Muslims shout slogans during a protest against the Chinese government, in
Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Nearly 150 Indian Muslims held a street
protest in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, demanding that China stop
detaining thousands of members of minority Uighur Muslim ethnic group in
detention and political indoctrination centers in Xinjiang region. Placards
read “Chinese government must stop atrocities on Muslims,” front, and “Indian
government must put diplomatic pressure on China,” top left. (Rajanish
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the Prophet’s Mosque
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– The Imam and Khateeb of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah Sheikh Hussein Bin
Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh said it is the duty of the religious callers (Du’aat) and
Ulema to be conscious of Allah Almighty when issuing religious edicts.
should know that issuing a fatwa (religious edict) is a serious matter and they
should be sincere and truthful to Allah Almighty and be conscious of Him in
public and private, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted him as saying.
his Friday sermon at the Prophet’s Mosque, Al-Asheikh stressed that all ought
to be cautious not to issue Fatwas individually in matters concerning the whole
Ummah and the latest general developments where it is impermissible to be
cautioned that it is necessary to observe deliberation, ponder on issues
carefully, resort sincerely to Allah Almighty that He may guide the Ulema to
the right decisions. They should take into consideration the rules and
principles of the Shariah in benefiting the Ummah and preventing any harms as
much as possible.
further said that they should protect the Ummah’s cohesion and unity. They
should keep away from all that might affect their cohesion and unity.
said when there is a need to issue such fatwas, Muslims should resort to the
well-established Ulema, with long experience. They should take into
consideration and respect the collective fatwas that are issued by the Fiqh
academies by the Ulema of the Ummah after meticulous field studies, long
discussions by all and a correct vision of matters.
whole process should be in conformity with the rules of jurisprudence (Fiqh) on
giving religious opinion (Ijtihad) so that matters and conditions are improved
for the betterment of the Ummah.
considered neglecting these principles and not taking them into consideration
as conducive to creating intellectual chaos leading to grave consequences,
which the Prophet (peace be upon him) warned against.
reminded Muslims of the importance of the month of Muharram, during which they
should do good deeds including fasting. He quoted the Prophet as stressing that
fasting in Muharram comes second only to fasting during the holy month of
Ramadan. Al-Asheikh said it is recommended to fast on the 10th of Muharram
(Ashoura Day), which expiates the sins of a past year.
added that it is everybody’s duty in this life to always be conscious of Allah
and a person should fear none but Him. A person should work hard in doing deeds
and keep away from committing sins. He should be sincere to Allah Almighty and
seek to please Him. One should contemplate on his deeds and look into what will
save him from the Hellfire and what might cause him punishment.
stressed that being conscious of Allah Almighty and fearing Him creates a
society free from vice, sins and crimes. Its generations will be characterized
by virtue and they will cooperate with one another in doing good deeds and
being conscious of Allah.
in his Friday sermon today, Imam and Khateeb of the Grand Mosque in Makkah
Sheikh Maher Bin Hamad Al-Mu’aiqli stressed the importance of grabbing the
opportunity and doing good deeds during the sacred months (Rajab, Dhul Qa’dah,
Dhul Hijja and Muharram).
way the reward for doing good deeds is multiplied during the sacred months, one
should refrain from committing sins, as they become more serious during these
months and the punishment is greater.
good deeds include giving alms, observing Monotheism (Tawhid), performing
obligatory prayers and increasing optional (Nawafil) prayers and fasting. He
stressed that fasting in Muharram is one of the best deeds. It is second only to
fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
worshipers performed their first Friday prayer of the Hijri year 1440H amid
ample services placed at their disposal by the state agencies at the Prophet’s
Mosque in Madinah, in line with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.
worshipers included pilgrims, citizens and expatriates.
thronged all the floors, courtyards and roof of the Prophet’s Mosque since the
early hours of Friday amid an atmosphere replete with security, comfort,
stability, peace of mind, tranquility and devotion. The worshipers prayed that
the new year would bring with it welfare, piety, victory, pride and would
elevate the Ummah to a higher status.
a related development, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the remaining pilgrims in
Madinah, who totaled 195,569 on Thursday evening, are making preparations to
return to their countries after performing Haj and visiting and praying in the
Prophet’s Mosque. – SPA
appoints country’s first non-Muslim Advocate General
– In a historic move, Sindh government has appointed country’s first Christian
Talibuddin was appointed as Advocate General Sindh on the terms and conditions
as admissible under the rules with immediate effect, read the notification of
is currently serving as an additional attorney general.
former advocate general Zameer Ghumro resigned from the post after remarks by
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Senator Sherry Rehman lauded the
appointment, emphasizing it as an instance of her party’s position on
orders Muslim mum to surrender children’s custody to Buddhist dad
JAYA: A Muslim convert mother, who converted her two children to Islam, has
been ordered by the Court of Appeal to surrender custody of her children to her
former husband, a Buddhist.
court yesterday granted the husband full custody of the 10 year-old daughter
and 6-year-old son, who were previously placed under their Muslim mother.
woman’s lawyer, Rohani Ibrahim, said the judges ruled there was merit in the
former husband’s appeal after considering various factors deemed serious after
children are now back with their father,” she said, when asked whether the
woman had complied with the appeal court’s order.
also said the woman accepted the court’s decision.
believed that everything that happened must have a reason to it,” she said,
adding the woman was worried whether her children could adapt to their new
also said they were considering whether to appeal against the custody order.
are trying to get the court’s full judgment to understand how they came to the
decision that favours the father,” she said.
High Court in Shah Alam granted full custody of the siblings to their mother in
converted to Islam in December 2015, while she and her former husband were in
the midst of a divorce.
then took her children to convert them at the Federal Territories Islamic
Religious Department in May 2016.
former husband is still challenging the conversion of the children in another
claimed that his former wife converted the siblings to Islam with the intention
of getting custody of them.
father is seeking a declaration that the children’s certificates of conversion
to Islam are null and void and that they were unlawfully converted.
court has set Oct 16 to rule whether to allow the father to quash the
Muslims Protest China's Detention Of Uighur Muslims
150 Muslims protested in Mumbai, India's financial capital, on Friday to demand
that China stop detaining thousands of minority Uighur Muslims in camps and
political indoctrination centers in its Xinjiang region.
protesters chanted "Down with China'" as they demonstrated outside a
mosque after Friday noon prayers.
organizer, Mohammed Saeed Nori, accused China of detaining many Muslims in
camps and "snatching their religious freedom."
has tightened restrictions over the instruction of Islam and the Uighur
language in an effort to assimilate the minority group into the Chinese
mainstream, which is dominated by the Han ethnic group. It says the process
will bring economic benefits to Xinjiang's poor people.
has denied operating the camps and said it is taking necessary measures to
fight terrorism, religious extremism and separatism.
kills 20 US-backed fighters in Syria: monitor
least 20 fighters from a US-backed force fighting the ISIS group were killed on
Friday in an ISIS ambush in eastern Syria, a war monitor said.
fighters were advancing during a sandstorm, they were surrounded, ISIS members
used explosives and opened fire,” said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces is waging an offensive around the town of
Hajin in the province of Deir Ezzor, ISIS’s last stronghold in the country’s
US-backed SDF had been closing in on the ISIS pocket for months before formally
launching its offensive on Monday.
then, 53 militants and 37 SDF fighters have been killed in fierce clashes,
according to the Britain-based Observatory.
ISIS group once held nearly all of Deir Ezzor, but separate offensives last
year by the SDF and Russian-backed regime forces left the militants clinging to
a small area of territory near the Iraqi border.
SDF estimates ISIS has some 3,000 fighters in its besieged holdout, many of
senior US diplomat visited Kurdish-held territory in Syria last month and
pledged Washington’s lasting support.
are prepared to stay here, as the president (Donald Trump) has made clear, to
ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Ambassador William Roebuck said, using an
alternative acronym for ISIS.
ISIS group once held swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq but has since
seen its self-declared “caliphate” collapse.
militants now control less than three percent of Syria and are mostly present
in the vast Badiya desert, which lies between Damascus and the Iraqi border.
Monday, ISIS fighters killed 12 Syrian regime fighters in an ambush in the
southern province of Sweida. Eight militants were also killed, the Observatory
ambassador to the Netherlands has welcomed US Senator Richard Black's recent
warning of a fake chemical weapons attack in Syria by Britain's MI6 spy agency
to pin the blame on Damascus.
a post on his official Twitter account, Alireza Jahangiri said Black's stance
on a possible gas attack in Syria "proves" what has been declared
repeatedly in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
international community, he added, should pay careful attention to the
Republican senator's remarks in order to prevent "disasters like the Iraq
an interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV channel last
week, Black warned that the MI6 was planning to stage a gas attack on the
Syrian people to implicate the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
four weeks ago, we knew that British intelligence was working towards a
chemical attack in order to blame the Syrian government, to hold Syria
responsible,” he said.
another interview with The Washington Post, the American senator reiterated his
comments, stressing that the UK had no intention of carrying out the attack
itself, but it was to direct militants, including members of the so-called
White Helmets, to launch the assault.
what I can tell, they have been planning a fake attack, not a genuine one, but
one where they actually move people out of a town and they have trained people
to portray victims of a gas attack,” he said. “And the plan is to use the White
Helmets who have always been involved in these notorious deceptions, to portray
further noted that some of the previous chemical attacks in Syria were
"British fakes, pulled off with help from ... White Helmets."
last month, Syria provided the UN with evidence revealing Takfiri terrorists'
plot to carry out a chemical attack in the country in order to give the US a
pretext for an act of aggression.
Russia warned of militant attempts to once again stage a false flag gas attack
as the Syrian army prepares for a liberation operation in Idlib Province, the
last major terrorist bastion in the Arab country.
April 7, an alleged chemical weapons attack hit the Damascus suburb town of
Douma, just as the Syrian army was about to win the battle against militants
states blamed the Syrian government for the incident, but Damascus firmly
rejected the accusation.
week after the suspected gas attack, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated
missile strike against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs
with the purported goal of paralyzing the Syrian government’s capability to
is while Syria surrendered its entire chemical stockpile in 2013 to a mission
led by the OPCW and the UN.
and Syria say terrorists plan another false-flag chemical attack to give the US
and its allies a pretext to attack the government which is preparing to retake
of people have held a protest in Bahrain to voice their support for
distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has been stripped of his
nationality by the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty, and condemn the ongoing
crackdown on pro-democracy activists in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
protesters converged at the courtyard of Imam al-Sadiq Mosque in the
northwestern village of Diraz, situated some 12 kilometers west of the capital
Manama, following Friday prayers, carrying images of the 81-year-old cleric,
who is the spiritual leader of the country’s dissolved opposition bloc,
al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.
chanted slogans in support of the prominent Shia clergyman and against the
ruling Al Khalifah regime.
development came a day after regime forces took down banners and flags in
commemoration of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third
Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), in the same Bahraini
regime has ramped up its repressive measures during the first month of the
Islamic lunar calendar of Muharram, the tenth day of which is known as Ashura
that marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH).
regime forces have removed stalls set up to provide food and drinks to the
mourners, and removed Ashura signs across the country.
of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost
daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February
are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just
system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14,
2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to
assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or
got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military
tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount
to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
and Jordanian officials have started talks to reopen the key border crossing of
al-Nassib after a three-year hiatus in a bid to re-establish bilateral trade
and help revive the economy of war-torn Syria.
first round of talks was held on Wednesday, with both countries agreeing to
continue negotiations over the practical arrangements, from customs to
security, in order to reopen the crossing in southern Syria, an informed source
meetings will continue to put a complete view of all the arrangements linked to
reopening the crossings in the coming period,” the source told Reuters.
border crossing was closed in 2015 following attacks on the Jordanian security
forces by foreign-backed terrorists, but the Syrian army managed to retake the
vital route last July.
seeks to reactivate billions of dollars of annual transit trade between Europe
and Persian Gulf markets across Syria.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said last month that his country wants to open
its borders with Syria, but was waiting for a response from Damascus.
Jordanian official said the al-Nassib crossing could open by the end of this
Syrian government also hopes that the reopening of the key crossing could help
the war-torn country revive its economy and rebuild itself.
to restore peace and stability to Syria come as government forces have managed
to purge terrorists and anti-government militants from most of the country, and
are preparing for a full-scale offensive to retake the northwestern Idlib
province, the last stronghold of foreign-backed terrorists.
ends its ‘humanitarian’ aid for Syrians
the Syrian army regains full control of the country’s southwestern borders with
the occupied territories, the Israeli regime has declared the end of what it
called “humanitarian” aid it used to offer to Syria’s “civilians”.
the Israeli army has described as its “humanitarian” assistance to “civilians”
in its Thursday statement is indeed the arms and medical support it offered to
the Takfiri terrorists in the occupied Golan Heights and elsewhere in Israel.
Israel claims it always sought to stay out of the war in Syria, evidence shows
the regime has been overtly and covertly supporting terrorist fighting against
the Syrian government.
In cities and towns across Syria’s last opposition-held province, Idlib,
residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President
Bashar Assad’s government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the
the provincial capital, Idlib city, and in towns including Kafranbel, Dana, and
Al-Bab, demonstrators filled the streets after noon prayers and chanted against
Assad, raising the tri-color green, white and black flag that has become the
banner of Syria’s 2011 uprising, activists said.
demonstrations were reported on the activist-run sites Aleppo Media Center,
Orient News, and other social media pages.
have become the customary day for protests throughout the Arab world since the
2011 uprisings that swept through the region.
government and its backers, Russia and Iran, say Idlib is ruled by terrorists,
and have threatened to seize it by force.
Zarqa, a university teacher in Idlib, said demonstrators were flying the
tri-color flag to rebut the government line that Idlib is dominated by the
Al-Qaeda linked Levant Liberation Committee group.
province, population 3 million, is now the final shelter for close to 1.5
million displaced Syrians that fled fighting in other parts of Syria. Many say
they will not return to government-ruled areas.
and Russian forces bombed towns and villages in the province earlier this week,
killing more than a dozen civilians and damaging two hospitals. But the strikes
eased on Wednesday amid talks between the opposition’s main regional sponsor
Turkey, and Russia and Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are
slated to meet Monday, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
will continue our efforts with Iran and with Russia. ... (and) on international
platforms as well,” said Cavusoglu in comments carried live on Turkish
media said the two leaders would meet in the Russian city of Sochi.
has warned strongly against military action, saying it would trigger a
humanitarian catastrophe. Its military and defense chiefs visited border areas
on Friday to inspect troop reinforcements sent to its Hatay and Gaziantep
has 12 military posts inside Idlib province, and activists reported on Thursday
that Turkish reinforcements crossed over into Syria to fortify the
United Nations said that in the first 12 days of September, over 30,000 people
have been internally displaced by an intense aerial bombing campaign. Most of
the displaced headed toward the border with Turkey, according to the UN Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, packing already overcrowded camps
Sentence In Blasphemy Case In Pakistan
A man was sentenced to death and a Rs50,000 fine by Additional District and
Sessions Court Judge Raja Safder Iqbal on Thursday in a blasphemy case
registered with Yousafwala Police Station in 2015.
case of default on fine payment, convict Arshad Sardar will undergo six months
Hanif Athar said Arshad Sardar, a faith healer of village 93/9-L, uttered
blasphemous words about sacred religious personalities.
case was registered on May 5, 2015.
French President Emmanuel Macron late Thursday night acknowledged the “high
price” Pakistan has paid in the fight against terrorism in a telephonic
conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader on emerging victor in the July 25
polls, Macron emphasised on the need to build and strengthen bilateral
cooperation and linkages between Paris and Islamabad.
the phone call, the French president also spoke of assistance in the fields of
energy, water resources, and trade.
also expressed his desire to work together with PM Imran on matters of mutual
also expressed Paris’ desire to cooperate in the fields of energy, water
resource management, trade, as well as, the economy. He also hoped both nations
could join hands on issues of mutual interest on the global stage.
French premier lauded Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism. He also
condoled Imran on the deadly spate of terrorist attacks in the run-up to the
country going to the polls back in July.
PTI supremo thanked Macron for his call and expressed the desire to deepen bilateral
relations into a lasting partnership. The PTI chief added that trade and
investment ties between the two countries were on the rise. He also invited
greater French investment in Pakistan.
least two levies personnel were martyred in a blast on the northern by-pass in
the Pishin district of Balochistan, police said on Friday.
three Levies personnel were injured in the blast which targeted the vehicle of
an assistant commissioner. The injured personnel have been taken to Quetta for
to police, the remote-controlled bomb was planted on a motorcycle which was
supposed to target the vehicle of assistant commissioner, who was not present
in the vehicle. An investigation into the incident has been launched.
High commissioner to UK Sahibzada Ahmed Khan who was called by foreign Ministry
to explain his position over his ‘inappropriate’ appearance in a TV award
ceremony in London has arrived Islamabad on Friday.
placed official sources told Daily Times that Mr. Khan would appear before
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who took strong exception of his in
appropriate conduct at award show last week in London.
foreign ministry has sought an explanation letter from the high commissioner,
and has been asked to give verbal and in writing reply to foreign Minister and
told Daily times that if his could not satisfy the foreign ministry, he is
likely to be removed from high commissioner position and could be made OSD.
was Sahibzada Ahmed Khan’s first ambassador level coveted posting to UK.
Ahmed Khan before proceeding to London was serving as Chief of protocol at the
foreign office and had been interacting with foreign leaders and top diplomats
of various countries. He also served in New York and Toronto as Pakistani
counsel General in the past.
A British parliamentary team has rejected a lobby petition demanding a
parliamentary debate on the issue of deportation of former Pakistani finance
minister Ishaq Dar, describing its contents as “libellous”.
petition started by an activist from the UK about a month ago has so far
gathered around 82,000 signatures.
the UK parliamentary system, an individual or a group can highlight an issue of
public importance through a lobby petition and get signatures to gather support
for the cause. Once the petition gets over 100,000 signatures, the issue
involved is debated in the House of Commons, the lower house of British
such petitions are monitored by a team from the UK parliament for its content
and behaviour of the groups and individuals launching and supporting it. The
team can reject any petition if it finds that the information contained in the
petition is libellous, false or defamatory at any stage during the process. In
such a situation, the team informs all those who have signed the petition,
explaining them the reason of its decision.
team sent a similar email to more than 80,000 signatories of the petition
demanding a debate on the issue of Ishaq Dar.
rejected the petition you supported — “Deport absconder Pakistan’s Ex-Finance
Minister Ishaq Dar back to Pakistan,” said an email written by the team on
included confidential, libellous, false or defamatory information, or a
reference to a case which is active in the UK courts,” it added.
any case, we can’t accept your petition because we’re not sure exactly what you’d
like the UK Government or Parliament to do,” it further said.
think you would like the UK Government to extradite Ishaq Dar to Pakistan. The
UK has no formal extradition treaty with Pakistan. Section 194 of the
Extradition Act 2003 does allow special extradition arrangements in exceptional
circumstances. However, under current law, an extradition process is initiated
at the request of the government of the country in which the individual has
been convicted of a crime. It would therefore be the Pakistani Government’s
responsibility to initiate such proceedings,” it added.
team also highlighted the standards or the petition and said that all the
petitions must call for a specific action from the UK government or the House
of Commons and must be about something that the government or the House of
Commons is responsible for. The team said it rejected petitions that didn’t
meet the rules. “If we reject your petition, we’ll tell you why. If we can,
we’ll suggest other ways you could raise your issue,” it added.
publish the text of petitions that we reject, as long as they’re not:
defamatory, libellous or illegal in another way; about a case that is active in
the UK courts or about something that a court has issued an injunction over,”
to media reports, the petitions committee said it reviewed the online petition
after getting 10,000 signatures for its consideration but rejected it on
technical and legal grounds.
Turkey has assured Pakistan of complete support in its quest for a peaceful
solution to the long-standing issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
the group, which has been formed over Kashmir in the UN, we will stand with
Pakistan and try to make [its efforts] successful,” the visiting Turkish
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a press conference he jointly addressed
with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi after a formal round of
talks between the two sides on Friday.
said it was Turkey’s desire that the Kashmir dispute involving India and
Pakistan was resolved in a peaceful manner.
Qureshi welcomed Turkey’s decision to support Pakistan’s bid for a peaceful
resolution of the Kashmir issue at the UN. He said: “At the United Nations,
there will be a separate conference on Kashmir on the sidelines. It happens
every year, but it is different this time because a new UN report has come out
which sheds light on India-occupied Kashmir,” he said.
had certainly been a surge in people’s interest in human rights abuses which
were taking place in Kashmir, he added.
Turkish foreign minister said: “In today’s meeting, I discussed a lot of issues
with FM Qureshi. The most important aspect of our discussion was on the
[High-Level] Strategic [Cooperation] Council, the sixth conference of which,
God willing, will take place in Pakistan, and we will do all we can to make it
have strengthened our commercial ties, and [decided to facilitate] our
companies that want to work in Pakistan. We have a unique relation, therefore,
we should work together to further enhance our relations. The security issue
for both the countries is important and so is the economic and military
Cavusoglu said: “There is propaganda against Islam in Europe. We ran a campaign
against the Netherlands caricatures, and thank God they shut it down.”
said Pakistan and Turkey had suffered the most hardships in the war against
terrorism. He said Turkey would never forget Pakistan and its people’s help” in
the failed 2016 coup attempt.
Gulen movement not only damaged Turkey but it also caused destruction wherever
it went,” he said, adding that Pakistan helped Turkey on that front too.
Turkish foreign minister congratulated FM Qureshi and Prime Minister Imran Khan
on forming the new government in Pakistan. “Governments and people come and go,
but real friendships cannot end,” Mr Cavusoglu remarked. “This friendship
should remain forever.”
Qureshi said: “In our meeting today we focused on enhancing our economic
relations. [We discussed] ways to facilitate each other.
relationship has been very strong. There is a mutual interest. We understand
each other’s sensitivities. Turkey has played a role in improving regional
consensus and stability.”
said they also had a trilateral arrangement, which could be used to further
improve regional stability and connectivity. “I got the chance today to thank
the Turkish FM for supporting Pakistan’s membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group.
On the Netherlands caricature issue as well, Turkey supported us.”
Qureshi said the situation in Afghanistan, Iran and Kashmir were also discussed
at the meeting.
while welcoming Mr Cavusoglu at Foreign Office, FM Qureshi said Pakistan and
Turkey were brothers, friends and partners. The inseparable bond of common
faith, history and culture had been reinforced by mutual trust and a sense of
inter-dependence on critical issues, he said. The strength of Pakistan-Turkey
relationship was not relative to time, situations or individual choices, as it
was a relationship anchored in affection and solidarity among the people of the
two nations, he added.
foreign ministers held a one-on-one meeting followed by talks between senior
officials from both sides. Mr Qureshi noted that regular exchange of
delegations and the presence of a number of institutional frameworks under the
High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council were indicative of the close bilateral
ties maintained at various levels. Pakistan and Turkey supported each other on
all issues of core concern to both sides, he added.
referring to the “heart-to-heart” and “Two Countries-One Nation” relationship,
Mr Cavusoglu underlined that Pakistan would always have a special significance
in Turkish foreign policy. He appreciated Pakistan’s successful and strong
action to subdue and defeat the menace of extremism and terrorism.
sides reiterated that Pakistan and Turkey were important members of the Muslim
world. “Our people take pride in their faith and are determined to make
collective efforts in confronting Islamophobia and other attempts to malign or
distort the great message of peace and respect for humanity imbibed in the Holy
Quran and repeatedly demonstrated in the life of our Holy Prophet (PBUH),” the
two leaders said.
and human rights groups gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia, this past week to show
their support for Meiliana, an Indonesian Buddhist who was sentenced to 18
months prison in August for complaining about the volume of the call to prayer
in the town of Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra.
case has again brought the Muslim-majority country's controversial blasphemy
laws to the fore, with religious minority groups concerned it signals further
erosion of their rights amid rising Islamic conservatism.
a declaration, the groups called for the release of Meiliana, saying she was
"recently imprisoned for expressing her personal opinion peacefully."
The statement was signed by Amnesty International, leading bodies representing
Christian, Hindu and Confucian Indonesians, and the Alliance of Independent
2016, the now-44-year-old of Chinese ethnicity privately voiced to the son of
an imam near her house that the call to prayer from the local mosque had become
if you look at the fundamental principles of the law, this is not
blasphemy," said Rumadi Ahmad, a religious scholar and a senior member of
Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, who was used as an
expert witness in the case. "But many judges do not have a comprehensive
understanding of the meaning of blasphemy."
Sendjaja, the chairman of Buddhist organization Niciren Syosyu Indonesia, said,
"This is a ruling not from Islamic authorities, but from a law issued by
the president … it is not only for Chinese people, or for Christians, or
Buddhists, but also for adherents of Islam."
contrast to Meiliana's sentence, however, several hardline Muslims who attacked
Chinese businesses and 12 Buddhist temples in Tanjung Balai in anger over her
alleged blasphemy were sentenced to a maximum of two months behind bars.
has technically been illegal in Indonesia since 1965, when it was made a crime
to criticize, be hostile to or adhere to "deviant" interpretations of
one of the nation's six official religions: Islam, Christianity, Catholicism,
Confucianism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Its use, however, has risen exponentially
during Indonesia's democratic era — particularly since the presidency of Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono, who was elected in 2004. He served for 10 years.
says at least 106 people were sentenced under blasphemy charges between 2005
and 2014. Prosecutions have disproportionately targeted minorities —
particularly the Shia and Ahmadiyya communities that are considered
"deviant" by the Sunni Muslim majority.
May 2017, the country saw its most high-profile conviction yet — former Jakarta
Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. The widely popular ethnic
Chinese Christian was sentenced to two years in prison after he was found to
have insulted the Quran, following months of mass demonstrations by Muslim
Rafiqa Qurrata A'yun, a law lecturer at the University of Indonesia, the
increased use of blasphemy laws in Indonesia is representative of the
politicization of religion as a tool for the nation's "predatory
Meiliana case reflects the rise of religious sentiments in the lead up to
[North Sumatra's] gubernatorial election," she told VOA via email.
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's annual report for 2018
names Indonesia as one of 12 countries where violations of religious freedom are
"systematic, ongoing and egregious," alongside Afghanistan, Iraq and
central government at times responded in a manner that supports religious
freedom and related human rights, but provincial and local governments, as well
as law enforcement, regularly exacerbated divisions and failed to prevent
religious-based discrimination and violence," it said of the situation
Rafsadie, a researcher at the PUSAD Paramadina Center for the Study of Religion
and Democracy, said local law enforcement across Indonesia is often reluctant
to prosecute actors from the majority group for fear of further incensing
rulings on perpetrators from the majority group are often not serious,"
said Irsyad, referring to the light sentencing of Islamic hardliners who
attacked Buddhist temples in Tanjung Balai. "They proceed with
prosecutions as a mere formality."
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he "cannot intervene" in the case
of Meiliana, but has suggested that she could appeal to Indonesia's Supreme
warning for Indonesia
about the likelihood of Indonesia's blasphemy law being overturned, Rafiqa from
the University of Indonesia said, "It would be very difficult because two
judicial reviews have already been submitted and both of them failed." The
conservative Constitutional Court denied a petition to repeal the law in July.
is a warning not just for Tanjung Balai or North Sumatra, but for all of
Indonesia," said Rumadi of Nahlatul Ulama regarding the Meiliana case,
suggesting that issuing a moratorium on the law could be a short-term solution.
"There are signs there is narrowing space for tolerance," he added.
believe that tolerance is not enough. Tolerance still suggests distance,"
said Suhadi, the Buddhist leader. "We need acceptance."
LUMPUR, Sept 15 — Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang held up Barisan Nasional’s past
support for his bid to enhance Shariah sentences to pressure Pakatan Harapan to
do the same.
years of trying, Hadi’s motion for a Bill to raise Shariah sentencing limits
tenfold finally made it to Parliament in 2016 after an Umno minister at the
time deferred the government’s affairs to make room for the tabling.
then deferred the motion and did so repeatedly at later junctures, but now
suggested that he intended to renew the controversial attempt.
PAS found room to enhance the powers of the Shariah Court as the core of its
legal implementation. So, PAS made efforts to amend Act 355 in Parliament since
2016,” he said referring to his Bill on the Syariah Courts (Criminal
Jurisdiction) Act 1965 also known as Act 355.
it is upon the new government to determine the attitude to the Bill,” he said
in his opening speech at the PAS Muktamar that was attended by the senior
leadership of Umno.
and Hadi had initially presented the attempt as a means to introduce hudud, the
Islamic penal code, in Kelantan and eventually Malaysia, but later retracted
this to claim they were only seeking to enhance the powers of the Shariah
bid triggered a bitter row with former ally DAP, leading to the eventual
collapse of Pakatan Rakyat, the precursor to the ruling Pakatan Harapan.
to the general election, Umno had used Hadi’s Bill to court the Islamist party,
resulting in then law minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said facilitating
Hadi’s tabling of his motion.
ambition for hudud is emotive as Muslims are religiously obligated to support
it; Muslim lawmakers in PH parties do not openly oppose the bid and couch their
positions by either by saying it must be streamlined or that the country is not
ready for Islamic penal law.
opponents to hudud openly call it unconstitutional.
consequently allows PAS to use its own attempt to burnish its own religious
credentials while calling into question that of rival Muslim politicians who do
not openly support this.
remarks today suggest that this will again be a main pillar of his party’s
Opposition to the government.
TERENGGANU: PAS is adopting an approach of peaceful politics, with friends and
foes alike, its president Abdul Hadi Awang said today.
said this was the way to increase the number of party members as well as
is consistent in its political approach with all quarters. We are taking a
peaceful stance with the present federal government.
are also prepared to have political cooperation with all quarters to ensure
Islam will lead any changes,” he said in his policy speech at the opening of
the 64th PAS muktamar at the Gong Badak indoor stadium here today, attended by
all top PAS leaders and its members.
present were top Umno leaders, led by its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MIC
deputy president SK Devamany, as well as Gagasan Sejahtera leaders from its
member parties Ikatan, Berjasa and Parti Cinta Malaysia.
Marang MP said such cooperation was needed, pointing out that the Islamist
party is facing challenges in standing firm on the basis of truth, in saving
society using Islam, in facing Muslims ignorant about how to practise their
religion, and non-Muslims buried in confusion and Islamophobia.
said PAS was successful in “breaking the walls of ignorance”, with the addition
of new Muslim members and also the formation of the PAS supporters wing, with
he said these were still not enough as was proven in the recent 14th general
election when secular parties garnered the majority support of non-Muslims as well
as new voters, who were not mature or well versed in Islamic politics.
said the challenges were further compounded by discordant voices who challenged
religious institutions, the royal institution and the rights of Bumiputeras.
also faced active movements fighting for liberalism and same-sex relations, and
also deviationist sects.
seem to be more open now and are moving freely without any inhibitions.
challenges warrant us to step up our preparations and plan strategic actions.
LUMPUR, Sept 14 — PAS spiritual leader Datuk Hashim Jasin expressed shock today
that former Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) president Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim and Middle East-educated Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa opposed public
said, however, he was not surprised that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
criticised the recent whipping of two lesbian women in Terengganu under Shariah
law that was carried out before about 100 people.
when former Abim president Anwar Ibrahim also questioned public caning, I was
shocked,” Hashim said in a speech at PAS Youth’s 59th muktamar in Kuala
Terengganu that was broadcast “live” on Facebook.
was also an Abim member, a strong supporter of Anwar. I defended him in the
70s. I can’t believe he is like that.
what was more unbelievable was when the religious minister — who graduated from
the Middle East from Al-Azhar, who is fluent in Arab and English, enough said
about Malay — also questioned public caning.”
president-elect Anwar, who helmed Abim from 1974 to 1982, told reporters in
Manila, Philippines, that he did not support the Terengganu public whipping
that lacked due process and understanding.
in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid, who is from Parti Amanah Negara,
called for a review of public caning sentences, saying the presence of “two or
three officials” could also be considered “public”.
Mandir construction will begin this year, says former BJP MP
BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti said that construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will
begin this year and the mosque will be built in Lucknow. He was speaking with
media in Mumbai
temple construction will begin this year instead of 2019 and the mosque will be
built in Lucknow. People of both, Hindu and Muslim community, are coming
together for this purpose," he said.
leaders have made controversial statements about Ram Mandir even when the matter
is being heard in Supreme Court.
deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya had said in August that the Central Government
may bring in legislation for Ram Mandir construction if no option is left and
if the party gets majority in Rajya Sabha.
cabinet minister Mukut Bihari Verma sparked a controversy last week when he
said that the Supreme Court is 'ours' while speaking with the media last week.
on Vedanti's statement, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, that all
devotees of Lord Ram are eagerly waiting to see a grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
He said that he hoped the Supreme Court verdict will be positive.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board member and Lucknow Imam Khalid Rashid
Firangi Mehli raised objections over the former BJP MP's remark.
the matter is being heard in the Apex court no political party or individual
has any right to say when and where temple and mosque will be constructed. The
issue has to be settled only in the Supreme Court" said Mehli while
speaking to Mail Today.
cleric Maulana Yasoob Abbas echoed the sentiment and said that only the
decision of the top court will be acceptable on this issue and statements made
by the BJP leaders have no value.
(J&K): At least five Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were
killed in an encounter on Saturday morning in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam. The
encounter between the terrorists and security forces began late Friday night.
As per the recent reports, all the five terrorists, holed up in a residential
building in Kulgam’s Chowgam area, have been neutralised.
receiving a tip-off about the presence of militants, the security forces on
Friday night cordoned off Chowgam village of Qazigund area and launched a
search operation. “Immediately after the militants were trapped inside a house,
they started firing at the security forces triggering the gunfight,” police
exchanges have now ended, but searches are going on. The bodies of the three
slain militants are yet to be recovered,” sources said.
view of the encounter, train services between Baramulla and Qazigund have been
suspended, news agency ANI reported. Internet services in Kulgam and Anantnag
has also been suspended. Most of them were involved in a series of terror acts
including killing of two bank employees and many policemen.They were also
reportedly involved in bank robberies and weapon looting.
Kulgam encounter has come a day after a total of eight militants, three of them
Pakistanis, were killed in three separate gun battles in Jammu and Kashmir, one
of which also injured 12 police and paramilitary personnel and soldiers.
the Dawoodi Bohra community patriotic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday
said they have always been committed to shanti (peace), sadbhaav (goodwill) and
satyagrah (insistence on truth).
at Ashara Mubarak, commemoration of martyrdom of Imam Husain (SA), being
organised in Indore, Modi said the community’s spiritual head, Dr Syedna
Mufaddal Saifuddin, preaches love and dedication for matrubhumi (motherland).
said, “…Shanti, sadbhaav, satyragah aur rashtrbhakti ke prati Bohra samaj ki
bhumika hamesha hamesha mahatavapurna rahee hai. Apne desh-se, apni matrubhumi
ke prati prem aur samarpran ki seekh khud Sydena-saab apne pravachano ke
madhyam se dete rahe hai (The Bohra community’s role has always been important
for peace, goodwill, truth and love for the country. Syedna always spoke about
love for the nation, of love and sacrifice for the motherland in his
teachings).” Follow Narendra Modi in Indore highlights
praised the community for being honest, disciplined and law-abiding, and not
resorting to deceit while augmenting trade, its main occupation. He said the
Bohra community has established an ideal by proving how trade and business can
grow by following rules and laws, and by being disciplined.
Prime Minister said, “I have a special praise for you. Most of you are engaged
in trade and business. You have set an example in how business can progress by
following rules and laws and by being disciplined. Whereever you have gone, you
have carved an identity for yourself and earned respect. Traders and
businessmen are backbone of economy because they create job opportunities.”
he said, “It’s equally true that not all five fingers are alike. There are some
people among us who treat deceit as business. In the last four years we have
succeeded in sending the message that things will happen only according to
rules. By bringing laws like GST, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code we are
providing incentives to honest businesses and Dawoodi Bohras have benefited
from it the most.’’
to Imam Husain’s martyrdom, Modi said he sacrificed his life for peace and
justice and always raised his voice against injustice and pride. The ideals
that he stood far are more relevant today than before, the Prime Minister said.
about his government’s policy initiatives, Modi said cellphone handsets and
vehicles are being manufactured in large volumes in the country, thanks to the
‘Make In India’ initiative. He maintained that that there is record investment
and the country is growing at more than 8 per cent, which is the highest among
big economies. He said the country is now targeting double-digit growth and will
achieve it despite the challenges. He also spoke on the national health
protection mission that will be launched on September 25.
said when he took over as Prime Minister in 2014, only 40 per cent households
in the country had toilets and the number has now risen to nearly 90 per cent.
He praised Indore and Bhopal for their success in cleanliness. He will address
industrialists, celebrities and sportspersons, among others, through
videoconferencing on Saturday.
his association with the Dawoodi Bohra community since his days as the Gujarat
chief minister, Modi said he has attended many functions and feels like a
family member. He said the community has presence in almost every village of
Gujarat. He praised the community for practicing cleanliness and its
contribution to the Swachh Bharat Mission and looking after its members with
its initiatives such as hospitals, community kitchen, and housing. He also
mentioned the community’s contribution to the cause of environment and water
conservation in Gujarat. He said Syedna Burhanuddin and Mahatma Gandhi met on a
train and kept in touch with each other. The two used to discuss incidents and
agitations. He recalled that the Mahatma had lived in Saifee Villa during the
Dandi March and how the villa was later dedicated to the nation.
mosque remains shut, Friday prayers peaceful across city
rumours on Friday that the mosque in Sheetla Mata Colony, which was sealed by
the MCG on Wednesday, might be unsealed, the district administration clarified
that no such order has been issued.
representatives of Muslim Ekta Manch and Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch said they
had met the divisional commissioner on Friday afternoon to seek his
intervention in the matter.
told the divisional commissioner that the mosque was constructed in 2016 and is
not under construction at present, as claimed by some civic officials.
Documents were submitted as proof and he agreed to intervene,” said Haji
Shehzad Khan, chairman of the Muslim Ekta Manch.
MCG had sealed the mosque and 10 other buildings in the area on the grounds
that these had been built after a direction of the Punjab and Haryana high
court in September 2016, which stayed new construction in the 300-metre radius
of the Indian Air Force (IAF) ammunition depot in Sector 14.
is a provision in the law that if any authority seals a structure, and a
satisfactory appeal is made against it, the authority can unseal it. This
(sealing) has all been done as per the law,” said Suresh, the divisional
commissioner, said on Friday afternoon, after meeting the representatives of
the Muslim Ekta Manch and Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch.
release by the district administration later in the evening said that “an
appeal can be made in the court of divisional commissioner against the MCG’s or
the deputy commissioner’s direction (to seal the mosque). Till now no appeal
has been filed by any party before the divisional commissioner hence, the
divisional commissioner has not issued orders to unseal any of the properties.”
and deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh did not respond to calls or text
messages seeking comment on the issue in the evening.
MCG official said, seeking anonymity, “The structures were sealed as per
directions of the high court as such and cannot be unsealed on the directions
of any official. It would amount to contempt of court.”
mosque, established in a three-storey residential building, was sealed a week
after residents protested outside the mosque on September 5, against the newly
installed loudspeaker on the premises, complaining that the call to prayer was
loud and caused disturbance. They approached Gurugram police, which acted as a
mediator, and asked the people present inside the mosque to lower the volume of
structure is clearly illegal as it has been constructed after the Punjab and
Haryana high court’s direction. If the district administration has decided to
ignore this fact, then what precedent does it set for other illegal buildings
in the area?” said Rajeev Mittal, spokesperson, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti
Friday evening, the MCG issued a release on the ‘illegal structures in the
300-metre restricted area’ but did not make any direct comments on unsealing
new construction in the 300-metre radius of the IAF ammunition depot is
restricted and action on either sealing or demolition has been continuous. Some
new illegal structures have been identified, action against which will be taken
in the near future. The district administration and the MCG, in compliance with
the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, will continue their
action,” said Yashpal Yadav, the commissioner of MCG, in the release.
the sealing, local Muslims had been sitting outside the mosque on a dharna. On
Friday morning, around 11pm, Gurugram police officers dispersed the group to
ensure law and order is maintained.
warned the people sitting on dharna that they were obstructing the right of way
and that they can only assemble at designated spots. We also told them if they
didn’t comply, it would lead to arrests. They obliged without any resistance,”
said Sandeep Malik, assistant commissioner of police, Udyog Vihar.
were over 150 police officers on the spot to the ensure law and order is
maintained,” said Malik.
anticipation of the Friday prayers, which were to be held in the afternoon, the
district administration also deployed 36 duty magistrates at different spots in
Gurugram to ensure namaz was offered peacefully.
addition, Gurugram police detained 12 people belonging to right-wing outfits,
including Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, the national convener of the Akhil
Bharatiya Sant Parishad.
had threatened to self-immolate. So, we detained him and 11 others under
Section 107 (likely to commit breach of peace or public tranquillity) of the
Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), 1973. They were taken to the headquarters of
deputy commissioner of police Kulvinder Singh and subsequently, released on
bail,” said Subhash Boken, public relation officer of Gurugram police.
hackers behind stolen research from British universities
universities including Oxford and Cambridge have fallen victim to Iranian
hackers who stole sensitive research.
investigation by The Telegraph newspaper has found both sensitive and
relatively unimportant documents for sale on Farsi-language websites for at
little as £2 (Dh 9.60).
documents, which include details on cybersecurity and nuclear power plants,
were stolen via an email phishing scam. The scam sends university email address
holders fake emails which take their login details, which are then used to
access and download files from academic databases, either randomly or to order
on Whatsapp, Telegram or through a website.
stolen, the documents are then emailed to the buyer.
in the UK were warned by the country’s National Cyber Security Centre of the
potential for Iranian hacks in March this year, but it seems many haven’t taken
should be worrying about it,” Dave Palmer, a former MI5 and GCHQ officer told
you're doing stuff like working on the next helmet-mounted display for the
fighter aircraft of the future, that is clearly of interest to adversarial
spokesman for Cambridge University said: "We are aware of the issue. We
are constantly updating our cybersecurity."
University, which has also has documents stolen, said it is currently replacing
and improving its computer network.
hacks come as new sanctions against Iran are due to come into force in
terror suspects overtake Asians in UK
The number of white terror suspects arrested by British counter-terrorism
officers has overtaken Asians for the first time in over a decade, according to
new figures released by the UK Home Office.
a growing threat from far-right extremism in the country, figures released on
Thursday show a total of 351 arrests were made over the past year until June
2018 where terrorism-related activity was suspected, with 133 of them white and
129 recorded as Asian ethnic appearance.
was the first time, since the year ending June 2005, that the proportion of
white people arrested has exceeded the proportion of Asian people arrested, a
Home Office statement noted.
people arrested on suspicion of terrorism accounted for 38 per cent of
terrorist-related arrests in the latest period – an increase of 4 percentage
points on the previous year.
were falls in the proportion of arrests of those of Asian ethnic appearance, down
seven percentage points to 37 per cent, and those of black ethnic appearance,
down two percentage points to 9 per cent, the Home Office said.
part of wider data collated within the Home Office document titled 'Operation
of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation', it
emerged that the UK police had arrested 60 people who gave their “self-defined nationality”
as Indians on suspicion of terrorist-related activity since September 2001,
when such data collation began.
ranks ninth among the UK's top nationalities for the number of such arrests
over the last 17 years, with Great Britain (2,542), Alegria (186), Pakistan
(165), Iraq (158), Afghanistan (89), Iran (84), Somalia (77), Turkey (76) and
Ireland (44) completing the top 10.
11 September 2001 (when the data collection began), 60 per cent of those
arrested considered themselves to be of British or British dual nationality,”
notes the Home Office.
figures also reveal a total of 100 people went to trial in the year ending June
30 this year – an increase of 39 per cent on the previous year. Of those, 90
were convicted, the highest number since data collection began in 2009.
of the 92 individuals charged with a terrorism-related offence, 48 were
prosecuted, and 46 of those were convicted and two were found not guilty.
may have seen a reduction in the number of arrests in the last 12 months, but
we should put that in context by saying that we prevented 13 Islamist-related
and four extreme right-wing plots since March 2017, so it certainly doesn't
indicate a reduction in the threat we all face from terrorism,” said Deputy
Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, Scotland Yard's counter-terror police
senior national coordinator.
latest figures cover the use of anti-terrorism powers in Britain and reveal
that 234 arrests were registered in the "international" category.
This includes suspected activity linked to or motivated by terrorist groups
abroad such as Islamic State (ISIS).
have been steady increases in recent years in the number of terrorist prisoners
across all the types of ideologies covered, although the number of Islamist
extremist prisoners saw a slight decrease, for the first time, of 4 per cent,
to 178 in custody,” the Home Office said.
those in custody, 82 per cent were categorised as holding Islamist extremist
views, a further 13 per cent as holding far-right ideologies and 6 per cent
is trying to facilitate creation of humanitarian corridors in Syria’s Idlib to
prevent civilian casualties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on
at a joint news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas following
their meeting in Berlin, Lavrov said talks were underway between Russian and
Turkish officials on the situation in Idlib.
are facilitating local negotiations, local agreements between moderate
opposition groups and the Syrian government, same as it was in other
de-escalation zones,” Lavrov said.
we are also assisting in creating humanitarian corridors and safe havens for
civilians,” he added.
Foreign Minister Maas warned that a large-scale military offensive by the
Syrian regime would lead to a humanitarian disaster in Idlib, which is home to
more than 3 million civilians.
called on Russia to use its influence on the regime to avert a massive military
attack, and prevent the use of chemical weapons by the regime.
has certain influence over the Syrian regime and we hope that this influence
will be used,” he stressed.
on Friday, Lavrov promised that they would take measures to prevent civilian
casualties in Idlib, which is the last opposition stronghold in Syria.
we do, we will try to keep in mind the issues and the interests of civilians in
that area… a humanitarian corridor will be created in Idlib, just as we did in
Homs and East Ghouta," he said, during a meeting of the German-Russian
will not act in the way the U.S.-led coalition acted in Mosul or in Raqqa when
there were no negotiations about local cease-fires with opposition
groups," he said.
said the details would be discussed next week at a meeting between Russian and
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are
expected to meet in the Russian city of Sochi on Monday.
near the Turkish border, Idlib is home to nearly two million internally
displaced people, who fled from other cities following attacks by the regime
of fighters from Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta were relocated to Idlib in the past
years, as part of agreements between the conflict parties.
said on Friday it expects Russia to use its influence on the Syrian regime to
prevent a large-scale military offensive in the last opposition stronghold of
of a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Berlin, German
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told German press agency DPA that recent
developments in Syria will be one of the main topics of discussion at their
would convey to the Russian side our expectations that there should be no large-scale
military offensive on Idlib, that there should be a political process in Syria
and guarantees should be given to those people who fled from Syria but would
like to return to the country,” he said.
underlined that Russia has a key role to play in averting the regime’s military
offensive on Idlib, which is home to more than 3 million civilians.
about avoiding the worst case scenario, namely another a humanitarian
catastrophe,” he said.
top diplomat reaffirmed his country’s strong support to UN-led efforts for a
political solution, but underlined that Berlin’s support to a reconstruction
program in Syria would be conditional.
there would be a political solution in Syria, which would lead to free
elections, then we would be ready to take responsibility for the
reconstruction. It is in our interest to have Syria as a stable country,” he
was skeptical of Russia’s recent proposals for the return of refugees to their
home in Syria.
will not work, when people do not want to use such an opportunity, as they face
persecution, imprisonment and expropriation risks,” he said.
also questioned a possible role for Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad in the
President Vladimir Putin has expressed his concern over terrorist activities in
the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, the RIA news agency cites the
Kremlin as saying.
Putin discussed the latest developments in Syria's last stronghold of militants
with members of Russia's Security Council on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry
Peskov was quoted as saying.
army troops are preparing to launch a full-scale military operation against
different factions of militants that have practically held hostage the
inhabitants of Idlib for a long time.
and Russia have warned that the US, along with Britain and France, is gearing
up for a new military attack against Syria as the army prepares for the
liberation of Idlib.
Wednesday, Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted Russia’s Defense Ministry
as saying that the foreign-backed Takfiri militants have abducted 22 children
with their relatives from Syria’s Aleppo as well as a group of orphans to use
them in a staged chemical weapons attack in Idlib to be blamed on the Syrian
Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said on Tuesday that the United States is
using internationally-banned chemical weapons to invent a pretext for a
military campaign against his conflict-plagued Arab country.
in an exclusive interview with English-language al-Hayat magazine, Muallem said
it is not the first time that chemical attack claims have been used to justify
an attack on Syria.
Damascus and Moscow, a close ally of the Arab country, have already submitted
proofs and evidence to the United Nations and the Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) showing that terrorists in Idlib are
preparing to set up another false flag chemical attack to frame Damascus and
pave the way for the US-led coalition to attack Syrian government troops.
an address to a key trilateral summit, hosted by Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani and also attended by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Tehran on
September 7, Putin said militants are preparing provocations, including the use
of chemical weapons, in Idlib.
remaining groups of extremists are currently concentrated in the de-escalation
zone in the province of Idlib. Terrorists are making attempts to disrupt the
ceasefire, moreover, they are carrying out and preparing various kinds of
provocations, including the use of chemical weapons," the Russian
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said in Berlin on Friday that Moscow would
keep bombing targets of terrorists in Idlib Province if need be.
to the Interfax news agency, Lavrov, however, emphasized that Russia would also
create humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to flee.
top Russian diplomat emphasized that his country's air force would strike
terrorist weapons-making facilities as and when it found out about them.
would also encourage local reconciliation deals, he pointed out.
Russian foreign minister also added that the Syrian government was not
preparing a major offensive against the militant-held city.
is being presented at the moment as the beginning of a Russian-backed offensive
by Syrian forces is not a faithful representation of the facts," Lavrov
said, adding, "Syrian forces and we ourselves are simply reacting to the
attacks coming from the zone of Idlib."
a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
Maria Zakharova said her country is concerned about the attempts being made by
the United States to prepare the global public opinion for new military
aggression against Syria.
the international political point of view, the most serious concern is using of
a very serious range of opportunities by Washington: from statements by
officials to comments by biased media, the goal seems to be the preparation of
public opinion for … new aggression against Syria,” she said.
enough evidence to expel cadet after Quran desecration, Canadian military says
officer cadet facing expulsion from the Canadian Forces for desecrating a Quran
is being allowed to continue his studies at the Royal Military College in
Saint-Jean, Que., but another student is still fighting to remain in uniform.
two officer cadets are among three first-year students who were ordered
expelled after defiling the Muslim holy book with bacon and what sources have
said was semen during a cottage party last spring.
left the college and military, but the other two appealed the decision.
of military personnel Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre says after officials
took a second look, they determined there wasn’t enough evidence to uphold the
decision to expel one of them.
and five others who were at the cottage when the Quran was desecrated can stay
at the military college but have been issued written warnings, ordered to take
counselling and put on probation.
undergoing some pretty close scrutiny to ensure that the desired change to
their behaviour has occurred and continues to occur,” Lt.-Gen. Lamarre said.
student still appealing his release isn’t currently at the college, but
Lt.-Gen. Lamarre says military officials are reviewing the case and will make a
decision on whether or not to expel him soon.
it mean that perhaps he could be reinstated in the Canadian Armed Forces?”
Lt.-Gen. Lamarre said in an interview. “Potentially. But we are pretty sure
about the investigations we’ve done on this.”
Quran desecration occurred when eight students from the Saint-Jean college
headed out of town to a cottage during the Easter weekend. At one point, four
went to sleep while the others stayed up and recorded the incident.
commanders became aware of what happened after videos of the incident were
shown to other students who subsequently told college staff, at which point an
investigation was ordered.
tell The Canadian Press the investigation was hampered because the offending
video was destroyed.
Lamarre has previously said it was fortunate the footage was never posted to
a Quran is considered blasphemous by Muslims and has sparked violent protests
in recent years, and the incident coincided with efforts by senior commanders
to make the Forces more diverse and inclusive.
Canadian military is currently conducting operations in several Muslim-majority
countries, notably Mali and Iraq.
of angry Afghans tried to storm the U.S. military base at Bagram in February,
2012, when American forces burned hundreds of old Qurans that had been used by
least 41 people were killed, including several U.S. soldiers who were shot by
Afghan National Army counterparts.
of State Mike Pompeo admonished his predecessor Friday for holding meetings
with senior Iranian officials about the Iran nuclear accord, saying John Kerry
is "actively undermining U.S. policy."
Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented," Pompeo told
reporters at the State Department. "He was telling them to wait out this
administration. You can't find precedent for this in U.S. history and Secretary
Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior."
said earlier this week he met Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif "three
or four times” since he left office in early 2017, describing the meetings as
normal activities for former top diplomats. He said the meetings focused on the
Iran deal and other matters.
I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in
order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better,” he said during
a radio news interview with Hugh Hewitt.
former top diplomat did not deny in remarks to Fox News he counseled Iranian
officials to "wait out” the Donald Trump administration.
comments drew a stern rebuke from the U.S. president late Thursday when Donald Trump
issued a tweet calling Kerry's meetings "illegal."
Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only
serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people,"
declined to say whether Kerry's meetings are legal, saying he would leave such
determinations to others.
unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
in May after the Obama administration spearheaded efforts to broker the accord,
which saw Iran accept unprecedented curbs on its nuclear programs in exchange
for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.
group of 70 young professionals from 17 countries split evenly between Muslims
and Jews recently came together in Essaouira, Morocco for an inaugural
conference on Muslim-Jewish relations.
conference was organized by the Muslim Jewish Interfaith Coalition, the
Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Mimouna Association under the
patronage of André Azoulay, senior advisor to Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.
Delia Benaim, founder and director for the Muslim Jewish Interfaith Coalition,
which has active staff members in New York, Miami, Washington, D.C., London,
Brussels, Amsterdam, Milan, Tangier, Rabat, Tunis, Cape Town and Jerusalem, has
South Florida ties. Benaim, 25, grew up in Boca Raton, where her parents
currently live. She is Jewish and is an award-winning journalist and interfaith
activist. Her family heritage lays in Gibraltar and Morocco.
Benaim, one of her personal highlights from the forum in Morocco was an
interfaith Friday night Shabbat prayer service in the synagogue where her great
grandfather, her grandmother and their family prayed.
be there in an interfaith setting while re-sanctifying that space and that time
was incredibly moving for me personally.”
felt the conference was a greater success than she could’ve imagined.
Participants joined in discussions and seminars that were aimed to provide them
with a more nuanced understanding of the theological, cultural and deeply
personal underpinnings of Judaism and Islam. The goal was to have them go back
to their communities with a deeper understanding of the complexity of the
issues that often separate Muslims and Jews, as well as with a deeper
appreciation for the values and experiences that bring us together.
grateful that people showed up, that they engaged, that they shared with each
other and that they walked away with a deeper understand of one another, with
personal relations and with goals for larger coalition building in their
community,” Benaim said.
conference centered around in-depth text-based sessions in its Beit Madrassa,
which is a play on the Jewish beit midrash, and the Muslim religious school, a
madrassa. Discussions centered around the complexity of Muslim-Jewish
relations, spirituality and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as it provided the
opportunity for members of both faiths to meet one another and create
often in Muslim-Jewish interfaith work, faith is left out of the conversation,”
Benaim said. “Our forum bridges sacred text, belief and culture through a
simultaneously text based and culturally immersive environment.”
Marc Schneier, FFEU’s president, thought the conference was groundbreaking.
US meatpacking company has agreed to pay $1.5 million (Dh5.5 m) to 138
Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado
plant after they were refused prayer breaks.
Meat Solutions also agreed to train managers and hourly workers in
accommodating Muslim employees' prayer breaks at its Fort Morgan beef
processing plant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Friday.
Cargill denies wrongdoing but agreed to settle to avoid further litigation, the
federal agency said. The dispute dates back to the firings of the workers in
late 2016 after management rescinded policies allowing Muslim employees to take
short breaks for prayer.
2017, the agency found that the workers had been harassed and discriminated
against for protesting the unannounced policy change that denied them
opportunities for obligatory prayer. Hundreds of Somali-Americans work at the
plant in Fort Morgan, northeast of Denver.
a related announcement, a Teamsters union local that was supposed to represent
the workers will pay them $153,000 to settle discrimination complaints.
federal agency said it determined that Teamsters Local Union No. 455, based in
Denver and in Fort Morgan, failed to advocate for the Muslim workers in their
dispute with Cargill and even harassed them because of their race, religion and
national origin. The workers were dues-paying union members.
officials denied wrongdoing. But the local unit agreed to pay the workers,
undergo training in handling grievances, and publicise employee rights to be
free of discrimination based on race or national origin.
its capacity as a bargaining representative for its members, labour unions have
an obligation to represent their members regardless of race, colour, religion,
sex, national origin, age or disability," Elizabeth Cadle, the federal
agency's regional district director, said in a statement.
other U.S. firms that employ Muslim line workers at meatpacking and processing
plants, Cargill managers must balance religious accommodations with demands of
processing meat in an operation that frequently runs 24 hours. Managing
possible disruptions not only slow production but can create safety issues for
our employees with religious accommodation is an important part of engaging and
supporting our employees, and our policy has remained consistent for more than
10 years," Cargill Meat Solutions president Brian Sikes said in a
Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group, and Qusair
Mohamedbhai, a Denver attorney who represented the workers praised the
United States on Friday imposed sanctions against a Thai aviation company that
it said was acting on behalf of Iran’s Mahan Air, which it accused of ferrying
troops and supplies into Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
fresh actions target My Aviation Company Ltd in Bangkok and modifies sanctions
against Malaysia-based Mahan Travel and Tourism, a US Treasury statement said.
Mahan Air is already under US sanctions.
Air continues to fly into Syria every week, even as millions of innocent
civilians in Idlib province are under threat of imminent attack from the
murderous Assad regime and its backers in Iran and Russia,” Treasury Secretary
Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington is studying issuing possible
waivers for countries and businesses that want to continue buying oil from Iran
beyond November 4, the White House’s designated deadline for them to halt oil
imports from the Islamic Republic or face punishments.
are still a number of decisions pending before the November 4th deadline that
we gotta make about waivers, potential waivers,” Pompeo told a news conference
President Donald trump announced on May 8 that he was walking away from the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA), a historic nuclear agreement reached
between Iran and six world powers in 2015 under which Iran agreed to limit
parts of its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related
US leader said he was unsatisfied with the deal because it failed to stop Iran’s
ballistic missile program and control its influence in the Middle East region.
force a new deal upon Tehran, Trump said that he planned to reinstate all of
the previous sanctions on the Islamic Republic while also imposing "the
highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.
reinstated a series of unilateral sanctions against Iran on August 6, targeting
Iran’s purchases of dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals. November 4
is the declared date for a second wave of sanctions that will target the
Islamic Republic’s oil exports as well as its central bank.
said the US was not going to change its position against Tehran in any case
once the deadline arrives.
November 4th, there will be a fundamentally different set of rules” for “anyone
who deems it necessary to engage in economic activity with the Islamic Republic
of Iran. It is a big important day,” Pompeo said.
US top diplomat claimed that many countries had already started to wrap up all
of their trade ties to Iran.
the rest of the JCPOA signatories—the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany,
have insisted on continuing the deal in Washington’s absence, they have not
been able to guarantee future trade ties with Iran and obtain the necessary
waivers that keep them safe from US penalties.
United States is looking more closely at a crackdown by China on minority
Muslims in the Xinjiang region, a senior US economic official said on Friday,
as Washington considers imposing sanctions against Chinese senior officials and
companies linked to allegations of human rights abuses.
are looking at the situation, and Global Magnitsky is a tool that we use to
curb human rights abuses around the world," US Assistant Secretary of
State Manisha Singh told a congressional hearing. Singh was responding to a
question about possible sanctions against China for its treatment of ethnic
Uighurs and other Muslims.
Global Magnitsky Act allows the executive branch to impose visa bans and
targeted sanctions on individuals anywhere in the world responsible for
committing human rights violations or acts of significant corruption.
UN rights panel said last month it had received credible reports that up to a
million ethnic Uighurs may be held in extra-legal detention in Xinjiang, and
called for them to be freed. The State Department this week acknowledged
receipt of a letter from a bipartisan group of US lawmakers asking Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo to impose sanctions on a number of China officials accused of
overseeing policies in Xinjiang.
officials include Chen Quanguo, Communist Party chief in Xinjiang and also a
member of the party’s politburo. Any sanctions decision would be a rare move on
human rights grounds by the Trump administration against China, with which it
is engaged in a trade war while also seeking Beijing’s help to resolve a
standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
against so senior official as Chen would be unprecedented and would greatly
anger Beijing. On Tuesday, the State Department expressed deep concern over
China’s "worsening crackdown" on Muslims in Xinjiang, while US
aims to play bigger role within ASEAN to end Rohingya suffering
LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) ruling coalition in Malaysia continues to
criticize Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s treatment of the Rohingya.
the coalition senior leader Fahmi Fadzil told Arab News on Friday that Malaysia
should play a bigger role within ASEAN to stop Myanmar atrocities.
Fadzil, a member of Parliament from the People’s Justice Party (PKR), told Arab
News that he agreed with the PKR president. “The Malaysian government can and
has to play a bigger role within the framework of ASEAN vis-a-vis Myanmar and
the Rohingya humanitarian crisis,” he said.
added that ratifying the UN refugee convention would be “a progressive step
toward fulfilling our commitment to universal human rights.”
week Anwar Ibrahim, who is in line to become Malaysia’s next premier in the
next two years, blasted Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence over the regime’s
mistreatment of Rohingya.
San Suu Kyi is a real, real disappointment,” Anwar said during an interview at
Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong.
Chin, a PH member of Parliament, supported Anwar in criticizing Suu Kyi. “The
new government is committed to taking care of the Rohingyas,” she said, adding
that the PH government would eventually ratify the UN refugee convention, but
it would take time.
is not just the signing but adherence and change of mindset toward refugees and
protecting their rights,” she said.
Rohingya are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world; many live in
deplorable conditions and face human rights violations and abuse on a daily
basis. A UN report released last month accused top military officers in Myanmar
of war crimes amounting to genocide against the Rohingya.
problem is partly because of ASEAN. It has protected this regime even when it
is under military rule from international pressure over human rights
violations. That is why they can get away with it,” said Debbie Stothard, the
secretary-general of the International Federation for Human Rights.
Myanmar government has intensified its grip over the Rohingya issue. This
month, two Reuters journalists were jailed for reporting on the Rohingya crisis
in Rakhine state. Last week, the Thai authorities stopped a conference
organized by the Thailand Foreign Correspondent Club from discussing the
Paulsen, legal director of Fortify Rights, told Arab News that he was
optimistic about the new government. “Their policy on refugees, although still
problematic, has developed over time and it is hopeful that in the new
Malaysia, the government will take the leap to take the rights of refugees more
seriously by ratifying the 1951 Refugee Convention,” he said.
Fan, of the Geutanyoe Foundation, told Arab News that Malaysia had the
strongest stance in ASEAN on the Rohingya situation in response to the UN
report. The Malaysia foreign minister urged the Myanmar foreign minister last
month to hold those responsible accountable for war crimes against humanity
under the UN Genocide Convention.
view was not shared by Dina Zaman, cofounder of the Malaysia-based think tank
Imam Research. “(ASEAN’s) non-interference policy is still standing with the PH
government. Malaysia doesn’t want to play a stronger role because other
countries such as Singapore and Australia do not want to accept any refugees,”
Malaysia’s strong stance against the Myanmar’s mistreatment of Rohingya does
not tally with the way the new PH government handles the influx of refugees
are more than 150,000 refugees in Malaysia, of which 100,000 are Rohingya
refugees. Malaysia has never ratified the UN refugee convention, though the PH
government has made it part of its election manifesto.
Arutchelvan, a politician from the Socialist Party of Malaysia, said that the
new government was inconsistent on its refugee policy, adding that there were
60 refugees detained in Belantik camp with no access to UNHCR. “Malaysia is
under pressure from civil society to ratify the convention, yet the government
is still not very ‘human rights’,” he told Arab News.
Wong, a senior policy and research analyst at the Center For Public Policy
Studies, told Arab News that the current refugee policy in Malaysia was
short-sighted and did not cover the basic rights and protections for refugees.
Malaysia is expected to be a “transit” for refugees to other countries.
remains to be seen whether refugee protection will be something the PH
government will work toward during their term or whether it will remain just
another weightless election promise,” she said.
the time, five handmade bombs, some Jihadi books and five motorcycles were
team of Detective Branch (BD) police along with Nandigram police have arrested
a Jamaat-e-Islami leader from his house in Bogra, on the charge of allegedly
upazila Jamaat Amir Anwarul Islam was arrested along with 15 party activists on
the time, five handmade bombs, some Jihadi books and five motorcycles were
police station OC Nasir uddin has confirmed the news. “Anwarul was having a
secret meeting in his house, to plan sabotage, after getting a tip, the raid
was conducted at his house” OC Nasir said.
OC said it was a joint operation by Nandigram police and DB.
case has been filed yet against the arrested Jamaat activists. The names of the
activists have not been disclosed yet.
least five people lost their lives after a helicopter belonging to the Afghan
armed forces crashed in western Farah province of Afghanistan.
to the local officials, the incident took place late on Friday evening while
the helicopter was transporting security personnel.
governor’s spokesman Nasir Mehri confirmed the incident and said the helicopter
has crashed due technical issues.
further added that five people including security personnel and the pilot of
the helicopter lost their lives in the incident.
Ministry of Defense also confirmed the incident but added that an investigation
is underway regarding the cause of the crash.
comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting that the helicopter was attacked by
the Taliban militants.
troops kill three Palestinians, including boy, in Gaza
Palestinians, one of them a 12-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli fire Friday
as thousands of protesters gathered along Gaza’s perimeter fence with Israel,
health officials said.
Gaza Health Ministry said at least 80 Palestinians were wounded by live fire
and that six of them were in serious condition.
Israeli military said about 13,000 protesters massed at several points along
the fence, some burning tires and hurling rocks, grenades and firebombs. An
Israeli officer suffered light wounds from pipe bomb shrapnel.
night fall, two tank shells hit a watchtower that had been set up by Hamas, the
Islamic militant group in control of Gaza. The tower was about half a mile from
one of the protest camps near the fence, and protesters left in a hurry as they
heard the thud of the shells.
Israeli military said in statement that aircraft and a tank struck two Hamas
positions in response to the explosives thrown at troops on the border.
have staged near weekly demonstrations near the fence since late March, in part
to protest a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007 when Hamas
seized the territory. Hamas has led and organized the protests, but turnout has
also been driven by growing despair over blockade-linked hardship, including
lengthy power cuts and soaring unemployment.
soldiers have killed at least 131 Palestinians during the weekly protests since
March, including 27 minors, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. A
Palestinian sniper also fatally shot an Israeli soldier.
contends it’s defending its border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as a
screen for attempts to breach the border fence to attack civilians and
soldiers. Human rights groups have accused Israeli troops of excessive and
unlawful use of force against unarmed protester.
and Israel came close to serious conflict earlier this summer as violence soared
along the border.
two sides have negotiated indirectly through Egyptian mediators to ease
tensions in exchange for lifting some of the restrictions on the economically
crippled Gaza Strip. But those efforts have stalled in recent weeks.
UN warned Friday that shelling and air strikes in Yemen's Hodeida province have
targeted humanitarian workers and infrastructure, threatening its ability to
feed 3.5 million "very hungry people."
World Food Programme (WFP) said it was "extremely concerned about the
series of security incidents in Hodeida city these past few days in and around
deconflicted sites critical for the humanitarian response in Yemen",
describing the situation as "alarming".
UN agency warned that "the conflict (is) threatening the continuity of
humanitarian assistance to the city and surrounding areas where needs are among
the highest in the country."
has raged in recent days close to the rebel-held port city, a crucial entry
point for aid that the Saudi-led coalition alleges also serves as a key conduit
for arms to the Iran-backed Huthis.
the threat of combat, civilians also face severe shortages of food, water and
medicine in Hodeida province, according to the UN.
August, WFP said it had provided emergency food assistance to some 700,000 of
the around 900,000 people in the province considered to be at severe risk.
spokesman Herve Verhoosel decried that a number of security incidences had been
reported since Wednesday, including at the Red Sea Mill Silos, which mill a
quarter of the agency's monthly wheat requirements in Yemen.
ongoing clashes could jeopardise the shipments of 46,000 tonnes of wheat
expected to arrive to Hodeida within the next ten days," Verhoosel told
reporters in Geneva.
near the mill "could impact our ability to feed up to 3.5 million very
hungry people in northern and central Yemen for one month," he warned.
said that a mortar shell launched by an unidentified armed group had also hit a
WFP warehouse in Hodeida city "holding enough food to assist 19,200 very
attack injured a guard at the warehouse, he added.
has also been reported "in extremely close proximity" to WFP's
offices and housing, Verhoosel said.
he said, "could potentially compromise the safety and security of 33 WFP
staff in Hodeida city currently working round the clock to assist Yemenis
suffering from acute hunger and malnutrition."
said the agency was doing everything possible "to ensure the safety and
security of our staff".
militias have broken into UNICEF and World Food Programme (WFP) warehouses in
the area of al-Hamadi in Hodeidah, which are normally used to store flour, and
have filled them up with militiamen and armed vehicles, Yemen’s information
minister Muammar al-Iryani said.
stated that the Houthis’ break-in was a result of the withdrawal of field
commanders and fighters after intense battles in Hodeidah.
further expressed his surprise over international silence following the
incident that breaks international laws which state that international relief
facilities should not be used for anything related to conflict.
comes after the UN’s envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said that he met with
Houthi representatives in Muscat and discussed ways in which they can take part
in future negotiations.
Houthi Saba News Agency said that the leader of their delegation met with
Griffiths in Muscat and looked into the reasons of the Houthis’ absence from
the Geneva peace talks last week.
army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a
domestically-designed and -developed ballistic missile at a strategic economic
target in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan in retaliation for
the Riyadh regime’s devastating military aggression against their impoverished
Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the short-range Badr-1
missile struck an oil refinery of the Saudi Arabian national petroleum and
natural gas company, Aramco, in the region, located 967 kilometers southwest of
the capital Riyadh, with great precision, on Friday evening.
in the day, Yemeni troopers and their allies had attacked a command center of
Emirati military forces in the country’s western coastal province of Hudaydah,
using a domestically-built long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle.
were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage
caused at the site.
a Saudi-led Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter crashed in Yemen’s eastern province
official of Provincial Supreme Security Committee, who asked to remain
anonymous, said, "The Saudi-led helicopter crashed while conducting a
reconnaissance mission over Tanhala Mountains."
confirmed that the Saudi pilot and his assistant died as a result of the crash.
media outlets later identified the pair as Captain Saud bin Nasser bin Jaris
and First Lieutenant Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Dabian.
eight civilians lost their lives when Saudi warplanes bombarded Kilo 16 area in
the al-Hali district of Hudaydah province.
in the day, Saudi fighter jets struck Yemeni fishing boats in waters off the
Seven Brothers Islands, also known as the Sawabi Islands or Seba Islands, in
the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, killing two people and injuring another.
sources say the fate of the fourth fisherman remains unknown after the
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the
country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
“secret” dossier has revealed that the Israeli military is unprepared to engage
in new warfare, contradicting previous assertions issued by Tel Aviv to the
document prepared by Major General Yitzhak Brick, the ombudsman of the Israeli
military, harshly criticized the military’s readiness for war, the daily
Ha’aretz reported on Friday.
sent his assessment to Israel’s minister for military affairs Avigdor Lieberman
and Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and others last week, calling for the
formation of an external investigative panel into the forces’ preparedness.
wrote that his demand for an inquiry reflected a deep concern over the state of
the ground forces and a growing lack of trust in the Israeli military’s ability
"to investigate itself and correct what needs to be rectified.”
Israeli lawmakers expressed shock at the revelation and expressed support for
General Brick's call for a probe into the preparedness of the Israeli military.
dossier “is a harsh report that details the problems stemming from massive cuts
of thousands of officers and noncommissioned officers in recent years, whose
shortcomings are felt in dealing with routine [operations] — and will be felt
even more so during times of emergency,” Knesset member MK Moti Yogev said.
dossier was preceded by two detailed letters to Lieberman as well as others in
which General Brick focused mainly on the military's manpower policies,
describing a serious crisis that he said could have implications relating to
the capabilities of the entire Israeli forces — particularly the ground forces
— to fight a war, Ha’aretz added.
an annual report released in late June, General Brick had cautioned that the
Israeli military suffered from an acute shortage of doctors and psychiatrists,
as well as the negative effect of cost-cutting measures.
report had also found fault with the status of the forces’ training, training
exercises, and the state of the weaponry used by the ground forces.
assessment contradicts Eisenko who had asserted in a letter earlier sent to the
security cabinet and a Knesset panel that Israeli forces were at a high level
of readiness for war.
The UN’s Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths has met the country’s Houthi rebels in a
push for new peace talks, as fighting continued Friday around the strategic
port city of Hodeidah.
traveled to the Omani capital Muscat to meet the rebels after they refused to
attend negotiations in Geneva last week.
Abdulsalam, head of the Houthi delegation, and fellow rebel official Abdelmalak
Al-Ajri discussed the reasons for their absence from Geneva with the United
Nations envoy, the rebel-run Saba news agency said.
first negotiations between Yemen’s warring sides in two years were scheduled to
start last Thursday, but a Yemeni government delegation left after the Houthis
decided not to attend.
rebels had accused the UN of failing to guarantee the return of their
delegation from Switzerland to the Yemeni capital Sanaa and to secure the
evacuation of wounded rebels to Oman.
Thursday’s discussions also covered the “necessary measures” needed for fresh
talks set for “as soon as possible,” Saba reported.
Assem, a member of the Houthi delegation, told AFP on Friday there had been no
has not been progress regarding the discussions while we have not received the
guarantees,” he said by phone.
is also scheduled to visit the Yemeni capital Sanaa, held by the Houthis, and
the Arab Coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government in Yemen.
last talks between the Houthis and the Yemeni government, led by President Abedrabbo
Mansour Hadi, took place in Kuwait in 2016.
negotiations faltered over power-sharing and the rebel withdrawal from key
cities including Sanaa.
collapsed after 108 days and the rebel delegation was subsequently stranded in
Oman for three months due to a coalition air blockade.
the failure of the Geneva talks, deadly clashes resumed around the Houthi-held
port city of Hodeidah, a vital entry point for aid.
rebels died in a coalition air strike in the far south of the city on Thursday
evening, according to military and medical sources in the province.
pro-government fighters were killed the same evening when a military vehicle
was hit by a shell to the east of Hodeidah city.
60 people have died in fighting around Hodeidah since Wednesday, when Yemeni
government forces said they seized two major supply routes into the port city.
Houthis launched a counter-offensive on Thursday to retake the roads, which
link Hodeidah to Sanaa, military sources told AFP.
fighting took place on Friday in various areas around the city,” said a
government military source.
UN said Friday the situation around Hodeidah was “alarming” and threatened aid
Haram jihadis kill eight in NE Nigeria: militia
Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen killed eight people when they attacked two villages
in restive northeast Nigeria in an attempt to steal livestock on Friday, local
jihadists moved into Modu Ajiri and Bulama Kayiri villages in Borno state to
take cattle and sheep but the villagers put up a fight to save their livestock.
erupted when the villagers tried to stop the attackers,” local militia spokesman
Bunu Bukar Mustapha told AFP. “Eight people were killed in the fight and four
others were injured,” he said from the state capital Maiduguri, 90 kilometers
(55 miles) away. The militants opened fire on the villagers who were armed with
machetes, bows and arrows, cudgels and swords, he said. “The villagers were no
match for the Boko Haram terrorists who came with guns,” said militia leader
Babakura Kolo, who gave a similar toll.
the attack, the jihadists herded all the stolen livestock into the bush, he
said. He said residents of the two villages had fled for fear of renewed attack
by the insurgents.
said the bodies of the victims were recovered by soldiers and militia who took
them to the nearby town of Nganzai, some 10 kilometers away. Boko Haram has
intensified attacks especially against military targets in recent months. On
Wednesday, scores of Islamists attacked a military base in Damasak in the far
north of Borno state.
were repelled with aerial support after an hours-long battle. Boko Haram’s
nine-year insurgency has spilled over into neighboring Chad, Niger and
Cameroon, killing thousands of people and displacing over two million.
YORK: The UN Security Council has urged all Libyans to improve the atmosphere
for national elections in a resolution that avoids mentioning the Dec. 10
target date for voting in the restive North African nation.
the council resolution adopted unanimously notes UN envoy Ghassan Salame’s call
“for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in Libya as soon as
possible, provided the necessary security, technical, legislative and political
conditions are in place.”
descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Qaddafi,
who was later killed. The country is now split between rival governments in the
east and west, each supported by an array of militias. Salame said last week it
has recently lurched from one emergency to another.
Tuesday, missiles were fired at Libya’s capital of Tripoli, including the
city’s only functioning airport, less than a week after a UN-brokered a
cease-fire between rival armed groups. The resolution extends the mandate of
the UN political mission in Libya until Sept. 15, 2019. It is has the task of
supporting Libya’s political transition, including the organization of
elections, as well as human rights monitoring and delivering aid if requested.
May 29, rival Libyan leaders met in Paris and tentatively agreed on a roadmap
leading to parliamentary and presidential elections on Dec. 10. French
President Emmanuel Macron, who hosted the conference that included Prime
Minister Fayez Sarraj, head of Libya’s UN-backed government in Tripoli, and
Gen. Khalifa Haftar, whose forces dominate eastern Libya, has said elections
are crucial to stabilize the country.
France supports the Dec. 10 date for elections, the US, Italy and other
European countries see that as too ambitious and are skeptical voting can be
held that soon.
week, US Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Cohen warned at a Security Council meeting
that “imposing false deadlines will backfire” and lead to worse divisions
UN ambassador, Karen Pierce, expressed the UK’s support for holding elections
this year, but said that “it will be necessary to ensure sufficient political,
security and technical preparations are made so that they have the effect of
it will be important to ensure a robust legal framework is in place and that
there is sufficient political consensus to avoid exacerbating existing
divisions in Libya,” Pierce said.
resolution adopted Thursday strongly backs Salame and recognizes his “key role”
in consulting Libyan parties “to set the constitutional basis for elections and
to adopt the necessary electoral laws.”
Security Council again called “on all Libyans to improve the atmosphere for
national elections by all means possible.”
include working toward unification of Libya’s rival military and economic
institutions, unifying and strengthening national security forces under the
authority of the civilian government, and unifying the Libyan Central Bank, it
people were Friday executed after thugs believed to be Al Shabaab militants
stopped and profiled passengers in a bus heading to Garissa. Witnesses and
police said the seven terrorists flagged down the bus at Handaro, which is
between Ijara and Sangailu towns.
directing the driver to stop, the militants ordered the passengers to produce
their IDs and picked out three non-locals. "The passengers were then asked
to recite the Muslim Shahada and the seven verses of Suratul Fatiha," a
teacher, who witnessed said. He said only one of the three recited the verses
and was set free. He later alighted at Bura East, some 100 kilometres from
Garissa town. The two, one of them being the bus' turn boy and the other a
casual labourer based in Masalani, had their hands tied before being
slaughtered. The militants escaped into a bush after committing the heinous
act. Military officers responded to the distress call by the passengers some
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