to 75 imams, known for their tuneful voices, are already leading the Taraweeh
prayers in 18 grand mosques of Dubai.
Foundation Chief Says Mosques Are ‘Proud To Have Banned London Bridge
Calls On World to Stand Up To Trump, Save Nuclear Deal
Kuwaiti Imam Leads 12,000 Worshipers for Taraweeh Prayers
Channel Pulled Up For Calling Delhi Residents 'Rohingya, Bangladeshis'
Pakistan, Philanthropy Hits a New Peak This Ramazan
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MUSLIM leader has told of his "pride" in how mosques had shunned and
banned London Bridge terrorist and ringleader Khuram Butt before he carried out
the atrocity one year ago today.
Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation which works to encourage
interfaith dialogue, came face to face with Butt in 2013.
anti-extremism campaigner was at College Green in London the day after Lee
Rigby was killed when they got involved into a heated exchange.
to The Sun Online, he said: "He was with Anjem Choudary, and once I saw
Choudary and how he was trying to provoke the situation that day, I just lost
began shouting at him, telling him to leave, because this is a man who has done
intense harm to the Muslim community and led young people to do horrific
Butt began shouting back, and I remember him so well because he was so angry
and called me a 'murtad'. It's a word no Muslim should use, because it means
you are a traitor to your people and your religion.
at the time I had no idea who he was, but when the terror attack happened I
recognised him right away."
was later banned from his local mosque in East London but espousing extremist
views and challenging imans.
while Mr Shafiq says the muslim community is "proud" to have shunned
Butt because it "shows how proactive we have become in tackling these
people", he remains frustrated at how authorities did not do more to
prevent Butt from carrying out the atrocity, given his known association with
was even featured in the Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door in 2016
before carrying out the rampage one year ago today alongside Rachid Redoune and
Youssef Zaghba, when they killed eight innocent people and injured 48.
added: "It makes me angry, and it makes me frustrated, that he could be
out there associating with people like Choudary, and then he goes on to do what
think elements of society in general, the government and the media were too
tolerant of poisonous characters like him.
left me sad and heartbroken for those who died and their families, but I
couldn't help but feel very angry too."
campaigner also told how muslims have become fearful of "revenge"
attacks from racists following terror attacks - and he too has been a victim.
the Manchester attack was quickly followed by the London Bridge attack, there
was a lot of concern about what revenge attacks could take place," he
what we saw was lots of mosques increasing their CCTV, and volunteers coming
forward to be security guards.
procedure is needed too because of Finsbury Park. When an attack happens, the
fear for Muslims of a reprisal attack is very real.
do not feel safe walking down the road with headscarfs, the elderly too.
the Manchester attack I was spat at in the street and verbally abused. It's
obviously not acceptable, but it could have been worse."
Mr Shafiq says the battle to tackle extremism is always ongoing, he says that
recent years have seen the community transform for the better.
said: "After 9/11, I think around the country there would have been many
leaders in mosques who would have advocated that kind of attack.
then an incredible amount of work has been done to clean up the mosques, and to
root these people out. The work has been tremendous to tackle extremism and in
2017 and 2018 we are in a good place."
calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal
The world should stand up to Washington’s bullying behavior, Iran’s foreign
minister was quoted as saying on Sunday by state media in a letter to
counterparts, as the top diplomat intensifies efforts to save a nuclear deal
after a US exit.
President Donald Trump pulled out last month from the 2015 accord between Iran
and world powers that lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs to its
remaining signatories of the deal France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China
still see the international accord as the best chance of stopping Tehran
developing a nuclear weapon and are trying to salvage it.
a letter from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to his counterparts
last week, he asked “the remaining signatories and other trade partners” to
“make up for Iran’s losses” caused by the US exit, if they sought to save the
JCPOA (nuclear deal) does not belong to its signatories, so one party can
reject it based on domestic policies or political differences with a former
ruling administration,” Zarif was quoted as saying in the letter, parts of
which were published by the state news agency IRNA on Sunday.
nuclear deal was the result of “meticulous, sensitive and balanced multilateral
talks”, Zarif said, and could not be renegotiated as the United States has
said US “illegal withdrawal” from the deal and its “bullying methods to bring
other governments in line” with that decision have discredited the rule of law
in international arena.
top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has set out a series of conditions on for
European powers if they want Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal , including
steps to safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantee Iranian oil sales.
remaining parties to the nuclear deal have warned the United States that its
decision to withdraw from the pact jeopardizes efforts to limit Iran’s ability
to develop atomic weapons.
abandoned the agreement on May 8, arguing that he wanted a bigger deal that not
only limited Iran’s atomic work but also reined in its support for proxies in
Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon and that curbed its ballistic missile program.
Kuwaiti imam leads 12,000 worshipers for Taraweeh Prayers
to 75 imams, known for their tuneful voices, are already leading the Taraweeh
prayers in 18 grand mosques of Dubai in the holy month of Ramadan.
Kuwaiti imam Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al Afasi leads 12,000 worshippers in the
Taraweeh Prayers at the Rashidiya Grand Mosque and Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum
bin Juma Al Maktoum over the last two days.
of people from different nationalities, men and women, old and young, Arabs and
foreigners flocked the two mosques - one opposite the Dubai International
Airport, and the second at Zabeel area to prayer after the eminent imam.
Omar Al Khatib, executive director for mosques affairs with the department of
Islamic affairs and charitable activities in Dubai, said the fans of Sheikh
Afasi, widely known for his tuneful and inspiring recitation, thronged the two
mosques as is the case every year.
Taraweeh prayer is led by a group of elite imams from different countries as
part of the 'Rashid bin Mohammed Gathering'."
to 75 imams, known for their tuneful voices, are already leading the Taraweeh
prayers in 18 grand mosques of Dubai in the holy month of Ramadan, he added.
popular imams include Saad Al Ghamdi, Idrees Abkar, Adel Al Rayan, Amer Mehalhal,
Ahmed Al Lahdan, along with students of Al Maktoum Quran centres, who are also
leading the Taraweeh prayer as part of the Quraa Dubai 'Quran Reciters'
department is further all set with 111 massive Iftar tents across Dubai where
free meals are to be provided to low-income people, said Dr Khatib. "As
many as 2.5 million meals are to be distributed at these tents."
Al Khazraji, acting executive director for Islamic affairs sector, said
thousands of worshippers, men and women, old and young, Emiratis and foreigners
from all over the country usually flock to these mosques to enjoy the serenity
and spiritually uplifting atmosphere where preaching and Quran recitation
circles are held every day."
sixth edition of the interesting scheme was initiated five years back," he
added. "It is annually held under the generous sponsorship of His Highness
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the
UAE and Ruler of Dubai."
Delhi: A TV channel has been served a notice by the Delhi Minorities Commission
(DMC) for airing a report which allegedly referred to some locals of North
Delhi's Bawana area as "Rohingya" and "Bangladeshis", the
panel's head has said.
channel had aired a programme on May 11 that "dubbed" residents of
the area as "Bangladeshis" and "Rohingyas" although these
Indian citizens had been officially settled there by government agencies after
their relocation from various areas of Delhi over the decades, chairman of the
body Zafarul Islam Khan said.
managing director of the channel was directed to reply by June 12 with proof to
show that the Bawana residents were "Bangladeshis" and
"Rohingya", Khan said.
it fails, the channel has been directed to tender an unconditional written
apology and inform the commission what action it has taken against the reporter
and the staff who prepared and aired the fake report that spread disaffection
against a section of Indian citizens," he said.
DMC also ordered the channel to air the apology and submit an undertaking that
it would not telecast such reports in future.
commission has said in its notice that should the channel fail to positively
reply to the notice, "appropriate action" would be taken against it.
notice was also issued to the deputy commissioner of police of north district
to file a report about the action taken against the said broadcast, and a
person who was allegedly behind the rumours that the residents of the area were
"Bangladeshis" and "Rohingyas", Khan added.
the country enters the election cycle and fears of disruption in the democratic
order recede, people heave a sigh of relief and focus on their religious and
societal obligations in the holy month.
up to their reputation generous Pakistanis are donating liberally this Ramazan.
The magnitude of charitable giving in Pakistan this year is expected to touch a
new peak of around Rs173 billion. The estimate was worked out by hiking last
year’s charity spending of Rs158bn by 10 per cent. Many market watchers
consider the projected estimate to be conservative.
scale of giving is despite comparatively less aggressive donation collection
drives by charities this year. “I don’t think the need for donations or the
focus on collection in Ramazan has weakened. The harsh summer could have
discouraged door to door collection but promotional campaigns on television are
the recognition of the potential of social media to push causes might have
tempted charities to adjust their marketing strategies. With less physical
visibility on billboards and team activities in target localities, donation seekers
might be using networking platforms to spread their message,” commented a
banker handling accounts of big charitable entities.
a country like Pakistan where philanthropy is said to be universal, a 10pc
increase in the volume of charitable giving in Ramazan at over five per cent
GDP growth is completely believable. For Muslims charity is not a choice. Islam
ordains Muslim to pay Zakat on the value of accumulated wealth beyond a
specified limit at the rate 2.5pc”, said Mr Nasrullah Abid associated with the
don’t think a five per cent GDP growth rate can necessarily afford a 10pc
increase in annual donations in Pakistan. Even if we assume that benefits of
growth are equitably distributed and family incomes did increase over the year,
it by no means implies that assets of an average family also mounted.
could be consuming the additional income with a zero affect on Zakat
calculations since Zakat is based on wealth assessment and not income”, a board
member of a major charity institution in Karachi contested.
study ‘The state of individual philanthropy in Pakistan’ released in 2016 by
the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy revealed that the total estimated
magnitude of annual household giving in Pakistan was Rs239.7bn in 2014 a
three-fold increase since 1998. It found that major share comprise of monetary
donations but people also donate in kind and through time volunteerism. For
valuation purposes all kinds of giving was monetised.
the volume of donations can double every five years, in a period of 16 years
ending 2014 (posting a 20pc increase per annum), during a time when the mean
GDP growth rate was lower than it is today; we can safely assume that the
magnitude of donation may have multiplied faster during the past four years of
economic revival,” commented an expert on the subject.
Stanford Social Innovation Review in March 2018 commented on the trend of
philanthropy in Pakistan. It stated that charitable giving in the country is
over one per cent of GDP. In this respect the country is said to be in the
league of far wealthier nations such as United Kingdom (1.3pc) and Canada
(1.2pc) and stands about twice at what India spends on giving in terms of
reached over phone a senior team member of a charitable hospital was baffled by
the figure reflecting the volume of charity.
me these numbers seem to be a figment of some fool’s imagination. If a most
prestigious institution in the health sector struggles for a budget the way we
do, I am not sure about all this talk about generosity in this country. Yes, in
Ramazan inflows are at their highest but for our project they’re in millions,
not billions of rupees,” he told Dawn over phone.
in general may be compassionate but in my experience the ultra rich here are
worse than their equals elsewhere. It is hard to justify the statement in the
absence of verifiable evidence at a national scale but anyone who doubts it can
test it. People who spend hundreds of thousands on an evening count hundred
rupee notes several times over when they make donations”, added the gentleman.
former official of a research group that explored the subject said that most
social welfare practitioners review trends from a very narrow prism of their
in Pakistan is not limited to Shaukat Khanum Hopital, Sindh Institute of
Urology and Transplantation, Indus Hospital, Edhi, Chipa and Citizen
Foundation. Most families reach out to the needy themselves. Communities such
as Memons, Agha Khanis, Bohris, Dehli Saudagaran, etc run multiple
philanthropic projects for their members.
big cities mosques serve as collection points for donations. There are mosques
in areas where there is nothing else.
Indonesia is said to have 800,000 mosques, Pakistan must not be far behind. In
dense localities you get to hear several prayer calls throughout the day,
instead of the requisite five. Keep these dimensions in mind and charity
numbers will start looking believable,” another person associated with a
charity, forbidden to go on record, told Dawn privately.
the scale, public involvement in the practice and the indirect benefit it draws
from the activity, the Government of Pakistan mostly watches from a distance.
only intervened a few years back to criminalise the practice of financially
supporting banned organisations and their welfare fronts through individual
donations to curb terrorism.
high ranking officers confirmed to Dawn that the subject has never been
discussed in any top forum at the federal or provincial level.
is a private activity but it provides relief to the neglected and the poor. It
becomes all the more relevant in Pakistan as the state is too self indulgent to
be able to meet the very basic obligation of providing social security to all
citizens,” commented an economist.
10 expected to lift visa cap preventing doctors entering UK
Street is poised to announce that it will lift the cap on visas for skilled
migrants that has led to more than a thousand doctors being denied entry to the
UK, after the home secretary, Sajid Javid, said he was “taking a fresh look” at
the policy. Theresa May has been under intense pressure to loosen the
restrictions, including from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, after quotas
for so-called tier 2 visas began to bite in recent months.
she was left with little choice after Javid used an interview on the BBC’s The
Andrew Marr Show to distance himself from key aspects of her immigration policy
– including the tier 2 cap.
number of my colleagues have asked me to look at this and it’s exactly what I’m
doing,” Javid said, when asked about reports of doctors’ visa applications
being turned down.
No 10 source said the policy was kept under review, and the NHS was always a
high priority in ensuring Britain’s economy has the workers it needs.
week the BMJ reported that between December and March, more than 1,500 visa
applications from doctors with job offers in the UK as a result of the cap on
the number of tier 2 visas issued to workers from outside the European Economic
Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “We welcome a government
review of the tier 2 visa system. Many of our employers could not again get
certificates of sponsorship for doctors during May. It is now six months since
we first started having problems, along with other sectors.” He called for the
home office to implement, “a speedy, effective solution”.
predecessor, Amber Rudd, was criticised for failing to set out a distinctive
approach to immigration after succeeding May in the post. But Javid hinted that
he was willing to change course on several policies personally championed by
the prime minister.
well as loosening restrictions on high-skilled workers, he promised to review
the Home Office’s “hostile environment” for migrants, in light of the Windrush
home secretary, who prefers the term “compliant environment”, said the government
would continue to clamp down on illegal immigrants but said he wanted to check
whether it was being implemented well.
told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr show: “From the Windrush [scandal], there will
be lessons to be learned about how all that compliant environment policy is
actually implemented. Is it actually working the way it was intended? ... I am
going to look at how it’s being implemented, I want to review aspects of the
policy, I’ve already made some changes, certainly I’ve suspended certain
things, for example opening bank accounts and whether you can or cannot as an
another departure from the prime minister’s approach, Javid said he would “look
again” at the inclusion of international students in net immigration figures,
saying there was a “perception problem”.
including several cabinet ministers, who want foreign students removed from
immigration figures, have long argued that very few overstay their visas and so
there is no reason for their inclusion.
declined to back away from a Conservative pledge to reduce net immigration to
tens of thousands, saying: “I’m committed to our manifesto.”
pledge was first made by David Cameron in 2010 and Theresa May retained it in
last year’s election manifesto despite repeated failures to get close to the
whether he was personally committed to it, Javid said: “I’ll be working
towards, rightly, reducing net migration and bringing it to lower, sustainable
an update on the 63 members of the Windrush generation believed to have been
wrongfully deported or removed from the UK, he said the government had only
managed to contact seven so far. Javid said he had no interest in contacting 32
of those 63 who were labelled foreign national offenders as “I don’t want them
back in our country”.
said the government was still trying to identify how many people from the
Windrush generation had been wrongly detained, on top of those deported.
succeeded Rudd after she was was forced to resign having repeatedly struggled
to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush generation
by Marr about allegations of Islamophobia in the Conservative party, he
replied: “Just look at who the home secretary is in this country.” He claimed
the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which has called for an inquiry into
Islamophobic incidents in the party “does not represent Muslims”.
it emerged that more than 350 mosques and Muslim organisations from around the
country have written to the Conservative party supporting the council’s call
for an inquiry into Islamophobia. A MCB spokesman said: “We very much welcome
the many councils of mosques who have written in support of our call for an
inquiry into this issue.
reflects the importance that this issue holds in Muslim communities across the
UK and the breadth of support for the Muslim Council of Britain. Rather than
attack the messenger, we urge the party to reconsider its approach and deal
with the evidence.” https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/03/windrush-scandal-sajid-javid-review-hostile-environment-policy
says militant Islamist threat to stay high and may rise further
(REUTERS) - The threat posed by Islamist militants to Britain is expected to
remain high for the next two years and could even rise, the Interior Ministry
said on Sunday (June 3), on the first anniversary of an attack that killed
eight people in central London.
current threat level to Britain is assessed as severe, meaning an attack is
government said it had foiled 25 Islamist militant plots since June 2013 - 12
of those since March 2017 - and was currently handling over 500 live
will publish a revised counter-terrorism strategy on Monday designed to cope
with what it said was a shift in the threats the country faces as militants of
all ideologies adopt new tactics.
summary, we expect the threat from Islamist terrorism to remain at its current,
heightened level for at least the next two years, and that it may increase
further," the ministry said in a statement.
threat level was raised to "critical", its highest, twice in 2017.
review found existing counter-terrorism policy was well-organised and
comprehensive, but suggested ways it could be improved.
threat from terrorism is constantly evolving. Globally, terrorist groups and
networks of all ideologies continue to develop organically, exploiting social
media, technology and science to further their aims and ambitions," the ministry
statement said the threat from "extreme right-wing terrorism" was
also growing and four plots had been disrupted since March last year.
Minister Sajid Javid will speak at a memorial service for those killed in the
London Bridge attack when three men drove a van into pedestrians and then
stabbed passers-by in the popular nightlife area.
government is absolutely committed to doing everything possible to tackle the
terrorist threat. It is my first priority every day in this job," he will
say, according to the department.
slams group for attacking its senior official as an Islamophobe
Lalit K Jha Washington, Jun 4 (PTI) The White House has come out strongly in
support of recently appointed Chief of Staff of the National Security Advisor
Fred Fleitz whose views on radical Islam have sparked controversy in the past.
National security adviser John Bolton's new chief of staff, has drawn scrutiny
for his past work with the Center for Security Policy, a conservative
think-tank, that has been accused of promoting anti-Muslim messages.
who joined the National Security Council this week, was an outspoken opponent
of the Iran nuclear deal when he worked as the senior vice president for policy
at the think tank led by Frank Gaffney, whose views on Islam and theories about
the Muslim Brotherhood's influence have sparked controversy, CNN reported.
attacks on Fred Fleitz as an Islamophobe are another attempt by some to paint
the Trump administration with a broad anti-Muslim brush," a spokesman of
the National Security Council, White House, told PTI.
spokesman was responding to allegations of groups like Anti-Defamation League,
Council on American-Islamic Relations and Southern Policy Law Center, that
Fleitz in the past has had advanced Islamophobic views and as such he should
not serve in this position.
Fleitz supports the Presidents national security and foreign policies. He
supervises a transparent, interagency process to present information and
coordinate the presentation of policy options for the President and his
National Security Council," the spokesman said.
implication that he is in a position to promote a personal agenda is uninformed
and scurrilous. The suggestion that Ambassador Bolton is convening an
anti-Muslim cabal is untrue and despicable," the spokesman said,
responding to media reports in this regard.
Center for Security Policy have raised concerns over Fleitz's appointment among
a number of advocacy groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center and the
Anti-Defamation League, the report had said.
will now be in a position to do serious harm to our national security as he
pushes an extreme anti-Muslim agenda," the Alabama-based Southern Poverty
Law Center said in a statement.
White House slammed the Southern Poverty Law Center, describing it as a group
that has over the last few years put out press releases falsely lumping
American conservatives with neo-nazis and white supremacists.
Review wrote a strong piece on the SPLC in 2016 titled 'Everyone Who Disagrees
with the SPLC Is Hitler', the official pointed out.
earned the SPLCs ire because he wrote two articles condemning it and drawing
attention to its huge off-shore bank accounts," the spokesman said.
an op-ed published by Fox News on August 29, 2017, Fleitz said: "The
Southern Poverty Law Center is a left wing smear machine that tries to
denigrate conservative individuals and organizations by lumping them together
with white nationalists, KKK members and neo-Nazis on so-called hate
conservatives as haters has been very profitable for the SPLC, he then alleged.
NSC spokesman said the media should acknowledge the attacks on Fleitz for what
they are, instead of giving voice to organisations with an ideological axe to
grind and a history of making "inflammatory and bigoted statements against
those who express ideas they dont agree with".
stands by his criticism of radical Islam as a global movement at war with
modern society. He notes that radical Islam is a greater threat to the vast
majority of the worlds Muslims who are peaceful, the official said.
to the NSC spokesman, Fleitz is a strong supporter of Zuhdi Jasser, founder and
president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Jasser is a former Navy
medic who wants to reform Islam to bring it into conformity with modernity.
believes radical Islam is a war within the house of Islam. Fleitz agrees and
has expressed his support for Jasser in articles and TV interviews," the
official said. PTI LKJ UZM UZM
moment he was slammed against a wall by an FBI agent on the doorstep of his
parents’ home and taken away in handcuffs, the distorted world Mohammed Khalid
had constructed for himself came crashing down.
was about to become notorious as the youngest person ever to be prosecuted for
terrorism offences in the US and would be sentenced to five years in prison for
his part in an online jihadist plot to kill an artist from Sweden who had drawn
the head of the prophet Muhammad on the body of a dog.
was only 15 years old when the criminal activity began, after a rapid descent
into extremism. It started with him on the receiving end of high school
bullying and led swiftly from watching YouTube videos about Islam, to becoming
groomed, and drawn into an ill-formed conspiracy, hatched inside a jihadist
after almost six years in prison and immigration detention, Khalid is out, and
beginning what he sees as a lifelong effort to make amends for what went wrong
in his life as he tries to become “a wholesome person”.
his first interview since his release, he spoke of his desire to become an American
citizen and to make a career in cyber security and counter-terrorism to help
thwart extremists. “I think revenge is too strong of a term, but I had a little
bit of a realisation that people who had misguided me would most likely
misguide someone else,” he said.
was the youngest person in this country to be charged and convicted of these
crimes, but the next person could be someone who is even younger than me. How
to stop that from happening, that’s something important to me.”
had come to meet in Washington DC from the local college in Maryland where he
has just completed the first year of a course in cybersecurity. He has
ambitions to go to university, but understands that his past will put
formidable obstacles in his way.
the Quilliam Foundation counter-extremism organisation, he is publishing a long
personal account of what made him an extremist and how the kindness of juvenile
detention staff led him to be deradicalised behind bars, and sets out his hopes
that in telling his own story he can help others resist what he describes as
“the charismatic appeal of online extremists and terrorist groups”.
felt isolated, lost, and alienated’
now 24, is a serious young man, carrying a black briefcase, smartly dressed in
red, white and blue checked shirt over a white T-shirt.
his arrest in 2011, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. It was clearly a
factor in his disappearance into an online world, where the extremists who
groomed him let him talk about his problems without the intimacy of
admits he struggles with social interactions but says he realises he must push
himself out of his comfort zone. He says he writes more eloquently than he
speaks, and it is true his long, rapid and complex sentences sometimes lose
he is clearly smart and says his years in custody and detention helped him
learn to start to enjoy connecting with people and finding out about them,
including helping other inmates study for education diplomas.
school was quite different for him. He writes of his struggle to settle, aged
13, after his family moved from Pakistan to the US, in 2007, to join his father
W Bush’s war on terror was at a high watermark and he was soon facing crude
taunts from high school kids who branded him as a terrorist because he was
called Mohammed. “I felt isolated, lost, and alienated,” he wrote.
first, he had gone online looking for knowledge about Islam and Muslims, but
back then, he said, terrorist proclamations were readily found next to
innocuous spiritual videos on YouTube.
admits now he was ignorant about his faith and was soon groomed by extremists
in the comments section below videos. “Through the misguidance of the YouTube
extremists, I began to repost videos that glorified violence in the name of
protecting the Muslim nation,” he writes.
a woman in her 40s called Colleen LaRose, a white American convert to Islam who
styled herself “Jihad Jane”, invited him into password-protected extremist
chatrooms where he gained trust and status by translating videos into English
from Urdu in support of “the cause”.
was quickly lost. “I began to spend hours upon hours on the extremist forums
talking to a handful of extremists all about my grievances and difficulties
adjusting to the United States. I complained to them about my family and school
problems. They lent me an ear where no one else had ... online extremists
became my best and only friends.”
plot to kill artist Lars Vilks developed, allegedly driven by Irish-Algerian
Ali Charaf Damache, a man in his 40s, who used the online alias “the
blackflag”. Damache was finally extradited to the US last year and is set to
stand trial on terrorism charges.
was LaRose who drew Khalid into the conspiracy by asking him to look after a
stolen American passport and a rare coin collection which he posted on to her
when she reached Ireland. She is still serving a 10-year sentence for her part
in the plot which was foiled when the FBI arrested her in 2009.
acknowledges he worked to spread extremist videos, translating them from Urdu
into English, and had become deeply involved in extremist ideology and cut off
from everyone he knew. “Instead of seeing clearly and rationally as I normally
would, I was lost beyond the point of no return,” he writes. “My involvement in
this half-baked plot would soon be accompanied by severe and lasting
his eventual arrest the FBI had contacted Khalid and had been treating him,
aged 15, as an unindicted co-conspirator. But he was not co-operative and was
himself arrested in that morning raid on his parents’ home in July 2011.
had just graduated high school and been accepted on a scholarship to go to the
prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a chance lost to him in that
looks back at his first months in a detention facility in Pennsylvania and
recalls how the simple efforts of juvenile correction counsellors to engage him
in conversation shook him out of what he calls a “twisted empathy” where he
felt compassion for Muslims suffering around the world, but was indifferent to
were counsellors, they would actively seek to learn more about what led a
person into whatever they were doing. They did an extremely good job getting me
out of my own little cave that I created for myself. Forcing me to speak about
what I had done wrong in my life and then, most importantly, sharing about
they started telling their stories, that was the real beginning.”
a teenager he shut himself away, but today he has mentors he can turn to,
including former prison staff.
sees a therapist, and has the regular support of Dr Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, a
former US government counter-terrorism specialist who has recently begun to
head the Quilliam Foundation in its first US expansion from its UK base where
it has worked on counter extremism and sometimes attracted criticism for its
ties to the UK government.
family – parents, an older brother and two sisters – were tremendously
supportive during his time in custody, and have welcomed him with open arms
after his release, he said. They all got US citizenship while he was locked up.
He could face deportation to Pakistan, but is currently appealing for citizenship
and his removal has been deferred.
with Khalid in Washington DC last week, he admitted that it is still painful to
think about losing his chance to go to Johns Hopkins University. “It is one of
the most difficult disappointments that I have to deal with in my life, getting
in there and realising how I had betrayed that promise upon which they had
accepted me, those values of the university.”
knows that in telling his story he risks returning to prominence in a moment
when Donald Trump is still fighting for his “Muslim ban” and has used hot
rhetoric to heighten fears of terrorism and fuel Islamophobia.
also knows he will face obstacles, but he said: “There are second chances in
life. Believing in that is very important to me. I think the United States
gives you that avenue, if you do make a mistake you have a chance to reinvent
the question he will face, always, is has he truly been deradicalised? “Yes of
course, my deradicalisation actually ended while I was behind bars,” he said.
army men continued cleansing operation in Yalda, Bebeila and Beit Sahm and
found a workshop in terrorists' former positions used for making explosive and
large volume of powerful explosives made by a Saudi company was found in the
workshop, according to the army officers.
the meantime, a-kilometer-long network of tunnels was discovered by the army in
the region that was used by the terrorists to transfer arms and ammunition to
a large number of landmines, bombs and chemical masks were found in the farms
near Yalda, Bebeila and Beit Sahm.
field commander confirmed in May that the Syrian army's engineering units found
the weapons and ammunition during the clean-up operations in Eastern Qalamoun
which recently were evacuated by Jeish al-Islam and al-Nusra.
added that the Syrian army forces discovered several tanks and a large number
of missiles, mortars, anti-tank missiles, different types of ammunition,
weapons and bombs which had been hidden by the terrorists in their hideouts.
sources said that the army units also found a large number of drugs as well as
Nitrogen chemicals used by militants to make different types of bombs and
mortars that all carried with Turkish and Saudi labels.
commander said the "footprint of Saudi Arabia and Turkey can readily be
traced in all the items found in the region".
Saudi Royal Decree released on Saturday appointed Dr. Sheikh Abdullatif bin
Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Sheikh as the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah
Dr. Al-Sheikh was the culmination of his administrative experience and field
skills acquired during his tenure in different government institutions.
Al-Sheikh is known for his expertise in Islamic jurisprudence and previously
served in a number of governmental institutions, including holding important
positions of Director-General of Investigations at the Saudi General
Presidency, and Second Assistant Secretary General at the Saudi Council of
received his PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence from the Imam Muhammad Bin Saud
Islamic University, and previously established and ran a number of Islamic
also served as president of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and
Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), before he was exempted.
that period he made a number of regulations, first of which was to prevent the
cooperators, control the pursuits and other managerial amendments that were
rejected then. However, he continued his reforming plans which made the
Al-Hasabh commission structured as per the mission aligned with Saudi society.
He also played an intellectual role with a media presence creating awareness
activities and also presence in warning about Political Islam groups.
amendments brought the CPVPV in line with Saudi Arabia’s intention to provide
hundreds of thousands of new jobs to Saudi women in stores catering to female
customers, thereby reducing the rates of unemployment amongst Saudi women.
also worked as a consultant to King Salman, who was then the prince of Riyadh
and after his exemption he withdrew from the intellectual struggle and
continued his Da’wah activities until he was appointed for Islamic affairs.
is known to specialize in women’s issues in Islam, including the issues of
female employment and gender mixing. The Riyadh-born cleric is as an expert in
Islamic Affairs, and is well-known for his moderate approach on this issue. He
is also known as a strong proponent of the concept of Saudi women working in
stores that cater to a female clientele.
an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat published 2010, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh
called on the resolution to allow women to work in stores catering to a female
clientele to be quickly adopted. He also encouraged Saudi Arabian women to
begin work in this field.
to Al Arabiya, former head of the Holy City of Mecca’s branch of CPVPV, said
that the decision to appoint Al-Sheikh as Minister of Islamic Affairs comes
from the Saudi methodology of moderation, upon which it was founded.
Abdullatif Al-Sheikh is one of the few who have distinguished themselves in
confronting the extremist currents with courage and patriotism. He is a man who
has distinguished and influential efforts, and continues his patriotism,
sincerity and loyalty to the wise leadership,” al-Ghamdi told Al Arabiya.
on gender mixing
some interviews, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh has stressed that gender mixing
was permissible under certain conditions, as “Islamic sharia law did not
completely ban gender mixing, but rather it placed this within the limits of
vouchsafing freedom for men and women.”
when [Islamic] scholars prohibit gender mixing…they are talking about gender
mixing that does not include any controls or restrictions, or what is called
unrespectable gender mixing,” he stressed.
Al-Sheikh’s position on these issues clashes with the hardline position taken
by the more conservative religious clerics and scholars, and among them members
of the CPVPV.
is widely respected for his intellect and his dependence on previous Islamic
Sharia law arguments and provisions, including citations of examples from the
early Islamic era.
decision is wise to meet the need for the current phase in Saudi Arabia where
moderate men have the courage to face the currents of radicalism and extremism,
because Saudi Arabia is the heart of the Islamic world. There can be no
alternative methodology for moderate Islam,” Ghamdi said.
a new turn of events, which has been construed as sign of a deepening rift
between Doha and Riyadh, Qatar has flatly rejected the idea of taking part in a
military conflict against Iran, with the Arab country’s defense minister
highlighting that Doha will not “fuel a war” in the Persian Gulf region.
bin Mohammad al-Attiyah, who also serves as the deputy prime minister, told an
international security conference in Singapore on Sunday that Qatar would not
be dragged into any conflict of that nature.
it wise to call the United States and to call Israel to go and fight Iran? …
Whether any third party is trying to push the region or some country in the region
to start a war in Iran, this will be very dangerous,” the Qatari minister
should keep holding on to this and advance with this. In my own judgment, I
think the United States is wiser than to enter in a war with Iran.”
minister did not name any party but he could have been referring to Saudi
Arabia, which has also led a blockade of Qatar with its Persian Gulf allies
since June last year.
assertion by Qatar’s top defense official has been seen by analysts as the
continuation of a crisis in Doha’s relations with a Saudi-led group of regional
Arab countries that cut off their diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017,
after officially accusing it of “sponsoring terrorism.”
excuse used by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates for
cutting the ties was Doha’s close relations with Tehran.
that time, the Saudi-led group has been enforcing various restrictive measures,
including economic sanctions, against Qatar while giving it a list of their
demands to be met before the relations could be normalized.
has done none of these. Instead it has responded defiantly by dismissing the
charges and courting new diplomatic and trading links.
Qatar-based news network and TV channel al- Jazeera said in a report on Sunday
that people living in Qatar were unlikely to forget the neighbors willing to
lend a hand when they needed it most.
was one of the countries which quickly stepped in to ensure the Qatari
supermarket shelves remained well stocked, it added.
exporters say helping Qatar is not just about making money.
month, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani thanked Iran for its
support during the crisis.
Qatari authorities say Saudi Arabia has been sparking off crises across the
Middle East and “bullying small countries into submission.”
Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said his country
is willing to have constructive relations with Iran.
experts have warned that the year-old acrimonious dispute between Qatar and its
neighbors has shattered old alliances and is pushing Qatar toward Turkey and
has also increasingly tied itself to Turkey, while straining relations between
Riyadh and Ankara.
don't think it is too far-fetched to say that new power centers in the Middle
East are emerging," AFP quoted David Roberts, assistant professor at
King's College London, as saying.
seen as a bid by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to bring Qatar to
its heels over its support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian
resistance movement Hamas, the gamble has not paid off.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has already said that the economic impacts of
the blockade by the Saudi-led quartet of Arab states against Qatar are fading.
their regional ambitions may have been overstretched, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have
indicated this is a power play for the long haul.
to Le Monde newspaper, Saudi Arabia has written to French President Emmanuel
Macron, warning of "military action" if Qatar goes ahead with its
planned purchase of a Russian air defense missile system.
is already picking up the tab, as it absorbs the huge costs of regional
isolation, despite its vast wealth in gas resources.
for winners and losers, there are clearly no winners thus far, and in many ways
everyone has been a loser," said Christopher Davidson, a Middle East
politics professor at Durham University.
media giant beIN says it is being targeted in a “sophisticated” piracy
operation knocking its channels off air in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
campaign has seen the beIN channels’ signals being pirated by a company named
BeOutQ, the Middle East Eye news portal reported. BeOutQ broadcasts on Arabsat,
whose largest shareholder is Saudi Arabia.
output has a strong audience base in the UAE, where thousands of viewers have
anxiously taken to social media to complain about the situation.
digital television company Du, however, said that the Qatari company had itself
decided to kill the channels.
regret to inform that our customers are temporarily unable to view beIN sports
channels and packages as a result of a decision by the broadcaster of beIN
sports," it said.
has called on FIFA, which has granted it the right to air the World Cup due to
start in Russia later in the month, to sue those conducting the piracy
has so far rushed to the company’s support by banning decoders that allow
viewers to watch the tournament via stolen signals.
is a sister business to Qatari flagship international newscaster Al Jazeera.
UAE is part of a group of Arab states including Saudi Arabia that have
June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt
severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, in a scheme generally believed to have
been orchestrated by Riyadh.
: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korea's leader
Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang's state media reported Sunday, potentially becoming the
first head of state to meet Kim inside the isolated country. "I am going
to visit the DPRK and meet... Kim Jong Un," Assad said, the North's
state-run KCNA news agency reported, using the abbreviated version of the
country's official name. The announcement came as anticipation mounts for a
historic nuclear summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore
on June 12, following a whirlwind round of diplomacy.
world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean peninsula brought about
recently by the outstanding political calibre and wise leadership of... Kim
Jong Un," KCNA cited Assad as saying during a meeting with North Korean
Ambassador Mun Jong Nam on Wednesday. The Syrian president's office refused to
comment on the report when contacted by AFP.
Arabic-language al-Yaqin news website quoted Jalal Khalou, deputy governor in
Sinjar in Nineveh province, as reporting that the US forces are establishing a
military base in Mount Sinjar Northwest of Mosul.
further told the website that a sum of 15 American military vehicles have
deployed to Mount Sinjar since Friday, adding that the forces plan to set up a
military base in Mount Sinjar that is home to one of the most important points
125 km away from Mosul near the border with Syria.
December 2017, Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari underlined strong
opposition to the establishment of any permanent base by the US-led coalition
in his country.
international coalition has no intention to have permanent military bases in
Iraq after the ISIL is defeated. The international coalition's military
intervention in Iraq was meant to support the Iraqi government's war against
the ISIL on the condition that it would not violate the country's
sovereignty," Jafari was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Watan
explained that the coalition would remain in Iraq until all ISIL affiliates
were uprooted in Iraq.
remarks came after Iraqi sources revealed in August 2017 that the US army
started constructing its biggest military base in Iraq's Nineveh province in a
bid to control the country's border with Syria.
US troops have kicked off the construction operations of the largest military
base near the village of Kahriz in Zamar region West of the Tigris River in
Nineveh province," Official Spokesman for Arab Tribes Group Mozahem
Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that as sum of 3,295 civilians were
captured by the Ankara forces in Afrin region in May amid growing unrests and
spreading insecurity following occupation of Afrin region by the Turkish
news went on to say that the Ankara forces have been blackmailing and torturing
the captured people, adding that the Turkish troops and their allied militants
turned a school in the village of Hikjeh in Shih region into a large detention
center to jail the captured civilians.
news further said that the Turkish army accommodated over 1,200 terrorists of
Southern Damascus and Northern Homs in Afrin.
Ankara forces looted fruits and crops of over 50 hectares of farms in Afrin and
cut over 500 olive trees.
week, gunmen of Sultan Murat Brigade, affiliated to Turkey-backed Free Syrian
Army, forced villagers in the village of Naza in Shera region to leave their
the meantime, a field source said that the Ankara-backed militants settled 20
families of Eastern Ghouta terrorists in the village of Kafr Jenah, adding that
most of the villagers' assets and properties were looted by the Turkey-backed
source further said that even electrical cables have been stolen and a school
in the village has been damaged by the Ankara forces.
army men engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL after the terrorists attacked the
towns of al-Hasarat and al-Sha'afa on the Western bank of the Euphrates River
and in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
the army's artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at the positions and
movements of the terrorists in the region.
army further inflicted major casualties on the terrorists and forced their
remaining pockets to retreat.
a similar development on Monday, the army forwarded more forces and military
equipment, including several cannons, to its positions in Eastern Damascus, to
launch a fresh round of large-scale attacks on ISIL that stormed the government
forces' position in al-Mayadeen desert recently.
the meantime, the army forces engaged in a tough battle with ISIL in Eastern
Badiyeh (desert) between Western Deir Ezzur and Eastern Homs, killing or
wounding a number of terrorists.
sources reported that a sum of seventy Syrian tribes, in a meeting against
foreign occupiers in Deir Hafer region in Eastern Aleppo, announced in a
statement that they form tribal units to expel American, Turkish and French
occupiers from their country.
statement further condemned foreign military deployment without prior
coordination with the Damascus government, adding that the tribal units will
confront the occupying forces using all their capabilities.
statement underscored the country's integrity and opposed any move by Arab
states, including Saudi Arabia to dispatch mercenaries to Syria to be replaced
with the US forces, saying such moves are all meant to disintegrate Syria.
Kurdish militias prevented the tribal delegation of Hasaka province from taking
part in the meeting.
a relevant development in March, the tribal Arab forces in Raqqa province
formed a number of units to fight against the Kurds who have occupied the city
and were supported by Washington.
forces formed under the title of the Popular Resistance of Raqqa (PRoR) were
recruiting forces to start fights against Kurdish militias.
large number of civilians who were killed during the operations by the Kurds
and the US-led anti-ISIL coalition in Raqqa were members of these tribes.
of civilians in Afrin gathered in the Freedom Square and opposed occupation of
their town by the Turkish troops and Ankara-backed militants.
demonstrators further called for the release of Adam, a media activist,
arrested by al-Hamzah Firqa militants affiliated to the Turkish troops.
the meantime, the Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Turkish forces
captured tens of Afrin residents and tortured them, adding that the Ankara
forces called on family members of the captured-civilians in the village of
Jaqmaqa in Rajou region to pay $7,000 for the release of their family members.
the Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that Ankara forces prevented tens
of families from leaving Afrin for their homes in Eastern Ghouta, adding that
the Eastern Ghouta families settled in Afrin had called for government amnesty
and the Syrian Army had agreed to their return to Eastern Ghouta.
a similar development last week, gunmen of al-Hamza group and Liwa
al-Mo'atasem, both backed up by the Turkish troops, exchanged heavy fire near
Kawa square in the town of Afrin over taking control of a residential unit.
Turkish forces in their armored vehicles entered the region to end the
the meantime, unknown assailants attacked the car of Abu Maryam al-Haskawi, a
commanders of Liwa Moshta'al Tamou affiliated to the Free Syrian Army, as he
was driving along a road connecting Afrin to Shera region, injuring him
President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to Kuwait on Sunday for his “harsh” words
at the height of a months-long diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic
spat began in February when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her
employer’s freezer in the Gulf state, prompting Duterte to lash out at the
“inhuman” treatment of migrant workers and ban workers from travelling to
the first time I would say that I was harsh in my language maybe because that
was a result of an emotional outburst. But I’d like to apologize now,” Duterte
said, addressing Kuwait directly in a speech before expatriate Filipinos living
in South Korea.
sorry for the language that I was using but I’m very satisfied with... how you
responded to the problems of my country.”
in Manila say around 262,000 Filipinos worked in Kuwait before February, with
many employed as household maids.
are among over two million Filipinos employed in the region, whose remittances
are a lifeline to the Philippine economy.
the height of the diplomatic flap, Duterte alleged Arab employers routinely
rape Filipina workers, force them to work 21 hours a day and feed them scraps.
there something wrong with your culture? Is there something wrong with your
values?” the Philippine leader said then.
authorities expelled Manila’s envoy in April over footage showing embassy staff
helping Filipino workers flee allegedly abusive bosses in Kuwait.
cooled last month after the two nations sealed an agreement on workplace safety
guarantees for Filipinos working in Kuwait, prompting Duterte to lift the
Sunday, Duterte said he hoped to visit Kuwait to express his gratitude.
like to thank the Kuwaiti government for understanding us and keeping their
faith (in) us and practically (giving in) to all of my demands,” Duterte said.
has issued an arrest warrant against one of the key engineers of last year’s
secession referendum, which controversially sought to end the country’s
sovereignty over the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
judicial authorities issued the warrant against Rebwar Talabani, the head of
the Kirkuk Provincial Council, Agence France-Presse quoted a source within the
council as saying on Sunday.
source said Talabani was being pursued for "hoisting the Kurdish flag on
official buildings of Kirkuk and organizing the referendum," referring to
the oil-rich provincial capital of the same name which has a majority
Talabani’s orders, Kirkuk councilors voted last August to take part in the
is currently in Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where he fled to with
Kurdish militants last October as Iraqi troops arrived to restore calm to
tensions in Kirkuk are still high between Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen
populations. Last month, Iraqi authorities imposed a curfew after skirmishes
broke out following the results of the May 12 national elections being
Iraqi Supreme Court ruled the vote illegal and deadly clashes broke out between
Kurdish and Iraqi forces after an overwhelming majority of the participants
voted for separation from the mainland.
referendum sparked strong criticism from the central Iraqi government and
Iraq’s neighbors but Israel put its foot down to support it. The US and the
Europeans also denounced it, even though after the plebiscite was held.
has a longstanding relationship with the Kurds, whom it regards as one of the
few non-Arab allies in the area.
report published in the New Yorker magazine in 2004 said Israeli military and
intelligence operatives were active in Kurdish areas and providing training for
to the report, Israel has been expanding its presence in Kurdistan and
encouraging Kurds, its allies in the region, to create an independent state.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last September that Israel’s Mossad spy
agency played a role in the Kurdish secession vote.
illegal Rohingya to designated camps: Centre to states
DELHI: The Centre has asked Jammu & Kashmir and other states to confine
illegal Rohingya settlers to pre-identified locations within their respective
jurisdictions, record their personal particulars, including biometric details,
and not to issue them Aadhaar number or any other identity proof.
meticulous preparation of their personal particulars has been sought so that
these details can eventually be shared with Myanmar for likely repatriation,
said a government source.
indicates the government’s intent to prevent a wider diffusion of Rohingya in
India beyond the camps, and the Centre’s concern over possible presence of
radical elements among them and their involvement in crime.
a letter to the chief secretary of J&K government on Saturday, the home
ministry highlighted the “ security risks posed by some of those
Rohingya/foreigners who entered India illegally + and were involved in illegal
activities such as fraudulent procurement and/or fabrication of Indian identity
cards — PAN, voter IDs etc — money laundering, crimes and other anti-national
activities”, sources told TOI.
of the Rohingya refugees, it added, are also vulnerable to radicalisation.
home ministry officer told TOI that similar letters had gone to other states as
well. According to estimates put together by the intelligence agencies last
year, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims illegally settled across the
these, 7,096 are in J&K (Jammu), 3,059 in Hyderabad, 1,114 in Mewat
(Haryana), 1,200 in western Uttar Pradesh, 1,061 in Delhi (Okhla) and 400 in
to central agencies, a network of touts based in West Bengal and Assam have been
arranging forged identity documents for the Rohingya soon after they enter the
country illegally. In fact, some NGOs run by Muslim organisations in West
Bengal are arranging logistics for their stay in camps.
late, some attempts by Rohingyas to move to states like Kerala, Karnataka and
Tamil Nadu have come to notice. There has also been new influx of immigrants
into Jammu, Hyderabad, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands,” said an intelligence
advisory seeking confinement and monitoring of Rohingyas follows up on a
September 2017 advisory that had asked the states to detect Rohingyas and
report them to the Centre for likely deportation. Interestingly, a question
that has intrigued the home ministry is why, despite being Muslims, they have
preferred to settle in Jammu rather than the Valley.
September 2017 advisory has been challenged in court. The SC had in its
observations made while hearing the challenge, sought a humane approach to the
communication dated June 2 reiterated the detailed steps, which had also been
communicated earlier, to be taken by the J&K government. The first measure
seeks to confine Rohingyas’ stay to specific identified locations. Second, the
state has been told to enrol and record their personal particulars, including
biometrics of each immigrant along with their address in Myanmar. Third, the
advisory asks the states not to issue Aadhaar or any other such document to
illegal immigrants including Rohingyas that may help them later in claiming
was mentioned by the home ministry in its letter that a detailed form for
capturing personal particulars of the illegal immigrants was shared with the
J&K government in October 2017 but the required information has not been
Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar alleged on Sunday that Muslims
from neigbouring states settling in Uttarakhand are capturing livelihood
opportunities meant for the locals, which has triggered forced migration from
the mountain state.
kind of in migration is also affecting the distinct cultural identity of Dev
Bhumi (Land of Gods) Uttarakahnd is known as,” Kumar said on the sidelines of a
seminar. “There are also incidents of Christians (migrating from neighbouring
states) carrying out forced conversion (of Hindus) in the hill state.”
said forced migration induced by outsiders must stop. “Such a process can only
be stopped if the distinct culture of Dev Bhumi remains strong,” said the RSS
ideologue who is also margdarshak (guide) of the Rashtriya Muslim Manch (Muslim
National Forum), a wing of the Sangh Parivar.
Bhumi, he said, will remain strong provided the purity and virtuousness of its
inherent culture remains intact. “More than the state government the people
should play a role (to ensure that outsiders do not capture the livelihood
opportunities meant for the locals),” Kumar said, suggesting that such a
situation will only come when dignity of labour is realised and no job is
labour-intensive jobs should also be treated with as much respect as white
collar jobs or businesses,” he said.
your language…I am not objecting to that,” Kumar retorted when asked how in a
democratic country outsiders could be stopped from taking up jobs in
Uttarakahand when the locals also travel to different states in search of
employment. “I agree that people travel to different states and countries in
search of employment,” he said, clarifying that people should not spoil the
culture of a place, state or country they visit to seek employment.
question you are asking me you will not ask those handful of Muslims who wave
Pakistani flags and raise slogans hailing that country,” Kumar said, adding
that such incidents occur in states, such as Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh
and Uttarakhand. “I am raising the issue because I have the courage to raise
argued that there is no agency to show Muslims the right path. “There is no
interaction or dialogue with them,” he said, clarifying that his allegation was
not against the Muslim community. “My allegation is against a few elements in
that (Muslim) community,” Kumar said. “If such elements are controlled, the
country will be secure…so will the Muslims and other citizens.”
said Muslims and Christians are sometimes heard saying that they feel
threatened in India. “Such an impression is wrong,” Kumar said, adding Ramzan
celebration in India remained incident free. Pakistan, he asserted, has proved
that it is inimical to Islam so are the separatist elements in Kashmir who
indulged in violence during Ramzan, pelting stones at army jawans.
the other hand, they (army) are bearing so much hardships and are making so
many sacrifices…They have proved that if Muslims are safe they are safe in
India only,” Kumar said, adding they are not safe even in Muslim countries.
(Indian Muslims) must understand that their ancestors were Indians,” he said.
“So, they should be loyal to the country and its ancestors.” Kumar added: “They
(Indian Muslims) should see Lord Ram in Khuda (God) and Khuda in Lord Ram.”
terrorism threat as a compulsory subject in schools: Top cop
as a threat to internal security should be included as a subject in schools up
to the higher secondary level to raise awareness among the people, said Ashok
Kumar, additional director general of police (law & order).
and the threat it poses to the internal security is a very critical issue. All
schools up to the secondary level should include that issue in their syllabi,”
he said at a seminar on ‘National Security in Context of Uttarakhand’ held here
seminar was organsied by FANS (Forum for Awareness of National Security), an
affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.
senior official suggested that the subject of the threat to internal security from
terrorism should be taught as a compulsory subject in schools. “It should be as
compulsory for students as the military service, which is mandatory for the
youths in Israel, which is also a victim of terrorism like India,” Kumar said.
The official though attributed the problem of Pakistan-supported terrorism in
India to the unresolved Kashmir issue.
participated actively in the agitation for Statehood
a time when the Telangana sentiment was at its peak, several Muslims and Muslim
organisations jumped into the movement. Be it the 1969 agitation or, for that
matter, more recently, in 2008 and 2009. And with the anniversary of the
formation of the State on Saturday, some of those involved in the movement
share their experiences.
Hind Telangana and Odisha president Hamid Mohammed Khan says that it was in
2008 that the socio-religious organisation jumped in to the fray.
Jamaat, he says, was aware of the region’s backwardness and its causes which is
why the decision was taken to join the movement.
formed an advisory committee to study these injustices. We analysed a lot of
government released data, Planning Commission reports and the distribution of
resources to Telangana region. We analysed government employment patterns too.
In 2008 we decided to wholeheartedly support the movement,” Mr. Khan says.
Jamaat, he says, was a part of the Telangana Joint Action Committee, and its
organs supported the cause. “We organised Telangana garjanas in all districts
and used our established units to further the cause of Telangana,” he says.
the Jamaat formally took part movement in 2008, the All India
Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat (AIMTM), another socio-religious organisation was
active during the 1960s.
to its vice-president Ziauddin Nayyar, it was in 1969 that the then general
secretary Laiq Ali Khan was actively associated with the Telangana Praja
Samithi, co-founded by the then chief minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh M.
of the Tameer-e-Millat’s leaders were even jailed for being a part of the
agitation. Our ties were so close with the movement. Another member, Tahir
Osmani, was well known for his renditions of poetry and slogans for Telangana
statehood,” Mr. Nayyar recalled.
said that with the passage of time and weakening of the organisation, the AIMTM
could not be an active part of the later years of the Telangana movement.
months after seven militants were killed at their ancestral house in Shopian,
the brother of an IPS officer from South Kashmir has gone missing, and is
feared to have joined militant ranks.
ul Haq Mengnoo, a student of Bachelor’s in Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS),
has been missing since May 26, and police sources say he may have joined the
Hizbul Mujahideen. Shams is the younger brother of a 2012-batch IPS officer
currently posted outside the state. The family has not filed any missing person
complaint with police.
the rest of the family members remain tightlipped on the matter, the IPS
officer told The Indian Express he had no knowledge of it. “I don’t know what
you are saying,” he said.
Inspector General (DIG) of Police, South Kashmir, Amit Kumar told The Indian
Express, “We have not received any report from anybody so far. When nobody has
said anything or filed a missing report, what would we investigate?”
other recent militant recruits, Shams has not uploaded any gun-wielding
pictures on social networking sites. Police sources say that of late Hizb
militants have desisted from posting pictures of new recruits, and this could
be the reason his picture has not been posted.
was a student of the Institute of Asian Medical Sciences, located at Zakura on
the outskirts of Srinagar.
the family belongs to Draggad village of South Kashmir’s Shopian, they are now
settled in Srinagar. On April 1, seven militants had been killed in a fierce
encounter at the family’s ancestral home in Draggad, including a cousin of
Shams, Zabir Ahmad Turray. A former Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist, Turray had
been repeatedly booked under the Public Safety Act before joining militancy. In
a video that emerged after the encounter, Turray had blamed police for his
joining the Hizbul.
were three other militants present at the Draggad house that day, who had
escaped. Among them was top Hizbul commander Zeenat-ul-Islam. Sources say
Zeenat is a childhood friend of the IPS officer, and the two families have
same day, in another village in Shopian, Kachdora, five militants had been
killed in an encounter. Since that day, at least 30 youths have left homes to
join militancy in South Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court cancelled the bail granted to banned
Dukhtaraan-e-Milat's chief Aasiya Andrabi and four others in a terror-related
case, saying the trial court had exercised the discretion to grant bail in an
"erroneous manner". Yesterday, the division bench comprising Acting
Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura quashed the order of Aanantnag
Additional Sessions Court, granting bail to Andrabi and four others last month.
had been arrested by the Anantnag Police in April this year for allegedly
planning to organise a large-scale demonstration and stone-pelting in South
police did not release Andrabi despite being granted bail by the court and
arrested her in a different case. In the meantime, they approached the Law
Department to challenge the trail court's order.
Swayam Prakash Pani took over as the inspector general of police (Kashmir
range), special emphasis was being laid on pursuing all cases against
separatists and to ensure that justice was delivered at the earliest.
high court cancelled the bail of Andrabi and others in the case after the
police submitted its case diaries and the investigation carried out.
included the analysis of Andrabi's phone that purportedly showed that she was
in constant touch with militant leaders across the border.
further perusal of the report, it is also axiomatic that there are reasonable
grounds for believing that the accusation against the respondents (Andrabi and
four others) are prima facie true.
is also noteworthy that the investigation in the case is in progress and the
respondents have to be interrogated for their involvement in the commission of
offences," the 11-page order said.
material available in the police report, in our considered opinion, the trial
court has exercised the discretion to grant the bail in an erroneous
manner" and "the impunged order granting bail to the respondents is
hereby quashed", it said.
sentence awaits Nawaz: PAT leader Tahir ul Qadri
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir-ul-Qadri claimed on Sunday that a
prison sentence awaited Nawaz Sharif, and it was only a matter of time before
the former Prime Minister would find himself behind bars.
maverick PAT leader was speaking to the media at Lahore’s airport after
arriving from Canada, and claimed that Nawaz Sharif was making political
statements in response to the questions the accountability court had asked him.
started making political speeches in reply to the questions of the
accountability court,” Qadri said.
also critcised Nawaz Sharif’s new found slogan of ‘respect the vote’ and
questioned why Nawaz had taken up this claim after the Supreme Court had
PAT leader, however, added that Pakistan would not be able to solve its
problems simply by arresting the Sharif family, and called for Shehbaz Sharif
to be held accountable as well.
corrupt system developed to loot the country. Shahbaz Sharif and his
accomplices should be held accountable,” he said.
also said that Parliament’s decision to change the nomination papers for the
upcoming elections stemmed from legislators’ dishonesty.
least four people, including two activists of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement
(PTM), were killed and dozens of others injured in a militant attack in South
Waziristan agency's headquarters of Wana on Sunday, sources said.
told DawnNewsTV that the militants targeted a PTM rally that was organised to
welcome one of the movement’s leaders, Ali Wazir.
leader Mohsin Dawar confirmed the incident, saying the militants opened
indiscriminate fire at the rally, killing and injuring a number of PTM
quoting reports received from Wana so far, he said four PTM supporters have
been killed and dozens injured in the incident.
workers are busy in shifting the injured to the hospital,” Dawar said, adding
that they are trying to obtain more information.
local source told DawnNewsTV that two PTM workers and as many local residents
were killed in the firing incident. He added that the number of deaths may rise
as several of the injured are in a critical condition. The numbers could not be
immediately verified by officials.
to AFP, supporters of PTM, which is led by young activist Manzoor Pashteen, wanted
to hold a rally to protest against growing corruption in the tribal regions.
clash erupted after supporters of Manzoor Pashteen were stopped from holding a
protest rally by local militants belonging to Maulvi Nazir group,” a senior
local administration official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Pashtun activists torched two offices of the militants, which led to an
exchange of fire, killing two people and wounding 25 others, the official said.
local administration immediately imposed a curfew on the area to control the
fast deteriorating situation, a local intelligence official, who confirmed the
incident and casualties, told AFP.
official said efforts were underway to bring the situation under control,
adding the local administration was holding talks with the “two parties”.
rose to prominence earlier this year after the killing of a young social media
star, Waziristan native Naqeebullah Mehsud, in Karachi unleashed festering
anger at extrajudicial murders.
The recent flip-flop by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) over its choices of
caretaker chief ministers in two provinces has not only put the party leaders
on the back foot, it has also provided an opportunity to its rivals to cash in
on the situation just ahead of the general elections.
PTI’s act of first nominating the caretaker chief ministers and then
withdrawing their nominations within 24 hours in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and
Punjab has put the party at odds and it has been facing criticism in the form
of jokes and illustrations on social media.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) are
warning the nation that it can face such a situation on daily basis if the PTI
manages to assume power after the July 25 general elections.
the PPP believes that the PTI has been doing such things because of the
leadership’s “immaturity” and “lack of decision-making power”, the PML-N sees a
conspiracy behind it.
information secretary Mushahidullah Khan said the PTI wanted to see a delay in
the general elections after getting reports that the PML-N was still the
country’s “most popular party”.
said the PTI had the role in the nomination of caretaker chief ministers in two
provinces and in both the provinces, it had adopted the same strategy in order
to create “confusion and chaos” in the country.
PTI is not behaving like a political party. They are not interested in seeing
democracy getting roots in the country,” the PML-N leader said, adding that the
PTI was no more interested in contesting the coming general elections after
seeing the recent pre-poll surveys.
Khan alleged that the PTI was bent upon “sabotaging” the democratic process and
wanted to create chaos before the next elections to provide a justification for
the poll delay.
information secretary of PPP Punjab Naveed Chaudhry said the PTI leadership was
not capable of “foreseeing and assessing” the political situations and that’s
why they were showing “immaturity” in every matter.
don’t know as to how a political consensus can be developed on any political
issue,” he said.
Chaudhry said the PTI was already known as a party that existed only on the
social media and “it seems that after coming to power, all its decisions will
be social-media driven”.
contacted, PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood refuted the claims of the PML-N and the
PPP that his party lacked decision-making power.
said that the PTI knew that the caretaker chief ministers only had limited
powers after the recent amendments to the Elections Act, but they wanted to see
“clean persons” in these offices.
The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), while announcing its support to sit in
protest against frequent target killing in Miranshah and Mirali of North
Waziristan, warned of arranging a similar sit-in Wana and Barwand of South
Waziristan from Monday.
Pashteen, chief of PTM, on Saturday night announced support for sit-in started
by tribesmen from different parts of North Waziristan against frequent acts of
target killing in the area. In the latest violent act, political administration
official Hamid Ullah Kabalkhel was killed and three personnel of Khasadar
forces were injured when unknown militants attacked a vehicle in Kaam Saroobi
area on Razmak Road.
after the funeral of Hamid Ullah Kabal Khel on Saturday, tribesmen from all
over Miranshah and Mirali decided to resume the six-day sit-in which was last
called off on May 18. Within hours hundreds of tribesmen came out of homes and
rushed to main Chawk in Mirali and Miranshah whereas they went on a sit. The
PTM chief Manzoor Pashteen has directed supporters and workers to participate
in the protest.
leader Ali Khan Wazir has said they deputed a team of workers to go and extend
every sort of support to protesters in North Waziristan. He said, “Beside
frequent target killing, through one or other ways, the PTM workers are also
teased and harassed in South Waziristan.”
informed this scribe, “Yesterday, the government-loyal Taliban snatched caps
from PTM workers in Wana, headquarter of South Waziristan, and terrorised them
also. Target killing incidents are also taking place in Sarwaiki
sub-divisions.” On such grounds, he said they decided of going on a sit-in in
both Wana and Barwand, headquarter of Sarwaiki sub-division from Monday.
said that arrangements regarding sit-in protest in two different places of
South Waziristan are in progress. He said that the purpose of the sit-in is to
convince the government for realising its responsibilities of protecting lives
and properties of people.
protesting tribesmen in Miranshah and Mirali have demanded an end to target
killing, calling for the permission for tribesmen to keep arms for their
personnel of traditional Khasadar forces from North Waziristan also decided to
go on protest just to ensure their safety in the new system after the merger of
Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
security forces repulsed terrorist attacks from across the Pak-Afghan border,
killing six terrorists in two separates areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and
Balochistan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Sunday.
to the ISPR, the military’s media wing, four personnel of the Frontier Corps
(FC) and one soldier of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) were injured in the
from across the border carried fire raids and physical attacks on Pakistan’s
border posts and border fencing parties in Bajaur in KP and Qamar Din Qarez in
Balochistan,” said an ISPR statement.
advantage of ungoverned spaces and facilitation inside Afghanistan, terrorists
are resorting to such attacks to prevent fencing and construction of border
forces launched retaliatory attack, killing six and injuring many other
Forces responded effectively and repulsed physical attack. 6 terrorists killed
and many injured. 4 soldiers of FC and one soldier of PAF (Deployed at
observation post) got injured,” the army said.
consolidate the gains of successful kinetic operations against terrorism
fencing of Pak-Afghan border and construction of border forts will continue
irrespective of the challenges posed by inimical forces,” the ISPR added.
to reports, Pakistan’s military has so far fenced off more than 43km of the
frontier with Afghanistan. The military has also planned to recruit tens of
thousands of new troops to man the border. It is not clear how long it will
take to fence the entire boundary.
in Pakistan consider the fence mandatory for restriction of the movement of
terrorists from across the country. However, the government in Kabul has been
opposing the move.
latest incident came just days after Pakistan and Afghanistan reported progress
in their talks to sort out issues, including the border security through
dialogue. Last week, a high-powered Afghan delegation led by its national security
Adviser Hanif Atmar visited Islamabad for talks with the civil and military
were part of the new mechanism recently agreed between the two countries. One
of the understandings reached between the two neighbours was to avoid blame game.
visit of Afghan delegation comes against the backdrop of an agreement reached
between the two countries earlier this month to operationlise
Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).
provides a framework to strengthen mutual trust and deepen interaction in all
spheres of bilateral engagements. It is also a mechanism for finding solutions
to bilateral areas of concern.
Mehsud and Abdullah Malik
At least three supporters of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) were killed and
20 others suffered injuries on Sunday when armed members of a self-identified
aman committee mounted an attack on a gathering in Wana, the headquarters of
South Waziristan Agency.
Wazir, a cousin of PTM leader Ali Wazir, and Noor Ali Wazir, a local
journalist, were reported to be among the injured. Wazir was present on the
occasion and was reported to be safe during the bloody clash. On Saturday, aman
committee men had threatened him that his house in the area would be torched if
he did not disassociate himself from the PTM.
with critical injuries were taken to Dera Ismail Khan, an adjacent district,
for medical treatment.
senior journalist hailing from North Waziristan, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said his sources confirmed that the attack was orchestrated by
Mullah Nazir group.
told Daily Times on telephone that armed assailants arrived in double-cabin
vehicles at the main bazaar of WANA where the gathering was underway. They
started an argument with PTM supporters. Some of them torched a nearby stall of
‘Pashteen’ caps, so called because of their association with PTM leader Manzoor
Pashteen. “This infuriated PTM workers and escalated the clash,” said a
tribesman who was present on the occasion.
that the aman committee was Taliban in disguise, he said the assailants opened
fire at the gathering using heavy weaponry. PTM workers, meanwhile, pelted
stones on them, leaving two men in the convoy injured, he said.
after the clash, the security forces arrived to quell the situation. And latest
reports suggested that a curfew was enforced in Wana.
in the day, PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen addressed his supporters on social
media and claimed that 10 workers of the movement had died in the clash. By the
time this report was filed, multiple protests were reported from across the
country to condemn the attack.
a sit-in in Mir Ali, a small town in North Waziristan Agency, remained underway
on the second consecutive day on Sunday to condemn the targeted killing of
Hamidullah Wazir, a political moharir of local administration, by unidentified
gunmen. Unidentified gunmen had on Friday night ambushed his vehicle and opened
indiscriminate fire on it, killing Wazir and injuring his three guards. Wazir
was on a patrol near Sarobi, a populated area where the security forces have
also established their camp, Abdul Majeed Dawar, a resident of the area, told
said a grand jirga would be held after Eid to deliberate on the deteriorating
state of security and to devise a plan for the purpose.
militants killed as airstrike target ISIS-K compound in Nangarhar
least nine militants were killed during an airstrike targeting a compound of
the ISIS Khurasan in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. (Photo – US Air
Forces Central Command)
provincial government media office in a statement said the airstrike was
carried out in the vicinity of Haska Mina district.
statement further added that an airstrike targeted the compound of the terror
group in Gorgori area of the district late on Saturday night.
to the provincial government, at least nine ISIS Khurasan militants were killed
and their compound was destroyed during the airstrike.
weapons and munitions belonging to the terror group were also destroyed during
the airstrike, the statement added.
latest airstrike targeting the ISIS Khurasan compound has been carried out amid
ongoing operations to suppress the activities of the terror group in this
provincial government said Saturday that 17 militants of the terror group were
killed during the similar operations on Friday.
half all children in Afghanistan are out of school due to conflict, poverty,
child marriage and discrimination against girls, the number rising for the
first time since 2002, humanitarian organizations said in a report on Sunday.
violence has forced many schools to close, undermining fragile gains in
education for girls in a country where millions have never set foot in a class
3.7 million children between the ages of seven and 17, or 44 percent, are out
of school, 2.7 million of them girls, Education Minister Mirwais Balkhi told a
seminar, explaining a study conducted by UNICEF, USAID and the independent
Samuel Hall think-tank.
Taliban, seeking to oust the U.S.-backed government and return the country to
strict Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster, are adamantly opposed to education
for girls and threats from Islamic State have forced the closure of dozens of
mentioning the Taliban or Islamic State, Balkhi said there were “many reasons”
for children not going to school.
of children is the most important development in all human communities,” he
said. “It is the most important tool in fighting war, poverty and
the worst affected provinces, up to 85 percent of girls are not going to
school, the aid groups said. They did not give specific time periods or
April this year, militants set ablaze two schools and widespread violence had
led to closure of hundreds of private schools.
as usual is not an option for Afghanistan if we are to fulfil the right to
education for every child,” said Adele Khodr of UNICEF in the report.
children are not in school, they are at increased danger of abuse, exploitation
teenage girl, Ziwar, from central Daikundi, one of the safest provinces in the
country, said she had been at school until she was 14.
can read and write. I can write a letter,” she told seminar delegates. “I learn
from books. I want to continue my studies. I want to become a doctor in the
Some 2,000 hectares of forestland — equivalent to four football fields — around
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, has disappeared due to Rohingya refugees cutting trees
for firewood, according to a report by the Inter Sector Coordination Group
added that 86 percent of drinking-water wells have been contaminated with the
E.coli bacteria from fecal matter.
to the “extreme level” of deforestation, the area’s biodiversity has been
jeopardized, said Saiful Islam, assistant director of the environmental office
in Cox’s Bazar.
government will implement a reforestation plan once 100,000 Rohingya are
relocated to Bhashan Char island in the Bay of Bengal, he added. “This
relocation process is supposed to start very soon,” he said.
more than one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar “has created extraordinary
pressure on our resources, as the population of Cox’s Bazar has more than
doubled in a short span of time,” Islam added.
Amin, country manager for the International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN), told Arab News: “Due to deforestation, the biodiversity of Cox’s Bazar
is under severe threat.”
added: “It has destroyed a popular corridor for wild elephants, increasing the
number of man-animal encounters.” Some rare wildlife species are at risk due to
the deforestation, he said.
land near the refugee camps is facing siltation and contamination from fecal
matter, according to the ISCG report.
Sen, an environmentalist in Cox’s Bazar, said: “This deforestation has made
this coastal district more vulnerable to climate change.”
added: “We should have done better and systematic management of the environment
from the outset of the refugee crisis.”
for Muslim minority in Philippines is one step closer
The two houses of Congress last week passed their versions of the proposed
Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), moving a step closer to the realization of
President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of wider autonomy for the country’s Muslim
while this can be considered the farthest reached in the peace process between
the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), no
celebrations greeted the passage — either at the House of Congress or at the
Senate — of their respective versions of
what is supposed to be a landmark bill.
there is now more uncertainty than certainty about the acceptance by the Muslim
community in the country of the proposed BBL due to be finalized and signed
into law by the President next month. Some see it as the light at the end of
the tunnel, but others have expressed fear that it will give a platform to
is mainly because in the approved versions of the BBL in both houses of
Congress important provisions of the original draft proposed by the Bangsamoro
Transition Commission (BTC) had been deleted. If not restored, critics say
“this will kill the essence of the Muslim minority’s self-rule.” The BBL, once
signed into law and ratified in a plebiscite, is expected to bring forth an
institution “capable of responding to the challenge of the times and to the
aspirations of the Bangsamoro, unimpaired and free of the maladies that have
afflicted the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).”
observers note that the amendments made to the proposed BBL made the future
Bangsamoro region lesser than the current ARMM.
Imam Ebra Moxir, in an interview, said he remained hopeful that the bicameral
committee that will meet before Duterte delivers his state-of-the-nation
address on July 23 would make sure they come up with a final BBL version at
least close to the draft submitted by the BTC, one that is true to the
aspirations of the Bangsamoro people.
admitted that there may have been some unconstitutional provisions in the BTC
draft of the bill, and the lawmakers had to amend these to make sure it would
not be problematic and will pass even if brought before the Supreme Court.
from my perspective. In my view, our lawmakers were only making sure that the
end result will not be questionable, that everything is constitutional.
Otherwise, we will have a problem. Instead of moving onward, it will be backward,” Moxir said.
added that he had seen posts on social media criticizing the BBL. Some of the
critics, he believes, have their own agenda, “so we have to show that they have
the wrong perspective and the lawmakers are right, that what they are doing is
for the morale and welfare of the Bangsamoro.”
give the BBL a chance because if it will
not be passed and implemented, I think there will be more problems in
Mindanao,” Moxir continued.
the other hand, Najib D., a Maguindanao resident, said a diluted BBL would
surely not get support from the general Bangsamoro populace.
20 or 30 percent non-support will be significant. Our lawmakers might be
thinking they will be able to resolve the problem with a diluted BBL, but no.
You may solve some problems but you create more problems in the end. A third of
the population is as significant as the two-thirds,” he pointed out.
should have just considered the BTC-proposed BBL by voting yes or no instead of
amending it. Their approved bills turned out to be less than the ARMM in terms
of powers,” he continued.
what could be the consequences, Najib said: “First, those who are already old
and are now tired of fighting, it’s possible they will just agree to it. But
with an unacceptable BBL, you also create another form of more radical, more
determined younger generations of mujahideens.
will provide a platform for the radicals to advance their propaganda ... So,
these people in Congress are not fully aware or have less understanding of the
problem in Mindanao,” he continued.
further lamented that the problem with some people in government is that they
see the other party in a peace process as an enemy. “So when an agreement comes
to Congress, they reduce the concession that will be given to the Bangsamoro.
In the end, you did not win anyway.”
believed that even if final BBL is not acceptable to the MILF, “they will not
go back to war but they will not stop any factions from going in that
direction. Because if you do not have an agreement, the best environment is a
is a time wherein Filipinos should come to their consciousness, either to
choose to create a nation that includes Muslims or run the risk of
disintegration of this country,” he further stated.
Dr. Potre Dirampatan-Diampuan of the United Religions Initiative said while the
Congress versions of the BBL have been watered down, “we cannot be totally
judgmental at the moment because there is still one step left” which is through
the bicameral committee. “That will be the finality of it all.
now many or some people think that there seems to be no difference between this
BBL now, especially the Senate version, and the existing ARMM. In other words,
if there will be no changes, why is there a need for a new law?”
whether the BBL is the light at the end of the tunnel or will it provide a
platform to the radicals, Diampuan said: “That’s the powerful question ... It
is more on the uncertainty than the certainty.” Diampuan said that she is
keeping her fingers crossed that the bicameral committee of Congress will come
up with a good acceptable version for the people of Muslim Mindanao.”
is where we are crossing our fingers. As we cross our fingers, we pray that
something good emerges out of this conversion.
think the word there is trust. It is really, really trust,” she continued,
pointing out that people in Muslim Mindanao should be given the chance to
what she thinks is the worst possible scenario, Diampuan replied: “As we say,
peace is very elusive. But we will remain praying that peace may prevail in the
JAYA: A local leader of the Ahmadi Muslim community, who follow a branch of
Islam not recognised by mainstream Muslim scholars, hopes the new government in
Putrajaya will initiate reforms in the religious administration, starting with
an emphasis on the philosophical side of Islam rather than a literalist
Ahmad, a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat Malaysia, a group which
brings together followers of the Ahmadiyya sect which is officially considered
as outside the fold of Islam, said it was time to take Malaysia out of its
said one problem with Malaysia’s Islamic administration was the dominance of
Muslim scholars who are influenced by Wahhabi doctrine.
is harsh and forceful,” he told FMT on the sidelines of a forum yesterday.
is a derogatory name given to Salafi Islam, which attempts to promote an austere
version of Islam but with much resistance from traditional Islam.
authorities in Malaysia have declared Ahmadi Islam as a deviationist sect
because its followers believe Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, who died in 1908,
is the promised Messiah.
Muslims, on the other hand, believe the Messiah is Jesus the son of Mary, and
that he will come back to earth in his second coming towards the end of time.
said there was a need to check religious lectures which promote hatred and
cited the example of some preachers who prohibit Muslims from wishing
Christians “Merry Christmas”.
something wrong with such thinking, or telling Muslims that all non-believers
will go to hell.
have to fix this. The problem isn’t with those who administer the country, but
with religious enforcers who don’t understand Prophet Muhammad’s teachings.”
said another problem was when only one strand of Islamic thought is officially
only see the Shafi’i school of thought as being correct,” he said, referring to
the predominant Sunni branch of Islam in Malaysia.
said there must be an emphasis on Islamic philosophy, as well as encouraging
greater dialogue with non-Muslims and Muslims from different sects.
LUMPUR, June 4 — The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has sworn to defend Islam when he
took his throne, the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association said today regarding
the impasse in the appointment of the new Attorney General (AG).
group insisted that the Agong must consider the interest of Islam in the
country, suggesting that the new AG should be able to protect the religion.
the Fourth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, the Agong take the throne by
swearing to Allah’s name that among others he will protect Islam at all times.
This gives the Agong a constitutional obligation to protect Islam at all times.
the Agong should elect someone who can protect Islam at all times. Even the
appointment of the AG is at the pleasure of the Agong, therefore nobody can
force the Agong to give his assent,” its president Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar
said in a statement.
Fourth Schedule defines the Agong’s oath, and states that the Agong should at
all time, not only “protect the religion of Islam” but also “uphold the rules
of law and order in the country”.
group also defined Articles 40(1) and (1A) of the Constitution as the Agong not
being tied down by the prime minister’s advice except in some cases where the
Agong has full discretion.
the word ‘advice’ is not a resolution that ties down the Agong because its
nature is more of a guidance and not a ‘command’, that the Agong would review
using his prudence, wisdom and discretion.”
Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad reportedly said yesterday the government is
set on having senior lawyer Tommy Thomas be the next AG and will not nominate
has been a great deal of speculation and comment on the appointment of the next
Attorney General (AG) to replace the incumbent Mohamed Apandi Ali who has been
placed on garden leave by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.
is not necessary at this juncture to comment on the allegations made against
the incumbent AG even if justified because the office of the AG is held at the
pleasure of the King and as such the AG can be dismissed or removed by the King
on the advice of the prime minister. This is provided for in Article 145 (5) of
the Federal Constitution.
does not matter that the current AG is on a contract. He can still be dismissed
for cause or at the will of the government irrespective of the contract. The AG
cannot sue the government on the contract and claim for damages arising from
such a dismissal. This proposition was made amply clear by the Federal Court in
Hj Ariffin v Government of Pahang  1 MLJ 6. In effect, the apex court
held that there was no fetter on the power of the Ruler to dismiss at pleasure,
statute or contract any public officer in the service of the State.
appointment of the AG is a matter that is relatively straightforward provided
that all parties adhere to and respect the very clear provisions in the
Constitution and have an understanding of their role in the appointment
145 (1) of the Constitution provides for the appointment of the AG by the King
on the advice of the prime minister. The person to be appointed must be a
person qualified to be appointed as a judge of the Federal Court.
qualifications required for the appointment can be found in Article 123 namely:
(a) he is a citizen; and (b) for the ten years preceding his appointment he has
been an advocate of those courts or any of them or a member of the judicial and
legal service of the Federation or of the legal service of a State, or
sometimes one and sometimes another. Courts here means the Federal Court, the
Court of Appeal and the High Court in Malaya or the High Court in Sabah and
making the appointment the King must act on the advice of the prime minister.
This is mentioned in Article 145 (1) itself. Acting on the advice is explained
in Article 40 (1) and (1A) of the Constitution. It is very clear that the King
has no discretion in the matter. He must accept the advice of the prime
minister and act in accordance with such advice. Both the Federal Court and the
Court of Appeal in the context of appointments to the judiciary and the cabinet
have held that the actual appointing authority is the prime minister and that
the King could not but follow the decision made by the prime minister. Legally,
the prime minister can insist that the appointment be proceeded with even if
the King disagrees, withholds or delays giving his consent with or without
reasons. Refer to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim v Public Prosecutor  2 CLJ 570
and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim v Perdana Menteri Malaysia & Anor.  4
the Constitution the only matters in which the King retains a discretion in the
exercise of his prerogative powers is provided for in Article 40 (2) namely (i)
the appointment of the prime minister; (ii) the dissolution of Parliament; and
(iii) to convene meetings of the Conference of Rulers.
is also no requirement under Article 145 (1) of the Constitution for the King
to seek the advice of the Conference of Rulers or to consult with them on the
appointment of the AG. In any event, the Federal Court and the Court of Appeal
have correctly held that consult does not mean consent in the context of the
Conference of Rulers and the King is not bound by the advice of the other
Rulers on such matters as for example the appointment of the judges of the
must be noted that the King is only required to consult with the Conference of
Rulers when it comes to the appointment of the superior court judges under
Article 122B; the appointment of the Election Commission under Article 114 (1)
and the appointment of the Auditor-General under Article 105 (1) of the
Constitution. Some federal laws may provide for such consultation.
145 (1) of the Constitution does not require that the AG must be a Malay and
Muslim. In fact, constitutionally speaking, even the prime minister need not be
a Malay and Muslim, see Article 43 of the Constitution. If such a condition is
imposed by the appointing authority in relation to the AG then it would be
unconstitutional if not unlawful under Articles 8 (1) and 136 of the
fact, Article 136 expressly provides that there shall be no discrimination
based on race in the service of the Federation. The AG is a public officer
under the Constitution, see the Supreme Court in Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas v
Abdul Hamid Omar & Ors.  3 MLJ 149. Therefore, the appointment of the
AG cannot be clouded by considerations of race and religion.
the past non-Malay and non-Muslim AGs have been appointed even after 1957. For
example Thomas Vernor Alexander Brodie and Cecil M Sheridan. Both were British
Attorney-General’s Chambers is dominated by senior Malay/Muslim heads of
divisions and officers except for the Civil Law Division. The Solicitor-General
Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek is a Malay/Muslim. There is a Shariah Law Division
within the chambers that is headed by a Malay/Muslim. These senior officers can
advise the King on Syariah law matters if and when the Sovereign requires such
any event under the Constitution, the role of the King in Islamic matters is
only limited to the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan,
and the states of Melaka, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak. And, even then, the King
could be advised by the respective Mufti and religious councils.
the role of a constitutional monarch is not to govern but to ensure proper
governance. There must be mutual trust and confidence between the Sovereign and
his government. As Dicey, properly explained the Sovereign is the dignified
part of the constitution while the government is the efficient part.
Saudi media rumors that the Yemeni government has accepted the UN initiative to
take control of Hudaydah port is a lie and they have released such claims to
cover up their failures," Abdolsalam Jaber was quoted as saying by Yemen's
official news agency on Sunday.
such rumors is a clear sign for the disappointing situation that the enemy has
in the frontline of war," he added.
said on Thursday that the Saudi-backed militants in Yemen were reportedly
preparing to lay a siege to Hudaydah despite UN warnings against any attempt to
seize the key Red Sea port, which serves as the main conduit for humanitarian
aid flow into the war-torn country.
sources said Wednesday that forces loyal to Yemen’s former Saudi-backed
President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, were sending reinforcements ahead of a “new
operation” to enter Hudaydah city and seize its port, a vital lifeline where
millions of Yemenis get their food and medicine amid Saudi Arabia’s all-out
blockade of the country.
city is controlled by Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement, which has been both
running state affairs and defending the country in the face of the deadly
Saudi-led military campaign.
Sadiq Duwaid, from the Saudi-led forces, who will be taking part in the
operation, said it was “being bolstered by new forces... that will take part in
we will cut off supply lines, especially between [the capital] Sana’a and
Hudaydah, then we will place the Houthis under siege,” he added.
Ansarullah fighters and their allied forces have stepped up their
counter-attacks against the Saudi-backed militants.
Wednesday, they destroyed the military vehicles belonging to the Saudi
media also say people from other provinces are rushing to Hudaydeh to help the
locals and Ansarullah forces foil militant attempts to enter the city.
were reported between the militants and Ansarullah fighters East of the port
city, while the Saudi-led coalition carried out numerous airstrikes on
were reported on both sides of the conflict.
claims that Yemen’s Ansarullah movement uses the port for weapons delivery.
Secretary-General’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric on Tuesday voiced grave
concern over militant attempts to attack the strategic city, saying “increased
fighting would unleash even more internally displaced people”.
International also said intense fighting near the port of Hudaydah had displaced
tens of thousands of people, warning against the spread of clashes to urban
US-backed coalition once sought to overrun the port last year, but backed off
apparently amid international pressure, with the UN warning that the port’s
seizure would have a “catastrophic” impact.
Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, Ansarullah’s leader, has warned Saudi Arabia and its
allies against further escalation in the city.
decision of invading the Yemeni Western coast has been taken and adopted by the
United States of America,” he added, saying “those who bet on the support of
foreign forces will never reach satisfied results”.
Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to Mansour
Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at
least 16,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the
impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly
campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and
blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in
need and is seeing a spike in needs, fuelled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing
economy and diminished social services and livelihoods.
United Nations aid chief has also expressed concern over the decline of food
imports to Yemen amid restrictions put in place by the Saudi Arabia, warning
that a further 10 million Yemenis could face starvation by year-end.
am particularly concerned about the recent decline of commercial food imports
through the Red Sea ports," Mark Lowcock, the UN emergency relief
stated that commercial food and fuel imports remained "well short of
pre-blockade averages", warning that "if conditions do not improve, a
further 10 million people will fall into this category by the end of the
army liberate Hodeidah tourist resorts, seize Houthi ballistic missiles
joint forces liberated private resorts on the outskirts of Hodeidah on
Saturday, which are located only 10 kilometers away from the city’s airport.
video showed Yemeni armed forces infiltrate the resorts, which the Houthi
militia took up as military bases.
to a local Yemeni newspaper, a storage area filled with ballistic missiles was
seized inside one of the resorts, which the militia had left behind before
local eyewitnesses said that the Arab Coalition carried out several air raids
early on Sunday targeting Houthi gatherings at their headquarters in the fifth
military zone near the Hodeidah airport, and other locations.
eyewitnesses added that the Arab Coalition is continuing intensive air raid
operations over Hodeidah.
migrants, including six children, seeking to head to Europe in a speedboat
drowned on Sunday when the vessel sank off Turkey's Mediterranean coast, state
media reports said.
boat hit trouble off the Demre district of Turkey's Mediterranean Antalya
province, a popular holiday spot, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Five
were rescued while one person was still missing, it added.
unidentified adults, one woman and six children lost their lives, it said.
Dogan news agency said that they were seeking to head illegally to Europe but
their planned route was not immediately clear.
nearest EU territory is the small Greek island of Kastellorizo to the west
which lies off the Turkish resort of Kas.
nationalities of those on board have yet to be made clear.
a million people, many fleeing the war in Syria, crossed to European Union
member Greece from Turkey in 2015 after the onset of the bloc's worst migration
crisis since World War II.
struck a deal with the EU in 2016 in an effort to stem the flow of migrants
into Europe, and agreed to take back illegal migrants landing on Greek islands
in exchange for incentives including financial aid.
deal, chastised by rights groups, sharply curbed the number of migrants seeking
to cross the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas from Turkey to Greece.
observers say that the numbers seeking to cross this route have been ticking up
again in recent months.
to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 10,948 people crossed to
Greece this year up to May 30, sharply more than in the same period in 2017.
Thirty-five people lost their lives using this route so far this year,
according to the IOM.
President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s hands were
always helpful toward Yemen, which carries relief, development and generous
support, while the Persian project “carries nothing but destruction, ruins and
said during a meeting with his advisors in the presence of his Deputy VP Ali Mohsen
and Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher that a number of understandings and points
resulted after meetings with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin
president also spoke on the outcome of his meeting with UN envoy to Yemen,
Martin Griffiths, stressing the position of the government in support of peace.
clashes between the Yemeni Army and the Houthi militias took place on Sanaa’s
Eastern Nahm Front.
clashes lead to the loss of many lives in addition to Houthi military
equipment. The militias soon realized that it was to their fate to lose the
battle, causing 10 members in the area of Baidaa to surrender themselves to the
Yemeni army, according to the Al Anbaa Yemeni press agency.
sources also stated that the clashes were most concentrated in the area of
Al-Houl. And in Al- Jouf, the army liberated strategic positions in Bart
Al-Anan by regaining control of a number of mountain ranges which the militias
had been based.
least nine civilians have been killed when Saudi military aircraft carried out
an airstrike against a residential area in Yemen’s northwestern province of
Sa’ada as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious bombardment
campaign against its southern neighbor.
fighter jets conducted an aerial assault against a house in the Baqim district
of the province on Saturday afternoon, leaving nine people dead and several
others injured, an unnamed local source told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah
source added that there were women and children among the fallen victims.
in the al-Tuhayat district of Yemen's western coastal province of Hudaydah,
Saudi warplanes launched at least 15 airstrikes. There were no immediate
reports of casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.
unidentified number of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to Yemen's resigned
president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, also lost their lives and sustained injuries
when an improvised explosive device went off in the Nihm district of Sana'a
on Saturday, Yemeni army soldiers, backed by allied fighters from the Popular
Committees, fatally shot a Saudi trooper at al-Sadis military base in Saudi
Arabia’s southern border region of Najran.
Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the
Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.
United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living
conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and
lives have continued unraveling. Conflict has escalated since November driving
an estimated 100,000 people from their homes,” John Ging, UN director of aid
operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.
has warned that "any third party" call on the US and Israel to go to
war with Iran is "dangerous," stressing that Doha would never be part
of such a confrontation.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah told
an international security conference in Singapore on Sunday that his country
has "a lot of differences" with Iran, but it does not mean "we
go and fuel a war."
it wise to call the United States and to call Israel to go and fight Iran? ...
Whether any third party is trying to push the region or some country in the
region to start a war in Iran, this will be very dangerous," he said,
apparently referring to Saudi Arabia.
also urged dialogue with Iran to resolve issues, saying, "Iran is next
door. We should call Iran, put all the files on the table and start to discuss
to bring peace rather than war."
about the possibility of Qatar's air bases being used in possible airstrikes on
Iran, he noted that Doha was not a "fan of war" and rather supported
is home to a US military base with 11,000 American troops.
in his remarks, the Qatari defense minister called for the 2015 Iran nuclear
agreement to be preserved after the US withdrawal from the deal.
should keep holding on to this (accord) and advance with this. In my own
judgment, I think the United States is wiser than to enter in a war with
Iran," he said.
June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the UAE imposed a land, naval and air
blockade on import-dependent Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, and
having cozy relations with Iran.
Saudi-led bloc presented Qatar with a list of demands, among them downgrading
ties with Iran, and gave it an ultimatum to comply with them or face
however, refused to meet the demands and stressed that it would not abandon its
independent foreign policy.
of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi has
revealed that Israeli warplanes have been detected flying over the key port
city of Hudaydah.
said Israeli jets have been seen in Hudaydah's skies over the past few days
amid a push by Saudi mercenaries to seize the city, Arabic-language al-Masirah
television network reported.
is actually fighting against a Saudi-Zionist coalition," he said,
referring to a military campaign which Riyadh has been carrying out against
Yemen since 2015.
Western countries, the US and the UK in particular, are widely known to be
helping Saudi Arabia in the aggression, but this is the first time claims of
Israeli complicity have been made.
to close ties between Israel and terrorist groups in Syria, Houthi noted that
the Takfiri elements in Yemen are also the "mercenaries and servants"
of Tel Aviv and Washington.
and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, but latest reports say the two
regimes are working behind the scenes to establish formal contact.
senior Israeli nuclear expert revealed recently that Tel Aviv was selling Saudi
Arabia information that would allow the kingdom to develop nuclear weapons.
Dor-On, a senior nuclear commentator with the Israeli military organization
iHLS, said the cooperation has been made possible in the wake of widening ties
between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister
home to about 400,000 people, is a lifeline for aid to war-torn Yemen. Riyadh
claims the Houthis are using the key port for weapons delivery, an allegation
rejected by the fighters.
city, which lies on Yemen's western Red Sea coast, has witnessed renewed
tensions over the past few days. Saudi-backed forces have closed in on
Hudaydah, sparking fears of an all-out assault.
UN and humanitarian organizations have warned that a potential Saudi attack on
Hudaydah could result in a disaster.
Egeland, a former UN aid chief who now heads the Norwegian Refugee Council,
told Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster on Saturday that a Saudi attack would
make the situation "much worse."
must avoid war at all costs in Hudaydah, not only because of the hundreds of
thousands of people who would get in the crossfire but also because the port
and the lifeline will be destroyed," he said.
further demanded "a ceasefire and peace talks" to resolve the crisis
we asked for is that the United States, the United Kingdom and France who have
influence over the Saudi-led coalition - they sell arms, they have close
military relations, close diplomatic and intelligence cooperation - guarantee
that attacks stop," he added.
this week, the UN voiced grave concerns about the situation around Hudaydah.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also warned that fighting in
Hudaydah would make "an already catastrophic situation even worse."
ICRC is line with international humanitarian law urges all the parties to the
conflict to respect civilian lives by taking every possible measure to protect
civilians," the Geneva-based humanitarian institution said in a statement.
conduct retaliatory attacks
on Saturday, al-Masirah reported that Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from
allied Popular Committees had destroyed seven Saudi armored vehicles in the
kingdom's southern regions of Asir and Najran.
Yemeni attacks came in retaliation for the Saudi-led military campaign on the
forces further managed to prevent the advance of Saudi and Sudanese mercenaries
in Asir and killed dozens of them, the report said.
Arabia and its allies launched a war on Yemen in March 2015 in support of
Yemen’s former Riyadh-friendly government and against the Houthis.
military campaign has killed and injured over 600,000 civilians, according to
the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights.
least 48 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisian coast
least 48 migrants were killed when their boat sank off Tunisia’s coast and 67
others were rescued by the coast guard, officials said on Sunday, one of the
worst migrant boat accidents in recent years.
boat went down near the southern island of Kerkenna, a tourist spot, in the
night to Sunday, the defense ministry said in a statement. The victims were
Tunisians and other nationalities, it said, without giving details.
rescue operation was suspended late on Sunday but will resume on Monday
morning, officials said.
traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading to
Europe as Libya’s coast guard, aided by armed groups, has tightened controls.
officials said the boat was packed with about 180 migrants, including 80 from
other African countries.
survivor said the captain had abandoned the boat after it started sinking to
escape arrest by the coast guard.
survived by clinging to wood for nine hours,” he said at a hospital in the
southern city of Sfax where dozens of people gathered to look for survivors and
identify dead relatives.
Tunisians and other Africans often try to depart in makeshift boats from
Tunisia to Sicily in Italy.
TRIPOLI:- A woman was killed and five other civilians
were wounded in an attack on a police station in eastern Libya that was claimed
on Sunday by the Islamic State group. The attack occurred at dawn on Saturday
while security forces were erecting a roadblock in Al-Qanan, 18 kilometres (11
miles) south of Ajdabiya, said the LANA news agency loyal to Libya's eastern
administration. In a statement posted online, IS said its "caliphate
soldiers" attacked the Al-Qanan police station and "violent clashes
ended in the destruction of station elements". –AFP
Nigerian military has told soldiers, in the fight against Boko Haram,
complaining of fatigue to forget rest for now.
of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. John Agim, stated this in an interview
said: “They (soldiers) want to rest, where would you get soldiers to take over
from them now?
have soldiers that are involved in operations, all over the country. As they
are finishing from this operation they are landing in another one. It is
therefore, not as if they are keeping some soldiers somewhere.”
military is involved in internal security operations in about 34 of the 36
states of the federation.
was gathered that soldiers in battle fields are supposed to be relieved, at
least, every year or at most two years to prevent them from becoming fatigued
and battle weary.
currently, many of the soldiers are said to have served on the battle field for
three years or more.
and soldiers complained to Thisday the lack of care and inability of the top
military command to ease their burden of fighting Boko Haram.
of the soldiers said, “We came to the theatre on the 17 October 2015 but they
have never rotated since then, especially those of my colleagues in the 156
Task Force Battalion in Allagarno under the 29 Task Force Brigade.”
I can tell you is that the Army has not been fair and ready to treat our
soldiers who are wounded in battle. In some of the worst case scenario, we are
the ones treating ourselves with our money”.
a soldier, who sustained gunshot wound sustained in the battle against Boko
Haram, recalled that it took many days until he was transferred to the Tactical
Headquarters at Benishiek, Borno State.
till now I cannot stand well. At a point I had to spend money over my health
because Army denied me adequate treatment. All they did was to just drop me at
the 7 Division Hospital without proper treatment”, he said.
soldier lamented: “They have kept changing other units but those of us from the
Infantry under 3 Division have never been changed. The information I am getting
is that they will not rotate us until we will complete three years. Can you
an officer wondered why fighting troops would be kept in the battlefield for
over two years, with the dangers of fatigue and trauma.
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