the 33rd annual Muslim Day Parade in Manhattan on Sunday, hundreds marched down
Madison Avenue from 37th Street to 27th Street. Photo Credit: Oumou Fofana
Prince: Saudi Arabia Committed To Principles of Islam
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prince: Saudi Arabia committed to principles of Islam
Saudi Arabia “will remain committed to the principles” of Islam, “the religion
of tolerance and moderation,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday
in a speech to mark the Kingdom’s 88th National Day.
Kingdom “will keep on fighting against extremism and terrorism,” and “we will
not allow anyone to attack the sovereignty of our homeland or jeopardize its
security,” he added.
crown prince paid tribute to “the efforts of our countrymen in all fields, and
most importantly our soldiers and security personnel.”
88th National Day is an opportunity to recall the achievements of the country’s
founder King Abdul Aziz and his sons, the crown prince said, praising the
nation’s growth and prosperity under King Salman.
our National Day, we take pride in our country’s position on an international,
Islamic and Arab level,” the crown prince said.
praised the Kingdom’s achievements of “security, regional and international
peace” and “economic prosperity.”
agencies have established the principles of transparency and justice to promote
integrity, fight corruption and achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030
reform plan, he said.
2030 “looks forward to the future,” and seeks to place Saudi Arabia “at the
forefront of countries with continuous follow-up, guidance and support from
King Salman,” the crown prince added.
special occasion requires us to thank God for His generosity toward our country
to serve the Two Holy Mosques and care for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and
visitors,” he said.
care was reflected in the great success of the last Hajj season and God’s
continuous blessings to the Saudi government and its hospitable people,” as
well as “its continuous concern for sustained development of holy lands and
services” in order to ensure that pilgrimages can be performed with ease, he
Day Parade draws hundreds to Madison Avenue for 33rd annual event
of people marched in midtown Manhattan Sunday for the 33rd annual Muslim Day
procession’s theme was “mercy for all,” which Mohammad Malik, a trustee at
Muslim Majlis of Staten Island, said celebrated Muslims’ commitment to
spreading peace and loving people of all religions.
belongs to Allah, so we will spread love,” Malik, 58, yelled, while marching.
parade kicked off with Zohr prayer, near 38th Street and Madison Avenue. Those
marching carried flags from more than a dozen countries — including the U.S.,
Nigeria, the Dominican Republic and India — highlighting the array of
communities practicing Islam around the globe.
Mulic, whose family has been coming from New Jersey to the march since she was
a child, said the tradition helps convey cultural pride and dispel stereotypes
about Islam. “A Muslim is like every other person walking in New York City,”
said Mulic. “It’s sort of like a cultural thing and a part of my family’s
identity and how we want to show that we have pride in being Muslim.”
parade launched in 1985, with the goal of uniting and politically empowering
American Muslims, according to organizers. The parade was canceled in 2001
after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to organizers. They said crowds have been
smaller since then due to the rise of Islamophobia and the political climate
buoying President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from countries with a mostly
the parade organizers said New York Muslims were pleased when their
decades-long advocacy prompted the public school system to stop holding classes
on the Eid holidays in 2015.
are Americans,” said Hussin Syed, chairman of this year’s parade. “We have a voice,
and we will use it.”
Parties Question PM Imran Khan For 'Too Much Keenness' to Mend Ties With India
(Pakistan): Pakistan’s two major opposition parties on Sunday launched an
attack on Prime Minister Imran Khan for showing “too much keenness” to mend the
country’s ties with India and held him responsible for the “diplomatic
debacle”. The parties said Imran Khan should have done his homework before
approaching India for a dialogue.
New Delhi’s refusal to hold talks with the country on the sidelines of UNGA in
New York later this month, Pakistan parties — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — held the Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf government responsible for the latest “diplomatic debacle”.
foreign minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif criticised Khan for stating in the
letter that “Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism” and said it seemed
the government was “not prepared” from the day one. “Too much keenness being
shown by the prime minister showed weakness on our part. Giving India too much
reflects haste on our part to mend fences with India,” Asif was quoted as
saying by Dawn news.
said that he was not against India and Pakistan mending ties but “dignity must
be maintained”. Regretting that Imran Khan wrote a letter to India, Asif said
that he failed to realise that the US and India had recently issued a joint
statement after the visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to New Delhi and
Islamabad which was “dead against” Pakistan.
US and India raised all kinds of allegations against Pakistan and you are
talking about terrorism in the letter. This is a sign of weakness (on our
part),” Asif said.
India for cancelling talks with Pakistan blaming the latter for the killings of
three soldiers last week, PPP Vice-President Sherry Rehman said, “The Indian
Govt and Army chief’s response are both immature and irresponsible. What are
they threatening Pakistan about? They have crossed all diplomatic norms and
protocols to emerge as a belligerent nuclear power that is only looking to
externalise its own extremisms.”
India’s refusal to hold talks with Pakistan, PM Imran Khan expressed
disappointment saying that New Delhi’s response to his resumption of peace
dialogue was “arrogant and negative”. Making an attack on India, he further
said that he has seen “small men occupying big offices who lack the vision to
see the larger picture.”
Delhi: Congratulating Maldives Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih over his
thumping victory in the Presidential Election, India on Monday asserted that
the poll not only marks the triumph of democratic forces in the South Asian
country, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and
the rule of law.
welcome the successful completion of the third Presidential election process in
the Maldives which, according to preliminary information, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed
Solih has won. We heartily congratulate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his victory
and hope that the Election Commission will officially confirm the result at the
earliest,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press statement.
further asserted that it is looking forward to work closely with the Maldives.
“In keeping with our ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy, India looks forward to
working closely with the Maldives in further deepening our partnership,” the
External Affairs Ministry added.
United States also congratulated the people of Maldives, who peacefully raised
their democratic voices to determine the future of their country.
Opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the country’s bitterly-fought
presidential election with 58.3 per cent of the popular vote, official results
claimed. Results released by the Elections Commission showed Solih securing
1,33,808 votes compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter
turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 2,62,000-strong electorate.
posts video of men allegedly involved Iran attack
Amaq agency has posted a video of three men in a vehicle who it said were on
their way to carry out an attack on an Iranian military parade.
of the men spoke in Arabic about jihad, while the third spoke in Farsi
suggesting they were targeting Iranian Revolutionary Guards, according to the
recording, released after Saturday's assault on the Guards in the Iranian city
a Muslim' event hopes to dispel misconceptions around Islamic faith
age-old saying, "don't judge a book by its cover" is particularly
important in today's society. And one which a Muslim initiative is using in an
attempt to dispel negative connotations associated around what it means to be
the horrendous events on 9/11 and the countless terror attacks since,
scepticism and uncertainty have enshrouded the religion of Islam and Muslims
around the world," Ahmadiyya imam, Mustenser Ahmad Qamar said.
want to assure everyone that no one despises these terrorists more than the
Muslim community itself. These terrorists have twisted the religion of Islam
and are using it for their own personal gains and political motives."
New Zealanders, for the most part were able to "divorce the actions of a
few barbaric individuals within the religion of Islam," Qamar said there
were still a large number who had never met a Muslim.
Muslim community New Zealand, head of outreach, Mohamed Anas Raheem said a lot
of the "misunderstanding and misconceptions around the faith" stemmed
from a "fear of the unknown".
members of the Ahmaddyia Muslim community, they are taking part in "Meet a
Muslim" initiative, to allow non-Muslims to know a Muslim person in New
Zealand. The campaign began two years ago and has had positive results.
realise that we are normal human beings - proud New Zealanders that are
contributing to the country and want to give back as much as possible. When
they realise that, they understand a lot of the things they are hearing are
the umbrella of the nationwide ''True Islam Campaign'', people wearing "I
am a Muslim, ask me anything," will head to Napier for the first time this
there will be a number of events, including the Quran Exhibition, seminars on
the Quran and the topic of terrorism, people are invited to attend a Q&A
allowing questions to be asked about anything to do with Islam.
hope through initiatives like this we are able to build bridges of
understanding and foster a much more harmonious society," Qamar said.
Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack
Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 66 people to life in prison, including
Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie, over an August 2013 attack on a police
station in Minya.
sentences were meted out to 183 people over the deadly attack on the police
station in the southern province, before a retrial was ordered.
Sunday, around 700 people were tried again in this case, defense lawyer Abdel
Moneim Abdel Maqsood told AFP.
of the 700 were sentenced to life imprisonment, which is 25 years in Egypt, 288
were acquitted, six have died since the first trial and the rest were sentenced
to between three and 15 years in prison.
75, was on Sunday convicted of inciting his supporters to violence in the Minya
case following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
on trial in 35 cases related to the Brotherhood, has been sentenced to death in
several of them but the verdicts have been overturned by the court of
cassation. He got life sentences in more than five cases.
battalion of the Turkish commandoes entered Idlib crossed Tonkli province
border with Northwestern Syria and entered Idlib province.
elite forces' dispatch to Idlib is allegedly aimed at reinvigoration of
truce-monitoring points in the Northwestern province.
the meantime, field sources in Northern Syria reported that a new convoy of the
Turkish troops, including elite forces, personnel-carrier vehicles and canons
have been dispatched to Rayhanli region in Hatay province near the border with
Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke in favor of deploying
additional troops to the Syrian city of Idlib after Russian President Vladimir
Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to create a
demilitarized zone along the contact line between the armed opposition and
government troops in Idlib by October 15.
will have 12 observation points in Idlib. However, we need to send additional
troops there," the foreign minister stated at a press conference in Ankara
broadcasted by the NTV television channel.
and Turkey will carry out coordinated patrols, with drones also taking part,
groups will leave, heavy weapons will be withdrawn, civilians and moderate
opposition with a small number of light weapons will remain. Turkey and Russia
will jointly control this process. We will need to deploy additional military
troops to Idlib," Cavusoglu added.
the talks, Ankara reportedly sent reinforcement troops to Idlib province,
increasing its presence in the country.
Arabic-language website of RT reported that the Ankara-backed National
Liberation Front which includes a number of Free Syrian Army units has stressed
that it will not lay down arms and will never hand over their positions in
Idlib in violation of the Sochi agreement endorsed by Ankara and Moscow over
Arabic RT further said that the National Liberation Front has kept its gunmen
on alert to counter the Syrian Army.
report further quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying that the
entire heavy weapons of the militant groups, including cannons, mortars, tanks
and missile systems must be taken out of the demilitarized zone.
today, 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 is
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 have entered the
village of Deir Balout in Jandaris region in Afrin under the Turkish
intelligence forces' monitoring.
the meantime, local sources in Afrin reported that the Turkish army and its
allied militants have 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.
the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the
Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has expelled almost 200 family members of
Eastern Ghouta terrorists from a region in Afrin and moved them towards Idlib
to pave the ground for sheltering the FSA members in Afrin.
Monday, after three-hour negotiations between Turkish President Rajab Tayyip
Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin , Russia and Turkey agreed to
create by October 15 a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib province along the
contact line between the Syrian government forces and the armed opposition.
According to Ankara’s proposal, the armed opposition’s tanks, multiple launch
rocket systems and other heavy weaponry are to be fully withdrawn from the area
by October 10. The demilitarized zone will be controlled by mobile patrol
groups of the Turkish military and Russia’s military police.
Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will take action east of the Euphrates river in
Syria and impose secure zones as it has done in northwest Syria, the Hurriyet
daily and other media said on Monday.
previously carried out a military operation to seize control of Syria’s Afrin
region from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist
organization. The YPG also controls the region east of the Euphrates.
willing, in the period ahead we will increase the number of secure zones in
Syria, encompassing the east of the Euphrates," the Hurriyet website
quoted Erdogan as saying in a speech during a visit to New York.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted on Sunday saying
his country’s “historic stance against terrorism and violence” was clear and
described Iran’s recent allegations as baseless.
against the UAE inside Iran is unfortunate and is escalating following the
Ahwazi attack… UAE’s historic position against terrorism and violence is clear
and Tehran's accusations are baseless,” Gargash tweeted.
on Sunday summoned the top diplomat of the United Arab Emirates over a tweet
attributed to a UAE writer on the weekend’s attack on an Iranian military
parade in Ahwaz province.
threatens UAE after tweet by Emirati writer on Ahwaz attack
Emirati charge d’affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry over what Iran
is considering as “blatant support” for Saturday’s attack in the city of Ahwaz
that killed 29 people, said the ministry’s spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.
spokesperson described falsely the writer as a "political advisor.”
charge d’affaires was warned ... it will have repercussions for the UAE
government,” said Ghasemi.
ministry did not disclose the writer's name or the controversial comments.
Emirati academic Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, has tweeted on the Ahwaz attack by
saying: “A military attack against a military target is not a terror act.”
tweet drew sharp criticism from Muhsin Rezai, the secretary of the Expediency
Discernment Council in Iran, who considered the comment a clear threat of new
attacks on the territory of the Islamic Republic.
his part, the mayor of Tehran, Mohsen Rafsanjani, joined the threat, stressing
that “Emirates camps is more than just a goal!”
judicial officials have handed down life terms to four people over membership
in the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in acts of terror in the
war-ravaged Arab country’s northern provinces of Kirkuk and Nineveh.
Sattar al-Biraqdar, the spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said the
Central Criminal Court of Iraq, which is the country's flagship criminal
justice institution, found the defendants guilty of “membership in the
so-called Islamic police of the terrorist Daesh group, and undergirding weapons
added that the convicts confessed to having received generous sums of money
from Daesh terror outfit, emphasizing that the verdicts passed on them are in
accordance with under Article IV of Iraq’s Anti-Terrorism Law.
September 19, an Iraqi court sentenced a deputy of purported Daesh leader Ibrahim
al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to death by hanging, after he was found
guilty of orchestrating a series of terrorist attacks.
said in a statement that the Karkh Criminal Court passed the ruling on Ismail
Alwan Salman al-Ithawi in accordance with Article IV of the Anti-Terrorism Law.
Ithawi was extradited from Turkey earlier this year, having fled Syria.
spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council added that the high-profile Daesh
figure held several positions in the terror group. He was apparently in charge
of the Committee on Issuing Fatwas (religious creeds) and a member of the
committee tasked with developing curricula for Daesh terrorists.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the commander-in-chief of Iraqi forces,
pledged on June 30 to hunt down Daesh terrorists across Iraq after a series of
attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group.
will chase the remaining cells of terrorism in their hideouts and we will kill
them, we will chase them everywhere, in the mountains and the desert,” Abadi
declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on
December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, the Iraqi prime minister had formally declared victory over
Daesh in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in the
conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
Russian Defense Ministry says “misleading” information from the Israeli Air
Force Command has in fact downed a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance
aircraft off a Syrian coast, holding the Israeli regime fully responsible for
the tragic event, which killed more than a dozen servicemen.
General Igor Konashenkov, the chief spokesman for the Ministry of Defence of
the Russian Federation, made the remarks on Sunday, stressing that a
minute-by-minute account of the incident showed that Israel was culpable for
what happened for the Russian aircraft.
believe that the blame for the Russian Il-20 aircraft tragedy lies entirely
with the Israeli Air Force,” Konashenkov said before giving a detailed account
of events leading to the downing of the aircraft on September 17 by Syria’s
S-200 missile defense system.
Russian plane with 15 servicemen was circling over Idlib’s de-escalation zone
on a special reconnaissance mission, when four Israeli F-16 warplanes left the
regime’s airspace and flew over the neutral Mediterranean waters towards the
said the Russian military received a call from Israeli command warning that its
warplanes were about to strike “north of Syria”, where the doomed plane was
monitoring. But the Russian aircraft had only less than a minute for any safety
maneuvers to return to its base, before Israeli jets dropped their
precision-guided glide bombs in Latakia, he added.
misleading (information) by the Israeli officer regarding the location of the
strikes made it impossible to guide the Il-20 to a safe location,” he said.
the Il-20 was landing near Latakia, one of the Israeli jets “began to maneuver”
at 1859 GMT “getting closer to the Il-20”, which was interpreted as a repeat
attack by the Syrian air defense and resulted in it being shot down,
explained that the intentional close proximity of the Israeli jet to the
Russian aircraft practically deceived the Arab country’s air defense units and
showed the reconnaissance plane as a group of Israeli jets on the Syrian
radars, effectively used the big aircraft as a “shield.”
by the Israeli pilots “either speak of their unprofessionalism or criminal
negligence at the very least,” Konashenkov said, adding, “The military
leadership of Israel either has no appreciation for the level of relations with
Russia, or has no control over individual commands or commanding officers who
understood that their actions would lead to tragedy.”
also said “adventurism” of the Israeli military could have even put in danger
civilian planes which use the same airspace to land at the nearby Hmeimim
airbase, run by the Russian military.
the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv said the actions of the Israeli air force were
"irresponsible and unfriendly" and exposed the Il-20 aircraft to
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed Tel Aviv for the tragic deaths of
Russian servicemen, stressing that the “unfortunate incident” was a result of
“Israeli arrogance and depravity."
jets have been conducting air raids against Daesh and other terror outfits
inside Syria at the Damascus government’s request since September 2015.
strikes have helped Syrian forces advance against anti-Damascus militants, who
have been wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011.
government forces have intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle as
it flew in the skies over the western coastal province of Latakia, where Russia
has an air base and from which its fighter jets conduct airstrikes against
Daesh terrorists and foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the
conflict-plagued Arab country.
sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria's pro-government and
Arabic-language al-Masdar news agency that Syrian troops shot down the armed
drone using a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft auto-cannon.
sources added that members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as
al-Nusra Front, Takfiri terrorist group had launched the unmanned aerial
vehicle from the neighboring militant-held Idlib province.
development came only two days after a militant drone attack left eight Syrian
soldiers injured in the northern part of Latakia province.
Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said the assault was launched by a
group of foreign-backed militants, based in the city of Jisr al-Shughur,
against a group of Syrian troopers near the town of Qala'at Marza.
army tightens noose on Daesh terrorists in Sweida’s al-Safa hills
Syrian army forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups,
have dealt stinging blows to Daesh terrorists in the country’s southwestern
province of Sweida.
official news agency SANA reported that Syrian soldiers and their allies
fortified their positions in the al-Safa hills and carried out a
counter-terrorism operation in the area. Scores of Daesh extremists were killed
and injured in the process.
has refused to allow Turkish troops back into the Arab country following a
leave from their bases, a government-affiliated think tank in Baghdad has
to Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, the move is in line with the Iraqi
government's efforts to put an end to Turkish military presence in the country.
measure had been adopted over the previous months, withholding visas to the
Turkish forces who sought to return to Iraq, Iraqi News website reported on
al-Hashemi, director of the center, said the decision had helped reduce the
number of Turkish troops significantly.
government’s stance of not allowing Turkish soldiers to return will end the
Turkish military presence in Bashiqa without any diplomatic or military
friction,” he said.
Bashiqa camp, al-Hashemi said, is totally cordoned by Iraqi troops and Turkey
cannot carry out any plans without the knowledge of Iraqi troops.
has been conducting air raids against areas in northern Iraq, which serve as
safe havens for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants. The militants
have been fighting a deadly separatist war against Ankara.
2014, Turkey sent troops to Bashiqa in northern Iraq under the banner of
fighting the Daesh terror group which was defeated in the country late last
has repeatedly called on Ankara to pull out its forces but Turkey says they
will stay as long as the PKK threat persists.
Sunday, Iraq announced plans to deploy troops along the border with Turkey in
an effort to defend the frontier against any “violations” of its territory and
Muslim rapper cancels Bataclan shows after far-right protests
popular French Muslim rapper has cancelled two sold-out October shows at the
Bataclan concert hall in Paris, due to pressure from far-right groups.
a 35-year-old performer, has said in interviews that he is intentionally
provocative in his songs so that he can shatter stereotypes.
June the right and far right have waged a campaign against him, with the aim of
shutting down his shows.
people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks on 13 November
2015. A Bataclan concert was targeted during the killing spree.
Jardin, the father of Nathalie Jardin, an attack victim, joined the protests
against the rapper, although he stressed that he was apolitical and just wanted
Mr Jardin said that cancelling the concert avoided the risk of violence.
think they avoided blood running again at the Bataclan," he said, adding
that "very determined" people were expected to protest at the
of respect for these families and to guarantee the security of my public, these
concerts cannot go ahead," Medine said in a statement.
rapper said the far-right activists were trying "to divide" France
and that they did not "hesitate to manipulate and reawaken the pain of the
families of victims".
Le Pen was one of the far-right leaders who celebrated the cancellation of the
will instead perform at another major Paris music venue.
at the Bataclan had initially resisted the cancellation of the concerts.
far-right groups had claimed that the rapper's performance would desecrate the
spokesperson for the concert hall said that the performances would take place
elsewhere "out of respect for the victims" of the 2015 attacks but
added that "the freedom of expression of artists ... must remain a
fundamental right in our democracy".
populist UK Independence Party (UKIP) has taken a big leap into becoming a
racist far-right movement with an interim manifesto full of anti-Islam actions
in the future.
so-called “interim manifesto”, which came to daylight as the UKIP’s autumn
conference began in Birmingham on Friday and it contains plans for all-Muslim
prisons, enhanced screening for migrants from Islamic countries and plans to
scrap a swathe of equality and anti-racism laws in the U.K.
party has claimed extremism is “actively fostered" in jails, where
"Muslim gangs hold sway" and "non-Islamic prisoners are converting
for their own protection."
would introduce the separation of prisoners or prisons exclusively for Islamic
prisoners who promote extremism or try to convert non-Islamic prisoners,” the
would build new prisons as necessary to accommodate the number of persons
convicted of imprisonable crimes," it added.
UKIP manifesto includes the abolition of the category of hate crime in the
U.K., alongside with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the
government’s equalities office.
document is understood to have taken far-right English Defense League (EDL) and
Britain First movements’ policies, as it also calls for a national inquiry into
the so-called grooming gangs, which it describes as “one of the greatest social
scandals in English history”.
sharper shift to the far-right of the party has initiated with the presidency
of Gerard Batten who allied himself with former EDL leader Tommy Robinson after
taking over the leadership from Henry Bolton in April.
Robinson is a far-right figure known with his anti-Islamic campaign in the UK.
insulted Prophet Mohammad at a rally, organized by the Democratic Football Lads
Alliance (DFLA) -- an anti-Muslim movement formed by far-right hooligans --
to the British press, party’s ex-leader Nigel Farage warned that Batten needs
"to be careful what company he keeps".
concern with all of these groups is that that argument spills into an argument
against an entire religion," Farage told Sky News.
UKIP manifesto also calls for a wider crackdown on immigration, and says the
arrivals from Muslim countries should face a “security-based screening policy”
to check their views.
was “determined to protect our freedom of speech and the right to speak our
minds without fear of the politically correct thought police knocking on our
doors,” Batten said when he introduced the manifesto.
party conference will discuss to scrap a ban on membership to UKIP of members
of far-right organizations.
Bengali refugees gather in Karachi to thank PM over citizenship announcement
and Bengali refugees gathered outside Karachi Press Club to thank Prime
Minister Imran Khan over his citizenship announcement.
this month, the premier said that current government will take steps to give
citizenships to the Afghan and Bengali refugees, who were born in Pakistan.
a video, shared by a journalist Naimat Khan, the refugees can be seen in a
gathering waving Pakistani flags and listening to the national songs as the
tweet read: “These men waving Pakistan’s national flags and playing Pakistani
Milli songs are Afghan refugees and Bengalis who have gathered in front of
Karachi Press Club to say Thank You to #pakistan and @ImranKhanPTI for his
citizenship announcement #ShukriaPakistan #ShukriaImranKhan.”
still willing to open Kartarpur Border for Sikh pilgrims: Fawad Ch
the refusal of the Indian government to resume dialogue with Pakistan,
Pakistani authorities are willing to open the Kartarpur border crossing for the
Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib without a visa, Information
Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in an interview to Hindustan Times on Saturday.
to the Indian publication, Chaudhry said that while India’s decision to cancel
the meeting was “unfortunate” and that citizens should not suffer.
meeting was to be held between both countries’ foreign ministers on the
sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
is an issue of the ordinary people, Sikhs and other Indian pilgrims, and an
issue of faith,” he said in a phone interview. “They shouldn’t suffer and we
want to formalise the informal proposal the Pakistan army chief made to [Punjab
State Minister Navjot Singh] Sidhu.”
further reiterated the government’s stance to look for a “peaceful solution to
the Kashmir issue” — which he said was the basic issue between Pakistan and
India — and said that New Delhi had “wasted a wonderful opportunity [for peace]
by rejecting the prime minister’s offer”.
are several ways we can handle things. One way is we could go to war, both
countries have atomic weapons and those who survive can handle the outstanding
issues. But it is foolish to think we can go to war,” said Chaudhry, adding
that “can’t we look for a solution to our problems through dialogue?”
also rubbished India’s accusations of Pakistan’s interference in held Kashmir.
is wrong to hold Pakistan responsible for the ongoing struggle in held
Kashmir,” he said, but reiterated that: “Pakistan supports Kashmiris’ struggle
further said that Pakistani authorities had “solid evidence” of Indian
interference in Balochistan.
said that Pakistan was ready to hold talks on every issue, but the efforts
cannot remain one-sided.
cannot change our neighbours,” the information minister said. “India has to
decide [its future strategy].”
Saturday, Fawad Chaudhry issued a response backing the DG ISPR’s statement and
said, “Pakistan and India are nuclear powers; a war is out of the question.”
information minister had termed the Indian army chief’s statement an attempt to
divert the attention of Indian public from the mega corruption scandal and the
subsequent calls for resignation faced by PM Modi-led BJP government.
had said that the Indian army chief’s statement was inappropriate and that the
general must refrain from using statements as a political tool.
Indian army chief needs to understand that he is not a BJP leader,” Chaudhry
had remarked, adding that “the world stands witness to who wants war and who
a peace-loving nation, Pakistan desires peace [with India],” he stressed,
highlighting the fact that peace will be in the benefit of billions across both
had said that Pakistan had reached out in hopes for peace and will continue its
efforts to that end.
Pakistan had expressed its “deep disappointment” after New Delhi announced to
cancel the meeting of foreign ministers of India and Pakistan — which was to be
held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York
— and blamed India for “once again wasting an opportunity to change the
dynamics of the bilateral relationship”.
Friday, India called off the meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign
ministers just a day after confirming the development.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar cited “unclean
intentions” on Pakistan’s side.
month, Sidhu had visited Pakistan to attend Prime Minister Imran Khan’s
oath-taking ceremony. He had also met Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who
told him that “when [Sikh community] celebrates the 550th birthday of Baba
Nanak […] we’ll open the Kartarpur-Sahib Corridor.”
on India’s volte-face, Pakistan’s Foreign Office had said in a statement that
the reasons cited by the Indian side for the decision to cancel the foreign
ministers’ meeting are entirely unconvincing.
so-called ‘disturbing developments’ alluded to in the Indian statement predated
the Indian agreement to hold the bilateral meeting in New York,” the FO said.
other reason cited by the Indian ministry referred to the issuance of 20
special postage stamps by Pakistan Post on July 24, highlighting the gross
violation of human rights by Indian forces in held Kashmir.
clarified that the postage stamps mentioned in the Indian statement were issued
before the July 25 elections, following which Prime Minister Imran Khan assumed
Foreign Office had also expressed disappointment over the “reference in the
Indian MEA statement to the person of the Prime Minister of Pakistan”, and
termed it “unfortunate”.
choose not to further comment beyond saying that these comments are against all
norms of civilised discourse and diplomatic communication,” read the statement.
the record straight, the FO had mentioned that PM Imran Khan had, in his first
public comments after his electoral success, outlined a forward-looking vision
of Pakistan-India relations.
Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to India’s
cancellation of the meeting, calling New Delhi’s response “arrogant and
at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for the resumption of
the peace dialogue,” said PM Khan. “However, all my life I have come across
small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger
Foreign Minister Qureshi had said he was “deeply saddened” by how New Delhi
first accepted and later backtracked from a meeting between him and his Indian
counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
Army had also warned India that the nuclear-armed country is capable of
defending its borders if a war is waged on it, moments after Indian Army chief
General Bipin Rawat made inflammatory remarks against Pakistan.
[Pakistan Army] are ready for war but choose to walk the path of peace in the
interest of the people of Pakistan, the neighbours and the region,” Major
General Asif Ghafoor, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations
(ISPR), said in reaction to Gen Rawat’s comments.
addressing the Indian media, the Indian army chief had said, “We need to take
stern action to avenge the barbarism that terrorists and the Pakistan Army have
been carrying out. Yes, it’s time to give it back to them in the same coin, not
resorting to similar kind of barbarism. But I think the other side must also
feel the same pain.”
questions of talks with Pakistan, Gen Rawat had reiterated the government’s
stand that “talks and terrorism cannot go together”.
Ghafoor had said Pakistan has a long-standing record of fighting terrorism,
adding “we know the price [that is paid] for peace”.
far as the issuance of postal tickets is concerned, the UN released a human
rights violation report following which the then interim government issued
those tickets highlighting the plight of Kashmiris.
turn this into an excuse that the peace process has been tainted or that
Pakistan has somehow changed its stance is inappropriate,” the ISPR chief had
[India] should come forward for a dialogue. Whenever attempts for dialogue have
failed, it is because India had run away from the table.
government of Pakistan’s offer still stands for India to come forward and hold
talks with us,” the ISPR chief had said.
Rawat’s comments came shortly after Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter
to respond to India’s cancellation of the meeting between the Pakistani and
Indian foreign ministers.
Khan had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing
his desire for talks between the two countries and also suggested a meeting
between the foreign ministers of the two countries.
NATIONS: When some 146 world leaders gather at the United Nations General
Assembly in New York this week, they are expected to discuss issues of
international peace and security as several conflicts from Syria to Yemen rage
on, defying any resolution.
Pakistani delegation will be led by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who
arrives in New York, which houses the UN headquarters, from Washington on
Sunday night. It will be the new Pakistani government’s first senior level
interaction with the United Nations.
a look: Pakistan won’t abandon peace efforts, says Qureshi
the much-heralded India-Pakistan foreign ministers’ meeting was called off by
New Delhi citing an incident in occupied Kashmir.
to Pakistani officials, a busy programme awaits the foreign minister who will
attend at least 40 events and hold about two dozen bilateral meetings.
highlight of his visit will, of course, be his speech in the General Assembly
on Sept 29 in which he will set out the new government’s priorities and its
position and policy on key international and regional issue including the
situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the light of UN Human
Rights Council’s report which has cited India of violations. New Delhi bristles
at the mention of occupied Kashmir and human rights violations there.
foreign minister is expected to deliver his speech in Urdu language.
year, the diplomats here say, the big and daunting challenge that looms over
the gathering is actually one of the world leader: US President Donald Trump.
is a known fact that US President Trump is not a fan of the UN. In the past, he
has criticised the UN calling it a club of sorts. And he has also proposed
steep cuts to US funding for the UN that the world body has said would make it
impossible for the organisation to maintain its essential operations.
US is the biggest financial contributor to the UN in the world and its most
important player when it comes to decision-making on issues ranging from food
aid to peacekeeping to nuclear non-proliferation.
now all eyes are on President Trump, who will preside over a UN Security
Council meeting which is going to focus on the Middle East, and Iran in
big question baffling the world leaders is: will President Trump behave like
past American presidents have and speak in measured tones about the need for
global cooperation on various fronts, diplomats here say.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Sunday that despite India’s
reluctance, Pakistan would not close doors on its efforts to promote peace in
a news conference at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, Mr Qureshi also
dispelled the impression that Pakistan was being forced to choose between China
and the United States. “China has no issue with Pakistan’s efforts to maintain
friendly relations with the United States as well,” he said.
foreign minister reiterated Pakistan’s offer to open the Kartarpur corridor for
allowing Sikh pilgrims to attend Baba Guru Nanak’s anniversary this year.
is reluctant, we will not close our doors,” said Mr Qureshi while defining his
government’s policy towards the neighbouring country. “Hiding away from issues
will not make them disappear. It will not improve the situation in Kashmir.”
minister noted that India used incidents that happened in July to cancel peace
talks that it agreed to in September.
Qureshi confirmed that he was meeting US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in
Washington on Oct 2 and said the decision to hold these follow-up talks was
taken during Mr Pompeo’s visit to Islamabad earlier this month.
if Pakistan was finding it difficult to balance its relations with both the
United States and China, as the two major powers were vying for influence in
the region, Mr Qureshi said: “Both relationships are very important for
Pakistan. China is a very important and reliable, friend. We are working on a
very, very important project, the CPEC,” he said. “And America is also very
important for Pakistan, so we will engage with both. The Chinese understand
Pakistan’s position and they have no issue with it.”
foreign minister said he was unable to understand India’s refusal to
participate in peace talks with Pakistan. “Engagement, no-engagement. Coming,
not coming. We desired talks as we believe the sensible way is to meet and
talk. They agreed, and then disagreed.”
minister pointed out that India’s response to Pakistan’s peace offer was harsh
and non-diplomatic. “We did not use a non-diplomatic language in our rejoinder.
Our response was matured and measured. They adopted a new approach, and moved
Qureshi said that Sushma Swaraj’s “language and tone was unbecoming of a
if tensions between India and Pakistan could lead to a war between the two
countries, the minister said: “Who is talking of war? Not us. We want peace,
stability, employment and improving lives. You identify where is the
Qureshi said that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken for a sign
of weakness. “We want peace. It does not mean, we cannot defend ourselves
against aggression. We can but we do not have an aggressive mindset,” he said.
to a question about reports that Saudi Arabia had agreed to invest more than
$10 billion in Pakistan, Mr Qureshi said no amounts were discussed in his
visits to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
said that since the country did not have a foreign minister for four years,
Pakistan’s relations with those two important allies suffered but the new
government had now launched an effort to re-engage with them.
Qureshi said that since his return from those countries, he has exchanged
letters with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia and the UAE and their officials
would soon visit Pakistan to talk about opportunities. “What you see in the
news is not correct,” he added.
foreign minister said he had also seen media reports about the restoration of
US security assistance to Pakistan but he would not comment on them until he
heard it directly from US officials.
said the US severed security assistance to Pakistan in the past too and the
consequences of such disconnects were not good.
contacts lead to face-recognition and personal understanding, which help
improve relations,” said the minister while referring to the US decision to
discontinue training facilities for Pakistani defence officials.
Qureshi said the misunderstanding created after the US press statement on
Secretary Pompeo’s conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan had been
removed. Now, both sides were working on how to re-inject warmth in this old,
traditional relationship. He said that during Mr Pompeo’s visit to Islamabad
both sides had “very candid, frank and honest conversations” and both civil and
military officials participated in those talks. “The US statement about those
meetings was also positive, defying the prediction that it would be negative
and sticks will come out.”
disagreed with the suggestion that reference to Pakistan-based terrorist groups
in a recent US-India joint statement was negative for Pakistan.
you believe that India will not mention terrorism, you are wrong. But this is
no reason to worry,” he said.
Qureshi said if India continued to increase pressure on the eastern borders, it
would hurt Pakistan’s ability to focus on the western border and those
interested in peace and stability in the region must note this.
foreign minister said Pakistan understood the US desire to forge a strategic
relationship with India but old friends should not be ignored in the enthusiasm
to make new friends.
US has always benefited from its relations with Pakistan — during the Cold War,
the Soviet war in Afghanistan and the war against terrorism,” he said.
why was the US ignoring Pakistan now, Mr Qureshi said that individuals and
countries “always look for excuses to justify their failures but everyone owns
up a victory. We need to understand this and move this relationship forward.
Where we have convergence, we should.”
foreign minister also rejected India’s concerns about a postal stamp that
showed a Kashmiri freedom fighter. “Hundreds of thousands of people are
fighting in Kashmir, not all of them are terrorists,” he said.
men were killed and two injured after unidentified armed men attacked the camp
of a pro-government tribal militia in the Dasht Goran area of Balochistan's
Dera Bugti district on Sunday, Levies sources told DawnNewsTV.
attack was carried out at 3am, after which the assailants fled the scene,
security forces said.
dead were identified as Tahir Shambani, Ghulam Sharif Shambani and Pir Bakhsh
Shambani, while Rezakh Shambani and Hafizullah Shambani were injured. The
victims belong to the Shambani tribe.
Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki has said that
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision to choose Saudi Arabia as the destination
of his first official visit abroad confirmed that Pakistan considers the
kingdom as the first country in the list of its strategic allies.
visit carries many messages, the most important of which is that Saudi Arabia
and Pakistan ties are like one soul and two bodies which cannot be separated,”
he said in an interview to Al Arabiya.
said the first foreign visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan included cooperation
in the fields of economics and culture as well as military, and it would be
followed with subsequent visits.
said PM Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia had many dimensions, it would help in
further strengthening and deepening the bilateral, brotherly, strategic and
economic relations, underscoring that Saudi Arabia had always stood with
Pakistan in difficult times and crises.
said the Pakistani premier choice of Saudi Arabia for his first official visit
confirmed the sincere expression of the new government of Pakistan that Saudi
Arabia was its important strategic ally.
is expected that the visit has given firm impression to public opinion in the
world that Pakistan considers Saudi Arabia as its preferred country and first
ally,” he added.
stressed that Pakistani Muslims brothers considered the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
as the centre of their direction due to the existence of Makkah and Madinah.
Afghan Taliban on Sunday rejected as rumors media reports about a meeting
between several high ranking officials of the insurgent movement and Americans
a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Taliban has an
internationally recognised political office for diplomatic activities in Qatar,
and every country including America is able to freely contact and visit them.
member of the Islamic Emirate nor any delegation has met anyone in Bagram,” Mujahid
said. He also denied reports that the Taliban officials met with the Americans
is entirely possible that some self-interested individuals – for financial and
other motives – could have tried to fool the Americans with such actions and posed
as representatives of the Islamic Emirate to the Americans who have fallen for
similar traps multiple times. But the reality remains that all our diplomatic
contacts shall be conducted through the Political Office and known addresses,”
the Taliban have written a letter to several Pakistani ulema, urging them to
not join an upcoming joint conference of ulema from both countries to evolve a
consensus approach regarding the war in Afghanistan.
no date has yet been decided for the conference, however, during his Kabul
visit this month, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had agreed on a meeting
of a steering committee of the Joint Ulema Conference to be held in Islamabad
to make preparations for the conference.
and Afghan sources have told Daily Times that both sides had been involved in
discussions to hold the conference, however, the Taliban attack in Ghazni
affected the process.
sources, aware of the consultations for the conference, say that Afghan scholars
will suggest names of ulema they believe hold influence over the Taliban for
the meeting. Afghanistan believes Pakistani ulema can play a useful role in
encouraging the Taliban to end violence and join peace process. Earlier, such
conferences have been held in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Kabul, where
declarations were issued against violence in Afghanistan. Several Pakistani
clerics boycoted the Saudi conference on Taliban’s urging. The 15-member
Pakistani delegation that attended the Indonesian conference persuaded the
organisers to not specify the Taliban’s name in the joint declaration.
nearly 2000 Pakistani ulema issued an edict against suicide bombings in
Pakistan this January. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani had responded to the
edict, titled “Paigham-e-Pakistan”, by pointing out that it did not mention the
Taliban fighting in Afghanistan.
the letter dated Muharram 11 (September 22), the Taliban has urged Pakistani
clerics to ‘avoid participation in such conferences as the U.S. wants to weaken
the ongoing holy war through conferences of the scholars’.
president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf has hit back hard against the Indian
Army Chief threat cum warning to Pakistan.
Indian Army Chief, the ex- Army chief tweeted, “Let India put something into
practice first, they will be taught a lesson. Yes, it’s time to give it back to
them in the same coin, not resorting to similar kind of barbarism. But, I think
the other side must also feel the same pain,”
was responding in the wake of recent remarks from Indian army chief General
Bipin Rawat:”talks and terrorism can’t go hand in hand” and that there is a
need to take revenge against the Pakistan army.
military dictator Pervez Mushrraf lambasted while dubbing India a paper lion,
“India should note that our military is brave, experienced and proficient in
the battle field.”
2001 Indian Parliament attack, Musharraf said after that incident, India had
brought all of its troops on the borders and we stood in front of them for 10
months that forced Indian army to turn their tails from the ground.
mortar detonates in Afghanistan, kills 8 children
least eight children in Afghanistan were killed and several others sustained
injuries when unexploded ordnance detonated in the country’s northern province
eight children, including four siblings, were killed in Faryab’s Shirin Tagab
district after a mortar shell they were playing with exploded, witnesses said
on Saturday. Another six children were also wounded in the blast.
Yuresh, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, said all of the children
had been aged between five and 12 and were playing when the bomb went off,
adding that two of the wounded children — who lost limbs — were in critical
found an unexploded mortar shell and brought it near our house,” a relative of
one of the victims told AFP. “They didn’t know what it was and were trying to
open it when it suddenly exploded.”
officials said the mortar had been fired by the Taliban, which last week
captured Koh-e-Sayad, the village where the children lived.
war-wracked country suffers from scores of deadly attacks by the Taliban
militant group almost across the country.
Taliban’s former, five-year rule over at least three quarters of Afghanistan
came to an end when the United States and its allies invaded the country in
2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror; but, ever since, the
group has been involved in widespread militancy, killing thousands of civilians
as well as Afghan security forces and displacing tens of thousands of people
across the country.
parts of the country remain plagued by
militancy despite the presence of US-led foreign forces.
late last year, Daesh, which has already lost all its urban strongholds in
Syria and Iraq, has also taken advantage of the chaos in Afghanistan and
established a foothold in the country’s eastern and northern regions.
of kids killed in Afghan war
latest fatalities add to the ever-growing civilian death toll in the
long-running war in Afghanistan, following the US-led invasion in 2001.
including children, have borne the brunt of the 17-year conflict, with reports
indicating that children are often killed or maimed by explosive devices left
over from the war.
Nations (UN) figures show that 3,179 children were killed or wounded in 2017,
accounting for almost one-third of the total civilian casualties for the year.
explosive devices, such as remotely detonated or pressure-plate bombs, killed
or wounded 545 children last year, according to the UN. Unexploded ordnance
also claimed the lives of 142 children and wounded 376 in the same period.
has proposed to form a joint investment forum with Qatar to further explore
business opportunities in a range of industries, including energy, tourism, and
garments, among others.
at the Bangladesh Forum Qatar (BFQ) on Saturday, Minister of State for Foreign
Affairs Md Shariar Alam proposed to form the Bangladesh-Qatar Investment Forum,
“considering the enormous opportunities for bilateral co-operation between the
his speech, Alam said: “We are in dire need of investments from our capital
friends like Qatar. In the power and energy sector where Qatar is already
exporting LNG to Bangladesh, we are in need of $60bn by 2041 just to set aside
our need for energy and power, as well as related petroleum products.
is huge potential for collaboration between our two brotherly countries in all
these sectors. We have yet to see Qatar as an active partner in all our
the sidelines of the forum, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (Bida)
executive chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam told Gulf Times that he will send Qatar
Financial Centre (QFC) and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) a draft of a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the Bangladesh-Qatar Investment Forum,
including a letter that would provide an overview of existing projects in
Bangladesh that QIA could consider for investments.
said the MoU would revolve mainly on how QFC and Bida could work to promote
strategic investments for both Qatar and Bangladesh.
MoU also aims to engage Qatar’s financial sector and capital market, especially
in mergers and acquisitions, “which is a big area of investments where QFC has
the strength,” Islam pointed out. Aside from the energy sector, Qatar and
Bangladesh have potential investment opportunities in agro-processing,
education and skills development, hospitality, and healthcare, Islam said.
to Islam, the government is not only looking to infuse Qatari investments in
major projects in Bangladesh, but it is also eyeing to bring companies to setup
shop in Qatar “to create added value” for both countries’ economies.
also underscored Bangladesh’s role in helping develop the ecosystem of Qatar’s
small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector.
has created world-class entrepreneurs in a number of sectors such as RMG
(readymade garments), textiles, power, and in leather and footwear. Our
pharmaceutical industry is world-class,” he said.
the Mena region, it’s possible to develop our pharmaceutical industry and
target this region, and the facility could be based in Doha. Our entrepreneurs
and skilled workers can come here, take Qatari capital, and build a great
pharmaceutical industry here,” he continued.
said Bangladesh “as an SME country,” has undertaken a massive entrepreneurship
development programme, which has been implemented even in the remotest part of
could be, what you can call, an inclusive model of developing entrepreneurship.
Bangladesh will come out as a nation of entrepreneurship and innovation.
refugees celebrate Islamic holiday in makeshift mosques in Bangladesh
of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in sprawling camps in Bangladesh celebrated
the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
prayed for better lives and wondered if they would ever again celebrate the
holiday at their homes in Myanmar.
calls to the faithful came early in the camps and people streamed into the
makeshift mosques, the children in freshly washed clothes.
Muslim Rohingyas have faced generations of discrimination in largely Buddhist
Myanmar, denied citizenship rights, attacked in pogroms and sometimes not able
to practise their faith openly.
have freedom here, but I don't want it here," he said.
than 700,000 Rohingya poured into Bangladesh last year, fleeing a
scorched-earth campaign by the Myanmar military and Buddhist mobs after attacks
by a Rohingya insurgent group.
year's attacks against the religious minority were described as "textbook
ethnic cleansing" by the United Nations.
don't belong here," Mr Alam said.
good that nobody is coming to kill us, but I want to go back where my parents'
graves are located."
am nobody here'
are happy, but again we are not happy," 60-year-old Shamsul Alam said as
he walked to a mosque for prayers.
added that food was often more accessible in the camps, but he didn't have what
am nobody here," he said.
four-day holiday of Eid al-Adha celebrates the prophet Ibrahim.
often slaughter sheep, cattle or goats on the holiday and distributing meat to
few in the camps could afford such luxuries this year.
citizenship rights back in Myanmar
in Myanmar see the Rohingya as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, deriding them
have long lived in poverty in Myanmar's Rakhine state, next to Bangladesh where
they are denied citizenship.
Muslim minority have faced generations of discrimination in largely Buddhist
local officials in eastern Nangarhar province have claimed that more than 500
militants have been killed or wounded during the military operations in the
past 6 months.
provincial government media office in a statement said at least 380 militants
were killed during the operations over the course of the past six months in
Achin, Nazian, Chaparhar, Khogyani, Pacher Agam, Haska Mina, Ghani Khel, and
Bati Kot districts.
statement further added that the national defense and security forces have
conducted 164 operations during the same period and as a result at least 129
militant have also sustained injuries and at least 371 others were arrested.
to the provincial government, the security forces have also confiscated 225
various types of weapons, 234 kgs of explosives, 32 vehicles, 263 landmines,
and some other explosives and munitions.
provincial police commandment also responded to 143 criminal related incidents
during the same period which included 14 kidnapping cases, 68 murder cases, 27
robbery cases, and 48 other criminal related incidents, the statement added.
Senior NATO General has vowed all-out support to Afghanistan during the
upcoming parliamentary and district council elections.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement the Senior NATO General
Andrew Poppas attended the security and defense meeting regarding the security
of the upcoming elections.
statement further added that Gen. Poppas vowed that the coalition forces is
committed to support Afghanistan and the Afghan armed forces to maintain
security during the elections.
to ARG Palace, Gen. Poppas has said that the coalition would provide all the
required facilities to help with the security of the elections.
also added that the alliance is committed to all-out support to implement the
security plan during the elections, ARG Palace added.
Office of the President said the last meeting of the security and defense
sectors was organized in ARG Palace on Saturday evening to review the security
arrangements for the elections.
Syria rebels accept Idlib deal, albeit cautiously
Pro-Turkey rebels have cautiously accepted a Moscow-Ankara deal to prevent a
Russia-backed regime attack on Syria’s last major opposition bastion of Idlib,
while a small militant group has rejected it.
dominant force in the northwestern region bordering Turkey, the Hayat Tahrir
Al-Sham (HTS) alliance led by militants of Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate,
had on Sunday however still not responded.
Saturday, the National Liberation Front (NLF) rebel alliance in a statement
accepted the deal reached on Monday for Idlib, but said they remained on their
announced “our full cooperation with our Turkish ally in helping to make a
success their efforts to spare civilians from the afflictions of war.”
we will stay alert to any betrayal by the Russians, the regime or the
Iranians,” the NLF warned, fearing the agreement to be “temporary.”
will not abandon our weapons, our land or our revolution” against the Russia-
and Iran-backed forces of President Bashar Assad, the rebels said.
on Saturday, in a statement circulated on social media, the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras
Al-Deen rejected the agreement reached in the Russian resort of Sochi.
at the Hurras Al-Deen organization again announce our rejection of these
conspiracies,” it said.
agreement provides for a U-shaped buffer zone 15 to 20 kilometers (9 to 12
miles) wide to be set up around Idlib.
the deal, all factions in the planned demilitarized zone must hand over their
heavy weapons by October 10, and radical groups must withdraw by October 15.
the extremist Hurras Al-Deen and NLF rebels are present inside this planned
buffer area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
the dominant HTS alliance is also widely present, according to the
militant-led group — which controls more than half of the Idlib region — has
not officially responded to the agreement.
its propaganda agency Ebaa has cast doubt on Turkey’s motivations.
August, HTS leader Abu Mohamed Al-Jolani warned opposition factions in Idlib
against handing over their weapons.
war has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions from their homes
since erupting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-Assad protests.
group which claimed responsibility for the yesterday terrorist acts should be
sued as a terrorist group by our country's officials at the international and
internal courts and all of their supporters should be arrested and be
questioned," Mohseni Eje'i told reporters in a press conference in Tehran
said that the terrorists who conducted the Saturday attacks in Ahwaz are
supported by those who claim to be advocates of human rights.
judiciary spokesman fruther expressed regret that some of the said countries
even failed to express clear statements
in condemnation of the terrorist attack.
people were killed and 70 were injured in the Saturday morning attack by
al-Ahwaziya terrorist group during the nationwide military parades in Iran's
Southwestern city of Ahwaz.
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 Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij (volunteer)
forces, killing and wounding several people, including innocent women and
of the officials participating in the military parades in Ahwaz city in
Khouzestan province was injured in the attack.
of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi told FNA that
4 terrorists carried out the attack during military parades in Ahwaz, noting
that three of them were killed and the last one was captured by security
added that none of the terrorists could escape, noting that other reports about
the details of the attack are not confirmed.
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.
US administration and certain regional governments which nourish the terrorists
are blamed for the September 22 incident in Ahwaz," the statement read.
added that the terrorist attack will further increase unity and solidarity
among the Iranian people and vigilance of the security forces.
Iranian lawmakers asked the relevant bodies to insistently pursue
identification and firm confrontation against the culprits behind the terrorist
on Sunday told residents of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied
West Bank slated for demolition, to clear their houses by October, 1.
al-Ahmar consists of tin and wood shacks built on a desert hillside beside an
Israeli highway that runs from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.
plans to demolish the village and relocate its 180 residents- Bedouins who
scrape a living by raising sheep and goats- to a site 12 kilometres (7 miles)
away. The move has drawn criticism from Palestinians and some European states,
who cite the impact on the community and prospects for peace.
spokeswoman for Israel's military liaison agency with the Palestinians said no
date had been set for demolition should the houses remain after the deadline.
security forces on Sunday morning handed out letters telling residents to
voluntarily take down the buildings by October, 1 or Israeli authorities would
enforce the demolition orders.
will not voluntarily evacuate the place," said village resident Faisal Abu
Dahuk. "The occupation forces that have an army and weapons can evacuate
us by force, but there is no other place to go and we refuse to be moved
Turkey will take action east of the Euphrates river in Syria and impose secure
zones as it has done in the northwest of the country, President Tayyip Erdogan
said in comments broadcast on Turkish media on Monday.
this year, Turkey carried out a military operation to seize control of Syria’s
Afrin region from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a
terrorist organization. The YPG also controls the Syrian region east of the
willing, in the period ahead we will increase the number of secure zones in
Syria, encompassing the east of the Euphrates,” Erdogan said in a speech during
a visit to New York.
the Afrin operation, Turkey also carried out a cross-border operation dubbed
“Euphrates Shield,” which targeted both the YPG and Daesh fighters east of
the completion of Euphrates Shield in early 2017, Turkey set up local systems
of governance in the swathe of land under its control and protected by Turkish
forces. It has done the same in Afrin.
has in the past warned of new military operations against the YPG along the
Syrian border and if necessary into northern Iraq.
Turkey’s military campaign into the much larger Kurdish-held territory east of
the Euphrates would risk confronting troops of NATO ally the US, that are
deployed alongside a YPG-dominated force there.
YPG has been Washington’s main ally against Daesh in Syria, infuriating Ankara
which sees the Kurdish force as an extension of a militant group waging a
decades-long insurgency in southeast Turkey.
victims want Palestinian leader barred from UN General Assembly
group of American victims of Palestinian violence are asking President Donald
Trump to bar Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas from entering the United States
for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting.
group appealed Sunday for Trump to declare Abbas a “persona non grata” because
of the Palestinian Authority’s payment of stipends to relatives of their
Lakin Avni, whose father Richard Lakin was killed by Palestinians in 2015,
called Abbas “the Grand Wizard of incitement to violence and terror.”
group includes the families of 15 other American citizens killed by Palestinians,
including Ari Fuld, who was killed last week.
signed are the parents of Taylor Force, a 28-year-old university student and
military veteran who was stabbed to death during a 2016 visit to Israel.
President Donald Trump is willing to meet with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
at the UN this week, US secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in an interview
will address the UN’s General Assembly on Tuesday and on Wednesday will chair a
Security Council meeting where Rouhani might be in attendance as well.
happy to talk with folks any time,” Pompeo told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ talk
show. “The president’s been pretty clear about that.”
had tweeted on Friday that his visit to the UN would focus on Iran, while White
House officials said that the meeting would focus on halting the spread of
to Bloomberg, Iran can attend the Security Council meeting if it is the main
topic of discussion. This will increase the likelihood of an encounter between
IRAN – Iran’s president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the
Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed
25 people and wounded 60, further raising regional tensions.
Rouhani’s comments came as Iran’s Foreign Ministry also summoned Western
diplomats over them allegedly providing havens for the Arab separatists who
claimed Saturday’s attacks in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.
Iranian moves, as well as promises of revenge by Iran’s elite Revolutionary
Guard, come as the country already faces turmoil in the wake of the American
withdraw from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. The attack in Ahvaz,
which saw women and children flee with uniformed soldiers bloodied, has further
shaken the country.
remarks could refer to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain —
close U.S. military allies that view Iran as a regional menace over its support
for militant groups across the Middle East.
of those small mercenary countries that we see in this region are backed by
America. It is Americans who instigate them and provide them with necessary
means to commit these crimes,” Rouhani said before leaving for the U.N. General
Assembly in New York.
meanwhile summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands early
Sunday for allegedly harboring “members of the terrorist group” that launched
the attack. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen condemned the attack and
stressed that there would be “consequences” if it turns out that those
responsible have connections to Denmark.
ministry later summoned the UAE’s envoy as well over what it called the
“irresponsible and insulting statements” of an Emirati adviser, according to
the semi-official ISNA news agency. The UAE did not immediately acknowledge the
attack, in which militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on an annual
Iranian military parade in Ahvaz, was the deadliest attack in the country in
nearly a decade. Women and children scattered along with once-marching
Revolutionary Guard soldiers as heavy gunfire rang out, the chaos captured live
on state television.
region’s Arab separatists, once only known for nighttime attacks on unguarded
oil pipelines, claimed responsibility for the assault, and Iranian officials
appeared to believe the claim. The separatists accuse Iran’s Persian-dominated
government of discriminating against its ethnic Arab minority. Khuzestan
province also has seen recent protests over Iran’s nationwide drought, as well
as economic protests.
attack killed at least 25 people and wounded 60, according to the state-run
IRNA news agency. It said gunmen wore military uniforms and targeted a riser
where military and police commanders were sitting. State TV hours later reported
that all four gunmen had been killed.
least eight of the dead served in the Revolutionary Guard, an elite
paramilitary unit that answers only to Iran’s supreme leader, according to the
semi-official Tasnim news agency. The Guard responded to the attack on Sunday,
warning it would seek “deadly and unforgiving revenge in the near future.”
have been on the rise in Iran since the Trump administration pulled out of the
2015 nuclear accord with Iran in May and began restoring sanctions that were eased
under the deal. It also has steadily ramped up pressure on Iran to try to get
it to stop what Washington calls its “malign activities” in the region.
U.S. government nevertheless strongly condemned Saturday’s attack and expressed
its sympathy, saying it “condemns all acts of terrorism and the loss of any
Islamic State group also claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on
its Aamaq news agency, but provided no evidence it carried out the assault.
They also initially wrongly said the Ahvaz attack targeted Rouhani, who was in
Tehran. The militants have made a string of false claims in the wake of major
defeats in Iraq and Syria.
Sunday, IS militants posted a video online of three men, two of whom who spoke
in Arabic extolling the benefits of martyrdom. A third who spoke in Farsi said
they wanted to attack the Guard. The video included no time stamps, nor any
specific references to the Ahvaz attack.
attack dominated Iranian newspaper front pages on Sunday. The hard-line daily
Kayhan warned that Iranians would demand Saudi Arabia feel the “hard slap” of
the country’s power.
government declared Monday as a nationwide public mourning day, state-run IRNA
news agency reported Sunday.
all governmental organizations, banks, schools and universities in southeastern
Khuzestan province will be closed on Monday, semi-official Tasnim news agency
overnight impromptu candle-light vigil in Ahvaz honored the dead and wounded.
Among the dead is 4-year-old Mohammad Taha, who was captured by a photographer
being carried away from the attack by a Guardsman in full dress uniform and
sash. The photograph, showing the boy bloodied and helpless, shocked Iran.
doctor interviewed on state television said Mohammad had been up the night
before marking Ashoura, a commemoration of the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s
grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam’s most beloved saints. Mourners wear
black in honor of his 7th century death in the Battle of Karbala in present-day
clashes leave 115 dead, 383 injured- health ministry
At least 115 people have been killed and 383 injured in month-long clashes
between rival factions in Tripoli, Libya’s health ministry said on Sunday.
fighting pitted the Seventh Brigade, or Kaniyat, from Tarhouna, a town 65 km
(45 miles) southeast of Tripoli, against the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigades
(TRB) and the Nawasi, two of the capital’s largest armed groups.
and western Libya are run by a UN-backed government mainly supported by armed
groups, while Eastern Libya is controlled by a rival administration. The
country has been riven since Muammar Qaddafi was toppled in 2011.
Kaniyat and other groups from outside Tripoli launched an assault on the
capital in late August amid unease over reports of the wealth, power and
extravagant lifestyles of some Tripoli militia commanders.
the Frontline in Tripoli’s southern residential areas of Wadi Rabea and Fatma
Zahra, shelled houses, torched vehicles, destroyed shops and deserted streets
attest to the intensity of the clashes.
death toll could surge because of the critical condition of the injured and the
continuing fighting,” Wedad Abo Al-Niran, media officer at the health ministry
armed groups which claim official status through the UN-backed Government of
National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli patrol the area in armored vehicles and pickup
trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.
fighting has knocked out most power stations in the city and crippled Tripoli’s
civilian targets continue to be shelled, Hakeem Al-Sheikh, commander of 42
Brigade loyal to GNA, said “the situation is under control.”
residents in southern Tripoli continue to bear the brunt of the infighting,
with many forced to flee their homes.
are staying with our relatives as we are afraid of looting acts,” said
Abdulqader Al-Ryani, a father of three who left everything behind when he left
far, calls by the GNA for all sides to uphold a cease-fire agreed on Sept. 4
have fallen on deaf ears.
group alleges plot to thwart Boko Haram war
human rights group has alleged plot by foreign agents to thwart the country’s
war against insurgency through fictitious reports in the media to undermine
troops fighting the Boko Haram group.
group under the aegis of Coalition on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in
Nigeria accused some foreign news agencies of projecting the activities of Boko
Haram terrorists that are false for hidden agenda.
President of the group, Maxwell Gowon in a press conference yesterday said the
group was aware that Nigeria’s Defence Minister Mansur Dan Ali told Reuters
last month that “The country has been stable for the past three years,” but the
same news agency decided to paint a picture of gloom and doom, of deserting
troops and thousands killed.
of people have been killed or maimed by landmines in north-east Nigeria,
laid by Boko Haram, the extremist group that has waged a deadly insurgency in
the Lake Chad region, killed 162 people in two years and wounded 277 more,
according to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a landmine clearance charity.
rose from 12 per month in 2016 to 19 per month in 2017-18, making Nigeria’s
casualty rate from mines the eighth highest in the world.
nine years of the insurgency, locally produced landmines, unexploded bombs and
improvised explosive devices are scattered across the north-east.
around here people are dying. Just looking for firewood is very risky,” said
Saleh Ibrahim, the deputy leader of a camp in Ngala, in Borno state, that
shelters more than 100,000 people.
November, five girls between eight and 17 years old found a metal ring on the
ground. Two were young daughters of my sister. They thought it might be
jewellery. One picked it up but it was linked to a bomb. They all died.”
Avishek Banskota, who is based in Maiduguri, said: “Everyone I have met in
Borno state has been affected in one way or the other, whether losing a family
member, a friend or a house. People can’t move around freely in most of the
region and much of the land can’t be used to farm or collect firewood, so the
impact on communities is huge.”
to the police, militants use pipes, pots and other items to make their own
munitions and harvest explosives from undetonated ordnance. One officer said
the militants tended to plant items in areas where they thought the army would
visit, and also mined around their bases in remote areas.
Haram splintered into several groups in 2016 but its factions still wield
considerable power. Abubakar Shekau, the longtime leader of the group who
pledged allegiance to Isis, was rejected by the latter in favour of Abu Musab
al-Barnawi, the son of the group’s founder, possibly because Shekau had been
targeting Muslim civilians. Barnawi’s faction is perceived to be primarily
targeting Christians and the military, while Shekau’s indiscriminately abducts,
rapes and kills.
there are indications that Barnawi’s group, Islamic State West Africa Province
(ISWAP), is becoming more extreme. Mamman Nur, a more moderate leader, was
reportedly killed by his own men in August.
MAG data suggests more mines have been laid in the south of the region, where
Shekau’s group mostly operates, though the figures may be skewed as the north,
where ISWAP operates, is less accessible.
data may show only a fraction of the landmine problem. The military does not
share information about how many mines it clears and refuses to allow access to
much of Borno state. Humanitarian organisations are not allowed in areas not
controlled by the military, and 900,000 people are thought to be stuck in these
areas without adequate food or healthcare.
Nigerian authorities have been sending thousands of people back to garrison
towns in unsafe areas, where they run the risk of Boko Haram attacks, in an
apparent attempt to show they have secured the north-east before next year’s
presidential election. Many of those who have returned have regrets. Some are
not even originally from the areas to which they are moving.
is unclear at what rate Boko Haram is still laying mines. This month the
military bombed what it described as an IED factory in Guzumala.
is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the landmine situation in
Nigeria. “Despite hundreds of people being recently killed or injured by
landmines in Nigeria, the issue has largely gone under the radar,” said Chris
Loughran, the organisation’s director of policy and advocacy.
to increase security in Ijara to ward off Shabaab
government plans to increase security in Ijara constituency due to its
proximity to Boni Forest where al Shabaab militants have been hiding.
CS Fred Matiang’i on Friday said the government will continue executing its
cardinal responsibility of protecting citizens and property. “We will not only
supplement police patrols in the area but also encourage constructive
participation by the community to increase crime reporting,” the CS said.
said the new measures will go a long way in ensuring an ideal environment for
effective response to security challenges in the best interests of the
community and the country.
spoke after receiving a memo of concerns from a team of Ijara leaders in his
memo was signed by Garissa senator Yusuf Haji, Ijara MP Sophia Noor, Garissa
deputy governor Abdi Dakane and MCAs Irshad Osman (Ijara), Adow Said (Hulugho),
Abdullahi Buthul (Sangailu), Abukar Shide (Masalani) and Ayan Mohamed
leaders identified community mistrust of the police as one of the major challenges
contributing to insecurity in the area.
proposed more collaboration between security officers and the Kenya Police
Reservists. The leaders also recommended the upgrading of major roads to ease
movements of security personnel.
said the government will continue sealing all the security loopholes,
especially infiltration of the militants along the Southern Somalia border.
plan is to ensure collaboration with the people and the local leaders in
security operations,” he said. The CS said community policing forums will not
only foster communication but also enhance complementary support.
February, KDF troops killed three al Shabaab militants in Boni Forest and
recovered three AK-47 rifles, 236 bullets, bomb-making materials and their personal
December last year, al Shabaab militants destroyed a safaricom mast in Ijara
cutting off communication before looting a shop in the town.
militia also razed Ijara police station and made away with a police Land
Cruiser and ammunition.
the mast was destroyed, residents were forced to travel more than 100km to
Masalani town to access services. The militants were suspected to be hiding in
mast has been reinstalled. Residents commended area MP Noor, who was among leaders
who pushed for the reinstallment of the mast.
a distressing case out of Arizona, an Ethiopian man granted refugee status by
the Obama administration is really a terrorist who lied to the U.S. government
about his identity. The man, Mohamed Abdirahman Osman, and his wife, Zeinab
Abdirahman Mohamed, have lived in Tucson since Uncle Sam invited them into the
country as refugees back in 2014. Wonder how their neighbors feel that a grand
jury recently indicted the couple for making false statements to a government agency
and lying about the husband’s ties to the militant Somali group Al-Shabaab?
used a fake Somalian passport to get to the U.S., according to the 11-count
indictment, which charges the husband with eight crimes and the wife with three
for helping him conceal his true identity. The feds say Osman was injured while
handling explosives for Al-Shabaab in 2009 but told authorities the injury
occurred in a 2010 terrorist attack at the Bakara Market in Somalia. In 2008
the State Department designated Al-Shabaab an official Foreign Terrorist
Organization (FTO). “Al-Shabaab is a violent and brutal extremist group with a
number of individuals affiliated with al-Qaida,” according to the State
Department. “Many of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought
with al-Qaida in Afghanistan.” The agency further writes in its designation
that “Al-Shabaab has used intimidation and violence to undermine the Somali
government and threatened civil society activists working to bring about peace
through political dialogue and reconciliation.”
and his wife fled to China and applied for refugee status with a U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer in Beijing using an alias.
Documents submitted by the couple contained “false, fictitious, and fraudulent
statements,” according to the indictment. The fraudulent statements included
Osman’s true name and nationality and denial of his association with a
terrorist organization. Osman was born in Ethiopia and obtained a passport from
the Somali Republic, the indictment says. The feds claim that he moved from
Ethiopia to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, at “the direction of Al-Shabab.” The
couple was finally arrested last month, after living in Tucson for four years.
Osman and Mohamed had already submitted applications for legal permanent
not clear how federal authorities completely missed the red flags to allow this
suspected terrorist to live in the U.S. for years or how they finally
discovered the truth. What the case indisputably reveals is that there are
gaping vulnerabilities in the refugee program. Judicial Watch has reported on
this for years. In fact, back in 2011 Islamic terrorists— including two al
Qaeda affiliates indicted in Kentucky—entered the United States legally through
a refugee resettlement program. It was called the U.S. Refugee Admissions
Program (USRAP), a joint venture between the State Department and USCIS to help
tens of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable refugees start a new life in
America each year. Most of the refugee referrals in USRAP are made by the
notoriously corrupt United Nations, which has published an extensive handbook
on the subject.
police arrest 8 suspected Hizbul terrorist, Muslims take out protest rally
the arrest of Qamar-uz-Zaman, a suspected terrorist of Hizbul Mujahideen who
hails from Hojai’s Jamunamukh area by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad
(ATS) at Kanpur on Sept 13, the Assam police have arrested four of its
operatives from different locations of the state.
to the reports, police arrested a suspected Hizbul terrorist identified as
Abhimanyu Chouhan from Mosoka No – 1 under Kheroni police station in Karbi
Anglong district on Saturday.
Hojai district police had arrested seven suspected terrorists including
Qamar-uz-Zaman’s ender brother Saiful Islam alias Liton.
is the same person whose photograph was appeared in the social media with an
AK-47 rifle as a Hizbul ultra.
top official of Assam police said that, the Kashmiri separatist terrorist group
had planned explosions in Assam and to conduct recruitment drive in Assam and
send at least 12 Assamese youths to Pakistan and Afghanistan for arms training.
have so far arrested eight persons including Qamar-uz-Zaman’s childhood friend
39-year-old Shahnawaz Alam, his elder brother Saiful Islam. The terrorist group
also tried to set up base camps in Assam and Meghalaya and procurement arms
from Nagaland based arms dealer, separatist groups. A Jammu and Kashmir origin
leader of Hizbul Mujahideen came to Assam few months back and holding several meetings
with some people and a religious preacher. The Hizbul Mujahideen leader had
visited several areas of Assam and Meghalaya,” the top Assam cop said.
the other, Assam police had detained three persons from lower Assam’s Barpeta
district last night for their alleged links with arrested Hizbul terrorist
Qamar-uz-Zaman and they were identified as Nasir-uz-Zaman, Shahjahan Ali and
Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia said that, lots of information has come out during
are exchanging our information and getting intelligence inputs from them (UP
Police) and verifying it. We have cross-checked the people who have been
arrested. We are looking different angles including funding, arms dealing etc,”
the Assam DGP said.
the other hand, while the Hojai district police continues to bust Hizbul
Mujahideen module, hundreds of Muslim community people on Saturday took part in
a protest rally against terrorism at Nilbagan area in Hojai district.
Muslim protesters urged all community people in the state to come out against
'one-trick pony' act on Kashmir has no resonance in UN: India
YORK: With Pakistan expected to rake up the Kashmir issue during the high-level
UN General Assembly session this week, India said a "onetrick pony"
can "regurgitate" the same act but "single act plays" have
no resonance on multi-lateral platforms like the United Nations.
Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said the UN
General Assembly session is a global platform to address global issues, yet
each country is sovereign and can do what they feel is in their best interests.
somebody else would like to be a one-trick pony, it is for them to regurgitate
and act. We have handled this act many times in the past and are confident that
we will do so again," Akbaruddin told reporters here on Sunday.
was responding to a question on Pakistan expected to rake up the Kashmir issue
"at a higher decibel" during the high-level session of the 73rd UN
General Assembly beginning at the world body's headquarters on Monday.
contention is that the UN works best on multilateralism and multi-lateral
platforms work best when nations work in partnerships.
act plays have no resonance in such matters. Anybody can try and be a solo
player. However, solo players in a multilateral context have no future,"
he said, adding that it is a country's call on how they spend the time
allocated to them during the UNGA session.
works in partnerships, Akbaruddin said, adding that India is proud that its
priorities during the General Assembly have great resonance in the
has consistently used the platform of the UN General Assembly to rake up the
Kashmir issue and its leaders have sought to internationalize it during their
addresses in the General Debate. India responds strongly to Pakistan, whose
attempts to raise the Kashmir issue every year at the multi-lateral forum have
found no resonance with the international community.
India's acceptance of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's request for a meeting,
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah
Mahmood Qureshi were slated to meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
India called off the meeting, citing the brutal killings of three policemen in
Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps "glorifying"
Kashmiri terrorist Burhan Wani.
had tweeted that he is disappointed at the "arrogant and negative"
response by India to his call for resumption of the peace dialogue.
asked about Khan's response, Akbaruddin said India responds to multi-lateral
issues of global nature that it is confronted with. “What you have raised is an
issue relating to our bilateral ties. Those will be addressed bilaterally in a
format in which we desire to address them.”
whether India will raise strongly the issue of cross-border terrorism during
the UNGA session, Joint Secretary for UN Political in the Ministry of External
Affairs Dinesh Patnaik said the issue of cross-border terrorism has been raised
by the country since 1996 when it had put the idea of the Comprehensive
Convention on Terrorism.
said the scourge has been and is a concern for India.
a global concern. Terrorism is threatening countries across vast spades of land
in diverse continents," he said, adding that terror outfits such as Boko
Haram and Islamic State are a threat to several countries across Africa and
in our neighbuorhood, terrorism has increased as a major threat. This has been
our perennial concern and obviously perennial concerns will be articulated in
unison with many other countries that are raising this," he said.
foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is expected to highlight the situation in
Kashmir during his General Assembly address, Pakistani media reported on
held on promoting interfaith understanding in AMU
(September 12, 2018): The Centre for Inter-Faith Understanding, Aligarh Muslim
University (AMU) organised a symposium and discussion on "Ways to promote
Inter-faith Understanding". Swami Shri Hari Prasad of Vishnu Mohan
Foundation, Chennai was the chief guest while AMU Pro Vice Chancellor Prof M H
Beg presided over the function.
the symposium, Swami Shri HariPrasad, an eminent faith leader and scholar, said
that all religions talk about same fundamental values and no religion teaches
hatred. "What is harmful to you, do not do to others, should be the
guiding principle in life" said the faith leader. He said it does not
matter how and whom one prays, one should be honest and practice non violence.
Prasad said that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a great proponent of Hindu-Muslim
recent events of communal amity during Kerala floods, where Hindus opened the
door of temples for Muslim brothers for prayer, Swami HariPrasad said "my
Guru taught me to spread love and peace and we should celebrate our
differences" instead of fighting on distinctions.
should come together and indulge in dialogue so that inter-faith relations are
strengthened in society", emphasized Swami HariPrasad.
over the function, AMU Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor M H Beg said Islam teaches
us to respect all religions. "On several occasions, the holy prophet
stressed we should follow middle path and there is no place for
Beg pointed out that pluralism is the law of nature, there are so many colours,
so many flowers and so many trees etc. Likewise, we should co-exist with our
differences, in complete harmony.
the establishment of Centre for Interfaith Understanding as a big step in line
with Sir Syed's Aligarh Movement, Prof Beg said Sir Syed strongly vouched for
peaceful co-existence of Hindus and Muslims.
Prof A R Kidwai (Director, K A Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies) introduced
the theme of the symposium. Talking about oriental studies and writings about Islam
and Muslims by Western scholars, Prof Kidwai said that modern Orientalists have
written about commonalities between Quran and Bible which is a positive change
in their outlook. He said Sir Syed was a
great reformer and he wrote more than fifty articles about social evils in
Hindu society and called for reforms.
Saud Alam Qasmi (Department of Sunni Theology) said that Inter-faith
Understanding started with Prophet Mohammad as he had peace treaty with Jews
and others on several occasions. He said that Al Biruni learnt Sanskrit and
Vedas and wrote about Hindu religion and society. Cultural exchange and
understanding happens only this way, he added.
further said that Sir Syed learnt Hebrew and wrote interpretation of Bible to
explore commonalities between Christianity and Islam.
the guests, Prof Syed Ali Mohmmad Naqvi, Director of the Centre said that AMU
always stood for Inter-Faith understanding and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the
first ambassador and champion of Inter-Faith movement in India. None of us can
live in peace if there is an atmosphere of mistrust and hate in society, said
Prof Naqvi. He emphasized the need for Inter-Faith understanding and peaceful
Khurshid Ansari, a teacher in Nepal’s Sunsari district who was suspected of
providing safe passage to Indian Mujahideen suspects, was shot dead by unknown
assailants on Thursday.
was a member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party. Soon after he was killed, the
Nepal government declared him a martyr and announced Rs 1 million compensation
for his family.
highly placed police source told The Indian Express that Ansari had allegedly
helped four IM suspects, who were wanted in a series of bomb blasts at
different places in India in 2008, secure Nepali citizenship and passports.
“The Indian embassy in Kathmandu had approached Nepal police to keep a watch on
Ansari’s activities,” the source said.
role of Ansari, who was killed by two motorcycle-borne assailants, first came
to light following the 2008 Batla House encounters. His name surfaced after the
arrest of Mohammad Salman, one of the IM bombers involved in Delhi bombings.
hits out at Zakir Naik-style Islamic preaching
Hasliza Mohd Salleh
LUMPUR: The minister in charge of Islamic affairs today hit out at Indian
Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik, saying his combative style of propagating the
religion by putting down other beliefs is not suitable for Malaysia.
Yusof Rawa said Naik, who has sought refuge in Malaysia amid an investigation
by Indian authorities, has a penchant for insulting other religions.
don’t want a debate that ridicules others. We need a more intellectual and
composed method of Islamic propagation without the need to ridicule other
religions,” he said in his speech to launch a seminar today on Islam and the
challenges in a multiracial society.
is accused of giving provocative speeches, which were cited as a reason by Bangladesh
for an attack in Dhaka in 2016 which left 22 people dead. India’s National
Investigation Agency is also investigating Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation,
over allegations of money laundering.
has denied the charges, saying he is a victim of the Indian media whom he
accuses of sensationalising the issue in their quest to get a bigger audience.
52-year-old televangelist, who was close to leaders of the previous government
and was granted Malaysian permanent resident status, is fighting attempts to
have him deported.
said as the minister in charge of Islamic affairs, he was also responsible for
defending the rights of other religions.
said Islamic missionary work in the past was successful because it did not
attack other beliefs.
has Islam been spread by insulting other religions? If Islam is compassionate,
there is no need for insults,” he added.
to deliver major lecture on Islam at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is expected to deliver a major lecture at the Oxford
Centre for Islamic Studies (OXCIS) at the University of Oxford, as part of his
visit to the United Kingdom.
prime minister, who is now in the UK en route to New York to attend the 73rd
United Nation General Assembly, will be presenting a lecture titled "The
Challenge of Good Governance in the Muslim World" as part of the
Distinguished Lecture Series, at OXCIS’ newly-completed Malaysia Auditorium.
to the centre's website, Dr Mahathir's lecture would also be live streamed in
an adjacent room due to high demand.
its founding in 1985, the centre has brought many leading figures to Oxford to
speak on matters related to the Islamic world. In its new premises, the centre
has a number of dedicated lecture spaces including the Malaysia auditorium to
allow further development of its programmes.
marks the first major lecture that Dr Mahathir will deliver in the West since
becoming Malaysia’s seventh prime minister, his second time at the helm of the
Mahathir is no stranger to OXCIS, a recognised independent centre of the
University of Oxford, where as Malaysia’s fourth prime minister, he delivered
the lecture titled "Islam the Misunderstood Religion" on his first
visit to the centre in 1996.
is understood that for more than 20 years now, Dr Mahathir had maintained a
keen, longstanding interest in the work carried out at OXCIS, where a number of
Malaysian scholars had benefited from its numerous resources.
Mahathir had made several visits to the new building when it was under
construction and after it was completed in 2017.
prime minister, accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali as well
as senior government officials on this first leg of the UK trip, has a packed
two-day working itinerary.
is expected to meet students and members of the UK chapter of the Bunga Raya
Club, on Sunday afternoon. The Bunga Raya Club was set up by Dr Mahathir’s
party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), in Feby 2017 for Malaysians
residing in the UK.
to his trip to Oxford, Dr Mahathir will first visit the Dyson Design and
Engineering Centre at the Imperial College London.
prime minister and the Malaysian delegation are expected to depart for New York
Mahathir is expected to stop over in London again on Sept 29 after the UN
General Assembly. During his return leg visit, he will meet captains of
industry as well as fund managers in the UK to draw investment into Malaysia.
Shariah nod doesn’t mean cops can’t probe child marriages
LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Police must not take the Shariah courts’ approval for recent
child marriages as indication that no further investigations were required,
said Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh.
deputy women, family and community development minister said the agency should
still establish if elements of child grooming exist in any of the cases.
is nothing stopping the police from investigating further. What I’m saying is,
although Shariah Courts have recognised these marriages as valid, we must check
the background of how they came to be in the first place.
have laws against child grooming, so please fully utilise it,” she told
reporters after a fire hydrant testing and flushing exercise at Taman Sri Sinar
in Segambut today.
was referring to Offences Relating to Child Grooming under Part III of the
Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.
found guilty of communicating with a child for the purpose of publishing,
accessing, selling and distributing child pornography, or making sexual and
non-sexual assaults will face the maximum penalty of five years jail time and
remark came after another recent case of child marriage in Kelantan, this time
involving a 15-year-old girl and a man nearly 30 years her senior.
Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail previously confirmed that the marriage
was established with mutual consent.
in Malaysia gets stranger with each passing day. As the adage goes, truth is
stranger than fiction, and it seems to apply well here.
after the general election in May, when the Barisan Nasional was trounced and
consigned to the scrap heap, then acting Umno president Zahid Hamidi raised
eyebrows when he called on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for advice.
Mahathir revealed that Datuk Seri Zahid "wanted to know how to manage
Umno. So, I was frank and said Umno had betrayed the Malays".
at least that's what the man said. Mr Zahid wanted advice on how to manage Umno
and he got it from the best man possible.
reminded him that we formed Umno to help the Malays, but that Umno had changed
and prioritised self-wealth.
of that, Umno is now hated. It'll be hard for Umno to recover. Once seen as
noble, now viewed with disgust," Dr Mahathir apparently said.
Mr Zahid was not the only loser who queued up to acquire Dr Mahathir's wisdom.
He was, in fact, the third opposition party leader to do so, believe it or not.
Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) president Abdul Hadi Awang and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera
Bersatu president Abang Johari Abang Openg made their moves earlier.
our naivety in politics, but are we missing something here? These people had
just lost the election, leaving their parties in disarray (at least Umno), and
the first thing they do is run to the man who defeated them for advice on how
to run their own houses?
we reading this right? But then, this is Bolehland, and what is regarded as
strange can easily be real.
week, another top Umno name - Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein Onn - also scooted
off to see the nation's foremost nonagenarian. It's uncertain if the purpose of
his visit was, likewise, to learn how to save Umno and run the party. Honestly,
why would Dr Mahathir, even as former president, want to save Umno?
one would have known better had Datuk Kadir Jasin, the media adviser to the
Prime Minister, not let the cat out of the bag about the meeting.
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin, nak tanya, semalam pergi Putrajaya jumpa siapa? (I
wish to ask, who did you meet in Putrajaya yesterday?)" Mr Kadir wrote.
caught off guard by the revelation, Mr Hishammuddin, who is also a former Umno
vice-president, however said the meeting was only to listen to Dr Mahathir's
plans for the country's future.
also last week, Perlis Umno deputy chairman Zahidi Zainul Abidin claimed Umno
and Barisan Nasional MPs had met Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leaders
to discuss the possibility of a union.
Zahidi, who is Padang Besar MP, said the purpose of the discussions was to seek
the "best option to save the Malays".
are trying to discuss with PPBM to save the Malays. We want PAS, but PAS is not
ready, so we are looking for the best option because we want the best for the
Malays," he said.
to him, Barisan MPs met PPBM leaders two to three months ago, but he refused to
disclose details. However, he said: "We are planning to merge with PPBM
but we do not want to quit Umno.
of the MPs agreed to discuss with PPBM while some agreed to discuss with PKR
(Parti Keadilan Rakyat). So, we will see which one is best. We have met
with the bravado and hyperbole, what Mr Zahidi is trying to convey is simply
that Umno is in trouble and going nowhere. We want PPBM or PKR to hold us, we
can't just quit Umno, but without the two parties, we are dead.
of course, the narrative must be about saving the Malays - not saving ourselves
in Bolehland, the Chinese and Indians are upset that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
is said to be drumming up support by doing a devil's deal with some Umno MPs to
overthrow Dr Mahathir by November.
November? Well, that's when Parliament meets, but that's what a friend of a
friend told me. I didn't ask why November either because that seemed like an
here's when many of us become confused: Who is cosying up to Umno? Is it Dr
Mahathir to checkmate the ever-impatient Mr Anwar, or is it really Mr Anwar
himself? Now, this is when the truth gets stranger than fiction, or so it
dig deeper, and it sounds more like a group of Umno MPs - who find the gravy
train now derailed, and without benefit in sight - cooking up a juicy story to
let the various insecure factions in Pakatan Harapan fight over them, for what
they are still worth as MPs.
if nothing is offered, what can be more pleasing to the egos than be heralded
as the saviour of the race and religion at this week's party assembly for their
undying proclamation to the party, race and religion?
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