• Ayodhya Case: Muslim Body
Cancels Eid-e-Milad Processions in Gujarat Cities
• In Assam, Muslim Outfit to Donate
Rs 5 Lakh for Building Temple in Ayodhya
• Ayodhya Verdict: Sunni, Shia
Waqf Boards Won’t File Review Plea
• Islam Introduced Concept of
First Welfare State in Human History: PM Imran
• India, Pakistan Have ‘Zero’
Contact Despite Border Cooperation: Islamabad
• Uyghurs Are Facing 'Cultural
Genocide' In China But In Australia They're Fighting For Their History
• Kurds Tell EU: Get Tough with
Turkey or Face ISIS Fighters
• Upshot of Trump’s Bigotry: More
Muslims Are Getting Elected!
• Desecration of Muslim Graves
Might Be Linked To Christian Cult, Says Expert
• President Kovind, PM Modi
Wish People on Milad-Un-Nabi
• In Assam, Muslim Outfit to
Donate Rs 5 Lakh for Building Temple in Ayodhya
• Ayodhya case verdict:
Secularism not easy to crush, says academic
• Sunni Waqf Board slams Owaisi
• 'No More Politics on the
Issue': Common Refrain among Muslim Residents in Ayodhya Post SC Verdict
• Evidence of Ram Worship, Muslim
Parties Unable to Prove Ownership: Why SC Ruled in Favour of Temple
• Muslim point valid: Janmasthan
• Ayodhya judgment is out, now
fix the economy, say Muslims in Delhi
• Ayodhya Verdict: Hindu, Muslim
religious leaders distribute sweets in Himachal's Hamirpur after SC judgment
• Ayodhya: Five-acre plot for
mosque may be across river Saryu
• Ayodhya: Regional parties sing
in unison, welcome SC verdict as ‘historic’
• Ayodhya verdict to strengthen
unity & integrity of India: Amit Shah
• Ayodhya verdict: Lawyers
slogged without a break, a junior put off her engagement
• Damage, desecration &
demolition of Babri Masjid illegal acts, says SC
• As Modi thanks Imran on
Kartarpur, Pakistan rakes up Kashmir, Ayodhya
• Pakistan-linked company in fray
for Indian e-passport chips: Vyapam whistle-blower to PMO
• Don't interfere in Kashmir,
stop 'eyeing' Punjab: Amarinder Singh to Pakistan
• Pakistan opens visa-free border
crossing for India Sikhs
• Sikhs Praise PM Imran for
Making Kartarpur Dream Come True
• Lift all restrictions in
Kashmir: Pak PM Imran tells India at Kartarpur inauguration ceremony
• Pakistan's ailing ex-premier
Nawaz Sharif to leave for London on Sunday
• Has the MQM founder breached
his bail conditions?
• NA sees heated debate amid snap
is the beginning': PM Imran inaugurates Kartarpur Corridor on historic day
• Prophet's birth 'purified
civilisation', says PM Imran in message on Eid-i-Miladun Nabi
• Babri Mosque, Lahore Gurdwara:
Legal parallels, different outcome
• President, PM urge nation to
follow Iqbal’s message of self-esteem
• Azadi Marchers holding
‘Seerat-un-Nabi’ Conference for 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal
• Rahmatan lil 'Alamin starts
• Malay bibles not a threat to
Muslims, backbencher tells Penang legislative assembly
• ISIS preys on domestic workers
in Hong Kong, Singapore
• For Iran, Neighbors Always Come
First, Zarif Says At 24th ECO Summit
• Iran Slams US Human Rights
Claims As 'Shameless Hypocrisy'
• Yemen: Thousands mark Prophet
Mohammad's birthday in Sana'a
• Turkey-Affiliated Forces,
Terrorists Clash with Syrian Army in Hasaka
• Spokesman Raps Netanyahu for
Lies about Iran's Intention to Develop N. Weapon
• Iran Unveils Home-Made Tank
• Iran able to enrich uranium up
to 60 percent: Official
• Government soldiers take back
northern Syrian village from Turkish forces, allies
• Saudi-led aggressors have to
bear tragic consequences if Yemen war persists: Houthi
• Yemeni president directs state
agencies to implement Riyadh agreement
• Pompeo Slams Iran
'Intimidation' Of IAEA Inspector As 'Outrageous'
• Over 77,000 inmates lodged in
114 jails with capacity of 57,742, SC told
• US-born ISIS bride appeals
again to come home from Syria
• Judge slams council after three
Muslim children were ‘fed bacon sandwiches while in foster care’
• First Presidency Welcomes
Leader of Muslim World League
• Bosnian Jews and Muslims tell
the story of ‘Sarajevo’s Purim’
• UK admits assisting Saudi royal
family guard enforce 'public order'
• Muslims' call to prayer blocked
• Some Syrian refugees say they
would rather remain in Turkey
• Turkey says it will participate
in Syria summit with Britain, France and Germany
• Airstrike Kills Taliban Commander
Who Had Killed 3 Judges In Logar Provinces
• Taliban’s shadow judge, Red
Unit commander and 2 Uzbek militants killed in Faryab
• Airstrikes kill 13 ISIS
militants in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan
• Ghostriders help Afghan forces
both on battlefield and psychologically: U.S. military officials
• Amid Heightened Violence during
Protests, Iraqi PM Promises New Electoral Reform
• UN Finds: Morsi's Death
‘State-Sanctioned Arbitrary Killing’
• Muslim World League chief meets
Trump adviser, US researchers
• UAE calls on Iran to seek new
deal with world powers, region
• Heavy fighting between Syrian
and Turkish troops
• Four Syrian soldiers killed in
clashes with Turkish-led forces
• Iraqi forces push protesters
back to main square, kill five
• Two security forces killed in
blast in Egypt’s Sinai, say officials
• Iran says it is now enriching
uranium to five percent
• Lebanon’s grand mufti calls for
protesters’ demands to be met
• Congolese Forces Kill 25
Militants In Eastern Offensive: Army
• 'So many dead' in attack on
mine workers in Burkina Faso: Survivors
• UN experts say Libya airstrike
likely tied to Haftar allies
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Kovind, PM Modi Wish People on Milad-Un-Nabi
DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday
wished people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi - the birthday of Prophet
the wishes, the President wrote on Twitter: "On the occasion of
Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), good wishes to all
fellow citizens, especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and
abroad. His message of universal brotherhood and compassion inspires us to work
for the well being of all."
Minister Modi tweeted: "Greetings on Milad-Un-Nabi. Inspired by the
thoughts of Prophet Muhammad, may this day further the spirit of harmony and
compassion in society. May there be peace all around."
Case: Muslim Body Cancels Eid-e-Milad Processions in Gujarat Cities
Muslim community in several cities in Gujarat has decided to call off
processions to mark Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, to
be held on Sunday, Ahmedabad Congress MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh said.
processions will not be held in Ahmedabad, Surat, Godhra and Bharuch, all
cities with sizable Muslim populations, he added.
a statement, Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Central Committee of Ahmedabad said the
decision to cancel the procession was taken on Saturday evening after
consulting community leaders, MLAs and scholars.
view of the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya today, we have decided not to take
out Eid-e-Milad procession on Sunday. Though police has given us permission, we
feel a stray incident during the procession can vitiate the peaceful
atmosphere. We want communal harmony to remain intact," said Habib Mev,
the committee's general secretary.
claimed it is the first time in three-decades that the procession has been
cancelled in Ahmedabad.
taking this decision, we consulted leaders, including Shaikh. All of them
advised us not to take out the procession in the interest of peace and harmony.
We have learnt that committees in other cities have also decided
likewise," said Mev.
procession in Ahmedabad, normally comprising 100 trucks, moves for about three
kilometers in Muslim dominated areas of the Old City and over 4 lakh people
take part in it, he said.
at the current situation, a small mischief can create a law and order
situation. As per my knowledge, 99 per cent processions to be taken out
tomorrow across the state have been called off for the sake of peace and
communal harmony," said Dariyapur MLA Shaikh.
Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the
construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the
Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
Assam, Muslim Outfit to Donate Rs 5 Lakh for Building Temple in Ayodhya
Muslim students’ body from Assam has announced that it will donate Rs 1 lakh
for the construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
All Assam Goriya Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad, a youth and student council of
indigenous Muslims in Assam, made the announcement after the Supreme Court
verdict on the matter on Saturday.
welcome the Supreme Court’s historic verdict. We urge everyone to accept the
verdict and maintain peace and harmony. Our organization will provide Rs 1 lakh
for the construction of the Ram Temple,” a statement issued by the
organization’s general secretary Mainul Haque said.
Verdict: Sunni, Shia Waqf Boards Won’t File Review Plea
The UP Sunni Waqf Board, a key litigant in the Ayodhya case, welcomed the
Supreme Court’s verdict and said it will not file a review or curative
Shia Central Waqf Board, another party in the case, also hailed the judgment,
but said the five acres allocated to the Sunni board should have been given to
it. However, the Shia board clarified it would not go in for an appeal.
Sunni board’s chairman Zufar Faruqi said, “Any statement in this regard by an
individual, lawyer or organisation which mentions that UP Sunni Central Waqf
Board will go for a review is not our line.” Faruqi was referring to the
reaction of Sunni board counsel Zafaryab Jilani earlier in the day, saying the
verdict has contradictions. “We will seek a review,” Jilani had said.
he later clarified that he had reacted as AIMPLB secretary and not as the Sunni
board counsel. Faruqi said Muslim outfits, in general, had agreed earlier that
they would welcome whatever verdict SC pronounced. However, Shia board chief
Wasim Rizvi questioned the granting of land to Sunni board, saying Babri Masjid
was built by Mir Baqi, a Shia.
Introduced Concept of First Welfare State in Human History: PM Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that State of Madina established by Holy Prophet
Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was a guiding principle for the people of all ages
as it had not merely focused the betterment of Muslims but the whole humanity.
his message on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi being celebrated on Sunday to
mark the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him),
the prime minister said Islam had introduced the concept of first welfare state
in the human history which was executed by the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)
and his companions.
said the high principles being followed by today’s modern welfare states had
already been practiced by the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) by establishing
State of Medina in the age of darkness and the deteriorating society.
the companions of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) further enriched this
concept through ensuring justice and equality in their respective tenures which
was the golden chapter of the world history.
the people and the Muslim Ummah on Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the prime minister said
the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was the embodiment of high morals who had
started preaching Islam after getting recognition as truthful and honest.
said the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) had never told lie nor breached the
trust. He had not only accepted the norms of other religions but also committed
to adhere to those at the time when one could not imagine so.
prime minister said the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), through his good
governance, had established such a welfare state that had guaranteed equal
rights to everyone besides giving religious freedom to all the citizens.
were the golden principles of the State of Madina which did not exist in any
state of that era, he added.
Pakistan Have ‘Zero’ Contact Despite Border Cooperation: Islamabad
says there are “zero” contacts between Pakistan and India, despite the opening
of a border crossing between the two nuclear-armed neighbors for Indian
pilgrims to visit a Sikh temple, which was a landmark act of cooperation
between the two rivals.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi described the gloomy picture of
Islamabad-New Delhi relations during an interview with Reuters on Friday, the
news organization reported on Saturday.
added that the bilateral ties had not been as strained as they are now since
the two sides fought on their border for months in the northern area of Kargil
back in 1999.
is no back channel. We’ve had wars, things have been worse than this, but
things are bad,” Qureshi said.
a border crossing pact signed by the two sides, Sikh pilgrims are allowed to
have a visa-free access from India to the Pakistani town of Kartarpur, home to
a temple marking the site where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, died.
founder of Sikhism was born here. This is our real home,” said a 32-year-old
pilgrim from New Delhi on his first visit to Pakistan, adding that Pakistani
and Indian Sikhs, though wearing different lanyards, have mingled inside the
a statement, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan described the pact as a
“testimony of our commitment towards peace of the region.”
Islamabad and New Delhi hope that when fully operational, around 5,000 pilgrims
will be able to cross into Pakistan on a daily basis via the new checkpoint, a
huge increase on current numbers.
two countries have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.
They came close to a fourth in February this year after a terrorist bomb attack
by a purported Pakistan-based militant group claimed the lives of scores of
Indian paramilitary troopers in the Indian part of the disputed Kashmir region,
which both countries claim.
bilateral relations have been particularly tense since August, when New Delhi
stripped autonomy and statehood from its portion of Kashmir and imposed a
further wave of crackdown on dissent there. Islamabad reacted by severing trade
and transport ties and expelling India’s ambassador.
Are Facing 'Cultural Genocide' In China But In Australia They're Fighting For
a rainy evening in Melbourne, the Collingwood Town Hall comes alive with a
whirl of colour.
Uyghurs are celebrating traditional song and dance to defy Beijing
say China is enacting 'cultural genocide' by attacking language and religion
serving Uyghur food are building a sense of community
a vibrant celebration of traditional Uyghur music, the crowd rises to their
feet and dances, blurring the line between the audience and the performers.
Uyghur people — and their culture — are under threat in China's far
north-western region of Xinjiang.
than a million Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, have been rounded up
and detained in mass internment camps.
rejects comparisons to "concentration camps" — Beijing has repeatedly
said the facilities are vocational centres or "boarding schools" that
are necessary to prevent "extremism" and "terrorism".
China's campaign against the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities extends far
beyond restrictions to freedom and thought — it also attempts to sever them
from their roots, history and lineage.
experts say, amounts to "cultural genocide".
in Australia, defiant Uyghurs like Ms Ashmajy — whose sister is detained in
Xinjiang — are determined to celebrate and share their rich culture.
want to be a voice for voiceless people who are suffering in concentration
— who exactly are the Uyghurs?
Uyghurs are of central Asian ethnicity and began converting to Islam in the
vast majority of the world's Uyghurs live in Xinjiang — which is geographically
closer to Tehran than Beijing — but there are also large communities outside
China's western borders, such as in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
Uyghurs declared a short-lived independent state of East Turkestan in the
mid-19th century, but it was subsumed as an "autonomous" region —
similar to Tibet — by the People's Republic of China in 1949.
Uyghurs still refer to their homeland as East Turkestan today.
speak their own language — also called Uyghur — which is written in modified
is similar to Uzbek, Kazak and Turkish, and Uyghurs can often understand and
communicate in those languages.
Nadira Yusuf, who runs a language school for Uyghur children in Melbourne,
keeping Australian-born children connected to their heritage is key.
language is completely banned in China," she said.
still hope one day when we go back, the kids will be able to communicate with
Muqam, there is no Uyghur'
Tursun is a master of Uyghur Muqam — a UNESCO-protected Islamic melodic
tradition unique to his people.
in a gold-lined tunic, he strums a long-necked lute and sings. His voice swells
to a point where it sounds very far away, until it is joined by other voices
and re-tethered to the room.
Tursun, who worked as a truck driver and at a chicken factory when he first
moved to Australia, said the artform is inextricably entwined with his people.
Muqam there is no Uyghur. To speak of Uyghur people is to speak of Muqam, and
to speak of Muqam is to speak of the Uyghurs," he said.
customs, way of life, joys and sorrows, all kinds of experiences of the Uyghur
people are all embodied in Muqam.
for more than a thousand years, the music is imbued with history and religious
significance, incorporating strings, drums and the piano accordion.
all 12 cycles of this music were to be performed in one sitting, it would take
and Uyghur culture expert Elise Anderson told the ABC the artform tackles what
it means to be human and to grapple with the divine — it is also infused with a
nationalist yearning for a homeland.
to Dr Anderson, Uyghur music has managed to evade Chinese censors for decades —
for example, by referring to God (or Allah) in vague terms as a
"lover" — but in recent years Beijing's cultural crackdown has
escalated to unprecedented levels.
genocide' ripping at the threads of identity
the mass detentions, China has waged a campaign to stamp out many facets of
the re-education centres, Uyghurs are taught to write and speak in Mandarin,
instructed in Chinese Communist Party thought and discouraged from practicing
have been destroyed or are required to fly the Chinese flag.
and professors have been detained, while majors in the subject of Muqam are no
longer offered at universities.
the use of Islamic names, the growing of "abnormal beards" and the
wearing of veils have been prohibited by Beijing.
a policy document unearthed by Adrian Zenz orders officials to "break
their lineage, break their roots, break their connections, and break their
genocide is an appropriate term," Dr Anderson said, for what is unfolding
are seeing this systematic attempt to wipe things out, this systematic attempt
to eliminate," she said.
"is interested in moulding Uyghurs into these perfect Chinese citizens
that it has imagined," she added, and Uyghur people were being prevented
from speaking their own language, reading their own books and listening to
their own music.
a very personal kind of invasion of your life. But it's also something that
rips away the threads that connect you to the other people around you and to a
sense of tradition that for Uyghurs in particular, is very, very important —
really traumatic, and it's the kind of trauma that I think can be inherited … I
think that the effects of this are going to ripple for generations and
generations to come."
to eat forbidden food, Uyghurs dance to defy Beijing
control also extends to cuisine.
Sawut and her husband, Sidik Dawut, opened the Karlaylisi restaurant in the
Melbourne suburb of Footscray not long after returning from a visit to their
family in Xinjiang.
in the kitchen, Mr Dawut deftly spins and lengthens the noodles; his wife says
his skill derives from his 16 years as a surgeon before he moved to Australia.
cuisine is a melting pot of Asian and Turkish food, encompassing hand-pulled
noodles, crispy dumplings, homemade breads and skewered meats.
since they are Muslims who subscribe to a halal diet, you will not find alcohol
or pork on the menu.
can feel the high pressure on our people. We heard really sad stories from our
neighbours. To be honest, you can hardly believe it."
Sawut said she has not been able to contact her mother for more than two and a
half years, but that bringing the tastes of her homeland to Australia has
helped build a sense of community.
we opened this business, we got lots of really beautiful customers from all
different backgrounds," she said.
heard the sad story happening in Xinjiang, so some of our customers bring
flowers. We can't survive without our community."
Uyghurs, this yearning for home and passion for their culture is poetically
inscribed in the Muqam.
that ink, I will write a letter that I will send to my lover Allah. And through
that letter, I will come to see the divine."
Ms Ashmajy, the singer, there's a poignant irony in being free to celebrate her
traditions here, but not in her traditional home.
want to tell the world we never give up," she said.
tell EU: Get tough with Turkey or face ISIS fighters
9 November 2019
European Union could face a wave of returning battle-hardened ISIS fighters
from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey, including breaking off any
accession or trade talks, a senior Kurdish leader told Reuters.
Donald Trump’s announcement in early October that he was pulling US forces from
northeast Syria paved the way for a Turkish offensive against the Syrian
Kurdish YPG militia who had been at the forefront of fighting against ISIS.
move surprised both Britain and France and was cast as a betrayal by the Kurds,
who lost thousands of fighters in the battle against ISIS extremists in the
deadly crucible of Syria’s 8-1/2 year war.
Ahmed, a Kurdish political leader and co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council
(SDC) executive, said in an interview that the EU should get tough with Turkey
or it would soon face a wave of ISIS militants arriving in Europe.
threat is very big due to the arbitrary way in which the United States has
withdrawn. This has allowed many (ISIS) members to escape and they will make
their way back to their countries to continue their terrorist activities.”
poses a big threat to Britain and to Europe in general,” Ahmed added.
once boasted a “caliphate” across swathes of Syria and Iraq and claimed deadly
attacks across the world, though it is now in disarray, landless and leaderless
after the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a US special forces raid in
northwestern Syria last month.
in the tumult created by the US withdrawal and the Turkish offensive, Ahmed
said, Islamic State fighters could escape and travel over porous borders to
called on Europe to send 2,000 troops to secure the Syrian-Turkish border and
prevent fighters crossing, and to cease all arms sales to Turkey. “Our people
are being killed by European weapons,” she said.
says it will ensure that any ISIS detainees in territory it has captured will
remain in detention.
views the Kurdish YPG militia as a terrorist organization because of its links
to Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey. The SDC is the political wing of
the Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG is the main component.
Kurds are mainly Sunni Muslims who speak a language related to Farsi and live
in a mountainous region straddling the borders of Armenia, Iraq, Iran, Syria
and Turkey. They have never obtained a permanent nation state.
also said the West should investigate Turkey’s alleged use of chemical weapons
against the Kurds. She called on Europe to ensure Ankara was held responsible
for what she said were Turkish war crimes during its offensive.
Turkey is not the same Turkey you think you know - it is now a radical ISIS and
you, Europe, should understand that,” Ahmed said, adding that the EU should cut
off accession talks with Turkey and scrap any trade deals.
needs to be afraid and it is not right now,” Ahmed said, adding that top level
ISIS militants had found refuge in Turkish-controlled areas of northern Syria.
senior US State Department official said last week that about 99 percent of
some 10,000 suspected ISIS militants captured and jailed in YPG-controlled
areas of northern Syria since the demise of their caliphate remain
incarcerated, “and we’re quite confident that that’s going to remain that way”.
has said it would never use chemical weapons and that it has done its utmost to
minimize civilian casualties or damage to any religious or historic buildings
during the offensive.
asked about Trump’s comment - in response to accusations of betrayal - that the
Kurds had not fought alongside Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy in 1944
against Nazi Germany, Ahmed said Turkey had not been on the side of the
Americans in World War Two.
the time of Normandy there was no Kurdish state or Kurdish entity to fight on
behalf of the Americans - and Kurds were the victims in that war while the
Turks were not with the Americans at the time. So I don’t know why Trump would
say what he said,” she said.
of Trump’s Bigotry: More Muslims Are Getting Elected!
Donald Trump thought his despicable attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida
Tlaib were going to intimidate Muslim women from running for office, he doesn’t
know Muslim women. In fact, Trump’s comments did just the opposite—they
inspired even more Muslim women to not just run for office, but to win.
Tuesday, four Muslim women from Virginia to Maine to Minnesota won elections
and made history as the first to ever hold those positions. In Virginia, there were two wins. Ghazala
Hashmi became the first Muslim woman ever elected to the Virginia State Senate,
defeating an incumbent Republican in a red district. While Abrar Omeish, 24,
was elected to the Fairfax County School Board, making her not just the first
Muslim but, as she told me, the first person of Libyan heritage she believes
ever elected to office in the United States.
Maine, Safiya Khalid, 23, was elected as the first Somali immigrant to serve on
the city council in Lewiston. While in Minnesota, another young Muslim
immigrant was making history, as 23-year old Nadia Mohamed became the first
Somali Muslim ever elected to the St. Louis Park City Council.
of Muslim graves might be linked to Christian cult, says expert
Town - The desecration of 80 Muslim graves could have been a religious act by a
Christian cult, according to analysis by a religious expert from UCT.
Wednesday last week, Cape Town’s Muslim community was stunned to its core to
find dozens of graves in the Mowbray Cemetery had been desecrated. The
tombstones were removed and placed in the shape of a giant cross, spanning the
top section of the burial ground.
addition, strange symbols had been etched into some of the empty graves which
had been prepared for funerals later that day. Shaykh Riad Fataar, second
deputy president of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and chair of its cemetery
management committee, said the act was far more sinister than mere vandalism.
was an act of religious intolerance that can only be described as Islamophobic.
This was a co-ordinated attack on a sacred place and must be condemned in the
strongest terms,” he said.
MJC sought out the analysis of UCT’s experts in interpreting the signs that had
been left in the area, in the hope that it might lead to the identification of
the perpetrator or perpetrators.
Asonzeh Ukah, head of the Department of Religious Studies at UCT, examined the
symbology left on the graves, and could find no clear references to existing
religions, aside from the giant cross.
have taken some time to examine these photos and, beyond a clearly discernible
cross, it’s difficult to make out any symbols, religious or ‘cultish’ or social
or political,” he said.
said the fact that tombstones were removed from Muslim graves and arranged in
the shape of a cross gave the impression that the perpetrators had a religious
motive for their act.
largeness of the ‘cross’ could be interpreted as claiming the physical space
for Christians and Christianity,” he said.
caution needs to be exercised in following this sort of interpretation because
it could be that the perpetrators constructed their cross sign just to throw
off their scent and emplace a Christian motive to disguise their identity and
and because of the ‘cross’, it is more likely a Christian cult playout.”
attack occurred the day before Halloween, but Ukah could find no clear link to
groups who may celebrate Halloween.
far as Halloween goes, local Wiccans and other pagan groups, along with all
others in the southern hemisphere, do not celebrate this event. They celebrate
Samhain/Halloween on April 30th,” he wrote.
the investigation is ongoing to find the perpetrators of the grave attack,
Fataar and the MJC have called on the City of Cape Town to improve security at
call for more lighting and a sturdier perimeter fence to be erected, to make it
difficult for vandals to access the cemetery.”
Assam, Muslim outfit to donate Rs 1 lakh for building temple in Ayodhya
All Assam Goriya Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad, a youth and student council of
indigenous Muslims in Assam, made the announcement after the Supreme Court verdict
on the matter on Saturday.
case verdict: Secularism not easy to crush, says academic
Nair, associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, the US, had
waited long past midnight for India’s Supreme Court to deliver the Ayodhya
verdict. Nair, who graduated in history from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and
obtained a PhD from Tufts University in the US, has been studying the
challenges to secularism in India and is working on the legal and political
history of “hurt sentiments” and blasphemy in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars spoke to G.S. Mudur
about the verdict and the future of secularism in India.
Your first thoughts on the judgment?
judgment in favour of the construction of a temple at the disputed site was to
be expected given the political context in India today, the progress of the
case, and recent trends in jurisprudence.
I was disappointed at how, once more, the law has been used to convert an act —
the destruction of the mosque — that the justices themselves deemed unlawful
into a trust for the sole use of the Hindu community. The statements preceding
the verdict — about Hindus worshipping outside at the railing and Muslims
worshipping inside — had led me to think there would be some joint arrangement.
impact do you think the judgment would have on either community? Will the
ruling be viewed in terms of defeat and victory?
the ruling will be considered a victory for the Hindus. However, I don’t think
most Muslims have very high expectations of India at this juncture.I doubt many
will be surprised at the verdict. The judgment does grant the Sunni wakf board
five acres in a prominent part of Ayodhya to build a mosque. I suppose this
means that Muslims are not entirely persona non grata, in this instance at
will be interesting to see the ruling in its entirety. Apart from a line in
favour of secularism as a basic feature of the Constitution, do the justices
have more to say on the matter? Have they anything to say against similar
demands for mosque destruction and temple building in the decades to come? Or,
will each case proceed like this one has -– with large-scale mobilisation,
court-acknowledged unlawful destruction of religious property, and the final
verdict in favour of the majority community?
are due to deliver a talk in Delhi next month whose abstract starts by saying
‘Secularism in India did not collapse overnight’. Could you explain this and
share your thoughts on how the court judgment might affect this process?
depends on what you mean by secularism. In my talk, I will elaborate on the
shifting meanings of secularism through the course of the twentieth century.
Reports suggest that Hindus and Muslims in Ayodhya continue to live in peace
and seem to take the increasing security presence around them in their stride.
The extra police and security is apparently to guard against outsiders
disturbing the peace in Ayodhya, as had happened in December 1992.
Ayodhya issue has become, over the decades, so sensitive that it is hard to
imagine what kind of troop deployment would have been required if the verdict
had gone the other way. Having said this, I also believe that the Supreme Court
has never been the sole arbiter of India’s destiny. Its judgment will
determine, only in some measure, the fate of Indian secularism.
conceive of secularism as a many-armed deity, if you will, not so easy to
vanquish even after all these decades of striving. This is not to underestimate
in any way the rhetorical power of the court’s declaration that secularism is a
basic feature of the Constitution. For that iteration, one remains grateful.
said secularism is not easy to vanquish. Does that reflect optimism about the
future of secularism in India?
me put it this way. What is it that we, who still have faith in secularism,
prize about secularism today? Distilled to its essence, Indian secularism is
about living together, adjusting, allowing a little more room for each other,
allowing each other to simply, and still, belong, on terms of equal respect and
dignity. It remains the only conceivable ethic, along with federalism, that can
bind us all --- Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis, Dalits
of every religion --- to the territory that is India.
find strength in the increasing numbers of voices speaking up about the
atrocities still being committed in Kashmir. The postcards that students at St
Stephen’s and other colleges sent to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, for
instance, may not amount to much, but if youth in India still find the Prime
Minister’s office approachable, and are moved by their fellow Kashmiri
classmates’ pain, there’s hope in that.
find the work of human rights activists such as Harsh Mander, and the labours
of lawyers and law students who have founded Parichay, a collaboration between
law schools that hopes to use legal aid to assist individuals in Assam who are
on the verge of losing their Indian citizenship, very inspiring. I also see the
election results in Maharashtra and Haryana as indicative of a turn in the way
the BJP is being perceived, especially in Maharashtra where there seems to be
little appetite for sustained bullying.
would you view the two events --- the 1992 destruction of the Babri Masjid and
the judgment that will pave the way for a temple?
1992 destruction was a pre-planned, carefully thought-through, concerted attack
led by televised mobs on what had become a powerful symbol of Indian Muslim
identity as well as Hindu ressentiment. Almost half of India’s citizens today
were not born at the time. What do they know of it and wish to know of it?
Perhaps all they want, in 2019, is for this dispute to be resolved, to the
satisfaction of all the major parties involved.
is also the date for the official inauguration of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.
It is worth recalling that in the immediate aftermath of the destruction of the
Babri Masjid, temples were subject to retaliatory attacks across Pakistan and
Bangladesh. It is a measure of the distance travelled in Pakistan that it is
now restoring temples, publishing books on its multi-religious archaeological
heritage, and taking the initiative for the Kartarpur Corridor.
Pakistan, once dismissed as “theocratic”, can seek to forge ties out of respect
for a minority (Sikh) community’s faith, it hardly behoves India, still
claiming to be secular, to renege from its constitutional commitment to allow
its minority communities the right to worship at their various religious
shrines without fear of further demolitions. There is such a thing as moving
forward, and beyond the recriminations of another age.
Waqf Board slams Owaisi
and religious leaders across the board are calling for peace and harmony as the
Supreme Court has cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the
disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the
Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
one of the most important and most anticipated judgements in India's history, a
bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi put an end to the more than a
century old dispute that has torn the social fabric of the nation.Follow
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apex court said the mosque should be constructed at a "prominent
site" and a trust should be formed within three months for the
construction of the temple at the site many Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.
The site was occupied by the 16th century Babri mosque which was destroyed by
Hindu kar sevaks on December 6, 1992.
the SC order has come in, leaders across the nation have impored people to not
to spread inflamatory messages or burst crackers. Religious bodies, including
Ajmr Sharif Dargah have asked people to respect the Supreme Court and accept he
verdict. For full coverage of Ayodhya case, click here
Sunni Waqf Board accepts SC decision and refutes reports of a review petition.
The board chairman has also slammed Owaisi.
Uddhav Thackeray hails SC decision, says will Ayodhya on November 24.
is red-letter day in country's history. I will again go to Shivneri and also
likely to go to Ayodhya. I also remember Ashok Singhal's contribution. And also
appreciate LK Advani for his contribution and will meet him soon."
Salman Nizami slams Owaisi's statement: Why to reject the 5-acre land? Owaisi
is not the 'thekedar' of 200+ million Muslims. We must build the 'Mosque', also
an institute where both Hindus & Muslims can study together. No one should
feel disgusted. Hatred & evil designs can be dealt with only with positive
energies and thoughts!
Jama Masjid's Shahi Imam accepts SC verdict. "The SC verdict is correct
because we all had said that we will accept the verdict delivered by the SC.
Now, Muslims must not challenge it and should accept the decision as is."
Shia Cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad: We humbly accept SC verdict, I am thankful to
god that Muslims, by and large, have accepted this verdict and the dispute has
ended now. Though it's their (Muslim Personal law board) right to file review
petition I think the matter should just end now
"While respecting the historic, unanimous decision given by the Supreme
Court in relation to the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute today as per
the secular Constitution of Param Pujya Baba Saheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, all
future action should only be taken in an amicable atmosphere. This is an appeal
and suggestion," the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said in a tweet in
BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain: Every organisation of the nation has said that
the Supreme Court’s decision will be supreme and we will respect that. Everyone
should accept this historical decision. This is not the victory or defeat of
anyone. This is not the day of celebration or sadness. We need to move forward
with this decision. Peace and brotherhood should be maintained. There will be
people who will divert you on TV. Many organisations have accepted it.
Asaduddin Owaisi's work is more to break the nation than to bind it. Earlier,
he said he will accept the Supreme Court’s decision and should not give any
statement which can create unrest in society.
"India is the winner" from the Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya
land dispute, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said, asserting that people's
desire and ability to live together has triumphed. "Further to today's
unanimous verdict by 5-Judge bench of Supreme Court on Ayodhya issue, let's
leave the past behind and move towards building an India of peace, harmony
& prosperity. India is the winner from this judgement. Our desire and
ability to live together has triumphed," the Vice President's Secretariat
tweeted quoting Naidu.
Sriram Sena chief Pramod Muthalik has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on
Ayodhya dispute and termed it "historic". "It is a historic
judgement. We welcome it," Muthalik told PTI.
is a victory of Hindus after their 500 years of struggle and sacrifices",
he said. Noting that the verdict has satisfied the "general
sentiments", Muthalik appealed to the Centre to immediately take measures
to constitute a trust to oversee the construction and management of the
Abhishek Singhvi: A welcome verdict by the Supreme Court & shall lead to
finality of the issue. The very fact that its a unanimous jdgmnt is being under
appreciated. Its in itself a strong message. No judgment can satisfy everybody.
The verdict will close doors of politicising the issue.
The Supreme Court has delivered its verdict on the Ayodhya case. While
respecting the court's verdict we all should maintain harmony among us. This is
a time of brotherhood, trust and love for all Indians: Rahul Gandhi
Today is a day of happiness for Hindus worldover, says VHP working president
Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case, senior
BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said the trust that will be responsible for the
construction of a Ram temple would have to be considerate about keeping people
welcome the verdict. But the trust that will look after the construction of the
Ram temple will have to be considerate about keeping intact unity among
people," he told reporters here.
Devendra Fadnavis: We welcome the decision. This verdict strengthens the values
of democracy. It's not a victory or defeat of anyone. No need to look at it
through any different view. We are witnessing a good atmosphere in Mumbai and
maharashtra after the verdict. I thank people of maharashtra for this.
Certain premises of SC judgment questionable: CPI(M) says, "The party has
always maintained that the issue should be resolved by a judicial verdict if a
negotiated settlement was not possible. While this judgment has provided a
judicial resolution to this fractious issue there are certain premises of the
judgment which are questionable. The Court judgment has itself stated that the
demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992 was a violation of law. This
was a criminal act and an assault on the secular principle. The cases
pertaining to the demolition should be expedited and the guilty punished."
party added, "The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) urges that there should be no
provocative acts using the judgment, which will disrupt communal harmony."
Owaisi: Faith has won over fact and I have an apprehension that Sangh will now
raise Kashi Mathura.
It's day of happiness, karsevaks have given their life for this. SC while
delivering the judgement have taken in to consideration feelings of majority
and reality, so, I congratulate them too. Now Ram Mandir construction should
start at the earliest. Balasaheb should have been alive today, he would have
really happy: Raj Thackeray
Asaduddin Owaisi: Not satisfied with the verdict. Supreme Court is indeed supreme
but not infallible. We have full faith in the constitution, we were fighting
for our right, we don't need 5 acre land as donation. We should reject this 5
acre land offer, don't patronize us.
Rajinikanth: I respect the Supreme Court judgement. People of all religions
should strive hard for wellness and growth of the country. Jai hind. Thank you
Uma Bharti: Today's impartial verdict is welcomed by everyone. This is real
tolerance and it has been proved today.
Uma Bharti,BJP on #AyodhyaVerdict: Court ne ek nishpaksh kintu divya nirnaya
diya hai. Main Advani ji ke ghar mein unko maatha tekne aayi hoon, Advani ji hi
veh vyakti the jinhone pseudo-secularism ko challenge kiya tha...unhi ki
badaulat aaj hum yahan tak pahunche hain.
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Hindus should help build the mosque to stregthen unity, says Ramdev, requests
Hindus not to lose patience and let the government follow the SC orders in
construction of Ram temple. "This is a historic verdict. A grand Ram
temple will be built. Decision to allot alternate land to Muslim side is
welcome, I believe Hindu brothers should help in the construction of the Masjid
as well. "
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra welcomes SC verdict and requests people to maintain peace
as per Indian tradition.
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat welcomes court order and request people to maintain law
and order. Addressing media after the verdict, he congratulated the country
over the verdict and hailed the contributions and scarifices of those who
fought for Ram temple on the past. "This is final result after decades of
legal battle. All parties their argument was heard. We thank all stakeholders.
All those who helped and those sacrificed their lives we thanks them. We
welcome and thank government for maintaining peace. We should not see it as
victory or defeat this judgement. We should forget the past and corporate to
ensure a magnificent temple built."
KK Muhammad, former ASI chief: This is the most perfect judgement I can ever
think of. I never thought it would be this perfect. For Hindus this place is as
important as Mecca and Madina is for Muslims. For Muslims, this is not
associated with Prophet Mohammed. It is not associated with any of the saints
of Islam. The court has given this verdict based on the evidences supplied by
ASI. Now, my stand has been vindicated, this is exactly verdict that we wanted.
This is a historic verdict of Ayodhya and I can say this is the land mark
judgement of history. Everyone should accept it. The verdict will strengthen
relationship between religion and will also establish a social stronger
structure. I appeal to public try to maintain peace and harmony and everyone
should accept this verdict with generosity: Rajnath Singh
PM Modi hails Supreme Court for just, balanced judgment. The prime minister,
whorecently concludedhi speech at KartarpurCorridor inaguration ceremony at
Dera Baba nanak in Punjab, said that it is time for Bharat bhakti for all.
Vinay Katiyar to India Today: We welcome SC's judgment. Ideally Muslims should
have got 60by40 square feet. But today they got 5 acres. That's a big win for
them too. The day Ram Mandir will be built in Ayodhya, our brothers who got
"martyred" in this fight will get justice. This is not BJP's win
alone. This is a win for the country.
Kamaal Faruqi, All India Muslim Personal Law Board: Iske badle hume 100 acre
zameen bhi de to koi fayda nahi hai.Hamari 67 acre zameen already acquire ki
huyi hai to humko daan mein kya de rahe hain vo? Humari 67 acre zameen lene ke
baad 5 acre de rahe hain. Ye kahan ka insaaf hai? (Even if yougive us 100 acres
of land it won't make a difference. If you take away 67 acres of our land and
give us 5 acres somehwere how is it justice?)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav welcomes SC verdict on Ayodhya
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I wholeheartedly welcome the historic judgment of the
Hon. Supreme Court. This has brought joy and relief to people of both
communities from a long-standing dispute.
Former VHP president Praveen Togadia: Togadia welcomed the Supreme Court
verdict in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, saying the apex
court's order giving Ram Lala's birth land for Ram Temple is a salute to the
sacrifice of lakhs of workers. "Ram Temple at the same place of Ram Birth
has been Hindu demand for more than 450 years. Lakhs of Hindus sacrificed their
lives, careers, families for this. Today, Supreme Court giving the same land
for Shriram Temple is a salute to this sacrifice," Togadia said in a
former Vishwa Hindu Parishad president urged the Centre to recognize this
sacrifice as well.
similar sentiments, VHP leader Sharad Sharma said they have confidence that the
government would build a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya soon.
Amit Shah welcomes unanimous decision by the SC bench.
Let us all wholeheartedly welcome the apex court verdict. This is neither a
victory for anyone, nor a defeat for anyone. Don’t react emotionally. Let the
harmony and peace prevail: Karnataka CM
Congress in favour of temple constrcution: Supreme Court's verdict has come, we
are in favour of the construction of Ram Temple. This judgement not only opened
the doors for the temple's construction but also closed the doors for BJP and
others to politicise the issue: Randeep Surjewala
being asked by media if the temple should be constructed on Ayodhya site,
Randeep Surjewala said: Supreme Court ka nirnay aa chuka hai, svabhavik taur pe
aapke sawal ka jawab haan mein hai, Bhartiye Rashtriye Congress Bhagwan Shri
Ram ke Mandir ke nirman ki pakshdhar hai.
Jagdeep Dhankar, WB Governor: I am happy that honourable Supreme Court has decided
an issue that was engaged in an attention all over the country. I had appealed
yesterday and I am saying so today. The judgement should not be looked as
victory or defeat for any one. We all stand for the great unity and the
strength of the Nation. The judgement of Supreme Court is not for the judgement
of one party or other party. Thats a judgement to be whole heartedly accepted
and worked on. I am not here to go through the judgement. I would still appeal
every one as Governor of the state of West Bengal a judgement must not seen a
victory or defeat. I judgement is a final determination by the highest court of
thd land. We all are oblused under constitution to shole heartedly take it with
decorum and decency.
The Indian National Congress respects the verdict of the Supreme Court in the
Ayodhya case. We appeal to all the parties concerned and to all communities to
abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in our
Constitution and to maintain peace and harmony: Congress
is the responsibility of each one of us to reaffirm our tradition of mutual
respect and unity among all that has defined our society through the ages.\
Shazia Ilami: The long-pending dispte has been resolved today. The SC has
delivereda balanced judgment. Now every Indian must work for the country's
progress. What is good for the country is good for every religion.
Zafaryab Jilani, All India Muslim Personal Law Board: Respect the verdict but
the judgement is not satisfactory. There should be no demonstration of any kind
anywhere on it. We will file a review petition if our committee agrees on it.
It is our right and it is in Supreme Court's rules as well.
Kartik Chopra, spokesperson, Nirmohi Akhara: Nirmohi Akhara is grateful that SC
has recognised our fight of last 150 years and has given the Nirmohi Akhara
adequate representation in the trust to be set up by the Central Government to
build & manage the Shri Ram Janmasthan Temple
Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants in Ayodhya case: I am happy that Supreme
Court has finally delivered a verdict, I respect the judgement of the court.
Govindacharya credits Singhal, Advani for success of temple movement: Former
RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya, a key figure in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement,
on Saturday credited late VHP stalwart Ashok Singhal and veteran BJP leader L K
Advani for the success of the cause.
to the Supreme Court verdict, Govindacharya, one of the major strategists
behind the Advani's rath yatra in 1990 in support of building a temple,
expressed his "extreme happiness" at the verdict.
am extremely happy. Now, in three months a plan will be made for constructing
the temple," he said, asserting that social harmony must be maintained so
that the country can move from "Ram temple to 'Ram rajya'."
who he will give credit for the success of the movement to build the Ram temple
at what is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, he said, "Lakhs of
workers made sacrifices. For the leadership of the movement, I will give
highest credit to Ashok Singhal and L K Advani."
Ayodhya verdict very balanced, victory of people: CS Vaidyanathan, lawyer for
deity Ram Lalla
We welcome the SC judgement on Ayodhya which ended decades old dispute. I appeal
for peace and harmony: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
No regret over SC saying Nirmohi Akhara not 'shebait' of deity Ram Lalla:
Outfit's member Mahant Dharmdas
Ayodhya verdict holds no value for us, says Zafaryab Jilani
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar: Supreme Court's judgement should be welcomed
by everyone, it will be beneficial for the social harmony. There should be no
further dispute on this issue, that is my appeal to the people.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari: Everyone must accept the Supreme Court judgement
and maintain peace.
Ayodhya verdict has lot of contradictions, will seek a review: Zafaryab Jilani
of UP Sunni Central Waqf Board
MP CM Kamal Nath appeals for peace and calm. The CM has asked people to respect
the SC verdict and refrain from busting any crackers, sloganeering and
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We respect, accept verdict, says Ajmer Dargah: The spiritual head of Ajmer
dargah on Saturday welcomed the decision of Supreme Court on Ayodhya case and
appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony.
judiciary is supreme and everyone should respect the decision. It is the time
to present a united face before the world because entire world is looking at
India today," Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan said.
respect and accept the verdict. I appeal to the people of the country to
maintain harmony and peace. This is the victory of the judiciary and the
message should be loud and clear that how much the judiciary is important for
us and people of the country are peace loving, he told PTI.
said that respecting and honouring the laws of the land is the basic Islamic
now need to concentrate on the development of self and the nation, he said.
Varun Kumar Sinha, Lawyer of Hindu Mahasabha: It is a historic judgement. With
this judgement, the Supreme Court has given the message of unity in diversity.
More Politics On the Issue': Common Refrain Among Muslim Residents in Ayodhya
Post SC Verdict
"All I want is that an atmosphere of peace should prevail, and nothing
else," said 65-year-old Azeez, a resident of Niyava Bakra Mandi area of
Ayodhya, when he was asked about the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land
dispute on Saturday.
sentiments were voiced by a number of residents of this Muslim dominated
locality here where more than half the shops were open and people were carrying
out their daily chores despite the high security in view of the apex court
verdict in the communally sensitive case.
Khan, who is a medical representative and lives in Niyava area, said, "I
welcome the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court in the case. Life is
absolutely normal for me, as yesterday I was on duty along with my office
far as question of tension prevailing here... I did not find any truth in that.
All is certainly well."
Saeed, who run a business of agro-farming, said the Supreme Court judgement
will "promote peace and brotherhood in the city, and gradually the hatred
asked whether there was any apprehension or tension prevailing among Muslims,
Azhar dubbed it as a "rumour" spread by "vested interest to make
illiterate people feel afraid".
to shops in the vicinity doing business, he said, "Life is absolutely
normal, you can see for yourself."
are around 100 Muslim families living in Niyava area of the district.
Mohammad Sajid, who runs a tailoring shop in the vicinity of Ramjanmabhoomi
police station, however, did not appear satisfied with the verdict.
feel that the decision is incomplete," he said, but refused to elaborate.
Shameem Siddiqui, who runs a business of mechanical engineering, said, "I
welcome the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya dispute
contacted, Imam of Markazi Jama Masjid, Faizabad Mufti Ziauddin Qasmi refused
to comment on the issue.
police deployment had been made in and around Ramjanmabhoomi police station
area, and vehicles were not allowed to go there from different parts of the
city. In Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow, which was also under a heavy security
blanket, most of the shops opened in the afternoon.
is no report of any disturbance from anywhere in the city. Security is in place
and we are keeping an eye," Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash
of the 2011 census, Muslims comprise 26.36 per cent of the nearly 36 lakh
population of Lucknow.
the old city area of the Uttar Pradesh capital, where Muslim population is
more, business was as usual as a majority of shops were open and there was
heavy traffic on roads.
large number of security personnel were deployed at the Chowk crossing, but
they appeared relaxed.
Rehman, in his 40s, selling famous 'makkhan malai' in Chowk said, "My
business is normal. There is no impact of the verdict on daily life here. At
least it will end politics on this issue."
were seen discussing the verdict in Muslim-dominated Qaiserbagh, Aminabad,
Golaganj, Wazir Ganj, Chaupatia, Maulviganj, Nakkhas and Chowk localities but
the mood was the same.
decision has come, we accept it. This issue has been long pending due to
political reasons. We (Hindu-Muslim) live together here and there are no
differences between us," Shakeel Ahmad, who runs an iron shop in
Chowk, around King George's Medical University, small vendors were doing brisk
tight security arrangements in place and all educational institutes and shops
closed, the roads wore a deserted look in the state capital in the morning
before the Supreme Court announced its judgement on the vexed Ayodhya issue.
schools, colleges, educational institutions and training centres have been
closed till Monday as a precautionary measure. Tuesday being Guru Nanak
Jayanti, the schools will also be closed.
morning, police and para military forces were seen active at different spots.
was no crowd at the famous shopping hub in Hazratganj in the morning, but
eventually people started coming out to spend their weekend and make purchases.
want amity. Hope there will be no problem anywhere after the verdict,"
said Ramu, who runs a tea shop in Hazratganj area.
was the view of Akram, who sells vegetables on his cycle.
is no tension anywhere. Whatever decision has come, it is welcome," he
Minister Yogi Adityanath has made an appeal to the people of the state to
maintain peace and order and not pay any heed to rumours
personally monitored the situation in the state from 'Dial UP-112' headquarters
and then from his residence.
chief minister has warned that strict action will be taken against those
spreading rumours and harming social amity.
situation is normal in the entire state. There is no report of any untoward
incident from anywhere so far," said a senior official at DGP office.
vigil is being maintained on the social media, an official spokesman said.
of Ram Worship, Muslim Parties Unable to Prove Ownership: Why SC Ruled in
Favour of Temple
Delhi: In its 1,045-page judgment on the Ayodhya title dispute on Saturday, the
Supreme Court, broadly speaking, relied on four facts to give a go-ahead to the
construction of Ram Mandir on the 2.77-acre disputed site.
summarise, these points are:
The Muslim parties could not produce a record of ownership for the 300 years
after the construction of the mosque in 1528, during which period it also could
not furnish any evidence that Muslims offered ‘namaz’ in that mosque.
Travelogues, mainly written by Father Joseph Tieffenthaler and Montgomery
Martin, gave detailed accounts of “faith and belief of the Hindus” based on the
“sanctity which they ascribed to the place of birth of Lord Ram and of the
actual worship by the Hindus at the Janmasthan”.
The survey report of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) indicated a
“pre-existing underlying structure dating back to the 12th century” and in its
findings it indicated that “the underlying structure” was of Hindu origin.
The Hindu parties had provided enough evidence, in the form of various oral
testimonies and travellers’ remarks, to show that even during the existence of
the mosque Hindus had laid strong claim to both the inner and outer courtyard
of the disputed site.
existence of an Islamic structure at a place considered sacrosanct by the
Hindus did not stop them from continuing their worship at the disputed site and
within the precincts of the structure prior to the incidents of 1856-57,”
observed the court.
is why the five-judge bench said, “The Hindus have established a clear case of
a possessory title to the outside courtyard by virtue of long, continued and
unimpeded worship at the Ram ‘chabutra’ and other objects of religious
significance,” and ruled in their favour.
while making these observations, the court also noted that the placing of the
idols in the mosque in 1949 was a “serious violation of law”, calling it a
“desecration”. It noted that there was “no evidence to establish that the
Muslims abandoned the mosque or ceased to perform ‘namaz’ in spite of the
contestation over their possession of the inner courtyard after 1858”.
finally, that “during the pendency of the suits, the entire structure of the
mosque was brought down in a calculated act of destroying a place of public
worship. The Muslims have been wrongly deprived of a mosque which had been
constructed well over 450 years ago”, the bench observed.
record of ownership’
the first point, of the Sunni Waqf Board being unable to provide enough
evidence of continuous use, the Supreme Court elaborates: “Though, the case of
the plaintiffs…is that the mosque was constructed in 1528 by or at the behest
of Babur, there is no account by them of possession, use or offer of namaz in
the mosque between the date of construction and 1856-7. For a period of over
325 years, which elapsed since the date of the construction of the mosque until
the setting up of a grill-brick wall by the British, the Muslims have not
adduced evidence to establish the exercise of possessory control over the
disputed site. Nor is there any account in the evidence of the offering of
namaz in the mosque, over this period.”
accounts of Ram’s worship’
Constitution bench then speaks about the evidence in favour of the Hindu side
being provided by travellers.
Finch (1608-1611) and Tieffenthaler, who visited India between 1743 and 1785,
provided an account of Ayodhya. Conspicuous in both the accounts are references
to worship by the Hindus to Lord Ram. The positive account of Hindu worship to
Lord Ram is of probative value.”
specifically refers to Hindu places of worship including Sita Rasoi, Swargdwar
and the Bedi or cradle symbolising the birth of Lord Ram. The account refers to
religious festivals where during the course of which Hindu devotees would
throng for worship. Tieffenthaler‘s account in the 18th century is prior to the
construction of the grill-brick wall in front of the mosque. Tieffenthaler
refers to -- a square box raised five inches above the ground with borders made
of lime with the length of more than five ells and the maximum width of four
ells, which the Hindus called the Bedi or cradle. This, as he notes, was the
site of the house where Lord Vishnu was born in the form of the Lord Ram. This,
as he notes, is where it was believed that either Aurangzeb or (according to
others) Babur got the place razed.”
ell is the length of a forearm and extended hand, also known as cubit.)
report on structure
bench takes into account key findings of the ASI team, some of which are:
The pre-existing structure dates back to the 12th century; and
The underlying structure, which provided the foundations of the mosque together
with its architectural features and recoveries, are suggestive of a Hindu
religious origin comparable to temple excavations in the region and pertaining
to the era.
testimonies of Hindu parties
Supreme Court notes: “The evidence indicates that despite the existence of a
mosque at the site, Hindu worship at the place believed to be the birthplace of
Lord Ram was not restricted. The existence of an Islamic structure at a place
considered sacrosanct by the Hindus did not stop them from continuing their worship
at the disputed site and within the precincts of the structure prior to the
incidents of 1856-57. The physical structure of an Islamic mosque did not shake
the faith and belief of Hindus that Lord Ram was born at the disputed site.
Hindu worship at Ramchabutra, Sita Rasoi and at other religious places
including the setting up of a Bhandar clearly indicated their open, exclusive
and unimpeded possession of the outer courtyard. The Muslims have not been in
possession of the outer courtyard.”
goes on to state: “Testimonies of both Hindu and Muslim witnesses indicate that
on religious occasions and festivals such as Ram Navami, Sawan Jhoola, Kartik
Poornima, Parikrama Mela and Ram Vivah, large congregations of Hindu devotees
visited the disputed premises for darshan. The oral testimony of the Hindu
devotees establishes the pattern of worship and prayer at Sita Rasoi,
Ramchabutra and towards the Garb Grih‘, while standing at the railing of the
structure of the brick wall.”
point valid: Janmasthan not deity
DELHI: Hindus did suffer a major setback with the SC rejecting their argument
that Ram Janmasthan itself was a juristic person as it was worshipped as a
deity. Muslim parties led by Rajeev Dhavan had contested the Hindu parties’
proposition that Ram Janmasthan (birthplace) itself constituted a juristic
person as from time immemorial, devotees thronging Ayodhya not only worshipped
Ram Lalla but also the birthplace as sacred.
had argued that for a place or thing to be worshipped as self-incarnate
(Swayambhu), it must have some divine manifestation.
the absence of any such manifestation, the birthplace could not qualify as a
deity or juristic person. Recognising the unwieldy situation that would arise
in accepting Janmasthan as a deity or juristic person, the bench said: “The
purpose for which juristic personality is conferred cannot be ‘evolved’ into a
Trojan horse that permits, on the basis of religious faith and belief, the
extinguishing of all competing proprietary claims over property as well
stripping the property itself of the essential characteristic of immoveable
apex court also kept in mind Dhavan’s argument that Hindus have 33 crore
deities and if every deity’s janmasthan becomes a deity or juristic person,
there would hardly be any place left for other religious denominations.
bench said: “In a country like ours where contesting claims over property by
religious communities are inevitable, our courts cannot reduce questions of
title, which fall firmly within the secular domain and outside the rubric of
religion, to a question of which community’s faith is stronger.”
judgment is out, now fix the economy, say Muslims in Delhi
my heart, the matter is over” said 40-year-old Kamin, who owns a hardware store
in Old Delhi’s Muslim-majority Jama Masjid area. On November 9, as the Supreme
Court delivered its verdict on the Ayodhya land title dispute, his first
response was relief. “It is great that this has ended. The upcoming generations
will not have to face it. We have been stuck on the same issue for years.”
court had reserved the disputed land, where the Babri Masjid had stood before
it was demolished by a Hindutva mob in 1992, for a trust to be set up by the
Centre. The trust will supervise, among other things, the construction of a Ram
temple at the site. It also ordered the government to acquire an alternative
plot of land for a mosque.
the morning of November 9, it seemed to be business as usual in Old Delhi’s
Chawri Bazar and Jama Masjid, both dominated by Muslims. Shops were open and
streets were bustling. But one thing was noticable: Central Reserve Police
Force personnel were stationed every few hundred metres, though most were
lolling at tea stalls or scrolling through their mobile phones.
vans were parked outside the Jama Masjid and police personnel guarded the gates
of the mosque. In narrow, dusty streets packed with hardware parts, shopkeepers
kept their phones pressed to their ears as they listened to the verdict.
some Muslim residents of Old Delhi, the verdict did not come as a surprise.
Fifty-two year old Ishrat Kafeel, who runs a clinic at Chawri Bazar’s Hauz Qazi
area, said he was “prepared for the verdict delivered”.
was expected,” he said.
Kafeel, the judgment was more revealing of the attitudes of the judiciary: “It
shows that the court cannot go against majority faith.”
the street, Kafeel’s neighbour was delighted at the verdict. “It is the right
time now,” said 23-year-old Ashwini Kumar Pandey, whose father is the priest of
a Durga temple in Hauz Qazi that had been vandalised in July after an alleged
parking scuffle between Hindu and Muslim neighbours. The scuffle had briefly
sparked communal tensions in the area.
whose family hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Basti district, is a member of the
Bajrang Dal. He said he had graduated from college a year ago and was looking
for work. After the verdict on Saturday morning, his mobile phone buzzed
incessantly. “My friends are asking me to throw a party,” said Pandey.
now, the celebrations have to wait. “The station house officer had told us all
to maintain calm but we will do something in a few days,” he said.
for the economy
of Old Delhi’s Muslim residents were preoccupied with other concerns, mostly
economic. “I suffered a lot because of demonetisation and there is no business
now,” Kamin said. Now that the verdict was delivered, he felt, the government
should shift focus to solving other problems.
Mohammad Imran, who also owns a hardware store in Jama Masjid, said that the
government should provide more employment for the country’s youth. “Service is
the biggest ibadat [worship] for people,” said Imran. “There are no jobs for
those who were surprised by the judgment took a pragmatic approach. “I did not
expect them to give all the land to the Hindus,” said Abdul Daim, a 29-year old
shopkeeper in Hauz Qazi. “When a piece of land does not belong to a group then
why have they given it for the temple?” But the judgment had to be accepted,
Daim felt, so that life could go on: “Hopefully, things will be normal Monday
the provision of alternative land for a mosque, residents of Old Delhi had
mixed feelings. Kafeel explained that, according to the rules of the Quran, it
was not possible for a mosque to be built on land given by others or grabbed.
“It is a rule that everyone follows and it has been there since the beginning,
even during Babur’s time,” he said. “The logic behind this is that the place of
worship has to be a place that is ours and not anyone else’s. We cannot offer
namaz in a mosque that was built without following the rules.”
for a mosque, he felt, was the court’s attempt at compromise. Others felt it
was the Muslim community which had to compromise. “No matter how big a fight,
there is always a compromise,” said 24-year-old Mohammad Kamran, who also runs
a hardware store in Jama Masjid. “Someone has to bend.”
the judgment had him worried about Eid Milad processions to commemorate the
Prophet Mohammad’s birthday this weekend. “I am scared about the processions,”
said Imran. “We do not usually have them but I hope it goes smoothly for those
student at Jamia Millia Islamia was more emphatic about her disappointment with
the verdict: it was “pro-majority”, she said. “I had expected the Supreme Court
to come up with a solution,” said the 22-year-old student, who did not want to
be named. “This could have inculcated a sense of justice in both the parties
but this decision is an appeasement of the majority and is very disheartening.”
Verdict: Hindu, Muslim religious leaders distribute sweets in Himachal's
Hamirpur after SC judgment
new example of unity came to light from district Hamirpur where Hindu and
Muslim religious leaders distributed sweets after Supreme Court's verdict on
the Ayodhya dispute.
news is from Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur district, where the Priest Shyam Lal
Pujari and Cleric Maulana Khan celebrated the landmark decision by hugging each
other and distributing sweets. Slogans of 'hindustan zindabad' (long live
India) were also shouted.
would have accepted the verdict regardless of whose favor it came in. We were
together earlier and still are," they said.
Supreme Court on Saturday unanimously ruled that the disputed 2.77 acre land in
Ayodhya will go to Hindus while Muslims will be given a five-acre plot at an
alternate location in the city for construction of the mosque.
apex court, however, handed over the land to the government to take measures
for maintaining peace and harmony and law and order. The government will create
a Board of Trust and formulate a scheme within three months.
bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi had finished the
hearing in the long-standing dispute on October 16. Other judges of the bench
are Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, and SW Abdul Nazeer.
the amount of sensitivity in the case, security has been beefed up with Section
144 of CrPC has been imposed in some places.
Five-acre plot for mosque may be across river Saryu
DELHI/AYODHYA: The five-acre plot which the Supreme Court has asked to be made
available for construction of a mosque may not be provided to the Sunni Waqf
Board in the close vicinity of the Ram janmabhoomi-Babri masjid complex.
sources in the holy city indicated that such a huge parcel of vacant land might
be difficult to find in the densely populated town. “The land may not be
allotted within the erstwhile municipal area or on the same side of Saryu.”
town is densely populated and it might be difficult to find the proposed piece
of land within the erstwhile municipal area of the city,” the sources said. The
SC, while awarding the disputed site to Hindus, for construction of Ram Mandir,
said the Muslims should be given 5 acres of appropriate land in Ayodhya in
order to remedy the wrong committed to them by dispossessing them of their
town now serves as the headquarters of the newly-created district named after
it. The mandir camp has consistently maintained that the substitute for the
demolished Babri masjid can be located outside the “shastriya paridhi” (holy
circle) or the 15-km circle round spread around the janmabhoomi site with a
radius of 2 km along which thousands of Hindus devotees perambulate at this
time of the year.
court has said mentioned a prominent place in Ayodhya be given but has not
specified the exact place. The possibility is that the land will be allotted on
Ayodhya-Faizabad Road beyond the panchkoshi (15-km) periphery of the panchkoshi
circle,” the source said.
have been suggestions that the mosque be built at Shahjanwa village, where the
mausoleum of Mir Baqi, Babur’s commander who allegedly razed the temple and
constructed the mosque, is located. But the village is within the 15-km circle.
the court has asked that the alternative land be identified in coordination
with the Sunni Waqf Board, a section of the local Muslims community says they
do not want any land for building a mosque in place of the demolished Babri
Asad Ahmad, corporator of Ayodhya Municipal Corporation, told TOI, “We don’t want
any land in lieu of Babri masjid. If the court or the government wants to give
land, for mosque, they must give us in the acquired area of 67 acres, else we
don’t want any donation.”
local cleric Maulana Jalal Ashraf said Muslims will purchase land for a mosque
and they weren’t dependent on the government. “If the government wants to
pacify our sentiments, the five acre land must be given to us in the acquired
area,” he added.
Regional parties sing in unison, welcome SC verdict as ‘historic’
DELHI: Treading with caution in light of public sentiment around the Ayodhya
verdict, political parties were unanimous in welcoming the SC ruling for
building a Ram temple, calling it ‘historic’.
Sena, which struck a discordant note with BJP over government formation in
Maharashtra, hailed the verdict, with party chief Uddhav Thackeray saying he
bows to the judiciary. Thackeray said he will visit Ayodhya on November 24 to
pay obeisance to Lord Ram. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav took to poetry while
reacting to the verdict, calling it a “an important step in the right
faisley faslon ko ghatatey hain, woh insaan ko behtar insaan banate hain (The
decisions which bridge the gaps, make for better human being,” the former UP CM
tweeted. BSP chief Mayawati appealed for calm and suggested that all future
action should only be taken in an amicable atmosphere.
welcomed the verdict but said certain premises of the judgment “are
questionable” and demanded that those guilty of demolishing the Babri Masjid in
1991 should be brought to book.
said adherence to the Places of Religious Worship Act of 1991 should also
ensure that no Ayodhya-like dispute is “raised again”. CPI welcomed the
judgment but said while the court upheld all faiths as equal, the ruling
delivered was reconciliatory. Tamil Nadu parties, including main opposition
DMK, called for respecting the verdict. Indian Union Muslim League national
general secretary and MP P K Kunhalikutty said they respected verdict, while
Tamil Maanila Congress chief G K Vaasan hailed it as historic.
verdict to strengthen unity & integrity of India: Amit Shah
DELHI: Welcoming the Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya case, home minister
and BJP president Amit Shah said the order will prove to be a milestone in
strengthening India’s unity and integrity.
a series of tweets, Shah appealed to all communities to accept the decision of
the apex court and remain committed to ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’ (one India,
great India). “I welcome the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on Shri Ram
Janmabhoomi. I appeal to people of all communities and religions to accept this
decision with ease and remain committed to our resolve of ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha
Bharat’, full of peace and harmony,” he said.
am confident that this landmark judgment given by the Supreme Court will prove
to be a milestone in itself. This decision will further strengthen India’s
unity, integrity and great culture,” he said.
said the legal dispute over the site at Ayodhya has been going on for decades
and the apex court has put an end to it. “I congratulate the justice system of
India and all the judges,” he said.
express my gratitude to all the organisations, Sant Samaj of the entire country
and countless unknown people who have tried it for so many years,” he said. In
a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday paved the way for
construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the
Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building
a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town.
verdict: Lawyers slogged without a break, a junior put off her engagement
DELHI: Behind the superlative performance of some very famous advocates — K
Parasaran, Rajeev Dhavan, C S Vaidyanathan, Ranjit Kumar, Zafrayab Jilani, P S
Narasimha, P N Mishra and Ezaj Maqbool — in the Ayodhya land dispute case is
the untiring work of a few unsung junior lawyers who put the demands of their
profession far above their personal exigencies.
the Hindu parties, there was 50-year-old advocate P V Yogeswaran, who comes
from a small village, Uppukottai, in Theni district that is famous for its
scenic beauty and cardamom. He completed law in 1994 and started practising in
the Supreme Court as a junior to senior advocate S Balakrishnan, and then Lala
had been working on the Ayodhya case for nine years, ever since appeals were
filed in the SC challenging the Allahabad HC’s September 30, 2010 verdict.
Yogeswaran, along with advocate Bhakti Vardhan Singh, devoted five hours each
day studying the voluminous title suit records. They would then hold briefing
sessions that lasted one to two hours with senior advocates Parasaran,
Vaidyanathan and Ranjit Kumar.
had to virtually abandon all other work in court to focus on the case. Being in
this case, I learned what an ordinary advocate like me would have taken a whole
life to learn,” he told TOI.
Akriti Chaubey, advocate Ezaj Maqbool’s junior, sacrificed much on her personal
front to delve deep into the case. Chaubey was to get engaged to her boyfriend,
a lawyer with Indigo airlines, but arguments before the court, which lasted
from August 6 till October 16, were on. Getting engaged would have meant she
remained absent from court hearings.
decided that her engagement could wait as the case couldn’t. Now she is
scheduled to marry in February next year, skipping the ‘roka’ ceremony. She,
too, comes from a humble background like Yogeswaran. Chaubey lost her father
when she was in class five.
mother works with the Delhi government and has been my strongest support,” she
said. “For the last two years, I had been working on it without a break,
briefing Dhavan sir almost daily since the commencement of arguments,” she
was a common sight in the courtroom: Dhavan and Jilani, arguing for Muslim
parties, taking Chaubey’s assistance to locate a relevant extract buried in
numerous, fat court records. Another female lawyer, Qurratulain, also played a
significant role in helping senior advocates to lucidly present facts and
evidence supporting their stand before the court. Many junior advocates like
Yogeshwaran and Chaubey worked hard on the case.
clerks of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and four other judges hearing the case worked
overtime to make it possible for the five-judge bench to deliver the judgment
in just 23 days after the court reserved its verdict.
desecration & demolition of Babri Masjid illegal acts, says SC
DELHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday emphatically said that the communal riot
that caused damage to the domes of Babri Masjid in 1934, its desecration on the
night of December 22, 1949, by placing of idols and the demolition on December
6, 1992, were illegal acts, a conclusion which persuaded it to balance awarding
the disputed site for Ram temple with five acres of land for a mosque in
to the mosque in 1934, its desecration in 1949 leading to ouster of the Muslims
and its eventual destruction on December 6, 1992, constituted a serious
violation of the rule of law; and consistent with the principles of justice,
equity and good conscience, both Suits 4 (Sunni Waqf Board) and 5 (by deity
through next friend) will have to be decreed and relief moulded in a manner
which preserves the constitutional values of justice, fraternity, human dignity
and the equality of religious belief,” the bench said.
SC noted that the fight between Hindus and Muslims for possession of the inner
courtyard of Babri Masjid led to the communal conflict of 1934 during which the
domes and structure of the mosque sustained damage.
repair and renovation of the mosque following the riots of 1934 at the expense
of the British administration through the agency of a Muslim contractor is
indicative of the fact the despite the disputes between the communities, the
structure of the mosque continued to exist as did the assertion of the Muslims
of their right to pray,” it said.
events preceding December 22-23, 1949, indicate the build-up of a large
presence of Bairagis in the outer courtyard and the expression of his
apprehension by the superintendent of police that the Hindus would seek
forcible entry into the precincts of the mosque to install idols. In spite of
written intimations to him, the deputy commissioner and district magistrate (K
K Nayyar) paid no heed and rejected the apprehension of the superintendent of
police to the safety of the mosque as baseless,” the apex court noted.
apprehension was borne out by the incident on the night between December 22-23,
1949, when a group of 50 to 60 persons installed idols on the pulpit of the
mosque below the central dome. This led to the desecration of the mosque and
the ouster of the Muslims... The inner courtyard was thereafter attached in
proceedings under Section 145 CrPC, 1898, on December 29, 1949 and the receiver
took possession,” it recorded.
December 6, 1992, the structure of the mosque was brought down. The destruction
of the mosque took place in breach of the order of status quo and an assurance
given to this court. The destruction of the mosque and the obliteration of the
Islamic structure was an egregious violation of the rule of law,” the SC said.
Modi thanks Imran on Kartarpur, Pakistan rakes up Kashmir, Ayodhya
/ LAHORE: On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Pakistan PM Imran
Khan for “understanding and respecting the sentiments of Indians” by allowing
the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, the latter again raised the Kashmir issue
while speaking at the corridor’s inauguration ceremony. Pakistan foreign
minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also brought up Kashmir and even the Ayodhya
judgment, prompting a sharp response from New Delhi.
suggested before Indian journalists that the judgment was advanced on purpose
by the Indian government to coincide with the Kartarpur opening. His ministry
followed it up with a statement that the Ayodhya judgment had failed to uphold
the demands of justice. It also called upon India to ensure protection of lives
and rights of Muslims.
President Arif Alvi took to Twitter to describe the SC judgment as “an
unfortunate verdict”. He further posted, “Indian Supreme Court decides that a
temple is to (be) built at Ayodhya/Babri Masjid site showing clearly it has
consistently sided with the extreme policies of the BJP and reflects a Hindutva
ethos to the detriment of secular India.”
Indian government swiftly rejected the “unwarranted and gratuitous” comments on
a civil matter it said was completely internal to India. “It pertains to the
rule of law and equal respect for all faiths, concepts that are not part of
their ethos. So, while Pakistan’s lack of comprehension is not surprising,
their pathological compulsion to comment on our internal affairs with the
obvious intent of spreading hatred is condemnable,” said the government.
at Kartarpur, Imran Khan appealed to Modi to free bilateral ties of the Kashmir
issue by resolving it.
PM Imran Khan on Saturday took a dig at his Indian counterpart, saying that
leaders bring people together, not spread hate to win votes.
what has happened there, Kashmir is no longer a territorial issue. It is now an
issue of insanity,” said Khan, adding that the plight of the people in Kashmir was
comparable with that of animals.
said there could be no peace in the current circumstances when, according to
him, 80 lakh people had been subjugated by a 9-lakh-strong force. "This
one issue has brought everything in bilateral ties to a halt. It is important
that the Kashmir issue is resolved to help us live like normal people,"
said Khan, calling upon Modi to ensure insaaf (justice) for the Kashmiri
his meeting with Manmohan Singh, when the latter was PM, Khan said Singh had
told him everything would fall in place if the Kashmir issue was resolved.
"I said the same thing to Modi when I met him and, if he's listening, I
want to tell him that our relations should be freed of this issue. It can lead
to peace and open borders resulting in trade from which both countries will
benefit," said Khan.
Pakistan PM was addressing a gathering of thousands of pilgrims at the
sprawling Kartarpur Sahib complex, much of which has been built in a record
time of 12 months. Indian government sources said earlier this week that the
unusual alacrity and "military zeal" with which the corridor had been
built suggested that the project had full backing of the Pakistan army. While
Indian officials have welcomed Kartarpur as a possible corridor of peace, they
also maintain that it serves a strategic purpose for Pakistan.
PM Modi, who wore an orange turban for the occasion, flagged off the first
jatha of over 500 pilgrims — including former PM Manmohan Singh and his wife,
chief minister Amarinder Singh and his MP wife, Union ministers Hardeep Singh
Puri and Som Parkash, former Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and
Akali Dal leaders Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir and daughter-in-law
Harsimrat, an Union minister.
feel blessed that I am dedicating the Kartarpur corridor to the country. At the
moment, I am getting the same feeling which you get at the time of doing kar
seva (religious service),” said Modi, who was conferred the Qaumi Seva award by
the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
who started the day by paying obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib in Sultanpur
Lodhi, in his speech at the rally in Shikar Macchian village thanked Imran,
saying: “He understood India’s feelings on the Kartarpur corridor issue, gave
them respect and worked accordingly.”
who saw the Beri tree and the Bhaura (underground closet), where according to
legend Guru Nanak used to meditate in Sultanpur Lodhi, said, "Besides
being a guru, Guru Nanak Dev is a thought, the basis of life. Our values,
culture, our thoughts, our thinking, our upbringing, our reasoning, our speech,
all of these have been honed by pious souls like Guru Nanak.”
also talked about abrogation of Article 370 and how it had benefited Sikhs.
“Removal of Article 370 would now help the Sikh community in J&K and Ladakh
as they would get the same rights as other citizens of the country.”
opening the state-of-the-art passenger terminal building, designed in the shape
of ‘Khanda’ — the symbol of Sikhism, Modi had langar with Punjab governor V P
Singh Badnore, Amarinder, Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar and other
company in fray for Indian e-passport chips: Vyapam whistle-blower to PMO
Vyapam whistle-blower Ashish Chaturvedi has alerted ministry of external
affairs (MEA) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office besides vigilance and intelligence
agencies with a complaint alleging that a France- based company that has
responded to tenders for next-generation passports has close ties with
had invited RPF for “electronic contactless inlays along with its operating
system required for manufacture of Indian e-passports."
has clearly mentioned in their condition that participant companies should not
have any association with Pakistan or China. I have evidences that one of the
top runners in this project is from France and it has submitted hiding its
linkage with Pakistan government,” alleges Ashish Chaturvedi, who is one of the
key whistle-blowers in the Vyapam scam. He had been raising various issues
other than the recruitment scam over last few years.
have enclosed cuttings of Pakistani newspapers and their links which clearly
mentions name of that particular French company which supplied equipment to
Pakistan. Security breach cannot be ruled out as it’s a matter related to one
of the most important document of India,” he said.
how he came across these inputs, Chaturvedi says, “National security is
everyone’s responsibility. Don’t you think it was my responsibility to alert
government before anything happens?, I am not saying that the company is on
ISI’s payroll but reasons why it did not mention its business interests with
Pakistan is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. I have named the company in
my complaint. Competent authorities can search it on internet with some key
words they will get what I claim”.
passport division has initiated this process to roll-out e-Passports making
this document more secure. This will reduce the time required at immigration
counter, say officials. Electronic chip, containing identification data, will
be embedded in its back cover. Nasik-based India Security Press (ISP) has been
authorised to float a global tender for procurement of the contactless inlays
along with its operating system.
ePassport would contain all the data currently given on the second page of the paper-only
passports, including photograph, personal and biological data (finger-prints),
besides the country’s digital signature used to validate the genuineness of the
document. The chip can be sealed only once with the signature of the Passport
Issuing Authority (PIA), thus making these ePassports virtually tamper-proof.
ePassports are a norm in several countries already, India has so far tested
their success on only a few diplomatic and official passports since 2008.
will help people save time spent waiting in queues at immigration counters in
India and abroad. Traveller will only have to swipe the passport at the
designated machine and all data stored in the chip will be instantly visible to
the officer concerned. It will also help in case of emergencies that require
evacuation of Indian nationals from a foreign country.
interfere in Kashmir, stop 'eyeing' Punjab: Amarinder Singh to Pakistan
BABA NANAK (GURDASPUR): Before he left for Kartarpur on Saturday, Punjab chief
minister Amarinder Singh warned Pakistan against interfering in Kashmir and to
stop "eyeing" Punjab, and said it won't succeed in its
also said he hoped Pakistan would understand that India wants friendly
relations with it.
Punjab chief minister was part of the first batch of over 550 Indian pilgrims
that entered Pakistan through the Kartarpur corridor, which was thrown open
days ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev on
corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of
Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur.
said he had repeatedly asked Pakistan to desist from its "nefarious"
Kashmir, they are taking up cudgels against our forces and now they have an eye
on Punjab. I have told them many times to desist from such things, Punjabis
will not tolerate such things. You will not succeed in your nefarious designs
either in Kashmir or in Punjab.
are brave, we are not wearing bangles that you can do whatever and try to
foment trouble," the Punjab chief minister said.
was addressing a gathering at Shikhaar Masiahan near here in the presence of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the Kartarpur corridor on the
said Pakistan should concentrate on development, building schools, improving
roads and providing clean drinking water to its people.
wondered aloud what Pakistan will gain by harbouring enmity.
hope that they (Pakistan) understand that our country wants friendship with
them. I have spoken to the prime minister (Narendra Modi) many times and he too
wishes that peace should prevail and the two nations should come close,"
chief minister called upon the people to follow the path shown by Guru Nanak
the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, Singh said he was blessed and privileged
to witness the historic day.
darshan deedar' (unhindered access) of Kartarpur Sahib has been a cherished
dream of every Sikh and it has become a reality today. I am truly fortunate to
have this chance to be a part of the jatha and bow my head in the land of my
beloved guru," he said.
the last 70 years, every Sikh used to pray for 'khulle darshan'. In 1947, when
India was partitioned, Punjab was divided into two parts and some of our
religious shrines remained there (in Pakistan).
have had the opportunity to go to Gurdwara Nankana Sahib twice, but for the
first time I will be visiting the gurdwara at Kartarpur Sahib. I really wished
that I could go there and today the prime minister has fulfilled my wish. I am
thankful to the PM for this. Entire Punjab and the Sikh community are
happy," he said.
in a tweet, Singh dubbed the Kartarpur corridor as a "historic"
people-to-people initiative which offered a "glimmer of hope for the two
Punjab chief minister also touched upon the stubble burning issue and called on
people to protect the environment.
water is getting scarce and experts say if we don't conserve it, Punjab will
turn into a desert in another 25 years. We have to ponder over this. If we
think about this today, only then can we save our future and our coming
generations," he said.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Gobind Singh Longowal said
the opening of the Kartarpur corridor was a long-pending demand of the Sikh
community and the Centre had given it a gift.
on the occasion, former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said opening
of the corridor was a matter of great happiness.
said the area should be developed as the biggest centre of religious tourism.
credited Modi with fulfilling the Sikh community's demand.
(PM Modi) has a special bond with Punjab. Be it any issue of Punjab, religious,
economic or political, he tries to find a solution," he said.
opens visa-free border crossing for India Sikhs
prime ministers of India and Pakistan inaugurated on Saturday a visa-free
border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India, allowing thousands of pilgrims to
easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day.
Khan and Narendra Modi held separate opening ceremonies on their respective
sides of the new border crossing. It’s a rare sign of cooperation between the
two nuclear-armed nations amid heightened tensions over the disputed Kashmir
region, which both countries partially control but claim in its entirety.
is the biggest and happiest day for the Sikh community ... it will help with
improving relations” between India and Pakistan, said Manmohan Singh, a former
Indian prime minister. He was among the first group of 500 pilgrims to cross
using the corridor.
the opening ceremony, Khan said: “This corridor is the beginning and things
will move further toward the improvement in relations between Pakistan and
India ... Once the Kashmir issue is resolved it will bring peace to this
shrine to Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, is known as Gurdwara
Darbar Sahib. It’s the second-holiest place in the Sikh faith and is located on
the Ravi River just 4.5 kilometers from Pakistan’s border with India.
shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border, and Sikhs would often
gather on bluffs to view the site from the Indian side.
new arrangement allows pilgrims to apply online for special permits to visit
the shrine. Visas to travel between Pakistan and India are normally difficult
the past year, Pakistan constructed a huge complex around the shrine with
facilities to accommodate 5,000 pilgrims daily, including a vast dining hall, a
library and rooms for performing rituals.
authorities have called it the biggest Sikh shrine in the world. The religious
group makes up only a tiny minority in Muslim-majority Pakistan.
Sikh holy sites were left in Pakistan after the British partitioned the
subcontinent into separate nations in 1947 following two centuries of colonial
praise PM Imran for making Kartarpur dream come true
Hundreds of Sikh pilgrims arrived at Pakistan on Saturday from different
countries welcomed the historical opening of Kartarpur Corridor and said Prime
Minister Imran Khan has won the hearts of Sikh community across the world by
opening this corridor and his name will remain imprinted in their hearts forever.
Khan has fulfilled the promise of opening Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh community
of India which he made a year ago and won their hearts. It was our
long-cherished desire to visit this holy place which the prime minister turned
into reality”, Sikh Pilgrims said while talking media.
jubilant Sikh Pilgrim, Sardar Amir Singh said this is a moment of happiness for
the nations of Pakistan and India. The Sikh community in India will now be able
to visit their holy place in Kartarpur without a passport and visa.
Indian nation can also get the maximum benefit out of this project”, Sardar
Amir Singh said during his visit to Kartapur Corridor.
Sikh Pilgrim, Baba Ge Gopal Singh said “I express my heartfelt gratitude to the
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan who has given such a big gift to the
Sikh community not only of Pakistan and India but the whole world through
opening Kartarpur Corridor on the biggest occasion of 550th birth anniversary
of Baba Guru Nanak”.
whole world is appreciating this peace gesture of Pakistani government which
would allow Sikh pilgrims from India to undertake a visa-free visit to the
sacred shrine of Baba Guru Nanak and perform their religious rituals.
Kalwant Singh said opening of Kartarpur Corridor is a good decision taken by
the Pakistani government which has made it easier for our Sikh brothers and
sisters to visit their holy places in Pakistan. Now, the Indian government
should also facilitate the Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan for visiting their holy
places in India by taking some similar steps.
of Pakistan Sikh Council, Dr. Ramesh Singh said “Today is the happiest day for
the whole Sikh community as well as devoted followers of Baba Guru Nanak across
the world. Opening of Kartarpur Corridor conveyed a message to the world that
Pakistan is a peace-loving country.”
appreciated the way different institutions of Pakistan including the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony,
Evacuee Trust Property Board and others worked hard for the timely completion
of this project.
thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed
Bajwa for making excellent security and other arrangements for the Sikh
Pilgrims at the opening ceremony of the corridor and said this initiative has
won the hearts of Sikh community of the whole world.
was the Pakistan of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah where the rights and
freedom of minorities are ensured”, he said.
said despite false propaganda by Indian media, the banners of Imran Khan and
Navjot Singh have been placed in Indian Punjab. The opening of this corridor is
a big achievement and nothing else could be a bigger gift for around 120
million members of the Sikh community across the world and followers of Baba
pilgrim, Balbeer Singh Khushdil said “We are very much thankful to the
Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan and his government who has given an
opportunity to the Sikh community to visit their holy place on the sacred
occasion of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary. We reached the place without any
will emerge as a peace-loving country as a result of this initiative and it
will also help reduce the mistrust between Pakistan and India, he said.
Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh expressed hope that Pak-India relations
will improve enormously as a result of this beginning. It’s a big moment for
Singh Phoolka, a senior advocate of Delhi High Court and politician said “This
place is like Makkah for us. We cannot express our happiness and excitement in
words. We got permission to visit our holy place without any requirement which
is an excellent initiative by Pakistani government for the Sikh community.”
members of Sikh families from the United Kingdom and Canada said: “We are very
much happy over the opening of this corridor and it is a very good peace
gesture and we salute to the Prime Minister Imran Khan for this initiative”.
all restrictions in Kashmir: Pak PM Imran tells India at Kartarpur inauguration
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
on Saturday raked up the Kashmir issue at the inauguration of the historic
Kartarpur corridor and urged India to end all restrictions in the Valley
imposed after New Delhi scrapped Jammu and Kashmir's special status.
Minister Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor for the followers of Guru
Nanak Dev, allowing them to visit the revered founder of Sikhism's final
resting place in Pakistan's Punjab province.
corridor provides visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims, allowing them to travel to
Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, where Guru Nanak Dev spent the last 18
years of his life.
the issue of Kashmir, Khan said he had suggested to his Indian counterpart
Narendra Modi during their first meeting that it should be resolved.
we are witnessing in Kashmir today, it is not a territorial issue anymore. It
has escalated to a humanitarian crisis. Unfortunately things have gotten even
worse for the people of Kashmir who are treated like animals, deprived of their
basic human rights and besieged by a presence of 9 lakh soldiers," Khan
August 5, India revoked the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and
bifurcated it into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh,
drawing a sharp reaction from Pakistan.
downgraded diplomatic ties with India and expelled the Indian High Commissioner
after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370.
has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted
that the abrogation of Article 370 was its "internal matter".
has always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and ruled out
any third party mediation, including either from the UN or the US, saying it is
a bilateral issue with Pakistan.
minister Khan said the sub-continent will only progress when the issue of
Kashmir is resolved.
of Kashmir issue will lead to greater prosperity and mutual development of
India and Pakistan. Kashmir issue has resulted 70 years of hatred between the
two countries. India must ensure justice to people of Kashmir. Hope one day our
relationship will improve," he said.
minister Khan also said a leader will always bring people together and will not
leader does not spread hatred and seek votes on the basis religion," he
Prime Minister Modi flagged off the first batch of over 500 pilgrims, saying it
will be easy to pay obeisance at the Darbar Sahib gurdwara after the opening of
the Kartarpur corridor.
also thanked Khan and said the opening of the historic corridor had brought
also thank Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan for understanding India's
wishes and turning Kartarpur into reality," Modi said.
minister Qureshi in his speech noted that while Modi thanked Khan for opening
the corridor, will the Indian prime minister also give his Pakistani
counterpart the chance to thank him.
can do so by lifting the curfew in Kashmir, ending the use of pellet guns,
ending the violations of human rights [and] by ending the communication
blackout," he said.
said just as the doors of Kartarpur have opened, the doors of Srinagar's Jamia
Masjid should also be opened so that the Kashmiris can offer Friday prayers.
inauguration of the corridor comes in the midst of frayed ties between India
and Pakistan following the New Delhi's August 5 decision.
a chill in bilateral ties over Kashmir, India and Pakistan after tough
negotiations signed an agreement last month, paving the way for the
inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9.
agreement will allow 5,000 Indian pilgrims daily to visit Gurdwara Darbar
ailing ex-premier Nawaz Sharif to leave for London on Sunday
Pakistan's ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for London on
Sunday for treatment as his condition remains critical, a senior PML-N leader
said on Saturday.
69-year-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo agreed on Friday to go
to the UK for the treatment, heeding doctors' advice and accepting his family's
Sharif is leaving for London on a Pakistan International Airlines flight on
Sunday morning along with his brother Shahbaz Sharif for his treatment," a
senior party leader told PTI.
his name is in the no fly-list, the Imran Khan government has assured to remove
it by Friday evening, he said.
is leaving for London after doctors categorically told him that they had
exhausted all the options available in Pakistan and seeking treatment abroad
was the only one left, the leader said.
three-time premier has already secured bail in Al-Azizia Mills corruption case
for eight weeks on medical grounds and in the money laundering case. In
Al-Azizia case, Sharif was serving a seven-year imprisonment in Lahore's Kot
daughter Maryam Nawaz will not accompany him as she had to surrender her
passport to the Lahore High Court as a surety against the bail granted to her
in the money laundering case. She may explore the option of going to London
later, the PML-N lader said.
to him, Sharif's sons -- Hasan and Hussain -- and another daughter Asma, who
live in London, will look after him.
Saturday, Sharif's platelet count was over 20,000.
his platelet count should be 50,000 and beyond for travel abroad, the doctors
may give him high dose to increase his platelets, enabling him to undertake the
travel," he added.
Pakistan government decided to let Sharif go abroad for treatment due to his
critical medical conditions.
have been made for Sharif's treatment at Harley Street Clinic.
family have contacted two doctors in London. An appointment has been made at
the Harley Street Clinic for Monday. The Sharif family are also talking to a
doctor in New York, Geo News reported.
has already spoken to consultants at one of the Harley Street clinics where
patients suffering form drop in platelets are treated privately, the report
Speaking to the media on Friday, Sharif's daughter Maryam, 46, said the family
could not risk Sharif's health and has decided to send him abroad.
Sharif is looking after all the boarding and lodging of the former premier.
After losing my mother last year, my father is my everything now," a
distraught Maryam told the ARY News.
wife Kulsoom died of throat cancer in London last year.
Islamabad, Prime Minister's Special Assistant Naeemul Haq said on Friday the
"government has no issue if he (Sharif) flies abroad for treatment".
said that allowing Sharif to go out for treatment was not a concession as he
would have to face the charges after recovering.
medical reports were sent to doctors in London earlier and they have advised
him to come to London for treatment as soon as possible.
Minster for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar alleged that Sharif's medical reports were
manipulated to show him critically ill so that he could be allowed to leave the
(Sharif) has once again made a deal with the government like he did in 2000
(with the Pervez Musharraf government) to go out of the country," Sarwar
was arrested by Musharraf after toppling his government in 1999 but allowed him
to go on exile to Saudi Arabia.
spokeswoman Marryium Aurangzeb called Sarwar's statement as "callous"
and by someone who had no heart for an ailing person.
was lodged in the Kot Lakhpat jail but last month he was sent to the custody of
the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) which is probing the Sharif family in
the Chaudhry Sugar Mills corruption case.
December 24, 2018, an accountability court had sentenced Sharif to seven years
in prison in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case and acquitted him in the
October 25, the Lahore High Court granted bail to Sharif in the Chaudhry Sugar
Mills case. He was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with an acute
October 29, the Islamabad High Court suspended Sharif's sentence in the
Al-Azizia corruption case for eight weeks on medical grounds.
Sharif family has denied all corruption charges and termed them as politically
sees heated debate amid snap polls prediction
Opposition parties in the National Assembly on Friday hinted at the possibility
of early elections in the country and resolved to move the Supreme Court
against what they called “hasty and unconstitutional manner” in which the
government got 11 ordinances passed in just half an hour the previous day.
the proceedings, members from the treasury and opposition benches exchanged
barbs in the lower house of parliament, accusing each other of ruining the
of the opposition parties criticised National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar for
becoming “a part of the government” as he had agreed to become a member of the
government’s committee that is holding talks with the joint opposition’s Rehbar
committee over the Islamabad sit-in organised by the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F).
an interesting development, the son of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman,
Maulana Asad Mehmood, accepted the challenge thrown by the federal Minister for
Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Ali Amin Gandapur, for a fresh election
in the constituency of Dera Ismail Khan, the city to which the two legislators
a fiery speech on the floor of the house, senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) leader and former defence minister Khawaja Asif predicted that fresh
elections would be held soon in the country. “Fresh elections will take place
soon, on our demand,” he said.
warned the government that something “big will happen soon in the country” that
the government did not know about. “We know what you [the government] do not
know,” he claimed.
Asif said the opposition would soon move the Supreme Court for an
interpretation of the Constitution to decide if the government’s move to get
the bills approved without holding a debate was in accordance with the law or
current session started on Thursday after Prime Minister Imran Khan held a
meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) parliamentary committee, where
he instructed legislators to get all the bills passed, especially the one aimed
at replacing the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) with the Pakistan
Medical Commission (PMC). The prime minister remained in his chamber in the
Parliament House until the session was adjourned till Friday.
Speaker Qasim Suri got the 11 ordinances passed in such haste that no time was
given to the legislators to hold a proper debate on them. He turned a deaf ear
to the opposition lawmakers, who tore up copies of the bills, threw them
towards the deputy speaker and converged on the speaker’s dais.
opposition later vowed to bring a no-confidence motion against the deputy
Friday, Mr Asif urged Speaker Qaisar to become an advocate for democracy and
supremacy of the house, instead of becoming a part of the government.
also demanded of the PTI to account for the funds it had allegedly received
from other countries. “The thieves who had taken money from Indians have been
caught today,” he said, amid shouting by treasury benchers.
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak said in his speech the opposition parties
talked about democracy, but were not even ready to listen to PTI lawmakers.
about the anti-government sit-in being held by the JUI-F, the minister said no
headway had so far been made in easing the crisis. He urged the opposition
parties to convince Maulana Fazl to come to the negotiating table.
Minister Murad Saeed accused the opposition leaders of looting the country’s
wealth in his hard-hitting speech.
an exchange of harsh words, Asad Mehmood of the JUI-F said he was ready to
resign from the assembly and contest an election against Mr Gandapur if the
minister too was ready to tender his resignation.
want to show to the whole of Pakistan your true face,” he said while gesturing
towards the minister for Kashmir affairs.
response, Mr Gandapur said he was ready to vacate his seat and contest a
by-election against JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl. He added that the JUI-F could
monitor the elections with surveillance cameras.
the adjournment of the session till Monday evening, the opposition leaders
submitted a resolution for a no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Suri.
were of the view that the deputy speaker had lost the confidence of the
majority of the house by getting the 11 ordinances approved in undue haste.
is the beginning': PM Imran inaugurates Kartarpur Corridor on historic day
Minister Imran Khan formally inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor at a colourful
ceremony on Saturday, paving the way for Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit one of
their religion's holiest sites in Pakistan without needing a visa.
of all, I congratulate the Sikh community on the 550th birth anniversary of
Baba Guru Nanak and welcome you all," the premier said at the start of his
address, paying tribute to the government team for completing the Kartarpur
project in a matter of months.
salute you all. I had no idea you were so efficient. That means we can do so
much more," he told the government officials.
am always so happy to see the Sikh community who have come here. God lives in
the hearts of all of us. All the messengers who have come and gone only ever
brought two messages, that of peace and justice.
two things distinguish us from the animal kingdom," he said.
Minister Imran noted that the lessons that can be drawn from Guru Nanak's
teachings are about bringing people together and not to spread hate.
am happy we could do this for you," he told the hundreds of Sikh pilgrims.
"Believe me, I had no idea of the importance this place holds; I found out
a year ago.
said the inability of Sikhs in the past to visit the Kartarpur shrine was akin
to Muslims being able to see Madina from a distance but not be able to go near
is why I am happy to see you so happy and the way your hearts have nothing but
prayers for us."
the examples of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Nelson Mandela and Sufi saints, the
prime minister said a true leader is one who always brings people together and
does not spread hate in order to gain votes.
continued: "The first thing I did after becoming the prime minister was to
tell [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi that poverty is our mutual problem,
and the way to deal with it is to open our borders to people and trade.
met Manmohan Singh during a conference and I remember when he was the PM he had
said that 'the entire South Asia can rise if we solve Kashmir'. And that's what
I told Modi.
I am sad to say that Kashmir has gone beyond a territorial issue. This is an
issue of humanity, not a territorial dispute.
way they [Kashmiris] are being kept like animals. Their rights have been
snatched away which the UNSC gave them.
Modi is listening, [he should know that] justice brings peace and injustice
rid ourselves of this problem," he told Modi, referring to the Kashmir
dispute. "So we can live like humans.
the happiness that will spread and how we will be able to pull people out of
have hope that this is the beginning. One day our relations with India will be
such that would have been had the issue of Kashmir been resolved in the
beginning (at Partition).
also foresee a day when the hatred that has spread in the sub-continent over
the past 70 years due to this dispute [will be no more].
this problem is solved and Kashmiris get their rights, the sub-continent will
see prosperity and our entire region will rise in the world, and I pray that
day is not far," he concluded.
Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu earlier addressed the
ceremony, thanking Prime Minister Imran for taking the bold step to build the
Kartarpur Corridor "without looking at gains or losses".
have won hearts," he said while addressing the premier.
heaping praise on Prime Minister Imran, he said: "There are people who are
swept away by the tides of time, even the mountains bow to the tides of time,
man is left spinning as it whirls by, but then there are those like Imran Khan
who stand the test of time and create history.
benefit or loss was weighed. No deals were considered. My faithful friend (PM
Imran) did this for the love of God.
will you gain from killing in a war? If you want to win someone over, do so by
generosity. The enemy can neither die from loss that way nor be able to hold
his head high after being struck by such generosity.
Sikh community is going to take you further than you can fathom," he said,
addressing the prime minister. "We will become your mouthpiece.
generations of Sikhs were deprived; for the first time a government has [opened
access to Kartarpur] for 140 million Sikhs. Alexander won the world through
fear and terror. Imran Khan you are the Alexander who has won the world's hearts
and you rule them all."
for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri in his speech said today's ceremony
and the opening of the Kartapur Corridor is "the biggest message of peace
and love" since Partition.
Khan, the promise you had made to the millions of Sikhs has been fulfilled. And
I congratulate Sardar Navjot Singh as it was you who brought this idea to the
Guru Nanak spent the last days of his life here. He spent his life bringing
people together and spreading the message of love.
your last days here you continued to spread the message of oneness, truth,
peace. His teachings carry the lessons of humanity and its well-being.
was the prime minister's personal interest and his commitment," he said,
adding that he prayed Prime Minister Imran will be rewarded by God for winning
of Kartarpur sahib have been opened'
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his address gave the credit for the
"historic" project coming to fruition to Prime Minister Imran and the
doors of Kartarpur sahib have been opened for you," the foreign minister
said while addressing members of the Sikh community across the world.
said the message of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was one of peace and love,
but that it needed to be reflected upon who is today "sowing the seeds of
hate" in the subcontinent.
the Berlin Wall can be demolished, if the Kartarpur Corridor can be opened,
then the temporary boundary of the Line of Control can also be ended,"
Qureshi said, adding that the promise of granting the right of
self-determination to the people of occupied Kashmir can also be fulfilled.
asked Indian Prime Minister Modi, who had earlier in the day thanked Prime
Minister Imran, whether he will also give his Pakistani counterpart the chance
to thank him.
can do so," he told Modi, "by lifting the curfew in occupied Kashmir,
ending the use of pellet guns, ending the violations of human rights [and] by
ending the communication blackout".
expressed the wish that Modi will open the Srinagar Jamia Mosque for Kashmiri
Muslims the way the Kartarpur gurdwara was opened for the Sikh community by
minister announced that the prime minister has identified 400 temples in the
country which will be renovated.
leads Sikhs delegation
from across the border started arriving in Pakistan today to make a historic
pilgrimage to the shrine of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, which is
located in Kartarpur, as Islamabad and New Delhi made history by opening the
Minister Imran arrived at the corridor inauguration ceremony using the shuttle
service used by pilgrims, according to state broadcaster PTV.
premier was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Governor
Chaudhry Sarwar, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Religious
Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri and other officials.
Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh led the first delegation of Sikh pilgrims
as they crossed into Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor. Indian Punjab's
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was also part of the jatha (caravan).
hope India and Pakistan relations improve enormously as a result of this
beginning," Manmohan told PTV as he walked towards the Pakistan side,
terming the occasion a "big moment".
Indian Punjab chief minister said they were all happy because it had been a
desire of Sikhs to visit their religious sites in Pakistan for 70 years.
is a beginning, I hope it's going to continue and many more gurdwaras are going
to be allowed," he remarked.
Sidhu, Bollywood actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol also attended the opening
diplomats, accompanied by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal and Foreign
Secretary Sohail Mahmood, were also in attendance.
seeing off the first group of pilgrims, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
addressed members of the Sikh community and hailed the opening of the corridor.
also thank Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan for understanding India's
wishes and turning Kartarpur into reality," Modi said in his speech. He
also thanked the labour in both countries for completing the construction in
such a short time.
Indian premier said that Baba Guru Nanak was not just a revered figure for
Sikhs but for the entire humanity.
8,000-10,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive from around the world to mark Guru
Nanak's 550th birthday on November 12.
premier had performed the groundbreaking of the visa-free corridor last year.
Since then, the government has employed hundreds of labourers to spruce up the
shrine, including building a border immigration checkpoint and a bridge, as
well as expanding the site's grounds. After tough negotiations between
Islamabad and New Delhi, Pakistan and India had finally signed an agreement
regarding the project last month.
of the opening, the prime minister also announced special waivers in order to
facilitate Indian pilgrims. Pilgrims who arrive from India will no longer need
a passport to cross over into Pakistan as long as they have a valid identity.
premier had also announced that he had directed that the condition for pilgrims
to register 10 days before their arrival at the Kartarpur shrine be waived.
the pilgrims who arrive on the day of the Kartarpur Corridor's opening and on
Baba Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary will not be charged any fee to visit.
to 5,000 Indian Sikhs have been allowed access daily, with plans to eventually
double the capacity.
from around the world — including some from India who entered from the main
border crossing at Wagah after obtaining visas — have been arriving in Pakistan
ahead of the celebrations for several days already.
border and hearts
a statement issued hours before the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, Prime
Minister Imran congratulated the Sikh community residing in Pakistan as well as
in India on the occasion.
premier said that the "unprecedented gesture of goodwill [...] is a
reflection of our deep respect for Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji and religious
sentiments of Sikh community".
we are not only opening border but also our hearts for the Sikh
community," the statement read.
prime minister in his statement further said: "The inauguration today is
also a testimony of our commitment towards peace of the region. We believe that
the road to prosperity of region and bright future of our coming generation
lies in peace. We believe that interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence will
provide us an opportunity to work for larger interests of people of the
congratulating the Sikh community once again, I also wish to thank all those
who contributed towards transforming this vision in reality in record time of
10 months only."
up to 30 million Sikhs around the world, it is one of their holiest places.
When Pakistan was carved out of colonial India at independence from Britain in
1947, Kartarpur ended up on the western side of the border — though most of the
region's Sikhs remained on the other side.
them, it is tantalisingly close — just four kilometres inside Pakistan, so near
that Indian Sikhs have been known to stand on the other side and simply gaze
across the divide at the site.
decades of enmity between India and Pakistan has left extreme restrictions on
their ability to visit.
land is sacred for them,” Habib Khan, the 63-year-old imam of a small mosque
just outside the gurdwara, told AFP on Friday.
of pilgrims could be seen travelling through Kartarpur on Friday.
Indian flag could be seen flying across the border, just beyond fields dotted
with eucalyptus and guava trees — though it was half obscured by the heavy smog
that has blanketed large swathes of South Asia in recent days.
of Rangers dotted the rice-growing region which, being so close to the border,
is heavily secured, with multiple checkpoints.
birth 'purified civilisation', says PM Imran in message on Eid-i-Miladun Nabi
the country celebrated Eid-i-Miladun Nabi on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan
said that the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) marked the end of a history of
inhumanity, oppression, tyranny, ignorance, injustice and deviation from the
right path, Radio Pakistan reported.
his message on the occasion, the premier added that Prophet Muhammad's birth
"purified civilisation by inculcating characteristics like human dignity
added that the idea of a welfare state was first introduced by Islam.
his message, President Dr Arif Alvi said the government is trying to develop
Pakistan as a welfare state based on the principles of the state of Madina,
Radio Pakistan reported.
president urged citizens, particularly religious scholars, to play their role
in making Pakistan a welfare state, adding that the government is making
economic and social reforms in various sectors which could bring positive
results "very soon".
Nabi is being celebrated today with religious enthusiasm across the country.
The day began with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and a 21-gun salute in all the
Fajr prayers, special prayers for the unity of the Muslim ummah as well as for
the progress and prosperity of Pakistan were offered in various mosques, Radio
conferences, events and Mehfil-i-Milad are also being held to mark the
occasion. The 'International Rehmatul-lil-Alameen (SAW) Conference' is underway
in Islamabad, the report added.
his message, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif
said it is a day of salvation from restlessness and illiteracy for humanity.
Mosque, Lahore Gurdwara: Legal parallels, different outcome
As Indian Supreme Court on Saturday handed over the site of 16th century Babri
Mosque to Hindus for the construction of a temple, Sikh community in Pakistan
feels that the verdict should have taken a queue from Lahore’s Shahid Ganj
Gurdwawa (Sikh place of worship) case.
two cases bear striking resemblance in terms of claims and litigation.
also termed the timing of the verdict “surprising”, as it coincided with the
opening of Kartarpur border between India and Pakistan to facilitate Sikh
pilgrims to visit their places of worship.
two sites (Babri Mosque and Shahid Ganj Gurdwara) share a close resemblance in
terms of litigation, but not in terms of the outcome,” Sardar Ramesh Singh, the
chairman of Pakistan Sikh Council, told Anadolu Agency.
gave credit to the Muslim community for conserving Shahid Gunj Gurdwara and not
converting it into a mosque after the creation of Pakistan.
land of Babri Mosque has been taken away from Muslim minority in India, whereas
the Gurdwara of minority Sikh community still stands at the same site in
Muslim-majority Pakistan,” he said.
history of the building known as Shahid Ganj Gurdwara — also called Bhai Taru
Singh (a Sikh religious scholar) Gurdwara — has striking resemblance with the
dispute of Babri Mosque, demolished by a frenzied Hindu mob on December 6, 1992
and now its site has been handed over to Hindus for the construction of a
by Kotwal (Chief Police Officer) of Lahore Abdullah Khan, during the reign of
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653, Shahid Ganj was a mosque till 1799, till
Sikh Army under Maharaja Ranjit Singh captured the city defeating Afghans. They
converted it into a gurdwara and barred entry of Muslims.
1849, when British took control of Lahore by defeating Sikh Empire, Muslims
pleaded for the return of the mosque and knocked the court. But the court using
law of limitations, rejected the plea and questioned the delay of 51 years for
claiming the mosque. The London-based Privy Council, the highest court of
appeal during British era also rejected Muslim claim on May 2, 1940.
a few Sikhs were left in the surroundings of Gurdwara, following a huge Sikh
exodus in 1947. If the local community had insisted its conversion into mosque,
nobody would have stopped them”, said Ramesh.
Charanjeet Singh, a Sikh community leader in Peshawar said India should learn
from Pakistan in terms of protecting places of worship for minorities.
Gurdwara was also re-opened in Peshawar five years ago, with the assistance of
local Muslims”, Charanjeet, who also runs a facebook page “Peshawari Singh”,
told Anadolu Agency.
was referring to Gurdwara Baba Biba Singh — named after a 17th century Sikh
Gurdawra had been closed following migration of Sikhs from Peshawar to India in
Peshawar hosts the largest population of Sikhs in Pakistan, who started
settling down here from adjoining tribal areas and other parts of the country
in 1960s for businesses and jobs.
number of Sikhs in Pakistan is estimated between 30,000-40,000 out of some 200
million population of this South Asian Muslim country.
from Peshawar, he said, two other Gurdwaras had recently been re-opened in
Mandi Bahauddin and Gujrat districts of Punjab with the help of local Muslims.
Ramesh and Charanjeet termed timing of the verdict as “surprising” and
“unfortunate”, when Sikhs were celebrating 550th anniversary of their founder
Baba Guru Nanak and the opening of pilgrim corridor, along Kartarpur border
between India and Pakistan.
judgment had been pending for over a long time. The Supreme Court could have
waited a bit more. But it chose to announce the verdict on this occasion, which
could have been taken as a point for inter-communal harmony in both countries,”
PM urge nation to follow Iqbal’s message of self-esteem
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have said that it is high
time to revert to the message of Allama Muhammad Iqbal to find solution to the
ills corroding the society and hindering the progress and prosperity.
their separate messages on 142nd birth anniversary of great philosopher and
thinker, Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, they said it is an occasion to recall and
pledge for the nation to follow his message of self-awareness and self-esteem.
said that Muslims of the Sub-continent would always remain indebted to the
great visionary leader for his invaluable services.
said Allama Iqbal infused a new spirit among the Muslims of the sub-continent,
changed their thought process and provided them with a solid ideological
foundation to strive for regaining their lost identity.
great leader had also envisioned the idea of a separate homeland for the
Muslims of the sub-continent and made remarkable contributions towards
understanding the true message of Islam.
President and Prime Minister urged the nation to pledge on this day to make
even greater efforts for the fulfillment of the dream of our forefathers and
move forward according to the teachings of Allama Iqbal for the greater good of
our society and our beloved homeland.
Marchers holding ‘Seerat-un-Nabi’ Conference for 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal
of the Azadi March participants are attending
‘Seerat-un-Nabi’ Conference in sector H-9 of the federal, it was
reported on Saturday.
Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl and other ulema are present at
event is being commemorated in the honour of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), whose
birthday is celebrated every year on 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal.
of protesters have converged on Pakistan’s federal capital, under the banner of
‘Azadi’ March, seeking to de-seat Prime Minister Imran Khan.
ongoing sit-in is headed by opposition leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who is the
chief of his own faction of the JUI-F.
caravan, which set off from Sindh on October 27, reached Islamabad on October
the week long sit-in, opposition leaders delivered fiery speeches against the
ruling PTI government, giving the prime minister a 48-hour ultimatum to resign.
The deadline was later extended.
now, despite several meetings, negotiations between the protesters and the
government have failed to reach any result.
lil 'Alamin starts with Assalamualaikum
Ahmad A Talib
recent weeks, many video clips depicting Islam as a religion of mercy made
clip showed an African American mother forgiving a man who murdered her son.
hugged the killer in an open court and wished that the killer would repent and
change his ways.
showed a Muslim father who also forgave the killer of his son, saying that
revenge was not on his mind at all.
forgiving the killer had always been uppermost, regardless of the legal
proceedings against the murderer.
a depiction of Islam would go a long way to project it as a religion of peace, tolerance
that is exactly the Islam that Malaysia wants to project to the rest of the
fact, the world of Islam should make a concerted effort to promote this to
counter the negative portrayal of Islam by anti-Islamic forces and those who
are ignorant of Islam as a way of life.
the task of taking this to the world stage falls on the Minister in the Prime
Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
catchphrase for this is ‘Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin’.
Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin is ‘compassionate Islam’.
two examples mentioned above more than explain what this whole idea is all
task is to articulate this in a manner that everyone can comprehend.
has started work on this actually. He is being assisted by a former ambassador
and diplomat, Datuk Seri Syed Hussien Alhabshee.
Hussein is the chairman of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council
the way, this is the first time that Mawip is not headed by a politician, a
fact that has not been mentioned often enough.
Hussien, 70, joined government service as a PTD officer in 1977. He was posted
to the Foreign Ministry.
tour of duty included Egypt, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
also had a spell as deputy permanent secretary to the Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah.
the career diplomat is assisting Mujahid to take Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin to the
week, Mujahid will elaborate on this philosophy at the University of Cambridge
in the United Kingdom.
efforts to make the world understand Islam and see it as a religion promoting
universal values are an ongoing initiative.
might say that Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin encompasses a more universal appeal, one
that has sufficient examples anywhere in the world.
strategy in promoting this is quite straightforward - make the concept known to
foreign ambassadors and high commissioners who are posted in Kuala Lumpur.
attended one of his sessions last month. He hosted a dinner for 18 ambassadors
and high commissioners from the European Union in Putrajaya.
looked confident and comfortable as he articulated the philosophy, answering
questions and sharing perspectives with ease.
in September, Mawip and the International Islamic University Malaysia held an
international seminar on Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin, where prominent Islamic scholars
shared their views and experiences.
seminar concluded by passing several resolutions to use the philosophy to
nurture a society based on tolerance, peace and mercy.
is a philosophy that does not contradict other faiths anywhere in the world.
this regard, a look at the Singapore experience may be useful.
republic may not have Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin as its official policy but it does
support efforts to promote Islam Cemerlang (Brilliant Islam) in the island
points worth mentioning from the Singapore experience are: the belief that a
good Muslim is also a good citizen and good Muslims aspire to be an example and
inspiration to others.
fact, the adherence to these basic principles falls very much in place with
universal values, which add value to a plural and diversified community as
found in Singapore.
will also be articulating the concept when he speaks at another religious
conference in Azerbaijan this month.
is also noted that there aren’t enough credible narrators of Islam on the world
stage, especially those who can eloquently argue that Islam is not a religion
of terror as depicted by quite a number of ignorant and irresponsible world
and his team must also talk extensively in this country, explaining that the
concept is taken from the Quran and not a creation by scholars and
concept depicts universal values which are not specific to Muslims.
has caused so much damage to Islam as a religion of peace.
terror promoted by so-called Islamic groups is not helping either.
Mujahid and other like-minded Muslim leaders all over the world share this
responsibility of correcting this misperception.
fact, ordinary Muslims can be the most powerful ambassadors of Rahmatan lil
‘Alamin by leading a life of peace and tolerance, mercy and compassion.
daily greeting among Muslims is enough to show that peace is at the centre of
- peace be unto you! That daily greeting is used over and over throughout every
lil ‘Alamin starts with that greeting. Live it, and we shall have enduring
peace and understanding.
bibles not a threat to Muslims, backbencher tells Penang legislative assembly
TOWN, Nov 4 — Malay bibles should not be considered a threat to Muslims’ faith
but instead regarded as a way for them to understand other religions, a
backbencher said at the Penang legislative assembly today.
Ariffin (PKR — Penanti) said she has conducted sessions for Muslims with the
religious department where they were shown the Malay version of the bible and
the al-Quran side by side for comparison.
don’t want Muslims to have this fear that just by touching a bible, they
immediately become a murtad, this is not true,” she said when interjecting
state opposition leader Datuk Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor’s (BN -Sungai Dua)
debate at the State Legislative Assembly today.
can compare and look through both the bible and al-Quran and they will realise
the differences between both religious materials,” she said.
said it is better for Muslims to understand other religions and for them to be
aware of other religious scriptures including the Hindu and Buddhist
live in a multicultural society, it is important for us to understand each
other, to know more about each others’ religions so that there is no
unnecessary fear of another religion,” she said.
said she had organised similar sessions for non-Muslims, even in temples, for
them to better understand Islam since 2017.
don’t want Malays and Muslims to be seen as fearful of other religions
especially when we are in a multicultural society, where our neighbours are
made up of other races of other religions,” she said.
expressed her worry over the possible merging of Umno and PAS that will give
rise to more racial incitement by the parties.
will continue inciting racial issues, they will frighten the people and create
racial divide, please don’t do this,” she said.
Yusoff had proposed than a law be enacted to punish those who distributed
bibles to Muslims and include Muslims in Christian prayers.
claimed that Malay language bibles were once distributed to schools in Penang
and warned that it can become a big problem.
is an enactment against this in all the states but Penang, Perlis and Wilayah
Persekutuan so we should consider introducing this bill here,” he said.
outside the House, Norlela said there was so much fear created over the bible
issue that she had to organise “secret” sessions for Muslims and non-Muslims to
help both groups understand each other.
is nothing wrong for a Muslim to touch a bible, it won’t convert them, even if
a Christian missionary goes around spreading word about their religion, it will
not affect our faith, I want Muslims to be confident in this,” she said.
said her sessions that she has been organising regularly was meant to reassure
Muslims that as a majority, nobody could pose a threat to them.
are the majority, it is not right for them to fear other religions, it will
only create unnecessary friction,” she said.
said when Muslims are shown the bibles and made to understand other religions,
it will dispel their fear.
preys on domestic workers in Hong Kong, Singapore
- For six days a week, the three women worked as domestic workers in homes
across Singapore. But in their spare time, they promoted ISIS online, donated
money to militants overseas, and became so radicalized that at least one was
ready to die as a suicide bomber in Syria, according to Singapore's Ministry of
women -- all Indonesian nationals -- were arrested in September under
Singapore's Internal Security Act on suspicion of taking part in terror
financing activities and face up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to
$500,000 Singapore dollars ($362,000).
spokeswoman for the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore confirmed the arrests and
said it was providing consular assistance to the women, who do not have legal
representation because they are still under investigation.
women are yet to be formally charged. Terrorism experts say they are not the
only domestic workers who are believed to have been radicalized online while
working in big Asian cities like Singapore and Hong Kong.
ISIS shifts its gaze towards Asia following the fall of its caliphate in the
Middle East, these women are increasingly being targeted, albeit in a less
organized way, experts warn.
are preyed upon and exploited by militant cells who essentially view them as
cash cows," said Nava Nuraniyah, a researcher at the Institute for Policy
Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), an Indonesian think tank. "They have a stable
income, speak English and usually have a broad international network, making
them ideal (targets)."
women represent a tiny subset of the approximately 250,000 domestic migrant
workers who live in Singapore and of the 385,000 who reside in Hong Kong.
vast majority of foreign workers are law-abiding and make a positive
contribution to our society," said a spokesman for Singapore's Ministry of
Home Affairs. "However, there are still individuals who continue to be
radicalized by ISIS' violent ideology."
of the cases identified so far involve Indonesian nationals, according to
attempted to contact the three Indonesian women being held in Singapore but was
unable to secure a comment.
2015 and 2017, IPAC conducted its own investigation into the radicalization of
domestic workers and found there was a "radical fringe" of at least
50 Indonesian women working overseas as nannies, maids or caretakers for the
elderly. Among these, 43 were based in Hong Kong, four in Singapore and three
in Taiwan. Due to the difficulty of obtaining first-hand data and testimonies,
these are the most recent figures available.
to a source in Indonesia with knowledge of the profiles of radicalized
militants who were returned to their home country, at least 20 radicalized
domestic workers were deported back to Indonesia, a country which has the
largest population of Muslims in the world, including three who are currently
undergoing a deradicalization program run in cooperation with the government.
the handful of women who become radicalized, the process usually begins with a
traumatic event, according to IPAC researcher Nuraniyah. And the radicalization
can be extremely rapid. IPAC's report details the case of one Indonesian
domestic worker from Hong Kong who went from a secular fashion enthusiast to
ISIS devotee in less than a year.
either go through a divorce, get into debt or suffer from the culture shock of
moving to a place very different from home, which are all common issues
encountered by migrant workers," Nuraniyah said.
far from home in an unfamiliar environment, sometimes exposed to ill-treatment
by unscrupulous employers, they are especially vulnerable to indoctrination
are lonely so they feel a need to engage with the Indonesian community, either
online or in real life," said Diovio Alfath, a program officer at The
Coalition of Civil Society Against Violent Extremism or C-Save, an Indonesian
organization which helps rehabilitate victims of radicalization. "But
lacking the social networks they would normally turn to for advice, they aren't
equipped to deal with the radical messages that are being fed to them."
might already have a pro-ISIS contact in their Facebook friends and turn to him
or her or seek out the pages of prominent militants, says Nuraniyah. Some are
recruited by another domestic worker at a prayer group or at a social gathering
on their day off, according to IPAC. Often, it is a two-way street: the
domestic workers might take the first step by reaching out to militants. In
return, many are then rapidly brought into radical groups and groomed to become
started listening to Salafi podcasts while cleaning the house," one
Indonesian maid from Semarang working in Singapore told IPAC -- according to a
transcript of the interview seen by CNN -- in reference to a strict, orthodox
branch of Islam. "On Facebook, I followed people whose profiles seemed
very Islamic because I needed friends who could guide me."
said she was especially moved by an Instagram account which featured graphic
pictures of the Muslim victims in Syria.
she met a 29-year-old Indonesian butcher living in Batam online. She said he
encouraged her to travel to Syria to join ISIS there. But the Singaporean
government found out about her plans and deported her back to Indonesia in
2017, according to Nuraniyah.
tipping point usually comes after the women forge personal relationships with
militants online who become their "boyfriends," she says. They are
then invited to join dedicated chatrooms on encrypted apps.
is where the real stuff happens, where bomb designs are shared and active
coordination takes place," said Zachary Abuza, an expert on ISIS'
operations in Southeast Asia at the National War College in Washington. For
example, he says, there are several hundred groups on Telegram -- an encrypted
app often used by ISIS -- for sympathizers of the islamic movement, many of
which have content catering specifically to women, such as advice on feminine
issues and child rearing. CNN reached out to Telegram but the company did not
respond to our request.
the process of radicalization has been completed, a small number of domestic
workers marry their jihadi boyfriends. One Indonesian woman working in Hong
Kong returned to Banten, in western Java, in 2015 to become the second wife of
Adi Jihadi, a militant who was arrested in 2017 for purchasing arms and
training in Mindanao with Isnilon Hapilon, who had been declared ISIS's emir
for Southeast Asia.
later admitted to having funded the weapons used in a 2016 attack in Jakarta
where eight people died and was convicted for this.
radicalized domestic workers take on a more active role, becoming financiers,
recruiters and coordinators.
of the domestic workers who came through our program were involved in providing
financial or logistical support -- such as housing militants on their way to
Syria -- for radical networks," said Alfath.
alleged prominent figure in Hong Kong's pro-ISIS scene, a 36-year-old woman
from Central Java, collected funds from radicalized maids and sent them to
jihadist organizations in Indonesia, according to her social media posts and
interviews carried out by IPAC. She also organized plane tickets for Indonesian
militants traveling to Syria, often via Hong Kong, according to the same
her day off, she sometimes attended classes by Serving Islam Team, an
organization founded by Wael Ibrahim, an Egyptian pop star turned Salafi
scholar. "She usually came with a friend and was very quiet during the
lesson," he told CNN. "But afterwards, she would forcefully question
why we weren't supporting ISIS."
ended up excluding her from his classes. In July 2017, she was deported back to
Indonesia, where she remains, according to Nuraniyah.
radicalized domestic workers even travel to war zones. Of the 50 radicalized
domestic workers identified by IPAC, at least 12 had attempted to reach Syria
via Hong Kong, as of June 2017. Four made it and the rest were intercepted and
deported back to Indonesia, according to IPAC's report. C-Save has also seen
domestic workers who had attempted to reach Syria go through its program.
of the Indonesian women arrested in Singapore harbored the intention of
traveling to Syria, one of the them even claiming she wanted to become a
suicide bomber for ISIS in Syria, the authorities claim.
two women had also been encouraged by their online contacts to migrate to the
southern Philippines, according to Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs.
Experts say ISIS has strengthened its foothold in Southeast Asia, and ISIS
sympathizers -- including radicalized domestic workers -- have recently started
setting their sights on the Philippines as a destination.
2017, once ISIS started losing territory in the Middle East, its message
shifted," Abuza said. "It started encouraging militants to travel to
Mindanao, in the Philippines, and establish a caliphate there."
Islamist organizations in the Philippines and Indonesia -- including Abu
Sayyaf, The Maute Group and Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) -- have pledged
allegiance to ISIS.
individuals were arrested recently in Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of
Borneo, for assisting ISIS sympathizers on their way to the Philippines, Ayob
Khan Mydin Pitchay, a Malaysian counter-terrorism official, told the Malay Mail
Philippines is the best opportunity for ISIS to seize territory, Abuza said, as
parts of the southern island of Mindanao are a "black hole in terms of law
enforcement, with largely corrupt security forces and large ungoverned
spaces." CNN requested a comment from the Philippines government, but it
did not respond.
2017, ISIS fighters seized the town of Marawi in Mindanao, leading to a
five-month siege, which was only broken in October 2017 following the deaths of
militant leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, the supposed emir of ISIS in
downfall of ISIS in Syria and Iraq has also led to increased online recruitment
efforts targeting Muslims in Malaysia and Singapore, according to Abuza.
"Since the fall of the caliphate, recruitment drives have continued,"
confirms Alfath. "But they have become less organized. Instead of the
orders coming from above, they now emanate from local groups in Indonesia or
even from individual militants."
recruitment extends to training domestic workers to commit suicide attacks,
according to IPAC. A former domestic worker in Taiwan and Singapore,
27-year-old Dian Yuli Novi planned to blow herself up outside the presidential
palace in Jakarta. In August 2017, she was sentenced to seven and a half years
in prison, according to Reuters.
December 2016, another alleged would-be female suicide bomber was arrested in
Central Java. Allegedly radicalized in Hong Kong during her time there as a
domestic worker, 34-year-old Ika Puspitasari had returned to Indonesia to marry
a man she met online in 2015, according to IPAC. Authorities say she then
volunteered to carry out a bomb attack in Bali on New Year's Eve. She was
sentenced to four years and six months in prison and a fine in 2017.
a close watch
recruitment of domestic workers in Hong Kong and Singapore has not gone
in their host countries actively monitor social media posts and discussion
groups to search for terrorism-related content," said Alfath from C-Save.
"If they find radical messages published by a migrant worker, they move to
deport him or her."
has deported 16 allegedly radicalized domestic workers to Indonesia since 2015
after completing investigations into their cases, according to the Ministry of
Home Affairs spokesman.
Kong declined to provide figures on the number of domestic helpers it has
deported, but a police spokesman said it "keeps a close watch on
international terrorist trends and continuously assesses the terrorist threat
to Hong Kong," by exchanging intelligence with other law enforcement
agencies and conducting multi-agency exercises. In 2018, a dedicated
inter-departmental counter-terrorism unit was created.
has been working closely with local religious organizations and a rehabilitation
group to engage with the foreign domestic worker community through outreach
events at mosques and foreign embassies, according to the government spokesman.
events serve to teach them about Singapore's multi-religious social values and
to warn them about extremist groups, he added. The Ministry of Manpower also
organizes briefings to employment agencies and has incorporated a
counter-terrorism module in its settling-in program for foreign domestic
three Indonesian women arrested are still in detention. Under Singapore's
security laws, they could be held for up to two years before they are tried.
The government spokesman said that "they are assessed to pose a security
threat in view of their support for ISIS and investigations into their
terrorism financing activities are ongoing."
Iran, neighbors always come first, Zarif says at 24th ECO summit
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in Turkey to attend the 24th
meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), says for Tehran
“neighbors always come first.”
to be in Turkey, attending 24th ministerial meeting of the ECO,” Zarif wrote in
a tweet on Saturday, hours after taking part in the meeting with his Pakistani
and Turkish counterparts.
keeping with Iran’s foreign policy that posits our neighbors should always come
first, regional cooperation remains a priority,” he said. “We hope this
cooperation can be welcomed by neighbors to our south, too.”
to be in Turkey, attending 24th ministerial meeting of the ECO.
keeping with Iran’s foreign policy that posits our neighbors should always come
first, regional cooperation remains a priority.
hope this cooperation can be welcomed by neighbors to our south, too.
PM - Nov 9, 2019
people are talking about this
at the summit, the Iranian top diplomat called on the two neighbors to use the
ECO to its full potential in order to grow closer ties between the members and
use their funds as well.
a population of around half a billion people, incredible geographic situation,
vast energy and mineral resources, advanced human resources, huge commercial
market as well as cultural and historical similarities the ECO has all of the
required parameters to succeed in multilateral cooperation between nations,” he
argued that a lack of appropriate design for economic cooperation was the
primary challenge facing the ECO.
said the ECOTA or the Economic Cooperation Organization Trade Agreement and
other internal arrangements of the ECO needed to become operational so that all
traders could get involved in the advancement of the Middle East region and its
national currencies for bilateral trade, reducing the costs and speeding up the
customs clearance were some of the measures that Zarif said could be taken to
hails Erdogan’s comments on Iraq unrest
Zarif met with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, during which he
praised the remarks recently made by Turkey’s president, where they discussed
bilateral ties, latest developments in the region and bilateral cooperation
within the ECO.
also hailed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks about the
ongoing unrest in Iraq.
on Saturday, Erdogan said he knows who is behind the recent anti-government
protests in Iraq.
can guess who is behind the unrest in Iraq,” he said on Saturday, concluding
that the unnamed conspirators behind the deadly protests in Iraq were after
"dividing the Islamic World."
makes us worry about the problems of people who are thousands or tens of
thousands of kilometers away from our country is Islam as a common denominator
and the consciousness of being an Ummah,” he said.
Muslim fellowship has no limits. No one can sow discord among us,” Erdogan was
quoted as saying by Anadolu news agency.
also speculated that those behind Iraq’s unrest probably planned to spread the
protests into Iran.
last month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
warned that the US and Western spy services, with the financial help of the
reactionary Arab regimes, are seeking to instigate "dangerous
hostilities" in Iraq and Lebanon despite their people's "legitimate
Khamenei described insecurity as “the biggest damage” a country could suffer,
warning against plots being pursued by the enemies to rob regional countries of
elements instigating such “dangerous hostilities” are known, said the Leader,
adding that “the US and the Western intelligence services, financed by certain
reactionary countries of the region, are behind such incidents.”
Khamenei made the remarks in reference to the latest bout of violent protests
that have gripped Iraq and Lebanon for several weeks.
Thousands mark Prophet Mohammad's birthday in Sana'a
of Muslims flooded Al Sabeen Square, close to the Al Sha'ab Mosque in Sana'a on
Saturday, to mark the birth anniversary of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon
Forces, Terrorists Clash with Syrian Army in Hasaka
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the
attacks targeted the village of Tal Sho'air between Tal Tamar and Abu Ra'asin
in Hasaka, adding that the Turkish army also supported the offensive with heavy
artillery fire, wounding several people.
also reported that the Turkish drones bombed several regions between Tal Tamar
and Ra's al-Ein in Hasaka on Friday.
the SOHR reported that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian army
regained control of the village of Um Sha'eifeh from the Turkey-backed
militants on Friday night.
the Arabic-language service of SANA news agency reported that the Syrian army
has engaged in clashes with the Turkish forces at around midday today, adding
that the two sides exchanged fire with heavy and semi-heavy weapons.
the Arabic-language Qasiyoun news website reported that the Turkey-backed
militants started attacks on the villages of al-Davoudiyeh, al-Qasemiyeh and
al-Arisheh in Hasaka, adding that they engaged in clashes with the SDF forces
in al-Arisheh and several other points in Abu Rasin region.
last week, the Syrian Army continued to reinforce its military positions in the
Northern and Northeastern countryside of Hasaka, including Tal Tamr, in order
to confront any possible aggression by Turkish occupying forces and also to
protect locals from the attacks by Ankara troops.
Tal Tamr, the army units are working to fortify their military positions to
confront Turkish Army attacks as other army units boosted their positions in an
area extending 60 kilometers from al-Aghibish village (West of Tal Tamr) to
al-Wasitah village South of Aliyah silos.
Syrian Army units strengthened their positions in Um al-Kaif village Northwest
of Tal Tamr and Khashm Zarkan village North of the town and Mjeibert Zarkan
village in the Northeastern part on the Tal Tamr-Qamishli Road, field sources
in the Northern and Northeastern part of Tal Tamr were quoted as saying by the
Arab-language media outlets.
Tuesday, the Syrian army took back control of a key oil field in Hasaka
province in the Northeastern parts of the country.
Arabic-language Radio Sham FM reported that the army had continued to advance
in Northeastern Syria and entered al-Ramilan region in Hasaka to take control
of its oil field.
to the report, the army soldiers have already gained back control of Molla
Abbas oil field which is a part of the giant al-Ramilan oil field.
report added that the Syrian army troops were deployed in Northern Qamishli
near the borders with Turkey on Tuesday.
Raps Netanyahu for Lies about Iran's Intention to Develop N. Weapon
biggest lie is that Iran is after nuclear weapons. Iran does not need nuclear
weapons given the power balance in the region. Also, ideologically, we have
Supreme Leader's fatwa (that has banned producing, stockpiling and using atomic
weapons) and legally, no other country is under supervision and inspection of
the Agency (the International Atomic Energy Agency) so much as Iran,"
Kamalvandi told reporters on Saturday.
course, Iran enjoys nuclear capability and technology and there is no doubt
about that. But these allegations by the Zionist regime are aimed at concealing
its own ugly face," he added.
about US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims that Iran has prevented an
IAEA inspector from visiting a nuclear site to intimidate the UN nuclear
watchdog agency and extort Europeans, Kamalvandi said it is Washington which is
extorting, bullying and even pressuring its own allies.
underlined that Iran's measures are only aimed at restoring its rights.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei had early in
October reiterated his firm and serious opposition to Iran's acquisition,
stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons, describing it as haram (forbidden
science is beneficial but since it’s not been coupled with love for humanity,
it led to nuclear disasters. Despite having the ability to develop nukes, we
firmly and bravely avoided it, for building and keeping nukes, like using them,
is haram," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a group of academic elites
and top scientific talents in Tehran.
Khamenei has on many occasions said the Islamic Republic considers the pursuit
and possession of nuclear weapons "a grave sin" from every logical,
religious and theoretical standpoint.
April 17, 2010 Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa declaring that the production,
stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons are all haram (religiously banned).
is not after a nuclear bomb. Why would Iran want a nuclear bomb? Moreover, when
an atomic bomb is detonated, it does not just kill enemies. Rather, it kills
innocent people as well, and this goes against Islamic beliefs and the
principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran. An atomic bomb does not
discriminate between good and bad people, and it is not something that the
Islamic Republic would use. The Islamic Republic is relying on something that is
not affected by bombs, foreign invasions and other such things. Such things
only strengthen what the Islamic republic is relying on. The Islamic republic
is relying on the people," a part of the fatwa said.
Unveils Home-Made Tank Transporter
tank transporter has been manufactured by the Army's Ground Force experts and
enjoys 700/hp engine power and 200 tons of tensile strength.
is also able to carry two 60-ton tanks on the ultra-heavy home-made 'Soleiman
3' towing vehicle.
700 weighs 17,799kg and runs in 12 gears.
had in 2016 unveiled another ultra-heavy tank transporter named 'Pouria' and
'Fallagh' optimized tank.
two new army achievements were unveiled during Beit ul-Muqaddas 28 wargames in
the Central province of Isfahan.
ultra-heavy tank carrier and Fallagh tanks were unveiled during Beit
ul-Moqaddas drills," General Massoud Reza Zawarei, the head of the Iranian
Ground Force's Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad, told reporters at the time.
said that Fallagh is equipped with automatic and stabilized Dushka weapon which
is controlled by the crew inside.
able to enrich uranium up to 60 percent: Official
has the capacity to enrich uranium up to 60 percent, a spokesman for the Atomic
Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Saturday, far more than is required
for most civilian uses but short of the 90 percent needed to make nuclear bomb
organization has the possibility to produce 5 percent, 20 percent and 60
percent, and has this capacity,” AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said during
a news conference at the underground Fordow nuclear plant, the official IRIB
news agency reported. “At the moment, the need is for 5 percent,” he added.
highest political authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said last month that the
Islamic Republic had never pursued the building or use of nuclear weapons, which
its religion forbids.
said on Thursday it had resumed uranium enrichment at Fordow, stepping further
away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after the United States
pulled out of it.
pact bans production of nuclear material at Fordow, a highly sensitive site
that Iran hid from UN non-proliferation inspectors until its exposure in 2009.
from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Fordow on Sunday,
May, Iran has begun to exceed limits on its nuclear capacity set by the pact in
retaliation for US pressure on Tehran to negotiate restrictions on its
ballistic missile program and support for proxy forces around the Middle East.
says its measures are reversible if European signatories to the accord manage
to restore its access to foreign trade promised under the nuclear deal but
blocked by the re-imposition of US sanctions.
soldiers take back northern Syrian village from Turkish forces, allies
government troops have retaken a village in the country’s northeastern province
of Hasakah from Turkish military forces and their allied militants following
official news agency SANA reported that heavy skirmishes broke out on Saturday
afternoon when the Turkish forces and their mercenaries launched an offensive
against the village of Um Shuaifeh near the border with Turkey.
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report added that the battles involved heavy and medium weapons, noting that
Syrian army soldiers finally managed to liberate the village and establish full
control over it.
forced Turkish forces and their allies to retreat towards the village of
Mahmudiya, SANA said, without providing any information about possible
a correspondent and two cameramen for the state-run al-Ikhbariyah Syria
television news network, identified as Fadel Hammad, Walid Ibrahim and Mohammed
al-Khaled respectively, were injured by tank shell shrapnel during the coverage
of the clashes.
development came a day after residents of the village of Dayr al-Ghosn in
Hasakah province pelted the armored military vehicles of Turkish troops with
stones and shoes.
forces, in return, fired tear gas to quell the protest and disperse the crowd.
the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a young man had
lost his life after a Turkish military vehicle ran him over in the village of
Sarmsakh near the border with Turkey.
Britain-based war monitor said villagers had gathered in an area to express
their rejection of Turkish troops’ presence. The protesters threw stones, shoes
and vegetables at the Turkish forces.
sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Observatory that the
young man arrived at al-Malikiyah Hospital in critical condition, and died
there as a result of excessive internal bleeding. He also had his pelvis and
most of his bones broken.
October 9, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants launched a
long-threatened cross-border invasion of northeastern Syria in a declared
attempt to push militants of the People's Protection Units (YPG) from border
views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish
region in Turkey since 1984. The YPG constitutes the backbone of the
Kurdish-dominated so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep
Tayyip Erdogan signed a memorandum of understanding that asserted YPG militants
must withdraw from the Turkish-controlled "safe zone" in northeastern
Syria within 150 hours, after which Ankara and Moscow will run joint patrols
around the area.
announcement was made hours before a US-brokered five-day truce between Turkish
and Kurdish-led forces was due to expire.
aggressors have to bear tragic consequences if Yemen war persists: Houthi
leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has warned the Saudi-led coalition
against the continuation of its atrocious military campaign against the
impoverished and conflict-plagued Arab country, saying members of the alliance
will have to accept grave consequences if the aggression persists.
call on the Saudi regime to stop the aggression and siege, otherwise the risks
of continuing the aggression are great and the results will be severe for
them,” Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in a televised speech broadcast live from the
capital Sana’a on Saturday evening.
added that Yemeni forces will continue to develop their military hardware and
will launch much harsher retaliatory attacks in case the Saudi-led assaults
who are seeking war and blockade and hoping to bring us to our knees are doing
a useless job, and nothing but damage and harm awaits them,” Houthi pointed
Saudis must end blockade of Yemen. We understand the level of suffering that
Yemeni people are enduring as a result of the blockade,” the Ansarullah chief
highlighted, calling on the Yemeni nation to stay resilient in the face of
then pointed to the ongoing mass protest movements in Lebanon and Iraq,
advising nations in the Middle East region to resolve their issues vigilantly.
asked the nations to exercise vigilance in the face of enemy ploys to gain a
political and cultural foothold in their respective countries.
won’t hesitate to respond to Israel folly’
in his remarks, Houthi stressed that the Yemeni people will not hesitate to
deal a stinging blow to Israel in case the Tel Aviv regime commits the folly of
people will not hesitate to declare jihad (holy war) against the Israeli enemy,
and to launch the most severe strikes against sensitive targets in the occupied
territories if the enemy engages in any folly against our people,” the
Ansarullah leader said.
reaffirm our anti-Israel position and that the regime is an occupying one. This
is a principled humanitarian, moral and religious commitment,” he said.
finally pointed to the theft of Yemen’s national resources by the Saudi-led
coalition of aggression, saying more than 120 million barrels of crude oil have
been looted in southern Yemeni areas occupied by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former
president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than
100,000 lives over the past four and a half years.
war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying
hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in
dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme
levels of hunger.
president directs state agencies to implement Riyadh agreement
Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi instructed all state bodies and
institutions to immediately implement the Riyadh agreement and its provisions,
state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.
wish this agreement would tear a page of suffering and open a new page that
deserves to be experienced by the entire Yemeni people to meet their hopes and
aspirations,” Hadi said.
response to Hadi’s demands, Yemen’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs resumed its
operations in the current temporary capital of Aden starting Sunday.
Houthi militants were killed and others wounded in firing carried out by the
Yemeni army in Al-Jawf province.
Iran-backed Houthi militia forces were trying to infiltrate to the army’s
positions in the province but the army troops forced them to flee and destroyed
some of their vehicles.
slams Iran 'intimidation' of IAEA inspector as 'outrageous'
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Tehran's treatment of an
inspector with the UN's nuclear watchdog agency last week as "an
outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation."
top US diplomat said Iran "detained" the inspector, who the
International Atomic Energy Agency has said had been briefly prevented from
said Thursday it had cancelled the inspector's accreditation after she
triggered an alarm last week at the entrance to the Natanz uranium enrichment
alarm during a check at the entrance to the plant in central Iran had raised
concerns that she could be carrying a "suspect product" on her,
Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said in a statement posted online.
a result, she was denied entry, it added, without specifying whether or not
anything had been found in her possession.
ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharib Abadi told reporters after a special agency
meeting in Vienna that after setting off the alarms on October 28, the woman
"sneaked out" to the bathroom while waiting for a more thorough
inspection with a detector that can find a range of explosive materials.
her return, the alarms did not go off again, but authorities found
contamination in the bathroom and later on her empty handbag during a house
said IAEA officials were present for all the searches.
IAEA said Thursday that her treatment was "not acceptable."
United States fully supports the IAEA's monitoring and verification activities
in Iran, and we are alarmed at Iran's lack of adequate cooperation,"
Pompeo said in a statement.
inspectors must be allowed to conduct their critical work unimpeded. We call on
Iran to immediately resolve all open issues with the IAEA and to afford Agency
inspectors the privileges and immunities to which they are entitled."
has been progressively scaling back its commitments under a landmark 2015 deal
aimed at reining in Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
US left the agreement last year and re-imposed sanctions, leaving remaining
world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- trying to save
the agreement and mitigate the sanctions.
77,000 inmates lodged in 114 jails with capacity of 57,742, SC told
In a report, the Federal Ombudsman has conceded before the Supreme Court that a
total of 77,275 inmates are currently housed in 114 prisons in the four
provinces against a sanctioned capacity of only 57,742.
the 77,275 inmates, 47,077 have been lodged in 42 jails in Punjab, where the
sanctioned strength is 32,477. In Sindh’s 24 prisons 17,239 inmates have been
incarcerated; the total sanctioned strength of Sindh’s prisons is 13,038.
total of 10,871 prisoners have been placed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s 37 prisons
which should have only 9,642, and 2,088 inmates in the 11 jails of Balochistan
that can house 2,585.
report submitted to the apex court on behalf of the office of Federal Ombudsman
(Wafaqi Mohtasib) through counsel Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmad Khokhar said the prisons
had 1,248 juvenile inmates as well as 25,456 convicted and 48,008 under-trial
Supreme Court is seized with a suo motu case about the poor conditions in which
the prisoners live. The hearing was initiated to consider the plight and
miseries of female prisoners lodged in the country’s prisons and subsequently
the ombudsman was tasked to formulate recommendations to redress the grievances
the report, the ombudsman’s office stated that 1,204 women prisoners were
living in the prisons across the country whereas a total of 73,600 male
prisoners were spending their jail terms in them.
report said that 720 kanals of land had been acquired in the federal capital’s
H-16 sector where the Islamabad Model Prison was proposed to be built. The
feasibility report about the prison’s construction work had already been
approved and the project would cost Rs3.9 billion.
far an amount of Rs1.1bn had been released and utilised, the report said,
adding that work on the prison’s administration block, boundary wall and male
barracks was underway. The project is expected to be completed by June 30,
report said the ombudsman’s secretariat had highlighted the measures needed and
the areas where improvements could be brought about. It recommended that the
interior ministry as well as the provincial home departments should appoint
senior officers to act as focal persons who would undertake surprise visits to
ombudsman’s secretariat recommended that the provincial governments should
build jails in every district headquarters and that every jail should have
separate and independent portion for women and juvenile prisoners, having
sleeping space for every prisoner and adequate toilets.
report also suggested that a biometric system should be set up in jails for
maintaining the records of prisoners and attendance rosters and other jail
records should be automated.
prisoners suffering from mental problems and the drug users among them should
be kept outside the jail premises in drug clinics and homes for the retarded
prisoners and provided adequate treatment. The prisoners with HIV or hepatitis
should be segregated and kept apart from other prisoners, the report said.
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, the university falling in the
territorial area of a jail, the Allama Iqbal Open University and other
institutions of good reputation should assist that prison in improving
educational and skill training facilities there, the report said.
federal and provincial ministries concerned should allocate necessary funds and
resources for the improvement of jails. The setting up of the prisoners’
voluntary donation fund at the provincial level should be ensured.
report also urged the Pakistan Bar Council and the provincial bar councils to
provide free legal aid to the prisoners, especially to the under-trial inmates.
ISIS bride appeals again to come home from Syria
US-born woman who says she regrets having joined the ISIS group has appealed
again to come home from the refugee camp where she lives with her small son in
government is refusing to let Hoda Muthana return to the US, arguing that she
is not an American citizen.
an interview with NBC News published on Saturday, Muthana said she “regrets
every single thing” done by ISIS, which she joined in 2014 after embracing
extremist ideology while living with her family in Alabama.
that believes in God believes that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter
how harmful their sins were,” Muthana said.
interview was conducted in northeast Syria at the Al-Roj refugee camp,
controlled by Kurdish forces, where Muthana lives with her two-year-old son
said she fears for her life because she could be targeted by people at the camp
who have not renounced ISIS.
did not support the beheadings from (ISIS) from day 1, until now I do not
support any of their crimes and suicide attacks,” Muthana said.
US government has repatriated several American women linked to the group, along
with their children, but not Muthana.
argues she is not a US citizen even though she was born in the US because she
is the daughter of a diplomat serving for the Yemeni government at the time.
children of US-based foreign diplomats do not enjoy citizenship by birthright.
has filed suit to try to return to the US. She had traveled to Syria on a US
am a citizen and I have papers to prove it. I am as American as a blond-haired
blue-eyed girl and I would like to stay in my country and do American things,”
Muthana told NBC.
of State Mike Pompeo has called her a terrorist.
married three ISIS fighters, all of whom died in combat.
took part actively in ISIS propaganda, according to the Counter Extremism
had urged extremists in America to “go on drive-bys, and spill all of their
also hailed an attack in 2015 in France against the offices of the magazine
Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead.
the interview with NBC she said “it was an ideology that really was just a
phase.” She refused to discuss those earlier comments.
said she is willing to face the US justice system if she is allowed to return.
slams council after three Muslim children were ‘fed bacon sandwiches while in
children were fed bacon sandwiches when they were taken into foster care, a
court has heard.
three siblings — all under 16 — were removed from their parents over concerns
about domestic violence in the family home.
were placed with non-Muslim foster carers who gave them bacon sandwiches and
bacon and eggs for breakfast.
of the children also ate a hot dog at a fair.
carers allegedly told them: “If we make bacon, you eat it.”
father accused the council in Yorkshire of “playing God” with his children by
ignoring their Islamic faith. And Judge Angela Finnerty said she “shared the
abhorrence of the parents”.
children’s care has been at the centre of a four-year battle after the father
was accused of being violent and abusive towards their mother.
told the judge: “One matter that sits terribly with me is that they have been
feeding my children bacon. You yourself told them not to feed my children pork
mother added: “I have never used my culture throughout all these proceedings
but there is a limit to my patience.”
also told a social worker the council “don’t like Muslims, they don’t want
Muslim kids to be raised as Muslims by Muslim parents”.
foster parents said the children were Westernised and had turned their backs on
Judge Finnerty told a court in York it might be because of “their cultural and
religious needs not having been sufficiently nurtured in foster care”.
ruled that one child could be returned to the mother but the others must remain
in foster care.
Shafiq, of the Ramadhan Foundation, said: “There should be a public apology not
just to the family but to the community as well.”
Presidency Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League
LAKE CITY - The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints met Tuesday morning with His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa,
secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) and president of the
International Organization for Muslim Scholars, based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Al-Issa was joined by Abdulwahab Al-Shehri, MWL’s director of media
affairs, and Raad Fanary, an interpreter.
First Presidency gave Dr. Al-Issa a medallion and a copy of “The Niche of
Lights,” an ancient text by 11th century Islamic thinker Abu Hamid Muhammad
al-Ghazali. The book is part of the Islamic Translation Series published by
Brigham Young University Press.
his conversation with the First Presidency, Dr. Al-Issa visited with Elder
David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and toured Welfare Square.
I’ve seen here is a great example of the true meaning of mercy and love to
humanity,” Dr. Al-Issa said after visiting Welfare Square. “We all around the
world need to follow this humanitarian [approach] exactly. Also, the whole
world needs to get exposed to and learn from these efforts and projects. We can
convey the message to the Islamic world and tell them there are people in some
parts of the world where they [dedicate] their lives especially to serve their
brothers and sisters and humanity. I do want to congratulate you. I am really
surprised to see that level of work you are offering here. You are inspiring to
Excellency Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League,
tastes chocolate milk made on Welfare Square during a visit there on November
Al-Issa is known for advancing a moderate interpretation of Islam and promoting
peace, tolerance and love. The MWL itself seeks to “clarify the true message of
Islam.” In an op-ed published Sunday in the Deseret News, he said interreligious
dialogue is crucial to combating extremism in faith and in life. “We can chart
a course toward peaceful coexistence,” he wrote, also tying extremism to the
tragic attacks on Muslims, Christians, and Jews that descended on Christchurch,
Sri Lanka, and Pittsburgh, respectively, over the past year.
Al-Issa’s op-ed admiringly notes Joseph Smith's tolerance of other faiths,
quoting Joseph Smith’s comment the year before his death that he was “ready to
die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or a good man of any
denomination.” He also noted Joseph Smith’s encouragement to early Latter-day
Saints to embrace others in their communities — especially when Latter-day
Saints make up most of the population. In a similar vein, Dr. Al-Issa wrote,
“Islam compels Muslims to love our fellow brothers and sisters of all faiths,
races, ethnicities and creeds.”
Excellency Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League,
tours Welfare Square in Salt Lake City on November 5, 2019
Muslim leader identified several other significant areas of common ground
shared by Church members and followers of Islam. “[We] each place great
importance on daily prayer, on the spiritual power of fasting, and on the
belief that faith alone does not secure salvation,” he wrote. “We must
translate our beliefs into good deeds for the betterment of our world as well.
each of us, family is the foundation of religious and cultural life. No
priority supersedes the education of our future generations. And charity, one
of the Five Pillars of Islam, is equally emphasized by both our faiths. Just as
the MWL provides millions of dollars in lifesaving relief to Christians in need
from Ghana to Burundi, we deeply respect the Church of Jesus Christ’s generous
support for predominantly Muslim communities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.”
David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (second from right) and
Elder Anthony D. Perkins of the Seventy (far right) greet His Excellency Dr.
Mohammad Al-Issa, secretary-general of the This week’s meetings with Dr.
Al-Issa are an important development in the Church’s ongoing relationship with
followers of Islam. In May of this year, President Russell M. Nelson met with
Muslim leaders in New Zealand and presented $100,000 of financial aid from the
Church to help rebuild the mosques attacked in Christchurch.
brothers,” President Nelson said during the visit. Reading from a letter
presented to the president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New
Zealand, President Nelson said, “members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints the world over were heartbroken when we heard of the deadly
attacks on innocent worshippers in the Al Noor and Linwood mosques of
Christchurch on March 15. . . . Looking ahead, should you require volunteers to
assist in the repair and renovation work that will be funded by these
donations, we would be honored to lend a helping hand.” President Nelson also
said he would pray personally, by name, for Linwood Mosque victim Ahmed
Jahangir, whose right arm was in a sling.
month, Sister Sharon Eubank, president of Latter-day Saint Charities and first
counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Sister Becky Craven,
second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, were invited to the Al
really was an incredible experience . . . as we walked into the mosque and were
greeted so warmly by the people that we consider our sisters, and we shed some
tears together and we shared some experiences together,” Sister Craven said.
“Regardless of our differences, we have so much in common.”
Jews and Muslims tell the story of ‘Sarajevo’s Purim’
Bosnia and Herzegovina — Bosnian Jews and Muslims gathered this week to mark a
holiday unique to their city: the 200-year-old “Purim of Sarajevo,” a day they
say has bound their two communities together in a model of coexistence.
centuries ago in 1819, Sarajevo Muslims rose up against an Ottoman governor who
had threatened to kill off the imprisoned elite of the city’s Jewish community.
and Muslim groups in Bosnia commemorated the bicentenary of this “miraculous
deliverance” and hailed their inter-religious bonds at a conference Thursday.
Muslims and Jews are a body, our bonds have been forged both in times of trial
and in times of prosperity,” Bosnia’s Grand Mufti Husein Kavazovic said in a
message read by his representative at the event.
Jewish holiday of Purim is traditionally celebrated in early spring to mark the
rescue of Jews from persecution under an ancient Persian Empire.
in Sarajevo, the city’s now tiny Jewish community marks its own Purim every
autumn to celebrate the release of the 11 Jews, including a rabbi, who had been
locked up in prison.
Ottoman governor of Bosnia at the time, Ruzdi-pacha, had demanded a huge ransom
for their release.
in Sarajevo rose up, went outside the prison and threatened to destroy
everything and set it on fire if (rabbi) Rav Mose Danon and the others were not
released,” Jakob Finci, president of the Jewish community in Bosnia, said at
to lore, some 3,000 men joined the uprising.
hailed the history, and the largely peaceful coexistence of the two religious
groups ever since, as a “model for a normal and common life between Jews and
Jews first arrived in Bosnia after they were expelled from Spain in 1492.
numbered around 12,500 — or up to 20 percent of the city’s population — before
the Second World War.
other Jewish communities in the Balkans, they were almost completely decimated
during WWII by Nazi forces and their allies, who sent them to camps from which
they never returned.
a population of around 800 Jews makes up a tiny sliver of a city whose
340,000-strong population is mostly Muslim.
admits assisting Saudi royal family guard enforce 'public order'
has admitted that it provides training to the Saudi Arabian National Guard,
assigned to protect the Saudi royal family, in matters related to enforcing
"public order", raising concerns regarding London's role in Riyadh's
British Military Mission provides a variety of training to the Saudi Arabian
National Guard, including occasional internal security training which includes
a public order element,” said British Defense Minster Mark Lancaster earlier
British Military Mission provides training in appropriate and proportionate use
of force, the rules of engagement, human rights compliance and de-escalation
procedures,” he added.
remarks were made in response to a question asked by British lawmaker Lloyd
Russell-Moyle about security training to the National Guard.
National Guard was established in Saudi Arabia to serve as a parallel army with
its own ministry and structure independent of the country’s Defense Ministry.
force, which is forged from elements within the country’s most powerful tribes
close to the Saudi royal family, serves as a bulwark against possible military
coup or internal strife threatening the family’s grip on power.
to the Middle East Eye, Andrew Smith of the UK-based Campaign against the Arms
Trade (CAAT) said that the recent revelation was "shocking" but
is symptomatic of an extremely cozy and unethical relationship that has been
damaging for the UK and dangerous for people in Saudi Arabia," he said.
Saudi regime is one of the most authoritarian in the world, and its police and
military have been widely accused of torture and other abuses. The fact that UK
soldiers are over there training the regime in how to maintain 'public order'
is very concerning," he added.
regarding British cooperation and arms sales empowering Saudi Arabia’s security
and military apparatus are not new, however.
2011, London acknowledged that it was regularly running courses in
"weapons, field craft and general military skills training, as well as
incident handling, bomb disposal, search, public order and sniper
training" for the National Guard troops.
announcement came shortly after Riyadh sent troops to crush widespread
pro-democracy protests in neighboring Bahrain.
2015, London has also approved about $1.7 million worth of licenses providing Saudi
Arabia’s security forces with equipment such as anti-riot shields, body armor
and military helmets, according to CAAT.
the UK government has reportedly provided Riyadh with up to $3.8 million worth
of tear gas and $1.3 million worth of CS gas grenades for riot control since
along with the US, has also been a major arms supplier for the Saudi Kingdom in
its four-year-long war on Yemen.
June, the UK's Court of Appeal ruled that the government had failed to assess
whether equipment sold to Saudi Arabia were used in violation of international
humanitarian law in Yemen.
ruling temporarily banned the issuance of any new arms sales licenses to Riyadh
pending the UK's Department of International Trade (DIT) appeal to the supreme
Saudi kingdom is known for its rampant human rights violations against a wide
host of different groups inside the country, including pro-democracy
campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals in the country.
assassination of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives
loyal to the crown prince last year drew international attention to Riyadh’s
a development marking one of the latest cases revealing the extent of Riyadh's
despotic rule over the country, US authorities charged two individuals working
for twitter for spying on dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of the Saudi
government earlier this week.
international spotlight cast upon Riyadh’s rights abuses following the death of
Khashoggi, its heavy-handed crackdown on the Shia population in the Eastern
Province and continued war on Yemen have been largely ignored by the
Riyadh's rampant human rights violations, Smith called on London to re-evaluate
its relationship with Saudi Arabia following general elections next month.
cannot be another term of the same failed policies of supporting despots and
maximizing arms sales," he said.
call to prayer blocked in Holland
cable of the audio system of a mosque in Amsterdam was cut by unidentified
individuals Friday, obstructing the Islamic call to prayer in Amsterdam,
according to a facility spokesman.
Blue Mosque, generally attended by Moroccans, was going to call Muslims for
Friday prayer by broadcasting the adhan over loudspeakers. But mosque officials
realized the system was blocked.
spokesman, Nourdeen Wildeman, said the cable of the audio system was cut.
said the adhan could not be recited Friday because of the incident but it would
will be called over the mosque’s loudspeakers next Friday.
Syrian refugees say they would rather remain in Turkey
of the refugees who are being sent back to Syria from Turkey say they are going
because it has become impossible for them to remain in the country,
contradicting official claims that they are leaving “at their own request”.
the Istanbul district of Esenyurt last week, a group of 143 Syrians were
loading their belongings on to five buses before being taken back to their
them was Ali, a 20-year-old from Damascus who said his residence permit expired
five months ago and the government did not renew it.
said he had spent four years in Turkey during which his father died of natural
causes in Syria. He will be leaving behind his mother and two sisters, as well
as other relatives.
had a job here. I was working in construction. Yes, I was underpaid, but I
could take care of my family,” said Ali, who asked that his real name not be
employer would like to keep me working for him but he would get fined as I
don’t have a permit anymore. Tell me what I could I do? I have to leave. What
other option do I have? I would get into trouble if I stayed," he said.
biggest fear is that once I arrive in Syria they will take me into the army.”
3.6 million Syrians are estimated to have fled across the border to Turkey
since civil war broke out in their country in 2011. The size of the Syrian
refugee population has caused some friction in Turkish communities.
says about 350,000 Syrians have returned home since 2016, after it launched the
first of three military incursions into Syria to clear border areas of ISIS
militants and a Kurdish militia. The authorities insist that the returns are
voluntary, and that those going home are doing so by choice. However, rights
groups say many were coerced to leave and to sign documents saying that they
were doing so voluntarily, charges the government denies.
which has a population of more than half a million people, is home to about
60,000 registered Syrian refugees and it is thought there is an equal number
who are are unregistered.
Deniz Bozkurt, the newly elected mayor of Esenyurt from the main opposition
Republican People’s Party (CHP), said the municipality hosts nearly 200,000
refugees in total, with Afghans and other nationalities adding to the new
are many Syrian nationals and other immigrants and from time to time their
existence has a negative effect on the lives of our local citizens. There are
limits to being a guest. When these limits have passed people start to
complain. By doing this [sending Syrians home] we are eliminating disturbances
among our local population,” Mr Bozkut said.
7,000 Syrians have been sent back from Esenyurt alone since the repatriations
began in March 2017 with a group of 35 people. The numbers began rising after
the military operation to drive Kurdish forces out of the Syrian city of Afrin
a year later. “This service will continue and requests from Syrian refugees to
leave will be fulfilled,” said Mr Bozkurt, noting that the cost of the
repatriations was being covered by the municipality and that financial support
has been provided to those who could not support themselves.
Syrian citizens want to return to their motherland. We help them," he
say they are given amounts ranging from 200 Turkish lira (Dh127) to 250 lira.
in his early 30s, who was boarding one of the buses in Esenyurt with his
family, said they did not want to leave but were left with no choice after his
permit was not renewed.
is my daughter, she is one year old. She was born here – why do we have to
leave?” he said.
are 50 per cent Turkish now."
says it will participate in Syria summit with Britain, France and Germany
Syria summit will be held in London in early December between the leaders of
Turkey, France, Germany and Britain, the Turkish presidency said on Friday.
was decided to organise this four-way summit on the sidelines of the Nato
summit scheduled in London on December 3 and 4," Anadolu state news agency
quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's advisor Ibrahim Kalin as saying.
Erdogan is expected to sit down with Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Boris
Johnson at a time of high tensions in the Nato alliance over Turkey's offensive
against Kurdish forces, which began last month.
Kurds had been a key ally to Europe in the fight against ISIS.
Erdogan has accused Western governments of "siding with terrorists"
over their Nato ally.
sees the Syrian Kurdish militants as an off-shoot of the Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK), which has waged a bloody insurgency against the Turkish state
PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, as well as the European
Union and United States.
Turkish offensive was halted by two ceasefires organised with Moscow and
Ankara has threatened to resume hostilities if Kurdish forces do not fully
withdraw from an agreed 30-kilometre-deep zone along the Turkish border.
kills Taliban commander who had killed 3 judges in Logar provinces
airstrike killed a commander of the Taliban group had recently killed three
judges in central Logar province.
to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, an airstrike in Mohammad Agha
district of Logar killed 4 Taliban militants including Waisuddin, one of the
key commanders of the group.
statement further added that the security forces conducted the airstrike at
around 6:00 pm local time on Saturday.
was one of the key commanders of Taliban who had killed three judges of the
Appellate Court of Paktiya in Logar province three days ago, the defense
three judges were on their way from Paktiya to Kabul when the Taliban militants
stopped them in Logar and murdered them.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the killing of Waisuddin and three
others militants in Logar airstrike so far.
shadow judge, Red Unit commander and 2 Uzbek militants killed in Faryab
security forces killed the shadow district judge of Taliban and the Red Unit commander
of the group during a clash in northern Faryab province.
to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps, the security forces Mawlavi
Mohammad Rahim, the shadow judge of Taliban for Andkhoi and Fida Mohammad alias
Farzand-e Ata, the Red Unit commander of Taliban for Qarghan district.
statement further added that the security forces clashed with the militants in
Andkhoi district on Saturday.
security forces also killed 7 other militants during the clash including two
militants hailing from Uzbekistan, the statement added.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the clash so far.
kill 13 ISIS militants in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan
series of airstrikes killed 13 militants of ISIS Khurasan group in eastern
Nangarhar and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan, the military officials said.
officials further added airstrikes in Achin district of Nangarhar province
killed six militants of the terror group.
airstrike in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar killed two militants of the group,
the officials added.
military officials also added that the security forces conducted another
airstrike in Tsowkey district of Kunar province which killed 5 militants of
ISIS Khurasan group.
ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
help Afghan forces both on battlefield and psychologically: U.S. military
AC-130J Ghostriders, the U.S. military’s newest gunships help the Afghan forces
both on the battlefield and psychologically, according to U.S. military
new plane reportedly begun operations in Afghanistan in the month of June and
since then has flown hundreds of sorties.
Terence Taylor, commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Air
Component–Afghanistan told the Stars and Stripes “Every night, the AC-130J is
flying. The people they are supporting, are requesting them every single
amounts to 218 sorties and 1,380 hours in the skies over Afghanistan, Col.
Master Sgt. Edward Fry, enlisted leader alongside Taylor at the air component
command told the Stars and Stripes “The Ghostriders have saved lives.”
Ghostrider’s ability to unleash hell, including from its 105 mm howitzer and 30
mm autocannon, have helped Afghan forces both on the battlefield and
psychologically, Fry said, adding that “Them hearing the sound of the gunship
overhead, that in many ways serves to embolden them.”
comes as the Afghan and U.S. forces have stepped up ground operations and
airstrikes against the militant groups during the recent months, specifically
after the U.S. President Donald Trump called off peace talks with Taliban in
heightened violence during protests, Iraqi PM promises new electoral reform
Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday that the government and
judiciary will continue to investigate deaths and that all detainees will be
released, promising a new electoral reform "in the coming few days."
comes after ten people were killed in Iraq’s southern city of Basra during
overnight protests where security forces used live gunfire to disperse hundreds
of demonstrators who tried to force their way into the local government
headquarters, medical sources told Al Arabiya on Saturday.
sources added that about 180 people suffered injuries as protesters continue to
gather around the government building.
Mahdi stated that all those who kidnap, arrest or assault outside of the legal
framework will face trial.
protests have helped and will help pressure political groups, the government
... to reform and accept change. However continuing protests must allow for a
return to normal life, which will lead to legitimate demands being met,” he
a nod to protesters demands, he acknowledged that political parties had made
“many mistakes” in the past 16 years.
to Iraqi state TV, masked gunmen had attacked protesters in Basra on Thursday
night, killing five people and injuring another 120.
Baghdad, Al Arabiya sources said that clashes erupted between hundreds of
demonstrators and riot police in al-Rashid Street, where security forces fired
tear gas and sound bombs.
sources added that protesters tried to reach Shuhada Bridge again, but security
forces continued to block them for the third day in a row.
than 250 people have been killed since the unrest erupted Oct. 1.
complain of widespread corruption, lack of job opportunities and poor basic
services, including regular power cuts despite Iraq's vast oil reserves.
finds: Morsi's death ‘state-sanctioned arbitrary killing’
panel of UN experts have found that the detention conditions of former Egyptian
president Mohamed Morsi may have directly led to his death in June.
was Egypt's first democratically elected president. He was ousted in a military
coup by current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2013. He'd been jailed for
six years until his death in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges,
which rights groups dismissed as trumped-up and politicized.
statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights on Friday said the experts concluded that conditions Morsi endured
"could amount to a state-sanctioned arbitrary killing."
said he was in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, denied medical care,
lost vision in one eye and suffered recurrent diabetic comas.
Morsi was held in conditions that can only be described as brutal, particularly
during his five-year detention in the Tora prison complex,” the experts wrote.
Morsi’s death after enduring those conditions could amount to a
state-sanctioned arbitrary killing."
experts also warned that thousands more prisoners are "at severe
risk" from "gross violations" in Egyptian prisons.
members of Morsi's former government welcomed the investigation and called on
the UN to extend its probe to include the "suspicious circumstances"
surrounding the death of Morsi's son Abdullah in September.
he died, the 25-year-old Abdullah Morsi had been in touch with the UN to
formally complain about his father’s death. He reportedly died of a heart
attack on September 4, and was buried next to his father in Cairo.
died shortly after he privately gave crucial evidence about his father’s death
to the United Nations," Yehia Hamed, a former minister under Morsi, said
in the joint statement.
was in close contact with Abdullah Morsi and I am convinced that it was his
very brave work with the United Nations that led to his death."
UN experts also warned that thousands more prisoners in Egypt were enduring
similar conditions, and their 'health and lives' may also be at severe risk.
67-year-old former president fainted during a court session on June 17 and died
year, a report by a panel of UK legislators and attorneys had warned that the
lack of medical treatment could result in Morsi's "premature death.”
World League chief meets Trump adviser, US researchers
Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World
League (MWL), held talks with presidential adviser Jason Greenblatt at the
White House, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. Al-Issa and
Greenblatt discussed a number of issues related to extremism and terrorism as
well as initiatives to promote human and national fraternity among people of
different faiths, ethnicities and cultures.
part of the MWL’s programs in the US, Al-Issa held meetings in New York and
Washington with the heads and members of global research centers, including the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Atlantic Council, and the
Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
also held open dialogues with US research institutions to address a number of
ideas and initiatives, discuss topics of mutual interest, stress the importance
of cooperation and partnership with MWL, and shed light on MWL’s international
initiatives to promote peace.
number of these research institutions highlighted the importance of the US
Department of State’s recent report, which praised the role of the MWL
Secretariat along with initiatives and programs activated globally by Al-Issa.
institutions also appreciated the contents of the Makkah Document, recently
issued by the MWL Conference and approved by more than 1,200 muftis and
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi granted the MWL chief the first-class
Order of Science and Arts for his efforts.
thanked El-Sisi, saying that the order “is a source of honor and pride from
both the president and Egypt.”
calls on Iran to seek new deal with world powers, region
DHABI: Iran should come to the negotiating table with world powers and Gulf
countries to seek a new deal that would deescalate regional tensions and revive
its economy, a senior UAE official said on Sunday.
in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers in a vital global shipping
lane this summer, including off the UAE coast, and a major assault on energy
facilities in Saudi Arabia.
has blamed Iran, which has denied being behind the attacks on global energy
Thursday, Iran said it had resumed uranium enrichment at its Fordow nuclear
site, stepping further away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after
the United States pulled out of it.
escalation at this point serves no one and we strongly believe that there is
room for collective diplomacy to succeed,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign
Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a speech in Abu Dhabi.
warned against a “false choice” between war and the “flawed” atomic deal.
United States has imposed fresh sanctions on Iran since pulling out of the pact
as part of its “maximum pressure” campaign on Tehran.
said new talks with Iran should not just deal with the nuclear issue but also
address concerns over its ballistic missile program and regional interventions
through proxy groups.
topics mean regional countries would need to be involved in the discussions, he
said at an annual strategic debate in the UAE capital.
UAE, which says Iran is a destabilizing force in the region, backed US
President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Tehran but called
for de-escalation after the attacks.
believe there could be a path to a deal with Iran that all parties might soon
be ready to embark on. It will be long, and patience and courage will be
required,” Gargash said.
was important that the international community be on the same page, especially
the United States and European Union countries, as well as regional states, he
says it hopes the sanctions, which are aimed at halting all Iranian oil
exports, will force Iran into negotiations to reach a wider deal.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has banned Iranian officials from
holding such talks unless the United States returns to the nuclear deal and
lifts all sanctions.
fighting between Syrian and Turkish troops
Intense clashes broke out Saturday between Syrian government troops and
Turkish-led forces in northeast Syria, the country's state media and an
opposition war monitor reported.
people were injured, including a cameraman for state-run Syrian TV, according
to both SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The
Observatory and Kurdish news agency Hawar said a Syrian major general and a
colonel were also wounded.
invaded northeast Syria last month to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters near the
border. The Kurdish groups called in Syrian government forces to halt Turkey's
advance. Syrian government forces have since clashed with Turkish troops and
Turkey-backed opposition fighters, despite a shaky truce brokered by Russia.
said the clashes Saturday involved heavy machine gun fire and occurred in the
village of Um Shaifa near the town of Ras al-Ayn, which was captured by
Turkish-led forces troops last month.
Observatory said government forces withdrew from several areas including Um
Shaifa, leaving Kurdish fighters alone to face the attacks, which also involved
state TV said one of its cameramen was wounded in the fighting, while the
Observatory said several were wounded including a paramedic.
Defense Ministry said Saturday it had recorded eight violations or attacks
carried out by Syrian Kurdish fighters in the last 24 hours, despite separate
ceasefire agreements that Turkey has reached with Russia and the United States.
The ministry said on its Twitter account that the Syrian Kurdish fighters
attacked with mortars, rockets and sniper fire, without saying where the
attacks had occurred.
ministry gave no mention of fighting with Syrian government troops.
week, Turkish forces captured 18 Syrian government soldiers in the area and set
them free hours later following mediation by Russia.
Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized a US decision to
send US troops to protect oil fields in eastern Syria, saying no one but Syria
has rights over the country's reserves.
US has said the move is aimed at preventing the oil fields from falling into
the hands of Islamic State militants. Turkey is concerned that US-allied Syrian
Kurdish fighters will benefit from the oil revenues. Turkey considers the
Kurdish fighters as terrorists because of their links to Kurdish militants
come from tens of thousands of miles away and to say we will put the country's
wealth, oil reserves to use is against international law. And we oppose it.
"Cavusoglu said at the end of a regional economic cooperation meeting.
"These (reserves) belong to the Syrian people and should be used in a way
that benefits the people of Syria.''
Syrian soldiers killed in clashes with Turkish-led forces
clashes broke out on Saturday between Syrian government troops and Turkish-led
forces in northeast Syria, killing at least four Syrian soldiers, the country’s
state media and an opposition war monitor reported.
invaded northeast Syria last month to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters near the
border. The Kurdish groups called in Syrian government forces to halt Turkey’s
advance. Syrian government forces have since clashed with Turkish troops and
Turkey-backed opposition fighters, despite a shaky truce brokered by Russia.
cameraman for state-run Syrian TV was among those wounded in Saturday’s
clashes, according to both SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights. The Observatory reported the deaths of four Syrian soldiers, and
said a general and a paramedic were wounded. The Kurdish news agency Hawar said
five government troops were killed and 26 wounded.
said the clashes involved heavy machine gun fire and occurred in the village of
Um Shaifa near the town of Ras al-Ayn, which was captured by Turkish-led forces
last month. It later reported that government forces took the village from
Turkey-backed opposition fighters.
Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian group active in northeast Syria, said four
Syrian army soldiers were killed and seven were wounded, including a general.
It said they were killed and wounded north of the town of Tal Tamr, adding that
the rangers and the Kurdish Red Crescent had evacuated some of the Syrian
Observatory said the attacks involved Turkish drones.
Defense Ministry made no mention of fighting with Syrian government troops in a
statement on Saturday. The ministry did say it recorded eight cease-fire
violations or attacks carried out by Syrian Kurdish fighters in the last 24
hours, despite separate truce agreements that Turkey has reached with Russia
and the United States. The ministry said on its Twitter account that the Syrian
Kurdish fighters attacked with mortars, rockets and sniper fire, without saying
where the attacks had occurred.
Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized a US decision to
send American troops to protect oil fields in eastern Syria, saying only Syria
has rights over the country’s reserves.
US has said the move is aimed at preventing the oil fields from falling into
the hands of ISIS militants.
is concerned that US-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters will benefit from the oil
revenues. Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters as terrorists because of their
links to Kurdish militants fighting inside.
come from tens of thousands of miles away and to say we will put the country’s
wealth, oil reserves to use is against international law. And we oppose it.“
Cavusoglu said at the end of a regional economic cooperation meeting. “These
(reserves) belong to the Syrian people and should be used in a way that
benefits the people of Syria.”
forces push protesters back to main square, kill five
security forces killed at least five people on Saturday as they pushed
protesters back towards their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition,
tear gas and sound bombs, police and medics said.
clashes wounded scores more people and put security forces back in control of
all except one major bridge linking the Iraqi capital’s eastern residential and
business districts to government headquarters across the Tigris river.
government pledges of reform, security forces have used lethal force since the
start and killed more than 280 people across the country.
Saturday, forces drove protesters back from some of the bridges they had tried
to occupy during the week and towards Tahrir Square, the main gathering point
protesters still hold a portion of the adjacent Jumhuriya Bridge where they
have erected barricades in a stand-off with police.
demonstrators fear the next target will be Tahrir Square and Jumhuriya Bridge.
have re-taken almost the entire area up ahead of us. They're advancing and my
guess is tonight they'll try to take Tahrir,” said one protester, who gave his
name only as Abdullah.
promised, clashes flare
Saturday, some demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails towards security forces at
another bridge, and young men brought unlit homemade petrol bombs up a tower
block nearby, preparing for further clashes.
a nearby makeshift clinic, volunteer medic Manar Hamad said she had helped
treat dozens of wounded on Saturday alone.
get hit by shrapnel from sound bombs and others choke on tear gas or are hit
directly by gas canisters. People have died that way,” she said as live gunfire
rang out and ambulance sirens wailed.
and medics said five people were shot to death and more than 140 wounded in
Baghdad on Saturday. A Reuters cameraman saw one man carried away by medical
volunteers after a tear gas canister struck him directly in the head.
the violence flared, Abdul Mahdi issued a statement which appeared to take a
more conciliatory tone and urged a return to normal life after weeks of unrest
that have cost the country tens of millions of dollars, although crucial oil exports
have not been affected.
on Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said that the government and
judiciary will continue to investigate deaths and that all detainees will be
released, promising a new electoral reform “in the coming few days.”
forces and parties are important institutions in any democratic system, and
have made great sacrifices, but they’ve also made many mistakes,” he said.
said protests were a legitimate engine of political change but urged
demonstrators not to interrupt “normal life”.
Mahdi promised electoral reform and said authorities would ban possession of
weapons by non-state armed groups who have been accused of killing protesters,
and that there would be investigations in demonstrator deaths.
Friday, Iraq’s powerful senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric said that it was up to the
security forces to make sure protests do not descend into further violence, and
urged the government to respond to demonstrators’ demands as soon as possible.
biggest responsibility is on the security forces,” a representative of Grand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said in a sermon after Friday prayer in the Shia
Muslim holy city of Kerbala.
urged politicians to seek a peaceful way out of the crisis and held security
forces accountable for avoiding further violence.
another development, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported that internet access
across Iraq has been cut.
southern Iraq, operations resumed at Umm Qasr commodities port, a port official
said, after it was closed for nearly 10 days while protesters blocked its
Qasr receives imports of grain, vegetable oils and sugar shipments that feed a
country largely dependent on imported food.
people were killed in Iraq’s southern city of Basra during overnight protests
where security forces used live gunfire to disperse hundreds of demonstrators
who tried to force their way into the local government headquarters, medical
sources told Al Arabiya on Saturday.
security forces killed in blast in Egypt’s Sinai, say officials
officials said a roadside bomb has killed two members of the security forces on
Saturday in the restive northern Sinai province.
explosion hit their armored vehicle in Rafah, a town on the border with the
Gaza Strip. Two other security force members were wounded.
officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to
talk to reporters.
group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
has for years been battling an insurgency in northern Sinai that’s now led by
an ISIS affiliate.
fighting intensified in 2013 after the military overthrew the country’s elected
but divisive Islamist president.
week, Egypt’s military said at least 83 militants have been killed in the past
five weeks in northern and central Sinai.
heavily restrict access to the northern Sinai, making it difficult to verify
claims related to the fighting.
has carried out a number of large-scale attacks in recent years, mainly
targeting security forces and Egypt’s Christian minority.
says it is now enriching uranium to five percent
said Saturday it is now enriching uranium to five percent, after a series of
steps back from its commitments under a troubled 2015 accord with major powers.
deal set a 3.67 percent limit for uranium enrichment but Iran announced it
would no longer respect it after Washington unilaterally abandoned the
agreement last year and re-imposed crippling sanctions.
on our needs and what we have been ordered, we are currently producing five
percent,” said Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi.
grand mufti calls for protesters’ demands to be met
grand mufti, the top cleric for Sunni Muslims, called on Saturday for those in
power to meet protesters’ demands of ending corruption and sectarianism.
Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian also said the time had come for the prompt
formation of a national emergency government of experts, in a televised address
on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.
country is in political turmoil after a wave of protests that prompted the
resignation of Saad Hariri as prime minister last week.
forces kill 25 militants in eastern offensive: Army
forces have said on Saturday they have killed 25 Takfiri militants since
launching an offensive against them late last month in an eastern region also struggling
with an Ebola outbreak.
soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo had also died since the campaign
to root out the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia began on October 30, the
general in charge of the operation, Jacques Nduru, told Reuters.
said the army had seized four of the group’s positions around the eastern city
of Beni in North Kivu province. Regular militia attacks have hampered efforts
to contain Ebola across the area.
ADF, originally a Ugandan rebel group, has been operating along the
Congo/Uganda border for more than two decades. It is one of a number of armed
factions active in east Congo long after the official end of a 1998-2003 war.
of ADF’s attacks have been claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, but
the extent of their relationship remains unclear.
many dead' in attack on mine workers in Burkina Faso: Survivors
of a deadly ambush on a convoy of mine workers in eastern Burkina Faso, say “so
many” people are dead, while regional authorities initially put the death toll
convoy of buses came under attack on Wednesday as they were transporting
workers of a Canadian mining firm on a road leading to the Boungou mine, in the
country's eastern state of Borno.
officials initially put the death toll at about 40, but a man, identified as
Abel Kabore, who survived the attack told Reuters that “there were so many
dead. It was over 100.”
security source who works in the sector said that the convoy was likely
carrying around 250 people.
identified the bodies of 29 victims on Friday, said public prosecutor Harouna
Yoda, but several are still missing.
three buses which were shot…We were on the ground. We saw everything,” Kabore
was quoted by Reuters as saying while being treated at a hospital in the
said the gunmen, speaking a foreign language, started shooting at three buses
after a security vehicle escorting the convoy hit a landmine.
first two buses were able to escape,” he said, adding that of the people on his
bus, "only 3 of us survived."
survivor said the gunmen fired at the bus for an hour, and then came aboard to
pretended I was dead — that was all I could do," he added.
wounded survivor described the scene of the attack, saying, “People were trying
to go back into the buses. I tried to run away into the bush, and saw that they
(the attackers) went back onto the buses, opened the doors and tried to kill
everyone.” Burkina Faso, a former French colony, has been plagued with violence
for three year, since an insurgency began spreading into the nation from
neighboring Mali in 2015.
since, more than 500 people have died in attacks that have become increasingly
violent, especially in the north and the east, AFP reported.
affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Daesh Takfiri terrorist groups have used
central and northern Mali as a launch pad for growing numbers of attacks across
the Sahel region, especially on neighbors Niger and Burkina Faso.
experts say Libya airstrike likely tied to Haftar allies
NATIONS: UN experts say it is “highly probable” that a deadly airstrike on a
migrant detention center in Libya was carried out by a fighter jet operated by
a government supporting Khalifa Haftar, who launched an offensive in April
seeking to capture the capital, Tripoli.
panel of experts said in a report to the UN Security Council that it “reserves
identification of this member state until further physical evidence or imagery
emerges to increase attribution confidence levels.”
July 3 night attack on the detention center in Tajoura near Tripoli killed more
than 50 people and injured over 130 others. UN human rights chief Michelle
Bachelet has said the attack could amount to a war crime.
panel, which monitors sanctions against Libya, said it “continues to
investigate the circumstances of the airstrikes.”
report’s summary and findings on the Tajoura attack were seen late Friday by
The Associated Press.
and asylum seekers “remain vulnerable not only to the effects of the conflict,
but to abuse” in government detention centers, including “degrading living
conditions, repeated extortion, sexual and other exploitation, and torture,”
the report said.
became a major crossing point for migrants to Europe after the overthrow and
death of longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, when the North African
nation was thrown into chaos, armed militias proliferated and central authority
country was divided, with a weak UN-supported administration in Tripoli
overseeing the country’s west and a rival government in the east aligned with
the self-styled Libyan National Army led by Haftar, a former Libyan army
general. Each side is backed by an array of militias and armed groups fighting
over resources and territory.
launched the surprise military offensive on April 4 aimed at Tripoli, with
support from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Russia. But he has
faced stiff resistance from fighters aligned with the UN-recognized government,
which is aided by Turkey and Qatar.
attack on Tajoura was one of the deadliest since the conflict began.
panel said it has “independent evidence from a reliable confidential source
that an unknown number of Mirage 2000-9” fighter jets were using the Al-Khadim
air base in eastern Libya and the Jufra base in the north-central part of the
country at the time of the Tajoura attack.
forces don’t possess such sophisticated aircraft, the panel said.
said the Mirage 2000-9 can operate at night and deliver precision-guided
munitions and missiles.
the panel finds it highly probable that the airstrike was conducted using PGM
(precision-guided munitions) at night by a modern FGA (fighter ground attack)
aircraft owned and operated by a member state, acting in support of the HAF
(Haftar armed forces),” the report said.
no country has been named, the UAE has a fleet of Mirage 2000-9 fighter jets,
which are produced by France’s Dassault Aviation. In November 2017, the UAE
armed forces announced plans to upgrade the fleet.
for Haftar’s offensive, the UN experts said it has stalled reforms and sparked
a new phase of instability in Libya.
experts also said both sides in the conflict have received weapons and military
equipment, technical support and “non-Libyan fighters” in violation of a UN
Turkey and the United Arab Emirates routinely and sometimes blatantly supplied
weapons, with little effort to disguise the source,” the report said. “The
panel also identified the presence of Chadian and Sudanese armed groups in
support of forces affiliated” to both sides.
the panel added, “in reality the impact of the foreign armed groups to outcomes
in the conflict was limited.”
side has the military capability to effectively decide the outcome to their
advantage,” the report said. “Consequently, fatalities among armed groups and
civilians remain low.”
Security Council’s 15-member committee monitoring sanctions against Libya is
expected to discuss the report at the end of the month, and diplomats said in
may be publicly released in December.
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