Iraqis cross the Tigris River, as Iraqi forces battle with ISIS militants, in
western Mosul, Iraq May 12, 2017. (Reuters)
King Touts Trump's Islamic Summit as 'New Partnership'
Forces Storm Mosul Neighbourhoods, Killing 173 ISIS Militants
Talaq Matter of Faith for Last 1,400 Years: AIMPLB to SC
Convention Not For ‘Spies’ Involved In Terror: Pakistan to ICJ
Largest Chemical Weapons Workshop Seized by Iraqi Forces in Mosul
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Ground Troops Launch Joint Assault with Terrorists in Syria
More Civilians Killed, Wounded in US-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Raqqa
days in west Mosul numbered: Iraqi military officials
Come Up With Law for Muslims If You Strike
Down Triple Talaq: Govt to SC
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king touts Trump's Islamic summit as 'new partnership'
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Monday touted an upcoming meeting
between President Donald Trump and heads of state from across Muslim-majority
nations as the start of a new relationship that will strengthen global
is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia this weekend for his first overseas trip as
president, which will also include stops in Israel and the Vatican.
kingdom, in an effort to show its reach and convening powers, has invited
dozens of heads of state from across the Middle East, Africa and Asia to a
summit with Trump on Sunday. Some local media reports say more than 50 top
dignitaries were invited by the Saudi monarch to attend.
and Salman will be meeting for the first time in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for
bilateral talks aimed at repairing relations that were strained under the Obama
administration. Saudi Arabia views Trump's visit as a way to shore up support
among its allies and with Washington against its rival Iran.
leaders of Syria and Iran were not invited to the summit. The Sunni-ruled
kingdom of Saudi Arabia is backing efforts to topple the Syrian government,
which is backed by Shiite-ruled Iran.
praised Trump in a telephone call in April, describing him as
"courageous" for authorizing a US military strike on a Syrian air
base following a chemical attack there. He also dispatched his son and the
second-in-line to the throne, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to Washington for a
meeting with Trump in March and appointed another as ambassador to Washington
to strengthen ties under Trump.
expressed hope the May 21 summit with Arab and Muslim leaders "will
establish a new partnership in confronting extremism and terrorism,"
according to a statement he made during a weekly Cabinet meeting and published
by the official Saudi Press Agency.
is also expected to meet separately with the Arab rulers of the six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council during his visit to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led GCC
includes the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, which is
host to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.
Saudi monarch said the bilateral US-Saudi talks will strengthen relations
between the two countries and enhance global security.
said the subsequent US-GCC talks will contribute to consolidating Gulf
solidarity and peace in the region. All of the GCC countries except Oman are
part of a Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing an Iranian-allied faction
in Yemen for more than two years. Washington has backed the coalition with
logistical and intelligence support.
forces have stormed four neighbourhoods in the city of Mosul on Monday, killing
about 173 ISIS militants including one high-rank leader.
anti-terrorism units on Monday have stormed Al-Oraibi and Al-Rifa’i
neighbourhoods where heavy clashes are still taking place. The country’s “Quick
Reaction Force” as well as the Iraqi Army’s 9th Division also entered Al-Iqtisadiyeen
neighbourhood and the southern and northern parts of July 17 area, considered
to be the most dangerous ISIS stronghold.
have destroyed 40 booby-trapped cars and killed 173 from ISIS, among them one
leader,” the head of federal police said.
also said that 60 ISIS militants have left with their families from the July 17
neighbourhood amid the ensuing commotion and clashes.
after storming the July 17 neighbourhood, the Iraqi forces evacuated more than
4,000 civilians despite heavy clashes between them and ISIS.
a couple of ISIS-controlled neighbourhoods are left after 210 days since the
start of operation to liberate the northern Iraq city of Mosul.
official sources say more than 90 percent of Mosul is liberated. Mosul’s left
side is completely liberated while more than 80 percent from the right is
is separated by the Tigris River, making the left bank on the eastern side as
the left side while the right bank on the western side as the right side.
in the western province of Anbar, three would-be suicide bombers were killed
after infiltrating the city of Haditha during dawn, Iraqi forces said on
talaq matter of faith for last 1,400 years: AIMPLB to SC
DELHI: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Tuesday told the
Supreme Court that triple talaq has been observed by Muslims for last 1400
years and questioned the Centre for calling the practice un-Islamic.
talaq is there since 637. Who are we to say that this is un-Islamic. Muslims
are practicing it for last 1,400 years. It is a matter of faith. Hence, there
was no question of constitutional morality and equity," former Union law
minister and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for AIMPLB, said.
Muslim body also equated triple talaq with the Hindu belief that Lord Rama was
born at Ayodhya.
I have faith that Lord Rama was born at Ayodhya, then it's a matter of faith
and there is no question of constitutional morality," Sibal told a
five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar.
marriage is a contract through nikahnama between consenting adults and so is
divorce. If both marriage and divorce are contracts, why should others have a
problem," the AIMPLB asked.
also referred to the fact that the source of triple talaq can be found in
Hadith and that it came into being after the time of Prophet Muhammad.
AIMPLB is advancing arguments before the bench which also comprises Justices
Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, U U Lalit and Abdul Nazeer.
to the Centre's stand that it will enact a law on Muslim divorce if the SC quashed
talaq in all forms, Sibal asked what will happen if the apex court quashed the
practice and then Parliament refused.
Monday, the Centre had told the apex court that it will bring a new law to
regulate marriage and divorce among the Muslim community if all forms of
divorce including triple talaq are struck down.
is the fourth day of the hearing on a clutch of petitions challenging triple
talaq, polygamy and 'nikah halala' which is going on before a bench comprising
members of different religious communities including Sikh, Christian, Parsi,
Hindu and Muslim.
Convention not for ‘spies’ involved in terror: Pakistan to ICJ
has been unable to provide an explanation for Mr. Jadhav’s passport which bears
a Muslim name, claims Pakistan Foreign Office official
Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a “spy”
involved in terror activities, Pakistan on Monday told the International Court
of Justice (ICJ), which is hearing India’s plea on the death sentence given to
its national Kulbhushan Jadhav.
application on Mr. Jadhav, who was arrested in March last year and sentenced to
death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive
activities, was “unnecessary and misconceived” and must be dismissed, Pakistan
told the U.N.’s highest judicial body.
has been unable to provide an explanation for Mr. Jadhav’s passport which bears
a Muslim name, Mohammad Faisal of the Pakistan Foreign Office said in his
opening remarks in response to India’s submissions earlier in the day.
was using the court as the “scene of political theatre” but “we will not
respond in kind,” Mr. Faisal told the ICJ which held daylong proceedings to
decide the fate of the former Indian Navy officer.
has been deafening silence and no response from India on Pakistan’s accusations
on Mr. Jadhav, Pakistan’s lawyer Khawar Qureshi said.
the fear that Mr. Jadhav, 46, might be executed before the hearing was over,
India accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention and conducting a
“farcical trial” without a “shred of evidence.”
had denied India its 16 requests for consular access, India’s lead attorney
Harish Salve said.
urgent hearing comes after the ICJ last week stayed Mr. Jadhav’s execution.
While India presented its argument over 90 minutes, Pakistan, which claims that
Mr. Jadhav is an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and
Analysis Wing (RAW), took less than an hour.
wants the ICJ to annul Mr. Jadhav’s death sentence and for Pakistan to ensure
that no action is taken that may prejudice the rights of India or of Mr.
Jadhav, the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India, was
sentenced last month. On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty,
alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. On May 9,
the highest court in the UN gave Mr. Jadhav a lease of life.
in its appeal to the ICJ, had asserted that Mr. Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran
where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian
Navy. However, it denies that he has any connection with the government.
claims to have arrested Mr. Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.
said in a statement that his forces in a fresh round of operations West of
Mosul engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and managed to capture 15 sq/km of
area North-West of Mosul and the villages of Hasouneh and Dejleh, a
gas-cylinder workshop, and blocks number 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the al-Haramat
further added that the Iraqi police have liberated half of al-Eqtesadeen and
Tamouz 17 region, and transferred civilians to the Northern districts of Mosul
in a timely plan.
said that Iraq's Quick Reaction Forces managed to seize the largest ISIL
workshop used for making chemical weapons and defused tens of landmines and
bombs planted by the terrorists in Tamouz 17 region.
said earlier today that the ISIL terror group is in serious trouble inside
their de-facto Iraqi capital, as the government forces close-in on the
terrorist group’s last positions in Mosul city.
Iraqi Armed Forces managed to capture the Rifa’i and Aribi districts on Sunday
after a short battle with the depleted ISIL militants inside Western Mosul,
Iraqi News reported.
the Rifa’i and Aribi districts captured, the Iraqi Armed Forces are now in control
of more than 90 percent of Western Mosul, leaving the ISIL on their last legs
inside the provincial capital.
the coming days, the Iraqi Armed Forces are expected to capture the remaining
districts under the ISIL’s control and put an end to the terrorist group’s
presence inside the city.
sources said that the Hezbollah Movement has deployed 12 regiments with 1,000
fighters to Homs, Dara'a and Quneitra to face the US-backed militants in
al-Tanf border crossing and foil Washington's plan for the capture of Deir
sources said that the Syrian Army troops and their popular allies are trying
hard to intensify their operations in Badiyeh (desert) to reach the border with
Iraq and Jordan to prevent the militants backed up by the US and Jordan from
attacking Deir Ezzur via the Syrian border with Jordan.
sources further added that advances of the Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah
towards the border with Iraq will be done via two flanks, including Damascus
Badiyeh and Eastern Homs, which is considered to be the Syrian units' base to
launch their operation to lift ISIL's siege on Deir Ezzur city and airbase.
sources, meantime, reported that the pro-government forces are supposed to
advance in parallel towards the border
with Iraq to block the movements of the militants that are trying to enter
Syria through border with Jordan and from areas close to Iraq.
army soldiers and their allies will continue their cooperation to launch a
large-scale operation in Southern Damascus to reinvigorate the friendly forces
in the region to restore full security to the entire regions around Damascus
from the direction of Dara'a and Quneitra provinces.
- The United States on Monday accused the Syrian regime of installing a prison
crematorium to destroy the remains of thousands of murdered detainees, piling
pressure on Russia to rein in its ally.
Moscow it should not turn a blind eye to Bashar al-Assad’s crimes, the State
Department released satellite images that it said backed up reports of mass
killings at a Syrian jail.
United States is on record, has stated many times, that we are appalled by the
atrocities that have been carried out by the Syrian regime,” said Stuart Jones,
the top US diplomat for the Middle East. “And these atrocities have been
carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russia and Iran.”
he added a warning to President Vladimir Putin’s government: “Russia must now,
with great urgency, exercise its influence over the Syrian regime to guarantee
that horrific violations stop now.”
newly released image, a commercial satellite photograph dating back to January
2015, shows snow melting on the roof of a building attached to the Saydnaya
military complex north of Damascus.
along with an earlier picture allegedly showing heavy-duty ventilation systems
on the structure, appear to support earlier claims by rights groups that
Saydnaya is an execution center.
in 2013, the Syrian regime modified a building within the Saydnaya complex to
support what we believe is a crematorium,” said Jones, currently an acting
assistant secretary of state. “Although the regime’s many atrocities are well
documented, we believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover
up the extent of the mass murders taking place in Saydnaya.”
said Washington’s information came from credible humanitarian agencies and from
the US “intelligence community” - implying that classified evidence beyond the
commercial pictures exists. “The regime
holds as many as 70 prisoners in Saydnaya in cells that have a five-person
capacity,” Jones alleged. “And according to multiple sources, the regime is responsible
for killing as many as 50 detainees per day at Saydnaya.”
did not give an official estimate for the total number killed, but cited an
Amnesty International report that between 5,000 and 11,000 had died between
2011 and 2015 in the prison. Assad’s regime, he alleged, has detained between
65,000 and 117,000 people over the same period - the first five years of a
civil war that has left hundreds of thousands dead. One satellite photograph presented by Jones
dated to January 2015, more than two years ago, and it was not immediately
clear why the United States waited to present its evidence.
told reporters Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had raised concerns about
Assad’s brutality with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit
to Washington last week. “I would say that this information has been
developing,” Jones said on the timing of the crematorium allegation.
said Washington is not specifically accusing Moscow or Tehran of complicity in
the alleged Saydnaya killings, but said Russia is aware of and has supported
other abuses. And he said last week’s visit by Lavrov to the White House was
“an opportune time to remind people about the atrocities that are being carried
out inside of Syria all the time.”
coalition strike kills 23 in Syria
air strike by the US-led coalition killed 23 civilians on Monday in a Syrian
town held by the Islamic State group on the border with Iraq, a monitor said.
deaths came after 12 women were killed in a strike by the US-led coalition
fighting IS in the east of Syria's Raqa province on Sunday, the Syrian
Observatory for Human Right said.
al-Islam militants attacked the positions of Faylaq al-Rahman and Tahrir
al-Sham Hay'at in Beit Sawa and al-Ash'ari regions in Eastern Ghouta, causing
heavy clashes between the two sides.
the clashes Jeish al-Islam took control of several points occupied by Faylaq
al-Rahman near the town of Hamouriyeh in the Central parts of Eastern Ghouta.
relevant developments in the province last Tuesday, Jeish al-Islam in a
statement announced that its forces launched a fresh round of attacks on rival
terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta.
al-Islam's statement said that after a halt in military operations against
Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at a number of Tahrir al-Sham forces launched an attack on
Jeish al-Islam's positions with the participation of Faylaq al-Rahman.
al-Islam accused the commander of Faylaq al-Rahman of providing weapons,
shelter and equipment for the remaining pockets of Tahrir al-Sham.
Abdollah, head of Jeish Maqawir al-Thowra terrorist group's media center,
underlined the US ground forces' partnership in the operation in al-Hamimeh
desert in Eastern Homs, and declared the start of the operation from al-Tanf
camp to Deir Ezzur province.
reported that the ISIL forces retreated collectively and without any resistance
from al-Hamimeh desert after the ground forces' advance.
operation was also supported by the US fighter jets.
al-Thowra intends to establish some bases in al-Hamimeh and turn the region
into a start point for offensives against the ISIL position in al-Bu Kamal
sources also reported that 150 US and British forces have been deployed in
al-Hamidiyeh region East of Palmyra to launch operations in the Southern parts
of al-Bu Kamal in Eastern Deir Ezzur in cooperation with Maqawir al-Thowra
entered the region through al-Tanf crossing in cooperation with the terrorists
that were stationed in Iraq's al-Akashat district.
media sources reported last week that the US Army forces have entered al-Tanf
border-crossing in Southern Syria to continue training more militants called by
opposition groups as moderates.
al-Hamourabi website said that the American military forces are now training
militants of Maqawir al-Thowra in al-Tanf mountain Southeast of Homs.
the meantime, Charles Lister, a British analyst at the Middle East Strategic
Research Association, released several images of terrorists along with the US
forces in al-Tanf border-crossing via his tweeter page.
website quoted sources as saying that the militants have been trained by
Washington to fight against ISIL terrorists.
number of sources affiliated to terrorists wrote on their Facebook pages that
military movements have intensified at Syria's border with Jordan.
sources disclosed last Tuesday that the Syrian Army troops continued their
anti-ISIL operation in the Southeastern direction of the ancient city of
Palmyra to kill the chance for a US-led plan to access Deir Ezzur.
sources reported that the army soldiers started a fresh round of operation
against ISIL in Badiyeh al-Sham and managed to retake the region, thwarting a
plan led by Washington to reach Deir Ezzur.
sources went on to say that tough battles are now underway between the
US-backed militants and ISIL and also between the Syrian soldiers and the
US-backed militants in Badiyeh.
added that the army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in areas
surrounding the protected region of al-Talileh in the Northeastern direction of
Palmyra, trying to take control of the region earlier than any other rival.
US-Britain-Jordanian Coalition has increased their presence at the Jordanian
sources said that a coalition combat drone targeted several vehicles carrying
female workers in the farms near the terrorist-held Raqqa city, killing 22
women and wounding nine more.
relevant developments in the province on Sunday, A sum of 12 civilians were
killed and several more were wounded in the US-led collation air raids on two
regions in Raqqa and Deir Ezzur provinces.
sources said that the US-led coalition fighter jets bombed heavily several
regions in areas surrounding Raqqa city in Northeastern Syria, killing 7 member
of a family.
Iraqi commander says Daesh terrorists holed up in west Mosul are taking their
around seven months of fighting between Iraqi forces and the Takfiri
terrorists, Daesh has been removed from most of Mosul and is expected to make
their last stand around the Grand al-Nuri Mosque. Daesh’s leader, Abu Bakr
Al-Baghdadi, announced the forming of the group’s so-called caliphate from the
mosque in 2014.
are their dying breaths. They are completely surrounded…If we advance this
quickly, we can finish it in days," said First Lieutenant Nawfal al-Dhari
Iraqi military commanders and officials have stressed that they aim to retake
the mosque before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
advance on a vast front has stunned the enemy and, God willing, we will achieve
victory before Ramadan and announce the liberation of Mosul and people of Mosul
from the dirtiness of Daesh," said Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi,
chief of staff.
have also noted that the remaining number of terrorists in the city has been
diminishing while disorganization is increasing in their ranks.
are losing the ability to fight back. It's obvious they are blundering. We want
to make the Old City a closed death casket for Daesh," said an Iraqi army
there will be remnants of Daesh inside the Old City, but it will be as easy as
hunting rabbits to take them down," he added.
come up with law for Muslims if you strike
down triple talaq: Govt to SC
government will write a new matrimony law for Muslims to fill a legal vacuum
should the Supreme Court strike down triple talaq, the country’s top law
officer said on Monday.
talaq is the lone controversial way Muslim men in India can get a divorce. It
allows a man to end a marriage by uttering the word talaq thrice in quick
top court is hearing a bunch of petitions challenging triple talaq. The
government too wants to scrap the practice which it calls unconstitutional and
one that is against women.
the court strike down triple talaq and the government bring in a new law then
it could mean the start of a process to overhaul Muslim personal laws in India
that are now guided by a 1937 Sharia code. India has separate sets of personal
laws for each religion governing marriage, divorce, succession, adoption and
general Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief
Justice of India JS Khehar that it wasn’t the court’s job to interpret the
Quran and that it should consider the constitutional validity of triple talaq
and not just restrict itself to examining whether the custom was fundamental to
practicing the faith.
disagreed with the court that the government should first address whether
triple talaq is “essential to religion or not”, saying the Supreme Court was
not an ecclesiastical court.
the practice of instant divorce (triple talaq) is struck down by the court then
the Centre will bring a law to regulate marriage and divorce among the Muslim
community,” he said.
remarks were in response to Justice Uday U Lalit’s query: “where will Muslim
men go for divorce” if the court strikes down triple talaq?
the Hindu law overhaul began in the 1950s and continues, activists have long
argued that Muslim personal law has remained mostly unchanged.
talaq, practised by Sunni Muslims, is biased in favour of men and against
gender justice, several Muslim women petitioners have told the court.
has the world’s third largest Muslim population and woman from the community
face the threat of a sudden, oral, and out-of-court divorce.
a Muslim woman seeking divorce has go to court for a legal separation under the
top court sought to know if any order banning triple talaq will involve
“tinkering with religion”.
attorney general argued that triple talaq cannot enjoy protection under Article
25 of the Constitution that allows people to practice his faith.
tried to bolster his point citing the banned Hindu tradition of sati in which a
widow is burned alive on the funeral pyre of her husband.
would you do if someone came saying sati was essential part of the Hindu
religion. Women lived in fear of sati until the law declared it illegal. Muslim
women want their dignity, freedom to live without fear of triple talaq,” he
All India Muslim Personal Law Board opposed the petitions and requested the
court not to interfere with personal laws of a community.
court denied the government’s request to club the triple talaq trial with two
other controversial practices — nikah halala and polygamy that allows a Muslim
man to have four wives.
halala lets a divorced Muslim woman to remarry her husband but after marrying
another man and then divorcing the latter. The court said it will hear
arguments on these two practices later.
Kashmir youth who escaped from police custody two weeks ago has released a
video, in which he says oppression forced him to join militancy. The youth,
Zubair Ahmad Turray, has said in the video that he was in jail for four years
under the Public Safety Act on the charge of stone-pelting.
the video released on Sunday evening, Turray is seen wearing an olive green
uniform and posing behind guns and grenades. He identifies himself as the man
“who escaped from police custody some days ago”. “The reasons for my escape
were painful but oppression forced me to do it… I had no other option,” he
Shopian resident said he was kept behind the bars by circumventing the judicial
process. “I was under custody for the past four years. In these four years, PSA
was slapped against me eight times,” he said. “Whenever I knocked the door of
the high court, whenever my respected father made efforts (for my release) and
a PSA case was quashed, they would slap another PSA case against me. After
quashing of one case, they (police) would detain me illegally for three months
and then slap another. This process continued for four years,” he claimed.
said this led him to become a militant. “When I could not see hope, I had only
one way —that was to join the Mujahideen,” he said. “God’s help was with me and
today I am among the Mujahideen”.
President Mahmoud Abbas was warmly welcomed by President Pranab Mukherjee and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday. Mr Abbas also
received a ceremonial guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning. A
delegation-level discussion between President Abbas and PM Modi is scheduled
Abbas arrived in the national capital Sunday on his four-day visit to hold
extensive talks with PM Narendra Modi on key bilateral issues, including the
Middle East peace process. This is Abbas’s fifth visit and third state visit as
to India. The visit comes ahead of Modi’s first-ever visit to Israel scheduled
in July this year.
on Saturday, the Ministry of External Affairs had said in a press release that
India and Palestine enjoy historically close and friendly ties. Apart from the
political support to the Palestinian cause, India continues to support
developmental projects in Palestine by extending technical and financial
assistance, the release added.
an important guest. Mr Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine
arrives in Delhi,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted
on Sunday as President Abbas arrived.
President Abbas’s visit, Dr Majdi Khaldi, a senior Palestinian official, had
described India’s relations with Palestine as “historic” and “steady” and
asserted that the Palestinians want to strengthen their ties with India and
seek support for their “struggle”.
blast took place in a car at Kishtwar town of Jammu region on Tuesday morning,
leaving one person injured. Sources said the injured, identified as Raj Kumar
of Keshwan, a contractor, had parked his car (number JK 17-5097) at the Old Bus
Stand late on Monday as he lives nearby. In the morning, when he opened the
front door of his car, there was an explosion inside the vehicle blowing off
its gear box, and smashing both the front seats, its window panes and
to the victim, he had noticed a wire attached to the door but did not think
much of it. Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Sandeep Wazir said they
are investigating the cause of the explosion, adding the injured has been
hospitalised and his condition was stated to be stable.
the explosion has come in the wake of reports about Lashkar trying to revive
militancy in Chenab Valley which comprises Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts.
The last militancy-related violence in Kishtwar took place almost a decade ago,
had on Monday smashed a militant hideout at Nagseni in Kishtwar district and
seized huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives, incuding an AK 56 rifle
along with two magazines, 60 rounds, four UBGL (under barrel grenade launcher)
grenades, four hand grenades, one wireless set and a radio set antenna, three
RPG rounds, one binocular, cooking utensils and two blankets.
week, a Lashkar module was also busted in adjoining Doda district and seven
people, including a Special Police Officer, a former jawan of the Territorial
Army, were arrested. Those apprehended
included Bashir Ahmed of Bangraw Gandoh who had earlier been working in 139 TA
Battalion in Thathri area, his nephew Altaf Ahmed, a serving SPO in Doda,
besides a surrendered Lashkar militant Abdul Rashid Harga alias Abdullah of
Tanta, his younger brother Shoket Ali and Akthar Magray. Two more people
arrested in this connection include Shafqat Hussain and Hafiz alias Shafqat.
of ‘Hizbul militant’: Naseer was involved in hawala transaction from Pak in
2014 says J&K Police
J&K Police have informed their counterparts in UP that alleged Hizbul
operative Naseer Ahmed alias Sadiq — who was arrested at the Indo-Nepal border
in Maharajganj on Friday — is wanted in a case of hawala transaction lodged in
2014, when he was staying in Pakistan. The FIR was registered at Banihal police
station in Srinagar’s Ramban district. Pramod Kumar, SP, Maharajganj district,
said J&K Police faxed him a letter Monday informing him about the case.
Saturday, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel had caught Naseer trying to enter
India at the Sonauli checkpost. A native of Ramban, Naseer had shifted to
Pakistan in 2003. SSB claims he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen there and had been
sent to India to “carry out terror activities”. Mohan Lal, SSP, Ramban, told
The Indian Express, “Naseer is wanted in unlawful activities where money was
transferred through hawala.” He added that they would procure a warrant against
Naseer from court and a police team would be sent to Uttar Pradesh to seek his
Afzal, in-charge of Banihal police station, told The Indian Express that the
case against Naseer was lodged after police were tipped off about two persons
carrying Rs 10 lakh allegedly procured from militants in Pakistan. They were
also informed that the money was meant for militants and their families in
Kashmir. The police had then laid a trap and on September 2, 2014, arrested two
questioning of the men, the names of Naseer and one Yasir had surfaced as those
behind sending the money,” the inspector said, adding they would move local
court on Tuesday seeking a warrant against Naseer. Sources said Naseer during
interrogation had told security agencies that because he wanted to meet his
family in Srinagar, his handler had given him an assignment to kill a
surrendered militant staying in Jammu. He had also revealed that his handler
had briefed him about where he would get money and a weapon there, sources
tech giant Alibaba Group set to enter Pakistan; signs first MoU
on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alibaba Group Holdings
Limited to promote Pakistan's worldwide exports by Small and Medium Enterprises
(SMEs) through e-commerce.
Group's Executive Chairman, Jack Ma and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessed
the signing ceremony.
at the headquarters of the e-commerce giant, the prime minister appreciated the
success and performance of the Alibaba group.
am glad my meeting with Jack Ma at the World Economic Forum in January has come
to fruition in the shape of the MoU we have just signed," the premier
appreciation of Ma's dynamism and performance of [the Alibaba] group comes not
only from its success as a e-commerce giant but more so from the focus of the
group on job creation and livelihood generation," he added.
the Alibaba group is a business with strong humanistic dimension. These are the
values that are the pivot of the policies my government has pursued with
determination and commitment since taking office in 2013."
is a powerful tool to stimulate economic activity, effort, innovation and
entrepreneurship across all sectors of the economy," the prime minister
Jack Ma shared with me his interest in establishing an e-platform in Pakistan,
i instructed my office to facilitate Alibaba's initiative in every manner and
in the shortest possilbe time frame," he the prime minister said, adding
that the MoU had been signed within four months of when the initiative was
agreement between Alibaba and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
was signed by Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir and Michael Evans, President of
Alibaba Group, and Douglas Feagin, Senior Vice President of Global Business of
Ant Financial, on behalf of Alibaba, during the visit of Prime Minister
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the headquarters of the company.
PM Sharif, Alibaba president discuss e-commerce giant's prospects in Pakistan
the terms of the MoU, Alibaba, Ant Financial, and TDAP agreed to foster growth
of worldwide exports of products by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
in Pakistan through e-commerce.
and offline training programs for the SMEs would also be conducted by Alibaba
in a bid to assist SMEs with on-boarding on to Alibaba's platforms and optimizing
exports through e-commerce.
will help identify suitable SMEs to participate in the training programs while
Alibaba will be responsible for providing industry analysis to TDAP to assist
them in their selection process.
addition, Alibaba, Ant Financial and TDAP have agreed to promote the growth of
financial services in Pakistan in areas such as mobile and online payment
parties have also agreed to adopt cloud computing services to support the
online and mobile e-commerce businesses of SMEs in Pakistan.
Alibaba group has in recent years been aggressively courting foreign brands to
set up Tmall stores to sell to China's vast and growing middle class by
offering to smoothen out Chinese sales, payment and shipping processes.
a Chinese citizen, appears frequently with leaders from the highest echelons of
the Communist Party, and both sides have voiced their support and admiration
for each other.
has deep ties with the Chinese government, working closely on some of the
country's core technology development goals including cloud infrastructure and
is a true rags-to-riches story. He grew up poor in communist China, failed his
university-entrance exam twice, and was rejected from dozens of jobs, including
one at KFC, before finding success with his third internet company, Alibaba.
not interested in acquisitions, more interested in partnerships
Alibaba is not interested in acquisitions this year as it is in partnerships,
Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Thursday.
am not interested in acquisitions. I am more interested in partnerships,"
Ma said at a news conference on Alibaba's Olympic sponsorship deal, when he
asked about his company's plans for the year. "We want to look for
partners and empower them to be powerful," he said.
The deposed cleric of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz is set to stir another
controversy as he has decided to preside over a conference to mark the 10th
anniversary of Lal Masjid operation.
will be sent to the president, prime minister, the director general of the ISI
and the federal cabinet along with leaders of like-minded political and
religious parties to attend the conference,” said a close aide to the cleric.
conference, scheduled to be held on July 7, will be organised by Shuhada
Foundation at Lal Masjid.
foundation announced that the conference would not only be a milestone towards
the implementation of ‘Sharia’ but would also prove to be a referendum towards
the imposition of Islam in the country.
will file an application with the capital administration on Tuesday so that
there is an ample time for them to clear all queries,” the cleric’s aide added.
invitations will be forwarded to key religious and political personalities and
the leadership of the country as well as the head of the intelligence agency
said extending invitations to key officials would help the organisers put
pressure on the local administration to grant permission for the conference
besides facilitating the guests to set their schedule well on time to attend
a spokesman for the Shuhada Foundation said there was no need to obtain any NOC
from the government as the conference was being held inside the mosque.
they do not give us the NOC we will approach the Islamabad High Court to get
out right to hold the conference to highlight the sacrifices rendered by our
comrades for the implementation of Islam in the country,” said Hafiz Ehtesham
Ahmed, the spokesman.
the other hand, a senior official of the local administration told Dawn that
the government had the right to grant or deny permission as the mosque was a
state property and Maulana Aziz had already been deposed of as khateeb of the
mosque. Besides, he is a proscribed person under the Fourth Schedule of the
Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), he added.
similar situation occurred recently when Maulana Aziz announced to hold a
conference on March, 24, 2017 (Friday) against the blasphemous content on the
social media. But the government not only turned down the application but also
blocked all roads leading to Lal Masjid on that day.
Ulma Council, Monday, urged Muslim ummah to unite against the cruelties on the
Muslims of Syria, Iraq, Kashmir and Palestine. PUC also announced to observe
last Friday of Ramadan as ‘The Day for the protection of Harimain Sharifain
Wal-Aqsa’ throughout the country.
addressing the ‘Ulma Convention’ here PUC Central Chairman Zahid Mehmood Qasmi
and other senior leadership also called Ulma to come to the front to confront
the views of Daish. It is the responsibility of ulema to convey the message of
Islamic moderation to save the young generation from terrorism. Terrorist
organizations such as Daash are made to destroy the peace of Islamic countries.
said that western forces were jointly attacking Muslim countries to weaken the
Islam and Muslims. After Libya, Syria Iraq and Palestine the next target of
these western forces are Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Islamic countries are
united for the safety and stability of Pakistan.
Ummah can sacrifice everything for the protection of their sanctuaries. No one
will be allowed to play with the safety and stability of the sacred land
(Harmane Shareefain). He said that Pakistan Saudi Arabia relation cannot be
Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police killed four Islamic militants in a shootout in
a central district on Monday, according to an official with the country's
militants were killed when the police returned fire in a raid in the Khanewal
district, said Chaudhry Mohammad Saleem, the official. He said the militants
were from Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban.
faction has also expressed support for the Islamic State group but has not
pledged allegiance to it.
grenades, assault rifles and a cache of explosives were seized in the raid,
Saleem said, adding that three other suspects managed to escape from the scene.
raid was part of an intelligence operation launched jointly by the police and
military in urban areas in Pakistan, targeting militants who had fled military
offensives in lawless tribal regions along the Afghan border that have long
served as safe havens for local militants and foreign fighters.
in the day, a roadside bombing wounded four Pakistani paramilitary troops in
the southwestern district of Mastung, which was the site of a deadly IS attack
Monday's attack, a roadside bomb struck the troops' vehicle, police official
Abdul Nabi said.
extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack.
Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed a similar attack on Sunday that wounded two
- Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani has urged all parliamentary parties to come
forward with proposals to adopt a unified stand against the scourge of
terrorism, said a statement issued by the Senate Secretariat here on Sunday.
talking to the media outside Combined Military Hospital Quetta after a visit to
inquire after the health of Senate Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor
Haideri and other injured persons of Mastung carnage, he said that a collective
national narrative against terrorists and extremists ideologies cannot come
from madrassah rather all the stakeholders including political parties will
have to reach a consensus in this regard and present it to the parliament. He
said that the war against terrorism could not be won without a refined foreign
policy and a strong parliament.
said that owing to the promotion of wrong policies, ethnic clashes and
sectarianism by Pervez Musharraf and others, the country was struggling and
gripped with terrorism in its worst manifestations.
said that “we should learn some lesson from history and must change our
attitudes towards our own people”.
said that the American war was imposed on Pakistan and the wrong policies of
the past manifested its ugly faces in the form of terrorism in Mastung and
said that military and civil leaders have to be united for defeating terrorism,
adding that the current war was an ideological war and all the parliamentary
parties have to present proposals for its elimination. He said that all have to
come on a single page for the success of operation Raddul Fassad after the
success of operation Zarb-e-Azab. He said that the country was passing through
a critical time and national solidarity was the need of time instead of blaming
militants killed during ongoing Silab-5 operations in Laghman
least fifteen anti-government armed militants were killed during the ongoing
Silab-5 operations in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.
provincial government in a statement said the operations were launched on
Monday morning covering the areas in Alingar district.
statement further added that the militants were targeted in Basram, Katal,
Maidanio, Hakimabad, Qasaba, Salimgar, and other areas.
least fifteen insurgents were also critically wounded during the operations,
the statement added.
Afghan forces still conduct clearance operations in the mentioned areas, the
provincial government said, adding that the operations will continue until the
militants are fully eliminated from the area.
anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report
has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban
regime but the anti-government armed militant groups have increased their
insurgency activities in some of its remote districts during the recent years.
comes as at least five children were killed after a mortar shell landed on a
residential house in this province on Monday.
local officials blamed the Taliban group for the incident and said the mortar
shell was fired by the militants to target the security forces but landed on a
leader joins peace process with his 11 fighters in East of Afghanistan
local leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s
offshoot in Afghanistan has joined peace process in Nangarhar province.
governor Ataullah Khogyani told reporters that Tawiz Khan joined peace process
with his 11 fighters due to the ongoing efforts to attract the anti-government
armed militant groups to reconciliation process.
further added that the reconciliation process is being led by the Afghan
Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS).
said the group was previously conducting anti-government insurgency in Kot,
Nazian, Achin, and Haska Mina districts.
to Khogyani, the group was operating under the direct instructions of Mufti
Abdullah Orakzai and the militants also handed over their arms by joining peace
Khan told reporters that he is originally a resident of Bandar area of Achin
district and joined the ISIS terrorist group along with his family three years
upholds life sentence for firebrand preacher
- Bangladesh’s top court Monday upheld a life sentence for a firebrand Islamic
preacher convicted of war crimes, rejecting calls for him to be hanged.
Supreme Court stood by its 2014 decision to jail Delwar Hossain Sayeedi for
life over atrocities committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war.
lawyers wanted the prominent member of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh’s largest
Islamic party, acquitted while government attorneys sought capital punishment
for the 77-year-old cleric.
court rejected the review appeals by both sides,” Sayeedi’s lawyer Tanvir Al
Amin told AFP.
Jamaat leaders, including mastermind Motiur Rahman Nizami, have been executed
for their part in bloody crimes during the war of independence.
was sentenced to death in 2013 by a war crimes tribunal, despite criticism by
human rights groups that the proceedings failed to meet international norms.
The verdict triggered some of the worst political violence in years in the
Muslim-majority nation, with scores left dead as tens of thousands of Islamists
clashed with police.
for the radical preacher - whose sermons could draw hundreds of thousands -
swelled even further after rumours that his image was seen in the moon, a
perceived sign of his innocence.
Supreme Court in 2014 commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment,
angering secularists who had fought for decades for top Jamaat-e-Islami members
to be punished for war crimes.
pushes for aid access in Myanmar
senior European Union official has urged Myanmar to allow full aid access to
the north of Rakhine state, where thousands have fled their homes after a
months-long army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
area along the country's northwestern border has been under lockdown since
October, when the military launched a campaign to hunt down Rohingya militants
who staged deadly attacks on police posts.
100,000 people from the Muslim minority were displaced by the violence, most of
them fleeing to Bangladesh and bringing with them harrowing stories of rape,
torture and mass killings by soldiers.
has rebuffed UN claims that its security forces may have committed crimes
against humanity and has refused to allow international observers into the
facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi this month publicly rejected a UN mission to
probe the violence after meeting the EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.
Union commissioner for aid Christos Stylianides said he pushed for unrestricted
humanitarian access during a three-day visit to Myanmar, which included a tour
of northern Rakhine.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have retaken the Qala-e-Zal
district of Kunduz province, ten days after the Taliban insurgents seized its
Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed that the control of the district was
retaken during the operations launched around 6 am local time today.
provincial police spokesman Mr. Rahmani earlier said the offensive is underway
as the Afghan forces have made major gains as the offensive is underway.
said the operations were launched from the Aqtapa village and Afghan forces are
moving forward to fully clear the district.
the meantime, the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army said at least
one insurgent has been killed so far during the operations.
source further added that the operations are launched under the name of Pamir-5
to retake the control of Qala-e-Zal which was lost to Taliban ten days ago.
anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not
commented regarding the report so far.
of Malaysia as an Islamic state
16 ― The idea that Malaysia is an Islamic state was always present since
independence. In recent years it has become more pronounced.
there is a debate on what exactly is an “Islamic state”, one simple definition
is where the Quran is the basis of state (national) law.
the views of Muslims and non-Muslims on the role of the Quran in the state is
important for several reasons but two are critical: (i) a state governed by
laws based on the Quran could upend the concept of a liberal democracy, and
(ii) due to the number of Muslims globally and in many countries where they are
in majority, their preference become important.
were 1.6 billion Muslims in the world in 2010 or 23 per cent of the global
population and while Islam is currently the world’s second largest religion, it
is the fastest growing one.
are 50 Muslim majority countries in the world. Although the Middle East and
North Africa region are heavily Muslim, this region is home only to about 20
per cent of the world's Muslims.
majority of Muslims globally (62 per cent) live in the Asia-Pacific region
including large populations in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and
question ― on how Muslims view the influence of the Quran on national (state)
laws ― was the subject of a Pew Research study (Spring 2015 Global Attitudes
representative sample of citizens in 10 Muslim majority countries (Palestinian
territories [100 per cent of its citizens Muslim], Pakistan [with 97 per cent
of its citizens Muslim], Jordan [96 per cent], Turkey [96 per cent], Senegal
[94 per cent], Indonesia [91 per cent], Malaysia [64 per cent], Burkina Faso
[60 per cent], Lebanon [55 per cent] and Nigeria [50 per cent]) were surveyed.
the survey (findings published as The Divide over Islam and National Laws in
the Muslim World), the following question was asked: “Which of the following
three statements comes closer to your view (1) laws in our country should
strictly follow the teaching of the Quran, (2) laws in our country should
follow the values and principles of Islam but not strictly follow the teachings
of the Quran OR (3) laws in our country should not be influenced by the teachings
of the Quran?”
Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Malaysia and Senegal, roughly
half or more of the total population says that laws in their country should
strictly follow the teachings of the Quran. It was less than a quarter in Burkina
Faso, Turkey, Lebanon and Indonesia.
Malaysia, 52 per cent of Malaysians had views that laws in Malaysia should
strictly follow the teachings of the Quran; 17 per cent had the view that laws
in Malaysia should follow the values and principles of Islam but not strictly
follow the teachings of the Quran, and only 17 per cent had the view that
Malaysia’s laws should not be influenced by the teachings of the Quran.
is important to note that this result was based on a representative sample of
Malaysian Muslims and non-Muslims.
broken down, 78 per cent of Muslims surveyed for this study had the view that
laws in Malaysia should follow the teachings of the Quran, 16 per cent had the
view that it should follow the values and principles of Islam, 4 per cent had
the view that Malaysian laws should not be influenced by the Quran, and 2 per
cent did not know.
per cent of Pakistanis held the view that laws in Pakistan should strictly
follow the teachings of the Quran but only 22 per cent of Indonesians held the
LUMPUR: At least 30 foreign militants or individuals of “high risk”, who failed
to enter Syria and fight with the Islamic State (IS), are walking the nation’s
streets as tourists.
were detained by authorities in Turkey enroute to Syria and “dumped” in
Malaysia. Their travel documents say they are tourists.
they were given an option to be deported to their port of origin or go to
Malaysia, according to a report in the New Straits Times (NST). They chose to
come here, mainly because Malaysia is a Muslim-majority nation.
NST also quoted a source as saying, it had even become the practice for some
countries to assist unwanted individuals – including some deemed “dangerous” –
to obtain travel documents to enter Malaysia as tourists.
report said Malaysia had become the “unwitting” receiver of foreign fighters
who were stopped from entering Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State.
NST was told that these individuals, including some flagged as “high risk”, had
earlier been detained at airports in several countries for their “potential
risk to national security”.
intelligence operatives have managed to trace 28 of these foreigners, according
to the NST report.
don’t know who exactly they are, but they were not supposed to be sent to
normal procedure is, for example, if you had flown from Kuala Lumpur to
Singapore and were arrested in Jakarta, the authorities must deport you to
Singapore as that was the last point of disembarkation, not Kuala Lumpur,” a
source told the NST.
source revealed that many of these foreigners had departed from all parts of
the world — Dubai, Singapore, Indonesia — before being arrested in Istanbul,
Turkey. Instead of being deported to their last port of disembarkation, they
were given the “option” to be deported to Malaysia.
have become a dumping ground and this is likely because, not only are we a
visa-free nation to visit for many countries, we are also a Muslim nation,” the
source was quoted as saying.
problem plaguing police was that some countries that wanted to be rid of
unwanted individuals, including extremist-minded persons, were assisting them
to obtain travel documents so that they could enter Malaysia as tourists.
source was quoted as saying: “Worst still, these individuals, whose plans to
join IS were thwarted, are now in the country and have stayed off the radar.
were several instances where they did alert the Malaysian authorities of such
‘deportations’ but it would be well after these individuals had entered the
country. It is not easy for the police to trace them.”
of those who had been allowed to travel to Malaysia as tourists had been
labelled by intelligence agencies of their countries of origin as “dangerous”.
police, said the source, had managed to trace and deport some of them but
others were still roaming free.
MERTAJAM: Penang Perkasa has claimed that a protest planned against fugitive
Indian preacher Zakir Naik and Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin, along with
insults hurled against them, constitute insults to Islam.
president, Mohd Nasir Othman, said the protest against the duo, scheduled this
Sunday, had caused “unease” among Muslims in the country.
said the event, planned to be held at a Hindu temple on Jalan Telaga Air in
Butterworth, was also insulting.
banner on the event has defamed Asri and Naik. I worry that this kind of
protest against them could lead to religious tension.”
spoke to reporters after lodging reports at the Central Seberang Perai police
headquarters today against the planned protest and against MIC’s S Vell Paari.
said the call by Vell Paari for Naik, who is wanted for investigations related
to money-laundering and terrorism links in India, to be arrested and deported
by Malaysia had caused disharmony among the country’s multiracial society.
has been granted permanent residence (PR) by the Malaysian government.
April 21, Asri posted a poem on Facebook which derided “cow-worshippers”,
triggering anger among Malaysian Hindus. However, he later claimed it was
directed at Indian prime minister Narendra Modi for his administration’s
alleged poor treatment of Muslims in India.
rights group Hindraf later also criticised Asri over two old videos showing him
giving talks in which he allegedly denigrated the Hindu faith.
however said Vell Paari had unfairly linked Naik to the Islamic State (IS)
terrorist movement’s ideology and depicted his supporters as terrorist
are also very offended when Vell Paari asked the police to investigate Ibrahim
Ali, our national president, for links with Naik.
(Vell Paari) is actually challenging Islam and creating disharmony in the
country,” Nasir said.
said it was regrettable that minority races in the country chose to create
unease by having protests against Muslim leaders, saying it was sowing further
Nasir and 20 others protested briefly outside the police headquarters, before
lodging the police reports against Vell Paari and the organisers of Sunday’s
Vell Paari denied defaming Naik, saying his comments about the preacher were
based on reports marking him as a fugitive.
did not at any time make any defamatory or derogatory remarks about Islam as a
believe in the sanctity of our constitutional right to worship and follow any
religion of choice,” he said in a statement.
Paari also said he had merely suggested that police investigate Ibrahim, since
he was close to Naik.
said he had suggested an investigation be carried out on Perkasa’s involvement
with Naik, especially with regard to Naik’s alleged recruiting of members for
IS in Malaysia.
challenge Mr Ibrahim Ali and his organisation to take me to court if he views
any of my statements as defamatory. I also challenge Zakir Naik to do the same.
I also suggest that you, Ibrahim, keep your ‘spin doctor’ tactics to yourself,
especially on an issue involving a fugitive, namely Zakir Naik.”
of citizens of Jayapura in Papua have joined waves of national and
international support for the release of non-active Jakarta Governor Basuki
“Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama from detention as well as to save the state ideology of
Pancasila from efforts to undermine it.
four-kilometer long march from Papua Regional Representatives (DPRD) to the
governor’s office on Monday, which was coordinated by Ecumenical Council of
Churches in Papua (PGGP), also demanded the dissolution of Islamic hard-line
group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and the arrest
of FPI leader Rizieq Shihab.
chairman, Catholic bishop Leo Laba Ladjar stated that radicalism in Indonesia
had reached an alarming level. “We believe the radical movements trouble our
security and nationhood. We are becoming polarized,” he stated.
believe that the North Jakarta District Court’s decision to sentence Ahok to
two years’ imprisonment for blasphemy on May 9 was the result of pressure from
the rally at his office, Papua deputy governor Klemen Tinal said “the rally’s
aspiration is to remind us that we live in the NKRI [Unitary State of the
Republic of Indonesia] under Pancasila and the UUD 45 Constitution.”
evening since May 10, Jayapura residents have held a candle light vigil at Imbi
park to support Ahok.
between Israel and White House ahead of Trump’s Mideast tour
wants the White House to explain why a U.S. diplomat preparing President Donald
Trump's visit to Jerusalem said Judaism's Holy Western Wall in its Old City is
part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, an Israeli official said on Monday.
considers all of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, a claim that is not
recognized internationally, and the Western Wall - the holiest prayer site for
Jews - is part of territory it captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
Channel 2 reported that during a planning meeting between U.S. and Israeli
officials, the Israelis were told that Trump's visit to the Western Wall was
private, Israel did not have jurisdiction in the area and that Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu was not welcome to accompany Trump there.
statement that the Western Wall is in an area in the West Bank was received
with shock," said the official in Netanyahu's office.
are convinced that this statement is contrary to the policy of President Trump
... Israel has made contact with the U.S. on this matter," the official
White House did not respond to a request for comment.
new U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, departed from diplomatic
protocol by visiting the Western Wall on Monday.
is highly unusual for a new envoy to visit the holy site just hours after
arriving in Israel.
visit, a week before Trump's first foreign trip, coincided with a debate
between the two countries on Trump's election pledge to move the U.S. embassy
to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
is an orthodox Jew who has raised funds for a Jewish settlement in the occupied
West Bank that Israel captured together with East Jerusalem 50 years ago.
want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state along with the occupied
West Bank and the Gaza Strip that is controlled by Islamist Hamas.
bankruptcy lawyer by profession, Friedman has no previous diplomatic
experience. He will officially take up his role when he presents his
credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.
Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump was considering the
best move to facilitate renewing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that have been
frozen since 2014.
president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact
a peace process," Tillerson told NBC's "Meet the Press".
responded by saying that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would not harm the
peace process, but would do the opposite.
will advance it by righting a historical wrong and by shattering the
Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel,"
will embark on his first international trip since taking office on Friday and
begin with visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank and Italy.
will try to relaunch the peace process although the prospects for progress are
unclear as both sides are entrenched in long-held positions.
the main bones of contention are Netanyahu insisting that the Palestinians
recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and the Palestinians
calling for a halt to Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.
in Turkey have issued arrest warrants for 85 staff at two ministries as part of
a probe targeting the network of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen
whom Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 2016 failed coup.
CNN Turk reported on Tuesday that the detainees are staff at the energy and education
ministries. No further details were immediately available.
news comes a day after a court jailed the online editor of the opposition
newspaper Cumhuriyet pending trial on a charge of spreading terrorist
propaganda, the daily said.
Oguz Guven joined a score of Cumhuriyet journalists already in jail facing
sentences of up to 43 years in prison over alleged ties to Gulen.
officials say over 240 people were killed and more than 2,100 others injured in
the failed coup, which was swiftly put down as tens of thousands of people
flooded the streets across Turkey to support the government.
has accused Gulen of orchestrating the abortive putsch. The opposition figure
is also accused of being behind a long-running campaign to topple the
government via infiltrating country’s institutions, particularly the army,
police and the judiciary. Turkey has also outlawed the Gulen movement, branding
it as “Fethullah Terrorist Organization.”
has so far arrested 50,000 people and sacked or suspended some 150,000 others,
including military personnel, judges and teachers, over suspected links to
Gulen, as part of the post-coup crackdown.
rights groups have denounced Ankara’s heavy clampdown.
ready to host Yemeni talks under certain conditions
has announced its readiness to host the parties involved in the Yemeni
conflict, provided that they reach an agreement that would end the crisis
rather than going into a new marathon of consultations, as happened last year.
comes in conjunction with the new visit of UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh
Ahmed aiming to revive the peace process in Yemen and reach a truce before the
month of Ramadan.
Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarallah said that his country is committed
to address the situation in Yemen, especially that it hosted a three-month
peace consultation last year.
tour of the UN envoy began from Riyadh, where he met with leaders of the
legitimate government and he informed the ambassadors of the countries
sponsoring the political settlement in Yemen about the latest developments and
the suggestions for a solution that appears to have included some amendments.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi affirmed his country’s support for
Yemen and its legitimate government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Omani official said during a telephone conversation with Yemen’s Deputy Prime
Minister Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi that Muscat supports any and all efforts to
achieve security and stability in a manner that preserves the territorial
integrity of Yemen and preserves its national institutions and the capabilities
of the Yemeni people.
his part, Mekhlafi hailed Oman’s position in support of legitimacy and the
right for Yemenis to live in peace, according Yemen’s official news agency.
Jewish lawmaker at the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) says Jews can freely
practice their religion in Iran and have always enjoyed better living
conditions in the Islamic Republic than in Europe.
speaking, the Jews’ condition in Iran has always been better than in Europe. In
our country’s history, there was never a time when all Iranians had the same
religion, race, or language, so there is a high degree of tolerance,” Siamak
Moreh Sedgh said in an interview with Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW), which was
published on Monday.
are a recognized minority here, so we can practice our religion freely. We have
more than 20 working synagogues in Tehran and at least five kosher butcheries,”
Iranian MP said that Jews and Muslims respected each other despite differences.
said the Jewish community and other religious groups in Iran were not separated
from one another, adding that Jews have economic relations with Muslims.
Sedgh, who also serves as the director of the Tehran Jewish Committee and the
Dr. Sapir Hospital in the Iranian capital, said his closest friends were
hospital I work in is a Jewish hospital, for example, but more than 95 percent
of both our personnel and patients are Muslim,” he added.
in his comments, the lawmaker pointed out that Jewish children, who go to
Iranian public schools, are allowed to stay at home on Saturday if they want to
observe the Sabbath, the holy Jewish day.
Turkish army is mulling the establishment of a military base close to the
Syrian city of al-Bab, says deputy prime minister.
Monday, Veysi Kaynak told reporters that Turkish General Staff is considering
Aqil Hill, west of al-Bab, for the location of base.
capturing the strategic location in February, the Turkish army has been using
it as a temporary command post, but now seeks to establish something more
who was making the remarks following a trip from trip to Bosnia and
Herzegovina, noted that since announcing of the end of its Euphrates Shield
operation the number of troops stationed in the area has been reduced from
8,000 to 1,500.
March 29, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the end of the
country's Euphrates Shield operation on Syrian soil.
2016, Turkey began the major military intervention in Syria, sending tanks and
warplanes across the border. Ankara claimed that its military campaign was
aimed at pushing Daesh from Turkey's border with Syria and stopping the advance
of Kurdish forces, but Damascus denounced the operation as a breach of its
deputy premier also noted that Turkey is looking to establish an outpost in the
province of Idlib, where a safe zone has been declared by Iran, Russia,
May 5, an agreement to create four "de-escalation zones" aimed at
ending the conflict in war-torn Syria has come into force a day after Iran,
Russia and Turkey signed the agreement during the fourth round of the Syria
peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana, and two days after Moscow put forward
Trump’s Middle East tour about ‘unity against Iran’
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that President Donald Trump’s visit to
the Middle East is aimed at showing the countries in the region the US’s stance
in “unity against Iran,” he told American news channel NBC during an interview
think there is broad view and broad consensus among all in the region, among
all Arab nations… and among others of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the
region,” Tillerson said.
has to do with standing up in unity against Iran as opposed to any particular
religious overtone,” he said of Trump's trip to the region.
think the important aspect of this visit that the president is making is to
bring a message of unity” among the followers of these religions in the face of
the threats posed by ISIS and al-Qaeda," he added.
is set to visit Saudi Arabia next week before stopping at Israel and the
Vatican on his first official foreign trip.
United States President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to
Russia's foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation during their
meeting last week, two US officials with knowledge of the situation said on
intelligence shared at the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak was supplied by a US ally in the fight against
the militant group, both officials said.
White House said the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, were
story that came out tonight as reported is false," H.R. McMaster, Trump's
national security adviser, told reporters at the White House, adding that the
two men reviewed a range of common threats including to civil aviation.
no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. The president did not
disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. [...] I
was in the room. It didn't happen," he said.
White House also released a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,
who said the meeting focused on counter-terrorism, and from deputy national
security adviser Dina Powell, who said the Washington Post story was false.
to the news, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, called Trump's conduct
"dangerous" and "reckless." The Republican head of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, called the allegations
"very, very troubling" if true.
latest controversy in the White House came as it continued to reel from the
fallout over Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey last week and
amid congressional calls for an independent investigation into allegations of
Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
Monday, one of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in the
meeting with Lavrov was classified "Top Secret" and held in a secure
"compartment" to which only a handful of intelligence officials have
Trump disclosed the information, which one of the officials described as
spontaneous, officials immediately called the CIA and the National Security
Agency, both of which have agreements with a number of allied intelligence services,
and informed them what had happened.
the president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified
information at will, in this case he did so without consulting the ally that
provided it, which threatens to jeopardize what they called a long-standing
intelligence-sharing agreement, the US officials said.
a Republican who has called allegations of links between his presidential
campaign and Russia a "total scam," has sharply criticized his 2016
election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified
information as secretary of state, when she used a private e-mail server.
FBI concluded that no criminal charges were warranted, but Comey said she and
her colleagues had been "careless" with classified information.
his conversations with the Russian officials, Trump appeared to be boasting
about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed on
"great intel every day," an official with knowledge of the exchange
said, according to the Post.
officials have told Reuters they have long been concerned about disclosing
highly classified intelligence to Trump.
official, who requested anonymity to discuss dealing with the president, said
last month: "He has no filter; it's in one ear and out the mouth."
of the officials with knowledge of Trump's meeting with the Russian called the
timing of the disclosure "particularly unfortunate," as the president
prepares for a White House meeting on Tuesday with Turkish President Tayyip
Erdoğan, an ally in the fight against Islamic State.
— Federal judges on Monday peppered a lawyer for President Donald Trump with
questions about whether the administration's travel ban discriminates against
Muslims and zeroed in on the president's campaign statements, the second time
in a week the rhetoric has faced judicial scrutiny.
Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, who is defending the travel ban, told a
three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals that "over time,
the president clarified that what he was talking about was Islamic terrorist
groups and the countries that sponsor or shelter them."
argued that the executive order halting travel from six majority Muslim nations
doesn't say anything about religion, and neither the state of Hawaii nor an
imam from that state who wants his mother-in-law to visit has standing to sue.
order is aimed at aliens abroad, who themselves don't have constitutional
rights," Wall said in a hearing broadcast live on C-Span and other news
Katyal, who represented Hawaii, scoffed at that argument and said Trump had
repeatedly spoke of a Muslim ban during the presidential campaign and after.
is a repeated pattern of the president," Katyal said.
9th Circuit panel was hearing arguments over Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the
travel ban, which would suspend the nation's refugee program and temporarily
bar new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The
judges will decide whether to uphold a Hawaii judge's decision in March that
blocked the ban.
of advocates for refugees and immigrants rallied outside the federal courthouse
in Seattle, some carrying "No Ban, No Wall" signs.
week, judges on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over whether
to affirm a Maryland judge's decision putting the ban on ice. They also
questioned whether they could consider Trump's campaign statements, with one
judge asking if there was anything other than "willful blindness"
that would prevent them from doing so.
Monday, Judge Richard Paez questioned Katyal about Trumps statements, calling
them "profound." But the judge wondered whether Trump is forever
forbidden from adopting an executive order along the lines of his travel ban.
said no, and suggested the president could work with Congress on legitimate
arguments mark the second time Trump's efforts to restrict immigration from
certain Muslim-majority nations have reached the San Francisco-based 9th
Trump issued his initial travel ban on a Friday in late January, bringing chaos
and protests to airports around the country, a Seattle judge blocked its
enforcement nationwide — a decision that was unanimously upheld by a
three-judge 9th Circuit panel.
president then rewrote his executive order, rather than appeal to the U.S.
Supreme Court, and in March, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu
blocked the new version from taking effect, citing what he called
"significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus" in Trump's
in this court, the President claims a nearly limitless power to make
immigration policy that is all but immune from judicial review," Hawaii
Attorney General Douglas Chin wrote to the 9th Circuit. "Again, he must be
administration's lawyers are seeking to persuade the judges that the lower
court's decision is "fundamentally wrong," and that the president's
order falls squarely within his duty to secure the nation's borders. The order
as written is silent on religion, and neither Hawaii nor its co-plaintiff, the
imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, has standing to sue, they say —
arguments that were rejected in the lower court.
motion, presented by backbench Liberal MP Iqra Khalid and known as M103,
maintains that parliament will attempt to quell instances of hate and fear and
provide suggestions for parliament going forward on how to achieve these goals
within 240 days.
passed in a landslide victory, and was supported by the Trudeau government.
Almost all Liberal MPs voted in favour of the motion, with only Gagan Sikand
choosing to abstain. The NDP lent its full support. Conservative Party MPs,
however, voted overwhelmingly against it. In this case, the Conservative Party
had Canadians’ interests at heart.
Forum Research poll found an overwhelming majority of Canadians were against
M103. Only 14 per cent of Canadians asked said they supported the motion in its
current form. Many wanted words clarified, terms changed, or the focus
broadened to all religions—but these concerns fell on deaf ears.
motion has the potential to greatly limit Canadians’ right to free speech. Our
laws already protect identifiable groups—including those bound together due to
religious affiliation—against hate speech, according to sections 318, 319 and
320 of the Criminal Code.
motion has failed to define what exactly constitutes “Islamophobia.” Current
and former MPs have asked for a definition of the term to be included in the
motion, or for the wording to be changed to intolerance of Muslim individuals
rather than Islam—things the Liberals refused to do.
Cotler, MP for Mount Royal from 1999 to 2015, supported a rewording of the
motion. “I would have preferred that Islamophobia had been defined,” said
Cotler. “I don’t think there would have been any concern at the notion of
anti-Muslim bigotry being used.”
the past, parliamentary motions have included terms like “anti-Semitism.”
However, these remain distinct from M103, as the Ottawa Parliamentary Protocol
to Combat Anti-Semitism and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance,
of which Canada is a member, use a standard definition of the term.
Conservative MP David Anderson proposed a new motion that kept the spirit of
M103 and while addressing fears about limiting free speech. His motion would
have targeted systemic racism in general, specifying hatred of Muslims, and not
fear of Islam, as a symptom of this problem. This motion was defeated 165-126
back in February, with Trudeau himself opposing it.
defining “Islamophobia,” many fear the motion, and perhaps further legislation,
could be used to justify persecution or even punishment of those who speak out
against practices within Islam or tenants of the faith. Liberals’ inability to
compromise on definitions only lends credence to this fear.
Prime Minister Maneul Valls believes this is a real possibility. “I refuse to
use this term ‘Islamophobia,’ because those who use this word are trying to
invalidate any criticism at all of Islamist ideology,” he said. “The charge of
‘Islamophobia’ is used to silence people.”
France, these fears are coming to life. In 2016, Jewish historian and scholar,
Georges Bensoussan, was prosecuted for making certain criticisms of Muslim
anti-Semitism. His comments, while inflammatory, were based on a Fondapol
survey, which uncovered anti-Jewish sentiments in France’s Muslim population.
many believe, in the wake of the tragic Quebec mosque shooting, that stronger
action should be taken to protect this specific community, many fail to
remember that this motion was tabled awhile before the attacks occurred.
Muslim Canadians are not the demographic experiencing the most hate crimes.
According to 2014 police report data, despite a sharp increase in Muslim hate
crimes, those most often targeted during hate crimes are Jewish Canadians. A
report this week from B’nai Brith Canada shows that these crimes are still on
says Russia sees no need to arm Syrian Kurds
Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia saw no need to arm the Syrian Kurds,
but said Moscow would maintain working contacts with them.
other countries we are not announcing any arms deliveries to Kurdish
formations,” said Putin, who was speaking in Beijing. “We don’t believe we need
to start such work.”
said the fact that the Kurds were engaged in the fight against ISIS militants
meant it made sense to maintain working contacts with them however “even if
it’s only to avoid (accidental) clashes.”
Russia - Armed police officers broke into Nigora Marupova's rented apartment in
southeastern Moscow at dawn on May 5 and took away her weeping and screaming
daughters aged two and four.
told the confounded woman from Uzbekistan who lived in Russia for 14 years
without legal trouble that they would place the children in an orphanage
because Marupova had ties to "terrorists" that masterminded the April
3 subway bombing in St Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city and President
Vladimir Putin's hometown.
took the kids by force," Marupova, a 30-year-old brunette with a pale,
haggard face, told Al Jazeera. "They did not want to return the smaller
one, wanted to keep the child as a hostage, said she was their insurance."
ties whatsoever were found after interrogations, but the children were released
days later only after Memorial, one of Russia's oldest and most respected human
rights groups, stepped in with a squall of complaints and a threat of legal
was an abduction," Memorial's Bakhrom Khamroev told Al Jazeera, adding the
raid on Marupova's apartment was part of a sweep on at least 25 buildings in
the area where ethnic Uzbeks rented apartments. "One of her girls was
registered like she had been found at a junkyard."
city police and children's protection services refused to discuss Marupova's
sweep was part of a nationwide crackdown on nationals of three ex-Soviet
nations of Central Asia - Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan because the
subway bombing that killed 15 and wounded dozens was the first attack carried
out in Russia by a Central Asian.
and security services said Akbarjon Jalilov, a 22-year-old suicide bomber was
behind the attack. An ethnic Uzbek man born in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, he
became a Russian national and worked as a sushi chef and auto mechanic. The
bespectacled man sported a stylish goatee, not a full beard, and never had ties
to armed groups, his friends and relatives told Russian and Kyrgyz media.
investigators claimed he was part of a "sleeping cell" of Islamic State
of Iraq and the Levant, but the only group that claimed responsibility for the
attack was ISIL's sworn enemy. Only three weeks after the attack, the Imam
Shamil battalion - a previously unknown, al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria - said
Jalilov was its member, according to SITE Intelligence Group, a US company that
sees Central Asia, an arid region strategically stretched between China, Iran
and Afghanistan, as its "soft underbelly". Its five nations broke
away from the Soviet Union in 1991 and now have a population of more than 60
of them - Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan - flooded Russia with millions
of labour migrants since the early 2000s. The nations also are the homelands of
two dozen suspected accomplices of Jalilov that have been arrested after the
bombing, investigators say. Two more were killed while resisting arrest.
and his presumed companions are Muslims below 40 who can't boast university
degrees or fluent command of Russian and have blue-collar jobs that pay several
hundred dollars a month. They also are the living images of Central Asian
labour migrants many Russians don't want to live with but the Russian economy
can't live without, according to a survey by the Moscow-based Institute for
Social Analysis published in mid-May.
won't survive without Uzbeks," demographer Yulia Florenskaya wrote in the
survey because Russia is losing about a million people of working age a year
and has a barely visible growth of the general population of 143 million.
demographic trend makes the arrival and long-term presence of millions of guest
workers inevitable if Russia wants to secure the recovery of its economy
hobbled by Western sanctions over Crimea, low oil prices, and cancerous
Slavic labour migrants from Ukraine or Belarus that blend in with ethnic
Russians, Central Asians have darker skin and hair, different fashion habits
and cultural background - including their Muslim faith.
they often attract negative attention - from xenophobic or racist remarks from
passersby or neighbours to targeted violence by ultra-nationalists and
neo-Nazis. Racially motivated attacks that targeted non-Russians peaked in
2008, when 97 people were killed - including 49 Central Asians - hate crimes
monitor Sova said.
of them was Salokhiddin Azizov, a 20-year-old Tajik labor migrant who was
gunned down and then beheaded by a gang of skinheads who took a photo of his
severed head and sent it to journalists. But his brother Jamsheed, who was shot
twice by the same gang, returned to Russia after recovering from his wounds.
are no jobs to be found in our village," his uncle Rakhmatsho Azizov told
this reporter in 2008.
Kremlin's perennial crackdown on neo-Nazis diminished the number of hate crimes
– seven people, including two Central Asians, were killed in 2016, Sova
there is another scourge Central Asians face – the corruption and brutality of
police officers who routinely detain them to extort money, rights groups and
they don't pay up, the police officers get offended and get them
deported," Valentina Chupik, head of Tong Jahoni, a Moscow-based human
rights group that works with Central Asians, told Al Jazeera. "There is no
oppression, there is only a conception of easy prey."
Putin, Russia has seen several waves of government-orchestrated hate campaigns
against the nationals of countries that fall out with the Kremlin.
2006, after ex-Soviet Georgia declared a pro-Western course, Kremlin-controlled
media responded with weeks of hysteria that triggered arbitrary arrests,
dismissals, deportations and beatings of ethnic Georgians. In the following
years, people from Moldova, Tajikistan, Belarus and Ukraine faced similar
abuses in Russia every time their governments disagreed with Moscow.
nationals from the Northern Caucasus region have for years been a magnet of
police scrutiny and abuses outside their mostly Muslim region. For more than
two decades, Russia has been battling fighters from the Caucasus who were first
linked to Chechen separatists and are now joining ISIL.
thousand Central Asians have also joined ISIL and other armed groups in Syria,
Iraq, and Afghanistan, officials say, and some were labour migrants recruited
in Russia. But it was the St Petersburg bombing that made their compatriots a
subject of persecution and abuses.
Afghan-born U.S. citizen accused of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey
fired on police in New Jersey to evade arrest, but those crimes fall short of
attempted murder as charged, his defense lawyer argued on Monday.
Khan Rahimi, 29, faces a 30-count indictment in New Jersey's Union County in
relation to a bomb blast in New York City's Chelsea district last September
that wounded about 30 people. Another bomb in New Jersey injured no one and
other devices he is accused of planting did not detonate.
also faces a host of federal charges brought by U.S. prosecutors in New York
and New Jersey, who have portrayed him as a jihadist who bought bomb components
on eBay, praised Osama bind Laden and kept a journal expressing outrage at the
U.S. "slaughter" of mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria
who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, appeared in court shackled at the
feet and hands while wearing a blue prison uniform, white skullcap and beard.
He appeared to be mouthing verses of the Koran while seated at the defense
state-appointed defense attorney, Peter Liguori, has asked Union County
Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield to dismiss all charges, but in oral
arguments he focused mostly on getting three attempted murder charges reduced
to aggravated assault in the instances where the police officers were unhurt.
other officers were wounded in the shootout, which erupted on the streets of
Linden, New Jersey, two days after the bombs detonated. Rahimi was shot between
eight and 12 times, Liguori said.
defense lawyer also asked the judge to drop so-called lesser included offenses,
arguing that prosecutors "overcharged" his client.
changed destiny of Rwandan Muslims: Vice-Mufti
genocide that stunned Rwanda in 1994 was a turning point for the country's
Muslim community, which led to the expansion of Islam in the East African
nation, Vice-Mufti Sheikh Salih Nshimiyimana said.
Rwandan Muslims had welcomed and protected the minority Tutsi and the peaceful
people belonging to Hutu ethnic majority, who had taken refuge with them during
genocide, in which nearly one million people were killed, took place between
hardliner Hutus and minority Tutsis after the death of Rwandan President
Juvenal Habyarimana in a plane crash.
Hutus accused the Tutsis of assassinating the president that led to an
organized violence against the minority group across the country that lasted
for about 100 days.
praise Allah for the behavior adopted by the Muslims during the genocide
perpetrated against the Tutsis in 1994. The Muslims protected all these people
without any religious distinction. It was not easy," he said.
accordance with the Quran’s teachings, Muslims helped all their brothers and
victims of the genocide," said Nshimiyimana.
recalled that during the pre-genocide period, Muslims were deprived of many of
represent 10 percent of the Rwanda’s 11.6 million population.
the genocide, Allah gave us a good leader [President Paul Kagame] … and today
we have the same rights as other Rwandan citizens and we can visit our mosques
in serenity,” he said.
said that conversions to Islam increased exponentially after the genocide.
realized that the truth resided in the essence of the guidelines of Islam,” he
vice-mufti also noted that the Rwandan Muslims expect the support of Turkey and
other Muslim countries.
is a great country, a major country and has a special place in the history of
Islam. Turkish Muslims can support their brothers here, especially in the field
of education, the construction of new mosques and many more, "he added.
want to see better relations between Rwanda and Turkey. Our Turkish brothers
help us during the month of Ramadan and during the feast of sacrifice. We pray
that Allah protect Turkey because if it [Turkey] faces difficulties, it will
have an impact on the entire Muslim world."
mentioned that the country has about 500 mosques currently, which he said, is
insufficient to meet the need.
by Bayram Altug;Writing by Felix Nkambeh Tih
Buhari's Running Nigeria As Muslim Organization - CAN
— The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Youth Wing and four other
affiliated Christian unions, yesterday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari's
administration of running the country as a Muslim organization and neglecting
the entire Christian faith.
Youth Wing of CAN, YOWICAN, Arewa Christians Association,Concerned Professional
Christians, All Para-Church Organizations, Nigerian Christians in Diaspora,
rising from their emergency meeting, yesterday, in Abuja, said the present
government was not only executing Islamic agenda but also out to kill the
Christian religion in the country.
a joint statement issued by the five Christians associations and signed by the
National President of YOWICAN, Mr. Daniel Kadzai, the group observed with
regret the removal of Christian religious studies from primary/secondary
schools, especially in the North.
also pointed out that government was not treating Christians and Muslims on
equal terms as enshrined in the constitution.
worse form of social injustice, terrorism and religious bias is to deny
Christian children their right to practise their religion despite the role of
Christian Religious Studies in helping to shape the moral character and
integrity of our children as future leaders.
it is in furtherance to its Islamic agenda that the APC government appointed
the likes of Prof. Ishaq Oluyede, a known Islamist, who has never hidden his
bias and prejudice against Christians, to head a most relevant educational
institution like the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.
the denial that the government is not slipping Nigeria into an Islamic country
as evident from previous antecedents, Nigeria's participation at the Islamic
solidarity sports federation speaks volumes and confirms the obvious," the
group though maintained that in obedience to the biblical mandate, all
Christians have been praying for the President in Churches and at home, noted
that the authorities and the few cabals should stop lying concerning the health
status of the president who is Nigeria's chief public servant.
argued that Nigerians deserve to know the truth as obtainable in any civilized
recent publication attributed the sickness of Mr. President to poisoning. As
sad, pathetic and serious as the allegations may be, we strongly warned that a
few cabal should not contemplate any sinister plot to endanger the unity of
Nigeria through any ungodly clandestine manipulation, either of persons,
Constitution or the administrative procedure. We're aware of the Cabals
desperation for power and replacement of their favoured candidate even at the
detriment of national unity," he stated.
CAN Youth President and the Group warned that Nigerians and particularly
Christians should not be taken for granted over the recent systematic removal
of Christians from sensitive position.
joint Christian Group cautioned the Aso Villa cabal that any further attempt to
cover up or justify the suspicious motives for the suspension of the duo, SGF
and NIA Director without replacing them with Christians will add more salt to
Christians resolved to resist any further form of marginalisation or persecution
against Christians, the SGF was recognized as Christian by APC when he was
detailed to mobilised Christians to vote Buhari 2015, we insist same Engr BD
Lawal is been betrayed by APC on account of his Faith. Recent statement from
the villa indicated that Buhari is aware of the funds connected to NIA Boss
Amb. Oke and wondered why the man was humiliated out of office despite his
untainted records. We are speaking for all affected Christians," they
the herdsmen killings they said that the security agents appear to be acting in
a questionable manner, either looking the other side when Christians or
indigenous people are annihilated or protecting Fulani cattle rearers and their
question begging for answer is, "why are 99 percent and above of the
perpetrators of the attacks on Christians either as cattle rearers or terrorist
from one side of the religion?
Christian leaders can restrain their aggrieved youths from vengeance then
Muslim leaders must also control and restrain the radicals and extremist among
said that Christians shall no longer accept the deliberate reserve of some
government agencies and parastatals of government to Muslims.
: The United Nations said Monday that $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) was
needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war
and famine in South Sudan.
suffering of the South Sudanese people is just unimaginable,” World Food
Programme chief David Beasley said in a statement, adding that many are “close
to the abyss”.
Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, descended into civil war in December 2013,
just two years after it split from the north. Tens of thousands of people have
been killed since then, with 1.8 million forced to flee the country, including
about one million children, to seek refuge in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya,
the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
two million have been displaced inside the country, but they are not covered by
Monday’s appeal. The country has declared famine in some areas and has warned
that a million people are on the brink of starvation.
and the UN refugee agency launched a revised appeal, saying the $1.2 billion
originally requested would not be enough.
UN said people were now fleeing South Sudan at a rate that far exceeded already
number of people fleeing to Sudan in March surpassed the expected figure for
the entire year,” it said, with about 375,000 South Sudanese refugees now in
is hosting the same number, while the situation in Uganda is even more dire,
with nearly 900,000 refugees from South Sudan there.
counts about 97,000 South Sudanese refugees, DR Congo has 76,000 and the
Central African Republic 2,200.
agencies are struggling to secure the funds they need to help the refugees,
making it difficult to provide food, water, shelter and health services.
funding situation forced us to cut food rations for many refugees in Uganda,”
Beasley said, a situation he called “unacceptable”.
are families like yours and mine, our brothers and sisters, and the world must
help them now - not later,” he said.
a long-standing member of the US Republican party who previously served as
governor of South Carolina, was named WFP chief in March.
said a major problem in raising money for emergencies like South Sudan was that
donor nations were distracted by domestic politics.
Gunmen believed to be Fulani cattle herders killed 20 farmers praying inside a
mosque over a land dispute in central Nigeria, a police spokesman told AFP
attackers opened fire at the place of worship in Etogi village during morning
prayers on Saturday, Niger state police spokesman Bala Elkana said.
gunmen opened fire on the worshippers inside the mosque during morning prayers
and killed all the 20 worshippers," Elkana said. "They later shot
sporadically on the village, injuring eight people." The shooting was a
revenge attack after farmers killed one herder in a clash days earlier, the
spokesman added. The herders, who were
raising cattle and farming, had settled near Etogi village on the condition
that they would give a portion of their harvest to the community every season.
the herders reneged on the agreement this year, refusing to pay the tax and
instead claiming that the land belongs to them, according to the police.
led to a clash in which one herder was killed. The (latest) attack was to
avenge the death," Elkana explained.
suspects have been arrested in connection with the violence.
clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria over land and water rights are
frequent, especially in the Middle Belt region, which is considered the
country's agricultural heartland.
resource conflict has been exacerbated in some areas by ethnic and religious
tensions, with farming communities often Christian and herders Muslim.
vegetation in the north along with the gradual encroachment of the desert has
forced largely nomadic herders to move south in search of food for their
AIMPLB is makimg unfounded claim that: "Triple
talaq is there since 637. Who are we to say that this is un-Islamic. Muslims
are practicing it for last 1,400 years. It is a matter of faith.”
Instant triple Talaq was practiced
in Arabia before the advent of Islam. Men could abandon their wives at whim by simply
declaring, “You are to me like my
mother’s back” (58:2). The Qur’an abolished this and introduced a
time-frame for divorce. The Prophet died in the year 632. If AIMPLB claims that
instant triple divorce was reintroduced barely five years after his death, it
is still not a part of Qur’anic message. More importantly can this august body
produce any document to prove its point. Its spokesmen are already saying lies
after lie (such as Qur’an recommends triple tallaq, verse 16:43 appoints the ulama
as religious authority) to bring this pre-Islamic custom into the fold of Islam
without realizing that they are committing a treason against Islam and acting
like gender terrorists .
AIMPLB Advocates Of Instant Triple Talaq
Are Gender Terrorists And Traitors Of Islam And May Be Sued For Human Rights
Violation Under Cover Of Religion