Chinese government has expressed rising alarm over Muslim influence in the country’s
Religion from State Is a Conspiracy: Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan Chief
Party Expels Chinese Muslim Who Went On Haj
First! In Allahabad, Muslims Demolish Parts of Several Masjids for Kumbh Mela
of Ottoman Scholar Keep His Legacy Alive In South Africa, Turkey
Government Calls On Displaced Citizens to Return to Liberated Areas
SC Allows Govt to Decide Citizenship of Indian Spouse
Could Target Political Leadership during Campaign, Says NACTA Director
Women among 260 Candidates to Contest Pakistan’s Upcoming Elections on MML
US to work towards peace in Afghanistan
warns about terrorist attacks on politicians
Women to Vote for First Time Since 70s
leadership reiterates determination to root out terrorism: ISPR
high-profile political figures face terror threats
Islamic Law Provides Adequate Safeguards against Child Marriages, Says Leader
Malaysian premier Najib Razak arrested amid graft probe
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi said on Tuesday that
separating religion from state is a conspiracy.
a meet-the-press programme at Karachi Press Club (KPC), Rizvi said that his
party has nothing to do with any deal and would not carry out seat adjustment
with any political party. He added that some politicians reached out to him
seeking a compromise but he refused to do so.
TLP chief said that the PML-N had a problem with former president Pervez
Musharraf because he dismissed its government on charges of corruption.
went on to say that he had staged a sit-in at Faizabad for the protection of
Khatm-e-Nabuwat and got success after getting a resignation from the minister
who made changes in the Khatm-e-Nabuwat clause. He also said that when he had
staged a sit-in, they had faced many teargas shells but did not compromise on
KPC president and its governing body members presented flowers and ajrak to
Party expels Chinese Muslim who went on haj
ruling Communist Party has sought to make an example of a rank-and-file member
who joined a pilgrimage to Mecca by expelling him.
Tingke, from the Muslim region of Ningxia in the country’s northwest, went on
haj in May 2015. Officials said this week he had been kicked out of the party
after refusing to recant his faith despite undergoing months of “thought
spokesman for the Discipline Inspection Commission in Ningxia said: “The act
violated the party discipline and political rules, and it caused ill impact.”
harsh punishment against a lowly party member is part of a wider crackdown on
religious influences in China, and follows a shift in attitude towards the
Muslim religion since Xi Jinping became party chief in…
first! In Allahabad, Muslims demolish parts of several Masjids for Kumbh Mela
a show of brotherhood, a number of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad have
demolished parts of mosques in the old city area ahead of Kumbh Mela. The
Muslim community members have demolished the parts of mosques built on
government land, which is required to be used for road widening. Muslim
community members said they are supporting government efforts at widening roads
for the Kumbh mela. “We have done this by our own will. These sections were
built on the government land and have been demolished. Government is widening
roads ahead of Kumbh mela and we support it,” news agency ANI quoted local
Muslims as saying.
Kumbh Mela is scheduled to be held in the city early next year. The first
‘shahi snan’ of Kumbh mela 2019 will be reserved for the akharas and would be
held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, January 15. The the second will take
place on Mauni Amavasya, February 4. The third ‘snan’ is scheduled to take
place on February 10 (Basant Panchami.)
the Allahabad Development Authority (ADA) had meetings with locals and were
successful in convincing them. Following which, care-takers of the religious
place themselves demolished the extended portions, ABP News reports.
district authority is widening several roads in view of wake of event that will
see participation lakhs of people from across the country and beyond.
Uttar Pradesh government is planning to celebrate Kumbh 2019 at a grand level.
In December, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik had unveiled a new multi-coloured
logo for the Kumbh Mela. The logo comprised temples, seers, a kalash (pitcher)
and a ‘Swastika’. Naik had also unveiled the Kumbh’s tagline “Chalo Kumbh
Chalo-Chalo, Kumbh Chalo”, Uttar Pradesh Tourism’s slogan “UP Nahin Dekha to
India Nahin Dekha” and a one-stop travel solution portal. The Kumbh Mela,s
believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth, is held every 12
Efendi was sent at the request of the British Empire to the Cape of Good Hope
in 1862 in order to teach Islamic thought and culture to the Muslim community in
the region and help resolve disputes among them.
their visit to Turkey's Erzurum province last year, the Islamic scholar's
great-grandchildren came to Istanbul this year.
living in Cape Town, his great-grandchildren relayed the excitement they felt
in the homeland of their grandfather, although almost two centuries have passed
since Ebubekir Efendi's departure for South Africa.
visited Ebubekir Efendi's hometown Erzurum with her husband last year, his
great-grandchild Washila Muhammad paid a visit to Istanbul this year, along
with her children and grandchildren, to learn more about Turkey and Turkish
that she spent her childhood listening to stories about Ebubekir Efendi and
Erzurum, Muhammad said: "My great-grandfather Ebubekir Efendi went from
Erzurum to Cape Town to teach Islam, around 160 years ago, and never turned
back. He assisted many people in Cape Town and left a great legacy behind him.
Even today, it is possible to find traces of Ebubekir Efendi in Cape Town and
the rest of South Africa. His legacy continues to shed light on our present and
expressed that they learned about Ebubekir Efendi's life in Turkey thanks to
the work of researcher and writer Halim Gençoğlu on Ottoman traces in Africa at
Cape Town University in 2009.
said they decided to visit Erzurum to pursue the legacy of their ancestor after
reading Gençoğlu's work:
did not know very much about our ancestor's life before he came to South Africa
until Halim Gençoğlu researched our great-grandfather at Cape Town University.
During his research, Gençoğlu discovered the madrasah where Ebubekir Efendi taught.
That madrasah has been hosting lessons and lectures since then. Also, the
mosque where he worked as an imam is still active.
recognition of our great-grandfather to such an extent surprised us a great
deal when we came to Erzurum. The people of Cape Town know him very well. And
we were so pleased when we saw that the Turkish people also recognize him. Many
Turks who travel to Cape Town do not leave the city before visiting the tomb of
Ebubekir Efendi. So, this year, we have come to Istanbul as a family."
on the work Ebubekir Efendi did after moving to Cape Town, Muhammad said:
established many schools and trained thousands of students. He trained and
assisted society and enabled the introduction of true Islam. Therefore,
Ebubekir Efendi has a significant role in South African history. Studying with
great passion, Gençoğlu surfaced many things that we had not known about our
great-grandfather. We are grateful to him for his excellent work."
continues to conduct valuable research in South Africa and endeavors to open a
museum for Ebubekir Efendi. We are expecting support from the Turkish people
and government to launch this museum so that the accurate information we have
about our great-grandfather and Ottoman history can be passed on to South
Africa, Turkish people and future generations."
said that it was a very exciting experience to return to Turkey after 160 years
and added that she sometimes thinks about moving to Turkey:
ancestors also dreamed about returning to Turkey, but they could not. The
Turkish government should give South African Turks an opportunity to return to
their homeland. If we decide to move to Turkey, I definitely would not want to
live in Erzurum. We loved the city very much, and the administrators invited us
to settle in the city. But it is far too cold for me."
Muhammad's 43-year-old son Muzaffer Muhammad said that he decided to attend
this year's family trip after the family's trip to Erzurum last year, adding
that his family told him a great deal about Turkey and Turkish people: "I
know the story of my ancestor Ebubekir Efendi. We learned about why he came to
South Africa and what he did there. As a family, we are proud of my
great-grandfather and his services. As much as we love Turkish people, Erzurum
has a special meaning for us since our great-grandfather was from this
37-year-old daughter Dervish stated that she is very fond of Turkey and Turkish
culture and wants to settle in Istanbul. "I like Turkish women. They enjoy
freedom in their clothing and lifestyle. No one is judging each other according
to their clothes," Dervish said.
is Ebubekir Efendi?
to the Cape of Good Hope during the period of Sultan Abdülaziz to teach Islamic
thought and culture and resolve religious and social conflicts among Muslim
communities, Ottoman scholar Ebubekir Efendi moved to Cape Town in 1863 and
worked in South Africa for around 17 years. With only 15 days of arriving in
Cape Town, he established a school in the city and enrolled more than 300
students in the school within 20 days. He taught the Quran along with Arabic
and Turkish and also read religious books in his classes.
his time in South Africa, Ebubekir Efendi learned Dutch and English in order to
address people more effectively. In the course of seven months, he translated
many notable religious books into local languages that he had rapidly learned.
Fighting to spread Islam in its true sense for years, Ebubekir Efendi passed
away on August 29, 1880 in Cape Town and left a rich cultural legacy behind,
along with many mosques and schools.
government calls on displaced citizens to return to liberated areas
Syrian government has called on its citizens who have fled the conflicts in the
country to return to their homes as the majority of areas have been liberated
from terrorist groups.
official source at the Syrian foreign ministry told SANA on Tuesday that the
government will provide security and safety for its citizens in the recaptured
official also called on the international community and humanitarian
organizations to facilitate the voluntary return of Syrian refugees to their
to the UN human rights office and refugee agency UNHCR, 270,000 people have
fled the recent fighting in the southwestern province of Dara’a.
weeks ago, Syria began the operation to recapture Dara’a, which together with
the provinces of Quneitra and Suwaida, forms the Arab country’s southern tip.
During the push, the government first tried to clinch surrender deals with the
terrorists before staging anti-terror operations.
to UNHCR spokesman Andre Mahecic, an estimated 40,000 Syrians have gathered
near the border with Jordan, which already hosts 650,000 registered Syrian
on Tuesday, the UNHCR urged Jordan to open its border to the displaced Syrians.
call on the Jordanian government to keep its border open and for other
countries in the region to step up and receive the fleeing civilians," UN
human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell told a news briefing.
crisis in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has so far claimed the lives of
hundreds of thousands of people and displaced nearly half of the Arab country’s
population within or out of its borders.
UNHCR has registered over 5.6 million Syrian refugees overseas, including 3.5
million in Turkey and others mainly in Lebanon, Jordan and Germany.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the interior ministry to hand down a
speaking order about the acceptance or rejection of Pakistani citizenship to an
Indian Muslim, who had married a Pakistani woman some 14 years ago, and their
up an appeal instituted by the interior ministry against the grant of
citizenship on the Lahore High Court’s order, a three-judge SC bench, headed by
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, directed the ministry to hand down a speaking
order about the acceptance or rejection of Pakistani citizenship while keeping
in view the fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution.
apex court waived the requirement of depositing Rs5 million to get the
nationality under the Pakistani Citizenship Act, 1951.
SC issued the order when Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan said his opinion
that no clog could be put for the grant of citizenship was at variance with the
stand taken by the federal government.
counsel Salman Aslam Butt, who assisted the court as amicus curiae, said that
in his view denial of citizenship and the requirement of depositing Rs5m in the
national kitty were against the fundamental rights.
May 15, 2016, the LHC had ordered the federal government to grant citizenship
to Hassan Asghar Zaidi — husband of Pakistani woman Rukhsana — with a declaration
that denying citizenship to Hassan Zaidi under Section 10(2) of the Citizenship
Act, 1951 was discriminatory and violation of Article 25 of the Constitution.
10(2) of the Citizenship Act allows a woman of different national to get Pakistani
citizenship if she is married to a Pakistani husband. But the same law is
absent about the husband of different nationality if married to a Pakistani
Supreme Court, however, observed that it would separately examine the Pakistani
Citizenship Act, 1951 under which a foreigner is required to deposit Rs5m in
the national kitty. Wondering if this requirement is a reasonable policy, the
chief justice observed how the government could impose such a condition in this
Zaidi entered into wedlock with Ms Rukhsana on Feb 16, 2004 and subsequently
applied for the citizenship of Pakistan on the basis of their marriage. The
interior ministry asked Mr Zaidi to deposit Rs5m under Section 20 of the
Pakistani Citizenship Act, 1951. But instead of depositing the foreign exchange
as required by the law, he instituted a writ petition before the high court,
seeking an order for the grant of citizenship. During this period, Mr Zaidai
fathered two girls, though when he came to Pakistan he also had a minor son.
His son has now grown up.
its appeal, the interior ministry argued that the LHC judgement was not
sustainable in the eyes of the law. It further argued that the LHC had no
jurisdiction to pass such an order for the grant of nationality.
the Pakistani law, it is mandatory to deposit foreign exchange equivalent to
Rs5m to process the case for citizenship.
the legal remedies have not been availed in this case before invoking the
jurisdiction of the high court, the appeal argued, adding that granting
nationality to a foreign woman married to a Pakistani national could not be
treated on a par with a foreigner married to a Pakistani woman.
appeal argued that the husband of foreign origin after marrying the Pakistani
woman and obtaining Pakistani nationality would be free to divorce and move
freely in Pakistan.
further said the high court had not taken into consideration the Pakistan-India
relations. The impugned judgement could cause inflow of Indian male citizens
into Pakistan, resulting in ‘threat to the national security’, it said.
LHC order, the appeal argued, had not correctly appreciated material on record
and the impugned judgement was the result of misreading and non-reading of the
material on record that resulted in gross miscarriage of justice.
could target political leadership during campaign, says NACTA director
The National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) director told the Senate
Standing Committee on Interior that terrorists could target several top leaders
of various political parties during the election campaigns.
Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Director
Obaid Farooq said, “We have received as many as 12 threat alerts which
are about the leadership of political parties, including the Pakistan Peoples
Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and six personalities
that can be targeted during the elections.”
NACTA director also said, “In the past, a threat alert was sent that the
Peshawar Army Public School (APS) could be attacked and after four months it
women among 260 candidates to contest Pakistan’s upcoming elections on MML
The Milli Muslim League (MML), the political front of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa
(JuD), has fielded 13 women candidates among the 260 in the list it has
finalised to contest the upcoming general elections in Pakistan from national
and provincial assembly seats on July 25. The candidates have been fielded
under the umbrella of the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek.
MML’s final list has 79 candidates for the National Assembly and 181 for four
provincial assemblies. It includes the names of Hafiz Talha Saeed, son of Hafiz
Muhammad Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai carnage, to contest from
Sargodha National Assembly seat in Pakistan’s central Punjab, and his
brother-in-law, Khalid Waleed, to contest from Sheikhupura provincial assembly
seat, also in Pakistan Punjab.
the Election Commission of Pakistan had denied registration to the MML, it has
fielded its candidates through Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek, the least known party but
registered with the commission.
Pakistan daily Dawn reported on Tuesday that the MML has 10 female candidates
for general seats along with three for reserved seats, apparently to dilute its
Awan, the party’s spokesperson, said that apart from a 5 per cent quota for
female candidates made mandatory by the Election Act, the MML has given tickets
to women out of conviction, not compulsion. “The party could have granted
tickets to housewives and satisfied the ECP condition,” Awan said, adding: “But
we have given tickets to candidates considering their political background and
fighting spirit. They include lawyers, doctors and professionals from other
fields who have been office-bearers in other parties and have recently joined
party has fielded 36 National Assembly candidates from Punjab, 29 from Sindh,
28 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 14 from Balochistan and eight from tribal regions
bordering Afghanistan. It has put up five candidates in Karachi and four in
to Awan, the party’s women’s wing would be at the forefront of the election
campaign because they have access to homes. “Soon, a series of women conventions
will be held at the district, town and union council levels to ensure female
mobilisation at grassroots levels,” he noted.
Pakistan and the United States on Tuesday agreed to remain engaged for peace in
was agreed during a meeting between US Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State
Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells
and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa at the General Headquarters.
reaffirmed the commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the
region and discussed measures towards that end. Both also agreed on continued
engagement at multiple levels,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a
Wells was on a three-day visit to Pakistan to again seek Pakistani authorities’
help for the Afghan peace process. She met Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar,
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa and
Chief of the General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar.
also met business leaders and ambassadors from other embassies in Islamabad.
her visit to Kabul, which preceded the Islamabad trip, Amb Wells said Taliban’s
refusal to join the political process was “unacceptable”. She had further
accused the “Taliban ….who are not residing in Afghanistan” of being obstacle
to the peace talks. She was apparently referring to Pakistan-based Taliban
against whom the US has long asked for action.
her meetings, she reminded her interlocutors of Pakistan’s commitment to take action
against all terrorist groups that might be found on its territory. “Ambassador
Wells discussed Pakistan’s stated commitment to eliminating all terrorist
groups present within its borders,” the US embassy said in an apparent
reference to the Taliban elements claimed to be present in Pakistan.
embassy said that Amb Wells’ discussion was consistent with the Trump
administration’s South Asia and Afghanistan strategy. The strategy announced
last year signalled that Washington might take coercive steps to push Pakistan
to crack down against the Taliban and Haqqani network.
US strategy for the region had aggravated an already tense bilateral
relationship with Pakistan. The two sides have since then been unable to put
their ties on an even keel despite an extensive engagement. However, lately
both sides took steps that led to hopes of improvement in the relationship. The
Pakistan Army last month reaffirmed its commitment to seeing the US exit
Afghanistan after winning the protracted war. The US, meanwhile, eliminated
Afghanistan-based terrorist Mullah Fazlullah, whose capture or elimination was
long demanded by Pakistan.
A counterterrorism official warned on Tuesday that terrorists could target top
leaders of political parties during their election campaigns.
have received as many as 12 threat alerts which are about leadership of
political parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and six personalities can be targeted during
election,” Director of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) Obaid
Farooq said while briefing a sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on
committee, headed by PML-N Senator Javed Abbasi, has been constituted to look
into security arrangements for the July 25 general elections and officials of
law enforcement agencies provided to different personalities.
Farooq said that Nacta got information from the Inter-Services Intelligence and
Intelligence Bureau and then alerts were sent to different quarters through
the past a threat alert was sent that the Army Public School, Peshawar, could
be attacked and after four months it happened. Similarly, some other alerts
were issued, but precautionary measures could not be taken,” he said.
chairman of the committee said that such alerts should be taken seriously.
the committee, Senior Superintendent of Police Security, Karachi, Hassan Sardar
Niazi said that Sindh had benefited the most from the order of Chief Justice of
Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar about withdrawal of security from influential
said as of today 1,000 security personnel and 50 vehicles had been returned to
the police department which could now be used efficiently.
CJP had directed all provincial police chiefs in April to withdraw the security
protocol provided to influential individuals not entitled to official security.
However, later the CJP said that security could be provided to those who were
really under threat.
committee in its next meeting will take detailed briefings from police
departments of the four provinces.
talking to newsmen, Nacta director Obaid Farooq said there were threats to
leaders of all political parties, including religio-political parties.
Asghar adds from Rawalpindi: The Punjab home department has directed the authorities
concerned to provide security to the candidates of the PPP and the Awami
National Party in the province during their election campaigns.
cabinet sub-committee on law and order had decided at a meeting held earlier
this month to intimate the leadership of these political parties about the
threats from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
meeting, presided over by the additional chief secretary of Punjab, was
informed that days before he was killed in a drone attack in Afghanistan, TTP
commander Mullah Fazalullah had issued directives to increase terrorist
activities in Pakistan — to target the PPP and ANP during the general
elections, in addition to carrying out terrorist attacks in various parts of
women to vote for first time since 70s
DIR: The election commission has set up 66 separate polling stations for about
179,280 registered women voters in Upper Dir district, who are going to use
their right to franchise on July 25 first time since the general elections in
district has a total of 447,414 registered voters.
the 70s the women had been deprived of using their constitutional right on the
pretext of cultural taboos.
after the election commission made it mandatory that elections in a
constituency would be declared null and void if 10 per cent women do not cast
vote, the political parties are making efforts to ensure women participation in
in view cultural taboos and values, the district election commission has set up
66 separate polling stations for women out of total 377 for NA-5 constituency.
to the district election commission, in PK-10, Upper Dir-I, total number of
registered voters is 150,518, where 123 polling stations will be set up with
278 polling booths -- 166 for men and 112 for women.
PK-11, Upper Dir-II, for 148,913 voters, including 61,552 women, 125 polling
stations have been set up with 266 polling booths -- 164 for men and 102 for
PK-12, Upper Dir-III, a total of 147,983 registered voters, including 58,572
females, will cast their votes in 129 polling stations with 300 polling booths
-- 183 for men and 117 for women.
the 2013 general elections, there were total 368,035 registered voters in the
district, which increased to 447,414 in 2018.
military leadership on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to rooting out
terrorism with the help of other stakeholders and people of Pakistan.
to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), this
commitment was reiterated at a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee,
chaired by General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, at the Joint Staff Headquarters.
meeting was attended by chiefs of the three services, senior officials from
Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Defence Production and the three services.
military leadership reaffirmed that the Pakistan armed forces remain fully
cognizant of the evolving security dynamics of the region and will take all
measures to safeguard their national security in all domains,” said the
military’s media wing in a statement.
participants also reviewed the internal security situation and reiterated the
commitment of armed forces to root out terrorism and extremism with the help of
other national stakeholders and people of Pakistan.”
committee also expressed its determination for the provision of full security
to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ISPR stated further.
said the forum remained appreciative of operational preparedness and force
development of the armed forces and acknowledged the sacrifices in the war
against terrorism, resulting in considerable reduction in violence across the
many as six high-profile political figures are facing terror threats ahead of
the 2018 polls, officials of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA)
have told the Senate Standing Committee on Interior.
least 12 terror alerts were passed on to the NACTA by country’s premier spy
agencies Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).
counter-terrorism body has forwarded information pertaining to terror alerts to
Interior ministry, all provincial interim setups and all IGs. According to
reports, such alerts are issued after proper groundwork and on basis of
per details acquired, Joint Intelligence Directorate will take feedback on
Islamic law provides adequate safeguards against child marriages, says leader
BARU, July 3 — There is no need to amend Johor’s Islamic law against child
marriages as there are already safeguards in place, said the state Islamic
Affairs and Education Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan.
said there are stringent criteria and processes to go through before a Muslim
couple can marry in the state.
Johor, it isn’t easy for Muslims to get married as the process involves not
only getting the consent of both families, but there is also the approval
needed from the village headman (ketua kampung) or the kadi, and also the
interview for the pre-marriage course.
Islamic Family Law (State of Johor) Enactment 2003 is thorough on Muslim
marriages and specifically lists the minimum age of 16 for a female to be
eligible for marriage,” he said when contacted by Malay Mail today.
who is also Parit Yaani assemblyman, said other states in Malaysia also follow
such a ruling when it comes to Muslim marriages.
was commenting on whether the state government will amend the enactment
governing Muslim marriages in light of the marriage of a 41-year-old Malaysian
man to an 11-year-old Thai girl.
stressed that there was no need to make any amendment to the said enactment as
the system is quite clear that child marriages are not encouraged.
though the marriage was in Thailand, I don’t think the marriage will be
consented by our Syariah Courts as the girl was under the minimum legal age of
16 for marriage,” he said.
state executive committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali agreed that
Malaysian Syariah laws concerning child marriages were adequate for Johor and
also Malaysia as a whole.
itself permits the marriage if a girl reaches puberty. But as Muslims, we must
look into the Syariah laws as a whole and must take into consideration her
emotional and mental readiness to be married,” he said to Malay Mail.
Umar, who is Johor Information, Entrepreneurship Development, Cooperatives and
Creative Economy Committee chairman, said his view on child marriages is that
such unions are wrong as there are many factors to consider first.
itself considers many factors before marriage can take place and is not only
one aspect such as for the bride-to-be to have reached puberty (akilbaligh).
have to look at the bigger picture of how society will view the marriage, the
consequences and mental anguish, if any, on the child bride,” he said.
33-year-old Paloh assemblyman, who has a background in Islamic education and is
also a graduate in principles of Usuluddin, said child marriage definitely is a
controversial issue in the modern age.
have to consider the many aspects involved, such as the right intentions, which
must be applicable according to the prescribed manner, if not it can open the
floodgates to exploitation and injustice towards innocent children,” he said.
week, Malaysians were shocked when they learnt that a child marriage had taken
place on June 18 across the border in Thailand.
husband, who already has two wives, is a Malaysian residing in Kelantan.
story went viral on social media last Friday after it was shared by his second
wife, who lodged a police report at the Gua Musang police station in Kelantan
LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested on Tuesday,
three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, amid an investigation into
how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund he founded almost a
picked up Najib from his home after serving him with a remand order, two
sources close to the family said. One of the sources said Najib was expected to
be charged in court on Wednesday.
anti-graft agency also said Najib had been arrested, according to state news
Najib spokesman did not immediately have a comment. Najib has consistently
denied wrongdoing in dealings with state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad
his shock election loss to Mahathir Mohamad in May, Najib has been barred from
leaving the country, quizzed by the anti-graft agency and had his personal and
family houses searched as part of the 1MDB probe.
said in an interview with Reuters last month that embezzlement and bribery with
government money were among the charges that Malaysia was looking to bring
against Najib, adding they had "an almost perfect case" against him.
by Najib in 2009, 1MDB is being investigated in at least six countries for
alleged money laundering and graft.
KINABALU: Sabah will launch a thorough study on child marriages which are
prevalent in the state’s rural areas, said state Assistant Minister of Law and
Native Affairs Jannie Lasimbang.
said the ministry was aware of the issue but needed data before it could deal
with the problem.
will study the issue of child marriages and definitely look at how we can
ensure that this does not continue to happen. It’s a concern definitely for me
and the ministry. I have to bring up to the minister and see how we can push
for this,” she said after the state assembly sitting today.
said the problem did not exist only among the Muslim community but also
involved other native groups.
said it was part of local custom to matchmake young girls at an early age.
doesn’t happen very much now but it was one of the practices before. Children
who are 18 years old and below must be protected,” she added.
was commenting on the uproar over child marriages following reports of a rubber
tapper in Kelantan who took an 11-year-old girl as his third wife.
Jannie’s younger sister Jenifer, who is state Education and Innovation
Assistant Minister, agreed that an in-depth study of the problem should be
carried out because it involved customary laws and matters like poverty and
said in Pensiangan in Sabah’s interior, for example, girls could be betrothed
in arranged marriages when they were young.
has been no proper research on this yet. Previously, when I was doing work as a
consultant for Unicef, my colleagues thought it was the custom that made these
then when we went down to the ground and actually interviewed the young
mothers, it’s not actually custom but economic hardship – they can’t go to
school, so what can they do?
the parents couldn’t afford to send the girls to school, so they married them
off so they would have their own families to fend for them. So they are forced
to take care of themselves,” Jenifer said, adding this practice was still quite
on her first-hand experience, she had seen 12-year-olds who were already
all these were raw data, she said, driving home the need for thorough research.
need better research to get the numbers which I don’t think is the ultimate
priority. The importance is to look for the root cause of this problem as well
as the ways and means to ensure this will stop.
need to get our girls to school and not as mothers at the age of 14 or 15. And
we need proper education. When you’re 18 and below, you’re still a child – that
has to be ingrained into every part of society,” Jenifer said.
said that legislation alone would not solve the problem.
will not solve the problem here – it is the community’s work to ensure the
girls are in school and don’t get pregnant.
let the ministry concerned discuss this with data and evidence on the ground
where the direction should be,” she said.
Sulai, who is also an Assistant Minister of Law and Native Affairs,
acknowledged there had been a lot of backlash on the issue lately but pointed
out that a study was needed before the next course of action could be taken.
know there are a lot of NGOs against child marriages… but in Islam, these
matters are the prerogative of the Shariah Court.
TERENGGANU, July 3 — The Terengganu government is contemplating to send Shariah
criminal offenders in the state to rehabilitation centres, instead of prison.
Shariah Implementation. Education and Higher Education Committee chairman
Satiful Bahri Mamat said it was an alternative being considered by the state
government to bring the offenders to the true teachings of Islam without them
having to go to prison.
said sending Shariah offenders to rehabilitation centres would be more suitable
as the punishment would be lighter, such as doing social service for s
stipulated period and studying Islam for them to better understand the religion
civil punishment for Shariah offences is not suitable. For example, in prison,
the inmates have to wear short pants even Islam does not encourage prison
sentence. So, we are considering setting up rehabilitation centres for Shariah
criminal offenders, he told reporters after the State Assembly sitting here
during the State Assembly sitting, Saiful, in response to an oral question from
Ridzuan Hashim (PAS - Buluh Gading), said the state government was looking into
various measures to improve and empower the state’s Shariah court institution.
Paka State Assemblyman said among the measures taken was upgrading the
prosecution division at the State Religious Affairs Department into a
from that, we will also increase the number of (voluntary) Shariah enforcement
personnel as currently, we only have about 100 people in the state,” he added.
After introducing modern education in madrasas, the Yogi Adityanath government
has mooted a new dress code for their students to end their
"demarcation" from other school pupils, evoking mixed reactions from
state government is yet to disclose the new dress code for madrassa students,
but said it might also fund it.
aim of the UP government is to bring madrasas at par with other educational
institutions in every sense. Till now, students in madrasas have been wearing
'kurta-payjamas' but now this dress code will make it more formal ... We might
also try to meet the expenses," said state minister for Muslim Waqf and
Haj Mohsin Raza here on Tuesday.
that it is only the BJP-led governments which have doing justice with the
minorities, the minister said the other political parties have been considering
them as only a vote-bank.
said the current dressing style of madrassa students reflects a clear
demarcation between them and the students of other schools which will come to
an end now.
government's move, however, evoked a mixed reaction from the community leaders
with one section welcoming it cautiously but the other questioning the need to
tinker with the madrasa students’ traditional attire.
will welcome it, if it is good, but only after seeing what the changes are and
with what intentions they are being brought," said UP unit president of
the Jamait Ulema-e-Hind, Ashhad Rashidi, who runs a number of madrasas in
Moradabad, Rampur and Bijnore.
spokesperson for All India Shia Personal Law Board, Yasoob Abbas, however,
questioned the need for bringing a change in the traditional attire worn in
has objected to the traditional attire ... it is acceptable by all ... we are
not in favour of the government forcing a new dress for students," Abbas
state government has already gone ahead with its plans to introduce NCERT books
in the madrassas of Uttar Pradesh in a bid to bring their students at par with
their counterparts in other schools and to modernise education in madrasas
affiliated to the State Madrasa Board.
now, students in madrasas wear white Kurta-pyjama, which reflects a particular
faith. We will very soon propose a new dress code for them," the minister
however, refused to elaborate as to what the new dress code would be.
the possible colours of the madrasa students' dress, Raza, however, said,
"If you have seen the flag of our party, first comes the green colour
followed by saffron. I have said earlier also that saffron is the colour of
Allah, Ishwar and God, and has not been created by any human.
is the colour which wakes us up in the morning and gives light. A dress code
similar to those of school going children will be considered. The dress code
will be such which will help in understanding social harmony," Raza added
intentions are absolutely clear as we work with transparency and believe in
sabka saath, sabka vikas", he said adding that Prime Minister wanted to
integrate the Muslim society with the country's mainstream with a Quran in one
hand and a laptop in the other.
students are already availing religious education, we are not going to hamper
it, we are only going to impart them social education to integrate them with
the country's mainstream and help them go to the IIMs or the IITs and clear
competitive examinations," he said.
Digambar Sonar, a 21-year-old youth from the Narol area of the city, was
allegedly beaten by four men who objected to him posting a display picture on
his WhatsApp account wearing a Muslim skull cap. Police said the four men
threatened him “for wearing a skull cap despite being a Hindu”.
was assaulted by the four men — Sachin, Vijay, Kachori and an unknown man — so
severely late on Monday night that he had to be admitted to LG Hospital in the
states in the FIR, “I had clicked myself wearing a skull cap on the festival of
Eid on June 16 and posted it as my display picture on WhatsApp. Sachin, who is
a friend and a member of a common WhatsApp group, saw my display picture and
started abusing me for wearing a skull cap.”
and another friend Vijay met me at Satyamnagar vegetable market in Amraiwadi
and started threatening me about the skull cap. He said that we are Hindus and
must never wear the skull cap. They then forcibly took my two-wheeler and made
accompany them to a secluded spot and started beating me,” Sonar stated in the
alleged that the duo then called two of their friends and the four of them beat
him severely. Sonar called his cousin Akshay for help but he was also beaten by
the four men.
and Akshay later called a cousin of theirs, Chetan Sonar, who rushed them to LG
minority status for Muslims, stem their population growth: Pravin Togadia
VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Tuesday demanded that the minority status for
Muslims should be withdrawn and they be made to adhere to the two-child policy
to curb their population growth.
status of minority (for Muslims) should be withdrawn. A two-child policy should
be there to control their population,” Togadia, who recently formed a new
outfit Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad said at a press conference here.
money collected from taxpayers should not be spent on them only, it should
instead be utilised for the welfare of all poor and needy people,” he added.
controversial leader said that his outfit will create a vote bank of 20 crore
Hindus in the country to influence politics in a democratic manner.
further said that he will focus on the Hindutva agenda and work towards
ensuring quality education, employment opportunities, protection of labourers,
and minimum support price for crops among others.
lashed out at the Narendra Modi government for failing to tackle vital issues
like inflation, farmer suicides, unemployment and women safety.
than 32000 cases of rape or attempt to rape took place in the country last year
which clearly presents a picture that women and girls are not secured in the
country,” he said.
the issue of farmer welfare, he demanded that the recommendations of the
Swaminathan report be implemented and protection should also be given to
are committing suicide, youth are jobless and soldiers are also facing
stone-pelting and trouble at borders and this needs attention,” Togadia said .
Front Of India Now a Key Player In Kerala Colleges
calls itself a ‘neo-social student’s movement’, and claims to stand for the
oppressed sections, minorities and Dalits.
Campus Front of India, in the eye of a storm for its alleged involvement in the
murder of Abhimanyu, a 20-year-old activist of the Students Federation of India
(SFI) on the Maharaja’s College campus in Kochi, has emerged as a key player in
student politics in Kerala.
in the national capital around a decade ago, the Campus Front calls itself a
“neo-social student’s movement, which aims to empower the campuses by
developing a new generation of activists”. It claims to strive for the
“oppressed sections of society” and takes the lead in resisting the “ideology
and designs of imperialism and fascism”.
to P.T. Muhamed Sadik, journalist-author and social commentator based in
Kozhikode, the origin of the outfit could be traced to the Students Islamic
Movement of India (SIMI), which was formed by a group of supporters of the
Jamaat-e-Islami-e-Hind in the late 1970s. “Jamaat did not have its own student
outfit, and it did not want to directly involve itself in student activism.
SIMI was launched by some of its sympathisers and supporters,” he said. “They
espoused a militant ideology. The theme for one of their Kerala State
conferences was ‘India’s salvation through Islam’,” he said.
of those who came out of SIMI in Kerala did not wish to work for the Jamaat,
which they believed had turned out to be mild in their political approach. That
led to the founding of the National Development Front (NDF) in 1993, also
inspired by the rise of pan-Islamic movements across the country in the wake of
the Babri Masjid demolition. Prominent among its founder-leaders was P. Koya,
who was a senior SIMI leader. The Popular Front of India (PFI) was launched in
2006 as a successor to the NDF, which merged itself with organisations which
claimed to espouse the cause of the oppressed sections, such as the Karnataka
Forum for Dignity and Manitha Neethi Pasarai.
claim to stand for the backward sections of society, such as minorities and
Dalits, and were in the forefront of the nationwide protests after the suicide
of Rohit Vemula. Political observers point out that by doing so they are
attempting to make inroads into the student community by highlighting a clutch
of socio-political problems ignored by mainstream student bodies.
Mohsin Raza, the only Muslim minister in the BJP government, on Tuesday said
that the BJP was not an anti-Muslim party since Prime Minister Narendra Modi
sports a beard which is generally considered an Islamic symbol.
who is a junior minister for Haj and Waqf, was speaking to reporters on the
sidelines of the inauguration of the haj training and vaccination camp at the
Ali Miyan Memorial Haj House in Lucknow on Tuesday.
environment has been created by people where BJP is considered an anti-Muslim
party. It is not true. Had BJP been an anti-Muslim party, PM Modi would have
not had a beard. A beard is generally considered to be a pious Islamic and
Muslim symbol," Raza said.
quoting a dialogue from a Bollywood film: "Islam mein dhaadi hai, dhaadi
mein Islam nahi" (There is provision for a beard in Islam, but a beard
does not mean Islam."
also said it is high time that the word 'minorities' be put out of use as they
total around 20 crore in population.
Nadu Government Announces Haj Subsidy, Over 3,000 To Undertake Pilgrimage
state made the announcement months after it had opposed the Centre's decision
to do away with the monetary aid to the pilgrims.
Tamil Nadu government today announced an annual subsidy of Rs 6 Crore for Haj
pilgrimage from this year, months after it had opposed the Centre's decision to
do away with the monetary aid to the pilgrims.
Minister K Palaniswami made the announcement in the state assembly.
that the Central government had scrapped the Haj subsidy, he said the state
government has been extending grant for the Hindus and the Christians for their
Muslims too would be given a similar support, he added.
(late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's) government which follows her footsteps
will from this year provide Rs 6 crore subsidy every year for followers of
Islam to undertake the sacred Haj yatra," he said.
Chief Minister said this year a total of 3,728 people would undertake Haj
pilgrimage under the new subsidy scheme, modalities of which are yet to be
her 2011 assembly poll promise, Jayalalithaa had in 2012 announced subsidy to
the Hindus undertaking pilgrimage to Mansarovar in China and Muktinath in Nepal
from Tamil Nadu.
2011, ahead of Christmas, she had announced state subsidy for the Christians
visiting Jerusalem for pilgrimage.
to the BJP-led NDA government's decision in January this year to stop Haj
subsidy, Palaniswami had then said the state government would request the
Centre to reconsider the move.
Centre had said the funds saved will be used for providing education to
move was an effort by the government to "empower minorities" without
appeasement, it had said.
decision was in line with a 2012 Supreme Court order, asking the government to
do away with the subsidy, a long-standing demand of the BJP.
Saeed tags Pak politicians puppets of India, US
[Pakistan], July 3 (ANI): Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and chief of
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Mohammed Saeed lashed out at Pakistani politicians
by calling them puppets of India and the United States.
we decide to vote for the slaves of the United States and the friends of (Prime
Minister of India) Narendra Modi, then we are digging our own graves,"
Saeed said while addressing a political gathering in Okara city of Pakistan's
Punjab province along with Saifullah Khalid of Milli Muslim League.
am giving you this message loud and clear, your Pakistan is being made a
battlefield by destabilising it through barbarism and disturbing the peace of
our nation. We need to fight against all these odds and save Pakistan," he
Saeed's son Hafiz Talha Saeed and his son-in-law Khalid Waleed are among 265
candidates fielded by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa for national and provincial assembly
seats across Pakistan on the July 25 general elections, with the banned group's
political wing vowing to make the country a 'citadel of Islam'.
group decided to contest on the platform of a little known "dormant"
political entity, Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), registered with the Election
Commission of Pakistan.
the incumbent government for muzzling his and his party's voice through various
means he said the current dispensation was working at the collective commands
of Washington and New Delhi.
spewing venom against India and the US, Saeed said, "India, sitting in
Afghanistan supported by the United States is planning to divide Pakistan. My
brothers of Okara, maybe you don't have much knowledge about the ground
reality, you only know what has reached you through media, but let me tell you
I have met many in Balochistan, I have walked through the streets of
Balochistan, and I have understood that India is trying to divide Balochistan
said the corrupt and unscrupulous leaders of Islamabad were extensively
involved in money making through various means and were not even remotely
concerned about the welfare of the state.
also termed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of
Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a counter-productive deal poised to
hurt the sovereignty of Pakistan. "This is the Pakistan of the CPEC (China
Pakistan Economic Corridor), and through this project, nearly 200 countries are
connected to us and through this, we want to make a 'New Pakistan'. We want to
see Pakistan become a global leader through our friendship with China and
Russia." Saeed said.
countries, including India, have expressed in discontentment over dreaded
terrorist's entity being mainstreamed in Pakistan.
the deep state of army which seems to backing-up Hafiz Saeed has been
successful in bringing him to the fore.
hub of terrorism, spreads false narrative about Kashmir: India at UN
NATIONS: Pakistan is a "hub of terrorism" in South Asia and beyond
and its "cynical" attempts to spread a false narrative about Kashmir
have always been unsuccessful, India has said at the UN.
remarks came after Pakistan again brought up the Kashmir issue in its Right of
representative of Pakistan said that the High Commissioner for Human Rights has
identified many violations in Kashmir and added that repeating groundless
accusations do not make them fact.
farce can only go so far, the Pakistani representative said, according to the
information about the session available online.
exercised its right of reply following a General Assembly debate on Monday on
the responsibility to protect after Pakistan said that Kashmir was never a part
secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu said in
India's Right of Reply that "repeated and cynical attempts by Pakistan, a
hub of terrorism in our region and beyond, to spread a false narrative about
the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have not succeeded earlier and will not
do so now".
asserted that India did not wish to engage on this further.
a June 25 General Assembly debate on the Responsibility to Protect, Pakistan's
Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had made a reference to the issue of Jammu
had then strongly rejected Pakistan's reference to Kashmir in the 193-member UN
body saying in its Right of Reply that cynical attempts by Pakistan to raise
the Kashmir issue in the UN have failed in the past and do not find any
resonance in the UN body.
Pakistan again referring to Kashmir in its Right of Reply yesterday, Bayyapu
responded that during the session on responsibility to protect last week, India
had placed on record its rejection of yet another attempt by the delegation of
Pakistan to misuse the UN forum and raise the issue of Kashmir.
teenage Boko Haram member makes shocking revelation
15 year-old former Boko Haram bomb maker has made a confession about how he
made over 500 underwears Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs) used by insurgents
for suicide missions on soft targets in the last five years.
Goni was only ten years old and in primary six when he was kidnapped in Bama.
military authorities described the teenager as the most deadly Boko Haram
member, who had mastered various techniques that can cause maximum destruction
intelligence sources told NAN that the suspect is the most innovative bomb
maker to emerge in recent years. The military did not allow NAN to photograph
him because of his age.
who is undergoing rehabilitation at a military detention camp in Maiduguri, told
NAN recently that he assembled IEDs with fragmented materials and configure
them for suicide missions.
said he introduced the use of padlock to IEDs strapped on bombers that can
hardly be demobilised or detected by bomb detectors.
was kidnapped along with my mother in Bama’s Kawuri Street by Baba Kaka, a
dreaded Boko Haram commander. They took us to Sambisa and kept us in a camp
underwent various trainings in the camp. During the course of our induction
training, I was selected to be trained on bomb making technique, bomb detection
as well as identifying and demobilising explosives.
refused initially, but they said they would kill my mother just like the way
they killed my father when they stormed Bama. So I eventually agreed. During
the training, many of my colleagues died while trying to make bombs. At the end
I emerged the best among all.
job was to make many bombs that would be used for suicide missions. I was
working under the supervision of Baba Musa, a 70 year-old. Musa also thought me
the new technique of making underwear IED with padlock.
some point, I was the only bomb maker when all those I was trained with were
killed by the military during several attacks. So they took me from camp to
camps to make IEDs for suicide missions.
was in Kangarwa, Pulka, Banki and other camps. I managed to escape when the
military bombed our camp in Baga. I ran to Cameroon where I surrendered to the
Cameroonian forces. I was later handed over to the Nigerian military.”
hoped to be a soldier in the future to help the military in identifying IEDs.
Sudan has started debating a bill extending the tenure of the interim
government headed by President Salva Kiir by three years at a time when it is
trying to negotiate peace with rebels.
Roricjur, the leader of the opposition in parliament, told AFP that part of the
bill was adopted on Monday.
will now be examined by a legislative committee and then return to parliament
for a second reading in 30 days.
said the extension was necessary to ward off a power vacuum as the government’s
mandate runs out in August.
think this is a legal procedure and the government should have a new mandate
until the time the agreement is signed,” Roricjur said.
Sudan’s conflict erupted in 2013, around two years after it won independence
from Sudan when Kiir accused his then-deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. It
has been ruled by an interim government since.
interpreted this as a sign that Kiir and his government was not interested in
making peace despite the signing of a “permanent” ceasefire in Khartoum which
has already been breached.
lawmaker told AFP that the extension showed that the “government is not ready
to sign a peace agreement”.
Okuk, a political science professor at the University of Juba, said it was a
bid to pressure rebels.
are using this to send a signal to the opposition: ‘if you don’t speed up the
compromise for the peace agreement, we are going ahead’“, he said.
conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives, displaced four million people
and left the economy of the world’s newest country in tatters.
group of teachers in Tunisia have expressed their strong dissent against a
recent history and geography exam which referred to the Israeli regime as a
“state” and not an occupying entity, refusing to correct the papers.
of secondary school teachers attended a protest gathering in the central city
of Ghasrin on Monday to voice their objection against the appearance of “state
of Israel” in the recent exam paper, the UK-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi
teachers said that they would never correct the papers as long as such a
blatant lie about the occupying regime was printed on them.
name of Israel must connote occupying, notorious, nefarious and the Zionist
entity in the minds of the Tunisian students,” said an unnamed spokesman for
the teachers, adding that “the cause of Palestinian people is very important
also said that Tunisia had not recognized Israel as a “state” since 1947, when
the occupying regime emerged in the Middle East.
than half a million Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967
Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East
Jerusalem al-Quds. The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements
in occupied Palestinian lands have created a major obstacle for efforts to
establish peace in the Middle East.
boat carrying refugees has capsized while making the risky journey across the
Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe, leaving 63 asylum seekers missing.
boat sunk off the coast of Libya, according to a spokesman for the North African
country’s navy on Tuesday, who cited eyewitness accounts.
spokesman General Ayoub Kacem said that 41 asylum seekers who had been wearing
life jackets were rescued.
to the survivors, there were 104 people on board the inflatable dinghy, which
sank off Garaboulli, east of Tripoli.
Libyan coastguard boat returned to Tripoli Monday with another 235 migrants —
including 54 infants and 29 women — rescued in two other operations in the same
to the rescue, once again
a humanitarian boat carrying 59 asylum seekers was on Tuesday heading to Spain
after Italy and Malta — both much closer to the place of rescue — refused to
let it dock in their ports.
boat, Open Arms, run by the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms charity, was offered a
safe port by Barcelona’s mayor.
had earlier allowed in another group of refugees also turned away by Italy and
reports say around 204 people have died in the past few days after trusting
smugglers, who use unsafe vessels to get them to Europe.
Friday alone, 103 people lost their lives when one such vessel sank.
is a main departure point for asylum seekers trying to cross the Mediterranean.
Many of those who succeed to cross the sea have landed in Italy and Malta over
the past four years.
traffickers have been taking advantage of the security gap in Libya that has
existed since the toppling of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was
killed in October 2011.
soldiers were killed over the weekend in an attack blamed on the jihadist group
Boko Haram on a military position in southeast Niger, the defence ministry said
Tuesday revising down an earlier death toll.
Niger army previously said Sunday that ten soldiers were killed in the assault
near the border with Nigeria.
the night from Saturday to Sunday, the military post of Bla Brin was attacked by
the terrorist group Boko Haram, we deplore the deaths of six soldiers and three
wounded,” said a defence ministry statement read out on state radio on Tuesday,
without giving a reason for the revised death toll.
late April, Niamey announced a military operation against Boko Haram in the
region of Lake Chad, which links Niger, Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon.
group, which is seeking an Islamic state based on Sharia law, has caused the
deaths of at least 20,000 people since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria.
regime forces raid executed activist’s home in Shia-populated Qatif
regime forces have stormed the family home of an executed Shia activist in the
kingdom’s Shia-populated and oil-rich Eastern Province as the Riyadh regime
presses ahead with its brutal clampdown against pro-democracy campaigners and
sources, requesting anonymity, told London-based and Arabic-language Nabaa
television news network that Saudi soldiers blocked a number of roads in Tarout
Island early on Monday, before raiding Zaher al-Basri’s home and violently
ransacking it for nearly two hours.
was executed nearly a year ago at the hands of the Saudi regime after being
convicted on "terrorism" charges.
Saudi forces have arrested Shia cleric Zuhair Hussain bu Saleh on charges of
organizing congregational prayers at his home in al-Thuqbah neighborhood of
Saleh’s arrest comes as Saudi authorities do not allow Shia Muslims in Khobar,
to set up a mosque and converge at the place of worship.
in 2015, a criminal court in Saudi Arabia sentenced the Shia clergyman to six
months in prison and 50 lashes. Bu Saleh did not appear in the court hearing,
and described the ruling as “devoid of any legality.”
Arabia has lately stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution, and
conviction of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.
officials have also intensified security measures in the Shia-populated and
oil-rich Eastern Province.
Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.
Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of
political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination
against the oil-rich region.
protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime. Security
forces have increased security measures across the province.
the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to also
January 2016, Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr,
who was an outspoken critic of the policies of the Riyadh regime. Nimr had been
arrested in Qatif in 2012.
military aircraft have launched an aerial attack against the remnants of the
Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the country's north-central province of
Salahuddin, killing more than a dozen extremists in the process.
Iraqi Defense Ministry, in a statement released late on Monday, announced that
the precise airstrike targeted a militant hideout near Tal Farhan area in the
central part of Tuz Khurmatu city, located 55 miles south of Kirkuk, leaving 16
Daesh terrorists dead.
statement added that the militants were hiding inside the building when the air
raid was staged.
terrorists had sneaked into Tuz Khurmatu from nearby mountains in a bid to
carry out terrorist attacks against security forces,” the statement concluded.
unnamed intelligence sources told Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network
that Iraqi security forces had carried out a counter-terrorism offensive in the
northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk, killing 14 Daesh remnants.
sources added that the slain militants were wanted for involvement in a series
of murders, kidnappings and bombings across Kirkuk.
and plans for terrorist operations in the province were also recovered from the
Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said
in a statement that the Nineveh Criminal Court had handed down life terms to
three men over Daesh membership and involvement in acts of terror across the
war-ravaged Arab country.
Monday, an Iraqi court sentenced an arms dealer of Daesh terrorist to life
of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) had arrested the unnamed
high-profile militant during an operation in southern Baghdad. He had medium
weapons in his possession, when he was captured.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against
Daesh in the Arab country on December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, Abadi had formally declared victory over Daesh extremists in
Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in the
conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in the city of
Homs in Syria, the group’s news channel reported on Tuesday.
al-Badri … the son of the Caliph … was killed in an operation against the
Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs,” the
statement said. The word Nusayriyyah refers to Syria’s Alawite community.
statement showed an image of a young boy carrying an assault rifle and gave no
whereabouts remain unknown, but the wording of Tuesday’s statement seemed to
imply he is still alive.
secretive Islamic State leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded
since he declared a caliphate to rule over all Muslims from a mosque in Mosul
in 2014, after leading his fighters on a sweep through northern Iraq.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that the warplanes staged a heavy
bombing on terrorists' movements amid a heavy offensive of Tahrir al-Sham
Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and the terrorists
of Horas al-Din against the government forces' positions in Souran township in
said that the warplanes further struck terrorists' positions in the villages
and towns of Skeik, al-Tamana, Ma'arkaba and Lahaya in Northern Hama and
Southern Idlib, weakening the combat and supplying capacities of the terrorists
in al-Latamina region. The report went on to say that the army later dispatched
more troops to the battlefield and gained back lost lands from terrorists in
least 35 terrorists were killed or wounded in the failed attack of the
terrorists and in the bombardments.
terrorist groups, including Jeish al-Izzah, Horas al-Din and Tahrir al-Sham are
operating in Northern Hama regardless of the presence of Turkish troops'
today, the army men engaged in fierce clashes with the non-Syrian terrorists of
Horas al-Din and Tahrir al-Sham that had attacked Tal Bazam region North of the
town of Souran in Northern Hama and repelled their offensive.
the army's artillery and missile units pounded terrorists' movements in Souran
and near the town of Morek in Northern Hama and in Khan Sheikhoun in Southern
Idlib, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
terrorists used suicide attackers in their offensive against the army in
Northern Hama, but the army killed a large number of terrorists and forced the
remaining of them to retreat.
militant groups, affiliated to the Turkish army, exchanged heavy fire in Saleh
al-Ali School in al-Asharfiyeh neighborhood in the town of Afrin over their
share of the civilians' assets and properties they had previously plundered.
the meantime, the Turkish army and allied militant placed their forces on alert
after a hand-made bomb went of near Afarin Hospital in Afrin.
sources said that militant groups arrested a number of civilians in several
villages, including Amara in Mobata region and Qara Kouleh in Afrin and called
on their families to pay a hefty amount of money as their ransom.
news reported on Sunday that two bombs went off in the town of Afrin in Central
Garage near Ashiyeh Petrol Station leaving a number of casualties among the
the meantime, the Turkey-backed gunmen engaged in fierce clashes in the Central
part of the town of Afrin and also in Jandaris region.
sources reported that the Turkish army placed its troops on alert in Afrin and
closed off all roads to the town after the blasts.
Jordan defied growing pressure on Tuesday to open its borders to nearly 100,000
civilians fleeing the Assad regime’s offensive in Daraa.
fear the presence of militant infiltrators among the displaced, they told Arab
News. “The security situation is still difficult and we can’t take the risk,”
government spokesperson Jumana Ghuneimat said.
equipment belonging to Daesh had been seen on the Syrian side of the border,
she said. “We continue to insist on our previous conditions that no armed
militias should be anywhere near our border with Syria.”
Syrian regime backed by Russian airpower launched an offensive on June 19 to
recapture the southern Daraa region along the Jordan border.
UN said 270,000 Syrians had been displaced by the onslaught, and Jordan
estimates that 95,000 have sought shelter along the border.
call on the Jordanian government to keep its border open and for other
countries in the region to step up and receive the fleeing civilians,” UN human
rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said.
insists it is doing its humanitarian duty. The northern military region
commander, Gen. Khaled Al-Massaid, said 86 trucks had crossed the frontier in
the past three days to deliver food and water to the displaced.
army has also been distributing humanitarian aid and providing medical
treatment at three points along the border, he said.
Jordanian military has set up a 20-bed field hospital on the Jordanian side to
take injured people, Ghuneimat said. “During the past few days Jordan has
admitted 16 medical cases to local hospitals in the Ramtha area and four cases
were transferred to major hospitals in Amman.”
Rantawi, head of Al-Quds Center for Political Studies, told Arab News: “No
country in the world can teach Jordan about ethics and the need to respect
immigrants.” Western European countries were playing with the lives of migrants
and in the US the government was separating families from their children, Rantawi
said. “With such a low moral attitude the position of Jordan … is a model to be
body seeks UN intervention for security of Sikh and Hindus of Afghanistan
Seeking UN intervention for the security of Sikhs and Hindus living in
Afghanistan, Harnam Singh, the president of prominent Sikh seminary Damdami
Taksal, resented the non-granting of Indian citizenship to any Sikh or Hindu
Afghan national who have been residing in India for over two decades.
should take cognizance of killing of almost entire Sikh and Hindu leadership in
the suicide bombing in Jalalabad and should immediately intervene to ensure
their security “ said Harnam Singh while talking to TOI on Tuesday.
an appeal to Sikh bodies across the globe to come forward for the
rehabilitation of members of Afghan minority communities willing to migrate
from the war-ravaged country, Singh said “These are the trying times for the
Sikh and Hindu’s of Afghanistan, I appeal to the Indian government and Sikh
bodies spread across the globe to extend a helping hand to their fellow
brethren in distress” he said.
at the same time, he said that it was worrisome that Indian government had not
given citizenship to any of the Afghan Sikh or Hindu individuals who had
settled in India nearly two decades ago.
Delhi, prominent Sikh leaders including the president of Shiromani Gurdwara
Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Gobind Singh Longowal, president of Delhi Sikh
Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Manjit Singh GK, Akali member parliament
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Prem Singh Chandumajra etc staged a demonstration in
front of Afghanistan Embassy and handed over a memorandum to embassy officials.
talking to TOI, GK said that Afghan ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali
assured them of conveying the sentiments of the Sikh populace to the Afghan
Abdali assured us to nominate the name of Sikh leader for the parliamentarian
seat of minority quota, give safety to Sikhs and HIndu’s of Afghanistan” he
said adding that the also assured that he would ask the Afghan government to
give adequate compensation to the suicide bomb victims.
to Sikh delegations meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on
Monday evening, president of DSGMC said that they had taken up the issue of
security of gurdwara’s and temples in Afghanistan.
jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh informed that SGPC had begun
akhand path in memory of victims of Jalalabad suicide bombing , the blog of
which would be performed on July 5.
least seven Taliban militants were killed and four others were wounded during
the airstrikes conducted by the US forces in southern Helmand province.
governor’s office in Helmand in a statement said the airstrikes were conducted
in Nawa and Garamser districts.
statement further added that a vehicle, four rockets, and five hand grenades
were also destroyed during the airstrikes.
least three compounds and three hideouts of the militants were eliminated in
the airstrikes, the provincial government said, adding that the compounds
targeted in the airstrikes were famous as Mubarak, Sahir Agha, and Farid Janan.
the meantime, the provincial government said the Afghan forces have discovered
and destroyed at least 51 improvised explosive devices during the operations in
various parts of Helmand.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
The international Red Cross leader said Tuesday humanitarian help alone would
not solve the Rohingya refugee crisis and inclusive political solutions are
needed for the 700,000 people who fled Myanmar violence to Bangladesh.
UN has said the Myanmar military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims last August in
retaliation for an insurgent attack was "ethnic cleansing." Myanmar
and Bangladesh have signed an agreement for repatriating refugees, but its
implementation is uncertain due to safety, verification and other concerns.
of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer visited Rakhine
state in Myanmar where the refugees once lived as well as the camps where they
live now in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. He said people in both places
met those who stayed and those who left, and it is clear that people are
suffering on both sides," he said. "People lack secure housing,
electricity, latrines, medicine and health care. There are few options for
people to earn an income to allow them to move beyond aid and emergency
also said the conditions for repatriation to happen were tough. "The
conditions are simply not there for large numbers of people to return
home," he said.
Rohingya have faced state discrimination for generations in Buddhist-majority
Myanmar. Maurer said their return would require "steps towards ensuring
freedom of movement, access to basic services, freedom to undertake economic
activity and access to markets in Rakhine, and most importantly trust in
security arrangements for returnees," he said.
said while he was in Myanmar, he met Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus and they
described "how the social fabric and local economy have been destroyed,
making people entirely reliant on humanitarian aid."
one village I visited, less than a quarter of the population remains, only
2,000 of the original 9,000 villagers,' he said.
the camps in Bangladesh, over a million people live in misery, held hostage to
a profoundly unsettling contradiction, he said.
sheltering in the camps of Cox's Bazar live in shocking conditions that violate
human dignity," he said, noting the conditions in the camps will worsen
with the monsoon rains arriving.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi all visited the refugee camps
this week and promised to work with Bangladesh toward resolving the crisis.
better future for the people here will need inclusive political solutions,
environmentally sustainable economic investment and a strong commitment to
international humanitarian law and human rights," he said in a statement
in Dhaka as he concluded his visit.
chief visits Rohingya camps in Bangladesh
refugees in Bangladeshi camps have expressed optimism they will receive justice
for atrocities committed against them in Myanmar and for a safe and dignified
repatriation to their homeland following a visit by the United Nations chief
and World Bank head.
secretary-general Antonio Guterres, accompanied by U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR)
chief Filippo Grandi and Word Bank president Jin Yong-kim visited several
refugee camps in Cox's Bazar on July 2 where they met and talked to members of
the persecuted Muslim minority.
Cox's Bazar, I have heard unimaginable accounts of killings and rape from
Rohingya refugees who recently fled Myanmar. They want justice and a safe
return home," Guterres tweeted following the visit.
is systematic violation of human rights. Rohingya people are the most
discriminated people in the world. They need recognition … the most basic
rights of citizens from the government of Myanmar," Guterres also said at
a press conference in Cox's Bazar straight after the visit.
they arrived, dozens of refugees holding placards that read "We want safe
return to Myanmar" and "We want citizenship" demonstrated
outside the camps.
enforcers dispersed them before the high-profile visitors arrived.
the refugees said they were glad and hopeful as a result of the U.N. chief's
gives us hope that one day justice will be meted out over the atrocities we
have endured in Myanmar, and that one day we can go back home safely and with
dignity," Muhammad Rezwan, 26, from Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, told
fled to Bangladesh from the Maungdaw area of Rakhine State in Myanmar in
mid-October 2017 with his parents and four siblings. They live in two makeshift
bamboo houses in the camp and rely on rations from aid groups for survival.
believe the U.N. and the international community will put pressure on Myanmar
so that we have basic rights including citizenship before we go back
home," he added.
Hasan, 45, a Rohingya community leader from Lombasia refugee camp, expressed
skepticism over the Rohingya repatriation agreement between Bangladesh and
Myanmar, and called for strong international intervention to resolve the
and Bangladesh signed the agreement without consulting us refugees, and we
don't know what is in it or whether it guarantees our safe return and a life of
dignity in our homeland," Hasan, a father of five, told ucanews.com.
U.N. visit gives us hope that the international community is making us a
priority, and I want to see their intervention bring an end to persecution,
impunity as well as assurances of basic rights and citizenship," he said.
Abul Kalam, commissioner of the state-run Refugee Relief and Repatriation
Committee, said the visit was a "positive gesture."
freeze of prisoner family money piracy: PLO official
high ranking Palestinian official says Israel’s move to freeze money transfers
to the Palestinian Authority is nothing less than piracy.
Tuesday, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb
Erekat condemned the move, stressing that it endangered the existence of the
is a very dangerous decision that amounts to the cancellation of the
Palestinian Authority and is piracy and theft," he said.
is stealing the land and money of the Palestinian people and that is a result
of the decisions of President (Donald) Trump, who supports Israel," he
bill, which was passed by 87 to 15 on Monday, will authorize the Tel Aviv
regime to deduct those payments from the taxes Israel collects on behalf of the
Palestinian Authority (PA) under bilateral agreements.
Dichter, chairman of Israel’s foreign affairs and military committee and the
former head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency, said the PA spends seven
percent of its budget, estimated at 1.1 billion shekels ($300 million) to aid
Palestinian prisoners and pay stipends to the families of those killed or
wounded by the Israeli military.
stipends benefit roughly 35,000 families of Palestinians killed and wounded in
conflict with Israel.
Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman hailed the new law, claiming
that, "Every shekel (president) Mahmud Abbas will pay for terrorists and
assassins will be automatically withdrawn from the Palestinian Authority's
effective war on terrorism also passes through the pocket -- of the terrorists,
of their families and of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas," he added.
Aviv regime planning 1,000 new settlements
Palestinian media reports that Israel’s Planning and Building Committee has put
forward plans for six new settlements.
plans include the construction of 1,000 housing units which will be added to
Pisgat Zeev settlement located to the east of Jerusalem al-Quds.
occupied the West Bank and East al-Quds during the Six Day War in 1967. It
later annexed East al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international
about 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built illegally since the
presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian
lands have created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the
Palestinian Authority wants the West Bank as part of a future independent
Palestinians state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital
plan to end Iranian oil exports 'a fantasy': Hassan Rouhani
A plan by the United States to cut Iran's oil production to zero is a
"fantasy," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tueday during his
European tour to rally support for the 2015 nuclear deal.
has said it wants to pressure Iran to change its behaviour by taking away all
revenue Tehran generates from crude sales, part of the confrontational approach
adopted by President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the historic nuclear pact
in May. "These are exaggerated statements that can never be implemented,"
Rouhani told reporters in Bern, after holding talks with Swiss authorities on a
range of issues, including the nuclear deal.
a scenario would mean the US was imposing its imperialist policy in flagrant
violation of international law," he said.
is really a baseless fantasy," he added, condemning an "unjust"
scenario where all oil producers are allowed to export crude except Iran.
has said it is confident the world has enough spare oil capacity to replace
Iranian crude, and Trump has said that he has persuaded Saudi Arabia to balance
the market by boosting its own production.
international community still overwhelmingly backs the nuclear deal which
opened new opportunities to deepen economic relations with Iran.
many believe nations will have to sever ties once Washington reimposes
sanctions, to avoid losing access to US markets and financing.
and Swiss President Alain Berset both underscored the importance of the nuclear
deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, substantial parts of
which were negotiated in Switzerland.
urges international community to hold Israel responsible for killings in Gaza
Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the international community to hold
accountable the Israeli regime for the cold-blooded killing of unarmed
Palestinian demonstrators in the besieged Gaza Strip, as more than 130
inhabitants of the impoverished sliver have been killed recently by the live
fire of Israeli soldiers.
New York-based rights organization said in a report on Tuesday that as many as
124 Palestinians had lost their lives in a series of peaceful demonstrations in
the vicinity of the border separating the blockaded Gaza Strip and the
Palestinian territories occupied by the Israeli entity since late March.
report added that more than 4,000 others had also been wounded by live
Palestinian medical sources, however, say that at least 135 Gazans have so far
been killed by the Israeli live fire, including 14 children, either at the
protesting scenes or later in hospital due to injuries. They also raise the
number of the wounded to over 15,000 Palestinians, who either sustained
injuries due to live fire or inhalation of tear gas, of them 300 are currently
in a critical condition.
to the HRW report, senior Israeli officials approved orders to shoot at
protesters who posed no imminent threat to life, acts that might amount to war
added that the Commission of Inquiry, established by the rights group, should
identify those officials who sanctioned open fire regulations that violate
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of
the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when the Israeli regime forcibly drove
more than 760,000 Palestinians, now estimated to number nearly five million
with their descendants, out of their homes.
a single day, more than 60 Palestinians were shot dead and over 2,700 wounded
by Israeli snipers who had been positioned along the fence separating the
occupied territories from Gaza. Protesters had gathered near the fence in
protest against the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds.
death toll has drawn international criticism, but the US, which has angered
Muslims with its embassy move, has supported Israel.
has been under the Israeli siege since June 2007, which has caused a decline in
living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.
has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which
began in early July 2014 and ended in late August the same year. The Israeli
military aggression killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100
builds new settlements
in the report, HRW said that Israeli authorities had approved the building of
1,000 new housing units in six new settlements in the occupied West Bank. The
project is reportedly the largest settlement construction in occupied Jerusalem
al-Quds in recent years.
added that back in May, the Israeli Supreme Court approved the cabinet’s plan
to completely demolish Khan al-Ahmar Ab al-Hilu, a Palestinian village of 180
inhabitants east of Jerusalem al-Quds. The village also included a school,
which educates 160 children from five surrounding villages.
said the transfer of civilians into occupied territory and forcible transfer of
people in the occupied territory “are war crimes.”
a dozen people have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when
Saudi fighter jets carried out airstrikes against a wedding convoy in Yemen’s
northwestern mountainous province of Sa’ada as the Riyadh regime presses ahead
with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its crisis-stricken southern
sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s Arabic-language
al-Masirah television network that the vehicles were traveling along a road in
the Ghaferah area of al-Dhaher district when they were attacked.
sources added that 11 people were killed and as many others, mostly women and
children, injured. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured
are said to be in critical condition.
a woman was killed when Saudi military aircraft struck a residential building
in the Haydan district of the same Yemeni province. The aerial raids reportedly
caused extensive damage at the area.
in the Hayran district of the northern Yemen’s province of Hajjah, three
farmhands lost their lives and two others were injured when an unmanned aerial
vehicle struck a farm.
Yemeni army troopers, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, fired
a domestically-designed and -manufactured short-range ballistic missile at a
position of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah, killing and
injuring scores of the Saudi mercenaries.
other people were also killed in a Saudi airstrike against the western port
city of Hudaydah, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana'a.
Yemeni forces have fired a short-range domestically-manufactured Badr-1
ballistic missile at King Faisal military base in Khamis Mushait city of Saudi
Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan. There were no immediate reports about
possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the
Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.
United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living
conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and
Egyptian army said Tuesday its forces killed three militants in Sinai and
destroyed tunnels at Rafah on the Gaza border as part of a vast campaign
against terrorists in the area.
than 200 suspected terrorists and at least 35 soldiers have been killed since
Egypt launched operation “Sinai 2018” to rid the peninsula of extremist
militants in February, according to the military.
carried out in recent days resulted in “the elimination of three takfiris”, the
army said, referring to Sunni Muslim extremists.
also led to the “destruction of a number of tunnels in the city of Rafah in northern
Sinai”, it said in a statement.
conscript was wounded in clashes with terrorists” and “two civilians died as a
result an explosion from a device targeting forces conducting raids”, it added.
Rafah border crossing is the only entrance to the Gaza Strip not controlled by
Israel, and Egypt’s sole frontier with the Palestinian enclave has remained
largely closed since 2013.
authorities believe these tunnels are used by terrorists to enter North Sinai.
launched an insurgency in Sinai after the military overthrew Egypt’s elected
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 amid mass protests against his rule.
Rights Watch says Egypt has stepped up its demolitions of homes, businesses and
farms in the Sinai since launching the campaign against Islamists on February
Dhabi’s Securities and Commodities Authority issued a statement calling on all
companies to look for and freeze any bank accounts, assets, securities and
stocks related to nine Iranians who are accused of being involved in terrorist
statement also said that funds of persons associated with these nine
individuals should also be frozen.
Securities and Commodities Authority underlined the need for financial
companies to only implement the freeze on persons who meet the mentioned criteria,
otherwise, the statement advised those related companies to refer back to them
on a case-by-case basis.
of Hodeidah called on UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, who is
currently visiting Sanaa, to visit Hodeidah and see first-hand the violations
committed by the Houthi militia in the strategic port city.
also called on the UN and Griffiths to intervene to end their suffering and
accused the UN of ignoring what people in Hodeidah are going through as they’re
being killed, detained and forcibly disappeared at the hands of the Houthis.
the International Committee of the Red Cross said it resumed its work in Yemen
and resumed providing humanitarian aid in the fields of healthcare and surgery,
adding that its teams provided relief and shelter to more than 7,000 people who
fled Hodeidah and Al-Houk and Al Marawi'ah districts in the past two weeks.
ICRC said in the beginning of June that it pulled 71 of its staff from Yemen
amid rising security threats.
for developments on the ground, the legitimate forces resumed on Monday their
operations on the west coast fronts against the Houthis.
York judge voids conviction of Pakistani man for aiding al-Qaeda
Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday voided the November 2005 conviction of a
Pakistani man for conspiring to help an al-Qaeda operative enter the United
States, saying new evidence cast doubt on the defendant’s guilt.
Paracha, 38, has been serving a 30-year prison term for allegedly helping Majid
Khan obtain travel documents, after Khan plotted with al-Qaeda leaders to bomb
underground storage tanks at Maryland gas stations.
US District Judge Sidney Stein said newly discovered statements made by Khan,
al-Qaeda operative Ammar al-Baluchi and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused
mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, called into question whether Paracha
knew he was helping al Qaeda.
who oversaw Paracha’s trial and imposed his sentence, called it a “manifest
injustice” to let the conviction stand and granted Paracha’s request, made in
November 2008, for a new trial.
new evidence “would yield a fundamentally different trial and likely create a
reasonable doubt favoring Paracha’s theory of the case over the government’s,”
Stein wrote. Paracha had said he knew Khan but was ignorant of his al Qaeda
ties, and that he made incriminating statements before trial out of fear and a
misguided hope that cooperating would help.
Margolin, a spokesman for US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, declined to discuss the
decision or a possible retrial. Paracha is housed at the federal prison in
Terre Haute, Indiana.
gratified by the decision,” his lawyer Joshua Dratel said in an interview. “It
shows that having access to witnesses can make all the difference at trial.”
said Paracha had impersonated Khan in phone calls with US immigration
authorities and by using his credit card, to make it appear that Khan was in
the United States.
also said Paracha and his father discussed with Khan and al-Baluchi receiving
$200,000 in al Qaeda funds to support their businesses in exchange for aiding
Khan’s reentry efforts.
Tuesday’s decision, Stein pointed to statements made by Khan, al-Baluchi and
Mohammed to government agents at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they were
included Khan’s “new, repeated, and unambiguous assertions of defendant’s
innocence,” and Mohammed’s failure to mention Paracha or his father even as he
“freely” implicated other al Qaeda members in dozens of crimes and plots.
ruled after Paracha, in a handwritten letter dated Feb. 7, called his then
110-month wait for a ruling a “clear abuse” of the “orderly, efficient
administration of justice.”
Relief and other Islamist groups to receive $23M
the afternoon of June 27 while most of Canada was at work or watching the World
Cup matches, a major funding announcement was made with little fanfare and in
front of no more than a couple of dozen, mostly Muslim audience of Pakistani Canadians.
MP Iqra Khalid who has been the mouthpiece of the divisive Motion M103 on
‘Islamophobia’ stood in her constituency office to announce that the Trudeau
government was investing an additional $23 Million into its multiculturalism
no mainstream media in attendance to ask any questions, Khalid boasted that her
“hard work has resulted into tangible action.” She listed the following two
groups as being among the recipients of the new funding:
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a former branch of the U.S. based
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that was named in 2008 as an
unindicted co-conspirator connected to the “largest terror-funding trial in
U.S. history. NCCM has denied links to CAIR.
Relief, a worldwide charity accused of links to Islamist extremism by Middle
East Forum, Israel and the United Arab Emirates among others.
is no solid record that the Canadian arms of these two organizations have
contributed to current problematic behaviour.
Nonetheless, for over a year many Muslim Canadians, including yours
truly, my Sun colleague Farzana Hassan as well as other Muslim critics of
Islamism had warned that the M103 initiative was much more than the victimhood
culture of guilt being forced onto ordinary Canadians.
Wednesday, we saw our fears come true. While Islamists will receive millions to
conduct their Sharia agenda in Canada, Muslim critics of jihad, polygamy, FGM
and Sharia have been left on their own to fight global Islamofascism.
a message to MP Khalid, I asked her to clarify if any part of the $23M will be
used to counter the daily denigration of Christians and Jews that takes place
in mosques across Canada, from dawn to dusk.
reminded her that “most Friday sermons at mosque congregations end with a call
to Allah to grant Muslims victory over non-Muslims, referred to as ‘Qawm al
the $23M be used to de-radicalize mosque clerics and educate them to end
hateful sermons from the pulpits,” I asked.
reaching out to her office twice, I did not get a response, nor any press
release or statement issued by any ministry of the Trudeau cabinet.
making the announcement, the Pakistan-born Liberal MP told her scant audience,
her M103 initiative was about “systemic racism and religious discrimination”
and that “my goal was to study it and understand why does it happen and to find
Canadians would have told her, ‘physician, heal thyself,’ but of course,
ordinary Canadians are too scared to be labelled as ‘racist’ by privileged
Islamists riding the waves of victimhood.
recommending Islamic Relief as one of the recipients of the $23 million fund,
Khalid covered up the fact that even Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority country has
banned Islamic Relief from providing either relief or aid to some 500,000
Rohingya refugees who have taken refuge in the country.
also shrugged off allegations that Islamic Relief has long been accused of
funding terror. The United Arab Emirates has designated Islamic Relief as a
terror-financing organization while in Russian authorities have accused Islamic
Relief of supporting terrorism in Chechnya.
Immigration Policies Lead To Decline In Visas To Muslim, African Countries,
Rise For Europeans
State Department data shows the number of legal immigration visas continues to
drop under President Donald Trump.
halfway through Trump's first term, the United States is likely to see a 12
percent decrease in the amount of immigrants getting permanent visas, according
to a Washington Post analysis.
the data also shows that not all countries are treated the same, as visas are
being granted to European countries at a higher rate than non-European nations.
The most affected areas include the Muslim-majority countries that Trump has
listed on his travel ban, which was just recently upheld by the Supreme Court in
a 5-4 ruling.
number of visas granted to immigrants from Yemen, Syria, Iran, Libya and
Somalia—all countries listed in Trump's travel ban—is expected to drop by 81
percent by the end of the president's second fiscal year this October. Legal
immigration from all Muslim-majority countries is expected to drop by about 30
percent from 2016 to 2018, according to State Department data.
American and African countries are facing a similar decrease in granted visas,
even as El Salvador sees more.
the other hand, the amount of legal immigrants coming to the U.S. from European
countries has grown slightly under President Trump, though the number of
Europeans receiving visas is still far less than that from Latin America, Asia
not clear what is behind the drop in immigrant visas and if the data reflects
an overall declining interest in being a part of the United States. The State
Department does not release or publish any information regarding the
applications themselves. Despite these
decreases, Trump will still be providing more immigrant visas than President
Barack Obama did during the early years of his presidency
has long pressed Congress to pass immigration legislation that puts national
security and American workers first. Earlier this year he also called on
lawmakers to disband the country's diversity lottery program, which makes
50,000 visas available each year for individuals from countries with low rates
of immigration to the U.S.
MOHAMED S. KAMEL
the immediate aftermath of the military coup of July 3, 2013, the Egyptian
regime and its allies expended a significant amount of time and money in trying
to convince the world that the Earth is flat: That the military-led overthrow
of President Mohamed Morsi and his democratically elected government was not a
coup, but a popular uprising.
regime and its allies also tried to market the idea that one can actually
restore democracy by snuffing it out. Then-American Secretary of State John
Kerry tried to make that exact argument: “The [Egyptian] Army was restoring
democracy.” Now, five years later, the absurdity of that argument is especially
diplomatic cover that various governments gave the Egyptian military has
allowed it to consolidate its hold on power and methodically but quickly
eliminate any meaningful opposition. The repression began with the arrests of
President Morsi and his team, followed by the senior leadership of the Muslim
came the mass murders: 50 people brutally killed in front of the Republican
Guard headquarters and then the single worst mass murder in modern history – a
thousand Egyptians killed by the military at Rab’a Square. We now know that
those murders were not only illegal but also painstakingly planned,
years later, neither the killing nor the repression have abated. The regime has
routinized the use of murder and torture to ensure compliance. Political
opponents from across the political spectrum, including other military leaders,
are imprisoned indefinitely, often in solitary confinement and without trial.
Activists are “disappeared”: kidnapped from their homes or the street by
security forces without charge, so much so that there is now an app to report
you’re being disappeared. Torture in prisons is rampant, and extra-judicial
killings by security forces are frequent.
Rights Watch and Amnesty International have documented the escalation of the
most severe human rights crackdown in Egypt’s modern history and the Egyptian
Canadian Coalition of Democracy has relentlessly advocated and campaigned in
Ottawa for support of democracy in Egypt.
the face of this unprecedented assault on democracy and human rights, one would
hope that the nations that view themselves as defenders of human rights and
democracy would voice their opposition to the Egyptian regime’s actions.
has not been the case. Although there were half-hearted attempts by some
countries like the United States, Germany and the European parliament, the
approach by many Western governments was simply to normalize relations with the
Egyptian regime and move on. President Barack Obama withheld military
assistance from the Egyptian regime in 2013 and reviewed the way Egypt buys its
weapons, the so-called cash flow financing. The U.S. Congress has held numerous
hearings on the human rights situation in Egypt and most recently a Senate
resolution was severely critical of the state of Egypt’s human rights and
democratization, leading to US$300 million in aid being withheld.
Canada’s position has been shameful. While the Harper government was openly
supportive of the brutal repression, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have been
silent. If the 1990s was an era of democratization, our current decade is one
of widespread assault on that democracy. Hope has receded in the countries of
the Arab Spring, and a return to authoritarianism is becoming possible in
several Eastern European countries.
ominously, right-wing populism is gaining ground in places like the United
States, the United Kingdom and, indeed, here at home. For this very reason, it
is tempting to convince ourselves that we ought to focus on ensuring that
liberal democracy thrives at home, and not become distracted with what happens
in faraway lands. However, democracy cannot and will not survive on islands.
Martin Luther King once noted that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice
everywhere, and similarly, threats to democracy anywhere threaten democracy
than enabling this Egyptian regime through silence, Canada should be urging
Egypt to release the thousands of arbitrarily detained political prisoners and
stop its crackdown on civil society. Just last week the NDP foreign affairs
critic, Hélène Laverdière, sent a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia
Freeland, calling on the Canadian government break its deafening silence on the
situation in Egypt.
Refugee Camp, Bangladesh. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on
Monday (02/07) called for more international pressure on Myanmar to create
conditions safe for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who
have fled the country since a military crackdown last August.
United Nations and Myanmar struck an agreement in May that the UN hopes will
eventually allow thousands of Rohingya to return safely and by choice.
memorandum of understanding is the first step on the way of progressive
recognition of the rights of the people," Guterres said, speaking inside a
bamboo shelter at a refugee camp on Bangladesh's southeastern coast.
is the kind of concession that was possible to obtain at the present moment
from Myanmar ... Let's test the sincerity of this concession and then let's
move on in relation to the full rights of the people."
one was available from the Myanmar government to comment on Guterres's
statement on Monday.
visit by Guterres came 10 months after attacks by Muslim militants in Myanmar
triggered a military offensive that has forced more than 700,000 Rohingya – a
mostly Muslim ethnic minority – to escape to neighboring Bangladesh. The United
Nations has described the crackdown as ethnic cleansing, an allegation Myanmar
MOU, details of which were reported by Reuters last week, does not offer
explicit guarantees of citizenship or freedom of movement, which have been
among the key demands of many Rohingya, a long-persecuted group that Myanmar
does not consider citizens.
a rain-soaked, muddy road outside the shelter where Guterres spoke to the press
along with World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, a group of refugees stood holding
cloth banners listing their demands: "Include Rohingya in agreements about
Rohingya" and "Dignified repatriation must include full citizenship
right as Rohingya ethnic group."
Rohingya leaders have said they wouldn't accept the deal in its current form.
said the agreement was part of UN efforts to try to force the Myanmar
government "to pave the way for potential future returns."
it is like that it must be considered. Not as a final agreement on
returns," he said. "We know that Myanmar will probably not accept
everything at the same time."
Kim also stressed that while safe and voluntary returns of the Rohingya to
Myanmar was the first priority, the immediate need was to support Bangladesh in
dealing with the humanitarian disaster.
visit follows the World Bank's announcement last week that it would provide
$480 million to Bangladesh to help support the refugees, living in congested
bamboo-and-plastic shelters built on sandy hills and at risk of deadly monsoon
floods and landslides this month.
said on Monday the World Bank would look for ways to bring more development
resources to Bangladesh – among the world’s poorest nations – "because of
the contribution they've made to the world in hosting the Rohingya."
who have arrived in Bangladesh in recent months have reported mass killings,
arson and rapes by Myanmar security forces. Guterres and Kim met some of those
victims at the camps, whose conditions they said were some of the worst they
had ever seen.
is probably one of the most tragic stories in relation to the systematic
violation of human rights," Guterres said. "We need to push and will
be pushing in the right direction."
of French anti-Muslim group suspected of plots released
The suspected head of a radical far right group feared to have been planning
attacks against Muslims has been released on bail, French judicial sources said
retired police officer, named as Guy S., had been arrested along with nine
other people by anti-terror police in June in an operation that spanned France,
including the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
was released on Friday along with another member, bringing the total on bail to
six, a judicial source told AFP. Four remain in custody while the case
gang, suspected of belonging to the Action des Forces Operationnelles
(Operational Forces Action), have been accused of criminal conspiracy.
suspects had an “ill-defined plan to commit a violent act targeting people of
the Muslim faith,” one source close to the probe said.
to preliminary investigations, they were allegedly planing an attack on Muslims
leaving prison or ‘radical’ mosques.
suspects were being monitored by France’s DGSI intelligence agency, which
intercepted messages showing they were seeking to buy arms, and searches turned
up some weapons, the sources said.
has been hit by a string of militant attacks since early 2015, often by people
who have become radicalised or claim to have acted in the name of the Islamic
than 240 people have been killed in the attacks, including 130 who lost their
lives in a wave of bombings and shootings mainly in Paris nightspots in
The United Nations human rights office and refugee agency UNHCR urged Jordan on
Tuesday to open its border to Syrians trying to escape an escalating conflict
in the southwest region of Deraa.
estimated 270,000 people have fled air and ground attacks over the past two
weeks, the United Nations said on Monday
spokesman Andre Mahecic said an estimated 40,000 Syrians were massed near the
border with Jordan, which already hosts 650,000 registered Syrian refugees.
terrorist couple who were behind the foiled terrorist attack targeting the
Grand Gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris on June 30 were arrested in
Belgium, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, citing a joint
statement by the Belgian federal prosecutor and the federal intelligence and
NCRI added that the couple were affiliated with the Iranian regime. They said
that according to Belgian security and federal intelligence, the couple, Amir
Sadouni (38) and Nasim Nomeni (34), were arrested in a Mercedes-Benz in the
Belgian city of Antwerp.
the joint Belgian statement, the council said that the couple, who pretended to
be supporters of the People’s Mujahedin organization of Iran, were found
carrying 500 grams of materials used to make high explosive triacetone
triperoxide (TATP), and a detonator mechanism in a woman’s makeup bag.
added that another individual involved in the crime was simultaneously arrested
Iranian diplomat from the Iranian regime's embassy in Vienna, who was the
liaison with the arrested terrorists, was also arrested in Germany,” the
council’s statement said.
diplomat arrested in Germany was identified by authorities as Assadollah
Assadi, 47, who has been the head of the Iranian regime’s intelligence station
at the regime's embassy in Vienna since 2014.
to the statement, Assadi “had given the final order to the terrorists to attack
the June 30th gathering.”
response to the attack, the council called on European countries to close down
“embassies and agencies of the Mullahs regime, the centers of terrorism and
espionage, and the expulsion of diplomats.”
rights groups have blasted France for what they call playing a part in Egypt’s
“bloody repression” of dissidents by providing the government of President
Abdel Fatah el-Sisi with state-of-the-art weapons and surveillance systems.
report compiled by four Egyptian and French rights groups and released Monday
revealed that Paris’ sales of military equipment to Cairo had jumped from 39.6
million to 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) between 2010 and 2016.
has been using French military and surveillance equipment to stifle all
critical voices against the Sisi government, said the groups, including the
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the French-based International
Federation for Human Rights, the Human Rights League and Armaments Observatory.
supplying Egyptian security services and law enforcement agencies with powerful
digital tools, they have helped establish an Orwellian surveillance and control
architecture that is being used to eradicate all forms of dissent and citizen
action,” the groups said.
study also said at least eight French firms have “profited from this
repression” that has been underway since 2013, when Sisi, the army chief back
then, led a military coup to overthrow Egypt’s first democratically-elected
president, Mohamed Morsi.
organizations seek from French companies and authorities an immediate end to
these deadly exports,” which take place despite an EU declaration in 2013 that
member states had frozen export licenses to Egypt for equipment that could
contribute to the crackdown on opposition in the North African state.
rights institutions also called for a French parliamentary probe into such
military sales amid criticism of what activists describe as a lack of
transparency on how Paris monitors the use of exported military equipment.
toppling Morsi, Sisi became Egypt’s president in 2014 and won a new term in
this year’s election, which was marred by a widespread opposition boycott and a
campaign of arrests and threats against Sisi’s rival candidates and other
opposition figures. His administration has fiercely cracked down on opposition
and supporters of Morsi’s banned Muslim Brotherhood movement in a campaign that
has led to over 1,400 deaths and 22,000 arrests, according to rights groups.
is one of France’s top weapons customers. Cairo has signed deals worth roughly
$10 billion in military equipment and weapons with Paris since 2014.
armed forces are equipped with an array of French military hardware, including
Mirage and Alphajet fighter planes, Gazelle helicopters, Mistral warships,
armored vehicles, missiles and surveillance technologies.
rights groups have slammed Paris’ arms sales to Egypt as a sign of political
support for a repressive administration. They say France under President
Emmanuel Macron has been turning a blind eye to increasing violations of
freedoms by Sisi’s government.
was pressed in October 2017 to raise human rights concerns, including reports
of political repression in Egypt, during a meeting with Sisi in Paris.
of Sisi’s trip to France, Human Rights Watch had urged the Paris government in
a report to ensure that human rights are central to its relations with Cairo,
emphasizing, “Continuing to support Egypt’s repressive government would betray
the country’s brave activists, who face grave risks trying to make their
Italy is supplying Libya with 12 naval boats, as migrant deaths at sea mount in
the waters near the North African nation.
Premier Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday the vessels include 10 patrol boats, aimed
at “strengthening the patrol activity of the Libyan coastguard.”
Italians will also help train the Libyan coastguard.
several smuggler boats filled with migrants have capsized shortly after setting
out from Libyan shores, where human traffickers are based. While some migrants
were rescued by the Libyan coast guard, hundreds of others, including children,
were missing at sea and feared dead.
aid groups that operate rescue vessels off Libya say the Libyan coastguard is
ill-equipped to save lives.
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