Easter Blasts: NIA Raids 7 Locations in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore
Promotional Video In Kashmir Lashes Out At Pakistan, Separatists
High-Level India, Pakistan Talks Meaningless Unless Terror Infra Is Dismantled:
cleric arrested for giving triple talaq to his wife in Agra
may today take up bill seeking ban on triple talaq
‘Missing’ files in Ishrat Jahan case: Delhi
cops seek nod to summon MHA officials
Iraqi arrested for ‘throwing puppies’ off eighth-floor flat
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raids were conducted after the investigating agency filed a fresh case in
connection with an ISIS module
leader of ISIS module was also found to be friends with ZahranHashim (Sri
Lankan blast alleged mastermind) on Facebook
raids were conducted within months of suicide bombing in Sri Lanka
DELHI: The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday conducted raids at seven
locations in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore in connection with an Islamic State (ISIS)
raids were conducted after the investigating agency filed a fresh case in
connection with an ISIS module, news agency ANI reported.
the probe, the agency found that the leader of ISIS module was friends with
ZahranHashim ( Sri Lankan blast alleged mastermind) on Facebook.
are being held in Anbu Nagar, Podanur, and Kuniyamuthur areas of the city,
along with other places. Raids, which began at 7 AM today, are currently
searches were a continuation of those conducted here and in Kerala in
connection with an ISIS terror module.
details about seizure of documents or devices were not available immediately.
April this year, the NIA had arrested RiyasAboobacker in connection with the
terror module case. According to the investigating agency, Aboobacker was
allegedly planning suicide attacks at international tourist destinations in
Kerala. He was arrested from Palakkad.
29-year-old is said to have followed the speeches and videos of Sri Lankan
Sunday Easter bombing mastermind, ZahranHashim, till he was arrested. It has
been said that he was preparing himself mentally to become a suicide bomber.
raids were conducted months after nine suicide bombers, including a woman,
carried out a series of blasts in Sri Lanka in which 253 people were killed.
IS had claimed responsibility for the serial bombings in Sri Lanka and around
nine suicide bombers were involved in the attack.
Sri Lankan government has said that local terror group National TowheethJamaat
(NTJ) carried out the attacks with support from the IS.
after the April 21 attack in Sri Lanka that left nearly 250 dead, India stepped
up security in the southern states.
two-member team of the NIA visited Sri Lanka to hold discussions with
authorities about a probe in the Easter Sunday bombings over claims that some
terrorists, owning allegiance to ISIS, had travelled to India, including
promotional video in Kashmir lashes out at Pakistan, separatists
Singh | TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2019
terrorists of ISIS’ local cell Wilayah al-Hind, were killed by Indian security
forces in Shopian encounter...Read More
DELHI: Two terrorists of ISIS’ local cell Wilayah al-Hind, were killed by
Indian security forces in an encounter in Awneera area of Shopian district on
sources said the two terrorists, 30-year-old Sayar Ahmad Bhat of YariporaKulgam
and 19-year-old Shakir Ahmad Wagay of AwneeraShopian, were wanted for their
involvement in terror related activities including attacks on security
the police called them merely ISIS-sympathizers, a screenshot of the ISIS
statement in Arabic, probably published on their website, suggested that the
terror group owned the affiliation of the two terrorists. While police was
still verifying the authenticity of the ISIS claim, the screenshot was
circulated on social media.
police sources said both Sayar and Shakir were school dropouts. While Sayar,
son of Sonaullah Bhat of MachewaKulgam, was reportedly missing since March 17,
Shakir, son of Mohammad Khalil Wagay of AwneeraShopianQuali, left his home on
January 04, this year.
a five-minute Wilayah al-Hind promotional video with Shakir as a proselytizer,
was shared on Whatsapp groups by ISIS sympathizers in Kashmir.
exclusively by the TOI, in the video Shakir wearing a black headgear, black
polo-neck shirt and an ammunition jacket, is seen lashing out at Pakistan and
Kashmiri separatists while sitting against the backdrop of the ISIS black flag
hung from two pine trees.
a Kalashnikov showcased against the trunk of one of the two trees, Shakir in
thick Kashmiri accented Urdu, is heard saying, “After the Pulwama attack,
Pakistan and Pakistani agencies betrayed the ongoing jihad in Kashmir by
shutting down training camps of all the (terror) outfits. All the Pakistan
based and related (terror) groups are finding themselves orphaned today. That
is because instead of trusting Allah and religion, they trusted Pakistan.”
is not clear from the footage where and when the video was shot.
at the Hurriyat Conference, Shakir in the video points out that the separatists
call ‘mujahideen’ “agents” and “spies” while they are alive and honor them only
for their sinful politics when they are “martyred”. Ridiculing HizbulMujahideen
chief Syed Salahuddin, Shakir calls him “an American slave living off Pakistani
crumbs like a dog.” He issues warrants against his own people on the orders of
the ISI, Shakir says adding that “Pakistan is not a friend, but a huge enemy of
the faith of Islam.”
argues that these were the reasons why, he and his comrades had decided to
reject the authority of Pakistan and accept only Allah’s command.
19-year-old urges all “those who have entered the battle field for the sake of
only Allah, whether you are AnsarGhazwatul Hind (al Qaeda affiliate of
Kashmir), Lashkar-e-Taiba, HizbulMujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Al Badr or
Tehreekul-Mujahideen,” to join Wilayah al-Hind. “Let us free you from idol of
nationhood and take you on the pure path of jihad. Come join us to establish
Allah’s nizam on Allah’s land. March forward for the establishment of
Caliphate,” he preaches.
Shakir also appeals to the Muslims of India to join his outfit and the war
against Hindu India. “Before Lahore and Islamabad give your exact pin drop
locations to the idolatrous Hindu police, we ask the Muslims living in
Hindustan, establish contact with mujahideen and fill every nook and corner of
Hindustan with the blood of Hindus.”
establishment of Wilayah al-Hind has been officially declared, he says, adding,
“Now it is your turn.”
analysts in Srinagar said, Wilayah al-Hind is the same as Ghazwa-e-Hind, an
Islamic prophecy that a great battle in India will result in a conquest of the
Indian sub-continent by Muslim warriors.
high-level India, Pakistan talks meaningless unless terror infra is dismantled:
| Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Supporting India's determination that "talks and terror" cannot go
together, a former top Pakistan diplomat has said another high-level meeting
between the two countries would be fruitless unless Islamabad ensures the
terrorist infrastructure on its territory is dismantled.
recent initiatives for talks with India must be seen in the context of the
economic and international pressures on it, former Pakistani ambassador to the
United States Husain Haqqani told reporters here Tuesday.
remarks have come just ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in
Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14. India and Pakistan are part of the regional security
grouping and leaders of both the countries are set to attend the meeting in
a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, Pakistan premier
Imran Khan had requested resumption of talks between the two countries to
resolve all differences.
no meeting has been planned between them on the sidelines of the summit.
remarks also came on a day the government in Islamabad presented its national
budget amid an austerity drive to wriggle the country out of the financial mess
it is in.
this month on Eid festival, Khan said there will be no increase in the defence
budget because of "our critical financial situation". The defence
budget presented Tuesday reflected that sentiment with no increase proposed in
expenditure compared to last fiscal.
ago, Khan's government negotiated a USD 6 billion bailout package with the
International Monetary Fund to overcome the financial woes.
said another high-level meeting between India and Pakistan would be meaningless
unless it is accompanied with dismantling of terrorist infrastructure in
Pakistan and giving up the notion of the two countries being "permanent
1950 and December 2015, when Modi dropped in on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in
Lahore, leaders of the two countries have met 45 times," he said, but
talks have never led to durable peace.
door to negotiations must never be considered permanently shut but nor should
dialogue be an end in itself," he reiterated.
now the director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute, is
considered an uncompromising critic of the Pakistani establishment and the
Jihadi ideology. He has often voiced his disagreements with the establishment
during public discussions.
an article published recently, he wrote that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is
right to have determined that “talks for talks' sake are meaningless as long as
Pakistan refuses to change its view of its larger neighbour as a permanent
Haqqani's view hostility towards India emanates from Pakistan's national
ideology based on religious identity and antipathy cultivated by the military
that dominates the country.
many other countries, India and Pakistan have unresolved disputes, he said, but
other countries do not have national ideologies revolving around opposition to
tends to engage in talks with India for global respectability, but its dominant
military is unable to shed its ideological aversion to normal ties with
India," he stressed.
former diplomat cited the Pakistani military and said it was "not raised
proportionate to an external threat".
needs a threat proportionate to its size to justify its claims on the meagre
resources of a low-income country," he said, adding Pakistan inherited
one-third of British India's army, which had originally been raised for the
Second World War.
Chauhan | TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2019
A mulism cleric was arrested by Agra police for allegedly giving triple talaq
to his wife.
as ZikurRehman, the accused was booked under IPC sections 147 (riot), 323
(voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke
breach of the peace) and Muslim Marriage Protection Act. On Tuesday evening he
was arrested and sent to jail.
from him, seven of his relatives identified as Taiyab, Tahir, Imran, Kullan,
Zahur, Nasir, Atiq Ahmed and other unknown person were also booked for riot,
causing hurt and breach of peace based on the written complaint of
ZikurRehman’s brother-in-law Javeed Ali.
to TOI Javeed Ali said, “my sister Taranum (38) was married to ZikurRehman on
March 26, 2008. In more than 10-years of marriage, the couple had three
children including two sons. But even after so many years of marriage
ZikurRehman, who is cleric in Rehamni mosque in Idgah, often raised demand for
dowry in form of cash, jewellery and car. We tried to fulfil his demands, but
on June 8 after a heated argument with Taranum, he claimed that he had married
another woman on May 24.”
learning about the second marriage, on June 9, I along with my mother went to
confront ZikurRehman, but he and his family assaulted us including my sister.
He verbally gave triple talaq to Taranum in front of us and threw her out of
home along with three children. On June 10 we wrote about the incident to CM
Yogi Adityanath via tweet and marked copies to UP police. A prompt action was
taken and local police lodged an FIR on Tuesday and arrested Zikur,” said
Kumar, station house officer of Malpura, said, “the cleric has been arrested
and he is booked under muslim marriage protection act apart from riot, causing
hurt and breach of peace.”
| Updated: Jun 12, 2019
DELHI: The Union Cabinet is likely to take up the triple talaq prohibition bill
on Wednesday to replace an ordinance promulgated earlier by the government.
triple talaq prohibition bill was passed by the previous Lok Sabha but was
pending in Rajya Sabha. With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, the bill
lapsed and needs to be re-introduced. Once the Cabinet approves the bill, it could
be introduced in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha beginning on June 17.
The government had in February promulgated an ordinance on the Muslim Women
(Protection of Rights on Marriage) banning the practice of triple talaq and
making it a penal offence with provision for certain rights of the victim.
ordinance was promulgated for the third time after a related bill could not be
cleared by Rajya Sabha with opposition parties raising objections on certain
criminal provisions in the bill. In its ordinance the government had clarified
that "it will protect the rights of married Muslim women and prevent
divorce by the practice of instantaneous and irrevocable 'talaq-e-biddat' by
files in Ishrat Jahan case: Delhi cops seek nod to summon MHA officials
“missing” documents pertain to a second affidavit filed by the MHA under the
UPA government in the Gujarat High Court on September 29, 2009.
three years after Delhi Police started probing a case of “missing” documents in
connection with the Ishrat Jahan encounter, the Crime Branch’s Inter State Cell
(ISC) has moved an application, seeking permission to allow investigators to
summon senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs for questioning.
“missing” documents pertain to a second affidavit filed by the MHA under the
UPA government in the Gujarat High Court on September 29, 2009. According to
the police, these documents are: office copy of the letter and enclosure sent
by then Home Secretary G K Pillai to then Attorney General (AG) G E Vahanvati
on September 18, 2009; office copy of another letter sent by Pillai to
Vahanvati on September 18, 2009; draft of further affidavit as vetted by the
AG; draft of further affidavit as amended by then Home Minister P Chidambaram
on September 24, 2009; and office copy of the affidavit filed in the Gujarat
High Court on September 29, 2009.
ISC moved the application for summoning MHA officials after the probe team met
the officials concerned but could not get satisfactory answers, sources said.
matter came to light in March 2016 after the inquiry led by Prasad started
examining the Ishrat files in detail. “He had found that the documents laying
the ground work for the second affidavit of September 2009 had gone missing
during exchanges between the then home secretary (Pillai) and the then home
minister (Chidambaram). He had concluded that the documents were never placed
in the file at all, and they had gone missing between September 18 and
September 24, 2009,” a senior police officer said.
under secretary V K Upadhyay had written to the Delhi Police Commissioner on
August 26, 2017 to file an FIR “into the matter of some documents from the
file”, and the FIR was registered at Parliament Street police station on
September 22 against unknown persons under IPC section 409 (for criminal breach
of trust by a public servant).
case was later transferred to ISC, and the investigation team reportedly met
MHA officials several times to ascertain the sequence of events. “They were
informed by the officials concerned that they had recorded their statements
during an inquiry conducted by Prasad and they did not have any further
information. Failing to get any extra information, the investigation team has
now decided to summon them for questioning and record their statements,” an
Yadav | TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Shih Tzu puppies were found on the compound of Emerald Estate in Sector 65 by
An Iraqi national accused of throwing his two Shih Tzu puppies from the balcony
of his eighth-floor apartment in Emaar Emerald Estate housing society in Sector
65 was arrested on Wednesday. SaifAzhar Abdul Hasan was produced in a city
court and released on bail, police said.
puppies, a male and a female, aged 8-9 months died of cardiac attack because of
the high-altitude fall on Monday morning, triggering anger in the housing
society, which later spread to social media.
said Saif was booked under Section 11 (1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Act and Section 429 (mischief by maiming or killing cattle) of IPC at
Sector 65 police station on Monday night itself, on a complaint by Nikhil
Mahesh of Umeed for Animals Foundation, an NGO. “He was arrested on Tuesday. A
probe is on and further action will be taken as per law,” said police
commissioner Mohammad Akil.
swung into action after Emerald residents took to social media, demanding an
investigation by animal rights activists and cops to get to the bottom of the
matter. Later Umeed for Animals formally lodged a complaint.
received a complaint from the residents of Emaar Emerald Estate. It was Nikita
Kapoor, a morning walker, who first saw one puppy falling to the ground before
her around 6.30 am on Monday. Within 2-3 seconds, the other fell and died in
the same way,” states the complaint.
police officer said Saif, who works as a translator at a leading private
hospital in the city, told them he had “scolded” the puppies for littering
inside his apartment and they jumped off the balcony in panic.
is repeatedly denying that he had killed the puppies. The society residents
claimed he did so for sadistic pleasure. We are investigating the matter,” said
police spokesperson SubhashBoken.
the complainant, Nikhil, has alleged delay in police action.
didn’t get his medical examination done despite repeated requests by him and
others,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday asked terrorists to
give up arms and invited them to hold talks, saying dialogue is the only way
through which they can get what they want within the ambit of the Constitution.
said India cannot be made to bow through violence.
everything from us, we will give our life, but through love and dialogue. For
that (PM) Narendra Modi is ready, we are ready. Come to the dialogue table and
take it forward," Malik said at a marathon press briefing on the
achievements of his administration.
you want can be achieved through talks and dialogue. You have your own
constitution, you have a separate flag. Whatever more you want, you will get it
through the democratic process and within the ambit of the Indian
Constitution," he said.
governor said the terrorists may not realise it now, but 10 years down the line
they will repent that they chose the wrong path.
cannot make India to bow through violence," he said.
said the problem of militancy exists in Kashmir not only due to unemployment
among youth, but also because politicians have been misleading the people for
the past several decades.
is unemployment across the country but unemployed people (elsewhere) in the
country do not pick up weapons against the government. There is something more
here. The basic thing here is that the leaders have not told people the truth.
People have been misled and shown false dreams, which will never be
fulfilled," he said.
said the people have been shown the dream of 'azadi' (independence) and
sometimes that of autonomy.
these things did not work, they were shown the dreams of paradise through
radicalisation. I want to tell the youth that they have two paradises — one is
Kashmir and if they become good Muslims, they will get the other one
also," he said.
about the presence of the Islamic State in Kashmir, the governor said,
"These are ways of destruction of Kashmir."
exhorted the youth to give up arms.
want to tell the youth of Kashmir, drop your guns and come to Raj Bhawan to
have lunch with me. Then explain to me what good Kashmir will get from the path
you have chosen," he said.
called on the political leaders to help bring back the youth to the mainstream
have to muster the courage and tell them. I request the mainstream leaders,
preachers and intelligentia to bring back these youth (to the mainstream) and
whatever is needed for their rehabilitation, we will do it," he said.
every insurgency, there comes a time when fatigue sets in. That time has come
in Kashmir," he added.
about Pakistan's role in the situation in Kashmir, Malik said the neighbouring
country is in trouble.
is a realisation (in Pakistan) there that we cannot fool the youth of Kashmir
for too long (saying) that we will break India to give you something. (Gen
Pervez) Musharraf had told the (Kashmiri) leaders here that he cannot do it as
India is a superpower," he said.
you want to get, take it within this system. There is demoralisation and
fatigue factor in Pakistan, but still they do not give up, camps are running
there as earlier," he said.
said the security forces are alert and infiltrators are dealt with within 10
kilometres of the Line of Control.
(of militants) has come down. A big reason for that is that we have adopted a
sympathetic attitude towards our youth. I believe that the Kashmir problem will
be solved through these youth only," he said.
with leaders cannot do it as they have been lying to the people for past 50
years," he added.
about the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the time to hold the
polls will be decided by the Election Commission (EC).
is between the Union Home Ministry and the Election Commission. I cannot
comment on this. If the security we require for holding elections is provided
to us, we are ready to hold the elections. We have held peaceful elections
(panchayat and parliamentary) but for assembly elections, the security
requirements are different," he said.
EC will decide the dates after going through the assessment of the security
environment made by the concerned agencies, he said.
and Kashmir Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, who was also present at the
briefing along with advisors to the governor, said the EC has given a unanimous
statement that an announcement about assembly elections in the state will be
made after the AmarnathYatra.
to a question about the challenge to Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution,
Malik said promises to this effect have been made in the manifestos of many
political parties and there is a lot of talk about it, but there is
"nothing to worry about" on this front.
also dismissed the reports about delimitation of assembly constituencies in
Jammu and Kashmir as "rumours".
is a rumour about delimitation, it is not something that can be done overnight
as it is a constitutional matter. Even the Home Ministry has not confirmed that
they are doing something like this. There are basically just rumours and
newspaper reports only, there is no basis to these," he said.
will not use Pakistani airspace for PM Modi's travel to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
Modi's VVIP aircraft will now fly over Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries
to reach Bishkek.
Modi is scheduled to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit
on June 13-14.
DELHI: A day after Pakistan allowed to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi's VVIP
aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, India on Wednesday
decided to fly via Central Asian countries bypassing the Pakistan airspace.
Modi's VVIP aircraft will now fly over Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries
to reach Bishkek where he is scheduled to attend the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14.
had requested Pakistan to let Modi's
aircraft fly over its airspace when he travels to Bishkek. Pakistan accorded an
"in principle" approval to India's request.
government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the
VVIP aircraft to Bishkek. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP aircraft
will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to
Bishkek," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
was responding to media queries regarding the route to be taken by prime
minister's aircraft while travelling to Bishkek.
airspace for PM’s flight to Bishkek, India tells Pak
Prime Minister Imran Khan is also attending the meeting of the regional grouping.
leaves for Bishkek on Wednesday on a two-day visit.
MEA had already said that no bilateral meeting has been arranged between Prime
Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the
Minister Imran Khan has recently written a letter to his Indian counterpart
stressing Pakistan requires a solution for all geopolitical issues including
Kashmir between the two neighbouring states.
maintains that terror and talks cannot go together.
inputs from PTI)
religious freedom ambassador laments widespread silence on Uyghurs
D.C., Jun 11, 2019 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- Islamic countries should be more vocal in
criticizing China's mistreatment of the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnoreligious group,
the US ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom said Monday.
have been disappointed that more Islamic countries have not spoken out. I know
the Chinese have been threatening them and but you don’t back down to somebody
that does that. That just encourages more actions,” Ambassador Sam Brownback
said in an interview with The Guardian published June 10.
welcomed Turkey and “a number of western countries that have spoken out
aggressively on this.”
1 million Uyghurs have been detained in re-education camps for Muslims in
China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Inside the camps they are reportedly
subjected to forced labor, torture, and political indoctrination. Outside the
camps, Uyghurs are monitored by pervasive police forces and facial recognition
China is not stopped from doing this they’re going to replicate and push this
system out in their own country and to other authoritarian regimes,” Brownback
suggested that some Islamic countries “are concerned about their own human
rights record and then they’re saying look: we don’t want people criticizing us
[so] we’re not going to criticize somebody else.”
diplomats have increasingly focused on China's human rights abuses against the
Uyghurs in recent months.
US was among the co-sponsors last week of a United Nations resolution
proclaiming a day to commemorate victims of violence based on religion. While
speaking at the UN June 4, Austin Smith, the US representative to the
organization, called China's treatment of the Uyghurs “one of the world’s most
horrific denials of freedom of religion.”
authorities are restricting religious freedom by labeling peaceful religious
practices as manifestations of 'religious extremism and terrorism,” he said.
“The Chinese Communist Party has exhibited extreme hostility to all religious
faiths since its founding. This repression has intensified under the current
policy of 'Sinicizing' religion.”
representative responded that Smith's statements were an unfounded accusation,
and reiterated China's position that it is combatting extremism. He called the
camps for Uyghurs learning centers, and stressed their vocational and
April, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom's annual report
focused in its introduction on the abuse of Uyghurs.
a March 8 speech in Hong Kong critical of the Vatican-China deal on the
appointment of bishops, Brownback also addressed the detainment of Uyghurs and
other Muslims in China.
rejected Chinese government claims that the camps are vocational training
centers, charging that they are “internment camps created to wipe out the
cultural and religious identity of minority communities.” Internment is often
based on cultural or religious identity. Detention is indefinite, and internees
are subjected to “physical and psychological torture, intense political
indoctrination, and forced labor,” he stated.
bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, said earlier this year that
“China has the right to take anti-terrorism and de-extremism measures to
safeguard national security,” and that “Saudi Arabia respects and supports it
and is willing to strengthen cooperation with China.”
is among the few Mustlim-majority countries to have warned against the
escalating persecution of the Uyghurs.
September 2018 NoorulHaqQadri, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Religious
Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, advised Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing that
Beijing’s crackdowns on Uyghur activity would only fuel extremism, rather than
with its treatment of Muslims, China has been criticized for its persecution of
a variety of religious groups: Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong
has noted that while the Vatican reached a provisional agreement with China on
the appointment of bishops in September, “nevertheless, repression of the
underground Catholic Church increased during the latter half” of 2018.
EMERY P. DALESIO ASSOCIATED PRESS
North Carolina man charged with killing three much-admired Muslim university
students pleaded guilty Wednesday, four years after the slayings.
Stephen Hicks, 50, entered the plea to three counts of first-degree murder in a
Durham courtroom packed with dozens of the victims' family and friends. It came
two months after the new district attorney dropped plans to seek the death
penalty in hopes of concluding a case that she said had languished too long.
wanted to plead guilty since day one," Hicks told Superior Court Judge
Orlando Hudson. The judge said Hicks had agreed as part of his plea bargain to
accept three consecutive life sentences without parole.
say that in February 2015, Hicks burst into a condo in Chapel Hill owned by
23-year-old DeahBarakat and fatally shot Barakat, his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21;
and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha.
the time of the slayings, Barakat, a dental student at the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Yusor Abu-Salha had been married for less than two
months, and she had just been accepted to the dental school. Razan had just
made the dean's list in her first semester at North Carolina State University.
All three were making plans to visit Turkey during their coming summer break to
volunteer in a dental clinic at a camp for Syrian war refugees.
was shot several times as he stood in his doorway, autopsy results showed. His
wife and her sister were shot in the head at close range inside the condo.
Wednesday, Hicks listened attentively as the prosecutor, Kendra
Montgomery-Blinn, described him as a man who was watching the American Dream
slip away while the victims were pursuing it. She said Hicks' third marriage
was disintegrating and he'd recently quit his job in anger after workers
described him as constantly playing computer sniper games.
defendant was an angry and bitter man," Montgomery-Blinn said.
the time of the shootings, Chapel Hill police said Hicks claimed he was
provoked by competition over parking spaces at the condo complex. Relatives of
the victims said they believed the shootings were a hate crime.
slain women's father, psychiatrist Mohammad Abu-Salha, testified to a
congressional hearing on hate crimes in April that Hicks had expressed hateful
comments about his daughters wearing head scarves in observance of their faith.
beautiful young Americans were brutally murdered and there is no question in
our minds that this tragedy was born of bigotry and hate," Dr. Abu-Salha
testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
Sheikh Says ‘Army Of Islam’ Will Set Out From Jerusalem To Conquer The World
mosque address by Abu HanifaAwda: We will lay siege to Rome, turn White House
black, impose ‘jizya’ tax on London, and pray on the slopes of the Rockies and
12, 2019 / MEMRI)
Palestinian sheikh said during an address at the Al-Aqsa mosque uploaded to the
internet in June that Jerusalem is the “heartland” where the banners of the
caliphate will flutter, where military convoys and brigades will assemble, and
where policies will be designed to herald the “dawn of justice” and the birth
of the Islamic Caliphate.
Abu HanifaAwda said that the “army of Islam” would set forth from Jerusalem to
conquer to world.
Abu HanifaAwda: “Indeed, oh people of Jerusalem, this is the heartland. This is
the land of the oath of allegiance. This is where the banners of the Caliphate
will flutter. This is where the military convoys will gather, and this is where
the brigades will assemble under their banners, heralding in a new dawn—dawn of
justice—and the birth of a divine state: the Caliphate that will follow the
guidance of the Prophethood. Policies will be designed here. From here, armies
will set out to conquer the world—the mighty army of Islam, with all its
brigade will liberate Palestine. Another one will ‘ravage the homes’ [as is
written in the Koran]. A third brigade will ‘destroy whatever would fall into their
hands.’ A fourth brigade will take revenge against Bashar al-Assad and Russia.
A fifth brigade will liberate all the plundered Muslim countries. A sixth
brigade will cross the oceans and put the enemy to shame. A seventh brigade
will lay siege to Rome. An eighth brigade will turn the White House black. A
ninth brigade will impose the jizya poll tax on London. A tenth brigade will
pray to fend off fear and danger on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains and the
(FNA)- Iran on Wednesday unveiled 10 highly advanced systems to protect highly
important sites and detect and intercept enemy targets in the sea and air.
new systems were unveiled by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir
Hatami in a ceremony during a visit of Iran Electronics Industries company in
the Central province of Isfahan on Wednesday.
also unveiled a center for the development of optoelectronics technologies in
the ceremony, General Hatami hailed the outstanding progress in technological
fields in Iran in recent years, expressing the hope that "new achievements
will be made in the field of strategic electronic products".
added that the newly-unveiled systems which have been developed based on the
international standards will help the country's Armed Forces in effective
confrontation against different threats.
had also on Sunday unveiled a new home-made state-of-the-art missile defense
system named 'Khordad 15' which is equipped with passive phased array radar
system for detecting fighter jets, stealth targets and cruise missiles.
on the features and capabilities of the defense shield, General Hatami said
that it can trace targets, including fighter jets and enemy drones, 150km away
and intercept them at a range of 120km.
can also trace stealth targets in areas 85km in distance, and destroy them at a
distance of 45km," he added.
Hatami said that the missile defense system can trace, engage, and destroy 6
targets simultaneously, enjoys high mobility and can be prepared for operation
in less than 5 minutes.
system is equipped with (passive) phased-array radar system with a
multiple-target-engagement capability. It also has separate launch pads, and
operates with Sayyad 3 missiles," he underlined.
Iranian military officials have in several occasions said that the country's
advances in building different military equipment are merely aimed at defending
the country against any possible aggression.
(FNA)- Iran on Wednesday criticized German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for his
recent remarks, stressing that the European states should prove commitment to
their 2015 nuclear deal undertakings before voicing concern about Tehran's
had on Tuesday expressed concern about Iran's recent decision to modify its
undertakings based on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
agree about his comments on the importance of the nuclear deal for the
international community and Europe; but we do not understand so much his
emphasis on Iran's unilateral implementation of its undertakings in a
multilateral agreement," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi
noted that all signatories to the nuclear deal should comply with their
undertakings or understand that Iran is entitled to review its JCPOA
undertakings and the agreement itself.
propose that he (Maas) and others who voice concern about Iran's recent nuclear
deal decisions conduct a precise study on Paragraph 36 of the JCPOA and the
introduction to law again," Mousavi said.
withdrew from the internationally-endorsed 2015 nuclear deal with Iran,
re-imposed the toughest-ever sanctions against the country and started a plan
to zero down Tehran's oil sales.
the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers in July 2015,
Tehran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the
removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
2018, all the other signatories — Russia, China, Germany, France, the UK, and
the EU — refused to follow the US example and confirmed their commitment to the
accord, trying to save the deal with the Islamic Republic.
officials then warned that the European Union’s failure in providing the needed
ground for Tehran to enjoy the economic benefits of the nuclear deal would
exhaust the country's patience.
Iran continued compliance with deal, stressing that the remaining signatories
to the agreement had to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout for
Iran if they want Tehran to remain in compliance.
honesty in dealing with the Iran nuclear deal has always been seriously doubted
by Iranian masses that were discontent with talks with European states.
a year later, however, the EU failed to provide Tehran with its promised
merits. Then, the US state department announced last month that it had not
extended two waivers, one that allowed Iran to store excess heavy water
produced in the uranium enrichment process in Oman, and one that allowed Iran
to swap enriched uranium for raw yellowcake with Russia.
now, Iran was allowed to ship low-enriched uranium produced at Natanz to Russia
before it hit the 300-kg limit and the US measure leaves no way for Tehran
other than exceeding the ceiling for storing the enriched uranium in violation
of the 2015 nuclear deal.
the United States would no longer waive sanctions that allowed Iran to ship
heavy water produced at its Arak facility beyond a 300-ton limit set in the
2015 nuclear deal to Oman for storage which again forces Tehran to store it
inside country in violation of the nuclear deal.
return, Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) announced in a
statement that the country had modified two of its undertakings under the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action in return for the US abrogation of the deal and
other signatories’ inability to make up for the losses under the agreement,
warning that modifications would continue if the world powers failed to take
action in line with their promises.
Islamic Republic of Iran declares that at the current stage, it does not
anymore see itself committed to respecting the limitations on keeping enriched
uranium and heavy water reserves," the statement said.
statement gave the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany)
"60 days to put into action their nuclear deal undertakings, specially in
the banking and oil sectors, warning that "in case these countries fail to
meet Iran's demands, the Islamic Republic of Iran will cease implementation of
restrictions on uranium enrichment levels and measures related to the
modernization of Arak Heavy Water Reactor as well".
our demands are met, we will resume implementation of the ceased undertakings.
Otherwise, the Islamic Republic of Iran will stop compliance with its other
undertakings in consequent phases," the SNSC warned.
underlined Iran's readiness to continue its consultations with the countries
which have remained in the nuclear deal at all levels "but will show a
firm and rapid reaction to any irresponsible measure, including referring the
issue to the UN Security Council or imposition of more sanctions".
Islamic Republic of Iran's president has in his letter to the leaders of the
nuclear deal member states clearly reminded them of the Islamic Republic of
Iran's type of reaction," the statement added.
reminded the G4+1 of Iran's good will during the nuclear talks, implementation
of the nuclear deal and giving sufficient time to the other signatories to
implement the deal, saying that it is now their turn to prove their good will
and adopt serious and practical measures to protect the nuclear deal.
door of diplomacy will not remain open for a long time and the US and other
members remaining under the nuclear deal are fully responsible for failure of
the nuclear deal and any possible consequences," the statement said.
underlined that the decision was made in line with defending the Iranian
nation's security and national interests and materialization of Iran's rights
stated in the paragraphs 26 and 36 of the nuclear deal.
President Hassan Rouhani in a letter last month informed the Group 4+1 on
stopping implementation of a number of Tehran's undertakings stated in the 2015
Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi submitted the
letter to the ambassadors of the G4+1 to Tehran after they were called to the
letter contains decisions by the SNSC to "halt implementation of a number
of the Islamic Republic of Iran's undertakings under the nuclear deal".
another letter was sent by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif to
Mogherini to inform her of details of Iran's measures.
Egypt, Jordan and Morocco have informed the Trump administration they will
attend a US-led conference in Bahrain this month on proposals for boosting the
Palestinian economy as part of a coming US peace plan, US officials said on
and Jordan’s participation is considered especially important since
historically they have been key players in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts
and are also the only Arab states to have reached peace agreements with Israel.
Palestinian leaders’ decision to boycott the June 25-26 conference has raised
doubts about its chances for success. They have shunned a broader diplomatic
effort that US President Donald Trump has called the “deal of century,” which
they see as likely to be heavily tilted in favour of Israel and denying them a
state of their own.
Arabia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates have confirmed their attendance
that, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a chief
architect of the long-delayed peace plan, is pressing ahead with arrangements
for the Bahrain meeting, where the economic components are expected to be
unveiled as the first step in the plan’s rollout.
of the invitation to the conference by Jordan and Egypt will bring to the table
two countries that border both Israel and Palestinian areas.
Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have previously confirmed their
attendance, a White House official said.
official declined to say what level of representation the countries would send.
US officials have said they were inviting economic and finance ministers, as
well as business leaders from the region and around the world.
financial bodies including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank
also plan to be present.
officials have been vague about the timing for the second phase of their
initiative, which would be the release of proposals for resolving the thorny
political issues at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel heading for new elections in September after Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu failed to meet a deadline to form a government, uncertainty is
expected to further delay the full release of the plan.
experts are sceptical the Trump administration can succeed where decades of
US-backed efforts have failed.
Abu Jahal June 12, 2019
CITY, Gaza Strip — Armed Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip are determined
to stop the US administration's proposed peace plan for the Middle East and
have the means to do so, according to Ziad al-Nakhla, secretary general of the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement.
times recently, Nakhla has alluded to escalation and the use of military force
to stop the plan, which is expected to be unveiled soon by the administration
of US President Donald Trump. Nakhla's statements come as his movement’s
military wing, Al-Quds Brigades, has shown significantly developed military
potential, especially in the round of escalation between Israel and the Gaza
Strip last month.
said May 30 on Lebanese Al-Manar TV that many leaders in the region want to
close the Palestinian cause dossier, and this could play out in favor of the US
plan. Nakhla pointed out, however, that despite the disparity in the balance of
power, the Palestinian people have the ability to thwart the plan, which the
United States has dubbed the "deal of the century."
Palestinians are not part of the deal, then the deal is born dead. The
Palestinians have the right to reject any deal that does not respect their
historical rights,” he added.
May 24, he had stressed that the armed Palestinian factions have enough strong
cards to derail the plan. His movement is ready to defend Palestine, he added.
United States is expected to reveal details of the plan at the Peace to
Prosperity conference aimed at encouraging investment in Palestinian areas. The
conference is set for June 25-26 in Manama, Bahrain, and while Palestinians
have voiced their rejection of the conference, some Arab states such as Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have said they will be attending. Others,
such as Egypt and Jordan, had yet to RSVP as of June 10.
Habib, an Islamic Jihad leader, told Al-Monitor the movement and its supporters
are determined to keep the deal from being implemented. He said the peace plan
aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause and deny Palestinians their historical
and permanent rights. Palestinians across the spectrum reject the deal.
did say that the movement might resort to diplomatic and political steps, but
should such steps fail, then the military option would be a must. He stressed
that the Islamic Jihad is developing a national plan against the US proposal.
The plan will involve all Palestinians and will be submitted to the Palestinian
forces for approval.
movement is ready to foil the deal by force if necessary. The resistance has
the strength to put an end to the US and Israeli hegemony," he said. “The
resistance is developing its capabilities to liberate Palestine, and it will
spare no effort to defend our cause."
said the deal can't be allowed to come to pass, as it would allow Israel to
impose sovereignty over the Palestinian territories in cooperation with the US
administration, which he said seeks to colonize the Arab and Islamic region to
plunder its resources and blackmail its people.
said the Islamic Jihad isn't the only movement willing to confront the deal
militarily, as the group has armed partners such as Hamas, Iran and Hezbollah.
long as Israel is sitting on our land, the chances of escalation remain
possible, and the choices of resistance and development of combat tools remain
the most appropriate,” he said.
Habib, a security expert and lecturer at Ribat University College, told
Al-Monitor the Islamic Jihad and the other armed factions are sparing no effort
to close ranks, unite positions and confront the US proposal. However, he
added, the situation on the ground is different, as the deal is not a local
issue, but a regional one. He said the threats from the Islamic Jihad “are
blowing things out of proportion.”
stressed that the deal can be shut down through Palestinian unity, without
military force, and explained that if Palestinians refuse the deal then it
would only be natural for it not to proceed in its entirety.
action could pose a great political and field risk for Gaza, especially
considering Israel's obvious power advantage over the Palestinian factions. He
said he doesn't expect an escalation in the near future, especially with
tensions so high in Syria and Iran.
forces have to diversify their options when confronting the deal, Ibrahim Habib
said. That some Arab countries have agreed to attend the Manama conference, he
said, is a sign that the Palestinian leadership is politically helpless and
running out of cards to impede the conference. He called for a diplomatic
approach and for mobilizing the international and Arab communities.
analyst Hani Habib told Al-Monitor that the Islamic Jihad's threat indicates
that mounting tension with Israel will make it difficult to implement the US
peace plan, especially with regard to the partial annexation of the West Bank.
said the United States has put off revealing the details of the plan to
minimize opposition by saying it's not yet official. But he said the world is
aware that the most significant items of the deal have already been
implemented: US backing for Israel's annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights,
the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the
suspension of US funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Manama conference will only amount to simple financial compensation for
Palestinians, Hani Habib said.
added that neither the Israeli nor Palestinian sides want a war scenario.
Israel wants to preserve the Palestinian division, but a war would unite all
Palestinians, he added.
Palestinian political movement may play a role in disrupting, [but] not
foiling, the plan. An alternative must be found, especially in light of US
arrogance,” he said.
in:TRUMP, GAZA, ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
Abu Jahal is a Palestinian journalist covering current events. She is currently
pursuing a master's in journalism and works with several local and Arab
journals, as well as various local stations.
(FNA)- Top Military Aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya
Rahim Safavi said Iraq and Syria strategically play a complementary role to
Iran, and further stressed the need for using the two countries' huge markets
pivot of Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Mediterranean (region) is an economic,
political, security and defensive axis against the Zionist regime and the
US," General Safavi said in the Southwestern city of Ahvaz on Wednesday.
and Syria strategically play a complementary role to Iran," he said.
Safavi said that the 60-million-strong market of Iraq and Syria can be a target
for Iran's exports, adding that Tehran can increase the value of its exports to
Iraq to $20bln from the current $10bln.
relevant remarks last month, Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Construction
Headquarters Saeed Mohammad announced that Tehran, Baghdad and Damascus were
working on a trilateral initiative to set up a joint bank.
is underway for setting up a joint bank between Iran, Iraq, and Syria for
restoration of banking and financial relationship in central banks of the three
countries,” he said.
the current situation that the country is facing severe sanctions by the United
States, the private sector has promised to cooperate and collaborate with
Khatam al-Anbiya construction headquarters in order to fill the vacant place of
foreign companies in the Iranian oil industry, Mohammad added.
to the Persian Gulf Refinery project, he said, “Despite many ups and downs
facing ahead, this giant project was put into operation by domestic engineers.”
put the annual requirement of the country to the products of downstream
petrochemical industries at 20 million tons.
pointed out that US sanctions would have no impact on the activities of the
pointed to Iraqi and Syrian markets with high potentials, and called on
industrialists and economic activists of the country to adopt a logical
approach and get the lion’s share of products in lucrative markets of Iraq and
Mark Battersby, 12 Jun 19
of the largest and oldest Islamic banks in the world, DIB has ambitions to
enter new markets
Islamic Bank (DIB) is set to acquire Noor Bank in a deal which will create
combined assets of AED 275bn.
board of directors agreed on 9 June to recommend buying 100% of Noor Bank after
obtaining all regulatory approvals, a statement said.
date and agenda for the general meeting of shareholders including the terms and
details about the acquisition will be announced after the same has been
approved by competent regulatory authorities.
the completion of the acquisition, Noor Bank’s operations will be integrated
and consolidated within DIB.
hub for Islamic finance
Al Shaibani, chairman of DIB, said it had outperformed the market in recent
years and played “a pivotal role in establishing the UAE as a global hub for
Islamic finance. This acquisition is another step in our plans to expand in the
region and beyond.”
Adnan Chilwan, group CEO of DIB, said: “The acquisition of Noor Bank is in line
with our disciplined yet flexible growth strategy which strikes the perfect
balance between market dynamics and shareholder interest.
have always been open to both organic and inorganic growth as long as
profitability and returns are protected and this transaction is no different.
economics of the deal will allow us the opportunity to capitalize on synergies,
notably cost efficiencies, digitization, product and business development and
most importantly the customer experience.”
added: “Islamic finance is increasingly acknowledged as a viable alternative to
conventional banking and, through this acquisition, we believe that we can geometrically
accelerate the growth and popularity of Shari’a compliant finance across the
region and beyond.”
disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help
Indonesia – The two flags hanging outside Anwar Ragaua's house have gotten him
police warnings but the wiry 50-year-old vows he's not taking them down.
all, the police weren't there to help when he was the only fisherman in his
village to survive the tsunami that crashed into the Indonesian city of Palu on
Sept. 28. Nor was the government. Nor were the aid organizations that swept
into the stricken city.
when Ragaua felt abandoned, the people to offer him a glimmer of hope — a new
boat — were from the Islamic Defenders Front, a group with a notorious past
that's included smashing up stores selling alcohol and attacking minority
it's the front's white-and-green flag that flutters outside Ragaua's house
alongside a black banner with white Arabic script. The words are a well-known
declaration of Muslim faith, but similar flags have become associated with
have visited several times, suspicious he may be spreading radicalism, but
Ragaua is unfazed and eager to show his support for the group getting him back
on his feet.
Islamic Defenders Front has long pushed for Islamic not secular law to govern
the lives of Indonesia's 230 million Muslims. It sees itself as the enforcer of
that vision. Yet over the past 15 years it has also repurposed its militia into
a force that's as adept at searching for earthquake victims as it is at
the process it has become an influential player in the world's most populous
the Palu earthquake and tsunami that killed 4,000 people, last year saw a
series of earthquakes ravage Lombok and a tsunami wreak havoc on the Sunda
Strait coastlines of Java and Sumatra.
front was there at each disaster, searching for victims, distributing aid and
building temporary housing. In addition, its regular charitable activities are
a lifeline for urban poor.
turning point for the organization was its humanitarian response to the 2004
Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed more than 100,000 people in Indonesia's
Aceh, said MamanSuryadi Abdurrahman, head of the front's militia.
in Aceh, one of Indonesia's most conservative provinces, they weren't welcome,
Abdurrahman said, but they won over Acehnese by recovering and burying
thousands of bodies.
changed the ways of our demonstrations to be more persuasive and
peaceful," he said.
of intimidation still emerge as the group takes on what it calls
"community diseases." The front says its activities are part of an
Islamic duty to prevent immorality and that communities often ask for its help
when authorities don't take action.
is a vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, and its central government
has been accused of neglecting the needs of remote regions far from the center
of political and economic power. For places such as Palu, which has a bloody
history of sectarian violence, that has provided an opening for hard-liners and
their message that religion, not government is the answer.
the 350 tons of aid the front says it provided in Palu is a fraction of what
eventually poured into the region, its delivery was rapid and grassroots.
officials struggled to get a handle on what had happened, truckloads of
supplies had already been dispatched by a nearby front chapter.
militia's search and rescue team was the first to scour two neighborhoods
swallowed by soil liquefaction, recovering bodies before the government search
and rescue agency turned up.
government's response to images of those rescuers at work was ham-fisted, with
the Information Ministry calling them a hoax. It seemed to forget that the
National Search and Rescue Agency has provided training to front members.
is not only the bureaucracy that slows down the government's response, but
rather sincerity," Abdurrahman said.
front was formed, researchers say, by elements of the military after the 1998
fall of dictator Suharto as a tool for attacking liberal trends in a country
newly embracing democracy.
became infamous for running protection rackets and attacks on bars and other
vigilantism. Researchers have estimated membership in the tens of thousands to
several hundred thousand.
for its survival, it avoids a direct confrontation with Indonesia's civil
law-based constitution. Walking a fine line, it wants Islamic law only to apply
to citizens who are Muslim.
want an Islamist country, not an Islamic state," Abdurrahman said.
there have been calls for the government to not renew the front's registration
on the grounds that it is a radical organization.
Ministry spokesman Bahtiar stopped short of saying the government would do so,
but said by law organizations involved in social or humanitarian work are not
supposed to be overtly political.
was skeptical when three months after the tsunami two men from the front showed
up at his house and offered new fishing boats to him and other men.
first, I did not believe it," he said.
day later, the men came back and ordered several boats from a boat maker,
paying in cash.
almost cried," Ragaua said. "I wanted to bow down in gratitude."
June 12, 2019
Thai officials said they discovered 65 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees on
Tuesday who were shipwrecked and stranded in southern Thailand.
passengers — 28 men, 31 women and five children — were stranded on Rawi island
in Tarutao National Park in Thailand’s southern Satun province after the boat
suffered engine trouble, a park official said.
chief of Tarutao National Marine Park, KanjanapanKamhaeng, said the boat
carrying the Rohingya was found after several Thai and Myanmar citizens told
park officials their ship had broken down. They initially denied they were
said the boat was found smashed onto a rocky shore and a preliminary check
showed it was carrying 65 Rohingya and several Thai and Myanmar citizens who
were identified by the Rohingya as in charge of operating the ship.
said the Thai navy took the group away to be processed by immigration
officer Cmdr. ThanapongSudrak said authorities will investigate whether the
incident involved human trafficking.
originate in Rakhine state in Myanmar, where they face extreme persecution by
authorities and majority Buddhists, prompting their flight over the years, many
on rickety boats that were sometimes pushed back into the open sea by countries
such as Thailand.
by Myanmar’s army in 2017 caused more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee to
overcrowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh and elsewhere for
safety.Scores of Rohingya Muslims have boarded boats in recent months to try to
reach Malaysia, part of what authorities fear could be a new wave of people
smuggling by sea after a 2015 crackdown on trafficking.
Satun government official said the passengers would be transferred to the
will be investigated in order to see whether they are victims of trafficking or
illegal immigrants,” said the official.Myanmar regards Rohingya as illegal
migrants from the Indian subcontinent and has confined tens of thousands to
sprawling camps in Rakhine since violence swept the area in 2012.
unrest prompted tens of thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar by sea. The
exodus peaked in 2015, when an estimated 25,000 people crossed the Andaman Sea
for Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, many drowning in unsafe and overloaded boats.
12, 2019 | INTEL BRIEF
last week, the Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula launched a
deadly attack, killing eight police officers at a checkpoint.
forming in 2014, terrorists have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and
destabilized the region, damaging Egypt’s once-vibrant tourism industry.
attacking the Egyptian security forces, the focus of the militants’ campaign
has been sectarian attacks designed to increase tensions between Sunni Muslims
and non-Sunni groups, including Christians.
an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign waged by the Egyptian military,
militants linked to IS are still capable of coordinating sophisticated attacks.
last week, the Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula launched a
deadly attack, killing eight police officers at a checkpoint. The violence unfolded
in Arish, a city located in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Shortly after the
attack, Amaq, the Islamic State’s news agency, released a statement claiming
credit for the attack. Months after the collapse of the territorial caliphate
in Iraq and Syria, the Sinai has remained one of the Islamic State’s most
active and most lethal franchise groups. Journalists have been banned from
entering parts of the northern Sinai, making it difficult to discern exact
details surrounding militant activity. The Egyptian military responded by
raiding a house and killing 14 insurgents who were holed up inside. Guns,
explosives, and suicide belts were allegedly located inside the residence.
forming in 2014, terrorists have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and destabilized
the region, damaging Egypt’s once-vibrant tourism industry. The most
high-profile attack attributed to IS in the Sinai was the 2015 downing of
Metrojet Flight 9268, blown out of the sky with 224 people on board, all of
whom died in the attack as the airliner took off from the popular tourist
destination of Sharm el-Sheikh for its destination in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In December 2018, IS militants were behind the bombing of a tour bus in Giza
that killed three Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian guide en route to
touring Egypt’s famous pyramids.
targeting the Egyptian security forces and tourist attractions, the focus of
the militants’ campaign has been sectarian attacks designed to increase
tensions between Sunni Muslims and non-Sunni groups, including Christians. In
April 2017, militants attacked two Coptic Christian churches, launching suicide
bombings against St. George’s church in the city of Tanta near the Nile delta,
and another against St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, located in
Alexandria. One week later, there was a shooting at a monastery, making it
clear that Christians were a top target of jihadist militants. Toward the end
of December 2017, 11 worshipers were killed in an attack on a Coptic Church
near Cairo. And it is not just Christians who are under assault. In November
2017, in what has been recorded as Egypt’s deadliest terror incident to date,
over 300 Sufi Muslims were killed in an attack on their mosque in the Sinai.
an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign waged by the Egyptian military,
militants linked to IS are still capable of coordinating sophisticated attacks.
Finding safe haven and sanctuary throughout the lawless and ungoverned Sinai
peninsula, IS-linked insurgents maintain the ability to engage in classic
guerrilla warfare—directing ambushes, staging hit-and-run attacks, and
emplacing improvised explosive devices along roads frequently used by Egyptian
military vehicles. The Sisi government has responded with a scorched earth
effort to crush the insurgency. And while the military’s efforts have been
successful in killing and capturing insurgents, it has also proved
counterproductive, with gratuitous violence directed against entire
populations. The response has been more people, not fewer, willing to join and
support the insurgency.
(FNA)- Ringleader of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or
the Al-Nusra Front) Abu Mohammed al-Jolani has reportedly arrived in the
strategic town of Kabani in NortheasternLattakia to take command of the
terrorist group in the battle against the Syrian Army over the group's main
stronghold in the region.
Syrian Army backed by the heavy artillery and missile units attacked Tahrir
al-Sham's main military base and engaged in very fierce clashes with the
terrorists in JabalZawikat region where Kabani is located in
NortheasternLattakia after it made advances in several axes.
battlefield sources pointed to the collapse of defense lines of Tahrir al-Sham
and Turkistani Party South of Kabani, and said the Syrian Army has made
several battlefield sources confirmed that al-Jolani has arrived in Northern
Lattakia to take charge of commanding terrorists in battle against the Syrian
Army and prevent the army's further advances.
Syrian Army plans to seize vast areas from the towns of Jabal al-Akrad in
Northern Lattakia and Sahl al-Ghab region in Northern Hama as well as Jisr
al-Shoghour and also Lattakia-Aleppo Highway up to Ariha in the suburbs of
Idlib after taking control of Kabani.
a relevant development in late April, Al-Jolani threatened other terrorist
groups to avoid handing over Syria's occupied territories to the Damascus Army.
held a meeting with eight senior commanders of other terrorist groups,
including Islamic Turkistani Party, Harasuddin and Jeish al-Izza, in Atmaeh
town near the border with Turkey, the Arabic-language service of the Russian
Sputnik News Agency quoted local sources in Idlib province as saying.
al-Sham's ringleader who attended the meeting under tight security measures
strongly warned commanders of other terrorist groups that they would be
regarded as traitors if they hand over any region under any agreement to the
Syrian Army, warning of Tahrir al-Sham's revenge and lethal blow.
al-Jolani also asked other terrorist commanders to put their militants on a
state of full alert and keep their bomb-laden suicide vehicles prepared for
who was attending his first meeting after two months, was accompanied by three
Turkish-speaking militants in the meeting with other notorious terrorist
was critically wounded in twin explosions in the Center of Idlib city in late
February and went into a state of coma.
of those injured in Idlib blasts was severely suffering from brain injury and
he was transferred to a government hospital in Antakia City in Hatay
region," Sputnik quoted a medical source in Turkey as saying.
medical source said that the injured person is Abu Mohammed al-Jolani who had
shrapnel head injury and he is now in a state of coma.
(FNA)- US security firms have sent tens of personnel to at Ein al-Assad airbase
in Western al-Anbar in line with Washington's plan to redeploy large amounts of
military equipment and weapons systems from Jordan and Syria in Iraqi province.
Arabic-language website of al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted a security source
in al-Anbar as saying on Tuesday that the security firms' personnel have
arrived in Ein al-Assad on special planes and under tight security measures.
added that the new group came to Ein al-Assad concurrent with the transfer of
military and engineering equipment from Jordan and Syria to the airbase by
their security firms and in line with the US plans to transfer military
equipment to the Western parts of al-Anbar.
source also said that recently, the US security firms have started patrolling
missions in the Western towns of Iraq.
former Iraqi legislator disclosed last week that the US had established 17
military bases in Iraq and deployed F35 fighter jets in Ein al-Assad airbase.
quoted Mohammad al-Dayeni as saying that Washington had set up 17 military
bases in Iraq.
added that the US had also deployed Spirit (stealth) fighter jets in Ein
al-Assad, adding that the F-35 fighters which had earlier been stationed in the
airbase fly on a daily basis to spy on Iran.
said that the US forces had specified 63,000 targets in and outside Iraq for
attacks, including the positions of Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces).
a prominent Iraqi political expert revealed late last month that Washington
continued to increase the number of its troops in Iraq, warning of the US plots
to make aggression against the neighboring states.
al-Akili told al-Ma'aloumeh that the number of US forces had increased in Iraq
despite the general demand by the Iraqi people for their withdrawal.
added that the US forces' attacks on Iraqi security forces indicated that they
were combat forces and were not deployed for advising or training purposes.
underlined that expansion of Ein al-Assad airbase, extension of its runway and
deployment of Patriot missile systems at the base showed that Washington
intended to stay in Iraq for the long-run, specially given the reports that the
US planned to use Iraq as a platform to attack the neighboring states and was,
thus, sending more forces to its bases in Iraq.
(FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Army's Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base
Brigadier General AlirezaSabahiFard announced that the radar system used in the
country's newly-developed missile defense shield named 'Khordad 15' enjoys high
power for detecting enemy flying objects.
15 missile defense shield enjoys a powerful radar system and it can counter
advanced and state-of-the-art targets well, and given its indigenized nature
that entails no dependence on foreign countries, we may operate it
independently," General SabahiFard said on Wednesday.
added that Iran can fully supply the defense shield's needs, including the
radars, missile equipment, artillery and training of humanitarian resources,
using internal capacities.
on Sunday unveiled a new home-made state-of-the-art missile defense system
named 'Khordad 15' which is equipped with passive phased array radar system for
detecting fighter jets, stealth targets and cruise missiles.
missile defense system was unveiled in a ceremony participated by Iranian
Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and General SabahiFard in
(FNA)- The Syrian Army's air defense systems responded to the Israeli Army's
fresh missile attacks on the Damascus troops' military positions in Southern
Syria early Wednesday morning.
Israeli forces targeted the Syrian Army's military positions in Tal al-Harreh
in the Southern part of Syria at around 2am local time, the state-run SANA news
noted that the Syrian Army downed several Israeli missiles, and said that the
Israeli Army targeted the Syrian Army's radar systems with electronic warfare
and jamming after its missile attacks.
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency pointed to the
Israeli missile attacks from inside the occupied territories, specially from
the West of Jbal al-Sheikh on areas under the control of the Syrian Army.
said that before this attack Israel's spying drones flew over the occupied Jbal
new aggression on the Syrian Army's military positions takes place as the army
is fighting with terrorist groups in Northwestern Syria.
a relevant development earlier in June, Israel launched fresh airstrikes on the
Syrian Army positions near Damascus and Quneitra in Southern Syria.
Syrian Army's air defense system shot down several Israeli missiles, the
Arabic-language SANA news agency reported.
noted that Israel's invaders launched two waves of missile attacks from the
side of the Occupied Golan, hitting several military positions of the Syrian
Army to the Southwest of Damascus and East of Quneitra.
SANA news agency reported that the Syrian Army's air defense systems were
activated right after these attacks and shot down a number of Israeli missiles.
the Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik News Agency quoted a
military source as saying that Israeli warplanes fired six rockets at the
Syrian Army's military positions near Damascus, but most of them were destroyed
by the Syrian air defense systems.
Syrian Army's air defense shield also destroyed most of the missiles fired at
Tal al-Sha'ar region in the surrounding area of Quneitra. Three Syrian Army
soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded in the Israeli aggression.
the Israeli Army in a statement claimed that the Israeli helicopters and
fighter jets had pounded the Syrian Army's military positions in response to
two missiles fired from Syria.
Israeli Army's new aggression against Syrian Army's military positions in
Quneitra province came as the US and Turkish sides are trying to bring to a
halt the Syrian Army battle against Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at in Idlib province.
(FNA)- French-Dutch joint delegations have arrived in Kurdish-held regions in
Raqqa in line with supporting their separatist objective in Syria, opposition
sources told the state daily on Wednesday.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted Syrian opposition sources as saying
that a joint delegation from French and Dutch foreign ministries have recently
met with People’s Protection Units (YPG) commanders in Raqqa Province.
newspaper noted that the meeting was held in line with supports from separatist
objectives of the Kurdish fighters in Northeastern Syria, and said that the
French delegation has declared its full preparedness to provide military,
diplomatic and political support for these forces in Northeastern Syria.
the Dutch-French delegation is to hold two meetings in Paris on June 25 and
June 27 to review the manner of support for these forces with cooperation of
France, Holland, the US and the UK as well as other countries.
a relevant development in May, tens of trucks carrying the US military and
logistical aids had been dispatched to the areas under the control of the
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern Euphrates despite declaring the end
of the ISIL by Washington, media sources said.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a convoy comprising 60
trucks containing logistic and military consignments as well as prefabricated
houses was sent to Eastern Euphrates via Simalka crossing in Northern Iraq.
SOHR also reiterated that about 20 trucks have also been sent to Kobani Airport
and KharabAshk military base in Northern Aleppo, and said that the remaining of
military aid was also sent to the areas under SDF control in al-Jazira region
in DeirEzzur province.
in May, media reports said that the Kurdish forces backed by the US-led
coalition have prepared to launch military offensive against the Syrian Army
and resistance forces in DeirEzzur Province.
Turkish-language Anatoly news agency quoted local sources as saying that after
taking control of Eastern Euphrates region, the Kurdish fighters are preparing
to launch an attack on Damascus-backed forces in Eastern Euphrates in
noted that the US-led coalition forces are training the Kurdish fighters in Ain
Issa bases in Raqqa province and al-Amr oil region in Eastern DeirEzzur, adding
that the trainings include passing through mobile bridges and rivers.
US-led coalition forces and Kurdish fighters are looking for winning the
support of regional tribes for launching the attack after residents of the
region called for holding massive protests in Eastern Euphrates and called for
expulsion of US-backed Kurdish fighters.
the US-led Kurdish militants have held meetings with tribal leasers in al-Amr
(FNA)- Russia's Hmeimem Peace Center declared preparedness of over 80,000
civilians to get out of areas under the control of the terrorist groups in
Idlib for safe areas controlled by the Syrian Army as Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at
(the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other militants prevented
people from getting out of those regions.
Arabic-language service of Russia Today quoted head of the Russian Peace Center
in Syria Victor Kubechichin as saying that between 40,000 to 80,000 civilians
are ready to get out of Idlib region.
reiterated that temporary centers have been set up in Homs, Hama and DeirEzzur
provinces to pave the way for exit of civilians from that region.
the Syrian Army has also established safe human corridors in Abu al-Dhohour in
SoutheasternIdlib and Souran in Northern Hama over the past month and
concurrent with the Syrian Army's military operations in Northern Hama and
al-Sham and other terrorist groups prevent the exit of civilians from this
region by blocking the roads and blackmailing them.
a relevant development on Tuesday, the Syrian Army continued to dispatch
massive military convoys to Northern Hama and Southern Idlib as heavy fighting
between the two sides inflicted tens of casualties on the terrorists.
convoy comprising hundreds of Syrian soldiers and massive military equipment
were dispatched from Hama Airport to contact lines with terrorists in Northern
and Northwestern Hama as well as Southern Idlib to reinforce the Syrian Army's
military positions in those regions.
military convoys comprising tens of military vehicles carrying military
equipment and a large number of fresh troops arrived in Northern Syria from
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the Syrian Army's artillery
units and air force as well as the Russian air force pounded the terrorists'
military positions and movements in all fronts in Northwestern Hama and
Southern Idlib, including the towns of Kafar Zita, Mourek and al-Latamaneh,
destroying all their military positions and killing tens of terrorists.
sources affiliated to the militants admitted that at least 52 terrorists,
including two notorious commanders of Jeish al-Izza terrorist group, namely
Mohammad Khaled al-Saba and Yasser Ahmad al-Helal were killed.
fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake
positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in
Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25,
(IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi intelligence forces arrested on Wednesday an Islamic
State logistics provider during a security operation in Diyala province.
of the 20th division of the Military Intelligence Directorate have arrested an
Islamic State militant on charges of supplying the terrorist group with
logistical support in al-Nada district in Diyala,” the privately-owned Baghdad
Today website quoted the directorate as saying in a statement.
terrorist was wanted on terror-related charges pursuant to article no. 4 of the
anti-terrorism law,” the statement added.
January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic
State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and
Syria in 2014.
province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and IS militants
especially in the Jalawla and Saadiyah areas in the province’s north and areas
near the town of Muqdadiyah.
shadow district chief killed; his close comrade arrested in Sar-e-Pul
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019
security forces have killed the shadow district chief of Taliban for Sayad
district of Sar-e-Pul province.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said Wednesday that the Special
Forces of the Afghan Police conducted an opeation in Sayad district late on
statement further added that the Police Special Forces killed Sher Mohammad
alias Ghazanfar, the shadow district chief of Taliban for the district.
ministry also added that Special Forces also arrested one of the close comrades
of Sher Mohammad during the operation.
the ministry of interior said Sher Mohammad was one of the key commanders of
Taliban who was involved in major terrorist attacks in Sayad district.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the killing of Sher Mohammad so far.
NDS Special Forces killed one terrorist and detained two others during an
operation in Herat province.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the terrorists
originally hail from Punjab province of Pakistan.
statement further added that the three terrorists, Mohamad Hakim alias Bilal
son of Obaidullah, Rafiullah and Rauzuddin, were fighting for the Taliban
leader Mullah Wakil Ahmad Osmani.
also added that Mullah Osmani is actively involved in terrorist related
activities in Kerkh district of Herat and bordering regions between Herat and
National Directorate of Security (NDS) also released a video confession of one
of the detained terrorists.
militant briefs the intelligence operatives regarding his recruitment to Taliban
ranks and travel to Afghanistan.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the killing and detention of the
Pakistani militants so far.
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019
authorities have released more than 30 Taliban prisoners from the central
prison of Nangarhar province.
Nangarhar governor’s office in a statement said the authorities released the
Taliban prisoners in accordance with a presidential decree.
statement further added that 32 Taliban prisoners were set free from the
central prison of Nangarhar.
governor’s office also added that 2,300 people including women are currently
serving in Nangarhar central prison.
statement also added that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had ordered the
release of 887 Taliban prisoners on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr.
release of Taliban prisoners has attracted mixed reactions from the people as
some believe that released Taliban group members would return to battlefield.
the authorities are saying that they release the prisoners after proper
security forces conducted separate operations in three provinces killing or
wounding at least 16 Taliban militants.
informed military sources said Wednesday that the Afghan Special Forces killed
3 Taliban fighters during an operation in Tagab district of Kapisa.
sources further added that the security forces also conducted an airstrike in
Nerkh district of Wardak and killed 3 Taliban fighters.
the Special Forces killed 4 Taliban during an operation in Chisht-e Sharif
district of Herat.
military officials also added that the Special Forces wounded 6 Taliban
fighters and destroyed 5 improvised explosives devices during the same
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the operations so far.
Afghan security forces repelled a major Taliban offensive on Daichupan district
of Zabul province killing at least 40 militants.
205th Atal Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants launched a major
attack on Daichupan district from various angles.
statement further added that the security forces killed at least 40 militants
after repelling the attack.
security forces also killed two senior commanders of Taliban Jamil Talawat and
to Atal Corps, the security forces handed over the bodies of 12 Taliban
militants to local residents.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the clash so far.
Wed, 12 Jun 2019
independent Islamic faith school has been warned by the government after it
refused entry to a school inspector and was rated 'inadequate' by education
Raja, headteacher of Islamic Preparatory School Wolverhampton, refused to allow
lead inspector Tim Hill onto the premises on the second day of the school's
Ofsted inspection in February.
its inspection report, Ofsted called the incident "unacceptable" and
said it had reported it to the Department for Education (DfE).
entrance to school inspectors contravenes Section 110 of the Education and
Skills Act 2008, which provides inspectors with the right of entry to any
school to carry out a lawful inspection.
a warning notice issued to the school in April and published on the DfE website
last week, the DfE said obstructing an inspector is a "criminal
criticised the headteacher for his "weak" understanding of
safeguarding procedures and said his checks on the quality of teaching which
are "not effective enough".
found "several hazards" in the school, including an unlocked cupboard
in the girls' toilets containing "flammable and hazardous materials
accessible to young children" and a fire door opening onto a "small
designated safeguarding lead was not able to satisfactorily explain the number
of attempted log-ins to "inappropriate website content" on school
Preparatory School Wolverhampton is part of the registered charity
Wolverhampton Mosque Trust and shares the same site as Wolverhampton Central
Mosque. It also failed its inspection in May 2017.
Secular Society head of education Alastair Lichten said: "This is not the
first time we have seen school authorities working to prevent Ofsted inspectors
carrying out lawful investigations, assessing children's welfare and
must always be seen as a serious red flag. When inspectors are prevented from
assessing compliance with independent school standards then such standards can
be assumed to be breached. Schools cannot be allowed to isolate pupils and
recent months Ofsted reports have revealed that parents have withdrawn
permission for children to speak to inspectors at several Charedi Jewish
a letter to independent school heads earlier this year the government said
inspectors must be able to speak to pupils.
DfE published warning notices which it had sent to 19 independent schools last
week. Islamic Preparatory School Wolverhampton was one of four Islamic schools
while two were Jewish, one Catholic and one Seventh Day Adventist.
them were an Islamic and a Jewish school which segregate children by gender and
a Jewish school which encourages girls to enter "caring professions".
in safeguarding were among the failings at all four of the other schools.
other Islamic schools were Al-Mahad-Al-Islami, an all-girls school in Croydon
in south London, and Paradise Primary School in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Catholic school was St Pius X Preparatory School in Preston in Lancashire. The
Seventh Day Adventist school was Stanborough Secondary School in Watford in
that receive warnings must improve within a specified period or they will be
removed from the independent schools register.
12 June 2019
president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said the group was ‘incredibly
honoured’ to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
group joined the Royal British Legion’s Cippenham branch on Saturday (Jun8) for
a prayer service opposite the Cenotaph in Lower Cippenham Lane.
Atiq Ahmad Bhatti delivered a short prayer for world peace that was delivered
by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Caliph and head of the
community at the 2019 Peace Symposium.
of Slough Cllr Avtar Cheema and the town’s Labour MP Tan Dhesi also attended.
said: “It was an incredible honour for us to be a part of this very historic
prayer service, remembering those who gave their lives for our country, so that
we may live in peace.
sacrifice will never be forgotten, nor their incredible bravery. May God grant
them eternal peace.”
special court in Islamabad on Wednesday rejected former military dictator
Pervez Musharraf's plea for adjournment of the hearing of a high treason case
three-judge bench headed by Justice TahiraSafdar also cancelled retired Gen
Musharraf's right of defence due to his repeated non-appearance before the
is facing a treason trial under Article 6 of the Constitution as well as
Section 2 of the High Treason Act on a complaint moved by the federal
the proceedings, Musharraf's lawyer Salman Safdar said that the former military
dictator was "fighting for his life", adding that he was not
physically or mentally capable of returning the country.
counsel said that he was embarrassed by repeatedly submitting requests to
adjourn the case's hearing.
said that his client was rapidly losing weight, adding that he was unable to
walk and used a wheelchair.
asked for one more chance so that Musharraf could himself appear in court.
said that the former military dictator was having "heart
chemotherapy" because of which his health had deteriorated.
Safdar remarked that the Supreme Court had given a verdict, to which the lawyer
responded that he was aware of this and requested that the plea be accepted on
the basis of compassion.
bench of the special court asked the lawyer to read the Supreme Court verdict
from April 1.
April 1, the apex court had directed the special court to proceed with the
trial on the next date of hearing (May 2) and in case the former president
surrendered and appeared before it, he would be entitled to record his
if he failed to appear, being a PO (proclaimed offender), the special court was
empowered to proceed against him even in his absence under Section 9 of the
High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973, the top court had held.
prosecutor's lawyer Dr Tariq Hassan in his arguments today said that the court
had given Musharraf the chance to give his statement through a video link.
presented arguments regarding Musharraf's health in response to which Justice
Safdar enquired: "Are you speaking against his physical health?"
Nazar Akbar asked if he wanted confirmation about Musharraf's health, which the
Shahid Karim that they need to look at whether or not to approve the request to
adjourn the case. The prosecutor's lawyer opposed the adjournment.
three-judge bench rejected Gen Musharraf's plea to adjourn the case.
speaking to the media, Musharraf's lawyer said that they had presented medical
and photographic evidence in court so that the judges could get an idea of
said that there were "no two opinions" about his client's current
condition, adding that he was very unwell.
said that the current plea was not an excuse, the former military dictator was
unwell, adding that Musharraf had stayed in the country for three to four years
but the trial had not been completed.
was a small trial, it would have been reasonable if it was completed in his
presence," said the lawyer.
alleged that the petitioner from the interior ministry had himself sent
he is himself not accepting Musharraf's illness," he said.
said that therefore they had submitted another plea today. He reiterated that
his client was unwell and was wheelchair bound.
the doctor gives him permission, he will certainly come to Pakistan," he
said that now the federal government will make a panel of lawyers after which
the court will make a decision about who will represent Musharraf, adding that
he was ready to give the lawyers his assistance.
Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentUpdated June 12, 2019
JamiatUlema-i-Islam-F chief MaulanaFazlurRehman says that a multi-party
conference will be held in the last week of June and consultation sessions with
political parties regarding the conference would begin from June 15.
told reporters on Tuesday said his party’s MarkaziMajlis-i-Shoora would meet in
Islamabad on June 19 and million marches by his party would be held in Quetta
on July 15 and in Peshawar on July 21 while a final destination would be
said the arrests of opposition parties’ leaders were making the task of the
said the government had presented a flop budget and the arrest of former
president Asif Ali Zardari and Hamza Shahbaz was an attempt to divert attention
of the masses. He said the arrests would never discourage the politicians as
the arrests were the part of politics.
are saying the government is collapsing but I would say that the state is
collapsing. We all have to protect the state. State institutions should realize
that supporting such an unpopular government is not in the favor of the
country. Whatever we are purposing is in the favor of the state. Enough is
enough. The narrative which had been sold out in the name of war on terror in
last 18 years should be discouraged now as terrorism has been created and these
things weaken the countries,” he said.
said that usage of power has never been a solution to problems.
was used against the Taliban but they are still flourishing in tribal areas.
Despite the claims that peace has been restored, there is no peace. It means
the claims are fake and the ground realities are different. There is need to
introduce new narrative. We have to focus on our economy and prepare new
economic action plan. The country would not move forward until we get rid of
the National Action Plan which was introduced to target religious forces,” he
said. He said that to strengthen the system, a true democratic government
should be formed as the country could not be run through such a fake
said that the Imran Khan government was a proven incompetent government and it
may cause more damage to the country if it was allowed to remain in power.
said that so far his party had held 13 million marches.
are already on the streets,” he added. He said that lawyers should contact
politicians on the issue of a reference against Justice QaziFaez Isa, field by
AyubJune 12, 2019
It was a similarly hot and humid afternoon of June 2014 when panic and fear
gripped the metropolis shortly after TV channels aired news about the arrest of
Altaf Hussain, the founder of then unified MuttahidaQaumi Movement, in London
on suspicions of money laundering, sparking gunfire and arson attacks in
different localities where more than a dozen vehicles were set on fire. But
five years later, the same news hardly affected daily life in the metropolis on
June 2014, Mr Hussain was arrested in connection with a money laundering
investigation by the British authorities. The move had attracted a strong
reaction in Karachi, where traffic system collapsed, stock market nosedived and
streets of the city of over 20 million inhabitants wore a deserted look within
Tuesday morning, Mr Hussain — who has been living in self-exile for almost
three decades — was taken into custody by the London Metropolitan Police in
connection with an investigation into his alleged hate speeches, but there was
not even a word from his former loyalists.
say the former MQM supremo retains support of lower middle class in city
support not yet over’
so much change in the political landscape of Karachi over the past five years,
political pundits and analysts believe that Mr Hussain retains his support base
among the people of urban Sindh, but at the same time they hardly see any
“space” for the 66-year-old leader in Pakistani politics in near future.
is a lower middle class in Karachi which still supports Altaf Hussain,” said Dr
Jafar Ahmad, a former head of the Pakistan Study Centre at Karachi University.
“They support him with all his narrative whether it’s extremist views, his
diction and even his attire. He has definitely been excluded from the
organisation successfully but his social support [has] not [been] erased yet.”
reaction from the unified MQM in 2014 and now over Mr Hussain’s arrest is very
much self-explanatory regarding the future of the party’s founder in Karachi
sunset on June 3, 2014, 13 vehicles were torched amid a sit-in by hundreds of
workers and supporters of MQM at the Numaish traffic intersection. But today,
it appears that Mr Hussain’s loyalists have turned their back on him.
the analysts believe that with so much “political engineering” already done by
the “forces which matter the most” and split within the party during the past
three years, the support among the people of urban Sindh mainly in Karachi for
Mr Hussain cannot be replaced with an alternative leadership.
[support] would remain there and it demands substantial socioeconomic change to
erase that. We should not be in the illusion that if the leadership is not on
the scene, his support is over. But as far as his future in Karachi politics is
concerned, I don’t see any such thing happening in the near future,” said Dr
Pak Sarzameen Party chairman Mustafa Kamal held a press conference soon after
Mr Hussain’s arrest.
said: “I tried my best to convince Altaf Hussain for five consecutive years
when he chose the wrong path.
parted ways with him to rescue the Mohajir community. Today, I am neither
feeling happy nor sad over his arrest.”
continues protest over Zardari’s arrest
the Pakistan Peoples Party, the other major political player in Sindh,
continued its protests in different parts of Karachi and in other areas of the
province over the arrest of former president Asif Ali Zardari by the National
view of the situation, a security alert was issued in Sindh, where Pakistan
Rangers and police carried out patrolling to maintain law and order.
of PPP workers attended protests at Hasan Square and in Central district. Party
leader Waqar Mehdi and Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani addressed the two
their speeches, they termed the arrest of Mr Zardari by NAB a “biased” action
and vendetta against the PPP and its leadership.
warned that the party could paralyse the government if it was not allowed to
hold peaceful protests in other parts of the country.
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