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Named 'Dara Shikoh A Hero of the Indian Syncretist Traditions' Will See the
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Commission of Jurists Calls upon the Malaysian Government to Ensure That Custom,
Tradition, and Religion Are Not Used As a Justification To Undermine Human
LUMPUR, Sept 10 ― The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has called upon
the Malaysian government to ensure that custom, tradition, and religion are not
used as a justification to undermine human rights.
senior international legal advisor Emerlynne Gil said that in light of the
Kuala Lumpur High Court's decision on August 27 to refer progressive feminist
Islamic NGO Sisters in Islam (SIS) to the Shariah Court, states have an
obligation under international law to protect people who are prevented from
exercising their religious freedom by private actors, such as their own
Malaysian government, including the judiciary, has the obligation to protect
groups like Sisters in Islam when they face persecution from within their
religious communities for propounding alternative views about their religion,”
she said in a statement on ICJ's website.
added that for women to fully exercise their religious freedom, they must be
able to retain or adopt the religion of their choice, and they must be able to
continue belonging to this religion without being discriminated against within
a 2019 briefing paper on the challenges to Freedom of Religion or Belief in
Malaysia, the ICJ had previously underscored the tensions emerging from
jurisdictional disputes between civil courts, which apply federal and state
laws, and Shariah courts, which use Islamic laws.
2018, when reviewing Malaysia's performance, the United Nations Committee on
the Elimination of Discrimination against Women voiced its own concern over the
existence of a parallel legal system of civil law and multiple versions of
Shariah law, which have not been harmonised in accordance with the Convention
on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
CEDAW Committee concluded that this 'leads to a gap in the protection of women
against discrimination, including on the basis of their religion.'
Selangor Fatwa Council decreed in 2014 that SIS is a deviant organisation, with
the High Court subsequently making its decision per Article 121 (1A) of the
Federal Constitution, which states that secular courts do not have jurisdiction
over matters pertaining to Islam.
Delhi: A symposium on the spiritual legacy of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh will
see the participation of eminent leaders of RSS and BJP including Union
minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi besides newly appointed Kerala governor Arif
Mohammed Khan in the national capital on Wednesday.
symposium named "Dara Shikoh: A hero of the Indian syncretist
traditions", which will be addressed by RSS joint general secretary
Krishna Gopal is being organised by Academics for Nation, an RSS-backed newly
formed group of academicians.
Ainul Hasan, a professor of Persian and Central Asian Studies School of
Language, Literature and Culture Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, will
also share the dais on the occasion.
Dara Shikoh as the good Muslim has been part of the RSS project for many years
and the scheduled program is being seen as Sangh's effort of building a
cohesive social and cultural edifice of India.
event comes days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat met Jamiat leader Maulana Arshad
Madani at headquarters in Delhi. The one-and-half-hours long meeting discussed
the Hindu-Muslim unity.
BJP has always been exploring the personality that was Dara Shikoh, the eldest
son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, as the good Muslim.
2017, Dalhousie Road in the national capital was named after Dara Shikoh, the
elder brother of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Later Aurangzeb road was named after
former president APJ Abdul Kalam.
objective of the conference is to present Dara Shikoh's contribution and
initiatives in bringing about spiritual homogenisation of Hinduism and Islam
and thereby building a cohesive social and cultural edifice of India," one
of the organisers told ANI.
on 20 March, 1615, at Taragarh Fort Ajmer, he was the eldest son of Shah Jahan.
He took the throne succeeded by his father and his eldest sister Princess
Jahanara Begum. He took initiative to unite Hindus and Muslims.
was beheaded in 1659 in a struggle for succession by his younger brother
Aurangzeb, who then became king and appended the title Alamgir (Conqueror of
the World) to his name.
outcry over Kashmir is hypocrisy, says Baloch activist
Islamabad's outcry over Kashmir reeks of hypocrisy, said a Baloch activist,
adding that Pakistani establishment is trying to hide their atrocities in
is what you call heights of hypocrisy. Because they want to hide the human
rights violations they are doing in Balochistan, they have crying over Kashmir
at the UN," Razzak Baloch, organiser of the US-based Baloch Rights
Council, told ANI.
remarks came in response to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's
false narrative on Kashmir at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
session, being maintained by his country following the Indian government's
historic move to abrogate Article 370.
while Qureshi was addressing the session, protests were held outside the UN
Headquarters against the dire situation of Human Rights in Pakistan.
and again Islamabad has been left red-faced after all its desperate attempts to
internationalise the Kashmir issue fell flat with countries like Russia, UAE
and US siding with India.
Pakistan has been running from pillar to post, New Delhi has maintained that
Kashmir is a strictly internal matter.
Tuesday, Qureshi referred to Jammu and Kashmir as an "Indian state"
following his speech at the UNHRC session here.
to reporters, Shah said, "India is trying to give an impression to the
world that life has returned to normalcy. If the life has returned to normalcy,
then I say, why don't they allow you, the international media, why don't they
allow the international organisations, the NGOs, civil society organisations to
go into the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and see for themselves what the
David M. Halbfinger and David E. Sanger
— Israel accused Iran on Monday of having harbored an undisclosed
nuclear-weapons site that the Iranians destroyed a few months ago for fear of
exposure. Iran ridiculed the accusation.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel displayed satellite photographs that he
said showed the site, and he called upon other countries to join the United
States in maintaining pressure on Tehran.
Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem that Israel had first learned of the
site, in the central Iranian city of Abadeh, in early 2018 when Israeli spies
stole what he has previously described as a huge trove of the archives of
Iran’s nuclear program.
the Iranians learned that Israel was aware of the site, he said, “they simply
destroyed it, just eliminated everything.”
Netanyahu showed the photographs a week before an election in which he is
battling for political survival. His move also came after President Trump
suggested he might meet with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, possibly during
the United Nations General Assembly next month.
Israeli prime minister described the satellite photos as having been taken in
late June, and then about a month later, which appeared to show damage to
buildings in a complex along a mountain ridge.
time they hide, we reveal, and then they try to cover their tracks,” Mr.
took no questions during the presentation. But his assertions left many
questions unanswered, chief among them why Israel waited until now to reveal
information from a trove of material seized at a warehouse in Tehran, in an
espionage operation, 21 months ago.
Netanyahu first revealed some material from the trove last year. In the summer
of 2018, he invited reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal
and The Washington Post to review some of the material under the watchful eye
of Israeli intelligence officers.
those briefings, the officers were explicitly asked whether the documents
pointed to additional undeclared nuclear facilities in Iran, but there was no
mention of Abadeh.
it is unclear when Israel concluded that the facility was linked to the nuclear
program, or why it did not raise the public alarm earlier, before it was
some information was given by Israel to inspectors at the International Atomic
Energy Agency, it is not clear that Abadeh was included. Nor is it clear why
Mr. Netanyahu did not reveal the facility’s existence as soon as the satellite
imagery he cited had detected the Iranians dismantling it earlier this summer.
was no immediate comment from the energy agency, the Vienna-based nuclear
monitor of the United Nations, which polices Iran’s compliance with the
Nonproliferation Treaty and the 2015 nuclear agreement that Mr. Trump has
hours before Mr. Netanyahu spoke, the agency’s acting director general, Cornel
Feruta, said that in a just-completed visit to Iran, he had “stressed the need
for Iran to respond promptly to agency questions related to the completeness of
Iran’s safeguards declarations.”
Feruta declined to specify what the agency’s inspectors wanted to know from the
agency has said for years that Iran halted organized efforts at exploring
possible nuclear weapons in 2003. American intelligence officials have made the
Israelis have accused the agency inspectors of inadequate supervision of Iran.
According to Yossi Cohen, the chief of the Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, a major
purpose of stealing the nuclear archive was to give the agency information on
where to look in Iran.
no mistakes: The target of the operation in Tehran was not only to obtain
intelligence, or to make an impression on the world’s consciousness,” he said
in speech last June.
timing of Mr. Netanyahu’s news conference, with no opportunity for reporters to
ask questions, led his political opponents to charge that he was exploiting
national intelligence information for personal advantage.
use of sensitive security-related intelligence for the purposes of his
propaganda speaks volumes of his impaired judgment,” Benny Gantz, the former
Israeli army chief of staff who leads the Blue and White Party and is tied with
Mr. Netanyahu in the polls, told Israeli public radio.
Gantz and other Netanyahu critics, including former Prime Minister Ehud Barak,
have repeatedly accused Mr. Netanyahu in recent weeks of improperly releasing
secret information, often by disregarding Israel’s longstanding policy of
ambiguity to claim credit for airstrikes on Iranian forces and their allies in
Syria and Iraq.
has repeatedly denied Mr. Netanyahu’s claims about its nuclear ambitions and
has criticized Israel for amassing an arsenal of nuclear weapons, which
according to the Arms Control Association, a Washington research group, totals
between 80 and 90 warheads. Israel does not comment about its nuclear weapons.
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, in a Twitter post, responded
sarcastically to Mr. Netanyahu’s latest accusation: “The possessor of REAL
nukes cries wolf — on an ALLEGED “demolished” site in Iran,” Mr. Zarif said.
Netanyahu has staked his career on his crusade against Iran and what he has
described as its malevolent nuclear ambitions.
success in helping to persuade Mr. Trump to abandon the Obama administration’s
nuclear deal with Iran, which eased sanctions in return for Iran’s verifiable
promises of peaceful nuclear work, was one of Mr. Netanyahu’s crowning
the Trump administration’s current overture to Mr. Rouhani, and an offer to
Iran by President Emmanuel Macron of France of $15 billion in aid, have
undercut Mr. Netanyahu’s unremitting posture toward Tehran.
his news conference Monday, Mr. Netanyahu warned that Iran was “systematically
lying” and urged other countries to embrace Mr. Trump’s policy of stiff
message could have been aimed as much at Washington or Paris as at any other
world capital: “The only way to stop Iran’s march to the bomb, and its
aggression in the region, is pressure, pressure and more pressure,” he said.
Israeli analyst who closely tracks the country’s stance toward Iran said Mr.
Netanyahu was unlikely to change any minds with Monday’s announcement.
timing seems primarily related to imminent Israeli elections,” said the
analyst, Ofer Zalzberg of the International Crisis Group.
Trump already believes Iran hid certain activities and nevertheless seems to
lean towards engaging with President Rouhani,” he said. “Proof of another
activity which Iran supposedly hid won’t make much of a difference for him.”
public radio quoted an unidentified aide to Mr. Netanyahu as having insisted
that national-security “professionals,” not political appointees, had advised
the prime minister to unveil the Abadeh site on Monday, following Mr. Feruta’s
statement in Vienna.
Netanyahu also asserted Monday that the nuclear agency had found traces of
uranium at a site Israel had uncovered in Turquzabad, where he said Iran had
stored material and equipment for its nuclear program.
is what I have to say to the tyrants of Tehran: Israel knows what you’re doing,
Israel knows when you’re doing it and Israel knows where you’re doing it,” Mr.
Netanyahu said. “We will continue to expose your lies.”
Abadeh complex is clearly visible on Google Earth. The most recent Google Earth
image was taken in January, months before the destruction asserted by Mr.
Netanyahu, and shows a dozen or so buildings that appear to have been little
used, with no obvious checkpoints or fences typically associated with Iran’s
military sites and large nuclear facilities.
M. Halbfinger reported from Jerusalem, and David E. Sanger from Washington.
Reporting was contributed by Ronen Bergman from Tel Aviv and William J. Broad
and Rick Gladstone from New York.
kill more than 40 Taliban militants in Takhar and Kunduz provinces
security forces conducted a series of airstrikes in Kunduz and Takhar provinces
in North of Afghanistan killing more than 40 Taliban militants.
informed military sources said Wednesday that an airstrike killed 33 Taliban
militants in Darqad and Khwajah Bahawuddin districts of Takhar.
sources further added that similar airstrikes killed 10 Taliban militants in
Chahar DArah and Khanabad districts of Kunduz.
sources also added that the airstrikes destroyed a car bomb as well.
Shia Muslims practise faith in private, says Penang mufti
JAYA: The mufti of Penang appears to have broken ranks with Islamic authorities
in the wake of a recent series of crackdowns on Shia Muslims, saying followers
should be allowed the freedom to practise their beliefs.
Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor also agrees that Shia Muslims should carry out their
rituals in private, saying doing so in the open among the predominantly Sunni
Muslims could undermine Muslim unity.
Shias should be allowed the freedom to follow their teachings without the
involvement of the public.
adherents of other religions are allowed to practise their faiths in private,
why are the Shias excluded? We must be consistent, not selective,” he told FMT.
comments follow a series of raids on private Shia Muslim functions as adherents
observed the Ashura, the death anniversary of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet
Muhammad and a central figure in Shia Islam.
authorities in Selangor and Johor have arrested dozens of Shia Muslim
followers, including foreigners, in what has been labelled by the Malaysian
Human Rights Commission as a violation of constitutional rights.
Salim however advised Shia Muslims to keep their beliefs to themselves and not
to propagate them to other Muslims.
said the issue poses a dilemma for the Malaysian government.
one hand, the government has to respect the school of thought followed by the
majority Muslims in Malaysia. On the other hand, it also has to ensure good
ties with Iran and other predominantly Shia Muslim countries.
it would be unwise if such ties are soured by the actions of a handful of Shia
Muslims,” he said.
Salim also said it was the right of state religious authorities to take
necessary action against Shia Muslims in protecting the interests of Muslims at
includes arresting individuals and groups who could cause confusion in the
Muslim community in the respective states,” he said, noting that the arrests
were made based on the decision by the National Fatwa Consultation Committee in
1996 prohibiting the spread of any teachings other than those of Sunni Islam.
said there should be a balance between ensuring the constitutional right of
religious freedom and the status of Islam as the federal religion.
authorities in Malaysia have over the years been enforcing a fatwa declaring
Shia teachings as “deviant”, with raiding parties mostly targeting local Shias.
which has a substantial following in Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon and
several parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan, is the second largest branch
state Islamic authorities have declared its teachings “deviant”, with sermons
in Selangor frequently condemning its followers as heretics.
JAYA: The Terengganu government’s call for ideas on shariah-compliant sports
attire has prompted a martial arts exponent to resurrect a proposal he once
made to Jakim, the federal authority on Islamic matters.
Aiman, a taekwondo and hapkido practitioner and a former head instructor on
close-quarter combat for the Malaysian armed forces, told FMT he submitted his
proposed shariah-compliant guide for martial arts to Jakim about four years ago
after working on it for two years.
has been no news of Jakim’s response.
emphasised that what he called his Shariah Compliant Capable (SCC) guide was
offered as an option for those who wanted it and not meant to be forced on
said it would guide non-Muslim instructors seeking to comply with the shariah
and help shariah-conscious Muslims decide whether to join a martial arts class.
say I’m a non-Muslim and I’m teaching a class and there are Muslim students
there. They might feel more comfortable if I was qualified as SCC.
would suggest a cutoff point of 51% Muslim attendance. For example, if you have
a class of 100 and 51 of them are Muslim, the instructor can ask the Muslims if
they wish to make this particular class shariah-compliant.
the Muslims say yes, then he just follows the checklist. It’s a very easy
checklist to follow.”
said he called it SCC to emphasise that the decision to follow the guide should
be made jointly by the instructor and his students.
week, Terengganu executive councillor Wan Sukairi Abdullah announced that the
state would withdraw from sports events that did not conform with the shariah.
He also said his government was drafting a shariah-compliant code of conduct
for athletes and called for suggestions.
claimed that some foreign governments and several international martial arts
associations had expressed interest in endorsing his guide.
also claimed that SCC was based on the Quran and some hadiths and was
formulated with the help of experts, professionals and religious personages
from the Middle East, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia, including shariah
law expert Azmi Mohd Rais.
not an Islamic scholar,” he said. “I’m just a Malaysian involved in sports.
I’ve achieved certain positions in martial arts and I just want to give
said the SCC guide should be applicable to most sports, but he added that he
understood the purpose behind the international code of conduct and attire for
say I participate in gymnastics and I cover myself head to toe. You won’t be
able to see any movement. You’ll see only the clothing flowing all over the
place. So, technically speaking, even if they let you wear whatever you want to
wear, you won’t be able to get the points.
JAYA: Malaysia is duty-bound to protect Muslim women’s rights group Sisters in
Islam (SIS), according to an international human rights NGO dedicated to the
rule of law.
Malaysian government, including the judiciary, has the obligation to protect
groups like SIS when they face persecution from within their religious
communities for propounding alternative views about their religion,” said the
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in a statement today.
Gil, ICJ senior international legal adviser noted that SIS had been for many
years promoting more egalitarian interpretations of Islamic laws to end
discrimination against women and achieve equality among Muslims.
added that states had an obligation to protect people who were prevented from
exercising their religious freedom by private actors, such as their own
women to fully exercise their religious freedom, they must be able to retain or
adopt the religion of their choice and they must be able to continue belonging
to this religion without being discriminated against within the religion,” she
also said ICJ expressed concern over the recent Kuala Lumpur High Court
dismissal of an application on Aug 27 by SIS to challenge a fatwa against it by
the Selangor Islamic religious authorities five years ago.
sought to quash the 2014 fatwa by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais)
which stated that the rights group subscribed to liberalism and religious
pluralism and had deviated from the teachings of Islam.
Gil noted that the ICJ had previously underscored in a 2019 briefing paper on
the challenges to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Malaysia the tensions
emerging from jurisdictional disputes between civil courts and shariah courts.
added that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women,
in reviewing the performance of Malaysia in 2018, had also voiced its concern
over the existence of a parallel legal system of civil law and multiple
versions of shariah law.
she said, had not been harmonised in accordance with the UN Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
CEDAW committee concluded that this “leads to a gap in the protection of women
against discrimination, including on the basis of their religion”, she said.
The founder of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf
Hussain, living in exile in London, has hit out at Pakistan over its human
rights records, saying the UN should send observers to Pakistan and not India.
told TOI by phone on Tuesday: “Pakistan should not take India to the United
National Human Rights Council (UNHCR). Pakistan needs to give answers about
thousands of killings of Balochs and Pashtuns in Pakistan first. The UN should
be sending observers to Pakistan and not to India. India is doing very well.”
made the comments as the 42nd session of the UNHRC got underway in Geneva where
Pakistan accused India of committing human rights violations and a “genocide”
who was granted asylum in Britain in 1992, said UN Secretary-General António
Guterres should send observers to urban Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and Gilgit-Baltistan “to let the world know about enforced disappearances and
human rights violations in Pakistan”.
told TOI that mohajirs (Indians who moved to Pakistan at Partition) faced
torture and arbitrary detention in Pakistan and that there had been more than
25,000 extra-judicial killings of them since 1992 — his elder brother and
nephew among them.
UN needs to go into the tribal areas of Pakistan and take statements from
people’s families to find out what is going on,” he said. More than 500 MQM
officer-bearers are missing and more than 10,000 arrested he wrote in a letter
to Guterres dated September 4 urging him to send UN observers to Pakistan
Tuesday evening Hussain tweeted a video of a large protest against Pakistan in
Rawalakot in PoK, near the LoC. “Kashmiris were peacefully demonstrating and
chanting ‘We want independence from Pakistan in Kashmir. The army should get
out of Pakistan-held Kashmir’,” he told TOI. “The people living in
Pakistan-held Kashmir have now raised their voices since Pakistan started
taking the Article 370 issue to international courts. They want freedom from
the Pakistan army. This was the biggest protest so far. The Pakistan Army
baton-charged them, used tear gas and arrested many of them,” he said.
are banned and there is no freedom of speech there. They cannot choose their
own prime minister in Kashmir. They are all chosen by ISI. The army has
instructed the electronic media in Pakistan not to report these protests.
People are not allowed to speak against the Establishment,” he said.
to the video he tweeted: “I strongly condemn atrocities of PK security forces
against peaceful pro-independence protestors in Pakistan held Kashmir.
@UNHumanRights should immediately send its fact finding mission in Pakistan
held Kashmir. Deep state’s brutal media black-out & hypocrisy can’t work
Sunday, after US President Donald Trump called off talks with the Taliban, he
tweeted: “I request President of USA & President of Afghanistan to please
find out which country is involved for years in creating Taliban, Al-Qaeeda
& other Jihadi outfits, providing them shelters (safe havens) &
training to carry out terrorist activities all over the world particularly
neighbouring countries (sic).”
which country innumerable Jihadi Madarsas have been created (sic)? Please find
out the root cause of all the mess in Afghanistan. I am sure, you are aware of
the country in the whole world which is familiar & well known as epi-centre
of notorious terrorists & also exporting jihadis throughout the world
particularly in the neighbouring countries (sic),” he tweeted.
said all the various charges against him in a Karachi anti-terrorism court have
been “fabricated and politically motivated.” He was arrested in London in June
for a 2016 speech he made raising human violations in Pakistan after complaints
were made that it amounted to hate speech. The matter is still under
DELHI: Security forces on Wednesday killed a top-ranking LeT terrorist Asif in
Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore, reported news agency ANI.
terrorist was responsible for recent shootout and injuries to three family
members of a fruit trader in the town, earlier this week. The injured also
included a young girl Asma Jan. He was also responsible for shooting at a
migrant labour Shafi Alam in Sopore.
young girl was among four injured in the attack. She was later shifted to
Delhi's AIIMS hospital on the orders of NSA chief Ajit Doval.
encounter comes a day after security forces arrested eight Lashkar-e-Taiba
"terrorist associates" from the area for allegedly circulating
posters to locals to threaten and intimidate them at the behest of militants,
police said on Tuesday.
Even as curfew-like restrictions were reimposed in several parts of Kashmir to
foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions, J&K police on Tuesday
arrested eight Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives, who were involved in threatening
residents of Sopore in south Kashmir. Muharram processions have been banned in
Kashmir since 1990 when armed insurgency began.
hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing
concertina wires at all entry points where large number of security force
personnel were deployed, officials said.
have been in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for
maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said.
restrictions, Muharram processions were peacefully held in some Shia-dominated
areas of Budgam district.
SSP Javid Iqbal said the arrested Lashkar operatives — Aijaz Mir, Omar Mir,
Tawseef Najar, Imitiyaz Najar, Omar Akbar, Faizan Latief, Danish Habib and
Showkat Ahmad Mir — were assigned the task of making and circulating posters
threatening people against carrying out normal activities. The eight were being
handled by three Lashkar terrorists namely Sajjad alias Hyder, Asif Maqbool
Bhat and Mudasir Pandit. Computers and other accessories used for making the
posters have been recovered from their possession, Iqbal added.
have already tried to instil fear in Kashmiris by attacking the family of one
fruit trader, Hamidullah Rather, of Dangerpora in Sopore on September 5
evening. In this attack, three men and a 30-month-old baby girl were injured.
this attack, terrorists had on August 29 killed 65-year-old Ghulam Mohammad of
Parimpora on Srinagar outskirts for keeping his grocery shop open. These two
incidents created so much fear among the residents that it resulted in total
shutdown of shops and business establishments in the Valley, sources said.
were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its
decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two
Union Territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of
the Valley as the situation improved with passage of time.
authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley
every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large
gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests.
normal life remained severely affected in Kashmir due to shutdown in the
Valley, which entered 37th day on Tuesday.
secretary (east) Vijay Thakur Singh took on Pakistan’s attack over recent
decisions regarding the status of J&K. “These decisions were taken by our
Parliament after a full debate that was televised and enjoyed widespread
support. We wish to reiterate that this sovereign decision, like other
legislations passed by Parliament, is entirely internal to India. No country
can accept interference in its internal affairs, certainly not India,” Singh
in the session, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi demanded a
probe by the UNHRC into the situation in Kashmir and urged the world rights
body not to remain “indifferent” after India revoked J&K’s special status.
asked the council to urge India to immediately stop the use of pellet guns,
lift the curfew, reverse the clampdown and communications blackout, restore
fundamental freedoms and liberties.
back-and-forth over J&K do- minated the session, potentially setting the
stage for a bigger showdown later this month when PM Narendra Modi and his
Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan will address the UNGA. India rebutted Pakistan’s
allegations also while exercising its right to reply by fielding an officer who
belongs to J&K, first secretary with India’s permanent mission in Geneva.
first secretary Vimarsh Aryan questioned Pakistan’s locus to criticise India’s
recent decisions on J&K, contending that Article 370 was a temporary
provision. The official also said OIC, which too has been talking about alleged
Indian atrocities, had no locus standi on the issue. Calling out Pakistan for
its “false narrative”, Aryan said Pakistan’s was an ill-disguised effort to
advance its territorial ambitions and that terrorism was the worst form of
human rights abuse. Probably unsure of support from the 47-member council,
Pakistan has not yet pressed for a resolution on the issue.
DELHI: India on Tuesday strongly rejected the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in
the joint statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi to Islamabad, and said J&K was an integral
part of India.
a statement, the government said India has consistently expressed concerns to
both China and Pakistan on projects in the so-called China Pakistan Economic
Corridor, which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied
by Pakistan since 1947.
is resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status
quo in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. We call on the parties concerned to cease
such actions," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
to the joint statement, China had reaffirmed its support for Pakistan on the
Kashmir issue and said that it opposed any unilateral actions that could
complicate the regional situation.
India on Tuesday said the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status was
within the country's sovereign right and entirely an internal matter, rejecting
Pakistan's "hysterical statements" and its demand for an
international probe by the UNHRC into the Kashmir issue.
its right to respond to Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's
statements at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council here,
first secretary in the ministry of external affairs Vimarsh Aryan said Article
370 was a temporary provision of the Indian Constitution.
recent modification of Article 370 was "within our sovereign right and
entirely an internal matter of India", the diplomat said.
are not surprised at Pakistan's hysterical statements with false narratives
aimed to politicise and polarise this forum (UNHRC). Pakistan realises that our
decision cuts away ground from under its feet by creating obstacles in its
continuing sponsorship of cross-border terrorism," he said.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's provocative anti-India statements, Aryan
said, "Some Pakistani leaders have even gone as far as calling for jihad
to encourage violence in Jammu and Kashmir and third countries to create a
picture of genocide, which even they know is far from reality."
Indian diplomat said the people of Kashmir are united to preserve the core
values of democracy and Islamabad has "no locus standi to talk on
said at the UNHRC forum, Pakistan has pretended to speak as the voice of the
global community on human rights.
the world cannot be fooled. Pakistan's gory record speaks for itself. This
rhetoric will not distract international attention from Pakistan's persecution and
elimination of religious and ethnic minorities - be it the Christians, Sikhs,
Shias, Ahmadiyas and Hindus," Aryan said, adding that the persecution of
minorities in Pakistan is well documented.
at the session, Pakistan foreign minister Qureshi demanded an international
investigation by the UNHRC into the situation in Kashmir and urged the world
rights body not to remain "indifferent" after India revoked Jammu and
Kashmir's special status.
said the UNHRC must not remain indifferent to the situation in Kashmir after
India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
I have knocked on the doors of the Human Rights Council, the repository of the
world's conscience on human rights, to seek justice and respect for the people of
Kashmir," he said.
asked the Council to urge India to immediately stop the use of pellet guns,
lift the curfew, reverse the clampdown and communications blackout, restore
fundamental freedoms and liberties, release political prisoners and fulfil
obligations under the UN Security Council Resolutions and various human rights
instruments, as required by international law.
asked the Council to constitute a commission of inquiry into the situation in
Kashmir, as recommended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human
India on Tuesday rejected Pakistan's allegations at the UN Human Rights Council
and hit back saying a "fabricated narrative" on Jammu and Kashmir has
come from "the epicentre of global terrorism" and from a nation,
which conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of 'alternate diplomacy.'
the national statement during the general debate at the UNHRC session, Vijay
Thakur Singh, Secretary (East) in external affairs ministry, strongly defended
the government's decision to abrogate Article 370 and reorganise Jammu and
Kashmir, saying that legislative decisions on Jammu and Kashmir were
"sovereign" and "entirely internal to India."
responded to Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's claim earlier in
the day that India has transformed Jammu and Kashmir into a largest "caged
prison on this planet" after the abrogation of Article 370 and that the
human rights were being "trampled with impunity" there.
that the Indian delegation will separately exercise the right to respond, Singh
said the decisions were taken by the Indian Parliament after a full debate that
was televised and enjoyed widespread support.
wish to reiterate that this sovereign decision like other legislation passed by
Parliament is entirely internal to India. No country can accept interference in
its internal affairs, certainly not India," she said.
said the Council should call out those who are misusing this platform for
malicious political agendas under the garb of human rights.
who are attempting this speak on the human rights of minorities in other
countries whilst trampling upon them at will in their own country. They cry
victim when they actually are the perpetrators," she said.
naming Pakistan, she said one delegation "has given a running commentary
with offensive rhetoric of false allegations and concocted charges against my
world is aware that this fabricated narrative comes from the epicentre of
global terrorism, where ring leaders were sheltered for years. This nation
conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of 'alternate diplomacy," she
said terrorism poses a grave challenge to the commitment of the international
community to protect the right to life and security of people globally.
is extinguishing innocent lives and spreading fear and uncertainty. Those who
abet, finance and support terrorism in any form on territory under their
control are in truth the worst violators of human rights," she said.
senior MEA official said that the world, in particular India, has suffered
greatly on account of the activities by "practitioners of state-sponsored
terrorism" and it is time to collectively take decisive and firm action
against terror groups and their abettors who threaten the fundamental human
right to life.
must speak out. Silence only emboldens terrorists. It also encourages their
intimidatory tactics. India appeals to the international community to work
together in the fight against terrorism and their sponsors," she said.
said despite challenging circumstances, Jammu and Kashmir's civil
administration was ensuring basic services, essential supplies, normal
functioning of institutions, mobility and nearly full connectivity.
processes have been initiated. Restrictions are being eased continuously.
Temporary preventive and precautionary measures were necessitated to ensure
safety and security of our citizens in the face of credible threats of
cross-border terrorism," she said.
said the legislative measures taken by India within the framework of its
Constitution will ensure that "the progressive legislative measures will
also be fully applicable to our citizens in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh."
a result, there will be an end to gender discrimination, including on property
rights and local bodies representation and there will be better protection of
juvenile rights and laws against domestic violence. The rights to education,
information and work will now be applicable. Longstanding discrimination
against refugees and underprivileged sections will end," she said
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday described Jammu and
Kashmir as an "Indian state", soon after he attacked India at the
UNHRC here for revoking the special status of the state.
has so far been referring to Jammu and Kashmir as "India administered
is trying to give an impression to the world that life has returned to
normalcy. If the life has returned to normalcy, then why don't they allow you,
the international media, the NGOs, civil society organisations to go into the
Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and see for themselves what the reality
is," Qureshi told reporters after his address at the UN Human Rights
is leading the Pakistani delegation at the 42nd UNHRC session in Geneva.
India on Tuesday unleashed a very strong attack on Pakistan at the United
Nations Human Rights Council and asserted that the revocation of Jammu and
Kashmir's special status was its sovereign decision and it cannot accept any
interference in the country's internal affairs, as New Delhi hit out at
Pakistan's "malicious" campaign on the issue and condemned
"state sponsored terrorism".
(East) in the external affairs ministry Vijay Thakur Singh, in a clear
reference to Pakistan, said those who speak on the human rights of minorities
in other countries are "trampling upon them at will in their own country.
They cry victim when they actually are the perpetrators".
was a need to call out those who are misusing the United Nations Human Rights
Council for "malicious political agenda under the garb of human
rights", she said, rejecting Pakistan's charges against India on the
Kashmir issue at the 42nd session of the UNHRC.
said the recent legislative measures taken by India in Jammu and Kashmir were
within the framework of its Constitution.
decisions were taken by our Parliament after a full debate that was televised
and enjoyed widespread support. We wish to reiterate that this sovereign
decision, like other legislations passed by Parliament, is entirely internal to
India. No country can accept interference in its internal affairs, certainly
not India," she said.
an apparent reference to the Pakistani delegation led by foreign minister Shah
Mehmood Qureshi, Singh said, "One delegation has given a running
commentary with offensive rhetoric of false allegations and concocted charges
against my country."
world is aware that this fabricated narrative comes from the epicentre of
global terrorism, where ring leaders were sheltered for years. This nation
conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of 'alternate diplomacy'," she
Singh said, terrorism poses a grave challenge to the commitment of the
international community to protect the right to life and security of people
who abet, finance and support terrorism in any form on territory under their
control are in fact the worst violators of human rights," she said.
world, in particular India, has suffered greatly on account of the activities
by "practitioners of state sponsored terrorism" and it is time to
collectively take decisive and firm action against terror groups and their
abettors who threaten the fundamental human right to life.
must speak out. Silence only emboldens terrorists. It also encourages their
intimidatory tactics. India appeals to the international community to work
together in the fight against terrorism and their sponsors," Singh said.
Pakistan demanded an international investigation by the UN Human Rights Council
into the situation in Kashmir and urged the world rights body not to remain
"indifferent" after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status.
the issue of the National Register for Citizens in Assam, Singh said it was a
"statutory, transparent, nondiscriminatory legal process mandated and
monitored by the Supreme Court of India".
after apple growers from Kashmir met Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressing
fear of massive losses this season due to restrictions on movement, the
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided to oversee a centralised procurement of
apples from the Valley.
week, apple growers along with Panchayat members from the state met the home
minister and apprised him of the difficulties they were facing in taking their
produce to markets because of restrictions imposed since August 5 announcement
on the abrogation of Article 370.
in the Home Ministry said the government has decided that as many as 12 metric
tonnes of apples would be procured through local Mandis in Srinagar, Anantnag
and Baramulla and National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of
India (NAFED) would be the central agency in charge of procurement.
will complete the entire process of procurement through designated state
government agencies by 15th December 2019. Procurement will be made directly
from genuine apple growers,” an MHA official said.
for the produce procured would be transferred directly to the bank account of
the apple farmer through the DBT route, sources said.
fixing the price of the apple, based on its variety and grade, the government
will constitute a State Level Price Fixation Committee for fixing the
procurement price for A, B and C grade apple and other incidental charges like
packaging, transportation, storage and related expenditure. The Price Committee
includes a member from the National Horticulture Board, MHA sources said.
would also be a Quality Committee that will ensure proper grading of varieties
implementation and coordination committee at the State level will be chaired by
the Chief Secretary. Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Home Affairs and
other Central agencies will oversee smooth implementation of the scheme,” a
home ministry official said.
chief secretary, sources said, has already directed all DCs to launch a
sustained campaign to generate awareness among the fruit growers about Centre’s
special market intervention scheme. He has also directed them to start the process
of their registration, collecting their Aadhaar and bank account details so
that after procurement of the apple, payment can be made directly into their
bank accounts within a period of 48 hrs.
day after China and Pakistan said they opposed India’s “unilateral actions” in
Kashmir and called for a dialogue, New Delhi on Tuesday rejected the joint
reference to Kashmir and protested against the “so-called China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor” running through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said: “We reject the
reference to Jammu & Kashmir in the Joint Statement issued by China and
Pakistan. J&K is an integral part of India. On the other hand, India has
consistently expressed concerns to both China and Pakistan on the projects in
so-called ‘China Pakistan Economic Corridor’, which is in the territory of
India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. India is
resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo
in Pakistan occupied J&K. We call on the parties concerned to cease such
Sunday, Islamabad and Beijing issued a joint press statement during Chinese
Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s two-day visit to Pakistan. The two countries,
according to the Express Tribune, said it was opposed to “unilateral actions”
in Kashmir and called for a peaceful resolution on the issue.
on Monday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle
Bachelet expressed “deep concern” at the
communication shutdown and detention of political leadership in Jammu and
Kashmir (J&K) and urged the Indian government to ensure that human rights
are respected and protected.
her opening statement at the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in
Geneva, Bachelet said: “My office continues to receive reports on the human
rights situation on both sides of the Line of Control. I am deeply concerned
about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human
rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on Internet communication and
peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists.”
I continue to urge the governments of India and Pakistan to ensure that human
rights are respected and protected, I have appealed, particularly to India, to
ease the current lockdowns or curfews; to ensure people’s access to basic
services; and that all due process rights are respected for those who have been
detained. It is important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged
in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future,” she
Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday reiterated Riyadh’s support for Palestinian people and
welcomed the speech by the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN,
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, at the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable
Rights of the Palestinian People.
his speech, Al-Mouallimi reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s support for Palestinians’
legitimate rights to build their independent state along the lines of the 1967
borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
Cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, also commended
the joint Saudi-UAE statement affirming their continued support to the
legitimate Yemeni government.
ministers also welcomed the response of the Yemeni government and the
Transitional Council to the Kingdom’s call for dialogue stressing the need to
maintain this positive atmosphere and renounce division.
Cabinet also emphasized the Saudi-UAE’s support to preserve components of the
Yemeni state and efforts to thwart Iran’s nefarious designs, defeat the
Iranian-backed Houthi militia and terrorist outfits in Yemen.
Cabinet welcomed the formation of the transitional government in Sudan,
considering it an affirmation of the will of the people and their keenness to
preserve the security, safety and stability of the country.
Cabinet condemned the suicide attack that targeted a residential compound and a
checkpoint in Kabul, and offered condolences to the victims’ families, renewing
the Kingdom’s stand and solidarity with Afghanistan against violence and
also commended economic indicators contained in the 55th annual report of the
Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, which reviewed economic and financial
developments during 2018, stressing that the positive developments in the Saudi
economy were the result of the Kingdom’s balanced economic policies.
Cabinet welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s consultation report praising
the tangible progress being made by Saudi Arabia to support economic diversification,
inclusive growth, job creation and continued implementation of reforms aimed at
strengthening its legal framework and improving the business climate through
the implementation of Saudi Vision 2030.
the Cabinet authorized the minister of environment, water and agriculture to
discuss with the Chinese government a draft memorandum of understanding between
the Saline Water Conversion Corp. and research institutes in China in the field
of seawater desalination.
The US-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 36,000 kilograms (40
tons) of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River “infested” with members of the
coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island
in the central province of Salaheddine, north of the capital Baghdad.
attack is part of operations carried out by Iraqi forces and the US-led
coalition against Daesh, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017.
sleeper cells have since carried out deadly bombings in Iraq.
controlled large swathes of Syria and Iraq where they declared a caliphate in
31 killed, 100 injured in stampede during Ashura rituals in Karbala city
of a walkway collapsed as tens of thousands of people celebrated Ashura on
Tuesday, causing a stampede and killing at least 31 pilgrims on one of the most
sacred religious holy days for the Shia sect, officials said.
100 others were injured in the incident, which occurred toward the end of the
Ashura procession, causing a panicked rush, according to two officials who
spoke to The Associated Press from Karbala.
of thousands of people converge on the holy city, some 80 kilometers (50 miles)
south of Baghdad, for the occasion every year.
somber day of Ashura commemorates the killing of the Prophet Muhammad’s
grandson, the Imam Hussein, by a rival Muslim faction in Karbala in present day
Iraq, in 680 AD Hussein and his descendants are seen by Shia as the rightful
heirs to the prophet. Hussein’s killing has been attributed with cementing the
schism between Shia and Sunni Islam.
recent years, Ashura processions have been attacked by extremist Sunni
militants but Tuesday’s commemorations were peaceful until the walkway
incident took place during the so-called Tweireej run, when tens of thousands
of people run toward the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala around noon.
2-3 kilometer (1-2 mile) run symbolizes when maternal cousins of Imam Hussein’s
half-brother al-Abbas ran from the nearby village of Tweireej to rescue him
only to find out that he was killed.
in the day, hundreds of thousands held Ashura processions amid beefed-up
security in Karbala and in the capital, Baghdad, marching through the streets.
Many of the faithful beat their chests and lashed themselves with chains in a
symbolic expression of grief and regret for not being able to help Hussein
before his martyrdom.
Iraqi militia members were killed in the explosion of a weapons warehouse
belonging to Iran-affiliated militias in Iraq's Anbar province, Iraqi military
sources told Arab media outlets Tuesday.
sites, including Al Arabiya and Sky News, reported the explosion and said that
rescue teams were called to the scene.
Iraqi officer told local media that the sound of an unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAVs) was heard in the region before the blast. At the moment it is unclear
who is behind the blast however reports have linked the explosion to a recent
series of attacks in the country, some of which has been attributed to Israel.
outlets have not reported on the incident and officials have so far denied the
explosion comes one day after UAVs struck Iran-backed militias in eastern
Syria, killing at least 18 militia fighters. A Syrian security official said
Israeli jets staged the airstrikes, but denied there were any casualties.
Monday, the Israeli army said Shi'ite units led by Tehran's Quds Force
attempted to fire several rockets Sunday overnight which failed to cross over
officials told the New York Times in August that Israel has been attributed to
"several strikes in recent days" in Iraq, after Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu hinted of possible Israeli involvement in the latest attacks
against Iranian-linked targets in the country.
(IraqiNews.com) – Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service announced on Monday that 15
Islamic Sate militants were killed during a security operation in Salahuddin
on intelligence information, the Counter-Terrorism Service, in coordination with
the U.S.-led international coalition, carried out a security operation in
Mutaibijah and desert areas in Salahuddin, leaving 15 terrorists dead,
including suicide bombers,” the spokesman for the Counter-Terrorism Service
said in a statement.
troops also arrested nine terrorists and destroyed several hotbeds and tunnels
that were used by Islamic State militants,” the statement read.
declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017
with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which
was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in
2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and
paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing
to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince hosted a delegation of American Christian
evangelicals on Tuesday, state media said, the latest such visit as the
conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to repair its image of religious intolerance.
visit comes on the eve of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the
United States, in which most of the hijackers who crashed jetliners into the
twin towers in New York were identified as Saudi nationals.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman met the delegation, led by Israeli-American author
Joel Rosenberg, at his palace in the western city of Jeddah, the official Saudi
Press Agency said.
to be back in kingdom of Saudi Arabia for (the second) time in less than a
year,” Rosenberg said on Twitter.
met (with) his royal highness the crown prince (and) other senior officials to
discuss terrorism, peace, religious freedom and human rights.”
delegation also met Prince Khalid bin Salman, the kingdom’s deputy defence
minister, and secretary-general of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa,
crown prince hosted a similar delegation led by Rosenberg that travelled last
November to Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and
Medina and where the practice of other religions is banned.
leaders have courted a flurry of representatives of various Christian
traditions in recent months.
April 2018, Saudi Arabia hosted French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who headed
the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Tauran, who died
in July 2018, was seen as an energetic promoter of dialogue between the
Catholic Church and Islam.
in November 2017, the head of Lebanon’s Maronite church, Beshara Rai, paid an
official visit to Saudi Arabia where he met King Salman and Prince Mohammed.
Mohammed, the heir to the Saudi throne, has sought to project a moderate image
of his austere kingdom, often associated in the West with jihadist ideology.
LEBANON - A Syrian war monitor associated with the opposition said Monday that
over 120 Christian places of worship have been damaged or destroyed by all
sides in the country's eight-year conflict.
of the attacks were deliberate, such as the Islamic State group using bulldozers
to destroy the ancient Saint Elian Monastery in Homs province in 2015. The
majority, however, were caused by front-line combat, shelling or rockets.
made up about 10 percent of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million, who
co-existed with the Muslim majority and enjoyed freedom of worship under
President Bashar Assad's government.
have left for Europe over the past 20 years, with their flight significantly
gathering speed since the start of the current conflict.
half of all Syrians are now either internally displaced or have left the
report by the Qatar-based Syrian Network for Human Rights, which collects
statistics on the war, said government forces were responsible for 60% of the
124 documented attacks since fighting erupted in March 2011. The rest were
blamed on IS militants, the al-Qaida-linked group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and
other factions of the armed opposition.
was immediate comment from the government, which rarely comments on reports
from foreign organizations.
Christian places of worship is a form of intimidation against and displacement
of the Christian minority in Syria, said Fadel Abdul Ghany, the founder and
chairman of SNHR.
report said IS was behind 10 attacks on Christian sites, five of which were in
the northern city of Raqqa, once the extremists de-facto capital. The group was
known for displacing and killing Christians in areas it controlled and
confiscating their properties.
hit was the northern province of Aleppo, with 34 attacks, 24 by rebels and six
by the government.
highest number of attacks by government forces - 27 out of 29 - was in the
central province of Homs.
day before the anniversary of 9/11, President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an
executive order to expand the administration's ability to go after suspected
terrorists and their financiers and supporters.
list of 11 men the administration has termed as "global terrorists"
includes Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud — who was named the
leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in June 2018 following the death of
former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah.
executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to US counterterrorism
efforts,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a briefing to reporters at
the White House.
said Trump's action amends an earlier executive order that former President
George W. Bush initially signed after 9/11 by adding clauses to let the State
and Treasury departments directly target leaders of suspected terror groups and
their affiliates “without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts.”
said the order also more effectively targets individuals and groups
participating in terrorist training and provides new authorities to impose
sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly do business with
Lorber, a former Treasury Department senior adviser, said the new order is a
most financial institutions would not have done business with designated
terrorists even before this new authority, this action makes clear that the US
Treasury is willing to take serious steps to punish those financial
institutions that do,” Lorber said.
the new order, Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on more than two dozen
individuals and entities from 11 terrorist groups, including TTP, the Quds
Force, the foreign wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Hamas, the Islamic
State, al-Qaida and their affiliates.
of Donald Trump's top lieutenants said on Tuesday he is ready to meet his
Iranian counterpart without preconditions after the US president sacked his
hawkish national security adviser, while insisting there will be no easing of
pressure on Tehran.
as the removal of national security hardliner John Bolton triggered speculation
that Trump might soften his approach to Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
joined Israel in alleging "possible undeclared nuclear activities" by
Tehran, and the US administration imposed new terrorist designations on leaders
of some groups linked to the Islamic republic.
the fraught political climate, Trump loyalists signalled he is prepared to meet
with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — something that French President
Emmanuel Macron had proposed in an effort to salvage a 2015 nuclear accord with
Tehran from which Trump withdrew the United States.
the president has made clear, he is happy to take a meeting with no
preconditions, but we are maintaining the maximum pressure campaign,"
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, just days after Iran announced it had
fired up centrifuges to boost its enriched uranium stockpiles.
standing alongside Mnuchin in the White House, said "sure" when asked
whether Trump could meet Rouhani later this month at the United Nations General
Assembly in New York.
remarks came just 90 minutes after Trump announced he had sent Bolton packing,
and Pompeo and Mnuchin cautioned that Bolton's exit should not be seen as
heralding major policy shifts.
would say Secretary Pompeo and myself and the president are completely aligned
on our maximum pressure campaign," Mnuchin said.
reacted swiftly to Bolton's departure, with a Rouhani aide saying it signaled
Washington's pressure was failing.
marginalization and his subsequent removal isn't an accident but a clear sign
of the defeat of America's maximum pressure strategy" against Iran,
Hesameddin Ashena tweeted.
no doubt that we have the power to manage the US approach towards Iran and will
never back down. The blockade of Iran will break."
Tehran sees optimism in Bolton's ouster, some hawkish US lawmakers warned that
easing the squeeze on Iran would be an enormous mistake, enabling Europe to, in
Senator Ted Cruz's words, "send an economic lifeline to the
tweeted that he hoped Bolton's departure "does not mean that the
deep-state forces at State and Treasury — who have been fighting tooth and nail
to preserve the Obama Iran nuclear deal — have finally convinced the president
to go soft on Iran."
the Trump administration announced new terrorist designations against leaders
or operatives of organisations with close ties to Tehran, among them Iran's
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force and Hezbollah.
US also designated leaders of groups within the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, and
the operational arm of Hamas.
know we've done more sanctions on Iran than anybody, and it's absolutely
working," Mnuchin said.
have been escalating between Iran and the United States since May last year,
when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran and began
reimposing sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.
Tuesday, Washington joined Israel in accusing Iran of new deceptions about its
nuclear program, a move that further strained European-led attempts to salvage
a multinational deal.
denounced the accusations levelled on Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, who said that the clerical regime operated a previously undisclosed
site aimed at developing nuclear weapons but destroyed it after it was
without directly referencing Netanyahu, urged Iran to comply with the UN
nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Iranian regime's lack of full cooperation with @iaeaorg raises questions about
possible undeclared nuclear material or activities," Pompeo tweeted.
world won't fall for it. We will deny the regime all paths to a nuclear
potential summit between Trump and the Iranian leadership sparked interest from
the mogul-turned-president, but it is adamantly opposed by Netanyahu, who faces
elections next week and sees Iran as an existential threat.
a live television address, Netanyahu showed pictures of an alleged site near
Abadeh, south of Isfahan, where he said Iran conducted experiments to develop
in the US state of New York have been mandated to remember the 2001 terrorist attacks.
11th Remembrance Day," was an outcome of legislation signed by Democratic
Governor Andrew Cuomo, just days ahead of the anniversary of the terrorist
was one of the single darkest periods in this state's and this nation's history,
and we owe it to those we lost and to the countless heroes who ran toward
danger that day and the days that followed to do everything we can to keep
their memory alive," the governor’s office said in the announcement.
"By establishing this annual day of remembrance and a brief moment of
silence in public schools, we will help ensure we never forget — not just the
pain of that moment but of the courage, sacrifice and outpouring of love that
defined our response."
September, 11, 2001 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of
strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion
worth of property and infrastructure damage.
officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists
but many experts have raised questions about the official account.
US government story is Achilles' heel in the official version of” the September
11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, says Dr. Kevin Barrett, an
American academic who has been studying the events of 9/11 since late 2003.
Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of
9/11, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday following the
release of a comprehensive study conducted by the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in
association with Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth which found that fire
was not the cause of the collapse of the Building 7 of the World Trade Center
US official story established that the 47-story building collapsed on its base
after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at 5:20 p.m., when it was affected by the
fire coming from the Twin Towers—Buildings 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center.
The building was completely destroyed in just seven seconds.
after investing four years in computer simulations, the UAF scientists
published a draft report that concludes that the collapse of the third WTC
skyscraper on Sept.11, 2001 was not due to any fire, but “the almost
simultaneous failure of every column in the building.”
Barrett said, “A new study from the University of Alaska led by Dr. Leroy
Hulsey has determined with total precision that the destruction of the World
Trade Center Building 7 on September 11, 2001 could not have happened the way
the government tells us which is due to moderate office fire, that’s actually
very minor office fire.”
US government story is Achilles' heel in the official version of 9/11 which is
ridiculous in many, many respects. Every
single aspect of the official story collapses upon critical examination. The
Building 7 is the most obviously false aspect of this,” he stated.
the new study takes on the NIST report; the official government body has worked
up a bizarre claim that this very modest office fire…has caused the 47-story
building to come down at absolute freefall for two and hand a half seconds and
then close to freefall for the rest of the way down straight into its own
footprints,” he noted.
US said it was imposing sanctions on a "wide range of terrorists and their
supporters, including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran's Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps, on Tuesday, the day before the 18th anniversary of
the September 11 attacks.
sanctions were imposed on 15 leaders, people and entities affiliated with the
two groups and Al Qaeda, the US Treasury Department said.
sanctions follow a counter-terrorism executive order by Donald Trump.
order "enhances the authorities we use to target the finances of terror
groups and their leaders to ensure they are as robust as possible,” said
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, standing alongside Secretary of State Mike
sacked US National Security Adviser John Bolton was not present.
those sanctioned are Muhammad Izad, a leader with the IRGC based in Lebanon,
who is identified as the Palestinian office chief for IRGC Quds Force's
under sanctions is Zaher Jabarin, based in Turkey, who is the head of Hamas’s
finance office, the US said.
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his capacity as head of Hamas’s finance department, Jabarin was focused on
developing a financial network in Turkey that would allow Hamas to raise,
invest, and launder money prior to transferring it to Gaza and the West Bank,”
the Treasury said.
on the list is the company Redin Exchange, which the department said provided
money to Hamas’ militant arm, the Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades.
leaders, Marwan Al Rawi and Ismael Tash, were designated individually. And Mr
Tash owns Smart Ithalat Ihracat Dis Ticaret Ltd Sirketi, which was designated.
Both companies are based in Istanbul.
companies sanctioned include the Saksouk Company for Exchange and Money
Transfer, Al Haram Foreign Exchange and Al Khalidi Exchange, which were accused
of supporting ISIS.
Imran announces 'big jalsa' in Muzaffarabad on Friday
Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that he was going to hold a
"big jalsa" (rally) in Muzaffarabad on September 13 (Friday).
a post shared on Twitter, the premier said that the jalsa was in order to
"send a message to the world about the continuing siege of [Indian
occupied Jammu and Kashmir] IOJK by Indian Occupation forces; [and] to show the
Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them".
India unilaterally decided to annex occupied Kashmir on August 5 and enforce a
lockdown, Prime Minister Imran has repeatedly raised concern about the
situation in the disputed region.
he had also announced that an event would be held every week to show solidarity
with the Kashmiri people, starting from August 30, when Pakistanis came out in
droves to observe 'Kashmir Hour' from 12pm to 12:30pm to express solidarity
with Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir.
statement at the UN Human Rights Council
premier's announcement of the Muzaffarabad jalsa today comes a day after
Pakistan delivered a joint statement on behalf of over 50 countries at the
United Nations Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in occupied
the president of the council, the statement said that the worsening human
rights and humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir, particularly after
India's action on August 5, required the "urgent attention of the Human
Rights Council and human rights mechanisms".
share the concern expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms
Michelle Bachelet regarding the impact of recent actions on the human rights of
per the statement, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Special Procedures in
their joint press release on August 22 and civil society organisations as well
international media had "repeatedly expressed serious concerns about the
unprecedented restrictions and on the continuous curfew imposed since August 5,
curbing of fundamental freedoms, communications blackout and reports of
widespread torture, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, molestation of
women, and enforced disappearances".
it noted that in a statement on August 8, Guterres had said that the UN's
position on the region was governed by the Charter of the UN and the applicable
Security Council resolutions. The joint statement added that this had been
corroborated by the OHCHR's Kashmir Reports.
to the joint statement, the international community should ask for the
and protection of fundamental human rights of the people of occupied Kashmir,
especially the right to life, liberty and security
lifting of curfew, ending the communications shutdown and release of
arbitrarily detained people
halt to the excessive use of force, especially the use of pellet guns
of human rights organisations and international media
of the recommendations of OHCHR’s Kashmir Reports including the establishment
of a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate egregious human rights violation
reporting by the UN High Commissioner for human rights on occupied Jammu and
also support a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through the
implementation of the UNSC resolutions," the statement added.
in a press release issued by the Foreign Office spokesperson, Pakistan
expressed gratitude towards countries that were part of the joint statement.
same day Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressing the 42nd session of
the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva during which he that the
international community "must not remain indifferent to the tragedy that
is unfolding before our eyes" in occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan’s foreign minister demanded Tuesday that the UN launch an
investigation into the situation in Indian Kashmir, warning that a “genocide”
could be looming in the Muslim-majority region.
people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are apprehending the worst,” Shah
Mehmood Qureshi told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, adding that “I
shudder to mention the word genocide here, but I must.”
Pakistan on Tuesday said the UNHRC must not remain "indifferent" to
the situation in Kashmir after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special
status, saying it is the repository of the world's conscience on human rights.
the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council here, foreign minister Shah
Mahmood Qureshi said the top UN rights body should not be embarrassed on the
world stage by its inaction over the issue.
I have knocked on the doors of the Human Rights Council, the repository of the
world's conscience on human rights, to seek justice and respect for the people
of Kashmir," he said.
must not allow this august body to be embarrassed on the world stage. As a
founding member of this Council, Pakistan feels morally and ethically bound to
prevent this from occurring," he said, adding that in order to do so the
body should not remain indifferent to the situation that was unfolding.
must act decisively and with conviction," he said.
statement came a day after UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressed
"deep concern" over the impact of restrictions in Kashmir, and asked
India to ease the current lockdowns to ensure people's access to basic
last month abrogated the provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, and
bifurcated it into two Union Territories.
NATIONS: Ambassador to the United Nations,
Maleeha Lodhi, underscored the urgency of initiating practical steps to deal
with the worsening situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir when she met UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday.
her 30-minute meeting at UN chief's 38th floor office, Ambassador Lodhi said
that the grave political and humanitarian crisis, which began unfolding after
India's illegal annexation of the disputed state last month, has now reached
the point that it poses a threat to international peace and security.
told the UN chief that the intensifying tragedy in occupied Jammu and Kashmir
was, in fact, an urgent call to set into motion his initiative of “preventive”
diplomacy before the crisis spins out of control, the sources said.
is the time to speak up for law, justice and human rights, the Pakistani envoy
between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan heightened on August 5 when the Modi
government abolished the special status for the State of Jammu and Kashmir
guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution and placed the territory in a
state of indefinite curfew.
prevent a violent backlash, India sent in thousands of additional troops to
tighten its hold on occupied Kashmir.
and internet lines were blocked and top political leaders, including former
chief ministers, were detained.
the meeting with the secretary-general, Ambassador Lodhi said India’s illegal
annexation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir had triggered multiple crises -- a
political and human rights crisis in Kashmir, a crisis with Pakistan, as a
party to the dispute, and a humanitarian crisis which is growing as the
lockdown there entered the 36th day with no end in sight.
Pakistani envoy also highlighted the gravity of the situation in vivid terms:
36 days of a round the clock curfew, 36 days of a communication blackout, 36
days of food and essential supplies running out; 36 days without information of
the well-being of family and friends; 36 days of darkness, and an abiding fear
of the unknown.
Lodhi said reports of widespread torture and arbitrary arrests in occupied
Kashmir were coming in, and thousands, including young children, were being
picked up from their homes in the dead of the night, without any trace.
said the territory was on the verge of a health emergency, with hospitals
running dangerously short of critical supplies including live-saving drugs, and
patients left to the mercy of the elements.
situation on the ground, she said, was brewing into a full-fledged humanitarian
crisis, the true extent of which will only be known once the draconian
restrictions are lifted.
illegal Indian annexation of Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Lodhi said, was a
gross violation of Security Council resolutions, and an affront to the
rules-based international system.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has constituted a two-member bench to hear an
appeal filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif against his conviction in
the Al-Azizia reference.
bench, consisting of Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani,
will hear the appeal on Sept 18.
will be the first hearing of Mr Sharif’s appeal since the controversy regarding
the leaked video of judge Arshad Malik surfaced in July.
video, purportedly showing judge Arshad Malik ‘confessing’ that he had
convicted Nawaz Sharif under duress, was made public by Maryam Nawaz, the
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader, at a press conference.
judge Arshad Malik, who was removed from his position after the leak, was the author
of verdicts in the Al Azizia and Flagship references on Dec 24 last year. He
convicted Mr Sharif in the Al-Azizia case, but acquitted him in the other.
Malik admitted that a video existed in which he was shown in a compromising
position, but alleged that PML-N supporters Nasir Butt, Nasir Janjua, Mahar
Ghulam Jilani and Khurram Yousaf had purchased this video from accused Mian
Tariq Mehmood and were pressuring him into acquitting Nawaz Sharif.
judge said in an affidavit that at a social gathering attended by both Nasir
Janjua and Maher Ghulam Jilani, the former took him aside and requested him to
give a verdict of acquittal in both references.
judge further claimed that the two individuals later met him at a party and
offered him euros equivalent to almost Rs100 million and told him that foreign
currency worth Rs20m was already available in their vehicle outside.
affidavit alleged that Nasir Butt told the judge that Nasir Janjua would make
the video public soon. A couple of days later, Mian Tariq Mehmood visited the
judge’s house and showed him the video.
accused Tariq Mahmood was sent to jail on judicial remand, the three suspects —
Nasir Janjua, Maher Ghulam Jilani and Khurram Yousaf — were remanded in FIA
custody for interrogation.
the expiry of their physical remand, the investigation officer submitted a
discharge report to the local court last week, stating that during the course
of investigation, “they [the accused] were found not involved in the commission
of offences levelled against them in case…and the charges could not be
established against them”.
Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding any public office in July
2017 and ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file three
references against the Sharif family.
the apex court had constituted a six-member joint investigation team (JIT),
comprising officials of the Federal Investigation Agency, NAB, Inter-Services
Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Securities and Exchange Commission and the
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the UN Human Rights Council on
Tuesday that India’s “illegal military occupation” of the Muslim-majority
territory of Kashmir raises the specter of “genocide.”
revoked the autonomy of the disputed region, home to 8 million people and a
flashpoint for the nuclear-armed neighbors, on Aug. 5.
speaking to reporters after addressing the United Nations rights forum in
Geneva, said that he saw “no possibility of a bilateral engagement with India”
and called for the UN Security Council to act.
airstrikes in eastern Syria have killed 18 Iranian and pro-Iran fighters,
according to a war monitoring group, as tensions around Tehran’s military
presence in the region intensify.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes in and
around the town of Abu Kamal began late on Sunday and continued after midnight,
targeting bases, arms depots and vehicles.
is likely to fall on Israel, which has conducted hundreds of bombing raids in
the country, often against Iranian military assets and personnel. It accuses
Tehran of using Syria, which neighbours Israel, as a base to attack it.
Israel Defence Forces did not comment on whether it was behind the attack.
Later on Monday the Israeli military said an Iranian-backed Shia militia on the
outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, had fired “a number of rockets”
towards Israel. All failed to hit Israeli territory, it said. It was not clear
if the attempted rocket attacks against Israel were a response to the bombing
Iran’s main proxy force in Lebanon, Hezbollah, claimed it had shot down an
Israeli drone that crossed the border, a week after the bitter enemies traded
fire for the first time in years.
unmanned aircraft was flying near the southern Lebanese town of Ramyah, the
Iranian-backed group said, adding that it fighters had removed the wreckage.
about the downed drone in Lebanon, Israel’s military confirmed it had lost a
drone but said it “fell inside Lebanon territory during a routine mission”. An
army spokesperson did not say what had caused the crash, adding that the drone
was “standard size, nothing too big … There is no concern information could be
taken from it.”
and the Israeli army exchanged brief but intense fire on 1 September, the
fiercest bout since the 2006 war. It began when a Hezbollah squad fired
anti-tank missiles at an Israeli military vehicle at the frontier, to which
Israel immediately responded with heavy shelling and helicopter strikes on the
flare-up was also sparked by claims of Israeli drone use in Lebanon. Days
earlier, Hezbollah had accused Israel of attempting to attack it with two
drones in its stronghold of southern Beirut. Those drones, about which Israel
would not comment, were suspected of targeting equipment for making precision
Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, blamed Israel for the alleged drone attack and
promised to retaliate. He also vowed his fighters would target Israeli drones
that entered Lebanon’s airspace in the future.
two adversaries fought a deadly month-long conflict in 2006 that killed about
1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and roughly 160 in Israel. Since
then incidents of hostile action have been rare but the renewed violence has
raised fears of the potential for another conflict.
says it has intelligence that Iranhas been helping Hezbollah build guided
missiles in Lebanon, which it said it would not tolerate.
has targeted Hezbollah in Syria, whose forces entered the civil war in support
of President Bashar al-Assad, but has largely refrained from attacks on
Lebanese soil, fearing it may lead to reprisal strikes.
prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said last month that Iran had “no immunity,
anywhere”. He added: “We will act, and currently are acting, against them,
wherever it is necessary.”
crisis between Iran and the US over a collapsing nuclear deal, hefty sanctions
imposed by Washington, and Iran’s support for Shia militia in Iraq have raised
fears of an escalating conflict in the Middle East.
Turkey — Turkey, which for eight years has welcomed millions of Syrian
refugees, has reversed course, forcing thousands to leave its major cities in
recent weeks and ferrying many of them to its border with Syria in white buses
and police vans. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing a radical solution —
resettling refugees in a swath of Syrian territory controlled by the United
States and its Kurdish allies. If that does not happen, he is threatening to
send a flood of Syrian migrants to Europe.
Erdogan has long demanded a buffer zone along Turkey’s border with Syria to
keep out Kurdish forces, whom he considers a security threat.
he has repackaged the idea for the zone as a refuge for Syrians fleeing the war
— pushing it as resentment against Syrians in Turkey has increased, and a
Syrian and Russian offensive in Syria has sent hundreds of thousands more
refugees fleeing toward the Turkish border.
goal is to settle at least one million Syrian brothers and sisters in our
country in this safe zone,” Mr. Erdogan told leaders of his Justice and
Development Party in Ankara on Thursday. “If needed, with support from our
friends, we can build new cities there and make it habitable for our Syrian
of the other powers involved in the war in Syria has wholly agreed to the idea,
but Mr. Erdogan is demanding immediate access to the territory or threatening
to take it himself. If not, he said, he would “open the gates” for large
numbers of refugees to head into Europe as they did in 2015.
European Union has given Turkey about $6.7 billion since 2015 to help control
the flow of migrants. But Turkey, which has given sanctuary to 3.6 million
Syrians, says the migrant problem is growing exponentially.
there is no safe zone we can’t overcome this,” Mr. Erdogan said on Saturday.
have already turned their sights on Europe again. Turkish and international
refugee officials have reported an increase in migrants and refugees trying to
cross by boat into Europe from Turkey, many of them Syrians leaving Istanbul
since the police crackdown. Over 500 refugees arrived by boat in the Greek
island of Lesbos a week ago.
Erdogan was long seen as a champion for Syrian refugees. His tougher policy on
them comes after his party suffered a humiliating defeat in the election for
mayor of Istanbul in June, and as a deepening recession, soaring unemployment
and inflation have stoked anti-Syrian feeling among Turks.
are cracking down on Syrians working illegally or without residence papers,
fining employers and forcing factories and workshops to close. Pro-government
media have grown more critical of Syrians, landlords are raising their rents,
and social media is bursting with anti-Syrian comments.
officials, many from Mr. Erdogan’s party, deny the government is deporting refugees
but support the crackdown, saying Syrians must live within the law.
change is evident in places like Esenyurt, a working-class district of
Istanbul. A district spokesman, Fatih Yilmaz, said the municipality was
providing buses for around 100 people a week to return to Syria. He said the
departures had pleased Turkish citizens, even if factory owners complained they
had lost workers and landlords had lost tenants.
Syrians living in Turkey, the shift in policy and attitude is a painful shock.
a disaster for Syrian people,” said Mohanned Ghabash, an activist who works for
a nongovernmental organization in the southern town of Gaziantep, near the
workers were being told to acquire work permits and pay social security, he
said, but many say they cannot afford the extra costs, and even if they can,
they fear more rules will be enforced, including one that demands five Turkish
citizens have to be employed for every Syrian in a company.
officers in Gaziantep visited a street of Syrian grocery and pastry shops and
told store owners to remove the Arabic lettering from their shop signs or face
a fine, enforcing a local law that had been ignored for eight years. The
Syrians complied, painting out the Arabic and hanging Turkish flags in
solidarity, but some said they were angry since it would cost them business.
al-Azouar, whose family operated a well-known pastry shop in Aleppo, Syria,
dutifully covered up a verse by the poet Rumi on the wall inside his shop.
fine from the police would finish me,” he said. “I am no burden. I came with my
own money, just don’t squeeze us by the neck, let us survive.”
who now make up 20 percent of the population in Gaziantep, have transformed the
city, investing capital, and bringing business skills and cheap labor.
of them come from Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city and formerly a
sophisticated cultural trading center. They have built a neighborhood of
textile factories in Gaziantep, where Turkish and Syrian companies share
buildings and workers. Hundreds of cafes, restaurants and pastry shops there
cater to Syrians.
the old city, Syrian stone masons have restored some of the crumbling monuments
and skilled Syrian coppersmiths from Aleppo have found a place alongside
Turkish craftsmen, beating intricate designs into copper jugs and platters in
Nahlas, 55, a renowned master craftsman from Aleppo who sells his wares across
the Middle East, said he had longstanding business ties with Turkish craftsmen.
“You have to have respect, then you will not have any problem,” he said.
Mousilly, a textile manufacturer who lost a $12 million factory in Aleppo in
the war, brought trained workers with him as well as a customer base in the
Middle East when he started anew in Gaziantep, making men’s underwear.
already had our international partners so you could throw us anywhere and we
can work,” he said, making his business a net benefit to Turkey’s economy.
big business owners said if you followed the rules you could still work in
Turkey even if the profit margins were down. But smaller businesses and
laborers expressed concern at the changing atmosphere and crippling fines that
have already forced factory closings.
factories laid us off because we have no work permits,” Ahmed Atalai, 24, said
as he waited with a group to cross the border into Syria. He left Istanbul, but
after a month looking for work in southern Turkey where he was registered, was
leaving the country. “There’s no work.”
Fatma Sahin, a senior official in Mr. Erdogan’s party, has been a strong
supporter of Syrian refugees for the economic boost they have brought the city
but says they have to obey Turkey’s laws.
we say to the Syrians is there are rules to live here, so you have to obey
those rules,” she said.
Syrians see the new policies are aimed at making them leave. “They need to make
us think it is better to go back to the safe zone,” said Abdulkarim Alrahmon,
who runs a branch of a well-known Syrian perfumery in Gaziantep.
vans and buses of Syrian refugees arrive almost hourly at the border crossing
near the town of Kilis, adjoining a Turkish-controlled area of northwestern
Syria. Syrians living nearby said the police were depositing unregistered refugees
directly across the border.
Syrians being deported represent only a fraction of the Syrian refugees in
Turkey. But the deportations send a sharp message to Mr. Erdogan’s political
opponents that he is taking action to reduce the number of refugees, and signal
to Europe and the United States that he needs a new solution.
Gaziantep, Mayor Sahin said she supported the plan for a safe zone in Syria and
expected that half of the 500,000 Syrian refugees in her province would move
of them will go, if opportunities are met and schools start to operate,” she
said. “They have to feel safe.”
United States and Turkey agreed in principle last month to establish a jointly
patrolled zone for refugees along the border but they are still negotiating the
details and major differences remain.
Erdogan wants the zone to be 20 miles deep and run for 300 miles along the
Turkish-Syrian border east of the Euphrates. The United States has limited
Turkey’s access to a few miles.
and Turkish troops conducted their first joint patrol of a small zone on
Syria has already called the plan a violation of its sovereignty and Russia
emphasized the need to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity. The Kurds oppose
the deal but have reportedly pulled back heavy weaponry from part of the border
officials are focused on preventing clashes between Turkish and Kurdish forces.
conditions are not conducive to organized returns and repatriation of Syrian
refugees in safety and dignity,” Lanna Walsh, spokeswoman for the International
Organization of Migration, said. But she added that the group, in line with the
United Nations, recognized that “not all areas inside Syria are unstable” and
“recognizes the right for people to return.”
refugees remain circumspect about the safe zone. Some oppose any Turkish
military expansion into Syria, but many still see Turkey as their best ally and
a Turkish-controlled safe zone preferable to Syrian government or Kurdish
In his final words, slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi urged his killers
not to cover his mouth because he suffered from asthma and could suffocate,
according to Turkey's Sabah newspaper.
newspaper, which is close to Turkey's government, published new details of a
recording of Khashoggi's conversation with members of a Saudi hit squad sent to
kill him. The paper says the recording of Khashoggi's grisly October 2, 2018
killing and reported dismemberment at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul was
obtained by Turkey's intelligence agency.
to the transcript, Maher Mutreb, a member of the Saudi hit squad, tells
Khashoggi that he has to be taken back to Riyadh because of an Interpol order
against him. The journalist objects, saying there is no legal case against him
and that his fiancee is waiting for him outside.
and another man are also heard trying to force Khashoggi to send his son a
message telling him not to worry if he doesn't hear from him, according to the
paper. Khashoggi resists saying: "I will write nothing."
is later heard saying: "Help us, so that we can help you. Because in the
end, we will take you to Saudi Arabia. And if you don't help us, you know what
will happen in the end."
also published Khashoggi's last words before he was apparently drugged and lost
cover my mouth," he told his killers, according to Sabah. "I have
asthma, don't do it. You'll suffocate me."
of the details of the transcript published by Sabah were already in a searing
United Nations report over Khashoggi's killing that had been released in June.
The U.N. report alleged that Saudi Arabia bears responsibility for the killing
and said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's possible role in the killing should
Arabia initially offered multiple, shifting accounts about Khashoggi's
disappearance. As international pressure mounted, the kingdom eventually
settled on the explanation that he was killed by rogue officials in a brawl
inside their consulate.
large number of Iranian Shiite pilgrims flocked into Karbala, some 110 km South
of Baghdad, to commemorate Ashoura day, which marks the death of Imam Hossein
(PBUH) who was killed and buried in Karbala in 680 AD.
in Iran and other countries throughout the world mourned on Ashoura, the 10th
day of the lunar month of Moharram, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein
(PBUH), on Tuesday.
and Ashoura mark the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram, marking the death
of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)'s grandson, the revered Imam Hossein (PBUH) in the
Battle of Karbala, in modern-day Iraq 1,300 years ago.
is perhaps nowhere more ardently commemorated than in Iran. The only way to
fully understand what this day means to so many Iranians is to delve into a
history that has repeated itself there for years on end. From the
Constitutional Revolution of the early 20th Century to the 1979 Islamic
Revolution, the history of Ashura is reflected in every struggle against
injustice in Iran. Whether opposing monarchy, imperialism or crippling
sanctions, the history of this day holds a unique position in the hearts of
up in Iran, no matter your faith or circumstance, you will learn the story of
Karbala, if only because every year you will get a holiday from school on
Tasoua (the ninth day of Moharram) and Ashoura and witness countless men fill
the streets in a parade of tears and self-flagellation. You will watch or
possibly join in as these devout and distinctly Iranian Shiite Muslims pound
their chests and fill the air with impassioned invocations and chants of
"Ya Hossein." Amid this mourning, there will be a unique and fervent
enthusiasm, for it was on this day, some 1,300 years ago, that Imam Hossein
(PBUH) stood tall and strong in the face of oppression, against insurmountable
cannot understand the role of Islam in Iran without knowing the story of
Karbala, nor can you underestimate its influence.
the 10th of the month of Muharram, in the 61st year of the Islamic Calendar
(680 ACE), in a barren land (which is now the city) of Karbala, some 100
kilometers Southwest of Baghdad, Imam Hossein (PBUH) - the grandson of the
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the third Imam of Shiite Islam - was savagely
slaughtered in battle and rose to martyrdom.
Battle of Karbala was the result of Imam Hossein (PBUH)'s attempt to liberate
the people of the region from the tyrannical rule of the second caliph of the
Ummayad Caliphate, Yazid I. Over the days preceding his martyrdom, Imam Hossein
(PBUH) and his small caravan of friends and family (between 72 and 124 men)
were surrounded by Yazid's army of thousands (over 30,000 armed men). They were
ultimately forbidden access to water for three days, and on the tenth day
(Ashoura), Yazid's army attacked in full force, killing all 72 of Imam Hossein
(PBUH)'s closest companions, including his six-month old son. The final and
most brutal casualty of Karbala was Imam Hossein (PBUH) himself, who sustained
countless unimaginable wounds from arrows, stones and swords before his throat
was cut while he was prostrating before the Lord in prayer. Thus, on that day,
Imam Hossein (PBUH) rose as a martyr and has remained so for over a thousand
what does this story have to do with modern-day Iran and Iranians? Everything.
the vast majority of Iranians who identify as Shiite and even for many who
don't, the story of Karbala lies at the heart of all struggles against
oppression and tyranny - personal and political.
1979, Yazid's army was that of the Shah, the SAVAK (his vicious secret police
and intelligence service), and the British and American imperialism they represented
to Iranians. The Islamic Revolution was, if nothing else, a grand morality play
of the Battle of Karbala on a world stage, with Imam Khomeini and his cronies
claiming the roles of Imam Hossein (PBUH) and his caravan respectively.
plays the role of Imam Hossein (PBUH)'s crew in Iran today?
of millions took part in massive processions across Iran, marking the
anniversary of the martyrdom of one of Shiite Islam's most beloved leaders.
dressed in black took to the streets or gathered in mosques to grieve the
slaying of Imam Hossein (PBUH).
in mourning black, they beat their chests with bare hands-rituals meant to show
their grief over the death of Imam Hossein (PBUH).
of men - moved by their grief - wept as they marched in Tehran, capital of Iran
and Shiite Islam. Women watched from sidewalks and balconies, as the marchers
filled the streets, led by young men carrying black, green and red banners.
processions were staged in other cities across this nation of over 80 million
marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram, marking the death of Prophet
Mohammad (PBUH)'s grandson, the revered Imam Hossein (PBUH) in the Battle of
Karbala, in modern-day Iraq 1,300 years ago.
Hossein (PBUH) was martyred in the 680 A.D. battle fought on the plains outside
Karbala, a city in modern Iraq that's home to the Imam's holy shrine.
the battle, Imam Hossein (PBUH) was decapitated and his body mutilated by
Yazid's armies. All of Imam Hossein's male family members, relatives, friends,
soldiers who all together formed a 72-member army were beheaded in an unequal
war with a 30,000-strong army of the enemy in the desert of Karbala.
occasion is the source of an enduring moral lesson for the Shiites.
bystanders in Tehran offered sweetened water to mourners. Songs eulogizing Imam
Hossein (PBUH) played over loudspeakers. Imam Hossein (PBUH) and his companions
were denied water by their enemies who controlled the nearby Euphrates.
Tehran streets were partially covered with blood from the slaughter of hundreds
of cows and sheep. Volunteers cooked the meat and fed it to the poor.
Arabia on Wednesday condemned and rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s pledge to annex West Bank’s Jordan Valley if re-elected on
Kingdom affirms that this declaration is a very dangerous escalation against
the Palestinian people and represents a flagrant violation of the UN charter
and the principles of international law,” the official Saudi Press Agency said,
citing the royal court.
light of this, Saudi Arabia called for an “emergency meeting” of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the level of foreign ministers to
discuss this issue to develop an urgent plan of action in order to confront
Netanyahu’s pledge, the SPA added.
Arabia also called upon the international community to condemn and reject
Netanyahu’s pledge to annex the Jordan Valley.
issued the deeply controversial pledge on Tuesday.
occupied the West Bank in a 1967 war in a move never recognized by the
Jordan Valley accounts for around one-third of the West Bank and Israeli
right-wing politicians have long viewed the strategic area as a part of the
territory they would never retreat from.
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reminds the United States that Israel’s Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contributed to the launch of the US-led invasion of
Afghanistan before he tried bringing about the Washington-spearheaded war on
you know, realDonaldTrump (the name of the US president’s Twitter account),
that Netanyahu was also instrumental in pushing the US into the Afghanistan
quagmire?” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.
Sep 9, 2019
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you know, @realdonaldtrump, that Netanyahu was also instrumental in pushing the
US into the Afghanistan quagmire? The same one that you now cannot get out of?
motto since 1986: Fight to the last American soldier.
watch this clip:
PM - Sep 10, 2019
people are talking about this
tweet incorporated a video showing the Israeli premier’s promoting the Afghan
invasion before its realization in 2001 during a congressional hearing in the
(Netanyahu’s) motto since 1986: Fight to the last American soldier,” Zarif
added. He was citing a remark made by the Israeli politician in a book written
by him that year, to which Netanyahu himself is seen referring during the
18 years on, Zarif said, the United States is now bogged down in Afghanistan
and unable to “get out,” referring to Washington’s inability to strike a peace
deal with the Afghan militant group Taliban, which the US overthrew through the
invasion but failed to eliminate.
Monday, Zarif had posted another tweet indicating Netanyahu’s influence in
realization of the US-led invasion of Iraq two years after the invasion of
that tweet, he pointed to Netanyahu’s remarks back in 2002, during which the
Israeli premier promoted a US-led military aggression against the Arab country
by claiming that it would hugely benefit the region.
United States led its allies in the invasion a year later. The war was ensued
by devastating chaos in Iraq and elsewhere in the region. The tumultuous
aftermath also paved the way for the emergence of Takfiri terrorists in the
have come together in the capital Sana’a to commemorate the martyrdom
anniversary of Imam Hussain, the third Shia Imam, who was martyred in the
Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 A.D. The demonstrators say the
battle has inspired them to remain resilient against the relentless aggression
by Saudi Arabia against the impoverished nation.
year's martyrdom anniversary comes as Yemenis are in the fifth year of their
resistance against Saudi war.
the onset of Saudi war in 2015, over 16 thousand civilians have been killed.
The country's infrastructure of schools, hospitals, airports and seaports have
been targeted and many have been leveled to the ground. The United Nations has
warned that the situation in Yemen is further deteriorating as the Arab country
is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world.
Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s former
President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had resigned amid popular discontent and
fled to Riyadh, and to eliminate the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which had been
running state affairs.
so-called High Court of Justice has ruled that the military can withhold bodies
of the Palestinians that it kills to grant the Tel Aviv regime leverage in
future negotiations with Palestinians, drawing immediate condemnation from
verdict was issued on Monday after a majority vote by an expanded panel of
seven judges. Supreme Court President Esther Hayut and Justices Neal Hendel,
Isaac Amit and Noam Sohlberg were in favor, while justices Uzi Vogelman, Daphne
Barak-Erez and George Karra, who framed different minority opinions, opposed
Israeli justices alleged in their decision that withholding Palestinians’
bodies falls within the purview of the Israeli regime’s security, and claimed
that the practice was not illegal under international law governing armed
measure was adopted in response to a petition by the families of six
Palestinians, whose bodies are currently in the Israeli regime’s possession.
reverses a 2017 High Court ruling on the matter, which determined that holding
on to bodies was illegal, in a “violation of human rights as well as the rights
of the deceased and his family.”
noted at the time that Israeli authorities could hold on to the bodies of
Palestinians who had purportedly committed “particularly egregious” acts of
“terror,” and that the decision should be anchored in a specific and explicit
military forces regularly take custody of Palestinians’ bodies. Sometimes the
bodies are later returned to their families for burial. At other times, they
are withheld to prevent celebratory funerals in Palestinian towns, or with a
view to using them in negotiations to retrieve the bodies of Israeli soldiers
held by resistance groups.
to Palestinian campaigners pushing for the release of the remains of those
killed by Israeli forces, the Tel Aviv regime currently holds over 300
extension of Israel’s violations’
the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has censured the
Israeli High Court’s decision, and described it as an extension of the Israeli
regime’s violations and its continued crimes and punitive measures against
again, the so-called judicial system in the occupying power, including the
Israeli High Court, proved that it is an integral part of the occupation
system, and has nothing to do with the principles and foundations of justice,
and issues its decisions based on what the colonial system itself determines
and decides for it,” the ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Palestinian foreign ministry emphasized that it is exerting efforts at all
international levels in order to recover the bodies of Palestinian martyrs, and
will continue to expose the crime of withholding the remains of deceased
termed the Israeli regime’s move to hold slain Palestinians’ remains as a
policy of extortion and bargaining aimed at achieving colonial purposes.
Sirens warning of rocket fire from Gaza cut short an election rally by Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the southern city of Ashkelon late
Tuesday, public television reported.
11 broadcast footage of Netanyahu’s security detail closing in around him as he
was speaking from the podium.
of them whispered in his ear before the premier raised a hand in farewell and
was hustled from the building.
Israel army said in a brief statement that sirens had sounded in Ashkelon and
the port city of Ashdod, but it did not elaborate.
were no immediate reports of rockets falling in any urban area.
says it will continue fighting after Trump negotiations cancelled
Taliban on Tuesday vowed to continue fighting against US forces in Afghanistan
after President Donald Trump said talks with insurgents were “dead,” saying
Washington would regret abandoning negotiations.
had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the
other was talks and negotiations,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told
Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret
Donald Trump said on Monday that US
peace talks with the Taliban are over and announced that the US military has
dramatically scaled up attacks on the insurgents in Afghanistan.
are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead,” Trump said at the White
House about the long-running attempt to reach an agreement with the Taliban and
extricate US troops from the country after 18 years of war.
at a news conference in Kabul on Sunday, Sadiq Sediqi, a spokesman for
President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, that the Afghan people would never
accept an incomplete peace deal with the Taliban that results in their death.
said that the Taliban leaders staying in Qatar for peace talks were “having [a]
honeymoon in Doha,” adding that the “Taliban leaders [send] orders from Qatar
to kill Afghans.”
Calling for the continuation of the Afghan peace talks, China on Tuesday urged
both the US and the Taliban to let the "seed of peace" take root in
Afghanistan after President Donald Trump declared the negotiations between the
two sides as "dead." Trump on Saturday announced the cancellation of
a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp
David near Washington. It came after the Taliban claimed responsibility of an
attack in Kabul last week, in which an American soldier were among the 12 dead.
US has been conducting peace talks with the Taliban and the two sides were
hopeful of a deal that included America cutting down on troops in Afghanistan
and guarantees by Taliban of not allowing the Afghan soil to be ever used again
for terror activities.
situation has entered a key juncture,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson
Hua Chunying told reporters here, responding to a question on the cancellation
of the talks between the US and the Taliban.
call on the US and Taliban to continue their negotiations for outcomes to let
the seed of peace to take root in Afghanistan and create conditions for the
final settlement of the Afghanistan issue,” she said.
directly naming the US, Hua called on all the foreign forces to "withdraw
in orderly and responsible way, that means such an arrangement should be
conducive to peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.”
said that Beijing believes that important progress has been made in the talks
between the US and Taliban.
reached important consensus on the peaceful agreement. Now there are still
uncertainties. But it is the aspiration of Afghanistan people to stop the war
and realise the peace,” she said.
firmly support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned extensive and inclusive peace
and reconciliation process and support all parties in strengthening their
dialogue,” she said.
the just concluded trilateral meeting between Pakistan, Afghanistan and China
in Islamabad on September 7, she said China plans to build an expressway
between Kabul and Peshawar.
Edith M. Lederer
NATIONS — The U.N. envoy for Afghanistan said Tuesday it is imperative for
direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to start quickly,
and he urged the militant Islamist group to retract its threat to disrupt the
upcoming presidential election.
Yamamoto told the Security Council that the events of recent days and weeks
“have shown, more than ever, the urgency of finding a political settlement to
the long Afghan conflict.”
spoke three days after President Donald Trump abruptly halted U.S.-Taliban
talks, citing an upsurge in attacks by the Islamic insurgent group. The
cancellation put a spotlight on the Sept. 28 presidential election.
U.N. envoy said opportunities for peace over the past year “created hope, but
also fear for many,” and made clear that the conflict can only be resolved by
direct talks involving “the whole spectrum of Afghan society.”
is imperative therefore that direct talks between the Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan and the Taliban commence as soon as possible,” Yamamoto said.
urged the parties to the conflict and all those interested in peace to keep
working to bring about direct talks.
informal talks between the Taliban and representatives of Afghan society in
Doha and Moscow addressed some key issues for peace, Yamamoto said. He
expressed hope this would be carried forward and deepened.
efforts must address and lead to a reduction in violence and an eventual
cease-fire, he said.
Yamamoto added, “any political settlement must include a promise to continue to
protect and advance human rights and fundamental freedoms for all who live in
Afghanistan, including those of women, youth and minorities as well as the
freedom of expression and the media.”
said security, voter turnout and fraud are major challenges for the
the Afghan government’s technical and operational preparations for the
elections are on track, he said, “we still hear much anxiety expressed by
Afghan citizens particularly in view of the Taliban’s stated threat to disrupt
the electoral process, especially by targeting civilians participating in the
that attacks on voters and polling stations are “clear violations of
international law,” Yamamoto urged the Taliban to withdraw its threat. And he
urged the government to provide adequate security to safeguard the electoral
said 9.6 million people have registered to vote, but turnout could be affected
by security worries.
elections would provide an important political foundation for the future of the
country as well as legitimacy and authority to the elected president, which
would be particularly important in view of the expected peace process,” he
U.N. ambassador, Adela Raz, said that despite security threats and challenges,
the Afghan people “are determined to hold and participate in the elections.”
the country’s first female ambassador, urged the Security Council to call on
countries with influence on the Taliban “to respect the aspiration of every
Afghan, and prevent them from attacks on the election day.”
said the government remains committed to peace talks, stressing that any
agreement must be endorsed by the Afghan people and ensure an immediate
cease-fire and the preservation of the gains and achievements of the past 18
Afghanistan — For several days after Abdul Sami was sent tumbling and knocked
unconscious by a powerful Taliban car bombing last week, he had no idea that an
American soldier was among the 12 people killed.
on a hospital bed on Monday, his legs and abdomen wrapped in bandages, Mr. Sami
just shrugged when told that the soldier’s death had been cited by President
Trump as the basis for his decision to abort peace talks with the Taliban.
Mr. Trump I’m very, very tired and I don’t feel like keeping up with these
peace talks anyway,” said Mr. Sami, 23, a travel agency employee. “There is no
point in trying for peace when the Taliban does such terrible things to
many Afghans, the abrupt suspension of talks after 10 months of negotiations
was not entirely unexpected. What jarred them was the notion that a single
attack, and the death of one American, could really have upended the talks when
the deaths of thousands of Afghans this year — not to mention at least 15 other
American soldiers — had not.
was the question on the mind of Ghulam Mohammad, 35, a laborer wounded in the
bombing that killed the American, Army Sgt. First Class Elis Barreto Ortiz. His
wiry body was bent in pain Monday from a hole ripped in his stomach by
always the poor people who are stepped on and killed,” Mr. Mohammad said.
“Nobody cares about us — not Trump, not our own government.”
doctor who treated him also was skeptical.
is all a political game. Why talk for 10 months and then suddenly stop — and
just because an American soldier was killed?” asked the doctor, who was not
authorized to speak with reporters.
like to ask Mr. Trump why he didn’t stop the peace talks after all those
attacks when the Taliban killed so many civilians,” the doctor said.
had been deep skepticism in Afghanistan that the Taliban would ever agree to
share power, cut ties with terrorist groups or stop killing civilians —
especially after the group ramped up suicide attacks in urban centers during
the countryside, Afghan forces supported by American advisers and air power
also have intensified operations since last fall. Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo said Sunday that more than a thousand Taliban fighters had been killed
over the previous 10 days.
negotiations between the United States and the Taliban began last fall, many
Afghans had lived in a state of suspended animation, between hope and dread.
There was hope that decades of war might finally come to a close, but dread
that under a peace deal the Taliban would return to power and reimpose their
Afghans also have expressed concern that the United States, eager to end nearly
18 years of war in Afghanistan, would withdraw its 14,000 troops abruptly. Some
fear such a move would precipitate the kind of mayhem that nearly destroyed the
country and brought the Taliban to power in 1996.
suspension of talks between the United States and the Taliban appeared to open
the way for proceeding with a presidential election Sept. 28. The election had
been in doubt because of concerns that it would interfere with talks between
the Afghan government and the Taliban, which had been expected to begin as
early as this month as part of the proposed agreement scuttled by Mr. Trump.
Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, who had fumed while his government was excluded
from the Taliban talks with the United States, is running for a second
five-year term. The Taliban, which fiercely opposes elections, has attacked
polling stations in previous campaigns.
continued unabated Monday. The Taliban besieged parts of three northern
provinces, with civilians killed in the fighting along with government security
forces and Taliban fighters.
Kabul, gunmen in trucks raced through the streets, firing in the air to
commemorate the anniversary of Al Qaeda’s assassination of a famous politician
and military commander, the Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Masood, two
days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Some clashed with security forces.
police said one security force member and a civilian bystander were killed. A
roadside bomb wounded three Masood supporters.
at a ceremony honoring the slain commander, Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s
chief executive, said, “Today, we are as far from peace as we were years ago,”
an Afghan news channel reported.
many Afghans, such scenes only deepened a sense of futility and despair born of
exhaustion from the violence that intensified on both sides during the 10
months of talks between the Americans and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.
was never in the interests of the Afghan people,” Shahla Farid, a law professor
at Kabul University and a women’s rights activist, said of the proposed deal
for an American withdrawal. “The Afghan people who are the main victims of this
war were kept in the dark.”
many Afghan women, who were confined to their homes by the Taliban and forced
to cover themselves in public, the halt to negotiations was a blessing. Women
interviewed in recent months have said the rights and freedoms won since the
American-led invasion toppled the Taliban in 2001 would be threatened by any
deal that returned the Taliban to power.
Farid was so disillusioned by the proposed deal, she said, that she had planned
to take nearly 500 burqas to the United States for women to wear in protest if
the agreement were consummated.
said she believed Mr. Trump had seized on the American soldier’s death as a
pretext to halt the proposed agreement, in part, over Taliban intransigence and
concern that the group would not honor its commitments once American troops
not for public complaints about the proposed deal from women and other
skeptics, a flawed agreement might have been finalized, said Mary Akrami, head
of the Afghan Women’s Network, a coalition of rights groups. She said the deal
would have legitimized the Taliban.
Akrami said she doubted Mr. Trump’s contention that he called off negotiations
over the death of a single American soldier. If that explanation were true, she
said, “it would be a disrespect to all Afghans, to all the victims who lost
social media Monday, many Afghans mocked the American special envoy, Zalmay
Khalilzad, who said last week that a peace agreement had been reached “in
principle,” pending approval by Mr. Trump.
had a miscarriage in the ninth month,” one Facebook post read.
the north, several civilians cut off by Taliban assaults but reached by
telephone expressed relief that the talks were off.
they heard the news, “people were happy, but still worried that this was
another plot to hand us over to the Taliban,” said Malalai Saad, 46, a women’s
rights activist in Kunduz.
Akrami, 65, a carpenter in Kunduz, said that regardless of any peace deal, the
Taliban were getting stronger while “America is trying to play any game or
trick to find a way to leave Afghanistan.”
the hospital in Kabul, Momin Rasooli, 18, sat shirtless with a bandage covering
a chest wound gained in a Taliban suicide bombing on Sept. 2. His brother,
Jawad Jawed, 25, tried to console him.
Jawed said he never believed the American talks with the Taliban would produce
long as there is an Afghanistan, there will always be fighting and death,” he
said. “It’s all I’ve known all my life.”
security forces conducted multiple airstrikes in various provinces in the past
24 killing at last 17 Taliban and ISIS militants.
military officials said Tuesday that the security forces conducted an airstrike
in Khugyani district of Nangarhar province which killed 1 ISIS militant.
officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 5 Taliban militants and
destroyed a small weapons cache in Ghorian district of Herat.
an airstrike killed a Taliban fighter in Jurm district of Badakhshan province,
the officials said, adding that a similar air raid killed 3 Taliban militants
in Deh Yak district of Ghazni.
officials also added that an airstrike in Jaji district of Paktiya killed 7
Taliban militants and destroyed a small cache of weapons.
security forces killed or wounded at least 12 Taliban militants including
Mullah Rahmat, one of the local commanders of the group in Farah.
Police Headquarters of Farah said in a statement that the Afghan Air Force
conducted airstrikes in Posht Koh district of Farah which killed 6 Taliban
statement further added that the airstrikes also wounded 3 Taliban militants.
the security repulsed a Taliban attack in Shiwan Village of Posht Koh district
killing Taliban commander Mullah Rahmat and his two comrades.
Afghan Special Forces killed at least 9 Taliban militants during an operaiton
in Giro district of Ghazni province.
military officials said Wednesday that the Special Forces also detained 2
Taliban militants during an operation in Nerkh district of Wardak province.
officials further added that the Special Forces destroyed a cache of weapons
belonging to Taliban in Baraki Barak district of Logar province.
the Special Forces destroyed a drug cache of ISIS terrorist group during a
patrol in Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province.
security forces arrested a Taliban group member who had disguised himself as
woman in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Interior said in a statement that the security forces arrested the
Taliban group member in Saw Village of Nari district.
Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
the Ministry of Interior said the security forces arrested another militant who
was assassinating security personnel in Herat province.
large explosion has rocked near the US Embassy in Afghanistan’s capital city of
Kabul on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, but
officials at the compound later declared an all-clear and reported no injuries.
plume of smoke rose over the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood shortly after
midnight on Wednesday and sirens could be heard.
the embassy, employees heard a message over the loudspeaker saying a blast had
explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound,” it said.
an hour later the all-clear was given, with no injuries reported.
was no immediate comment from Afghan officials. The NATO mission, which is
nearby, also said no personnel had been injured.
explosion came after US President Donald Trump abruptly called off US-Taliban
talks over the weekend, on the brink of an apparent deal to end America's
longest military campaign.
week, several civilians and two members of the NATO mission lost their lives
when two Taliban car bombs shook Kabul.
has cited the death of a US service member in one of those blasts as the reason
why he now calls Washington-Taliban negotiations “dead.”
urges US to leave Afghanistan 'sooner'
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has urged the US to withdraw from its
military forces Afghanistan, saying Washington has no other option but to pull
its troops out of the country.
some two decades of the US invasion of Afghanistan, it’s totally clear that the
US has no other choice but to leave this country. The sooner, the better,”
Majid Takht Ravanchi addressed the UN Security Council’s meeting on peace and
security in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
added, “We’ve said time and again that the Afghan nation wants a responsible
withdrawal of all foreign forces within a specific time frame. We call on the
Afghan government and all parties to be prudent and work closely with each
other to pass this security crisis successfully.”
Ravanchi then asked all eligible Afghan voters to cast their ballots in the
September 28 presidential polls in a bid to strengthen democratic processes in
Iranian diplomat also held foreign powers responsible for an uptick in attacks
carried out by Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Afghanistan, arguing that those
states have facilitated the relocation of the extremists from Syria and Iraq to
Iran’s eastern neighbor.
also called upon all Afghan parties to exercise restraint so as to declare a
complete ceasefire and conclude a national reconciliation agreement.
“Whatever conflict and fratricide will help
those who aren’t interested in witnessing a secure and stable Afghanistan,”
Takht Ravanchi warned.
terrorist attacks on UK soil have risen to 22, says top officer
UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has revealed that the number of
attacks foiled since the Westminster atrocity has risen to 22, with seven
relating to suspected far-right terror.
at a conference in Israel, assistant commissioner Neil Basu disclosed the
updated figure as he laid out the law enforcement case in support of the
government’s divisive anti-radicalisation strategy, Prevent.
said the number of foiled terrorist plots since the March 2017 attack by Khalid
Masood on Westminster Bridge, in which five people died including a police
officer, had risen from 19 to 22.
urged Lord Carlile – whose appointment as independent reviewer of Prevent has
itself been met with controversy – to ignore “malign detractors” of the
programme and advocated a public health approach.
than just treat the symptoms of terrorism we must treat the causes. Prevent –
which offers a bespoke programme of support for vulnerable individuals – is the
closest thing to a public health solution we have,” he said.
indicates people with extremist views are more likely to be moved to violence
when they feel excluded. We need to help people who see their position in
society as hopeless to find hope – help them find a ‘family’ that believes in
society, not a gang that wants to tear it apart.”
review was announced following years of mounting criticism of Prevent, which
has become a toxic brand for many within Muslim communities, with some viewing
it as a state tool for spying on them.
the head of the national counter-terrorism policing network, conceded that the
upcoming review would uncover shortcomings in the strategy.
are right to challenge ambiguity in the programme. It lacks clarity about
thresholds for intervention – where safeguarding the vulnerable stops and
pursuing a criminal starts,” added Basu.
are issues I accept and will work with our new independent reviewer and
critical friends to address. But I won’t give ground to critics whose agenda is
to discredit Prevent to suit their own ends. No one who has challenged Prevent
to date has had a better idea.”
Prevent strategy includes a statutory duty on specified authorities, including
those working in schools, health and social services, to report any signs of
“extremism” and to make referrals to the government’s counter-radicalisation
a bid to reassure critics who accused him of being biased in favour of Prevent,
Carlile said that “nothing would be off the table” during his review, which
would take place next year, including scrapping the programme.
Lewis, the security minister, said: “We have seen how Prevent has supported
many vulnerable people, stopping them from hurting others and themselves, and
helping them turn their lives around.
2012, over 1,700 people have received tailored support through our Channel
programme, with the vast majority leaving with no further CT
know Prevent works best when delivered in partnership with communities which is
why we support community groups to deliver projects against all forms of
year 181 community projects were delivered, reaching over 88,000 participants.
More than half of these were delivered in schools, aimed at increasing young
people’s resilience to terrorist and extremist ideologies.”
Antonio Guterres says the ISIS extremist group remains resilient in Afghanistan
despite “a high pace” of operations against it by government and international
forces - and is urging all armed groups not to interfere in the upcoming
UN chief said in a report to the Security Council circulated on Monday that
between mid-June and early September 183 incidents were attributed to ISIS
extremists - nearly double the 93 incidents during the same period in 2018.
report was written before US President Donald Trump abruptly ended a nearly
year-long effort to reach a political settlement with the Taliban on Saturday.
Trump said on Monday that US peace talks with the Taliban were now “dead.”
the report, the secretary-general says the US-Taliban talks, a dialogue between
Afghan parties in Qatar and strengthened efforts “to build a regional consensus
on peace have given rise to cautious optimism that a formal peace process may
cautioned, however, that a peace process could only be sustained if it is
inclusive, protects the rights of all Afghans, and is “grounded in a broad
consensus.” He reiterated his call for direct talks between the Taliban and the
government, which the Taliban has rejected.
secretary-general said Afghanistan’s “volatile security situation is highly
concerning,” citing direct threats to the presidential election scheduled for
September 28 “by anti-government elements that may discourage many Afghans from
called on the Taliban and other armed groups, including ISIS, “to desist from
threatening or targeting electoral staff, candidates or voters.” He also urged
anti-government forces to refrain from damaging electoral sites and to allow
the Afghan people “to exercise their political rights in safety and without
fear of violence.”
secretary-general said the winner of the presidential election will take on
“the hefty responsibility of leading the country through the next phase of its
journey towards stability and self-reliance and, above all, of pursuing a
negotiated settlement to end the devastating conflict.”
what will happen now that the US-Taliban deal appears dead, at least for the
foreseeable future, remains to be seen. The Security Council is scheduled to
discuss Guterres’ report on Tuesday.
appealed to all Afghan leaders and candidates “to display leadership in
discouraging fraud and to take firm action to prevent it.” He said the election
“must be contested on a level playing field, without unduly favoring any
welcomed the public commitments of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah
Abdullah - both candidates for the top job - to contest the election fairly.
also noted the steps taken by the government to separate functions of the state
from the presidential race. But, he added, “At the same time, allegations of
misuse of state resources and perceptions of interference in the work of the
electoral management bodies are concerning.”
Tuesday’s procession, hundreds of people gathered to add their voice to the
chants. Shia Muslims from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and the UK itself came
together in mourning. The organizers were asked to make sure the event was
purged of factional messages but to do so would have defeated the message of
happened in Karbala on the day of Ashura has been commemorated in ceremonies
like this for 14 hundred years. In many places across the globe, Ashura 2019
has been a trying one with Muslim men, women and children being denied the
right to partake in processions like this or met with brutal force for defying
Ashura symbolizes the fight against tyranny, the uprising of the oppressed against
the oppressor, which is vital in Islam and people everywhere can identify with.
mourned on this day are family members of Hussein Ibn-Ali who were revered for
their strength, and piety, and stood by him to the last. His brother Abbas who
died trying to get water for the children, and his sister Zeynab known as the
"Heroine of Karbala" for her efforts to protect her nephew. The
youngest of Hussein’s children, six-month-old son Ali-Asghar, who was shot in
the throat, strikes a chord with parents, uncles and aunts most of all. We
spoke to people at the procession about their feelings on this day.
A new space at the Louvre Museum in Paris showcasing more than 12 centuries of
Islamic art was unveiled on Tuesday by Princess Lamia Al-Saud, the secretary
general of Alwaleed Philanthropies.
one of the most extensive collections of Muslim art and artifacts in the world,
the new department contains 3,000 items collected from Spain to India via the
Arabian peninsula and dating from the 7th century to the 19th.
to the exhibition will be shown the evolution of Islamic art and how it
influenced and, in turn, was influenced by other artistic traditions.
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The expansion over two floors was supported by
Alwaleed Philanthropies, which has a longstanding partnership with the Paris
museum dating back nearly 20 years. The global foundation chaired by Saudi
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal donated $23 million in 2005 to help build the
museum’s department of Islamic art.
Lamia expressed hope that the newly expanded spaces would play a role in
strengthening understanding of the rich artistic culture of Islamic history.
at the event, she said: “The new and expanded spaces allow visitors to enjoy
world-class Islamic art and appreciate the shared human values expressed in its
creativity. Importantly, this space has also been designed to be inclusive of
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Alwaleed Philanthropies “for its commitment in favor of the Islamic Arts
and the EU will hold a political dialogue meeting in Brussels on Friday, said a
statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
statement said the Turkish delegation will be headed by the Deputy Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakci, while
the EU delegation will be headed by the Deputy Secretary-General of the
European External Action Service Jean-Christophe Belliard
the Director General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the
European Commission Christian Danielsson.
UK counter-terror watchdog has cast doubt on the effectiveness of a new measure
to prosecute British extremists who travel abroad to fight for ISIS.
powers were introduced in February that could see Britons jailed for up to ten
years if they travelled to designated “no go zones” where extremists operated
Jonathan Hall, the UK’s new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation,
warned that the new law could lead to undesirable unintended consequences.
told The National that he had been contacted by charities worried that they
could be criminalised for working in some of the most dangerous areas of the
said that banks might be wary of allowing Britons to send money to their
families in so-called terrorist hotspots because of fears of breaking the law.
what it is worth, I suspect that designating an area will be more relevant in
terms of deterrence than in terms of prosecution,” Mr Hall said in his first
speech since taking the job earlier this year.
measure was introduced into law because of the difficulty of gathering
battlefield evidence about the role of foreign fighters and made it easier to
prosecute on their return home.
than 900 Britons are believed to have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the
ranks of ISIS. Britain, like other EU nations, faces difficult decisions on
what to do with the surviving fighters if they chose to return to the UK.
new law on designated terrorist zones does not apply to people travelling to
those countries for funerals, to care for terminally-ill relatives, or for
certain professions, including UN and humanitarian workers, government staff
former interior minister, Sajid Javid, put Britons “on notice” in May when he
said that he was looking at using the power in Syria with a particular focus on
Idlib and the north-east of the country.
also raised the prospect of using it in parts of west Africa where there has
been a resurgence in Al Qaida affiliates and a continuing fighting involving
the Boko Haram group.
the measure has not yet been put in place amid doubts about its potential
effectiveness after battlefield losses by ISIS has seen it lose control of
territory and reverted to traditional terrorist activities.
law would not apply retrospectively to any Briton who travelled to Syria to
fight but cannot be prosecuted because of a lack of evidence.
Hall questioned whether the new law would make it easier to prosecute given
that it was already an offence to travel abroad to fight. Many people also
remain beyond the reach of British law enforcement by remaining in the region.
is not possible to evaluate the efficacy of the power until it has been
exercised but it is clear that any decision to designate an area requires
shrewd judgment,” he said in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in
what signals will designating a particular area as a terrorist hotspot send to
the international community?
message would it send to the government of that country, or to allies who may
have a different view about the threat posed by that territory? What if things
are in a state of flux and shift decisively on the ground?”
new legislation comes as Britain seeks to outsource to the US the trials of two
of its most notorious extremists, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who
are accused of being part of an ISIS assassination squad dubbed the Beatles.
held in 'horrific conditions over Boko Haram ties': HRW
of children have been held in recent years by Nigeria's military in
"degrading and inhuman conditions" for alleged association with the
Boko Haram armed group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said, calling for their
New-York-based rights group, in its report published on Tuesday, said many of
the children were held without charge in crammed military barracks and unable
to contact the outside world.
are being detained in horrific conditions for years, with little or no evidence
of involvement with Boko Haram, and without even being taken to court,"
said Jo Becker, children's rights advocacy director at HRW, and one of the
of these children already survived attacks by Boko Haram. The authorities'
cruel treatment adds to their suffering and victimises them further."
military denied the allegations in HRW's report, saying in a statement on
Monday that the group's claims "are not only false but capable of
undermining the joint efforts of the Armed Forces and other security agencies
to restore peace in the North East [Nigeria]".
Haram has been waging an armed campaign in northeast Nigeria since 2009, and
the conflict has since spread to neighbouring countries.
allow us to move'
its 50-page report, HRW said Nigerian armed forces held more than 3,600
children between January 2013 and March 2019, citing figures reported by the
United Nations. It said at least 2,200 children have been released from
detention since 2013.
to UN reports, the number of children detained in 2018 dropped significantly,
although Nigerian authorities have consistently denied the UN access to
military detention facilities to verify the actual number held," HRW said,
adding that it did not know how many children were currently in detention.
group's report is based on 32 interviews with children and youth (25 male,
seven female) who were held for suspected involvement with the armed group.
quoted in the report described severely overcrowded conditions, saying they
were confined in cells of about 10-by-10 metres that held up to 300 detainees.
half of the children "said they saw dead bodies of other detainees",
while "many" said they "suffered frequent thirst or
had to sleep in one position, they didn't allow us to move," Ibrahim, who
is now 10, told HRW.
we tried to move, and they found out in the morning when they opened the door,
they would take you and beat you severely, then make you lay in the same
now 14, said: "It was a deep kind of suffering."
army didn't take care of us, and they kept beating me, [we had] lice in our
head, lice in our body, all our clothes were full of lice," she added.
in its statement, the military said it "manages children in the North East
theatre as victims of war and not as suspects."
children are kept in secured places, where they are adequately fed, profiled
and de-radicalised before their release," it added.
to HRW, some released children said they suffered social stigma, even if they
did not have ties to the armed group.
Nigerian military authorities take children into custody, they should swiftly
transfer them to civilian child protection authorities," Becker told Al
should only be detained on a very exceptional basis, if there is clear evidence
of a criminal offence. In such cases, they should be treated in accordance with
international juvenile justice standards," she added.
also called on Nigeria to sign and put into effect a UN handover protocol that
would ensure the transfer of children apprehended by the military to
authorities for rehabilitation, family reunification and reintegration.
Haram, whose name roughly translates to "Western education is
forbidden", wants to establish an Islamic state, following a strict
interpretation of Islamic law.
June 2011 and June 2018, an estimated 37,530 people were killed in incidents
involving Boko Haram, including at least 15,000 civilians, according to the
Nigeria Security Tracker of the Council on Foreign Relations.
battle against the armed group has displaced approximately two million people
in Nigeria, and driven more than 24,000 into neighbouring countries as
forces in Nigeria have attacked mourners marking the martyrdom anniversary of
Imam Hussein (PBUH) on Ashura, killing at least 12 people and injuring many
mourners came under attack in cities and towns across four states, including
Kaduna in Nigeria’s north, on Tuesday.
said 12 people were killed and many more wounded in the crackdown.
forces also used tear gas to break up the processions.
said the capital, Abuja, was put on lockdown, with blocks set up to prevent
Ashura mourners from holding gatherings.
Muslims were mourning the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), along with his 72
companions in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 AD after fighting
courageously for justice against thousands of soldiers of the Umayyad caliph,
its sources, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said last week that the
Nigerian police were preparing to prevent and disrupt the processions.
Nigerian government has banned the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and has
incarcerated its leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky.
Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Five local farmers were buried on Monday in a village in
Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno following an attack by Boko Haram group,
several sources said.
farmers were shot dead while working on their farm earlier in the day at
Shamawa village in Konduga local government area, about 35 km south to Borno's
capital, Maiduguri, one security source said.
farmer who escaped during the gun attack went to town with the news, the
source, who preferred to be anonymous said of the latest violence by the terror
bullet wounds were seen on the body of each of the deceased farmers, said
another source who helped in recovering the bodies and immediately prepared for
least 5 people including African Union peacekeeping mission forces in Somalia
(AMISOM) were killed on Sunday when a roadside blasts targeted Amisom convoy in
SoMiddle Shabelle region .
Sunday, local media reported.
attacks took near African Union forces base in Burane vicinity near the town of
Mahaday Middle Shabelle region.
least five people, mostly Amisom soldiers from Burundi, were killed and several
others wounded after their convoy was targeted in double explosions near
Mahaday district," local radio broadcast Risaala said.
Hassan, a police officer in the region, confirmed the attack to Anadolu Agency
over the phone but did not provide further information on the attacks.
Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia also confirmed the incident and said that
the attacks wounded two Amisom soldiers.
al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the double
blasts saying that it had killed five Amisom soldiers in the attacks.
Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- More than a quarter of a million people have been displaced
between January and July in Somalia largely due to drought and conflict, the UN
humanitarian agency said on Monday.
figures from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and global charity,
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)-led protection return and monitoring network
(PRMN), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
says more than 100,000 people were newly displaced by drought in 2019 and this
is 50 percent lower than recorded for the same period in 2018.
says the UN agency, an increase was reported in July with an estimated 28,000
people newly displaced, a 57 per cent increase compared to June.
of the conflict-related displacement occurred in Lower Shabelle where armed
operations by Somali security forces backed by international partners against
the al-Shabab group resumed in April 2019,"said the UNOCHA in its latest
conflict and insecurity have also uprooted an estimated 126,000 people from
their homes as of July, according to PRMN.
displacement in 2019 has remained below levels observed during the same period
in 2018 when 208,000 people were displaced, said the UN.
sometimes forced with little or no warning, also continued to rise with an
estimated 134,000 displaced person affected in the first half of the year. Of
these, some 108,000 people were evicted in Mogadishu alone," said the
report says humanitarian partners have continued to provide life-saving,
livelihood support and to advocate for durable solutions for internally
- Egypt’s foreign minister on Monday called for more support for neighboring
Sudan’s new civilian-led government, including getting it off the U.S. list of
countries sponsoring terrorism.
U.S. named Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993. In one of its last
acts, the Obama administration began a formal process to de-list Sudan.
However, this was put on hold when mass protests erupted in December against
President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule, which ended when the military
ousted him in April.
Shoukry said Egypt is now working with Washington to end Sudan’s international
pariah status. The country has a newly installed government under a
power-sharing agreement between the pro-democracy movement and the military,
which many feared would cling to power.
was the first foreign official to visit Sudan after its new cabinet was sworn
the Sudanese people have achieved is a role model,” Shoukry told a joint news
conference at the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, alongside the country’s first
woman foreign minister, Asmaa Abdalla.
said Egypt has been working with regional and Western allies to build support
for the transitional government and that efforts “to coordinate strongly with
the Sudanese government will continue.”
also met with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the sovereign council, and
the new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok.
says getting off the U.S. state sponsor of terror list is crucial to rebuilding
the country and readmitting it into the international economy after years of
Minister Hamdok said last week that he’d already held a “long discussion” with
the Trump administration on the matter.
also told a local TV station in August that Sudan needs up to $8 billion in
foreign aid in the next two years and another $2 billion deposited as reserves
to shore up the plunging local currency.
years, Egypt’s ties with Sudan were frayed by repeated failures to reach a deal
over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a
longstanding dispute over a border territory held by Cairo and claimed by
Hafez, a spokesman for Egypt’s foreign ministry, said negotiations with
Ethiopia over its $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam were “at the
forefront” of Shoukry’s talks in Sudan.
accused al-Bashir of siding with Ethiopia in the dispute over the
soon-to-be-completed dam. Egypt fears the dam could reduce its share of the
Nile River which serves as a lifeline for the country’s 100 million people.
Previous attempts at resolving the lasting dispute have failed.
refugees being held in squalid conditions in detention in Libya will be
evacuated to Rwanda under an agreement reached with Kigali and the African
Union, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.
first group of 500 refugees from the Horn of Africa will be evacuated in coming
weeks out of 4,700 now estimated to be in custody in Libya, under a new
“transit mechanism” partly funded the European Union (EU), UNHCR spokesman
Babar Baloch said.
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