Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the rally in Rajasthan’s Ajmer on
Saturday ahead of the Election Commission announcing the dates for the Assembly
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the rally in Rajasthan’s Ajmer on
Saturday ahead of the Election Commission announcing the dates for the Assembly
Elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. PM Modi who was
scheduled to arrive at the Jaipur airport at noon today reached the Ajmer
helipad at around 1:50 PM.
Prime Minister then reached the public rally venue – Kayad Vishram Sthali and
started addressing the rally. PM Modi’s rally marked the conclusion of
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s state-wide ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’
which she had begun from Rajsamand’s Charbhujanath temple.
of the Rajasthan Heritage Preservation and Promotion Authority, Onkar Singh
Lakhawat had said, “This will be a historic rally of the prime minister which
will be participated by a large number of people.” On the other hand, Amin
Pathan, the chairman of Ajmer Dargah Committee, said he had urged the members
of the minority community also to attend the Modi’s rally in large numbers.
PM Modi was scheduled to visit Brahma temple in Pushkar town.
leaders had claimed that nearly three lakh people would come to attend the
rally. State Primary and Secondary Education minister Vasudev Devnani, who
represents Ajmer North assembly constituency, has been campaigning in the area
and inviting people to attend the rally. “A large number of people will come to
attend the PM’s rally which is significantly ahead of the polls,” Devnani said.
Congress on Friday had launched a scathing attack on PM Modi over his visit to
Ajmer. “Modiji is coming to Ajmer, but he remembers the city at the time of
elections. He visits Ajmer to seek votes,” Rajasthan party chief Sachin Pilot
was quoted as saying. He also slammed CM Vasundhara Raje and accused her of
misleading the PM on development in the district.
militiamen in Yemen on Saturday closed down the University of Sanaa, and
deployed tanks and armored vehicles around the building to intimidate the
students, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.
militia also used military displays to separate protestors who stood at the
main entrance of the university, as well as kidnapping around 55 students.
local sources in Sanaa revealed that the Houthi militias tightened security
measures and launched search campaigns to prevent citizens from walking towards
Tahrir Square in the city’s center.
to the sources, Houthi militias deployed their army on the streets and
neighborhoods near Tahrir Square, along with military vehicles to patrol the
militia also placed security checkpoints to stop and search citizens, and
arrested those who refused to cooperate.
sources added that the militias directed its men to launch search campaigns on
hotels and rest-stops in the capital, which resulted in the arrest of several
young people who were not carrying their personal identifications.
Houthi militias are fearful of activists’ ongoing protests on social media
against the currency collapse and the drastic rise in prices.
A defense lawyer says Pakistan's top court will hear the final appeal of a
Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of
insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Bibi's lawyer Saiful Malook said Saturday the Supreme Court will take up her
appeal on Monday.
first appeal was dismissed by a Lahore High Court in 2014, but the Supreme
Court stayed her execution in 2015.
case is being closely watched internationally and nationally as a test of
Pakistan's tolerance for its minorities.
was arrested in 2009 after a quarrel with Muslim women and since then she has
languished in prison. Pakistani Islamists have demanded her execution and two
politicians, a governor and a minister of minorities, were killed in 2011 for
Taliban have destroyed a number of bridges and have set up checkpoints in
Ghazni province in a bid to gain control over a vital highway linking
Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul to the southern areas of the country.
Afghan army is engaged in an operation to contain the militants' Saturday
attack. Five militants, who were attempting to destroy three of the highway’s
bridges, were killed. The army also deployed helicopters to stall any incursion
into the city, according to Ghazni’s governorate spokesman Mohammad Arif Noori.
are fully prepared to attack them. This time the province will not fall into
the hands of the Taliban,” added Noori speaking to Reuters.
Saturday attack comes after the Taliban were pushed back from the area
following a bloody five-day assault in August that lead to the partial fall of
Ghazni city and deaths of 150 security forces and 95 civilians, along with
hundreds of militant fighters, based on official Afghan accounts.
Ashraf Ghani’s government promised $20 million in relief and reconstruction
following the catastrophic assault, which convinced authorities to cancel
polling in the province for the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections.
elections were originally scheduled to be held in 2015 but were postponed till
July this year and then till October due to the country’s uncertain security
situation in what observers have described as a test for the war-torn country's
democratic institutions ahead of the 2019 presidential elections.
seek to draw attention here to the longstanding historical, political and
cultural connections between India and Central Asia, with special focus on the
Sufis who played significant roles through intermeshing of ideas and practices.
When Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur founded the Timurid-Mughal empire in CE 1526,
large parts of the Indian subcontinent were already ruled by a series of
Turko-Afghan dynasties for over three centuries, with Delhi being a major
centre of power. Conquerors from Central Asian steppes dismounted from their
horses to understand the reality of the place and conduct their business of
governance in the best possible manner known to them.
first thing Babur did after entering Delhi, the day after the historic battle
of Panipat, was to visit the shrine or dargah of patron saint of the city,
Chishti Sufi Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, whose grandfather had come from Bukhara
to settle down in Badaun in what is now Uttar Pradesh. The next day Babur
visited the dargah of another venerable Chishti Sufi Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar
Kaki, at Mehrauli in South Delhi, who had himself come down from Transoxania,
as directed by his preceptor Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti Ajmeri, who originally
hailed from Sistan in eastern Iran. The two formidable Sufi figures were much
respected by the contemporary Delhi Sultan Shamsuddin Iltutmish, in early 13th
century. The pious Sultan also originated in Central Asia.
Babur also thought, as did his great-grandson Emperor Jahangir a century later,
that he was recapturing a territory previously conquered by his ancestor and
empire-builder Amir Timur, late in the 14th century. Being descendants
themselves, Mughals sought to carry forward the legacy of Amir Timur and
Changezid Chaghtai practices. The spiritually-blessed vicinity of Nizamuddin
Dargah was also chosen for the burial place of the Timurid imperial family
under Emperor Akbar, with the grand tomb complex of Emperor Humayun as a living
testimony, which is now a UNESCO Heritage site.
the history of the interconnection between peaceful Sufi spirituality and
political aspirations of India and Central Asia can be traced back to the early
modern, medieval and, indeed, even further back into ancient times. The
connections can be seen in aspects which range from the innocuous to the
critical and of great transformative nature.
Sufism and before Islamisation, variants of Buddhism had a significant presence
in early medieval Central Asia. When Sufis adopted popular practices of Islam,
they appropriated many Buddhist beliefs and practices as well, besides
replicating monasteries with simpler khanqahs of their own. Shared beliefs
included aspects such as notions of God and truth, bodily practices,commonality
between yoga and Sufism, belief in the unity of existence, and respect for
diversity. The key terms include tauhid, wahdat-ul-wujud, wahdat-us-shuhud,
ekeshwarwad and Advaita philosophy. Together, these concepts and theories
created conditions for peaceful coexistence of a great diversity of opinions
and practices, which the political system has been able to maintain with
considerable success, aberrations apart.
orders, silsilas, which came to India and became popular or politically
influential included Chishti, Suhrawardi, Naqshbandi, and Qadiri. At the same
time, connections may also be seen in political theory, philosophy and
practices, which were developed in Central Asia and were brought to India by
the medieval and early modern empire-builders. Together they shaped political
ideas: for example, broad-based political framework of akhlaq in contrast to
the earlier, perhaps more narrowly conceived moral conduct of adab.
connections can also be seen in common cultural practices and the emergence of
new forms: literature, music, architectural developments, etc. Languages such
as Urdu originating in army camps took shape and flourished in Sufi khanqahs,
before emerging as an elegant language having a vast literature. Mughals in
India struggled with their mother-tongue, Turkish language. Turkish-speaking
married women with children were specially invited to serve as breastfeeding
foster-mother for Timurid children born to Indian mothers to inculcate Turkish
mannerisms and language, a strategy that did not work to the satisfaction of
the imperial family. For, Babur wrote his autobiography in Chaghtai Turkish,
but Jahangir composed his autobiographical Tuzuk-i Jahangiri in Persian. Before
him, Akbar could have been more comfortable in Hindi. Eventually, officially it
was going to be Persian as the language of power and politics, and unofficially
and all over Hindi and other vernaculars.
food habits and culture left a deep impact and continues to inform our shared
delicious heritage. Mughlai biryani and kebab for a foodie with taste buds,
besides simple tahiri, naan and qorma offered in Sufis’ hospices, and not to
forget the ubiquitous “sambosa”, in whatever delicious ways you want to make.
initiatives such as a seminar on cultural legacy as a bridge between India and
Uzbekistan, recently organised at the National Museum in New Delhi, is a
President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and Vice President of All India Muslim
Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari voiced serious
concern over reports about the VHP trying to pressurize the government to build
a Ram temple by 2019.
a monthly press meet organised at its headquarters in New Delhi, the JIH chief
said: ‘’all Muslim organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind have time and
again reiterated that we will abide by the court judgment irrespective of
whether it goes in our favor or against. However the VHP and others are trying
to pressurize the government and the judiciary by insisting that a temple be
built there without waiting for the outcome of the title suit. This posture
goes against the democratic nature of our polity and is leading to polarization
of society along communal lines.
said that it was not commendable that the minority community whose mosque was
illegally destroyed is ready to follow what the judiciary says but the other
petitioners are showing utter disregard and scant respect by openly challenging
the government, the courts and due process of law.
does not bode well for our nation and we urge the government to abide by its
constitutional duty and not cave in to the demands of these parochial forces,’’
the Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Muhammad Salim Engineer briefed
the media regarding rising police atrocities in the country especially in the
state of Uttar Pradesh. He said: ‘’the UP police had invited the media to witness
an encounter in Aligarh in which two youth belonging to the minority community
were gunned down. If the police knew that an encounter was going to take place
and therefore invited the media to witness it then it is nothing but
extra-judicial killing which goes against all norms of justice and fundamental
human rights,” Engineer said.
India (Reuters) - Hours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was
deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call
from his nephew: “Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back
a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing what he called
persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2010, said his relative, Sadiur
Rahman, 40, was lodged in one of several detention centers for illegal
immigrants in the distant northeastern state of Assam.
he said, had been incarcerated with his brother and eight other relatives since
being caught in 2012 at a railway station as they fled to India via Bangladesh.
Sahidullah had taken the same route two years earlier, but like many others had
said Rahman made the phone call when he was taken out for a routine medical
checkup on Oct. 3, the day when India moved the seven Rohingya men out of a
similar detention center and took them to the border.
were handed to the Myanmar authorities the next day, the first ever such
deportations of Rohingya here, spreading panic among an estimated 40,000
refugees who have fled to India from its neighbor.
16,500 of the refugees, including Sahidullah, have been issued identity cards
by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that it says helps
them “prevent harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation”.
says it does not recognize the cards and has rejected the UN’s stand that
deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement – sending back
refugees to a place where they face danger.
who has entered the country without a valid legal permit is considered
illegal,” said A. Bharat Bhushan Babu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Home
Affairs. “As per the law, anyone illegal will have to be sent back. As per law
they will be repatriated.”
recent days, Reuters interviewed dozens of Rohingya in two settlements, one in
the northern city of Jammu and a smaller one in the capital, Delhi, and found
communities who feel they are being increasingly vilified.
now fear Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government is about
to act on its stated position – that it wants to deport all Rohingya Muslims
from the country. With a general election due by next May, they worry that
targeting them will be a populist tactic used by Modi and his allies.
– who like many Rohingya goes by only one name - is not just worried about his
detained relatives but also his family living in a mainly Hindu region of
India’s only Muslim-dominated state, Jammu & Kashmir, in the country’s
restive Himalayan state that borders Pakistan and is home to Muslim separatists
battling Indian rule, has the biggest population of Rohingya in the country
with around 7,000 people scattered in various makeshift settlements, largely in
the Jammu region.
came to India because people told us things were better here, there’s more work
and one could move freely unlike back home,” said Sahidullah, who works as a
cleaner at a car showroom in Jammu city to support his aging amnesiac mother,
wife and four children.
that’s true and we are thankful to India for letting us live here. But hatred
against us is growing,” he told Reuters as he sat on a colorful linen sheet
laid on the floor of his self-made wood and plastic-sheet house built on a
rented plot of land.
Arfaat, a 24-year-old Rohingya youth leader in Jammu, said that locals often
accuse them of having links with militants without any proof.
want us out of here and that has got our families worried,” said Arfaat,
switching between English and Hindi as nearly a dozen community elders seated
around him on the rough concrete floor of a Rohingya house started leaving for
Friday prayers. “Everybody here is aware of the deportation and is afraid.”
authorities said that the repatriation of the seven was a routine procedure and
that it sends all illegal foreigners back home.
the UNHCR voiced deep concern on Friday about the safety and security of those
expelled, saying they had been denied access to legal counsel and a chance to
have their asylum claims assessed.
conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are not conducive for safe, dignified and
sustainable return of stateless Rohingya refugees,” said UNHCR spokesman Andrej
Rohingya used to live in Rakhine.
August last year, attacks by Rohingya fighters on security posts in Rakhine led
to a bloody military crackdown that caused around 700,000 Rohingya to flee
across the border to Bangladesh.
United Nations has accused Myanmar of acting against the Rohingya with
“genocidal intent,” a charge Myanmar refutes, saying its military did not use
excessive force and was reacting to militant attacks.
atmosphere facing the Rohingya in India has been getting increasingly ugly.
Chamber of Commerce & Industry last year threatened to launch an “identify
and kill movement” against the settlers, which it said pushed the government
into taking the issue of Rohingya more seriously.
chamber’s president, Rakesh Gupta, told Reuters on Friday that there was
nothing new in taking the law into one’s hands if “someone becomes a threat to
our security, to the nation’s security, and the security forces don’t tackle
some of the more virulent parts of India’s media, the Rohingya are not only
accused of being terrorists but also of trafficking in drugs and humans, and of
having the money to elbow out local businesses.
Pioneer newspaper, which supports Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),
said in an editorial on Saturday that “the Rohingya are a problem”, declaring
that those that are radicalized Islamist extremists need to be dealt with
ruthlessly and the rest are economic migrants that India cannot afford to help.
which considers itself a victim of Islamist militancy and is trying to boost
economic ties with Myanmar to counter China, said late last year that it shared
Myanmar’s concern about “extremist violence” by Rohingya militants.
home ministry has told the Supreme Court that it had reports from security
agencies and other authentic sources “indicating linkages of some of the
unauthorized Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror organizations and
similar organizations operating in other countries”.
definitely an election issue,” said Kavinder Gupta, a BJP legislator in Jammu
& Kashmir and former deputy chief minister of the state.
our decision to throw them out keeping in mind the security situation of the
state,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of a campaign meeting for municipal
elections. “We have made the home ministry aware of the need to send them back
to their country.”
Jammu police officials said on condition of anonymity that they had identified
all Rohingya in the area in preparation for their eventual deportation. They
added they had not found any link of Rohingya with militants.
600 km (370 miles) south of Jammu, residents of a makeshift refugee camp in
Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh also said they fear deportation.
Oct 6 (IANS) The rise of Islamist extremism in Bangladesh poses a serious
threat not only to the religious minorities, secularists, intellectuals and
other sects within the Muslim community, but also to India's northeastern
states, says prominent Bangladesh-based journalist, Saleem Samad.
was speaking to a group of journalists at Guwahati Press Club from Dhaka
through video-conferencing on Friday evening.
Ashoka Fellow and Hellman-Hammett Award recipient, Samad said an upsurge of
fundamentalist forces in Bangladesh may affect Indian states that share the
border with the country.
said atheist and secularist bloggers are increasingly becoming the target of
the Islamic extremists in Bangladesh.
said other minority sects within the Muslim community such as the Ahmadiyyas
also face threats of survival in Bangladesh due to the rise of Islamic
extremism in the country.
said thousands of Bangladeshi youths had joined various militia groups in
Syria, Iraq, Chechnya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Afghanistan and Pakistan to
fight alongside the jihadists there.
senior journalist reiterated that currently there is no northeastern separatist
leader in Bangladesh as the Sheikh Hasina government in Dhaka continues a
rigorous crackdown on fundamentalist outfits.
champion for media rights, Samad painted a dismal picture of press freedom in
Bangladesh as journalists are frequently targeted by both state and non-State
actors. He regretted that though 26 Bangladeshi journalists lost their lives to
assailants since 1991, most cases remain unsolved.
to questions about infiltration from Bangladesh to Assam, Samad said that none
of the Indian leaders visiting Dhaka ever took up the issue of illegal
Bangladeshi infiltrators in Assam with their counterparts.
advocating people-to-people contact between Assam (India) and Bangladesh, Samad
lamented how Assam had missed the bus despite being so closely located, while
other states such as West Bengal and Tripura were taking several steps to
improve connectivity with Bangladesh via railway and roadways.
has lashed out at Israel's President Reuven Rivlin for making insolent comments
against the Iranian nation, warning the Tel Aviv regime's racist, narcissistic
and impolite officials of the consequences of their thoughtless remarks.
is a shame that officials of a regime which has "brutality, aggression,
disgracefulness, maliciousness and deceit" as among its main
characteristics, are addressing the richly-cultured, brave and civilized
Iranian people in such an insulting way, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Bahram Qassemi said on Friday.
remarks on Thursday, the Israeli president, whose role in government is largely
ceremonial compared with the prime minister, said, "From our point of
view, now is the time to join the effective sanctions on Iran and not to
Iranian beast must be starved and not fed. This is the only way to guarantee
the stability of the world," Rivlin added.
reaction to such a shameful insult, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson
said the great and educated Iranian nation respects the dignity and rights of
the followers of Prophet Moses and draws a distinction between them and the
fascist and racist regime in the occupied lands.
Israeli president, who received German Chancellor Angela Merkel, also urged
Germany to join US sanctions on Iran after Washington unilaterally withdrew
from a 2015 nuclear deal Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries which is
still supported by Europe as well as China and Russia.
President Donald Trump announced in May that Washington was pulling out of the
nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), which lifted nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran in exchange for
restrictions on Tehran's nuclear program. The deal had been signed between Iran
and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States,
Britain, France, Russia and China -- plus Germany in 2015.
US administration reintroduced the previous sanctions while imposing new ones
on the Islamic Republic. It also introduced punitive measures — known as
secondary sanctions — against third countries doing business with Iran.
first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran's
access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto
sector. A second round, forthcoming on November 4, will be targeting Iran’s oil
sales and its Central Bank.
police have concluded that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was
murdered inside the Saudi mission in Istanbul after going missing Tuesday, an
unnamed government official said Saturday.
on their initial findings, the police believe that the journalist was killed by
a team especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day,” the official
news came hours after police confirmed that around 15 Saudis, including
officials, arrived in Istanbul on two flights on Tuesday and were at the
consulate at the same time as the journalist.
a Washington Post contributor, “did not come back out” of the building, police
had told the state-run Anadolu news agency.
the back of this preliminary investigation, Ankara announced Saturday it had
opened an official probe into the journalist's disappearance.
former government adviser who has been critical of some policies of Saudi Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen,
Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since last year
to avoid possible arrest.
Saudi crown prince earlier denied in an interview with Bloomberg that the
journalist had been inside the consulate and said Turkish authorities could
search the building.
are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises,” he
said. The consulate is Saudi sovereign territory.
added that “we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to
do... We have nothing to hide”, in the interview published on Friday.
to Reuters, a source at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul denied reports citing
Turkish sources saying they believed that Khashoggi had been killed inside the
source quoted by Reuters claimed the accusations were baseless, and that a
security team also comprising Saudi investigators had arrived in Istanbul to
probe the journalist's disappearance.
to the news of his alleged murder, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz,
said she “did not believe he has been killed”.
to Cengiz, Khashoggi had visited the consulate to receive an official document
for his marriage.
Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador over
Khashoggi. Khashoggi, who turns 60 on October 13, fled the country in September
2017, months after Prince Mohammed was appointed heir to the throne and amid a
campaign that saw dozens of dissidents arrested, including intellectuals and
journalist said he had been banned from writing in the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat,
owned by Saudi prince Khaled bin Sultan al-Saud, over his defence of the Muslim
Brotherhood which Riyadh has blacklisted as a terrorist organisation.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted an informed source as
saying that Turkey is behind the delay in transferring all terrorist groups
from al-Tanf region and al-Rakban camp to Northern Syria to pave the ground for
civilians' return to their villages and towns.
added that the Turkish side has not yet fully accepted to transfer the
US-backed terrorist groups, including al-Qoryatayn, Maqawir al-Thawra and Ahmad
al-Abdou, stationed in al-Tanf to regions in Northern Syria.
on the report, Turkey wants to shelter the foreign terrorist groups, including
Turkistani, Turkaman, and other militants who consider themselves as remnants
of the Ottoman government in Northern Syria and prevent the Syrian militants
from residing in that region.
source also said that delay in the implementation of al-Tanf agreement has also
delayed the US forces' withdrawal which depended on the retreatment of all
terrorist groups by receiving government amnesty or their transfer to Northern
Syria, adding that Ankara has revealed its opposition after a likely agreement
with the US in this regard.
had said last month that Moscow and Washington had held talks to end the
presence of US forces and affiliated militants in al-Tanf base at the borders
with Iraq, adding that their withdrawal was imminent.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted informed sources as
saying that the Russian and American officials were negotiating the withdrawal
of the US forces from al-Tanf region in the bordering triangle of
added that the US and Russian officials were in talks over the final stages of
the agreement, noting that plan was to come into effect soon.
sources underlined that closure of al-Rakban camp which hosts over 80,000
civilians and their return to their villages and towns in different parts of
Syria is also included in the agreement.
said that based on the agreement, thousands of terrorists, trained and
supported by the US, will also leave al-Tanf for Idlib, adding that most of
their commanders have earlier left the region.
Israelis were shot, two of whom were critically wounded, in an attack in the
occupied West Bank on Sunday, police said.
police and soldiers were searching for the attacker, who opened fire in the
industrial area of the Jewish settlement Barkan, a police spokesman said.
Reuters witness said Israeli security forces had closed off the area.
announced new restrictions on Gaza Saturday, weeks after the territory’s Hamas
rulers stepped up protests along the enclave’s land and sea borders with
Minister Avigdor Lieberman has ordered the permissible zone for Gaza fishermen
to be scaled down from nine to six nautical miles and threatened “additional steps
if the violent incidents continue,” according to a statement by COGAT, the
Israeli defense body that coordinates civil affairs for the Palestinian
measures could include more restrictions at Kerem Shalom, Gaza’s prime
commercial crossing point and the only one with Israel.
cited Friday’s “riots” at the fence dividing Gaza and Israel as contributing to
his decision, in addition to the midweek beach protests in which fishing boats
and protesters gather at the northwest end of the Gaza Strip where its sea and
land barriers meet with Israel.
seized Gaza forcibly from the Palestinian Authority in 2007 after winning
legislative elections a year earlier. The militant group has since March
initiated protests on a weekly basis, demanding an end to an Israeli-Egyptian
blockade that has made it increasingly difficult for the group to govern.
accuses Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who governs parts of the West
Bank, of thwarting regional efforts to reach a Gaza cease-fire that could ease
has in response escalated and intensified the protests recently, adding
locations and leading night gatherings near the fence where activists use sound
bombs and laser lights to distract soldiers.
Friday, three Palestinians, among them a 13-year-old boy, were killed by
Israeli troops during protests at five locations along the frontier. Full story
said the demonstrators threw grenades at the soldiers, adding that they also
tore at parts of the fence with bolt cutters.
Yemeni Abductees' Mothers Association condemned the Houthi militia’s
kidnappings of women from the streets of Sanaa in a statement issued on
association stated that: “These unprecedented violations are taking place in
the Yemen society which elevates the status of women and criminalizes these
kind of assaults. How can [the militias] kidnap and arrest a woman, put her in
detention centers without any regard to societal, ethical or human values?”
added that the Houthi’s violations will “remain a disgrace and will not be
authorities have arrested 137 people in a country-wide operation over two days
aimed at the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), state news agency Anadolu
PKK, designated as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies, is regularly
targeted in security forces raids.
authorities are still battling the over three-decade insurgency of the PKK
which initially took up arms for a separate state but now demands a degree of
clashes between Turkish security forces and PKK members have resumed after a
fragile ceasefire collapsed in 2015.
PKK’s armed struggle with the Turkish government has killed more than 40,000
people since 1984.
Thursday, eight soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device in
southeastern Turkey in an attack the government blamed on the PKK.
a move of defiance towards the Israeli regime, Arab Druze inhabiting the
occupied Golan Heights have gathered at the Syrian border to declare their
loyalty to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, celebrating what they describe as
Syria's victory in the country's war.
crowd marked the Saturday event by wearing their traditional black garbs and
white hats while waving Syrian flags and pictures of Assad. The gathering Druze
shouted support for the president into megaphones and were answered by Syrian
soldiers who were standing behind a security fence on the opposite side of the
Druze are an Arab religious minority who practice an offshoot of Ismaili Islam
and are known to have historically good relations with the ruling government in
of Syria's Druze population, however, fell under Israeli control after the
Golan Heights were occupied by Israel in the 1967 Third Arab-Israeli War. The
territory was officially annexed in 1981 by Tel Aviv in a move that was never
recognized by the international community.
YORK: Catholic and Jewish religious leaders expressed support for a call by the
secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) for religious leaders with
no political affiliation to travel to Jerusalem in a “peace caravan.”
Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa’s call was made on Thursday at the opening of
a conference in New York on cultural rapprochement between the US and the
convoy should represent the three religions to visit all the holy places in
Jerusalem,” he told some 400 Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders and thinkers.
Faouri, secretary-general of the Global Forum for Moderation, said: “The peace
caravan can help bridge the hate gap that exists on both sides.”
Joseph Potasnik, executive president of the New York Board of Rabbis, said that
the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can’t be ignored or camouflaged.
can’t be reached by more fighting. Palestinians are not going anywhere, and
Israelis are not going anywhere, and therefore a way has to be found to allow
these two peoples to live together.”
Coppotelli, associate superintendent of schools in the Archdiocese of New York,
said: “We need to find a way to train children so that they can fill the
caravan for peace. This can only be done through education.”
Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress, said that
minority rights in the Muslim world must be respected and work is needed,
especially with families to fight violent extremism.
build bridges we can stop hatred and empower our nations and stop violence and
extremism,” she said.
Rashid Al-Nuaimi, chairman of the newly established Department of Education and
Knowledge in the Government of Abu Dhabi, called on participants to look to the
future and not to be enslaved to the past.
said that it is unacceptable that we continue to focus on dialogue and instead
we must roll up our sleeves and work on programs.
we expect from this meeting is to launch ideas and programs and not for us
only, but for everyone. We have to have accomplishments on the ground that
prove that we believe in accepting the other including his right for thought
put a lot of emphasis on the need to build up the role of women and youth. “If
we are honest with ourselves we need to confess that for every step forward,
for women we take many backwards.”
also said he hoped future meetings would include youth from different
backgrounds so that they can have a role in the future.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday vowed to "finish" Kurdish militants
in Iraq's Sinjar and Qandil regions to avenge eight Turkish soldiers killed in
a bomb attack in southeastern Turkey earlier this week.
outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which carried out the attack in Batman
province, would pay the price for the eight soldiers, the Turkish President
told members of his ruling AK Party at the start of a two-day summit in Ankara.
we have eight martyrs? Then let those terrorists know that they will pay the
price for this with at least 800," he said. "We will finish them by
going into their dens, their holes. We will end them in Sinjar and in
comments marked Erdogan's strongest warning of a potential offensive against
Kurdish militants in northern Iraq in recent weeks.
has in recent months carried out strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq,
especially its stronghold in the Qandil mountains, but warnings of a ground offensive
into the area had largely died down following the June elections.
PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, Turkey and the
European Union, has waged an insurgency against the state since Turkish the
in the largely Kurdish southeast has worsened since the collapse of a ceasefire
in 2015 and the government has carried out widespread operations to capture the
militants in Turkey as well.
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Saturday said that Washington should not view
relations with Pakistan through the perspective of the Afghan issue or the ties
with India. Talking to the media in Multan after completing his 10-day visit to
the United States, the foreign minister said that he had presented Pakistan’s
stance on key global and regional issues at the United Nations in a clear and
minister said that everything could not be achieved in one meeting, adding that
efforts would be continued to bring the US-Pakistan relations on track.
“Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror must be acknowledged,” he added.
UN is a global forum and it needs to be made more effective for the resolution
of issues being faced by the regions and countries.”
went on to say that he had demanded a commission of inquiry into the United
Nation’s report, adding that voices were being raised against Indian violence
in Held Kashmir on international forums. “Kashmir dispute is not new but its
nature has change,” he added.
on the meeting with his US counterpart, he said that several issues were
discussed in the meeting. The foreign minister said that the US’s stance had
changed after his meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
said Pak-US relations could not be undermined easily. “The relations with US
are improving gradually. I have made it clear to the US authorities that
Pakistan wants bilateral relations with Washington based on mutual respect and
asked about his statement eon the arrest of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif, Qureshi said that the arrest was a court
matter and the ex-Punjab CM had the right to contest his case.
said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) took decision of Sharif’s
arrest after investigation and that the anti-graft watchdog was an independent
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has not made cases against the opposition
leader, he said, adding: “We must respect the courts.”
Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Saturday that government
was working on introducing a uniform education system across the country.
the 53rd meeting of the governing body of Iqbal Academy Pakistan (IAP), he said
the government was also reviewing the existing curricula because the students
of English medium educational institutions managed to grab most of the
employment opportunities and excelled in competition examinations as well.
Mahmood said the government wanted to introduce a system under which students
of government-run institutions and those of madressahs could land good jobs and
avail handsome opportunities.
said there should be five to six core subjects which should be taught in all
educational institutions of the country.
minister underlined the need for presenting the message of Allama Muhammad
Iqbal in an effective manner so that students could be attracted to it.
Chapters of Iqbal Society should be established in schools and colleges.
urged the IAP to post on its website literature about Iqbal and his philosophy
because this would provide an authentic platform to those who wanted to read
about the great thinker and philosopher.
delegation of opposition leaders met National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser at
his residence on Saturday to urge him to summon a National Assembly (NA)
session over the arrest of Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif.
by former PML-N speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the delegation also included Raja
Zafarul Haq, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl's Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and
Speaker Qaiser assured the delegation that an NA session will be called within
the meeting, the delegation delivered a media talk, where Sadiq linked the
timing of Shahbaz's arrest to the upcoming by-elections.
attempt is being made to steal the by-elections," he said. "The
government only has a lead of four members.
was called for the Saaf Pani case but was arrested in the Ashiana case. PML-N
is being made a target of political vengeance. The government is using the
NAB," he alleged.
referred to Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry's comments, in which the latter
had said that Shahbaz's arrest was the "first step". He asked if NAB
would now arrest people on the government's orders.
also questioned the timing of the decision to place the names of Khawaja Saad
Rafique on the Exit Control List, saying that he was one of the candidates of
the upcoming elections.
the former speaker clarified that he supported the accountability of politicians,
he also asked: "Who will hold NAB accountable?"
will contact Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pervez Khattak as well," Sadiq
added, hoping that a parliamentary session will be called in two to three days.
of the Opposition in Senate, Raja Zafarul Haq also expressed his concerns over
the development and said that the "entire country was sad" at
Shahbaz's arrest. He repeated Sadiq's demand for an NA session and insisted
that "it was important that production orders for opposition leader
Shahbaz Sharif are issued".
JUI-F leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidery termed Shahbaz's arrest as
"shameful" and claimed that the government was "making cowardly
decisions against one party".
will not remain silent," he warned and added that: "It seems the
government has decided to go home already."
request speaker Elahi to convene PA session
in the day, several MPAs from Punjab wrote to Speaker Pervez Elahi to summon a
session "under Article 54(3) read with Article 127 of the Constitution of
Pakistan to discuss the unjustified arrest of the Leader of the
Samiullah Khan, one of the co-signatories to the application, demanded that the
Punjab Assembly session be convened before October 16 — the day when Shahbaz's
remand will end.
moved in PA against Shahbaz's arrest
leader Hina Pervez Butt tabled a resolution in the Punjab Assembly condemning
arrest of Mian Nawaz Sharif before general elections and the arrest of Mian
Shahbaz Sharif before by-elections has raised several questions," Butt
states in the resolution. "Such dirty tactics are being used to run a
[latest] arrest proves that one party is being arrest but the other is being
given relief. Revenge is being exacted in the name of accountability.
this parliament registers a comprehensive protest against Mian Shahbaz Sharif's
arrest and demands his immediate release."
Minister Imran Khan on Saturday promised that the federal government will
facilitate the Balochistan government through all means to raise the human
development level of the province's residents and set out on the journey to
build a "Naya Balochistan".
an event during his maiden official visit to Quetta since assuming office, Khan
assured Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal that the Centre will provide the
capacity that Balochistan lacks to bring about development that the province
has long awaited.
said many development projects needed to be started in Balochistan, but nothing
was more crucial than investing in the people of the province.
will be there for you, whenever you need [us]," the premier assured the
Balochistan chief executive, who was also in attendance.
urged the provincial authorities to bring a new local government system in
Balochistan along the lines of what the PTI is introducing in Punjab and Khyber
said the PTI had won a two-thirds majority in KP in the 2018 elections because
it had managed to improve the basic living conditions of people there.
Development efforts can only bear fruit if power and funds are devolved down to
the level of village councils in Balochistan, he added, citing the KP model.
the need to root out corruption, the prime minister said it is due to
high-level corruption that the money meant to be spent on the public is
laundered out of the country and institutions are destroyed. He urged to
Balochistan chief minister to strengthen his anti-corruption efforts.
said Gwadar and its role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an
"opportunity" that can bring immense benefits for the province if it
is utilised. He noted that 800,000 acres of land can be used for agricultural
purposes if Balochistan is given its water share through the Kachhi Canal.
said incidents of terrorism had led to a major brain drain from Balochistan and
vowed that the government will make efforts to send qualified professionals to
the province. He also announced that the government will conduct a feasibility
study on providing cancer treatment in Balochistan, so its residents do not
have to travel to other cities.
receives security briefing
in the day, Prime Minister Khan was received by Chief Minister Kamal on his
arrival in Quetta for a day-long visit, according to the Government of
Pakistan's official Twitter account.
his visit, the premier met members of the Balochistan government's cabinet and
chaired a meeting on development projects in the province.
PM and the Balochistan CM with key federal ministers later visited the Pakistan
Army's Headquarters Southern Command at Quetta Cantt. Chief of Army Staff
(COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa received the PM at the Quetta Air Base.
premier was given a detailed briefing on Balochistan's security situation,
challenges and responses. He was also briefed about the Khushal Balochistan
socio-economic development program, the security of China Pakistan Economic
Corridor projects and the progress of fencing along the Pak-Afghan border,
according to a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations.
to the ISPR, Gen Bajwa said that after the attainment of stability in the
troubled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the military's focus has shifted to
Balochistan, "the economic future of Pakistan".
prime minister was reported to have acknowledged and appreciated the
contributions of security forces towards improving peace, stability and
socio-economic development of Balochistan.
Supreme Court's (SC) Lahore registry on Saturday issued notices to the Punjab
government, Punjab advocate general and the prosecution department to submit
responses on whether it is legally permissible to form a new joint
investigation team (JIT) when a previous one has already submitted its report
in the Model Town case.
two-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing an
appeal filed by a teenaged girl, Bisma, whose mother had been killed in the
Model Town incident. Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri was also
in court for the hearing.
said that the report released by the earlier JIT — which had been formed by the
previous Punjab government — could not be trusted as members of the former
administration were suspects in the case.
claimed that his party's witnesses could not appear before the JIT due to
government pressure, and alleged that the JIT had recorded one-sided witness
accounts and could not be called neutral.
CJP asked him if it was legally possible to form a JIT when a previous one had
already submitted a report. The PAT chief said that there was precedent of a
JIT being formed more than once.
has not yet accepted Pakistan’s designated high commissioner to Dhaka despite
repeated notifications issued by Pakistan, a local media outlet reported on
had nominated Saqlain Syedah for the
post in February this year and notified Bangladesh but received no response.
in Bangladesh were subsequently given a number of reminders over the matter but
to no avail, leading many to suspect the lack of response equals rejection of
National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that he held ‘constructive’
talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during his visit to Washington
earlier this week.
and I discussed the security assistance that was suspended earlier this year,”
he told media. “Qureshi and I also discussed effective strategies against
terrorist groups and Dr Shakil Afridi’s release,” he added.
Qureshi met Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on
October 2 and discussed regional issues as well as matters of mutual interest.
hope to work with the new Pakistani government so that we might be able to turn
a page and move forward in the fight against terrorism,” Bolton said.
a stifling bamboo shanty, eight-year-old Saleema Khanam throws a bright yellow
shawl over her head and steps out into the enormous Bangladesh refugee camp
tightly clutching her treasured Koran.
is the only girl in her local madrasa -- or Islamic seminary -- catering to
Rohingya children driven from Buddhist-majority Myanmar by a wave of genocidal
formal schooling -- which suggests a permanent presence -- is not allowed in
the camps, for many children the madrasa are the only places to learn.
is just a short distance from Saleema's family's shack to the school, one of
thousands to spring up in the world's largest refugee camp since a massive
influx of Rohingya Muslims last year.
steps carefully through the crowded alleyways in Kutupalong with her blue-bound
Koran held tight to her chest, removes her shoes and enters the dimly-lit
more than a dozen young boys with white prayer caps rock back and forth,
reciting passages from the Islamic holy book.
takes her position in the front, flanked by two brothers, and opens the book.
come here to learn the Koran. My mother wants me and my brothers to learn, to
become a better person," the young student told AFP.
Rohingya are a deeply conservative Muslim minority from western Myanmar, where
decades of state-sanctioned oppression and violent persecution has forced them
out in droves.
army purge that began in August 2017 has forced more than 700,000 Rohingya over
the border into Bangladesh -- most of them children.
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schools and houses of worship were torched in the crackdown by Myanmar troops
and Buddhist gangs that UN fact-finders said amounted to crimes against humanity
and genocide against the Rohingya.
targeting our madrasas and mosques, they tried erase our culture and religion
from Rakhine," said Rohingya activist Rafique bin Habib, referring to
Myanmar's westernmost state where the minority dwelled.
many of our top madrasa teachers survived and fled to Bangladesh, where they
have set up schools in the camps so that our new generation can be deeply
rooted in our culture and religion."
which hosts one million of the displaced Muslims in camps near the border, is
determined the Rohingya will be returned to Myanmar.
of the madrasas are attached to prominent mosques and large enough for 400
like Saleema's, cannot fit many more than a dozen children.
are taught not just in the Rohingya language but also in Bengali, Arabic, Urdu
madrasa play an essential role in the survival of the Rohingya language,"
said bin Habib.
the call to prayer sounds across the camps, the boys in Saleema's class file
out to the local mosque to perform their ablutions before the Friday sermon.
the lone girl, stays behind.
finds a quiet spot at the back of the classroom, faces Mecca and, holding her
palms to the sky, places her forehead to the ground in solemn prayer, alone.
Taliban have not ruled out a meeting between their political representatives
with American Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay
Khalilzad during his visit to Qatar, sources said on Saturday.
State Department says Khalilzad is leading an interagency delegation to
Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from
told Daily Times that the US special envoy could visit Islamabad on Monday or
Tuesday. It would be his second visit to Pakistan in five weeks. He had earlier
accompanied US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his September 5 visit to
Representative Khalilzad’s mission is to coordinate and lead US efforts to
bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. He will do so in close coordination
with the Afghan government and other stakeholders, exploring how best to reach
a negotiated settlement to the conflict,” a State Department statement said.
trip is his first visit following his appointment as special representative and
reflects the Administration’s intent to support, facilitate and participate in
a peace process in Afghanistan.
there is no official word if the US envoy will meet the Taliban political
representatives in Qatar, the Taliban sources say a meeting can be held.
do not want to offer any comment at this state,” a Taliban source said when
asked if Khalilzad would meet the Taliban political envoys in Doha.
a Taliban political source had told Daily Times that they were ready for the
second round of talks with the US.
first meeting between the two sides in July this year was seen as a major shift
in the US policy to sit face-to-face with the Taliban to explore ways for
political solution to the Afghan conflict.
second meeting was expected in September but could not take place as Americans
were waiting for Khalilzad to get in place in Afghanistan before the next round
of talks,” Taliban sources said.
appointment of Khalilzad as special envoy for Afghan reconciliation is seen a
major step by the US to press negotiations with the Taliban.
Islamabad, the focus would be the US new approach to push for political process
and to seek Pakistan’s cooperation. Pakistan and other regional stakeholders
had been insisting on political option as the military option over the past 17
years had further complicated the problem.
visit misses some key regional stakeholders, including Russia, China and even
Iran, which have contacts with the Taliban political office. Cooperation of
these countries cannot be ignored as they are key partners in the Kabul process
and other peace initiatives.
US opposition to the Moscow Format is also a naïve approach, which is not
helpful for efforts to press for political solution. Russia had to postpone an
international peace conference on Afghanistan that was scheduled to take place
in Moscow on September 4 after Washington turned down the invitation. Kabul
followed the US to stay away from the conference after the Taliban political
announced that they would take part in the moot.
least twenty three Taliban militants were killed or wounded during the
operations of the Afghan armed forces in western Farha province of Afghanistan.
207th Zafar Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said the Afghan armed
forces conducted operations against the militants in Bala Bolok and Khak Safid
districts with the support of the artillery units and the air forces.
statement further added that the operations were conducted in Todanaks and Paso
villages of Bala Bolok and Hajiabad and Dewar Surkh areas of Khak Safid
least 15 militants were killed during the operations and at least 8 others
sustained injuries, the 207th Zafar Corps said, adding that five motorcycles,
two vehicles including a Ford Ranger, an armored personnel carrier previously
captured by the militants were destroyed during the same operations.
Oct 7 (UNB) – As the government has recognised top Qawmi degree ‘Dawrae Hadith’
as master’s one, noted educationists think it will be a useless exercise unless
the curricula of such informal madrasa are vigorously reformed and modernised
with its integration into the mainstream education.
also questioned the justification of giving the top Qawmi degree master’s
status without recognising its certificates equivalent to JDC, SSC, HSC and
to UNB, National Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam
Choudhury, Prof Abul Barakat and Prof Mesbah Kamal said the government’s such
move will not yield any positive outcome for the country and students of Qawmi
madrasas since their education quality in no way matches the general education
when it comes to curricula.
said an education commission comprising Islamic scholars and academics needs to
be formed urgently to modernise the Qawmi education with a holistic approach
combining science, English and Arabic education so that Qawmi educational
institutions can produce skilled human resources.
September 19, a bill to recognise Dawrae Hadith (Kamil) certificate in Qawmi
madrasas with the status of postgraduate degree of Islamic Studies and Arabic,
was passed in parliament.
bill will have retrospective effect and those who have so far acquired Dawrae
Hadith degrees after the recognition in April, 2017 will be considered as
master's degree holders.
will be a board named Al-Haiyatul Ulia Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh integrating
the existing six Qawmi madrasa education boards in the country which will
prepare syllabuses, question papers, conduct examinations and award
certificates among the students of Qawmi madrasas.
Prof Anisuzzaman said, “I think the standard of education of Qawmi madrasas and
mainstream educational institutions is not equal to give Dawrae Hadith the
status of master’s degree. If the government has different information and
statistics, that’s a different matter.”
said the standard of Qawmi madrasa education needs to be upgraded with modern
education to give such recognition.
Serajul Islam said Qawmi and general education are two different streams of
education system as their syllabuses and style of education are also different.
“So, the recognition of Dawrae Hadith certificate as master’s degree status
will only create confusion instead of bringing anything good for the county and
also said the Qawmi madrasa students will not be benefited by receiving such
certificates due to the poor standard of their education. “If you give medical
students the certificate of engineering how will they be benefited from it?”
Serajul Islam also said Qawmi madrasa curricula are outdated ones as those have
no focus on mother language, history, culture and science.
Abul Barkat of Dhaka University’s Economics department said it is not clear to
him how the government recognises Qawmi’s top class certificate without
recognising its other levels equivalent to JSC, SSC, HSC and Degree ones. “I
also can’t understand what benefits the students will get with their only
master’s certificates since their education doesn’t match the general one.”
said the Qawmi madrasa education should be integrated with the mainstream
education through massive overhauling of their syllabuses and teaching method.
“The government should now immediately constitute a commission comprising
experts from both Qawmi and general education to streamline Qawmi madrasa
education through reforming and modernising its syllabuses.”
who conducted a research on madrasa education and wrote a book titled
‘Political Economy of Madrasa Education in Bangladesh’, said Qawmi madrasa
degrees are not comparable to mainstream ones as their curricula give emphasis
on religious aspects instead of science-based modern one.
75 percent of madrasa students now remain unemployed in different forms as they
have no opportunity to engage in jobs based on their education and skills,” he
Mesbah Kamal of Dhaka University's History department said, “I think it’s not a
justified decision to recognise the Dawrae Hadith certificate as equivalent to
Madrasa education needs to bring under a systematic structure through
vigorously reforming its curricula by including general subjects like history,
culture, science and English and mathematics. “The reform should begin from the
entry level to the top class of the Qawmi madrasas,” he said.
modernising Qawmi madrasa education and improving its standard what’s the point
of giving such certificates? Neither the students nor the county will be
benefited from it,” the DU professor observed.
A prominent journalist from Bangladesh Saleem Samad has called upon the
north-eastern States of India to remain alert against jihadi elements in view
of the ongoing crackdown on Islamic militancy in Bangladesh.
to a group of scribes at Guwahati Press Club from Dhaka through video
conferencing, Samad revealed that thousands of Bangladeshi youths had joined
various militia groups in Syria, Iraq, Chechnya, Indonesia, Philippines,
Afghanistan, Pakistan etc., to fight alongside the jihadis there.
how a network of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh was busted in West Bengal few
years back, Samad commented that it would be prudent on part of N-E states to
remain vigilant against jihadi elements.
also commented that rise of Islamist extremism in Bangladesh poses serious
threats not only to the religious minority communities there, but also to the
secularists, intellectuals and other sects within the Muslim community.
Ashoka Fellow and Hellman-Hammett Award recipient, the journalist also added
that an upsurge of fundamentalist forces in the Muslim-dominated country may
affect some to its neighbouring Indian States in due course of time.
narrated how atheist and secularist bloggers and activists are increasingly
becoming the target of the Islamic extremists in Bangladesh, which has
otherwise slowly (but steadily) marched on the path of becoming a country of
one nationality (Bangladeshi), one language (Bangla) and one religion (Sunni
outspoken journalist made an observation that due to overwhelming majority of
Sunni Muslims in the country, among whom considerable rise of extremism is
observed, other minority sects within the Muslim community like the Ahmadiyya
also face threats of survival.
queries from Guwahati scribes, the senior journalist reiterated that currently
there was no northeastern separatist leader in Bangladesh as the Sheikh Hasina government
in Dhaka continues rigorous crackdowns against the outfits. Samad made it clear
that Prime Minister Hasina would leave no stone unturned to wipe out militancy
in the country.
front runner for media rights, Samad painted a dismal picture of press freedom
in Bangladesh, as journalists are frequently targeted by both State and
non-State actors. He regretted that though 26 Bangladeshi journalists lost
their lives to assailants since 1991, majority cases remained pending till
another significant remark, Samad, who works as Special Correspondent at The
Bangladesh Monitor and contributes news-features to India Today, has divulged
that none of the Indian leaders visiting Dhaka and Bangladesh delegation meets
in New Delhi had taken up the issue of illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators in
Assam (India) with their counterparts.
about the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating process in
Assam, Samad asserted that Bangladesh government believes that it is an
internal affair of India only and hence it has not made any official statement
over the development. He agreed that there is hardly any media attention in
Bangladesh Press over the NRC updating process and its outcome.
advocating people-to-people contact between Assam (India) and Bangladesh, Samad
lamented how Assam had missed the bus despite being so closely located, while
other States like West Bengal and Tripura were taking several steps to improve
connectivity with Bangladesh via railway and roadways.
least four militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Khurasan (ISIS-K) were killed and two of the training of the terror group were
destroyed in U.S. drone strikes in Nangarhar province.
provincial government media office in a statement said the drone strikes were
conducted in Khogyani district of Nangarhar, targeting the training compounds
of the group in Machine Dara area of the district.
statement further added that the drone strikes did not inflict casualties to
the local residents.
anti-government armed militant and terrorist groups including ISIS-K loyalists
have not commented regarding the report so far.
is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the Taliban
militants and ISIS loyalists have been attempting to expand their foothold and
activities in this province.
Taliban and ISIS militants along with two children were killed or wounded
during a clash between the Taliban and ISIS loyalists in eastern Kunar province
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the clash broke out
between the two sides in Watapur district on Friday.
to a statement released by 201st Silab Corps, at least four Taliban militants
were killed during the clash and three others sustained injuries. The statement
further added that four militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria were also killed during the fighting.
the meantime, the 201st Silab Corps said two children were also killed or
wounded during a clash, including a two-year-old girl who lost her life while a
one-year-old girl sustained injuries.
least two Afghan security forces have been killed in two back-to-back bomb
explosions in an eastern neighborhood of the capital Kabul, local police say.
spokesman for the Kabul police chief, Basir Mujahid, said nine people,
including six police officers and three civilians, were also injured in the
attacks on Saturday.
added that the incident occurred when a roadside bomb hit a military vehicle as
police arrived to respond to a militant attack, then a second blast took place
in the same area causing casualties.
noted that the police chief was among the injured.
Afghan army commander, Captain Aimal Sakhi, said at least 10 people were
wounded in the blasts.
the first explosion occurred, officials from the 12th police district came to
the area, and after locals and police had gathered there, the second blast took
place. In this incident, two people have been killed and ten others have been
wounded," the army commander added.
Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack.
month, scores of Afghan security forces and Taliban militants were killed in
separate clashes in northern Afghanistan.
reportedly raged in four provinces, leaving as many as 60 Afghan forces and
dozens of militants dead.
in June, Taliban militants in Afghanistan killed at least 16 police officers
and two civilians in the western province of Badghis.
large number of Tunisians have been angered by Egypt’s recent decision to
intensify visa procedures for citizens of North African countries.
decision comes after the release of an official document on social media
websites on Friday, in which the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated
that Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism will enforce new measures on the citizens of
Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia who want to obtain a tourist visa.
regulations include providing a bank statement proving that citizens have no
less than $2,000 in their account, as well as a certificate verifying their
of those three countries must also provide confirmations on airline tickets and
hotel rooms, as well as a representative from a travel agency who must confirm
the tourists’ departure immediately after the end of their visit.
“tough” regulations have caused some Tunisians to call on authorities to impose
similar procedures on Egyptian citizens, while others have called for a
complete boycott of Egypt’s tourist destinations.
a Facebook post, Tunisian Journalist Amira Mohammed wrote: “Is this how Egypt
is trying to encourage tourism? Do you think the people of the Maghreb are
thinking of immigrating to Egypt or staying there illegally? Tunisia must
Mohammed Ali Ammari added that this decision “is not right and will hurt the
tourism sector in Egypt”, especially since Egypt is “the cheapest [destination]
for middle-class Tunisians and citizens of the Maghreb who travel to the
country in large numbers.”
said that “the time has come for citizens of the Maghreb to look for other
travel destinations that do not impose impossible conditions on us.”
policemen have been killed in two separate explosions in the West African
country of Burkina Faso, sources say.
reported unnamed sources as telling the news agency that the two separate
explosions had occurred late on Friday and late on Saturday.
police officers were killed in the Friday attack when the leading vehicle in a
security convoy hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in the northern town
of Solle, near the border with militant-infested Mali, the news agency said on
convoy then reportedly came under gunfire, which injured an unspecified number
of other officers.
Saturday blast, also caused by an IED, killed one security officer and injured
another in the country’s eastern town of Pama.
group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but assaults have
previously been carried out in Burkina Faso by al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist
groups in retaliation for the country’s participation in a regional fight
a former colonizer of the region, has had a military presence in the region —
including in Burkina Faso since 2010 — on a declared mission to help regional
governments in the Sahel tackle extremism, particularly in Mali.
warplanes killed around 10 militants in northern Burkina Faso following a
deadly raid on a gendarmerie, the Burkinabe military command announced on
a string of military operations in north of Saada, the Yemeni national army
liberated major areas overlooking Baqim directorate in the governorate.
senior military source said that the fighting resulted in the killing and
wounding of a number of Houthi elements, in addition to the arrest of two
members of the coup militia, pointing out that the army recovered ammunition
and weapons, including sniper machine guns and radio communications equipment.
the Houthi militias closed down the University of Sanaa on Saturday, deploying
tanks and armored vehicles around the building before kidnapping around 55
students and taking them to an unknown location. Read more
Muslims in Nigerian capital of Abuja have once again staged a protest rally to
call for the release of their leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who is still in prison
despite a 2016 high court ruling.
protest was held in front of the Federal Ministry of Justice. Spokesman for
Zakzaky’s Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Abdullahi Muhammad, explained on
Friday that the protest move came since “our leader would not be released to
his followers are tired, and we want the Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami to
do the needful by releasing our leader,” Muhammad said, further insisting that
Prosecution Counsel Dari Bayero had complained of lack of adequate security in
Zakzaky’s home town of Kaduna, prompting presiding Judge Gideon Kurada to
adjourn the court without issuing a release order for the elderly cleric.
is inhuman; the government keeps telling us they are protecting Zakzaky and
keep coming up with excuses,” Muhammad further emphasized, adding: “Today at a
Kaduna High Court, the ruling on the bail application of our leader was again
adjourned to November 7.”
of Zakzaky’s followers were arrested during a brutal raid by the security
forces on the Shia cleric’s IMN headquarters in December 2015.
the raid, Nigerian forces killed nearly 300 Zakzaky supporters, including three
of his sons, and later buried them in mass graves.
and his wife, who were shot and injured during the raid, were taken into
custody and accused of plotting to attack the military convoy of army Chief
Tukur Buratai in an earlier incident.
of his Islamic group insisted, however, that they were merely holding a rally
when Buratai’s convoy happened to pass by at the time. Facing the crowds of
protesters, agitated Nigerian security forces shot them and Buratai’s car sped
away, thinking an assassination attempt was underway.
Federal High Court had ordered Zakzaky’s unconditional release in 2016, but the
Nigerian government has so far refused to abide by the ruling.
is while a spokesman for the Islamic movement stated back in March that the
government in Abuja was planning to indefinitely hold the cleric and his wife
the government’s refusal to release the prominent cleric in Africa’s most
populous country, his followers began staging near daily protest rallies in
Abuja and parts of the North.
late August, meanwhile, UK-based rights group Amnesty International (AI)
accused Nigeria’s government of carrying out unlawful arrests and practicing
“enforced disappearance,” calling on Abuja to clarify the fate of hundreds of
jailed Shia activists.
organization further stated that the fate of at least 600 members of the
Islamic Movement in Nigeria remained unknown since their arrest in 2015.
Nigerian government has used enforced disappearance as a longstanding tactic to
silence critics and instill fear in civilian populations,” Amnesty International
Nigeria Director Osai Ojigho said at the time. “Enforced disappearance is an
instrument of intimidation that grossly violates human rights. It is
unacceptable and must stop.”
attack on the Imam Hussain (AS) Mosque left one person dead and three others
critically wounded during the month of Ramadan.
MJC says the Muslim community has been on edge since the incident as it seemed
authorities were not making headway in their investigation.
Minister Bheki Cele announced the trio's arrests Friday.
MJC's Shayk is-Gaak Taliep has urged the Muslim community to respect the rule
of law and allow justice to take its course.
2018 marks seven years since the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) crossed the border
into Southern Somalia on October 16, 2011 in pursuit of the al-Qaeda affiliated
Al-Shabaab group, which had kidnapped foreign tourists and aid workers inside
will most likely be back home by 2020 when the African Mission in Somalia
(Amisom) is expected to transfer responsibilities to the Somali military.
even before the guns against the Al-Shabaab fall silent, a new asymmetrical
threat is looming large.
Islamic State (IS), a Salafi jihadist militant group that rose to global
prominence in early 2014, has been making serious inroads into East Africa,
potentially eclipsing Al-Shabaab as the face of radical Islamism.
a recent report by the European Institute of Peace (EIP), The Islamic State in
East Africa (September 2018), shows IS has extended its footprints across the
region, including in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, DRC,
this, at this point, there is no consensus on the extent of the threat that IS
poses to the region.
June 2018, the Kenyan National Intelligence Service (NIS) reportedly
characterised the Islamic State as “a potential rather than an immediate threat
to the security of the country”.
June 2016, around 100 men and women may have gone to join the Islamic State in
Libya and Syria.
2018 these fighters are returning home, and swelling the ranks of IS cells.
July 2018, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for 65 attacks in East
Africa, at least two of them in Kenya.
February 18, 2017, Kenya arrested two suspected members of IS, Nasra Hyder Faiz
and Salim Mohamed Rashid, who had returned from Syria.
high profile arrest is that of Ali Hassan Ali in Malindi in March 2017. Ali, a
suspected IS militant on the country’s “most wanted list”, had helped send
recruits to Libya and Somalia.
events serve as a wake up call that IS maintains a small but steady and
dangerous foothold in the region.
IS attracted large flows of foreign fighters in 2014 and 2015, Kenyan recruits
managed to join the caravan by flying to Istanbul, then crossing the Turkish
border into Syria.
those who used this route is Mohammed Atom, an associate of Abdirahim
Abdullahi, one of the masterminds of the Al-Shabaab attack on Garissa
University in April 2015.
State’s recruiters have targeted university students in the high-end technical
areas including computer science, engineering, information technology and
use social media sites to target potential recruits and prioritise them
according to their skill sets, knowledge of and devotion to IS’s globalist view
2016, one such group was tracked down to Moi University, Eldoret, where
students were travelling to Libya.
IS recruiters have prioritised bright but financially needy students who are
offered low-interest loans with flexible payment regimes.
condition of the loan is conversion to Islam”, says the EIP report. IS “loan
officers” then follow this with gradual radicalisation into its ideology.
of another IS network emerged in May 2016 when the police in Kenya arrested
Mohamed Abdi Ali (also known as Abu Fida’a) and foiled an IS attack.
Uganda, police also arrested his wife, Nuseiba Mohammed Haji, and another woman
on suspicion of planning a mass attack.
Abu Fida’a was arrested, he was conducting research on the use of anthrax as a
of his associates, Farah Dagane Hassan and Hiishi Ahmed Ali, both medical
interns, fled to Libya when they learnt of his arrest. The two died in a US air
strike in March 2017.
Farah and Hiishi studied medicine at the Kampala International University
before returning to Kenya.
home, Abu was appointed an intern at the Wote Hospital while the other two went
to Kitale, western Kenya.
is not the sole driver of violent extremism. Abu Fida’a’s network comprised
mainly of medical practitioners.
the network was the Malindi-based doctor Abudulla Adelqani Allin, who was
arrested in October 2016.
in the cell were two medical interns at Malindi Hospital, Shukri Mohammed
Yerrow (a graduate from Saratov Medical University in Russia in 2015) and
two were planning to join ISIS in Puntland when they were arrested.
Islamic State’s Kenyan cell also had linkages with Samatar Ullah, a UK-based IS
supporter arrested in 2017.
experienced two low-level attacks in 2016.
September 11, 2016, a three-some female cell comprising Tasnib Yaqub Abdullahi
Farah, Fatima Omar Yusuf and Mariam, attempted to burn down Mombasa Central
three, who gained entry into the station under the pretext of reporting the
theft of one of their cell phones, lit a petrol bomb and tossed it on the
police officers and attempted to stab an officer before they were shot and
on October 27, 2016, Abdimahat Ibrahim Hassan stabbed and tried to snatch a gun
from a Kenyan police officer manning the outer perimeter of the American
embassy in Gigiri, Nairobi. He was shot and killed.
attackers pledged their allegiance to IS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In both
cases, the IS claimed responsibility.
Nigerian Army on Saturday reported fending off a Boko Haram attack on an
Internally Displaced Peoples, IDP, camp in northeastern Borno State.
Army reported neutralizing three attackers and arresting one who had sustained
gunshot wounds in the ensuing combat.
attack of Saturday dawn was targeting the Ngala IDP camp in Borno, the
epicenter of attacks by the terrorist group that has killed hundreds of
thousands and displaced millions.
army continues to prosecute the Operation Lafiya Doole – Security by all means
– aimed at rooting out remnants of Boko Haram.
group has also staged attacks that have led to deaths on the part of soldiers
and civilian population. Ending the Boko Haram crisis was a key plank of
President Buhari’s campaign in 2015.
More Americans are now saying that despite 17 years of war, the United States
has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan, says a survey released on
Pew Research Centre, Washington, which conducted the survey from Sept 18-24,
found that about half of American adults (49 per cent) believe the United States
has mostly failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan. About a third (35pc) say
Washington has mostly while another 16pc say they do not know if the US has
succeeded or failed.
2009 and 2011, when asked whether the US will succeed or fail to achieve its
goals, majority said the US would be successful. But in 2014 and 2015, opinions
about the mission were similarly more negative than positive.
this month’s survey, Republicans appear more optimistic than Democrats that the
US mission in Afghanistan has succeeded in achieving its goals, according to
the new survey. About half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents
(48pc) say the US has succeeded, compared with about three-in-ten Democrats and
Democratic-leaning independents (28pc).
Afghanistan becomes America’s longest-ever military engagement, the American
public has become more divided on whether the 2001 invasion was the right or
the wrong decision. Today, 45pc say the US made the right decision in using
military force and 39pc say it was the wrong decision.
share of Americans saying the initial decision was right declined over time. In
2006, 69pc said it was the right decision and 20pc said it was the wrong
decision. In early 2002, a few months after the start of the war, 83pc of
Americans said they approved of the US-led military campaign against the
Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
have consistently expressed more support than Democrats for the decision to use
force in Afghanistan, though support has fallen in both parties over the past
two-thirds of Republicans and Republican sympathisers (66pc) now say it was the
right decision to use force in Afghanistan.
about a third of Democrats and Democratic sympathisers (31pc) say the same.
About half of Democrats (53pc) say it was a wrong decision, compared with 21pc
foreign policy expert James Jatras believes the US military is against starting
war with Iran because it does not want to get engaged in another open-ended
wasteful military adventure in the Middle East region.
a former Senate foreign policy adviser in Washington, made the remarks in an
interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on a statement by the
general overseeing the US military’s involvement in the Middle East.
Joseph Votel, who heads the US Central Command, said on Thursday that the
United States is not “on the road to war with Iran,” despite the fact that some
Trump administration officials have stepped up rhetoric against Tehran.
don't think we're seeking to go to war with Iran, and I don't think that's what
we're focused on," he said.
said that it is “somewhat reassuring that a top American general would say that
we are not on the road to war with Iran. I don’t know how much comfort we can
take from that.”
very clear that the top non-military officials are dedicated to a regime change
policy in Iran. They hope to do that by fomenting internal discontent, by
crushing Iran’s financial and economic system, by cutting off its foreign trade
and by supporting the terrorist groups like the MEK (Mojahedin-e Khalq or MKO),
which they hope to install as the new government,” he stated.
that failed, will they consider a military option? They very likely might want
to on the pattern of Iraq 2003. On the
other hand, I think that would result in some resistance from the professional
military who do not want to see another horrible, open-ended wasteful military
adventure, especially one that would be as massive as Iran would be,” the
warning by retired US General Wesley Clark that Iran has been a target of US
intentions issued more than a decade ago appeared last month to be moving
closer to realization.
in the anti-Iran remarks made at the UN General Assembly's General Debate and
amplified as he chaired a meeting of the Security Council, seemed to confirm
the claim made by the former chair of the Joint Chief' of Staff under President
Bill Clinton that Iran was on a list of seven countries that Washington planned
to invade and destroy.
foreigners were among eight men arrested by Malaysian officers on suspicion of
involvement in Southeast Asian recruitment efforts by a terror cell linked to a
Yemen-based Salafi extremist group, Malaysia’s police chief announced Saturday.
arrests were carried out during coordinated raids in Perlis, Kuala Lumpur and
Johor on Sept. 24, Police Inspector-General Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a
statement. Six of the foreigners were students at an Islamic school located in
the northern state of Perlis, Fuzi said.
arrests by counter-terrorist police were made “following an intelligence report
obtained by the police regarding efforts by a Salafi Jihadist terror group in
Yemen to establish a school in the Southeast Asian region to propagate Salafi
Jihadism ideology,” Fuzi said.
of the suspects came from the same European country while a sixth suspect was a
citizen of a country in the Americas. He did not elaborate, but said the eight
suspects ranged from 24 to 38 years old and that most of them, based on
information shared by foreign intelligence, were linked in their home countries
to the so-called Islamic State (IS) organization or other extremist groups.
former student of the school and a former member of its faculty were among
those arrested, Fuzi said. He did not disclose the school’s name.
former teacher, 33, who comes from the Middle East, was arrested in Kuala
Lumpur and known to be giving unsanctioned classes in the Malaysian capital on
Salafi Jihadism, the police chief said.
eight suspects were connected to a madrassa, or Islamic boarding school, in
Yemen that was founded by an icon of Salafi Jihadist movement, the late Muqbil
bin Hadi al-Wadi’i, according to Fuzi.
Yemeni madrassa adheres to strict Salafi Jihadist ideology that allows for the
murder of non-Muslims and Muslims who differ from them in their beliefs,” Fuzi
also label democracy as a system hostile to God.”
eight men were arrested on suspicion of committing terrorist-related offenses
and were being investigated under the Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act
(SOSMA), Fuzi said. None of the suspects have been charged yet.
Khan Mydin Pitchay, the chief of the Malaysian police’s counter-terrorist
special branch, told BenarNews that the school in Perlis where most of the
suspects were arrested had been operating since 2011. He declined to reveal the
is reputed for permitting the Salafist or Wahhabist strain of Islam that has
been exported to Southeast Asian Muslim countries by predominantly Sunni Saudi
Arabia. Salafism is a revivalist movement that advocates for the return to the
Islam as practiced during the time of Prophet Muhammad.
to the Fuzi’s announcement about the arrests, Asri Zainal Abidin, the mufti of
Perlis, said the state was not “a center for radical teachings,” according to
Bernama, the Malaysian government-run news service.
said students who intended to pursue their studies at religious learning
centers in Perlis, as well as teachers who wanted to work there, must first be
screened by police as a security measure.
always ask the state police chief about the students at these learning centers,
especially the foreigners,” Bernama quoted him as saying. “Only with police
confirmation will we allow them (to pursue studies at the religious learning
last month, Malaysian police said they had arrested five other suspects who
were allegedly involved in a terrorist plot targeting a country in the Middle
East. When he announced those arrests at the time, Fuzi did not identify the
country in question but said the five were believed to be members of an
extremist group known as Asoib.
government source told BenarNews then that the suspects had planned to travel
to Yemen to carry out the attack in neighboring Saudi Arabia.
has been a hotbed of al-Qaeda, like in other countries in the Middle East. Some
groups which advocate Salafi Jihadism set up school there,” Ahmad El Muhammady,
an expert on counterterrorism at the International Islamic University Malaysia,
to him, such groups are taking advantage of an interest in Islamic studies
among Malaysians by importing Yemeni-based teachings into the country.
LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Islam is not about chopping
hands and heads.
is not a cruel religion, and it is not about chopping heads, chopping hands.
are various ways of punishment which are much milder, but these people want to
harass, want to cut people's hands, people's heads.
is not Islamic" said Dr Mahathir.
also said the religion took care of humans lives and did not ask its followers
to intrude into homes and look for people's sins.
Prime Minister was commenting on an article in The Star today in which the
government said it practised a compassionate form of Islam and was against
khalwat raids on private premises.
7 — One of the things, and there are many, that sets Dr Mahathir Mohamad apart
from his disgraced predecessor Najib Razak is the way he conducts himself on
the global stage.
Najib was dead set on winning foreign hearts and minds to the frustration of
his citizens, Dr Mahathir acts the opposite: he could care less about what
others think, garnering the affection of the nation.
the adoring masses, Dr Mahathir’s address at the 73rd United Nations General
Assembly was a sign of bravado, the colours of a strongman that they have
prime minister hit out at trade-warring United States, Palestine-bombing
Israel, palm oil-hating Europeans, money-making arms dealers, and
Rohingya-oppressing Myanmar in one fell swoop; checking the little boxes of
what Malaysians, particularly the Malay-Muslim majority, would like to hear.
was Putrajaya’s intention to signal Malaysia’s return with a new steward, a new
ambition, and Dr Mahathir did it with a bang.
out by this swelling Malaysian pride, however, lies a problematic core in Dr
Mahathir’s address that few took note of, and even fewer would address.
shows Dr Mahathir’s age, a stark reminder that he is a nonagenarian and not
getting any younger. It may not totally be his fault, for he is a product of
his times — of World War II, of post-colonialist nationalism, benevolent
authoritarianism, and Eastern moralising — but it is a shortcoming,
prime minister kicked things off by reiterating Putrajaya’s pledge to ratify
all the remaining UN human rights conventions, a pledge preceded by his foreign
minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, a few months ago.
there has been little publicly to suggest that progress has been made on the
ratification — and I may yet be wrong here — Dr Mahathir has pre-empted the
difficulty of such a move by saying that Malaysia is multi-ethnic,
multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual.
is frustrating to hear that we are not making the required strides when it
comes to human rights because of our plurality, when it is the plurality that
should be the catalyst of our progress.
Dr Mahathir said that the last 15 years has not changed much, it may well be
that he is the one who has not changed much, as evident by his disdain for
new values undermine the stability of nations and their people. Freedom has led
to the negation of the concept of marriage and families, of moral codes, of
respect etc,” he said, a subtle dig at the advancements of civil liberties,
minority rights, and progressive values across the world.
disdain was only galvanised in the various media appearances he has made since
a Wall Street Journal interview, he has scoffed at abolishing the colonial
relic of the anti-sodomy law, saying that “a Muslim nation” like Malaysia does
not tolerate sodomy.
on in “The Future of Democracy in Asia” event held at Chatham House, he
persisted that there must be “limits to freedom” — holding on to old dichotomy
of “Western human rights” versus “Eastern family values.”
does not negate marriage, families and certainly not moral codes. It is just
that in 2018, humans have a more sophisticated view of what it means to have
ties and relationships. Morality, too, has evolved. And respect comes with
reciprocity, not seniority.
perhaps Dr Mahathir’s biggest fallacy comes from his over-simplistic,
condensed, almost monochromatic view towards religious terrorism and jihadism —
that if not because of his intellect, may have come across as too naïve.
seemed to distill the many sectarian conflicts and jihadism to one sole cause:
the 1948 formation of the modern Israel state, and the subsequent massacre and
eviction of Palestinians.
hates terrorism. We will fight them. But we believe that the only way to fight
terrorism is to remove the cause. Let the Palestinians return to reclaim their
there be a state of Palestine. Let there be justice and the rule of law.
Warring against them will not stop terrorism. Nor will out-terrorising them
succeed,” said Dr Mahathir.
we cannot deny him his points on the conflict, one has to wonder whether this
was Dr Mahathir’s unapologetic anti-Semitism talking.
had told BBC HARDtalk show that his “hook-nosed” comment was merely an “old
home on Friday, Dr Mahathir defended his anti-Semite stance, accusing the Jews
of being “so privileged” and beyond reproach for their acts of violence —
again, showing that to him, the Jews, Israelis, and Zionists may as well all be
one and the same. Will global jihadism stop once the two-state solution is
achieved? It may well do, if we can ever reach it.
hoping so ignores the many factors driving terrorism, one of which is the
return of a pan-Muslim caliphate to replace democracy which they do not only
see as flawed, but is the main stumbling block towards establishing God’s rule
at the centre of this zealotry is Islamism, the political belief that Islamic
scriptures and laws should reign supreme over everyone, not just Muslims, but
every man, woman, and child no matter what they may or may not believe in.
ignores the reality on Malaysia’s own ground — the spread and dominance of a
strain of judgmental Islam, that values form and rituals more than faith, that
forsakes compassion, that measures piety by pieces of cloth.
Harapan and Dr Mahathir may have won over most of Malaysians, but now it is
time for us to measure our bodies to the global cloth, to acknowledge that
sovereignty does not mean turning our backs on universal rights enshrined to
all humans by virtue of existing, and hold ourselves to a higher standard.
Jordan, Oct 6 — Students intending to pursue their studies at religious
learning centres in Perlis as well as teachers who want to work there must
undergo security screening and be declared ‘clean’ by police.
mufti Prof Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said the state police chief SAC
Noor Mushar Mohamad himself had been appointed a member of the state Islamic
Religious Council Committee.
always ask the state police chief about the students at these learning centres,
especially the foreigners. Only with police confirmation will we allow them (to
pursue studies at the religious learning centres),” he told Bernama here today.
was commenting on the arrests of eight men including seven foreigners by the
Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division following an operation in
Perlis, Kuala Lumpur and Johor on September 24 for suspected involvement in
activities that were detrimental to security and public order.
of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun was reported as saying on October 6 that
all of the suspects were involved with an Islamic learning centre in Perlis,
believed to be promoting extremist teachings.
Asri stressed that the arrests of the eight individuals did not mean that
Perlis was the centre for the spreading of radical teachings.
have nothing to do with the issue as the people of Perlis are adopting the values
want the police to conduct a transparent investigation as the heads of these
centres have given their assurance that they will take action if there is a
spread of radicalism or terrorism in their institutions,” he said.
LUMPUR, Oct 7 — Islamic enforcers will continue pursuing moral offences despite
a federal minister’s call to stop raids over victimless crimes occurring in the
privacy of Malaysians’ homes, said several state muftis.
to requests for comment on Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk
Mujahid Yusof Rawa’s statement that the federal government planned to stop
so-called moral policing, they said such matters were the purview of the
Mufti Datuk Seri Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahid also told Malay Mail that such
enforcement in his state was not abusive or invasive as suggested by the
minister, insisting that it was executed using clear procedures.
enforcement will continue to be carried out as (Islamic laws) are enacted by
state leaders, and this includes Selangor,” he explained.
he was unclear how far Mujahid has gone with his proposal, he added that such
decisions must be presented to the various religious authorities, including the
Muzakarah National Fatwa Committee Council in Islamic Affairs before reaching
the Conference of Malay Rulers.
the Federal Constitution, Islamic matters come under the individual Malay
Rulers as the heads of the religion in each state.
Sembilan Mufti Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad also disputed the minister’s description
of khalwat (close proximity) raids as invasive and exploitative, saying such
action was justified as they were normally launched based on public reports.
said enforcement officers were duty-bound to respond when reports are lodged,
and could not pick and choose which they should investigate.
example, if a wife reports that her husband is up to no good at home, then the
authorities have to come and take action against it. You cannot allow immoral
acts to just happen and leave it be,” he said.
the argument that such enforcement constituted an invasion of privacy, he asked
if police could choose to ignore a reported robbery by deciding it took place
inside a private residence.
Yusof said all Muslims were obligated to defend the community’s morality, just
as the government and members of the public have a responsibility to act if
they witness a crime.
obligation also applied to Mujahid, he said.
the minister himself sees an immoral act taking place, then he has to use his
power and take action against it and make the effort to curb it from happening.
if the officers are forced to stop such raids, then the government has to take
up whatever risks that come with it or bear the sin from allowing vice
practices to continue,” he said.
Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria pointedly told the federal government to do as
it pleases and proceed with ignoring the states’ powers and laws to act against
said he was not inclined to meddle in the federal government’s decisions, but
stressed that it was compulsory for Muslims to curb immoral acts from
mushrooming in the community.
to them (government) what they want to do. If such raids cannot be carried out
anymore, it is OK, I have no problem,” he said sarcastically.
with such laws in place, vice practices cannot be curbed. If we stop the raids
and allow them to take place freely, then we are at a loss and this will
encourage more immoral activities to take place. Good on them.”
pledged in an interview that the Pakatan Harapan government will shun
enforcement seen as moral policing for areas under its jurisdiction and will
instead pursue a policy of “compassionate Islam”.
said the government has no intention to interfere in Malaysians’ private lives
and will focus instead on matters that affect security.
vice-president of Parti Amanah Negara acknowledged that such matters came under
state jurisdiction, but said the government was engaging with religious
agencies at the state level to convince them to adopt the stance of the federal
LUMPUR: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has shrugged off concerns that an
announcement on ending snooping into khalwat cases would make conservative
Muslims in the country upset, saying Islam is not a cruel religion.
said Islam does not dictate its followers to “go and hunt for people” and
“needlessly find trouble”.
is to the point that you want to climb into their house and all that … that is
not Islam,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a forum at Suria KLCC here.
was responding to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof
Rawa’s comments in The Star earlier today that what Muslims do behind closed
doors is none of the government’s business.
means religious officers will no longer go knocking on doors or break down
doors in the middle of the night to probe reports of khalwat or other alleged
also pointed out that although alcohol consumption is not allowed in Islam, the
government would not “interfere” if it is done behind closed doors.
concern is what goes on in public that encroaches on sensitivity, legality or
criminality. Only then does the government come in, not because we want to be
the moral police but because we want to secure the public sphere,” he said.
Star also quoted Mujahid, who is in charge of religious affairs, as saying the
government intends to uphold Islam as a religion that is compassionate to all.
He added that this would be translated into all government policies, Islamic
judiciary affairs and inter-religious dialogues.
today concurred with Mujahid’s views that Islam is a compassionate religion,
“not about chopping heads and hands”.
said there are other “milder” forms of punishment, and questioned why some
wanted to harass people and cut their hands off.
religion takes into account the life of a person. It’s not easy to allow
killing of people by cutting off one’s head. Islam does not agree with killing.
you kill, you commit a sin,” the Langkawi MP said.
another matter, Mahathir said there is nothing wrong with him going to campaign
for PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim in the Port Dickson by-election, which
will enable his return to politics after recently obtaining a royal pardon.
nothing wrong with the prime minister going to campaign. I’m going there as
party chairman,” Mahathir said, referring to his party, PPBM.
prayed facing out to the sea Friday and by crumbling mosques in an Indonesian
region pummelled by a quake-tsunami, putting their faith in God to help on the
road to recovery.
wearing skullcaps gathered by the coast in the city of Palu, ground zero of the
tragedy in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, and chanted before
sending prayers out to the waters.
the city's shattered Baiturrahman mosque -- whose green dome collapsed into the
prayer hall -- 62-year-old Adan Abdurazak stood in tears in the place of
worship where he had said his Friday prayers every week for the past 15 years.
still confused," he said, when asked where he will pray now.
is the holiest day of the week for followers of Islam the world over, but this
week's prayers around Palu took on a special significance following the double
calamity that has killed over 1,500 people and razed whole neighbourhoods.
200 of the faithful held prayers on carpets in the car park of one mosque in
the city, whose minarets survived the catastrophe intact but which is covered
in huge cracks.
of latticework appeared ready to fall off, as aftershocks continue to rock the
up the coast in Donggala, which was close to the epicentre of the quake and
also suffered substantial damage, about 200 men gathered at a mosque.
feel a bit relieved because there's no sign of another tsunami," Irham Hassan,
50, told AFP.
sources reported on Saturday that a bomb-laden car was detonated in the
industrial zone East of A'azaz which is under the occupation of the Turkish
army and its affiliated militants in Northern Aleppo, destroying several
military vehicles and civilian cars.
added that at least 4 people were also killed and over 21 others were wounded
in the explosion.
reports from al-Bab in Northeastern Aleppo said that heavy clashes between
Ahrar al-Sham and the FSA-affiliated Jeish al-Ahfad terrorist groups in the
village of al-Sokriyeh near al-Bab in Eastern Aleppo killed and wounded a
number of militants and civilians.
clashes happened after Ahrar al-Sham targeted the vehicle of Jeish al-Ahfad
a relevant development last month, the Turkish army and Ankara-backed FSA
militants engaged in heavy infighting in the city of A'azaz in Northern Aleppo
as tensions intensified in Northern Syria.
infighting broke out between militants of Jbahat al-Shamiya affiliated to the
Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish army stationed in key regions of A'azaz
city which resulted in the closure of the roads leading to the city, local
sources in A'azaz city said.
sources noted that clashes happened after the Turkish army sacked the commander
of the police and general security for his involvement in multiple bribery
cases in Afrin.
pointed to the intensified tensions and differences between the two sides in
A'azaz city and the fury of the civilians, and said that the residents of city
have been asking for the evacuation of the Turkish army units from the city and
removal of the siege of the region.
al-Sham and Nouralddeen al-Zinki and NLF engaged in a fresh round of infighting
in the village of Kafr Halab in Southwestern Aleppo that left several
terrorists and 7 civilians dead.
al-Zinki sent a long military convoy to the village of Kafr Nouran in Western
Aleppo after Tahrir al Sham laid siege on the village of Kafr Halab.
field sources, meantime, said that al-Wataniyah Front dispatched 40 military
vehicles from Afrin and Northeastern Aleppo to Western Aleppo to counter Tahrir
sources further said that the infighting has spilled over to the village of
Tadil and the town of al-Abzamou in Western Aleppo and Tal Adah in Northern
Idlib, inflicting several casualties on both warring sides.
the meantime, Commander of Nouralddeen al-Zinki threatened Tahrir al-Sham that
in case the siege on the village of Kafr Halab continues, al-Zinki will kick
off a heavy offensive in Northern Syria to kill Tahrir al-Sham Chief Commander
Abu Mohammad al-Joulani.
first phase of the Sochi Agreement demilitarized zone that would cover an area
15 km in radius will start in Idlib province by mid October.
sources said on Thursday that Tahrir al-Sham and National Liberation Front
(NLF) terrorists engaged in clashes near the town of Zardana, adding that
several militants of both sides as well as civilians were killed and wounded.
added that the clashes erupted after Jeish al-Ahrar terrorists, affiliated to
the NLF, detained a member of Tahrir al-Sham in the town.
to reports, the NLF dispatched a large military convoy to Zardana and Tahrir
al-Sham terrorists have erected a large number of checkpoints across the town.
a bomb-laden car was detonated near the town of Salqain in Northern Idlib,
killing and wounding several people, including civilians.
Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, Sputnik, reported that
ISIL has called several times on the government forces in the last two days to
lay the ground for the terrorists to surrender in Toloul al-Safa rugged terrain
in the Eastern desert of Sweida.
further said that the ISIL's move came after the army men continued capturing
of key regions in Toloul al-Safa and the imminent collapse of the terrorist
front in the region, specially after army dispatched more men and military
equipment to the battlefield.
officials said the ISIL terrorists, whose total number stands at 3,000, are
likely to surrender soon.
army forces have advanced rapidly towards the last stronghold of ISIL and the
terrorists' main water reservoir in Toloul al-Safa rugged terrain.
Friday, the army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in the depth of the
rocks in Tolou al-Safa in the Eastern deserts of Sweida, seizing control over
several positions and heights in Qabr Sheikh Hossein flank.
units of the army managed to capture Qa'a al-Banat region Northwest of Sweida
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the
militant groups, including the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NFL),
have not retreated from the weapons-free zone at the administrative borders of
Idlib, Hama, Lattakia and Aleppo provinces.
meantime, added that the militant groups have, instead, strengthened their
positions and strongholds in the demilitarized zone, specially areas in
sources said on Thursday that Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation
Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorist group and the Turkish army disagree on
the implementation of the Sochi agreement between Moscow and Ankara, adding
that the militants seek control over key passageways in the demilitarized zone.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted sources close to the militants as
saying that Tahrir al-Sham has demanded control over certain crossroads on M5
highway which links Aleppo to Hama and M4 highway that links Aleppo to
added that the Turkish intelligence body has opposed the demand, specially
about the passageways located between the Syrian army-controlled areas and
those occupied by the terrorists in Idlib, Western Aleppo and Sahl al-Qab in
Northwestern Hama, adding that Turkey wants to deliver their control to the
National Liberation Front militants who are supported by Turkey.
report said if Tahrir al-Sham and Ankara come into terms with each other over
this issue, the terrorist group will soon start withdrawal from demilitarized
Arabic-language al-Baladi news channel affiliated to the militants in Syria
reported on Saturday that the Russian forces have been deployed in regions near
the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US forces' positions in Southeastern
added that the Russian forces have been for the first time deployed in the
region after the Syrian army regained control of the Western banks of the
the Syrian army troops have started military operations against the ISIL in
Badiyeh (desert areas) of Deir Ezzur.
Syrian army had earlier reinvigorated its positions in al-Sayal region in
Southeastern Deir Ezzur near Albu Kamal after sending military convoys.
Syrian Army dispatched more fresh forces and military equipment to Southeastern
Deir Ezzur on Wednesday to intensify attacks on ISIL's movement and positions
in the Eastern desert of Deir Ezzur.
army forwarded tens of fresh soldiers and a large volume of military equipment
to al-Sayal region near the town of Albu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
the meantime, field sources said that the army has kept its soldiers on alert
and has reinvigorated its combat-defense capabilities after ISIL's sporadic
the Syrian Air Force carried out a number of combat flights over the ISIL's
movements near Aweiraz Dam and a large region from the T2 Oil Pumping Station
in Southwestern Deir Ezzur to the Eastern desert of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Eastern
army men, backed up by artillery units and Air Force, managed to push ISIL back
200 meters from its key positions in the rocks in Toloul al-Safa, deploying a
few hundred meters away from a key height near Qabr Sheikh Hossein.
sources said that once the army captures the key height it would be able to
impose military control over Qabr Sheikh Hossein that is home to the terrorists
command center, and bring the entire Toloul al-Safa region under control.
Turkey-backed Syrian rebel officials told Reuters that militant groups on
Saturday began to withdraw heavy weaponry from a demilitarized zone agreed by
Turkey and Russia in northwest Syria.
process of withdrawing heavy weapons began this morning and will continue for a
number of days,” a rebel group commander told Reuters.
official said the Turkey-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) rebel
alliance will extract its heavy weaponry - such as rocket launchers and
artillery vehicles - and bring it 20 km from the contact line between
insurgents in Syria's militant-held Idlib province and government forces.
and medium weapons and heavy machine guns up to 57 mm will remain in place,”
the official said.
the deal agreed last month between Turkey and Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad's key ally Moscow, “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw by
the middle of this month from the demilitarization zone.
agreement halted a threatened Syrian government offensive. The United Nations
had warned such an attack would create a humanitarian catastrophe in the Idlib
region, home to about 3 million people.
Saudi cleric with close ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has
called on faith leaders to travel to Jerusalem al-Quds in a bid to promote
"peace" with Israel.
bin Abdul Karim Issa, head of the Muslim World League, made the controversial
proposal in New York on the sidelines of an annual conference for “Cultural
Rapprochement Between the US and the Muslim World” in New York.
should send a peace convoy that is representative of all three Abrahamic
religions. They should be Muslim, Christian and Jewish and they should visit
all holy sites,” he told Fox News.
should meet everyone and find common ground, and they should provide fertile
ground to find solutions for peace.”
also claimed that a possible Jerusalem al-Quds meeting is meant "to keep
extremists from taking any advantage of any intellectual holes that they can
use to promote their extremist ideologies."
Arabia has hostile ties with resistance movements in the Palestinian
territories, including Hamas which is fighting the Israeli occupation.
remarks further reflect a quiet warming of relations between the regimes in
Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
his comments, the cleric who was formerly the Saudi justice minister noted that
the "peace" delegation should only be made up of religious leaders
not political figures.
should be independent of politics, they should have no political agenda
whatsoever. They will be more influential without a political agenda because
they are independent,” Issa said.
and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, but they are widely believed to
have secret liaisons. Latest reports say the two regimes are even working
behind the scenes to establish formal contact.
say Saudi Arabia’s flirtation with Israel would undermine global efforts to
isolate Tel Aviv and affect the Palestinian cause in general. They say Riyadh
has gone too far in its cooperation with the Israelis as a way of deterring
Iran as an influential player in the region.
in April, bin Salman recognized the “right” for Israelis to “have their own
land” in an interview with US magazine The Atlantic.
is while most of the Arab nations do not recognize Israel and reject its claim
to the whole Jerusalem al-Quds.
President Donald Trump, who is a close friend and ally of Saudi leaders,
recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel last December and moved
the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city in May.
embassy relocation sparked global uproar and widespread condemnations.
least five people, including two children, have been killed in a car bomb
attack in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, reports say.
to a report by the so-called Syrian observatory for Human Rights group, the
large explosion on Saturday occurred after an explosives-laden vehicle went off
at the entrance of the industrial district of the town of Azaz, which is
controlled by Turkey-backed armed militia.
UK-based monitor also said that the blast occurred near a tanker filled with
fuel, sending up large pillars of smoke as a raging fire engulfed the area.
pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper also reported that at least 27 people had
sustained injuries in the explosion and the subsequent blaze.
wounded are said to be rushed across the border to Turkey’s Kilis Public
Hospital to receive due treatment.
is located some 350 kilometers north of capital Damascus, and just a few
kilometers away from the border with Turkey.
bombs are common in the war-ravaged country and are used by Takfiri outfits,
particularly the Daesh terrorist group, during the past several years against
civilians and Syrian government soldiers alike.
official inquiry into prejudice and discrimination in Britain has revealed a
backlash against equal opportunities for immigrants and Muslims.
report for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), a statutory body,
found that 37 per cent of adults believed that efforts to provide equal
opportunities to immigrants had gone “too far”.
the case of Muslims, the figure was 33 per cent. By contrast, nearly two thirds
of the public felt that more help was needed to support those with a mental
health condition, as 63 per cent said that efforts had not gone far enough. The
figure for those with a physical impairment was 60 per cent.
report, which could be the first of an annual “barometer” testing public
Dutch air force scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to escort a flight from Abu
Dhabi to Amsterdam after an onboard fight broke out with an aggressive American
passenger, authorities said Saturday.
29-year-old American man became aggressive after being asked by a purser to
return to his seat,” Joanna Helmonds said.
scuffle broke out and the cabin crew, together with other passengers managed to
restrain the man,” she told AFP, declining to name the airline or flight.
number of passengers were lightly wounded including two passengers who were
given black eyes, said Helmonds.
plane was then given special clearance to land immediately at Schiphol airport
with police arresting the man shortly afterwards.
said the man was examined at the airport and officers determined that he came
across as disorientated.
man has been admitted to a psychiatric institution for observation, she said.
After the success of “Casa de Papel” (Money Heist), Netflix premiered its
latest Spanish language teen drama, “Elite,” this week.
story is based on a prestigious private school in Spain where three newly
enrolled working-class students upset the status quo — among them, an ambitious
the plot unravels around spoilt, rich teens clashing with the newbies and the
death of one of their classmates, the show — which has been compared to “13
Reasons Why,” “Gossip Girl” and “Pretty Little Liars” — highlights key issues,
among them prejudice toward the working class, HIV and Islamophobia.
the first episode, Nadia, played by Mina El-Hammani, is ordered to remove her
headscarf by the principal or face expulsion in a scene that plays heavily on
the debate over whether to ban headscarves in schools that has gripped Europe
in recent years.
2004, France banned the wearing of all noticeable religious symbols in public
schools, which affected those wearing headscarves in schools. Meanwhile, in
2016, a young Muslim woman missed a week of classes because she refused to
remove her headscarf.
was also widespread controversy when a primary school in London banned pupils
from wearing the headscarf earlier this year only to later back down from the
is in this context that the show’s co-writers sought to use Nadia’s character
to highlight the challenges some Muslims face when integrating into European
wanted to work with this character because it’s something that is happening in
Europe. This is the reality that we see every day,” co-writer Dario Madrona
told Arab News.
reflected the idea of what Muslims have to face in Europe every day. Because
you are part of a different culture, you don’t know if you can integrate.
People look at you funny sometimes,” he added.
the series, Nadia is also faced with hateful comments from her fellow classmate
Lu, played Danna Paola, who refers to her as “Taliban.
brother, Omar, played by Omar Ayuso, faces his own challenges in the show. In
one episode he his confronted by his friend Samuel, played by Itzan Escamilla,
about his drug dealing.
advises Omar to join him at the restaurant where he works, to which Omar
reminds him that although they both handed in their resumes, only Samuel
received a call back.
from Islamophobia and ethnic discrimination, the show also explores the
identity crisis some teenagers go through in high school.
explained that, like Nadia, she comes from a Muslim background but struggles
with the culture clash that comes with living in Spain.
parents are from Morocco, they are Muslims, so I know what it is like to live
in a closed environment. Nadia is from Palestine so it’s different, but the
same clash of cultures can be felt in both cases,” El-Hammani said.
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