• 'Lynching' Alien Construct,
Don’t Use It To Defame India: Bhagwat
• US Restricts Visas For Chinese
Officials Over 'Campaign To Erase Religion' In Xinjiang
• Trump to Kurds: We Paid You to
Destroy ISIS, You’re on Your Own Now
• Afghanistan Taliban Commanders
Freed 'In Swap For Indian Hostages'
• Muslim Past Makes Spain
Attractive For Pakistani Tourists: Envoy
• China Has Begun Moving Xinjiang
Muslim Detainees To Formal Prisons, Relatives Say
• Kurdish-Led Syrian Democratic
Forces Consider Cooperation With Syria’s Al-Assad
• British Police Forces Operate
Large Secret Database Targeting Minorities
• Religion Does Not Divide,
Religion Unites: Muslim Inmates Of Gwalior Jail Take To Bhagwad Gita
• "Can't Silence Us":
New Letter Slams Sedition Case Against Celebrities
• India-Born Al Qaeda Chief Of
Subcontinent Killed In US-Afghan Raid: Report
• Dr Saifuddin Kitchlew, the
freedom fighter who is hailed as the hero of Jallianwala Bagh
• Jaipur: Hotel Denies
Accommodation to Unmarried Interfaith Couple
• China snubs Imran Khan, says
resolve J&K bilaterally
• UK expects to use 'huge
opportunities' to expand India-UK relations post Brexit: Lord Tariq Ahmad
• Search operation launched after
drones spotted along India-Pakistan border in Punjab
• Two LeT militants killed in
south Kashmir’s Awantipora
• Trump’s Green Light to Turkey
Raises Fears About ISIS Detainees
• Trump’s Call to Leave Syria
Draws Fire From GOP Allies
• Graham Says Trump’s ‘Biggest
Lie’ Is of Islamic State’s Defeat
• US doesn't want to confront
NATO ally Turkey: Expert
• Trump says 'not siding with
anybody' on Syria
• US calls on Iraqi prime
minister to contain violence and reform
• Airstrikes kill 25 Taliban,
ISIS militants; destroy weapons caches and car bomb
• Afghan officials say raid
killed top al-Qaida commander
• Afghan Special Forces kill,
detain 19 militants; destroy weapons caches in 4 provinces
• Taliban’s military commission
chief and 3 other senior leaders killed in Farah airstrike
• Seminaries Put Under
Surveillance Ahead Of JUI-F’s March On Capital
• ICRC, Shariah Academy Organize
Course On Islam And International Humanitarian Law
• China voices support for
Pakistan’s core issues of national interest
• Maulana Fazl served legal
notice by Ali Amin Gandapur
• Treason case against Musharraf
to be heard daily from October 24: Court
• PPP, PML-N to thrash out role
in march today
• Opposition rejects CPEC body
formation through ordinance
• Chinese firm investing in
Gwadar gets 23-year tax exemption
• PM Imran declared ‘Man of the
Year’ by Jordan institute
• Senate body on interior
approves NACTA amendment bill
• China’s Might Prevents Muslim
Nations from Criticizing It, Mahathir Says
• Buy Malaysian Products First,
Not Muslim-Made, Saifuddin Says
• Islamist MP wants Malays as
finance minister, attorney general in Malaysia
• Task force: UEC failed by
national education system, public wants to move on
• America Can’t Be Trusted At
All; It Stabs Own Allies In The Back: Nasrallah
• Pulling of U.S. Troops in Syria
Could Aid Assad and ISIS
• In Iraq, Protesters Are Sick of
Corruption and Foreign Influence
• Seven IS terrorists killed
during counter-terrorism operation in Kirkuk
• Lebanese Officials Speak Out
Against Hezbollah's Control Over Country
• Over 1,000 Teachers Sacked in
Egypt for Terror Links
• Lebanese Paper: Mossad's
Footprints Found in Recent Unrests in Iraq
• NSC Official: US Sees Kurdish
Nation Another Israel in Region
• Iraq’s Salih calls for national
dialog, deplores attacks on protesters, security forces
• Iraq unveils new set of reforms
to meet protesters' demands
• Qatar’s Al-Ghufran expulsions
termed ‘breach of human rights’
• Saudi Shoura Council chairman
receives China ambassador
• Muslim World League Condemns
Abuse On Jewish Students In Australia
• Counter-terror police arrest
four people at Luton Airport
• French PM questions US
hesitations over northeast Syria
• UK deeply concerned about
Turkish plans for Syria military action: PM's office
• Macron vows to fight against
• France’s Macron pays homage to
‘victims of terrorism’
• ‘Home countries need to take
back Daesh terrorists’
• Turkey's 'sole desire' is
peace, stability in Balkans
• EU Parliament appoints new
• Iran Charges Famous Kurdish
Singer With Being Gay, Faces Execution
• In a Conflict, Iran Would Wage
a Missile War Against America
• Iran unveils kit to convert
artillery rockets into guided missiles
• Hundreds of Jewish settlers
storm al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
• Iran sent thousands of troops
to Iraq for Shia pilgrimage: Iranian commander
• Cyprus’ president condemns
Turkey's ‘unacceptable actions’
• German MPs blame Iran after
visit to Saudi Aramco attack site
• Dozens demonstrate in northern
Gaza to demand full lifting of siege
• Israeli forces put occupied
West Bank on lockdown for rituals
• Iranian general ‘played leading
role’ in crackdown on Iraqi protests
• UN Security Council Urges
Progress In South Sudan
• Sudan Has Received Half Of $3
Bln Aid Promised By Saudi And UAE
• Niger soldiers killed in
‘terrorist’ attack in southwestern Dosso region
• U.N. peacekeeper killed, four
wounded in Mali mine attack
• Rwanda Searches for Motive
After 14 Are Killed in Tourist Region
• 24 al-Shabab militants killed
• Troops rescue three from Boko
Haram in Bama
• Ethiopia accuses Egypt of
trying to maintain its grip over the Nile’s waters
• EU observers regret Tunisia
‘silent campaign’ ahead of vote
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Does Not Divide, Religion Unites: Muslim Inmates Of Gwalior Jail Take To
does not divide, Religion unites -- this is what Akeel Pathan, a convict of
Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior Central Jail believes, and therefore has decided to
read the 'Shrimad Bhagwad Gita'.
has been convicted in a murder case. A Muslim man with an urge to know the
Hindu scripture, his zeal may not go down well with those who divide people on
the religious lines.
says that all religions preach good things. He has been reading books in the
jail and being a Muslim, his preference has been the books concerning his
religion. But, now he has come across the Gita and will read it. He says that
he will try to understand the teachings and accept them if he likes them.
zone Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Raja Babu Singh has started a
campaign to create awareness about the Gita among various sections of the
society. He even goes to schools to talk about the "Gita Gyan" with
the children. On the day of Dusshera, Singh distributed the copies along with
rosary in the jail premises.
said: "Gita has 18 chapters and 700 'shalokas' which can help those who
have wavered from the path of righteousness. The inmates are living here
because of some bad Karma and by reading Gita, they can overcome many problems
like anger and desperation."
Gita is not just a religious book, it is a spiritual growth that a human being
should accept as the life's constitution. One who goes against this
constitution of the country, lands in jail. Similarly, one who violates the
spiritual constitution gets stuck in this life-cycle," said Anandeshwar
Das Chaitanya, a religious scholar from Vrindavan who spoke about the relevance
of Gita before the jail inmates.
Akeel, other Muslim inmates have also expressed willingness to read the book
and understand the moral.
Central jail of Gwalior has 3,396 inmates at present, out of which 164 are
women. The women inmates have 21 children with them. All the inmates,
irrespective of their religion, have shown willingness to read the Gita.
alien construct, don’t use it to defame India: Bhagwat
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday condemned the
growing trend of killings by mobs even as he maintained that the incidents were
not “one-sided” and objected to the term “lynching” used for group violence,
saying the usage was part of an effort to defame the country and the entire
Hindu community and generate fear among the “so-called minority communities”.
must be accepted that these tendencies of violence have somehow or the other
crossed the limits of law and order and wreaked havoc by eroding mutual
relations in society. Neither this tendency is the tradition of our country,
nor does it fit in the spirit of the Constitution,” Bhagwat said while
delivering the RSS’s customary Vijaydashmi speech at Reshmibagh ground in
deep the differences of opinion be, howsoever provocative action might have
taken place, still, we should act by remaining within the limits of the
Constitution, handing over such cases to the police and reposing faith in the
judicial system of country,” Bhagwat said in what is being seen as a reference
to the violence by gau-rakshaks. Bhagwat said the Sangh did not support those
involved in such violence and was against “each and every incident”.
Bhagwat asserted that the blame did not lie with only one community and took
issue with reportage of instances of mob violence. “There have been reports
that members of a community in our society have been attacked by another
community, making them victims of social violence. Such incidents have not been
one-sided. There are reports of incidents happening from both sides and
allegations and counter-allegations. It has also come to light that some
incidents have been deliberately fabricated, while some others have been
published in a distorted manner,” he said.
RSS chief objected to incidents of mob violence being referred to as
“lynching”. “By branding such incidents by words like ‘lynching’, denoting
traditions which were alien to Bharat and belong elsewhere, efforts are
underway to defame our country and the entire Hindu society and create fear
among the so-called minority communities,” he said.
also spoke of a “conspiracy” by “so-called leaders” try to create confrontation
between communities by taking advantage of “provocative language and actions”.
He said, “Adequate laws exist in the country to curb such incidents. They must
be honestly and strictly implemented.”
was speaking against the backdrop of a blistering attack on RSS by Pakistan PM
Imran Khan, who, while addressing the UN General Assembly last month, had
dubbed the Sangh a racist organisation with a plan to engineer genocide to
establish Hindu hegemony.
Sangh chief said the RSS was firm about its view on India being a “Hindu
Rashtra”. “The vision and proclamation of the Sangh regarding the identity of
the nation, social identity of all of us, and the identity of the country’s
nature, are clear, well thought of and firm that Bharat is Hindustan, a Hindu
Rashtra,” he said. However, he added that RSS’s concept of who was a Hindu was
not limited to those practising a particular faith. He said a Hindu welcomed
religious plurality and left it for different people to decide their respective
ways to salvation.
rejected as “propaganda” Khan’s charge about RSS being Islamophobic. “It is
true that Islam came to India through some invaders and there had been some
battles, memories of which have lingered longer in minds. But still, it does
not mean that unifying Hindus is part of opposition to Islam,” he said.
spoke about growth in support for RSS, calling it “transformation in the
direction of the thought process of Bharat”, and said it has led to efforts to
create divisions by exploiting diversities of caste, creed, language and
region. He said, “Well-meaning policies, decisions and statements are being
exploited to create conflicts,” in what was seen as a reference to the recent
row over Hindi.
lavished praise on PM Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah and other members
of BJP for nullifying Article 370 and said the 2019 verdict in favour of the
ruling party was an endorsement of the performance of the Modi government in
the first five years. Referring to legislations nullifying Article 370, Bhagwat
said the re-elected government had once again proved that it had the courage to
fulfil expectations and respect people’s sentiments and wishes in the interest
of the country.
of Article 370 has been already in the thought of the ruling party. But this
time, by skillfully garnering the support of other parties in both Houses, with
strong logic and plea in consonance with public sentiment, the work was
accomplished, for which members of the ruling party, including the prime
minister and home minister, and other political parties who upheld the public
sentiments in Parliament deserve congratulations,” Bhagwat said.
the morning, Bhagwat performed ‘shastra puja’. HCL founder Shiv Nadar was the
chief guest at this year’s event. Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, V K Singh and
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis were among those present at the event.
restricts visas for Chinese officials over 'campaign to erase religion' in
US has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist party
officials accused of being involved in the mass internment of more than a
million Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang province.
restrictions, announced by the state department on Tuesday, come a day after
the US commerce department imposed export restrictions on US companies
preventing them from selling their products – particularly face recognition and
other surveillance technology – to 28 Chinese entities, including the Public
Security Bureau and firms involved in surveillance in Xinjiang.
has forcibly detained over one million Muslims in a brutal, systematic campaign
to erase religion and culture in Xinjiang. China must end its draconian
surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease
its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo,
said in a statement.
US punitive measures mark the first time China has been held to account
internationally for its programme of mass incarceration and persecution of
sanctions prompted a furious response from Beijing’s embassy in Washington,
which said that the US was using “the excuse of human rights” to interfere in
the China’s internal affairs.
a string of tweets the embassy said the move “seriously violates the basic
norms governing international relations, interferes in China’s internal affairs
and undermines China’s interests”.
embassy said: “The counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang
are aimed to eradicate the breeding soil of extremism and terrorism. They are
in line with Chinese laws and international practices, and are supported by all
25 million people of various ethnic groups in Xinjiang.”
the administration, the sanctions mark a victory for Pompeo, Vice-President
Mike Pence, the administration’s ambassador at large for international
religious freedom, Sam Brownback, and the new deputy national security adviser,
Matthew Pottinger, over the treasury secretary, Stephen Mnuchin.
reportedly argued against sanctions that would further derail difficult trade
talks. News of the sanctions drove stock prices lower on the assumption that it
would make a trade deal less likely.
Trump himself has sought to avoid direct criticism of the Chinese government
for its treatment of the country’s Muslims, as well as its attempts to crush
pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, so as to avoid a breakdown in his personal
relations with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
a meeting on religious freedom last month at the start of the UN general
assembly, scheduled at the same time as a global climate action summit, Trump
gave the keynote speech but did not mention China or the events in Xinjiang,
leaving it to Pence, Pompeo and Brownback.
fact that these long-planned measures have been taken may reflect Trump’s
awareness of his reliance on the religious wing of the Republican party for his
re-election bid next year.
state department announcement did not name the Chinese officials that had been
targeted, but officials had previously pointed to the Xinjiang party secretary,
Chen Quanguo, a member of the politburo.
to Kurds: We Paid You to Destroy ISIS, You’re on Your Own Now
clear that Donald Trump feels no remorse over his decision to abandon the U.S.
military’s Kurdish allies in Syria to make way for an attack from Turkey. The
White House announced late Sunday that U.S. troops will withdraw from northern
Syria and leave the Kurds, who have carried out the majority of the fighting
against ISIS and led the fight to take down the terror group’s “caliphate,” to
face an invasion from Turkey. Writing Monday morning, Trump more or less said
“tough luck” to the allies he’s abandoned, saying the Kurds “will now have to
figure the situation out.” He wrote: “The Kurds fought with us, but were paid
massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey
for decades. I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to
get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our
soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO
WIN.” The president added: “We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if
they come anywhere near us!”
Taliban commanders freed 'in swap for Indian hostages'
senior Taliban members have been released in exchange for three kidnapped
Indian engineers, sources in the militant group told the BBC.
11 Taliban reported freed included a member of the militant Haqqani group.
Indians released on Sunday were part of a group of seven engineers kidnapped
more than a year ago with their driver in northern Afghanistan.
news came after the Taliban were said to have met the US peace envoy for the
first time since talks collapsed.
Khalilzad reportedly met senior members of the group in Pakistan last week,
almost a month after President Donald Trump cancelled secret plans to host a
Taliban delegation in the US.
prisoner swap was one of the issues discussed at the meeting, sources told the
key Taliban figures were released from prison in Afghanistan, according to the
source within the militant group, including the former "shadow"
governor of Nimroz province.
New York Times reported that Abdul Rashid Baluch was previously listed as a
Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Treasury Department. He was
accused of deploying suicide bombers and helping finance the Taliban through
the drugs trade in Afghanistan.
second "shadow" governor for Kunar province, and a member of the
powerful Haqqani network, which is said to have been behind co-ordinated
attacks on both Afghan and Nato forces in recent years, were also said to be
among those released.
eight militants were freed as part of the deal, the Associated Press news
Taliban commanders had been held in the high-security prison at Bagram, reports
three Indian engineers have not been named. One of the hostages was released in
March this year, while the fate of the rest of their colleagues remained
was no immediate comment from the Afghan, US or Indian authorities.
group, who were working at a power station in the northern province of Baghlan,
were taken from a vehicle along with their colleagues and an Afghan driver in
are a serious problem in Afghanistan, where gangs or militant groups operate in
large areas of the country.
past makes Spain attractive for Pakistani tourists: Envoy
Ambassador of Spain Manuel Duran has said Spain and Pakistan have a lot in
Muslim past of Spain (Al-Andalus) makes our country a very attractive tourist
destination for Pakistanis and more and more Spaniards are coming to Pakistan
to discover the beauty of its mountains and landscapes.
two countries are willing to expand this good relationship by getting to know
each other better. We are organizing a beautiful concert for April 2020 in
which a Spanish flamenco group and Pakistani sufi performers will show everyone
how beautifully both styles go together,” said the Spanish ambassador in an interview
added, actually part of the flamenco tradition stems from Sindh and from the
soulful and very spiritual chants that can still be heard in that region. The
idea of melting together both styles proves that we have a lot of things in
common and that we should explore more into our two cultures and find the many
links that exist between them
and promoting cultural activities that bond our two nations are a both perfect
ways of strengthening our already solid ties.
talking about business ties, the ambassador said: “Our trade and economic
relations are doing very well.
interest towards Pakistan as a potential market for Spanish companies is
growing, and Pakistan is opening itself to our products and to possible
investors by facilitating their presence here.”
said Pakistan exports more than one billion to Spain, mostly textiles, while
Spain brings to Pakistan technology, tiles and olive oil. But there are several
projects in the making.
Spanish company might start manufacturing helmets here in Pakistan. They would
make the helmets according to the Pakistani regulations regarding the kind of
helmets required to drive a motorcycle.
would be a milestone for it would imply a direct investment in Pakistan. Other
companies are also exploring this market.
asked to comment on Pakistan’s investment climate the ambassador said, a lot of
progress has been made in the last five years, but there is still room for
cannot hide the fact that our trade volume plays in favour of Pakistan;
therefore I would like to increase the level of our exports to Pakistan. That
can be done , but for that to happen, Pakistan must ease the barriers that currently prevent many Spanish
products from entering Pakistan mainly the labeling of the product in Urdu and
the Halal requisite also on the labels.”
said consumer goods from Spain would be appreciated by the growing Pakistani
middle classes and Spanish technology can foster the development of Pakistan.
could be an example of this. “We are also ready to export items such as very
high quality bathroom equipment made with a very groundbreaking design.”
only the materials such as porcelain are really competitive, but also the
aluminum for the faucets and tubes. Kitchen equipment is also very competitive.
ambassador said Spain produced furniture with a modern design but a good price.
And of course, technology that can be applied to different industries already
operating in Pakistan, he added.
Has Begun Moving Xinjiang Muslim Detainees To Formal Prisons, Relatives Say
August, Aibota Zhanibek received a surprising call in Kazakhstan from a
relative through Chinese chat app WeChat. It was about her sister, Kunekai
35, a Kazakh citizen born in China, knew that Kunekai, 33, had been held for
about seven months in a detention camp in China's Shawan county, in the
northwestern region of Xinjiang. For six of those months, Kunekai was forced to
make towels and carpets for no pay, Aibota says. On the call, Aibota was told
that Kunekai had been released and assigned a job in Urumqi, the capital of
was the good news. But the relative also told Aibota Zhanibek that her
65-year-old mother, Nurzhada Zhumakhan, had been sentenced in June to 20 years
in Urumqi's No. 2 Women's Prison. According to a verdict sent to Zhanibek 's
relatives, Zhumakhan was guilty of "illegally using superstition to break
the rule of law" and "gathering chaos to disrupt social order."
Muslim Kazakhs, Zhanibek's mother and sister are among the targets of a
sprawling security operation by Chinese authorities. Human rights experts
estimate that 1.5 million Uighur Muslims and members of other ethnic minority
groups, including Chinese-born Kazakhs, have been detained in Xinjiang since
2016. Former detainees say that while in detention they were forced to memorize
Chinese communist propaganda and learn Mandarin and were occasionally violently
interrogated or beaten.
government has said the operations are part of a reeducation campaign and
defends its detentions and sophisticated surveillance system across Xinjiang as
necessary counterterrorism measures. Senior Xinjiang officials have said that
most of those brought to the centers have been returned to society. But
reporting suggests that these are not mere vocational training centers and that
detentions, surveillance — and worse — continue.
month in Kazakhstan, NPR interviewed 26 relatives of ethnic Kazakhs and Uighurs
currently detained or imprisoned in Xinjiang and five former detainees. They
said that rather than setting free reeducated citizens, the authorities have
been transferring many detainees to formal prisons. Those who have been
released remain under strict surveillance.
miss my mother," Zhanibek says in her home in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Since
this summer, twice a month, her relatives have been able to go to an Urumqi
police station and have video calls with her mother. Zhumakhan is nearly blind,
hairless and extremely thin since being detained on June 8, 2018, her relatives
still also worries about her sister, despite her release: "Nobody is in a
good situation. My sister has been released and has a job, but she still has no
freedom. She cannot go where she wants. How can you say things are getting
better?" she says.
people somehow related to religion"
courts have been sentencing detainees to lengthy prison terms — sometimes up to
20 years — in hasty trials where little but a verdict is presented, according
to relatives and an ex-detainee. The sentences overwhelmingly target citizens
with religious Muslim backgrounds; 23 of the 32 people sentenced in Xinjiang
recently were religious students, imams or people who prayed regularly,
according to their family members.
was a closed court trial. ... They just read the verdict to him, according to
his parents," Shakhidyam Memanova says of proceedings in May in which her
husband, Nuermaimaiti Maimaitiyiming, a Chinese-born Uighur, was sentenced to
17 years. He is now in prison in Xinyuan county.
night in May 2018, her husband, a carpet seller, was taken out in handcuffs and
a hood in front of their two young children. Memanova suspects it was because
he took Quranic classes when he was 14. But in the absence of any trial
documentation, neither she nor her husband's parents can be sure. Her in-laws
can video call with their son once a month at a police station, and what they
have described to her is not reassuring. "[Maimaitiyiming] looks very bad.
He has lost a lot of weight," Memanova says.
Aken, 27, is also being held in a Xinyuan county prison, sentenced last June to
15 years in prison for studying the Quran with an also-imprisoned imam named
Muhtourhan Kanodil, according to Aken's aunt, Gulbaran Omirali.
was 13 when he attended two months of religious courses," Omirali says.
"I do not understand why something so long ago and which was legal at the
time is now a crime."
are targeting people somehow related to religion," concludes Kassym
Tursynkan. His two younger brothers — Kasyem, an imam, and Karkyn, who prayed
regularly — were sentenced to 20 and 10 years, respectively, this summer and
are now being held in the northern Xinjiang city of Wusu.
believes his brothers were betrayed, particularly Kasyem the imam, who he says
was regularly praised by local religious authorities for upholding ethnic
harmony: "They were not extremists. They did what they were allowed to do
within the state limits."
detention centers have been outfitted with makeshift courts, according to
former detainees. Ergali Ermekuly was tried on April 7, 2018, in a detention
center court in Xinjiang's Huocheng county. He received a three-year sentence
based on evidence allegedly taken from his cellphone showing he had visited
Kazakhstan, downloaded WhatsApp and listened to audio describing China's
mosque-destruction campaign in Xinjiang. He was not allowed to see the evidence
did tell me I could hire a lawyer, but based on cases of other people in the
detention camp, those who hired lawyers were given longer sentences because it
was seen as a sign of opposition to the state," says Ermekuly, now living
was freed during an agreement between Kazakhstan and China to release 2,000
Chinese-born ethnic Kazakhs at the end of 2018. But he says his life has
already been destroyed. "I do not have a family, and I do not have my
home," Ermekuly, whose wife divorced him this year, says. "I came
back [to Kazakhstan], but I have nothing."
threatened my father"
relatives describe being able to contact their loved ones through video
monitors at local police stations, they say they have not been able to visit
them in prison. What little information they can glean from infrequent contact
suggests that those sent to Xinjiang's prisons are held in poor conditions.
Myrzan says her brother Bakytzhan, a former imam at a mosque in Xinjiang, was
sentenced in May to 14 years in prison in a closed trial with no relatives
present. The verdict was delivered by mail to his family.
says her brother was allowed one phone call from prison in Urumqi. "When
he finally called his wife, he sounded really faint. He could not even remember
his own name at first," Myrzan says.
family members of another prisoner in Wusu, Berzat Bolatkhan, have phoned
police repeatedly to find out why he was sentenced to 17 years in August.
threatened my father, saying, 'If you keep asking about your son, you will end
up the same way,' " Bolatkhan's brother Yerzat recalls.
tenders for Wusu prison show it underwent an expansion beginning in August
officials, however, say they are winding down the sprawling network of
people who received educational training returned to society and returned
home," Alken Tuniaz, the Xinjiang government's vice chairman, said at a
news briefing in July.
government's chairman, Shohrat Zakir, said about 90% of those released have
found "suitable jobs."
younger, well-educated detainees have been released and assigned to jobs, say
relatives. But once they leave detention, they remain closely monitored through
heavy state surveillance set up in the region.
Razila Nural, an ethnic Kazakh woman, was forced to work in a textile factory
in Xinjiang after authorities deemed her fit for release from a detention
facility in August 2018. Since being released from the factory late last
December, Nural has effectively disappeared, says her mother.
last spoke to Razila this January and have not had contact since," says
her mother, Aiytkali Ganiguli. "She said, 'I am healthy. I am working now.
Do not believe fake media reports about my working in a black factory.' "
graduate student forced to work in a textile plant located within another
detention facility was allowed to resume his graduate studies this year — under
strict monitoring. "He is not permitted to travel anywhere except the
route from his home to his classes and back," says a relative in China who
did not provide a name for fear of retaliation from the authorities.
of Xinjiang residents describe how they are effectively under house arrest;
they must get permission to leave the township where their residency is
rules are enforced by a network of closed-circuit TV cameras, some equipped
with facial recognition. Relatives say the cameras can spot whether someone in
a household receives undeclared visitors, takes an unauthorized trip or turns
on the lights suspiciously early or late.
my mother left to attend a relative's funeral without public security
permission, and the public security bureau called my nephew within an hour to
have her come back. At checkpoints, her identification card sets off alarms.
She is 80 years old," says Aydarhan Salamat. She thinks her mother is
monitored because Salamat's aunt, Meniarbek Mariya, 46, is being held in a prison
in the Xinjiang county of Yining for an unknown length of time.
nondetained Xinjiang residents who have relatives in detention or who have been
previously detained have to check in with local administrative offices to
report their movements.
day, my brother still has to go to ideology classes at the local government
office to rid him of religious thoughts," says the brother of a Muslim
former detainee living in the city of Hami, Xinjiang. He withheld both their
names because he still lives in China and risks detention for speaking to a
state control covers all spheres of life in Xinjiang. Kunekai Zhanibek, the
woman released in August and assigned a job in Urumqi, "got married
recently but had to ask for state permission beforehand," says her sister
Aibota. "Can you imagine having to ask for permission about such a
in exchange for good PR
in Kazakhstan desperate to learn more about loved ones in China are turning to
a new potential source of information: the slow trickle of ethnic Kazakhs born
in Xinjiang who can now get Chinese passports to travel to Kazakhstan.
forbidden from traveling abroad, some of Xinjiang's ethnic Kazakh residents
have even been able to procure Chinese passports this year to visit relatives
in Kazakhstan for one month at a time. As a condition for the passports, the
residents are told by local authorities to share only positive news about the
region. Travelers must name guarantors in China, such as friends or relatives,
who are punished if the travelers don't return or if they meet people they
aren't supposed to.
you don't return, the guarantors will suffer," says Gulserik Kazykhan. Her
brother-in-law Raman uly Zahrkyn was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in February for
praying and for donating to his local mosque. He is being held in Wusu's
prison. She finally learned of uly Zahrkyn's fate this May from relatives
living in China who visited her in Kazakhstan. They stayed for a month before
they were forced to return to Xinjiang.
to passports still appears strictly controlled. "There are three people
from the village who can go abroad for a month, and they take turns," says
Aitalim, who goes by one name. From his fellow village residents, Aitalim learned
that his cousin Aiturgan Turlan, a former religious affairs state employee,
remains detained in Xinjiang's Zhaosu county for allowing a local mosque to be
built too large.
Naruzibieke is seeking information about the condition of her cousin Bayimulati
Naruzibieke, sentenced to a decade in prison this summer and now held in the
military garrison city of Shihezi.
Naruzibieke has had a hard time persuading relatives from Xinjiang to talk to
her. "My relatives are terrified to talk because there was an imam in my
family who is now in Kazakhstan — he didn't come back from a trip
[there]," she says. As punishment, the imam's guarantor, his daughter
Saule, was briefly placed in a detention camp last year.
control over Xinjiang residents extends internationally, says Ainur Turlyqozha,
who lives in a village outside Almaty. Her younger brother Baiasyl disappeared
into the detention system in October 2018. Turlyqozha heard he had been
sentenced to prison, but she could not get confirmation from relatives who
recently visited Almaty.
relative even came just five days ago," says Turlyqozha. "But when
they come, they will not answer my questions about my brother. They just say
vaguely, 'We have heard of something like this.' "
Syrian Democratic Forces consider cooperation with Syria’s al-Assad
of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are considering a partnership
with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ahead of Turkey’s imminent invasion of
are now looking into all options to deter a Turkish attack, including
communicating with Moscow and Damascus in the event that there is an American
void,” said a Syrian Kurdish official in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya
potential collaboration between the SDF and al-Assad would be an alliance of
convenience against Ankara. The two parties are not allied but have previously
cooperated in the fight against ISIS in SDF-controlled northeast Syria.
possible cooperation follows US President Donald Trump’s order on Sunday for
American troops to withdraw from northern Syria, a decision that enables Turkey
to attack Kurdish forces inside Syria.
considers the SDF as an enemy due to its links with the Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK), a Kurdish organization based in Turkey which has fought the Ankara
government for Kurdish independence.
order will remove the buffer of US troops preventing a Turkish assault on
SDF-controlled territory. The order came into effect Monday with about 50 to
100 US special operators pulling out of the area.
Turkish military carried out strikes overnight on Monday, targeting the
Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce
northeast Syria, according to two unnamed Turkish officials cited by Reuters.
to Reuters, Ankara aims to drive out Kurdish forces from northeastern Syria and
create a space to resettle the two million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey.
SDF, with help of the US-led coalition, has spent years gaining ground in
northern and eastern Syria against ISIS.
political and military experts have expressed fear that pulling out troops
would mean a possible resurgence of ISIS and would be a betrayal to the Kurds.
[The US] want to prevent an attack on the Kurds, who have fought against ISIS
and now face the possibility of Turkish incursion or perhaps an attack by the
regime,” International Crisis Group CEO Rob Malley told Al Arabiya English in
an interview last month.
US General Jack Keane called the withdrawal a “betrayal” of the Kurds and “a
strategic blunder that will have significant implications,” during an interview
with Fox News on Monday.
Donald Trump responded to the criticism on Tuesday insisting that the US has
not “abandoned the Kurds.”
may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the
Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters,” Trump tweeted.
day before, Trump had threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate” the
Turkish economy if Turkey took any action he considered “off limits.”
Kurds are an ethnic group who live primarily in northern Syria and Iraq,
western Iran, and eastern Turkey. They were promised their own country after
World War I by the Western allies, but that promise was not fulfilled after the
modern state of Turkey was established in 1923.
police forces operate large secret database targeting minorities
the latest scandal to hit the UK’s core counter-terrorism strategy, known as
Prevent, it has been revealed that counter-terror police across Britain have
been running a secret database containing details of all Prevent referrals.
National Police Prevent Case Management database is owned and managed by the
national counter-terrorism policing headquarters. The database is readily
accessible by all police forces in the UK and the Home Office.
latest revelation has raised concerns amongst privacy campaigners who fear that
the database not only infringes privacy rights, but that more worryingly it
disproportionately targets minority groups.
Bradley, who is policy and campaigns manager for the human rights group,
Liberty, told the Guardian on Sunday that: “This secret database isn’t about
keeping us safe. It’s about keeping tabs on and controlling people –
particularly minority communities and political activists”.
in early 2003, Prevent is one of four strands of CONTEST, the UK’s overarching
counter-terrorism strategy. The other strands are Pursue, Protect and Prepare.
operates in the pre-criminal space, that is well before individuals, deemed to
be at risk of exposure to so-called radicalization and extremism, have crossed
the threshold into criminal behaviour.
has been controversial from the outset as it has been perceived to target ideas
and ideology, as opposed to troublesome behaviour.
controversy escalated when Prevent was placed on a statutory footing in
February 2015 following the ratification of the Counter-Terrorism and Security
statutory classification placed a duty on local authorities, schools, NHS
trusts and prisons to report concerns about individuals perceived to be at risk
of embracing so-called extremist or radical ideologies.
recent years tens of thousands of people have been referred to the Prevent
programme, with Home Office data indicating that 7,318 people were referred in
of this large group only 394 persons were put on the so-called Channel process,
which provides specialist support to individuals deemed to be at risk of
getting drawn into terrorist activity.
investigative report by the Financial Times, on January 24, 2019, reveals in
rich detail how the Prevent programme penetrates Muslim communities across the
country as part of a wide-ranging effort to identify and engage so-called
radicals and extremists.
The Independent reported back in November 2017 that British Muslim children as
young as nine were being referred to the Prevent programme.
Silence Us": New Letter Slams Sedition Case Against Celebrities
Over 180 public personalities, including actor Naseeruddin Shah and historian
Romila Thapar, have come out against a police complaint lodged against 49
celebrities over an open letter they had written to Prime Minister Narendra
Modi three months ago.
the letter released on Monday, the signatories questioned how writing an open
letter to the prime minister could amount to sedition. "An FIR has been
lodged against 49 of our colleagues in the cultural community simply because
they fulfilled their duty as respected members of civil society by expressing
concern about mob lynching in our country," it questioned, wondering if
this does not amount to "harassment by misusing the courts to silence
object of contention was a complaint filed in Bihar's Muzaffarpur against
several personalities such as filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan and
writer-columnist Ramchandra Guha over a letter they wrote to PM Modi in July
over growing incidents of mob lynching in the country. They were charged with
sedition, among other offences.
of the new letter, including writers Ashok Vajpeyi and Jerry Pinto, academician
Ira Bhaskar, poet Jeet Thayil, author Shamsul Islam, musician TM Krishna and
filmmaker-activist Saba Dewan, promised to continue speaking up against the
silencing of "people's voices".
of us, as members of the Indian cultural community, as citizens of conscience,
condemn such harassment. We do more: we endorse every word of the letter our
colleagues wrote to the Prime Minister, and that is why we share their letter
here once again and appeal to cultural, academic and legal communities to do
the same. This is why more of us will speak every day. Against mob lynching.
Against the silencing of people's voices. Against the misuse of courts to
harass citizens," the letter added.
FIR was lodged on October 3 under several sections of the Indian Penal Code,
including those related to sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious
feelings with an intent to provoke breach of peace. The 49 personalities -
including filmmakers Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, Shyam Benegal, actor Soumitra
Chatterjee and vocalist Shubha Mudgal - were also accused of "tarnishing
the image of the country, undermining the impressive performance of the Prime
Minister, and supporting secessionist tendencies".
Bihar police maintains that there is no reason for concern as far as the
complaint is concerned. "We have taken cognizance of this matter and
whatever FIR was filed, it was on the local CJM (chief Judicial Magistrate)
court's order. I can assure you that an investigation will be done as per the
order, and there's no cause of worry or panic," Bihar police chief
Guptesvar Pandey told NDTV a few days ago.
al Qaeda chief of subcontinent killed in US-Afghan raid: Report
Asim Umar, the chief of the Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has
been killed during a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban hideout in Afghanistan's
Helmand province, Afghan officials said on Tuesday.
leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had announced the formation of the AQIS to take the
fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh in a video message in September 2014.
who led the AQIS from its formation in 2014, was killed during a joint
US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province
on September 23, Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security said.
said Omar was killed along with six other AQIS members, most of them Pakistani.
Among them was Raihan, Umar's courier to Al-Zawahiri.
had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa
Qala," the NDS said in a statement.
who was in early 40s, was designated as a "global terrorist" by the
US which placed the AQIS on the list of "foreign terrorist
organisation" in 2016.
was former member of US designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation Harakat
ul-Mujahidin - a Pakistan-based terrorist group with branches across the Indian
who was born as Sana-Ul Haq in Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, reportedly graduated
from Darul Uloom seminary in Deoband in 1991. He later travelled to Pakistan
where he studied at the Darul Uloom Haqqania Nowshera, the seminary which is
dubbed as the 'University of Jihad'.
AQIS claimed responsibility for the September 6, 2014 attack on a naval
dockyard in Karachi, in which militants attempted to hijack a Pakistani Navy
has also claimed responsibility for the murders of activists and writers in
Bangladesh, including that of US citizen Avijit Roy, US Embassy local employee
Xulhaz Mannan, and of Bangladeshi nationals Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Ahmed Rajib
Haideer and AKM Shafiul Islam.
Saifuddin Kitchlew, the freedom fighter who is hailed as the hero of
Delhi: Dr Saifuddin Kitchlew, a frontline freedom fighter, an advocate of
Hindu-Muslim unity and a barrister, is remembered today as the face of the
protests against the Rowlatt Act that the British passed exactly 100 years ago,
was also an educationist who played a major role in the founding of Delhi’s
Jamia Millia Islamia University. Kitchlew was the guiding force behind the
Naujawan Bharat Sabha, an organisation founded by Sardar Bhagat Singh in 1926.
to nationalist movement
was born in 1888 in a Kashmiri family of businessmen and government servants. A
student of sharp intellect, Kitchlew completed his bachelor’s from Cambridge
University and obtained his PhD from Germany. He then returned to Amritsar and
started practicing law.
revolutionary aspirations dated back to his Cambridge days, when he actively
participated in majlis, a society formed by Indian students to discuss India’s
colonial woes. It was through these meetings that he met India’s future prime
minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Kitchlew (Dr Kitchlew’s grandson) writes in his book Freedom Fighter — The
Story of Dr Saifuddin Kitchlew, “It was at Cambridge where certain socialistic
ideas of Kitchlew were developed… he had always been fascinated by the French
Revolution. He read books on these themes, which excited in him a kind of
admiration for nationalism and freedom movements.”
was deeply influenced by Mohandas Gandhi and the national movement and left his
legal practice to join the same.
Act and Jallianwala Bagh
March 1919, the Imperial Legislative Council passed the Rowlatt Act, which gave
constitutional legitimacy to wartime emergency measures. It empowered the
government to gag the press at will, make arrests without warrants and detain
political suspects without evidence.
broke out throughout the country against the draconian Act. Kitchlew urged for
hartal or general strike, urging people to suspend businesses and take part in
non-violent satyagraha against the British government.
appeal generated great enthusiasm among the people of Punjab. Around 30,000
people attended his public meeting on 30 March 1919, where Kitchlew’s eloquence
gripped the vast audience.
message of Mahatma Gandhi has been read to you. All citizens should be prepared
for resistance. This does not mean that this sacred town or country should be
flooded with blood. The resistance should be a passive one. Do not use harsh
words in respect of any policeman or traitor which might cause him pain or lead
to the possibility of a breach of peace.”
9 April 1919, Kitchlew and Dr Satyapal helmed an anti-government procession
that progressed through the heart of Amritsar. The two leaders were arrested,
and interned in Dharamsala.
a few days later, on that fateful Baisakhi day of 13 April 1919,
Brigadier-General Dyer and his troops fired 1,650 rounds of bullets at a
peaceful crowd, killing at least 500-600.
government released Kitchlew in December 1919.
Kitchlew notes, “As soon as Kitchlew came out of the prison, a huge crowd
gathered in Amritsar and took a historic procession through the city carrying
Kitchlew on their shoulders.”
was appointed chief of the All India Khilafat Committee, whose ideal was
pan-Islamism — that all Muslims in India recognise The Caliph of Turkey as
their mentor. After Turkey decided to form its government on secular lines, the
movement in India failed.
understood the futility of pan-Islamism and became committed to the cause of
united nationalism in an atmosphere charged with communal hostility. He
maintained that India’s greatest enemy was British imperialism and only united
action could defeat it. He strongly
opposed the idea of partition along religious lines. He argued that a divided
India would only debilitate the Muslim cause, in terms of its political
emancipation and economic prosperity.
Nehru and Kitchlew believed in Poorna Swaraj or complete self-rule. F.Z.
Kitchlew writes, “He was of the opinion that Indian freedom could only be
attained through India’s own efforts. According to him, the history of nations
that have attained their freedom tell us that self-reliance. self-sacrifice and
sufferings are the only road to freedom.”
aftermath of the Khilafat movement was disastrous for Hindu-Muslim unity.
Gandhi, Nehru, Kitchlew and others struggled to bridge that chasm but the
damage could never be fully reversed. In fact, the Muslim League became
disillusioned with Gandhi and the Congress agenda, ultimately leading to the
partition of India on religious lines.
nevertheless, played a major role in alleviating the tensions, although he
wasn’t spared himself. His home in Amritsar was burned to ashes during the
communal violence of 1947 and he was forced to take refuge in Delhi, along with
his son Taufique Kitchlew, who returned to Amritsar, had to leave his
birthplace, since no one was willing to give shelter to a Muslim.
Hotel Denies Accommodation to Unmarried Interfaith Couple
A Muslim man and a Hindu woman were not allowed to check into a hotel in Jaipur
that they had booked online, after the hotel staff ‘identified’ their religion.
The couple was told that the local police had specifically ordered the hotel to
deny entry to ‘unmarried couples’ from different religions.
man, a resident of Rajasthan, was in the capital city of Jaipur for work. He
had booked a room for two on Goibibo, an online travel booking app. When he
reached the OYO Silverkey 39701 hotel in the Tonk Phatak area on Saturday, he
was asked to present his identity card.
had reached the hotel alone earlier. While checking-in, the receptionist asked
me for the name of the other person who would be accompanying me. From the
name, she quickly figured out that my friend is a Hindu,” the Muslim man told
told me, ‘This is not going to happen. We can’t allow you a room here since you
two hail from different religions,'” he said.
man tried to convince the hotel that there is no such rule that bars two adults
from staying together, either on the hotel website or the constitution of
India. However, the hotel maintained that the local police had given strict
orders to them to not permit interfaith couples.
to The Wire, OYO Silverkey 39701 hotel manager Govardhan admitted that the
hotel had denied entry to the couple, “We politely explained the instructions
from local police to not allow interfaith couples in the hotel to the customer.
We even helped them book a room at another property. If the couple [interfaith]
can present their marriage certificate to us, we have no issue with giving them
manager also admitted that the hotel had denied entry to another interfaith
couple two months ago. “This was not the first time that we stopped an
interfaith couple from staying together in the hotel. Earlier, a Hindu woman
had checked into the hotel and then her Muslim friend arrived. We had a lot of
trouble handing the matter then,” he added.
the police have denied the allegations made by the hotel. In a statement to the
Indian Express, commissioner of police Anand Shrivastava said, “No such instructions,
either written or verbal, have been issued. They are merely misusing the name
of the department.”
Godara, sub-inspector at the Bajaj Nagar police station in Jaipur said that the
hotels had made such guidelines by themselves. “There is only a general rule to
not allow any suspects but we haven’t issued any order restricting interfaith
couples in the hotels. If the hotels are doing so, it is their own mentality.
Our seniors will take action against the hotel owners for misusing our name,”
he told The Wire.
couple said that it was for the first time in their decade-old relationship
that they had been questioned on the grounds of their religions. “The whole
system is flawed. I don’t understand how can the police issue orders governing
what adults can do or not do? It’s so strange that the hotel has no issues with
the unmarried couple from the same religion staying together,” the man said.
the matter came to light, the man was compensated by the travel booking
service. “They paid the entire amount back to me and even booked a room at a
different property although that hotel was of inferior quality than what I had
previously booked. One thing is clear, if they are compensating me that means
they were wrong.”
to Express, OYO Hotels and Homes said, “We have initiated an inquiry into the
manger’s actions which resulted in the inconvenience caused to the customer. We
sincerely apologise for this unfortunate experience.”
snubs Imran Khan, says resolve J&K bilaterally
In what is being seen as a snub to the visiting Pakistan PM Imran Khan, China
on Tuesday significantly modified its position on the Kashmir dispute by
omitting its recent references to the UN charter and Security Council
resolutions to the issue and stressing that New Delhi and Islamabad should take
the bilateral route to resolve all disputes.
call on India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue and consultation on all
issues, including the Kashmir issue, and consolidate mutual trust. This is in
line with interest of both countries and common aspiration of the world,”
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Tuesday.
statement, coming ahead of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to India, which
is expected to take place between October 11 and 13, is a departure from the
position that Beijing took when Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
had visited China post-nullification of Articles 370 and 35A. Qureshi’s Chinese
counterpart Wang Yi had then said: “It (Kashmir issue) should be properly and
peacefully resolved based on the UN charter, relevant UN Security Council
resolutions and bilateral agreement.” In fact, China had maintained that
position at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Kashmir, which ended
without any outcome.
on Tuesday, China indicated that it was ready to go back to its pre-August 5
position when it had held that the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally
between India and Pakistan. The omission of references to the UN charter and
Security Council resolutions particularly assume significance at a time when
Imran Khan and Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa are in Beijing to meet
Xi and other Chinese leaders. By changing its position, China seems to be in
agreement with the Indian stand that there should be no third-party mediation
on the Kashmir issue. “China’s position on Kashmir issue is clear and
consistent,” Geng emphasized.
Beijing’s changed position, observers said supporting Pakistan’s position on
Kashmir might make it difficult for Xi to make his India visit successful.
Also, by changing its position, China is trying to soften Pakistan’s rhetoric
on the Kashmir issue. Beijing’s show of neutrality comes in the midst of
Pakistan asking China to take a tough stand against India on the Kashmir issue.
Beijing has not yet formally announced Xi’s visit to India. It has called a
press conference on Wednesday to discuss the President’s “outbound tour” where
the announcement might be made. Referring to Modi’s visit to the Chinese city
of Wuhan which hosted an informal summit between him and Xi, Geng said: “Both
(India and China) are major developing countries of the world and major
emerging markets. Since the Wuhan informal summit, our bilateral relations have
gathered good momentum. We have been advancing our cooperation and properly
managing our differences.”
have a tradition of high-level exchange and our two sides are maintaining
communication on high-level exchange in the next phase. We should make a good
atmosphere and environment for this,” he added.
about Imran Khan’s visit, Geng said, “We have a good tradition of close
exchange and communication. We have strategic mutual trust and advancing
practical cooperation. Our cooperation in the China-Pakistan Economic
Cooperation (CPEC) is bringing more outcomes to our peoples.”
expects to use 'huge opportunities' to expand India-UK relations post Brexit:
Lord Tariq Ahmad
Brexit, the UK expects to use the "huge opportunities" to expand
India-UK relations, says Lord Tariq Ahmad, UK Minister of State for the
Commonwealth, UN and South Asia.
his first visit to India, Ahmad, whose parents were both born in India, said
the "special" UK-India relationship goes further because of the
strength of the diaspora.
to TOI, Lord Ahmad said, "Prime Minister Johnson absolutely gets it. By
that, I mean he’s absolutely passionate about India and I’m sure you will find
that post-Brexit, India is very much high up on his priorities list."
relationship, he said, is already on a sound footing but, "Brexit allows
us huge opportunities to expand our opportunities, not just in terms of trade,
which is important, but also to improve our relations in all sectors — culture,
heritage. What is the distinct British Indian advantage that we have? The
diaspora. The diaspora provides huge opportunities — those that live and work
in the UK, and those that are keen to work in tandem for the benefit of both
countries. The prosperity agenda is immense."
recent attacks on the Indian high commission by Pakistani-Britons have caused a
wrinkle in the relationship.
that, Ahmad said, "its regrettable that the last incident resulted in some
property vandalism. We do take that seriously. These acts of violence causes
deep concern. We have to balance the right to protest which is legitimate, but
at the same time ensure the protection of premises and of people. We take that
very seriously. This incident was highly regretable. I have met the high
commissioner since. We have taken measures to tighten security, also to see
that those who are not protesting, but inciting violence, they are dealt with
severely and according to our laws. Certain arrests were made in respect of the
latest incident. Let me assure you that we take this very seriously.”
how things will change after Brexit, he said, "Certainly on trade. No
longer will this be something that we will be negotiating and working in a
cohort of 28. There is opportunity to far expand the work we’re doing in every
sector on a bilateral basis. That means deals and free trade agreements can be
worked through much quicker. The issues are reflective of our bilateral
priorities and also in terms of their trade and prosperity agenda.”
UK was the biggest stumbling block to a services agreement with India. Will
that attitude change after Brexit? Ahmad said, its a two way process, the
sharing of skill sets from India to the UK and the sharing of knowledge from UK
is a substantial increase in students studying and there is good reason for
that - the reason is common culture, heritage , common systems. we want to
attract the best and brightest, but we want to go one step further. Its also an
opportunity for British students, who've completed their bachelor's degree in
the UK to be able to come to Indian universities. The key is to not look at
this as a one-way street. I think there is a huge scope, and look at it in a
holistic, bilateral way.”
he said, comes through on new areas, such as technology, climate change etc, finance
operation launched after drones spotted along India-Pakistan border in Punjab
A search operation was launched in the region after a drone was spotted by BSF
on Monday night near HK tower Hussainiwala border here.
spotted the drones last night. Initially, the drone was seen flying on the
other side of border but later it was also spotted entering the Indian side.
Out SWAT team and BSF are involved in the search operation", Deputy
Superintendent of Police, Sukhvinder Singh told ANI.
also stated that search operation was carried throughout the night and
intelligence inputs will be used to ascertain more information about the
operations were carried out at night as well and we are doing them again now.
We will be using intelligence inputs to ascertain which side the drone came
from," Singh said.
drone was seen flying from the Pakistan side of the border from 10 pm to 10:40
pm and it crossed the Indian border at 12:25 am. Later, BSF officials informed
their seniors and Punjab Police.
month, Punjab Police had launched a probe to account for the weapons
consignment apparently smuggled into India from Pakistan across the border by
the two drones recovered near the India-Pakistan border over the period of last
LeT militants killed in south Kashmir’s Awantipora
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists were killed and a civilian injured in an
encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday,
said that security forces had launched a search operation late Monday night
near Kawni area of Awantipora after being tipped off about the presence of
the search operation, the hiding terrorist fired on the search party. The fire
was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, one terrorist
was killed and the body was retrieved from the site of encounter,” a police
the evening, Kashmir police tweeted that two militants have been killed in the
encounter and arms and ammunition have been recovered from the slain men.
police official of Awantipora said that the encounter took place in an orchard
where one of the militants was killed in wee hours and another in the evening.
two slain militants have been identified as Ufaid Lone and Mohammad Abbas, both
locals and members of Lashkar-e-Toiba.
of police, Tahir Saleem said that there were two militants in the area. “While
Lone was killed in the orchard, another fled away and entered a house which was
immediately cordoned,” Saleem said.
was killed later in the day while a civilian Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was also hit
near the site of the encounter.
civilian was lying there for some 30 minutes and we retrieved him with much
difficulty and took him to hospital,” said another police officer. He has been
shifted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar.
police spokesman said that Lone had a history of “terror crime” records since
2018. “Several terror crime cases were registered against him including two
grenade attack on security forces and the police, atrocities against civilians,
threatening, intimidation and beating of locals at Padagampora besides
enforcing shutdown of business establishments and forcible suspension of
transport facilities in the area,” the spokesman said.
forces have been involved in an anti-insurgency operation in the forests and
mountains of Ganderbal in central Kashmir since September 28. At least two
militants have been killed on two separate occasions since then. National
Security Advisor Ajit Doval had earlier asked security agencies to intensify
anti-militancy operations after reports of increase in infiltration attempts.
of police, Ganderbal, Khalil Poswal said that the ‘combing searches’ continue
in the area even today as the forces have used the services of paratroopers
wherever the terrain was tough.
combing searches are continuing even though two militants have been killed who
appear to be infiltrators. We suspect two more militants in the area. At the
places where the terrain is tough, the paratroopers are also air dropped,” he
Saturday, 14 people including two women and a traffic cop were injured in a
grenade attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Suspected militants had
lobbed a grenade near Anantnag deputy commissioner’s office in the morning
which exploded on the road.
the Centre revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 and put
the region under a security lockdown, six militants have been killed in Kashmir
including the two on Tuesday.
comparison, 30 militants were killed in various encounters with security forces
in the months of June and July during which 14 security forces also lost their
lives. Four militants and an army man were also killed in the first four days
Green Light to Turkey Raises Fears About ISIS Detainees
— President Trump’s sudden blessing of a Turkish military operation in northern
Syria and his announcement of an American troop withdrawal from that region
raised questions about the fate of thousands of Islamic State detainees that
the Turks’ targets, American-backed Syrian Kurds, have been holding in
makeshift wartime prisons.
Trump insisted that Turkey must assume responsibility for the captured ISIS
fighters and their families. But it is far from clear what will happen to them,
and a host of issues arose from Mr. Trump’s abrupt, if still murky, change in
is going on in northern Syria?
situation is deeply complicated. For now, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic
Forces control northern Syria. They have been the primary American ally inside
Syria in the war against the Islamic State, carrying out the brunt of the
ground-level fighting with support from American airstrikes and weapons. They
operate prisons where ISIS members are detained.
Kurds are menaced from the north by Turkey, which has been fighting separatist
Kurds inside its borders for years and considers the Syrian Kurds to be
terrorists, too. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, backed by
Russia, controls the southern part of the country and wants to eventually
retake it all, raising the possibility of a deal with the Kurds.
presence of American troops has helped maintain a fragile peace. But the White
House said that Mr. Trump has given a green light for a Turkish military
operation into northern Syria, and Mr. Trump said on Twitter that it was time
to pull out. “Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now
have to figure the situation out,” he said, “and what they want to do with the
captured ISIS fighters in their ‘neighborhood.’”
are the ISIS detainees?
Syrian Democratic Forces operate an archipelago of ad hoc wartime detention
sites for captive ISIS fighters, ranging from former schoolhouses in towns like
Ainissa and Kobane to a former Syrian government prison at Hasaka.
prisons hold about 11,000 men, of whom about 9,000 are locals — Syrians or
Iraqis — and about 2,000 come from some 50 other nations whose home governments
have been reluctant to repatriate them. They also operate camps for families
displaced by the conflict that hold tens of thousands of people, many of them
non-Syrian wives and children of Islamic State fighters.
Turkey attacks these Kurdish soldiers, there is a grave risk that the ISIS
fighters they guard will escape and return to the battlefield,” a bipartisan
group of lawmakers who recently visited the Middle East said in a joint
statement on Monday.
a Turkish invasion reach the prisons?
is one of many unknowns. An American-brokered plan in the works would create a
demilitarized “safe zone” a few miles deep along a roughly 78-mile portion of
the Syrian-Turkish border to reassure Turkey and forestall any military
conflict with the Kurds. That would not affect the Kurds’ ability to keep
running the prisons.
Mr. Erdogan, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly last month, has
instead pushed for a much longer and deeper zone. A broader invasion could
reach the prisons, and it would set off an armed conflict that could prompt the
Kurds to pull guards from prisons so they could instead join the fight.
“worst-case scenario” is that the Kurds are so frustrated and angered by the
United States’ action that “they decide to release wholesale some of the
detainees,” said Christopher P. Costa, a former senior director for
counterterrorism on Mr. Trump’s National Security Council who now heads the
International Spy Museum.
Turkey planning to take custody of ISIS prisoners?
was not clear. The White House said Turkey would “now be responsible for all
ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.” But Turkey has
given no public sign that it has agreed to take over that headache.
now at least, the Kurds have told American officials that they will continue to
hold the ISIS detainees. But a senior State Department official acknowledged
that the best-trained guards could be pulled away in the event of a conflict
with Turkey, calling it a “big concern” that some ISIS fighters could go free.
hard to imagine Turkey has the capacity to handle securely and appropriately
the detainees long held by the Syrian Kurds — and that’s if Turkey even
genuinely intends to try,” said Joshua A. Geltzer, a former senior director for
counterterrorism at the National Security Council in the Obama administration.
did Trump complain about Europeans?
Kurds have implored countries around the world to take back their citizens who
fought for the Islamic State and were captured. But that idea is politically
unpopular in many European countries. Mr. Trump is correct that nations like
Belgium, Britain, France and Germany have been largely content to let the Kurds
bear the burden of detaining their citizens — particularly the male fighters.
European law enforcement officials fear that if they repatriate their extremist
citizens, they would be unable to convict them or keep them locked up for a
long time. European counterterrorism laws are weaker than those in the United
States, where a conviction merely for joining a designated terrorist group can
yield a 15-year prison sentence.
Mr. Trump was wrong when he also said that the captured ISIS fighters were
“mostly from Europe.” While scores of the imprisoned men have European
citizenship, far more come from other countries that are part of the Muslim
world — like Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, to say nothing of the thousands of local
Syrians and Iraqis.
about the ‘Beatles’?
many other countries, the United States has taken its citizens off the Kurds’
hands. But there are two British detainees still in Kurdish custody whom the
United States has a particular interest in keeping locked up: El Shafee
Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey.
are two of the so-called Beatles, a four-member cell of British ISIS members
who tortured and murdered Western hostages, including James Foley, the American
journalist who was beheaded in August 2014 for an ISIS propaganda video.
Another member of the cell, who was later killed in a drone strike, is believed
to have killed Mr. Foley.
Justice Department intends to eventually bring them to the Eastern District of
Virginia for trial, but a court fight in Britain has delayed that transfer. The
lawsuit is over whether the British government may share evidence with the
United States without an assurance that American prosecutors will not seek the
a good day for the Beatles,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican
who is normally a staunch Trump ally but who denounced the president’s move as
“complete chaos” and “a disaster.” In a phone interview, Mr. Graham vowed to
lead a congressional vote to try to impose sanctions on Turkey if it invades
northern Syria, despite Mr. Trump’s acquiescence.
Schmitt and Lara Jakes contributed reporting.
Savage is a Washington-based national security and legal policy correspondent.
A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, he previously worked at The Boston Globe and
The Miami Herald. His most recent book is “Power Wars: The Relentless Rise of
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Call to Leave Syria Draws Fire From GOP Allies
Dion Nissenbaum and Gordon Lubold
Oct. 7, 2019
Trump’s latest move to end U.S. involvement in Syria drew a burst of
condemnation from dedicated supporters, who warned that abandoning a key ally,
the Kurds, and walking away from the fight against Islamic State would cause
irreparable damage to U.S. interests.
leaders including GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and top
Democrats sharply criticized Mr. Trump’s decision. Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R., Ky.) urged Mr. Trump to “exercise American leadership” and keep
Says Trump’s ‘Biggest Lie’ Is of Islamic State’s Defeat
Jennifer A Dlouhy and Glen Carey
of Donald Trump’s biggest defenders in Congress rebuked the president’s
decision to step aside from Kurdish allies in Syria while Turkey’s military advances,
saying it would result in the re-emergence of ISIS.
doesn't want to confront NATO ally Turkey: Expert
Binnur Dönmez, Vakkas Dogantekin
U.S. administration has concluded that it would be "absurd" to get
into a confrontation with Turkey, a political analyst said Monday, after
President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to pull back American troops
believe from both a political point of view and cost-benefit analysis, the U.S.
administration came to the conclusion that it would be absurd to get into a
confrontation with NATO ally and long-term partner Turkey and sacrifice Ankara
for the sake of a tactical partnership with the Syrian branch of the PKK
[YPG]," Dr. Ali Bakeer, a political analyst and consultant, told Anadolu
who obtained a PhD from Beirut Arab University, stressed that Turkey will carry
out a "gradual" operation to clear areas close to the border of
YPG/PKK elements without going deeper to achieve two main goals: "driving
the YPG threat from its borders and securing the return of some refugees to
their hometowns and lands in the north."
said there is one "unfavorable scenario," which is the YPG/PKK giving
the areas it controls back to the Bashar al-Assad regime before the Turkish
whether the U.S. pullback could bring the YPG closer to Assad or Iran, Bakeer
said "all scenarios are possible."
YPG never opposed the Assad regime and at certain points even kept good
relations with Iran," he said. "So it would not be a surprise if the
YPG strengthened its relations with Assad."
Assad regime was the "de-facto founder" of the Syrian branch of the
PKK when it hosted, supported and used Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of
the PKK terrorist group, against Turkey, Bakeer said.
used the YPG later against Ankara at the beginning of the Syrian
revolution," he added.
said he does not think Russia or Iran will participate in efforts to stop
Turkey's operation in Syria, adding the role of two countries in the region is
to "help Assad gain more control of Syrian lands."
Russia would be interested later in brokering a deal with the YPG, but as I
said before, it is still early to foresee how things will emerge," he
underlined that the "best option" for the YPG/PKK is to dissolve
itself, surrender its weapons and turn into a political party.
added the way is to do that is "legitimize itself, join the political
process, stop being a tool of Assad, pave the way for long-term sustainable
relations with Turkey and bring benefits to northern Syria."
United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days; that was many years ago.
We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight,"
Trump tweeted earlier, referring to the U.S. presence in the region to fight
reiterated that he is pulling U.S. troops from conflict zones where there are
no national interests.
WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe,
Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation
out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their 'neighborhood',"
also warned Turkey ahead of the planned operation in the country's northeast,
saying there would be economic consequences if it does anything "off
has long called for the U.S. to partner with it in the fight against Daesh, a
terrorist group Ankara has worked to root out, arresting and deporting its
members within Turkey.
2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern
Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it
possible for nearly 400,000 Syrians who fled the violence to return home to
strategic coordination with American officials, the YPG re-branded itself as
the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in July 2017 to dissociate itself with the
PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the
says 'not siding with anybody' on Syria
President Donald Trump said Monday he was not "siding with anybody"
on Syria after his decision to pull back troops.
am not siding with anybody. We've been in Syria for many years. Syria was
supposed to be a short-term hit. We were supposed to be in and out," Trump
said during a press conference at the White House, adding he has "a good
relationship" with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
has been facing mounting pressure in Washington after the White House announced
late Sunday that the U.S. would pull back its forces in Syria ahead of a
"long-planned" Turkish operation.
Trump administration has ruled out any U.S. support for the operation, and in
the face of significant pushback, the president vowed "if Turkey does
anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I
will totally destroy and obliterate the economy of Turkey."
his remarks, the U.S. president said there were just 50 troops in the area where
Ankara was planning to carry out the operation and did not want them to get
think there is a lot of pressure on Turkey. They have been fighting with the
PKK for many years," said Trump, adding the former Obama administration
started the dispute and "natural war" between Turkey and the PKK,
senior administration official speaking to reporters denied suggestions that
Trump acted on the request of anyone, emphasizing the president's priority has
been the protection of U.S. forces.
official further said the U.S. will not engage with Turkey militarily, noting
Washington "is not in a position to, and will not be in a position to,
fight Turkey over any actions that it takes with respect to Syria."
no green light. We're protecting our troops, and the president's made it very
clear, that there should be no untoward actions with respect to the Kurds or
anyone else," he said.
has long called for the U.S. to partner with it in the fight against Daesh, a
terrorist group Ankara has worked to root out, arresting and deporting its
members within Turkey.
calls on Iraqi prime minister to contain violence and reform
United States Secretary of State has called Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel
Mahdi and urged him to limit bloodshed as mass demonstrations demanding
political reform rage on in Baghdad.
than 110 people have been killed and over 6,000 wounded in just over a week as
street demonstrations in central and southern Iraq have been met by a heavy
response from authorities and pro-Iranian militias.
of State Mike Pompeo telephoned Mr Adel Mahdi, “lamented the tragic loss of
life over the past few days and urged the Iraqi government to exercise maximum
restraint," the State Department said overnight Tuesday.
Pompeo urged Mr Abdel Mahdi "to take immediate steps to address the
protesters' grievances by enacting reforms and tackling corruption," it
two officials spoke recently, it said in a statement, but did not mention the
Abdel Mahdi released a 13-point plan for jobs, training and welfare for
unemployed youth on Tuesday but the move is being seen by many as too little
too late and is unlikely to ease public anger.
a cabinet meeting, the prime minister posted his reforms on social media,
although most Iraqis have been cut off from the internet and social media for
Baghdad, questions are being raised as to the extent of the prime minister’s
authority as police and the military admitted earlier this week that excessive
force has been used on protesters.
thinks the executive branch, including the commander in chief, really are
controlling the armed forces should come up with a proof,” said Kamran
Karadaghi, a former aide to the late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Barham Salih urged calm and dialogue this week in a televised address.
erupted again overnight in Sadr City, Baghdad’s largest slum and a stronghold
of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr.
set fire to tires outside the municipal council building and courthouse in
Mudhaffar Square, police said, adding that gunfire that targeted the security
forces came from a crowd of protesters.
military said on Tuesday one member of an Interior Ministry force was killed
and four wounded when they came under fire from unknown assailants in Sadr
City, where 15 people died the previous night in riots.
say they have come under attack from members of the security forces using live
ammunition. Journalists on the scene reported seeing protesters killed and
wounded by snipers firing from rooftops into crowds.
security forces began arresting protesters after nightfall on Tuesday in
eastern and northwestern parts of Baghdad, police sources said. Police carried
recent photographs of protesters to identify and arrest them. Iraq's
semi-official high commission for human rights said about 500 people had been
released from the 800 detained last week.
Tuesday, Iraq's military called back into service those officers and soldiers
dismissed on suspicions they abandoned cities and towns to an Islamic State
onslaught in 2014.
which on Tuesday held its first session since the crisis began, discussed the
move and reform plans aimed at pacifying protesters.
kill 25 Taliban, ISIS militants; destroy weapons caches and car bomb
series of airstrikes killed at least 25 militants of the Taliban and ISIS
groups in six provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.
military officials said Tuesday an airstrike killed 11 Taliban militants in Now
Bahar district of Zabul.
officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 6 ISIS Khurasan
militants and destroyed a cache of weapon sin Khugyani district of Nangarhar.
security forces also conducted airstrikes in Aab Band district of Ghazni which
killed 4 Taliban militants and destroyed a weapons cache and a car bomb, the
airstrike in Marjah district of Helmand killed 2 Taliban militants, the
officials said, adding that a similar air raid killed 2 Taliban militants in
Khak-e Safid district of Farah and destroyed a cache of weapons.
officials also added that airstrikes in Jaghatoo district of Wardak destroyed 4
caches of weapons.
officials say raid killed top al-Qaida commander
A top al-Qaida commander was killed in a raid by Afghan forces last month,
Afghan intelligence officials said Tuesday, in an operation backed by US
airstrikes that also killed tens of civilians.
National Directorate for Security said in a statement Tuesday that the raid on
Sept. 23 killed Asim Omar along with six other al-Qaida members in the southern
was the head of al-Qaida operations in South Asia.
those killed was Raihan, Omar's courier to Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of the
al-Qaida network, the statement added.
had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa
Qala," added the Afghan intelligence services' statement.
joint US-Afghan operation targeted a Taliban hideout in the Musa Qala district,
but the civilian deaths it caused rattled Afghanistan.
least 40 people attending a wedding party in the area were killed on the same
day, according to provincial officials, in the US airstrikes.
Majed Akhund, deputy provincial councilman in Helmand, had said that most of
the dead were women and children. An additional 12 civilians were wounded and
were hospitalized in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.
the first time in 18 years of war, civilian deaths caused by US and Afghan
government forces have surpassed those caused by the Taliban and other insurgents,
according to a UN report.
operation also killed 22 Taliban fighters, including foreigners, Afghanistan's
defense ministry had reported in a statement. Fourteen people were arrested,
including five Pakistani nationals and one Bangladeshi. The statement said a
large warehouse of supplies and equipment was also destroyed.
Taliban are at their strongest since their ouster in 2001 and hold sway over
more than half the country, staging near-daily, deadly attacks across
Tuesday, a bomb detonated inside a classroom in eastern Ghazni province,
wounding at least 19 university students, a provincial official said.
Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said 12 of the wounded are female
students of the Ghazni University, located on the outskirts of the provincial
capital, the city of Ghazni.
added that two of the wounded are in critical condition.
one immediately claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack.
month a magnetic explosive device attached to a minibus belonging to the same
university detonated, killing the driver. Noori says five students were also
wounded in that blast.
Taliban are active in the province and regularly launch attacks against
security forces there.
Special Forces kill, detain 19 militants; destroy weapons caches in 4 provinces
Afghan Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants and detained 15 others during
the operations in the past 24 hours.
military officials said Wednesday that the Special Forces also destroyed
multiple caches of weapons during the same operations.
officials further added that the Special Forces conducted the operations in
Khoshamand district of Paktika, Farah, Giro district of Ghazni and Almar
district of Faryab.
to the officials, the Special Forces killed 4 of the militants and detained 8
others in Paktika while they arrested 7 others in Farah district of Farah
military commission chief and 3 other senior leaders killed in Farah airstrike
airstrike in western Farah province killed the military commission chief of the
group and three other senior leaders of the group.
provincial police headquarters said in a statement that the security forces on
Monday conducted an airstrike targeting a vehicle in Nal Dasht Village of
Khak-e Safid district.
statement further added that the airstrike killed Mawlavi Kamran, the military
commission chief of Taliban for 20 provinces.
airstrike also killed three other senior Taliban leaders including Mawlavi
Samad, Mawlavi Dawood and Mawlavi Akhundzada, the statement added.
put under surveillance ahead of JUI-F’s march on capital
Azeem | Mohammad Asghar
Seminaries and leaders of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) in the capital have been
put under surveillance to prepare a strategy to deal with the Azadi march of
the politico-religious party to the capital.
the directives of the capital administration, the police have alerted its
Special Branch to collect information about the affiliation of the religious
seminaries, teachers and students with the JUI-F. Besides, seminaries, teachers
and students who may support the JUI-F should also be identified.
this regard, intelligence was mounted in and around the seminaries to collect
deployed around seminaries are watching people visiting the premises and
preparing their lists. The teachers and senior students are also under
surveillance to check whom they are meeting and contacting these days.
are being collected about people and those who are found affiliated with JUI-F
and other politico-religious parties have been put under surveillance to take
action against them when needed, the officers stated.
are 329 religious seminaries in the capital and it is expected that the JUI-F
may get support, including manpower, from 207 of the seminaries, said the
officers, adding over 28,000 students are getting education in these
surveillance of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maulana Attaur Rehman, Mufti Abrar,
Khawaja Mudassar and Majeed Hazarvi has also been started. The staff members of
Maulana Fazlur Rehman are also being monitored.
service providers, hotels and catering services are also being monitored along
with clients visiting them, said the officers.
Maintenance of Public Order or the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) may be used
against the leaders of the JUI-F, teachers and students to restrict them from
preparing for and participating in the long march.
CrPC may also be used against service providers to restrict them from dealing
with the organisers, leaders and participants of the long march.
the capital police have started a major anti-riot exercise to test its
newly-prepared strategy, said a police officer, adding the exercise was started
after the JUI-F announced its Azadi march against the government from Oct 27.
Nov 2017, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan outclassed the capital police and
continued its sit-in at Faizabad. After assuming charge as the inspector
general of the police (IGP) Islamabad, Sultan Azam Temuri in Dec 2017
introduced the Anti-Riot Unit (ARU) and Police Reserves.
shields were introduced to cover the ARU and reserves units, comprising over a
dozen officials, to deal with any mob.
ARU has the strength of 451officials while the Anti-Terrorist Squad has 71
personnel, said the officer, adding over 1,000 officials of the capital’s
security and operation wings were participating in the exercise being held in
the police headquarters. The police reserves and ARU along with ATS will later
participate in the exercises.
officer said the long march would not be allowed to enter Red Zone and if
necessary the high security area would be sealed. Besides, the participants of
the long march will not be allowed to gather at Faizabad.
police prepare lists
Rawalpindi district police have prepared lists of JUI-F local leaders and
like-minded seminaries in addition to starting talks with them to convince them
not to participate in the long march.
to sources, the lists of local leaders and prominent figures of the JUI-F were
prepared soon after the protest against the government was announced by the
leadership of the party. However, intelligence and police officials have been
engaged in holding meetings with the local leaders.
we are holding meetings with them but they are strict to their stance and
giving no information regarding their protest plan,” said a security official,
adding details about madressahs were being collected.
senior police official said the government’s strategy regarding the march was
yet to be announced. Therefore, it would be too early to say whether the police
have been tasked to allow or disallow the protesters to proceed to Islamabad.
Shariah Academy Organize Course On Islam And International Humanitarian Law
(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / Online - 08th October, 2019) A four-day
regional course on islam and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) organized by
the Shariah academy of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI),
commenced here on Tuesday.Academy is organizing this course in collaboration
with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which is being attended by
the Islamic scholars hailing from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and all the provinces
of Pakistan representing various universities.The course contents include
protection of cultural property, command responsibility: Islam & IHL
perspectives, acts prohibited in war (IHL perspective), acts prohibited in war
(Islamic law perspective), enforcement mechanism of IHL, relevance of Siyar
& contemporary Muslim ummah and Islamic law of Siyar and curriculum of madaris
Kojic Head of Delegations (ICRC) elaborated activities of ICRC in Pakistan.
voices support for Pakistan’s core issues of national interest
Pakistan and China have agreed to strengthen socio-economic ties as the leaders
of both the countries, PM Imran Khan and Chinese PM Li Keqiang, signed a number
of agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), stated an official press
statement on Tuesday.
to the press statement, Prime Minister Imran Khan held bilateral talks with
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
PM Li reiterated China’s support for Pakistan’s issues of core national
interest, mentioned the statement.
meeting revolved primarily around the strengthening of bilateral economic
Imran Khan emphasised that expeditious completion of the China Pakistan
Economic Corridor projects was the foremost priority of his government.
maintained that the second phase of CPEC will be instrumental in reinforcing
and consolidating Pakistan’s economic development and pave the way for enhanced
Chinese investments in Pakistan.
Li was also apprised of the actions undertaken recently to fast-track CPEC
projects and to push the development momentum in Gawadar.
bilateral talks were followed by a banquet hosted by Premier Li.
two sides also discussed deepening bilateral trade and explored ways of
increasing Pakistan’s exports to China.
leaders agreed that the implementation of the second phase of China-Pakistan
Free Trade Agreement would lead to more trade, economic and investment
opportunities between the two countries.
areas of potential collaboration discussed between the two sides included
railways, steel, oil and gas, industry, and science and technology.
two sides also discussed regional security situation including serious human
rights and humanitarian situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Minister Imran Khan apprised Premier Li of the latest developments and the
importance of urgent action by the international community to alleviate the
sufferings of the Kashmiri people in the lockdown.
two leaders also witnessed signing of various agreements and MOUs aimed at
deepening Pakistan-China ties in a range of socio-economic sectors.
Minister Imran Khan reiterated his invitation to Chinese PM Li to visit
Pakistan at the earliest opportunity.
his arrival, the prime minister was presented a guard of honour, accompanied by
Fazl served legal notice by Ali Amin Gandapur
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur
served a legal notice to Jamiat Ulema-e- Islam Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman on
federal minister had announced to take action against the JUI-F leader a day
minister said that Fazl has been issuing incendiary speeches after losing the
elections last year, adding that he would initiate legal action if the JUI-F
leader fails to respond within next 15 days.
said that he has ‘a lot of evidence to get him (Fazl) sentenced’.
leader Hafiz Hamdullah said that the action against Maulana Fazl is only to
stop the march and these steps are only mean to incite, which can cause
further said that the minister can send the legal notice by all means, but the
march will take place.
Monday, Punjab's minister for colonies, Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan, requested that
the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) probe Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
— a leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) — said the NAB should
question and investigate Fazl over railways and alleged fraud pertaining to the
case against Musharraf to be heard daily from October 24: Court
A special court in Pakistan on Tuesday said the high treason trial of former
military dictator Pervez Musharraf will start on a daily basis from October 24
as his counsel is down with dengue fever.
three-member tribunal headed by Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth directed all parties
to submit their written arguments before the next hearing.
bench had decided last month to conduct 75-year-old Musharraf's trial on a
daily basis from October 8 to conclude the case pending since December 2013.
However, an application was submitted on Tuesday on behalf of his counsel for
deferment of the hearing for two weeks as the counsel was down with dengue
court accepted the plea but said that hearing would be held on daily basis from
previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the treason
case against the former army chief in 2013 over the imposition of
extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007, which led to the confinement
of a number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100
trial in the high-profile treason case has not seen much progress since
Musharraf left for Dubai in March 2016 after his name was removed from the
has not returned since, and is said to be suffering from Amyloidosis, a rare
condition for which he has been admitted to a hospital.
special court has declared him a proclaimed offender and ordered the
confiscation of his property owing to his no-show. The case has been virtually
stalled as Musharraf's presence is important to record his statement.
PML-N to thrash out role in march today
As opposition parties at a Rahbar committee meeting on Tuesday discussed
strategies for their participation in the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam’s (JUI-F)
anti-government march on Islamabad, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and
Pakistan Peoples Party decided to convene meetings of their senior leaders to
after the opposition’s Rahbar committee meeting, PPP chairman Bilawal
Bhutto-Zardari called a meeting of the party’s core committee in Karachi,
whereas PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif directed senior party leaders to gather
at his Lahore residence to discuss the options for participation in the long
the calls of other opposition parties to delay the proposed long march, JUI-F
chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had last week announced his party’s decision to
hold “Azadi March” to Islamabad on Oct 27 that he said was aimed at ousting the
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government.
JUI-F chief had said a sit-in would be staged at Islamabad’s D-Chowk, the place
where the PTI had staged a sit-in for 126 days five years ago. He said they had
chosen Oct 27 for the march to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people who
would observe a black day on the same day to condemn the Indian occupation of
Jammu and Kashmir.
Mr Bhutto-Zardari directed Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to ensure
cooperation with the JUI-F for their peaceful democratic protest “against the
injustice of the federal government”.
directives were issued by the PPP chairman during his meeting with the chief
minister in Karachi, according to an official announcement by the party’s media
Sindh government would make all-out efforts to ensure safety and security of
the protesters and citizens alike, the chairman said. The Sindh government
would coordinate with the protesters and arrange alternative routes for traffic
to ensure minimum disruption of daily life, he said.
Bhutto-Zardari said protest was a fundamental right of every citizen in a
democratic society, and the benchmark of a thriving democracy.
at the Rahbar committee meeting, the JUI-F leaders briefed other opposition
parties about their plan for the long march.
participant in the meeting later told Dawn that the JUI-F had apprised them of
its strategy, but he believed that there might be a few things that had been
kept secret to ensure the government did not prepare a counter-strategy.
representatives of the opposition parties told reporters after the meeting that
their demand was resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and elections in the
committee convener and JUI-F leader Akram Durrani said the opposition parties
had agreed that the prime minister must resign and new elections should be
conducted in which there should be no role of the army inside or outside of the
who attended the meeting included PML-N’s secretary general Ahsan Iqbal, PPP
leaders Farhatullah Babar and Nayyar Bukhari and ANP’s Mian Iftikhar Hussain.
claiming that “all the opposition parties are with us”, Mr Durrani said the
JUI-F as per its plan would hold Azadi March to Islamabad on Oct 27 against the
said that holding the protest march was their constitutional right and his
party had already held 15 ‘million marches’ in various parts of the country in
the past and all of them had remained peaceful.
our marches, we did not even disrupt traffic,” he said, adding that his party
was striving for the protection of the Constitution.
senior JUI-F leader made it clear that they would not use any religious card.
He also recalled that it was the PTI that had held the 126-day-long sit-in in
Islamabad during which the party workers attacked the state buildings including
Pakistan Television and Parliament House and also thrashed police officers. He
said the PTI activists had not allowed the parliamentarians to move into the
building from outer gates. “But we are going to hold a peaceful march,” he
rejects CPEC body formation through ordinance
The major opposition parties — the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — have rejected the government’s act of setting up
the CPEC Authority through a presidential ordinance and termed it an “illegal”
move in violation of recommendations of the parliamentary committee concerned.
secretary general Ahsan Iqbal, during a press talk after attending a meeting of
the opposition’s Rahbar Committee here on Tuesday, said the setting up of the
CPEC Authority through a presidential ordinance was a “backdoor legislation”
and that his party would not accept the move.
the government’s act of establishing the authority through a presidential
ordinance, he said the “rulers have expressed no confidence in civil
Dr Arif Alvi has bypassed the [related] parliamentary committee and parliament
by signing the controversial ordinance,” he alleged.
secretary general Farhatullah Babar said it appeared that the government wanted
to “hand over the CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] project to the
don’t want militarisation of civil society,” the PPP stalwart said, adding that
his party would take up the issue in parliament.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s departure for China on Monday, President Alvi had
promulgated two ordinances to set up the CPEC Authority and grant tax
concessions to the Gwadar port and its free zone.
CPEC Authority Ordinance 2019” and “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2019”
have been promulgated by the government to oversee and implement the ambitious
project of the economic corridor and give income tax, sales tax and customs
duty exemptions to the Gwadar port and its free zone.
authority has reportedly been given vast powers to call for any information
related to CPEC activities, and in case of failure to provide the information,
it will have the powers to impose penalties on those who defy its orders.
in a statement, Ahsan Iqbal said the PML-N would strongly contest and protest
against this act in parliament and other relevant forums.
pointed out that the National Assembly’s Committee on CPEC had unanimously
opposed and rejected the formation of such a body. “Bulldozing parliament and
implementing this authority through an ordinance” was an “intentional effort to
make this giant national project controversial”, he said.
Iqbal, who had worked as minister for planning and development in the previous
PML-N government, said he had personally sent a message directly to the
president that the creation of this body would be an illegal act and,
therefore, he should not sign it under any circumstances. However, the PML
leader claimed, the president ignored the advice of the top national
institution — parliament.
creation of this authority is a clear message to undermine trust in civilian
institutions,” Mr Iqbal said, adding that this investment of $28.5 billion did
not come through any such “authority” rather it was brought over by a civilian
political government through democratic and constitutional institutions.
does not take such bodies to complete and operate CPEC. It takes money and
vision, and the current regime is devoid of both.”
former planning minister said that the formation of this authority would create
problems and complications in collaboration between ministries and departments.
This would create bureaucratic hurdles and limitations that would hamper and
Iqbal said the NA committee had recommended that the matter of formation of
this authority should be presented before parliament where it should be
committee, he added, had also advised the government not to go ahead with the
creation of any such body in any way other than an act of parliament (through
firm investing in Gwadar gets 23-year tax exemption
Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi has announced that the
government has granted tax exemption to the China Overseas Ports Holding
Company (COPHC) for 23 years to facilitate establishment of its industrial
units at Gwadar Port.
by COPHC Chief Executive Officer Zhang Baozhong and Minister for Economic
Affairs Hammad Azhar, Mr Zaidi told a press conference on Tuesday that the
COPHC that had already been operating at Gwadar Port would get tax exemption
for installation of machinery and other equipment at the port.
initiative was a step towards relocation of the Chinese manufacturing industry
in Gwadar and engaging the local labour, he said, adding that the move would
ultimately boost Pakistan’s economy.
minister said the COPHC would also set up a desalination plant with the cost of
Rs1.95 billion to provide 5,000 gallons of water per day to the people.
announced that China would build Pak-China Technical and Vocational Training
Institute in Gwadar at a cost of around $10 million, which would open job
opportunities for locals. “About 360 students equipped with technical skills
would pass out from the institute every year,” he said.
Zaidi said Pak-China Friendship Hospital would also be established on 68-acre
land at an estimated cost of $100 million. Besides, he added, a coal power
plant for generating 300MW electricity would also be set up in Gwadar.
the issue of Gwadar Port’s connectivity with Makran Coastal Highway, he said
the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) had approved
construction of three bridges on the Eastbay Expressway to resolve the
grievances of local fisherman.
40 per cent construction work on the Eastbay Expressway had been completed
while the rest would be completed by December 2020, he added.
Imran declared ‘Man of the Year’ by Jordan institute
Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre named Prime Minister Imran Khan
as its ‘Man of the Year’ in its recent list of the most persuasive Muslims in
the world, Arab News reported on Tuesday.
centre is an autonomous research entity with the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute
for Islamic Thought in Jordan .
The Muslim 500 was in print back in 1992 and I was the chief editor then, I
would have nominated Imran Khan as our ‘Muslim Man of the Year’ because of his
brilliant performance in cricket, which culminated in Pakistan winning the 1992
Cricket World Cup — a sport I have always admired for its combination of
elegance and intense competitive play,” said Professor S Abdallah Schleifer, a
professor emeritus of Journalism in the American University in Cairo, who chose
Imran as the winner of the title.
was quick to add that Imran’s role in cricket was not the only criteria for him
being bestowed with the title.
said that he was also impressed with Imran’s launching of a successful
fund-raising campaign to establish a hospital devoted to both the care of
cancer victims and its research.
was his magnificent response to the loss of his mother to cancer in 1985 and
given Imran’s extraordinary popularity with Pakistanis both at home as well as
among the large number of Pakistani expats – along with his own, no doubt,
generous personal contribution — he raised sufficient funds so that by 1994,
the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital opened its doors in Lahore whereby
75 percent of its patients receive free-care,” he added.
it was PM Imran’s desire for peace with neighboring India which earned him the
title, Schleifer said.
assumed the office of prime minister last year after devoting 22 years of his
life to building an opposition political party that was committed to reform and
confronting Pakistan’s civilian political establishment over the issue of
embedded corruption and mismanagement, the report said.
and his other accomplishments, professor Schleifer says, are detailed in the
biography that accompanies his ranking (Number 16) in the latest edition of The
what is particularly to his credit is that upon taking office in August 2018,
Imran made it quite clear that one of his top priorities was to work for
lasting peace with India, he said.
his first televised broadcast as the premier of the country, Imran addressed
not just the people of Pakistan and the world, but India in particular. At the
time, he had said that Pakistan wanted lasting peace with India and “if it took
one step forward, we would take two steps.”
meeting between the foreign ministers of both the countries was arranged on the
sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2018, but
India canceled the meeting, the report said.
says that while all his efforts to start a dialogue were rebuffed by India, he
and his cabinet assumed that Modi’s increasingly hard-lined positions and his
rhetoric against Pakistan were aimed at whipping up a nationalist frenzy among
the Indian voters with an eye to the Indian elections,” Schleifer said.
body on interior approves NACTA amendment bill
The Senate Standing Committee on Interior has approved the National Counter
Terrorism Authority (NACTA) amendment bill and also approved the resolution
condemning Indian brutalities in Kashmir.
committee meeting was held on Tuesday with Rehman Malik in the chair. Soon
after the commencement of the meeting, a resolution against Indian adversities
in Indian Occupied Kashmir was approved demanding UN to pressurize India to
lift curfew in Kashmir.
committee also offered Fateh for the victims who died during the October 2008
massive earthquake in AJK and KP.
over the passage of the amendment in NACTA, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
Azam Swati told that the chairman NACTA will lead the committee while interior
minister will be the head of the board rather prime minister.
Punjab briefed the committee over the rape with kids and said only 12 cases
were registered out of 100 missing kids as the dead bodies of the missing
children were found at deserted areas. He apprised the committee that the
initial report suggested that the prime accused of the case Sohail Shehzad was
also the victim of the rape during his childhood and was working on Tandoor.
Might Prevents Muslim Nations from Criticizing It, Mahathir Says
economic and military strength may have prevented Muslim nations from
criticizing its repression of the ethnic Uyghur minority, and Southeast Asian
nations from questioning Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in the South
China Sea, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir said.
an interview with BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, Mahathir
suggested that China would most probably ignore them even if they criticized
Beijing, adding that it was better not to antagonize the Asian giant and face
has been a big champion of issues affecting the Muslim community, including the
Rohingya, more than 740,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh following a brutal
crackdown by Myanmar’s military two years ago. He has also persistently
condemned Israel’s actions against Palestinians.
the 94-year-old leader has been relatively quiet on Beijing’s repression in
Xinjiang, where it has been accused of holding more than 1.5 million Uyghurs
and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since April
about the apparent contradiction and the Muslim world’s general reluctance to
criticize Beijing over the Uyghur issue, Mahathir cited what he described as
the power wielded by China.
China is a very powerful nation,” he told BenarNews. “You don’t just try and do
something which would anyway fail, so it is better to find some other less
violent ways not to antagonize China too much, because China is beneficial for
course it’s a big trading partner of ours, and you do not want to do something
that will fail, and in the process, also, we will suffer,” said Mahathir, who
has never held back his criticism against the United States and other Western
powers over various issues.
rights groups have attacked Mahathir and the 57-nation Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) for not speaking up for the Uyghurs when countries such as
the United States had described Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang as “the stain of
even outspoken leaders like Mahathir bite their tongue rather than criticize,
it illustrates the incredible steps China is taking to intimidate critics both
near and far,” Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director for New York-based HRW,
the rest of the OIC, Malaysia crumbled under pressure when it came time to
speak the truth about the Uyghurs to the powers that be in Beijing. Mahathir
should have bucked the trend and condemned the violations of rights and freedom
of religion suffered by the Uyghurs,” he said.
Yusof Rawa, Malaysia’s Islamic affairs minister, also came under fire recently
for describing a Uyghur camp he visited in Xinjiang as a “training and
vocational center” in line with Beijing's claims.
said the Uyghurs had been put in “education and training centers,” calling them
“schools that help the people free themselves from terrorism and extremism and
acquire useful skills.”
ASEAN can’t stand up against Beijing
also told Benar that Southeast Asian nations would not be able to stand up as a
group to China’s growing assertiveness as Beijing reinforces its claims to
nearly the entire South China Sea.
has installed anti-ship cruise missile and surface-to-air missile systems on
three islands in the Spratlys, a disputed group of atolls and isles in the sea,
according to experts.
a Muslim-majority nation of 33 million people, as well as the Philippines,
Brunei and Vietnam, are among members of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) that have overlapping claims with Beijing on the South China
Sea. About U.S. $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes through the waterway
we find that we ourselves [are] singled out by China for some action, I don’t
think the other ASEAN countries have the capacity to put a stop to it. So like
it or not, we have to deal with China by ourselves,” Mahathir said.
although ASEAN wants to work together, there are things that it’s not able to
do,” he said. “So because of that, well, even working together without any
violence, that’s possible, we can have a firm stand on something, but if the
Chinese take action, we are not in a position to resist or to act against
the Chinese coast guard was tracked around an oil rig on Malaysia’s continental
shelf and Chinese survey ships, which reportedly conduct research related to
oil and gas exploration, were sighted in Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone off
about the Chinese survey ships, Mahathir said they had not obtained the
Malaysian government’s permission to operate in Malaysian waters.
They don’t have. And well, we watch what they are doing, we report what they
are doing, but we do not chase them away or try to be aggressive,” he said.
have to accept the fact that China is a big power. You know, the Malay states
have existed near China for the past two thousand years. We have survived
because we know how to conduct ourselves,” Mahathir said. “We don’t go around
trying to be aggressive when we don’t have the capacity, so we use other
Malaysian products first, not Muslim-made, Saifuddin says
LUMPUR: Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail
today urged the people to buy Malaysian products instead of focusing only on
goods made by Bumiputera-owned businesses, the main thrust of the recent “Buy
Muslim-made First” (BMF) campaign.
the context of our country, we prioritise the ‘buy Malaysian products first’
Ibans, Kadazan, Chinese, Indians can sell their products as long as they meet
the (ministry’s) criteria,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat when questioned by
Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera) about the government’s stand on the BMF campaign.
said his ministry was focusing on healthy competition to ensure that the people
get quality items at reasonable prices.
encourage competition, not discrimination, not price monopolies.
price has to be competitive,” he said, adding that there should be no
compromise regarding halal products.
had raised concerns over some products which were allegedly marketed as halal
despite receiving no certification.
BMF campaign began on social media with the Bumiputera community urged to avoid
buying products made by businesses owned by non-Bumiputeras.
MP wants Malays as finance minister, attorney general in Malaysia
Islamist MP from the state of Kelantan is urging the government which is run by
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to ensure that all top government
positions are held only by Malays.
would include the post of the attorney general and the post of the minister of
finance, both held by non-Malays since the Pakatan Harapan came to power last
Pasir Mas member of parliament Ahmad Fadhil Shaari presented his views on the
religion cluster at the ‘Malay Dignity’ forum officiated by Dr Mahathir and
attended by Islamic party leader Hadi Awang, Justice Party deputy leader Azmin
Ali (who is also Economic Affairs Minister), Umno’s secretary-general Annuar
Musa and Parti Amanah Nasional leader and Minister of Defense Mat Sabu.
his statement, the MP said, “This includes positions such as Chief Justice,
Attorney-General, Chief Secretary, Inspector-General of Police, Chief of
Defence Forces and other strategic positions such as the Prime Minister, Deputy
Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and Menteris Besar, Finance Minister, Defence
Minister and Education Minister.
congress also urged the Bar Council, Suhakam and liberal NGOs to not meddle in
Islamic matters,” said Ahmad Fadhil, who represented Persatuan Peguam Muslim
Malaysia (The Muslim Lawyers Association).
Guan Eng from the Democratic Action Party is the Minister of Finance and Tommy
Thomas is the attorney general.
congress organised by four Universities in Malaysia also presented a photo
opportunity for Islamist party leader Hadi Awang and Annuar Musa of Umno.
managed to hold hands with Dr Mahathir, Hadi on the left of the PM and Annuar
on the right while Azmin Ali was on the left of Hadi. They raised hands
together in unison, showing Malay unity.
Ibrahim, the de-facto Prime Minister-to-be of Malaysia was not at the event. He
was not invited because his party is not a Malay-based party but many
questioned why his deputy leader was at the event?
Mahathir said he attended the event not as Prime Minister but as a ‘Malay
leader’, sparking comments within the Pakatan Harapan coalition since Anwar is
also a Malay leader.
the event, Dr Mahathir defended his presence at Sunday’s event, saying that as
a Malay he had the right to attend it.
also dismissed calls by some Pakatan leaders for him to give the event a miss.
Mahathir also said he believed the gathering was necessary for the Malay
community to take action and improve their lot in the wake of divisions among
force: UEC failed by national education system, public wants to move on
Oct 4 — The problems surrounding the controversial Unified Examination
Certificate (UEC) were caused by the failure of the national education system,
said the Ministry of Education’s fact-finding task force on the issue.
UEC Policy Task Force (PPDUEC) said the consensus among various stakeholders
that it interviewed was that the federal government did not manage to address
the problems even after four decades since the UEC was introduced.
pattern [of answers received] was that it is the failure of educational
system,” its chairman Eddin Khoo told a press conference here.
don’t mean it’s hypocrisy, if there was a same point given by everyone — no
matter whether from the former ruling pact or the current ruling pact, then and
now — is that the national education system must be improved and revamped.”
founder of culture advocacy group Pusaka, was selected to lead a three-man
committee along with Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) president Mohamad
Raimi Ab Rahim and the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce president Datuk Tan
Yew Sing, to advise on the ministry’s policy regarding the issue.
January, they have interviewed around 500 individuals from fields such as the
academia, media, experts, civil societies, as well as those in the former
government, on the issue.
is a standardised test for Chinese independent high school students, which are
not regulated by the Ministry of Education, that was introduced in 1975.
Malaysia, the issue has been politicised by certain quarters that claim UEC is
an obstacle to achieving national unity, especially in education.
is accepted in certain private colleges in Malaysia and countries such as
Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom.
five states — Penang, Melaka, Sabah, Sarawak and Selangor — have announced that
they recognise UEC though the students also need to take the Malaysia Education
Certificate (SPM) examinations as well.
said although there are sensitive issues surrounding UEC, some stakeholders
especially from the younger generation, told PPDUEC that the public needs to
reconcile and move on from the controversy it has caused.
is a great desire from the young Malays to learn Chinese language. There is
also a great desire from young Chinese to converse deeply in Malay language,”
Raimi said the stakeholders want recommendations made by PPDUEC to instil a
sense of unity especially among Malaysian students.
want unity. They want the government to handle the issue to bring a better
sense of unity in education,” he said.
will have one more session with MPs on October 16 before presenting its
findings at the end of this month.
can’t be trusted at all; it stabs own allies in the back: Nasrallah
secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has warned
against placing trust in the United States, emphasizing that Washington cannot
be trusted at all as it betrays own allies in a surreptitious way and does not
stand committed to any agreement.
one can rely on (the United States of) America and an agreement struck with it
because of the latter’s disloyalty and treachery,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said
in an address to his supporters in a televised speech at Sayed al-Shohadaa
Complex in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday evening.
then pointed to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from
northeastern Syria, saying, “America broke faith with Kurds at once, and
abandoned them. Such a fate awaits anyone who trusts Washington.”
can’t be trusted at all since they break promise with anyone who depends on
them, and left them alone,” the Hezbollah chief said.
House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Sunday that
Washington had begun withdrawing US troops from Syria's border with Turkey,
adding that the American forces “will not support or be involved in the
(Turkish) operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area.”
on Monday defended the decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria,
saying it was too costly to keep supporting its allies.
Kurds fought with us but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do
so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades,” he said in a series of tweets.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on the same day that the Turkish army was
ready to launch operations against militants of the People's Protection Units
(YPG), the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), at any
is a phrase that we always say: we can come any night without warning,” the
Turkish president told reporters in televised remarks. “It is absolutely out of
the question for us to further tolerate the threats from these terrorist
later warned that a Turkish military invasion would spark a major resurgence of
the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, and vowed to battle Turkey's military.
views the YPG as the Syria branch of the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party
(PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in
Turkey since 1984.
of U.S. Troops in Syria Could Aid Assad and ISIS
Lebanon — Before dawn on Monday, at a military base in northeastern Syria, an
American general delivered the bad news to his Syrian counterpart.
United States was going to allow Turkish forces to move into the area, leaving
the Kurdish-led Syrian militia vulnerable.
are leaving us alone,” the Syrian commander, Mazlum Kobani, responded angrily,
and accused the United States of complicity in a looming Turkish attack,
according to a United States official and another person with knowledge of the
Trump’s surprise announcement that the United States would allow Turkey to take
over a swath of northeastern Syria, at the expense of the militia that fought
alongside the United States against the Islamic State, could alter the course
of the country’s eight-year civil war.
addition to betraying the militia, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces,
analysts said, the move could empower Turkey, extending its control over
another part of northern Syria. It could also create a void in the region that
could benefit President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Russia, Iran and the Islamic
State, also known as ISIS.
it would likely further limit the United States’ influence over the conflict.
United States just threw away the last leverage it had,” said Dareen Khalifa,
senior Syria analyst with the International Crisis Group. Even if the United
States kept its roughly 1,000 troops in Syria, Mr. Trump’s announcement late
Sunday night made it clear to the war’s other combatants that he wants out.
are just waiting for the tweet,” she said.
the jihadists of the Islamic State seized control of nearly a third of
northeastern Syria, the United States partnered with a Syrian Kurdish militia
in 2015 to fight them. Other groups also joined to form the Syrian Democratic
Forces, or S.D.F., which claimed control over the land it liberated from ISIS.
then, a small contingent of American troops, now numbering about 1,000, have
backed the S.D.F. in holding the area.
the decline of ISIS, the Trump administration came to see the S.D.F. as the
best means to check the influence of Iran and Russia, prevent a jihadist
resurgence, and maintain a stake in eventual peace talks.
Monday, Kurdish officials condemned Trump’s decision. In a statement, they
wrote, quote, “Our brave men and women” have “just won a historic victory over
the ISIS ‘caliphate,’ a victory announced by President Trump and celebrated
across the world. To abandon us now would be tragic.” In Washington, both
Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress said they would use their power
to try to block Turkey from invading Syria. Senators Lindsey Graham and Chris
Van Hollen said they would introduce bipartisan legislation to sanction Turkey
if it entered Syria, while Senators Chris Murphy and Mitt Romney said they
would hold congressional hearings on Trump’s decision as soon as possible. Amid
the growing backlash, President Trump seemed to walk back his original message,
saying he would now seek to restrain Turkey. In a tweet, the president wrote,
quote, “If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom,
consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of
Turkey.” We’ll be right back. Here’s what else you need to know today. In their
latest demand for documents, the leaders of the House impeachment inquiry
subpoenaed the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget for
documents about why the White House withheld nearly $400 million in security
aid to Ukraine. Both a whistle-blower complaint and text messages from senior
U.S. diplomats have raised the possibility that Trump withheld the money in
order to pressure Ukraine to carry out political favors, including an
investigation into Joe Biden and his son. And on Monday, a federal judge
rejected President Trump’s effort to shield his tax returns from New York
prosecutors, calling the president’s argument that he is immune from such
investigations, quote, “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and
constitutional values.” The New York prosecutors had subpoenaed eight years of
Trump’s tax returns over the summer as part of an investigation into hush money
the president paid to women who said they had affairs with him, prompting a
lawsuit from Trump to block the subpoena. Lawyers for the president immediately
appealed Monday’s ruling, which could eventually require him to hand over the
returns. That’s it for “The Daily.” I’m Michael Barbaro. See you tomorrow.
if the S.D.F.’s hold on northeastern Syria weakens, it could make it easier for
Mr. Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers to reclaim the territory. An open
conflict with Turkey could siphon Kurdish fighters to the front lines, allowing
ISIS remnants to reassert themselves elsewhere.
has always objected to the S.D.F. presence on its border. President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan saw the Kurdish fighters who form the group’s backbone as an
extension of the P.K.K., the Kurdish guerrilla movement that has fought a
bloody, decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.
worried that greater Kurdish autonomy in Syria was a security threat and
demanded a corridor, a so-called safe zone, up to 20 miles deep and hundreds of
miles long, to keep Kurdish forces at bay.
months, American diplomats had been working to ward off Turkish threats to send
troops across the border, most recently carrying out joint security measures in
a small safe zone with the United States.
Mr. Erdogan was not satisfied, and he spoke by phone with President Trump on
Sunday. Shortly afterward, the White House announced that the Turkish military
would enter Syria and that the United States “will not support or be involved
in the operation.”
Trump argued Monday that the United States’ partnership with the Kurds had
essentially served its purpose, writing on Twitter that the Kurds had fought
well “but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.”
dismissed their conflict with Turkey as of no concern to the United States. “It
is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them
tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” Mr. Trump wrote.
decision surprised many of the military and State Department officials who
carry out Syria policy, and was met with opposition by Mr. Trump’s Republican
allies in Washington. Mr. Trump later tried to mollify his critics, saying that
if Turkey “does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to
be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate” its economy.
S.D.F., which has said it lost more than 10,000 fighters battling the Islamic
State alongside the United States, was bitter. Mr. Trump’s decision, Mustafa
Bali, an S.D.F. spokesman, wrote on Twitter, “is about to ruin the trust and
cooperation between the S.D.F. and U.S. built during the fight against ISIS.”
and other Kurds also shared a video on Twitter of Mr. Trump lauding the Kurds
as military partners during a news conference at the United Nations last year.
do get along great with the Kurds. We are trying to help them a lot,” Mr. Trump
said in the video, adding that many of them had “died for us.”
can tell you that I don’t forget, these are great people,” he said.
Monday, American forces pulled back from two observation posts in Syria, near
the towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain near the Turkish border.
media and military analysts have widely reported that Turkey will soon enter
the area between the towns. Although Mr. Erdogan wants a buffer zone running
the entire length of the Turkish-Syrian border, he said this summer that he
would accept a smaller area to start with and proceed step by step.
different group of Syrian fighters, known as the Free Syrian Army, are
preparing to deploy with Turkish troops. They have said the plan was to enter
the two border towns, but that the Turkish-backed forces would not enter towns
where Americans are based.
the Turkish incursion raises questions about the future of the entire area
under S.D.F. control, which extends for hundreds of miles along the Turkish
border and deep into Syrian territory on the eastern side of the Euphrates
River. It includes major cities such as Raqqa, once Islamic State’s de facto
capital, some of Syria’s richest agricultural land and a number of oil fields.
S.D.F. warned in a statement on Monday that a Turkish military incursion could
force it to divert its forces from areas where ISIS remains a threat in the
south to defend itself against the Turks in the north. Abandoning anti-ISIS
operations would “destroy all that has been achieved in terms of stability over
the last years,” the statement said.
Kurdish redeployment would put other American objectives at risk, too.
line: Trump tonight after one call with a foreign leader provided a gift to
Russia, Iran, and ISIS,” Brett McGurk, a former presidential envoy who pushed
for the partnership with the S.D.F. wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
immediate concern are the Kurdish-run prisons in the area holding captured ISIS
fighters and at least two large camps for their families. One of the camps, Al
Hol, houses tens of thousands of people including extremists whom the S.D.F.
and aid organizations have accused of seeking to re-establish ISIS rule.
White House statement said that Turkey would assume responsibility for “all the
ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years,” but two United
States officials said there had been no discussion with Turkey or the Kurds
about a possible handover. The camps and prisons are far from the area Turkey
is expected to occupy.
long ago, the Kurds were seen as among the biggest winners in Syria’s war,
having gone from being a sidelined minority to the strongest component in a
military force that controlled more than a quarter of Syria’s territory, thanks
to their fierce fighting and their partnership with the United States.
their military victories against ISIS mounted, they established local councils
to govern and instituted Kurdish education in their communities’ schools.
projects are now at risk.
decline in American support could leave them vulnerable to attacks by ISIS or
by others who resent their rise. They have few other international allies,
which analysts suspect could push them to seek an accommodation with Mr.
al-Assad’s government in Damascus.
even that may not protect them from Turkey, which has sent its forces into
other parts of Syria further west, displacing Kurds and establishing zones
where it has provided services and resettled refugees. It says it will do the
same in areas now controlled by the S.D.F.
remains unclear how the S.D.F. would respond to a Turkish incursion, but on
Monday it called on the inhabitants of northeastern Syria to “stand with our
legitimate forces to defend our homeland from the Turkish aggression.”
Iraq, Protesters Are Sick of Corruption and Foreign Influence
Iraqis relish widespread recognition and support as much as Lt. Gen.
Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi. Though he’s relatively unknown outside of Iraq, Saadi’s
contributions to fighting terrorism in Iraq have been highly significant in
ridding the country of the Islamic State. Suddenly, late last month, Saadi was
unceremoniously stripped of his position in the Iraqi Army and transferred to
an administrative role in the Ministry of Defense. The demotion of the
celebrated general outraged his many supporters and triggered some of the
deadliest protests seen in Iraq and the Middle East in recent years.
tall, slim, and graying figure, Saadi has a commanding presence that appeals to
many Iraqis. The three-star general was appointed to lead Iraq’s
Counter-Terrorism Service, a highly trained unit dubbed the “Golden Division”
for its recognition as Iraq’s elite force. The service, initially created
through support from U.S. Special Forces, developed a reputation for being
filled with nonsectarian and multiethnic nationalists. The unit has continued
to receive training from U.S. forces throughout the war against the Islamic
State. Prior to the Mosul offensive in 2017, 300,000 Iraqis applied to join the
unit, with only 1,000 making it through the joint U.S.-Iraqi training academy.
Golden Division was tasked with being on the front lines throughout the military
campaigns in Mosul, fighting under only the Iraqi flag, compared to the mainly
Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) frequently fighting under
sectarian banners. Such differences resulted in the banning of the PMF by
then-Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi from operations in Mosul and Tal Afar.
Being visibly on the front lines, ridding Iraq of a hated enemy, resulted in
Saadi gaining a cultlike hero status among IraqisBeing visibly on the front
lines, ridding Iraq of a hated enemy, resulted in Saadi gaining a cultlike hero
status among Iraqis, especially when compared with the politicians occupying
Baghdad’s Green Zone, who are widely perceived as corrupt and paralyzed. A
statue of Saadi was even erected in Mosul commending his role in its liberation.
fact that Saadi and his division frequently received training from coalition
forces likely ruffled some feathers among Iraq’s pro-Iranian elite. Unlike the
Golden Division, the PMF, under Hadi al-Amiri, received their training from
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Gen. Qassem Suleimani.
concerns about Saadi’s close relationship with the U.S. military were
exacerbated when Saadi was found to have visited the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Saadi said he “had one visit to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to get a visa to
speak about terrorism at Harvard.” It’s a plausible claim, as he had spoken at
the university a year earlier on a similar panel. Despite continually risking
his life to combat the global threat of terrorism, Saadi, as an Iraqi citizen,
is limited to yearlong U.S. visas only and must reapply annually.
mounting apprehension of Saadi’s relationship with the United States—and likely
pressure from Iran—resulted in the dismissal of Saadi from his position in the
Counter-Terrorism Service and his transfer to a desk job. The move could
indicate the effective dismantling of the Iraqi Army as the PMF seeks to
increase its influence across the nation, possibly by putting forward a
pro-Iranian general to replace Saadi. Mindful of Saadi’s military strength,
Iraq’s government could have viewed his widespread public approval as a
worrying sign of the prospect of a military coup.
his innocence, Saadi—in an unusual move for military personnel—took to Iraqi
satellite media to reject his dismissal. Saadi, describing his treatment by the
Iraqi government as an “insult” and “punishment,” lost some empathy from
supporters as he publicly protested a direct order from Prime Minister Adel
cult status of the general, however, meant Saadi’s dismissal resonated among
Iraqis, and Iraqi youth responded by taking to the streets and social media to
air their disapproval. Numerous social media posts endorsing the general can be
found across Iraq’s social media, with messages of support trending across
Iraq’s internet. At the protests, many held posters of the ousted Army
protests have had a markedly strong Shiite presence, with slogans commemorating
Shiite religious figures being chanted throughout the streets of Baghdad, indicating
a strong resentment toward Iranian interventionismThe protests have had a
markedly strong Shiite presence, with slogans commemorating Shiite religious
figures being chanted throughout the streets of Baghdad, indicating a strong
resentment toward Iranian interventionism in Iraq by the Shiite
community—similar to the sentiments expressed by protesters who attacked the
Iranian consulate in Basra last year.
Saudi Arabia is seeking to stoke these tensions. Seeing an opportunity to
topple what it perceives as a pro-Iranian Iraqi government, Riyadh has begun to
use social media platforms to perpetuate the violent protests in Iraq. Creating
bots to target Western media outlets, tweets from pro-Saudi users asking to
“save the Iraqi people” and push “Iran out” were posted despite an internet
blockade in Iraq. Saudi Arabia, which has a long history of using social media
influence to crack down on dissidents, is now attempting to spread anti-Iranian
sentiment in Iraq.
situation is quickly deteriorating, and Iran is not the only target. A
diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that rockets were fired
into Baghdad’s Green Zone and landed near to the U.S. Embassy during the
internet blockade, indicating these protests are against any foreign
interventionism in Iraq, be it Iranian, American, or Saudi. These protests have
had a strong sense of Iraqi patriotism, with the activists referring to the
movement as a “civilian movement,” suggesting a post-Islamist movement in Iraq
growing from the “traumatic experience of sectarian violence,” as the
researcher Zahra Ali put it.
the rising tensions and corruption in Iraq, the relative lull in violence since
the collapse of the Islamic State should never have been seen as more than a
momentary pause in conflict.Given the rising tensions and corruption in Iraq,
the relative lull in violence since the collapse of the Islamic State should
never have been seen as more than a momentary pause in conflict. Writing for
Foreign Policy last year, I predicted that should underlying grievances
persist, further outbursts of violence could be expected. Now, the unifying
factor of a common evil in the Islamic State no longer exists, and Iraqi
patriotism does not continue to extend to include support of the government,
deemed to have achieved nothing for the people of Iraq. The root causes of
grievances in Iraq have never been addressed; when heavily armed and trained
fighters return home to a lack of jobs and housing in a country suffering from
widespread corruption, that is a recipe for civil unrest.
cause proved to be the final straw for Iraqis. It provided the outlet for
Iraqis to revolt against the ruling elite in their central government. With
many countries functioning at a deficit, Iraq’s government budget recorded a
surplus between 2018 and 2019 of 8 percent of its GDP. But such economic
progress has not translated to improved public services, job opportunities, or
security for the majority of Iraqis, as corruption is heavily discernible
throughout Iraq’s ruling elite, consigning Iraq to being ranked the world’s
13th most corrupt country.
privatizing many of Iraq’s industries have continued to devastate Iraq’s public
sector and have not promoted job opportunities in Iraq, as Iraq’s employment
rate dropped to a record low of 28 percent in 2018. One in four of Iraqi
children continue to live in poverty, while families struggle to find
stability. The abundance of Iraq’s natural resources has failed to support its
citizens, producing a lack of electrical infrastructure, access to clean water,
and effective health care. In some parts of Iraq, 90 percent of school-aged
children are not in the education system.
to the protests of the Arab Spring, this largely Shiite-led movement lacks any
well-defined direction, leadership, or a clear set of demands, leading Abdul
Mahdi to refer to the protesters as “rioters” and belittle the legitimate
grievances of Iraq’s citizens.Similar to the protests of the Arab Spring, this
largely Shiite-led movement lacks any well-defined direction, leadership, or a
clear set of demands, leading Abdul Mahdi to refer to the protesters as
“rioters” and belittle the legitimate grievances of Iraq’s citizens. The fact
that members of the powerful Iran-backed PMF, who could potentially instigate a
civil war, have not yet become involved suggests that Iran disapproves of the
protests and, to its benefit, continues to support the status quo. Protests in
Sunni-majority cities in Iraq have yet to come to fruition, as their inhabitants
are either living in camps or fear stigmatization as terrorists.
government under the premiership of Abdul Mahdi, just short of a year old and
heavily influenced by the political wing of the PMF, has responded violently.
Applying both curfews and internet blockades, the government’s clampdown has
resulted in about 100 deaths and thousands of injuries in the protests.
polarizing the Iraqi protesters, Abdul Mahdi said on Facebook that he vows to
“to learn the reasons” behind the protests, despite his government being the
source of grievance, as protesters exclaim, “The people want the collapse of
the regime.” Abdul Mahdi’s immediate violent response to the protests, compared
with former Prime Minister Abadi’s response to protests, suggests that this
government fears the civil unrest could topple its leadership.
too long, Iraq has been a playground for regional influence and interests. The
protests should remind the government whom it is ultimately accountable to,
after having become far too complacent over recent months, basking in the
post-Islamic State world of ostensible security.
IS terrorists killed during counter-terrorism operation in Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi counter-terrorism force said on Tuesday that seven
Islamic State militants were killed during a security operation in the oil-rich
province of Kirkuk.
Counter-Terrorism Service force, in coordination with the U.S.-led
international coalition, carried out a security operation in Daquq area in
Kirkuk,” the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a press statement.
troops killed seven terrorists and destroyed several hotbeds and tunnels in the
operation, the statement added.
declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017
with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which
was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in
2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and
paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing
to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously
Officials Speak Out Against Hezbollah's Control Over Country
of the Lebanese Kataeb party MP Sami Gemayel and leader of the Christian
Lebanese Forces political party Samir Geagea spoke out against the control that
the Hezbollah terrorist group exercises over Lebanon as protests continued amid
a deepening financial crisis in the country, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.
pointed to a settlement in 2016 that allowed Michel Aoun to be elected as
president, claiming that this led Lebanon to its current
"catastrophic" state of affairs. The MP added that this allowed
Hezbollah to take control of the country.
current political class is covering for Hezbollah and is implementing the
party’s policies, whether in defending it at international arenas or justifying
its internal policies," said Gemayel. "We believe that a government
which is clearly controlled by Hezbollah must not be granted confidence."
control over the government embroils Lebanon in regional conflicts against the
people's will, according to the MP. Gemayel lamented the fact that the
country's president is not invited to visit the United States.
the government remains silent over every challenge from Lebanese territory
against Arab or foreign countries and all of Lebanon’s historic friends, then
this means that this government is complicit," said Gemayel.
MP added that Lebanon now has to deal with "sanctions, restrictions and
unusual cash flows because Lebanon is being used to smuggle fuel to
irony is that they want to challenge and threaten the world and then ask it for
help and money," said Gemayel.
a Lebanese Forces convention in Canada, Geagea expressed concerns about
Hezbollah's influence in the country as well, describing Lebanon as a "bus
without a driver," according to the Lebanese National News Agency.
are currently two imminent threats to Lebanon: the first is a
security-military-strategic threat, seeing as Lebanon is currently like a bus
without a driver, which is being driven by someone other than the one behind
the steering wheel, and we don’t know where he’ll take us," said Geagea.
decision of peace and war is fully in Hezbollah’s hand, and we hope Hezbollah
will not drag us into a war in the region with all its dramatic
parliamentarian recalled the Israel-Lebanon War in 2006, saying that the
Lebanese people went to sleep and woke up the next day at war. Then-prime
minister Fouad Siniora said that he didn't know what had happened and hadn't
approved it and he did what he could to remedy the negative effects on the
expressed hope that there wouldn't be a regional escalation and that Lebanon
would avoid any danger.
called on the Lebanese president and prime minister to "tell Hezbollah
that if it is a Lebanese party, it is not entitled to put the Lebanese people
in dangers they do not want, because the decision of peace and war is in the
hands of the procedural authority and the government combined."
was one of the officials who voted Aoun into power.
the end of August, tensions escalated between Israel and Hezbollah when two
explosive drones fell in Beirut near crates containing equipment for precision
guided missiles and Israel carried out an airstrike in Syria which led to the
deaths of two Hezbollah terrorists. Hezbollah responded a week later by firing
anti-tank missiles at an IDF vehicle, narrowly missing it according to Israel
and successfully hitting it according to Hezbollah.
September, Aoun described the drone attacks on Hezbollah as a "declaration
happened resembles a declaration of war that entitles us to resort to our right
to defend our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity," said
Monday, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri rejected any Lebanese involvement
in regional conflicts.
head of the government, I refuse any form of Lebanese involvement in the
conflicts around us. Moreover, I stress that the Lebanese cabinet refuses to
intervene or participate in activities of any organization that is hostile to
the Arabian Gulf countries," said Hariri while in the UAE in response to a
question about Hezbollah's activities in the region, according to Asharq Al
added that Hezbollah should be addressed as "a component of a regional
system and not as a party" in his government.
did speak out against the drone attacks on Hezbollah in August, calling them a
threat to Lebanon's sovereignty and and attempt to spark regional conflict,
according to Reuters.
1,000 Teachers Sacked in Egypt for Terror Links
announced on Monday that over a thousand teachers have been sacked for their
affiliation to a terrorist organization.
Education Minister for Teachers Affairs Mohammed Omar said the ministry had
clear mechanisms to identify teachers who have joined terror groups.
told a press conference that 1,070 teachers have been dismissed.
designated the Muslim Brotherhood group as terrorist in 2014. Hundreds of its
members and leaders are on trial for incitement or committing acts of violence.
explained that given their affiliations, the sacked teachers are not qualified
to teach or work in the education sector.
fired teachers are only a small fraction of the educators in Egypt, estimated
at over 1 million, he went on to say.
Paper: Mossad's Footprints Found in Recent Unrests in Iraq
on the precise security intelligence collected in the past few days, the
Israeli intelligence service along with agents hired by the US embassy in
Baghdad used the popular protests in Iraq and led the peaceful rallies towards
chaos and sabotage acts," the Arabic-language al-Akhbar paper quoted
unnamed sources privy to the Iraqi premier as saying on Tuesday.
added that foreigners' interference changed the path of protests and the nature
of slogans which called for overthrowing Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's
sources also underlined the important role of the foreign news channels and
social media users in pouring oil to the fuel of violent protests through their
unprecedented coverage of the incidents in Iraq.
relevant remarks on Saturday, a prominent Iranian analyst of international
issues said that the Saudi, Israeli and British media are attempting to magnify
the recent unrests in Iraq while the Iraqi cities are in full security.
Zionist enemy in collaboration with Britain and Saudi Arabia as well as their
affiliated media and even the Wahhabis in the region are attempting to leave a
negative impact on the Arbaeen walk through protests under economic
pretexts," Hamid Reza Taraqqi told FNA.
added that the Saudi and British media try to exaggerate the incidents and
gatherings in Iraq to deter Arbaeen pilgrims' travel to the country.
is while calm is prevailing in Iraq and its cities are in full security,"
is going through a different time just days before Arbaeen pilgrimage of the
year of 1441 (according to the lunar calendar of Islamic months) with protests
and demonstrations which apparently have no leader, are apparently popular and
seemingly independent but dubiously questionable in many respects.
and street protests began on Tuesday (October 01).
some in Iraq are trying to frame the protests as a popular and independent
movement without a political leader, there are several indications showing that
they are certainly not spontaneous; the unstable living and economic situation
that has been introduced as the cause of the protests is not a new,
unprecedented and one-off phenomenon that could lead to a burst of public anger
Khazali, the Leader of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq Resistance Movement, revealed, in a
press conference more than a month ago on August 26, that some political
fractions in Iraq in a joint endeavor with some foreign powers are getting
prepared for igniting demonstrations, because they are unhappy with Iraq’s
current foreign policy.
problem is the ‘Deal of the Century’. They are after making the current
administration abide by their demands…. Accordingly, we will witness new
demonstrations in Iraq. The demonstrations are scheduled to begin in the tenth
month (October). If you liked, record these words of mine. This is not my
analysis; it is the information and intelligence I have. They also start with
social media to pretend it is public opinion, but in reality they are being led
by foreigners,” he said.
Lebanon’s al-Akhbar newspaper disclosed that Saudi Arabia had handed a plot to
the administration of US President Donald Trump to stir unrest in Tehran,
Baghdad and Beirut. It shows that the three countries of Iran, Iraq and Lebanon
are the main targets of the project which is aimed at stimulating the public
opinion through the media in order to instigate street protests which would
finally weaken the central government.
Official: US Sees Kurdish Nation Another Israel in Region
be honest with you, it would be better for the United States to support a
Kurdish nation across Turkey, Syria and Iraq," the unnamed National
Security Council official told Newsweek, adding, "It would be another
Israel in the region."
a scheduled phone call on Sunday afternoon between Trump and President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, the US leader claimed that he would withdraw American forces
from Northern Syria.
on his decision to pull American troops deployed in Northeastern Syria back
from an imminent anti-Kurdish incursion of the Turkish military, Trump noted on
Monday, "It’s time for the US to “get out of ridiculous endless wars”.
Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to
do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for
almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless
Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” he stressed.
announcement triggered howls of fury from hawks in Congress and the media, as
well as experts in Middle Eastern politic.
official also denounced the move as stabbing Kurds in the back, saying,
"We are telling the world, we will use you and then throw you away. It's
not like they don't have a television in Asia, in Africa, and South
National Security Council source, who has direct knowledge of the discussions
between US and Turkish presidents, also told Newsweek that Trump got
"rolled" by Erdogan during the recent conversation.
was definitely out-negotiated and only endorsed the troop withdraw to make it
look like we are getting something — but we are not getting something,"
the National Security Council source revealed, adding, "The US national
security has entered a state of increased danger for decades to come because
the president has no spine and that's the bottom line."
to the NSC official, who had first-hand knowledge of the phone call, Trump did
not endorse any Turkish military operation against Kurdish Forces, but also did
not threaten economic sanctions during the phone call if Turkey decided to
undertake offensive operations.
a fairly blunt warning to the NATO ally, Trump on Monday vowed to “obliterate”
the Turkish economy if he thinks it’s stepped out of line in Syria.
of the main issues in the phone call between the two world leaders concerned
the roughly 2,000 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL, ISIS or
Daesh) militant prisoners being held by the Kurdish fighters in Northeastern
told Erdogan he did not want anything to do with ISIL prisoners despite the
United States not currently detaining ISIL prisoners in Syria, as the Kurdish
forces control custody of the prisoners.
announced that Turkey would take custody of the ISIL militant prisoners,
according to the White House statement and the National Security Council
official Newsweek spoke to for the story.
ISIL prisoners, some of them, will eventually be freed amongst the chaos, and
remain in the area or go elsewhere to rejoin the fight," the National
Security Council official speculated.
National Security Council official compared Turkey to "playground
bullies", noting, "When the bigger guy [United States] moves aside in
the playground, they [Turkey] get to beat on the smaller guy [Kurds] and this
is not about the US being the world police."
Turkey considers the Kurdish YPG militia an extension of the banned terrorist
group PKK, the US has been arming and protecting the Kurds for years.
has deployed reinforcements to the Syrian border following Erdogan’s
announcement of a looming military operation against Kurdish militants, but
Washington-backed militants had warned of an "all-out war", if Ankara
will carry out an air and ground military operation.
the US nor Turkey bothered to consult Damascus, which has repeatedly blasted
all their joint and unilateral endeavors as flagrant violations of Syria’s
sovereignty and territorial integrity.
has reiterated that Turkey and US military presence in Syria is illegal and any
foreign troop in Syria is regarded as an occupying force and the Syrian
government has the right to take all the needed measures to confront it.
The Kurdish forces were surprised after the US turned its back to them and
declared decision to withdraw military men from Syria as foreseen by Lebanese
Hezbollah resistance group Leader Seyed Hassan Nasrallah.
a growing number of posts that imply the Kurdish militants' deep regret over
their dependence on the US military support against a Turkish incursion,
several social media accounts of the Kurdish rebels noted the US retreat from
Northern and Northeastern Syria and acknowledged their fatal miscalculation to
fully trust and gamble their fate on the US military backup.
a speech on August 26, 2018, the Hezbollah leader had praised the Syrian Kurds
for their vigilance and starting negotiations with the Syrian government,
saying that the Kurds entered the talks after they were skeptical about United
States’ loyalty and they were not sure when the US government would leave them.
know that Pentagon has set aside $500mn-$750mn under the name of protecting
Kurds, the Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG). What is this share of the
budget for? Is it for establishing democracy in Syria or it is for supporting
the Kurds who must know from experience that the United States uses you as an
instrument along with its own plans, attacks or in its war in Syria, be it
against the Islamic Republic (of Iran), or against Russia, or against the Axis
of Resistance,” Nasrallah said at the time.
warned the Kurds that “they (the Americans) eventually will only think of their
own interests and will leave you alone, and will sell you like slaves in the
Salih calls for national dialog, deplores attacks on protesters, security
President Barham Salih has condemned as “unacceptable’’ the recent acts of
violence targeting protesters, journalists and security forces amid a spate of
unrest gripping the Arab country, warning against foreign attempts to fish in
troubled waters. “The targeting of peaceful demonstrators and security forces
with live bullets, and the targeting of media and media workers is unacceptable
in Iraq, which we have pledged to be a democratic, in which rights and freedoms
are respected, and where all abide by the Constitution,” Saleh said during a
televised speech on Monday.
wave of protests began in Baghdad and some other cities a week ago, with the
participants calling for better living conditions and more government efforts
to end the nation’s economic woes less than two years after the country
declared victory over the Takfiri Daesh terror group.
initially peaceful protests, however, turned ugly after armed elements and
violent rioters entered the scene, starting to vandalize public property and
attempting to enter the Green Zone in Baghdad — which houses government offices
and foreign diplomatic missions.
rioters also attempted to take over local TV stations in the capital Baghdad
over the weekend after the government removed a days-long curfew.
Sunday, the Interior Ministry said 104 people, including eight security
officers, had been killed and more than 6,000 people wounded in the mayhem.
officials say there are “malicious hands” and “infiltrators” behind the killing
of both protesters and security forces during the unrest.
went on to say that Iraqi people have the right to hold peaceful rallies,
urging security forces to preserve the rights of all Iraqis.
asked the protesters “to join a constructive and genuine dialog within the
national framework that guarantees informing the people about the steps of
reform, and holding direct and daily meetings with our youth in all cities.”
Iraqi leader further called for restraint and de-escalation in order to prevent
non-Iraqis from interfering in the national dialog, proposing a government
reshuffle and a review of the electoral law that meets the Iraqi people’s
expressed support for a “fundamental ministerial reshuffle,” while announcing a
series of measures to combat corruption and provide better job opportunities
and services — a key demand of the protesters.
president urged the parliament to enact reforms, including electoral reform, to
address the demands of demonstrators.
also reiterated that an inquiry will be launched into the deadly violence “in
order to prevent the use of excessive force and to follow the rules of
president assured the nation that “the right to protest and freedom of
expression are guaranteed by the Iraqi Constitution.”
Sunday, the Iraqi government announced a series of reforms after an
“extraordinary” session overnight in response to the sweeping unrest.
by its biggest challenge since coming to power just under a year ago, Prime
Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet also issued a decree including 17 planned
reforms, such as land distributions and increased welfare stipends for needy
have asked protesters to give them time to implement the reforms.
unveils new set of reforms to meet protesters' demands
Iraqi government has submitted a new series of reforms in an effort to respond
to protests against corruption, staggering youth unemployment and poor public
services, which started in the capital Baghdad last week and then spread to
Tuesday, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet approved the second package
of reforms, including distribution of residential plots of land to citizens,
expansion of municipal borders of cities, and changing agricultural land into
planned reforms also contain freezing the law, which allows payment of several
salaries to one public servant, providing jobs for young people and activation
of the agricultural lending fund.
the Iraqi cabinet endorsed a possible study to minimize the age of retirement
to give more jobs to the youth.
on Sunday, the Iraqi issued a decree with more than a dozen planned reforms,
including land distributions, military enlistment and increased welfare
stipends for needy families, AFP news agency reported.
on Tuesday, Iraqi Shia cleric and leader of the National Wisdom Movement, Ammar
al-Hakim, called on the Baghdad government to meet the “legitimate demands” of
citizen has the constitutional right to peacefully protest and claim his
rights,” Hakim said, urging both the Iraqi cabinet and the parliament to take
“urgent steps” to carry out comprehensive reforms in the country.
October 4, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi vowed to implement
plans to generate housing, employment, and health “within a time frame.” He
supported the protesters’ demands, promising that the legislature would work on
combating corruption, which he said was “as dangerous as terrorism.”
officials say there are "malicious hands" behind the killing of both
protesters and security forces during the recent spate of unrest in the
Ministry spokesman Saad Maan confirmed for the first time on Sunday that 104
people had been killed, including eight security officers, and more than 6,000
wounded in the protests.
said the ministry was working with other government institutions to find out
who was behind the killings. According to medical sources, the majority of
protesters killed were struck by bullets.
protests began last Tuesday, with demonstrators calling for better living
conditions. The rallies soon turned into riots as some protesters started
vandalizing public properties and attempted to enter the Green Zone in Baghdad
-- which houses government offices and foreign diplomatic missions.
Al-Ghufran expulsions termed ‘breach of human rights’
Qatar’s regime is inhumanely targeting the Al-Ghufran clan, a member of the
larger Al-Murra tribe, for its failure to support a coup staged by the current
ruler’s father more than two decades ago, a leading human rights and civil
liberties lawyer has told Arab News. UK-based lawyer Amjad Salfiti said that
serious breaches of human rights are taking place in Qatar despite promises
that things would change under the new ruler.
state of Qatar is not run by the new ruler but by an old guard, representatives
of the father, which is still keen on punishing people using decisions that do
not comply with the constitution of Qatar,” he said.
rights violations carried out by the former emir include unfairly depriving
thousands of people of citizenship rights.
Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, father of current Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin
Hamad Al-Thani, “decided that they should be deprived of their nationality, and
he tried to kick them out and exclude them from their home on the border
between Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” Salfiti said. More than 10,000 people have
been targeted by the regime.
first round of expulsions or deprivations was reported to be 5,000. But that is
a conservative estimate,” he said.
you are referring just to this part of the tribe, to the Al-Ghufran clan, it is
probable that the numbers are just over 10,000. They have all been subjected to
draconian measures,” he said.
whether there were legal grounds to justify revoking the citizenship of women
and children and deporting them without any crime having been committed,
Salfiti said that all citizens — young, elderly, male and female — are covered
by international law, and their rights to citizenship should be protected.
soon as a state takes any action to deprive a person of his nationality,
whether as a group or individually, that would be a contravention of
international human rights and international rights in general,” Salfiti said.
the case of Qatar, a collective form of deprivation that attracts what is
commonly referred to as collective punishment is also prohibited under
offense has been committed by the state against its own citizens. There would
be some sort of recourse by these citizens to judicial forums, whether
international, regional or local,” he said. Salfiti said that depriving a
person of their nationality and leaving them stateless runs contrary to
ought not to create states of statelessness, they ought to reduce any state of
statelessness,” he said. “So Qatar claiming to be a reformist and proactive
regarding international law is contradicting itself in committing a serious
crime. “It is not only denying people access to education, hospitalization and
medical care, but also uprooting people
and declaring them stateless, which is a fundamental crime that the
international community is working extremely hard to stop.”
told Arab News that he had worked to help free a prominent Qatari prisoner jailed
for seven years by the former emir.
prisoner took issue with certain electoral matters, which he believed were in
breach of the constitution. He was imprisoned for seven years without trial,”
lawyer managed to win the prisoner’s release by lobbying on his behalf and
preparing a summons to the Qatari government seeking his freedom.
Dyke, chairman of the UK-based Rights Realization Center (RRC) and a senior
researcher specializing in international advocacy relating to human rights in
GCC countries, Iran and Afghanistan, told Arab News that the Al-Murra tribe is
one of the principal clans of Qatar. Members of the tribe also live in other
Al-Murra tribe is found mainly in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There is a small
number in the UAE and some members also are found in Kuwait,” he said. “So they
are found throughout the Gulf. A subset of the tribe, the Al-Ghufran clan is
found principally in Qatar.
Al-Ghufran activists have claimed that their clan numbers up to 10,000.
Certainly, when the deprivation of citizenship process started in October,
2004, the numbers were precise — it was 927 heads of households. Therefore, all
the dependants of those heads of households were also made stateless.”
at the time ranged up to 5,000. So, with the passage of time and given the
natural growth of those communities, today’s figure could be as high as 10,000,
Qatar government has told the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) that
there are 1,500 stateless people in Qatar now,” he said.
that includes this community is unknown. It’s difficult to gain a reliable
figure on the numbers of the Al-Ghufran clan who have been left stateless to
Rights Watch has accused the Qatari regime of depriving individuals of their
basic human rights. Dyke said that the “arbitrary” deprivation of citizenship
was a contravention of accepted human rights practice. “It happened at a time,
2004, when knowledge about this particular issue and about Qatar was relatively
poor. In recent years, members of the community, many based in Saudi Arabia,
have started campaigning for their rights,” he said.
2004, there was an arbitrary deprivation of citizenship by decree and, shortly
afterwards, the authorities began removing people from their jobs. They were
deprived of education, people were taken out of schools, they were no longer
able to access medical services, had their bank accounts closed and were no
longer allowed to own property,” Dyke recalls.
said that a special UN meeting held in Geneva on Oct. 7, 2019, was intended to
investigate measures to end statelessness.
RRC, other human rights groups and members of Al-Ghufran community are calling
on Qatar to allow all those people who were arbitrarily and unfairly
denationalized to be allowed back into the country and renationalized. We also
want some kind of restitution and recognition of what they have been through,”
of the tribe have petitioned leading authorities and government figures in the
Gulf, including the government of Saudi Arabia.”
Dyke said that “unfortunately, the trajectory seems to be pretty negative at
the moment.” Doha has signed up to a number of human rights covenants and
international human rights treaties, “so it is a good time for Qatar to take
action and acknowledge the wrongs that have been committed,” he said.
highlighted some of the human-rights violations by the Qatari regime.
travel ban was imposed on Najeeb Al-Nuami, the longstanding human rights lawyer
who used to be attorney general. He is still facing restrictions, an
arbitrarily imposed travel ban.
Shoura Council chairman receives China ambassador
Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh
received China’s ambassador to the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Chen Weiqing hailed the pioneering role of Saudi Arabia in the region and
globally, remarking on the depth of bilateral relations.
envoy condemned the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities and civilian
locations, and said the Kingdom had the right to defend its sovereignty and
thanked King Salman and Crown Prince
Mohamed bin Salman for their efforts toward promoting and developing
Saudi-Chinese relations, and for hosting the G20 summit that will be held next
also praised the launch of tourist visas, adding that the Kingdom was home to
many attractions that would appeal to Chinese tourists.
noted the solid and
relationships with China on all levels.
said trade and economic relations were growing rapidly and that the
Saudi-Chinese Coordination Council was playing an important role in promoting
World League condemns abuse on Jewish students in Australia
Muslim World League (MWL) denounced on Tuesday an attack on Jewish boys
committed by Muslim students in Australia, calling it “appalling and barbaric.”
week Australian media broadcasted images showing a Jewish student pressured to
kneel and kiss the shoes of his Muslim classmate.
to local reports, the Jewish student who was in the video kissing the shoes of
the Muslim boy was a 12-year-old from Melbourne.
a separate incident, a five-year-old boy was allegedly called a “Jewish
cockroach” and was repeatedly bullied, local daily The Sydney Morning Herald
appalling and barbaric act is contrary to the doctrine of Islam,” Mohammed bin
Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the secretary general of MWL said in a statement, noting
that any person who does this is a disrespectful individual who wrongs Islam.
Islam, Judaism is considered a divine religion and Allah called the Jews and
Christians “the People of the Book,” Al-Issa explained.
reiterated the MWL’s condemnation of any abusive behavior toward anyone based
on their religion, culture, ethnicity or color. This includes abuse of Islam by
extremists, even if the attacks are from within the Islamic community, he
MWL statement was issued from Makkah on “behalf of all Muslims and countries
affiliated with the organization's secretariat, branch bodies and global
councils,” it read.
police arrest four people at Luton Airport
terror police have arrested four people on suspicion of being members of a
Sri Lankan nationals were arrested after arriving at Luton Airport on Saturday
Metropolitan Police said the group were stopped under the Terrorism Act 2000
and arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
investigation is being led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.
39-year-old man, a 35-year-old man and a 41-year-old man remain in custody at a
south London police station.
35-year-old woman has been bailed to a date in early November, pending further
PM questions US hesitations over northeast Syria
prime minister defended his country’s policy in northeastern Syria on Tuesday
saying that, unlike US hesitations, Paris’ priority remained to defeat ISIS and
preserve Kurdish-led forces fighting the terrorist organization.
US decision to withdraw from northeastern Syria leaving Turkey to launch an
offensive against Kurdish militants in the region has rattled allies, including
France, one of Washington’s main partners in the US-led coalition fighting
in parliament to criticism of the French government from some opposition
lawmakers for not publicly defending Kurdish forces in the face of a possible
Turkish offensive, Edouard Philippe said Paris had not wavered on its policy
fight against Daesh (ISIS) is not over and continues alongside the
(Kurdish-led) Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” Phillipe told lawmakers.
things with constancy and coherence is preferable to reacting to obvious
hesitations from certain players notably our American friends,” Philippe said,
alluding to differences in the US administration.
deeply concerned about Turkish plans for Syria military action: PM's office
is deeply concerned that Turkey plans to launch a military campaign in northern
Syria, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Tuesday.
said it had completed preparations for a military operation in northeast Syria
after the US began pulling back troops, opening the way for a Turkish attack on
Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington.
vows to fight against ‘Islamist terror’
President Emmanuel Macron vowed an “unrelenting fight in the face of Islamist
terrorism” on Tuesday as he paid tribute to the four Paris police staff stabbed
to death last week by a radicalized colleague.
will wage an unrelenting fight in the face of Islamist terrorism,” Macron told
a ceremony at the police headquarters where the attack took place.
Harpon, a 45-year-old computer expert in the police intelligence-gathering
department, used a kitchen knife and an oyster shucker to kill three male and
one female colleague in a 30-minute rampage that ended when an officer shot him
in the head.
had converted to Islam about 10 years ago and adopted increasingly radical
beliefs, according to investigators.
killings have raised questions about how he managed to avoid detection by the
police, despite having top-level security clearance.
said it was “inconceivable and unacceptable” that Harpon, who had worked for
the police since 2003, had managed to carry out an attack “in the very place
where we pursue terrorists and criminals.”
Macron pays homage to ‘victims of terrorism’
French President Emmanuel Macron led a national tribute Tuesday to the four
police employees slain in last week's knife attack in Paris, calling them
victims of terrorism.
a ceremony at the police headquarters where they were stabbed to death in last
Thursday's bloody rampage, a solemn Macron endured drizzle as he paid homage to
the three police officers and one police administrator killed by their own
colleague, a 45-year-old deaf technology administrator.
had made the choice to wear the uniform, to devote their lives to protecting
others. They died in service, at work," said Macron, who was also met
privately with families of the victims.
prosecutors are investigating the killings as a potential act of terrorism as
it transpired the knifeman likely had links with members of an
ultra-conservative extremist movement.
whole nation (must) unite, mobilize, act... We will only win if our country
gets up to fight against this underground (extremism) that corrupts the
children of France," he added.
proposed establishing a "society of vigilance" to protect France, a
country still reeling from numerous extremist attacks in recent years — but he
warned the French against "suspicion that corrodes."
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner initially said there were "no
warning signs" ahead of the attack, he has since acknowledged breaches in
security over a failure to detect signals of the attacker's radicalization. The
man had previously "justified" the deadly 2015 extremist attack on
satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in front of his colleagues. No written report
was made at the time.
took some 24 hours after the attack for authorities to say it was a potential
act of terrorism, and the French government initially maintained there was
nothing to suggest the armed attacker had any ties to extremist groups.
Tuesday, Castaner posthumously bestowed France's highest award, the Legion of
Honor, on the four victims. The fifth fatality, the knifeman himself, was shot
dead by a rookie officer who had completed police academy training six days
before the attack.
said the attacker had worked for the Paris police force as a technology
administrator in the intelligence unit since 2003 and didn't have a history of
ceremony came as justice officials said French investigators found a USB stick
belonging to the killer containing information about his colleagues.
countries need to take back Daesh terrorists’
Ambassador to the U.K. Umit Yalcin on Tuesday urged countries to take back
their nationals, who were involved in terrorist activities in Syria.
to SkyNews, he said it would be an ideal situation, if countries of their
origin take back these captured terrorists and bring them to justice or
argued that those individuals (terrorists) carried “their nationalities and
passports” when they had left their countries.
envoy said that Turkey can deport those held in Turkey to their own countries.
called for exploring new mechanism of cooperation between the countries, to
deal with foreign terrorists, detained in Syria.
interview with British news channel was aired in the wake of a possible Turkish
operation into northern Syria, to secure safe zone for the return of Syrian
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Sunday that Turkey is ready to launch
"Operation Peace Spring" east of the Euphrates River in northern
Syria, to clear the region from terrorists.
President Donald Trump said in a Twitter message that “Turkey, Europe, Syria,
Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out, and
what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their
has long called for the U.S. to partner with it in the fight against Daesh, a
terror group Ankara has worked to root out, arresting and deporting its members
2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern
Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it
possible for nearly 400,000 Syrians who fled from the violence, to return to
their home to western Syria.
a report published in 2017, a London-based think tank Henry Jackson Society has
documented 60 foreign fighters from 12 countries. Over 80% of them belonged to
report also recommended that the YPG -- the PYD’s armed wing -- should be added
to U.K.'s list of alternate names of the banned PKK, so the anti-terror law
could be applied to their activities under this name.
the U.K. has listed the PKK as a terrorist organization since 2001, the PYD/PKK
-- its Syrian off-shoot -- is not in the list.
'sole desire' is peace, stability in Balkans
"sole desire" is peace and stability in the Balkans, President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
that Balkan region has suffered in the last quarter of century and has paid
serious costs, Erdogan urged the need to build future together, not by seeing
differences as an element of conflict, but by wealth.
should build our future together by seeing our differences not as an element of
conflict but our wealth, and develop our cooperation in every field. I hope
that we will add new ones to these projects, which are our common pride in the
coming period," he said, at the inauguration of various projects and also
groundbreaking ceremony of the Sarajevo-Belgrade Highway in Serbia’s Sremska
said Turkey will continue to increase investments across Serbia, adding that
the countries need to develop relations in all areas.
part of these territories is a monument of our solidarity and
cooperation," he added.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that it is a historic event for
everyone in the region.
us, this is a historic event. Since 1945, all roads, railroads, connections,
and communications with Bosnia have generally been bad, as if some people
living there were being punished intentionally," said Vucic.
further said that an opportunity has come to take care of future, regulate
relations and put aside doubts, fears and hatred.
is an opportunity to show that we are taking care of our future, we can
regulate relations between us. That is why one of the most important moments in
the region begins today. The space that was once a space of doubts, fears,
hatred, today we are starting to open and connect,'' he added.
urgency of connectivity, Vucic said that nothing in the Balkans is as necessary
is a way to move on to the future. They introduce us to one another, give us
the opportunity to understand, and in the end, to forgive without a backlash
...," said Vucic.
remotely cut the ribbon of three different projects carried out by TIKA,
Turkey’s state aid agency. They included, the Ram Fortress, an Ottoman castle
restored by TIKA, the Valide Sultan Mosque in Sjenica, and a court building in
Parliament appoints new Turkey rapporteur
Sanchez Amor has been appointed as the new rapporteur on Turkey, the European
Parliament said on Tuesday.
Spanish politician, elected to the European Parliament in 2019, Amor is member
of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party.
in Caceres, a city in western Spain's Extremadura region, he is a member of the
European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee and the delegation of the
EU-Turkey joint parliamentary committee.
Commission of the EU Parliament has approved Amor’s nomination, to assume the
office of Turkey rapporteur.
will replace current rapporteur, Dutch Kati Piri, whose reports about Turkey
had often invoked strong reaction from Ankara.
had previously said that the PKK is not a threat to the EU despite it has been
proscribed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.
Charges Famous Kurdish Singer With Being Gay, Faces Execution
has alleged that a prominent singer is gay and under the Islamic Republic’s
anti-homosexual laws he could face the death penalty.
journalist Ali Hamedani tweeted on Sunday that “A famous Iranian singer from
the Kurdish province of Kermanshah has been ‘accused’ of being a homosexual and
could face execution. Iran executes gay men.”
famous Iranian singer from the Kurdish province of #Kermanshah has been
“accused” of being a #homosexual and could face execution. Iran executes gay
men. https://twitter.com/beehnam/status/1180898406149046279 …
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Beck, a German Green Party politician and LGBTQ activist , told The Jerusalem
Post that "It is a perversion of unjust states like Iran and Saudi Arabia
that alleged or actual homosexuality is presented as an accusation that can
cost you your life. It is time for the international community to outlaw states
Kurdistan Human Rights Network tweeted that “Mohsen Lorestani, a Kurdish singer
from Kermanshah, has been charged with ‘corruption on earth’ in a public
complaint. His lawyer told Kurdistan Human Rights Network, ‘The alleged incidents
happened in a private chat.’ If convicted, this charge could result in death
Human Rights Network
a Kurdish singer from #Kermanshah, has been charged with "corruption on
earth" in a public complaint. His lawyer told Kurdistan Human Rights
Network, "The alleged incidents happened in a private chat." If
convicted, this charge could result in death sentence.
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News Wire reported that “Well known Iranian Kurdish singer, Mohsen Lorestani
was charged with ‘corruption on earth’ by a court in Tehran for posting
‘immoral’ content on social media. ‘Corruption on earth’ can carry the death
known Iranian Kurdish singer, Mohsen Lorestani was charged with
"corruption on earth" by a court in Tehran for posting
"immoral" content on social media. "Corruption on earth"
can carry the death sentence.
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Jerusalem Post first reported on the Iranian regime’s public hanging of a
homosexual in January based on the country’s anti-gay law. The unidentified man
was hanged on January 10 in the southwestern city of Kazeroon based on criminal
violations of “lavat-e be onf” – sexual intercourse between two men, as well as
kidnapping charges, according to ISNA. Iran’s radical sharia law system
prescribes the death penalty for gay sex.
to a 2008 British WikiLeaks dispatch, Iran’s mullah regime has executed
“between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians” since the Islamic Revolution in
2016, The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran’s regime had executed a gay
adolescent that year – the first confirmed execution of someone convicted as a
juvenile in the Islamic Republic.
Afshar, 19, was hanged in Arak Prison in Iran’s Markazi Province on July 18,
2016, after he was convicted of “forced male-to-male anal intercourse” in early
2011, Iran’s regime executed three Iranian men after being found guilty of
charges related to homosexuality.
a Conflict, Iran Would Wage a Missile War Against America
when you thought you’d seen it all in the six-year-long Syrian civil war, the
conflict took another turn when Iran launched a missile attack against Islamic
State militants in the province of Deir ez-Zour last Sunday. Iran depicted the
attack, which was reportedly the first time Iran used missiles since the
Iran-Iraq War, as a response to the ISIS attacks on the Iranian parliament and
mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini earlier this month.
ISIS provided the immediate impetus for the attacks, there’s little doubt that
Tehran wanted to send a secondary message to the United States and its allies,
especially given that U.S. forces have begun attacking Bashar al-Assad’s forces
in Syria. Indeed, Ramazan Sharif, a general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards
Corps (IRGC), told state-run media after the attacks: “The Saudis and Americans
are especially receivers of this message. Obviously and clearly, some
reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced
that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran.”
regional adversaries from threatening Iran is the primary reason Tehran has
amassed the largest ballistic missile forces in the Middle East. The missile
program actually began under the Shah, but it was accelerated during the
Iran-Iraq War in order to threaten Saddam Hussein with strikes deep in Iraqi
territory. Since then, Iran has worked with countries like Libya, North Korea
and China in order to develop a large and diverse arsenal of ballistic and
cruise missiles that form one part of its three-leg deterrent strategy. With
Iran now using missiles in conflict, it’s worth taking a closer look at the
weapons in its arsenal.
backbone of Iran's missile forces are the Shahab-series of liquid-fueled
(mostly) short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM). There are three variants of the
missile: The Shahab-1, Shahab-2 and Shahab-3. The Shahab-1 was the first
missile Iran acquired and is based on the Soviet Scud-B missile. Iran
reportedly purchased these initially from Libya and possibly Syria, but North
Korea has been its main supplier. The Shab-1 has a reported range between
285–330 kilometers, and can carry a warhead of around one thousand kilograms.
Iran is believed to have three hundred Shahab-1 rockets.
Iran acquired Shahab-2 missiles, likely from North Korea. This missile is based
on the Scud-C and has a range of five hundred kilometers with a payload
capacity of 770 kilograms. Iran first began testing the Shahab-2 in 1998, and
it has been operational since at least 2004. Like the Shahab-1, the Shahab-2 is
road-mobile, however, the Congressional Research Service has noted that:
“Wartime experiences, such as in Iraq, show these missiles tend to operate
within a radius of about 100 kilometers or less from their bases because of the
need to ensure operational security and to be able to maintain key logistics
support.” Tehran only purchased between 100–170 Shahab-2s from North Korea, but
can now produce them indigenously (although it relies on some imported parts).
importantly is the Shahab-3, also a liquid-fueled, road-mobile missile. The
Shahab-3 is the first medium-range ballistic missile Iran acquired, with a
likely range of between 1,000-1,300 kilometers depending on the size of the
payload. The payloads themselves are said to weigh between between 760 and
1,200 kilograms. The Shahab-3 is widely believed to be based on North Korea's
No Dong-1 missile, which itself likely relied heavily on Soviet technology.
Unlike the other Shahab-variants, the Shahab-3 is a two-stage missile with an engine
and separate reentry vehicle. Iran's version of the missile was first flight
tested in 1998. That test was unsuccessful, and a number of subsequent tests
also failed. Consequently, the Shahab-3 did not enter into service until 2003.
is unknown how many Shahab-3 missiles Iran has deployed, in part because Tehran
appears to rely mostly on a number of variants of the missile, which go by a
number of different names like the Emad and Ghadr. These later editions of the
missile incorporate Pakistani technology, have a redesigned reentry vehicle,
and improved navigation and guidance systems. It's possible, but unlikely, that
some of these variants use solid fuel. They do have an improved range of
somewhere between 1,500–1,800 kilometers, and perhaps as high as 2,500
Fateh-series missiles are the solid-fueled counterparts of Shahab missiles.
Like the Shahab-1 and Shahab-2, the Fateh-110 and Faeth-331 are short-range and
road-mobile. The Fateh-110 is a single-stage missile with a range of 210
kilometers. It is likely more accurate than some of the earlier Shahab
variants, with some estimates suggesting a circular error probable (CEP) of one
hundred meters. Iran began developing the Fateh-110 in 1995, with the first
test coming in May 2001. The missile became operational in 2004. The Fateh-313
extends the range of the Fateh-110 to roughly five hundred kilometers, and also
has other upgrades such as greater accuracy. It is believed to have entered
into service in 2015. The U.S. Treasury has accused Chinese companies of aiding
Iran's development of the Fateh series.
year, Iran unveiled a new part of the Fateh family, called the Zolfaghar. When
Iran first revealed the missile, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan claimed it
had a range of seven hundred kilometers. According to IHS Jane’s, “The
Zolfaghar appears to be the same shape and size as earlier Fateh-110s, but the
guidance system has been redesigned, seemingly so it sits closer to the nose.
This may have freed up space for a larger solid-fuel motor, but has come at the
expense of payload size, which clearly has been reduced.” Fars News Agency,
which is close to the IRGC, reported that the Zolfaghar “is capable of carrying
Multiple Reentry Vehicle (MRV) payloads,” although this seems unlikely. Iran
claims that it used Zolfaghar missiles to attack Syria last Sunday, but Israeli
intelligence believes that was actually a Shahab-3.
Sejjil medium-range ballistic missile is the solid-fueled counterpart to the
Shahab-3 liquid-fueled missile discussed above. According to CSIS's Missile
Defense Project, the Sejjil missile has a similar size, weight and range to the
Shahab-3. Specifically, the two-stage missile has a range of two thousand
kilometers and can carry a warhead of between 500–1500 kilograms. Development
reportedly began in the late 1990s, but the first test wasn't conducted until
2008. During a 2009 flight test, the missile flew around 1,900 kilometers.
Although the Sejjil missile uses an Iranian design, it likely benefitted from
Chinese assistance, with some commentators comparing it to the DF-11 and DF-15.
Iran has claimed that it has developed multiple variants of the missile,
including a Sejjil-3 missile that some analysts believe will have a maximum
range of four thousand kilometers.
but not least, Iran has developed an anti-ship ballistic missile to enhance its
anti-access/area denial strategy against the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf.
Appropriately enough, Iran named this missile Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf). Based
off of the Fateh-110, the Khalij Fars was first tested in early 2011, and
coincided with Iran announcing the completion of a long-range, passive radar
covering a 1,100 kilometer-radius. Later that year Iran announced that the
missile had entered mass production. In tests since that time Iran has claimed,
rather implausibly, the missile registered a 100 percent success rate in
hitting ship-like platforms positioned in the Persian Gulf. According to
Iranian media outlets, “the supersonic projectile, which carries a 650-kilogram
warhead, is immune to interception and features high-precision systems.” An
Iranian general has bragged in 2013, "Today, Iran has missiles that can
crush U.S. warships like a can and send them deep into water.” Iran has also
unveiled two variants of the Khalij Fars: the passive radar-guided Hormuz-1 and
the active radar-guided Hormuz-2.
unveils kit to convert artillery rockets into guided missiles
Iranian military has unveiled what it claims is a conversion kit that converts
artillery rockets into surface-to-surface missiles – technology that Israel has
accused Tehran of trying to deliver to Hezbollah, according to a report.
Islamic Republic unveiled the new guidance system upgrade — called Labeik –
last week at an event where several new military technologies were showcased,
according to a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly.
system appeared to be similar to the guidance systems in the Fateh-110 family
of solid-propellant missiles, many of which are believed to be in the hands of
Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon, The Times of Israel reported.
new system also appears to be compatible with Zelzal heavy artillery rockets,
according to the report by Jane’s Defence Weekly.
of the new conversion system shown on Iranian TV shows a short body featuring
four inverted fins that can be fitted between the rocket and its payload.
Rubin, one of the pioneers of Israel’s earliest attempts at missile defense,
told The Times of Israel that Iran has already been converting artillery
rockets into missiles.
“what’s new here are the aerodynamics of the winglets — very unique, unseen in
Iran to date and unseen in any other country,” he told the news outlet.
to indigenous design rather than copying others indicates self-confidence. The
purpose of the new and unique aerodynamics is probably to increase the maneuverability
of the converted rockets,” Rubin added.
if the latest development had any implications for Hezbollah’s missile program
or how the Jewish state deals with the terror group, Rubin replied that it
is exactly the ‘precision rocket’ project that Netanyahu and the IDF regard as
a red line,” he said.
is believed to have more than 150,000 missiles, but only a small number of them
can be guided to specific targets.
of Jewish settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
of Jewish settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, an Al
Arabiya correspondent reported on Tuesday.
to the Palestinian News and Info Agency, Israeli Agriculture Minister Yuri
Ariel lead the Al-Aqsa raid.
settlers were marking the holy Jewish holy day of Youm Kippur.
of settlers had stormed the courtyard of Al-Buraq Wall in the western wall of
Al-Aqsa Mosque the night before to perform religious rituals of Yom Kippur,
amid tight restrictions on the freedom of movement of surrounding residents.
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs Husam Abu Al-Rub
said in a statement on Tuesday that these “intrusions are aimed at the
independence of Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially in light of practices that have gone
beyond provocative daily violations, to systematic and deliberate violations in
order to control and Judaize the area.”
added that the “new Israeli campaign is based on forging of facts and the
imposition of a fait accompli policy testifying to the hateful racism practiced
by the settlers on the holy sites.”
mosque has long been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is
the third holiest for Muslims, and for their part, Jews refer to the area as
the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient
captured the Old City and the rest of East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967
Middle East war, occupying and later annexing it.
sent thousands of troops to Iraq for Shia pilgrimage: Iranian commander
has sent 7,500 members of its special unit law enforcement force to Iraq,
according to the force’s commander, amid accusations from Iraqi protesters that
Iranians have been directly involved in the crackdown on the protests in Iraq.
is sending these forces to provide security for the Arbaeen Pilgrimage, a Shia
religious ceremony, claimed the commander of the “special unit law enforcement
force” Gen. Hassan Karami, reported the semi-official Mehr news agency on
also has undercover agents in the crowds to control the situation, he said.
special unit law enforcement force is responsible for dealing with protests in
the country, and it was heavily involved in the crackdown on the protests that
broke out in Iran between December 2017 and January 2018 in over 100 cities.
those protests, 30 Iranians were killed and over 5000 were arrested, 50 of whom
were tortured to death.
thousands of Iranian forces sent to Iraq have been sent to help suppress the
current protests in the country, say some observers.
Iraqi protesters have accused Iran of being directly involved in the crackdown
of their protests.
Iraqi protester interviewed by Reuters on October 3 said that Farsi-speaking
Iranians, not Iraqi forces, have been shooting at people during Iraq’s recent
is no work, you come to protest, they fire at you. Live gunfire. They are all
Iranian speaking in Farsi. You want to speak to them they answer in Farsi. The
Iraqis would not fire at you,” the Iraqi protester told Reuters.
least 110 people have been killed across Iraq and more than 6,000 wounded, with
protesters demanding the removal of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and a
government they accuse of corruption.
have also been shouting slogans against the Iranian presence in their country.
Videos of the protests on social media show protesters tearing images of Iran’s
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the Shia holy city of Karbala.
is influential in Iraq, including military personnel on the ground. Iraqi Prime
Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi is a former member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi
Council, a Shia political party with close ties to Iran.
of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militias are loyal to Iran, and the
PMU’s deputy commander Jamal Jaafar al-Ibrahimi – known by his nom de guerre
Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes – is a key Iranian ally. Mohandes is also the leader of
Katai’b Hezbollah, the terrorist organization accused of attacking Saudi
Arabian oil pipelines in May.
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is also influential in Iraq. Qassem
Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, has repeatedly travelled to
Iraq in violation of UNSCR 2231, which established a travel ban as part of the
Iran nuclear deal.
in his first reaction to the violence in Iraq, has called the protests a
“conspiracy” by the enemies and an attempt to “sow discord” between Iran and
Shariatmadari, one Khamenei’s representatives, and the head of Iran’s hardline
Kayhan newspaper, had reiterated accusations by top Iranian officials claiming
that the protests in Iraq were instigated “by America and foreign elements,”
and called on Iraqis to “occupy the US embassy like the Iranians did in 1979.”
senior Iranian cleric and member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts’ presiding board
accused Saudi Arabia and the US of being behind the protests in Iraq.
president condemns Turkey's ‘unacceptable actions’
has carried out “unacceptable actions” and Cyprus will pursue diplomatic action
to put an end to Turkish attacks, said Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades on
was attending the Cairo Summit in Egypt, where Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt
reaffirmed their ties.
Cypriot President also stressed the importance of the territorial integrity of
Libya and Syria and the need for the establishment of a Palestinian state, and
discussed the issue of illegal immigration and their economic consequences.
called on the international community to exert more efforts to combat terrorism
and enhance energy security, stressing that the investment mechanism between
Egypt, Cyprus and Greece should be encouraged.
MPs blame Iran after visit to Saudi Aramco attack site
federal parliamentary members said on Tuesday that responsibility for last
month’s attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities were “plausibly imputable to
Iran directly,” following a visit to the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia.
responsibility for this attack is plausibly imputable to Iran directly. Iran’s
policy to support terrorist & destabilizing other states is unacceptable!”
Olav Gutting and Nikolas Lobel, members of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union
party, shared in posts on Twitter.
I visit with @NikolasLoebel #Amcro in #Abquaiq, where drone attack on #KSA took
place. The responsibility for this attack is plausibly imputable to Iran
directly. Iran's policy to support terrorist & destabilizing other states
is unacceptable! @KSAembassyDE
PM - Oct 8, 2019
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parliamentary officials’ comments are in alignment with a joint statement
issued by their home country of Germany, Britain, and France. The European
countries blamed Iran for the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and said
the time had come for Iran to accept negotiations on its missile program and
issues of regional security.
September 14 drone attacks caused fires at two Saudi Aramco facilities, in
Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais oilfield. The attacks knocked out more than half of
Saudi Arabia’s oil production and damaged the world’s biggest crude processing
intelligence shows that the attack originated from Iran and the Arab
Coalition’s preliminary findings showed the weapons were made by Iran. Iran
denied US accusations it was to blame and the Iran-backed Houthi militia
Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has said that the
Kingdom holds Iran responsible as the equipment used was Iranian-made.
demonstrate in northern Gaza to demand full lifting of siege
of Palestinians have staged a demonstration in the northern part of the Gaza
Strip to demand that the Israeli authorities completely lift the blockade that
has been imposed on the impoverished coastal enclave for more than a decade.
Tuesday, the protesters converged near Erez crossing, which is situated at the
northern end of the Gaza Strip and opens to the Israeli-occupied territories,
in a demonstration organized by the syndicate of trade unions and the highest
commission of “The Great March of Return.”
demonstrators waved Palestinian flags, and carried banners reading: “The unfair
siege which has been imposed on the Gaza Strip must be unconditionally
lifted," and "Gaza siege is the biggest crime against humanity.”
Abu Hassanein, spokesman of the syndicate, said the protest aims “to attract
the world's attention to see the crime of the siege on Gaza has caused
disastrous consequences that influenced the life aspects.”
called on the international community "to bear its responsibility and
stand by the side of the Palestinians against the unjust siege that suffocates
the people and fully disabled the trade union and all its fields in Gaza."
Hassanein emphasized that unity among all Palestinian factions would certainly
contribute to the lifting of the Gaza siege, calling on the Palestinian
Authority officials to help residents of the Gaza Strip confront the blockade's
have been holding “The Great March of Return” protests every week since March
30 last year. The Palestinians demand the right to return for those driven out
of their homeland by Israeli aggression.
troops have killed at least 314 Palestinians since the beginning of the rallies
and wounded more than 17,000 others, according to the Gazan Health Ministry.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14 last year, on the eve of the 70th
anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided with the US
embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
March, a United Nations fact-finding mission said that Israeli forces were
committing rights violations during their crackdown against the Palestinian
protesters in Gaza that may amount to war crimes.
has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, which has caused a decline in
forces put occupied West Bank on lockdown for rituals
military forces have put the occupied West Bank on complete lockdown in order
to pave the way for Israeli settlers to perform religious rituals in Jerusalem
to Palestinian media, Israeli army has announced that all crossings into the
occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip will remain closed until
Israeli military also said that border crossings between the occupied
territories and the neighboring countries would be closed until Wednesday night
on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur.
forces have imposed traffic restrictions, with public transportation,
government services and television broadcasters ceasing operations during the
holiday. All flights from the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv were also
to Palestinian media, more than 200 settlers, who were being escorted by armed
Israeli forces, provocatively toured the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the
occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds to attend the ritual ceremony.
Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, begins at sundown Tuesday, and
is marked by fasting, abstinence and prayer over its 25 hours.
al-Aqsa compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the
Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israelis regard the site as their most holy place, as it is located where Jews
believe the First and Second Temples once stood. Palestinians say the Tel Aviv
regime seeks to change the status quo of the sacred site.
Jewish visitation of al-Aqsa is permitted but according to an agreement signed
between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel’s occupation of East
Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967, non-Muslim worship at the compound is prohibited.
the number of Israeli lawmakers who come to the sacred compound has increased
after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided last July to allow such visits
once every three months.
a separate development Israeli forces raided Palestinian home in the occupied
West Bank on Monday night, arresting at least nine people.
nine were detained over various allegations, including participation in
anti-occupation protests, according to the Jerusalem Post.
recent months, Israeli forces have frequently raided the houses of Palestinians
in the West Bank, arresting dozens of people, who are then transferred to
Israeli prisons, where they are kept without any charges.
general ‘played leading role’ in crackdown on Iraqi protests
The Iraqi government sent Iranian-backed armed factions to crack down on
demonstrations and kill protesters, senior Iraqi security officials and
politicians told Arab News on Tuesday.
groups are said to directly report to Gen. Qasim Soleimani, the commander of
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
general personally came to Baghdad a few days ago to manage the crisis,” said a
senior security official in Baghdad. “He gave the orders to brutally deal with
the demonstrators, and even kill them to sow terror in the hearts of the rest.
his orders, Iraqi security leaders were excluded from (dealing with the
protests), the internet was blocked, most local journalists covering the
demonstrations were threatened and some local and Arabic satellite TV stations
were set on fire.”
have been widespread demonstrations in Baghdad and seven southern,
Shiite-dominated provinces over the past week in protest against corruption,
high levels of unemployment and a lack of basic daily services. They turned
violent when Iraqi riot police used live bullets and tear gas to disperse
demonstrators who were trying to reach government and political party
the past eight days, more than 180 people have been killed and 7,000 injured,
including security personnel, and dozens of government buildings, political
party headquarters and military vehicles have been torched, security sources
footage recorded by demonstrators and activists reveals that many of the
demonstrators who were killed were unarmed and not close enough to any security
services or government buildings to pose a threat.
of the videos seen by Arab News showed a young demonstrator running through a
popular small marketplace to escape his pursuers. When he stopped to talk to
someone a gunman approached and, from a distance of less than a meter, shot him
in the head.
a speech on Monday evening, Iraqi President Barham Salih acknowledged that
excessive force had been used against demonstrators but added that the
authorities did not give any orders to use deadly force, and the killers are
peaceful demonstrators and security forces with live bullets ... is
unacceptable in Iraq, which we have accepted and pledged to be a democracy in
which rights and freedoms are fostered,” he said.
government and the commanders of the security services assure us that there
were no orders to shoot, and that these abuses, the excessive violence and the
targeting (of demonstrators) with live bullets, were not (the result of) a
decision by the state and its agencies. Consequently, the perpetrators are
criminals and outlaws.”
chiefs said Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi ignored their recommendations not
to use force against protesters as long as they did not pose a threat to
citizens or the state, and to try to calm their anger. Rather than allow some
time to find a peaceful solution, he ordered armed factions allied with the
government to deal with the situation, security officials said.
factions that took to the street are said to be the Badr Organization, the
largest armed Shiite group, Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, Sayyid Al-Shuhada Brigades and
Saraya Al-Khorasani. Security leaders, politicians and activists said these
groups played a pivotal role in cracking down on the demonstrations and the
killing of demonstrators.
authorities on Tuesday blocked internet access for an eighth consecutive day in
an attempt to control the protests and prevent demonstrators from sharing
videos and pictures that they hope will help gain more domestic and
Iraqi and foreign journalists and activists who were reporting on or monitoring
the protests left Baghdad over the past week after receiving warnings that
warrants had been issued for the arrest of dozens of them under terrorism
legislation, the punishment for which includes the death penalty or life
have nothing to do with any of these measures,” said a senior National Security
Council official. “Everything related to the demonstrations is currently
managed by the Popular Mobilization Security Directorate. Even the arrest
warrants issued against journalists and activists, we have nothing to do with
them. The situation gets worse day after day.”
Popular Mobilization Forces is a governmental umbrella organization,
established in June 2014, composed of pro-Iran Shiite armed factions and
individuals who volunteered to fight Daesh alongside the Iraqi government. The
Badr Organization, Assaib Ahl Al-Haq and several other factions form its
Mahdi on Sunday announced a package of policies he described as exceptional,
including the creation of thousands of jobs, the construction of housing for
poor families, loans for the unemployed, and the chance for thousands expelled
from military service to return to their units and for volunteers to join the
army. It coincided with large-scale arrests of protesters or anyone else
involved in the demonstrations.
protests in Baghdad have greatly diminished since Sunday. There are now only
small groups concentrated in Sadr City, east of Baghdad, and the surrounding
areas. However, they have been the deadliest in the city to date, with 57
killed and more than 1,000 wounded, 205 of whom are in a critical condition,
security and medical sources said.
Abdul Mahdi and his allies have done to the protesters is particularly brutal,”
a key organizer of the demonstrations told Arab News. “They may silence the
demonstrations by force for now but we will soon return more strongly.
Security Council urges progress in South Sudan
UN Security Council said on Tuesday that a peace deal in South Sudan signed a
year ago is “a window of opportunity” to end the civil war in the world’s
newest nation and achieve “sustainable peace and stability” - but it must be
UN’s most powerful body said in a statement approved by all 15 members and read
at an open meeting that it welcomes “initial progress” in implementing the
agreement. That includes a reduction of political violence and the return of
some opposition representatives to the capital Juba.
welcomed recent meetings between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek
Machar, who returned to Juba in early September for the first time in nearly a
year for talks in preparation for the formation of a coalition government in
talks focused on speeding up the screening and reunification of forces in order
to create a united national army before Machar’s expected return again next
month, where he’ll once again serve as Kiir’s deputy.
the council expressed concern at “the dire humanitarian, human rights and
economic situation in South Sudan,” and condemned all violations of the peace
deal and a December 2017 cease-fire.
singled out “the ongoing conflict in the Equatorias region, and continued use
of sexual violence as a tactic by the parties to the conflict against the
members called on parties to the peace deal to quickly implement transitional
security arrangements and work toward agreement on internal political
also called on parties that have not signed the peace agreement “to renounce
violence, adhere to cessation of hostilities agreements, and seek a political
resolution to their concerns” about the peace deal.
Sudan is slowly emerging from five years of civil war that killed almost
400,000 people and displaced millions. The fragile peace deal signed last
September so far has been marked by delays and continued fighting in parts of
Security Council said it looks forward to seeing “substantial progress” on
these and other issues during its visit to South Sudan in late October.
underscored “the pressing need to ensure accountability and end impunity for
any violations of international humanitarian law in South Sudan.”
council warned that “actions which threaten the peace, security or stability of
South Sudan may be subject to sanctions.”
it also affirmed that it is prepared “to adjust measures contained in these
resolutions in light of the implementation of the parties’ commitments,
including the cease-fire.”
has received half of $3 bln aid promised by Saudi and UAE
has received half of $3 billion in aid promised by Saudi Arabia and the United
Arab Emirates in April and expects the remainder to be paid by the end of next
year, Sudan’s finance minister said late on Monday.
Gulf countries agreed the aid package soon after former President Omar
al-Bashir was ousted, throwing a lifeline to Sudan’s new military leaders at
Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi said Saudi Arabia and the UAE had deposited $500
million in the Sudanese central bank, while $1 billion worth of petroleum
products, wheat and agricultural production inputs had been received.
lines for bread and fuel are a recurring feature of Sudan’s economic crisis.
met with the ambassadors of the Kingdom and of the UAE, and we agreed on a
programmed schedule that will God willing take us to the end of 2020, to finish
off the rest of the grant,” Elbadawi said.
was speaking on the sidelines of an event in Abu Dhabi, where Prime Minister
Abdalla Hamdok is visiting after traveling to Riyadh earlier in the week.
was no immediate response from the government media offices of Saudi Arabia and
the UAE to a Reuters request for comment.
new prime minister was accompanied on his visit to the Gulf by General Abdel
Fattah al-Burhan, head of the transitional sovereign council, and other senior
soldiers killed in ‘terrorist’ attack in southwestern Dosso region
soldiers were killed and five others wounded in a “terrorist” attack in
southwest Niger, a region that until recently had been spared insurgent raids,
the interior ministry said on Monday, October 7.
detachment of the security and defense forces [FDS] clashed Sunday with heavily
armed terrorists in a valley near Dogon Kiria,” the ministry statement said.
intense combat the enemy was pushed back,” it said, leaving two soldiers dead
and five wounded, while the “enemy” casualties were not yet known.
was the second such attack in the Dogondoutchi department of Dosso region which
until recently had been spared raids by armed groups. In February, two
gendarmes and a civilian were killed in an attack by armed men at Bagaji, a
village in the region.
of the world’s poorest countries, Niger lies in the heart of the fragile Sahel
faces insurgency on two fronts: the southeastern Diffa region near Lake Chad is
increasingly frequently hit by Islamic State West Africa Province fighters
whose insurgency began in Nigeria, while militants based in Mali, including
al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters, are active in the west of the country and the
carried out by ISIS-affiliated militants in the Sahel have previously been
attributed to Islamic State in the Greater Sahara but since May, Islamic State
has attributed insurgent activities in the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border
area to ISWAP, rather than ISGS.
peacekeeper killed, four wounded in Mali mine attack
(Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeper was killed and four others wounded on Sunday
when their vehicle hit an explosive device in northern Mali, the U.N. mission
identity of the attackers was not immediately clear.
peacekeeping and French forces are stationed in Mali to combat jihadist groups
seen as threatening security across Africa’s Sahel region.
soldiers had been participating in a patrol near the village of Aguelhok when
the blast hit, U.N. mission spokesman Olivier Salgado tweeted. Elsewhere on
Sunday, peacekeepers in Mali’s central region of Mopti exchanged fire with
members of an unidentified armed group after they came under attack, he said.
chief (Mahamat Saleh) Annadif strongly condemns the recent resurgence of this
type of attacks, particularly in the centre of the country,” he said.
West African country has been in conflict since 2012 when Islamists hijacked an
ethnic uprising by Tuaregs in the north. More recently the violence has moved
to central Mali, where fighting between farmers and herders has also surged
groups have exploited ethnic rivalries in Mali and its neighbours to boost
recruitment and render swathes of territory ungovernable.
Searches for Motive After 14 Are Killed in Tourist Region
is questioning suspects to try and establish why militants staged a rare attack
in its northern mountainous region known for gorilla trekking, one of the
nation’s main tourist attractions.
least 14 people where killed in the Friday attack in Musanze district, about 58
miles northwest of the capital, Kigali. Nineteen of the attackers were killed
and five arrested, according to the National Police. The militants are members
of Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda or FDLR, a rebel group based in
neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, the police said.
are interrogating the suspects at the moment to establish what their motive
was,” police spokesman John Bosco Kabera said Monday by phone. “We don’t know
what exactly motivated them.”
economy is among Africa’s fastest-growing, partly driven by its tourism sector
that President Paul Kagame helped build as part of a recovery programme after
the genocide in 1994. The nation started an airline, built a convention center
and hotels, signed a sponsorship deal with English Premier League soccer team
Arsenal and is constructing a new airport in bid to boost tourism as a step to
attaining middle-income status by 2035.
Says Four Gunmen Killed in Battle With Congo-Based Rebels
visitors to Volcanoes National Park in the region, “were and continue to be
safe,” state-run Rwanda Development Board said in a statement. Thousands of
guests have visited the park over the past two decades and there have been no
security incidents, according to the statement.
are fewer than 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the world and the primates can
only be found around the border of Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, and in Uganda’s
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Rwanda is monitoring 329 of the primates in
its territory, its tourism agency said in August.
has been restored in the area and the hunt for the attackers continues, the
police said in a statement on its Twitter account earlier.
al-Shabab militants killed in Somalia
Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Somali army backed by Jubaland state forces on Monday killed
24 al-Shabab militants and injured more than 19 others in an offensive in Lower
Jubba region, an official confirmed.
Abdi Mohamed, commander of one of Jubbaland units, told journalists that the
joint offensive was conducted in the outskirts of Kismayo town after the forces
got intelligence of the militants' presence in the area and the forces
inflicted severe casualties on the militants.
was a fierce fire exchange between our army and the militants, but the forces
defeated the extremists and killed 24 of them and injured more than 19
others," said the commander.
noted that among the dead including the militants' commander in the western
villages of Kismayo.
reported heavy gun battle in the village. "As the militants were gathering
in the town, they were suddenly attacked by government forces, both exchanged
gunfire which caused casualties of warring sides and the residents," Hafsa
Elmi, a resident told Xinhua by phone.
Sept. 29, the Somali military army backed by African Union forces killed 20
al-Shabab militants in another offensive in the country's southern region of
rescue three from Boko Haram in Bama
of Nigerian Army have rescued three kidnapped civilians from the Boko Haram
terrorists at Firgi village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
Aminu Iliyasu, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, disclosed this
in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
said the troops safely detonated Improvised Explosive Devices planted on
Bitta-Yamteke road in Borno State, by the terrorists.
explained that the victims were rescued after the troops; acting on information
blocked and engaged the terrorists in a fierce gunfight.
confirmed that a truck loaded with grains was recovered from the terrorists,
adding that they succumbed to superior firepower by abandoning the truck and
fleeing in disarray.
to him, the troops are still on the trail of the criminals, while the rescued
victims have been escorted safely back to their destination.
continue to dominate the area and deny the criminal elements freedom of action
within the entire theatre of operation,’’ he said.
also disclosed that troops have raided hideouts of some identified kidnap
kingpins in Obio/Akpor, Tai and Gokana LGAs of Rivers State and arrested four
high profile suspects.
added that the suspects had been on the wanted list.
accuses Egypt of trying to maintain its grip over the Nile’s waters
has accused Egypt of trying to maintain its grip over the waters of the Nile
with a proposal it says would imperil a giant hydropower dam under construction
on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile, in a growing diplomatic spat.
comments highlight the difficulties finding a compromise between the two
countries over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Two rounds of talks
over the past month in Egypt and Sudan failed to produce progress.
relies on the Nile for up to 90 percent of its fresh water, and fears the dam,
which is being built in Ethiopia close to the border with Sudan, will restrict
already scarce supplies.
talks had stalled, Egypt had submitted a proposal on August 1, including
conditions over filling the reservoir, which Ethiopia rejected.
an explanation for its decision, Ethiopia said the Egyptian plan was
“one-sided,” flawed, and would ultimately hamper its economic development.
proposal is an effort to maintain a self-claimed colonial era-based water
allocation and veto power on any project in the Nile system,” the Foreign
Ministry said in an October 1 note circulated to embassies, a copy of which was
seen by Reuters.
Egyptian Foreign Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.
observers regret Tunisia ‘silent campaign’ ahead of vote
EU observer mission on Tuesday regretted the lack of campaigning for Tunisia’s
presidential run-off between a candidate detained in prison and a rival who has
called off his own canvassing for votes.
tycoon Nabil Karoui has been behind bars since late August - just before
campaigning began for the first round - in a money laundering probe, but won
through to the run-off on Sunday.
will run against conservative law professor Kais Saied, who announced last
Saturday that he would stop his campaign to keep a level playing field with his
we are seeing is an unprecedented situation - a campaign of silence instead of
debate - because one cannot campaign and the other does not want to,” said
Fabio Massimo Castaldo, head of the EU observer mission.
mission, as well as many Tunisian political bodies and officials, has called
for Karoui to be able to campaign freely, but courts have rejected several
appeals for his release.
Souei, a lawyer for Karoui, told AFP on Tuesday that his client has lodged a
suit to postpone the second round until he is free and able to campaign.
still hope there will be opportunities, ways of allowing each candidate to
express his view,” Castaldo said, while expressing support for the Tunisian
judiciary, told a news conference.
concern is that every voter has access to the positions of the different
candidates so as to shape an informed opinion,” he added.
EU observer mission also regretted that Nessma TV, a channel founded by Karoui,
had not been officially granted permission to broadcast on the election.
legislative elections held on October 6, however, had been “well organized,” it
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