President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia Bandar bin Mohammed Al
Aiban (centre) delivers as speech before the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.
Have Nothing to Do With Islam: Federal Information Minister
to Examine Triple Talaq Ordinance: Supreme Court of India
Minister of Bangladesh: Whoever Insults Islam Will Be Punished According To the
Sent Experts to Cover Up Khashoggi Murder: Turkey
Arabia’s Human Rights Record under Fire at UN
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Arabia’s human rights record under fire at UN
Saudi Arabia insisted at the UN on Monday that its investigation into the
killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be “fair”, amid a barrage of
criticism from countries over the brutal murder.
half-day public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva comes just over
a month after the royal insider-turned-critic was murdered in the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul.
so-called Universal Periodic Review — which all 193 UN countries must undergo
approximately every four years — came as a Turkish official charged on Monday
that Saudi Arabia had sent experts to Turkey to cover up the journalist’s
murder before allowing Turkish police in to search the consulate.
Monday’s review, Western countries especially voiced outrage at the killing,
with many calling for a “credible” and “transparent” investigation, and some,
like Iceland and Costa Rica, going further and demanding an international
Ambassador Julien Braithwaite told the council his country was “gravely
concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Saudi Arabia”,
pointing to women’s rights, mass arrests of rights defenders and extensive use
of the death penalty. The Saudi delegation meanwhile barely mentioned the case,
choosing instead to highlight the “progress made towards the protection and
promotion of human rights”, including reforms that among other things have
allowed women to drive in the ultra-conservative country.
the delegation chief and head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bandar Al
Aiban, did touch on the case briefly, stressing at the end of the review that
“our country is committed to carry out a fair investigation”. “All persons
involved in that crime will be prosecuted,” he said, stressing that “the
investigation is continuing in line with our domestic laws”.
review also focused heavily on the use of the death penalty in the country,
especially for alleged crimes committed when the perpetrator was under the age
of 18. The kingdom has one of the world’s highest rates of execution, with
suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug
trafficking facing the death penalty.
countries urged Saudi Arabia to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty or
to abolish it altogether, and to explicitly ban its use for juvenile offenders.
rights were also high on the agenda. While many countries hailed some progress
in this area, including the fact that the country now permits women to drive,
they warned that much more reform was needed. The country especially faced
criticism over its male guardianship system which allows men to exercise
arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives.
sent to cover up Khashoggi murder
Arabia sent two experts to Istanbul with the specific aim of covering up
evidence after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in
Istanbul, a Turkish official said on Monday.
believe that the two individuals came to Turkey for the sole purpose of
covering up evidence of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder before the Turkish police were
allowed to search the premises,” a senior Turkish official said, asking not to
official confirmed a report in the Sabah newspaper saying that chemicals expert
Ahmad Abdulaziz Al Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya Al Zahrani were
among a team sent from Saudi Arabia purportedly to investigate the murder last
report said they visited the consulate every day from their arrival on Oct 11
until Oct 17. Saudi Arabia only allowed Turkish police to finally search the
consulate on Oct 15.
sons of Khashoggi, Salah and Abdullah, told CNN they wanted Saudi Arabia to
return the body so that he could be buried in Madina with the rest of his
raged on Monday near a Yemeni port crucial for humanitarian aid, but Saudi
Arabia and its allies said they were committed to de-escalating hostilities
with rebels as calls for a ceasefire mount.
United Nations has appealed for urgent peace talks and warned that an assault
on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida would threaten millions of lives.
and government sources both reported intense fighting in the area on Monday,
despite calls by the UN and the United States — which provides military
support to the Saudi-led camp — for an end to the war.
in the Saudi-led coalition told AFP the clashes were not “offensive
operations”, adding that the alliance was “committed to keeping the Hodeida
coalition source said the government alliance was “committed to de-escalating
hostilities in Yemen and strongly supportive of the UN envoy’s political
the Houthis fail to show up for peace talks again, this might lead [us] to
restart the offensive operation in Hodeida,” the source said.
Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry Monday said the rioters merely used
the name of religion for their ulterior motives and they had nothing to do with
protestors merely used the name of religion and they had nothing to do with
Islam. How the followers of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), who was sent
by Allah Almighty as a blessing for the universe, could cause pain to others,”
he said at a press conference here. To a question, Fawad regretted the moral
degradation of protestors, who looted a fruit-seller also and insulted
womenfolk on roads without remorse.
a query, the minister took the credit for resolving the recent crisis through
wisdom and sagacity, saying the government wanted to resolve the issue amicably
rather than using force. He said the federal government has decided to pay
compensation to the affectees of the sit-ins staged by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik
Pakistan (TLP) and the provincial governments have been asked to submit details
in this regard.
minister hailed the political parties and the opposition for their support on
the issue of TLP sit-ins against Asia Bibi’s acquittal by the apex court. All
the parties showed political maturity and sent a strong message that the
national leadership was on one page on the issue, he said, adding that the
opposition parties were taken into confidence on all matters of national
security. The government was in close contact with the respective focal persons
of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N),
minister said the European Union Human Rights Court had decreed blasphemy
against Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as illegal. It was a great victory
of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, which had taken up the case with
the governments across the globe, he added.
the prime minister’s devotion to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), Fawad
said Imran Khan was an ‘Aashiq-e-Rasool’ (Devotee of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be
Upon Him). He always landed in Madina bare-foot and making Pakistan like the
State of Madina was his ideal.
the issue of media censorship, the minister said the PTI government had ended
censorship on the state media. The government had only asked the social media
websites (Twitter, etc) to take into account the sensitivity on the issue of
religious hatred. The Facebook has blocked some accounts for hate content on the
request of the government, he added.
a question, the minister said the government and the opposition parties are in
unison on almost all matters. The only reason of discord is the government’s
unwillingness to grant an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) to the
corrupt politicians. The looters would have to return the stolen money, he
said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s landmark visit to China is a great success
which has opened up new vistas of cooperation on the economic and strategic fronts.
He said Pakistan and China have decided to do trading in Chinese RMB instead of
American dollar, adding that Pakistan-China current trade volume stands at 15
billion dollars. He said the switchover will reduce burden on the country’s
said Pak-China cooperation in the space programme was another achievement in
the scientific relations, adding that the first Pakistani astronaut would be
sent to the space with the help of China in 2022. He said the Pakistan Space
and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) would invite applications
from the interested individuals by 2019. In a lighter vein, he said all the
corrupt politicians and mischief-makers should be dispatched to the space for
good. The SUPARCO should be tasked with this mission for greater good of the
country, he added.
minister said Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and other
regional countries as well as the United States were improving. On the
international front, he said, Pakistan has emerged as a leading Islamic state.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has been playing the role of a mediator in the
Middle East crisis. The Islamic world is looking towards the prime minister for
the resolution of Yemen issue,” he added.
reiterated the government’s stance to take the accountability of the corrupt to
a logical conclusion. The accountability process would not be used for
political settlements as was practised by the past regimes, he said, adding
that the last PPP and PML-N governments fooled the people in the name of
accountability. “The nation is lucky to have Imran Khan as their prime
minister, who does not believe in giving concessions as he has no vested
interests,” he added.
to examine triple talaq ordinance: Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India on Friday November 3, declined to assess the
constitutionality of an ordinance, promulgated on September 19, making the
declaration of instantaneous triple talaq by a Muslim husband of his wife an
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi being the head of the Bench in this petition,
reasoned that two months have already passed since the promulgation of the
ordinance, which has a life of only six months unless ratified by the
other words, the Chief Justice left it to the parliament to debate the legality
of the ordinance, saying the Winter Session of the Parliament is shortly to
don't like to interfere…”, the Chief Justice addressed the lawyers for Samastha
Kerala Jamiathul, one of the biggest religious organisation of the Sunni Muslim
scholars and clerics in Kerala, which had challenged the ordinance.
advocate Raju Ramachandran said the very promulgation of the ordinance is a
“fraud on the Constitution.” But the Chief Justice Gogoi restrained the line of
argument, saying it was not necessary to “go so high.”
court allowed the petitioner to withdraw the plea.
Jamiathul said the only objective of the ordinancee is “to punish Muslim
Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018 was notified on
September 19 makes instant triple talaq a penal offence.
4 imposes a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment when a Muslim husband
pronounces talaq thrice consecutively. The offence is cognizable and
the motive was to protect a Muslim wife in an unhappy marriage, no reasonable
person can believe that the means to ensure it is by putting an errant husband
in jail for three years and create a non-bailable offence for merely saying
'talaq, talaq, talaq',” the petition contended.
is absurd that for an utterance which has no legal effect, whether spoken by
Muslim, Hindu or Christian, it is only the Muslim husband who is penalised with
a three-year sentence.
of wives cannot be achieved by incarceration of husbands… the intent behind the
ordinance is not abolition of triple talaq but punishment of Muslim husbands,”
Jamiathul, represented by advocate Zulfiker Ali P.S, contended.
urged the court to stay the operation of the ordinance while questioning the
haste with which the government promulgated it.
petition contends that the Supreme Court has already declared the utterance of
triple talaq “null and void”. If triple talaq has thus no legal effect, why
should the government go ahead and make it an offence now?
(AsiaNews) - The religion of Bangladesh "is Islam. Anyone who pronounces
offensive comments against it or against the Prophet Muhammad will be
prosecuted according to the law “stated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
yesterday. She was speaking at a
gathering of madrassas [Koranic schools] in Dhaka. "I know that on social
media - she added - there is a lot of propaganda. Pay them no attention ".
event was organized by Al-Hiyatul Ulya Lil-Zamiatil Qawmiya, an organization
that gathers the "Qawmi" institutes, Islamic schools not managed by
the government that follow a specific educational model. The meeting was an
opportunity to thank the government for recognizing the educational
qualifications obtained in these madrassas on a par with postgraduate courses
in public schools.
the occasion, the executive has also decided to postpone the school exams that
were to be held yesterday, attracting the criticism of many teachers. In all,
2.7 million children had to take the test.
the stage, Hasina said that in Bangladesh "there is no place for Islamic
militancy, terrorism and corruption. Bangladesh wants to show that Islam is a
religion of peace and wants to be a peaceful, prosperous and developed country
". Finally she recalled that Saudi Arabia is providing donations to build
560 "model madrassas" and has invited everyone to pray for the
general elections, which should take place in the last week of December.
sent experts to cover up Khashoggi murder: Turkey
- Despite extensive searches by Turkish police, the body of murdered Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi still has not been recovered.
than a month after the Saudi royal-insider-turned critic was killed inside the
mission on October 2, Turkey has still yet to recover the remains amid claims
that his body was dissolved in acid.
killing of the 59-year-old has severely dented the kingdom’s image in the West
and put powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the defencive. “We believe
that the two individuals came to Turkey for the sole purpose of covering up
evidence of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder before the Turkish police were allowed to
search the premises,” a senior Turkish official said, asking not to be named.
official confirmed a report in the Sabah newspaper saying that chemicals expert
Ahmad Abdulaziz al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani were among
a team sent from Saudi Arabia purportedly to investigate the murder last month.
The report said they visited the consulate every day from their arrival on
October 11 until October 17. Saudi Arabia only allowed Turkish police to
finally search the consulate on October 15. After weeks of allegations in
pro-government media, Turkey’s chief prosecutor last week confirmed Khashoggi
was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate and the body was dismembered.
despite intensive searches by Turkish police, there is still no trace of his
remains. The sons of Khashoggi, Salah and Abdullah, told CNN they wanted Saudi
Arabia to return the body so that he could be buried in Medina with the rest of
allegation of the deployment of a “clean-up” team came after Yasin Aktay, an
advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hinted Friday that the body may even
have been destroyed in acid.
Vice President Fuat Oktay told the official Anadolu news agency Monday that
“all those reports should be investigated”.
Riyadh has arrested 18 individuals on suspicion of involvement, the key
question remains over who gave the order to kill Khashoggi.
an editorial published in The Washington Post Friday, Erdogan said it came from
“the highest levels” of the Saudi government, while he did “not believe for a
second” that Saudi’s King Salman had ordered the crime.
media have pointed the finger at powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and
analysts have said Ankara is keen to have the heir sidelined from the nexus of
power in Riyadh.
a murder was committed and it was premeditated. Who gave the command for this
murder to be carried out on Turkish soil?” Oktay echoed the president’s
question in Monday’s interview.
Erdogan has yet to directly accuse Prince Mohammed, who has condemned the
murder “a repulsive incident”.
unnamed Turkish official said Monday: “The fact that a clean-up team was
dispatched from Saudi Arabia nine days after the murder suggests that
Khashoggi’s slaying was within the knowledge of top Saudi official.”
Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb met with Turkish authorities last week in
Istanbul. But this visit appeared to be a fiasco, with the Saudi official
refusing to share information from Riyadh’s own investigation, according to
Mohammed had been heralded in some quarters before the murder as a modern Arab
reformer spearheading a bold vision to transform the country and make it less
dependent on energy resources.
image has now been severely battered. There is also a new international focus
on Saudi’s involvement in the war in Yemen where 14 million people now stand at
the brink of famine in Yemen in what the United Nations has called the world’s
worst humanitarian crisis
outrage has alarmed business leaders seeking a foothold in the crown prince’s
reform drive but many have insisted they have no intention of pulling out.
Son, the head of Japanese firm SoftBank which has major investments in Saudi
Arabia, on Monday condemned the killing but indicated he would continue to do
business with the kingdom.
horrible as this event was, we cannot turn our backs on the Saudi people as we
work to help them in their continued efforts to reform and modernise their society.”
extensive searches by Turkish police, the body of murdered Saudi journalist
Jamal Khashoggi still has not been recovered.
accused Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb (L) of refusing to share
information from Ryiadh’s own probe when he visited Istanbul last week.
Son, the head of Japanese firm SoftBank which has major investments in Saudi
Arabia, has condemned the killing but indicated he would continue to do
business with Riyadh.
steps down as head of Muslim scholars’ group
Yusuf Al-Qaradawi on Saturday declared that he will be stepping down from his
position as president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS).
at the opening session of the fifth general assembly in Istanbul, Al-Qaradawi
said he “will yield the floor to the next chairman” and that this is the last
time he will chair the meeting.
added that he had told Sudanese scholar and Islamic preacher Essam Al-Bashir
last year that he intended to leave after this general assembly.
went on to accuse the West of plotting against Turkey to derail its
is facing plots by those who don’t like to see this nation [rising] and by the
West,” Al-Qaradawi added.
would have succeeded [in their plots] but for Allah’s support for President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his brothers,” he said.
together more than 1,500 scholars from around the world, the IUMS’ general
assembly will continue until Thursday.
will be held during the meeting to choose a new chairman, secretary-general and
his deputies and board members.
launch 'Boycott Amazon' to take on Post over coverage of Khashoggi murder
have launched an online campaign to "Boycott Amazon and Souq.com" to
take on the Washington Post over coverage of the assassination of journalist
Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for the paper.
call to boycott Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bezos owns the newspaper, was trending
on social media in Saudi Arabia on Monday.
move appears to be part of an effort to punish those highlighting the role of
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the last month assassination of the
dissident journalist in Turkey.
monarchy is using socials media to portray such coverage as a media campaign
against the country’s de facto ruler.
defend our nation...boycott Amazon to send a message to its owner so he is
aware of the scale of the damage," Saudi journalist Bandar Otyf tweeted,
saying the Post "consistently publishes articles that are defaming."
Arabia has acknowledged the murder, yet left many questions unanswered.
intelligence intercepts reportedly show that Khashoggi, who was last seen
entering the Saudi mission in Istanbul on October 2, was murdered on a direct
order from bin Salman.
had been there to obtain a document certifying he divorced his ex-wife.
lawmakers and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintain that the crown
prince and other top Saudi leaders should be held accountable for Khashoggi's
an op-ed by Erdogan published on the Washington Post Friday, the Turkish leader
called for an “answer” to the questions left unanswered.
reported that the coalition's artillery units opened heavy fire on Eastern Deir
Ezzur using phosphorous shells that set ablaze the targeted areas.
the meantime, local sources reported that the US-backed Syrian Democratic
Forces' artillery units targeted the village of Albu Daran in Southeastern Deir
Ezzur, killing an Iraqi refugee woman and her two children.
the US air force pounded the small town of al-Shafa'ah in Southeastern Deir
Ezzur, killing 3 children and wounding several more.
Arabic-language website of SANA news agency quoted several local sources in
Deir Ezzur as saying last week that the US warplanes targeted several districts
in the town of Hajin in Eastern Deir Ezzur with white phosphorous bombs which
are forbidden internationally.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted militant-affiliated sources as reporting
that a sum of 1,039 refugee camps are controlled by Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the
Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other terrorist groups in Idlib
province, adding that over 778, 000 refugees are living in the camps.
went on to say that over a half of the camps are located in Harem region in
Northern Idlib, adding that refugees in the camps are suffering from very dire
living conditions, including shortage of fuel, drinking water, health service
and other necessary facilities.
daily further pointed to the growing infighting among rival terrorist groups
and intensified insecurity in militant-held regions in Idlib province, and said
that the refugees' difficulties are deteriorating.
Arabic-language al-Mahaver news website reported last month that body organ
trading by terrorists intensified in Idlib city and other militant-held regions
in the Northwestern province.
further said that the terrorists kidnap several civilians in the militant-held
regions in Idlib each day to excise their organs in dreadful operations and
send them to Turkey by certain groups that are running operations in both
has issued international arrest warrants for three senior Syrian intelligence
officials in connection with the deaths of two Franco-Syrian nationals, legal
sources said Monday.
is a first since the beginning of the revolution in Syria, in 2011, which
caused a civil war.
were issued by an examining magistrate, in accordance with the prosecution’s
submissions, on the counts of “complicity in acts of torture, complicity in
enforced disappearances, complicity in crimes against humanity, and war
those prosecuted is Ali Mamlouk, the current director of National Security in
Syria, and the man who oversees the entire Syrian security apparatus.
newspaper Le Monde reported that the decision was not yet announced in France,
and is part of a lawsuit that the French judiciary has been investigating since
2016, relating to issues of the forced disappearance of some Syrians carrying
the French nationality.
French judicial inquiry, which resulted in the arrest warrant for Mamlouk and
others, was based on documents known as "Caesar", the Syrian
photographer of the Assad army, who fled the country in 2013 carrying pictures
of thousands of Syrians who were tortured or severely tortured in prisons the
other two senior Syrian officials are Jameel al-Hassan, Syria's air force
intelligence chief, and the head of air force intelligence in Bab Tuma, a
French investigation was based on documents from a file known as “Ceasar”,
which exposed pictures of torturing techniques in Syrian prisons and pictures
of citizens who died as a result of torture by the Syrian regime.
intelligence had arrested Franco-Syrian Mazen Dabagh and his son Patrick in
November 2013, after the two were participating in an anti-regime peaceful
demonstration. The father and son were confirmed dead last August, after being
tortured to death in Syrian prisons.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned of attempts to achieve change by force
and voiced hope to take the Egyptian state back to how it was before January
by force (means) opening the gates of hell. There was a phase in Egypt when all
we cared about was returning to the situation we had before January 25, 2011,”
Sisi said during a youth forum held in Sharm El Sheikh.
wishes that the Egyptian state goes back to how it was before January 25,
2011,” he added.
also warned that Egypt was a “candidate for national suicide” noting that
efforts during the past five years to restore stability and peace to the
Egyptian state were unprecedented.
president added that Egypt thwarted foreign countries’ attempts to interfere in
careless activity – and I won’t say conspiracy – which Egypt witnessed during
the past years opened the gates of hell on the country,” he said.
the youths and the public opinion to change societies by force may get out of
control and it may result in a huge vacuum that may (lead) local and foreign
powers to interfere in the state’s affairs and topple institutions,” Sisi said.
also said that the financial, moral and political costs which countries that
witness conflicts have endured have been much more than expected, adding that
the economic reforms that are currently underway in Egypt are the largest in
its modern history.
also slammed attempts to incite chaos saying they allowed terrorist groups that
have been in Egypt for a while to use arms.
groups have the willingness to take over power using weapons,” he said, adding
that the Egyptian experience in confronting terrorism and extremism confirms
that building social peace shields the country from conflicts.
if former rulers were not good, do not be fooled by slogans which lead to
loss,” Sisi said and called on people to work and be patient so their countries
“are not lost”.
car bomb exploded near a military position in Syria’s Raqqa on Sunday, local
authorities and a war monitor said, and ISIS extremist group said it was behind
blast came a day after the assassination of a local council leader in the city,
the former Syrian capital of the militant group’s self-declared caliphate,
which was seized a year ago by US-backed Kurdish-led fighters.
security forces said a civilian had been killed and several people, including
civilians and fighters injured. The war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights, said the blast caused “a large number” of casualties.
said in a statement that it had detonated the bomb, targeting fighters from the
Kurdish YPG militia, the strongest element in the US-backed Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF) group that drove the militants from Raqqa last year.
SDF is battling ISIS fighters in one of their last patches of territory in
Syria, along the north bank of the Euphrates river close to the Iraqi border.
militants took advantage of bad weather on Sunday to attack SDF positions,
killing a dozen fighters, the Observatory
announced on Monday it would open a joint military training base in Oman in
March 2019 as it looks to bolster its relationships with allies in the region.
secretary Gavin Williamson announced the British-Omani training base as he
visited the country to observe the end of a large-scale joint military exercise
involving thousands of personnel practicing desert combat.
relationship with Oman is built on centuries of cooperation and we are
cementing that long into the future with the opening of our new joint base,”
Williamson said in a statement released by his department.
has never been more important as malign activity by hostile states and violent
extremist organizations seek to undermine stability and subvert the rules based
order on which we all rely.”
this year, Britain also opened a permanent military base in Bahrain.
Arabia told the United Nations top human rights body on Monday that it was
investigating the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul
consulate last month with a view to prosecuting the perpetrators.
Al Aiban, President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia who headed
the government delegation at a regular review of its record, said in a speech
to the UN Human Rights Council that King Salman had instructed the public
prosecutor to "investigate the case according to applicable laws and to
bring perpetrators to justice."
warplanes have lunched fresh airstrikes against a town in Syria’s troubled
eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, claiming the lives of at least three
official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said the children were killed during
the airstrikes that targeted the town of al-Shaafah on Monday.
fatalities took place two days after fighter jets from the US-led military
coalition killed at least 15 civilians in Dayr al-Zawr.
US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be
Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from
the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing
civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of
world leaders at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New
York on September 29, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said the US-led
coalition had been doing everything it could since the onset of its airstrikes
but combat terrorism and militant outfits wreaking havoc in the Arab country.
described the military alliance as “illegitimate” and censured the “hegemonic
policies” pursued by certain countries against the Damascus government.
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on October 23 that as
many as 3,222 Syrian civilians had been killed since the onset of aerial
aggression by the US-led coalition.
were 768 people under the age of 18 among the fatalities, in addition to 562
Oman and Britain will open a joint military training base next year to help
counter the activities of hostile states and extremist groups.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the base would open in March.
made the announcement as he visited the country to observe the end of a
large-scale joint military exercise involving tens of thousands of personnel
practicing desert combat.
relationship with Oman is built on centuries of cooperation and we are
cementing that long into the future with the opening of our new joint base,”
has never been more important as malign activity by hostile states and violent
extremist organisations seek to undermine stability and subvert the rules based
order on which we all rely.”
this year, Britain opened a permanent military base in Bahrain.
Al Saif Al Sareea 3 military exercises included 70,000 defence personnel from
Oman and 5,500 soldiers, sailors, pilots and engineers from the British Armed
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) on Monday said it plans to hold a ‘million march’
in Karachi on Thursday against the Supreme Court’s recent acquittal of
Christian blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi.
Wednesday, the apex court in a landmark judgement, had accepted Aasia Bibi’s
appeal against her sentence, following which several religio-political parties
had taken to the streets to protest, which at some places had escalated into
day later, JUI-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman, whose party is one of several that
constitutes the multi-party MMA alliance, had announced that a ‘million march’
would be held in Karachi, where he said “the future strategy” on the issue
would be chalked out. On Monday, the JUI-F recapitulated their plans, urging
party workers to gather at Shahrah-e-Quaideen on November 8.
march will be Rehman’s second major political event after he headed a rally in
Peshawar last Friday.
the Peshawar rally, the JUI-F head had held the PTI government responsible for
the turmoil in the wake of the SC’s verdict, and announced that his countrywide
agitation would continue until the government was ousted.
heaps scorn on religious hate mongers, lauds Opp for support
Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry on Monday said that those who
were spreading hate in the name of religion have nothing to do with it, as he
lauded the opposition parties for supporting the government during the recent
said this while addressing a press conference in the provincial capital about
the recent countrywide protests following a Supreme Court verdict acquitting
Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death on blasphemy
protesters were damaging property in the name of Islam, but had no moral
standing,” he said, adding that “those who were spreading hate in the name of
religion have nothing to do with it”.
the agreement between the government and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)
leaders which ended the sit-ins across the country, Chaudhry said, “There were
two ways to deal with the protesters.”
we sent forces then it would have been said that the government transgressed.
We had to normalise the situation and should be credited for resolving the
issue wisely,” the information minister further said.
want to resolve issues and will have to end sit-ins as it is not acceptable
that two to three thousand people shutdown a city,” he added.
Chaudhry said, “Prime Minster Imran Khan truly loves Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be
Upon Him) and has never even worn shoes while visiting Medina. He does not need
a certificate from anyone.”
that “the state of Medina is our model”, the information minister said, “We
will give all citizens, including minorities, their due rights.”
said that all segments of the society — including those belonging to religious
circles — had condemned the inciteful speeches and violence during the
said that the federal government has directed all provinces to submit data
regarding damage to property during the protests and provide details of the
rioters by Monday night.
assured that the government would compensate those who had suffered losses
during the riots.
referred to a video showing protesters looting a child selling bananas on a
push cart which had gone viral on social media, and questioned the moral
standing of the demonstrators.
way they (protesters) pulled rickshaw drivers out [of their vehicles] and set
fire to their rickshaws, mistreated women by dragging them out of their cars
and setting the cars alight [shows] that they don’t have any moral values,” he
APPRECIATES OPP’S SUPPORT:
Chaudhry further appreciated the opposition, including the Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), for showing “political
maturity” by standing with the government during the protests.
opposition parties] told the world that Pakistan is united,” the minister said.
about Pakistan’s space mission, the information minister said, “There are some
politicians who are creating chaos on ground and should be sent to space.”
will ask SUPARCO to ensure that once these politicians go to space, they cannot
return,” he added.
response to a question, the information minister said that the government did
not support censorship. However, he expressed hope that social media channels
would cooperate with the government to curb online hate speech and religious
said that while the government had a relationship with Facebook — that had
taken action against “hundreds of accounts” for spreading hate speech — there
was no agreement with Twitter to monitor accounts that promote religious
Chaudhry said, “We do not have any big fight with opposition parties.”
only point of contention is that the opposition wants an NRO [National
Reconciliation Ordinance] and we cannot give that.”
continued, “The opposition wants that corruption cases against them should not
be taken forward and the All Parties Conference (APC) is also taking place for
this reason. But this is Pakistan’s money and has to be returned.”
should expect us to stop or back-off from the cases,” Chaudhry asserted.
the past, accountability was used for politics. However, the current government
is not using accountability as a political means on any level,” he added.
Imran is a leader who needs no favours. He will not even take one rupee and
neither will his children,” the information minister said.
TRIP TO CHINA:
information minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China had
been “as successful as that to Saudi Arabia”.
further said that “China has always stood by Pakistan,” adding that “we praise
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at home and even did in China”.
said that further details of the trip would be disclosed by the ministers of
finance and planning upon the conclusion of the official visit.
disclosed that it had been agreed that trade with China would be conducted in
the Yuan instead of the US Dollar.
in dollar exposes the national economy to risk that ultimately leads to
financial burden,” said the minister.
PM is in China on a four-day visit to review the entire range of bilateral
relations and to participate in the First China International Import Expo in
are between countries not leaders and Pakistan has great relations with China,
Turkey and Saudi Arabia.”
Minister Imran Khan is playing a historic role in the Middle East crisis,” he
country should be proud that they got a great leader in the form of PM Imran,”
the information minister said. “After several years, Pakistan has got a leader
in which the Islamic countries have confidence in.”
Islamic countries are turning towards PM Imran to resolve their issues,” he
Law enforcement agencies continued on Monday a crackdown against ‘miscreants’
involved in damaging public and private property after the Supreme Court’s
verdict in the Aasia Bibi case, however no effort has yet been made to arrest
the protest leaders, Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Pir Afzal Qadri, despite cases
registered against them two days ago.
Islamabad, police arrested at least 18 people and identified another 30 for
vandalism during the protests called by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
the Supreme Court’s Oct 31 judgement acquitting Aasia Bibi, TLP launched
countrywide protests, bringing several cities to a standstill for three days.
Lahore, police lodged cases against the protesters. In Nawabshah, two TLP
leaders and dozens of protesters were arrested for violence and hate speech,
while more than 2,500 unidentified men as well as nine leaders of different
religious parties – including the TLP and the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl – were
booked for destroying state property and promoting violence in Gujranwala.
addition to that, 170 rioters have been arrested from Sheikhupura.
Sheikhupura, the rioters had not only damaged property but clashed and wounded
34 policemen,” officials said.
four cases were registered in Attock while 17 TLP leaders were also charged for
violence in Jehlum as police continued making arrests.
Karachi, Sindh Police detained two men on charges of inciting violence and
causing harm to public property while cases were also registered against 12
crackdown came as the government released footage of the rioters torching
vehicles, blocking roads and vandalising public and private property.
government was able to strike a ‘deal’ with the TLP leadership after three days
of rioting, and the protests were called off. The party leadership ‘apologised’
for offending anyone during the sit-ins, claiming that their members and
supporters were only staging peaceful demonstrations, but some unknown
offenders caused disruptions.
government later announced that it would not spare those involved in rioting.
The Ministry of Interior issued orders to the Federal Investigation Agency
(FIA) and the police to take action against any person identified as a
government has also established a complaint cell to collect videos of
miscreants involved in damaging property and harassing citizens.
to the Ministry of Interior, citizens can share pictures and videos of those
involved in damaging state and private property by WhatsApping on 0331 5480011.
The ministry has assured that the name and number of citizens who share
pictures and videos of violent protesters will be kept confidential.
the Interior Ministry had released initial pictures of the miscreants involved
in vandalising property and harming common citizens during the demonstrations.
Saturday, the Interior Ministry assured action against elements involved in
destroying properties and harming citizens. The ministry said it was in the process
of identifying such elements and that action will be taken against them.
same day, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and
senior leader Afzal Qadri were booked on charges of rioting and disrupting
peace in various parts of Lahore.
least 500 TLP leaders and supporters, including firebrand cleric Khadim Rizvi
and Afzal Qadri, were booked in 11 different cases under charges of causing
agitation among the masses, blocking roads and vandalism in Lahore.
cases were also lodged in the federal capital on charges of damaging public and
private properties as well as violating section 144.
countrywide demonstrations by TLP and other religio-political parties, which
erupted on Wednesday after the Supreme Court announced acquitting Aasia Bibi,
had left major highways — including the motorway connecting Lahore and
Islamabad — blocked and routine life paralysed in major cities.
services in major cities had also been suspended.
protests had come after Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a forceful rebuke to
the TLP in a nationally-televised address in the ruling’s wake, saying the
government would not tolerate violent protests.
Friday, the government and the TLP signed a deal to conclude the latter’s
nationwide protest. One of the major concessions the government agreed to was
to “initiate the legal process” to place Aasia Bibi’s name on the ECL [Exit
state had also assured the party that it would not oppose a review petition
filed against the Supreme Court’s judgement in the Aasia Bibi blasphemy case.
government further promised to take appropriate legal action to redress any
deaths that may have occurred during the protests against the Aasia Bibi
verdict and to release all people picked up in connection with the protests
starting October 30.
Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has said probe into the killing
of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) leader Maulana Samiul Haq is on the right track
and will reach its logical conclusion.
techniques are being used and all resources are utilised to investigate the
case. The government will soon reach the culprit. We are in contact with all
the departments and Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued clear instructions in
this regard,” Afridi said on Monday.
murder in Rawalpindi is peculiar: Senator Mir
federal minister was talking to media after offering Fateha for the departed
soul. “The prime minister will be briefed on the issue as soon as he arrives in
the country, he added.
the JUI-S acting chief and Sami’s son Maulana Hamidul Haq has announced
countrywide protest against Sami’s killing on November 9.
will be waiting for the government to conclude its investigations into the
killing. Not even a single incident of violence took place following the killing
of the party chief. However, a protest demonstration will be held across the
country on November 9,” Hamid said.
interim JUI-S chief, who was addressing a news conference at Darul Uloom
Haqqania, said the government was well aware of the threats to Sami’s life but
nothing was done. On Monday, a large number of people arrived to Jamia
Haqqania, Sami’s famous seminary, and offered prayers for his soul.
assassination of Maulana Samiul Haq
others, Abdullah Gul, son of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) former chief
General Hameed Gul, the JUI-F General Secretary Maulana Ghafoor Haidri also
visited the seminary, located in Nowshera.
told the media that India and Afghanistan are celebrating Sami’s assassination.
“In fact, they say they have avenged last month’s murder of Afghan General
Raziq,” he added.
lawyer holds EU, UN responsible for his Pakistan exit
HAGUE: The lawyer who saved Aasia Bibi convicted of blasphemy from death row
disclosed on Monday that the UN and EU made him leave the country “against my
wishes” because his life was at risk.
Mulook, who has fled to the Netherlands, said he contacted a United Nations
official in Islamabad after violence erupted following the Supreme Court’s
acquittal of Aasia Bibi on Wednesday.
then they (the UN) and the European nation ambassadors in Islamabad, they kept
me for three days and then put me on a plane against my wishes,” the lawyer
told a press conference in The Hague.
pressed them that I would not leave the country unless I get Aasia out of the
prison... I am not happy to be here without her, but everybody said that you
are the prime target at the moment and the whole world is taking care of Aasia
were of the view that I was the prime target to be killed, and that my life was
in imminent danger. For three days they did not let me open the door, one day I
called the French ambassador and said I do not want to be here.” The lawyer had
previously said before his departure on Saturday that he was leaving because
“in the current scenario, it’s not possible for me to live in Pakistan”.
Mulook arrived in The Hague at the weekend after a short stopover in Rome, with
the help of the HVC Foundation, a Dutch group that focuses on the human rights
of Christian minorities.
government struck a deal with the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) group after
its supporters blocked main roads in major Pakistani cities in protest against
the court judgement.
Mulook dismissed the deal as a “face-saving” exercise for the TLP and insisted
that Aasia would “100 per cent” be freed soon.
compromise is nothing but a piece of paper that can be thrown in the dustbin,”
was not clear whether Aasia had had any firm offers of asylum if she left
Pakistan, added the lawyer, who said he was “legally authorised” to choose a
country for her.
lawyer said a UN official in Pakistan told him “we are taking care of her” but
that “when I said which country, they said we can’t say.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said the government is preparing a
strategy to tackle violent protests and hate speech on sensitive religious
issues “without flexing state muscles”.
interior ministry has been given a task to devise a comprehensive strategy to
ensure that no violent protests take place on roads and common people’s lives
and properties are protected,” he told a news conference at PID office here on
opposition parties’ maturity in the wake of violent protests across the country
following Aasia Bibi’s acquittal in a blasphemy case, Mr Chaudhry said the
growing problem of violent protests on sensitive religious issues would be
tackled as a part of national security in consultation with the opposition
said the federal and provincial governments were busy identifying miscreants
who damaged public and private properties and injured people during the
three-day countrywide protest last week.
that the miscreants under the garb of religion burnt private vehicles and even
humiliated women, he said: “All provincial governments are required to
compensate the damages caused to common people’s properties and physical
injuries.” The Centre would also extend assistance to the provincial
governments, he added.
Facebook for blocking hundreds of accounts found spreading hate material, Mr
Chaudhry stressed that social networking site Twitter should also consider the
religious sensitivity and block posts fanning sectarianism in the country.
to the Pak-China collaborative space programme, the minister came down hard on
certain religious leaders, saying: “Those spreading religious extremism and
anarchy in the country should be sent to space — for good.” In the same breath,
he said some politicians also needed to be sent to space.
checks on hate material on social networking sites, he made it clear that the
government had no intention to block freedom of speech and said the Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf government was accepting criticism wholeheartedly.
said the opposition parties tried to make a hue and cry while alleging rigging
in the general election but could not come up with any evidence. In order to
satisfy the opposition, he said, the prime minister had constituted a committee
and the voices of rigging allegations died down.
to PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb’s comment that the PTI criticised the
CPEC at home and applauded it in China, Mr Chaudhry said the PTI government was
always for the corridor project and now working to expand it and explore more
opportunities in the agriculture sector, establishment of industrial zones and
creation of new jobs.
leader Shahbaz Sharif in his speech in the National Assembly tried to create an
impression that a case lodged against him may affect Pak-China relationship,”
he said and added that countries’ relationships were based on strategic
interests instead of personalities.
Chaudhry said Pakistan’s relations were improving with China, Saudi Arabia, the
UAE as well as the United States. Pakistan’s relationship with the European
Union was also expanding, he said, adding that PM Khan was offering a quality
leadership to resolve issues confronting the Ummah.
reply to a question about financial crunch and lay-offs in the media, the
minister said media organisations should redo their business model. He said the
government’s share of advertisement to the media was just 20 per cent, compared
to 80pc private sector advertisement. “The cuts from 20pc advertisement cannot
be blamed for lay-offs in the media industry,” he added.
said the country was facing financial challenges and the government could not
offer advertisements worth billions of rupees. Assuring that he was standing by
journalists’ bodies, the minister said the government was also ready to support
the media industry on a short-term basis.
to the information minister’s anti-Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan assertions, the
TLP leadership said they reserved the legal right to take Mr Chaudhry to court
on the issue.
patron-in-chief Pir Mohammad Afzal Qadri on Monday warned of retaliation if
“violations of the agreement between the party and the government do not stop
immediately”. In a video message, he said all those who had participated in
negotiations and signed the agreement should stay warned that no violation
(referring to registration of FIRs and arrests of workers) would be tolerated.
TLP will again be on the roads, with full zeal for martyrdom. The leadership
and workers of the party are not afraid of anybody. All workers should start
preparatory meetings as they can be told any moment to hit the roads.
Ultimately, the truth will prevail,” Mr Qadri said.
The Ministry of Human Rights has suggested that the prime minister sign the
International Convention against Enforced Disappearances, Minister for Human
Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said on Monday.
also said that the PTI was committed to ending enforced disappearances.
legislation takes a lot of time as bills get stuck in different ministries. So
for quick redress, we should sign the convention with reservations over three
clauses which do not suit Pakistan,” she said at a meeting of the Senate
Functional Committee on Human Rights.
she did not reveal what these three clauses are, it has been suggested during
various parliamentary committees to express reservations over section 26 of the
convention, which empowers a United Nations body to conduct raids in countries
and make surprise visits to check missing persons.
Marazi added that “we can ratify the convention later”, but signing the
convention would send the message to the people and the international community
“that we are serious about it”.
said families were suffering while their loved ones had been missing for years,
so a truth and reconciliation commission should also be established.
said Prime Minister Imran Khan also wishes to address the issue, as he spoke
about it while in opposition.
minister said that they would simultaneously continue working on the domestic
bill and “with the passage of time we will pass a comprehensive domestic bill
regarding enforced disappearances”.
is a long list of missing persons, which has even been tabled in parliament, Senator
Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini from the Balochistan National Party (BNP-M) said during
people of Balochistan have confidence in Justice Kamal Mansoor’s report.
However, they have reservations over the reports of Justice Noor Mohammad Meskanzai
and Justice Javed Iqbal on enforced disappearances.
Justice Iqbal says that the majority of missing persons are out of the country
and others are in feudals’ jails. According to him, only 3pc of missing persons
are in internment centres. If this is correct, why are the relatives of missing
persons running after politicians and wasting their time,” he asked.
Jamaldini said that under the National Action Plan (NAP), missing persons are
to be produced in court within 10 days of their arrest. However, this could not
are waiting for their loved ones, and they have every right to know if those
missing persons are alive or not. Moreover, the committee should record the
statements of those who have been recovered,” he added.
chair Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar from the PPP said enforced disappearance is
a burning issue. The National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) had drafted a
bill on enforced disappearances which was rejected by the government, he added.
is currently no law regarding enforced disappearance in Pakistan, and a law
should be made at the earliest, he said.
we were in government we tried to sign the International Convention against
Enforced Disappearance, but failed. It could not be signed during the PML-N
government and may not be signed during the PTI government. So serious efforts
should be made for domestic legislation along with the signing of the
convention,” he said.
committee has decided to hold its next meeting solely on the missing persons
issue and associated legislation.
committee was also given a comprehensive briefing by the chairman of the
Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority regarding steps taken
against undue fee increases by private schools.
were told the matter was deliberated on at length by the NCHR and a committee
has been constituted under the federal ombudsman by the Supreme Court as well
to report on the matter.
Ministry Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal confirmed that a Pakistani delegation
would attend an international conference in relation to the Afghan peace
process in Russia’s capital Moscow on November 9.
is also likely to send a High Peace Council’s, a government body responsible
for reconciliation efforts with the militants, four-member team to the meeting,
Spokesperson Sayed Ihsan Taheri said.
Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the militant group is still mulling
whether to attend the Moscow-led initiative or not.
has also invited representatives from the United States as well as India, Iran,
China and five former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
on Saturday, Moscow had announced that it would host the event on November 9 in
the Russian capital — even as the United States engages the Taliban in nascent
bilateral talks to end the 17-year conflict.
Afghan foreign ministry initially had remained evasive about whether it would
dispatch a delegation to the conference, which will focus on starting peace
talks between Kabul and the Taliban.
are still negotiating with the Russian officials,” Spokesperson Sebaghtullah
Ahmadi had said. “We welcome any peace effort that is Afghan-led,” he added.
Moscow meeting was initially scheduled to take place in September but was
postponed after Kabul insisted that the process should be Afghan-led.
meeting comes at a sensitive time. Newly appointed US peace envoy Zalmay
Khalilzad has been trying to convince the Taliban to agree to negotiate an end
to the war and there are fears the Russian multi-lateral meeting could derail
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday said joint
military exercises between Pakistan and Russia are vital to enhance cooperation
and strengthen ties between the two countries.
Bajwa said the above while speaking during his visit to National Counter
Terrorism Center, Pabbi on last day of Pak – Russia Joint Training Exercise
Druzhba III, an Inter-Sevices Public Relations (ISPR) press release said.
appreciated the participating troops for their dedication, skill and
professionalism. He said that this exercise is great forum to reinforce
existing relationship between the two militaries.
exercise focused on counter terrorism training of the Special Operation Forces
of Pakistan and Ground Forces of Russian Federation while exchanging mutual
counter terrorism experiences.
on neutralising terrorism: J&K top cop tells officers
General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh Monday exhorted upon the
officers of the state police to give attention to “neutralising terrorism” and
timely “disposal of crime cases”.
his men for their dedication in the rescue operations launched after the recent
snowfall and ensuring a smooth and hassle free ‘Darbar Move’– a practice under
which the government functions six months each in Srinagar and Jammu, the DGP
said whenever faced with a challenge, the state police has come out with flying
officers should give attention to disposal of crime cases, curbing the bovine
and narcotics smuggling and neutralising terrorism,” Singh said at a high level
Secretariat – the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, Raj Bhavan and other offices
reopened here after functioning for six months in Srinagar during the summer
DGP impressed upon the officers to continue their good work and also hailed
their contribution as first responders.
personnel have to help the people sometimes at the cost of their own comforts,”
he said, advising the officers to work on the positions with more dedication.
paying homage to police martyrs at a memorial here in the morning, the DGP
reached police headquarters and received a ceremonial guard of honour.
wings are important and all jobs designated for the respective posts are
important,” Singh said and impressed upon the officers to strengthen the jawans
of the state police, as strong and capable constables will make the force
asked the officers to conduct formal inspections of police stations and
administrative inspections of the offices.
DGP further highlighted that work was on to modernize the force and provide
housing infrastructure, equipment and training to its personnel.
is working on modernisation and up-gradation of police control room Jammu and
other units,” he said, adding efforts would be made to strengthen the city,
highway and border grid.
Two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorists, including an Army deserter, were on
Tuesday killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of
Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
forces launched a cordon and search operation in Safanagri area of Zainapora of
south Kashmir in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday after receiving credible inputs
about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police spokesperson said.
said as the search operation was going on, the hiding terrorists fired on the
search party of the forces.
spokesperson said the forces retaliated the fire, leading to an encounter in
which two terrorists were killed.
slain terrorists have been identified as Mohammad Idrees Sultan alias Chota
Abrar, a resident of Safanagri Shopian and Amir Hussain Rather alias Abu
Sobaan, a resident of Awneera Shopian.
were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HM and were involved in terror
attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities in the
area," he said.
spokesperson said Sultan was a deserter from the Indian Army and had joined the
militant ranks in April this year.
collateral damage took place during the operation," he said.
materials, including arms and ammunition, were seized from the site of the
encounter, he said.
have registered a case and initiated investigation into the matter, he said.
appealed to the people not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an
area can be dangerous due to stray explosive materials.
Minister B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan Monday said Muslims were not against Ram temple
at Ayodhya but pitched for construction of both Mandir and Masjid.
who is from the Congress in the party’s coalition government with the Janata
Dal-Secular, hit out at the BJP for raking up the issue for political reasons,
ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
are not against the construction of Ram Mandir, we want Ram Mandir, also Babri
Masjid,” Khan said.
we want is peace. Muslims have never opposed Ram Mandir. We have two wishes-
one side we want Masjid, one side we want Ram Mandir.”
statement comes days after another Congress MLA and former minister Roshan Baig
asked, “If Ram Mandir is not constructed in India, will it be built in
Pakistan” and said Muslims respected the sentiments of “Hindu brothers.”
chorus for bringing in a law to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya is growing louder
among the Sangh Parivar following the Supreme Court’s decision to defer hearing
on the Ramjanmabhoomi land dispute case to January.
out that the case was pending before the Supreme Court, the Minister said,
there was no use in talking about it, as the issue has to be decided in the
the BJP for “politicising” the issue ahead of Lok Sabha elections, he
questioned as to why the saffron party did not remember about the Mandir for
the last four-and-a-half years, after they came to power at the Centre.
of a sudden they want to construct Ram Mandir. What happened for last
four-and-a-half years? Elections (Lok Sabha) are due in five or six months, now
they remember Ram Mandir, Babri Masjid issue,” he said.
says it expects a major jump in its exports to Iran in light of a sanctions
waiver mechanism provided by the United States to maintain purchases of oil
from the Islamic Republic.
Kumar Gupta, the president of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations
(FIEO), was quoted by media as saying that the trade terms envisaged in Iran
sanctions waiver mechanism would provide assurances for increased exports to
Gupta added, could translate into a rise of 20-25 percent under the new
bilateral trade regime between the two countries.
there is bilateral trade and in exchange of crude, the Iranian government makes
payment in Indian rupees to Indian exporters then there can be a jump of 20-25%
in exports to Iran," he said.
Friday, the US said countries that had received waivers to continue purchases
of oil from Iran – including India – would have to set up escrow accounts from
which payments to Tehran would be settled.
US official Brian Hook was quoted by media as saying that settlements with Iran
would be carried out through “credits” and not hard currency, and that the same
credits could be used to settle financial matters over exports of goods to
revised terms of crude purchase being worked out between Indian and Iran
includes rupee-denominated trade, where the Islamic Republic nation would give
assurance of Indian imports to the tune of oil bought by Indian refiners,
reported DNA India news portal.
revised terms of trade between India and Iran would require rupee payment in
India's UCO Bank, which does not have international exposure and so is immune
to sanctions. One striking amendment to the previous arrangement is that the
entire Iranian crude import would be in rupee and Iran would have to utilize
this amount for imports from India, the report added.
from India, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, China, Italy, Greece and Japan have
also been granted sanctions waivers to continue importing oil from Iran.
settlement technicalities envisaged in the waiver mechanism would save foreign
currency for the countries that have been allowed to continue oil purchases
from Iran among other gains.
in his remarks, FIEO head Gupta said Indian exports to Iran during the last
fiscal year stood at $2.5 billion, which was less than 1 percent of India's
total exports of around $302.8 billion.
seize key Ghazni security post, kill Afghan forces
militants have seized control of an important security post outside the central
Afghan city of Ghazni, killing more than a dozen government forces manning the
Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said 13 soldiers were killed,
and 13 more were wounded, in the attack on the west-central city.
added that the Taliban suffered heavy casualties as well, without giving the
exact details on the toll.
a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid put the number of the
fatalities among Afghan security forces at 18, saying large quantities of
weapons and ammunition were seized during the raid.
is of strategic significance as it sits on the main road connecting the capital
Kabul to the country’s south.
August, the city briefly fell to the Taliban in what was said to be one of the
militant group’s largest offensives in years. At least 150 Afghan soldiers and
95 civilians were killed during a five-day siege on Ghazni back then.
Taliban were ousted from power in 2001 following a US-led invasion of the country.
the group still controls some parts, and wields huge influence in other parts,
of the country and is involved in widespread militancy.
of Afghan soldiers and civilians as well as foreign forces have been killed in
raids by the militant outfit.
Takfiri Daesh terrorist group is also making inroads in Afghanistan as well
taking advantage of the chaos there.
year, Washington added thousands of additional troops to its forces in
Afghanistan, but the violence has only seen a rise.
report by the Pentagon’s watchdog said last week that the Afghan government was
struggling to recover control of districts lost to the Taliban while casualties
among security forces had reached record levels.
government had control or influence over 65 percent of the population, but only
55.5 percent of Afghanistan’s 407 districts, the Special Inspector General for
Afghanistan Reconstruction said in the report.
Afghanistan: An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a checkpoint in
eastern Ghazni province, killing at least 13 soldiers and policemen.
Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, says seven soldiers and six
policemen were killed. Four soldiers were also wounded in the early Monday
attack at the joint army and police checkpoint in Khogyani district.
added that six insurgents were killed and more than 10 others were wounded
during a three-hour battle with Afghan forces.
Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a
statement sent to the media.
says the joint checkpoint was set up two days ago in a strategic area to cut
off a supply route for the Taliban. He says the attack completely burned down
and destroyed the checkpoint.
will soon accept the first batch of over 2,000 Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh
as part of a repatriation deal signed with Dhaka last year.
Kyaw Zan, deputy permanent secretary at Myanmar's foreign affairs ministry,
said they will accept over 2,260 Rohingya at a rate of 150 per day beginning
from Nov. 15.
a next phase, another 2,000 people will be repatriated. We will steadily work
out the repatriating process," Aung Kyaw Zan told ucanews.com.
first round of 2,260 Rohingya are made up of 485 families from a list of 8,000
of the ethnic Muslim minority submitted by Bangladesh to Myanmar in February.
Pu, chief minister of Rakhine State, and other senior officials held meetings
in Maungdaw on Nov. 4. They also inspected homes and other facilities at the
Ngakhuya and Hla Po Khaung reception centers where the returning Rohingya will
be housed, reported state-run Global New Light of Myanmar.
for suspending repatriation
meeting of the Joint Working Group of Bangladesh and Myanmar officials was held
last week to oversee the repatriation of more than 800,000 Rohingya who fled to
Bangladesh to escape Myanmar's military crackdowns in Rakhine State.
of that number fled to Bangladesh after a Myanmar military crackdown in August
2017 began following attacks on security personnel by Rohingya insurgents.
groups have called for suspending the plan as they say it is not safe for
Rohingya to return to Rakhine State where it is feared they will continue to
face repression and discrimination.
Frelick, Human Rights Watch's refugee rights director, said Myanmar's
government keeps talking about returns but it has done nothing to allay the
Rohingya's fears of being returned to face the same violence and oppression
Bangladesh moves forward on repatriations without the U.N., it will squander
the international goodwill it has accrued over the past year as a host to
Rohingya refugees," Frelick said in a statement on Nov.2.
protest Rohingya return
than 1,500 ethnic Rakhine from Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung regions took
to the streets in Maungdaw on Nov. 4 to protest the Rohingya resettlement.
Thein, an ethnic Rakhine and one of the leaders of the protest, said he called
on the government not to resettle Rohingya in southern Maungdaw, which has seen
outbreaks of sectarian violence since the 1940s.
sovereignty is very important, more important than prioritizing human rights of
the Bengalis (Rohingya) who are illegal immigrants and not citizens of
Myanmar," Win Thein told ucanews.com.
people in Myanmar insist on referring to the Rohingya as Bengalis, implying
that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. However, vast numbers of
Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations.
Thein added that local ethnic tribes such as Rakhine, Mro and Daingnet are very
concerned about their security. He called for the government to build more
ethnic villages in northern Rakhine because "Bengali villages have
overwhelmed the region."
returnees need to be scrutinized, he said. "And they must be put in a
separate place closely watched by security officials prior to a verification
process," he said.
Afghan Senate House, Meshrano Jirga, reacted to the assassination of a
pro-Taliban Pakistani religious cleric Maulana Samiul Haq.
Senators of Meshrano Jirga on Sunday discussed the assassination of Maulana
Samiul Haq during the general session of the Senate House.
to the Afghan Senators, Maulana Samiul Haq had shown interest towards the
Afghan peace process during the recent months and his assassination could have
other dimensions, including the involvement of intelligence circles in a bid to
create barriers on the way for reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.
the meantime, the Senators said the assassination of Maulana Samiulhaq should
be a teaching to those who are sparking violence and refrain from killing
Samiul Haq, who was also famous as the ‘Father of Taliban’ in Afghanistan, was
stabbed to death in his residence on Saturday evening.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday to
meet with the Afghan leaders, Afghan and coalition officials, and coalition
NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, is currently visiting the lslamic
Republic of Afghanistan, accompanied by the Chairman of the Military Committee,
Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Genera!
Curtis Scaparrotti,” NATO said in a statement.
statement further added that “During his visit, the Secretary General will meet
with President Ashraf Ghani; Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and other Afghan
ministers and senior officials, as well as with representatives of Afghan civil
Secretary General will also meet with the Resolute Support Commander, General
Austin Scott Miller; with NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan
, Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann; and with troops contributing to the NATO-led
Resolute Support Mission, the statement added.
chief Executive of the National Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah admitted the
government has delayed to respond to the ongoing violence in southern Uruzgan
province of Afghanistan.
Abdullah said the ongoing violence and conflict has no links with tribal and
ethnic tensions, emphasizing that the Taliban group has claimed responsibility
behind the clashes.
made the remarks during a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Kabul today.
further added that the attack by Taliban on Khas Uruzgan district has resulted
to displacement of the local residents while civilians and police forces have
also sustained casualties.
said he has spoken with the MPs representing Uruzgan and other people regarding
the issue, admitting that the government has acted in delay to respond to the
Afghan delegation will attend international talks on the war-torn country,
which are scheduled to be held in the Russia capital Moscow this month.
spokesman for the High Peace Council, Sayed Ihsan Taheri, said on Monday that
the council would send four representatives to the meeting, which will focus on
kick-starting peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban.
HPC is a government body responsible for reconciliation efforts with militants.
Afghan Foreign Ministry, however, did not say whether it would dispatch a
delegation to the conference or not.
are still negotiating with the Russian officials," spokesman Sebaghtullah
Ahmadi said, adding, "We welcome any peace effort that is
has also invited representatives from the United States as well as Iran, India,
China, Pakistan and five former Soviet republics in Central Asia to take part.
said Saturday it would host the event on November 9 in the Russian capital. The
meeting was initially scheduled to take place in September.
pledge to attend Moscow talks
Taliban officials confirmed on Monday that the Afghan Taliban will join
multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday.
five-member Taliban delegation led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai, head of
the Taliban's political council in Qatar, will attend.
majority of our top leaders showed the willingness to participate in the Moscow
peace talks though some of them also expressed their reservations and said it
would not give them any benefit on the ground in Afghanistan,” said a Taliban
Taliban members said the delegation would raise their demands for a withdrawal
of all foreign forces, the release of all prisoners and the lifting of a ban on
is a very good opportunity and we would like to participate and raise our
genuine issues,” said another Taliban official. "We would urge these world
powers to help resolve the Afghan issue as per international laws and
Moscow talks will be held as newly-appointed US adviser to Afghanistan Zalmay
Khalilzad reportedly met with the Taliban representatives in Qatar in October
with the declared aim of bringing the militant group to the negotiating table.
Hussain, a Pakistani defense analyst and author of two books on militancy in
the region, earlier said the appointment of Khalilzad as a special adviser in
Afghanistan could complicate his job. “He has been very critical of Pakistan in
the past and his appointment will not help move things forward.”
people still face insecurity 17 years after the United States and its allies
invaded the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.
For years just after dawn, both during harsh winter days or hot summer times —
men, women and children routinely used to jostle to join the long queue outside
Iran’s embassy in Kabul to get a visa for traveling to the country.
increased rush prompted Tehran to put in place certain restrictions for Afghan
travelers such as financial guarantees and return flight tickets.
would take at least one week for the luckiest ones to get their visa approved
and there were hundreds of other Afghans who daily sneaked into neighboring
country through illegal and hazardous ways overland.
escaped to Iran either because of war or poverty back home, for a family
reunion or used its territory as transit for making it to Turkey and beyond to
since the slapping of US financial and economic sanctions on Iran in August,
the numbers of Afghans wishing to travel to Iran has drastically dropped down.
has eased the visa restrictions too in order to persuade Afghans wishing to go
there, according to residents. Afghans who used to go to Iran, legally or
illegally for labor jobs, are returning in big numbers and as do some of the
Afghan refugees to lived there for decades because of the colossal devaluation
of Iran’s currency against dollar or foreign money.
economy has also been suffering as a result of crippling US sanctions on Iran
since Tehran has been the major trade partner of Afghanistan which imports
nearly $2 billion of goods and fuel annually, according to traders.
effects of the sanctions are hugely felt in Afghanistan’s western region,
particularly, Herat, they said.
coalition pounds Syrian town using white phosphorus bombs: SANA
so-called US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist
group has used white phosphorus in a bombing raid against an area in Syria’s
eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
sources, requesting not to be named, told Syria’s official news agency SANA
that US-led military aircraft carried out a bombing attack on al-Souq al-
Jadeed commercial district in the town of Hajin, located some 110 kilometers
east of the provincial capital city of Dayr al-Zawr, on Monday afternoon, using
the internationally-banned chemical agent.
last month, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari
confirmed at a UN Security Council meeting that the US-led alliance had used
white phosphorus bombs against the same Syrian town.
October 13, SANA also reported that the US-led coalition had dropped
internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs on Hajin.
September 8, two F-15 warplanes of the US Air Force targeted the same Syrian
town with white phosphorous bombs.
June last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the US-led coalition was
deploying white phosphorous bombs in both Iraq and Syria.
Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, in two separate letters
addressed to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the rotating
president of the UN Security Council Ma Zhaoxu on Thursday, asked the United
Nations Security Council to conduct an “international investigation” into
crimes perpetrated against ordinary Syrians by the US-led coalition.
letters added that the US-led coalition was using internationally banned
weapons, including white phosphorus bombs, in bombing residential neighborhoods
in Raqqah, Dayr al-Zawr, Aleppo and Hasakah provinces.
Syrian government strongly condemns attacks by the US-led coalition, as well as
its war crimes and massacre [perpetrated] against Syrian civilians. It also
denounces the failure of some countries to withdraw from the alliance and not
allow the crimes to be written in their names,” the Syrian foreign ministry
in the Gaza Strip have launched a new flotilla against Israel’s illegal siege
on the impoverished enclave. Hundreds of Palestinians also held rallies to
express their support for the flotilla in northern Gaza. Our correspondent
Ashraf Shannon has more in this report.
- The Palestinian Authority (PA) slammed on Monday the Israeli decision to
advance a bill that would allow Israeli military courts to punish Palestinian
prisoners convicted of killing Israelis by death penalty . Yousef Al-Mahmoud,
Palestinian government spokesperson, said in a press statement that the green
light given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to press ahead with
this law is “an open call for incitement to kill, execute and to massacre
Palestinians.” He said the “Netanyahu and his followers shall be held
responsible for the consequences of this horrible decision and for how it
flagrantly breaches international and humanitarian laws and norms.”
spokesman also urged the international community to shoulder responsibility
towards the protection of the Palestinian people and push towards ending the
Israeli occupation and establishing an independent and sovereign Palestinian
Yemeni army took control of the May 22 Hospital in Hodeidah and recaptured
surrounding areas amid fierce clashes as the Houthi militias continue to lose
ground in the strategic port city.
comes a day after the Yemeni armed forces made strategic gains after reaching
al-Saleh city east of Hodeidah as fierce battles are being fought beyond the
Kilo 19 area.
national army also took control of the “Yemen Mobile” roundabout, gaining
control of the faculty of Engineering in the city.
to military sources, the Houthi militias suffered dozens of deaths and injuries
among their fighters, as well as the destruction of ammunition and military
authorities have sent a two-man “clean-up” team to Turkey nine days after
dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Arab kingdom’s
consulate in Istanbul in an attempt to get rid of his body and hide the
evidence, Turkish official says.
believe that the two individuals came to Turkey for the sole purpose of
covering up evidence of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder before the Turkish police were
allowed to search the premises,” Reuters quoted an unnamed senior Turkish
official as saying on Monday.
official confirmed the news the first published in the Turkish-language Sabah
newspaper, which identified the men as chemicals expert Ahmad Abdulaziz
al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani, tasked with erasing
evidence before Turkish investigators were given access to the Saudi consulate
and consul’s residence.
pro-government daily further said that the experts came to Turkey as part of an
11-person team sent from Riyadh on October 11 to carry out the inspections with
Turkish officials, adding that the pair visited the consulate on a daily basis
until October 17, when they flew back to Saudi Arabia.
fact that a clean-up team was dispatched from Saudi Arabia nine days after the
murder suggests that Khashoggi’s slaying was within the knowledge of top Saudi
officials,” the official added.
59, an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since
2017, when Saudi authorities launched a massive crackdown on dissent.
was seeking to secure documentation for his forthcoming marriage when he
entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, but never came out
despite Riyadh’s initial claim that he exited the mission less than an hour
after completing his paperwork.
kingdom, however, later admitted that the journo had been murdered in the
consulate during an interrogation by rouge operatives that had gone wrong after
diplomatic pressure grew tremendously on Riyadh to give an account on the
mysterious fate of its national. However, Saudi Arabia said that it did not
know the whereabouts of the journo’s body, which is widely believed to be
dismembered or dissolved in acid, or both.
an unexpected statement last month, Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb
admitted that the journo had been killed in a “premeditated” attack in the
last month, Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Irfan Fidan also said in a
statement that ill-fated Khashoggi was strangled upon his arrival in the Saudi
diplomatic mission in Istanbul, and then his body was dismembered and destroyed
in a premeditated murder.
remarks bolstered Turkish investigators’ line of thought that the journo’s
remains could have been disposed of at the nearby consul general’s house,
dissolved in acid or dumped in a well on the property.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that the order to slay Khashoggi
had been issued from “the highest levels” of the Saudi government, while he
stressed that he did “not believe for a second” that Saudi King Salman had
ordered such a gruesome crime.
media have pointed the finger at the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
with analysts saying that the Turkish government is keen to have the ambitious
heir sidelined from the nexus of power in the Arab kingdom.
the Turkish president has yet to directly accuse the young crown prince, who
has already condemned the murder as “a repulsive incident.”
authorities believe that a 15-person “hit squad” was sent from Saudi Arabia to
Istanbul to kill the journo.
Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said on Thursday that Ankara wanted Riyadh to
reveal who gave the orders for the so-called squad. “Our expectation is for
these questions to be answered swiftly,” Gul stressed at the time.
Arabia has said that it had arrested 18 suspects over the case, but has
rejected Ankara’s request for sharing their testimonies.
of Yemeni civilians have been trapped on the southern outskirts of Hudaydah as
the key port city has become the flashpoint of a war by Riyadh and its allies
against the Arab world's poorest nation, international aid groups say.
Saudi-led alliance and militia groups loyal to Yemen’s former president, Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, have been pushing over the past several months to capture
the Red Sea city of Hudaydah, which is seen as the main entry point for food
imports and aid relief needed by millions in the war-torn country.
the people living between the airport and the university are trapped, the last
four days have been very tough, it is beyond catastrophic levels,” Isaac Ooko,
Hudaydah’s area manager for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), told Reuters
strikes have been very intense and the hovering of the jets causes permanent
anxiety... Hudaydah has become a ghost city, people stay indoors and the
streets are deserted,” he added.
Juliette Touma, a spokeswoman for the United Nations children's agency, who
recently visited Hudaydah, has expressed concern that clashes were getting
close to al-Thawra hospital, the main medical facility on Yemen’s western coast
which treats thousands of people, including for cholera and diphtheria.
could hear the fighting from the hospital and from our guest house close to
it,” Touma said.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah
to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED),
a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed
the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a
record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million
threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering
from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
has decisively rejected Denmark's claims that an Iranian intelligence service
had tried to carry out an assassination plot on the Danish soil, saying the
Israeli spy agency, Mossad, was behind such allegations.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday also dismissed reports that the
Iranian ambassador to Copenhagen had been expelled from Denmark and said the
news by no means was true.
intelligence chief, Finn Borch Andersen, on October 30 said a Norwegian citizen
of Iranian background was arrested on October 21 on the accusation of helping
an unspecified Iranian intelligence service “to act in Denmark” and for alleged
involvement in the assassination plot.
did not name the suspect, but said he has denied wrongdoing and was being held
in pre-trial custody until November 8.
further pointed to talks between Iranian and Danish officials about the issue
and said, "We have told them that it is unacceptable to shelter
noted that Iran has expressed its readiness to help Denmark investigate the
case and said, "We have to wait and see to what extent the Danes want to
adhere to their international obligations."
after the Danish intelligence chief's claims, Iranian Foreign Ministry
Spokesman Bahram Qassemi dismissed his allegations and said that the
publication of such "spiteful" media reports and its attribution to
Iran is a plot by enemies to affect Tehran's growing relations with European
emphasized that these claims are the continuation of plots and conspiracies
hatched by known enemies who are against good and expanding Iran-Europe
relations at the current sensitive conditions.
on October 31, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Danish ambassador to
Tehran to express the Islamic Republic’s strong protest to “rash, politicized”
remarks by certain officials of the European country over the alleged thwarted
is no justification for Nigerian Army to shoot at and kill unarmed Shiite
Syed Zafar Mehdi
rights groups quoting eyewitness testimonies said the Nigerian military
dispersed peaceful gatherings by firing indiscriminately without warning, in
blatant violation of international and Nigerian law. Muhammadu Buhari
government, despite the global outcry and court orders, continues to keep IMN
leader Sheikh Zakzaky behind bars.
Fasipe is a Nigerian political analyst, social activist and communication
strategist. In an interview with Tehran Times, he talks about the latest army
crackdown on the supporters of IMN and the horrendous atrocities unleashed on
Nigerian Shias by the Buhari government, backed by Western and Arab powers.
are the excerpts:
Nigerian police at the behest of Buhari government carried out another gory
massacre against Shiites on the day of Arbaeen this year. Can you tell us
exactly what happened?
The army claimed that the Shiites attacked their convoy that was escorting
ammunitions and attempted to overpower them, but the video circulated online
only shows the army shooting at them while they run away. The Nigerian Shiites
are known for peaceful protests.
Nigerian army cited a video of U.S. President Donald Trump, in which he said
soldiers should respond with force to migrants throwing stones, to justify
opening fire on the supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. How would
you react to that?
I have never been more embarrassed as a Nigerian. In the purported video of
Trump, he was talking about Mexican immigrants trying to cross into the U.S.
illegally and he later backtracked on it. The Nigerian Army has no
justification whatsoever to shoot at and kill unarmed protestors simply because
they belong to a Muslim sect different from that of the President. There can be
no justification to it whatsoever.
Contrary to the claims of Nigerian authorities, Amnesty International said the
protestors were unarmed, calling on the U.S. and Nigerian governments to abide
by international human rights law. Do you think the international community
needs to put more pressure on Buhari government?
Yes but whether it will yield any results different from what we have witnessed
in the last three years is another thing entirely.
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky is still in prison despite a 2016 High Court ruling
ordering his unconditional release. On what grounds is the Nigerian government
justifying his continued incarceration?
The three arms of the Nigerian government distrust each other, go against each
other and have worked over the years to sabotage any semblance of synergy
between each other. The executive government justifies Zakzaky's continuous
incarceration by alleging that the judiciary has been compromised and lacks the
credibility to pass judgments that are for the good of the country. The
judiciary holds similar sentiments towards the legislative and executive and
Why is the Nigerian government so afraid of Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic
Movement in Nigeria?
Nigerian politicians, especially those from Northern extraction, view Shia
Islam as a threat to the majority Sunni Islam. This isn't peculiar to Nigeria.
Globally, Shia Muslims are not generally viewed positively. In Nigeria, they
have been accused of not recognizing the Nigerian state and of trying to run a
parallel government. There is also the fear of Sunni Muslim youth in Nigeria
being converted to Shia Islam.
all know their history and conflicts over the years. This escalation of
hostilities is as a result of the emergence of a Sunni bigot as Governor of
Kaduna State (the base of the Shia Muslims in Nigeria and the emergence of a
Sunni bigot as President of Nigeria.
two leaders sought for and got the endorsement of Zakzaky while they were
campaigning for their various offices. After getting their votes, they turned
against them. It is believed that their ultimate plan is to exterminate the
Shia Muslims from Nigeria, which is practically impossible. So the alternative
is to try and break their will by imprisoning their leader and attacking them
at will, just like we saw a few days ago and the way we have seen in recent
We don't see much coverage about Nigerian Shiites in the international media
the way we see about Rohingyas or Tibetans. Why is the world media not
interested in the plight of Nigerian Shiites?
Shiites are not part of the mainstream global Muslim Sunni community. The only
major Islamic state backing Shiites is Iran, a country singled out as being a
‘sponsor of terrorism’. Saudi Arabia, Israel and other major political actors
in the Middle East who lobby the United States and greatly western posturing on
the global state already consider Iran as an enemy. They also consider Shia
Islam as its major export that needs to be curtailed. The plight of Shiites
isn't viewed as the plight of Muslims
What does future hold for Shiites in Nigeria? Do you see situation improving
and Zakzaky being released in immediate future?
The next election and subsequent elections will be critical to Zakzaky's fate.
If the Buhari administration loses power, the next government will likely
release Zakzaky. Such an act will be popular both locally and internationally.
And it would be another subtle means of showing the world how terrible the
incumbent government is.
toll of people killed by Nigerian army on Arbaeen rises to 47
authorities say the number of the people killed by Nigerian security forces
during Arbaeen ceremonies last week has risen to 47. The figure was announced by
the Islamic Movement in Nigeria during a press briefing in Abuja. Press TV
Correspondent Danjuma Abdullahi has a report.
than 80 people, mostly children, have been kidnapped from a school in a restive
English-speaking region in Cameroon as violence continues to plague government
efforts to reach a settlement with separatists.
and military sources said that the abduction took place in the city of Bamenda
in western Cameroon early on Monday. The students were abducted along with
their principal, a teacher and a driver.
total, 81 people were kidnapped, including the principal. They were taken to
the bush," media outlets quoted a military source as saying.
government says its forces have launched a massive search operation to find the
abductees across the region.
search for the hostages has been launched - every man has been called in,"
a government source said.
one immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction in the violence-hit
region where separatists are fighting to form a breakaway state.
kidnapping - the gravest incident so far in 13 months of unrest - coincides
with an upsurge of political tensions in the majority French-speaking country.
recent months, many people have fled Bamenda and other centers to seek refuge
in more peaceful Francophone regions.
separatist movement gathered pace in 2017 after a government crackdown on
separatists have gunned down troops and police, boycotted and torched schools
and attacked other perceived symbols of the Cameroonian state.
have responded with a massive crackdown by police and troops.
to a toll compiled by non-governmental organizations, at least 400 civilians
have been killed this year as well as more than 175 members of security forces.
figures show 246,000 people in Cameroon’s Southwest Region have fled their
homes, and 25,000 sought shelter in neighboring Nigeria, with many living
hand-to-mouth in the forests.
separatists have imposed curfews and closed down schools as part of their
protest against President Paul Biya's French-speaking government.
central government in Yaounde has rejected calls for secession or a return to
Cameroon’s previous federal system of governance. It has tried to reach out to
key separatist leaders for political dialogue although nighttime curfews,
restrictions on movement, raids and body searches remain in place in Anglophone
leaders in the country have called on the government to take the current graft
purge to the counties.
in Nairobi on Sunday, the leaders, drawn from different parts of the country
under the auspices of the National Muslim Leadership Forum (NAMLEF) said that
although devolution had borne fruits in terms of development, corruption
remains its great impediment.
appreciate the ongoing war on corrupt individuals jointly led by the office of
Director Public Prosecutions and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
However, we want the same zeal at the national government reciprocated in the
counties," said the forum's chairman, Sheikh Abdullahi Abdi.
calls come amid concerns that level of corruption in the counties has increased
with most suspects still remaining at large.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is currently investigating several
county heads for economic crimes with some leaders' accounts already frozen.
the leaders being investigated is Migori Governor Okoth Obado, who has been
accused of fleecing the county of up to Sh2 billion.
are former governors Evans Kidero (Nairobi), Waithaka Mwangi (Nyandarua) and
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia) among other county heads.
July, EACC said that it was investigating over 30 former governors on
from corruption, the forum also announced a countrywide plan to meet Muslims at
the grassroots to sensitise them on issues affecting the country.
Abdullahi said that some of the issues to be focused on are the preparations
for next year's national population census and support for Muslim youth and
women among others.
are going to establish a technical committee to help us prepare background
papers to inform Muslim on these matters," he said.
Mpeketoni terror attack and subsequent raids in Kibaoni, Witu, Hindi and other
villages in Boni forest and on the border of Lamu and Somalia left scars that
have affected the towns’ growth.
killed more than 90 men and destroyed property worth millions of shillings in
the worst terror attack in the region.
of women were plunged into widowhood and children left fatherless.
attack has stalled growth and expansion of these towns, making them lose
Town was previously a beehive of activity both during the day and at night and
was headed to become Lamu’s major trade, business and investment hub, until the
night of June 15, 2014 when all this took a drastic turn for the worse.
town would be littered with people going about their business until late into
the night or even till dawn. However, if you take a stroll on the streets of
Mpeketoni town now, few people will be in sight as early as 8pm.
rush to their homes before nightfall. It’s a sorry situation.
sectors have also been dealt a blow and the growth of Mpeketoni, Kibaoni, Witu
and Hindi has remained stunted for the longest time.
the 2014 Mpeketoni massacre, the real estate business was fast picking up what
with mega projects like the Sh2.5 trillion Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia
Transport (Lapsset) Corridor Project, the proposed Sh200 billion coal fired
power plant as well as the intended Sh21 billion wind power projects that were
promising bigger and better prospects for the region.
the terror attack on the night of June 15, 2014, more than 40 buildings were
torched, among them Equity Bank, the Breeze View and Deep Sea hotels.
the government promise to rebuild the structures, nothing has been done.
make matters worse, insurance companies have refused to sponsor the rebuilding,
forcing the few who still have the financial will to dig deeper into their
pockets to get back on their feet.
was the beginning of the end for the real estate sector as many shied away from
it and focused on other ventures.
spot check by the Nation showed residents were struggling to shed off the
terrorism tag now associated with the towns. Those who talked to Nation said
had it not been for the attacks, the towns could have made more development
are trying to forget the attacks and strive for a better future. However, we
can’t hide the fact that we are afraid of investing too much and blindly the
way we had done before hell broke loose,” said Mr Joseph Kimani, a businessman
Suleiman Yakub, a resident, said the recent attacks in Boni Forest are also
making things harder since they are scaring away investors.
government should intensify the crackdown on Al-Shabaab so that Lamu remains
peaceful to attract more growth and industrialisation,” he said.
an earlier interview with the Nation, Lamu Trade minister Dismas Mwasambu said
that five years down the line, the county was still trying to recover from the
attacks. However, he was quick to add that currently all the affected sectors
are finally going back to normal.
can confidently say that tourism is on the path to total healing. It has grown
by almost 70 per cent and we are looking forward to even better times,” he
owners, whose property was torched have unsuccessfully tried to pursue all
avenues for compensation over the years until they gave up.
are now focused on rebuilding the premises ourselves,” a business owner, Mr
Francis Ndung’u, said.
Democrat supports transgenderism for six-year-olds in new campaign ad
Nov 5, 2018
PAUL, Minnesota, November 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) - The Democrat's candidate for
attorney general in Minnesota is pushing for schools to have LGBT "safe
spaces" and even supports transgenderism for children as young as six
the lead-up to tomorrow's election, a campaign ad for Democrat Congressman
Keith Ellison, a Muslim, extols his support for families with young
transgendered kids – little children confused as to whether they are boys or
Islamic attitudes towards transgenderism run the gamut, many Muslim countries
consider gender dysphoria to be an illness brought upon by Satan.
Islamic information website Islam Question and Answer clearly states that
religion maintains it is not possible for anyone to change their gender.
may tamper with him to satisfy his perversion so that he will think that he has
become a woman, but he will never be truly female and will live in a state of
anxiety and worry, which may lead him to commit suicide,” reads the website.
and Dave Edwards, though, think otherwise.
couple considers their now-eight-year-old son to be a girl because he started
identifying as a girl while he was in kindergarten. In a video on Facebook,
they attack the pro-traditional family Republican candidate for attorney
general in Minnesota, Doug Wardlow, for allegedly "making a career out of
attacking families like ours."
a former lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, a national pro-bono law group
famous for defending freedom of religion and expression, is being slammed by
the Democrats in this campaign for asserting "the simple reality that
there are boys and there are girls and boys and girls are fundamentally
different in ways that really do matter."
enough to make the LGBT-activist Edwards back the Democrat in this race.
Keith Ellison has been an unapologetic ally and defender of public policies
that support LGBTQ people and their families," says Hannah Edwards in the
wants to see "safe spaces" for transgendered students in schools and
special training for teachers to make that a reality.
American College of Pediatricians president Dr. Michelle Cretella says the practice
of simply supporting children's gender confusion at a young age is harmful.
institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to
impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty
blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold
psychological damage," Dr. Cretella has said. "These harms constitute
nothing less than institutionalized child abuse."
Republican campaign team in the race for the attorney general's spot in Minnesota
has fired back against the Democrats, claiming that Ellison shows little regard
for protecting children.
Ellison supports and promotes so many extremist views it's hard to keep track
of them all," maintain the Republicans.
point to Ellison's track record of voting against a bill, proposed in 2004,
that would have imposed life sentences on violent sex offenders. Then, in 2013,
he also opposed a bill to protect children from sexual predators by prohibiting
them from working in schools.
after time after time, Keith Ellison chose to cast votes to support some of the
worst offenders of all,” said Republican campaign manager Billy Grant.
Congressman, who is the vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has
also been dogged for more than a decade by allegations of violence towards
former girlfriend, Amy Alexander, alleged in 2006 that he pushed, shoved and
verbally abused her and a judge dealt with the matter by issuing restraining
orders against both her and Ellison.
in August this year, the Democrat was again accused, this time by ex-girlfriend
Karen Monahan and her son of trying to drag her off a bed and shouting
obscenities. The politician denied the allegations and an investigation by the
Democrats concluded those allegations were unsubstantiated.
pc Americans believe Muslims face discrimination: survey
DC: A survey was conducted by New America, in collaboration with the American
Muslim Institution (AMI) to examine the general public’s perceptions of Muslim
Americans. The “Americans’ Views of Muslims Survey” provides insight into
public perceptions of Muslim Americans at both the national and local levels in
Houston, Orlando, Tampa, and the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, where
oversampling was done.
to the New America report, Americans are largely accepting of Muslim Americans,
but more than half of the respondents express concerns about the spread of
extremism within Muslim communities in the United States. 1/3 of the
respondents feel uncomfortable when they see Muslim Americans wearing a veil or
other Islamic attire, are concerned if a mosque or Islamic centre was built in
their neighbourhood and believe Muslims should be subject to extra security
screenings at airports.
to the report, a majority of non-Muslim Americans (71%) agree there is a lot of
discrimination against Muslim Americans.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his case for President Donald Trump
administration’s tough new sanctions on Iran, saying that, “it is completely
clear the Islamic Republic of Iran is the destabilizing force in the Middle
also said the Trump administration is watching Iran with “laser focus.”
they try to evade our sanctions, we will take action to disrupt their
activity,” Pompeo said.
what the US said was the largest-single sanctions designation, the Treasury
imposed penalties on more than 700 Iranian and Iranian-linked individuals,
entities, aircraft and vessels. The move brought to more than 900 the number of
Iran-related targets sanctioned by the Trump administration in less than two
reimposition of US sanctions against Iran on Monday following Washington’s
withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May will further isolate the US and
decrease American influence around the world, an academic and analyst says.
world is going to stand with Iran… not the United States,” said James Fetzer, a
retired professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
a tragedy that this giant step backward is taking place."
obviously a gross mistake and one more reason why [US President] Donald Trump
and the United States are losing influence in the Middle East and elsewhere in
the world,” Fetzer said in an interview with Press TV on Monday.
decision to unilaterally pull out from the nuclear agreement - known as the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - and reimpose sanctions against
Iran has pitted the US against European powers, China and Russia, Fetzer said.
Kempf, head of the BDI, Germany’s main business lobby, echoed widespread
European business concern about the potential destabilizing effect of the US
using the global economy to pursue political goals, the US is straining
international relations and the transatlantic partnership,” Kempf said.
Trump administration announced on Monday the reimposition of the “toughest”
sanctions ever against Iran in an attempt to curtail the Islamic Republic’s oil
exports and put extra pressure on the country's economy.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the
podium at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center in Washington to unveil
what the White House claims will force Iran to abandon its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs while rolling back Tehran’s influence in the Middle
said the US had successfully persuaded over 20 countries to stop or
dramatically reduce their oil imports from Iran, causing Tehran’s overall sales
to suffer by more than 1 million barrels per day.
campaign of pressure had also taken away over $2.5 billion in Iran’s oil
revenue, he further claimed.
also addressed reporters on Monday, noting that the US Treasury’s “largest ever
single-day action” against Iran cover 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, more
than 200 persons and vessels in its shipping sector, and the country’s national
airline, Iran Air, and more than 65 of its aircraft.
military alarmed by Iran’s growing defense might, combat power
officials are reportedly losing confidence in the US military’s ability to
counter Iranian armed forces in case of a direct confrontation, citing the
shrinking presence of US military forces in the Middle East region is the main
as US President Donald Trump is preparing to resume what he calls the “toughest
ever” sanctions against Iran to drive the Islamic Republic’s oil exports to
zero, US military commanders think that the recent decisions by the Pentagon to
move ships, combat aircraft and missile defense systems out of the region only
plays into Iran’s hands.
has threatened to close down the Strait of Hormuz and stop all oil exports from
the Persian Gulf region in case Trump delivers on his pledge.
the threat seems to have worked its magic by prompting the White House to issue
waivers for Iran’s main oil buyers, US military officials are worried that the
current levels American military presence in the region cannot stop Iran from
shutting down the crucial waterway.
to The Washington Post, the officials worry that Iran could easily fulfill the
task by using it robust arsenal of ballistic missiles and its ability to plant
Trump, who thinks China and Russia pose the greatest threats to the US, the
Pentagon has moved some of its forces out of the region and stationed them in
bases across the Pacific region instead.
US military has not had an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf region since
March. It has also removed a large share of its Patriot missile batteries out
of the region along with a number of its stealthy combat aircraft, the F-22
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis calls the new posture a “great power competition.”
doesn’t mean the Trump administration has forgotten about Iran.
since entering the White House, Trump has taken aggressive actions against Tehran,
a pressure campaign that peaked in May, when he pulled out of the 2015 Iran
nuclear deal and pledged to reinstate all of the sanctions that were removed
under the historic accord.
by the threats, however, Iran has defended its territories against any possible
trespassing by American and other foreign forces in the region.
naval forces have on many occasion fired warning shots towards American
military vessels approaching Iranian waters and asked them to change course.
chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) made it clear on
Friday that Iran will give a crushing response to any threat to its security
even if it requires extraterritorial operations.
has postponed a scheduled visit by Brazilian foreign minister in apparent
protest at the new Brazilian government’s decision to relocate its embassy from
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
top diplomat Aloysio Nunes Ferreiran was going to visit Cairo from November 8
to 11 and hold talks with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as well as his
the visit was postponed by the Egyptian foreign ministry which cited problems
with the South American diplomat’s agenda.
diplomatic sources told Reuters that the decision was made in protest at
Brazilian far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s bid to relocate the
country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
sources, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said no
new date has been proposed, signaling Cairo's discontent with Bolsonaro's
an admirer of US President Donald Trump, told a news conference last Thursday
that he saw no problem in such a move, as he had also promoted the idea during
new president's decision followed a similar move by Trump who recognized
Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's so-called capital and officially opened the US
embassy in the city in May, sparking international outrage.
in Brazil have raised concerns about Bolsonaro’s plan, saying the move would
hurt the country’s relations with Muslim nations.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday condemned as “illegal”
the decision, saying “the declaration was a flagrant violation of international
law and of all relevant UN resolutions.”
Friday, the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, called upon
Bolsonaro to reverse his decision, terming it “an affront to the Palestinian
people as well as Arab and Muslim nations.”
troops have begun patrols in northeastern Syria, a military official confirmed
patrols come after the Turkish military shelled several PKK/YPG positions in
the region last week. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK terror group.
a news conference, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said the "assurance
patrols" with SDF forces started Friday.
there is no set timetable for these specific patrols or regularity, these
patrols will allow us, Turkey and our SDF partners to maintain the safety and
security of the region," said Manning.
combined joint patrols that started with the Turkish military in Manbij,
Manning said: "These patrols and our continued efforts to de-escalate
tensions will allow us to focus on our goal of ensuring the enduring"
defeat of Daesh.
PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.
Jews propose anti-Semitism lessons for Muslim migrants
foremost Jewish organisation has called for special classes for Muslim
immigrants to help stop the spread of anti-Semitism.
vice-president, Abraham Lehrer, said many migrants were arriving from countries
where "anti-Semitism is part of the rationale of the state".
said integration classes should be "tailored" by country of origin.
has seen a large increase in asylum seekers since 2015, many of whom come from
country is battling a wave of anti-Semitism, partly attributed to rhetoric from
the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
of anti-Semitic incidents were reported in Germany last year, the vast majority
of which were carried out by neo-Nazi or other far-right groups.
Lehrer, from the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said that anti-Semitism
among migrants was a problem which "still lies ahead of us" as
migrants settle permanently in the country.
of these people were influenced by regimes in which anti-Semitism is part of
the rationale of the state and the Jewish state is denied the right to
existence," he said in remarks reported by Deutsche Welle.
these people no longer just think of finding jobs and housing, this influence
will have a greater bearing and people will express their opinions openly.
order to prevent this scenario, we need to tailor integration courses more
closely to these people, preferably by country of origin."
Lehrer called for integration classes to assign hours of teaching to
"fundamental values" such as democracy and the treatment of women.
he also criticised the AfD party, saying it "creates a platform on which
anti-Semitism can grow and manifest itself openly".
pointed to the party's opposition to Jewish traditions such as circumcision and
strict methods of animal slaughter for meat.
AfD is a kind of catalyst for various groups with anti-Semitic roots," he
however, has denied any anti-Semitic views in the party, and opened a Jewish
group within its ranks in October - a move which itself drew criticism from
other German Jews.
seek Twitter ban on Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders
body representing 144 Turkish mosques in the Netherlands has asked Twitter to
block the account of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders for inciting hatred.
Turkish Islamic Cultural Federation (TICF) sent the letter on Friday seeking “a
permanent ban of the Twitter of Mr. Geert Wilders... due to continuous
publications on his Twitter account of messages, images and other content which
is a display of hateful conduct.”
said Wilders’ tweets breached Twitter’s guidelines, adding: “His hate messages
are being spread worldwide thanks to the platform and abilities Twitter
reserve the right to take any legal actions and measures necessary if you will
not take action as requested within 21 days after this,” it said. TICF’s lawyer
Ejder Kose told AFP on Monday they would take legal action if nothing was done.
to court is the last thing we want to do but if we have to, we’ll do it,” Kose
said. Kose said many of Wilders’ tweets breached laws in several countries
including Tunisia, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicted his country is pushing for a resolution
in the United Nations Security Council that could guarantee the end of the
Saudi war in Yemen.
made a statement on Monday in which he said the Foreign Office (Britain’s
foreign ministry) was in close consultation with the UN special envoy to Yemen,
Martin Griffiths, about the situation in the war-torn country.
statement did not mention what specific action the UK will take to help end the
crisis in Yemen but reiterated that London will do its best to ensure that a
ceasefire could be implemented if the two sides of the conflict agree to end
action the UK takes forward at the UN Security Council will help towards that
goal, ensuring that a full ceasefire, when it comes, is fully implemented,”
said the statement, adding that the time was right for the Security Council to
act to bolster the UN-led process in Yemen.
is the first time that Britain is showing its resolve to help end the conflict
in Yemen, where it has supported a devastating war by its ally Saudi Arabia on
civilian population for the past three and a half years.
to Yemen’s Health Ministry, more than 15,000 have died since the onset of the
warfare. This is while various reports put the death toll far higher, saying a
Saudi-enforced media blackout has prevented proper investigation into the
number of fatalities.
and other UK government officials are under immense pressure to act against
Saudi crimes in Yemen, especially after it was revealed last month that Saudi
authorities had ordered the killing on October 2 of dissident journalist Jamal
Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
said the UK “will use all its influence” to push for a political settlement of
the dispute between the ruling Houthi Ansarulah movement and the resigned
government which is backed by Saudi Arabia.
and Norwegian top diplomats have assured their Iranian counterpart Mohammad
Javad Zarif that London and Oslo will try to maintain and even expand their
business cooperation with Tehran despite the re-imposition of US sanctions on
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in a Monday phone conversation with Zarif,
underlined the commitment of London and other parties to the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to continued implementation of the 2015
also underlined the need for immediate establishment and implementation of
Europe's special payment mechanism known as Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in a
bid to maintain economic cooperation with Iran.
on Friday, top European diplomats vowed to preserve and maintain “effective
financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and
joint statement released by France, Germany, the UK, and the European Union
asserted that efforts have been intensified in recent weeks, particularly those
underpinning the European initiative to establish the SPV.
to the statement, the SPV “will enable continued sanctions lifting to reach
Iran and allow for European exporters and importers to pursue legitimate
another phone conversation with Zarif, Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie
Eriksen Søreide also expressed her country’s support for the implementation of
JCPOA, and underlined the need for expansion of mutual cooperation between
Tehran and Oslo.
comments by European diplomats come shortly after the United States announced
re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran in an attempt to
curtail the Islamic Republic’s oil exports and put extra pressure on the
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the podium
at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center in Washington on Monday to
unveil what the White House claims will force Iran to abandon its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs while rolling back Tehran’s influence in the Middle
is while the US administration agreed on Friday to allow eight countries –
Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Turkey, India, Greece, and Italy – to
continue purchasing Iran’s crude oil after Washington’s sanctions on Tehran
behind Denmark accusations
the Monday phone call, Zarif and the Norwegian foreign minister also conferred
on the Danish police’s accusation against a Norwegian-Iranian citizen, who is
charged with plotting to assassinate an anti-Iran figure in Denmark.
Iranian top diplomat once again expressed Tehran’s preparedness to have all-out
cooperation with European governments in order to reveal the truth, stressing
the need for shedding light on all aspects of the issue.
on Sunday, a senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official reiterated the Islamic
Republic’s readiness to cooperate with European countries in fighting
Iranian official made the call in a meeting with Norwegian and Swedish
ambassadors to Tehran, and Denmark’s chargé d'affaires.“At the meeting, it was
announced that Iran was ready for comprehensive and expansive cooperation,
including in security areas and implementation of joint fact-finding
investigations, with the respective countries,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesman
recently accused Iran “of planning to assassinate an Iranian activist on Danish
soil”. The accusation came shortly after a similar allegation by France.
Ahmet Gurhan Kartal
and Canada said Monday that establishing what happened to murdered Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi remains an “urgent need”.
a phone call, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her Canadian counterpart Justin
Trudeau discussed Saudi Arabia and the “appalling” murder of Khashoggi,
agreeing there was an urgent need to establish what happened and for those
responsible to be held to account, said a statement from Downing Street.
a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, disappeared on Oct. 2
after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to receive paperwork he needed
to get married.
inside, he was immediately strangled and then dismembered, according to the
Istanbul Prosecutor’s office.
British government’s statement said May and Trudeau also agreed that the
international community should continue to press for a “thorough, credible and
transparent investigation by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.
days of denying any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts, Saudi Arabian
officials said he died in a “brawl” in the consulate but later admitted that he
was killed there.
and Trudeau also discussed Yemen and agreed on the pressing need to alleviate
the humanitarian situation and reach a political solution.
supported the U.S. call for de-escalation in Yemen, noting that it must be
underpinned by a political deal between the conflict parties,” said May.
condemns Putrajaya over refusal to release IPIC documents
JAYA: Najib Razak has rubbished Putrajaya’s excuse for not releasing documents
pertaining to a 1MDB-related settlement which they claimed would be sub judice
as the matter was related to his court case.
said despite saying this, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had continued to speak
on the matter, including when tabling Budget 2019.
this also includes his father who continues to hurl allegations about IPIC and
1MDB,” Najib said, referring to Guan Eng’s father, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.
Guan Eng said the government could not release documents pertaining to the
settlement agreement between Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment
Company (IPIC) and the state investment arm as doing so would be sub judice.
said this in response to the repeated calls by the former prime minister for
the Pakatan Harapan government to reveal the agreement made by Malaysia.
a Facebook post, Najib also refuted Guan Eng’s claim that he (Najib) had only
raised the matter after being charged in court.
said he had urged Putrajaya to release the documents during a Dewan Rakyat
sitting, prior to being charged last month.
at that time, Guan Eng wasn’t in the Dewan.”
said it was difficult to raise the matter in the past, especially when he was
the prime minister, as it also involved another country.
is no reason to quarrel with a foreign nation, he said, if the issue could be
then accused the Pakatan Harapan government of not wanting to release the
documents due to a clause which stated that IPIC would have to pay the sum
which was said to be missing from 1MDB.
do not want people to know the truth about 1MDB and efforts made to recoup the
money. They want to use the issue to smear my name.“
also wondered why Putrajaya was not pushing IPIC to honour the agreement to
recover the money from IPIC.
it more important to have me charged in court instead of recovering 1MDB money
and safeguard ties with Abu Dhabi?”
vacant deputy Jakarta governor seat will be filled by a Prosperous Justice
Party (PKS) politician following an agreement reached during a meeting between
the Islam-based party and the Gerindra Party on Monday.
post has remained vacant for the past several months following Sandiaga Uno’s
resignation to run as a vice presidential candidate in next year’s presidential
election. Gerindra and PKS backed Governor Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga during
the gubernatorial election last year.
are committed to following the mandate from Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto
to give the seat to PKS,” Gerindra Jakarta chapter head M. Taufik said as
quoted by kompas.com. He was previously touted as the one to be given the post.
Prabowo and Sandiaga, the pair that will challenge President Joko “Jokowi”
Widodo in his reelection bid, come from Gerindra.
Jakarta chapter head Syakir Purnomo said that his party would prepare two names
to be proposed to the city council to be assessed for the vacant post.
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