Council of Islamic Ideology Backs Legislation on Triple Talaq as Punishable
Case: Is Namaz in Mosque Essential to Islam? Supreme Court to Decide Today
Arabia Opens High-Speed Train Linking Islam's Holiest Cities
Opposition Leader Vows To Recognise Palestine in Event of Election Victory
Wives, Mothers of Detainees Say Their Men Are Not Boko Haram
Warns Mujahid against Repeating ‘Hate Mantra’ Against Shias
of Sufi Poets Counted As Tool to Counter Terror
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Council of Islamic Ideology Backs Legislation on Triple Talaq As Punishable
Qibla Ayaz, the chairperson of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), on
Wednesday announced the council's decision to support the declaration of
'triple talaq' as a punishable offence, and that the council would undergo
consultations with various scholars soon to decide the appropriate punishment
in such cases.
a press conference soon after a detailed meeting held by the council the same
day, the chairperson revealed that a conference will be held soon in which
scholars will provide their input on the matter.
council also decided that to remedy the prevalent divorce rate and other such
issues, a consolidated form for divorce will be prepared which will include
punitive measures for cases in which divorce is declared three times in one
draft for the consolidated form will be submitted for the federal government's
review, the CII chairperson informed mediapersons, adding that work had already
begun on the form and that it will be ready soon.
Ayaz said that 'on-the-spot' divorce had become a widespread social issue,
incidences of which are reported on a daily basis to various mosques, after
which the matter is taken to court.
of the council during the meeting observed that in such situations, women and
children are adversely affected, especially with regard to their emotional
health and future education.
read: Triple talaq bill
was decided that a nationwide effort will be launched by the council to consult
with scholars and impress upon them the urgency of highlighting and promoting
family values in Friday sermons.
important issue raised and discussed in great detail during the council meeting
was that of under-age marriages. Dr Ayaz said that the council considers
children below the age of 16 as under-aged.
said that after consultation with religious scholars and experts on social
issues, the matter will be discussed further in the council's next meeting.
council has urged the government to start an awareness drive with the
assistance of religious scholars to discourage people from supporting underage
marriages. It was also recommended that educational institutes carry out
similar drives to raise awareness regarding the matter.
Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Thursday decide if a Constitution Bench should
revisit the issue of whether namaz can be offered anywhere, or whether a mosque
is an essential part of Islam and is needed. The question has risen as part of
the appeals in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.
three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok
Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, which is hearing appeals against the Allahabad High
Court verdict of 2010, will decide the matter.
apex court is hearing appeals against the Allahabad High Court verdict of 2010,
which had ordered a three-way partition of the disputed land between Muslims,
Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara (a Hindu group).
the beginning of the case, CJI Misra had said that the appeals would be treated
as purely a civil suit consisting of a land dispute and religion would not play
any role in the verdict.
during the course of the hearings, Muslim appellants argued that a Constitution
Bench should first rule on the importance of mosque in Islam.
1994 apex court judgment in Ismail Farooqui case had observed that “a mosque is
not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz
(prayer) by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open”.
Muslim appellants said that the observation has affected status of mosques in
Islam and the question should be answered before the court goes into the main
title dispute. Arguing for them, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan told the court
that “if congregation part of Islam is taken away, a large part of Islam goes
High Court Judgment
2010, the Allahabad High Court had divided the land into three equal parts
among three parties: Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara (a Hindu group). This
has since been challenged in the apex court. The Muslim parties in the case
have argued that the verdict was unfair to them and the 1994 judgment was key
in informing the 2010 division of the land into three parts.
verdict will take on political significance because if the apex court does
decide to revisit the issue, the hearing in the main title dispute would get
delayed. This in turn would make it very unlikely for the BJP to keep their
commitment of building a temple in Ayodhya ahead of the 2019 elections.
16th century Babri mosque was destroyed in 1992 after lakhs of karsewaks or
right-wing volunteers had demanded that it be brought down, in order to erect a
temple to Lord Ram, who they said, had been born right there. The issue has
been politically fraught ever since.
construction of the Ram temple was an important part of BJP’s manifesto ahead
of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and also the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly
elections – both of which it won.
July, the Uttar Pradesh government had told the apex court that some Muslim
groups were attempting to delay the hearing in the long-pending case, by
seeking the reconsideration of the 1994 verdict observation that a mosque was
not integral to Islam.
Arabia opens high-speed train linking Islam's holiest cities
Arabia’s King Salman has inaugurated a £6bn high-speed rail linking the two
holiest cities in Islam, part of efforts to boost tourism revenues as the
country seeks to shed dependence on oil exports.
450-km (280-mile) Haramain Railway connecting Mecca and Medina with the Red Sea
coastal city of Jeddah is one of the largest transport projects in the Middle
East, targeting nearly 60 million passengers annually. Commercial operations
are set to begin next week.
journey between the Haramain [two holy mosques] is now shorter and easier than
at any time before,” Transport Minister Nabil al-Amoudi told dignitaries
gathered at the Jeddah station. “The project highlights the kingdom’s
commitment to serving Islam and Muslims.”
is the backbone of a plan to expand tourism under economic reforms announced
two years ago by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to diversify the economy. The
haj, a journey every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it must perform once in
a lifetime, can be a profound experience.
is also big business for Saudi Arabia. The haj and the year-round lesser
pilgrimage, umrah, generate billions of dollars in revenues from worshippers’
lodging, transport, gifts, food and fees.
new rail link was built by a Spanish-led consortium and financed by the
kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund. It halves travel
time between Mecca, the spiritual heart of Islam, and Medina, its second most
manager Mohammed Fallatah said the train would offer fast and reliable
transportation to pilgrims as well as Saudis and foreign residents.
traveller will be comfortable. He can read books or magazines or enjoy watching
the screens in business class, have a coffee or a light meal,” he said in an
interview ahead of Tuesday’s ceremony.
authorities hope the train will also stimulate growth of King Abdullah Economic
City (KAEC), a massive business zone that was initiated under the previous
ruler but remains relatively empty.
will eventually link up with a new terminal at Jeddah airport, which has
already started serving select domestic routes and will take over all flights
by early next year.
said further expansion could include connecting to a planned east-west train
between the capital Riyadh and Jeddah.
comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart
from workers and business travellers. More than two million came for this
year’s haj and 6.5 million performed umrah in 2017.
aim to increase the number of umrah and haj pilgrims to 15 million and five
million respectively by 2020, and hope to double the umrah number again to 30
million by 2030.
addition to public transit, Saudi Arabia is investing tens of billions of
dollars in mega-hotels and a Grand Mosque restoration in Mecca.
Faisalia project, running from the edge of Mecca towards the Red Sea, aims to
attract visitors to coastal getaways and Islamic research centres.
governor Prince Khalid al-Faisal, a nephew of the king and one of his closest
advisers, anticipates that the initiatives will contribute to social and
cultural development alongside economic growth.
do not seek only to expand and develop. We want to expand and develop with distinction,”
he said in an interview.
want to begin from the point that others have already reached, not the point
from which they began.
Opposition leader vows to recognise Palestine in event of election victory
- UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday promised to recognize Palestinian
statehood as a way of making the two-state solution a reality, if his party
takes over the government.
at the annual party conference in Liverpool, he lashed out at the international
community for looking on as Israel violates the rights of the Palestinians.
support a two-state solution to the conflict ... In order to help make that
two-state settlement a reality we will recognize a Palestinian state as soon as
we take office,” Corbyn said in his speech that was published by the party.
stressed the opposition wanted Israel and a viable Palestinian state to
co-exist but said the region was no closer to peace a quarter of a century
after Oslo accords were made.
slammed Israel for continuing occupation and expansion of illegal settlements
and said Labour was united in condemning the shootings of hundreds of
protesters in Gaza by Israeli troops.
next general election is expected in 2022 but the ongoing split in the ruling
Conservative party over Brexit could collapse the government of Prime Minister
Theresa May, prompting a snap vote.
sunlight is fading, but the children can still make out the lines they’ve drawn
in the sand. With one leg hiked up, they each hop in between the lines. If you
step on a line, you’re out. It’s a game called egalagala, similar to hopscotch.
children play in the shadow of the corrugated tin roof of their home. As they
play, their mother, who has asked to be called Bintu because she fears being
harmed by Nigerian security agents, looks sad.
of the siblings are missing. The two older boys, Abuna and Dunoma, were taken in
2013, arrested by Nigerian soldiers.
night, soldiers came around 3 a.m., hitting our door and asking, ‘Where are the
boys? Where are the boys? Bring out your sons,’" Bintu explains.
says soldiers had gone throughout the neighborhood that night, arresting
teenage boys. She and the other mothers whose sons were taken followed the
took them [the boys] to a place and they told the children to lie face down in
the ground and they were beating them," she tells VOA. Abuna and Dunoma
were high school students when they were arrested.
story is not unusual.
International has documented thousands of cases of so-called forced
disappearances, people held in secret detention facilities across the country
without charge or trial.
many families are still searching for loved ones who have not been seen for
many years. In some cases, families live with the pain of not knowing whether
their loved ones are alive or dead," Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty
International Nigeria, said.
time the government did the right thing — and either release these detainees or
charge them with a recognizable criminal offense in a fair trial without
recourse to death penalty," Ojigho added.
Nigerian military has repeatedly denied cases of forced disappearance. It began
mass trials last year, however, of more than 2,300 Boko Haram suspects, and
even those trials have been shrouded in secrecy.
month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) raised concerns about the integrity of the
trials, describing them as flawed and undermined by legal shortcomings.
to achieve justice and deter extremist attacks, the Nigerian government’s
overall strategy and trial procedures need to conform with constitutional
safeguards and international standards," Anietie Ewang, HRW's Nigeria
Allamin, a local activist, decided to find a way to give a voice to the mothers
and wives who haven’t seen their sons and husbands in years.
decided to create a network, Knifar Movement and Djere Dole, one for wives and
the other for mothers.
network is to seek accountability for the whereabouts of these children,"
says the women are, "poor, wretched people. No voices. They don’t even
know where to go to start asking … the struggle continues."
aim is to get the authorities to tell these women where their loved ones are so
she has equipped them with tools to speak out.
year, when the group was formed, Allamin helped the women to release a campaign
video that was shared on social media. In the video, some of the women describe
the circumstances under which their husbands or sons were arrested.
this year, they wrote an open letter to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari,
asking for his attention toward cases of 1,269 detained loved ones.
Excellency, we know that you are very busy and have serious issues to deal
with, but we don’t know who to turn to anymore. That is why we respectfully ask
for your assistance to intervene, so that our relatives could be released,
considering the fact that they are not Boko Haram. They are innocent and were
only caught up in the process," the letter read.
Justice Wakil Alkali Gana said the "loved ones" may not be as
innocent as the women are making them out to be.
will always say that … they’re innocent, that they’re rights are being abused …
when you go through it, you’ll see the definitely they have reason, they have
reasons to be brought here," the judge told VOA.
works at the High Court in Maiduguri where hundreds of Boko Haram-related cased
have been tried.
network now includes more than 1,300 women. Most of them live in camps for
internally displaced people. In Dalori camp, one of the largest in the Maiduguri
area, they share their stories once again of how a father or son was taken and
what their life is like now.
afternoon, something surprising happened at the camp.
young, slim man appearing to be in his early 20s walked up to a woman crouched
in the entry of a tent. As soon as she saw him, she released a slow,
high-pitched wail. She collapsed on the sand. When she composed herself, she
and the young man, who happens to be her son, began to talk.
told her that he had been released from the nearby Giwa military barracks.
Years ago, he and his father were arrested upon suspicions of being Boko Haram
members. The young man said he was released, but his father is still in
detention. It was an emotional reunion. Women comforted her when she began
wheezing from crying.
at the house the egalagala lines are still drawn, but the children have stopped
mother, Bintu, is leafing through papers on her lap. They’re important
documents, all belonging to Abuna and Dunoma. There are birth certificates, old
homework assignments, report cards, health records.
few years ago, someone told her that her sons were dead. She doesn't know
whether or not to believe if they are dead but with these documents, she'll
keep them alive, waiting for the Nigerian government to tell her where they
warns Mujahid against repeating ‘hate mantra’ against Shias
JAYA: Vocal activist Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa has warned the Pakatan Harapan
government against falling into the “hate mantra of the past” in dealing with
the diversity of Muslims, following remarks by a minister that Shia Islam would
not be tolerated.
a time when we are celebrating the new dawn of Malaysia, he is repeating the
hate mantra of the previous regime,” Farouk, who heads the Islamic Renaissance
Front, told FMT.
now seems that nothing has changed with this new government with respect to
said mosques in Selangor continue to invoke anti-Shia sentiments during Friday
prayers and sermons.
are still full of hate speech. Hate against the Shias. Hate against the
liberals. When is this going to end?” he asked.
Shia Muslim community in Malaysia has come under renewed focus from Islamic
authorities recently, as followers worldwide observed the Ashura last week.
Ashura marks the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet
Muhammad and a central figure in the Shia school of thought.
was reported that Islamic authorities in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur had stepped
up monitoring to prevent Ashura gatherings by Shia Muslims, with leaflets
condemning “deviant practices”.
in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa, meanwhile, had indicated
that a 1996 fatwa declaring Shia teachings as “deviant” remained in force, and
that he would leave it to Islamic authorities on the types of action against
those following the denomination.
deputy minister in charge of Islamic affairs, Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, had
meanwhile urged for tough action against Shia Muslims, after a group of them
distributed free doughnuts to the public in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
accompanied with a poster praising Hussein.
who has often challenged Islamic authorities, said Mujahid should not cave in
to pressure from the previous “self-styled guardians of Islam”.
have lived for more than 1,400 years along with their Sunni brothers. There is
no reason to deny them the right to practise what they believe,” he told FMT.
a new Malaysia, we should be able to embrace them as our brothers. This is the
Muslim unity we have been talking about.”
of Sufi poets counted as tool to counter terror
- Renowned intellectuals at a seminar here at Hafiz Hayat Campus of the
University of Gujrat (UoG) on Wednesday stressed the need for understanding and
promoting the message of a famous trio of Punjabi Sufi poets to counter
terrorism and extremism in the country.
seminar titled “Therapy for Terrorism and Extremism ? Khawaja Ghulam Fareed,
Baba Bulleh Shah and Shah Hussain’s Poetry” was organised by Islamic Studies
Department under the ‘Thematic Research Grant Programme 2018’ of the Higher
Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).
Minister for Religious Affairs & Inter-Faith Harmony Dr Noorul Haq Qadri
was the chief guest at the seminar. Registrar Dr Tahir Aqil and Chairperson
Islamic Studies Department Dr Arshad Munir Leghari were in the hosts’ chair.
Among the guests of honour were MNA Khawaja Sheraz Mahmood, Sajjada Nasheen Kot
Mithan Sharif Khawaja Moinuddin Mahboob Korija, and Chairperson Islamic Studies
Department Lahore Garrison University Dr Saeed Ahmad Saeedi.
message of our Sufi poets is that of love, peace and harmony. The current
social scenario calls for the promotion of Sufism which seeks to unite all
human beings by promoting the values of cultural co-existence and tolerance,”
the federal minister told the seminar. He also discussed the role of Sufis and
their teachings in the Pakistan movement.
Saeed Ahmad Saeedi, Chairman Department of Islamic Studies of Lahore Garrison
University, singled out Sufism as the solution to deal with the menace of
extremism and terrorism afflicting our society. “It promotes love and negates
extremism. It is the ultimate source towards building a peaceful society,” Dr
Dr Muhammad Altaf Langrial of Bahauddin Zikrya University Multan said,
“Terrorism and extremism crept into our society to fill the void caused by our
total neglect of the teachings of our Sufis. Sufism is a means to strengthen
the bond between God and man.” Speaking on the occasion, Kh Moinuddin Mahboob
Korija said that love and compassion towards other human beings is what Sufism
is all about. “Today’s social challenges call for the revival of Sufism and
that of its message of love and compassion,” he underlined.
Kh Sheraz Mahmood stressed that love and caring for fellow human beings is what
Sufism teaches, in total agreement with the message first conveyed by the Holy
Prophet (SWWT). “A Sufi’s message is not for the affluent, but for the
oppressed, the downtrodden and the destitute,” Kh Sheraz pointed out.
faculty member Syed Hamid Farooq Bukhari of the Islamic Studies department
moderated the seminar.
Faridi enthralled the audience by reciting the poetry of classical Punjbai poet
Kh Ghulam Farid.
the end of the seminar, a walk was held to mark the World Peace Day. A large
number of students and faculty members from various departments participated in
both the seminar and the walk.
is going to host a three-day international youth gathering here from Friday
(Sept 28 to 30) to establish a communication network among the young people of
the Islamic world, to exchange experiences and to solve the problems faced by
them in different regions.
by the Turkey-based Youth Board of the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World
(YOUNG UNIW), the youth gatherings are held in order to strengthen the
consciousness of brotherhood and solidarity among young Muslims, to increase
the consciousness of the unity, to form friendships between young ones and to
form the consciousness of responsibility about the future of Islamic world.
the gathering, the young people will try to share their thoughts about
political, educational, economic and social problems. In Lahore, this will be
the 14th international gathering of the Muslims youth. Al Khidmat Foundation
representative Shoaib Ahmed Hashmi said that youth from 15 different countries
would join their age fellows here in Pakistan.
were more interested to invite young people from over 40 Islamic countries. But
due to short time and visas problems, we can invite and manage young Muslims
from 15 countries,” he said. “We will try to discuss issues of the young
Muslims, to create relationship among them and promote Pakistan’s rich culture
and history with them,” he said.
Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
will join different sessions of the gathering. Shoaib Hashmi said that the
distinguished guests, trainers and key speakers would also participate in the
gathering besides local and foreign students and young leaders. He said
different productive segments and some visits and meetings have been designed
for the participants.
Turkish officials including Turk ambassador would also appear in different
sessions and would share their thoughts. He said that these aspiring young
leaders would be exposed to a diversity of thoughts, ideas, and vision, beliefs
and cultures which help them to analyse the pertinent issues faced by the youth
of the world.
President of his own faction of the Balochistan National Party (BNP) Sardar
Akhtar Mengal has said that disunity among politicians has taken the country to
“controlled democracy”, regretting that in Pakistan “democracy (always) needs
support from non-democratic forces”.
part in the budget debate in the National Assembly here on Wednesday, he said
the details of foreign assets of retired judges, army generals and bureaucrats
should be made public. He also called for disclosing the details of their
citizenship status so that the nation could know as to which nationality they
had acquired after their retirement.
will find no retired general talking against his colleague. No bureaucrat will
ever present any evidence against his colleague. But we the politicians always
remain active in maligning each other,” he said.
Mengal, whose party is supporting the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI),
said they would keep on witnessing rigged elections after every five years if
the elected representatives did not get powers to formulate foreign policy and
not bring “controlled democracy” under their control.
his hard-hitting speech but in a soft tone, the BNP chief also demanded that
the government “open” and present the agreements regarding the development of
Gwadar before parliament for a debate. He said nobody knew if these projects
would be carried out through investments or loans.
these are investments, then what will be the equity and what benefits the local
people will gain? If these are loans, then who will pay them back? What is the
share of the people of Gwadar in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)?
Why Gwadar agreements are being kept secret?” he asked.
government uses the Balochistan card to safeguard its own interests.
Regretfully, the rulers of Pakistan do not even know about the geography of
Balochistan,” he said while highlighting the sufferings of the people of the
country’s largest and most backward province.
said the province was only getting 600MW electricity against its need of
1,800MW. He claimed that there was no power project under the CPEC for
Balochistan. “We are declaring Gwadar an international city whereas its
residents do not even have drinking water.”
Mengal warned against massive influx of foreigners in Gwadar, saying there was
no check on their movement and activities. He alleged that Chinese were busy in
extracting gold, silver and copper from the province and there was no mechanism
to monitor and check the quantities of the extracted minerals. “We have closed
our eyes and given everything in the hands of the Chinese,” he alleged.
Khawaja Asif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) castigated the PTI
government for its “directionless” foreign policy, saying that Pakistan had
faced “extreme embarrassment” due to a last-minute refusal by India to hold
foreign level talks in the United States.
firebrand MNA from Sialkot, who had served as foreign minister in the previous
PML-N government, said the present government had fumbled on a number of
occasions on the foreign policy front because of which the country had to face
PML-N leader also opposed the government’s move to grant citizenship rights to
the Afghan refugees and Bengalis living in the country. He said there was a
huge socio-political impact of hosting the Afghan refugees and they were facing
a difficult situation since Pakhtuns were supporting the idea of granting them
nationality whereas the Baloch people were opposing it on ethnic grounds.
cannot offer nationalities on a wholesale basis to the people,” he said,
declaring Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement in this regard as
Asif called upon the government to devise a policy for conservation of
electricity, gas and water. He also stressed the need for building small dams
in the country, besides big dams.
Taking serious notice of uploading of ‘false and malicious material’ on social
media against the Islamabad High Court judges dealing with high profile cases,
its acting registrar has got an FIR registered with the cybercrime wing of the
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
the FIR, the FIA has been directed to ‘inquire into the matter and submit a
report at the earliest’.
the case has been registered in the backdrop of the ongoing social media
campaign against the judges of the IHC after they granted bail to former prime
minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Capt
Mohammad Safdar and suspended their sentences in the Avenfield reference till
the disposal of their appeals.
case has been registered by FIA under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016
sections 10(a), 11 and 20 along with PPCs 109 and 506 against unidentified
inquiry, technical analysis report has been obtained from Cybercrime Reporting
Centre FIA which revealed that three Youtube videos and one Facebook account
were identified through a Youtube channel.
was initiated over the findings and a court order from judicial magistrate has
been sent to Facebook seeking subscribers details of the account holder, it
stated, adding that same request was also made to Youtube and Godaddy and their
reply was awaited.
terrorists were killed and two soldiers received martyrdom during an
intelligence-based operation (IBO) conducted on a terrorist hideout in
Balochistan's Kalat district on Wednesday, according to the Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR).
exchange of fire, which took place in the Mangochar area of Kalat, also
resulted in injuries for two soldiers, the ISPR added.
operation, the ISPR said, was conducted following intelligence reports that the
terrorists were planning to do major terrorism activities in the province.
suicide jackets, a large quantity of explosives, other weaponry and ammunition
were also recovered during the operation, per the ISPR press release.
Law enforcement agencies on Wednesday conducted an intelligence-based operation
(IBO) in Balochistan and killed three wanted terrorists, the Inter-Services
Public Relations reported.
to the military’s media wing, the operation was conducted in Kundi and Killi
Zard Ghulam Jan areas of the Kalat district.
militants, identified as Khubaib, Shoaib and Waheed, were allegedly affiliated
with the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Daesh terror outfits and were wanted by law
enforcement agencies since 2004.
women and children, held hostage at the hideout, were also recovered besides
arms, including three Kalashnikovs, 200 rounds of ammunition and a China gun.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday approved to conduct an
investigation against former commissioner for Afghan refugees Ziaur Rehman, who
is the brother of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur
decision was made after an executive board meeting of the anti-graft watchdog
chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.
was recently removed by the PTI-led federal cabinet and an inquiry was ordered
to ascertain how he received the post without being a member of the civil
anti-graft watchdog has also approved investigations against other politicians,
including former Balochistan Assembly speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali,
ex-commissioner of Sukkur Jam Ghulam Qadir, and former Sindh minister Aijaz
investigations will also be held against former vice-chairman of Punjab Sports
Board Hanif Abbasi and ex-minister Tanvir Hussain.
bureau has also approved four separate references in graft and corruption cases
and further investigations against several prominent personalities.
reference will be filed against CEO of Quaid-e-Azam Hospital in Rawalpindi
Shaukat Bangash who is accused of embezzlement worth Rs612 million.
reference will be filed against former secretary land of Karachi Ghulam
Mustafa, former deputy commissioner Fazlur Rehman, and former commissioner
separate reference will be filed against ex-DDO of Revenue Shaukat Hussain Jokhio
who is accused in a land scam and illegally leasing 265 acres of government
land on fabricated documents in Karachi’s Bin Qasim Town of Malir.
Speakers at a dialogue lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement in
Karachi to offer Pakistani citizenship to Afghans born and raised in Pakistan
and said that the move certainly gave hope to thousands of Afghan refugees
stuck in the limbo of their identity and affiliation crises and a pragmatic
solution for security issues in Pakistan .
dialogue was organised by Afghan Studies Center on this issue here on
Wednesday, bringing together the youth from Pakistan and Afghanistan to discuss
the vulnerabilities these Afghans face and what the process of naturalization
could mean for such people.
said that refugee crisis is one of the most critical challenges of our times as
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) statistical data shows
that 71.4 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide during 2017.
they stated that every minute, 20 people were forced to flee their homes in
Imran Khan noted in his speech that a lack of official documentation has pushed
many refugees towards black-market labor or petty crimes and their
naturalization could address many such issues. Certainly, PM Khan’s decision to
naturalize Afghan refugees appears to be a pragmatic solution for many of the
security issues, is also long due, but above all, a strong gesture of goodwill
as the subject is open for a debate in the parliament currently, the final
decision is yet to be taken.
Farhan Yousaf said that migration and refugees were also considered as one of
the biggest global risks, but Pakistan continues to host one of the largest
number of refugees for the last forty years. However, he said that Pakistan does
not have any concrete policy for Afghan refugees.
apprised the youth that different governments have held different stand-points,
but a proper policy has never been formulated in this regard. What PM Khan’s
announcement has done is that it has initiated a discussion nation-wide which
will hopefully lead to a concrete policy for Afghan refugees, at least, he
Kakar, a PhD scholar conducting research on the issue, said that instead of
strict border control and restrictive migration policies, naturalization could
provide a human-rights based approach to address vulnerabilities of the
stated that nevertheless, there is always a trade-off between human security
and state security. Therefore, there should be a balanced approach but not at
the cost of humanity.
are about 2.7 million Afghans, including 1.5 million registered as refugees,
residing in Pakistan, according to UNHCR and local officials. UN surveys
suggest that of these around 60 per cent of Afghan refugees were either born in
Pakistan or were minors when their parents migrated to Pakistan.
said that war-shattered Afghanistan is therefore alien to most of these young
people who are already part of the local economy and culture.
of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that it is time for
Waziristan and other new tribal districts to reap the fruits of peace, and
flourish and progress.
to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday,
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited North Waziristan tribal district.
his visit, the COAS was briefed on security situation, border management,
progress of development works and rehabilitation of TDPs in the district.
his satisfaction, the Army Chief directed the troops to remain focused on
stability operations and socio-economic development to achieve enduring peace.
While interacting with troops, the COAS commended officers and men for their
courage, dedication and spirit of sacrifice and said that they will never allow
the reign of terror to return.
attacks cops when prevented from taking religion procession through Muslim
area, 10 Injured
least 10 policemen were injured in the clashes between police and Kans Mela
devotees in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district on Monday when the devotees
insisted on taking the procession through Muslim-dominated area instead of the
FIR has been lodged against 200 unidentified people and 14 arrests have been
made so far. The area is under tight security to maintain law and order.
vehicles have also been vandalised by the mob. Many policemen have reportedly
suffered head injuries including an additional superintendent of police,
district magistrate Hamirpur and superintendent of police were also injured.
force was rushed to the spot to keep a check on the situation. Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath is taking stock of the situation.” said, state police chief, OP
per the reports the administration was asked to pass the procession Imambara
Road by BJP MP Pushpendra Singh Chandel.
While Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was making peace overtures to New
Delhi+ , terror groups backed by his country’s army were setting up eight new
launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Approximately 250 terrorists are waiting to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir
from 27 launch pads in PoK, top intelligence sources said.
the eight new launch pads are those in Lipa Valley, one of the two strategic
locations which was destroyed by the Indian Army during its surgical strikes in
September 2016, days after the terror attack at Uri in Kashmir.
after having warmed up to the idea of holding talks with Pakistan at the
sidelines of the UNGA meeting in New York this week, cancelled the event after
the killing of three cops by Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir last week.
has been wracked by violence since the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani
by Indian security forces in an encounter in July 2016. Though stone-pelting
and mob violence in Kashmir has been controlled considerably in the last one year,
the rise in threats by Pakistan-sponsored terror groups and targeted killings
of J&K policemen have coincided with the increase in infiltration attempts
and ceasefire violations along the LoC and the international border.
Wani was killed, there were only 14 functional launch pads in PoK with just 160
terrorists camping there. But soon after Wani’s elimination, an immediate rise
in terror training activity was noted across the LoC. From just 160 terrorists,
their number went up to around 190 to 230 terrorists with an addition of five
more terror camps, making it 19, sources said. Eight more have been added since
Imran's election as PM.
the 27 terror launch pads which are operational, Lashkar-e-Taiba is
concentrated in Lipa, Chakothi, Bararkot, Shardi, Jura and Bararkot areas while
Hizbul Mujahideen’s camps are set up in the Forward Kahuta area of PoK.
sources said, has also re-established the launch pad at Lipa Valley, one of the
two strategic locations where India had conducted a surgical strike in
September 2016. However, the launch pad opposite the other surgical strike
location, Bimbhar Gali, has not resurfaced. "The strength at Hajipur and
Forward Kahuta is now negligible," said a senior intelligence officer.
number of Lashkar-e-Taiba members who are preparing to enter India at Lipa,
Chananian, Mandaukali and Naukot now stands at 25-30, according to details
accessed by TOI. These camps stand right opposite India's Nowgam sector, which
is between Uri and Kupwara.
250 terrorists are waiting to infiltrate into India. The geographical
importance of these infiltration points is the breathing time needed by these
militants and the support from over ground workers in Handwara and Hafrooda
there, their intent is to move to South Kashmir," said an intelligence
sleuths said that the recent surge in terror activities in Gurez, Jajarkotli,
Sopore, and Bandipora in Kashmir is meant to destabilise the state ahead of
panchayat elections and may escalate the tension between the two countries.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested three people from New
Delhi for allegedly receiving terror funding from Lahore-based
Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), a front-end organisation of proscribed
terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).
agency has seized around Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 43,000 in Nepali currency from the
three accused, identified as Mohammed Salman, Mohammed Salim and Abdul Rashid
the key accused, was the one receiving the money. The other two are couriers.
Salman is basically from Uttawar, in Mewat region of Haryana. He was into
tour-taxi and dairy products businesses, but had incurred losses. Later, he
visited Saudi for Umrah. He also visited Dubai a few years back where he met
few Pakistani nationals and thereafter he had started getting funds through
hawala,” an NIA officer said.
is from Kashmir and Salim hails from Delhi, sources said.
arrests come just a day after the NIA carried out searches at multiple places
at Daryaganj, Nizamuddin and Kucha Ghasiram areas in the national capital.
searches were carried out after the agency had received fresh information with
regard to its probe into a July 2 FIR in connection with a FIF terror-funding
to the FIR, some Delhi-based individuals were receiving funds from FIF
operatives based abroad and were using it to further terror activities.
investigation, it emerged that a Nizamuddin-based resident was in regular touch
with one Dubai-based Pakistani national, who in turn is connected with the
Deputy Chief of Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation. The accused person has been
receiving funds, being sent by FIF operators and his associates through hawala
operators,” NIA IG Alok Mittal said.
added that the accused, along with other persons in various countries,
including Pakistan, UAE, etc, were sending money through hawala to India to
further their “nefarious activities and create unrest in India and carry out
the terrorist activities”.
Delhi: Maintaining that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has no right to
discuss matters related to India's internal affairs, a strong objection was
raised against Pakistan's move to once again highlight Jammu and Kashmir in the
international organisation with 57 member states.
was founded in 1969 with the primary objective of promoting peace and harmony
- especially in the Muslim-majority
countries. However, it has no authority to discuss or comment on internal
matters of any country - a point highlighted by India on Wednesday. "As
far as OIC is concerned, we always note with regret that the matter which is
very internal to Indian affairs was again discussed at OIC," said Raveesh
Kumar, spokesperson of MEA. "We reject such references to a matter very
internal to India."
strong comments came shortly after Pakistan - once again - raised the Kashmir
issue at OIC and accused India of committing atrocities against locals in the
state. It has long been a Pakistani strategy to bring about any discussion or
talk possible at international forums which revolves around Kashmir. Earlier
this year - in June, Pakistan had raised Kashmir issue at OIC's Dhaka meet as
well, only to be snubbed strongly by India. In the end, only one of 39
resolutions adopted at the end of that meet made any mention of Jammu and Kash
booked under triple talaq ordinance in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh
least two people have been booked in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh under the
ordinance that was promulgated on September 19 to criminalize instant triple
Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018, makes all
declarations of instant talaq, including in written or electronic form,
illegal. It declares the practice a cognizable offence, which can lead up to
superintendent Umesh Kumar Singh said they registered a case on Tuesday under
the ordinance against one Gulfam in Bijnor for allegedly pronouncing triple
talaq two months after marrying one Sultanat.
local resident, who did not wish to be named, said Gulfam had an affair with a
woman before his marriage but his family was against it. “The woman arrived at
his home on Sunday and threatened to commit suicide if he did not marry her.”
said Gulfam, his girlfriend, and other family members were brought to the
police station to sort out the issue. The resident added that Gulfam agreed
there to divorce his wife and marry his girlfriend.
said they have ordered a probe into the role of the policemen at the station in
the divorce and Gulfam’s second alleged nikah there.
said this was the first case filed under the ordinance in Uttar Pradesh since
it was promulgated.
Lucknow, deputy inspector general (law and order) Praveen Kumar said
instructions have been issued to book one Moharram Ali, under the ordinance for
allegedly pronouncing instant divorce on Friday.
Saleem Khan was on Wednesday booked In Rajasthan’s Barmer under the ordinance
for allegedly pronouncing instance talaq in writing after saying it on the
registered a case under section 3/4 of the Muslim Women (Protection on Rights
of Marriage) Ordinance, 2018, against Saleem Khan and his three relatives,”
said Sanjana Kumari, a sub-inspector at Barmer’s Balotra police station.
said Khan has been also been booked for subjecting his wife to cruelty,
criminal breach and for voluntarily causing hurt under the Indian Penal Code
along with his family.
police officer quoted Khan’s wife, Salma Bano, telling them that her husband
had pronounced instant talaq thrice over the phone on September 15 when she was
away with her parents.
September 23, I was called to the police station where my husband was also
present. In the presence of police, he declared talaq in written form,” Bano
said. HT has seen a copy of the written talaq.
a mother of three, said she has been married for 23 years.
10 years of marriage, my husband and in-laws began torturing me to demand Rs 15
lakh as dowry. A few months ago, my husband left me. I came to my parents’
house,” Bano said.
(Prime Minister) Modi has brought a law to ban triple talaq in India, then how
could my husband do this?” she asked.
Khan accused his wife of having an illicit relation with a man for two years.
He insisted he had not pronounced instant talaq.
pronounced the first talaq about four months ago, second about two months ago
and later third time on September 15,” he said. “When I went to the police
station, I was asked to give talaq in writing. I wrote talaq in the presence of
key prosecution witness of the NIA against Kalyan resident Areeb Majeed,
arrested in 2014 on terror charges, was declared hostile on Wednesday after he
claimed that Majeed had never discussed joining the terrorist organisation ISIS
witness worked as an imam (a person who leads the prayers in a mosque) in a
masjid in Kalyan in 2007. He told the court that he knew Areeb and Fahad Shaikh
as they occasionally came to pray at the mosque. He said he knew Areeb’s father
but denied that in March 2014, he had come to meet him and discussed that Areeb
was talking about jihad. “It did not happen that thereafter accused (Areeb) met
me and discussed about jihad and told me that, he is going to Syria for jihad,”
the witness told the court. The prosecution declared him hostile and thereafter
cross-examined him, confronting him with a statement he had allegedly given to
the NIA in 2014. The witness denied that his statement was recorded by the NIA
to the NIA, Areeb’s father, Ejaz, had approached the imam and told him that
Areeb was discussing about jihad and Iraq and Syria with family members. The
witness denied that he had ever said it. He also denied that he had told the
NIA that Areeb’s father had told him that Areeb was visiting Islamic Guidance
Centre in Kalyan run by one man named Mohsin Khan, who is ‘highly influenced’
by Zakir Naik. He also denied that thereafter Areeb himself had come to meet
him at the mosque.
is not true that I discussed with him about visit to IGC, his interest in
jihad, ISIS and Hizrat. It is not true that, he further told me that, Muslim
brothers from Iraq and Syria were in trouble and he wants to go to Syria and
Iraq for joining ISIS for carrying out jihad,” the witness told the court,
denying the prosecution’s case. He further said that it did not happen that
subsequently Areeb came to him stating that he had stopped attending lectures
at IGC. He also denied that Areeb’s father had come to meet him again on May
26, 2014 and told him that Areeb and his friends had left the house for some
unknown destination. He said he came to know from the media that he had left to
Religious leaders joined those from across the world to extend their support to
a new concept of the "Declaration of Friendship" to foster world
peace by countering hatred and intolerance.
contours of the Declaration was laid out by The Hague-based Peace Palace, the
Carnegie Foundation and the Elijah Interfaith Institute.
religious leaders of diverse faith, including Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh,
Christian and Jewish, from around the world would sign the document at a major
summit to be held at the Peace Palace in June 2020, an official statement said.
declaration aims to counter division, hatred and intolerance between people of
different religions by promoting friendship between members of diverse faiths,
are very grateful that the Indian government also cooperates with us to make
this peace initiative as broad and inclusive as possible," said Erik de
Baedts, Director of the Peace Palace, in the statement.
described the crafting of the declaration as a complicated and delicate matter,
which follows a careful interactive process supported by experts from the
Elijah Interfaith Institute, VU University in Amsterdam and the Carnegie
Foundation, among others.
Dr Alon Goshen-Gottstein, director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, said:
"Several of India's most prominent religious leaders are members of the
Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders.
have also participated in the Make Friends campaign. These include Sri Sri Ravi
Shankar, Amma Amritanandamayi, Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev, Swami Chidanand (Muniji)
and the Ramakrishna Order."
institute said that religious leaders from the Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh,
Christian and Jewish traditions had widely welcomed the initiative.
idea of the Declaration came from Dutch advertising professional Mark Woerde
and his team at Havas Lemz & Letsheal.org.
2017, Woerde had initiated a joint video appeal titled "Make Friends
Across Religions" by prominent world religious leaders, with the aim of
addressing social tensions.
appeal included personal statements by Pope Francis, the Grand Mufti of Egypt,
Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the Dalai Lama, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, among others.
said: "We are very honoured to pass on the torch today to the Carnegie
Foundation and the Elijah Interfaith Institute to take this initiative to the
next level. I am grateful that last year's video appeal could be the trailer of
something bigger and more impactful."
top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist of Pakistani origin, who was responsible
for gunning down Army Major Satish Dhayia, was among two militants killed in an
encounter in the apple town of Sopore in North Kashmir early on Wednesday,
these deaths, the number of ultras killed in the past 12 days in Kashmir has
gone up to 18, they said.
Maaz, who had been active since 2015, was killed, along with Abdul Majeed alias
‘Sameer’, a resident of Bomai in Sopore, they said.
details, the police said that during the intervening night of Tuesday and
Wednesday, a joint search operation was launched with paramilitary forces and
the army following a credible intelligence input about the presence of
terrorists in Nowpora area of Tujjer in Sopore.
the searches, hiding terrorists fired on the search party, which was retaliated
leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were
eliminated,” a police spokesman said.
the basis of materials recovered, one of the slain terrorists has been
identified as Abu Maaz of Pakistani origin who had been operating as the top
commander of LeT in north Kashmir,” the spokesman said.
spokesman said Maaz was involved in a series of attacks on security forces and
killings of civilians. He was active in North Kashmir, particulary Sopore and
Handwara. Maaz had masterminded an attack on an Army convoy in Handwara in
February last year, in which 31-year-old Major Satish Dhaiya was killed.
terrorists — Abu Saad, Abu Maviya and Abu Darda — were killed in that
encounter, but Abu Maaz had managed to escape after gunning down the Army
Major. Since then, he was among the most wanted terrorists in North Kashmir.
these two deaths, the number of militants killed in the past 12 days in Kashmir
has gone up to 18. Five militants each were killed in Kulgam district of South
Kashmir and Bandipore in North Kashmir during this period.
Two encounters broke out between terrorists and security forces on Thursday
morning in Anantnag and Budgam districts of Jammu and Kashmir, a police
forces launched a cordon and search operation in Qazigund of Anantnag district
after receiving information about the presence of terrorists in the area, the
search operation turned into an encounter with terrorists when the insurgents
opened fire on the security forces, he said.
another operation in Panzan area of Budgam district, security forces were
locked in a gunbattle with terrorists hiding in a village, the official said.,
adding that there were no reports of casualties so far.
Arabia: UN human rights report on Yemen flawed
Saudi Arabia has strongly criticized the report of the UN High Commissioner of
Human Rights for Yemen, saying it had fallen away from objectivity, rushed to
conclusions and made several errors in its approach and contents.
Kingdom’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, said that
the Kingdom had written back to the UN High Commission with its criticisms.
said in a speech to the Human Rights Council during a dialogue on the High
Commissioner’s report, which included the report of the international and
regional expert group, that the report ignored the information provided for the
Group of Experts during its meetings with agencies in the coalition for the
support of legitimacy in Yemen.
added that the Kingdom was surprised by the experts group’s claim that it did
not receive specific information from the coalition countries about the targeting
procedures, although they were informed of the procedures in place during the
group’s visit to the coalition’s command in Riyadh.
was also surprising, Al-Wasel said, that the experts group based its
conclusions on guessing and expectations and the examination of a limited
number of violations, when its mandate includes all violations since September
said that the report clearly ignored the widespread violations that occurred
when Houthi militias swept Yemeni cities, took control of the capital and the
state’s institutions and chased the president and his government’s members, and
this was the basis of the current Yemeni crisis.
ambassador added that the report also ignored the fact that the Iranian-backed
Houthi militias obstructed humanitarian aid into Yemen and detained and looted
many vessels carrying aid.
also said that ballistic missiles, more than 197 of which targeted Saudi
Arabian cities, represent a violation of international humanitarian law, which
was not mentioned in the report along with the violations of the Houthis. Nor
did the report address the main role of Houthi militias in planting naval and
land mines in violation of international law.
said that the coalition affirms the need for the international community to
support the legitimate government in Yemen and reactivate the state’s
added that the coalition affirms its full commitment to all provisions of
international humanitarian law. The coalition, he said, had developed
mechanisms and measures to deal quickly and transparently with mistakes during
Kuwait’s permanent delegate to the UN, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim told the
39th session of the UN Human Rights Council that the report was “deeply
report] seems to hurl false accusations at the Saudi-led Coalition,” Al-Ghunaim
said the UN experts singled out the coalition of Arab states fighting Yemen’s
Iran-allied Houthi militia as accountable for the human rights violations in
the war-torn country.
Arab Coalition never ceased to cooperate with the UN specialists in Yemen to
ensure that civilian casualties are averted,” he said.
Kuwaiti diplomat went on to give the Arab coalition credit for their “efforts
to restore normalcy and hope to the lives of the Yemeni people.”
sources said that local residents of Afrin have started leaving their regions
towards Aleppo city and the regions that are under the control of the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF), as measures done by the Turkish army and Ankara-backed
militants have deteriorated security in the region.
Ankara forces have continued abduction of people, blackmail, plundering
people's assets and damaging civilians' businesses.
sources reported on Tuesday that the Ankara-backed Firqah al-Hamzah imposed
$3,000 as monthly tax on the shopkeepers in the small town of Bastouleh.
further said that the militants also set fire at the farms of those residents
that refuse to pay taxes or bribe.
Syrian army forces killed in the bud the terrorists' attacks against their
points in Northern Hama, inflicting heavy tolls on them on Wednesday, the
the Syrian army troops launched missile and artillery attacks against the moves
of a group of terrorists who wanted to enter the army-controlled areas in
regions near the town of al-Latamineh in Northern Hama, by violating the Sochi
army soldiers repulsed the offensive, leaving a large number of militants
killed and wounded. Other terrorists fled the scene towards al-Latamineh.
the terrorists stationed in Rashedin region in Aleppo province launched missile
attacks against the residential areas near Zein al-Abedin great mosque in New
Aleppo district, wounding a civilian and inflicting damage on properties.
a relevant development last week, the Syrian army's artillery units pounded the
military positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant
Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in Hama and Idlib provinces,
inflicting heavy losses on them.
artillery units opened heavy fire at Tahrir al-Sham's positions in the village
of Tal Othman and its nearby regions in Northern Hama, inflicting major losses
on the terrorists.
the meantime, the army's missile units targeted the movements of a group of
Kataeb al-Izzah near the village of al-Zakat, killing and wounding a number of
terrorists and forcing the remaining pockets of them to retreat towards the
army men stormed ISIL's strongholds in the depth of the desert of Sweida and
captured several hills in the rocks.
units of the army drove ISIL out of more areas in Qa'a al-Banat in Toloul
the meantime, field sources said that the army seized military control over
Qabr Sheikh Hossein region after its advances in Western, Northwestern and
Southwestern Toloul al-Safa.
sources further said that ISIL front is on the verge of full collapse as its
supplying lines in Toloul al-Safa have been cut off by the army.
Tuesday, the army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in the depth of the
Eastern desert of Sweida, imposing control over more areas in the rocks in
the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units pounded ISIL's strongholds
and movements in Toloul al-Safa, destroying the terrorists' positions and
killing a number of sniper men.
Syrian official says Israel should think carefully before attacking Syria again
once it obtains the sophisticated S-300 defense system from Russia.
Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said late Tuesday that the S-300 should have
been given to Syria long ago. He says Israel, “which is accustomed to launching
many aggressions under different pretexts, will have to make accurate
calculations if it thinks to attack Syria again.”
said Monday that it will supply Damascus with the defense system after last
week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria forces responding to an Israeli
least seven people have sustained injuries when Saudi regime forces carried out
an operation in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province as the Riyadh regime
presses ahead with its brutal clampdown against pro-democracy campaigners and
Arabic-language Ahrar television network, in a post published on its official
Twitter page on Wednesday, reported that Saudi troopers raided a house behind
Fatah Mosque in the Kawkab neighborhood of Qatif region, located more than 420
kilometers (260 miles) east of the capital Riyadh, leaving a number of people
were reportedly elderly people among those injured.
Arabia has recently stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution, and
conviction of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.
officials have also intensified security measures in the kingdom’s
Shia-populated Eastern Province.
Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.
Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of
political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination
against the oil-rich region.
protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime. Regime
forces have increased security measures across the province.
the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to also
in Europe facing 'hostility in everyday life', Islamophobia study finds
- European academics and policy makers came together at the European Parliament
in Brussels on Wednesday to launch what they describe as a "toolkit"
to tackle Islamophobia across the continent.
report, based on research in eight countries including the UK, France and
Germany, said it had identified a "worsening environment of
Islamophobia" in which Muslims faced a "new and acceptable
hostility... in many spheres of everyday life".
is an issue that is poisoning our societies in the European Union and putting
barriers between our communities,” said Jean Lambert, a Green Party member of
the European Parliament (MEP) representing London, during the opening of the
conference in Belgium.
present across the continent, the report highlights how Islamophobia has been
further bolstered in the past decade, tied to the rise of far-right and
anti-immigration movements in many European countries, the “War on Terror” both
within and outside Europe, and the refugee crisis.
examples included former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson's newspaper
column last month in which he compared niqab-wearing women to 'letter boxes'.
France, a veiled student union leader was publicly chastised for a televised
appearance and caricatured as a monkey by a prominent satirical outlet; in
Germany, stories in the media about alleged roving bands of rapist refugees
stoked panic; while several countries across Europe have passed so called
"burqa bans", restricting the wearing of niqabs and Muslim veils in
countering such a wave of xenophobia and racism towards Muslim citizens and
residents of Europe might seem like a herculean task, the authors of the
“Counter Islamophobia Kit” briefing paper say it is a necessity.
worsening environment of Islamophobia was identified with respect to media
content, political discourse and experiences of discrimination indicating the
new and increasingly acceptable hostility against Muslims in many spheres of
everyday life,” the report warned.
academics led by the University of Leeds, in conjunction with NGOs and
activists, explored the various drivers of Islamophobia in eight European
countries - the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic,
Greece, Hungary and Portugal - as well as the efforts to foster
counter-narratives to Islamophobia in each country.
project has revealed the vast expansiveness of Islamophobia, the fact that it
permeates so many elements of our lives and of society," Amina Easat-Daas,
project officer for the Counter Islamophobia Kit, told Middle East Eye.
want to challenge the narratives that exist, to contextualise them and
emphasise their normalcy, their everyday nature, and also highlight the brilliant
contributions many Muslims are making in society. "
variations of Islamophobia
Islamophobia in most countries was strongly associated with the perception of
Muslims constituting a “threat to security” and “a threat to local, national and
European identity”, local culture and history has informed the way Islamophobia
has been formulated.
there is ample documentation of France’s instrumentalisation of its national
conception of laïcité - secularism - to target its Muslim citizens for being
visibly unsecular, in Portugal, the history of the reconquest of the Iberian
Peninsula from the Moors in the Middle Ages has fed local narratives of
civilisational struggle and fears of a Muslim "invasion".
Greece, the report said, some Islamophobic discourses raised the spectre of
Turkey using refugees to expand its control across the Aegean - as refugees and
Muslims become conflated identities in the public psyche.
in countries such as Hungary that have served as a transit point for many
asylum seekers attempting to reach western Europe, the narrative of Muslim as
potential terrorists remain strong, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban telling
Germany's Bild newspaper: "We don't see these people as Muslim refugees.
We see them as Muslim invaders."
the most publicised recent "terrorism" conviction in the country
involved an asylum seeker prosecuted earlier this month for throwing stones at
in countries like the United Kingdom, which have a long history of diversity,
long-standing Muslim populations find themselves the target of hatred in the
wake of attacks claimed by Islamic State group.
UK used to pride itself in its diversity, but that discourse is no longer
there,” said Arzu Merali, the head researcher for the Islamic Human Rights
Commission (IHRC) in the UK, during Wednesday's conference, describing how a
generalised discourse targeting Muslims in schools or streets also culminates
in “targeted legislation” which solidifies “the idea of Muslims as non-citizens”.
sounds pretty dramatic, but this is the kind of scenario we are facing in the
UK today,” Merali said.
is an urgent need to recognise Islamophobia as a form of racism,” Luis Manuel
Hernandez Aguilar, IHRC researcher in Germany said during Wednesday's
conference, pointing to “how easily Islamophobia moves between everyday life
and politics” when Islamophobia “is not officially recognised as a form of
Germany, Aguilar said, racist tropes have enforced the idea that “being a
Muslim means being a problem”.
Easat-Daas highlighted the differences between each country in the study, she
expressed concern about France's status as a "barometer" - and
trailblazer - of Islamophobia in Europe.
worry that (France) is a potential leader, that it signposts that this is
acceptable. Its laws set precedence, I worry that French policies set
precedence," she told MEE. "When you see the French ‘loi anti-niqab’
and how that then plays out in different framings, in Belgium first, and then
further and further, I’m worried that it’s gaining credence and an image of
the face of mounting hateful discourse and actions promoted by public figures,
media, and ordinary citizens, sometimes with deadly consequences, the Counter
Islamophobia Toolkit highlights initiatives that seek to counter prevalent
toxic narratives about Islam.
report cast some doubts on the effectiveness of reactive condemnations of
attacks committed by Muslim individuals and efforts to distance them from the
broader Muslim community as still falling within a narrative of
“securitisation” of Muslims in all aspects of their lives, and fostering the
expectation that all Muslims must condemn any negative acts committed by one of
efforts across the continent have sought to demystify Islam to non-Muslim
European citizens, such as the Parle-moi d’Islam videos explaining aspects of
to combating Islamophobia, the report says, is the "normalisation" of
Muslims - showing them as individuals with the same lives and aspirations as
others, as in the Human Library in the Czech Republic, and highlighting food,
fashion and culture as points of human connection between Muslims and
some cases, approaches to fight Islamophobia might appear counter-intuitive -
as in Greece, where some efforts actually leaned on prevailing Christianity in
the Mediterranean country to promote “Conservative anti-nationalist narratives
and Christian ecumenical ideals such as peace, hospitality and care towards the
vulnerable, especially towards refugees”.
of the efforts to counter Islamophobia, Easat-Daas said, include recognising
the phenomenon as not simply exclusive to right-wing movements.
would argue that (Islamophobia) is not exclusive to the right wing, but rather
something that you can see across the political spectrum," she said.
"It shouldn’t be acceptable political discourse to stigmatise or to speak
on behalf of other people - which is often something we see in liberal
the burden of fighting against Islamophobia seems to mainly fall on the
shoulders of civil society in Europe as hateful discourse has become further
normalised in the political and governmental sphere, the report highlights the
role played by the European legal system - and its shortfalls.
is limited engagement of European human rights law with the best legal
practices to counter Islamophobia in individual EU member states,” the report
reads. “As a result, the forms that both judicial intervention and legal
measures, including positive measures, could take in order to effectively
counter Islamophobia remain unclear.”
report goes on to criticise the European Court of Human Rights for its “rigidity”
in ruling on cases of alleged state Islamophobia which it said had shifted “the
burden of proof away from the state and onto the applicants who should then
prove that the restrictions against their right to freedom of religion are
brief nonetheless welcomed efforts by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe in passing a number of non-binding resolutions analysing and defining
Islamophobia, highlighting it as a necessary step towards tackling the problem.
Parliamentary Assembly had been largely successful, it said in spelling out
"different cultural, historical and socioeconomic elements that constitute
it said there was a "striking contrast between the nuance and complexity
of those soft-law instruments and the case law of the European Court of Human
Rights, where there is almost complete lack of references to Islamophobia and
no distinctive legal response to the phenomenon".
Karim, a Conservative Party MEP representing northwest England, raised the
alarm on Wednesday about Islamophobia across European nations, highlighting
concerns that it had begun “seeping through to the European (Union) level” and
could further worsen with the eventual election of more populists to the
European Parliament in 2019 - which could lead to a EU Parliament “held ransom
by those extremes”.
we are in a fight, and in a matter of months from now... there is an issue of
self-interest for every European,” Karim said.
Sayyid, professor of social theory and decolonial thought at the University of
Leeds, said during Wednesday's conference that the fight against Islamophobia
has a larger mandate than the protection of one specific religious community.
is a challenge to the continuation of a particular type of European democratic
project, and that’s why I think it should be taken seriously, and not just in
relation to the defense of Muslim communities, but in defence of the kind of
world we want to live in."
Danish police say they have arrested two people under Denmark’s anti-terror
laws on suspicion of buying drones bound for the Daesh group in Syria and Iraq.
police and Denmark’s security service carried out the arrests Wednesday. Police
said the suspects are believed to be part of a network.
a brief statement, police said a series of raids were also carried out in
suspects will face a judge Thursday, and prosecutors are expected to demand
they be held in pre-trial detention. Prosecutors say the hearing should be held
behind closed doors because of the ongoing investigation.
New York: The UN General Assembly General Debate continued into a second day on
Wednesday. Highlights included Yemen and Lebanon's addresses.
PRESIDENT ABDRABUH MANSOUR HADI
president Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour used his UN General Assembly on
Wednesday address to heap praise on Saudi Arabia for its support of his country
during the ongoing civil war.
on Wednesday, Hadi said: “I want to thank Saudi Arabia — its king, its
government and its people — for its continued humanitarian contribution in
Yemen. It has taken a leading role in offering relief and the reconstruction of
efforts are starting to be felt by Yemenis all over the liberated areas,” he
slammed Iran for its “blatant intervention” in Yemen, accusing it of
continually supplying weaponry, missiles and financial support for the Houthi
said that Saudi Arabian assistance had helped lessen the effects of Yemen’s
economic crisis, brought on by disruption brought about by the Iranian-backed
Houthis, but called on the support of the international community to stop
Iranian interference in Yemen and its financing of terrorism.
said: “We are not advocates of war. We support peace, harmony and stability in
Yemen, but this will not happen by cajoling these gangsters, like some member
PRESIDENT MICHEL AOUN
Lebanon's president Michel Aoun used his address to berate the UN Security
Council for its "ineffectiveness" due to the misuse of the veto right
by some member states, accusing the international community of a double
standard when dealing with the Middle East.
international political approaches to the Middle East still lack justice and
there are double standards in this regard. The Palestinian question is an
example of that," he said.
UK Muslim charity has had its management temporarily replaced after an inquiry
found it failed to stop an extremist preaching at its mosque.
interim manager will run the administration of the Fazal Ellahi Charitable
Trust, excluding trustees, after the UK Charity Commission said it failed to
comply with UK laws.
regulator opened an inquiry on 16 April 2018 over concerns the charity’s
Stoke-on-Trent premises were used to condone or support terrorism. On 22
September 2017 its Imam, 40-year-old Kamran Hussain was convicted on six counts
of encouragement of terrorism and two counts of encouraging support for a proscribed
organisation – ISIS.
trust ran a mosque and religious classes but was investigated over concerns it
was propagating terrorism.
was sentenced to six and half years in jail after telling children as young as
three that martyrdom was better than school. Often he would deliver his
speeches in front an ISIS flag and laud the values of terrorist groups.
will see the black flag rise over Big Ben and Downing Street," he told a
preacher supported the virtues of killing, martyrdom and violent jihad and
endorsed the efforts of those who had undertaken such acts, West Midlands
Police said at the time.
Chief Superintendent Matt Ward of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit added
"Hussain was espousing hatred and violence as well as clearly
demonstrating his support for (ISIS) through the content in his sermons.”
undercover officer was sent to record Hussain’s sermons where the preacher
would tell worshippers the UK government funded far-right groups to attack
kuffar (unbeliever) will attack you and kill you," he was reported to have
up and be ready to sacrifice, be ready to stand in the face of the elements of
Shaytan (Satan), be ready to spill blood and have your blood spilt."
appointment of an interim manager to the charity is a temporary and protective
power that will be reviewed at regular intervals, the regulator said.
Charity Commission has clamped down in recent years on UK Muslim charities
alleged to be pushing extremist ideologies. Since the start of 2014 it has
opened more than 35 enquiries related to Muslim groups and causes, including
those accused of funnelling funds to terrorist in Syria.
the wake of growing racism across Europe, a project to counter islamophobia was
launched in the European Parliament on Wednesday.
and academics from across Europe gathered at the parliament for the launch of
the two-year Counter-Islamophobia Kit (CIK) project funded by the European
Commission's Directorate of Justice.
called on member states and policymakers to play a more active role in the
fight against Islamophobia and strengthen legal procedures on the issue.
project reviews dominant anti-Muslim narratives and compares counter-narratives
in eight EU members states of France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic,
Hungary, Portugal, Greece, and the U.K.
outlines 10 counter-narratives that must be prioritized in Europe:
Challenging and contextualizing constructions of Muslim ‘threat’
Building inclusive nations: challenging exclusive and discriminatory national
Cultural compatibility and conviviality: challenging the narrative separation
of cultural and ethnic groups
Elaborating plurality: challenging narratives of Muslim singularity
Challenging narratives of sexism
Building inclusive futures
Deracializing the state: challenging institutional narratives
government announces Tripoli cease-fire deal
Libya’s internationally recognized government Wednesday announced a new
cease-fire deal to end a month of fighting between rival militias south of
Tripoli that has left more than 100 dead.
agreement was signed by representatives of the capital and the town of Tarhuna,
southeast of Tripoli, the interior ministry said in a statement.
deal ratified by interior minister Abdessalem Ashour calls for the rivals to
implement a UN-brokered accord, signed on September 4, to form a joint security
force of police from Tripoli and Tarhuna to patrol the capital’s southern
Government of National Accord (GNA), in a statement, welcomed the halt to
fighting that already took effect on Tuesday.
clashes which erupted on the capital’s southern outskirts on August 26 have
left at least 117 dead and more than 400 injured, according to a fresh casualty
toll issued by the GNA.
than 25,000 people have been displaced by the violence.
Libyan capital has been at the center of a battle for influence between armed
groups ever since dictator Muammar Qaddafi was ousted and killed in a
NATO-backed uprising in 2011.
latest feud has pitted armed groups from Tarhuna and Libya’s third city Misrata
against militia forces from Tripoli under the nominal control of the GNA.
gunmen have attacked an area torn by tribal strife in eastern Mali, killing at
least 12 people, security source say.
to the sources, the attack occurred in the remote Menaka region on Tuesday.
men on motorcycles killed at least 12 civilians,” a security source was quoted
by AFP as saying.
now, we do not know exactly who did it. I don’t know if it was the result of a
dispute between tribes or a terrorist act,” the source added.
former rebel group said armed men had “executed 17 civilians" from two
200 people from tribes known as Fulani and Tuareg have been killed in Menaka
region this year.
launched a military operation in Mali back in January 2013, after the region
was hit by unrest between local tribes and militants.
Turkish body completed the restoration of an ancient mosque in Ethiopia.
Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) completed the restoration of the
Al-Nejashi mosque, the tomb of the Abyssinian King Ahmed Nejashi, and 15 tombs
of the companions of Prophet Muhammed.
in the town of Wukro, 790 kilometers (over 490 miles) north of Ethiopia's
capital Addis Ababa, Al-Nejashi is said to be the first mosque in Africa. It is
named after Nejashi, who hosted companions of the Prophet who escaped
persecution in Mecca.
a statement TIKA said the restoration is part of a scheme to promote common
cultural values and assets abroad and to contribute to the development of
part of the project, the road that leads to the mosque was restored. The path
leading to the tombs in the backyard of the mosque is called "Companions
project restored the tombs and made them fit for visitors. The design will
promote tourism and as a result contribute to infrastructure such as hotels,
shopping malls, restaurants and museums in the area," it added.
mosque holds an important place in Islamic history. This is where the first
hijra (migration) took place by the companions of the Prophet following
persecution and torture in Mecca.
orders of the Prophet, they set out on the journey, crossed the Red Sea and
reached the Horn of Africa to establish the first Muslim community of Africa.
welcomed the immigrants and guaranteed them protection. Influenced by the
faith, he soon accepted Islam.
neighbors Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal after two decades of
conflict and Eritrean Muslims made the mosque their meeting point.
in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, have arrested 11 men on suspicion that they are
linked to terror group Al-Shabaab.
East Police Commander Kizito Mutoro said the suspects were handed over to the
Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) after they were interrogated at Nanyuki
Police Station for two days.
received information that 40 suspicious people were being taken through
Madrassa classes in Kabiru, which neighbours Nanyuki military barracks, last
weekend," he said.
suspects were being taken through sessions so as to convert to Islam. After
questioning them, we eliminated 11 adults and handed 29 children to their
11, who included the mosque's Imam, were first taken to Isiolo town by the ATPU
officers as police widened their scope on clergymen who could be involved in
campus students join terrorist groups
pressures linked to Shabaab enlisting
group wants to convert NYS personnel into criminals
Mutoro said those found at the Kabiru Mosque were from 14 communities and that
none of those arrested hails from Laikipia.
have to be keen since we cannot tell the reason for gathering individuals from
across the country to undergo religious teachings here, "said the police
added that the arrested Imam is not registered with the Council of Imams, the
body that registers Madrassa teachers.
arrests came about a week after two Kenya Defense Forces officers were
apprehended in Nanyuki while transporting 750 bullets to Isiolo town.
week earlier, a Muslim street preacher was arrested in Nanyuki after residents
raised alarm over suspected Al-Shabaab links.
police boss also handed the three over to the ATPU.
Mutoro noted that Meru, Isiolo and Nanyuki towns are being targeted by terror
groups so residents should report their suspicions.
Anti Terrorism Police Unit was on Wednesday permitted by the court to detain
two terror suspects for 30 days to conclude investigations.
two are Abdul Satar and Arfan Juma.
were arrested in Elwak, Mandera county, on September 13.
corporal Bernard Ndirangu filed an affidavit through state counsel Kajuju
Kirimi seeking to detain the two at Muthaiga police station.
said Satar had a student ID card for Iqra Youth Foundation Institute at the
time of arrest.
said detectives needed to establish circumstances under which the suspect was
given the card.
suspects were arrested after intelligence indicated they had left Mombasa for
Somalia using a private car.
were traced to the Elwak where they were arrested after they made a stopover to
ask for directions into Somalia.
said detectives are pursuing two other suspects Hashim Adow who lives in
Kisauni, Mombasa and Salim Aboud.
is an alleged recruitment agent while Aboud was in communication with the two
and was allegedly directing them to meet their recruiters for radicalisation
said he required the 30 days to have sufficient time to submit the suspects'
phones to Cyber Crime Unit for analysis.
Nigerian Army inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram when they attacked
Garshigar community of Mobar Local Government Area in Borno on Wednesday, an
Chukwu, Army Director of Public Relations, disclosed this in a statement
released on Thursday in Maiduguri.
Chukwu stated that the insurgents, who were in nine gun trucks, were repelled
by troops of 145 Battalion deployed for Operation Lafiya Dole following
superior power of the vigilant troops.
added that “preliminary battle damage assessment reveals that the overwhelming
superior power of the troops devastated the insurgents, inflicting human and
equipment casualty on the insurgents which forced them to withdraw in
director said that the gallant troops regrouped after the fierce encounter and
dominated the general area of Garshigar and its environs with fighting patrols.
Most Indonesian Muslims do not want non-Muslims in leadership positions in
government, which points to rising political intolerance in the country, a
survey showed on Monday (24/09).
survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) focused on public perception on
democracy, corruption and intolerance in the country. The LSI interviewed 1,520
respondents who were eligible to vote at the time of survey, and found that
there was an increase in political intolerance among Indonesian Muslims between
2016 and 2018.
LSI measured political intolerance by evaluating Muslim respondents' support
for non-Muslim candidates running for office, including president, vice
president, governors and mayors.
2016 for example, 48 percent of respondents said they opposed having a
non-Muslim president. By 2018, this proportion increased to 59 percent. The
survey had a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points and a 95 percent level of
to LSI senior researcher Burhanuddin Muhtadi, political intolerance has
consolidated after the divisive campaign during the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial
academics claim that the demonstrations against Ahok were the peak of
radicalism [in the country], but empirical data shows something different… What
we have found is that those events still have an impact even today,"
Burhanuddin said, referring to former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
an ethnic Chinese Christian, was convicted on a charge of blasphemy and sentenced
to two years' imprisonment in May last year.
movement emerged from the Islamic opposition to Ahok in late 2016, after a
doctored version of the former governor's speech, in which he made a reference
to a Koranic verse about voting for non-Muslims, went viral and gave way to
mass demonstrations against him, which eventually resulted in the blasphemy
said the demonstrations, including the so-called "212" rally in
Central Jakarta in December 2016, opened the door for intolerance in Indonesia.
LSI also measured intolerance from religious and cultural perspectives, and
found that while most Muslims did not mind other religious events in their
neighborhoods, 52 percent were opposed to having non-Muslims build places of
worship in their areas. --------
institute said a declining trend in religious and cultural intolerance, which
had been observed since 2010, ended last year.
of the Majority
LSI survey also showed a high number of instances of intolerance among majority
groups in any given community, whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim.
cases where Muslims perceive themselves as the majority, they scored 54.2 on a
scale of 0-100, where a higher score indicates more intolerance. In contrast,
when Muslims feel they are not part of the majority, the score drops to 41.2.
The LSI observed the same trend among non-Muslims, who scored 19.2 when they
feel a part of the majority, but only 3.8 when not.
said this indicates the problem of majority privilege.
is an issue in which Muslims are more intolerant, yes, but one of the drivers
is the sense of being part of the majority means you must be treated
better," he said.
rising intolerance across the archipelago, Wahid Foundation executive director
Yenny Wahid said Indonesia is not the only country where this trend can be
trend is not exclusive to Indonesia, it's happening across the world. It shows
the tyranny of the majority," Yenny said.
emphasized the importance of remembering what unites Indonesians, and that
intolerance should be resolved through collaboration, especially with next
year's presidential and legislative elections just around the corner.
said the two presidential candidates' election campaigns will once again raise
the issue of religion.
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto,
along with their respective running mates, Ma'ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno, kicked
off their campaigns in Jakarta on Sunday by signing a peace pledge, which seeks
to curb spread of fake news and hate speech during the campaigning period.
pointed out that Indonesians are not united because of one ethnicity, religion
or language, like in some countries.
are united by the spirit of a nation, of wanting to be independent, free from
colonizers; a country that brings justice and prosperity to its people. This is
what unites us, and if it starts to fade away, what will become of us? For me,
this is the problem we face today," Yenny said.
in a meeting with the Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Bin Mohamad on
Wednesday in New York on the sideline of the UN General Assembly session,
Rouhani hailed the steps taken to cement relations between the two countries in
different fields such as energy, joint ventures, and scientific cooperation.
should work to further deepen these relations in other fields, such as trade
and economy, communications, railways and ports, agriculture and industry,” he
described Iranians living in Malaysia a great asset to develop relations
between the two countries.
to the illegal withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the imposition of cruel sanctions against the
Iranian nation, the president pointed out, “In such a situation, friendly
countries are duty-bound to stand up to the unilateralism of the US to
dismantle these sanctions."
welcomes the presence of Malaysian companies to participate and invest in their
projects,” continued Rouhani, adding, “The will and seriousness of high ranking
Iranian and Malaysian authorities for the full development of relations and
cooperation are among the most valuable assets in the relations between the two
also went on to say, “The two countries can increase interaction and
consultation on various regional and international issues to have more
effective role in these fields”.
in many Islamic countries, including Palestine and Yemen, we are witnessing
great problems and disasters against human beings," the president said,
referring to the need for all countries to cooperate and engage seriously in
the fight against terrorism and extremism in the world, especially in the World
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad also referred to the positive and growing ties
and cooperation between the two countries in different sectors, emphasizing
efforts to develop and strengthen relations between them, especially in the
field of trade and investment.
Malaysian Prime Minister described US sanctions against the Iranian nation illegal
and added, "We need to pursue strategies for deepening bilateral relations
so that sanctions are ineffective by developing more cooperation and
to the official website of Iranian presidency, in a meeting with the Prime Minister
of Malaysia Mahathir Bin Mohamad on Wednesday in New York, President Hassan
Rouhani hailed the steps taken to cement relations between the two countries in
different fields such as energy, joint ventures, and scientific cooperation.
said “we should work to further deepen these relations in other fields, such as
trade and economy, communications, railways and ports, agriculture and
to the illegal withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the imposition of cruel sanctions against the
Iranian nation, the president pointed out “in such a situation, friendly
countries are duty-bound to stand up to the unilateralism of the US to
dismantle these sanctions.
welcomes the presence of Malaysian companies to participate and invest in their
projects,” continued Rouhani, adding “the will and seriousness of high ranking
Iranian and Malaysian authorities for the full development of relations and
cooperation are among the most valuable assets in the relations between the two
also went on to say, “the two countries can increase interaction and
consultation on various regional and international issues to have more
effective role in these fields”.
Malaysian Prime Minister described US sanctions against the Iranian nation
illegal and added "we need to pursue strategies for deepening bilateral
relations so that sanctions are ineffective by developing more cooperation and
recent survey has revealed that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is
considered to be more religious than his challenger in the 2019 presidential
election, Prabowo Subianto.
survey commissioned by Indikator Politik Indonesia polled 1,220 respondents
from Sept. 1 to 6, asking them about their views on the two presidential
terms of personal branding, 76 percent of the respondents consider Jokowi to be
religious and pious, while 58 percent say Prabowo is religious and pious.
has, since last year, successfully portrayed himself as a religious person. He
has frequently visited ulama, kyai [religious teachers] and religious figures
across the country,” Indikator executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi said on
early last year, Jokowi has made many visits to Islamic boarding schools,
mostly across Java, and met with senior religious figures from various Muslim
groups in different regions.
April, Jokowi also invited representatives of the self-proclaimed 212 Rally
Alumni group, which comprises groups and activists who participated in
nonviolent protests in 2016 to call for the prosecution of then-Jakarta
governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, an ally of Jokowi, over blasphemy.
said Jokowi’s running mate Ma’ruf Amin, a prominent Muslim cleric, also
contributed to the newfound religious branding, though it was not the main
percent of respondents said Ma’ruf was religious and pious, while 63 percent
said the same for Prabowo's running mate, Sandiaga Uno.
has been labeled as anti-Islam and pro-communist by hard-line groups, while
Prabowo is portrayed as pro-Islam because he is a longtime ally of the
Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and close to the Muslim conservative
groups that were behind the 212 rally.
said Jokowi and Prabowo represented different Muslim blocks with different
example, PAN [National Mandate Party] and PKS [Prosperous Justice Party]
represent modernist Muslim groups. That’s why such groups throw support behind
Prabowo,” he said.
Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) senior politician Maruarar Sirait
acknowledged that the anti-Islam image associated with Jokowi was of concern
for the Jokowi camp, saying that the decision to pair Jokowi with Ma’ruf, an
influential Muslim cleric, was a way to address the issue.
Indonesia's democracy is facing a crisis amid endemic corruption and rising
intolerance, according to the result of a new survey, released this week.
survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI), conducted across the country
in August, focused on the public's perception of democracy, corruption and
intolerance. The LSI interviewed 1,520 respondents who were eligible to vote at
the time of survey, and found that an overwhelming majority supports democracy.
than 70 percent of respondents indicated that they were satisfied with
democratic progress in the country, while 83 percent said they consider
democracy as the best system of governance, compared with 76 percent last year.
most Indonesians said they were against corruption, a handful said it was
acceptable. According to the survey, 27 percent of Indonesians consider
gratuities as normal, while 37 percent did not have a problem with collusion or
has our democracy stagnated? Despite the support for democracy among voters,
there's also an attitude of acceptance of corruption … [they say] yes to
democracy and yes to corruption – that's why our democracy cannot
progress," LSI senior researcher Burhanuddin Muhtadi, said during the
release of the report in Jakarta on Monday (24/09).
LSI further found that political intolerance increased between 2016 and 2018
among Indonesian Muslims, who make up 87 percent of the country's population of
around 260 million.
institute measured political intolerance by evaluating Muslim respondents'
support for non-Muslim candidates running for office. Across various leadership
positions – from president and deputy president to governor and mayor – Muslims
said they are opposed to having non-Muslims in such positions.
Aspect of Corruption
Corruption Watch coordinator Adnan Topan Husodo said systemic corruption in the
country often results in anti-corruption activists becoming victims.
cited the case involving senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)
investigator Novel Baswedan, who was the victim of a brutal acid attack in
April 2017, which resulted in him losing part of his sight. Despite an ongoing
police investigation, the case remains unsolved more than a year after the
in Indonesia is a social trap. Those who oppose the practice often become
victims themselves," Adnan said.
added that Novel's case illustrates a powerful disincentive for people who want
to fight against corruption.
also noted that nearly 2,500 civil servants in the country have remained in
their positions even after the courts had found them guilty of corruption.
Adnan added that were even promoted.
current system has yet to create disincentives for corruptors. We need to think
of ways to tackle this," he said.
Wahid, executive director of the Wahid Foundation, said the problem of
corruption in Indonesia is rooted deeply in a culture of patronage.
explained that the relationship between officials and members of the public
extends beyond politics, and that it is often more personal, which opens the
door for corruption.
[also] a huge gap between the authorities and the people, and we have to make
sure that our attitudes are not limited to simply respecting these officials
because of their positions, but also evaluating the quality of the people in
power," Yenny said.
researcher Burhanuddin echoed this sentiment, saying that the cultural aspect
poses a problem in the eradication of corruption in the country.
Takfiri Terrorism, ISIL Greatest Danger To Islam's Peaceful Face
a meeting held late on Tuesday in New York with a group of leaders of American
Muslim communities, Rouhani said, "you have an important role in
familiarizing Muslim people, especially young people, who are under propaganda
of enemies and ignorant friends, with the true culture of Islam."
out regional achievements in combating terrorists, and in particular ISIL and
al-Nusra Front, president said, “today, there is more security in Syria, but
there are still many problems. All we are trying to do is to restore full
security to Syria so that the Syrian refugees can return to their
highlighted Takfiri terrorism as the greatest danger to Islam's peaceful face,
and stated, "ISIL’s crime has not been just killing people; they did not
only oppress the people of the region by their actions, but they also beheaded
the beliefs of peoples in Islam and religion."
added, “the future of Syria must be determined by the Syrians and by the
people's vote and elections,” adding that Iran's role in driving out terrorist
groups from Syria has been very significant.
Idlib deal, Turkey sets sight on Kurdish-held areas
struck a deal with Russia that deferred a regime offensive on Idlib, Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again set his sights on Kurdish-controlled
areas in northern Syria. In Sept. 23 speeches at gatherings organized by
Turkish-American groups in New York, where he is attending the UN General
Assembly summit, Erdogan raised the specter of a Turkish military intervention
on the eastern side of the Euphrates River, where US-backed Kurds hold sway.
“We will increase the number of secure zones inside Syria in the coming period,
encompassing the east of the Euphrates,” he said in one speech. Then, referring
to earlier Turkish operations in the region, he told another gathering that
Turkey “will take steps similar to the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch
operations in the east of the Euphrates as well."
first area in Turkish crosshairs appears to be Tell Abyad, which lies between
the Kurdish-dominated Jazeera and Kobani cantons. Another relatively easy
target for Turkey is Ras al-Ayn, a region to the east of Tell Abyad that was
the scene of clashes between the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and
Syrian rebels sneaking via Turkey’s border town of Ceylanpinar after the Kurds
took control of the area in July 2012.
Tell Abyad, the Arab population is relatively larger than the Kurds, while in
Ras al-Ayn the two ethnic groups are roughly equal. In September 2012, Tell
Abyad was seized by Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, the Tawhid Brigade and
al-Furqan Brigades, but following a rift between the al-Qaeda-linked groups, it
fell into the hands of the Islamic State in January 2014. When the YPG and its
Arab allies ousted IS from Tell Abyad the following year, Turkey accused the
Kurds of ethnic cleansing in Arab and Turkmen villages. A disputed report by
Amnesty International included similar claims.
when Ankara sought to dissuade Washington from collaborating with the YPG in
the liberation of Raqqa, its alternative plan involved 10,000 fighters from the
Free Syrian Army marching on Raqqa with Turkish military support on a route
from Tell Abyad via Ayn Issa to Raqqa. The plan was meant to halt US support
for the Kurds, but also to allow the Turkish military to cut the connection
between the Kobani and Jazeera cantons.
reason Erdogan cites for a potential new operation is to prevent “a terror
corridor” in the area — a justification that has never changed since the YPG,
which Ankara considers a terrorist group, seized Tell Abyad to secure a link
between Kobani and Jazeera in 2015. In his remarks in New York, Erdogan
reiterated the argument, saying that Turkey took control of Jarablus, al-Bab
and Afrin to “not let [the region] become a terror corridor.” Referring to US
support for the Kurds, he added, “Unfortunately, our strategic partners are
taking different steps. Unfortunately, 18,000 trucks full of weapons and
ammunition have been sent to this region, in addition to 3,000 cargo planes.”
intervention in Tell Abyad could be relatively easy to sell to the Turkish
public, using the arguments of thwarting the terror corridor and securing the
return of Arabs and Turkmens who have been subjected to ethnic cleansing.
the rhetoric, there is some military movement on the ground. Both Syrian Kurdish
sources and Turkish media outlets close to the government have reported a
military buildup in the Turkish border town of Akcakale, which is facing Tell
Abyad. In its coverage of Erdogan’s remarks in New York, the Turkish daily
Takvim reported, “Now that the Idlib issue is on a settlement course, Ankara’s
attention has shifted back to the east of the Euphrates. The button has been
pressed in this regard. Military units along the border have been reinforced.
The initial intervention, we have learned, will target Tell Abyad, Kobani,
Qamishli and Ras al-Ayn.” The Hawar news agency, meanwhile, reported the
presence of hundreds of military vehicles and heavy weapons on the Turkish side
of the border.
Muslim, a prominent Syrian Kurd who until recently headed the political arm of
the YPG, did not rule out a Turkish offensive. “Turkey is making a [military]
buildup on the border. It wants to make some move, but the conjuncture is not
favorable. Of course, it needs to get rid of [the issue of] Idlib first,” he
told Al-Monitor. “We cannot say whether the United States will deter [Turkey];
you have to ask them. We rely on our own strength; no one has given us
assurances of protection.”
Erdogan’s pressure plays out will depend largely on Russia and the United
States. Though Russia had greenlit Turkey’s march on Afrin, it is too early to
speculate how it will view a Turkish move east of the Euphrates. Having said
that, Russia’s two key reasons to facilitate things for Turkey in Afrin are
still valid. The first is to ensure Turkey’s continued cooperation in the
Astana framework. Second, the Turkish threat comes in handy for Russia in
efforts to draw the Kurds away from the United States and force them into a
compromise with Damascus. The only caveat for Russia here is that Turkey might
become too involved in the equation, to an extent that would allow it to impose
its demands. This is a reason for alarm in Damascus as well.
lack of tangible progress in two rounds of talks between the Kurdish-led Syrian
Democratic Council (SDC) and Damascus, coupled with Kurdish moves to extend the
self-rule project to northeastern Syria, seems to be pushing Russia to take a
more explicit position on the issue. In an important signal to that effect,
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Sept. 21, “The main threat to
Syria’s territorial integrity comes from the eastern bank of the Euphrates,
where independent and autonomous entities are being created under US control.
We will insist this unlawful activity should be brought to an end.”
Turkish service of Russia’s Sputnik network, meanwhile, reported that the
American military presence in Syria had reached 25 bases and 5,000 troops. In
remarks backing up the report, Gelo Isa, a senior SDC member, told Sputnik,
“The United States is increasing its military presence in Syria. It is setting
up new bases and expanding [existing ones]. The United States will stay long in
Americans are also present in the corridor that Turkey wants to dismantle,
including in Deriq, Rmeilan, Kobani, Ayn Issa and Tell Abyad. In 2016, after
seizing the area from Jarablus to al-Bab, Turkey had to put on the brakes at
Manbij, its next target, under US pressure. After protracted negotiations, the
United States acquiesced only to joint patrols with Turkey around Manbij and
leaving the city to local forces.
Turkey is eyeing an even larger intervention. How the United States might agree
to such a move remains a mystery, for it would require a major shift in its
Syria policy. Without such a shift, Turkey’s intervention would amount to an
intervention against the American presence as well. In a sharp message that
Washington is not yet done in Syria, National Security Adviser John Bolton
vowed Sept. 24 that US troops would not leave the country “as long as Iranian
troops are outside Iranian borders.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had turned down an invitation on
Wednesday to a UNESCO conference on anti-Semitism during a visit to New York,
over its “egregious bias” against the Jewish state.
withdrew from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization in 2017, accusing it of adopting anti-Israeli policies, following
the lead of the United States.
I commend all efforts to combat anti-Semitism, I have decided not to participate
in this week’s UNESCO conference on anti-Semitism due to the organization’s
persistent and egregious bias against Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement
issued by his office.
prime minister, who is currently in New York to attend the annual United Nations
General Assembly, said that UNESCO “must do more than host a conference on
anti-Semitism. It must stop practicing anti-Semitism.”
not directly addressing Netanyahu’s no-show at the conference, UNESCO’s head
said that education was the best way to combat intolerance and discrimination.
undermines fundamental rights in general,” the organization’s director-general
Audrey Azoulay said at the conference.
Foreign Minister has asked the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to
take actions to stop Houthi militias from threatening international borders.
said that the Houthi militias use of Iranian missiles targeting Saudi
territories and international waters was a threat that needed to stop.
crimes investigators have called on the UN Human Rights Council to provide them
with the opportunity to continue a probe into the "extremely
alarming" situation in Yemen, irrespective of resistance from Saudi Arabia
and a number of its allies that are involved in an atrocious military campaign
against the impoverished Arab country.
investigators, appointed by the United Nations' top human rights body last
year, presented a report on Wednesday, which concluded that all sides may have
committed “war crimes” in the three-year-old conflict raging across Yemen.
Jendoubi, who heads the so-called Group of Independent Eminent International
and Regional Experts, insisted that "in light of the gravity of the
situation and the limited time given to the mandate, additional investigations
situation in Yemen continues to be extremely alarming. We call upon you to keep
the situation in Yemen at the top of the priorities of the Council,” Jendoubi
also urged diplomats to "unanimously" adopt a resolution led by a
group of European countries and Canada, calling for a one-year extension.
Jendoubi said, was necessary “to ensure that truth is revealed and
accountability is attained.”
argue that Saudi Arabia, which launched a devastating military campaign with a
number of its regional allies against Yemen in March 2015 with the aim of
bringing the government of Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back
to power and crushing the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, is
actively working to quash the international probe.
week, Human Rights Watch criticized the Riyadh regime's “campaign to discredit
and undermine a UN investigation into abuses by all Yemen's warring parties,”
calling it “yet another blatant attempt to avoid scrutiny of the coalition's
own actions in Yemen.”
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used his address to the United Nations
General Assembly to criticize the use of sanctions as “weapons” against
countries in an implicit reference to the United States.
of us can remain silent to the arbitrary cancellation of commercial agreements
and the use of economic sanctions as weapons,” Erdogan told the 73rd session of
the General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
Turkish leader also warned of the repercussions of “unilateral decisions” for
the entire world.
negative effects of these twisted developments will eventually affect all
countries. We must all work together to prevent damage to the world trade
regime as a result of such unilateral decisions,” he said.
further underlined the need for joint cooperation “to achieve the United
Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals” and avoid a “new economic rupture.”
remarks come amid a widening rift between Turkey and the US over Ankara’s
imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson.
has been accused of having links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party
(PKK) and the movement of US-based opposition cleric Fetullah Gulen, which
Turkey blames for the 2016 failed military coup.
US has called for Brunson’s release and taken a series of punitive measures
against Turkey over the continued detainment of the evangelical Christian
US measures, which include imposing sanctions on Turkish ministers and doubling
of steel and aluminum tariffs, have led to a sharp decline in the Turkish
currency. Turkey has retaliated by raising tariffs on certain US imports.
some countries are persistently trying to create chaos. We are in favor of
solving our problems through conducting a constructive dialogue on equal
terms,” Erdogan said.
should become peaceful once again’
in his address, the Turkish president pointed to his country’s diplomatic
efforts aimed at ending the crisis in Syria.
means of both our support to the Geneva and Astana Processes and the safe
zones,...we try to make Syria a peaceful country once again. By clearing the
Jarabulus and al-Rai regions from Daesh, and Afrin region from PKK-PYD-YPG
terrorist organizations, we have turned an area of 4 thousand kilometers into a
safe and peaceful place for millions of Syrians,” he said.
has been serving – along with Iran and Russia – as a mediator in the Astana
process since January 2017.
also called on all the parties to the Syria crisis to support a just and
sustainable political solution to the conflict gripping the Arab country.
who equip terrorists with tens of thousands of trucks and thousands of cargo
planes loaded with arms for the sake of their tactical interests will most
definitely feel sorrow in the future,” he added.
US and Turkey have also been at odds over Washington’s policy of backing
Kurdish militants in Syria.
will continue to support Palestinians’
to the Palestine issue, Erdogan accused the UN Security Council of standing
idle amid the Israeli massacre of the Palestinian people.
massacres in Bosnia, Rwanda, Somalia, recently in Myanmar, and in Palestine as
we speak have all taken place before the eyes of the United Nations Security
Council,” he said, vowing to stand by the Palestinians.
who remain silent against the oppression of the Palestinians, who reduce the
humanitarian assistance to them, are only increasing the courage of the
oppressors,” Erdogan pointed out. “Even if the whole world turns its back, we,
Turkey, will continue to be on the side of the oppressed Palestinians and will
protect the historical and legal status of… Jerusalem (al-Quds),” he added.
glitch told user anti-Muslim posts were removed when they were not
reportedly told a user that it had removed hate speech she reported when it had
to the BBC, a Facebook user by the name of Janet (the U.K. news organization
did not publish her last name for privacy reasons) had reported posts in a
group with 54,000 members named “LARGEST GROUP EVER! We need 10000000 members
to Make America Great Again!”
has been promoting themselves in my Newsfeed saying they are trying to keep our
democracy safe by eliminating content that is false and divisive,” Janet told
user, who lives in Las Vegas, reported the group for anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant
posts. After reporting them, Janet received a message that said: “We removed
both the group and all its posts, including the one you reported.”
that was not the case.
told the BBC that it is looking into a potential glitch in its content
moderation system. The error reportedly sends users a message saying content
has been removed even though moderators have deemed it permissible on the
are investigating this issue, and will share more information as soon as we can,”
Facebook told the BBC.
News reached out to Facebook for comment on this issue.
they are sending me notices they removed the content and offensive groups but
in reality are not, doesn't this go against what they say in public or to
Congress?” Janet added.
along with Twitter and Google, has been under intense scrutiny over the last
year for its policies around content moderation and removal. Mark Zuckerberg's
company has been accused of censoring conservatives, censoring liberals and not
doing enough to protect the people it hires to monitor the deluge of content
posted to the platform.
says he wants two-state solution for Mideast conflict
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he wanted a two-state solution to
resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the clearest expression yet of his
administration’s support for such an outcome.
Trump administration has in the past said it would support a two-state solution
if both sides agreed to it.
in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United
Nations General Assembly, also said he wanted to unveil a peace plan in the
next two to three months.
like a two-state solution. That’s what I think works best ... That’s my
feeling,” said Trump.
has said any future Palestinian state must be demilitarized and must recognize
Israel as the state of the Jewish people - conditions that Palestinians say
show he is not sincere about peacemaking.
United States’ Arab allies are strong proponents of a two-state solution.
a news conference in New York later on Wednesday, Trump said he would be open
to a one-state solution if that was the preference of the parties themselves, a
position he has previously stated.
the Israelis and the Palestinians want one state, that’s OK with me. If they
want two states, that’s OK with me,” he said. “I’m happy if they’re happy.”
have mounted over whether Trump’s administration can secure what he has called
the “ultimate deal” since December when the US president recognized Jerusalem
as Israel’s capital and then moved the US Embassy there.
said “it is a dream of mine” to secure an agreement before the end of his term
in office, which ends in early 2021.
don’t want to do it in my second term. We’ll do other things in my second
term,” he said. “I think a lot of progress has been made.”
said after meeting Trump he was “not surprised” at the US president’s
preference for a two-state solution for peace with the Palestinians, Israeli
media reports said.
is one of the major issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides
claim it as a capital. Trump’s move outraged the Palestinians, who have since
boycotted Washington’s peace efforts, led by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser,
Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and
East Jerusalem. Israel captured those territories in the 1967 Middle East war
and annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally. It regards
all of the city as its eternal and indivisible capital.
Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: “The
two-state solution means to us that we have a Palestinian state on the 1967
borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. This is the only way to achieve
said the Palestinians wanted to resolve all the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict - which include borders, settlements, refugees, security and the
status of Jerusalem - “according to United Nations resolutions.”
speaking in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, refused to be drawn further,
saying Abbas would make the Palestinian position clear in his speech to the
General Assembly on Thursday.
Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed credit for saving Syria’s rebel-held province
of Idlib from an assault that would have “killed millions of people” and “would
have been a shame.”
told a news conference in New York that he gave the order “don’t let it happen”
to his secretary of state and national security advisor and: “It stopped.”
and Turkey agreed during a summit meeting in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi
on September 17 to set up a buffer zone in Idlib aimed at preventing a military
which has received vital military support from Russia and Iran, had said that
it planned to seize Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the seven-year
Russia-Turkey deal was agreed following warnings that an all-out military
offensive would trigger a bloodbath in the province of three million people.
going to give me credit but that’s okay,” Trump said. “That’s okay because the
of people have been saved,” he added.
said he first heard of the looming assault on Idlib from a Syrian woman who
warned of the planned attack during a meeting during which she expressed
concern for her sister living there.
didn’t hear of Idlib province,” said Trump, who added that he later read about
the planned attack in a New York Times article.
said that’s the same story the woman told me that I found hard to believe
because how would anyone do that with three million people?”
think millions of people would’ve been killed, that would have been a shame.”
acknowledged that there could still be “selective” targets in Syria for
military action but no large-scale operation.
Russia and Syria deserve credit “for not doing it,” said Trump, adding that
Turkey, which backs some armed groups, was also “a big help.”
President Donald Trump on Wednesday denounced Iran’s increasingly aggressive
attitude at the United Nations Security Council despite signing an agreement in
2015 to clamp down on its nuclear program.
the years following the signing of the agreement, Iran’s aggression has only
increased,” Trump told the Security Council.
who withdrew from the agreement, promised that US sanctions would be “fully” in
force in early November.
NATIONS: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he wanted a two-state
solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for the first time since
in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United
Nations, also said he wanted to unveil a peace plan in the next two to three
is a dream of mine to get that done prior to the end of my first term,"
has previously been vague on the topic, suggesting that he would support
whatever the parties might agree to, including possibly a one-state resolution,
which might see the Palestinian territories become part of Israel.
like (a) two-state solution," Trump said as he posed for photographs with
Netanyahu. "That's what I think works best. That's my feeling. Now you may
have a different feeling. I don't think so. But I think two-state solution
president added that his much anticipated but still unreleased Mideast peace
plan could be presented in the next two to four months but was not specific as
to timing, according to the Associated Press.
senior Palestinian official rejected Trump's comments in support of a two-state
solution, saying his White House's policies were destroying hopes of peace.
words go against their actions and their action is absolutely clear (and) is
destroying the possibility of the two-state solution," Husam Zomlot, head
of the recently closed Palestinian mission in Washington, told AFP.
added that Trump's comments alone were not enough to bring the Palestinians
back to the negotiating table.
has been heavily criticized by the Palestinians for a series of moves that they
say show distinct bias toward Israel, starting with his recognition last year
of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Palestinians also claim the holy city as
the capital of an eventual state. Earlier this year, Trump followed up on the
recognition by moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a
step that was widely protested by Palestinians and others in the Arab world.
administration has also slashed aid to the Palestinians by hundreds of millions
of dollars and ended US support for the UN agency that helps Palestinian
and his national security team have defended their position, saying that
decades of attempts to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace have failed.
said Wednesday that the embassy move would actually help peace efforts by
recognizing the reality that Israel identifies Jerusalem as its capital. But,
he added that Israel would have to make concessions to the Palestinians in any
got the first chip and it's a big one," Trump said. "By taking off
the table the embassy moving to Jerusalem, that was always the primary
ingredient as to why deals couldn't get done. Now that's off the table. Now,
that will also mean that Israel will have to do something that is good for the
thanked Trump for his support, his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear
deal and said US-Israel relations have never been better than under his
administration. On Tuesday, Trump attacked Iran in his annual address to the UN
General Assembly, accusing its leaders of corruption and spreading chaos
throughout the Middle East and beyond. He also vowed to continue to impose
sanctions on Iran.
ISIS militants suffer heavy casualties in Laghman, Kunar provinces
Taliban and ISIS Khurasan militants suffered heavy causalities during the
airstrikes and clashes in eastern Kunar and Laghman provinces.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the
U.S. forces carried out airstrikes using unmanned aerial vehicles, targeting
the ISIS militants in Pecha Dara and Suki district.
statement further added that 8 ISIS militants were killed during the airstrike
in Karangal area of Pech Dara district and 6 others were killed in Dewa Gul
area of Suki district.
the meantime, the 201st Silab Corps said the Afghan armed forces carried out
artillery strikes against the militants in Alingar district of Laghman
province, leaving at least 4 militants dead and 6 others wounded.
to 201st Silab, the artillery strikes were carried out in support of the armed
forces who were ambushed by the militants in Alingar district.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban and ISIS Khurasan
loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.
of Taliban busted in Kabul, 9 Taliban members arrested: NDS
Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), says a network of
the Taliban group was busted in Kabul city during the operations of the NDS forces.
to a statement released by the National Directorate of Security (NDS), at least
nine Taliban group members were also arrested during the operations of the NDS
statement further added that the militants were involved in destructive
activities, including roadside bombings and target killings of the officials
and security personnel.
detained individuals were also collecting information regarding the security
institutions and the activities of the security personnel, NDS added in its
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
comes as the Afghan Intelligence said last week that 26 militants having links
with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were arrested
during separate operations.
- Over a dozen militants and security personnel have been killed as a clash
erupted in Faizabad district of northern Afghanistan’s Jawzjan province on
Tuesday, deputy to provincial police chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi said Wednesday.
The clash, according to the official, erupted late Tuesday night after
pro-government militia forces attacked Taliban positions in Haider Abad area of
Faizabad district late Tuesday night, killing “over a dozen Taliban fighters”
on the spot.
also confirmed that only one pro-government militia lost his life in the
firefight. Over a dozen others including six pro-government militia have also
been injured in the fighting. The security forces would continue to chase
Taliban militants in the restive area to ensure viable peace in Faizabad
district and its vicinity, the official contended.
up to 22 militants have been killed as the government forces have been
targeting Taliban positions in Chardara district of the northern Kunduz
province since Tuesday, said Abdul Hadi, the deputy to Pamir 20 Corps here on
government forces, according to the official, have pounded Taliban hideouts and
positions in several villages of Chardara district during which six more
insurgents sustained injuries.
providing information on the casualties of security personnel, the official
contended “No civilian has been hurt” in the ongoing operations.
- Afghanistan, India, Iran and China has backed the idea of creating a
terrorist groups database shared with Russia, Russian Security Council
spokesman Evgeny Anoshin said on Wednesday.
to the spokesman, the issue was addressed at the multilateral consultations on
the Afghan settlement, held in Tehran and participated by the delegations of
Russia, Afghanistan, India, Iran and China.
of the meeting noted the positive significance of the database of terrorist
organizations created by the Russian Federal Security Service. They stressed
the importance of creating a similar base for all countries participating in
today’s meeting,” Anoshin said.
spokesman added that the meeting’s participants “supported the initiative of
Iranian colleagues to create a new mechanism at the level of security councils’
secretaries, exchanged views on priority tasks in the Afghan issue.”
Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Afghan National Security
Adviser Hamdullah Mohib discussed prospects for the Russian-Afghan cooperation
in the fight against international terrorist organizations and drug
and Mohib met in Tehran, where they took part in multilateral consultations on
the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. “We are interested in
continuing our contacts. We are ready for dialogue in various formats,”
Patrushev told his counterpart.
Syrian Scenario Can Be
Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev on Wednesday warned other
participants of multilateral consultations on the Afghan settlement that the
Syrian scenario could be repeated in Afghanistan.
we can say that there is a danger of a repeat of this scenario in Afghanistan,”
Patrushev said, as quoted by his spokesman Evgeny Anoshin.
to the spokesman, Patrushev noted that activities of the Islamic State
terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia) had contributed to deterioration of the
situation in Afghanistan, pointing out that back in 2014 nobody considered IS a
serious danger to Iraq and Syria.
high activity of armed groups in Afghanistan can disrupt the upcoming presidential
and parliamentary elections in the country, Nikolai Patrushev said on
situation in Afghanistan is impacted by the upcoming presidential and
parliamentary election, which are at risk of being disrupted due to the high
activity of the Taliban movement, the Islamic state terrorist group and its
Afghan branch, the so-called Wilayah Khorasan [both banned in Russia],”
Patrushev said at multilateral consultations on the Afghan settlement,
participated by the delegations of Russia, Afghanistan, India, Iran and China.
official noted that, according to the estimates of international experts, the
Afghan government controlled nearly 40 percent of the country’s territory.
total number of the Taliban movement’s militants opposing the government in
Afghanistan is currently estimated at 60,000 people. According to the report of
the General Staff of the Afghan National Army, there are nearly 15,000 fighters
only in the areas bordering with the Central Asian states,” Patrushev said.
noted the increasing military potential of the Taliban.
is necessary to note the increased military potential of the Taliban,
particularly, its ability to stage massive and well-prepared attacks on
administrative centers of the Afghan provinces ... Taliban’s military
achievements demonstrate the irrelevance of [Afghan military] leadership’s
stake on the use of force aimed at forcing the Afghan opposition to hold talks
... One can surely say that this is happening despite the more than
17-year-long US presence in Afghanistan,” Patrushev said. The Russian official
added that the Taliban had unleashed a full-scale terrorist war against the
Afghan authorities and civilian population.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived in southeastern Ghazni province earlier today to
review the security situation of the province.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani is
leading a delegation of high level governmental officials during his visit to
statement further added that First Lady Rula Ghani is also accompanying
President Ghani during his visit to the province.
Ghani will review the security situation of Ghazni during his visit to the
province, ARG Palace added.
would also meet with the provincial governmental and military officials,
religious scholars, influential individuals, school and university lecturers
and teachers, women, youths, and members of the civil society.
Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces have foiled
the militants bid to carry out a series of explosions in Jalalabd city, the
provincial capital of Nangarhar province.
provincial government media office in a statement said the NDS forces stormed a
hideout of the Taliban group in Surkh Rod district and destroyed ten Improvised
the information received by the NDS forces, the provincial government further
added that the militants were looking to use the Improvised Explosive Devices
in a string of explosions in Jalalabd city.
statement by the provincial government also added that operations are underway
to arrest the militants involved in the attack plan.
and other militants often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the
security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary
civilians are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the
militants as well.
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that
1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.
to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by
Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.
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