this photo released by New Zealand Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern, center, meets representatives of the Muslim community (AP)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda
Adren Is Being Tested By The Worst Mass Murder In The Country's Modern History
Summary of Attacks On Muslims In Western Countries
Tensions, India and Pakistan to Take Part in Counter-Terror Drills
Will Show Patience, Won’t Cut Deal on China’s Hold On JeM Chief Masood Azhar’s
Says Meeting with Zakir Naik Was To Discuss Malaysia's Islamic Model
for Talks with India on JeM Chief: China
Misusing Blasphemy Law To Harass Christians In Pakistan: Activists Pakistan
Mullahs In League With Terrorists, Responsible For Acts Like Pulwama Attack:
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Zealand mosque shootings toll rises to 50, families wait to bury their dead
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Zealand terrorist sent manifesto to PM Ardern nine minutes before attack
abuse Muslims, assault worshiper outside a London mosque
in Melbourne call for halt to Islamophobia, racism
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returns ISIS orphans from Syria
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Zealand terror attack: Five Indians among those killed at Christchurch mosque
India ready to let another country verify terror apparatus in Pakistan
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summons Pak envoy over Imran Khan’s remarks regarding future Afghan government
warfare commander among 8 dead, wounded in Helmand, Kandahar explosions
troops go missing after fleeing battle with Taliban
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toll of Pakistanis in New Zealand terror attacks rises to 9
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seeks response from Religious Affairs Ministry on sale of alcohol
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by Charlotte Graham-McLay
Minister Jacinda Ardern has been the sunny face of New Zealand, celebrated as
the nation’s youngest leader in 150 years, the one who gave birth in office and
brought her baby to the floor of the United Nations. At 38, she’s pitched
progressive politics and her nation’s charms to Stephen Colbert and the “Today”
show. Vogue magazine called her the “anti-Trump.”
with the massacre of 50 people at two mosques by a gunman espousing
anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant hatred, Ardern is back in the international
spotlight, but the glamour is gone. Instead, she speaks for New Zealand at a
moment of national pain, her vision of kindness in politics tested by the worst
mass murder in her country’s modern history.
represent diversity, kindness, compassion. A home for those who share our
values. Refuge for those who need it,” she told reporters at Parliament as the
horror of the shootings began to unfold on Friday, her words broadcast around
the world even as the killer’s video and manifesto of hatred were spreading
online. Ardern herself had been emailed a copy of the manifesto minutes before
the massacre began.
summary of attacks on Muslims in Western countries
killing of at least 49 Muslim worshippers at two mosques on Friday in New
Zealand was the latest in a series of attacks against Muslims in western countries
- and by far the worst.
have documented a surge in anti-Muslim attacks in the United Kingdom, Canada
and the United States, among other countries, noting an all-time high in recent
are some of the most deadly:
- August 2016: A New York imam and his associate are shot and killed on a busy
street near their mosque in Queens. Police say it was a hate crime. The
attacker is arrested and charged with murder.
- December 2016: A 30-year-old man enters a mosque in central Zurich and starts
firing at a handful of men who were drinking tea after evening prayer. Three
victim was killed by the same perpetrator earlier in the day. The suspect
escapes but is found dead near a river close to the mosque.
- January 2017: Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, kills six Muslim worshippers and
injures scores of others in an attack at a Quebec City mosque during evening
fatalities include one victim who was killed as he attempted to tackle the
gunman. Nineteen others are injured in the shooting. Bissonnette is sentenced
to life imprisonment.
- May 2017: Two men are stabbed to death after they try to intervene when a man
starts yelling racial slurs at two women of Muslim appearance on a train in the
north-western US state of Oregon.
attacker is identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian. A third man is
- June 2017: A 48-year-old man in London drives a van into a group of
worshippers who had just come out of a mosque after a late-night prayer,
killing a 51-year-old man and injuring nine others.
driver, 48-year-old Darren Osborne, allegedly shouted "I want to kill all
Muslims - I did my bit" after the attack. Osborne is sentenced to 43 years
in jail on terrorism-related charges.
- August 2017: The number of crimes directed towards Muslims in Spain increases
following deadly attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils as mosques in the cities of
Granada, Fuenlabrada, Logrono and Seville are desecrated and firebombed.
Moroccans are brutally assaulted in Navarre, while a Muslim woman is injured
from in attack in front of a Madrid metro.
Zealand - March 2019: Twenty eight-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant
allegedly kills 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch. He is arrested and is
Tensions, India and Pakistan to Take Part In Counter-Terror Drills
of the Shanghai Cooperation Orgnisation (SCO), including both India and
Pakistan, will take part in a joint counter-terrorism exercise likely to be
held in grasslands of Kazakhstan in the Sary Arka region this year.
SCO member states will hold a joint anti-terrorism exercise
‘Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019,” the Council of Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure
(RATS) of SCO said on Friday.
exercise was announced during the 34th meeting of RATS, a key SCO mechanism,
held in Tashkent in Uzbekistan Friday.
and Pakistan became full-members of the SCO, headquartered in Beijing, in 2017
and took part in war games of the group held in Russia last year.
was the first time that the armies of India, Pakistan, and China took part in a
military exercise along with the other members of the SCO -- Russia,
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan.
the 2018 exercise, India had picked a 200-soldier contingent from the 5th
battalion of the Rajput Regiment; New Delhi also dispatched a small Indian Air
Force regiment for the drills.
latest RATS statement did not give details about when the 2019 exercise will be
is no doubt, however, that the exercise will attract international attention.
It is a rare occasion for Indian and Pakistan soldiers and officers to be part
of a friendly exchange in the backdrop of decades-old enmity and a history of
war and violence.
year’s RATS exercise will take place in the shadow of the Pulwama terror attack
in February, the bombing of a terrorist camp deep inside Pakistan by Indian
warplanes and the subsequent engagement between the Indian and Pakistan air
forces near the Line of Control (LoC).
the run-up to their becoming full-members of the SCO in 2017, doubts had, in
fact, been expressed whether the open hostility between India and Pakistan
could, jeopardise the group, which is run under the umbrella influence of
Beijing and Moscow.
say that it is expected that the diplomatic influence exerted by Beijing and
Moscow – and the SCO charter -- will not allow the two new members to bring
their bilateral differences to the SCO table to disrupt the group’s
part in SCO wargames is also seen as a way to increase friendly interactions
between the armed personnel of India and Pakistan who have fought three wars
over the years.
by Russia, Friday’s meeting also declared plans to hold the first stage of
joint border operation “Solidarity 2019-2021”, the seventh meeting of the heads
of the border services, and training workshops on identifying and preventing
the use of the Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes.
will not cut a deal on the sanctioning of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar
by the United Nations Sanctions Committee (UNSC). Instead, India will show patience
on China’s hold as it believes that Masood Azhar will eventually be sanctioned
at the UN 1267 Sanctions committee, sources said on Saturday.
India’s disappointment over China’s move to place a technical hold on the
sanctioning of Jaish chief Masood Azhar, sources said that the international
community was supporting India on the issue and that the country had the
support of 14 out of 15 members of the UN Security Council on the topic.
sources further said that the US interlocutors had agreed that India had acted
responsibly after the Pulwama terrorist attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were
killed. The sources said that Pakistan hasn’t done enough to crack down on
terrorism and that the actions that the country had taken in the past few days were
cosmetic at best and that it had taken no real action on cutting funding of
sources also said that India had shared its concerns about the use of US
defence platforms in an offensive manner by Pakistan and that the US had taken
note of India’s concerns and that it would look into the use of F-16 fighter
planes and AMRAAM missiles by Pakistan in the aerial engagement that took place
on the Line of Control barely 13 days after the Pulwama suicide attack.
the same time, the sources also clarified that there was no scope of a role for
mediation with Pakistan for countries such as Saudi Arabia. However, India
would be happy if such countries took up the issue of cracking down on
terrorism with Pakistan.
says meeting with Zakir Naik was to discuss Malaysia's Islamic model
Yusof Rawa denied he has changed his mind about controversial preacher Zakir
Naik whose methods the minister had once described as.demeaning to other faiths
and unsuitable for a multiracial country such as Malaysia.
de facto Islamic Affairs minister said his meeting with Zakir last Wednesday
was not to discuss permission for Zakir to preach, but to talk about the
Islamic model in Malaysia.
for talks with India on JeM chief: China
China said on Friday it was willing to have more discussions with all parties
concerned, including India, on blacklisting the head of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM),
which claimed responsibility for the attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in
held Kashmir in February.
prevented a UN Security Council committee on Wednesday from blacklisting JeM
founder Masood Azhar.
said it was disappointed at the block, while the United States said it was
counter to a goal it shared with China of achieving regional peace and
a statement faxed to Reuters late on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry
reiterated that the “technical hold” on the blacklisting was to give more time
for the committee to have further consultations on the issue.
hoped the committee’s actions could “benefit reducing the tense situation and
protect regional stability”, the ministry said, responding to a question about
calls for boycott of Chinese products in India.
is willing to strengthen communication with all parties, including India, to
appropriately handle this issue,” it added, without elaborating.
US, Britain and France had asked the Security Council’s Islamic State and Al
Qaeda sanctions committee to subject Azhar to an arms embargo, travel ban and
asset freeze. The 15-member committee operates by consensus. China had
previously prevented the sanctions committee from sanctioning Azhar in 2016 and
powers could also blacklist Azhar by adopting a Security Council resolution,
which needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United
States, Britain or France. Already blacklisted by the UN Security Council in
2001, JeM is a primarily anti-India group.
Christians living in parts of Europe held a protest rally in Geneva to raise
their voice against Islamic hardliners who are persecuting minorities in the
name of blasphemy.
protestors including women and children carried out a rally from Palais Wilson,
the current headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights to Broken Chair, during the 40th session of the UN Human
demanded that the Pakistan government must abolish the 'dangerous' law misused
by the state and non-state actors to target the minorities.
John, a Pakistani Christian and Chairman of Drumchapel Asian Forum in NW Glasgow,
said: "We are unhappy with the functioning of the government in Pakistan
because the mindset of 'maulvis' (Islamic hardliners) towards Christians is
immoral. Every day, atrocities are being committed against our children,
especially girls, which is not acceptable. Our girls are being kidnapped by
misusing PPC 295C and they are converted into Islam."
added: "Every person in Pakistan is unhappy with Act 295C because we
always remain in fear of its misuse. If we have an altercation with any person,
they put us under PPC 295C. This is a dangerous law and needs to be
in Pakistan have been facing systematic persecution as not only their churches
were being targetted but also girls who are being kidnapped and forcibly
converted into Islam.
Aziz, Head of Overseas Pakistani Christian Association in Germany said:
"We are protesting here as we are not getting our rights in Pakistan
because of fundamentalist forces."
added, "We have a demand that this law (blasphemy) should be abolished.
These incidents get exposed at international level. In the case of Asiya Bibi,
we are thankful to the Supreme Court of Pakistan that she got justice because
of government's efforts. The government is not abolishing this law but is
helping us to get justice. But, since there are fundamentalist forces, we are
members of European Parliamentarians and human rights activists also joined the
protest by Pakistani Christians.
Mario Silva, Executive Chairman of International Forum for Rights and Security
said: "Pakistan systematically discriminates against minorities.
Christians are particularly targeted by the blasphemy law. Christian
persecution is a real threat to democracy and it's a real threat to human
rights. It's something the world community needs to take a look at.
do believe what's happening is a slow genocide which will eventually eliminate
all Christians from the country. Last, the government does something about the
fundamentalism that spread into the system both in the education system,
political system and social system in the country. It will never be able to
fully functionalise democracy."
added, "The state has a responsibility to protect its minorities rather
destroying them. They have to go against the perpetrators of crimes against
Christians. There are attacks on Christians, suicide bombings are taking place
and the government is doing nothing to investigate the persecution of
Christians in the country."
the blasphemy law, Dr Mario said: "Blasphemy law should in fact never be a
part of any democratic system of government because blasphemy law is meant to
target minorities. It was designed to target the Christian minority and also
Ahmadiyya community as well. These communities are suffering a lot because of
the blasphemy law. Because the blasphemy law is there, it has led to
intolerance. It has led to the growth of extremists in the country who continue
to use this as a tool to harass, intimidate and jail minorities in the
make up less than two per cent of the population in Pakistan. Their numbers are
decreasing as many of them are migrating to other countries for their safety.
mullahs in league with terrorists, responsible for acts like Pulwama attack:
Pakistan government has given a free hand to the 'mullahs' (Muslim clergymen)
who closely collaborate with terrorist groups and create problems worldwide,
like the recent terror attack in Pulwama, leaders of the country's persecuted
Ahmadiyya community said here on Saturday.
leaders of the Ahmadiyya community, a minority sect of Muslims, also highlighted
how in Pakistan they are being denied even the basic rights like practising
their religion and voting besides being targeted with false cases of blasphemy.
an event held here on the sidelines of a conference of the UN Human Rights
Session (UNHRC), the community leaders sought to draw the international focus
on Pakistan-bred terrorism besides demanding an amendment to the draconian laws
targeting them in Pakistan.
Government of Pakistan has given a free hand to 'mullahs' and they hold the writ
of the government," said Iftikhar Ayaz, an Ahmadiyya leader and chairman
of London-based International Human Rights Committee.
(mullahs) have relations with terrorist organizations and jihadis. The mullahs
and terrorists are collaborators which is an open secret. This has created a
major problem for world peace, safety and security," he said.
press his point, he gave the example of the ghastly terror attack in Pulwama on
February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed and said the world should be
worried about it.
said it's not that only Ahmadiyyas are facing persecution but the "mullahs
and terrorists" collaborate to kill and harass others as well.
leader of the community Fareed Ahmad said the members of the sect were even
denied the right to vote in the recent elections in Pakistan.
explained that it was because in order to cast a vote, "we have to state
if we are non-Muslim or non-Ahmadi and neither of these choices is something we
can sign up to."
who is the Secretary for External Affairs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in
the UK, went on to add, "These are everyday issues in Pakistan. The whole
community lives in fear... The persecution is all pervasive."
said false charges of blasphemy are also imposed on the community members
"for holding copies of the Holy Quran" or offering Islamic greetings.
We face all these difficulties on a daily basis. There needs to be some action
because these are issues that don't just affect us but affect the whole of Pakistan."
1974, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Bhutto had amended the
Constitution to declare Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims.
in 1994, General Zia-ul-Haq amended the penal code to introduce the 'Ordinance
XX', making it a criminal offence for Ahmadis to call themselves Muslims or
practice their Islamic faith.
want Pakistan to prosper, we want it to succeed, we are loyal citizens of
Pakistan and are always working for the progress of the country, but this means
getting rid of extremism which is embedded by the federal laws of the
country," Fareed Ahmad said.
hoped that the Pakistan government would recognize the problem on its own and
address it "because, otherwise, the social fabric of Pakistan is,
unfortunately, getting worse by the day."
while flagging concerns over misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan against
members of the Ahmadiyya community, said these legal provisions are mainly
aimed at targeting the community.
are other religious communities too, but the blasphemy laws were made to
primarily punish the Ahmadiyyas. By facing such threats, the Ahmadiyyas are
facing immense problems. You can't worship and can't even keep the Quran at
home. You can't even offer Islamic greetings. How can you live in such a
country? Ahmadiyyas are also facing problems in schools, colleges and at
workplaces," he added.
Pakistan, the Christians and Hindus are facing the same problem as we
Ahmadiyyas are facing. The terrorists .. are creating problems for the entire
world. Pakistan can easily repeal laws against the minorities, but it is not
doing so because of the fear of extremist forces," the Ahmadiyya leader
Arabic-language al-Khaleej Online website quoted Arab activists as saying that
the recent terrorist attack in New Zealand was the result of provocation of the
far right extremists in Europe against the Muslims and mosques by a number of
Islamic countries, including the UAE and Egypt.
said Islamophobia is not just the result of the Europeans' policies but it is
also promoted by the Arab officials and activists, including UAE Foreign
Minister Abdullah bin Zayeh al-Nahyan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
website added that provocation of extremists against Muslims started in a
seminar in Riyadh in 2017 when the UAE foreign minister warned the Europeans
about the presence of 50mln Muslims on their lands, saying that such a
population also includes terrorists and extremists.
el-Sisi in his comments in recent years said that the European leaders should
increase supervision over mosques to prevent terrorism and extremism, according
to al-Khaleej Online.
the worst terrorist attack on New Zealand soil, 49 Muslims were killed and 48
more hurt after mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques on Thursday.
Australian suspect arrested after dozens of worshippers were gunned down in two
mosques appeared unrepentant in court in New Zealand on Saturday, staring down
media members with a smirk on his face.
Tarrant, 28, appeared in a Christchurch District Court and was charged with
murder. He was remanded without a plea until his next appearance in the South
Island city's High Court on April 5.
shoeless, and wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak. His
court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression.
flashed an upside-down "okay" signal, a symbol used by white power
groups across the globe.
other suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what
role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand.
it a well-planned terrorist attack, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the main
suspect was a licensed gun owner who used five weapons during his rampage,
including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.
Zealand, with a population of five million, has relatively loose gun laws and
an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.
account for one percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed, most
of whom were born overseas.
Spokesperson of Turkey Ibrahim Kalın urged world leaders to show the same
solidarity with Muslim worshippers who were killed in terrorist attacks on two
mosques in New Zealand on Friday.
those [world leaders] who marched for Charlie Hebdo victims march for the
Muslims slaughtered in New Zealand too?" Kalın said in a Twitter message
continued by saying that only people who truly share the pain can mourn
was referring to the unity march held after a terrorist attack on French
satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which left 17 people dead in 2015. Over 55
leaders from around the world participated in the march to pay tribute to the
victims and stand in solidarity with France.
the same leaders failed to show the same solidarity following terrorist attacks
resulting in Muslim casualties in Turkey and other places in the world.
least 49 people were killed after Australian-born terrorist Brenton Tarrant
opened fire on Muslim worshippers attending Friday prayers at two mosques in
Christchurch, New Zealand.
YORK: A leading US daily has questioned China's blocking of another move at the
UN to designate Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist", stating that
Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief is a "proven
threat" and Beijing is "loath to upset" its
"all-weather" friendship with Islamabad.
Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal, in an editorial piece titled 'China
Shields a Jihadist - Beijing blocks a UN attempt to sanction the Kashmir
killer', said without meaningful global action against jihadist enclaves in
Pakistan, India may "understandably conclude it has few options other than
a military escalation".
editorial comes after China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United
Nations (UN) Security Council to designate Azhar as a "global
terrorist" by putting a technical hold on the proposal on Wednesday, a
move India termed as disappointing.
proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the
UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days
after the Pulwama terror attack which killed forty Indian soldiers.
is a proven threat. Why would China give him a terror pass?," the
Editorial Board asked.
is loath to upset what it calls its 'all- weather' friendship with Pakistan,
and one reason is strategic. The US cut military aid to Islamabad last year
after President (Donald) Trump cited its support of terrorists in Afghanistan,
and China wants to fill the gap," it said.
editorial noted that tensions had de-escalated between India and Pakistan after
the February 14 terror attack by Jaish-eMohammed (JeM) in Kashmir's Pulwama
district which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel.
the days since (Pulwama attack), "the global focus now shifts to rooting
out terrorists in Pakistan, but China is already easing international pressure
on Islamabad to do so," the editorial said.
said the proposal moved in the UN Security Council's Sanctions Committee
against Azhar in the last 10 years would have subjected the JeM chief to a
travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo.
UN blacklisting would pressure Pakistan to comply, the Editorial Board said,
adding that the US State Department concluded in 2017 that Islamabad failed to
stop the JeM from "openly raising money, recruiting and training" in
Beijing put a hold on the proposal saying they "still need more time"
to consider the matter, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu
editorial noted that the international community should not "expect a
change" in this stance given that Beijing has blocked Security Council
action against Azhar in 2016 and 2017.
suggested that UN sanctions against Azhar could endanger the region's
stability, "but the opposite is true", the write-up noted.
meaningful global action against jihadist enclaves in Pakistan, New Delhi may
understandably conclude it has few options other than a military
escalation," it added.
editorial cited the American Enterprise Institute's China Global Investment
Tracker, saying China has poured nearly $32 billion into Pakistani
infrastructure through Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative.
2008-2017, Pakistan imported $6 billion in weapons from China, according to the
Center for Strategic and International Studies, making it Beijing's biggest
arms customer in Asia.
editorial also noted that China was "shielding" Azhar even as it uses
the threat of terror to sanction its own citizens – the Chinese Uighur Muslims.
said in its northwestern Xinjiang province, more than one million Chinese
Uighur Muslims have been detained in "reeducation" centers under the
guise of preventing extremism.
death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday when police
found another body at one of the mosques, as families waited for authorities to
formally identify victims and release their bodies for burial.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on
Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April
5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.
attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the
worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country had raised its
security threat level to the highest.
of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a
“manifesto” denouncing immigrants as “invaders” was also posted online via
links to related social media accounts.
bodies of the victims had not been released to families because investigations
were going on, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said at a media conference in
is customary in Islam to bury the dead within 24 hours.
have to be absolutely clear on cause of death and confirm their identity before
that can happen. But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs, so we
are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible,” Bush said.
said the body of the 50th victim was found at the Al Noor mosque, where more
than 40 people died after a gunman entered and shot at people with a
semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines, before travelling to a
man at the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood was being hailed for
distracting and confronting the shooter, preventing further deaths.
Aziz, 48, told media he heard shooting and ran outside the mosque, shouting at
the gunman and drawing him away from the building, the Newshub website
originally from Afghanistan, said he picked up one of the gunman’s discarded
weapons and threatened the man, who drove off.
then rammed the gunman’s vehicle and arrested him.
two police officers acted with absolute courage,” Bush said. “They have
prevented further deaths and risked their own lives to do so.”
services for victims of the attack were held around the country, including at
Christchurch’s “Cardboard Cathedral”, a temporary structure built after much of
the central city was destroyed in a 2011 earthquake.
people were in Christchurch Hospital, with 12 in intensive care, and one child
moved to dedicated children’s hospital in Auckland.
Robertson, head of surgery at Christchurch Hospital said staff were used to
seeing gunshot wounds and severe injuries, but the scale and nature of the
attacks was different.
magnitude of this is the thing that is the most significant issue for people.
It’s just comprehending what is the incomprehensible.”
Hagley College, a school across the park from the Al Noor mosque, a support
centre was set up with a stream of victims’ friends and relatives arriving. One
woman carried sandwiches and falafel.
student, who asked not to be identified, said a friend had been killed.
was studying to be a pilot and we saw him for morning classes. Then he went to
the mosque as usual. And we are not hearing from him,” he said. “I got a call
last night from a friend, around midnight, to say he has passed away.”
majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan,
India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan.
high commissioner said six citizens had been killed and three were missing.
said police did not believe that three other people arrested on Friday were
involved in the attack. Two men faced charges unrelated or “tangential” to the
attack, while a woman had been released, he said.
did not have a criminal history and was not on any watchlists in New Zealand or
a manifesto circulating online, Tarrant described himself as “Just a ordinary
White man, 28 years old” who used the spoils of cryptocurrency trading to
finance extensive travels through Europe from 2016-2018.
said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who allegedly used five weapons,
including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which had been modified.
can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change,” Ardern told
reporters on Saturday, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be
Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby
and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts.
are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of
only 5 million, but it has had low levels of gun violence.
Zealanders have responded to the Christchurch mosque massacres with an
outpouring of interfaith solidarity - crowdfunding millions of dollars,
donating halal food and even offering to accompany local Muslims now scared to
walk the streets.
killing of 49 people at two mosques in this usually placid city on Friday has
sent shockwaves rippling across the Pacific Island country that on average sees
no more than 50 murders a year.
revulsion at the bloodshed and the self-declared perpetrator's racist motives
has been matched by displays of support and warmth towards the country's devastated
a suburb of Christchurch close to where the attacks took place, Yoti Ioannou
and his wife put out a Facebook post calling for locals to donate halal food.
idea was to provide meals for the dozens of desperate relatives waiting at the
city's hospitals for news of their loved ones as surgeons battled to save
halal food drive was inundated, they said, with people lining up to give meals
just really humbled and happy to help," Ioannou told AFP news agency.
"We'll be working on a way to keep things consistent with support for the
said so much food was donated that they eventually had to put a fresh call out
saying no more was needed.
people of Christchurch, we're used to rallying," Iannou said, referencing
the 2011 earthquake that killed more than 180 people.
just second nature to us now and I'm pleased they came out in force
Sikh community in Christchurch offered help in washing the bodies of the victims
and digging the graves.
walk with you'
the country, New Zealanders also dug deep - the two most prominent crowdfunding
campaigns had already raised between them more than 3.2 million New Zealand
dollars ($ 2.2m) within 24 hours of the shootings.
crowdfunding platform Givealittle crashed briefly on Saturday, while LaunchGood
had over 23,000 donors saying they were "United for Christchurch" as
they contributed for the New Zealand Islamic Information Centre.
of those donating left messages of support incorporating popular Maori terms.
kaha to all New Zealanders, love to all families affected," read one
donation, using a Maori phrase for "stay strong".
put out offers for help and support for local Muslims who might be feeling
afraid of leaving their houses.
one Facebook post that went especially viral, Wellington native Lianess Howard
wrote: "If any Muslim women in Wellington feel unsafe right now - I will
walk with you, wait at the bus stop with you, I'll sit on the bus with you, or
walk with you while you do the groceries."
screen grab of the post placed on Twitter was shared more than 16,000 times.
came to the police cordons to show support.
and Andy Johnson said that had clipped a silver fern, a national symbol, from
their garden to place with the growing bunches of flowers left at the massacre
cut the silver fern out of our garden just to let all our Muslim community know
that our hearts are breaking for them today and we stand with them in
solidarity," Wendy Johnson told the StuffNZ website.
Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from
his fellow lawmakers after sparking outrage by blaming Muslim immigration for
the New Zealand mosque shootings.
Fraser Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday including
one that said, “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration
real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration
program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first
place,” he said in a statement.
cameras caught a 17-year-old boy breaking an egg on Anning’s head and briefly
scuffling with the independent senator while he was holding a news conference
Saturday in Melbourne.
said the boy was arrested but was released without charge pending a further
investigation. No motive was offered for the egging.
government and opposition party agreed to pass a censure motion against Anning
over his stance on the Christchurch shootings when Parliament resumes in April.
such a reprimand is a symbolic gesture, the major parties expect to demonstrate
how isolated Anning’s views are among Australia’s 226 federal lawmakers. The
major parties’ support ensures the censure motion will be passed by both
Minister Scott Morrison said he denounced Anning’s comments.
his conflation of this horrendous terrorist attack with issues of immigration,
in his attack on Islamic faith specifically — these comments are appalling and
they’re ugly and they have no place in Australia, in the Australian
Parliament,” Morrison said. “He should be, frankly, ashamed of himself.”
Rauf, spokesman for the Australian National Imams Council, the nation’s top
Muslim group, likened the senator’s views to the rambling manifesto published
online by suspect Brenton Tarrant before the slayings.
one looks at his statement, it may as well have been an extract from the
manifesto of the person that perpetrated these heinous crimes, this act of
terrorism in Christchurch,” Rauf said.
said Anning was unfit for the Senate.
lawmaker Penny Wong accused Anning of attempting to use the tragedy to grab
attention ahead of elections in May.
only received 19 votes in the last election in 2016. But because of a quirk in
the Australian electoral system, he was elevated to the Senate by the
anti-immigration, anti-Muslim One Nation party after a court ruled that its
senator, Malcolm Roberts, had not been eligible to run for election due to his
later defected from One Nation to another anti-immigration party, then became
an independent. Analysts say Anning is unlikely to be re-elected as an
independent candidate in May.
was widely condemned for his first speech to the Senate in August advocating
reviving a white-only immigration policy and using the term “final solution” in
calling for a vote on which migrants to admit into the country. Critics accused
him of making a veiled reference to the Nazi extermination of Jews.
government also announced on Saturday it had banned right-wing commentator Milo
Yiannopoulos from touring the country over his social media response to the
Minister David Coleman said Yiannopoulos’ social media comments are “appalling
and foment hatred and division.”
didn’t specify which comments he was referring to.
said on Facebook that attacks like Christchurch happen because “the
establishment panders to and mollycoddles extremist leftism and barbaric, alien
terrorist who killed at least 50 people in two New Zealand mosques sent his
manifesto to the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s office email about
nine minutes before the attacks, Ardern said.
she hadn’t gotten the email directly herself, Ardern said her office was one of
about 30 recipients and had forwarded the email to Parliamentary security
within a couple of minutes of receiving it.
Commissioner Mike Bush said the body of the 50th victim was found at the Al
Noor mosque, where more than 40 people died after the terrorist entered and
shot at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines, before
travelling to a second mosque.
rammed the suspect’s vehicle and arrested him as he drove away from the second
mosque in the suburb of Linwood. Bush said the man was apprehended 36 minutes
after police were alerted.
said at a news conference Sunday that they found another body at Al Noor mosque
as they finished removing the victims, bringing the number of people killed
there to 42. Another seven people were killed at Linwood mosque and one more
person died later at Christchurch Hospital.
34 victims remained at Christchurch Hospital, where officials said 12 were in
critical condition. And a 4-year-old girl at a children’s hospital in Auckland
was also listed as critical.
of Muslim supporters gathered at a center set up for victims, families and
friends across the road from the hospital, where many had flown in from around
New Zealand to offer support. About two dozen men received instructions on
their duties Sunday morning, which included Muslim burial customs.
Hakim, 56, of Auckland, was among many who had flown in to help.
soon as people die we must bury them as soon as possible,” Hakim said. “We are
all here to help them in washing the body, putting them in the grave.”
Dadabhai, who flew from Auckland after learning about the death of his 35-year-old
cousin Junaid Mortara, said the Muslim community was being patient.
family understands that it’s a crime scene. It’s going to be a criminal charge
against the guy who’s done this, so they need to be pretty thorough,” he said.
it was hard, he said, because the grieving process wouldn’t really begin until
he could bury his cousin.
across New Zealand were still trying to come to terms with the massacre that
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
unidentified men have attacked a Muslim worshiper outside a mosque east of the
British capital hours after a terrorist assault on Muslims in New Zealand.
Metropolitan Police confirmed on Saturday that three men had used objects
identified as batten and hammer to attack a 27-year-old Muslim outside an East
the Met refused to designate the attack as an act of terror and hate crime
against the Muslims despite accounts by witnesses at the scene who said the
attackers had been abusive and shouted Islamophobic slurs. The attackers even
called the Muslims “terrorists”, according to witnesses.
victim of the attack, described by the Met as an Asian, suffered injuries to
his head. He was rushed to a nearby hospital by people at the scene.
on social media showed the attackers, described by the police to be in their
20s, jumping into a blue Ford Fiesta they had used to reach the mosque and then
fled the scene.
attack came hours after some 49 Muslim worshipers were massacred in two mosques
in Christchurch, south of New Zealand. The attacker, identified as Brenton
Tarrant, has said that he had been inspired by Darren Osborne, an English
terrorist who drove his car into a crowd of Muslim worshipers outside a mosque
in Finsbury Park, North London, in June 2017.
of people have taken to the streets in Australia’s second-largest city of
Melbourne to protest against rising sentiments of Islamophobia and racism in
the wake of the recent massacre of Muslim people in New Zealand.
gathered at Victoria's State Library on Saturday to express solidarity with the
Muslim community following the Friday terrorist attacks at two mosques in the
New Zealand city of Christchurch.
organizer Jasmine Ali told Daily Mail Australia, “The Islamophobia and racist
rhetoric of Australia's Coalition government has contributed to an atmosphere
where vile attacks like the Christchurch shooting become possible.”
of Islamic Council of Victoria Mohammad Helmy, who was among the participants
in the rally, said the "hate rhetoric being shared in the public domain"
led to the attacks. “This kind of hate rhetoric, it kills.”
a show of solidarity, a number of landmarks in Melbourne were lit up overnight
in the New Zealand flag colors.
rally was one of many protests of its kind held across the globe ahead of next
week's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned the terrorist attack,
saying she would change the country's firearm laws.
investigates visits by New Zealand terrorist
a Turkish official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said Ankara had
opened an inquiry after it emerged that the man alleged to be the New Zealand
mosque attacker visited Turkey twice.
think that the suspect could have been to other countries (from Turkey) in
Europe, Asia and Africa. We are investigating the suspect's movements and
contacts in the countries," said the official.
media reported that a manifesto published online allegedly by the attacker
contained specific references to Turkey and ridding the famed Hagia Sophia in
Istanbul of its minarets. Now a museum, the building was once a church before
being turned into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire.
state broadcaster TRT said the suspect visited Turkey twice in 2016, on March
17-20 and September 13 to October 25. The Turkish television channel has
released a security camera image of him arriving at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.
sends delegation to New Zealand
a phone call to Dame Patsy Reddy, New Zealand's governor-general, on Friday,
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was sending a high-level
delegation, including Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut
Cavusoglu, to the Pacific Ocean country to open an inquiry into the attacker’s
alleged visits to Turkey.
manifesto that the terrorist released clearly shows that this was no individual
act," said Erdogan, stressing the importance of exposing the groups behind
the attacks, and offering Turkey's help.
Turkish Foreign Ministry later released a statement, saying the delegation
would stress Ankara’s resolve against Islamophobia and xenophobia and its
solidarity with New Zealand in the face of these "heinous" terror
at an Istanbul airport before leaving for New Zealand, Oktay said, “This
terrorist act, unfortunately, has shown us once again that there are no limits
of hostility to Islam”, calling on the international community to “stand up
against Islamophobia, xenophobia, radicalism, and racism.”
earlier said it was investigating after discovering that the gunman might have
visited the Southeastern European country in November 2018.
Tsatsarov, Bulgaria's chief prosecutor, said an investigation had been launched
into whether Tarrant had contacts with local citizens.
Interior Ministry said Bulgaria is coordinating with counterterrorism teams
from various countries.
separate remarks on Friday, Erdogan denounced the deadly attack, saying it
illustrated the growing hostility towards Islam "idly" watched by the
this attack, hostility towards Islam, that the world has been idly watching and
even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond individual harassment to reach
the level of mass killing," Erdogan said.
further called on the West to take urgent actions to prevent similar attacks.
measures are not taken right away, news of other disasters will follow this one
... I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick
measures," he said.
five major parties in Turkey's parliament issued a joint declaration in
condemnation of the terrorist attack, urging Western governments and media to
“wholeheartedly and categorically steer clear of rhetoric that provoke
Islamophobic emotions and actions."
Friday prayers, dozens of people gathered outside Istanbul's Fatih Mosque, one
of the city's main mosques, to condemn the terrorist attack. They waved signs
that read, "Stop global terrorism" and "Crusader Savagery in New
President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have
denounced the terrorist attacks.
far-right Swedish politician who represents an anti-immigration party has
proposed to build a mosque and a cultural center to attract more immigrants to
the country, local media reported.
Collins from far-right Sweden Democrats party, said he believes they need
immigrants in order to stop the decline of the town’s population, according to
The Local Sweden.
proposed to build the mosque and cultural center in Kramfors town of northern
Sweden's Vasternorrland county.
news network quoted Collins as saying: "My idea is that if you have a
mosque and a cultural center, then you empower the Muslims to be responsible
for our town and the area up here.”
one group in Sweden that is mobile is the immigrant community, and they're very
business minded, and that's what we need,” he added.
well-known broadcasting corporation BBC and Daily Mirror came under fire as
they did not name the New Zealand mosque shootings as terror attack that killed
at least 50 Muslims at their place of worship on Friday.
was unable to name the Christchurch mosque attacks as "terror
attacks" but mainly said "Christchurch mosque shootings".
British daily newspaper Daily Mirror published the terrorist's childhood photo
as it remarked "an angelic boy" for the terror suspect, Brenton
who grew into evil far-right mass killer as 49 murdered at prayers," Daily
photo released of the killer as a child in the arms of his late father shows an
angelic boy who former associates revealed was a likable and dedicated
personal trainer running free athletic programmes for kids," it added.
Australian gunman, 28-year-old Tarrant -- also the accused terrorist -- killed
at least 50 Muslims in Friday's twin terror attacks in New Zealand.
terror attack, during the weekly Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood
mosques in Christchurch, was streamed live on social media. The footage has
since been taken down.
BBC had called 2017 Westminster attack as "Westminster Terror
a terrorist attack in March 2017, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on
Westminster Bridge when he mowed pedestrians down, before stabbing a police
officer who was on duty in front of parliament.
Former BBC editor slams broadcaster for its angle
editor Rifat Jawaid criticized BBC for its perspective and style about the
terrorist attack in Christchurch.
a former BBC Editor, I feel incredibly disappointed with your glaringly biased
editorials. Both Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers have called Christ
Church carnage as terrorist attack. But for your TV and online editors, this is
only mosque attack! Shameful!," Jawaid said on Twitter.
Iranian Ambassador in London Hamid Baeidinejad said on social media that knife
attack in London means a terrorist attack for BBC managers but the massacre in
New Zealand is only an attack.
addition, French press avoided to say "terror" even though they did
for the attacks in France.
daily Le Parisien didn't say terror attacks but remarked "Attentat de
Christchurch" (Christchurch attack).
Francis called the terror attack in New Zealand that killed at least 50 Muslims
at their place of worship as "senseless acts of violence".
Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of
life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch,
and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of
his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks," a Vatican
Australian gunman, 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant -- also the accused
terrorist -- killed at least 50 Muslims in Friday's twin terror attacks in New
says it has repatriated five young children of ISIS supporters from camps in
northern Syria, the government said on Friday, but insisted it hasn’t changed
its position on adults who joined the militant group.
news came as Iraq reportedly began legal proceedings against 14 French
suspected ISIS members handed over by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in
Syria last month.
children taken back to France were either orphans or unaccompanied minors who
were in displacement camps in northern Syria, the foreign ministry said on
Friday. It did not detail the children’s connection to France or their ages.
issue of returning fighters and their families has become a contentious debate
in Europe after those fleeing the last pocket of ISIS territory in eastern
Syria rose rapidly. Camps in north Syria run by the SDF are now hosting over
69,000 women, children and elderly people who had been encircled by the
US-backed force near the town of Baghouz. All military-age males have been
taken to SDF run prisons.
the 14 French suspected fighters handed over to Iraqi authorities appeared
before an investigative judge in a Baghdad anti-terrorism court on March 6, two
sources told Reuters news agency.
agency added that all had signed confessions saying that they had been in Mosul
when it was under ISIS control between 2014 and 2017.
found guilty, they could face the death penalty.
of suspected ISIS sympathisers and members have already been tried and found
guilty in Iraq since the end of the military campaign against the group in the
country in 2017. However, rights groups have reported that the process has been
suspect with many accused being tried in groups with sessions that last mere
minutes and reply almost exclusively on signed confessions – which they say may
have been extracted under duress – or witness testimony without other
authorities insist the trials follow due process.
French government has repatriated several orphaned children aged five or under
from French ISIS camps in northeastern Syria.
children are under individual medical and psychological supervision and were
handed over to the judicial authorities, says the French Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs in a statement.
family members concerned, who were in contact with the ministry, have been
French government said it made the decision to return the children because they
were “very young and especially vulnerable”, before thanking the Syrian
Democratic Forces for helping return them.
the adult French nationals who were fighters and jihadists who had followed
ISIS to the Levant, France's position has not changed: they must be tried on
the territory where they committed their crimes,” the announcement said. “It is
a matter of both justice and security.”
British government has refused to evacuate foreign fighter children from Syria,
citing security concerns. Speaking on Shamima Begum’s child, who died on
pneumonia in a Syrian refugee camp on March 10, British Foreign Secretary
Jeremey Hunt told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “We have to think about the
safety of the British officials that I would send into that war zone.”
Begum fled London to join ISIS at the age of 15, where she married Yago
Riedijk, a Dutch ISIS fighter and father of her child who is being held in a
Kurdish detention centre in north-eastern Syria.
knew when she made the decision to join Daesh that she was going to a country
where there was no embassy, where there was no consular assistance,” Hunt
added. “And I’m afraid those decisions, awful though it is, they do have
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French authorities. I hope they will be handed over to the care of their
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Muslim community calls for strong action against Masood Azhar, shames China for
Muslim community in Uttar Pradesh have called for coersive action against
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and said there is no place for
terrorism in Islam.
Muslim organisations in Agra reacted strongly to China blocking the move to tag
Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council
(UNSC) and asserted that India should have known that Beijing has "always
been a supporter of Pakistan".
Saleem, district president of the Sarv Daliya Muslim Action Committee, told
India Today TV that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have himself informed
the United Nations about the terrorist attacks and activities being carried out
by Masood Azhar.
said PM Narendra Modi should have taken the liberty to talk to Chinese
president about Masood Azhar.
has always been a supporter of Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should
have himself informed the United Nations (UN) and the Chinese president about
the terrorist activities of Masood Azhar," Irfan Saleem said.
Aghai, Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad, said if Jaswant Singh, the then foreign
minister in the Vajpayees cabinet had not released terrorist Masood Azhar in
1999, then the current situation would not have been arised.
has used its veto power to protect Masood Azhar. While the Chinese President Xi
Jinping is a good friend of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Narendra Modi
had swung the hoop by taking him to Gujarat," Aghai said.
Yogesh Malhotra, the member of Hindustani Biradari, went on to say that India
should cutoff its relations with China, which has used "veto power in
favour of a terrorist who have destroyed the houses of brave soldiers".
said China has "ruined its image internationally" by protecting
terrorist Masood Azhar and Indian citizens should boycott Chinese products.
has the ability to manufacture those products which is currently imported by
China. Therefore, Indian people should not buy anything made by China and India
should completely eliminate its relations with China," Malhotra said.
has used veto power in favor of such terrorist who have destroyed the houses of
brave soldiers, innocent people in our country. It seems like China is
supporting terrorism along with Pakistan. Being a neighbour, China should
support India. China has become India's opponent now by supporting the
terrorist who have destroyed so many Indian lives. China has ruined it's image
internationally. Pakistan is fully protecting Masood Azhar and he will have to
suffer the consequences," Malhotra said.
Indian High Commission in New Zealand Sunday confirmed that five Indians were
killed in the deadly Christchurch terror attack in New Zealand which has
claimed 50 lives. The Indian mission in the country identified the five as
Maheboob Khokhar, Ramiz Vora, Asif Vora, Ansi Alibava and Ozair Kadir.
them was a father praying for the well-being of his five-day-old daughter and a
husband who saw the shooting begin inside the mosque his wife walked into.
a very heavy heart we share the news of loss of precious lives of our 5
nationals in ghastly terror attack in Christchurch —Maheboob Khokhar, Ramiz
Vora, Asif Vora, Ansi Alibava and Ozair Kadir,” tweeted the Indian High
helpline numbers (021803899 and 021850033) will remain available round the
clock to assist families as we together cope with our shared grief. We deeply mourn the loss of all other
innocent lives including people of Indian origin,” the tweet said.
in New Zealand
With a very heavy heart we share the news of
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Indian High Commission in New Zealand also said that a group of community
leaders have been appointed in Christchurch to assist families. “Those who need
assistance while transiting through Auckland may contact our Hon Consul at
021531212,” they tweeted.
Immigration NZ has set up a dedicated page to
expedite visa for family members of Christchurch
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also informed that a dedicated page to expedite visa for family members of
Christchurch victims has been set up by the New Zealand immigration.
Saturday, among the victims of the terror attack carried out by Brenton
Tarrant, who was produced in a New Zealand court, was Ancy (23) from
Kodungallur in Kerala’s Thrissur district. Her husband Ponnadathu Abdul Nazar
was praying at a different mosque.
to a relative, Salim, Nazar called his family Saturday to inform about the
tragedy. “We were told Ancy was injured. But, another relative working in New
Zealand went to Christchurch and identified Ancy’s body and met Nazar,” he
said Nazar and Ancy were at different mosques and that Nazar saw the firing at
the mosque in which his wife was offering namaz. He could not go to the spot
after the firing due to the mayhem and only hoped his wife was safe. Nazar
searched for Ancy among the injured but later realised that she is no more, he
said. Nazar works at a supermarket in Christchurch, while Ancy studied
agriculture technology. The couple had moved to New Zealand a year ago after
they wed in 2017.
the victims was also a 65-year-old resident of Juhapura in Ahmedabad, Mehboob
Khokhar, who was visiting his son Imran in Christchurch for the first time. He
was pronounced dead Saturday after sustaining fatal gunshot wounds.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Saturday said that bodies of those
killed in Christchurch terror attacks will start being released to families
Sunday night. “Gun laws will change in wake of mosque attacks; Cabinet will
discuss policy details Monday,” AP quoted Ardern as saying.
the first time India is said to be open to third-party and international
verification of terror infrastructure in Pakistan, even as it fears the action
taken by Islamabad against terror groups in the past few weeks has been
in the government said many countries with excellent credentials could verify
the facts of India’s dossier on the presence of terror camps inside Pakistan.
This is important, sources said, as India cannot visit and verify this itself.
said India has shared key details such as coordinates of the terror groups
operating from Pakistan soil with Islamabad, which can be verified by a third
country. Pakistan continues to deny the presence of terror infrastructure in
its territory, and has claimed to have cracked down on some of these outfits.
told The Sunday Express that this is in line with India’s demand that
Islamabad’s action against terrorists, terrorist groups, their proxies and the
infrastructure should be “credible”, “verifiable” and “sustained”.
said that while there is no clarity yet on who in the international community
can verify the actions taken by Pakistan, it could be the UN Security Council
or UN bodies, or the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), or multi-country
teams. But, this is still to be decided.
issue of verification will arise once Pakistan claims it has taken adequate
action. Sources said Delhi is not going to take Islamabad’s claims at face
internationally, there are no clear precedents for verification of dismantling
of terror infrastructure, unlike that for nuclear programmes, which is done by
the International Atomic Energy Agency.
had also carried out, what it called “non-military”, “counter-terror” and
“pre-emptive”, air strikes in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Paktunkhwa province,
on a camp that Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said had a “very large number of
JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were
being trained for fidayeen action”.
week, China for the fourth time in 10 years stalled efforts to list Azhar. It
had single-handedly blocked the proposal earlier in 2009, 2016 and 2017.
said actions taken by Pakistan so far against terror groups were cosmetic, like
keeping some individuals in preventive detention, with these groups thriving
with a change in signboards or leadership structure. If Islamabad really wanted
to send a message that it was serious about addressing India’s concerns, it
should hand over terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim, Syed Salahuddin etc, sources
has claimed that it has kept Azhar’s brother and son in “preventive detention”.
During his visit to the US last week, Gokhale conveyed to American
interlocutors that this fit in with Pakistan’s response to similar events in
the past. The Foreign Secretary also pointed out to US Congressmen that the
British used to keep Mahatma Gandhi in “preventive detention”, and that as per the
British terminology, this was meant to keep the individual safe rather than the
population to whom he was a threat.
Beijing, sources said, Delhi was ready for the long haul and to show patience
“as long as it takes” without compromising on its position on terrorism. Delhi
is “cautiously confident” that eventually Azhar will get listed as it has a
solid case against the JeM chief — and hopes that this will happen in weeks or
months, and not take “years”.
said China has to resolve certain issues with Pakistan, though it has adequate
information that terror groups were operating from Pakistani soil and were
against Chinese interests as well.
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days after differences emerged between India and Pakistan over the proposed
Kartarpur corridor, New Delhi said on Saturday that Islamabad’s perceived
generosity is not matched with its approach during the bilateral talks.
said that while Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initial statements about
the Kartarpur corridor were very generous and an open-ended offer, when its
team came for the discussions, they have a very “narrow” and “limited focus” on
said that India was also concerned about plans by some Sikh groups in the US,
Canada and Australia to organise a convention in Pakistan to draw support for
“referendum 2020” under which they are seeking support for a separate
Khalistan. They said New Delhi is conveying to the countries, where
pro-Khalistani activities are taking place, that talking about separatism in
another country will be tantamount to interference in internal matters of
India. They said India is of the view that the noise being made by a small
group of people does not represent the views of the Sikh community and that
people agitating for the referendum are not citizens of India.
reported by The Indian Express, key differences on major aspects emerged
between the two countries — from who should be allowed access to when and how,
both sides had divergent views at the meeting to discuss modalities for
pilgrims to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan through the
proposed Kartarpur Sahib corridor.
India wants 5,000 pilgrims to visit in a single day, Pakistan wants only 500 to
700 pilgrims daily, citing logistical constraints. New Delhi has asked for
opening of the corridor on all seven days but Islamabad has proposed that it
should be open only on designated days.
has sought “visa-free access” but Pakistan has said there should be special
permits with a fee. India has asked that the corridor be opened to Indian
nationals as well as those foreign nationals who have Overseas Citizens of
India (OCI) cards but Pakistan has said it will allow only resident Indian
nationals. OCI cardholders cover Sikhs from Canada, UK and other countries.
has asked that pilgrims be allowed to walk the distance, but Pakistan has
argued that pilgrims should only be ferried across by bus.
Delhi accused Islamabad of “surreptitiously usurping” land belonging to the
Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in the name of developing the corridor. Sources said
the Indian delegation has lodged a strong protest with their Pakistan
counterparts against the “rampant encroachment” on the land belonging to the
shrine. The encroached land was donated to Kartarpur Sahib by the late Maharaja
Ranjeet Singh and others.
government sources have said, “India is in no position to object…Every country
has the right to decide how a religious corridor within its territory would
operate and we take no dictations…”
special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has conveyed to
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale that anti-India terrorist groups will not be
allowed to operate in Afghanistan, and this has been part of the US-Taliban
who met Khalilzad this week during his trip to the US, got a briefing on the
state of play in the negotiations between the US and Taliban, which was held in
Khalilzad told Gokhale that among the issues discussed with the Taliban, there
has been an assurance that Afghanistan’s territory will not be used for
terrorist activities, the foreign secretary asked him whether this included
“anti-India” groups as well. Khalilzad’s answer was in the affirmative, sources
is also learnt to have conveyed to Khalilzad, an Afghan-born US diplomat, that
India does not want an “interim arrangement”, and wants an elected political
structure in place in Kabul. Delhi has been pushing for elections on time in
foreign secretary, who had a detailed meeting with Khalilzad, was briefed on
the four issues that are dominating discussions between the US and the Taliban
—- counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a
what he called a “marathon round of talks” with the Taliban in Doha, Khalilzad
had said the conditions for peace have improved. “It’s clear all sides want to
end the war. Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real
strides,” he tweeted.
requires agreement on four issues: counter-terrorism assurances, troop
withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire. In January
talks, we ‘agreed in principle’ on these four elements. We’re now ‘agreed in
draft’ on the first two,” he said.
the agreement in draft about a withdrawal timeline and effective
counterterrorism measures is finalized, the Taliban and other #Afghans,
including the government, will begin intra-Afghan negotiations on a political
settlement and comprehensive ceasefire,” he said.
next step is discussions in Washington and consultations with other partners.
We will meet again soon, and there is no final agreement until everything is
agreed,” Khalilzad said.
month, the MEA had said that it was not only closely following the developments
related to peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan by different
stakeholders but was also very active and in very regular contact with all
other stakeholders including Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
visited India in January, and met the Indian leadership including External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Gokhale. Indian ambassador to the US
Harshvardhan Shringla also met him last month, where he was briefed on US
efforts in the region.
a projected enemy nation to Pakistan since their births in 1947, continues
nurturing friendship with Afghanistan and also Iran. The recent functioning of
an Iranian port in Arabian Sea (Indian Ocean) connecting Afghanistan with India
bypassing Pakistan reveals a story of New Delhi’s growing embraces to both
Kabul and Tehran.
secular democratic regime in New Delhi, which has been mounting standoff
against the Islamic republic administration immediately after the Pulwama
terror attack on a convoy of Indian security forces on 14 February killing over
40 personnel, came into actions against Islamabad garnering supports from the
suicide bombing, engineered by Maulana Masood Azhar led Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)-
as it had officially accepted the responsibility of Pulwama attack, sent a
massive wave of pain & anger among millions of Indians across the country.
Emotionally charged nationalists strongly insisted on proper retaliatory
actions against JeM terrorists supported by Islamabad.
sentiments were fully materialized by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of
nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party-led government in New Delhi on the run-up to
next general election in April/May and declared that perpetrators of the attack
in Kashmir valley would not be spared.
assertions followed with sudden aerial attacks by Indian air-forces in Pakistan
occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (PKP) of the neighboring
country killing many JeM terrorists. Since then both the governments in New Delhi
and Islamabad made voluminous statements over the development highlighting
their respective success in the battlefield.
ill from renal problems and under treatment somewhere in Pakistan, JeM chief
Masood Azhar is understood to be a fanatical enemy to India, as he masterminded
an attack on its Parliament building in 2001. He remained active in PoK and
often sent public threats to Indian nation as a whole and PM Modi in
its holy mission to transform young men into suicide bombers who would later
kill everyone not believing in Islam or even a Muslim who supports non-Islamic activities so that
those aspirant youths can win paradise after sacrificing lives in the name of
Allah (God), Masood Azhar put Pakistan and its neighboring foreign localities
in persistent turmoil.
to relentless political disturbances in Pakistan, the bilateral relationship of
India and Afghanistan often faces hurdles. However these difficulties are short
lived and both the friendly nations soon come to the business as usual,” said
Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, a senior Afghan radio journalist.
to this reporter from Kabul recently, Khalvatgar reiterated that both the
countries with strong civilizational ties have maintained goodwill relationship
that emerges beneficial to both the developing nations. Commenting on the
present Indo-Pak standoff, he also asserted that India has the legitimate right
to defend its territory and people.
Afghanistan itself a victim of terrorism, Khalvatgar urges all progressive
forces on the globe to get united against the menace of terrorism that has
emerged as a curse to the human race. Persistent conflicts fuelled by terrorism
can ruin a nation and his native country today represents a classic example of
disorders, stated the qualified journalist on international relations.
appreciates the latest initiative to open a trade route between Afghanistan and
India through strategic Chabahar port of friendly Iran (bypassing Pakistan)
that re-establishes the importance of Kabul as an international business centre
once again for which New Delhi signed an agreement with Tehran in 2016.
Khalvatgar disclosed that the turmoil in Pakistan has severely affected the
ongoing peace process between the Taliban and the authority (USA government).
The US administration, which completely changed its foreign policy towards the
armed militias after 9/11/2001 attacks, has seemingly failed to eliminate the
Taliban from all parts of Afghanistan.
political observers believe that the Taliban faced huge losses in all these
years and the religious armed outfit might not be able to strengthen its clout
all over the country like earlier. President Donald Trump is interested to pull
back his forces from the Islamic Republic before the US general elections in
ultra-modern forces along with local government militias have already
eliminated few dreaded terrorists on Earth namely Osama-bin-Laden, Mullah Omar,
Akhtar Mansour etc. Conscious people of the country would prefer to end the
engagement of their forces in different countries, if they somehow get
convinced of no more terror attacks on inside USA from any foreign soil.
pointed out that radical Islamists are not interested to talk to the local
government led by President Ashraf Ghani, whereas New Delhi prefers it to
happen. US President Trump is also worried with Pak-disturbances and urged both
Islamabad and New Delhi to defuse the ongoing tension so that the Afghan peace
process runs on a smooth track ending 17 years of war with the Taliban rebels.
India’s billion dollar developmental initiatives in Muslim dominated
Afghanistan since 2001 have already generated huge goodwill to the Hindu
majority nation. For records, Afghanistan is the second-largest recipient of
aid (after Bhutan) from India. Hundreds of community development projects by
Indian agencies are in progress there involving education, health, agriculture,
rural development etc.
film actors from both Bollywood and Hindi tele-serials continue to be popular
among Afghans, Khalvatgar informed adding that large sections of rural women
glue to their television sets running the dubbed versions of Indian
entertaining serials in local languages.
in Persian, Pashto and English languages, the author-journalist also revealed
that many Afghan residents even presume India as a land of fairytales where
women usually pursue education to hold powerful positions in government and
professional journalism in Europe and the USA along with Turkey, Sri Lanka and
India, Khalvatgar also authored Islam
and Globalization, Provincial Councils and National Cooperation and Ethics on
Social Media. He has been an active member of media law working group,
journalists’ ethics codes, access to information act, etc in Afghanistan.
about the pathetic conditions of education and health sectors in Afghanistan,
Khalvatgar stated that many young Afghan now prefer to go to India for pursuing
higher and professional educations. Moreover many patients, primarily suffering
from hypertension, blood sugar, liver ailment and also cancer opt to leave for
Indian hospitals, he stated. Despite numerous threats to media persons where
journalists are often killed with impunity, he claimed that Afghanistan still
supports a good deal of journalism in compare to its neighboring countries.
single-handedly standing up to the other four permanent members of the United
Nations Security Council (UNSC) and holding up the latest attempt to designate
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, China has
virtually put at stake its bilateral relations with India in providing comfort
to the beleaguered Imran Khan regime in Pakistan.
the Indian foreign ministry said it was “cautiously optimistic” that Azhar
would eventually be listed by the UN’s Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanctions
Committee, meaning that China would come around to agreeing with France,
Russia, the UK and US, the fact is that the hold will lead to a hardening of
positions both in New Delhi and Beijing.
Azhar as a global terrorist was in many ways low-hanging fruit to deepen
India-China bilateral ties, but Beijing is clearly siding with its client
state, and has given priority to the economic corridor it is building through
Pakistan that will lead to the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. It is another
matter that Islamabad supported the jihad waged by the Mujahideen against
occupying Soviet forces in the 1980s Afghan war because of a perceived threat
from Moscow to Karachi port. The latter was confirmed by no less than then
Pakistan National Security Advisor Naseer Janjua to his Indian counterpart on
December 26, 2017, in Bangkok.
the Azhar listing hold, it is evident that China will not yield an inch in
accommodating India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) or give up any of its
traditional territorial claims over India. It will choke Indian strategic
ambitions by intensifying its economic ties and infrastructure linkages with
other South Asian countries. India should also be prepared for China, as an upper
riparian state, further harnessing the precious water resources on the Tibetan
this emerging scenario, India should work with its close allies like the US for
a seat on the UNSC, given the fact that it is the sixth largest and fastest
growing economy in the world.
Azhar hold yet again showed the power of permanent members — a global terrorist
with the blood of hundreds on his hands and Pakistan are allowed to go
scot-free by an indulgent ally. India should also rebalance its trade ties with
China, given that its deficit is creeping upwards of $40 billion. The Narendra
Modi government will have to take into account a growing clamour within the
ministry of external affairs for strong steps to be taken to curb its trade
deficit with China.
70% of the Brahmputra river flows originating from India territory, work on
Upper Siang dam projects need to be speeded up in anticipation of weak flows
from China because of dams built on the great Tsangpo bend in Tibet.
India has been building up its infrastructure capacities along the Line of
Actual Control (LAC) with China, the work needs to be accelerated so that it is
close to matching the level across in Tibet.
the Azhar episode shows the Chinese resolve in taking on the remaining
permanent members of the UNSC to favour a client state, India should not expect
any relief from Beijing on resolution of the boundary dispute.
can demonstrate that it is serious about cracking down on terror by handing
over proscribed Indian nationals based on its soil,like Dawood Ibrahim and Syed
Salahuddin, as all actions taken so far by Islamabad have been cosmetic, people
familiar with the Indian government’s thinking said on Saturday.
the same time, India is prepared for the long haul on the effort to get
Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar listed as a “global terrorist” by the UN’s
Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, despite being disappointed with
the hold placed by China on the latest effort by France, the US and Britain to
sanction him, the people said on condition of anonymity.
is still not clear exactly who has been placed in preventive detention by
Pakistan in the face of global pressure following the February 14 Pulwama
suicide bombing that was claimed by JeM, and Islamabad could show it is serious
about reining in terror by handing over Indians wanted for terrorism and major
crimes based on its soil, including mob boss Ibrahim and Hizbul Mujahideen
chief Salahuddin, they added. Indian officials say Ibrahim, designated a global
terrorist by the US and the UN and wanted for the 1993 Mumbai bombings that
killed 257 people, lives in Karachi. Salahuddin, also a designated global
terrorist, operates from bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Rawalpindi.
people further said Pakistan can work with third countries for international
verification of terrorist camps on Pakistani soil, whose precise coordinates
have been shared by India.
described all the action taken by Pakistan since it launched a crackdown
onMarch 5 as cosmetic, with authorities only changing the signs outside
facilities run by groups such as Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Falah-e-Insaniyat
Foundation, both fronts of Lashkar-e-Taiba, and appointing so-called
expressing disappointment with China’s hold on the latest move to sanction
Azhar, the people said this was not a block and India is cautiously confident
that the JeM chief will eventually be listed by the UN Security Council. India
will be patient because even China is aware that terrorism originates from
Pakistan and there are terror groups on Pakistani soil working against Chinese
interests, they added.
support for listing Azhar from all but one of the 15 members of the UN Security
Council also reflected Pakistan’s lack of credibility, and India will not make
any compromises or cut any deal for the sanctioning of the JeM chief, said a
person familiar with the negotiations on this matter. India is hopeful that the
listing will eventually go ahead in days or months, and not years, the person
their recent interactions with foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, key members of
the Donald Trump administration and members of the Senate and House of
Representatives had conveyed strong support for India and accepted New Delhi’s
contention that it had acted in self-defence and with restraint after the
Pulwama attack that killed at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers ,
the people cited above said. Gokhale was in the US during March 11-13.
the same time, there was acknowledgement from American interlocutors that
Pakistan hadn’t taken adequate steps in the past to dismantle terrorist
infrastructure and that it usually resorted to the same pattern on conducting a
crackdown and then letting off terrorists when international pressure had
eased, the people added.
February 26, Indian Air Force (IAF) jets
bombed a JeM camp in Balakot in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan in
what New Delhi
described as a non military pre-emptive action. On February 27, after an air
skirmish over the Line of Control in which the two countries lost one fighter
plane each, Pakistan captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, whom it
released on March 1 in the face of pressure from the international community to
(retired) C Uday Bhaskar, director of the Society for Policy Studies, said the
Indian government may need to a rethink its efforts to get Pakistan to crack
down on terrorism.
Lazareen Thaveethu Moses
LUMPUR, March 17 — While New Zealand remains on high alert for more terror
strikes, a number of Muslim Malaysians living in the land of the long white
cloud have been heartened by the show of solidarity and support from Kiwis in
the aftermath of the mosque killings.
Khan, a Malaysian motivational speaker living in Hamilton, a town nearly
1,000km from Christchurch where 49 people were killed and 48 more injured after
at least one gunman went on a rampage, believes the New Zealand government is
doing its best to ensure the nightmare attacks against Muslims will not happen
government and the police, in particular, have been outstanding so far. We have
all faith and trust in the police and the government of New Zealand and that
they will solve this and they will bring the criminal to the book and punish
them accordingly,” he told Malay Mail when contacted yesterday.
who is also an imam at the Khadija Mosque, Rototuna Islamic Centre in Hamilton,
spoke glowingly of New Zealanders who stepped up to offer comfort to the
rattled Muslims in his town.
came non-stop to our mosque to express their apologies and offer welcoming
words, that I have to admit, helped to sooth the situation.”
said he was terribly shocked and saddened when he first heard news of the
shootings in the two Christchurch mosques, and the response by non-Muslims
across New Zealand reaffirmed his faith in his fellow men.
know for a fact that this is not New Zealand. This is not how we were treated
before and we have never been the subject of any discrimination whatsoever,” he
shared with Malay Mail pictures he had taken of a small gathering of Muslims
and non-believers yesterday and the bouquets of flowers that decorated the
sidewalk of a makeshift memorial in Hamilton to honour the shooting victims.
his Facebook page, he shared a video of an outdoor candlelight vigil with
possibly hundreds of people gathered at a park at night after the attacks amid
the strains of Walk in Love, a song by Christian American musician Brady Toops.
who has been speaking out against responding in kind to hate speeches, urged
Muslims to remember how well they have been treated by the New Zealanders,
adding that the massacre was a shock to the locals too.
Ismail, a 34-year old Malaysian woman based in Auckland, was thankful for the
professionalism and commitment displayed by the authorities to rein in the
terrorisation of the Muslim minority.
I appreciate the level of commitment that has been put in by all authorities in
a situation that is a first for New Zealand,” the consultant for the Auckland
District Health Board told Malay Mail.
Australian man identified as Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder a day
after the shooting and will be detained until April 15. The police have also
arrested three others for hostilities, though no charges have been arraigned
against them at the time of writing.
said she feels safe in her community, but acknowledged that it is still early
to say otherwise.
circle of friends has been nothing but kind and supportive. I believe this
extends to the greater New Zealand in general,” she said.
Muslim man living in Nelson, the closest city to Christchurch out of the
Malaysians Malay Mail contacted, expressed his heartfelt thanks to the police
and local community where he was a minority.
said locals in Nelson organised a rally in solidarity with Muslims in the town,
and that it was attended by many people, including the police.
police and community have provided amazing support. They have contacted
community leaders and have put on extra patrols,” said the man who asked not to
be named, hesitant to be identified after the shootings.
friends have been supportive. We’ve been getting messages asking if we’re okay
and messages to stay strong,” he added.
shared with Malay Mail an email that announced Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese will
be gathering outside the Christchurch Cathedral at noon today to pay tribute to
the victims of the mosque shootings, their family and all Muslims.
to the email, women can wear headscarves to show solidarity with the Muslims.
man who had been looking forward to taking part in a Race Unity Day in town
said the event scheduled for later today has been postponed a week to March 24
at the Victoria Square Park in Nelson.
Malaysian expatriate also noted that at no point did anyone in New Zealand that
he knew blame Muslims for the terror attacks, unlike Australian senator Fraser
Anning who pinned blame on Muslim immigrants.
authorities have acted fairly and have sought to protect the Muslims in New
Zealand,” the Malaysian man said.
Amalina Jaafar, who has been living in New Zealand for a while now and was in
Christchurch just 1km from one of the two mosques the day of the attack, said
she still feels like she is caught in a bad dream and fears for her immediate
future, saying she is “shocked, shattered, heartbroken, sad and fear
International strongly condemns the barbaric killing of 49 Muslims in two
mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, by white supremacist terrorists.
express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of these ghastly
murders and pray that God showers his blessings on their departed souls. We
also pray for the early recovery of those wounded in the attack.
political leaders like United States President Donald Trump and Britain’s
former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and the Western media — purveyors of a
hate campaign against Muslims and Islam — must be held responsible for this
cowardly killing of worshippers.
hypocritical condemnation by these leaders of the vile act, and their
expression of condolences, will not wash away the blood on their hands of these
supremacists see Trump as their leader and inspiration. The Australian-born murderer
published a 74-page dossier hailing Trump as “a symbol of renewed white
identity and common purpose”.
is not on the fringes but in the centre of several Western governments. Trump’s
national security adviser John Bolton was once the chairman of Gatestone
Institute that, according to an NBC report, “promotes misleading and false
his chairmanship of the institute, it warned of a looming “jihadist takeover”
of Europe leading to a “Great White Death”.
administration has pursued an anti-Muslim policy. During his election campaign,
Trump appealed to white supremacists by saying: “I think Islam hates us.”
has banned immigration from Muslim countries and sharply cut the entry of
Muslim refugees into the US. White supremacists have an informal international
network to carry out an anti-Muslim campaign.
Guardian investigation last year revealed that the British founder of the
fascist English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, an anti-Muslim campaigner, has
been receiving financial, political and moral support from a broad array of
non-British groups and individuals, including US think-tanks, rightwing
Australians and Russian trolls.
them are the Middle East Forum, the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the Gatestone
Institute, all of them preaching lies and hatred against Muslims and Islam.
governments have taken no action against individuals, think- tanks and media
that are inciting hatred against Muslims. They consider the incitement to
hatred, which could lead to violence against Muslims, as exercising freedom of
expression, but criminalise any peaceful boycott against Israel and any
criticism of Zionism.
failure to take action against these merchants of hatred amounts to encouraging
hostility to Islam and Muslims, resulting in violence against them.
the exception of one or two Muslim governments, the others have not come out
condemning those responsible for encouraging white supremacist campaigns
supine leaders from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Emirates, except for verbal
condemnation of the crime, have not said anything about the responsibility of
the US and Islamophobic European governments for allowing a climate of hatred
against Muslims and Islam to flourish in their countries.
call on the Malaysian government to:
a strong statement against those responsible for the culture of hatred against
Muslims and Islam prevailing in the world today which has produced this
large-scale murder of people praying in the mosques;
for an urgent meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to discuss the
killings and the underlying causes, and to formulate a plan to counter the
propagation of hatred against Muslims and Islam; and,
For Norlina Abdullah @ Song Ai Ling, Chinese customs still play an important
part in her life after she converted to Islam.
can be seen during Ching Ming, when the Chinese visit the graves of their
relatives to pay their respects.
Sunday (March 17), Norlina and her children visited the grave of her father
Song Toh Chu, who passed away in 2000.
cleaned the grave, tidied the area around it and paid their respects.
year, I will bring my children to visit my father's grave in keeping with
I converted to Islam when I married, I'm still a Chinese and this is an
important tradition so that we remember our origins," she said.
Philippine military believes it may have “neutralized” the remnants of an
alliance of pro-ISIS extremists, after the suspected death of the group’s de
facto leader during clashes last week.
tests were being carried out to determine if one of four rebels killed on
Thursday was Abu Dar, whom security forces believe has led Dawla Islamiya, an
alliance of pro-ISIS fighters, foreign and Filipino, drawn from armed groups in
the volatile Mindanao region.
soldiers were also killed during the fighting in Lanao del Sur province, which
ISIS claimed responsibility for on the mobile messaging service Telegram.
regional army commander, Colonel Romeo Brawner, told ABS-CBN News that the
death of Abu Dar would mean Dawla Islamiya had been “neutralized”.
Islamiya in 2017 occupied southern Marawi City for five months before its core
leaders were reported killed by the military in air strikes and street battles,
among them Isnilon Hapilon, ISIS’s anointed “emir” in Southeast Asia. Abu Dar
was seen in seized video footage sitting beside Hapilon.
confirmed, his death would represent rare progress at a time of heightened
alert across the predominantly Muslim areas of Mindanao, where a church attack
by suspected suicide bombers in January killed 22 people and wounded more than
100, just days after a local referendum on autonomy returned an overwhelming
also sought collective efforts to evolve strategies to check the recurrence of
such onslaughts anywhere in the world
Muslim community in Dhaka mourned the deaths of Muslims in a noxious shooting
at two mosques in New Zealand, and protested the heinous act against followers
also sought collective efforts to evolve strategies to check the recurrence of
such onslaughts anywhere in the world.
a human chain on Saturday in front of the National Press Club, Maizbhandar
Darbar leader, Syed Saifuddin Ahmed, said: “The global powers must develop ways
to track down perpetrators of such heinous acts before they can carry out any
terrorist attacks.” The human chain was organized under the banner of
Anjuman-e-Rahmania Mainia Maizbhandaria, where leaders and activists of
International Sufi Unity for Solidarity (SUFIS), Parliament of World Sufis,
also urged every conscious quarter to stand by the victims with empathy.
human chain was wrapped up with a munajat seeking divine blessings for
humanity. Leaders and supporters of the World Sunni Movement, Bangladesh, World
Humanity (Insaniyat) Revolution, Bangladesh’ Anjuman-e-Rahmania Mainia
Maizbhandaria, and others, attended the program.
total of 49 people, including two persons of Bangladesh origin, have been
killed in Friday’s terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
has not failed to deal with the Rohingya issue as often said by some critics,
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has said.
entire world is with us,” he said while speaking at a dialogue organised by the
Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh or DCAB in Dhaka on Saturday,
marking its 21st anniversary.
Foreign Secretary Md Touhid Hossain criticised the government at the event and
said the issue would not be solved in 10 to 20 years. “Better make preparations
state minister, however, said Bangladesh is on the right track and no country
will get any scope to criticise it over the issue.
also maintained that Bangladesh needs to move forward without sticking to
single issue as it has many issues to deal with.
DCAB hosted the dialogue titled “Bangladesh Diplomacy @50: Engaging the World”
at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies or BIISS.
for Policy Dialogue or CPD Senior Research Fellow Towfiqul Islam Khan presented
a paper on ‘Bangladesh’s Priorities in Economic Diplomacy’ at the event chaired
by DCAB President Raheed Ejaz.
Chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and DCAB General Secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also
spoke at the dialogue, attended by Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque.
Bangladesh’s engagement with the world, the state minister said the present
government has a massive plan as per the pre-election manifesto of Awami
said they would engage with the world in a bigger way expanding the diplomatic
presence of the country.
have opened around 17 missions abroad over the last 10 years. Still we have
plans to open 10 more in the next five years.”
said over the last few years, they have witnessed the presence of trade
delegations with each of the ministers came from the European countries. “It
means that Bangladesh is ready for expanding business.”
the state minister along with the present and founding members of DCAB cut a
cake to open the anniversary celebration and launched the new DCAB website:
honoured its founding members for their contribution in establishing this
association on March 16 in 1998.
Editor-in-Chief Alamgir Hossain, Kaler Kantho Executive Editor Mostofa Kamal,
Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta, senior journalists - Anis Alamgir and Aman
Ud Dowla – were present, among the founders and shared their memories. The
state minister handed over crests to them.
takes two-and-a-half hours by train to reach the east-central district of
Brahmanbaria, more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Dhaka.
journey is not at all boring if the weather is nice. You can enjoy a short view
of natural Bangladesh including green fields and river on the route.
rest way to reach the remote village of Jalsukla takes 40 minutes by a
three-wheeler easy-bike with the sights of rural locals working on both sides
of the rough roads.
his home, Abdullah al-Haider claims to be the maker of world’s largest tasbih,
or a chain of beads to remember Allah.
made it for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
die-hard fan of Erdogan, told Anadolu Agency he worked hard for two months to
make the tasbih.
worked five to 10 hours per day. Whenever, I thought about Erdogan I sat to
knit the Tasbih,” Haider said. It weighs 149 pounds (67.5 kilograms) while its
length is 4,500 feet (1.3 kilometers).
have used a total 167,500 beads of four colors -- green, black, golden and
white -- and maintained a counting system after every thousand,” Haider said.
cost to buy the beads was 150,000 Bangladeshi taka ($1,787), Haider said,
adding if he gets the opportunity to give the tasbih to Erdogan, he would add
more to beautify it.
toilsome job is not a childish practice for Haider. It is his way of expressing
love to Erdogan’s humanitarian works worldwide and his unequivocal voice for
the rights of oppressed people, especially Muslims.
love Erdogan as he loves people and hates tyranny and working for the oppressed
people in Palestine, Kashmir, Myanmar, Syria and Yemen,” an emotional Haider
said. “Turkey with the leadership of Erdogan has been wholeheartedly working
for the persecuted Rohingya Muslims who fled a brutal crackdown in Maynmar.”
why a tasbih for Erdogan? Haider said Erdogan is a pious man and tasbih reminds
us of Allah. “I have discovered Erdogan after hearing his recitation from the
Holy Quran and declaring sweet ‘Azaan,’” he said of the Muslim call to prayer.
to Erdogan’s initiative of making the biggest mosque in Asia and Europe, Haider
said that his respect to Erdogan increased day by day.
is a country with huge number of Erdogan’s fans. Youths especially, frequently
represent Erdogan as a great leader in social media posts.
young Bangladeshis use Erdogan’s picture in covering their social media page.
Agency noticed people gathering in Haider’s house and applauding him for making
the tasbih for Erdogan.
like this act as it will also encourage other world leaders to act properly in
favor of justice and humanity,” 80-year-old Muslim Uddin told Anadolu Agency.
resident Ariful Islam said he wants to be like Erdogan who loves Islam and
peace and works for human rights.
Erdogan accepts this tasbih, it will be a great success for us to prove our
love for good,” Rassel Karim, Haider’s friend, told Anadolu Agency.
Afghan armed forces have thwarted a plot by Taliban militants to launch
coordinated attack against security outposts in northern Faryab province.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said a
clash broke out between Taliban militants and armed forces in Arklik area of
Qaisar district at around 7:30 pm local time on Friday, leaving at least 4
militants dead and 3 others wounded.
statement further added that the clash broke out while Taliban militants were
busy planning a coordinated attack on security outposts.
to 209th Shaheen Corps, the security personnel and local residents did not
suffer casualties during the clashes.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the clash so far.
Special Forces of Afghan Intelligence or National Directorate of Security (NDS)
stormed a hideout of a commander of the Red Unit of Taliban in Uruzgan killing
at least 22 militants and confiscating large amount of weapons, munitions, and
to a statement released by NDS, the raid was conducted in the vicinity of Tarinkot
city, the provincial capital of Uruzgan province.
statement further added that the hideout belonged to a commander of the Red
Unit of Taliban identified as Mullah Aminullah.
National Directorate of Security also added that 22 militants were killed
during the raid and another suspect identified as Abdul Hadi son of Dost
Mohammad was arrested.
addition to this, the NDS Special Forces confiscated 50 kilograms of
explosives, a Dshk heavy machine gun, a PKM machine gun, 4 improvised explosive
devices, 6 hand grenades, a radio set, 2 military uniforms, a Fielder type
vehicle, a motorcycle, and hundreds of rounds of munitions.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan on Saturday summoned the counselor
of Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul over Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks
regarding the future setup of the Afghan government.
to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the counselor of
the Embassy of Pakistan was summoned to clarify regarding the recent remarks of
Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding the formation of the new Afghan government
in the near future.
statement further added that the Afghan government communicated its strongest
protest regarding the remarks of PM Khan and called it a clear intervention in
the internal affairs of Afghanistan.
Minister Imran Khan had earlier sid that peace in Afghanistan is around the
corner as he expressed hopes that the negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban
representatives would result into a peace agreement in coming days.
made the remarks during a gathering in Bajaur tribal district, according to a
report by VOA News.
have been initiated with the Taliban. God willing, our brothers in Afghanistan
would live together in peace in coming days,” Khan said.
elaborating further, Khan asserted the peace process would result in stability,
trade and economic prosperity for the region, and particularly for Afghanistan
to enable the war-shattered country stand on its own feet.
least eight people including a Guerrilla warfare commander were killed or
wounded in two separate explosions in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces.
Chief of Kandahar Gen. Tadeen Khan said at least four people including a police
commander lost their lives in an explosion in Arghab district.
Tadeen Khan further added that the explosion took place late on Saturday night
and local tribal elder was also among those killed.
the meantime, the Helmand governor’s office in a statement said a Guerrilla
wafare commander Qudratullah Mujahid lost his life in an explosion on Saturday
statement further added that commander Mujahid had suppressed the
anti-government armed elements in various parts of Helmand with his high
Around 100 Afghan soldiers fled their posts and tried to cross into neighboring
Turkmenistan during a weeklong battle with the Taliban, officials said Sunday,
in the latest setback for the country’s battered security forces.
Naser Nazari, a provincial council member in the western Badghis province, said
the soldiers were not allowed to cross the border and their fate remains
unknown. The Taliban have posted pictures of captured soldiers on social media.
Shahabi, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said 16 soldiers have been killed
and 20 wounded during the ongoing battle in the Bala Murghab district, in which
the military carried out airstrikes and dispatched reinforcements. He said a
number of soldiers tried to flee, without providing an exact figure.
said more than 40 insurgents were killed in the fighting. He said the
provincial police chief and army commander are in the district and instructing
the forces to root out insurgents and rescue soldiers. Officials said the
fighting had largely subsided by Sunday, with sporadic clashes breaking out in
provided a higher toll, saying 50 soldiers were killed and around 100 others
were missing. He said hundreds of local residents have gathered in front of the
governor’s office to express their concerns about security in the province.
said Bala Murghab is almost completely controlled by the Taliban, with Afghan
forces confined to the district headquarters.
Taliban effectively control half the country and carry out daily attacks on
Afghan security forces, causing staggering casualties. The attacks have
continued even as the Taliban have been holding direct negotiations with the
United States aimed at ending the 17-year war.
a separate development on Sunday, a Daesh affiliate claimed the killing of a
local TV journalist in the eastern Khost province. The group did not say why it
targeted Sultan Mahmoud Khirkhowa, a reporter with the local Zhman TV and
radio, who was killed Friday when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on his
vehicle. Another Afghan reporter was killed in a targeted bombing last week in
the southern Helmand province.
more Pakistanis — a son and his parents — were confirmed to have died in the
March 15 New Zealand terrorist attacks on two mosques, Foreign Office
Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Sunday, taking the total death toll of
Pakistanis in the incident up to nine.
a post shared on Twitter, Dr Faisal said the deaths of Zeeshan Raza, his father
Ghulam Hussain and mother Karam Bibi had been confirmed and that the FO was in
touch with their family.
to Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said: "We stand ready to
extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist
attack in Christchurch."
added that the country was proud of Naeem Rashid, one of the victims, who the
premier said would be recognised for his courage with a national award.
is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White
Supremacist terrorist and his courage will be recognised with a national
award," said Prime Minister Khan.
was identified by a relative from the video live-streamed by the attacker. It
appeared from the video that he had attempted to stop the assailant as he
gunned victims down in the mosque.
on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a press release, had confirmed
the deaths of six victims as follows:
Jahandad Ali (Lahore)
Areeb Ahmed (Karachi)
had noted that three Pakistanis were missing.
Faisal, in a Twitter post, had said that Rashid and his son would be buried in
Christchurch for which arrangements had been made with the assistance of Muslim
and Pakistani associations in the city.
said that the Pakistani Mission in the city was working with the families of
the other four victims, confirmed at the time, for the transportation of their
bodies back to Pakistan.
in the day, the FO spokesperson had released a list of Pakistanis that were
management cell, visa facilitation
Crisis Management Cell was established at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
Islamabad for the timely dissemination of information and assistance, a press
release issued by Dr Faisal on Saturday had stated.
24/7 cell was to address the developing situation, provide information and
updates on the well-being of Pakistani citizens living in New Zealand, the spokesperson
Pakistan’s High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner in New Zealand would
also be available for guidance, round the clock, the press release said.
a circular was released by the foreign ministry notifying details regarding
visa facilitation for the immediate family members of the Pakistani victims.
to the notification, family members can log in here to apply for a visit visa.
Once applications are submitted, the applicants are advised to send their application
numbers, along with scanned copies of their passports to Mr Moin Fudda,
Honorary Consul General of New Zealand for Pakistan at:
the event of any difficulties, for example in filling out financial details,
the applicants should inform by letter that they are the relatives of the
victims of the Christchurch attack, the circular further advises.
28-year-old Australian-born man has been charged with murder. The prime
suspect, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who was arrested shortly after the Friday
shootings, was indicted by a district court for murder on Saturday. Two other
men remain in custody, although their link to the attack is unknown.
Australian man, Tarrant, live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room,
victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to
crawl away. He also published a racist 'manifesto' on social media before the
attack, featuring conspiracy theories about Europeans being "displaced"
by immigrants and details of two years of preparation and radicalisation
leading up to the shootings.
two targets were the Masjid al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, and a second,
smaller mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven more died. The remaining
victim succumbed in hospital.
survivors included 17 members of Bangladesh's cricket team, whose game against
New Zealand on Saturday has been cancelled, and a Palestinian man who fled for
his life after seeing someone being shot in the head.
Zealand police described the footage shot by the gunman as “extremely
distressing” and warned web users that they could be liable for up to 10 years
in jail for sharing such “objectionable content”.
addition to the footage, a number of pictures were posted to a social media
account showing a semi-automatic weapon covered in the names of historical
figures, many of whom were involved in the killing of Muslims.
attack has shocked New Zealanders, who are used to seeing around 50 murders a year
in the entire country of 4.8 million and pride themselves on living in a secure
and welcoming place.
who initially imposed a city-wide lockdown, sent armed officers to a number of
scenes and the threat level in the nation was raised from “low” to “high”.
Auckland, 1,000 kilometres away, two unattended bags left near a railway
station were detonated by military explosives experts.
also attended a property in Dunedin which they believe is linked to the attack
and evacuated nearby residents. The southeastern city was named in the
suspect's manifesto as the original target for his attack.
warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques “anywhere in New
Zealand” in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.
city council offered a helpline for parents looking for kids attending a mass
climate change rally near the shooting.
The High Powered Selection Board (HPSB) will meet next week to consider
promotion of bureaucrats to grade 22 with one of the board members having a say
in his own elevation case.
by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the board comprises his principal secretary Azam
Khan who himself is a grade 21 officer and happens to be on the list of those
due to be considered for promotion.
will be the second such occasion in the county’s bureaucratic history after
Fawad Hasan Fawad, principal secretary to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif,
that someone is part of the board who will consider his own promotion.
to Cabinet Secretariat/Establishment Division documents, available with Dawn,
the HPSB was scheduled to meet in March and September this year.
bureaucrat, who requested not to be quoted, said the selection board was
chaired by the prime minister and had three permanent members – the principal
secretary to the prime minister and the cabinet and establishment secretaries.
fourth member is co-opted from the group of which promotion cases are
discussed. For example, the health secretary will be the fourth member if cases
from his ministry are to be discussed. However, the HPSB chairman can nominate
anyone as a member,” he said.
to the general practice, the senior-most bureaucrat in Basic Pay Scale (BPS) 22
is appointed as the personal secretary to the prime minister. In the past,
Saeed Mehdi and Dr Usman Ali G. Isani, BPS 22 officers, served as principal
secretaries. However, Mr Sharif appointed Fawad Hasan Fawad as the principal
secretary, ignoring the fact that he was in BPS 21.
Fawad was a member of HPSB when his own promotion was discussed. He left the
meeting room when his case was taken up. Now once again a similar situation has
arisen,” he said.
retired bureaucrat, requesting not to be quoted, said it was not appropriate
for a person to be a member of the board where his own promotion has to be discussed.
a sitting bureaucrat said there was nothing wrong in it.
a person becomes a member by default, they should not refuse to become part of
the board. However, members should ensure that they would not violate merit,”
contacted, Supreme Court lawyer Riasat Ali Azad told Dawn that it was unethical
a reference is filed against a judge in the Supreme Judicial Council, he does
not become part of the bench.Moreover, even if someone raises an objection over
the judge’s impartiality, the judge quits the bench,” he said.
bureaucrat may go outside the meeting room at the time of consideration of his
case but the other members will not forget that their colleague was sitting
beside them and has just left. Such a bureaucrat should not be part of the
committee,” he maintained.
repeated attempts, Azam Khan could not be contacted.
to Prime Minister on Establishment Mohammad Shahzad Arbab confirmed to Dawn
that Mr Khan’s case was going to be considered at the upcoming High Powered
Selection Board meeting.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday announced that New Zealand mosque massacre
hero Mian Naeem Rashid will be honoured with a national award for his bravery.
Rashid and his son Talha Naeem tried to intercept the shooter, but they were
shot dead in their attempt. Naeem and Talha, who hailed from Abbottabad, were
injured as they attempted to overpower the attacker and later succumbed to
the announcement, the premier wrote on Twitter: “We stand ready to extend all
our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in
Christchurch. Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to
tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognized
with a national award.”
stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of
the terrorist attack in Christchurch. Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid
who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his
courage will be recognized with a national award.
- 17 Mar 2019
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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Auqaf and Religious Affairs has taken
control of a seminary of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) in Saddar Peshawar.
department took control of Jamia Masjid and Taleemul Quran madrassa in Peshawar
Cantt and displayed a board whereon it is inscribed ‘under the management and
regulation of the Department of Auqaf and Religious Affairs’.
said that after taking control of the madrassa and mosques and putting
signboards of the Auqaf department outside, the next step would be appointments
of administrators and prayer leaders to replace the former ones to run their
the JuD has not yet issued any statement, the Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia (WMAA),
a board of Deobandi madrassas, has shown its concern over the takeovers and
held an internal meeting to discuss the issue.
Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi had said that the operation
against proscribed organisations under the National Action Plan (NAP) will
continue till achievement of all objectives. The minister tweeted, “Operation
against proscribed organisations as per NAP 2014 shall continue till
achievement of objectives. Efforts to accelerate progress on complete NAP are
the takeovers were started, the federal government took as many as 44 members
affiliated with proscribed organisations, including Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)
chief Masood Azhar’s brother, Mufti Abdul Rauf, and son, Hammad Azhar, into
“preventive detention” under NAP.
the monitoring of the persons included in the ‘Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA)
Schedule-4 listt’ has been further tightened. Bank accounts of over 4000
persons have been sealed. FIA had
earlier arrested a key accused involved in an illegal transaction of Rs 9
billion. Dozens of people allegedly involved in illegal transactions have been
arrested in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has sought an explanation from the Ministry of
Religious Affairs regarding the sale of alcohol in the country.
to details, a single member bench of the high court comprising Justice Mohsin
Akhtar Kayani was presiding over a case seeking a ban on the sale of alcohol.
Pakistan United Christian Movement and the Centre for Rule of Law had filed an
application in the court arguing that consumption of alcohol was prohibited in
almost every religion, therefore, the practice of selling liquor should be
counsel of the petitioners presented a list of 340 license holders who were
selling liquor in the country. The judge asked clerics from all religions to
assist the court in the case while directing the religious affairs ministry to
file a response on the matter.
hearing was then adjourned for an indefinite period.
the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice had rejected the
constitutional amendment bill proposed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI)
Dr Ramesh Kumar seeking a complete ban on consumption of alcohol in Pakistan.
to reports, the committee had dubbed the bill ‘a publicity stunt’ and ‘a
Ramesh had requested parliament to amend Article 37 of the Constitution which
allows the consumption of alcohol for minorities in the country.
Pakistan: Police in Pakistan say a bomb explosion aboard a moving train has
killed at least three passengers and wounded seven others in the country’s
Abdullah Jamali says the bomb went off in one of the cars of a Quetta-bound
train early Sunday, damaging five cars. He says two men and a woman were
killed, and that women and children were among the wounded.
one claimed responsibility, but ethnic Baluch separatists have attacked trains
in the past.
At a mosque on a quiet Islamabad street, any reference to the UN-listed terror
group which runs it has been removed as Pakistan — once again — comes under
pressure to demonstrate its sincerity about eliminating militancy.
first wave of militant detentions was announced by Islamabad on March 5, as
tensions were still cooling between India and Pakistan after their latest
confrontation over the disputed Kashmir region.
Delhi has long accused Islamabad of harboring militant groups, which it says
are used by Pakistan intelligence agencies to attack India.
February 14 suicide blast in Indian-administered Kashmir — claimed by
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed — is the latest example, and the attack which
ignited the recent crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
March 5, Pakistani authorities have arrested hundreds of suspected Islamist
militants and shuttered more than 700 madrassas, mosques, and clinics linked to
like the Al-Quba mosque visited by AFP in Islamabad — which is run by
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), seen by the UN as a charity front for an anti-India
militant group — have had all signs announcing their links to such
a green sign clinging to a post proclaims the new management of the premises by
the “Government of Pakistan.”
government will not allow Pakistan’s land to be used for any kind of outside
terrorism,” vowed Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier this month.
the crackdown is reminiscent of previous efforts, and Pakistan has yet to
convince the international community that their latest thrust is sincere.
have already begun to emerge after Pakistan’s longtime ally China this week
blocked measures by the UN Security Council to blacklist JeM leader Masood
was the fourth time China has blocked such attempts, reinforcing suspicions
that it was acting on Pakistan’s behest. If so, observers said, the move
undermined the sincerity of the crackdown.
Azhar been blacklisted, Pakistan would have been morally compelled to halt his
activities, a Western diplomat said.
Pakistan just trying to fool us?” the diplomat asked. “I would say yes.”
Delhi also remained skeptical.
widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge within
and outside Pakistan,” said Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar
crackdown has largely targeted JeM along with JuD, which is linked to
Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group accused by India and Washington of masterminding the
terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
groups like JuD — which provides widespread and vital services like health care
to poor communities in a developing country where government-run social services
are sorely lacking — risks a potential backlash.
were ordered to close the health centers and give our ambulances to the
authorities,” Akbar Khan, a JuD official based in the northwestern city of
leaders asked us to accept everything and to keep a low profile,” he added.
source close to JeM said the ongoing operation was unprecedented in its scale.
the entire leadership of JeM has been detained, all the clerics and head
clerics have been replaced and administrative control of all our mosques have
also been taken over,” said the source.
have never seen such harsh steps in past.”
the operation mirrors similar crackdowns on militants, such as after attacks on
the Indian parliament in 2001 and in Mumbai in 2008.
extremists were also detained — only for many to be released later, and the
groups allowed to continue their activities, both militant and charitable.
has also not yet demonstrated its willingness to go any further than detentions
major infrastructures is a very important step, but it doesn’t show that the
whole network has been dismantled,” said analyst Huma Yusuf, a fellow with the
Washington-based Wilson Center.
are still thousands of militants in the country. What do you do with them? A
peace and reconciliation process? A deradicalization plan? Anything? Right now,
there is nothing.”
crisis also comes as Pakistan is facing possible sanctions from the Financial
Action Task Force — an anti-money laundering monitor based in Paris — for
failing to rein in terror financing.
organization will soon decide whether to add Pakistan to a blacklist that would
trigger automatic sanctions, further weakening Pakistan’s already faltering
fear even those headwinds may not be enough to convince the Pakistani
intelligence agencies to cut their alleged ties with militants.
military reinforcement along the borders with Syria is futile because the ISIL
terrorists in a blatant show are surrendering themselves to the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern Syria and they are being relocated to Iraq
on Chinook and Apache helicopters," the Arabic-language al-Maloumeh News
website quoted Kazzem al-Haj as saying on Friday.
pointed to the US plan to continue its military presence in Iraq with the help
of the ISIL terrorists and the Syria Democratic Forces, and said that it is
astonishing that the ISIL terrorists only surrender themselves to the SDF and
not to any other force.
meantime, underlined that the US-controlled military bases are only safe havens
for the ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and warned that the presence of the
ISIL terrorists in Iraq is like a time bomb that the US will be able to explode
at anytime and anywhere inside Iraq.
relevant remarks on Tuesday, an Iraqi security expert warned that the US plans
to help several thousands more ISIL terrorists move from Syria to Iraq.
plans to help 5,000 more ISIL terrorists get out of Syria and reach Iraq,"
Sabah al-Akili told al-Maloumeh news website.
Iraqi security expert described the US move as an attempt to create insecurity
inside Iraq as the Iraqi parliament is determined to expel ISIL terrorists from
US intends to gather up the ISIL terrorists in Iraq to release them later
exactly as it did before," al-Akili said.
pointed to the move by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to hand over the ISIL
militants to Iraq with the US green light, and said that Iraq had agreed to
receive the militants because they were Iraqi nationals, but French terrorists
were also among them and this shows that the US plans start of a new round of
chaos in Iraq.
a relevant development in late February, the Syrian sources said that the US
Army has transferred senior ISIL commanders to safe places in lieu of receiving
over 50 tons of gold treasure from the terrorists.
to the initial information obtained in Deir Ezzur, the US Army troops stationed
in Al-Jazeera region of Eastern Euphrates agreed with the ISIL commanders to
relocate them to safe places after receiving tens of tons of gold ingot that
the terrorists had stolen from different parts of Syria and Iraq, the state-run
SANA news agency reported.
local sources, meantime, reported that the US Army took control of ISIL's 50
tons of gold treasure in Baqouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur after it had
reached an agreement with the terrorists.
pointed to the recent intensified movements by the US choppers concurrent with
flights over several ISIL-controlled regions in Eastern Euphrates, and said
that the US has conducted important heliborne operations in key areas where the
ISIL commanders' hideouts are located and where the gold treasure was hidden.
a relevant development earlier in February, a source close to Kurdish forces
said that the US Army was taking ISIL's gold treasure that is estimated to
weigh around 50 tons from Eastern Syria to America.
Kurdish-language Bas News quoted a Kurdish source as saying that the Americans
have transferred tens of tons of the gold ingots they have seized from the ISIL
terrorists in Baghouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to their own country
and only kept a small portion of the treasure to be given to the Kurdish
source who spoke on the condition of anonymity reiterated that about 50 tons of
ISIL's gold has been sent to the US from the US military base in Kobani in
report comes as the US has been using the airport in Southern Kobani for
transferring consignments and military equipment in recent years.
a relevant development earlier, the US Army troops took out a sum of 40 tons of
gold ingots belonging to the ISIL in heliborne operations after agreeing with
the terrorist group and while Washington is preparing to announce the end of
ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.
US troops in concordance with the ISIL terrorist group relocated big boxes
packed with ISIL's gold treasure on several helicopters from al-Dashisheh
region in Southern Hasaka," the SANA news agency quoted local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur said.
sources pointed to boxes containing 40 tons of gold ingots that the ISIL had
hidden in the Eastern part of al-Shadadi city, and said that the ISIL had
stolen the treasure of gold from the Iraqi city of Mosul and different parts of
US troops reportedly took out a group of ISIL terrorist commanders from Eastern
Syria in two heliborne operations in Hajin region of Eastern Deir Ezzur and
al-Dashisheh in Southern Hasaka and they were directed to the place where the
gold treasure was hidden.
prominent Syrian military expert, meantime, revealed that Washington plans to
transfer the remnants of the ISIL terrorists from Eastern Euphrates to other
regions through Turkey and Iraq.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Issa as
saying that less than 600 ISIL militants are stationed in a 4-km/sq region in
Eastern Euphrates who will be soon evacuated from the region to foreign
added that the operations to transfer these militants will be conducted similar
to the operations earlier carried out to evacuate the ISIL terrorists from
Raqqa, saying that the US forces will transfer them via Iraq or Turkey to some
other Arab states for future operations.
questioned the US forces' claims of fighting against the terrorist groups along
with the SDF, stressing that the Syrian army will soon move to retake control
over this region.
reports said last Sunday that the US army had agreed with the ISIL on the
latter's exit from areas under Washington's control in Eastern Euphrates.
US-led coalition troops and the SDF had reached an agreement with the ISIL
terrorists on the militants' retreat from areas under the control of the US and
its allied forces, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV news channel reported.
pointed to the preparations by the ISIL to move its terrorists out of Eastern
Euphrates, and said that the ISIL terrorists might be transferred to al-Anbar
desert of Badiya al-Tanf in Western Iraq.
report comes as the SDF claimed that it had started the final battle for
uprooting the remaining elements of the ISIL from Eastern Euphrates.
the Arabic-language service of RT quoted media activists as saying on Saturday
that the US-led coalition forces have carried out heliborne operations in the
Eastern Badiyeh of Deir Ezzur.
added that two US Apache helicopters have landed in Falitah region of Eastern
Badiyeh of Deir Ezzur, taking away 7 big boxes whose contents were not known.
least 117 children under the age of 12 have lost their lives due to the lack of
facilities and hygiene in al-Hawl Camp," battlefield sources said.
Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), meantime, reported that 60 percent
of the children killed in al-Hawl Camp have lost their lives over the past 19
noted that there are 63,500 refugees sheltered in al-Hawl Camp.
comes as a new wave of popular protests has intensified over the lack of
facilities in the camp.
a relevant development earlier this month, the media activists reported that
tens of refugees had died of shortages in a camp controlled by the SDF in
activists reported that only in one day, 7 children and 2 women had died due to
lack of medical and treatment possibilities in al-Hawl refugee camp in Hasaka.
added that nearly 14,000 families, consisting of 47,000 people, are living in
the camp under an acute shortage of food, drugs and hygiene aids, warning that
the children are in critical conditions.
World Health Organization (WHO) announced in early March that 73 Syrian
refugees have died in al-Hawl camp in the past few months, adding that two
third of them are children.
least 29 children and newborns are reported to have died over the past eight
weeks, mainly from hypothermia, while travelling to the camp or shortly after
arrival, the WHO said in a statement early February.
said about 23,000 people, mainly women and children fleeing hostilities in
rural areas of neighboring Deir Ezzur, had reached the camp over that period.
Syrian people sheltering in al-Hawl camp earlier staged massive rallies over
the death of tens of children.
sources from Hasaka province reported that the rallies were held to protest at
SDF's incapability to supply the needs of the displaced community sheltered in
SDF has released at least 307 ISIL terrorists from its prisons in Raqqa,
Hasaka, Ain Issa and other areas in Eastern Euphrates, media activists said.
activists, meantime, confirmed that a senior ISIL commander nom du guerre Hais
al-Salman has been among the freed ISIL terrorists.
noted that Hais has formerly been an ISIL police chief in the town of Khasham
in Eastern Deir Ezzur, and said, "Hais has played an important role in the
massacre of civilians and seizure of their properties."
a relevant development earlier this month, media reports said that around 300
ISIL terrorists had been released from the prisons of the Syrian Democratic
Forces in areas under SDF's control after the US-led coalition and the Kurdish
forces reached an agreement with the militants on exit of the latter from
London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the SDF
and Asayesh security forces have released 283 ISIL terrorists from SDF prisons
in the city of Hasaka and the town of Ain Issa in Raqqa province.
SOHR claimed that the jailed ISIL terrorists have been released after
mediations by some tribesmen.
field sources reported that a wave of anger has started in Eastern Euphrates
over the freedom of ISIL terrorists.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper also reported that the US-led coalition and
SDF fighters have reached an agreement with the ISIL on exit of the terrorists
from the region under their occupation in Eastern Syria.
a relevant development late last month, pro-militant media said that tens of
ISIL terrorists were transferred to the US base in Deir Ezzur and the American
forces have evacuated family members of ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
and other senior commanders from the Eastern parts of the province.
SOHR reported that over 700 people, including 40 ISIL militants, a large number
of them from Turkistani and Asian origins, left Eastern Deir Ezzur on 15 trucks
belonging to the SDF.
added that the ISIL members have been transferred to the US-led coalition's
base in Deir Ezzur, noting that 51,750 people with different nationalities have
been evacuated from the region so far.
forces battled ISIS fighters overnight as the extremists clung onto their
crumbling bastion in eastern Syria on Saturday.
broke out again last night and have continued since,” said Adnane Afrine,
spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
have so far been no surrenders (today) and there’s no sign they are giving up,”
he told AFP.
an SDF post inside Baghouz village, the last ISIS redoubt, AFP journalists
heard sporadic rounds of mortar fire and US-led coalition planes overhead.
launched three suicide attacks on Friday outside Baghouz, killing six people
among those fleeing the crumbling extremist bastion near the Iraqi border.
were the latest casualties in Syria’s devastating civil war as it entered its
ninth year with 370,000 dead.
that remains of a once-sprawling proto-state that the ISIS extremists declared
in 2014 is a battered riverside camp in Baghouz.
SDF and coalition warplanes have rained fire on the enclave since last Sunday,
blitzing more than 4,000 ISIS fighters and family members into surrender.
on-off assault has been mostly fought at night, suspending major operations
dayside to allow more surrenders, especially of civilians.
authorities on Friday opened a first mass grave containing victims of ISIS in
the Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar, where extremists brutally targeted the
Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who escaped ISIS and became an
outspoken advocate for her community, attended the ceremony in her home village
of Kojo to mark the start of exhumations.
United Nations, which is assisting with the forensic work, says the first
opening of a mass grave in the region will help to shed light on the fate of
those inhabitants killed by ISIS.
of men and women from the village are believed to have been executed by the
extremists when they took over the area in 2014.
Yazidi people were targeted by ISIS who swept across northern Iraq in 2014 and
seized their bastion of Sinjar near the border with Syria.
fighters slaughtered thousands of Yazidi men and boys, then abducted women and
girls to be abused as sex slaves.
Kurdish-speaking Yazidis follow an ancient religion rooted in Zoroastrianism,
but ISIS considers them to be “apostates.”
United Nations has said ISIS’ actions could amount to genocide and is
investigating the extremist group’s atrocities across Iraq.
called at Friday’s event for Iraq’s central authorities and those in the
Kurdistan region to “protect the mass graves” so that proof could be found of
the “genocide of the Yazidis.”
will not be reconciliation with the Arab tribes of our region if their
dignitaries don’t give the names of those who carried out the crimes so they
can be judged,” she said.
head of the UN investigative team Karim Khan said the exhumation marked an
“important moment” for the probe, with 73 mass graves discovered so far in
road towards accountability is a long one, and many challenges lay ahead,” he
said in a statement.
this, the spirit of cooperation between the survivor community and the
government of Iraq is to be applauded.”
Egyptian court has upheld an earlier verdict against 169 convicted members of
the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement and placed them on the country’s
terror list for the next five years.
Saturday, Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld a verdict against the suspects
after a criminal court in May last year found them guilty of conspiring to
infiltrate state institutions with the aim of overthrowing President Abdel Fattah
suspects had appealed the ruling by the criminal court but on Saturday the
Court of Cassation rejected their appeal. The decision is final and cannot be
Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed as a “terrorist organization” in late 2013
following the ouster of the country's first democratically elected president,
Mohamed Morsi, through a military coup by Sisi, who was at the time Morsi’s
Brotherhood, which fully supported Morsi, protested against the coup, but the
pro-Morsi protests were brutally crushed in the August 2013 Rabaa massacre in
which more than 800 civilians were killed.
court’s decision is said to be based on state security investigations which
purportedly revealed that those convicted had attempted to revive the
Brotherhood’s activities by recruiting new members to its armed wings, spread
rumors and provided financial and logistical assistance to the banned movement,
which is Egypt’s oldest opposition movement.
to Egypt’s anti-terrorism law, anyone who is put on the terror list cannot
leave the country and their assets are frozen.
groups in Egypt and across the world have recorded cases of irregularities in
the trials of political prisoners in the country. They say the army’s clampdown
on the supporters of Morsi has led to the death of some 1,500 people and the
arrest of 22,000 others, including 200 people who have been sentenced to death
in mass trials.
Brotherhood operated under strict measures during the rule of longtime dictator
Hosni Mubarak, who was himself removed from power following an uprising in
large number of civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed after
the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the terrorist Takfiri Daesh group
conducted fresh airstrikes in eastern Syria.
official news agency SANA, citing some local sources, reported that casualties
were caused on Saturday when US-led warplanes bombarded Baghouz refugee camp in
the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
US-led coalition has recently stepped up its airstrikes in the besieged town of
Baghouz, the final piece of land still held by Daesh.
least 50 people were killed and scores of others injured on Monday when US-led
jets targeted families fleeing the last vestiges of Daesh's territorial rule
near the Iraqi border.
this month, US warplanes also bombed the same troubled region with
internationally-banned white phosphorus munitions, killing several people.
Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in January that
continued airstrikes by the US-led coalition against ordinary people and
civilian targets showed the alliance’s reckless disregard for the UN Charter as
well as international law.
US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes and operations against what are
said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any
authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing
civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of
locked in battle with Daesh in Baghouz
a spokesman for the US-backed Kurdish militants in Syria said on Saturday that
clashes were ongoing with Daesh terrorists who are now holed up in the village.
broke out again last night and have continued since," Adnan Afrin, a
spokesman for the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said, adding,
"There have so far been no surrenders (today) and there's no sign they are
SDF statement said that the latest fighting broke out after the Kurdish-led
force attacked Daesh positions inside Baghouz. Around 32 Daesh terrorists,
including at least four senior figures, were killed in the battle.
Friday, Daesh launched three attacks outside Baghouz, killing six people among
those fleeing the village.
US-led coalition said on Twitter late Friday that the SDF had made no fresh
has proven to demonstrate a reckless disregard for human life and continues to
be a global threat," the coalition said, adding, "We stand by our SDF
partners as they fight to liberate that last Daesh-held territory."
has unleashed a wave of bombings over the past week to impede the SDF advance.
remains unclear how many Daesh militants and civilians remain inside Baghouz.
to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 61,000 people
have streamed out of the militant-held territory since December.
International Rescue Committee (IRC) said Saturday that around 3,000 people had
arrived at al-Hol camp in northeastern al-Hasakah from Baghouz over the past
two days, pushing the camp's population to over 69,000.
UN said most of the new arrivals "show clear signs of distress, fatigue,
malnutrition and require some form of medical care or attention."
IRC and the UN say around 122 people, mainly children, have died en route to
the camp or shortly after arriving since December.
is an urgent requirement for funding to continue health and nutrition
interventions in the camp," the UN said.
US has long been providing the SDF -- a predominantly Kurdish alliance of
militants -- with arms, calling it a key partner in the purported fight against
support has angered Washington's NATO ally, Turkey, which views militants of
the People's Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, as a terrorist
organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant
Army foils infiltration attempts in Hama
government forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, on
Saturday confronted breaches of the de-escalation zones by foreign-backed
terrorists who were seeking to infiltrate many military points in the country’s
west-central province of Hama.
to SANA, army units foiled an infiltration attempt by terrorist groups in Hama
northern countryside and killed many terrorists.
government forces also destroyed mortar cannons and rocket launch-pads for
terrorist groups in the region.
agreement on creating four de-escalation zones in four areas in northern,
central and southern Syria, where the most intense fighting was underway
between the Syrian government and different militant groups, took effect in
recent months, Syrian government forces, backed by allied fighters from popular
defense groups, have made unprecedented territorial gains against
foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists across the conflict-plagued Arab country.
US-backed forces battled Daesh on Saturday as the holdout terrorists clung onto
the last dregs of their crumbling “caliphate” in eastern Syria.
weeks, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have battled to crush
Daesh fighters holed up in a small riverside hamlet in the village of Baghouz.
makeshift encampment of tents and tunnels is all that remains of a
once-sprawling “caliphate” declared in 2014 over large swaths of Syria and
SDF and coalition warplanes have rained fire on the enclave since last Sunday,
blitzing more than 4,000 IS fighters and family members into surrender.
forces have reduced daytime airstrikes and shelling to allow for more exits
from the last extremist bastion.
AFP journalists at an SDF post inside Baghouz heard sporadic rounds of mortar
fire Saturday and an SDF spokesman said clashes were ongoing.
broke out again last night and have continued since,” SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin
have so far been no surrenders (today) and there’s no sign they are giving up,”
said the spokesman.
SDF statement said the latest fighting broke out after the Kurd-led force
attacked Daesh positions inside Baghouz. Around 32 terrorists, including at
least four senior IS figures, were killed in battle, it said.
Friday, Daesh launched three suicide attacks outside Baghouz, killing six
people among those fleeing the village near the Iraqi border.
US-led coalition said the bombers were dressed in women’s clothing and had
mixed with others surrendering.
has proven to demonstrate a reckless disregard for human life and continues to
be a global threat,“it said late Friday.
stand by our SDF partners as they fight to liberate that last Daesh-held
territory,” it said on Twitter.
Daesh fighters have unleased a wave of suicide bombings over the past week to
impede the SDF advance.
remains unclear how many fighters and civilians remain inside Baghouz.
than 61,000 people have streamed out of Daesh-held territory since December,
the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says, a tenth of them
exodus has sparked a humanitarian crisis in Kurdish-run camps for the displaced
further north where civilians have been transported.
include the wives and children of alleged foreign terrorists, hundreds of whom
are being held by the Kurdish forces.
3,000 people arrived at Al-Hol camp from Baghouz over the past two days,
pushing the camp’s population to over 69,000, the International Rescue
Committee (IRC) said on Saturday.
to the United Nations children’s fund, UNICEF, the camp was designed with a
UN said most of the new arrivals “show clear signs of distress, fatigue,
malnutrition and require some form of medical care or attention.”
to the IRC and UN, around 122 people have died en route to the camp or shortly
after arriving since December, mostly small children, two of them on Thursday.
is an urgent requirement for funding to continue health and nutrition
interventions in the camp,” the UN said.
the height of its brutal rule, Daesh controlled a stretch of land in Syria and
Iraq the size of the UK.
total capture of the Baghouz camp by the SDF would mark the end of the
cross-border “caliphate” it proclaimed more than four years ago.
beyond Baghouz, Daesh retains a presence in eastern Syria’s vast Badia desert
and sleeper cells in the northeast.
militias warn they could target Riyadh, Abu Dhabi
Houthi militias warned on Saturday they could launch attacks against the
capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who lead a military
coalition against them.
threat came as the United Nations was trying to salvage a truce deal in Yemen,
seen as crucial to diplomatic efforts to end the country’s four-year war.
have aerial photographs and coordinates of dozens of headquarters, facilities
and military bases of the enemy,” Houthi militia spokesman Yahya Saree said in
comments carried by the militia’s Al-Masirah channel.
legitimate targets of our forces extend to the capital of Saudi Arabia and to
the emirate of Abu Dhabi,” capital of the UAE, he said.
have manufactured advanced generations of attack aircraft, and new systems will
soon be functional.”
Iran-linked Houthi rebels have targeted Saudi border towns and Riyadh with
ballistic missiles and also claimed drone attacks on the airports of Abu Dhabi
and Dubai during the course of the conflict.
Arabia has said the missiles were all intercepted by its air force, with one
civilian reported killed by falling shrapnel, while the UAE has denied the
alleged drone attacks.
Arabia and its military allies joined the Yemeni government’s war against the
Iran-linked Houthis in March 2015.
Wednesday the UN Security Council met to discuss the stalled truce deal that
had been agreed on Sweden in December between the Yemeni government and the
deal – which called for a ceasefire, militia pullback and mutual redeployment
from Hodeida, Yemen’s lifeline Red Sea port controlled by the Houthis – offered
the best hope in years of moving toward an end to the conflict.
the fighting in Hodeida has eased, redeployment efforts have stalled in recent
envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Wednesday he was still
working to make the redeployment a “reality”.
rights groups say Hamas briefly detained four of their researchers as it
dispersed protests in Gaza against recent tax hikes.
of Gazans gathered for a third day on Saturday to protest the tax hikes, which
have made life even harder in the territory. Gaza has been under an Israeli
blockade since Hamas seized power more than a decade ago.
researchers from the Al-Mezan rights group, one from the Palestinian Center for
Human Rights and one from Al-Dameer were held for a few hours before being
released. Online videos show Hamas forces raiding homes, attacking protesters
with clubs and firing into the air.
Turkish soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded on Saturday in a
clash during operations into northern Iraq, Turkey’s defense ministry said.
militants, including a woman, were “neutralized” during the operations, the
ministry said in a statement. The Turkish army uses the term neutralize when it
has killed, captured or wounded combatants.
regularly carries out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq, as President
Tayyip Erdogan pursues his aim of ending the militant group’s presence near
army says the country's air defense has managed to shoot down 19 Saudi Apache
helicopters since the outbreak of the war in 2015.
at a press conference in Sana'a on Saturday, army spokesman Brigadier Yahya
Sare'e provided the figures regarding the four-year-long war on the
impoverished Arab country.
said that Saudi Arabia and its allies have carried out over 250,000 airstrikes
and dropped more than 500,000 bombs and missiles on Yemen, al-Masirah TV
aggressors’ warplanes fired at least 5914 cluster and phosphorus bombs at
several Yemeni provinces, he added.
also noted that a total of 22 countries have directly and indirectly been
involved in the Saudi war, adding that Yemen is in possession of evidence
suggesting Israel's role in the Western-backed offensive.
spokesman further said that the Yemeni army has boosted its capability to
manufacture weapons and stored ballistic missiles at its depots.
Yemeni military, he stressed, has managed to destroy over 7,000 armored
vehicles, trucks, tanks and bulldozers belonging to the Saudi-led coalition.
Arabia and its regional allies, including the UAE, launched the devastating
military campaign against Yemen in order to bring the Riyadh-backed former
government back to power.
invaders have, however, failed to achieve their objective in the face of
war has so far taken a heavy toll on the Yemen’s infrastructure, hospitals,
schools, and factories.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit back at the son of Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yair, for claiming that the city of Istanbul is
under "Turkish occupation."
a Twitter post earlier this week, Yair Netanyahu said, "Istanbul is
actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and
center of orthodox Christianity for more than a thousand years before Turkish
at an election rally on Friday, Erdogan fired back at Netanyahu's son, saying
it is actually the Tel Aviv regime which has occupied the entire Palestinian
occupied the whole of Palestine!" he said. "If the world is looking
for a country that oppresses, it's Israel. If they are searching for a terror
state that too is Israel."
Turkish president further described Netanyahu's son as "immoral."
war of words began between Turkey and Israel recently, when the rightist
Israeli prime minister said the occupied territories only belong to the Jewish
people and not all citizens.
is not a state of all its citizens,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “According
to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the
Jewish people – and only it.”
accused Netanyahu of demonizing the Arabs, who make up some 17.5 percent of
Israel’s population, in a bid to boost right-wing turnout for the April
presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin strongly condemned Netanyahu’s “blatant racism
response, the Israeli premier called Erdogan a “dictator” who jails journalists
however, called Netanyahu a "thief" and a "tyrant who massacred
seven-year-old Palestinian children.”
also criticized Israel for jailing 10,000 Palestinian women and children and
disrespecting holy sites in Jerusalem al-Quds.
between Ankara and Tel Aviv soured in 2010 after an Israeli raid on a
Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla killed 10 Turkish activists in high seas.
years later, they reached an agreement to normalize their ties.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has rebuked senators for passing a resolution to
end Washington’s support for the Saudi war on Yemen, saying they should back
Riyadh if they "truly care about Yemeni lives."
comments to the media in Washington on Friday, Pompeo claimed the vote showed
that American senators do not care about the Yemeni people.
you truly care about Yemeni lives, you'd support the Saudi-led effort to
prevent Yemen from turning into a puppet state of ... Iran," he said.
Wednesday, the Republican-led Senate approved the resolution to halt US
military assistance for the Saudi offensive against Yemen by a 54 to 46 tally.
measure now heads to the Democrat-led House of Representatives, where it is
expected to pass.
similar resolution to end US support for the Saudi war on Yemen passed the
Senate in December, but it was not taken up under the
then-Republican-controlled House. For the resolution to reach the president’s
desk, it will have to go back to the House for approval.
US provides intelligence sharing, logistics support and other training to the
Saudi-led coalition, which has been waging the war on Yemen since March 2015.
It also previously helped with mid-air refueling for warplanes operated by
Riyadh and its allies, but that assistance ended last November.
Bernie Sanders, a co-sponsor of the resolution, said, "The bottom line is
that the United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a
despotic regime with a dangerous and irresponsible foreign policy."
however, said the Trump administration believes that suspending the US role
would not end the Yemen conflict.
all want to improve the dire humanitarian situation. But the Trump
administration fundamentally disagrees that curbing our assistance to the Saudi-led
coalition is the way to achieve these goals," he said.
also argued that the way to “alleviate the Yemeni people’s suffering isn’t to
prolong the conflict by handicapping our partners in the fight," but by
giving the Saudi-led coalition the support needed to defeat Houthi Ansarullah
Arabia and its partners launched the war in an attempt to reinstall
Riyadh-allied former regime and crush the Houthis, who have been running state
affairs in the absence of an effective government.
Western-backed aggression against Yemen, coupled with a naval blockade, has
destroyed the country's infrastructure and led to famine as well as a cholera
Michael M. Grynbaum
Pirro is off Fox News prime time — for one night, at least.
News removed Ms. Pirro’s program, “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” from its usual
9 p.m. time slot on Saturday, one week after the network took the rare step of
publicly rebuking the host for an on-air monologue that questioned a Muslim
lawmaker’s loyalty to the United States.
News declined to say whether Ms. Pirro had been formally suspended. “We are not
commenting on internal scheduling matters,” the network said in a statement on
former prosecutor known for fiery monologues, Ms. Pirro is one of the most
fervent on-air champions of President Trump, an old friend from her days in New
York political circles who often urges his Twitter followers to tune in to her
came under heavy criticism last weekend for her remarks about Representative
Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, a Muslim who wears a hijab. “Is her
adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law,
which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” Ms. Pirro
those calling her comments prejudiced was a Muslim producer at Ms. Pirro’s own
network. Several advertisers said they would no longer sponsor her show.
News, which has mostly stood by its star personalities in past scandals,
responded by saying that Ms. Pirro’s remarks “do not reflect those of the
network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
network has not elaborated on that discussion or what internal punishment, if
any, was meted out.
News was also grappling with an uproar over another of its star hosts, the
pundit Tucker Carlson, who has faced scrutiny for offensive comments he made on
a shock-jock radio program about a decade ago. The comments were recently
published by the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America.
Carlson did not miss any of his regular network appearances this past week. On
air, he thanked officials at Fox News for backing him. The network has not
issued its own statement on the matter.
Pirro has not apologized for her remarks. “My intention was to ask a question
and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t
support the Constitution,” she said in a statement last weekend.
then, Ms. Pirro, an active user on Twitter and Instagram, has been silent on
week, Ms. Omar — who was recently criticized for comments in Congress that some
lawmakers viewed as anti-Semitic — thanked Fox News after the network distanced
itself from Ms. Pirro’s remarks. “No one’s commitment to our constitution
should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth,” she wrote on
US Navy veteran has been sentenced to 10 years in an Iranian prison, his
family’s lawyer said, after he was arrested last July while visiting an Iranian
woman in the city of Mashhad.
White, 46, was convicted of two charges, insulting the country’s top leader and
posting a private photograph publicly, in separate hearings on March 6 and
March 9, according to the lawyer, Mark Zaid.
basis for the first charge is not yet clear. The second charge appears to have
been leveled after White uploaded a picture of himself sitting with the woman,
an Iranian national, Zaid said.
authorities have not released details of the charges. The US State Department
said it was aware of White’s detention, but added that it could not provide
additional information because of “privacy considerations.”
are aware of the detention of a US citizen in Iran,” a State Department
official said. “We have no higher priority than the safety and security of US
family learned of the sentence earlier this week from the State Department,
which in turn received the information from Swiss diplomats. The Swiss
represent US interests in Iran because the countries do not maintain diplomatic
a California native, served 13 years in the Navy.
family and the State Department are still trying to determine whether the
charges are politically motivated or the result of a criminal prosecution, Zaid
been very unclear,” he added.
arrest has further strained the difficult relationship between the Trump
administration and Iran, which worsened after US President Donald Trump
withdrew from an international agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program and
Iranian regime has imprisoned several other American citizens in recent years,
including father-and-son Baquer and Siamak Namazi, and Xiyue Wang.
three were accused of espionage-related activities and have denied the
allegations. The United Nations has condemned the prosecutions as unjust, and
Trump has demanded that Iran release all US citizens in custody.
January, when Iran first confirmed White’s arrest, he has not been permitted to
contact his family, Zaid said.
across the United States increased security measures for Friday prayers after a
gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two mosques in New
Zealand, attacks that many blamed on the demonization of Muslims by the
administration of US President Donald Trump.
in New York and other cities said they were stepping up patrols at mosques and
other places of worship as a precaution, although there was no sign of any
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim rights group
in the United States, said Muslims and other minority groups had faced a surge
in bigotry since Trump won the 2016 US presidential election.
blamed this in part on what it described as "Islamophobic, white
supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments."
Awad, CAIR’s executive director, said Trump has "normalized"
many white supremacists' attacks on the American-Muslim community, the
attackers cite Trump and cite his policies," Awad said at a news
conference on Friday in Washington.
least one gunman killed 49 people during Friday prayers in New Zealand's worst
ever mass shooting.
Australian gunman, identified as Brenton Tarrant, broadcast live footage on
Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, after
publishing a "manifesto" in which he called immigrants as
accused gunman's manifesto posted online praised Trump as "a symbol of
renewed white identity and common purpose." The White House did not
respond to a request for comment.
the terrorist has quoted the most powerful person in the world, President
Trump," Awad said at the news conference. "And I would like to
address Mr. Trump: Mr. Trump, your words matter. Your policies matter. They
impact the lives of innocent people at home and globally."
urged worshippers in the United States and abroad to take "stepped-up
no such thing as a foolproof plan in a situation like this," Khalid
Siddiq, an official at Atlanta's Al-Farooq mosque, said. "We just rely and
trust in God."
extended condolences for "the horrible massacre" in what the White
House called a "vicious act of hate".
slams Trump’s ignorance on right-wing white extremism
journalist Don Lemon has denounced US President Donald Trump’s ignorance after
he said he did not see a rise in right-wing white extremism in the aftermath of
a terrorist attack by a heavily armed white supremacist at two New Zealand
mosques on Friday that killed 49 people.
said on Friday he doesn’t view white extremism as a rising threat even though
many blame the terrorist massacre of Muslims in Christchurch on his
demonization of Muslims.
don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious
problems,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if he thought
white nationalism is a growing global threat.
and civil rights activists have long accused Trump of promoting intolerance. He
called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US during
his election campaign.
analysts have rejected Trump’s claim about the threat of white nationalists,
saying the US president’s immigration policies have emboldened far-right groups
and white supremacist ideology in the West.
him to not to be able to know that right-wing extremism is on the rise is very
ignorant,” Lemon, a CNN host and vocal critic of Trump, said on Saturday.
I think yes, he does whatever is politically expedient to him. He knows that he
says he’s not racist, but the racists think he’s racist and they support him,
and he doesn’t want to lose that support. He cannot win an election with just
his base next time, and they are a very vocal and active part of his base,” he
his manifesto, Brenton Tarrant said he saw Trump as “symbol of renewed white
identity and common purpose.”
columnist Mehdi Hasan told CNN Tonight that “far-right terrorism” was on the
rise in the United States and blamed President Trump for attacks both in the US
Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), a Muslim-American civil rights group, said Trump has
United States said it will deny visas to any member of the International
Criminal Court involved in investigating the actions of US troops in
Afghanistan or other countries.
of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was prepared to take further steps,
including economic sanctions, if the war crimes court goes ahead with any
probes of US or allied personnel.
ICC is attacking America's rule of law," Mr Pompeo told reporters on
Friday. "It's not too late for the court to change course and we urge that
it do so immediately."
United States has never joined the ICC, whose chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda,
asked judges in November 2017 for authorisation to open an investigation into
alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. They included "acts of torture, cruel
treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, rape and sexual violence against
conflict-related detainees" in which US personnel may have been involved.
Pompeo's announcement of visa restrictions was the first concrete action taken
by the US against the ICC since the White House threatened reprisals against
the Hague-based body in September of last year.
announcing a policy of US visa restrictions on those individuals directly
responsible for any ICC investigation of US personnel," the secretary of
would include anyone who takes, or has taken, action to request or further an
you're responsible for the proposed ICC investigation of US personnel in
connection with the situation in Afghanistan you should not assume that you
still have, or will get, a visa or that you will permitted to enter the United
States," Mr Pompeo said.
secretary of state said visas could also be used to "deter ICC efforts to
pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allies' consent".
said implementation of the policy had already begun but he did not provide any
details, citing confidentiality surrounding visa applications.
visa restrictions will not be the end of our efforts. We're prepared to take
additional steps, including economic sanctions, if the ICC does not change its
US was among the signatories to the Rome Statute under which the ICC was
established in 2002, but its membership was never ratified by the Senate.
secretary of state said the US had declined to join the ICC "because of
its broad unaccountable prosecutorial powers" and its threat to American
are determined to protect American and allied civilian personnel from living in
fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation,"
feared that the court could eventually pursue politically motivated
prosecutions of Americans," he said, "and our fears were
Pompeo said procedures were already in place to deal with members of the US
armed forces who engage in misconduct.
US service members fail to adhere to our strict code of military conduct they
are reprimanded, court-martialed and sentenced, if that's what's
deserved," he said.
US government, where possible, takes legal action against those responsible for
international crimes," he added, noting that it has supported prosecution
of war crimes in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere.
ICC and human rights groups reacted swiftly to Mr Pompeo's remarks.
ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its independent work, undeterred,
in accordance with its mandate and the overarching principle of the rule of
law," the ICC said.
Dicker, international justice director at Human Rights Watch, said the US move
"is a naked attempt to bully judges and impede justice for victims in
Afghanistan" and "blatant contempt for the rule of law".
Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, said Mr
Pompeo's remarks reflected the administration's view that international law
matters "only when it is aligned with US national interests".
international judicial actors for doing their jobs undermines global efforts to
hold to account those most responsible for atrocity crimes such as torture and
mass murder," he said.
"America First" administration of President Donald Trump has been a
particularly virulent opponent of the ICC.
Bolton harshly condemned the court in one of his first speeches after becoming
Mr Trump's national security adviser in September.
of the major reasons that I have decided to live in New Zealand They don’t care
who you are, they just treat you as a human being and You’re allowed to be
whatever you want," Wasseim Alsati, a barber shop manager in Christchurch,
wrote on his Facebook page on December 21.
Wasseim and his little daughter were shot and severely wounded during the worst
terrorist attack on New Zealand soil in which 49 people were killed and 48 more
hurt after mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques on Thursday.
am in big pain today. I was in a lot of pain after being shot 3 times. Please
pray for me and my daughter. I will not be able to answer to all messages.
Thank you for your understanding," he wrote on Facebook a few hours ago.
“One of the reasons I decided to live in New Zealand is that they don’t pay
attention to who you are, and they treat you as a human being. You can do what
you want.” These are the words of 36-year-old Jordanian Wasseim Alsati, a
barber who made Christchurch his home.
is injured and his three-year old daughter Leen is fighting for her life after
a massacre at two mosques killed 49 people and injured dozens on Friday.
friends in Amman said he wanted to excel, but that Jordan was too small for him
and his ambitions. Sati Abdel Razaq, Wasseim’s father, told Arab News that five
years ago his son closed his shop in the capital and left for greener pastures.
person had Western attitudes and he was sure his future was not in Jordan. He
would always tell me his rosy dreams about becoming a great hairdresser,” Usama
Jeetawi told Arab News. “Every time I would come for a haircut, he would show
me his latest innovations and he would say, ‘I wish I could get to a place
where I could show off my talent.’ I tried to help find him a place with
Amman’s leading hair stylists, but without much success.”
told Arab News his son was getting better “but three-year-old Leen is still in
critical condition after receiving three bullets to the body.”
of Wasseim launched an appeal on Facebook, hoping to raise $25,000 to help the
family. By Saturday $13,000 had been raised.
is one of eight Jordanians who were injured in the terrorist attack. The
Associated Press reported Saturday that four Jordanians had been killed.
of those who died was engineer Ata Alyyan. His father, Dr. Mohammad Alyyan,
founded Al-Noor Mosque, which was one of the mosques targeted by the gunman.
member Saed Azzam told Arab News that the father left for New Zealand 25 years
ago and that the son studied computer engineering.
and son set up a firm, A & B Educational Consultancy, in 2007 to help Arab
students wishing to study in New Zealand.
Haj Mustafa was a Syrian who lived in Jordan. He fled the brutal war in Syria
and was involved in equestrianism, a profession many in Jordan remembered him
for, only to be killed in a Christchurch mosque while praying.
Jordanian ministry spokesman, Sufian Qudah, earlier announced the death of
three Jordanians and said a team was working round the clock to communicate
with families in Jordan and New Zealand. A Foreign Ministry envoy, Ahed
Sweidat, was also dispatched to liaise with local authorities on the
investigation and to arrange the repatriation of the bodies.
Khoury, a Jordanian MP, said the attack was proof that “Daesh is alive and well
in the minds of the leaders of the US ... as well as other Western leaders.”
Awad, executive director of the Holy Land Trust, said that the person who
carried out the attack was not alone in his belief system or crazy.
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