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Delhi: For the first time in its history, the Political Science department of
Delhi University has proposed “Islam and International Relations” to be taught
at the post graduate level.
a nod from the Academic Council (AC), the paper intends to introduce “students
to the multi-layered and multi-faceted theoretical, conceptual and
philosophical issues that act as roadmap when we attempt at understanding the
linkages between the history, culture and theology of Islam and the
structuration processes that are involved in the functioning of international
a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs of Delhi
University, a point was raised by an academic who questioned why other
religions should be left out.
just Islam and International Relations? Why can’t we study other religions as
well in the arena of International Relations,” asked Dr Geeta Bhatt, an
academic and a member of the AC who was present at the Standing Committee
Sanjeev Kumar HM, who designed the course, told News 18 in an interview: “There
was no opposition, but one suggestion was made on including other religions as
well. We were asked why only Islam? Why can’t we design a course on Hinduism
and International Relations or Buddhism and International Relations or
Christianity and International Relations?”
is hopeful that the course will get a nod in the AC. The Standing Committee has
okayed the idea, but they think there should be designing of courses on other
religions as well.
and other religions?
believes that this argument of including other religions was made “to water
down the idea of having a course in Islam”.
told News 18, “Other religions can be taught under a different design – maybe a
course on comparative religions in post secular International Relations, but
that is going to be a different trajectory”.
further said: “We cannot have full course on other religions and International
Relations because the space you need in terms of ideas is not same with others.”
said the scholarship in Islam and IR is booming and the reasons are plenty.
has been happening, entire course of international relations has been defined
in terms of one idea and that is - what is Islam and why it should be contested
is the whole idea of one religion and why it is so significant? “Why not
Hinduism or Christianity? When there was enlightenment, there was this whole
idea of reviving Christianity and Greco-Roman traditions. The entire
enlightenment political philosophy and social theory centered on Greco-Roman
traditions and Judaism Christian themes.”
further emphasised that international relations is not just about relations
between two countries but it is about culture, identities and differences.
says the course is important as it is going to be a departure from “what the
hegemonic traditions tell about Islam”.
contemporary trends in the world, Kumar said, have also made the Islamic
scholarship important to pursue.
Islamic radicalism has spread more widely as compared to others – because of
the way imperial forces, especially the US and the Europe, meddled with it,” he
the Course proposal says
course explains as to how in recent times, the genealogy and archaeology of the
religious and political thought in Islam and its connection with the systemic
contours of societies and political institutions has emerged to be one of the
most contested subjects in humanities and social sciences.
course then lays out as to how such an interest has been the product of the
radicalisation of political Islam and the growing unhealthy interface that has
developed between Islam and violence, as a result of the globalization of Jihad
that has brought in the medieval notions of a contest between abode of Islam
(Dar al-Islam) and the land of unbelievers (Dar al-harb).
to this, Islam has become a prominent element in the sphere of security
course expects to help students comprehend how the notion of Islamophobia has
become an integral part of contemporary global affairs. Also, how the religion
has been misrepresented in the sphere of international politics.
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that criticism of Mohammed, the
founder of Islam, constitutes incitement to hatred and therefore is not
protected free speech.
its unprecedented decision, the Strasbourg-based court — which has jurisdiction
over 47 European countries, and whose rulings are legally binding on all 28
member states of the European Union — has effectively legitimized an Islamic
blasphemy code in the interests of "preserving religious peace" in
case involves Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian woman who in 2011 was
convicted of "denigrating religious beliefs" after giving a series of
lectures about the dangers of fundamentalist Islam.
legal problems began in November 2009, when she presented a three-part seminar
about Islam to the Freedom Education Institute, a political academy linked to
the Austrian Freedom Party — which today forms part of the Austrian government.
A left-leaning weekly magazine, News, planted a journalist in the audience to
secretly record the lectures. Lawyers for the publication then handed the
transcripts over to the Viennese public prosecutor's office as evidence of hate
speech against Islam, according to Section 283 of the Austrian Criminal Code
offending speech was an offhand comment by Sabaditsch-Wolff that Mohammed was a
pedophile because he married his wife Aisha when she was just six or seven
years old. Sabaditsch-Wolff's actual words were, "A 56-year-old and a
six-year-old? What do we call it, if it is not pedophilia?"
most hadiths (collections of traditions containing the words and actions of Mohammed)
confirm that Aisha was prepubescent when Mohammed married her and was only nine
years old when the marriage was consummated. Mohammed's actions would today be
unlawful in Austria, so Sabaditsch-Wolff's comments were factually, if not
charges against Sabaditsch-Wolff were filed in September 2010 and her bench
trial, presided over by one judge and no jury, began that November. On February
15, 2011, Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted of "denigration of religious
beliefs of a legally recognized religion," according to Section 188 of the
Austrian Criminal Code.
judge rationalized that Mohammed's sexual contact with nine-year-old Aisha
could not be considered pedophilia because Mohammed continued his marriage to
Aisha until his death. According to this line of thinking, Mohammed had no
exclusive desire for underage girls; he was also attracted to older females
because Aisha was 18 years old when Mohammed died.
judge ordered Sabaditsch-Wolff to pay a fine of €480 ($550) or an alternative
sentence of 60 days in prison. Moreover, she was required to pay the costs of
appealed the conviction to the Provincial Appellate Court in Vienna
(Oberlandesgericht Wien), but that appeal was rejected on December 20, 2011. A
request for a new trial was dismissed by the Austrian Supreme Court on December
then took her case to the European Court of Human Rights, a supranational court
established by the European Convention on Human Rights. The court hears
applications alleging violations of the civil and political rights set out in
on Article 10 (Freedom of Expression) of the Convention, Sabaditsch-Wolff
complained that Austrian courts failed to address the substance of her
statements in the light of her right to freedom of expression. If they had done
so, she argued, they would not have qualified them as mere value judgments but
as value judgments based on facts. Furthermore, her criticism of Islam occurred
in the framework of an objective and lively discussion which contributed to a
public debate and had not been aimed at defaming Mohammed. Sabaditsch-Wolff
also argued that religious groups had to tolerate even severe criticism.
ECHR ruled that states could restrict the free speech rights enshrined in
Article 10 of the Convention if such speech was "likely to incite
religious intolerance" and was "likely to disturb the religious peace
in their country." The court added:
Court noted that the domestic courts comprehensively explained why they
considered that the applicant's statements had been capable of arousing
justified indignation; specifically, they had not been made in an objective
manner contributing to a debate of public interest (e.g. on child marriage), but
could only be understood as having been aimed at demonstrating that Muhammad
was not worthy of worship. It agreed with the domestic courts that Mrs S. must
have been aware that her statements were partly based on untrue facts and apt
to arouse indignation in others. The national courts found that Mrs S. had
subjectively labelled Muhammad with pedophilia as his general sexual
preference, and that she failed to neutrally inform her audience of the
historical background, which consequently did not allow for a serious debate on
that issue. Hence, the Court saw no reason to depart from the domestic courts'
qualification of the impugned statements as value judgments which they had
based on a detailed analysis of the statements made.
Court found in conclusion that in the instant case the domestic courts
carefully balanced the applicant's right to freedom of expression with the
rights of others to have their religious feelings protected, and to have
religious peace preserved in Austrian society.
Court held further that even in a lively discussion it was not compatible with
Article 10 of the Convention to pack incriminating statements into the wrapping
of an otherwise acceptable expression of opinion and claim that this rendered
passable those statements exceeding the permissible limits of freedom of
since Mrs S. was ordered to pay a moderate fine and that fine was on the lower
end of the statutory range of punishment, the criminal sanction could not to be
considered as disproportionate.
these circumstances, and given the fact that Mrs S. made several incriminating
statements, the Court considered that the Austrian courts did not overstep
their wide margin of appreciation in the instant case when convicting Mrs S. of
disparaging religious doctrines. Overall, there had been no violation of
ruling effectively establishes a dangerous legal precedent, one that authorizes
European states to curtail the right to free speech if such speech is deemed to
be offensive to Muslims and thus pose a threat to religious peace.
ECHR ruling will be welcomed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, a bloc
of 57 Muslim countries that has long pushed for the European Union to impose
limits on free speech when it comes to criticism of Islam.
OIC has pressed Western democracies to implement United Nations Human Rights
Council (HRC) Resolution 16/18, which calls on all countries to combat
"intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of ... religion and
16/18, which was adopted at HRC headquarters in Geneva on March 24, 2011, is
widely viewed as a significant step forward in OIC efforts to advance the
international legal concept of defaming Islam.
OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu hailed the ECHR's decision, which he
said "shows that disrespect, insults and detestable enmities have nothing
to do with the freedom of expression or human rights." He added:
fight against Islamophobia and our opinions we have been voicing for years have
been adopted and declared by the ECHR. This ruling is pleasing in all its
a statement, Sabaditsch-Wolff criticized the ruling but held out hope that
European publics are waking up to the looming threats to free speech:
Thursday, 25 October the ECHR ruled that my conviction by an Austrian court for
discussing the marriage between Prophet Mohammed and a six-year-old girl,
Aisha, did not infringe my rights of freedom of speech.
was not extended the courtesy of being told of this ruling. Like many others, I
had to read it in the media.
ECHR found there had been no violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of
the European Convention on Human Rights and that right to expression needed to
be balanced with the rights of others to have their religious feelings
protected, and served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in
other words, my right to speak freely is less important than protecting the
religious feelings of others.
should ring warning bells for my fellow citizens across the continent. We
should all be extremely concerned that the rights of Muslims in Europe NOT to
be offended are greater than my own rights, as a native European Christian
woman, to speak freely.
am proud to be the woman who has raised this alarm.
am also optimistic. Since giving my seminars in Austria in 2009, we have come a
very long way.
years ago, the press labeled me a 'confused doom-monger' and I was compared to
Osama Bin Laden. Now, Islam is being discussed in every sphere of life and
people are waking up to the reality of a culture so opposed to our own.
cultural and political threat posed by Islam to Western societies is now widely
recognized and discussed. It is fair to say European society, as well as the
political realm, is undergoing an enlightenment, as it is more awake than ever
to the need to defend our own Judeo-Christian culture.
believe my seminars in 2009, and subsequent work have contributed to strong
push back against an Islamic culture which is so at odds with our own. And note
with interest that only one sentence out of 12 hours of seminars on Islam was a
prosecutable offense. I assume the remaining content is now officially
sanctioned by our Establishment masters.
is obvious to me that public education and discourse on the subject of Islam
can have a fundamental and far-reaching impact, even if our state or
supra-national authorities try to stifle or silence it, in order to appease a
culture so foreign to our own.
fight continues. My voice will not and cannot be silenced."
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman opened the 23rd session of the conference
of International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA).
five-day event is being held in collaboration with the Islamic University in
Madinah under the patronage of King Salman. It serves as a platform for
religious scholars and researchers to present their research and studies based
on the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
on the research findings, scholars will suggest ways to eradicate social and
economic issues facing the Muslim world.
aim of the event is to promote the true understanding of Islam and its tolerant
nature. The conference will also highlight the role of scholars in educating
the masses and in enlightening the Islamic world.
officials and academics told the Saudi Press Agency that the Islamic Shariah
has the ability to achieve social harmony and human happiness. The Shariah,
they added, has the solution to all human problems. However, they stressed the
need to refer to authentic religious sources to find those solutions.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Monday said
that Pakistan was a modern democratic state where media enjoyed unprecedented
freedom and acted as a watchdog of the society.
was also known for its great tourist resorts and offered pristine locations to
the world tourists and invited them to explore the scenic beauty in the
Northern Areas, he said during a meeting with a Turkish media delegation, which
called on him here.
minister said Pakistan and Turkey enjoyed close cultural, religious and
historical ties as their fraternal bond was premised on brotherhood and
people-to-people contacts. The relations among the people of two countries
dated back to the days of World War I, when Turkey was fighting its war of
independence and the Muslims of Indian sub-continent came out to support the
Ottoman Empire by launching Khilafat Movement, he added.
said the rise of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to power was, in fact, a
revolution of the youth and middle class of Pakistan. “Sixty-four per cent of
our population is youth which is indeed a great asset for the country.”
said the PTI government was committed to eradicating corruption in line with
the party’s manifesto and would undertake all possible measures to ensure
fairness and transparency in the matters of governance.
Khan, he said, became Prime Minister of Pakistan after a long struggle of 22
years by inspiring the youth and middle class of the country, who stood by him
in his bid to end corruption and change the status quo.
said Pakistan rendered unparalleled sacrifices in the global war against
terrorism and credited the Jawans and officers of Pakistan Army, police and
security forces for their great sacrifices in restoring law and order in the
are focusing on promoting a soft image and culture of Pakistan through films
and dramas and would welcome collaboration and joint ventures in the realm of
film and culture with Turkey.” Turkish
drama, he said, was very popular in Pakistan and “similarly, we will like our
dramas and films to be broadcast in Turkey as these are the greatest means to
project culture of any society.”
delegation appreciated the efforts of current dispensation to promote culture
and tourism, and wished success and prosperity to Pakistan.
Uttar Pradesh government’s plea for early hearing of appeals challenging the
Allahabad High Court order in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, the
Supreme Court Monday, while observing “we have our own priorities”, ordered
listing of appeals before an “appropriate bench” in the first week of January
2019 to fix a date for hearing.
General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the UP government before a bench of
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, said
it was over a hundred-year-old dispute and should be accorded priority. He
requested the court to take up the matter immediately after the Diwali
Mehta urged the court to fix the hearing date today itself, CJI Gogoi told him
“we have our own priorities… whether the hearing will take place in January,
February will be decided by an appropriate bench”.
advocate C S Vaidyanathan, representing Ramlalla Virajman (idol of the infant
Ram at the Ayodhya site), also pleaded that the matter of hearing the appeals
be taken up in November itself.
have been filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment that ordered a
three-way division of the disputed 2.77-acre site in Ayodhya, awarding a third
each to the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Central Wakf Board of UP and Ramlalla
September 27 this year, a Supreme Court bench, comprising then CJI Dipak Misra
and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, in a 2-1 verdict, rejected
demands to send the matter to a larger bench and ordered that the title suit
appeals be listed “in the week commencing 29th October” for hearing.
plea was raised by some of the appellants who also wanted the court to
reconsider its 1994 ruling in the Dr M Ismail Faruqui etc. vs Union Of India
and Others. In that ruling, a Constitution Bench had observed that “a mosque is
not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz
(prayer) by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open”.
petitioners had claimed that earlier decisions in the Ayodhya case were
influenced by this observation in the Ismail Faruqui verdict on a plea
challenging the Constitutional validity of the Acquisition of Certain Area at
Ayodhya Act, 1993, under which 67.703 acres were acquired in the Ram
Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex.
the plea to refer the matter to a larger bench, CJI Misra and Justice Bhushan,
in their majority verdict, said “we again make it clear that questionable
observations made in Ismail Faruqui’s case… were made in context of land
acquisition” and that “those observations were neither relevant for deciding
the suits nor relevant for deciding these appeals”. The judges said that “the
observation need not be read broadly to hold that a mosque can never be an
essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam”.
statement ‘a mosque is not essential part of the practice of religion’ is a
statement which has been made by the Constitution Bench in specific context and
reference. The context for making the above observation was claim of immunity
of a mosque from acquisition. Whether every mosque is the essential part of the
practice of religion of Islam, acquisition of which ipso facto may violate the
rights under Articles 25 and 26, was the question which had cropped up for
consideration before the Constitution Bench. Thus, the statement that a mosque
is not an essential part of the practice of religion of Islam is in context of
issue as to whether the mosque, which was acquired by Act, 1993 had immunity
from acquisition,” the judges said.
Justice Abdul Nazeer, in a dissenting opinion, said the conclusion in the
Faruqui order that “a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the
religion of Islam and namaz (prayer) by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even
in open” had been “arrived at without undertaking comprehensive examination”.
He favoured further examination.
DELHI: The observation in the 1994 Ismail Faruqui case that a mosque is not an
essential part of Islam and namaz by Muslims can be offered anywhere,
"even in open" was arrived without undertaking a comprehensive
examination, Supreme Court judge Justice S Abdul Nazeer said on Thursday.
majority verdict by other members of the bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak
Misra and Justice Ashok Bhushan, declined to refer to a five-judge constitution
bench the issue of reconsideration of these observations made in its 1994
verdict during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.
ALSO: RSS welcomes Ayodhya verdict; 'not a setback,' say Muslim petitioners Justice
Nazeer, who dissented with the majority verdict, said that considering the
constitutional importance and significance, the matter should be referred to a
conclusion in paragraphs of Ismail Faruqui that 'a mosque is not an essential
part of the practice of the religion of Islam and Namaz (prayer) by Muslims can
be offered anywhere, even in open" has been arrived at without undertaking
comprehensive examination", he said.
case: Read full text of Supreme Court judgment Justice Nazeer framed four
questions in his reference order to be adjudicated by the larger bench,
including "Whether in the light of Shirur Mutt (1954) and other cases, an
essential practice can be decided without a detailed examination of the
beliefs, tenets and practice of the faith in question?".
second question he framed was "whether the test for determining the
essential practice is both essentiality and integrality?"
third question -- "Does Article 25, only protect belief and practices of
particular significance of a faith or all practices regarded by the faith as
last question Justice Nazeer asked is "Do Articles 15, 25 and 26 (read
with Article 14) allow the comparative significance of faiths to be
judge said it is clear from the earlier decisions of the apex court that the
question whether a particular religious practice is an essential or integral
part of the religion is a question which is to be considered taking into
account the doctrine, tenets and beliefs of the religion.
is also clear that the examination of what constitutes an essential practice
requires detailed examination...", he said.
Nazeer said the impugned judgement of Allahabad High Court given in 2010 has
been affected by the questionable observations made in Ismail Faruqui case of
apex court in 1994.
is clear that the questionable observations in Ismail Faruqui have certainly
permeated the impugned judgment. Thus, the impugned judgment can be claimed to
be both expressly and inherently affected by the questionable observations made
in Ismail Faruqui," Justice Nazeer said.
his 42-page dissenting verdict, Justice Nazeer said, Ismail Faruqui prima facie
leads a different approach regarding the application of essential and/or
integral test which also needs to be resolved as a matter of constitutional
my view, Ismail Faruqui needs to be brought in line with the authoritative
pronouncements in Shirur Mutt and other decisions", he said.
Nazeer referred to three cases which were referred to the constitition bench
recently. These were the challenge to the practice of polygamy, 'Nikah Halala'
prevalent among Muslims, the issue of whether religious activities can be
allowed in public parks and challenge to the practice of Female Genital
directed the registry to place the matter before the Chief Justice of India for
issue of referring the observation of 1994 verdict had cropped up when a
three-judge bench headed by the CJI was hearing the batch of appeals filed
against the Allahabad High Court's 2010 verdict by which the disputed land on
the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area was divided into three parts.
recent deportation of seven Rohingya men to Myanmar has triggered a panic among
the country’s Rohingya Muslim refugee community.
the seven men were deported in the past three weeks, many Rohingya refugees
have gone underground in India and some others have crossed over to Bangladesh,
fearing that they could be arrested, jailed or returned to Myanmar.
[some people] set fire to our camp in [the north Indian state of] Haryana,
three times we fled to West Bengal. We lived peacefully in West Bengal for
seven months. After Indian authorities deported seven Rohingyas to Myanmar we
got scared. We began fearing that they could even deport us,” said Abdul Goni,
29, who two weeks ago fled a Rohingya refugee camp in West Bengal and is hiding
with his wife and three children at an unidentified location in southern India.
Haryana, we were around 350 Rohingyas who fled to West Bengal. After the
deportation of those seven men we have all fled the West Bengal camp. Some
crossed over to Bangladesh. Others have fled to Jammu, Haryana and other places
[in India]. I too have moved to another part of India where I am living in
Indian Home Ministry, which handles the issue or refugees, declined to comment
for this story.
discrimination and violence in Myanmar, minority Rohingya Muslims have for
decades fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh and other countries, including
approximately 40,000 Rohingya refugees live in different locations across
India. About 18,000 are registered with the office of the UNHCR, the UN refugee
Rohingyas have no way to travel to any country legally and their status as
refugees is not always recognized. India did not sign the 1951 U.N. Refugee
Convention, and thus treats all Rohingyas entering the country as illegal
has jailed some Rohingyas. The UNHCR estimates more than 200 Rohingya are in
Indian jails after being arrested and charged for illegal entry. Rights groups
say that figure is at least 500.
UNHCR issues identity cards to registered refugees to help prevent their
arbitrary arrest, detention and deportation. But after the seven men were
deported to Myanmar earlier this month, many Rohingyas in India say they fear
deportation despite holding UNHCR ID cards.
the Rohingyas who have gone in hiding in India or fled to Bangladesh in the
past few weeks, many are UNHCR card holders, said Mohammad Junaid, a Rohingya
community leader in Bangladesh.
know of over 100 Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh from India in the past
weeks. Around 75 percent of them held refugee ID cards issued by the UNHCR
Delhi. Yet, they crossed over to Bangladesh because they felt the cards could
not protect them from actions by the Indian authorities,” Junaid told VOA.
D’Souza, member of a Delhi-based legal rights activist group fighting for the
rights of the refugees, also said the Rohingyas are anxious about their future
in India despite holding the UNHCR cards.
those who have been granted refugee cards and protection by UNHCR cannot be
arrested, the panic among the Rohingya regarding arrest by the Indian
authorities stems from the complete denial by the government of recognizing the
Rohingya as a refugee community in India that is in need of protection and the
deliberate terming of them as illegal immigrants to buttress their claims in
court for their expulsion,” D’Souza told VOA.
refugees have lived in India peacefully for many years. But sentiment against
the Muslim minority group has been surging in predominantly Hindu India after
the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party led by current Prime Minister
Narendra Modi swept to power following a massive election victory in 2014.
year in the north Indian city of Jammu, local BJP leaders began a campaign
demanding all Rohingya be expelled from the area. The BJP-led Indian federal
government subsequently ordered all states to identify and deport all Rohingya
Muslims from the country.
weeks ago, the government in India's northeastern state of Assam announced that
it was preparing to deport another batch of 23 detained Rohingya that officials
described as “illegal immigrants” to Myanmar.
rights activist Prashant Bhushan, who is fighting against the deportation of
the Rohingya refugees in India, insists that no Rohingya should be deported to
fact finding report by the United Nations Human Rights Council has concluded
that [the] Myanmarese military have been responsible for committing crimes of
genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya. Various other
international organizations have warned that conditions are not conducive for
the safe return of Rohingya refugees who have been subjected to torture and
detained on repatriation. It is in this context that we are opposing the
deportation of the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar,” said Bhushan.
of the seven men to Myanmar was in grave violation of India’s international
obligations. The principle of non-refoulement is [indeed] binding on India. It
is enshrined in various conventions that India has ratified, such as the ICCPR
[International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights] and the Convention on
Rights of the Child," he said.
government has consistently denied allegations that its troops have committed
atrocities against the Rohingya.
Hossen, a Rohingya who fled a camp in West Bengal two weeks ago and crossed
over to Bangladesh, said he made a wise decision by leaving India.
HAVE sought an explanation from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) over why the
suspension of two students was revoked. The two were booked in a sedition case
for allegedly attempting to hold funeral prayers on campus after the death of
scholar-turned-militant Mannan Wani on October 11.
have asked for a report on the university’s internal inquiry conducted by a
three-member committee against Waseem Ayoub Malik and Abdul Haseeb Mir — both
were reinstated on October 16.
want to see what evidence and facts are mentioned in the inquiry report that
led to cancellation of suspension,” said investigating officer and Civil Lines
police SHO Vinod Kumar.
and Waseem are pursuing a PhD in history and biochemistry, respectively.
have requested AMU to provide footage from the CCTV installed near the spot
where students had assembled… The video… has been sent to the forensic science
laboratory in Agra,” said Kumar.
students have been regularly approaching the AMU authorities, demanding that the
FIR be quashed.
DELHI: Five Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were injured on Monday
evening after a patrol vehicle was targetted by terrorists near Pantha Chowk on
the outskirts of Srinagar.
said that terrorists opened fire on the vehicle. Five troopers suffered bullet
injuries in the attack.
Deep Singh Sahi, IG CRPF, said, "Things are under control. Today around 6
pm near BSF HQ, two vehicles were returning from duty when terrorists fired.
4-5 people were injured with bullet shots. Search operation is on."
injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital.
parliament is to officially question Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt and his
deputy Alistair Burt over the government’s continued support for Saudi Arabia’s
war on Yemen.
media said the questioning in the parliament will come amid renewed pressure on
the British government to take action against Saudi Arabia after the kingdom
allegedly ordered a brutal killing of a dissident journalist in Turkey earlier
is expected to attend a foreign affairs select committee on Wednesday to answer
questions of the lawmakers about London’s support for Saudi Arabia, especially
with regards to the war in Yemen where the Saudis have allegedly used many
British weapons against the civilian population.
the junior minister for Middle East, will also face the international
development select committee on Tuesday to discuss the situation of UK-Saudi
relations following the death of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul on October 2.
said senior members of the ruling Conservative Party have lost their patience
with Saudis and wanted the government in London to show a decisive response to
Riyadh’s continued violation of human rights.
opposition Labour Party have also slammed the government for its continued
provision of weapons to Saudi Arabia, saying it would ban the weapons sale to
Riyadh if it was in power as such a sale had become untenable in the wake of
Khashoggi’s assassination in Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
parties, including the Scottish National Party, have also called on Prime
Minister Theresa May to stop Britain’s sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, saying
Riyadh had already crossed boundaries of violating human rights.
May told the parliament last week that London will continue with its export of
military equipment to Saudi Arabia. The British government has solely revoked
visas of the suspects involved in the killing of Khashoggi.
went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect documents for a forthcoming
marriage. His fate was unknown until Saudis admitted two weeks ago that he had
been killed during a fight in the diplomatic post.
on Monday "strongly condemned" the granting of another release on
furlough to far-left terrorist Dimitris Kufodinas by Greek authorities.
is a convicted member of the November 17 terrorist organization and he is
serving multiple life sentences in Greece for murder.
was the perpetrator in the assassinations of Turkish Press Attache Cetin Gorgu,
who was killed in 1991, as well as Omer Haluk Sipahioglu, a counselor at the
Turkish Embassy in Athens, who was gunned down in front of his home in 1994.
counsellor of Turkish Embassy in Athens, Deniz Bolukbasi, the administrative
attache Nilgun Kececi and the driver Adil Yildirim were also wounded in
separate attacks carried out by the same group.
release of a terrorist who claimed lives of our diplomats is disrespectful to
their memories and to their bereaved families," Turkish Foreign Ministry
said in a statement.
would like to underline once again that allowing a notorious terrorist to
benefit from such arrangements does not comply with countering terrorism,"
was granted a four-day release on furlough on Saturday by Greek authorities,
which totals six days adding two days for safe conduct.
is the fifth furlough granted for Kufodinas in a year.
Ahmet Gurhan Kartal
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée has urged U.S. President Donald
Trump to help reveal the truth behind his killing and ensure that justice is
at a memorial event held in London, Hatice Cengiz said Trump “should not pave
the way for a cover-up of my fiancée’s murder.”
an emotional address, she said she was deeply grateful for the solidarity of
people all over the world.
am, however, disappointed in the actions of the leadership in many countries,
particularly in the U.S."
joined the event -- organized by not-for-profit press monitoring organization
the Middle East Monitor and the Al Sharq Forum, an independent pro-democracy,
non-partisan, non-profit think-tank focusing on the greater Middle East -- to
am in London now, but I call upon all the men and women of the world: please
stand up for justice!” Hatice said.
raise your voice for my beloved Jamal. Please demand that your governments help
us hold the evil criminals and their cowardly political masters to account.”
that there should be no cover-up, Cengiz said: “Jamal was my beloved fiancée,
but he was also a gentle human being, a loving man, a journalist and a true
believer in democracy and freedom in the Arab world.”
demand justice for Jamal and stand up for his ideals.”
said Khashoggi felt that it was his duty to become the “voice of the voiceless”
and this was not only an issue of intellectual integrity but a moral
was part of being a responsible citizen -- an idea that he so dearly cherished
and felt that his own country, Saudi Arabia, but also the wider Middle East
needed to embrace,” she said.
said she would have gone herself into the Saudi consulate or done anything to
stop Khashoggi from entering it if she had only known that a group of murderers
was waiting inside.
event, titled ‘Remembering Jamal’ also featured speeches from the Middle East
Monitor’s Director Daud Abdullah, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt and some
was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
the day of his disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials,
arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he was still
inside, according to Turkish police sources. All of the identified individuals
have since left Turkey.
an attempt to control political Islam groups, parliamentary sources said on
Sunday that the Egyptian parliament is heading towards combating their websites
through a number of bills and regulations.
parliament is moving towards shutting down certain sites upon the request of
several deputies after these platforms were found to address the youth and the
public through rumors and the dissemination of extremist thoughts and
Head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, journalist Makram Mohammed
Ahmed, revealed that the Council has not licensed any site belonging to Islamic
movements, stressing that authorization has only been granted to professional
added that the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt considers a terrorist organization,
said that the licenses granted by the Supreme Council “were restrictive”, in a
step to disrupt the process followed by the Council.
asserted that the current situation requires extreme caution as the group seeks
to disrupt all organizational processes in the country.
of the Parliamentary Social Solidarity Committee MP Mohammed Abu Hamed
submitted an urgent report to the government and the Supreme Council, calling
for immediate action against these sites, which represent a major threat to
described the sites as platforms used to address citizens through the promotion
and dissemination of terrorist ideas.
Secretary of Parliament’s Religious Affairs committee, Omar Hamroush, said that
he is preparing a list of Egypt-based sites that are pro-political Islam,
stressing that he will submit it to the Supreme Council to take necessary
Ahmed Saad told Asharq Al-Awsat that some political Islam sites publish
articles, content, and news without any censorship, and create strife among
asserted that the Egyptian state is exerting great efforts in the face of
rumors propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and its foreign elements,
especially rumors that concern the citizen and issues linked to commodities
such as bread, medicine, and goods.
the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, hundreds of
Brotherhood leaders and supporters have fled the country, launching media
platforms and unregulated sites that frequently attack the Egyptian government.
of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation Ahmed Salim stated that the Council
will not be issuing any licenses for websites that disseminate extremist views
and pose a threat to Egyptian national security, as well as porn sites.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted sources close to the National
Liberation Front (NFL) terrorist group as saying on Monday that while
implementation of the Sochi agreement to create a demilitarized zone in
Northern Syria has come to a halt, Ankara has ordered its allied militants in
Idlib and Northern and Western Aleppo to get ready for a major assault on the
Kurds in Northern Syria.
added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has grown disappointed at
Washington's promises on the Manbij agreement, and Ankara has now decided to
engage in clashes with the Kurds in Eastern Euphrates.
local and Kurdish sources in Ein al-Arab (Kobani) in Eastern Euphrates reported
that Turkey intends to gain full control over the region to later advance to
other regions controlled by the Kurds in Eastern Euphrates.
has recently said that the army would kick off a large-scale operation on the
Eastern banks of the Euphrates River to purge the region of the Kurdish
militias similar to the operation in Afrin.
Turkish Army's artillery units opened heavy fire at the positions of Kurdish
militias on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River on Monday following
Ankara's recent threats to purge the region of the Kurds.
sources said that the artillery units shelled the Kurds' strongholds in Mount
Zour Maqar in Ein al-Arab (Kobani) near Jarabulus region in Northeastern Aleppo
and close to the border with Turkey, adding that the targeted region which is
home to the Kurdish militia bases came under 15 rounds of artillery attacks.
army's engineering units carried out clean-up operations in the villages of
Bariqah, Ba'ar Ajam, Rasm Sanad in Southern and Western Quneitra province and
found a large volume of arms and ammunitions and other military equipment.
mortar launchers, anti-tank missiles, drones, the US-made missiles and Israeli
arms and noise-making devices were among the discovered equipment.
large volume of medicines, ambulances and trucks, mostly manufactured in the
western states, were also found in the terrorists' positions in Quneitra
month, the army men carried out mop-up operation in the village of al-Mo'alaqa
and in the small town of Jabata al-Khashab in Quneitra, finding a large volume
of weapons, munitions and medicines in regions that were once under control by
ISIL and Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra
state-run al-Watan daily reported that the terrorists, deployed in the town of
al-Latamina in Northern Hama, launched missile attack on the small town of
al-Safsafiyah in Northwestern Hama for the second day in a row.
further said that the army gave crushing response to the terrorists' attacks
and pounded their positions in al-Latamina, Lahaya, Morek and al-Aziziyah in
Northwestern Hama and in the small tow of Skeik in Southern Idlib, inflicting
several casualties on them and destroying their arms and ammunition.
daily went on to say that other terrorists, deployed in Western Aleppo,
launched missile attacks on residential areas in al-Forqan neighborhood in
Aleppo city, injuring a civilian and causing material damage on people's
the meantime, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported
that terrorists are still positioned in the demilitarized zone that stretches
from Northeastern Lattakia to Northern Hama, Southern and Western Idlib and
Western Aleppo, as specified in the Sochi Agreement
source from the Syrian Army said earlier today that the jihadist rebels in
Northwestern Syria have yet to withdraw their forces from the designated
demilitarized zones in the Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Lattakia provinces.
to the military source, the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) and
jihadist-led Tahrir Al-Sham Hay’at terrorists are still active at several
fronts in Northwestern Syria, despite the Sochi Agreement’s attempt to defuse
the chaos around Idlib province, the AMN reported.
military source said that the Turkish-backed rebels and jihadists moved some
weapons from the demilitarized zone before the October 15th withdrawal
deadline; however, most of the groups maintained their positions along the vast
front-lines in Northwestern Syria.
claims from the Turkish regime on the progress of the Sochi Agreement, it
appears that nothing has really changed in regards to the front-lines in
Syrian military source added that the jihadist rebels have taken advantage of
the agreement by digging new trenches and establishing new posts near the
the announcement of the Sochi Agreement on September 17th, the Syrian military
and opposition forces have clashed almost everyday along the designated
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted Managing-Director of Syria's
Forensics Department Dr. Zaher Hajou as saying that tens of thousands of Syrian
children have been executed, beheaded, shot dead or killed in bomb and missile
attacks in residential areas of different towns, specially schools, by the
terrorists since 2011.
added that when Aleppo province was occupied by the terrorists, death of 4,300
children were registered in its forensics office, noting that 1,100 children in
Hama province and over 2,800 children in Damascus province have also been
killed in the terrorists' suicide attacks, blasts and missile strikes during
the several year long war.
also said that tens of thousands of people have been buried under rubbles in
Raqqa during the US-led coalition's inconsiderate airstrikes on the province
under the pretext of fighting the ISIL.
referred to the crimes committed by the White Helmets against the children, and
said they have killed tens of children to display them as victims of Syrian
army attacks in videos.
Russian media outlet reported earlier this month that more than 1,500 victims
killed in the US air raids and its allied militants were buried in the largest
mass grave in Raqqa city in Northeastern Syria,.
Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, RT, reported that the
largest mass grave of civilians is in Panorama in Raqqa city with over 1,500
bodies of victims killed in the US air raids or in the Washington-backed
militants' attacks when the city was under ISIL's rule.
the meantime, the Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that Raqqa Civil Team
has thus far discovered 11 mass graves, adding that excavations have completed
in 8 mass graves.
reported that a sum of 14 civilians have been killed in the fighter jets'
bombing raids on residential areas in Southeastern Deir Ezzur in the last 24
the meantime, local sources reported that the warplanes targeted the small town
of al-Shafa'a on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River, killing and wounding
a number of civilians.
Sunday, the US Army pulled its forces back from their base in Eastern Deir
Ezzur in a sudden move and after ISIL stormed the SDF and the US army aircraft
did not provide them with aerial backup on Saturday.
army soldiers retreated from their base near the town of Hajin in Eastern Deir
Ezzur and pulled their heavy weapons back.
army's move came after ISIL launched a heavy attack on the SDF and captured
al-Sousah and al-Baqouz, local activists said, adding that the US army has
retreated to al-Tunk oilfield.
al-Mayadeen TV Channel reported that ISIL has captured almost 100 SDF militias.
said that the Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi have reinvigorated its
military presence at the border with Syria after ISIL captured more regions in
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that
the SDF showed extreme anger at the US military after they were left alone
under a heavy ISIL offensive in Deir Ezzur.
reported that the SDF started protests at the US military after the US air
force gave no support for the Kurdish militias to counter the ISIL's heavy
offensive in Eastern Deir Ezzur that inflicted a large number of casualties on
ISIL launched a heavy attack on the SDF in al-Souseh, al-Baqouz and Hajin on
the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River on Saturday.
further added that a sum of 68 SDF gunmen, including a commander, that had been
dispatched from Tabaqa in Western Raqqa to Deir Ezzur were killed and more than
100 others were injured in the ISIL attack.
Arabic-language website of RT quoted the sources as disclosing that in complete
absence of the US-led coalition forces to support the Washington-backed SDF to
counter ISIL's heavy offensive, the terrorists managed to recapture the small
but key towns of al-Sousah and al-Baqouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
pointed to ISIL's control over al-Baqouz Foqani, and said that ISIL has in the
last two days recaptured all the territory it had lost to the SDF in past one
and a half months.
Arabic RT said that fierce clashes are now underway between the ISIL and the
Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi at Syria-Iraq border after al-Baqouz
fell to the terrorists.
the meantime, Syria's state-run al-Watan daily quoted experts as stating that
ISIL's victory against the SDF and their advances in Southeastern Deir Ezzur
and their access to the Iraqi border came through the US cooperation as American
military left the Kurdish militia alone in battles against ISIL in the last two
coalition fighter jets did not provide support for the SDF after they came
under attack by the ISIL. The US forces have also retreated from a base near
the town of Hajin.
further said that the Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi have
reinvigorated its military presence at the border with Syria after ISIL
captured more regions in Eastern Syria.
Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari says the so-called
international coalition led by the United States has once again used white
phosphorus bombs against Hajin city in Syria’s troubled eastern province of
at a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, the Syrian senior diplomat further
condemned the use of banned weapons by the US-led coalition against the small
comments came a few hours after Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local
sources, reported that earlier in the day, the so-called coalition had shelled
several localities in Hajin, some 110 kilometers east of Dayr al-Zawr, with
white phosphorus munitions that can maim and kill by burning to the bone.
October 13, SANA also reported that the US-led coalition, purportedly fighting
the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, dropped internationally-banned white
phosphorus bombs on Hajin.
September 8, two F-15 warplanes of the US Air Force targeted the same Syrian
city with white phosphorous bombs.
June last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the US-led coalition was
deploying white phosphorous bombs in both Iraq and Syria.
in his remarks, Ja'afari added that terrorists in Idlib had fired at least 40
rockets at Aleppo city, with no immediate reports of possible casualties and
the extent of damage caused.
also said that Syria believed in the neutral, independent, and non-politicized
role of the world body in assisting the Syrians affected by terrorism and
militancy, stressing that this role must respect “Syria’s sovereignty,
independence, and territorial integrity.”
senior Syrian diplomat further stated that Damascus had approved sending an aid
convoy to al-Rukban camp by the UN, but the US forces were hindering the
delivery of desperately-needed aid to the camp.
also said that the so-called “cross-border aid,” mentioned in a recent report
on the “humanitarian situation” in Syria, did not reach those who need it but
rather “went to terrorists.”
also asserted that Damascus made preparations to facilitate the return of
displaced Syrians to their home country, and that the Syrian army troops would
keep on fighting against terrorism until Syria, in its entirety, is cleared of
“terrorism and any illegal foreign presence.”
Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says his country’s constitution is a purely
sovereign matter and that Syrian people will not allow anyone to interfere in
their national affairs.
made the remarks during a meeting with delegations participating in the
meetings of the Executive Committee of the World Peace Council and the
International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) in the Syrian capital Damascus on
more than seven years, we have been in a real war against terrorism, and today
we can see the signs of victory despite all Western and American attempts to prolong
the crisis for many years,” he said.
top diplomat added that the Damascus government was working diligently to find
a political solution to the Syrian crisis, was taking part in all meetings held
in Geneva, Sochi, and Astana, and was also participating in the efforts to
establish a constitutional committee.
to a last week meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura,
Muallem said he had rejected the UN’s attempts to form a list of civil society
representatives in the aforementioned committee on its own as the constitution
was a sovereign issue in which there can be no foreign interference.
decision of the political solution for the crisis is intra-Syrian, and we will
not allow anyone to interfere in our national affairs,” Muallem stressed.
of the delegation, for their part, expressed support for Syria and its people,
army, and leadership, lauded the country’s steadfastness and saluted Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad.
this year, Moscow invited representatives of Syria's government and armed
opposition groups to the Russian resort town of Sochi and proposed creating a
committee to revise the constitution.
committee is expected to include 150 members: 50 chosen by Damascus, 50 by the
opposition and the final 50 by de Mistura. It will also include civil society
representatives, religious and tribal leaders, experts and women.
President Vladimir Putin’s Special Representative for Syria Alexander
Lavrentyev announced last month that the three guarantor states of the Syria
peace process – Iran, Russia and Turkey-- had reached a consensus with the
United Nations on candidates for the country’s constitutional committee.
Moscow and Ankara have recently stepped up their diplomatic efforts to resolve
the Syria crisis.
Houthi militia fights education and kidnaps teachers and administrators in
Yemen, according to the Arab Coalition spokesperson.
at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, Col. Turki Al-Maliki said joint forces
are continuing efforts to provide assistance to those affected by the
eastern Mahra province was battered by cyclone Luban earlier this month, with
three days of rainfall and flooding destroying property and killing livestock.
Syrian Kurdish special forces have joined an offensive against Daesh militants
in eastern Syria, a commander said, after the fighters recovered ground from
US-backed forces in a fierce counter attack.
launched the assault against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in
the Deir Ezzor region near the Iraqi border on Friday. Iraqi Shiite militias
reinforced their side of the frontier in response and Iraq’s military said it
was ready to take on any militants who tried to cross.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said around 70 SDF fighters were killed in
the assault which Daesh launched under cover of a sandstorm and drew on suicide
bombers and female militants. The SDF says it lost 14 fighters.
spokesman for the US-led coalition said Daesh had been able to regain some
ground but the SDF would “come back with coalition support.”
SDF commander attributed the setback partly to the relative inexperience of the
Arab SDF forces which have carried out much of the fighting against hardened
Daesh militants in Deir Ezzor.
the Arab fighters of the Deir Ezzor Military Council had been able to make
advances to a “certain level,” Daesh is resisting even more fiercely as the
offensive closes in on its last pockets.
required the deployment of special forces from the Kurdish People’s Protection
Units (YPG), which spearheads the SDF, and its female affiliate the YPJ.
were forced to draw on experienced fighters from the YPG and YPJ,” the
commander said. “They will be relied on to complete the campaign,” the
fighting is the latest phase of efforts by the US-led coalition and the SDF to
clear Daesh from its last footholds east of the Euphrates River following last
year’s defeat of the group in Raqqa, its Syrian headquarters.
battle is give and take sometimes like most military fights and we have been
saying from the beginning, this will be a difficult struggle,” Col. Sean Ryan,
the coalition’s spokesman, said in an email to Reuters.
is using experienced foreign fighters with nothing to lose and the SDF will
come back with coalition support and continue to degrade and destroy Daesh,” he
added, referring to another acronym for Daesh.
aid chief Mark Lowcock told the UN Security Council on Monday up to 15,000
people remain within the Daesh-controlled area and around 7,000 people have in
recent weeks been displaced by fighting from Hajjin, the last major stronghold
of Daesh in Syria on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an umbrella group that includes mostly
Shiite militias, said it had reinforced along much of the border with Syria
after the SDF was pushed back by Daesh.
Iraqi-Syrian border was not secure before. Our operations have fixed that
completely from Rabia (in the northwest) to Tanf” in the southwest near the
Jordanian-Iraqi-Syria border and close to a US military base, the PMF’s website
quoted a senior commander as saying.
Iraqi military spokesman confirmed the PMF, which were formally absorbed into
the security forces earlier this year, had reinforced on the border. He also
said the army was prepared for any attempt by militants to cross.
have units behind the border, including artillery, ready to deal with any
attempts by terrorist elements to infiltrate ... there is also aerial
surveillance,” Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool said.
The Chinese foreign ministry on Monday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s
upcoming visit to China would provide an opportunity for leaders of the two
countries to open a new chapter of development of bilateral relations under new
Khan will visit China from Nov 2 on the invitation of his Chinese counterpart
Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping.
will also attend China International Import Expo (CIIE) being held in Shanghai,
Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson Lu Kang said during his regular
the visit, Mr Khan would hold talks with President Xi and Premier Li, the
said the two sides would have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral ties
and cooperation and issues of common interests.
will participate in the CIIE as the guest of honour. Mr Khan will attend the
opening ceremony of the CIIE and deliver a keynote speech.
Chinese official expressed the confidence that relations between China and
Pakistan would not be affected by a change in international and the domestic
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday rejected a recent statement by
Prime Minister Imran Khan that opposition politicians had asked for some relief
under a deal like the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
making it clear that his party had not sought any such concession, the Pakistan
Muslim League-Nawaz supremo said: “Imran Khan should have the moral courage to
at least disclose the names of those seeking the NRO.”
Sharif said he returned to the country to face cases while his wife was on her
deathbed. “Mr Khan should now stop levelling baseless allegations without
having any tangible proof, as it is not a good practice.”
his last week address to the nation, Mr Khan had announced that the opposition
parties wanted an NRO from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government. He
said he wanted to tell them categorically that no one would get an NRO even if
they staged street protests.
can come out on the streets. We will give you containers and give you food. You
can do whatever you want in the assemblies. [But] no one will get an NRO,” he
to journalists after attending legal proceedings in the Flagship reference in
an accountability court on Monday, the former premier, who had not addressed
the media for the past few months, said: “Imran should explain who had applied
for the NRO and before whom application to get an NRO was submitted.”
regretted that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had dragged Leader of
the Opposition in the National Assembly and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif into
baseless cases to keep him in their custody.
summoned Shahbaz in Saaf Pani case, arrested him in Ashiyana Housing case and
after realising that they did not have evidence in that case, they are
preparing another case against Shahbaz this time about owning assets beyond
means,” said Mr Sharif.
said it was an irony that the former chief minister, who had worked day and
night for the development of Punjab, was arrested and dragged into false cases.
Sharif then talked about his recent meeting with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl
chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, but did not divulge the detail of their
don’t want to make public what we had discussed,” he said, adding that the
suggestions the PML-F chief had made would first be shared with the PML-N
president and other leaders.
his silence since his release on bail, the ex-PM said that he, his daughter
Maryam Nawaz and other family members were still in grief over the demise of
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. He said that it would haunt him throughout his life that
he was not with his wife while she was on her deathbed.
the counsel for the former prime minister, Khawaja Haris Ahmed, cross-examined
Wajid Zia, head of the six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed
the Panama Papers allegations, in the Flagship reference before the
defence counsel put several questions to the star prosecution witness regarding
the JIT’s correspondence with the UAE and the Saudi governments. He also
quizzed the witness over the JIT’s contacts with Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad bin
Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday appreciated Pakistan Army’s efforts in
fight against terrorism, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR).
of the UAE Land Forces Major General Saleh Mohammad Saleh Megren Al-Ameri
called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa here at the GHQ,
according to the ISPR. The army chief and the Emirati commander discussed
regional security situation and cooperation in the fields of defence, security
and military training between both the armies.
on arrival at the GHQ, the UAE commander laid floral wreath at the
Yadgar-e-Shuhada where he was presented a guard of honour.
British parliamentarians have approached Prime Minister Imran Khan through a
letter for the arrest of a gang who had abducted and killed a Pakistan origin
British boy Sheheryar Ahmad.
Sheheryar, son of Iftikhar Ahmad, had been kidnapped on August 21, 2014, and
two days later the police found his body.
boy was kidnapped from outside the house of his grandmother in the remit of
D-Type Colony police.
letter (a copy available with Dawn) sent by Stephen Kerr, said the police found
the body of Sheheryar but that was not reported to Iftikhar Ahmad and his
family until Jan 8, 2015.
letter reads that in the pursuit of justice, Iftikhar and his family faced
threats from a local gang. This is the same gang that is suspected to have
threats include the stalking of Iftikhar’s wife, Mrs Emil Jamil, as well as
their two other children. Emil and her two children are now safe in the United
ask that as the PM you give the Ahmad’s family a personal apology on behalf of
the Pakistan government for prolonging the terrible tragedy that they have been
through,” the letter reads.
letter carries the name of 67 MPs.
police officer said the suspects had been arrested and challan submitted to the
court. Now the court will decide their fate.
Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and other Karbala martyrs is being observed
across the country on Tuesday with religious fervour amid tight security, to
mark 40 days after the day of Ashura when Hussain (AS) and his 70 companions
were a victim of Yazidi forces in 61 AH.
will be taken out and congregations will also be held in every major city of
the country to remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (AS).
security arrangements have been made for the processions and security personnel
have been deployed at every route to avoid any kind of untoward incident.
Sindh government has imposed a ban on pillion riding in Karachi and various
districts across the province for five days from October 28 to November 2ahead
of Imam Hussain (RA) Chehlum as part of its security plan.
have been placed on the central route of the procession leading up to MA Jinnah
Road, with containers and barbed wires from Numaish Chowrangi to Tower.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Kaleem Imam has ordered all police deputy
inspector generals (DIGs) to use resources at their disposal to make sure
efficient security measures are in place for congregations marking the Chehlum
in all districts of the Sindh province.
cellular phone services will also remain suspended in the following cities to
counter any threats of terrorism.
Lahore, Nankana Sahab, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat,Narowal, Rawalpindi, Attock,
Jhelum, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Toba Tek Singh, Multan, Sahiwal, Okara,
Pakpattan, Rahim Yar Khan
PAKHTUNKHWA: Nowshera, Kohat, Bannu, Laki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank,
Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Khairpur, Jacobabad, Shikarpur
KASHMIR: Muzaffarabad, Baagh, Haveli, Mirpur, Kotli
Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Hoonardoost here on Monday welcomed Pakistan’s
mediatory efforts for the peaceful resolution of conflict between Saudi Arabia
to APP here at the National Day reception at Turkish Embassy, the Iranian
Ambassador said that the mediation would prove positive to ensure peace in the
region. He also welcomed the recent $6.2 billion financial assistance by Saudi
Arabia to Pakistan and said that “Iran would always support Pakistan whatsoever
is in its best interest”.
called for the need for tangible efforts by Pakistan government for the
recovery of 12 abducted Iranian border guards. He added that a terrorist group
Jaishul Adl had claimed the responsibility of abduction.
of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday met with commander of
the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Land Forces Major General Saleh Mohammad Saleh
Megren Al-Ameri, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director
General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor.
to a statement by ISPR DG, General Bajwa and Major General Saleh Mohammad
discussed regional security situation and cooperation in the fields of defence,
security and military training between the two armies.
General Asif Ghafoor also said that Major General Al-Ameri appreciated the
Pakistan Army’s efforts in fight against terrorism.
gathering of the two military leaders follows a meeting between Prime Minister
Imran Khan and a high-level UAE delegation by their Minister of State Sultan
Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal has said that his country supports Prime
Minister Imarn Khan’s quest for open border with Afghanistan but at the same
believes that the best thing for Afghan refugees is to return to their home.
Minister Khan in his victory speech had “wished” to have open borders with
Afghanistan on the pattern of European Union at a time when the Pakistan Army
was busy fencing its porous border in a bid to plug traditional routes for
cross-border movement of militants. “That will be the best thing between
Pakistan and Afghanistan if we get that,” Zakhilwal, who is Afghan President
Ashraf Gahni’s special envoy for Pakistan, told Daily Times in an interview when
asked to respond to Imran Khan’s idea he floated on July 26.
when asked as how that could be implemented when Pakistan was fencing border
with Afghanistan, he said: “We oppose the fencing as it will restrict
interdependency and flow of people from both sides of the border. But we
appreciate PM Khan’s idea and there is no doubt about that.” When his attention
was invited to Pakistan’s stance that the fencing was part of the border
management to stop infiltration of militants, the ambassador said, “I think
that preventing infiltration requires more of a policy change than restricting
ordinary people’s lives. That is not an effective way.”
argued that change in policies would be helpful to counter the threat of
militants and said both sides should support each other’s peace and stability
initiatives. “There is a need to promote trade, free flow of people and culture
exchange that exists between the people of the two countries as barbed wires or
barriers can’t address the existing grievances.”
asked about Imran Khan’s suggestion to grant Pakistani citizenship to Afghans
refugees, he opposed the suggestion. “Our preference for Afghan refugees is to
return to Afghanistan. They want to return to their country.”
asked about Kabul’s stance on Afghans refugees who want to stay in Pakistan,
the envoy said that the Afghan government won’t push them to return. He,
however, said that
refugees who had already got Pakistani citizenship would also return to
Afghanistan after restoration of peace.
another question about Pakistan’s role in bringing the Afghan Taliban to
negotiating table, he said that is was a shared responsibility for lasting
peace in Afghanistan.
African Union Commission and the U.S. mission to the union launched Countering
Violent Extremism (CVE) Week on Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
CVE Week is an event the U.S. and the African Union hold every year to enhance
their partnership in fighting extremism.
Africa, Somalia and the Sahel Region are the most vulnerable to terrorist
at the African Union's headquarters, U.S. Principal Deputy Coordinator for
Counter-terrorism Alina L. Romanowski said: "It is not enough to say that
we are against terrorism; we have to address the issues that fuel it."
said, although the international fight against terrorism gained successes in
recent years, “terrorist landscape remains more fluid, complex and diverse than
to Romanowski, the conditions terrorists exploit for recruitment and
radicalization include weak or undemocratic governments, corrupt law
enforcement, human rights abuses, inept justice systems, lack of community
cohesion and inadequate opportunities for the youth.
have erupted in Nigeria between security forces and the supporters of an
imprisoned Shia cleric marching in the capital, Abuja.
army and police confronted hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement of
Nigeria (IMN), the group's spokesman Ibrahim Musa told AFP news agency on
Monday, amid reports of casualties.
witness told Reuters news agency that the military shot at the protesters who
were demanding the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, a pro-Iranian cleric.
security agents attacked members of the IMN when they were in the procession
coming into Abuja," Musa told AFP.
were killed definitely," said Musa, who was not at the procession and
could not give a death toll.
don't carry arms on our procession, we don't block roads ... the security
agents have decided to shed our blood," he added.
group says Zakzaky must be freed after a court ruled his detention without
Saturday, the military shot dead three Shia followers during a similar
confrontation on the outskirts of Abuja.
to the army, soldiers transporting weapons and ammunition were
"attacked" by group’s members - an account the IMN
group members had established an "illegal roadblock denying motorists free
passage" and when the military tried to clear the barrier they were met
with "stiff opposition", army spokesperson James Myam said in a
statement on Sunday.
opened fire on the IMN members after they "pelted the troops with
stones" and attempted to "cart away the ammunition and missiles the
troops were escorting", the statement added.
has been jailed since December 2015 when security forces killed hundreds of
members of his group in a crackdown on the group.
groups have accused Nigeria's military of killing more than 300 IMN supporters
and burying them in mass graves during the 2015 confrontation, a charge the
army strongly denies.
(Reuters) - Nigeria’s military shot at Shi’ite Muslim protesters marching in
the capital Abuja on Monday to demand the release of their religious leader,
according to a Reuters witness.
of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) took part in the march for
the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, jailed since December 2015 when security forces
killed hundreds of members in a crackdown on the group, estimated to have 3
victims were lying on the ground on a road in the area of Kugbo on Abuja’s
outskirts, the witness said, adding that some had thrown stones at the military
before the shooting began. The condition of those on the ground was not
army spokesman did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.
April, police fired bullets and tear gas canisters during days of protests by
IMN, wounding at least four.
violent repression of IMN and the detention of its leader have drawn
accusations that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is abusing human
rights. The group says Zakzaky must be freed after a court ruled his detention
without charge illegal.
least four people were killed and seven wounded when suspected ISIS fighters
attacked a town in central Libya, a military official and lawmaker said.
raid on the desert oasis town of al-Foqha south of Jufra late on Sunday lasted
several hours, during which the fighters set local government and security
offices on fire, the military official, who asked not to be named, said.
al-Sharif, a lawmaker in the eastern-based House of Representatives, said the
attack had probably come as revenge because some town youths had helped catch a
local ISIS leader this month.
town lies in an area marked by poor security deep in the desert where ISIS had
withdrawn to after losing in December 2016 its stronghold Sirte, a city on the
female bomber has blown up her explosives outside a hotel in the center of the
Tunisian capital of Tunis, leaving at least nine people injured, including
said the incident took place after a 30-year-old woman detonated her explosives
near a police van in Tunis’s Habib Bourguiba Avenue on Monday.
the attack as a “terrorist” act, Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiene
Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police.
said security forces have cordoned off the area to investigate the incident.
the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, terrorist
attacks in Tunisia have killed dozens of members of security forces and foreign
state of emergency has been put in place in Tunisia since November 2015, after
12 presidential guards were killed in an attack in the capital.
that year, Daesh militants carried out a deadly terrorist attack at the famed
National Bardo Museum near parliament, which left 21 foreign tourists and a
June the same year, Daesh militants attacked the coastal holiday resort of
Sousse, killing 38 foreign tourists, 30 of them from the UK.
North African country has been hailed for its relatively smooth democratic
transition since the revolution, but it is still experiencing economic and
terrorist attacks have decimated Tunisia´s crucial tourism sector, which make
up seven percent of gross domestic product.
suicide bomber targeting the headquarters of Afghanistan´s Independent Election
Commission (IEC) on Monday killed at least one person and wounded six, officials
said, in the latest violence to strike the controversial poll.
was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes as
thousands of ballot boxes from around the war-torn country are delivered to the
IEC´s heavily fortified compound in Kabul following chaotic and deadly
police officer was killed when the militant, who was on foot, blew up near a
vehicle carrying IEC employees as it entered the base at 8:00am.
election workers and two other police officers were also wounded in the blast.
attacker was "identified and gunned down by police before reaching his
target", Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told reporters.
wounded were taken to hospital and are in a stable condition."
of Afghans risked their lives to vote in the long-delayed elections that were
held over two weekends.
ballot, which the Taliban had vowed to attack, was marred by lengthy delays at
polling centres, allegations of fraud, and deadly violence, with hundreds killed
or wounded in scores of attacks.
figures show roughly 4.2 million out of the nearly nine million people
registered to vote actually cast a ballot.
suspect a significant number of those on the voter roll were based on fake
identification documents that fraudsters planned to use to stuff ballot boxes.
parliamentary election, which was more than three years late and the third
since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, is seen as a dry run for next year´s
is also considered an important milestone ahead of a UN meeting in Geneva next
month where Afghanistan is under pressure to show progress on "democratic
than 2,500 candidates, including mullahs, journalists and sons of warlords, are
competing for 249 seats in the lower house.
IEC is scheduled to release preliminary results on November 10.
problems with untested biometric verification devices that were introduced at
the eleventh hour and missing or incomplete voter rolls are likely to trigger
debate over which votes are valid.
IEC previously said votes not biometrically verified would be rejected.
Electoral Complaints Commission has received thousands of complaints following
three days of voting in 33 out of 34 provinces.
Saturday voters in Kandahar — the southern birthplace of the Taliban and a
province notorious for ballot stuffing — went to the polls.
preparations had been "better" in Kandahar compared with the previous
weekend, hiccups with biometric devices and voter lists persisted.
in the province bordering Pakistan was postponed following the October 18
assassination of General Abdul Raziq, an anti-Taliban strongman seen as a
bulwark against the insurgency in the south, amid fears of violence flaring up.
was among three people killed in a brazen insider attack on a high-level
security meeting in Kandahar city that was attended by General Scott Miller,
the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan.
escaped unhurt, but US Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley was among 13 people
wounded in the shooting claimed by the Taliban.
ailing former prime minister Khaleda Zia suffered a major setback on Monday
when a court here jailed her to seven years in a second corruption case for
embezzling millions from a charitable trust in her late husband’s name, ahead
of general elections. Zia, 73, is already behind bars after being handed a
five-year term in February in another case related to embezzlement of funds of
an orphanage named after her husband late president Ziaur Rahman. The latest
sentence, which comes ahead of general elections in December, is related the
Zia Charitable Trust. According to the case, Zia and three others abused their
power and collected USD 375,000 for the trust from unknown sources.
Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman announced the verdict from the temporary premises of the
court at the old central prison at Dhaka’s Nazimuddin Road. The final trial
proceedings in the case went ahead in the absence of Zia, the leader of the
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), after the prison authorities repeatedly
failed to bring her to the court. She had recently complained to the court that
she was losing feeling in her hand and in a leg. The Zia Charitable Trust graft
case was filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2011.
former political affairs secretary Harris Chowdhury, his former aide and former
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority acting director Ziaul Islam Munna
and former Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s personal secretary Monirul Islam
Khan are the three others convicted in the case. “All the convicts were also
fined Taka 10 lakh (USD 11,784),” chief prosecution lawyer Mosharraf Hossain
Kajol said. “The judge simultaneously ordered confiscation of the piece of land
in favour of the state,” Kajol said.
secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir described the verdict as a
“politically motivated judgment” and said the party would stage a nationwide
protest against it. “BNP is rejecting this judgment,” Alamgir said. Earlier in
the day, Bangladesh’s Supreme Court cleared the way for a lower court to
deliver its verdict in the case by rejecting Zia’s plea to halt the
apex court rejected a leave-to-appeal petition filed by Zia challenging the
High Court judgement that allowed a lower court to continue trial in the graft
case in her absence. The court on September 20 decided to continue the trial
inside the old Dhaka central jail in Zia’s absence. The former premier on
September 27 filed a revision petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the
court’s September 20 order. On October 14, the HC rejected the revision
petition of Zia and cleared the way for the trial court to continue with its
nomination seeker from the Awami League and BNP are confident about winning the
seeking nominations from the Awami League are campaigning and making donations
to draw the attention of the party’s central leaders and the voters. But
nomination seekers from the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami are somewhat quiet.
Pirojpur 1 constituency, comprised of Pirojpur Sadar, Nazirpur and Nesarabad
upazilas, has 417,947 voters.
Awami League candidates
seekers from the ruling party include Awami League’s central committee Law
Affairs Secretary and also a former secretary of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar
SM Rezaul Karim, incumbent Member of Parliament and the party’s district unit
chief AKMA Awal, and Pirojpur municipality mayor and the party’s district unit
Vice-President Md Habibur Rahman Malek.
from them, former parliament member Shah Alam, former Chhatra League general
secretary Ishaq Ali Khan Panna, Awami Swechchhasebak League’s Organizing
Secretary Sazzad Sakib Badshah, and Sheikh Anny Rahman, the wife of Bangabandhu
Memorial Trust member secretary Hafizur Rahman Tokon, are also seeking nomination.
is Awal’s younger brother. He used to provide financial assistance and manpower
to Awal, but a dispute over the leasing of Pirojpur ferry terminal soured their
relationship two years ago. It was after this development that Malek started
becoming active in politics.
said he is confident about victory if he gets the nomination but will work for
whomever the party picks to run in the election.
became an MP by defeating Jamaat stalwart and war criminal Delwar Hossain
Sayedee in the 2008 election. He retained his seat in 2014.
MP has rejected all allegations against him, claiming that people envious of
his success are conspiring against him. He, too, is optimistic about victory in
the next national election.
Karim said he has been involved with Awami League’s student front Chhatra
League since his student days and had been incarcerated during the regimes of
HM Ershad and Ziaur Rahman.
said he was the lawyer of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader during
the caretaker government, and was the counsel on the Bangabandhu killing case
and the jail killing case. The lawyer said he has also provided legal aid to
people tortured during the BNP-Jamaat coalition government.
will seek nomination from Pirojpur 1 constituency and am confident about
winning the election. If I do not get picked, then I will work for the party’s
chosen candidate,” he said.
Rahman said she has been publicizing the government’s development activities.
“I will ask the party to nominate me because I am confident that I will be
victorious if I contest the election as the Awami League representative,” she
candidates in BNP, Jamaat goes with Sayedee’s son
people are trying to get the BNP’s nod to contest in the election from this
constituency. They are BNP’s Pirojpur unit chief Gazi Nuruzzaman Babul, the
party’s central executive committee member and district unit Vice-President
Eliza Zaman, district unit Vice-President Fakhrul Alam, Nazirpur Upazila
Chairman and the party’s district unit Senior Vice-President Nazrul Islam Khan,
BNP’s Pirojpur unit General Secretary Alamgir Hossain, and district unit member
barrister Maj (retd) M Sarowar Hossain.
of them have separately said they were confident about winning the seat if they
were picked. They also said they would work for the party candidate to ensure
meanwhile, has picked war criminal Delwar Hossain Sayedee’s son Shamim Bin
Sayedee to contest in the election from Pirojpur 1 constituency. Shamim,
involved with Jamaat’s Dhaka South unit, is a resident of Indurkandi Upazila
under the Pirojpur 2 constituency.
is the party’s decision,” he said, when asked why he was going to contest in
the election from Pirojpur 1. “My father is a two-time MP. I am confident that
the people will vote for me because the area has seen much development under my
Jatiya Party (Zafar faction) Secretary General and former minister Mostofa
Jamal Haider said he wants to contest from this constituency.
years after the High Court ruled that the Jamaat-e-Islami’s status as a
political party be revoked, the Election Commission has executed the orders in
gazette got delayed because of the delay in getting the full verdict, EC
Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com on Monday.
commission could not publish the gazette until now also because an appeal
against the High Court orders was being heard, he said.
everything is completed. We’ve published the gazette after reviewing the full
verdict,” he added.
gazette dated Sunday says the party’s registration has been cancelled following
the Representation of the People Order as ordered by the court.
EC started registering the political parties for the first time during the
2006-07 military-controlled caretaker government before the 2008 elections.
which had representation in parliament, got registered along with 37 other
parties at the time.
the registered parties are allowed in elections following the law.
total of 25 people, including Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s Secretary General
Syed Rezaul Haque Chandpuri, Jaker Party’s Secretary General Munshi Abdul Latif
and Sammilita Islami Jote’s President Ziaul Hasan, moved the court challenging
Jamaat’s registration in January, 2009.
petition asked for orders to cancel Jamaat’s registration by the EC for the
party’s failure to meet RPO conditions.
the 10th parliamentary elections, the High Court on Aug 1, 2013 declared
Jamaat’s registration by the EC void and illegal, barring it from contesting in
the 2014 elections.
20-party BNP-Jamaat alliance boycotted the elections as well demanding a
nonpartisan government during polls.
barred from contesting in general elections, several Jamaat-backed candidates
took part in local government elections, but not on party tickets.
year, the EC dropped Jamaat’s logo ‘weighing scale’ from the electoral symbols
following Supreme Court orders.
at a glance
the largest Islamist organisation in the sub-continent, Jamaat started its journey
on Aug 26, 1941 under the leadership of Syed Abul A’la Moududi with the name
was briefly banned in Pakistan in 1964 for opposing the Muslim Family Act.
party opposed the separation of East Pakistan as Bangladesh was known then. It
sternly positioned itself against the Bangalis’ struggle for freedom.
was banned for another spell after religion-based politics was outlawed in
Bangladesh after independence.
rules followed the assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman in 1975. Military ruler General Ziaur Rahman, who founded the
BNP, allowed Jamaat to enter politics in Bangladesh.
afterwards, its chief Ghulam Azam returned in 1979 and took the helm.
the fall of HM Ershad’s autocratic regime, the party bagged 18 seats in the
1991 general elections and rode to power as a partner of the BNP.
secured 17 seats in the 2001 polls and two of its leaders served as ministers
in Khaleda Zia’s cabinet.
three members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) were
killed in an airstrike in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province.
provincial government media office in a statement said Sunday that the
airstrike was carried out by the U.S. forces using unmanned aerial vehicles,
statement further added that the ISIS Khurasan group members were targeted in
Shinkai and Sheikh Qala areas of the district.
number of light and heavy weapons belonging to the terror group were also
destroyed during the airstrike, the provincial government added in its
Afghan forces also discovered and defused two improvised explosive devices
planted by the militants in Behsud and Kuz Kunar districts, according to the
Afghan Senate House, Meshrano Jirga, chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimayar reacted to
the alleged remarks of a U.S. Senator regarding the recognition of Durand Line.
his speech during the general session of the Senate House on Sunday, Muslimyar
said condemned the alleged remarks by the U.S. Senators for conditioning their
aid to Afghanistan subject to the recognition of Durand Line as formal border
between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
further added that no one has the right to decide in this regard, emphasizing
that the issue relates to the Afghan nation and only Afghans would take a
decision in this regard.
comes as a number of newspapers recently reported that a U.S. Senator Bradley
Sherman has asked Afghanistan to recognize Durand Line as the formal border
between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
least eight militants were killed or wounded during the airstrikes conducted by
the Afghan forces in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the
latest airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Dasht Archi district.
statement further added that the hideouts of the anti-government armed
militants were targeted in Bandar area of the district.
to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least five militants were killed and three others
were critically wounded during the same airstrikes.
hides of the militants were also destroyed during the airstrikes, the 209th
Shaheen Corps added in its statement.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
security situation in northern Kunduz province has deteriorated sharply during
the recent years amid rampant insurgency led by the Taliban and other militant
LUMPUR, Oct 29 — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr
Mujahid Yusof Rawa told Parliament today that efforts were being made by the
government to streamline and coordinate Shariah laws nationwide.
this end, he said, a study was being conducted on the need to amend Shariah
laws that were being enforced in the respective states to ensure they were
still relevant without setting aside Islamic law and the principles of justice.
from that, a study on the amendment and streamlining of laws on Shariah crime
is also carried out because the laws have yet to be coordinated in terms of
their offences and punishment.
incoordination can leads to injustice,” he said in response to a question from
Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman (PAS-Sik) on efforts by the government to coordinate
Shariah laws in the country.
said a study on the punishments under Shariah criminal law was conducted to
ensure they were more rehabilitative, apart from retributive, such as imposing
said the government was also formulating a law for Shariah lawyers to be
enforced in the Federal Territories and as a model for the states.
the process of coordinating the laws, he said, the government, through the
Technical Committee on Shariah and Civil Laws under the Malaysian Islamic
Development Department (Jakim) would discuss the matter with the state
that are proposed for coordination will be tabled at the meeting of the
National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs and then presented to the
Conference of Rulers for consent,” he added.
said the effort would require the cooperation of the state governments. —
James M. Dorsey
Ulama, with 94 million members the world’s largest Sunni Muslim movement, is
bent on reforming Islam.
powerful Indonesian conservative and nationalist group that operates madrassahs
or religious seminaries across the archipelago has taken on the ambitious task
of reintroducing ijtihad or legal interpretation to Islam as it stands to
enhance its political clout with its spiritual leader, Ma’ruf Amin, slated to
become vice president as the running mate of incumbent President Joko Widodo in
elections scheduled for next April.
a 40-page document, argued in terms of Islamic law and jurisprudence and
scheduled for publication in the coming days, Nahdlatul Ulama’s powerful young
adults wing, Gerakan Pemuda Ansor, spells out a framework for what it sees as a
humanitarian interpretation of Islam that is tolerant and pluralistic in
initiative is designed to counter what many in Nahdlatul Ulama, founded in 1926
in opposition to Wahhabism, see as Islam’s foremost challenge; the rise of
radical Islam. The group that boasts a two million-strong private militia defines
as radical not only militants and jihadists but any expression of political
Islam and asserts that it is struggling against the weaponization of the faith.
it stands a good chance of impacting Islamic discourse in Indonesia, the
world’s largest Muslim nation, it is likely to face an uphill battle in making
substantial headway beyond Indonesia despite its links to major Muslim
organizations in India, the United States and elsewhere. It also could
encounter opposition from the group’s more conservative factions.
Amin, the vice-presidential candidate, is widely viewed as a conservative who
as issued fatwas against minorities, including one in 2005 denouncing Ahmadis,
a sect widely viewed by Muslims as heretics. Violent attacks on Ahmadis by extremists
have since escalated with mob killings and the razing to the ground of their
Amin is also believed to have played a key role in last year’s mass protests
that brought down Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, aka Ahok, an ethnic
Chinese Christian, and led to his sentencing to two years in prison on charges
of blasphemy against Islam.
vice-presidential candidate appears to have since mellowed. In a recent speech
in Singapore hosted by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
(RSIS), Mr. Amin projected himself as an advocate of an Islam that represents a
middle way and stands for balance, tolerance, egalitarianism,
non-discrimination, consultation, consensus and reform.
Amin’s speech appeared to be not out of sync with the reformist thinking of
achieve its goal, Ansor hopes to win Middle Eastern hearts and minds in a
roundabout way by targeting European governments as well as the Trump
administration in a bid to generate pressure on Arab regimes to promote a tolerant,
pluralistic form of Islam rather than use the faith to garner legitimacy and
enhance regional influence.
further that goal, Yahya Staquf, a diminutive, soft-spoken general secretary of
the group’s Supreme Council and a member of Mr. Widodo’s presidential advisory
council, met in June with US Vice President Mike Pence and Reverend Johnnie
Moore is an evangelist who in May was appointed by President Donald J. Trump as
a member of the board of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Staquf also paid in June a controversial visit to Israel where he met with
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu against the backdrop of Mr. Trump’s
recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Netanyahu’s office trumpeted the meeting as an indication that “Arab countries
and many Muslim countries (are) getting closer to Israel” despite Israel’s
policy towards the Palestinians becoming with US backing more hard line. The
meeting served to strengthen Nahdlatul Ulama’s relations with Mr. Trump’s
evangelist, pro-Israel supporters.
making significant inroads in the West, Nahdlatul Ulama risks being identified
with autocrats like United Arab Emirates crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed who
strives to depoliticize Islam as a means of ensuring the survival of his
regime. It also risks being tainted by its tactical association with
Islamophobes and Christian fundamentalists who would project their alliance as
Muslim justification of their perception of the evils of Islam.
Ulama’s association could further bolster the position of evangelists locked
into battle with expanding Islam along the 10th parallel, the front line
between the two belief systems, with Nigeria and Boko Haram, the West African
jihadist group, at its core.
successful, Nahdlatul Ulama’s strategy could have far-reaching consequences.
For many Middle Eastern autocrats, adopting a more tolerant, pluralistic
interpretation of Islam would mean allowing far greater social and political
freedoms. That would likely lead to a weakening of their grip on power.
Ulama’s credibility in pushing a tolerant, pluralistic interpretation of Islam
rides in part on its willingness to subdue its own demons, first and foremost
among which sectarianism manifested in deep-seated prejudice against Muslim
sects, including Shiites and Ahmadis. That may be too tall an order in a
country in which ultra-conservative Islam remains a social and political force.
a result, Nahdlatul Ulama’s battlefields are as much at home as they are in the
larger Muslim world. Proponents of the reform strategy chose to launch it under
the auspices of the group’s young adults wing in an admission that not all of
Nahdlatul Ulama’s members may embrace it.
the group’s meetings at times coincide with clashes between its militia and
Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a banned non-violent organization that seeks to re-establish
most recent clash occurred last week on the eve of a meeting in Yogyakarta of
the Ansor-sponsored Global Unity Forum convened to stop the politicization of
Islam. Attendees included Mr. Moore as well as Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi of the
All India Imam Organization and imams from the United States.
militants in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama’s foremost rival is Turkey.
is a battle that is shaped by the need to counter the fallout of a $100
billion, four decades-long Saudi public diplomacy campaign that enjoyed tacit
Western support to anchor ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam in communities
across the globe in a bid to dampen the appeal of post-1979 Iranian
revolutionary zeal. The campaign created a breeding ground for more militant
and violent strands of the faith.
battle for the soul of Islam finds it most geopolitical expression in the
rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Turkey as well as Iran. The battle with Turkey
has come to a head with the killing earlier this month of journalist Jamal
Khashoggi while visiting the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul to certify his
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan drove the point home by exploiting the Khashoggi
crisis to advise religious leaders that “Turkey with its cultural wealth,
accretion of history and geographical location, has hosted diverse faiths in
peace for centuries, and is the only country that can lead the Muslim world.”
Nahdlatul Ulama couches its position in terms of Islamic law and jurisprudence,
Mr. Erdogan’s framework is history and geopolitics. “The Turkish president’s
foreign policy strategy aims to make Muslims proud again. Under this vision, a
reimagined and modernized version of the Ottoman past, the Turks are to lead
Muslims to greatness,” said Turkey scholar Soner Cagaptay.
LUMPUR, Oct 30 ― A senior officer from the Malaysian Islamic Development
Department (Jakim) today sought to play down his earlier remark on the current
homosexual population in the country, where the minority demographic group
still faces discrimination.
Izwan Md Yusof from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim)
clarified that his reported remark that there are 310,000 homesexuals in the
country was only a “preliminary” figure and “not been finalised by the Ministry
of Health Malaysia as quoted”.
senior assistant director of Jakim's family, social and community development
division's social unit, also gave an interpretation of “gay”.
according to the definition by Blanch Consulting, is a man that has same-sex
attraction from the sexual, romantic and physical aspects.
relation to that, someone labelled gay is not necessarily someone who has
carried out same-sex relations whether it is homosexual or sodomy. This group
is just considered to have same-sex attraction,” he said in a statement.
Izwan said Jakim is committed to continue carrying out efforts to explain and
give guidance through the “Mukhayyam” programme to provide “spiritual
intervention” for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
community who wish to have guidance.
the same time, Jakim calls on society to strengthen the family institution
together and monitor the behaviour of their children to educate and provide
religious understanding as best as they can,” he added.
Mukhayyam programme is a programme by Jakim to rehabilitate those in the LGBT
community, with Mohd Izwan yesterday saying that 1,450 people had received
assistance via this programme with some going on to get married, while some had
changed their dressing and some are controlling themselves from returning to
Izwan yesterday said at a seminar that there were 173,000 homosexuals in
Malaysia in 2013, reportedly revealing that the numbers have gone up to 310,000
had also said that the transgender population in Malaysia had increased from
10,000 in 1988 to 30,000 this year.
hardline member of Iran’s powerful Guardian Council was facing a backlash on
Sunday after criticizing one of the country’s top religious figures for meeting
with reformist politicians.
dispute reflects the diversity of views within Iran’s religious elite and the
fact that, well after the 1979 Islamic revolution, some senior Shiite clerics
fiercely defend their independence.
controversy started a fortnight ago when 90-year-old Grand Ayatollah Musa
Shobairi Zanjani -- considered one of the highest religious authorities and a
“marja” (or “source of emulation”) for huge numbers of Shiite Muslims -- met
with ex-president Mohammad Khatami and other members of the reformist camp.
was president from 1997 to 2005 but has since fallen foul of the system,
especially after supporting mass protests in 2009, and is banned from leaving
the country or appearing in official media.
meeting drew a shocked response from another leading ayatollah, Mohammad Yazdi,
who leads an influential conservative clerical association in Qom, regarded as
Iran’s religious capital.
is one of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s appointees to the Guardian
Council, a supervisory body that has a veto over all parliamentary laws.
the publication of pictures on social media of you alongside some problematic
individuals who have no respect for the system of the Islamic republic and the
supreme leader, I hereby state that this issue has caused concern and upset
among followers and in the seminaries,” Yazdi wrote in an open letter published
by the Jamaran news site.
would like to remind you that your status and respect are tied to your respect
for the ruling Islamic system, the leadership and the status of marjas... and
take steps to ensure such matters are not repeated again,” he added.
criticize a grand ayatollah in this way was considered beyond the pale for many
Salehi, minister of Islamic culture and guidance, tweeted late Saturday: “We
must be careful not to weaken the pure marjas under the banner of preserving
the system, and not spoil Shiite historical heritage.”
least one ayatollah resigned from Yazdi’s religious association in protest,
while another, Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani, said the “impolite” letter to Zanjani
had caused “sadness and sorrow”.
continued to come from many senior officials and commentators on Sunday.
Shiites are proud that our noble marjas have never gotten permission from any
power but glorious God and have not been bound by the constraints of any
political and economic bodies,” tweeted Elisa Hazrati, a member of parliament
and managing director of the reformist Etemad newspaper.
Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in fresh clashes on the Gaza border
Monday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.
abu Abada, 27, was shot in the chest in protests along the border near Beit
Lahia in northern Gaza, the health ministry said.
mother of a Gaza teen killed in an Israeli airstrike the previous day is
denying that her son had any links to militants.
teens were killed in Sunday's strike. The Israeli military said they had
attempted to damage the border fence and "were apparently involved in
placing an improvised explosive device" near it.
on Monday, Aisha Abu Daher said her 14-year-old son Abdel-Hamid had
"nothing to do with resistance."
paramedics say the three bodies were found 200 meters (yards) from the fence.
Gaza-Israel border area has been volatile for months as the enclave's Hamas
rulers organize weekly protests there against a decade-long Israeli blockade.
armed forces continue to advance in battles against the Houthi militias on
several fronts in the west coast, where they inflicted heavy losses on the
said on Monday that the battles, which are aided by the Arab coalition fighter
jets, extended to neighborhoods north of the Hodeidah Airport and the
Giants’ Brigade made incursions in the area of Kilo 16 at the eastern entrance
of Hodeidah and deterred Houthi attacks.
Arab coalition fighter jets also launched airstrikes on the Houthi militias’
posts in the areas of Kilo 16 and Kilo 10 east of Hodeidah killing around 30
Houthi fighters and injuring dozens others.
in Saada, the Yemeni army’s Orouba Brigade seized control over significant
heights on Almalaheeth front, the center of Al Dhaher District, northwest of
comes after violent battles which the army fought against the Houthis in the
Brigade commander Major General Abdulkarim al-Saadi said his forces, aided by
the coalition, managed to cut off the militia route of supplies that links
between Almalaheeth and Marran Mountains, the latter being the stronghold of
Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi.
added that the army also deterred Houthi’s attempts to infiltrate army posts
and restore posts they previously held.
militiamen, who have often planted mines without distinguishing between
military and civil targets, have recently planted mines that resemble the
trunks of palm trees.
media center of the Giant’s Brigade of the Yemeni Army said that the Houthis
planted these mines which look like tree trunks in the plantations of citizens
near Kilo 16 in Al Hali district in Hodeidah, adding that engineering teams
have discovered them and deactivated them.
a statement posted on its website on Saturday, it added that these mines were
planted in palm plantations after they were developed by Iranian expertise in a
shape of palm trunks.
Houthis have planted thousands of mines and explosives in the western coast
killing hundreds of people.
report by a human rights office in Al Jawf Governorate published on Sunday said
the mines which the Houthis planted in Al Jawf have killed and injured more
than 713 people, noting that the number of those killed is 183 and of those
deformed is over 300. Al Jawf is hence the fourth area in terms of the highest
number of victims by Houthi mines in Yemen.
report also said that the Houthis intentionally planted hundreds of mines in
the houses of citizens, roads and farms and turned public and private
facilities into military zones.
West Bank: The Palestine Liberation Organization’s mini-parliament has called
for ending security coordination with Israeli forces in the West Bank, but says
implementation is up to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
on Monday, at the end of a two-day gathering, the Palestinian Central Council
also called for suspending recognition of Israel. Abbas, who controls the
council, has not implemented such decisions in the past.
cooperation, largely aimed at Abbas’ rival, the Islamic militant Hamas, is
unpopular among Palestinians, but has survived repeated crises and years of
deadlock in talks with Israel on setting up a Palestinian state. Abbas’
self-rule government in parts of the West Bank would likely collapse if he cuts
ties with Israel.
the outpouring of support for residents of Squirrel Hill, PA., Quebec's Muslim
community has also extended a hand to their Jewish neighbours.
Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec expressed heartfelt condolences in an open
letter following the murder of eleven congregants at the Tree of Life synagogue
during a naming ceremony held on Saturday.
madness of men once again struck our Jewish neighbours of Pittsburgh and human
brothers who were only praying in a sacred and untouchable place, which is the
synagogue," the CCIQ wrote in the statement, issued Sunday.
remove the lives of 11 Jewish people in their place of prayer and injure many
others by this hateful and anti-Semitic person, is reprehensible and
unacceptable in the 21st century," it reads.
suspect, Robert Gregory Bowers traded gunfire with police during Saturday's
massacre and was shot multiple times. He underwent surgery and survived.
is due in federal court Monday afternoon. Authorities say he expressed hatred
toward Jews during the rampage and in later comments to police.
members of the Muslim community, the events in Pittsburgh echoed an act of
terror that took place closer to home.
co-founder Boufeldja Benabdallah says his first response was to contact members
of the Quebec City Jewish community -- a small group that came to the aid of
the local Muslim community when it was attacked.
Six worshippers were killed and 19 others were
injured in the January 2017 attack at the Quebec City mosque.
mosque in Quebec City experienced on January 29th, 2017, the same tragedy that
took the lives of six fathers and wounded several people," the statement
reads. "Today we understand very well the pain that Jewish families feel,
and we are wholeheartedly with them."
a vigil held outside the Montreal Holocaust Museum over the weekend, Samer
Majzoub of the Canadian Muslim Forum said the Pittsburgh attack opens up old
wounds for Quebecers.
revived the sorrow and misery of the Quebec shooting in the mosque," he
said. "People who were shot because of their faith."
campaigns are quickly pulling together relief after the Pittsburgh synagogue
shooting, including at least one organized by Muslim Americans.
crowdfunding campaign called Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue has raised
more than $90,000 for survivors and families.
in the Montreal area have also reached out to the Jewish community through
small, compassionate gestures.
Zedek, a synagogue in NDG, received a single rose with a handwritten card,
signed "your Muslim neighbours."
— The Alberta Human Rights Commission is hoping the Supreme Court will hear its
appeal in the case of two Calgary Muslim students who were not allowed to pray
at a non-denominational private school.
Amir and Naman Siddiqui, who were in Grade 9 and 10 at Webber Academy in 2011,
told the human rights commission that praying is mandatory in their Sunni
religion. They said the school told them their praying, which requires bowing
and kneeling, was too obvious and went against the academy’s non-denominational
human rights tribunal ruled the school’s policy was too rigid and it could have
accommodated the students without violating its secular status.
decision was upheld by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. The school then took
the matter to the Alberta Court of Appeal.
overturned the commission’s original decision ordering the school to pay a
$26,000 fine for discriminatory behaviour and said another hearing was required
because Webber Academy raised new issues under the Charter of Rights and
Academy president Neil Webber said Monday the human rights commission is
seeking leave to appeal the decision.
should know I think by Christmas whether or not they have been successful. It
took them quite a while to make the decision,” said Webber.
doubt that they will be successful. My information from our lawyer and also
from a former member of the Supreme Court is that roughly 90 per cent of
applications for leave … are turned down.”
one at the Alberta Human Rights Commission immediately responded to a request
said he hopes to preserve the secular nature of the school, which has about
1,000 students. He said the school has always made it clear to incoming
students and their parents there is no space in the school for praying. It has
received only two requests for prayer space in its 22 years of operations and
both were denied.
said even if the Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal, the matter is far
dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée has held the Saudi authorities
responsible for his recent murder in Istanbul, slamming the US president for
paving the way for Riyadh to cover up the crime.
is an incident that took place in a diplomatic mission ... In such a situation
the Saudi Arabian authorities are responsible for this... The Saudi Arabian
authorities know how such a murder was carried out… They need to explain,"
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of Khashoggi, said on Monday night.
said she was disappointed with US President Donald Trump's response to the
killing, suggesting US business ties with Riyadh had influenced his approach to
Trump should help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served. He should not
pave the way for a cover-up of my fiancée's murder. Let's not let money taint
our conscience and compromise our values," she told a memorial in London
for the slain Washington Post columnist.
said she and the Turkish nation want all of those responsible including those
who gave the order to those who carried it out, from the bottom to the top to
be tried and to receive the necessary punishments according to international
believe that the Saudi regime knows where his body is ... I want justice to be
served. Not only for those who murdered my beloved Jamal, but for those who
organized it and gave the order for it."
also noted that she wanted "the role of the political leadership in this
brutal killing to be brought to light" and asked the international
community to assist in holding "the perpetrators and their masters to
should be no cover-up. Jamal was my beloved fiancée, but he was also a gentle
human being, a loving man, a journalist and a true believer in democracy and
freedom in the Arab world," she said.
demand justice for Jamal and stand up for his ideals," Cengiz concluded
before receiving a standing ovation.
death of Khashoggi – a critic of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman – has sparked global outrage and pitched the world's top
oil exporter into crisis.
are reports that the journalist was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia’s
use of banned chemical weapons in its imposed war on Yemen days before he was
Sunday Express weekly reported that a close friend of Khashoggi, speaking on
condition of anonymity, had told it on Saturday night that he was about to
obtain “documentary evidence” from his murdered friend proving claims that
Riyadh had used banned chemical weapons in its brutal aggression against Yemen.
in the U.S. launched an aid campaign for the families of those killed or
wounded in Saturday's synagogue attack and have so far raised $111,000.
campaign was launched on Muslim crowdfunding site Launchgood.com with the title
of "Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue."
wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a
powerful message of compassion through action," the campaign website said.
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), one of the leading Muslim associations in
the U.S., has also released a statement condemning the synagogue attack.
condemn this heinous and cowardly attack on a house of worship, offer heartfelt
condolences to the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured and
express our solidarity with the Jewish community during this time of shock and
grief,” CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania said in the statement.
President Safdar Khwaja also said: “This barbaric attack on our neighbours,
with whom we share our city and have visited and dialogued multiple times, is
deeply disturbing and horrifying. Such an act of terror affects all of us.”
Saturday, at least 11 people were killed after a gunman opened fire during a
ceremony at a synagogue in the state of Pennsylvania on Saturday.
fatal incident occurred at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh
at around 10 a.m. local time (1400GMT).
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