both deep-seated prejudice and institutionalized discrimination because
of their faith.
decades religious minorities in Pakistan, especially Christians, have been
victims of discrimination and all sorts of oppression," Sarfraz said.
of the country's four million Christians languish in grinding poverty, reduced
to lowly menial jobs such as garbage collecting and street sweeping. Many
better-paying jobs and government positions remain inaccessible to them.
have also been numerous reported cases of Christians being targeted by
vigilante Muslim mobs and unscrupulous individuals. Arson attacks on Christian
homes and other crimes are common. Local Christian say that officials are often
reluctant to act against the perpetrators in such cases.
Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari celebrated the
promise of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OCI) to help the African
country through a good religious education directed to the terrorist group Boko
Haram, a regional publication reported on Sunday.
head of State stressed the importance of that preparation to extirpate the
erroneous spirit of indoctrination in the religious level followed by that
organization, which practices the extreme tendencies of Islam known as
'Islamists' 'fundamentalists' or 'jihadists,' Hiiraan Online added.
a bilateral meeting on the subject, the Secretary General of the OIC, Youssef
Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, told Buhari that his institution voted a resolution
addressed to its member states to help Nigeria fight extremism.
religious leader told the Nigerian President that the OIC is ready to use its
services and its institutions to rectify the misinterpretation that the Boko
Haram rebels make of Islam.
to international organizations, Boko Haram is among the deadliest armed groups
in the world.
U.S. got Nigeria’s Muslim, Christian leaders to sign peace pact
facts have emerged on the reason the International Community led by the United
States (U.S) and the United Nations (UN) got Muslim and Chris-tian leaders in
Nigeria to sign an agreement to hold the peace ahead of the February 2019
General Election. The religious leaders penned the agreement in Abuja on
Tuesday in the presence of the UN and US officials.
ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Syminton, who gave reason for the signing of
peace pact, maintained that there should be no compromise in ensuring peace in
the country. The religious leaders affirmed their commitment to peace and
harmony in the populous nation so afflicted by religious and ethnic divisions.
Nigeria has been divided along ethnic line, which is being worsened by the
churches have openly urged worshippers to obtain their Permanent Voters Card
(PVC) to vote out Muslims, an apparent reference to President Muhaammadu
Buhari, a Muslim Hausa/Fulani. The Muslims, on the other hand, were pitching
tent with President Buhari, who is under pressure from his northern stronghold
to ensure the region retains the top seat in 2019. All the main presidential
aspirants so far are Hausa Fulani Muslims, like President Buhari, prompting
analysts to see the religious angle to the political situation as a deliberate
effort to prop up the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which lost the
2015 elections after 16 years in office.
situation was generating tension, compelling the international community to
caution both sides against invoking religious and ethnic sentiments in the
political contest. The Sultan of Sokoto, who is the spiritual leader of Muslims
in Nigeria, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has condemned the religious leaders he
alleged no longer promoted religious values. Alhaji Abubakar called for a
peaceful co-existence among Muslims and Christians for sustainable growth.
Islamist, Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab too over an extensive area in the Middle
Shabelle region of Hirshabelle federal State from government control bringing
them so much closer to the capital of the internationally propped Federal
Government of Somalia capital of Mogadishu.
Shabaab fighters, on Saturday, took full control of villages and farming
settlements dotting the Balcad-Jowhar 50-kilometre road.
who know the area estimate that the areas Shabaab are now in full control of
extend all the way to the Indian Ocean coast to the south and Jowhar to the
north giving the fighters a very wide area to set up ambush and maneuvering
is about 30 kilometers to the north of the security-prone capital, Mogadishu.
Jowhar is a little over 50 kilometers to the north of Balcad. In between Balcad
and Jowhar hundreds of fair-sized villages and smaller farming hamlets dot.
has, however, explained why the government has abandoned its positions since
there was no fighting to force them to do so.
Cameroon — Cameroon’s president says Boko Haram has been defeated in the
country, the first such announcement since he declared war on the extremist
group four years ago.
Paul Biya spoke during his first visit to the Far North region since 2012 as he
campaigned on Saturday ahead of the Oct. 7 election. The 85-year-old, one of
Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has been in power since 1982 and is likely to
win again as the fractured opposition has been unable to put forward a strong candidate.
is a major issue in Cameroon, a U.S. and French military ally, as it also faces
a bloody English-language separatist movement in the southwest and northwest.
a rally in Maroua, Biya said he would focus on rebuilding what has been
destroyed in the Far North “now that terrorism has been defeated.”
region for years has been the target of suicide bombings and other attacks by
Boko Haram fighters who spilled over the border from Nigeria, where the
extremist group is based. Nearly a quarter-million people in Cameroon have been
Haram has not carried out a major attack in Cameroon in the past year and the
number of attacks has fallen. Its fighters continue to attack military targets
and cities in Nigeria’s northeast despite repeated government declarations that
it has been “crushed.”
warned Far North residents to remain vigilant despite recent progress including
the re-opening last month of 40 schools along the border.
everyone warmed to the president’s comments at the rally.
had abandoned the Far North and its people, said Garga Haman Adji, candidate
with the Alliance for Democracy and Development opposition party.
never visited to encourage the soldiers who fought to defeat Boko Haram. He
never visited people suffering from terrorism and is now here to beg for
votes,” Garga said.
fight against Boko Haram has raised questions about Cameroon’s security forces.
Shocking videos that recently circulated online showed soldiers shooting
defenceless civilians including women with young children strapped to their
backs, Amnesty International said after expert analysis. Cameroon’s government
has announced several arrests related to one of the videos and said any alleged
abuses will be investigated.
has not announced any campaign visits to the troubled southwest and northwest
where fighting between government forces and the Anglophone separatists has
killed nearly 400 people and sent nearly 200,000 civilians fleeing.
heavy military deployment and recent crackdown on suspected separatist hideouts
especially in the southwest, however, indicates that the president intends to
visit in an effort to show the world that in spite of the tensions he remains
last visited the southwest in 2014 and the northwest in 2010.
unrest began in 2016 when teachers and lawyers peacefully expressed
dissatisfaction with what some English speakers, who make up about 20 per cent
of the country’s population, have called marginalization by French-speaking
authorities in the officially bilingual country.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on
Sunday, enjoined Nigerians to sustain
their faith in the corporate existence, unity and indivisibility of Nigeria
even as the country faces so many challenges.
an Independence Day message signed by his Media Adviser, Tahav Agerzua, Ortom
reiterated his belief that Nigerians have cause to celebrate, having gained
independence from the colonialists and come a long way in spite of several
threats to the corporate existence of the country.
governor called on the Federal Government as well as states and major
stakeholders to synergise and intensify the fight against terrorism and other
insurgencies such as Boko Haram, herdsmen attacks and criminal acts across the
Ortom also called on Nigerians to redouble the efforts to be patriotic wherever
they find themselves in positions of service, leadership and followership so
that the country could move fast to join the comity of developed nations.
slams PAS for questioning his visits to non-Muslim places of worship
DICKSON: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has slammed PAS for questioning his
visits to non-Muslim places of worship while campaigning for the Port Dickson
by-election, saying members of the Islamist party used to accompany him to such
places when PKR was in Pakatan Rakyat.
PKR president-elect said he was also surprised that PAS president Datuk Seri
Abdul Hadi Awang should question his decision to contest in Port Dickson, just
because it was not a Malay-majority seat.
wasn't it wrong for me to visit these places of worship when we were in Pakatan
I visit these places of worship, I do not go to their prayer hall or take part
in the prayer sessions.
said visiting non-Muslim places of worship was not forbidden in Islam, which
taught its adherents to be respectful of other faiths.
said if he had contested in a Malay-majority seat, then Abdul Hadi would have
asked why wasn't the contesting in a mixed constituency.
Dickson is actually a microcosm of what Malaysia is, as the majority of the
constituents are Malays, followed by Chinese and Indians.
the only shortcoming is that there are not many Ibans and Kadazans here, I'm
happy that I managed to meet a Kadazan who retired from the army and has been
living here for the past 15 years," he said.
another statement by Abdul Hadi that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
should be allowed to serve his full term as Prime Minister, Anwar said the PAS
leader was entitled to his views.
know there are attempts from many sides to stop me from taking over from him.
Abdul Hadi is entitled to his view, Dr Mahathir has already decided on this,"
on talks of a unity government with Umno, Anwar reiterated that this was not
going to happen.
Pakatan leadership, including Dr Mahathir and Tan Sri Muhyiddin, have also
stated the same on this.
am surprised there are still some social media outlets talking about this,
although I myself have repeatedly said this won't be happening," he said.
to Anwar, he had been warmly received by the constituents while on his campaign
rounds so far.
have gone to the masjid, temples, market, villages and warong.
glad that the response has been good," he said.
why senior party members were not seen campaigning for him, Anwar said they
would do so in the coming days.
have reminded them to come as Pakatan leaders and not as ministers or holding
other government positions," he added.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had an exclusive preview of the
Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World at the British Museum on
Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World, currently under construction,
will be opened to the public on Oct 18 this year.
new gallery of the museum displays a comprehensive presentation of the Islamic
world through art and material culture.
gallery features objects that give an overview of cultural exchange in an area
stretching from Nigeria to Indonesia and from the seventh century to the
will underscore global connections across a vast region of the world from West
Africa to Southeast Asia and reflect links between the ancient and medieval as
well as the modern worlds,” according to a statement released by the British
gallery is supported by Malaysia-based Albukhary Foundation and the Islamic
Arts Museum Malaysia.
present at the exclusive preview was Albukhary Foundation chairman Tan Sri Syed
Mokhtar Albukhary, who is a well-known philanthropist.
Museum director Hartwig Fisher in the statement said the Albukhary Foundation
Gallery ofthe Islamic World allowed the museum to display the world-class
collection to tell a more universal story of Islam in a global context.
Syed Mokhtar thanked the British Museum for a fruitful collaboration aimed at
displaying the convergence and divergence of Islam.
Syed Umar Ariff
DICKSON: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has hit out at Datuk Seri
Anwar Ibrahim, saying that the PKR president-elect could not be trusted as a
Muslim and a leader.
a media conference tonight after delivering a speech to campaign for PAS'
candidate in the Port Dickson by-election, Mohd Nazari Mokhtar, Abdul Hadi
described Anwar as being inconsistent in his Islamic practice.
example, he said Anwar would indulge in other religious practices according to
live in a multiracial community. We respect the freedom to embrace any
religion. But we must be consistent with our religion and our race.
example he (Anwar) becomes an imam in the mosque, but in Sikh places
(gurdwaras) he dressed up like a Sikh and in Tamil places (Hindu temples) he
dances according to Tamil tunes," Abdul Hadi said.
pointed out that Anwar should hold on to his self-identity.
have our own (religious) culture. And the Tamils (Hindus) respect if we have
our own identity.
we uphold our own cultural values) the Tamils will not be angry with us. The
Chinese will not be angry with us.
can hold (religious) dialogues with anyone. But we must be consistent with our
in his speech Abdul Hadi also said a leader, in alluding to Anwar, must be
chosen based on his consistency with his identity.
we have a person who 'berlakon' (impersonates) according to his surroundings.
need to understand this. When choosing a leader, we must not do so based on
Hadi also proposed that Anwar did not have "faith in his own race" as
he had picked to run for Port Dickson, where the Malays only formed 43 per cent
of the population.
picked a place dominated by other races. If he does not believe in his own race
(to support him), how will the others put their faith in him?"
JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia will no longer lend its support to
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad said.
Suu Kyi seemed to be a "changed person" and he had lost faith in her,
said Tun Mahathir.
did not want to say anything against the action taken by the (Myanmar) military
against the Rohingya. So, we made (it) quite clear that we don't really support
her anymore," he said at an interview with Mr Ghida Fakhry of the Turkish
international news channel TRT World last Saturday (Sept 29).
interview was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly
(UNGA) in New York before he left for London.
Mahathir said that when Ms Suu Kyi was under house arrest, Malaysia campaigned
to get her released. But when he wrote to Ms Suu Kyi, he did not receive any
reply and was "very disappointed".
have complained to the world about the treatment of the Rohingya. In fact, we
have ourselves received quite a lot of Rohingya people in our country," he
Mahathir had addressed the UNGA last Friday (Sept 28) over the plight of
Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority, who have been driven to Bangladesh in huge
criticised the authorities in Myanmar and Ms Suu Kyi for denying that the
Rohingya people were being murdered, their homes torched and over a million
refugees were forced to flee.
Mahathir also questioned the world for keeping silent on the massacres.
other countries have similarly criticised Ms Suu Kyi.
have been calls to revoke the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her in 1991, while Canada
has stripped Ms Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship.
soon after his arrival in London late last Saturday, Dr Mahathir was briefed on
the future direction of Group Lotus, which produces high-end sports cars and
closed-door briefing on Sunday was given by Group Lotus chief executive officer
Feng Qingfeng, who is also vice-president and chief technology officer of Geely
Auto Group, Bernama reported.
Mahathir is believed to have been given a glimpse of the mock model of the
latest Lotus car.
automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group purchased a 49.9 per cent stake in
Proton Holdings Bhd as well as 51 per cent of Lotus, both owned by DRB-Hicom,
Mahathir is a former chairman of Group Lotus and Proton Holdings.
present at the briefing were Malaysian tycoon Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary and
DRB-Hicom CEO Syed Faisal Albar.
Prosecutors Want Death Penalty For Muslim Bike Path Terrorist
Muslim man charged with using a truck to kill eight people last year on a New
York City bike path will face the death penalty at a trial next year, federal
prosecutors said Friday in a case where President Donald Trump has tweeted that
the defendant deserves to be executed.
government filing said the case against Sayfullo Saipov met several legal
standards for a capital case, including premeditation to commit terrorism and
the “heinous, cruel and depraved manner” in which the victims were slaughtered.
a statement, defense attorney David Patten said he was disappointed that the
Justice Department signed off on seeking the death penalty.
think the decision to seek the death penalty rather than accepting a guilty
plea to life in prison with no possibility of release will only prolong the
trauma of these events for everyone involved,” Patten said.
Saipov’s arrest in the deadliest attack on New York City since Sept. 11, 2001,
Trump tweeted, “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY” and “Should move fast. DEATH
PENALTY.” The tweets were cited in defense papers filed earlier this month that
demanded an independent prosecutor make a decision, arguing that Sessions’
tenuous relationship with Trump made it impossible for DOJ to be fair.
“works for President Trump and obviously wants to keep his job,” Saipov’s
federal public defenders wrote. “It defies reality, not to mention all
appearances, to believe that he could make a truly independent decision as to
whether Mr. Saipov should face the death penalty, knowing that a decision not
to seek death would inevitably trigger a ‘tweetstorm’ of ridicule and scorn
from the President and might well lead to the loss of his job.”
a separate filing on Friday, prosecutors said the argument “strains credulity”
because there was no evidence that the decision was influenced by politics.
fully complying with the law and Justice Manual, the attorney general
appropriately exercised his discretion in determining that the circumstances of
this case – which involve a terrorist attack that caused extensive death and
human suffering – justify the ultimate sanction available,” prosecutors wrote.
30-year-old Saipov moved to the United States legally in 2010 from Uzbekistan.
He lived in Ohio and Florida and worked as a commercial truck driver before
living more recently with his family in Paterson, New Jersey.
papers say that after his arrest, he told the authorities that he was inspired
by ISIS videos, and that he had used a truck in the attack to inflict maximum
damage against civilians. He’s pleaded not guilty.
trial is set to begin Oct. 7, 2019. A jury, if it finds Saipov guilty, will be
asked to decide in a second phase of the trial if he should be executed.
Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has roundly condemned the presence of
hundreds of American troopers in the southeastern part of his country close to
the border with Iraq, terming the deployment as “illegal” and an “act of
in an exclusive interview with Russia’s Arabic-language RT Arabic television
news network, Muallem stated that Americans at al-Tanf garrison recruit and
train Daesh terrorists, and then dispatch them to the front line to fight
Syrian government forces in a bid to prolong the Syrian crisis in favor of
relations not negotiable at all’
top Syrian diplomat went on to say that relations between his country and the
Islamic Republic of Iran were not open to any negotiations.
presence of Iranian advisers in Syria is legitimate and at the request of the
Damascus government contrary to the American deployment, which is an act of
aggression against Syria and must cease,” Muallem pointed out.
also made a reference to the Turkish-Russian agreement on a buffer zone in
Syria’s militant-held northern province of Idlib, describing it as a positive
step on the path of asserting state control over the entire Syrian territory.
agreement provided conditions for a peaceful solution in Idlib. Reconciliations
have proved effective in many areas of Syria. The legitimate Syrian government
has the right to use other means to establish its sovereignty,” Muallem said.
senior Syrian official further noted that the danger in the eastern regions of
the country now stems from US soldiers, who are stationed there illegally,
provide military support to the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces in that
region, and obstruct their dialogue with the Syrian government.
are committed to the Astana Peace Process, Sochi talks as well as efforts made
by the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran to find an
appropriate solution that serves Syrian people best in the political process,”
also named the United States, Britain and France as the developers of the
foreign-sponsored conspiracy against Syria, saying, “All the weapons that
terrorists possess in many parts of Syria have been manufactured in these
call on Syrians living abroad to return to their homeland’
in his remarks, Muallem called on all Syrian expatriates to return and play a
role in the reconstruction of their country.
expressed regret that the West prevented their repatriation through the policy
missile system is a guarantor of our security, stability’
stated that Syria neither has harassed nor interfered in the domestic affairs
of any country, and looks forward to good relations with world states.
attacks us and interferes in our internal affairs, must reconsider his
position,” he commented.
HAGUE: The International Court of Justice will hand down an eagerly awaited
decision this week on Iran’s demand for the suspension of debilitating
nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the United States.
Washington of “strangling” its economy, Tehran has asked the court in The Hague
to order Washington to lift the measures, reimposed after US President Donald
Trump pulled out of a multilateral 2015 accord.
its long enmity with the United States, Iran brought the case under a 1955
“friendship treaty” that predates the country’s Islamic Revolution.
has forcefully told the court, which rules on disputes between United Nations
member states, that it has no jurisdiction to rule on the case as it concerns a
matter of national security.
ruling on Wednesday at 0800 GMT — in the grand surroundings of the 1913-built
Peace Palace in the Dutch city — follows four days of hearings at the end of
by the ICJ are binding and cannot be appealed, but it has no way to enforce its
the court orders measures, they should be respected,” Eric De Brabandere, a
professor of international law at the University of Leiden, told AFP.
the court decides it has jurisdiction, it will likely “declare that the parties
should refrain from aggravating the dispute,” but any steps beyond this remain
to be seen, he said.
2015 nuclear deal saw Iran agree to limit its nuclear program and let in
international inspectors in return for an end to years of sanctions by the
Trump pulled out of the deal in May, to the dismay of European allies, arguing
that funds from the lifting of sanctions under the pact had been used to
support terrorism and build nuclear-capable missiles.
the United Nations General Assembly last week, Trump denounced the deal as
“horrible” and “one-sided.”
the ICJ hearings, Iran said the sanctions reintroduced in September are causing
economic suffering for its citizens. US lawyers retorted that economic
mismanagement was at the root of Iran’s woes.
second wave of US measures is due to hit Iran in early November, targeting its
vital oil exports.
said the Iran-US case was an important opportunity for the ICJ to rule on the
issue of “economic warfare” — not currently designated as a use of force.
case “may offer the court sufficient legal basis to indicate a limit under
international law to coercion by the US,” Geoff Gordon, an international law
expert at the Asser Institute in The Hague, told AFP.
law, for reasons to do with power politics, has never formally recognized
economic warfare to be a use of force as prohibited by the UN Charter, though
economic sanctions can have the same effects and worse as guns and bombs.”
he warned that “the decision is likely to be occasion for escalating tensions.”
have plunged to a new low since Trump’s election, even as the US president
reaches out to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over his nuclear program.
and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani faced off at the UN last week, with
Rouhani denouncing leaders with “xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi
their 1955 Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations, Iran and the United States
have not had diplomatic ties since 1980.
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