Rights Violations and Religious Violence in India: Muslims in North Texas Ask
America to Use Trade as Leverage to Prevent Such Acts
MP Slams India over Muslim Lynchings, Calls It Serious
Hind Ameer Stresses to Eradicate Misunderstanding about Islam
Masood, Ameer Hamza, and Malik Zafar Have Been Granted Bail from Arrest Till
Taliban Commander Arrested In North-East of Afghanistan
China Locks Up Muslims in Xinjiang, It Opens Its Doors To Tourists
Finds the British Media Contributing To Islamophobia
Qatar Is Moulding Americans’ Opinion In Favour Of Extremism
MP Slams India Over Muslim Lynchings, Calls It Serious
Hind Ameer Stresses to Eradicate Misunderstanding About Islam
Concerned About Treatment Of Muslims In India: Nancy Pelosi
Imam Assaulted, Forced To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ 12 Booked
FIR against three Muslim barbers for ‘refusing’ to cut hair of Dalits
on the brink of civil dictatorship
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Afghan forces killed as Taliban attack hotel compound
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of the North Texas Indian Muslim community protested Sunday against recent
attacks against Muslims and other religious minorities in India.
gathering of about 200 people at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas chanted,
"We are Tabrez! Justice for Tabrez!" in reaction to the June 17 fatal
beating of Tabrez Ansari, which was captured on a video that has been widely
group of men forced the 24-year-old Muslim, who was accused of burglary, to
chant praises to Hindu gods before he was killed, The New York Times said. He
reportedly was beaten for 12 hours before he died at a hospital.
Ali, vice president of the Indian American Council, said members of the Hindu
nationalist group Hindutva have lynched dozens of Muslims in the last five
is a very dangerous trend," he said. "As members of the Indian
diaspora who are living in this very prosperous country we should come together
to demand action from Congress."
account for nearly 80% of India’s population while Muslims account for 14%,
according to the CIA World Factbook. Christians and Sikhs each make up about 2%
of the population.
Haroon, a board member of the Dallas-Irving chapter of the Indian American
Council, said religious minorities have long faced backlash in India but now
government officials are encouraging hate crimes.
is not new, but the machinery and the impunity were not there before,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected a State Department report in June
that religious intolerance from Hindu nationalist groups has grown under the
right-wing government of India, according to Aljazeera.
gathering in Dallas was part of a nationwide protest that also included
Houston, New York City and Chicago.
organizers called for the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom to
raise India to the highest level of concern and use trade as leverage to
prevent human rights violations in the country.
is the foundation of our democracy,” said Hadi Jawad, the executive president
of the Dallas Peace and Justice Centre. “You call, and you say to the member of
Congress, to the senator, that you want India to be in the spotlight ... that
you demand Indian leaders are held accountable.”
MP slams India over Muslim lynchings, calls it serious
UK’s Labour Party MP Jonathan Ashworth has slammed India over the violent hate
crimes on Muslims and called on the British government to look into this
extremely worrying situation in India and respond accordingly, TNIE reports.
Ashworth from Leicester South a constituency with a prominent Indian-origin
electorate in the East Midlands region of England has written to foreign
secretary and prime ministerial hopeful Jeremy Hunt last week stating that many
of his constituents had raised concerns over Indian government not taking
enough action on the rising issue targeting Muslims in the nation.
have been contacted by members of Muslim communities in my Constituency in
regard to the on-going violent attacks on Muslims in India,” Ashworth wrote in
his letter addressed to the senior Cabinet minister in the UK’s Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO).
called the hopeful prime ministerial Hunt to look into and respond over the
“serious issue”, the shadow minister for health said:
“The situation in India is extremely worrying,
there have been reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots,
discrimination, vandalism and actions restricting the right of individuals to
practice their religious beliefs.
constituents are concerned that the Indian government is not doing enough to
address the on-going attacks on Muslim communities in India.”
to the letter, the FCO said that it engaged with India on the full range of
human rights matters to build capacity and share expertise and condemns any
instances of discrimination because of religion or belief, “regardless of the
faith or country involved”.
are working to improve the situation for Muslim minorities in India, and our
‘Empowering Muslim youth’ project reached 150 young people, 20 teachers and
over 100 educational institutions.
have also enabled training for 900 minority students on faith issues in six
universities across North India,” an FCO spokesperson said.
Modi reacting on the Jharkhand lynching has told last month that the incident
has pained him and that the guilty shall be severely punished.
Hind Ameer Stresses To Eradicate Misunderstanding About Islam
Delhi: Ameer of Jamat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Mr. Syed Sadatullah Husaini gave the
details of the four year new policy of the organization for the period from
2019-2023 in a press conference held at Press Club of India, New Delhi.
Husaini said that along with the protection of Muslims, concentration on the
reformation of society form the priorities of the organization. Training of the
cadre will also receive attention.
further told that there is a need to eradicate misunderstanding about Islam in
order to bridge the gap between various communities of the country.
of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and to help people during natural
calamities are also on the agenda of the organization.
face the challenges and to project the image of Islam for creating a healthy
atmosphere will also receive proper attention.
the end of the press conference, he expressed the hope that good situation will
prevail in the country in the future.
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saga of Hafiz Saeed
with Saeed, three others were also granted the bail in a case pertaining to the
outfit’s alleged illegal use of land for its seminary. (AP Photo)
after India called out Pakistan’s move to lodge 23 cases against Jamaat-ud-Dawa
(JuD) chief as a bid to “hoodwink the international community”, an
Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore granted pre-arrest bail to Hafiz Saeed,
Dawn reported. Along with Saeed, three others were also granted the bail in a
case pertaining to the outfit’s alleged illegal use of land for its seminary.
Masood, Ameer Hamza, and Malik Zafarhave been granted bail from arrest till
August 31 against surety bonds of Rs 50,000 each. JuD’s counsel told that court
that the outfit was not using any piece of land illegally.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) issued notices to
the Pakistan government, the Punjab (Pakistan) government and the
Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on a plea moved by Saeed challenging the
charges of terror financing. The court has given two weeks to the officials to
Taliban commander arrested in North-east of Afghanistan
security forces arrested a Burqa-clad Taliban commander during an operation in
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said Sunday the security forces arrested the
Taliban commander as he was attempting to escape the province.
is not the first time the security forces have arrested Burqa-clad militants
during their operations.
anti-government armed militants often disguise themselves in Burqas and women’s
dress in attempt to escape the military operations or conduct attacks.
the Shaheen Corps did not disclose further information regarding the detained
Taliban commander and his identity.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the arrest of the group’s commander
in Takhar so far.
China locks up Muslims in Xinjiang, it opens its doors to tourists
From the expansive dunes of the Taklamakan Desert to the snow-capped peaks of
Tianshan, Chinese authorities are selling troubled Xinjiang as a tourist idyll,
welcoming travellers even as they send locals to internment camps.
government has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly
Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in the
tightly-controlled region in China's northwest, but it has also created a
parallel universe for visitors, who are only shown a carefully curated version
of traditional customs and culture.
the Old Town of Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road city, smiling food vendors serve
mouthwatering lamb skewers, while children play in the streets. "It didn't
look to me like -- unless you were picked up and put in a camp -- that these
Uighur communities seemed to be living in some kind of fear," said William
Lee, who has taught at universities in China for 10 years and visited the
region in June.
just my impression," he added.
a fraught region where flare-ups of interethnic violence have led to
unprecedented levels of surveillance, is one of the fastest growing areas for
tourism in China.
police and frequent checkpoints have not dampened the flow of vacationers
visiting the region, which in 2018 saw a 40 percent increase year-on-year of
visits -- mainly from domestic tourists -- outstripping the national average by
25 percent, according to official figures.
has grown steadily over the years mainly because "Xinjiang is very
stable", explained Wu Yali, who runs a travel agency in the region.
tourists are not used to the high-level of security at first, "they adapt
after a few days," she told AFP.
travellers are barred from witnessing the most controversial part of Xinjiang's
security apparatus: the network of internment camps spread across the vast
of these facilities are outside main tourist hubs and are fenced off with
a six-day trip to the region last month, AFP reporters encountered roadblocks
and were turned away by security forces upon nearing some camps.
describes the facilities as "vocational education centres" where
Turkic-speaking "trainees" learn Mandarin and job skills.
violence that is being inflicted on the bodies of Uighur and other Muslim
people...has been rendered invisible," said Rachel Harris, who studies
Uighur culture and music at the School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London.
a tourist who goes and travels around a designated route, it all looks
nice," she told AFP. "It's all very quiet and that's because there's
a regime of terror being imposed on the local people."
to Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily, the regional government offered
travellers subsidies worth 500 yuan ($73) each in 2014, after tourism plunged
following a deadly knife attack blamed on Xinjiang separatists in southwestern
2020, Xinjiang is aiming to hit a total of 300 million visits by tourists and
rake in 600 billion yuan ($ 87 billion), according to the region's tourism
packages to Xinjiang often feature the region's rich array of natural beauty,
from the azure waters of Karakul lake to Tianshan -- a UNESCO World Heritage
also offer "ethnic" experiences, often in the form of dance
performances. Some tour operators even include visits to Uighur homes. Even as
Chinese authorities seek to contain the region's Muslim minorities, they are
monetising ethnic culture -- albeit a simplified version of it, experts say.
culture is being boiled down to just song and dance," said Josh Summers,
an American who lived in Xinjiang for more than a decade and wrote travel
guides for the region.
makes me sad is what ends up happening is there are only very specific parts of
Uighur culture that get maintained because of the tourism," he said,
citing the neglect of Uighur paper-making traditions and desert shrines.
security clampdown has also squeezed Yengisar city's artisanal knife trade,
since the management of Xinjiang became stricter, the impact on Yengisar's
small knives has been very large -- now there are very few shops selling small
knives," agreed Li Qingwen, who runs a tourism business in Xinjiang.
government wants Uighurs to "show how they excel in singing and dancing,
instead of living under religious rules and restrictions," he told AFP. But
while ethnic song and dance is showcased to tourists, Uighurs are often
restricted in how they express their own culture.
spontaneous gatherings of Uighurs -- even if they involve dancing -- are less
frequent because of tightened security, said Summers.
markets too are more controlled. In Hotan, what used to be an outdoor night
market is now inside a white tent, where red lanterns hang from the ceiling and
uniform food stalls adorned with Chinese flags sell lamb skewers, but also
sushi and seafood. Over the past few years, cultural leaders in the Uighur
community have disappeared, raising fears they have been detained.
February, Turkey's foreign ministry claimed that prominent Uighur musician and
poet Abdurehim Heyit had died in a Chinese prison -- prompting China to release
a "proof-of-life" video of an inmate who identified himself as Heyit.
Uighur comedian Adil Mijit is also missing, according to social media posts by
his son-in-law Arslan Hidayat.
though tourists are buffered from the ugliest parts of Xinjiang's security
crackdown, it is not difficult to bump against the region's many red lines.
finds the British media contributing to Islamophobia
reports on Muslims are contributing to a rise in Islamophobiawith most British
news outlets giving a “negative and misleading” coverage of the community, a first
of its kind study has found.
study, published by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) on Tuesday, said
far-right leaders and commentators used TV debate programmes to propagate
stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.
study analysed more than 10,000 news articles and broadcasts in the UK from
2018 and identified “serious problems” in the way British media reports about
Islam or Muslims, its authors said.WATCH25:25
print media, the study found that 59 percent of the articles analysed
associated Muslims with negative behaviour, while more than a third
“misrepresented or made generalisations” about the community.
study said 78 percent of the stories in the Mail on Sunday newspaper featuring
Islam or Muslims living in the UK had a negative coverage of the community.
the other hand, it said the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Independent had
the least negative portrayal of Muslims.
television, Sky News had the highest proportion of misleading coverage, with 14
percent of its clips rated “very biased”, the study said.
said that regional TV broadcasters presented a more supportive coverage of
Muslims, with the ITV’s regional channels having no content they could call
study said Muslim women were either “othered” through misrepresentative choices
of images, or silenced through a general lack of due prominence.
anti-Islam tropes the study said it found in the British media included the
faith being “inherently anti-Semitic”. It said news reports conflated support
for Palestinians with anti-Semitism and portrayed Muslim solidarity with Jews
report said far-right figures were given prominent positions in TV debates,
which helped them in normalising their propaganda.
study, conducted by the MCB’s Centre for Media Monitoring, said its methodology
was verified by Professor Paul Baker, an expert in critical discourse analysis
at Lancaster University.
the first in a series of quarterly reports, the Centre for Media Monitoring
hopes that by highlighting examples of coverage on Muslims and Islam, it can
serve as a valuable resource for journalists,” said the study’s co-author
Qatar is investing billions of dollars in American universities, cash-hungry
lobbyists in Washington, DC, journalists, mainstream activist groups and policy
think tanks in an apparent drive to soften criticism of its activities that
researchers focused on terrorism say fuels violent extremism.
researchers argue that these concerns should have led the discussion that
President Donald Trump held with Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on July
9 at the White House. Though in the past Trump has criticized Qatar over its
support for terrorism, this meeting focused only on economic issues.
and activist Mike Cernovich, who was involved in exposing the sexual harassment
allegations that forced Congressman John Conyers to resign and opened the seat
to Palestinian activist Rashida Tlaib in Michigan’s 13th District, released a
documentary in March titled “Blood Money: How Qatar Bought off the D.C. Media
Establishment” to argue the case for greater scrutiny of Qatar’s activities.
has come under attack from liberal writers, including some secretly funded by
Qatar’s foreign allies. But Cernovich’s documentary raises serious concerns
about how Doha has spread its influence deep into critical US establishments to
shape Americans' perception of Qatar, playing down its dubious associations and
of Qatar’s funds are being channeled through Qatar Foundation, which has been
criticized for its ties to extremist Islamic ideologies and activists, and for
giving hate speech a platform in Doha’s Education City Mosque.
Reaboi, a national-security consultant based in Washington, DC, has ridiculed
Qatar’s attempts to claim a neutral stance when it comes to the Muslim
Brotherhood has found a home in Qatar and, today, they are supporting (and also
counting on the support of) every Islamist group and activist in the world.”
them to distance themselves from the Brotherhood in public might be good public
relations, but it’s like asking Egypt to distance itself from the pyramids in
those demanding accountability and transparency in Qatar’s lobbying activities
in America is the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a conservative
US think tank. Varsha Koduvayur, an FDD senior researcher, has called on Trump
to act, arguing that Qatar’s emir must “come clean” about its funding of
Trump should tell the emir that America welcomes genuine investments in our
education system, but not influence peddling. Trump should explicitly note to
the emir that his administration will not tolerate Qatar Foundation’s bad-faith
efforts to circumvent federal disclosure rules,” Koduvayur said.
to Koduvayur, Qatar is not only “meddling” in major universities but also
targeting teachers at elementary and high schools (K12), impacting young people
and teenagers under the age of 18.
who is interviewed extensively in Cernovich’s “Blood Money,” argued that
Qatar’s actions are “detrimental to America’s national interests.”
our friends in the Muslim world realized that they were seditious, and had the
goal of overthrowing their governments as well, I think that a kind of
breakthrough became possible,” Reaboi said.
criticisms of the Brotherhood suddenly made a lot more sense to many Arab
citizens, especially in places like Egypt, which had to claw itself out of a
Brotherhood takeover. I think there's a broad coalition now of anti-Islamists
across the globe, and it's confounding a lot of the pro-Islamist mainstream
media and befuddling a lot of so-called Middle East experts.”
shows that Qatar is using its funds to mold American public opinion through
such universities as Georgetown, Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth
University (VCU), Cornell, Michigan and Northwestern. Georgetown, VCU, Cornell
and Texas A&M have even established branch campuses in Qatar. And Qatar is
funding the Brookings Institution, Cernovich says.
investments have helped Qatar deflect news media attention away from its
extremist agenda plus its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, and towards Saudi
Arabia, which is leading the criticism of Qatar’s extremist ties.
investments mainly in real estate and investments in the US exceed $45 billion,
according to a January 2019 report from Reuters news agency.
said Qatar leads the world in pushing a political agenda through lobbying and
there’s no other country that’s even half as aggressive in the
foreign-influence game as Qatar. Americans should be aware of its dangerous
information and influence efforts,” he said.
makes Qatar’s investments even more suspicious is that Qatar has turned to
legal means to prevent state governments from forcing detailed disclosures of
how their funds are being used.
Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Texas attorney general’s office to
prevent the state from forcing Texas A&M University to disclose the details
of its contract with Qatar.
claimed that the terms of the contract are a “trade secret” and thus exposure
could hurt Qatar Foundation’s interests. In the US, private institutions are
not required to disclose their contract terms but Texas A&M is a public
concerned about treatment of Muslims in India: Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi, the United States Speaker of the House of Representatives has
said the US Congress was and continues to be concerned about the treatment of
Muslims in India.
to a report in ‘The Hindu‘, Ms. Pelosi’s comments came on Thursday during a
conversation with Chairman of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum
(USISPF) John Chambers at a Forum event in Washington DC.
were proud to welcome him [Prime Minister Narendra Modi] to a joint session of
Congress [in 2016], we had some concerns about the treatment of Muslims in
India – I have to mention it – then and now,” Pelosi was quoted as saying.
US leader also described Mahatma Gandhi as the spiritual leader of the US’
movement of non-violence.
herself a “worshipper” of Mahatma Gandhi, she recalled an incident saying, “I
was wearing a hat in the school and a nun asked me that ‘who do think you are?
Mahatma Gandhi?’ I had no idea about it.”
went to the library and there was a lot of books on Mahatma Gandhi back in the
1950s. At college, I used to get all the books on Mahatma Gandhi in the class.
I learnt more and more about him. I became completely worshipping at the shrine
of Mahatma Gandhi,” she continued.
also praises for PM Modi’s oratory skills, saying the Indian leader is
“spectacular” and had the people in the “palm of his hands”.
Imam assaulted, forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ 12 booked
It was just like any other day when Muslim cleric Imlaq-ur-Rehman was going to
his village on his motorcycle when he was intercepted, thrashed and forced to
chant ‘Jai Shri Ram by’ 12 youngsters yesterday.
on the cleric’s complaint, the Superintendent of Police Shailesh Kumar Pandey
today said: “Prime facie it seems to be a matter of physical assault. Even
then, the police have registered a case against 12 youngsters on the basis of
the cleric’s complaint. Action will be taken against them on the basis of
probe,” Indiatoday reports.
Imlaq-ur-Rehman, a Muzaffarnagar resident in his complaint stated he was
thrashed and the youngsters even pulled his beard, threatening him to only come
to the village after shaving off his beard.
cleric said he was only rescued when two people of his village helped him when
he raised an alarm SP Pandey said.
FIR was lodged on Sunday against three Muslim barbers in the Peepalsana village
in Moradabad district after Dalit residents alleged that they refused to cut
three barbers — Riyaz Alam, Ishaq and Jahid — were booked under IPC and the
SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
to 45-year-old Mahesh Chandra, he filed a complaint to stop caste-based
discrimination. “This has been going on for several years, but now we have
decided to raise our voice,” he said.
also said that after he filed a complaint, police held a meeting in the
village. “In the meeting, barbers agreed that they would cut the hair of
Dalits. But after police mediation, barbers shut their shops for three days,”
Imran Khan’s government in Pakistan approaches the end of its first year, the
country is rapidly drifting towards civil dictatorship. The arrest of
opposition politicians, a crackdown on the media, and the imposition of a
draconian economic policy has been the hallmark of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) government. This has frustrated hopes of achieving a measure of political
stability, which had been expected after July elections last year.
the highly charged 2018 election campaign, Imran Khan’s main promise was to
eradicate graft in the country. He pledged to arrest corrupt politicians and
billions of dollars allegedly parked by Pakistanis in overseas banks. After
coming to power, Khan’s government has arrested opposition politicians, but
without any due process.
Imran Khan’s Pakistan, the list of incarcerated politicians is long. Three-time
former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is in prison on corruption charges. In June,
former president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested on corruption charges. (Khan had
openly said in his election campaign that he would ensure the arrest of Zardari
and Sharif.) A few days later, Hamza Shahbaz, the opposition leader in Punjab,
Pakistan’s largest province, was also arrested on corruption charges.
Furthermore, Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir, two members of parliament from tribal
areas, are in police custody for an alleged attack on an army check point.
Neither were allowed to attend the budget session, despite the fact that law
requires all members of parliament to attend parliament sessions even if they
are being held in prison.
latest victim of this arrest drive was Rana Sanaullah, a provincial president
from the largest opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League, or PML-N.
Authorities arrested Sanaullah after a huge collection of drugs was reportedly
found in his private vehicle. More arrests are expected.
problem is the pattern – no substantive evidence has been produced against any
of the arrested leaders. Zardari and Shahbaz were arrested merely on the basis
of suspicion, while Sharif serves a sentence in prison handed down by a judge
reportedly put under intense pressure by the government. Whereas in the case of
Sanaullah, who can definitively say how the authorities in Pakistan came to
find drugs in a vehicle of a person who is subsequently arrested for
arrest of political leaders is widely seen more as a witch-hunt and less a
genuine anti-corruption drive. The pattern has seriously affected the
credibility of Khan’s government. Yet he is showing no hesitation. Instead,
Khan last month set up a high-powered inquiry to investigate the rise in
Pakistan’s debt across the past decade – to go after the “thieves who left the
country badly in debt” as Khan himself put it, “so that no one dare leave the
country in tatters ever again”. Yet this latest move is also seen as an attempt
by Khan to further persecute his political opponents.
a time when there is no effective opposition left to challenge decision-making,
the media seems to be the next target, with the authorities preventing the
media from criticising the government. An interview of former president Zardari
was stopped from going to air on Pakistan’s leading television channel, Geo
News. Journalists critical of the government are facing sedition charges and
other intimidation tactics. The social media team of Khan’s party PTI even
promoted the hashtag #ArrestAntiPakjournalists on Twitter in an effort to
this is a bad omen for government accountability. The PTI was able to passed a
budget in June imposing record new taxes on people in a country already
suffering due to economic turmoil. (Thousands of businesses joined in
nationwide strikes at the weekend in protest.) The value of the Pakistani rupee
has fallen significant in the past year, while inflation has skyrocketed.
Still, the government has cut development funds and subsidies, while increasing
taxes and sharply raising the of cost of domestic gas. What opposition there
has been against these budget measures has been led by civil society and human
rights activists in Karachi – with the bulk of the opposition and media largely
the cost will be felt by Pakistanis themselves, particularly lower- and
middle-class sections. The frustration from this economic turmoil will be
especially seen among the youth, with about 60% of Pakistan’s population under
the age of 30. There are already fears this will push younger Pakistanis
this turn toward civilian authoritarianism coupled with economic turmoil will
keep Pakistani politically destabilised. This will make it difficult for the
continued development of mega-projects, such as the China-Pakistan Economic
Corridor, part of Beijing’s Belt and Road ambitions, which has already been met
with local resistance (The threat within: Pakistan’s ties to China). Khan’s
actions therefore appear self-defeating, threatening not only to earn his
government the wrath of people at home but also isolation abroad.
IdeaGist, the world’s largest incubator, announced an increase in its
technology investment from $55 million to $100m to support Prime Minister Imran
Khan’s vision on entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging technologies.
additional amount of $45 million will be invested in incubating and
accelerating new ventures in emerging technologies, said IdeaGist founder
Hassan Syed in a statement issued here on Sunday.
congratulated the prime minister and the State Bank of Pakistan on the
successful launch of Rs100 billion finance programme within months of its
State Bank of Pakistan had launched a subsidised financing programme worth
Rs100bn for startups and small-to-medium enterprise on Saturday to create self-employment
opportunities in the country.
Syed said that it made a commercial sense to invest strategically in Pakistan’s
urged the prime minister and the minister for science and technology to find
creative ways of investing in emerging technology ventures and promote a
culture of innovation.
has already launched an accelerator and incubator programme around seven key
emerging technologies which are: 3D printing, artificial intelligence,
intelligent vehicles, smart robots, blockchain, internet of things and
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Sunday expressed its full
confidence on Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani announcing that it would not
support the no-confidence motion filed by opposition parties against him in the
spokesperson Syed Aminul Haq told Dawn that the decision was taken at a meeting
of the party’s coordination committee presided over by convener Dr Khalid
the no-confidence motion filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf against Senate’s
deputy chairman Saleem Mandviwala of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Mr Haq
said that his party’s senators were among the signatories of the no-confidence
motion against him.
present, the MQM-P has five senators who sit on the treasury benches in the
upper house being allies of the PTI-led ruling coalition.
party had supported Mr Sanjrani at the time of his election in March 2018.
However, it did not vote for Mr Mandviwala in his election as the deputy
statement issued by the MQM-P said that the coordination committee had decided
to call “Haq Parast senators” to Karachi to form a strategy to deal with the
no-confidence move against Sanjrani.
meeting expressed its full confidence in Mr Sanjrani and decided to oppose the
no-confidence move against him “at every forum”.
300 join PSP
Sarzameen Party chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that despite the fact that
his party was not in government more people were joining it.
at a press conference here on Sunday, he said that 327 people belonging to
different political parties joined his party today and 178 of them had left
MQM-Pakistan to join the PSP.
appealed to people to participate in large numbers in the public meeting
scheduled to be held on July 21 in Bagh-i-Jinnah.
once again offered the Sindh government that he was ready to help in the
completion of the K-IV water supply project within a period of three years
against a symbolic salary of Re1.
the MQM-P, he said that Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was part of the ruling
coalition at the Centre but instead of forcing Prime Minister Imran Khan to
release funds for K-IV his party was hanging banners in Karachi in protest over
said that the confidence of a common man in the government had already eroded.
said that Imran Khan was behaving like the prime minister of Punjab and Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa alone as Sindh and Balochistan had been completely neglected by the
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous
Ashiq Awan has said that a leading British tabloid Daily Mail has also exposed
“Shehbaz Sharif’s [alleged] massive corruption and money-laundering”.
to the media-persons on Sunday, she said the Sharif family, especially Shehbaz
Sharif, plundered 500 million pounds relief aid donated by Britain for the
earthquake victims in Pakistan.
said that Shehbaz also deceived the British people as well as the Pakistani
nation through alleged massive money-laundering.
said that the shameful act by the ‘Corruption King’ Shehbaz Sharif and his gang
brought a bad name to Pakistan globally and created a bad impression of the
country in the comity of nations as well.
said that all “national institutions in Pakistan would now probe” the matter of
Shehbaz Sharif’s reported corruption, pointed out by the British daily.
said: “It is a truth published by the leading British newspaper, and not an act
of so-called revenge by the Pakistan government against Shehbaz Sharif and his
said that the Sharif family also weakened the national institutions for their
vested interests and to protect their local and international corruption.
asked Shehbaz Sharif to quit politics in the larger national interest, as his
alleged corruption had been “proved globally”.
claimed that there was complete freedom of expression in the country, adding
that the media was enjoying complete freedom.
said that some ‘actors’ in Pakistan were giving an impression that the media
did not enjoy freedom in Pakistan, adding that she strongly condemned such
Afghan forces conducted operations in the outskirts of Qalat city of Zabul
inflicting heavy casualties on Taliban militants.
205th Atal Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the
operations as part of Khalid-98 operations.
statement further added that the security forces killed 10 Taliban militants
during the operations.
the 205th Atal Corps said the security forces also wounded 15 Taliban militants
during the same operations.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
Afghan Special Forces arrested ten Taliban militants during an operation in
informed military sources said Sunday that the Special Forces arrested the
Taliban militants in Chahar Asyab district.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the operation so far.
comes as the security situation in some remote districts of Kabul has
deteriorated during the recent months.
security forces killed, wounded at least 12 Taliban militants during the
operations in Paktiya and Ghazni.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the security forces killed 5 militants
during a patrol in Jani Khel district of Paktiya province.
statement further added that the security forces also wounded 5 others during
the same operation.
the security forces killed 2 Taliban militants during a separate operation in
Qarabagh district of Ghazni province.
Afghan security forces were killed on Saturday when Taliban insurgents attacked
a hotel, officials said, as violence continues across Afghanistan despite
US-led efforts to end the war.
assault took place in Qala-i-Naw, the capital of the western province of
Badghis, when attackers struck a commercial area housing the hotel and several
shops in the small city.
had intelligence reports that suicide bombers were planning to attack
Qala-i-Naw,” Badghis governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai told AFP.
attackers took over a building near the governor’s office and police
headquarters,” he added.
defence ministry said three attackers were killed and two more arrested.
members of the Afghan security forces were killed and 20 people wounded,
including civilians, the ministry said.
incident comes less than a week after Taliban officials were sitting
face-to-face with US negotiators in Doha in a bid to end Afghanistan’s nearly
sides reported good progress in the talks, but daily carnage continues across
Afghanistan and NATO on Saturday announced the death of a US service member who
was killed in a Taliban-claimed attack.
hotel assault started around 12:40 pm (08:10 GMT) when a group of men, some
wearing suicide vests, stormed the area.
Bek, the head of the Badghis provincial council, told AFP that children had
been evacuated from nearby schools, and that explosions could be heard in the
to Abdul Latif Rostaee, the local director of public health, 18 were wounded,
including six civilians.
Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman, earlier said a group of suicide bombers
had entered a hotel and were shooting civilians.
JAYA: Heineken Malaysia Bhd has reiterated that the sale of its new
non-alcoholic malt beverage, Heineken 0.0, is aimed at non-Muslims only.
clarified that the beverage was non-halal and only targeted for non-Muslims
aged 21 and above, as mentioned during their product launch and in previous
Heineken 0.0 products are only available at the non-halal zone of supermarkets
and convenience stores, with clear signage indicating that it is strictly for
non-Muslims, aged 21 and above only.
stores without designated non-halal areas, we are placing clear signages to
inform consumers that Heineken 0.0 is strictly for non-Muslims, aged 21 and
above,” it said in a statement.
purpose for introducing Heineken 0.0 in Malaysia is to provide a choice for
non-Muslim consumers who enjoy the taste of beer but not necessarily the
effects of alcohol, particularly beer drinkers seeking to moderate their
alcohol consumption as part of a balanced lifestyle,” it added.
said this in response to complaints, including by Minister in the Prime
Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof (pic), for beer manufacturers in
the country not to confuse consumers, especially Muslims, by producing
reported that Mujahid had told reporters during a function in Parit Buntar that
the alcohol-free beer was only confusing Muslims and not a wise move as the
process of producing the drink included distillation carried out in a system
used to produce alcoholic products.
also advised Muslims not to consume any product if they were doubtful of its
had also uploaded information on its Facebook, saying that the drink was made
from the same process as alcoholic drinks and Muslims were prohibited from
taking the drink – regardless if it had alcohol or not.
Malaysia said its “Now You Can” tagline for the Heineken 0.0 referred to the
various new occasions that the drink could allow non-Muslim consumers to enjoy
a beer, including lunch and work meetings or while driving.
advertising materials on social media educate non-Muslim consumers about the
‘Now You Can’ occasions.
a responsible and progressive brewer, Heineken Malaysia is committed to
advocating responsible consumption, and we believe Heineken 0.0 has an
important role to play in this regard,” it said.
company said it was “culturally sensitive” in its operations, adding that all
its marketing materials had visible disclaimers that Heineken 0.0 was strictly
for non-Muslims aged 21 and above only.
envoy wrote Trump pulled out of Iran deal to spite Obama: report
Britain’s ambassador to Washington believed US President Donald Trump pulled
out of the Iran nuclear deal because it was associated with his predecessor
Barack Obama, according to leaked documents published on Saturday.
administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for
ideological and personality reasons — it was Obama’s deal,” ambassador Kim
Darroch wrote in a diplomatic cable in May 2018.
cable was included in a second batch of leaked reports published by the Mail on
Sunday newspaper, the first of which caused Darroch to resign earlier this
the Sunday Times reported that a government investigation into the leak had
identified a civil servant as the person responsible.
with officials from the National Cyber Security Centre, part of spy agency
GCHQ, and MI6, the probe has homed in on a suspect who had access to historical
Foreign Office files, the paper said.
first leaked cables authored by Darroch were published last weekend, causing
major turmoil between Britain and its closest ally.
ambassador was reported to have described the White House as “inept”, prompting
Trump to claim the ambassador was a “pompous fool” whom he would no longer deal
resigned on Wednesday, saying it was now “impossible” to do his job.
May 2018, Britain’s then-foreign minister Boris Johnson went to Washington to
try to persuade Trump not to abandon the Iran deal.
a cable sent afterwards, Darroch reportedly indicated there were divisions in
Trump’s team over the decision, and criticised the White House for a lack of
can’t articulate any ‘day-after strategy’; and contacts with State Department
this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies,
whether in Europe or the region,” he wrote.
reported back that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his talks with
Johnson, “did some subtle distancing by talking throughout about ‘the
president’s decision’ ”.
newspaper reported that, according to Darroch, Pompeo also hinted that he had
tried but failed to “sell” a revised text to Trump.
2015, the United States, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany signed a
deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for a partial lifting
of international economic sanctions. Trump had long been critical of the deal
and withdrew the United States on May 8, 2018.
parties to Iran deal urge dialog, end to tensions
Britain, and Germany have called for the resumption of dialog and an end to the
escalation over Iran’s nuclear deal, amid heightened tensions between
Washington and Tehran.
three European countries made the plea in a joint statement issued on Sunday,
the fourth anniversary of the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal, officially
known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
three parties to the landmark accord expressed concern that the 2015 deal could
potentially collapse following renewed sanctions by the United States and
Iran’s decision to scale back some of its commitments in retaliation for the
US’s unilateral withdrawal and the imposition of the sanctions.
believe the time has come to act responsibly and seek a path to stop the
escalation of tensions and resume dialogue,” said the English-language version
of the statement issued by the Élysée.
risks are such that it is necessary that all the parties take a pause and think
about the possible consequences of their actions,” it added. “We are concerned
by the risk that the JCPOA further unravels under the strain of sanctions
imposed by the United States and following Iran’s decision to no longer
implement several of the central provisions of the agreement.”
is while Iran has scaled back some of its commitments based on the provisions
of the deal itself and not in breach of it.
three European countries also stressed that they would continue to support the
nuclear deal but said its implementation “was contingent on Iran’s full
wants the European parties to do enough for Iran to achieve the economic
benefits that it is promised under the agreement by working to offset the
adverse impacts of the US sanctions. In the absence of such efforts, Iran has
said, it would be meaningless for Tehran to keep implementing its side of the
JCPOA was signed between Iran and originally six world powers — namely the US,
Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China. Washington, however, unilaterally
withdrew last May.
the other parties to the deal have been critical of Washington’s move and have
been holding meetings with Tehran to discuss how they can make the pact
properly work for the Iranian side as well, but to little effect.
has said it would potentially scrap the deal if no progress is made in that
May and a year after the US exit, Iran suspended some of its commitments under
Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, giving the other signatories a first 60-day
deadline to turn their verbal support for the accord into concrete action.
between Washington and Tehran escalated after US President Donald Trump
unilaterally pulled his country out of the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and
re-imposed harsh sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
tensions saw a sharp rise on the first anniversary of Washington’s exit from
the deal as the US moved to ratchet up pressure on Iran by tightening its oil
sanctions and accelerating the planned deployment of military reinforcements to
the Persian Gulf.
Germany, and Britain on Sunday voiced concern about the deterioration of
security in the Persian Gulf and escalation of tensions amid Iran’s nuclear
a joint statement released by the French president’s office, the three
countries said they were worried by the "risk that the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action (JCPoA) further unravels under the strain of sanctions imposed
by the U.S. and following Iran’s decision to no longer implement several of the
central provisions of the agreement."
to a previous statement by Tehran that it was willing to remain in the
agreement, they urged Iran to reverse its recent decision to surpass the
uranium enrichment limits stipulated by the nuclear agreement -- also known as
the JCPOA -- and return to full compliance with the agreement.
the European nations expressed their concern on recent attacks "in the
Persian Gulf and beyond, and by the deterioration of the security in the
region," it noted.
believe the time has come to act responsibly and seek a path to stop the
escalation of tensions and resume dialogue," the statement said.
added: "The risks are such that it is necessary for all stakeholders to
pause and consider the possible consequences of their actions."
confirmed Monday it had breached the 3.67% limit of uranium enrichment set by
the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
the deal, Iran agreed to destroy its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium and
cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98%.
have been rising between the U.S. and Iran since May 2018, when Washington
unilaterally withdrew from the deal.
U.S. has since embarked on a diplomatic and economic campaign to put pressure
on Iran to renegotiate the agreement, as well as other Iranian activities
Washington considers to be "destabilizing".
part of its campaign, the U.S. has re-imposed sanctions on exports of Iranian
crude oil, which have tanked the Iranian economy.
June, tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated after two oil tankers were
attacked at the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. held Iran responsible for the
attacks and also accused them of destroying navigation devices in waters, both
accusations denied by Iran.
terror police investigate if Christian charity paid ransom to ISIS
police are investigating a Christian charity to determine if it financed
terrorism after its chairman was involved in the freeing of 226 hostages held
by ISIS in Syria in 2016.
Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (Acero) is chaired by the
bishop of Syria, Mar Afram Athneil, but is run by Andy Darmoo, 71, who is the
director of a lighting company in southern England.
its financial statements for the year ended July 31, 2016, Acero has an
expenditure of £147,689 (Dh682,000) marked as "Iraq Hostages". An
Associated Press report in 2016 described Mr Athneil as being “almost
exclusively” behind the year-long brokering of the deal to free the hostages.
Three were murdered on camera by ISIS.
exact ransom amount is unknown but is estimated to be in the millions.
January 2018, the Met received a referral from the Charities Commission over
concerns relating to alleged payments to Syria by” Acero, a statement by
London’s metropolitan police said.
matter is being investigated by officers from the National Terrorism Financial
Investigation Unit (NTFIU), which is part of the Met’s Counter Terrorism
Command, to determine if terrorist financing offences have been committed,” it
said officers executed search warrants at a residential address and business in
the Dartford area in Kent and interviewed under caution an unidentified
Mr Athneil has insisted the charity was not involved in the hostage rescue.
a bishop in the Assyrian Church, my responsibility was to look after my flock
in my country during a troubled period. This had nothing to do with Acero UK or
Mr Andy Darmoo. What happened in this situation is between me and my God,” he
said in a letter to The Sunday Times, who first reported the news.
Darmoo said the £147,689 was sent to Iraq as humanitarian relief after the
hostages were freed and that the reference in the accounts was a mistake.
UK Charity Commission said they were unhappy with his explanations and were
worried about the “perception of a link between the charity and a payment of
funds to a terrorist organisation holding the hostages caused by the
involvement of the chair of the charity in securing the release of the
hostages,” The Sunday Times said.
Arabia hailed for unifying Muslim world in maintaining security, stability of
A leading African politician has hailed Saudi Arabia for its vital unifying
role in the Muslim world toward maintaining the security and stability of the
Soodhun, president of Mauritius’ ruling MSM (Militant Socialist Movement) party
and the island nation’s former vice president, also praised the Kingdom for
taking the lead in the global fight against terrorism.
an exclusive interview with Arab News while visiting the Kingdom, Soodhun
highlighted the huge changes he had witnessed taking place in Saudi Arabia
since he first set foot in the country in 1987,
and how its leadership has become a shining example to the world.
on a wide range of subjects, including the recent rise in tensions with Iran,
Soodhun pointed to the Kingdom’s key influence on the world economic stage and
its generous humanitarian relief work, which included a $10 million donation to
Mauritius in the wake of a devastating cyclone earlier this year.
Kingdom plays an important role in enhancing international cooperation and
increasing coordination in dealing with global challenges that impact on
international stability, especially the stability of the global economy.
is closely watching how the situation is evolving regarding Iran’s nuclear
force, with great apprehension. Iran wants to be a leader in the Arab region
amidst the current divisions in the Arab world,” he said, addding that “The
division of the Arab region is not in the interests of Muslims, and the Kingdom
is exerting its efforts to keep the region united.
said that “The problem in the region is with leadership, not the people, and
the Kingdom is not against Iranian or Qatari people, but against their
leadership,” added Soodhun.
noted Saudi efforts to combat Iran’s support for terror groups by putting a
squeeze on their finances while continuing to provide assistance and help through
humanitarian and relief funding.
and terrorism are among the most serious issues the world is currently facing.
The Kingdom is making great efforts to combat that and we (Mauritius) will
always stand in support.”
recent Iranian-backed Houthi drone attacks on civilian targets, Soodhun said:
“They are considered as war crimes, according to the provisions of
international humanitarian law, and these are clear violations of UN Security
Arabia and Mauritius had built strong relations over the years, and Soodhun was
hoping to further strengthen the links during his latest visit to the Kingdom.
has so far met with the Saudi ministers responsible for foreign affairs and
Hajj and was due to sign agreements of cooperation with Ahmad Al-Khateeb,
president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, and Saleh
Al-Jasser, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Mauritian political leader told Arab News that his country had seen a 400
percent increase in the number of Saudi tourists visiting Mauritius in the last
couple of years after the opening of direct flights.
went on to describe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as having “a human-lion
heart” in respect of tackling crises in Egypt, Palestine, Yemen and Mauritius,
and also for his work to transform the Kingdom.
thanked Saudi Arabia for its $10 million support to Mauritius after the island
was recently hit by a cyclone that destroyed 3,000 houses. “I have been in
politics and power for 35 years, and I know what it takes to manage a country.
Saudi Arabia is becoming an example in the world, not just the region.”
crown prince has a plan; he is a man of vision. He is looking forward and for
progress not just for Saudi Arabia but also for the Gulf,” he said.
unity to the region was not impossible but the crown prince would need the help
of “the royal family, the government, businessmen, and the support of every
Muslim in the world” to carry out the mission, added Soodhun.
1987 with 2019, Soodhun said the Kingdom had changed tremendously but the “best
changes” had taken place since 2015. “There is more justice, liberty, and
discipline, and a more responsible population is evolving as more Saudi youth
are joining the labor market, occupying different jobs, and standing on their
new leadership of the Kingdom had encouraged an “active participation of the
whole population in the brilliant future of the country,” Soodhun added.
Kurdish-language Hawar News Website quoted local sources in Afrin as saying the
ISIL terrorists have become active along Turkey’s borders with al-Shieh region
sources said that the Turkish Army and its allied militants have sent 30 ISIL
terrorists who had been trained by the Turkish Army in Hatay province of Turkey
to al-Shieh region.
noted that thousands of Turkey-backed terrorists have recently been dispatched
to Afrin from Idlib province.
well-trained ISIL terrorists are being dispatched to Afrin by Ankara as the
Turkish Army is preparing for dispatch massive military equipment to borders
with Syria to launch a major operation against the Kurdish militias in
a relevant development earlier on Sunday, the Arabic-language media outlets
reported that the Turkish Army has equipped the terrorist groups with
state-of-the-art weapons which were also used by the militants in their recent
failed attack in Northern Syria.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper noted that the terrorists have used the
advanced weapons they have just received from Turkey in their recent foiled
attack on the Syrian Army’s military positions in the town of al-Hamamiat and
its strategic hilltop. The daily said that the strategic hilltop is located
along Saqilbieh-Mahradeh Road in Northern Hama, adding that the Turkish Army
has dispatched well-trained foreign and Arab terrorists, who have been equipped
with highly-advanced weapons together with anti-Tank weapons, to confront the
Syrian Army in Northern Syria.
newspaper pointed to Ankara's defeat in the most difficult battle to take back
the region, and said that the Syrian Army troops have heightened security in
al-Hamamiat town as fierce clashes with Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant
Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists are still underway there.
Syrian Army’s air and ground forces, meantime, pounded the terrorists’ military
positions in the town of al-Sarmanieh in Sahl al-Ghab in Western Hama, killing
a number of terrorists, including their senior commander, Mohammad Fazel Ali
Syrian airstrikes and ground offensives came in response to the terrorists’
rocket attacks on the Syrian Army’s military points and residential areas in
the towns of Hayalin, Ain Salimu and Jourin in Northern Hama.
Southern Idlib, meantime, the Syrian Air Force also pounded the military
positions and movements of the terrorists in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Maret
al-Numan, Ariha, outskirts of Khan al-Sabal and Rab al-Jour, destroying a
training camp of Tahrir al-Sham near al-Hamedieh and killing all the terrorists
inside the base.
a relevant development on Saturday, the Turkish Army dispatched heavy military
equipment to the borders with Syria in response to the recent movements made by
Saudi Arabia and the US in support of the Kurdish forces in Eastern Syria.
Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi reported that the Turkish Army has sent
massive military equipment comprising hundreds of tanks and military vehicles
to the border with Syria.
daily said that dispatch of this volume of Turkish military equipment to the
borders with Syria is unprecedented ever since Ankara threatened to launch a
military operation in Eastern Euphrates.
al-Arabi wrote that most of the military equipment have been sent to regions
bordering Kurdish forces in Syria, including Ain al-Arab in Aleppo province and
Tal Abyaz in Raqqa.
newspaper also noted that the measure by the Turkish Army has taken place after
a high-ranking Saudi delegation accompanied with Emirati officials held
meetings with Kurdish commanders in Eastern Syria.
al-Arabi also said that Washington has called for replacement of the US troops
with European soldiers in the region.
also quoted Turkish soldiers as saying that the Turkish Army has also called on
the military commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Syria’s National Army
to meet in Ankara.
Kurdish-language Hawar News website reported that tens of residents of al-Bab
city staged a protest rally in front of Ankara-occupied military bases in
Sheikh Aqil region in al-Bab city to show their protest at the Turkish Army’s
seizure of civilians’ lands, destroying their houses and turning them into
their military bases.
news website, meantime, said that the residents of al-Bab City chanted slogans
in Turkish and Arabic languages to urge the exit of the Turkish Army from the
military bases in the region.
residents of al-Bab City have on different occasions held rallies in the last
few months to show their objection to the presence of the Turkish Army and its
allied militants in Northern Aleppo, but the protests have been cracked down by
the Turkish Army and its allied militants.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted informed sources as saying
that Turkey’s intelligence body is planning to train the terrorists known as
the Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield in Turkish military bases inside Turkey.
Turkey has asked the terrorist groups under its umbrella, including those who
have been trained in some Arab countries to stand tough against the Syrian
Army, go under 20-day specialized military training that includes operating
advanced and anti-Tank weapons, in Turkey.
SOHR also noted that the Turkish Army had previously trained hundreds of
terrorists under the name of military and security police at its military
noted that these measures are highly likely to be in line with the Turkish
Army’s preparations for a major offensive on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
in al-Furant and al-Jazira regions.
daily said that dispatch of this volume of Turkish military equipment to the borders
with Syria is unprecedented ever since Ankara threatened to launch a military
operation in Eastern Euphrates.
Takfiri terrorists have blown up a gas pipeline running in the eastern
countryside of Syria’s central province of Homs, putting it out of service.
official news agency SANA reported on Sunday that “the gas pipeline... was put
out of service by a terrorist act,” adding that “technical teams are working to
repair it in the coming hours.”
report added that the pipeline transports gas from the government-controlled
Shaer field to the Ebla plant.
pipeline carries about 2.5 million cubic meters of gas to the processing plant
and onward to power stations, according to SANA.
of Daesh terrorist group are present in the Badiya desert of Homs Province. The
area is the scene of regular clashes between Syrian government forces and the
briefly took control of Shaer fields in 2014 and 2016 before Syrian army
soldiers, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, recaptured
has faced gas shortages as pipelines have come under attack on several
June 22, explosive devices damaged underwater pipelines used to deliver crude
oil from tankers to the Baniyas refinery in the western Syrian province of
Tartus, causing an oil spill, SANA reported.
sabotage was “qualitative and professional”, an unnamed high-ranking official
at the Syrian Company for Oil Transport said at the time, adding that a foreign
state coordinated with the perpetrators.
on January 30, 2012, the pro-government and private Addounia television network
reported that a “terrorist group” had blown up a gas pipeline running between
the center of the country and its coast.
report said the blast had occurred near Telkalakh, close to the Lebanese
border, and caused a leak of about 460,000 cubic meters of natural gas.
to Reuters, today much of Syria's oil fields and infrastructure are held by
US-backed and Kurdish-led forces in the east.
mortar attack kills 6 Syrian civilians, injures 9 in Aleppo
at least six people have lost their lives when foreign-sponsored Takfiri
militants carried out mortar attacks in Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo.
reported that six people were killed and nine others injured when mortar shells
fired by militants struck the city the government office as well as New Aleppo
(Halab al-Jadida) and Minyan neighborhoods.
sources said the injured civilians were shifted to Aleppo General Hospitaland
al-Razi Hospital to receive treatment.
high-ranking member of the Hezbollah resistance movement has slammed the US
Treasury Department over adding three Hezbollah officials to its list of
sanctioned individuals, stressing that Washington’s restrictive measures and
campaign of pressure against his group simply solidify its resolve.
targeting of our deputies (lawmakers) by economic sanctions is an assault
against representatives of our people. They use economic sanctions against us,
and this is a real act of aggression. They also use political aggression,”
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said at a ceremony in
Lebanon’s southern town of Humin al-Tahta on Sunday.
added, “Do you want to impose your opinions on us? If you add deputies,
officials, political party or anything else to the sanctions list, this will
increase our resolve and will make us think how to win this battle and this
aggression. You are doing this in an attempt to pressure the resistance and the
Hezbollah official further slammed Washington’s economic pressure campaign
against Iran as leader of the resistance axis.
the entire world is preoccupied with repeated US bids and attempts to attack
Iran. What has Iran done to be the target of such a campaign of great pressure?
Iran has proved its ability to lead the axis of resistance, support the peoples
of the region and the resistance. It has been able to score many achievements,”
the top Hezbollah official underlined.
concluded, “Without Iran and its support, resistance had not been able to
emerge victorious in Lebanon and Syria, Iraq had not been liberated (from the
grip of terror), and Yemen would not have resisted (the Saudi-led military
aggression). All peoples of the region are indebted to the Islamic Republic (of
Iran) founded by late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and now being led by (Leader
of the Islamic Revolution) Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.”
July 10, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
imposed sanctions on two Hezbollah members of Lebanon’s parliament and a
security official responsible for coordinating between the resistance movement
and the country’s security agencies.
Treasury placed MPs Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Ra'd and Wafiq Safa, a top
Hezbollah security official, on its sanctions blacklist, and accused Hezbollah
of using its parliamentary power to advance its agenda.
is the head of the parliamentary bloc of the party and an MP since 1992, and
Sherri has been an MP representing Beirut since 2002.
50 Hezbollah individuals and entities have been blacklisted by the Treasury
May 16, 2018, the United States and its partners in the so-called Terrorist
Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) — which includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,
Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates — imposed sanctions on Hezbollah
leadership, targeting its Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and his
deputy, Sheikh Qassem.
Hezbollah Member of Parliament Nawaf Musawi led a group storming an Internal
Security Forces (ISF) station in Damour on Saturday night and shot a young man
inside the station, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
victim, who is from the Mokdad family, is Musawi’s son-in-law and is in dispute
with his ex-wife, Musawi’s daughter Ghadeer.
stormed the police station with 30 people, who included his brother, the
director of his bureau, and several other relatives. There were two members of
the security forces in the police station and, according to the NNA, Musawi
shot the young man with a service revolver, wounding his hand. Musawi’s brother
stabbed the young man twice in the thigh. The group intimidated the officers
inside the police station, preventing them from intervening.
incident was caused by former disagreements between Mokdad and his ex-wife over
the custody of their children. Mokdad had chased his ex-wife and her sister in
Damour and accosted them.
video taken by Ghadeer’s sister during the chase went viral, and her screams
could be heard as she called for her father. The video also showed Mokdad
shouting insults at his ex-wife and threatening her and her sister for
recording the incident. A telegram sent by the commander of the Damour platoon,
Col. Joseph Ghannoum, to the director general of the ISF explained that
Musawi’s daughter and her ex-husband quarrelled on the highway between Damour
and Sidon over the right to see their children. They were then escorted by a
patrol to the Damour police station. The telegram said: “At the beginning of
the investigation, four men arrived at the police station and attacked the
ex-husband of Musawi’s daughter with a screwdriver, severely injuring his leg
and prompting the police to arrest two of them while the others managed to
the station’s main gate was closed, MP Nawaf Musawi arrived with 20 armed men,
but a police officer denied them entry and tried to calm Musawi, who was
to the telegram, “while first aid was administered to the wounded man, unknown
individuals opened fire from outside the station at the chief’s office,
wounding Mokdad in the wrist and causing heavy bleeding. After that, MP Musawi
left to an unknown destination.” Musawi denied reports that he had shot a man
from the Mokdad family and said to the NTV channel: “These are all lies.”
explained that his son-in-law attacked his daughter Ghadeer and shouted insults
at her. He added: “No one hit him with a screwdriver nor shot him. I came to
take my daughter from the station’s yard.
is my daughter and I want to protect her. She is the world to me. Her
ex-husband won’t leave us alone, and we have been patient with him.” He also
accused Mokdad of acting aggressively inside the station. The incident sparked
reactions on social media.
Minister Ashraf Rifi said: “When a Member of Parliament and his guards storm an
ISF station by force and attempt to kill someone, does this not undermine the
state’s security and require the case to be referred to the judicial council?”
MP Faris Saeed said: “MP Musawi’s attack in the police station deserves to be
referred to the judicial council because it is an assault against security
Diana Moukalled said on Twitter: “The daughter of the Hezbollah MP is waging a
battle over the custody of her children under unfair personal status laws and
in the shadow of a party that stands firmly against the amendment of these
laws. Musawi resorted to arms and force to defend his daughter. This tale is
filled with amazing paradoxes in relation to the political, legal and security
situation in Lebanon.”
is known for his irritability. Last February, there had been some tense
disagreements between him and MPs Sami and Nadim Gemayel during a public
meeting of Parliament.
Sami Gemayel criticized Hezbollah and said “Hezbollah has brought President
Michel Aoun to Baabda,” Musawi interjected and said: “It is honorable for Aoun
to reach office with the support of the resistance’s rifle, while others had
arrived on an Israeli tank,” referring to President Bachir Gemayel.
Nadim Gemayel joined the quarrel and said: “You greeted the Israeli army with
rice when they entered Lebanon.” Musawi replied: “You are no bigger than an Israeli
tank that can be destroyed with a Kornet missile.”
the time, the Hezbollah leadership decided to suspend Musawi from Parliament
for two months.
Dima Sadek said: “A question for the MP’s parliamentary bloc: Wouldn’t it have
been better for you to enact personal status laws that offer adequate redress
to women instead of standing—alongside others—against amending them? Are you
happy with the alternative law of the jungle that you have contributed to
A military exercise between the Saudi Royal Land Forces and the US Army kicked
off Sunday in the Kingdom.
Commander 2019 drill was launched at the main exercise center at the King
Khaled Military City in the Northern Region.
Saleh bin Ahmed Al-Zahrani welcomed the participants, praising the
participation of US friendly forces in this exercise, and thanked the
participants for their efforts in preparing for the drill.
says Iran ready for talks if US lifts sanctions, returns to nuclear deal
is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and
returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it exited last year, Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday.
have always believed in talks ... if they lift sanctions, end the imposed economic
pressure and return to the deal, we are ready to hold talks with America today,
right now and anywhere,” Rouhani said.
has heightened between the longtime foes since US President Donald Trump last
year withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and
reimposed sanctions on Tehran that had been lifted under the pact.
May 8 last year, US President Donald Trump signed a document reinstating
sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear
deal due to Iran’s continued support for terrorists and foreign proxy groups.
The sanctions hit vital parts of Iran’s economy, including oil exports,
shipping and banking.
recently, new sanctions were imposed on Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and
eight commanders of the IRGC on June 24, in response to the shooting down of a
US drone on June 20.
commander: Enemy will lose their dignity in ‘second phase’ of Islamic
the start of the “second phase” of the Islamic Revolution, military threats
against Iran have not been effective, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary
Guards said on Saturday, warning that “if the enemy makes a mistake, they will
lose their dignity,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
the fifth decade of the Islamic Revolution, the type of threats differ to that
of the past decades,” said Mohammad Ali Jafari, the former commander-in-chief
of the IRGC.
threats are no longer effective as the enemy is aware that if they make a
mistake, they will lose their dignity,” he added.
downing of a US drone by the IRGC on June 20 demonstrated “the greatness of the
revolution’s military achievements,” according to Jafari.
the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the official website of
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei published a document entitled “The Second
Phase of the Revolution Statement” in February 2019. The document offered a set
of guidelines about the state of affairs in the future as envisaged by
the document, Khamenei gave “advice” on various matters, such as foreign
policy, the economy and lifestyle.
foreign policy, Khamenei said that Iran “should not retreat from its
revolutionary and national values,” and that “it should not be scared by their
the Iranian nation, in addition to the criminal regime of the United States,
regards a number of European governments as deceiving and unreliable,” Khamenei
said in the document.
had also expressed his strong opposition to any negotiations with the US,
saying: “Any negotiation with the US will have no outcome but material and
security officials have held talks with Palestinian leaders in recent days in
part to prevent a new flare-up of tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip,
Palestinian officials said on Sunday.
Egyptian delegation led by deputy intelligence chief Ayman Badie was in the
Gaza Strip on Friday and Saturday and the occupied West Bank on Saturday, the
statement on Saturday from Islamist movement Hamas said the discussions
included talks on "understandings with the enemy" -- a reference to a
fragile ceasefire with Israel tested in recent days.
on Sunday, a Hamas official said the movement did not want to comment further
beyond its official statements.
president Mahmud Abbas met with the delegation in Ramallah on Saturday on the
Gaza-Israel ceasefire and attempts to heal the long-existing division between
Hamas and Abbas's Fatah, official Palestinian news agency WAFA said.
tensions were feared after Israel shot dead a Hamas militant on Thursday along
the border with the Gaza Strip, prompting the Islamist movement to vow revenge.
later signalled it had fired in error, saying an initial inquiry showed
soldiers misidentified a Hamas security agent as "an armed terrorist and
fired as a result of this misunderstanding."
Friday night, Israel's military said two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip
into Israeli territory, but no damage or injuries were reported.
in the day, at least 33 Palestinians were shot and wounded during weekly demonstrations
and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, according to the Hamas-run health
a fragile ceasefire brokered by Egyptian and UN officials following a severe
flare-up in May, Israel is meant to ease aspects of its blockade on the strip
in exchange for relative calm.
least 295 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since major
Hamas-backed protests began along the border fence in March 2018.
were killed during the protests and clashes but others died in air strikes or
tank fire in response to violence from the strip.
Israelis have been killed.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the head of Lebanon’s
Tehran-backed Hezbollah that “crushing” retaliation would follow any attack,
after its leader said the group’s rockets could reach Tel Aviv.
the weekend we heard (Hassan) Nasrallah’s boasting about his attack plans,” he
said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
me be clear - if Hezbollah dares to make the mistake of attacking Israel, we
will lay upon it and on Lebanon a crushing military blow,” he added.
a Friday interview broadcast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television, Nasrallah
warned that key Israeli sites along the Mediterranean coast, including Tel
Aviv, were “within range of our rockets.”
head of the Lebanese group also said that Israel’s arch-foe Iran was “able to
bombard Israel with ferocity and force,” but “will not start a war.”
week, Netanyahu said that “Iran has been threatening the destruction of Israel”
and warned that Israel’s fighter jets “can reach anywhere in the Middle East,
is considered to be a terrorist organisation by the United States, and is the
only faction not to have disarmed after Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war.
it is also a major political player in the small Mediterranean country, taking
13 seats in parliament last year and securing three posts in the current
has carried out hundreds of strikes in neighboring Syria against what it says
are Iranian and Hezbollah military targets. It has vowed to keep Iran from
entrenching itself militarily there.
Jewish state recently uncovered and destroyed six tunnels passing under the
border from Lebanon into Israel.
alleges Hezbollah had planned to use the tunnels for attacks in Israel.
forces have fired several missiles and artillery shells at Saudi Arabia’s
southern Najran region in retaliation for the years-long Saudi-led war on their
Arabic-language al-Masirah news website, citing unnamed military officials,
reported that a number of domestically-manufactured Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1)
missiles had successfully hit a gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries near the
al-Sadis military base on Sunday, leaving an unspecified number of casualties.
added that Yemeni artillery fire also pounded the same area.
Yemeni forces fired a volley of Katyusha rockets and artillery shells on
another gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries, near the al-Khazra border crossing,
inflicting damage on their hardware, the report further said, adding that the
attack also left an unspecified number of casualties.
Arabia and a number of its allies launched a military campaign against Yemen in
March 2015, with the goal of bringing a former regime to power.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed
the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
military forces have killed nearly 60 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party
(PKK) militant group during a string of counter-terrorism operations in Iraq’s
northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
Turkish Defense Ministry announced in a statement published on its official
Twitter page on Sunday that the Kurdish terrorists had been “neutralized” ever since
Turkish troops, supported by artillery strikes and air raids, launched
Operation Claw in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq on May 27.
launched Operation Claw-2 in northern Iraq at 10 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) on
is a follow-up on the successfully ongoing Claw-1 operation in Hakurk area
which revealed new information on terrorist activity,” the Turkish Defense
Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
statement added that Turkey will continue to destroy weapon emplacements and
shelters used by PKK terrorists in Hakurk by means of the anti-terror
in Hakurk will continue as planned by the Turkish Air Force, with the support
of Turkish jets, ATAK helicopters, drones and armored military vehicles,” the
Turkish military generally uses the term "neutralize" to signify that
the militants were killed, captured or they surrendered.
militants regularly clash with Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated
southeast of Turkey attached to northern Iraq.
along with the European Union and the United States, has declared the PKK a
terrorist group and banned it. The militant group has been seeking an
autonomous Kurdish region since 1984.
shaky ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government collapsed in July
2015. Attacks on Turkish security forces have soared ever since.
the past few months, Turkish ground and air forces have been carrying out
operations against PKK positions in the country as well as in northern Iraq and
An increase in Turkish military deployments near the Turkish-Syrian border has
raised fears of an extensive conflict east of the Euphrates.
significant deployment of heavy weapons has taken place near the strategic
northern border town of Tal Abyad, controlled by the Syrian Kurdish YPG
militia. The control of Tal Abyad helped the YPG connect noncontiguous
territory in northern Syria and organizing it into cantons such as Afrn, Kobani
Turkish operation into Syria might be linked with the risk of approaching US
sanctions through the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
(CAATSA) over the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.
US delegation is set to arrive Ankara next week, and military movements by
Turkey in Syria are expected to form part of its agenda.
Sinan Hatahet, a Syrian analyst based in Istanbul, believed that conflict was
unlikely because there are ongoing negotiations about the safe zone in northern
Syria and Manbij.
countries are still resolved to solve their bilateral issues through diplomatic
channels. But if the US impose sanctions, it could harm this long-dated
relationship,” Hatahet said.
Turkish military has initiated troop deployments several times over recent years
to put pressure on the US to realize its agreement in the northern city of
only unique aspect of this deployment is that it is happening just after the
delivery of S-400 components. The American priority in Syria is to advance
negotiations for a political solution and to challenge Iranian expansion,”
Emin Cengiz, a research assistant at the Al Sharq Forum in Istanbul, said even
though Ankara constantly emphasizes its willingness to find a workable solution
in northern Syria, US sanction threats could lead Turkey to consider new
the US decides to impose harsh sanctions that will cripple the Turkish economy,
Turkey can go for a unilateral military operation in Northern Syria. Sanctions
might trigger a new military operation in the east of the Euphrates,” Cengiz
believes that Ankara’s decision to amass troops along the Turkish-Syrian border
adjacent to YPG-controlled areas is a direct signal to the US.
has been losing its patience with the US in recent years. The Manbij issue has
been problematic between the two sides for a long time. The shared plan for the
city was not implemented for more than a year,” he added.
nature and scale of the planned safe zone in Northern Syria is still an issue
between the two sides. The US seems to be clear in its decision to back the YPG
in the future,” Cengiz added.
to Cengiz, with this recent military deployment, Turkey is trying to strengthen
its hand in response to US threats.
Macaron, a fellow at the Arab Center in Washington, DC, thinks that Erdogan has
two goals in mind: Influence Trump’s thinking on sanctions and react to the US’
decision last week to consider deploying European troops along the
Trump and his national security advisers are not talking in one voice on the
S-400, Erdogan is trying to weigh in on this debate by highlighting the
potential risks to US forces, however this move might further antagonize the US
against Ankara,” he said.
Erdogan is trying to have leverage over the upcoming talks between the Turkish
and American militaries regarding northern Syria, the unintended risk is
provoking a confrontation with Kurdish forces, which might increase the cost of
Turkish intervention in Syria at a critical time in Erdogan’s political
future,” Macaron said.
protesters delay signing deal with army for second time
pro-democracy movement postponed a scheduled meeting with the country’s ruling
generals for a second time on Sunday, saying “further consultations” were
needed before they would sign a power-sharing deal with the military. Activists
leaders said the meeting was pushed back to Tuesday.
military and the pro-democracy coalition had agreed earlier this month on a
joint sovereign council that will rule for a little over three years while
elections are organized. Members of the military council and the Forces for
Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters, were
supposed to meet on Sunday night to finalize and sign the agreement.
signing was expected to take place last week, but several delays were
announced, raising suspicions that a final comprehensive deal could not be
are still debating within the FDFC over the constitutional document. We need to
draft out notes in legal form before the meeting,” Mohammed Yousef al-Mustafa,
a spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has spearheaded
the protests, told The Associated Press.
spokesman for the military council did not respond to calls seeking comment.
deal, which also includes an FDFC-appointed cabinet, was meant to end a
weekslong political deadlock between the military and protesters since a
Khartoum protest sit-in was razed by security forces last month. The sides also
agreed on an independent Sudanese investigation into the deadly crackdown,
though it is unclear if anyone will be held accountable.
has been talking with Ugandan officials over transferring the management of
schools and hospitals in the East African country linked to FETO, the terror
group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, said Turkish diplomats.
Ugandan government says the transfer of the establishments should be done
within legal means,” Kerem Alp, Turkey’s ambassador to Uganda, told Anadolu
Agency on Sunday.
told them there is a link between some schools and hospitals operating in
Uganda linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization [FETO],” he said in
Kampala, the capital.
explained that he has held meetings with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the
attorney general, and other officials about the FETO threat.
said he hopes the Ugandan government will cooperate on the issue so that the
schools are transferred into the hands of the Maarif Foundation, a Turkish
group created to manage former FETO-run schools.
and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the failed coup in Turkey
of July 15, 2016 which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the
state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the
military, police, and judiciary.
has a considerable presence abroad, including private schools and hospitals which
serve as a revenue stream for the terror group.
of Sudanese flooded the streets of the capital of Khartoum and other cities on
Saturday to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a protest sit-in as
the country’s ruling generals and pro-democracy movement postponed a planned a
meeting to sign a power-sharing deal until Sunday.
“Justice First” marches were called by the Sudanese Professionals’ Association,
which has been spearheading the protests since December. Those demonstrations
led to the military ouster of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir in April.
marches mark 40 days since the dispersal of the pro-democracy protesters’
sit-in in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3. Protest
organizers say security forces killed at least 128 people during the dispersal
and subsequent crackdown. Authorities, however, put the death toll at 61,
including three from security forces.
have called for a “transparent and fair” investigation into the deaths.
and photos posted by the SPA showed thousands of people demonstrating in the
capital and its sister city of Omdurman. There were protests in other places,
including the Red Sea city of Port Sudan and the eastern province of Kassala.
were seen waving Sudanese flags and posters that read: “Freedom, Peace and
Justice” and “Civilian (authority) is the people’s choice.”
protest organizers hope that large numbers take part in the marches similar to
massive demonstrations on June 30, when tens of thousands of demonstrators
flooded the streets in the biggest show of numbers in the uprising. At least 11
people were killed in clashes with security forces, according to protest
marches also put pressure on the ruling military council as it and the Forces
for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters, planned
to meet to sign a power-sharing agreement. African Union envoy Mohammed
el-Hassan Labat originally said a meeting would take place on Saturday night.
But Ahmed Rabei, a spokesman for the SPA, said later the protest movement called
for the talks to be postponed until Sunday “for more consultations” within the
FDFC on the deal.
signing ceremony was expected to take place earlier this week, but several
delays have been announced, raising suspicions the two parties might still be
divided over the agreement’s details.
Sudanese Communist Party, which is part of the protest movement, criticized the
“vague” talks between the military council and the FDFC. Mahmoud al-Khateib,
the party’s political secretary, said his party rejected the current members of
the military council participation in the transition.
deal includes a joint Sovereign Council set to rule for a little over three
years while elections are organized, along with a constitutional declaration,
according to a copy of the deal obtained by The Associated Press. A military
leader is to head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a
civilian leader for the next 18.
deal, which also includes an FDFC-appointed cabinet, was meant to end a
weeks-long political deadlock between the military and protesters since the
Khartoum sit-in site was cleared.
also agreed on an independent Sudanese investigation into the deadly crackdown
by security forces on the protests last month, though it’s unclear if anyone
will be held accountable.
Mohammed Hamadan Dagalo, deputy head of the military council, told a gathering
of military supporters in the Nile River province, about 100 kilometers (62
miles) north of Khartoum, that his forces, the paramilitary Rapid Support
Forces, “are not angels and we will try all offenders.”
RSF grew out of the notorious Janjaweed militias used by al-Bashir in the
Darfur conflict in the early 2000s. Protesters accuse it of leading the
nationwide crackdown and the SPA has called for the force to be disbanded.
number of bodies recovered by Tunisia after a ship packed with migrants sank
off its coast last week has risen to 82, in one of the worst disasters in
recent years, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Saturday.
boat capsized after setting off for Europe from neighboring Libya. Survivors
told the Tunisian coast guard last week that it had been carrying 86 people.
fishermen rescued four people but one later died in hospital, the UN refugee
agency UNHCR said last week.
a week of searches, all the 82 bodies who were in the boat that sank last week
were recovered,” Mongi Slim, an official of the Tunisian Red Crescent, told
west coast is a main departure point for African migrants hoping to reach
Europe, though numbers have dropped due to an Italian-led effort to disrupt
smuggling networks and support Libya’s coast guard.
of a feared Sudanese paramilitary force have killed a protester and injured
several others at an anti-junta rally in a town southeast of the capital,
Sunday rally in El-Souk, 340 km southeast of Khartoum, was held to protest
against the violence perpetrated by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which is
accused of killing dozens of people in a raid on a protest sit-in in Khartoum
last month and in a few subsequent attacks.
said that the incident occurred when residents rallied to demand that members
of the RSF leave the town.
of the town had gathered outside the office of the National Intelligence and
Security Service (NISS) to complain about the RSF,” AFP quoted a witness as
saying. “RSF members deployed and initially started shooting in the air but
later they opened fire at residents, killing a man and wounding several other
doctors’ committee linked to the protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and
Change, confirmed the incident in a statement. The victim “was killed by a
gunshot fired to his head by Rapid Support Forces militia,” it said, adding
that several other people were wounded.
Saturday, protesters held rallies in several cities and towns across the
Northeast African country to mourn those killed in Khartoum in early June.
remain high between the protest leaders and the ruling generals since the June
3 raid, when armed men in military fatigues shot demonstrators who had camped
for weeks outside army headquarters. Opposition medics say more than 100 people
were killed in the dispersal and subsequent violence.
and rights groups say the raid on the sit-in outside the army headquarters in
central Khartoum was carried out by members of the RSF.
protesters have been calling for the departure of the generals, who seized
power following the April ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir.
have kept up demonstrations, pressing the military to hand over power to a
was a super cop. He had served the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) diligently,
professionally, and responsively. He led many successful counter-insurgency
operations in the North-east, fighting Boko Haram sect members with his entire
soul and body. He led a team of security joint-task force to flush-out Boko
Haram fighters from Fika town in 2016. He once led a rapid response squad to
rescue 18 policemen who were held hostage by Boko Haram extremists in Borno. He
was ambushed at four different times by ‘blood-thirsty’ insurgents, but he
escaped unscathed. As a matter of fact, he once had an enviable record that no
other police officers and men deployed to the troubled N/East could boast of.
since after he was shot by troops of an Army Battalion in Yobe State on April
13, 2017, and then sustained a life-threatening injury in his hips, life has
never been the same for Dauda Fika, a chief superintendent of police.
only have the fortunes of one of the finest mobile police (MOPOL) officers
terribly nosedived, but things have taken an entirely different turn for him.
He has now become a shadow of his once-upon-a-time fearless, bold and
Fika, who was the Commander of Mobile Police (MOPOL) 41 before he was shot,
told PRNigeria from his London hospital that his predicament started sometimes
in April 2017, when some policemen travelling in his convoy had a minor scuffle
with a soldier in Damaturu, capital of Yobe.
son of former Assistant Inspector General of Police, late Buba Fika, he said
though the altercation was eventually settled, some hooded soldiers stormed his
house, tortured him and later whisked him away to a military base inside a bush
in the outskirt of Damaturu, the next day.
was taken to an Army Battalion from my house. The soldiers, who whisked me away
would have killed me when we arrived at their battalion. They threw me and one
other MOPOL officer inside a ditch and they cocked their rifles to shoot. But a
senior army officer immediately arrived the scene, and I was taken out of the ditch.
army officer took me to his office and ordered me to go and calm my boys, who
had already laid siege at the entrance of the Battalion. By then, my boys were
already shooting into the air sporadically. They were insisting that I must be
released unhurt. So, I came down to meet my boys. They lifted and threw me into
the air to welcome me when I got to their place.
touched my body to check if I was fine and wasn’t hurt. I eventually calmed
their frayed nerves and ordered them to go back to their base. They all left,
leaving behind two other MOPOL officers and myself. But it was at that moment,
some soldiers who we did not know were trailing us opened fire.
killed the two people with me. I was shot twice in the hips and left in a pool
of blood. But thank God, a high-ranking army officer, who came and met me lying
on the ground ordered that I should be taking to the army hospital. It was
while I was there that the State’s Police Commissioner called to inquire if I
was truly the one alive.
we spoke, the commissioner directed that I should immediately be flown to Abuja
for better medical attention. And because the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport was closed for rehabilitation then, I was first taken to Kaduna and
treated in a hospital. The next day, I was brought to CedarCrest Hospital in
Abuja by an ambulance,” he calmly narrated.
the Abuja-based private hospital, PRNigeria gathered that Mr Fika was wrongly
diagnosed by a doctor of having a ‘large’ tumour inside his head after he complained
of severe headache head and dizziness.
doctor who performed the MRI scan and diagnosed him of having ‘tumour in the
brain,’ immediately carried out a surgical operation on Mr Fika’s head. No
sooner had the operation performed, than the MOPOL commander started having an
acute migraine and experiencing other intense pains.
the medical surgeon had by then left the country, after realising he
incorrectly diagnosed and operated a patient.
was at that time that Mr Fika, who was a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP),
received timely aid from the Police Force, who fully sponsored the cost of his
medical surgery abroad.
PRNigeria reliably gathered, that Mr Fika has been paying (by himself) for
accommodation and medication since he travelled to the United Kingdom for
another surgical operation.
distraught MOPOL commander, who said he will be returning to Nigeria soon,
expressed shock that the Nigerian Army (NA) did not reach out to him to render
am surprised the Nigerian Army didn’t reach out to me since then. I strongly
believe the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, could have assisted
if he learned of my present predicament considering my exploit in a joint
military-security operation in the North-east.
must thank the leadership of the Nigerian Police for their uncommon love,
generosity, and kindness in the payment for the operation while I shoulder my
accommodation and living cost here in London. Nevertheless, I will still plead
to our indefatigable and dynamic Inspector General of Police, who is my boss,
and the Chief of Army Staff to assist me financially.
contrary to what the CedarCrest Hospital’s doctor said, I was told by my doctor
here, that I never had any kind of tumour in my head. Yet, another surgery was
then performed, where the doctors removed an infection which was affecting both
my eyes and tooth,” he said.
called on the police to file a suit and also seek damages from the doctor at
CedarCrest Hospital, maintaining that the ‘ill-fated’ surgery only aggravated
his deteriorating health.
I have since lost my sight, I remain grateful to Allah for keeping me alive. My
doctors in London successfully replaced my natural hip with an artificial hip.
And right now, I am learning to walk steadily with the support of aid. With
time, I will be able to walk unaided, my doctors have assured me.
the thing is, I don’t know where I am going to start from once I return to
Nigeria. I don’t know where to go. I sold everything I have to gather money for
my medication and accommodation in UK. I sold my entire belongings, house,
cars, you can name them. I even had to sell our family house, and relocated my
extended family members to rented apartments, just to raise money for my
treatment. It is very traumatic.
tweets against liberal congresswomen called racist
Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President
Donald Trump said four congresswomen of color should go back to the “broken and
crime infested” countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the
women are American citizens and three were born in the US His attack drew a
searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and
a familiar script, Republicans remained largely silent after Trump’s Sunday
morning broadsides against the four women. But the president’s nativist tweets
caused Democrats to set aside their internal rifts to rise up in a united
chorus against the president.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump wants to “make America white again.” Rep.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, after jousting for days with Pelosi, said
Trump “can’t conceive of an America that includes us.”
who has a long history of making racist remarks, was almost certainly referring
to Ocasio-Cortez and her House allies in what’s become known as “the squad.”
The others are Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts
and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Only Omar, from Somalia, is foreign-born.
swiftly denounced his remarks . “Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’
& the country we all swear to, is the United States,” she tweeted, adding
that “You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.” Omar also addressed
herself directly to Trump in a tweet, writing: “You are stoking white
nationalism (because) you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress
and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”
Hakeem Jeffries of New York, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, summed up
the Democratic response: “Racial arsonist strikes again. Shut. Your. Reckless.
his tweet, Trump inserted himself further into a rift between Pelosi and
Ocasio-Cortez, just two days after he offered an unsolicited defense of the
Democratic speaker. Pelosi has been seeking to minimize Ocasio-Cortez’s
influence in the House Democratic caucus in recent days, prompting
Ocasio-Cortez to accuse Pelosi of trying to marginalize women of color.
is not a racist,” Trump said of Pelosi on Friday.
Sunday, Trump’s tone took a turn.
interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came
from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the
worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a
functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of
the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our
government is to be run,” he tweeted.
don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places
from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”
added: “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m
sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel
attacks may have been meant to widen the divides within the Democrat caucus,
which has been riven by internal debate over how far left to go in countering
Trump and over whether to proceed with impeachment proceedings against the
president. Instead, the president’s tweets, which evoked the trope of telling
black people to go back to Africa, brought Democrats together.
be clear about what this vile comment is: A racist and xenophobic attack on
Democratic congresswomen,” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic
2020 contender, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, tweeted at the president:
“This is racist. These congresswomen are every bit as American as you — and
represent our values better than you ever will.”
Republicans weighed in on the president’s comments. Congressional leaders,
including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, did not respond to requests
for comment, nor did Sen. Tim. Scott of South Carolina, the only Republican
Morgan, the acting commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, in a
previously scheduled appearance on “Face the Nation” on CBS, said only: “You’re
going to have to ask the president what he means by those specific tweets.”
after the tweets, and a later presidential post defending the harsh scenes at a
border detention facility where hundreds of migrant men are being held in
sweltering, foul-smelling conditions, Trump left the White House to go golfing
at his Virginia club.
appeared unbowed Sunday night when he returned to Twitter to say it was “so
sad” to see Democrats sticking up for the women. “If the Democrat Party wants
to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior,” he tweeted, “then we look
even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!“
was far from the first time that Trump has been accused of holding racist
his campaign kickoff in June 2015, Trump deemed many Mexican immigrants
“rapists.” In 2017, he said there good people on “both sides” of the clash in
Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and anti-racist
demonstrators that left one counter-protester dead. Last year, during a private
White House meeting on immigration, Trump wondered why the United States was
admitting so many immigrants from “shithole countries” like African nations.
Trump has painted arriving immigrants as an “infestation” and he has been slow
in condemning acts of violence committed by white supremacists. And he launched
his political career with false claims that President Barack Obama was not born
in the United States.
his history of racist remarks, Trump has paid little penalty in his own party.
a broad array of Republicans did speak out against his reaction to
Charlottesville, they have largely held their tongues otherwise, whether it be
on matter of race or any other Trump provocation. Fearful of his Twitter
account and sweeping popularity among Republican voters, GOP lawmakers have
largely tried to ignore the provocative statements.
Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential hopeful from California, tweeted,
“Let’s call the president’s racist attack exactly what it is: un-American.”
who is of Puerto Rican descent, was born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in
suburban Westchester County.
the first black woman elected to the House from Massachusetts, was born in
the first Somali native elected to Congress and one of its first Muslim women,
was born in Somalia but spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp as
civil war tore apart her home country. She immigrated to the United States at
age 12, teaching herself English by watching American TV and eventually
settling with her family in Minneapolis.
was born in Detroit.
administration of US President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to slap
sanctions on Turkey over its acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense
to a report by Bloomberg on Sunday, Washington was planning to announce
economic sanctions against Ankara at the end of next week, pending US President
Donald Trump’s final confirmation.
report said US officials were going to take the punitive measures under the
Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), after the NATO
ally refused to back down from the deal with Russia, which is already under
military sanctions by the US.
sanctions, as Bloomberg reported, were one of three options the US State and
Defense Departments along with the National Security Council had devised to
inflict “varying degrees of pain” on Ankara, which received the first batch of
S-400 systems on Friday.
US Congress passed the CAATSA against Russia in August 2017 over allegations of
interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.
CAATSA legislation states that the American head of state shall impose
sanctions on countries and companies that engage in contracts to purchase
weaponry from Russia.
sanctions would effectively sever Turkish firms from the US financial system,
making it almost impossible for them to buy American components or sell their
products in the US.
to Washington officials, Trump will announce the sanctions after Monday’s
anniversary of the 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
has repeatedly warned Ankara that, besides facing economic punishments, it
would risk being ejected from the manufacturing program of F-35 stealth fighter
jets if it completes the deal.
S-400, which the US claims is incompatible with NATO's air defenses and the
Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 aircraft, is an advanced Russian missile system
designed to detect, track, and destroy planes, drones, or missiles as far as
400 kilometers away. It has previously been sold only to China and India.
Administration’s nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has warned
against early pullout of US forces in Afghanistan while insisting that China
will remain the “primary challenge” to the American military for up to 100
think pulling out prematurely would be a strategic mistake," said current
Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley at his confirmation hearing for the top
military post before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday,
military news outlet Task & Purpose reported Saturday.
a recent national poll by Pew Research Center, which found that 58 percent of
US veterans surveyed believed that the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq were not
worth the sacrifice, Milley still emphasized that American troops should stay
in the war-ravaged country until a negotiated settlement is reached with
Taliban terrorists – the very group the US forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001
to root out in the name of “war on terror.”
think it is slow; it's painful; it's hard – I've spent a lot of my life in
Afghanistan," Milley stated. "But I also think it's necessary."
further boasted that the US-led occupation of Afghanistan has been partly
successful, arguing that Washington’s initial reason for invading the country
was to make sure it would never again be used as a base for a terrorist attack
on the homeland.
there hasn't been such an attack since 2001, "We've been successful to
date," he underlined.
confirmed, Milley will succeed outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen.
Joseph Dunford, to become the highest-ranking military officer in the United
States and principal military adviser to President Donald Trump.
transition would come as the Trump administration confronts a variety of
geopolitical challenges, including the continued expansion of China’s military
might, as seen in areas such as the South China Sea.
is improving their military very, very rapidly -- in space, air, cyber,
maritime, land domains," Milley said during the hearing. "They're
outspending us in research and development and procurement ... We, the United
States, need to make sure that we do not lose our advantages that we have
relative to other countries, specifically relative to China."
army general, however, further pointed out that "China is not the
enemy," but instead was a "competitor"
term "enemy" means "you're at war," he added. "We're
not there. We don't want to be there. We want peace, not war, with China."
President Donald Trump’s apparent efforts to boost infighting among Democrats
face a unanimous condemnations from the four progressive congresswomen, told to
”go back” where they came from, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places
from which they came,” the president said in a tweet Sunday.
are angry because you don’t believe in an America where I represent New York
14, where the good people of Minnesota elected @IlhanMN, where @RashidaTlaib
fights for Michigan families, where @AyannaPressley champions little girls in
are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely
on a frightened America for your plunder.
won’t accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a #1
priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it.
here we are.
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was referencing Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York Ilhan Omar
of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib Michigan and Ayanna Pressley Massachusetts, who are
engaged in a feud with Pelosi in the lower chamber of US Congress.
interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came
from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the
worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a
functioning government at all), now loudly......
viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most
powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go
back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they
came. Then come back and show us how....
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interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came
from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the
worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a
functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of
the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our
government is to be run,” the president wrote.
is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m
sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel
people are talking about this
America Great Again’
said Trump’s comments reaffirm her previous estimation that the president
intends to 'Make America Great Again.’
@realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries,
he reaffirms his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about
making America white again," Pelosi said on Twitter.
@realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their
countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been
about making America white again.
diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.
reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation.
Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane
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diversity is our strength and our unity is our power… Rather than attack
Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that
reflects American values," added the California Democrat.
a Muslim congresswoman, was born in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and immigrated
to the US as a refugee, while the three other liberal Democrats were all born
in the US.
are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving
in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda,” said Omar, further
citing a quotation from the assassinated US politician, Robert F. Kennedy.
“America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which
our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.”
another Muslim congresswoman, took the chance to call for Trump’s impeachment.
a response to a lawless & complete failure of a President?" Tlaib
tweeted. "He is the crisis. His dangerous ideology is the crisis. He needs
to be impeached."
US has granted a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to attend a UN
meeting in New York this week, a move approved by the Secretary of State Mike
Mr Pompeo not approved entry for Mr Zarif, Iran’s nuclear negotiator, it would
have suggested that Washington was trying to isolate Tehran further and perhaps
closing the door to diplomacy.
tension has worsened since President Donald Trump decided last year to abandon
the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Tehran agreed to curtail its atomic
programme in return for relief from economic sanctions.
have taken several turns for the worse in the past two-and-a-half months after
Mr Trump moved to try to eliminate Iran’s oil exports entirely because of White
House concerns about its nuclear and missile programmes, and regional activity.
that decision, there have been two sets of attacks on tankers in the Gulf that
Washington blamed on Tehran despite its denials, and Iran has shot down a US
drone that prompted plans for a retaliatory air strike by Washington, which was
abruptly called off.
June 24, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Mr Zarif would be hit with
US sanctions that week, which was unusual because the US does not usually warn
of such decisions, to keep its targets from moving assets out of US
said Washington had decided to hold off from blacklisting him.
sanctions on Mr Zarif would have been unusual because it could impede any US
effort to use diplomacy to resolve disagreements.
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