Shariah lawyer Musa Awang said state Islamic laws
allow for Muslim child marriages to be carried out if the Shariah courts
consent to it. — Reuters
Lawyer: Consent Needed For Rapists to Marry Victims, Child Marriages
Dargah Head Sacked, Declared Non-Muslim
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LUMPUR, April 6 — Marriages of rape victims to their rapists and child
marriages that are approved by Shariah courts should be by consent and never by
compulsion, Shariah lawyer Musa Awang has said.
the president of Shariah Lawyers Association of Malaysia (PGSM), said the
Islamic family laws used in all state enactments in Malaysia fixes the minimum
marriage age for men and women at 18 and 16 respectively.
he said state Islamic laws allow for Muslim child marriages to be carried out
if the Shariah courts consent to it.
marriage of children below the age that has been set is very much discouraged.
that marriage can be carried out with the permission of Shariah courts for
Muslims. Certainly the court will also ask whether the woman agrees or not to
marry the future husband (that is also the rapist),” he told Malay Mail Online
marriage of underage children seldom happens, there have also been situations
where the courts are forced to give permission for marriage to avoid immoral
acts such as Zina (illicit sex) or Khilwat (close proximity) that are offences
under the Shariah Criminal Offences Act,” he said.
that marriage is dealt with by certain quarters by mutual consent, not by
compulsion,” he added.
also explained Islam’s perspective on child marriages, noting that the religion
does not fix a minimum marriage age for Muslims but allows them to marry once
they hit puberty and display physical signs of such maturity.
also places emphasis instead on the maturity of Muslims who have stepped into
adulthood to determine if they are qualified to marry, with differing maturity
levels due to factors such as environment factors and education opportunities
also a reason why Islam does not fix a minimum marriage age, he said.
a child’s Wali or guardian would act as the “safeguard” in instances of
underage marriage of those who have yet to hit puberty, and the marriage can
only take place if the consent of the father as the guardian is first obtained.
is the safeguard outlined by Islamic religious scholars regardless of whether
the woman is a rape victim or not.
the guardian feels that an even bigger problem will be caused by marrying his
child to the rapist, then the guardian has the right not to do so,” he said.
lays no obstacles to a rapist marrying the rape victim as long as both the
guardian and victim consents and if all the conditions under Islamic law for
marriage are fulfilled, he said.
listed the checklist for a Muslim male spouse as including a man who is
marrying of his own willingness and who does not have four validly married
wives, besides knowing the actual guardian for the marriage ceremony and
knowing that the woman to be wed is eligible to be the wife. He should also not
be in the state of ihram or special state of purity before going for Muslim
pilgrimage or have any family ties with the potential wife.
for the checklist for a Muslim female spouse, she has to among other things not
have any family ties or be related to the potential husband, and not be a
hermaphrodite and not be in the state of purity before Muslim pilgrimages of
haj or umrah, not be in the mourning period as a widow and not be someone
the guardian and the woman agrees to marry with a man, that means she has
agreed to accept the man as her husband, even though the man may be the man who
have raped her. The willingness to accept the man shows that Islam places
importance on humans forgiving one another although that person had committed a
big wrong,” he explained.
rapist a personal choice
for the issue of marrying the rapist, Musa said this would ultimately be up to
the rape victim.
is no compulsion or order in Islam to marry with the rapist. Likewise there is
also no obstacle or obstruction in Islam for her to marry with the rapist.
Marriage is on the basis of choice, suka sama suka, aimed at finding
happiness,” he said.
stressed that it is not the duty of the government or anyone to decide whether
one should marry another individual or to force a rape victim to marry the
rapist, saying: “Don’t abuse process or abuse the law”.
asked if a rapist would be allowed to have sexual intercourse with the rape
victim that has been married, Musa noted that a legally married couple would
have sexual obligations towards each other which he stressed should not be a
responsibility shouldered by compulsion.
why it goes back to the woman’s consent whether to marry the rapist or not,” he
dargah head sacked, declared non-Muslim
Delhi: The Ajmer dargah’s (shrine) spiritual head, who had earlier supported a
ban on sale and consumption of beef and other bovine products, was on Wednesday
“sacked” by his brother and declared a “non-Muslim.”
Allauddin Alimi, brother of Syed Zainul Abedin, claimed that he took the
extreme step with the support of the family. He has appointed himself the new
‘deewan’ or spiritual chief of the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti mausoleum in Ajmer.
claim, however, has not been recognised by the dargah committee.
post of ‘deewan’ is hereditary and belongs to heirs of the 12th-13th century
Sufi priest Syed Moinuddin Chishti. ‘Deewan’ has no control over the management
of the shrine but gets a monthly remuneration from the management committee.
am the new deewan. I have the support of the entire Chishti clan. Abedin is an
apostate because he had spoken in violation of the Islamic law. Whatever he
said is blasphemous. I am not interested in salary. Abedin can have the money.
But I wont allow him to enter the shrine again,” Alimi told media on Wednesday.
Monday, welcoming the Gujarat government’s move to enact a law with the
provision of life sentence for those found guilty of cow slaughter, Abedin had
said that the Modi government should declare cow as the national animal if the
government wants to protect it.
is the symbol of religious belief. The government should declare cow as the
national animal. Not only the government, but it is also the duty of every
follower of the religion to protect them,” he said.
urged the government to impose a ban on the slaughter of all bovine animals in
a bid to promote communal harmony in the country.
government should widely impose ban on slaughtering of all bovine animals and
sale of beef, which is one of the prominent reasons for communal hatred.
Muslims should become an example by taking resolution to not consume beef in
the interest of communal harmony in the country,” he had said.
also said that saying ‘triple talaq’ at one time for seeking divorce is not as
had made these statements during the 805th annual function at the shrine, which
was attended by religious heads of various shrines from different parts of the
Terrorists Aware of Chemical Attack on Idli
media activist in tweeter and Facebook released the image of one of the
messages of Faras Karam, a journalist of Orient network affiliated to the
terrorist groups, about a chemical raid on Khan Sheikhoun several hours before
Karam wrote in his message, published at 3:06 on Monday morning hours before
the chemical attack that "a media campaign will kick off tomorrow to cover
chlorine gas airstrike on civilians in Hama countryside".
activists are now asking how Faras could find out about the attack and its type
several hours before the incident, questioning how he also could specifically
determine the chemical element to be used in the attack (chlorine gas).
Tuesday, media and news sources affiliated to opposition released news about
chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, accusing Syrian government of carrying out
the attack via its Sukhoi 22 fighter jets that left tens of people dead or
a senior Syrian military source underlined that the Al-Nusra Front (also known
as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) is the only side in
Syria which has access to chemical weapons, raising speculations about certain
western spy agencies' role in chemical attack against Idlib.
Syrian army has not used any chemical gases against the citizens in Idlib and
it is not logical for the army to kill the residents of a city that it is
trying to set free," the military source told the Arabic website of
Sputnik news agency on Wednesday.
underlined that the Syrian army has had no chemical weapons since 2012 when the
terrorist groups stole and transferred its chemical weapons to their caches.
that al-Nusra Front is the only side which possesses chemical weapons,
including toxic gases, the source raised the possibility that certain western
spy agencies have also played a role in the chemical attack which killed dozens
of people in Idlib province.
General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces categorically denied
allegations and claims circulated by media outlets about the use of chemical
substances in the town of Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside.
armed terrorist groups used to accuse the Syrian Arab Army of using toxic gases
against them or against civilians at anytime they fail to implement the targets
of their sponsors and operators or when they are unable to achieve any
advantages on the ground in an desperate attempt to justify their failure and
to maintain the support of their masters,” the Army’s general command said in a
categorically denied any use of chemical or poisonous materials in the town of
Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside, affirming that it didn’t and will never
use those materials in any place or time, nor in the future.
army’s general command held the terrorist groups and those behind them
responsible for the use of chemical and toxic substances and the disregard for
the lives of innocent citizens to achieve their goals.
a Syrian member of parliament, Sharif Shahada, said on Tuesday he believed a
chemical arms depot set up and held by the militants in the area might have
exploded in the incident, adding that the Syrian government was not in possession
of such weapons.
also accused Turkey of having supplied militants in Syria with chemical arms.
the Russian military said in a statement that Moscow did not conduct any
airstrikes in Idlib province.
United States and its allies have in the past accused the Syrian military of
conducting chemical attacks, while Damascus turned its entire chemical arsenal
over to international monitors under a deal negotiated by Russia and the United
States back in 2013.
militants have repeatedly used chemical weapons against Syrian troops and
civilians, but the attacks have often been ignored by Western governments.
forces had also found Saudi and Turkish chemicals in Aleppo that were used by
Takfiri terrorist groups to make chemical weapons. Damascus forces also
discovered several chemical-weapons workshops in the war-torn country in the
Defense Ministry also found poisonous chlorine and white phosphorus in nine
samples from Southwestern Aleppo in November 2016.
Defense Ministry’s Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the UN-backed Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was reluctant to join forces
with Russia or send experts to Aleppo, adding that "which does not stop
some OPCW members from apportioning blame from afar and ignoring the evidence
that chemical weapons are being used against civilians."
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in the same month that the Organization for
the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons refuses to send its experts to Aleppo to
check substances used by militants in attacks and the move was “seemingly done
under pressure from our Western colleagues”.
specialists found that militants in Eastern Aleppo used ammunition with
poisonous substances, with the ammo targeting Western Aleppo. The collected
samples leave no doubt that it’s a toxic agent,” he added.
December 2016, Syrian authorities had provided the Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with evidence of mustard gas use by
militants in Aleppo province.
has been hit with rounds of Western sanctions for years on accusations that its
government exercised violence against its own people. The European Union has
extended until June 2017 curbs on Syria linked to investment, oil production
said that Ankara intends to rebrand the ISIL and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah
al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists groups.
added that Turkey has vowed to give Turkish nationality and pay $400 monthly
salaries to all fresh members of the new terrorist groups.
sources reported in late March that ISIL members joined the Turkey-backed
militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation.
news website released images of ISIL Emir Mostafa Abi, nom de guerre Abu
Ayesheh, along with two of his comrades in Homs province, and reported that he
was a member of al-Mo'tasem Bellah group.
to Hawar news, the other two ISIL militants seen in the image were now members
of Jeish al-Izzah terrorist group.
the news website released an image of militants in ISIL uniforms standing among
the Euphrates Shield Operation forces.
news had reported in March that the Turkish Army troops forced Arab citizens in
Northern Syria to join the Ankara-backed militants of the Euphrates Shield
Operation, killing those who did not obey.
added that the Turkish army killed four civilians in the villages of Kari Sabi
town in Northern Syria after they refused to join the Euphrates Shield
new went on to say that the Turkish soldiers further left the body of the
killed Syrian civilians at the border region between Rojava and Bakour in
news website added that the Turkish army intended to send the four killed
civilians via border to Rojava but it faced tough opposition by the
belittle Islam, warns Hadi on shariah bill
LUMPUR: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang defended Islamic laws as meant to
“educate” and not to punish criminals, as he presented his motion to table his
private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act
in the Dewan Rakyat today.
remind the non-Muslims. Do not belittle Islam which is the religion of the
federation,” the Marang MP said as he hit out at critics of the bill.
questioned claims that the bill would affect non-Muslims’ freedom to practise
their faiths, saying there had not been a single case of non-Muslims being
tried under state shariah enactments.
said the opposition by non-Muslim and some Muslim MPs to the bill showed they
were not ready for mature politics.
(non-Muslims) have no right to reject this amendment. They do not at all
sacrifice their personal rights or the rights of the non-Muslims,” said Hadi.
bill, which was moved to the top of the Dewan Rakyat’s order paper, seeks to
increase punishments for shariah offenders, from the current three years’ jail
to 30 years, from the maximum RM5,000 fine to RM100,000 and from six strokes of
the cane to 100 lashes.
bill has been opposed by both opposition as well as BN component parties. The
bill, which aims to give wider powers to shariah judges, is seen as opening the
path for hudud laws, or Islamic capital punishments for serious crimes, in
Hadi denied suggestions that the bill was a “back door” to implement hudud,
saying crimes such as murder and robbery still came under federal jurisdiction.
the proposal for heavier penalties, Hadi said they were not geared towards
punishing the offenders.
under Islam is different from the civil laws,” he said, before explaining how a
convict is punished without causing injuries.
may be 100, but it’s different from caning under civil laws.
is to educate, not to inflict pain,” added Hadi.
said Muslims were bound by the Quran to treat even their enemies justly.
even with the enemies of Islam we are commanded to be just, what more with
non-Muslim citizens who we consider our brothers?”
explanation today comes a week after a meeting of top Barisan Nasional leaders
chaired by Prime Minister Najib Razak decided to call off plans to take over
the shariah bill.
universities primed to supply manpower for world’s booming halal market
are expected to make up more than a quarter of the world’s population by 2030.
As their numbers grow, so will the global demand for Islamic products and
Muslim consumer market is huge and relatively under-served in the conventional
marketplace, but world economies are fast joining the rush for a slice of the
pie in this lucrative multitrillion-dollar industry. Quartz reports the global
Islamic market in 2013 was already worth a staggering US$3.6 trillion; come
2020, that figure is expected to balloon to over US$5 trillion.
the young and uninitiated, this inevitably means one thing: opportunities
abound as the need for more trained experts in anything Islam-approved or
“halal” will experience stark growth in the coming years.
country is more ready than Malaysia to supply the manpower for this through its
is an Arabic word that means “permissible” – a halal product or service is thus
one that is done in line with Islamic law.
decades, Malaysia has been a pioneer in this line of business, building a halal
component for each level of the supply chain and coming up with
Syariah-compliant products for almost everything, from food items to even
toiletries such as toothpaste.
goods and services were then exported to both the Muslim and increasingly, the
there is a new export to add to this list: graduates.
halal market is a huge market, huge industry,” said Dr Mohamad Aizat Jamaludin
of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) to Study
International during the Malaysia International Halal Showcase in Kuala Lumpur
assistant professor is part of a faculty that is training specialists both on
and off campus on Syariah law and the halal industry skills related to it.
its campus, situated north of Malaysia’s capital city, Dr Aizat and his
colleagues teach students from countries such as South Korea, China and Egypt.
foreign students make up the majority (60 percent) of students in the three
postgraduate courses offered by IIUM, i.e. PhD in Halal Industry, Masters in
Halal Industry Management and MSc in Halal Industry Science.
university grounds, Dr Aizat and his team from the school’s International
Institute for Halal Research and Training (Inhart) are also bringing their
expertise in areas such as “halal auditing”, to countries like South Korea, and
soon, to China and Canada.
the knowledge exchange does not stop there.
students also have plans to bring their knowledge gained here back to their
allows Shariah Bill, says sub judice not barrier to lawmaking
RAM ANAND AND KAMLES KUMAR
LUMPUR, April 6 — The legal rule of sub judice cannot be cited to prevent
Parliament from performing its legislative function, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin
Mulia said when allowing a private member’s Bill to enhance Shariah sentencing
allegations of abuse in his decision to admit the Bill despite an ongoing
lawsuit to block this, Pandikar said each arm of the government must not
interfere with the others.
a court stops this, that means the courts become more powerful than
Parliament,” he told the Dewan Rakyat today, citing parliamentary rules on sub
was yesterday served with a writ of summons by Mohamed Tawfik Ismail, who is
suing the Speaker and the secretary of the Dewan Rakyat over their decision to
accept the Bill into the Order Paper.
private member’s Bill by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is set to be
read out for the second time in Parliament today.
tabling his Bill, Hadi reiterated that both his proposed amendments and the Act
do not concern non-Muslims.
LUMPUR: Malaysian leaders and politicians do not support sound laws and
decisions, such as banning child marriages, because they are afraid of the
local Taliban, says Zaid Ibrahim.
says in his latest blog post: “If we were led by truly capable Muslim leaders,
it would not be difficult to stipulate the minimum age of marriage to be 18,
with an allowance for those at 16 if they possess exceptional mental and
psychological maturity to maintain a relationship.
we can’t do this because we have shallow and timid Muslim politicians fearful
of the Taliban who would surely oppose such a move.”
DAP member regretted that some people heaped praise on the recently passed
Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 but were totally silent about the
government allowing child marriages to continue.
permitting a child of 13 or 14 to marry a sexual and psychological violation of
the child? Why then is child marriage not an offence against the child under
the new law?
answer lies in the fear of a ‘Taliban uprising’ if we have laws prohibiting
child marriage. Our political leaders have a rudimentary and shallow knowledge
of Islam so they are fearful of PAS and the conservative ulama in Umno who are
strong supporters of child marriage. Naturally, keeping quiet is the preferred
said he was proud of his compatriot Teo Nie Ching, the member of Parliament for
Kulai, who has been relentless in seeking a ban on child marriage as part of
overall child protection reform.
course, there are many who do not want to enter the fray and support the DAP
parliamentarian even though they know child marriage is wrong. They once again
allow themselves to become victims of the local Taliban. “Fearful of being
pounced on and accused of being anti-Islam, these ‘leaders’ prefer to remain
former de factor law minister said PAS’s Rantau Panjang MP Siti Zailah Mohd
Yusoff had told Teo she had no business talking about Islamic law.
is the usual method of trying to silence MPs so they don’t talk about anything
the Taliban disagree with. What PAS and other Muslim NGOs must understand is
this simple fact: laws are made in Parliament or in state legislative
assemblies, which means elected members are entitled to speak about any law
they like. They are not only entitled to do this – the people expect them to do
has never been a Parliament in Saudi Arabia, so perhaps the MP from Rantau
Panjang does not understand how the system works.”
said he agreed with the view of more progressive Muslims that modern societies
should not allow young girls to be married except under exceptional
to the Quran to support his argument, Zaid said Surah An-Nisa 4:6 did not
prescribe any age for marriage.
town of Madhya Pradesh is simmering since Sunday evening when a group of
Muslims objected to a new RSS Shakha in Gandhinagar locality and allegedly beat
up more than 10 activists of the outfit. Police have so far arrested 10 Muslims
in connection with the incident. One minor accused has been released on bail.
In all, 76 Muslims, 60 of them unidentified, have been booked in four FIRs
lodged in connection with the incident.
RSS activists alleged that the Muslims did not want the Shakha near a mosque.
They also accused members of the community of raising anti-India and
pro-Pakistan slogans and uprooting the saffron flag of RSS.
activists alleged that they were stoned when they reached the police station
late on Sunday night to lodge a complaint against the accused. On Monday,
members of the Hindu community submitted a memorandum to the district
administration and demanded immediate arrest of those named in the FIRs.
next day, members of the Muslim community submitted a memorandum to the
authorities, alleging that the community was being targeted and accused of
offences it did not commit. The memorandum alleged that a group of right-wing
Hindu activists had hurled stones at the mosque before they gathered for the
Shakha. Members of the community also said that they lodged two FIRs about
separate attacks on Muslims, but the police have not acted on them. The
memorandum further said that members of Muslim community wanted to take to the
streets on Wednesday, but decided against it in view of the Ram Navami
SP Saket Pandey said the situation is “peaceful” and added that the police were
probing charges levelled in the memorandum submitted by members of the minority
senior police officer said the land on which the Shakha was being held belongs
to the local municipal body.
MLA Ramniwas Rawat claimed that the Shakha was never held on the ground before
last few days. He said the RSS activists Sunday gathered at a ground near the
mosque and started raising slogans. When Muslims objected that the raising of
slogans was disrupting their prayers, a scuffle broke out, Rawat said.
DELHI -- Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday assured that there is no need
for Indians to be concerned about Islamic State (IS) as the terror group has
little penetration in the country.
is no need for Indians to be worried about IS (penetration) in India. If a few
youth get radicalised by them, we also have counter-radicalisation
programmes," Rajnath told the Rajya Sabha.
response to a question by a member whether unemployment and poor socio-economic
background -- and not just religious fundamentalism -- were responsible for
Indian youths' radicalisation, Rajnath ruled out the possibility.
are running several programmes for socio-economic uplift of minorities,
including for the Muslims. These include skill development programmes, easy
bank loans for business etc," Singh said.
leader Digvijaya Singh asked the Home Minister if Saifullah, killed in a police
encounter in Lucknow on 8 March, had links with the IS. He said an American
intelligence website said as much.
this, Rajnath Singh said that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was
probing the matter. He said that "because of things found on Saifullah,
some people concluded he had links with IS".
Uttar Pradesh police had called Saifullah a "self-radicalised
terrorist", though Madhya Pradesh police said he was part of an IS module.
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that the number of Muslim
youth who have been radicalised so far by the IS was miniscule in comparison
with the Muslim population in India.
is not much presence of IS in India. So far only 80 youth have been found to be
radicalised by IS through social media and internet, which is a negligible
are monitoring the social media etc round the clock to check further spread of
IS," Ahir said.
plans to deport nearly 10, 000 Rohingya Muslims from Indian-held Kashmir, the
International Business Times reported.
decision, based on a proposal by the Indian government in occupied Kashmir, was
made following a high-level meeting by the central government – it was endorsed
by both the state and federal government, who are working on implementing it.
Ministry is exploring ways and means to identify and deport the Rohingya
Muslims from the State,” the New Indian Express quoted a Union Home Ministry
official after the meet.
persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a place to call home in India
newspaper further claims the Rohingyas Muslims are accused of raising funds for
militant activities through drug trafficking and smuggling by the country’s
5, 000 – 10, 000 Rohingya Muslims reportedly entered Indian-occupied Kashmir
illegally through Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Myanmar border. Currently an
estimated 40, 000 are believed to be living as “illegal settlers” across the
country, the IBT report added.
government considers the estimated 800,000 Rohingya in the country to be
foreigners, while many citizens see them as illegal immigrants from
neighbouring Bangladesh and view them with hostility, the BBC reports.
DELHI: Nearly 28% of the Pakistani nationals who were issued Indian visas under
various categories between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015 had
overstayed, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
the 48,510 Pakistani nationals who overstayed during the two-year period,
around 25% (12,200) had departed the country by the end of 2015. As many as
36,310 Pakistanis whose visas had expired were still in the country at the
time, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said in reply to a starred
question in the Rajya Sabha.
India issued visas to 94,993 Pakistani nationals in 2014, the number fell to
77,543 in 2015.
for Bangladeshis entering India on a valid visa, Rijiju informed the Elders
that 6,52,919 visas were issued to them in 2014, which went up to 7,51,044 in
2015. As many as 20,870 Bangladeshi nationals overstayed during the period
January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, though 8,387 departed the country
following the overstay.
board cites Iraqi fatwa to back ban on cow slaughter
ALL India Shia Personal Law Board has asked the central government to enact a
law to ban triple talaq and declared its support for a ban on cow slaughter
across the country. The board has also endorsed the Supreme Court’s suggestion
to settle the Ayodhya dispute out of court amicably.
were among the resolutions passed during a meeting in Lucknow Wednesday of
around 150 executive members of the board from across the country .
board member said that the support for a cow-slaughter ban was based on a fatwa
issued by a Shia cleric in Iraq, Maulana Ayatollah Basheer Najafi.
India Shia Personal Law Board Supports Cow Slaughter Ban
got that fatwa from Iraq, according to which cows should not be killed because
the issue concerns the religious sentiments of Hindus. Hence, a prohibition on
it should be implemented effectively,” said Maulana Ejaz Athar, speaking on
behalf of the board.
said that the board members will take measures to spread awareness among the
Muslim community about the fatwa.
similar fatwa against cow slaughter had been issued by a Shia cleric in India
as well, around 40 or 50 years ago. As per the resolution passed at that time,
a person should follow the laws of the country where he lives,” he said.
triple talaq, Athar said, the board resolved to ask the Centre to enact a law
to prohibit the practice so that married Muslim women and their rights could be
protected. The board will present its opinion in the Supreme Court, too, said
Athar, while claiming that there was no mention of triple talaq in the Quran.
he said, the Shia board welcomed the recent observation of the Supreme Court
that described the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri mosque dispute as a “sensitive” and
“sentimental” issue and suggested that the issue should be settled amicably.
said the board will appeal to both parties in the case to hold talks to resolve
the issue peacefully.
it was pointed out that the board’s resolutions appeared to favour the stance
adopted by various Hindutva groups on these issues, Athar said the Shia body
has been raising them for several decades.
meeting was called to discuss these proposals because triple talaq and cow
slaughter are burning issues these days and the board wanted to communicate its
opinion to the masses,” said Athar.
Muslim man has died in western India after he was attacked by hundreds of Hindu
cow protection vigilantes, the latest attack in a spate of mob killings in the
name of the revered animal.
said on Wednesday that Pehlu Khan, 55, had died in hospital two days after a
group attacked his cattle truck on a road in Alwar in the desert state of
of “cow protectors” have been implicated in killing at least 10 people in the
past two years as the welfare of the animal has become an increasingly charged
issue in Indian politics.
are revered by most of India’s majority Hindu community and beef consumption is
permitted in only eight of the country’s 29 states and territories.
police chief, Rahul Prakash, told Agence France-Presse at least six others were
injured in the attack, but they had now been discharged from hospital.
posted a 5,000-rupee (£62) reward to help identify the attackers and have
listed more than 200 people as suspects in the murder case.
are yet to receive the postmortem report, but [the victim] had multiple rib
fractures,” Prakash said.
was driving in a convoy of six cattle transport trucks and returning to his
home state of Haryana when the mob intercepted his vehicle.
of the attack was broadcast on Indian television, showing the men being beaten
with iron rods and sticks.
protection has been a trigger for sectarian violence throughout modern Indian
history and its resurgence since 2015 has been linked to an increasingly
assertive Hindu nationalist movement.
prime minister, Narendra Modi, won office in 2014 pledging to ban beef across
India, and calls to declare the cow India’s national animal have grown since
the careful path some Indian politicians walk in discussing the violence, the
Rajasthan home minister said on Wednesday the vigilantes had “done a good job
by protecting cows from smuggling”.
they have violated the law by beating people brutally,” Gulab Chand Kataria
are regularly accused of working alongside cow-protection vigilantes and one
state, Haryana, announced plans last year to license some of the groups.
September 2015 a Muslim man from a village near Delhi was lynched after being
accused of storing beef in his freezer.
rebuked the vigilantes last August after videos emerged showing young Dalits –
India’s least socially dominant caste, tasked with disposing of dead cows –
being flogged for handling the animals’ carcasses.
State executes 33 people in Syria
State insurgentss have executed 33 people in the north-eastern Syrian province
of Deir al-Zour, according to a British war monitor.
mass slaying took place in the town of Badiat al-Mayadin, eight kilometres
south-east of the city of al-Mayadin, in Deir al-Zour, one of the main
strongholds of the terror group.
victims were between 18 and 25 years old, according to activists of the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights, who did not witness the executions, but saw the
bodies of the victims after the killing.
is the largest mass execution carried out by the IS in the Arab country so far
activists did not know the identities of the deceased and whether they were
civilian prisoners or belonged to armed factions.
2016, IS killed 30 people in Deir al-Zour in two separate incidents, the first
was in September, while the second was in October, according to the observatory.
the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces categorically denied
allegations and claims circulated by media outlets about the use of chemical
substances in the town of Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside.
rapporteurs have urged Saudi Arabia to immediately halt a planned demolition of
an entire 400-year-old neighborhood inhabited by the kingdom’s Shia Muslim
UN experts warned that the so-called development plan for the historic
neighborhood of al-Masora in the village of Awamia in the eastern province of
Qatif threatens the historical and cultural heritage of the area with
said such a move would lead to forced eviction of 2,000 to 3,000 people from
their businesses and residences.
“The area is of importance not
only to local people and the entire cultural landscape of Awamia, but also has
national significance for the history and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia,”
said the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima
“The planned demolition would
erase this unique regional heritage in an irreversible manner,” she pointed
is considered a historical model of a walled village, including mosques, farms
and farmers markets, places of worship for Shia Muslims, ‘Hussainiyats’, and
businesses. It has been of great interest for researchers and experts in the
fields of heritage and archaeology.
imminent demolition of the entire neighborhood is part of a so-called
development plan aimed at transforming Masora from a mainly residential
neighborhood to a commercial and service zone.
residents are concerned that the plan will exacerbate the existing housing
crisis and lead to a rise in real estate prices, as the plan does not include
the construction of residential buildings.
“Residents have been pressured
in many ways, including through power cuts, to vacate their homes and
businesses without adequate alternative resettlement options, leaving them at
best with insufficient compensation and at worst, with nowhere to go,” said the
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha.
“Demolitions must never lead to
homelessness of the evicted persons, so the authorities have to ensure the
provision of adequate alternative housing facilities, resettlement and
compensation for lost property,” she added.
Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston (File photo)
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston, warned about the
ramifications of the demolition on the standard of living of Masora residents.
“If implemented, the plan will
remove people from the areas where they live and work, resulting in loss of
livelihood and difficulty in securing housing,” he said.
International donors on Wednesday pledged $6.0 billion in aid for Syria this
year at a conference overshadowed by a suspected deadly chemical attack blamed
by the West on Damascus.
Brussels meeting, co-chaired by the European Union and United Nations, was a
follow-up to a meeting last year in London which raised $12 billion (10.1
billion euros) in all for humanitarian aid programmes. “Our conference is
sending a powerful message, we are not letting down the people of Syria,” EU
Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides told delegates. Announcing
the new pledges to applause from those at the meeting, he added: “Thank you so
much. It is an impressive figure.”
did not clarify if the funding was new, or if it included some funds previously
pledged by the international community for war-torn Syria.
London last year, donors put together two $6.0 billion tranches in aid, one for
2016 and the other to cover the period to 2019.
two-day Brussels meeting brought together some 70 countries and aid groups who
also wanted to show support for UN-sponsored peace talks between the rebels and
Russian-backed President Bashar al-Assad.
session was dominated by news that at least 72 civilians including 20 children
had been killed in a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town
of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province.
chief Antonio Guterres said “the horrific events of yesterday demonstrate
unfortunately that war crimes are going on in Syria.”
conference must represent a moment of truth where the international community”
finally comes together to settle the war and give the Syrian people hope, he
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told delegates it was “impossible for us to
ignore the horrific attack” and pointed the finger of blame firmly at Damascus.
and other delegates repeatedly urged all parties to the conflict and their
backers to condemn the attack and the use of chemical weapons.
war has claimed more than 320,000 lives since anti-Assad protests descended
into a full-blown civil war in 2011, with five million Syrians fleeing the
country and most of the remaining population being displaced.
of the refugees have ended up in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
UN warned Tuesday that the plight of the refugees was becoming “desperate,”
with only 433 million euros out of a needed 4.7 billion euros pledged so far.
UN estimated another 3.4 billion euros was needed for humanitarian aid in
Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged donors to “invest in peace.”
and gentlemen, the current situation in Lebanon is a ticking time-bomb,” he
told the conference.
army men fended off the Al-Nusra attack on government forces' positions in
al-Houleh dam from the direction of Taldou village in al-Houleh region, killing
a number of terrorists, including Khalid Bin Abdultoweihi and several other
senior field commanders.
Al-Nusra's military vehicles and hardware also sustained major damage in the
said earlier today that the army soldiers engaged in an intense battle with
ISIL North of Palmyra's silos and managed to push them back from the
Southwestern slopes of Mount al-Mazbed.
of ISIL terrorists were killed and a number of their vehicles were destroyed in
army soldiers stormed ISIL's gathering centers and positions in al-Maqaber
(cemetery) region, killing at least 60 terrorists and wounding tens of others.
large volume of ISIL's arms and ammunition also were destroyed in the attack.
army men managed to push terrorists back from more positions in al-Maqaber to
lift the siege on their comrades in the Deir Ezzur and its airbase.
reports said on Tuesday that at least 28 ISIL terrorists were killed and 22
others were injured in the Syrian army's artillery and missile attacks on the
terrorist group's military positions in al-Maqaber, al-Jabilieh and al-Rashidiyeh
regions and also the surrounding areas of Regiment 137 base and East of Deir
Ezzur military airport and Deir Ezzur power station.
Syrian army also destroyed an anti-tank missile base and a machinegun-equipped
military vehicle of the ISIL terrorists.
US and Turkey are exerting much political pressure on Baghdad to prevent the
capture of the strategic city of Tal Afar in Western Mosul," Nazzem
al-Assadi told FNA.
that the Iraqi army's operations to retake Tal Afar will start soon in
cooperation with Hashd al-Shaabi despite all obstacles, he said, "The
volunteer forces are prepared for the battle and are ready to start operations
after besieging the city from several directions."
remarks came after a spokesperson for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces said
the number of ISIL militants currently fighting in Western Mosul stands at
2,000 members, higher than the 1000 estimated by the US-led coalition.
PMF's spokesperson, Ahmed al-Assadi, said Tuesday that 70 percent of ISIL
militants in Western Mosul were Iraqi nationals.
mentioned by US officials, about the numbers of terrorist ISIL members being
nearly 1,000, are related to only Western Mosul,” Assadi said.
is left of the Western side does not exceed 30 percent of the city's territory,
so the number of militants does not exceed 1,000, and they are trapped in that
space,” he added.
to Assadi, the number of ISIL members at the group’s so-called “al-Jazeera
State”, reaches more than 3,000 fighters, and there are 2,000 others in
Al-Jazeera State comprises towns and regions West of Mosul and near the borders
with Syria like Ba'aj, Tal Afar and Mahalabiya, while Nineveh State primarily
terrorists, though shrinking in numbers, are still holding between 200,000 and
army units engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah
al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in areas surrounding Souran,
while the army's artillery and missile units targeted terrorists' centers
heavily in Souran and Taybat al-Imam towns to back the ground troops.
the meantime, the Russian and Syrian fighter jets bombed terrorists'
concentration centers in different parts of Northern Hama.
military source said that the army men targeted and destroyed three suicide
bomb-laden vehicles before terrorists could use them to hit the government
forces' positions in Ma'ardes region, adding the army soldiers further engaged
with the militants that tried to prevail over the army positions North of
Souran, killing a large number of them and repelling their attack.
sources said on Tuesday that a large number of Al-Nusra Front terrorists fled
the battlefields in Hama province after they sustained heavy losses and lost
their hope and trust in the terrorist group.
repeated defeats in Northern Hama and Al-Nusra Front commanders' lack of
attention to the injured militants and leaving them behind, the terrorists have
lost their morale and, hence, left the battlefields," media sources said.
a military source confirmed that the Syrian army's artillery and missile
attacks as well as air raids by the country's air force on the Al-Nusra Front's
concentration centers and movements severely weakened the terrorist group and
made them dig deep tunnels for storing their weapons and ammunitions.
US, Britain and France have demanded the names of the pilots who carried out
the recent chemical attack in Syria.
request came as part of the draft resolution, which they submitted on Wednesday
during an emergency session at the UN Security Council.
draft resolution calls for a full investigation into the attack in the early
hours of Tuesday in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. At least 72 people were killed
in the strike and dozens more were injured.
Pilot Mohammed al-Hasouri, who took off in his jet from the Shayrat military
airport on Tuesday morning, may have not thought that his name may be
internationally listed and he will be pursued.
to the testimonies of Khan Sheikhoun residents, Hasouri carried out a similar
attack using chemical weapons four days ago in Hama’s countryside in the town
local observatory has taken charge of monitoring the regime air force’s
activity. On the day of the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, it monitored
that the same jet which attacked Lataminah – dubbed Quds 1 according to an
audio which the Syrians have been circulating – took off.
was 6:00 a.m. when the jet began to attack Khan Sheikhun in Edleb, northwest of
Syria. The attack was thunderous and the one in charge at the observatory said:
“It seems the jet is carrying toxic substances.”
France and the United States on Wednesday held off calling a vote at the UN
Security Council on a resolution demanding an investigation of the suspected
chemical attack in Syria to allow time for negotiations with Russia.
a vote on the draft text presented by the Western trio could be held as early
as Thursday, diplomats said. Russia rejected the draft resolution as
“categorically unacceptable,” suggesting it is ready to veto the measure if no
compromise text is agreed.
Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters that “the negotiations continue with
our colleagues on the Security Council and I would not anticipate them coming
to a conclusion today.”
draft resolution backs a probe by the Organization of the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and demands that the Syrian government cooperate to
provide information about its military operations on the day of the assault.
France and the United States blame President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for the
attack, but the Syrian army has denied any involvement.
very much hope that it will be possible for everyone to come together,” Rycroft
said. “If not, we will press ahead.”
father cradled his 9-month-old twins, Aya and Ahmed, each in an arm. He stroked
their hair and choked back tears, mumbling, “Say goodbye, baby, say goodbye” to
their lifeless bodies.
Hameed Alyousef lost his two children, his wife and other relatives in the
suspected chemical attack Tuesday in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun
that killed at least 72 people.
footage shared with The Associated Press, Alyousef sits in the front seat of a
van with the twin, his eyes red as he asks his cousin Alaa to video his
farewell to them.
were conscious at first’
the airstrike took place, “I was right beside them and I carried them outside
the house with their mother,”Alyousef, a 29-year-old shopowner, told the AP.
“They were conscious at first, but 10 minutes later we could smell the odor.”
The twins and his wife, Dalal Ahmed, fell sick.
brought them to paramedics and, thinking they would be OK, went to look for the
rest of his family. He found the bodies of two of his brothers, two nephews and
a niece, as well as neighbors and friends. “I couldn't save anyone, they're all
dead now,” he said.
later was he told his children and wife had died. “Abdel Hameed is in very bad
shape,” his cousin Alaa said. He's being treated for exposure to the toxin.
“But he's especially broken down over his massive loss.”
than 80 people, including at least 30 children and 20 women, were killed in the
chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun early Tuesday, and the
toll could still rise. The Alyousef family, one of the town’s main clans, was
member of the family, Aya Fadl, recalled running from her house with her
20-month-old son in her arms, thinking she could find safety from the toxic gas
in the street. Instead, the 25-year-old English teacher was confronted face to
face with the horror of it: A pick-up truck piled with the bodies of the dead,
including many of her own relatives and students.
an “affront to humanity,” President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that a
chemical weapons attack in Syria “cannot be tolerated” but did not say what the
US might do in response. He blamed the attack squarely on Syrian President
speaking alongside Jordan’s King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden, offered no
details about what steps the US might take in response, even as his UN
ambassador, Nikki Haley, was promising a strong and perhaps even unilateral
response. But Trump said the attack was “so horrific” and noted that it had
killed “innocent people, small children and even beautiful little babies.”
heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated,” Trump said.
said the US stood with its global allies “to condemn this horrific attack.”
United States and Russia were trading conflicting assertions Wednesday about
who launched a chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 72 people, as world
leaders grasped for a response to the latest atrocity in Syria’s intractable
Trump stood by his charge that Assad’s forces were responsible, Russia
disagreed. The staunch Assad ally insisted that the chemicals were dispersed
when Syrian warplanes bombed a facility where rebels were building chemical
the United Nations, Trump’s envoy threatened unilateral US action if the world body
failed to act.
the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there
are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,”
Haley declared. She addressed an emergency meeting of the Security Council,
which was weighing a resolution condemning chemical weapons use in Syria.
Russia, which has veto power, is opposed.
in Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova focused her
attention elsewhere: “It’s necessary to demand that the rebels offer full
access to study the area and collect necessary information.”
and officials in other countries, including Britain and Israel, joined the US
in saying Assad’s forces were responsible.
US official said an American review of radar and other assessments showed
Syrian aircraft flying in the area at the time of the attack. Russian and
coalition aircraft were not there at that time, said the official, who wasn’t
authorized to discuss intelligence publicly and requested anonymity. Washington
hasn’t yet concluded what type of chemical was used.
Tuesday, President Donald Trump split the blame between Syria’s embattled
leader and former President Barack Obama for the country’s worst chemical
weapons attack in years.
calling the attack “reprehensible” and intolerable, Trump said Obama “did
nothing” after Assad crossed the former US leader’s “red line” in 2013.
heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past
administration’s weakness and irresolution,” Trump said.
political tone of Trump’s statement took many US officials by surprise. They
noted that US presidents have rarely attacked their predecessors so
aggressively for events like chemical weapons attacks that Democrats and
Republicans both abhor.
security forces arrested 77 terror suspects in March, according to an updated
list posted on the Interior Ministry’s Nafethah Tawasol website.
suspects belong to nine nationalities — 53 of them are Saudis. The others
included 16 Turks, two Syrians, one Bengali, an Egyptian, an Indian, a
Nigerian, a Nepalese and a Kuwaiti.
Turks were listed in Nafethah Tawasol last year. One is still being
interrogated, while another’s case has been referred to the investigation
commission and the general prosecution.
read: Details of the security raid on terrorist cells in eastern Saudi Arabia
paperwork for the third is being finalized in order for him to be referred to
the prosecution. The Nafethah portal is a window of communication between the
prisoner or detainee or the beneficiary in detention centers and their
legislature passes contentious demolition law
Israeli parliament, known as the Knesset, has approved a controversial law
targeting what are said to be illegal constructions amid criticisms that the
legislation will disproportionately affect Palestinians and Arab communities.
legislation, dubbed the “Kaminitz Law,” was passed on Wednesday with 43 votes
for and 33 against.
increases the maximum imprisonment for those convicted of building without
permits to three years from the current two-year term.
legislation, which further hikes fines and reduces the powers of courts to
postpone the date of demolition orders, will also target 300,000 Palestinians
living in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
law, backed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing
government, has sparked widespread criticisms.
Druze lawmaker Abdullah Abu Ma'aruf accused Netanyahu of attempting to
"please the (political) right at whatever cost and at the expense of the
further said the law threatens "50,000 Arab homes in which hundreds of
thousands of people live.”
cry following the destruction of their houses in the Bedouin village of Umm
al-Hiran on January 18, 2017.
Israeli human rights NGOs warned in January that the legislation would lead to
a “dramatic rise” in home demolitions in Arab towns.
court involvement and taking administrative measures will lead to a situation
in which residents have no means of appealing for legal assistance. And even if
they do, the court’s consideration is limited and has no place in considering
the circumstances of planning, the personalities or the type of building,” said
Moran Aviv, a city planner for Sikkuy civil society organization.
Aviv has accelerated its land grab and settlement construction activities in
the occupied Palestinian lands after pro-Israel US President Donald Trump took
office earlier this year. Human rights groups say Israel’s sustained
demolitions of Palestinian homes are aimed at uprooting Palestinians from their
native territories and expropriating more land for the expansion of
forces have demolished over 48,000 Palestinian homes and buildings since the
1967 occupation of the Palestinian lands, according to the Israeli Committee
Against House Demolitions.
says the crises in the Middle East region are largely due to the
"colonial" policies of the UK and its allies.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi made the comments on Wednesday in
response to remarks made by British Prime Minister Theresa May during a trip to
an interview with al-Riyadh newspaper, May claimed that Iran was creating
tensions and insecurity in the region by interfering in the affairs of Arab
noting that this was not the first time May had made such baseless claims,
Qassemi stressed that Iran’s regional policies are undoubtedly aimed at
establishing stability and battling terrorism in the region.
is know to all that Iran has played a significant role in supporting security,
stability and peace in the countries that have been attacked by terrorists and
have requested aid from the Islamic Republic," he said.
added that the UK and some of its close allies in the region were
"probably not pleased with" the recent gains made against terrorist
groups in Syria and Iraq, and would prefer a Middle East "beset with
prolonged insecurity and instability."
also noted that May’s claims against Iran are made at a time when Britain has
supplied millions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, which has been
waging a deadly war on Yemen.
senior Iranian official has condemned the Monday deadly explosion in the
Russian city of St. Petersburg, calling for more cooperation between Tehran and
Moscow in fighting terrorism.
barbaric crimes committed by terrorist groups against defenseless civilians
show that an effective, all-out fight against these inhuman elements, the origin
of their thoughts and their supporters should top the security priorities of
the international community,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security
Council Ali Shamkhani said in a Wednesday message to his Russian counterpart
called for further cooperation between Tehran and Moscow against terrorism.
indiscriminate [terror] acts by the defeated terrorists have not dented the
strong determination of the countries that are forerunners of the fight against
Takfiri terrorism and will cause more severe action against them,” he
man fixes Russia’s flag at a symbolic memorial at the Technologicheskiy
Institute subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 5, 2017. (Photo by
St. Petersburg metro explosion killed 14 and injured almost 50 others.
Russian Investigative Committee said the bombing had been carried out by a man
whose body parts were found on the train.
services in Kyrgyzstan said a national of the Central Asian state was behind
the St. Petersburg explosion.
on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a telephone
conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, condemning the St.
Thursday warned terrorists could target Anzac Day commemorations on the
Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey this month, and urged travelers to avoid Ankara
emotive event on April 25 remembers the heroism and sacrifice of Australians
and New Zealanders during World War I and their campaign against the Ottoman
Empire in 1915.
said intelligence suggested it could be a target this year by extremists.
is information to suggest that terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day
commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula,” said Veterans’ Affairs Minister Dan
Tehan, adding that Turkey was aware and stepping up security.
Turkish authorities are taking this extremely seriously. The celebrations on
Gallipoli are as important to the Turkish authorities and Turkish people as
they are to the Australians.
are taking it seriously, in terms of the security envelope for the sake of
everybody on the peninsula.”
Canberra’s advice to travelers had not changed from “exercise a high degree of
caution” in Gallipoli and Turkey overall, it said they should “reconsider their
need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul.”
are conscious of the effect of this on the many Australians planning to attend
this year’s Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli,” added Tehan. “In the
current global environment, major events attract threats of varying degrees of
credibility. Regrettably Anzac Day is not immune.”
Syrian ambassador to Russia has accused Turkey of seeking to establish a city
near the northern Syrian city of al-Bab, citing Turkish troops’ presence and
occupation of the area.
Haddad told Russia’s Sputnik news agency on Wednesday that the situation on the
ground contradicts Turkey's claim about the end of its military campaign on
practice, the Turkish side has not withdrawn its troops, which are currently in
the north of the city of al-Bab, and are trying, with the help of factions that
are allies of Turkey, to build a city there. I mean those terrorist groups
which are located in the area, and thus they violate the territorial
sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic," Haddad said.
Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad
launched its incursion into Syria on August 24, 2016, in an alleged bid to push
Daesh terrorists from the border with Syria and stop the advance of Kurdish
forces. Damascus condemned the campaign as an act of aggression.
February, Turkey announced that it had seized al-Bab and referred to the Syrian
cities of Manbij and Raqqah as its next targets.
March 29, however, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the country's
'Operation Euphrates Shield' was complete, noting that any further military
measures in Syria would by conducted under a different name.
in hiding after backing calls to close Aussie Muslim schools
Tawhidi, of the Islamic Association of South Australia, said he agrees with Ms
Ali's call to close Islamic schools in Australia.
has also rejected extremist groups.
Ali cancelled her tour of Australia this week because of fears for her safety.
schools do exist that are a problem and they need to be either shut down or
changed completely," Imam Tawhidi said.
reprisals, the Adelaide-based Imam said he was escorted into hiding by police.
video released on Facebook has been credited, in part, with stopping Ms Ali's
a video, which was posted to Facebook a group of Muslim women speak out against
Ms Ali saying: "You're not here to help us or stand with... you're here to
profit from an industry that exists to dehumanise us".
Asafiri, of the Persons of Interest group, which is behind the video, said they
opposed Ms Ali because her rhetoric could inspire random attacks against
nothing to be celebrated through a divisive and very hostile and fear-mongering
conversation," Ms Asafiri said.
Asafiri said Ms Ali cancelling her trip was seen by her group as a victory for
has a right and they're the hallmarks of our freedoms and democracies.
I guess what I'm saying is those rights cannot be uncontested particularly when
they're promoting hatred and fear."
group has condemned Ms Ali as an extremist and a hatemonger and signed a
petition against her visit.
the Somali-born former Muslim has hit back, saying her critics are doing the
work of radical groups.
are people who are far more interested in defending Sharia Law, that's Islamic
law and the doctrine of radical Islam over human rights."
Ali said these women criticise her, but say nothing about the millions of
repressed women in Islamic countries.
idea that women have to cover themselves from head to toe to hide from men
because if men see women's hair or women's faces or women's bodies then they
are seized by this desire... and they start harassing and groping and sexually
assaulting women," Ms Ali said.
is no feminist ideology of Islam.
are of course Muslim women all across the world who are fighting for their
rights and fighting for their dignity, you know, the women in Saudi Arabia who
are fighting for their right to drive a car and to be relieved of the
obligation that they need a male guardian at all times."
Ms Asafiri said her group opposed female oppression.
we start from the premise that all forms of violence against women and the
subjugation of women are completely unacceptable," Ms Asafiri said.
unrepentant Ms Ali has gone further, when asked whether groups like Hizb
ut-Tahrir should be banned in Australia she said they should be treated like
supremacists and all sorts of remnants of the Nazi Party ... are stigmatised
and they are actively marginalised and that's what we should do with Hizb
ut-Tahrir, Jemaah Islamiyah, with the Diobandi, with the Muslim Brotherhood,
with all Islamism organisations that set up shop in Australia and other liberal
praises British Muslim leaders
CITY : Pope Francis met briefly Wednesday with a delegation of four British
Muslim clerics and praised their contribution to dialogue between different
faiths and cultures.
like to think that the most important job we have to do between us, as
humanity, is done with our ears, by listening,” Francis told the four-man group
as he greeted them warmly at the Vatican for a private audience. “The ability
to listen is so important. Those who have it speak softly, quietly. Those that
don’t talk loudly, shout even.
brothers, all of us have to talk and listen gently, to seek the way together.
“And when we listen and talk to each other, we are already on the path.”
clerics at the talks were Shia scholar Syed Ali Raza Rizvi, Moulana Muhammad
Shahid Raza, an imam who heads the British Muslim Forum, Ibrahim Mogra of the
Christian Muslim Forum and Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General of the
Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society.
his election four years ago, Francis has overseen a steady improvement in
relations between the Vatican and the Islamic world, overcoming the acrimony
caused by a series of spats under his predecessor Benedict XVI.
Argentine pontiff hosted top Sunni cleric Ahmed al-Tayeb at the Vatican last
year and will meet him again when he visits the Al-Azhar mosque as part of a
visit to Egypt at the end of this month.
were badly soured when the now-retired Benedict made a September 2006 speech in
which he was perceived to have linked Islam to violence, sparking deadly
protests in several countries and reprisal attacks on Christians.
has made interfaith dialogue one of his priorities, describing fundamentalism
as a disease of all religions.
he endeared himself to many Muslims last year when he returned from the migrant
crisis island of Lesbos with three Syrian Muslim families who are being put up
by the Vatican in Rome while their asylum requests are processed.
defended ally Syria on Wednesday against allegations it launched a chemical
weapons attack that killed scores of civilians, denouncing a proposed UN
resolution on the incident as "unacceptable".
least 72 people, among them 20 children, were killed in Tuesday's attack in
rebel-held Khan Sheikhun, and dozens more were left gasping for air,
convulsing, and foaming at the mouth, doctors said.
Security Council was holding an emergency session to discuss the attack and a
draft resolution presented by Britain, France and the United States that urges
a swift investigation.
are talking about war crimes here, war crimes on a large scale, war crimes with
chemical weapons," French Ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters as
he entered the council chamber.
ahead of Wednesday's session, Russia's foreign ministry dismissed the draft
resolution against its Damascus ally as "categorically unacceptable".
which launched a military intervention in 2015 in support of Assad's forces,
earlier defended the government against accusations of responsibility for the
said the deaths were caused when a Syrian air strike hit a "terrorist warehouse"
used for making bombs containing "toxic substances", and pledged to
continue its military support for Assad.
Ambassador Nikki Haley rebuked Moscow for railing to rein in its ally, asking
Security Council members: "How many more children have to die before
army has denied any use of chemical weapons, saying it "has never used
them, anytime, anywhere, and will not do so in the future".
health experts said victims of Tuesday's incident showed symptoms consistent
with the possible use of a nerve agent such as sarin -- suspected to have been
used by government forces in deadly attacks outside Damascus in 2013.
and Syrian denials have done little to quiet international condemnation, with
UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday saying Tuesday's attack proved "war
crimes are going on in Syria".
Francis said he was "horrified" by the "unacceptable
US President Donald Trump, who has drawn criticism from Syria's opposition for
apparently softening his stance on Assad, condemned the "unspeakable"
blamed Damascus directly, including British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson,
who said "all the evidence I have seen suggests this was the Assad
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose forces have deployed in northern Syria,
was even more forthright, labelling Assad a "murderer".
another key Assad ally, condemned "all use of chemical weapons" in
Syria, but suggested the blame for the attack may lie with "terrorist
confirmed, the attack would be among the worst incidents of chemical weapons
use in Syria's civil war, which has killed over 320,000 people since it began
in March 2011.
unfolded in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with warplanes carrying out strikes
that released "toxic gas" on Khan Sheikhun, in the northwestern
province of Idlib, according to witnesses and a monitoring group.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said at least 160
people suffered the effects of the gas.
WHO said some victims showed symptoms "consistent with exposure to
organophosphorus chemicals, a category of chemicals that includes nerve
Doctors Without Borders charity said its teams in northern Syrian had found
victims showing symptoms of exposure to a nerve agent like sarin, and chlorine
worked frantically in the hours after the attack to treat a steady stream of
patients, administering oxygen and hosing down victims to wash off chemical
strikes also hit a medical facility treating victims, an AFP correspondent
said, inflicting severe damage and prompting nearly a dozen medical staff to
described the suspected chemical attack as "a terrible affront to
humanity" after hosting Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Oval Office
Le Pen, who wants to ban the Islamic headscarf, might be threatening to pull
off a shock election win but that doesn't mean France's Muslim voters are all
panicking over the far-right, National Front candidate taking power.
name Marine Le Pen is routinely preceded by the words "anti-Islam".
though she herself has moved to soften her image with Muslim voters by
insisting their religion is indeed "compatible with the French
Republic" (much to the disgust of some in her party), it’s not hard to see
why she has a reputation for being an Islamophobe.
once described Muslims praying in the streets of French cities in protest over
a lack of mosque space to being akin to the Nazi occupation and has regularly
taken aim at halal food, the veil, the burkini, and various other aspects of
experts refusing to rule out a shock Le Pen victory carried by the same wave of
nationalist populism that swept Donald Trump to power, you would think France's
Muslim community, believed to number between four and six million, would be in
a panic with the election just weeks away.
while there is no doubt concern, there are reasons why France's Muslims are not
all frantically preparing for the worst.
Because many voters distrust other candidates as much as they do Le Pen
The Local talked to worshippers at a mosque in north east Paris not one singled
Le Pen out as being worse than the other candidates.
57, said he still doesn't know who he will vote for, but that he has no
intention of voting "against" Marine Le Pen.
true that Marine Le Pen is an Islamophobe, but they all are, so what's the
difference? She is the only one who will talk about it openly, while the rest
of the candidates are Islamophobes but just keep it inside."
Muslims in France feel the country’s politicians and political parties across
the spectrum all resort to Muslim bashing in order to try and win votes.
Marine Le Pen might have made a name for herself as being
"anti-Islam", François Fillon has been equally if not more critical
of the religion.
France there is a problem linked to Islam," said Fillon recently, who
wrote a book titled "Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism" and who
wants to impose administrative controls on the religion.
Lasfar, president of the Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF),
blasted all the candidates in the election race.
know nothing about Islam nor about Muslims," he said.
candidates Jean-Luc Melenchon and Benoit Hamon might have something to say
about that, so too the centrist liberal Emmanuel Macron, who recently blasted
Le Pen for trying "to turn France’s Muslim voters into enemies of the
Henni-Moulai, the founder of the website Melting Book, which aims to amplify
minority voices in the media, believes Macron will fall into the same trap as
other politicians at some point.
bashing is inescapable, especially if you want to reach the Elysée
palace," she told Al Jazeera news site.
Because Muslims, like many French voters, just feel disenfranchised altogether
Mohammed Moussaoui, the president of the Union of France’s Mosques, told The
Local, Muslim voters are first and foremost French citizens like other voters,
which in 2017 means the same anger, apathy and indifference towards politics
that has afflicted other sections of the population has also seeped into the
2012 some 86 percent of France’s Muslim population voted for François Hollande
and like other Hollande voters, particularly the working classes, many feel let
down over the lack of real change.
even the threat of Le Pen is not enough to motivate them to vote, and with
France set for record abstention rates, its clear the country's Muslims are not
the only disenchanted ones.
the mosque in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, a middle-aged man named Ismail,
originally from Algeria, told The Local he would not be voting.
of the people here at the mosque aren't interested in politics. People here
feel mistreated, they think the politicians are all hypocrites, why would they
vote?" he said.
Because they know there are safeguards even if she wins
if Le Pen does pull off the type of shock populist win that led to Brexit and
Trump, Muslims are confident that France’s constitution and its political
institutions will hold her back from doing exactly what she wants.
a start Le Pen’s party, only having two MPs currently, is unlikely to gain a
majority in the parliamentary elections in June and without a majority in
parliament she will find it difficult passing any of the reforms she plans,
including banning Muslim women from wearing the headscarf in public places.
like other French citizens, will have confidence in the country's institutions
that will put limits on her power," Mohammed Moussaoui from the Union of
France’s Mosques told The Local.
is the constitutional council which makes sure all laws are in line with the
French constitution," he said.
will be hard for her as president. She will need the ability to unite people,
which will be difficult for her," he added, pointing to the fact that
other parties are unlikely to enter into coalition with Le Pen.
view was backed by an Algerian-born Muslim named Ismael, who told The Local:
if she does win it doesn't matter. I'm not scared of her. Why would I be scared
of her? It's not as if she will have the power to change laws and make life
difficult for immigrants or Muslims. That's why they have the constitution and
the National Assembly."
Because Le Pen has successfully softened her image… even with Muslims
Pen has made big efforts to soften the image of her party – which under her
father Jean-Marie (see photo below) was seen as a bastion of racists and
colonial settlers returning from Algeria as well as apologists for the wartime
Vichy regime's collaboration with Nazi Germany.
she has been at pains to point out that she is not anti-Islam but anti-Islamic
fundamentalism and extremists.
she tries to widen her appeal and make herself more electable she has tried to
appease fears among Muslims by stressing she feels Islam is perfectly
compatible with the French Republic, a quote that did not sit well with many of
her party members.
an Algerian-born man in his thirties, told The Local: "I'm a Muslim but
I'm not against Le Pen. I honestly don't think she is actually racist - she is
just against anyone who is causing problems. I don't think it matters if
they're Muslims, refugees, from the Roma community, the yobs….that’s why a lot
of people in France are uniting with her."
Because some Muslim voters will actually back Le Pen
Moussaoui said the Muslim community, like the rest of France, is made of up of
voters of all political persuasions, even those who will vote for Marine Le
to Le Point magazine some 4 percent of Muslim voters opted for Le Pen in the
first round of the 2012 election, but that number is expected to jump this time
round as the taboo around the party has fallen.
voters often find extremist Islam and communalism as distasteful as Le Pen does
and her talk of cracking down on crime and battling globalisation appeals to
voters in poor, peripheral areas, Muslims included.
Muslim voters may be enticed to Le Pen over her desire to scrap the gay
marriage bill, which many protested against in 2013.
the 2015 regional elections the National Front made a special effort to woo
Muslim voters in the poor Paris suburbs.
tell them they're as French as the others," was the message and observers
say the National Front allows those Muslims who feel French first and foremost
to express their identity.
Because many still believe she won't win
the polls suggest she will win the first, they also say she will lose the
second round," said Moussaoui. "We have to take both polls
no analyst will rule out a Le Pen win, there are reasons why it's still highly
unlikely to happen.
shown by REN TV of the previously alleged terrorist in black clothing with a
black beard and skullcap made front pages in Russian and global media several
hours after the bombing in the St. Petersburg metro on April 3.
TV reported that a man entered the metro at the Petrogradskaya Station 20
minutes before the explosion, left the briefcase in the train and exited the
that same day, the man in the photograph appeared at a police precinct and said
he was innocent. His identity was revealed to be Andrei Nikitin, a retired
captain in an airborne regiment who recently converted to Islam and took the
name of Ilias. Nikitin had graduated from the Ryazan Military Academy, served
in Chechnya and until recently worked as a trucker.
said he freely went to the nearest police precinct to testify as soon as he saw
his photo in the media because he said that he had nothing to hide and was
innocent. The first to report this was blogger Ilya Varlamov, who posted
Nikitin's photograph on Vkontakte, the Russian social network.
law-enforcement agencies released Nikitin, he tried to get on an evening UTair
flight from Pulkovo Airport to Orenburg, via Moscow's Vnukovo Airport. His
problems began at Vnukovo, however, where Nikitin was waiting for his
connection to Orenburg. Astonished passengers noticed the resemblance between
Nikitin and the man in the photograph that was published by media, and they
then beseiged airline representatives with their worries and fears.
take off, FSB agents boarded the plane and took Nikitin away for interrogation,
airline was not able to control the situation at the airport and neither could
security, but with the help of law-enforcement agents, Nikitin was reimbursed
for his missed flight.
an interview with IslamNews Nikitin said the passengers' reaction was
unexpected, and he hopes that he can get on another flight.
an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, his close friend Rasul Tavdiyarkov
remarked that Nikitin "is bearing everything very calmly and
patiently." Nikitin said he was offered to remain in the airport until the
next flight, but he decided to sleep at a friend's place near Vnukovo.
Prosecutor Pulled For Offering Christians Freedom For Becoming Muslim
Pakistan (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Pakistani prosecutor, who offered imprisoned
Christians freedom if they converted to Islam, has been pulled from the case.
Gill, information secretary of the Christian, Masiha Millat Party, confirmed
Tuesday that the Pujab officials in Lahore, Pakistan, have removed Deputy
District Public Prosecutor Syed Anees Shah from his role in the lynching trial
involving 42 Christians that dates back to 2015. "We welcome the Punjab
government's decision to remove Shah after his controversial offer," Gill
said. "We are planning to file a formal application for his dismissal from
his job," he added.
attorney representing the Christians, Joseph Francis, executive director of the
Center for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), confirmed that Shah
did indeed offer the Christians an acquittal in exchange for their conversion
to Islam. "He told them if they embrace Islam, he can guarantee them their
acquittal in this case," said Francis.
42 Christians have been jailed since March of 2015, following the bombing of
two Pakistani churches. The twin bombings killed 15 people and injured 70
bombing attacks ignited public outrage, resulting in the vigilante lynching of
two suspected terrorists thought to be involved in the attacks. Subsequently,
this group of 42 Christians alleged to be involved in the lynching, were
rounded up and have been incarcerated since that time while awaiting trial.
who has been the public prosecutor in the lynching trial, at first denied that
he made the offer of a not guilty verdict in exchange for the Christians
conversion to Islam. After a video recording of the incident surfaced, however,
Shah admitted to offering "them a choice."
Christians were reportedly dumbfounded by the offer, relates Francis. He adds
that one of the Christians said he was ready to hang rather than convert to
Islam. Another said he would rather rot in jail than deny Christ.
Anjum Advocate, an assistant attorney for the Christians commented, "The
government should get rid of such elements that bring a bad name to the state
by such acts."
charter of peace urged to eradicate extremism
- To root out extremism, state players, civil society and religious
stakeholders should hold multi-pronged dialogues on critical philosophical issues
of the state and society producing ‘National Charter of Peace’. The document
will greatly curb extremist ideologies in the country.
thoughts were suggested by a working group discussing ‘National Dialogue and
Social Contract’. This was the 3rd dialogue in a series conducted by Pak
Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think tank, on
countering extremism in the country.
group suggested that three separate dialogue forums should be constituted, one
each for the state, civil society, and religious stakeholders. These different
forums should debate the critical philosophical tensions in the country. Some
of the themes these forums may discuss are about relation between state and
religion, state and society, state and citizen, and so on.
ultimate objective, it was suggested, should be to produce the ‘National
Charter of Peace’, which lays down the mechanism for achieving peace and
harmony in the country and diagnosing the wrongs committed in the past.
working group argued that any dialogue convened should uphold the constitution
of them argued that the constitution requires certain fundamental changes, and
those changes should be brought about through the mechanism enriched in the
outcomes of such dialogue forums should be disseminated widely, engaging a
broad range of stakeholders such as media, schoolteachers, lawyers, and even
several other stakeholders may be engaged in their own dialogues too. A group
member called for an urgent dialogue on reforming curriculum, to rid it of the
content that can radicalize the students.
Following the suicide attack on a census team here on Wednesday, Chief of
General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar called Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to discuss possibilities of greater
civil-military cooperation against terrorism.
there has been no official word on the telephonic conversations between the top
civil and military leadership, sources said that the chief of general staff,
who had previously supervised the Karachi operation as director general of the
paramilitary Rangers, discussed various aspects of the terror incident with the
called for improved coordination between the army and civilian law enforcement
agencies and expediting action under Operation Raddul Fasaad for effective
interior minister was quoted as expressing concern at the fact that the
unfortunate incident had taken place despite a prior intelligence report in
Pakistan is keeping itself engaged with all major processes aiming for peace in
Afghanistan and isn’t committing itself to any one particular initiative.
was the gist of an in-camera briefing by Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz
to the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee on relations with
Afghanistan that are currently being repaired after suffering a massive rupture
in the aftermath of the uptick in terrorist violence in February that was
blamed on sanctuaries on Afghan soil, according to the account of the meeting
shared by a couple of participants.
Aziz, according to the participants, told the NA panel that the Quadrilateral
Coordination Group (QCG) — which included the US, China and Afghanistan in
addition to Pakistan — was still alive and efforts were afoot to revitalise it.
QCG has been dormant since Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansoor Akhtar was
killed in a drone attack on Pakistani soil last year. It was assumed by the
observers of the Afghan conflict that the QCG process had outlived its
usefulness as none of the partners looked interested in taking it forward.
During the few months QCG remained active, it was able to draw up a roadmap,
but failed to bring the Taliban to talks.
afoot to revive Quadrilateral Coordination Group, NA panel on foreign affairs
has in the meantime got itself also increasingly involved with the Russian-led
initiative. The process that started with a meeting between officials of
Russia, China and Pakistan first grew to six parties and is now set to expand
to a 12-country forum. The US was not involved in the process at the initial
stages, but it has now decided to stay away from the meeting of 12 countries,
being held in Moscow on April 14, to which it had been invited. Pakistan is
participating in the meeting. Pakistani participation in the Russia-led initiative
created an impression that Pakistan may desire to work on an Afghan strategy
independent of the US.
his briefing, Mr Aziz nevertheless placed a lot of emphasis on the importance
of the emerging regional initiative led by Russia, which now also involves the
Central Asian states.
remained committed to continued efforts for facilitating an Afghan-owned
Afghan-led peace process,” Mr Aziz told the panel, adding that there was need
for focused efforts for a politically negotiated settlement for a lasting peace
of the reasons behind this lack of clarity on Pakistan’s part is that the US
is yet to finalise its Afghan policy. Mr Aziz too referred to US government
still firming up its Afghan policy.
the engagement with Afghanistan, the adviser said the understanding reached
during his meeting with Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar provided
an opportunity for engagement to address the issues of counter-terrorism and
per the understanding reached in London, both sides were to develop a framework
for interaction at multiple levels — military, intelligence, security and
political. The process was to take off with a meeting of the local field
commanders, which would investigate recent border incidents. The progress
towards materialising of the understanding was being hampered by mistrust
between the two countries. But in a first tentative step towards that
arrangement Commander of Southern Command Lt Gen Aamir Riaz and Afghan National
Army’s 205 Corps Commander Lt Gen Daud Shah Wafadar spoke over hotline.
The civil district administration has decided to install 200 closed-circuit TV
cameras and double the deployment of Rangers and police while making
intelligence network more effective for the upcoming Urs of Qalandar Lal
Shahbaz in the Hijri month of Sha’aban.
decisions were made at a meeting on Wednesday in Shahbaz Hall, Jamshoro.
to official sources, the meeting noted that ambulances and fire tenders from
nearby districts would be made available to meet any emergency.
meeting was chaired by Jamshoro Deputy Commissioner Munawwar Ali Mahesar and
attended by Auqaf chief administrator Mushtaq Ahmed and representatives of the
Rangers, revenue, police, health, education, local bodies, culture, Wapda,
irrigation, highways and other departments.
Mahesar told the meeting that foolproof security arrangements were the need of
the hour during the Urs celebrations.
and humid conditions were expected during the event, therefore drinking water
facilities were also to be ensured, he added.
said health centres would be set up to deal with heatstroke cases and all
required medicines should be provided at the centres.
the departments concerned, he said, should prepare their contingency plan and
no laxity in arrangements of the Urs would be tolerated.
criticised the Hesco administration for sending a line superintendent to attend
such a high-level meeting regarding the security of the Qalandar shrine.
Hesco administration would have to cooperate with the district administration
for ensuring uninterrupted power supply during the celebrations, he added.
said heavy penalty would be imposed on vehicles plying on the Indus Highway
without fitness certificates and permits.
permanent ambulance service centre needed to be established near the powerhouse
of Jamshoro for transportation of injured for which Faisal Edhi would be
approached, he told the meeting.
Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday called for more
dialogue and communication at all levels between Pakistan and the United
a conference, he said the cooperation between the two countries was vital to
defeat the menace of terrorism and bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and
the region. "The fight against terrorism continues successfully and
terrorist incidents have decreased by 70 percent. Now Operation Raddul Fasaad
is underway to eliminate terrorists from across the country," he said.
adviser further said that Pakistan believed in the policy of going after
terrorists without any discrimination. Aziz expressed the hope that improved
security and economic situation would help further expand trade and investment
relationship between Islamabad and Washington.
on the occasion, the US Ambassador David Hale stressed the need for enhanced
cooperation on shared national interests to benefit the people of both the
countries. He said these shared interests included fighting terrorism,
fostering economic growth, investment and building a more stable and prosperous
region, including in Afghanistan.
said the United States greatly acknowledged Pakistan's great sacrifices in this
regard. The ambassador said that Pak-US ties were resilient and Pakistan's
success was of great strategic interest to the United States.
Aziz addressed the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.
He said that Pakistan was pursuing a policy of strengthening relations with
the committee, the adviser said that Pakistan was working on modernisation of
the visa system and facilities at border crossing points with Afghanistan.
also informed the parliamentarians that Pakistan was also focusing on efforts
to increase facilities for Afghan students in Pakistan's educational
institutions. He said that the government had announced another 3,000
scholarships for Afghan students in the field of higher education after
utilisation of the existing 3,000 scholarships.
said that the Afghan government was going to convene the next meeting of the
Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority at the earliest for
revising and strengthening the authority.
underlined the importance of close engagement between the two sides on
connectivity projects in infrastructure and energy. He said that $500 million
economic assistance from Pakistan could be utilised for initiating these
the issue of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, he reiterated that there
was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and there was a need for
focused efforts for a politically negotiated settlement for lasting peace in
Afghanistan. He said Pakistan remained committed to continued efforts for
facilitating an Afghan-owned Afghan-led peace process.
- Hafiz Saeed and other leaders of Jamatud Dawa on Wednesday filed an
application before the Lahore High Court in an already pending petition seeking
directions for the government for their release. He filed application through his
counsel AK Dogar and submitted that it was clearly cited in his main petition
that his and others’ detention was unlawful and the government had no ground
them to keep them detained. They said
that if ultimately their detention was proved unconstitutional they would face
irreparable loss and injury. They prayed the court to order their release.
Kyi denies ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Muslim minority
state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has denied the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s
Muslim minority, speaking to the BBC after the UN rights council agreed to
investigate allegations against the army.
don’t think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too
strong an expression to use for what is happening,” Suu Kyi said in the
interview on Wednesday.
one-year-old government has faced international condemnation for the treatment
of the country’s Rohingya Muslims, who are regarded as illegal immigrants from
Bangladesh, prompting the UN rights council to agree last month to launch an
investigation into violations against the minority.
Geneva-based body’s fact-finding mission will examine allegations of torture,
murder and rape allegedly committed by troops.
Kyi told the BBC there was “a lot of hostility” in the western state of
Rakhine, where more than one million Rohingya live.
is Muslims killing Muslims, as well, if they think they are collaborating with
authorities. It is not just a matter of ethnic cleansing. It is a matter of
people on different sides of a divide, and this divide we are trying to close
up. As best as possible and not to widen it further,” she said.
has launched its own domestic probe into possible crimes in Rahkine and
appointed former UN chief Kofi Annan to head a commission tasked with healing
long-simmering divisions between Buddhists and Muslims.
Kyi said the army was “not free to rape, pillage and torture”.
are free to go in and fight. And of course, that is in the constitution...
Military matters are to be left to the army,” she said, adding that she aimed
to amend the constitution.
75,000 people from the persecuted minority have escaped to Bangladesh after the
military launched operations in the north of Rakhine state to find Rohingya
militants who raided police border posts in October.
who have fled have told the UN rights office that soldiers executed babies in
front of their mothers, as part of campaign to terrorise the Muslim minority.
they come back they will be safe,” said Suu Kyi, adding that those who fled
were welcome to return.
National League for Democracy (NLD) faced the ballot box on Saturday in
by-elections across the country, winning a string of seats but losing out in
ethnic minority areas including Rakhine.
NLD came to power in a historic 2015 election which ended half a century of
brutal military rule, but there has been disillusionment with the
administration as it struggles to push through reforms and ease unrest.
strongly reacts at Pakistani violations along Durand Line
Afghan government has strongly condemned the growing work by the Pakistani
authorities along the Durand Line, calling it a unilateral move.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni told
reporters in Kabul today that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces
(ANDSF) are ready to defend the national sovereignty of the country if the
unilateral movements and violations continue by Pakistan along the Durand Line.
said Pakistan has on numerous occasions violated the line, including in
Nangarhar, Kunar, Khost, Paktia, Zabul, and Kandahar.
further added that the government of Afghanistan has always adopted diplomatic
approaches to protest against the violations and the government has complained
regarding the violations along the Durand Line to United Nations and United
Nations Security Council.
said the violations by Pakistan along the line included artillery shelling, air
and ground maneuvers, closing of the routes, and installation of fences.
added that the Durand Line is a historic issue and the no government in
Afghanistan can decide regarding it except the people based on the two sides of
to Mostaghni, the violations along the Durand Line are clear violations of the
UN charter warning that the persistent violations could result into a
resolution to be adopted against Pakistan.
rejected that the issue of the Durand Line has ever been discussed during any
summit and emphasized that the Afghan government’s main focus was on the list
of the terrorists handed over to Pakistan during the London trilateral summit
attended by the Afghan, Pakistani, and British officials.
of the most senior leaders of the loyalist of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(ISIS) terrorist group was killed during the operations in eastern Nangarhar
province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the ISIS leader killed during the operation has
been identified as Syed Omar Bajawari who was also famous as Khetab.
to a statement by MoD, Bajawari was killed along with at least 24 militants
during the counter-terrorism operations conducted in Achin district.
statement further added that four ISIS commanders including Bajawari were
killed along with 21 other insurgents during the operations.
is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the
anti-government armed militants have recently increased their insurgency
activities in some parts of the province during the recent years.
the Afghan and US forces based in Afghanistan are conducting regular operations
to suppress the insurgency led by ISIS militants and other insurgent groups
large scale military operation under the name of Khalid is underway against the
militant groups in at least thirteen provinces, the officials said Wednesday.
Danish, acting spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), told reporters
that 16 areas or districts in 13 provinces are under the cover of Khalid
operations at the moment.
said the operations will continue to cover the districts or provinces which
witnessed massive instability and insurgency last year.
comes as the Ministry of Defense (MoD) officials earlier said the operations
were launched from the two districts of Helmand, including Garamser and
Nad-e-Ali and Nish district of southern Kandahar province.
officials further added that the three districts are facing enormous security
challenges and the Afghan forces will continue to maintain pressure on
insurgents so that they are eventually eliminated.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) conducted counter-terrorism
operations under the name of Shafaq last year.
operations were launched days after the Taliban group announced their spring
offensive earlier last year.
National Imam Council of Liberia has ended its third annual assembly with a
call for the Liberian Government to grant two national holidays to Muslims in
a resolution at the end of the assembly Monday read by its National Chief Imam
Sheikh Ali Krayee, the Council said the time has come for the government to
declare two of the most important Muslims' events that occurred every year,
including end of Ramadan as national holidays.
Imam Council said over the years, Muslims have been marginalized, even though
they were in Liberia prior to its independence.
Council said giving Muslims two national holidays is not a big ask, as such,
government must do all it can to ensure the request of the council is
the National Imam Council also called on the government to employ Muslims at
every government ministries and agencies as chaplains so that they can
spiritually minister to Muslims at those institutions.
Krayee said Liberia no longer has the luxury of time to give Muslims their full
rights like their Christian brothers and sisters.
said the time is now for the government to act and act properly, adding
"we can no longer wait... we been patience for years... "
Council among other things called on the National Elections Commission (NEC)
and the Supreme Court of Liberia to justly and transparently discharge their
duties, as Liberia goes to the polls on October 10, 2017.
further called on the government and partners to work with every stakeholder,
especially the religious community so as to ensure peaceful transition.
two days Annual Assembly was attended by Imams from the 15 counties.
was held under the theme: "Enlightening The Nation; Inspiring The
Police in Somalia say a car bomb blast at a restaurant in the capital has
killed at least seven people.
Ahmed Hashi says several others were injured in the massive blast Wednesday
near the ministries of internal security and youth and sports in Mogadishu.
has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. However, the
al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group al-Shabab group often carries out such
rebels have been pushed out of the capital and other major urban areas in
Somalia but they continue to carry out deadly bombings and attacks in Mogadishu
number of babies born to Muslims is expected to overtake those born to
Christians within two decades, making Islam the world’s largest religion by
2075, according to new analysis of data by the Pew Research Center.
with no religious affiliation are set to shrink as a proportion of the world’s
population as a result of their declining birthrate and growing numbers of
Muslims and Christians.
analysis points to modest but significant demographic shifts in religious
affiliation over the coming decades, as populations in the global south
continue to grow rapidly and Christian populations in Europe age and die.
2010 and 2015, an estimated 31% of babies born in the world were to Muslim
parents, far exceeding the 24% share of the world’s population held by Muslims.
In the same period, 33% of the world’s babies were born to Christians, only
slightly higher than their 31% share of the global population.
is set to change, owing to the relatively young age profile of Muslims and
their higher fertility rates. Between 2030 and 2035, slightly more babies (225
million) will be born to Muslims than to Christians (224 million). Between 2055
and 2060, the gap is expected to widen to 6 million – 232m births to Muslims,
and 226m to Christians.
deaths among Christians in Europe are far outstripping births. In Germany,
between 2010 and 2015, there were an estimated 1.4m more deaths than births
among Christians. Pew said the pattern was expected to continue across much of
Europe in the decades ahead.
a relatively young and fertile Christian population in sub-Saharan Africa,
Christians have accounted for a disproportionate 37% of the world’s deaths in
contrast with [the] baby boom among Muslims, people who do not identify with
any religion are experiencing a much different trend,” said Pew. Religiously
unaffiliated people make up 16% of the global population, but only produce 10%
of the world’s babies.
dearth of newborns among the unaffiliated helps explain why religious ‘nones’
(including people who identify as atheist or agnostic, as well as those who
have no particular religion) are projected to decline as a share of the world’s
population in the coming decades.”
2055-2060, 9% of all babies will be born to religiously unaffiliated women,
while more than 70% will be born to either Muslims (36%) or Christians (35%),
unaffiliated people are “heavily concentrated in places with ageing populations
and low fertility, such as China, Japan, Europe and North America. By contrast,
religions with many adherents in developing countries – where birthrates are
high and infant mortality rates have been falling – are likely to grow quickly.
Much of the worldwide growth of Islam and Christianity, for example, is expected
to take place in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Pew.
Sanusi II, the emir of Kano, says northern Nigeria needs to move on from the
13th century mindset of Islam, emphasising that the rest of the Muslim world
has moved on.
to the theme ‘promoting investments in the midst of economic challenges’,
Sanusi said northern Nigeria has not been paying attention to providing
necessary education and healthcare for the girl child.
are in denial. The north-west and the north-east, demographically, constitute
the bulk of Nigeria’s population, but look at human development indices, look
at the number of children out of school, look at adult literacy, look at
marternal mortality, look at infant mortality, look at girl-child completion
rate, look at income per capita, the north-east and the north-west Nigeria, are
among the poorest parts of the world,” Sanusi said.
far back at 2000, I looked at the numbers, Borno and Yobe state, UNDP figures,
Borno and Yobe states, if they were a country on their own, were poorer than
Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
saw this because we were looking at Nigeria as a country that averages the
oil-rich Niger Delta, the industrial and commercial-rich Lagos, the
commercially viable southeast, and you have an average.
Nigeria into its component parts, and these parts of the country are among the
poorest, if it were a country. And we do not realise we are in trouble.”
said books preaching love were being burnt in northern Nigeria, calling for
better interpretations of Islamic views, which can drive a better life for
women and the girl-child.
need to understand the roots of the problem of northern Nigeria. Burning books,
it happened in Kano, what is the crime of those books? They were writing about
(love), and love apparently is supposed to be a bad word,” he said.
a society where you don’t love your women and you don’t love your children, you
allow them to beg, you beat up your women, why should anyone talk about love?
have adopted an interpretation of our culture and our religion that is rooted
in the 13th century mindset, that refuses to recognise that the rest of the
Muslim world has moved on.
in Malaysia, you wake up and divorce your wife, that is fine. But you give her
50 percent of all the wealth you acquired since you married her. It is a Muslim
country. In Nigeria, you wake up after 20 years of marriage, you say to your
wife, ‘I divorce you’, and that’s it.
Muslim nations have pushed forward girl-child education, they’ve pushed forward
science and technology. They have pushed forward the arts. We have this myth in
northern Nigeria, where we try to creat an Islamic society that never existed.
are fighting culture, we are fighting civilisation. We must wage an
intellectual war, because Islam is not univocal; there are many voices, there
are many interpretations, there are many viewpoints, and we have for too long
allow the ascendancy of the most conservative viewpoints. The consequencies of
that is that there are certain social problems.”
threatens unilateral action if UN fails to act on Syria
NATIONS - The United States may take unilateral action in Syria if the United
Nations fails to respond to a suspected chemical attack in Syria which is
reported to have killed dozens of civilians, including children, American
Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley has warned.
warning came as the UN Security council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday
about the atrocity, after Washington, Paris and London drew up a draft
statement condemning the attack and demanding an investigation. “When the
United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are
times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,”
Ambassador Haley told the 15-member Council.
Russia threatened to veto any resolution by the UN Security Council on a
claiming it is based on “false information.” Russia denied on Wednesday that
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame for a poison gas attack and said
it would continue to back him, opening a rift between the Kremlin and Donald
Trump’s White House, which initially sought warmer ties.
Delattre, France’s permanent representative to the UN, described the attack as
a “chemical horror.” “We hope this draft resolution can unite the international
community in refusing what is unacceptable,” he said at the Security Council
Rycroft, the UK’s permanent representative, said the UN was “seeing the
consequences” of previous vetoes by Russia and China which only served to
encourage Assad to keep carrying out attacks on his own people. “They [the
consequences] are printed on the faces of the children of a regime that will
stop at nothing to hold on to power,” he said.
will say they don’t have any information...and yet we are seeing all the signs
of a nerve agent capable of killing hundreds of people. “This does not look
like the opposition, or terrorists, it bears all the hallmarks of the Assad
regime, and the use of chemical weapons is a war crime,” he added. He said that
Assad was humiliating Russia in the eyes of the world by showing how empty
Syria’s promise was to remove chemical weapons, and called on Russia to join
him in condemning the attack.
Russian deputy envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, criticized the draft
resolution for being unbalanced and jumping to conclusions. It said the
document would have to include several amendments, such as calling on the
rebels controlling the area to provide full access to UN investigators and
setting an unbiased and comprehensive probe into the incident as the primary
goal of the resolution.
US President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime
had crossed a line with its latest alleged chemical attack and faces a US
the White House has said its sole focus in Syria is defeating the militant
Islamic State group, not on ending Assad’s civil war against opposition
fighters. But Trump and other senior US officials said that the latest attack,
which doctors say caused the agonizing deaths of at least 72 people, had
changed the calculus.
he renewed his criticism of his predecessor Barack Obama who in 2013 famously
failed to take action after Assad crossed a “red line” with a previous chemical
attack. “It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said, at a joint White House
news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah.
you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies ... that crosses
many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines,” he warned.
will tell you, it’s already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad
has changed very much ... You’re now talking about a whole different level.”
did not go into detail about what a US response to the atrocity will be - and
he has previously opposed deeper US military involvement in Syria’s civil war.
his statement that his attitude had changed came after the US ambassador to the
United Nations, Nikki Haley, had warned of unilateral American action.
the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there
are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,”
says chemical attack in Syria crossed many lines
President Donald Trump accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government of
going "beyond a red line" with a poison gas attack on civilians and
said his attitude toward Syria and Assad had changed, but gave no indication of
how he would respond.
said the attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children,
"crosses many, many lines", an allusion to his predecessor Barack
Obama's threat to topple Assad with air strikes if he used such weapons. His
accusations against Assad put him directly at odds with Moscow, the Syrian's
president principal backer.
will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me," Trump told
reporters at a news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah on Wednesday.
I will tell you, it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad
has changed very much," though when asked at an earlier meeting whether he
was formulating a new policy on Syria, Trump said: "You'll see."
President Mike Pence, when asked whether it was time to renew the call for
Assad to be ousted and safe zones be established, told Fox News: "But let
me be clear, all options are on the table," without elaborating.
officials rejected Russia's assertion that Syrian rebels were to blame for the
comments, which came just a few days after Washington said it was no longer
focused on making Assad leave power, suggested a clash between the Kremlin and
Trump's White House after initial signals of warmer ties. Trump did not mention
Russia in his comments on Wednesday but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said
it was time for Russia to think carefully about its support for Assad.
said the time had come for Moscow to "keep the word that they made to see
to the elimination of chemical weapons so that they no longer threaten the
people in that country."
countries, including the United States, blamed Assad's armed forces for the
worst chemical attack in Syria for more than four years.
intelligence officials, based on a preliminary assessment, said the deaths were
most likely caused by sarin nerve gas dropped by Syrian aircraft on the town of
Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday. A senior State Department official said Washington
had not yet ascertained it was sarin.
offered an alternative explanation that would shield Assad: that the poison gas
belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian
senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the
Russian explanation was not credible. "We don't believe it," the
United States, Britain and France have proposed a draft U.N. Security Council
resolution that would condemn the attack; the Russian Foreign Ministry called
it "unacceptable" and said it was based on "fake
spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow would press its case blaming the rebels and
Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Russia would veto the draft if
Western nations went to a vote without further consultations, Interfax news
has proposed its own draft, TASS news agency quoted a spokesman of Russia's
U.N. mission, Fyodor Strzhizhovsky, as saying on Wednesday.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, issued what appeared to be
a threat of unilateral action if Security Council members could not agree.
the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there
are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own
action," she told the council, without elaborating.
described the attack as "horrible" and "unspeakable." He
faulted Obama for failing to carry through on his "red line" threat
and when asked if he had responsibility to respond to the attack, said: "I
now have responsibility".
new incident means Trump is faced with same dilemma that faced his predecessor:
whether to openly challenge Moscow and risk deep involvement in a Middle East
war by seeking to punish Assad for using banned weapons, or compromise and
accept the Syrian leader remaining in power at the risk of looking weak.
some rebels hailed Trump's statement as an apparent shift in the U.S. position,
others said it was too early to say whether the comments would result in a real
change in policy.
al-Bayoush, a Free Syrian Army commander, told Reuters: "Today's statement
contains a serious difference from the previous statements, and we expect
positivity ... from the American role.
who declined to be identified said they would wait and see.
uploaded to social media showed civilians sprawled on the ground, some in
convulsions, others lifeless. Rescue workers hose down the limp bodies of small
children, trying to wash away chemicals. People wail and pound on the chests of
charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said one of its hospitals in Syria had treated
patients "with symptoms - dilated pupils, muscle spasms, involuntary
defecation - consistent with exposure to neuro-toxic agents such as
sarin". The World Health Organization also said the symptoms were
consistent with exposure to a nerve agent.
talking about war crimes," French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told
reporters in New York.
Nahhas, chief of foreign relations at Ahrar al-Sham, one of the biggest rebel
groups in western Syria, called the Russian statement factually wrong and one
which contradicted witness accounts.
statement provides Assad with the required coverage and protection to continue
his despicable slaughter of the Syrian people," Nahhas told Reuters.
incident is the first time U.S. intelligence officials have accused Assad of
using sarin since 2013, when hundreds of people died in an attack on a Damascus
suburb. At that time, Washington said Assad had crossed a "red line"
set by then-President Obama.
threatened an air campaign to topple Assad but called it off at the last minute
when the Syrian leader agreed to give up his chemical arsenal under a deal
brokered by Moscow, a decision which Trump has long said proved Obama's
Western-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution condemns the attack and
presses Syria to cooperate with international investigators. Russia has blocked
seven resolutions to protect Assad's government, most recently in February.
response to a diplomatic confrontation with Moscow will be closely watched at
home because of accusations by his political opponents that he is too
supportive of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants an election
official in Florida to cancel a presentation on Islam that he's offering to
voters and poll workers.
first reported that Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections Paul Stamoulis
will present what he calls a "history of radical Islam" on Thursday
night. Stamoulis told the station his speech is an extension of something he
calls "voter education." He says he feels it's an important issue for
both voters and poll workers.
CAIR says it's inappropriate for an official to host such a polarizing event.
In a news release sent Wednesday, CAIR spokesman Wilfredo A. Ruiz says
Stamoulis' job is to ensure fair and non-partisan elections.
groups are planning to protest the event.
18-year-old Bangladeshi-American Muslim student has won a place at the
prestigious Stanford University after writing ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ a 100 times
in the essay section of his application.
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Ahmed said he was “stunned” when his innovative approach to the application
process, which he described as “unapologetic activism”, paid off. On his
Stanford University application, Ahmed was posed the question, “What matters to
you, and why?” The activist from Princeton, New Jersey, decided to use the
opportunity to write “#BlackLivesMatter” a 100 times. To his surprise, the
answer caught the attention of the California school’s admissions office and
Ahmed received his acceptance letter on Friday.
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proudly tweeted his answer and his acceptance letter to the prestigious
American university, which boasts 20 applications per place. “I was actually
stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted,” Ahmed told Mic.
didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing
to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a
liability,” he said.
said as an ally of the black community, he felt it was his duty to make a
statement and speak up against the injustices he witnesses. “As an ally of the
black community though, it is my duty to speak up in regards to the injustice,
and while this was not a form of ‘activism’ as it was simply an answer in a
college application. I wanted to make a statement,” he said.
Bangladeshi-American teen has already been making impressive waves in his
activism work. At just 18 years of age, Ahmed has already been invited to the
White House Iftar dinner and recognized as a Muslim-American change-maker under
the Obama administration.In 2016, he interned and worked for Democratic nominee
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
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