Muslims are proudly flaunting their participation in the US midterm election
Gov't May Freeze Bank Accounts of Muslim Men Who Fail To Pay Alimony
Drain’ Warning Over Indian Muslim Migration
Muslims Defy Trump's Islamophobia with #MyMuslimVote
Security Heads Warn Of Possible IS, Qaeda Merger
PM Imran Khan Wishes Hindu Community on Diwali
‘Vaccine Fatwa’ Sends Measles Immunization Rates Plummeting
Third UN Review, Malaysia to Be Grilled Over Death Penalty, Child Marriages,
probe Bible distribution near school
president's reminder about Constitution totally irrelevant, says Patriot
Pakistan Rangers Exchange Sweets at Border on Diwali
Rahman Responds To Question “If I Convert To Islam, Will I Be Successful Too?”
Abdullah urges India, Pakistan to start sustained dialogue to resolve Kashmir
Pay Dividend After Losses from Note Ban, GST: Woman Held For Cheating
Muslims defy Trump's Islamophobia with #MyMuslimVote
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shoring up support for Geneva conference on Afghanistan
warns nations not to allow Iranian oil tankers into their territorial waters
offers up to $5 mln reward for information on PKK members
Has Turned a Blind Eye to Arab Tyranny In Pursuit Of Profit
detains three Iranians with fake Israeli passports
rise in prejudice against Muslims in Germany
suicide of Syrian refugee in German jail questioned amid fears of official
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formed to organise Khatam-e-Nabuwwat conference on Eid Milad un Nabi
of Funds Affecting Research & Development in Muslim World’
declares appointment, benefits granted to Attaul Haq Qasmi as PTV MD as illegal
plan to foment violence in Balochistan, Senate panel told
issued notice in disqualification case
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more people interrogated in Samiul Haq’s murder case
submit report to Interior Ministry over TLP’s KP protests
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to Hell: Afghan Travellers Run Gauntlet of Taliban Violence
rescues 33 'Malaysia-bound' Rohingya from sea
rejects opposition plea for caretaker government
to seek end of US presence in Afghanistan at Moscow conference
warns of rushed plans to repatriate Rohingya
Bangladeshis part of US-bound Central American migrant caravan
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sentences eight ISIS extremists to death over attack
threatens to target Russia-manned S-300s in Syria
minister visits Oman amid warming ties with Arab governments
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regime wants Palestinian refugees back in Yarmouk
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government warns of Houthi militias’ ‘terrorist intentions’
army officer lost four sons in fights against Houthi militias
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rejects UAE criticism of support for Iran against US sanctions
forces 'neutralize' wanted PKK terrorist
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JAYA: Ex-husbands who fail to pay Nafkah (alimony) to their children and former
wives may have their bank accounts frozen.
to a report in Sinar Harian, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk
Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa said that the ministry officials had held discussions
with the State Syariah Judiciary Department (JKSN).
talks, he added, touched upon how to implement actions including freezing bank
accounts in an effort to empower enforcement against Muslim individuals who
disobey court orders.
was speaking to reporters after a town hall session here on Wednesday (Nov 7).
to Mujahid, many women are not afforded justice in terms of alimony, which is
decided upon by the Syariah court.
stressed that once a decision had been made by the court, the amount should be
issue had been discussed at several levels, he said, expressing hopes that
enforcement would be stepped up to include bank restrictions.
need a bit of authority to act on husbands who do not pay alimony to their
former wives. Many ex-wives have no place to forward their complaints to, and
there are flaws from an enforcement point of view," said Mujahid.
divorced women do not get what they are rightfully entitled to when ex-husbands
feel they are not obliged to fulfil their responsibility to pay alimony, he
For decades political and financial pressures have forced generations of
educated Indian Muslims to leave their homes and travel as economic migrants in
search of a better future overseas.
while continuous migration has helped to bring financial stability, the trend
has also exacted a heavy toll on the community at home, according to an Indian
politician and member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
exclusively to Arab News during a visit to the UAE, Mohammed Adeeb said that
economic migration had led to a “brain drain,” and the loss of “leaders and
torchbearers” in India’s Muslim community.
it partition, when the most of the educated and qualified Muslims crossed the
border, and then economic migration to Gulf and now to the US and Canada,
Muslims back home have been left without leaders and torchbearers. As a result
they have become more vulnerable to political, economic and social challenges,”
Adeeb said while migration outside India may be creating a “vacuum,” it was
also providing thousands of Muslim households with financial stability because
of money earned in the Gulf region.
on the one hand, it was a brain drain, then on the other it was a money gain as
well. The financial situation of thousands of Muslim households in the country
has improved because of money earned in the Gulf. Because of Gulf income, a
middle and upper middle class have emerged in the Indian Muslim community.
However, we need to ask whether it was a good bargain,” he said.
is a former member of Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Indian Parliament), a
member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and alumni of Aligarh Muslim
urged Indian Muslim graduates living around the world, including the Gulf, to
“come forward and share responsibilities.
is a lack of leadership in the community. University alumni have to take the
lead and become the voice of the Indian Muslim community,” he said.
to Adeeb, Muslims in the country have their own challenges and are scared.
who live outside India have to talk about the challenges of Indian Muslims in
their adopted countries, such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia. They are educated
and privileged people, and must raise their voice in a way that the corridors
of power listen to them.”
month, violent clashes took place between university students in Aligarh and
local BJP workers over a portrait of Pakistan’s founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah in
the university campus.
has the world’s third-largest Muslim population and largest Muslim-minority
population. The country is home to about 172 million Muslims, according to a
2011 census. A 2017 census showed Pakistan’s population at 207.8 million.
voters are taking heed in bitterly divided America, which went to the polls on
Tuesday for a high-stakes midterm election.
election is seen as a referendum on the first two years of the mercurial
presidency of Donald Trump, who capitalised on anti-Muslim rhetoric during his
campaign in the 2016 presidential elections.
after Trump came to power, Trump imposed a travel ban on seven Muslim majority
countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya -- sparking
outrage in the US and across the world.
voting hit record levels and turnout appeared high across the country. Muslims
were particularly enthusiastic in hitting the polls, with even a campaign being
launched to emphasise the importance of the Muslim vote.
campaign #MyMuslimVote led by the MPower Change, which describes itself as
"the largest Muslim led social and racial justice organisation"
raised awareness for the power of voting and encouraged Muslims to do so.
security heads warn of possible IS, Qaeda merger
- Russia’s security heads warned Wednesday that the Islamic State (IS) and
al-Qaeda may merge and thus increase the threat of global terrorism.
transition to a network-based organizational model based on regional branches
may push the IS leadership to merge with al-Qaida, which is also interested in
replenishing its forces and means for conducting active terrorist activities,”
Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev was quoted as
saying by TASS news agency.
will allow these two terrorist organizations to control the activities of their
regional branches and affiliates more efficiently,” he said at a meeting of
foreign security services and law enforcement bodies in Moscow. IS has lost
most of the territories it occupied in Iraq and Syria, but it remains along
with al-Qaida and its affiliates a potent threat, with a presence of both
terrorist groups in various countries of the Middle East and Africa.
are a number of signs indicating a possible convergence of IS and al-Qaeda,
Director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said
at the meeting.
international terrorist organizations use a close ideological base and common
human resources to replenish each other’s forces,” Borthikov said. Many
terrorists, despite the armed clashes between al-Qaida and IS, are moving from
one terrorist structure to another, motivated by personal gain, changes on the
battlefield and other reasons, he said. According to the Security Council’s
Patrushev, currently there are more than 200 terrorist groups in the world, of
which IS and al-Qaeda are the largest.
inevitable defeat of terrorism in Syria and Iraq has forced foreign mercenaries
to leave, return to their own countries, or create new centers of instability,
to Patrushev, the militants have changed tactics by joining local radical
groups and criminal circles, forming criminal groups within national
communities and diasporas of the world, as well as creating so-called “dormant
cells,” recruiting new members and accumulating financial assets.
PM Imran Khan wishes Hindu community on Diwali
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday extended his good wishes to the Hindu
community on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights. “Wishing all our
Hindu citizens a happy Diwali,” Khan tweeted. National Assembly Speaker Asad
Qaiser also greeted Hindu parliamentarians and the Hindu community. “Pakistan
is a pluralistic country and enriched with cultural diversity,” he said.
key members of the Khan government, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood
Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, also wished the Hindu community a happy Diwali.
all our Hindu citizens a happy Diwali.
wish our Hindu brethren a happy #Diwali. May the Festival of Lights usher in
joy and prosperity for all of you. May light always have victory over darkness,
good over evil and knowledge over ignorance,” Foreign Minister Qureshi tweeted.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz chief Shehbaz Sharif also wished the Hindu community on the
occasion, asserting that members of the Hindu community are equal citizens of
Pakistan, Dawn reported.
said the rights of non-Muslims were enshrined in the Constitution and
guaranteed by Islam, and that members of minority communities have played an
important role in the formation, defence, construction and development of
Pakistan, the paper reported. He said that the PML-N would continue to play its
role in protecting the rights of non-Muslims.
People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also extended his greetings to
Hindu communities across the world and in Pakistan. Hindus form the biggest
minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus
live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are
living in the country. Majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in
Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with their
‘vaccine fatwa’ sends measles immunization rates plummeting
the bell rang on a recent morning at an elementary school here and pupils
filled the classrooms, anxious adults crowded the corridors outside. It was
vaccination day, but many parents in this North Sumatra village did not want
their children immunized with a new measles-rubella (MR) vaccine. Some told the
teacher their children were at home, not feeling well. Others were there to
make sure their kids didn't get the jab. They whispered the reason with
disgust: The vaccine "contains elements of pork." By the time the
vaccination team left, only six out of 38 students had been immunized.
of parents around Indonesia have eschewed the vaccine in recent months, after
Islamic clerics declared the MR vaccine "haram," or forbidden under
Islamic law because pig components are used in its manufacturing. Vaccine
coverage has plummeted as a result, alarming public health experts who worry
that the world's largest Muslim-majority country could see new waves of measles
and more miscarriages and birth defects resulting from rubella infections
has long used a locally produced measles vaccine as part of its childhood
vaccination scheme, but coverage has been patchy, and until recently, the
country had one of the highest measles burdens in the world, according to the
World Health Organization (WHO). Last year, as part of a WHO-led plan to
eliminate measles and rubella globally by 2020, Indonesia switched to a combined
MR vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India in Mumbai. The Ministry of
Health launched an ambitious catchup campaign targeting 67 million children
aged 9 months to 15 years. The first phase, in 2017 on the island of Java, was
a success; all six provinces reached the 95% coverage target, and measles and
rubella cases dropped by more than 90%.
the rollout to the rest of the country, originally scheduled for August and
September of this year, ran into trouble. Just before it began, the Indonesian
Ulama Council (MUI) of the Riau Islands, a provincial Islamic body, raised
concerns that the new MR vaccine had not been certified as "halal,"
or lawful, by the central MUI in Jakarta, the highest authority in such
matters. The letter asked for vaccinations to be postponed. The news quickly
spread throughout the country, stoking distrust among parents.
salvage the campaign, the health ministry in August lobbied the central MUI to
issue a fatwa—a ruling under Islamic law—declaring the vaccine halal. Instead,
the council declared the MR vaccine haram, based on its ingredients and
manufacturing process. Like many vaccines, it is made using several porcine
components. Trypsin, an enzyme, helps separate the cells in which the vaccine
viruses are grown from their glass container. Gelatin derived from pigs' skin
serves as a stabilizer, protecting vaccine viruses as they are freeze-dried.
took pains not to block the vaccination campaign. It ruled that parents could
still have their children vaccinated, given the need to protect public health.
"Trusted experts have explained the dangers posed by not being
immunized," MUI said, a message it reiterated at a public consultation
with Health Minister Nila Moeloek on 18 September.
local clerics and confused parents have drawn their own conclusions. In
contrast to the success on Java, coverage of children on other islands has
reached only 68% so far, according to the health ministry, which did not
respond to interview requests. In some regions it is far worse—just 8% in Aceh,
for example, a province ruled by sharia law.
spokesperson for WHO's country office in Jakarta notes that Indonesia is hardly
the only country where trust in vaccination has eroded and says WHO remains
optimistic about the campaign. Although the fatwa "has caused some
confusion at local levels, it is in fact clear in its directive and ultimately
supportive" of vaccination, the spokesperson wrote in an email. WHO is
working with the Indonesian government, which has extended the catch-up campaign
until December, to expand the coverage.
could be a major setback for public health. Measles can cause deafness,
blindness, seizures, permanent brain damage, and even death; vaccination
coverage needs to be at 95% to reach herd immunity, in which even nonvaccinated
people are protected. That threshold is about 80% for rubella. At lower levels,
a paradoxical effect can occur: Some women who would otherwise have an
innocuous infection early in life now catch the virus while pregnant, raising
their risk of miscarriage or giving birth to babies with congenital rubella
syndrome—whose symptoms include blindness, deafness, heart defects, and mental
disabilities. "We can't play" with the MR vaccine, says Elizabeth
Jane Soepardi, an independent public health expert who until January was
director of disease surveillance and quarantine at the health ministry. Low
vaccination rates "could mean a boomerang for us," she says.
is no ready alternative; no MR vaccines have been certified as halal anywhere.
(Indonesia's previous measles vaccine didn't have a halal certificate either,
which has not hampered its use.) Arifianto Apin, a Muslim pediatrician in
Jakarta who advocates for vaccination within the Indonesian Pediatric Society,
says education may help. Clerics in many Muslim countries have concluded that
gelatin in vaccines is halal because it has undergone hydrolysis, a chemical
transformation that purifies it under an Islamic legal concept called
istihalah. And in 2013, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore declared a
rotavirus vaccine halal despite the use of trypsin; it ruled that the enzyme
had been made pure by dilution and the addition of other pure compounds, which
is known as istihlak. If Muslim parents learn about the diverse legal views within
Islam, Apin says, "they won't hesitate to vaccinate their children."
that doesn't happen, the only solution is to develop a halal vaccine as soon as
possible, says Art Reingold, an epidemiologist at the University of California,
Berkeley. Neni Nurainy, the lead scientist at Indonesia's state-owned vaccine
company, Bio Farma, in Bandung notes that nonporcine vaccine stabilizers exist,
for instance; the company plans to start to investigate bovine gelatin as a
replacement. But development and clinical trials could take 6 to 10 years, she
says. "In the meantime, many will be made ill and some may die avoidable
deaths," Reingold says.
however, is steering clear of the religious debate and won't recommend the
development of a halal vaccine. "WHO works with regulatory authorities and
manufacturers to ensure vaccines have the highest standards of safety and
efficacy," the spokesperson says. "We don't assess vaccines on other
third UN review, Malaysia to be grilled over death penalty, child marriages,
Nov 8 ― Malaysia will face its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the
United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland tonight,
even as the new Pakatan Harapan administration works to bolster the country’s
human rights track record.
is expected to face scrutiny over its pledge to abolish capital punishment ―
which was the major concern in its last run ― and issues involving women such
as child marriages and female genital mutilation (FGM).
by Malay Mail with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
showed that Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Liechtentstein, United Kingdom, Belgium,
Slovenia, and Australia have already submitted their advance questions for
Putrajaya in the UPR.
least five countries in the list above are curious over the next step taken by
Putrajaya, after de facto law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong announced that the
Cabinet has agreed to the abolition of the death penalty in October this year.
does Malaysia intend to proceed with the abolishment? Is Malaysia considering,
as an immediate measure, to commute all death sentences to terms of
imprisonment?” asked Belgium.
you outline in detail the complete process the government intends to follow for
the abolition of the death penalty in Malaysia following the introduction of
legislation to Parliament?” asked Australia.
October 2013, the majority of countries which reviewed Malaysia’s human rights
record in that UPR urged Putrajaya to implement a moratorium on capital
punishment, with a view to abolish it.
such as Sweden, the UK, and Belgium also questioned Putrajaya’s commitment to
end child marriages, with the latter asking: “Which initiatives will the
government of Malaysia take to curb the increasing trend of child marriages,
both in civil and religious marriages?”
month, Deputy Prime Minister and women’s minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan
Ismail had said that the proposal to increase the marriage age to 18 has been
presented the Conference of Rulers, as
most limits are subjected to state laws.
will also be asked about FGM, after the United Nations Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) committee in
its February review urged Putrajaya to eliminate the practice.
from Muslim-majority countries had criticised Malaysia for allowing the practice
of FGM, even when it is no longer considered to be in line with Islamic
Sunday, Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk
Mohamad Nordin Ibrahim said the federal religious authority will join the
Malaysian delegation to answer questions regarding child marriages, FGM, and
the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).
first came under the UPR review on February 2009, and consequently accepted 62
of the 103 recommendations issued by the UPR working group.
2013’s UPR, Malaysia accepted 150 out of the 232 recommendations, but only 113
of those were accepted in full.
every four and a half years, the UPR is a UNHRC mechanism that was established
in 2007 to improve the treatment of human rights in all 193 UN member states.
process involves a three-hour interactive dialogue, where UNHRC members will
question Malaysia based on reports prepared by the government, UN agencies, and
the stakeholders’ report.
Malaysian delegation will be led by Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk
Seri Ramlan Ibrahim, and will include representatives from several ministries,
Attorney-General’s Chambers, Jakim, Orang Asli Development Department, and
Sarawak state government,
TOWN, Nov 7 — The police, Penang Islamic religious affairs department and state
education department are investigating allegations that Bibles were distributed
to students in front of a school here, the Penang deputy chief minister said
state government will leave it to the authorities to investigate this issue,”
Deputy Chief Minister I Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said in a statement
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa
confirmed that Bibles were distributed to students in front of a secondary
school in Bukit Mertajam.
said it was possible that the Bibles were also distributed to some Muslim
Zakiyuddin stressed that Islam remains the official religion in Penang as
stated in the state constitution.
attempts to cause disturbances and chaos in a multiracial society is
unacceptable,” he said.
Penang Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS) information chief Azdy Mohd
Arshad urged the authorities to take stern action against those responsible.
said the individual, who claimed to be from a non-governmental organisation
(NGO), should face the full brunt of the law for distributing Bibles to Muslim
GPMS believes that the individual’s action was irresponsible and aimed at
causing disharmony between different religions in the state,” he said in a
statement issued today.
said this action clearly went against Article 11(4) of the Federal
Constitution, which empowers each state to control or restrict the propagation
of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of
LUMPUR, Nov 8 ― The Umno president's reminder to all parties not to “disturb”
the Constitution with regards Islam, the Malay rulers and Malay language is
baffling, said Brig Gen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji.
president of the National Patriot Association (Patriot) said Datuk Seri Ahmad
Zahid Hamidi has become overly concerned about the issues he raised “when in
fact no party, especially the non-Malays, has ever questioned the Federal
Constitution relating to those issues mentioned ever since the constitution was
a statement to the media, Mohamed Arshad stated that any questions about those
issues were most probably raised by Malay pressure groups including Umno.
cited a recent case where a member of the Kedah royal family criticised the
state of affairs of Malay rulers which was met “with total silence from the
Malay pressure groups and Umno leaders.”
the criticism been from a non-Malay it would be a foregone conclusion that a
hellfire torment would be unleashed from the pressure groups and Umno,” he
such, Mohamed Arshad said the statement by Zahid Hamidi was a diversionary
tactic “aimed to keep a dying party relevant through its pretence to defend
Islam, race and the rightful position of the rulers.”
Pakistan Rangers exchange sweets at border on Diwali
Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged sweets with Pakistani Rangers on the
occasion of Diwali from Attari(India)-Wagah (Pakistan) land border on
Commandant Sudeep Kumar greeted his Pakistan counterpart by giving a box of
sweets, the gesture was reciprocated by Rangers officials.
of sweets is a traditional practice carried out by BSF and Pak Rangers on
various religious and national events including Independent Day and Republic
Day to maintain harmony on the border and for coordination between two forces
for better border management.
friendlier gesture, however, comes to a halt when tension mounts between two
2016 there was no exchange of sweets on the occasion of Diwali but the gesture
was resumed in 2017.
of sweets takes place on all the three major international border posts of
Attari, Hussaniwala, and Sadqi in Punjab.
sweets diplomacy is also an indication of the current state of relations
between the two nations.
Oscar-winning musician A.R. Rahman, whose biography “Notes of a Dream: The
Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman” was launched recently said that people
usually ask him, “If I convert to Islam, will I be successful too?”.
to the report published in Hindustan Times, responding to the question, he
said, “It is not about converting or not. It’s whether you find the spot,
whether it presses that button in you. So for me the spiritual teachers, the
sufi teachers taught me and my mom things which are very very special, which
are there in many faiths. So this is the faith that we took and we stand by
talking about his faith, he said, “It save me from many falls because between
every prayer there is ‘Oh! I have to do the prayer so I can’t do this
mischief’. So the evening prayer is gonna come so then I can’t do. So it covers
you and a sense of peace comes in early morning…in other faiths too”
to another question, “In today’s time, how important is it not to impose one’s
belief, one’s faith onto another?”, he said, “You can’t impose anything”.
of a Dream…’ has been a journey for me: A.R. Rahman
of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman” which was written by
author Krishna Trilok in association with Landmark and Penguin Random House was
launched here on Saturday.
of a Dream’ has been a journey for me that took me to those corners of my life
which have remained candid for a long time. The insightful conversations with
Krishna Trilok have unravelled parts of my creative and personal life which are
not known to many,” Rahman said in a statement.
said he is humbled by the people who have showered their love and prayers on
him by loving my work.
could be possible without their acceptance. Hope this book creates a sense of
positivity, perseverance, and love among the readers. It is an uplifting and
balancing act of words put together in soothing sentences by Trilok,” he added.
called it a magical journey as an author to be able to tell the story of
Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah Wednesday urged India and Pakistan to
start a sustained dialogue process and advocated an Ireland-type settlement
model to resolve the Kashmir issue. “Abdullah impressed on the governments of
India and Pakistan to start a sustained dialogue process and advocated an
Ireland-type settlement model to resolve the procrastinated Jammu and Kashmir
issue,” an NC spokesman said. He added that the NC chief said this while
addressing a public gathering at Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Abdullah urged the Centre to restore autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest.
is the only way ahead to address the political and developmental deficit of all
the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. It will secure the secular character of our
state and strengthen the bonds of amity and brotherhood,” he said. The Member
of Parliament from Srinagar also said a day would come when the people of the
state would breathe in a peaceful atmosphere, without any insecurity.
should not feel disheartened. The current situation is grave, but we have
witnessed even worst throughout the history. At one time in our history, people
would not buy the idea that the autocratic rule will end. But a day came when
democratic forces usurped the kings’s throne with determination and struggle,”
he added. Abdullah asked the people to keep the faith and follow the path shown
by the prophet of Islam.
this hour of grief and uncertainty, we should not let anxiety and hopelessness
overpower us. We should follow the teaching of the prophet of Islam in our
day-to-day lives. Hopelessness is a curse,” he said. The former Jammu and
Kashmir chief minister said the NC had to face many challenges since its
inception and that scores of party functionaries were “preyed upon by the
monster of conflict”.
party was back-stabbed by many political shenanigans and turncoats, but history
bears testimony to how they eventually faded on their own. The NC is a people’s
party, we owe our being to people and we are a grassroot-level party,” he
Shaikh, 44, the managing director of Heera Group arrested for allegedly
cheating nearly 150 people from Mumbai and surrounding areas, has told
investigators that losses she suffered following demonetisation and imposition
of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rendered her unable to pay dividends on
investments made by people.
the impact of demonetisation, carried out in November 2016, and then
implementation of the GST regime in July 2017, Shaikh has said that by early
2018 she was forced to stop paying monthly dividends, leading investors to
approach the police.
than 150 people from Mumbai and Thane have made police complaints against
Shaikh, and FIRs have been registered against her at several police stations
across the country, it is learnt.
officer associated with the case said that during interrogation, Shaikh has
said that she had been paying out dividends for nearly a decade, but fell back
on payments since early 2017.
May 2017, she issued a circular to her investors, stating that she will pay
quarterly dividends, which she managed for some time,” the officer said. “But
even the quarterly payments stopped since early this year.”
officer said that during interrogation, Shaikh replies confidently and asks
them to check her bank statements and prior investigations if they do not
Mumbai agent, Salim Ansari, has also been named in the FIR. Nearly 20,000
people had put in money through him. Like Ansari, there are several agents
working for her in the city, so the number of investors must be quite high,” the
officer said Shaikh targeted investors from the Muslim community, promising
them “interest-free, halaal” investment, as permitted by Islam. Interest in
most forms is forbidden by Islam.
on October 26 after an FIR was registered against her at Pydhonie police
station, Shaikh is currently in the custody of the Economic Offences Wing
(EOW), which is investigating the matter, until November 9. In its earlier
remand application, the EOW had said that nearly 15 companies had been formed,
with Shaikh as director, since 2010. These include Heera Gold, Heera Textile
and others, in sectors such as construction, groceries, and tours and travels –
she has told the police that her companies are named Heera after herself.
police said 50 bank accounts belonging to her in various banks have been
daughter of a fruit exporter from Tirupati, has six younger siblings and
married a Hyderabad resident named named Salman Qureshi in 2007. They divorced
in 2014, the police said, adding that she did not clear Class X Board exam and
she has a degree from an open university in Colombo, reportedly acquired
officer said Shaikh taught at madrassas in Tirupati and later formed trusts
with other women and started doing business in buying and selling of gold in
the late-1990s. “She registered them as companies only in 2010,” the officer
new sanctions, Iranians vent anger at rich and powerful
Iranians are using social media to vent anger at what they see as the
corruption and extravagance of a privileged few, while the majority struggles to
get by in an economy facing tighter US sanctions.
country has been hit by a wave of protests during the past year, some of them
violent, but as economic pressures rise, people are increasingly pointing
fingers at the rich and powerful, including clerics, diplomats, officials and
person channelling that resentment is Seyed Sadrossadati, a relatively obscure
cleric who has amassed 256,000 followers on his Instagram account with a series
of scathing posts aimed at children of the elite.
one recent post, he blasted the "luxury life" of a Revolutionary
Guards commander and his son, who posted a selfie online in front of a tiger
lying on the balcony of a mansion.
criticising a well-known member of the powerful military unit that answers to
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is in itself an unusual act of defiance.
house tiger? What's going on?" Mr Sadrossadati wrote. "And this from
a 25-year-old youth who could not gain such wealth. People are having serious
difficulty getting diapers for their child."
Iranian rial has hit 149,000 to the US dollar on the black market used for most
transactions, down from around 43,000 at the start of 2018, as US President
Donald Trump vowed to pull out of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world
powers aimed at curbing its nuclear programme.
has sent living costs sharply higher and made imports less accessible, while
the threat of financial punishment from the US has prompted many foreign
companies to pull out of Iran or stay away.
situation could get worse, as additional sanctions come into force this week.
of growing frustration over the relative wealth of a few among the population
of 81 million, Mr Khamenei has approved the establishment of special courts
focused on financial crimes.
courts have handed out at least seven death sentences since they were set up in
August, and some of the trials have been broadcast live on television.
those sentenced to death was Vahid Mazloumin, dubbed the "sultan of
coins" by local media, a trader accused of manipulating the currency
market and who was allegedly caught with two tons of gold coins, according to
the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).
tough sentences have not been enough to quell frustration, however, with high
profile officials and clerics in the firing line.
the economic situation is deteriorating, people are looking for someone to
blame and in this way get revenge from the leaders and officials of the
country," said Saeed Leylaz, an economist and political analyst in Tehran.
is likely to welcome signs of pressure on Iran's political and religious
establishment, as it hopes that by squeezing the economy it can force Tehran to
curb its nuclear programme and row back on military and political expansion in
the Middle East.
anger among Iranians has been building for some time.
over economic hardships began late last year, spreading to more than 80 cities
and towns and resulting in at least 25 deaths.
addition to his written contributions, Mr Sadrossadati has posted videos of
debates between himself and some of those he has criticised.
one, he confronted Mehdi Mazaheri, the son of a former central bank governor
who was criticised online after a photograph appeared showing him wearing a
large gold watch.
a heated exchange, Mr Sadrossadati shouted: "How did you get rich? How
much money did you start out with and how much money do you have now? How many
loans have you taken?"
Mazaheri, barely able to get in a reply, said he would be willing to share
documents about his finances.
of more than a dozen other officials have been criticized online and are often
referred to as "aghazadeh" - literally "noble-born" in
Farsi but also a derogatory term used to describe their perceived extravagance.
clerics have also been targeted.
Naghi Lotfi, who held the prestigious position of leading Friday prayers at a
mosque in Ilam, west Iran, resigned in October after he was criticised on
social media for being photographed stepping out of a luxury sports utility
posts labelled Mr Lotfi a hypocrite for highlighting ways that ordinary
Iranians could get through the economic crisis during his speeches. The outcry
was a major factor in his decision to resign from a post he had held for 18
hype that was presented against me in this position ... made me resign, lest in
the creation of this hype the position of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic
Revolution be damaged," Mr Lotfi told state media after stepping down.
issue of the vehicle ... was all lies that they created in cyberspace," he
was one of at least four clerics in charge of Friday prayers who have resigned
in the last year after being accused on social media of profligacy or financial
Aldeen hovered outside a Dallas polling station Tuesday with a sign that read
"Pete Sessions for Congress" and a T-shirt that said "Latinas
for Abbott" – promoting both the incumbent Republican U.S. congressman
from the Dallas suburbs and the incumbent Republican governor of Texas.
who immigrated from Mexico three decades ago, wasn't letting President Donald
Trump's harsh rhetoric on illegal
immigration get in the way of Republican wins.
believe in the sovereignty of the state," said Aldeen, a GOP activist and
special adviser for Hispanic engagement for the Republican Party of Texas.
"This is a nation of immigrants, but we need to do everything we can for
the rule of law."
joins a significant number of immigrant voters who supported the Republican
Party on Tuesday and, in turn, Trump, despite the president's controversial
stances on immigration leading up to the elections.
the past few months, Trump initiated a
"zero tolerance" policy that led to migrant children being separated
from their parents at the border, gave alarming and unsubstantiated warnings
about a caravan of migrants coming from Central America, threatened to
eliminate birthright citizenship and retweeted a racially charged video linking
a convicted murderer to immigrants and the Democratic Party.
tough talk didn't seem to chase away immigrant voters in significant numbers.
On Tuesday, Democrats got about 68 percent of the Latino vote, slightly higher
than the 66 percent won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, while Republicans garnered
30 percent of their vote, just above the 28 percent Trump earned two years ago,
according to exit polling.
voters sided with Democrats 77 percent of the time in Tuesday's elections, and
Republicans received 23 percent of their vote, the exit polling showed.
Sanchez, a pro-Trump Republican from Houston, said he was not fazed by the president's tough
talk on securing the border or other controversial stances on immigration.
a Trump rally in Houston last month supporting Sen. Ted Cruz, Sanchez, 25, who
immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 5, said he was pleased to see
other Latinos, from Mexico, Cuba and other countries, rallying around the
president and his policies.
thousands and thousands of them," Sanchez said. "They may be a little
shy ... but once they go to the polls, they vote their conscience."
Ahmed, president of the Washington-based Republican Muslim Coalition and a
Trump supporter, said it was initially a challenge persuading Muslim immigrants
to support the president and the GOP after Trump proposed a travel ban on five
predominately Muslim countries.
Ahmed tells potential voters, it's better to try to initiate change from the
inside than complain about policies from the outside. She has managed to get
more candidates to speak at Muslim gatherings and would like to see a Muslim in
greatest opportunity for immigrants is within the Republican Party," Ahmed
said. "We have to get involved. We have to get our voices heard."
care about immigration, but other issues – such as the economy, trade and
college-entrance procedures – are equally important, said Cliff Zhonggang Li,
executive director of the National Committee of Asian American Republicans.
scored points with the Asian community earlier this year when his
administration backed students suing Harvard University over affirmative-action
programs they say discriminate against
Asian-Americans, Li said.
originally from China, celebrated Tuesday night with a group of other
Asian-Americans at a victory party in Orlando for Florida governor-elect Ron
a lot of Asian-Americans don't like the tone the president uses," Li said.
"But so far, we haven’t seen any decisive issue that turns off the
Asian-American community." He added: "But we’ll see what happens the
next two years or six years."
Monty, a Houston-based attorney and Latino and GOP activist, said recruiting
Republican voters became markedly more difficult the past 10 days as Trump
fired up the rhetoric against illegal immigration.
got pushback not just from Latino voters but from Anglo business owners, he
said, who were turned off by Trump's comments, especially his promotion of a
web video showing Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who had been deported but
returned to the U.S. and was convicted in February in the slaying of two
California deputies, mixed in with images of Central American migrants.
wins on Tuesday, Monty said he's worried about the long-term health of a
Republican Party that supports such scare tactics aimed at Latinos.
The upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the
Afghan peace process were the two key items discussed during this week’s
US-Pakistan talks in Islamabad, said an official US statement released on
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian
Affairs Alice Wells visited Islamabad on Nov 6-7 to “review key items on our
bilateral agenda, including the upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and
joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process”, the statement added.
Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan will be held in the Swiss city on
Nov 27 and 28 to underline international support for Kabul’s efforts to
peacefully end the Afghan conflict. While the United States is playing a key
role in arranging this conference, Pakistan also supports the move and is
likely to participate.
Islamabad, Ambassador Wells met Minister for Finance Asad Umer, senior officials
from the ministries of foreign affairs and interior and Director General
Military Operations Nauman Zakria.
these meetings, Ambassador Wells “reaffirmed the goal expressed by both
Secretary of State George Pompeo and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to
build a mutually-beneficial relationship based on trust”, said the official US
statement. The two chief diplomats expressed the desire to rebuild and reset
the relationship at a meeting in Washington early last month.
Geneva conference will follow a 12-nation meeting in Moscow on Friday. Moscow
has also invited the Taliban to this meeting.
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement released on Tuesday that a
high-ranking delegation from the Taliban’s Qatar-based office will travel to
the Russian capital to attend the meeting.
High Peace Council — a government body responsible for reconciliation efforts
with the militants — said it would also send four representatives to the Moscow
has also invited representatives from the United States, India, Iran, China,
Pakistan and five former Soviet republics in Central Asia — Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told journalists in Islamabad earlier this
week that “Pakistan will definitely attend” the meeting.
officials, however, did not respond to requests for comments on whether
Washington is also sending a delegation to Moscow.
statement on Ambassador Wells’ visit did not address this question either, but
it did “underscore the importance of all actors in the region taking steps to
advance security, stability, and cooperation in South Asia” and welcomed
Pakistan’s commitment to work towards this goal.
Wells also discussed with Pakistani officials opportunities to build business
and economic ties between the United States and Pakistan, and explored other
areas for growth in bilateral relationship.
United States is warning other countries not to allow Iranian oil tankers into
their territorial waters or ports, saying such access may run afoul of US
sanctions and not only incur penalties, but also result in catastrophic
economic and environmental damage should an accident occur.
State Department reminded the global shipping and insurance industries
Wednesday that as part of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure
campaign” to get Iran to change its behavior, insuring Iranian tankers will now
incur penalties under US sanctions reinstated this week.
Hook, the special US representative for Iran, said that as major insurers
withdraw coverage from Iranian vessels, Iran will likely turn to domestic
insurance companies that will not be able to cover losses for maritime
accidents that could run into the billions of dollars.
the Suez Canal to the Strait of Malacca and all choke points in between,
Iranian tankers are now a floating liability,” Hook told reporters. “Countries,
ports and canal operators and private firms should know they will be likely
responsible for the costs of an accident involving a self-insured Iranian
US “sincerely hopes” accidents do not occur, he said, but he noted that an
Iranian tanker was involved in an accident in the East China Sea in January
that resulted in the loss of the ship and a massive oil spill. He said the US
has evidence that Iranian vessels are trying to evade US sanctions by disabling
location transponders used to prevent collisions.
tactic is a maritime security threat,” Hook said. “These transponders are
designed to maximize visibility at sea and turning them off only increases risk
of accidents and injuries. Self-insured Iranian tankers engaging in unsafe
behavior, with many tons of crude oil on board, is courting environmental and
sanctions that came into force Monday target Iran’s energy, financial and
shipping sectors and mark the end of US participation in the 2015 nuclear deal
that President Donald Trump withdrew from in May.
sanctions aim to further isolate Iran by choking off its main source of revenue
- oil exports - by imposing sanctions on countries and companies that do not
end their imports.
United States on Tuesday offered rewards for information on three senior
members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an
armed insurgency against the Turkish state for decades.
move could help Washington repair strained ties with NATO ally Ankara.
has been infuriated by US support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the
fight against ISIS in Syria. Ankara considers the YPG an extension of the
outlawed PKK and, like it, a terrorist organization.
Tuesday, Washington authorized rewards of up to $5 million for information
“leading to the identification or location” of Murat Karayilan, up to $4
million for Cemil Bayik and up to $3 million for Duran Kalkan.
announcement was made by the US Embassy in Ankara following a visit by US
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer.
three PKK figures also appear on Turkey’s “most wanted terrorists” list,
according to the Interior Ministry, which describes them as being among the
leaders of the organization.
PKK, designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the
European Union, has fought the Turkish state since 1984.
between Turkey and the United States have begun to thaw since the release from
jail last month of American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson.
week, the two countries mutually lifted sanctions on government officials,
imposed in August over the Brunson case. Washington announced this week that
Turkey would receive a temporary waiver from re-imposed sanctions on Iran.
Tayyip Erdogan also said on Tuesday that talks with the United States regarding
state-owned lender Halkbank, which had been facing a US fine over allegations
of evasion of sanctions on Iran, were on a positive track.
and Turkish troops last week began conducting joint patrols in Syria’s Manbij,
which the two sides have agreed to clear of militants. Turkey had previously
said the United States was delaying implementation of the plan.
has turned a blind eye to Arab tyranny in pursuit of profit
appeals by European countries for democratic reforms and basic human rights in
the Arab world appear to be a thing of the past.
the popular Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, many European countries stressed the
importance of regional democratic values and human rights. Yet, this tone was
quickly replaced by other priorities, such as national security, fighting
terrorism and stopping migration. Soon, Europe returned to rolling out the red
carpet for corrupt tyrants.
the Arab world, an alternative plan for democratic change has been developed,
with an air of European approval. It is based on the consolidation of tyranny
and the deprivation of freedoms on one hand, and the presentation of an image
of society’s "openness" and Western values on the other.
women to drive cars served as a perfect opportunity to polish the global
reputation of Saudi rulers. Movie theatres are being launched in countries that
censor free speech, and branches of Western universities and museums, including
Sorbonne and the Louvre, have opened in the United Arab Emirates - even as the
country fails to uphold the values of the French revolution.
people in these countries are still deprived of basic freedoms and prohibited
from participating in politics, the despotic propaganda is enriched through
partial social reforms. To silence the public, these regimes condemn any form
of dissent as radicalism. Their lists of terrorist groups have become a tool to
demonise civil society organisations that they consider a threat.
regimes use the language of anti-terrorism to market themselves as being
focused on safety and stability, fostering close ties with Israel, the “trusted
partner” in combatting terror. These governments have also announced strategies
for social change and altering religious interpretations in favour of the
strengthen their policies and give the public a veneer of cheerfulness, these
regimes have increased the prevalence of entertainment facilities and festivals,
aiming to cover up the dark truth of their repressive rule. It is comparable to
taking hallucinogenic drugs to escape the misery of reality.
a blind eye
than continuing to push for a democratic order in the Arab world that
guarantees public freedoms and human rights, Europe’s politicians have accepted
and colluded with the alternative approaches of these tyrannical regimes. Thus,
the old tyranny persists with increased oppression and silencing, all the while
benefitting from the assured Western support of leaders who turn a blind eye to
various violations, especially in the era of US President Donald Trump.
relentlessly targeting all forms of free political and civil work, these
tyrants have put maximum effort into preventing a resurgence of the Arab
Spring. Since the 2011 uprisings began on platforms such as Twitter and
Facebook, the authorities have employed “electronic armies” to go after
political content that does not appeal to the authorities is spotted, the
author is in danger of severe punishment, including imprisonment, excessive
fines or enforced disappearance. Today, a number of Arab social media
personalities with a big reach have been either detained or vanished from their
platforms; most of these cases have not been addressed by European
European governments have issued many news releases in the past few years in
reference to prisoners of conscience in some Arab countries, this has not
affected bilateral relations and actively growing partnerships between the
tyrannical leaders and European governments. These relations serve as a cover
for ongoing violations.
democracy, human rights and essential freedoms have not been a priority for
Europe in recent years. Strategic interests and economic contracts, along with
the drive to stop the influx of asylum seekers from reaching Europe apparently
remain of greater significance.
capitals have chosen to look away from the spread of authoritarianism and repression
in the Arab world, shifting the discussion to other subjects. European
decision-makers know that these Arab leaders will work faithfully towards their
strategic interests, including multi-billion-dollar arms deals.
month, the death of Jamal Khashoggi presented an unexpected turn - but what
happened to the prominent Arab journalist is not an isolated incident. Rather,
it is only the latest among many violations by Arab regimes that are still
welcomed warmly in European capitals.
main lesson of Khashoggi’s agonising case is that sweeping tyranny, rights
violations and brutal practices under the rug is not a sustainable strategy.
Ignoring violations in order to smooth lucrative business ties only encourages
the tyrants to act with impunity.
border police detained three Iranians attempting to enter the country with fake
Israeli passports, the interior ministry said.
men, in their 20s and early 30s, arrived at the checkpoint located on the
border between Bulgaria and Turkey on October 31.
three men were transferred to a facility for temporary detention of foreigners
in Lyubimets, southeast of the country. Fast-track proceedings against them
have been initiated, the Bulgaria’s interior ministry added in a statement.
September, Authorities in Bahrain had also arrested 14 Iranians who allegedly
entered the island nation on “forged Asian passports.”
against Muslims, migrants and asylum seekers have significantly increased in
Germany, according to a new study by the Leipzig University.
55 percent of Germans claimed they felt like foreigners in their own country
because of large numbers of Muslims. In 2010, before the refugee crisis, 33
percent of the respondents shared this view.
research has also revealed that xenophobia was becoming increasingly widespread
36 percent of respondents said they consider Germany to be dangerously swamped
than a quarter of them said they believe foreigners should be send back to
their home countries if there were a shortage of jobs in Germany.
Elmar Braehler, who conducted the research together with Dr. Oliver Decker
said, xenophobia and prejudices against Muslims were fueling the surge of
far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD).
with far-right views are now turning away from the Christian Democratic Union
and the Social Democratic Party[…] and finding a new home in the AfD,” he said.
an explicitly anti-Islamic rhetoric, the AfD argued that the country was under
the threat of “Islamization”, especially after nearly one million refugees --
mostly from Syria and Iraq -- arrived in the country since 2015.
a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population
in Western Europe after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims,
3 million are of Turkish origin.
is mounting on German officials to take responsibility after a Syrian refugee
falsely accused of sexual offences reportedly committed suicide in a jail amid
claims officials ignored his cries for help.
death of Amad A, 26, has attracted controversy over its haphazard handling and
contradictory statements made by the regional justice minister in Dusseldorf
who has had a lead role in investigations.
took just under two weeks for Amad to die from severe injuries sustained after
a fire broke out in his cell on 17 September in the town of Kleve on the Dutch
border. An investigation, which was due to be debated at a legislative
committee of the state parliament on Wednesday, said all signs indicated
intentional arson “presumably with suicidal intent”.
findings backed up those initially made by the fire department but have raised
concern among the representatives.
Biesenbach, the justice minister for North Rhine-Westphalia and a member of
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has defended the 60-page
report. It was intended to clear up any remaining confusion over the case but
could have potentially only added to it.
the report said the 26-year-old called for help 15 minutes after the fire
started via the telecom system in the cell. He was rebuffed by the prison
worker tasked with communicating with inmates, who was on call with someone
else Die Welt said. The attendant was said to have told Amad he would deal with
the situation after, suggesting the seriousness of the incident was not fully
conveyed or understood.
is unclear how much Amad actually told the official about the situation.
Currently unsubstantiated rumours the Syrian was ignored are likely to prompt a
further investigation and more questions.
four minutes later did wardens act to put out the fire after noticing smoke
coming from Amad’s cell, who was then rushed to a specialist clinic to deal
with severe burns. Investigators have not said if the extra minutes could have
been the difference between life and death. The report said he set light to the
lower mattress of his bunk bed – Amad was alone in the cell at the time.
Biesenbach has come under repeated attack from his detractors over
contradictions he had made over the last couple of months, with the Green Party
calling on him to resign. "The Ministry does everything for
clarification,” he has said in the face of questions over his credibility.
late as 10 October Mr Biesenbach was quoted as saying Amad did not use the call
system to alert staff. The regional justice minister has lashed out at the
“malicious” claims and insisted he was simply speaking based on information the
authorities in Kleve had given him.
have also been questions raised as to why Amad had not been evaluated further
to check for suicidal tendencies or mental health problems. If he had been
suffering from such issues, greater protection measures would have been in
causes of the fire, such as Amad falling asleep with a cigarette, were ruled
out because of the injuries sustained.
truth in reports of Aasia Bibi leaving Pakistan: Foreign Office
Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday denied reports that Aasia
Bibi had left Pakistan, saying the recently acquitted Christian woman was still
in the country.
is no truth in reports of her leaving the country — it is fake news," Dr
Faisal told DawnNewsTV. Aasia Bibi was released from Multan jail last night —
more than 10 days after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death
FO's clarification comes on the heels of news reports from a day earlier which
stated that Aasia Bibi had left Multan’s women prison and was being flown to an
"unknown destination". This particular quote, attributed to Aasia
Bibi's lawyer Saiful Malook, led to speculation amid some media outlets that
she had left the country.
reliable sources on Wednesday night had confirmed to Dawn that Aasia Bibi was
brought to Islamabad onboard a special aircraft.
aircraft carrying Aasia Bibi landed at the old Benazir Bhutto International
Airport of Islamabad adjacent to Nur Khan Air Base, said sources. From there,
she was taken to an undisclosed place in Islamabad amid tight security. The
authorities are keeping her movement and whereabouts secret for security
Bibi's acquittal had sparked countrywide protests by religious parties and
groups. The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) is expected to hold a 'million march'
in Karachi against the Supreme Court's verdict today.
for Aasia's safety
Tuesday, Italy stated it would help Aasia leave Pakistan because her life was
in danger in the country following charges of blasphemy that put her on death
row for eight years.
husband Ashiq Masih has reportedly stated that they could be killed by those
opposing her acquittal.
the international Catholic agency Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) had quoted
Ashiq Masih as saying in a telephone call: “I appeal to the Italian government
to help me and my family leave Pakistan. We are extremely worried because our
lives are in danger. We don’t even have enough to eat because we can’t go out
to buy food.”
case has prompted groups such as ACN, which has close ties to the Vatican, to
demand protection for Christians in countries where they are a minority.
after the Supreme Court’s verdict, the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) blocked
roads in major cities of the country for three days, condemning the judges who
had acquitted Aasia Bibi, the prime minister and the army chief.
TLP had called off the protests after striking a deal with the government.
Under the five-point agreement, the government said it would not object to the
review petition filed against the acquittal of the Christian woman and would
"initiate a legal process" to place her name on the Exit Control
TLP ends protest after deal with government
agreement was signed by Minister for Religious Affairs Sahibzada Dr Noor-ul-Haq
Qadri, Punjab Law Minister Basharat Raja, TLP patron-in-chief Pir Afzal Qadri
and its central Nazim-i-Aala Waheed Anwar.
Tuesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice
of the losses caused by the riots that broke out during the protests.
CJP directed the federal and the provincial governments to submit reports within
three days on the losses and steps taken to compensate victims of these riots.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday met with Prime Minister Imran
Khan to discuss preparations to celebrate Eid Miladun Nabi across the country.
duo agreed to organise the International Khatam-e-Nabuwat conference on Eid
Miladun Nabi and constituted an organising committee for the purpose as well.
Chaudhry, Noorul Haq Qadri, Iftikhar Durrani, Faisal Javed, Babar Awan, Amir
Liaquat and Ali Muhammad Khan would be the committee’s members.
scholars from around the world, including the Imam-e-Kaaba would participate in
the two-day conference, according to Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq
Of Funds Affecting Research & Development In Muslim World’
Muslim scientists at the 14th International Symposium on Natural Products
Chemistry said on Wednesday the spirit of science and technology in the Muslim
world had become parched.
is an open secret that Muslim countries have lagged behind in science and
technology in the world, as these countries allocate very limited funds for the
promotion and growth of science and development, they said, adding that Muslim
scientists needed to have their own network to help each other.
were speaking at a seminar held at the International Centre for Chemical and
Biological Sciences (ICCBS), the University of Karachi. Those who attended were
Dr Sahar Mustafa (Egypt), Dr Eldar A. Garaev (Azerbaijan), Dr Kamala Kamal
(Azerbaijan), Dr Mannan (Lebanon), Dr Nohad A. Al Omari (Iraq), Dr Rami Mamdouh
Arfeen (Palestine), Dr Rahim Jantan (Malaysia) and ICCBS Director Prof Dr Muhammad
600 eminent scientists and young researchers, including 100 foreign experts,
are attending this symposium. Prof Iqbal Choudhary said there was an inadequate
allocation of funds for research and development sectors in Muslim nations.
Pointing out some causes of this dilemma, he said that lack of political will,
internal political instability and failure to be gathered as one Ummah were
some of the major causes.
Pakistan, he observed, political instability, corruption and lack of political
will were the main hurdles in the progress of science and technology. Lebanese
scientist Dr Mannan said that lack of funds was the major issue in Lebanon,
where universities were merely focusing on teaching rather than research.
the state of science in Palestine, Dr Rami Mamdouh Arfeen said universities in
Palestine were just teaching-oriented, adding that lack of funds and a trained
human resource were really some of the major problems that the Palestinian
science and tech sector was facing.
Nohad A. Al Omari said that Iraqi people were skilled and talented, but the
country was deprived of a suitable science platform for its scientists. Dr
Rahim Jantan said that the world of sciences was completely controlled by the
Western world. He suggested that Pakistan should take the lead of the Muslim
world on the frontier of science and technology.
about the problems in Azerbaijan, Dr Eldar A Garaev and Dr Kamala Kamal
declared the language barrier one of the most important issues making the
chances of science promotion slim in the country.
Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday declared the appointment and monetary benefits
bestowed upon Attaul Haq Qasmi, former managing director of Pakistan
Television, as illegal, DawnNews TV reported.
a short order read out by Justice Umar Atta Bandial, the court held former
ministers of information and finance, Pervez Rashid and Ishaq Dar respectively,
as well as former principal secretary to the prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad
responsible for the discrepancies.
Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) had heard the
suo motu case and a verdict was reserved earlier this year.
Inspector General of the Balochistan Frontier Corps Maj Gen Nadeem Anjum
informed a Senate panel on Wednesday that enemies of Pakistan planned to raise
the level of violence in the province to force the United Nations to intervene
and declare it an independent state.
a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, he said that
Balochistan had become a battleground for a global game.
are being manipulated just like in Libya and Yemen. In the past, unrest was
created in some areas of Balochistan, but it is the first time that efforts are
being made to create unrest across the province. However, our success is that
the people are rejecting the conspiracy,” he said.
sharing the history of the province before creation of Pakistan, Maj Gen Anjum
said the Quaid-i-Azam spoke about the issues of Balochistan, but Britishers
told him that Balochistan was an ordinary tehsil of Uttar Pradesh.
said that the FC was ensuring security of all the matters from railway tracks
to pilgrims. Earlier, only 15,000 pilgrims travelled through Balochistan, but
now around 150,000 pilgrims were using this route.
have rejected the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Baloch Republican Army,
Balochistan Liberation Army, Baloch Liberation Front and Lashkar-i-Balochistan.
These organisations have failed to engage or attract youths and the militant
Islamic State group does not have its footprint in the province. In just one
year weapons worth Rs3 billion have been seized,” he said.
are thousands of success stories in Balochistan, but media only shows bomb
blasts and terrorism. When people of the province hold rallies in favour of
Pakistan, media highlights the stories regarding donkeys. On the other hand,
the foreign media use Bollywood and Hollywood movies and claim that it is going
on in Balochistan,” he claimed.
Gen Anjum said that besides maintaining law and order in Balochistan, the FC
was running nearly 100 schools from its own resources and providing free
healthcare to the people. He said that soldiers were protecting and shielding
the national assets just because of their love for the country.
FC has set up 77 schools in Balochistan in which 24,500 students are studying
and built 12 hostels for poor children. We have built more than 60 medical
centres which treat 260,000 patients annually,” he said.
of State for Interior Sheheryar Afridi said that practical and collective
efforts were needed to be taken to strengthen institutions and law enforcement
committee’s chairman, Rehman Malik, said the nation stood by the Pakistan Army
in the war against terrorism and anti-state elements. The Indian intelligence
agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), in collaboration with the Afghan
intelligence agency was carrying out terrorist activities in Balochistan, he
said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself admitted to his
government’s involvement in Balochistan.
committee called for strengthening the FC by increasing its budget and fully
equipping it with modern gadgets and a helicopter.
Malik asked for a separate housing scheme for the Balochistan FC, particularly
for the families of martyrs.
A Peshawar High Court bench on Wednesday asked the prime minister and Election
Commission of Pakistan to respond to a petition seeking Imran Khan’s
disqualification from holding any public office on multiple grounds, including
on the failure to mention his alleged daughter in nomination papers for the
July 25 general elections.
Ikramullah Khan and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim fixed Dec 13 for the next hearing
into the petition filed by NA-35, Bannu, candidate Inamullah Khan, a leader of
the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party.
Khan had won the NA-35 seat in the July 25 elections but later vacated it to
retain another National Assembly seat also won by him. During the last
hearings, the court had sought a reply from the prime minister through the
advocate general’s office. However, the bench observed on Wednesday that as the
premier’s name was mentioned in the petition, a notice should be issued to him.
Rasheed Khan and Hayatullah Khan, counsel for the petitioner, said Imran Khan
had concealed important facts in his election nomination papers and therefore,
he was not righteous and sagacious in line with articles 62 and 63 of the
chief and former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had
announced ahead of the elections that his party would challenge the candidature
of Imran Khan in all constituencies the PTI had planned to contest election in.
Rasheed Khan said the petitioner had raised important objections but the
returning officer of the constituency rejected them and accepted the nomination
papers of Imran Khan.
added that the petitioner had also filed an appeal with the election appellate
tribunal in Bannu but the appeal was turned down prompting him to file the
lawyer said the petitioner had annexed important documents including judgments
of courts in US related to the famous case of Sita White and her daughter,
Tyrian White, which proved that the latter was daughter of Imran Khan.
alleged that while Mr Khan had not been admitting in Pakistan that Tyrian White
was his daughter, he had admitted the fact in foreign countries.
lawyer claimed that in the nomination papers, Imran Khan had only mentioned his
two sons and not his daughter.
said the premier had concealed the properties belonging to his spouse, Bushra
Bibi, in the nomination papers.
lawyer said the worth of Imran Khan’s Banigala mansion was only mentioned as
Rs11.4 million, which was undervalued.
Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday held a second meeting of the refugee
working group (RWG) under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and
Stability (APAPPS) to discuss the repatriation and other matters regarding
Afghan nationals and refugees who are “illegally” residing in Pakistan, the
Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.
meeting took place at the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron) in
Islamabad and was led by Ministry of States and Frontier Regions Secretary
Muhammad Aslam and Deputy Minister of the Afghan Ministry for Refugees Dr Alema
as representatives of their respective countries.
sides deliberated on ways to enhance mutual cooperation for a dignified,
gradual, time-bound and complete return of the Afghan nationals to their
country,” the FO statement said.
the meeting, both sides agreed to timelines and procedures for the repatriation
of “various categories” of Afghan nationals to Afghanistan. A standard
operating procedure (SOP) was then signed to streamline the working of the RWG.
working groups work on the principle of direct, regular contact between [the]
relevant ministries in both countries, under the umbrella of the
politico-diplomatic working group co-chaired by the two Ministries of Foreign
Affairs,” the statement said.
to the statement, the two sides emphasised the importance of the APAPPS to
further bilateral relations between the countries and agreed to “optimally
utilise” it to “deepen engagement, communication and understanding for [the]
early return and resettlement of Afghan refugees,” as well as, to promote
cooperation under numerous working groups.
Four more people who had been recently in contact with Jamiat
Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq were questioned on
Wednesday as part of the probe into the assassination of the religious leader.
to probe team sources, the four people had been in contact with the slain JUI-S
chief in the weeks before he was killed.
investigation team collected evidence from the crime scene, including hair of
three lengths, the bed sheet with blood on it and three glasses from the spot.
hair and blood samples were sent to a forensic laboratory for DNA testing. The
police officials have searched the gardens of neighbouring houses and the
surrounding hilly areas to trace the murder weapon and other evidence which may
help in identifying the killer.
medical examination report, from the private hospital where Maulana Samiul Haq
was taken and declared dead, has also been obtained by the police.
to doctors, the former senator died an hour prior to the time when his body was
brought to the hospital. The medical reports include an ECG, X-Rays and details
of the stab wounds.
the other hand, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) is suspecting involvement of
foreign elements in the murder of its late chief.
is confirmed to thousands of his followers, the party, Darul Uloom Haqqania and
his family that martyrdom of Maulana was not an internal issue rather Indians,
Afghans and other elements are involved in this act,” said a statement issued
the key role played by the slain leader in mediation between the Taliban and
other groups including Afghan government, the statement said, a delegation of
Afghan government had requested Maulana Samiul Haq in October to facilitate
talks with Taliban.
started propaganda against him and Darul Uloom Haqqania when they failed to
persuade him to play the desired role,” the statement alleged.
Haq, son of Maulana Samiul Haq, said his father was unwell and taking rest at
home when he came under attack.
said Maulana Samiul Haq’s driver and gunman were away when he was stabbed and
added that when one of his servants returned he saw his father lying in a pool
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police on Wednesday submitted a report to the
Ministry of Interior over protests that had engulfed the country in the wake of
the Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Aasia Bibi.
and Hangu were sites where incidents of vandalism and arson occurred, the
report added that out of 25 cases registered against those responsible for the
violence, eight suspects have been arrested.
addition, those responsible for setting fire to Rashakai Interchange Toll Plaza
were being tracked with 17 suspects already arrested over the incident.
two Pakistani members arrested with family members in Nangarhar
members of ISIS Khurasan, originally hailing from Pakistan, have been arrested
during the operations of the security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the
two militants were arrested during the operations in Nazian district.
statement further added that both the militants handed over themselves and
their family members, including two women and four children to the security
forces during a search and clearance operation.
to 201st Silab Corps, the militants also handed over two Ak-47 assault rifles
to the security forces.
anti-government armed militant groups including ISIS loyalists have not
commented regarding the report so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the
security situation in some of its remote districts has deteriorated during the
to hell: Afghan travellers run gauntlet of Taliban violence
- On a good day, it takes Mohammad less than three hours to drive from Ghazni
to Kabul. But preparations for the hair-raising journey through
Taliban-infested areas can take weeks. Road trips are a dangerous, and often
deadly, activity in Afghanistan.
run the gauntlet of Taliban checkpoints, fighting, robberies, kidnappings, and
pressure-plate bombs targeting government officials and security forces.
stretch of Highway 1 between the Afghan capital and the southeastern city of
Ghazni - which the Taliban stormed in August and still threaten - is one of the
most treacherous. Spontaneous trips are out of the question, said Mohammad, who
is in his 20s and a regular visitor to Kabul.
not his real name, asked AFP to use a pseudonym to avoid being identified by
the Taliban. He begins preparing for the journey at least two weeks before his
planned departure, starting with growing out his beard, which he normally keeps
short, to create a scruffier appearance.
then starts working his contacts, calling trusted relatives and neighbours who
ply the busy route for information about Taliban activity along the main artery
connecting Kabul to the insurgent strongholds in the south.
have to be careful who you call because you could be sold out to the Taliban”
by someone working for the militant group, he told AFP. On the day of his
departure, Mohammad swaps his clean, well-ironed clothes for a dirty
pyjama-like shalwar kameez to make himself look more like a villager and clears
the call history on his mobile in case a phone number raises suspicion. “You
can’t just jump into a car and come (to Kabul), not if you want to be on the
safe side,” he said.
most recent trip to Kabul was delayed for three days after he received warnings
of Taliban disguised as Afghan soldiers manning checkpoints along the road.
first thing Taliban militants check is a person’s tazkira, or national
identification document. “If the tazkira is from Ghazni then you may be fine.
If not, they might think that you are a member of the security forces from another
province coming to Ghazni to fight,” Mohammad said.
registering to vote in the October 20 parliamentary election - which the
Taliban had vowed to attack and which was finally cancelled in Ghazni due to
protests - Mohammad carries a second tazkira that does not have a sticker
identifying him as a voter.
are many reasons to be worried and anxious,” Mohammad explained.
if they don’t kill you, they may keep you as a hostage and ask for a ransom. If
they kept me for one night, my mother would not survive.”
one-way trip between Kabul and Ghazni costs Mohammad 250 afghanis (around $3)
in a Toyota Corolla taxi, a ubiquitous model in Afghanistan that is often used
as public transport. He tries to travel with drivers he knows.
avoids travelling on Mondays and Wednesdays. Those are the days the Afghan army
delivers supplies to its troops in the provinces and attacks along the highway
are more likely, Mohammad said.
the last day of the Afghan working week, is also a bad day to venture out of
the city. Militants lie in wait for government employees as they leave Ghazni
for the weekend. Whenever possible, Mohammad said he travels with women wearing
burqas, but not because he prefers their company.
the deeply conservative society where physical contact between men and women in
public is prohibited, female passengers can hide mobile phones and other
sensitive items under their head-to-toe coverings without fear of the Taliban
searching them. Once on the open road, Mohammad remains vigilant. He listens
carefully to the phone conversations of the driver and other occupants for
signs they are planning to give him, or someone else in the vehicle, up to the
spies use codes like ‘I have brought the rooster that you asked for’ or ‘we
found the yoghurt that you asked for’,” he said.
oncoming vehicle with lights blinking, a line of cars stopped on the highway,
or no traffic at all are warning signs that something has happened up ahead.
and ambushes are common. You have to accept that you might face it,” Mohammad
the risks, Kabul’s alluring cafes and shopping malls make the nail-biting trip
worthwhile, Mohammad said.
a few days in the heavily militarised and overcrowded city is “refreshing” and
a relief from Ghazni, where he feels his “heart can burst from boredom”.
BAZAR, Bangladesh (AFP) - Bangladesh's coast guard rescued 33 Rohingya and
detained six alleged human traffickers from a fishing trawler headed for
Malaysia in the Bay of Bengal, an official said on Wednesday (Nov 7).
rescued included 14 men, 10 women and nine children who had been living in
refugee camps in the southeastern Bangladesh district of Cox's Bazar, according
to Fayezul Islam Mondol, coast guard commander in the southeastern coastal town
have captured six traffickers as well. All of them are Bangladeshis," he
720,000 refugees of the persecuted Myanmar minority have taken shelter in
Bangladesh camps since August last year.
fled what the UN has described as ethnic cleansing in Buddhist-majority Myanmar's
western Rakhine state, and have joined some 300,000 refugees already living in
camps in Cox's Bazar.
smugglers in recent years have sent tens of thousands of Rohingya from the
Bangladesh camps to Malaysia, before Bangladesh launched a crackdown in 2015
after Thai authorities discovered mass graves and boats overcrowded with
thousands of migrants drifted at sea.
said the Rohingya rescued Wednesday had boarded a dilapidated fishing trawler
on an uncertain "sea voyage to Malaysia".
boat was intercepted on Wednesday evening by a coast guard boat near Saint
Martin's Island, the last territory of Bangladesh, situated only a few
kilometres away from Myanmar's Anauk Myinhlut coastline.
of the arrested traffickers, Abdus Shukur, 55, told AFP that the fishing
trawler had been due to transfer the Rohingya to a bigger Malaysia-bound ship
moored neared the island in the Bay of Bengal.
were forced by an influential local to take these (Rohingya) people on the
fishing boat. We were instructed to board them on an awaiting ship near Saint
Martin's," Shukur said.
in Bangladesh worry many refugees may once again risk travelling to South-East
Asia by boat, a route previously popular among Rohingya seeking economic
opportunities outside the grim and crowded camps.
voyages take place between November and March when seas are most calm.
local government official said with the approach of winter, traffickers were
now trying to lure Rohingya again to the dangerous boat journeys.
sea is getting calm and there are high demand among the refugees to travel to
Malaysia," Teknaf mayor Abdullah Monir said.
traffickers are therefore taking the opportunity to float their boats
again," he said.
Tuesday, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained 14 Rohingya on Teknaf coast who
had allegedly been cheated by human traffickers.
BGB spokesman Major Shariful Islam said they paid nearly US$120 (S$160) each to
a fellow refugee in Kutupalong, the largest Rohingya refugee settlement, to be sent
Bangladesh's ruling party has rejected an opposition party's demand for a
caretaker government it says is essential for a free and fair general election
due to be held in December.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League had agreed to unprecedented talks
last week with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to discuss the
arrangement, on Wednesday it declared the demand was unconstitutional.
prime minister told them there is no provision in our constitution to form such
a caretaker government," said Obaidul Quader, her party's secretary
BNP, which is in disarray after the jailing of its chief, former prime minister
Khaleda Zia, on corruption charges, also pressed for a caretaker government at
the last general election in 2014.
that demand was not met, it boycotted the poll.
party and its allies were still undecided whether to participate in the
election, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told Reuters.
said the Awami League would ensure a level playing field by preventing ministers
from using government buildings or vehicles for the next three months.
and Khaleda, who between them have ruled Bangladesh for decades, are bitter
rivals and the BNP says its leader has been jailed on trumped-up charges to
keep her out of politics.
Wednesday the Awami League also rejected BNP demands to reconsider Khaleda's
sentence, which was doubled to 10 years on October 30, so ruling her out of
- The Taliban group has announced to send a delegation to the Moscow Peace
Conference, at which it will discuss an end to the US presence in Afghanistan,
a statement from the outfit said Wednesday.
the statement posted on the armed group’s website, the hardliner group said
that a delegation from the group will attend the meeting in Moscow slated on
Nov. 9, to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and
seek what it called an end to “the US occupation” of the country.
particular point needs clarification; this conference is not about negotiating
with any particular side rather it is a conference about holding comprehensive
discussions on finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan quandary and ending
the American occupation,” asserted the Taliban statement.
statement comes after the government of Afghanistan said it has no plan on
sending delegation to the Moscow-led peace meeting on Afghan imbroglio. Afghan
government has said repeatedly that it only wants to attend an Afghan-initiated
and Afghan-led negotiation with the armed oppositions, but supports any peace
talks in which Afghan interest was at the forefront.
United Nations' human rights investigator on Myanmar urged Bangladesh on
Tuesday to drop plans to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya
refugees to Rakhine state this month, warning they would face a "high risk
than 700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh from western Myanmar,
U.N. agencies say, after Rohingya insurgent attacks on Myanmar security forces
in August 2017 triggered a sweeping military crackdown. The two countries
agreed on Oct. 30 to begin the returns to Myanmar in mid-November. The U.N.
refugee agency has already said that conditions in Rakhine state were "not
yet conducive for returns."
Lee, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said in a statement
that she had received credible information from the refugees in Cox's Bazar
that "they are in deep fear of their names being on the list to be
repatriated, causing distress and anguish." She had not seen any evidence
of the government of Myanmar creating an environment where the Rohingya can
return to their place of origin and live in safety with their rights
guaranteed. It has "failed to provide guarantees they would not suffer the
same persecution and horrific violence all over again," Lee said.
rights groups had earlier voiced concern that returning the men ignored the
danger they faced in Myanmar where for decades the Rohingya have been targeted
in violent pogroms by security forces. Around 100,000 displaced Rohingya
Muslims living in Myanmar's Rakhine state struggle to save their lives from
systematic violence, persecution, according to reports.
U.N.-backed investigators presented a report in September that painted a grim
picture of crimes against Rohingya. The report found that certain members of
the Myanmar army have participated in genocide against Rohingya Muslims, many
of who fled to neighboring Bangladesh. The 444-page United Nations fact-finding
report has called the crimes committed by the Myanmar army "the gravest
crimes under international law." Referring to previous U.N. reports, the
report listed similar actions taken by the Myanmar army and government in the
past against the Rohingya.
Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman claimed the presence of
Bangladeshis in the caravan posed a security risk
are among the members of the Central American migrant caravan headed for the US,
according to a report by US-based think tank Center for Immigration Studies
reported that Bangladeshis were spotting moving alongside Central Americans in
the migrant caravan in late October, the CIS report said.
the report, CIS Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman claimed the
presence of Bangladeshis in the caravan posed a security risk.
Muslim-majority country is regarded as so rife with Islamic extremists and
violent ideology that its government has mounted a "zero tolerance"
campaign to prevent it from becoming a terrorist safe haven, with US backing.
Certainly, that's good reason for uninterested Bangladeshis to leave for
greener hills, even though the country's economy is booming,” Bensman said.
US President Donald Trump had remarked that the presence of "unknown
Middle Easterners" in the migrant caravan increased the risk that it had
president’s comment had been criticized by the media, with many taking the
presence of Bangladeshis as unsupportive of Trump’s claim.
stances adopted by the US-led coalition forces in Syria may not deter Turkey's
aggressions on regions located in Eastern Euphrates," member of the
executive body of Syrian Democratic Alliance Talat Youness said on Wednesday.
politician reiterated that the US measures to prevent Turkey's attacks are in
remarks came as the US and Kurdish forces patrolled Syria's regions bordering
Turkey, including Hasaka and Aleppo.
the Turkish army's troops launched mortar attacks on Tal Jeyhan village in
Torbeh Sibeh region East of Qameshli.
Turkish army troops also attacked al-Mahta district of Ra'as al-Ain border town
in Hasaka province.
media outlet reported on Monday that the Turkish warplanes were carrying out an
increasing number of flights over the border with Syria's Hasaka as Ankara
ground troops were preparing to launch a large-scale operation against Kurds on
the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River.
Arabic-language al-Manar TV Channel reported that the Turkish fighter jets were
flying in large numbers over the border region with Hasaka province in
further said that the US-led coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces
(SDF) held joint patrol along Syria-Turkey border between the two small towns
of al-Darbasiyah in Northern Hasaka, and Ra'as al-Ein in Northwestern Hasaka.
TV channel went on to say that a large number of Turkish troops and
Ankara-backed militants have been put on alert along the contact lines with the
SDF in Northern Syria to be used in a military operation on the Eastern banks
of the Euphrates River.
the meantime, SOHR reported that the SDF commanders held a meeting over
countering Turkey's possible attack on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River.
strikes kill 20 ISIS members in eastern Syria, says monitor
coalition air strikes against ISIS extremist group killed 20 of the extremists
Wednesday as they attacked an oil field in eastern Syria, a monitor said.
air strikes killed 20 IS fighters during their attack on the Tanak oil
field" where US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are based, said the
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Sunday, ISIS killed 12 US-backed fighters in a surprise attack from the
extremists’ holdout in eastern Syria on the Iraqi border.
Egyptian military court sentenced eight members of ISIS extremist group to
death on Wednesday for a deadly attack against the army in 2016, several regime
sources told AFP.
court in Ismailia in the country’s northeast also sentenced 32 people to life
imprisonment- a term of 25 years under Egyptian law- while two others were
given 15 years.
defendants were acquitted, a military source said.
eight who were sentenced to death were not present in court, a judicial source
told AFP without elaborating.
accused were tried for “the killing of several soldiers and the attack on a
checkpoint and an army vehicle” in 2016, the military source said, without
giving further details.
were identified as members of the Egyptian branch of ISIS, which has led an
insurgency in North Sinai and carried out several attacks across the country.
army launched a major offensive in February dubbed “Sinai 2018” to dislodge the
insurgents from the peninsula.
than 450 suspected extremists and around 30 Egyptian soldiers have been killed
since the offensive began, the army said in October.
attacks have killed hundreds of police, soldiers and civilians.
Israeli regime has threatened to hit the Russia-made S-300 missile defense
launchers in Syria, even those manned by the Russian military itself, should
the launchers target Tel Aviv’s warplanes.
during a press conference for Russian media on Monday, Israeli Minister of Environmental
Protection Ze’ev Elkin said Moscow’s supply of the S-300 system to Damascus was
“a big mistake” that “might lead to destabilization of the situation.”
then questioned the Syrian army’s ability to use the system properly.
Syrian military are not always capable of correctly using the hardware
transferred to them. In case of improper operation, civilian aircrafts may be
harmed,” Elkin said.
further warned that the Israeli regime would take “practical action” in
response to alleged attacks from Syria and stressed that Russia “bears partial
responsibility” for Syria’s use of the system.
would undoubtedly take place, should [an attack] occur, against the launchers
used to attack” the occupied territories or Israeli planes, he said, adding, “I
hope greatly that there would be no Russian military specialists [at S-300
S-300 missile defense system – known as one of the most advanced in the world
-- is capable of striking short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles
as well as tactical and strategic aircraft.
signed an agreement to sell the system to Syria back in 2010, but later
scrapped the plan.
September 2018, however, Moscow decided to bolster Syria’s air defense
capability by deploying the modern S-300 system to the country.
announcement came in the wake of the accidental downing of Russia's Il-20
reconnaissance aircraft with 15 servicemen on board by Syria’s S-200 launchers,
which were at the time responding to a wave of Israeli strikes on state
institutions in Latakia Province.
held Israel responsible for the incident, saying the regime’s pilots had
intentionally used the Russian plane as cover to conduct air raids, effectively
putting it in the crosshairs of the Syrian air defenses.
frequently attacks military targets inside Syria in what is considered as an
attempt to prop up Takfiri terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy
defeats against Syrian government forces.
Israeli minister is visiting Oman, following a controversial trip by the
regime’s premier to the sultanate, for talks on a railway project as Tel Aviv
moves to make its secret ties with the Persian Gulf Arab monarchies public.
Transport and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz, who reportedly arrived in
Muscat on Sunday, will take part later on Wednesday in the International Road
Transport Union, where he is expected to propose a railway connecting the
Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean via the Israeli-occupied territories.
the annual conference, he would be explaining that the proposed railway would
start in Haifa, go through Jordan, and eventually connect to some railway
stations in the Persian Gulf region.
last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Oman in a
surprise visit, which marked the high point of increasing Arab-Israeli
gravitation over the past several years.
and certain Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and its regional allies Bahrain
and the United Arab Emirates, have been making overt and covert contacts over
the past years.
overtures have taken place against the backdrop of those Arab governments’
alleged support for the Palestinian cause against the Tel Aviv regime’s
pro-Israel administration of US President Donald Trump strongly supports the
increasing closeness. Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt welcomed
Katz’s visit to Oman, tweeting, “These efforts support our efforts.”
Palestinians have, however, clearly distanced themselves from the
administration’s Middle East policy, calling it excessively in favor of Israel.
last year, the Palestinian Authority (PA) stopped recognizing Washington’s
negotiating role in any Middle East process after Trump recognized the occupied
holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”
al-Islam terrorists and militants of Ahrar al-Sharqieh heavily clashed near Kaveh
al-Hadad in Afrin in Western Aleppo, local sources reported.
sources noted that fierce clashes left many terrorists dead and many others
wounded form both sides. Meantime, several civilians were also killed in the
infighting between the two terrorist groups.
clashes took place over the deployment of the militants in the region, while
the militants' so-called Police Forces were sent to the region to put an end to
the clashes," the local sources said.
a relevant development on Sunday, Ankara-backed terrorists engaged in fresh
round of clashes in the towns of Azaz and Afrin in Northern and Northwestern
of Liwa al-Shamal and their rival terrorists known as Police Forces, both
backed up by the Turkish army, engaged in heavy fighting in the town of Azaz in
infighting came after the Police Forces arrested 2 Liwa al-Shamal militants.
infighting inflicted several casualties on both sides.
sources, meantime, said that al-Shamiyah Front sent its gunmen from Afrin to
Azaz following the infighting.
sources in Afrin reported that militants of Sultan Murad clashed fiercely with
other rival militants in the village of Kafr Janah in Afrin, adding that
several terrorists were killed and at least 10 more were wounded in the
infighting between the two Ankara-backed militant groups.
Kurdish-language Hawar News reported on Thursday that Ferqat al-Hamzeh, Sultan
Murad, Faylaq al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and other terrorist groups in Afrin cut
the forest trees in the villages and jungles.
added that a large number of the trees were sent to Turkey, while several other
cargoes were sold to the Syrian dealers.
terrorists also cut off and stole olive trees in different parts of Afrin after
to the report, militants started imposing their rule over new regions in Afrin,
including Tal Haloubiyeh in Shara region and a hill between the village of
Marateh and Bablit in Central Afrin, starting measures to extract artifacts and
militants have intensified plundering historical artifact in occupied Afrin
The Syrian regime has created a plan for the return of Palestinians to the
war-ravaged Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus, the deputy foreign
minister said Tuesday.
an interview with Beirut-based broadcaster Al-Mayadeen, Faisal Al-Meqdad said
there was a “plan for the return of all refugees to the camp,” home to some
160,000 Palestinians before Syria’s war broke out in 2011.
did not specify how or when people would start returning.
Syrian regime and allied forces retook the neighborhood in May from Daesh,
pushing the militants out of their only bastion in the capital.
are being made to clear (the camp) of mines left by... Daesh,” said Meqdad.
in 1957 with tents for Palestinians who fled or were ousted from their homes
with the establishment of Israel, Yarmouk grew into a bustling neighborhood.
2012, around 140,000 residents fled as clashes raged.
who stayed faced severe shortages of food and medicine under a withering
years-long regime siege.
terrorists entered the area in 2015, bringing further suffering to remaining
residents until being forced out in May.
months on, only a few residents have managed to return.
said Damascus wanted to dispel any “rumors” that Palestinians had been
once-busy district is now a ghost town piled with rubble and mangled steel
UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has said its 23 premises in the camp
including 16 schools are damaged, but that it would not fix any unless the
government officially allowed residents to return.
and Palestinian officials have criticized Damascus for not giving the go-ahead
for reconstruction plans or officially allowing residents to return.
Monday, Meqdad said the Syrian regime would not object to a “role for the Palestinian
Authority or UNRWA in rebuilding the camp.”
software was used to track Khashoggi: Snowden
- US whistleblower Edward Snowden believes Israeli cyber intelligence firm NSO
Group Technologies is “selling a digital burglary tool,” which he claimed had
been used to track Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in Istanbul
in early October.
software is not] just being used for catching criminals and stopping terrorist
attacks … not just for saving lives, but for making money … such a level of
recklessness … actually starts costing lives,” Snowden said via video
conference at an event organized by OH! Orenstein Hoshen communications firm
based in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. NSO Group Technologies refuted the accusations,
stating that it considers that Snowden is selectively slandering Israeli
technology companies and does not possess any reliable information on the
matter. “NSO is developing products that are sent to government agencies for
the sole purpose of investigating and preventing crimes and terrorism,” the
company was quoted as saying by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation.
application of NSO products is monitored by a special ethics commission, the
a Washington Post contributor, disappeared on October 2 after entering the
Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia’s acknowledgment that the journalist
had been killed in a fight inside the consulate came after two weeks of denials
and growing pressure from Western allies to provide explanations. Turkey, which
conducts a separate probe into the case, claims that Khashoggi was assassinated
by a hit squad sent from Saudi Arabia.
2013, Snowden leaked classified documents pertaining to mass surveillance
practices carried out by US authorities around the globe. Later in the year,
Russia granted the former NSA contractor temporary asylum for one year. In
2014, Snowden received a three-year residence permit to live in Russia, which
was later extended until 2020.
salutes Damascus allowing Yarmouk Palestinians to return
United Nations on Wednesday welcomed a Syrian regime plan to allow Palestinians
back home to the ravaged Damascus suburb of Yarmouk after expelling extremists.
of thousands of pre-war residents have been unable to return to the large
Palestinian refugee camp in the south of the capital since regime forces ousted
ISIS extremist group in May.
Tuesday, deputy foreign minister Faisal al-Meqdad said Damascus had created a
“plan for the return of all refugees to the camp”, though he did not give a
UN agency for Palestinians refugees, UNRWA, on Wednesday applauded the
welcomes the decision by the Syrian government to allow Palestine refugees to
return to their homes in Yarmouk camp,” spokesman Chris Gunness said.
160,000 Palestinians lived in Yarmouk before the start of Syria’s seven-year
years of devastating fighting, siege and bombardment, much of the district has
been reduced to a sea of grey rubble and mangled steel, though main roads have
been cleared of debris.
a few dozen families now live amid its bombed-out buildings.
has 23 premises there including 16 schools, all of which have been damaged.
has faced a funding crisis since August when the United States, its largest
single donor, announced it would end its US$350 million a year funding.
call on the international community to provide support for UNRWA to allow the
agency to provide core services, including health services and education, to
Palestine refugees who return to Yarmouk,” Gunness said.
camp is largely destroyed and there is a need for the municipality to restore
basic infrastructure, including water, electricity and sewage,” he said.
up in 1957 after the creation of the state of Israel, Yarmouk evolved from a
camp of tents into a bustling neighborhood that was home to Syrians as well as
was home to almost 30 percent of the Palestine refugee population in Syria
before they were displaced,” Gunness said.
of Yarmouk’s residents fled after rebels overran the neighborhood in 2012,
leaving those who remained to face severe food shortages under a years-long
regime siege, and then extremists.
Palestinian Liberation Organization has funded rubble clearing, but rebuilding
awaits a green light from Damascus.
leader of Ansar Allah Jamal Suleiman left the Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee
camp in the Lebanese southern city of Sidon, with 20 of his supporters
including his family, to Mezzeh area in Syria.
official news agency reported that Jamal Suleiman, General Secretary of
Hezbollah-linked Ansar Allah left to Syria as part of a deal with the
Palestinian Fatah Movement following violent clashes between the two
Palestinian groups last month, leading to the death of four persons and
wounding 30 others including huge damages in properties.
sources revealed that Suleiman and around 20 others left late last night to
unknown destination, while the faction’s head quarter was handed over to
Suleiman deputy Maher Oweid, while the next step is to withdraw all Fatah
Movement militants from the camp’s streets to pave the way for the return of
displaced civilians who fled the area in the latest flare of violence.
sources said that the exit process came as a result of a lengthy security
meeting that was held overnight, overseen by senior Hezbollah official Wafiq
Safa, according to local Lebanese media.
witnesses said that Suleiman “burnt personal documents in his security zone few
hours before he left.”
Houthis intentionally target civilians and have “terrorist intentions” in
Hodeidah, Yemeni government spokesperson Rajeh Badi warned in a statement on
told the Yemeni news agency that the Houthi militias have a “terrorist agenda”,
including the possibility of "blowing up" an oil tanker in Ras Isa.
militias have schemed terrorist plans as a result of the huge losses they’ve
endured. These plans include booby-trapping governmental buildings and national
(facilities) like the Hodeidah Port. There are also terrorist intentions to
target international navigation paths and global trade in Bab-el-Mandeb and
South of the Red Sea, and to blow up the Safer oil tank at Ras Isa which
contains around one million barrels of crude oil,” Badi said, noting that
blowing up the latter may result in an environmental and economic disaster to
Yemen and the region’s countries.
added that the militias deliberately place heavy weapons in populated
residential neighborhoods and block main roads in Hodeidah thus affecting
civilian movement and flow of humanitarian aid, adding that the Houthi militias
intentionally target civilians.
to Badi, the joint forces command of the coalition continues to facilitate
naval permits for the Hodeidah Port and continues to secure safe passages to
and from Hodeidah.
noted that the Houthis will be legally responsible before the international
community for their violations of international humanitarian laws and any
terrorist activity they plan to carry out to weaken economic capabilities and
infrastructure in Hodeidah and other governorates.
also said that the joint forces command of the coalition support the Yemeni
national army and popular resistance to liberate Hodeidah as liberating the
city is “the government’s right towards liberating all of Yemen.”
people continue offering sacrifices in their conflict against the Houthi
militias, and this colonel has lost four of his sons in the wake of this war.
Mefreh Buhaibeh, who has participated in several liberation battles to free
regions from militia control, has lost four of his sons, who fought among the
first ranks of the Yemeni army.
last loss was his son Waleed, who gained martyrdom during clashes in Al-Baydaa
heartbroken father, tells Al Arabiya English: “[Waleed] is my fourth son to
receive martyrdom in the fields of pride and dignity in defense of the
homeland, against the Houthis, after a fierce battle between us and the
is not the first time that I lose one of my children in battles against the
Houthis. I have four martyrs: the first one was martyred during clashes in the
Beihan front, and two were martyred in Marib, and what motivates us behind
these sacrifices is the intervention of Houthi in religion. We respect any
intellectual difference, but not interference and defamation of religion.”
says it has arrested three people for praising those behind a September terror
attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz that killed at least 25,
including a four-year-old boy.
people have been arrested suspected of violating the Danish law... on condoning
terrorism," a Danish police statement said on Wednesday.
trio is accused of praising the four gunmen who attacked a military parade in
Ahvaz in Iran’s Khuzestan Province on September 22, sprayed the crowd with
gunfire and killed 25 people while injuring some 70 others.
men were held on preliminary charges. However, police spokesman Bjoerke
Kierkegaard said they had violated Danish laws and could face fines or up to
two years in prison.
said all three were members of al-Ahwaziya -- a terror group which claimed
responsibility for the Ahvaz attack.
group, which receives backing from Saudi Arabia, has a record of carrying out
sabotage acts in Khuzestan province.
addition to al-Ahwaziya, the Daesh terrorist group also claimed it was behind the
attack and published online purported footage of the assailants.
of the four assailants involved in the attack were killed by Iranian security
forces, and a fourth one was arrested but later died of the wounds he had
sustained during a security chase.
days after the attack, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said in a statement
that its forces had found the hideout of the terrorists involved in the attack,
and arrested 22 elements in connection with the incident.
explosives, firearms, military vehicles and communications facilities were also
seized from the hideout, the statement added.
dismisses the United Arab Emirates’ remarks about the Palestinian resistance
movement’s condemnation of America's anti-Iran sanctions, saying it is Abu
Dhabi’s overtures to the occupying Israeli regime that should be criticized,
not Hamas’ stance against US bullying.
Gaza-based resistance group had earlier this week voiced support for the
Iranian nation in the face of a fresh wave of US bans targeting the Islamic
Republic’s banking, energy and insurance sectors.
by Hamas’ position, Emirati Foreign Minister Anwar Qarqash – whose country is a
strong supporter of Washington’s anti-Tehran policies – blasted the Palestinian
movement for speaking out against the sanctions.
claimed that Hamas was an “instrument” of Iran in the region, and that its
expression of solidarity with the Iranian nation cannot contribute to efforts
towards the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
a tweet, Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, rejected the Emirati minister’s
comments, saying what is “abnormal” is in fact Abu Dhabi’s overtures to the
Israeli regime -- including its recent hosting of an Israeli delegation.
said the Emirates’ had chosen to host “criminal Israeli officials,” while the
regime was engaged in crimes against the Palestinian nation.
Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev traveled to the UAE on October 25 to
accompany Israel’s judo team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2018.
reminded Abu Dhabi that Israel’s “anthem” had been played twice during the
UAE has long claimed to be an advocate of the Palestinian cause. It has no
formal relations with the Tel Aviv regime, but the two sides have been working
to gradually normalize their ties.
officials, including those of Hamas, based in the Israel-blockaded Gaza Strip,
and the Palestinian Authority, headquartered in the occupied West Bank, have
voiced strong opposition to the increasing gravitation between Tel Aviv and
certain regional Arab states, including the UAE.
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forces "neutralized" a wanted PKK terrorist with bounty on his head
in counter-terrorism operations last week, an official statement said on
a statement, Turkish Interior Ministry said 15 PKK terrorists were
“neutralized” in operations in rural areas of southeastern Sirnak province from
Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to
imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
ministry said Muslim Firtina, a wanted PKK terrorist, was among those
neutralized in the operations.
who had a codename Rizgar Gever, was in the green category of the wanted list
and had 1 million liras ($186,014) bounty on his head.
wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most
wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and grey.
PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.
Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha, representing Taraba South
Senatorial District, says incompetent politicians are responsible for ethno-religious
crisis in Nigeria.
in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, said that 80 per cent of
politicians got themselves elected into different political positions by
whipping up ethnic and religious sentiments.
urged electorates, particularly the people of Taraba to vote candidates on the
basis of who they were to prevent weak politicians or leaders from using
religion to score cheap political goals.
want to say clearly that this situation is not peculiar to Taraba state alone,
it is a national problem.
is a national problem that is fueled by bad leadership because when people have
a lot of inadequacies and they are suffering from complex, they often resort to
either religion or ethnocentrism and geo-politics.
this thing will continue to play because a lot of people come to contest
election not because they have the capacity but because they want to capitalise
on tribe or religion as a tool to advance their political interest.
of our politicians don't have the capacity; they are hanging on to primordial
sentiments and we will continue to suffer this problem until our eyes
admonished citizens to realise that what the nation needed leaders that would
put smile on the faces of the people not sentiment because poverty does not
know tribe, religion or geopolitics.
law maker also warned incompetent politicians to stop promoting religion
politics because God cherished just and fair leader not religious bigots.
are unserious Muslims and unserious Christians and in the category of these
unserious ones, they actually constitute the trouble makers.
a government is bad; it is bad there is no barrier; you either take it or live
it, " he said.
deputy minority leader, however, advised electorate to learn how to assess
people's capacities to deliver, adding that God was not a religionist but a God
of righteousness and holiness."
who serve God are holy people; sin should not be seen in them but you will see
an adulterer and a highly corrupt person talking about religion.
Muslims and Christians meet together to steal the common wealth and later they
will be talking about religion.
of them are criminals and so this is the problem we have in this country and
until people understand this how morally upright are that you are talking about
We have bunch of criminals all over the land destroying the country and many
people have died because of misinformation by these selfish politicians.
is the unfortunate situation we found ourselves and it will take a great deal
before it will end."
advised the people of Taraba to eschew violence and deemphasize primordial
sentiment and religion politics to avoid division ahead of 2019 General
group accuses AI of plotting to replace Boko Haram with another sect
Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism, CATE, has accused the Amnesty
International, AI, of plotting to replace the Boko Haram sect with another
deadly terror group.
said AI’s penchant for distortion of facts was a deliberate attempt to create
an enabling environment for the spawning of terrorism in West Africa.
group was reacting to a recent report released by the agency where it alleged
that they have obtained footage of a shocking and unconscionable use of deadly
force by soldiers and police against members of the Islamic Movement in
therefore, challenged the Amnesty International to be truthful in addressing
human rights issues, especially those relating to Nigeria and the West African
Onoja, National Coordinator of the group, at a press conference on Wednesday,
said the recent assertion by the Amnesty International in which it called on
the Federal Government to hold security forces accountable for alleged killing
of Shiites was a campaign of incitement against the Nigerian state.
to Onoja, “We are concerned that Amnesty International is on the way to providing
the incentives to make its Shiite ally, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)
into a replacement for Boko Haram after it became glaring that Boko Haram will
never be able to provide the kind of destabilization it had hoped for. What is
ridiculous, however, is for Amnesty International to be repeating the same
strategy it deployed in support of Boko Haram terrorists.
of the pattern being promoted by this NGO is to attempt decriminalizing the
atrocities being committed by IMN extremists. This consists largely of using
images of IMN members that died in clashes with security agencies to draw
attention away from the acts of terror committed by IMN prior to and in the
course of confrontation with the security forces:
of the group, under the pretext of protesting for the release of their leader,
Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky, obstruct the roads and harass other commuters. We wonder
if Amnesty International is aware that among the road users that are trapped in
the gridlocks created by these protests are patients being rushed to hospital
for life-saving medical intervention. The suggestion of this so-called
international NGO is that it is okay for IMN to obstruct the roads in manner
that kill people even though charges may never be brought against them and that
the persons that will die in such agonizing manner do not have rights.
International is suggesting that stones, slingshots, sticks and fused bottles
filled with petrol do not qualify as weapons; it is practically saying that we
should allow members of the group attack security personnel with these items
since they are not considered to be lethal weapons.
NGO is also brainwashing people into disregarding the vandalism and arson
committed by IMN members. They deface public infrastructure, destroyed cars
belonging to other Nigerians and there is multimedia evidence of the police car
they burnt and the other vehicles belonging to security agencies that were
smashed. Had the Police and Military not stepped in to put a stop to the IMN
madness they would have definitely killed scores of Nigerians.
International engaged the same tactic when it repeatedly used lies about human
rights abuses to obstruct Nigeria’s war on terrorism. The implication is that
the terror group now uses the NGO as a shield each time it wants to re-group
after being defeated. The blame for the lingering Boko Haram crisis is
therefore on Amnesty International. Leah Sharibu and other hostages would never
have been held by Boko Haram against their fundamental rights while others
victims that have been killed and deprived of their rights to life would
certainly still be among the living if only Amnesty International allows
security and military agencies to do their work.”
group further called on the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) to
urgently take practical step of sanctioning Amnesty International especially by
way of distancing itself from the questionable group as its work around the
globe have added to human misery instead of the converse.
willing to lift Sudan’s ‘terror state’ designation pending reforms
United States said Wednesday it was willing to remove Sudan from its blacklist
of state sponsors of terrorism if the country undertakes further reforms.
a statement released after talks in Washington, the State Department called on
Sudan to step up anti-terrorism cooperation and improve its human rights
statement cited “systematic discrimination and oppression” of non-Arabs in
Darfur, and how the government used brutal force against them when they
rebelled in 2003, killing over 300,000 people.
policy in Sudan is focused on ensuring that Sudan does not provide support to
or a safe haven for international terrorists; achieving a definitive end to
gross human rights abuses; concluding a comprehensive peace process that
includes both Darfur and the Two Areas ; and encouraging an open and inclusive
political dialogue,” the statement read.
court refuses to release Zakzaky on bail
Nigerian court has refused to grant bail to top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim
Zakzaky, days after more than 40 of his supporters were killed during protests
demanding his release.
the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has been held in detention
since December 2015 and was charged just in April with murder, culpable
homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace and other accusations.
He has pleaded not guilty.
court refused to grant him bail," Zakzaky’s lawyer Maxwell Kyon said.
legal team had urged his release, saying he is suffering from health issues
that require urgent medical care abroad but the court denied the request.
the state high court in the northern city of Kaduna said on Wednesday that no
substantial medical evidence was provided to grant Zakzaky bail.
would remain in custody throughout the period of his trial. The upcoming
hearing will take place on January 22.
are disappointed with the court's decision," said Ibrahim Musa, an IMN
stressed that Zakzaky should have been granted bail due to poor health, adding
that "We will keep on with our protests in Abuja and other cities."
hearing comes after several peaceful protests staged by IMN supporters last month
in demand for Zakzaky’s release. Nigerian security forces opened fire with live
ammunition on IMN members in the capital, Abuja, leaving 47 people killed.
Zakzaky was charged, the Nigerian government has refused to set him free
despite the ruling of a Federal High Court, which ordered Zakzaky’s
unconditional release in 2016.
top cleric, who is in his mid-sixties, lost his left eyesight in a raid which
was carried out by the Nigerian army on his residence in the northern town of
Zaria in December 2015.
the raid, Zakzaky’s wife sustained serious wounds too and more than 300 of his
followers and three of his sons were killed. Zakzaky, his wife, and a large
number of the cleric’s followers have since been in custody.
judicial inquiry after the 2015 brutal raid concluded that the military had
killed 347 IMN members in Zaria. Soldiers buried the bodies in mass graves.
CAIRO: The UN and Western powers have given up hope that Libya will hold
elections in the immediate future, focusing on reconciliation first among rival
factions locked in a cycle of conflict, diplomats and other sources said.
May, France had persuaded major players in the North African country to
verbally agree to elections on Dec. 10 as a way of ending repeated rounds of
bloodshed between competing factions that emerged after a 2011 NATO-backed
weeks of fighting between rival militias in the capital Tripoli and deadlock
between rump parliaments in Tripoli and th¡e east has made that goal
unrealistic, Western officials argue.
the plans for presidential and parliamentary elections is the latest setback
for Western powers that helped topple Muammar Qaddafi seven years ago before
stepping back and seeing hopes for a democratic transition crumble.
of pushing for a vote as a short-term goal, UN Special Envoy Ghassan Salame
will focus in a briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday on staging a
national conference next year and fixing the economy, diplomats said.
conference would aim to forge consensus in a country divided between hundreds
of armed groups controlling mostly minimal territory, towns, tribes and
has two governments, a UN-backed administration in the capital and a largely
powerless eastern version aligned with influential veteran commander Khalifa
Haftar, whose forces control much of the east. Salame will also push again for
economic reforms to end a system benefiting armed groups that have access to
cheap dollars due to their power over banks.
was no immediate comment from the Tripoli-based government or the eastern-based
Parliament. Diplomats say delayed reforms introduced in Tripoli in September,
including a fee on purchases of foreign currency, can only partially ease
Libya’s economic woes as long as the central bank remains divided and predatory
factions retain their positions.
reforms have so far done little to improve conditions for ordinary Libyans hit
by steep inflation and a cash crisis linked to the fall of the dinar on the
the militias, the sources said Salame would outline a new “security
arrangement” for Tripoli aimed at depriving them of control of key sites and
integrating their members into regular forces —
something that has proved elusive in the past.
is the sixth UN special envoy for Libya since 2011.
to unify rival camps launched in September 2017, shortly after Salame took up
his post, ground to a halt after one month with Haftar’s role a key sticking
point. Many in western Libya oppose him, fearing he could use the position to
Libyan National Army says it is committed to the election process, in which
Haftar himself is a possible candidate.
efforts to stabilize Libya have long been undercut by the divergent agendas of
international community formally backs the transitional government in Tripoli,
but Egypt and the UAE have lent Haftar support and European states including
France courted the commander as his power grew.
led the push for elections, believing it could benefit from helping fix the
Libya conflict, before realizing the country was not ready for a vote,
have to accelerate the process, which is what Salame will say and push on with
going to the ballot box,” a French official said. “The calendar on elections
will slip, but that’s not a problem.”
has vied for influence with Italy, which has sought to protect its oil and gas
interests and stem the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean by building
ties in Tripoli, where it is the only Western country to fully reopen an
is hosting a conference in Palermo next week, where Salame’s roadmap will be
recent weeks, Western powers and the UN have quietly stopped talking about the
election in December, without formally declaring it dead.
idea is now that Salame will talk about a national conference and economic
reforms so people hope the Dec. 10 date will quietly pass away,” said one
source familiar with UN plans.
remain the goal, but progress on the ground toward better governance and
security were needed in place of “extended additional thinking sessions,” said
a senior US administration official.
think pinning everything on a single date for an election has not proved a
successful strategy,” the official said.
Nigeria : The leader of Nigeria's minority Shi'ite Muslims was denied bail on
Wednesday, days after the group said more than 40 of its members were killed by
security forces shooting at protesters calling for his release.
Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has been held in
detention since December 2015 when the army killed hundreds of his followers at
his compound and a nearby mosque and burial ground in northern Kaduna state.
is facing trial for murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of
public peace and other charges following the 2015 violence. He was charged in
treatment of IMN and Zakzaky's detention for nearly three years have drawn
criticism from human rights groups and raised fears that the group may become
radicalised - just as the Sunni Muslim militant group Boko Haram turned into a
violent insurgency in 2009 after police killed its leader.
three separate days this month, security forces opened fire with live
ammunition on IMN members in the capital, Abuja, when they marched in their
hundreds to demand his release, leaving at least 45 protesters dead, the group
army has said three protesters were killed.
the Kaduna High Court, in a regular hearing as part of the case, Justice Gideon
Kurada said no substantial medical evidence had been produced to grant Zakzaky
judge said he should remain in the custody throughout the period of his trial.
The next hearing is set for Jan. 22 2019.
half of Nigeria's 190 million people are Muslims, nearly all of them Sunnis.
has attracted an estimated 3 million followers as a preacher of Shi'ite Islam
since being drawn to that branch of the faith by the 1979 revolution in Iran.
— The Ambariya Muslim group in Tamale has donated large quantity of foodstuffs
and assorted items to floods victims in the region.
items worth GH¢3.5 million are 505 bags of maize, 45 bags of rice, 10 bags of
cassava, 10 cartons of cooking oil and six cartons of tomato paste.
rest are 83 bags of cement, 173 pieces of iron sheets, 645 used clothing and a
number of new smocks as well footwear.
Zakaria Saeed who presented the items to officials of the National Disaster
Management Organisation (NADMO) in Tamale said, it was part of effort of the
group to assist alleviate the suffering of the floods victims in the region.
said that the Ambariya Muslim group was saddened about the devastation of the
floods on the people, hence the donation
Saeed said it was prudent and the duty on every Muslim to help put smiles to
the faces of the victims because many of them had lost almost all their properties
and it was only proper to assist them overcome their predicaments.
Northern Regional Coordinator of NADMO, Abdalla Hindu, who received the items,
commended the Ambariya Muslim group for the kind gesture, saying that the
donation was the largest received from a non-government organisation or group,
since the floods occurred in the region.
Hindu assured that NADMO would ensure that the items got to right
beneficiaries, and appealed to other philanthropists and other organisations to
emulate the shining example of the Ambariya Muslim group.
of the victims were elated about the support of Ambariya, saying it had come at
the right time since most of them were trying to reconstruct their homes.
attacks on Nigerian soldiers attached to Multinational Joint Task Force between
November 5 and 6 left at least one soldier killed and 16 others missing,
military sources told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday.
least five soldiers were also wounded during the attack on a military camp in
Kukawa village on November 5 and an improvised explosive device that went off
on a moving military truck in Mallam Fatori on November 6. Both communities are
in the northern fringes of Borno State, near the border with Niger Republic.
the November 5 attack, the Boko Haram insurgents tried to overrun a military
checkpoint manned by 101 Special Forces and 157 Battalion with five gun trucks
around 5:40 p.m.
managed to dislodge the troops and burned two armoured personnel carriers that
were already in disrepair, and made away with one anti-aircraft gun and one
light machine gun, military sources said.
sources said the Boko Haram terrorists then proceeded to an abandoned secondary
school nearby, where the MNJTF soldiers had been using as their base, and
burned its administrative office and kitchen down.
attack left one soldier wounded while 16 others were missing in action as of
Wednesday night, sources said.
insurgents fled after air support arrived. The Nigerian Air Force personnel
pursued the terrorists with an attack helicopter, forcing them to withdraw into
sources said the Air Force is currently conducting an assessment of the damage,
and would forward final findings on potential casualties to command
attack in Mallam Fatori involved troops of 119 Task Force Battalion who were
moving back to their battalion headquarters in the border community when their
vehicle hit a landmine planted by Boko Haram elements, military sources said
while briefing PREMIUM TIMES on the aftermath of the incident.
soldier was killed and four others were wounded in action in the attack, which
occurred between Bosso, Niger Republic and Mallam Fatori, headquarters of
Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State. It was not immediately clear
whether the wounded have been taken to the hospital in Nigeria or Niger.
Defence Headquarters announced last week it had taken new delivery of military
equipment, boasting of a tough time ahead for insurgents.
military has said it recorded tremendous gains in its counter-insurgency
operations over the past three years, especially after managing to confine the
insurgents to the fringes of Nigerian territories.
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