Clinton suggested that Donald Trump and "those closest to him" have
their "own personal commercial interest" in concealing the incident
around Khashoggi's murder.
Ulema Reject Politics of Chaos In The Name Of Islam
Clinton Attacks Donald Trump, Says He Was Part Of The Cover-Up In Khashoggi's
to Support Syrian Schoolboy Bullied In UK Hits £100k Overnight
Increase in Saudi Investments in Next 2-3 Years, Says India after Meet with
Salman, Sisi Encouraging Arab Leaders to Normalize Ties with Israel: Report
Body Passes Bill Allowing Organ Donation
Is A Clampdown On Hafiz Saeed… I Have Inherited (The Problem): Imran Khan
Khan: Not in Pakistan’s interest to allow use of its territory for terror acts
Corridor can undo freeze in India, Pak ties: Pakistani media
criticises govt for ‘opening’ border with India
rejects Imran’s speech as ‘a pack of lies’
pilgrims begin journey back to India
welcomes govt’s decision of opening Kartarpur border
Clinton Attacks Donald Trump, Says He Was Part of the Cover-Up in Khashoggi's
DC Group Votes to Rename Street Jamal Khashoggi Way
Republicans Want To Oust Muslim Party Leader Because Of His Faith, Emails
touts new evidence of Iranian weaponry in Yemen, Afghanistan
support for Saudi prince leaves Turkey with tough choices
crimes against Muslims in Canada rose 151 pc during 2017
US senators paid by Saudi lobby voted against Yemen war bill: Study
efforts to regain lost power in Mideast 'futile': Hezbollah official
says Astana process produced Syria 'stalemate'
Nations Wants Syria to Account for War Dead, Detainees
President to meet Saudi Crown Prince in G20
608 Islamophobic incidents recorded in 6 months
refugee pleas for no violence towards bully
On To Nab Three Most Wanted Terrorists in J&K
better ties with India, Pakistan needs to be a secular state: Army chief Bipin
Modi Meets Saudi Prince on Sidelines of G20 Summit
bloodiest month for militants in Kashmir, 9 top commanders killed
Khan’s ‘googly’ ensured presence of Indian ministers at Kartarpur Corridor
event: Shah Mahmood Qureshi
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Ankara-Backed Militants Killed by Kurds in Afrin
Notorious Terrorist Commanders Killed in Northern Syria
Fail to Launch Offensive on Army in Several Fronts in Demilitarized Zone
Israel jets bomb targets near Damascus, southern Syria
says Syria shot down Israeli war plane but Israel denies it
sentences three defendants for terror links
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Militants of Taliban’s Red Unit Killed in Nangarhar Airstrikes
Site of Rohingya Massacre, Burmese Villagers Wary of Press
picks 22 more as neutral candidates
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police now probing army for war crimes in Afghanistan
Say They Could Attend UN-Led Talks in Sweden If Safe Passage Guaranteed
President Urges Muslim Countries for Use of Local Currency in International
video shows children being trained to ‘fight America and Israel’
Vacuum in Palestine Leaves Fertile Ground for Radical Groups
peace talks ‘meaningless’ amid incessant Saudi-led attacks: Ansarullah
endorses deal for Iran-EEU free trade zone
Russia, Turkey vow to preserve Syria's sovereignty
army hits Saudi camp in Najran with salvo of ballistic missiles
extends arrest of Palestinian Jerusalem-al-Quds governor
aid chief calls for end to Saudi war on Yemen
Muslim countries are busy accomplishing the nefarious plans of America: Ali
Russia will not use dollar for S-400 deal, says Erdogan
Will Retaliate ‘In Proportion’ To Any US Sanction Over Muslim Uighurs: Ambassador
City to Fine LGBT For Being ‘Public Nuisance’
mufti warns against going ahead with Dec 8 rally
of Indonesian inmates on the run after escaping prison through a hole in a
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Essebsi: Ennahda Threatened Me Personally
commander Khalifa Haftar in Jordan for reconciliation talks
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soldiers repel another Boko Haram attack on army base – Official
group reacts as Buhari increases police salary
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Muslim unity is need of the hour while people can play their role for the
progress, prosperity and stability of the country by forging unity and harmony,
said Custodian of Eidgah Sharif Pir Hassan Naqeebur Rehman on Thursday.
a press conference at Eidgah Sharif, he said that some anti-state elements want
to weaken the stability of the country by promoting sectarianism and hate. He
said that religious scholars should demonstrate unity to strengthen the
Hassan stressed that people should be educated according to the teachings of
Islam, saying, Islam preaches peace, religious tolerance and equality.
lauded the government for taking measures to control sectarianism in a peaceful
(SAWW) is a basic faith of every Muslim and protection of this faith is a top
priority for all the Muslims, he added.
Hassan said that Pakistan was an outcome of the benefaction of Sufi saints and
teachings of Saints should be followed to protect solidarity of the country.
of saints had rendered valuable services for the unity of the Muslim Ummah,” he
Hassan said that the Constitution of Pakistan also guarantees the rights of
minorities and no legislation could be made against the Quran and Sunnah.
also appreciated the role of law enforcement agencies who rendered
unprecedented sacrifices for maintaining peace in the country.
Peer Naqeebur Rehman, Peer Obaid Ullah Shah, Peer Mujtaba Gul Badshah, Peer
Sadat Ali Shah, Peer Ali Raza, member legislative assembly, and other ulemas
were also present on the occasion.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has suggested that U.S. President Donald
Trump is “part of the cover-up as to what happened” in the murder of Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
who was also Trump's campaign rival in the 2016 presidential election, kicked
off a paid speaking tour with her husband and former President Bill Clinton in
Toronto and took the opportunity to attack the president's response to the
have a president who is part of the cover-up as to what happened in that
consulate or embassy when Mr. Khashoggi was murdered,” Clinton said Tuesday.
we have a president and those closest to him who have their own personal
commercial interests,” she added.
a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after
entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
initially saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks
later that he was killed there.
who has stated that he plans to maintain relations with Saudi Arabia, has come
under criticism from many in Washington who think the U.S. should downgrade its
ties with the Kingdom and end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
president also refused to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the
crime after reports emerged that the CIA concluded that the prince ordered the
killing, saying "maybe he did, maybe he didn't!"
to support Syrian schoolboy bullied in UK hits £100k overnight
fundraiser to support Jamal, a 15-year-old Syrian refugee who was
“waterboarded” by a bully in school, has raised more than £119,000 ($152,000)
in just one night.
online campaign was set up after a video of the racist attack at Huddersfield’s
Almondbury Community School went viral.
video of the attack on October 25 purportedly shows Jamal, who already had one
arm in a cast, being slammed to the ground in the school during a chokehold by
another boy, who then says, “I’ll drown you” while forcing water into Jamal’s
mouth in a waterboarding style.
16-year-old bully has been charged with assault and will appear at Youth Court,
according to West Workshire Police.
family are refugees in the UK and they struggle to meet the basic necessities
of life,” read the fundraiser. “We want to raise money for the family to ease
their situation and hopefully they can use the funds to help improve their
quality of life and to put a smile on their faces.”
Jamal is not the only victim of racism-inspired bullying as his sister has also
been subjected to cruel behavior at school.
the point where his little sister has broken the lenses in her glasses and
attempted to cut her own wrists in school toilets,” wrote Mohammed Tahir, the
community organizer behind the fundraiser wrote.
fundraiser initially planned to raise a total of £150,000 for Jamal and his
family but Tahir said he was going to increase the goal and raise as much money
as he could.
left a war torn country, the least they deserve is to live in peace without
being harassed,” he added.
join outpouring of support
bigwig Tobias Ellwood was one of the Members of Parliament (MPs) who voiced
support for Jamal after the incident.
disgrace - Please retweet. This bully, his parents, the school where this
occurs and the onlookers who fail to step in, all have big questions to
answer,” he wrote on twitter.
the Syrian refugee - I say sorry. It’s not the welcoming, friendly Britain we
are supposed to be," he added.
Council said: “Neither us nor the school condone violence in any form and
behaviour like this will not be tolerated.”
Sheerman, MP for the town, said he had been supporting the boy and his family.
Jeremy Vine also expressed support.
trying to resist naming the bully in this film. More important, is it possible
to do anything for the victim? A Syrian refugee who already had a broken wrist,
apparently from a similar attack. Heartbreaking.”
presenter Jake Humphrey also called for “love” for Jamal and offered to pay for
an all-expenses paid trip to his favorite football team.
MMA coach offers free fight training to Jamal
Kvanagh, the coach of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Conor McGregor, said in a
tweet on Wednesday that he was willing to give him a lifetime free membership
at Straight Blast Gym (SBG), his MMA academy in Ireland.
seems to be in Huddersfield. I’m sure a few boxing lessons with the famous #ButlinBrothers
@BigAndyButlin would be great to boost for his confidence. He’s free membership
for life at @SBG_Ireland anyway if he can ever make it,” he said.
increase in Saudi investments in next 2-3 years, says India after meet with
expects Saudi Arabia to ramp up investments in several sectors including
technology, farm and energy over the next couple of years, a senior Indian
official said, after a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
two men met on the sidelines of the G20 conference in Buenos Aires and agreed
to increase economic cooperation. (Follow live updates here)
expect that in the next 2 to 3 years there will be significant scaling up of
Saudi investments in India,” said Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale,
providing a readout of the meeting.
Salman, Sisi encouraging Arab leaders to normalize ties with Israel: Report
Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
el-Sisi have been working together to persuade other Arab leaders to establish
close trade ties with Israel while working to resolve political differences
with the Tel Aviv regime as well, a new report suggests.
push comes as part of US President Donald Trump’s so-called peace plan for the
Middle East region, the UK-based Arabic newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported
to the report, Salman and Sisi held extensive meetings during the Saudi
prince’s visit to Cairo earlier this week to discuss Trump’s so-called “Deal of
the Century” peace plan.
so-called deal, a backchannel plan to allegedly reach a peace settlement
between Israel and the Palestinians, was proposed by the US administration late
last year. Although the plan has not been released, leaks signal it will
consist of the same tried and failed ideas.
regards Jerusalem al-Quds entirely as Israeli territory, whereas Palestinians
view the eastern sector of the occupied city as the capital of their future
also believe that the US-drafted plan calls for keeping borders and security
under Israeli control, while it keeps Israeli settlements’ final borders to be
discussed in later negotiations.
and Sisi have explored possible ways to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in
a way that would prompt as many Arab countries as possible to give relations
with Israel another chance.
Egyptian proposal to hold a summit with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Palestinian
Authority is one of the possible solutions that the two close allies might have
in store to further their agenda, the report said.
President Mahmoud Abbas has already voiced opposition to such proposals, out of
fear that Sisi would use the event to force him to make concessions in future
agreements with Israel.
Trump's efforts 'slap of the century'
its sources, however, the daily claimed that the Saudi crown prince was still
likely to express enthusiasm for such a summit because it would help him clear
his image amid reports of his involvement in the murder of dissident journalist
Jamal Khashoggi as well as the ongoing Saudi war on Yemen.
United Arab Emirates and Jordan – both supporting Riyadh’s deadly war on Yemen
in their quest for more regional influence – are also in favor of holding such
body passes bill allowing organ donation
The Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) on Wednesday
passed a bill which will make it possible for people to donate organs.
The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2018, the
proposed law was moved by Senator Mian Mohammad Ateeq Sheikh. It suggests CNICs
should indicate if a person is an organ donor.
Sheikh, who is also chairman of the standing committee, said Sri Lanka has
earned respect as the largest eye cornea donor across the world and that
Pakistan gets eye cornea donations from various countries.
campaign has been started to convince people to donate organs but there is now
law in this regard which is why doctors hesitate to remove organs from a
deceased person if they left a will to the effect. I have suggested that CNICs
should carry a red mark if someone is an organ donor. Therefore, in case of
natural death or accidents, doctors will know if someone’s organs should be
removed while they are viable,” he said.
representative of the Human Organ Transplant Authority said a government bill
was also being drafted which also suggests mentioning on CNICs and driving
licences if a citizen is an organ donor.
suggest the bill should be ignored as the government bill is comprehensive and
will be passed soon,” he said.
Minister Aamer Mehmood Kiani also suggested the bill be ignored or clubbed with
the government one.
Mr Sheikh strictly rejected the suggestion and said there was a ruling by the
Senate chairman that private member bills will not be ignored because of
government bill may take two years to pass or it may not be passed at all
because the government has to convince the opposition. However, I have
assurance from political parties that they will support my bill. Moreover, I
have only suggested an amendment in the existing law on human organ transplants
and I insist it should be passed,” he said.
Senator Dr Asad Ashraf said the opinion of the Council of Islamic Ideology
(CII) should be sought as such a bill can trigger criticism in religious
Mr Sheikh argued that the CII’s opinion is not required as it is up to the
people if they want to donate their organs.
Division representative Jam Aslam also said there is no need for input from CII
as the Law Division has already worked on the issue when preparing a bill and
that a private member bill can also therefore be passed.
decided to pass the bill unanimously and it was sent to the upper house for
organs of one person can be donated to 27 people if someone agrees for their
organs to be donated after death but there is no trend or awareness for organ
donation in the country. Due to this, human organs are being sold in the black
and some health institutions have also been involved in the illegal business.
doctor at Pims
committee had sought a detailed report over the arrest of a fake doctor from
the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims). However, NHS Minister Aamer
Kiani was not aware of the incident.
Sept 26, a man posing as a doctor, who had been ‘practicing’ at for six months
at Pims, was arrested. An initial investigation revealed that two post
graduates (PG) at the hospital had hired the man, who was a vendor of medicines
and instruments, and were paying him to pose as a doctor.
FIR was registered at the Karachi Company police station but no action was
taken against the PGs.
is a clampdown on Hafiz Saeed… I have inherited (the problem): Imran Khan
day after he declared that his government, army and all political parties in
Pakistan are “on the same page” to improve ties with India, Pakistan Prime
Minister Imran Khan Thursday came up with his first categorical statement on
cross-border terrorism and said that it was not in his country’s interest to
become a base for “terror activities outside”.
to a question during an interaction with Indian journalists, Khan said: “It is
not in Pakistan’s interest to have our territory used for terror activities
outside.”Khan also pointed out that there were UN sanctions on 26/11 accused
and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, and court cases against him in Pakistan in the
Mumbai attack case.
Pakistan Prime Minister said that “there has been a clampdown” on Saeed’s
activities, but also claimed that he had “inherited” the issue. “There is a UN
sanction on Hafiz Saeed. There is a clampdown. But I have inherited it. In the
Mumbai terror case, the case is in court,” he said.
remarks on Saeed came the morning after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood
Qureshi told Indian reporters that there has been no “tangible evidence”
against Saeed. Khan, meanwhile, said that while a consensus for peace has
developed, Pakistan’s outreach should not be confused as “desperation for
his disappointment at the cancellation of a proposed bilateral meeting between
the foreign ministers of both countries, Khan said: “I got such a bad response
that I felt almost as if there is no intention for peace… why would anyone be
scared of dialogue? Insaan koshish hi kar sakta hai (one can only try).”
about his tweet in the aftermath of India cancelling the bilateral meet — that
he had come across “small men occupying big offices” who don’t see the big
picture — Khan said it was not directed at anyone.
he said, Kashmir was a dispute and there is a need to resolve it. “Kashmir
needs to be seen differently, there are no easy solutions for Kashmir. But I
believe there is a solution. But solutions will come when there is a dialogue…
We always get stuck in the past, let’s not live in the past, and learn from
it,” he said.
a day his Pakistan-e-Tehreek government completed 100 days in power, Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan for the first time addressed the issue of terrorism,
which has been a thorn in the resumption of bilateral dialogue with India.
Asserting that it was not in Pakistan’s interest to allow the use of its
territory for terror acts on other countries, Khan said the people now wanted
peace with India.
is not in our interest to allow the use of Pakistan’s territory for terror
outside. People in Pakistan want peace with India. The mindset of people here
has changed,” Khan said. Interestingly, Khan’s comments on terrorism come just
a day after Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj made it clear that India would not
attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad “until and unless” Pakistan stopped
Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Khan
said, “There are UN sanctions against Hafiz Saeed. There is already a clampdown
on the JuD chief.” The Pakistan PM said he was ready for talks with Prime
Minister Narendra Modi while maintaining that the gesture for peace can’t be
us talk. I am ready for talks on any issue. I will be happy to meet Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and talk to him,” Khan said. The fresh peace overtures
come at a time when India has maintained a stoic stance that terrorism and
talks cannot go together.
asked whether it is possible to resolve the Kashmir issue, the Pakistan PM
said, “nothing is impossible”. “There can’t be a military solution for Kashmir.
We are willing to wait for (general) elections to get over in India for a
gesture from New Delhi,” Khan said.
move to build the Kartarpur Corridor has the potential to undo the “freeze” in
ties between India and Pakistan and push the two sides to engage in a positive
and purposeful manner, the Pakistani media commented on Thursday. The planned
corridor will connect Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev’s final resting place
in Pakistan’s Kartarpur to the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur
district in India, fulfilling a long-pending demand of the Sikh community.
took more than 70 years for Pakistan and India to bridge a distance roughly 7
kilometres on either side of their border, the Express Tribune said in its
editorial, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of
the corridor on the Pakistani side. The initiative to build a corridor
connecting two Sikh holy sites — Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan
and Dera Baba Nanak in India — came from the Pakistan side, it claimed.
proposed, the Indian government will construct and develop the Kartarpur corridor
from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to the border, while
Pakistan will build the other part of the corridor connecting the border to
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur area of Narowal district in Pakistani
Punjab. “The Kartarpur development comes at a time of no dialogue and little
contact between Pakistan and India,” the daily said. “A meaningful
confidence-building measure, the move has the potential to undo this bilateral
freeze and push the two sides to engage in a positive and purposeful manner,”
it said. “It’s not just the reopening of a route closed by the Partition, but
the beginning of an unprecedented form of diplomacy — religious diplomacy. The
initiative can become a template for cross-border exchanges based on faith and
extend the momentum to other areas, given the undeniable role religion and
religious beliefs are playing in interstate and intrastate conflicts and
aspects of international affairs in the 21st century,” it said.
paper criticised Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for brushing
off any possibility of improvement in the bilateral ties in the wake of the
Kartarpur move. Swaraj on Wednesday said there will be no dialogue with
Pakistan unless it desists from terrorist activities against India. In a clear
expression of disregard to Pakistan’s initiative that only comes in pursuit of
peace. However, such an undiplomatic disregard from the Indian side is nothing
new, and is meant to serve its long-maintained policy of trying to isolating
Pakistan diplomatically and in all other contexts, like sports and culture —
albeit with no success, the paper said.
newspaper said the move had many of the ingredients for what a normalised
relationship between Pakistan and India could look like — the governments of
Pakistan and India working together to facilitate people-to-people contact and
religious tourism and Indian officials visiting Pakistan in a relaxed, even
joyful manner. The Indian government rushed to smother the goodwill generated
by the inauguration of the corridor, and once again doused hopes that bilateral
dialogue may be restarted soon, the paper said.
Minister Narendra Modi and his government should pause and reflect on what it
is they hope to achieve by repeatedly slapping back a hand offered in peace, it
said. While India may have some legitimate complaints, as does Pakistan against
India, there is no plausible scenario in which not talking to Pakistan at all
will address the issues on both sides, it said.
Expressing reservations about the establishment of the Kartarpur corridor,
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday said it was
ironic that on one hand, the government had closed the country’s border with
Afghanistan but on the other, it had opened border with the country’s
is very strange that Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan has been sealed, while
the policy towards India has been softened by establishing a new corridor on
the eastern border,” he told the one-day ‘Tribal Rights Conference’ here.
and elders from the merged tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attended the
JUI-F has opposed the merger of the erstwhile Fata with KP.
Fazl said the government had put the Kashmir issue on the back burner.
the government is improving ties with India despite the continuous bloodshed in
held Kashmir, while a war-like situation is being created on the western
border,” he said.
JUI-F chief said the people of the merged districts and Afghans had been suffering
from a war for four decades.
tribal people and Afghans should be provided with an opportunity to live
peacefully,” he said.
Fazl said the unilateral friendship with India would not be beneficial for the
country and that Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had turned down the
invitation to participate in the Saarc conference to be held in Islamabad
despite the opening of Kartarpur corridor.
insisted that Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa shouldn’t attend such
functions otherwise he, too, would face criticism.
military should keep itself from the Kartarpur like functions,” he said.
JUI-F chief alleged that the opening of the Kartarpur corridor was meant to
facilitate a particular non-Muslim community on the pretext of Sikh community.
the prime minister immature and unreliable, he said Gen Bajwa accompanied Imran
Khan during the visit to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Miramshah and
Kartarpur functions so that the premier couldn’t utter something foolish.
Nawaz Sharif or any other leader delivered a speech like the one Imran made
yesterday (at Kartarpur corridor, they would have been declared traitors,” he
Fazl alleged that the military establishment had imposed a fake prime minister
on the country through a dummy parliament.
Khan has come to power through a backdoor,” he said.
JUI-F chief said the ill-planned merger of the erstwhile Fata with KP had
created uncertainty and confusion.
said the 25th Constitutional Amendment was passed by parliament ‘blindly’ and
that the government was unable to manage the situation. Mr Fazl said the tribal
areas were merged with KP but the provincial Assembly did not allocate a single
penny for them in the annual budget.
area (erstwhile Fata) has been merged with the province but ironically, the KP
police cannot go there,” he said, adding that he had advised the previous
government not to take that decision in haste.
said the government could not handle situation in the merged districts, whose
people were disappointed. The JUI-F chief said Pakistan was paying price for
involving itself in the Afghan war and that he had told former military ruler
Gen Pervez Musharraf not to support the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)
on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan over his speech which he
delivered at a special ceremony marking completion of the first 100 days of his
government, terming it “ineffective” and “a pack of lies”.
to the speeches made by the prime minister and his cabinet members at the
ceremony held at Convention Centre, the spokespersons for the two parties
blasted the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government for its “failed economic
policies, unprecedented price hike and its much-hyped austerity drive”.
a look: First 100 Days Of PTI In Government - Performance Report
the 100-day performance of the government “unimpressive, ridiculous and full of
lies and U-turns,” PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that her party
would issue a ‘fact sheet’ on the government’s ‘real performance’ and expose
its ‘lies and U-turns’ at a news conference on Friday.
three months before the July 25 general elections, PTI Chairman Imran Khan had
unveiled his party’s ambitious ‘agenda’ outlining his commitments for starting
work within the first 100 days of forming a government.
salient features of the agenda were expeditious merger of the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bifurcation of Punjab
province and reconciliation with estranged Baloch leaders. The agenda also
contained a plan for introducing a development package for Karachi and a
programme for poverty alleviation, besides a number of steps for improvement of
opposition parties alleged that the government had totally failed to deliver on
almost all the fronts, especially the economy and law and order situation.
Aurangzeb said “the hopeless and useless government after failing to do
anything on its own is now trying to take credit for the projects and initiatives
of the PML-N government.” She said that Mr Khan was now taking the credit for
the health cards schemes which had already been launched during the Nawaz
Sharif government in the country’s 36 districts.
regretted that the present government despite making tall claims had not
initiated any programme for poverty alleviation.
of highlighting achievements of the first 100 days, the government has
announced a plan for the next 100 days,” she said, adding that the nation kept
on waiting to hear from the prime minister anything positive about the
performance of the government.
PML-N spokesperson said it seemed that a contest of telling lies among the
ministers was going on at the Convention Centre, but at the end it was Imran
Khan himself who won the medal.
Minister) Asad Umar stood second and (Foreign Minister) Shah Mehmood Qureshi
secured third position in the contest. (Information Minister) Fawad Chaudhry,
who always stood first in such competitions, was nowhere to be seen,” she said
in a light-hearted way.
Aurangzeb asked Mr Khan to tell the nation “why foreign exchange reserves have
come down from $17 billion in May to $11bn? Why the dollar has attained highest
gain in the country’s history? Why inflation is at the highest? Why there has
been a 67 per cent reduction in the foreign direct investment?”
said that Imran Khan had himself admitted that his wife Bushra had to daily
remind him that he was the prime minister of the country, confirming the
opposition’s claim that Mr Khan was still doing “container politics”.
Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, who is also the spokesman for party chairman
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, said in a statement that the speech of the “selected
prime minister” was “totally unimpressive”.
ruling the country for 100 days, Imran Khan had nothing to tell the nation,” he
Khokhar said that Imran Khan had centred his government’s foreign policy on
“the begging bowl” and his claim of purging the police and bureaucracy of
political influence had already been exposed.
Sikh pilgrims who arrived in Pakistan to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary
of founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak, will start returning to India today.
week, a special train from across the border carried more than 3,000 pilgrims
for the visit.
between November 23 and 28, ceremonies were held in Nankana Sahib, Hassanabdal,
Lahore and Rohri. The week-long festivities included a number of rituals and
distribution of sweets and langar.
of Sikhs from across the world converge on Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassanabdal
each year for the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the groundbreaking of a
four-kilometre-long Kartarpur corridor amid much fanfare in a ceremony attended
by a number of dignitaries, including Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed
Bajwa and Indian Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Allama Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi on Thursday
welcomed the government’s decision of opening Kartarpur border, saying the
initiative would affect Indian politics in the coming days.
a press conference at the Council’s Secretariat, South Punjab, he said that the
Pakistan Ulema Council would support the government’s step taken in the public
interest. He said that the decision of opening of Kartarpur border would not
only bring changes in the politics of India but it would also help resolve the
Kashmir issue. He said that the incumbent government was moving in the right
direction and it was not possible to resolve pending matters of 70 years in 70
said that he was in favour of the establishment of a separate province and
urged the government to accelerate the process.
said that Pakistan Ulema Council would continue to fight for
Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (SAWW) and ready to sacrifice their lives for this
purpose. He maintained that there should be no politics on Khatm-e-Nabuwwat and
Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (SAWW). He said that action must be taken against
the elements involved in agitation and destroying properties of the state and
people in the name of Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (SAWW).
said that there was no threat to any madrasa or mosque and a cell had been set
up at Pakistan Ulema Council’s main office Lahore where issues related to
madaris and mosques could be sent. He said that the government had formed a
committee under the supervision of Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood
regarding the issues, adding that all matters were being discussed with the
ulema of the country.
a question, Allama Tahir Ashrafi appealed to the Supreme Court (SC) to listen
to the arguments of ulema in the Aasia Masih review petition and her name
should be included in the Exit Control List (ECL) till its decision.
DC group votes to rename street Jamal Khashoggi Way
group here voted in favor of changing the name of the street in front of the
Saudi embassy to Jamal Khashoggi Way, sending a message to the international
community and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to reports.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission moved to support the name change after the
slain journalist during a meeting Wednesday.
Awad, the head for the Council of American-Islamic Relations, the U.S.’s
largest civil rights group, told Anadolu Agency at a memorial for Khashoggi,
his group was working on the change.
change needs approval from the District of Colombia City Council.
meeting Wednesday occurred after a vote in the Senate moved to support
advancing a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in
resolution will now be taken up on the Senate floor, where it will be debated
politicians in Washington have grown critical of U.S. President Donald Trump's
reaction to the killing, after the CIA concluded Saudi Prince Mohammed bin
Salman ordered the murder of the Saudi national after he entered the Saudi
Consulate in Istanbul early last month.
U.S. administration of Donald Trump has indicated it will continue to support
Saudi Arabia, despite the killing.
WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republican leaders in one of the most populous counties in
Texas want to remove a party vice chairman because he’s Muslim, according to
emails between party leaders.
emails delivered anonymously to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram indicate the
Tarrant County GOP executive committee plans to vote Jan. 10 on whether to
remove Shahid Shafi from his leadership position.
in the party say Shafi, a surgeon and city council member in a Fort Worth
suburb, may be more loyal to Islamic law or not supportive enough of the
party’s pro-Israel platform.
counters that he supports American laws and the court system, and says he has
no affiliation to “any terrorist organization,” as some have alleged. Shafi,
who became a U.S. citizen in 2009 and shortly after joined the Republican
Party, says he supports the Second Amendment and has never promoted Sharia, or
one of four GOP leaders in the county that some party members are trying to
unseat. Another being targeted is a GOP precinct chairwoman who’s married to a
emails expressed alarm with party leaders after Democrat Beto O’Rourke won the
county in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who ultimately won re-election.
Tarrant County is the third most populous in Texas with more than 2 million
residents, trailing only Harris and Dallas counties. O’Rourke’s showing was the
first time in decades that a Democrat running for federal office has won the
email by a Republican activist said, “We have become overly lax.”
Grimaldi Abdulkareem, the precinct chairwoman who’s married to a Muslim, told
the Star-Telegram that it will be the downfall of the Republican Party if it
“doesn’t stand up against those who want to discriminate against others.”
The United States on Thursday displayed pieces of what it said were Iranian
weapons deployed to militants in Yemen and Afghanistan, a tactic by President
Donald Trump’s administration to pressure Tehran to curb its regional activities.
second presentation of Iranian weapons by the Pentagon, many of which were
handed over by Saudi Arabia, coincides with growing concern in Congress over US
military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war, which has
led to a deep humanitarian crisis.
of Congress have escalated their opposition to Saudi Arabia after the Oct 2
killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate. Despite
administration pleas to stick with the Saudis and thereby counter Iran, the
Senate voted on Wednesday to advance a resolution to end military support for
the Saudis in Yemen.
Iran were found to be shipping arms to Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries,
it would be in violation of United Nations resolutions.
news agency was given advanced access to the military hangar at Joint Base
Anacostia-Bolling just outside of Washington where the US Defence Department
put the fragments of weaponry on display and explained how it concluded that
they came from Iran.
weeks since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul, US President Donald Trump’s unwavering support for the kingdom’s
powerful crown prince has left Turkey in a bind.
longer it confronts Saudi Arabia over who exactly ordered the operation, the
more it risks looking isolated as other countries put aside their misgivings
and return to business with the world’s biggest oil exporter.
prolonged standoff with Riyadh could also jeopardise Turkey’s own fragile
rapprochement with Washington, if it forces Trump to choose sides between the
rival regional powers.
dilemma comes to a head this week at the G20 summit of the world’s main
economies, where President Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman could meet, according to Turkish officials.
naming him, Erdogan has repeatedly suggested the prince has questions to answer
over the killing, while one of his advisers has said bluntly that Saudi
Arabia’s de facto ruler has Khashoggi’s blood on his hands.
Erdogan has avoided talking about Khashoggi’s death in recent speeches, raising
questions about whether he may soften his stance towards the 33-year-old heir
to the throne who could be running Saudi Arabia for several decades to come.
meeting may take place. A final decision has not been made yet,” senior
political source said, shortly before Erdogan’s departure for the summit in
Arabia is an important country for Turkey … Nobody wants relations to sour
because of the Khashoggi murder.”
has good relations with the Saudi monarch, King Salman, but ties have been
strained by recent Saudi moves including the blockade of Qatar, championed by
say Erdogan sees Saudi assertiveness under the prince as challenging Turkey’s
influence in the Middle East. It was the steady drip of evidence from Turkish
officials – furious over what they said was a gruesome and carefully planned
assassination in their country – which fuelled global outrage at Saudi Arabia
and Prince Mohammed.
said the hit was ordered at the highest levels of Saudi leadership, and the CIA
assessed the prince was directly behind it, despite vehement Saudi denials.
nearly two months since Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered by a team
of 15 Saudi agents, Western powers have taken little action against Saudi
Arabia, a big buyer of Western arms and a strategic ally of Washington.
number of hate crimes reported to police in Canada jumped by 47 percent in 2017
from the previous year, targeting mostly Muslim, Jewish or black people, the
government statistical agency said Thursday.
the year, police reported 2,073 hate crimes, 664 more than in 2016,” with most
of the uptick in graffiti and vandalism, incitement of hatred, assaults, and
uttering threats in Ontario and Quebec provinces, said Statistics Canada.
followed steady but relatively small increases in previous years, the agency
said. Property crimes played the biggest role in the increase while violent
hate crimes grew by 25 percent, it said.
were motivated primarily by hatred of a race or ethnicity (878 crimes, up 32
percent), religion (842 crimes, up 83 percent), or sexual orientation (204
crimes, up 16 percent).
particular, hate crimes against Muslims rose 151 percent to 349 in 2017 -- a
year marked by a xenophobic young man’s killing of six worshippers at a Quebec
mosque. Hate crimes against Jews rose 63 percent to 360, while those targeting
blacks increased by 50 percent to 321.
least five of the 37 US republican senators who voted against a recent
resolution to end US military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen have
received election contributions from lobbying groups working for Saudi Arabia,
according to a study.
Tim Scott, John Boozman, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr and Mike Crapo all received
financial contributions from firms representing Saudi interests between 2016
and 2017, according to an investigation by the Center for International Policy
report, released last month by the Washington-based think tank, illustrates how
Riyadh uses its vast wealth to influence US foreign policy.
five Republican senators voted against advancing the bill, which, if passed,
would force the US to limit its support for the devastating Saudi war in Yemen.
in the upper chamber of Congress voted 63 to 37 to move the resolution forward.
The House of Representatives has yet to take action over the Yemen war.
Arabia spent around $27 million on lobbying in 2017, according to some
lobbying firms, such as the Glover Park Group and BRG Group, have dropped their
Saudi clients in the wake of the backlash over the murder of Saudi journalist
Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
President Donald Trump has dismissed a CIA assessment that Saudi’s de facto
ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, likely ordered Khashoggi’s murder.
has vowed to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia despite repeated
calls from members of Congress for a strong US response to Khashoggi’s death.
killing has put unprecedented pressure on the traditionally close ties between
the two countries and helped bolster efforts to stop the Saudi-led war.
deputy head of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement says the US dream of
restoring its lost power in the Middle East in cooperation with Saudi Arabia
will never come true.
US, in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, is trying to restore its power in the
region," Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem told a
gathering of Lebanese students in Tehran on Thursday, adding, "However, we
tell them that you will die before seeing your dream realized."
Qassem further referred to the destabilizing US role in the region, saying
President Donald Trump is selling American missiles to the Saudi regime for the
slaughter of Yemeni people on the pretext that they serve his country's
"strategic interests" and "regional stability".
comes as the US and Israel were defeated by Lebanon [in 2006] and recently by
[Hamas in] Gaza in a very short period of time," he added.
Lebanese official was referring to Israel's 2006 war on Lebanon, which ended
with Hezbollah's victory, and the recent two-day conflict between the Israeli
military and the Palestinian resistance forces in Gaza, which resulted in
another defeat for the Tel Aviv regime.
33-day war between Israel and Hezbollah began in 2006 with the Israeli army
launching airstrikes against Lebanese cities as well as the positions of the
resistance movement. The war resulted in the demolition of thousands of homes
and the deaths of over 1,000 Lebanese civilians.
162 Israelis, including 119 soldiers, were also killed during the fighting. As
Tel Aviv realized that it could not bomb Hezbollah into submission, it accepted
UN Resolution 1701 to end the war.
recent Israeli military aggression against the Gaza Strip also saw 14
Palestinians killed and several others injured in 48 hours as the Israeli
airstrikes and shells reduced buildings to rubble and sent fireballs and plumes
of smoke into the sky.
the Palestinian resistance retaliated by firing over 400 rockets on the
occupied territories, forcing the Israeli regime to call for a truce.
current administration of President Trump has undermined regional stability by
taking a hard line in favor of the Israeli regime and against Palestinians.
Astana process by Russia, Iran and Turkey to end the Syrian conflict has only
led to a "stalemate" in efforts to establish a constitutional
committee crucial to a political settlement, the US said on Thursday.
and convening of the committee by year's end "is vital to a lasting
de-escalation and a political solution to the conflict," State Department
spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
comments came after the outgoing UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura,
regretted that there was "no tangible progress" on the composition of
the constitutional committee at two days of talks which ended Thursday in the
Kazakh capital Astana.
and Tehran, allies of the Damascus regime, began the Astana process in January
2017 along with rebel-backer Turkey.
Astana process followed a Russian military intervention which tipped the military
balance in favor of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's authoritarian regime.
and Iran continue to use the process to mask the Assad regime's refusal to
engage in the political process" under UN auspices, Ms Nauert said.
added that "success is not possible without the international community
holding Damascus fully accountable for the lack of progress in resolving the
Astana process has gradually eclipsed the earlier UN-sponsored negotiations
framework known as the Geneva process, which had put more emphasis on political
transition but failed to curb violence that has killed more than 360,000 people
and displaced millions.
Nations wants Syria to account for war dead, detainees
UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria urged the Security Council on Wednesday to
press the Syrian government to provide information to families about the fate
of those missing or detained during the seven-year war.
a closed-door informal meeting with council members, the commission chairman
said it was crucial to push the government to give a full account after it
began in May to release death notifications.
issues of the detainees and the disappeared should not be dealt after peace,
but now is the time to consider this,” said Paulo Pinheiro, who heads the
commission set up to investigate human rights violations in the war.
May, the military police and army provided for the first time information to
government civil registry offices on the deceased, allowing families to finally
learn the fate of their loved ones.
state is beginning to put out that information, but little else,” said
commission member Hanny Megally. “The families have a right to know what
happened, where the bodies are, to get information about them.”
international independent body must be given access to all places of detention
to confirm who is still alive in detention, he added.
commission hopes council members including Russia, Syria's ally, can encourage
the Damascus government to take steps to address demands from the families of
lost or missing loved ones. Syria’s war has killed more than 360,000 people and
diplomatic efforts to end the war have stalled, but Russia, Iran and Turkey are
spearheading a separate drive to stabilize the country.
President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Argentina.
Saudi Crown Prince had arrived in Argentina on Wednesday to attend the G20
Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov had also confirmed on Wednesday that the
schedule of Russian President Vladimir Putin includes a meeting with the Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
total of 685 reports of racially aggravated incidences, with 608 being
anti-Muslim in nature were recorded between January and June 2018, a report
report published on Thursday by Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), a
group which records anti-Muslim incidents in the U.K., found that the majority
of the 608 incidences that took place occurred on the streets.
group said “offline” attacks make 45.3 percent of reported incidents that means
“they occurred in-person between a victim and a perpetrator, or include acts of
property damage or discrimination”.
the report found that “incidents of an online nature totalled 207, or 34%, of
verified cases in this reporting period”, with the majority (59%) taking place
on Twitter and the rest taking place on Facebook and other social media
than publishing the general statistics of Islamophobia, the report also focused
on the gendered nature of anti-Muslim hate crimes, with 58 percent of victims
being Muslim women.
analysis reveals how Muslim women who wear hijab are seen as “others” in
society and that due to the visibility of the headscarf, the stereotype that
Muslim women are weak, meek and submissive is heavily enforced, thus allowing
such attacks to occur against Muslim women than against their male
report also highlights the importance of understanding that Islamophobia is not
confined to the streets or online platforms, rather there exists an
institutionalized and structured form of Islamophobia.
prejudice, the report reveals, can impact Muslims when interacting with law
enforcement, academic institutions or even at work places.
acts of hatred, discrimination, and racism are not solely the actions of
violent bigots who exist on the margins of society – we must instead examine
the everyday nature of Islamophobia which curtails the agency and mobility of
Muslims when they access public transport, go shopping, are at work, or
travelling on holiday”.
rise of Islamophobia in the U.K. in recent years has also seen new methods to
teenage refugee who was the subject of an attack caught on video and shared
online has spoken of his concern over threats of violence online towards his
15-year-old boy, originally from Homs, but now living in the northern city of
Huddersfield was shown in a video shared this week being held down and
‘waterboarded’ by a bully. The attacker threatens to drown him, before
forcefully pouring water down his neck.
video has been shared thousands of times online, leading to criticism of the
school, Almondbury Community School and threats of reprisals against the bully
shown in the video.
an interview with news website HuffPost, the boy, who cannot be named for legal
reasons, said he had become concerned when he saw the violent nature of the
don’t want anything terrible to happen to him at all,” he said. “I just don’t
want anything bad to happen to anyone.”
victim’s 14-year-old sister has also been the subject of bullying - another
video surfaced on social media on Thursday of her allegedly being tormented by
a fellow pupil.
Yorkshire Police said a youth had been called to the police station on
suspicion of the attack on the boy, and that it was liaising with the girl’s
family regarding the latest video to surface.
is a very impressive young man and was quite disturbed by the threats made on
social media towards the bully,” the family’s solicitor, Tasnime Akunjee, told
Akunjee said the extent of the bullying of both of their children had led them
to consider leaving the area after being resettled there two years agi as part
of a UN programme. The family had previously lived in Lebanon for six years.
on to nab three most wanted terrorists in J&K
forces in Jammu and Kashmir have shifted their focus to three top surviving
terror commanders, after the forces wiped-out almost entire top militant
leadership in the Kashmir valley in the 11 months of 2018.
Mujahideen chief operations commander Reyaz Ahmad Naikoo alias Mohommad bin
Qasim, chief of Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind outfit Zakir Rashid
Bhat alias Zakir Musa, and Zeenat-ul-Islam, who recently switched side from
Hizbul Mujahideen to Al Badr, are now on the radar of the security forces.
resident of Tokun Beighpora village of South Kashmir's Pulwama district, Naikoo
joined Hizbul in December 2012 after quitting his job as school teacher. An A++
category terrorist, he rose to the rank of chief operations commander after
Hizbul top brass, including Burhan Wani, was eliminated in the Valley. A tech
savvy commander, he is the mastermind of recent abductions of the policemen in
considered an IED expert, has been hopping from one terror outfit to another
since he took up arms in November 2015. A resident of Sugan Zainpora village of
south Kashmir's Shopian district, he recently released his audio message
announcing that he has joined Al Badr. Another Category A++ terrorist, he is
one of the most wanted commanders of the Valley.
Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, who is the chief commander of Al Qaeda affiliate
Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind, is another top commander wanted by the security forces.
Hailing from Noorpora Tral, Zakir Musa was a top aide of Burhan Wani before he
switched sides and brought Al Qaeda to Kashmir. Musa, an engineering drop-out,
joined terror ranks in 2013 and is considered an A++ category terrorist.
three surviving commanders are part of list of top most wanted commanders drawn
by the security forces in 2018. More than 15 top most commanders have been
eliminated by the security forces so far in the valley.
are coordinating with others forces on daily basis. We review our work and
strategy on a day to day basis. I feel that all their commanders are our
target. Our efforts are on to enhance operational work in future," said
Dilbag Singh, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.
of the top commanders who have been slain included Naveed Jutt alias Abu
Hanzulla, Mushtaq Ahmed Mir alias Hammad, Mehraj-ud-din Bangroo, Abu Muaz, Azad
Ahmad Malik, all belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Ahmad Dar alias Altaf Kachroo, Umar Majeed Ganie alias Maaz, Manan Wani, Saddam
Paddar, Sammer Tiger and Abbas Bhat were some of the top commanders of Hizbul
Mujahideen that were eliminated this year.
forces also killed Jaish-e-Mohammed chief commander Mufti Waqas, who was the
mastermind of Sunjwan army camp attack, Mufti Yasir and Usman Hyder, the nephew
of Jaish chief and Pathankote attack mastermind Masood Azhar.
collected by the different security agencies reveal that 227 terrorists were
killed in different encounters across the Kashmir valley. Of these 124 were
locals, 44 foreigners (Pakistanis) and 59 unidentified.
Chief General Bipin Rawat said in Pune on Friday that Pakistan needs to be a
secular state to have better ties with India, reports ANI.
has made its state an Islamic State. If they have to stay together with India,
then they have to develop as a secular state. If they’re willing to become
secular like us, then they seem to have an opportunity.” Rawat said at a
function to review the passing out parade of 135th course of the National
Defence Academy in Pune.
observation comes amid Pakistan expressing an inclination for greater
engagement, most of which came in the wake of the two nations deciding to build
a corridor for Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the Kartarpur shrine in
Prime Minister Imran Khan acknowledged on Thursday it was not in the country’s
interest to allow its soil to be used for terrorism and said he was prepared to
talk to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at “any time”.
Modi meets Saudi Prince on sidelines of G20 summit
Minister Narendra Modi met with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
on the sidelines of the G20 summit here on Thursday and they discussed ways to
further boost economic, cultural and energy ties. The two sides also held
discussions on enhancing investment in technology, renewable energy and food
a fruitful interaction with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. We
discussed multiple aspects of India-Saudi Arabia relations and ways to further
boost economic, cultural and energy ties,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter.
strategic ties. PM @narendramodi met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed
bin Salman Al Saud on sidelines of #G20Argentina. Discussed enhancing Saudi
investment in technology, infrastructure, petroleum, renewable energy, food
security, fintech & defence sectors,” External Affairs Ministry
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
recent years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a valuable partner. The
relationship has expanded beyond the Indian community to issues related to the
economy, energy and security. All issues of bilateral and regional interest
will be discussed,” PMO sources said.
here for live updates on G-20 summit.
the prime minister met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. According to the
sources, the UN Secretary General has reached out to the PM for the second time
in two months.
said the meeting signifies the importance that both leaders attach to the issue
of climate change. This outreach comes just a week before the COP24 meet in
reflects the respect in which the prime minister and his initiatives are held
globally to take the lead on issues of global importance,” the sources said.
the sidelines of the two-day 13th G-20 summit, Modi, Trump and Japanese Premier
Shinzo Abe will hold a trilateral meeting amidst China flexing its muscles in
the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
trilateral, which would be an expansion of the bilateral meeting between Trump
and Abe, is part of the series of meetings the US president would have on the
sidelines of the G-20 summit on November 30 and December 1.
House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Thursday the trilateral meeting
with Prime Minister Modi will be held towards the end of the Trump-Abe talks.
forward to a wide range of interactions at the G-20 Summit, aimed at furthering
sustainable development,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted soon after he landed
37 militants killed in encounters across Kashmir, November has been the
bloodiest month of this year for the insurgents. Among the militants killed
this month, nine were top commanders, including Lashkar-e-Taiba’s face Naveed
Jatt, who was shot dead on Wednesday in Budgam district.
per official figures, 227 militants have been killed in different parts of
Kashmir so far this year. While they belonged to different organisations, the
Lashkar and Hizbul Mujahideen suffered major losses this month as both groups
lost some of their top commanders, especially in south Kashmir, which has
become a hotbed of militancy. Last year, 207 militants were killed in this
November, nine militant commanders were killed - five affiliated with the
Hizbul Mujahideen and four with the Lashkar. Officials say the focus of late
has been to target the militant commanders who are pivotal in fresh recruitment
to the outfits.
director general of police, Dilbag Singh said the number of militants at
present is hovering around 250. “After several successful operations, the graph
of militancy, especially in south Kashmir, has come down and fresh recruitment
has also declined.’’
senior police officer who keeps an eye on militancy and fresh recruitment told
Hindustan Times that this year more than 15 top militant commanders affiliated
with Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar, Hizbul Mujahideen, Harkat-ul- Mujahideen and
Ansar–ul-Gazwat- ul-Hind were killed in different operations launched by the
forces. “Even the militant modules who were helping commanders and several
hideouts were busted.’’
officer said that now only three to four prominent top commanders are active -
Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational commander, Riyaz Naikoo, Al Badr commander,
Zeenat-ul Islam who was earlier with Hizbul Mujahideen and now has shifted to
Albadr, Lateef Tiger who was an associate of Burhan Wani and Zakir Musa, the
chief of Ansar-ul-Gazwat-ul-Hind. “The killings of several commanders have put
the commanders who are at large under tremendous pressure,’’ the officer said.
spate of militant killings, officials said, have also led to a decline of the
number of Lashkar cadres present in the Valley which was earlier somewhere
between 120-150. This year, more than 45 militants, most of them foreigners,
were killed on the Line of Control while trying to sneak into Valley.
give several reasons for the successful operations in south Kashmir, especially
in last three months. “The intelligence network, flow of information from both
human and other sources and shifting of the militants from forests to populated
areas in the month of November are the reasons for killing of militants,’’ said
an officer deployed in south Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday said Prime Minister Imran Khan
bowled a “googly” to ensure Indian government’s presence at the groundbreaking
ceremony of the landmark Kartarpur Corridor.
remarks came a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj categorically
ruled out the possibility of resumption of bilateral talks with Pakistan unless
it stops cross-border terror activities against India.
earlier invited Swaraj for Wednesday’s ceremony. But Swaraj said she was unable
to travel to Kartarpur Sahib due to prior commitments. India was represented at
the events by Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri.
said that opening of the Kartarpur border was a “big achievement” of the
cricketer-turned-politician’s government, which on Thursday completed the first
100 days in office after winning the general elections.
delivered a googly and India sent two ministers to Pakistan,” he said, using a
googly is a leg-spinner’s prize weapon, which is almost undetectable.
noted that it was the same Indian government that had said it will not engage
said a meeting with Indian counterpart Swaraj was fixed on the sidelines of the
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last year but it was cancelled by India.
He also said that India refused to engage even after the letter written by
Prime Minister Khan to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to resume bilateral
was referring to the letter Khan wrote in September, seeking to seeking to
re-start the bilateral talks.
24 hours after agreeing to have a bilateral meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi
on the sidelines of the UNGA, India called off the meeting, citing the brutal
killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing
postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.
with India are not hidden from anyone but our approach is people-centric and we
need peace for people to prosper. We need peace in order to speed up the
development of our country,” Qureshi said.
recalled that “Imran Khan said he will take two steps for every one step India
takes.” Qureshi also condemned the violence in Kashmir and said that Pakistan
always stood with people of Kashmir and would always stand by them. “This is
one issue on which all political parties are united,” he said.
on Pakistan’s “achievements” in international relations during the first 100
days of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government, Qureshi said that Pakistan’s case
at global level was not heard before — something he said his ministry was
trying to address.
neighbour wanted to weaken Pakistan,” he said, in an apparent reference to
India. “We could not present Pakistan’s case before the world because we did
not have a lawyer.
foreign minister said that the first thing on the government’s foreign agenda
was to have better relations with Afghanistan.
Pakistan foreign minister said the new government has now carved out from
scratch the country’s foreign policy priorities. He said government was
committed to have peaceful ties with all neighbours. He said that Pakistan had
set up institutional framework with Afghanistan to settle all problems.
said that Pakistan gave a lot of importance to relations with Iran and would
not let the ties with Tehran to deteriorate.
said relations with China were solid and poised to further deepen as the two
sides have given new direction to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
minister Abdullatif al-Sheikh: Muslim Brotherhood is evil, unlawful
minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz
al-Sheikh has said that Muslim Brotherhood and its leadership are ruthless and
a tweet sent out on Wednesday, he said: “The Muslim Brotherhood, especially its
leaders, do not mind doing anything, no matter how haraam (unlawful), or
repugnant it is, to harm anyone, which reveals how evil they are against the
country and its people.”
Saudi official further said that the Muslim Brotherhood’s presence can be very
toxic for any country and its people.
his tweet, minister Abdullatif al-Sheikh said: “Muslim Brotherhood is like a
very toxic snake” naming a snake which is founf in the desert.
Arabic-language Sham Times reported on Thursday that the US-led coalition has
transferred nearly 850 of the 11,000 militia stationed in Southeastern Syria to
its military bases in Western Iraq.
added that members of Ahmed Aboud, Aswad al-Sharqiyeh, Jeish Maqawir al-Thawra
and Jeish Syria al-Jadid terrorist groups are stationed in the bordering
triangle of Syria, Iraq and Jordan (al-Tanf and the nearby areas), saying that
the US has come to believe that since al-Tanf has been surrounded by the Syrian
army and its allies, its current plan in the region might prove futile in
to the report, the US wants to implement a new plot in Eastern Syria by
transferring the first group of these terrorists to Ein al-Assad base and
al-Habaniyeh base in Western Iraq which already host over 7,000 soldiers,
including 5,800 Americans and 1,200 other nationalities.
added that given the fact that the US has at present occupied the Iraqi side of
al-Qaem-Albu Kamal corridor, it seems that it is attempting to take full
control of the passageway.
to numerous witness accounts, militants are receiving training at the US
military base near the Syrian city of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Ministry
Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing last Thursday.
is also concerned about the United States’ activities in Syria, the foreign
ministry spokeswoman went on to say.
so-called US-led coalition has been conducting intensive airstrikes on the
outskirts of Hajin, occupied by ISIL, causing numerous civilian deaths,"
Zakharova stressed, noting that "according to the Syrian media, the
coalition has once again used white phosphorus shells".
Army Continues Attacks against Kurds after US Sets Up Observation Posts
Arabic-language al-Manar news channel reported on Wednesday that the Turkish
army targeted a vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at a bordering
passageway in the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa, adding that Ankara also
flew reconnaissance drones over the town's airspace.
field sources said that several SDF forces have been killed and wounded, noting
that the attack was launched only a few hours after the US set up an observation
post at the Syrian-Turkish borders.
reports said that the US forces had started surveillance operations from Tal
Abyadh and Ein al-Arab (Kobani) to Ra'as al-Ein near the borders between Syria
and Turkey to allegedly prevent Ankara's offensives against Kurds.
the Kurdish forces are building a strong 20-km cement tunnel in the South of
Ra'as al-Ein in Northern Hasaka near the border with Turkey to prepare for
confrontation against the Turkish army.
said that the Kurds have in the past week sent a large number of excavation
tools to the region and destroyed a large area of farms.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Ankara's allies acted as shields
for terrorists groups in Syria targeting Turkey's national security, and
criticized US military support to the PKK's Syrian affiliate under the pretext
of fighting Daesh (ISIL).
who have shown enmity against our country clearly are the only targets for us.
This is an opportunity for those claiming to be allies, strategic partners who
want to strengthen relations politically, economically and militarily and carry
them into the future. We will acknowledge that they side with Turkey when they
no longer stand as shields in front of terrorists groups," Erdogan said
during his address to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party)
lawmakers in Parliament.
his criticism, the Turkey's president was implicitly referring to the United
States, which supports the People's Protection Units (YPG) militarily as its
partners against Daesh in Syria. Washington's Syria policy has angered Ankara
as the latter sees no difference between the PKK, a group listed on terror
lists by Washington and EU, and its Syrian branch, the YPG.
sole target of this terrorist group, which is the Syrian branch of the PKK, is
our country. We can no long stand idle against this threat," Erdogan
stated, adding that Turkey will take the necessary action if the US does not
take into consideration Ankara's security concerns regarding the continued
arming of the YPG.
Turkish president has said previously that the YPG has received thousands of
truck-loads of weaponry from the US and that these weapons will ultimately be
used against Turkey, given the organic links between the PKK and YPG.
is clear that the aim of those arming tens of thousands of people is not the
fight against terror as there is not even one Deash element left along Turkey's
borders," Erdogan stressed, referring to the ongoing US partnership with
the YPG in Northeastern Syria, South of the Turkish border.
also added that several issues, including developments in Syria and the fight
against terror, were expected to be discussed in National Security Council
Arabic-language service of Hawar news reported on Wednesday that the Kurdish
militia blasted a military vehicle of Ankara-backed Ferqat al-Hamzeh militants
in Afrin on a road between the center of the town and the village of Basouteh
in Shirawa, killing 4 terrorists and severely wounding 2 others.
also targeted a vehicle of Jibhat al-Shamiyeh terrorist group in the village of
Koubleh near Afrin, destroying the car and killing one militant inside.
the Kurds' operations against Faylaq al-Sham terrorists on the road linking
Borj Heidar in Shirawa region killed two militants.
field sources in Afrin reported that heavy clashes erupted between the Kurds
and Turkey-backed militants in the village of al-Malekiyeh near Afrin after the
former attempted to infiltrate into the latter group's positions and was
reports said last week that the Turkish army and allied militants attacked the
Syrian Democratic Forces' positions in Hasaka and Raqqa near the borders with
Turkey as the SDF was preparing to repel Ankara's offensives.
Arabic-language al-Manar news channel reported on Wednesday that the Turkish
army's artillery units targeted an SDF stronghold near the village of
al-Monbateh West of al-Abyadh city at the border between Syria and Turkey in
field sources in Hasaka province reported that the Turkish army forces had
attacked the SDF positions in Kharab Kourt region near Qamishli at the borders.
Turkish army forces have also pounded several regions in Eastern Euphrates in
the past few days.
media activists reported that the SDF in Hasaka was digging tunnels around the
town of Ra'as al-Ayn in Northwestern Hasaka in preparation for battle with the
Turkish army and affiliated militants.
affiliated to the terrorists reported on Wednesday that a field commander of
Ankara-backed Nour al-Din Zinki group, affiliated to the so-called National
Liberation Front (NLF), namely Mohammed al-Seyed, was assassinated by unknown
assailants near the village of Aqrabat in Northern Idlib.
reports also said that unknown gunmen fired at members of Faylaq al-Sham
terrorists affiliated to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the town of
Banesh in Northern Idlib.
reports said that a military commander of Ansar al-Din militants, namely Ahmed
Bashwat, was killed by unknown raiders in Southwestern Aleppo.
operations in Northern Syria have recently increased as tensions among the
terrorist groups heightened.
among terrorist groups and insecurities in regions occupied by militants in
Idlib and Aleppo provinces have exacerbated, field sources in Northern Syria
said on Saturday, adding that more senior terrorist commanders have been shot
dead by unidentified attackers in the region.
assailants have killed several terrorist commanders, including two from Tahrir
al-Sham Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra
Front), in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
commander of Tahrir al-Sham named Abdollah Ansari was killed in an attack by
unknown gunmen in the town of Ahsam in Jebel al-Zaviyeh region in Southern
Idlib, field sources in Idlib said.
another Tahrir al-Sham commander nom de guerre Abu Jalbib was shot dead by
unidentified assailants in the town of al-Dana in Northern Idlib, they added.
Western Aleppo, a former commander of Jeish al-Mojahedin was also killed by
unknown gunmen in Batbou village.
army units in the Northern parts of the town of Mharadeh in Northern Hama
targeted the terrorists' moves towards the army positions near the village of
al-Jaisat with artillery fire, leaving heavy damage on the militants.
the Syrian army troops in Southeastern Idlib attacked the moves of the
militants towards the army-held areas in Haysh, Dar al-Salam, Babolin, Um
Jalal, al-Tamane'ah, al-Khowin, Um al-Khalakhil, al-Zarzour and Sakik regions,
inflicting heavy tolls and damage on them.
media activists reported that the Russia-run Humeimim airbase in the coastal
province of Lattakia has blown up a drone of the militants in the air.
the Syrian army's artillery units attacked the terrorists' positions in the
town of Kabaneh and the nearby areas in Northeastern Lattakia.
army forces also warded off attacks by Harz al-Mo'menin terrorist group from
Job al-Ahmar in Northeastern Lattakia after heavy clashes, killing a number of
them; other militants retreated the region towards Jisr al-Shaqour.
reports from Southwestern Aleppo said that the Syrian army has targeted the
terrorists' positions in response to their offensives on residential areas in
Jamiat al-Zahra region.
terrorists' refusal to implement the Sochi Agreement to establish a
demilitarized zone is pushing the army to initiate its long-waited assault on
militants in Idlib that had been put on hold due to the Sochi Agreement.
Mar'ei Hamdan, a Syrian military expert, was quoted by the Arabic-language
website of Sputnik news agency as saying earlier this month that Tahrir al-Sham
is in control of nearly 70% of towns and villages in Idlib province and makes
provocative moves against the Syrian army, adding that the army's commitment to
decrease tensions is not lasting forever.
added that the Syrian army has so far repelled all attacks by terrorists
against its positions and inflicted heavy damages on them, noting that the army
is now necessitated to come out of the defensive mood to retake control of
said that Tahrir al-Sham will resort to a full-scale military operation against
the Syrian and Russian armies soon, after rejecting the Sochi agreement last
October, which leaves no room for ceasefire or disarmament anymore, and
underlined that the Syrian army's battle against Tahrir al-Sham is inevitable.
the Turkey-backed Ahrar al-Sham and National Liberation Front (NLF) terrorist
groups has also dismissed the Russian-Turkish Sochi agreement and is preparing
for military operations against the army in Northern Syria, calling for a
coalition with Tahrir al-Sham.
al-Sham and other allied terrorist groups have not left the demilitarized zone
two months after the Sochi agreement and have instead reinvigorated their
strongholds and targeted the army positions every day.
reports said that the Turkey-backed NLF had put its gunmen on alert to launch a
heavy offensive against the Syrian army in the demilitarized zone in Idlib
jets on Thursday bombed several areas near Damascus as well as in southern
Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
forces bombarded for an hour positions in the southern and southwestern suburbs
of Damascus as well as in the south of Syria at the border of Quneitra
province” the Observatory’s chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Syrian state media said air defenses downed a number of “hostile targets” close
to the capital. “Our air defenses fired on hostile targets over the Kisweh area
and downed them,” the official SANA news agency reported, citing a military
area south of Damascus has been targeted by alleged Israeli strikes in the
past, which a monitor said have killed members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary
Guards force and other pro-Iranian militias. Abdel Rahman said there are
“weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah (group) as well as Iranian
forces” in Kisweh.
has carried out hundreds of air strikes in neighboring Syria against what it
says are Iranian targets. Syrian air defenses in September opened fire to
intercept alleged Israeli missiles targeting ammunition depots in the
northwestern province of Latakia, but instead downed a Russian jet.
Rahman said Thursday was the first time Syria’s air defenses had been called
into action since the incident on September 17 in which 15 Russians were
pinned responsibility for the downing of its jet on Israel, saying its plane
used the larger Russian one for cover, an allegation Israel disputed. Following
the incident, Russia sent advanced air defense missiles to Damascus.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia his country would continue to hit
hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence
across the border. He added that Israel would “continue security coordination”
process produced Syria ‘stalemate’
Astana process by Russia, Iran and Turkey to end the Syrian conflict has only
led to a “stalemate” in efforts to establish a constitutional committee crucial
to a political settlement, the US said on Thursday.
and convening of the committee by year’s end “is vital to a lasting
de-escalation and a political solution to the conflict,” State Department
spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
comments came after the outgoing United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de
Mistura, regretted that there was “no tangible progress” on the composition of
the constitutional committee at two days of talks which ended Thursday in the
Kazakh capital Astana.
and Tehran, allies of the Damascus regime, began the Astana process in January
2017 along with rebel-backer Turkey. The Astana process followed a Russian
military intervention which tipped the military balance in favor of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad’s authoritarian regime.
and Iran continue to use the process to mask the Assad regime’s refusal to
engage in the political process” under UN auspices, Nauert said. She added that
“success is not possible without the international community holding Damascus
fully accountable for the lack of progress in resolving the conflict.”
air defence forces shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles on
Thursday, Russia’s RIA news agency said citing a Syrian security source, but
Israel’s military said the report was bogus.
source said the missiles aimed at the town of Kiswah, south of the capital
Damascus, were struck before they reached their targets.
area where the incident is said to have occurred is where Hezbollah, a group
backed by Iran, has its communications and logistics hub for southern Syria
near the Israeli border, according to two senior regional intelligence sources.
is concerned that Iran’s growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its own
security and has struck dozens of Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria
over the course of the country’s seven-year conflict.
Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Twitter: “In the course of Syrian
ground-to-air missile fire, (Israel’s) air defenses sighted a single trajectory
toward an open area of the Golan Heights.”
this stage it remains unclear whether there was indeed an impact in our
territory. Our forces are scouring the area. Furthermore, the report about a
strike on an Israeli aircraft or an Israeli aerial target are bogus,” said the
Syrian state media said Syrian air defenses shot down “hostile targets” flying
over the town of Kiswah.
for recruitment of Iranian-backed militias
Syrian opposition figure familiar with the area said its proximity to the
Syrian Golan Heights made it a hub for the recruitment of Iranian-backed
militias and their deployment across the strategic border area with Israel.
has targeted this area because the Syrian army barracks there have become a
recruiting ground for Hezbollah and their militias to deploy in Quneitra,” Said
Seif told Reuters.
is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supports a number of
militias that have fought alongside the Syrian army and its allies.
Bahraini court sentenced three defendants of leading and joining a terrorist
group and of receiving fund from a group that is engaged in terrorist activity.
court ordered a life sentence to one, while the second was sentenced to 10
years in prison in addition to a fine of $265,000 and the third was sentenced to three years in
case revolved around the leaders of the outlawed terrorist group February 14
Coalition, which recruited the second defendant in order to be a member in the
organization and work under its umbrella and serve its objectives to carry out
riots, sabotage, unauthorized demonstrations, and terrorist operations in the
area of Buri.
Bahraini Public Prosecution revealed that the second defendant recruited the
third member to join the terrorist group in case he was arrested, so he can be
his successor, putting him in contact with leaders of the group outside the
reject Kabul talks in wake of deadly attack
A Taliban suicide attack on a security compound in Kabul this week that killed
10 people was designed to overshadow Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s latest
peace initiative, observers believe.
strike came as international delegates were ending a major conference on
Afghanistan in Geneva where Ghani outlined his road-map for peace with the
an attack that lasted several hours, Taliban assailants, including suicide
bombers, targeted a compound occupied by G4S, a firm that provides security for
the British Foreign Office in Afghanistan.
British national was believed to be among the victims of the attack.
said that the Taliban attack sought to overshadow Ghani’s peace plan at the
Geneva summit, and to show foreign diplomats that his National Unity Government
was incompetent and weak.
attack was also a clear rejection of the Afghan leader’s roadmap for peace.
Thursday, the Taliban issued a statement ruling out talks with Kabul to end the
war that began with the ousting of the militant group in a US-led military
campaign 17 years ago.
his peace road-map, Ghani told the Geneva forum that an elected government
chosen after the presidential election next April would be in a better position
to implement the plan.
peace deal would protect the constitutional rights of all citizens, including
women, he said.
also said that he was willing to review the constitution.
peace plan was the result of months of consultation with people across
Afghanistan, he said.
have formed the required bodies and mechanisms to pursue a peace agreement. We
are now moving ahead into the next chapter of the peace process,” Ghani said.
Afghan people need an elected government with a mandate to obtain ratification,
implement the peace agreement, and lead the social reconciliation process.”
administration has rejected proposals by US that the polls be delayed so that
talks between Washington and the Taliban can produce tangible results.
Taliban has refused to hold talks with Kabul.
his speech, Ashraf Ghani declared setting up a negotiation team that will talk
with the Islamic Emirate (Taliban). He also forwarded proposals about
negotiations that were beyond his capabilities,” the Taliban said in a
policy of the Islamic Emirate about negotiations is very clear. The Islamic
Emirate, as a representative of its nation, has waged war against the American
invaders for the past 18 years. It considers talking to powerless and
foreign-imposed entities as a waste of time because impotent sides do not
possess the capacity to make decisions,” it said.
Gen. Attiqullah Amarkhail said that the peace roadmap contained little to
inspire confidence in an end to the fighting.
Taliban attack and subsequent statement dashed any hopes that the militant
group would consider talks with Kabul, he said.
attack was a blow to Kabul, too.
government does not learn from its mistakes and experiences to put troops on
high alert when there is a leading foreign visitor in town or when government
leaders are abroad attending a key conference such as Geneva,” Amarkhail told
this attack, the Taliban showed the world at large and the Afghan people that
the government in Kabul is weak and incompetent, and that helping it is waste
of resources and time,” he said.
after his tour of the region and talks with the Taliban, Washington’s new
envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that he hoped to see a deal with the Taliban
before the presidential elections set for April 20, 2019.
of course, it would be good to have an agreement with the Taliban first and
then have the presidential election, because then the Taliban would also participate
in a possible election,” he told PBSO News Hour on Wednesday.
is possible (for the Taliban to take part). Is it likely? We will have to see.”
said that Washington was keen to see the Afghan war end and wanted to ensure
the country did not become a “platform for international terrorists against the
also said that the Taliban were not seeking a monopoly on power in Afghanistan.
militants of Taliban’s Red Unit killed in Nangarhar airstrikes
least twenty seven militants of the Red Unit of Taliban were killed during the
airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the 02
Unit of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) based in
Nangarhar province carried out airstrikes in Khogyani district, leaving at
least 27 militants of the Red Unit of Taliban dead.
statement further added that the airstrikes were carried out in Zawa area of
the district and as a result at least 3 militants were also wounded.
number of the commanders of the Red Unit of Taliban were also among those
killed, the 201st Silab Corps added.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban have not commented
regarding the airstrikes so far.
DIN, RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR —
Soe Moe, the head man of Inn Din village in northern Rakhine state best known
as the site of a massacre of 10 Muslim men and boys by their Buddhist neighbors
and the Burmese military, isn’t much inclined to speak with the press.
“incident” is all the press wants to discuss Kyaw Soe Moe implied, who refers
to Rohingya as “Kalar”, which is a usual way of describing all Muslims by most
Myanmar people. “I was not even here. I arrived here only after the incident. I
became the village head something like 10 months ago, so I did not have any
knowledge [of it].”
a media group came down here, and they asked me about that incident. But when I
asked them, ‘Did you know about the death of U Maung Nein (who was one of the
villagers allegedly killed by Muslims and it was kind of the spark which led to
the killing of 10 Muslims)? Do you know Hindu villagers were killed?’ Those
media groups did not even know about those incidents. Even if they didn’t know
about the death of U Maung Nein, they should know about the killing of Hindus.”
Reuters reporters revealed details of the September 2, 2017 attack earlier this
year. Tied together, the Rohingya, members of the Muslim minority, watched
their neighbors dig a grave before eight were shot by Myanmar troops, according
to the Reuters report. Buddhist villagers hacked the other two to death.
they were being buried, some were still making noises,” said Soe Chay, a
Buddhist who told Reuters he was one of the gravediggers.
Inn Din villagers did not want to speak with VOA and reporters from other media
outlets on the government-escorted visit. When approached, the villagers
described hiding in the local monastery because the Muslims, the Bengalis, were
attacking them. Because the massacre took place about one and a half miles (two
and a half kilometers) from the village, they said “I did not know about it.”
village, nestled amid rice fields surrounded by distant mountains, sits on the
main road to the Bangladesh border. People go about their business, with
children, women and older people on the streets.
are secure now because the Kalasare are not around us,” Kyaw Soe Moe said.
Before the massacre, the Inn Din was one of the Rakhine state villages
surrounded by Muslim villages. “As long as they are not here, we are secure.”
of the local Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.
Inn Din massacre came during an eruption of violence that came after Rohingya
insurgents, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), attacked government
security posts in August 2017. In a subsequent crackdown, which included the
massacre at Inn Din, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) estimates at least 6,700
Rohingya were killed between Aug. 25 and Sept. 24, 2017. U.S. Ambassador to the
United Nations, Nikki Haley, called the military’s response “disproportionate
Burmese military campaign also forced more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to
flee to neighboring Bangladesh. Today, Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh is the world's
largest refugee camp.
Myanmar government has blamed Rohingya insurgents for all but 10 of the
killings, according to the Reuters investigation.
Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre prompted Myanmar police to arrest
two of the Reuters reporters, Burmese citizens Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, on
December 12, 2017. They are now appealing the seven-year sentences for
violating the Official Secrets Act that they are serving, sentences that
Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has defended. Seven soldiers have been
convicted of murder.
August, a United Nations fact-finding mission issued a report that called for
Myanmar, to be investigated by the international criminal court (ICC) because
“crimes in Rakhine state, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are
similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal
intent to be established in other contexts.” The report called for the
prosecution of Myanmar’s military leaders, who had used their now-removed
Facebook pages to spread anti-Rohingya sentiment.
is no evidence at all that this is ethnic cleansing, let alone genocide,”
Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador Hau Do Suan told VOA in August. “This kind of
branding and accusation needs concrete evidence. It also needs legal proof.”
Rohingya are one of several ethnic minorities in Buddhist-majority Myanmar,
where most people view them as economic migrants from Bangladesh. The
government has denied them citizenship, even though most can show that their
families have been in Myanmar for generations. They are discriminated against
and are not allowed to move freely. They lack access to education and health
20-party alliance member Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has endorsed 22 more
tickets for the next general elections in a counter move to BNP’s alternative
candidates in the 25 seats which had been agreed upon, creating unease among
the top two alliance members.
Nationalist Party (BNP) earlier shared 25 seats with its 20-party alliance
member Jamaat to contest in the next 11th parliamentary elections.
then came to terms with BNP that its candidates would contest the upcoming
elections with the BNP’s electoral symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ in the 25
the BNP also issued tickets for their alternative candidates against the
Jamaat’s 25 candidates.
then, according to its leaders, submitted 22 more nominations in the 18
constituencies where BNP and others members of the alliance have runners.
one of the Jamaat nominees failed to submit his nomination papers, Jamaat is
now hopeful of contesting in the 46 seats in total.
leaders claimed that BNP has put alternative nominees against their men, to
keep them under pressure.
a counter move, the Jamaat leaders added, they have filed nominations as
neutral candidates in 18 constituencies.
neutral candidates include its central nayeb-e-amir Mujibur Rahman
(Rajshahi-1), its publicity secretary Tasneem Alam (Natore-1), its executive
council member Izzat Ullah (Satkhira-1), Nurul Islam Bulbul (Chapainayabganj-3)
and Shafiqul Islam Masud (Patuakhali-2) and a former secretary AFM Solaiman
aware of the matter said Jamaat came up with two requests to BNP before
issuance of the tickets – not to put any alternative BNP candidates against
their nomination aspirants in 25 constituencies and choose at least two names
of their election aspirants in the constituencies.
said this has created a kind of mistrust among them.
the other hand, BNP officials said the BNP has up the alternative candidates in
case Jamaat’s candidate fails to secure their nomination at any seat. Then BNP
candidates will contest there, instead of letting it fall vacant.
Jamaat has fought back with neutral candidates at 22 constituencies, the
concerned persons said.
usually done for the sake of bargaining and creating pressure,” said BNP’s
standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.
also said nothing can be said till the last date of nomination withdrawal, 9
December. Other understandings may come about by then.
central executive council member Syed Abdullah Md Taher said, “At first, they
(BNP) encouraged us to compete in the polls with their ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
Despite disagreements, we finally come to their terms. But, the BNP delayed in
issuing the nomination letters. Then it was impossible for us to send the
letters to our candidates. So, we informed our nomination aspirants to file
their nominations as neutral candidates.”
Afghan military in the north claims that around 70 militants were killed or
wounded during the 4-day operations in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the
Afghan forces belonging to the 10th Kandak of the Special Forces conducted
4-day operations in Dasht Archi district, leaving at least 55 militants dead.
statement further added at least 15 militants also sustained injuries during
the same operations.
large explosives caches and at least 60 fighting positions of the militants
were also destroyed during the operations, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban have not commented
regarding the operations so far.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan but the
security situation of has deteriorated more during the recent years.
police have launched an investigation into possible war crimes by members of
the Australian army in war-torn Afghanistan.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced the news in a statement on Thursday,
saying that it had received a “referral” regarding the crimes back in June and
had “accepted the matters for investigation.”
this investigation is ongoing, the AFP will not confirm or deny the specific
incidents or the identity of those subject to the investigation,” an AFP
spokesman said, without providing additional details, including on who had
referred the probe to the federal law enforcement agency.
investigation follows an inquiry led by New South Wales Supreme Court Judge
Paul Brereton, who is helping the inspector-general of the Australian Defense
Force (ADF) to investigate the actions of Australian Special Forces during some
12 years of presence in Afghanistan.
it was not clear whether the inspector-general or the ADF itself had referred
the war crimes probe to the AFP.
is not appropriate for the AFP to provide further comment at this time,” the
agency’s spokesman further said.
other inquiries, including the one being conducted by Brereton, have already
been initiated into reports of abuses by Special Forces who served in
Afghanistan as part of a US-led military coalition from 2001 to 2014.
France-Presse (AFP) reported on Thursday that a separate classified Defense
Department probe leaked to the press in June quoted testimony from Special
Forces insiders saying some soldiers had engaged in the “unsanctioned and
illegal application of violence on operations” in Afghanistan with “a disregard
for human dignity.”
a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said that Brereton’s
inquiry, which began in 2016, was understood to have uncovered a number of
incidents of possible unlawful killings by the Australian soldiers in
secretive and reportedly comprehensive probe into Australia’s elite troops,
including the Special Air Services Regiment and Commando units, would consider
possible breaches of the Geneva Convention, it added.
which is not a member of NATO, has had an active role in Afghanistan since the
US, along with a number of its NATO allies, invaded the country in 2001. That
war and occupation continues to this day, even as Australian combat troops are
say they could attend UN-led talks in Sweden if safe passage guaranteed
delegation from Yemen’s Houthis could attend talks sponsored by the United
Nations in Sweden if safe exit and return is guaranteed, the Head of the
Houthi’s supreme revolutionary committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, said on
Houthi leader said that their delegation is expected to arrive to Sweden on
Dec. 3, next week.
Arabiya's reporter said that the Yemeni government's delegation will arrive to
Sweden after the Houthis.
ambassador to Yemen said the talks that seek an end to Yemen’s war will start
next week in Sweden.
UN chief, Antonio Guterres, told reporters on Wednesday that this is “a very
crucial moment in relation to Yemen.”
envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, visited the war torn country last week for
talks with both sides, the legitimate government and the Houthis.
envoy said that he discussed with Houthi leaders “how the UN could contribute
to keeping the peace” in Hodeidah.
am here to tell you today that we have agreed that the UN should now pursue
actively and urgently detailed negotiations for a leading UN role in the port,”
he told reporters on what was his first visit to Hodeidah.
president urges Muslim countries for use of local currency in international
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged Muslim countries to use their national currencies in
order to liberate the countries from the burden of exchange rates.
is no way out of using our domestic and national currency. Otherwise we will be
crushed under the exchange rate,” he said in a speech to Standing Committee for
Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic
Cooperation (COMCEC) 34th Ministerial Session.
trade among members of the COMCEC would make them stronger, Erdoğan said. He
underlined that boosting international trade among Islamic countries is key and
said: “I invite Islamic countries to complete procedures and update concessions
lists to make a preferential trade system a reality.”
on the anniversary of the end of World War I, he said that bloodshed and crises
in the region from Syria to Iraq, Yemen and Palestine stems from lines drawn at
the war’s conclusion.
should no longer be fooled by those who try to incite their differences and turn
them on each other,” Erdoğan said.
regions where borders are drawn in blood, we should not erect new borders, new
walls in our hearts,” he added. If millions are poor and hungry in the war-torn
nation of Yemen, Muslims are responsible for that, not others, he said.
that the United Nations Security Council’s permanent membership system is
unfair, he again pushed for reforms to it. The president reiterated
significance of reforming the Security Council, using the slogan: “The world is
greater than five.”
should not fall into the trap of those who give more weight to a drop of oil
than a drop of blood,” said Erdoğan.
video purportedly showing schoolchildren being trained by Houthis to take up
arms has gone viral, showcasing the mindset of the militias who can go to any
extent in pursuit of their objectives.
the name of Allah, the Merciful, these are the students of Imam al-Nasser
School. They went for training today and the exercises were very tough. God
willing, these are the ones who will fight America and Israel,” says the man
who is seen speaking in the video.
further says that these children are the ones who will fight in the name of
Allah “Because they are practicing now and they are still a young generation
that is willing to fight the enemies of Allah”.
video ends with the battle cries of “Allah the Greatest, Death to America,
Death to Israel, curse on Jews, the triumph of Islam”.
vacuum in Palestine leaves fertile ground for radical groups
failure of the major Palestinian movements to produce any concrete results in
ending the occupation has given an international Islamic movement a chance to
shine. Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) is a unique organization that seeks
the establishment of an Islamic state. They hope to recreate the caliphate
system that initially ruled Islam after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. The
party does not partake in or support violent or military resistance activities.
Palestine, Hizb ut-Tahrir has recently focused on local social issues and not
taken part in active resistance to the Israeli occupation. A spokesman of Hizb
ut-Tahrir told Al-Monitor back in 2016 that Palestine is not their main cause.
ut-Tahrir was established in Jerusalem in 1953, but is now active in the
occupied territories and throughout the world. It has a limited but dedicated
ut-Tahrir activists got in trouble recently in the Bethlehem area when they
tried to organize a seminar that many women's organizations felt would incite
violence against them. A delegation of Palestinian women's organizations went
to the Bethlehem prosecutor with a petition against the event planned for Nov.
19 called “Women organizations seek to corrupt women, so be aware of them.”
Ismael Farraj, the director of TAM, a nongovernmental organization that trains
women in media skills, later told Al-Monitor that the aim of their protest was
not to stifle free speech but to stop incitement. “Such events incite violence
against women and we can't stand idly by and allow it to happen.”
noted that at the time when “the world is celebrating the UN’s 16 Days of
Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, it makes little sense for
defamation of women to be allowed in a public setting.”
protest action produced the intended results and the Palestinian government
ordered the event be canceled.
Ghazali, an activist with Hizb ut-Tahrir in Jerusalem, told Al-Monitor that the
topic of the seminar was purely religious and not political. “We are not
against women's organizations but we are from a religious perspective opposed
to the mixing of men and women and call for separation in all public events.”
ut-Tahrir holds annual conferences in Palestine that thousands attend. The last
conference was held in Ramallah on April 27, 2017, the 96th anniversary of the
end of the Islamic Caliphate's rule.
al-Ghazali, a political analyst and former reporter with the Associated Press
in Jerusalem, told Al-Monitor that supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir live in a
strange bubble. “They still talk about British and American conspiracies and
are unable to deal with many of the current challenges facing Palestinians.”
said that Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters are not involved in any acts of resistance
against Israel and are “opposed to Hamas and Fatah.”
added that in the past, they had taken provocative actions such as throwing
shoes at public officials in Al-Aqsa mosque, but have settled down now to focus
on communication via seminars and discussions. “They attacked Egyptian and
Jordanian officials when they visited Al-Aqsa in recent years, but they are now
content to spend their energy on raising awareness of their ideology.”
explained that unlike the Muslim Brotherhood, which works hard to build
grass-roots support, Hizb ut-Tahrir takes a top-down approach. “Hamas and
others like them work their way up by concentrating on the family, community
and the state, but Tahriris hope that one day, their supporters will conduct a
coup and take over power at the top.”
noted that the group is also “opposed to Khomeinism and Baghdadi-style Islamic
State activities,” believing that the time is not ripe yet for an Islamic
Abu Arqoub, a charismatic party leader from the Hebron area and a member of
Hizb ut-Tahrir's media bureau, has focused in recent days on opposing the newly
established Palestinian social security program, calling it theft of private
wealth. On Nov. 1, the Palestinian government introduced a social security
program that requires workers to contribute 7% of their salaries toward that
Arqoub often speaks in mosques and his anti-social security speeches receive
wide support on social media. A Nov. 24 lecture in a Hebron mosque in which he
trashed the social security program received 1,400 views on Facebook.
spokesman and chief negotiator for the Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement has
described participation in the next round of UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden
as “meaningless” amid incessant airstrikes by Saudi Arabia and its allies
against the impoverished Arab country.
in an exclusive interview with Yemeni Arabic-language al-Thawra newspaper, published on Thursday, Mohammed
Abdul-Salam said United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths had not
presented an innovative initiative and had failed to implement his
is no point in negotiations with a party that is looking to obtain through
talks what it has failed to achieve by military aggression. The UN envoy has
not offered anything new since taking office earlier this year. He has just
held discussions, exchanged viewpoints and made promises,” Abdul-Salam said.
next round of UN-sponsored peace talks between Yemen's warring sides are
expected to start next week in Stockholm.
Ansarullah official went on to say that Griffiths had not introduced “a
comprehensive political framework for a solution to the Yemeni conflict, which
takes into account the government transition phase with the inclusion of all
Yemeni political parties and other issues that have already been pledged.”
noted that the UN envoy could not take measures “like the reopening of Sana’a
airport to commercial access, the release of all prisoners and detainees, the
removal of sanctions and other confidence-building moves," adding, “These
and other stumbling blocks make us lose confidence again and think that the
United Nations cannot do anything.”
senior Yemeni negotiator pointed out that Griffiths “is focusing on issues that
are trivial and not fundamental for peace talks. He is only looking at the
possibility of bringing the warring parties together, without specifying the
most important procedures for negotiations and a framework that needs to be
agreed upon by all sides.”
he does not offer a clear and comprehensive political framework that would form
the nucleus of the next round of peace negotiations, he will not be able to
hold any further talks,” Abdul-Salam underlined.
has presented a draft UN Security Council resolution on Yemen, and called on
parties involved in Yemen’s crisis to restart peace negotiations.
conflict in Yemen can only be resolved though an inclusive political process,”
the draft resolution said.
draft sets a two-week deadline for warring Yemeni parties to remove all
barriers to humanitarian aid, halt attacks on civilian areas and allow
unhindered access to the strategic port city of Hudaydah.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing
the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED),
a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far
claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a
record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million
threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering
from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
President Vladimir Putin has endorsed a much-awaited agreement for the
establishment of a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union
(EEU) thus facilitating the process for the Islamic Republic to join the
Moscow-led regional economic bloc.
to a Kremlin announcement, the agreement became a federal law after Putin’s
endorsement and was accordingly forwarded to the relevant institutions to be
move had been approved earlier this month by Russia’s State Duma as well as the
country’s Federal Assembly.
from authorizing the creation of a free trade zone between Iran and the EU, the
document would be meant to support their cooperation over a wide range of economic
and commercial areas.
EEU is comprised of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It is
an international organization created with the aim of encouraging regional
economic integration through the free movement of goods, services and people
within the union.
bloc was established in 2015, after it superseded the Eurasian Economic
Community that functioned from 2000 to 2014. The union has an integrated single
market of 183 million people and a gross domestic product of over $4 trillion.
EEU’s prime ministers resolved in March to make talks with Tehran a priority,
scenting an opportunity to expand beyond the bloc’s combined market of 183
President Putin said last August that Moscow wanted Iran to join the EEU – a
move that was seen as crucial in bringing the two countries closer in their
plans to form a strategic partnership.
emphasized that a research had already started over the possibility of creating
a free-trade zone between Iran and the EEU.
guarantor states of the Astana peace process have ended their 11th round of
talks in the Kazakh capital, reiterating their strong commitment to Syria's
sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Russia and Syria on Thursday also rejected "all desperate attempts"
by foreign-backed militant groups to undermine the sovereignty of the Syrian
nation, Syria's official news agency SANA reported.
Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari called on all foreign
forces operating without the permission of Damascus to leave the Arab country.
also accused the US, Britain, France and Turkey of illegally dispatching troops
to Syria and occupying some parts of the country.
a declaration, the participants in the Astana talks also strongly denounced
militant groups for firing shells filled with chlorine gas at Syria’s northern
city of Aleppo this week.
chemical attack was launched from an area in the Idlib de-escalation zone which
is controlled by the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Nusra Front.
the past, the United States and its allies have used chemical attacks as a
pretext to carry out missile strikes against Syria.
11th round of talks began Wednesday, with the participation of representatives
from the Damascus government and opposition as well as the three guarantor
states of the Astana peace process.
discussions mainly focused on the situation in the de-escalation zone set up in
Idlib Province and the creation of a constitutional committee in the war-torn
10th round of talks within the Astana format took place in the Russian Black
Sea resort of Sochi on July 30-31.
army forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have hit a
military camp in Saudi Arabia’s southern Najran region with a number of
domestically-manufactured high-precision ballistic missiles in retaliation for
the kingdom’s campaign of military aggression against the impoverished nation.
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing unnamed military
officials from the missile unit of the Yemeni army, reported on Thursday that
Bir Askar camp had been hit with short-range and solid-propellant Badr P-1
missiles late Wednesday.
added that the projectiles had struck the designated targets with precision,
inflicting heavy damage on the hardware and equipment of the base, particularly
on a number of US-made Apache helicopters belonging to the Saudi army. The
explosions also triggered a huge fire, leading to more damage.
a separate report, Yemen's official Saba news agency, citing an unnamed
military official, also said that one of the missiles had hit the pilots’
dormitory in the camp, killing an unspecified number of them.
month, the Yemeni army unveiled Badr P-1 ballistic missile, which is an upgrade
of Badr-1 short-range ballistic missile, intended to precisely hit specific
targets, minimize collateral damage and increase lethality against designated
targets. Badr P-1 has a pinpoint accuracy of three meters, the army says.
another development, Yemeni army troops, supported by fighters from Houthi
Ansarullah movement, managed to retake several strategic positions held by
Saudi-led forces in Yemen’s southwestern province of Lahij.
major attack left a large number of Saudi-led mercenaries dead and destroyed
considerable quantities of weapons and ammunition.
Yemeni soldiers launched an attack against positions held by Saudi-led
mercenaries near the al-Alab border crossing in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern
region of Asir.
attack, which included a salvo of Katyusha rockets and artillery rounds, killed
a considerable number of Saudi-led mercenaries, al-Masirah said in a separate
a coalition of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, Saudi
Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former president
Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had resigned amid popular discontent and fled to
the Arab kingdom.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen.
the onset of the imposed war, the Yemeni army, backed by fighters from the country’s
popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, has been defending the impoverished nation
against the brutal aggression. The coalition is also resolute to crush the
movement as another goal in its war on Yemen, which is teetering on the edge of
than three and a half years into the war, Saudi Arabia has achieved neither of
its objectives. Riyadh had declared at the start of the invasion that the war
would take no more than a couple of weeks.
Israeli court has extended the detention of the Palestinian governor of
Jerusalem al-Quds Adnan Gheith who was kidnapped in a dawn raid on his home at
police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that Jerusalem al-Quds magistrate’s court
had extended Gheith’s remand until Sunday as the investigation continues.
lawyer for Gheith has said that the governor had committed no crimes, adding
that "the feeling is that the police are trying to prevent the defendant
from functioning in his position."
forces kidnapped Gheith in a dawn raid on his home in Silwan neighborhood on
authorities have provided few details on the reason for the kidnap, other than
saying that it was over Gheith's collaboration with Palestinian Authority
Aviv had already banned Gheith from entering the occupied West Bank for a
month, the governor was arrested by Israeli forces and held in prison for two
days before being released. He has also been taken for questioning a number of
times in recent weeks after his office was raided on November 4.
Palestinian Authority's Jerusalem al-Quds affairs minister, Adnan al-Husseini,
has also been given a three-month travel ban by Israeli authorities.
media said Gheith's arrest came following the Palestinian Authority's arrest of
an American-Palestinian man in October for selling property in East Jerusalem
al-Quds to a Jewish buyer.
Hallaq, a senior adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Jerusalem
als-Quds, said earlier this week that he believed the latest arrest was part of
Israeli efforts to pressure the Palestinian leadership to release the man.
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appointed Gheith, a longtime activist in
Fatah political party, as al-Quds governor in late August.
his role, Gheith is responsible for overseeing operations of the Palestinian
Authority in the neighborhoods within its jurisdiction on the outskirts of
UN aid chief has appealed for a halt to fighting in Yemen amid intense
diplomacy to end the ongoing Saudi aggression that has pushed millions to the
brink of famine.
Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief
Coordinator Mark Lowcock made appeal during a press briefing after arriving in
the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Thursday.
like to see a cessation of hostilities, especially around the key
infrastructure, especially around Hudaydah," Lowcock said
UN official said the fighting has once again highlighted the ongoing
humanitarian tragedy in the war-ravaged Arab country.
have come because I am very concerned about the humanitarian situation here,
which has deteriorated since I was here last."
who last visited Yemen in October 2017, called on authorities in Sana’a to
improve the environment in which the aid agencies operate.
like to see the environment, in which the aid system operates, made easier for
the aid agencies,” he said.
would like to see stronger economic support, more resources injected into the
economy, salaries paid, more foreign exchange so that ordinary people have more
money to buy the essentials to survive," he said.
will spend three days in Yemen to see first-hand the world's worst humanitarian
crisis. He is expected to hold talks with officials in Sana’a and the southern
city of Aden, which is controlled by forces loyal to former Yemeni president
Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
to the United Nations, operations at Yemen's lifeline port of Hudaydah have
dropped by almost 50 percent over the past two weeks, with shipping companies
deterred by insecurity and ongoing Saudi attacks in the flashpoint city.
UN's World Food Program said on Tuesday that a drop in the arrival of wheat and
other supplies would affect food stocks in Yemen where 14 million people are
facing possible starvation after nearly
four years of war.
agencies say the closure of the port would exacerbate the humanitarian crisis
gripping the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
developments come as the UN peace envoy Martin Griffiths is hoping to bring
warring factions to Sweden in the coming days for negotiations on ending
to start in Sweden next week
envoy to Yemen said on Thursday that UN-sponsored peace talks between Yemen’s
warring parties are expected to start next week in Sweden.
Sweden consultations led by the UN envoy will take place next week ... the
political solution is the way to move forward,” said Michael Aron, the
Riyadh-based British ambassador to Yemen.
popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the nation against
the Saudi Arabian war, said last week they were halting drone and missile
attacks, responding to a demand from the UN.
Arabia and the UAE have halted their offensive on Hudaydah, although skirmishes
continue on the outskirts. The kingdom has also stepped up its air raids after
its ground offensive faced a stiff resistance by the city's protectors.
has warned that the rise in Saudi assaults on Hudaydah could frustrate efforts
by Griffiths to rekindle peace talks in Sweden next week.
outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s
consulate in Istanbul has increased scrutiny on Riyadh’s role in conflicts in
pressure is mounting on the Trump administration over supporting the kingdom in
the wake of Khashoggi’s murder.
President Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman, who reportedly ordered the assassination of the dissident
journalist and Washington Post columnist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey last
US, Britain and France are major arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia and human
rights groups have called on the governments to cease such sales due to the
high civilian death toll in Saudi air raids in Yemen.
to UN figures, the Yemen conflict has killed nearly 10,000 people and left up
to 22 million in need of humanitarian assistance.
Announcing the boycott of American products during 32nd World Vehdat-e-Islami
conference, Ayatollah Taskheeri said Americans are openly supporting the
Israelis, hence we should avoid using their products. He said the Baitul Maqdis
is included in the rights of Muslims across the world and no one has the right
to deprive the weaponless Palestinians of their right and drive them out from their
the other hand, Ali Akbar Velayati, chief foreign policy advisor to Iran’s
supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said America and anti-Islamic forces are
trying their best to divide Muslims through various conspiracies. It is the
need of the hour to unite Muslims across the world in order to foil the
destructive strategies of America.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will pay either in ruble or lira for
the advanced Russian-built S-400 air defense missile system, regardless of
strong opposition from the United States and warnings that Turkey should not
buy the anti-aircraft platform.
to reporters before leaving for G-20 summit in Argentina on Thursday, Erdogan
said the final currency composition had yet to be agreed but confirmed he
expected the deliveries of the systems to take place in 2019.
settlements on S-400 systems must be carried out with the use of national
currencies. The transfer of these systems to Turkey should be completed by the
end of 2019 after which the provision on the settlements with the use of
national currencies, which we have suggested from the very beginning, will be
implemented by the efforts of finance ministers and central banks of the two
countries,” Turkish-language NTV television news network quoted him as saying.
Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said it is impossible to seal the
S-400 agreement with Turkey in dollar.
Russian president said he and Erdogan had agreed on another option.
also criticized the US administration for using the dollar as a pressure tool,
stating that Russia and its trade partners are working to create interbank
payment systems independent of the Belgian-based SWIFT global payment network.
number of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states
have criticized Turkey for its planned purchase of S-400 missile defense
systems from Russia, stating that the move could jeopardize Ankara's
acquisition of F-35 fighter jets.
July 15, the top American Air Force general in Europe warned that the Turkish
government’s plan to purchase Russian S-400 systems would give the advanced air
defense shield deep insight into the US radar-evading F-35 fighter jets.
that an S-400 can do that affords it the ability to better understand a
capability like the F-35 is certainly not to the advantage of the coalition,”
General Tod Wolters, who is also the NATO Allied Air Commander, said.
has emphasized that Ankara would utilize sophisticated S-400 anti-aircraft
missile systems if necessary.
will not just buy the S-400s and place them in a storehouse. We will use them
if need be. These are defense systems. What are we going to do with them if not
use these defense systems? Are we going to depend on the United States again?
We have been demanding them for years, but the answer given to us has been: The
[US] Congress is not allowing. We are tired of this,” he said in remarks
broadcast live by private Turkish-language TGRT Haber television news network
on June 12.
and his Russian counterpart said in the Turkish capital Ankara on April 3 that
they had agreed to expedite the delivery of S-400 missile systems. The delivery
is expected to start between late 2019 and early 2020.
English-language Hurriyet Daily News newspaper reported on December 29 last
year that the loan deal for four S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries had
been signed in Ankara.
developments came only two days after Chief Executive Officer of Russian state
corporation Rostec Sergey Viktorovich Chemezov told the Kommersant daily
newspaper that Russia would supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400, worth
$2.5 billion each, and Moscow was expected to begin the first deliveries in
added that Turkey would pay 45 percent of the cost of the agreement up front,
while Russia would provide loans to cover the remaining 55 percent.
S-400 system, whose full name is the Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft
Missile System (AAMS), is an advanced Russian missile system designed to
detect, track, and destroy planes, drones, or missiles as far as 402 kilometers
away. It has previously been sold only to China and India.
is striving to boost its air defense, particularly after Washington decided in
2015 to withdraw its Patriot surface-to-air missile system from Turkey's border
with Syria, a move that weakened Turkey’s air defense.
gravitating towards Russia, the Turkish military reportedly walked out of a
$3.4 billion contract for a similar Chinese system. The withdrawal took place
under purported pressure from Washington.
ties with its Western allies in NATO have been strained over a range of issues.
has been critical of Washington for supporting Kurdish groups in Syria that he
says are responsible for terror attacks inside Turkey.
will retaliate ‘in proportion’ to any US sanction over Muslim Uighurs:
will retaliate “in proportion” if the United States sanctions its top official
in the restive region of Xinjiang over alleged human rights abuses, China’s
ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, adding that Beijing’s policies
in the region are to “re-educate” terrorists.
Ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai told Reuters in an interview that China’s
efforts to combat international terrorism are held to a double standard,
comparing Chinese actions in Xinjiang to US troops battling Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria.
you imagine (if) some American officials in charge of the fight against ISIS
would be sanctioned?” Cui said, adding “if such actions are taken, we have to
did not elaborate on specific actions China might take. Beijing has faced an
outcry from activists, academics, foreign governments and UN rights experts
over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the mostly Muslim Uighur
minority and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang.
August, a United Nations human rights panel said it had received many credible
reports that a million or more Uighurs in China are being held in what
resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.
officials have said the Trump administration is considering sanctions targeting
companies and officials linked to China’s crackdown on minority Muslims,
including Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who, as a member of the
powerful politburo, is in the upper echelons of China’s leadership.
said that while the United States was using missiles and drones to kill
terrorists, “we are trying to re-educate most of them, trying to turn them into
normal persons (who) can go back to normal life,” Cui said.
see what will happen. We will do everything in proportion,” he said, responding
to a question on how China would retaliate to possible US sanctions on Chen.
comments are the strongest response yet to US threats on the issue.
such US sanctions decision against so senior an official as Chen would be a
rare move on human rights grounds by the Trump administration, which is engaged
in a trade war with China while also seeking Beijing’s help to resolve a
standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
sanctions could be imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, a federal law that
allows the US government to target human rights violators around the world with
freezes on any US assets, US travel bans, and prohibitions on Americans doing
business with them, US officials have said.
authorities routinely deny any ethnic or religious repression in Xinjiang. They
say strict security measures – likened by critics to near martial law
conditions, with police checkpoints, the detention centers, and mass DNA
collection – are needed to combat the influence of extremist groups.
initial blanket denials of the detention facilities, officials have said that
some citizens guilty of “minor offences” were sent to vocational centers to
improve employment opportunities.
a briefing in Washington on Monday, a Uighur woman, Mihrigul Tursun, 29, told
reporters she had experienced physical and psychological torture, including
electrocution while strapped to a chair, during 10 months in Xinjiang detention
who wept and shook as a translator read her prepared statement, said her three
children were taken from her while she was in detention and that her
four-month-old son had died without explanation in government custody.
Chinese government claims that the detention facilities serve vocational
purposes, she said many of the dozens of other women in her cell were
“well-educated professionals, such as teachers and doctors.”
said she witnessed nine women die during one three-month period she spent in
detention, including from sickness after being denied medical treatment.
could not independently verify her account, though numerous former detainees
have begun to share similar first-hand details with media. China’s embassy in
Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tursun’s
assessments of the conditions in Xinjiang are nearly impossible given
restrictions on journalists from openly reporting from the region.
human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called on China to allow monitors in
Xinjiang, though Beijing has responded by telling her to respect China’s
city to fine LGBT for being ‘public nuisance’
An Indonesian city plans to slap its gay and transgendered residents with a one
million rupiah (US$70) fine for disturbing “public order”, underscoring a
marked rise in discrimination against the Muslim-majority nation’s small LGBT
country of 260 million is in the grips of a moral panic, with critics saying
the vulnerable LGBT minority is being used as a political punching bag in the
run-up to 2019 elections.
is not illegal in Indonesia — except in Islamic law-abiding Aceh province — but
there has been a backlash against the community in recent years.
shift, led by increasingly powerful religious hardliners, has dented
Indonesia’s reputation for moderate Islam.
week, Pariaman city on Sumatra island passed a sweeping regulation banning
“acts that are considered LGBT”.
regulation, which has been reviewed by AFP, forbids “immoral acts” between
same-sex couples and prohibits residents from “acting as a transvestite”, but
it offers few concrete examples of banned behaviour.
LGBT and transgender people will be subject to sanctions and fines if they
disturb the public order,” said Fitri Nora, head of the local legislature.
deputy mayor Mardison Mahyudin said the new rules were born out of “anxiety”
about Indonesia’s LGBT community.
demonstrations have erupted in several cities recently, including the capital
Jakarta, while authorities hosed down a group of transgender women in what they
called a “mandatory bath”.
cities in West Sumatra province, including Pariaman, have taken steps to
marginalise LGBT groups, and the provincial government called a special meeting
Thursday to discuss the issue.
the meeting, governor Irwan Prayitno said officials and concerned parties were
searching for a province-wide solution to the “LGBT problem”.
LUMPUR, Nov 30 ― Kelantan Mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad has warned
organisers against continuing to hold the rally protesting the International
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) on
Straits Times (NST) reported him warning that instigators may take advantage of
the event to cause trouble and spark riots.
in Islam, when we want to achieve something, we should consider the good and
the bad. If there’s more bad than good, why would we continue?
might take advantage to spark riot in a rally like this. In my opinion, it’s
better if this rally is not taking place,” he was quoted saying by NST.
also suggested for critics of ICERD to show their gratitude by holding prayers
in mosques, after Putrajaya cancelled its intention to ratify the human rights
same suggestion for prayers had also been made by Home Minister Tan Sri
Muhyddin Yassin, who advised for the rally to not go ahead.
parties led by Umno previously planned to hold the rally on Dec 8 to protest
against the planned ratification of ICERD, but now claim this will be to give
thanks to the government’s decision not to do so.
(AFP): A jailbreak in western Indonesia has left 90 inmates on the run after
they escaped by breaking down fences when they were supposed to be at a prayer
gathering, an official said Friday.
prisoners fled from the prison in Banda Aceh on Thursday night, although some
were quickly recaptured.
were 726 inmates at the time, 113 of them ran away. We have recaptured 23 of
them but are still searching for the other escapees,” justice ministry
spokesman Ade Kusmanto said.
inmates were out of their cells for mass prayers in the Muslim-majority nation,
but some took advantage of the situation by breaking the prison’s fence with
barbells, Kusmanto said.
have launched a massive hunt for the escapees and heightened security at the
officers were on duty to safeguard the prison when the inmates escaped.
are not uncommon in Indonesia, where prisoners are often held in poor
conditions at overcrowded prisons.
May last year, more than 400 inmates broke out after mass prayers at an
overcrowded prison in Riau province.
helped South Sudan breach EU arms embargo, says source
helped funnel European arms and ammunition to South Sudan at the height of its
civil war, circumventing a European Union arms embargo on the East African
country, a weapons monitoring group said on Thursday.
Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said South Sudan arranged for the Ugandan
government to provide end-user assurances for purchases of weapons and
ammunition from Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia.
weaponry, delivered to Uganda in 2014 and 2015, was then transferred to neighboring
South Sudan, CAR said in a report based on four years of research.
have a paper trail from point of manufacture, through export to Uganda, through
diversion to South Sudan, and to the recovery of the weapons on the
battlefield,” said James Bevan, head of CAR.
military spokesman declined to comment on the accusations until he had read the
report. South Sudan’s government spokesman declined requests to comment by
phone and email.
report documented how senior South Sudanese military officials were involved in
this process from beginning to end.
Ugandan government openly provided arms and troops in support of the South
Sudanese military in the war that began in 2013. But Uganda’s role in the
transferring of these weapons has not previously been documented in such
detail, Bevan said.
than a third of South Sudan’s 12 million people have been uprooted by the
conflict, which erupted two years after South Sudan gained independence in
report also documented secret shipments of Sudanese and Chinese-manufactured
weapons from Sudan to opposition fighters in South Sudan by air and land from
2014 until at least mid-2015.
routinely denies supporting rebels in South Sudan’s war. Both Sudan and Uganda
are key sponsors of the latest peace agreement and are poised to deploy
peacekeeping troops into South Sudan.
Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal with rebel factions in
September. A previous peace deal signed in 2015 fell apart a year later after
clashes broke out between government forces and rebels.
1994, the European Union has maintained an arms embargo on Sudan. It extended
the ban to cover South Sudan when it split from Sudan seven years ago.
which identifies and tracks weapons and ammunitions in war zones, said there
was no suggestion that the European countries exporting arms to Uganda were
complicit or even aware the arms were diverted to South Sudan.
the retransfers from Uganda to South Sudan may have breached end-use or
non-transfer commitments made to exporters as a prior condition of sale, the
report documented hundreds of weapons and over 200,000 rounds of ammunition
used in the conflict across South Sudan.
than 383,000 people may have died as a result of the South Sudan’s civil war,
with around half of the lives lost estimated to be through violence, according
to a study published in September by London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Essebsi: Ennahda threatened me personally
President Beji Caid Essebsi said on Thursday that the Ennahda Movement Party
threatened him personally and that he would not allow it.
comments came during his supervision of the National Security Council’s meeting
at Carthage Presidential Palace.
media reported that the Tunisian president said during the meeting- that the
recent statement of Ennahda Movement Party in which it denounced a published
press release by the country’s presidency carrying a statement of one of the
members of the defense team of assassinated political opponents Chokri Belaid
and Mohamed Brahmi in 2013, after his meeting with him- carries in it a direct
threat to him personally.
Tunisian president said that he will not allow that and the final say is for
the judiciary system, according to reports by local media.
Beji Caid Essebsi added that he receives all the parties without exception as
president of Tunisia, noting that “what I had been briefed on by the legal
defense team of the martyrs Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, was reasonable.”
Tunisian president confirmed that the defense team handed him a “volume” of
documents related to what is known as the secret apparatus of Ennahda Movement,
pointing out that the subject of this apparatus has become known to all the
world and is no longer a secret.
AMMAN: Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar is
in Jordan for crucial reconciliation talks with Libya’s Fayez Sarraj, head of
the Presidential Council, Arab News has learned.
government sources told Arab News that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the head
of the Libyan National Army, is in Jordan without giving reasons for the visit.
Pundits believe it aims to speed up
reconciliation talks with Sarraj.
a Jordanian website announced that Sarraj will be visiting Jordan Saturday as
the head of a large contingency that includes the head of the intelligence
service, and the ministers of higher education, heath and foreign affairs.
Mohammed Barghathi, the Libyan ambassador to Jordan, posted on Wednesday on his
Facebook account a photo of himself taken with with Haftar.
with Field Marshal Khalifa Bilqasim Haftar the commander-in-chief of the Libyan
Army,” the ambassador said in the post. The meeting included “discussions about
the homeland and the building of the state and commitment to holding elections
and respecting the peaceful transfer of power.”
called such future actions “the basis to build the hope for national state.”
is unclear what the added value of Jordan is for the Libyans. Adnan Abu Odeh, a
former adviser to King Hussein and King Abdullah, told Arab News that he was
surprised by the news.
US military says it has killed three al-Shabaab extremists with an airstrike in
central Somalia as it continues to attack a new base of operations for the
US Africa Command statement says Tuesday's airstrike was carried out "in
the vicinity of Quy Cad near Debatscile" in the Mudug region.
US last week reported several airstrikes in Mudug killed 50 al-Shabab
extremists. The group recently relocated to the region as a key training and
planning base after the US and allies increased pressure and surveillance
Nigerian Army on Thursday said its troops killed four Boko Haram terrorists
when they attempted to attack 118 Battalion location at Arege village in Borno.
army said in its Twitter handles that on November 28, the troops successfully
repelled the terrorists’ attack, killed several of them and recovered high
disclosed that the terrorists suffered heavy casualties and fled in disarray
leaving behind four dead bodies of their members.
Haram met their waterloo and suffered heavy casualties yesterday evening Nov.
28, 2018; when they attempted to infiltrate 118 Battalion location at Arege in
Abadam Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno.
terrorists were completely routed by the troops, neutralising many of them
while others fled in disarray due to superior firepower. As a result, they
hastily evacuated most of their corpses under the cover of darkness.
during exploitation of the general area at dawn, the gallant troops discovered
four Boko Haram terrorists’ corpses and recovered the following weapons- one
Anti Aircraft Gun, four AK 47 rifles and one Light Machine Gun,’’ the army
John Owen Nwachukwu
Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for
approving increment of police officers’ salary.
Buhari on Wednesday announced a huge increase in the salary of the Nigerian
review is expected to affect all policemen from the highest to the lowest rank.
a press statement signed by MURIC Director, Ishaq Akintola, and issued to DAILY
POST on Thursday, the Muslim rights organization said it welcomed the decision
with great pleasure.
statement said, “It is a new dawn. President Buhari has energized our police.
This is the kind of motivation the police needs.
increase which is said to be about 300% above the former salary will address
the country’s security challenge and substantially reduce bribery and
corruption in the system.
is the greatest motivation ever received by the Nigerian police. Nigerians have
been blaming the police wrongly for some time now.
MURIC has been consistent in analyzing the situation very objectively. We have
always placed the blame on lack of motivation, poor salary structure, lack of
welfare and poor equipment.
commend Buhari for listening to our cries. This is a listening leader. No
administration in the history of this country has done so much for the police
Buhari assumed office, the police force had just 317,000 men watching over a
population of more than 220 million when the global best practice as
recommended by the United Nations is one policeman to every 500 citizens.
the spate of three years, he has increased police population to 334,000. He
first approved the recruitment of 10,000 about two years ago and another 6,000
not long after that. There is no iota of doubt that Buhari will do more if he
is given another four years in power.
we compare his performance to that of his predecessors we will find a huge
difference. In 2002, the Federal Government (FG) promised to recruit 40,000
promise remained on paper till today. Although Buhari did not make any promise
to the police during the 2015 electioneering campaigns, he has come up with
surprise packages for them.
wailers may still not see change in this development. We respect constructive
criticism but we find it difficult to understand blind and fanatical doubting
wailers have failed to see Buhari’s home-grown school feeding programme which
has accommodated over nine million children across twenty-two states.
have ignored FG’s trader-money which gives direct empowerment to market women
across the country. They have turned the blind eye at N-Power volunteer corps
which employs 500,000 Nigerian graduates.
there is more. The Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) gives N5,000 monthly to the
extremely poor. In the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, a soft
loan scheme targets 1.6 million women, traders, artisans, small businesses and
the scheme, soft loans of between N10,000 and N100,000 is given to these
categories of people without interest with a repayment period of three months
to six months and administration cost of 5 per cent by the Bank of Industry.
appears that Buhari’s Social intervention programmes (SIPs) annoy wailers
because Buhari is sharing money to the poor masses directly instead of putting
it in the private pockets of politicians.
was the practice during the sixteen years of pillage. But change is here. It is
no longer business as usual. The tap from which money was flowing into the
buckets of politicians has been turned off courtesy of BVN and Treasury Single
Account (TSA). Stealing is now corruption.
are on their own if they still cannot appreciate this administration.
Objectivity demands that one shows respect even for the enemy when the latter
achieves an extraordinary feat. Buhari recognized June 12 but instead of
admitting the giant stride, wailers said it was politics. They said he was
buying votes with the welfare programmes.
is building the second Niger Bridge which previous administrations have failed to
attend to despite humongous allocations earmarked for the project. That project
which will cost N210 billion is 50% complete.
rail line which is gulping $1.4 billion is 80% complete. Nigerians are being
shown pictures and video clips of the progress of these projects yet wailers
are yelling. We have no doubt that wailers will still complain even if Buhari
constructs Macadam roads to their bedrooms. Wailers are haters.
are waiting to see how the spoilsports in the National Assembly (NASS) will
frustrate this good move. We want to see how increase in police salary will be
ambushed. It is in the character of some politicians to spoil the good work of
government so as to make the president unpopular, with the hope that this will
enhance their own inordinate ambition of seizing the reins of power.
Nigerians are not fools. They know those who are causing distractions. They
know those who are overambitious. They know those who want to rule by hook or
by crook. But above all, Almighty Allah is waiting for those who plot against
the Nigerian people, ‘Verily your Lord lies in wait’ (Qur’an 89:14 Inna Rabbaka
yesterday Buhari reduced JAMB and NECO examination fees from N5,000 to N3,500
in order to make it easier for children of the poor to register for those
crucial examinations. These and other welfarist innovations of this
administration further cement our conviction that Buhari cares.
as we appreciate President Buhari’s great contributions to growth particularly
the new police salary structure, we must ask for more, just like Oliver Twist.
The police still needs better equipment. Every policeman should have a
walkie-talkie and a pistol stuck in his belt. Patrol cars should come at one
for every two policemen. We also call for improved welfare like life insurance
scheme for the police.
also commended the Police Service Commission. “We appreciate the Police Service
Commission under the able leadership of Alhaji Musiliu Smith. We can feel the
commission’s contribution in the recent development.
call on the police to remember the old aphorism that to whom much is given,
much is expected. They should reciprocate with the speed of light. We are in a
season of change. Nigerians want action.
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