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'Sindh' from national anthem, we'll sing it: Lucknow madrassa
Clerics, teachers and students of world renowned Islamic seminary Darul Uloom
Nadwatul Ulema celebrated the Independence Day with enthusiasm. After hoisting
of the national flag at the top of the old building of Nadwa, teachers and students
sang 'Saare Jahan se Accha Hindostan Hamara' followed by special prayers for
the safety and prosperity of the country.
has been a tradition since 1947 to offer special prayers for the country after
hoisting flag on the Independence day. It was followed this year as well,"
said Nadwa Maulana Khalid Ghazipuri Nadwi, a cleric. When asked why national
anthem was not sung, he said that 'Jan Gan Man..." has the word 'Sindh'
which is now in Pakistan. We cannot pray for Pakistan. If government removes the
word, we will sing it proudly," he added.
is not affiliated with the UP Madrassa Board which directed all madrassas to
celebrate Independence Day and videograph it as an evidence. "Though we
have not received any directions from the Board, we read in newspaper that
government wants madrassas to keep evidence, hence we conducting photography
and video recording of the events," said Maulana Dr Saeedur Rehman Azmi,
principal of of the institution.
celebrate Independence every year but it is the first time that media has come
to record the event, said Mohammad Saqib a student pursuing Aalim course.
"We have a group song team which practiced for months to sing Sare Jahan
Se Achcha," said Mohammad Intekhab a student.
the other hand, students and teachers of Maulana Azad Memorial Madrassa in
Balaganj, affiliated to UP Madrassa Board, also celebrated Independence day
with flag hoisting and national anthem. Principal Qari Sabir Husain said the
madrassa has been doing this for years. Had media paid attention earlier, the
myth that madrassas don't celebrate national days would have been busted long
Nadwa, the three-hour program started at 8.30 am with hoisting of flag by the
principal. Sweets were distributed as everyone greeted each other "Azaadi
ka din mubaraq ho". Some students were also seen recording events in their
mobile phone cameras.
their address, clerics spoke on the history of independence struggle and
contribution of Muslim freedom fighters in the movement. It was followed
rendering of patriotic poetry in Urdu by Maulana Raeesus Shakri.
told students that Nawab Sirajuddaula and Tipu Sultan were among first freedom
fighters. Prominent freedom fighters associated with Nadwa include Maulana
Shibli Nomani, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulana Allama Iqbal and Maulana Hasrat
president calls to safeguard pluralism from extremist threat
president said on Wednesday that the world's most populous Muslim-majority
country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a
constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity.
an address to parliament ahead of Thursday's independence day, President Joko
Widodo peppered his speech with references to the need to address inequality in
Southeast Asia's biggest economy and tackle the threat of radicalism.
police on Tuesday arrested five suspected Islamist militants and seized
chemicals near the capital, Jakarta, that they said were being used to make
bombs for attacks on the presidential palace at the end of August.
tension in Indonesia has soared since late last year after Islamist-led rallies
saw Jakarta's then governor, a member of a so-called double minority who is
ethnic Chinese and Christian, put on trial during city elections over claims he
insulted the Koran.
want to work together not only in creating an equitable economy, but also in
ideological, political, social and cultural development," said Widodo.
the field of ideology, we have to strengthen our national consensus in
safeguarding Pancasila, the 1945 Constitution, the unity of the Republic of
Indonesia and "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" (unity in diversity)," he
is Indonesia's state ideology, which includes belief in god, the unity of the
country, social justice and democracy, and which enshrines religious diversity
in an officially secular system.
there are worries about growing intolerance undermining a tradition of moderate
Islam in a country where Muslims form about 85 percent of the population,
alongside substantial Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and other minorities.
April, the then Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ally of Widodo,
lost the bitterly fought city election to a Muslim rival and was later jailed
for blasphemy, a sentence rights groups and international bodies condemned as
unfair and politicised.
the challenges we face now and will face in the future are not easy. We are
still confronted with poverty and injustice; we are still facing global
economic uncertainty, and we are also facing movements of extremism, radicalism
and terrorism," said Widodo.
president said the government needed to ensure that all state agencies
"gain the highest trust of the people" and noted he had set up a
presidential taskforce to oversee the teaching of the state ideology Pancasila,
particularly to the young.
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an agency feed.)
Ansari, US report claims Muslims in India feel vulnerable
: There was an increase in violent incidents by cow protection groups mostly
against Muslims in India in the year 2016, an official US report on
international religious freedom said on Tuesday, noting that authorities often
“failed” to prosecute cow vigilantes.
report, the first under the Trump administration, released by Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson, said members of the civil society expressed concerns that
under the BJP government religious minority communities felt vulnerable due to
Hindu nationalist groups engaging in violence against non-Hindu individuals and
places of worship.
were reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots,
discrimination, vandalism, and actions restricting the right of individuals to
practice their religious beliefs and proselytize,” the US State Department said
in its annual report, which does a country-wise review of the religious freedom
in the year 2016.
report said that there was an increase in violent incidents by cow protection
groups against mostly Muslims, including killings, mob violence, assaults, and
out some of the anti-minorities incidents by cow protection groups, the report
said that the authorities often “failed” to prosecute the offenders.
its report, the State Department notes that the Supreme Court was considering a
case challenging the constitutionality of the Islamic practice of triple talaq,
the federal government filed a brief in support of the challenge.
militant commander says al-Shabab not serving Islam
one-time deputy leader and a senior commander of Somalia’s al Shabab has called
on for others to quit the Takfiri terrorist outfit following his defection to
the government side in Mogadishu.
Mukhtar Robow, also known as Abu Mansur, who was also al-Shabab's spokesman,
told reporters at a heavily guarded hotel in Mogadishu on Tuesday the militant
group did not represent the interests of those it claimed to.
left al Shabab because of misunderstanding, and I disagreed with their creed
which does not serve Islamic religion, people and the country," Sheikh Robow
said, adding, "I urge the militants to leave al-Shabab."
Somali government earlier announced that Sheikh Robow had finally defected to
the country’s military.
Nur Mohamed, a Somali military officer, confirmed on Sunday that Sheikh Robow
had defected to the government forces.
Robow and his loyalists had been laying low in jungles of Bay and Bakool since
the commander broke ties with Shabab four years ago.
was target of several attacks by Shabab militants who tried to kill or capture
government said in June that it had dispatched soldiers to protect the militant
commander and that negotiations were underway to convince him to defect.
was not immediately clear whether Sheikh Robow’s decision to defect was related
to a move by the United States government two months ago to take off the
notorious militant commander from a list of wanted terrorists. Washington
removed a USD five-million reward for his capture and exonerated him from
charges of sponsoring terrorism after five years.
Somali government, which still grapples with Shabab-led militancy in some areas
six years after the group was purged from the capital, hopes that recruiting
Sheikh Robow could give the military more operational freedom in Bay and Bakool
which could effectively slice Shabab's operational territory in two.
however, have criticized the defection, saying Sheikh Robow should stand trial
for the atrocities he has committed during years of insurgency.
al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-aligned militant group, was forced out of the capital by
African Union troops in 2011 but still controls parts of the countryside and
carries out attacks against government, military and civilian targets seemingly
at will in Mogadishu and regional towns.
Takfiri militant group is just one of the challenges facing the new Somali
government, which is still struggling to expand its authority beyond the
capital and other selected areas.
freedom under attack in Pakistan: US
freedom is under attack in Pakistan where minorities like Sikhs, Christians and
Hindus remained concerned over government's "inadequate" action to
address forced conversions to Islam.
of religious minority communities said that there continued to be inconsistent
application of laws safeguarding minority rights and enforcement of protections
of religious minorities at both the federal and provincial levels by the
federal Ministry of Law, Justice, and Human Rights and its provincial
counterparts, said the report released by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
minorities said they remained concerned that government action to address
coerced conversions of religious minorities to Islam was inadequate," the
report, first under the Trump administration, said.
freedom is under attack in Pakistan, where more than two dozen are on death row
or serving a life imprisonment for blasphemy," Tillerson said in his
speech as he released the 2016 International Religious Freedom report.
minority community leaders continued to say that the government failed to take
adequate action to protect minorities from bonded labour in the brick-making
and agricultural sectors, an illegal practice in which victims were
disproportionately Christians and Hindus, it said.
to Hindu and Sikh leaders, the legal uncertainty surrounding the process of
registering marriages for their communities continued to create difficulties
for Hindu and Sikh women in obtaining their inheritances, accessing health
services, voting, obtaining a passport, and buying or selling property, the
is my hope that the new prime minister (Shahid Khaqan Abbasi) and his
government will promote interfaith harmony and protect the rights of religious
minorities," Tillerson said after releasing the Congressional mandated
government marginalises Ahmadiyya Muslims and refuses to recognise them as
Muslims, the report said.
2016, violence and abuses committed by armed sectarian groups connected to
organisations banned by the government, including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ),
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, as well as abuses
by individuals and groups designated as terrorist organisations by the US and
other governments, such as ISIL-K, continued, the report said.
minority activists, however, said that they believed the Sindh Assembly's new
law criminalising forced conversions, which passed in November but was under
review by the Sindh Assembly at year's end, would be a step to restrict the
practice and better protect minors belonging to religious minorities, it added.
Programmes in Madrasas: ‘We have to ensure that we will not let riots take
students recited the national anthem as the Tricolour unfurled above them. No
government official was present to oversee the celebrations at Darul-Uloom
Sadia in Ghaziabad’s Muradnagar, but at least three mobile phones were
recording the hour-long event. Two years ago, the madrasa was in the news for
allegedly opting to sing Muhammad Iqbal’s ‘Sare jahan se achha’ instead of the
national anthem on Independence Day — a charge rubbished by its management on
a thing never happened. We have always celebrated Independence Day hoisting the
national flag and singing the national anthem,” said Khalil Ahmad, manager of
the madrasa. Before this Independence Day, the state government issued a
circular to madrasas affiliated to Uttar Pradesh Madarsa Shiksha Parishad
regarding flag hoisting and recitation of the national anthem at 8 am.
madrasas were asked to pay tribute to martyrs, with students singing songs on
nationalism and being told the history of the freedom struggle. Each madrasa
was asked to record the events. The management of Darul-Uloom Sadia, however,
said they did not receive the circular or any other directive.
the gathering of at least 100 students, Mehtab Alam, who is part of the
management, said, “Many gave their lives for the country’s independence, we did
not receive it as a gift. We have to conduct ourselves with caution and we
should not get affected by communal forces… Now we have to ensure that we will
not let riots take place in this country.”
Tuesday, as many as 75 madrassas and masjids hoisted the national flag and sang
the national anthem to celebrate the 70th Independence Day of India.
clerics and Ulemas (scholars) unfurled the tricolour at various places in the
city and followed it up with sermons and call for peace.
Bazaar hosted the biggest flag-hoisting ceremony. More than 150 people sang the
national anthem in unison. Anand Raj Ambedkar, grandson of Babasaheb Ambedkar,
was the chief guest.
was not our first Independence Day celebration and the numbers were also
comparatively larger than last year. Some madrassas and masjids celebrated the
day for the first time,” said Maulana Syed Moinuddin Ashraf, also known as Moin
Miya, from Sunni Jama Masjid and founder of the Maharashtra Muslim Front.
wanted to send out a message that Muslims care for the country too. We played
as much part in the country’s Independence as anyone else. Our patriotic
feelings are unparalleled,” Maulana added.
madrassas organised events after the Tricolour was hoisted.
Chishti Hindustani Masjid in Byculla has been celebrating the day for more than
was a special taqreer (sermon) and the chief guests called for peace in the
country. Our masjid has been hoisting the national flag ever since the country
achieved independence. But there seems to be a sudden bout of patriotism among
the community,” said Mohammed Irfan Aleemi, president of Aleemi Movement of
India and member of All India Imam Tanzeem.
meeting of Ulemas was held last week to discuss preparations for Independence
Day celebrations. Religious leaders had urged the Ulemas to spread the message
of patriotism among young Muslims.
half past seven, most of the 350 students had assembled at the 115-year-old
Jamia Islamia madarsa in the town of Mau Aima, chatting while teachers taped
Tricolour balloons on either side of classroom doors and stuck paper flags on
in place, the Tricolour secure atop a pole with rose petals sprinkled at the
base, artificial flowers placed on tables for the guests of honour, the
children, aged between three and sixteen, began falling into queues.
were dressed in their best, with a Tricolour badge on the chest, while
students, wearing their blue-grey uniforms, added a touch of the Tricolour by
sporting paper caps and satin ribbons. “Adil, why have you come in coloured
clothes? Go back and change,” Saifullah, an assistant teacher rebuked a little
boy who had sheepishly walked in wearing an orange shirt and jeans. Another boy
was pulled up for rolling up his shirt sleeves.
shy, giggling participants took their place before the flag post and teachers
handed the last few scuffling children their flags, a young Zainab Manzoor, a
post graduate in Arabic from Allahabad University who teaches the language at
the madarsa, walked in, flashing a gold Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Some other
teachers, including principal Mohammad Akmal, also began readying their phones
a good phone. I have borrowed it from my family to record the programme,” said
Manzoor, bestowed with the chief responsibility of ensuring that the
celebrations were photographed and videographed as per the UP government notice
to all madarsas.
at the madarsa said they have not been asked to formally submit photos and
videos to the government but they are keeping the clips as a measure of
precaution because of the August 3 notice.
of honour Nadeem Intakhab said the madarsa had been one of the few
pre-Independence era madarsas. President of the Jamia Islamia society which
runs the co-ed Arabic-Persian medium madarsa, Intakhab said his ancestors had
donated a plot to the madarsa in 1902. The madarsa which teaches children up to
class 12 in the town of Mau Aima, roughly 40 km from Allahabad, is affiliated
to the Uttar Pradesh Madarsa Education Board.
all the guests were in and the chatter died down, teachers took their positions
on either side of the gathering and a group of senior girls huddled at the
microphone to lead the programme. The Tricolour was hoisted at 8 am to the
national anthem. The girls, all sporting Tricolour plastic cowboy hats over
their pin-up hijabs, led with Iqbal’s ‘Saare Jahan se Achha’, the 350
strong-student body singing along.
and her colleagues also sang, slightly distracted with having to hold up
smartphones to record the event. “We have been celebrating Independence Day and
Republic Day for years. This is a school. What else will we hold programmes on
if not for this?”
later said, looking around at the 8-room school with its unfinished second
previous years we would begin at around 9 am,” Saifullah said. The Allahabad
district minority officer, Prakash Tiwari, in charge for nearly 15 years, said
all the 300 registered madarsas in the district have been celebrating
Independence Day ever since.
madarsas always hold celebrations on August 15 and January 26. And no punitive
action will be taken against those not celebrating it. The notice to videograph
the event was for the purpose of maintaining archives, so that children can
revisit them and enjoy them through the year. But we have been getting photos
and videos on WhatsApp from madarsas across the district, though we have not
formally asked for them,” Tiwari said.
all the children, mostly sent in by poor parents who work in the powerlooms and
cracker factories of Mau Aima, seated themselves on the rug-mats around an old
banyan tree, an hour-long programme followed.
baat hai ki hasti mit-ti nahi hamari/Sadiyon raha hai dushman daur-e-zaman
hamara,” Meeraj Asif, one of the guests, recited Iqbal.
we say Indians were slaves under the British, it does not necessarily mean they
all were in jail. Indians were slaves before Independence because they were
under the watch of the British. When they were free from British rule and came
unto themselves, they were then truly free. That is the meaning of freedom,” he
teachers narrated events from the freedom struggle, Adil, a young student, was
called on to recite a poem and Maryam a Na’at (religious poem). Intakhab then
came up to the microphone and told the children that the true meaning of Azadi
is the relentless pursuit of knowledge and education.
have come so far since Independence, but we have lagged behind in the sphere of
education and employment. Instead of the pen and the schoolbag, there are
weapons in the hands of the youth. That is why we have to pull up our socks and
study hard,” another speaker said.
Pakistan on Wednesday resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts and
civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch
district, prompting the Indian Army to give a befitting response.
army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics
and mortars from 0534 hours today in Poonch sector along the Line of Control
(LoC)," a defence spokesman said.
Army retaliating strongly and effectively", he added.
had been reports of firing and shelling in Mankote sub-sector of Poonch too.
may be recalled that Pakistan violated ceasefire 4 times on August 13 by
resorting to firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Nowshera, Mankote and north
Kashmir, resulting in injuries to three Jawans.
July 12, Pakistan troops had heavily fired on forward posts and civilian areas
in Krishnagati and Poonch sectors in which a junior commissioned officer (JCO)
and a woman were killed.
army's shells exploded near a house killing 40-year-old Raqia Bi of Gohlad
Kalran on August 12. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was also killed in
Pakistan firing in Krishnagati sector on August 12.
August 8, Pakistan troops resorted to firing and shelling in Krishnagati sector
of Poonch district, in which Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra was grievously injured and
later succumbed to his injuries.
August 7, an Army jawan was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani
troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector of Baramulla district.
August 6, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts
along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baba Khori area of Rajouri district of Jammu
to that, on July 30, Pakistani forces had resorted to firing from light weapons
and medium machine guns in the Baba Khori belt of Naushera sector.
has also seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistan.
August 1, there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan army while in
2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, the figures
said adding that last year, eight Army personnel were killed in the ceasefire
people including nine soldiers, were killed and 18 injured in ceasefire
violations by Pakistan army in the month of July.
were 83 ceasefire violations, one BAT attack and two infiltration bids from the
Pakistani side in June in which 4 people, including 3 jawans, were killed and
DELHI: The National Investigation Agency teams are carrying out raids at 12
places in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla, Handwara and Srinagar in connection
with its terror funding and civil unrest probe involving Hurriyat leaders.
say that fresh raids have been carried out on those people who have financial
links with the pro-Pakistani Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
names of these persons have been disclosed by seven separatists, who were
arrested by the agency last month for allegedly organising the funds and civil
unrest in the valley.
has already arrested Altaf Ahmad Shah "Funtoosh", Naeem Khan, Akbar
Khandey, Raja Mehrajuddin, Farooq Dar, Shahid Ul Islam and Peer Saifullah
during its probe while Syed Ali Shah Geelani's sons - Naeem and Naseem Geelani
were last week questioned.
by cow vigilantes increased in India in 2016: US report
was an increase in violent incidents by cow protection groups mostly against
Muslims in India in the year 2016, an official US report on international
religious freedom said today, noting that authorities often “failed” to
prosecute cow vigilantes. The report, the first under the Trump Administration,
released by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said members of the civil society
expressed concerns that under the BJP government religious minority communities
felt vulnerable due to Hindu nationalist groups engaging in violence against
non-Hindu individuals and places of worship.
were reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots,
discrimination, vandalism, and actions restricting the right of individuals to
practice their religious beliefs and proselytize,” the State Department said in
its annual report, which does a country wise review of the religious freedom in
the year 2016.
said that there was an increase in violent incidents by cow protection groups
against mostly Muslims, including killings, mob violence, assaults, and
intimidation. “Hindus threatened and assaulted Muslims and Christians and
destroyed their property,” said the Congressional-mandated 2016 Annual Report
on International Religious Freedom.
out some of the anti-minorities incidents by cow protection groups, the report
said that the authorities often “failed” to prosecute violence by cow
protection groups against persons, mostly Muslims, suspected of slaughtering or
illegally transporting cows or trading in or consuming beef.
his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi today said violence in the name of faith is “not acceptable” and
described casteism and communalism as “poison” for the country. His comments
assume significance in the backdrop of incidents of lynchings by cow
the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), the US report said there were over
300 incidents of abuse targeting Christians during the year, compared with 177
in 2015. In its report, the State Department notes that the Supreme Court was
considering a case challenging the constitutionality of the Islamic practice of
instantaneous “triple talaq” divorce; the federal government filed a brief in
support of the challenge.
his speech at Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh on October 24, Prime Minister Modi stated
there should be no discrimination against women on the basis of religion and
the government had the responsibility to protect Muslim women’s constitutional
rights,” it said.
Centre’s decision to deport an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims to their
native country Myanmar has triggered panic among 4,000-odd members of the
ethnic group taking refuge in the old city of Hyderabad for the past six years.
Hameed-ul-Haq (50), a cleric at one of the Rohingya settlements in Balapur,
says, “It will be better if we are killed in India than in our own country. We
will anyway be killed if we are forcibly sent back.”
had fled Myanmar after 2011 violence in which thousands of Muslims were
allegedly massacred by the Myanmar military and radical Buddhist monks. He
reached Hyderabad through Bangladesh along with hundreds of other Rohingyas.
Indian government was kind enough to acknowledge us as refugees. The Telangnaa
government has been looking after us really well and we feel safe and secure
here. Now, suddenly the news about we being sent back has caused a lot of panic
among us,” said Moulana .
Mohammad (70), who arrived in India three years ago after deserting his
agricultural land at Rakhine state in Myanmar, works as a teacher in Hafiz Baba
Nagar. “The military personnel attacked my house and destroyed all my property.
I came to Hyderabad along with my wife and two sons. We are thankful to the
Narendra Modi government for allowing us to stay here as refugees. I am nearing
death and I want my family to survive,” said Sultan.
the government estimates say there are 40,000 Rohigya Muslims in India, Mazher
Hussain, director of Confederation of Voluntary Associations, an NGO which has
partnered with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), says the
number is not more than 16,000. “They are not illegal migrants as claimed by
the government, but are refugees as per the UN convention. In Hyderabad, all of
them have been given identity cards by the UNHCR,” said Hussain.
Rohingya Muslims have been living in subhuman conditions in the slums of
Balapur, Hafeezbabanagar, Pahadishareef, Mir MominPahadi and Kishanbagh. Each
family pays around ~600 as rent per month.
80% of the Rohigya Muslims living in these settlements are rag pickers or daily
wage workers,” Mohammad Moosa Azmi, a registration officer working with UNHCR.
JAYA: Zaid Ibrahim has raised the bar in his criticism of some Muslim political
leaders, religious leaders and Islamic scholars, calling for the people to be
more independent from the control of such people.
a blog posting entitled Merdeka 2017, the former minister said to mark the
country’s Independence Day, all Muslims should also stop being led by the nose
by these so-called Muslim leaders who offer nothing except promises and free
country has now been independent for 60 years and it is high time that we
follow suit. We too must be independent. We must think for ourselves,” he said.
also urged Muslims to question what these leaders and scholars are saying.
these leaders and scholars say they are doing something in the name of Islam,
we must ask them probing questions to assess how true their words are.
they say they are an Islamic political party we must ask if their leaders keep
stolen property. If they accept Umno now after dismissing the party as haram
for decades we must ask them, what changed their mind?
this month of August, let us all ask a lot of questions so these hypocrites do
not take advantage of our vote yet again,” he said.
also claimed that all these people of authority were either in denial or lacked
interest on the issues facing Muslims in the country.
here have a number of peculiar social problems, including incest, child
marriage, premarital sex and children born out of wedlock, to name just a few.
these leaders and scholars have in common is a complete lack of interest in
discovering the cause of these problems, or resolving the difficulties of the
people who are affected by them,” Zaid said.
who joined DAP earlier this year, chastised these Muslim leaders and
politicians for their attitude.
laws and declaring fatwas is easy to do, but identifying the roots of social
issues and giving real help to those affected by them is hard.
takes patience, compassion and yes, intelligence, qualities that we are
hard-pressed to find among these leaders and scholars.
added that these Muslim political leaders and so-called Islamic scholars
instead only seem to argue among themselves over the appropriate hukum or
punishment that must be meted out.
particular aim at the Malaysian Islamic development department (Jakim), Zaid
claimed that a lot of the large budget allocated by the government is spent on
forums and roundtable discussions.
they only hold these meetings to determine what sort of punishment they should
dole out to ‘dastardly sinners’.
when it comes to providing help for those who suffer? Never. Why is that?” he
these leaders and scholars “Talibans driving expensive cars”, Zaid went on to
detail some of the problems that they refuse to acknowledge.
don’t want to admit to the world that Muslims are having serious drugs
don’t want to admit that many Muslims are promiscuous.
don’t want to tell Muslims about universal morality that mankind has to live
by, but only their limited understanding of Islam,” he said, adding that these
people also talk as if Malays are so morally pure and do not commit any sin.
on the recent issue on the naming of babies born out of wedlock, Zaid said the
possibility of a child being given the generic “bin Abdullah” could result in
someone inadvertently marrying someone who is actually related to them.
they decided on the bin Abdullah issue, they showed no interest in considering
the effects of such a rule.
would be responsible for the unwitting incest? Do these people weigh the pros
and cons of their fatwa?”
also took a swipe at PKR saying that “some ambitious Malay opposition leaders
are courting PAS, because they want to remain in power”.
are willing to go to bed with the people who have caused confusion and division
among the Malays in the last 35 years,” he said, adding that he is throwing his
support behind PAS-splinter Amanah.
those opportunists do what they want, but Amanah must give hope to the millions
of Muslims that Islam can be relevant and provide caring leadership to the
LUMPUR, Aug 16 ― Following public furore over a private atheist event, the
police have warned non-believers today against causing any “unease” among
Malaysians, especially the majority Muslims.
quoted Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar as cautioning
atheists to be mindful of the law.
wish to advise atheists to not cause unease among Malaysians, particularly
Muslims who are against those who are irreligious,” he reportedly told the
media in Bukit Aman.
activities must not cause unease. I am warning them. Don't think you can do
whatever you want. Be mindful of the law.”
however did not comment when asked whether the police have received reports
from atheists over alleged violent and death threats from Muslims.
they receive threats, which is a violation of the law, we will investigate and
take action,” he was quoted saying.
photo of the gathering by the Kuala Lumpur chapter, or “consulate”, of the
Atheist Republic has caused uproar from some in the Muslim community recently
after it was highlighted by pro-Islamist blogs, leading to violent and death
threats on social media.
Indonesia - Each staccato rat-a-tat-tat of the laser firing an intense beam at
the elaborate red, green and black dragon on Taufiq Hidayat's arm is, he prays,
bringing him closer to God.
shirtless, slender 30-year-old says he got his back, an arm and a leg tattooed
to "look cool" back in the day when "I was a gang member, a thug
at the market."
days, Hidayat has a newfound zeal for Islam that includes the conviction that
Muslims should not alter the body that God gave them. He became so desperate to
remove the tattoos that he once applied caustic soda, scarring his arm.
removal, which takes repeated treatment and may not be completely successful
but is safer than other methods, was out of the question because it costs
thousands of dollars for tattoos as extensive as Hidayat's.
his self-mutilation, Hidayat has chanced upon a clinic west of the capital,
Jakarta, that is offering laser removal for free, on one condition: While being
zapped, patients must read and learn by heart Surah Ar-Rahman, the 55th chapter
of the Qur'an about God's gifts to man.
a clinic worker aimed the white laser wand at Hidayat's skin, blasting the
colour pigments with its penetrating light, he stared intently at his
smartphone, reciting some of the 78 Ar-Rahman verses.
I have a wife and a daughter. Sometimes she buys snacks that come with tattoo
stickers that she applies to her skin. I said, 'Don't do it. It's not good for
you.' And she replies, 'But you have a lot of tattoos. I wanna be like Daddy.'
And in that moment I felt sad," said Hidayat, tears welling in his eyes.
is among about 1,000 people who have signed up for free tattoo removal, say organizers
of the program. About 200 people have finished or are still being treated and
others are on a waiting list.
of the instigators of the program, community activist Ahmad Zaki, first began
offering tattoo removal several years ago to young punk rockers in Java who
wanted to "berani hijrah" - dare to move closer to God.
they had attempted to remove the tattoos in dangerous ways, with chemicals or
slashing their skin with razors, he said.
idea for the clinic in Tangerang grew from a discussion between Zaki and Rizki
Sari, a physician who was a high school friend. Zaki said he and other
activists collected about $8,000 in donations that helped Sari's clinic buy two
lasers. News about the clinic has spread quickly, thanks in part to a "Dare
to Hijrah" Instagram account.
with tattoos might think that it's art, culture or personal identity, but the
community thinks otherwise," said Zaki, who also runs a religious charity
sponsored by a local bank. "It's always false gods, satanic, sexual
images, and that's not good."
has lost much of its stigma in Western societies, becoming more or less
mainstream, but in some Asian cultures it remains strongly associated with
gangs and criminality. In addition to the religious prohibitions in
Muslim-majority Indonesia, ideas about tattoos also reveal oppressive attitudes
toward women, who if tattooed can be labeled as promiscuous or disreputable and
not worth marrying.
Novianti, who has a large red rose tattooed on one hand, Donald Duck drawings
on her fingers and Powerpuff Girls and a ghostly tree on her arms, became a
tattooist after graduating from high school because "for me tattoos are
the 19-year-old now wears a face-covering veil and all-encompassing clothing
and wants her tattoos removed because she feels Indonesian men treat her with
respect when she is fully covered.
saw the eyes of men and boys no longer looking at me in a disgusting way,"
she said. "Suddenly, for the first time I felt respected. I wanted to keep
wearing the hijab, and I felt like I was a different person, an honourable
tattoos also caused difficulties at her mosque whenever she performed ablutions
women seem shocked and cannot accept my presence because of my tattoos,"
the doctor, said those accepted for laser treatment are ardent about getting
their tattoos removed because the stigma and burden they experience prevents
them from fully practicing their religion.
participant, she said, had tried to iron his own skin in a misguided attempt to
you imagine the agonizing pain? That's how badly they want their tattoos
removed," she said.
Ahmadi said he got his first tattoo - biomechanical images and his father's
birth date - done by friends after he graduated from junior high school. Now
22, he said he's tried calcium hydroxide and other chemicals to remove that and
five other tattoos.
(THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Fulled by growing concerns about the
danger of bootleg liquor, the Jakarta branch of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the
largest Muslim organisation in the country, opposed on Tuesday (Aug 15) a total
ban on alcohol in the capital.
Abdul Wahid Hasyim, the head of the NU Jakarta research and development
institute (Lakpesdam Jakarta), said that banning alcohol sales would result in
an increased consumption of bootleg concoctions, which could lead to serious
injuries or deaths.
to a survey by Lakpesdam Jakarta of 327 teenagers across the city in February,
71.5 per cent of the respondents said they could easily get cheap oplosan, the
local term for bootleg liquor, at herbal drink stalls.
bootleg liquor, usually homemade, often causes poisoning as it is sometimes
mixed with unsafe ingredients, such as mosquito repellent or paint thinners.
one has ever died from drinking beer, but our young people could die if they
drink bootleg liquor," Mr Abdul said.
September 2016, two residents of North Grogol, West Jakarta, died after
consuming bootleg liquor made from alcohol and an energy drink.
months later, 10 men died in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, after consuming bootleg
liquor from a producer in Kampung Rawa Badung, Cakung, East Jakarta.
proposed alcohol ban has been a source of dispute in Indonesia, a predominantly
Muslim country that has been recently gripped by a rise in Islamic
2015, the Trade Ministry prohibited the sale of beer in minimarts. This has
been cited as one of the reasons for the closure this year of 7-Eleven, a
convenience store chain, that had earlier enjoyed popularity among young people
hanging out over beer. Initiated by Islamist parties, the United Development
Party (PPP) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), a controversial bill to
prohibit alcohol is under deliberation at the House of Representatives.
deliberation has been deadlocked as other parties have opposed a total ban,
saying that there should only be controls on the distribution, sale and
consumption of alcohol.
for regulated distribution of alcohol had earlier been voiced by Fatayat, the
female wing of the NU, which argued that a total ban would go against the
pluralistic nature of Indonesia.
a government policy leads to vastly increased distribution of and easier access
to bootleg liquor, I think this would be the wrong step by the
government," Mr Abdul said.
said the total ban on alcohol sales in minimarts did not solve any problems, as
it only increased the demand for bootleg liquor.
a Muslim, of course, alcohol is still haram (forbidden). But this is not about
halal or haram, this is about saving our younger generation, this is about
making an effective policy," he said.
Ihsan Yunus, a member of House Commission VI overseeing trade, and a member of
a special committee on the alcohol bill deliberation, said it was hard to
combat the distribution of bootleg alcohol, making it safer to allow a limited
distribution of legitimate alcohol.
has also been no research done on the correlation between alcohol consumption
and crime," said the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)
Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) found that since 2010, there has
been a significant increase in the consumption of illegal alcohol across
Indonesia after several regions issued bans on alcohol sales.
to a CIPS survey in several cities across Sumatra and Java, 38.7 per cent of
respondents said they bought bootleg liquor because it was cheaper, while 20
per cent said it was because it was more accessible.
CIPS said most bootleg liquor sellers sold liquor that contained dangerous
ingredients such as methanol, and chemical ingredients such as insecticide.
to media monitoring by the CIPS across Indonesia from 2013 to 2016, 487 people
died as a result of illegal alcohol consumption; from 2008 to 2012 there were
149 such fatalities.
Maksum Machfoedz, the deputy chairman of the NU, told The Jakarta Post that a
ban on alcohol was still important, but it was not enough to curb alcohol
said a ban would be pointless without character building so that young people
would understand the dangers of alcohol.
police said they arrested five suspected Islamic militants on Tuesday and
seized chemicals that were to be used for attacks on several locations,
including the presidential palace.
Java police spokesman Yusri Yunus said the militants arrested in the city of
Bandung were members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, a network of about two dozen
Indonesian extremist groups that formed in 2015 and pledges allegiance to
Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
said among those arrested were a husband and wife who were deported about three
years ago from Hong Kong on suspicion of spreading radical ideology.
couple, a 20-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife, were arrested in Bandung's
Kiaracondong neighborhood, not far from the rented house of a man believed to
be the donor and bomb maker, Yunus said. He added that police discovered a
chemical liquid in various containers at the house.
identified the two other suspects as a 30-year-old from the East Java town of
Kediri and a 28-year-old Bandung resident.
learn to make bombs from Bahrun Naim's blog," Yunus said, referring to an
Indonesian fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria who has instigated
several attacks by Jemaah Anshorut Daulah in Indonesia. "This arrest
opened a new discovery linked to terror acts."
said the group planned to launch the attacks at the end of August, with targets
including the presidential palace in Jakarta, as well as headquarters of the
police's elite force in Jakarta and Bandung.
the world's most populous Muslim nation, has carried out a sustained crackdown
on Islamic militants since the 2002 bombings on the tourist island of Bali
killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.
A conference of Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Malaysia on
Monday explored the role of universities in strengthening moderate Islamic
urged Muslim communities to combat religious extremism and societal division by
spreading knowledge about moderate Islam.
conference was organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) and Al-Azhar
Indonesia University in Jakarta.
scholars said intensifying dialogue on moderate Islam will help veer young
Muslims away from those who want to destroy the religion, its people and its
his opening remarks, MWL Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa
said a small faction of the roughly 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide has distorted
understanding of Islam.
majority of Muslims around the world understand the right conception about
Islam, except a minority few who have no idea about the core of Islamic
teachings,” he said, adding that universities play an important role in
rectifying misconceptions about Islam and terrorism.
“is just a small community in Islam, but it’s widespread due to the proliferation
of the Internet. It’s our obligation, including universities, to set the record
straight about the real Islamic teachings.”
Governor-elect Anies Rasyid Baswedan, who was a panelist at the conference,
said extremism flourishes when people do not think critically.
not just religious extremism but extremism in any field, any sector. University
is the place to nurture critical thinking and creativity,” said the former
rector of Paramadina University and education minister.
has had to deal with rising extremism among its youths. A 2016 study by the
Wahid Institute in Jakarta showed that more than 60 percent of 1,626 activists
in Islamic study groups in schools and universities expressed willingness to
wage what they believe is jihad in areas torn by religious conflict.
to police data, some 600 Indonesians have gone to Syria to join Daesh. Some
have returned in phases, most recently a group of 18 Indonesians who arrived in
Jakarta on Saturday and are in police detention.
Wahid Institute survey released in February showed that Indonesia saw an
increase in violations of religious freedom from 190 in 2015 to 204 last year.
Director Yenny Wahid said while the common perception is that lack of education
is the main cause of radicalization, the survey found that economic inequality
and feelings of alienation contributed the most to radicalization.
at the conference said it is important for the MWL and educational and social
institutions in Indonesia to cooperate further to provide educational
assistance to Muslims in Southeast Asia, roll out development programs in the
region and address problems such as poverty.
Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said moderation is an Islamic
characteristic that promotes fairness, respect for diversity and openness to
various groups in society.
of the main principles of dialogue to maintain diversity and togetherness is
not to look down on other people and insult other religions’ symbols, which could
cause a backlash,” he said.
The arrests of five Islamic State-linked militants, including a woman, in West
Java on Tuesday (15/08) show the increasing sophistication of planned terror
plots in the country since last year's attack in Central Jakarta, which killed
said chemicals were seized at a house in Bandung, West Java, which were
apparently being prepared for an attack on the Presidential Palace in Jakarta
near the end of August.
of militants have been arrested in the West Java city in recent months after a
pressure-cooker bomb was set off in a community park earlier in February.
time, they're not pressure-cooker bombs, but chemical bombs," Sr. Comr.
Yusri Yunus, spokesman for the West Java Police, told the Jakarta Globe.
the air, people's skin can burn, and what if people inhale that? This is very
said that five militants, arrested at three separate locations around Bandung,
were planning to attack not only the Presidential Palace but also the Police
Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Depok, West Java.
added that the suspected militants, among them a married couple, were members
of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a terror cell believed to be under the
direction of Syria-based militant Bahrun Naim. JAD militants are believed to be
operating in small, localized cells across the archipelago.
have alleged that JAD militants were also behind the twin suicide bombings in
May at the Kampung Melayu bus station in East Jakarta, which killed three
[arrested militants] were within one Telegram group," he said, referring
to the heavily-encrypted messaging service which the government previously
limited access to over security concerns.
learned to make bombs from Bahrun Naim. Bomb-making manuals were obtained
through his blog posts."
Aug. 4, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) managed to disrupt two planned
attacks by uncovering bomb components sent through postal services to
biggest threat to religious freedom
is one the biggest threats to religious freedom around the world, Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday in the State Department’s annual religious
is clearly responsible for genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia
Muslims in areas it controlled,” Tillerson wrote in the preface to the report.
“ISIS is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing
directed at these same groups, and in some cases against Sunni Muslims, Kurds
and other minorities.”
added that ISIL continues to target members of multiple religions and
ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement, and death, saying the protection
of the victims is a human rights priority for the Trump Administration.
religious freedom is not protected, instability, human rights abuses and
violent extremism have a greater opportunity to take root," the former
Exxon CEO said. "No one should have to live in fear, worship in fear or
face discrimination for his or her beliefs."
Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other countries were criticized for what the report
said was failure to protect the rights of non-Muslim minorities.
United States allies including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain did not uphold
principles of religious freedom in 2016, while Islamic State has carried out
"genocide" against religious minorities, Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson said on Tuesday (15/08).
made the comments at the State Department while introducing the agency's annual
report on religious freedom, required by a 1998 act of Congress. The report is
the first to be released during the Trump administration and covers 2016.
Arabia, Tillerson said, ought to "embrace greater degrees of religious
freedom for all of its citizens." He cited criminal penalties for
apostasy, atheism, blasphemy, and insulting the Saudi state's interpretation of
Islam, as well as attacks and discrimination targeting Shi'ite Muslims.
kingdom follows the strict Sunni Muslim Wahhabi school of Islam.
report said Saudi Arabia has used counterterrorism laws to target atheists and
Shiite Muslims. The United States and Saudi Arabia have long been close
partners in counterterrorism efforts and the kingdom was the first stop on US
President Donald Trump's maiden international visit.
singled out another Gulf Arab state, Bahrain, saying it "must stop
discriminating against the Shia communities."
Turkey, a NATO ally, "authorities continued to limit the human rights of
members of some religious minority groups," Tillerson said. American
pastor Andrew Brunson has been jailed in Turkey since October on charges of
being part of a terrorist organization, according to news reports.
said religious freedom is "under attack" in Pakistan, citing the
marginalization of Ahmadiyya Muslims, a minority sect which Pakistan considers
said IS, the Sunni extremist group that has controlled parts of Iraq and Syria,
"is clearly responsible for genocide against Yezidis, Christians, and Shia
Muslims in areas it controls or has controlled."
said Iran targeted religious minorities including Baha'is and Christians, and
in 2016 executed 20 people on charges including "waging war against
God." He also called out China and Sudan in his remarks.
Chinese government tortures and imprisons thousands for practicing their
religious beliefs, Tillerson said, citing the targeting of Falun Gong members,
Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists. And in Sudan, the government arrests and
intimidates clergy and blocks the construction of churches while tearing down
existing ones, he said.
decision to introduce the report contrasted with how he handled the State
Department's annual human rights report in March. He declined to unveil it in
person, breaking with precedent, and drew criticism he was not giving rights
issues adequate attention.
report did not address Trump's attempt this year to temporarily suspend refugee
admissions and his decision to impose a lower cap on the number of those
admissions. The report states that resettlement is a "vital tool for
providing refugees protection."
the presence of the Lebanese army commander representative and the American
ambassador in Beirut, the Lebanese army received eight Bradley armored vehicles
in a first batch of $100 million US military aid to Lebanon.
vehicles are part of 32 others the Lebanese army is expected to receive from
Washington in the coming months. This is part of a US investment, estimated at
more than $100,000 which aims to supply the Lebanese army with new
had also supplied Beirut with defense equipment including guns, military
vehicles, ammunitions, rockets and others last year.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called on the Bahraini regime to stop
discriminating against Shias residing in the Persian Gulf country.
Bahrain, the government continue to question, detain and arrest Shia clerics,
community members and opposition politicians," said the top diplomat
of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost
daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the tiny kingdom in
are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and allow a just
system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
of the Shia community there continue to report ongoing discrimination in government
employment, education, and the justice system," adding that "Bahrain
must stop discriminating against the Shia communities," Tillerson
(pictured above) said.
has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. Scores of
people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got
arrested as a result of Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown on anti-regime
further asserted that “Bahrain must stop discriminating against the Shia
communities," which compose the majority of the country’s population.
Muslims live in a country where citizens generally enjoy equality and freedom.
But sometimes they are forced to turn to the courts in order to protect
themselves from abuse from their own government. For this blessing they have to
thank the country's judicial system and former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau,
who left behind the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as his legacy for
Canadians for all times to come.
most recent example is that of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, whom the
government has agreed to compensate and to whom it has apologized for violating
his rights and for being complicit in his severe abuse by U.S. authorities. The
government had to do so because the Supreme Court of Canada decreed that the
government had violated Khadr's "most fundamental rights," acted
"contrary to Canada's international human rights obligations" and
offended "the most basic Canadian standards."
was 15 when he was taken to Afghanistan by his notorious father, Ahmed Khadr.
Omar, a child soldier who had himself been injured, allegedly hurled a grenade
in a battlefield against American forces. He was captured by U.S. forces and
detained by U.S. authorities for 10 years in Guantanamo Bay where he was
tortured. Canadian officials interviewed him there and passed on their findings
to U.S. authorities.
his return to Canada, Khadr sued the government. After the courts ruled in 2010
that Canadian officials violated his rights, the government decided to settle
the matter by issuing a public apology and by paying him some $10 million in
compensation last month.
trend started in 2007 when the government paid Canadian citizen Maher Arar
$10.5 million and another $1 million for his legal costs. This came after a
Canadian judge blamed Canadian authorities for their role in the U.S. arresting
Arar, when he was passing through the U.S., and shipping him to Syria where he
was tortured. The judicial inquiry found that Arar had done no wrong and that
the Canadian government was partly responsible for his plight. Arar sued the government
on his return to Canada and the government settled out of court.
government took the same action this year with three other Canadian Muslims,
Abdullah Almalki, Ahmed El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin. They sued the government
after an inquiry, led by former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci, declared
that Canadian officials' actions had contributed to the torture of these
Canadians in Syria and Egypt. They launched a $100-million suit against the
government that had to apologize to them and pay compensation because of its
role in their torture.
year the government also settled out of court one of two lawsuits by Canadian
citizen Abousfian Abdelrazik, who was stranded in Sudan — sometimes in jail —
because the Canadian government made his return to Canada impossible. A federal
court judge intervened and the Conservative government had to relent in 2009.
years ago, the Conservative government also settled out of court with
now-Canadian citizen Benamar Benatta. In 2001, Canadian authorities handed over
Benatta, who was then a refugee claimant from Algeria, to the FBI as a terror
suspect. The Americans kept him in jail for nearly five years before finding
that he was not a terrorist. He then returned to Canada.
all these cases the government settled out of court because the judiciary found
Canada complicit in the mistreatment or torture of its own innocent citizens.
year, the National Council of Canadian Muslims also settled the libel lawsuit
that it had filed against the former Conservative government and Jason
MacDonald, director of communications for former prime minister Stephen Harper.
had made a statement in January 2014 implying a link between NCCM and terrorist
organizations. The NCCM then sued MacDonald and the government.
March, NCCM reached an agreement with MacDonald. It is not known what
compensation was paid to NCCM. But a joint statement by MacDonald and NCCM was
issued that said in part:
MacDonald accepts that his statement in January of 2014 does not accurately
reflect the activities of the NCCM, its Board of Directors or its employees....
MacDonald accepts that the NCCM is a Canadian Muslim civil liberties and
advocacy organization committed to civic engagement and the promotion of human
rights; that the NCCM is an important contributor to public discourse on issues
that impact diverse Canadian communities; and that the NCCM categorically
condemns terrorism, violent extremism, and all individuals and groups who
espouse violent goals."
Islamic scholars support president’s call for gender equality
authorities on Islamic fatwas at Diwan al-Ifta announced their support for
President Beji Caid Essebsi’s proposals granting women further equal rights.
a speech on the occasion of the National Women’s Day, the Tunisian President
announced the formation of a committee to study the issue of individual rights
and to activate them further and to consider equality between men and women in
a statement on Monday, the Islamic scholars said that Essebsi’s proposals
support the status of women and guarantee the principle of equality between men
and women in the rights and duties called for by Islam, as well as the
international conventions ratified by the Tunisia as a whole.
said that inheritance is not a religious matter, but rather a matter for human
beings. “God and His Messenger have left the matter for human beings to act,”
Tunisian president also called on the Prime Minister and the Minister of
Justice to review and change publication No. 73, which prohibits Tunisian woman
from marrying a foreigner if his Islamic faith is not recognized by the Mufti,
adding that the Tunisian Constitution recognizes freedom of belief and freedom
of conscience in its sixth chapter and holds the state responsible for ensuring
the protection of these freedoms.
least 30 people have been killed and some 80 more wounded in a bombing attack
in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno.
to a member of the local civilian defense forces, the attack was carried out in
the town of Mandarari, located some 25 kilometers from the state capital Maiduguri.
female bombers triggered their explosives outside of the IDP (internally
displaced persons) camp... killing 28 people and wounding 82 others," said
Baba Kura. “People were trying to close their shops when two other female
bombers triggered their explosives, causing most of the casualties," he
local medical source said that following the blasts a "huge number"
of people were admitted to the Maiduguri hospital. Two of the wounded succumbed
to their injuries in the hospital.
individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but such
incidents are usually blamed on the Takfiri Boko Haram terrorist group, which
is particularly active in the country’s northeast region.
recent weeks, a number of bomb attacks by suspected members of Boko Haram have
taken place in the capital of Borno state and its environs. Mosques, markets,
camps for those displaced by the conflict in Nigeria and civilians have been
targeted across the region.
commander of the Libyan army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar confirmed the
insistence of the Libyan troops to continue fighting “until the armed forces
extends its control over the entire Libyan territory.”
Monday morning and during a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Haftar asserted: “We have been involved in political
settlements at the request of sister countries. I started with meeting the
President of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Siraj in Abu Dhabi and then in
Paris, but he disregarded many of the agreed upon principles and conditions.”
added that: “The whole world has been following the sacrifices of the army for
three years in its fight against terrorism under an unjust siege represented by
the prohibition of arming it in parallel with unlimited support for terrorism,”
stressing that the army is determined to continue its mission in the fight
against terrorism throughout the country.
mediators called not to resort to what he called “ready-made solutions to
resolve the Libyan crisis,” asserting that there will not be any support for
any political settlement unless it is “ under the sponsorship of the United
Nations, and that Moscow actively supports the political process and the
restoration of the Libyan state structures.”
International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a warrant for the arrest of
Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, a senior Libyan military commander, over
the death of 33 people in the war-torn city of Benghazi.
Hague-based tribunal said in a statement Tuesday that Werfalli was “allegedly
responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international
armed conflict in Libya.”
39, is loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, a former general under long-time
dictator Muammar Ghaddafi. Haftar heads the most powerful military in the
chaotic Libya and his forces recently managed to retake Benghazi after a
three-year campaign against other militant groups.
ICC judges accuse Werfalli of personally shooting or ordering the execution of
people who were either civilians or injured fighters in at least seven
incidents in 2016 and 2017.
judges said in statement that there was no evidence those killed by Werfalli
and his forces had faced due trials.
is no information in the evidence to show that they have been afforded a trial
by a legitimate court, whether military or otherwise, that would comport to any
recognized standard of due process,” said the statement.
judges counted as evidence on videos for bringing charges against the Libyan
commander. One of the videos, that the judges said depicted an incident
involving a total 20 executed persons and was posted on social media on 23 July
2017, showed Werfalli reading from a document before personally commanding a
firing squad to shoot 15 people dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods. He
then is seen personally executing three people with the help of two other men
and then ordering the execution of two others.
another video, Werfalli personally shoots a hooded and unarmed person.
have been misled by he who did you harm. You have been misled by Satan,” the
Libyan commander is seen in the video telling the dead body afterwards.
Al shabaab deputy leader and spokesman Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Ali known as
"Abu Mansur" has fir the first time faced the media in Mogadishu, to
at a press conference at Royal Palace in the capital, Robow has announced that
he has defected from Al shabaab just five years and 5 years, and 7 months ago.
Sheikh Mukhtar said he has deserted the militant group after a fall out with
the top leader over an ideology that doesn't serve the interest of Islam,
people and country.
- Gunmen have attacked two United Nations bases in Mali, killing a peacekeeper,
a contractor and seven Malians, the UN said, in the latest attacks on its
presence in the country.
Togolese peacekeeper and a Malian soldier were killed in an attack in the early
morning in Douentza, in the central region of Mopti, according to a statement
from the UN mission in the country, known by the acronym MINUSMA.
later, six men toting guns and grenades drove up to the entrance of the UN
mission’s camp in Timbuktu in northwestern Mali, the UN announced in a separate
opened fire on Malian UN security guards, killing five of them, as well as a
policeman and a civilian contractor whose nationality was not specified, the UN
said in a separate statement. A UN source told AFP six guards had been killed,
but the statement said one was wounded but had not died.
suspected jihadists were killed in the Douentza attack and six in Timbuktu. The
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned the violence in a statement,
stressing that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers “may constitute war crimes
under international law”.
body’s 15-member Security Council urged Mali to investigate the incident and to
bring the perpetrators to justice.
assault underlines the scale of the UN’s struggles to contain a death toll
among its peacekeepers that has already earned its Mali mission the unwelcome
title of the world’s deadliest active UN deployment.
peacekeeper was lightly wounded in Douentza and six others, as well as a Malian
security guard, suffered injuries in Timbuktu, according to the UN statements.
don’t have enough words to condemn this cowardly and ignoble act a few hours
after the terrorist attack we endured in Douentza,” said UN Special
Representative for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Saleh Annadif, in a statement.
must combine all our efforts in order to identify and apprehend those
responsible for these terrorist acts so that they can answer to their crimes in
court,” Annadif added.
Malian security source meanwhile told AFP that the Timbuktu security guards
were “killed on the spot,” though the attack soon attracted the attention of
Malian forces and French helicopters stationed in the area, who fired on the
Monday night, reinforcements were deployed to both bases and in the city of
in Mali since 2013, the UN mission, known as MINUSMA, is constantly targeted by
jihadists that roam northern and central Mali, and has also been beset by
operational difficulties including a lack of helicopters and allegations of
abuse lodged by the population.
week, UN peacekeepers accused former rebel fighters and a rival pro-government
militia in the north of the country of having used child soldiers in recent
2012, key cities in northern Mali fell under the control of jihadist groups
linked to Al-Qaeda, who exploited an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel uprising, leading
to a French-led military intervention and the eventual deployment of MINUSMA.
the Islamists were largely ousted, attacks have continued on UN and French
forces, civilians and the Malian army.
attacks in Mali came hours after an assault in Ouagadougou, the capital of the
neighbouring Sahel state of Burkina Faso, where 18 people were gunned down at a
restaurant popular with foreigners.
is pushing for five countries in the western-central Sahara region to form a
joint “G5” force to combat jihadism.
would comprise 5,000 men drawn from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and
Pakistanis finding work in Saudi Arabia
The export of manpower sharply dropped in the first half of the current
calendar year, latest data from the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas
particular, the manpower export to Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2017
was just 17 per cent of the total workers who went to the kingdom in entire
2016. Pakistan exported to Saudi Arabia 77,600 workers in January-June as
opposed to 462,598 workers in entire 2016.
drastic decrease can adversely impact remittances, which registered a
year-on-year decline in 2016-17 after 13 years of growth. Inflows from Saudi
Arabia during the last fiscal year dropped 8.3pc.
major drop in the number of workers registered for overseas employment was
witnessed mostly in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia, which is the
biggest source of remittances. Pakistani workers based in the kingdom sent home
$5.4bn, which was more than 28pc of total remittances that the country received
opportunities shrank in Arab countries after oil prices crashed. Pakistan
relies heavily on remittances to meet the current account deficit, which
amounted to $12.1bn in the last fiscal year. Remittances from the Middle East
amount to about 63pc of total remittances that Pakistan receives every year.
leaves little hope for the country to maintain its foreign exchange reserves to
ensure at least three months of import cover.
is unlikely that the Middle East will welcome more Pakistani workers in the
near future as oil prices have not recovered yet. This is alarming for the
country that is already engulfed in a political crisis while its exports have
been declining for the last four years.
workers have started coming back to Pakistan after losing their jobs. With
mounting economic pressure, the Gulf countries are trying to provide the
maximum number of jobs to Arabs. No official data is available for returning
overseas workers. But sources claim that about 260,000 Pakistani workers
returned home during the last couple of years.
to the bureau, the manpower export to Malaysia was 3,243 in January-June as
opposed to 10,625 in entire 2016.
pressure on foreign exchange reserves, the government has not made any strategy
to increase the export of manpower that can help bridge the trade deficit.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday told a top Pakistani diplomat that
there should be ‘no distinction between good and bad terrorists’.
Secretary Tehmina Janjua, who was in Kabul for the first round of
Afghanistan-Pakistan bilateral political consultations, met President Ghani at
the Presidential Palace and discussed bilateral issues.
is the first senior Pakistani official to travel to Kabul after political
change in Pakistan last month.
president, while referring to the terrorist threat in the region, said that
there should be no distinction between good and bad terrorists as terrorism was
a serious threat to the people of both countries, according to the Afghan
Ghani raised Afghanistan’s security concerns and drew attention of the
Pakistani official towards ‘rocket attacks along the Durand Line’, urging her
to share his concerns with the new leadership in Islamabad.
said that Pakistan should take substantive and practical measures based on
discussions in the London meeting. He said that a third party should thoroughly
and impartially monitor the process so that it could yield results.
foreign secretary said that Pakistan was concerned at the security situation in
the region and that she will convey Kabul’s concerns to the country’s new
leadership, according to the statement.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Afghan Deputy Minister Hekmat Khalil
Karzai agreed to take steps to enhance mutual trust and confidence, Afghan
Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
the officials held the first round of Afghanistan-Pakistan bilateral political
consultations and agreed to work together through different mechanisms to
bridge the trust gap.
the bilateral consultations, a wide range of issues including the Afghan peace
process, security along Durand Line and bilateral trade and transit were
two sides expressed their interest to enhance bilateral trade which has been in
a decreasing trajectory in the recent times, said the statement.
sides also agreed to provide sufficient facilities to the traders and eliminate
the factors which hamper bilateral trade.
stressed the importance of recent bilateral political, security and economic
engagements and fulfilling the commitments including those made in the format
of Quadrilateral Coordination Group, the meeting of the leaders of the two
countries in Astana, the agreements made during the visit of the foreign
minister of China to Kabul and Islamabad and during the meetings of senior
officials of Afghanistan and Pakistan on different occasions.
second round of Afghanistan-Pakistan bilateral political consultations will be
held in the first quarter of 2018.
affairs experts are upbeat at the Pak-Afghan bilateral ties at a time when the
relationship is its lowest ebb.
academy holds int’l moot on rights of child in Islam
three day international conference on “Rights of the Child in Islam” organized
by Shariah academy commenced on Tuesday, where academicians and experts, child
rights activists,, judges, lawyers, journalists and religious scholars
discussed obligations of parents, individuals and the state to protect the
rights of the child, Right of the child within the family and many other
salient topics and themes.
Shariah Academy is holding this conference in collaboration with United Nations
Children Fund (UNICEF) Pakistan which is focused to discuss and recommend
future policy development for the strengthened realization of the rights of
children living in Muslim-majority states.
inaugural ceremony was chaired by the IIUI Rector, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, while
Chief Guest of the ceremony was Justice Retired Ali Nawaz Chowhan, Chairman
NCHR Pakistan, whileit was also attended by IIUI President, Dr. Ahmed Yousif
Al-Draiweesh, Ambassadors of various countries, UNICEFrepresentatives, Vice
President AF&P, Dr. Muhammad Munir and IIUI faculty and students.
conference’s recommendations can be a great source of help regarding the
legislation in the bill on juvenile system, said Justice Chowhan. He added that
rights of the child being violated by few negative elements who unfortunately
use name of religion in this regard and plan destructive activities such as
suicide bombings. He emphasized on the need that universities such as IIUI must
be part of main stream to recommend ways and urge for the protection of child rights
in the Muslim societies. Justice Chowhan called upon the Muslim world to devise
well balanced curriculums to enlighten children.
court seeks to amend blasphemy law
and accusations of the crime have led to the deaths of dozens of people in
Pakistan since 1990.
groups have repeatedly criticised and called for the reform or repeal of the
country's controversial blasphemy laws, which date back to the British empire.
Islamabad High Court asked parliament on Friday to make changes to the current
decree to prevent people from being falsely accused of the crime, which is
punishable by death if the Prophet Muhammad is insulted.
punishments include a fine or prison term, depending on the specific offence.
a lengthy 116-page order, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui suggested that
parliament amend the law to require the same punishment of the death penalty
for those who falsely allege blasphemy as for those who commit the crime.
there is a very minor punishment for falsely accusing someone of
blasphemy," the judgement said.
the existing law, the false accuser faces punishments ranging from two years in
prison to life imprisonment.
Hasan, chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, welcomed the
Islamabad court's move seeking amendment for the law.
law is being misused by people to take revenge against their opponents, and it
is very easy to charge anyone for blasphemy," he told Al Jazeera from
ruling noted that some critics are demanding the law be abolished but Siddiqui
argued that it's better to stop the law's exploitation rather than get rid of
majority vote in the provincial assemblies is required for the law to be
amended. Backing of that vote by the federal government would likely be needed
for the Senate to move.
in Pakistan are derived from the British common law, but the constitution holds
that no laws shall be passed that are against the teachings of Islam.
previous unsuccessful attempts to amend the blasphemy laws, legal experts
offered little optimism over the new recommendation.
is a very difficult topic, and any small change will be opposed by the right
when they feel like it's being watered down and by the left when they feel it's
being made stronger," Angbeen Mirza, a lawyer based in Lahore, told Al
late January, Pakistan's Senate officially took up the issue of the law's
potential misuse for the first time in 24 years.
say previous attempts at reviewing the law have been thwarted by the pressure
of religious parties who, along with most in society, see it as
"equivalent to religion" in the country.
religious right is on the offensive in Pakistan and because of the apologetic
attitude of all governments they do not take a stand," Hasan said.
experts say instead of repealing the law, legislation to curb false accusations
and hate speech is required to deter the decree's exploitation for personal
accusation of blasphemy hardly ever results in legal process," Mirza said.
someone makes an accusation, the neighbours do the rest."
added: "The justice system is slow and provides no protection, leaving the
accused at the mercy of the people".
Mazhar, an independent researcher of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, said there is a
tendency in the country to resort to public accusations rather than formally
registering a case.
a specific person or a community as being a blasphemer or just being
anti-Islamic in general can be a death sentence and is a cause for disruption
in public order," he said.
speaking, such speech is not protected, and there is a definite need for
Mahmood Ashrafi, a religious cleric and chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council,
said while there can be no room for change in the existing law, a review to
prevent its misuse should take place.
beyond legal parameters,it is thought that a culture of intolerance towards
free speech and religion is at the root of problem.
countries have survived without blasphemy provisions," Mirza said.
"All they regulate is hate speech. By creating offences where there should
probably be none, Pakistan is creating hatred."
a December 2016 report, rights group Amnesty International condemned Pakistan's
blasphemy laws for "violating human rights" and called for their
not a single convict has ever been executed for blasphemy in Pakistan,
currently about 40 people are on death row or serving life sentences for the
crime, according to the United States Commission on International Religious
however, right-wing vigilantes and mobs have taken the law into their own
hands, killing at least 69 people over alleged blasphemy since 1990, according
to an Al Jazeera tally.
April, a university student, Mashal Khan, was killed and two others wounded
during a violent mob attack after being accused of committing blasphemy in the
northern city of Mardan.
two prominent cases in 2011, Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab, and Shahbaz
Bhatti, minorities minister, were both assassinated within two months of each
other for asking for the law to be reformed.
killer and bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri, was hanged in February 2016.
blamed the judiciary's failure to hand down timely judgements for the rise in
the punishments are not given, or the judgements are not passed on time, then
people get an opportunity to take the law in their own hands," he said.
circles in Pakistan advocate more research and urge authorities to learn from
the example of other Muslim countries.
point is to make sure that our laws are aligned with the fundamental rights
promised in the constitution," Mazhar said.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has reserved its judgement on Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) appeal to halt the election body's proceedings on the
party's foreign funding case.
the arguments on Wednesday, the chief election commissioner, retired Justice
Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan, said that the judgement will be announced today.
lawyer Anwar Mansoor asked the ECP to stop the proceedings in the foreign
funding case as a similar case is also being heard at the Supreme Court against
submitted his client's reply before the five-member tribunal of the ECP,
chaired by the chief election commissioner, which has been hearing a petition
filed by Akbar S. Babar — a former PTI member.
petition also seeks party chairman Imran Khan's disqualification on the charges
of collecting party funds from "prohibited" sources.
submitted reply, however, did not contain any details of the party's funds.
the petitioner's lawyer, Ahmed Hassan, pointed out that the details sought by
the ECP were missing from the response, Mansoor told the court that the
relevant documents had already been filed with the Supreme Court, adding that
the ECP is a party to the case that is ongoing in the apex court.
told the ECP tribunal that the SC had not asked for the party's entire funding
there is an element of prejudice in some corner of the ECP," the lawyer alleged.
his claims, the commissioner said that seeking details does not mean that
a party to the SC case, the ECP should not proceed with hearings on this
case," Mansoor maintained.
commissioner told the lawyer that it would have been better if he approached
the SC with a request to halt the ECP proceedings.
petitioner's lawyer, however, argued that the nature of the case being heard in
the apex court is different from that of the ECP case.
added that if the PTI submitted the details of its funds, it would become clear
if they were received from prohibited sources or not. He asked the ECP not to
hear PTI's request, claiming that it was an attempt to avoid furnishing the
The death toll from the Harnai bomb attack rose to eight on Tuesday as two more
personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) succumbed to their injuries.
banned Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the blast, which
occurred in the Khost area, about 16km from the Harnai town.
FC personnel were martyred on Monday when their vehicle was hit by a powerful
improvised explosive device (IED) while it was passing through Khost, about
150km northeast of Quetta.
driver and a non-commissioned officer of the paramilitary force were also
injured in the explosion. The IED was planted in the middle of the road linking
Shahrag to Harnai. The injured were shifted to hospital where they succumbed to
suspected terrorists belonging to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP)
Mufti Shakir group were killed during an alleged encounter with the
Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in Karachi on Tuesday.
to a CTD press release, an operation was carried out in the Manghopir area to
intercept the two 'TTP men' reportedly coming from Balochistan, based on
information gathered from the 'terrorists' apprehended by the CTD in last week
in Machhar Colony.
gathered from the arrested terrorists pointed to the fact that Mufti Shakir had
instated one Abdul Jabbar alias Saleem alias Leghari as the ameer (leader) of
the TTP splinter group's Karachi wing, the CTD said.
CTD said that the 'terrorists' in custody claimed that the newly-appointed
ameer was also in contact with Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National
Directorate of Security, and had been provided trained suicide bombers and
suicide jackets by Mufti Shakir.
to the CTD, the apprehended terrorists also claimed that Abdul Jabbar was on
his way to Karachi from Balochistan, with plans to attack jamaat khanas,
imambargahs, shrines and police training centres and important officials of
to the CTD, the department assigned a team under Senior Superintendent of
Police Intelligence CTD Omer Shahid Hamid to arrest the terrorists.
team, with the use of the CTD's intelligence, was able to set up checkposts in
the city. "As soon as the terrorists' vehicle reached Manghophir, the
police signalled them to stop," the CTD said, "after which the
terrorists began firing at the police". "The terrorists, namely Abdul
Jabbar and Daniyal were killed on the spot by the police's retaliatory
firing," the CTD handout read.
- Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have arrested at least six hardcore militants
involved in the killing of policemen over the last two years or so while the
group involved in the killing of 14 policemen recently still remains at large,
The Nation learnt here on Tuesday.
privy to the matter revealed that the Counterterrorism Department (CTD) had
arrested six hardcore activists of Mufti Shakir group, involved in the killings
of number of policemen killed in the last couple of years.
disclosed to this scribe that some high-profile militants, operating in the
city, had been arrested and remained in the custody of CTD for investigation.
further divulged that those taken into custody had confessed to have killed
scores of policemen in the last couple of years and that they would take orders
from Mufti Shakir, who worked for different militants groups such as
Tehreek-e-Taliban Jamat-ul-Ahrar, Jundullah and others. Shakir, however, who
used to run a seminary, Madarassa Al-Karim Islamic Academy, in SITE area, still
remains at large. The seminary has been sealed recently on the recommendations
has also picked up some seven students of the seminary for investigation and
shifted them to unknown location for investigations. Sources said that the
Mufti Shakir group had almost been eliminated, but another group, Ansar al
Sharia, had recently emerged, and was using educated professionals having sharp
disclosed that the CTD teams had reached close to the arrests of militants
hiding in the city after the fall of Mufti Shakir group. However, they also
pointed out that militants hiding in the city could not be arrested without
encounters. CTD chief Dr Sanaullah Abbasi, while talking to The Nation,
expressed optimism that militant groups involved in the killings of police personnel
would be busted in near future, as accomplices of Mufti Shakir had either been
mostly arrested or killed in the last couple of months and the remaining would
be arrested in near future.
said that the newly established group Ansar al Sharia was a splinter group
emerged with the help of old militant groups like Jundullah, Daesh,
Lashker-e-Jhangvi, and was still out of the reach of law enforcement agencies.
said that the activists of Ansar al Sharia were educated professionals, who
operated cleverly and achieved their targets.
said that TTP, Jamaatul Ahrar also facilitated the splinter groups operating in
the city. He claimed that majority of high-profile cases had almost been
resolved as the facilitators in Lal Shahbaz Qalander Shrine blast had also been
also said that those who helped the inmates break the Central Jail had also
been arrested, while both the militants who had escaped from the jail still
remained at large.
new US statesmen should know that the failed experience of sanctions and force
brought their previous administrations to the negotiating table and if they are
inclined to get back to those experiences, Iran would certainly return in a
short time -- not a week or a month but within hours -- to a situation more
advanced than before the start of negotiations," President Rouhani said,
addressing the parliament in Tehran on Tuesday.
world has clearly seen that under Trump, America has ignored international
agreements and, in addition to undermining the (nuclear deal), has broken its
word on the Paris agreement, the Cuba accord, NAFTA and Transatlantic Accord
and has shown to the world and even its allies that the United States is no
good partner or reliable negotiator," he added.
said Iran has scored success in restoring its rights after complying with its
undertakings, while Washington has experienced defeat in seeing its excessive
demands met, and that's why the US is seeking excuse and violates the deal.
Rouhani underlined that Tehran is committed to its undertaking under the nuclear
deal, but will pursue and give an appropriate response to any violation by
said those in Washington who resort to the language of threat and sanction are
only "inmates of their own illusions, depriving themselves from the merits
of peace by fearmongering and making enemies".
Rouhani pointed to Trump's remarks that the US will tear apart the nuclear
deal, and said they have recently been informed by their advisors that such a
measure will isolate the US in the world, and they are now resorting to
allegations that Iran has violated the spirit of the nuclear deal. "This
is while 7 reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have
confirmed full implementation of the nuclear deal by Iran," he added.
relevant remarks earlier this month, President Rouhani warned Washington to
stop troubling implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and the world
powers, saying that his country would not keep calm to witness US violations.
Iranian state and military officials and foreign dignitaries during his
inauguration ceremony here in Tehran, the Iranian president ensured that Tehran
would not initiate withdrawing from the deal, but meantime, stressed that his
country would reciprocate US violations.
declare publicly that Iran will not initiate withdrawing from the JCPOA, but it
would not keep calm against the US actions," he said.
who was given a loud applause when he issued stern warnings to the US with
regard to his treatment of the nuclear deal, further referred to the US
president as a newcomer to the world of politics, and said, "I am not
addressing newcomers to the world of politics, but we tell veterans of this
world that those who intend to tear up the JCPOA will tear apart their
political career with such an action."
who received a longer applause by all the state and military officials present
at his inauguration ceremony for a second time, underlined that Iran expects
respect for the deal by all signatories, reiterating that Iran shows respect
only if it is respected by the opposite side.
is not the time for displaying the mother of all bombs; today is not the time
for unveiling mother of sanctions; lets unveil the mother of talks," the
Iranian president said, and urged the world to pick up the nuclear talks as a
role model for resolving global problems.
also reiterated Iran's quest for weapons development, stressing that Tehran's
arms development program is aimed at deterrence purposes. "We are after
peace. Our weapons are meant for peace and our (quest for) peace relies on our
victories herald end of Daesh in region: Iran official
senior Iranian official has hailed the recent gains made by Lebanon’s Hezbollah
resistance movement on the battlefield against Daesh, saying the victories
herald the Takfiri terrorist group’s collapse in the entire region.
of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani told Lebanon’s
al-Ahed news website on Tuesday that Hezbollah resistance fighters have dealt
heavy blows to extremist terrorists, preventing their infiltration from
neighboring Syria into Lebanon.
SNSC head said Hezbollah’s victories herald the annihilation of Daesh and foil
the plots being pursued by the West, Zionists and their Arab allies in the
month, Hezbollah conducted a six-day joint offensive with the Syrian army in
Arsal, which has been hardly hit by the spillover from the Syria crisis over
the past few years. Lebanon’s army did not formally declare its role in the
offensive, but shelled terrorist positions in the operation area.
resistance movement later said it had accomplished the main objective of the
to the Arsal operation, Shamkhani said the offensive demonstrated Hezbollah’s
resolve to purge terrorists from the Lebanese-Syrian border.
also highlighted the resistance movement’s important role in defeating
terrorists in Syria, noting, “The growing popularity of Hezbollah in the
Islamic world and Arab countries has enraged the Zionist regime and its
throws its weight behind the resistance movement and all the countries that are
battling terrorism on the frontline, he added.
further congratulated the Lebanese government, nation and Hezbollah on the 11th
anniversary of the country’s victory against Israel in the 2006 war.
victory during the 33-day war was a source of inspiration for the Palestinian
nation and [anti-Israel] resistance groups, especially in Gaza,” Shamkhani
win, he said, was “a mockery of Israel’s so-called invincible army” and proved
that the Islamic Ummah could defeat the world’s strongest militaries whenever
1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, lost their lives during Israel’s 33-day
war on Lebanon back in the summer of 2006.
fighters involved in defending Lebanon against the Israeli war defeated the
enemy, forcing Tel Aviv to withdraw without having achieved any of its
objectives, according to the Winograd Report by the Israeli regime itself.
Shercliff, the British Ambassador to Yemen, based in Saudi and criss-crossing
the region, said that UK has been playing a vigorous role in trying to help
achieve a political solution in Yemen.
who took over as Ambassador in February this year, told Al Arabiya: “We have
never stopped working tirelessly for a political settlement in Yemen. The
crisis is Yemeni-inspired, and the solution must, therefore, be
Yemeni-inspired. Therefore, it is not for us or any of the international actors
to prescribe exactly what the solution will be, but it is very much our role to
encourage and coerce all of the different parties to come to the table with an
definition it is very unhelpful for any party to escalate with further military
attacks on the basis of a response to anything, so we, as our prime minister
has said often, take Gulf security extremely seriously. Gulf security is our
security, so we understand fully the impact on Saudi Arabia’s national security
when missiles go over the border and we call upon all parties to deescalate as
much as possible, as quickly as possible, so we can get back to the negotiating
- Israeli police arrested a firebrand Islamic cleric on Tuesday who has been
repeatedly accused of inciting violence over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site
where tensions again flared last month.
Salah, released from prison in January after serving a nine-month sentence, is
accused of inciting violence and terrorism as well as support for and
participation in an illegal organisation, police said.
group, the radical northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was
outlawed in 2015 after it was accused of inciting violence linked to
Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
said in Tuesday’s statement that Salah, an Arab Israeli, is accused of having
publicly supported violent acts against the country on several occasions
following the ban on his organisation.
was not clear whether the accusations were linked to last month’s deadly unrest
surrounding the holy site, which includes the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the
golden-topped Dome of the Rock.
erupted in and around the compound after three Arab Israelis shot dead two
Israeli policemen on July 14.
responded by installing metal detectors at the entrance to the complex, used as
a staging point for the attack. For nearly two weeks, worshippers refused to
submit to the checks and staged mass prayers in surrounding streets.
protests and clashes left seven Palestinians dead, while three Israelis were
fatally stabbed by a Palestinian assailant. The crisis abated when Israel
removed the detectors.
served a nine-month prison term after being convicted of fomenting violent
protests over the holy site. He was convicted of having incited violence in a
2007 speech. He was convicted in 2014 and his appeals were later denied.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement following Salah’s
Tuesday arrest that he hoped “this time justice will be done and he will be
sent behind bars for a long time.”
compound, central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the third-holiest in
Islam and the most sacred for Jews.
is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed in a
move never recognised by the international community.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met with members of the Yemeni parliament at
Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.
members of Yemen’s House of Representatives affirmed their support of President
Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to restore stability to the country highlighting the
efforts made with neighboring countries, the international community and the
a consultative meeting held in Jeddah, the Yemeni parliamentarians called on
the international community to stand by their call to restore legitimacy to the
members also hailed the efforts of the popular resistance and the countries of
the Arab coalition, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE and their role to
provide all aspects of humanitarian support and assistance since the beginning
of the crisis.
Shura Council Chairman, Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh praised the
efforts of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in alleviating
the suffering of the Yemeni people.
Saudi forces, on Monday night, carried out a military operation on Houthi strongholds
opposite the border region of Jazan, Saudi Arabia.
units struck Houthi militias as they were preparing to conduct a ground
offensive on coalition forces' positions close to the al-Qarn village near
sources told Al Arabiya that a military ambush took place besieging the
units shelled Houthi missile platforms as well as militia units.
source concluded that the military plan succeeded, and the Saudi forces were
able to kill dozens of anti-government militants, and destroy supply lines and
Unit International which signed a drilling deal last week with Russia's
state-owned Zarubezhneft and Iran's Ghadir Investment Holding says the contract
is worth $7 billion.
drilling in Iran will take place at three oil fields estimated to hold 10
billion barrels of reserves and produce 100,000 barrels per day and a large
natural gas field with a production capacity of 75 billion cubic meters per
day, the company said on Tuesday.
did not name the field but said its reserves are enough to meet Turkey's gas
demands for the next 150 years, with the production equal to 1.5 times the 50
billion cubic meters of gas which Turkey imports annually.
has already signed a cooperation agreement with the National Iranian Oil
Company (NIOC) for the study of the third phase of the Darkhovin (Darquin) as
well as Sepehr and Jufair oil fields and Kish gas field.
to the Unit’s statement, the consortium will also be able to drill in other
parts of Iran.
is Turkey's second-biggest supplier of natural gas after Russia and sells about
10 billion cubic meters a year of gas under a 25-year supply deal to Turkey
which it uses for electricity generation.
deal is the first tripartite agreement of partnership and investment between
Iranian and foreign companies. Ghadir will lead the consortium, but all three
companies are equal partners where they will allocate equal investment shares
in the jointly-financed projects.
International is no stranger to Iran. Since 1982, the company has built five
power plants with a total capacity of 3,200 megawatts in the country which owns
the world’s largest gas reserves.
March, South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction (SK E&C) signed an
agreement with the Turkish company to build and operate five gas-fired power
plants in Iran with $4.2 billion of investment.
power stations would have a combined generation capacity of 5,000 megawatts,
making them Iran's largest privately developed power plants, South Korea’s
Yonhap news agency quoted SK E&C officials as saying at the time.
drilling agreement marks a new dawn in cooperation between Iranian, Russian and
Turkish companies, reflecting on the rapidly changing geopolitical dynamics in
the past two years, Turkey and Russia have climbed down from a collision course
over the former’s downing of a Russian bomber in Syria to cooperate on
implementing a ceasefire in the Arab country with the help of Iran.
has lifted a trade ban on Turkey, while keeping sanctions on imports of most
Western food and drink in place in retaliation for wide-ranging Western
the fallout in diplomatic relations is widening from the West’s support of
Turkish dissidents and Washington’s backing for Kurdish militants in Syria
which Ankara views as a security threat.
with Iran also being under US sanctions, Tehran, Ankara and Moscow might be
finding chemistry for an alliance of sorts which explains their first ever
joint venture signed in Moscow last Tuesday.
Daily Sabah paper said on Tuesday that a Turkish delegation from the National
Intelligence Organization (MiT), the Turkish armed forces and the foreign
ministry held talks in Tehran in mid-July with Iranian and Russian authorities.
Chief of Staff General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri is currently in Ankara, with
Daily Sabah quoting diplomatic sources as saying that the visit was a
"milestone” and would not have been possible unless both sides were
willing to draw to each other.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said Tuesday that Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Tehran “soon”, Mehr news agency reported.
graves found after Afghan forces recapture Shia village from Taliban
least 40 bodies have been found in several mass graves in a Shia Hazara village
in northern Afghanistan recently recaptured from the Taliban.
August 5, dozens of people were killed when Taliban attacked the village of
Mirza Olang in northern Sar-e Pul province. Local reports noted that members of
the Daesh terrorist group were cooperating with the Taliban during the attack.
The Taliban has denied such reports.
have so far discovered three mass graves in the village, containing the remains
of a total of 42 people, including three children, some of them beheaded,"
said Zabihullah Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
noted that 23 of the bodies had been left in one grave, while 11 more in a
second and eight in a third.
majority have been identified as civilians, while there might be a small number
of uprising forces too among them. Search operations will continue
tomorrow," he added.
announcement was made after the country’s army announced that the village had
been retaken from the insurgents following several days of severe clashes in
which at least 50 of the terrorists were killed.
majority have been identified as civilians, while there might be a small number
of uprising forces too among them. Search operations will continue
tomorrow," said Nasratullah Jamshidi.
occupying the village, the Taliban had taken some 235 people hostage, whom they
freed after reaching an agreement with local officials.
is still grappling with violence well over a decade after the US and its allies
invaded the country as part of the so-called war on terror. The invasion
removed the Taliban from power, but has failed to stop the militancy.
advantage of the chaos, the Daesh terror group, which is mainly based in the
Middle East, has managed to establish a foothold in the eastern Province of
of people, including women and children, have fled the recent wave of violence
fueled by Daesh terrorists in Nangarhar to take refuge in the provincial
Afghan aid workers employed by Catholic Relief Services were gunned down and
killed in central Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.
attack happened on Monday near the capital city of Ghor province, an area once
relatively peaceful but now home to active Taliban and Islamic State militants.
attack also wounded two employees, but the identity of the gunmen was unknown,
said Iqbal Nezami, a spokesman for the provincial police.
where the Taliban are seeking to restore Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster,
is consistently considered one of the deadliest countries in the world for aid
far this year at least 12 have died in Afghanistan, compared to 15 in all of
2016, according to the United Nations.
call on all parties to ensure that those providing humanitarian assistance have
safe access to the most vulnerable and can carry out their lifesaving work
unhindered," UN humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan Richard Peeperkorn
said in a statement about the CRS attack.
which could not immediately confirm the report, provides humanitarian aid to
more than 200,000 Afghans, with a focus on agriculture, education, and disaster
response, according to its website.
The Associated Press
DELHI (AP) — A suspected Islamist militant was killed in an explosion inside a
hotel in Bangladesh’s capital during a raid Tuesday on an alleged hideout.
chief A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque said that the man died in the explosion during the
raid that began early Tuesday.
identified the man as Saiful Islam, a college student. Details of his allegiance
to any Islamist groups were not immediately clear.
officials said a portion of the wall of the hotel fell from the force of the
was not immediately clear if any other suspects were in the Hotel Olio
International in downtown Dhaka.
police chief said they would examine whether the suspect was a member of
Jumatul Mujahedin Bangladesh, or JMB, a banned group responsible for many
attacks in recent years.
has been experiencing a rise in Islamic militancy in recent years. Banned
Islamist groups have targeted liberals, atheists and foreigners.
said it appeared the suspect had been planning an attack as the country was
mourning the death anniversary of its independence leader, Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman, who was assassinated in a military coup in 1975 along with most of his
family. The day is a national holiday in Bangladesh.
of people placed wreaths at a portrait of Rahman in front of his
home-turned-museum, where the assassination took place. The museum is close to
the hotel where Tuesday’s raid occurred.
year, in a major attack, suspected JMB members killed 20 hostages, including 17
foreigners, in a restaurant in Dhaka. The Islamic State group claimed
responsibility for the attack but authorities have rejected the claim and
blamed the JMB.
the 2016 assault, authorities have reinforced a crackdown on militants and
killed more than 50 suspects.
provincial governor of the northern Balkh province Ata Mohammad Noor harshly
criticized the national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and the national
directorate of security chief Mohammad Stanikzai after clashes in Balkh airport
on Monday night that left at least two people dead.
a short statement posted on his official Facebook page, Noor accused the two
top security officials of hatching conspiracies to destabilize the northern
said Balkh has been among the relatively calm and peaceful provinces and
conspiracies involving plans and projects to destabilize the province should be
comes as a clash broke out in Balkh airport in northern Afghanistan during the
arrest of the provincial council member Asif Momand.
was arrested late on Monday night in Balkh international airport days after he
had accused Ata Mohammad Noor of being involved in massive corruption.
Balkh security chief Syed Kamal Sadat confirmed that Momand was arrested on
Monday night and at least two of security guards were killed while two security
personnel were wounded.
governor spokesman Munir Farhad said Momand is accused of having role in the
corruption and has been arrested on orders of the judicial institutions.
slam Sun over 'Muslim Problem' opinion piece
than 100 cross-party politicians have signed an open letter demanding action
over a column in The Sun for "using Nazi-like language" regarding the
Muslim community in Britain, The Independent can reveal.
a scathing letter MPs from Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and the
Green party unite to say they "were truly outraged by the hate and
bigotry" in a comment piece written by the paper's former political editor
the article Mr Kavanagh argues Islam constitutes the "one unspoken
fear" which unites Britain and wider Europe but claims the phenomenon has
been suppressed by political correctness.
common denominator, almost unsayable until last week's furore over Pakistani
sex gangs, is Islam," he wrote after 18 people were convicted in a
Newcastle grooming gang last week.
to former equalities chief Trevor Phillips, and Labour MPs such as Rotherham's
Sarah Champion, it is acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a
concludes his piece by asking: "What will we do about The Muslim
letter to The Sun's editor - signed by 107 MPs - was organised by the Labour MP
Naz Shah and includes prominent politicians, including former Cabinet ministers
Baroness Warsi and Anna Soubry.
frontbenchers, including the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott Shadow and
Education Secretary Angela Rayner have also signed the letter, alongside Tory
MPs Tim Loughton and Gary Sreeter.
not appearing in the list of signatories, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed
the contents of the letter, claiming the newspaper had "published
statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities".
is wrong, dangerous and must be condemned, as Naz Shah's public letter does in
the clearest possible terms," he added.
letter is also published after Jewish and Muslim organisations issued a joint
complaint over the article to the press regulator, the Independent Press
Standards Organisation (Ipso).
printing of the phrase 'The Muslim Problem' - particularly with the
capitalisation and italics for emphasis - in a national newspaper sets a
dangerous precedent," states the complaint by the Board of Deputies of
British Jews, Tell Mama and Faith Matters.
politicians were particularly concerned with the use of "The Muslim
Problem", adding: "There is little doubt (especially with the
capitalisation of the three words) that Kavanagh was intentionally comparing
Muslims to the "The Jewish Problem": a phrase used in the last
century, to which the Nazis responded with the "Final Solution" - the
Holocaust, as outlined by the Board of Deputies of British Jews in their
compliant letter to Ipso".
letter continued: "It is shocking that in the 21st century a columnist is using
such Nazi-like terminology about a minority community.
are sure that you are aware how media reporting about Islam and Muslims has
created an atmosphere of hostility against Muslims and that hate crime against
Muslims is on the rise."
currently face threats from far right and neo-Nazi groups in the UK and your
publication of this article can therefore only be seen as an attempt to further
stoke up hatred and hostility against Muslims.
implore you to not only retract this article but given the sacking of Mr Myers
following his disgraceful anti-Semitic article in the The [Sunday] Times,
strongly consider whether Mr Kavanagh's brand of bigotry fits with your vision
for the paper."
Corbyn added: "With hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in Britain and
Neo-Nazis inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, we must stand in
solidarity and unity with all our communities and not let hate divide us."
a spokesperson for The Sun said: "We strongly reject the allegation that
Trevor Kavanagh is inciting Islamophobia. He is reflecting the links between
immigration, religion and crime in the context of a trial of largely Pakistani
added: "Indeed he quotes Trevor Phillips, former head of the EHRC: 'What
the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims and
many of them would claim to be practising. It is not Islamaphobic to point this
suggestion that this article is promoting Islamophobia is a deliberate
misreading of a very serious subject. Furthermore, it was never the intention
that other elements of the column would be equated to Nazi-like
Tuesday, a representative for Ipso told The Independent they had received a
total of 150 complaints about the piece. "As you'll appreciate, Ispo does
not comment on any complaints while they are being assessed," they said.
I can confirm that we have had a total of 150 complaints about the piece to
which you refer, mostly under Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors' Code
failed in Afghanistan campaign, must withdraw forces: Russia official
senior Russian official has described the US military campaign in Afghanistan
as a failure, calling for the withdrawal of American troops from the country,
which has now become “an incubator of international terrorism.”
American campaign in Afghanistan has failed. Afghanistan risks becoming a global
incubator of international terrorism. It has, in fact, already partially grown
to become it,” said Russian Foreign Ministry’s Director of the Second Asian
Department Zamir Kabulov, who also serves as President Vladimir Putin’s special
envoy to Afghanistan.
in an interview on Monday with the Moscow-based Izvestia daily, Kabulov
underlined that the Kremlin does not see the need for further presence of US
military forces in the war-ravaged nation.
never hastened the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. But since the US
Army [campaign] there has come to nothing, let them leave Afghanistan.”
Russian diplomat further emphasized that Moscow firmly opposes Washington’s
idea of replacing its regular army troops in Afghanistan with military
contractors saying, “The US is in despair, and [its] plans to replace the
professional armed forces with mercenaries are stupid.”
will not lead to anything good: mercenaries will simply break into a run. They
recruit them from around the world, offering cash. How are they going to fight
against the Taliban?” he asked.
development came after US President Donald Trump stated on Thursday that he is
“very close” to announcing a new strategy on Afghanistan.
a very big decision for me,” he told reporters in Bedminster. “I took over a
mess, and we’re going to make it a lot less messy.”
is while Commander to US forces in Afghanistan Army General John Nicholson
described the situation in Afghanistan as a “stalemate” during a hearing
earlier this year before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
further stated that while he has enough troops for counterterrorism operations
against the likes of local Taliban militants as well as al-Qaeda, and Daesh
terrorists, he would like several thousand more in order to boost the
capabilities of the Afghan security forces.
have adequate resourcing in my counter-terrorism mission,” Nicholson claimed in
February. “But the train, advise and assist mission has a shortfall of a few
thousand troops,” he added, noting that the extra troops could come from the
United States and its allies, many of whom are fighting in Afghanistan.
US commander further asserted that the new offensive capability would
eventually “break the stalemate in Afghanistan,” but it would also require an
upsurge of troops stationed in the terror-torn country in order to adequately
train Afghan forces, specifically urging more funding for Afghanistan’s air
said on Monday it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after
the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its
Regeni was 28 when he vanished from the streets of Cairo in January 2016. His
body was discovered in a ditch on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital on
February 3, showing signs of extensive torture.
recalled its ambassador in April 2016 as it sought to obtain evidence from
Egypt to solve the murder. Magistrates in Rome and Cairo have met a half-dozen
times over the past year, but no one has been charged.
Italian government’s commitment remains to clarify the tragic disappearance of
Giulio,” Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement.
an authoritative liaison (ambassador) will help, through contacts with the
Egyptian authorities, reinforce judicial cooperation and as a consequence the
search for the truth,” Alfano said.
who had been looking into Egypt’s independent unions for his doctorate thesis
at Cambridge, attracted the suspicion of the Cairo government before his
disappearance, sources told Reuters last year.
and intelligence sources told Reuters that Regeni had been arrested in Cairo on
January 25, 2016, and taken into custody. Egyptian officials have denied any
involvement to Regeni's death.
parents have strongly opposed Italy re-normalising relations with Egypt, saying
this would remove pressure on Egypt to hold someone accountable for the murder.
chief prosecutor said he spoke to his Egyptian counterpart earlier on Monday
and the two agreed to meet again later this year after they recovered
closed-circuit TV footage from the metro station near where Regeni had lived.
sides agreed that the investigative activity and collaboration will continue
until the truth about all of the circumstances that led to the kidnapping and
death of Giulio Regeni is discovered,” Giuseppe Pignatone said in a statement.
murder has strained ties between Italy and Egypt, traditional Mediterranean
allies with strong economic ties.
flock to Egypt’s beaches and ancient monuments every year, and in 2015 Italy’s
state-owned oil giant Eni discovered the biggest natural gas field ever found
off the Egyptian coast.
Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar has met Russian foreign and defense
ministers during a visit to Moscow.
held separate talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu on Monday.
his meeting with Lavrov, the Libyan commander told reporters that he asked
Russia for military aid.
am sure Russia remains a good friend of ours and will not refuse to help,”
Haftar said, without disclosing what kind of assistance he had specifically
described the outcome of his meeting with Lavrov as “very positive.”
briefed [Lavrov] on our problems, described the picture in whole. Naturally, the
Russian side considers how it can participate in the search for the required
decisions. We’d be delighted if Russia continues to participate in this work,”
he said, without explaining.
said that Haftar referred to the role of his self-styled Libyan National Army
(LNA) in fighting terrorism in Libya during the meeting with the Russian
reportedly told Haftar at the start of the meeting that, “The situation in
Libya remains complicated, the extremism threat in your motherland is still not
top Russian diplomat also underlined the significance of seeking a political
solution to the political and military conflicts in Libya.
we are aware of the steps being undertaken and actively support the tendency…
for political reconciliation, full restoration of statehood in your country,”
Russian Foreign Ministry said in a separate statement on the meeting that
Russia had stressed the importance of inclusive dialog involving “all major
political forces, tribes and regions” in the north African country.
was also confirmed that Russia is ready to provide further assistance in
promoting the political process, in contact with all Libyan parties,” the
also held a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu following his
talks with Lavrov.
Russian Defense Ministry said in a brief statement that the “basic attention
[of the meeting] was focused on the developments in North Africa with a focus
on the situation in Libya,” adding that the two sides had stressed the
importance of continued bilateral consultations.
visit to Russia, which started on Saturday, was his third. He had last visited
the Russian capital in November 2016.
has faced chaos since an uprising and a US-led military intervention resulted
in the downfall of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country has
been grappling with insecurity and the emergence of numerous militant groups,
including Daesh, since then.
now has two governments, the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is
based in Tripoli and is led by Fayez al-Sarraj, and the other being centered in
the far east, in the city of Tobruk.
LNA is loyal to the government in Tobruk.
- In a time when most of Europe is in the grips of atheism, there is a nation
where Christianity seems to not only be holding its own but some say is
a government that is unabashedly Christian, that thinks Christian values are
worth defending; that wants to protect and even nourish the family.
constitution is explicitly Christian, and says that marriage is between one man
and one woman and that life begins at conception. It even includes the phrase,
"God bless the Hungarians."
Faith Church, with 300 branches, is one of the largest Pentecostal churches in
Europe, with 70,000 attendees.
for Persecuted Christians
the Hungarian government has taken on the role of protecting Christianity. It's
even set up an office to help persecuted Christians worldwide.
CBN News revealed the story of Sweden's threat to deport Iranian actress Aideen
Strandsson back to certain prison and torture in Islamic Iran, only one nation
stepped up and offered her asylum: Hungary.
Hungarian government says, "Taking in persecuted Christians is our moral
and constitutional duty."
to Its Christian Roots
policy analyst István Pócza says Hungary has only returned to its roots as a
historic bastion of Christianity, dating back over a thousand years.
wants to protect the European values; European Christian Jewish values,"
he told CBN News.
in Hungary has survived almost 200 years of Muslim Ottoman rule and Soviet
of State Zoltán Kovács told us, "You have to stick to your traditions and
legacies. Europe's legacy is a Christian legacy, not necessarily in a religious
form but most definitely in a cultural form."
it's this belief that has Hungary locked in a battle with the European Union
Prime Minister Viktor Mihály Orbán has accused the European Union of trying to
Islamize Europe, and Hungary has infuriated Brussels by building a fence to
keep illegal migrants out.
has essentially told the European Union to 'take a hike' when it comes to open
borders. Hungary has seen the terrorism and chaos caused by migration in
Western Europe and has said, "not here."
European Union has even gone to court to force Hungary, Poland and the Czech
Republic to take in migrants. Mr. Oban has accused Brussels of
the borders to stop illegal migration is indeed a solution, and this is
actually the only way to reinstate law and order at the borders of the European
union, and not the other way around," Kovács told CBN News.
says it matters that most of the migrants trying to enter Hungary are Muslim.
And he says Western European nations are paying a heavy price by pretending
that Islam doesn't matter.
been living with and close to Islam for centuries in the past and we know about
it. So, that's why it does matter who has come in and in what manner people are
coming," Kovács told CBN News.
Is No Putin, Or Is He?
is often portrayed in the western media as a version of Vladimir Putin; an
undemocratic strongman. In fact, at an EU summit in 2015, the European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reportedly greeted Orbán with the
words, "Hello, dictator."
is most certainly not a dictatorship. But Orbán's critics accuse him of
corruption and using the instruments of government against his political
opponents, including the recent billboard campaign against billionaire George
Lattmann of the Institute of International Relations told us, "What we see
in Hungary today is the shameless use of public money, of tax money to
formulate pro-government messages."
Hunyadi of the Political Capital Policy Research and Consulting Institute said,
"Since 2008 the Hungarian government headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
has been continuously weakening the system of checks and balances and weakening
Orbán, a man who even his critics concede is a skilled politician, doesn't seem
to have a serious political rival, and he will probably remain in power,
meaning Hungary's standoff with the European Union over migrants is likely to
sources said that ISIL has executed its own foreign-national members after they
fled their positions in battle with the Syrian Army troops in Deir Ezzur's
neighborhoods and in the town of Muhassan and in the villages of Bu Leil and
the meantime, the army men, backed up by the Syrian Air Force, engaged in
fierce clashes with ISIL near Deir Ezzur airbase and along the road to the
village of al-Baqaliyeh, destroying their positions and killing several
the army aircraft bombed heavily ISIL's positions and movements in the villages
of Ayyash, Hatleh, al-Hosseiniyeh, Huweija Sakar and al-Maqaber (cemetery)
region, destroying several positions of terrorists.
reports said on Tuesday that the army soldiers clashed fiercely with ISIL
around Deir Ezzur airbase, destroying a drone equipped with camera and several
bombs before reaching the pro-government forces' positions.
the army units exchanged fire with ISIL in al-Roshdiyeh neighborhoods in Deir
Ezzur city, destroying one of their positions and killing several militants.
the meantime, the Syrian warplanes bombed heavily ISIL's positions in the
villages of Shoula, al-Baqiliyeh, al-Maqaber region, Ayyash, Ein Bou Jom'ah and
Panorama region, destroying terrorists' military equipment and killing a number
military convoy of ISIL terrorists with at least six large military vehicles
was en route from Northeast of the town of Humeimeh in Eastern Homs to the
depth of Badiyeh in Deir Ezzur.
artillery and aircraft pounded the convoy and destroyed most of the vehicles,
killing a number of their crew.
the meantime, the artillery and missile unis opened heavy fire at ISIL's
movements East of Jubb al-Jarrah, destroying two military vehicles and killing
reports said on Tuesday that the army troops took control of the villages and
towns of al-Koum, Vaha al-Koum, Jourah al-Jamal, Najiran, Ein Sabkha and Um
Qabibeh after hours of non-stop battle with terrorists.
army men also advanced against ISIL in T2 station in Eastern Homs and captured
the strategic hill of Abu Fares Northwest of the town of Humeimeh.
army men continued their advances against ISIL in Eastern Hama and imposed
control over Jubb al-Mazare'a hill overlooking the village of Salba.
military source said that the army's siege on ISIL in Salba has been tightened
and terrorists' supply line from the Western direction to the village has been
cut off after the pro-government forces took control over Jubb al-Mazare'a.
suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in
the meantime, the army's artillery units shelled terrorists' positions in
Southeastern Hama and repelled their attack on pro-government forces' positions
in the small town of Tal Dareh West of the town of al-Salamiyah, killing and
wounding a number of militants.
reports said on Tuesday that the army men managed to advance almost 10km
against ISIL near the town of Ithriya Southeast of Katfah and captured several
hills and heights overlooking the region. The army soldiers also freed the
village of Tweinat in Eastern Hama from ISIL.
the meantime, the army units liberated several hills along the road connecting
the town of Aqayrabat towards the Northwestern direction of Palmyra city in
satellite images showed a clear build-up of Syrian Air Force attack aviation at
the Kuweires Airbase in Aleppo province.
aircraft in question are L-39 light attack jets, a staple asset of the air
force tactical airpower.
on satellite pictures taken of the nearby al-Nayrab Airbase (also in Aleppo
province), it appears that the build-up of military aircraft at the Kuweires
Airbase came at the direct expense of al-Nayrab.
images show that at least nine L-39s of twelve once present at al-Nayrab
Airbase were relocated to the Kuweires Airbase at some point in the last six
official reason for the transferal of attack aircraft from the al-Nayrab
Airbase to the Kuweires Airbase is unknown at this time.
military airport said on Thursday that Jarah military airbase in Aleppo came
back into operation and Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out several anti-ISIL
sorties from the airport.
source said that Jarah airbase was being used again by Damascus and Moscow
after four years of occupation by the terrorists.
added that the Syrian and Russian fighter jets stationed in Jarah help the
Syrian ground troops and their allies in their operations against the ISIL
terrorist group in Eastern Hama and Southern Raqqa.
announced that the air force launched Tal Afar liberation operation by carrying
out aerial attacks on ISIL's positions on Tuesday.
stressed that the ground offensive to retake Tal Afar, located 70 kilometers
West of Mosul, will start following the completion of those strikes.
the start of the offensive, a local source said that six large explosions
rocked several areas in Tal Afar. One of the blasts reportedly hit a workshop
used to manufacture explosives in West of the city.
were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage inflicted on
top Iraqi general said on Sunday that the Iraqi army was fully ready with a
plan in its hands to attack ISIL in Tal Afar and recapture the strategic
army was awaiting a command from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to move
onto Tal Afar, Othman al-Ghanimi, said Iraqi army’s chief of staff.
Afar has been under the control of ISIL since 2014 when vast territories in
Northern Iraq fell into the hands of the militant group. Following the
liberation of Mosul in July, Abadi vowed to soon dislodge the ISIL militants in
Tal Afar, Hawija and other areas.
ministry's report said that 2,168 regions have joined nationwide reconciliation
plan after militants in more regions ended fight with the Damascus government.
talks between the Damascus official and militants are underway in the provinces
of Aleppo, Idlib, Damascus, Hama, Homs and Quneitra.
ministry said last week militants in more regions laid down weapons and joined
peace agreement with the Syrian Army.
Ministry said in its report that gunmen in more regions ended fight with Syrian
government forces, adding, "The total number of regions, towns and
villages that endorsed peace agreement with Damascus stands at 2,131."
Saudi official on Wednesday said that the Kingdom has never requested Iranian
mediation in its affairs.
news that says otherwise is false, he added.
to an SPA report, the official said: “Saudi Arabia affirms its strong stance
which rejects any association in any shape or form with the Iranian regime
which spreads terrorism and extremism in the region and internationally, and
interferes in other countries’ matters.”
continued noting that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “sees that negotiations are
not possible with current Iranian system after time has shown that it is one
that doesn’t respect rules, diplomatic norms and the principles of diplomatic
is a system that continues to lie and distorts facts. The Kingdom affirms the
dangers of the Iranian regime and its hostile tendencies towards international
peace and stability, he added.”
Kingdom, he said, “calls upon all countries of the world to work towards
deterring the Iranian regime from its aggressive actions and to compel it to
comply with international law, United Nations resolutions and diplomatic
regulations and customs.”
statements attributed to the Iraqi Minister of Interior, Qassem al-Aaragi,
claimed that the Kingdom had asked the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haydar al-Aabadi,
during his visit to Saudi Arabia to mediate with Iran.
Lebanese military has managed to wrest control of several areas near the Syrian
border in its latest push against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group operating
in the region.
fresh army advances took place on the outskirts of Lebanon’s northeastern
village of Ras Baalbek on Wednesday, the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen TV channel
gains came following missile and artillery attacks on Daesh positions in Ras
Baalbek as well as the nearby town of al-Qaa and the village of al-Fakiha.
the past days, the Lebanese army has been targeting the Daesh hideouts along
the Syrian border.
the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah concluded a joint campaign with the
Syrian army at the highlands of Arsal to dislodge terrorists from the area.
militants of al-Nusra Front, now known as Fateh al-Sham, withdrew following a
series of consecutive defeats that forced them to agree to a ceasefire deal.
Monday, the last remaining militants were evacuated to Syria under the truce
was hardly hit by the spillover of the Syria crisis in 2014, when militants
managed to overrun the town for a brief period.
Arabia has completed the demolition of al-Musawara neighborhood in the Shia
town of Awamiyah, says a local official.
to Eastern Province’s secretariat on Tuesday, the demolition of the
neighborhood has been fully completed in preparation for the commencement of
reports claim that some 60 bulldozers were engaged in the operations.
May, Riyadh has imposed a deadly crackdown on Awamiyah -- the hometown of late
prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, whose execution by the Al Saud
regime sparked condemnation and protests throughout the Middle East. Saudi
authorities call the clampdown a “security campaign” against the gunmen there,
and used it as a pretext to launch almost daily attacks against the town,
destroying residential areas, setting fire to buildings, and reportedly threatening
the residents to either leave or face potentially deadly swoops.
week, foreign journalists witnessed the destruction wrought by Saudi forces on
the town after they were permitted entry for the first time. Since July 26,
they said, Saudi authorities have prevented emergency services from reaching
the wounded and failed to provide humanitarian assistance to trapped Awamiyah
residents also noted that an order had never been issued for people to leave
Awamiyah while their only chance out of the town had been short periods
coordinated with local volunteers and activists.
situated in Eastern Province, has long been a flashpoint between the Al Saud
family and the inhabitants complaining of discrimination.
Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, recently
said that the world body could not independently verify the reports coming out
of Awamiyah, but all Riyadh’s actions should be in line with its commitments to
is while multiple human rights groups have voiced concerns over the situation
in Awamiyah, and criticized Western countries for keeping mum on Saudi Arabia’s
month, Ottawa expressed “deep concerns” over the Saudis' apparent use of
Canadian military equipment in their growing crackdown against the minority
Shia citizens in the restive Eastern Province.
Lebanese army says its forces have advanced along the Syrian border, tightening
the noose on the areas controlled by Daesh Takfiri militants.
left bombs and explosive belts behind in the areas captured by the Lebanese
troops on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Tuesday, the army
said in a statement.
body of an unidentified man was also discovered in the areas, the statement
present, only Daesh terrorists have remained in the area, as militants
affiliated with the Levant People's Brigades and al-Qaeda have left the area.
Lebanese army has been making preparations to launch massive offensive on Daesh
positions along the Syrian border for weeks, massing reinforcements and bombing
the area with artillery shells and rockets.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement and the Syrian army are preparing to
launch a simultaneous attack on the Syrian side of the border.
Monday, 3,000 Syrian refugees and 300 Saraya Ahl al-Sham militants started
evacuating eastern Arsal after the defeat of Takfiri terrorists during a
departure comes as part of an agreement that followed a July's offensive by the
Lebanese resistance movement and the Syrian army to drive out militants from
their last stronghold in the border area between Lebanon and Syria.
this month, the Lebanese resistance movement said its fighters had regained
control over all areas in Arsal, which lies about 124 kilometers northeast of
Al-Nusra Front terrorists, now known as Fateh al-Sham, withdrew following a
series of consecutive defeats that forced them to agree to a ceasefire.
the truce deal, the Syrian government will shuttle the militants and their families
to Idlib Province and some other areas.
launched a major push on July 21 to clear both sides of Lebanon's border with
Syria of “armed terrorists.” Hezbollah fighters have fended off several Daesh
attacks inside Lebanon. They have also been providing assistance to Syrian army
forces to counter the ongoing foreign-sponsored militancy.
Friday, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the next
phase of the battle with terrorists would be aimed at eliminating the Daesh terrorists
in the border areas between Lebanon and Syria. He also stressed that that the
areas liberated from the control of the militants would be handed over to the
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