Representative Ilhan Omar in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 6, 2019
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Use of Terrorism as Instrument of State Policy ‘Central Problem’: India at
Muslim Clerics Welcome Mediation Process in Ayodhya Dispute
Pakistan Files FIR against IAF Pilots for Bombing Trees
Khan Says No Terrorist Groups Will Be Allowed To Operate On Pakistani Soil
More Muslims Seeking Legal Advice on Polygamy, Many Secret Thai Marriages
Deny Discussing Ceasefire, Afghan Dialogue with US
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has said that Pakistan’s use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy is a
“central problem” and the international community must unequivocally condemn
terrorism and its perpetrators.
the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council on Thursday, Permanent
Representative of India to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Rajiv Chander said,
“Terrorism is the most fundamental violation of human rights and we overlook it
at our own peril.”
told the Council that the “central problem is cross-border terrorism and
Pakistan’s use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy. This fact needs
called for a UN-led consensus on zero tolerance on terrorism, saying the
international community needs to unequivocally condemn terrorism and those who
firmly believe that UN-led consensus on zero tolerance on terrorism is as much
an international obligation as it is a commitment to our own people. We all
need to unequivocally condemn terrorism and its perpetrators,” he said at the
Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, the envoy said India’s views on the state have
been made clear in the Council.
whole state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan remains
in illegal occupation of a part of our territory,” Chander said
Pakistan’s Acting Permanent Representative Tahir Hussain Andrabi had made
references to Kashmir in his statement to the Council.
said India’s efforts towards protection and promotion of human rights are
second to none.
is reflected in the Constitution of India that guarantees its citizens
fundamental political and civil rights and provides for the progressive
realisation and enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights,” he said.
diplomat underscored that India is a secular state and safeguarding the rights
of minorities forms an essential core of its polity.
Indian Constitution enshrines various provisions for the protection of rights
and interests of the minorities. The State makes no distinction between caste,
creed, colour or religion of a citizen,” he said.
underlined that along with being the world’s largest democracy, Indian polity
also weaves in immense diversity along with respect for tolerance and mutual
independent judiciary, free and vibrant media, and, a vocal civil society are
all active in this regard within the legal framework of the State. National and
State level Human Rights Commissions along with other specific Commissions
continue to monitor complaints from minority communities regarding issues of
discrimination and disadvantage faced by them,” he said.
government has issued Communal Harmony Guidelines which lay down Standard
Operating Procedures to deal with communal violence, the envoy added.
Muslim Clerics Welcome Mediation Process In Ayodhya Dispute
DELHI: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Muslim clerics said
the Supreme Court’s decision to send the Ayodhya dispute for mediation was a
positive step which may open space for a solution. They reiterated that justice
should be delivered on the basis of the legal position and not on grounds of
general secretary Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani told TOI that they would
support the mediation process by putting across their viewpoint before the
court-appointed panel. “In the past, when the Supreme Court asked parties to
the case to resolve the matter through mediation, the SC did not get involved
in the process. That has changed with this three-member panel. The parties to
the case will put their views before the panel and the outcome, a consensus or otherwise,
will be conveyed to the court,” Rahmani said. S Q R Ilyas, joint convener of
the AIMPLB’s Babri Masjid Committee, said they were always for mediation and
welcomed the decision to make these proceedings in-camera.
Hind president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari reiterated that justice should be
based on the legal position of the dispute.
Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani was more assertive on what they
would put on the table. “We will abide by the SC decision. We have said in the
past that there was a masjid at the site which was about 500-600 years old and
there was a Ram Chabutra and a Sita ki Rasoi. We want all that was there should
exist and be restored as it was. We said this in the past and will say the same
before the committee. This is our stand,” he said.
Pakistan files FIR against IAF pilots for bombing trees
forestry department filed a First Information Report (FIR) against unidentified
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots on Friday for bombing trees in Balakot area of
the country’s north on February 26.
FIR also details the damage caused to 19 trees after Indian aircraft “hastily
dropped their payload”. Terming India’s actions as “eco-terrorism”, Pakistan
has plans of approaching the United Nations (UN) against the damaged caused by
India to the Pakistani environment.
Change Minister Malik Amin Aslam said that Pakistan was assessing the impact
caused to the environment by the bombing and the results would be the basis for
Pakistan’s complaint at UN and other international forums. “What happened at
Jabba Top is defined as environmental terrorism because there has been serious
environmental damage,” the minister said.
to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 47/37, the destruction
of the environment, not justified by military necessity and carried out
wantonly is clearly contrary to the existing international law.
February 26, Indian aircraft bombed Jabba Top, a hilly forest area near the
northern town on Balakot, which is about 40km away from Indian Occupied Kashmir
(IOK). India bombed a “forest reserve”
Reuters reporters who visited the site of the bombings, up to 15 pine trees had
been damaged and four large craters could be seen. They also interacted with
the local villagers who also dismissed India’s claims of killing 300 militants.
Khan says no terrorist groups will be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that his government would not
let any armed groups function in the country amid intensifying crackdown on
Islamist groups and their leaders.
the National Action Plan (NAP), we will not permit any armed group in Pakistan.
No country does this. This was decided by all the parties of Pakistan. Since
our government came to power, we have decided that we will implement the
NAP," Khan said while addressing a rally in Tharparkar district.
soil will not be allowed to be used for terrorism," he was quoted as
saying by Geo News.
comments came amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after the
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the February
14 Kashmir suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF troopers.
Kashmir bombing resulted in mounting pressure from the international community
on Islamabad to act on terrorist groups.
that, Pakistan launched a crackdown against terror groups earlier this week and
arrested the brother and son of JeM Masood Azhar along with 42 others
affiliated with the banned terror groups.
said that law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention
and seized 182 madrasas as part of its continuing crackdown on terror groups.
government also seized properties belonging to Hafiz Saeed's proscribed
Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its charity arm Falah-eInsaniyat. But Pakistan says that its
action against the terror groups was not taken under any pressure.
also spoke about the security of the minorities in Pakistan and said that his
country stood with them unlike India where "the minorities were being
said his government stood with the people of the Hindu community, a minority in
Pakistan, and would not tolerate any injustice against them.
this Pakistan, it is our responsibility to ensure that minorities are equal
citizens and will not be discriminated against."
in retaliation to the Kashmir bombing, had bombed the JeM's biggest training
camp in Balakot, Pakistan, on February 26.
next day, Islamabad captured an Indian Air Force pilot after a dogfight between
the two air forces. He was released on March 1 as a "peace gesture"
that his country wanted peace, Khan said: "We returned the pilot because
we don't want war. We decided that if you (India) have casualties in Pulwama,
we are willing to provide help. However, no one should mistake this for
added that the main focus of his government was to eliminate poverty.
I spoke to Modi after becoming Prime Minister, I said South Asia has the
highest rate of poverty and we should resolve issues through dialogue. But I
did not know that as soon as their election campaign began, their focus shifted
to gain votes by spreading hatred."
More Muslims seeking legal advice on polygamy, many secret Thai marriages
LUMPUR, March 8 — The number of Muslims asking for free legal advice on
polygamy is rising, statistics from a legal clinic operated by Sisters in Islam
(SIS) has shown.
cases recorded at the Telenisa legal aid clinic rose from 75 in 2016 to 106 in
2017, and 176 in 2018.
SIS said this was happening against a backdrop of weakening legal protection
over the years for the current wife, which has made it easier and easier for
Muslim men to take on more wives.
programme manager Shareena Sheriff said many Muslim men secretly have
subsequent marriages by going to the border of Thailand to bypass Malaysian
legal requirements that require these marriages to be validated in a Shariah
said it was a weakness of Malaysian law that Muslims who marry abroad are
allowed to subsequently register it in Malaysia without having to first have it
approved in court.
this is how these marriages remain secret, they marry in Thailand, they come
back and secretly register it,” she said at the launch of Telenisa’s booklet on
its 2018 statistics of cases it handled.
many marriages, the marriages are not even registered. When divorces happen,
the status of the wife is as if they were never married,” she added.
to Telenisa, cases of subsequent marriages that went unregistered in Malaysia
amounted to 11.4 per cent of the 176 polygamy cases it handled in 2018, with
affected wives losing their rights to the inheritance and matrimonial property
while their children are regarded as illegitimate.
also pointed out the problem of husbands either refusing to give money to
provide for the maintenance or reducing such funds for the wife and children
from an earlier marriage, after taking on a new wife.
of the 176 polygamy cases at Telenisa in 2018, 15.9 per cent revolved on
complaints of subsequent marriages without the current wife’s knowledge, while
15.2 per cent were on subsequent marriages without the current wife’s consent.
of the current wives only found out years later that their husband had taken on
in which husbands gave no money to their current wives amounted to 9.7 per cent
of the 176 cases, while 10.8 per cent said their children no longer receive
financial provision from the husband.
for the remaining cases, 10.8 per cent were on wives being unhappy, while 9.7
per cent involved absconded husbands, 7.4 per cent complaining of unjust
rotation and 9.1 per cent involved other complaints.
who consulted Telenisa last year on polygamy consisted of the first wife in 62
of the 176 cases, the second wife (41 cases), third wife (five cases), husband
(two cases) and partner (37 cases).
Telenisa booklet also outlined the unfair laws in Malaysia on polygamy, with
SIS noting that the rights of the current wife have been increasingly chiselled
away over the years with legal amendments in 1994 and 2006.
1994 amendment allows for secret polygamous marriages, by permitting the
registration of illegal marriages — that were entered into without the court’s
permission — with the payment of a small fine.
men who wanted to marry an additional wife previously had to show the marriage
was both just and necessary, but the 2006 amendment loosened it to either just
or necessary, with the risk of adultery by the husband also accepted as a
booklet by SIS also noted that Muslim men are no longer legally required to
maintain the standard of living of their current wives, which SIS said directly
contradicts the Muslims’ holy book Al-Quran.
booklet also listed the laws in other Muslim countries, such as those which ban
polygamy like Turkey, or such as in Indonesia where polygamous marriages
requires court authorisation upon fulfilment of strict rules and which can only
be concluded if the existing wives agree.
in Muslim countries like Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon recognises
the wife’s right to divorce after the husband enters into subsequent marriages,
while Shareena noted that polygamy is not a condition for divorce in Malaysia.
other things, the booklet by Telenisa covers statistics on and issues of
divorces, child custody, child maintenance, as well as property division or
division of inheritance.
which has been giving free legal advice since 2008 on Islamic family law and
Shariah criminal offences, recorded a total of 576 clients in 2018.
women, family and community development minister Hannah Yeoh, who officiated
the launch of the Telenisa booklet, today acknowledged the importance of SIS’s
also announced a pledge of RM20,000 to SIS to support its work, with the funds
to be from her allocation as deputy minister.
encouraged SIS to go on a nationwide roadshow to explain and present its data
and findings in the Telenisa booklet to MPs and state assemblymen in the
respective states, as Islamic matters is under the jurisdiction of state
conjunction with International Women’s Day, Yeoh also took the opportunity to
acknowledge on behalf of the government the work of NGOs such as SIS, Women’s
Aid Organisation and Tenaganita.
want to acknowledge your contribution to Malaysia, I think Malaysians would be
in a worse position if not for your efforts in the last few decades,” she said.
deny discussing ceasefire, Afghan dialogue with US
Taliban denied on Friday that they were discussing a ceasefire and dialogue
with the Kabul government during ongoing talks with the US in Doha, contrary to
statements from Washington.
phase is about fleshing out the details of the two issues... the withdrawal of
all occupying forces from Afghanistan and not allowing" the country to be
used as a base for international militancy, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah
described them as "external" aspects of the 17-year conflict.
issues that have an internal aspect and are not tied to the United States...
have not been held under discussion."
Tuesday, US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino had affirmed the
we're focusing on are the four interconnected issues that are going to compose
any future agreement," Palladino said --listing them as
"terrorism", "troop withdrawal", "intra-Afghan
dialogue" and "ceasefire".
said progress was being made.
latest round of talks, believed to be among the longest held between Washington
and the militants, began on February 25 in the Qatari capital.
sides have remained tight-lipped, however, and it is not clear how many days
have involved direct negotiations.
talks have already been paused at least once for two days, and the Taliban said
Friday that they were again being suspended for a day, due to resume Saturday.
It is not clear how much longer they will go on for.
remain high. The previous round, in January, saw the US and the Taliban walk
away with a "draft framework" that focused on the issues Mujahid said
were being discussed this time: a potential US troop withdrawal and a pact to
prevent Afghanistan from harbouring terrorists.
Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet with the Afghan government, whom they
dismiss as "puppets".
envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is leading the diplomatic push, had earlier hinted
that headway was being made on the issue, however.
also met with the Taliban's top political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar at
the start of the current round in Doha, in what has been touted as the
highest-level engagement between the two sides in the months-long diplomatic
Scott Miller, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has also attended
at least some of the talks.
Donald Trump has repeatedly voiced his eagerness to end America's involvement
in Afghanistan, where 14,000 US troops are still deployed.
Thursday, General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, said the military
has received no directions yet to withdraw from Afghanistan.
of State Mike Pompeo has suggested he could visit Doha to help advance the
negotiations "in a couple (of) weeks".
has been enmeshed in nearly constant conflict since the Soviet invasion in
1979, which was followed by civil war, the Taliban regime, and the post-9/11 US
invasion in late 2001.
US House of Representatives has passed a resolution condemning bigotry and hate
after backlash from a number of factions across the Democratic Party forced
changes to a bill that originally focused on anti-Semitism and remarks about
Israel by a Muslim American congresswoman.
resolution passed in the lower chamber of Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly,
407 to 23, with all Democrats voting in favour including Representative Ilhan
Omar herself, whose legitimate criticism of Israel has been deemed anti-Semitic
by some colleagues and exposed deep fault lines among Democrats.
of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the resolution, which she
called the "strongest possible opposition" to anti-Semitism,
Islamophobia, and white supremacist bigotry.
a newly elected Democrat Congresswoman from Minnesota, has sparked a firestorm
on Capitol Hill over repeated criticisms of Israel and the powerful pro-Israel
lobby in Washington that exerts great influence in US politics.
joined the two other Muslims in Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson, in
praising the measure's passage.
the first time we have voted on a resolution condemning Anti-Muslim bigotry in
our nation's history," they said, noting the worrying rise of extremism in
resolution was initially pushed by Zionist organizations and some Jewish
members of Congress to rebuke Omar for condemning the Israel lobby, but there
was a heated backlash from fellow Democrats who said she was being unfairly
singled out by the leadership.
Democratic senators in the upper chamber of Congress, including three 2020
presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris,
expressed frustration that Omar faced an implicit rebuke, while racist
statements by President Donald Trump and other Republicans go largely
must not... equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing
Netanyahu government in Israel," said Sanders, who is Jewish.
I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar
as a way of stifling that debate. That’s wrong,” added Sanders, an independent
senator from Vermont who caucuses with the Democratic Party.
Democrats' growing diversity -- in ethnicity, religion, gender, age and ideology
-- has created new challenges for party leaders, said Jonathan Sarna, professor
of American Jewish history at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
attend prayers at holy site after Israeli ban on top cleric
A row over an Israeli ban on a top cleric entering Islam’s third-holiest site
failed to prevent thousands of Muslims flocking to Friday prayers.
than 40,000 worshippers packed into Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the
adjoining Bab Al-Rahmeh prayer area less than a week after the Israeli
government placed a 40-day bar on head of the Jerusalem Waqf Council, Sheikh
Abdel Hafiz Salhab, from accessing the mosque.
Israelis have also ordered his deputy, Najeh Bkeirat, to stay away from Al-Aqsa
mosque for four months.
Minister of Waqf Abdel Naser Abu Basel last week described the ban on Salhab,
who holds diplomatic status, as “unacceptable” and said the Israeli move was
designed to “cripple” the work of the Jerusalem waqf and “terrorize” its
Salhab told Arab News that the waqf council refused to contest the issue in the
don’t recognize Israeli courts and we are keeping a vigilant eye as to what is
happening on our religious properties, including Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said.
Abdel Qader, a member of the newly established waqf council in Jerusalem, told
Arab News that Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa went without incident.
are not interested in escalating the situation, and the other side (Israel)
appears to have also lowered the level of tension,” he said.
officials including Nadav Argaman, the head of internal intelligence Shin Bet,
have reportedly held high-level talks with their Jordanian counterparts in
Amman aimed at taking the heat out of the situation in Jerusalem.
in Amman told Arab News that all offers to close Bab Al-Rahmeh were rejected.
council member Abdel Qader confirmed negotiations were taking place but said
these were more to do with the mechanics of getting equipment and materials for
renovation work into the prayer hall.
said that Bab Al-Rahmeh has been in urgent need of repair for years.
women who were recently arrested outside the mosque were on Friday released on
condition they stay away from Al-Aqsa for a week.
than 100 Palestinian Muslims have been ordered by the Israelis to keep clear of
said that there was no religious reason to stop women from being added to the
waqf council. “I see no problem in having women in our council,” the cleric
should not be ignored as they have an important and effective role and
represent half the population.”
for German chancellor? Why not?’ Remark by senior MP in Merkel’s party triggers
high-ranking MP from Angela Merkel’s ruling party said that a Muslim could
become German chancellor by 2030, making headlines across the nation and
triggering a furious backlash.
Brinkhaus, who leads the Christian Democrats (CDU) in the German parliament,
could have avoided making front-page news had he not been asked one particular
question from evangelical news outlet Idea. They wanted to know if a Muslim
could lead the party and become chancellor in the next 10 years or so, and he
said the following:
center-right CDU party, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel – the daughter of an
East German pastor – has long been proud of the letter ‘C’ which stands for
Christian values. But for Brinkhaus, human values are more important than
CDU is not a religious community – that is what distinguishes us from the
Catholic Church, of which I am member,” he reportedly said.
interview took place in late February, but it didn’t cause a media frenzy until
Bild quoted from it on Wednesday. German newspapers, both big and small, rushed
to report on the stunning quote just a while later.
remarks also raised some eyebrows in the German establishment.
forbid, I can’t believe he said that," Vincent Kokert, a CDU chief in the
state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, told Bild. “No, I can’t believe it.”
conservative MP, Eberhard Gienger, said that a Muslim becoming German
chancellor is unimaginable because it would imply “that Muslims would
constitute the majority in Germany,” and “this is not the case.”
politicians claimed that Muslim values cannot be incorporated into the party’s
mindset, citing Sharia law and the treatment of women, non-believers, and
homosexuals under strict Islamic traditions.
however, defended Brinkhaus’ comments.
course, a Muslim Christian Democrat, a Hindu or an atheist could run for
Chancellor,” said Karin Prien, the education minister in Schleswig-Holstein.
Muslim community also defended the comments. “Any person, regardless of
religious affiliation, should be able to hold any office in our country having
appropriate qualifications,” Ayman Mazyek, head of the Central Council of
Muslims in Germany, told the media.
to a 2015 study by Germany’s immigration agency, there are over 4.4 million
Muslims living in the country.
story comes days after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a hand-picked successor of
Chancellor Merkel, was blasted for mocking gender laws and telling jokes about
installing trans bathrooms in Berlin.
paid Rs 50,000 to juvenile for Jammu blast'
A teenager who allegedly lobbed a grenade at the Jammu bus stand, killing two
men, is under 16 years of age and he told interrogators that he was paid Rs
50,000 by a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists for it, officials said Friday. The
boy, who will turn 16 on March 12, was apprehended while fleeing after hurling
the grenade that left two dead and 31 others injured on Thursday.
interrogators will conduct an age test on the boy before initiating legal
proceedings, they said. According to investigators, Fayaz, the self-styled
district chief of Hizbul Mujahideen’s Kulgam wing, had passed on a grenade to
one Muzammil for lobbing
a crowded place in Jammu. As Muzammil developed cold feet, he was asked to pass
it on to the boy who was codenamed “chhotu”.
a local court on Friday also granted four days’ police remand of Yasir Javed
Bhat, who was allegedly involved in the crime.
United States and India have separately called upon Pakistan to ensure its
post-Pulwama crackdown on terrorists was “sustained, irreversible” and not
“cosmetic” as in the past when apprehended individuals and shut down facilities
returned to normal when the glare of global scrutiny shifted away.
United States notes these steps,” said Robert Palladino, the US state
department spokesperson, on Thursday about the ongoing crackdown in Pakistan.
“...and we continue to urge Pakistan to take sustained, irreversible action
against terrorist groups that will prevent future attacks and that will promote
added: “And we reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its UN Security
Council obligations to deny terrorists safe haven and block their entry to
an Indian official told reporters at a background briefing that Pakistan has
staged such crackdowns — “professed actions” — before. “Whether these actions
are cosmetic or credible is yet to be seen,” the official said of the current
actions, adding that India would be looking for “credible and verifiable
soldier of the army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) was kidnapped
from his home in Qazipora Chadoora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district by
kidnapped soldier has been identified as Mohammad Yasin Bhat. The incident took
place late on Friday evening.
and army launched a manhunt to trace the soldier.
said that Bhat was at his home at Qazipora when some unidentified gunmen
abducted him from his house. Soon after police came to know about abduction of
the soldier, a joint police and army team was send to village and search
operation was launched in the area.
said that Bhat was on leave from Febuary 26 till March 30.
June, an army soldier Aurangzeb of 44 Rashtriya Rifles posted in south
Kashmir’s Shopian district was abducted by militants and his bullet-riddled
body was found 10 kilometers away from the place of kidnapping.
Raymond Thomas, the Commander of the US Special Operations Command, met Army
chief General Bipin Rawat here Friday, during which the two officers
deliberated on the developing regional security environment and discussed
Pakistan’s “continued support to terrorism”, according to a statement.
emphasised on the need for furthering military cooperation in the field of
technology and military-to-military exchanges between the two countries.
the generals deliberated on the developing regional security environment, issue
of global terrorism and Pakistan’s continued support to terrorism was also
discussed,” the statement said.
visit of the senior US Army officer comes days after the Indian Air Force
struck at the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near
Balakot, deep inside Pakistan, on February 26.
day later Pakistan also retaliated by attempting to target Indian military
installations. However, the IAF thwarted the plan.
Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed
responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, in which 40
personnel were killed.
statement further said in the current scenario, the Indian Army remains fully
prepared for emerging challenges.
after the Central government banned the Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir,
under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the government is said to be
considering a curb on the online presence of the organisation, accusing it of
using social media platforms to propagate its ideology and garner support.
on inputs by agencies, the government is set to give its nod to block the
organisation’s website — jamaateislamijk.org — and plans to curb Jamaat’s
social media activities on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, sources said.
a tribunal led by a judge will look into the Home Ministry’s ban order, the
Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) is allegedly misusing the social media platforms to build
a narrative against the government’s order. The notification banning JeI for
five years was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS),” a senior
government official said.
JeI’s Twitter handle has more than 5,800 followers, and on Thursday it had
tweeted a photograph showing the organisation’s central offices being sealed.
The post stated, “…Jamaat has already announced to challenge this arbitrary ban
on our right peaceful assembly and religious freedom in the court of law.”
Facebook, the organisation has termed the ban by the Centre as
“unconstitutional” and “undemocratic”. The Facebook page, according to details
available on its profile, was started in January 2013.
Jamaat-e-Islami had earlier been banned, for two years, in 1975, and in April
1990 for three years.
its order, the MHA had cited Jamaat’s close association with the All-Party
Hurriyat Conference (APHC) for the move to make it unlawful.
conglomerate of organisations with separatist and terrorist leanings, APHC has
been ideologically supporting Pakistan-sponsored violent terrorism. JeI
(J&K) was instrumental behind APHC with the support of Pakistan,” according
to the ministry.
MHA official said, “This organisation has nothing to do with the Jamaat-e-Islami
Hind [formed at the time of Independence]. In 1953, JeI J&K enacted its own
constitution. It is the main organisation responsible for propagation of
separatist and radical ideology in Kashmir valley. The group is also
responsible for formation of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), the biggest terror
organisation active in Jammu and Kashmir.”
intelligence reports, an official said, “JeI provides all kinds of support to
HM in terms of recruits, funding, shelter, logistics and with the support of
Pakistan. HM is actively spearheading terrorist activities in Kashmir.”
declaring it an “unlawful organisation”, the Centre had reasoned that the group
was looking at escalating its subversive activities, including attempts to
carve out an Islamic state out of India by de-establising the government
established law, sources said.
to MHA, the JeI has a large number of cadres in south Kashmir, where militant
activities have been on the rise, particularly after the encounter-killing of
HM militant Burhan Wani in 2016.
sizeable section of JeI (J&K) cadres overtly worked for militant
organisations, especially HM. Its cadres are actively involved in subversive
activities of HM by providing hideouts. HM’s strong presence in the area of
influence of JeI is a clear reflection of separatist and radical ideology of
the outfit,” another MHA official said.
takes over five Karachi seminaries as crackdown continues
In continuation of its crackdown on the banned outfits under the under the
National Action Plan (NAP), the government has taken control of five more
religious seminaries in Karachi.
countrywide action against these outfits was decided in a National Security
Committee meeting in the aftermath of Pulwama attack which the
Jaish-e-Mohammed, an outfit based in Pakistan, took credit for.
drive is also in compliance with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) demand
for curbing terror financing and money-laundering.
the lastest action on Friday, Sindh’s auqaf department took the administrative
control of “Riyazul Janna in North Karachi, Jamaatul Aman, Huzaifa bin Eman in
North Nazimabad, and Madrassa Maaz bin Jabal in Landhi and Jamaa Masjid Hunain
Sindh government had already taken over 56 seminaries, schools and hospitals
over the past three days.
all, 31 schools, 16 madressahs and nine hospitals associated with the banned
groups were seized across the province. Of them, 10 schools, nine seminaries
and five hospitals were situated in Karachi division, three schools and a
hospital in Hyderabad district, two schools and a seminary in Matiari, a school
in Jamshoro, three schools and a hospital in Mirpurkhas, four schools in
Sanghar, a school in Tando Allahyar, three schools and a madressah in Badin, a
school, two hospitals and a seminary in Tharparkar, a madressah in Naushahro
Feroze, two schools and three madressahs were situated in Benazirabad and one
school was functioning in Kambar-Shahdadkot district.
Punjab alone, the provincial authorities took over control of 529 properties of
the banned outfits and arrested more than 100 of their activists. Most of the
assets belonged to JuD and JeM.
Rawalpindi alone, the government sealed a hospital and three dispensaries run
by the proscribed organisations. The district administration told journalists
that law enforcement agencies sealed the establishments being run by the banned
security agencies also sealed seven shops and seized an ambulance during the
Thursday, the federal government decided to place eight banned outfits from
medium risk to high-risk category during an official meeting regarding
implementation on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations on
anti-money laundering and counter terror financing for Pakistan, media reports
to details, these organisations include Daesh (Islamic State), Al Qaeda,
Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan, Haqqani Network, Jamaatud Dawa, Falah-e-Insaniat
Foundation and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
government has directed the departments concerned to take action against these
high-risk banned outfits. The decision was taken during FATF General Committee
meeting which was chaired by Finance Secretary Arif Ahmed. The session also
reviewed FATF’s recommendations and progress on their implementation.
As the American media warn that the Kashmir dispute could lead to a nuclear
conflict in South Asia, a senior US general says terrorists continue to stoke
tensions between India and Pakistan.
too in a meeting with Senator Mitt Romney told the senior lawmaker, who now
heads the Senate’s Subcommittee on South Asia, that peace in the region would
remain elusive if the Kashmir dispute was not resolved, but General Joseph
Votel, who leads the US Central Command (CENTCOM), underscored the need to
fight militancy for restoring peace in the region.
operating out of Pakistan and Afghanistan continue to threaten Afghan stability
as well as stoke tensions between Pakistan and India,” the general told the US
House Committee on Armed Services on Thursday afternoon.
New York Times (NYT) editorial on Friday, however, alerted the international
community that the ongoing conflict between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed
neighbours could have dangerous consequences.
two countries have crossed into dangerous territory, with India attacking
Pakistan and engaging in aerial duels. The next confrontation, or the one after
that, could be far more unthinkable,” the NYT wrote.
a step ahead, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) warned that India and Pakistan were
“flirting with nuclear disaster”.
article in the Atlantic magazine suggested that both countries were hiding facts
from their people while working quietly to prevent a war.
the international community expedites efforts to reduce India-Pakistan
tensions, Islamabad’s envoy in Washington Asad Majeed Khan has reached out to
US lawmakers to explain his country’s positions. “Lasting peace and stability
in South Asia would remain elusive as long as India continues to deny the
people of Occupied Kashmir their legitimate right to self-determination,” he
told Senator Romney. “Pakistan desires to resolve the core regional dispute
through dialogue,” he said.
the congressional hearing, Gen Votel who, as CENTCOM commander, supervises
Washington’s military strategy for the Pak-Afghan region, said the US security
assistance to Pakistan remained suspended, but some military cooperation
activities continued, demonstrating “the importance of military cooperation,
despite challenges in the bilateral relationship”.
presents the US with challenges and opportunities in the execution of our South
Asia Strategy,” he said. “As a state possessing nuclear weapons that sits at
the nexus of Russian, Chinese, Indian, Iranian and US geopolitical interests,
Pakistan will always be a country of importance to the US.”
Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan convener Dr Farooq Sattar has urged
the military leadership not to doubt loyalties of Mohajirs [Urdu-speaking
people] in the wake of past incidents. They [Mohajirs] should be given their
due space in politics.
said those whose forefathers had created Pakistan should be allowed to play
their role in the country’s uplift like their elders did in its creation.
Sattar was speaking at the ‘Afwaj-i-Pakistan Yakjehti Rally’ outside the local
press club on Friday.
said that people of Hyderabad, Karachi and other parts of Sindh would not
hesitate in sacrificing their lives for the defence of Pakistan. He said that
PAF pilot Hassan Siddiqui had made the nation proud by downing an Indian
armed forces are capable of doing so many things. If armed forces are
protecting eastern and western borders, the MQM of 1986 will fight those who
are trying to play in the hands of India and will make the country’s defence
invincible,” he said, and asked those supporting India and so-called
nationalists to talk sense.
Sattar said that his party would empower women so that they could play their
due role in the health and education sectors and in improving the country’s
especially males, would have to concentrate on their education because use of
mobile phone would not help solve problems, he added.
advised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sit on the negotiation table and
put an end to the 70-year-old bickering. He argued that a solution to the
Kashmir issue must be found because this problem had stalled pace of
development in the region.
observed that the armed forces of Pakistan never got provoked by Indian
aggression though their patience had always been tested. “The entire world
realises that the Pakistan army is making peace overtures despite facing
aggression” he said, adding that this had improved Pakistan’s image globally.
called for resolving the Kashmir issue in line with the aspirations of Kashmiri
The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) and British High Commission on
Friday agreed to take concrete steps to stem financial aid to terrorism
activities, ARY News reported.
understanding was reached during a seminar organised by the two entities in
Islamabad. Experts from both the sides discussed the national and international
laws against terrorism financing.
British High Commission assured the Nacta of full cooperation to stop financial
assistance being given to terrorists.
the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) praised Pakistan progress
for combating money laundering and terrorism financing and termed the steps
taken by the country satisfactory.
FATF had placed Pakistan on a money laundering “grey list” early in 2018 but
given it time to take action against further downgrade.
June 2018, when Pakistan made a high-level political commitment to work with
the FATF to strengthen its anti money laundering/combating financing of
terrorism regime and to address its strategic counter-terrorist
financing-related deficiencies, Pakistan has taken steps towards improving the
regime, including by operationalising the integrated database for its currency declaration
regime,” the body said in a statement.
statement, however, urged for more steps to the work that remains to be done.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan says his country
will never recognize Israel, which he said is the Pakistani nation’s “number
will never recognize Israel. Israel is Pakistan’s number one enemy,” said Khan
in a public session in parliament on Thursday.
comments come in response to recent comments made by Pakistan’s former military
ruler, Pervez Musharraf.
at a news conference in the Emirati city of Dubai earlier, the self-exiled
Musharraf had called for a strengthening of Islamabad’s relations with the Tel
Aviv regime in a bid to counter Pakistan’s arch-rival India.
however, ruled out any such scenario, reiterating that the Pakistani nation was
united in its decision not to recognize Israel.
Pakistani people will strongly resist those who will even talk of having
friendship with Israel,” the minister stressed.
statements echoed earlier comments made by Pakistan’s United Nations Ambassador
Maleeha Lodhi rejecting any relations with Tel Aviv and highlighting her
country’s commitment to Palestine.
Pakistani lawmaker and head of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Syed Khurshid
Ahmed Shah has also recently said that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan
will not ever “make the mistake” of recognizing Israel.
last January, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal ruled out
any prospect of opening ties with Israel and described Pakistan as being
supportive of the rights of the Palestinian people.
this week, Pakistan’s leading English-language newspaper Dawn cited a
high-ranking government source as saying that Israel had assisted India in its
recent confrontation with Pakistan following a car bombing that killed at least
40 Indian paramilitary forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14.
Philippines — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday met a
Filipino Muslim rebel leader who has become a regional governor under a
Malaysian-brokered peace deal, telling him while it's easier to shoot and kill
than to develop a nation, prosperity can only happen in the absence of war.
Islamic Liberation Front rebel chairman Murad Ebrahim said Mahathir pledged
during their meeting in Manila that his country will help ensure the success of
the peace accord that transformed him and other rebel commanders last month
into administrators of a conflict-wracked Muslim autonomous region in the
met Murad on the last day of his visit to Manila, where he held talks with
President Rodrigo Duterte on a wide range of issues, including combatting
Islamic State-linked militants in the largely Roman Catholic nation's southern
region of Mindanao.
Minister Mahathir told him it's easy to shoot and kill, but it's difficult to
develop. Chairman Murad said 'Yes, that is the next level of our struggle, how
to develop and transform our revolutionary organization,'" said Nabil Tan,
a Philippine official who joined the meeting.
said Mahathir told him, "If there is peace, then everything will come ...
He really encouraged us."
explained to him our priorities, the challenges. Part of the challenges is our
transformation from revolutionaries to this governance. We want to have
programs that will benefit the people," Murad told The Associated Press.
the peace deal brokered by Malaysia, Murad's group gave up its goal of a
separate Muslim state in exchange for broader autonomy. The 40,000 fighters and
at least 7,000 firearms that Murad's group has declared are to be demobilized
starting this year in three phases depending on progress in the agreement's
first huge batch of about 12,000 guerrillas and their firearms would be
demobilized in two to three months, Murad said.
people, including fierce Muslim commanders still facing criminal cases for past
attacks, were sworn in last month to comprise 41 of 80 regional administrators,
who would lead a transition government for the five-province region called
Bangsamoro until regular leaders are elected in 2022.
picked his representatives, along with Muslim rebels from another group, to
fill the rest of the transition authority, which will also act as a regional
Philippine and Western governments see effective Muslim autonomy as an antidote
to nearly half a century of Muslim secessionist violence, which the Islamic
State group could exploit to gain a foothold in the region.
replaces an existing poverty-wracked autonomous region of more than 3.7 million
people with a larger, better-funded and more powerful entity. An annual grant,
which could reach more than $1 billion, is to be set aside to bolster
development in a region that has little infrastructure and is deeply scarred by
decades of fighting.
but more violent groups aligned with the Islamic State group like the Abu
Sayyaf still threaten the region.
talks with Mahathir on Thursday, Duterte thanked Malaysia for brokering the
peace talks. The Malaysian leader pledged to continue helping.
team of 28 international peace monitors will remain in the south until all
Muslim guerrillas have demobilized under the peace deal, Malaysian officials
said. The European Union, Japan and Brunei have contributed personnel to the
peacekeeping contingent, which has been credited for enforcing a yearslong
ceasefire and helping ease major fighting in the past.
number of Islamic and Betawi organizations staged a rally on Friday to support
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s efforts to relinquish the Jakarta
administration’s shares in beer firm PT Delta Djakarta.
Central Jakarta Police deployed some 900 personnel to secure the rally, which
was held by members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), Islam Defender Troop
(LPI) and Jawara Betawi in front of the City Council building on Jl. Kebon Sirih
in Central Jakarta.
Jakarta provincial government has owned a 26.25 percent share in the firm since
ownership in the beer producer was part of Anies’ campaign promise in the 2017
gubernatorial election, reportedly to win the vote of conservative Muslims.
Anies’ recommendation to release the shares has been opposed by some members of
the City Council, with speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi arguing that they
contributed significantly to the capital’s income.
countered the claim by saying that the shares contributed as much notorious
night club and hotel Alexis before it was closed down in March 2018.
receives around Rp 38 billion [US$2.6 million] in dividends from the shares;
that is similar to the tax paid by Alexis, around Rp 36 billion,” Anies said in
Pondok Labu, South Jakarta.
Philippine security forces on Friday launched an air strike on a hideout where
militants were suspected of plotting a major new terror attack.
bombing raid targeted the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in an area of Sulu province
where ASG leader Radulan Sahiron, another senior chief Hajan Sawadjaan, and an
estimated 200 fighters were believed to have been gathered.
Sawadjaan has been tagged as the mastermind of the Jan. 27 suicide attack on a
Roman Catholic cathedral which killed 23 people and injured more than 100.
Col. Gerald Monfort, spokesman for the army’s 11th Infantry (Alakdan) Division,
said that military operations commenced at 6.40 a.m. after the presence of ASG
terrorists was confirmed in Barangay Kabbon Takas, Patikul town.
is located near the provincial capital Jolo, where the bombings of Our Lady of
Mount Carmel Cathedral took place. Following the deadly attack — allegedly
carried out by two Indonesian suicide bombers with the help of local ASG
members — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his military to crush
the militant group. The army said Friday’s offensive was part of that
have stepped up our tactical offensives against the ASG following the monitored
and validated consolidation of the ASG terrorists in the hinterland of
Patikul,” said Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo Jr., commander of the Joint Task
Force (JTF) Sulu.
military strike was launched before the ASG could carry out whatever terrorist
action it was planning, added Pabayo, which he believed to be “something big”
based on the number of fighters that had been gathered.
said the JTF Sulu had been in the area for a few days prior to launching the
attack on the hideout. “Radulan Sahiron and Hajan Sawadjaan, the ASG main
leaders, were reported to be in the consolidation area planning to launch
terror acts,” he added.
Philippine Army said “selective aerial bombardment” was carried out as the
combined ground forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) moved in
for the final assault.
AFP’s Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) said the result of the bombing raid
has yet to be determined as clearing operations were continuing.
also remains tight in Jolo to prevent any possible ASG attack aimed at
diverting the AFP’s attention away from the intensified military operations.
commander, Lt. Gen. Arnel B. Dela Vega, said pursuit operations were
continuously being conducted by JTF Sulu troops. He asked people to pray for
the safe return home of soldiers involved in the operations against the ASG
militants in Sulu.
vowed that JTF Sulu would “never lose focus” in hunting down the terrorists who
had been “wreaking havoc” in the region. He said that earlier this week
government forces had arrested an ASG “spotter” during a combined operation in
Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province.
Mahmor, a follower of ASG sub-leader Idang Susukan and previously Galib Andang
(alias “Commander Robot”), was arrested on March 4. He is tagged in the
abduction of the former mayor of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay, Gemma Adana.
also reportedly took part in the 2000 Sipadan kidnappings when ASG militants
seized 21 European and Malaysian tourists and Filipino resort workers.
of Taliban militants including one of their commanders were killed during the
operations of Afghan Special Forces and airstrikes which were conducted in the
past 24 hours.
to the informed military sources, the operations were conducted in Kundu,
Logar, Ghazni, and Wardak provinces.
sources further added that the Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in
province killing 25 Taliban fighters and destroying a weapons cache.
Afghan Special Forces conducted a similar raid in Charkh district of Logar
province killing 13 Taliban fighters, the sources added.
the meantime, the security forces conducted airstrikes in Andar district of
Ghazni and Jagahtoo district of Wardak province leaving two Taliban group
members dead including one of the local commanders.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that NATO has a presence in
Afghanistan to create conditions for peace and send a clear message to Taliban
that they will not win on the battlefield.
made the remarks during a press conference with the President of Poland on
support the peace efforts. We are there to create the conditions for peace. To
send a clear message to the Taliban that they will not win on the battlefield,
but they have to sit down at the negotiating table and reach a political
agreement,” he said. The NATO Secretary General further added that for any
peace to be sustainable, it will need to be built on the achievements that have
been made in recent years, including on human rights and the rights of women.
senior leaders of Taliban have been killed during the airstrikes which were
conducted in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Afghan
military said Thursday.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North announced that the
airstrikes were carried out at around 10:20 am local time on Wednesday against
the hideouts and commander and control center of Qari Wali Mohammad and
Najeebullah alias Haroon. According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen
Corps, at least 6 Taliban militants including the leaders of the group were
killed and 3 others were wounded in the airstrikes.
statement further added that a fighting position, the command and control
center of Taliban, and another compound of Taliban were destroyed in the
209th Shaheen Corps also added that a clash also broke out between Taliban
militants and security forces at around 1:30 pm local time in Pesta and
Malraghai areas of Khanabad district, leaving 4 militants dead and 6 others
Mar 8 (UNB) — Qawmi Madrasa students are getting government jobs after the
Dawrae Hadith certificate was given master’s degree status, Information
Minister Hasan Mahmud said Friday.
government also provided jobs to the madrasa students,” he said at the 5th anniversary
of Bangladesh United Islami Party (BUIP) at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.
established around 73,000 ‘maktab’-based madrasas. A teacher has been appointed
at every ‘maktab’ (pre-school for religious education) and they are getting
government salary,” he said.
accused the BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami of using Islam for political
the other hand, the Awami League government is setting up mosques in every
upazila. The tender process for 250 mosques is complete,” he added.
Mahmud said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set up the Imam-Muezzin Trust in 1996.
She gave Tk10 crore to the fund after returning to power. “She has fulfilled
the Islamic scholars’ demands,” he said.
calls Democrats 'anti-Israel' and 'anti-Jewish'
President Donald Trump has called Democrats "anti-Israel" and
"anti-Jewish" after the House of Representatives passed a resolution
condemning bigotry and hate.
House Thursday passed the resolution after backlash from a number of factions
across the Democratic Party forced changes to a bill that originally focused on
anti-Semitism and remarks about Israel by a Muslim American congresswoman.
resolution passed in the lower chamber of Congress overwhelmingly, 407 to 23,
with all Democrats voting in favor including Representative Ilhan Omar herself,
whose legitimate criticism of Israel has been deemed anti-Semitic by some
colleagues and exposed deep fault lines among Democrats.
members of Congress and Americans we have a solemn, urgent responsibility to
fight to end the scourge of bigotry, racism and hatred in our country,"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during the debate on the resolution.
before leaving the White House to tour tornado damage in Alabama on Friday,
said he thought the vote was "disgraceful."
Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They've become an anti-Jewish
party," he told reporters.
thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful,” Trump said. “I thought
that vote was a disgrace, and so does everybody else if you get an honest
joined the two other Muslims in Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson, in
praising the measure's passage.
Kayyem, a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security
under President Barack Obama, is faculty chair of the homeland security program
at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
wasn’t long ago that the question of what to call Islamic State-inspired
terrorists turned Democrats into verbal gymnasts. The term “radical Islamic
terrorists” was shunned by those who feared that it too easily vilified a
religion and was too likely to alienate our Muslim allies in the fight against
global terrorism. In the Barack Obama years, we were often compelled to use
words such as “violent extremism” instead, though the very vagueness of the
phrase risked muting the necessary actions needed to counter the threat from
those using violence in the name of Islam. It was, from a personal perspective,
an exhausting exercise.
the 2016 election approached, then-candidate Donald Trump weaponized this habit
and drove it home. “These are radical Islamic terrorists, and she won’t even
mention the word, and nor will President Obama,” he said, referring to Hillary
Clinton at a presidential debate in October 2016. “Now, to solve a problem, you
have to be able to state what the problem is, or at least say the name.”
an ideology out for what animates it gives clarity to the public. It allows the
public to see the threat as a trend rather than an aberration. And it isn’t as
if leaders of Muslim nations don’t know that terrorism is being invoked in
when it comes to homegrown forms of terrorism, Trump officials not only won’t
name the problem; they also will barely talk about it.
has been several weeks since Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, a neo-Nazi member
of the U.S. Coast Guard, was arrested for allegedly planning attacks “to murder
innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” according to
government charging documents. At his home in Silver Spring, investigators
found 15 guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition but cautioned that their
investigation was just beginning. Inspired by the Norwegian right-wing
extremist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, Hasson had, federal agents
said, compiled his own hit list of Democratic leaders and media figures. A key
piece of evidence against Hasson: He would allegedly log on to his work
computer and search previous mass murders.
apart from statements by the prosecutors, both the Justice Department and armed
services have been exceptionally quiet about Hasson and the problem he
represents. Trump, in response to a question, merely stated, “I think it’s a
a president who found a way to both-sides a neo-Nazi rally, the hypocrisy is
not surprising. But by failing to name Hasson’s white supremacist ideology, the
military risks missing dangerous subcultures in its force structure and then
finding ways to remove them.
there is a trend. A Military Times poll in 2017 found that about 22 percent of
service members have seen evidence of “white nationalism or racist ideology
within the armed forces.” For nonwhite service members, the figure exceeded 50
percent. Respondents noted racist and anti-Semitic language in casual
conversations, tattoos aligned with white power groups, Confederate flag
displays and swastika graffiti as evidence of hate-filled ideology.
the military has reported to Congress that only 18 members, out of 1.3 million
serving each year, have been discharged or disciplined for racist activity
figures suggest that the uniformed military services view this problem in terms
of actionable cases, not as a systemic ideology to be identified and discarded,
root and stem.
the gap between having hate-filled or racist views and engaging in conduct
worthy of a discharge or discipline remains large, these polling numbers are
not reassuring. The military — an institution that has often led the way on
America’s path toward inclusion — needs to address the racism in its midst and
the forces that can lead to radicalization. Those who hate cannot be permitted
to use the skills they learn — weaponry, discipline, secrecy — while in uniform
or after as veterans.
Hasson saga should lead the services to look harder for warning signs during a
soldier’s recruitment and service. Federal officials reported Hasson had been
an extremist for years and allegedly fed his hatred at work: He contacted other
like-minded souls from his office computer. How widespread is this problem? The
Pentagon needs to find out more than it knows.
it can start by giving the problem a name: the alt-right in uniform. White
nationalism in uniform. Military racist extremism. Call it something. Just
don’t ignore it.
A Canadian man sentenced to 40 years in prison without the possibility of
parole for the killing of six worshippers at a Quebec mosque in January 2017
has launched an appeal, local media reported Friday.
Bissonnette was convicted on February 8 to life imprisonment for the murders,
the deadliest attack on a Muslim place of worship in the West.
January 29 2017, Bissonette opened fire on around 40 men and four children who
were chatting after prayers in the grand hall of the ground floor, killing six
men and seriously wounding five others.
their appeal at the Quebec courthouse, Bisonnette’s lawyers argued that Judge
Francois Hout had imposed “an illegal punishment, manifestly unreasonable and
not indicated in ordering 40 years imprisonment before being eligible for
parole,” according to the public Radio-Canada.
verdict, preventing Bissonnette from applying for parole before his 67th
birthday, was considered too lenient by the president of the mosque, Boufeldja
US is reportedly withdrawing extremists and their family members from Daesh's
last stronghold in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province to camps in western Iraq which
an Iraqi analyst has called the “new Guantanamo”.
years after Daesh swept across Syria and Iraq, all that remains of the
“caliphate” that at its peak stretched across two countries and controlled 10
million people is a handful of streets in a bend of the Euphrates river running
through the desert town of Baghuz.
from the east and the west by advancing US-backed SDF militants and by the
Syrian army and Russia, the self-proclaimed caliphate is a hellscape of smoke
and fire. There is nowhere left for the fighters to go.
1,000 and 1,500 men are believed to be still inside the riverside pocket, along
with an unknown number of women and children.
the US-led coalition is reportedly evacuating the enclave and moving the
terrorists and their family members to camps in western Iraq.
security analyst Hazem al-Bawi says the US is seeking to create a new
Guantanamo Bay camp, similar to the notorious one in Cuba.
to al-Bawi, the US is pressurizing the Iraqi government to create camps for
accommodating thousands of Daesh family members in the desert areas of western
Iraq, but there are concerns that the camps would turn into a new Guantanamo.
government must prevent the US from finding a new pretext for prolonging its
presence in Iraq through accommodation of terrorists in these new camps,” the
Guantanamo detention camp is a United States military prison located on the
coast of Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, where many terror suspects have been kept
indefinitely without charge amid reports of torture.
earlier promises by US President Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump to
shut down the notorious prison, the latter said in January that he had signed a
new executive order to keep it open.
US has accused Iran of violating the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by
testing one of its ballistic missiles and launching two satellites, urging the
world body to restore “tougher international sanctions” against the Islamic
a letter to the 15-member council, acting US Ambassador to the United Nations
Jonathan Cohen said Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile on Dec. 1,
2018, and attempted to place satellites in orbit on Jan. 15 and Feb. 5.
has carried out these three launches in defiance of the expressed will of the
UN Security Council, and such provocations continue to destabilize the entire
Middle East region,” Cohen claimed.
letter called upon the council to “join us in imposing real consequences on
Iran for its flagrant defiance of the council’s demands and bring back tougher
international restrictions to deter Iran’s missile program.”
US claims about Iran’s violation come as Washington turned into a “gross
violator of the resolution” after unlawfully leaving the 2015 nuclear deal with
Iran, and imposing unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
2231 terminated the provisions of previous UN resolutions against Iran, some of
which had imposed restrictions on Iranian missile activities.
activities are not prohibited under Resolution 2231, which merely "calls
on" Iran “to refrain from any activity related to ballistic missiles
designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”
has always emphasized that it has no nuclear warheads and that none of its
missiles have been designed to carry nuclear weapons.
remarks made on Thursday, IRGC deputy commander Brigadier General Hossein
Salami said the Islamic Republic is increasing its military power in order to
counter any type of threat posed by its adversaries.
the Islamic Republic has learned that it must respond to the enemy's war on the
Islamic Revolution ... with the language of force and in the
battleground," he said.
also noted that the country’s defense power is being strengthened with a rapid
and unstoppable pace.
General Kiumars Heidari, the commander of the Iranian Army’s ground forces,
also said on Thursday that the country’s military is more prepared than ever,
and has upgraded all its equipment based on the state-of-the-art technologies.
the enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran make any stupid move, our response
will be strong and crushing,” he noted.
the Iranian armed forces, the Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)
and other military forces are stronger than ever, and the enemies would be eliminated
in a very short time if make any stupid move,” General Heidari warned.
warning came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued another
military threat against Iran, this time saying that the regime’s navy could
take action against Iranian oil shipments.
at a graduation ceremony of Israeli navy cadets in Haifa on Wednesday,
Netanyahu claimed that Iran was trying to “covertly” ship fuel over maritime
routes to “circumvent” unilateral US sanctions.
the extent that these attempts widen, the navy will have a more important role
in blocking these Iranian actions,” Netanyahu threatened.
Israeli premier also urged the international community “to stop Iran’s attempts
to circumvent the sanctions by sea, and of course, by any (other) means.”
is while the international community has been critical of Washington’s
withdrawal in May 2018 from the nuclear deal and the ensuing re-imposition of
the economic sanctions, which had been lifted under the nuclear deal.
on the sidelines of an anti-Iran meeting in Warsaw last month, Netanyahu openly
called for “war with Iran.”
addition, he frequently threatens to target Iranian military advisers in Syria,
where they are helping the Arab country in its fight against Israeli-backed
August 2018, the Israeli prime minister threatened Iran with “atomic
annihilation” right from the regime’s secretive atomic weapons facility.
face more discrimination than any other religious group in the United States,
according to a poll of registered voters published Friday.
by political website The Hill and market research and consulting services
company HarrisX, it found that 85 percent of respondents believe Muslims face
discrimination while 79 percent said Jews are discriminated against.
61 percent of respondents said Christians face discrimination, while 55 percent
said atheists face discrimination.
poll’s release comes during a week in which an anti-hate resolution was passed
in Congress to condemn anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry.
three Congressional Muslims hailed its passage, calling it "historic on
the first time we have voted on a resolution condemning anti-Muslim bigotry in
our nation’s history," Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson
said in a statement.
resolution made its way onto the House floor in the wake of comments made by
Omar criticizing Israel, sparking outrage among critics, who said the remarks
want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK
for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country," Omar said at a
town hall last week, referring to Israel.
many in Congress slammed her comments, including Rep. Eliot Engel, who called
them "unacceptable and deeply offensive", some lawmakers came to her
of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of
Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements
about Latinx + other communities," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on
United States Saturday issued a travel warning for its citizens visiting India
due to “terrorism and civil unrest” in the country. It also asked Americans not
to go within 10 kilometres of the border with Pakistan “due to the potential
for armed conflict.”
level-2 travel alert comes in the wake of tensions between India and Pakistan,
that escalated after the Jaish-e-Mohammad carried out a terrorist attack on a
CRPF vehicle in Pulwama on February 14, killing 40 personnel.
House bureau chief Steve Herman said on Twitter Saturday: “US issues Level 2
travel alert for #India — “exercise increased caution,” warning Americans to
not visit most of Jammu and Kashmir due to “terrorism and civil unrest” and not
go within 10 km of the border with #Pakistan “due to the potential for armed
that some areas have increased risk, the US asked its citizens to exercise
increased caution in India due to “crime and terrorism”. However, the country
has made an exception for tourists visiting the eastern Ladakh region and its
Level 2 alert suggests ‘exercise increased caution’, Level 3 means ‘reconsider
travel’. Level 1 advises travellers to exercise normal precaution, while Level
4 recommends “Do Not Travel”.
advisory stated that “terrorists may attack with little or no warning,
targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and
rape cases as another reason for the advisory, the US government said, “Indian
authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent
crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other
to J&K, the advisory said, “Sporadic violence occurs particularly along the
Line of Control (LOC) separating India and Pakistan, and in tourist
destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. The Indian
government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the
further said, “India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both
sides of the border. The only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for
persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab
between Atari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan. The border crossing is usually open,
but confirm the current status of the border crossing prior to commencing
travel. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only US citizens
residing in India may apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise, apply for
a Pakistani visa in your country of residence before travelling to India.”
advisory also said that US government employees are prohibited from visiting
some of the northeastern states in India. “Incidents of violence by ethnic
insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets,
occur occasionally in the northeast. US government employees are prohibited
from travelling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland,
Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without special authorization from the U.S.
Consulate General in Kolkata,” it said.
their concerns over the “presence of Maoists groups in India”, the US
government said, “Maoist extremist groups, or ‘Naxalites’, are active in a
large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through
western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand
and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. The Naxalites have conducted
frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government
February, just after the deadly Pulwama attack, the US had urged its citizens
to reconsider their travel to Pakistan mainly due to terrorism and risks to
civil aviation operating within or near the country. “Reconsider travel to
Pakistan due to terrorism,” the State Department had said.
President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to appoint long-time ally Mohammad Shtayyeh
as prime minister in the next few days after backing by his Fatah party, senior
officials said Thursday.
view bringing in Shtayyeh to replace outgoing prime minister Rami Hamdallah as
part of Abbas’s efforts to further isolate his political rivals Hamas, who run
the Gaza Strip.
central committee of Fatah backed Shtayyeh to take over the post during a
meeting earlier this week, the senior officials said on condition of anonymity.
recommendation is not binding on Abbas, but he is expected to back the
decision, the officials said.
born in 1958, is a long-term Abbas ally and member of the Fatah central
would replace Hamdallah, who was politically independent.
has been part of a number of Palestinian negotiating teams in US-brokered talks
with Israel, and is a former government minister.
is also an academic and economics professor.
government submitted its resignation in late January, though it has continued
on an interim basis.
Abbas remains the primary decision-maker and interlocutor with the
politics has essentially been paralyzed since 2007, when Hamas movement seized
control of the Gaza Strip from Abbas’s forces in a near civil war, a year after
winning parliamentary elections.
then Abbas’s governments have maintained limited self-rule in the occupied West
Bank, while Hamas has led a rival administration in Gaza.
previous government was formed during a period of improved relations and had
the backing of Hamas.
government will instead be dominated by Fatah, though other smaller parties
will be represented. Hamas will not be included.
forces have killed one Palestinian and injured at least 42 others during
protests on the edge of the besieged Gaza Strip.
Health Ministry said a Palestinian had succumbed to the injuries he sustained
during clashes east of Rafah City in southern Gaza on Friday.
ministry added that 42 people, including women and children, had also been
wounded during the 50th week of the “Great March of Return” protests.
medics and two journalists were among those injured, according to the report.
have been running high in Gaza since March 30, when the protests started.
Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their
homeland by Israeli aggression. They also demand a halt to Israel’s inhumane
blockade of the Gaza Strip.
clashes in Gaza reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary
of Nakba Day, or the Day of Catastrophe, which coincided this year with
Washington’s relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem
than 260 Palestinians have so far been killed and at least 26,000 others
wounded in the Gaza clashes, according to the latest figures released by the
Gazan Health Ministry.
has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards.
Israel has launched three major wars against the enclave since 2008, killing
thousands of Gazans each time and shattering the impoverished territory’s
already poor infrastructure.
secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah says the
anti-Israel resistance front, thanks to solid and unwavering support from Iran
and Syria, has well managed to frustrate the Tel Aviv regime’s plots in the
Lebanese and Palestinian resistance groups, supported by Iran and Syria,
thwarted the project to pull the plug on the front. The steadfastness and
resilience demonstrated by Hezbollah in Lebanon, Gazans, Syria as well as Iran
foiled the fiendish plot against the region back in 2006,” Sayyed Hassan
Nasrallah said as he addressed his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live
from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Friday evening.
then praised the sacrifices made by all members of the Islamic Resistance
Support Association, especially the female members, over the past 30 years.
also condemned a recent decision by the British government to outlaw Hezbollah
in its entirety, stating that some countries would follow suit.
list us as a terrorist organization because they have failed in their military
confrontations and schemes, and are fearful of a new war. Hezbollah’s willpower
and might is getting stronger day by day indeed.
latest US sanctions are part of the psycho-economic war against us. We expect
further sanctions and punitive financial measures against Hezbollah and all its
allies in the Middle East. The financial difficulties, which the anti-Israel
axis of resistance is currently enduring, are part of the US-Israeli war on it.
We must weather difficulties through patience, tolerance and good management,”
further noted that the United States wants to achieve through economic war what
it has failed to accomplish via acts of aggression.
expressed hope that Hezbollah will eventually emerge victorious from the
ongoing financial war.
added that Hezbollah has managed to collect more than two million dollars in
donations for the crisis-hit Yemeni people, and transferred the money to
relevant authorities there to be distributed among needy people.
in his remarks, Nasrallah touched down on the fight against corruption in Lebanon,
stating that Hezbollah has launched the campaign in the country in order to
preserve its national victories.
have already announced that fighting corruption and reducing bureaucracy must
be among the major priorities of the incumbent Lebanese government. If the
economy is in the doldrums, then the government would collapse and everything
would be in disorder. We cannot stand idly by and watch Lebanon plunge into
chaos,” he commented.
underlined that Hezbollah will never sacrifice Lebanon’s national interests to
boost its own popularity, emphasizing that his movement will support any group
or party that would contribute to the battle against corruption.
NATIONS: An “overwhelming” number of UN Security Council members oppose
Israel’s decision to deduct money that Palestinians transfer to the families of
people killed, injured or imprisoned for attacks on Israel from their monthly
tax revenue, Kuwait’s UN ambassador said Friday.
Al-Otaibi told reporters after a closed-door council meeting that Israel’s
action was “in violation of existing bilateral agreements.”
Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt came to New York from Washington to defend close
told the council that the Palestinian Authority’s decision to reject the latest
tax transfer was only hurting the Palestinian people because they were
rejecting the 95 percent of the tax revenue that Israel is not withholding,
according to a diplomat at the meeting.
said it was “inappropriate” to focus on Israel, which was withholding 5 percent
to 7 percent of the monthly tax revenue because of the Palestinian Authority’s
“abhorrent practice” of paying that money “to terrorists and their families,”
the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions were
Palestinian Authority is refusing to accept over $150 million in revenue to
protest the fact that $11 million is being withheld, only to make a political
point,” the diplomat quoted Greenblatt as saying. “Does that sound like a
governing authority that is concerned with the welfare of its people?“
Mansour, who called for the Security Council consultations along with
Indonesia’s UN Ambassador Dian Djani, said the Palestinians “have the right ...
to do whatever they want with their money.”
said UN Mideast envoy Nikolay Mladenov, who briefed the council by video, said
“there is a need for mediation on this to solve it.”
said an “overwhelming” number of members on the 15-nation Security Council
“think that this is a unilateral decision, it’s not acceptable, it’s a
violation of the Oslo agreement and Paris protocol, and this is Palestinian
Djani said Israel’s suspension of international observers in Hebron coupled
with the withholding tax revenue were making things “more and more difficult
once again for the Palestinian people — so that’s why we are raising this
issue, because we don’t want to continue to escalate an issue.”
diplomat said Greenblatt told the council that members who disagree with
Israel’s decision to withhold the customs revenues were free to discuss it with
the Israeli government.
refuses to blacklist Hezbollah in defiance of US, Saudi pressure
has refused to follow Britain’s lead in designating the Lebanese resistance
movement Hezbollah as a terrorist organization despite pressures from Saudi
Arabia and the United States, a senior official says.
decision was announced on Friday by Minister of State Niels Annen in an
interview with weekly news magazine Der Spiegel after his visit to Lebanon.
described Hezbollah as “a relevant factor in Lebanese society”, and said
Germany “was interested in Lebanese stability.”
made the decision despite the fact that it may fuel tensions with Saudi Arabia
and the United States, which have been pressurizing their allies to ban the
rejected US criticism that Berlin was doing too little to combat Iran's
influence in the region and said his country's foreign policy remained focused
on finding political solutions even in tough situations.
British government last month designated the entire Hezbollah organization –
both its political and military wings – as a terrorist entity. It had
previously blacklisted Hezbollah's military apparatus as a "terrorist
strongly condemned the move, and described it as an insult to the Lebanese
British government, in this decision, insulted the sentiments and the free will
of the Lebanese people, who consider Hezbollah such a political and popular
force that they granted it big representation in Parliament and Cabinet,”
Hezbollah said in a statement released after the UK’s decision.
is strongly supported by the people of Lebanon and has a strong representation
in the country’s political process, especially after its victory in last year’s
elections, where it won over half of the parliamentary seats.
a result of the victory, it later gained control over three of 30 ministries in
the government led by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, the largest number ever.
remarks made earlier on Friday, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyid Hassan
Nasrallah condemned the British government’s decision to outlaw Hezbollah in
its entirety, stating that some countries would follow suit.
list us as a terrorist organization because they have failed in their military
confrontations and schemes, and are fearful of a new war. Hezbollah’s willpower
and might is getting stronger day by day indeed,” he noted.
has become increasingly angered by Hezbollah’s role in an anti-militancy
campaign in Syria, where London has for the past eight years supported
terrorist groups opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
has played a major role in helping Assad purge the Syrian territory from
terrorist groups. The intervention, once criticized inside Lebanon, has helped
the resistance movement increase its political clout as the group now controls
three ministries, a first in the history of the Lebanese government.
Israeli regime swiftly welcomed Britain’s decision, with Israeli Security
Minister Gilad Erdan saying in a tweet that the European Union, which unlike
the United States has opposed designation of Hezbollah as terrorist entity,
should follow suit.
on Friday slammed a decision by authorities in Belgium to block the prosecution
of 36 PKK-linked individuals.
a statement the Foreign Ministry said: “Despite evidence submitted by the
Federal Prosecutor of Belgium on the PKK’s terrorist nature, this decision, as
it stands, provides the terrorist organization with a very dangerous area of
Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said it was possible to appeal the decision in
the Belgium Court of Appeals.
will continue its legal fight determinedly,” he added.
expect our ally Belgium to act in line with counter-terrorism responsibilities
and take necessary steps in the fight against the PKK terrorist organization in
an effective manner," he concluded.
leader of the House of Commons has been urged to apologise for saying that
Islamophobia is an issue that should be taken up by the Foreign Office.
a letter addressed to Andrea Leadsome, MP Naz Shah expressed her concern at the
doing so, Andrea Leadsome played into the idea that Muslims born in our country
are ‘foreigners’ or somehow less British than the rest of us.
cannot express how damaging the consequences of this could be for the British
Muslim community,” Shah said.
who is also a member of the Cabinet, responded by saying her comments were in
regard to a “global definition of Islamophobia”.
Shah has argued that she specifically mentioned the definition of Islamophobia
in a report that was released by the All Party Parliamentary Group on British
Muslims and that her statement was addressing the crisis of Islamophobia in the
comment exposes a profound ignorance of race issues at the top of government.
This is not a trivial matter. In the face of rising hate crime and an
emboldened far-right movement here in Britain, how can the government hope to
combat racism when its own ministers seem to lack basic understanding of the
ways in which it manifests itself?” the Muslim MP said.
than seeking to make excuses, the right thing for Andrea Leadsome to do is
wholeheartedly apologise and grant this debate,” she added.
had been calling for a debate in the House of Commons on the rising issue of
Islamophobia within the Conservative party and throughout the U.K. as a whole
when Leadsome made the comment.
ruling Conservative Party came under fire this week, accused of being
institutionally Islamophobic following a string of incidents that led to the
suspension of members and the resignations of councillors accused of being
Sayeeda Warsi, a senior Tory peer in the House of Lords, publicly accused her
party of turning a blind eye to anti-Muslim prejudice within its ranks and
called on party officials to show leadership after Prime Minister Theresa May
and Chairman Brandon Lewis failed to do so.
first raised these matters three years ago,” Warsi told BBC Newsnight on
Tuesday. “I raised these privately, I’ve raised it with three successive
chairmen, I raised it in a letter to the prime minister in 2017.
the way in which this matter has just been pushed around from pillar to post,
not really taken seriously, not getting into dealing with issues until they
become very public on social media, has meant that the party has failed to deal
of her experience bringing up the issue with May, Warsi said that the prime
minister is not fond of discussing such matters openly with party colleagues.
Warsi added that it was difficult to engage May on the matter, describing her
response to Morsi’s letter as rather “odd and formal,” as if it had been
written by a civil servant.
simply passed me back to the party chairman at the time … we had two meetings
and each time he listened and then absolutely nothing was done, and I think
this is why I say this is an institutional issue,” Warsi added.
former Conservative Party co-chair also called out the Tories for reinstating a
member previously suspended for making Islamophobic comments and allowing him
to run in a local election.
has also gotten death threats for publicly raising these issues, she said,
including last April around the so-called “punish a Muslim” day when violent
literature was sent out to Muslim MPs threatening violence against them.
after the BBC interview, 14 members of the Conservative Party were suspended
for posting Islamophobic comments on a Tory Facebook group, including ones
saying “turf all Muslims out of public office” and “get rid of all
mosques", as well as ones attacking Home Secretary Sajid Javid and warning
against “voting for Islam.”
Wednesday, two Tory councillors resigned from the party after being found to
have endorsed Islamophobic posts on their Facebook accounts. Len Milner and
Chris Smith had “liked” a cartoon that depicted London Mayor Sadiq Khan being
beheaded by the queen. Another councillor was suspended for retweeting a
Twitter post praising Tommy Robinson, a well-known anti-Muslim activist.
recent suspensions and resignations are hardly the only examples of
Islamophobia within the party. Last November, in a piece in the Daily
Telegraph, former Foreign Secretary -- and likely aspirant for the prime
minister’s post -- Boris Johnson compared women who wear Muslim garb to “letter
boxes and bank robbers,” but a later internal inquiry by the party found he had
not committed any wrongdoing.
month, in a debate on the BBC on Islamophobia and the government’s response,
Tory MP Henry Smith claimed: “I’ve never come across any of that in the
Conservative party.” Smith’s denial of Islamophobia within the party showed
that he was “refusing to confront the issue,” according to Warsi.
the last three years, there has been a sharp rise in Islamophobia and
anti-Muslim hate crime in the U.K., with 2017 seeing a record number of attacks
against Muslims. In 2018 there were over 1,200 reports of Islamophobic attacks,
jumping 26 percent from the previous year.
leader calls on supporters to donate to the group
leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group is calling on his supporters to donate
funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from Western countries.
rare call came during a televised speech on Friday by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah,
a few days after Britain joined the United States in banning the group as a
US has increased its pressure on the group recently, placing several sets of
sanctions on Hezbollah and its regional backer, Iran.
resistance needs your support ... because we are in the heart of the struggle,”
Nasrallah said. He added that the group will face sanctions with “patience and
can survive this war,” he said.
62,000 uprooted in ISIS battle crowd Syria displacement camp
than 62,000 people uprooted by fighting around ISIS extremist group’s last
pocket in Syria have flooded al-Hol displacement camp in Syria, with 5,200
arriving between March 5-7 and thousands more expected, the United Nations said
camp has significantly surpassed its capacity, with the current population
exceeding 62,000 individuals. More than 90 per cent of the new arrivals are
women and children. Children represent the vast majority, 23 per cent are under
the age of 12 and 12 per cent are under the age of 5,” a UN report said.
Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir,
visited Pakistan on Thursday and held talks with the country’s top leaders, the
Kingdom’s official news agency SPA said.
the visit, al-Jubeir met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed
the meetings, they reviewed means to enhance bilateral relations in various
fields and discussed the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent
visit to Pakistan.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has escaped an assassination attempt by his
brother Bandar bin Salman, an Israeli newspaper reports.
Salman's brother had promised an officer in charge of protecting the crown
prince 10 million Saudi rials if he assassinated the powerful heir to rule the
kingdom, Makor Rishon reported earlier this week.
plot, however, was uncovered beforehand by bin Salman who ordered the arrest of
his brother and the security officer, it added.
report cannot be independently verified.
to the Israeli newspaper, a new security team described as a rapid response
unit had been formed to protect the crown prince inside the kingdom and abroad
following the plot.
alleged assassination attempt came after the British daily The Guardian
reported rising tensions between bin Salman and his father, King Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud, over important policy issues.
source told the newspaper that tensions between the king and the crown prince
dramatically increased late February when the former visited Egypt for a joint
summit between European Union and Arab League leaders at Sharm el-Sheikh.
to the paper, the king was warned by advisers of a potential move against him
to the extent that a new security team of more than 30 hand-picked loyalists
from the interior ministry was flown to Egypt to replace the existing team.
of the original security staff might have been loyal to the prince,” Guardian
quoted the source as saying.
prince's handling of the Saudi war on Yemen along with the murder of Saudi
dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi are said to have led to heightened rift
between the king and the crown prince, it said.
Salman is known as the architect of the bloody war on Yemen.
warplanes have again bombed a town in Syria's eastern Dayr al-Zawr province
with internationally-banned white phosphorus munitions, killing several people,
the official SANA news agency says.
attack took place in the town of Baghouz on Thursday, leaving an unknown number
of civilians including women and children dead, it added.
so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is supported by Washington,
claims that is fighting the last remaining pocket of land controlled by Daesh
terrorists in Baghouz.
bombing marks the third reported US attack with white phosphorus bombs after
the SDF announced it had resumed operations following a break in the fighting
to facilitate civilian evacuation last week.
has long been providing the SDF -- a predominantly Kurdish alliance of
militants -- with arms and militants, calling the group a key partner in the
purported fight against Daesh.
US and its allies have been conducting airstrikes against what they call Daesh
targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the
Damascus government or a UN mandate.
has repeatedly denounced the US military presence in the country and its aerial
assaults which have repeatedly targeted civilians and its critical
US has previously used internationally banned munitions in Syria, particularly
in the Dayr al-Zawr province.
- 7 March 2019: Al Azhar's African affairs committee reviewed doubling the
number of medical and relief convoys which Al Azhar sends to various African
a statement on Thursday, the committee said it is coordinating with the
ministries concerned to secure needed support for the convoys, especially in
view of the positive outcome of the convoys' activities in African states.
the past few years, Al Azhar, the world's highest seat of Sunni Islamic
learning, used to send relief and medical convoys to African states, including
Chad, Nigeria, Somalia, Niger and Sudan, read the statement, highlighting the
scholarships offered by Al Azhar University to students of 46 African
least 50 migrants were reportedly injured after they staged a protest that was
suppressed inside a detention center in the capital Tripoli, the United Nations
said on Friday.
protest had been “driven by frustration and anxiety” as the migrants had been
held for months “in extremely dire conditions,” the UN refugee agency UNHCR
50 people were reportedly injured when the authorities sought to suppress the
protest. Two individuals were badly injured and transferred to Abu Salim
hospital,” a UNHCR statement said, without giving more details.
government official declined to comment, while the detention center could not
be for reached for comment.
west coast is a leading departure point in North Africa for migrants crossing
the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, mainly from other parts of Africa fleeing wars
African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country is planning to downgrade the
status of its embassy in the occupied territories in response to Israel's
violation of Palestinians' rights.
to the parliament in Cape Town, Ramaphosa said South African International
Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was working on implementing a
decision by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to lower
diplomatic ties with Israel.
the end of a conference in December 2017, the ANC decided to downgrade its
diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv to a liaison office in an expression of
"practical support" for the oppressed Palestinian people, warning
Israel that it should pay the price for its "human rights abuses and
violations of international law."
stressed the South African government's resolve to go ahead with the ANC's
South African government remains seized with the modalities of downgrading the
South African Embassy in Israel and we will communicate once the cabinet has
fully finalized on this matter," he said.
implementing this conference resolution, we are mindful of South Africa’s
responsibility to continue engaging with all parties to the conflict to see
where we would be able to provide assistance,” he added.
South African president further noted that the decision to downgrade the
embassy in the occupied lands is driven by Israel's violations of the rights of
the Palestinians and the regime' failure to enter negotiations on the so-called
two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
May, South Africa withdrew its ambassador to Tel Aviv in protest at Israel's
deadly crackdown on anti-occupation rallies in the Gaza Strip.
Africa established close ties with the Israeli regime during the apartheid era,
but after the collapse of the discriminatory system, the African country began
to lean towards Palestine.
the pinch of international sanctions, Hezbollah on Friday called on its
supporters to donate money to the group.
his latest appearance, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that the sanctions were a
form of war and that the self-styled resistance group would respond to them as
month, the UK ended its long-held policy of distinguishing between the
political and military arms of Hezbollah to classify the entire group and its
subsidiaries as terrorist organisations.
UK joined the United States, Canada and The Netherlands in its prescription of
the group, but the move will not immediately much change to the way London
deals with Beirut as it has long had a policy of no contact with Hezbollah
since it supported the group’s fighting against British forces in Iraq after
announce today that the resistance is in need of its [popular base],"
Nasrallah said before calling on donations in order to help the group maintain
small contributions to the group come through a network of religious
associations and the so-called “resistance support association” that Nasrallah
said, “must significantly energise activities because we are in the heart of
resistance support association must provide an opportunity for jihad by
money," Nasrallah said, quoting Quranic verses.
Hezbollah leader said that he expects the US-led sanctions push to get tougher,
saying that “we may see new names, new people and new organisations added to
the sanctions list”.
Lebanese newspaper, Daily Star, reported that Hezbollah’s TV station has been
airing daily commercials calling for donations for the resistance support
sanctions and the terror lists are a form of war ... we should deal with them
as if they are a war," Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Friday.
actions will not be able to make us poor, hungry or isolated. Those that
support us will continue in their support — be they countries, people or our
people and the people of [the] resistance in Lebanon," Nasrallah said.
year, US Treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence,
Sigal Mandelker, said that Iran transfers some $700 million a year to Hezbollah
through a network of shell and front companies.
figure has more than tripled from estimates prior to the Syrian war when
Hezbollah intervened to support the embattled president, Bashar Al Assad.
However, the move last year by the US administration to re-impose sanctions has
hit Tehran hard and analysts say it will likely impact the ability to support
well as Iran, a large proportion of Hezbollah's income is believed to come from
hundreds of local and international businesses who contribute to the group
financially and logistically.
has also been accused of involvement with organised crime.
report from German intelligence last year pinpointed Al Mustafa Community
Centre in the northern German city-state of Bremen as a hub of fundraising for
EU terrorism report in 2018 said that a major investigation the year before had
focused on a network of Lebanese nationals offering money laundering services
to organised crime groups in the EU with a share of the profits going to
has also been accused of involvement in the south American drug trade, although
Nasrallah has specifically pushed back at the claim.
tandem with sanctions on Iran itself, the US and its allies have been ramping
up pressure on Iran backed groups such as Hezbollah, with additional sanctions
on known leaders, supporters and financiers.
week, the US sanctioned Harakat Hezbollah Al Nujaba, an Iranian backed militant
organisation that during the Syrian conflict rose to be one of the primary
recruiters of pro-government foreign fighters.
Lebanon, Hezbollah has been in politics since 2005 and now has three cabinet
ministers and 13 seats in Parliament – although it can call on more support
from allies and closely aligned independent MPs.
the new government, Hezbollah has been calling for an anti-corruption drive.
Fiscal reform is a major pillar of the new administration as it seeks to reduce
the country’s debt – the third highest debt-to-GDP in the world – and pass
reforms to tap into some 11 billion in grants and loans pledged at an
international donor conference last year.
said that the party was “bound by religious duty to fight corruption” and said
that Hezbollah was locked in a battle “no less sacred than the resistance’s
battle against [Israeli] occupation.”
he said the group was not pushing the anti-corruption drive to gain publicity
or score political points there is one major stumbling block.
major question hangs over the public accounts between 1993 and 2017 when there
was no state budget. Of particular concern is the estimated $11 billion
unaccounted for extrabudgetary spending between 2005 and 2009 under then Prime
Minister Fouad Siniora. As head of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement
parliamentary bloc, who oppose Hezbollah and its continued armed militia, Mr
Siniora has pushed back at claims that he oversaw or was involved in corruption
but the issue of the accounts has become a contentious political football.
was founded in 1982 by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and grew rapidly to be
one of the most powerful groups in the Lebanese civil war. It was the only
militia not to disarm after the end of the conflict in 1990 as it bills itself
as the resistance against Israel, which was occupying large tracts of south
a highly successful and bloody guerrilla campaign, Israel made a hasty
withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000. After that, Hezbollah and Israel waged a
low-level tit-for-tat cross border (largely cold) war until an explosion of
violence in 2006 led Israel to again invade Lebanon. With some 1,200 Lebanese
killed – mostly civilians – and some 200 Israelis – almost all soldiers – the
war wrought a devastating toll on Lebanon.
Hezbollah has undergone a quantum leap in expertise since its controversial
intervention to support the embattled Syrian leader.
– A resident says at least five farmers are dead and dozens are wounded in
northeastern Nigeria after their vehicle struck a landmine buried by Boko Haram
Zabarmari says the blast occurred on Wednesday. He says the mine was planted as
the extremists fled after trying to attack Khaddamari town outside Maiduguri
city in Borno state, on the eve of the February 23 elections.
says the farmers defied soldiers' warnings not to use the road because they
wanted to reach their cucumber farms.
says four died at the scene and a fifth died at a hospital.
security source who spoke on condition of anonymity, because they were not
authorised to speak to reporters, had estimated seven dead.
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