King Salman (L) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia is keeping
dozens of people, including one prince, who were arrested in a so-called
anti-corruption purge last November
Visa for Seminar: Scholars Protest Exclusion of Speakers from Pakistan
Still Detaining Dozens, Including One Prince, From ‘Corruption’ Purge
Can Talk but Doesn’t Mean I Agree, Malaysia’s Religious Minister Tells LGBT, Shias,
Top Court Suspends Bedouin Village Demolition Plan
leader Shahid-ul-Islam's Daughters Invoke PM Modi's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'
Slogan to Seek Father's Release
temple-mosque land dispute case: Hearing to resume in Supreme Court today
says it has made a formal request for extradition of Islamic preacher Zakir
Javadekar justifies queries to Aligarh Muslim University on quotas
Tons of West-Made Arms, Equipment Seized from Militants in Dara'a
Parliament lauds KSRelief efforts to rehabilitate Yemeni child soldiers
refugee agency urges Jordan to allow in Syrians fleeing air strikes
Dispatches More Military Aid to SDF in Hasaka
Army Regains Control over Several Key Regions in Dara'a
US, SDF Forces Killed in Deir Ezzur
Law or Face Action: Malaysia to Naik
to Ease First-Time Wedding Woes for Muslim Couples
Seeks ‘Apolitical’ Malay Rulers’ Backing for Islamic Policies
Aceh Governor Won’t Be Charged Under Sharia for His Alleged Crime
Reject UN Proposal to Withdraw from Yemen’s Hodeidah City and Port
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extends detention of Palestinian MP
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Coalition shoots down a Houthi drone in Yemen’s Aden
blocks EU diplomats from visiting Bedouin village
of Saudi mercenaries’ slain, injured in Yemeni drone strike
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Not Solely Responsible For Bringing Taliban to Table
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ATC acquits 15 accused in multiple bombings case
terrorist held red handed
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armed individuals not to be tolerated, says President Ghani
talks with Taliban likely to kick off in coming weeks, says AHPC
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refugees resettled in the the US, and even fewer Muslims
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four Pakistan scholars were denied visa for the Association of Asian Studies
(AAS) – in Asia conference in Delhi, scholars from universities like Yale,
Harvard and Princeton registered their protest. In a rented room, where some of
the absent scholars joined in digitally, a resolution was mooted to not hold
such conferences in countries that exclude anyone based on nationality.
80 scholars participating in the conference, including professor James C Scott
from Yale University and Harvard historian and TMC MP Sugata Bose, attended a
crowd-funded protest meet that raised enough funds to rent a hall at the venue
so scholars from Pakistan could digitally join in.
Dr Sameen Mohsin from Lahore University of Management Sciences spoke through a
recorded message, statements were read of the others including Salman Hussain
from The Graduate Centre, CUNY. “As a scholar of Pakistani origin working on
Pakistan, I received the AAS’ reply to the Indian government’s restrictions on
Pakistani scholars (including those who are dual nationals but originally from
Pakistan) with deep concern and disappointment. I am dismayed with the AAS’
tepid response to the blanket ban — based on the Association’s presumption that
this reaction was expected of the Indian government given the tense relations
between the two countries,” he noted.
resolutions were mooted at the meeting, including one that demanded that all
future AAS conferences be held in countries that “do not have official or
unofficial policies” excluding anyone based on nationality. Another resolution
strongly urged the Government of India to reconsider its position on a blanket
ban on scholars from Pakistan keen to participate in an international
independent researcher Sinjini Mukherjee, an organiser of the protest meeting,
said responses were gathered from participants but a decision on the
resolutions was yet to be made. Mukherjee and Mira Mohsini from University of
Akron started the crowd-funding campaign for the protest venue rental. The duo
raised $2,730 (target was $2,500).
Association for Asian Studies (AAS), an academic body of scholars and subject
specialists related to Asia, has been holding the conference in Asia since 2014
for scholars who cannot attend the annual event in North America. This year,
Ashoka University was the co-organiser for AAS-In-Asia.
Ministry of External Affairs had told Ashoka University that it does not
“recommend” participants from Pakistan for the conference. The country’s name
was also struck off from the list of participating countries.
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said, “Several factors go into taking a
decision. Besides inputs from agencies, a major consideration is state of
relationship. Participation of Pakistan or any other country is a reflection of
state of relationship with that country.”
Arabia is keeping dozens of people, including one prince, who were arrested in
a so-called anti-corruption purge last November, The Wall Street Journal
prince was named as Turki bin Abdullah, son of late King Abdullah and a former
governor of Riyadh, the paper reported on Wednesday. The rest are other former
officials and businessmen.
authorities have even made new arrests recently.
have subjected some of the detainees to physical and psychological abuse.
of the detainees have been beaten and deprived of sleep while being
questioned,” the WSJ said, citing officials and people close to them.
some cases, these people said, those in custody haven’t been charged with
crimes and have been permitted little or no contact with relatives or lawyers,”
after the arrest spree, the Middle East Eye news portal said a number of the
high-profile figures had sustained serious injuries under beatings and torture.
to the report, several of those subjected to physical abuse were taken to
hospital with torture injuries. There were, however, no wounds to their faces
so they would look normal when they appeared next in public, it had added.
daily cited people with ties to several of the detainees as saying that the
authorities had raised the prospect of treason or terror charges, which could
lead to prison or the death penalty “as a tactic aimed at pressing for untrue
confessions or financial settlements.”
of princes, ministers, and former ministers were detained on November 9, 2017
on the orders of Saudi Arabia’s so-called Anti-Corruption Committee headed by
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
detained individuals faced allegations of money laundering, bribery, extorting
officials, and misappropriation of public funds for personal benefit.
total of $100 billion was exacted from many of the detainees before they could
of those released are banned from leaving the kingdom and some have had to wear
Salman, who was surprisingly made the power behind the throne last June after
replacing former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, is accused of using the
crackdown to consolidate his power.
also faces claims of trying to push aside his opponents prior to his expected
rise to ultimate power in the kingdom.
Can Talk but Doesn’t Mean I Agree, Malaysia’s Religious Minister Tells LGBT,
Shias, and Ahmadis
July 6 — Malaysia’s religious affairs minister has pledged to hear out the
grouses of the country’s sexual and Muslim minorities, amid longstanding claims
of persecution by religious authorities.
Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa said that this should not be construed as an overt
form of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), Shiah
and Ahmadiyya communities, or their beliefs and ways of life.
people are free to come here to discuss with me, dialogue opens the door for
understanding but this does not mean I submit to their theories or support
their ideas,” the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department told Malay Mail
in an exclusive interview yesterday.
minister argued that while the Federal Constitution protects the rights of
these communities, there are aspects of their beliefs and practices that may
not be acceptable to Muslims and, by extension, Malaysians.
is a perception that there are groups among Muslims who see the LGBT as a
menace to society, who have encroached into the normal lives of Muslims and the
sensitivities of other faiths.
rights have been protected. But whatever they believe in, when it translates or
encroaches into the public sphere then it becomes an issue,” Mujahid said.
LGBT community in Malaysia, especially transgender Muslims, often alleges
persecution by religious authorities over Shariah offences such as
this year, Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) that now falls
under Mujahid’s purview, subjected celebrity entrepreneur Nur Sajat
Kamaruzzaman to a lengthy process in order for authorities to officially verify
the Shiahs and Ahmadis are barred from practising their faiths here and are
also pursued for Shariah offences, even though the latter are not recognised as
such as Selangor and Sabah have lumped Shiahs and Ahmadis together with
“liberalism” and “pluralism” as deviant teachings and extremists.
explained that Malaysians were free to practise whatever they believed in
private, but added that these practices become a “problem” when propagated
sin is still a sin, when you encroach your ideas into the public sphere.
alcohol [among Muslims] is prohibited, but we can’t control what people do
when you drink in public and you challenge this and you challenge the system.
If it is against my religion, then there is an issue,” Mujahid added.
top court suspends Bedouin village demolition plan
Supreme Court has suspended planned demolition of a Bedouin village in the West
Bank amid global condemnation of the Tel Aviv regime's occupying decision.
to the lawyer of the residents of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, the top
court issued an injunction on Thursday, giving Israeli officials until July 11
to respond to the Palestinian villagers' contention that they had been unfairly
denied building permits.
Supreme Court spokesman was not available for a comment.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan had earlier signaled that demolition of
Khan al-Ahmar might not be imminent, noting that the decision will probably be
implemented in the coming weeks.
al-Ahmar is located near several major Israeli settlements and close to a
highway leading to the Dead Sea. Activists say continued Israeli settlement
construction in the area could effectively divide the West Bank in two.
is not known when the demolition will take place, but on Thursday bulldozers
could be seen widening the access road to the village. Activists expect the demolition
to happen within the next few days.
180 residents live in tin and wood shacks in Khan al-Ahmar, raising sheep and
goats. Israel plans to relocate the residents to an area about 12 kilometers
away adjacent to a landfill.
has long sought to clear Bedouins from the area between a major Israeli
settlement, Maale Adumim near Jerusalem al-Quds, and a smaller one to the
northeast, Kfar Adumim. The Israeli Supreme Court had authorized the demolition
of the entire village in May.
Tuesday evening, Israeli authorities hung notices around the village, warning
the residents of their impending expulsion. They also issued orders authorizing
the seizure of access roads to the village.
forces also barred European diplomats from paying a solidarity visit to a
school in Khan al-Ahmar, telling them that the area had been declared a closed
and activists climbed onto bulldozers and waved Palestinian flags in a bid to
halt the demolition. Dozens of journalists and activists also stood at the edge
of the village.
to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 11 people were arrested. Dozens of Palestinian
were also wounded, four of whom taken to hospital.
EU and UN have called on the Israeli regime to halt its plan to raze the
village, saying such actions are contrary to international law and undermine
authorities have been carrying out forced evacuations against Bedouins since
demolition of Bedouin homes is part of the Israeli regime’s massive land grab
policy, which will forcefully displace thousands of people.
Aviv has so far refused to recognize the rights of Palestinian Bedouins and
denies them access to basic services.
leader Shahid-ul-Islam's daughters invoke PM Modi's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'
slogan to seek father's release
SRINAGAR: Daughters of a jailed Hurriyat leader have
written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invoked his "Beti Bachao, Beti
Padhao" slogan to seek the release of their "pro-dialogue" and
"peace-loving" father from Delhis Tihar Jail.
highly emotional letter from Suzanne and Sundas Shah talks about their meeting
with their ailing father in Tihar and how it reminded them about the plight of
the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian spy jailed in
and Sundas, who study in a prominent Srinagar missionary school, are the
daughters of Shahid-ul-Islam, the spokesperson of the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat
Conference, jailed since July last year in a terror funding case probed by the
National Investigation Agency (NIA).
the country where Prime Minister's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' slogan has
rekindled hope among the hopeless disadvantaged girl child, we are unable to
attend to our studies."For us our home is like a prison, while Daddy has
been jailed for months and none of the allegations leveled against him having
been proved," reads the letter that first appeared in a Srinagar-based
look forward to an immediate personal intervention by your good self."
two girls said the last 11 months of their lives were "like that of
orphans" because they were not able to see "our beloved father"
before they finally met with him in Tihar recently.
were shocked to see him in a very bad shape and worn out as he stood on the
other side of a thick glass wall in between. Leave alone touching him, the
glass wall was too thick to let our words reach him. One intercom in the
poorly-ventilated room was the only means to converse with him.
could barely recognise him. A diabetic with hypertension, arthritis, the frail
and pale looking Dad has already lost 15 kg because of denial of
said they don't know much about the India, Pakistan and Kashmir politics but
their "visit to Tihar Jail reminded us of the union of Kulbhushan Jadhav
with his aged mother and wife in a prison in Pakistan".
said their father was confined within an 8x6-feet cell with criminals and drug
addicts, exposing him to a threat to his life.
meeting with Daddy couldn't end without horror. When we were yet to finish our
conversation with him, the phone line snapped and the lights went off. Someone
shouted the time is over. Thus we were denied even a chance to say goodbye to
our Dad. We pray that no daughter has to visit Tihar again."
said that Shahid-ul-Islam, a close aide of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, "is known
for his pro-dialogue stance aimed at peaceful settlement of Kashmir" for
which he was attacked by unknown gunmen twice.
never expected that (the) peace-loving and moderate voices like him would be
treated so shabbily in the world's largest democracy."
in the long-pending Babri Masjid-Ram Temple land dispute case is scheduled to
resume in the Supreme Court from Friday. A special bench of Chief Justice Dipak
Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer on May 17 had heard submissions
on behalf of Hindu groups that had opposed the plea of their Muslim counterparts
that the 1994 verdict holding that a mosque was not integral to the prayers
offered by the followers of Islam be referred to a larger bench.
Siddiq, one of the original litigants of the Ayodhya case who has died and is
being represented through his legal heir, had assailed certain findings of the
1994 verdict in the case of M Ismail Faruqui holding that a mosque was not
integral to the prayers offered by the followers of Islam.
had told the bench that the observations made in the land acquisition matter
pertaining to the Ayodhya site had a bearing on the outcome of the title case.
the Hindu groups had said the issue relating to the observations that the
mosque was not integral to Islam has already been settled and cannot be
special bench of the apex court is seized of a total of 14 appeals filed
against the high court judgment delivered in four civil suits.
controversial Islamic preacher, Zakir Naik denied reports of him returning to
India, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday
said they had made a formal request for the extradition of, reported news
had made a formal request for the extradition of Zakir Naik, who is an Indian
National living in Malaysia, as per the extradition treaty we have with
Malaysian side. At this stage, our request is under the active consideration of
Malaysian side,” he said.
of the Islamic Research Foundation, Naik in a statement had said, “The news of
my coming to India is totally baseless and false. I have no plans to come to
India till I don’t feel safe from unfair prosecution. Insha Allah when I feel
that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my
channel NDTV had reported the Malaysian government said Naik could be deported.
Naik, fled India on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh
claimed that they were inspired by his speeches. He is currently living in
after the Uttar Pradesh SC/ST Commission served a notice on the Aligarh Muslim
University for not implementing SC/ST quotas in admission and faculty
recruitment – and National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman Ramshankar
Katheria asked the university to clarify its stand or risk losing Central
funding – Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said
these were “valid questions”.
about his view on the notice by the state SC/ST Commission, Mr. Javadekar said,
“The Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Commission is a legal, statutory body and
they have raised questions and very valid questions. So, let the university
UP SC/ST Commission had, in a six-page notice, disapproved of AMU's stand of
not providing SC/ST quotas and gave it time till August 8 to clear the air on
why this has not been done.
Katheria, on his part, told reporters in Aligarh that AMU did not offer quotas
to SC/STs even before 1981, the year when the MHRD had given it a letter
stating that it was a minority institution. He said that if the university did
not take steps to implement quotas in a month, he would write to the MHRD to
reconsider giving it grants.
turn of events is politically potent. It is being seen as an attempt on the
part of the government to reach out to SCs, STs and OBCs and also potentially
project a divergence of Muslim and Dalit/OBC interests at a time when there has
been talk of a potential political alliance of sections of these groups in UP.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted Syrian Army General Nazar
Ismail as saying on Thursday that hundreds of weapons and several tons of
ammunition have been left by the terrorists who were forced to flee Dara'a
during the army operations.
added that the militants have likely smuggled the weapons via the border with
said that 3 T62 tanks, 100 tanks from other types, a large number of military
vehicles, different military equipment, 2 air defense systems, 40 anti-tank
missiles, a large number of machine-guns and light weapons, over 1,000 land
mines and 1,300 boxes of ammunition were seized in the town of Azra'a.
added that samples of French and Canadian arms, a large amount of US-made
foodstuff and first aid and Australian, German and Italian mine-finders were
among the weapons.
a relevant development on Wednesday, a large number of Israeli and American
missiles were handed over to the Syrian army troops by the militant groups
under a reconciliation agreement in the Southern province of Dara'a.
militant groups that laid down arms and joined a peace plan in Southern Dara'a
surrendered their US-made anti-tank missiles to the Syrian soldiers.
the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen News Channel quoted a field
commander as reporting that several Israel-made missiles were also among the
arms and ammunition that the militants handed over to the Syrian army in
Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced earlier that a sum of 27
villages, townships and towns have joined the reconciliation plan in Dara'a province
The Arab Parliament lauded the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center
(KSRelief) for its role in rehabilitating children recruited by the Houthi
militia in Yemen.
Parliament, created by the Arab League, also expressed support for the actions
of the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
Parliament stressed that the use of international humanitarian aid by the
Houthi militias to trade to poor families in exchange for the recruitment or
deprivation of their children (fighting for food) represents a clear and
explicit breach of international humanitarian law and a flagrant challenge to
the international community and the UN resolutions.
Parliament urged the international community to assume its responsibilities and
take urgent and practical measures to prevent the use of children as fighters
in Yemen, and to rehabilitate those who are recruited.
urged the UN secretary-general to continue supporting the efforts of the Yemeni
National Committee to investigate the recruitment of children, and to call on
the UN Security Council to refer Houthi crimes to the International Criminal
Court (ICC) and prosecute the leaders of the Houthi militia and their
Parliament decided to address the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
and the regional parliaments to condemn the crimes of the Houthi militia
against Yemeni children, forcing them onto the battlefields.
Parliament also urged the UN to use all measures to stop the Houthis from using
government institutions, schools and hospitals to store weapons, and from
looting humanitarian aid meant for the Yemeni people. It stressed the need for
international supervision of such aid.
Yemeni Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar confirmed that the Houthi
militia committed violations of international law against children such as
killing, torture, recruitment, deprivation of health care and denial of
said that the Houthi militia has killed more than 1,372 children since the
coup, including 204 children killed by mines planted by the terrorist militia,
and arrested 489 children at checkpoints, most of them in Dhamar, Sanaa, Ibb,
Hodeidah and Amran, to recruit and send them to combat.
addition, the Houthi militia used 1,962 schools as military centers and weapons
stores, especially in Taiz and Aden before it was liberated, which deprived
children of the right to education. They also recruited children from shelters
United Nations refugee agency implored Jordan on Thursday to open its borders
and give temporary shelter to tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing air strikes
and fighting in the southwest.
than 320,000 civilians are now displaced in southwest Syria, living in dire and
insecure conditions, including 60,000 at the border crossing with Jordan, UN
High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. Jordan already hosts some
640,000 registered Syrian refugees .
hostilities in the border area are life threatening and leave many no choice
but to seek safety in neighboring Jordan,” Grandi said in a statement. “Given
the immediate dangers, I am advocating for granting temporary refuge in Jordan
to those in need of safety.”
Arabic-language Smart News website affiliated to the militants in Syria
reported on Thursday that a new US military convoy was sent to the SDF in
Northeastern Hasaka through Simalka passageway at the Iraqi borders with Syria.
added that the convoy consisted of 100 trucks which carried military and
armored vehicles and concrete blocks as well as oil tankers with kerosene
US army had also dispatched military equipment to the Kurdish militias in
Hasaka late last month, a media outlet reported as Washington continued all-out
support for the group in Northeastern Syria.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted local sources as saying that the US-led
coalition forwarded several personnel carriers and armored vehicles from Iraq
to the Kurdish units stationed in Northeastern Hasaka via the Simalka
army forces, backed by artillery and missile units, engaged in clashes with the
terrorists in Eastern Dara'a, seizing control of a region in which the air
defense brigade was stationed in the Southern parts of the town of Saida.
liberated the town after clashes, advancing towards the town of al-Tayebah.
the army soldiers clashed with the militants in al-Tafas region in Western
Dara'a, killing a number of terrorists.
the Syrian army's artillery and missile units pounded the terrorists' positions
in Tafs and the town of al-Ya'adoudeh in Western Dara'a.
Syrian army is now moving towards al-Nasib border crossing.
Syrian army troops continued to advance in Western Dara'a towards the borders
with Jordan after new peace talks between a Syrian-Russian delegation and
militant commanders failed again.
of the terrorist groups left the new round of reconciliation talks with the
Russian-Syrian delegation and kept gunmen on alert.
the meantime, the army men, backed up by artillery units, stormed terrorists'
positions in the town of Tafas in Western Dara'a and captured several strategic
other artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at terrorists' movements
and positions near the Old Customs area and the town of al-Na'eimeh and its
nearby regions, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
army is tightening siege on the terrorists from the direction of al-Tabelin
road East of Tafas, and from Tal al-Saman in the North.
Arabic-language al-Manar news channel reported on Thursday that several US
soldiers and SDF forces were killed and wounded after a number of roadside
bombs were detonated by the ISIL in regions near the village of al-Namliyeh
South of the town of al-Sour in Northeastern Deir Ezzur.
other media sources quoted locals in Northern Deir Ezzur as saying that the
Kurdish forces had launched massive arrests against people who support the
Syrian government in the village of al-Jaye'eh.
unknown assailants in the village of Abu Khashab in Northern Deir Ezzur fired
at a vehicle carrying the SDF forces, wounding a number of them.
a relevant development on Tuesday, a notorious commander of a militant group
affiliated to the US-backed SDF was killed by unknown assailants near a village
in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur.
Turki al-Khabil, one of the key field commanders of the SDF-affiliated Deir
Ezzur Military Council, was killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire at his
vehicle near the village of al-Takihi in al-Atal region.
also rose between civilians and the SDF in Northern Syria after a number of
offensive moves by the US-backed militias.
law or face action: Malaysia to Naik
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury
government has issued a strict warning to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to follow
the law of the land or face action days after PM Narendra Modi visited Kuala
Lumpur and following protests by local groups against extremist views.
directive from the Malaysian government to Naik was issued after Modi met PM
Mahathir Mohammad on May 31 in Kuala Lumpur days after re-election of
nonagenarian leader, ET has learnt.
groups in Malaysia have been protesting against Naik’s speeches, saying it
offends the sensibilities of those who do not profess Islam, according to
persons familiar with the developments. Muslim Professionals Forum (MLF) in
Malaysia also stated recently that it did not agree with Naik’s approach in
spreading Islam, according to one of the persons quoted above.
may be recalled that Naik’s entry has been banned by some Western countries,
including Canada & UK as well as th ..
continues to hold him responsible for inspiring worst terror attack on its soil
in recent years when the upscale Holey Artisan Bakery was targeted in 2016 and
is seeking action against Naik. Even before 2016 attack in Dhaka had been
denied visa to visit Dhaka for his preachings which allegedly incite extremism.
There were suspicions that Naik maintains links with pro-Pak Jamaat-e-Islami
whose leaders have been executed for genocide during the liberation movement in
however, managed to find refuge in Malaysia notwithstanding growing
counter-terror cooperation between Delhi and SE Asian country under the Najib
to ease first-time wedding woes for Muslim couples
PAHAT, July 5 — The Johor government is looking at ways to help Muslim couples
who are tying the knot for the first time, state executive councillor Aminolhuda
Hassan said today.
Islamic Affairs and Education Committee chairman said among the suggestions so
far was to waive pre-wedding course charges for the first-timers.
state government will also look at providing facilities such as mass or group
weddings that have a reasonable charge to couples who want to set up their
household for the first time,” he said at a Pakatan Harapan (PH) Hari Raya
Aidilfitri gathering in Sri Gading here.
who is also Parit Yaani assemblyman, said the marriage initiative was among the
ideas to fulfil the state PH's electoral promise to Johor youths.
initiative is also in line with the wholesome Islamic concept of Rahmatan Lil
Alamin that is applied in our administration,” he said, using the Arabic term
that roughly translates to the principle of universal mercy.
seeks ‘apolitical’ Malay Rulers’ backing for Islamic policies
July 6 — The Conference of Malay Rulers should have a say on Malaysia’s Islamic
policies as their feedback or support will help with the push for reforms,
according to Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of religion said this
will also ensure that nothing is “politicised”, and that efforts by the current
government will not be attacked without any concrete basis.
Conference of Malay Rulers is apolitical, this is a platform which is independent.
Who else better than to support reforms?” he told Malay Mail in an exclusive
said if the rulers supported certain policies, it would be seen as an
endorsement from a group not politically-aligned to anyone.
protectors of Islam, rulers should play a role in support and deciding
policies,” he added.
Amanah vice-president was clarifying his remarks made in May, where he had said
that the Conference of Malay Rulers should decide Malaysia’s Islamic policies
while federal agencies should be limited to enforcing them.
then, Mujahid said this would prevent the state rulers from being sidelined as
well as the alleged misuse of Islamic affairs agencies like the Department of
Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) for political reasons.
Aceh governor won’t be charged under sharia for his alleged crime
the arrest of Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf on Tuesday evening, social media was
abuzz with netizens asking whether the former “freedom fighter” would be
charged under sharia – in particular, whether his hands would be chopped off
the 1999 law on Aceh’s special region status, coupled with the 2001 Special
Autonomy Law for Aceh and Papua, Aceh is the only region in the country
permitted to apply sharia.
is punishment of stealing in islamic sharia law?
Joe Tanjung🌈 (@JoeSuisTanjung) July 4, 2018
Islamic law, stealing or theft is punishable by amputating a hand. So, you
might ask, genuinely or sarcastically, does that mean Irwandi’s hand will be
it won’t. Aceh does not apply full sharia.
sharia does not cover all crimes, only those related to Islamic morality such
as zina (adultery and premarital sex), liwath (male homosexuality), musahaqah
(female homosexuality) and qadzaf (false accusations of adultery).
province still recognizes the Criminal Code (KUHP) as the law of the land.
Non-Muslims can choose if they want to be charged under sharia or the KUHP for
crimes that are regulated under both laws.
found guilty of gambling, for instance, can choose to either be punished under
the KUHP or under Aceh’s sharia.
there appears to be a general tendency among the public to equate corruption
with theft, they are separate crimes in the eyes of the law. Having said that,
neither corruption or theft are regulated under sharia in Aceh, and hence fall
under the jurisdiction of the KUHP or the 2001 Corruption Law.
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has also confirmed that Irwandi will
not be charged under sharia, but under the anti-corruption law.
a conference press on Wednesday evening, KPK deputy chairwoman Basaria
Panjaitan stated that legal proceedings against Irwandi would take place in
Jakarta – meaning that he would be charged under the applicable laws of
number of Muslim clerics in Aceh have long called for the hands of graft
convicts to be cut off for their crime, on the grounds that corruption was
rampant in the province and that there had been a long-standing perception that
Aceh’s sharia was harsh only against the ordinary people while the elite were exempted
sentiment was echoed in a recent tweet from human rights activist Tunggal
tahu banyak teman-teman yang jengkel, mengetahui bahwa hukum Syariah lebih
sering 'menyasar' rakyat kecil ketimbang pejabat. Hal ini seeolah membenarkan
adagium 'pisau tumpul ke atas dan tajam ke bawah'. Banyak orang jadi senewen.
Tak pelak seruan potong tangan menjadi ramai
Tunggal Pawestri (@tunggalp) July 5, 2018
know a lot of friends are upset, knowing that sharia often 'targets' the common
folk instead of the rulers. This justifies the saying, 'a knife is dull against
those above and sharp against those below'. Many people are nervous. No wonder
that the call for chopping hands is loud," she posted.
2015, then-Aceh governor Zaini Abdullah ordered the province’s Sharia Agency to
conduct a study on the possibility of caning graft convicts as punishment.
head Syahrizal Abbas, an Islamic law professor, said that corruption, unlike
adultery or theft, was not mentioned in either the Qur’an or the hadiths and
therefore there was no clear punishment for it. However, he said that
corruption was still a crime and that corruptors could be publicly flogged 100
reject UN proposal to withdraw from Yemen’s Hodeidah city and port
Houthis refused a UN proposal to withdraw from the city of Hodeidah and its
port and to hand over management to the UN, Al Arabiya English's correspondent
in New York reported.
Houthis have instead proposed that Hodeidah and its port be under joint
management with the UN.
developments were conveyed to the UN Security Council during a closed-door
briefing by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths who informed the
council of the results of his talks in Sanaa and Aden.
the Security Council gave strong backing to efforts by Griffiths to start new
talks between Yemen's warring parties and reaffirmed that "a political
solution remains the only way to end the conflict."
members said they "encouraged all parties to engage constructively with
his efforts to take forward a political solution."
Security Council reiterated its call for Hodeidah and the port of Saleef
"to be kept open and operating safely given the continuing risk to the
grave humanitarian situation."
peace efforts have failed but Griffiths, who was appointed to the post in
February, expressed optimism in a statement Wednesday after meeting top Houthi
leaders in Sanaa.
said without elaborating that the rebels and their allies have expressed a
"strong desire for peace" and discussed "concrete ideas for
achieving peace." But a Houthi negotiator said there was no breakthrough
had in the past three days held “fruitful” talks in Sanaa, as he described
them, where he was trying to convince Houthi leaders, including Abdulmalik
al-Houthi, to hand over Hodeidah and its port and to prepare the atmosphere for
resuming consultations towards reaching a political solution according to a
plan he will present in the next weeks.
sources in Sanaa said so-called Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat asked
the UN envoy for some time to respond to his plan that aims to avoid further
escalation in Hodeidah.
sources, however, added that Houthi leaders are only trying to buy time as they
continue to send more reinforcements towards Hodeidah.
Sunni-Muslim scholar was shot dead by unidentified attackers in Iran’s southeastern
Sistan and Baluchestan province Thursday, according to local media reports.
state-run IRNA news agency reported that Molavi Abdushakour Kord Tarshabi, a
well-known scholar and Muslim activist, had been killed by an “armed gang”.
to Mohamed Ahmed Bolag, deputy governor of the province’s Khash district, the
local authorities have launched an investigation with a view to finding the
estimated 90 percent of Iran’s 80-million-strong population is Shia Muslim. The
remaining 10 percent -- including Turkmen, Kurds and Balochis -- is comprised
mainly of Sunni Muslims.
- Israeli authorities have extended the detention without trial of a
Palestinian politician by four months, ensuring she will remain behind bars for
more than a year, the army said Thursday.
Jarrar, 55, was arrested on July 2, 2017 for being a senior member in the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a movement considered a
terrorist organisation by Israel, the United States and the European Union. The
extension was decided on Monday by a military court but was made public
of the accusations against her are secret, as is customary with Israeli
administrative detention orders, which allow detention without trial for
renewable six-month periods. A legislator in the largely defunct Palestinian
parliament, she was given a six-month administrative detention order in July
2017. The detention was extended in December by another six months “after
security personnel found she still poses a substantial threat,” the Israeli
army said then.
PFLP leaders are in custody and Jarrar has been jailed multiple times.
had only been released in June 2016 after 14 months in an Israeli jail for
allegedly encouraging attacks against Israelis.
says administrative detention is intended to allow authorities to hold suspects
while continuing to gather evidence, with the aim of preventing attacks in the
Kurdish-language Hawar news reported on Thursday that residents of al-Haya
region in Manbij held protest rallies against the Turkish and US military
added that at least 1 civilian was killed and 22 others were wounded in the
US and Turkish forces started the 9th stage of their patrolling mission in the
region on Wednesday based on a roadmap on Manbij.
month, the US and Turkish forces started joint patrolling missions in the outskirts
of Manbij in Eastern Aleppo.
Daily Sabah newspaper reported that a convoy of Turkish forces, supported by
the US helicopters, has entered Manbij in Northern Syria.
Sky News also confirmed the start of joint patrolling operations.
field sources said that the American forces have been missioned with patrolling
the Southern parts of al-Sajour region which is under the control of the Manbij
military council and close to the areas controlled by the Ankara-backed
militants, adding that the Turkish forces have started patrolling mission in
Northern Sajour which has been occupied by Operation Euphrates Shield
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had said in June that implementation of a
roadmap for the withdrawal of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units
(YPG) from the Northern Syrian city of Manbij is expected to begin after his
meeting with his recent meeting with US counterpart Mike Pompeo.
considers the YPG as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party
sources in Yemen’s Aden confirmed that Arab Coalition air defenses have shot
down on Thursday a Houthi drone after it tried to target its headquarters in
al-Braiqa north-west of the city.
sources said no casualties resulted from shooting down the drone.
Friday, the legitimate Yemeni forces shot down the third Iran-made Houthi drone
carrying explosives in the Durahemi district in Hodeidah.
army forces tracked down and targeted the plane, before it crashed in an empty
area in the district and exploded.
sources added that Houthi planes are equipped with inadequate technology, and
are often used to spy on the Yemeni legitimate government and carry explosives.
militias, whose attacks have been continuously foiled, resorted to using
aircraft to carry out intelligence or suicide operations. The most recent attack
on Hodeidah airport, which was later restored, was blocked by the Yemeni army
and the Arab Coalition.
April, the Coalition spokesman, Turki al-Malki, said two Houthi aircraft that
share specifications with Iranian aircraft models, were shot down in Saudi
diplomats have been barred from paying a solidarity visit to a school in a
Palestinian Bedouin village in the West Bank under threat of demolition by
from Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Switzerland on
Thursday sought to visit the school in the village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is
located east of Jerusalem al-Quds in the -occupied West Bank.
they were turned back by Israeli forces at the village entrance. Police at the
scene said the area had been declared a closed military zone.
were briefed by local leaders but refused access by security forces to the
school," the Irish representative office to the West Bank wrote on its
official Twitter feed.
consul general of France in Jerusalem al-Quds, Pierre Cochard, also told journalists
at the scene that demolishing the village of 173 residents would be a violation
of the Geneva Convention laying out the obligations of an occupier toward those
under its control.
wanted to show our solidarity with this village which is threatened with
destruction, for humanitarian reasons and because it is a major issue of
international law," he added.
Israeli Supreme Court authorized the demolition of the entire village in May.
authorities hung notices around the village on Tuesday evening, warning the
residents of their impending expulsion. They also issued orders authorizing the
seizure of access roads to the village. Heavy equipment has since been seen
there, feeding speculation a road was being prepared to facilitate its evacuation
is not known when the demolition will take place, but on Thursday bulldozers
could be seen widening the access road to the village. Activists expect the
demolition to happen within the next few
and activists climbed onto bulldozers and waved Palestinian flags in a bid to
halt the demolition.
of journalists and activists stood at the edge of the village on Thursday.
lawyer Munji Abdallah said, "What the Israeli authorities are doing is a
population transfer contrary to the Rome and Geneva conventions."
expulsion of several dozen Bedouin families from Khan al-Ahmar is seen as a
precursor to future expansion of the Israeli settlement of Kfar Adumim.
European Union and the United Nations have called on the Israeli regime to halt
its plan to raze the village, saying such actions are contrary to international
law and undermine peace efforts.
of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh
Mansur Hadi have lost their lives when Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from
allied Popular Committees launched a drone strike against their positions in
Yemen's southern port city of Aden.
unnamed Yemeni military source told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news
agency that Yemeni troops and their allies launched the aerial attack in the
al- Burayqah district of the city on Thursday, leaving many Saudi mercenaries
dead and injured. The source added that a number of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters
were hovering overhead after the assault.
official of the Houthi Ansarullah movement also said the unmanned aerial
vehicle had targeted the headquarters of the Saudi-led coalition in Burayqah
in the day, pro-Saudi militiamen claimed to have destroyed the drone
successfully, and aborted the attack.
opens fire on wedding party in southwestern Yemen, kills eight
eight people were killed and 13 others injured on Wednesday night in a shooting
attack in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ibb.
local official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a masked gunman had
opened fire on a wedding party in the town of Mudhaykhirah.
with a machine-gun, the attacker opened fire on wedding guests, including
children, until he ran out of ammunition,” the official said.
official added that the unidentified assailant managed to flee the scene in the
midst of the mayhem, noting that the motive for the attack remains unknown.
Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the
Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.
United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
high-ranking UN aid official has warned against the “catastrophic” living
conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and
The Foreign Office expressed the hope on Thursday that the Afghan Taliban would
avail themselves of Kabul’s unconditional offer of talks to find a
politically-negotiated solution of the protracted conflict.
at the weekly media briefing, FO Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said: “We hope
that Taliban would grab the opportunity for the unconditional peace talks.”
United States has once again ramped up pressure on Pakistan to either convince
the militant group to join peace talks or expel their leaders and other cadres
that it believed to be based here.
US sees Pakistan-based Taliban as the main obstacle to initiation of peace
process in Afghanistan.
State Department official Alice Wells earlier this week visited Islamabad and
met senior political and military leaders and some of the foreign ambassadors.
Ahead of her visit, she, according to Reuters, said that US had so far not seen
“sustained and decisive action on the part of Islamabad”.
Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and Afghan Ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal met on Wednesday
to follow up on their discussions with Amb Wells. The US officials had met both
of them separately during her visit.
Faisal said that Pakistan was ready to play its part, but bringing Taliban to
the negotiating table was the shared responsibility of all stakeholders.
year’s unprecedented Eid ceasefire had raised hopes of peace in Afghanistan,
but those hopes were dashed after Taliban resumed attacks immediately after
Ashraf Ghani ordered continuation of counterterrorism operations last week
after Taliban did not reciprocate his gesture.
FO spokesman again called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights to establish an independent international commission of inquiry for
India-Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had last month
recommended setting up of a ‘Commission of Inquiry’, the UN’s highest-level
probe, to investigate human rights violations in Kashmir.
is essential for the UNSG and the UNHRC to visit IOK to ensure the credibility
of the international multilateral system and to prevent the human rights
charter from being reduced to verbal rhetoric,” Dr Faisal said.
reply to a question about a claim attributed to former president Asif Ali
Zardari, the FO spokesman denied having any knowledge about former prime
minister Nawaz Sharif seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.
is not obligatory on the country wherein the political asylum is taken to
inform the country of origin,” he said.
not solely responsible for bringing Taliban to table
Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal Thursday said Pakistan is committed to
peace and security in Afghanistan and fully supports Afghan president’s peace
initiatives in this regard.
is no military solution to decades long conflict in Afghanistan,” he told a
weekly press briefing here. He said Pakistan fully supports the efforts of
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for talks with the Taliban, adding that Pakistan
hopes that Taliban will grab the opportunity of unconditional peace talks with
the Afghan government.
spokesman reiterated Pakistan’s desire for peace in Afghanistan and said the
country was playing its due role in this regard. The international community
also has to play its part in bringing peace to the war-torn country, he said,
adding it was not Pakistan’s sole responsibility to bring the Taliban to the
spokesman said Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist attack in Jalalabad city.
“We are distressed and grieved over the loss of precious human lives. Pakistan
reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”
Faisal maintained that United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Ambassador Alice G Wells had a useful visit to Pakistan during which detailed
discussions and meetings were held. During a meeting at the Foreign Office, the
two sides discussed bilateral relations as well as regional situation
especially, in Afghanistan, he said.
brutalities in Indian Held Kashmir, the spokesperson said Pakistan has always
voiced serious concerns over the relentless killing, maiming, unlawful arrests
and torture by India of the innocent civilians in the occupied valley. He
pointed out that in June alone, 33 people have been killed by the Indian army.
spokesman reiterated the demand for immediate establishment of commission of
inquiry to assess the human rights situation in the region. He said the
recommendations of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights (OHCHR) need to be implemented without delay. “We urge the international
community to call India to account for its grave human rights violations in
held Kashmir,” he said.
said the recently released UN report categorically focused on the Indian
atrocities in the occupied valley and explicitly underscored India’s obligation
to fulfill its commitment to international human rights law.
response to a question, he said he has no information on former prime minister
Nawaz Sharif taking political refuge in London.
spokesman also congratulated Archbishop Joseph Coutts of the Catholic Church of
Karachi who was elevated to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Francis last week.
Coutts was the second Pakistani accorded this honour after Cardinal Joseph
Cordeiro, who was appointed in 1973. In the hierarchy of the Catholic Church,
Cardinals come immediately after the Pope. One of the primary responsibilities
of the Cardinals is to elect a new Pope when the position becomes vacant.
Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage
Barrister Syed Ali Zafar on Thursday said the world should unite against
intolerance and injustice and promote values of harmony and love for ensuring
at an international conference titled Pakistan’s Pluralistic Cultural Values of
Peace, Tolerance and Love, he said any kind of intolerance was injustice to
humanity, adding that intolerance was increasing in the world and one of the
reasons for the growing tendency of intolerance was lack of education and
opportunities, absence of discussion and increasing disparity between the rich
said the country’s Constitution guaranteed basic rights of the people including
the freedom of speech and expression. The Constitution also gave basic rights
to the minorities and Pakistani state was protecting them from any kind of
oppression, he observed.
said Sufis through their teachings, imparted the values of love and harmony and
promoted a peaceful co-existence.
have to go back to basic teachings and learn values spread by Sufis,” Barrister
Syed Ali Zafar said.
focused on God and their doors were opened for people of every religion. The
basics of our religion included fundamental rights of people that were also
enshrined and preserved in our constitution,” he added.
minister said Pakistani citizens were facing problems due to lack of facilities
of education, health and jobs, but they were hard working and had strong
traditions and culture that bound them together.
said Pakistan faced a difficult time because of the confrontation between the
United States and Soviet Union which divided the world between the east and
fought a war, then the US left the region and abandoned the country, he said
adding that Armed Forces and people of Pakistan fought with resilience against
terrorism and repelled the views which terrorist organisations were imposing.
Zafar said despite all the turmoil, the people of Pakistan desired peace and
harmony and women played a critical role in ensuring peace and progress in
gave unparalleled sacrifices in the war against terrorism and won the war with
our unity and solidarity. Those who commit atrocities against minorities are
not Pakistanis,” he said.
accountability court has reserved its decision for an hour regarding a delay in
the announcement of the verdict in the Avenfield corruption reference against
the Sharif family.
Judge Mohammad Bashir will decide whether to proceed with announcing the
judgement today as scheduled or after seven days as requested by Nawaz Sharif
and Maryam Nawaz.
atmosphere outside the court in Islamabad — where the fate of the Sharif family
members in the corruption reference regarding their upscale London flats hangs
in a balance — is thick with tension and buzzing with security personnel.
the verdict was initially slated to be read out by judge Bashir today (Friday),
the ousted premier and his daughter filed an application with a duty judge
yesterday seeking a seven-day delay in the verdict announcement in light of
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's health.
Sharif matriarch has been in London since last year, when she was diagnosed
with cancer. She was recently placed on a ventilator and her condition remains
more or less unchanged.
members of the Sharif family ─
Nawaz, Maryam, Hassan and Hussain ─
are in London,
while Captain Safdar is in Pakistan.
Nawaz and Maryam's application yesterday, duty judge Mohammad Arshad issued
notices to the prosecution wing of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB),
and left it up to Judge Bashir to decide on the application.
Want to hear judgement while standing in courtroom, amidst my people: Nawaz
Judge Bashir reached the accountability court today, Additional Deputy
Prosecutor General NAB Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi opposed Nawaz and Maryam's
application, saying: "At a stage when the court concludes the trial and
fixes a date for the final announcement, the accused cannot file application
for any relief."
pointed out that "when the court concludes the arguments, the accused is
put on notice and under the law he should be brought to court, or the court
orders the accused to ensure attendance. "
a rebuttal, the defence counsel, Advocate Amjad Pervez, argued that "There
is a legal requirement that the accused person should be summoned at the time
of announcement of judgement, and in this case Mr Sharif and his daughter
Maryam Nawaz both are ready to attend proceedings, but because of Kulsoom
Nawaz's illness, they requested that the judgement may be postponed for a few
the lawyer asked when decision on the application would be announced, Judge
Bashir replied, "Give me an hour at least."
the court reserved its decision on the application for an hour.
Avenfield reference ─
which pertains to the purchase of
four flats in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London ─ was among those filed by the National
Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the former premier and his children on the
Supreme Court's orders in its landmark July 28 Panamagate verdict which
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Nawaz, Maryam and her husband Captain Safdar, NAB had also nominated Hussain
Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz — Sharif's sons — as accused in all three SC-ordered
NAB prosecutor had stated before the accountability court that Nawaz Sharif had
acquired the four flats.
family insists that they had purchased the apartments through ‘legitimate’
however, remained unable to disclose those resources before the accountability
court or the Supreme Court.
apex court had directed the accountability court to conclude proceedings within
six months and appointed Justice Ijazul Ahsan — who was a member of the bench
that heard Panama Papers case — as a “supervisory judge” for the trial.
more: Iqama — the missing link with Panama?
proceeding in the Avenfield reference commenced in September and the
accountability court indicted Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar on October 19.
to the JIT report submitted in the Panamagate case, the Sharifs have given
contradictory statements about their London flats and found that the flats
actually belonged to them since 1993.
report said Hassan Nawaz had contradicted the statement of his brother Hussain
Nawaz about the Avenfield apartments, who had earlier stated that only
apartment No 17 was in his possession in 1994.
Hassan confirmed that three Avenfield apartments (No 16, 16A and 17) were
already in possession of Hussain when he had arrived in London in 1994, while
they got the possession of the fourth apartment (17A) in the next six months.
What next for Nawaz Sharif?
JIT observed that either one or both brothers had lied to hide some facts and
hence they could not be given the benefit of doubt.
said Nawaz Sharif had distanced himself from the apartments and could not
explain the time frame and procedure adopted for obtaining the possession of
Avenfield apartments by his sons, and was even uncertain about which son
claimed the ownership of the flats now.
Nawaz told the JIT that he usually stayed in apartment No 16 (Avenfield)
whenever he visited London.
prosecution produced 21 witnesses in the Avenfield reference, including star
witness Wajid Zia, the head of the joint investigation team (JIT) which probed
the Panamgate case, Director General NAB Zahir Shah, British forensic expert
Robert William Radley and solicitor Akhtar Riaz Raja, who is Zia's cousin,
May this year, Nawaz, his daughter and son-in-law recorded their statements
under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) after which the court
invited final arguments from the prosecution and the defence counsel.
lead defence counsel Khawaja Haris initially withdrew from Sharif's defence
over the court beginning the final arguments since he was of the view that the
accountability court instead of calling for final arguments should first
conclude testimony of prosecution witnesses in other two references – Al Azizia
Steel Mills and Flagship Investment.
he rejoined the legal team after Nawaz left for the United Kingdom in mid-June
where his spouse Kulsoom Nawaz is undergoing medical treatment.
took seven days to conclude the final arguments after which the counsel of
Maryam and Safdar started his final arguments.
the course of arguments, the defence counsel cited a number of judgements of
the superior courts to prove that the case against the former prime minister
and his family was devoid of evidence.
and Maryam have appeared before the court around 100 times, according to media
the last hearing of the case, Advocate Amjad Pervez, counsel for Maryam and
Safdar had said that Wajid Zia hired his cousin, a UK-based solicitor, in the
Panama case which is a classic example of nepotism.
final arguments in the reference, Pervez said the Supreme Court in its May 5
order had empowered the JIT to engage experts but the JIT hired Raja, who was a
said that Raja took legal privilege when asked to disclose his fee but in his
own communication on behalf of the JIT, he asked a fellow solicitor in UK, the
amount charged by him from Hussain Nawaz.
to Pervez, Raja did only three things for JIT – sent an email to a solicitor
Jeremy Freeman, engaged forensic expert Robert Radley and authored a commentary
for the JIT.
argued that there is nothing on record as to why a solicitor’s services were
required to send an email and there is no plausible explanation why Radley
couldn’t be engaged directly or through foreign office.
pointed out that Raja doesn’t have any personal knowledge of the events and his
commentary is mere opinion. In addition, he said, it is an admitted fact that
Raja "congratulated" Zia following his appointment as JIT head.
counsel pointed out that Raja’s CV is not on record to show what kind of expert
he is and if he was previously engaged in any high-profile or important case
before being hired in Panamagate case.
his case, Pervez said that the JIT deliberately ignored the witnesses such as
management of Minerva Services, which was the registered director of Nielson
and Nescol off-shore companies that owned the Avenfield apartments.
claimed that the government of British Virgin Island (BVI) had rejected the
request for Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) sent by the JIT seeking information
regarding the London apartments but the investigation team concealed this
information in the JIT report.
argued that the evidence which has been brought on the court’s record was
"third-hand" evidence since these were old documents and were already
available even before the existence of the JIT.
further argued that the prosecution had miserably failed to bring "an iota
of evidence to substantiate whether Maryam Nawaz or retired Capt Safdar were
beneficial owner of the London apartments."
he concluded the arguments and thanked the accountability court, Judge Mohammad
Bashir without wasting even a second, announced the date for issuing the
verdict in the Avenfield reference.
court directed the accused persons to ensure their presence on July 6, when the
judgement in the Avenfield reference was set to be announced.
Maryam seek delay in verdict
counsel for the family had submitted an application to the accountability court
on Thursday, seeking a seven-day postponement in announcement of the verdict in
the Avenfield corruption reference, scheduled to be pronounced today.
application said a postponement in the announcement of the judgement had been
sought in view of the fast deteriorating health of Kulsoom Nawaz.
speaking to journalists in London on Wednesday, Nawaz had already said he
wanted to return home as early as possible but had to stay on in the British
capital because of the poor health of his ailing wife.
report about the condition of Begum Kulsoom was attached to the application
submitted on behalf of both the former premier and his daughter, Maryam.
report signed by David Lawrence, a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, says:
"Her [Kulsoom’s] current issue is that she remains ventilator-dependent.
Whilst last week it did look as if she might be able to [be] weaned, her
respiratory indices deteriorated and she has required pressure control
goes on to say: "Her CT scan performed on Wednesday, 20th of June 2018,
confirmed the diagnosis of small pulmonary emoli and remains anticoagulated
with Clexane now. She is single organ failure only. She requires no cardiac
support. Having optimised her lung function, I have performed a tracheostomy on
her today the July 3, 2018."
report adds: "We plan to reduce her sedation tomorrow and wake her over 48
hours. The continued presence and support of her family are imperative."
application submitted to the court by the Sharifs stated: "When the
applicant received the information that titled reference was fixed for
announcement of order/judgement on July 6, 2018, his/her immediate concern was
to return to Pakistan to be present before this learned court at the time of
pronouncement of judgement. However, considering all contingencies associated
with the pronouncement of judgement in the case they approached the team of
doctors and sought advice on her mother’s condition and especially the
likelihood of her gaining consciousness and coming off ventilator’s
said the country had a history of verdicts being "unnecessarily"
reserved for months, hence delaying the judgement for a few days “considering
an extremely sensitive matter” would not violate any requisite of justice or
want to hear this judgement while standing in the courtroom, amidst my people
[and] holding them as witnesses," Nawaz said in the application.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said Adiala jail
was waiting for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Khan was speaking at the residence of former PML-N leader Zafar Ali Shah, who
has joined the PTI.
on the application filed by Mr Sharif and his daughter asking for the date of
the announcement of the verdict in the Avenfield reference to be moved ahead
because they were unable to come to Pakistan due to Kulsoom Nawaz’ illness, Mr
Khan said they would read the verdict in the newspapers.
also accused Mr Sharif of using his wife’s illness as “emotional blackmail”.
Khan said everyone had sympathy for Kulsoom Nawaz, adding that his own mother
had died of cancer and had to be taken out of the country to receive treatment.
then accused Mr Sharif of emotionally blackmailing the nation, saying: “Mr
Sharif did not remember his wife while she was under treatment in London and he
was holding public meetings across the country.”
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Thursday paid
tribute to his mother Benazir Bhutto for not bowing to the military dictator
who had toppled a democratically elected government to impose martial law in
to the media and party workers at the residence of PPP Sukkur division
president and former MPA Haji Anwar Mahar in the Tamachani area in Sukkur, he
said on this day in 1977 the government of his maternal grandfather Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto was toppled to wind up a popularly elected dispensation.
read: Bilawal says he ‘didn’t choose this life’, it chose him
forces across the country and abroad observe July 5 as ‘black day’ in the
history of Pakistan, according to Bhutto-Zardari.
said his mother and charismatic politician Benazir Bhutto struggled for the
restoration of democracy in the country and fought against the dictatorship of
General Ziaul Haq and then that of General Pervez Musharraf. She dedicated her
entire life for the restoration of democracy and finally laid down her life for
the cause, he said.
expressed his pleasure over completion of the full five-year terms by
successive elected governments in the country, and hoped that democracy would
continue to flourish in this part of the world.
Bhutto-Zardari, however, noted that the situation of human rights in the
country was not encouraging. “Weaknesses in this respect must be addressed,” he
said a debate should he held on human rights in the elected houses after the
general elections. “Democracy means human rights and human rights means
democracy,” he remarked.
also referred to the ugly scenes witnessed during his rally in Lyari a few days
ago, and said that his party leaders and activists were facing threats and
harassment at the hands of undemocratic forces. He said such things were
continuing although it was not the PPP that had lodged the FIR against around
400 ‘miscreants’ suspected to be involved in the Lyari episode.
the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) formed against PPP, he said elements within
the alliance were talking about saving and protecting Sindh and at the same
time siding with those who wanted a division of the province. “This shows they
are working for vested interests,” he said.
said he was pleased to be warmly welcomed by a huge crowd in Pir Jo Goth during
his ongoing election campaign.
to the village (Pir Jo Goth) of GDA chief Pir Pagara, who also heads the
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and his Hur Jamaat, the PPP chairman
remarked: “Increasing popularity of PPP within Pir Jo Goth has turned it [into]
Teer Jo Goth [stronghold of PPP which has the election symbol of arrow].
reply to a question, Bhutto-Zardari said that a democratic dispensation alone
could efficiently address all internal and external issues. “Such issues will
be resolved when an elected government is in place,” he added.
on ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif ‘s plea for deferring the judgement of
accountability court in the Avenfield case for some days, the PPP chairman said
that Mr Sharif was an accused in the case and no accused could dictate to a
court about when to pronounce its judgement.
said it was wrong to portray Mr Sharif as a victim [of injustice], nor should
the judiciary create a bad impression for itself.
anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Quetta on Thursday acquitted 15 accused arrested
in 2013 over allegations of carrying out bomb explosions over lack of
sufficient evidence, a private media outlet reported.
Judge Muhammad Dawood Nasar acquitted the accused as police could not provide
sufficient evidence before the court. Human rights activist Jalila Haider and
Advocate Mukesh Kohli were counsels for the accused.
children are likely to be released by tomorrow after completion of the legal
procedure,” said Jalila Haider.
police had arrested 15 children in March 2013 claiming they were involved in
carrying out over 20 bomb explosions in the provincial capital. The news had
made headlines in national media and was also picked up by international
children — as young as 11 years old then — remained in captivity of police
since their arrest.
had claimed that the children arrested in various raids were associated with
the banned United Baloch Army (UBA) and were involved in a series of bomb
explosions in the city. The children remained under trail at ATC Quetta for
over five years since their arrest.
SIALKOT - The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has
arrested a suspected terrorist near local Sabzi Mandi in Daska city. According
to the senior CTD officials, on a tip-off, a CTD team from Gujranwala raided
there in Daska city and caught red handed a suspect terrorist, who was planning
terrorism act in Daska city.
officials added that the suspect terrorist was identified as Yousaf, a resident
of tehsil Kamalia (Toba Tek Singh district), who belonged to banned
international militant organization ISIS. CTD arrested him with explosive
material and safety fuse from his custody.
has sent the accused behind bars after registering a case against him. Further
investigations were underway, in this regard.
was the second suspect terrorist arrested by CTD from Sialkot district during
the last week.
shadow judge, commander among 25 killed in Nangarhar operations
least twenty five ISIS Khurasan militants including the shadow judge and a
commander of the group were killed during the ongoing operations in eastern
governor’s office in Nangarhar said the militants were killed during the
separate operations conducted in Achin and Haska Mina districts.
source further added that 23 ISIS Khurasan militants including one of their
shadow judges and a local commander of the group were killed during the air and
ground operations in Achin district.
operations were conducted late on Wednesday night in the vicinity of Bandar
area, the governor’s office added.
the meantime, the US forces conducted airstrikes on ISIS Khurasan hideouts in
Haska Mina district leaving at least two dead, the provincial government office
said, adding that the airstrikes were carried out in Angoor Kala area.
Nangarhar governor’s office also added that some heavy and light weapons
belonging to the terror group were also destroyed.
has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban
regime in 2001 but the anti-government armed militants have been attempting to
expand their foothold in this province during the recent years.
still fleeing violence, persecution in Myanmar: UN rights boss
- Muslim Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many testifying
about violence, persecution, killings and burning of their homes by soldiers
and Buddhists, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday.
Ra’ad al Hussein, in his final remarks to the Human Rights Council before
stepping down on Aug 31, questioned a top Myanmar official’s assertion that the
government was committed to defending the rights of all, not those of any one
my four years as High Commissioner I have heard many preposterous claims. That
claim is almost in its own category of absurdity,” Zeid said. “Have you no
shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.”
Myanmar official, Kyaw Moe Tun, director-general of its foreign ministry, did
not reply to Zeid’s comments which closed the two-hour debate. After the
session he could not be reached for comment.
Kyaw said during the debate that Zeid’s report contained information that was
“distorted or exaggerated”. He blamed the violence on militants who attacked
Myanmar government forces.
root cause of the tragedy was terrorism and terrorism cannot be condoned under
any circumstance,” Kyaw said.
far this year, 11,432 Rohingya have reached Bangladesh, where more than 700,000
have fled since an August military crackdown in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine
state, Zeid said.
amount of rhetoric can whitewash these facts. People are still fleeing
persecution in Rakhine—and are even willing to risk dying at sea to escape,” he
Rohingya refugees also report being pressured by Myanmar authorities to accept
a national verification card that says they need to apply for citizenship, he
citizenship issue is at the core of discussions on their status, Zeid said,
adding that the cards “mark the Rohingya as non-citizens, in keeping with the
government’s characterisation of them as foreigners in their own homeland”.
in mainly Buddhist Myanmar deny carrying out large scale human rights abuses,
which the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.
say a crackdown in Rakhine is a necessary response to violence by the Arakan
Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militant group, which attacked Myanmar security
said a top priority for his government was to find a “sustainable solution” in
blast: Afghan President visits gurudwara, promises action against culprits
President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said the deadly attack targeting Sikhs and
Hindus in the eastern city of Jalalabad will be thoroughly investigated and the
perpetrators will face trial as he visited a gurudwara in Kabul and offered
condolences to the minority community.
Ghani visited the gurdwara in Kart-e-Parwan area of Kabul city and offered
condolences to the Sikh community members, the office of the President, ARG
Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber targeted a convoy of Sikhs and Hindus on
their way to meet the Afghan president in Jalalabad on Sunday. At least 20
people, including 17 Sikhs, were killed in the attack. Avtar Singh Khalsa, a
long-time leader of the Sikh community who had planned to run in the parliamentary
elections set for October, was also killed in the blast.
Ghani called the attack a catastrophe and promised that the incident would be
thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators would face trial for the crime,”
the ARG said in a statement.
the Sikh and Hindus communities the pride of the nation, Ghani said the
government remains committed to support the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus.
the Gurdwara, Surpal Singh thanked Ghani on behalf of the Afghan Sikh community
for offering condolences.
the occasion, Narendra Singh was appointed as new representative of the Hindus
and Sikh minority in Afghanistan, Pajhwok reported.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai also visited the gurudwara to offer condolences
for Sikhs who lost their lives in the terrorist attack.
our Sikh gurdwara to offer condolences for our Sikh brothers who lost their
lives in a terrorist attack in Jalalabad. Remembered their lasting community
services and love for our country. Prayed for their eternal rest,” Karzai
tweeted along with the pictures of his visit.
residents in Kabul staged a protest against the killing of Sikhs in Jalalabad.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the activities of the irresponsible armed
individuals will not be tolerated any more as the Afghan Special Forces
arrested one of the prominent commanders of Junbish Milli in northern Faryab
province of Afghanistan.
with the officers of the 201st Silab Corps in the East, President Ghani said
the government arrested a number of irresponsible armed individuals this week
and were transferred to Kabul.
was responding to a question a demand of the Afghan national army officer who
asked President Ghani to act against the irresponsible armed individuals in the
Ghani further added that the government has decided and is firm to its decision
not to tolerate the irresponsible armed individuals anymore.
local government and military officials confirmed that Commander Nizamuddin
Qaisari was arrested following a scuffle in a military compound on Monday
provincial council member of Faryab Tahir Rahmani confirmed that Commander
Qaisari has been arrested by the Special Forces of the Afghan Military.
said Commander Qaisari started verbal clash with the participants of a security
meeting in Maimana city which resulted into a armed clash.
Afghanistan High Peace Council (AHPC) says direct talks with the Taliban group
will likely kick off in coming weeks amid ongoing efforts to revive peace talks
with the group.
High Peace Council Secretariat Chief Mohammad Akram Khpalwak informed regarding
the possible launch of direct talks as he was briefing the lawmakers in the
Lower House of the Parliament on Wednesday.
further added that they hope to see a positive outcome regarding the ceasefire
and direct talks taking into consideration the national consensus, regional and
international support for the reconciliation process.
to Khpalwak, the recent uprisings for reconciliation, specifically the recent
stance announced by Saudi Imams, have created a best opportunity for the peace
also added that the High Peace Council and government are fully prepared for
the peace talks and consider the situation as viable for the peace process.
said the High Peace Council hopes that the Taliban group would respect the
demands of the people and Saudi Imams and introduced their authorized
representatives for the talks regarding ceasefire and peace process.
issues arrest warrant for Libyan commander over execution of Takfiris
International Criminal Court revealed Thursday it has issued a second arrest
warrant for a Libyan military commander accused of shooting dead 10 Takfiri
prisoners after a Benghazi mosque attack.
new warrant for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, issued Wednesday, cites
"his alleged responsibility for murder as a war crime" in the Libyan
conflict, the ICC said in a statement.
an earlier warrant issued in August, Werfalli, a commander of the
Benghazi-based al-Saiqa Brigade loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, has
remained at large.
ICC judges have found "reasonable grounds to believe" that Werfalli
"allegedly shot dead 10 persons in front of the Bi'at al-Radwan Mosque in
Benghazi" on January 24.
40 people were killed and scores injured in twin car bombings outside the
mosque after evening prayers frequented by Takfiri opponents in Libya's second
first warrant accused Werfalli of the cold-blooded executions of at least 33
civilians or injured fighters in seven incidents in 2016 and 2017.
ICC judges referred to video footage allegedly showing Werfalli personally
shooting hooded and bound prisoners, or ordering a firing squad to open fire on
February, Werfalli said in an unconfirmed Facebook video post that he had
handed himself in to Haftar, insisting on his innocence, and justifying any
executions as "sentences" against Takfiri killers.
fell into chaos after the ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011,
with competing authorities in Tripoli and the east vying for power.
supports an administration based in the east, while the UN-backed unity
government based in the capital Tripoli has struggled to assert its authority
outside of the west of the country.
chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has repeatedly called for help in arresting
Werfalli, as well as Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, who is also wanted on
charges of war crimes.
warrant has also been issued for the arrest of former security chief Al-Tuhamy
Mohamed Khaled, accused of war crimes committed in 2011.
training Nigerian Shiites – Report
East Institute on Thursday said sources close to Hezbollah have confirmed that
the Labanese organization is currently providing ideological and military
training to Nigerian Shiites inside Lebanon.
men, in long, traditional African garb specific to northern Nigeria are
sometimes spotted in Dahieh, a predominantly Shiite suburb south of Beirut
where Hezbollah runs a cultural center,” MEI quoted a source as saying.
training is limited to a few number of people but it is growing steadily.
Shiite Nigerians initially receive a religious training before a military one
that is provided in two camps in the Lebanese Bekaa.
has told Hezbollah that it needed to recruit and train Nigerians to establish a
stronghold there so that it could serve as an operational base for the rest of
Africa, mainly to thwart Israeli and western ambitions in the region”.
source added that the current training program in Lebanon for Nigerian Shiites
is limited in scope, at least for now.
training that is taking place now in Lebanon is mostly focusing on
higher-ranking officers in commanding positions, who can in turn train new
recruits in Nigeria, which is why the number of trainees remains limited.
trainees also generally return to Lebanon every three to six months to receive
further training on more sophisticated weapons”
detained leader of outlawed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Nigeria,
Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, a Sunni demagogue hailing from the town of Zaria, was
initially inspired by Muslim Brotherhood’s chief ideologue Sayyed Qutb.
he later converted to Shiite Islam and became a flag-bearer for Iran’s revolution
in his native country.
Muhammadu Buhari Thursday rallied Christian leaders in the country to remain
united and shame those stoking the fires of ethnic and religious conflicts in
the country for their short-term political gains.
members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from the 19 Northern
states and Abuja led by Yakubu Pam, at the Presidential Villa, the president
reaffirmed his administration's commitment to bring violent conflicts in
Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara and other flash-points to a decisive
urged the Christian community to complement government efforts by working
firmly for a united and strong Nigeria.
can achieve lasting peace only with the sincere and active cooperation of
communities, religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders.
include the media in whose hands lies the power to frame, shape the
perspectives and narratives which influence the thinking of millions of people
within and outside Nigeria.
us collectively shame those who are stoking the fires of ethnic and religious
conflicts for their short-term political gains.
country belongs equally to Christians and Muslims and even those who claim
ignorance of God," the President told the Christian leaders.
the recent killings in Benue, Zamfara and lately Plateau, which he described as
"wicked, condemnable and completely unacceptable acts", the president
stressed that Nigerians are religious people and no religion or culture accepts
the killing of people for any reason whatsoever.
is why we must all rise as one to condemn these vile and wicked acts to ensure
that all the culprits are brought to justice
owe it to the memory of those who lost their lives in the violence in Plateau,
Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara and elsewhere since 1999 to bring the
conflicts to a decisive end. I assure you that we will do this.
me make it clear that even a single life lost in any part of the country is one
too many. I came to office vowing to ensure the protection of lives and
property, and I remain committed to this despite the challenges we have
experienced," Mr Buhari said.
also used the occasion of the visit by CAN Northern leaders to enumerate some
steps taken by his administration to check the recurring violence in some parts
of the country.
recent weeks, we have beefed up Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State, with the
deployment of extra Special Forces from the Defence Headquarters.
we currently have no fewer than three special military intervention forces in
the troubled zones.
Safe Haven to secure Plateau State, Operation Whirl Stroke 1 (OPWS) to secure
Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa and OPWS 2 to secure Zamfara and Kaduna States.
forces are supported with investigative and intelligence gathering capabilities
from the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services and other
agencies," he said.
that it is the full responsibility of government to deploy law enforcement
agencies in troubled spots, the president noted that creating the platform and
mechanisms for dialogue remained a collective effort for all citizens.
told the Christian leaders that the military and police have arrested hundreds
of suspects across the various flash-points in the region and several
prosecutions are going on, noting that there have been a number of convictions.
are right when they say they want to see more convictions and I would like to
appeal to the judiciary to help us fast track these cases," he said.
Buhari also condemned insinuations that his government has done nothing about
the recent killings.
some, for clearly political purposes, attempt to suggest that this government
is doing nothing about the killings and that I, being Fulani, must be
encouraging these satanic acts, it seems to me that there is no limit to the
evil in the minds of men.
how can anyone in their right minds suggest that I, as an elected president
even with substantial votes in the affected areas, will for any reason do harm
by an act of omission to those same people?
the problems in all these areas, as you all know, are historical. There is no
administration that has not had to contend with killings in these same areas
over the years.
in 2001, you may recall that after thousands were killed in Plateau State, a
State of Emergency was declared and a governor was replaced by an
administrator," he said.
in his remarks, the leader of the delegation, Mr Pam had enumerated some
demands from the Christian community in Northern Nigeria, including an urgent
review of the nation's security architecture; rebuilding of communities ravaged
by the attacks and provision of adequate security for farmers in the region.
least 17 people have been killed in fighting between militants from Somalia’s
al Shabaab group and clan militias in the country’s central semi-autonomous
region of Galmudug, residents and the group told Reuters on Thursday.
state-run Radio Muqdisho reported on its website on Thursday that the fighting
in the Haradheere area, which started on Wednesday, had been triggered by
alleged al Shabaab conscription of teenagers into their ranks.
revolt in al Shabaab controlled town
Shabaab has controlled the port district for years but has repeatedly clashed
with local clan militias over a range of disputes.
Shabaab asked for teenagers to be recruited,” the radio reported. A tax called
zakat being imposed by al Shabaab had also stoked anger among the residents and
militias, it added.
in the area told Reuters a total of nine militia members and al Shabaab
fighters had been killed in the fighting.
attacked al Shabaab and … then, al Shabaab got many militants as reinforcement
from various regions. We fought and fought till we ran out of bullets,” a local
elder, Farah Ahmed, told Reuters by phone from the Haradheere area on Thursday.
has been convulsed by lawlessness and violence since 1991 when dictator Mohamed
Siad Barre was toppled.
Shabaab is fighting to dislodge the western-backed central government and
African Union-mandated peace-keeping force AMISOM which, defends it, and
install its own government based on its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia
Shabaab blames Ethiopia
Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman told Reuters they had
fought the militias because they were armed by neighbouring Ethiopia. They had
killed 15 members of the militias, he said.
wants Hobyo port and so it is using clan militias to capture the road to Hobyo
port town,” he said.
biggest Islamic convention welcomes people from all over the world
Mir is just one of thousands of Muslims from all over the world who are coming
to Canada's largest and longest-running Islamic convention.
came all the way from the U.K. to visit her cousins. She says she's seen the
convention on television and is curious to see it for herself.
thought, 'Why not come here and witness this historical moment?'" she told
Jalsa Salana convention, which will open Friday and wrap up Sunday at the
International Centre in Mississauga, has been held in the Toronto area for 42
grew from having 1,000 attendees in 1976 to over 20,000 last year, according to
Khan Malik, national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at of Canada.
Jalsa Salana was first created in 1891 and was held in Qadian, India — founded
by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Only 75 people attended the first event and
now, over a century later, its conventions are held in Germany, the U.K., the
U.S. and Australia, as well as Canada, with tens of thousands of
includes speeches, lectures and opportunities for members of the Islamic
community to discuss contemporary issues and Canada holds one of the largest
Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Stephen Harper both attended
the convention in previous years.
are opening up their homes to accommodate guests
of the Vaughan Muslim community are opening up their homes to visitors, guests
and family members.
Aleem, who handles media relations for the event, says he's expecting 11
people, which includes four members of his own family. He says in past years,
he's let people he's never met stay at his house.
the end of the week, they're pretty much family," he said.
those who can't find a place to stay, the Baitul Islam Mosque in Vaughan plans
to open up guest houses.
Ahmed, the imam of the Baitul Mosque, says hospitality is a big part of the
is all for the love'
have already begun preparing food for over 20,000 guests.
that many people, each meal — which takes three to four hours to cook —
requires 2,200 kilograms of meat, 907 kilograms of potatoes, 6,800 kilograms of
rice and approximately two truckloads of pita bread, according to cook Dawood
will be 200 cooks on staff, and on July 6 they'll start at around 3 a.m. Once
the meal is prepared, it will be transported from the Baitul Mosque in Vaughan
to the International Centre in Mississauga.
one is paid — all of it is volunteer work.
is all for the love," said Ajamal. "To serve our guests."
the convention, the kitchen will run for 24 hours.
Hamid, comes every year from Virginia to Toronto. She says in comparison to the
U.S., the convention in Canada is bigger and more exciting. She says she loves
seeing her family every time she comes.
only is it a religious, spiritual event — it's also a social experience,"
was much bonhomie as a few dozen people, including members of Congress and US
administration officials, gathered last week for dinner in a posh Washington
neighborhood in honor of Qatar’s foreign minister, according to a report by
scene was a continuation of the same situation more than year ago as Doha is
still, in vain, spending colossal amount of money, and organizing events, in
order to push the White House to press on the Middle East powers to revert
their decision to cut ties with Qatar over its policies.
Donald Trump followed the boycott with tweets suggesting Qatar funded
terrorism. Reuters has quoted Joey Allaham, who used be paid from Qatar to
advocate for it, as saying when the decision (cutting ties with Doha) was taken
“they (Qatar) had no presence on the Hill.”
added that Allaham was paid $1.45 million, including costs, for his advocacy
work. However, a year later, the boycott remains in force, and Qatar is still
trying, without no results, to persuade certain lawmakers and American
personalities to help in getting it out of the crisis.
the Reuters report, several Qatari lobbyists said the strategy has cost Qatar
tens of millions of dollars. The country has also hired some people seen as
close to Trump, pledged billions of dollars in US investments or business and
sponsored Doha visits, according to its advisers and public filings the report
has lavished at least $24 million on lobbying in Washington I the last 18
months and has hired people close to Trump.
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, for example, said he worked for the Qataris
on an investigation and visited Doha just weeks before becoming Trump’s
personal lawyer in April.
told Reuters that he has not spoken to Trump about his Qatar work. In contrast,
Ed Royce, chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, disclosed
plans for a bill naming Qatar a sponsor of terrorism. Royce introduced the
“swarmed the Hill” to oppose the bill, including appealing to House Speaker
Paul Ryan’s office, two lobbyists said. But debates about the bill are still
the Qataris called in all their lobbyists and favors to try to derail the bill,
though the final chapter on these issues has yet to be written,” said the
Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, who has sued Qatar for hacking his
addition, Qatar has also reached out to unlikely allies. In January, Qatar's
lobbyists flew Morton Klein, head of the Zionist Organization of America, first
class on Qatar Airways and put him up at the five-star Sheraton Grand Doha
Resort for meetings with the country's leaders, according to the report.
included a two-hour, one-on-one palace meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad
al-Thani. However, Klein continues to be critical of Doha.
report said that the United States, closely allied to countries on both sides,
has found itself in the middle and tried unsuccessfully to mediate. Trump wants
“the dispute eased and eventually resolved, as it only benefits Iran,” a US
State Department spokeswoman said.
$90 million? The price Qatar would pay to get cosy with Trump-friendly media
Qatar was the only GCC state that, since the beginning of the crisis, enhanced
its ties with Iran. Reuters quoted an Iranian official, who previously served
as ambassador to the UAE as saying that Qatar has the right to choose its
than hoping for Washington to enforce a solution to the crisis, Qatar should
establish a dialogue directly with the UAE and its neighbors,” Yousef Al
Otaiba, UAE ambassador to the US has said.
United States is preparing to send an unknown number of its next generation
nuclear weapons to military bases across Turkey and other NATO countries in
Europe, according to a new report.
report by Russian media comes weeks after the US Department of Energy’s
National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the US. Air Force
carried out non-nuclear system qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity
bomb at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.
tests on June 9, which were reported to be the first of their kind, sought to
extend the decades-old B61 bomb’s service life by making it compatible with
next generation aircraft, including B-2A Spirit bomber as well as the F-35
B61-12 LEP will consolidate and replace the existing B61 bomb variants in the
[US] nuclear stockpile. The first production unit is on schedule for completion
in fiscal year 2020,” read a statement by DOE/NNSA in late June..
experts, Russia’s state-run RIA news agency said Germany, Italy and Turkey were
going to receive an unspecified number of the new bombs.
United States continues to invest in weapons of mass destruction. The NATO
bases in Turkey, Germany and Italy will receive the new bombs in 2020,” Russian
nuclear expert Alexandr Jilin told RIA.
US currently has around 150 nuclear weapons in five NATO member countries,
including Turkey, according to a 2017 report by the Turkish Parliament report
on worldwide nuclear arms.
type bombs are among the nuclear weapons the US has stored in the İncirlik air
base, which is located in the southern Turkish province of Adana.
from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) suggests that at least the 50
B61s are being kept in Turkey.
officials have neither confirmed nor denied reports about the US nuclear
weapons in Turkey.
President Donald Trump has called for the US to “greatly strengthen and expand
its nuclear capability.”
the first time since the 1980 US Refugee Act, the number of refugees resettled
in the US dropped to be less than all other countries combined in 2017,
according to new data compiled by the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees and published by Pew Research Center.
many of the top nations that resettle refugees have seen a drop-off (Canada,
second to the US, saw 20,000 fewer refugees resettled in 2016 compared to
2017), the US had 64,000 fewer refugees in 2017 than it did in 2016 when the US
accepted about 97,000 refugees, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees
number of refugees admitted to the US in 2017, about 33,000, is on par with the
years following the 9/11 terror attacks when there was a temporary decline, but
the US still took in more refugees than the rest of the world.
notes that the resettled refugees are different than asylum seekers and
refugees who migrate without prior approval from the government, such as those
attempting to cross the American southern border.
President Trump capped admissions at 45,000 this year, the number of refugees
in the US is expected to decrease.
there has been a large decline Muslim refugees in the 2018 fiscal year, with
the amount of Muslim refugees dropping more than any other religious group.
the fiscal year has not yet completed, the published numbers are far behind the
39,100 refugee admissions at this point in fiscal 2017, according to the data.
Bal ‘a lone wolf’ among Waterford’s Muslims, garda says
who investigated Hassan Bal for fundraising for Islamic State (Isis) have said
he was very much “a lone wolf” and his activities did not reflect the views of
the Muslim community in Waterford, where he was based.
after Bal had was jailed for 2½ years, Supt Chris Delaney said gardaí received
significant support from members of the Muslim community in the city during
Garda Síochána works very closely with the local Muslim community - we have
ethnic liaison officers who work very closely with the community - they attend
prayer meetings at the mosques in full uniform and they are allowed to talk to
members of the Muslim community,” he said.
are very happy with the level of engagement between the local Muslim community
and the gardaí. They have contributed significantly to the development of the
city over recent years and are a highly valued group here in Waterford city.”
Eugene O’Kelly, who sentenced Bal, had earlier said the seriousness of the
terrorist offences committed by the accused were very much at odds with the
view of Muslims in Ireland generally.
said an overwhelming majority of Muslims in Ireland do not support such radical
ideologies and warned that the rise of Islamophobia on foot of the activities
of radical Islamisists elsewhere should have “no place in our society”.
in any society simply serves to generate support amongst the young, the
vulnerable and the marginalised for such radical groups, said Judge O’Kelly as
he paid tribute to Supt Anthony Pettit and his colleagues for their successful
investigation of Bal’s offences.
O’Kelly also paid tribute to Daily Mail journalist, Omar Wahid for his
investigative work which saw him go undercover and pose as an ISIS supporter
willing to donate money to the ISIS cause because without him, Bal’s
fund-raising activities may never have come to light.
afterwards, Supt Delaney paid tribute to Supt Pettit for leading a team of up
to 50 investigators while he also thanked colleagues in the South East as well
as the Special Detective Unit, the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau and
Security and Intelligence for their support.
Delaney pointed out that there was a significant international aspect to the
case and he acknowledged the close assistance that gardai received in the UK
and Europe particularly from the Counter Terrorism Unit in the London
Metropolitcan Police and from Interpol.
Muslims, Jews condemn Islamophobic attack
and Jewish groups on Thursday strongly condemned an attack on a young Muslim
girl in the Belgian city of Charleroi.
a statement, the Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations (CCOJB)
said that it condemns in the strongest terms “the horrible attack suffered by a
young Muslim woman”.
group described the attack as a “despicable act” in which the girl’s headscarf
was pulled off and she was insulted.
the Belgium Federation of Islam also condemned the attack and called for taking
necessary steps to prosecute attackers.
a statement, the federation condemned the “separatist rhetoric” used by Belgian
long as headscarves and Muslim women are shown as threats, […] violence will be
inevitable,” the statement added.
federation said such incidents instill fear in Muslim women, urging the
government to ensure the protection of headscarfed women.
night, two assailants attacked a 19-year-old Muslim teen in Anderlues
municipality, reportedly tearing off her clothes, leaving her with deep marks
inflicted by a sharp object across her bare chest, legs, and stomach.
Wednesday, the Inter-federal Centre for Equal Opportunities (UNIA) spokesman
Bram Sebrechts told Anadolu Agency the attack was motivated by Islamophobia in
the Charleroi Prosecutor’s Office will make a ruling on the nature of the
attack, Sebrechts said.
Belgian parliamentarian Mahinur Ozdemir said the young woman was out at night
searching for her cat when she came under attack.
said the victim could have been murdered.
measures are not taken it will be unfortunately impossible to prevent such
attacks,” he said.
package of economic measures to offset the US pullout from the nuclear deal
does not go far enough, President Hassan Rouhani told French President Emmanuel
Macron by telephone on Thursday, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.
package proposed by Europe ... does not meet all our demands,” Rouhani was
quoted as saying.
message to Merkel
gave a similar message in a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the
president’s website reported. The proposed package “only included some general
promises like previous EU statements,” Rouhani said.
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set out conditions in May for European powers if
they want Tehran to stay in the accord, including steps by European banks to
safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantees for Iranian oil sales.
warned on Wednesday that Iran could reduce its co-operation with the UN nuclear
watchdog if the deal collapses.
said Tehran was hopeful that the issue could be addressed when foreign
ministers from the five remaining signatories of the nuclear deal meet Iranian
officials in Vienna on Friday.
says it will do everything possible to keep the 2015 Iran nuclear deal alive
after the US chose to unilaterally abandon the international agreement, vowing
continued trade cooperation with Tehran despite the return of American
Russian Foreign Ministry made the comments in a statement quoted by the
Interfax news agency on Thursday without further details.
early May, the administration of US President Donald Trump pulled the country
out of the nuclear agreement, dealing a blow to the outcome of years of international
diplomacy and teamwork.
White House also said it would impose the "highest level of" economic
sanctions against Iran.
other parties to the deal -- along with the entire world community -- harshly
censured Trump's decision, expressing their determination to keep honoring the
deal and make efforts, at the same time, to save the historic agreement without
has said it will not leave the deal, officially named the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action (JCPOA), for now, but conditioned its stay in the pact on a set
of practical EU measures aimed at protecting Iran's share of dividends from the
accord when Washington's sanctions snap back into place.
then, Iran and other parties to the deal -- Russia, China, France, Britain plus
Germany -- have been engaged in a flurry of diplomatic contacts to find ways to
save the JCPOA.
European parties to the deal are currently working to finalize a package of
proposals meant to blunt the impact of returning US sanctions on their businesses
in Iran and safeguard their commercial ties with Tehran.
has, in turn, said it will develop even closer ties with Iran in the wake of
Washington's pullout from the deal.
Yermakov, Director General of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms
Control at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, had said in early May that with the US
exit “it might even be easier for us on the economic front, because we won’t
have any limits on economic cooperation with Iran. We would develop bilateral
relations in all areas – energy, transport, high tech, medicine."
only did the US fail to honor its side of the bargain with Iran, but it has
also been seeking to throw a wrench in efforts by the remaining parties to the
deal to fulfill their obligations under the JCPOA, which has been endorsed by
UN Security Council 2231.
has threatened the European firms with hefty penalties should they refuse to
leave Iran with the return of American sanctions.
Envoy to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said on
Wednesday the US “discredited itself by proving to be an unreliable
also praised Iran for its “wise and balanced” approach in dealing with
Washington and its attempt to keep its side of the agreement.
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